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"The various systems by which store
keepers manage to keep their accounts have grown more and more complicated as the years go by," said an old citizen to a S&ar reporter today. "It is with a feeling of longing for 'the good old times' that I recall the method in vogue everywhere when I was young. In every place in which a purchase was made there was adopted the very simple plan of allowing the cus tomer to pay the clerk and end the transac tion right there. The storekeeper kept his accounts without bothering his customers to assist in that work. Now the customer not only has to pay for goods, but the methods of payment are becoming so bur densome that in a short time I expect an indigngfnt public will rebel against what is sure to be branded as an imposition. "I recently entered a store for the very simple purpose of purchasing a small amount of candy. As the c'erk was wrap ping up the candy she directed me to hand the check she passed to me to the cashier across the way. I did so, and upon paying the cashier I was given another check, which I was told ,to give to a second cashier located toward the other end of the store. The place was crowded and I had my arms filled with bundles, but I obediently entered upon this service as a messenger boy for the storekeeper and laid the check down as I was directed. I thought I had earned my little box cf candy and wedged my way back to get it. I was mistaken. I had only begun to un derstand the intricacies of modern business methods. I was told I must present a check before I could get the candy. I pro tested that I had paid and passed the check in at the rear of the store. When I 'told the man' he commanded me to go back and get the check, saying I could not have the candy unless I did so. As I had parted with the money and didn't wish to donate the candy to the firm I trudged back again amid the crowd, all the time realizing that for a little box of Christmas candy I was allowing my mind to get into a condition that made my ultimate salvation a ques tion for speculation. I got out of the store with the candy, but I determined then and there that Santa Claus ehould do his own work in the future if a little purchase could be made only by performing mes senger service in order to help the store keeper keep his accounts straight. "I never was so - tired of hearing the word 'coal' as I have been during the past few weeks," a coal dealer remarked to a Star reporter. "Up to the time of the be ginning of the present trouble the word al ways made me feel a trifle happy, for every time I heard it I thought of a prospective sale. Now the word means trouble, and lots of it. "One day, during a cold snap, more than a hundred persons had been in the office clamoring for coal, and my feelings were those of a man who needed treatment in the mansion on the hill overlooking Ana costia.- There was no coal in my yard, but the people would not believe what I told them. When I would tell them to investi gate the yard for themselves they were frank enough to say they thought my stock was secreted at some other place. "When I felt that the sick bed was the place for me and I could stand the strain no longer, I left the yard and thought a short visit to the house of my mother-in law would prove restful. If I went home I knew people in want of coal would find me, but at the mother-in-law's there would be no such trouble encountered, for her supply of fuel was large enough to last .her' several weeks. "But," he concluded, "my anticipations were not realized, for my wife's mother had a list of names of friends who wanted coal and two friends were in the house who wanted to make purchases. Then I was forced to go to a hotel, and because the clerk In the yard was unable to find me he instituted search and was about to call in the police when I reappeared upon the scene." The metric system bill, Which is now pending before the House of Representa tives, has gained another supporter. This bill was reported at the last session of Con gress, and Its friends are quietly calling It to the attenin of members. This program was beirg $rried out the other day in the republican ainoking room. adjoining the h'all of the House. Representative Cushman of Washington had been a quiet listener to the - / Be-Strei do you oquems yu doily so tigh . - you se s,.ntje dea, my denly bes peope a eal.I hmae to be s solders , Oh Tes eaeflul lnd conversation for some minutes, and then broke in: "Tell me, could you whittle down the little end of nothing small enough to punch the pith out of a mouse hair and then meas ure the cavity by the metrc system?' "That would be coarse work?" calmly re plied Prof. Stratton, without hesitation. "You will have my support for the bill," said Mr. Cushman as he hurried away. "Here is an example of the generosity which life in America begets," remarked Superintendent Metcalf of the money order department of the post office. "The Christ mas presents in money from residents in this country to their friends in Europe amounted this year to over'6,000,000. That is, this amount was sent through the money order divisions of the post offices of the country. These orders were all small onej, too, which indicates that it was the poorer classes in this country who shared theii' prosperity with their friends and relatives In foreign lands. This year's cash -Christ mas presents to Europe from the United States amount to far more than ever before, and there is no doubt that the wonderful prosperity of the country is reflected through them." 