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The Duet's Sleigh Ride. j 4 HY r.FKIF. W. PERKINS. Tt was a glorious day?sunshiny, tlie Etotind covered with snow, and just cold enough to satisfy one that the sleighing was going to last. Too lovely a day to waste indoors if you couldn't go sleighriding. so thought the "I>uet," as they were oalV-d. Natalie and Katherine, Arm friends at Northaven College, where they | were s>':i..>rs. Tliey lia! started out for a walk on a we!l-l?'ate:i country road, which crossed the ris-er about three miles out of Northbnvi'ii. and then, several miles further on, entero 1 the town of Alton, where there was J a boys' college. Natalie had planned the expedition?she was always the leading spirit. "We'll walk out tn the bridge and watch the ice bumping alunK. and then take the 4 o'clock train back to Nortliaven from that little station near by." So It was arranged and carried out. as far as the walk was concerned. 1 Now possibly you have often heard of r "grave and reverend seniors," but the "Duet" were far from deserving that name. As they stood on the bridge watching the wift current carrying the cakes of ice T Katherine suddenly snatched a handful of snow from the railing, made a smooth round hall, and as she threw it, cried, "See if you can hit that three-sided piece floating near that old log." Her ball flew down to the cake and truck with such force that the pieces scattered In all directions. Natalie entered Into the fun with great energy, but rarely was as successful as Katherlne, who was naturally stronger and had learned to throw straight and true under the direction of three big brothers at home. Just as the girls were getting rather tired, a Jingling of bells was heart! and a farm sled came around the corner, driven ^ by a man wrapped up In a big buffalo robe. "Wouldn't It be fun to get a hitch," exclaimed Natalie. "If only Prexie hadn't forbidden it," Bighed Katherine. "Hitching" on slighs had been a favorite amusement of the college girls, and the f president had been forced to issue an order forbidding It as a dangerous and tomboylah sport. But ,'?s the sleigh reached the bridge, . I . .i.tr ... 1 u l ivauiri mc anu J\aiuci mo looked at Natalie, an<l with one accord they One, Two, Three. BY M. L. PLATT. When he was three years old it was time to call him Alexander. He was too old to , ' be called baby much longer. His mother taught him to count his age, so It was "one, iwo, uree?ana away lo ue a Dig ooy:" lie counted the clam shells that the flshtnan had thrown In the hedge bushes?"one, two, fee?one. two," fee," so many times three that they tilled his little wagon, and I>ela let liini draw them over to the stone gutter on the side of the drive, and when he had them in a row she said, "I never saw anything at all so nice:" Then she said It was getting late. That made him cross with Dela and he pulled back us she tred to draw him toward the house. . But she happened to think it was time for Kelly's cow to go by so they ran to the Kate, and surely enough were Just in time to see Mm. Kelly driving home the cow. If he had been cross any longer he would liave misted it all. Then It icrew so late that Dela carried him into the house and gave him his sup* per. After he had eaten It he went out to the piazza to say good night to his father und mother and to tell them about the clam shells and the mud pies he would make in them. They were all very happy, *4 people are likely to be when there are mul pies around. After Dela had takrn him nnsfolpo and undressed him she put him In his little crib by his mother's bed. But he did not He still long. He sat up and thought about the clam shells and the mud pies. "Will you put your little heady down till I tell you ai>?ut Kelly's cow?" He shook his heai. ' "Will you put your little heady d>>wn till f * ^ *'^^WB^P^Pl^PPPFl^P%i^^M^o^e^JP^^WPP | C"i *iwL^tg&?-sS i ^ S SSSE *?saK V PAGt FOR^Tf ^mi nni _/i I1LUK1 l ?j rail forward crying, "Give us a hitch?" The man looked around quickly, said, "Certainly. certainly." and they were soon gliding alone, standing comfortably on the broad runners of the bobsied. "We'll get ofr before we come to the town." said Katherine, "and Prexie'll never know." The man seemed to hear her words, for he turned around in his seat, and questioned, "College girls?" iN.unne noaueu ana wmsperea 10 naiane, "Typical New England farmer. I'm going to have some fun with him." Then raising her voice, she asked. "How's crops?" The man stroked his short, stubby beard, and answered: "Oh. fair to middlin', I cackeriate to cla'r about twenty odd dollars oft'n the rye crop." "Well, but Mr. oh! I don't know your name?" said Natalie saucily. "Call me I'ncle Rube, girls," answered the farmer, rubbing his chin and chuckling to himself. "Well, t'ncle Rube," continued Natalie, winking mischievously at Katherine, "What will you do with so much money?" "Wall, girls, I promised the old lady I'd cive her a real treat, next year after the hay's all In. and take her to the. county | fair. Mebbe they'll be enough money to buy I her a good dress, too." Katherine finally became Interested in the fun and between them they kept the farmer busy answering questions about the cows, rssOTii BR \ J W. lj || '. x\il-I- / J m K ? k