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By Fergus Hume CHAPTER XXV.— (Continued.) Kitty danced for a little time, but was too much agitated to enjoy the valse, in spite of the admirable partner Mr. Van deloup made. She stopped abruptly, and insisted on Vandeloup taking her to the conservatory. “What for?" he asked, as they thread ed their way through the crowded room. “Is it important?” “Very,” she replied, looking straight ta him; “it is essential to our comedy.” “My faith!” he murmured, as they en tered the fernery, “this comedy is becom ing monotonous.” The fernery was a huge glass building on one side of the ball room, filled with Australian and New Zealand ferns, ar I having a large fountain in the center sending up a sparkling jet of water, which fell into the shallow stone basin filled with water lilies and their pure white flowers. “Well,” said Vandeloup amiably, as he sank into a seat beside Kitty, “what is this great matter you wish to speak •bout?” “Madame Midas,” retorted Kitty, look ing straight at him. “Such a delightful subject,” murmured Gaston, closing his eyes, as he guessed what was coming; “go on, I’m all atten tion.” "You are going to find some way to di vorce me and marry her,” said Miss Mar churst, bending towards him and closing her fan with a snap. “You don’t say so? Who told you this news —for news it is to me, I assure you. “Then it’s not true?” added Kitty, eag erly, with a kind of gasp. “I’m sure 1 don’t know,” he replied. “1 haven’t asked her yet. I>on't talk so loud, my dear; it doesn't do to let every one know your private business." “It’s private now,” she said, in a voice of passion, “but it will soon be public enough.” “Indeed ! which paper do you advertise in ?” “Listen to me, Gaston,” she said, tak ing no notice of his sneer; “you will never marry Madame Midas; sooner than that, I will reveal all and kill myself.” "You forget,” he said, gently; “it is comedy, not tragedy, we play.” Having given Kitty over to the tender care of Mrs. Kolleston, Vandeloup went back into the conservatory, and, sitting down in his old place, commenced to re view the position. If he could only stop Kitty’s mouth in some way—persuasion was thrown away on her. If he could with safety get rid of her he would. Ah! that was an idea. He had some poison—if he could only manage to give it to her, and thus remove her from his path. It was a pity to kill her, so young and pretty, and yet his safety demanded it; for if she told Mad ame Midas all, it might lead to further Inquiries, aud M. Vandeloup well knew his past life would not bear looking into. Well, if he had to get rid of her, the j eeoner he did so the better, for even on j the next day she might tell all —he would ' have to give her the poison that night — , but how? that was the difficulty. He could not dc it at this ball, as It would be too apparent if she died —no —it would have to be administered secretly when she went home. But then she would go to Madame Midas’ room to see how she was, and then would retire to her own room. He knew where that was —just off Mrs. Villiers’ room; there were French win dows in both rooms—two in Mrs. Vil liers’ and one in Kitty's. That was the plan—they would be left open, as the night was hot. Suppose he went down to St Kilda, and got into the garden—he knew every inch of the way —then he could slip into the open window, and if it was not open he could use a diamond Ting to cut the glass. He lvid a diamond ring he never wore, so if Kitty was dis covered to be poisoned, and the glass cut, they would never suspect him, as he did not wear rings at all, and th? evidence cf a cut window would show a diamond must have been used. Well, si ppose he got inside, Kitty would be asleep, and he could put the poison into the water ea raffe, or he could put it in a glass of water and leave it standing. He might get Barty to assist him. When M. Vandeloup had come to this conclusion he arose. feOling a little nerv ous over the eritno he was about to com mit. lie thought he would give Kitty one last chance, so when she was nearly cloak ed, waiting with Mrs. Killer for the car riage. he drew her aside. “You did not mean what you said to night,” he’whispered, looking searchingly at her. “Yes, I did.” she replied defiantly; “if you push me to extremities you must take the consequences.” “It will be the worse for you,” he said, threateningly, as the carriage drove up. “I’m not afraid of you.” she retorted, shrugging her shoulders, a trick she had learned from him; “you have ruined my life, but I’m not going to let you ruin Madame’s. I’d sooner see her dead.” “Remember I have warned you,” he said gravely, handing her to the carriage. "Good night!” “Good nijrht !** she answered, mocking ly ; •*to-morrow,** in a low voice, “you will be asto^'-hed.” “A id co-morrow.” he said to himself, ns the carriage drove off, “you will be dead.” CHAPTER XXVI. Madame Midas was not by any means of a nervous temperament, yet ever since the disappearance of her hushand she was a prey to a secret dread, which, reacting on her nerves, rendered her miserable. Had Mr. Villiers only appeared she would have known how to deal with him. and done so promptly, but it was his absence that made her afraid. Was he dead? If so. why was his body not found; if he was not dead why did he not reappear on the scn>.