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B Y ... R. D. BLACKMORE Author of “LORFA DOONE,” “ALICE LORR AIN E,” ETC., ETC. CHAPTER XVll.—(Continued.) “P'or old Fermitage (what wit’i the Eiingoii already in his tubes, and what e Was taking down) might be talking sheer nonsense for all that I knew. And Indeed, for a long time I treated it so; and I had no stomach for a voyage to Oporto, upon meie speculation, and for benefit only of some pretty girl. Then I found out, by the purest chance, that Bo voyage to Oporto was needful, that old ‘Port-wine’ meant nothing more than the Loudon stores, and t-gency, of the Oporto Company. And even after that I made one expedition to the Minories, all for nothing. Two or three very polite young dons stared at me, and thought I W’as come to chaff them, or perhaps had turned up from their vaults top heavy, when I asked for ‘Senhor Jolly F ellows.’ And so I came away, and lost some months, and might never have thought It worth while to go again, except for another mere accident.” "My dear, what a chapter of acci dents!” cried Mrs. Sharp. “I thought you were a great deal too clever to allow any room for accidents.” “Women think so. Men know better.” the lawyer replied sententiously. ‘‘And, Miranda, you forget that I had as yet no personal Interest in the question. But when I happened to have a Portuguese gentleman as a client —a man who had spent many years in England—and hap pened to be talking of our language to him, I told him one part of the story, and asked if he could throw any light on it. He told me .it once that the name which had so puzzled me must be Gelo fiios—a Portuguese surname, by no means common. And the next time I was in town,'l had occasion to call in St. John street, and found myself, almost by accident again, not far from the com pany’s offices.” “Mr. Sharp, you left such a thing to chance, when you knew that it might pull down that dreadful woman's inso lence!” "My dear, it is not the duty of my life to mitigate feminine arrogance. And to undertake such a crusade, gratis! I am equal to a bold stroke, as you will eee, if your patience lasts—but never to euch a vast undertaking. When it comes before me, in the way of business, nat urally I tnke it up. But this was no business of my own; and the will was proved, and assets called in; for the old rogue did not owe one penny. Well, I went again, and this time I got hold of the right man— Miranda, I hear the bell.” The new office bell rang as hard as ring it could. A special messenger was come from London, and in half an hour Mr. Luke Shurp was sittiug ou the box of the night up-mail. CHAPTER XVIII. Kit Sharp made his way through back lanes, leading towards the conscientious obscurity of Worcester College, and skirting the coasts of Jericho, dangerous ly hospitable, he emerged at last in broad St. Giles, without a stone to prate of his whereabouts. Here he went into livery stables, where he was well known, and found the cob Sam at his service. Kit knew his value, and his lasting pow ers. and sagacious gratitude; and when ever he wanted a horse trustworthy in patience, obedience and wit, he always took brown Sam. To Sam it was a treat to carry Kit, because of the victuals or dered at almost every lenient stage; and the grand largesse of oats and beans was more than he could get for a week In stable. And so he set forth, with a spirited neigh, on the Gidlirgton road, to cross the Cherweil, and make his way towards Weston. The heart of Christo pher burned within him whenever he thought of his mother; but a man is a man for all that, and cannot be tied to npron strings. So Kit shook his whip, and the Cairngorm flashed in the sun, and the spirit of youth did the same. He was certain to see the sweet maid to-day, knowing her manners and cus toms, and when she was ordered forth for her mossy walk upon the margin of the wood. The soft sun hung in the light of the wood, as if he were guided by the breeze and air; and gentle warmth flowed through the alleys, where the nesting pheasant ran. Little fluttering, thnid things, that meant to be leaves, please God, some day, but had been baffled and beaten about so, that their faith was shrunk to hope; little rifts of cover also keeping beauty coiled inside, and ready to open, like a bivalve shell, to the pulse of the summer tide, and then to be sweet blossom; and the ground below them pressing upward with ambition of young green; and the sky >' ove th.-m spread with liquid blue beh . white pillows. But these things are not well to be seen without just entering into the wood; and in doing so there can be no harm, with the light so inviting, and the way so clear. Grace had a little idea that perhaps she had better stop outside the wood, hut still that walk was within her hounds, and her orders were to take exercise; and she saw some very pretty flowers there; and if they would not come to her, she had nothing to do hut to go to them. Still she ought to have known that now things had changed from what they were as little as a week ago; that a dotted veil of innumerably buds would hang between her nnd the good Miss I’ntch, while many forward trees were casting quite a shade of mystery. Nev ertheless, she had no fear. If anybody did come near her, it would only he somebody thoroughly afraid of her. For now she knew, nud was proud to know, that Kit was the prey of her bow and spear. Whether she cared for him or not was a wholly different question. But in her dismal dullness and long, wearisome se clusion. the finest possible chance was offered for any young gentleman to meet her, and make acquaintance of nature’s doing. At first she kept this to herself, in dread of conceit and vanity; hut when it outgrew accident, she told "Aunt l'atch” the whole affair, and asked what she was to do about it. Thereupon she was told to avoid the