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A CROWN or FAITH
CHAPTER I. Nearly all the lights were extinguished In private dwellings in the tr-vn of Ab botshold. There had been in agricul tural dinner at the “Black Wo!V* a pic turesque. many-gabled inn, which stood opposite the western entrance of the an cient Abbey church. It was a ghostly old inn, with its wide window places, high mantelpieces, odd three-cornered rooms, long passages, and unsuspected cupboards. John Clayton, the present landlord, had inherited it from bis father, who, in his torn, had inherited it from his father, and he again from bis. In short, the "Black Wolf” had been in possession of the Claytons for two hundred years. It was the most comfortable inn in Abbe ■*- hold. The sleeping accommodations, the fires, the cleanlinen recommended it far and wide. There was a plumr. motherly landlady. The guests at the dinner had departed, save two, and those two sat each on a low, lounging chair before a brilliant fire. Baskets and plates of choice fruit, hot house flowers in great china vases, yet re mained on the long table. Both of the lingering guests were young: each was singularly handsome. The elder was fair, with golden mustache, light curling hair, a finely cut mouth, a straight profile, large blue eyes —quite an Adonis of the blond order. Anybody who understood the signs and distinctions of the various spheres of society could divine at a glance that this gentleman belonged to the upper classes. Aristoc racy was set upon him like a seal, from the crown of his handsome head to the soles of his well-fitting boots. Notwith standing, there was a daring in his man ner, a look in his bold blue eyes which spoke eloquently of the life of the man of the world. He smiled at his com panion as he said : "Tell me your his.ory, life and adven tures, expectations, ambitions, loves and hatreds. Now is your time. I am just in the mood for a good love story. I am the most romantic fell* w in the world.” The other young man had deep-set gray eyes, luminous and full of earnest pow er. His complexion was brown, his fea tures nobly cast. A black mustache con cealed the short upper lip, but the lower one and the chin were molded as by a Greek sculptor. He was tall, an athlete, wiry, muscular. Keen intelligence min gled with romantic fervor. Here was a powerful brain, a fervid imagination, a most passionate heart. He looked down at his boots —rather worn hoots, if the truth must be told; for Lionel Leigh was poor ; a teacher of for eign languages and classics in the town of Abbotshold and the villages surround ing. The remuneration he received was Rinall, except in one or two instances. He was fonder of art and knowledge than of dress. All his spare cash went for books and engravings. It was understood that he proposed reading for a degree, and he was looked upon in that country district with a species of wonder, mixed with a half-contemptuous pity. “I do not believe in your capacities for romantic feeling,” said Lionel. “There is so much of the cynic about you, and you are materialistic, and pleasure lovng, and money loving—are you not?” •ft I am,” returned the other, laugh ing, “I love what I haven’t got. Look here, my dear friend! not a cent —not the shadow of a copper—not n mite to place in a poor box, with the self-complaisant feeling that I have given up my all!" and the nristocratic looking young man turned out his pocket linings. “See! not even an empty purse; I had one of ailver chainwork, and I was absolutely compelled to send it, in the company of ft ten-carat, showy guard chtin, an old silver snuff box, and a garnet seal ring, to enjoy the society of that useful rela tive, popularly known by the affectionate title of ’uncle.’ It’s all my own fault, too. How I shall pay my expenses here at this good inn—where I have boarded and lodged at the expense of the fatherly Clayton for a whole fortnight—goodness alone knows!” Lionel looked at his companion; his face flushed. “Mr. Barrington,” he said, “you invited me to dine. I thought you a man of prop erty. I might have known that an earl's cousin would not have mnde himself equnl with a poor professor, unless he had al ready dropped out of his own sphere and he tendered the money. “Ungracious man!” cried Barringtoi, pocketing the money, notwithstanding, and laughing; “but I will invite you to diuuer every night for a week soon, and give you everything that costs money. I aiiall be rolling iu wealth soon, tumbling head over heels in coin. What do you aay ?o thirty thousand a year?’- “If I had the sixth part of it, I should re'oioe with exceeding joy; but explain.” “The fact is,” he said, “I am a sad fellow, one over whose misdeeds all the old spinsters in a country town would utter a chorus of groans. I was brought up In the magnificent house of an earl. 1 have a brother older than myself, who wilt in virtue of seniority, take title* and estates some day. This fact, per haps, to begin with, a little disgusted me with things in general, and my brother In particular. Now I will confide in you my troubles, and ask your aid in regard to a fortune of thirty thousand a year. I want to run away with \n heiress. I want to get her off to-mom<w night, u U J I want vou to help me.” “Me?” “Because she is one of your pupils, and you have access to the house.” “What house?” “Bt. Martha's College, Woodmaneote. Her name is Jenny Wilklusou—not an aristocratic name, I admit. She Is sev enteen. Jenr.y lived with an odious old aunt in a great grim house at Hammer smith; there were grounds, and kitchei. gardens, and a shrubbery. Miss Tabltha Kettle was the name. or. rather, Is the name of the odious individual aforesaid —an old soul given to all kinds of pious exercises. Poor Jenny bad a terrible time of it. There was an English gov erness, a very she-dragon of ugliness and propriety; there was an elderly lady's maid, there was a serious butler, and a footman of the same persuasion, now to get a letter passed, I could not tell. At last I found that a tall, faded French woman, with flashing eye*, and an air of good taste pervading her shabby-gen teel garments, was in the habit of giving private lessons every day to Miss Wil kinson. I lodged in the neighborhood, you must understand, and by dint of listening to gossip, I found out all about Jenny, the tall, heiress. 