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BY MAUKiu<c.
Copyright, I8?2 and 1693
Pauline felt some vague but troublesome
stir 0/ excitement in her heart
when Colonel Loring came to-remind
her of the promised dance. It was as
if she feared him and yet felt drawn
toward him; as if some mystery in
his nature or character posseseed a
fascination, while at the same time it
suggested dark doubts.
There is a lure in veiled and shadowy
things; we cannot resist the influence
of those elusive elements which, in
some way, like fine films of connection,
set us in communication with
the unusual, the strange, the romantic.
It is especially dangerous for a young
girl to come within the reach of such
an influence when a strong-willed and
handsome man is at the base of it.
-The snake and the bird, th'o fascination
of a deadly thing?we all know
how nature lends to fatal venom the
tender glow of a precious elixir.
T.Avinff lrfla an inh?rAHtincr
V^ulUllCl JUU><"6 ' ra
talker. He had traveled in many
lands. His mind was stored with
recollections of adventare, of perils
by land and sea, and these he could
set in contrast with pleasant experiences
of social life in many a gay
city of the old world," He was in the
early prime of manhood, strong, in
perfect health, and he had, when he
wished, a way of sendiig his vigor
throngh his firm, positive voice into
every word he spoke.
In his presence, . with his hand
clasping hers now and again dnring !
the old-fashioned dance, Pauline felt [
that she was acting a part in a
romance, and the sensation lifted the
color into her cheeks and lips.
"When the dance ended, Colonel
Loring slipped her arm throngh his
and led her throngh a broad, garlanded
doorway into the conservav
tory. \
"It is delicionsly cool here. Let
ns take a turn or two up and down
this charming aisle. This is like
Mexico/' he said, touching a vigorous
tactus. "I can almost feel the winds
of the plains."
"Life here must seem very dull and
^ame to you after all your stirring adventures,"
she suggested, looking up
with frank interest into his face.
4,No? It is delightful, l am enjoying
every moment of it. I wish I
oould forget my whole past and begin
anew from this moment."
There was a ring of infinite regret
in his words, along with something
wistful, that thrilled Pauline's heart.
She was about to speak with all the
outright sympathy of her impulsive
nature; she was going to enter straightway
into the spirit of his mood; her
words wero already at her lips, and
her eyes were upturned to his with
an expression of earnestness and deep
, interest, whsn, just at the angle of the
way between some tall vases, they
came upon Fairfax standing quite still
with folded arms. His eyes met
Pauline's as she turned them quickly
from Loring'e face. Then the two
men exchanged glances which con-!
V?ye& no sign of pleasure. A deadly
hatred, indeed, which had been kept
hidden by DOtli, snowed itself
ominously, as Loring, with head high
and a sinister smile on his lips, passed
on, taking Pauline with him.
She felt in some indirect way the
change that passed gver the dark face
of the man whose arm she was touching,
and something in the manner of
Fairfax affected her unpleasantly. At
the moment she did not examine, or,
in fact, fully realize her impression;
but later, when Lieutenant Ballancne
was telling her that in a day or two
he was going away to report to General
Jackson at some place in the interior,
nnd when she saw how piqued and
almost savage he looked as he glanced
at Parker who was dancing again with
Mademoiselle de Sezannes, she suddenly
understood or half understood
what was happening, save that it was
impossible to connect herself with it.
These men, she surmised, were, all
fnnr nf t.hfim. rAftdv tr> nnarrel ahnnt
Mademoiselle de Sezaunea, aud the
thought at once suggested a duel or
two. .
In those days duels were of almost
daily and nightly occurrence in New
Orleans and at the famous dueling
grounds of the surrounding country.
Consequently death on the sword's
point or at the pistol's mouth was not
bo shocking to think of as it is now.
