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N St. Petersburg society there may
be met at the present time a cer
tain Russian princess, who is noted
for her beauty, for an ugly defect—
she has lost the forefinger of her left
hand—and for her extraordinary at
tachment to the city of Tunis, where
she has spent at least three months
of each year since 1890—the year in
which she suffered the accident that
deprived her of a finger. What that
accident was, and why she is so pas
sionately attached to Tunis, nobody
In Russia seems to know, not even her
doting husband, who bows to all her
caprices. But two persons could ex
plain the matter—a Tunisian guide
named Abdul, and a mysterious indi
vidual who follows a humble calling
in the little Rue Ben-Ziad, close to the
Tunis bazaars. This latter is tho
princess' personal attendant during
her yearly vi3it to Tunis. He accom
panies her everywhere, may be seen
In the hall of her hotel when she is at
home, on the box of her carriage when
she drives out, close behind her when
she is walking. He is her shadow in
Africa. Only when she goes back to
Russia does he return to his profes
sion in the Rue Bon-Ziad.
This is the exact history of the ac
cident which befell the princess in
1890. In the spring of that year she
. arrived one night at Tunis. She had
not long been married to an honorable
man whom she adored. She was rich,
pretty and popular. Yet her life was
clouded by a great fear that sometimes
made the darkness of night almost in
tolerable to her. She dreaded lest the
darkness of blindness should come
upon her. Both her mother, now dead,
and her grandfather had labored under
this defect. They had been born with
sight and had become totally blind ere
they reached the age of 40. Princess
Danischeff—as we may call her for the
purpose of this story—shuddered w'hen
she thought of their fate and that it
might be hers. Certain books that she
read, certain conversations on the sub
ject of heredity that she heard in St.
Petersburg society fed her terror. Oc
casionally, too, when she stood under
a strong light she felt a slight pain in
her eyes. She never spoke of her fear,
hut she fell into a condition of nervous
exhaustion that alarmed her husband
and her physician. The latter recom
mended foreign travel as a tonic. The
former, who was detained in the cap
ital by political affairs, reluctantly
agreed to a separation from his wife.
And thus it came abotlt that, late one
night of spring, the princess and her
companion, the elderty countess de
Rosnikoff, arrived in Tunis at the close
of a tour in Algeria and put up at the
Hotel Royal.
The bazaars of Tunis are among the
best that exist in the world of bazaars,
and, on the morning after her arrival,
the princess was anxious to explore
them with her companion. But Mme.
de Rosnikoff, was fatigued by her jour
ney from Constantine. She begged the
princess to go without her, desiring
earnestly to be left in her bedroom
with a cup of weak tea and a French
novel. The princess, therefore, or
dered a guide and set forth to the
The guide's name was Abdul. He
was a talkative young eastern, and as
he turned with the princess into the
network of tiny alleys that spreads
from the Bab-el-bahar to the bazaars
he poured forth a flood of informa
tion about the marvels of his native
city. The princess listened idly. That
morning she was cruelly preoccupied.
As she stepped out of the hotel into
the bright sunshine she had felt a
sharp pain in her eyes, and now,
though she held over her head a large
green parasol, the pain continued. She
looked at the light and thought of the
darkness that might be coming upon
her, and the chatter of Abdul sounded
vague in her ears. Presently, however,
she was forced to attend to him, for
he asked her a direct question:
"To-day they sell jewels by auction
near the Mosquee Djama-ez-Zitouna,"
he said. "Would the gracious princess
like to see the market of the jewels?"
The princess put her hand to her
•yes and assented In a low voice. Ab
dul turned out of the sunshine Into a
narrow alley covered with a wooden
At a little distance a grave
man was noting down something in a
book. But the princess scarcely ob
served the progress of the jewel auc
tion. Her attention had been attracted
by an extraordinary figure that stood
near her. This was an immensely tall
Arab, dressed In a dingy brown robe,
and wearing upon his shaven head,
which narrowed almost to a point at
the back, a red fez with a large black
tassel. His claw-like hands were cov
ered with rings and his bony wrists
with bracelets. But the attention of
the princess was riveted by bis eyes.
