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m Tee, Tm a weaver, and each day - The tnreaas or lire And, be the colore what they may, I still must weave them In. 'With morning- light' there comet tke thought. As I my tank begin, My Lord to me new thread has brought. And bids me "weave them In." Sometimes He gives me threads of gold To brighten up the day; Then somber tints, to bleak and cold, That change the gold to gray. And to my shuttle swiftly files, With threads both gold and grayj And on I toil till daylight dies And fades in night away. Oh, when my day of toll is o'er, And I shall cease to spin, ' He'll open wide my Father's door, And bid me rest within. When safe at home in heavenly light I. LjL How clearly I shall see- . K v8 That every thread the dark, the bright I l)f kfi I Each one had need B0A 1MGJLIMESS' 1 " Leollne Harper was just 21, a bright, ambitious, high-spirited girl, wt.o earned her livelihood by teaching In a grammar school. But her prosy proj fesslon left her plenty of time to dream of a larger and brighter future, and. she erected some very stately edi fices In Spain. "For I don't want to drudge alf my life 'so," said Leollne. "I am pretty enough," with a conscious laughing glance at the mirror, "and clever enough, I hope, to make my own fu ture." "Yes, dear," said Aunt Josepha, who admired her niece exceedingly, "you are pretty enough, and I believe you are smart enough; but still I don't un derstand bow you are going to do It" "You'll see," said Leollne, with a bright smile and a nod. And when Kitty Topplefleld, wno taught in the primary department of the same school, told Aunt Josey about Mr. Maurice, the new trustee, who was so handsome, and wore such superb diamond studs, and admired Leollne'i method of imparting instruction so en thusiastically, she began to compre hend what her niece meant. "Leo," said she, when Bhe had the rare chance of being alone with her niece, "do you like this Mr. Maurice?" The blood flushed into Leollne's face. "Of course I like him, Aunt Josey," said she. "Do you love him?" "I I don't know whether I might or not," said Leo, coloring still deeper. "That is, if I knew him better. He Is a society man, and I have so few op portunities) If I was only In a fash ionable circle like Oeorgle Fltzalan!" Now, Miss Georgle Fltzalan was a pretty, dashing young lady, the daugh ter of a rich Importing merchant, who had been in the same class as Leollne Harper at school, and Leollne had al ways secretly envied her luxurious, butterfly sort of life that seemed to have so few of the elements of shadow about it "And," added Leollne, "he Is to be at Georgia's birthday party, and Georgle has asked me to come and and I can't, because I haven't any thing (It to wear. And I do believe, Aunt Josey, if I could only go"- "Yes, yes, I understand, my dear," said Aunt Josey, regretfully. "But, really, I do not bo how you can go." "Nor I, either," said Leo, gulping down a little suffocating lump that somehow would keep rising In ber throat "So I must Just be contented to give it up." But half an hour afterward she came to -her aunt with depened color and eager, shining eyes, the newspaper in her hands. "Look, Aunt Josey!" cried she. "La. child," said the old lady, "you know I can't see a thing without my spectacles." "Then I'll read it to you"; and Leo llne read as follows: "'For sale, at a bargain, two silk evening dresses, one a blue and the other canary color; worn only once by a lady Just returned from Europe. "I I don't know whether I might or not" Price, twenty-five dollars each. Apply to H. C, No. Rotherward street' "What do you think of that aunty? Blue la Just. my color. And silk, tool Why, I never had a real silk in my life!" "I doi't like the Idea of second hand nery," said Aunt Josepha, shak ing her bead. "But when yon can't afford anything else," pleaded Leollne. "Oh, Aunt Joeey, I do so want to go!" "My dear, remember the old table llill i spin. to bel I vl of the daw with borrowed plumes," warned Aunt Josepha. "If this man Is really a man of sense he will think as much of you In your cashmere dress as if you wore the queen's dia monds." But Leo, believing that her aunt was hopelessly behind the age, persisted. "I will go to the number and ad dress. I wlH Just look at the silks; of course I needn't buy unless I like them." The house was a magnificent brown stone establishment whose splendor rather abashed our little school teach er. "H. C." proved to be Mile. Hor "May I ask, Miss Harper, If you order your dresses from Worth?" tense Chenler, the lady's maid, who occupied an airy fourth-story apart ment, to which the visitor was con ducted by a grumbling footman. Leo llne felt altogether out of her elemept, and