H chickrns and "my boy, who's set out to get an eddlcation at the college back yander," with a backward jerk of the thumb." The ride was all too short, but presently, as they neafed the town, tt seemed safest to leave their good-naturea friend, so they jumped ofT. calling "Good-bye, Uncle Rube." The farmer drew up his horses with a loud "Whoa," and turning to the girls, took off his big fur cap and said in a very rhnnorad vnina' "nnn/i-hva vaiihi* in/luo , . v>v?. . V.UUU UJ v, JUVtllg taU(C9< Give Prof. Reuben Clark's compliments to President Keely and tell the latter Prof. Clark ha9 taken great pleasure in driving home two of the college's moat witty young ladles." Two very much bewildered and mortified girls stood staring after the departing sled. "Prof. Clark!" "The famous historian of Alton College!" "President Keely's best friend!" they gasped. ' Prexie'll hear all about It." But dav aftpr riav want- hv a r ?n vu? ?*?U ?VIUU1? was said about the adventure. At last, however, one evening at a reception given to the students, as Natalie and Katherlne were standing together President Keely came forward and uskcd with a twinkle in his eye, "Haow's crops?" I tell you about the clam man's horsey?" Down went his head and IX-la sang him this grand song: "Oh. noon we'll be riding away?away, Behind the clam mail's horsey! The baby will go aud l>ela will go Behind the clam man's horsey. "And mamma go, too?" he asked. "Ah, yls. yla. and mamma go, too. Behind the clam man'a horsey; And i>ape will go a eouotiug the clams? Wan, two, tree?" He closed his eyes; he was too tired to count with Dela. When he opened them again It was all day! He was so glad! One is always glad to see the next day in mud-pie time. He crept down to the foot of his mother's bed without waking her, and then let himself down to the floor by holding fast to the covers. Then he ran out Into the hall and met l>ela at the head of the stairs. She ' was very beautiful; her checks were so red. As soon as he was bathed and dressed she led him downstairs, where, before long, he had breakfast with his father and mother. After breakfast Del a put on his overalls, and out they ran to trig-clam shells! So he went to work, while she sat on the bench under the apple tree that stood by the drive. II* was so busy that he hardly had time to notice a little bird that was building its nest on the branch over his head. The I birdie kept counting his nles?"on*. i?n I fee! One, two, fee!,rHe had so many pies I and the birdie only one nest! i At last the shells were full and he had mud pie all over him, hands and face and all?all but his eyes; they were still clear and sweet. Dela got up from the bench and said It wus time to go In and get his nice soup. He went with her, but all the way he kept looking back at his pies. Just as they came to the door both looked back, for they heard a wagon coming in the ?r-.^_ 1 wmmm JAKKVlLUISfr-. l/09 g|yftE?.)) CvlT A MUMP OtfTUtaM m> ON DOTTE? UMC*. M JOIN TM? TWO h?? iE* M gate; such great big horses were pulling it, and the wagon was full of bagtt of grain to be taken to the stable. Dela said he might stand in the doorway and watch the wagon go past while she ran in for his soup. It wen by, and then he ran a little way out. Just to see his shells once more. They were all gone, ajl broken! The wheel of tho great wagon had broken every shell to little pieces! At first he only stared at them. Then he began to scream. Dela and Katie came running from the kitchen. Dela caught him up in her arms, but he could not tell them. He had lost his breath; so Dela blew down his throat, while Katie slapped him on the back, until he was able to scream again and say, "A1 b-oken. all eone!" They felt him all over. They did not understand that liis beautiful shells were broken. They could not understand how dreadful it was. ... ?,. Then the mother came! She took him in her arms and understood. He did not scream any more, and his breath was better. He could take a long breath that shook him all over, and the tears came so that they washed the mud pie off his face down on his mother's white blouse. Katie ran to the kitchen and brought Mm bflck a little cake. He pushed It as far away as he could, but seeing it was one of those cakes with sugar on top, he kept his hand out until Katie closed his fingers over it; so he thought he might as well ; keep his hand shut. Then they carried him upstairs, took off his overalls and washed his face and hands. After he had been sitting on liis mother's lap a while he felt all better and was able to eat his soup. Afterward his mother told him the good story of the grey kitten, and he Just shut hia eyes a little. When he opened them he was lying in his little crib and his mother, sewing, was in her chair. He was very glad to see her. She lifted him out and Dela came upstairs and said: "O, baby, come with Dela till you see what she brought you." So they went down and out on the drive, and there, there was a row of beautiful clam shells just like the others that were broken and Just as many! He knew because he counted tliem?"One, two, fee; one, two, fee!" ALASKA'S BIG BEARS. The Largest Flesh Eating Animals in the World. From Scribner'a Magazine. Very few persons really know that the largest flesh-eating