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Never ?'* ^eal on ihe shivering trees! O! 'twas blowing so, And snowing so, ? When Phyllis inel mc on yonder lea?". Wlure was the chanco to linger and? speak? (Happy th?; sable that touched her cheek! But silk and velvet and fluff nnd fur? That was all I could see of her! Phyllis, Phyllis, so c>y. sri sweet. My heart, it followed her tr.pping ?ect; U!ut what could I do? Can you venture to woo When it's snowing and blowing and freezing too? Winter I? over and pone away! On the wooded hills The daffodils Are dancing and glancing so golden e?y. Now Is the lime tn unger and speak; "Happy my Hips th.it may touch her cheek! Blush and tremiile, flutter and stir, Sweetly she yields what 1 ask of her, Phyllis, Phyllis, so shy and .?wcet. Fluttering heart. how you throb and beat! Hush?never fe??r; Nestle close here! Ah! Love's happiest' time Is the turn of the year! ?P.ill Mall Gazette. jrfaw to Clean Oid ?Portraits. Csenl.awlfisli Pittato, Tepid Water, a Spinile ami Cai??: in Haiiilliii". ?Coat Hie Hack With White Ltjul. If jieoiple knew what an easy task it Is to clean portraits ajid oil pointing? iiiey would never let them han? black and colorless on their walls. In nine cases out of ten. pictures paint? ed by ; the hist generation of art ?Ms, owned by private collectors or individ? uale, have alinosi entirely Host Choir beauty by being coated with dirt and entok.. E'iiher of the following methods can be used by any careful person without fear of injury to t.e picture, and in many cast's will restore its surface to its original freshti.i_>_ and brilliancy of color. As this is the simplest method, it is well t?> try it first: Take tihe picture Irom its frame ?nul lay it on a large table, face upward. ?Have cu bowl of lepid water and a good-Kized sp'?)iige in readiness. Peel a large white jiotato and cut it in liaJT. Then, with the spoil?;?? and water, go cut-fully over the entire surface of Uie picture. In case it Is badly ?.-rack ed, as so many old paintings are, lot the sponge be fairly dry; -for. ir the water should ooze under lhe paint, it anight crack mori?. Now take the potato und with the sni?ioth Hide go over lhe ?.??mire ?trrface white it is wet Do not scrub hard, a? it is apt to stretch tlie canvas aend mooeRs?taie its being token off the stretcher. The potato should move in a oirculatr motion, which .should he kept up until the canvas in in a lath? er. The dirt will soon begin to soften ?and' ?lake the lather ?put?? black. Ke??p rub? bing until all the stains ?aid spots disnp 3>enT, nnd then wash carefully and very tinoroughly wliteh Uej?d ?water and the ppongo. Unless the dirt has been varnished in. a tpicttirc -?vili usually readily respond to this treatmenL but in case it will noL Ure. ?mlth: "Did you enjoy the sermon, dear?" _asai fi__>t(_i /4N___, I dreamed X yru* tryiRK eta ?bluff, a fellow, who held four acos^f. the following method is almost sure to give the desired result: ?Double <a heavy blanket twice? and sprinkle it freely with alcohol; then lurn the picture, in Its frame, face down? ward over IL The fumes of the alcohol will soon begin to rise and loosen tlie dirt; it will also clarify the varnish and givo it the ap p?aranee of having been just applied. The picture should be kept over the .'?1 oohol until all ihe spots have disap? peared from the surface and left it frcsn and bright in color. The portrait should then be spunged with tepid water and placed where Jt will dry slowly. Never use any soap on an oil painting. It may remove the dirt, but the chemicals in it are sure to do damage, though the immediate result may 1? very pleasing. Many a good picture ha? been ruined by soap and a scrubbing brush. After a ?picture has? been cleaned it should be varnished with picture varnish. This should be applied with a bristle brusii. IViur a little varnish on the picture and spread it quickly, being? careful not to go over tne samo placa twice. Some? time.?? the varnish jvill "creep,"' but by breathing on tlie canvas ami then fol? lowing quickly with a brush it can bo made to adhere. The