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f v,! m B. F. SCHWEIER, THE COnSTITUTIOM--THE UNION AHD THE ENFORCEQENT OF THE LAWS. Editor and Proprietor. VOL. Mil. . MIFFLINTOWN, JUNIATA COUNTY, PENN., WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 1899. NO. 32. CHAPTER XV HI. Ancn? il,s not reappear, and though Pplia fee!" his absence to be the greatest relief, the day passes as though there hat been a death iu the house. By the tim Delia 1S completed her preparations foi a deeid'd departure, and written the let ter nhii h shall explain her temporary ah aence t Aliens (the epistle, by which he will U iiMi how much his mother is ready to sa.T'ti. e for him will be dispatehed from Antwerp), she has fairly wept her elf dry, ami is waiting in her sitting rom. helpless and hopeless indeed, but rainier than she has been all day. She has been expecting Angus to return noli hour, and every fresh footstep thai has sounded in the marble corridor hai been a fresh disappointment to her, but now that she believes he has come she feels as if it were impossible to meet him. She stands by the door, breathless, un decided whether to remain or fly, as tht nianly step strides up the corridor in the direction of her room. The Flemish wench appears first, grinning from ear to ear, as she endeavors to make her under stand that the Baron Uustave Saxe de sires to have nn interview with her. "I cannot see him. I cannot see any one!' exclaims Delia, hastily, but the or der comes too late. The baron has followed the servant to the door of her apartment; he is even now ptan. line fa-fore her; she has no alterna tive but to receive him. "Kntrcz, monsieur," she says, conrte oiisiy, but nil the color has forsaken her check, and she trembles so that she al most totters back to her seat. "To my regret I find ma da me on the eve of departure," says the baron, "but I trust it is not for lon. Your determina tion has been sudden, surely. I met Monsieur Moray yesterday, and he said antliing of such a plan to me." He is a tine, soldierly man in appear ance, this Baron (iustave Saxe, with blue e.Tf-s and brown hair, and a heavy mus tache of reddish tini;e. that droops over his mouth. In age be may have uimilier d about Cve-and-forty years, but he car-ri.-.tin-ii bravely, and has all the bearing of a young and gallant "man. He is an Austrian, and a colonel in the army, the Ur-tiiur in lawalso of the Chevalier de Landry, in whose house Delia has ad-vauceil-u considerable terms of Intimacy with him. And his presence has the pow er to make her quail at the -idea, of the r'ip she is about to take as aha never quailed before. "My. departure Is sudden, monsieur," the falters in answer to the baron's quea tjMu "f have friends In Bruges who wish on- to accompany them to Antwerp for a few days. It required no consideration. It- it -is nothing, you know only a trip of pleasure." "Then we shall see yon back again soon on which day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday? I believe my nieces return from the country on Thursday. You will te hi re to receive them, will you not?" "You are very good, monsieur. Your kindness increases my gratitude. I am perfectly aware of the difference in out stations in life, and that I have not even the commonest claim upon your consid eration. Hence it becomes all the mor valuable because undeserved." "Voti liuve the commonest and yet the hiu-hest of all claims to myself and every thing I possess," replies the baron, "the claim of a woman upon the man who loves her. Ah, madame! pardon me if 1 am t ibrupt, but for many weeks I have tried to say this to you, and now that you are about to leave ua, I can no longer hold my tongue. You must have Been my love, my devotion. You will not despise me when I confess that you fill all n;y thoughts, and that I have but one earnest desire in life to make you my wifel" In his ardor and foreign sense of chlv Iry he has thrown himself at her feet, and Ix lia has no escape from him. Here, on a level with her own face, are the Impassioned eyes and glowing visage of the Ba-on Saxe, while both his strong arm are clasping her own as in a vise. A nil the temptation of itl If this offer had but come a month be fore, from what suffering might it not hve saved her! As the wife of thia gal lant Austrinn soldier and noble, who would have dared to assail her fair fame, even though she had been mad enough to play with it ns a child plays with a vase of inestimable value, never caring If he nun. lies it or not in the encounter. i on are an Austrian noble," says De lia, drawing her hand away, "a man ol h:.-ii position, and great wealth. I am penniless widow, neither young nor hand Rome the governess of your Bister's chil dren. Von shall make no mesalliance for my sake. Baron Saxe." "And who dnres to say it will be a mesalliance?' he exclaims. "You are of g.-tiile birth I can read it in your voice, y oir shape, your manner and I am no Ili-ilV." "It is true I am what you say," replies iMia, with a touch of pride; "for my father was an officer in the Royal Navy of KiiLTland. but I was not educated In tin- same class as you have been. I was e.i.-ly left an orphan, to depend on my ciun resources, and for many years I wae Hi-thing but an actress on the public stage, ' aging, dnueing and playing, night after night, for the sake of the bread I put Into my month. And an actress is no fit per son to place in the enviable position of the Caroline de Saxe." "And I respect and admire you for the Mr.-ngth of mind you showed In working for jour independence and that of youi child. It is your bravery that first drew i- to youi Ho you think I want a silly idle girl for my baroness who shall be ' V o:,ly to look pretty and simper, and dress in a new costume each day? No, 1'elia : I want a friend a companion a woman: just such a woman as you are who Las. the strength of purpose to do what is right, and the strength of mind to confess it! And now that that matter is settled between us, you will tell me I shall have what I want?" 