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RISE FROM POVERTY TO GREAT WEALTH RniWoad Czar War AiceJat the Start ly Ycuig Stuy vesant F ah, Whom Lcter He Ley aid from Pca'tion. CRAP. lIC PEN PICTURE OF FINANCIAL KL G Boifishnces Is the Trait That Seems to Stand Out Boldest in the Man— For Hsrrirr.an First and All the } Time—One Charity That May Be Said to Be Near His Heart. New York.—Fifty-nine yenrs ago j till's time St. George's church was looking out on Hempstead and the , rolling acres of Ax»ng Island for miles around, as It had been doing since a 1 <lu> nearly n century and a half be- j lore when the first Episcopal services ! were held there and supplication was i vuadc to God to preserve and succor a i:lng of England and "Hys Gouvenor of thys Colony." It stood with that pUcldueKH of quulntuess amid Its sur rounding that It wears today, and atout Its old rectory wus an air of l>c£cc which boded well for those It sheltered. But In this month of January. 1848. there wus one within the sholter of Bt. Georges rectory whose peace was sorely troubled. He was St. George's minister, the Rev. Orlando Hurrlman. Jr. For seven yeurs he had been buf feted around from one charge to an other. with a wife and a growing fam ily on his hands. Living had been a serious problem. Amoug those to whom he had preached the Gospel the thought never seemed to have ob truded Itself that ministers must eat and have clothes to weur Just as other mortals. After Four Years at Hempstead. Now he found himself beset by the name poverty-stricken condition thnt ho hud known In all his former rector at *s. He had expected better from : St. George's, but In this month of 'January he awoke to find that his sal ary wus fur in arrears and also to the Ainmistukable fact that In a few weeks •there would be one more member of the family to feed und clothe and al ways take Into consideration. The Rev. Orlando Harriman had not W.IS to wall for the addition to his family. On February 25 a son was b<vrn to him and he numed him'Ed ward Henry Harriman. Edwnrd Henry Harriman could not have entered the world at a more In opportune time In his father's affairs, hit If he had been born earlier or later, as the records would Indicate, he would not have found the family any better off In the things of the earth. A year after Kdward Henry's birth the Rev. Orlando Harriman Jr., unable to muke the vestry of St. George's see the absolute necessity of paying its rector his salary, turned his back upon Hempstead forever. The year nfter that found him and 1:1s family In Custleton. Staten Island, lie became the assistant rector of St. Haul's there and a twelvemonth later he was moving again. A Noble Woman. Mrs Harriman was a woman of sterling character, and the pride that was in her was a bulwark against the world's unkindness. She was patient und she bore It all without a word to any beyond her threshold. She could not hide It from the children. The children, too. must have drunk deeply at the family well of self-restraint, but none of them more than the boy called Kdward Henry Harriman. the third sou. Resides him there were two elder brothers. Nelson and Orlando, and a younger named William. There were two sisters to make up the cir cle. Lily and Annie. It was when Kdward Henry Harrl man had just turned into his eleventh year that the Rev. Orlando Harriman and his family set themselves and their few household goods down in West Hoboken N J.. and the minis tor entered upon the rectorate of St John's church. It was his first per manent chnrge since leaving Hemp stead. and he engaged himself at the munificent salary of S2OO a year. Most of the six years which lay be tween the beginning of the residence In Hoboken and the departure from Gastleton. Staten Island, had been spent In Jersey City, with the head of the family going here and there wher over he could be a rector's assistant or fill a pulpit. It is said that while he was at West Hoboken —seven years, all told —the Rev. Orlando filled other pulpits when ever the opportunity offered to add a mite to his meager income. All the while, however, he was doing the best he could, giving the boys and girls the education that his poor purse could OIL AND GAS FOR MEXICO. Denuding of Forests Causes Diaz to Grant Concessions. Gradually Mexico Is becoming Americanlxed. due to the foresight of President Diax. For years gas was not allowed to be manufactured In the republic. A few years ago a small plant was Installed in Merida, the capital of Yucatan. Because the Mexicans considered gas dangerous it was impossible to get a concession tit manufacture It. Another reason was the great scarcity of fuel. It has caused the government much worry. / Wood for domestic purpose* is sold In the City of Mexico by “stick" and the forests of any extent are hun dreds of miles distant from the cap ital. The universal material for do mestic consumption is charcoal and tie manufacture of the product is rapidly denuding the forests which mmkmt within a reasonable radius of the City of Mexico. It was to pre serve these forests and solve the CaM aviation that PresMsat Dias buy. It was a time that must have put iron into the souls of the boyB; a time when they were driven to make a god of self-denial. The good times came to the family through Mrs. Harriman. A legacy was left her, and the old days of bitterness and poverty passed away, but not their