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A CHILD'S LAUGHTER.
Ml the belli ef heaven may ring, II the birds of heaven may sing, II the wells of heaven may sprint, Jl the winds of earth may brln All sweet sounds together; "wetter far than all things heard, and of harper, tone of bird. und of wood at sundown stlrria, .celling water's winsome word. Wind In warm wan weather. fM thing yet there Is. that none, Hearing ere Its chime be done, nows not Well the sweetest one , Weard of men beneath the sun, unn,i in heaven hereafter; oft and strong and loud and light, Very aound of vry llRb. When the soul of all delight Fills a child's clear laughter, j . -Algernon Charles Swinburne. I Deliver Us From Evil, jj ooooooooooooooo The operating theatre was filled With lookers-on. Mr. Menzles' operations were far tamed. Pending the arrival of the pa tient from the anaesthetic room on the Other side of the passage, the great urgeon stood washing his hands ana talking to his dressers. An enthusiast himself, he always In mired hl subordinates with enthusi asm, and his daring success as an op erator made him the envy and admira tion of all his juniors. . His fine but stern face relaxed Into a mile over the naive remarks of one of the students, and a little laugh even broke from his llp3. It was unusual for Mr, Menzles to laugh; he was known as a grave, silent man, and the lines of his face were severe, though there was a great kindliness In his keen, gray eyes, and his rare smile was particularly charming. The world in which he moved knew well enough What It was that had carved the stern nsa Into what had, been so pleasant Ud bright a face, knew what had caused the look in his eyes which never wholly left them. V The world had been loud In Its com Ulceration, a year before, when Mr. Menites' wife had left him and their three-year-old daughter , for another man, who had been the great surgeon's friend. Equally loud In Its expressed ympathy, but the surgeon had made all such expression an Impossibility. To no living soul had he ever Bpoken Of the blow which had ruined his hap piness, and no living soul had even ventured to touch upon the subject to him. He faced life sternly now, Instead of railing as before, that was all; and he flung himself, heart and mind, Into his profession, giving apparently no thought to anything beyond it, except to his small daughter. The child went with him everywhere, and was even now sitting in the car riage, In the hospital court yard, grave ly and Intently scanning the people who passed to and fro In the full sun shine. There was a sudden hiu4ilng of the usy talk in the operating theatre, as Hie patient was wheeled In and lifted Upon the table, and the surgeon moved forward. "Patient quite ready, sir," said the house surgeon, respectfully, The surgeon did not even glance at the face of the man upon the table, but proceeded to examine the seat of the Injury, asking a tew terse questions an he did so. .."Came in early this morning, you ,aay?" "Yes, sir, only just conscious enough to tell us he was run over." J'Poor fellow! Well, It Is quite obvl fcus what must lie dune. It is a case of life or death. The only chance of sav ing him is to operate at once. ' The clear, decided voice could be heard all over the theatre, the strong, ilcady hands were watched eagerly from every corner as they began ineir work with no hesitation, wiiu no un certainty of touch. For a quarter of an hour Mr. Men'.les worked on In (Hence, broken only by an occasional short word to tho dresser beside him. As usual, he was absorbed. In the task before him, every other thought for the moment relegated to the back of hi mind. Outside, in tne court yard his little daughter sat In the car riage, watching the pigeons strutting to and fro in the sunshine, and the people who passed in and wit of the peat doors, watched over herself by the coachman, who adored every hair of the curly head, and worshipped the ; ground that was walked upon by her r; tiny feet. There was nothing the (' small girl enjoyed more than coming to the hospital, "to wait for father." '. It gave her a delightful sensation of being grown up, added to the delight of the long drive sitting beside father, and holding his hand and chatting to him upon the many ana vanea mci ' dents on the route. She glanced up at the windows and wondered where father was just that 1 very minute, and whether he would i cooie soon. Then she turned her eyes j back again to the pigeons In the sun , shine, strutting boldly up and down i- underneath the feet of the passers-by. ' Upstairs, in the theatre, there was i a breathless silence. I The most critical moment of the op 1 eratlon had been reached when the j surgeon paused for a moment to glance I up the table at the face of the