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Perils By MARY CECIL HAY CHAPTER XXII. ■**ljorraine ! Oh, my darling, this is ter rible for you!” he faltered, pausing a mo ment. with the bridle still in his hand. “Oh 1 that I had been alone! Wait one momenv. Stand aside for one moment.” He took Rourke's whip from the ground, and with it in his hand, moved a few par's nearer to Winterfield, leading the panting mare; then he stood again, dropped the bit, moved aside and gave the Animal a sharp cut across the neck. The next moment she was galloping homeward, the reins hanging loose, the saddle r-mpty—a frightened, riderless mare, with whom her master's secret was safe. Lorraine stood watching, as if in a dream; then her eyes wandered back to Athol, as he turned again, with the un natural calm still on his face. But be fore he had joined her she had fallen on her knees beside Rourke and hidden her face as if she dared see no more. “Irrajn. be strong—just for a little longer,” said Athol, in hi# new tones of still authority. “If you faint all hope is over. Move away, my darling, where you cannot see.” “I will not faint. I will stay here.” He met her pleading eyes and read their steadfastness. “Thank God that rt is you who were here with me—if any one,” he said, in a low. concentrated tone, as he stooped and gazed searchingly Into Rourke'e motion less face. Ixirraine waited breathlessly until he slowly rose again and drew a long breath of relief. Near Rourke's outstretched hand he laid the whip he had been using, but everything else be left untouched. Then he went back a few steps to the spot where lay the prostrate form of Horton Newley, and bending, took it up in his arms. Ixirraine, still kneeling be side Rourke’s watched him, half bewil dered. The whole nature of the man seemed changed. Yet all that he did she instinctively knew to be the best, while she still trembled in every limb to see the calm and strength which he could show at such a time as this. Slowly he bore Horton Newley’s inan imate form along the drive in the direc tion of the farm, following the track of the galloping horse, for fifty paces or more. Then he laid it down in the cen ter of the avenue, just as it had lain above when he bad come up too late, the facs upturned and the marks of the horse's feet so plainly visible on the dark dress. When this was done Athol brought Horton NewNy's hat from the spot where he had fallen and placed it near the prostrate form. Then he joined Lorraine again, and she rose and stood beside him. waiting for his words, her lingers locked together, looking mistily at him, with a fearful pallor on her face. "Lorraine, be brave, my darling, for a few minutes longer,” he said, and even ■he could not guess at his mingled suffer ing as he looked from the motionless fig ure on the gravel to her white, bewil dered face “Go back to YVinterfield at once. Run in terror and alarm the household. Send a mounted messenger Into Kumley for Dr. Thorne, then on '.ato Atton for Dr. Meredith. Say that Mr. Trenham has been thrown, and that the horse has trampled Mr. Newley. That is all. Send another nnu for your father and Mr. Speneer.” “But,” she faltered, her eyes piercing the distance ns she spoke, literally star tled, too. by her own voice, “Mr. Spen cer was to he there, you said, at the lodge, Athol.” He started, looked forward with bent brows and quickened breath, knowing well that the little window in the lodge which faced them was the window of Miriam's room. If the curate had been there through those few awful minutes! Athol shook the thought from him as he might have shaken an infectious touch and turned to Lorraine again. “Do you understand? Rourke was rid ing a young horse which had been doing nothing for several weeks. You saw it galloping home riderless, and here Rourke lies, and there Newley. Do you quite un derstand?’’ “I quite understand." she said, the ag ony of understanding quite ns great as the agony of telling had been to him And then she turned away and ran like a frightened child toward the farm. In his own room at YVinterfield they laid Rourke Trenham, in that silent hush which rested on the house. Motionless, and almost breathless, with faded lips and a deathlike pallor on his face, with eyelids closed and still, as they are rarely still except in death, he lay until the weary hours of that long night had almost aped, '“hen there came a change—aimost imperceptible; but a change which Athol, ao intent and watchful, aaught in a mo ment. The feeble pulse fluttered a little, Itourhe's eyes opened wide upon Athol’s face, then closet! tremulously—almost as if in slumber now. Arhol, moving his hand slowly while he kept his watching position beside the bed. took a small vial from his breast pocket. He dropped a few drops of the dark-colored fluid it contained upon a lump of sugar, and cau tiously placed this between Rourke's lips. Then the sleep grew deep as death once more, and Rourke