*? “Are my troubles never going to end?” she said to Selina on the night of the Meddlechip ball, as she passed restlessly op and down her room: “this man has embittered the whole of my life, and now he is stabbing me in the dark.” “Let the dead past bury its dead.” qoated Selina, who was arranging the room for the night. “Pshaw !” retorted Madame. Impatient ly, walking to the French window at the end of the room and opening it; “how do you know he is dead? Come here. Se lina.'* she went oa. beckoning to the old woman, and painting outside to the gar den bathed in moonlight: “l have always a dread lest he may be watching the house. Even now he may be concealed yonder”—pointing down the garden. “You've left the window open." remark ed Selina, looking at her mistress, “and if you are nervous it will not make you feel safe.” Madame Midas glanced at the window “It’s so hot.” she said, plaintively. “I will get no sleep. Can't you manage to fii it up. so that I can leave it open?” “I’ll try.” answered Selina, and she tin dressed her mistress and put her to bed, then proceed I'd to fix up a kind of burglar trap. The bed was a four-poster, with heavy crimson curtains, and the top was pushed against the wail, near the window. The curtains of the window and those of the bed prevented any draught blowing in: and directly in front of the window Behna set a small wood table, so that any one who tried to enter would throw it over, and thus put the sleeper on the alert. On this she put a night light, a book, in case Madame should wake up and want .o read, and a glass of home-made lemonade, for a night drink. Then she locked the other window and drew the curtains and, after going into Kitty’s room, which open ed off the larger one, and fixing up the i*ne window there in the same way, she prepared to retire, but Madame stopped her. “You must stay all night with me, Se lina,” she said, irritably. “I can’t be left alone.” Selina slept on the outside of the bed, and Madame having a spnse of security from being with someone, slumbered calmly; so the night wore drowsily on, and nothing could be heard but the steady ticking of the clock and the heavy breathing of the two women. A sleepy servant admitted Kitty when she came home from the ball. Kitty found Madame’s door ajar, and went in softly, fearful lest she might wake her. She did not know that Selina was in the room, and as she heard the steady breathing of the sleepers, she concluded that Madame was asleep, and resolved to go quietly into her own room without disturbing the sleeper* Just near the door was a long chevral glass, and Kitty caught sight of herself in it, wan and spectral-looking, in her white dress, and, as she let the heavy blue cloak fall from her shoulders, a per fect shower of apple blossoms were shaken on to the floor. Her hair had come un done from its sleek, smooth plaits, and now hung like a veil over her shoulders. She looked closely at herself in the glass, and her face looked worn and haggard in the dim light. He was going to marry Madame Midas —the man who had ruined her life; he would tell her all the false tales he had told her. He would look into her eyes with his own, and she would be unable to see the treachery and guile hidden in their depths. She could not stand it. False friend, false husband, he had been, but to see him married to another —no! it was too much. And y : what could she do? A woman in love believes no ill of the man she adores, and if she was to tell Madame Midas all she would not be believed. Ah! it was useless to fight against fate, it was too strong for her. so she would have to suffer in silence, aud see them happv. How still the house was: not a sound but the ticking of the clock in the hall. The dawn reddens faintly in the east and the chill morning breeze comes up from the south, salt with the odors of the ocean. Ah! what is that? a scream—a woman’s voice—then another, and the bell rings furiously. The frightened servants collect from all parts of the house. The bell sounds from the bedroom of Mrs. Villiers, and having ascertained this they all rush in. What a sight meets their eyes. Kitty Marchrust, still in her ball dress, clinging convulsively to the chair; Madame Midas, pale but calm, ringing the bell; and on the bed, with one arm hanging over, lies Selina Sprotts—dead! The table near the bed was overturned on the floor, and the glass and the night lamp both lie smashed to pieces on the carpet. “Send for a doctor at once,” cri-'d Mad ame, letting go the bell rope ana crossing to the window; “Selina has had a fit of some sort.” Stnrtled servant goes out to stables and wakes up the grooms, one of whom is soon on horseback riding for dear life to Dr. Chinston. Clatter—clatter along in the keen morning air; a few workmen on their way to work gaze in surprise at this furious rider. Luckily, the doctor lives in St. Kilda. and being awakened out of his sleep, dresses himself quickly, and taking the groom’s horse, rides back to Mrs. Vil liers’ house. He dismounts, enters the house, then the bedroom. Kitty, pale and wan, is seated in the chair; the win