picture should be left flat on a table until the varnish is I dry. In aise ihe canvas has become loose I on tho stretcher it should be stretched by a person who understands the han dlitisr of canvas*, as this requires a pro? fessional hand. Tiie care of pictures is a. thing that few people understand. Hot rooms, gas, dusL smoke and steam heat are all the enemies of pictures. More often than not they attack them from the back. A picture will often have the appear? ance of being in perfect condition from .the front .??de. when the back has been almost entirely destroyed by moths or some form of decay. This may he pre? vented by coating the ?back of the canvas with a thin wash of white lead.?Bast?n Globe. ]>1??G??????? Sinister on Mnrriase; In a. recent issue of Collier's Weekly. Allargarci Sangsier writes of "Ideals and Marriage." In the course of the article she gives the following practical advice: "Among the pretty depredators upon household happiness, a. disposition to nag, to lind fault with small things, and to worry over unimportant matters take the most prominent place. Fault-finding is fatal to ease of mind, and is a most despicable and mean sort of habit, which a lirm will should overcome, once its presence is recognized. The greatest and by far the most formidable enemy to van qulsh and to banish, if ever lie is allowed 1?. penetrale into a home, is jealousy, a serpent still potent to drive any mod? ern Adam or Eve from the Garden of Eden. By every possible means should this foul llend be exorcised, if unfortun? ately he has battered down the home.de? fences and found liis way to the weak spot in the home's inner sanctuary. Jeal? ousy is proverbially cruel as the grave. Inn love is strong as death, and failli can stamp out the on?? ami reinforce the other, so that the home shall not he de? spoiled. Yet the ?heart ?an never be without its scar over a half-hialed wound if jealousy have been admitted there; it is the worst foe to the ??leal of mar? riage. Husband and wife should be com? rades. In gond comradeship, in the ?jual Ity whieh makes Iw?. people compan? ionable on the road, in congenial trails, in readiness to see the fun as one goes and 1o make a jest of what might e be a ?burden, there lies the very ker? nel? of daily bliss. Happiness is inher I'ut ln helpfulness, and they who help one another can never long be unhappy, or fail to me mutually useful."' Ki'cry Woman Her Own .lewellor. How very nice it will be when everv } woman can make her own diamonds , and not be obliged to save out of the market money to buy them, or tease her Indulgent father or husband to buy them for her. The blissful era of diamond-mak? ing nt home is promised us by a Prendi chemist named Sloissan. lie has had ?lla? monas that were indistinguishable from Hies,? made by nature. Sugar and elec? tricity were the ingredients he employed. Enormous heat and tremendous pressure are brought io hear upon the sugar, and. presto! ono has as many diamonds as one wishes. The chemist daes not hold out encouragement of an immediate fall in the price of jewels as ? result of his discovery, but he thinks is possible now that the wells or crucibles in whica the diamonds of i.ra7il were formed will he discovered Till now these diamonds have only been found in alluvial depos? its; hut somewhere there is a gigantic stock of brilliants, and if we can possi^ss our seuls in .patience long enough, the poorest among us may boast her tiara ami lier riviere.?Commercial Advertiser. "Manlla^Bounrt" is the title of an ex travugnnza produced at the 'Prisco Ti? voli last week. 7Jhe Child ?Year/, Tiee heart of the chil.l, Like the heart of a flower. Has a smile for the sun And a tear for the shower; Oh, innocent hours With wonder beguiled? Oh, heart like a flower's Is the heart of a child. Tbe heart of a child, Like the heart of a bird, Wilh raptures of music Is floode<l and stirred; Oh, songs without words. Ol?, melodies wild? Oh, heart like a hird's Is the heart oi a child. The heart of a child, : Like the heai t of the spring, Is full of the* hone Of what summer shall bring; Oli, glory -of things In a word undefiled? Oh, heart like the spring's Is t?he? heart of a child. ?London Speaker. Tlu: Gold Statue, j The Philadelphia Press prints the fol j lowing interesting account of the cast? ing of the famous gold statue for the ? Paris Exposition: j "The famous gold statue of Miss Maude Adams, the creator of 'Lady Babbie' in 'The Little Minister,' has been cast. j "The statue is a success. "Miss Bessie j Potter, now Mrs. Vonnoh, was the sculp I tor, and she, with her husband, watched ! the gold go into the mold. It was cast j by the Henry Bonnard Bronze Company . in New York city, and was a most excit I ing performance. j "Miss Adams began posing for the j statue last summer at Rockland Lake?, in j this State, and twenty-live sittings, all ? told, were had. The image is the life j size, and rests on a pedestal six inches i high, which is a part of the casting. I "it represents Miss Adams in simple ? high-nock evening gown, tho folds fiang I ing with a modesty befitting the actress* | character. The arms, in tight sleeves, ! hang uliposed by the sides. "The statue is not solid gold. It is a shell, and weighs 712 pounds. It is of ?? / "Why are you going to marry ol.. ?.? otrox? Just because he has one hundred tbous?hd dollars? "No; he's got heart disease, too." twenty-four parts, gold, silver and cop? per alloy, fourteen parts of which are gold, seven parts silver and three parts copper. "It is six feet high and weighs 700 pounds. * "Many months ago the actress was se? lected as the most perfect type ol an 'American Giri,' and Bessie O. Potter modeled Miss Adams in clay, 'Lady Bab? bie- having given several sittings for the ; purpose. ? ! "On Tuesday many ingots of gold, safe- I ly guarded by detectives, were taken j from the assay office in Wall Street, to ? No. 132 West Sixteenth Street, where the ; Henry Bonnard Bronze Company has its j works. j "The time for casting was set for 3 I P. 3D, but gold will not always melt ac- j cording to calculations, and it was C ! o'clock before the precious metal was suf liciently hot to attempt the casting with safety. " "We.would not accept $150,000 for the statue,' said the superintendent, ?just as it stands, and yet the work might prove faulty at the last moment.' "The completed statue cannot be seen yet, as it will take a long time for it to cool properly. "lt will be sent to Paris for the Expo? sition as soon as possible. The fault found with those who have, seen it is that it is too stout and too passive in pose. Miss Adams is exceedingly small and fragile, and is nervous and restless in her movements. Her personality is distinctly not passive. "It must have'been a very interesting spectacle to see $150,000 worth of gold boil? ing in crucibles. "The gold was poured do**n through a long funnel. "It was the most delicate and expen? sive operation undertaken in that place. "When tho final moment arrived, show? ing that there was' enough gold to fill the mold, the workmen capered In glee, and Miss Potter was so excited ?he al? most wept." Miss Caroline Hazard on Education. "Some Ideals iu the Education of Wo? men" was tlie subject of a most interest? ing paper read recently by Present Carloine Hazard of Wellesley, who said, in aart: "lt is a significant fact that the old painters and poets embodied their ideals in feminine form. Time was when every grove and stream liad its own nymph, and mythology gave us Venus and Juno. "With the coming of Christianity tho virtues took their places as women. Mercy and wisdom and purity not only wer? represented in feminine form, but the^ more masculine virtues, justice and fortitude, wero presented to the eye as rcbed and' crowned women. Thii^ longing of tlie .soul' for a visible * embodiment of truth and purity, found, expression? ia the worship at the .Virgin Mary. From Urne immemorial all* that men have con? ceived as best and noblest in Me nas been represented to them in the form oi a woman. In our modern world, anu with the -change of ideals winch, tne progress of time has brought, :t is st.n the eternal femanino which leads men on. > _.._ "In the matter of