Newspaper Page Text
N. w I In. pf down to sleep— Pon t want to slttp; I want to think. I didn't mean to spill that Ink, 1 oniy meant to softly creep I’nder the d«sk an' be a bear— 'T ain't 'bout the spanking that I cars. *F she'd only let me 'sp'.ain an' tell Just hotv it was an accident. An' that I never truly meant. An' never saw It till it fell. 1 f« el a w hole lot w orse n he r; I'm sorry, an' 1 said I were. I s'pose if I'd just cried a lot An' choked ail up like sister does. An' acted sadder than I «i;t, An' sobbed about the "naughty spot.” She'd said: "He sha n't be whipped, he sha'n't,” An’ kissed me—but, somehow. 1 can't. But I don't think It's fair n hit That when she talks an' talks nt you. An' you wail path nt till she's thr ugh. An start (o tell your side of it. She says: "Now, that'll do, try fur.: I've heard enough.'' 'fore you've begun. '? 1 should die before 1 wake— Maybe 1 ain't got any soul; Maybe there's only Just a hole Where t ought to be there's such an nch^ Pown there somewhere! She setmed to think That I Just loved to spill that Ink! •-Ethel M. Kelly, In (’«ntury. The Toast of Death= + By ADRIANNE ROVCOLLE X (Copyright, tWS, by Dally Btory Pub. CoJ SHE was wondrously beautiful as far as mere perfection of the features went, but there was something in the cold glitter of the eye which to a close observer of human nature would have meant that the lovely face was only the lying mask of a shallow, selfish soul. Yet men loved her, her beauty was to them the loadstone which drew their hearts as does the bright light to the summer moth. She gloried in her conquests and it was with ever increasing pride that she named those who had loved her. Her fame was universal thoughout Spain, for it was known that princes, (hikes, , noblemen, and even a king had loved her. Yet one man had baffled her, for be neath the burning invitation of her luminous eyes he had remained cold, in different, almost contemptuous, ar.d be- j cause of that Lopez c!e Servedo became almost as famous as the woman whose charm he had withstood. But a woman of Margarita Toreno’s type does not nt once pronounce hersc J vanquished. If he could withstand her charm it was that his heart was filled by another love, a love that must be killed before she could hope to conquer. It did not take her long to know Lopez's se cret, for she was rich and detectives are clever. It was a simple tale of tender love, pure and holy. The powerful Lo pez de Servedo loved one much beneath him in social rank, one whom his proud parents would never have recognized as their equal. He had therefore married her in secret and kept his bliss and her beauty concealed in a lonely villa some distance front the noise and vice of the rity. When Margarita heard this she had a cry of triumph. "Now that f know his secret he is mine; he shall cringe at my feet and sue for the love he has scorned, but first I must get rid of her.” For a week she thought;~she" even went so far as to visit the little \ 111a and try with a lying tale of Lopez's in- ; fidelity to make her successful rival leave the man she wanted. In this she failed, and returning home, humbled by i her want of success, she cried; “Then there Is only one way; she must die.” A week later all Madrid was shocked by the news of a mysterious murder! which had been committed in a lonely villa. A young woman living alone with two servants was found dead one morning, a dagger thrust through the heart. Margarita's well paid assassin had done his work. Ixipez de Servedodid not change any thing in his manner of living. He was still seen In his box at the opera; he still frequented the various gambling halL of the town; he drove his fast horses with the same careless grace, but could anyone have seen within his heart they would have been startled by the tragic depths of his despair. The dead woman had been the one love of his life, an ! had it not been for the hope of avenging her he would have soon rejoined her In the grave. After awhile his indHTerer.ee toward Margarita seemed to melt. His visits to her home became more frequent and soon it was murmured that Lopes de Servedo had at last fallen a victim to her charms. She thought so too and rejoiced. “I knew.” she thought, “that orco freed from his infatuation for that girl he would turn to me. And now he is mine. He loves me—and, yts, I love him!" A month after the strange murder Lopez and a number of young men and women were assembled in Margarita s home, for Lopez wished to proclaim ir. a public fashion his liason with (he beautiful courtesan. The wine flowed freely and as its vapors mounted to th* heads, jokes and laughter reigned su preme. Only Lopez remained calm, in different. cold Margarita, intoxicated as much by th“ triumph of this hour as by the wine she had drunk, talked as she had never done before, surprising ail by the brilliancy ( f her wit, the