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A SMILING VILLAIN.
By VIOLET M. FLINN. CHAPTER XXVI. Almost at her feet was tht street In which Mrs. Charteris lived, and her gaze was attracted to it by the presence of • cab, one of the antiquated “growlers" common to Caterham Wert, before the door. As she watched she saw that some luggage was being placed on the roof of the cab, and struck by a sudden thought, she hurried down the road and made her way to the ferry. She had hardly reached the tollgate when the cab drove up behind her. and she stepped hastily behind a shelter, from which she saw Bertram cautiously emerge from the cab. He was evidently going away for some time. He was well wrap ped up, and had drawn a muffler round his throat. He looked wretchedly ill. All his vivid coloring was gone, and, as he handed the driver his fare, Moyra could see that bis hand shook. Moyra watched him go down to the boat with a sinking heart. If only she could follow him! If only she could make him speak ! But she was powerless to act alone, so after eliciting from the ferryman that most certainly Miss Bride had not crossed by any of the morning boats she turned homewards sadly, her thoughts dwelling with curious persisten cy on Bertram’s flight for that, some in stinct told her. It truly was. What had Bride to do with it? She was so deep in thought that she ran into a telegraph boy as she drew near the Rectory. Instantly all thoughts save those of Bride were banished. She ran across the grass to the school room window, through which she could see the family gathered in an excited group. A resounding whoop from Terry greeted her as she unfastened the window and helped her aeroas the sill. “What is it? What is it?’ she gagped, looking from one face to another, and al most snatching the telegram from Aileen’s hand. It was from Prof. Lewisson and had been sent from Birmingham. “Miss B. will arrive in Caterham at 4 :30. Shall travel with her.—Lewisson.” “What does it mean?’’ Moyra asked, and Aileen began to laugh in a manner that verged on the hysterical. “It means that Bride ia the most sensi ble of the lot of us,” she gasped. “I am beginning to see daylight.” It seemed very long and tedious to the Impatient Keresfords —waiting until the daylight hours should bring Bride’s re turn, but relieved from the great uncer tainty of her whereabouts, their spirits rose rapidly, and it needed the sight of Mr. Fenton and Billy driving up the ave tue to remind them that the jewel rob bery still covered them with its shadow. "But when Bride returns I feel sure •he will tell everything she knows. I am certain the professor will counsel her to do so,” Aileen said to her father. Moyra was not quite so sanguine as the others with regard to Bride’s return and the solution of the mystery. Only Angus’ presence could satisfy her, and she remembered the letter she had written in the early morning and which still remain ed in her pocket. As soon as she had an opportunity she would post it. But it was not until after luncheon that she hnd the opportunity. The Fentons called, father and son, and to them the whole •tory of Bride’s flight and her impending return had to be told. The Fentons had little or nothing to add in the way of news connected with the jewel robbery. The police declared that they had found an important clue; a man who was unknown to Hny one in Caterham West had b-en staying for some days in the village, and had been seen lurking round the two houses on the night of the dance, and had not been seen since. “From the description, the police de tectives think he is a well-known charac ter to them, and has been concerned in a great many similar robberies—that he is one of a big gang of such scoundrels that has its headquarters *n America,” the elder Fenton said, hanp-ly without notic ing Moyra’s unconeetil vble confusion. She was very thankful when they took their leave, and she was able to slip away, feeling that she had not betrayed herself. The bright raornir.g had changed to a dull, foggy afternoon, and no one noticed her as she sped down the avenue to the postoflice. She had the letter in her hand, In another second it would have left her keeping, when out of the gloom and gray ness loomed two figures pretematurally large and broad in the deceptive light. As they drew near one of them laughed, and at the sound Moyra’s heart seemed to stand still. ‘‘Angus!” she exclaimed, and the big ger figure stopped abruptly and with an exclamation caught her outstretched hands in his. His close, wagm grip, the night of his honest face, the look And tone in his eyes and voice were too much for overwrought Moyra, and she broke Into a passion of tears. Her fingers cl os- MlollMi it 11l Milt Mold had away from her. Anfrus aeemed to grraMp the situation at once, and turning to bis Companion gate him some hasty directions, which caused him to quicken his stepa and leave them alone in the fog. “brow, my dearest, what is this all about?” Angus asked in the gentle tones he would have used to Lulu. How good it was to hear the deep voice, (be faint Scottish accent again! Moyra thought as she strove to regain her com posure. She wiped her eyes and looked up Into hi* face with a confiding amile. There was no need of explanation between them —that long, earnest look seemed to •ay everything that needed to be aaid. It seemed only right and natural that he should call her “dearest.” and yet never until that moment had such an idea dawned upon her. It seemed only right and natural that he should draw her hand through hi* arm, and repeat the in quiry withs touch of protective author ity in his voice that no on* had ever used to her before. It seemed to Moyra, look ing up into his strong face, that ifter toiling In