40 There is an old custom of the United States Supreme Court that prevails today as in the days of John Marshall. Every morning when the court emerges from the robing room and the chief justice starts to cross the corridor leading to the Su preme Court room he is met by the clerk uf the court. For many years it has been Mr. McKenney, chief clerk, who has so met the chief justice. Mr. McKenney ap proaches the chief justice, bids him good morning, ehakes his hand, and allows him, to pass to the court room. The crossing of the Capitol corridor by the court is a thing to be remembered when once seen. The ushers of the court, when they see the justices emerging from the door, stretch velvet ropes to form a passageway for them, so that by no poEsibility c'ould their progress be interrupted. "Something that the militapy companies of the west and northwest seem'to be much Interested In does not appear to have caught on with the National Guardsmen of the east," remarked a Washingtonian who had just returned from a trip to the Pacific coast. "I refer to the fancy drills and costume representations of historical bodies that are now popular. "I had the pleasure of attending an ex hibition given by one of. the Minnesota companies. The guardsmen appeared as Emperor William's Black Hussars, as France's Imperial Guards of the time of Napoleon I and as England's jack tars. A burlesque, entitled 'The Beginning of an Army,' was presented, and there were rep resentations of Japanese mountaineers In skirmish work, Arabs In a gun drill, old time Swedish halverdiers and Roman swordamen of the time of Caesar. "I also learned that a sprinkling of salt over the floors of drill halls is of great benefit in many ways. -Itris said that the salt prevents the soldiers from slipping and holds adoin'th 'el9"'" * * *. Justice of the Peace Charles S. Bundy had what he considers a novel experience several days ago when he was officiating at a marriage ceremony. The bride and groom were strangers to the magistrate, he hav ing been summoned to a residence uptown for the purpose of tieing. the matrimonial knot. All was calm and lovely until the woman was called upon to promise to love, honor and obey the individual, who by that time was partly her better half. She forthwith revolted, declaring in positive tones: "I'll never promise to obey any man." The -persuasive powers of everybody present were called Into play, but it was not until the groom assured -the bride that he would never -insist on her obeying hrm that she cohsented to permit the ceremony to be conoluded,. Colonel Millier of the army, In charge of the Washington qaueduet, 'hat his office force well disciplined and ready to obey orders that to some people might seem quite Impossible. In accordance with the gen eral practice in the departments, Colonel Miller proposed to close his office on the day before New Year at 12 o'clock. He was In his private office during the morn ing. and when he emerged he announced that every one should stop all work at 12 o'clock. As this announcement was made the clerks looked up at the clock and noticed that it indicated exactly six min utes of 1 o'clock. Colonel Miller passed out of the room and one of the clerical force remarked that the orders were to close at 12. "We will do it, too," remarked a young man who is equal to any occasion. With that remark he mounted a chair and, placing his finger on the minute hands of the clock, proved to every one assembled thatr it was just as easy to close the office at 12 o'clock when clocks outside the building or watches of every one gave mute testimony that it lias later, as It was for Congress to adjourn at noon on the 4th of March when a Congress comes to an end, although alli evidence outside the Capitol is to the effect that the actual time is an hour or so liter. Wilson-"But how do you know that the woman wasn't the baby's mother?" Nelson-"Isn't the fact that the woman was with the baby evidence enough?'-Bog ton Transcript. Garrison Town. tly. EfieT* line to speak very easily nea, aSnd she ,,r creulIn a -pace where Ihere aue se GHN L'S ESAPADE *Tve had troubles of my owa in ad prise lighters, and stood up undr them, but rm afraid rd have caved hod I ever got hold of John i,1 remarke a Baltimorean who used to manage a t of boxers. "John L. was for sure a hard Inan to take care of and keep on eye on 1rben be was klue to get ready for a light In his poen tial days, and on several occasion& he came near driving the men handling him to the rerge of madness. Sullivan appreciates that fact himself now. The 'old -an' is still a good deal of a public character, and 10 there'll be no harm In my telling of a little Incident In his fighting career that tan never found its way into print. John L. Aken a humorous view of that incident now and wonders how the people handling hImt ever contrived to'put up with him at the time. "It was after hi was matched to fIght Blade. His manager then was James Wakely, the New York cafe proprietor. Wakely picked out William Muldoon, then the champion wrestler, now a physical trainer of wealthy men, to train Sullivan for the battle. Muldoon took a careful look over a number of training grounds, wishing to find, as the most essential con sideration, a spot distinguished by the ab sence of saloons. He finally hit upon Sharon Springs, N. Y., and, catching Sulll ran in a yielding humor a week or so after the match was made, took the big puncher up there. Muldoon was always just a leetle bit afraid of John L., and handled him pretty gingerly-which was just pre ,isely the way