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of our Lady Clerk, is a
Some onf's selfish, some one's lazy;
Is it you?
gome oac-'s sense of right Is hazy;
Is it youV
Some Uvea a life of ease,
Doins: largely as he please
Drifting idly with the breeze;
Is it your
Some one hopes success will fin3 hire;
Is it youV
Some ooe proudly looks behind mm ;
Is it youV
Somfi o"e full of zood advice
Seems to think it rather nice
In a has-been's paradise
Is It you?
Some one trusts to luck for winning;
Is It you?
Some one craves a new beginrine;
is it you?
Some one says: "I never had
Such a chance as Jones lad.
Some one's likewise quite a cad
Is it you?
Some one's terribly mistaken;
Is it you?
Some one sadlv will awaken ;
Is it you?
tome one's working on the plan -
That a masterful "I can"
Doesn't help to make the Mau
ls it you?
Soma oce vet rr.av "make a kiHing f
And it's you.
Some one needs but to be wlllinc
And it's you.
Some one better set his jaw,
0ea?e to be a man of straw,
Get some sand-into his craw
And it's yon.
Baltimore America.
The institution was too new to Scar
cest to be treated with aught save
reverence and awe, so there was more
than one who dared suggest that Dav;
id Prescott had erred in making his
daughter Marion his paying teller.
Not that Marion was not suited to the
place, but that even-Scar crest knew
that a woman teller was unusual.
Comment did not worry Prescott.
His holdings in the hank amounted to
more than ninety percent of the capi
tal invested, and at the directors meet
ing he had offered to make another
choice if the board could .suggest any
one better qualified through acquaint-'
ance or experience at figures. That set
tled the matter officially, and when the
spick and span new office opened it, was
Marion's pretty blond head which was
seen through the plate glass square
lettered "Paying Teller."' ' -
Bert Howard was the receiving tel
ler, and this was further cause for gos
sip, for Bert had been a willing slave
to Marion ever since the days when
he used to drag her to school on his
sled. ' ' -
Many comments had besn made in
the postoffice and around the stove in
Vaa Zant's grocery, but after Ned Da
fis had been soundly thrashed by How
ard for suggesting that if the pair of
tellers held their positions long enough
they would have no trouble starting
we properly, there was , an abrupt
cessation of this sort of gossip, and
the bank officers were accepted without
further comment;
But it was not pleasant sailing for
Bert and Marion. He had been given
fiis position, not because Prescott ap
Proved of his suit for Marion's hand
out because, like Marion, he had been
l&e most availahls person, for; the po
sition. Prescott in 'his hard, ; deep
pucaed voice had' assured.' the young
roan that if he ever caught a glimpse
f love-making in business hours there
would be an imported teller in the
ank within twenty-four hours.
k it was that man and maid were
i j -
jjuiorce content with such satisfac
tory as could come from the knowledge
f each other's nronlnniiitv. and even
Tony Dwight, who would have been
aa to see his rival disposed of, could
Jm no cause for talo hearintr.
.Dwight, with Prescott, Bert. and Mar
yn. constituted - the clerical force of
the First National, and oddly enough
aracter, favored Ton7's aspirations
Jr Marion's hand. The one unpleasant
aturo cf bar position was the fact
;feat she had frequently to consult
ly as bookkeeper, and- he
pass an opportunity to press his
for the past thirty days,
model of attractiveness.
Then the agent or the Chester Bank
Vault Company came to Scarcrest one
noon hour, driving over from the near
est railroad towm behind a pair of
spanking bays. Curtis was the name
in one .corner of the card he presented
to Prescott as he strolled unannounced
into the president's office.
But selling bank vaults was appar
ently not his principal business, for af
ter a while Prescott came out of his
office. "Here is a check for which Mr.
Curtis "wants the cash," he said,
thrusting the slip of paper through the
window to Marion. "You have a pack
age of thousand dollar bills in the cor
ner of the small safe. There are twenty-five
of those. He will take the oth
er halfvin hundreds."
Marion looked curiously at her fath
er's face, white and drawn.
