B. F. SOHWEIEB, THE OONSTITUTION-THE UNION-AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS. Editor and Proprietor.
VOL. XUIJ. MIFFLINTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 4, 1SS9. NO. 50
The Cruiser Baltimore
her second trial trip with unofficial re.
lrts fully confirming tha estimate
heretofore put upon her that she is the
ta-test warship afloat. The United
States in getting net only a new navy,
Imt a good cne, and without a waste of
money on huge iron-clads.
Tub will of Mr. John Crerar. of
Chicago, devises f 2.500,000 to that city
UT the establishment and maintenance
..f a public library. The gift is a mag
ii ticent one, and it la to be hoped that
ne provisions of the will are so plain
ih.it they cannot be overthrown by any
of those legal technicalities which too
i.rt.-n defeat tbe plans of philanthropy
Tiik extension of the letter-carrier
i vice to all cities containing over
:,iio4j inhabitants is in the public inter-
i. The effect of this will 1 to largely
increase the expenditurts of the Post
t iffice Department and to di-courage
ti e proposition to redu-e letter postage
to one cent. But the prompt delivery
i f letters is more imi-ortant to the
public than a reduction of postage.
limit Joiianx Oktii, formerly
Archduke John Salvatnr. has his
sanity brought into question because he
wants to become a plain citizen and
earn his living by woik. lie belong
to a f.unil) rather above the average of
the nobility robust, strong-willed and
Huilntioiis to be doing something,
llerr Johatui Ortli should come lieie
and grow up with the country. He is
n!y 37 years of age ami would here
t id plenty of opportunity for the free
xercise i t his talent a.
It was hoped that with the execn
t on of young Illllman for murder, an
e d had been reached to the various
l.es he has t Id aliout the murder
fr which he wa executed, but another
t omes aloir,; in the form of an ante
mortem confession not published unt.l
after his execution. It is not surpris
ing, perhaps, that a murderer should
1 ave no res, ect for the truth, but this
criminal shown an almost unexampled
desire to involve other and innocent
people in h s crime.
Mft. Gror-KKSSAS's lecture on
Russian convicts in Siberia hasstiircd
up a movement looking to the relief of
fie political prisoners of Russia,
through the intervention of the Unitd
S'ates. It is a delicate business, but
there is no other nation that could so
v. ell um'eitake friendly remonstrance
with the Czar as the United State,
nil, though the outlook ts by no means
promising, yet some good might be done
by the movement. At all events, it is
a gixi.I c:uie that has been taken up by
Ir. MeViekar, and it 's worth an
effort to at least attempt to relieve the
miseries of Sibeiian convicts.
A TOt'NO woman of .t Loui, 23
years of age, has been married to a
U ary-headed farmer w ho has seen 7D
summers and an equal nuwl er of the
ether seasons. The farmer is immensely
wealthy. The young woman in ques
tion may be thought foolish, but all
will admit the degree of l er folly be
comes insignificant wlruu compared
with that of rich American girls, who
Invest their cold in the matrin o lal
markets of Europe and get only a coro
ati and a spendthrift.
The statement that a great discov
ery ot gold has been made in North
Carolina is not quite so suspicious as
similar stories that are occasionally
s-nt out from other Eastern States,
(.clil has been found in North Carolina
iii'l worked more or less for a ceuturv.
The indications have been very clear of
Lvrce deposits somewhere In the moun
tains, but up to this time North Ca ro
ll ua has uot turned up veins that would
more thau pay on li nary ;iitl for the
labor of recovering the metal.
A-tiifre Is more or less novelty
a'uniit industrial enterprises in the
Southern Mates than in any other parts
of the Union, a record is kept of such
Hues mei.ts ot cap. lal south of Ma
ion's and Dixon's line. According to
this record, arrangements were made
inetnly for the investment of over
four million dollars in land companies,
u. iu furuaces, cotton mills and. the
1 We. These are paper figures, of
uur.', but they nevertheless represent
a considerable amount of hard cash,
J. what Is more to the purpose, a
real design and effort to develop the
resources of the South and to diversify
Ler industries. Such a movement will
kelp "to make a more perfect Union,"
Just a d.d the adoption of a constltu
t on s.vu.g to Congress the authority
to regulate commerce between the
S'ates and with foreign nations.
Trie coil and tangle of the baseball
situation grows more intricate as tbe
pUus of the club-ow nets, magnates and
Payers are unfolded from day to day.
Bfcently the Kansas City Club with
drew from the. American Association
al joined the Western League. This
m a wise mova for the Kau?a City
organization; but, following hard upon
desertion to the National League of
tte Brooklyn and Cincinnati Clubs,
it must result in hastening tne dissolu
tion of the American AssociaUon.
The Ave remaining clubs in tbe latter
organization may mall. tain some form
"t associated union, but only at the
coat of dropping to the position of a
t&inor league. If they should enter
into open negotiations with the Broth
erhood clubs, that would le a violation
of the national agreement." and the
League magnates would be at liberty
to take such of their players as might
willing to sign League contracts.
Tie atorm is raging and while it may
&ar the baseball fie'rts of rubbish, it
T also strike down public Interest in
tt game. This is the gravest danger
Mch all concerned in the sport hava
W encounter. - - - "
'Nalll Morris' Mistake
Nellie Morris bent over her sewing
machine as busy as a bee, while tha
hands of the big clock in tbe corner
went slowly around to six, and the sun
began to sink: lower In the western
There!" she cried, gayly, as she
reached the end of the long strip of
muslin that aba had been hemming,
"tliat is done, thank fortune! And
now I can rest, and" with a rosy
little blush flitting over her round
cheeks -Tom will soon be here. He
promised to come at seven. He said
he would be early this evening for he is
going to finLh reading 'Aurora
She closed the sewing machine,folded
her work, and placed it in a dainty
b tsket; and then ran op stairs to don a
pretty white muslin, and loop bark her
curly brown hair with a blue ribbon.
