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Good and Bad Luck. 1 Good luck Is the gayeat of all gay girls Long in ono place she will not stay Back from your brow she strokes the curls, Kisses you quick and flies away. But Madame Bad Luck soberly comes And stays—no fancy has she for flitting Snatches of true-love songs she hums, And sits by your bed, and brings her knitting. —John Hay. gSaSHSa5aSESHSHS2SESSSESa52SHSSS?r MRS. DODD'S PERPLEXITY '«25HSHH5E5ESHSara5EFan5E5E525E5S The hall clock struck six at the Torbolton Home of Indigent Females, &.-• and Mrs. Serena Dodd opened her eyes. "I guess I'll get right up," sh« N• thought. "Maybe I'll £et a chance to lay out some of them stripes before breakfast." She was a tall, portly woman and moved slowly, so that it took a long time for her to dress but when that was accomplished, she set about mak ing her bed. As she was putting the finishing touches to this, the rising bell rang, and the occupant of the .. other bed in the room stirrtil sleepily, and spoke in surprise: "Why, Mrs. Dodd, aren't you up early?" and as tier evs fell on the other's completed task, "My! The matron won't like your not airing ... your bed longer.' MM. Dodd snuffed. "She won't ever •v. know it if you don't tell her, Saman thy Wells." "Oh, I sha'n't tell her," was the hasty reply. "Well, don't suppose you will. I v, wanted to begin sewing m'y afghan." Knitting was Mrs. Dodii's delight. Therefore, when she had been com missioned by Mrs. Waldroft of the board of managers to make an afghan, she wad jubilant. Now don't send me any of those fady colors,' she begged." "No, indeed," answere* Mrs. Wal dron, and- the gaily tmt€d wools t'hat were sent sho-wed that she shrewdly guessed the old woman's preferences. After the morning meal Mrs. Dodd and Mrs. Wells retu/ned to their rooms. Mrs. Dodd sank into a chair, panting. Mrs. Wells eyed her disapproving ly. "You're gaining flesK," she said. "You eat too much." "I s'po3e I do," acknowledged Mrs. Dodd. "Things taste awful good, but I do feel terrible logy today, some .. how." On recovering !KT breath, she took the bright-colored roils of knitting from the bureau, and spl-ead them :••. out on file while counterpane. Ii was a work of t.me to arrange the colors in harmonizing rows, and then all the inmates of the Home were in vited in to give an opinion before Mrs. Dodd could begin her sewing. Taken all in all, it was a tiring day, and when the clock struck nine that evening, both old women were glad to go to bed. Mrs. Wells, being a nimble little body, was soon in bed, wnile her roommate still moved ponderously about. She took off her cap and laid 1 it on the bureau, and unpinning her breastpin, thrust it into lier cushion. RemoYing the counterpane, she fold ed It and placed it on a chair, turned ^down blankets and sueet, and reached under her puiow for *uer night-dress. It was not there. She lifted the pil low and felt vaguely over the surface beneath It, but in vain. "Where's my nightgown?" she cried, ^aarply. "1 don't know," answered Mrs. Wells. "Isn't it under your pillow?" "No, and it you've taken it for a joke—" irascibly continued Mrs. Dodd. "Of course I haven't. 'I guess you made it up in your bed this morning." "Oh, so I migrn.' Mrs. Dodd strip ped down the clothes from her coucn, but the missing article d.* not appear. "Look under the mattress," sug gested Mrs. Wei's. Don't you re member the day you put ycur petti coat under file mattress?" "I didn't turu it. 1 was in such a hurry,' confessed the searcher. Mrs. Dodd began spleading up the clothes, but Mis. Weils epraug out of bed, .saying, "Lei me take one side. It doesn't seein, Sereny, as it you got ah ad much making Ui.'s up 'lore breakfast." i#. The rules of the house were "Lights out and inmates In bed at -nine thirty." It was now ten minutes later, and Miss Timpkins, the mat ron, stcod at the door. "What's the matter?" she Asked. Mrs. Dodd did not speak, but M:s. Wells, who had jumped Into bed. said, "Sue's lost her nightgown." Nonsense!" responded Miss Tltnp kms. "You can't lose your nightgonn in a little room like mis." She pick ed up the pillow, locked under it and iuto it, and with vigorous nand strip ped the bed, saying, "You've made it up in the bed." Mrs. Dodd opened her mouth to speak, but Mrs. Wells s'aoSk her head warningly. "You've turned it under your mat tress, just as you did vouV petticcat last month," pursued itie matron, briskly throwiug over the mattress. "I—" began Mrs. Dodd but a look from her roommate kept her silent. "It Isn't around your bed/ announc ed the energetic matron, and she gaz ed upward, as if expecting to see »t on the ceiling. "You'haven't got it on, have *you, Mrs. Wells?" b\ie continued. "Prob ably,' with an accent of ?9tlef, "you've got Mrs. Dodd's on, and yours is un der your pillow." •=. vVel-.s choked wit3 indignation. 