They were small and bright, and
•quinted horribly, so horribly that It
was Impossible to tell at what he was
looking. These eyes gave to his face
an expression of diabolic and ruthless
vigilance and cunning. He seemed at
the same time to be seeing everything
and to be gazing definitely at nothing.
"That is Saftl, the Jewel doctor,"
murmured Abdul in the ear of the
"A Jewel doctor! What is that?"
"asked the princess.
"When you are sick he cures you
with Jewels."
"And what can he cure?" said the
princess, still looking at Saftl, who
waa now bargaining vociferously with
a fat Arab for a piece of milk white
"All things. I was sick of a fever
that .comes with the summer. He gave
me a stone crushed to a powder and
I waa well. He saved from d^ath one
of tbe bey's sons, wbo was dying fiom
hijada. And tben, too, he has a stone
fat a ring which can pr**«rv* *lght to
him wbo Is going blind."
Tim princess started violently,
"Impossible!" she cried.
"It is true," said Abdul. "It Is
green stone—like that."
He pointed to an emerald which an
Arab was holding up to the light
The princess pot her band to her
eyes. They itlll ached and her ttm
ples were throbbing furiously.
"I cannot stay here." she said. "It
is too hot. But—tell the Jewel dpctor
that 1 wish to visit him. Where does
he live?"
"In a little street. Rue Ben-Ziad, In
a little house. But he is rich." Abdul
spread his arms abroad. "When will
the gracious princess-?"
"This afternoon. At—at four o'clock
you will take me."
Abdul spoke to Saftl, who turned,
equinted horribly at the princess, and
salaamed to her with a curious and
contradictory dignity, turning his
fingers, covered with jewels, towards
the earth.
That afternoon at four, when the
venerable Mme. de Rosnlkoff was still
drinking her weak tea apd reading her
French novel, the princess and Abdul
stood before the low wooden door of
the jewel doctor's house. Abdul struck
upon it and the terrible physician ap
peared in the dark aperture, looking
all ways with his deformed eyes, which
fascinated the princess. Having ascer
tained that he could speak a little
broken French, like many of the
Tunisian Arabs, she bade Abdul wait
outside and entered the hovel of the
Jewel doctor, who shut close the doj?
behind her.
The room in which she found herself
was dark and scented. Faint light
from the street filtered In through an
aperture in the wall, across which was
partially drawn a wooden shutter.
Round the room ran a divan covered
with straw' matting, and Saftl now con
ducted the princess ceremoniously to
this and handed her a cup of thick
coffee, which he took from a brass tray
that was placed upon a stand. As she
sipped the coffee and looked at the
pointed head ar^twisted gaze of Saftl
the princess j
at a street I
nously a tunl
the darkness,!
the tall, strange creature standing si
lently before her gave to her, in their
•ombination, the atmosphere of a
dream. She found it difficult to speak,
to explain her errand.
At length she said: "You are a doc
tor? You can cure the sick?"
some distant Arab
Ir singing monoto
song, and the scent,
reiterated song, and
Safti salaamed.
"With jewels? Is that possible?"
"Jewels are the only medicine,"
Safti replied, speaking with sudden
volubility. "With the ruby I cure
madness, with the white jade the dis
ease of the hijada, and with the blood
stone hemorrhage,
man who was ill of fever wear a topaz,
and he arose from bed and walked
happily in the street."
"And with an emerald," interrupted
the princess; "have you not preserved
sight with an emerald? They told me
I have made a
Safti's expression suddenly became
grim and suspicious.
"Who said that?" he asked, sharply.
"Abdul. Is it true? Can it be true?"
Her cheeks were flushed. She spoke
almost'with violence, laying her hand
upon his arm. Safti seemed to stare
hard into the corners of the little
room. Perhaps he was really looking
at the princess. At length she said:
"I will give you any price you ask
for it."
"You!" said Safti. "But you-"
Suddenly he lifted his lean hands,
took the face of the princess between
them quite gently, and turned it to
wards the small window. She had
begun to tremble. Holding her soft
cheeks with his brown fingers, Safti
remained motionless for a long time,
during which it seemed to the princess
that he was looking away from her
at some distant object. She watched
his frightful and surreptitious eyes,
that never told the truth, she heard
the distant Arab's everlasting song,
and her dream became a nightmare.