Her toilet completed, she descended to
the cozy sitting-room, where her mother,
who was an invalid, lay reaiing upon
a soft couch.
"Will you have your tea now, mam
ma?" she inquired.
Mrs. Morris glanced up; a fragile
little woman with pathetic brown
"Ves, dear," site answered. "You
are eqpecting Tom, I suppose?"
The girl's pretty face flushed; that
was answer enough. Mrs. Morris
'I am glad that you are en gaged to
Tom," she observed, "for he is good
and reliable, unusual trait In the young
men of the present day. Nellie, if 1
were a g Irl, 1 would never marry a man
w h broke his word, even in the most
"Nor I," quoth Nellie, gravely,
slinking her curly brown bead. "Mam
ma! ' after a brief ailence. "Jennie
Ford has done all in her power to sow
dissension between Tom and myself,
liut she shall not succeed, for I would
trust Tom anywhere. Ihey are not
many men like Tom Lewis."
AD, lit tie Xeli! the time is fast ap
proaching when your faith will be put
to the tent.
She bustled about, little household
fairy that she was, and piepared her
mother's tea; that having been dis
patched, she shook up the pillows,
threw an afghan over her mother, and
having lighted the lamp on the center
table, turned it low, then she stole out
upon the porch to wait for Tom. Jfot
that she would let him know that she
was waiting for him. on, no! she only
meant to watch and wait, screened
from observation by the trailing rose
vims which covered the porch, and
w hen she would hear tbe ringing foot
steps coming down the street, and the
gate latch would click.she would hasten
into the house and meet ber lover with
aa much fang froid as though she liad
not been waiting with a wildly beating
heart for his appearance. Where is
the woman who has not some time
p act iced such innocent deceit?
The minutes slipped by; it seemed to
waitiug Nellie that they were winged
to-night. One, two, thn e, four, Ave,
six, seven, chimed the old clock in the
corner with its hands before its face
like a bashful school girl, shrinking
"Tom will I here in a minute," raid
Nellie, cheerfully, "he is always so
promvt; 1 can estimate to a moment
just when to expect him."
Alast the moment came and went,
and another and another followed' it iu
NeJie stepped into the sitting-room
and glanced at the clock a little anx
iously. Surely the old time-piece had
"Ah, well," exensed the little wo
man (women are prolific of excuses,
where tbe man they love is concerned),
something important has detained
him, and be will soon be here. He has
never disappointed me or kept me wait
ing. When Tom appoints an hour, he
But there has to be a fir.-t time for
everything, you see. Nellie stood
waiting, waiting. Every instant she
fancied that she could bear the familiar
souud of his footsteps coming down tbe
long street upon which stood ber sub
urban home. But the moments passed,
and she was doomed to disappointment.
At last, overcome by the heartaclie
which had gradually asserted itself, she
succumbed to "a good cry." But af
ter a time she lined her little head with
a haughty gesture, and dashed the
tears from her eyes, suddenly grown
hard, and bright, and scornful.
"Ijet him go," she panted, angrily,
"if that is all that he cares for me! I
will run over and see Aunt Mary, and
Tom Iwna shall never know the full
extent of my disappointment to-night,
I don't care whether he comes or
Now. when a woman speaks in such
a manner of the lover who is dearer to
her than life itself, it is usually pretty
safe to decide that she cares a great
deal. Women are so inconsistent, you
know; but men! ah, neverl of course
notI . , ,
Nellie went Into the bouse, bathed
her eyes, smoothed her disordered hair,
and as her mother was sleeping, and
their U tie maid-of-all-woik sat at ber
side. Nellie threw a white wrap about
her own shoulders and started to call
upon her aunt, who lived very near.
But at her own gate she came to a halt.
For there, passing down the street as
though in great haste (perhaps he feared
that Nellie might catch a glimpse of
him), was Tom Lewis, her betrothed
husband, and at his side pretty Jennie
Ford. For an instant Nellie's heart
stopped bea'inir; then, without pausing
to reflect, she turned angrily and ran
back to the bouse. Once in her own
room, she seated herself at her desk
and wrote a cold line to ber lover, giv
ing him back his freedom. And the
romance of her lire was over or she
thought it was, which amouuts to the
the same thing, I suppose.
Nellie did not sleep much that night,
and morning found her pale and hag
gard. But she mailed the letter to
Tom Lewis, and went about her du
ties cheerfully and as patiently as pos
sible. , ,
Late in the day there was a ring at
the door-bell. Nellie commanded the
servant to say, if the visitor ' "uld
prove to be Mr. Lewis, that she was
tiigaged and could not see him. It
wastlndeed, Mr. Lewis, and. much to
Nellie's discomfiture, he insisted upon
lSiw followed, after
which Tom took his departure, and
M.S. Morris sent for Nellie to come to
:. k.M h wm lving.
tue rwui . livj.
"Nellie." she began, reproachfully,
"vou owe Tom an apology."
indeed!" 6tormed euie.
.II us., my dear!" Interposed her
mother; "you do not know all yet. Ll-
V-llle Mrs. Ford was trken sud-
would ceruW Ua before morning,
and she cannot survive many hours, 1
I am told. Well. Lewis was sent for
to execute her last will ana testament.
As he is a lawyer, of course it is his
business to attend to such calls. The
message delayed him, and on his way
to Mix Ford's he met Jennie, who bad
been sent in great hasta to tbe drug
store for medicine. Ot coarse Tom ac
companied her to the store, and then
eoi ted her home again, where he ar
rived in time to arrange Mrs. Ford's
business before she sank into a state of
insensibility, from which will never
never awaken. My dear, it is not al
ways advisable to judge by appear
ances Tou will make it all up with
Tom, will you not, Aellie?"
