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By J. H. CONNELLY. Copyright. 1832 ad 1993. by Robert Bower's Sons. [4ll right* reserved ] CHAPTER XIY. It was hard for Hetty, when she and Mary nestled close before the fire that evening for their customary long sym pathetic talk, and when, afterward, they retired to bed together, to restrain herself from telling the important step she contemplated taking on the morrow. Bat the secret was not wholly her own, and she feared to intrust it to the chances of the little old maid’s involun tary betrayal. The only person to whom she could talk frankly about it was Dan -ny, whose co-operation was, to a certain extent, necessary in the plan John had formed, and whose willingness to render it was simply enthusiastic. “Yon,” she said to him, “want to get down to the bend of the road, by the big (valDut tree, real early in the morning and wait there until John comes along in his cotter. The minute you see him, fire two shots, close together, just as you did to-day. That is all you have to do.” “And what’ll you be doing?” “Running for dear life.” Danny reflected and shook his head dubiously. “Gals can’t run,” he said contemptu ously, “ ’cause they wear frocks. Main’ll -catch you, sure, and I sort of don’t want 'to fill her full of shot ’thuiit I have to.” “Why, Danny! You awful boy! The idea of anybody ever wanting you to do such a thiDg!” “Well, didn’t f tell you I don’t like to, my self? But, say! I’ve got the idea of what you want. Laudanum, you know, puts people to sleep. Now, there’s a bottle of horse liniment in the barn, rbat’s chock full of laudanum. Bill Tay lor says he can smell it; and if we’d '-hunk that into mam ” “Danny! Oh, you’ll surely get yourself hanged some day! If you don’t promise me that you will not do anything to moth er, I’ll not run away at all. Why, how do you know but that you might half kill here, giving b<w things like that? And then, how would you feel, you wicked ■boy ?” “How I’d feel. Well, sorry, I s’pose. But how do you s’pose John’ll* feel if this scheme busts up? He’s just dead set on getting you, though I’m sure I don’t bv- why, when he’s got the pick of the gills in the township." "That will do now, Danny. You will know more about such things when you get to be older. Ail you have to do now :s just what Johu says, and if things •don’t turn out right, it will not be your fault.” Danny did not dispute that proposition, but it was plain to be seen he took a gloomy view of the probable outcome of a job of mischief not personally engineer ed by himself, and would have been quite willing to assume the responsibility of tuning the elopement in ways that w ohl been a terror to parents and guardians. Very little sleep did Hetty Mulveil get <hat night; not because she was a feather headed fool-girl, half-crazed by the deli cious excitement of a prospective elope ment, but by reason of her being a good, sensible one, who realized that she was about to take a very serious step —one, n all probability, irrevocable and weight ed with all her life’s destiny. It is not necessary that an intelligent, reasoning maiden -shall, under such circumstances, feel a distrust of her lover to set her gravely pondering upon what may be hid den behind the veil of the future. He is but one factor in the problem with which fate confronts her, though, it must be ad mitted, a very important one. The wis est foresight is only good guesswork; in every darkness danger lurks, and love alone, whatever the poets may say, will not lighten the obscurity of the next hour of our existence. Fate never ceases tempting and compelling us. Every mo ment of life is fraught with infinite po tentialities, and according as we vivify those moments with earnestness of pur pose and intensity of action, so we wake those latent forces into active being and g : ve to their control the helm of our des tiny. The girl got into a condition of nerv ous wakefulness, with thinking, hoping and fearing. "Com**!" she said to herself at length. “1 snail positively get no sleep at all, and will look like aa owl to-morrow, if I don't drive John and marrying and all that clean out of my head. I wonder if counting the clock-ticks would put me to sleep'.' It does some people. I’ve heard. One, two. three, four— How strangetly loud they are! Everything sounds loud er at night, I suppose. 1 wonder if Mary Elder knows that she snores—just a little bit? Oue, two, three— I won der if I snore? And if I do, what will John say if he ever finds it out? Pshaw! Why can't I stop thinking about John? One. two— Oh! Twelve o'clock! Well, if this isn't the longest night! I won der if John is lying awake, too? There it is again! ‘John!’ ‘John!’ Always John. I wonder what makes the light ot so many colors? Every time the fire flares up there is a little ribbon, of the color of gold, under the door; and the moonlight on the wall is as white and cold as the snow; and the light in John's eyes is blue. Bother John's eyes! I wish I could go to sleep. How Cau a body sieep whea there are so many noises? I don’t believe there ever were so many noises about this house before. Let me count. There's the clock makes three kinds: ticking, a wheezy whiz when it's going to strike and striking. Then there are the crickets. 