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*THE SPLEN ; THE A8VENT1)RES?! By ARTHUR T. QV Iff i CHAPTER II. | f * ', (Continued.) c "Ha!" he cried, pulling off his plumed hat and bowing low. "A scholar, 1 per- s ccive! Let me serve you, sir. Here Is the 'History of St. George' "?and he picked out a thin brown quarto and T held it up?"written by Master Peter Heylln; a ripe book, they tell me < (though, to be sure, I never lead be- a yond the title), and the price a poor t two shillings." f Now, all this while I was consider- e Ing what to do. So, as I put my hand a In my pocket and drew out the shil- J lings, I said -very slowly, locking him o in the eyes (but softly, so that the f lackey might not hear): B "So thus you feed your expenses at t the dice; and my shilling, no doubt, is I fnr T.nkp Settle, as well as the rest." 'J For the moment, under my look, he I s went white to the lips; then clapped T Ills hand to his sword, withdrew it, and C answered me, red as a turkey cock: "Shalt be a parson, yet, Master a Scholar; but art in a great hurry, it , 1' seems." S Now, I had ever a quick temper, and s as he turned on his hee!, was like to have replied and raised a brawi. My c own meddJing tongue had brought the rebuff upon me; but yet my heart was hot as he walked away. r I was standing there and looking ii after him, turning over in my hand the "Life of St. George," when my fingers I were aware of a slip of paper between the pnfrcs. Pulling it out, I saw 'twas a scnooieu over wuu wncwy uuu. ubuic^, as follows: "Mr. Anthony Killigrew, his acct for Oct. 29th, MDCXLII?For herrings, 2d.; for coffee, 4d.; for scowring my coat, Gd.; at bowls. 5s. 10d.; for bleading me, Is. Od.; for ye King's speech, t 8d.; for spic'd wine (with Marjory), t 2s. 4d.; for seeing ye Rhinoceros, 4d.; f at ye Ranter-go-round, C%d.; for a e pair of silver buttons, 2s. Gd.; for apples, 2%d.; for ale, Gd.; at ye dice, s ?17 5s.; for spic'd wine (again), 4s. Gd." h And so on. A As I glanced my eye down this pa- a per, my anger oozed away, and a great feeling of pity came over me, not only at the name of Anthony?the name I j had heard spoken in the bowling green last night?but also to see the monstrous item of ?17 odd spent on the dice. 'Twas such a boy, too, after all, * that I was angry with, that had spent Jfourpence to see the rhinoceros at a J" fair, and rode on the ranter-go-round (with "Marjory," no doubt, as 'twas ( for her, no doubt, the silver buttons ; !were tought). S*? that, with quick for- 11 giveness, I hurried after him, and laid B hand on his shoulder. He stood by the entrance, counting 0 np his money, and drew himself up S .very stiff. t t' ! "I think, sir, this paper is yours." I "I thank you," he answered, taking It, and eyeing me. "Is there anything, besides, you wished to say?" "A great deal, maybe, if your name li be Anthony." h ' > "Master Anthony Ivilligrew is my came, sir; now serving under Lord c Romnwl Stcnrnrf- in TTis Mniestv's 'ti troop of guards." c ; "And mine is Jack Marvel." said I. C Ij "Of the Yorkshire Marvels?" c ' "Why, yes; though but a shoot of that good stock, transplanted to Cum- c berland, and there sadly withered." /. " 'Tis no matter, sir," said he polite- ti ly; "I shall be proud to cross swords I with you." v "Why, bless your heart!" I cried out, a full of laughter at this childish punc- t: lilio; "d'ye think I came to fight you?" v \ "If not, sir"?and he grew colder p than ever?"you are going a deuced A roundabout way to avoid it." Upon this, finding no other way out c Of it, I began my tale at once; but a hardly had come to the meeting of the n two men on the bowling-green, when he interrupts me politely; v ' "I think, Master Marvel, as yours is c like to be a story of some moment. I n Svill send this fellow back to my lodg- b lngs. He's a long-eared dog that I am n euYiug iruui Lue giuiuws iui iuug as it my conscience allows me. The shower a 4s done, I see; so if you know of a re- a Itir'd spot, we will talk there more at t: bur leisure." i He dismissed his lackey, and stroll'd d toff with gie to the Trinity Grove, f where, walking up and down, I told !him all I had heard and seen the night 1; ttefore. c ! -"And now," said I, "can you tell me d If you have any such enemy as this t. iwhite-hair'd man, with the limping I gait?" o i He had come to a halt, sucking in 1] ills lips and seeming to reflect. 3 "I know one man," he began; "but t no?'tis impossible." t I As I stood, waiting to hear more, he t clapp'd his hand in mine, very quick a ? and frieudly. "Jack," lie cried?"I'll p oall thee Jack?'twas an honest good L ium thou hadst in thy heart to do me, t and I a surly rogue to think of fighting t ?I that could make mincemeat of t thee." I "I can fence a bit." answer'd I. x 1 -Now, say no more, Jack; I love t thee." "I think," said I. "you had better be s considering what to do." ? He laugh'd outright this time; and s resting with his legs cross'd, against f the trunk of an elm, twirl'd an end of e his long lovelocks, and looked at me i comically. Said he: "Tell me, Jack, is i there aught in me that offends thee?" \ "Why. no," I answered. "I think \ you're a proper young man?such as I s should loathe to see spoil'd by Master t Settle's knife." t 1 "Art not quick a? friendship. Jack, s hut better at advising; only in this case n fortune has prevented thy good offices. (] 'Hark ye," he leaned forward and p glanced to right and left, "if these i; itwain intend my hurt?as indeed f 'twould seem?they lose their labor, ii ?or this very night I ride from Oxlord." 