snares of childish vanity, to look at the hack of her look ing glass, and never dare to dream again that any one could he drawn by her. Her young mind had been eased by this, although with a good deal of pain about it: nud it made her more venture iome to discover whether the whole o f that superior estimate of herself was true. Whether she was so entirely vain or stupid, whenever she looked at her self: nnd whether it was so utterly and bitterly impossible that anybody should come miles and miles for the simple pleasure of looking, for one or two min utes, at herself. Suddenly at a corner, where the whole of the ground fell downward, and grass was overhanging grass so early in the season, and sapling shoots from the self same stool stood a yard above each other, and down in the hollow a little brook sang of its stony troubles to the whis pering reeds —here Grace Oglander hap pened to meet a very fine young man in deed. The astonishment of these two might be seen, at a moment’s glance, tc he mutual. The maiden, by gift of na ture, was the first to express it. wit'a dress, and hand, and eye. She show and u warm eagerness to retire, yet waited half a moment for the sake of proper dignity. Kit looked at her with- clear intuition that now was his chance of chances to make certain sure of her. If he could ouly now be strong, and take uer consent for granted, and so induce her to set seal to it. she never would withdraw; and the two might settle the wet at their leisure. He loved the young lady with all his heart; and beyond that he knew nothing of her, except that she was -worthy. But she Pad not given her heart as yet; and with natural female common sense, she would like to know a great deal more about him before she said too much to him. Also in her mind—if not in her heart—there was a clearer likeness of a very different man—a man who was a man in earnest, and walked with a stronger and firmer step, and lurked be hind no corners. “This path is ao extremely narrow,” Miss Oglander said, with a very pretty blush, “and the ground so steep, that I fear I must put you to some little in convenience. But if I hold carefully by this branch, perhaps there will be room for you to pass.” "You are most kind and considerate,” he answered, as if he were in peril of a precipice; “but I would not for the world give you such trouble. And I don’t want to go any further now. It cannot matter in the least. I do assure you.” "But surely you must have been going somewhere. You are most polite. But I cannot think for one moment of turning you back like this.” “Then may I sit down? I feel a little tired; and the weather has suddenly be come so warm. Don’t you think it is very trying?” "To people who are not very strong perhaps it is. But 6urely it ought not to be so to you.” “Well, I must not put all the blame upon the weather. There are so many other things much worse. If I could only tell you!” “Ob, I am so very sorry. I had no idea you had such troubles. It must be so sad for you, while you are so young.” “Yes, I suppose many people call me young. And perhaps to the outward eye lam so. But no one except myself can dream of the anxieties that prey upon me.” Christopher, by this time, was grow ing very crafty, as the above speech of his will show. The paternal gift was awaking within him, but softened by ma ternal goodness; so that it was not likely to be used with much severity. And now at the end of his speech he sighed, and without any thought laid his hand right on the rich heart of his velvet waistcoat, where beautiful forget-me-nots were blooming out of willow leaves. Then Grace could not help thinking how that trouble-worn right hand had been uplift ed in her cause, and had descended on the rabbit man. And although she was most anxious to discourage the present vein of thought, she could not suppress one little sigh—sweeter music to the ear of Kit than ever had been played or dreamed. “Now would you really like to know? —you are so wonderfully good,” he con tinued, with his eyes cast down, and ev ery possible appearance of excessive mis ery; “would you, I mean, do your best, not only not to be offended, but to pity and forgive me, if, or rather supposing that I were to endeavor to explain what —what it is, who—who she is—no, no, I do not quite mean that. I scarcely know how to express myself. Things are too many for me. Surely you know who it is that I want!” “How can I imagine that?” “Why, you, only you, only you, sweet Grace. I should like to see the whole earth swallowed up, if ouly you and I were left together.” Grace Oglander blushed at the power of his words, and the pressure of his hand on hers. Then, having plenty of her father's spirit, she fixed her bright, sensible eyes on his face, so that he saw' that he had better stop. “I am afraid that it is no good.” he said. “I am very much obliged to you,” an swered Grace, with her fair cheeks full of color, and her hands drawn carefully hack to her sides; “hut will you he kind enough to stand up. and let me speak for a moment? I believe that you are very good, and I may say harmless, and you have helped me in the very kindest way, and I never shall forget your goodness. Ever since you came, I am sure. I have been glad to think of you; nnd your dogs, and your gun, and your fishing rod, reminded me of my father; and I am very, very sorry, that what you have just said will prevent me from thinking any more about you, or coming anywhere into any kind of places, where there are trees like this, again. I ought to have done it—at least, I mean, I never ought to have done it at all; but I did think that you were so nice; and now you have undeceived me. 1 know who your father is very well, although I have seldom seen him; and though I dislike the law, I declare that would not have mattered very much to me. But you do not even know my name, as