1 don't believe they make that noise with their hind legs, whatever the natural history book may say. And that mouse is gnawing away again. Of course. Danny has forgotten to set the trap. To-morrow uight. I*ll— I won't—l'll be away with John. There it is! John again. Everything comes ’round to John. Oh. this won’t do st all. One, two, three, four, five! Good gracious! What a crack that was! I wonder why timber snaps so in cold weather. John said he had got all the timber out for anew house, and we would live at his mother's until it is put up. I wotvder if she will like me. If sho doesn't. I shall he awfully lonesome when John is uot about. Oue. two. three, four, five, six ” So she fought the night through until the cloek struck four, when she thought she might venture to get up without as tonishing the family too profoundly. Her dressing had been carefully planned he "orehand. The gowu would, of course, have to be the ordinary every-day brown merino. A better oue. such as she would have liked to wear when going anywhere with John, would certainly provoke her mother’s vigilant suspicions. But the old lady, luckily, would uot see with what care she had dressed underneath, to se cure comfort on the long, cold drive be fore her. Her warmly wadded, fur-trim med cloak, cherry-tinted knitted hood, white woolen “mutfler," thick mittens and fur-lined overshoes she rolled in a tight bundle and hid in a dark comer of the summer kitchen, near the back door. All these preparations had been made before Mrs. Mulveii even noticed that her daughter was moving about the house. Then Hetty busied herself getting breakfast. Soon the tempting odors of hot coffee and frying ham tickled Dan ny's nose, up in the ioft, and for once he came tumbling downstairs in a hurry, without having to be rolled out of bed or even called—aa almost unprecedented thing. ‘ And so eager was he to get off with his gun—“squirrel hunting,’’ he said, but with a sly -wink at Hetty—that he would hardly wait to snatch a hasty breakfast. The hired man came in. He was going to take a load of grain to the mill that morning and could not get an early break fast at home, because his wife was sick. Hetty sat him down at the table and be gan dipping the buckwheat batter from its crock to the smoking griddle for cakes. By the time he was through eating, Mary Elder and Mrs. Mulveil were up. The latter felicitated herself upon seeing the hired man before he started. She fan cied that she had felt some premonitory twinges of rheumatism and -wanted him to be sure to get for her, from the miller, a bottle of black-snake oil. He said he would uot forget and went away. Hetty put upon the table a tall pile of golden brown buckwheat cakes, and the three women sat down. The meal was little more than half over, when the girl’s sharp ears caught the sound of two gunshots, close together, at a distance, but clear. Neither of the others noticed them. “There!” she exclaimed. “I have for gotten again to set water on for the dishes,” and, rising from the table which was in the kitchen, took up the kettle to place it upon the stove. It was empty—as she had taken care it should be. She turned to the water pail; it, too, was empty. Taking it up, as if going to the well, she passed out of the back door, which she closed behind her. Her mother and Mary were deep in dis cussion of the advisability of “turning” a certain blue cashmere that had already seen much service. But, after some min utes, the old woman exclaimed petulant ly: “Why don’t that girl come and finish her breakfast? Hetty! Hetty!” There was no response. At that pre cise moment Hetty was already two hun dred yards away from the house, with her bundle in her arms, flying down the lane as if an angry bull had been be hind her. After a time, Mrs. Mulveil broke forth again: “Her coffee is getting cold and them buckwheats will be like leather. Hetty! Hetty!” Getting no reply, she arose, went to the back door, looked out and repeated her cgll, loudly, but in vain. By that time Hetty was in John Cam eron’s cutter, out of sight, beyond the bend in the road, doing the best she could with nervous fingers and her lover’s rath er awkward help, to bundle lierseif up comfortably in the warm wraps she had not dared to wait to put on until now. “Where are we going, Johu?” she ask ed anxiously. “To the turnpike, first. There our track will be lost. Then, if they chase us, they will not know whether we have struck out for Noblestowu, Canonsburg or Washington, and, as they will hardly be likely to think we have started off in this way for Pittsburg, we will get an ever lasting start on them while they are puz zling.” When Mrs. Mulveil had repeated her call two or three times, she noticed the door of the summer kitchen open, observ ed the water pail dropped in the snow near by, and suspicion flashed, with the suddenness of an explosion, into her mind. Without a word she wheeled, and darted into Hetty’s bedroom. From there, a howl of angry dismay quickly proclaim ed that she had made a discovery. Het ty’s warm wraps, as well as the girl her self were missing, and the old woman shrewdly guessed the truth. “Hetty has run away with that John Cameron!” she shrieked, rushing back tc the kitchen. Mary Elder, leisurely enjoying her buckwheat cakes and honey, was almost paralyzed by amazement, and could only weakly gasp: “Oh, no, Mrs. Mulveii! You don’t think so?” “Don’t I? Well, I do! And, what’s more, I know she has. I’d lay my life on it!” • . “Why, she never even hinted to me that she had thought of such a thing. I should think she would have told me.” “Oh, uo! Not she! Of course not! She was smart enough for keeping her mouth to herself, and with him putting her up to it. And to think I didn’t see anything out of the way with her! I might have known there was some deviltry in her getting up so mortal early this morning. But she needn’t think she is going to get away so mighty easy. Danny! Hi, Dan ny!” “Danny's gone to shoot squirrels.” “So he has; and I’d forgot it. This trouble drove it out of my head. I’ll have to ride the mare. Consarn the boy! No day would do him to go hunting hut this day, of all the days iu the year!” “Why, Mrs. Mulveii, Dauuy goes hunt ing every day!” “Yah! So he does. Well, I'll go do some hunting myself. I’m ready, now.” Mrs. Mulveii had not wasted a minute in her talking, for she was a woman of action; and while her tongue ran on. she had been busily preparing herself to pursue the lovers. Fully dressed uow for the road, it took her but a few min utes to saddle the bay mare and prompt ly she set out at a gallop fer Cousin Sim eon's. His kinship and constabulary authority, she seemed to think, would make him her most effective ally in this ■emergency, but how much stronger her confidence would have been had she