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CRIPPS, THE CARRIER
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.

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