1 went to Dr. Commons and had s look at the will, and discovered vhe heiress-ship to be genuine. Then I paid court to the French lady. At first she was surprised, then a little flattered, then suspicious; then we came to an understand.ng and made terms. She was to carry novels secretly into Hammond House, and Jenny was to read them; then she was to carry a letter. After that, if Jenny proved romantic, we were to meet in a summer house in the shrubbery. All went well! novels, let ters. meetings- Everything was arrang ed, when, in an evil hour, the ahe-dragon of an English governess discovered a let ter of mine under Jenny s pillow, wetted with the sentimental tears of the poor lit tle creature. The Frenchwoman was for bidden the house. I was sent for by Mi*s Tabitba, but I did not venture to obey the summons. Jenny was sent off some where: I never found out where until a fortnight ago, when I discovered, through the a—iiitsnrs of that indefatigable Made- molselle Le Blanche, that St. Martha’s College, in the western Midlands, near to the little town of Abbotshold. wai the prison where my distressed damsel was confined." “The girl loves you, I suppose, and is deluded into the belief that you love tier. Poor child!” “Well, of course, it was the money first attracted me: and now, even, it's the moat important point. Bat I do love lit tle red-haired Jane. She isn’t ugly, ff she isn’t handsome. She has beautiful teeth, and winning ways, and affectionate eyes. I would not harm a hair of her little head for all the world.” “But when you have her money, you will set about spending it, and neglect her. She will break her heart. No; I will never help man or woman to a mer cenary match.” “But I tell you I love her, love her infinitely more than anybody in fhis wide, cold world. I declare I do! I shall spend her money, of course; but I don’t mean to waste it.” “Did you say thirty thousand a year?” “Every halfpenny of it. I’ve seen the will. The father was a stock broker — fat and vulgar, no doubt; and the child will want training before she is presented among my friends. They’ll all notice me again when I am rich and respectable. I say, you will help me, won’t you?" “llow can you ask it?” said Lionel. “1 am teacher at that school. What a breach of honor to assist one of the pupils to elope.” “Mr. Lionel Leigh, I am sorry I have trusted you. Go to old Miss Pritchard and tell her what I’ve confided to you, will you?” “No,” said Lionel slowly—“No, I don’t think that would be honorable, either.” Soon after this the acquaintances sep arated foj the night. CHAPTER 11. Lionel’s chamber at the “Black Wolf” was one of the ghostliest and quaintest in tbnt quaint and ghostly inn. His one wax candle burned dimly on the high mantelshelf. Thrown up In strong relief among the shadows was a great four-post bedstead, heavily curtained with red dam ask : just the kind of curtains for a ghost to draw in the middle of night and wake one up, with the announcement of some unsuspected, long-forgotten crime. The rain was pattering against the window, and every now and then the voice of the wind was heard, rising like a la mentation, and dying away in a sigh. Lionel listened to the wind, and then glanced about into the corners of the shadowy room. He was not afraid of ghosts, but there was an imaginative power in him, a love of the mysterious; and this vein was on him strongly to night while he sat in the bed chamber of the “Black Wolf.” Mystery snrouded his birth. Educated on the Continent, almost entirely, he came, he was sure, of English parents. More than that, he was convinced that he was well if not nobly born; that if he could succeed in discovering the true name of his family, he should probably find himself tin heir to wealth and land, and even title. But insuperable diffi culty stood between him and this dis covery ; nor was he anxious to devote the precious years of his youth to what might prove but an unsuccessful search, and would probably end in blank disap pointment. Lionel was only twenty-four. His lodg ings were at Woodmaneote, a rural vil lage three miles from Abbotshold, since most of his pupils lived in that immediate neighl aood. Lately he had been *-.lrug gling infully to throw off the subtle and dangerous fascination which enthralled him : and, since the first step in this w r ise direction is said to be to seek society and shun seclusion, Lionel no longer spent his evenings in his study with bis rending lamp, his books, his manuscripts, his pot of strong coffee, after the fashion of a would-be wakeful student. The liveliest place within access of a friendly youth—without connections or introductions, in that proud and exclusive little country coterie, where none were admitted unless they could bring fashion able recommendations —was the “Black Wolf.” So it happened that lately Lionel had supped at the favorite inn, listened to laughter and song, and striven to for get a certain pair of dark eyes which haunted him continually. “It’s no use,” he muttered. “I must leave this neighborhood. I must go abroad.” He passed his