animals In the world are found In America. People generally believe that the African lion is the king of beasts, but he is not nearly as large or as powerful an animal as the large brown bear of subarctic America. The bears are not as ferocious or combative as the lions, nor are they nearly as vicious as they are given credit for being, but the largest of them are much larger and more powerful than any of the lions. It is safe to say that the largest of the hrnvn hfiarc rvf nn???v? wahU Jl .... v.1 iivi lii nuuiu ncign iiiiee times a3 much as the largest specimen of lion, and Is beyond all question greatly superior in strength. If brought together in combat, the bear would at first appear very clumsy. It would not be capable of the quick rush or the catlike spring of the lion. | It would not attack, but would remain entirely on the defensive, meeting its adversary with blows of such rapidity and terrific force as at once to illustrate its superiority not only In strength, but in action. I do not believe that there is an animal in the world that can act more quickly or effectively or can aim Its blows with greater certainty than the bear. The large brown bears of the Alaska peninsula, south of Bering sea, are among the largest bears of the world, and it is evident that there is no part of the world uuisiae 01 America in which such large flesh-eating animals are found. The bears are flesh eaters, or carnivorous, yet there are none of them that depend upon flesh for food, and with most of them flesh comprises but a very small percentage of their food. Napoleon's Goddaughter. Paris Cor. London News. Is there any one yet living who remembers Napoleon? It may, I suppose, be taken for granted that the Countess la Peyrouse, who has Just died at Aix in her ninety-first year, is the last who saw him. She not only saw him in his Longwood prison, but lived i t.v. 1.1? xi " i *- * ? mm iiiui uicre, luinea wun mm, piayea with liim and was petted by him. This last of the St. Heienians was the daughter of M. and Mme. Montholon, who accompanied Napoleon to the lonely Atlantic rock, and who resided at Longwood until his death in 1821. The daughter was born at Longwood on June 16, lSltt? the first anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. Napoleon, who loved the Montholons, was in a state of delighted agitation over the infant. "Name her "Napoleonne." the emperor suggested?or rather requested. The parents were nattered. And Napoleonne she was -apti'zed by the Protestant chaplain of the British garrison. Napoleon himself acting as her godfather. xsapeoieonne juoninoion retained to the last her childish memories of the emperor, of the rooms where she used to play, and of the Sunday luncheons whereat the miniature court met at the emperor's table. The Queer Parson Bird. From the PiU Mall Oaxette. Two splendid male specimens of the poe honey eater were recently acquired by the Zoological Society. Its throat Is adorned with small white feathers, which, from their resemblance to clerical bands, have rained for it the name "narsnn HI mi '? t*o metallic green plumage, with bronse and purplish reflections, is' very beautiful. Its long and rather slender beak is curved; it has rather large feet and the length of Us tail Is considerable. Although somewhat rarely seen In this country alive, this bird is plentiful on both the north and south Islands of New Zealand; it is a good songster and mimic, and its lively temperament render* it a most interesting cue bird. Its food consists of berries, insects and honey. It has an extensile tongue, the tip of which Is forked, and, being covered with fibers, forms a kind of brush, most useful to the parson bird in gathering its food. nr- ? "I? mvwv ww m+j v*. cfuiuigi From the PblUilelpbU Record. A visitor from another city here on a tour of inspection of the public schools came to a West Philadelphia school the other day when the pupils were writing original sentences on the blackboard, and found an opportunity to air his pet hobby of avoiding superfluity In the use of words. One boy had written, "The man suddenly fell down." "What is the need of the word 'down' in that sentence?" asked the risitor. "How else could the man fall?" "Over," promptly replied the boy who had written the sentence. "Backward." suk gested another. "Against a wall," volunteered a third; "upstairs," said still another. The visitor promptly gave up criticism and was silent during the remainder of his stay. If the little girls who lose their hair ribbons will first put a small rubber band around the hair, then tie on the ribbon. It | will stay until they wish to remove It.? From Home Companion. m The Tail of Lemuel. BY E. C. WEBB. Cince there was a Di?r. and his name was Lemuel, and he lived_in a pen with seven brothers and four sisters. They were all white with black spots, except Lemuel, and he was black; and they all had curly tails except Lemuel, and his tail was just aS straight as a string. Mrs. Mullins?that was Lemuel's motherwas very proud of her family and she kept then all nice and tidy. Every morning she scrubbed each piglet,with soap and a scrubbing brush, and tied a blue satin ribbon on each of their tails so that they were beau tiful to behold. But Lemuel's tail wouldn't curl, and this made