known that his energies would be in spired by an infinitely more powerful feeling—that of ferocious jealousy. Simeon and Rufus were both at the sawmill, putting in anew log-car, when she reined up at the door, with a loud, impatient— “Hi! there!” Iu a few vigorous words she told her startling news; Hetty had run away with John Cameron! Rufus did most of the audible swear ing, but Simeon's face was hard set and white with a passion deeper than words could vent. The constable hated his suc cessful rival, as a Cameron; as a man who had defied his authority and whip ped him: as his superior in every manly grace and attribute; aud fiually as the winner of the fair prize upon which he had fixed his heart's desire. Yes; he was the right man to enlist for tue pur suit of the lovers. He still had that war rant in his possession aud now it would be worth while taking all probable risks to effect its service. It was as a fugi tive from justice that he would hunt John Cameron down; not as a lover elop ing with his sweetheart. Of course, un der existing circumstances, the young fellow would be certain to resist arrest. At least, it was to be hoped he would. Aud if he did? Well, a constable in the discharge of his duty could legally take such extreme- measures to enforce his authority and uphold the dignity of the law as would never be sanctioned in an ordinary citizen interfering, however properly, in another’s love affair. The idea suggested by Rufus during their ride ; > church was bj no moans a bad one. , It must not be that Simeon permitted himself to put into audible words anything oft; esc thoughts tur buienrly rolling throi th his mini. He was much too cautioi ( for that. “Well do all we ca for yon. to bring Hetty back.” he sau to Mrs. Mulveii, and that was ill. While ftufus hurriedly hitched a team to the two-horse sleigh, put in the robes and secured a bottle of rum for consump tion en route, Simeon, in the tool room of the mill, gave his exclusive attention to the careful loading of his revolver, which was one of the old “pepper-box” kind, but a sufficiently deadly weapon at close quarters. Within half an hour, the pursuers started, and when she had seen them off, Mrs. Mulveil jugged away home in a much more contented and hopeful frame of mind. She hail sent Murder to hunt down Love. CHAPTER XV. A light snow had fallen during the night, and on the comparatively little traveled country road the lovers first took there was no difficulty in following the track of John’s cutter. But on the turnpike it was quickly lost among the multiplicity of others. Only from the direction it took in emerging from the road—turning towards the left—it ap peared that they had gone to Washing ton. But, after driving half an hour, the pursuers met a man coming from Washington, who said that he had seen no cutter with a man and a girl in it on the road that day. They went back to where the trail entered upon the pike, and, by more careful and acute observa tion than they had employed before, found now cLri John had cunningly driv en a few hundred yards toward Wash ington. and then retraced his course and gone in the direction of Canonsburg. He had evidently calculated upon the possibility of what had occurred and his trick had cost his pursuers nearly an hour and a half of valuable time. The consciousness of having been so easily outwitted still further enraged Simeon Mulveil, and he lashed his horses into a gallop. The fortunate accident of meeting a man who knew Cameron and had recog nized him, with a girl, in a cutter, on the road to Pittsburg, saved the consta ble from a vain chase to Canonsburg, and enabled him, though still far in the rear, to gain ground steadily in the pur suit from that time on. John Cameron, confident of having baf fled his possible pursuers and dreaming naught of the danger now following swiftly, was wildly happy in possession of the greatest joy and triumph of his life. Hetty, nestled close under his arm, so bundled up that only her spark ling eyes, the blossomy roundness of her cheeks and the tip of her little nose ap peared amid her mufflings, in submission to his insistance uncovered her lips “just for a moment;” and the moment was so long that the big black horse felt the neglected reins lying loosely upon his back, and intoxicated by exultation in his own vigor and the inspiriting fresh ness of the morning breeze, took the bit between his teeth and galloped madly away with the speed of the wind, his bells sounding a paean of rejoicing. That was on the country turnpike; there was no such good going on the Pittsburg road. It had been badly cut up by heavy teaming during a recent thaw, and the snowfall of the preceding night had only partly concealed and not tilled the deep ruts aud holes in the frozen ground. Add ed to that, when the sun was well up, the snow was softened just enough to “ball” constantly under the black horse’s feet and worry hhn. Consequently, the travel was slower than John had antici pated, and it was the middle of the af ternoon when he found himself descend ing the long, steep sidehill above Tem peranceville and saw Pittsburg, across the Monongahela river, before him. But that did not trouble him. Anybody in pursuit would have had the same diffi culties to encounter, and he had a good enough start to free him from anxiety about the result of a chase. Besides, his goal was in sight; the victory practically won. The little ferryboat—propelled by horse power—had beeu laid lip for the season, anti since then all crossing of the river was upon the ice. So thick aud strong was this natural bridge that enormous wagons laden with coal, and each drawn by four huge horses, had crossed it in almost a continuous procession between the mines of Coal Hill and the city, day after day for weeks, without causing its glassy floor to even crack; but it was no longer so secure. Successive snowfalls had “made it rotten." and rivernu-n af firmed that the swift current of the stream had “cut it away on the under side,” so that now. though still