hand over his forehead, and then he heard distinctly a cough— there could be no mistake —a cough, which the person seemed to strive to re press. but which broke out again more loudly—a distinct human cough, as of one hoarse with cold. Lionel stood up and seized his candle. He held it high above his head, and peered into all the dark corners of the low-ceiled room. “Nothing to be seen. It must be fan cy," he muttered. “I might think that I had heard a neighbor cough in an adjoin ing room, only it is wiffl known the walls in this old house are of such a thickness that no sound comes from one room to another. It must be fancy.” He undressed and put out his candle and crept into bed; but his mind was too active, too busy, too much peopled with fancies and plants and regrets and vague, wild hopes, to permit him to sleep. While he lay thinking, against his will, of those haunting eyes, he distinctly heard the cough again. “No fancy,” said he. aloud. Then he sprang out, and went to the fire, and contrived to light his candle; and he walked about, carefully searching. He looked under the ted and felt the walls. At last, while h>a hand was on the ..ill, the cough came a third ’ime behind i it. He struck the wall. The sound was hollow. “Hello! there is a cupboard here,” said Lionel. And so it proved. The cupboard door was papered over with the same red vel vet paper as the walls. But Lionel found a key, turned it, and enteied a large, deep closet. He fully expected to encounter a burglar, but the place was empty. He lifted the candle, and looked all round. This closet was not used apparently, for clothes or any other purpose. !t was an empty, dark place. The wr.lls were cov ered with ft dull, yellow paper. “Somebody was here,” said Lionel. “There must be another door, or a stair- He began to search, but he found noth ing. No stairs, no second door. Then he came Into his room and locked the door of the cupboerd. and put the key In his pocket. Re then went to bed. bewildered and wondering. Soon he fell asleep, and did not awaken till daylight looked in at his window. He rose and began to dress somewhat carefully; for, after breakfast, he was to proceed at once to that house where the haunting eye* which had looked at him from the embers last night ah one and softened In the sweet, warm reality of life. The sublime ever touches upon the ri diculous. Lionel dropped ft cake of soap. It fell at some distance, jnsrt at the door of that suspected cupboard. He crossed the room, stooped to pick it up. Lo, and beholdthe door was ajar. It had been forced from the inside. He rushed to the door of his room. * -Jch he distinctly remembered locking and trying the previous night. It was not only unlocked, but ajar. Somebody, then, had succeeded in escaping walls he lay sleeping. His first thought was nat urally of robbery, but he found his plain gold watch, his purse, with its scanty supply of silver anil gold coins, untouch ed. Nothing had been taken fpom his room. Was tike house robbed? He looked up at the walls and wondered. There was a large ancient sampler, worked in many colored silks and framed in black, bank ing over tlie washstand. It bad been executed by the mother of the present lanJ’ady, when a child. The old-fashioned verse* at the end struck Lionel at the moment like a warn ing. and a promise, and a threat —ail in me. “If thou art wise, Look to thy ways. Do not despise The oiessed daya- ■ “Go not to deal At Folly’s Fair. Thy love conceal. Thou shalt be heir.” “Thy love conceal, thou shalt be heir.” Those two lines were worked in bright scarlet color, unfaded by the lapse of years. “Heir!” he said aloud. “Should I be heir of an estate in fairyland and a pal ace in the clouds? “Thy love conceal.’ Shall I ever dare to speak of it to mor tal ?” And he began to brush his hair and forget the mysterious cough, and the more mysterious escape of the concealed person. Down in the coffee loom he told of his odd advent-we, and immediately good Mrs. Clayton began to search her plate basket and money box; but it turned out that nothing had been stolen from the “Black Wolf.” (To be continued.) NATIONALITY IN CLOTHES. Americans aa Viewed by London Tailor—Men of Other Countries. A man’s dress lnvuriably proclaims who and what he is; it Is an index to his character, his tastes, and his na tionality; and without making a too abstruse study It possible to indi cate those features which proclaim the nationality of the wearer. Of course there is an aristocracy of the nations who are difficult to distin guish except by some peculiarity of face or figure. Their clothing is re fined and tasteful and leads one to be lieve that their garments are London made, as they are free from those glar ing peculiarities which characterize the products of other countries. The American’s garments are gener ally quite two sizes too large for him, the collar of his coat Is exceedingly narrow, and the shoulders and back excessively wide. His jackets are often extremely long, and his trousers peg tops finished with raised seams. His favorite garments are the lounge and Chesterfield, and these are often finish ed in some extraordinary way which he fancies to be original. The Frenchman is dressy, his gar ments are close fitting and decidedly “walsty.” He favors the frock and the morning coat, which he has finish ed with as much ornamentation as pos sible. Silk facings, braided edges, and fantastic flnps are all characteristic of his dress, while he also pays a good deal of attention to his hat, tie, and cuffs. The German Is In many Instances a modified American. He likes plenty of room, especially about the chest, which part of his anatomy he delights to make much of; consequently there