At last Safti dropped his hands and
"It may be that some day you will
need my emerald."
The princess felt as if at that mo
ment a bullet entered her heart.
"Give it me—give it me!" she cried.
"I am rich. I-"
"I do not sell my medicines!" Saftl
answered. "ThoSe who use them must
live near me, here in Tunis. When
they are healed they give hack to me
the jewel that has saved them. But
you—you live far off."
With the swiftness of a woman the
princess saw that persuasion would
be useless. Safti's face looked hard
as brown wood. She seemed to re
cover her emotion and said quietly:
"At least you will let me see tho
Safti went to a small bureau that
stood at the hack of the room, opened
one of Us drawers with a key which
he drew from beneath his dingy robe,
lifted a small silver box carefully out,
returned to tho princess and put the
box into her hand.
"Open it," he said.
She obeyed, and took out a small
and antique gold ring, in which was
set a dull emerald. Safti drew it gen
tly from 'her and put it upon the fore
finger of her left hand. It was so tiny
that It would not pass beyond 1 he joint
of the finger and it looked ugly and
o<ld upon the princess, who wore many
beautiful rings. Now that she saw
it she felt the superstition that had
sprung from her terror dying within
her. Safti, with his crooked eyes,
must have read her thought in her
face, for he said:
"The princess Is wrong. That medi
cine could cure her. The one who
weais It for three months in each year
can never be blind."
"Let me wear It," she said, putting
forth all her charm to soften the jewel
doctor. "Let me take It with me to
Russia. I will make you rich."
Saftl shook his head.
"The princess may wear It here In
Tunis," he replied. "Not elsewhere"
She began to temporize, hoping to
conquer his resistance later.
"I may take It with me now?" she
"At a fee."
"I will pay it."
The jewel doctor went to the door
and called In Abdul. Five minutes
later the princess passed the singing
Arab at the corner of the street, Rue
Ben-Ziad. She had signed a paper
pledging herself to return the emerald
to Safti at the end of 48 hours and to
pay $26 for her possession of it during
that time. And she wore the emerald
on the forefinger of her left hand.
On the following morning Mme. de
RosnlkofC Bald to the princess:
"I hate Tunis. It has an evil cli
mate. The tea here Is too strong and
I feel sure the drains are bad. Last
night I was feverish. I am always fe
verish when I am near bad drains."
The prlneess, who had slept well and
had waked with no pain in her eyes,
answered these complaints cheerily,
made the countess some tea that was
really weak, and drove her out In the
sunshine to see Carthage. Tho count
ess did not see it, because there is no
longer a Carthage. She went to bed
that night In a bad humor and again
complained of drains the next morn
ing. This time the prlneess did not
heed her, for she was thinking of the
hour when she must return the emerald
to Saftl.
"What an ugly ring that is," said
the old countess. "Where did you get
It? It is too small. Why do you wear
"I—I bought it in the bazaars," an
swered the princess.
"My dear, you wasted your money,"
said the companion, and she went to
bed with another French novel.
That afternoon the princess implored
Safti to sell her the emerald and as he
persistently declined she renewed her
lease of it for another 48 hours. As
she left the jewel doctor's house she
did not notice that he spoke some
words in a low and eager voice to Ab
dul, pointing towards her as he did so.
Nor did she see the strange bustle of
varied life in the street as she walked
slowly under the great Moorish arch
of the Porte de France. She was deep
ly thoughtful.
Since she had worn the ugly ring of
Safti she had suffered no pain from
her eyes, and a strange certainty had
gradually come upon her that while
(ho emerald was in her possession she
would be safe from the terrible disease
of which she had so long lived in ter
ror. Yet Safti would not let her have
the ring. And she could not live for
ever in Tunis. Already she had pro
longed her stay abroad and was due in
Russia, where Iter anxious husband
awaited her. She knew not what to
do. Suddenly an idea occurred to her.