1] i "And why is that?" e "I'll tell thee. Jack, though I deserve o fto be shot. I am bound with a letter cl tfrom His Majesty to the Army of the flVest. where I have friends, for ws s b?' t . r 'DID SPUR* : IF JACK MARVEL ILLEK COCCI!.' ather's sake?Sir Deakim Killiprrew f Gleys, in Cornwall. 'Tis a sweet outitry. tiiey say, though I Lave never ecu it." "Not st?t:n thy father's country?" "Why, no?for he married a Frenchvoman. Jack, God rest her dear soul!" -he lifted his hat?"and settled in that ountry, near Morlaix, in Brittany, ir.ong my mother's kin; my grnndfaher refu&inar to see or speak with him ur wedding a poor woman without his onsent. And in France was I born nd bred, and came to England two ears agone; and this last July the Id curmudgeon died. So that my athcr, who was an only son, is even ow in England returning to his esates; and with him my only sister )elia. I shall meet them on the way. 'o think of it!" (and I declare the tears prang to his eyes) "Delia will be a roman grown, and ah! to see dear Jornwall together!" " 'Tis a ticklish business," said I fter a minute, "to carry the King's ?lter. Not one in four cf his messencrs comes through, they say. But ince it keeps you from the dice " "That's true. To-night I make an nd." "To-night!" "Why, yes. To-night I go for my evenge, and ride straight from the an door." "Then I go with you to the 'Crown,' " cried, very positive. Pie dropped playing with his curl, nd looked me in the face, his mouth witching with a queer smile. "Ami an thou shalt. Jack: but why?" "I'll give no reason," said I, and :new I was blushing. "Then be at the corner of All Haljws' Church in Tnrl street at seven o-night. I lodge over Master Simon's, he glover, and must be about my afairs. Jack"?he came near and took ay hand?"am sure thou lovest me." He nodded, with another cordial mile, and went his way up the grove, is amber cloak flaunting like a heated butterfly under the leafless trees; nd so passed out of my sight CHAPTER III.. Find Myself in a Tavern Brawl; and Barely Escape. It wanted, maybe, a quarter to 7 bat evening when, passing out at the ollege gate on my way to All Haljws' Church, I saw under the iantern berc a man loitering and talking with be porter. 'Twas Master Anthony's ickey; and as I came up lie held out a ote for mp. Deare Jack "Wee goe to the 'Crowne' at VI. 'clock, I having mett "with Captain ettle, who is on dewty -with the horse o-nite, and must to Abendonn by IX. looke for you. "Your unfayned loving "A. K. "The bearer has left by servise, and is helth conserns me nott. Soe kik im if he tarrie." This last advice I had no time to arry out "with any thoroughness; but eing put in a great dread by this hange of hour, pelted off toward the !orn Market as fast as legs could arry me. The windows of the "Crown" were heerfully lit behind their red blinds. l few straddling grooms and troopers alked and spat in the brightness of be entrance, and outside in the street ras a servant leading up and down beautiful sorrel mare, ready saddled, bat was marked on the near hind leg ritfc. a high white stocking. In the assage I met the host of the "Crown," laster John Davenant. "Top of the stairs," says he, initiating my way, "and open the door head of you, if y'are the young gentlelan Master Killigrew spoke ol." I had my foot on the bottom step, rhen from the room above comes the rash of a table upsetting, with a oise of broken glass, chairs thrust ack, and a racket of outcries. Next moment the door was burst open, ?tting out a flood of light and curses: nd down flies a drawer, three steps t a time, with a red stain of wine rickling down his white face. "Murder!" he gasped out; and sitting own on a stair, fell to mopping his ace. all sick and trembling. ' I was dashing past him, with the mdlord at my heels, when three men ame tumbling out of the door, and ownstairs. I squeezed myself against he wall to let them pass, but Master )avenant was pitched to the very foot f the stairs. And then 1j& picked limsolf up and ran out in the Corn larket, the drawer after him, and >oth shouting "Watch! Watch!" at he top of their lungs, and so left the hree fellows to push by the women Iready gathered in the passage, and :ain the street at their ease. All this lappened "^hile a man could count wenty; and in half a minute I heard he ring of steel aad was standing in he doorway. There was now no light within but fhat was shed by the fire and two allow candles that guttered on the uantelslielf. The remaining candleticks lay in a pool of wine on the innr nmirl broken classes, bottles. cattered coins, dice boxes and pewter lots. In the corner to my right cowred a potboy, with tankard dangling n his hand, and the contents spilling nto his shoes. I-Iis wide, terrified eyes vere fixed on the far end of the room, rbere Anthony and the brute Settle tcod, "with a shattered chair between hem. Their swords were crossed in ierce. and grating together ns each ought occasion for a lunge: "which night have been fair enough but for a log-faced trooper in a frowsy, black leriwig, "who. as I entered,.was gathering a handful of coins from under the alien table, and now ran across, sword u hand, to the captain's aid. ?rr< ??Anlhnnv tlio* fn/.M mo -with i war* nuiiivu,* .uv, M.IU lis heel against the wainscoting, and. atehing uiy cry of alarm, lie c-ailM ut cheerfully over the captain's shouler, but -without lifting his eyes: "Just in time. Jack! Take off the econd cur. that's a sweet boy!" Now, 1 carried do sword: Dot selzlnj the tankard from the potboy's .hand, i hurl'd it at the dog-fae'd trooper. I Viirvi fnil' llOtTVPOTl tV??i fthOUlde OH uv;a uxui iuu wuv ?? \ v? blades; and with a yell of pain hi =pun round and came toward me, hii point glittering in a way tbat turn'< mc cold. I gave him a pace. snatch'< up a chair (that luckily had a woodei scat) and with my back against tin door, waited his charge. 