troubled, broken water she bad reached a safe harborage at last. Sue had been perplexed and worried, doubts had assailed her, yet at the sight of this onejnsn they had all vanished. No mat ter what happened, she would still believe In him and love him to her life’s end. CHAPTER XXVII. Aileen was sitting alone in the drawtng room with the traces of recent tears on her face, when to her astonishment the door was suddenly thrown open and Moy ra entered —a transformed Moyra, with bt.ppy, flushed face, tear-filled yet radi ant eves, and smiling, qu vering lips. • “What on earth are you look In r happy about T’ Aileen demanded. She felt far from happy herself, for she had been going OTer the events of the past few days, and she was inclined to resent happiness in any one *i*e. “Where hare jou been?” “Oh. only to the poet 1 Oh, I am so happy Moyra said. “I — -I never was 00 happy before.” A tali form had just blocked up the floorway. and Angus, fallowed by the rest of the family, came Into the room. For s tee Aileen lost her seif-poeaeeaion. Sb* aould only stand and stars. Fortunately for her, the others wars In much the sums Stricken condition, Angus alone retaining bis presence of salad. The Fentons will be here in a minute or two,” he said, addressing the Rector, mho assented lamely. Nor was the situation any Urn involved When Mr. Faasea and Billy arrived on trie scene, although Billy's spontaneous and hearty greeting removed a little of the stiff coldness. "You left a message, I believe, at my bouse that you wanted to see us at once?” Mr. Fenton said jerkily. “Yes,” Angus replied easily. He made a sign, and the stranger who had accom panied him entered the room. “Another detective,” Terry murmured, under his breath. Angus caught the words, and nodded. “Quite true, Terry, and I hope the last one needed in this business.” He took up a case that the man had been holding, and proceeded to unlock it. “Mr. Fen ton, you have bad your diamonds stolen. Atfw me to restore them,” and opening the lid he lifted out. one by one, all those glittering, flashing treasures that the own er had sorrowfully deemed lost to him forever. “I think you will find'that there is not one missing*’—and he stepped back to all/w the dazed owner to examine them. The silence and stiffness lasted no long er. In their place reigned the din and hubbub of excited voices, questioning and exclaiming. Moyra stood with a look of great pride on her flushed face, while Ter ry and Biily, hardly conscious of their actions, shook the hero of the hour, and dealt him resounding slaps on the back. “But how on earth came you by them?’’ Mr. Fenton succeeded in making his question heard at length. "This is a most extraordinary affair. I can’t make head or tail of it at all.” “Well, it’s a very long story, and we had better take our time for it, for there are paris that are not very pleasant hear ing”—his face clouding. “I’ve several explanations to make, both to the Rector, to Moyra, and to yourself; but just at present I think your claim comes first”— turning to Mr. Fenton. “I have been told that I’ve been suspected as the orig inal thief of these diamonds. Well, I ad mit circumstances looked very black against me, and in one way the suspicion was correct. Mr. Fenton, your diamonds were stolen twice the night before last. I was the thief in the second place. It came about in this way. I found that after all I was able to conclude my busi ness in town in time to arrive here for part of the dance. I did not let any one know I was coming for two reasons—l wanted to give my friends a surprise, and I also wanted to see a person in whom I was rather interested without that per aot> ueing aware of my proximity. “It was about ten, I suppose, when I arrived at the station, and I walked up here. My first idea was to come in and see the Rector, but as the house was in darkness I concluded to go across to the big house. I was crossing the lawn when I wan attracted by a light flashing in rather a strange way in an upper win dow. “Now I must explain that some few years ago I did some journalism for a friend in Chicago who runs a iiig paper there. He employed me to find out all 1 could concerning a certain gang—it is really a well-organized society, compris ing men and women of all ranks and con ditions, who are birds of prey, and live on other people. They are thieves, but intensely clever, and their operations ex tend all over the world. 1 got to know a great deal about them—l was to a cer tain extent in their confidence, and really quite friendly with their loader, who was always named ‘the chief.’ My father reminded me of him in many ways, and in jest I started calling him ‘the chief’ also, though the name was not new to him, I believe” —appealing to the Rector. “No. He was always called ’the chief’ at college. He was always a leader.” “Exactly so. Now when I saw that light I recognized at once that it was one of the signals used by this society or gang, and I knew, though,” he added slowly, “I was little prepared for it, that some of the lot were about. My thoughts instantly went to the diamonds, and I be gan to move very cautiously about and investigate matters. I expect to those who, it appears, were watching me, my movements must have appeared exceeding ly suspicious. In the end I was awarded by the sight of one of the cleverest of the lot, whom I had met in America, and the other whom I did not know, making their way up a ladder to a bedroom window. I need not go into details. It was a cleverly worked robbery, the hour was particularly well chosen, their informa tion was perfectly correct, and —they had a confederate in the house. Little did you and your guests imagine. Mr. Fen ton, that while you were all at supper your safe was being rifled. “They descended by the ladder, which they took to pieces, and then walked quietly away up the avenue. Had any one met them they would have imagined them to L.