perfect ly safe for pedestrians, only rather ven turesome persons drove horses tY>on it. Those who did drive across followed a curving course almost like a great let ter S, that led from the ferry lauding on the South Pittsburg side to the city wharf near “the Point,” that way hav ing beeu carefully picked out by sound ing where the ice was yet thickest and strongest. (To be continued.) FRIGHTENED HIS WIFE. Forty Cents Almost the Cause of a Catastrophe, Before Mrs. Browley was married she scoffed at the misguided girls and women who kept personal accounts. Her argument was that if you knew how much money you had and it was all gone what was the use of piling on the anguish by having your folly and extravagance in black and white to stare you in the face, especially as you had no more money at the end of the mouth than you had without au account book? But since she has been running a house she has achieved uot one but nearly a dozen account books. There is one devoted to the groceryman, an other to the butcher, personal accounts take a third and so on .till she spends nearly all her glad young life balancing sums. It is a matter of pride with her that they shall come out even and so there was woe last month when forty cents refused to be accounted for. She and Mr. Browley had a grave and lengthy discussion over the missing forty. Each accused the other of friv oling the sum away and neglecting to euter it on the proper book. "Sundries.” Mr. Browley insisted steruuously he was not guilty: Mrs. Browley looked pained.and urged him to confess. He left for downtown vowing vengeance. It was late that afternoon when Mrs. Browley was entertaining a roomful of aristocratic callers that a telegraph boy appeared. The maid brought in the fatal yellow envelope and at once the bride knew her husband had been fatal ly injured and was sending for her. Someone revived her with smelling salts, a lady in purple velvet fanned her with a hastily snatched lamp shade and a third visitor with more presence of mind than the rest opened the tele gram. The message read: "Honest, now. what did you do with that forty cents?"—Chicago News. Hesse's Grand Poke. The Grand Duke of Hesse is skillful wF.Li the needle, and his embroidery is said to be beautiful. He takes tiie greatest interest iu his work, and is particularly clever in the arrangement of colors. He has a very artistic na ture. as he is devoted to music, dancing, and acting, but he does not care much about more active pursuits, though he both stbots and rides. Progress in Grand Rapids. The city of Grand Rapids. Mich., ex pended nearly 5300.000 for improve ments during the past year. Tho liest way to keep on the right side of people is not to let them get oa the wrong side of you.. TARIFF BALL AND CHAIN. A dozen years ago President Cleve land’s tariff reform message brought down all the manufacturing interests of the country on his head. They were all satisfied with things as they were. All they wanted was to keep the home mar ket from being flooded with the prod ucts of the “pauper labor of Europe.” Now it is the manufacturers who are agitating for tariff reform. Cleveland is dead and his work has been taken up by the men who helped to kill him. In the April number of the Engineer ing Magazine Is a most significant arti cle by Mr. William L. Saunders, a prominent mechanical engineer and publisher of the technical journal, Com pressed Air. Mr. Saunders dwells at length upon Secretary Gage’s blunder, by which we have been subjected to reprisals from Russia; points out our need of foreign markets, aud concludes: “If the bars of protection serve, as they do now in the case of this Rus sian business, as dams to obstruct the flow of our products into foreign fields, then let us take them down. Mr. Blaine, a disciple of protection, evidently saw clearly that reciprocity was essential to the maintenance and integrity of pro tection; hence he coupled it with his protection idea. If protection has built up the United States to its present posi tion, and if to be a great manufacturing country is desirable in the interests of the whole people, then it is as import ant now to protect the manufacturers by open doors as it was to build them up by a tariff which has now become useless and which has begun to be hurtful.” In the same number of the magazine Mr. Alexander Hume Ford describes the boundless opportunities for Ameri can energy in Russia in supplying the needs of that continental empire forma chinery, railroads, bridges and manu factured goods of every description—all depending, of course, on access to the market upon such reasonable terms as otir tariff policy is destroying. Already there are a thousand Americans in St. Petersburg engaged in making openings for American products iu Russia. And the editor comments: “America is fast coming to see that what she needs is not paternalism and political meddling, but wider markets.” The next tariff contest in this coun try will be fought on very different lines from the last one. In fact, there may not be any fight at all. The same President under whom high protection reached its zenith may be the one un der whom it wtlt be laid away by com mon consent.