't seems very hard to refuse him very tarn to shut her ears against the pleading of his voice, her eyes against the plendin? of his eyes, but it must be done. So she turns her face to one side, the better to eseape his observation, and answers, sad 'y: "No, baron, it is nseless for you to plead thus any longer. There is an obstacle be tween us that no arguments could overcome." "Tell me what it is." "I cannot, because it involves others at well as myself. You must take my word for it that reasons exist against the idea f anything like marriage between us that, if yon knew them, would make you shrink from me aa if I were a snake with the power of ating." "I arc willing to take yon, Delia, with out learning these terrible reasons, which have ne concern for me." "I cannot be your wife." "Then you have ruined me!" he ex claims, as he paces with agitation about the room. "You have smiled uikjii me and given me hopes, only that you may have the delight of crushing them!" "Oh! no, not do not judge me too hard ly. I thought I was not aware I did not suppose " abe stammers. "You women are all the samel" he in terrupted her, angrily; "you encourage our attentions and return our glances, and tueu, when we ask you for that to which we suppose you have entitled us, you turn about, and say, 'You thought you were not aware yon did not suppose And so is the child not aware, as he plays with the butterfly, that each touch of his lin ger maims a limb or creates a wound. Madame, I thought higher things of you. I believed you to be above the usual tri fling of your sex. I saw in you noble ac tions unselfishness, bravery and perse verance and I credited you also with perfect truth." "Indeed, I have been true to you!" Too true, I think so! But nut true tc yourself.' But I will go, madame; you hall no more be subjected to the discom fort of my presence, and I pray you to for give me for the inconvenience I have un wittingly caused you. Farewell, and may the good heaven bless youi" And without a second look at her, the baron seizes his hat and rushes from the apartment, and down the corridor into the open street. CHAPTER XIX. Angus frets and fumes over Ielia's ab sence, and has half a mind to follow her to Antwerp, and tell her all that is in his heart, so much does he miss her daily offices of care and affection. But on the third day he receives her letter a letter to tell him that she ia gone from him, and that he will never see her in this life again that he may give out to the world that she is dead, and wear mourning for her if he chooses, since a separation like death will be between them henceforward. In a moment he has seized his hat, and ia on his road to the house of Dr. de Blois. Delia has mentioned in her letter that she haa written to her old friend to claim the fulfillment of a certain promise he has made to her, and that Angua will hear all about it upon application to him. He rushes impetuously into his consulting room. The first sight that catches his eye is the portly figure of Mr. Wiliiau) Moray. Angus makes as though he would fall ipon bim thtni and there. "It ia well I have met you," he ex claims, angrily, aa, with disordered hair and flaming eyes, he marches up to his uncle's side; "for I should have followed you until I bad, in order to make you answer for the infamous lie you told me the other dayl" "Dr. de Blois, I do not understand the attitude this young man has assumed to ward me, and I appeal to your protection," saya Mr. Moray, as he gets behind a chair. "Angua! Angus! be reasonable, and re member where you are," interposes the calm voice of the Abbe Bertin, and then Angus looks up, and sees that he is sur rounded by old friends. The doctor and his cousin, the abbe, are seated together at the table with Wil liam Moray, while near them lounges the Baron Saxe, looking very thoughtful and perturbed, and pulling his long mustache continuously with his hand. In the doc tor's grasp Angus perceives an open let ter, and recognizes the writing of his mother. Dr. de Blois, and you, Monsieui IAbbe, I beg your pardon if my words Lave appeared unreasonable; but they art true, and I cannot but be glad that 1 have had the opportunity of saying them before witnesses." "Courage, my child V says the abbe: "there is not a soul here who does not believe yonr mother' story. She is un fortunate, but ahe is not criminal. I foi one would stake my life upon it." "Thanks, mon pere, and you, too, bar on, for the kindly expression of your feel ing in thia matter. I understand by it that Dr. de Blois baa heard from my mother, and that you know all; how she has left me, and the home to which sb ia so much attached, forever, rather than bring a stain upon my name and mar my happiness." "Left you forever!" exclaims William Moray. "Yes, air!" replied Angus, fiercely. 'She has left me, or rather she has been driven away by the cruelty with which you need lessly raked up thia old atory against her." At this moment the door of the surgery opens, and the sunny head of Gabrielle appears in view. She baa also been weep ing, poo' child, for the events of the Inst few days have told hardly upon her; but at the sight of her young lover her face brightena. although she does not venture to advance further into the room. "Gabrielle, come to me," saya her fath- eghe comes forward then, though timidly, not knowing what ia about to happen, and standa there, encircled by her father . riu- . Angus turns his head away. He is afraid to face the sorrowful eyes and downcast visage of his little .ost love, lest bis courage should break down and add another laurel to the malicious triumph of his uncle. . . "When your matier came here. Angus ays Dr. de Blois. speaker as lnnly a. though he were alluding to the dead she asked me if she were the obstacle to your engagement with my daughter, and I was compelled to answer Yes. "Then I don'ithlnk you had any right to do o," interposes the Abbe Bertin. "Do7oa me.T1Ta.-ert. mon cousin that I ahould have been just.hed i Z poor lady a lie upon the ' MbJcrtT de mands the doctor with mild "I think you might have held youi tongue altogether." grumble, the bbe he pulls Gabrielle toward blm, her disheveled trea.es. "If you knew more of women, mon cousin, you would not have suggested such an impossibility. Madame Moray would not permit me to hold my tongue. She put to me a question: Were she gone out of sight, so that her boy would never hear of nor see her again should he marry Gabrielle T I could not imagine to what she was alluding, except her death; and to pacify her I said 'Yes.' " "Then you're bound to keep your oath." ays the Abbe Bertin. "Mon cousin! you are very hasty with me thia morning. It was just what I wan about to say. Of course I know I am bound to keep it. As soon as I received Madame Moray's letter I guessed the rea son of her expatriation. She has sacri ficed her own happiness to obtain that ol her son; and I cannot go back upon my word to so good a mother. Angus, mon fils. I give you' Gabrielle! She is your mother's parting gift to yon. Take her--and be happy! In