** two guests leaving early. I followed them. I knew it was of no use raising an alarm. I should not have been beard, and I Knew both would be armed, And would not scruple to shoot. “At the gate they separated ; the one I knew struck across country, the other* who carried the diamonds, went down to the ferry. We crossed to Caterham. he hailed a cab, so did I, and we caught the early mail train for town. I really thought that journey would never end. and I was almost at my wits’ end. We were alone in the same compartment, and I suppose he took me for c simple green horn, for after a time, jurt as we were drawing near Rugby, I tbini it was, he opened the bag he was currying to look at the diamonds. A sud len inspiration came to ms. I pretended to be asleep un til the train had commenced stowing, and then I sprang up, grabbed the bag and flung open the door, making a dash up the platform. “Of course he was after me In a second, yelling, ‘Stop thief!’ and equally of course I was stopped by two porters. There was a tremendous scene” —his eyes twink ling at the recollection. “Each of os vowing the one had robbed the other, and demanding justice from the bothered sta tion master. I don't mite know what would have been the end had not my friend Mr. Forbes walked on the plat form. and taken the law into his own hands. The magic words ‘Scotland Yard' reassured the station master, and we were taken to his office for an investigation. Once there I told my tale, and I could see I was believed, although the cautious Forties knew better than to say so.” A smile flickered over the detective’s fs>e. “By the time we bad both been quee tioaed and crocs-questioned, thief number on i waa losing his nerve and bounce, ar.d suddenly brought the matter to a close by declaring that I spoke the truth. I. suppose the fact was that he knew he had bungled affairs so badly that his life wouldn’t be worth a day's purchase when the chief got to hear of It, and he thought Portland prison would be the safest place for him for the present. At any rate, he threw up the sponge and is at present in safe custody, while Forbes and I have returned, as you see.” A deep-drawn sigh from each one pres ent showed how great their interest had been. “It reads like a fairy tale I** Billy ex claimed. “But, I say, why didn't yoa telegraph or come back yesterday T Why wait so long?" “Because we had executed a grand coup,” Angus answered, smiling again as hi* eyes met Moyra'* “Not the coup mentioned by soy father, let me my. Our scoundrel, having turned King's evidence. Fashes waa able to maka rack plans that by evening the second one, who had reach ed London ia another way, was also in custody, and so I think we may congrat ulate ourselves that Mr. Fenton has kept his diamonds and society is well rid of a couple of rascals for the next few years.” “But the confederate in the house?" Terry began. The sound of wheels on the grave! of the avenue, however, prevented Angus from replying. * “It is Bride!” Moyra exclaimed, and it was her sweet, loving face that first met Bride’s eyes as she descended from the cab. "Oh, Moyra, Moyra, don’t be angry with me!” she said piteously, as her sis ter’s arms closed around her. “I have been very naughty, but I was so misera ble r (To be continued.) WAS THE HOME OF KINGS. This Engllah Palace, Recently Sold, Nearly Six tenturle* Old. The cause of a cold shiver running up and down the back of the British public has been removed, says the Kan sas City Star. The old palace at Rich mond, linked with the royal houses of England for full 400 years, which has been on the market for some time and which It was feared wotlld fall into the hands of that ever present bogey, the American millionaire, has been corrall ed by an Englishman. And therein lies a tale of how the American million aire missed a grand opportunity of be coming possessed of a royal palace with ghosts, a hidden treasure ami a history of royal occupancy extending over four centuries. It is doubtful If many other palaces in England can show a pedigree so long as that of the house of Richmond. It dates back to the fourteenth century, when Edward 11. lived therein and brought his long reign to a close by dying within its four walls. Servants were not as decorous or as honest in those days as they are to day, for we read that immediately it became known that the monarch was dead his domestics pillaged the castle and carried off almost everyth!"* of value. That was rather hard on his heir, but the latter does not appear to have suffered very much, for with the help of his famous master of works, Geoffrey Chaucer, Richard 11. added considerably to the building. Anne, Queen of Richard 11., died within Its walls, whereupon that monarch, out of misery and grief, razed the palace to the ground. It was subsequently re stored by one of the Henrys. A wonderful story of buried treasure dates from the occupancy of Henry VII.. who died tn the palace after a residence of eight years. T le is said to have left, burled in its secret vaults, $!