'Twas in this posture that, flinging i glance across the room, I saw th< Captain's sword describe a small circli of light, and next moment, with i sharp cry, Anthony caught at the blade and stagger'd against the wall, pinn'( through the chest to the wainscoting. "Out with the lights, Dick!" bawl't Settle, tugging out his point. "Quick fool?the window!" Dick, with a back sweep of his hand smt the candles flying off the shelf and. save for the flicker of -the hearth we were in darkness. I felt, rathe than saw. his rush toward me; leap'< aside; and brought down my chai with a crash on his skull. He wen down like a ninepin, but scrambled u] in a trice, and was running for the win dow. There was a shout below as th Captain thrust th# lattice open; an other, and the two dark forms ha< clambered tnrougn me pllipl^ oxjuuii | of the casement, and dropp'd into thi bowling-green below. By this, I had made my -way acros: the room, and found Anthony sunl against the wall, 'with his feet out stretched. There was something hi held out toward me, groping for mj hand and at the same time whisperln,' in a thick, choking voice: "Here, Jack, here; pocket it quick!" 'Twas a letter, and as my finger! closed on it they met a (lamp smear the meaning of which was but to< plain. "Button it?sharp?in thy breast; nov feel for my sword." "First let me tend thy hurt, dea: lad." "Nay?quickly, my sword! 'Ti pretty, Jack, to hear thee say 'dea lad.' A cheat to die like this?coul< have laugh'd for years yet. The die were cogg'd?hast found it?" I groped beside him, found the hill and held it up. "So?'tis thine, jacK, ana my ujjik Molly, and the letter to take. Say t Delia?Hark! tliey are on the stairs Say to " With a shout the door "was flunj wide, and on the threshold stood th Watch, their lanterns held high am shining in Anthony's white face, an< on the- black stain where the double was thrown open. In numbers they were six or eight led by a small, wTynecked man tha held a long staff, and wore a gil chain over his furr'd collar. Behind, ii the doorway, were huddled half i dozen women, peering, and Maste Davenant at the back of all, his grea face looming over their shoulders Ilk a moon. "Now, speak up. Master Short!" "Aye, that I will?that I will; bu my .head Is considering of affairs,' Afnotor Short?he of the wry UUO CI v*. MMW.V* ? - _ neck. "One. two. three " He look'i round the room, and finding but on capable of resisting (for the potbo; was by this time in a fit), clear'd hi throat, and spoke up: "In the King's name, I arrest yoi all?so help me God! Now, what's th matter?" "Murder," said I, looking up frojp m; work of staunching Anthony's wound. "Then forbear, and don't do it." "Sirs," said I, laying poor Anthony' head softly back, "you are too late whilst ye were cackling my friend i dead." "Then, young man, thou must com* along." "Come along?" . "The charge is homocidium, or man slaying, with or without malice pre pense " "But?" I looked around. The pot boy was insensible, and my eyes fel on Master Davenant, who slowly shool his head. ' "I'll say not a word," said he, stol idly; "lost twenty pound, one time, d; a lawsuit." "Pack of fools!" I cried, driven be yond endurance. "The guilty one cscap'd these ten minutes. Now sto] me who dares!" And dashing my left fist on the nos< of a watchman who would have seize* me, I clear'd a space with Anthony'i sword, made a run for the casement and dropped out upon the bowling green. (To be continued.) ? Beauty is Italy's Bane. Florence and Venice and the res are cursed with the burden of a mos dangerous legacy from their pastthe legacy of beauty. Because of thi: beauty (which the people themselve do not enjoy) the rich of all nation; flnrlr to tJipm. brinsrinc full DUrses an( a disposition to spare no expense. Thi native begins to regard these visitor as his natural prey. Why should hi work when foreigners are so easil; fieeeed? Accordingly he doeB no work?at least in the productive sense He touts anil begs and sells ornament c': three times their real value. The victory instead of going t< strength goes to weakness. Parent! of the poorer class look upon a de formed or crippled child as a blessing since its pitiful helplessness makes i a more efficient beggar. Into thesi cities, where auch a fine harvest cai be gathered on such easy terms, thi strong, industrious peasantry an sucked until they become idle, demor alized gamblers." And all because the; are the most beautiful places in thi world; because their past is so glor ious that strangers come from the eudi of the earth to see its grave. Thui the modern Florentine lives like som< horrible cannibal, uoon his own dead ?London Outlook. The Weekly in the Paper. The daily papers are all right if yot want tl.em, but it is the weekly papei that advertises your business, youi schools, your churches, your numer ous societies, sympathizes with you ii your affliction au.l rejoices in youi prosperity. In short, it is your weekly paper that mentions the thousand ant one items in which you are interested during the year and which you do noi find in the daily papers. It is suggested by Professor Picker ins that the streaks which radian from lunar craters?one from Tychc is 1700 miles long?are caused bj cunice thrown out by the volcano. i IpJlSt : voatisn BHKed witn (jneene. Bake into flakes two pounds of salt ;* j codfish and soak one hour; change the ' water once; make a white sauce with ' I two level tablespoonfuls of flour, one * and one-half cupfuls of milk; salt and ! pepper to season; butter a baking t I dish; put in it alternate layers of fish I and sauce, sprinkling