"Are you sure this is all right?"
Curtis laughed lightly.
He moved closer to the bank presi
dent, and Prescott, with the muzzle
of a revolver pressing into his Bide
could only nod his assent. Curtis had
assured him that at the first sign of
attempted communication with any of
the two clerks all would be shot and
he would; be safe in, the country before
the crime w-as discovered. Prescott
was a brave man, but he agreed with
Curtis' argument that the money
would do him little: good if he were to
be shot for, refusing it. "
Marion gave one, more curious glance
at the pair and turned toward the
vault. In a moment she reappeared.
"Oh, Bert," she called, "will you please
come here and b.elp me to move this
Howard went to lier aid, while Cur
tis fidgeted about, urging Prescott to
make haste. There was small danger of
interruption from a customer or from
Tony,- who lunched at that hour, but
being a skillful workman he liked to
see a job done expeditiously.
In a couple of minutes the pair re
turned. Marion . carried a package of
bills, while Howard swung a bac cov
ered -with' wax seals. v
"I shall have to give you some gold,"
said Marion sweetly, as she tumbled
the bills on the shelf beneath the win
dow of her jcage and prep'ared to count.
"You see, we. keep most of cur . re
serve on deposit in town and for local
use we have mostly small bills."
'Gold will do' responded Curtis
amiably. "I am not particular, though
of course the large bills .. are easier
to handle.
-Howard .came ' around the corner
with the gold but belore Curtis could
grasp the bag. of coins it descended
upon his head with force sufficient to
knock his heavy felt hat over" his eyes
and stun him. before the ready pistol
in his coat pocket could be fired.
Ten minutes later, under the reviv
ing influence of ice water applied ex
ternally and brandy in internal appli
cations, Curtis woke up. Howard stood
over him, completing the work of se
curing him with rope. - .
You will pardon me, Mr. Curtis,"
he; said, - blandly, "for not recognizing
you more quickly, but you see the slip
sent out' by the Bank of Tacoma gave
your name as Peters, aliasMauvel, and
other names. In fact. Miss Prescott
was the first to see your game. No1, I
would't hang Miss Prescott,"; he con
tinued, as he caught the muttered ex
clamation. "You . know the ' proverb
about " courses and chickens roostin g
home. There is that little matter of
killing,' the president and the cashier
of the "First National of Caswell '
He turned to greet the sole peace ofli
cer of which the town boasted.
"That's him!" shouted Tony, "from
the rear.
"I saw him walk up and hit him over
the head."
Constable Post looked about, awk
wardly. "I'm. afraid there's some mis
take," he growled.
"You didn't tell ine it was Mr. How
ard you wanted arrested."
"Arrest Howard!" shouted Prescott.
Why, he's . just knocked out on of
the slickest bank thieves in the coun
! try and saved my life as well.. Dwight,
i yu Set out of here, you miserable
j little sneak. Bert, I'll double the re-
ward the Bank of Tacoma offers, and
if yon and Marion can't worry along on
tat and your, salary you don't vde
cjj O
but they are not a circumstance to what we will offer from now till Christmas. We have made
serv to get maitied. Post, you1 tak
this fellow over to the lockup and
give him a headache powder. I guess
he needs it t alter that clip Bert, r gave
him. I'm going to the telegraph office.
Bert, you and Marion stay here and
fix things up."
From his glance one could not tell
whether he meant the disordered office
or more important matters. But Bert
and Marion knew, or at least they
used their own judgment!- Henry Win
throp, in San Francisco Call. .
Mountain Thunder-Storm.
An Englishman and his wife, with
two friends and two guides, were at-
tempting to climb to the high glacier
pass of the Tungfraujoch, when they
were overtaken by a thunder-storm,
an account of which was printed in
the Alpine Journal, and is quoted by
Mrs. Le Blond, in "Adventures on the
Roof of the World."
After the start on a pleasant morn
ing, the weather changed, and when
they got to the pass they encountered
a severe storm of wind, snow and hall.