—Chicago American. The Railroa I Trust. The story about the new company to control all the railroads of the United States may or may not be true. If it is not true to-day it will be to-morrow. It is merely the last, inevitable step in a process that has been going on steadily since our railroad system began and that has been making more rapid pro gress in the past few months than ever before. If Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, Mr. Will iam K. Vanderbilt, Mr. James J. Hill, Mr. Edward D. Harriman, Mr. George J. Gould, Mr. Johu D. Rockefeller, Mr. Jacob H. Schiff aud Mr. James Still man, who have been named as the au thors of this scheme, should undertake to control all the railroads of the Uni ted States, they could do it without any trouble. The only question is whether they think the time has yet come to take the step. The railroad system of the United States was capitalized last year at twelve billion one hundred aud sixty five million three hundred and twenty seven thousand eight hundred and for ty-nine dollars. That is over twelve times the bonded uational debt of the Uuited States. It is four times the debt of Great Britain. It is equal to the capital of a dozen billion-dollar trusts. It represents over a hundred and twen ty of the hundred-million-dollar trusts that were considered the monsters of finance a few years ago. But the railroads are uot so unman ageable when they are approached by the right men in the right way. Of their total capitalization the stock rep resents only $3,4*42,181,181, of which a majority, giving a controlling interest, would amount to less than $2,575,000,- 000. As many railroad stocks are sell ing far below par. it is probable that a majority could be bought for $2,000,- 000.000. But it is not necessary for Mr. Mor gan, Mr. Rockefeller and their asso ciates to own a majority of the stock. When the late Cornelius Yauderbilt died it was found that he owned less than one per cent of the stock of the New York Central, the typical “Yauder bilt road.” With $300,000,000 in cash, their skill in manipulation and their control of banks, industrial enterprises and financial agencies of all sorts, the members of the proposed syndicate would ha*e no trouble iu securing the mastery of every railroad in the coun try. When the Universal Railroad Trust comes, whether to-day, to-morrow or aext week, it will handle revenues more than twice as great as those of the na tional government and employ ten times as many men as the United States keeps in its army on a war footing. And then the American's policy—" Pu blic Ownership of Public Franchises”— will be the central issue of practical politics.—New York Journal! New Jersey’s Income from Trusts. The charter fee paid to New Jersey by the United States Steel Corporation amounted to over $220,000. It is esti mated thst the treasury of the State will this year receive $2,100,000 from the trusts domiciled there alone, includ ing fees paid on filing certificates of trust incorporations. And the present costs of the State government are less than $3,000,000 yearly. In other words. New Jersey is meeting over two-thirds of the expense of its State government from the trusts it has let loose to ope rate in other States.—Springfield, Mass.. Republican. 'William, the Promise Breaker. The Knox and Rodenberg appoint ments are entirely in keeping with the McKinley characteristics of shiftiness and avoidance of his political promises. The Chicago Chronicle’s dec Li ration that he has violated more pledges than all his predecessors put together can not be successfully questioned. He should be handed down to future gen erations by the name of “William the Promise Breaker.”—Kansas City Times. Our “Rights" in the Philippines. The success of the conquest of the Philippine Islands, now said to be at last realized, does not alter the nature of tbe Philippine problem. The arehl* pelago does not belong to us, but to the people thereof. We sin against onr own principles quite as much by contin uining as by establishing a government of force. The Filipino people are alien to us In race. In color and language. We cannot say they are part of us in any way that creates rightful national con nection.—Des Moines Leader. One More Backward Step. President McKinley has appointed to the vacant civil service commissioner ship ex-Congressmau Rodenberg of Illinois, one of the politicians left “out of a job” by the people. Mr. Roden berg's peculiar fitness for this place and his sympathy with reform are in dicated by the vote that he cast in the House a year ago—with seventy-six others—to strike out the appropriation for the support of the commission in which he now finds a refuge with a salary. Poor old civil service reform is having a hard time!—New York World. A Chance for McKinley. If Mr. McKinley revokes the appoint ment of William A. Rodenberg, the Tanner henchman and avowed spoils man whom he has been tricked into making a civil service commissioner, he will be deemed simply to have fallen into and out of an entirely human error. If he does not revoke it he will be adjudged to have stultified himself as an advocate in Congress and a de fender in the President of the merit system. He can suffer nothing by revocation. He can suffer much by con firmation. —New York Press (Rep.). In Keeping with His Policy. It is quite in keeping with the policy of the noble and imperial major that plans should now be In contemplation for the corruption of Aguinaldo. It is, of course, impossible for a true McKin leyite to realize that there is such a thiug as honor and patriotism except for bargain-counter use. Mr. McKin ley himself has not hesitated to change his mind, to abandon piain duty, to forget sacred obligations and to under take lines of procedure which he him self had described as criminal.—Johns town Democrat. Recent Democratic Victories. We have an abiding hope that the demonstration of last Monday will not turn out to have been a mere muscular spasm and that it will not be found on the morning after the November elec tion to have been a stark corpse all the time. Spring elections are not always significant of results in the fall, but there is enough in Ahe Democratic vic tories of the Ist lust to be of great val ue under good management, after the chad: and heresy shall have been sifted out.—Cincinnati Enquirer. Democracy Gaining Ground. The right influences in Democracy seem to be gaining ground by natural gravitation of brains to the top. The elaborate plans for “reorganization” have been less influential than the mere operation of reason among Democrats themselves. There has been no over throw of “organization” in Cleveland or Chicago or St. Louis, but the rank and file there have taken possession of the existing organizations and are in control. —Brooklyn Eagle. An Incongruous Policy. In connection with our Philippine pol icy, does it not seem strange that the Moros and Jolos, who are Mohamme dans, polygamists and slaveholders, are allowed to govern themselves as they see fit, while the Tagalogs and other Christian tribes are governed by the dictates of an autocratic commission and are ruled as vassals and subjects by irresponsible satraps?