patient, and to ask a question of the house sur- geon. i But the question was only halt ut tered, his words broke off suddenly, ! and a student, more observant than his fellows, noticed what a curious gray i wees overspread his face, i "Something gone wrong over the an i aesthetic," the thought flashed through the student's brain, but exen as the flash ! of thought came, he saw Dr. Menzles I pull himself together with a strange, i Jerky movement, and heard him say, quietly: "Patient all right, Lettesdale?" "Quite right, sir." The heuse sur geon's voice was brisk and confident tk. .tnri.nt wondered ldlv what had ' nade the usually calm Mr. Menzles I break off In that sudden, Irrelevant i thMi hie wonderlnri were for- I fatten In the absorbing Interest of tht i operation. , . . m.. anmiui YmA turned ouletlv hack to all work, and with steady Angara 1 tut lever laiierea or wave, n aw ing on with hJa task. But hli owl in tumult ; Ma brain wai on Ire. The) kelpie a an lying before hlm- an wheoe life lay In his hanit- k. Uuj vk mm tti.ni Mir b- -)ba4 etolea from him hli wlfi ana ABILENE WEEKLY REFLECTOR, ABILENE, his happiness, the friend who had been worse than an open enemy, oui long-forgotten words swung through his brain as his fingers moved mehani cally in their work. "If It had been an open enemy that had d-e me this dishonor, I could have borne it. But it was even thou, mine old familiar friend." "Mine own familiar friend!" A queer look flashed into the gray eyes; he raised them suddenly and glanced again at the patient's white face. It wan so very white that except for the faint breathing that was just audible you might have supposed that the one lving upon the table was dead. Dead? the word sprung into Mr. Menzles' mind following quickly upon those words, "Mine own familiar friend." Deadwell, if the patient were dead, there would be one villain less In the world; the wrong would have been re-venged-if If the .patient who lay so still and white were still forever In death. The surgeon's eyes went back to their work; his steady fingers never relaxed their tak; there was no out ward sign of the tumult within his soul, save a certain tightening of his lips. "Dead !" The word surged to and fro in his brain until he could see It act ually dancing before his eyes. The man whom he had cursed so bitterly the man who had vanished from his life a year ago was helpless In his hands, ol.unlntAlv at his mercy, and if the knife slipped, ever so little, by the frac tion of a hairs breaatn, tne iaint hi-authino- would cnase and the life that had ruined his life's happiness would go down into silence, it waaunpuav ton so absurdly easy! The operation was one of extreme del icacy. If It failed, no one woum ever hiomo thi siirsiBon. Few men be sides himself would ever have under taken it; still fower would have been able to carry It to a successful termi nation. To fall meant such a tiny, tiny shift ing of the Instrument he handled with m.h uldll nnrl care. The most critical moment of the whole operation was approaching, mere was a preamie ull.mno In tlm Ihontrn. and across it the whisper of one student to another was distinctly audible. "By Jove, he has got a tough Job there!" As though It had been yesterday, In stead of a year ago, there rose before U Mansion' OVBS n Mlllllen VlsiOn Of the last day on which he and the pa tient had met. Me saw nis wne s umw flooded with the sunshine, and his wife smiling up Into his face with laughing eyes. The fragrance oi f,aM rukrvariuri Avpirvthlnir: she hail al ways loved roses; and a vivid recollec tion came to him of great roses upon the tables. A mass of gorgeous red ones had caught the flashing sunlight, and shone blood-red In its gleams. She had had a big pink one at her belt; and she had held out to him a dainty orange colored bud. "For your button hole, dear," she had said softly, iiooi.in ut.iivl the man who now lay unconscious under his hands, and their two laughing faces rose up ana mocked him with their falseness, Such a little slip of the hand, so eas ily compassed, and the lite of the man before him would slip forever Into si lence, and revenge was sweet. His lips tightened, his eyes grew hard. "Wrong? absurd!" There was no wrong in avenging your honor. Heaven had thrown this man in his way, the vengeance was meant to be. It was childish, ridiculous, to draw back now, when the game was In his hands. His lips had tightened till they looked like a thin band of steel; his eyes were for the moment devilish, For what seemed to him like a cen tury, but what was in reality a quar ter of a second, hie hand stayed Its work, and the patient's life hung In the balance. Then all at once the tense look on his face relaxed, his hanrf irmvoii vn atpniiiiv. firmly, Burely and only that again one