>,000,000 in gold, jewels and plate. History fulls to supply the interesting news as to whether or not it was recov ered by any subsequent occupant and there is a bare chance that it still may be hid away beneath the wails of the building. Much-married Henry VIII. lived there for awhile, as did his daughter, “Bloody Mary.” During the latter’s in teresting reign It served as a prison for her sister, the “Good Queen Bess,” upon whom it was finally settled. Queen Mary came there with her newly wed ded consort. Philip of Spain, and the couple spent the happiest time of their married life within its confines. The last royal jiersonage to live In the old castle was Queen Charlotte. As it stands to-day it is but an inconsid erable portion of the original Palace of Sheen, as It was known. It hs five reception rooms and ten bedrooms. The major portion of the pnlace was pulled down during the Civil War. The re maining portion, however, stands just as It was restored by one of the early Henrys—one of the most interesting historical relics of the England of the past. A Gigantic Joke. The love of animals Is deeply Im planted In the Magyar character, and most of the peasant farmers of Hun gary own valuable horses and high bred stock. They are well to do, al though they live in a primitive man ner, have a keen sense of humor, and are ready to take trouble to put the laugh on someone else. In “The Whirlpool of Europe” this story is told of one the Magyar farmers: A typical peasant fanner, a man of considerable wealth, was well known for his adherence to old clothes and customs. On one occasion a young farmer, new to the district, who had token a small holding not far from that of the old man, perceived a shabby figure leaning against the on the edge of his property, and said. “HI. old man I H>o yoti want some work ?” The wearer or n shabby sheepskin took his long pipe out of his month, and nodded gravely. “Well, you can come along tomor row and look after some of my sheep. Bring any of your bits of things or animals with you; there’s plenty of room on my farm.” The next day. as the young fanner walked across his fields, bo saw a cloud of dust coming up the road. Presently there emerged from it a herd of cows, horses and sheep—Hundreds of animals with their driver. Th cav alcade swept past the aetonlshed man. Behind it came a huge wagon, creak ing and groaning, laden with heavy furniture. In the front of wnich sat his shabby acquaintance of the day before. “You told me to bring my animals and bits of things,” aaid the old man, "and here we are.” Doubt. "Before vre were married, you told me you were well off.” “So I did. I remember distinctly telling you that.” “You Bed. then?” “That would be a queation In cas uistry. I was well otf, % all right, but I didn’t know It.” —Puck. A Good Shot, Hoax —So young Goldrox has taken a wife. What was her maiden name? Joax —Her maiden aim seems to have been to marry Goldrox, and she proved an unusually good shot for a woman.— Tid-Bita. Early Experience. Mrs. Nttt —Huh. you say you were once on a farm, eh? Weary— Yea’m, at a early age I wag on a baby farnU CeoUa’t Have Improved. Hs —Has she Improved In her piano play log? 8be —Judge for yourself. Her hat band told the piano yesterday. About 200,000 miles off cable repose at the bottom at tbs see, representing g2SO.OOQ.OOa Thin works oat at about SI,OOO per Bstto to ash* and lay- afJTwKra Don’t* (or Heaband*. Don’t hang about the kitchen, with advice here and suggestions there, un less you give your wife the same priv ilege at your place of business, says a writer in What to Eat. Don’t require an Itemized report of every shilling placed in her hands; even should she make an unwise ex penditure, consider how many times you have given her the example. Don’t allow any family disagree ments or differences of opinion to crop out before the children or servants; let all such thiags be reserved for private discussion, with mutual confidence and kindness. Don’t use all your kindness and gal lantry away from home, and let the unpleasantness manifest itself in the family circle; try the other course for a time, and see how that will work. Don’t listen to the man who begins to disparage his wife, and parade her real or fancied shortcomings to the world. Don’t pay a couple of dollars for a lunch “in town,” and half as much more for cigars, while you think out plans for greater economy in the fam ily grocery bill. Don’t forget that members of the family have as good a right to a pleas ant greeting, when met, and will appre ciate it as much, as the business or social acquaintance next door. Honse Gown. Where the Mother In Supreme. An interesting survival of the matri archate has been discovered iu India as a result of a study of the more impor tant tribes and castes ordered three years ago by the government. The Khasis, numbering 170.614, are com pletely surrounded by a great popula tion with widely different esutoms. Yet they have preserved, it is said, one of the most perfect examples still surviv ing of the matrlarchate. The mother Is the head and only bond of union in the family. In the most primitive part of the community she is the only owner of real property, and through her alone Is inheritance transmitted. The father has no legal kinship with his children, who belong to their mother's clan. On marriage the man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, as seems to have been the eusfom when the book of Genesis n as written, living with her in his motucr-in-law’s boose. But sometimes he only visits her there. The principal duties are feminine, and a woman is high priestess. The sun is feminine and the moon masculine, and feminine nouns predominate in the language. A Useful, Strong Paste. This article, so universally useful in the home, can be really depended upon to do its duty well, if prepared as fol lows : In half a quart of warm water dissolve a small teaspoonful of alum, and when It cools add enough flour to make It into a thin paste. Stir if until smooth, then add a pinch or so of pow dered resin, and pour on to the paste half a cupful of boiling water. When ■well mixed and thickened, turn Into re*- ceptacles with a cover, and store in a dry mm and a m\mi IW k. qu I red for use, soften a small quantity with warm water. Orris for W