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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS: THURSDAY, JUNK 8, WU5.
Ji mny be shown In nn average of a printed sheet mny be reversed in n win gle short sentence. Speaking roughly, T, A, O, I, X, S, H. It, D and I, are Urn nitmerienl order in which these letters occur, but T, A, O nnd I are very near ly abreast of eacli other, and It would be an endless task to try each combi nation until a meaning was arrived at, I therefore waited for fresh material. In my second Interview with Mr. Hil ton Cubltt be was able to give me two other short sentences and one message, which appeared, since there was no flag, to be a single word. Here nre the ymbols. Xow, In the single word I have already got the two E's coming second and fourth In a word of five let ters. It might be 'sever' or 'lever' or 'never.' There tan be no question that the latter as a reply to an appeal Is far tlio most probablc.winrt the cir cumstances pointed to Its fTelng a reply written by the lady. Accepting It as correct, we aro now able to say that the symbols ttand respectively for X, V and It. "Even now I was In considerable difficulty, but a happy thought put mo In possession of several other letters. It occurred to me that if those appeals came, ns I expected, from some one who had been Intimate with the lady In her early life n combination which contained two E's with three letter between might very well stand for the name 'ELSIE.' On examination I found that such a combination formed the termination of the message, which was three times repeated. It was cer tainly some appeal to 'Elsie.' In this way I had got my I.. S nnd I. Hut What appeal could It be? There were only four letters In the word which preceded 'Elsie.' and It ended In E. Btirely the word must be 'COME.' I tried all other four letters ending In E, but could And none to tit the case. So now I was in possession of C, O nnd M, nnd I was in a position to at tack the first message once more, di viding it into words and putting dots for each symbol which was still un known. So treated it worked out in this fashion: M . ERE . . E SL . XE . "Xow, the first letter ran only be A, which is a most useful discovery, since it occurs no fewer than three times in this fchort sentence, and the II is also apparent in the second word. Xow it becomes: AM HERE A. E SLANB . Or, filling in the obvious vacancies in the name: AM HERE ARE SLANEY. I had so many letters now that I could proceed with considerable confidence, to the second message, which worked out in this fashion: A. ELRI.ES. ITero T mnlil nnlv tnnke Hnnco hr nnf. ting T and G for the missing letters nnd supposing that the name was that of some house or inn at which the writer was staying." Inspector Martin and I had listened with the utmost interest to the full and clear account of how my friend had produced results which had led . to so complete a command over our difficulties. "What did you do then, sir?" asked the inspector. "I had every reason to suppose that this Abe Slaney was an American, since Abe is an American contraction and since a letter from America had been the starting point of all the trou ble. I had nlso every cause to think that there was some criminal secret in the matter. The lady's allusions to her past and her refusal to take her upright hy Collier' Vctkly. I GUESS THE VERY BEST CASE I CAN MAKE FOR MYSELF IS THE ABSOLUTE NAKED TRUTH." husband into her confidence botb point ed in that direction. I therefore cabled to my friend, Wilson Hargreavo of tho New York police bureau, who has more than onco made use of my knowl edge of London , mn 1 no 1 nt It t m whether tho nnmo of Alio Slaney was Lnrurn in 1.1,.. , , . ..... 1 " '"'re is mo reply: "ino most dangerous crook in Chicago.' On the very evening upon which I had his answer Hilton Cubltt sent mo the last message from Slaney. Worklug with known letters, It took this form: ELSIE. RE, ARE TO MEET THY GO . The addition of a P nnd a I) completed' n message which showed me that tho rascal was proceeding from persuasion to threats, and my knowledge of tho crooks of Chicago prepared me to find that ho might very rapidly pnt his words Into action. I at onco oamo to Norfolk with my friend nnd colleague, Dr. Watson, hut, unhappily, only In time to find that the worst had already occurred." "It Is a privilege to bo itssr,clutcd U'lltl vnil In lin linnHlltw, r.t .. ..,.,. -7 . - r . ..." . ........ u fl i;unr( I ,ald tho Inspector warmly, "You will excuse me, however, If I speak frankly to you. You nre only answerable to yourself, but I have to answer to my superiors. If this Abe Slancy, living at Elrlge's, Is Indeed the murderer, and If ho bus made Ills escape while I am seated here I should certainly got Into serious trouble." "You need not bo uneasy. He will not try to escape." "How do you know?" "To fly would be a confession of guilt." "Then let ns go to nrrest him." "1 expect him here every Instant." "Hut why should he come?" "Hecnuso I have written nnd asked him." "Rut this Is Incredible. Mr. Holmesl Why should he come because you hnvd naked him? Would not such n request rather rouse his suspicions nnd causo him to Hy?" "I think I have known how to frame the letter," said Sherlock Holmes. "In fact, if I am not very much mistaken, here Is the gcntlcninii himself coming Up the drive." A man was striding up the path which led to the door. He was a tall, handsome, swarthy fellow, clad In n I suit of gray flannel, with a punama ' lint, a bristling black beard nnd a ' great, aggressive hooked nose, and flourishing a cane as he walked. He swaggered up the path ns if the place belonged to him, nnd we heard his loud, 1 co nihil 'lit peal at the bell. "I think, gentlemen." said Holmes quietly, "that wo had best take up our position behind the door. Every pre caution is necessary when dealing with such a fellow. You will need your handcuffs, Inspector. You can leave the talking to me." Wo waited in silence for a minute one of those minutes which one can never forget. Then the door opened and the man stepped in. In an instant Holmes clapped a pistol to his head, and .Martin slipped the handcuffs over his wrists. It was all done so swiftly and deftly that the fellow was help less before he know that ho was at tacked. He glared from one to the other of us with n pair of blazing black eyes. Then he burst into a bitter laugh. "Well, gentlemen, you have the drop on me tills time. I seem to have knock ed up against something hard. But I came here in answer to a letter from Mrs. Hilton Cubltt. Don't tell me that she is in this! Don't tell me that she helped to set a trap for mo!" "Mrs. niltou Cubltt was seriously in jured and is at death's door." The man gave a hoarse cry of grief, which rang through the house. You're crazy!" ho cried fiercely. "It was he that was hurt, not she. Who would have hurt little Elsie? I may have threatened her God forgive me! but I would not have touched a hair of her pretty head. Take it back you! Say that she is not hurt!" "She was found badly wounded by the side of her dead husband." He sank with a deep groan on to the settee and buried his face in his man acled hands. For five minutes he was silent. Then ho raited his face once more and spoke with the cold com posure of despair. "I have nothing to hide from you, gentlemen," said he. "If I shot the man he had his shot at me, and there's no murder In that. But if you think I could have hurt that woman, then you don't know either me or her. I tell you, there was never a mnn in this world loved a woman more than I loved her. I had a right to her. She was pledged to me years ngo. Who was this Englishman that he should come between us? I tell you that I bad the first right to her nnd that I was only claiming my own." "She broke away from your Influence when she found tho man that you nre," said Holmes sternly. "She fled from America to avoid you, and she married nn honorable, gentleman iu England. You dogged her and followed her nnd made her life a misery to her In order to iuduco her to abandon tho husband whom slio loved nnd respected In order to fly with you, whom she feared nnd hated. You have ended by bringing about tho death of a noble mnn nnd driving his wifo to suicide. That is your record iu this business, Mr. Abo Slaney, and you will answer for It to tho law." "If Elslo dies I care nothing what becomes of me," said the American. Ho opened one of his hands nnd look ed at a noto crumpled up in his palm. "Seo here, mister," ho cried, with a gleam of susplclou in his eyes, "you're not trying to scaro mo over tills, nro you? If tho lady is hurt ns bad as you say, who was it that wrote thin noto?" Ho tossed It forward ou to tho table, "I wrote It to bring you here." "You wrote It? There was no ono on earth outsldo tho Joint who know tho secret of tho dancing men. How came you to write It?" "What one man can Invent another enn discover," said Holmes, "There 1m n cnb coming to convey yon to Nor wich, Mr. Slaney. Hut meanwhile you have time to make some small repara tion for the Injury yon have wrought. Are you aware that Mrs. Hilton Cubltt has herself lain under grave suspicion of the murder of her husband and that It was only my presence here aud tho knowledge which I happened to pos sess which has saved her from the ac cusation? The lenst that you owe her Is to make It clear to the whole world that sho was In no way, directly or Indirectly, renponslblo for his tragic end." "1 nsk nothing better," said the Amer ican. "I guess tho very best case I can make for myself Is the absolute naked truth." "It is my duty to warn you that It will be used ngalnst