discipline. As they had been sufficient unto themselves when they bad little, so the Hardmans were suf ficient unto themselves when the tide turned. It was not much that Mrs. Hardman's ship brought In; about as a dollar bill would be to the wealth of her son, Kdward Henry. It was enough to lift the burden from her husband's shoulders and to buy a home at Eighth and Erie streets, In Jersey City, where the family lived comfortably for many years. It was enough, too. to save the minister from vestries which would not pay. The Rev. Mr. Hurrlmun guve up St. John's pulpit in West Hoboken In 1860, which was shortly after the legacy fell to his wife. Henry at this time Is described by men and women who knew him as a hoy of pleasant nature, who liked to do most of the things other boys did, but with a vlow of life that was much broader uml deeper than most of his associates of his age. He realized that his way In the world depended upon 1 himself, and, whether by chance or j through somebody's aid, he chose ! Wall street us a beginning. He ap peared In "the street" not long tfter his family moved from West Hoboken to Jersey City. He was a clerk In a small brokerage office and he was a good one. He used to go running around downtown In those duys just I uh the army of youngsters, with wal lets iu hand, are running around down there now from the time tho bunks open and the ticker-tape begins to ; run until the market closes for the day. It was while he was on the floor | doing this kind of work that he met Stuyvesant Fish, then a young man like Harriman. with his way to make In the world. Fish had wealth and tho influence of a high social position be- 1 hind him. Harriman was "going It j ulone," but there was something In , his make-up that Fish liked, and the 1 RECENT PHOTOGRAPH OF EDWARD H. HARRIMAN, CZAR OF AMER ICAN RAILROADS. - jxonßXir two became great friends. According to the stories told in Wall street to day. and which have been turned over and over again of late on account of linrriman s ousting of Fish from the Illinois Contral. It was Fish who gave Harriman most of his commissions In those days: commissions which brought him in touch with men that he would probably never have met otherwise. Anyway, when these mo guls of finance who belonged to Fish's crowd won In the market Harriman also invariably added to the size of his bank account. With a competence assured E. 11. Harriman sought him a wife; a wo man of the elect. It has been said that poverty-stricken though his fam ily had been they had never permitted themselves nor the children to forget the pride of good breeding. He did not forget. He married Miss Mary Averell. of Rochester. Her father was a capitalist and she brought to Harrl man sinews tliat count in the battle of dollars that is waged in Wall street. This Averell money came from a railroad source. Mrs. Harrl man's fnther is reputed to have made the most of It in the Rome. Water town & Ogdensburg company out of which so many others have become enriched. Before he was SO years old Harri man had seen the greatest financiers of the time come their croppers one by one. He had seen some of them granted the concession for the erec tion of gas plants all over the repub lic. So high has the price of wood been within late years that a short time ago the railroads found it profit able to Import their ties from Japan It is proposed now to build an oil pipe line from the recently discovered wells of the gulf coast, near Tampico, to the City of Mexico, an Immense un dertaking. for the liquid will have to Fairest Flower of All. Tho roses blushed a deeper red. The lilies looked more saintly. The sweet alysssum hung Its head And smiled and frowned most quaintly; The daisies even at my feet Were strangely knowing, strangely sweet. The hollyhocks aca;r.s'. l*.e wall. So serious and old-fashloacd. Were all astir; the larkspur tall Seemed really quite Impassioned. I watched them all. but could not guess What made their sudde:: consciousness. Where'er I looked their little eye* Were eager, arise and tender. As it they had some new surprise Or sympathy to reader— But turning 'round, all unaware. 1 caw that she was standing there! - MstreeeUtaa Mazaain*. get on their feet again, but they were few Ho was always where the fray was hottest, but he was never wound ed. Yet he never came back from the firing line without a "scalp." He look profits even when tho historic anthra cite corner brought Jersey Central clown from fllO to $8 a share. He had a hand In smashing that combination, and the men wbo had been behind it knew that he had. and he laughed at them. By this time tho little man In a deacon's collar and hard black tie, und whose trousers were always bagged at the knees, had got hla "smell" of railroading. He had tripped J. Plerpont Morgan in that banker's scheme for the reorganiza tion of the Erie railroad. Morgan had drawn terms for the stockholders. Harriman drew counter terms and much hotter terms for the stockhold ers—and himself. He beat Morgan then and ho has beaten him since. It was only a few years later—ln 1882 —that he went Into the Illinois Central. Stuyvesant Fish helped him there, but that didn't matter to Har riman during the last six months of 11)06. Fish had bucked him, or rather his ally, the Standard OH. In the reor ganization of the Mutual Life Insur ance company. Fish tried to get what the public believed