almost sorry that she had come; but when she saw the superb silks, scarcely worn, her heart leaped within her. The blue one was trimmed with deep, pointed white Spanish zlond, and proved to be the exact color to match Leo's bright beauty. "Madame bestows these upon us," said Hortense, grimacing and twisting herself after the manner of French maids. "Madame is all goodness." Leo bought the dress and it was sent home that night "Yes, It is very pretty; but" all the same I don't like you to wear a second hand dress," said her aunt "A great many ladies do the same thing, Aunt Jo." "A great many ladles do a silly thing, then," retorted the old lady. But, notwithstanding Aunt Jo's dis approval, Leo fait very proud and happy when she went off that evening dressed In the blue silk, which had required very little alteration to lit her supple figure. Miss FItzalan'8 parlors were full, and Leo's heart beat high with antici patory triumph as she saw Mr. Mau rice among the crowd. The next mo ment she perceived that he was not alone. A tall and beautiful young lady leaned on his arm. With a pang of jealousy Leo would fain have shrunk away, but Mr. Maurice advanced to ward her. "Miss Harper, allow me to present to you my wife; Mrs. Maurice, Miss Harper. Oh, I see you're surprised. So am I. She only arrived from Eu rope four days ago"; this with a smile. Leo tried to mutter a few congratu latory words, but could hardly make herself audible. Mrs. Maurice put up her eyeglasses. "How very strange!" she cried. "My blue silk dress that I had made at Worth's. I should know the trim ming anywhere. May I ask, Miss Har per, If you order your dresses from Worth?" Leo turned scarlet but she clung bravely to the anchor of truth. "No," she said, blushing with morti fication; "I am only a school teacher, and can afford no such extravagance as that I bought It second-hand of Mile. Hortense Chenler, No. Rother ward street" "My maid," cried Mrs. Maurice. "And she stole It from me all the time pretending that the packing case that contained It was lost on the royage, the hypocritical thing." Mr. Maurice laughed. "That comes from your foreign French maids," said he. Leollne Harper felt her face glow with turning scarlet "I I am very sorry. I hope yoa do not consider It my fault" she said. "Oh, not at ail; perhaps I afeouldal have spoken of it, but you see, I was so taken by surprise. Pray wear the dress; it is so charmingly becoming to you," said the lady. Leo did not stay long. She felt as If every one in the room must know that she was wearing a second-hand dress, stolen from its owner! And the fact, now for the first time ascertained, that Mr. Maurice was a married man seemed to take all the sparkle out of her life. She went home early and cried herself to sleep. The next morn ing she sent back the dress to Mrs. Maurice with a note of apology, and she has been a wiser girl ever since. "If my fortune comes to me, well and good," she said, "but I shall not go a step out of my way to seek it" Chicago Journal. How Boys Botanized Teacher's Hat Miss Johnson was an excellent teacher, but her taste in dress, espe cially headdress, was so peculiar that even her adoring pupils could not fall to notice it The verdure which ap peared upon Miss Johnson's hat one season was so gaudy that several wondering comments were made by the boys. "I'm going to ask her what that green stuff is," said one boy, valiant ly, in spite of the vigorous objections of his companions. "She won't mind, and next nature study class I'm going to ask her, and see who's right" So, red In the face, but stubborn, he rose at the end .of a lesson on way side flowers, In response to Miss Johnson's general request for any questions which might have come up since the last lesson. "I'd like to know about that green stuff on your hat" be said, bluntly. "John Aken, he says it's beach grass, but I say it's onion sprouts." Youth's Companion, Glamour. I have read to long in the Book of the Brave, I hear the tramp of their feet In the aulet village street. ' I catch the sound of an echoing cheer, Blown down the night wind, faintly clear. And the drums unfaltering beat. I have read so long in the Book of the Brave, Their flags go streaming by, Sharp comes the sentry's cry: The shaded light of my study lamp Seems a low glimmer from tome still camp Where the sleeping soldiers lie. I have read so long In the Book of the Brave, I mprch where the heroes are; On my breast I feel a scar. I turn to gaze on the rayless night; The gloom Is cleft by a beacon light And behold the bivouac star! Lulu Whedon Mitchell In the Century. Star-Dust ' Mr. Pettus, the "Nestor" of the Sen ate, is fond of telling stories of darky humor, and among the best he re lates is the folowlng: "There's an odd little negro of eight years living In Alababma who Is given to the putting of funny questions to his parents. One night he suddenly awakened from a sound sleep. Turn ing to his father, who chanced to be awake, the little fellow asked: " 'Is it night, pappy?' "'Yes, my chile,' responded the father, kindly; "look auter de winder and yo' will see de stars. Better go to sleep ag'ln, honey, it's twelve o'clock.' "The little darky gazed reflectively through the window. 