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THANK8QIVINQ ON THE FARM.
FmIi llkt Thanksgiving round the farm!— The kind o* crispy a!r That makes yer glad ye're llvln,' an' cot ttnch pertlc lar where •o lOQf'f yet lungs Is workln' an* kin fill Jrer to the brim With that double compound eitrac' o' per petnat youth an* Tim The |upd thai gives yer eometbln* to be .1 ... thankful 'bout, Ir It a only 'Co* you re up an dreued an able to be out. Looks like ThankspMn' ropnd the place!— JP1*- tnapl^s burnln* red An* the apple! sorted out In heaps, a-rlpen lh* [n tne shed The m$s a-jgettlo' barer ex the leaves tpnit flutVrln down, An tsq pijnkliia growln* yellcr an* the pas tpr gettlrr brown The tyuouie nyln' low along ttao sheltered Tlle r?VPF" »y|n' J1'4? An the orchard cli ... orchard dean's a whistle *cos the clder-makln's done. Smells like Thanksglvln* round the house!— I rather guess you'd know what day It wuz by snlffln' round, *coz everywhere you go Ton ktfch the sccnt o* stuffln* an* the siQell 0' pies an' cakes, An' ctturb'ry sass an' turkey' an* the pud* Tun' 8ary makes lest fer Thanksglvln' c*oz, she says, she Aggers that It brings A malt jer takln somehow, a more thank ful view o' things. Sonnds like Thanksglrln' round the farm!— The blackbirds chatt'rln' s6f The pa tridse whlrrln' In the woods, an' evetrwhere you go Too hear the flails a-flyln* an* yer hear the drivers call Clean from th4 pike (the air's so clear), an* .then, tjie best of all, Ter near the wagon rattlln', an' yer know It's oft the way From the station with the children—come to spend Thanksglvln' day. An* 'Us Thanksglvln', no mistake! 'Cos money couldn't buy The lp^ J^ee fc-bpamln from the mother's Ncr the piMtf uv tke children, ner the hap plnefcs I feel When I fete 'em gathered round us fer one ... —.. AD' a OUVMIl .. plnefcs I feel 1 I bee 'em gal..., more Thanksglvln' meall Njlermatlon somehow ain't required ttf let us know That lt'i time that we wuz thankfnl an* ter •It us r?elln' so! —William Cary Duncan In Farm and AND NOW THE PUMPKIN. Mm •ad Yellow and, Under Proper Treatment, Foil of Delights* HANKSGIVING is I without the tur key, so aiso is it Jor Incomplete with out the toothsome, if humble, pump* kin. No Thanks* giving feast is properly ended unless it has had as its last course the pumpkin pie of our ffrandmoth era. Not the squash concern of these later days, which sometimes is ab dry chip and other times as wet as a bog, and nt all times lacking in the true Thauksgiving favor but the big, thick, yellow pump* kin pie with the genuine ^ew England tatty and old-fashioned filling capacity. 3aborate the dinner ever so long and its courses beyond description, there Is al ways room at the end for a generous slice of grandma's pumpkin pie. The pumpkin, as you may surmise, be longs to the gourd family. Just where it originated cannot bo learned with any certainty, because in the early days rec ords of such things were not kept. Many •apleties of it are cultivated suscess fully In both temperate and tropical cli mate), and In Southern Asia it is espe cially cultivated. There Is no such thing a wild pumpkin. The plant accommo date! Itself tp differences in soil and cli mate rerj. readily, and this-fact accounts for th* difference in shape and flavor which Is often noted. JTh^ cultivation of gourdujugan before the dawn of history, and both edible and crnamsntal ^varieties were abundantly railed by the races of antiquity. The Vompkln, which of course belongs to the former, has become bo modified by cul ture that the original plant from which It descended can no longer be traced. The Innumerable kinds to bo seen In India would seem to Indicate that that part of Asia was its birthplace, but some appear td have been under cultivation in Africa from the very earliest ages. The Rom am were familiar with certain varieties of It, and it was used by them as an article of diet. Thus threo great coun tries of the Eastern hemisphere might claim it as their own as far as wo would have any right to Bay. Perhaps the nmpkln is a native of the whole world, It was found in tho Western hemi sphere by the first white man who land ed, and It must therefore have been In digenous to American soil. The Indians knew It and cultivated It for centuries. That the pumpkin was at one time a much more important crop than It is to day Is certain. It was as easily Taised then as sow, as a "stolen crop," the seeds being planted in fields of corn or potatoes, usually the former. Before the Introduction of tilio squash the pumpkin was need ar a table vegetable, and in many of the countries of the Orient this use continues to this day. A winter pumilkin grown in Turkey Is snow white. This variety is sold extensively on "the streets