several times you have proved to me; nnd now you can ride thirty miles from Oxford, in all sorts of weather, without being tired, and your dogs so fresh, has always been a puzzle to me.” “Thirty miles from Oxford!” Christo pher Sharp cried in great amazement; for in the very lowest condition of the heart figures will maintain themselves. “Yes, thirty miles, or thirty leagues. Sometimes I hear one thing, and some times the other.” “\\ uere you are standing now is about seven miles and three-quarters from Sum wertown gate.” “Surely. Mr. Sharp, yon arc laughing at me! How far am I from Berkley, then, according to your calculation?” “How did you ever hear of Beckley? It is quite a little village. A miserable little place.” “Indeed, then, it is not. It is the very finest place in all the world; or, at any rate, the nicest, and the dearest, and the prettiest.” “But how can you, just come from America, have such an opinion of such a little hole?” “A little hole! Why, it stands’ on a hill. You never can have been near it. if you think of calling it a ‘hole” And as for my coming from America, you seem to have no geography. I never have been further away from darling Berkley, to my knowledge, than I am now.” Kit Sharp looked at her with greater amazement than that with which she looked at him. And then with one ac cord they spied a fat man coming along the hollow, nnd trying not to glance at them. With keen young instinct they knew that this villain was purely latent upon watching them. “Come again, if yon please, to-mor row.” said Grace, while pretending to gaze at the clouds; “you have told me such things that 1 never shall sleep. Come earlier, and wait for me. Not that you must think anything; only that now you are bound, as a gentleman, to go on with what you were telling me.” CHARTER XIX. The old Squire sat in his bower chair with a warm cloak over his shoulders. His age was threescore and ten this day: and he looked back through the length of years, and marvelled at their fleeting. The stirring times of his yonth. and the daily perils of hi* prime of life, and the slow promotion, the heavy disappoint ment. and the forced retirement from the army when the wars were over, with only the rank of major, which he pre ferred to sink in squire—because he ought to have been, according to his own view of the matter, a good lieutenant general—and then a very short golden age of five years and a quarter, from his wedding day to the death of his wife, a single end sweet-hearted wife —and after that the soft, and gentle, and un dreamed-of ate* f ootuluiL coming a4- most faster than was welcome, while his little daughter grew. After that the old man tried to think no more, but be content. To let the lit tle scenes of dancing, and of asking, and of listening, and of looking puzzled, and of waiting to know truly whether all was earnest, and of raising from the level of papa’s well-buttoned pocket clear bright eyes that did not know a guinea from a halfpenny; and then, with a very extraordinary spring, the jumping into opened arms, and the laying on of little lips, and the murmurs of delighted love—to let his recollections of all these die out, and to do without them, was this old man’s business now. To this belief and mild incline of gen tle age, his head was bowing and his white hair settling down, according as the sun, or wind, or clouds, or time of day desired, when someone darkened half his light, and there stood Mary Hookham. Mary had the newest of all new spring fashions on her head, and breast, and waist, and everywhere. A truly spirited girl was she, as well as a very handy one; and she never thought twice of a sixpence or shilling, if a soiled pap>r pattern could be had for it. And now she was busy with half a guinea, kindly beginning to form its impress on fter moist hard-working palm. (To be continued.' QUAINT BELGIAN REVIVAL. The Carnival of the Dancing Gillea of Binche. The persistent manner In which Bel gians cling to their mediaeval festivals and traditions is a characteristic na tional trait well known to those fa miliar -with the Flemish and Walloon provinces, says the Detroit Free Press. The survival of such popular fetes as that of the carnival procession of the dancing gilles at Binche attests the innate love of Belgians for these pic turesque vestiges of their forefathers’ civilization. The festival of the dancing gilles of Binche is in many respects the quaint est of these popular customs. This festival takes place on Mardi Gras at the Binche, a town of KainauL The carnival of Binche has always been held In high repute by Belgians, but without its gilles it would D'>t be sub stantially different from that of Rome, Nice and other towns. These gilles, or dancing men, who form the glory of the Binche carnival, are characterized by their head-dresses and humps. The head-dress is most elaborate and striking. In shape it re sembles the old-time top hat of our great-grandfathers. The hat Is sur mounted with magnificent ostrich feathers from three to four feet in length, which gives to the wearers the appearance of giants. From each hat, besides, flow several wide, variegated ribbons, while the gilles’ trousers are bedecked with trimmings of real lace and ribbons to match those of the hat. Every gille wears a mask and a silk belt, from which hang small bells. The entire gilie's outfit costs from S4O to SSO, a large sum for the peas ant youths, generally selected by the carnival committee to fill the part of actors in the Mardi Gras festivities. The honor of being a gille is so great, however, among the gay Lotharios of Bincho, and carries such prestige with the local damsels, that the young men chosen by the committee are only too pleased to make the financial sacrifice demanded of them. In the afternoon of Mardi Gras the gilles, In full uniform. 