that Sullivan should not have been handled by anybody looking to obtaln the proper kind of control oyer him. Muldoon started In with Sullivan at Sharon Springs, but the big fellow was mighty cranky and !ntractable, and several times he started to mix It up with. Muldoon. At Ruch times Muldoon, a man of tremendous strength, had to clasp the lighter around the body, holding his arms to his sides, until his peevishness, due to the privations of training, had expended itself. "One afternoon, only three weeks before the fight with Slade was to come off, Sul livan disappeared from his Sharon Springs :raining quarters. The town was ransacked for him, but he couldn't be found. Muldoon Instantly concluded then that Sullivan had made his escape to New York on the after noon train, So down to New York Muldoon went. "He first visited James Walkely, Sullivan's manager, and told 'him of the fighter'B es cape. Thei he began to hunt around New York for John L. Wakely organised a band of scouts, too, and started a system, atic search for the 'champ of all the champs,' and even the police were quietly notified to keep an eye out for the derelict fighter. After three days' search, how ever, Sullivan hadn't been found. It was afterward ascertained' that he had spent this time in Jersey City so as to keep out Df the way of the people he knew would be trailing him. "Along toward 10 o'clock on the night of the fourth day of Sullivan's disappearance a friend of Wakely's rushed Into the lat ter's 42d street establishment and told him that John L. was holding a little personally conducted carnival for himself in the cafe of a Broadway hotel. "Now, It happened that the only living man that Sullivan was afraid of was James Wakely. Wakely was, and is, a small-, chunky-, taciturn man, who sometimes goes several days without saying a word - to anybody, even his employes; but there was something about him,. probably his quiet; reserved manner, and his reputation for doing things with a whole lot of sudden ness once he had made up his mind, that caused John L. to have a heap of respect for Wakely. "When Wakely's friend told him where John L. was, the little manager of the fighter didn't say a word, but -stepped into his office, took out of his desk a blackjack that somebody had given to him as a curios ity and strolled around to the hotel -at" which he had heard John L. was cut ting up. "He found Sullivan sitting around a table with a crowd of boon pals, all of them engaged in making rings on the table with the bottoms of their glasses and talking loud. Without saying a solitary word Wakely walked up to John 1,., pulled the blackjack out of his sack coat pocket and walloped Sullivan on the top of the head with it just as hard as he knew how. The blow put Sullivan out worse than anything he ever got before or since. He just lolled back th his seat, dead to the world. " 'Pick the big maverick up and carry him to a room!' commanded Wakely. "Three or four of the crowd took hold of the limp John L. and carried him to a room upstairs. They laid him on a couch. Wakely left him there, alone, and locked' him in the room. "At 5 o'clock on the following mornig' Wakely and Muldoon entered Sullivan~s room, and found the fighter frantically pushing the button. The button had-been disconnected, however, In accordance with Wakely's orders given the night before.. Sullivan piped down instantly as soon as he saw Wakelf. "'Get ready for Sharon Springs, John,' said Wakely quietly, pulling out his watch. 'You've got five minutes.' "Sullivan, meek as a lamb, humbly inti mated that one eye-opener, anyhow, would be about the correct thing under the cir cumstances. "'Not on your life,' replied Wakely brief ly. 'Come on.' "The fighter followed the little man down stairs and got into a closed earriage with him and Muldoon. They caught the train just in time, and Wakeliy went along this time. He stayed at the training headquar ters for one day, and all that he said to John L. when he was starting back for New York was this:. "'You get ready for that nUtll, now, or you want to look out for me!' "Sullivan .trained right then, and what he did to Blade is part of the annals of the game. It was a heroic dose that Wakely handed out to him, but Sullivan admits now that that was what he needed. Wake ly has come to the front a good many times since for Sullivan when the one time 'champ' has been in sore stiraits." Spectacles in Germany. From the London Chronicle. The German emperor has entered upon ,a new phase of his development, if we are to believe the statement that he was lately seen reading the newspapers In a railway train with the help of a pince-nez. Nor is this to be wondered at when we remember the lament once made by the kaiser him self, who, speaking of his school days at Cassel, remarked that out of a class of twenty "no fewer than eighteen of his fel low-pupils wore spectacles, wbile two of these, with their glasses on, could'not even see the length of the table." As compared wIth other nations, the Germans may be described as a spectacle-wearing people, and there can be no doubt that the main cause of their defective sight is the peculiar character of their type, which is most try ing to t-he eyes. The present emperor, no less than Bismar-ck, has always protested on patriotic grounds against the substitu t'ion of the Roman for the Teutonic, or black letter, character .in print, and both have had to suffer equally for their Chauv inism. Indel to Poise. From the Oereland Plain healer. No human creature can thrive end come near perfection without giving