of Oonstantlnople. In Hungary attempts to turn pumpkins to account in the manufacture of sugar, in the came way that beets are used, have been made, but they wero not attended with any great degree of success. Sometimes, In the United States, when sugar and money are both scarce, the pumpkin is boiled to a syrup, thus furnishing a sub stitute for sugar, which, under the cir cumstances, goes very well. The American pumpkin is a big yellow fellow, though attempts aro constantly being made to substitute the smaller, and often less available, kinds. Tho fact remains that the pumpkin which grows Id the field along with the corn Is the best tor the Thanksgiving pie, after all Is ssld and done. It has no frille, and no high sounding name, but, In tho language of the poet, it gets there just tho same, A BARNYARD DRAMA. iiM The Victim's Dream of a Horrible Revenge. Booster—So you will steal my corn, will you? Oh, you needn't strut around hers as though you were the only one In this menagerie. WT3 :w: Turkey—Oh, I don't know. You're not in it with mo just now. I'm the most popular thing on the walk at pres ent. Rooster—Well, mndani, stretch your rubber neck up over my head all you want to to-day, but just you wait till to-morr^Tv! When your skinny legs are being dragged to the execution block, I will look on at your gory expiration and from the bottom of my lungB will crow for victory! Turkey (taking two struts coopward and landing in tho center of the stage) -—Aye, aye, 6lr! But listen. Death hath its rewards, and to sacrifice myself at tlio altar of revenge is moro glorious than life. What if my beauteous wings shall switch tho dust from out tho cracks o£ tie kitchen stove? Wait till my nude and -helpless form lies stretched upon libo platter of tho feast! Then shall re venge come i'j me, for never yet was' one of our tribe sacrificed at the altar of Thanksgiving that tho merciless gour mands did not so o'erstuff themselves that nothing in all the world was worth the having for threo dayB in advance, Revenge! My friends, revenge indeed is sweetl—Dotrolt Free Press. Pride Goeth Before a Fall. Young Turkey—By tho way tho farm er Is feeding me, he must think I'm a pretty fine bird! Old Gobbler—Yes, but don't get stuff ed up too much or the first thing you know you'll lose your head entirely. Thanksgiving in 1780. It Is commonly understood, and fre quently asserted, that Abraham Lincoln was tho first President to issue a Thanks giving proclamation, and that he estab lished a custom to which all his success ors have adhered. Before that tihao the observance of the day was confined chiefly to the New England States, where it had been ushered iu every autumn from early colonial times by Governors' proclamations. The common belief is essentially true. It was not uutll 1SC3 that any President proclaimed the last Thursdav in November as a day of na tional thanksgiving. Mr. Lincoln had nineteen months before designated particular Sunday for that purpose. Yet dt should not be forgotten that in the early days of the republic there were occasional presidential proclamations of this sort. Tho very day of November on which Thanksgiving falls this yeai Thursday, the 2Gth—was set apart by Georgo Washington, in the first year of his administration, "to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being Who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be." He pre faced these expressions by saying that both houses of Congress, through their wW-'// 15 LET US GIVE THANKS. The world is full of the gqod, the bright and the beautiful, and there is fault in the eye that cannot see it, aud wrong in the heart that does not appreciate. Let Xis give thanks: For life and love. For home and family. For peace and plenty. For health aud hope. For all the Joys of life which no man can measure. For all Us sorrows whose hidden blessings no mind but the divine can estimate. For friends who cheer us for foes who put us oh our mettle. For triumphs that give us confidence for defeats that quicken our resolvos. For successes that give us noonday sunshine for failures that bring us revivifying dews of night Pleasure, prosperity, the material bless ings that abound—even ingrates can give thanks for these. Let us, for this once In the long year, look into the heart of our sorrows, our failure®, our disappointments, our illnesses, and see if there does not lie there, as within the hard, bitter hull of the nut, some good kernel that is sweet and whole some. And so give thanks. The rich, the well, the happy—surely they need not be taught to give thanks! For what we have got out of this world it is easy to be grateful But for what we have been able to give unto it, of goods, of sympathy, of sacrifice, of cheer, of uplift, of soul-stuff—for this we may give thanks that "will blend infinitely sweet, into the eternal muBlc of the spheres. Po, each of us, as different gems have different powers to reflect the light, let us give thanks!