dow curtains are drawn, and the cold light of day pours into the room, while Madame Midas is kneeling beside the corpse, with all the servants around her. Dr. Chinston lifts the arm ; it falls limply down. The face is ghastly white, the eyes staring; there is a streak of foam on the tightly clenched mouth. The doctor puts his hand on the heart—not a throb; he closes the staring eyes reverently and turns to the kneeling woman and the frightened servants. “She is dead,” he says briefly, and or ders them to leave the room. “When did : this occur, Mrs. Villiers?” he asked, when j the room had been cleared and only him- I self, Madame and Kitty remained. “I can’t tell you,” replied Madame, weeping; “she was all right last night when we went to bed, and she stayed all night with me because I was nervous. I slept soundly, when I was awakened by a cry and saw Kitty standing beside the bed and Selina in convulsions; then she be came quite still and lay like that till you came. What is the cause?” “Apoplexy,” replied the doctor, doubt fully ; “at least, judging from the sym, toms; but perhaps Miss Marchurst can tell us when the attack came on.” lie turned to Kitty, who was shiver ing in the chair and looked so pale that Madame Midas went over to her to see That was thv matter. The giri* however, shrank away with a cry as the elder wom an approached, and rising to her feet moved unsteadily toward the doctor. “You say she,” pointing to the body, “died of apoplexy?” "Yes,” be answered, curtly, “all the symptoms of apoplexy are there.” “You are wrong!” gasped Kitty, laying her hand on his arm. “it is poison !’’ “Poison !” echoed Madame and the doc tor in surprise. “Listen.” said Kitty, quickly, pulling herself together by a great effort. “I came home from the ball between 2 and 3: 1 entered the room to go to my owr pointing to the other door. “I did not know Selina was with Madame.” “No,” said Madame, quietly, “that is true. I only asked her to stop at the last moment.” “1 was going quietly to bed.” resumed Kuy, hurriedly, “in order not to vaken Madame, when I saw the portrait of M. Y'andeloup on the table; I took it up to look at it.” “How could you see without a light?” asked Dr. Chinston sharply, looking at her. “There was a night light burning.” re plied Kitty, pointing to the fragments on the floor; "and I could only guess it was M. Vandeloup’s portrait: but at all events,” she said, quickly. “I sat down in the chair owr there and fell asleep.” "You see. doctor.” she had been to a hall and was tired,” interposed Madame Midas: “but go on. Kitty. I want to know why you say Selina was poisoned.” "I don’t know how long I was asleep,” said Kitty, “but I was awakened by a noise at the window there,” pointing to ward the window, upon which both her listeners turned toward it. “and looking. I saw a band coming out from behind the curtain with a bottle in it; it held the bottle over the g!a-s on the table, and after pouring the contents in. withdrew.” “And why did you not cry out for as sistance?” asked the doctor, quickly. “I couldn't.” she replied, “I was so afraid that I fainted. I recovered my senses, Selina had drank the po.son, and when I got up on my feet and went to the bed she was in convulsions; I woke Madame, and that's all.” “A strange story,” said Chinston, mus* ingly. “where is the glass?” “It is broken, doctor,” replied Madams Midas; “in getting out of bed I knocked the table down, and both the night lamp and glass smashed.” “Xo one could have been concealed be hind the curtain of the window?” said the doctor to Madame Midas. “Xo,” she replied, “but the window was open all night; so if it is as Kitty says, the man who gave the poison must have put his hand through the open window.” Dr. Chinston vent to the window and looked out; there were no marks of feet on the flower bed, where it was so soft that any one standing on it would have left a foot mark behind. “Strange.’’ said the doctor, “it’s a pe culiar story,” looking at Kitty keenly. “But a true one.” she replied boldly, the color coming back to her face; “I say she was poisoned.” “By whom?" asked Madame Midas, the memory of her husband coming back to her. “I can’t tell you.” answered Kitty, “I only saw the hand.” "At all events,” said Chinston. slowly, “the poisoner did not know that your nurse was with you, so the poison was meant for Mrs. Villiers.” ‘For me?” she echoed, ghastly pale: “I knew it —my husband is alive, aad this is his work.” (To be continued.) STRANGE CHECKS. The Odd Aniortment Collected by One finnlv Clerk. A torn linen collar, a piece of lath, a cuff and a half dozen other odd ob jects hung above the bank clerk’s desk. “My collection o p queer checks,” the young man said. “Each of those things is a check. Each was duly honored. Each has a story. “I have been collecting queer checks for three years. That piece of lath started me. A western bank honored the lath for s2oo. It was made out a check by the owner of a sawmill, who was out at the plant with his sou, thirty miles from any house, and to tally without paper, let alone a check book. The money was needed to pay off the hands. The sawmiiler wrote on the lath just what a check correctly drawn has on it. and he sent his son in to