0 "Me!" she exclaimed, "fi takes four yams to make me a nightgown, and it takes ten for Sereny Do'dd. Look!' She once more jumped from the bed, 1 and held her night-dress out as a lit tie girl does her frock at dancing school. "Don't you want to pull my bed to pieccs?" she questioned, scorn v. fully. "Why, yes," said Mia* Timpkins, "that's a good idea," and she prompt' ly acted upon it, while Mrs. Wells glared wrathfully. "1 didn't dare to tell her I made my bed before you were up," whispered Mrs. Doid to her friend. Then she ,*, lamented aloud, "it was one of my two new ones my niece Lyddy over to HoH sent it me for Christmas. They was trimmed with torchon, the fir.st ones I ever had trimmed with torchon!" she wailed. What's going on?" called Miss Sally S'oan?. hurrying from her quar ters across the hall. J!'"'* lost Her nightgown," replied Mlw TiuipUins. "Was it tu« new on$ /our nteu% give you?" "Yes it was!" sobbed t?ie old wom an. "Come," interposed the matron, "get your clean one. We'll find the other one tomorrow.' "But 1 don't waut to," remonstrated Mrs. Dodd. "I always wear my night gowns wtek and week about, and if I get on a clean one now., it will mix me all up so's I sha'n know which from tother." "Well, what will you do?" was the crisp inquiry. Mrs. Dodd walled Afresh, but Miss Sloane good-naturedly said, "I'll lend her one of my nice print Tjedgowns," and waddled away. "ohf's the only one in the house who's got one big enough," said Miss Timpkins. "Now you must get right into bed, or I'll have you sick on my hands. You undo your waist, and I'll take off your shoes and stock ings." The feeble eld Angers fumbled awkwardly at the hooks. "I never wore a print nightgown 7h my life1," she rebelled, weakly. "There's a first time to everything,'* commented the other, as she straight ened up to unfasten the bodice. "My, but you're getting tat! You'll have to have a new waist before long." Mrs. Dodd brightened up. "It's all in the contract: 'Boarded and lodged and suitably clothed,'" she Quoted. 'I he matron tlirew back Mrs. Dodd's waist, and pulled it off her fat arms then she stared a moment, unfasten ed the old woman's skirts and drop ped them to the floor. "Get right into bed!" she ordered. Mrs. Dodd plucked confusedly at her throat and wrists, and crept be tween the sheets without uttering a word. Miss Timpkins gathered up the old lady's apparel and laid it across a chair, and raising her voice, said, "Never mind the gown, Miss Sloane. Mrs. Dodd won't need it to night." Then she turned out the light and left the room. As the door closed, Mr~*. We'lls rose up in bed noiselessly, aiid In tones of rapturous comprehension exclaim ed, "O Sereny Dodd, youVve had your nightgown on all day!"—Youth's Companion. FUNNY STOCK. Some of the Freaks on Pennsylvania's Wild Animal Farm. Come good crops or bad, the wild animal farm does a thriving business. Its cosmopolitan population, gathered from Asia, Africa, India, from every clime, do not take kindly to farm work. The camels refuse to plow no amount of urging will induce th.' zebras to do the work of horses nor will the yaks or the sacred cows do the work of ordinary oxen. Actually the farm is a great animal boarding house, with "boarders" from all over the world. The farm, which com prises some 300 acres, is located near Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its popula tion last year numbered more than U00 head of different kinds of stock and comprised a large and fairly com plete menagerie. During the summer months the en tire population of the wild-animal farm travel about the country In the vans of the "Greatest Show on Earth." Early each fall the animals return to their quiet Pennsylvania farm to en joy a well-earned vacation. It is a great day for countryside, for miles in all directions, when the cir cus comes to th«l country. The great herds of camels, dromedaries, yaks, buffalo, Hamas, and the rest, are ship ped to the nearest railroad point and paraded across country to their win ter quarters. The caravan makes a very pretty picture as it moves slowly along, up hill and down dale, ovei the quiet country roads. The winter residents of the wild animal farm are known in the circus as the "led stock." In the cross country march to the farm it might more correctly be called the "pulied. pushed, or hauled stock." The jour ney is usually very exciting. In the various parades of the Barnum and Bailey circus throughout the country, these same animals will remain per fectly passive in the streets of great cities, no matter how loudly the band may play, the calliope whistle, or the small boys shout. But, strange to say, a quiet country lane affects them very differently, and they will balk as only a camel can, shy at the, most Innocent bush of tree, crash through high fences or hurdle them, and go flying over the surrounding farms to the con sternation of the farmers.' The cara van starts on its journey promptly at sunrise, and it is usually late in the day before the farm is reached and the last unruly runaway rounded up and safely stabled.