—Dcs Moines News. joint committee, had requested him to make this recommendation. It was nearly six years before Wash ington issued another Thanksgiving proc lamation then ho set apart a Thursday in February, assigning as one of the reasons, "for tho seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of dis order in the suppression of the late in surrection," referring to the almost for gotten Whisky Insurrection in western Pennsylvania. President Adams twice proclaimed spring fast days, but he urged that the duties of humiliation and prayer be ac companied by praise and thanksgiving. Madison, during his eight years in the White House, set apart four such days, but nono of them fell 111 November. Thanksgiving is not the only holiday introduced by a proclamation. The Gov ernors of the States in which Arbor day Is observed, usually take this moons of calling public attention to its objects. The old New England fast day was al wavs announced by a proclamation, which was read in the churches the Sun dav preceding, as the Thanksgiviug proc lamation still is.—Youth's Companion. Murphy's Turkey Raffle. Murphy hed a turkey raffle, All th' push wuz tbcyr, Dlnnls Doau contbrolled th sals Shtandln' an a chair. ^•. .r Tlcklts wuz a half plunk Turkeys they wux fat, Iverybouy wlnned a bird— v.V 'Ceptln' me and Pat. Inter 'leven pools we wlnt -v J. Thought It wuzn't rlcht, An' Put 'e got '1a dander up •m:\* An' shwore they'd le a flght. t-i lie wuz ono agin th push, Bo 01 bolted In, Couldn't see an Orlshman 'Ith nary chance to wlu Sich a sight ye nlver seed, All oround th' floor v.v. They wuz turkev feathers shpread Mingled *lth tl»' gore. Pat smashed a dozen heads A dozen more did 01, An' whin th' fun wuz done they wns Nary foeinan by. They lift a dozen fowls behlnd-r (Not belli* ca ful) An' me an* Pat dlvhJded these At Murphy's turkey raffle. —Detroit Prce Press. "Going to celebrato Thanksgiving at your house, Dph "I'so fcerd not, sah. Dat neJghboh ob mine dat raises chickens an' tu'keys hab jes* bought a bulldog, sah." "Jimmle," asked tho Sunday school teacher, "why is it that so many peopl. are grateful on Thanksgiving?" 'Cause that's the time they alius gets turkey." THANKSGIVING DAY DREAM OF A TURKEY ELYSIUM. r: The First Thanksgiving. The snow upon the hillside lay, And thatcocd the cottage roof. Tho web of vines by the Pilgrim's door Was filled with Icy woof. The boughs wero leafless on the trees. Across the barren plain Tho north wind swept despairingly And moaned like ono In pain. (It whimpered like some cia ... child That clasps Its parent's band Aud pleads for bread when there Is nono In all the dreary li^nd.) Above the llttlo Plymouth town, Circllug with empty maw, Mocking their hunger, flew the crow, Shrieking his "haw, haw, haw." Patience, a blue-eyed maiden. (Her eyes with tears were dim,) From hunger feeble, trembling knelt And raised her voice to ]Jim. Dear Dod," she said in pleading tones, Tender, plalutlve and sweet, •'We's almost 'tarved, an' won't *00 please Send down some flugs to eat?" Then all day long her watchful eyes Gazed down tho village street. Not doubting but she soon would see borne one with "flngs to eat.'' And, lo! before the sun had set, With wild fowl laden down. Four hunters from the forest drear Cuxne marching Into town. And (as In answer to the prayer), To add to all the cheer. 'And banish famine from the place, Came Indians with deer. The joyous villagers rushed out The ladened ones to meet. But Patience knelt -and said: Dod, JAPS WERE READY. WORLD ASTONISHED AT THEIR WONDERFUL PREPAREDNESS. History of the Russo-Japanese War Will Rank Anions the Most Thrilling and Kpoch-Mnkinu Chronicles Ever Penned* It was not until the Cliiuo-Jnpanese war, writes Joseph Strong, tlmt Cau casians began to. suspect that the lit tle brown men of the Mikado's empire were not like other orientals that they were quick-witted, alive to the main chance and willing to do. Notwith standing the object lesson taught the nations by this wonderfully illuminat ing campaign, they were only aroused and not fully wakened. The western world soon" relapsed into its former apathy concerning Japan's eltloreH cence. Japan iu the meantime contin ued to unfold silently so uuostcntu tlously, indeed, tlmt Uuss'm, who most of all had reason to observe, wjis lulled ln\o a fatal lethargy. It is interesting to turn back to the opening of the prestMit war and re view the opinions of those who ox pressed themselves as to the probable outcome of the quarrel. Those opin