—St. Paul Globe. The Pension Commissioner. If Mr. Evans has not done his duty as Commissioner of Pensions discharge him from the office, but do not appoint him to another. If he has done his duty he is the man for the place and should be kept where tie is. We do not often get a man in the pension office who in sists on running it himself, instead of allowing the pension sharpers to run it for him.—Louisville Courier-Journal. He Is Behind the Times. Perry Heath says he does not know whether he null accept the position of chief of the Bureau of Publicity and Promotion for the St. Louis exposition at a salary of $20,000 a year. Perry is behind the times. Everybody else knows that he will accept just as soon as it is definitely offered to him.— Omaha World-Herald. Government for the Philippines. The question of what measure of self-government the Filipinos shall en joy is to be determined by public opin ion in the United States. In order that public opinion may have a chance to develop and find expression there must be peace in the islands themselves.— New York Evening Post. Were on the Wronc Side. Senator Hanna says the Ohio elec tions were nothing but local affairs. Very true, and it is unfortunate indeed that Mr. Hanna's party was so uniform ly on the side that did not suit the peo ple who did the voting.—Minneapolis Times. He Returned It. Wit has often saved an offender from punishment in military as well as in civil life. Not long since a noncommissioned of ficer entered a barrack gate in Dublin was mistaken by the “fresh one” on sentry, who immediately “came to the shoulder.” The noncom., unaware that his col onel was just behind, returned the sa lute—a thing not permissible in the cir cumstances. Arrived at his quarters, he shortly received an order to attend before the colonel. On presenting himself he was asked how he came to rttum the salute, knowing full well he was not entitled to it. Not in the least embarrassed, he promptly answered: “Sir, I always return everything I am not entitled to.” His ready wit pleased the colonel, who laughingly dismissed him.—Lon don Spare Moments. Baltimore as well as Brooklyn is a city of churches, each having a greater number in proportion to the population than any other cities in the United States. At the death of the Pope, it was for merly the custom to break his ring. This practice was discontinued in the present century. STATES ARE WIDE AWAKE. Planning for Representation at the Pan-American Exposition. The degree of interest in the Pan- Amerieau Exposition which has devel open in the different States and Terri tories is up to the highest expectations. It assures adequate representation of the integral parts of the Union, and in conjunction with government action a complete and comprehensive display of the diversified resources of Uncle Sam’s broad domain. Official recogni tion of the Exposition has been given in all the States. New York’s appropriation is $300,000. A magnificent permanent building has been erected, and an exhibit which Will oe highly creditable to tbe Empire State is being prepaied. Illinois has appropriated $75,000 for a building and exhibit. Michigan's appropriation for a build ing and exhibit is $40,000. Ohio’s appropriation is $30,000. The State has erected a handsome building and is preparing au exhibit. Missouri has appropriated $50,000 for a building and exhibit. Wisconsin appropriated $25,000 for a building and exhibit. The New England States have joined together for the erection of a building and display of' their resources and in dustries. Massachusetts appropriated $15,000, Rhode Island $30,000, aud Con necticut. Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are expending sums suf ficient for suitable exhibits. California will make a vry extensive exhibit through the State Board of ■*”* SOME OF THE STATE BUILDINGS. Trade and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Jf Alabama proposes to appropriate $25,- 000 for an exhibit. Georgia has appropriated a sum suf ficient to pay the expenses of a flue ex hibit. low\a has appointed a commission and an exhibit is being arranged. The Ag ricultural and Horticultural Boards will participate in the display. Idaho has appropriated $15,000 for an exhibit. Pennsylvania's appropriation for rep resentation is $35,000. Minnesota has appropriated $20,000 for an exhibit. New Jersey’s appropriation for rep resentation is $25,000. North Dakota will expend Its appro priation of SIO,OOO for an exhibit. Kentucky has appointed a commis sion and #u exhibit is being arranged. Maryland has appointed a commis sion to prepare an exhibit and the Bal timore Manufacturers Association is co operating. Delaware has made an appropriation for an exhibit. Washington, Montana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas aDd other States w r ill be suitably represented. Some State Buildings. One of the handsomest buildings in the Court of State and Foreign Build ings at tbe Pan-American Exposition is that erected by the State of Ohio. It stands on the broad plateau near the “A LITTLE CHILD SHALL Lf:AD THE}\.