the bank to get the money aud to explain. The lath check was hon ored after some discussion among the bank’s officers. “The cuff check was drawn by an actor who had become slightly intoxi cated, got into a fight and been arrest ed. He was treated cavalierly in his cell. They wouldn’t give him any pa per. and he bribed a boy to take the check to a bank. The hoy got the money, and with it the actor paid his line. Otherwise he’d have been jailed for ten days. Thus the cuff check may be said to have saved a man from prison. “The cheek written on that linen col lar won a bet of so. A man bet a woman that a check made on a collar would be cashed, and of course he won his bet. “Your bank, if you carry a good ac count, will honor the most freaky checks you can draw up. In such mon key business, though, it won’t encour age you.”—Chicago Chronicle. WHEN IT RAINED SOME. Crowd Around Country Store Listena to Amazing Tales. Each man around the store had told his tale of the “hardest rain he ever saw fall out of the sky.” Tom Limkins was an easy winner with his of the great harvest rain in ’O3. “It began with big drops kinder scatterin’ like,” he said. “Then it got to a shower, and I just thought I’d crawl under the canvas on the reaper till it was over—knowed the team would stand. But, sir. when the light ning took to hlttiu’ right at that binder I concluded to get out from there. I had a gallon-aud-a-half bucket on my arm and I lit out for the mule shed. When I was about half way there the thing began to get heavy. I looked down, and if the blamed thing wasn’t full of water I’m a ” The lank individual who h:ftl been leaning against a barrel broke In: “Well, now, I reckon that must 'a been the day I’m tbinkin’ about. What made me know it was rainin’ some was seein’ a flock of wild ducks go over. Gents, them ducks had folded their wings and was just naturally padlin'.” For the space of two minutes not a sound was heard save the purring of the cat asleep on the counter. Then, silently, with bowed heads, the crowd dispersed.—Woman’s Home Compan ion. I'.K.> pti-.n Onion*. Egypt lias been regarded by some people as the land of pyramids and mummies only, but It has from time immemorial had a reputation for on ions. Ancient Egyptians swore by the onion and regarded the plant as se eml. The inscription on the pyramid e.f Cheops tells us that the workmen had onions given to them, and from the Bible we lenrti that the Hebrews, when slaves under Pharaoh, enjoyed these bulbs, and that when far away they remembered “the leeks and the onions and the garlic.” The Egyptian onion is a handsome and useful vegetable, and by selecting the best strains of seed the quality tends, year by year, to improve. The Egyptian knows two varieties, the “Baall” and the “Mis kaoui.” but supplies of the latter kind are seldom sent abroad, as they absorb so much moisture from the frequently irrigated ground in which they are grown they they do not stand a sea voy age well. The “Baali” onion is the more popular Egyptian onion and Is grown in yellow soil, which is sparing ly watered while the bulbs are rnatur lng. in order that the qnions may stand a lengthy sea voyage with little risk of sprouting. SinllinK Over the Bar. “He has such a stilling countenance.” “What? The man's face is a regular sight. What with the mm blossom and ” "Well, it's his continual smiling that has made his face that way.”—Phila delphia Press. A Care \rrdrd. Mrs. Nexdore —I’ve been thinking of having my daughter's voice cultivated. Would .von? Mrs. Knox—By all means. If you have tried every other remedy.—Phila delphia ledger. Spoilt lit* Rent. Green—l ate a piece of mmoe pie for breakfast last Sunday. But Dever agala for yours truly. Brown—What was the result? Green —I had a nightmare in church. Even If you do a good thing well you will hear more complaints than compliments. Poe* a goody-good man like to see an , other man in trouble, or is be grieved? flpMragSAsiu^ Wife Should Study Her Hunhand. “I wish girls could all be made to understand how important it is for them to study their husbands, and nev er stop: to know how they will be re paid if they do so. and if they try to repH/o they are one. yet with two different natures, and see if they can not make the new nature part of their own, and adapt their ideas to each other. “Ob, how close together you can gr -vi, and how far apart you could get if you didn’t stop to think and try to understand each other! I know how much I have to thank a good mother for, and I see so many young married people who seem to bo gradually pull ing apart without knowing the reason why. “Xever hesitate, girls, to speak frank ly, in a good, friendly way, about any thing. Discuss everything you are In doubt about, aud make him understand that It is the little things that count with women. If he forgets some of his little attentions after you are married, don’t keep your grievance to yourself; tell him of It and ask him to try to remember that it is these little things that go to make up your happiness. “Tell him in a nice way and you will find that if you are as considerate of his thoughts and feelings he will grad ually get where the little things are never forgotten, and you will find your lives growing closer all the time, and love for you greater instead of less. I have proved it and I speak from my own happiness, and four years of try ing hard to live up to my mother's pre cepts.’ ’ —Good I lousekeeping. Male* Exceed Females. In the Jahrbuch. published by the German government, it is stated that the only countries in Europe in which the number of males exceeds the fe males are Servia, Roumania. Bulgaria and Greece. The Teutonic, Latin and Slav nations have a slight excess of fe males, which is often only a few thou The new evening modes are of the daintiest and most delightful descrip tion. with picturesqueness of effect for sands, and rarely as much as 900,Uw. The United States. Canada, Brazil. Ar gentine. Uruguay and other countries have an excess of males. In the Phil ippines the males are in excess. Needlework: Notes. Eaee gowns for evening are being trimmed with quillings and flower de signs of narrow satin ribbon. When fitting a lining, always open It at the under-arm seam to remove for alterations, leaving the front pinned together. Scallop embroidery is in favor for petticoats. The designs of a century ago are resurrected by those who are fortunate enough to possess them. Pretty glove garters are easily home made by shirring ribbon over an elas tic band and finishing it with a rosette of soft loops. To make it very attrac tive knot the ribbon before looping it. Work for the Fireside. One of the popular “fireside” indus tries which the clubwomen of Missouri are trying to revive is weaving, and a pretty occupation for winter evenings in the country is the weaving of por tieres. The darkest bands should be at the !>ottom. and the colors should become lighter toward the top. Handy table looms may be bought for the srnali sum of sl2. and women will find it easy to use up rbeir scraps of silk ami other material in making rugs and jiortiere* that will be quite artistic when finished, especially now when they are so fashionable. Chanter of Work Proiublr. A writer in a Baltimore paper tells of two school teachers who took np an abandoned farm near a summer resort, raised honer and ducks and in a few years saved money enough for one of them to marry and support a husband. The husband had his smoking and bil liard room so arranged that he was not annoyed by the cackling of tbe ducks, and the smvess of the venture in every respect proved that abandoned farms are much to be preferred to school teaching. Overskirts V ten in. How fashionable dressmakers do en joy making poor woman miserable! They now assert that overskirts are coming “in,” and although a more un esthetic sartorial style never afflicted civilization, that does not keep the gar ment from being admired by tbe powers of the fashionable world A brown crepe de chine costume just received from Paris demonstrates the overskirt vogue. It is made with three bias ruf fles around the bottom of the full pet ticoat. Over this, in thin cloth of the same shade, are draped two deep points, one back and the other front, the points falling to the bottom of the skirt, the drapery at one side going half way to the knees before it slopes away to the back and front. With the approach of winter it is prayed that the overskirt may be hauled in aud a more simple effect prevail. AValklnK CoKtumr*. The costume at the left is of dark blue cloth. The princess or corselet skirt is made with plaits which open out below the hips. The biouse, qf ba tiste or linen, is covered with a pelerine of the blue doth composed of two col lars. the upper one bordered with a band qf velvet to match, the whole fas tened with a knot of velvet with gold buckle. The sleeves are finished with their keynote, and a very wide variety from which to choose in the way of shape and design, style and color. Ev erything that is becoming is permissi ble. and no hard and fast rules are laid down as to the shape of* a bodice or the cut of a skirt. It will lie a dif ficult season, no doubt, for the dress makers, since so much will be left to them to originate and design, but the general result bids fair to be eminently cuffs of the material, ornamented with bands and knots of the velvet. The skirt of the second costume is of Scotch plaid, plaited over the hips and finished at the bottom with a wide band of the same. The blouse and sleeves are of the plaid, and the bolero is of velvet bordered with a shaped band of the same aud trimmed with soutache. The waistcoat, rolling collar, revers and girdle are of leather, col ored cloth or silk, the last two orna iiientpd with embroidery or guipure. Bias folds of the material are found in many striped frocks. Black hats with long white feathers are a pronounced success. Plain colored wqpl serges, mohairs and plaids are all fashionable for little girls' school frocks. Held in place by a single great roe* is a popular method of placing the os trich plume on the hat. Skirts fit snugly over the hips, even though laid in tacks and plaits, but they flare very much over the feet. The principal change in blo.uses is a gradual turning from handkerchief lin en and batiste to lace and chiffon for autumn wear. In using braids, note that ♦he wide silk kinds should be the color of the cloth, while in soutache black