The Creole girl of our story's time
could not fairly understand the philosophy
of itj but still she recognized
the importance of what was called
"iho only method by which insulted
honor may be defended and purified,"
or as another old writer states it: "the
swiftest, tho fairest and the most.'satis-.
factory mode of settling matters of
deadly concern between gentlemen."
The party at Chateau d'Or was likely
to bo pleasantly remembered; but
it was also, as we shall see, the generating
point for some disagreeable
developments and some strange and
sinister complications.
"it has been delightful, charming,"
exclaimed Mrs. Vernon, flinging hereelf
iuto Pauline's arms after the last
guest had gone. "Every one was
happy?and how lovely tho whole
House was; auu you were so ueuuuful;
dear, so very, very beautiful!"
Pahline returned her mother's vehement
embrace, and they were standing
thus linked in each other's arms when
Mr. Vernon approached aud eucircled
both with his beur-Iike hug.
Standing there, the group was a
striking one. It was a liviug tableau
of love as intense as it was strange and
beautiful. There were the effect of
high refinement in it and a delicate
tenderness; but there was also something
if but a hint of the uu&ovcrned
aud the untrained.
Fairfax went homa from the party
at Chateau d'Or feelinjc that it had
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been an nnfortunate affair for him,
and yet he ooald not have explained
with any, degree of jxactitude why it
had been bo.
The adventnre with the hunchback
lingered in his memory as something
picturesquely (sinister and pathetic;
then Colonel Loring arose before him
vhiohever way he ^turned his mind,
with the growing certainity that he
was identical with Pierre Ram eau, the
robber; ?but above and beyond all,
Fairfax was annoyed with himself, because
he had let the evening go by
without paying any special attention
to Pauline.
He felt humiliated that he should i
have frittered away so much time
with the wound on his hand which,
after all, seemed so small a thing,
while men like Parker and Lieutenant
"RatlonnVia warA hnldlv Rfiizinff UDOn I
every advantage offered them for cultivating
the good will of Mrs. Vernon
and her daughter. He recognized
himself as one of those imaginative,
self-conscious youths who dream that
the smallest matter affecting thom is
of prime importance to the rest of
mankind. He could not resist the
impulse to laugh in a bitter way at
the turn affairs had taken with him.
Like a small boy, he had made faces
over a sore finger, while the most important
crisis (as he now felt) of his
whole life had drawn past him.
Fairfax realized in a way how little
right he had to connect Pauline with
any love-dream of his own. He had
never spoken a word of love to her,
and this seemed inexplicable to him
now. Why had he not? Perhaps he\
had been foolishly sure of his standing
in her regard; he had taken too
much for wanted. v |
Reflections like these, while they
made him uneasy, as is one who con- j
sciously walks upon treacherous'
ground, led him to resolve that Pauline
should hear his plea and give
him his answer at the first opportune
moment. Toung men often make
these resolves and almost as frequently,
perhaps, recede from them when
the crucial moment comes. It is love
that makes them brave, and it is love
as well that makes them oowards.
The summer went by?as summers
do in that beautiful gulf-coast climate
?with days that burned through the
noon and softened down to delioious
coolness toward nightfall, and nights
whose dreamy splendor made the
Creole city, with all its gayety, its intrigue,
its excitements, a place of in
describable allurements^
In tke autumn the English fleet
was making ready to swing round the
gult-coast. Colonel! Nichols had arrived
at Pensacola, and acting for the
'British Government, had set on foot
a scheme by which he hoped to stir
up the.Indians to renewed hostilities
and at the same time induce the white
population of Louisiana to revolt
against the United States Government.
Lieutenant Ballanche went away to
join General Jackson,.to whom he reported
the situation in the New Orleans
district, aud did not return until
about the first days in December.