grated Amer_ j ican cheese between each layer; then g j spread over the top buttered crumbs I and bake in a quick oven over half an j houre Potted Chicken. e Boil the chicken in as little water as s .possible till very tender and well done, j Season while boiling to suit the taste; . then while hot separate the white e meat from the dark, and chop both j ' very fine. j j Place the white part of a bowl, in j any design wanteu, as a circie or a ! cross; fill up with the dark meat, pour s J over it enough of the liquid left in the , ! kettle to thoroughly moisten it; then 3 : lay a small board over it and press i with heavy weights. After a fe<v 7 hours turn it out on a platter and ornament with sprigs of parsley. . r 1 Celery "With Cream Dreading. g "Wash and cut celery in inch pieces or r smaller; put in a cool place until ] wanted; grate one cocoanut; pour over e J it one pint of boiling water; allow it [ 10 sianu uuiji me water is euuj; iiieu ;t j with the hand squeeze the coeoanut in '! the water; take it by the handful, press e | it tight!}', and throw away; strain the 0 mixture through a picce of cheese cloth; stand this aside until cold and the cream conies to the surface; at * serving time put the celery in a glass e dish, sprinkle over it one tablespoonful 3 ' of grated onion, a little cayenne pep3 j per and a little salt; skim the cream t from the top of the cocoanut milk and j pour it carefully over the celery; then i add two tablespoonfuls and serve at ' t | once. r j tilNXS FOR,' THE; e i 'Ittoo s ekeepe f?J t Always keep your celery roots and " dry theru. Tliey arc good for stasoning soups and sauces. 3 An attractive way to prepare macae i roni au gratin is to bake the macaroni 7 in a shell of Edam cheese. s Cut flowers will last much longer if a little carbonate of soda be added to J the water in which they are stood. e If the bread knife is hot new bread - can be cut as easily as old. But, if you would not spoil your knife, do not make it too hot. s One reason that an omelet is so often ; a failure is the use of too many eggs, s The more eggs the more difficult the matter of turning and folding. Four e eggs are all that should ever be used at one time. ; After rice or macaroni is cooked, * place in a colander and drain off the y | water, then quickly turn cold water ! through and you will find that the : stickiness which is so undesirable will 1 be prevented. 1 A good general rul? always to remember in the use of gelatines is to soften the gelatin in cold water, then ^ to dissolve in boiling water. Neglect of either part of the process will cause . trouble in making jellies. p The coffee pot should be washed as [ Tegularly as other cooking utensils, e j but should not be put into the water in ] which other dishes have been washed. 9 It should be cleansed with fresh, hot .water without soap, and then thor* j I ougbly scalded. To cook fish in water, do not boil it J Plunge the fish into the boiling water j to sear the surface and retain the | ! juices. then reduce the lient so ns to 1 ! kepp the water below the boiling point J t I ?180 degrees Fahrenheit is the de j sired temperature if one uses a ther3 mometer in cooking. 8 j Tinware can be kept bright indefl? ' nitely if it is washed in soap suds, to j which n few bits ol' washing soda have e j been added, and placed for a few ; seconds either on the stove or in the I 0 ! sun after being wiped lightly with the J dish cloth. When warmed through ! it should be dried with a domet flannel " i towel. 9 Glasses which have been used for 3 milk and eggs should never be plunged g J in hot water. Immediately after using, . I fill with cold water and allow them to j . stand. Next wash them in lukewarm j j water, then in hot suds, and rinse. The ) j , result, especially if linen toweling be | 1 I used, will be glassware that sparkles j j i as if it were 'cut. e To clean agateware put the ware on - | the stove filled with water and into 7 the water put a tablespoon of salsoda ? (washing soda) and then after a while - use a scouring soap and you will be 3 f pleased with the result. Also put your 3 bean pot on the stove and a good ? genprous tablesi>oon of soda and it - will wash as easily as a cup. A little soda put in your greasy baking pans and keeping them warm while washing your otlu-r dishes will help along that j ? most disagreeable task. r Grate American dairy cheese and j : mix it to a paste with piquant sauce, with a few drops of kitchen i 1 bouquet. Pack it ir.to small jars, and ; put on the table with toasted crackers. Many people insist upon having the cheese and crackers served with the S.nlnrl mid inilnml tliic i? tlio ni-nnnp t i thing. Cheese belongs with salad quite j as much as it dees with eofifee. It | should not be removed with the salad i ? plates, except at formal dinner, when I j it is brought back with the dessert | r or with the ice. if there be more than I one dessert t THE GREAT DESTROYER SOVE STARTLING FACTS ABOUT THE VICE OF INTEMPERANCE. Poem: Tho Saloon Bar?An Interesllns Story About Alcoholism in France? The Government is Not Stroiic Enough to Restrict the Sale or Intoxicants. A bar to heaven, a door to hell, Whoever named it, named it well, A bar to manliness and wealth, A door to want and broken health.. A bar to honor, pride and fame, A door to sin and grief and shame; A bar to hope, a bar to prayer, A door to darkness aud despair. A r>ar to nonoreu, useiuj me, A door to brawling, senseless strife; A bar to all that's"true and brave, A door to every drunkard's grave. A bar to joys that home iuparts, A door to tears and aching Hearts, A bar to heaven, a door to hell; Whoever named it, named it well. Alcoholism