—From Francis Arnold Collins' "A Wild Animal Farm*' in St. Nicholas. MEANING OF THE CHIN. Experts in Character Reading Find It Sure Indication of Affections. The chin has always been consid ered to be a means of judging the possessor's character, and it is sur prising to witness the faith many people have in that special portion of the face. Many a man has been trusted because he had a firm chin, the observer not realizing that the difference between firmness and ob stinacy or brute force Is sometimes hard to distinguish. But it seems that the chin is also to be considered in affairs of the heart, and this reveals interesting possibilities to the student in physiog nomy. The pointed, narrow chin points to an unsatisfied longing for an ideal, and is, therefore, unfortu nate In love, as its ideas are seldon found. On the other hand, a square, narrow chin shows a loving nature, and its owner will marry the man she loves, be he rich or proor, above or below her in the social scale. It is dangerous for such a nature to be unfortunate in love, as it will seri ously affect her nature, and she is sometimes of a jealous disposition. A broad, round chin betrays an ar dent, boving, faithful disposition—one that may be trusted as capable of an ardent, steadfast affection for its ob ject. The indented chin, which is often wrongfully confounded with a dimpled chin, shows an enormous longing for affection and a miserable existence if such love is denied to its possessor. So, after all, it may be the chin that is responsible for many cases of a mutual attraction, which seems Incomprehensible to the mere observ er of the proceeding.—Philadelphia Ledger. Only one. man in 700 pays an in enrno tax in India, though the tax is levied on all incomes of $105 and up ward. U. GUGGENHEIM, Field Marshal the Marquis O.vnma. chief of the general st.ilT 11ml com mnnder-ln-elilef of the Japanese anm jne of the few generals of modern times who may claim to rank among the giants of war who have U-1 tronjis In the Held. The English call him the Wellington of Manchuria, which is the highest praise they can bestow upon any commander, but .in Kuropean capitals, strategists, amazed by the boldness of a campaign now crowned with complete success, style him the Napoleon of the Orient, it is certain tbat no general, fighting against a worthy enemy, has aclneveil so unbroken a series of victories that none has conceived a more stupendous plan of campaign to execute it so successfully that none has exceeded the gisantic feat of driving from stronghold to stronghold and finally enveloping a force as big as the army of General Kuropatkin. The -Marquis Oyama, who is G2 years old. was educated in Km nee, alii served 111 the Franco-Prussian War as an attache. 1'p to the time he made his report 011 that conflict the Japanese army, which was only in its begin ning as modern force, was being trained 011 the French model. After his return home this system gave way to that of the Prussian, and this in turn has been greatly improved by Japanese originality and by the adoption of what Is best and most useful In the other armies of the world. I.ater in life Oyama again traveled extensively in Europe, absorbing the ideas of the military systems, and once more in Japan threw himself into recasting the whole military system, winning the appreciation and favor of the Emperor and of Field Marshal the Marquis Yamagata. To Marquis Oyama among others belongs the glory of creating the Jap anese army Inside of thtrty years. Nor wns his genius confined to the Miu Istry of WOP, as he stood F»r a OPACC «,t LUC. BEAD OF TKW T.UV.,Y\IUA RI8E OF A POOR BOY. Left a Fortnne of Fifty Million Dallara When He Died. Meyer Guggenheim, of Philadelphia, Who died In Palm Beach of pneumonia recently, aged 78, wns another exam pie of the possiblll ties of youth In the United States. He came to our shores a poor boy he died leaving $50,000,000 its an inheritance for his children. Mr. Guggenheim was a Swiss Hebrew, born in 1827. In 184U with his family he sailed for America, settling in Philadelphia, then a city of 100,000 people. Young Guggenheim began business selling stove polish. He made a little money and then lie tried embroidery. A small store was opened a