** Little Margaret Edwards, the daugh ter of Roland D. Edwards, the English evangelist, is the youngest revivalist in the country. She assists her pareuts in THK babt kva.ngei.ist. their meetings with her childish plead ings to come to God. Evangelist Ed wards sacrificed a lucrative legal prac tice in Devonshire to take up the call ing of an evangelist. He has been In the United States for nearly a year. American Firms in London. The great increase in the number of American houses in London, either holding their own offices or being rep resented, is becoming noticeable. One can hardly pass through any leading building in tbe city without meeting with the names of American competi tors. The iron and steel trades lead the way; machinery makers by the score are to be found: hardware and fancy goods men are much in evidence; boot and shoe shops abound, while patent medicine manufacturers are extremely numerous. In fact, it would be difficult to pick out any leading American in dustry which is not well represented in London. Shot at Short Range. Mrs. Fourthhusband—ls it really true, as the papers intimate, that our United States Senators frequently talk for the mere purpose of killing time? Mr. Fourthhusband —No question of it. my dear. Mrs. F.—What a reprehensible prac tice. to be sure. Mr. F (mindful of the fate of his pred ecessors) —Very true, but there are greater offenders; our local cemetery bears testimony to the existence of more fatal talkers than those whom you vvuse. —Boston Courier. Triumphal Bridge at the intersection of the two principal thoroughfares and at the head of the dock landing of the State aud foreign building allotment. The size of the building is 54x122 feet. A ten-foot terrace walk extends around the outside, being widened at tbe north west corner to a circular form, thus providing an ample approach from the dock landing. The lower floor is in tended for the use of the general pub lic and tbe upper floor for rne commis sioners, State officials and the State guests. Natural gas is used for heating aud acetylene gas for illuminating pur poses. The artistic manner of lighting constitutes part of the interior decora tions. As the approach from the dock landing is the most picturesque, the building is embellished at the north west corner with a statuary group. The background worked in relief UDon the pilaster shows the great seal of the State, with its hills, trees, sunrise and sheaves of wheat and arrows. In the foreground is the ceuter figure standing on the prow of a boat to typify tbe State. Tbe Ohio River is represented by a Mermaid and Lake Erie by a Triton. The Michigan Building occupies a very desirable site in the Court of State and Foreign Buildings of the Exposi tion. The style of architecture is col onial, with large porches. There is a large hall with mantel, ladies and gen tlemen’s parlors, secretary’s office, cheek room, postoffice, lavatories, etc., on the ground floor, and a hall with mantel, committee-room, directors’ room, two bedrooms, ladies’ parlor aud bathroom. The floorj are hardwood. The porches, which are noble and com manding in appearance, have fluted columns. The roof is shingled aud stained green. Unlike most of the other structures on the grounds, the Michigan Building has plain white walls, re mindful of the White City at Chicago. The dimensions of this building are 100±82 feet. The Illinois Building is a fine exam ple of architectural art aud appropri ately representative of the grea State of the Middle West. It covers a.t area 72x120 feet and is two stories high. There is a wide veranda encompassing the house on all sides. The lower floor is divided into two spacious reception rooms aud a grand hallway, from which ascends a staircase into the sec ond story, which contains four smaller reception-rooms. The walls of the building are covered with* staff. The tile roof surmounts an exterior highly decorated. Four sculptured figures uear the entrance symbolize the prin cipal industries of the State-agricul ture, manufactures, commerce aud min ing. The Wisconsin State Building is of the Spanish Gothic style of architec ture, 48x40 feet iu dimensions, aud two stories high. Its situation Is oue of the most desirable in the Court of State and Foreign Buildings, uear the bay of tbe Mirror Lake on the east side of the Triumphal Bridge, and in a setting of beautiful trees and flowers. It is sur rounded by a broad veranda, over which is a large sheltered balcony. MOVEMENT AGAINST KISSING. Anew league has just been formed in Paris, having for its inotto: “If you would enjoy good health you must st r i ctly refrain from kissing any one.” Mine. Petit gaWKI? is leader of the new society. She W is the leading ET,, woman lawyer of JfrApadsli Paris. Peht If kissing goes . I out of fashion ' those who desire k to give evidence of [ ./yzN " vV , conjugal aud ma- . 1 ternal affection /'// j 1 ’ will be obliged to 4 1 * > content them selves with shaking hands after the English fashion, and in such an event it may be asked whether it would net be well to pass a law ordaining that no one shall indulge in this form of greeting whose hands have not been first thoroughly purified by means of a •solution of phenie acid or of bichloride of mercury. ✓ Facts About the Century. An industrious calculator has boon searching out some interesting facts concerning the new century. He points out that the twentieth century will con tain 3(5.525 days, which lacks hut one day of being exactly 5,218 weeks. The middle day of the century will be Jan. 1, 1951. Fifteen out of the hundred years will begin on Wednesday and the same number on Friday. Fourteen will begin on each of the other days of the week. , This and That. Sinners are always eager for tracts —of land. A lie out of whole cloth is pretty poor goods just the same. The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.