Among: the Nations. A Paris correspondent of the New York ! Evening Post. tells an interesting story j about alcoholism in France. The average 1 consumption of alcohol at 100 degrees in I France in 1830 was six and three-quarter litres to each inhabitant. It was then drunk chiefly in the form of wine. A litre is little more than a quart. The average consumption in 1900 was 18 1-5 litres, hall in wine, a fourth in beer or cider, and a | fourth in spirits. As some districts in j France are still reasonably abstemious, the |. consumption in other districts is much 1 above tne average, Normandy and Brittany I being especially drunken, and showing I very serious results from it. It is not that j the people get violently drunk, but that | they keep themselves constantly drugged with alcohol, with ominous results in the | form of disease and degeneracy. The average consumption of alcohol is estimated to be thirteen and a half litres in Switzerland, about ten in Belgium, Italy and Denmark, about nine in Germany, England and Austria, six in Holland, five in tjie United States and two in Canada, | The poorer classes are most affected in France. The middle and higher classes, as a rule, have intelligence enough to restrict their potations. Other countries have been as drunken as France and have reformed. In Sweden in 1823 the average annual allowance to each inhabitant was twentyI three and a half litres of pure alcohol, Now it is five litres. Finland between 185C and 1900 came down from twenty litres tc two. England, where there is a special effort now to restrict the indulgence of the drunken, has in twenty-five years reduced her annual per capita allowance from ten litres to nine. The great trouble at present in France seems to be that the Government is not strong enough to restrict the manufacture and sale of liquors. Govin 'Rmnrp neprls votes. There are very nearly half a million wine shops in France, and last year, in spite of repressive legislation, there -were 1,137,328 private distillers who made alcohol or brandy from their own produce for their own use, This enormous prevalence of private stills seems appalling. Their number has increased sevenfold since 1879. Government not only needs the votes'of distillers and I wine sellers, but the revenue from alcohol is indispensable. So the problem is a hard one, but it must be solved, because to neglectit means destruction? Harper's Weekly. Nancy's Temperance Lecture. "Years ago I owned a horse named Old Nancy. That was when I was consider1 ably younger than I am now, and I used | to carry the mail from here to Jamestown. | We had to drive ten miles for the mail in those days, before the railroad was put I through. In summer time the ride was of! ten a hot one, when the sun beat down ; unmercifully upon us. One day I was very ' warm and thirsty and thought I'd stop at ! the/hotel and get a drink of root beer or earsaparilla. 'Nancy was very willing to stop and rest a bit when I drove up to the door. I 1 did not like to get oat and leave my mail I in the wagon, so I beckoned to the landlord, who hurried out to see what he could i do for me. I told him I should like a I t?lne? of mot. heer. He said he had no imi ! tation stuff on hand, but -would bring out j the genuine article. Before I could tell him that I never drank beer or ale he had disappeared in the bar room, but soon reueared bringing a glass of foaming lager | Deer, which he proffered to me. "Thank you much, sir," said I, "but I have no use for that stuff, and will be grateful if you will bring me a glass of water. Perhaps Old Nancy will drink the beer. Your signboard says 'Entertainment I for Man and Beast.' Try her. ! "I don't know whether Nancy heard me j or not?perhaps she did, and felt insulted, i At any rate, when, he put the- beer underj neath her nose she took that glass between I her teeth with a strong push and threw the beer, glass and all, away out in the road. I couldn't help laughing, and told the man that was the best place for the stuff, but I'd pay for the cost of the broken glass. When we came on we soon came to a watering trough, where I let the old girl have a good drink. I called that incident 'Nancy's Temperance Lecture.'" Staving Oft Utter Destrnction. St. Louis Globc-Democrat's Houston, Texas, special correspondent: "There is a general movement among the saloon men of the State to obey the Sunday law. A year ago there was a conference of wholesalers and brewery managers at Galveston, at which it was decided to the beet interest of every one in the business to have ail the laws obeyed strictly, but this the retailers felt to be entirely too much to ask of theni. Sincc then the local option sentiment has continued tr> spread throughout the State at a rate that I was aiarm:ng to iiquui jiuucsi?. the first-class saloonists in all of the citics have comc to the conclusion that the wholesalers were right, and they have decided to aid the peace officers in enforcing the laws to the extent they think is demanded by local sentiment. In Waco the saloons are to be kept tightly closed during the church hours and nominally so during the rest of Sunday, aDd this rule is being adopted in the other citics and larger towns." ' Opinions of Three Judges. Judge Charles, of Ottawa, 111., says: "The liquor habit is the proximate cause of more crime, pauperism and misery than all other evils combined." Judge Thomas F. Tipton, of Bloomington, 111., says: "I have sent 300 men to the penitentiary, and 250 committed the offense from the uec of liquor." Judge John C. CVabtree. of Dixon, 111., eays: "One-half of the divorce suits ace traceable to the liquoi habit." More TTouicn Alcoholics. Statistics show