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Elopes n|M CbtywdW3r/«dc^ By HAROLD MacGRATH By HAROLD MAC GRATH CHAPTER I. It Is rather difficult in these days for a man who takes such scant Interest in foreign affairs—trust a whilom diplomat for that! —to follow the con tinual geographical disturbances of European surfaces. Thus, I can not distinctly recall the exact location of the Grand Duchy of Barscheit or of the neighboring principality of Dop pelkinn. It meets my needs and pur poses, however, to say that Berlin and Vienna were easily accessible, and that a three hours’ journey would bring you under the shadow of the Carpathian range, where. In my diplo matic days, I used often to hunt the "hear that walks like a man.” Barscheit was known among her sis ter states as “the meddler,” the "maker of trouble,” and the duke as "Old Grumpy”—Hrummbar. To use a familiar Yankee expression, Barscheit had n Anger in every pie. Whenever there was a political broth making, whether-in Italy, Germany or. Austria, Barscelt would snatch up a ladle and start Jn. She took .care of her own affairs so easily'that she had plenty of time to concern herself with the af fairs of her neighbors. This Is not to advance the opinion that Barscheit was wholly modern; far from it. The fault of Barscheit may be traced back to a certain historical .pillar of salt, easily recalled by all those who at tended Sunday rachool. "Rubbering” is a vulgar phrase, and I disdain to use It. Whan a uromaa looks around it Is Invariably a portent of trouble; the man forget* his important engage ment. and runs amuck, knocking over people, principles And principalities. If Aspasla had not observed Pericles that memorable day; if there had not been an oblique slant to Calypso’s eyes as Ulysses passed her way; If the eager Delilah had not offered fa vorable comment on Samson's ring lets; In fact, If all the women in his tory and romance had gone about their affairs as they should have done, what uniaterestlng * reading history would 1 be to-day! Now, this is a story of a woman who looked around, and of a man who did not keep his appointment on time; out of a grain of sand, a mountain. Of course there might have been other causes, but with these I’m not famil iar. This Duchy of Barscheit is worth looking into. Imagine a country with telegraph and telephone and medieval customs, a country with electric lights, railways, surface ears, hotel elevators and ancient laws! Something of the customs of the duchy must be told In the passing, though, for my part, I am vigorously against explanatory pas sages In stories of action. Barscheit bristled with militarism; the little mar always imitates the big one, but lucks the big man’s excuses. Mili tarism entered into and overshadowed the civic laws. There were three things you might do without offense: you might bathe, eat and sleep, only you must not sleep out loud. The citizen of Barscheit was hemmed in by a set of laws which had their birth in the dark dungeons of the Inquisition. They congealed the blood of a man born and bred in a commercial country. If you broke a law. you were relentlessly punished; there was no mercy. In America we make laws and then hide them in dull looking volumes which the public have neither the time nor the Inclination to read. In this duchy of mine it was different; you ran Into a law on every corner. In every park, in every public building: little oblong signs, enameled, which told you that you could not do something or other—" Forbidden!” The beauty of German laws is that when you learn all the things that you can not do. you begin to And out that the things you can do are not worth a bang In the doing. As soon as a person learned to read he or she began life by reading these laws. If you could not read, so much the worse for you; you had to pay a guide who charged you almost as much as the full cost of the Ane. The opposition political party in the United States is always howling mili tarism, without the slightest Idea of what militarism really Is. One side, please. In Barscheit, when an oAlcer comes along, or take the consequences. If you carelessly bumped into him, you ware knocked down. If you ob jected, you were arrested. If you struck back, ten to one you.received a beating with the Oat.of a saber. And never, never mistake the. soldiery for the police; that Is to say, never ask an officer to direct you to any place. This is regarded in the light of an in sult. The cub lieutenants do more to keep a passable sidewalk—for the pas sage of said cub lieutenants —than all the magistrates put together. How they used to swagger up and down the Konigsstrasse. around the Platz, in and out of the restuurants! I re member doing some side-stepping my self. and I was a diplomat. suiiposed to be immune front the rank discourte sies of the military. But that was early in my career. in a year not-ao remote as not to be readily recalled, the United States packed me off to Barscheit because I had an uncle who was a senator. Some papers were given nte. the per mission to hang out a