him very sad and sorrowful; and while his brothers and sisters gayly played tag all over the pen, Lemuel sat in a corner and thought and thought, "Whatever shall I do to make my tail curl?" And at last when he had thought for two weeks and seven days?that made it almost three weeks?he had an Idea. "I will go," said he, "Into the wide and expansive world; and when I have found something to make my tail curl, then I will come home again!" So one morning when Mrs. Mulllns was busy scrubbing his fourth brother, and his fourth brother was squealing loudly because some of the soap had gotten into his eye, Lemuel scrambled hastily off Just as hard as he could till the squeals of his fourth brother grew faint in the distance, and then he stopped to take breath and to look about him. And there, right before him, what do you suppose he saw? A row of pink sweet peas, with every one of their little green tendrils curled In most beautiful curls! I^emuel was so happy he just squealed. And then he walked up to the sweet peas and said, with his best dancing school bow. "Will you please tell me, you pretty, pink sweet peas, how you get lovely curls?" Then he waited, but the sweet peas never answered a word: so he said again a tittle louder. "Will you please tell me. you pretty, pink, sweet peas, how you get your beauti iui curia r But the sweet peas only smiled and shook their heads In the breese. Lemuel sniffed "I think you are not a bit polite," he said with dignity. Still the sweet peas wouldn't answer, and just kept on smiling in a very teasing manner. Then Lemuel lost his temper, and he cried: "I think you are just horrid, cross old things, and I'm going to bite you." And he did?and then he wished h? hadn't, for the gardener who was watering the flowers near toy saw Lemuel Mte the sweet peas, and he turned the hose on Lemuel till the little pig was so wet that he looked as if he were made of patent leather. He was a black pig, you remember, and the water made him look all shiny. Lemuel's mother had washed him once that morning, and he didn't feel like being washed ail over agalji, so he scampered off * * v??. uown Lno paiu juet an uniu m uc wuiu. He ran so fast that he didn't look where he was going-, and the first thing he knew he bumped right into a little girl who was running up the path so fast she dlan't look where she was going. The little girl was very much astonished, and Lemuel was very much astonished, but he remembered his manners and said, with his best dancing school bow, "Excuse?me? I am so sorry?I?didn't?see?you?" He had to talk like that because he was all out of breath. And the little girl said, "Excuse?me?I am?so sorry?I didn't?see you?" She was all out of breath, too. Then Lemuel looked at her. and he sawthat her hair was just as straight as a string. "Aha!" lie said, "you poor little girl, haven't you curls, either?" "Curls!" cried the little girl, with scorn. "Hon't talk to me about curls! Horrid things! Nurse says there Is nothing that she likes better than making curls, and she will do up my hair in curl papers every night, and it's just like sleeping on Ave horse chestnuts. That's why I'm running away Into the wide and expansllve world " Then the little girl looked back the way she had come, and she cried, "Oh, dear! X)h, dear! There's nurse now!" and she started to run away again. "Stop!" cried Lemuel. "I have an Idea." So the little girl stopped, and they stood together watching the nurse come up the path. She was tt large nurse, so she couiun L run very ia?i uuci me nine em and she had a comb and brush in one hand and a lot of curl papers In the other. When she was close Lemuel slipped forward and said, "Oh, nurse. I understand that there Is nothing you like better than making- curls. Now,I just love curls, and this little girl just hates them. Won't you curl my tail Instead of her hair?" and he smiled in a winning manner. The nurse thought for five minutes and three-quarters, and all that time Lemuel's h#nrt went Ihumo. thumD. thumD ever so fast, he was so afraid she would say no. At last the nurse said, very, very slowly, "Y-e-s." and Lemuel and the little girl took hold of hands and jumped up and down for joy. "I'll curl your tall for you now," said nurse. 'Oh, thank you," said ^emuei, and he was so happy he could scarcely keep still while the nurse did up his tall. "Now." said the nurse, when she had finished, "tell your mother to brush your tall over a stick every morning, and every evening you come to my house and I will do up your curls for you, and then this little girl won't have to have hers done ever any more." So Lemuel said "thank you" and "goodI ? i.. iU. T Am..Al on(/l L)\t* lu I lie II us ESC. aim UCUIUCI oaiu uwu* bye" to the little girl, and all .ie way home he walked with his head over his shoulder looking at his tail because he was so proud and happy. And the nurse was happy, and the little girl was happy, and Lemuel's mother was happy, and Lemuel's seven brothers and four sisters were happy?and they were all happy! The Sand Man. BY JACK RAE. From the Woman's Home Companion. I'm sorry for tUe Sand Man, be lias such a lot to do. For people all don't go to bed at eight, like me and you. Some children can atay up till nine?some later atlll, maybe? And once I lieard