on color is allowable. , Many hat frames are covered with silk, moire, crepe or some equally light fabric, and even the velvets are often faced with chiffon or silk. The felts, too. are not of a heavy quality. The new laces and braid trimmings are really almost regal. Many of the laces are outlined in gold thread; oth ers have applique-flowered designs in silk of delicate Dresden shades Suitings in broken cheeks and indis tinct stripes, shewing a black satin overstripe, will be among the novelty materials. The ground colorings will be very effective, in dark combinations of biues. g.cens. deep reds. etc. The new linen collar and cuff sets are anything but mannish. They indi cate more than anything else woman’s return to the frills and fuibelows at tributed to her sex. London women are making a tremen dous vogue for purple in all shades, even for their houses. They are select ing cretonnes and wall papers with flor al designs in purple. One hat met had a succession of three little green velvet bows mounted on a wire one above the other, right in front, and this little upright ladder ef fect was really very good. The cut of the blouse is the essential point in its make-up. No matter how pretty the material is or how gracefully trimmed, it must be well cut to pass the critical eye of Mine. Mode. Month In Which to Marry. Girls who are to be married this fall may be interested in the rhyme for autumn weddings: Married in gold September’s glow, smooth and serene your life will flow; Married when leaves in October thin, toil and hardship you begin; Married in veils of November mist. Fortune your wedding ring has kissed; Married in days of December cheer, Love’s star shines brighter from year to year. Look After the Jialls. The ugliest nails can be improved by taking the trouble to push back the hard skin that grows at the base of the nails. This should be done after the hands have been washed in warm soap and water and are still moist. A soft towel is the best thing to use for the purpose, or an ivory or bone im plement. such as is sold in manicure sets. To Teach Household Science. Mrs. Tom L. Johnson, wife of the Mayor of Cleveland, is one of the many wealthy and prominent women of that satisfactory since Individual taste will have a chance of asserting itself. As to the materials which will be most in evidence, silks and satins of the soft est texture will lead the way, made up in the simplest styles imaginable, with long flowing skirts, all inn.cent of any kind of trimming, beyonc. perhaps a velvet hem, in a darker shade of the same color, as that of the gown. city who are backing a training school in household science. In two respects the school is a novelty. In the first place, it offers to board its students free, and in the second, it proposes to fit its pupils with special reference to service in homes of luxury. Among other things they are to study the de portment proper to such an environ ment. Only girls who come duly rec ommended will be accepted. Monument to Poeahontn*. . At last Pocahontas is likely to have a monument, there having been for years much talk on the subject. Among her descendants are the Randolph, Fairfax and Cabel families of Virginia, and they, with other descendants in other parts of the country, have decid ed to erect the monument. Ten thou sand dollars have been raised to that end. The Wind and the Wldotr. In Sumatra the wind decides the length of time a widow shall remain single. Just after her husband’s death she plants a flagstaff at her door, upon which a flag is raised. While the flag remains untorn by the wind the eti quette of Sumatra forbids her to mar ry; but at the first rent, however tiny, she can lay aside her weeds and accept the first man who presents himself. Brethren Are Critleiaed. The Woman's Journal comments on the fact that some of the Methodist brethren object to a woman's attend ing the general conference on the ground that her place is at home; and yet they have no objection to her going over seas as a missionary, possibly to be eaten by cannibals, at any rate, to suffer great hardships. What They tr Doing:. Some of the things that club women are doing throughout the country are very edifying. The children of St. Panl. Minn., through the efforts of the Thursday Morning Club, have set out 14.000 fruit trees. In Beaufort, S. C., the club women have succeeded in hav ing twenty-five miles of hard shell road bordered with shade trceih Sad I.ot of RomUr Girl Stadeata. There is said to be terrible distress among the Russian girl students at French universities. Their families are ruined by the recent disturbances, are unable to send them money, ahd some’ of them are subsisting on a f wm cents a day. TO FIGHT OIL TRUST. SUIT IS BEGUN AGAINST STAND ARD COMPANY. Attorney General Moody Start* Pro eeedtnjf* in St. l.oal* Vnder the Sheriuun Act Aaalnwt Parent and Seventy Constituent Corporation*. Attorney General Moody, acting through the resident United States dis trict attorney, began proceedings '!