Ot course Nellie and Tom "made
op" their quarrel; and in all her alter
life Nellie never forgot that "seeing is
not always believing," and "appear
ances are often deceit! uL"
Why Corn Pops.
What Is tbe condition of tbe starchy
interior of the grain just before it ex
plodes? The common experience of tbe
kitchen and laundry will help us here.
In making upti e mixture tor stiffening
clothes, the laundress pets starch into
water and boils it, and e all know tliat
in this process the starch loses Its pow
dery character and becomes blended
with tbe water Into a pasty, translucent
mass. The effect ui on the Individual
starch granule is a softening and con
siderable luciease in lis bulk and, fin
al It. its raptme and diffusion thiougb
While we cannot see the ins de of tin
grain at the critical momeut when it
has all but burst, we rosy, in view cf
wliat we now know, probably surmise
tbe truth. It is not very likely that, as
the grain gets hotter and hotter, ti.e
moisture present in the cells, or in the
starch granules themselves, softens
them first, and then, when the heat
becomes too great to permit its remain
ing in the fluid state, it suddenly turns to
steam, and the now plastic starch ex
pands in every direction, losing at the
same time, of course, tbe moistuie
and thus becoming firm and br ttle
This is the conclusion to which I have
been brought, and I think of the won
derful physics of popped corn with
great satisfaction whenever I shake my
popper over the glowing coals.
How a Chinaman Views English
It Is refreshing to see what they thii k
of Western customs in the Flowery
Land. A Chinese journalist l as been
writing In a native paper on Western
customs as observed by h m iu the
course of a visit to England. Speak
ing of the meals taken by Englishmen,
be explains that tea and comfits are
taken twee a day, and a heavy meal
twice; or tea and comfits nee and the
heavy meal twice. About the t me for
the latter, a bell is rur g once to 1 t the
people know, so that they may change
their clothes and wash their hands;
w hen the I e'd is rung again they assem
ble together in the dining-room. At
tea-tune they take cow's milk and
w hite sugar, inix-d with coffee or black
tea. The m al is, iu f.t t, what is cal
led iu the Mi Idle Kingdom tienshin
(stay stomach) Their green meat is
exceedingly tender. It is the custom
to eat it uucooked, rinsed in water and
dried, then mixed with sesamum, oil,
salt and vinegar.
Men and women, continues the gos
si;er, are seated indiscriminately
around the same dish aud at the same
table. Even a mn aud bis daughter-in-law,
a woman aud her brother-in-law
i o uot avoid each other's company.
Whn tlio time c mes for a dinner gath
ering or a tea gathering, invitations are
Sent to an equal number of men and
women, and after they are all assem
bled, tea and sugar, milk, bread and
the like are sent out as aid to conver
sation. More particular there are iu-
v tatlons to skip and posture, when
the host decides what man is to be the
partner of what woman, and what
woman of what man. Then, with
b Hi arms grasping each other, ther
leave the table in -air., and leap, sk p
pu-ture aud prarx-o for their mutuaj
giat tication. A man and a woman
prevaiusly unknown to one another
ui..y take part io it. They call this
skipping taushen (dancing).
The Old Enthusiasm Cone.
A gentleman wno was In Paris dur
ing tlie summer Just past, remarks that
one of the thir.gs which struck him
uio t forcibly and unpleasantly was tha
singing of the "MarseUlaise" by three
thousaud Frenchmen, chosen from the
leadiug choral societies . of the city.
They assembled in the- open air, aud
lifted up their voices together In the
song which for tlie last century has
made every Frenchman's heart thrill
wlieu it has sounded in his ears. .
And tbe song rose on the air. beauti
fully sung, finished and elegant, aud
utterly lacking in fire. Of old, when
it was forbidden to sing the "Marseil
laise.'' a dozen men roaring it iu an ob
scure cabaret would inflame tbe entire
quarter, aud in the fiery days of the
revolution a single voice would raise a
neighborhood to deeds of blood simply
by singing the inspiring words. Xw
it was without force. It was correct,
aud all enthusiasm had died out of it.
'And what is France?" some one
asked, "when it is possible to sing tbe
Marseillaise' in her streets without
raising the paving stone?"
Explanation Did Not Help:
a tratarhnn business man w'tnessed
a funny scene on a Xaugatuck train.
He was seated in a corner when a man
came In and took a seat three pews in
front of him. depositing his grip on the
rest bv his side. Soon after tbe man
left his grip in tbe seat alone and went
forward to enjoy a cigar in the smoking
car. At the next station man Sa 3
came in and sat down by t"ie lonesome
gripsack, man Xo. 4 tak as a seat next
in the rear. At the next station the
man by the grip left tlie car and No.
4, seeing the grip for the first time,
supposed it belonged to No. 3, and he
at once raised a window and threw tbe
grip out at him, jelling; "Here, you!
Here's your baggage," and away the
car skurried before the Waterbury on
looker had time to stop the fun. When
the owner of the grip sauntered back
to his seat from the smoker and
could not find his baggage, the explana
tion of tbe affair made the incident
The Scientific American suggests rub
bing the joint of stylograph.c pens on
which the fingers rest with the thin
edge of a pieoe of wax to prevent soil
ing the fingers with the ink that es
capes from the imperfect joint.