Is often a seam up the front of his coat from the waist. Id cut his garments nre angular, and in style he favors the morning coat and lounge. There it. a lack of personality nbout his at tire. and one can invariably detect the result of his military training in the uniformity of his garments. The Spaniard is a modified form of the Frenchman. His garments are tasteful and neat. If the weather Is suitable he discards a vest, and his jackets nre close fitting nud finished with a low roll. Generally speaking, there Is less peculiarity to note about the Spaniard’s dress than with many others. The Austrian and Hungarian partici pate in the characteristics of the Ger man. but are more tasteful in the cut nud finish, suggesting a skillful blend ing of French and German notions. On the other hand, the Italian type Is a Germanized French style, so that you get more of the artistic finish of the French in their clothing than you find In the Austrian or Hungarian. The Norwegian and Dane nre sel dom distinguishable from the English man ns far ns their clothes are con cerned, except It be In a preciseness that Is apt to suggest stiffneis In place of that ease and grace wb'.qfc mark the English garments. The colonel is invariably attired In utilitarian garb, a tweed lounge suit in a modified English style, cut for comfort and made up for strength. He has no desire for show .and cares little for decorations, so that he Is rarely seen In a frock or morning coat—Tai lor aud Cutter. Liked the Teit. Speaking of the letter “h," a writer says: “Curiously enought the ‘h’ Is not dropped north of Yorkshire, and Scotland, with characteristic thrlftl ness, takes the utmost care of It Ire land Is prodigal in emphasizing It and so far as I know the colonies are also sound on this point. Only Finland re fuses to aspirate. Sometimes her con sistent inaccuracy in this matter is amusing enough. “For example, there is a village In the eastern counties which rejoices In the name of Haw. A parishioner was asked what he thought of a strange preacher who had been holding a serv ice in the village. “ ‘Well,’ he said. ‘I liked the gentle man. ’ls tex’ was just suited to u? folk.’ " ‘Why, what was his text?’ ” ‘lt were a tex’ from the Psalms, “Stand in hawe and sin not”—lt sound ed so ’omely loike.’ ” Always Scraping. “Ah, fair one,” breathed the llttlft count, “my life has been xe one life of adventure. All my life I have known nothing but scrapes.” “Nothing but scrapes?” echoed the sensible heiress. “Well, tn that case it should be very easy for you to pro cure ft position in ft 5-cent barber shop. Avaunt!” That Settled It. Stern Parent —Mollle tells me that you never smoke, nor drink, nor play the races, nor stay out laus. Timid Wooer—Ne-aever. sir! Stern Parent—That settles It No mollycoddle need come around here to coddle Mollle. —Baltimore American. When we are happy we seek those we love; In sorrow we turn to those who love us. Harvard leads all American collages in point at number of fttadantm Pity Children ot Hantag Wife, When anybody talks of a nagging wife it is generally to refer In pitying terms to the man whom she has mar ried. Much more to be pitied, how ever, are the children. A man can en dure much and find a remedy in retal iation, but sensitive children shrink from continual fault-finding and suffer iu silence. In fairness to mothers It must be said that they unwittingly fall into the habit of nagging their children. The tiresome ways of the latter seem more than they can bear at times, and the result Is that they are apt to for get themselves. “Don’t do this," and “Don’t do that,” and so forth are remarks calculated to reduce children to a state of sulky irri tability. Unless the rights of the little people are carefully kept in view by the grown-up ones it is small wonder that they sometimes rebel openly against an authority whose pressure they feel in galling jerks and unrea sonable restrictions. Under such treatment a child, Instead of learning to love and trust its mother, becomes frightened of her. It becomes nervous of doing anything openly for fear of irritating her and bringing down nagging reproof upon itself. A childish good time does not consist In Dever being punished. No, indeed, there are times when even the best children, just like grown-up people, need the strongest kind of discipline. But the thing Is not to be 3Coiding and nagging at them all the time, making them cross and irritable, and develop ing in them nervous and ugly disposi tions which will cling to them all through their lives. Dark Red Cloth Salt. Dark red cloth was used to make this charming suit. The coat has a broad outside facing of black velvet edged with military braid and is closed by fancy enamel buttons. The skirt is made in widely flaring gores with stitching in coarse black. Yonr Hoaliand’a People. Be as courteous and considerate to your husband's people as you would be to your own. Do not think that every fault found, every disagreeable word uttered, is di rected at you. , Don’t gossip to your husband about his people. Tell him of the pleasant things they do and not of the unpleas ant things. Do not try to keep him from them. Encourage his devotion to those of his own kin, and you can be very certain it will not be greater than it Is for you, says Home Chat. Be helpful If you can to them, be hos pitable, but do not overflow with con fidences that you had better keep to yourself. When you married yonr husband you married his family, in a way, and you can show no greater love and tender ness to him than by giving and Inviting love and respect from his people. Colored Stocking*. For house wear this winter colored stockings will be more in vogue than ever; indeed, the