giving be? to you, 1 give the best thing I have." He draws the young girl away from the abbe's embrace as he speaks, and hnvinp kissed her fondly on the forehead, pushes her gently toward Angus. But the yonns man makes no advance to meet her, am' the doctor thinks he could not hare t:n derstood his meaning. "Do yon not hear me, Angns? Yonr noble-hearted mother's sacrifice is not made In vain. She has devoted the re mainder of her life to an expiation of the sin she committed by telling a falsehood, and it ahall not be without its reward. You shall have Gabrielle for your wife, and may the happiness of your married lives exceed that of your parents!" Still Angus does not move nor speak; and Gabrielle's eyes, which have been dancing with delight, begin to assume a perplexed and troubled expression. At tnis juncture Mr. William Moray' voice make, itself once more heard.. "Gone for good is she?" he exclaims. "Well, I don't wish to say anything un pleasant, but I really think it's the best thing she could have done, and I'm will ing to renew the old offer, and place you in the position of my son, with a share in the partnership, on whieh to maintain your wife now, and a good lump in pros pect when I shall be gathered to my fath ers. And that'a all I have to say upon the subject." "A noble offer, monsieur!" exclaims the doctor, elated at the prospect of his daughter's good fortune, as he shakes bands with the wool merchant, "and for whieh you muBt allow me to thank you in the name of Gabrielle, as well as that of Angus." "Let ua bear what our children have to say," says the abbe, dryly. "Speak, Angus! Your good nncle waitu yonr answer," says Dr. de Riv'tm. Gabrielle says nothing, but clings th closer to her father. Her feminine In stinct warns her of what is coming. "My answer!" cries Angus, starting aw from a dream "it la soon said it ia con tained in one word, 'No.' " "No. No, to whatl" asks his would-be father-in-law. "No, to everything. I do not despise ease nor affluence, and I love Gabrielle de Blois more dearly than she will ever know, but I prize my mother's love before everything else in the world, and I will do nothing to make her ashamed of me." "Bravo! bravo!" cried the abbe, patting the young man on the back. "You are a son to be proud of, Angus; and your worth raises your mother's to twice its value." "Mon cher, Angus, I honor and respect you for your noble words," says the Bar on Saxe, grasping his hand afresh; "and every one of them is true. You do right to be proud of your mother. I, too. am proud of her proud of her friendship and I wish to say before ail these gentle men that, had she but consented to my suit, I should have been proud to make her my wife." "Your wife, baron?" "My wife, Angus! I asked her, over and over again, but she refuse1! I non know on whose account. Judge, then, mon cher, what thia mysterious disappear ance ia to me." "Let me thank you, baron not so much for the offer you made her as for the generous avowal you have given it here. The woman who has not been deemed un worthy of the noble position of the Bar onne Saxe may well afford to laugh at the aneers of a William Moray." (To be continued.) Didn't Recognize Gould, rtnoo whan the lnte Jav Gould went to Margaretvllle, N. Y., with his phy- aiclan and private car, ne caxiea on n.s old friend, George Decker, a retired merchant of the village, who was form erly a clerk with Gould in Roxbury. Every one who knows Mr. Decker well calls bim "G," and this was what Mr. Gould said to bim: "Hello, G,' I guess you know tie this time, don't your A few years before Decker, while in New York on business one afternoon, was suddenly confronted on Broadway by a dapper, black-eyed little man, who grasped bim by the hand, exclaiming: "How are yon, Mr. Decker? I am glad to see you." Mr. Decker looked the little man over from bead to foot, and hurriedly an swered: "Yes, so am I; but I don't know you, sir. Good day." "But, hold up," said the other, "aren't you George Decker, of Margaretvllle?" "On, yes; that'a all right," responded Decker, "but I am In too great a hurry to be interviewed to-day. my friend. You have struck the wrong man." "Yes, perhaps," said the little man, "but my name Is Jay Gould; don't you know me?" "Jehosapbotr exclaimed Decker, "I took yea for a confidence man." THEATRICAL AMUSEMENTS. Keith's, the only theatre In Philadel phia open 52 week, a year, t. enjoying the most prosperous summer season In its history. Te entertainment lasts from noon to 10.30 P. M. daily, and the acts that may be witnessed at 5 or 8 P. M. are as en joyable a. those presented at S or 9 P. M. The conservative Public Ledger says: "There Is no pleasanter place of entertainment at this time of the year.. Equable temperature.. .Entertainment always of a high character." The au diences that gather daily Include peo ple from a hundred nearby cities. Wo men on shopping tour, and business men. spend a delightful hour at this resort. The entertainment consists of It acts, and the programme consist, of comedies, farces, dramas, singers, dancers, bicyclists, living pictures (blo ajraph), trained animals, etc The scale of prices Is: Orchestra, 50c; balcony, 25c: second balcony. 15c For the Week of July 10th. one of the most en joyable entertainment, ever offered In Philadelphia will be given, and many of the residents of this town will doubt less be among the spectators; Many theatre parties from this place have visited. Keith's. JAPANESE. MAUI 0. Boa Tricks that Typify the Praaj res of the Coaatry. I strayed Into a small theater la Yo kohama last year following a throng of rather common Japanese, who seemed deeply Interested and anxious to crowd In, drawn by the fierce ringing of an ordinary boarding-house dinner bell in the hands of a piratical-looking chap in front, who harangued the passing pub lic In stentorian tones. His words seemed to catch the attention of at least half the people who heard blm, and they were drawn Into the building as the children followed the Pled Piper of Hamelln, without seeming to have voice In their own movements. Going along with the stream I fonnd myself in a square room, on one side of which was a rough stage. I learned afterward that I had entered In the middle of the performance, and, there fore, I saw only the latter half; but it was this second half that seemed to me almost allegorical In Its application to the Japan of to-day. All eyes were fixed upon a cellular subdivision of the stage, at the farther end of which, under a soft, pleasing light, stood a skeleton of