ashing. Almost every one knows that clear orris root imparts a scent of violets, and that it is not as expensive as it was formerly. Either the whole root or the powdered may be used, and once the perfume has made its way into the woods of chiffoniers and dressing ta bles everything kept there will be 9wet Girls who like extremely dain ty scents will find that a hit of the root boiled with handkerchiefs and stocks after the latter are washed will make them exquisite. Two-Story Bed*. Among the new inventions for New York flats, where room is at a pre mium. are the two and three-story beds or cots of enameled Iron. They cer tainly have the advantage of being room savers whatever their defects from the standpoint of beauty may be. In width they are about the size of ordinary single beds. Each bed is fur nished with a woven wire spring, mat tress and pillow. ABamHE- , If baby cannot stand on his new shoes, rub the soles with sandpaper until they are rough. Children who have a tendency to aathma or throat trouble are often nn able to sleeo with the window open If the weatbe is damp. Make a wooden frame to fl ' window and cover It with a cheap grade of flannel Place this in the window at night when the •ash is raised. It will allow the fresh air to pass through, but not the damp ness. la the morning drops of water will be found on the outside of the screen, while the inside of the screen will be perfectly dry. Prof. Behring speaking on the sub ject of tuberculosis at the meeting of the Agricultural Union held at Berlin attacked M. Pasteur’s system of pur ifying milk. He said Pasteur had sought to replace the natural milk by an artificial product. The professor similarly condemned the sterilization of milk and the boiling of water to render them innocuous. He said boil ed milk was not a suitable food for in fants, and the boiling of water killed the elements therein intended by na ture to make bone and sinew. What is really necessary is pure water and healthy cows. It is said that American women spend annually on powder, lotions, creams, extracts, etc., Jf6.000.000. A philanthropic woman who is con stantly being asked to contribute to ba zajirs. has hit uimju the expedient of buying things at one function and send ing them on to another. The oldest white woman in America, it is claimed, is Mrs. Mary Wood of Portland, Ore., aged 120, who on July 4 was crowned Queen of Oregon. She left Missouri in 1852, but was born at Knoxville, Tenn. A 16-year-old Hungarian girl, living in Denver,• is said to be the only fe male maker of violins in the world. She has just completed her fourth, and all of them are said to be of tine work manship and excellent tone. One of the English delegates to the international Red Cross convention was Miss Ethel McCaul, a nurse who was sent to the seat of the Russo-Jap anese conflict through the- influence of Queen Alexandra to observe the Japan ese arrangements for saving life. The Interior Department lias given women teachers notice that if they take up claims in the West they must obey the homestead law and live on them. This came about through a de cision in favor of a Minnesota teacher, which was construed wrongly, and has given rise to the opinion that teachers are exempt from ordinary rules. May Be Very Vsefnl. Don’t throw away old stockings, a wise woman advises. A stocking leg placed over a child's broom may be used to advantage on cleaning day. A stocking leg may be slipped over the iron holder with advantage, and when slit it makes a good dust rag. Some times stocking legs are used to protect a clean shirt waist by being slipped over the arms. A Job (or Business Women, Margaret Hubbard Ayer, in the New York World, says that it will be the business women of America, the wage earners, making large enough salaries to afford maids, who will solve the do mestic problem of the country. The business woman understands the neces sities. physical and mental, of the wom an who works, whether she work in an office or in a kitchen. Wrinkle*. Many wrinkles are caused by contor tions of the face in talking, or even when it is supfiosed to be in repose. Not one woman In a hundred Is with out some more or less disagreeable fa cial twistings. If you doubt this try keeping your eyes open the next time you go downtown in the street car. Cul tivate rei>ose of manner. Date* Her Bnttona. A well-known lady in society keeps a button from every gown sire wears. Her mother had previously done the sam thing, mul the present collector has now a very curious anti interesting stock of these common dress “ingre dientfl” They are ill Meted nnd dated, .and serve to recall many events in their owner’s life. —Xatler. What Kansas Ia Doinff. Kansas clubwomen want a state trav eling library, a state traveling art gal lery and free kindergartens In the pub lic schools. They have bills before the Legislature, and the way in which the women ar? working for them indicates that enough men must be interested In the bills to pass them. To JKemedy Hollow Cheek*. Hollow cheeks often are due to sag ging muscles. A remedy for this is skillful massage, and if this does not draw the muscles up a slight operation may be performed, which will' remedy this. Do not go to any but the best doctor to have the operation perform ed. To Remove Wrinkle*. For removing wrinkles on the fore head try binding the head with a com press of new linen which has been soaked In a mixture of equal parts of white of egg and alcobol. Repeat the process every night until the wrinkles have disappeared. Cultivate Self-Revereuee. True In regard to every human being as Is Schiller’s dictum that **the price we challenge for ourselves is given us,” it la more especially true as regards woman in her relation to life, end this makes