shingle reading “American Consul." and the promise of my board and keep. My amuse ments were to be paid out of my own pocket. Straightway 1 purchased three horses, found a capable Japanese valet, and selected a cozy house near the barracks, which stood west of the Volksgarten, on a pretty lake. A beau tiful road ran around this body of wa ter. and It wasn't long ere the officers began to pass comments on the riding of "that wild American.” As I detest what is known as park riding, you may very well believe that I circled the lake at a-clip which must have opened the eyes-.of the easy-going officers. I grew quite chummy with a few of them, and I may speak of occasions when 'I tlid not step off the sidewalk as they came along. A man does more toward .gaining the affection of for eigners by giving a good dinner now and then than by International-law. I gained' considerable fame by my little dinners- at Muller’s rathskeller, under the Continental hotel. *B!x months passed, during which I rode, read, drove and dined, the actual labors of the consulate being cared for by a German clerk who knew more about the business than I did. By-this you will observe that diplo macy has degenerated Into the gentle art of exciting jaded palates and of scribbling one's name across pass ports; I know of no better deAnition. I fo..Jt what the largess of my office was. Presently there were terrible do ings. The old reigning grand duke de sired peace of mind; and moving de terminedly toward this end, he de clared in public that his niece, the young and tender Princess Hildegarde. should wed the Prince of Doppelklnn, whose vineyards gave him a Ane in come. This was Anality; the avuncu lar guardian had waited long enough for his willful ward to make up her mind-as to the-selection of a suitable husband; now be determined to take a hand in the matter. And you shall gwe how well ho managed it. It is scarcely necessary for me to state that her highness had her own ideas of what a husband should be The Princess Hildegarde. like, gathered, no doubt, from execra ble translations from “Ouida” and the gentle Miss Braddon. A girl of 20 usually has a formidable regard for romance, and the princess was fully up to the manner of her kind. If she could not marry romantically, she re fused to marry at all. 1 can readily appreciate her uncle's perturbation. I do not know how many princelings she thrust into utter dark ness. She would never marry a man who wore glasses; this one was too tall, that one too short; and when one happened along who was without vis ible earmarks or signs of being shop worn her refusal was based upon just —"Because!" —a weapon as invincible as the fabled apoar of Parsifal. She had spurned the addresses of Prince Mlschler. laughed at those of the Count of (the short dash Indicates the presence of a hyphen) and General Muerrisch, of the em peror's body-guard, who was. I’m sure, good enough—in his own opinion—for any woman. Every train brought to the capital some suitor with a con sonated. hyphenated name and a pedl Last of London's Old Inns. A century ago London was noted for its coaching inns. To-day only one remains in I>ondon proper to recall the gayety of coaching parties that as sembled in the comfortable parlors for an evening of pleasure. George's inn, the last of the famous taverns where the nobility of England gath ered in years gone by was probably the most popular that lined the road ways of the English capital. It was through his association with the peo ple who frequented George's inn that Charles Dickens began to attract wide spread attention as a novelist and writer. More than three score years ago he was a familiar figure when rev elry held sway in the now antiquated tavern. Here it was that Mr. Dickens gree as long as a core's Idea of a funny story. But the princess did not care for pedigrees that were squint eyed or bow-legged. One and all of them she cast aside as unworthy ner consideration. Then, like the ancient worm, the duke turned. She should marry Doppelklnn, who. having no wife to do the honors in his castle, was wholly agreeable. The Prince of Doppelklnn reigned over the neighboring principality. If you stood In the middle of It and were a baseball player, you could throw a stone across the frontier in any direc tion. But the vineyards were among the finest In Europe. The prince was a widower, and among his own people was affectionately styled “der Rot naslg,” which, I believe, designates an illuminated proboscis. When he wasn’t fishing for rainbow trout he was sleep ing in his cellars. He was often miss ing at the monthly reviews, but no body ever worried; they knew where to And him. And besides, he might just as well sleep in his cellars as in his carriage, for he never rode a horse if he could get out of doing so. Ha was really good-natured and easy-go ing, so long as no one crossed him se verely; and you could tell him a joke once and depend upon his understand ing it immediately, which is more than I can say for the duke. Years and years ago the prince had had a son; but at the tender