lay white and motion less again, in the still unconsciousness which looked so terribly like denth. YY’hen Athol left the room for the first time that morning he found Lorraine waiting in the hall, expecting him to come. “1 am goiug to the Xarroway," she said, as he took her cold hand into his close grasp, and rested hi.; tired. haras* and eyes upon her face, “now that I have teen you, Athol." “I knew yon would be going. No one can break this news to the old man so gently and lovingly as you will, my darling.” "Not conscious yet?” questioned the girl, below her breath. “No.” “YY'ill he-—will he recollect it all. or— •r forget T “At first 1 think he will forget. It may be gone from him even forever. It may all on me back.” “But not —not at first?” she whisper ed eagerly. "How long may it be. Athol?" "Not until after the inquest. Not un til then if God please." he answered in a tone of such sorrowful, awed reverence that Lorraine from that moment shrank from letting him speak of this again. As she left the house her father joined her. with that new tenderness in his voice and face which was so precious to her. "Can you walk, dear? Are you not weary after such a night?" “I would a great deal rather walk, father," she said, linking her arm in his: "especially if you are coming." "Only to the gate, dear. I cannot stay away from here, and—it will be better for you to go alone to Abram. I will leave you now. dear. It will be very bard for you, but you will not shrink from the task, my child. The old man will bear it best from you. for you were alwa-s his favorite nest to Rourke." “Oh, father,” she cried, with a tearless sob, as she laid her face a moment on the gate in sudden cowaidice. remembering not what she had to tell, but what had been the truth —“oh. father, must he be told? —must he k**ow?” “Do not leave unul I come for you," *atd Mr. Gaveston. tenderly, unable though to answer her pleading question; “I cannot let yon take this walk again. I will drive over for you. dear.” lie looked after her as she walked wear ily up the quftrut, familiar garden path, and all the wasted tenderness of her life time was in his dim and longing eyes. She was his only one now. And the time was near when he was to lose her; and now he knew what he was to lose. From the doorway Lorraine turned and smiled to see him waiting; a wan little smile, but it told how sweet to her was her father's care, and cheered him with its memory cm his return to Winterfield. Abram Bartle was standing in the low. wainscoted hall when Lorraine entered it. But when the waiting eyes went on be yond her she knew for whom he had been listening. “It is only I. Mr. Bartle,” she said, wistfully ; "only I.” “Yes. is it. Gipsy?” he said, with an effort at his old tone of cheery content, as he took both her hands in his and tried to look her in the face as if the sight were all he longed for —and failing for the first time in his life —poor Ab ram! “I wasn’t expecting any one in particular, only whenever a fresh morn ing dawns I feel my boy may come.” “He—he generally used—he generally comes at odd, unlikely times, doesn’t he?” faltered Lorraine, her heart aching sore ly as she led the old man into the parlor where they had spent so many gay and pleasant hours together; “one never could tell when to expect Rourke.” “Unless one was always expecting him, Gipsy,” said Abram, with a smile that told a story in itself and made it all the harder and sadder for the g*ri to tell hers. Sitting beside him. in the long spring scented room, she told it, clinging to him with a love that vainly strove to make him see less than she told rather than more, and hiding all her own despair and fear and grief, it was the story she had told before —that story under which the truth lay hidden as yet. But when her story was finished and her words of hope were exhausted he turned slowly to meet her piteous gaze and told her that she lied ! Coldly and stiffly he said it. again and again ; his eyes—which had never looked at her before without the warmth of love behind them—scared and cold and skep tical. Again and again he said it, until the forced, unnatural tones broke into a wail of unutterable pain and a mist of merciful oblivion fell over the changed eyes. CHAPTER XXIII. The coroner and jury had adjourned from the Trenham Arms, in Kumley, to Hohve, to go through the ceremony they designated “viewing the body;” which consisted of their standing for two min utes round the bed where the dead man lay, and gazing with lugubrious indiffer ence at the well cut. rigid features of the ex-steward, who had labored so hard to be master here, where his rule could be known no longer. They had returned again, with an effort at sadness, to the Trenham Arms, and had taken their seats at the long, polished table round which so many of them sat night after night in jovial conviviality. Grave enough now, though; grave almost as the physician who give? the first evidence and