'Twelve o'clock, pappy? Den de stars Is changln' from .ylsterday to termorror, ain't dey?' " Llppincott's. In Search of Work. "Well, sir," said the railway super intendent to a forfolrn-looklng man who bad gained admittance to his presence, "what do you want?" "I would like a situation on your line." "No place for you, I think." "But there is. I want to be Inter preter." "Interpreter?" "Yes, sir; to tell the passenger; what the porters say when they cal out the names of the stations." The superintendent studied a fe minutes, and then, looking up, pointed to the door. Birmingham (England Weekly Post. New Kind of Giant. "Manny" Friend approached his old friend Lew Dockstader at the Herald Square theater a few nights ago with a request for an engagement with the show. "Why, what use could I possibly have for you?" asked the minstrel. "Advertise me as your newly ac quired giant," said the lawyer. Lew laughed uproariously. "Why, Manny," he exclaimed, "you're only two feet and a half tall. What kind of giant would you make?" "The smallest giant In the world," averred the diminutive Friend. "That'll be a brand-new line, too, for the three sheets." New York Times. Evidence of Insanity, When it came to the cross-examination the witness who had testified that he believed the prisoner dement ed settled himself in anticipation of possible trouble. "Have you any reason for wishing to send my client to a madhouse?" asked the lawyer. "None," replied the witness. "Well, what particular thing has he done that has tended to convince yoa that he Isn't In his right mind?" "Well," said the witness slowly, "look at the fool he made of h'mseli ta selecting a lawyer." Home Rule In Scotland. With reference to the growing Scot tlsh demand for home rule for Soot land, the London News remarks: "Having already acquired, by lapse of time, the prescriptive right to managa English affairs for Englishmen, It may be that Scots, young and otherwise, will find their bands almost too fall If they begin meddling with thsir rwn as walL" FLEETS OF AMERICAN NAVY. Rear Admiral Evans to Be lit Com mand of Largest. Rear Admiral Evans, who was a year ago in command of our Asiatic fleet, is to succeed in March Rear Ad miral Albert S. Barker as commander of our Atlantic fleet. This now con sists of three squadrons and a tor pedo flotilla. Rear Admiral Barker Is In command of the three squadrons, Rear Admiral Charles H. Davis com manding the battleship squadron, Rear Admiral Sigsbee the Caribbean squad-' ron, and Rear Admiral James H. Sands the coast squadron. All told there are In the North At lantic fleet nine battleships, seven :rulsers, two of the new monitors, sev :n torpedo boats and five colliers and supply vessels. Rear Admiral Evans will in March have command of the largest fleet in the American navy and one of the largest fleets In the world. Rear Admiral Davis will re Tain In command of the battleship squadron and will be second In com mand of the fleet. Rear Admiral T. F. Jewell, who has been In command of the European squadron, was retired Nov. 19 and was succeeded by Capt. Harrison G. O. Colby. The squadron consists of the Olympla, Cleveland and Des Moines. The Pacific squadron, now at Pan ama under command of Rear Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, Is composed of the New Yorjc, Boston, Marblehead, Wyoming (new monitor), and four other vessels. The Asiatic fleet, under command of Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, is now divided into three squadrons. The battleship squadron (Wisconsin, Ore gon and Monadnock) Is under the im mediate command of Rear Admiral Stirling; the cruiser squadron under command of Rear Admiral William M. Folger and the Philippine squad ron under command of Rear Admiral Charles J. Train. The South Atlantic squadron (Brooklyn, Atlantic, Castlne and Mar- EX-PRESIDENT KRUGER'8 LAST VOYAGE: THE BODY CONVEYED ON BOARD THE BATAVIER VI AT ROTTERDAM. t ..,-' :Wrff vr: : 7;. ' : voir- s -r-.