ions were the best judgment of the military experts of ail nations, but time has discredited them. Some of (hem admitted the naval superiority of Japan and predicted a temjorary suc cess for the audacious Islanders. Not one of tlibm professed to believe that the land forces of the Mikado would prove formidable to tho Czar's well trained and hlgltf.v disciplined troops. The whole wo: Id shuddered at the in evltakle disaster which awaited the little browu men nt their first contact with the Cossacks of tho Don. Those Cossacks of the Don! Loss than a Tanks, For sendln' flngs to cat." Training Down. Tne Turkey—Why don't you eat It? The Boy—I'm savin' up for Thanks giving. Tho Turkey—No, thank you—so am I. —Minneapolis Journal. 1 STUDyiSQ TOrOQRAPlIV. sucli. This wis li.v no means all. A far more Ingenious and laborious scheme was devised for the purposo of making Korea and Mimchurla us well known to the Japanese soldier as were the charming vallcy.i of his na tive land. Sections of (lie Asian con tinent held by Russia were reproduced in topographical minuteness, and maneuvers were executed upon tiles'* supposititious centers of activity. Thus tiie entire surface of the country which was to be invaded was mado familiar to the men who were to light the battle. As a further Instance of the extra ordinary foresight and adaptability shown! by this unique people may I)') cited tlie readiness and ease with which tlio land forces made tlie pas sage of the rivers. Every point in Ills detail of these often perilous under takings was worked out to its most definite finish long before the army pet foot on Asian soil. It seems In credible, but It is a fact ncvprthelosa, that tlie material for making tlia bridge across tlie 'J'aitso at Liaoyang was ready to put in place many wcdIm before It was needed. Much of It, in deed, wns brought over to tlie main land when the army of invasion landed. This bridge was a work which Illus trates admirably the depth and effec tiveness of Japanese resiurees. Itwai made of boats separable into sections so carefully fashioned that they could be put Into a harmonious whole with surprising quickness. The exact loca tion of the crossing was dcteriiilneJ before tlie embarkation of the army for Korea, and there was consequently neither lack nor oversuuply cf ii:a terlal. The sections were so s.nali an! tlie wood of which they were con •tructed wan so light that they were easily moved about and did not even require ponies to transport them. Two man. with a section strung upon a pole, could carry it without great fatigue. AN OLD SAYING FALSIFIED. Lightning Struck Washington Monu ment Thrice In a Year. According to Colonel 0. S. Brom well, superintendent of public build ings and grounds, the Washington monument was struck by lightning three times durlug the last year. First, 011 Sunday, July 14, 3903. No damage was done to the monument, but the lightning entered the motor-room from the shaft, burning the Insulation from the telephone wires, jumped to the switch-board, burned out the under load coil for the I. T. 13. circuit-break er aud relay coil, thereby stopping the running of the elevator until the relay coll was reVound. On the morning of Wednesday, April 27, 1C04, the shaft was again struck. The bolt entered at the toR, burned out the telephone there, thence passed down the Iron columns to the lower floor through the shaft alley to the motor-room, where it burned out a relay coil on the switch-board JAPANESE BRIDGING THE TA1TSE RIVER. year has brought about a radical transfer of sympathy. AH the romance and poetry which from time imme morial have been their heritage have taken wings. Now that the secret of Japan's abil ity to crush with a sudden blow is" known and ban beeu so tiptly express ed In the single word preparedness,, it is not difficult *to comprehend that she is able to reap the benefit of that speedy first stroke by a devotion to detail such as has never before come within the observation of man. This is best exemplified by the constant and all embracing tact which fs exer cised by an army on the inarch. This wise prevision is not the offspring of sudden Imperative need as it nrises, but is the result of long and exhautlvc experiment and (raining. During the years when Japan was preparing for the final adjustment of her differences with Russia it was the chief work of her military experts to familiarize tho army with every situation which was likely to arise. Roth ofilccrs and sol diery were put to tho diligent study of geography—a single map with all the world save eastern Asia blotted out Upon this map were distinctly traced the features of the coming bat tlefield. No stream was too insignifi cant to find a place on it, 110 hamlet too remote to be brought clearly into view. All sorts of natural obstacles wero iudlcated, and fordable streams and navigable waters' were marked as tlon the wire Is connected with the switchboard. During the year 1 'I'l.S.'