shows with a caim consciousness how on his re turn from Winterfield on the evening of the 28th he met the horse Mr. Trenham had been riding galloping toward home, the reins hanging loose and the saddle empty; how a few minutes afterward he had seen deceased lying in the drive just as he lay when the other physicians came up: and how, some fifty paces near er the Lodge, he had found Mr. Trenham thrown and unconscious: the unconscious ness evidently caused by his temple hav ing been struck in the fall. Gnveston sat listening while this evidence was corroborated by the elder physicians. “Then your opinion is that Mr. Tren harn's horse threw him and on its home ward way, unchecked, rode over deceased and trampled him to death?” That was, under the circumstances, the only opinion the physicians could form. Deceased had been crushed upon his chest by a horse's tread. Mr. Trenham had been violently thrown upon the temple. No blood had been spilt, and so the case was simple and incontrovertible. “Miss Gaveston was in attendance,” the coroner believed, “and had been pres ent at the finding of the bodies. YY’ould Miss Gaveston step forward?” “The evidence you give shall be the t. ’*. the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God.” Athol was standing close beside her while Rhe was sworn aD'I saw how her white lips shivered and were not allowed to touuh the Rook she held before her mouth. “How were th< bodies lying when you reached them? - ’ "They lay exactly as Dr. Meredith de scribed them —that of Mr. Newley at least fifty paces nearer to YY'interfield than that of Mr. Trenham.” “And you met the horse —where?” “I saw the horse close to the YY’inter field gate of the Loop; the—the bodies lay on the Hohve' side.” No one noticed the slight change of form in the girl’s answer, but every one noticed the agony in her low voice, and a sign of pity, half admiration and half respect, stirred the whole room. The coroner's voice broke in upon this sentence. “What horse was It you met?” “The young thoroughbred called Ves tris, which Mr. Trenham was fond of riding, but which we none of us liked to see him ride —a dangerous horse we all thought it. Miss Shefford was most anx ious that evening and expressed to Dr. Vere and myself her fears for Mr. Tren ham. especially as the horse had been for some weeks doing nothing.” "The grooms then, do • ot exercise her in his absenc?” “1 believe not. except one servant, who was with his master in London during that time.” "The man who is to give his evidence, you mean?” "Yes." "And it was you. Miss OaTeston. was it not. who bore the tidings to Winter field?" “Yes. it was I." “You left Dr. Vere striving to restore I'onsciousness to Mr. Trenham?” "Yes.” “Can you remember where this whip lay when you reached the spot?” “I —I saw that whip beside Mr. Tren ha ;u's hand, just where he lay.” “And this hat? I .vm sorry to con tinue such an examination. Miss Gaves ton, but it is painfully n*s essary.” “That hat is Mr. Newley's. I remem ber seeing it; it lay on the grass. 1 think, some few yanis from his head.” “Did you not always consider Mr. Tren ham a tery skillful horseman?” “Yes.” “Y'es.” The simple word was freighted with a heavy fear. “Then it must have surprised you greatly to meet his horse riderless?" Old Dr. Meredith hurriedly whispered to the coroner, and. with a murmured apology, this question was withdrawn. "Will you go?” whispered Athol to her. agerly. when she was released. "No, I will star. I—l suppose I had better stay,” she answered back, in a f one of weariness that was yet shaken by a restless excitement. So she took her seat again and listened once more, with every eager power ahe P *ssessed. while Brent was sworn and questioned. She knew she had no fear for any thing she might relate. No! not even If he knew. (To be continued.) ®Women and J-'asbioi? Woman Hn no n Ranch. Mrs. R. Grumbles, of Carri/.ozo, X. M., is a r-csourceful little woman, a h'oo<t mother, an immaculate house keeper. f> business woman, .a ranch § owner and “the cattle on a thou sand hills” bear her mark and brand. Her ranch home ; s five miles north of the town. It is a beautiful little home in the valley, nestled at the foo t of the mountains, where the odor of the cedar floats rbs. guv mhi.es. through her cool rooms, lending additional restfulness to the place. Virginia creeper and bitter sweet vines shade the gallery and a sweet eglantine brier grows dose to the door. Other roses thrive and the “salt cedar” waves Its long plumes of pink flowers gracefully to the mountain breeze. Mrs. Grumbles went to New Mexico twenty years ago with her husband, and seventeen of these years have been spent at her Carrlzozo ranch. She was left a widow twelve years ago. with seven children, five daughters and two sons. Mrs. Grumbles attends to all the bus-' lness of the ranch, even to the most minute details, and she has all well In hand. What Kind la Woratf Many a nervous woman has occasion