larger one followed. In the meantime he took hold of mining in Colorado, being one of the first to en ter this flekl. He was very successful. Smelting the ore being very expensive, he had a son learn the business, and then he began buying smelters as fast as his profits would permit. In the meantime he made big profits from selling Swiss embroideries, handling only the most expensive kinds. He sold this business out to continue the erection of smelters, several of which were placed In the mining States of the West, in Mexico and I11 South Ameri ca. These properties yielded a profit all the way from $-4,000,000 to $10,000, 000 a year. When the smelting trust was formed Mr. Guggeuhelm declined to join, but later he did and was chos en president of this very powerful or ganization. Deceased was very methodical In his habits and his expenditures. He kept track of his annual expenditures and found to within a very short time ago he had expended $9,300,000. This did not include his gift of $250,000 for an addition to the Jewish Hospital of New York, nor a like sum to a similar Institution In Philadelphia. NOTED ARTISTS SING IN STREETS Vienna Stage Celebrities Test Pnblic's Judgment of Music. A merry quartet of performers made an interesting experiment in the streets of Vienna, says the New Orleans Times-Democrat, In order to see with their own eyes how the general public would appreciate the highest artistic talent If it were exhibited in the open street, unannounced and unadorned. Miss Gerdn Walde, prima donna of the Vienna stage Louis Trcumann, the popular comedian of the Carl Theater Edward Eysler, the composer, and Al fred IJeutscli-Gcrman, the playwright, arrayed in the garb of ordinary street musicians, made a tour through the principal streets of the city. The com poser, Eysler, performed the duties of organ-grinder, while the others sung a repertoire which included such well known songs as "Geh. Mach Iicn Poll ster Auf" ("Go, Open Your Window"), "lvussen 1st Keine Sund" ("Kissing Is No Sin") and "Jctzt Splelfs Uns an Tan/." ("Now They Play and Dance for Us"). The incognito of the celebrated hand remained undiscovered and the day's "takings" aggregated a paltry OS kreut zers (about 1 shilling 2 pence), which they laughingly divided among them selves. Their previous donbt 11s to the ability of the public to judge of the value of art unassisted by theatrical effect have now given way to settled couvlctlon. But. nevertheless, It would liave been interesting to find out what the day's takings would have amount ed to had tlie quartet openly announc ed themselves as the leading lights of the Austrian musical world. Doubtless the man In the street, even in Vienna, does not look for talent In the streets. MECHANICAL LEG-PULLER. Well-Known lJcvicc of the SiirKt-on lu Fracture Trcutiucnt. Occasionally in the surgical treat ment of deformities of tlie limbs, as in eases of fracture, it Is necessary to sus pend the limb with a weight attached, in order to keep the extension perfect at all times and to prevent, at the same time, any inadvertent or inten tional twisting or turning of the limb due to restlessness or fatigue. In most cases the surgeon Is compelled to ex ereise his Ingenuity in devising 11 home made rig for the purpose, so that tin simple arrangement shown in the Il lustration, which is portable and can be used repeatedly, will come as a boon to the medical fraternity. A sim ple frame of finished lumber is set MECHANICAL LEd-rULLKn. and attached to the foot of the bed stead. A window frame would be as effective as anything else lor the pur pose. A pulley bracket is attached to this frame, and provision is made for increasing or decreasing the amount of traction applied to the limb by adding additional weights, the pull being transmitted by a rope to the limb in a conveniently shaped pair of ilints. BUILDING NEW SETTLEMENTS. Uow a Railroad Gets People to Locntc Along Its Line. The immigration department of a great railroad is most active and i-fTiv tive. It is, strictly speaking, a depart ment of the future, sa.vs a writer in the World To-Day. Its duties are well dellned. It must develop the possible resources tributary to the road: it nitisi build new settlements, establish new communities, and bring about new con ditions. Its pressing need is people. How does it go about securing theinV The resources of the new line are studied and every possibility is record ed. The district is attractively and truthfully described in a booklet which is distributed through the road's many agencies throughout tho country. The newspaper columns are used, or per haps space iu the leading magazines is purchased for the occasion. Trimer ink is used in profusion to scatter the