all-black stocking, ex cept to complete a black toilet, is quite out of favor. These colored stockings may be worn with slippers to match or are much used with black patent-leather pumps. One of the new tones that is having Its run just now on the hosiery coun ters is ox-biood red. It is quite effect ive when peeping out from under a vrhite bouse frock above white leather pumps. To Cleon Coat Collars. Apply turpentine to the soiled places, letting the fluid dry, and apply more several times: then gently scrape off the loosened dirt. Wet again with tur pentine and scrape, repeating this until al l spots have been removed. Then sjtfmge with a clean cloth and turpen tine, or better still, alcohol or chloro form. and wipe dry. A fresher and smoother looking surface is obtained when alcohol or chloroform is used, as these two substances evapo r ate more quickly than does turpentine. Basilicas Woman at Wi(f. Should a business woman marry, with the natural attractions of her sex she brings a keener reuse of sympathy and forbearance, born of experience, to her husband in the difficulties of daily existence, and she has learned how much greater and harder the trials of the battle of life are than Lnose petty annoyances of the home. Bus,ness may then increase her womanliness, and make her more precious to the man who makes her mistress of his home. Damp Beds. The time draws near, alas! when damp beds become greater elements of danger than they were in warm sum mer weather, though, of course, at any time a damp tied is to be avoided. In no household should the precaution of airing the bed linen before taking it Into use be omitted, and It w*H make the bed more healthy and more com fortable If an India rubber hot-water bottle, or a stone bottle cased in flan- nel, be p<ut in just before bed time. As a final test of dampness in a bed, put a small looking glass between the ftheets. Leave it there for about five minutes, and if It is then taken out with a cloud or mist upon its surface, It Is a sure sign that the linen la not thoroughly dry. In such a case do not attempt to sleep between it, for damp bed linen Is a fruitful source of rheu matism and lung affections. Big and bold are the cut out designs for the jumper waist Silk pieces out lined with final braid compose most of the designs. Panels of very deep tucks are in serted at the bottom of evening gowns. The plain portion between the tucks shows embroidery designs. Two blues are combined In perhaps tlie most popular style of millinery. Dark blue chirked up with some lighter, brighter shade of blue is nearly the most übiquitous hat one sees. Hats with wreaths of white or shaded purple and mauve veivet and taffeta convolvuli are much to the fore, while hats loosely d.uped with chiffon, or painted gauze scarfs are >ery promi neut The general style of winter hat runs mostly to width. It is short iu front, scoops down akin to a lire laddie's bon net behind and soars out ou each side so that a girl’s best frieud can’t get within a yard of her. Some of the new models in the fitted coats show the square corners in front in opposition to the cutaways. These are no doubt excellent for certain fig ures, but for the majority the cutaway style is more becoming. Crochet cotton in the finest weaves is being used iu the formation of me dallions, insertion and covered buttons In colored effects for heavy v aists. Of ten the cotton is knitted on needles or crocheted. The colors are dark blue, red, yellow aud deep brovvu. The evening scarf is more popular than ever. It has come out iu per forated chamois beautifully embroi dered in gold. It is lined with white kid, which glistens through tue perfor ations. Tho gold work is especially ef fective with the tawny shade of the skin. A fashion that preval's mightily, also, is that of sweeping the atmos phere above one’s head with an im mense coque plume, aud the larger and spottier and more like a top-heavy feather duster this decoration appears the better the girl of the period seems to be pleased with it. Xagclng Mothers. When anybody talks of a nagging wife it is generally to refer in pitying terms to the man whom she has mar ried. Much more to be pitied, however, are the children. Iu fairness to mothers it must be said that they unwittingly fall iuto the habit of nagging their ch'ldreu. “Don't do this,” and "Dou’t do that,” and so forth and remarks calculated to reduce children to a state of sulky irri tability. Unless the rights of the little people are carefully kept in view by the grown-up ones, it is small wonder that they sometimes rebel openly against an authority whose pressure they feel in galling Jerks and unreasonable re strictions. Lev# and the Man. Men in love are delighted to be tolu that they are never absent from the thoughts of their sweethearts, but the husband finds this consciousness a tri fle yearing. As bad as the clinging wife is the woman who makes her de votion too incessant. She is never tactful, never conscious that he wants to be alene occasionally, never capa ble of making herself and her affec tions a novelty to him. Aud this is a fatal error on the part of any woman. ClennlnK Paint. Every housekeeper knows full well how quickly the paint in the kitchen will soil, soon appearing both shabby aud dull from too much scrubbing. However, the next time it needs clean ing, try washing It with a mixture made by boiling for an hour one pound of bran in a gallon of water. This process is said to keep paints not only immaculate, but bright and glossy as well. Secret of Happiness. Let us sometimes live —be it only for an hour, and though we must lay all else aside—to make others smile. The sacrifice is only in appearance; no one finds more pleasure for himself than he who knows bow. without ostenta ion. to give hfiuself that he may pro cure for those around him a moment of forgetfulness and happiness.