a grown-up man say Ue'd been up till three! It seems to me they're Tery mean?theae folks that stay up late? To keep the Sand Man hanging round. He has to wait and wait So he can send them off to sleep when they're at last in l>ed. I guess sometimes he almost goes to sleep himself instead. When I'm grown up I'll never act so selfish and so cruel; To go to bed at nine o'clock will be my solemn rule. I'll (eel more easy in my mind, I'm very sure, (or then It won't be my fault 1( he'a kept up most all night, and when? From waiting In a draft?he gets rheumatic* In his back. He never will have cause to aay, " 'Twas on ae count of Jackl" Two Xfonkeys. I had a Uttle monkey once, I tied him with a string; Be learned more tricks than I can tell? H? could do everything. We romped and played together lost Like two great jolly boys; The family ssid, "The monkeys mad* An awful lot of noise." Yon see, they called aae monkey, too. Which teased my little slater. I uicm l miiui, out uauy uiu? Became monkey kissed her I She aald her mother shouldn't be The mother to monkey: Indeed, she screamed and carried oa And acted awful-spunky. Bat do* my monkey's cone away, I sold him to a grinder; And sister's sweet as sugar plums And I am lonesome?kinder. To My Friend, the Bluebird. Gurgle sweetly, soft and low. Dearest bluebird, breast aglow; Hieing, flying to and fro. Thrilling, thrilling as you go. r nrnuiy 10 oij uumr. Dearest bluebird, build your own. Resting, nesting lu this tree; Flitting, sitting Dearer me. 'Tls the sweetest, gentlest note Blses from thy little throat; Winning, cheering and caressing; liestfnl, peaceful, like a blessing. Nice Little Girl. BY II. NUTTY. I kite a nice new frock; I'd rather act be clean; I want to play aome more; I think if a awful mean To have to be dreaaed up. I'll cry out both my ejw. 'I3V3 Chunk's Initiation. ^ l true stout in two parts. Oft i.. nuV% LA.NU. PAHT I. "HI! yi!" sang out a boy of twelve, as he ran breathlessly up a steep hill, then sent forth a piercing and significant whistle?the club whistle. I At this, three boys of about the same age, some hundred yards ahead, stopped, turned and waited for him to Join them. "Hey, fellers," he said in answer to their "Hello, Dlff," "Jim Darley wants to join : the T. U. C.'s, and I say we have a special meeting tonight and elect and Initiate him. I've told him to come around to the club rnnmq nt ohqrtavo **-? ?^ t?.j t 5 ? ?Mv.0i wv> o VV? anu M. U ICl liUll BUU? how things stood. That'll give us a half hour if we meet at quarter after 7, 'n' we can elect him 'n' attend to any other business before he gets there." The three boys drew a long breath and tliaiP OVOQ <)onna/l "Do you think we can get ready for him?" asked Haller, the oldest of the three. "We can if you'll all pitch In," said Diff, eying them in turn. "I will," and "I will," answered Haller and Dock. "I can when I've chopped the wood for tomorrow and gone to the village for my mother," said Buck. "All right," said Diff; "then It's a go," - -a 3! Ht- - 1 - ' - - 1 - 1 duumg wmi a, ioiiy air, neve omy 10 arrange the order of proceedings," an expression he had heard used by an uncle who belonged to a number of societies, and was also a Freemason of several degrees' Importance. The boys went on together talking In subdued tones lest their conversation be overheard by some chance passerby. Dlff, Dock, Haller and Buck were four boys whose ages ranged from thirteen down to eleven and a half. Their nicknames bore as much relation to their real names as the cry of a peacock does to its tail, and to their parents and teachers they were respectively Rudolph, Ralph, Harold and Alfred. The t. L>. i. a were a. society or tne most secret and exclusive character. The four boys were its only members; three of them, Diff, Dock and Haller, had organized it and were therefore charter members; and as it had been noised abroad that the ceremony of Initiation was what they called a scorcher, boys had been slow in wanting to join. Buck, however, had recently jolned, and wore his honors so proudly and displayed his club emblem with so much satisfaction that the curiosity of the boys was beginning to overcome their diffidence, and now Jim had announced himself as a candidate for admission to their ranks. The emblem referred to was a triangle of red felt sewed to the cap, on which in black silk, one In each point, was embroidered the capitals T. TJ. C. The town clock was striking the third quarter of the eighth hour when the figure of a boy was seen at the smaller door of an old barn, which, since Diff's grandfather had built a new one. had been given over to the boys. A lighted barn lantern hung at the left of the door and shed its flickering rays on his small person. The signal agreed upon was three raps followed by a sort of roll made by rapping the knuckles rapidly in turn along the door, then he was to be challenged from within and given the countersign. All this duly happened; his three loud and ?Alamn t?mc fnllAn'od h V a rftUlntr ltnnck CUICI11I1 > apo *v??w v\? W,( w ??