would be an hon est administration. Harriman de manded that tho present controlling outfit romaln lu office. It Is still there, and Fish ts out of the presi dency of the Illinois Central, which shows that Harriman will fight and spare not even his best friend—un less he has to spnro himself. But this railroad financier has his charities. There's a house over on the east side called the Boys’ club, which it Is said, he built at a cost of $250,000, and which It is also said he keeps up with an annual maintenance check. It Is suld also of him that he gives Christmas trees away every year to tho country school children near Arden. His estate there com prises 30.000 acres, and a great many of the little school folks belong to the employes of bis domain. It was only two mouths ago that Harriman was "cornered” In Chicago by a newspaper man. It must be remembered always that Harriman ■ has to be "cornered" to talk for pub lication. This Is what he said: "Ambition to become a financial sov ereign? I'd give It all up to-morrow 1 If 1 could. "We have enough railroads now. What is needed is the development of the territory through which the railroads run. and improving the lines to the highest standard of effi i ciency. i "Any proposition which would by ' agitation or otherwise injure the cred it of the big transportation com panies so they would not be able to raise capital for improvement will se- I riously affect the business Interests of this country. 1 "To achieve what the world calls success a man must attend strictly to I business and keep a little In a-Jvanca . of the times." 1 There is a warm spot In Harrlman's heart; there Is sentiment in 1L too. ‘ : He is passionately fond of his two 1 daughters, who are now ycu&g ladles, ‘ and of his two young sons. He and his brother in Brooklyn have bought ' the rectory of St. George at Hemp stead where they were born, to bs r seized unto them and their heirs for* • ever. Accounted For. » She—Mr. Dudlelgh is looking more ; like himself, don't you think? i is dead.—Puck. be raised from the sea level to a height of 7.000 feet, from where it will be distributed to various towns and ! cities on the plateau. The men to whom have been granted the concession have issued 1 instructions to commence the instal lation of a gas plant to supply the City of Mexico and the suburban | towns of Tacabuya. Mlxcoac. San An gel. Cherubusco. Tacuba. Atxacapot calco. Coyoacan and Tialpam. Incredible as It may seem, there la not in the City of Mexico with near ly 500.000 people a single bit of gaa burned, so that the capital has corns to be known as the electric city, for it is one of the most brilliantly light ed municipalities in the world. Diseases among children—notably sore throat aad bad eyes— caused through dust raised by motor cars, are most rife where the schools are situated on roads frequented by mo tor cars, or where the children trav erse these roads. In one school tbs head teacher points out that they hod I ten cooes of sore throat where five | years jngo they had i -HORTICULTURE TILE DRAIN IN THE ORCHARD. Ramoval of Surplus of Water Will Make Trees Profitable. Frequently an orchard which might otherwise be a profitable one Is seri ously handicapped by the presence of two much water in the soil. Several years ago the late John J. Thomas, formerly vice president of the Fruit Growers’ Society of Western New York, and for 30 years a practical nurseryman, presented the Idea of laying of tile between each row of trees, as Illustrated In the accompany- The Drain in the Orchard, in,; sketch. This plan is said to have worked very satisfactorily when it has been adopted. On account of the natural fall of the land, it 1b some times Impossible to follow out this Idea literally, but Mr. Thomas' early experience seems to coincide with the observation of the practical fruit growers of latter days, says Farm and Home, that Is, if the orchard Is lo cated upon soil in need of draining. It will bo necessary to lay tile to re move surplus water before satisfac tory results will be secured. PLANTS THAT STORE WATER. Product of Bonora Desert Which Sci entists Have Gone to Study. A gentleman connected with the Carnegie Institute will leave this coun try shortly on an extended exploration ot the deserts of central and southern Mexico to study the storage of water by certain plants growing in those re gions. It has developed that in places where there is only a slight. Irregular rainfall, plants peculiar to the district have no special reservoirs for the stor age of water, while in regions where the rainfall is confined to brief regu lar periods, plants are found which are provided with various devices for storing water for consumption during dry spells. An example of this provision of na ture has been discovered In a "guare qui," a relaatlve of the squash and pumpkin, which nourishes in the des ert of Sonora, a locality in which all Ihe rain falls in a period of six weeks. The base of the stem of the plant is swollen to form a hard woody struc ture. in time reaching the size of a large squash. The gray of the sands of the Sonora Is Imitated in the color of the cover ing of the mass, presenting the ap pearance of a worn gray bcmlder pro jecting above the sand, while the structure Is as hard as stone. This structure catches the rain and holds it. doling out the precious drops to the plant during the dry spell