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THE RIPENING YEARS.
In iptU y all that poets sing About u childhood's happy hours. It seems to me that ev'ry spring Bring! greener felds and sweeter flowers. The foliage upon the trees Seems greener as It reappears; There's something In the very breeze That grows more sacred with the years. Somehow with each succeeding June New limters come Into the sky, Some subtle chord In nature's tune Sounds sweeter a the years roll by. V. H. Wilson In Four Track News. t FOR LOVE lly F. Copyrighted, W3, by Tht Norma Hildreth sat up In the ham mock and looked with Increasing won dtr at the open letter In her hand. Years ago, she did not stop to think how many, she and the writer of this letter had heen college classmates and his fiance had heen a friend of hers. That the engagement was broken she had long known, though who had taken the first step she was ignorant. But and she turned to the signature and read it again, "K. K. Langford," It looked as his writing did, when for a few brief months af ter graduation they had carried on a desultory sort of correspondence, but and she caught her breath with a little gasp, hadn't she heard that he was dead, killed by a landslide, or an explosion or something In the far away state where she knew that he had gone after his graduation from the law school. This was his writing and that was his name; he was In the land of the living;, ho wanted to come to see her. She read It all over again slowly, as she sometimes used to do her Latin, In the hope that It would soak In. Here was this fortune, the figures tianced before her fantastically, Into which he was to. come, If by the first of r.e:.t year ho was married. Ho was asking her to help him; ask ing her, Norma Hildreth, to bo his wife In the eyo of the law that n for tune might be realized; that done, tho money once firmly In her possession, half of It and a divorco should bo hers. Such was tho situation as ho had submitted It to her. Why should she consider it for a moment? Hero with her aunt she had a home, Hut some time it would be broken up; the llttlo property would go, and ought to go to her cousins, and what would become of her? "Then there's Lena longing for a chanco for her boy, anil Carol with her musicoh, wouldn't it be lovely to do things?" She leaned hack In the hammork and closed her eyes all of her life the had coveted money and figured what it would do for her dear ones well, she would write to him, tell him to come and see her, he might have changed so that tho plan he proposed would be utterly Impossible to her. It would soon be time to get supper and she must write to Mr. I.angford now, while what sho wanted to say was clearly in her mind. Sho would consider It as a business proplstlon ind would see him at her aunt's home whenever he might find It con venient to call. She read the short sote hurriedly and decided that it was formal and non-committal nougb; then she sealed it hastily, that she might not be tempted to change It She bad put her band to the plow and would not look back. At supper that evening she was so preoccupied that sho scarcely noticed ker uncle's troubled look, until Elsie isked, "Does your head ache, papa?" "No." "But you haven't eatod your toast," Looked with Increasing wonder at the letter in her hand, aid Toddles, who fr some time had had coveteous eyes on the cream toast that Norma hail prepared for her oncle. Mr. Williams pushed the plata toward the eager little bands with a brief, "There, Toddles, eat It I don't want It" "Are you not feeling well?" asked Mrs. Williams as she peered anxiously iround the tea pot "Oh, yes, well enough. Things got kind of mixed at the store." Norma knew how ber ancle had been straining every nerre to meet i t OR MONEY It. HEKK. Authan rublUMnj Company the interest which fell due in Septem ber and then there would be more interest In March and in September again, and some time would come the notes themselves. "Uncle Rube has been so good to me," she said to herself as she wiped the dishes that Elsie washed. "Elsie, what would you do If you had a thousand dollars, oh, more than that; all the money you wanted?" "Me? Oh, I'd study music and take the whole family to the mountains She felt half sick with trie fear of what this ride might mean. and pay off papa's debts and hire a girl to do the dish washing." "That would be pretty nice, wouldn't It?" "You'd better guess It would." Norma felt the letter in her apron pocket and decided tliut sho would mail it. Two weeks afterward a tall, broad shouldered man with a firm chin and steady gray eyes, was helping Norma into the carriage that tho boy from the livery stable had just driven