that out oh the total of London's curable drunkards? offenders who have been convicted more than ten times?8900 are -women and -i300 hundred men. In twenty years the deaths of women from chronic alcholism increased over 145 per cent. Mississippi'* Good Record. Reports show that the State of Mississippi. which is one of the strongest probioition States in the Union, all but a few counties being by local optioi. under prohibition rule, had a surplus uf $1,000,000 in its treasury last-year. New More in France. The teetotalers of France, commonly lcnown as the French Anti-Alcoholic Association, have been holding a congress at Brest, in France, many persons of note taking active part in the proceedings. At this congress resolutions were carried calling on the government (1) to direct that the inspectors of elementary schools should put, at every examination of the children, at least one question hearing on temperance; ami (2) to rescind the custom of serving a ration of brandy to the troops during the annual maneuvres; and (3) to facilitate the employment of distilled spirits in manufacturing operations, so as to enable thein to be utilized otherWise than for human consumption. 1 i \/t -V - v;* ' . . . * ' ' I THE SUNDAY SCHOOL | INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS FOR MAY 22. I Subject: Joeus Teaches Humility, Mark x., 35-43?Golden Text, Mark x., 45? .Memory verses, 43-40 ? commentary on the Day's Lepson. I. An ambitious request (vs. 35-37). 3o. "James and John." According to Matt. 20: 20, they made this request through their mother, Salome. She was one of the constant attendants of our Lord, and now falling on her knees, made her request. Nothing could have been more illtimed than this selfish petition when He j was going forth to His death. "'Sons of j Zebedee.'O "The father, though named, j never appears in gospel history after their discipleship; from which it is inferred that he was either dead or of an insignificant character.'' "Saying." However faulty the conduct of Salome appears on this occasion. she manifested a true, undying love for the Saviour in the most trying times of His subsequent sufferings. She j Was not solely attracted to Him by the | ties of self-interest or hopes of royal bounI +*r otr^rwl k\r T-Tirn tn ibo lacf nf tVlP I cross, and was among the earliest who 1 c?vie to embalm Him at the grove. "Masj ter." Matthew says that Salome came | worshiping Him. She recognized Him ae i the divine King?the Messiah. Her rev| erence was none the less real from the fact j that she came desiring a favor at His | hand. 36. "Wkat would ye?" He could not promise in a general way to granf their requests; they must state definitely what it is they desire. Here is an argument in favor of special prayer. 37. Grant unto I us." This request: 1. Displayed their igj norance of Christ's plans. They were i looking for a kingdom of this world and a I temporal.Messiah. 2. Was marked by for; wardness and presumtion. 3. Was charac; terized by worldliness. It apparently . looked no further than the present life. I II. Christ's rep'y (vs. 38-40). 39. "Ye J know not." You "do not know the nature t of your request, nor what it would involve. ! You suppose that if granted it would be ! attended only with honor and happiness; j whereas, it would require much suffering . and trial. "How often is it that our de! sires, and perhaps even our prayers, would | ruin us if granted? Hence Christians are generally, with much justice, careful how i | they specify before God in prayer the par; ! ticular blessing they desire. They may in i i their ignorance ask things that God sees , [ not best. "The cup." To drink of a cup ; often, in the Scriptures, signifies to be af. flicted, or. sometimes to be punished (Is. j 51: 17, 22; Psa. 75: 8). The figure is takl i en from a feast, where the master of the ! : household distributes to his children and . servants their allowance. The "cup" is i | used to represent the dispensation of | | providence; the Almighty as our common | I Father appointing to eacn of us our share . | of joy or suffering. . | 39. "We can." This was the decision of ; : the two brothers. The half unconscious, [ I yet presumptuous reply was no doubt ut, I terea under the impression that the strugj gle was to take place at Jerusalem, in | which, perhaps, they were to fight by His [ ' side,- and they declared themselves ready | j for the trial. Their reply was simply the I language of human firmness. "Ye shall, ' j indeed, etc." You shall undergo sufferings 1 I patterned after Minfe. They had yet to [earn how serious their words were; afterwards they were enabled to drink of that cup and to be baptized with that baptism. ' | To St. James was given strength to be I steadfast unto death and to be the first martyr of the apostelic band (Acts 12: 2). . Although John survived all of the apostles j and died a natural death, yet all antiqui; ty ascribes to him the gtary of living in ! the spirit of martyrdom (Rev. 1:9). f 40. "Not mfhe to give." As a special fa: vor. This must not be understood to I mean that Christ does not reward His foli lowers, for such a statement would be at : variance with the uniform testimony of the Scriptures (Matt. 25 : 31-40; John 5: 22-30). Rewards and punishments will be I given in accordance with certain fixed Viiloa nnrl nrinrinlpis. Tn the distribution [ of heavenly honors no favor or partiality is shown. "For whom: prepared." The ! true meaning is that such distinction could : I not be given except to those "for whom ; j it is prepared." And for whom is heavenly honor prepared? Not to every one who saith Lord, Lord; but to the holy in heart, to the "Israelite indeed," to the true circumcision (Rom. 2: 29; Phil. 3: 3), to the one who enters in at the "strait gate" (Matt. 7: 13, 14) and who presses "toward the mark" (Phil. 3: 14). III. "A lesson in humility (vs. 41-45). 