'I know the mother of a family" say
Emily Bonton, in the Toledo Blade,
who is doing a work, which, began for
her children's sake, has brought to her
self in the doing a keen delight. It has
taken time and study; many social en
joyments have been sacrificed; much
hard work has been and will have to be
done in order to carry it forward; but
the results already visible are those of
which she may well be proud. She
formed her family of six or seven rol
licking boys and girls into an Agassis
class tor the study of natural history
and botany. The most familiar things
in the way of plants and insects were
made the subjects of earefnl observa
tion and investigation. V hen it was
possible, long rambles were taken in
the woods, and ennom things (fathered,
for study and examination. The chil
dren, from the eldest to the least, were
full of interest and enthusiann, if cot
all at first, it came as t je lessons went
on, until the hours spent in this way
were the moat ijensu ruble of all in the
day. She purchased a microscope that
added to the interest, and in order to
keep herself in tones with what was
i oing on in these directions, took the
best papers and periodicals devoted to
such subjects. Seeing the good it wss
doing her own children, ont of a desire
to help others, she iuvited two or three
motherless boys to join the class, and
they did so gladly. So the work goes
on, the interest increasing month by
month, and year by vear.
"I know, she sail, in answer to my
inquiries as to how she came to inch an
undertaking, "that I must do something
to keep my boys and girls around me,
for I could not bear to see them going
elsewhere to find their treasures that
might i e their ruin. So after much
thought, I resolvi d to take this course,
and it has worked admirably, besides
being of the greatest benefit to myself
Keep it up? Of course 1 shall, so long
as any of my youngsters stay under the
home roof, and then after Umt for my
PLATTHrSOS FOB VISITORS.
"Well, I just did not enjoy my visit
there one bit, for one of ns had to hold
t aby every minute to keep her ont of
mischief. There was not even an em
pty spool offered her to play with."
So said a young mother to me a while
ago, and it is a fairly good text for the
preachment of some notions as to a
duty owned to "even other folks'
babies." We know very well, and have
been amused sometimes at seeing how
nervous people feel lest other foiks
babies do damage to some of their pos
sessions. Our little folks are very un -fortunate
in always doing their worst
when they are most unwelcome, as most
mothers can confess, and to mothers I
confess I do not care to work harder to
get a visit than I do at home. It is a
good plan to take along a few favorite
toys and a picture book when going
where there are no children; "then let
baby find them for itself in the hand
bag, and it is tolerably rare to enjoy
them and be content. There is one
caution in place, right here. If baby
is not allowed to touch everything in
the home parlor, it will not want to do
so away from home, and every mother
can provide her child with some half
dozen light toys or a picture-book as
its "go-visiting toys,' just as she keeps
a xjit-c al dress or apron for state oc
casions. Now the other side of the case. It is
a small matter, and as "more evil is
wrought from want of thought than
ever from want of heart," a suggestion
may be acceptable. In every well re
gulated house there should be a box or
basket into which the housekeeper may
toss picture almanacs, a stump of lead
pencil, some large empty spools not on
a string, but a ball of string with them,
an empty spool-box and a few large odd
buttons, bits of bright calico or silk
and a split clothes-pin or two, or, if she
feels generous, half-a-dozen good
clothes-pins, some advertising cards
and an empty salt bag or even a paper
bug or two. Then if a child comes in,
the whole lot can he set out without a
pang to be used and abused at will; all
clean things easily gathered np and
tucked away for the next time, aud not
any the worse, it nnper-martea or
I broken or torn, for tbe diversion of the
n-xi cuiia. 1 1 ume suiuius meciuiura
pins may be dressed in the calico scraps
and make cunning dollies for baby
girls. Once a basket is set apart for
Biich a purpose, many odds and ends
w ill find their way into it. If you act
ually have nothing to give a ch id to
amue it an hour, it is worth a moment's
consideration, and a dozen corn cobs
will do to begin with rittht away. A
raisin box makes a good stool fur a
chil.L If a bit of carpet is neatly tack
ed over it, it adds to its appearance and
comfort, or if it has a lid fitted over all
the edpes it may be used as a place of
deposit for the aforesaid traps as well
as for a stool. The Lady.
Afraid He Will Explode.
Among those arraigned in the
Ch'cago Insane Court, was oue Koppes,
w ho imagines lie is full of bombshells
aud power, and may at any time ex
plode. Tbe J uuge heard the witnesses,
and then, turning to Koppes, said:
"Henry, you are Insane?"
"I am not, sir," promptly responded
"What Is the matter with you.
"It is a aad story, your Honor, but I
will tell you. My eneml s have filled
roe with explosives, bombshells, you
know, and I may blow up at any time.
But tbe worst of 11 is. the people won't
be careful; they will burn matches
around where I am, when they know I
The jury found him insane, and sent
him to Kaukakee.
An Elephant's Politics.
Many stories are current of tbe re
markable intelligence of the elephant,
but I have come across nothing so con
clusive of tbe noble animal's sagacity
as tbe story of the elephant which broke
loose tbe other day at Leigh, in Lanca
shire. On gaining its liberty, this in
telligent beast made straight for tbe
Conservative Club, anl did his best to
demolish the front of tbe p remises, -after
which be proceeded to the paristr
chuich and battered down a gat which
barred tbe public access to tha sacred
edifice. Leigh is a strong Radical town,
end there can be little doubt, I take it,
that this is a Radical elephant, who, in
spired by the genius loci, determined
to bold a political demonstration on his
Keal poverty, that comes upon us
jom no fault of our own, is (ha most
trievoua thing to bear.
Whan tha Woods Turn Brown.
Bbw wni ft be when the roses tads.
Out or the rareen and oat ot the KladeT
Whea tb froth plu bloom ot the sweet-bilsr
That lean from the dell Ilk i tha ehoeketa
Is charged for dry hips oa a thorny bushf
Then, scarlet and carmine, the rroTes will
Hnw will It be when the snftrmii flowers
Wither away from their leafless bower :
W hen Bun-flower and etr-Auwer and gulden,
Glimmer no more from tbelr fronted sod.
And the hillside nooks are empty and cold?
Tbes the forest tops win be gay with gold.
How wTJ It be when woods turn brown.
Their gold and tbelr crimson all dropped down
m M. w WUWMU Mf HUM I
. . 1. - ,
Oar ear to Earth's lips, we shall bear her say.
w utk m in seeaana new genu lor my
We will dream of green leaves when the woods
A VICTOR VANQUISHED.