to consider what kind of a noise Is most likely to banish sleep. It is not strange that the crusade against un necessary noice should be led by a wo man, and that she should find thou sand of eager supporters among her sex. The country and the city present dif ferent problems to the seeker for quiet. The steady roar of the city street is often less trying than the persistent crow of the early-rising rooster or the clang of the cow bell. The neighbor who sifts coal ashes before light be longs to the same class with the one who narrates his family affairs at dawn under the window In a loud and cheerful voice. The shriek of the whistle, the call of the newsboy, the rattle of the milk cart are all “trialsome,” as a certain old lady used to say of her children* but perhaps the most unforgivable noise for a sensitive person is one which recurs at slightly irregular in tervals, and for a long period. The drip of a water pipe, the whine of a dog, the slam of a blind —these are the noises which destroy temper and sleep, even for well women. When one has struggled through a night tor tured by such objectionable clamors, one realizes the full meaning of the poet’s dream of peace, where “Silence like a poultice comes, to heal the blows of sound!”—Youth's Companion. Picturesque Evening; Gown. Nile green crepe de chine was used in the making of this fetching evening frock which is cut en princesse with long train and sleeves. The low cut bodice Is trimmed with shawl-like pieces over shoulders, bordered at top with gold embroidery In Greek design and edged at bottom with narrow gold fringe. These pieces are put on in such manner ns to give a bolero effect and where they meet In front are two roses made from cloth of gold. Te Revive Flower*. To revive flowers which have be come somewhat faded and tired, put them iuto hot water. Hot water, tica 90 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit Is the best "pick me up" for flowers which have traveled some distance. A spray of arranged flowers should be kept on a piece of damp cotton wool under a basin. This treatment excludes the air and preserves the blos soms. The delicate fronds of ferns can be kept quite fresh In this way. To thaw frosted flowers immerse them deeply in cold water. To keep a buttonhole flower in good condition burn the eud of the stems or close them with sealing wax. This prevents the sap from escaping, the flower keeping fresh as long as it has sap to feed on. Floral decorations which must be kept in a certain posi tion may be preserved by using damp sand sprinkled with sulphate of ammo nia. Bornlilf the Thin*. To say that the new gowns are elabo rately trimmed is true, but It is mis leading. There are no outstanding frills, nothing that glares at you as purely and entirely ornamental. You do not see a rosette or a buckle or a panel. It Is the ensemble that strikes you at a git nee, and It Is because the decorative element is so thoroughly a part of the costume. All ♦he details are so perfectly in barmon;. with the gown proper, and with each other, tiat they have ceased to be details when the gown is ready to wear, and you are conscious only of the costume in its en tirety. Just as you see a bit of embroid ery or a painting. It is not the separate parts that appeal to you. but the whole as a work of art. Th* Americas Woman. We Americans are not yet quite able to distinguish a type, either of man or woman, that has developed out of our very complex ethnographic condition. We think at times w* can see regain qualities or characteristics so grouped in an Individual as to make us say for the moment that there is an “Ameri can.” The . unerican woman is. per haps. even a little more undeveloped, to our thinking, than is the American man. We admire or tremble before women of a certain air or quality; but this very mien and quality of her do not seem permanent, fixed: and the wo man we class as “American” to-day may be altogether different from the Imperious creature we crowned yes terday. Perhaps it is with regard to the woman as it is with respect to the past It takes the tone of distance, space, to bring out the glory and the distinction—to orb her. —Columbia (S. C.) State. 0 How to Sit Gracefully. The vast majority of women do not know how to sit down properly or gracefully. Almost every woman when she sits down, sits hut half way on the chair and then jeans back so that the TWO STRIKING COSTUMES. Green Broadcloth. A fascinating shade of light-weight green broadcloth was used in executing above model. The military effect on bod ice was made with narrow black soutache and small covered buttons and the cleverly draped sash is black satin, the ends bor dered with deep black silk fringe. There is a plastron of ecru lace with stock ar rangement of black satin topped with ecru lace frill. back Is curved and the entire weight comes on the end of the spine. This is **n extremely unhealthy position as well as an ungraceful one. YY’hen