quickness of her repar tees. Dessert was served and new wines brought in. Lopez rose and with a graceful gesture imposed silence. For a moment he did not speak, as though he wished to give to all time to admin his elegant form and dark, handsome face; then he began; his voice ROft and molodioii. fell on the ear like a caress: "In most banquets toasts are drank, and as this is an occasion of special Joy to me, I wish that we follow the cus tom. So I appoint myself as toastmas ter and will call on each and every one of you for a toast.” He resumed his seat amid the bois terous hurrahs of his companions. For awhile, in answer to Lopez's request, toasts of different characters were given amid the general laughter of the guests. When all had spoken someone re marked: "Servedo has not spoken, and a man loved by the peerless Margarita must have much to say.” I^opez smiled and refilling his glass began: “Certainly; I have much to say and will not shrink the task. I have a story 1 wish you to hear, but before I relate it I want you all to drink a toast with me.” All raised their glasses and waited1. Lopez turned to Margarita, saying: “You will drink out of my glass th's time, drinking only half, leaving the other half for me.” Smilingly she put down her glass and Lopez began: 'I drink to the most beautiful, *h» most outwardly perfect woman in the1 world, to Margarita Torero.” Ail glasses were drained and aftpr Margarita had drunk half of what was in Lopez’s he swallowed the rest, adding with a smile: "This is our love troth,” and he re sumed his seat. “Now for my story.” “Silence," cried the others, “Lopez has got a story. Listen to the story.” After awhile the noise ceased and Lo pez began: “This is a true story, every word of it is true, so note well what I saj. It was three years ago, a young man pass ing by a cigarette factory saw a lovely girl in plain dress leaving the building. She was beautiful, with a beauty which came from a pure soul and a noble hear'. Well, he was young, ardent, and she pleased him. He sought her out, saw that she was virtuous, though poor, and tillable to get her any othi r way he mar ried her in secret, since his rank and his parent's pride forbade him to do so openly.” He paused and turned w ith a smile to ward Margarita. She had suddenly be come very pale and her dark eyes met his in a startled ejtiestion; but without seeming to heed her emotion he contin ued, measuring each of his words: “Only those who have truly loved, loved with all the strength of heart an l soul, can guess what hour? i f bliss, wha: exquisite joys filled the lives of the two married lovers. For two years that hap piness continued, then a cloud rose ia their sunny sky, and that cloud took the shape of a woman, divinely beautiful, but satanically erne!. “She was one of those lost creaturca which the world supports yet scorns. She had princes and kings at her feet, but her vain h< art wanted to possess the man who scorned her. What's the mat ter, Margarita? you are pale; does my story move you?" By a powerful effort she overcame her weakness and answered: “Go on; 1 am interested. Only pass me more wine, I feel strangely dizzy.” And she drank eagerly the glass one of her companions had filled for her. But Lopez continued: Seeing that she could not vein him she decided to take tier from him. It was an easy thing to accomplish, for one night a well-paid assassin struck his blow in the dark; one young life was cut short; one love dream was brought to an end and the next morning ail Madrid was shocked to hear of the mys terious murder of the Villa del Rosa.” A smothered cry from Margarita •aused all eyes to turn in her direction. She was standing in her place, pale, ghastly, wild. Some of the women rose to go to her, but Lopez said in the same calm voice: ‘‘Don’t worry, ladies; I will take care of Margarita, she will soon be well.” The smile had fled from all lips, a cur rent of dread passed among the guest-, most faces were pale and in the htarr. of each was a fear that something was going to hap; < n. Lopez alone n maim d calm and after forcing Margarita to r> sutne her seat he continued, his word* falling like a dirge on the oppressive- si lence: “You all know the details of that mur der. but what you do r.ot know was th« oath the man took over the body of the woman he had loved. He swore that h“ would find the guilty and avenge her death. He has this night kept that oath.” Margarita gave a wild cry as she started to her feet Lopez, with a laugh of triumph, concluded: “The hero of my story Is myself The guilty woman stands yonder. As to my vfngear.ee I achieved it as 1 drank my death and hers while pronouncing my toast. The wine we drank was pois oned. There is no cure and in an hour we both will he dead. I drank my toast to the most beautiful, the most out wardly perfect woman of the world, but I drank It with a wine