200 strong, pre ceded by the local brass bauds and musical clubs, appear in procession and march toward the Grande place. The gilles have each a straw basket hanging to one side of the belt and filled wiih oranges. With these they bombard the spectators as they dance along. As soon as emptied the baskets are filled again by men from behind, appointed for tills duty. A general battle of oranges takes place between the gilles and the carnival merrymak ers. Finally the procession reaches the town hall, in front of which, seated on a platform, Is the Mayor, surrounded by the municipal officials. The gilles then terminate the day's festivities by a general war dance, giving a pro longed exhibition of their capabilities. The public likewise joins in the fun, and soon some 5,000 persons—men, wo men and children—may be seen gayly waltzing around the Grande place. The sight of an entire population dressed in carnival costume and mask ed dancing In the open air to the music of the gilles brass band is not one easily forgotten. The dancing contin ues until the late evening, when the sport is brought to an end by the Mayor, who formally awards a gold •watch to the gille who has proved him self the most expert dancer. Better Off in the Kitchen. “On the whole, the atmosphere of the kitchen would have been better for these children than the society of their parents,” says Martha S. Dinsley, in Everybody's, of the third family with whom she lived as nursery gov erness. “When the family were to gether after dinner the drawing room was wrapped in gloom; the family feelings were sore and bruised from Mr. Sartain’s verbal blows, while he sat silent, deep in the paper or some French or German publication. “Below stairs, where I relaxed from the trials of the day, Karl gave us a digest of the daily news; the laun dress fairly bubbled with anecdote and wit, and the rest of us did our little best, as we lingered over our cof fees. Here were at least cheerfulness, courtesy, kindliness and fair intelli gence. Karl’s generously imparted, if limited, store of knowledge would have amounted to more to Warren and Edith than did all their father's intel lect and information kept selfishly to himself. “Had the children belonged to Karl and Clara they might have learned bad grammar and a surprising accent; but they would have lived in an atmos phere of love and have been taught truth and consideration toward the world at large. They would certainly have stood for better things in the community as the honest, sober, in dustrious offspring of a bntler and a cook than as the Inheritors of riches linked with discord and dissipation.” Hs Reason. “I never give a lady n.y seat in a street car.” “Then, sir, you are no gentleman.” “I always ride on the platform.”— Cleveland Plain Dealer. Does Not Hold Good Always. “There's nothing like perseverance; it wins out in the long run.” “Not always: did you ever see a hen on a porcelain egg?"—Brooklyn Life. “Do you think that a college course prepares a man for the battle of iife?* “I assuredly do,” said the practical man. ‘ After a student has been hazed and has been through a few football games he can hold his own in a crowd anywhere."—Washington Star. Talk about the misery of Russia; it looks mighty small to a woman who is loaing aU her hair. Break the Engagement. T'.ere are feu of us who do not ad mire and applaud the girl who is con stant and true —no matter what the circumstances may be—to the man who wins her heart’s affections. We delight to read the stories of poets and romancers, which tell of a girl's con stancy—how by remaining true to her “Prince Charming,'' she helped to overcome all obstacles to their union, and perhaps won back her lover's af fections, when he was inclined to de sert her for the charms and fascina tions of another girl. And should we become acquainted with such a girl in real life we hold up her constancy as an example for all members cf her sex to follow. It may sound rank heresy to say o. but it is the greatest pity in the world that constancy of this character is so extolled. Not that the girl who re fuses to be shaken in her allegiance to the man she loves, and ultimately leads him to a happy life by her true heartedness, is undeserving of admira tion and praise. The fault lies in the fact that by holding up such a case as a spkndid example to their sex, many girls get exaggerated notions and ideas as to how far constancy should be practiced in love affairs. The result is that tney are very often foolishly constant They do not temper their love with common sense. The render may smile, and say that love is blind nnd ousts common sense from the average girl's mind. But in many cases this is only because she possesses false, romantic and senti mental ideas as to what a girl's duty is to the man she loves. Many a girl has ruined her life’s happiness by remaining true to a man quite unworthy of her affections, through a mistaken sense of duty. Then, again, there are girls who, hav ing betrothed themselves to a man, persist in marrying him, although they are fully aware that, to a certain ex tent, their affections have been alien ated from him by another man. Such an act cannot possibly be regarded as constancy, although some girls may think it is the embodiment of that vir tue. Rather is it the duty of the girl under such circumstances to break her promise and pledge. An honorable girl must see that to keep a promise to marry a man after the love that sanctioned the pledge has partly or w holly gone, is to commit a grievous and irreparable sin. Better a thousand times a broken promise than two ruined and broken lives. —Home Monthly. Dashing Bit of Millinery. There is a chic and a dash to this charming hat in a coarse straw of a faint blue shade. The crown sets com fortably to the head, with a deep ban deau to lift the left side, where the brim takes a jaunty