They quickly turned to descend. The
snow fell so heav11y; that for a time
they could not 'see their old ' tracks.
Suddenly a loud peal of thunder was
heard,' "and shortly after," writes Mr.
Watson, : one of the party, "I observed
that a strange singing sound like that
of a kettle was issuing from my alpen
"We halted, and finding that all the
axes ana stocKs emitted tne same
sound, stuck thex into the snow. The
guide from the hotel now pulled off
his cap, shouting that his head burned,
and his hair seemed to bave an ap
pearance similar to that which it
would have presented had he been un
der a. powerful electrical machine.
"We all of us experienced the sen
sation of pricking or burning in some
part of the body, more especially in
the head or face, my hair also stand
ing on end in an uncomfortable but
very amusing manner."
' Whenever a peal of thunder was
heard the phenomenon ceased, to - be
resumed before its echoes had died
away. At these times we felt shocks,
more or less violent, in those portions
of the body which were most affected.
By one of these shocks my right arm
was paralyzed so completely that I
could neither use nor raise it for sev
eral minutes, nor, Indeed, till it had
been severely rubbed by claret, and I
suffered much pain in it at the shoulder-joint
for some hours.
"The prenomenon finally ceased,
having lasted 25 minutes. v We saw no
Products of the Corn Plant.
Among the products of the corn
plant are oils, paper, pith (that is used
in battleships to stop shot holes be
low water line), three kinds of sugar.
and two each of syrup and molasses;
many food elements, different kinds of
cellulose, vicose, proxylene and amy
loid; many products useful in the arts
celluloid, collodion, sizing, varnishes,
films, filaments for incandescent
lights, artificial silk, guhcotton, smoke
less powder and fine charcoal; many
varieties of starch and of glucose;
several kinds or gum, , grape sugar,
corn rubber , (used for buffers on rail
way cars), corn oil cake and meat,
and fusel oil, even shuck mats and
shuck, mattresses.
"Huge" English Cars.
"English railway men are asked to
exclaim over the introduction on the
Great Central railway of "the largest
railway wagons introduced into Great
Britain." ' These wagons have been
constructed by the Birmingham Rail
road Carriage and Wagon company,
are built entirely of steel, are 41 feet
3 inches in length, 8 feet 3 inches in
width and 8 feet 8 inches in height
from rail-level, and carry a load -of 40
tons. But one of these "huge" freight
cars looks very small indeed beside
an American car. '
Three hundred and thirty people
were killed in' Chicago last year by
railway accidents. xThe average "for
big cities in th United States is 80'
a year.
DECEMBER 16,1904.
m iHifl
The average height of man is found
by,, A. Dastre to have continued the
same for thousands of years, as shown
in primitive man, prehistoric man, and
historic man. The great size of an
cient man is imaginary.
Several uranium minerals have
shown radium directly proportional in
quantity to the amount of uranium,
which tends to confirm the suggestion
that radium is formed by the breaking
down of the uranium atom!
One of the most singular of the
many curious fossils yielded by the fa-
raous opal fields at White Cliffs, N. S.
W is an opalized shark. It is 3 1-2
feet long and eighteen inches in great
est circumference and is encircled from
tip to tip with thin veins of . purple
Experimenting on the influence ot
metal containers on the fermentation
of liquids, Leopold Nathan has shown
that German silver, copper, zinc, brass
and bronze have a decidedly strong in
hibitory effect, while tin and lead have
moderate action. Polished iron and
silver, gold, polished tin, aluminum,
nickel, as well as celluloid, glass and
hard rubber, have little or no effect.
The smoothness of the surface of met
als seems to have decided influence.
Much seems to be expected from Pro
fessor Seeligmuller's electrical treat
ment of chronic articular rheumatism.
A metallic brush tele dorcies . ao aoi
A metallic brush electrode is connected
with the negative pole of a source of
electric current, and the positive is at
tached to a flat sponge electrode, the
treatment consisting in repeatedly ap-
pl j ing the brush electrode to the ef
fected joint. Small dots appear on the
skin after each application. The treat
ment is .'painful, but readily borne af
ter a few trials.