Colonel Loring also disappeared,
going, it was understood, on a mission
conneoted with some scheme of his
in Mississippi, while Parker, the
shrewd and self-confident youth, had
bidden his many friends' in New Orleans
good-bye apd set onfc for his
home in Tennessee about the firfct of
August. %
Fairfax had still another cause for
discontent which he made the most
of. Colonel Loring had resoued Pauline
and Mrs. Vernon from imminent
danger in the midst of a crowd of
rioting sailors and boatmen. The
ladies were in the Vernon carriage,
nud just as it turned a street-corner
they found themselves surrounded by
a mob of men who were fighting with
staves, knives, pistols, cutlasses and
whatever weapons they could command.
Aside from the actufil danger of the
situation; the brutal fury of the combatants;
the atroeious profanity and
sickening sounds of slashing and
stabbing and shooting; the bewilder?
ment and fright of the coachman, who
presently abandoned his place to
seek safety in flight,- and the wild
rearing and plunging of the horses in
the midst of the crowding and heedless
mass of riders?the ladies had
f?ood cause to faint at the mere
thought of what brutality the scene
implied, if they had been of the temperament
dear to old romance. They
called loudly for help, but who was
likely to hear or to heed?
Fairfax chanced to be near the outer
fringe of the crowd and recognized
Pauline's voice. He rushed to the
spot, only to find that Colonel Loring
bad already rendered all the service
that was needed?had sprung, indeed,
to the coachman's seat and was turning
the horses down a narrow sidestreet.
The eyes of tbe two met
for an instant at this point, Loring
giving to his glance an expression of
triumph, as Fairfax thought, an^
Fairfax himself scowling so viciously
that; although Pauline looked straight
into his face, she did not recognize
him at the time.
Colonel Loring's promptness and
nerve doubtless served tli9 ladies
from death or great injury. Ho drove
thfi carriage to Chateau d'Or aud received
such thanks and such looks of
gratitude as Fairfax would have
j fought around the earth to win.
"I don't see how you did it, and so
; easily, too!" said Mrs. Vernon, nft?
they had euteved the parlor. Lo
was still staudiug, hat in !> ; u.
"Please sit down, Colonel Loivig,
and tell us all about it. Mercy, how
j my heart is still fluttering! How did
; you manage to get to us and tako us'
out of that horrible place?"
"It was uotbiug," he sai l, with his I
cold, peculiar smile. "I merely turned j
the horses and drove away. Any i
little boy could have done th<; same." I
"But, no; that were impossible, j
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you could have done what you. tHd?
When that dark, little man sprang at
your throat with the knife I thought
he had stabbed you ; but you struok
him with your hand and he fell
quite as if he had been shot. Oh, it
was dreadful, and you did not appear
to care for it at all!"
/ Xioring's harrow, fascinating eyes
gazed steadily into her face as be
,*'1 have been accustomed to dangers
so mucb greater than that little affair
could poseibly bring, that I hardly
count myself a hero, Miss Vernon,
for having piloted you out of a trifling
annoyance. Pray do not think of it
as a matter of any importance what*
ever. I deem it a bit of good fortune
for me that I can be at Chateau d'Or
once more before I take my leave of
New Orleans for a time."
"And you are going away?" Mrs.
Vernon inquired with quick interest,
that shaded sharply into regret. "Going
away from us?"
"Yes?the war. I cannot rest idle
while the country needs soldiers."
Pauline thought he looked the very
model of what a soldier ought to be.
"And where shall you join the army ?"
she asked.
"I do not know yet; my place has
not yet been assigned to me; but that
matters little. A soldier's business is
to obey orders and have no preferences."
"Lieutenant Ballanchc is gone already,
I believe; at least he bade us
good-bye, and was expecting to go to
the interior the next day."
"Yes. the Government sent him to
look after some outlaws over on the
Mississippi border, I believe; he's
likely to have some amusement before
he accomplishes his errand, I should
"You gentlemen have strange ideas
of amusement. What entertainment
do you see in fighting robbers?" interposed
Mrs. Vernon in a deprecatory
.tone, that yet had an admiration point
in it. "Is it such great sport to kill
and be killed?"