It made her flush red and tingle with
shame. She glanced up and saw tho
lustrous eyes of Abdul fixed intently
upon her. As he left her at the door
of the hotel he said:
"The princess will stay long in
"Another week at least, Abdul," she
answered carelessly. "You can go
home now. I shall not want you any
more to-day.''
And she walked into the hotel with
out looking at him again. When she
was in her room she sent for a list of
the steamers sailing daily from Tunis
for the different ports of Africa and
Europe. Presently she came to the
bedside of Mme. de Rosnikoff.
"Countess," she said. "You are no
"How can I be? The drains are bad
and the tea here is too strong."
"There is a boat that leaves for
Sicily at midnight—for Marsala. Shall
we go on it?"
The older woman bounded on her
"Straight on by Italy to Russia?"
she cried joyfully.
The princess nodded.
A fierce ex
citement shone in her pretty eyes, and
her little hands were trembling as she
looked down at the dull emerald of
At 11 o'clock that night the princess
and the countess got into a carriage,
drove to the edge of the huge salt, lake
by which Tunis lies, and went on
board the Stella d'ltalia. The sky was
starless. The winds were still, and it
was dark. As the ship glided out from
the shore the old countess hurried be
low. But the princess remained on
deck, leaning upon the bulwark, and
gazing at the fading lights of the city
where Safti dwelt. Two flames seemed
burning in her heart, a fierce flame of
joy, a tierce flame of contempt—of con
tempt for herself. For was she not a
common thief? She looked at Safti's
ring on her finger and flushed scarlet
iu the darkness. Yet she was joyful,
triumphant, as she heard the beating
of the ship's heart, and saw the lights
of Tunis growing fainter In the dis
tance and felt the onward movement
of the Stella d'ltalia through the night
She felt herself nearer to Russia with
each throb of the machinery. And
from Russia she would expiate her sin.
From Russia she would compensate
Safti for his loss. The lights of Tunis
grew fainter. She thought ot the open
But suddenly she felt that the ship
was slowing down. The engines beai
more feebly, then ceased to beat. Tho
ship glided on for a moment in silence
and stopped. A cold fear ran over the
pn.icess. She called to a sailor.
"Why," she said, "why do we stop?
Is anything wrong?"
"We.arc off Hammam-Llf, madam,"
he said. "We are going to lie to for
half an hour to take in cargo."
To the princess that half hour
seemed all eternity. She remained up
on deck and whenever she heard the
splash of oars as a boat drew near or
the guttural sound of an Arab voice
she trembled, and, staring Into the
blackness, fancied that she saw the tall
figure, the pointed head, and the de
formed eyes of the jewel doctor. But
the minutes passed. The cargo was all
on board. The boats drew off. And
once again the ship shuddered as the
heart of it began to beat, and the ebon
water ran backward from Its prow.
Then the princess was glad. She
laid the hand on which shone Safti's
emerald upon the bulwark and gazed
towards the sea, turning her back up
on the lights of Hammam-Llf. She
thought of safety, of Russia. She did
not hear a soft step drawing near up
on the deck behind her. She did not
see the t^sh of steel descending to the
bulwark on which her hand was laid.
But suddenly the horrible cry of a
woman in agony rang through the
night. It was instantly succeeded by
a splash In the water as a tall figure
dived over the vessel's side.
When the sun rose on the following
day over the minarets of Tunis the
Stella d'ltalia, with the princess on
board, was far on it* way towards the
Sicilian port
The emerald of Saftl was once more
In the little house in tbe Rue Ben-Ziad.
It was still upon th* princess' finger.
—Chicago Tribun*.
TheMethodist Episcopal
Church in America
Opening of the General Conference at Los Angeles
Will Mark Its One Hundred and
Twentieth Anniversary
HE meeting of the general
conference which opens at
I Los Angeles, Cal., May 4,
will mark the one hundred
and twentieth anniversary
of the organization of the
Methodist Episcopal church.
The conference will be composed of
about 720 delegates from all parts of
the world, representing a membership
of over three millions, and adherents
of about six millions more. The gen
eral conference is the law-making
body of the church, and meets every
four years.