Cyanide of cacodyl, many times as
poisonous as prussic acid, is one of the
most remarkable of recent "chemical
products. Some years ago a French
chemist combined potassium acetate
with white arsenic and obtained oxide
of cacodyl, a fuming liquid, and an
English chemist has combined this
with cyanogen, a radical of prussic
acid. Cyanide of cacodyl is a white
powder, melting at 33 degrees and boil
ing at 140 degrees, which in air gives
off a slight vapor whose inhalation
causes instant death.
Population of the Earth.
According to the current number of
"Petermann's Mittheilunger" the pop
ulation of -the earth at the beginning
of the present century amounted to
1,503,300,000 souls, distributed over an
area of 55,620,691 square miles," or
about 2 G persons to the square mile.
The divergencies are, however, very
wide in this respect, varying from 104
to the square mile in Europe to two
persons to the same amount of terri
tory in Australia and Polynesia.
As to the totals -of the populations,
AsiaK the home of the yellow races,
is far in the lead, with 819,556,000.
Europe is next, with 392,264,000. Even
Africa is ahead of North America,
the dark continent being accredited
with 140,700,000, while North America
is given 105,714,000. South America
has 38,482,000; , Australia and Polyne
sia 6,483,000 and the polar lands
As to the density, after Europe, as
shown above with its 104 persons to
the square mile, comes Asia, with
46.6, North America with 13, Africa
13, South America 5 and Australia
and Polynesia 2.
New Traveling Coats.
The chief idea seems to be to wear
check woollen which can be rendered
waterproof. v There are several new
cuts; for example, ine snoumer is
lengthened into a sort of upper sleeve
or epaulet, which appears over the ac
tual sleeve. Many of the coats are
basqued, and the white linen traveling
coats are elaborately embroidered
says the Queen. They were worn
largely at. Ascot and other functions.
O i -i
tlift Eev. Winfieltl Scott Baer Telia TIiom
Who Would Receive Light That They
Must Exercise Self-Control and Sacri
fice Pleasure to the Work.
Brooklyn. N. Y. The Rev. Winfield
Boott Baer, rector of St. George's Church,
preaehed Sunday moraine on JpLnowledge
of Christ." He took his text from Philip-
pians iii, 8: "I count all things but loss for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord." Mr. Baer said among
other things :
A quarter of a century had passed since
Paul on the way to Damascus saw a great
heht. since he who was the persecutor of
the church became Apostle to the Gentiles.
They were years of mental and spiritual
growth, of missionary eeal and activity, ot
Buffering and privation, and beyond that of
joy and grladness which no man could tell.
JNow, looking hack over his life from
5vison in Rome, he nassed judgment upon
lis ain and loss. There was no tinge of
despondency which might have come from
aee or weakness, no touch of bitterness
showing that the iron mic;ht "have entered
Into his soul, but with the calmness of a
judge and the fervor of a seeker after
truth, lie cried: "I count all things but
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus my Lord."
There are many kino of knowledge.
pained in i different methods and ways.
Some comes through exercise of memory;
some through carerul observation of the
facts of nature; some by. experiment in the
laboratory; some bv careful reading of the
past and wise judgment upon it; much
from the careful study of ourselves. In
varying degrees, these all are precious, and
they are given only for a price. The school
system of which we are proud is costlyJ
The vast expenditure of money is but an
item in the cost. Energy, time, thought
of myriads interested in the work of knowl
edge and in training those committed to
their care harder far than hearing lessons
from a book. The years of school, the
hours of study and practice, the physical
confinement when children would rather
be on the street or in the field, all these
must be counted in. Ave are almost disan
pointed when we. do not read among the
honors of college commencement some men
tion of gifts of money to enable the col
lege to pursue truth, and give it out to
those who seek it; and here also are time
Rnd labor and research. So - those who
would receive the full benefit of the prof
fered knowledge must exercise self-control,
sacrifice play and pleasure to toe work.