.U persons vis ited the top" of the monument, of which number 133,001 ascended in the elevntor and 30,773 by the stairway, making a total of 2,442,800 persons wlio have visited the top since the shaft was opened to the public Oct. 0, 18SS.—Washington Star. Bought a Farm to Own Tree. Ail the country knows Elihu Root, the lawyer, man of attnlrs, and cabinet officer, but there are less-known sides to Ills make-up which are, perhaps, more Indicative of the man himself, and which are, too. more Intorestln for the very reason that they are less appreciated. For instance, lie is enough of a sentimentalist to linve bought a farm that he might own a certain tree. lie was born In Cabinet Hall, one of the buildings of Hamilton College, Xew York, where' "ills father, Oreu Hoot, was a professor. In his boyhood years the two used to take long walks together, and, time aud again, on tlielr homeward way, it was uniier a splen did hemlock oil lvlrkland Farm that they would rest. The hilltop com manded a magnificent view of Hie Oriskany Valley, across* to ,tlie Adlron dacks to the north, and often the elder of the pedestrians would say, as they started on again: "I wish I owned that tree." In the years since there have been many changes at Hamilton and In the Horoscope of Prince. Credulous persons who believe In horoscopes will be Interested Iu ono published by 11 Mattino, of Naples, concerning the baby prince of Pied mont. According to tills oracular an nouncement, the .future King of Italy will require close attention and great medical care in his earlier yenfs. He will be in serious1 physical danger. It seems at the respective ages of ten months and four years, but will live If well cared, for. Ills destiny begins to tike sljape 3918, when he will be 14 years old. Iu 1023, at the ago of 19, a "great change will take place In Ilia existence," and In 1927, when he Is 23, there will be an event which will have momentous consequences for himself and for tho Italian nation. The Prince will live, says the ora cle, to see the fall of the papacy, and its reConstltution on reformed lines. He will also see tho downfall of En gland's great power, and tlie final po litical union of France and Itajy after unprecedented disasters to France. The culmination of Italy's prosperi ty will come in 1957, when the pres ent baby—then a King—will bo fifty three years old.—London Express. Cynical, "See here!" exclaimed the city edit or, "you speak of the bride as being 'leil to tike altar.'" "Well?" replied tlie new reporter. "Well, that's nonsense. There never was a bride who couldn't find her way there, no matter what the obstacles might be."—Philadelphia Ledger, Tim 3 Needed. Wife—Breakfast will be served In about fifteen minutes. Husband—Why, I thought the cook had everything ready. Wife—So she has everything ^but that new "instantaneous breakfast food."—Philadelphia Ledger. Actions speak louder than words. but they do not speak as often. Kisses that are not Intoxicating aro the kind that drive men to.drink. TWO LITTLE BEGGARS. Up through the meadows of Baby land two Little beggars have como to town, And one he has eyes of the brightest blu.\ And the other one's eyes are brown. Any they beg all day for "a story, please!" These two little, dear little men thence along the electric cable to the They crowd my rocker and climb to dynamo-room in the power-house, where It entered the ground. Lightning arresters were at once placed hi the motor-room at the monu ment to protect the switchboard and I machinery there, and to protect tho I machinery In the pit, and oil the bot tom floor of tbe shaft a one-half Inch copper cable was connected with the bottom of one of the iron columns In the drum pit nntl grounded to the water pipe in the' motor-room. To protect the switchboard of the gener ating plant In the power-house a No. 0 copper wire was grounded to the water pipe In the lower engine-room, and when the plant is not in opera* I my knees- Oh, what can I do with them? 'Please teh us a story about Jack Frost, And the snow that comes with a whirl 'Bout the HWb Little Pigs, and one got left And when jyou were a little girl: 'And the one you know about Jack and Jill And 'bout Little Red Riding Hood, And all how she met the bad, naugh ty WOu, And her grandma lived in the wood: ,4And A VOLUBLE VOWEL. 'Ungrateful people! Oh, dear! Oh, dear," piped a small voice. "It Is too bad! I am not going to stand It much longer. I'll just leave the Eng lish alphabet. I will, and go over to France, where they do try to pro nounce me, even If It Is queerly?" Helen, who was just starting for school, looked about her. Who was talking? There was certainly no one In the room. "Hello," she cried, try ing not to feel scared. 