a woman. The bones were perfectly articulated; they were not white, as they usually are In this country, but seemed like hnlf-pol-shed sleet. I was wondering what there was In the skeleton to attract lut-h rapt attention from the crowd, ind my eyes wandered over the faces f the audience. When I again glanced t the skeleton a change seemed to have come over It. The bones were less steely and less sharply defined. Thenceforth I did not look away fro as the fascinating optical delusion that was taking place before me. More and more distinct grew the out lines of the skull, and less and less forbidding grow the color of the other bones. Then, as they seemed half fading Into gloom, I became aware that (round all the bones was gathering a cloud, aa though a fog was clinging to them. This nimbus became more and more noticeable, until I saw that It was taking the general human form. Still faded the bony framework nnttl the shape of a real flesb-and-blood woman could be distinguished In a graceful pose. Gradually, as the head, body and limbs became more clearly defined, another dim gathering outside the fig ure appeared, and the kimono and oth rr external raiment of the Japanese belle declared themselves. At last a wax-like statue stood before ua. Then It began to take color In the hair, eyes, cheeks. Hps and dress, until without warning the figure thus evolved from charming girt. full. of Ufa, and M i ' ' walked to the front of the stage, made two or three Inimitably demure Jap anese courtesies and passed out of light In the wings. I felt that I bad seen represented the change that Is going on In new Japan to-day. On the bar bones of a dead feudalism the flesh and blood and ap parel of a new civilisation have been taking form, hardly noted In the transi tional steps, yet continuing toward its goal unerringly, until a new creator will be the result Chicago Record. from Gen. Jackson. A hitherto unpublished story of Ktonewall Jackson la told by former Gov. Thomas G. Jones. Qov. Jones was a student at the Virginia Military Institute when Jackson was president there at the outbreak of the war be tween the States. Jackson was a rath r stern disciplinarian. Jones bad been it the Institute for two or three years tnd had come to be a sergeant of the :adcts. He had one day to drill an IWKWaru tquou uuu ue iubi uio tciuitri . 1 J 1 1 ... 1.1. . .. ... .. .... I or..,. I anrl ha lnt 111. lmn in bis work, whereupon be made the ooys "double-quick" around a tree. He bad them "going It bard" when aud lenly he heard from behind him the short, sharp command "Double-quick there!" "Double-quick." repeated the vrathful future Governor of Alabama. "No! you, sir! Halt!" Jones looked behind him and there stood "Old Jack." as Jackson was call-' ed by the boys. "You. sir! Yoa double-quick your elf!" Jones looked at his superior officer in tnia semen t. "Doublejqulckr was the stern com- mand. and Instantly Sergt Jones -vas trotting sand the tree at a great rate. hot, thoroughly indignant and furious- ly angry- His awkward squad looked Within an hour Jones bad sent In bis resignation. In answer he received an Invitation to sup at Jackson's house. He declined. Then came an order for him to report to Jackson Instantly. That order was obeyed. After some talk Jones said: "But yon, sir, huniil la ted me before my men!" "You lost your temper," said Jack ion, calmly, "and, besides, you forget that you are not an officer at all!" That ended the trouble and now nobody more reverences the memory of "Old lack" than Gov. Jones. Birmingham Age-Herald, Hunting Tigers In Persia. The people of different countries save different ways of hunting the tiger. Traps, pitfalls, spring-guns and ,u.ta mrm naiuul into tlav. The Chinese are said to employ the mirror to lead : There are Innumerable hatching estab .k tm.i into . tr.i. The tiger's Hshmenta aU through the empire. curiosity Is excitea wnen ne sees wa Image In the glass, and he Immediately proceeds to Investigate the mystery. The Persian manner of conducting the hunt as this Is described In Chambers' Journal ia more aportaman-Uke. A spherical, strongly woven bamboo cage with Intervals of a few Inches be tween the bars, la erected In some spot near the haunts of the tiger. The cage Is firmly and securely picketed to the ground. Inside, a man provided with several sharp and powerful stabbing spears, or with a keen and pointed sword, takes his post at night. With a dog or a goat as his companion. Ttoere he wraps himself In his blanket and goes to sleep. In doe time the tiger makes his ap pearance, the man Is wakened by his four-footed companion, and after vain ly snuffing and prowling round the cage to find an entrance, the tiger rears against toe walls. The mam instantly takes ad vantage af the brate's unprotected position. and with a resolute stroke of tho srtiuMrdatahm to CYPSYIHO COTTAQKBa. Dr. HearjroVaa Dyke em fhm Dollahts f Llvlaaj Oat of Boors. One of the digressions that are of the essence of tho Rev. Dr. Henry Tan Dyke's "Fisherman's Lock.' In the Century, is devoted to tho pleasures of camping oat. - Mnch of tho tedJonsneu of highly ctv nixed life comes from Its smoothness and regularity. To-day la ttko yester day, and wo think that we can predict to-morrow. Of course wo cannot really do so. The chances are still there. But we have covered them up to deeply with the artificialities of life that wa lose sight of them. It seems as If everything In onr neat little world were arranged and provided for, and reasonably certain to come to pass. The best way of escape from thia tedinm vltae la through a recreation Ilka angling, not only because it Is so evi dently a matter of lack, bat also ! cause It tempts us oat Into a wilder, freer life. It leads almost Inevitably to camping out, which la a wholesome and sanitary Imprudence. It Is curious and pleasant, to my ap prehension, to observe how many peo ple In New England, which has been called, at least In part, the Land of Steady Habits, are sensible of the Joy of changing them out of doors. They turn ont from their comfortable farm- bouses and their snog suburban cot tages to go a-glpsylng for a fortnight among the mountains or beside the sea. 