"I- don't call it sport," he said,
turning his gaze slowly from Panline
to her mother, "but the oxcitement
is a mighty tonio. When a man is
banting a man, or is hunted by one,
he feels, to the limit of possibility,the
true meaning of self-reliance."
"But it is terrible!" exclaimed
Pauline. "It makeB men worse than
beaBts of prey!" 7
Loiing laughed a slow, heavy laugh,
hiB strong, mysterious face lighting up
strangely. \
Mrs. Vernon and Pauline were sitting
side by side upon a dark-tapestaied'sOfa.
Pauline was toying with
her mother's hand. '
"Isn't the whole of life terrible?"
Loring demanded. "What, after all,
is there to relieve it of its dark significance?"
* The ladies looked disturbed. What
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under the circumstances; but His
voice, his manner and his inscrutable
face made an impression singularly
startling. It was one of those mo.ments
that come to all of us, when
hidden things of strange import are
half revealed to what, for vwant of a
better name, we call our inner con*
Pauline was aware of a sudden sympathy
for this dark, weather-stained,
scarred veteran who seemed to take
such a jaundiced view of life. Her
girl's heart went out to him as it
might have done to a beautiful wounded
animal. She felt the weight of his
vast experience with evil pressing
upon her with the effect of infinito
pathos. She recalled what he had
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ty, And new, as she looked at liim sitting
there upright, muscular, suntanned,
the picture of resolute, defiant
health and vigor, she recognized
in some way the Romance that mast
lie behind him along the way he had
VThe business of a soldier must be
sad and saddening," she said, "and I
do not wonder at your Tiew of life;
only you might promise - yourself rest
and happiness when the war is ended."
Mrs. Vernon was called away jastr
then to meet some friends whom a servant
As she arose to go, the made an
apologetic gesture.
"Excuse me, but pray do not go till
I return," she said.
Why she had spoken thus she oould
not have explained, save by admitting
tliat tie was a iascmaung xaau iu wuum
she felt that she owed her life and her
Pauline mvoluutarily made a movemeat
to clutch her mother's hand aad
detain her.
(to be continued.)
righting Winter Flres>
What Colonel Roosevelt said of his
Rough Riders after the fight in tho
trenches before Santiago, that it is the
test of msu's nervo to have 'them
roused up at 3 o'clock in the morniug,
hungry aud cold, to fight an enemy
attacking in the dark, and then havj
them all run the uame way, forward,
is true of tho firemen as well, and,
3ik9 the Rough Riders, they ucver
failed when thj test came. Tho firemen
goiug to the fr >ut at tho tap of
the bell, no lesrf surely to grapple
with lurking d ,iath than the men whj
faced Mauser bull *ts, bat with ncno
of the iacidents.of glorious war, the
flag, tho hurrah, and all the things
that fire a soldier's heart, to urge
theu cm?clinging half naked with
nnub fingers to the ladders as best
they can whilo trying to put 011 their
stiit* aud frozen garments?is onu cf
tha sights that make one proud of
being a man. To see them in adieu,
dripping icicles from helmst aud coat,
high up ou tho ladder, perhaps incused
in solid ice and frozen to tho
rungs, yet holding th 3 stream as I
steady to its work as if the spray from ,
th-? nozzle did not fall upsn them i21
showers of stiugiug hail, is very api
to make a man devoutly thankful
that is i.i not his lot t > fight fires in
whiter. It is only a couplo of winter*
at thi burning uf a South street
'\v. lehous*, two pipemen had to b.'
clipped j'roiu their ladder with are?,
mj |Lick was th.i urmur of j'jo that lia<l I
formed 1.bout and upon them whilj
thty worked.?Jacob A. lliis, in tha ;
Thohnir grows oonptdorabiy faslc*
in .vintcr than 111 suninyr.