'W-h-e-r-e are you, and w-h-a-t's your name?" stammered Helen. 'I am the fifth vowel, and the way I am treated Is perfectly shameful. I could excuse the baby calling- me "oo," went on Master U, with rising passion "but when men of letters are careless. It is too much! Letters, In deed!" spitefully. "THey are hardly men of consonants. I should trans country rouud about, but the old liem- I port them to Siberia, or at least to ioek has remained untouched—and the I Russia, and then they'd miss the other day Elihu Root bought Kirkland Farm and the tree which, he declares, has long beeu a landmark In his life.— Success. vowels! But It's just because we arc so# Imposed upon. Sister E is really the only one of us they treat at all decently, she always works so much lor them. And sister O they respect a little, though when I'm with her they turn and twist us all sorts of ways, especially if and H. join us." "But what do they do to you?" ask ed Helen, much interested In /this long speech. Do!" screamed U. "Why, they slight me! I'm only safe In books, or when they call, the roil, that Is to say the alphabet. Please spell 'duty."' "D-u, doo. t-y, dooty," said Helen glibly "Oh, of course!" bitterly. "Now spell 'tutor.'" "T-u, too, t-o-r, tootor." "Yes, you are Just as bad as the rest. Never give a fellow half chance "What do you mean, anyhow Can't you explain?" asked Helen. paused a moment, and then said firmly: "Of course 1 can. Take the word 'mute.' You've heard of that, 1 hope. Oh, you have! Well, do you call it 'moot?'' "Of course not," said Helen, with a laugh. "Then you have no right to call duty 'dooty r, when my double first cousin W is in a. word with E, you certainly shouldn't say 'noos' for •new3,' which ought to rhyme with pews. Do you understand?" "Why, yes!" said Helen, admiring ly. "It really doesn't seem fair, when you put it that way, does it? I must try and think of more," cmlllng. "1 only ask justice," said U, plain lively "and as for thought," holding Ills head up proudly, "the highest classes in England and America al ways respect me, and linguists and elocutionists honor me," with empha sis. "Tell me something about your family—do?" urged Helen. "Ah! I'm glad lo see you are In terested in us," said U, graciously. "Well, let me see! We'll begin with brother A, as he's the head of the house. In tho first place, our pedi gree is a long one—'way back to the old Romans, you know." "To be sure—the Latin text!" cried Helen, anxious to show she knew something. a :'-V Jack and his Bean and Three Littlj Bears And one that you never have told And tell us another and then one other!" Cry these little" beggars so bold. What shall I do with them? what shall I do With beggars that clamor and tease And beg me for stories the whole day through- Such dear little beggars as these! —Rosa Hartwick Thorpe, in Little Folk:!. FLOWERS IN SOAP BUBBLES. To blow a flower Inside a soap bub ble, the surface of a plate should be covered with a soapy solution at least a half inch thick. In the center of this place any compact flower, over which place a tin funnel. While slow ly lifting the latter, continue blowing until a large film has been made. The funnel Is then disengaged, after hav ing turned It at. right angles. A MECHANICAL TOY GAME. A new use for the tin mechanical toys sold on the streets and In the shops Is suggested In a recent num ber of one of ths household maga zines. At a child's party the toys were raced by the small guests, a handsome silk pennant going to the child whose toy wou. This might be made an amusing feature of a grown up party, each guest bringing his own toy, and, of course, trying to select an especially rapid one. They might be raced for prizes, pr partners, or tables. If the party included a pro gressive game of cards. The very absurdity of the proceeding would make It interesting. a nodded. "A, I and O ar£ tin strongest .of us. They often stand alone. But sister E Is in everything nearly—quite intrusive, I think. How ever, as I said, she 13 quite overwork ed, and can't help herself, poor vowel! But, to go on. brother I Is ait egotist, always strutting by himself, when he gets a chancc, and swelling Into a capita1. E and .myself n™ver have chance to be big. except when wo lead a sentence or begin a proper name. Then, there's sister O, tho mo?t emotional creature when 'sho'8 alone, always surprised or shocked or sorry or glad. And now for my self," complacently. "I'm very de pendent, you know. O guards me a. good deal, and rarely quit: me—hoi he! See?" Helen looked rather dubious for a., moment, and then brightoned. "OJ course! "I hate some of the consonants, though," chattered on, with a pet tish air. "N Is always making mo un happy or uncomfortable and with —rough old thing!