- . ' On October 31 President Kruger'a remains were taken on board ship In order to be conveyed to their last resting-place in South Africa. It was the president's wish that he should be burled at Pretoria, and to this the Brit Ish government acceded. ictta) is under command of Rear Ad miral F. E. Chadwlck and the Atlantic tralnlne sauadron has been In charge of Capt. Royal B. Bradford, who be came Rear Admiral on the retirement of Jewell. The battleship Ohio, ready for serv ice, Is still at San Francisco. The cruiser Chicago left San Juan, Porto Rico, last week for the straits of Ma gellan. There the Chicago will be come the flagship of the Pacific squad ron. The new armored cruisers, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, are ap proaching completion and will soon be a part of the battleship squadron of the North Atlantic fleet. Growth of the English Tongue. To-day over 135,000,000 people speak English. It has displaced French as the language of diplomacy and Is now making great headway as the univer sal language of trade. All North America, South Africa, Liberia, Aus tralia, New Zealand, Samoa, Hawaii, most of Polynesia and various small wtetns have permanently adopted our mother tongue, and there Is every rea nn to believe that the ,10,000,000 of rtllplnos wll be using It In the course of time. With the construction of the Panama canal. Central America also will probably yield to Its Influence to a large extent Kansas City Journal. Rojettvensky as Society Man. Thirty years ago Admiral Rojest fensky was naval attache of the Rus sian embassy In London. By his many graces and especially In waltzing, he turned the heads of all the marriage able girls of the English aristocracy. Whenever he led the cotillon his host ess was simply transported with Joy. At an evening party not so long ago a noble dame, who had been a lady in waiting to Queen Victoria, was heard to murmur the admiral's name, which she pronounced with perfect and even melodious ease. "Ah," she said, with a algh, "I wanted to marry him." Governors Self-Mide Men. Bryant B. Brooks, governor elect of Wyoming, was born In Massachusetts and went to Wyoming In 1881 and worked as a cowboy near Cheyenne. He Is a self-educated and self-made man and has larg stock, land bank and other Interests. William M. O. Dawson, the Republican governor elect of West Virginia, is BO years old and began life as a printer, then became an editor and is now a lawyer. CURE FOR BRIGHT'S DISEASE. Important Medical Discovery Made by Professor Ayres. At the fifty-fifth meeting of the American Medical association, Prof. Ayres of the New York Post-Graduate hospital Is said to have "startled the convention bythe announcement that he believed that Brlght's disease, in the early stages, at least, was cur able." His treatment consists in the Injection of drugs directly into the kidneys. According to the newspaper accounts, he has cured forty-three cases, and out of ninety-three which he "has treated only one "failed to re spond." It is said by many that in the early stages rather an indefinite phrase of Brlght's disease, a patient can cure himself by a rigid devotion to buttermilk. We have known at least one man, a very brilliant man, who found this simple remedy worse than the disease. After three months of nothing but buttermilk, he said that he preferred to die, and he died. With the Procession, Everybody's Magazine. Growth of a Free Spirit. It seems to us that, in spite of the wide dominion of Russia and Great Britain, the day of world empires has gone by. Despotisms are 111 fitted to bear universal sway, because by their very nature they provoke rebellion, and rebellion against despotism Is the necessary result of the growth of lib erty. Nor are democracies adapted to this work, for they are the products of the free spirit, and they can not, without fatal consequences to them selves, go into the business of enslav ing people. In the old days despot Isms could do this work, but that was before there was such a thing as the people. We are more likely to see some disintegration rather than fur ther consolidation. The British em pire exists at the present time only by the tolerance of the people Inhabiting Its various parts because they be lieve they are better off within it. The Russian empire rests almost wholly on force. People are likely to insist more and more on their right to govern themselves. Indianap olis News. Carnegie's Religious Belief. Andrew Carnegie's alleged disbelief in the Christian religion Is again un der discussion, this time by directors of the Brooklyn public library, which Is a part of the Carnegie library sys tem. These gentlemen are exercised over the question of whether or not the exact terms of the Carnegie li brary contracts shall be observed. Mr. Carnegie branches shall be open on public holidays, but many of the di rectors of the Brooklyn branch want It closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas, as heretofore. The dis cussion Included some