word far aud wide. Many roads print their own monthly publication some issue pretentious magazines while oth ers publish papers patterned after the farm journals. Some of the roads fit up portable ex hibit cars in which are placed beauti ful displays of farm products of all kinds, also samples of nreclons and other metals from the new district. M/F 6 ORIENTAL NAPOL sy*//-Marsha/ Marquis Oyama Minister of Education when the transition of the new world Tower was foinplwintf. A ijIH'IM* conipnuiiil of ugliness, it. strength and Oriental cunning, the Marquis Ovama lias an enormously receptive mind. He is a rapid and deep IhiuKer. and not only attracts, but molds those about him to any set purpose with Napoleonic directness, although with admirable and characteristic Jap anese grace. While not a tall man in any sense, he is a shade above the average Japanese in height, with a strong head apparently placed upon immense shoulders without the interposition of a neck. He is a linguist, as He most ol the Japenesc otlicers, an advantage not possessed in the same proportion In any other military or naval service in tho world. Smallpox lias pitted his round, brown face, but his ugliness is relieved by a pair of magnetic black eye*, which twinkle with humor, or squint when their own er is deep in thought. I he first real war experience in which he was an actor came in the civil war in Japan, in which the Satsuma revolt was suppressed, but fame came to him in the Chino-Japanese War. ten years ago. As a strategist and com mander he there achieved distinction which has been heightentd by his wonderlul work in the present Manchurian campaign. He was the captor of I ort Arthur—which lie took from the Chinese garrison in a morning. Rus sian cartoonists have ridiculed him for ten years, making little of his vic tory, the fruits of which Uussia and the Powers were to prevent the Jap anese from enjoying. Marquis Oyama lias a memory for these things, and ills command In the tiehl against liussia was assured before war broke out. For a time he sat at home, advising and directing General Kuroki. as became the chief of the gpi.eial staff under the Japanese system. When the right moment arrived, tile Marquis moved iuto tiie tield, whore he has since remained iurmi)iiiv .. •, uiu-Acui.cu tu These exhibits are very alluring to the farmer or investor, attract: much atten tion and are most convincing argu ments. Such cars are sent out to all parts of tlie more thickly settled States aud are iu charge of thoroughly posted representatives. Sometimes a lecturer accompanies the exhibit car. giving free stereoplU-on lecture*. The grain is shown growing in* tho Holds: gold and silver are pic tured being brought from ihe mines and oil is shown ^rushing high iuto the air. An appeal is made to the man who is renting a high-priced farm with no prospects of ever owning one of his own. He is told how. in the newer districts, the same corps are grown on land costing less than one-tenth the riee of his rented land. He is awakened to his own possibili ties he sees a chance for his sons to become independent he is almost con vinced. in fact, lie cannot resist the arguments ami wants to go and see this wonderful Kidorado. His iirst anxiety is the expense of the trip. 11 is name is sent to the general immigra tion ollicc the car has secured its re sult. RICH HUNT TOY DEER. Clurcut'c II. Mackn.v TtihtiiUn i:ui«]iie Iliintiiiu (.tunic for Hi* (iucatu. Kven in this age of extravagant me chanical contrivances it is doubtful whether any toy lias been constructed so 'unusual and costly as tl.at which Clarence II. Maekay lias installed on his estate at Harbor llill. near Koss lyn. L. I. Shooting galleries, in which figures of rabbits, pigs and lions bob up anil disappear to test the aim of sportsmen, long have been familiar to visitors to 1'oney Island aud similar re sorts. Mr. Maekay lias constructed in the wildest part of his big estate an electric railway to furnish him the same sport on a scale and in a manner that is true to nature. The railway, which runs in an ir regular ellipse and is operated by elec tricity. is a mile long, and winds errat ically in and out among the woods ami broken ground. Tlie animal is provid ed In the shape of a life-sized deer, mounted on a small bogie truck. At a speed which can be regulated at any pace up to Hi or I'J miles an hour the deer is carried through the woods, and as it appears at the differ* cut openings out among the trees along the route of the railway Mr. Maekay and his sporting friends get a chance for just such quick shot as the hun ter in the Maine woods has to reply on to (ill his bag. At the end' of the run the truck passes over an automatic switch which shuts off the current aud the deer conies to a standstill in a sheltered pit, where a marker is posted, lie notes the places when* the deer has been hit, telephones by means of a special wire laid down for the purpose the results of his aim to the man with the gun aud then as soon as he has pasted a piece of canvas or brown paper over the wounds that have been made is ready to start the deer off again to run the gauntlet of the marksmen a second or a third time. Just a Little Slap. Tess—1 thought you weren't going to send Marie Machines an invitation to your tea? Jess—Oil! I decided that 1 couldn't hurt her feelings that much. Tess—So you sent her ono? .less—Yes, but I addressed it to "MNs Mttry Moilinuis."