education the mam question to consider is: What results are we aiming at? In order to determine this, we must make some fundamental inquir?es as to the position of women in our modern life. There are three -.yays in which women are preeminent?thev arc the binders together of society: tney are the beautifiers of life, and they are the -conservera of morals. Thus women ?must stand for conservatism, for grace for purity; and in these three directions they must have special training. Wise conservatism must be founded on law, and law must teach obedience, whlcn lies at the root of all growth. Those who are to interpret beauty must have a knowledge of what is beautiful, ?ind the training of the perceptive -faculties has to bo undertaken in d very thoughtful and serious way.-No one can reproduca what he is not absolute master of; and beauty to wield any influence on lite and character must be deeply absorbed and enter into the personality of its cxiionent. . ; "And In the third place beauty must pass into duty. This is the supreme ; task oi all education, the training of the soul. How ?hall duty govern conduct. i What fruit of personality shall ?* ??f product of training? It Is women who mu-t : answer many of these aues?ons,^for i women are/ tho guardians of mmU? ' Women oug.it to be the spiritual lead ! ers of the world. Don't Frislitcn the Babies. "Put baby's little fingers back into baby's muff, quick!"' said a kindly look? ing -nurse to her little charge "^J^ Frost will come and bite them -????*$" little thing hastily thrust her t ni m t toned hands back into the ^^-f^? and looked on this side ??*^g5 the personage or thing that her nurse had conjured up to her imagination. ??How altogether wrong that is. ex claimed a mother, who was PaffWf?^*' friend. "That woman evidently belongs to a superior class of servants, rn^os er. I should judge from her avveanxge that she is both competent and good. ret she. does positiv, harm to the e h Id, whom she probably adores. b> <?*-? her fears and peopling her world.wlth unknown enemies. Jack Frost to us seems like a harmless crea ion or fancv but I suppose to that infant he is a grisly, mysterious monster, read?, to spring out from-any side street and at l^Forhmy part. I do not think children should be allowed ti be afraid of any? thing, it would be quite pos? sible to eliminate fear from their minds if they were not taught to dread anything. Why. the oth? er dav I saw a mother showing a pic? ture book to her baby. On. see bow? wow!' she exclaimed, and then Putting her finger to the dog's mouth. Oh, the log bit mamma!' fio naturally, when she took the child's f-nger to put to the an ! imal'S mouth the little one ?ereim?d. 1 | have seen such performances over and over again, and yet-no out* seem? ti re? alize it is teaching the child cowardice an?! ?listrus :. "I? know of 0B3 mother, however, who, 1 am happy io sty, hns the right idea about warping the. youthful mimi. Sh" has three little children under seven; an I she has taught them to 'believe ih.it ev? erything is good, thai :.!; ?ttrmals are kind and that every person loves *.;i< in. The consequence is that lhey are the friendliest little beinsrs irn3g*.ii ")Ie. ?'.hiI thr bravest, tuo. They Jo no: ?.'..ow -..ha; fear is. for they cannot imagine anything.' or anybody working thorn harm " "Of course, ? kiio'.v that they must learn sooner or later that evil and ?.tired exists,' said their mo the?*, 'hut the? knowledge will come io t'inai i.ra(iuaJly; after their reason is inore developed. Li'?l .In?}- can judge Of oa*-?e '.ml fffiit. But now, while they are shielded from from all that can hurt them, the chief thing, it seems to me, is to teach them confidence in and affection for every ?Iv'ng thing." "?New York Tribune. The Importance of Breakfast. Sallie Joy AVhite contributes to the April Woman's Home Companion an es? sentially practical article on "'Breakfast Hour," in the course of which she says: "?V teacher in one of the larg? city schools says that if any of her pup ls complain of headache during the morning o?" are peevish and hard to get along with the first nuest'on nhe asks is if the proper breakfast has b.