The Methodist Episcopal church is
the mother church of American Meth
odism, of which there are now 17
branches. These arc united in doc
trine, the divisions all having been due
to differences on polity. Together they
number (not including their members
in foreign lands) about forty thousand
ministers, nearly forty-eight thousand
churches, and about six million two
hundred thousand members.
The Methodist church in America
was born In Ireland, During one of
John Wesley's visits to Ireland he
preached to some French refugees In
Limerick county. A number of these
were converted, and in 1760 several
families emigrated to America, settling
in New York city. Among them were
a godly woman named Barbara Heck,
who became "the mother of American
Methodism," and Philip Embury, a lo
cal preacher. This small band w r as fol
lowed in 1765 by another party of Irish
Methodists, who seem to have become
'backslidden." Soon after the arrival
of the second parly, Barbara Heck en
tered a room and found a number of
them playing cards. She snatched the
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cards, and threw them into the fire,
and exhorted them to return to God.
She then went to Embury's house and
told him he must begin holding relig
ious services, saying: "You must
preach to us, or we shall all go to hell
together, and God will require our
blood at your hands." Embury began
preaching at once, his first congrega
tion consisting of five persons. A
Methodist society was formed and in
October, 1768, the first Methodist
church in America—John Street church
—was dedicated.
About the time that Embury began
preaching in New York city, another
Irish Methodist local preacher—Robert
Strawbrldge—arrived in America, and
settled in Frederick county, Maryland,
where he began preaching, and soon
built a log chapel at Sam's creek.
One day in the spring of 1767 the
small company of Methodists in New
York dty were surprised ; lo see a
British officer walk Into their midst.
He was blind in one eye and presented
a forbidding appearance. They did not
linow but he had come to arrest them
for some fancied offense. He was
Capt. Thomas Webb, of the royal army.
He had been converted under Wesley's
ministry at Bristol, England, in 1765,
anl was a staunch Methodist and a lo
cal preacher. The little band found
in him a firm friend. His preaching
drew great crowds, and they were soon
obliged to secure larger quarters, first
going to a rigging loft, and later to
John streftt. church, toward which he
contributed a large sum. Capt. Webb
formed the first Methodist society tin
Philadelphia (while preaching In a sail
loft) and in other places.
Mr. Wesley was Informed of the rap
id growth of Methodism in America,
begun and continued in this unofficial
manner, and was urged to send men
who could devote their whole time to
the work, in 1769 he sent Richard
Boardman and Joseph Pilmoor, and
two years later Francis Asbury and
Richard Wright. Asbury afterward
became the great leader. Many of the
preachers were so strong In their sym
pathies with the king that when the
war of the revolution broke out, they
returned to England, leaving their
flocks shepherdless. It became evident
that as a result of the war an inde
pendent Methodist church must be or
ganized. By authority of Wesley a
conference of all the preachers was
hold at Baltimore, Md., December 24,
1784. This is known as the "Christ
mas Conference." By it was organ
ized the Methodist Episcopal church,
and Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury
were elected superintendents of bish
ops. The technical title of Methodist
bishops is still "general supertntend
ents." Their Episcopal jurisdiction
is not limited to a diocese, as is that
of bishops of other churches, but ex
tends over the whole world,
The Methodist church has always
been distinguished for patriotism. It
was the first religious body of th«
country to recognize in Its organic law
the new republic, and the first to pay
homage, in the persons of Its chief
representatives—its first bishops—to
the chief magistracy, receiving in re
ply the thanks of Washington.
Referring to the early Methqdist
preachers President Roosevelt, in an
address at New York, February 26,1903,
said: "Since the days of the revolu
tion not only has the Methodist church
increased greatly in the oltf communi
ties of the original 13 states, but it
has played a peculiar and important
part in the pioneer grow th of our coun
try and has in consequence assumed
a position of immense importance
throughout the vast region west of the
Alleghenies, which has been added to
our nation since the days when the
Continental congress first met. • • •
In the hard and cruel life of the bor
der, with its grim struggle against the
forbidding forces of wild nature and
wilder men, there was much to pull
the frontiersman down. If left to him
self, without moral teaching and moral
guidance, without any of the influences
that tend toward the uplifting of man
and the subduing of the brute within
him, sad would have been Ms, and
therefore our, fate. From this fate we
have been largely rescued by the fact
that together with the rest of the pio
neers went the pioneer preacher, ana
all honor be given to the Methodists
for the great proportion of these pio
neer preachers whom they furnished.