—I get rude, rush about, and run into somo trouble or^x other always. It's fun sometimes be with but people are often very disagreeable when 1 walk out be tween and N—ha! ha! I have-to laugh. You know I'm the last vowel In tho alphabet, for W is only my double first cousin, and Is a kind foster brother of I. But It's awfully dull down there with W Zj they hardly ever go with me." Helen nodded thoughtfully. "And now," continued tho letter* brightly, "before 1 leave but as Helen listened eagerly, the sceno be gan to change. She found herself in a schoolroom, with her head on a desk, listening to a chorus from the' reading class, led by the teacher. "Not dooty, but duty: not tootor, but tutor not noos, but news not stoopld, but stupid." "You'll catch It, going ofT nodding like that!" said a familiar voice In her ear, which. sounded very like that of Mabel Lawton, her deskmate. But where Is U?" cried Helen, e*g erly. Where Is you!" mimicked Mabel, smiling. "Oh, my eye, what gram mar! Why, here I aiji, of course," with a cbnvinclng pinch. This rouser- was effectual, but Helen never forgot her two minutes' dream.—A. J. Backus In Nicholas. DETECTIVE INGENUITY.' Scratch of the Screwdriver Showed Where Booty Wa« Hid. Nearly four years ago a number of Nelson relics were stolen from Green wich Hospital. Nothing was heard them until February last, when one Carter wrote to the British Museum from Melbourne and offered to restore tho Nelson watch and 8»al for a re ard of £120. Later on the man him self arrived is London and boldly went to Scotland Yard, where he sought to drive a bargain with the officials. The police refused to d'Eal, but Induced Carter to give his address. Inspector Arrow found, by Inquiries at Carter's lodgings, that he had re moved one of his articles of luggage— a Gladstone bag—and for this he made untiring search at the left-luggage of fices of all th9 railway stations. He was, it was true, mar~illously helped by luck, for Carter '•l been rash enough to give his own name. Even when the bag -was found -there was no sign of th-e mUsIng loct, and noth ing in the laast suspicious. But there was a concetina in -the bag. In itself that was not incriminat ing. But oaipcerUnas may hold things more substantial than doleful sounds, and the inspector Icoked it carefully over while he. debated whether he ehould mak9 an autopsy. A scratch near one cf the screws caught his eye. The scratch suggested the ama teur use of a screwdriver It cried aloud that some ono bad been open ing the concertina, and as the owner was a man "known to the police," his object In opening it was more likely to be concealment than a desire to look at th» works. Inspector Arrow was right. Inside the concertina was the Ne°s:in watch, and the reward hunting Carter -was laid by the heels. London Telegraph. i* Mexico City's Progress. The unprecedented amount of Im provement that Is going on in the res idence section of the Mexican capital exceeds even that of the business por tion of the city. In the new colonies, opened largely by American capital, and in fact throngnout the city and suburbs, thousands of residences and groups of flats are in cours3 of erec tion, and with the close of the rainy season this r-ontk hundreds more will be begun. Mexico City is every year becoming a more delightful place for permanent residence. The suburban towns of the valley are being built up In a substantial manner that was un known before the coming of the elec tric railway. Many families who for merly went out of the city for the summer season are now living all the year round In their suburban homes. The great expansion of the clty'B resi dence section has had a wonderful effect upon property values, that have increased from 200 to 500 per CPiU. in many instances within a few years. —Modern. Mexico. For More Irrigation. Irrigation plans already outlined in California, Oregon and the Dakotas will Involve the expenditure, in rounl number?, of $27,000,000, and reclaim a million cf acres of land, capable oi supporting a population of five hun dred thousand. This wll^ be making blades of grass grow by the acra where not a single blada grew before. As the money is to be repaid ttf lha reclamation fund from, the sale of the reclaimed lands, the process can be repeated indefinitely, until all the lands known In American geographies of half a century ago as "The Great American Desert" have been conqu-r. ed to the uses of civilization. The Evangollcal Church Council ci Hungary has given taxpaylng womei tb« right to.ygte,