*en eat? en. If she finds it has not, she sends the pupil for a luncheon. Shs a's? ad? vises the mothers of her pupils that when a child shows little disposition for break? fast the mother, should see that it is sup? plied with luncheon to carry to school to eat at tbe recess period. I don't know haw niany housekeepers I have heard say that the meal they most dreaded was breakfast. They knew what to have for dinner, and could get up a dainty tea or appetizing lunchem, but they never knew what to get for?break? fast. I always think these housekeepers either must have very little originallty or must be too indolent or indifferent to think things out. There may be just as ?much variety in the breakfast as in any other meal." ?\ teacher of music ln one of ?he public schools of the South desired to impress the pupils with the meaning of the s gns "f" and "ft" in a song they were about to sing. After explaining that "f" ?meant forte, he said: "Now, children, If "f" means forte, what .does "ft" mean?" Silence reigned for a moment, and then he was astonished to hear a bright lit? tle fellow shout: "Eighty'.??-New: "Ufilnpot^ tot ABril, J? Tfurse?y ?Puzzle. Affairs in our nursery Are really very mixed; Perhaps you kindly may suggest A way to get them fixed. If you should come to visit us You'd find wlthtn our doors A little knickerbockered girl And a boy In pinafores. For sturdy ?Richard dearly loves To play with girlish toys, AA'hile blue-eyed Marjory declares ??. preference for boys. AA'hen little maidens come to cnll ,' . They always play ?with Dick, AVhile Majory Is happy with ? A jack-knife and a stick. iBut when the neighbor laddies come To ?pena an afternoon, 'Then ?Madge is in her element, ? And all of us are soon Employed in rushing here and there ?-dodging of their balls, AA'hlle (Richard dees the washing for . ? Ulis family of dolls. And when on dismal rainy daya They choose a cozy nook " Beside the glowing nursery fire Each with a story book, 'Tis 'Alice's Adventures" that Our Richard's buried in, AVhile Majory with interest Reads "Huckleberry Finn." AA'e know that we have children two? A boy and girl?no more. Yet funny Uncle Tom insists That really we have fcur, And undertakes to prove to us, , By argument prolix. That wc possess two Majorles And a pair of little Dicks. ?Jennie 'Betts Hartswick, in AVoman'i Home Companion. "Queen of the Woods, '?'. A Unique Gilt for AVHIielmltia, of Holland. The young Queen of Holland will re ceive a special copy of old Chief S.mon Pokagon's ?book, "O-gi-maw-kwe Mit i-gwQ-kee, the Queen of..the AVoods," a story of Indian love, written by the au? thor in tho Algonquin tongue and trans? lated by him into English. The ?book is printed on especially flue paper, 'with gilt edges, and bjund in sllk flnished cloth. A counterpart of the c-Py intended for the Queen was prepared Ior Mrs. McKinley. (The Queen's copy is in? closed in a .box made of birchwood by members of the iFottawatam.e tribe, dec? orated with shreds of . sweet-smell.ng woods of Northern Michigan woven inla curious designs. The presentation will be made by (Peter Van Schaack. or tiie Chicago ?Holland Society. Who will ?eavd for Holland next month for that pur? pose.? Old Chief Pokagon, who died on Janu? ary 2Sth, 1S99, near Allegan, Mich., was well known in Holland. Mich., wherr Is tribe formerly, owned land. The Holl. & ers of that town have a warm affection for their native land and thought the ?book a suitaible gift f?