—Charles Wagner. Tke True Home. Homes are not built of bricks and mortar. It is the people, not the places, that make the homes; the face of a smiling woman, the patter of tiny feet and the music of children's voices, aye, even the barking of a dog mil tbe hu man look of joy at our corniug, bring ns the nameless charm that we call “home.” rc*k in th' Kitchen. Housekeeping will be simplified if in one corner of t.ie kitchen or pantry is a small desk where are kept the filed bdls. household accounts, the gro cer's books, milk and ice checks, and a tablet or slate npon which to write dally orders for the cook. Carling Flames. Tbe cheaper variety of ostrich plumes are never in a very presentable eondi- ■ tion after once losing their original j flirffiness. And seldom can they be > made dainty In the manner which freshens piumesi Tbe curling iron can be used to great advantage in giving : cheap pinnies a fresh appearance. The curler most not be too warm, and care must be taken in catching the feathers j to have tbe sheath side of tae curlers : on tbe upper aide, or the tip ends will be reversed. Take only a few feath ers at a time, curl toward the stem and gently pull apart with a hairpin. They will stay in curl until worn on damp day. Health and Beauty Hints. A skillful hairdresser knows how to take off years from the face of his pa tron by the manner in which he puts up her hair. Mothers should not forget that with summer complaint, vomiting is a se rious symptom, and a doctor should be sent for Immediately. Tall women look bad with a high coiffure, while -a mignon beauty will gain dignity and Inches by having her hair dressed on the top of her head. To preserve a good complexion never wash the faro with hard water. If natural soft water cannot be obtain ed, throw a little oatmeal in the water used. Boiling vinegar as hot as can be borne i.u the gum and cavity of an aching tooth will allay the pain. Us* a bit of absorbent cotton to pack the tooth cavity and apply until relief is obtained. When washing the hair is necessary, harmless shampoos should be chosen. The simplest which can always be madt is to melt a cake of castile soap in a quart of boiling water. Put it into a wide-mouth jar and use about two ta blespoonfuls at a time. Massage well iuto the scalp. AdjaHtnble Hand. An easy means of preventing rings from slipping off the finger has been devised by a New York man. Valuable rings become too large for the finger and they very reud /y "y Bll P unno (l Y\ tieed. The owner If i \\ ■ JJ invariably neglects U M to have them alter jJv ed. thinking that she will be able to prevent their loss In adjustable band this way. The ring shown in the illustration lias an ad justable baud on the portiou opposite the setting. This band is a metallic strip, t e ends of which overlap, form ing a wedgelike Incline. A clamping collar encircles both end sections, be ing movable lengthwise and adapted to clamp them together. This device should prove valuable in connection with young children's rings—the ring being adjusted to suit the quick growth of the child’s finger. Colored Gloves Barred. The edict has gone forth that colored gloves are barred 'r the coming sea son, and nothing bu! white, black and, possibly, pearl gray will be worn. This sweeping decree is brought out in the effort to make the fall toilets harmo niou:, for bright colored gloves would be an almost impossible accessory with the vivid shades in dresses that are to be used. And to avoid any jarring tone in a costume, black, white, or pearl gray hand coverings seem to be tha only choice. Pair of Odd Hats. The light hat is a pale blue felt, trimmed with feathers a little lighter, and a pink rose with green leaves. Around the crown Is a bund of gilt embroidery, edged with ruffles of black velvet ribbon. The dark hat is rich royal blue sutin, with plumes. Care for Smoky Lamps. If the smokiness is not caused by dirt in the wick or a defect in the lamp, the oil is to blame for ‘.he dingi ness. To cure this, put a l *aspocmful of vinegar in the bowl with the oil. This will do much to improve the light, making it clear and brilliant, and wi.. also do away with the unpleasant smoke and odor. To Henovnfe Shade*. Holland shades that have become dirty in places should be rubbed with a piece of fairly stale bread. Tbe bread should be constantly turned and renewed as it becomes soiled. This simple treatment will “freshen up” the blinds wonderfully, and put off thft washing of them until some distant date. Everyday Woman. About the everyday woman there can Ik? no mistake: she stands outside of all Isms and ologies; she thinks of the day as it Is, of people as they look, of her surroundings as they are; (he great aim of her life is to live though every day -with all the quiet, the comfort, and the dignity that she can. Cnt-Ont Trimmln**. Cut-out trimmings are again the vogue, and a cut-out pattern in velvet showing a conventional leaf design, was applied to a mode colored French broadcloth. Gowns made in this way are always a great deal of work, and they art? correspondingly expensive. SiteplnK Hardwood Floor*. In sweeping a hardwood floor or mat ting, piace a flannel bag over the broom, and It can be done easily and without dust arising. Boy*e—That feliow is always tbe loudest in the argument. Joyce—l sup pose he thinks his train of thought has the right of way. Dusty Rhoades—Why does Percy tie himself to a tree when he lays down for de night? Wrary Willie—He Ift afraid dat be will walk la bis sleep. VALUE OF 1907 CROPS GREATESTON