Ten to one youH fall in love with
her." said Fred Edgerly. emphatically.
I won't take the wager. I don't
want to rob you, Edgerly."
"Tou think you are proof against
any amount of attractions after tar
ing assault and battery from West
Point belles for five years and up
ward," .txlgerly answered, laughingly,
as he glanced at the handsome bronzed
face of his friend as they drove over
the high road leading from Carmen
Station to Hurl ton Top, where the two
men were expected to join Mrs. Hurl-
ton's gay party. "But vou have not
seen Miss Viner yet; when you do pre
pare to surrender unconditionally."
"Ion seem to forget that I am not
an Impressionable school boy," Lieu
tenant Fleetwell answered, with i
scornful smile curling his lip under his
heavy mustache. "I have seen hun
dreds of women handsomer and more
charming than Miss Viner, I dare say.
and I have escaied heart whole, for
tunately," be added, with a sarcastic
curt of the lip. which escaped his
"Fortunately! and why fortunately?
burely when a man is good looking,
wealthy and in tbe army he ought to
marry and give hostages to fortune.
"Ferhaps he ought, if be can," said
Lieutenant Fleetwell, carelessly.
"If he can! That can't apply to you.
Fleet welL There is hardly a woman in
five hundred who would refuse you."
"is there not? Why?
"Because you are rich and handsome.
u v;ie army, ana eligible." .
'Excellent reasons for a woman to
marry me." said Lieutenant Fleetwell.
a trifle bitterly, "and equally excellent
ones to keep me from matrimony," he
added, as they turned in at the park
! gales and drove up the avenue leading
' to the old Hurl ton mansion. It was a
fine day, toward the latter part of Sep
tember, bright and cheerful and sun-
. shiny, and the grand, stately old brown
' stone building was looking its best in
tbe naze of golden sunlight.
I It was upward of five years since
Lieutenant Fleetwell had seen his
' cousin's stately old mansion, aud his
handsome dark eyes brightened yet
more as they fell upon a lady in a
picturesque tea gown who came out of
tbe wide stone steps with ber eager
' hands outstretched and her dark eyes
j aglow with pleasure.
I "My dear Jerome, how glad I am.
1 she said, as Lieutenant Fleetwell took
tbe little hands in his, and bending
kissed them with a graceful, old W orld
court ery, which was pleasant to see.
1 "Frank is fishing, of course, but he
will be back early. What an age it is
since we met!"
I "It is a long time. Indeed," Jerome
answered In his low, rich voice, "but
. looking at you, Florence, I am inclined
to think that it is five months, and not
five years, which have elapsed since
' went to West l'omt."
"Wait till you 6ee my boys," s'ie
said, laughing, as she turned to greet
the young collegian with pleasant, cor
dial courtesy aud the two gentlemen
followed her into the hall, a stately
apartment in keeping with the exterior
of tbe mansion. "Most of my lady
guests have driven over to Uainby's
Head," Mrs. Hurlton said, as she led
the way across the marble pavement
towards one of the many doors which
opened Into the ball; "Miss Viner and I
are alone. Mr. Edgerly, I have good
iiews for you; Mis Dusau Is coming
As sue soke she pushed open a door
leading into a pretty, dainty, rather
s&abelic-lookiug room, where tea was
waiting, and which at first seemed to
be unoccupied, but as tlie door opened
a lady who was stauding by the open
window, turned slowly round and came
towards them, holding out her band
to Mr. Edgerly with a smile, which did
not blind him to the sudden gleam of
intense, eager admiration which flashed
into Lieutenant t leetwell's eyes as
they rested uion her face.
She was very beautiful there could
haidly be two opinions upon that point,
She was small, though Queeu-like; and
i her dress of some soft cream-colored
' material, which fell around her in soft
- folds, showed tbe beauty of a figure
which was nothing less than perfect.
"Lieutenant Fleetwell Miss Viner,
said Mrs. Hurlton quietly, and Miss
Viner bowed slightly, while the faintest
tinge of piuk rose tn her fair face as she
met Lieutenant r leetwell s eager, dark.
I Hurlton Top was one of the very
pleasantest bouses in the country to
stav at. for the hostess exercised the
greatest discretion and judgment in
tne choice of her guests, and spared no
pains to make their visit an enjoyable
one. Mis. Hurlton was, like another
happy wife, a match-maker at heart.
It very coon became apparent to
some of ber lady visitors that their
pretty hostess had designs against the
peace oi mina ot ner nusuana-s cousin
and Fred Edtrerly smiled to himself
t as he saw how hopelessly and irretriev
ably in love his friend bad fallen with
Miss Viner before many days had
1 September drifted into October. On
a smooth lake some little distance from
the house, an idle boat with idle oars
' was floating down wun tne current.
Tbe moonlight played at will on thr
nlaced breast of the lake.
Such the picture had one been a mere
spectator to tbe mimic scene out t
the two actors surroundings were lost
sight of they thought only of them
Mocking tbe silver moon, when they
e lanced upward, they could see acros
the lake and through the trees the
twinkling lights of Hurlton Top ai d
t bear the merry voices and gay laughter
of the ctoud on tha bans, xrom wnicn
they bad just escaped. Arch smiles
liad nassed between its members as
they cad seen Dorothy Viner and Je
rome Fleetwell stroll off arm In arm to
where the little boat was moored.
The women had almost ceased to be
jealous of Dorothv or to apeak where
lay ber charm. ben she exercised
her fascinations men bowed before her
first from necessity, then from choice.
But though ber victims were count
less, she was twenty-four and Dorothy
Viner stilL However, this time she
had encountered (her little said) a foe
mam worthy of her steeL What she was
among men, Jerome Fleetwell was
among women. There rore, seeing these
two brought beneath the same roof and
thrown into daily intercourse, rumor
was rife and speculation awaited results
with bated breath. Meanwhile the
little boat floated calmly on the surface
of the lake.