up. Mr. Langford bad come the day b foin. a:id that evening had boon spent with the Williams' who all agreed that Nornia'a class mate was a very Interesting man. As Norma held out her cold, tremb ling hand she felt half sick with the fear of what this rldo might mean. This man was so big and strong, so deferential and so masterful. She was glad that she had known him as she had, and thankful for the honest respect she had always felt for his unsullied manhood. Over the smooth road they sped. Norma sought wildly for something to say, hut found no middle ground be tween the platitudes that her lips would not utter and the purpose of this drhe, and that she could not first touch upon. But the man beside her was talking, he might be saying something that she ought to hear. Very qutet his voice was as he told her about his life In the West, about the practice he had tried to build up, about what their class mates had done and were doing. As Norma felt the quiver of her excited nerves throbbing Into quiet she relaxed her tense muscles and lenned back, thank ful that this man was giving her a little time. "You knew about Ressle?" he was saying Bessie had been his fiancee in those college days. "1 never knew which one of you did It." "We both did, I guess," he answer ed and his voice had a far off sound. "I was a long way off and working hard It takes a long time for a young fellow to build up a paying practice an honest one and then she began to go with Johnson and that Hadringham and I don't know who else." "Yes?" It was the Inflection more than the word that helped him on. "Well, I heard of It. 1 was angry with her and angry with myself It didn't seem Just fair she had waited for me a long time but there were tho college debts, and when they were paid I couldn't ask her to come out. to that far away country to noth ing better than I could offer her." "But if you loved each other" Norma becan and then the purpose of this drive struck her dumb. "Yes," he went on with what Nor ma almost felt to be omlnnus quiet "but we grew apart Instead of to gether. People talked, you know, I was proud and so was she, and well the bubble burst." Some way Norma's vision began to clear.. She clutched at the bows ot the buggy and clasping one of them tlcht she plunged In. Ijff fc Jnjf " ' f PfinP' "Mf. I.angford, It seems this wa;j !o "har"8 7llZonS? Have'S laid the matler before" " herP Per ! haps" I His aulet voice Interrupted her "Miss Hildreth, It is of no use to tall of Bessie or of any one else. Whet I Unew of the provisions of Roger'i will I did not hesitate in my choice Do you suppose there are no girls it the town where I live? I didn't neei to come a thousand miles to get i girl, but I wanted you. Don't yoi understand? In college I liked yot next to Bessie my love for her ii dead, but, Norma, don't you under stand? I love you. I take back th proposition I made. When I wroti that letter, I knew that you were th only girl I would wish to share in thi i arrangement suggested but until . came I did not know that I was real ly in love. Sink the business part li the depths of the sea; try to love mi a little, Norma, for I want you to bi my wife for good and true." Norma's heart gave a bound. Lang ford's arm drew her close as shi sobned out her answer. PRAISES CHILDREN OF JAPAN Writer Enthusiastic Over Infants o Flowery Kingdom. A recent book on tho children o various countries says: "A baby Jap anese girl is the most delightful crea ture you can possible Imagine; a radl ant, happy, beautiful butterfly. She ii rarely known to cry, for she is rarel; slapped. WThat mother could havt the heart to touch so dainty a bios som as the childflower of this land o flowers? The baby girl loves fun; shi loves toys, sweets and tea in littlt cups; she loves to smoke, with I funny pipe made of brass and kepi in her sleeve; and, above all, sh loves her big, round-headed doll. Sht it wonderfully playful and gentle, thin child, always Ideally dressed and at : the well known American heiress, to ways self-possessed. She has tht the duke of Roxburghe of Scotland Is loveliest mouth and teeth and twinkl announced. lng black eyes, and she knows It, too The duke's name Is Henry John In The smallest Japanese wants to b nes-Ker. He Is 25 years old and bears beautiful; each baby girl has hei the following titles: Marquis of Rox dainty lacquer box of rouge and pow I burghe, earl of Kelso, Viscount Brox der, she Is like some wonderful fantas ' mouth, Baron Roxburghe, Baron Ker tic tropical blossom, somo dear little of Cessford and Caverton in Scotland, dragon fly. And her hair how blacljKarl Innes of the United Kingdom, a it is, with blue lights, and shinlni baronet of Nova Scotia, and