self-reverence a most vitally necessary part of every woman's equip ment. A Floor Stain. A good floor stain that goes right Into the wood and is very durable is made of linseed oil colored with ground burnt umber. Rub thoroughly Into the boards with a flannel pad, and next day polish with beeswax and turpen tine. Murries* a Partnership. A well-ordered household is • wom an’s first duty toward the predominant partner, her husband. It Is this which she tacitly undertakes when she eaters Into partnership with him for the im portant business of carrying on family life; and. in so far as his own personal comfort is Involved in this, ha has a right to expect it But that does not carry the right to expect that his per sonal comfort shall be the hrst consid eration, and that lire woman's duty is primarily to minister to him. The part nership formed for mutual help and support is a serious undertaking, and. when either partner tries to make it subserve his private ends alone, that party is virtually guilty of breach of contract Health ami Deanty Hints. Every time a woman worries she loses a little of her attractiveness and takes on marks of age. Fresh air, cleanliness and a daily brisk massage are almost indispensa ble in keeping wrinkles away. When massaging the face and neck do not neglect to include the ears in the treatment, else they will lose their color ami freshness. Avoid liquid face powders, as many of them contain flake white, which is a poisonous lead and very injurious to the eyes. For a sit 1 low complexion drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of hot water a half-hour before breakfast It corrects the sluggish liver. Pimpled skin, sometimes called goose flesh, appears mostly iu the upper por tions of the arms and over the shoul ders and is cured by hot soda baths, it is an ugly disfigurement, especially if one wears decollete costumes. Fun nt Home. Don't he afraid of a little fun at home. Don't shut your house lest the sun should fade your carpets, nnd your hearts, lest a hearty laugh shake down some of the musty old cobwebs there, if you want to ruin your sons, let them think that all mirth and social enjoy ment must be left on the threshold without when they conic home at night. Young people must have fun and re laxation somewhere. If they do not find it at their own hearthstones It will he sought at other less profitable places. Don’t repress the buoyant spirits of your children; half an hour’s merri ment around the lamp and fireside of home blots out the remembrance of many a care and annoy a nee during the day, and the best safeguard they can take with them into the world is the influence of a bright little domestic sanctum. —Chicago News. A Trio of Hats. The model to the left Is a high crowned, bell-shaped lint of black vel vet, faced with dark red silk, and trimmed with American Beauty roses. Somewhat similar in shape, though differing widely in the way It is put on, is the upper right-hand model, which is of plum-color felt, with a huge bow of lavender ribbon and a knot of shaded morning-glories in front. The third and lower hat is of black velvet with purple ribbed silk. The two long pluiuos are purple, shading to lavender. Huße Cfowiui anil Brim*. Huge tan crowns ana wide brims mark many of the winter hats as al most too cumbersome for the ordinary head of woman to supjwrt, and sug gest that with them powdered wigs should be worn of goodly size to carry out the Romney model they are un deniably copies of. The way to wealth is as plain as me mi to inarm; it mpns cumj on two words industry and frugality —that is. waste neither time nor mon ey, but make the best use of both. Without Industry aud frugality noth ing will do, and with them everything. —Franklin. The Knsy Marlt. The person who is eareless In busi ness matters is a shining mark for men and women without a conscience. There must be something about gullible peo ple that discloses their weakness, for in no other way can one aecount for the treatment accorded some good-pay ing persons. The Fashionable Velh. Face veils of plain mesh with small chenille dots close together, either in black or brown, are mofft fashionable. The brown veils are worn with the green or checked gowns more frequent ly than black ones with the hats that match as the contrast of color Is not as sharp. Girla to Be Pitted. I know of many well-to-do middle class families where the daughters, having received the education of ca nary birds, are launched on a sea of gayety with a cargo of pretty smiles and frocks to captivate husbands.— Madame. Tea Table Drawer. A few of the newer tea tables have the valuable addition of a small draw er. It is lined with plush or velvet and In it repose the teaspoons used with the tray service. Some drawers are fitted with lock and key to maks the contents more secure. Papcrlas a Clothes Closet. To paper a clothes closet, use any remnants of wall paper wL'.eh you may have, putting them on wrong side out thus leaving a plain white surfaca against which to hang the clothing. Hat Tt, With a black and white or gray auK any color may be worn; out now the hat must not he of the color of tb# suit but an attractive contrast Brass Shades. Damascus brass lamp shades lined with silk of any color aad finished with bead fringe to match are to be had at $0 In tbs usual table lamp alas. WILLIAM and, BRYAN IS WILLING TO RUN. Declares in The Commoner He la Ready to Accept Honor if Requested. WILL NOT SEEK THE PLACE, Prepared to Lend His Support to Any Other Candidate that the Dem ocrats May Select. William Jennings Bryan In the cur rent issue of the Commoner, the paper owned and edited by him, announces his willingness to be the candidate of the Democratic party again, should he bi colled upon. However, he