follow ing. At the close of the rainy season the vlnellke stems of the plant die down, the small roots dry up. and the plant. In the form of its tuber, lies dormant on the burning sands throughout the long hot months following. When the rainy season again re turns the plant reforms its roots, stems, leaves and flowers, completes Its short season of activity and then resumes its inactive life through the * succeeding dry season, repeating the performance year aftetr year. Some of these plants have accomplished this feat five years In succession. HORTICULTURAL NOTES. Don't dig the autumn leaves into your garden now; make a compost heap. Prune trees for fruit In spring as soon as leaves are about full grown; for wood growth In winter when dor mant and wood is not frozen. Do not delay in mulching the straw berry beds. If not already done. Coarse March hay is best, but use straw or coarse litter rather than nothing. | Mice and rabbits sometimes burrow into the snow and gnaw the bark of the fruit trees. Go around the orchard and stamp the snow in around the trees. Pear elder, or pern*, is made in ex actly the same wav as apple cider. But perry Is much less palatable than apple cider, and has never become popular In America. | In laying down raspberries for win ter. remove a little soil from one side of the plants, loosening the roots on j the other. Then lay down the plants lin the direction from which the soil [was removed, and cover the heads lightly with earth. AROUND THE FARM. The man who raises scrub stock usually raises scrub grain.—Farm and Home. | The pullets, if they have been prop j erly bred and fed. should now be doing steady laying. I You never saw a scrawny hen lay ing. It is the well-fed hen. the one that looks neat and trim. I Rusty iron placed In the drinking water at this season serves an excel lent purpose as a tonic. | What business have you to sing “Home Sweet Home" until you have provided a full supply of dry fuel un der shelter? Blossoms on Young Trees. In the fifth report of the Woburn ex perimental fruit farm of England. It Is stated that the removal of apple blossoms was found to be very bene ficial in the growth and future pro ductiveness of early-beanng trees. Trees thus treated appeared to bear heavier crops for several years after wards and not only the year when ♦key were first allowed to bear. With varieties that came into bearing later, it was not of 'so much adraa tage. GRASS IN THE ORCHARD A Discussion as to the Benefit of tho System. There are those that believe In keeping the orchard covered with grass and there are those that believe in the absolute abolishment of fa ass from the orchard. The people that be lieve in keeping the orchard grassed say that It saves a great deal of labor to keep the land covered with sod and that the fruit when It falls on the ground does not become soiled. The sentimental side of orcharding favors the grassy carpet under the trees, for who could have a sentiment toward the orchard area kept so thoroughly worked that there would be a dust mulch over It In a dry time and a mud carpet over It In a wet time? So far. the experiments have seemed to show very much In favor of clean cul ture of the orchard area as against the grass covering. In England some orcliardlsts under direction of an experiment station 1 have begun the Investigation of the efTects of a half covering of grass. The experiments have not been con ducted for enough years to be con clusive. but some remarkable results have been obtained, which are not easily explained. The old New Eng land plan of digging up the ground for a distance of about six feet from each tree was followed. In some of the experiments this circle of grass came to within five and a half feet the trees. It was a surprise to the ex perimenters that the fruit on the orchards so treated was double that on the trees not so treated. Fruit which normally was green streaked with red became deep red In color and in storage kept much better than it had kept before. One variety kept three months longer than it had been in the habit of keeping and another variety was still sound In June. The same experimenters, says Farmers’ Review, in some previous tests had shown that the trees and fruit were greatly Injured by having the whole orchard area in grass, and .they were greatly surprised to find that the results of a partial covering of grass was beneficial. It was shown by Investigation that little of the roots of the trees entered the grassy area, but that they obtained some kind of material that they did not find in the soil that had no grass. In a report the experimenters, referring to this fact, say: "Yet the roots that reached into the grass ground must have conveyed to the trees something that had the power to modify the whole character of the crop. This points strongly to the view that*the action of the grass Is due to some active poison." This is a new phase of the subject that should have further study on both sides of the Atlantic. It requires thousands of experiments to thorough ly demonstrate a fact of this kind, and we caution our readers against leap ing to the conclusion that the general quality of our apples can be greatly improved by at once partially grassing over the orchards. A single series of experiments should not be taken as an index of what is profitable, for there are many unknown quantities entering tnto such