a lieuten whore it Is stiffened and gummed it ant In the Royal Horse Guards. loop and bands till it seems to reflect the gold lacquer and coral-tipped pini that bristle around her head! Greai competition goes on between girls ai to whose hair shall be most becoming ly arranged, whose the smoothest am! most glossy, whose girdle shall be the most gracefully tied and whose dresi shall possess tho most harmoniou! effect." Would Not Touch the Pig. A recent traveler in Somalilana gives the following curious incident showing the .Mohammedan hatred for pigs: "We shot two wart hogs, one a particularly big boar. Alan wished to keep the tusks, but, of course, none of the Somalia would touch tho un clean animal. At last a bribe of 2 rupees Induced tho Midgan woman to cnop t lie tiisus out with a hatchet. Even thou she would not touch them and with the help of two sticks, which she used like a pair of tongs, pui mem on a camei. . men more was a long dispute about the hatchet. No one would touch it; it had been deftt od. Of course this was pure affectation and playing to the gallery on the ayahs part At home with her t ve tribe she would have gorged all the pig she could get. But It flattered the Soma is and we marched off, the nyu.i limning me natcnet at arm s length as if it were going to bite her." Two Views of a Marriage. These verses are to lie road twice; one as printed, then tho first ami third and second uml fourth lines. It will be Keen that they clve quite opposite meanlugr j aeeimllnKiy as they are read. T 1 1 man iiinut lead a happy lire Who Is directed by his wife; Whe'a freed from matrimonial chains Is sure to suffer for his pains. Adam of old could find no peace t'ntll he saw a woman's face; Whrn Kve was given for a mats, Adam was In a happy state. In all the females' hearts appear Truth, darling of a heart sincere; Hypocrley, deceit and pride. Ne'er known In woman to reside. What tongue la able to unfold The worth Inj woman v behold? The falsehood that In woman dwell Is almost Imperceptible. Fooled he the foolish man, I say. Who will not yield to woman's swy Who changes from his singleness Is sure of perfect blessedness. Corncob Sidewalks. A man who has been traveling In Iowa has hit upon an odd use of corncobs. He says: "I made a trip throughout a big part of Iowa recent ly, and I found several grain ship ping towns that had corncob side walks. In spite of what one would think about it, robs make a pretty good walk. They are a little rough at first, but when the cobs become trampled down the walk is smooth." New York Tribune. Dry District Ruse. Rodrick That druggist had a great scheme for putting a "stick" In his tod a water. Van Albert What was It? Rodrick Why, he soaked the straws in liquor and all his customers tasted It and thought It was the glass. Privations of the Poor. A slum Inspector .old the Glasgow Municipal Commission on the Hous ing; ot the Poor that on some occa sions he had found families sleeping In tiers the parents on the floor, tl en a mattress, and a layer of chll djen on the too. 1 ......... MAY COELET, HEIRESS I IS TO WED i The engagement of Miss May Goelet, LORD ROBERTS A HARD WORKER. British Commander-in-Chief a Man of Much Energy. Karl Roberts, the comniander-ln-cliief of the British army, is a man of Indomitable energy and tireless Indus try. During his tour of Scotland, which began on Aug. 9 and ended on tho ilA. he had nearly thirtv insnec- tiong ... mak(, Aft.,r traveling all nieht , i,mii,,i, , c-tn,.t.i .vnrt on hnr and a half after arrival, having three engagements for the Sunday. He in cluded among his engagements a visit to the new naval base at St. Mar garet's Hope and landed on Inchkeith, the guardian fortress of (lie Forth. His itinerary extended as far north as jnV)l. rness, and eighteen cities and towns were included in his tour. A slior- stay at Stohs camp, where about iO.000 men were under canvas, con- clU(kl(, h,s lhwm fortn,B,lt- John w Gates Bon Mot In Sarat(lga thpy arP MUne: of a jo8t pt.rpi.tratC(, by John w. Oates at the n(MJ ot Juhn A I)raUe. The na-L,,, wpre sluing ()n the veramla of Gates). mtt at the Gran,, Unlon h()tHl whe a New York iotter wa9 han(le(1 t0 Mr Drake ,t wa9 a(lvlces from his broker. "Great Scott!" he ejaculated, as he read off the list of purchases for his account, with the usual polite suggestion about errors and omissions excepted. "I've got stocks to burn." lazily lifting one leg across the other, Mr. Gales drawled out: "Don't see how you're going to burn what Is so heavily saturated with water." Spends Life in Doing Cood. One of tho most picturesque char acters Ii Europe Is the Countess Schlmmelmann ot Denmark. She de votes her life to missionary