student, more observant, than the rest, noticed that he was white to the very lips. "Strain too much for him," was the thought In the young man's mind; "no wonder he feels bad; that was a 1 nast.v moment, a slip of a hair s I breadth, and good-bye to the patient." ' Never saw anyming use u, an other student murmured; 'the finest bit of operating anybody could wish to see. That fellow ougnt to ue gratcim to Menzles." Perhaps there was a little surprise In the minds of all those In the thea tre that day, that Mr. Menzles did not Improve the occasion by a lecture upon the case. Indeed, he uttered no syllable during the remainder of the operation, and never once again did he raise his eyes to tne race oi tno patient. "Get Mr. Stiles to see the case now, he said briefly; "I-I shall not be able to come down tomorrow." Outside In the June sunshine, his uttin rtnnirVitftr awaited him as he came down the hospital steps, and as he stepped into nis carriage sne sup ped her hands in nis. "Are you tired, daddy uear: sne said; "you are ever so white." "Vrv tired mv (larllm. he said. mechanically, and his voice shook. "And you re cold, the cnua went on, I felt you sniver tnougn tne un Is as hot as hot-! ' Another shiver ran through the sur geon's frame. "Yes, I think I am cold," he said. Perhaps" u hrnVo nff abrunHv. "I have had a hard time," he finished after a pause. "Poor daddy, the child whispered. Her soft hand held his more closely, and her little forehead puckered Itself Into anxious lines as she looked Into her father's white face and tired eyes. "Loving little soul! all the way home she wondered what could have made her father so terribly unlike himself that afternoon; all the even ing she watched him with tender, anx ious eyes, pondering the problem still. But perhaps she wondered most of all when, as was her wont, she said her prayers beside him, and at the end of the Lord's Prayer he whispered, In a strangely broken voice "Say again, 'Deliver us from evil,' ay It for for all who are tempted." And the golden curls fell over hla trembling hand as she whispered, oftly "Deliver us from evil." The Argosy. I B. Moberly. Theie' no harm la building castle In the air so long a It doesn't lead to speculation la real estate. i EFFECTS OF GUNPOWDEA. The SmokeleM Formi a lies Which Irritating While Ilarmleu. Dr. M. II. Simons, United States navy, (Journal of the American Medi cal Association, April 15, 18UW, first ,ai inwtiauuu, ninu iu, wtvy, I considered the two kinds of powder used on bonrd-the brown prismatic and the so-called smokeless powders, says the Medical Age. In the brown, some of the grains are unburned, and by the explosion are finely powdered. This dust Is often blown back on the decks of the ship, and Is somewhat Ir ritating to the mucous membranes. It causes slight congestion, which pass es rapidly away. The smokeless pow der docs produce some slight amount of smoke, or rather haziness in Ihe air, after a discharge of a large amount. Carbonic oxide gas forms In the breech, and when the latter Is opened Is changed to carbon dioxide! no ill effects were noted from this gas, After a number of discharges the decks become hazy with the fumes from this powder and there is noticed a slight though acid smell. It Is ex tremely Irritating to all mucous mem branes, though no serious trouble re sults. When the decks are washed down after the firing has ceased, this all passes away. After the battle of Santiago there were several cases of nasal, tonsillar and eye Inflammations; these were not complicated and yielded at once to simple treatment, A few were deaf, some for from two to four days, but they all recovered by the use of In halations and politzerlzlng. Only two eases were observed In which there was rupture of the membrana tym panl. Here there was no pain; but the patients complained of tinnitus. The doctor slated that he was him self slightly deaf as a result of that engagement. When a gun is fired there Is a feeling of a sudden blow, something like the blow from a bar of Iron. With the small guns this is quite sharp, but with the large guns It is more heavy. Some complained of general muscular soreness after the battle. The two cuses of perforation occurred In the vicinity of the eight Inch guu. In his opinion the deafness was the result of the irritation of the throat, primarily, this producing a closure of the Eustachian tube; a sub- sequent heavy discharge would force In the uienibruun tynipnnl, thus forcN luff nut n smnll ninnnnt of nlr. which could not return and hence the drum would be soniewhut retracted and light deafness result. Boston Hotel Way. "My friends call tne nn absent minded man," said the man with the tweed suit, "and I guess they are pretty nearly right. I was In Huston the oilier week for