> ■ !""V 1 Thursday against 'Wm 'jR dor the Sherman w. h. moody. partnerships an and seven individual defendants. The At torney General asks that the combina tion lie declared unlawful and that it be enjoined from entering any contract or combination in restraint of trade. The following statement was pre pared and made public by Attorney General Moody: “In June, by direction of the Presi dent, Messrs. Kellogg and Morrison were appointed by me special assistant attorneys general to act with Assistant to the Attorney General Purdy to make an investigation of the relations of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey to the business of refining, transporting, distributing and selling oil throughout the United States; to ascertain all the facts, and to report whether or not in their opinion there has been a violation of the Sherman anti trust law by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey or the per sons or corporations associated with or managing it. Counsel have completed that duty and the report of their in vestigation has received careful con sideration ,by the President and his Cabinet. Chnrjje* Set Forth by Moody. “The information available to the de partment tends to show: That the various corporations and lim ited partnerships under the control, in the manner hereinafter stated, of tlie Standard Oil Company of New .Jer-ey produce, transport and sell about !H) per cent of the refined oil produced, trans ported and sold in the United States for domestic use, and about the same pro portion of refined oil exported from the United States. That this share of the business has been procured by a course of action which, beginning in IS7O, lias continued under the direction of the same persons, in the main, down to the present time. That these persons now surviving arc John I). Rockefeller, William Rockefel ler, Henry 11. Rogers, Henry M. Fligler, John D. Archbold, Oliver 11. Payne and Charles XI. Pratt. That the design throughout of the persons having control of the enterprise has been to suppress competition in the production, transportation and sale of re fined oil, and to obtain, as far as jiossitil.', a monopoly therein. That between 1870 and 1882 the de sign was effected through agreements made between many persons and corpora tions engaged in this business. That in 1882 the result aimed at was made more certain by vesting in nine trustees (including five of the above-nam ed persons) sufficient stock in the thirty nine corporations concerned to enable the trustees to control their operations in such a way that competition between them was suppressed. That this plan was acted upon until it was declared unlawful by f he Supreme Court of Ohio in an action against the Standard Oil Company of Ohio, one of said corporations, in 1892. That during the seven years following the same individual defendants, as a ma jority of the liquidating trustees, were pretending to liquidate the trust, but ds a matter of fact were managing all ot the corporations in the same way and exer cising the same control over them. That the individual defendants, ; n 1899, increased the stock of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey from $10,000,G00 to $(10,000,000; that said company was then a producing and selling cot pora’.ion, and that they added to its corporate pow ers the power of purchasing stock in oth er companies and practically all -f fhe powers exercised by the trustees uncle" the unlawful trust agreement of 1882. That the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, then taking the place of ;lie trustees, acquired all of the stock jf the corporations theretofore held and con trolled by the trustees, paying therefor by the issue of its own shares in ex change; that the president of the board of trustees became the president of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, and that the same persons (the individual defendants) who hud directed the busi ness of the trust then assumed *he direc tion of the business of the Standard 09 Company of New Jersey, and ever sicca have continued it. That the purpose and effect of tb ■ ■ use of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey as a holding company tfas precise ly the same as the purpose and effect of the appointment of the trustees hereinbe fore referred to —namely, to suppress competition between the corporations and limited partnerships whose stock was first held by the trustees and then by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. That by tiie foregoing methods, aided by the establishment of railroad rates for transportation which discriminated in fa vor of the corporations whose stock was held by the holding company, that com pany -.as been enabled to obtain, in large sections of the country, a monopoly of the sale of refined oi’ with the result that the prices to the consumer within the territory where the monopoly prevails are very much higher than within the territory where competition to some ex tent still exists. “It is believed that these facts, to gether with others contained in the re port of the speeial counsel, justify and require action by the United States in the courts.” John D. Rockefeller Inrtteted. John D. Rockefeller, M. G. Vilas, treasurer of the Standard Oil Com pany of Ohio; J. M. Robertson, secre tary, and H. I*. Mclntosh, director, were lndi<-ted at Findlay by the grjnd Jury, before which the recent oil in quiry was reopened