'You see their white tents gleaming from the pine aroves around the little lakes, and catch glimpses of their bath ing clothes drying In the son on the wiry grass that fringes the sand-dunes. Happy fugitives from the bondage of routine! They have found out that a long journey Is not necessary to a good vacation. Yoa may reach the forest of Arden In a buckboard. The Fortu nate Isles are within sailing distance In a dory. And a voyage on the river Tactolus Is open to anyone who can baddle a canoe. The people who always live In houses, and sleep on beds, and walk on pavements, and buy their food from butchers and bakers and grocers, are not the most blessed Inbabltanta of this wide and various earth. The cir cumstances of their existence are too mathematical and secure for perfect contentment. They live at second or third hand. They are boarders, in the world. Everything Is done for them by somebody else. It Is almost impossible for anything very" Interesting to Happen to them. They must get their excitement oat or ho newspapers, reading of the bMir- thaf befall WSUtf In real llfoi What .. 7. . . ,, i OO tnese tame uucks rrauy mow v m adventure of living? If the weather Is bad. they are snugly housed. If It la cold, there la a furnace In the cellar. If they are hungry, the shops are near at hand. It Is all as dull, flat, stale and unprofitable as adding up a col umn of figures. They might as well be brought up In an Incubator. A Curloaa Case of Somnaballam. The modern novelist la very prone to found his plots on the doings of sleep walkers and hypnotists; but, as usual. "trutSi Is stranger than fiction," and his efforts are outdone by actual occur rences. Here, for example, to a true story from France of a gentleman miss ing from his bedroji a packet contain ing more than ten thousand dollars' worth of bonds. The thief could not be traced; but shortly afterward the mistress of the house, who had taken the robbery to heart even more than her husband, was taken to a doctor, for r - . w uuu," " trntlon. The doctor, a firm believer in hypnotism, was told of the robbery; and, putting two and two together, hypnotized bis patient and extorted a confession from her that she had taken the bonds and buried them In the gar den. Thereupon search being made, they were found; but the lady Is as yet quite Ignorant of the fact that she herself was the person who hid them. A Klaat of Precloos Btoaea. A New York Jeweler has combined patriotism with a very fine advertise ment by making a copy of the Stant nil KtrinM Which Is DrobablV the expensive flag In the whole world, onl T ,nchel " , en pea f precious stones. It ! w . ' , ' ' mA has thirteen stripes and forty-swo stars. The white stripes are of small diamonds, 800 of which go to make them up. The red stripes are rubles, the same In number and size as the dia monds. For the blue field there are about 800 sapphires, with forty-two large diamonds for stars. This unique flag Is displayed in the Jeweler's win dow on the Broadway, and attracts a constant crowd. Tne Land of Daoka There are more ducks in the Chinese Empire, says an authority, than in aU the world utalde of It. They are kept up by the Celestials on every farm, on the private roads, on the public roads, on the streets of cities, and on all the takes, ponds, rivers, streams and brooks In the country. Every Chinese boat also contains a batch of them. many of which are said to. turn out about 50,000 young ducks every year. Salted and smoked duck, and ducks' eggs, constitute two of the most com mon and Important articles of diet In China. One O renter. "Gen. Grant," said Farmer Early peas, throwing down his weekly paper, "was the greatest of 'em aU." "How can yoa say it, Htrasn," ex claimed his wife, "when onr boy hi flghtln' like sin In the FUyplnesr Philadelphla North American. a . r Lightning Anticipate!. M. Ducretet, the French selenti-t has constructed an automatic recor' Ing receiver to register the Intergattten atmospheric disturbances praduce during storms. In one cane. AH attnos pherle discharges were registered dor Ing a storm lasting one boor nod tei minutes. The discharges. It la stated were registered before the sf sarano of tbe llghrntf and (be fka tali af alap. IMAGES. ON ITS LEAVES. alarveloa. Tree That Is One of the Wonders of My .ter Ion. Thibet. Of all the wonderful sights reported by the Jesuit missionaries. Hue and tiobet, during their explorations of Thibet, by far the strangest is what they have to say of the Tree of Ten Thousand Images. They had heart! about this wonderful tree long before they reached the locality of Its growth, and, as they approached the spot, their curiosity regarding It Increased a thou sand fold. Here Is their narrative of the result of their examination of the tree: "It will here be naturally expected that we say something aboji this tree Itself. Does It exist? Have we seen it? Has it any peculiar attributes? What about Its marvelous leaves? Yes. this tree does exist. At the foot of the mountains on which the Lamasery stands, and not far from the principal Buddhist temple. Is a great square lu closure, formed by brick walls. Upou entering this we were able to examine at leisure the marvelous tree, some of the branches of which had already manifested themselves above the walL "Our eyes were first directed with earnest curiosity to the leaves, and we were filled with an absolute consterna tion of astonishments at finding that, in point of fact, there were upon each of the leaves well-formed Thibetan characters, all of a green color, some darker, some lighter, than the leaf It self. Our first Impression was a sus picion of fraud on the part of the Lamas; but, after a minute, examination of every detail, we could not discover the least deception. The characters a J appeared to us portions of the leaf it 3e!f, equally with Its veins ami nerves; the position was not the same in all; In one leaf they would be at the top of the leaf; In another. In the middle; iu a third, at the base, or at the side; the younger leaves represented the charac ters ouly In a partial state of forma tion. "The bark of the tree and its brandi es, which resemble that of the plane tree, are also covered with these char acters. When you remove a piece ot the old bark, the young bark uuder it exhibits the Indistinct outlines of char acters in a germinating state, ni:il. what Is very singular, these new char acters are not Infrequently different from those which they replace. We ex amined everything with the closest at tention. In order to detect some traces of trickery, but we could discern noth ing of the sort." " . The-missionaries. Hue- and Golx-t, ailght have remained In Thibet as long ?V asfthey wished bad It not been for the I "iir- .1 . . w .Kama asvaa.n MuBAnM .1.1.. In If mvi iumvi . v. , , u .wu iui. u,J- vidual took a dislike to them, and ulti mately caused them to depart. The Lantas were willing tbat