three days, and when ready to depart I took my grip and walked out of the hotel without a thought of the bill. Didn't the clerk say anything? Not a word, They don't Jump onto a nuin nil of a sudden over there, I had half an hour to wait nt the depot, and I was strolling n round us I'liliteiiletl as you please when a smiling stranger timidly walked up to me mid wanted to know if I had hud il gnoil time In Boston. I was ruther nonplussed, but replied that I bud. Then he usked uie if I had found the hotel all right. I told him it was bung-up. Theu he switched off ou the weather for a minute, and all of a sudden It struck me that we had met somewhere before. When I put it to him he said that my face also hud a familiar look. I placed him after a bit ami said: "Why, you were around the Blank hotel a good deal during my stay." " 'Yes, I was,' he replied. "'And you n ru just getting away?' '"tlh, no. I-I belong there, you know, mid I came down to ask you a favor.' '"A favor 7 What Is It V " 'I'd I'll like to borrow $1) of you to pay your hotel bill!" "Well, If I wimu't knocked out!" laughed the absent-minded man with a slap at his leg. "It was the hotel detective, of course, and he was try ing to make It dend-easy for me. Just uollee how considerate of my feel Iiil's! I felt bo thankful In one sense and so menu lu another that I weut right back to the hotel. 1 walked up to the desk with my niouiu full of ex cuses and apologies, but before I could get out a word the clerk smiled at me mid said: '"Ah! It is Mr. Johnsou! (!lnd to see you, Mr. Johnson. Will you have a room on the second floor front? "I paid my bill aud took a fresh start," said Mr. Johnson, "and I shall never get over feeling grateful to those hotel people. It was all so easy and nice mid genteel, you know, and tboimh I tried to make myself believe that I was a hotel beat I couldn't do It." Hoylh Patriotism. One tiny nn examiner was listening to a class of Irish boys In London as thev repeated Mttcnuiay's "Horutlus." "Would three soldiers nowadays," he asked, "be likely to hold n bridge against n whole army?" "No, sir." the boys answered. "Would three Englishmen, for ex. amule?" he continued. "No, sir," sn id the class, "Would lliree Scotchmen F . They again dissented. . "Would three irishmen?" "Please, sir," shouted one excitable little fellow, "one Irishman would do lt!"-Coruhlll Magazine. Her Plan. Tom-Aunt Emellne has a theory for reforming the world. Jnek-What Is ltT "Mothers ought to exchange chil dren." "What good would that do?" "Mother always have such strict Idea about how other women's chil dren should be ralied."-8pare Mo- KANSAS, JUNE 5, 1902 -TWELVE PAGES. SABBATH OBSERVABCE. Report to the Presbyteries Oenenl A leniby Comet Oat Flat-rooted Afalnst Any Sunday Traveling. New York, May 19. The pulpits of the Presbyterian churches In Greater New York were, for the most part filled yesterday with preachers from il ..1 . -II iUa v ...... l.o. other nluces. all of the sneakers be ing in attendance on the sessions of the general assembly. Three large gatherings were held during the day. At utie of these the report of Sabbath observance presented to the assem bly was discussed. The report bad come out flat-footed against Sunday golf, Sunday excursions, Sunday trav eling and nearly every other form of activity on Sunday, not absolutely necessary. The committee criticised the entertainments given by Prince Henry of Prussia on the several Sun days during his recent visit to this country. Rev. Dr. D. W. Moffatt, president of the Washington-Jefferson college, said he did not come to find fault with motormen and conductors for working on Sunday, nor with other employers, but with public Bentiment which allows and even demands this kind of Sunday labor. "Sometimes I think" said the doctor, "that, after all, we shall have to look to the la bor unions for the remedy. They could demand no Sunday work. They won on a shorter work day." Rev. Dr. Richard 8. Holmes, of PHrehnnr. said: "I am not In favor of an ecclesiastical Sabbath, but It seems to be that what people need Is a day of relief from the eternal hustle, one day out of seven to get acquainted with their families. If you can pass a resolution that will go to the hearts of the public you will have accomplished something." Here Rev. Dr. Hathaway, secretary of the Sabbath union, jumped to the front of the platform. "Mr. Chair man," he said, "the Sabbath union prints ail these resolutions and sends them to everv Presbyterian clergy man in the country, Dr. Holmes in cluded." Dr. Hathaway then accused the commission to the general as sembly of not being strict on Sunday observance themselves ana aaciea. that "there are at least 8,000 pro fessed Christians pluying golf this very minute In the vicinity of this