work. For sight years she has traveled extensive ly in heathen lands. She sold nearly ill her property and with the proceeds bought the Pigeon, a vessel with which she visited fifty-seven cities in fifteen countries, preaching the Gospel to sailors and the poor. She has found ed religious journals In England and America. A German publisher gave her 50,000 marks for her memoirs. She Is not on good terms with her rela tives, who do not share her views, but she has adopted three children and Riven them her name. Noted Lifesaver. The captain of a lifeboat crew holds 1 seat In the British parliament. He is MaJ. Iesley of the Isle of Wight. nd while at home he is an active worker wherever the services of his ;rew are required. A short time ago be earned glory for his boat by swim ming from it to a sinking French ves lei with a lifeline. This brought the thanks of the French government to Ihe crew In general and the gallant Foung major In particular. Soldier Wins Wealthy Bride. Miss Catherine Colfelt. granddaugh ter of the late James McManes. the ihrewd politician and financier of Philadelphia, whose millions will even tually revert to her. Is In San Fran :!sco en route . to Yokohama, where he Is to become the bride of Lieut. Earl Taylor of the Eightieth company. Soast artillery. Rtatloned at Manila. Hiss Colfelt has the distinction of hav ing refused offers of marriage from ;wo Grecian princes, George and An-lrea. . . . . TO MILLIONS. WHO WEALTHY SCOTCH DUKE He Is the only marriageable duke in Scotland, has a career free from scan dal, and a rent roll of about $300,000 a year. Miss Goelet is reputed to be the heiress of $20,000,000. In appearance she is petite, and wears a charm of manner. Sho 1$ a bright conversation alist. She dresses exquisitely, and has seen just twenty summers. Her moth er and mother's sisters have always been noted for their beauty and charm of manner. NOTED BELGIAN IN AMERICA. Ex-Mayor of Brussels Will Lecture In This Country. Ex-Mayor Charles Buls of Brussels has come to America to deliver a course of lectures, one series of which will be on the Congo Free State In re lation to the recent attacks of the Eng lish and German public against the ad ministration of King Leopold. It is also expected that he will lecture on the principles and problems of munici pal art. He is well known as a writer en travels in Siam, Greece and the Congo country, but Is best known as nn art critic, with particular reference to tho field of municipal art. He had much to do with the rebuilding of Brussels, making it In his administra tion one of the finest cities In tho world. PREFERS STAGE TO FORTUNE. Half Million Dollars Could Not Tempt Margery Rogers. Margery Rogers, the girl who had the choice of giving up the stage or forfeiting a $.',00,000 bequest, has chosen tho stage. Jacob Rogers, the millionaire locomotive builder, who gave over $7,000,000 to the Metropoli tan Museum of Art. made a stipula tion that his grandnlece should for sake the stage before receiving a cent or his money. This was done before his death and the girl told him that she would not give up her profession for ail his money. So she was cut off. She Is only 16 and hasn't even yet got in engagement, yet she Is satisfied and hopes for a career before the foot lights. She Is a favorite with Sir Thomas Llpton. Society to Work Among Criminals. Rev. Edward A. Fredenhagen of To peka, Kan., has organized a society, with local organizations In Kansas, Missouri. Colorado and Oklahoma, whose objects are the prevention of crime, reform in criminal law and prison management, evangelistic work in prisons and the assistance of dis charged prisoners by securing work for them. The Society of the Friend less, as It Is called, has been of sub stantial service to hundreds of prison ers, besides contributing materially to the Introduction of several reforms In criminal laws. A Helpful Word. Edith had an errand to the kitchen and was feeling ber way through the dimly lighted room, when she was 3tartled by seeing Ellen, the cook, seated at one side of the window and opposite to her a man. "Oh. Ellen!" she cried, "I beg your pardon! I did not know you were engaged." Not yet. Miss Edith," cried Ellen, In haste and confusion. The next week Ellen told her mistress to look for another cook, as she expected to be married very soon. Grades of Goodfellowship. Henry Lnbouchere was once asked what he called the prince of Wales no King Edward when he dined at Marlborough house "Well." said Lahby, "when the soup comes on I address h'm as 'Your royal highness.' The fish often softens the reserve, and I get a little chummier, and often as not 1 call him 'Wales.' During the entrees and joints I