>r the young Queen. ?Philadelphia Record. , . . How lo Keep Good Servants. Since the servant question remains to the majority of housekeepers as much a problem as ever, the following remarks may be the means of opening the eves of many of our readers to the cause of some of their domestic worries: Goo?! food, plenty of freedom and com? fortable sleeping accommodations are not all-surticient to keep a good servant; she ? requires something else?something vastly more important?if she is to accom? plish her work satisfactorily: to be let alono. ("ailing her away from an occupation when it is partially accomplished to attend to something else that could as easily be looked after at another time, 'making complaints at iropportune mo? ments, supervising lier work in an aggres? sive manner, continually interfering, suggesting an?l nagging?thesu are the most frequent and usual tourees of dis? content, which result in friction, grumb? ling, restlessness and "notice." ?No? well-meaning servant resents a reprimand by her mistress if it be merited and judiciously administered; but, being a reasoning creature, she will very quickly rceent an injustice, while continual in? terference in trivial matters becomes unbearable. Her manner of doing certain things may be equally as good as your own method, with this advantage: teat she understands how to go about her work without instruction* should the results prove siitisfactory, allowing her to con? tinuo in her ?wn way without suggestions, bu i with a word or a nod of approbation to convince lier that her efforts are ap? preciated, encourages and disposes her to do her best work. A good servant will not stand nagging, especially when it interrupts and pro? longs her work:i bt>sides. She may have nerves, sensitive nerves, and quite capa? ble of being "upset": moreover, a char? acter for nagging soon attaches itself to a household especially in small communi? ties, where it would seem that servants have? the means of communieaung to one another the character of Uie inmates of any particular family, and when stich character has once got abroad it is al? most impossible not only to keep a good servant after .she is found, but to get her in the first instance.?'Mrs. M. L Bean. ?Macaroni Fritters. Cut one pint of cold plain oolled maca rohl into thin rings. Turn then into a buttered baking pin, shake them about until nearly level, then sprinkle over them one cup of small drained French peas; shake them till they lili nearly all the Interstices. Add a sprinkling of cheese Sift over the whole enough cold boiTed tv.rrot to give -a uniform color, and sprinkle with salt and peper. Make one pint, of extra thick crt?Lim-i:uuce, the same as for chicken croquettes (two level tablespoons of cornstareh nnd one- pint of hot cream). Season highly with salt and pepper, add the yolks of two eggs well beaten. Pour this sauce by the spooiifu! int) the pan, being careful that it tills all the spaces. Then put on another layer of the macaroni, pear, carrot , and seasoning and more sauce, until iti is just level. Set away to cool, when It will be hard and the sauce will hold the materials together. Out the mixture into small strips or squares, lay thorn in tine crtimbs, baaten egg arid crumb.?-, and cook in deep hot tut. ' Drain ano" serve garnished with parsley.??Buffalo Times. Said His Prayers. Senator A'est. of Mi.=souri, has a grand? son he is proud or. The other night hi.?* mother wept into the nursery to ki:?a him good-night "I have come to hear ?you say your prayers, Harry." "I've ?dene said 'em. mamma."" "Whv. you can't sav them by ?yourself." "Ves. I said, 'God bless grandpa and make him well and fat again; God bless mamma and papa, and make "em give me every? thing I want, and please, God. bless and take care of yourself, for you are the boss of us all!"?Brooklyn Life. One or the Oilier. "Doctor, what ails my daughter?" "Before I answer that qur-stion let me ask If you have reason to think she has had a love disappointment of any kind?" "I know she has not." "Then, madam, your daughter has the grip."?Chicago Tribune. \ Invention AVniitc?!. Ida?"I tell you the woman that first started using her hairpin as a shoe-bui toner was a genius." May?"Yes; and the woman that cm' find a way to use her shoe-buttoner as a bait 'pain will b j another genius."? Chicago News, _-,..' I "I never yet have kissed ?a maid." Said he. with voice that yearned: "Then you may go, and don't come back.' Cried she, "till you have learned." Jill in "Day's Work. All ln the day's work?tired heart. Lift the load bravely and do thy part, God will do his. "And be the day weary, or be the day long. At last it ringeth. to evensong!" All In the day's wor#k?straight from Th?