curve. The crown is encircled with a soft drapery of In dia mousseliue in a creamy white. The bunch of violets is set into a rosette of violet and the plumes that drape the dashing upturned right side are in pale blue, shaded to lilac at the tip. It heads the list of “swell hats.” Beauty and Amiability. The woman who can control herself under the most trying circumstances is the woman who holds the strongest power over men. And amiability is not only power, it Is mental progression and health and happiness and long life to one’s self and to one’s friends and family. The assertion from a woman that she has a bad temper, and is proud of it, has kept more than one worthy man from asking her to share his fu ture as his wife. No matter how beautiful and brainy and fascinating the bad tempered woman may be, or how lengthy her bank account, her power is infinites imal compared with that of her amia ble sister. The average man prizes permanent peace and content above the happiness of possessing a beautiful, attractive creature for a wife, and he knows that a bad-tempered woman and peace go not together. Little Women Hate Hugely. That the dainty little Japanese wom en are capable of cherishing a deep hatred is shown by their attitude to ward Russians. From the Empress down to the wife of a cooiy, it i9 said, they are united against the government and the indi viduals of the Russian nation. T. F'un abushi, a student at the Boston Uni versity Theological school, in a recent lecture on "T Patriotism of Jap anese Women." declared that “men are Inclined to put all the blame on the Russian government, and to give a charitable construction to whatever is done by an individual Russian subject. But the women remember all the atro cities committed by the Russians on the defenseless and weak Asiatics for the last ten years." Work-a-Day Clot bra. For business women nothing is smarter than dainty blouses of white China < ’Z*- . These wash better than blouses made of ordinary wash fab rics and always look pretty and fresh. The color goes with anything else, and the fact that they have constantly to b laundered prevents any gathering of unhealthy microbes; for a business woman must travel on crowded cars and her clothing, more than that of any other woman, should be of a kind that may be frequently and readily cleaned. The popular way in which to make these China silk waists is with a lot of little tucks or else with four large ones on each side the front and back. Large tucks are smartest when stitched down a fourth of an inch from the edges and great care should be taken in marking tucks on blouses to see that they turn outward instead of inward. In the lntter case one is sure to come to grief, for, in some unac countable manner, blouses immediate ly wear out or “grin" uuder or about the armholes when tucks are turned inward. Gown of Chine Taffeta. Gown of chiie taffeta, pompadour rose design on white ground. Full skirt bordered rbb snow drop lace in sertion framed in double frills of plain white taffeta. Same finish on three quarter length sleeve. Shaped yoke of tucked mousseline do soie surrounded by the lace galon. Draped blouse with front of-the laee and jabot pale green; satin liberty girdle. A Mother's Obligations, The mother can do much to influence the appearance and the mental and moral status of the unborn. This has been proved over and over again. The prospective mother should think beau tiful thoughts, should surround herself with lovely pictures. Her heart should warm with gladness and joyful antici pations. To indulge in anger, grief, fear, anxiety, to treasure rebellious thoughts against existing conditions, is to rob the coming child of a proper birthright and is a form of selfishness whose record will be written upon a human being. Often the physique shows these prenatal impressions in plainness of feature, lack of vitality or, hidden deeper in the recesses of the brain, of contrary impulses and thoughts, which will develop with the growth of the child, to bring sorrow and reproach upon the parents later in life. —Delineator. Are You Too Plump? How to become slender! Let the maiden inclined to embonpoint follow this advice and her form should be come as willowy as she could w'ish: Rise early and take a cold bath, rub bing vigorously afterward w’ith a coarse towel or flesh brush. Take a cupful of water before breakfast. Take one small cup of tea at breakfast, some dry toast, boiled fish or a small cutlet, and a baked apple or a little fruit. At dinner, w'hieh should be at midday, take white fish or meat, dry toast or stale bread, vegetables or fruit (either fresh or stewed); for supper, toast, salad, fruit and six ounces of wine or water. Hot water with lemon juice in it is also good for supper. When you have followed all these rules and find yourself fairylike in proportion then you may begin to con template smart clothes such as only the slender can wear. Rnnaia’a Oldest Inhabitant. The cut is from a recent photograph of Maria Bakoff. of Perm, Russia, who is the Czar's oldest subject. She has lately celebrated on, hundred maria makoff. freedom from sicknes.? to ab stemiousness and constant exercise in the open air. She has worked in the fields all her long life. an. even now cannot endure the close atmosphere of the Russian farmer's house. Girls Should Not Neglect the usages of polite society when at home. Go off on trips which are not men tioned to parents. Show to the men how fond they are of cash and dress. Indulge in “rough house" play when the boys are present. Forget that there is a time limit on youth's attractiveness. Make the home of a friend more con genial than their own. Make a point of attracting the notice of men in public places. Lend their aid toward making a brother selfish in his home life. Fall Into the habit of frowning at mother when sbe*speaks to