you," cried tho Inspector, with the magnificent fair play of the British criminal law. Slaney shrugged his shoulders. "I'll chance that," said he. "First of all, I want you gentlemen to under stand that I have known this lady since she was n child. There were sev en of us in n gang In Chicago, nnd El sie's father M-as the boss of the Joint. He was a clever man, was old Patrick. It was he who Invented that writing, which would pass ns a child's scrawl unless you just happened to have the key to It. Well, Elsie learned some of our ways, but she couldn't stand the business, nnd she bad a bit of honest money of her own, so she gave us all the slip and got away to London. She had been engaged to me. and she would have married me, I believe, if I had taken over another profession, but she would have nothing to do with any thing on the cross. It was only after her marriage to this Englishman that I was able to find out where she was. I wrote to her, but got no answer. After that I came over, nnd, ns letters were no use, I put my messnges where she could read them. "Well, I have been here a month now. I lived on that farm, where I had a room down below, and could get In nnd out every night and no ono tho wiser. I tried all I could to coax Elslo nway.I knew that she read the mes sages, for once she wrote an answer under one of them. Then my temper got the better of me, and I began to threaten her. She sent me a letter then, Imploring me to go away, and saying that it would break her heart if any scandal should come upon her husband. She said that she would come down when her husband was asleep nt 3 In the morning nnd speak with mo through the end window, If I would go away afterward and leave her In peace. Sho came down and brought money with her. trying to bribe me to go. This made me mad, nnd I caught her arm and tried to pull her through the window. At that moment in rushed the husband with his revolver in his hand. Elsie had sunk down upon the floor, nnd we were face to face. I was heeled nlso, and I held up my gun to scare him off and let me get away. He fired nnd missed me. I pulled off al most nt the same Instnnt, and down be dropped. I mnde away across tho gar den, and as I went I heard tho window shut behind me. That's God's truth, gentlemen, every word of it; and I heard no more about it until that lad came riding up with a note which made me walk In here like a jay and give myself into your bands." A cab had driven up while the Amer ican had been talking. Two uniformed policemen sat Inside. Inspector Mar tin rose nnd touched bis prisoner on tho shoulder. "It Is time for us to go." "Can I see her first?" "No, she is not conscious. Sherlock Holmes, I only hope that if ever again I have an important case I shall have the good fortune to have you by my side." We stood at the window and watched the cab drive away. As I turned bad; my eye caught tho pellet of paper which the prisoner had tossed upon the table. It was the note with which Holmes had decoyed him. "See if you can rend it, Watson," said he, with a smile. It contained no word, but this little line of dancing men: "If you use the code which I have ex plained," said Holmes, "you will find that It simply means 'Come hero at once.' I was convinced that It was an Invitation which he would not refuse, since he eould uever imagine that it could come from any one but the lady. And so, my dear Watson, we have end ed by turning the dancing men to good when they have so often been the agents of evil, and I think Hint I have fulfilled my promise of giving you something unusual for your notebook. Three-forty is our train, nnd I fancy we should bo back in Baker street for dinner." Only one word of epilogue. Tho American, Abe Slaney, was condemned to death nt the winter assizes nt Nor wich, ,but his penalty was changed to penal servitude In consideration of mit igating circumstances and the certain ty tbnt Hilton Cubltt had fired the first shot. Of Mrs. Hilton Cubitt I only know that I have heard she recovered entirely nnd that she still remains n widow, devoting her whole life to the care of the poor nnd to tho administra tion of her husbaud's estate. .Traloaar to "the I.lmlt." A young mnn was very Jealous of a girl ho adored. Sho was a hit more coquettish than other girls. "Your eyes can flirt In all directions," ho said ono day, and cut them out. "You might wave your bauds to somebody," and ho cut them oft. "With your feet you can make signs to some ono under tho ta ble," nnd he cut those off. "I forgot that you can also speak," ho remarked three days later, and tore her tongue out. "You shall not smile," he said, and knocked her teeth out. "So, I nm n bit quieter now," ho remarked the day ufter he had cut her hair off, nnd for the first time he was going to trust her to herself. "Now she Is ugly, but Htlll I feel sho Is quite my own," ho said on leaving her. But when ho ro turned tho girl had disappeared. Sho had run away with the proprietor of a Bhow.