There are at r;ro>:ut forty-live stars
on the AueriiV.n rag
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ft By Henry I.ooinla Nelson. O
It is not many years since the Department
of Agriculture was a vers
I small concern, but now it is in fact
as in name a great and perhaps the
; most useful department of the govI
ernment, while at its head is a mem!
b^r of the cabinet.
What does this department do for
the farmer? Working in an unfreI
quented ;;art of Washington, or out in
I the country in Maryland, or at the
| various experimennt stations which
are usually connected with agricultural
colleges, are about 3000 people.
Of the 2000 in Washington about one
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half are scicntific. men. There are
.two large bureaus, twenty-two divisions,
offices, or surveys. Of these
seven are administrative, eight 'technical,
an seven are purely scientific.
-To these must be added the offices of
the Weather Bureau, which include
154 observer stations, an<J fifty-two''
| stations along me coast ana on me
Great Lakes. j.'he Bureau, of Animal
Industry lias 152 technical
stations engaged' in meat inspection
and*quarantine work, and three laboratories
where the diseases of ani~mals
and their causes are investigated.
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This article would be uninteresting
and therefore worthless if I should
undertake t; describe technically the
work doi-e by the department. I shall
try to give the reader a general idea
' of what these practical and scientific
| men are doing for the country, because
after a visit to. the bureau in
I Washington I was led to read a good
; deal of its literature, and to look in
to. .the subject, and it struck in J"that
the work Is not only in every way
worthy, but that its real value is hot
widely understood, has been laughed,
or smiled into oblivion, perhaps on
account of the Jokes about the seeds
and the "farmers" who distribute and
I receive them.
In the first place the department
provide: aft opportunity to make
farming as profitable as in the nature
of things it can possibly be. It does
this by Wording to the farmer who
will avail himself of it full knowledge
of the requirements of his art, of the
conditions of the soil and climate of
I Ills neignoornoou, anu or ^.ne crops
I wliieh may be most profitably grown
| on his farm. The department makes
the necessary experiments for the
j farmer, saving him both time and
i money, and putting him that far
! ahead in the game which his father
' had to le.?.rn all about for himself. A
distinguished economist told me not
Ion/* ago that it \va< hardly possible
to overestimate the jrocti thai the experiment.
stations had orked in the
business of farming. It was this
statement that put me; 0:1 my 111ouirv.
These exnerimeut-iBtutiouL'. by
tbe-way, recehe money from the
o+o+oc?n llttlp m.irp than >mlf no
much as they receive from the general
Government. As is to be expectIN
ed, the farmers at first entertained a
very contemptuous idea of the scientists
in charge of the stations, but
they are now coming to depend upon
them, and to go to them for advice.
Their confidence was firdt gained by
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. the protection which they obtained
from the stations against frauds and
impositions in commercial fertilizers,
land now the stations look after the
farmers' interests in respect of nursery
stock, dairy products, and feed'Ing-stuffs,
and aid them materially, in
fighting Injurious insects. In addition
to these police duties the men at
the stations are e* gaged in making
original investigations In agricultural
problems, ana* the results are published
in farmers' bulletins' and in
the form of pamphlets.
An ider. of the work done Dy.the
whole department and of its value?
for its work is well done?may be obtained
by ail7 enumeration of some of
I the subjects which have been Investigated
and on which publications
have Wen " issued. Tlie division' of
vegetable physiology and pathology
has studied the , disease of
shade and ornamental trees,
and has instructed those who
plant and care for such trees in the
cjyises of and. remedies for the diseases.