"Miss Viner Dorothy!"
It was the first word either had ut
tered in full ten minutes. She looked
quickly up at tbe speaker. Tbe white
knit scarf thrown carelessly upon her
dark hair, out from which peered the
beautiful pale face, lent her some of
tbe moon's mystic charm, but meeting
tbe earnest gaze of the dark, magnetic
eyes bent upon her, hers fell for an in
stant. Then, as though ashamed of
the momentary weakness, again shot a
questioning look into Lieutenant Fleet-
well s face.
"Miss Viner," he repeated, calmly,
did you know we were in danger?"
The dreamy look faded from her far.
the color deserted ber cheeks, and,
shivering heavily, sle glanced up at the
blue vault where sailed so majestically
the goddess of night, down into the
dark depths of the waters, only to see
the moon's brilliancy reflected there,
around, about her. AH was peaceful.
".No," he said, in answer to her look,
not from any of these. The moon.
the wind, the water all are our friends
to-night. We are In danger from each
Oh, bow she p raved the moon might
fail to make apparent the instant flush
ing of blood to her cheek. She felt it
glow like a warm crimson rose, even
while she raised her little head almost
defiantly, as though to hurl a challenge
at his audacity. Men had made love to
ber in many forms, but always as sup
plicants. This man dared to suppose
her In equal danger with himself.
1 ou deal in riddles. Lieutenant
Fleetwell," she returned coldly. "I
am accustomed to plain speech.
Rather say that plain speech is to
you an unknown tongue, and that I am
the first man who has dared to speak
frankly. Would you have me speak
plainer still? You shall have your
wish. A week longer under the same
roof with you. a week more of exposure
to your fascinations, and my ship
would go to wreck and ruin on the bar;
unless" be leaned nearer, his voice
grew softer, more fun of tender feeling,
and his hand fell on hers very lightly.
but with caressing grace "unless,
.Dorothy, you would let it float your
pennon and guide It into the safe har
bor of your love."
She had been wooed many times, in
many climes, by many men, but noth
ing had ever moved her as this wooing
on this moonlight night in October.
Yet this soldier this man dared to
tell her that in another week this all
might come to pass.
Others bad sworn to go from her
presence to put an end to tbe existence
she had rendered miserable, or had
vowed that henceforth womau's smile
would be gall aud wormwood, or
pleaded that she had shorn their man
hood of its strength and rendered then
life a burden.
This one did none of these things.
While his strength yet was his he saw
and met the danger.
"A week hence," she said to herself.
bitterly, "aud the flame might singe
him. N ow his wings are all unscorched.
He does not say: '1 love you!' 'In
0,iiue I might love you!' Was he then
to win so easy a victory? Aever.
"Let us go home," she interrupted.
in a constrained voice. "It is growing
"Dorothy, is this my answer?"
"Your answer?" with an assumption
of surprise. "I was not aware of any
"Vou shall not have even this excuse.
Will you be my wife?"
His voice was harsh and stern, and
his grasp tightened on her hand.
"Vou hurt me. Lieutenant Fleet-
well," she complained, petulantly.
making an effort to withdraw her flu
Instantly he released her.
"I see that I hurt you," he returned,
courteously, and took up the oars.
"Pardon me." he continued. "I will
not do it ever again."
A few bold strokes and the boat's
keel grated on the shoi e. Ten minutes
later the two reappeared in Mrs. Hurl
ton's beautifully-appointed salon. On
the parterre beyond shone the red light
from a man's cigar. It was still there.
still gleaming when she had gone up to
her own room. She crossed to the win
dow to pull down the shade, but stood
a moment, fascinated, motionless.
"After to-night he will forget me,"
she murmured, sadly. "And I 1 shall
remember him forever!"
Then, as though a sudden truth had
burst upon her, she drew down the
shade to throw her-elf with a quick,
impetuous motion prone upon her couch
and weep the first hi art tears she had
"It is all over Miss Viner has re
fused him." This was the general ver
dict when twenty-four hours later Je
rome Fleetwell bade his friends adieu,
and withdrew to town on plea ot sud
The news soon reached Dorothy's
ears. "1 have not refused him," she
said aloud; "not even tliat satisfaction
is miue," she said to herself "nor ever
will be! It was only 'the might have
lie was not a man. she knew full
well, to plunge desperately Into flirta
tion, or associate his name at once
with another woman's, or to retire later
or rise earlier or In any way disturb the
even tenor of his way. Tbe difference
between them was only this his heart
was healing, perhaps already healed,
but he would bear its scar to the grave;
Let's was a festering sore, which hurt
the more that she bad let the physician
w l.o might work its cure pass her by.
Tbe summer wanes to a close. Au
tumn had touched the mountain and
hiliside into a glorious beauty of brown
aud red. Then came winter's lagging
footsteps, mercifully bearing the exqui
site white shroud of suow to coves up
all signs of devastation and decay.
The season in the gay world was at
its height. Occasionally murmurs
among its debutants for its honors
arose at the fact that, though Miss
Vlner's fifth win er, ber former success
paled in its most effulgent light. She
and Lieutenant Fleetwell constantly
met. She almost wished be might
avoid bar. bRt at their first chance an-
counter he had approached with out
s' retched hand.
"How charmingly you are looking.
Miss Viner." he had said. And all in
vain she had watched for a tremor in
bis voice, or a shadow of embarrass- j
ment in his manner.
"Only a week between him and shlt
wreck," she thought, bitterly. "Oh,
he has sailed so far from the iatal rock
that doubtless be would now laugh
at its supposed danger and I I was
weak enough to think he stood u;on
the precipice's brink."