get quite familiar and he becomes "Eddie," while he slaps me on the back and dubs me tabby''" Consumption of Eggs. Prof. Thompson, who is a statists elan of reputation, has discovered that in the city of New York each family of five persons consumes on an aver age four eggs a day. In Chicago, if it Is accepted that the city has reached a population of 2,000,000, the rate of egg consuming Is higher, and every person in the city manages to consume one whole egg each day la the year. Needed for a Picnic. A spot on the edge of the woods, with water near. Several persons with a sense of humor. A camp fire where corn and potatoes may be roast id and coffee boiled. A red tablecloth and little red-fringed napkins. Wood en plates, knives, forks and spoone All sorts of sandwiches, carefully packed and wrapned In waxed paper. Has Many noocrs. Tho lord high steward to the Kaiser boasts of no fewer than seventy or ders, which were conferred upon him by his own and foreign sovereigns. The chancellor of the empire, Count Buclow, follows second best, wltlj sixty orders. An Old Soldier's Experience. Dennard. Ark.. Sent. 7th. Mr. E. 3. Hicks, merchant of this place, has written for publication, an account of a personal experience, which is very Interesting. "I am an old Federal soldier, writes Mr. Hicks, "and shortly after the close of the war I was taken sick. 1 had aches and pains all over me, fluttering of the heart and stomach trouble. I Just simply was never a moment without pain. I could not sleep at night, and I was always tirea and tearfully weak. "I tooK medicine all the time, but for a long time I was more dead than alive. Altogether I suffered for over twenty years, and I believe I would have been suffering yet, or in my grave, It I had not read of Dodd s Kid ney Pills. "I got an almanac which told me of this remedy, and I bought some of it I started with thrco pills a day, but increase! the dos9 to six pills a day. I had not used many till my pains be gan to disappear. I kept on and now I can sleep and eat as well as ever I could, and i feel like a new man, with no pains or aches left. "I will always recommend Dodd'a Kidney Pills, for they are r. wonderful remedy." Somehow the things we imagine would make us perfectly happy are always possessed by others. If vou wih beautiful, clear, white clothes use Hod Cross Bull Blue. Large 2 oz. package, S cents. "Figures never lie" in the hands of a poor accountant. You never hear any one complain about "Defiance Starch." There Is none to equal it In quality and quan tity. 16 ounces, 10 cents. Try it now tad save your money. Too Great a Risk. An Insurance atont called at the house of a newly marrleu gouple and during tho conversation urged the hus band to take out a policy, hut when he heard the lair young wwe pay to her husband, "es, do so, Charlie, and I'll bake you some nice pastry for your supper," ho stood a moment, as If con sidering the risks, and then he closed his book and fled. New York's Population in 1900. The population of New York In 1908 was 3,437,202, of whom more than three-fourths were foreign-born or of foreign parentage. Precipice Has Immense Drop. The Myllng Head precipice In Stro moe, one of the Karon Islands, has a sheer drop of 2,200 feet from crest to ea. Company Owns Many Steamers. The Irrawaddy Flotilla company owns the record number of steamers tor any one company 118 In all. Few Wild Elephants. Them are certainty not more than 10,000 wild elephants left, against quarter ot a uimuui in is a. To Retire Professors. Yale professors will hereafter he re tired from service, except lu special cases, at 68 years of uue. DOCTOR SAID "Quit Wrong Food and Eat Grape Nuts." An Illinolsan who has been through the mid says: "Last Spring I was so bad with Indigestion I could not digest even soft cooked eggs and doctor said I must eat predlgcsted food and pre scribed Grape-Nuts. I changed for the better before I had used one package, eating It three times a day. "My Improvement on Grape-Nuts food was so wonderful that I con cluded to use your food drink Post urn In place of tea and to make a long tory short I have not been without Grape-NuU and Postum since and my present health proves my doctor's wisdom in prescribing Grape-Nuts. I have got strong as a horse and well and I owe It all to your delicious food and Postum." Name given by Pos tum Co., Battle Creek. Mich. In the making of Grne-Nuts food all the Indigestible starches of the grain are transformed Into Post Sugar. Every particle of Orape-Nuts Is digest Ible In the weakest stomaclL Physi cians have never found a stomach too weak; to digest and assimilate 1L Look in each package for a copy of the famous Utile book. The Road to