>vvn called forth the challenge from within: "Who goes there?" "A friend." "Advance and give the countersign." As Jim was already close to the door, after a pause of two or three seconds to give his answer the proper effect, he satyl with decision, "Rats." At the sound the door opened with a jerk, Miss Matilda's Nephew. BY POLLY BOWERS. It was very unusual for anything out of the ordinary to happen in the small and quiet village of Bgremont, so when Miss Matilda Draper announced the fact that ehe was going to have her ten-year-old nephew from New York visit her, the greatest excitement prevailed and in a twinkling the news was all over the town. Mlco ilparpat friend was Mrs. Hart, who-ilved next door, and As these two discussed the coming of Miss Draper's nephew, Jimmy by name, they both decided that he and Mrs. Hart's son Freddy would be capital playmates. "I'm glad," said Mrs. Hart, "that Freddy will have some other boy to play with, because I think he goes around with the girls so much that he's a perfect Molly." Miss Matilda acknowledged luat elie did nut lrnnw mnr?h nlmiit the emectwt Jame?. but he probably was a nice, quiet boy. Tlie day of his arrival came, and Miss Draper drove down to the station behind her old and staid horse, and reached there just as the train rolled in. Before it had fairly stopped oft jumped a hatless small boy, who immediately made a dive for the old carryall, and jumped In like a hurricane. "I knew it was you, Aunt Tildifc." Jimmy exclaimed breathlessly, " 'cause father said you had a horse and wagon that looked as thofigh they came out of the ark." Somewhat taken aback by thU very frank remark. Miss Draper faintly asked him where his hat was. "Oh, it blew out of the window at Henryville," said Jimmy, carelessly, "and so long as it isn't cold I don't mind." Five minutes after they reached the house Jimmy had explored every nook and corner, and turned everything in his room topsy-turvy, scattering the contents of his trunk about, until the place looked as though a cyclone had struck it. Poor Miss Matilda felt as if she were entertaining come sort of a wild animal, and the old lady wondered how long she could stand her gay and frolicsome guest. It didn't take Jimmy Jong'to make the acquaintance of every child in the village, ana ne was soon meir acicnowieagea leaaer. He stopped at nothing, and put so many ideas into Freddy Hart's head that his poor old mother expected daily to see her son brought home in sections. Miss Matilda stood it as long as she could, and then after her nephew painted the inoffensive white tabby a deep purple and left it to wander round a'deeply colored shadow for many a day, she rebelled, and said that Jimmy must go home. The next day was set for her nephew's departure, and his trunk was quickly packed and stood ready to go. _Jmmedia.tely Jimmy set about cudgeling his wicked little brains to prepare some grand fun to end his visit, and it was some time before he could think of anything effective enough. Then tba vprv thine rvnm# into his A hnat race with Freddy Hart! Now, to this fine scheme there was onlyone drawback. Jimmy and Freddy were not on the best of terms, owing to the fact that Nellie Dwight, who lived three houses down, and had formerly shared her Saturday allowance of candy with Freddy, had the last week given half of the candy to Jimmy Draper; and what boy could tolerate that? So It took Jimmy some time to muster his courage to make the first overtures of peace and approach his rival. After a few preliminary glances they finally spoke, and Jimmy proposed the scheme of a boat race on Miss Hatllda's boat pond. Now there was one thing that Freddy could do very well, and that was row; so be eagerly consented to the race, and that very afternoon was set for the great event. Quite a crowd of children collected on the banks to watch the start, and the two boys set off with many cheers from the ad I minn* lookers-on. rrom the firit jimmy I 1 was ahaad, and It was very evident that1 he stepped In and It was Immediately closed and bolted behind him. "Who enters hero leaves hope behind," said a solemn voice. Jim looked around. He found himself in the barn proper, dimly lighted by lanterns. The room half wav bank wah divine hv the boarded staircase, which led to the floor above, where the boys had their clubroom, Into which the initiated might enter. At the left were three disused stalls. In one of them stood Dirt's hip white goat, that in the dim light startled the eye: and his occasional bleating was as startling to the ear. Way over in the right corner a large sleigh and small cutter, each sheeted in white, seemed to shift and dance and cast fantastic shadows in the flickering light, which gave the scene a weird and ghastly aspect. Several large pumpkin lanterns hnng around, grinning horribly, while the lighted randies hnmlnc In th<*m nmire:! out Btreams of black smoke like wttehs" locks. Th$ flames lighted up the whitewashed wall behind them in such a manner as to suggest to the excited imagination a sheeted figure with fiery eyes. Three of the boys in their respective offices of Chief High Kicker. Lieutenant High Kicker. Illustrious Secretary and Treasurer stood before him. The fourth right honorable member, in his capacity of Doorkeeper Plenipotentiary, had just closed the door behind him. Diff stood in the center, for was he not by right the president of a sosoclety which had Its meetings in his grandfather's barn? The boys were in full regalia. The