^e Comes the right task Love sets for nie: I will attempt it; "For be the clay weary, or be the day long. At length it ringeth to evensong!" All in the day's work?let it be. Or short or long, 'tis .all for Thee? Singing I'll do It; "And be the day weary or be tiie day? long. I shall sleep to awake with the angels' song?." ?Marcia Tynt?ale, In Parish and Home. Grave Doubt. There's a colony of bachelor maids in a flat uptown, and while they have ?lur? ing the six months of their existence as such been enthusiastic over their c ?n ditelon of freedom, one of them has paused, as it were, to reflect. She has not said anything, but she has kept up a dickens of a. thinking, and ? the other day one of her compatriots discovered her In a brown study-. "Helfo!" she exclaimed, after the man? ner of bachelor maids, "you seem to have a weight on your mind." "I have." was the rejoinder. "Anything serious?" "It is to me." "Wheat is it? I suppose you can tell me, can't you?" "Certainly. ? was thinking how long it would take for a bachelor maid to be? come an old-maid maid. Have you any idea?" "Cm?er." hesitated the other girl. "well. no. I heiven't. I never quite thought of It ln that way before." At present that particular colony of "b. ms" is more or less perturbed in mind.?N. .Y. Sun. Delicious Fruit Candy. A delicious fruit-candy, Penulchla, is an appetizing sweetmeat for teas or lunch? eons. Add one pound ot ordinary i!gs. cut into fine pieces, and two heaping ta blespoonfuls of grated chocolate to four poumls of sugar; cover the m.lxture with enough water to dissolve the sugar. Cook until it creams; remove from ths fire: add one and a half pounds of ?seletl dates and the broken meats et about three, pounds of English waliuns. Seir all lightly together until it b?glns to grain, then spread out in shallow pans or dishes. When cold cut into siiuarss.? Exchange, Natnral to Ask. Mrs. Dimpleton?I am worried to death about baby. Dimpleton?Is there anything the mat? ter with him??Detroit Free Pjess. World;) Sreat2)iamonds At Least TO Gems Have bong and ??? maiicic Histories. At least 70 diamonds are In existence which have a long ?and romantic histo? ry. The largest diamond In the world is the "Braganza," which weighs lt>S0 ca? rats in the rough. It was tound in Bra? zil, and is now in the Portuguese* treas? ury. Fhe finest and certainly the most fa? mous diamond in the world came from | India. At tha break-up of the empire of the Great Mogul his treasures were . scattered, and the "Koh-i-nur," "Or !off". and the Moon of Mountains came from this collection. The "Great Mogul'" is ne>w believed to be Iost; it weighed 7S71-2 carats, and it has not been seen since 16155. It is possi? ble that it has ceased to exist in its original state. Tas "Koh-1-nur," which now weighs 1021-2 carats, has a history which goes back to 152?;. while tra.Htion gives it a career of 5,001 years. It was seized in the Lahore jewel chest, and was brought to England. In 1S52 It was reduced from 1S6 1-1G carats to its present weight. Tbe "Orioff" diamond, which is tha chief ornament in the imperial scepter of the czar, is tbe largest diamond in Europe, weighing 191 carats, lt formed one of the eyes of an idol. It was sold tn Amsterdam for $4.70.000 ami an an? nuity of $20,000 to Count Orioff. The "Moon of the Mountains" Is also among the P.iis^arr*crown ji-wels. The gem of tha French regalia was tho famous "Pitt" diamond, which was found In the year 1701 and was reduced Irom 410 to 137 carats. It was bought by tlie Duke of Orleans in 1717 for $e.o, Oto It has been valued at $2.400,000 One of the largest diamonds ever found was that picked up by a negrees ?a Bra? zil, which is knovn as the "Star of the South," .and weighs 254 carats.?English Illustrated Magazin*?. New York's only actor-manager,. Tony Pastor, sang out his thirty-fifth year of dual duty last week. -y:i Sf If she wo re ?lead, how would I grieve \ To think she t.ever knew how ilear ?\nd sweet her very presen?'? was; How ever she brought summer near. ?