age of three the boy had run away from the castle confines, and no one ever heard of him again. The enemies of the prince whispered among themselves that the boy had run away to escape compulsory military service, but the boy’s ago precluded this accusation. The prince advertised, after the fash ion of those times, sent out detectives and notified his various brothers; but his trouble went for nothing. Not the slightest trace of the boy could be found. So he was mourned for a sea son, regretted and then forgotten; the prince adopted the grape arbor. I saw the prince once. I do not blame the Princess Hildegarde for her rebellion. The prince was got only old; he was fat and ugly. Wtlll little, elephant-like eyes that wafg Always vein-shot, restless and full oAgptftchlef. He might have made a good father, but I have nothing to prove this. Those bottles of sparkling Moselle which he failed to dispose of to the American trade he gave to his brother in Barscheit or drank himself. A nephew, three times removed, was waiting for the day wnen he should wabble around In the prince's shoes. He was a lieutenant In the duke's body-guard, a quick-tempered, heady chap. Well, he nevnr wabbled around in his uncle's shoes, for he never got the chance. I hadn't been in Barscheit a week before I heard a great deal about the princess. She was a famous horse woman. This made me extremely anx» ious to meet her. Yet for nearly six months I never even got so much as a glimpse of her. Half of the six months she was traveling through Austria, and the other half she kept out of my way, —not intentionally; she knew nothing of my existence; simply, fate moved us about blindly. At court she was in variably indisposed, and at the first court ball she retired before I arrived. I got up at all times, galloped over all roads, but never did I see her. She rode alone, too, part of the time. (TO BE CONTINUED.) met Mr. Pickwick and the various characters he immortalized in "Pick wick Papers" and bounded at once into popular favor as a humorist and close student of character. The at tractiveness of the old inn is still maintained at a high standard, and it is to-day a favorite stopping place for travelers and coaching parties. Noth ing has been removed from the place to dim the memories of the past. The same old-fashioned chairs, benches, tables and furniture are there that were in use a century ago, and the decorations have never been altered. Ownership has remained with the same family for many generations, and it is said the present owner is a descendant of the man who opened it. HORTICULTURE PRACTICAL BUDDING METHODS. Some Advice Which May Be Kept for Next Year's Use. There are numerous styles of bud ding, but only the one in the most common use will be described here. Budding li one of the most economi cal 'forma of artifi cial reproduction, and each year witnesses its more general use. Some nurserymen go so *ar as t 6 use it as a substitute for all modes of grafting, save whip grafting. In the propagation of the dwarf pear. Budding is economical in the amount of wood used from which to take buds. In this method, a single bud does the work of two or three or more upon the scion used in grafting. But while it is economical of wood, it is ex pensive in the use of stocks, a seedling being required for each tree, while, with the piece-roots system of graft ing, two, three or more stocks can be made from a single seedling. The operation of budding la simple, and can be done with great speed by expert budders. The expense of the operation is, therefore, not more than Preparing Stock for Bud. Iba**. of whip grafting. The usual plan, sajffi Orange Judd Farmer, is for a man to set the buds with a boy fol lowing closely to do the tying. The bud should be taken from wood of the present season's growth. Since the work of budding is done during the season of active growth, the bud sticks are prepared so that the petiole or stem of each leaf is left attached to serve as a handle to aid in pushing the bud home when inserting It be neath the bark of the stock. This is what Is usually called a shield bud. It is cut so that a small portion of the woody tissue of the branch is re moved with the bud. The bud stick and method of cutting is shown in the accompanying figure by Prof. Cor bett. The stock for budding should be at least as thick as an ordinary lead pencil. With apple and pear, a second season's growth will be necessary to develop this size, while with peach, a single season will suffice; hence, peach stocks can be budded the same season the pits are planted. Conse quently the peach is left until as late Budding, Tying and Cutting Top. in the season as is practicable, to ob tain stocks of suitable size. The height at which buds are inserted varies with the operator. In general, the nearer the ground the better. To bud a plant, make a cut for the reception of the bud In the shape of a letter T as shown at a. Usually the crosscut is not quite at right angles with the body of the tree and the stem to the T starts at the cross cut and extends