These preachers were ot the stamp o!
old Peter Cartwright—men who suffer
ed and overcame every hardship in
common with their flock, and who, in
addition, tamed the wild and fierce
spirits of their fellow pioneers."
From these preachers came such ora
tors and statesmen as Bishops Francis
Asbury, William McKendree, Matthew
Simpson, the intimate friend and ad
viser of Abraham Lincoln; Randolph
S. Foster, one of America's greatest
orators, and Stephen M. Merrill, whose
judicial mind is compared to that ol
John Marshall.
Being of the common people, the
Methodist church has been led to do
for them what their spiritual, intel
lectual and moral welfare demanded.
Official action was taken by the Meth
odist preachers in America to establish
Sunday schools nine years before Rob
ert Raikes put his Sunday school idea
into practice in England, an Idea
which was suggested to him by the
wife of Samuel Bradburn, one of Wes
ley's preachers. Almost immediately
after the organization of the church
steps were taken for the establishment
of a school, and in 1787 Cokesbury col
lege was founded. The Methodist Epis
copal church alone now has 62 colleges
and universities; 53 seminaries and
academies; nine institution* exclusive
ly for women; and 22 theological insti
tutions. It has built the largest de
nominational publishing bouse in the
world. This was begun in 1789, with a
borrowed capital of over $3,500,000, and
does a business amounting to about
three million dollars annually.
The M. E. church was one of the first
to undertake foreign missions. It*
first bishop, Thomas Coke, died In 1814,
while on his way to India, and was
buried at sea. In 1833 foreign missions
were established in Africa and later
in all foreign countries. It now ha*
in the various fields 552 foreign mis
sionaries, 1,717 native* preachers and
about one hundred and thirty thou
sand members.
The quadrennial sessions of the gen
eral conference are always interesting
and important. That to be held in Los
Angeles will be one of the,most im
portant Among the subjects to be
considered will be the proposed con
solidation of the benevolent societies,
the unification of the publishing houses
and the election of bishops. Two bish
ops have died (luring the quadrennium
—Bishops W. X. Ninde and J. F. Hurst
—and one—Bishop S. M. Merrill, of
Chicago—has announced his Intention
to ask the general conference to give
him a superannuated relation. Three
new bishops, at least, will therefore bt
elected, probably mora>
Pretty Trifles That Are - us'. FTow the
Proper Thing in My
Lady's Dress.
Parrot green Is a leader in fashion
able tints.
White shades grade from chalk col
or to the deepest Ivory.
Persian bands figure conspicuously
in the season's trimmings.
Silk boulllonnees are superseding
ruchings in popularity.
Ribon bows with their ends frayed
ofT represent a new notion.
White will be worn more than ever
during the coming summer.
Soft, pliable materials are given
the preference by Dame Fashion,
Ombre effects in ribbon and chiffons
are utilized for millinery purposes.
Voile is a pronounced favorite for
dressy street costumes and general
For summer wear linen will take
precedence of all other w'ash materials.
The garland Idea will be the key
note of the trimmings for the coming
Irish lace w ill continue to be used both
for the turnover and the stock collar.
Shantung embroidered with white
pastilles, both in ecru and pastel
shades, is in favor.
Considerable vogue for black re
lieved by touches of pronounced color
is predicted for spring, says tho Brook
lyn Eagle.
Linen laces In antique * patterns,
macrame and heavy Venice will be used
for trimming linen costumes.
Both black and white lace hats of the
tricorne shape will be worn, trimmed
with narrow velvet ribbon.
The tendency in light colors is to
ward champagne, gray, heliotrope, al
mond green and pale golden yellow.
Small white and'colored roses, and
lace, too, will be used for bows and
other trimmings on straw and tulle hats.
For applique lace the line branch
with cone and leaves has been adopted
as a model, and this pattern is much
favored by the Parisian modiste.
Chiffon in light and dark hues Is much
In evidence for evening dresses, gaug
ing forming the principal trimming
with a lace yoke or bertha.