they should remain, but It appeared to tbe mission aries that their presence might cause disturbance, so they quickly withdrew, biking with them some of the first facts ever gathered In that mysterious land - San Francisco Call- Immuring Prisoners A ive. That the ancient custom of executing prisoners by Immuring them alive has been continued by the Spaniards at Manila appears evident from the fol lowing discovery reported by MarCn J. Eagan, war corresjiondent of the Sau Francisco Chronicle, who says: "An Immense cavern, the use of which ia problematical, has been discovered iu the north wall of old Fort St. I'li'.llp. Some of the members of the heavy bat tery detected a crlnk In the wall, which Is nearly twenty feet thick and twenty five feet high, and by Inserting a pick pried out one of the large stones. Cant. Geary was sent for, and under his di rection a targe opening was made In the wall. It revealed an L-Bbaped chamber with a depth of twelve feet, a height of fifteen feet and a greater: width of ten feet. Ou the damp gruiinJ were found fragments of human bones, and the explorers were forced to the horrible conclusion that some unfortu nate prisoners had been walled up and left to die. In "the rear wall was a niche used for a light, and there were still traces of the blackening due to the flames. A meat-tin of modern make was the only thing besides the bones found in the cavern. None of the Spanish prisoners and none of the in surgents could offer any explanation as to the place. None of them had ever heard of It, and those who were per mitted to enter examined it with uu felgned curiosity. The suggestion that it was barbarously made the living tomb of some unfortunate offender against the Spanish rule seems tenable, as It Is Isolated from the other dun geons and distant from the regula? burial ground. There is another uncan ny place inside the stockade of Fort St. Philip. It Is the wall against which condemned prisoners stood to face their executioners. It is dotted and furrowed with hundreds of bullets, an.l stands as an unlnseribed taltlet to a reign of blood. Volley after volley lias been sent against It, and countless vic tims fell before It to die in their own blood. Near the wall stands a groini of old brass mortars that were cast over a century ago, and a long row .' old smooth rifles." New York and Connecticut now have taws requiring police official, to ac cept bicycle, as security In case of ar rest for violation of bicycle ordinances. The other divisions of tne a. w. will have similar bill, jpaseed by the next Legislature.. The L. A. W. ha. renewed 27,878 memberships since December 1 laat. The Nebraska Division of the L. A. W. has succeeded in having repealed an obnoxious ordinance, which dis criminated against wheelmen and fa vored owners of other vehicles). 3 He who remains tranquilly on the ground and watches, often get. better apple, than the man who climb, up and shake, them all from the tree. Mrs. Kllsa Lynda, of Peacham. Vt.. has a cake of maple sugar that was made in 1834. The sugar is well pre served yet. I Hail to Relna Mercedes! It is a strange name for a .hip of the Ameri can Navy, but we are getting higniy cosmopolitan in these days. During the hearing of a rase r arls arising out of a disputed rr.nilnr bill It was stated, that the defendant expended 500 a year on her hats. SERMON BY Rep. Br. Calmagc MMtt A WartdwIjtKvll KhMmwi In tltola CmdmaMd WkolmnM lain. mm That iuimd Ufa In a Private fat Children GC In Bad Compmnr. Copyright. Louis Kloiweh. ISW. Washisotox. D. C. (Special). Home lift versus hotel life Is the theme of Dr. Tal mage's sermon for to-day, the disadvan tage, of a life spent at more or less tem porary stopping place, being sharply con trasted with the blessings tbat are fonnd la the real home, however humble. The text Is Luke x., 84, 85: "And brought him to aa inn and took care of blm. And on the morrow when he departed, he took oat two penee and gave them to the host and said onto htm. Take care of him; and what soever thou spendeet more, when I eome again I will repay thee." This Is the good Samaritan paying the hotel bill of a man who bad been robbed and almost killed by bandits. Tba gooc Samaritan had found the unfortunate on a lonely, rocky road, where to this very daj depredations are sometimes committee upon travelers, and bad pat the Injured I .an Into the saddle, while this raerolfu: and well-to-do man had walked till they got to the hotel, and the wounded man wa put to bed and eared for. It mast have been a very superior hotel In its accommo dations, for, though In the country, tbe landlord was paid at the rate of what In our country woald be 4 or C5 a day, a penny being then a day's wages and the two pennies paid In this ease about two days' wages. Moreover, It was one of those kind-hearted landlords who are wrapped up in the happiness of their guests, be cause the good Samaritan leaves tbe poor, wounded fellow to his entire care, promts log that when be came that way again be woald pay all the bills until the invalid got welL Hotels and boarding houses are necessl ties. In very anrlent times they were un known, because tbe world had compara tively few Inhabitants, and those were not much given to travel, and prtvnte hospital ity met all the wants of sojourners, at wxM Ahrnhsm rnshml ont at Mamrn to In vite tne turee nteu to sit Uuvn to a dtnnei of veal, as whon the people were p ssttlv ly commanded to be given to hospitality aa In many places In the east these ancient enstonis are practiced to-d.ty. But we have now hotels presided over by good land lords and boardiDg bouses presided ovei by excellent host or hostess In all neighbor hoods, villages and cities and it Is our con gratulation that those of our land surpass all other lands. Tbey rightly become tbe permanent residences of many people, snob as those wbo are without families, such ae those who business keeps them migratory, such as those who ought not, for various reasons of benltb or peculiarly of clrcnm stuncer, to take upon themselves the care? ol housekeeping. Bat one ot the great evils ot this day ii found In the fact that a .large population of onr towns and cities are giving up and have given np their homes and takes apartments, that they may have more free dom from domestic duties and more time for social life and because they like the whirl of publicity better than tbe quiet and privacy ot a residence ther can eall their own. Tbe lawful use of these hotels I . 