by County Prosecu tor David. Bench warrants for Rocke feller and the others indicted is sued immediately and placed in the hands of Sheriff Grove*. Ice Trust Decision Stand*. The Circuit Court of Toledo, Ohio, upheld the decision of the Common Picas Court in the sentence of the three prin cipals convicted of conspiracy in restraint of trade in the sale of ice. The sentence was $2,500 each and six months in the workbous-. and if the Supreme ('our: af firms the lower courts, the icemen must serve their sentence. A temporary injunction was granted by Judge Pollock of the United States Dis trict Court restraining the members of the Iron Molders’ Union of Kansas City. Kar... from interfering with the employes f the Riverside iron works of that city. JOIIS D. ROCKEFELLER. ANNA GOULD DIVORCED. Connl IJoni I.oae*. and Wife and For tune Are Gone Forever. Final separation from home and in come is the cruel fate meted out by French justice to Count Boui de Cas tellane, the wife-beating spendthrift who hml won the affection and fortune of Jay Gould's daughter and rapidly dissipated both. The decision, granting a divorce without even an “alimentary allowance,” banded down in Paris by the Tribune of the First Instance of the Seine, Judge Ditte presiding, gives Countess de Castellane the custody of her children, who, however, may not l>e taken from France without the con sent of their father. The end of the famous case came suddenly. The court brushed aside the demand of the court’s lawyers for an examination of witnesses, and, as ex pected. the public prosecutor did rot even ask to be hoard. In granting the countess the custody of her children the court allowed the count only tlie usual rights to them and share in the control of their education, which was not contested. The count is given tin' right to see the children at stated periods at the home of their grand mother, and to keep them a month an nually during the holidays. Boni’s demand for an “alimentary al lowance of $30,000 annually” was pro nounced by the court to he without foundation in law and was rejected. The only point decided in the husband's THE DIVORCED PAIR. favor was the order that the countess may not take the children from France without their father’s consent. The count appointed the president of tin* I chamber of notaries io liquidate the af fairs of the husband and wife. The judgment was given with costs against the count. Anna Gould, youngest daughter of the late Jay Gould, was married to Count Ernest Boniface de Castellane, eldest son of the Marquis de Castellane, at the New York home of her brother, George J- Gould, March 4, 1893, tin* late Archbishop Corrigan officiating. Miss Gould's dowry was understood to have boon $18,000,090, and it was stated ttiat lier income was SOOO,OOO n year. Immediately after the marriage tin* couple left the United States for France, where the extravagant manner in which they lived attracted atten tion. About five years after the mar riage Count and Countess de Castellane were reported to lie financially embar rassed. it being alleged that the count had spent about $7,000,000 of his wife’s money. An adjustment of the affairs of the couple became necessary and considerable litigation followed, with the result that tin* Gould family inter vened and the income of the countess was reduced to $200,000. Feb. 3of the present year Countess de Castellane en tered a plea for divorce. The tlirpe children of the Custellanes are George, Boni and Jay, the youngest being the namesake of liis mother's father. Japan is for the open school door. That $73,000,000 soap trust sound* like a bubble. Ohio has knocked the piers from under the Bridge Trust. They will have to stop making currant jelly out of cows’ hoofs. Cuba wakes up with a headache, empty pockets and owing money. What we really need is government ownership of Congressmen. Philadelphia indulges in >he kind of dramatic criticism the hens lay. Go*. Magoon is going to dean Cuba up if ibe cyclone don’t do it for him. The wild automobile is on_> thing that doesn’t discriminate in favor of the mill ionaire. Killing a general in Russia is heeoming so common that experts can Jf it at the first shot. Added to her other proofs of acquiring American habits, the Cuban Congress re ports a deficit, A man with a wife like Senator Bur ton'* comes mighty near deserving a fair share of sympathy. Germany ate 1,508 dogs and 81,.112 horses last year. This is enough to give Chicago a jealous fit. The skeleton of a horse 40 feet high has been found in Wjoming. They’d be won ders in a steeplechase. Washington will now begin to get excited over Miss Ethel’s new hair ribbon and Archie’s sore toe. Burglars stole SIO,OOO from a Stand ard Oil office in New York. The people are gradually getting even. Over 500 fossil skeletons have been found in the Rocky Mountains. Wait till they begin to unearth Congress! Gorky has gone to Italy to write a book on America, but that is about as near as he got to this country, anyway. The new magazine is u “militant week ly for God and country,” but the sub scriptions are payable in advance. As long as we get over a million immi grants a year tbe race suicide movement doesn't seriously affect the census re turns.