cjty, Pray for them." Colllalnn an the Burllnctan's Bllllnte Line. Lincoln, Neb., May 19. Four men were killed and four others Injured in a collision on the Burlington's Billings line Saturday. The trains that met In collision were the east bound Portland-St. Louis vestlbuled flyer and an extra stock train, con veying Texas cattle to the Montana ranges. The latter was pulled by a "double-header." The conductor and engineer on the passenger train both misunderstood their orders, which were to meet the stock train at Hyannis. Instead they started out of the station and, while going at high speed, struck the stock train. Tried to Blackmail the Santa Fe. Guthrie. Ok.. Mnv 10. Officers of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe hare received numerous anonymous communications recently to the effect that unless $1,000 were paid to the singers dire results to the road would follow. Soon after the bridge over the Cimmaron river nt Perkins was fired and almost ruined and many other minor offenses have been committed, An nnswer was sent that the money would be paid and officers took it to the proposed meet ing place. The offenders were too wary to be caught anil are still de manding money. A lluy CruHheil Under a Street Car. St. Louis, May 111. William Dad son, eight years old, was crushed to dentil under a Cass nveniie cur Sntiirilay night. According to the motormnn the boy had been stealing i ride on the rent' fender of n west hound Cass avenue car. Just as this ;'ar ami nn enslbnund car were about to pass the boy jumped off the rear fender and started across the east tracks. In doing so he stepped di rectly In front of the eastbniind car ml was Instantly knocked down and iimler. A Coinlrt Silent for Four Years. r'ort Scott, Kan., Mny 19 After four years of silence Jerry Chau teau, a picturesque character in the :rinilmtl circles of lllluois, Missouri ml Kansas, spoke here Saturday to thuuk the oflieers who convicted him. lie had resolved, upon his convic tion four years ngo, to not utter a ound until he had killed the officers. In his four veurs of absolute silence lie reformed nnd continued his si lence until he could thank them. A Weteriniior nn the Police Keservetlon, Oklahoma City, Ok., May 19. A waterspout on the 1'onca Indian res nation swelled the creeks and riv rs to dangerous floods, washed away H'verul important bridges, compelled .he residents to flee to higher ground nd washed away the foundations of Jwelling houses. A son of John 'nliner wus drowned, and uncon firmed reports state that several of the I'oni'ii Indians were caught by the floods and killed. A Men Killed by Switch Engine. St. Louis. Mnv 19. A stranger, sup posed to be Millnrd flnrlow, of Chi ;ago, was run over and killed by a switch engine in the Wabash freight ards. The man attempted to step upon the footboard of the switch ?ngine, but missed his footing and fell. Before he could be rescued by wntrhmen atandhiir on the board the wheels of the tender had struck him md badly crushed bis body, no uvea but a short time. THE BEST HEART. Among the precious stonea that is the-choicest one Which cuts them all, yet can itself be cut by none. But best of human hearts is that which would from others Far sooner bear all wounds itself than wound a brother's A Good Lo?e Story. Within these latter days nearly all our love stories are mere tangled webs of sex delinquences, marriage prob lems, and other morbid manifestations of a nervous age. As the story told by Charlotte J. Burckhardt, In The Butter, fly, is so completely devoid of any of these unhealthy features, and so natur ally depicts the hard bargaining of a truly rural lover, who pits the red heifer against all the charms of Katie O'Grady, we are sure our readers will welcome the tale. Mike walked slowly up the boggy lane which led to the O'Grady upland farm, In all the uneasy splendour of bis Sunday clothes. It was his habit to doff them after morning mass, but this was an occasion on which they were In dispensable, for he was going to make a formal proposal for the hand of Katie O'Grady, whom he had been courting to precedent provided, for the past three months. Katie was one of the matches of the neighborhood, for O'Grady was a "strong" farmer and owned cows of a superior strain, the dtBcendants of ' Congested Districts" stock, and Mike reflected that if he got with her as . . ..j hairor sn wall as a counle of Bheep, and maybe a matter of ten ! nounds, he should be doing very well j indeed. "And, sure, Isn't Katie far ana away the prettiest girl this side of Gal way?" he told himself. "Faith, we .1 make a handsome couple, the two av us." And he glanced complacently down at his vivid blue necktie, though the serrated edge of a starched collar made it a painful effort. Katie was at the