1 . I. . vniw rnirr terminus they are In many eases de moralisation, utter and complete. Tbat Is the point at which families Innumerable have begun to disintegrate. There never has been a time when so many families, healthy and abundantly able to support and direct homes of tbelrown, have struck tent and taken permanent abode in these pnblie establishments. In these pnbllo caravansaries, tbe demon ol gossip is apt to get toll swav. All tbe boarders run dally tbe gantlet of general inspection now tney look wnen tney come down in the morning and when they get In at night, and what they do for a living, and who they receive as guests In their rooms, and what tbey wear, and what tbey tbey eat, and" bow mnch they eat, and how ) little tney eat. if a man proposes In such I a place to be Isolated and reticent and 1 alone, they will begin to guess about him: Wbo Is her Where did be come from? How long Is be going to stay? Has he paid hie board? How much does he pay? Perhaps ne nas committed some crime ana does not want to be known. There must be some thing wrong about him or he would speak. The whole bouse goej into the detective business. Tbey mu-t find ont about him. Tbey must find out about blm right away. If he leave his door unlocked by accident, be will And that bis rooms bave been In spected, h s trunk explored, his letter folded differently from the way they were folded when he put tbem away. Who it he? Is the question asked with Intenser In terest, until the subject has become a monomania. The simple fact Is that he If nobody In pat ticular, bat minds his own business. One of tbe worst damages that eome from the herding of so many people Into boarding-houses and family hotels is in flloted upon children. It is only another way ot bringing them npon the commons. While you bave your own private bouse you ean, for tbe most part, control tbelr companionship and their whereabouts, bat by twelve years of age In these public re sorts they will have picked np all tbe bad things tbat ean be furnished by the pruri ent minds of dosens of people. They will overhear blasphemies, and see quarrels, and get preooclous In sin, and wbat the bartender does not tell them the porter or hostler or bellboy will. Besides tbat tbe children wlU go out intc this world without the restraining, anchor ing, steadying and all controlling memory ot a home. From that none of us wbo bave been blessed of such memory bave es caped. It grips a man for eighty years. It he lives so long. It pulls him back from doors into which he otherwise would enter. It smites him with contrition In the very m1.tat of Ma rilaslnatlons. As the flsb, al &eMtiy tfurrouuueu by the long wide nit, swim out to sea, thinking tbey can go as far as tbey please, and with gay toss ol silvery scale they defy tbe sportsman on the beach, and after awhile the fishermen begin to draw In tbe -net, nar.d ovet hand, and hand over hand, and It la a long while before the captured fins begin to feel the net, and then they dart this way and tbat, hoping to get out, but And themselves approaching the shore, and are brought up to the very feet of the eaptors, so the memory of an earlj home sometimes seems to relax and let men out further and farther from God, and farther and farther from shore, five years, ten years, twenty years, thirty years; but some day they And an irresistible mesb drawing them back, and they are com pelled to retreat from their prodigality and wandering; and though tbey make desperate effort to escape the Impression, and try to dive deeper down in sin, after awhile are brought clear baok and held npon the Rock of Ages. If It be possible, O father and mother! let yonr sons and daughters go out intc the world under tbe seralomnlpotent mem ory ot a good, pure home. About your two or three rooms In a boarding house, or a family hotel, yon can cast no such glorious sanctity. Tbey will think of these public caravausaries as an early stopping place, malodorous with old victuals, coffees per petnallv s eaming an.l meats In everlast ing stew or broil, tbe air surcharged with c.irbnni- acid, and corridors, along which drunken bonnier eome staggering at 1 o'clock In the morning, rapping at the doo till tlm affrighted wife lets them in. 10 not be guilty of tbe sacrilege or blas phemy of calling such a place a home. A home is four walls Inclosing one family with Identity of Interest and a priva.-y from outside inspection so eom let that it Is a world In itself, no one en wring except by permission bolted and larred and chained against aU outside in raUltlvenesa. Tbe pbrase so often used a the law books and legal circles Is might ily suggestive every man's bouse Is his iastle, as much so as though it had draw bridge, portcullis, redoubt, ba tlon and armed turret. -Even tbe officer of the law na not enter to serve a writ, except tbe door be voluntarily opened unto him; bur glary, or the Invasion ot 1- a crime so offensive that tbe law clashes Its Iron jaws on any one who attempts it. Unless it be necessary to stay for longer or shorter time In family hotel or boarding house and there are thousands of instances hi which It Is necessary, aa I howed you at the beginning unless hi this exceptional ease, let neither wife oor nuaband consent to such permanent residence. The probability Is that the wife will have x divide her husband's time with pnbllo smoking or reading room or with some coquettish spider in search ot unwary flies, and, If you do not entirely lose yonr hus band, it will be because be is divinely pro tected from the disasters that bave whelmed thousand of husbands, with aa good Intentions as yours. Neither shonld the husband, without imperative reason, consent to suoh a life unless he 1s sure bis wife ean withstand the temptation of so cial dissipation whloh sweeps across such places with the force of the Atlantic Ocean when driven by a September equinox. Many wives give up tbelr homes for these ? ablio residences, so that tbey may give belr entire time to operas, theatres, balls. receptions and levees, and tbey are In a perpetual whirl, like a whip top spinning round and round and round very prettily until It loses Its equipoise and shoots off in to a tangent. But the difference is. in ont ease It Is a top, and In the other a soul. Hesiae. tms mere is an a stduous accu mulation of little things around the pri vate home, whloh in tbe aggregate make a great attraction, while tbe denizen of one of these public residences is apt to say: "What Is the use? I have no place to keep them It I should take them." Mementos, bric-a-brao, curiosities, quaint chair or eosy lounge, upholsteries, pictures