equal heed to the instinct for doing right. And it is only as these three great instinctive forces come into something like fair accord that we begin to knowr contentment. Content ment is the index of poise in character, while discontent is an indication-nay, is the very essence of distraction. And to be distraught, to do one thing when we per ceive we ought to do another, to see the truth clearly and not have heroism enough to follow Jt, to lead an inner Uife of tuirmoil -this is the beginning of death, the grad ual dissolution of character we nearly all undergo. It may be habit or eonscience or slavery to conventionality that enslaves us and undoes us~bt the last; It may be a fal tering will and a fickle heart; It may be a dull and sleepy mind-the disaste Ia- the ..me. We feel the diversity of purpose of the warring institutions within us, -and the goblin of discontent perches on our door step. The boy was going away to sohsol full of high hope, "I shalt mnake the fttI teama e eloer two pipes the fist yearr i" E bravely. His mother kissed Weitt El. father wrung big Jamt i They were too full in gentthe But when he we'se a 4 h'iy wr calme, they l im, and prayed that hip st eurry RWU IN HONOLWU wX gass, maybe, the cable wen't be 0P preelAd by the Honald 'ehl * id Anmeroat nwaper ma& who recently re turned to this country after being empWed for many yers on the StE ot a Dsaluw newupaper. "I suppose the Cmble is Just about being buoyed down there a$ I am MpeakIng. and when the cable inetramnt Brst beeus to click in Honolulu you am wae that there'll be a celebration among the Americans and Engaish and Germans there thatil cause a good many of them to get up on the mast morning with that kats lajammerish feeling. "I have knocked about the world a good bt. and4 don't know of any place that has been more In want of cable comarnicatlon for. years past than Honolulu. The white population of the city is composed exclu sively of hustling men and thoroughly up to-date women from all-parts of the United states and Europe, and their feeling of iso Lation, even while living In so sodern a 31ty as Honolulu, has long been acute, with mo other news brought from the dutidde world than reaching them in hesped-up form in the American newspapers that we get to the islands by steamers at from four to: ten days' intervals between them. They are alert people, who before settling, In Elonolulu were In the.babit of closely fol owing the news of the world from daY.to lay, and the busines of waiting for days at a stretch for -Information as to the world's doings, especially at periods when they knew something big was going onf, has been extremely irksome to them. "To illustrate: Our first news of the erup tion of Mont Pelee was brought down to as on the steamer Australia. The Austra lia brought the Ban Francisco papers, con taining the bare announcement of the great Datastrophe, published the day after, the great erupfion, before any of the details of the horror were known. There were just four or five double-leaded lines' on 'the first pages of the newspapers, telling of the thing, and that was all. The steamer Aus tralia had left 'Ban Francisco for Honolulu just seven days before, and there was no ther steamer from the states due for some thing more than- a week. "Now, if there's any one thing that the people living in the Hawaiian Islands are particularly interested in it's 'volcanoes. They're most of them living In the shad Dws, so to speak, -of volcanoes themselves, and a good many of them live pretty ner vously, too, on account of the rather- too close propinquity of the volcanoes, active and extinct-if there really Is such a thing as an extinct volcano, which I myself do iot. believe. 'So, when the Australia brought the San Francisco papers, containing only those few lines about the Mont Pelee affair, the people longed for a cable as they had never longed before. The brief announce nent stated that perhaps 50,000 lives of res [dents of St. Pierre had been sacrificed, and the Honolulu folks, living themselves right below the Punchbowl, a volcano that is supposed to be 'extinct,' weren't very cheer ful just about then. "The Warimoo, bound for Samoa and Australia, was late, and didn't get down until ten days after the arrival of the Aus tralla, and we had to alt all that time to get the details of the Pelee affair. Then we each got our big bundle of newspapers, ten days of them, and we had to sit down and spend a night wading through the horrible history of the dreadful Martinique calam ity. Honolulu was the gloomiest city imag inable for several days after the arrival of the Warimoo, whereas .if the town had been In constant daily communication with the United States by cable the news of the great catastrophe would have come out gradually and' naturally, and the shock of swallowing it all at a gulp would not have rendered the city dismal and depressing as it did. "Again: The first we heard of the shoot ing of President McKinley was contained in the bunch of San Francisco newspapers brought down to Honolulu by a steamer that left San Francisco on the morning (glipwing the deed of the assassin. The ac counts were given in'detaIl, of course, but Ithseemned certain from the telegraphed stories In those papers that the President could not possibly live, and some of the perchants even draped their - stores in mourning upon receipt of this first infor mation. Then, about five. days later, if I remember correctly, another steamer came along, and we were astonished to find, not. only that the President was still alive, but that