them. FASHION NOTES. Two rows of tiny buttons around one scalloped and frilled example. As ever the plain all-over lace para sol is good style for fine occasions, n Japanese silk blouses are thin and cool-looking, and are said to wear welJ. Long branches of oak leaves half curled by frost make a lovely trimming for a large hat Wonderful effects are attained in the shaded girdles. The prettiest is a soft gray silk, beginning in pale pearl and shading up to deep smoke gray at the top. ••Pavement gray” is heralded from London as one of the best and newest colors for cloth gowns. Mode, which is a kind of cold cham pagne color, promises to be a favorite for spring in all its shades. Many of the new-old revivals in rib bons would match to a “T” the strings of some very ancient bonnets. The modes offer an excellent oppor tunity for using up scraps of lace, vel vet. brocade and fancy buttons. The la lest and smartest is a stun ningly plain sunshade of heavy white bnen. It is bordered in broderie Au glaise effect, the embroidery beiug done on the material. It costs $lO. Mr. Cleveland on Woman's Clubs. Grover Cleveland has contributed an article to the May Ladies' Home Jour nal on "Woman's Mission and Wom an’s Clubs.” The former President locks with little favor upon woman's clubs. His ideal of a good wife is summed up iu the homely definition: “A woman who loves her husband and her country with no desire to run either.” He does not object to women associating or co-operating iu charita ble, benevolent and religious work lo cal in activities and purposes. He even seems willing a woman should belong to one or perhaps even two clubs. He fears, however, that if she join one club she will be tempted to join more, and will finally get to neglecting her home. He regards home making and child rearing as the highest missions of woman, and he believes “there are woman's clubs whose objects and in tents are not only harmful but harm ful In a way that directly menaces the integrity of our homes and the benign disposition of our wifehood and moth erhood.” Mr. Cleveland thinks the rapid growth of woman's clubs is partly due to “the widespread and contagious fe ver for change or rearrangement which seems to leave no phase of our people's life untouched.” He regards it as also in some measure a retalia tion upon American husbands for sur rendering themselves to business and the pursuit of wealth and neglecting their wives. Left to follow their own devices, women have taken op club life as a refuge from loneliness and monotony. He denounces man’s neg lect of woman as a “dastardly of fense,” but thinks women who forsake their homes for clubs only make their situation and their children's far worse—Chicago Tribune. Little Hints. Cream will not drip from a pitcher on the tablecloth if the nose of the pitcher is rubbed with butter. Butter will remove almost any kind of stain except ink stain. Hub it into the stain, then wash qurcxly in hot water with a fine soap. Strawberry stains wash out iu clear cold water. Some kinds of grape juice wash out in the ordinary way, but the others must have a boiling water bath. Do not allow white gloves to be come too much soiled before having them cleaned. They have to be rub bed so hard to remove the soli that the kid becomes roughened and stiff. While the jam is quite hot, wipe the tops of the jars clean with a cloth wrung out in boiling water. Cut white kitchen paper the size to cover the jars and brush each over entirely ,vitb white of egg. Put the prepared paper on the jars and smooth round in th ordinary way with a dry cloth. Waist of Irish Linen. Waist of Irish linen, with Gibson ef fect over shoulder and gathered in front below a shaped and stitched band, which leaves an oval opening at the neck. Narrow stitched straps of the linen cross the chemisette of brod erie anglaise and deep cuffs of the same; finish of small pearl buttons. Magnate’s Wife Once a Hotel Servant, Mrs. James .T. Hill, wife of the pres ident of the Great Northern Railway Company and who is now sick iu Geor gia, was at one time employed as a servant in a hotel in St. Paul. Her name vas Mary Mehigan. She was young at the time and after Mr. Iliil became interested in her she took a thorough course in a seminary before marrying him. It is a matter of com mon knowledge that it has been the influence of Mrs. Hill that caused the railroad man to contribute so liberally to charitable institutions, particularly those of the Catholic Church. Mr. Hill is not a professing Catholic. More than any human being she has power over the railroad man and, save in business matte:*, is prominent In con trolling him. Mounted Army Nnrwn, India has a staff of mounted army nurses. The Indian gov*a.meni al lows these women of the Indian nurs ing service 30 rupees a month for iZ.e upkeep of their horses and free con veyance of their animals to and from active service. The corps of nurses are all women of good social position and have to undergo three years - train ing in a general hospital before quali fying. "Anyhow, She Says So. A married woman finds consolation in the knowledge that she has the beat husband in the world. If yon monkey wita a buzz-saw yon may be compelled to write shorthand the rest of your day a. WAR DURING A WEEK RUSSIAN VLADIVOSTOK FLEET MAKES A BLUFF. Unexpectedly Descends Upon the Jap anese Coast After Niue Months of Idleness Raid Doubtless Made to Divert Togo's Attention. The Vladivostok fleet, after nine months of idlouess, has unexpectedly descended upon the Japanese coast. Four torpedo boat destroyers of that fleet appeared off the southwest coast of Hokkaido, or Yezo, as it is desig nated upon most of the maps used in this country. After bombarding sev eral small Japanese trading vessels, setting one of them on fire, the de stroyers disappeared in the fog. In the Vladivostok squadron Russia