experiments. PICKING APPLES FROM WAGON. A Plan Which Can Be Tried During the Next Harvest. A correspondent of Prairie Farmer, in Bureau count}', Illinois, reports that he has been successful this year in picking apples from a wagon. He used a double box with two planks on each Wagon Support for Apple Picker. side to serve as a walk. Across these, as shown in the cut. he placed two other planks, extending out from the wagon. With a quiet team the cor respondent reports that it is com para tively easy to reach a large per cent, of the apples on trees. Preserving Our Forests. One of the most hopeful signs of the times is the changing attitude of the lumbermen toward the science of for estry as fostered by the federal gov ernment. They are beginning to see that their industry is doomed to an early extinction unless the wastage is checked and the forest is renewed for future generations. And. more than this, says Maxwell’s Talisman, unless the forests are preserved, vast tracts of fertile and prosperous America will become desert in the next century. This is a lesson taught by such coun tries as Tunis, now a part of the Afri can desert, which in old times was a smiling and populous garden. An Arab chronicler relates that “in those days one could walk from Tunis to Tripoli in the shade." The Arab con quest destroyed the forest, and the desert swept over the face of the land. Depth to Set Trees. It is often advised to set the trees in the orchard two or more inches deeper than they were in the nursery row. So far as our knowledge of ex periments goes, this practice is not followed by results either good or bad. and this would indicate that the mat tetr is of little or no importance. In an English experiment, the experi menters report that “planting trees four inches too high or too low has not made any difference in the results obtained, the trees having readily ad justed themselves to their normal level. Trees appear to sink into the ground as they grow." This appear ance is doubtless due to the pushing up of the earth by the enlarging of roots. Pick Chickens While Warm. Chickens after being killed should be picked at once, as at that time the feathers pull off easiest. After the fowls become cold the feathers pull hard. The skin is also easily torn at that time, which of course is a detriment where the birds are tA he sold on the market. MENACE TO ALL Giant Mail Order Concerns Are Sapping Country of Its Wealth. SMALLER TOWNS CRUSHED By Assisting in the Centralization of Wealth, Patrons of These In stitutions Contribute to Their Own Injury. (('opyrlßht, 1906, by Alfred C. Clark.) Every year millions upon millions of dollars And their way from the towns, villages and rural districts of the coun try to the coffers of the mail order houses in the cities, and go to the up building of enormous institutions in the centers of population. Naturally, the sources from which the contribu tions are made suffer accordingly. Figures ever tell a better story than words. Here are figures which tell a story so stupendous that Its full sig nificance cannot be grasped in a mo ment, but the mere sight of which are awe inspiring: In the year 1903 two mail order houses, located in Chicago, did a busi ness amounting in round numbers to $80,000,000. In the year 1904 these same concerns did a business of about $62,000,000, a gain of $18,000,000 or nearly 30 per cent, in a single year be ing thus exhibited. These figures represent the sale last year of one dollar's worth of merchan dise for every man, woman and child in the country by two catalogue houses alone, and those operating from the same central point. Dozens more of varying size and importance are oper ating all over the country from coast The "Man Behind the Plow” last year contributed a large portion of the vast number of millions which found their way into .the coffers of the mail order houses. The smaller comm unities to which it belonged, and which were thus deprived of it, suffered accordingly. to coast and from border to border. A fact not generally known is that hundreds of concerns throughout the country which now are doing business through the regular trade channels are awaiting only a parcels post law to unloose literature, already prepared in many instances, which would pro ject them into the mail order field, and this does not take into account the hundreds and perhaps thousands of entirely new mail order concerns which inevitably would spring into ex istence under such friendly auspices. The two Chicago institutions re ferred to, already occupying immense buildings, found themselves cramped for room. One of them expended not less than $1,000,000, and probably more, for a new home. The other lately has secured a new location and also will expend at least $1,000,000 for an im mense new building. Anyone who will reflect even casual ly on the subject must become Im pressed that the influence of the mail order business is toward the central ization of wealth, and how enormous a part it Is playing in this direction will be understood from a second glance at the figures which have been given above. It is due to himself that every patron of the mail order house should inquire honestly of himself what the final out come is to be if the mail order busi ness shall continue to make the great strides which have marked its prog ress during the last half decade. It is useless to repeat the well