Chief wore his hip rubber boots, adding dignity to his COStunie. His hodV wnfl anvelnnMl in I an enameled cloth circular cape that had been worn by his uncle In a political torchlight procession. The front of it was decorated by political badges and conversation buttons. On his face he wore, us did the other boys, a mask mude of black cloth, and on his head was a cap with the club emblem. In his left hand he held a flaming torch, another relic of torchlight processions, and In his right he carried with grace and dignity the club gavel. This latter bore a strong resemblance to the mallet which ordinarily found a place In Diff's tool chest, and close examination might have brought to light the marks of nail heads produced by using It in lieu of a hammer when that useful article had been temporarily mislaid; but the Chief held It with as proud an air as lr it were a most beautiful ivory and silver-mounted implement. The other boys were similarly attired, only the secretary carried a disreputable pen as insignia of his office. The candidate, in slow and solemn tone, was requested by the Chief to advance and give his name. "James Dangworth Darley." "What do your pals call you?" "Chunk." Chunk." demanded the Chief, "what does your presence here tonight signify?" "Why-er." stammered Chunk. "Does it signify," went on the Chief with dignity, "that you desire to join this august body, the T. U. C.'s, and be one of us till death us do part?" "It does." answered Chunk firmly. "Are you prepared to become one of us by being initiated and swearing eternal obedience to our constitution?" "I am." answered Chunk. "Then prepare to meet your fate," said the Chief solemnly. The answer having been duly recorded in the club minute book by the Illustrious Secretary, he closed it. and, for lack of a better place, put it in one of the oat bins. "Blindfold the candidate," commanded the Chief. Chunk was thereupon blindfolded by the Right Honorable Doorkeeper, of whose duties this was a part, and after he had been put through a rigid examination to prove that he could not sue the least little bit he was led out into the middle of the right half of the room. Here his hands were taken by the three lesser dignitaries in turn, and he was turned round and round till his sense of direction was entirely lost. (To be continued.) he was to be the winner. But, alas, pride goeth before a fall, and, just before the end came, in some mysterious manner, Jimmy managed to tip over his boat. The water was not very deep, and he Boon floundered out; but never was seen a wetter, more bedraggled looking specimen than he. To add to his discomfort, Teddy Hart won the race, and this was more than he could stand. His fists found their way to his eyes, ana jimmy draper me unmovaDie was cryins. Tender-hearted girls tried to comfort him, but it was impossible, and, oh, such a miserable little figure thiit sidled into Aunt Matilda's back door and met lier horrified eye! "Jimmy Draper, what have you been doing now?" "F-f-fell into the p-pond," sobbed her nephew, "and I'm awful w-wet." Miss Matilda was so overcome at the sight of James weeping that she quickly relented, and never said a word about the pools of water on her best hall matting. She led the unfortunate upstairs and in a trice had his wet clothes off and hung up by the lire to dry, then taking hini on her lap, talked to him for a long time trying to convince him of the error of his ways. "Now, Jimmy," said the old lady, "If you win promise id iry iu ueuuve line tt civilized being, you may finish your visit here instead of being sent home like a naughty little boy." Jimmy's spirit had completely vanished, j and his word to turn over a new leaf was j immediately given. So the trunk in the ' hall was unpacked and Jimmy stayed on at Kgremont, much improved by his slight accident in the pond. Working Overtime. I From Success Magazine. A Chicago teacher gave a boy pupil a question in compound proportion for home work one evening, which problem happened to include the circumstance of "men working ten hours a day to complete a certain Job." The next morning the unsuspecting teacher, in looking over his pack of exercises, found one pupil's problem unattempted. and the following note attached to the page: "Deer Sir, i refoose to let my sun James do bis sum you give him last night as it looKs to me nice a siur on ine eigm-nour sistem, enny sum not more than eight hours he is welcum to do but not more. Yrs trooly, Samuel Blocksy." Big Owl Among Chickens. From the Plilloinath Beriew. One of the largest owls ever seen In Benton county was shot one night last week by Judge McFadden. The bird measures about four feet from tip to tip of wings. The honorable judge, hearing a clatter among his fowls about 1 o'clock In the morning, sallied out with his shotgun and observed the cause of the disturbances perched in the top of a tree among the chickens. I HISTORICAL ? A?' : W x v^HH ( */* iji? I fWtfTI ?._ taaaKBM* I! ' taHHHHHHBM I . I TORN WASPS' NESTS. New Source of Food Said to Have Been Found by Maine Woodpeckers. Foxcroft (Me.) Or. New York Sun. In many of the Main#* viii?p<?a foi-Ar/ui acvi.1 nit- mriim-n ho suaaeniy mat itiey die inside I hp winding galleries of the pests, where their bodies remain until the