has two of the most powerful modern armored cruisers afloat Originally there were three, the Rossia, the Kurik,- and the Gromoboi. The Rurik was sunk in the straits of Korea in the engagement with Kamamura's fleet on Aug. 1G last. The Gromoboi and Rossia managed to escape and returned to Vladivostok, badly dam aged. Since then they have been idle. The raid by the torpedo boats on the Japanese coast 600 miles from Vladivostok makes it practically cer tain that the big cruisers are not far away, and that they are attempting a diversion in order to draw a part of Togttfs fleet to the northwest. The expedition, however, of the four Russian torpedo boats from Vladivos tok will have about as much weight in this war as a feebie pinprinck. If it is one more of St. Petersburg's deep-laid schemes for perturbing To go’s mind and causing him to alter his plans, it is the most ridiculous yet recorded. Admiral Togo doubtless would like to know whether all three or only two of the Vladivostok cruisers are in good condition for sea, and what kind of a showing they can make, and any raid that would give him that information would doubtless be welcomed. It is a tactical move naturally ex pected by naval men. It proves, to begin with, that the Japanese have left Vladivostok unguarded. This is an Indication that Togo has drawn nil his fighting ships southward—how far southward the outside world does not know. The Vladivstok cruisers, there fore, if properly handled, are likely to work a great deal of damage along the Japanese coast. The naval problem thus becomes doubly interesting. Itojestvensky's fleet remained at Honkoke bay, a short distance north of Kamranh bay, on the French Indo-China coast, until May 3, when it is reported to have put to sea. to join the division which has been proceeding to the far east under the flag of Rear Admiral Nebogatoff. In the China Sea Nebogatoff. with his squadrons af antiques and crip ples. has at least appeared. In a few days more he should be e’tle to join Rojestvensky, who, according to last accounts, was still hovering off the French coast, not many miles from Kamranh bay. Rojestvensky’s de parture from that region has again been announced in the French dis patches from Indo-China, but no one can credit the fact till the fleet is ac tually reported in some other place. With his divisions united Rojest vensky will have under his flag eleven battleships, to say nothing of his cruis ers and destroyers—a formidable fight ing force, and one, if properly handled, capatde of meeting Togo on more than equal terms. Although the world has not the slightest knowledge as to where Ad miral Togo has his headquarters, his course is thoroughly comprehensible. P is not to his interest to seek a battle a thousand miles from the Japanese naval bases, so long as there is a pros pect that Rojestvensky will approach closer. Whether he chooses to await the Russians near Formosa, or, in stead, in the Korea Straits, where lie can keep a weather eye on the north ern passages into the Sea of Japan, he knows that Rojestvensky’s fleet will be no serious menace to Japan till it has advanced at least a thou sand miles further on its course. Togo has effectually concealed his fleet. No French, German, British, or American steamer lias sighted it—or, at least, reported it, and if it had been sighted the fact almost certainly would have been reported. No more absurd rumor could become current than the one reiterated sev eral times last week that Rojestven sky was beaded, not for Vladivostok, but for Petropavlovski at the southern end of the peninsula at Kamchatka. I’etropavloski is at least 1.500 miles to the northeast of Vladivostok. It is a mere village, with no accommoda tions for a single battleship, let alone a great fleet. an.l. In fact, no more use ful to Rojestvensky than Patagonia would be. The only reasonable as sumptions as to Rojestvensky’s imme diate objective are now. as before, that he is making for Vladivostok. He hardly can be planning to spend the summer in the China Sea. Little has been beard during the week of the movements of the Man churian armies. The latest report is that it seems ns if the Japanese are about to resume the offensive by strik ing at General Linevitcb’a left. Roads impassable because of mud have been accepted as a satisfactory explanation of recent inactivity. It nas lieen as sumed that whenever military opera tions on a grand scale were feasible Field Marshal Ovama would renew them. If the fleets meet in the open sea tinder conditions favorable to combat Togo will be outnumbered in battle ships. heavy guns, and men. On pajter it might be easy to figure out a victory for Rojestvensky. But there is a no ticeable confidence every where that Togo will win because be is Togo. News of Minor Note. Andrew Carntgie has offered $40,000 to the University of Tennessee for a li brary bniiding. up*>n the condition that the university shall raise an equal amount. In a train wreck near Marion. Ohio, Ba-gagemaster Samuel Selby was baoly injured. Conductor Charles Dow was braised and six passengers were slightly hurt. A mob broke into the jail at Homer, La., and fired a score of bullets into the body of Richard Craighead, accused of killing his sister-ift-iaw and little son. He probably will die. Escaping natura gas canse*l an explo sion which wrecked the Mossman build ing and two adjoining structures at Huntington. W. Va. Clere and Frank Rude were boried iu the ruins and Hall Rosa. Frank Bales and Ida Stafford were fatally injured. raWEEjOY^ Seven years ago the American people dropped a great load of anxiety. Fifty years had gone by since they had known foreign war, and a generation had passed since they had left the bat tle field. And the supreme issue of na tions was i-> the balance between them and Spain. Seven years ago on May 1 George Dewey struck