The new year had come, and one
evening Dorothy stood alone in ber
lather's drawing-room, looking out at
the last gathering darkness, when
through its sombre shade she saw a fig
ure pass ana mount tne steps. A vis
itor,' she uttered, wearily; then waited
the inevitable announcement she knew
must follow. But snite ot every effort
she started when the servant, throwing
oten the door, called out "Lieutenant
i leetwell!" Oh, bow glad she was that
the rooms were not yet lighted as she
went forward to receive hnn.
"May 1 welcome you in the dark
ness?" she questioned.
As you will," he answered. "I
have but a few momenta to stav. I
have come to bid you good bye aud to
ask you to wish me boo voyage."
Bon voyagel xou are going
Ves. I sail on Thursday. I hesita
ted about calling, b'lt my desire to see
you leJ me to believe you would pardon
my audacity in supposing my going a
question of enough moment to make it
worthy of a secial call."
"My friends are alwavs welcome. I
did not suppose it necessary you should
hear that repeated now."
.or is It. It was oalv a morbid
fancy on my part which lmiuced me to
question it, I shall come back, I trust.
with my mind clearer. At least I shall
be some years older. When 1 return I
presume I shall look for Miss Dorothy
V luer in vain, until I shall find ber in
some matron, equally charming. I can
not imagine her quite staid and portly."
So he could speak thus lightly of her
liecomiug the wife of another man?
And be was going away; she might
never again hear his voice nor see his
face. It was too cruel! He and fate
were too strong for her. The tears
gathered in the black eyes, but the
darkness hid them.
He rattled on she had no need to
speak. Then he rose to go.
ijrood-bye. iliss v inerl" be took
her hands in both his "good-bye!
tiod bless your'
Was it ber fancy that just at the last
bis voice trembled?
He crossed the room; be had gained
the door. Another instant he would
be gone; another Instant it might be too
"Jerome!" she said, softly.
Two strides, it seemed, brought him
back to her side.
"Vou called me, for what? To make
my going harder?"
"Oh, is it bard? In mercy tell me,
for my own heart is breaklngl"
"Your heart is breaking! Dorothy,
Dorothy! what does this mean?" But
the sound or her sobs was bis only
"Dorothy," he continued, "can it be
that I have judged you wrongly? Look
up, my darling. Is it your wish that I
Then she found her voice. "I
thought you did not love me enough,"
she murmured. "But stay, or if you
must go, take me with you."
"I will," he answered her, simply,
as he folded her iu his arms.
A month la'er a great steamer moved
slowly out to sea, and a they stood on
tlie deck, band cla-ied iu hand, with
the salt breeze blowing keenly in their
faces, it bore them away Into the placid
beaut v of the coming night, toward the
Old World and the new life.
When Rogers Kept Open House:
It is scarcely too much to say that he
kept open house for men of letters, and
many distinguished writers of the time
owed to him their introduction to Ijiii-
den society. A large part of the corre-
siondence which has been preserved
arose out of such visits, aud much of
the very high distinction Rogers' house
attained Is due to the kindly mention
made of it by men who had themselves
helped to render it attractive. It dif
fered in many respects from the houses
of mere rich meu or men of title who
played the patron of poor authors,
lingers entertained them as one of
themselves. He was not the tiatron, but
the poet. Literary men and artists
even at this day feel the difference
between visiting one another and visit
ing people who only want to parade
them before their friend.
How much greater was the distinc
tion when the century was young. The
j company at bis table was carefully
cuosHii, aim men ami women v uu met,
theie rarely found themselves antipa
theticaily mixed. The table was not
too large for the con vei sat ion to be gen
eral; the company was not numerous
enough to break up into groups. When
the host spoke his guests listened. Ills
good things were not for his next neigh
bors only, but for all. So with his
chief guests. They had the whole c m
pauy for audience. Sharp's acute ob
servations, Mackiutosti's wonderful
talk, Wordsworth's monologue, Sydney
Smithts irrepressible fun, were not con-
fined to their next neighbors, but were
for the whole group. People went away,
tlnrefore, not merely remarking what
agreeable people Eat by them at dinner,
but what a pleasant party it was.
Why tne Cat has Whiskers.
Every one mu-t have observed what
are usually- called the whiskers on a
cat's ui r l.p. The use of t ese. In a
state of naluie, is very important. They
are organs of touclu They are attached
to a bed of close glands under the skin,
aillX WKHUl L i l rr.rwj mug iiaiiDjawuun.wu
with the nerves of the lip. The slightest
contact of these whiskers with any sur
rounding ob ect is ttr.-s fell most dis
tinctly by the animal, although tbe ban
themselves are insensible. I hey stand
ut on each side or tne lion as wen as in
tne common cat; so that, from point to
point, i hey are equal to the width of the
animal's body. If we imagine, there-
fore, a lion stealing through a covert of
wood in an Imieifect light we shall at
once see the use of these 1 ng hairs,
They indicated him, thiougb the nicest
feeling, any obstacle which may present
itself to the passate of his body; they
prevent the ru-tling of boughs and
leaves, w hich would give warning to bis
prey if he was to attempt to pa-sthrough
too close a bush; and thus, in conjunc-
tion with the soft cushions of his feet
andthefur upon which be treads (the
claws never coming in contact with tbe
ground), they ena le him to move
toward his victim with a soilness even
greater than that of tbe snake, which
creeps along the grass and Is not per-,
ceived ont 1 it is coiled round his prey.'
NEWS IN BRIEF.
An Ohio peddler having fallen 13,
his aVnntMn.TMrwilJ Hu.ialil.r minni.
ed the cart and ilrov about the country
for three weeks. Her sales exceeded
any that her father ever made In tbe
same length of time.
A physician iu Boston sounds a
warning against the practice of shew
ing wooden toothpicks. He ears te
habit is responsible for muck sickness.