there. seemed quite a fair prospect that he would eyentually recover. We were rejoicing over this still when, a week later, another steamer came in, bringing newspa pers containing not only the, information tliat Mr. McKinley was dead, but giving In detail the accounts of. his funeral. .No that living In a place cut off from Cable communication with the rest of the world gives one a constant series of shocks. The Kanakas didn't know that their king, their beloved Kalakaua, was dead until the United States cruiser Charleston arrived down In the harbor of Honolulu with his body. The Charleston made the swiftest tie on record between San Francisco and Honolulu on that occasion, but there was no softening of the blow for the Kanakas, who all but worshipped the easy-going Kalakaua. If there had been a cable there would have been time for them to recover and control themselves by the time the body of their dead king got down to Hono lulu. but when they beard, upon the arrival of the Charleston, that Kalakaua's body was even then ready to be brought ashore to be placed in the grave, they were at first stunned, and then they went Into a sort of frenzy that kept Honolulu uneasy for a long time. Thousands of them assembled at the wharf to chant the weird death chant of the Kanakas when the body of the dead king was brought onto the beach by the Charleston's sailors and marines, and when the body was laid away they dropped their daily work for a long time 'nd gave them selves over to grief and despair, sadly enl barrassing their employers. "The 'rewrite men' of the Honolulu newspapers have been a sorely overworked lot for a good many years. A steamer gets in, say, at noon. The 'rewrite man' for an afternoon Honolulu paper gets hold of a bundle of newspapers. covering, say, the news of the whole world for a period of ten days-the Interval -since the arrival of the preytous Eteamer. His paper Is due to come out at 4 o'clock In the afternoon, and so his copy' has to be ready by, say, 3 o'clock or 1:30. You can figure for yourself the kind of a move he has got to get on himself in order to get together in readable shape a comprehensive resume of all of the world's niews, properly assorted, ground down, headed and captioned, in that space of time. And the Honolulu people have been almost absolutely relying upon these resu rnes in their own newspapers, for the rea uon that few of them have possessed the time or the patience to calmly sit down and try to read their bundles of American trews papers one by one, and date by date. Did rou ever try to do that? If not, you don't lcnow what real patience means. A man wrho can sit' down and read ten days' copies f his newspaper, say from January 1 to Fanuary 10, and do the thing consecutively and In order, without trying to find the out rome of something that he gets interested in n the later numbers before he has ab sorbed the entire contents of the first num )ers, 'Is worthy to rank alongside of Job. ['ve tried to do it innumerable times, but uever got away with the task. I once ?~new a missionary who had spent many r'ears In the heart of Africa,~'and who only lot his papers once a year, and then all in t bunch, and he told me that he read them :onsecutively In a systematic manner, but hat man was a saint, not a human being." A Qileer Centenarian. Prom the Chicagn ~Rer-Heald There died In New York the other day a nost remarkable woman, Mine. Avon do Lrermond. This lady was born in Germany mn October 5, 18100. At the age of thirty she married a French soldier, who, during he Napoleonic wars, had been quartered n her native town and whoe had seen her as little girl and loved her. Quite'rpmantic. !ew men take the trouble to go back after. he lapse of fifteen or twenty years. But be strange and remarkable feitures of Eme. do' Vermnond's' case weg'e not een mred with her lov, story. Th b tact ,l she, being-ifS years old, didn't die in a soorbuse. Nor doesJ a~*Pi"bt she he spade* 'to hoe1tai pd4 edy seeni te have 1 iW ab pthtuamr her e 4.*ewr kst ddiung ea ag leis of he~ own aly4 e eMis chaasty. After this nit-i as sirb stnge HlMO truth--to, twist that hack=ae-prase about a bit ana make It lea trite. There wans~o" In a Waington theater last a & Mcome w of vrenc mamne and a amnsed, if it did not I" who-at through it with no tag hostility toward the easy vew which people on the stage take of th araetie. it was &a of young man and a young woman of Paydp wuho j)ad married according to the French rule of conven fence. After seven gyars of married life the wife finds that her husband is addicted to little flirtations. He has never professed to be madly in love with his wife, even from the first, but he has been a good pro vider and all that sort of thing, and they haVe got on fairly well. But when she di1 corvers his flirtations she becomes wrathful and divorces him. His protest against this proce g on her part is feeble. It seems be all one to him, divorce or no divorce. After a year or so of separation the young people accidentally meet in a Paris restau rant, where the young woman is dining with her parents. The divorced husband drifts over to their -table, and there Is a merry time. He resumes his calls at the homie of the wife who has divorced him she Is living- with her parents. - He finds, when he -ascertains, that she :Js going -to marry anotherman, that for the first time he is actually in love with her. He asks her to remarry him. She is obviously will Ing to do this, but she holds back declaring her intention to marry the other man. Then she catches "the other man," the