This is but the beeinning of knowledge.
In every realm of life men-seek if haply
they may find. The borders of the in
known are being pushed back day by day,
and the light of truth is seen and known
over ever wider tracts. In scientihc re
search, invention, exploration of the
earth, knowledge of society, knowledge of
mind, men are thinking, working, Gaining
knowledge. They pay the". cpst. The ice
of the north, could it speak, would tell of
those who sought the pole, merely, that
they might know: the jungles of Asia and
the forests of Africa are known to us from
the traveler; missionary, scierti.t. soldier,
seeker after gold, with their different mo
tives iPTDemnc: them, they brinr forth
knowledge for the world. Human triads,
privations and death have been paid for
that knowledge. Few as they take "it,
think of the price at which it is purchased
Ther1 are dePTees of worth in knowl
edge. That which has most of the human
ia it contains most interest for us. 'Per
sons arc the highest facts; the knowledge
of persons is' the highest knowledge. It is
a wonderful storv which science tells us of
the development of the world. It i3 a more
livina: storv for us to k?iow of the develop
ment of mankind; hence, historv, biogra
phy and social matters have a deeper in
terest for us. Nor is it an easy matter to
read the past or the present. From the
.same chemical ingredients we expect the
same results. Personality may conceal or
mav reveal-itself by its words -and deeds
None of us needs to be Jekyll and Hvdo
to appreciate that he is not always clear
as crystal, to be read by all the world.
Deeds may belie the heart. None of U3
knows another perfectly, perhans we do
not know ourselves.. The mathematical
table we know, but the knowledge of man
kind is higher, and more secret and diffi
cult to gain.
If study of man he our true study, then
the study of the best i3 our wise part.
How foolish for the student in art to
study the chrotao when the masterpiece
is before his eye! Why strive to read by
light of lamp when the glorious sun in the
heaven floods the earth with li?ht? Seek
the noblest, and iearn of him. It was this
which Paul was doinj. The desire of bis
heart, the end of his thought, the goal of
his purpose wa3 that he might know
Christ, and for that he would count, all
things but loss.
There has been' loss in Paul's life as he
gained this knowledge. Loss of money,
position, friendship; bitterly hated by his
peotle, and now loss of liberty as captive
at Rome. But these he counted loss for
the knowledge of Christ.
This was more .than a knowledge of the
facts of Christ's life; more than an ac
knowledgment of his past and present high
dignity in the spiritual world; more than
a recognition of the place of Christ in
God's Ttvork for man. One might know all
thifj yet not know Christ, as Paul longed
to know, in the; communion of friendship.
in tne inspiration of Uhnst within, in lite
power of Christ raising him from sin i
righteousness, making him a partaker' v5
His own life, so that ne could say: "I
yet hot I, but Christ liveth in me." .
We may not iollow Pauls lnteueetoeaT
flights, nor gaze with his vision at the hit
teries which are unveiled. But we yua
know the purpose of God for us. which S
that we shall seek the truth of life. Ths
is found in Christ. To know Him is tint
privilege of all. , There is no exclusive
class of rich or poor, but the knowledge i
open to all wlio are wilhnsr to take it asm
can be taught, and are 'Willing to pay Vim
This knowledge of Christ can he kmvwapr
but partially through reading of the skms
above or the Scriptures beneath. Mawjr
through these cometo a knowledge of Gcxau
But. such study is too easy a School fcr
character, as we strive to know the living.
loving liod.
Une has told of the search for the snow
white bird of truth. ' How. after wear
journeyings. toils, temptations, sttrugg&m.
at last m the hour ot death a qlimpse
the passing creature is given, and a featr
dropped from its wing is tjraped by tlr
dying man. No such cold truth as ths&
ao we seek. It is the knowledge of the m
ing person, Christ Jesrs, our Lord.
can be known truly only through syrmxs(
thy, kindness of mind and heart and liCcr:
through personal experience.