—Mencius. London has the poorest water service of any of the large cities of the world. There are many occasions on which it is wiser to hold a conference than to let it go. For an army of 30,000 men and 10,- 000 horses for three months, it is esti mated that 11,000 tons sf. food and for age are necessary. The Russian ministry of commonica tion has decided to adopt petroleum for generating motive power on the lo comotives on all railways. A motor-car lias been designed for towing canal-boats. At a recent trial it towed a heavily-ladeD barge at the rate of three miles an hour with the great- ease. Cincinnati is figuring on a plan for a permanent exposition. The building is to be fireproof and ten stories high. It is for an attraction for outsiders and a benefit for home merchants and man ufacturers, M/SS BARBER TO CHRISTEN THE OHIO . It is announced that Miss Mary Bar* her. niece of Mrs. McKinley, will christeu the new battleship Ohio. The selection has resulted iu a good deal of spirited gossip, as Miss Na*h. daughter of the Governor, was originally selected. It seems that one of Senator Hanna's daughters also coveted the place, bat the Senator announced that he declined to permit the committee to consider either of his daughters for the occasion. Sen ator Foraker has withdrawn his daugh ters in favor of Miss Barber. and now that young lady has no competitors. She will travel to California in coin pa uy with the President and his wife. , A BIG DRY GOODS TRUST. It May Drive the I.ittle Fellows Out of Business. The latest mammoth trust to be exploit ed is that of dry goods. J. Pierponfc Mor gan, who fused the steel kings ti a masß, and John Claflin, head of the well-known New York wholesale dry goods house, are the prompters of the unification. They propose to combine all the impor tant dry goods stores, wholesale and re tail, throughout the count*?, and this* is intended to' drive out of business the lesser merchants aud the commission firms, as the trust will deal di ectly with! the manufacturers, thus ending the mid dlemen. It may also ruin the importer, for this colossus will take the product of European factories without the aid of the importer. It is thought something like 100,000 men will lose employment by this new pluu. Traveling men will be displaced, as letters aud telegrams will do the work formerly executed by the commercial traveler. Speaking of the proposition A. D. Jul liard, a prominent banker of New York, who is taking a leading part in it, said: “The man who has au enormous Broadway rental to pay for a store car rying a special line of retail stock can not long compete with the department store proprietor, who can carry the same kind of a stock and put it away in the basement of his big building. Just as the department stores to-day can undersell the small retailer, so a combination of department stores can sell at cheaper rates than prevail now in the individual ones.” - The New York Journal of Commerce says that the scope of the Associated Merchants’ Company, which has been or ganized by John Clafiin, and which Messrs. J. P. Morgan & Cos. are financ ing, is much wider than at first, report ed. The businesses that Mr. Clafiin pro poses to buy are, it is understood, among the highest character in the city. No defiuite contracts have yet. been made, and negotiations have not yet reached a definite stage. BARS AMERICAN BEEF. British War OHiee Confirms Report as to Army Contracts Order. The British war office confirms the re port that it is going to try the experiment of supplying the army with only home grown beef. The experiment will extend six months from June 1. The director of contracts, a major, said to a Lomiou press representative: “The new rule ap plies only to refrigerated beef hitherto bought in the opcu market in London. It will not seriously affect tbe American trade, as the total weekly supply for the army is only 200,000 pounds, which is barely 2 per ceut of the weekly imports of refrigerated beef into England from the United States." Officials at the Washington Agricul tural and State departments are inclin ed to take a serious view of the action of the British government in excluding American beef and meat products from the British army contracts. They agree that the move has an ominous look and regard it as the entering wedge of a far-reaching policy which may seriously cripple American exports.. Secretary Wilson says New Zealand is able to furnish all the meat needed by the entire English government and that in his opinion the government lias acted against American meat at the demand of the capitalists who have for some years past been investing their money in im mense packing establishments in Austra lia. While the British government has the reputation of always purchasing where it can buy the. cheapest 't is be lieved that the time is propitious for the abandonment of this policy owing to thi dissatisfaction throughout the kingdou over lie industrial depression assigned t the heavy war expenses. /DEES SENDS/ “Australian Billy” Murphy, the once well-known featherweight boxer, is now i watchman in Sioux City, lowa. Some crit.cs believe that the pennant race in tbe National League will be a one sided affair between Brooklyn and Pitts ourg. Ireland will send a fine team of run ners, jumpers ae i weight throwers to represent her *t the Pan-American Ex position during the four lays devoted the Irish carnival. Nearly 1,000 race meets will be given permits by the National Cycling Asso ciation during the season of 1901. It is estimated that the amount of purses to be given out will foot up $304,000. The American team of shooters that in to compete agaiost the pick of English, Scotch and Irish marksmen in England this summer will Is* captained by Thom as A. Marshall of Keitbabnrg, 111. Mar shall is one of the best-known and most expert shots in the country. Bob Fitzsimmons is said to be growing old! A Cincinnati scribe says there is co denying the fact that the ex-cham pion's age is bearing heavily on his shoul ders. Fitz looks young enough made up for the stage, hut in street attire his fea tures show piainly that he is no longer the youthful boxer he once was. A team of picked American athletes will visit the British Isles the coming summer to try for the English champion ships and incidentally to hare a crack at the Irish and Scottish titles. Jeffries and Kuhlin will likely fight in San Francisco after all. The National Sporting Club of that city is very anx ious to have to ;n<:-n appear before ; and is willing to offer a good pC.^ T u _3 announcement by the allied bicycle manufacturers that they would support racing teams th • coming season mean} considerable to the sport and the racing men. It means that the best of the rac* mg men of this country will be seen o* the national racing circuit.