It has taught fruit growers
how to care for and improve the orange,
pineapple and other fruits. It
has discovered the secret of propagating
the fig. It has fdund remedies for
diseases of truck crops, cotton, wheat,
corn aiyi other cereals. A good deal
of work is done in investigating the
character and conditions^ including
the proper habitat, of piants that are
#ot usually grown here. It has thus
been found that jute can profitably be
raised in the South, and flax on Puget
Sound. The. department furnishes
farmers with information as to the
r-hnrnrtpr of weeds sent bv them for
identification, and it issues warnings
to State exper.'ment stations and to
local authorities of the presence of
dangerous weeds in their localities. It
also makes tests of seeds and publishes
the information gained by the
experiments. It ; spreads abroad information
as to grasses, grains, poisonous
plants, roots and fruits. It
makes thorough examination of soils
for agricultural purposes, ascertains
their tex^ire, and issues a bulletin
showing graphically the differences
in important types of land. The same
bulle{Jn "shows that most of our agricultural
crops are adapted to soils
of certain texture, differing greatly
for the various crops." Bulletins are
also issued showing the moisture
maintained by these crops, and the
differences between adjacent soils.
The department tells the farmer the
character of his land, the kind of crop
ht'st mhipted to it and to the climate,
is constantly experimenting to discover
new crops for him, furnishes'
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him with seeds, tells him the nature
of the enemies that will attack his
crops, warns him. of th?ir actual
presence, and instructs him as to the
remedies to be applied. It also separ
lues nis uiseaseu cattle.from bis
healthy cattle; stamps the ^att?r so
that they bring a higher prl<fe fc?road
than competing cattle bring; Informs
him of the character of the foreign
demand for farm products, and adfises
him as to the best manner of packing
his fruit for shipment. The value of
the work of the forestry division cannot
be overestimated. It has done
much to ptimulate a widespread inforest
in the subject of forest preservation,
and has accomplished an admirable
work in decreasing the'number
of forest fires. Tie department
also instructs the farmer in the art
of making good roads, and excites jbl
desire for them by spreading abroad
a knowledge of their great economic
value to all who have heavy loads to
haul to' market or the railway station.
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ThA work Is done by the Govern:
ment for the benefit of those
who annually provide from
sixty-five to seventy per cent,
of the materials for our export trade,
and as if to emphasize the fact that
the expenditure of the $3,000,000 is
partly in aid of commerce, the
Weather Bureau, whose warnings of
the approash of coast storms have
saved millions of dollars' worth of
property and thousands of lives, is
attached to the Department of Agriculture.
There is no doubt that the
American farmer Is the most intelligent
farmer in the world. Statistics
of farm mortgages and farm holdings
show that he is the most prosperous,
and his Government does more than
any other Government-to help its agriculturist
to s'*illful, wise, and profitable
cultivation, and to point out to
him the most advantageous methods
of distribution.
T?ai? nil thn ti?V?JaV? f !o /^annrf.
vi tu* t?c ?vi a nuivu lUio uc|/ai i'
ment has done the government has
thus far extended less than ?32,000,000.
4The first appropriation for the
agricultural department was of $1000,
and was made In 1S39. Three years
afterwards there was another appropriation
of a like amount. Two years
after that Congress appropriated
$2000. By 1837 the annual expenditure
had reached ?75,000, but It fell
again and then rose, but it did not
exceed $500,000 until 18S5, and the
occasion of the increase for that year
was the establishment of the Bureau
of Animal Industry. In 18SS the appropriation
exceeded $1,000,000. but
in that year the Weather Bureau was
transferred from the Signal Corps to
the department. The Government
is uow spending about $3,000,000
a year on its farm- 1
ers, but included in this sum is
about $2,000,000 tor the Weather
Bureau, the Bureau of Animal Industry,
and the experiment stations.
These lAst perform as valuable service?nerhans
the most valuable ser
vice rendered to agriculture by the j
I department.
The above interesting article and ;
the cuts which accompany it are re- !
produced from Harper's Weekly.
RtiMian Marrlnjje Cnntoin.
When a Russian Princess marries !
nfter the wedding dinner and ball it
is the privilege of the marshals and
ministers to see the couple to the nup- I
tinl chamber. And after a becoming i
interval it is the duty of the prince tc
come out and distribute precious mor j
sols of his partner's garters to th< j
haughty and exclusive crowd whc '
have been waiting. Each little bit j
bears the royal crown and tbe priu j
cess's initial in embroidery.