paper iiomes iyrc dissolved by frosts and rains. Some time not long ago an Inquisitive woodpecker in search of winter food chanced to peek apart one of these wasp tombs and discovered thousands of frozen Insects inside. The news apparently spread to all the woodpeckers in Maine, nnd now one may walk all day through the open woods and never see a wasps' nest worth taking home. But the woodpeckers finally overreached summer visitors the curio shops carry stocks of wasp nests. As there Is no fixed scale of prices for these nests, the trader generally asks about five times as, much as he expects to receive, which makes the trade highly profitable. A symmetrical nest In perfect condition eight Inches in diameter at the top will bring from 25 to 50 cents, while one a foot in diameter and eighteen inches long is worth $1 or more. For very large nests as much as $." has been paid. Within a year or so the number of * .sps' i>ests found by the boys in the woods has uiiiiiiiiiiiieu Kreatiy, anil the prices have advanced accordingly. In Hptte of extra cash Inducements offered the number of nests did not increase, and it was feared that a new and profitable Industry was about to disappear. I^ast summer was very hot and favorable for the Increase of wasps and hornets, but when the boys went out on the early snow to peer about for nests their hunt was not rewarded. At last it was learned that the busy woodpeckers hail turned their attention to wasps' liests fi>r the purpose of finding food. It Is an unwritten law among the wasp colonies of Maine that when the tirst autumn frosts touch the ash leaves on the side-hills it is time for all the members of the wasp colonies to die. Only a few frostproof queens survivo the winter and lay eggs for the next year's colonies. The In umiiTs. Ill nnm tug 111*? tttfltu they pecked the nests apart and permitted the coarae, paperlike material to i?e scattered by the wind. In tills way the boys who were seeking perfect wasps' nests discovered the enemies of their trade, and In doing so they learned how to restore the balance of nature to lis former condition, for shredded pieces of wasps' nests make excellent gun wadding, and with fine shot on top and compressed wasps' nest between the shot and the powder the youths who have been deprived of spending money by the woodpeckers are going forth to the % woods and shooting every woodpecker they can see. The Elm Incident. From Woman's Home Companion. Washington was taking formal command of tha Continental army at Cambridge. Ha crooked his arm, placed his elbow against the historic elm and rested his head on his hand. Then he addressed the Ill-assorted gathering of patriots. In the midst of his remarks his elbow suddenly glided from the tree and Washington completely lost his equilibrium. "Why didn't you inform nie," said tlia great general with dignity, "that this treu was a slippery elm?" Stamps for Charity. From the Paris Figaro. Three new stamps have just been pro? duced in Holland. Those who stick theni on their letters pay double pflfctage, half the value going to the state and half to anti-tuberculous works. An ea?y way of performing a benevolent act. Baby O'Grundy. Wag lK>rn on a Monday, Walked on a Tuesday, Wore trousers on Wednesday, Tlaye<l foot ball on Thursday, Was mended on Friday. (irew wjjlskers on Su turd ay, Fell In'Tove Sunday, And tbat was the end Of Baby O'Grundy. The Airy Giraffe. Said a pert little dog to a tali giraffe, "It isn't tliat any one cares. But you look so stuck up tbat tbe neigbliors laugfcg And say you are pulling on airs." Tbe giraffe was annoyed, you could plainly gee. And sniffed us be made reply: "If tou bud a nice loui? neck like me You would <lo the name as I." I? NEW? PPUZZLEJ WOBI> 80I ARK. 1. Sin. 2. A uuun. 3. A atrlng. 4. Final, DIAMOND. 1. Double you. ii. An animal. 8. Ncreaurf to life. 4. A number. 5. A consonant in 'rat." BHYMINU ENIGMA. In melon, not In grape; In goal, uol In c*iMt In narrow, not In wide: In laughed, not lu cried. la freah. not In amarl; In pie, not In tart; In leaf, not in tree: In chocolate, not lu tea; In leuion, not la pear; In wolf, not In bear. My whole la the name of a famous M UEBICAI. ENIGMA. I am composed of fifteen letters and spell tuv nsiue of ? fatuous imrfc My XI. 8, 4 Is iu the table of measures. My J. 11, 3. 4 Is ? sharp cry. My 12. 2, 13. 14 Is a fruit. My 15. 13. 8. 11 Is a girl's name. My 14, 5, 12. 2 Is n cable. My 0, V, 14. 7, 8 is tbe opposite of best. My 10, 2, 0 Is uot old. HIDDEN POETS. 1. I sternly forbade Ilsrry to withdraw or nsa words worth listening to. 2- Are you goiu< to tlis place by land or water? 3. 'lite dessert will I* composed of cakes, which ale browning beautifully uesiue me ure. Ql'KCUER 1. Wliit ward composed of five letters become* one by the removal of two of the live? 2. Whiit number, if you pretU another, uill be lowered lu value? ^Puzz/e NI'MEUICAI. EN'IGUA. Benjamin Franklin. WORD Syt'AUK. CADI ARID DINK IDEA. DIAMOND. I END INDIA D I a A BttGMA. Uik. PIkT LItm of crcat mm all rtmlnd at We tuay make our lire* aiibltate. And departing It-are behind ua Footyriuta on tke aauda of tin*. C11AUA.DE. PlnwheeL ? HISTORICAL MONOGRAMS. Jefferson and Lincoln. ^\\ HtRi'tn rue w? \\ ff+JWO KMfOS OF \\ ~ OLD W ENGLAND. - ?^ ' * . - * '