which, like htr, was venomous, yet which hid its dan ger in the glitter of its sparkle. A ser pent she was: with the venom of a ser pent she dies!" Margarita had remained spellbound by horror, but at his last words she gave one wild cry and fell writhing to the floor. The affair was hushed up and thanks to Lopez’s high position, the story was 1 ept out of the papers, but those who witnessed that terrible scent* of rpflned vengeance never forgot ih? horror of the trar-ic toast of death!” \ <ion.l I'rpnor i pi I on. Expert John I! Smith says that by draining off the \vat*r lio ran destroy the Jersey mosquito The same meth od us d upon other Jersey products, remarks the Philadelphia North Amer lean, has been found effectual. A Safe Statement. It is asserted by one of the scientist* that the sun i-> gradually losing its heat. That is always a pretty safe statement to make at this season of the year, ro marks the Chicago Hecorii-Herald. ELECTRO-THERMIC FAN. It Ileal* I lie \ir C ur rei»t It 0*11%-era to *.ti> Drurff tlie Operator May lie* I re. An electric fan that heats the air current that it delivers has been de vised by .M. de Mare, a Iieigian elec trician. The device, which is termed by its inventor the "electrothermic fan," is thus described by Emile Guar ini in the Scientific American Supple ment: "The apparatus consists of an elec tric motor and rotating fan, the blades of which are of mica. Upon these mica blades are fastened resistance-coils, which are heated by the passage through them of a current of electric ity." In order to heat the air to a high temperature by means of these coils, without melting the wire or even pro ducing light, which would waste the energy, M. de Mare incloses his fan in ■a r ELKCTKO-Tl 1 E KMIC FAN. a case, in which its action compresses (he air. The compressed air rapidly absorbs the h at from the wire coils and prevents the wire from reaching the fusing-point. M. Guarini con cludes: "The pressure of the air upon the re sistance coils revolving in it is almost uniform at every point. When the fan turns and a current of electricity is passed through the coils, a very lively heat, an insupportable heat, issues from the mouth of the casing. In the experiments made before me Mr. De Mare allowed the revolving fan to at tain a satisfactory speed before turn ing the electric current through the resistance-coils. The wire, which while the fan was In motion glowed but dimly, was, in fact, so thin that the current employed—20 amperes— would readily have caused it to melt at the ordinary air-pressure.” Many Denier?* in Dry GohiIii, In the United States there are 97,671 dry goods merchants. TOBACCO BLINDNESS. Chief Troohlf In Till* Illurnm* la Tracrnlilp to tlie Stomach ns the l*rinmr> Source. A British oculist has called nttentioa to a new and indirect method of treat ing tobacco blindness, and notes the extraordinary fact that the chief trou ble in this disease is traceable to the stomach as the primary source. Exces sive smoking, as is well known, causes in many individuals partial and some times total blindness. Tobacco blind ness (and also the failure of vision which comes from the excessive use of alcoholic beverages) is remarkable because of the absence of any change in the structure of the eye itself. Microscopic examination in these cases has disclosed peculiar alterations in the ganglion cells of the retina, and these changes were formerly believed to have been produced by the poison of the tobacco Itself. Three years ago a Philadelphia physician published the opinion that the alteration in the cells, followed by failing vision, was not produced by the nicotine itself, but by poisons which the nicotine created in the system. These secondary poisons, finding their way to the eye, modified the cells in the retina, this modifica tion being followed by Inadequate power of vision or by loss of vision al together. With this original suggestion for ft starting point, other observers took up the investigation, with the result that the scat of the trouble has been lo cated. This is found to lie in the stomach. Nicotine disturbs the nor mal function of the stomach, and in stead of a healthy digestion, the smoker has a veritable poison factory in his gastric region. Instead of treat ing the eye. therefore, the new method goes at once to the stomach and at tempts to stop the manufacture of poisons in that important organ. Several interesting cases are re ported of complete cures by this method. One patient, an excessive smoker, whose eyes were rapidly fail ing, was treated for indigestion. The stomach was pumped out and found to contain evidences of gastritis. The man's diet was corrected, his tobacco ctit off, and other remedies of a hy gienic kind were applied. In a few weeks the blindness had disappeared. These facts seem to clear up the mystery attaching in general to to bacco blindness. Some