—Philadelphia Tress. LuiMiuncy. u.v any of wuicli history .tells. IRELAND'S NEW SECRETARY. Representative of Land System Which IH Abhorrent to Irish, The Balfour cabinet has not strengthened itself by the appoint ment of the successor to George Wyndhnm, has resigned the chief secretaryship of Ireland. Wynd ham resigned be cause his policy, which favored a wider extension of government pow ers to the Irish people, was repu dialed by the WALTKK LOSC. HOllSO of Com mons as well as by the cabinet, and naturally his successor was selected because of his opposition to such pol icy. And that is for what Walter Long, the new secretary, essentially stands. He is one of Ireland's ab sentee landlords and is resolutely op posed to all concessions to Irish feel ings. He is a man of mediocre abil ity. without one atom of distinction of any kind. Tor a score of years he has sat in parliament, but never did any thing to raise his name from the dead level of a commonplace party hack. As an absentee landlord, he stands fo*i a system which has been the bane of Ireland and as an opponcut to all concessions to Ireland lie has already invited the hostility of the Irish peo ple. instead of being a strength he I is a weakness to the Balfour ministry, which is rapidly tottering to its fall. It Paid to Advertise. The publishers were at their wits* end, but one of thiMii, paying a day's visit to Margate', was overjoyed to sec May basking in the sunshine by the water. The publisher did not make himself known, but calmly ascertained where May was staying. Then he hired six sandwich men to parade up and down before the artist's window, with boards bearing different legends. Tills was their temor: "What about our Christmas cover?" "We are waiting for that cover." It was a delightful reminder, and in a few days the publishers received one of the most brilliant designs May had ever executed. Mere Speculation. "I see that a Boston paper says that if George Washington had been alive be would have visited the dog show." ••I suppose be would have taken his hatchet along and tried it on the bark." —Cleveland Plain Dealer. It is such a pitifully common sight— a man who looks as if the woman be longed to elidu't take good care of him. No. Cordelia, painting the town red isn't one of the cardinal virtues. HUNGRY TIME. W'lHii I was getting better, And they propped me up in bed, Oh, didn't I feel hungry! But I knew the doctor'd said. He can't have much to eat yet So 1 thought of things instead. I thought, of basket picnics. And of nunce and apple pie Of sandwichts and douglinuts, And the tarts I used to buy. 1 seemed to taste them, almost, Such a hungry boy was I. Iy mother'd sit and read me Any story I'd pick out guess you know already What, the stories were about. I'd listen and—imagine And it helped me do without. But oh, I want to tell you That there's nothing you can take, In thinking or in stories. In a dream cr when awake, That ever tastes as splendid As the first real slice of cake! —Arthur H. Folwell in Youth's Com "panion. MR. AND MRS. BUSHY-TAIL. It was a clear, cold January morn ing, and Mr. Bushy-Tail was sitting at the door of his house. Such a queer house it was—spreading below, bearing rhe marks of frequent attacks from Mr. Woodpecker, who often passed that way. Bushy-Tail had labored long to fashion his house, and to stock it with a winter supply for himself and his dear wife. His pa tient little jaws had often ached with the heavy loads he had brought to the hollow old tree. Mr. Jack Frost had come in autumn and opened the prickly burs. Uncle Wind had shaken the leafless ooughs, when Mr. and Mrs. Bushy-Tail, eyes snapping and plumes waving, had gathered in the harvest. Now they could play with a clear conscience, and Bushy-Tail's heart leaped for joy as he hopped to the ground. His brisk little wife fol lowed mm, aud the two scampered away for a morning frolic over the crisp snow. Down rhe wocdlaud path came a sturdy little figure, well enveloped in overcoat, cap and tippet. With one