sitting down be sure that your hips are never further forward than your shoulders. The proper way to sit Is to have your hips as far back In the chair as they will go and firmly settle there and then Imagine the upper part of your body a stem, swaying as It will. You can lean forward or sideways, but you will never want to lean back. You even will find It easy to stoop and pick something off the floor. You always will look well when sitting in this posi tion, even If you are stout, and If you want to lean back you can be what few women are—graceful in a steamer chair. Embroidered (loth Gowns, Embroidery in heavy worsted or silk Is largely employed on cloth gowns. Lines of it are worked on the tops of the flounces and round the cuffs and collars of the small coats. The work manship Is broad and heavy, the out lining is often carried out In black, while the filllng-in tones with tbe color of the cloth or Is designed In contrast ing shades. A suggestion of gold thread here and there gives a distinct ive note that is much appreciated in Paris. With black tailor costumes gold embroidery Is in great favor; scholls and solid rounds of the gold, with knots and further scroll work in black silk, or wheat ears carried out In gold, being effective designs. Color of Homan Hair In the case of human hair x>lor we find that children are not ordinarily darker than their darker parent. Con sequently, if both parents have flaxen hair the children will have hair of the same sort. From this principle, ap plied generally. It follows that when both parents have an organ in a low condition of development it will be so also in all of their children. This prin ciple explains the persisting or increas ing degeneration in the descendants of rwo degenerate parents.—Prof. C. B. Davenport, In Science. The simulated buttonhole, elaborately worked, ia seen on every variety of gown. Net waists, lined with china silk, have tucked frosts and backs and long sleeves. The earring is still pronounced. large pearls and semiprecious stones being freely worn. Jumpers are modified Into the direc toire waistcoat of lace or linen worn under coats. Black fringe Is especially popular this season: also the braid trimming with side fringe. New cloak gowns, which may be worn a* an outdoor garment or as a prince** robe, come in broadcloth, ia black, navy bine, violet and amok* coior. Embroidered roses in natural shades will be found upon sheer dresses made over satin foundations. Russian turbans of white marabou and spotless ermine are destined to be taken up for visiting hats. Fur doth bands are much used as the finishing tow h to the edge of a coat or extreme edge of a dress skirt. Blue comes first in fall colors, and the rich dark tone navy will le em ployed In many smart gowns. Buttons are not prominent in new automobile coats, but the collars and cuffs are extravagantly ornate. TrluiinlnK Indrr Hats. As if It were not enough to swoop the brims down over the hair, millin ers now add trimming under the brim There is no return of a bandeau, but the trimming fills in all the spaces that might be exposed by the lift of the hat. Flowers are sometimes used, but more often ostrich tips, rosettes of filet toll* and broad bows of satin ribbon with Cedar Brown Voile. One piece costume of cedar brown silk voille, with long-trained skirt joined to short-waisted bodice by a deep girdle of brown chiffon velvet A surplice effect is given the waist line by a double row of quilled brown silk on each side cross ing at waist line. A fancy collar and stock are made from cream lace a.td the long sleeves are plaited from shoulder to hand where thev are finished by a frill of lace similar to that around neck. short ends. The woman who has re moved the bandeau from last winter’s hat and finds that it continues to lift up too much from the head can attach one of these satin bows beneath the brim at any point where the exposure is too pronounced. There are fewer quills on hats than last yef Feather trimming upon hats contin ues very profuse. Ottoman silk Is used for making hats as well as fancy coats. Most of the hat shapes give the ef fect of excessive flatness. The low effect is adhered to in the latest hats trimmed with ostrich. Plumage hats are In again, princi pally In dark, natural pheasant shades. For winter millinery a profusion of roses, both large and small, will be used. The shape of the new hats is likely to prove trying until the oolffure Is adapted to them. The Russian tiara Is crescent shaped with tiny upstanding points. It Is worn upright like a crown. Voluminous pompons and rocettes of chipped ostrich and gourra feathers have become a perfect craze. Often a muff of white fox is told to go with the hat. This Is a charming addition to an indoor gown in any of the new tones of color. The hat of the moment for festal oc casions is of white satin, with Its low round crown draped in white rabbit skin, which Is a good Imitation of fox. It