For success m any pursuit of tru tici
must be desire, concentration, rork arJI
latienee. There must be the den re impel
ing. the searcher; the concentration of ew-
ergies on the pursuit; study of fie Taws c
the subject; willingness to serve in the haa
of patienea ere pasng into the palace jr
wisdom. It is unreasonable to expect toafc
the highest1 knowledge of man, the knonJ
edge of life, can be secured without paywaqp.
ttie price. ,
For it there is needed a desire wbicfit
i -all overcome all other desires. The
m ist be a purpose of the will, the Jifelc
endeavor to attain. Paul counted not him
self to have attained, but he pressed ns
tor She prize. There must be a purifitfe-.-;
tion of life, for God is known through ihm
spiritual rather than the intellectual pajfc.
of man. Those who love sin do not knoir
Him, in this sense; they have no sympat&fr
with Wiax, they know not His mind. thjMr
love not His things, and without this synrf- -pathy
there cannot be the knowledge c$
person to person. Because of this necm
sity of knowing God. through the earnest
ness of desire, the bending of our will tie
obedience of our life, there comes that
struggle in man's life with trial, tempts
tion, suffering. For if it be the life ef
Christ we are to know,' then it is a life f
truth, of holiness, of love, of self-sacriSeiv
of consecration to the Father's will. N
man can know, that life in its fulness av
as he experiences it. , He may "discuss iky.
and compare it with others, but only fce
who lives it known' what it is. Ttro of thw
disciples asked' the Lord for the chief
places in the kingdom. He told them thsrtt
they knew not what tt y asked. Cair y
drink the eup that I drink, be baptise
with the baptism that I am? They thougjWt
they could-. Later, in a measure, they di:
But the places are reserved for t!ios
to whom, it is appointed, for those wlf
are fitted for it. It is the inner prize afT
character, of holiness, of love, of truti.
after.' the likeness of Jesus Christ whicSr
entitles one to stand near Him in spirited
power and dominion. This is not alvrayfc
easy, i Christ had His struggles. His agemjw
His cross. The disciple is not above tfcfr
Master. It may not mean the giving
of life. It does at times in mission landtf.
But to ?ain that knowledge of Christ wig
cost. Is righteousness gained (without ef
fort? Is forgiveness of one who hs ivtr
jured us a mere bagatelle? Do all the its-
wards go to tlie honest and high prmc-i
pled in politics? Is truth in business ajfc
vrays at a premium? In the presence lr
the pleasure and the business of the tfagr
is it a simple matter to keep oncVi hrmfii'
erect, and work as a son of God, and" ihm
actingr. know Christ in truth and lore)!
Does it demand much of us that we i-ltsJu
give ourselves up for those who may sesrr?
or hate us,' so following the example VjjT
Christ, who gave Himself for us? A&r
know in our daily life how great the tn4c
is set for us in the school of character, iSutk
we may know Christ ; that we may bt Vkr?
Him y that wc may grow in the knowletlcrft
of human truth and love as we :not only
see it in Him, but know it in ourselves.
It costs much because it is life; and
cause it is life, it pays. For chief in ifee
joys and glories of truth, there stands tMfc
excellency of the knowledge of Christ i&
apprehended by man; it is the truth of Ivaev
the life of God, the hie of man, who is t!?
child of God.
.Head through the history of the past ot
those nob!e ones who have aidpd the mora?
upift of the world througli this persoaaS
living knowledge ; of . Christ. They "know
truth and love, because they have livwf
truth and love. They paid the price. I
might bepoverty, persecution, martyrdo
struggles: within and trials without. ' ft
the power of Christ's strengthening theo
to do the things which were right, in tfi"
suffering for others that they mi$rht
drawn unto God, Uiev came into possessiwr
the knowledge of Christ, through exier
ience. With one accord that noble mu'itf?
tude- which no man can number, of spsw-
ties, prophets,', martyra, known and vrt
known, giving thanks unto God for If.-;
goodness, ascribes to this knowledee Wz
eminence and surpassing glorv above r?
others, crying out with Paul. We cout R
things but los for the-xceRencv of tfe
knowledge of Christ Jesus'Our Lord.

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