and a thousand things tbat accrete in a home are discarded or neglected because there Is no homestead In which to arrange them. And yet they are the ease in which the pearl of aomesnn nappiness is set. iou can never become as attached to the appointments of a boarding-house or family hotel as to those things tbat you can eall your own and are associated with tbe different members of yonr household or with ssenes of thrilling Import In yonr domestic history. Blessed Is tnat nome in which for a whole lifetime - tbey have been gathering, until every figure in toe carpet, ana every panel of the door, and every casement of tbe win now nas a cnirograpny ot its own, speak ing out something about father or mother. or son or daughter, or friend tbat was with ns awhile. Wbat a sacred place It becomes when one can say: "In tbat room such a one was born; In that bed such a one died: In tbat cbalr I sat on the night I beard suoh a one had received a great public honor; by that stool my child knelt for her last evening prayer; here I sat to greet my son as he came back from sea voyage; that was father's cane; tbat was mother's rock ing chair I" Wbat a joyful and patnetlo congress ot reminiscences! Tbe pnbllo residence of hotel and board ing house abolishes the grace ot hospital ity, lour guest aoes not want to eome to suoh a table. No one wants to run sueh a gantlet of acute and merciless bypercritic Ism. Unless yoa have a borne ot your own you will not be able to exercise the best rewarded of all the graces. For exerolse ot this grace what blessing came to the Sbnnammite In the restoration of her son to life because she entertained Ellsha, and to the widow of Zarephath in the perpetual oil well of the miraoulons cruse because she fed a hungry prophet, and to Bahab In the preservation of her life at tbe demoli tion ot Jericho because she entertained the spies, and to La ban In tbe formation of an Interesting family relation because ot his entertainment ot Jacob, and te Lot in bis rescue from the destroyed city because ot This entetalnraentor the- angels, and to atary ana Martna ana zaocnemstn spiritual blessing because they entertained Christ, and to Publlus In tbe Island of Mellta In the healing of his father because of the enter tainment of Paul, drenched from the ship wreck, and of innumerable houses through out Christendom upon which bave come blessings from generation to generation because tbelr doors swung easily open In the enlarging, ennobling. Irradiating and divine grace of hospitality! Young married man, as soon as you ean buy such a place even if you bave to put on It a mortgage reaoblng from base to cap stone. The mnch abused mortgage, which Is ruin to a reckless man, to onepmdent petenoy and a fortune for the reason he win not ne satisnea until ne nas paia it on, and all the household are put on stringent economies until tnen. veny yourseii an superfluities and all luxuries until yon can say. "Everything In this bouse Is mine. thank God every timber, every brick, every foot of plumbing, every doorslll." Do not have vouroblldren born in a board ing house, and do not yourself be buried from one. Have a place where your chil dren can shout and sing and romp without being overhauled for the racket. Have a kitchen where you can do somotblng toward the reformation of evil cookery and the lessening of this nation of dyspe, tics. As Napoleon lost one of bis great battles by an attack of Indigestion, so many men have suoh a daily wrestle with tbe food swallowed tbat they bave no strength left for tbe battle ot life, and, though your wtfe may know bow to play on all musical Instruments and rival a prima donna, she Is not well educated unless she ean boll aa Irish potato and Droll a mutton chop.slnce tbe diet sometimes decides the fate of fam ilies and nations. Have a sitting room with at least one easy chair, even though you have to take turns at fitting In It, and books out of tbe public library or of your own purchase for the making ot your family intelligent, and checkerboards, and guessing matches, with an occasional blind man's buff, which which is ot all games my favorite. Bouse up your home with all styles of Innocent mirth and gather up in your chlldmn'o nature a reservoir of exuberance tbat will psur down refreshing streams when life gets parched, and the dark days come, and the light go out, and the laughter If smothered into a sob. First, last and all the time have Christ In yonr home. Julius CsVar calmed the fears of an affrighted boatman who was rowing in a stream by saying, "So long as Caesar Is' with you in tbe same boat, no harm can happen." And whatever storm of adversity or bereavement or poverty may strike yonr home, all Is well as long as you bave Christ the King on board. Make your home so farreacblng In Its In fluence that down to the last moment ot your children's life you may bold them with a heavenly charm. At seventy-six years of age the Demosthenes of tbe American Senate lay dying at Washing ton I mean Henry Clay, of Kentucky, His pastor sat at his bedside, and "the old man eloquent," after a long and exciting publlo life, transatlantic and clsatlantio, was back again In the scene of his boyhood, and he kept saying in his dream over and over again, "My mother, mother, mother!" May the paren tal influence we exert be not only poten tial, but holy, and so the home on earth be the vestibule of our home in heaven. In which place may we all meet father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, giandfather, grandmotberaml grandchild, and the entire group of preoious ones, of whom we must say in tbe words of trans porting Charles Wesley: One family we dwell In blm. One church above, bi-aeatb. Though now dlv ded by the stream Tbe narrow stream of death; One army of the living Ood, To His command we bow; Fart of the I ost have crossed the flood And part are crossing now. Courts in Philadelphia and In Al legheny and Schuylkill counties. Pa., hold sessions from tea to three o'clock, with no recess at the lunch hour. It Is said that one pound of but ter gives a working force equal to that of five pounds of beef, nine pounds of potatoes or 12 pounds of milk. Forty-two million pounds of India rubber were imported In North Amer ica last year. An electric company of New Jer sey is to manufacture an automatic hair clipper, in which the blade, are to be reciporcated by a small motor set in the casing forming the handle of the clipper. Nineteen women brave the dangers of wilds and forests as trappers and guides. i af I i I S 'HI ,i If