In t he latest Chantilly laces Japanese
designs have been Introduced, and the
lotus flower has also been utilized as
a pattern for some recent productions.
Was Taking No Chances on Reveal
ing Secrets While Under
Drug Influence.
She had been suffering for several
days with a slight abscess, and when
she decided to have it lanced her young
husband accompanied her to the physi
cian's, relates the New York Press.
"You are very brave, dearest," he
said to her, as they waited for the doc
tor ia the reception-room.
"Oh," she said,
"you see, I'm going to take chloro
form or gas or something."
"No! Oh, no!" he
"You mustn't—"
"Why, Jack, It won't cost so much
"Darling, how unkind! But. you
know, sometimes patients die under
"I'll risk that. Ah, doctor, my hus
band is trying to scare me with tales
about patients who die under chloro
form. Now, you don't think—"
"Pshaw! There's no danger when
the doctor understands his patient's
condition," ekclalmed the physician.
And a few moments later:
"Will you kindly take hold of this
sponge? By the way, just before you
came in I was administering the drug
to a man, and he was honestly quite
amusing. He rattled on about his early
love affairs—gave himself away in great
"Oh!" cried the young woman, in evi
dent distress. Then, collecting herself:
"Will It hurt dreadfully, doctor?" \
"The lancing? No; with the drug you
won't be any the wiser."
"I think 1 can manage without any
drug, don't you know?"
"You might faint, dearest," put in the
anxious husband. "And doctor says
there's no danger In your case. You'd
better take it."
"No, I think not," she said, throwing
the sponge away and sitting bolt up
right. "I'm going to show you men how
a weak little woman can bear pain."
smiling sweetly,
Digestion Table.
The time required to digest roasted,
broiled or boiled me^ts is from three to
three and one-halt hours. Slowly stewed
meats slightly less time. Pork and very
fat.meat, four or five hours; veal, four
hours; fresh lamb, two and one-half
to three hours; chicken and turkey, two
to two and one-half hours; wild fowls,
three to four hours. Brains, tripe, liver,
kidneys and heart are digested in about
two hours; fish and oysters, two to three
hours. Raw eggs, two hours; Hard
boiled, four hours; soft boiled, two
hours. Boiled milk is digested Eooner
than raw milk, which requires three
hours. Cooked peas, beans, com, beets,
turnips, etc., require three to three and
one-ha!f hours; potatoes, if baked aud
y be digested In two and one
. Raw vegetables, like cold
slaw, lettuce, etc., require two and one
half or more hours, as do raw fruits.
The more digestible cereals, like rice,
sage, tapioca, require two hours. Fats
and oils remain in the stomach but a
short time.—Ohio Farmer.
mealy, may
half hours
Potted Ham.
Remove nearly all the fat from
boiled ham and chop very fine, or put
through a mincing machine; add black
pepper, a pinch of cayenne and a liUlo
mustard; mix well and heat In a little
butter, previously melted; when thor
oughly heated, put in deep bowls and
set away to cool. Extra nice for
sandwiches.—American Queen.
Colonial Lace Curtains.
The colonial lace curtain Is new. It
has the appearance of patiently made
needlework of the Brussels pillow lace
type of 1600, known as the point
d'Angleterre. These curtains are es
pecially pretty and appropriate for
rooms furnished in old mission, Dutch
or colonial styies.
Seven Aids to Beauty.
Doh't forget that the nurses of a wo
man's beauty are seven—fresh air, sun
shine, warmth, rest, sleep, food and
whatever stirs the blood, be It exercise
or ( enthualaem.—Chicago Daily New*.
Reasons for the Proposed Alliance
Against Us—Fear Growing Fever
of Expansion May Reach
After Them.
Rumors are afloat as to the hostility ol
neighbors of ours to the south—Argen
tina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Fearing that. Uncle Sam has designs ol
annexing, or at least grasping after, tha
South American states. It Is reported the
above mentioned countries have formed
againBt that ambitious one an alliance
offensive and defensive.