one she is engaged to marry, In a bit of an affair in which the man is made to appear guilty, although he is entirely innocent, and she denounces him. Just then, opporonely enough, her first husband appears on the scene and she taken him back. She con cludes,; she says, that men :are all Just about the same, and t ,at therefore, if she is to marry again at AL, she |ight as well remarry No. 1, for whom, she confesses, she retains a partiality, any way. Thus the little play ends neatly enough. Now, it happened that-on Christmas night two, young Wasbington -people, a man and & woman, were present at the theater and saw that- play. .They were miarried five years ago, when the youth had barely at tained his majority and the girl hadn't long graduated from shqrk lrocks_ They lived together happily enou0. it seemed, for a couple of years .Then the young itfe be gan to exhibit-jealous traits, and 'one day she suddenly returned to the home of her parents in this city; ' e home from which she had eloped to make a "romantic run away narriage" with her youthful admirer. On Christmas night. then, the young wo man sat in a theater .box With her father and mother and some friends, witnessing this little French comedy, and In one of the front seats in the orchestra sat her hus band, alone. The eyes of the young man and of his for mer wife met furtively several times during the progress of the play. Along toward the finish of the comedy, when the stage husband and wife were sparring, so to speak, for a resumption of their married bliss, the eyes of tfle two in the audience met smilingly as a number of the humorous points of the stage story were made. After the plty the young woman and her parents and the othet Inembers of her party went to one of the hotel supper rooms for a bite to eat. Curiously enough, the young woman's former 'tidiand went to that saine supper room after the play for a grilled bone and-a sup of ale. - He sat not far away from his former wife and the merry party. He did not join his wife and the merry party at their table ,this is Washington, and not Paris, and per haps stage licenseadobsn't go In real life, even in Paris. But he caught his former wife's eyrseteralitmes, and she seemed to be gIpid that he caughther glances,< for-her eyes we-esiilngli They had-not seen each ,other for more than a' year, and then her eyes had frozen him. So thstethneadl'Es Vfb 'ofbhersly glancqs in the supper room must be attributed to. the little -per, and pehaoomewhat. tosthe dnduences ,of the holiday season.-Et Anyhow, she almost' smiled at him, w3dch'mas the main thing. . He called at the holne of her parents on the evening following Amristznas. The con straint- between, l lIands-.her parents were present throughcatthi&ening-oQn wore off. They spent'aisnorrry evening. There-. was little or~..urefdwasee to the marriage or the-- divorce: thLat.hana followed. They just played whistAnd. hsd-some music and chatted. The situation was unusual, but this Is..,decidedly-true story, which proba bli accounts for -its -unusualness.- The -yung-women.s parents had always liked the young rign, and they had been opposedi td"their daughter- leaving and divorcing him., Wag -mere -willing to let events take their course. - ,On, Saturday -night last the young mAn called 4gala, upon his former wife. - This time her parents wisely p.ermitted theyoung people to be. alone. Correctly and fprmally and, too, with plentiful ardor, the young man proposed to the woman who hig bden-bis wife for near ly two years. I She accepted him without reserve. There were no stipulations or agreements to be maae on either side, there was no rehaeling of the past, no casting up, nothing un pleasant of that sort. They simply agreed to get married again and to try to be hap py. They mutually. acknowledged that they had been too young before. Trhey are going to be married within the next couple of months, and as the new rule among Washington ministers, as to the marrying of divorced persons, doesn't oper ate in the cases of couples remarrying. they are going to have a church wedding "and all of t-he trimmings,"~ as the young man expresses it. Having eloped before, the marriage had, of course, been an un ceremonious and decidedly hasty affair. Now, on the second venture with the same bridegroom, the bride-to-be-again insists upon a church wedding, a reception at home, a going-awayL gown,- rice and old shoes, and-a honeymoon. A French comedy stay not be strictly correct. Indeed, few of them are. But a little French comedy that will serve to re unite a couple of hearts that have been pining for each other. .1s not such a bad thing, after all. , Scienti~c Luck. From the Independent. The botanical papers report .that De Vries, the great Dutch eaperimental evolu tionist, has by long-continued selection pro duced a variety of clover which has nor mally four leaves.. '11hus it is that science contributes something daily to the increase of human happiness and good fortune. How many hours we have spent on our hands and knees searching for the lucisy leaf. Even yet some of usallways walik across a clover patch with downcast eyes and are arrested by unconscious cerebration at any Indication of quadruplicate foliation. Now we can buy our omin luck at the green house, provided, of course, we are lucky eough to have tile money. The disparity of fortune, an evil aleady so threatening to our social anerpolitkeal iife, wilt be in creased by this samw .discovery. The rich man can buy hisltourleaved clovers, even his five-leaved and singleaved clovers, and roll in them, while