is quite the fashion this winter to carry huge rug muffs indoors at any reception or tea without a neCkpiece to correspond. The latter might hide the lines of the frock from neck to waist, but the big muff gives a perfect touch. The desire for white hats with elab orate indoor costumes Is growing stronger every week. YY’ide white Batin sailors trimmed with morning glories are in high fashion. These are worn with one-piece frocks of wistaria, violet and amethyst School girls will wear immense flat hats of plush or long-haired beaver in all the dull, neutral tones. These are attractive and becoming, and always carry a girlish lot* about them. It is now permissible to heap colored roses on a young girl’s hat and then add a soft bow at the side, with fringed ends over the brim. Graaitm Sachet. The geranium sachet to place among Christmas gifts is made with crushed geranium leaves, oris root, lemon peel and ground Tamila bean. One can proportion it to suit the fancy, making one odor predominate. A good sachet to put into heavy pin cushions is made with dried coffee grounds, all spice. cinnamon, cloves, orris root, ground vanilla bean and musk. The scent is strong, lasting and pleasant. The coffee grounds make an excellent heavy filling. Dry them thoroughly in tbe oven. Corset* are high In the host, small and round in the waist and vary long from the waist down. DURING THE HUNTING SEASON. ■SRimsing gjyvuwan The Vulgate, the Latin version of the Bible, ordained by the Council of Trent in April, 15445, to be the authentic version for the Roman Catholic Church, is now. fifteen centuries after the death of Jerome, whose life work it was, to be revised. The colossal work of re vising its text has been given to the or der of the Benedictines, who fin 1 that they need funds to carry on the task. The pope has, accordingly, given the Right Rev. Francis A. Gasquet, abbot president of the English Benedictines, permission to accept a donation for tin purpose. The donor will be rewarded by having his name placed on the front page of the new version, an honor that will carry his name down into the com ing centuries as no other monument would. The Vulgate is itself 1,500 years old, Jerome’s translation having been completed early in the fifth cen tury. and some of the sacred writings of the Old Testament go back fourteen centuries B. C.. so it is safe to assume that the new version will be a monu ment more eudu’dng than one of brass. —Chicago Itecord-llerald. WOOD STILL LEADS IN BUILDING. What the Government Reports on Construction Show. Reports collected by the government from forty-nine of the leading cities of the country show that in the last year 61 per cent of the buildings erected were of wood and 39 )>er cent of tire resisting material. The figures do not take into account the building done in the smaller cities and rural communi ties of the country, hence the geological survey has concluded that wood is yet and is likely to remain for many years to come the chief material used In con struction In the United States. If the figures on the smaller cities were In cluded it would he safe to say that the predominance of wood would be heav ily increased in proportion to other ma terials. as Indicated by the reports noted. "The use of cement, terracotta, brick and stone with a framework of steel will make it possible soon to do away with the use of wood entirely,” is a re mark often heard. While these fire proof materials are now being used to an extent almost undreamed of a few years ago. it is nevertheless true that more wood is being manufactured for building purposes each year than ever before. U. S. HAS 61,158 POSTOFFICES. Annual Report Favors Extension of the City Delivery Service. At the end of the last fiscal year— June 30, 1908—there were in operation a total cf 01,158 jtostofliees in tbe Unit ed States, according to the nnntial re port of the First Assistant Postmaster General. The number of postmasters •ppointed at presidential offices was 2.174, while 11,945 were given commis lion in the fourth-class offices. Of i>eoinl to the general pub lic are the recommendations relating to the extension and improvement of the city delivery service. Millions of peo ple residing in small towns, it is stated, are without any form of free delivery. This condition, the report says, can be remedied by amending the law so as to permit of the establishment of city de livery service at postoffloes where the receipts are as much as $5,000 annually. Self-Ti \lng Telephone. J. F. Land. 6n expert telephone man of Detroit, has begun the manufacture of a device which will an.