men can smoko to excess without impairing the eyes, while others are affected in that way by a much smaller quantity of smok ing. This anomaly can he understood when it is remembered that it is the stomach and not the eyes upon which the nicotine acts directly. Some stom achs can resist the poison-making force of the tobacco; others cannot, and it is those whose stomachs aro affected by the use of the weed that suffer blindness. Smokers should therefore have an eye to their digestion. IniiiienMc U u«le of I'uel. With the methods now in use seven tenths of the force in coal is wasted. A few years ago the waste was nine tenths. Mr. Edison declares that a bucketful (jf coal should drive an ex press train from New York to Phila delphia, and a few tons be sufficient for the largest ocean steamship, whose bunkers must now hold thousands. Low Cost Modern Farm House FARMHOUSES with modern con venienees, such as hot and Cold water, water closet, bath room, sink rack and woou and fuel room, are the exception. Those who have resided in a city for any length of time, even MOl'KKN FARM HOldlv a few weeks, will see the contrast be tween the comforts of the average city dwelling to that 01 the average farm dwelling. The farmer, however, in most cases does not realize this con- i trast, and hence so-called modern con veniences are the exception in the farmhouse. This Is not as it should be. A farmer in moderate eircum- ; stances should and could very easily have these conveniences, and probably would have did he realize their ad vantages and comforts. These modern conveniences are sold cheaply. The accompanying plans are in tended for a farmhouse of this kind, FIRST FLOOR PLAN* suitable for a farm of 100 acres or less. 1 give detail plans of the two ! floors and front elevation, and bill of timber, so that the reader needs but ; submit the plans to a building eon- j tractor for estimates. The home is two stories high, built of brick or wood, 48 feet long at the ! back, 37 feet wide at the left end. and i 19V4 feet at Ote right end, outside measurement. The basement walls are of stone, and the cellar extends be neath the whole house. The roof is shingled and stained. All of the rooms are of good size and nicely finished. The dining room, living room and ves tibule, hall and stairs, may be finished in oak or a cheaper material if one's purse does not permit. The floor in the kitchen should be of maple or sim ilar hard wood, but throughout the re mainder of the house the floors may be of spruce or pine. There are man tels in the living room, dining room and front bedroom, and there are closets off each of the bedrooms. There is a large linen closet and storeroom off the hall upstairs, which the women will appreciate. The bathroom is of good size and fitted with good modern SECOND FLOOR PLAN. plumbing fixtures. The front bedroota may be finished white, the remaining rooms natural wood. There is a bal cony connected with the front of tit* house and front bedroom. Estimate mateiial needed to build: 580 feet 2x6 Inches for plates; 20 Vi squares (100 square feet); 2x12 inch for joists, placed 16 inches on center*; 19 squares 2x6 inches for rafters, 16 inches on centers; 20v3 squares seven-eighths-inch matched spruce or pine flooring; 19 squares one-inch rough boards for roof sheathing; lath and plaster, GO) square yards; 28 inch rough boards for roof sheathing; box frame windows, 22 doors. First floor or ground plan, dimensions, liv ing room, 16x19 feet, dining room llt^ xlT‘4 feet, kitchen 14xlJ feet; wash room, 10x10 feet; second floor plan front bedroom. 15^x20 feet; back bed room, llVixl0V£ feet; bath-room, 7x8 feet; small bedroom, 7x11 feet; end bedroom, 10x7>* feet — J A MacDon ald, in Orange Judd Farmer. r OLD BARBEE. j^T’Tbe Whiskey that Made Kentucky Famous. Ifia'j B«rtee «• & - ^=^>7 fotftSYtl.lB.Kv>. At the Green Tree Saloon IKE MALLORY, Prop. The Fall Season of 1903 r-rzr FINDS OUR _ MAMMOTH STORE in the front as usual with the most stupendous stock of GENERAL MERCHANDISE in Forrest City. Call and examine out various lines. Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps and Dry Goods, especially, and all kinds of Furniture, Hardware, Stoves, Harness, Saddles and Groceries. BRANDON & BAUGH. Jo W. Beck & Co. GENERAL Merchants. Highest. Market Price paid for All Country Produce. If you A buy for you can Get bargains at Beck’s The Brady Jewelry Co., Dealers In Fine Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Diamonds and Silverware. We are now located at Duna vant's Drug Store. Repairing of all kinds a Specialty Pace Marble Works, _ W. A. PACE, Proprietor. Marble and Granite Monuments, Crane Stows, Coping, Etc. Patronize Home Industry. PRICES THE LOWEST. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Somli Side of Railroad, Second Door West ol S. p. McDaniel’s I’luuibiiiK Shop. t orrest City, : Arkansas.