RECORD Products of Soil to Brins $74*2,- 000,000 to Farmers This Year. BILLIONS FOR OTHER THINGS. Hay and Cotton Next to Come, While $500,000,000 Is Wheat Output. One billion three hundred and fifty million dollars, says Secretary of Agri culture James Wilson, will be the value of this great crop of corn. Only four crops before have exceeded $1,000,000,- 000. The farm value of the corn crop of eigh* such years as 1007 would pay for duplicating every mile of steam railroads in the United States and pay for their costly terminals, rolling stock and all property. The value of the total farm produc tions in 1007 exceeded that of 1900, which was far above that of any pre ceding year. The total value for IQO7 is $7,412,000,000, an amount 10 per cent greater than the total for 1900, 17 per cent greater than that of 1905, 20 per cent above that of 1904, 25 per cent iu excess of that for 1905 aud 57 per cent greater than the total value for 1599. The animals sold from farms and those slaughtered on them in 1907 were worth about $1,270,000,000. During the fiscal year 1907 the ex ports of farm products exceeded the imports bi $444,000,000, a balance that has been exceededd only four times— in 1890, 1899, 1901 and 1902. Appj *ently the hay crop this year is more valuable than the cotton crop. On account of the varieties and qualities of hay its average price is difficult to determine. The computed value of the 01,420,000 tons of tlie crop is $000,000,- 000. The tonnage has Ikhoi exceeded several times, but the value is SOS 000,- 000 above the highest previous value, that of 1900. In value the cotton crop of 1907, es timated to be from $050,000,000 to $075,000,000. takes third place, if in the final estimates it does not displace hay for second rank. Though its farm val ue is probably a little below that of last year’s crop, in other respects It will tie tho most valuable cotton crop ever raised in this country, and 7 per cent above the average farm value of the crops of the previous five years. Wheat Im Worth *500,00* 'OO The wheat crop of 1907 is 625,570,000 bushels, 5 per cent loss than the aver age quantity for the five preceding years. But the value is about $500,000,- 000, or s '/! per cent more than the av erage. The farm value of sugar beets, sugar caue. sorghum cane end molasses nud syrup made ou tlie fa\ is $04,000,000. Sugar made in sugar ink s (including raw cane sugar and refined beet sugar) amounts to 889,000 short tons, worth $73,000,000. Other products of the suj gar mills bring the value up to $95,000,- 000; three-fourths of this is farm value. The oat cro bushels— is 39 per cent below the five-year av erage, but tin? value is 20 per cent above the average, or $300,000,0(). I’otatoes —292,427,000 bushels—are 2 per cent above the average; the value is $190,000,000, or 20 per cent above the average. Barley also is 2 per cent above the average in quantity, while the value is extraordinary, about 85 jht cent above the average. The quantity is 147,192,- 000 bushels, the value $115,000,000. Tobacco declined to 045,213,000 pounds, 11 i>er cent below tin* average in quantity, with a value of $117,000,000, or 0 ]x*r cent ulsive the average. The crop is smaller than for many yars. Irrigation Is yet confined almost en tirely to the arid anil semi-arid regions of the West and the rice lands of the Gnlf coast. The irrigated area now under cultivation in this country is 1.1,000,000 acres, and the crops grown were worth not less than $175,000,000. Rye produced 31,500,000 bushels, with a value of $23,000,000; a quantity 4 jkt cent above the average and a value of 29 per cent above. The seven cerenl crops produ<H*d 4,135.000,000 bushels, showing n loss of 214,000,000 bushels, or 5 per cent below the five-year average, the loss being chiefly due to oats. The total value is $2,378,000,000; this exceeds 1900 by $290,000,000 and is 23 per cent above the average. Dairy products of the country alone were worth nearly $500,000.000 In 1907, or much more than any crop save corn. The poultry and egg products for 1907 should be estimated at more tlinn $000,000,000 iu value. In fact these products were worth more than the wheat crop. The total crop of alfalfa hay in 1907 is estimated to Ik* worth $100,000,000. I Hiring the fiscal year ended June 30, 1907, the domestic exjiorts of farm products were valued at $ 1.055.000.000, or $79,000,000 al>ove the high record of 1900. Plant products made up four- j fifths of this total, cotton alone amount j tug to $482,000,000. NOTES OF CURRENT EVENTS. Crew of Norwegian bark lost in Pa cifie rescued after living mon'iis on desert island. Fire at Winnipeg destroyed the Rat Portage Company's sash and door fac tory anl other property of an aggregate a)ue of ?144.<*#). Mrs. Anna widow of Cen. Robert X. HaeLaren. former '.imruander at Fort Soelling. diet at S‘. Pae', at the age of 7*> year-. Mr-. Ma' lain n was horn at Caledonia. N. Y. <en. Mac- Latren died iu INS.". Peter Callahan of Chicago went to Milwaukee to pay a note for ?2T. lie tendered the bank a SI.OUO hill, and re fused to accept the change in scrip. He was paid in cash, and it consisted of U 74 *ilver dollars, weighing sixty pound*. The sale of the jewels of the late Queen Marie ilenriette of B-lgium at liruasels has again been postponed, this time for three weeks, at the request of ber eldest daughter, Princess Louise. The sale was recently ordered by the courts for the benefit of the creditors of the princess. A government report of vital statistics recently published covering the decade ending with the year 11*00, reveal* a marked decline in the birth rate of Eng land and Wales, fn IX7O the rate was as high as 36.3 per 1.000, but at the end of 1000 h was 