41. "The ten." The other ten apostles. "Heard it." Heard of this bold request . made by Salome and her sons. "Much dis' pleased!" Moved with indignation. Tl% ! sons of Zebedee had been in a better social : | position than most of their brethren, and : j this attempt to secure a pre-eminence of ! honor kindled a storm of jealousy. 42. i "Saith unto them." Our Lord soothed ! | their jealousy by assuring them that in His kingdom there were no lordships. "Accounted to rule, etc." That is, those who are in a position to exercise authority and dominion, such as princes and governors, use their power to gratify their worldly ambitions and their love of ruling. 43. I "Not so among you" (R. V.) The princi; pies of My kingdom are entirely different | and are peculiar to themselves. There are to be no ranks and no high sounding titles. ; j All are to be on a level?the rich, the poor, j the bond, the free, the learned ana the unlearned. He will be the most distinguished I who shows the greatest humility. Our I Lord does not here mean that there shall ! be no orders in the Christian Church, or I even in heaven. Hut these church orders i are founded on the principle of service j rather than lordship. The officer of the ! church is truly the servant of the church, ! and if he exercise authority from any other j motive he is guilty of worldly ambition. I He is repeating the misdoings of James and ! John. "Will ce great." There is a holy j ambition which every true Christian should I possess, an ambition not for place, but for i ability to serve. 44. ''The chiefest." The only superiority I here k> be sought is a superiority m labors : and suffering for the common good. If any would be great let him be the greatf est servant. 45. "Came; to minister." j Jesus points to Himself as an example for them to follow. He was not a self-seeker and came not to be ministered unto; but He came to minister?to serve. This wa9 the character of His life. The Son of Man I ministers to the sons of men. "To give His life." The Son of Man showed Him' self the greatest of all by enduring the j greatest sufferings and making the great| est sacrifice of all. "A ransom." The lit* i eral meaning is a price paid for the reI demption of captives. Christ died in the i place of sinners. "For many." This does i not always mean many. All the great | poets of the world are not many. But the | persons for whom Christ died are many? incalculably numerous; not one has been ! left out. ' VAnt T/1po Mayor-elect J. H. Neff. oi Kansas City, j Mo., announced that lie desired each api plicant for the position oi Superintendent | of Stieets to write a thesis on the sub| ject, "How to Take Care oi the Street.-?.'"' j Die article rfiust contain not more than I 1000 words and must reach him at his oftice | not later than Saturday night. "1 wish | to ask all who are applicants or expect to j be applicants lor the position,'' said Mr. Neff, "to give me their ideas in a short i thesis. 1 desire them to state clearly their I views regarding the present condition of i the streets and what they would do to remedy them." To Makr Pure Iron. , Professor C. F. Burgess and Carl HamI bouchin, of the College of Engineering of ' the University of Wisconsin, have discovi ered a method of making pure iron at small I cost. The process is similar to that used | in refining copper, an electric current lak* I ing tlie impure iron from the plate and depositing it in a pure state on another plate. I The pure iron has properties not possessed by ordinary iron or steel. On account o! its electrical properties it furnishes the means for making special steel alloys of dieat strength and hardness. DincoTery in the Fornm of Ko.nev In the centre of the Forum, at Koine, | has just been discovered the chasm in which Marcus Curtius' perished. It was covered with inscribed marble slabs on which were several votive offerings, dating from B C. 362 to the time of Augustus. / i' v ..rj? ' ;" ???? ?^? ? ? ; At Klfht Tims. I am bo tired, Lord, I want to rest. The swift days weary me With life's grave quest. And I am weak, dear Lord, So weak and small; Let me hold fast Thy hand * Or else I fall. I know so little, Lord, \ Teach me Thy will. * i My heart of emptied self 1 "With wisdom fill. j | And I am lonesome, Lord. 1 Dear ones have gone i And through the unknown future, I Must go alone. ' fiir* mo mtt rpaf O \ I My promised rest; j Show me the shining goal I That ends life's quest. I Grant me a shining lifeht : j To flood my way; ; Let mt see into heaven V Right now?to-day. Whose is the voice that speaks ' Unto my soul And stills the lonesome waves That fret and roll? "Be brave," it says, "have faith, and keejh Thee to the right. Then look in thine own heart and find Rest, and the light." ?Ram's Horn* ??r-; Jwj Leading Prayer Meeting*. It ia very much like being hostess at the head of a table full of guests. There ara the good things to be provided by previous thought and work, and the invitations to be sent out. But it is at the table itself that the finest qualities need to be displayed. If anything goes wrong the hostes* must never show any annoyance, but rather turn the mistake to good account. If any important guest fails to come or i* late, she must blandly smile and make fmrh Adinsfcments as are possible. Ever* I one must be made to feel at home. The _ i bashful and timid young man, while not' x j having any important remark aimed-^ 1 equarely at him, will be drawn into con* '* ; I venation unawares. People