tho'poor man will still have to hunt long '.on Ike lawn for even a little luck, and then heels likely to be told to keep off the gias. e~ls only hope will be for the new vasiety)S escape from cul tivation and gro*Mlik the Russian thistle by the sidewalk. adut by that time the mE. lionaire. wll' dotdmtlebswlhave eight-leaved cloves in his cougervsry. The chtsepdenity. The Hang-es coeunab*ef ghe North China News of Shmnghaio' -I - Che-kiangs ah# the Indemnity is $1,400000. Undetlcoq of collecting this amount the oflij ~bW&strained every nrye to collect alI-besgd~tional taxes they can in every- directioul At first, when the amount ef the lademusfty -wasn fited, there was a pry that the $po4 Wa~ too large; ficials, mchn, ~oIg-end people eli doubted if it Tol et aoNw, after a fewr mouts. J la ~sa result ha ticipated by no one, eln whole provino6 has Increased its tax reeipts. for the year by over 4,00,00. --. whle amnount- tif Increase in the eWiewag the iddln thoeitmenesll3s4 sneses n9Ohe taxh I. sigedistrict inttshse * times the sow hh o bai~mi has been egetl or epus e&th or E 0e -C Pbsitions of the Principal Stars which are ah J.ANUARY RAVINS Pole Star Between Cassiopeia and Great Dipper. CELESTIAL EQUATOR 2NTI7E "mPRE REEBODUC D In CHART. Only Fourteen Stars of the Tirt Eag nitude Ar" Visible Here abouts. Written for The Evening Star. The chart given herewith represents the entire hemisphere of the heavens which will be visible this evening at about 9 o'clock. Its circumference is the horizon: its center the zenith, or the point directly overhead. To compare It with the heavens, one should hold It overhead, or nearly no, with the marg!inal letter or .letters which indicate the point in- the horizon which the observer. faces on the lower side. Ali of the stare shown upon It will then fail Into their proper places and can pasily be Iden tified. As the chart lies before'us, with the let ter S lowermost, it Is In a position for ex amining the souther quadranit of the heav ens. It will be. in ths direction we hav -,*t east, the greaf .MI be neath which ftlasnhdg set 9g4Ar, On our rIght,' ilf the 4 we., W-411 monster thongh-inconspicuous counstel tion Cetus; the Whate, wrhile directly In front and nearly overhead Is Taurus, the Bull, containing the bright'star Aldebaran, the "Bull'ggE," al- the beautiful clustet of-the Plef-.i. Giving the clyA.a-quarter of a turn and bringing the letter E to the lower tide, we may ekamine the eastern aluadrant. -Nearly in front of us and -orirewhat higher than Sirius stands Procyon, the Little Dog (Canis Minor)., At the left..of this Standru abot midway betrt the hdria - ad oenith ftnay be sein the Twinsd-Gemini), Castor and Pollux. At a still greater altitude and near the enSth ofIefta In'the onstella tion Auriga.- " Next,. bringing the letter N to the lower sidei we may e at a glance the positions of the north eircumpolar stars. On our right, between north and northeasts the Great Dipper, in the Ursa Major, or Great Bear, stands n Its handle, its two "point ers" uppermost and nearly at the height of thePole Star, with which theyrange very nearly. At the Ift of this star, high In the northwest, the most notable object is the W-shaped figure of Cassopeia "The Lady in Her Chair." Oberrve that the Pole Star, or North Star, stands about midway be tween this constellation an the bdle of thehGreat Dipper. teN oweracsng t wst-avingsition ore caiit anther souteruart of th-e heav eud. Fro wi e sermostI Ionero this diureto wen acuvinglie ft fo'ur secon eatue stara, including'eorne star nethe wictho f a e a. sTh upperos oSiths forghtar espaPe- ia bu the centr o f th ntelaionweseu;h oner th og tnoAndricoeda. fola Th eposthn Wfhae, celeiector in alson shon uneal thechadt bseTarvs, that ite spanshehans fro the eactf eastrr Gii the strpt an qter hofaon and a inginge the le to the loperotofe, he thrius stars Prc orm the Lt og Oris "Ther) Tee lngf. ofThismtantxz astro nmiway grteatcice the hdrseavskdensith 'may benaleei wic the pelne) ofsthe earth' Pelu.at extille gnernlite ndl nr qao iie the zeihlkear th cntel-tw heion hererga. northern an a-oters Net nigthe leesttequto-r t the owelcr sie, we may isled at astrnomtepoitides ofthe nopreth cphruoa tras Ontour rihtennorther and nnremshease.th GrAt ofither inrth ofs Major orn reatn Berusandss Rits foheandle, ts tw tpoint sothern.l STar, it awhichtwhech should ve noery At the efnner tis stargahing inathe mucthwst the mst otbler sobec iofsone of-idapetfure ot, Caiopeon suheLad insing hair. Oberv se tht tar Poe Star, eart' NotheStr, hstadsabure. wy e Te tuhis cnteatin beveand the eano tite reath ip ed tte. 4 e gesNort facituew-avingt githin the efres the gret eStuae o Pegaut thred bny fort sfthe outhersnd magpher ofte heaven thc upermanost corer of atci suaregron a cuvigree acof fourn hed maiude eestial Inludiat the coner star, cont thereti aout Ca.the upp ermst thle ceter of the ostat Pxetu ther lwrthrewic eve apa belongwo ndimda hoereesizoEuaor wthen positione of the celetia poequatr ies als shown uothar chat. Oeree that trrsthe eavesorm the eac equatril cetoa pelestr wint In tahe horizon, and that may passes verioe tone uppmost aofthe threver star wichfr the eltofOron The hr e ins aThipratato noicalimprtat ra circle of the haesi b heaginar inei which the lanaeote eahol eqayr exmtendeda neintely konl ie utoas the ey.lJuti aheerre trial equao divies thvee markedto tw hemisphe," Anongttern and aothen soa e.fors its c all by urnyronernddte th arnphredofth9re, feves reatoy a A fthe stars northe thisale arpI Siiu adRie t o exast. ar i L IM1 