28.7. *Phe birth rate is falling more rapidly than that of any •titer civilised country. Construction work on the Pail am a ca* Dal will be rushed next year. Thirty two millions, approximately, are to tie expended. Congressman James A. Tawney of Minnesota, chairman of the committee ou appropriations. Just re turned from Panama with seventeen members’ of the committee, predicts that the canal will be completed by I>ee. 31, 1914. “We found everything going along in the most satisfactory way,” the Congressman declares. “There inrr U* a million cut off the sum of >32.000,000 asked for construc tion, although demands in the maiu have been modeet. Reductions will be asked in only a few departments. "So cial conditions there ere better gener ally than among the workmen of the United States. Workmen are well cared for and satisfied. We found the employes, clerical, medical and engin eering, were paid 50 ikm* cent more than at home, while quarters are fur nished. A single man gets n room: married men a house. Canal men are paid one-third more than at home, and they can live more cheaply. The gov ernment sells them supplies at a lower rate than home prices, let* water and light are cheaper than in New York. Sanitary conditions art* all that can be desired.” In all the money routers of the coun try, ns well as in Wall street, the news of tin* government’s bond anil note is sues caused a feeling of relief and the financial skies were clearing. Every where bankers were eager to get (he new securities and there was no need of an underwriting syndicate. Many sent telegrams of congratulation to tin* President and Secretary Cortelyou. Subscriptions to both issues have al ready begun to pour In. Nevertheless Chicago's clearing house carried out its project of issuing certificates In denom inations of sl, $2, $5 and $lO, and over $3,000,000 In these were eagerly grabbed for current business needs. At New York quantities of currency brought 2 and 3 i>er cent on the curb. But at the same time arrangements were In progress for a resumption of a cash basis all over the country. The Indictment of three officials of thu Bor ough Bank of Brooklyn for false re ports of the bank’s condition was taken as another sign of .he financial house-, cleaning In progress. Three railroad companies, the Atch ison, Topeka and Santa Fe, St. Louis and San Francisco, and the Missouri Pacific, have absolutely declined to comply with an order of the Postoffice Department that for the next forty days these roads should carry empty mail bags and other mail equipment back to the distribution centers with out compensation therefor. The reason for this order was a desire to prevent n tie-up or congestion of mail during and just preceding the holidays. To this end, it was thought that It would l>e well to have the equipment trans ferred more speedily than can Im* done by freight, which is the method pro vided. While there Is some doubt as to tlie right of the department to en force Its order, the law permits the use of the express companies for the pur pose in question, which would meet the emergency, though proving rather ex pensive. The military authorities of the vari ous governments have not overlooked the important part which nirshljis will probably play in the wars of the fu ture, and are making notive prepara tions for both offensive and defensive operations along this line. It Is re ported that Captain Thomas T. Love lace, the aeronaut, recently made a bal loon trip over the walls of Fort Wads worth, New York Harbor, and took a series of bird’s-eye photographs of the fortifications, showing the entire prac ticability of obtaining information in this way. This material was turned over to the War Department, ami it Is intimated that the aeronaut will be giv en a commission In the United States Army Balloon Corps. Developments In regard to the pend ing prosecutions of the whisky dealers for violation of the pure food law Indi cate that the question <i to what should Ik? construed as pure whisky was finally decided by President Roose velt, to whom tbe matter was taken by Dr. Wiley, chemist of tlie Department of Agriculture. The President con curred with the chemist in tbe opinion that to meet the requirements of the law tSie whisky must 1k? (he pure spir its, unmixed with neutral spirits, fla voring or coloring matter, which pro duces the article called “blended whisky.” Delegates from five Central Ameri can republics met with Secretary of State Root and Ambassador Creel of Mexico at Washington to discuss a per manent peace program. Speaking as the temporary chairman, Mr. Root told tbe delegates very plainly that here after something more than fine words and promise* must be given, and that the means for enforcing a j>eace agree ment must he supplied which would hold responsible those who might vio late it The Indian Bureau Is Informed that In an engagement between United State* troopc and roving Indians in southern Utah three Indians were killed and one wounded, while ten oth ers, including tie leader of the band, were arrested. Governor Post of Porto Rico has been ■ummoned to Washington by the Pres ident to answer charges that be recent ly made a coarse, blasphemous speech before the assembly of school superin tendents. The first of the new coins designed by the late Augustus Saint Gandens under the general direction of Presi dent Roosevelt has reached the Treas ury Department from the United States mint, In Philadelphia. It is the $lO gold piece, or half eagle, and Is pe culiar from the fact that for the flvst time since 1873 the words, “In God We Trust,” are omitted from the coin. Oklahoma’* constitution is tbs big gest In the Union, being made up of sixty thousand words.