wiU be set to conversing in a most interesting way who j were never suspected of having anything j interesting about them. Occasionally at. learned guest will be kept talking ,quite by himself when he has struck on a .line of ! personal information or experience of peI culiar value, but most likely the conversation is general, darting back and forth in* delightful play of mina on mind. The gap* between the courses the wise hostess fills herself with little observations which seem' quite unpremeditated, but in reality com* , from a careful study of her company be* forehand. Every ready, ever, good natured* ever feeling that the pleasure of her com* par y is in her hands, she yet succeeds & making the guests provide most of the in? tc!leetual feast. ? When you are called upon to lead & i prayer meeting it will be well to give uj> the old notion of presiding at a pubh<r function, and adopt the idea of a hostesaamong her guests. If you do, when theft f:o home they will be likely to thank yotl or the -delightful hospitality you hav# shown and secretly desire to come again, j Tlie Leasers and the Llflen. , . As there are two sorts of hindrances, *? there are just two sorts of people in thi* world. Ella Wheeler Wilcox nas called them, "the leaners and the lifters," and it r 1 is ju^t the way we meet our hindrances, our trials, that make us so. Those who fail to see the hidden purpose of these heavy trials and fall under the weight o? shift it to other shoulders are the leaners. | And these are they who have not learned 1 the tfue source of strength. Depending on human strength, which is soon exhaust*, j cd, they falter and fall and become the ! world's burden, instead of the world's bur-; i den bearer. But to those whose far-seeingj eyes have read God's message to a weary,, i world, these same hindrances are but the source of an inpouring of Divine power* 4 and casting their burden on the Lord* ' knowing He careth for taem, thev cat^ ' ! bear the burdens of their weaker brethren. Which will youlbe, "a leaner or ? j lifter?" It all depends unon your attitude toward God. "He is willing to aid you.") ! Seek Him for strength. "They that waif: upon the Lord ?hall renew their strength; j they shall mount up with wings as eag.es; ! they shall run and not be weary; they, i shall walk and not faint." The Making of a Man. AD life is variegated. It means happiness as well as sorrow. Mind as well aa : 1 body needs change. A young man needs j relaxation and recuperation. By it -life ' gains elasticity. Christianity when it ! comes into the heart of man does not drivo . ! the sunshine out. A man is not necesj sarily a Christian because he looks con* J sumptive. Pity with' a long face and d deep cough is not Christ's idea of religion^ I There is nothing antagonistic in religion! ! to the helpful influence of society. Socie-' ty being the best of character possesses . molding power. It will minister to tho lower or the higher ideals of life; through! ; it he will either serve God or the devil.' If a man has the vulture instinct whichj seeks the carrion he will find it. If he de-' eires that whicji is not blest and purest and best he may possess it. The thing . ' that makes the life of modern society so; , strenuous is the struggle to keep up appearances at whatever cost, and the idea; ' | that they may have that there can be no j fun without filth. Sharing Onrielres. Jesus was always ready to give Himself ! to others. Whiie He often snent Hia j nights apart with God and had His hours I u'knn Ho hi'H .iwavfrom men. vet He went among the people freely, and was a won! derful dispenser of cheer, comfort and ! kindness. We should train ourselves to be i in the world as He was. We should not , selfishly withhold our life from those who need it. We should carry out to others I the blessing and the good we get for ourj selves in the quiet of our study or in the ' sweetness of our home fellowships. We , are to be dispensers of God's good gifts. Whatiwe receive and would keep for j ourselves onlv will not avail for good even j to us, for we really have only what we j give. Keeping for ourselves only is losI mg. Hence, no vonng person should be a j recluse, shutting himself Rway from oth' crs, on the ground that he must devote j all his time to self improvement. He owes : a debt to others which he can pay only i by going among others. * ? Do Your Best. Do your best loyally and cheerfully and suffer yourself to feel no anxiety or fear. ! Your times are in God's hands. He has J assigned you your place. He will direct ^.ur paths. He will accept your efforts i? j they be faithful. He will bless your aims ! if they be for your soul's good.?Frederick j W. Farrar. Flowers of Spiritual Love. : The lilies of peace cover the terrible J fields of Waterloo, and out of the graves I of our dear ones there spring up such j flowers of spiritual loveliness as you and I 1 y?uA novo" lrir?/>u/n ?'TlipnrJrtrft PnrLor, Mississippi Loses Twenty Miles, | Tlie Mississippi niver is now twenty; : miles shorter and Davis Island is no longer 1 an island, but Kellogg's Point is. Witn a I roar that was heard twenty miles away, [ the Mississippi cut through Killiekrankia [ Neck in Davis Bend and resumed its old I channel through what has lately beea known as Lake Palmyra. The change of | channel has restored Davis Island, the old plantation of Jefferson Davis, to the i Mississippi mainland, and converted Kellogg's Landing, La., into an island. Killie! krankie Neck was only 500 yards #vide, but the sudden change in the nver route waa none the Jess unexpected. I he Mississippi River is shortened some twenty miles by; it and half a dozen plantations are injured*