door, looking out, when he arrived, but coyly withdrew when she saw her lover approaching, and answered his knock of ceremony with an affectation of great surprise. "An' Is It yourself, Mr. Devlin?" she aid, opening a pair of sweet grey-blue-eyes at him. "Father was after sayln It was you were the stranger, so ne did." "I've been busy gettln' the pitatles in, Miss O'Grady," he answered, with of etiauette, An Is himself witmnr 'He is that-and won't you walk in.' she said, politely; and Mike then suf fered his glance to penetraw rnhln to where O'Grady was sitting by the Are. smoking. "Is that you, Mike, me boy? he sam, for the first time becoming aware of the young man's presence officially, as it wsrB He was a wrinkled-faced old man, with the vivid blue eyes, long chin, and hard mouth, so common in Ireland; and Katie's brilliant coloring did not hide her close resemblance to her par ent, though the mouth was softened by youth and good temper, and she was manifestly pleasantly flustered by Mike's arrival. The two men began feeling their ground by preliminary remarks about the weather and crops, eyeing each other the while like two duell lata, each taking the meanure of he othe till, after a cup of tea provided by Katie, O'Grady proposed that they should walk out and look at the stock. Mike lingered behind a minute, and in that minute mauaged to snatch a kins from Katie, who, indeed, made no great resistance. ... t., "Whisht, now darlint-whisht, r.ow. he said. "Sure, an' (Ion t ye know why How would I know, an' me never truld?" said Katie, with a sweetly co quettish glance from under her black ef I .r.ni the evpd av me telling ya ivery time I look at ye?" said Mike, with ardour. Don't ye know that me heart'Mflre for ye, Agra? "AlUiave done now with such folly, she said, swiftly. "Hould now or father w 11 be comin' back to see what's delayta' ye." he Pushed hlm away and fled into the inner room. - O'Grady was leaning against a wall, surveying a group of five cows brows ng on the short, sweet mountain pas ture below and did not even turn his head at Mike's approach. "Sure thlm's as foine stock as ye d eee In all Galway, so they are now, he said, complacently. "I'm not denyln' the same' said Mike "I suppose now, Mr. OGrady, you'd be glveT e boy who'd take Katie a hiffer av them?" "I might be thlnkln' av a good cow, said O'Grady, cautiously, "forbye she wt maS a dacint lad, with a trifle av his own." mI.ht n. been tlln' ye that I was thlnkln av settlln'." haiarded the lover. "Faith, I think there was some talk av It," Bald O Grady, not removes g,f-nas a?ter US' w. might make a match ay It." v n . "Sure, theres more wu Votu She's a fine, upstandin girl, Katis. " -:. mllM be though 'lis out uum iw- r.. given' her, with stock so cheap aod the youJ.be glad to see her comfortably settled ' said llfka. "Sure, I needn't be tellln' ye that I ve trifle av money in the bank and that there isn t a '"' - " - meadow anini nic -- 1 in the. tales, that's. rtch...bM sorra a emeu or a - - lave his wealth to when the saints call him to glory." , . ., . "Bedad, Mike, there's not a lad I d sooner Katie tuk for her bachelor than yourself,," said 0'Gn.dy, suddenly fac Ing round on the other w th a very earnest countenance "I always said ye was the rale dacint lad, so I did. "Shall we call It a barga n, thin, mid Mike. "Sure, a man like ye, Mr. O'Orady, wouldn't think twice about i Ivln' your daughter a pound or two to her fortln' an' a matter v four or ix sheep, to ay nothing av a brace av alf fors " He held out bis hand with a fine how of confidence, but O'Orady ahook h'"Anio you think I'll iht'rlp meself before I go to bed, entirely. Mike Off lin'" he said. "Come, well say hx pounds in her stockin', four sheep, and ... t k ikf. nA "PIT a half dozen nins, wim mo , "Sure Andy Moriarty was for offerln totter than that with his Maggie-and she that could play the piano, aaid Mike contemptuously. "He was speak in' av ten pounds and two cows, not to ui.micn the sheep." "Maggie Moriarty, lndade! And she with the two eyes av her not a match, ip'ii rvftrai'y "and no hand at all with rarin' the poultry. Katie has the young cnlcKs in ue market before otner peo ple has theirs matched, so she has. "I'm not denying that Katie's a foine girl and diver wan, too," said Mike. In a ditfassionate tone, "but couldnt take her with less than six sheep and two heiffers." "Look here, Mike, me boy, Ive al ways had a likln' for ye aud I'll go better than me word," said O'Grady, with a diplomatic unbending. "I'll give her five sheep and the hins and the black cow down there beyant." "Is it that old scarecrow ye're after offering me?" said Mike, with a scorn. "Sure, she's past mllkln' and a,i lame Eis ft rules " "The saints harken to him," said O'Grady, fervently. "And