hand he carried slate and books close ly strapped together with tlie other he swung the dinner-pail. This was Billy Black on his way to school. As he passed Bushy-Tail's house his merry whistle ceasea, and his bright black eyes tock on a look of cunning. Cautiously he approached the tree, »)fmW and peeped in at ^open door. Quickly he drew off his mitten and thrust his hand into the opening, carefully groping about until he found the apartment sought f, r—the store room. Then it was surprising how fast the little hand wait in empty and came out full, till a cry from old Aunty Bushy-Tail, awakened from her comfortable nap by this intrusion, cut short all further operations. For the old aunty still had sharp teeth, and Billy knew this to his sorrow, bo he quickly withdrew his hand and hurried on his way to school. It was a., unlurty mornmg for him. l'he columns of figures refused to be added, and the let:ers In the spelling lesson danced about and made faces at him. One thought cheered him— the contents of his diutur-pail sand-j wiches. apple pie. doughnuts and cheese, lie could hardly wait fi.r the clock ro strike twelve, and when the teacher s*m him to the next house on an errand, just as he was going to •»pen the pail, he could have cried for disappointment. But there was no use complaining, so with a mum bled "Yes'uni." he started on his way. It was late- when he came back, and he was hungrier than ever—half starved. he said. He pulled off the cover to his pail before he pulled off his red mittens, bu oh. what a t»rri ble surprise! The dinner was gone. In an instant he understood it all. and a howl of rage and despair sound ed througa the deserted room, fol lowed by the angry wail. "Teacher, the boys have stole my dinuer!" 1 was no use to try to cunfort him: for he must live through the afternoon, ever conscious of a big, achlug void, and then run iwo miles before ne could havt even a piece of bread and The most refractory among dumb beasts may sometimes be won by per sistent kindness. It is also evident that the obstinate of the human species bu:ter. may be iutlucuccd by au assault of hu mor. trv-oped in from coasting ou the hill 1'hll May, the English artist "of back of the schooliiouse. Billy took most dear memory," had promised to his geography and tried to study, do a colored design for the Christmas Strangely enough, the lesson describ number of au illustrated weekly pub- ed how rhe sinaH t'ur-b?aring animals lication. The date fixed on for its de« of New England gather their winter livery passed by, and no design had supplies. He threw down the book been forthcoming. Soon the bell rang and the boys out an( opened his grammar. O dear! Letters and telegrams were uuan- 'file first sentence to lit diagramed swered, and wheu a messenger was was. "The squirrels gather their store sent to May's house it appeared that he had gone to Paris without leaving any address. This, according to M. A. P., is what happened next: of mils for the loug, cold winter.' Hilly hid his face behind his book. Through his shame and hunger this thought came to him: "If it is so hard for a fellow to lose his dinner, what must it be to go without vutr dluner all winter long?" Four o'clock came at last, and a reso lute little fellow was once more ready to face the cold. He was hun gry. but he did not complain or try 1 wwk wUh a ba ,, Jp 2MB dor of their dwelling. O joy! The floor was piled high with beautiful beechnuts, from which old aunty was already taking uer supper. A little brown hand had been suddenly thrust into the living-room, and as suddenly withdrawn. This time it entered full and left empty, and the process was repeated until the last betdinut was taken from Billy's pocket. The Bushv-Tails never knew tho history of the matter. They only knew that the lost was found- They danced about and chattered tlielr jov to each other, for they were very happy, and as Billy sar down to a good, warm supper ho was as happy as they.—Elizabeth Perky in Youth's Companion. THE CIVILIZED SQUIRREL. Whether or not it will presently be necessary to put steam heat into the squirrel houses in the trees of Central Park, New York, is an interesting question. These popular little ani mals are now so thoroughly pam pered by the public that thev have abandoned their obi self-dependent habits. They no longer sleep a great part of the winter awav, as is nat ural to them in this latitude. As their usual partial dependence upon a state cf semi-torpor to protect them from the effects of the cold is broken up. it may be that they suffer a good deal from the temperature of such nights as mese. To determine whether all the pub lic pampering of the park squirrels is good for them, or whether they are being