That our interests are vital in the por
tion of South America north of the
Amazon is unquestionable, and few of
our citizens will gainsay there Is neces
sity for religious observance of the Mon
roe doctrine in lands bordering the
Caribbean, lands In the proximity to the
Isthmus of Panama; but there seems to
he a growing feeling among students of
political conditions that the stales far
ther to the south need not concern us so
closely, in fact, that it would be well for
the United States to withdrew altogether
from these its Monroe protection.
With the exception of small strips of
Ecuador and Brazil, the five republics
in the reported alliance lie south of the
equator, In the region certain statesmen
suggest should be left to work out its
own salvation. To be sure, this Is a very
large and Important part of South
America, a land of great wealth, of great
possibilities, and we would very much
dislike to see any other nation, or na
tions, getting possession down there.
Let us glance a bit at the various coun
tries making up so big a territory, pos
sessing so much real and so much po
tential wealth.
First Argentina. The Argentine na
tion, founded in 1810, experienced the
usual vicissitudes attendant on Latln
American experiments in self-gov.
srnment, but the present Argen
tine republic dates back to 1862;
which number of years indicates stability
and prosperity of an unusual degree
for that region. From time to time
revolutions have worked havoc, but the
last one occurred 14 years ago, and at
present peace reigns and is promised
for the future. Argentina has now about
4,000,000 people within her borders;
more than one-third are foreigners,
and 92 per cent of the Immigrants are of
the Latin race. Only recently Amer
icans have begun to come into (he coun
try, but it is thought they will ere long
be an important factor, Buenos Aires,
he capital and chief port of Argentina,
itands at the mouth of the great La
Plata river, and is the largest city in
South America. It has a population of
ilmost a million, a population rapidly
increasing and made up of many for
eigners; nearly four hundred thousand
Italians; next the Argentines; then
Spaniards, French and Germans, and a
;oodly number of English-speaking
people. The city is the chief political
md commerical center of the Argentine
•'oiintry, and a prodigious amount of
shipping is entered at this port. Its
splendid docks extend along the river
Tront for five miles.
In Brazil, "the Portuguese half of
South America," dwell 18,000,000 people,
more than half the total number of folk
jounted for South America. This vast
tountry, as yet practically undeveloped,
has wonderfully rich resources. Tho
United States takes about half of Bra
zil's exports (gets most of her coffee and
Billions of dollars worth of her rubber
annually), and sepds to her only one
fifth as much as it buys from her. Tho
Germans, shrewdest and most hustling
traders in lowest America, have ab
sorbed the trade of various provinces
Df Brazil.
The Chileans Mr. Carpenter calls the
Yankees of South America. There are
about three million of them, alert, pro
gressive, prosperous people. The Chil
ean commonwealth has been a well
ordered one in the main, not constantly
listurbed by civil broils. It has warred
with Bolivia and Perq as to boundary
lines and had some Internal troubles,
hut has maintained a government of sta
bility and strength. This "long, slim
land" is one of marvellous wealth, has
great, store of precious metals as well
as other very valuable mineral deposits.
Agriculture, however, Is the chief busi
ness of the country, and there Is a very
rich farming class in Chile, people that
buy many goods.
Concerning Ecuador but very little Is
known. It has 1,500,006 Inhabitants, and
Is a land of revolutions. Bolivia Is a
land also practically unknown; of great
extent, but- a state of only 2,000,000 peo
ple. It has rich mineral deposits, but is
a primitive land, in Its present stage of
development not mjich of a market for
America. The Germans have control
of the foreign trade.
"You can't get around the fact that
two and two make four," said the man
who argues vehemently.
"That rule does very well for small
amounts," answered Senator Sorghum,
blandly. "Bui when you take two mil
lion and two million, and put 'em to
gether In a trust, there's no telling how
many million they amount to."—Wash
ington Star.
Reggy's Escape.
Stubb—Reggy is a little sensible at
Penn—In what way?
Stubb—He makes his valet smoke
all his cigarettes for him,—Chicago
Dally News.
Johnny's Premonition.
"Come, Johnny," coaxed his mother;
"you may as well confess that you ate
the Jam."
"No, I won't!" blubbered Johnny,
*TU he switched If I will!''—Chicago

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