8mall particles of the wood are swa'
lowed, and, lodging frequently in the
walls of the ftomach. induce gaatrio
disturbance. He knows of several such
cases which provei fatal.
A. M. Bi-bee, w ho was the Chinese
delegate to the maritime conference at
Washington, Is an adventurous Yankee,
born and bred on Cape Cod. In his
travels he drifted across the continent .
and over the l'acilic, and be is now
Coast Inspector ot the Imper.al Marl
time Customs Service of China.
The King of Mam is atiout to send
five Siamese boys to the Uuited States
to be e 1u:aleJ at his own expense. It
is the King's custom to Vlucate tbe
sons of noblemen and the princes of his
domain in vrrious countries, and when
they return to Siam apiolnt them to
high Government posilious.
A check for several thousand dol
lars sent to Toiie I-eoXIU. from New
ark, N. J has lf n returned through
the regular channels to the Newaik
bank on which u was drawn, duly en
dorsed by the Poi. The handwriting
is neat aud even. 1 he check will be
kept as a souvenir.
The editor of a Japanese newspaper
recently collected statistics of growth
from all the I'rotestaiit churches of Ja
pan, showing their increase during the
last three years. From thirty-eight
chuiches they h i ve grown to 151, and
from 3,70) members to 11,XK).
St. Paul has de. Id )d to build "the
most fantastic ice palace ever known."
aud to have the biggest and finest
carnival ossible at a time to be net
later. Finauc al backing in ahun 1
anc has already len secured, and
every ihdication po.nts to the most suc
cessful carnival in the history of the
Marion CiawfoiJ, the novelist,
who is about to heroine a lesideut ot
Washington, is known as a very expert
swordsman, but he is mightier aa a
The postal cards anniversary. Tbe
postal card was twe.ity years old ou
the 1st of Oe toler. Austria has the
credit of first adoplin? the invention
though It was first advocated by the
Uerinan Posttnastea-lieiieral, Dr. Step
han. On Octolier 1, lo'.l, a "Oorres
pondnz Karte" first burst on the as
tonished Continental woiid.
The French Postmaster General
has published his telephonic tariff.
Yearly subsr-riptloiis in I 'arts are re
duced from 2i to i.' 10, and In towni
which there is alre.itly an underground
network of wires to JL'I J, on the condi
tion, howexer, that evil sutmcribet
shall bear a pruiKHtiouate share of the
expnuse of making necessary repair.
A Christian tribe, surrounded by
pagans, has just been discovert'd in the
heart of Africa, Tin-y had never be
fore seen a white man. While tlielr
religious ideas are crude, still they have
a priesthood, the cross and other em
blems of Christianity. They are !
lieved to have been exiled from Abys
sinia about e'ght hundred years ago.
An affidavit doe not accompany
the following story, which Ohio wmli
along: "A lady of Columbus used for
her complex iou a in.xlure of arsenic
and nitiate of silver. Then she went
to the White Sulphur Springs and took
the baths. The sulphur decouip ised
the silver salts in her skin and turned
her so black that she has goue into re
tirement and will not be soen agarn fei
Over 100 guests in a Kalamazoo
(Mich.) hotel tried in vain to guea
why a drummer had two little plaster
I of I aris skeletons fastened in the crown
or his tile. After all gave up lie ex
plained, saying: "It is simply a case of
business. I used to have so many halt
stolen it kept nieor buying new ones,
but I find nobody i 1 steal a hat with
skeletons in it; heme tlie skeletons."
The talk heard so often nowaday!
about China's growing friendliness to
the outer l aibaiians is founded on er
ror. The Chinese hate them as bitterly
to-day as they did thirty years or more
ago. The lives and limbs of foreigners
in Cantou ate said to lie much less safe
than formei ly, insomuch that if they
choose to visit unattended the temples,
the potter's lield wlier the beheading
takes place, or any of the other I a mom
sights iu the wonderful city, the risk
run is considerable.
Ben Butler has decided to write
his memoirs and has selected his pub
lisher. He says be wauls the truth la
I appear in answer "to the false aud
malicious statements madd concerning
nearly everything I have done, engen
dered by the venomous hatred of por
tions of each jolili al party. Iiecauae I
disagreed with both, mil in the early
days of tbe war of the relielliou largely
wrilteu and publ shed Ixilh in this
country and Europe, and paraded t
Ore the Southern heart' as a sort oi
pjtrior justification o
f rebellion and
A remarkable story comes from
Maine to the e fleet that a man who em
ployed two intoxicated oaismen to take
him across a lake was landed on an
island instead of on the ma n shore.
"All his shouts, when he di-covered
where he was, were of no avail, and It
was several days liefore he got off.
Luckily he foun 1, in a cottage which
he broke into, some crackers, onions
I ne urowe iui, - .ue
1 and Potatoes, but these didn't last long
i At last, by raising his ciwl as a signal
At last, by raising his coat as a signal
on a tall tree, he attracted attention
from the malnl nd aud was rescued."
Some interesting ancient relics
were unearthed recently st Biddeford
Pool, Me., by members of the lite sav-
"s ' , , , ' " j
bas badly washed tlie beaches, and
upon tbe Pool beaca the bows of two
"dugouts" boats, such as the Indians
and earlier settlers used, were seen
sticking out of the sand, having been
uncovered by the action of tbe sea.
The life savers got shovels and began
digging, and, though it proved no small
Job, they finally shovelled the aoclout
crafts from the sand. The wood was
in a perfect state of preservation. 1 he
boats were pointed head to the sea. aud
were about two-thirds of the way up to
the higli-water mark. Before the re-
cent washouts they must have lrn
covered by some twelve fet of sand,
Tbe remains of an old pier were also
found at about the same depth near the
boats. It is believed that tbe relics
bave been buried for at Wast a coujue
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