declares he will not seek the nomination. If the Democrats should decide that some body else suits them better than he, he will be neither ‘’disappointed nor dis gruntled,” he says. He insists that the WILUAU JENNINGS BRYAN. question of his availability be left to the rank and file of the people, rather than to a few so-called leaders. He has received honors enough from the party, he says. He has been amply repaid by it for nil he has done in its behalf. He will eheerfuly serve in the ranks if another leader Is chosen to make the fight. But should the party’s choice fall on him his address is Lin coln, Neb., the dog is tied and his door bell is in good working order. GOTHAM BANKER A SiriciDE. Deposed President of the Knicker bocker Concern Shoots Himself. Charles Tracy Barney deposed presi dent of the Knickerbocker Trust Com pany, millionaire promoter, social lead er, clubman and one of the best known men in New York City, shot himself in his mansion at 38th street and Parte avenue. It is largely to inability to endure the blot upon his business reputation which he feared would result from the suspen sion of the Knickerbocker Trust Com pany that Mr. Barney’s closest friends attribute his act. He had been at the head of the trust company for many years and had seen it grow from a com paratively obscure concern to one of the leading financial institutions of the city. Then, almost without warning, came the crash. The resignation of Mr. Barney as president of the Knick erbocker was accepted by the directors nnd the next day the great trust com pany, with obligations to its depositors amounting to nearly $70,(*00,000, was forced to suspend payment. In the run, which lasted less than a day, the enor mous total of $8,000,000 was paid across the counters. Not since the murder of Stanford White by Harry Thaw on the roof of Madison Square Garden has there been a greater sensation than that caused by the self-destruction of Mr. Rarney. In business, social, club and hotel cir cles the suicide was the one absorbing topic of conversation. strike Blookera Now in Deninml. Now it is the “strike blocker” that is taking the place of the strike breaker in a secret campaign of the employers ugainst the labor unions, according to the article by Allen Sangree in American In dustries, organ of the National Manu facturers’ Association. The newcomer is the man who, whin an industrial crisis approaches in any line, joins a union, and by conferring with thf employer and then the members of the union, l<*nrn* the ox act cause of the trouble. ‘“To do this,” says Sangree* “he must have the confi al Moh, flful to untomW and toim his I<3entrty must not be revealed- He is the “ounce yrevention.” Singreo poo* on to wf that within the last year strike blocking concerns have been established in every industrial center of the country. The operatives number thousands, and already more than a dozen big strikes have been averted by them. Their ef forts are directed by men who combine the abilities of detective and labor leader. The phrase of the professional blocker is “reason rather than force.” Thomas J. Farrell of New York is credited with be ing the leader of the strike blockers. He says he believes in unions, but seeks merely to eliminate the opportunities for graft. Told la a Few Lines. A monument to Bunsen is to be erect ed at Heidelberg. French mints coined $804,000 of Swiss coins during 1006. The Persians have a different name for every day in the month. Street car men of Yonkers are called thieves; all strike and tie up the whole system. Grapes are still trodden with the bare feet in many of- the vineyards of Spain and Italy. Developments in Washington again proved assertions that Pacific cruise has no war meaning. Editor Harden, who exposed vice in the imperial court at Berlin, cheered as he leaves court. It will require $31,641,323 to run the public schools of New York City for the year just beginning. Helen Varick Boswell has been select ed to start a string of women's clubs on the Isthmus of Panama. William R. llcaret sued for criminal libel because of article connecting Cfcan ler and Hitchcock with scandal. A blight of the tea plant* caused by the bite of mosquitoes is causing much alarm among the planters in India. Netherland ports are to be benefited by the widening and deepening of the North Rea canal, so that large vessel* will be able to move at all atages of the tide. For night traffic the canal is to be light ed by electricity. William E. Curtis writes from New York of an interview with George F. Kunz, an authority on precious stones, who says that the diamonds recently founo in Arkansas are genuine and in surroundings similar to thoee of the Kim fceritgr mines. OKLAHOMA, FORTY-SIXTH STATE. ENTERS UNION. Is +lxo Richest, Most Populous and Most Promising of All Her Predecessors. With the proclamation of President Roosevelt Saturday, notifying the world that anew State hnd been born, Oklahoma took her place In the sister-- hood of Uncle Sam. The new State is the richest aud most promising ever ad mitted to the American Union. She has half as many people ns all the thirteen original States combined when they achieved their independence. By ac tual couut of noses she has six tknes the population of any other State ever received at the time of admission into the Union. She .has fifty times the amount of wealth that could be claimed by any of her predecessors at the be ginning of their State life, and has, what not one of them could show, all the arts aud sciences, the Improvements and progress that go to make a highly civilized commonwealth, from wireless telegraphy to the skyscraper, from the telephone to chemical farming. More than a million and a half jreruons claim the new State