toward the root for an inch or more. Loosen the flaps of bark caused by the intersection of the two cuts as seen at b. with the ivory heel of the budding knife. Grasp the bud by the leaf stem as a handle, insert It under the flaps and push it firmly in place until its cut surface Is entirely in contact with the peeled body of the stocks as shown at a. Tie tightly above and below the bud. as indicated at b. to hold it in place until a union shall be formed. Raffia or wrapping cotton (ordinary cotton string) about ten to 12 inches long, makes a most convenient tyirg ma terial. As soon as the buds have united with the stock the ligature should be cut, to prevent girdling the stock. This done, the operation is com plete until the following spring. Trees in which the buds have taken should have the top cut off Just above the bud as seen at c. The Farmer’s Vegetable Garden. The farmer's vegetable garden is growing in popularity with the farm ers that wish their families to have the greatest amount of comiorts in their farm life. A half acre devoted to this work can be made a constant source of pleasure, not only on account of the vegetables it will produce but also on account of the large amount of information it will yield up relative to what treatment of the soil will give the best results. Such a garden should be very heavily manured, so that it will be always at its best for produc ing crops. We would put on manure both fall and spring and see that the manure gets into the soil. Such a gar den if properly worked can but be profitable and be a constant source of 1 delight. OIL STOVES IN HOTBEDS. A Suggestion Which Will Prove Valu able Next Bpring. For years, aays a writer In Rural New Yorker, I had a hotbed 15 or 18 feet long to start tomato plants. It was heated by two one-wick oil stoves, and was a perfect success after 1 found how to manage It. I will try to tell how one can have an oil stove hotbed to grow pepper, to mato plants, egg plants and the like to perfection. The hotbed must be elevated on blocks of wood high enough so that a person can get under It to care for the lamps; It should be sheltered from the winds, but not near enough to any building to cause danger If the hotbed should get on fire. In the accompanying diagram A represents the glass area, B is a false bottom made of sheet-iron and rest ing on iron rods run crossways of the Diagram of the Hotbed. hotbed. C is the true bottom, made of wood, and distance about six inches from the sheet iron bottom; D and E are small boxes, each big enough to hold a one-wick oil stove. A two wick oil stove will make the soil too hot just above the flame. Each box is fitted with a door in which are bored a few holes to admit air. The dirt is placed on the sheet Iron bot tom to a depth of six inches, the warm air circulates between the wooden bot tom and the sheet iron-one, but no fumes from the oil stove ever reach the interior of the hotbed proper. The woodwork at the under side of the hotbed should not be too tight; a few small cracks should be left, or there will be no circulation of air for the lamps, and they will smoke. I once showed hotbeds made like this to an Englishman, the private gard ener to a rich man. ’nils gardener makes his hotbeds by the help of ma nure. I told him after I got the hang of my oil stove hotbeds I never had a failure. He said: “You are, then, ahead of me, for with all my care my manure beds are not always a suc cess. and it is some work lb make them.” TOMATO BLIGHT. la Fungus Growth That Begins Attack in the Seed Bed. Tomato blight Is due to a fungus, which attacks the plants for the most part in the seed bed. This being the case, there can be no remedy for the plant after It Is once attacked. This is true, for the reason that the fungus grows on the Inside of the plants and evidently enters only the rootlets of young plants. By examining the tis sues of a young plant with a micro scope. the threads of the fungus way be seen clogging the ceils where tfiey Interfere with the passage of food ma terial. At the present time, then, we see no hope of ever being able to com bat this blight successfully in the field. But we do hope to find a method of prevention by Improving the sanitary condition of the seed beds. With this end In view, we believe it will pay to thoroughly clean and disinfect the frames or flats In which the seeds ore planted. This may be done by wash ing or spraying all of the parts after the dirt and soil have been removed, with a strong solution of copper sul phate. Then fresh soil and manure should be procured, which should also be sterilized. This can be best done by steam. This may be done at small cost by fitting up a small system of two-inch iron pipes which are to be placed in the bottom of a bed made’ for the purpose. Three ten or 12 foot lengths of pipe will be ample, and small holes must be drilled in them about six inches apart to allow steam to escape. The pipes are now placed parallel to each other and connected at both ends, so that they are about 18 inches apart. The apparatus may be connected to a traction engine or other available source of steam sup ply. Soil should be filled into the bed over the pipes to the depth of about one foot, then the surface covered with gunny sacks or some similar material. If steam is turned on for an hour, the low organisms will be killed, and plants which will be practically free from blight should be raised in soil which has been treated in this man ner.