the poor baste not turned seven, and as good a milker as ye iver saw." "Me eyesight is mighty good, praise the saints," said Mike, dryly. "Make It the little red hiffer and lt'B a match.' "I'll tell ye what, Mike, I'll throw In the goose and a pair of blankets. Ye shan't say O'Grady's a nagur. any. ways," said father, with a fine lavlsh ness; "an' the girl's rale fond av ye, Mike." "Sure, there's not a prettier girl, nor wan I'd rather marry, than Katie, but I couldn't call that a bargain," said the lover, firmly. "Why, there was Patsy Hannigan was after her the other day, and he was for havin' her without a cow at all, so he was," said O'Grady. "Patsy Hannigan, was It?" said Mike, with contempt. "A mighty flne hus band he'd make a dacint girl, Sure tha pollis is bouna to nave tnai suit av us wan day, and where'd Katie be thin, with him In gaol? I'm forgettln' what's due to me in not standin' out for ten sheep and three cows." "And why. don't ye ask for the roof off the house and me shirt too, while ye're about it, Mike?" said O'Grady. "If the girl was hump-backed or a cripple, you couldn't want more." "Throw In the little red hiffer an' I'll step round to Father Conlan's and r spake about the banns," said Mike. He had a splendid view of the red heifer, and her perfections seemed to grow upon him. "Sure, Katie has a rare stock av clothes all that was her mother's and there's a four-post bedstead I might be sparin' her; and them little speckled hins Is dlvils to lay," urged the father. But Mike was firm. "I'm afraid we're wasting tolme, Mr. O'Grady," he said. "I'm for nothing that isn't fair and reasonable. Sure, ye wouldn't grudge wan hiffer with the girl, an' she your only daughter." "Vo hav thp hlack cow." said O'Grady, obstinately, the hard lines round his mouth deepening. "If that's your last word, Mr. O'Grady, I may as well be goin'," said the lover, settling his hat more firmly on his head, and buttoning up his coat, preparatory to departing. "Ye know your own business, Mike Devlin," said O'Grady, dryly. "Me daughter won't be wantin' a husband long anyways. "Some men is easy continted, sata Mike, sententiously. "Thin I'll be say ln' good evenln' to ye, Mr. O'Grady. "Good evening to ye, Mike," said O'Grady, nodding carelessly. "Good evening," said Mike again, and he lingered a minute, but O'Grady had turned again to contemplate the red heifer, so Mike swung round on his heel, and began to descend the hill path. . . A pretty, wistful face peeped out from the cabin door and watched him with frightened blue eyes, but Mike never turned his head. He knew his worth, and what was love when weighed In the scale against a red heifer? Hmellrst of lerorporalfd Cities, With the publication of our twelfth census returns will come the ollitial news of tne aiscovery uy umv States authorities of the smallest in corporated city In the country. It la Midway, In Houston county, Tenn. The story of Midway is a strange one. The city b almost in accident that grew out of a necessity. U really appears accidental to have a tru., duly incorporated city with only half a hun dred inhabitants, but such is Midway, as the census enumerators discovered 'St came into existence through the necessities of thirst, and remains by reason of inertia. In Tennessee there la a "four mile law," which prohibits the selling of whiskey within four miles of a school house, except In an Incorporated town. It was Impossible to find a spot in Houston county out side of an incorporated town that was four miles from a school house. What was the rural population to do? Go thirsty? Never! Rather In corporate a city. That's whtt was done. A desirable site on the bank of a brook was found. A saloon was built, and three families were hired to play the population. That was the start. Then came seventy-five inhab itants and Incorporation. No taxes and plenty of whiskey brought busi ness and happiness. Peace and plenty reigned for a time, and then came trouble. Legislative at tention was called to the city through quarrels In the City Council, and a law was passed extending the "four mile law" to all towns under 2,000 popula tion. The spirit departed from Mid way, yet it lives In form and manifests life with Its two and one-half score In habitants, With much Intensity the woman re peated these lines: The boast of heraldry, the pomp ot power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await like the Inevitable hour. The paths of glory lead but to tha grave. Then, with tears in her eyes, aha turned to her entourage and said: "Do you know I would rather be tha author of that verse than to get up an absolutely new filling for the sand wiches I shall serve at my 6 o'clock tomorrow." This seemed Incredible, and yet she poke as from tha heart-Detroit Journal