as theirs, and it will not be long after the census is taken In 1010 before the 2,000,000-mark will be passed. All the old States have sent their best blood into Oklahoma to give it cosmopolitan life, aud, no matter where you are from. If you travel with in its borders you will find your own people. The farmer from New England is there raising cotton side by side with hia northern crops; the Louisiana planter lias taken a homestead nnd is growing alfalfa nnd wheat, and the Pennsylvanian and Ohioan are digging coal or boring for oil, while the Califor nian and Texan are gaining wealth from mills or railroads or electric plants. The e are thrift and push and energy everjwhere. If Oklahoma has any lazy residents, they manage to con ceal themselves, for the whole popula tion seems on the move continually. Spots that were grassy prairies are bustling towns to-day; yesterday’s towns are cities now; the hotels cannot build additions fast enough to accom modate the traveling public, and the railroads, strive ns they may to add tracks and rolling stock to tlieLr equip ment, are simply unable to keep up with the constantly growing volume of freight and passenger traffic. Up-to-dateness seems lo he the watch word of Oklahoma’s people in the rural districts as well ns it. the populous cities. Every fanner has his windmill, gasolene engine or mechanical water iwwer for supplying his house and out buildings, and many own automobilest Telephones bring them into close com munication with tlie towns, and the rurnl free delivery bears daily mail to their doors. Oklahoma can raise any thing which grows between the Cana dian border and Florida nnd Texas. The cotton yield to the acre Is greater than that la any other State or Terri tory in tlie Union. After tlie proclamation declaring Ok lahoma p. full-fledged State the only thing remaining to Ire done to signify its being made a complete member of the Union will he tlie setting of its star in the flag. Under tlie law this can not be accomplished until tlie Fourth of July, 1008. Only throe of the territories now re main, Alatkn, Arizona and New Mexico, The-probability Is that one or both of these last-named will soon be ndmitted to the United States, and then every section of the country except Alaska, I’orto Rico, Hawaii and the Philip pines will be represented In the Senate, Chadwick’* Secret Out, The Supreme Court at Pittsburg has made public the deposition of the late Oassie L. Chadwick, made while she was in prison, and which laid been ordered sealed by a lower court. Tlie opening of this paper was in connection with the suit of the administrator of the estate of W. C. iutte, the Pittsburg coal opera tor, who committed suicide last year, against James W. Friend, is president of the Pressed Steel Car Company, for an accounting. Mrs. Chadwick said she bad borrowed small amounts from Friend for a long time, simply on her story of Lire vast wealth that Andrew Carnegie bad put in trust foy her as his relative. Then Friend had asked her to sign an agree ment promising to turn over bonds valued at f r ,000,000, which she said were held by Ira Reynolds on a certain date, in consideration for which Friend let her have $87,(X)0 more. Mrs. Chadwick said that she had obtained altogether $7!N,200 from Friend, and frost Frank V lioffslot. tlie vice president of the I‘re.sKml Steel Car Company. rlirkllunlh tiu,l Afilltnml Life In a contribution to the t'otitemporary Review of London, Sir W. >l. lUimsay makcfl the contention thnf n nation cannot live without some real and profound hold on the siipernatural, hi* ar gument by reference to the Pauline the ology and the Roman Empire. He reasons that, while the Christianity of Paul was crushed for the time being by the de crees of the Roman etnperore, this jtolicy of repression and massacre proved the deal ruction of the empire, while the re ligious principles which had been ho bit terly antagonized became important fac tors in the political life ns soon as free dom of thought and action In *an to spread over Europe. Are VotluK Mnc-hines I.vkhl f ‘ibe Supreme Judicial Court of Massa chusetts has recently decided that tic* use of votiD? machines is not permissible un der the constitution of the common wealth. This decision has aroused no little com ment, and has led to the assertion that if the machines are unconstitutional in Massachusetts they must be also in New York, and perhaps other Stales. It is pointed out, on the other hand, however, that this does not necessarily follow, as the fundamental law of Massachusetts is peculiar in its reference to the method tn which the votes shall be cast. One In ,100 Insnne, According to the report of the New York State CofhmiKsion on Lunacy, ths total number of persons confined in in stitutions for the ins-.ne in that State is 26,357. This is a proportion of about one to every 30U of the population. The indications are that insanity has been steadily on the increase since 18P7. While the percentage of foreign Lorn to the population is 26, the pereentate of for eign-born insane is 46 !e*.ue patients of Irish and Gerronn nativity are on the de-crease, while those of Russia, Austria- Hungary and Italy are increasing. White Slaves In Panama. Rose Johnson, a missionary, who b.is spent several years at Colon, stated to the National Purity Congress, in session at Rattle Creek, Mich., that girls are be ing systematically stolen from American homes and sent to Panama as rtcruds for the white Slavs market there main tained with official callus ion. It is said President Roosevelt has Inti mated an intention, if Taft o* another progressive leader Is cbosen to s-j-veed bin-, of seeking Platt’s place ij the Sen ate, with the ides of leading the support of administration policies.