—W. Paddock. FRUIT FACTS. The apple Is the best foundation oil which to build up a large export trade in fruit. Keep the hoe sharp and bright; never hang it up with dirt adhering to its blade. The old blackberry and raspberry canes should be cut out and burned as soon as they have fruited. It is said that commercial orchards were almost unknown In this country prior to 1860. Before that time men grew fruit mostly for home use. There has been some success in the attempt to renew old orchards, but most people will succeed best in try ing to grow new ones. The very great increase in the num ber and size of commercial orchards is one of the notable features in American fruit growing. A great deal of fruit can be grown on a very small plot of ground If it is highly fertilized and the fruit taken care of. When the threshing is done, it is often necessary to dress up the straw stack to better enfcble it to turn water. There is always a great deal of straw left over. This can be used for scat tering over the strawberry patch for firing to burn the mowed tops, and over the garden to protect the bare ground from the hot sun. Made Money. A New Jersey farmer netted $5lO from one acre of strawberries this year. A Missouri farmer, near St. Louis, netted $350 from an acre of raspberries. There are other branches of farming profitable besides corn antt For and About Women IN LEISURE HOURS PRETTY WORK FOR THE MO MENT8 OF RE8T. 8tich Work on Canvas Ona of the Most Popular of All Employed- Silhouettes Now Largely Used for Decorations. Among the fashionable summer needlework that Is finding a place on almost all the verandas during tho hours when women rock and talk pleasantly of their friends and sew, the canvas cushion cover or pillow slip is perhaps the most popular item. The cross stitch work on canvas is a most popular revival because it Is easily done and rather quickly done and the results are very elaborate. All of the old patterns which were fash ionable In our grandmother’s day are now being revived. The same remarkable dogs, cats, groups of animals, landscapes and bunches of strange, stllf flowers are appearing on to day’s fashionable pil low slips meant for use on couches. One side of the slip is made of plain silk, linen or chintz usually, and the front is covered with the canvas pic ture work. Besides the scenic cov ers and those ornamented with the de signs described there are many in which a conventional scroll work or similar geometrical pattern is wrought with shaded wools. The can vas used for these cushions since wool is employed in embroidering them is very coarse. Another sort of work which Is quite popular is the decorating of linen cushions and covers with designs in which silhouettes appear. The de signs are of the French miniature pe riod, done in colored linen thread, and the silhouette or miniature is usually in black. On a table cloth or cushion 3lip there should not be more than four or six of these silhouettes, and these should be framed by circles of colored em broidery, the rest of the design that converges toward the silhouettes be ing in garlands and forming the con nection between the miniatures. This style of embroidery is particularly popular on the colored linens and those in the natural line color of a very deep tone. The black silhouettes against this grayish brown back ground and enlivened by embroidery in several colors are harmonious and attractive. On the colored linens the same effect can be produced by a careful choice of colors, but for the w?iite or very light tinted linens the black silhouettes are very difficult to bring into harmony. For table covers, cushion slips, etc., the colored chintzes and cretonnes are also much used this summer. They are combined with plain ma terials in an effective manner. The flowered cretonne is used either for the background or the decoration of these covers and cushions. When the plain material is used to trim the flowered background it is brought from the back of the cushion in a band and is finished with an irregular edge, usually bound with braid. DOILY THAT WILL WASH. This is a simple doily that will wash well, the embroidery which orna ments it being very firm yet effective. Linen or spotted damask may be used for the foundation. Upon this the de sign is outlined In white linen lace braid, which is fixed by a row of cord ing stitches worked through the holes each side the braid. This may be work ed In colored or white cotton as pre ferred; red ingrain cotton would wash well, and would be effective; the lines and plcots which fill in the pattern would be worked in the same cotton. A firm edge is given to the doily by working