-sver the calls of telephones when the person called is out. It is the phonograph principle applied to the telephone, and is called the annuncia phene. It will repeat twice to each call *f the phone, any message which has been imparted to it. It will be especially useful to the doctor and lawyer, or any one expecting to be called while out. The Young Turks hare been success ful in tiie Constantinople election of dep uties to the new chamber. The ten repre sentatives are made up of five Turks, two Armenians, two Greeks and one Jew. Pafik Bey. the minister of justice, beaded the list. He received 503 elector*' Totes out of a possible 515. The Senate has confirmed the nomi as-ion of Helen D. I>ongfitreet. widow of the Confederate genera 1. as postmaster at Gainesville. Ga. The action of th* Senate in confirming the nomination on the day it was received was a special compliment to Mrs. Longstreet. At Sofia Czar Ferdinand formally open ed the first National Parliament of Bul garia under the new declaration of inde pendence. Great throngs of people cheer ed their Czar as he rode through the streets, and in the Parliament House the greatest enthusiasm prevailed when Fer dinand, with bared bead, proposed cheers for the Bulgarian cxardom and people His address called upon the people to as sist in the spread of peace and crulua tioo in the Balkan States At Atlantic City Miss Emma Natter was ordained into the ministry at the Methodist Protestant conference. FRITZI SCHEFF WEDDED. The recent marriage of Fritzl Scheff, the singer and comic opera star, to John Fox, Jr., the novelist, was tint culmination of an interesting romance. Shortly after Fritzi Scheff was granted a decree of divorce from Baron von Bardelebeu. It became known that Mr. Fox was an ardent suitor for her hand, and not long ago their engagement was announced. They were married at tiie HHhKS&i ** Jgffi In £ i HI .# ni FRITZI SCHEFF. home of Mr. Fox's brothe r . Rector K. Fox. Fritz! Sebeff is noted for her beauty us well as for her ability as an actress and singer, and has the reputation of being the most perfectly groomed and gowned woman on the stage to-day. Iler husband. John Fox, Jr., is ns fa mous along his line of work as is his charming bride, and is a nmn of splen did intellect and ability. The province of Alberta government lias decided to give a subeiantia) aid for the construction of a railroad running from the extreme north of the province to connect with a United States line at the international boundary. This under taking must proceed next year and the bonds will be guaranteed by the govern ment. Tie London Telegraph has set the Eu ropean court gossips all a-flutter by pub lishing an interview given by Emperor YY'illiam of Germany to a representative Englishman, in which the Kaiser told of his friendship for England and took much of the credit for the victory of rhe British over the Boers and complained of the suspicious attitudp of the average Eng lishman toward him. He said that two documents at YV'indsor would prove his friendship at the critical period of the Boer war. One was a letter to tbe Queen telling how he had refused to join France and Russia in demanding tL * ending of the war, and the other was a plan of cam paign which the British used with suc cess. The publication of this interview is called in som quarters a “calculated in discretion.” Paris papers angrily assert that, their minister, Delcasse. was the man who prevented the anti-British coalition. The Cuban newspapers in general dis approve of the warning paragraph on Cuba in President Roosevelt’s message, in whicb nof’ce is served that the con tinued indeperdence of tlhe republic de pends upon the proper conduct of the gov ernment. A German battWhrp of about 18.0Q0 tons Las been successfully launched at Kiel. Princess Radolin. wife of the Ger man ambassador at Paris, christened the vessel. Posen. The new ship had pre viously been known as the Baden. Among those present were Prince Henry of Prus sia and his wife, who entertained the launching guests at a banquet. Gov. Swayne of British Honduras is on his way to Vancouver to induce 1,500 Hindus to leave for his country and work on the plantations there. British Co lumbia is anxious to be relieved of these Hindus, but the latter decline to go and have purchased SIOO,OOO worth of prop erty near Vancouver on which they pro pose to locate. Gov. Swayne is confi dent, however, that his offer will be too tempting to be refused. Gen. Sir Henry Wilkinson, a well known British capitalist, largely interest ed in mining in the Lafc- of the Woods district, died in Kenora, Canada, aged (JO. He served with distinction in the India* mutiny with the Sixteenth Lancers. It has become known that it was President Koosevelt who first suggest ed that the Smithsonian Ins’itution take part with him in the African en terprise. Tho secretary of the insti tution received a letter from Roose velt last June, stating his intention of hunting in Africa ami offering to give the institution the results of his ex pedition, provided it would send along the neeessary naturalists to prepare and ship the materials. The offer was accepted and the funds have been raised, presumably from private dona tions, some suspecting that Carnegie is the interested party. Director of -Mints Leach reports that $197,238,377 in gold was coined during the last fiscal year and $10,530,477 in subsklln y silver, besides $1,940,008 in minor coinage, lie estimates the pro duction of gold in this country to have been $90,435,700 in the calendar year of 1907 and for the same period $37.