worn argument of the mail order concerns that they are selling goods enough more cheaply than the merchants in the regular channels of trade to leave their customers more money than ever to devote to home enterprises and institutions. The fallacy of this statement has been proved over and over again by actual and minnte com parisons of goods, as to their quality and prices. Te refute it finally and indisputably by a simpler and more direct method it is necessary only to ask the reliable business men of any of the smaller communities to show the evidence from their books and ac counts of the harm the mail order habit is doing their communities. It is a truth as old as the hills and as certain as the rising and setting of the sun that no country or section of a country can orosDer unless the oeo- Lady Cook says that the women of England will have the franchise in less than a year. They must have somethlqg terrible up their sleeves of which the statesmen of England know nothing. The new army bullet is shaped like the whittled end of a lead pen cil, and is expected to make its mark. A New York straphanger secured damages in the sum of $250. probably because the jurors all had lame arms. pie as a whole shall be prosptfMfc Such general prosperity as may*.fglM cannot be retained if the institutions of the already larger and wealthier communities are to continue to be built up by contributions that should be spent at home from the thousands of smaller communities. The need of the country, a desper ate need upon which the welfare of the individual depends, is for the upbuilding and continued progress of the smaller communities, so that the wealth of the country may be distrib uted over the entire country, and not congested and controlled in large amounts in a comparative few centers of population. Therefore, the man who sends away from his own community money which he might have spent at home and per mitted a fair profit to the home mer chant to be retained there for the benefit of the community, is injuring his community, and thereby the pros pects for his own future prosperity. In a large number of instances he is doing more than this. Unwittingly, or unthinkingly, perhaps, he is violating his own principles of right and justice, for, at the expense of his own com munity, he is needlessly contributing profits to the capitalistic combinations which he continuously cries out are menacing the country. The mall order giants direct their energies particularly toward the peo ple of the smaller towns and the agri cultural districts. In hundreds of thousands of the homes of these the catalogue of the mail order house is as regularly received as the home paper. The man on the farm last year sent a very large portion of eighty millions of dollars to two of these institutions, in one community, alone. In all sincerity we ask: Admitting, purely for the sake of the argument, that the farmer or the resident of the small community can save a few dol lars on some of his purchases, or even that he could do so on all of them, can he afford to continue to impoverish his own community, upon which his own prosperity, the very value of his land depends?. If he will ask himself this question and consider it soberly and fairly in all of its phases, including the many which cannot be touched upon within the limits of a single article, we think his answer must be that he cannot. The wonderful productivity of this country has been sufficient to over come the various adverse economic in fluences which have existed during the period of years in which the mail or der business has accomplished its greatest growth. Everyone has been “getting along pretty well.” While the Increasing flow of golden millions from their source in the land of the coun try to the already great centers of money and population has held back the growth of the smaller communi ties, it has not yet occasioned a great disaster. The test will come with the first pinch of “hard times,” a condi tion which no country ever has been able to escape at recurring intervals. When this time arrives those com munities will best stand the test which have best conserved and husbanded their resources. JOHN S. POTTS. The Puzzle Solved. Some time ago a merchant in Mar blehead. Mass., was discovered in his store at a very late hour, and in reply ing to inquiries, he said: "My confidential clery is missing." "And what of it?” “Why, I’m looking over the books, but they seem to be all right." "Have you counted your cash”" "Yes; and it is correct to a dollar.” "Looked over your bank bock?” ”1 have, and it Is satisfactory. That's the puzzle, you see. He's skipped, and I can’t make out what for.” “Been home since noon?” "No.” "Perhaps he's eloped with your wife." He hurried home, and found this to be the case. Wise David. \\ Ife—“Why do you always sit at the piano. David? You know you can't play a note!" David - “Neither can anyone >. while f •' Locusts are devastating southern Algeria. The swarms are so great as almost to defy imagination. It is not easy to conceive of an almost solid Phalanx of insects 125 miles long by six miles wide. Unfortunately, tbjfA devastation which such myriads w voracious insects must create in vege tation is not so difficult to appreciate. W herever the host has passed noth ing green remains. Even the houses are becoming uninhabitable. The Oran province seems doomed for thi* year.