buttonhole into the outer edge of the outlining braid, the mate rial must then be carefully cut away without cutting into the button-hole stftches. ADVICE FOR YOUNG HOSTESS. Remember Originality lea Matter of Experience. In regard to entertaining, it is a mistake for a novice to attempt to give something original. It Is in bet tor taste to keep to the usual conven tional forms until one becomes an ex perienced hostess. £ Cards for an afternoon tea may be sent to one’s general acquaintances, and there are various inexpensive ways of entertaining those who have extended special hospitalities. Evening card parties are much the fashion; luncheons for one's women friends; small dinners of six or eight congenial people are not difficult. In all cases husbands must be invited with their wives, unless a party is ex clusively for women. In the country or in the country town, where one has ample grounds nothing is pleasanter on a summer afternoon than a garden party to which the general acquaintances may be bidden. The hostess usually re c*lves In the hoii.e. After the guests FOR THE YOUNG GIRL. Simple But Pretty Costume in Pals Gray Summer Tweed. The coat and skirt are in pale gray summer tweed checked with blue. The skirt is a simple gored shape, turned up at the foot with a wide hem, stitch ed twice on the right side with blue silk. The coat Is a short sacque shape, lined with silk; the fronts and should- ers are trimmed with pointed straps of plain gray cloth, stitched, and a but ton fixed in each point. It is worn over a blouse of white lawn. Blue straw hat, trimmed with wide glace ribbon. Material required for the coat and skirt: yards 48 inches wide. COOL AND DAINTY NECKWEAR. Pretty Ways of Dreseing the Neck Without. Discomfort. The woman who dresses her neck neatly can be forgiven a great many other faults, and there are many ways of doing this without enduring any gTeat discomfort. The linen collar is probably the most practical of all, and is seen this summer In great variety. Most of them are embroidered in blind work or eyelet and with them are worn soft lingerie ties or bows. Get these collars in a comfortably large size and not too high. They are the coolest things you can wear and stilt look neat. The high gloss of the starch seems to resist the perspiration and feels cool to the skin. Little pro tection or turndown collars, while they are not particularly new, still find favor now and then, but that means you must wear a silk stocky and, with white blouses, this is to bel avoided. Another dainty and cool fashion that has asserted Itself is the wearing of soft lawn and mull ties with em broidered or hemstitched ends. These ties are about a yard or a yard and a half long, and should go around the neck twice —by that I mean place the middle of the tie under the chin, carry it around the neck, cross It at the back and tie the bow in front. You can tack little pieces of whalebone in these ties to keep them upright, and pin them fast to your blouse with a fancy pin. The young girl and the debutante have things pretty much their own way, as soft rolling collars are almost universally worn by them. These are finished off with a Windsor tie or piece of ribbon to harmonize with the dress they are wearing. High stock collars and four-ln-hand stocks are seldom seen any more, which is a blessing, for nothing could have been more heating to the throat than those made of heavy English madras that were worn so much at one time. The lingerie bow of nainsook, lawn or mull has taken the place of silk bows and these are easily made at home from bits of material and scraps of laces that have been left over. The sheer blouse waist should have a collar of lace insertion attached to it, and tiny pieces of featherbone are sufficient to hold them up. The skele ton collars, made of stiff goods and bones around and up and down, are no longer worn. Shade Roller Makes Towel Rack. A simple, convenient towel rack is made of a shade roller. A short one that has been used at a narrow win dow, or a full sized one for two or more towels. They may be stained or painted. have greeted her they may wander about the grounds, returning to the house for refreshments. Ices, berries and cream, cake, iced tea and lemon ade may be served. Root Cures Hydrophobia. Elecampane is a plant well known and found In many gardens. Immedi ately after being bitten by a dog take one and a half ounces of the root of the plant (the dried root can be gotten at any drug store), bruise it, put in a pint of fresh milk, boll down to one half pint, strain and when cold drink it, fasting at least six hours after ward. The next morning repeat the dose using two ounces and fasting six hours again. This will be sufficient as it never fails to cure. Uses for Chiffons. For evening and dancing frocks fancy bordered chiffons are charming A very fetching one shown was of creamy chiffon, with quite large woven satin dots and a deep border of great pink and yellow roses in pale shades. It was worn over a shell pink supple taffeta slip veiled by the same shade of chiffon.