cut ou in their prime bv a not sufficiently simple life, the park au thorities are going to take a census of the little animals and keep track of them. The squirrels are certainly getting peanuts by the bushel. Some of them have grown so critical that they refuse to accept single nuts, and insist upon having access to the bag in order that they m^y make their choice. Others scorn peanuts alto gether and search the pockets for candy and ether dainties. They have grown tame even beyond squirrel precedent. Experience has made some of them shy of children, and especially of boys of about f-a age of twelve, but ewierly gentl/ .»en of benevolent appearance have been seen decorated with as many as five squirrels at once. It will certainly be surprising if the squirrel census should indicate that present condi tions are unfavorable to them for they swarm in apparently increasing numbers, and are all plump and lus trous. cok to find cut and punish the thief who with the other, many extraordinary had invaded his dinner-pail. He only ran as fast as he could over the crackling snow to the wood path .which led to his home. The thought $ That is an jmpression that squirrels structlve to birds. In their wild state they certainly are, for they nip off buds in winter and ravage birds' nests in spring. But our park squir rels are so well fed that they have little occasion to engage in either of these forms of depredation.—New Ycrk Mail. THE STORY OF THE RAG MAN. Mother knew, because she was smiling to herself though she turned away to hide it, but I did not guess a bit. 1 was feeling very sorrowful, because 1 had been in bed a whole V3 jsz & 3 3? ,llu| 4 $ fe sure that I was well enough to have John phnl come in from „lc nurse,.v to play with me. Mother said: "We shall see. and just then there came a great big knocking at the dcor. "Who can it be?" said mother. "Tlie Rag Man. ma'atn, somebodv answered in such a great, deep voico that I felt a little frightened. "Dear me?" said mother. "Will vou come in. please? 1 should liKfr to see what rags you have today?' The rag man was verv tall, as tall as father, only a». bent over, and he came quite near my bed, which fright ened me a little. He had an old hat on which covered all his face, and he carried a gnat big bag ou his shoulder, which, it seemed to me, moved a little: and I was frighten ed still more. "Perhaps you have some rags to sell me. ma'am." ht said, in the same great, big. growling voice. "Onlv first I should like to show this htt'e geu tleman what I have inside mv bag.' And then 1 said "Oh quickly, in a loud squeak: 1 could not help it, for he had come close up to me. And waat do you think! It was re all father himself, and In the bag were Johu aud Phllly, and they tumbled am eV eryboly laughed together. They all had supper around my bel, father and inorner. too, and we had such fun! And tne black bag was only mother's shawl!—Indianapolis News. WILL WRITE BY ITSELF. Take a round boix with flat sur faces (such a box as druggists put pills iu). Through the center of both lid aud box pierce a hole, through which a well sharpened pencil is al lowed to pass. Put a bit oi sealing wax around the pencil to hold it firm ly in place. Twirl the pencil as one would spin a top, and a number of strange designs will be found traced upon the paper placed beneath. Paste this paper on a pitce of card board, and if this be held firmly with one nand and tilted from side to side designs will be made. Last of the Mohicans. When the days are cool and clear of the steaming supper waiting for the tuberculosis patients on North him, and then of another supper, and Brother Island wrap themselves in the blue blankets furnished by the city and sit in the open air for a sun bath. of the joy that it would bring. The theft had been discovered. When old aunty sounded the alarm, Mr. and Mrs. Bushy-Tail scampered home, but only to find the empty storehouse. Shrill notes of anger rent Hie air. but only for a short time. The Bushy-fails are noted for their courage, and it's no use to cry for North American Indian. spilled milk. They soon stopped wail ing and started out in quest of food, for now they must fight famine. Bu: little remained for them, only a few scattered, frozen buds, so with heavy hearts and light loads thev wended their way homeward and entered tho A short time ago, says the New York Sun, the health commissioner conducted a party of peace delegates to the island. They were from Eng* land, and had seen pictures of the "How interesting!" remarked one visitor, as the boat was about to land "See how peacefully they sit. Are they the last of the Mohicans?" To have a preuy home, avoid glar ing contrasts of color. *.V$i -1% 'i'C iLjjff •v S?«"