that issue from the balance. He steamed into Manila Bay as Horatio Nelson had sailed into Aboukir Bay 100 years before, and won a complete victory. From the techni cal viewpoint Manila was not an epoch making battle, says the Chicago Inter Ocean. With the American people It replaced uncertainty by confidence. All chanee of attack on our Pacific coast was removed by the first blow. And that blow proved the mettle of our men and Spain’s. It made sure the victory off Santiago. Best of all. It showed that the line of Paul .Tones and Decatur and Perry and Maedon ough and Farragut and Porter and Da vis was not extinct. It proved that this people still had with them the great naval commander, ready to meet their need. GROWTH OF CROPS SLOW. Temperature Conditions, Howevcr t Favorable in All Sections. The weather bureau’s weekly summary of crop conditions is as follows: While the temperature conditions of the week ending May 1 were much more favorable than in the previous week, complaints of slow germination and growth are very general in ‘.he Missouri and Red River of the North valleys, mid dle Rocky Mountain slope, lake region and New England. In the middle and south Atlantic and gulf States and in the Ohio valley very favorable temperatures prevailed, but the central and west gulf States and portions of the south Atlantic States and Ohio and central Mississippi valleys suffered from excessive rains, which hindered farming operations ma terially. New England, North Dakota, Montana and Florida continue to need rain, but the portions of tiie lower Mis souri and Ohio valleys needing moisture in the previous week have received am ple rainfall. On the Pacific coast the week was too cool for favorable growth, with frequent frosts in Washington. In most of the principal corn States corn planting has made slow progress, but extensive preparations for this work have been made and, with favorable weather, much will be planted during the first week iu May. Planting generally is finished in the Southern States and is nearly completed in the southern portions of Kansas and Missouri. In the southern portion of the middle Atlantic States planting lias been actively carried on and lias begun as far north as Pennsylvania. Practically ail reports indicate that winter wheat Continues in unusually promising condition, the temperature of the past week having been more favora ble for tlie advance of this crop. Dry weather has been unfavorable for the germination and growth of spring wheat in the Dakotas. The early sown in South Dakota, however, and in Min nesota is doing well. The outlook for spring wheat in lowa, Oregon and Wash ington is very promising. The general outlook for oats continues favorable in the most important oat States. In Kansas and Nebraska the crop is recovering from the effects of previous cold. In the Dakotas and por tions of the lake region germination has not been satisfactory. Seeding is well advanced in the more northerly sections of the central part of the country and has begun in the northern part of the middle Atlantic States. Over the eastern portion of the cotton belt the weather conditions have been favorable for cotton planting, which is nearing completion in the more southerly districts, good stands living generally in dicated. In the central and western districts planting is much delayed, less than half of the area having been plant ed in Louisiana ami Oklahoma and In dian territories, only about one-half in northern Mississippi ami very little in Arkansas, practically none being up in the last mentioned State. In northern, central ami eastern coun ties of Texas much of the cotton area remains unplanted, and much cotton land in both Texas and Louisiana lias been badly washed out by rains and extensive replanting will be neeessery. Over the southwestern part of the col ton area in Texas cotton is generally doing well and chopping ami cultivation are iu progress. Transplanting tobacco is nearly finish ed in South Carolina and has begun in North Carolina. Plants are generally plentiful, but are backward iu Ohio and are being damaged somewhat by insects in Kentucky, where preparations for planting are in progress. While the reports respecting fruit are more favorable, they indicate that peaches have been extensively killed, al though an excellent crop is promised in southern Georgia, and in a few other sections the outlook for peaches is some what improved. Brief New** Item*. Fire destroyed an entire block of build- I ings at Ettabeaa, Miss., the loss aggre gating $75,000. During a dispute about a girl at New ark, Ohio. Harry Freiner shot and killed Thomas Osborne, aged 25 years. The lesignations of nine of the ten pension examiners constituting the board of review, who were accus'd of irregu larities, were accepted by Secretary Hitchcock at Washington. The consecration of tiie new SIOO,OOO Masonic Temple at Duluth, Minn., was attended by prominent Masons from many States, including Grand Sovereign Richardson from Tennessee. The family of Samuel Reymer, who married Nellie Paris, a dancing girl and housemaid, announces that his wife has left him. Tiie young husband is report ed living and penniless in an obscure Denver boarding bouse. His wealthy father resl i.-s in Pitt-burg. The sawmill of It. J. & IJ. Camp at White Springs, Fla., was burned, with the dry kiln, veneering ..issary and 2,000,000 feet of lumber and several houses. Loss $250,000. Victor N. Yont, a graduate of the Uni versity of Nebraska, employed by the General Electric Company of Schenec tady, N. Y., was electrocuted by coming in contact with a transformer. ULs beau) was in B*ook, Neb. Favorable action has been taken by tke Greater New York Carpenters' Associa tion oa a plan for accepting charters from tiie National Brotherhood of Car penters. With the acceptance of ih* •barters a big lockout will end.