delicately ex pressed references to Mr. Carnegie's attitude toward religion, but the di rectors took no decided action. Ministers Gather In Cafe. Every Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock a group of Lutheran ministers meet In a quiet cafe near the New York postofflce and discuss parlshlonal affairs, meanwhile decorously sipping a glass or two of lager, and maybe smoking a cigar. Vf. Richter, pastor of St. Peter's German Evangelical church in the Bronx, is a regular at tendant at these gatherings, which last for an hour or two each week. The doctor has six strapping sons, but he does not think any of them will go Into tho ministry, there being no Inducement In this country, he says, for a young man to take up the pro fession. He wants them all to be come farmers. Rider Haggard In 8outh Africa. Rider Haggard has done a great many things besides write the stories through which he is best known to the public. Back In the '70's he was a prominent personage In South Africa master of the high court of the Transvaal and the man who, with Col Brooke, hoisted the British flag over the South African republic. He was a mighty hunter In those days, too, and many of the adventures so excitingly set out In his novels are written directly from bis own experiences. Some years ago he took up the Inves tigation of the Condition of agriculture In England and is now noted for his tireless activity in the Interest of the British farmer. ill HONOR FOR POOR STUDENT, Penniless. Youth Chosen President of Harvard Sophomore Class. I The election of Wllford Henry Keel- lng as president' of the sophomorei class smashes all the traditions ofj Harvard university as to wealth, so cial standing and athletic prominence;! Keeling is a poor youth from Siouxj City, Iowa, who has won the covetedj honor by strength of character. H came to the university with only $100, and is working his way through institution, at times serving as waiter. the a BIT OF RUSSIAN FATALISM. Lesson from Recent Destruction of Torpedo Destroyer. The light-hearted manner In which the commander of the Russian des troyer Rastoropny blew up his boat at Chefoo after bringing dispatches from Port Arthur was quite in har mony with Russian naval procedure. Two Japanese torpedo boats were waiting outside the harbor, and so, after gallantly running the gauntlet of an entire fleet In order to reach Che foo, he destroyed his ship. An American or an Englishman would have done his best to escape. A Frenchman would have undertaken to fight his way put, and if defeated have gone down with his colors fly ing. A German in the last resort would have prudently opened the sea cocks. He would not have blown up his ship In a neutral harbor. But to the Russian none of these thlng3 seemed worth while. What Is a destroyer- more or less in the des tiny of an empire? Why go to so much bother to save It? New York World. INDIANS CHEATED OF LAND. Rev. Joseph Schell, Catholic Priest, Makes Serious Charges. Rev. Joseph Schell, the Cathollo priest, who ha been investigating frauds alleged to have been practiced upon the Winnebago Indians in Ne braska, took luncheon with President Roosevelt recently and told his story to the chief executive. Father Schell has recently been arrested on the charge of forgery, which action is al leged to have been taken In revenge for the exposures he has made. Judge Tired of Listening. Even In the days when he was a struggling young lawyer Chauncey De pew was gifted with a considerable deal of the self-confidence which in later years came to be known of many men. One of the first cases be bad in court involved a somewhat compli cated question of inheritance. But Chauncey gayly tackled it and pre pared what he regarded as an unan swerable argument. He had proceed ed for some time when he noticed that the Judge seemed to lose interest Lawyer Depew hesitated and said: "I beg pardon, but I hope your honor fol lows me." The judge shifted in his chair as he replied: "I have so far, but I'll say frankly that if I thought I could find my way back I'd quit right here." Pay Much Bounty on Porcupines. The governor and council of Maine are at the present time very busy preparing vouchers resulting from the enactment of the porcupine bounty law for presentation to the next legislature. This will be one of the first bills before the coming ses sion, and will probably result in the immediate repeal of the act At the last session an act was passed pro viding for an appropriation of $500 to be paid as a bounty on porcupines, twenty-flve cents being paid on every animal killed. The returns to the state show that a total of 60,000 porcupines have been killed in the year of 1903, and the appropriation has been ex ceeded by $14,500.