41 0~ . e. p... i the Horison January 1-15--30, at 9-4-7 pL.. sections or "signs," having the same names an the constellations which form the belt, and formerly identical with them. Owing, however, to the movement known as the "Procession of the equinoxes"*-- Slow sliding of the equinoxes along the ecliptic, toward the west--ach &Wg now stands West of the constellation of the same name. Thus, when the sun In said. to "enter the sign Arles"* on passing the vernal equinox, It really enters the constellation Plszes, which adjoins Aries on the went, and so on ground the entire circle. The six "signs" which are now above the horizon-here Indicated by their symbol&, as they may be found In an almanace-reck oned from west to east, are Pisces (the last of the twelve), Aries (the first), Taurus, Gemini, Cancer (which the sun enters about June 21, reaching then Its highest -northern latitude), and Leo.L - SUSM Xagitad. In a somewhat arbitrary classifiation of the stars according to their brillincy, the brightest twenty have been selected to form the first class. Ten of theme "Brst magnitude" stars are In the northern and ten 4n the southern hemisnhere, Only fourteen of these stars, however, caa be seen by an observer In the latitude of Whrshington, the remaining six lying with In tha south circumpolar region which never appears above his horizon, although all may be seen by an observer in the lower latitude of Key West Of the fourteen which we may see at one tkne or another eight will be above the horizon at 9 o-clock tonight. Named in the order of their bril lIancy they are Sirius, Capella, Rigel, Pro cyon, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Pollux a#d Regulus About sixty stars less bright than these, are claswed an of the second magnitude. Of this number thirty-three appear. on our chart. Amng them are the Pole Star, silt of the seven which form the Great Dipper. the five which form the W of Cassiopela, the three which form the belt bf Orion and the pair which mark the head of Arles. There are about 200 stars of the third magnitude, 450 of the fourth, 1,100e the -ffth, 4,000 of the sixth (these latter stars being the faintest visible on the dtenedst .nights). The telescopic magaitudes ifth dowen to the sixteenth or seventeenth, atas of this order being the faintest brought inte viewF by the largest telescopem. Algol, "The DIneu 8tar.99 One of the awost Interesting of the stara visible tonight to Algol-Al Ghul, the De mon--a tmous variable stair. Ordinarily It is Of the, wena snagitude, buf fdg arIntervals of a little under three Mwe It begins to Wane and In about four hotgr drops nearly to the fourth magnitude. In the next ftur hours It recovers ibs usual brightness. The cause, of tis uncanny behavior hae been satisfactorily demonstrated to be the passage round the star of a dark com panion, which, passing periodically between It and us, cuts off a po3rtion of Its light. Upward of twenty variables of the Algol type are now known, although only four of them are visible to the naked eye. . Four mima of this star at favorable hours will occur this month, namely, on the 4th at 10 p.m., on the 7th at 7 p.in., on the 24th at 11:45 p.m., -on the 27th at 8:3D p.m. The istar stands at about utree fifthsL Of the distance from the celer at Cassibpela to the Pleiades, The Plainets. Mercury has been an evening str sine December 12 and will continue such throughout this month. It may be looked fo. nacereein5o ntesuh h the 1st of thant 1-1-on afte 11~~ o'clo secthen eoac est.nIt hai..moheg-sae ae as theastward.lOatthns1stiof thrm tonthlt ansd orel iential wiutor tndentm. the theheprncelnf heeunx'aso Jpiter, of c rn the eunes an ter anpic tfard moth wsachs siend nwandsrnaest of the conuternleviongh skyase ne. csn Aries' eaon pasin teveng equar, t tin renl teso the contllat about which Sajoins fArnthe west, t an souon trounthe un tbe ircble. Npue ocm pthe the istgns whic enntareo abovr the oefmwester odr tofet aGein ceu -(ppeastn of ah stwerve) riesaou (the eirst. Taurus tue, Caeyon (hi ech fthe nae abou ane 21areacwihin thenats hiagfest gnlath * Htip-Pocke Moral Fro ah soewhlan aTitraryemcasiatioo The tast cring to teer brtiincy, the brightos trwn y ha be hnlctd to form tea firt clas.Tcky ofn the wonrs derIthat" stgot afe with e. n adreernan tengIng therouatthe espheren nlod fournf wathese strar, howver beng be strange byin thatreino the stattuIehad b'ushittletosat the menngi lyin .sto arn th sot ciwila notegion whc. nemer appter soe hifor izongth ome ltitude tho Key Wth dOfav te foubrtee, ethr wgi, but abwovrereb the hoionaayoclc toht Na ie metaetodn had thi rlt ancy they waroe riuson Caphya Iige ro bot ity stavrsatess writtha these aOn th numeroty-thrneer e, nour ckart. Amnga trendare that Psolng tari ceti tosof the seewhcfotte IGret thate I the five whisch foeciomo the ainia trhed ee admm arm which fomthbl oIro n the pair wich mark -What' hat? of Aked Threy and, abt 20 stars ofe thre thir being teintestn visibled on n the my nhpots. Beoe lesulpy rmta.Iitsm i dadn tomthe srawteenth or ett. ese ofthis orpo r pbaforn th fanestm ro n la jie y Wtn'he lest tscopewsi ad tOne tof tke t trtingM eofthestaere vie anigh ias otherl-s in an tee maton-a ImonI artpia str. Odinl it d. o tneechd agstlit-e, and had~ ar ier of gottia itle ndrt teee v drop thearlynt.-th fourt'hmagnitud. in -thenex for hour warcoes taig usua. Th cauer ooa f this unt ehvo a ben atsatrilyndemnsredt be he passa-erun te sar of sa dak coh Upward o wentyse vaiabes o these Ago of sthmare visbe tothe aed etm. 8:30sa pmThe ar set mass a aou nan.