A complete set of Mafcking siegf I
postage stamps has been sold at a Lou i
don auctiou for .S1H" and two sets oi J
Mafeking paper money for -S11 U.
I.ots of men are honest only he |
cause it is the best policy. >
Said to Be the Only One* on TbU Contl*
nent?Natives of Aaatralia. ' I
Cautiously creeping from their
darkened kennels to snatch a bit of
food from the floor of the iron cageq
when no one is near, and darting bacl$
like a flash at every strange noise anc|
sight, two dingo dogs, or wild dogs of
_ .
lietxalia, fcave . begun the daily, ;
routine of their eafeer behind bars In!
the I^Mdlh -Pai#Sk). They are th?^^
only 1i$> dingo 'do*on the /\Wri'<?an }
m ip^^d irect ly
tJ^banJn^l';^bave been found iu the
fflroeensjaim quailernary strata of
|>Vl^tO)OTraPBlch proves the animal to
?jbe ggGpilne wolf. He immigrated
mow. Jnitead of creating havoc find
damage by gnawing holes in the Valuable
bags and grips this particular, s
mouse does a valuable service to the '
I lirm by spending its time in catching? [j,
the flies that f are unwise enough to .
come with reach. Every evening after y
the store has been closed and the;
clerks have gone home a crowd gatW
ers on the pavement outside and
watches the little fellow capture the
unwary flies. It is a wonderful per- 'tin
formanee, and so quick of movement
and keen of eye is the mouse that t
a fly rarely escapes that it springs for. ' %
i The mouse's mode is simple and ef-> **
fectual. From a crouching attitude It .
waits until a fly comes close enough; ';
then it straightens up on its hind legs, $
the two front paws like tiny hands, .
are thrust upward, and the unwary.
fly is clutched and brbught down. A/- ;
i toi1 tlm + m ahoa aa^a 4-Iia fl tt o n/) f * *
| iv& umi tiijc iuvuov caia lut auv* _t <
' then fjets ready to catch another.? ,
Philadelphia Record.
Stowaway Bride*. t)
Stowaway brides are not as rare at 1
the Barge Office as one would believe. -
It Is quite easy for a girl to slip aboard :
an outgoing steamer and stow herself
in one of the bunk* below decks, lying r
quietly there till welUat^ea. A case v ;
happened a little while ago, the girl'">j
coming to mee\ her fiance here. As ?
both were poor, the former resorted
to this perilous expedient to accomplisli
the desired end. One would
think that such a heroic endeavor
would deserve a bctte;1 reception, but
j on arriving, having been worked very
i hard on shipboard for passage, worn
and worried almost to distraction, the h
! maiden was so changed by her ordeal
!#>* love that when her betrothed met -?
! her he refused to marry her. A few
| days later, while being taken back to
the ship for deportation, she leaped
i into the bay. Rescued gallantly, she
lingered a prisoner in the charity hos- r
pital, but died some weeks later, liter;
ally of a broken heart.?Ainslee's Mag- "
; azine. - /
15race For Berry-Pickers.
When a small boy complains thatL^S
| his back aches his elders are apt to
I remark that little boy* do not have
j backs, but Edgar C. Mendenhall, ( ^
J seems to have come to the conclusion
j that even grown people have backs >
^^y~" i
^ - ? - - $
tu ache when tn.i j- iuMi t.? maintain
a styopinj: position fur several hours
at a time. In the illustration we 'T4
show his new hack hraee for the use
of ?.*<?!i.rii-]?!i-k? rs. h -rry piekf vs. ore. '
Tht* entire device I> ii:;ht in construction
and responds ?|ui'-kly to the different
movements of wie body, and
does not produce :i!i uncomfortable
sensation when applied to or Umd to
heat the l?r?dv.

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