- 299.700 in silver. The consutniKfon of gold in the Industrial arts was S4O. 727,070 and of silver 24,000.000 ounces The etocc of gold In the world Jan. 1. 1908. i* estimated (o have been $7,- 014.000.000, silver coin. $3,530,700,000, and t'<e uueovered paper, $4,302,500,- 000. Tho Bureau of Statistics reports that the last fiscal year bn Uo all records for exports of manufactures, their value amounting to $308,000,000, as compared with $:55,tH)0.000 the preced ing year. In 1908 49 per cent of our manufactured exports went to Eurotie. Copper led in value at $37.000,000; re fined mineral oils came next, wort’ll $55,000,000. and steel manufactures third, worth $47,000,000. Exports to South America totaled $72,000,000, and to other ports of North America $189.- 000,000, while $72,000,000 worth were sent to Asia. $40,000,01X1 to Oeeuriioa and $10,000,000 to Africa. A decrease of nearly $18,000,000 in tin* internal revenue receipts of the government for the last fiscal year is attributed by Commissioner Capers to the prohibition movement, to tin* high price of grain and to an agreement among tin* distillers to limit the out put. The production of distilled spirits was 12d.574.00u gallons, as compared with 108.574 000 the year before. There was a decrease in the production of de natured alcohol. The feature of the last annual ie|H>rt of Secretary of the Navy Metcalf is the policy of naval concentration urgtxi by developing to their full capacity tiie yards at New York, Philadelphia. Nor folk. Puget Sound and Mare Island. Especial attention is paid to the fresh water basin at Philadelphia, as it Is the only place on the Atlantic const where battleships can lie held in re serve or laid up in fresh water. Notwithstanding the rule permitting anyone to have a letter suit by special delivery by merely affixing 10 cents’ worth of ordinary stamps, the Post Of fice Department has Just placed on sale anew design of a special delivery stamp which Is distinctive from all other stamps. It utilizes the olive branch of pence and the cap of Mer cury to suggest dispatch. Following the ruling of the Patent Office, which recently refused to regis ter a food label unless the name of the maker were Inserted after the word "guaranteed.” the National Board of Food and Drug Inspection lias ordered that labels must be printed hereafter in accordance with that ruling, but old labels now in hand may be used up. An official of the Navy Department says there will be no division of the battleship fleet of the United states between the Pacific and Atlantic iinill the total of our first class fighting ships is so large that one-half of It. will be equal to all the battleships built and building for Japan. No apprehension is felt at the Navy Department over Jhe appearance of smallpox on the battleship Gt-orgia of Admiral Sperry's battleship licet. It. is said that only one case thus far lias been reported and every precaution has been taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The resolution of the national rivers and harbors convention calling for a bond Issue of $500,000,000. has stirred up n lively discussion among govern ment officials and members of <’on gress. Secretary of the Treasury Cortelyou has been offered the presidency of the Union Trust Company, one of the larg est financial concern* iu New York Both the national conference of Gov ernors and the Rivers and Harbors Congress went on reeord In favor of a $50,/00,000 bond issue for the promo tion of deep Inland waterway* or for other works of equal importance. The Governors’ conference nl*o approved the creation of a permanent commis sion to look after such interests, and n committee was nanus! to prepare a bill to be Introduced In Congress. Speaker Cannon remained non-committal. Secretary YY'llson, of the Department of Agriculture, has announced his de •ision in the bleached flour controver sy. bolding that flour bleached with nitrogen peroxide ia an adulterated product under the law and *hat it can not legally be sold in the District of Columbia or in the territories or Is? trnnsisirted in Interstate corn men a. Owing to the immense quantity of bleached flour now on hand, the Secre tary will recommend no prosecutions of manufacturers or sellers for a i>e riod of six mouths from this date. Final instructions regarding the re turn to the United States of the army of Cuban pacification contemplate anal evacuation on or about April. Asa health restorative, a French m dical expert recommends u ten or fifteen days’ diet of fruit alone, twice a jear. The wine froze in FiaDders in ICJ3 and tne soldiers to whom It was dis tributed bad to cut It In piece* with hatchets.