\iul made the hours to music move. ?Vnd brighten life with her rich love! If she were ?lead, my tears would Tail Above her silent, beauteous clay.-? She lives, thank ?"Jed! shall I not shed Love's sunshine o'er her patient way? And dally tell her how t prize Her voice, her touch, her faithful eycsil Margaret E. S&ngster in Harper's B.-i.an, Siuecr Superstitions, Among the People of Many DitTercnS Count elee. Siamese people have so superstitious X dislike for odd numbers that they strive always to have an even number of rooms, doors, windows, closets, etc.. in their houses. Among many of the colored people of the South the superstition prevaUm-- th.it it Is "good luck" to meet a frog; they believe tho one thus favored Is about to> receive money from somo unexpected place. It was a belief among tbe Egyptians that tho third finger of the left hand was connected with tho heart by means of a slender nerve. From that belief came the custom of wearing the wed? ding ring on that linger. It is commonly believe?! among thu peasantry in the Ural Mountains that for a wolf to see a man before the man sees the wolf is an omen that he will be "struck dumb" and so remala eis long as the wolf lives. A superstition prevalent among house? maids In France is tbat to kill a "money ? spinner" is unlucky: thus they stmllmis I ly spare the webs whenever they eun well .lo so. ! In Tyrol the rose Is believed to be a I sleep producer, ami roso leaves are I thrown into the fire for "good link." ? In France and Italy it is bidieve.l that t tho maiden who buries a drop of her ' blood un?ler a rose-bnsh will be rewarded with rose-tlnteil cheeks. Tho rose was an emblem of lmmort.il Ky among the Syrians, and the Chinese ; planted it over graves. In Holland and Belgium it is believed ; that 111 luck les sure to follow all through | life anyone that accitlentally or other? wise kills a -stork. t Thero was a superstition among tha ? T?omans that it was unfortunate for a ' person starting on a journey to meet a ? frog in his road, ami so strong was thi. belief that the traveler would return anil : wait until the next day to begin his J journey. t In many par's of Europe it Is at the j present day considered an omen of m iluck for a hare to cross the road in front of a traveler. Scotch anil English milkmaids belleva , their cows will "go dry" if they forget f to wash their bands when through milk? ing. 2?Ti\ ID? on V)ow io I?vtvo 3ect. Here is Something That Ought to Prove Valuable. On the subject of brewing tea Wu Ting; Fing. Chinese Minister to the United States, says: "The teapot, in China, 1_. invariably of porcelain, and varies 1rs style, cost aad dimensions In accordance with tho taste, wealth and size of the "family possessing it. In the morning ? sufficient quantity of the dry tea-leaves is place?! in it. and on this" is poured hot water. Let this infusion stand for a few minutes?say four or live?and you have what we. I think rightly, regard as a. drink tit for the gods. "It' is always ready. Whenever the pot needs replenishing all we have to do is to add a little more tea and a little more? water. There is no hard and fast r?il? as to the propirtlon? of tea and water. or as to the character of the tea itself. It Is all a matter of individual teiste. Wo use bl;?ck and green tea. and have either week or strong, just as our teistes direct. "We never drink it boiling hot, as Is done ln America and England", but at a moderate degree of warmth. To main? tain this dt*sirable temperature it Is cus? tomary to cover the teapot with a sort of bag. padded with cotton and lined with silk. "The family teapot ia simply empUe?> and replenished every morning and nos scoured Inside, as that would rob the vessel of Its delicate aroma. Tn this way an old teapot acquires a degree of fra? grance tbat is analogous to the season? ing of a pipe that has been long In use." The-addition of milk, sugar or any other tn-jredient la severely condemned by the Minister. ? ""laii's Portrait of a I .ad v. j She?Was that actress stylishly attir ied, Harry? He?O. I should say! She had a whole pigeon la her bat and a yellow percal? i .wrapper- on?(Indianapolis Journ*!, _ .