-From "Fables of Eugen Heltal." Calm age Sermon By Rev. Frank De Witt Tilmafe, D.D. Los Angeles, Cal., June 4. In his ser mon tho preacher, drawing nu object lesson from the Insect world, shows the Importance In humau affairs of honest, intelligent, unremitting lndus try and the folly of those who belittle or undervalue It. Tho text la Proverbs vl, 0, "Go to tho nnt, thou sluggard, consider her ways and bo wise." It was a hot, sultry afternoon In summer on tho famous Chautauqua grounds of New York when Bishop John H. Vincent knocked nt Wilbur Chnpman's door. "Come in," called the evangelist. In walked the founder of the Chautauqua movement in this country. He said, "Chnpman, I wnnt you to go and hear a lecture this after noon." "What on?" "It Is given by a college professor. The lecture Is en titled 'My FrlendB tho Gila Monster, the Horned Owl, the Opossum nnd tho Hat.'" "No, bishop," said Dr. Chap man; "I cannot go. I am utterly worn out by speaking. Besides that, I havo a big meeting for tonight for which I must rest and prepare. You niust let me off this once." "No, Chapman, I will not let you off. You must come. There Is n great treat In store for you." So, under the pleading demands of Bishop Vincent, he went. "At first," said Dr. Chapman after ward, "I eat awny hack Iu tho audi ence, that I might bo able to slip away unseen. But as the speaker began to tnlk about bis novel friends I became more and more absorbed. Uncon sciously I went halfway down the nlslo and took a seat nenrer to tho speaker. Then, as he talked on and on, I crept farther and farther until I was In the front seat. Them I sat for nearly two long hours laughing and crying nnd learning the great lessons of life from the lives of tho most hum ble of God's creature. I never before realized that there was so much love and nffcctlon and unselfishness and brain power in creeping things nnd loathsome reptiles and poisonous liz ards nnd repulsive rats." The little things of earth reveal the power of God's love and care, as well ns the greater thing. King Solomon would Introduce to us one of his little friends. He would have us use an ant bill for n pulpit. lie would have for the preacher of the morning one of the ordinary, commonplace, large mandl bled, mnny Jointed. long antennaod, six legged insects that we can seo in almost every country bypath. He would tell us that the nut's intelligent forethought, her persevering energy, her many social aflinlties, her mortnl hatreds, her sensitiveness to smell nnd color, her architectural genius with which she constructs the palace In which nro to be deposited the precious eggs, her slaves and nnrwc-i who serve her in peace, her military laptalns who marshal her great armies iu war, her care for the cocoona In which the grubs are developed Into the perfect Insects, as the caterpillar unfolds the transfig ured life of n butterfly, offer unlimited fields for gospel Illustration. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise." "Bnr ns an Ant." Busy, busy, busy. "Busy as an ant" Is an old proverb. Whether she 13 car ing for her eggs or finding the grubs; whether she belongs to a foraging par ty or is going fortli upon a war of con quest to capture the eggs of another hive, which eggs she Intends to devel op into future slave: whether she is migrating from one part of tho country to another or is building the walls nnd the hallways, squaring the chambers, Inying the foundations or arching tho domo of a now house, the nnt is al ways busy. Sho works during the day, she works during tho night, sho works while sho eats; it almost seems that she works while she sleeps. Her ambi tion Is not to find out how little sho can do, but how much sho can do. Sho works, and works, and works. Sho keeps on working. To do something is the very breath of her exlsteuce. This proverb is axiomatic. You go out for a summer stroll nnd one of your little children calls: "Oh, mother, como nnd look. See these little block things. What are they?" "Ants, my dear," you say. Then you stoop over ihnt blvo and watch them. They are moving, al ways moving. Some are busy house cleaning. If you could enter the cham ber of nn nut mound, you would find that each room and connecting hall way aro absolutely clean. Every par ticle of dust which once choked those galleries has been carried out, piece by piece, and deposited afar off, where It will not obstruct the openings of tho nnt bill. Some of these ants are houso cleaning. Somo nro going nfter food. Some nre caring for tho grubs. But they are all working the nuts nro al ways working. Their working hours aro simply unlimited. Sir Jolm Lub bock, the famous naturalist, reported that he once wntched a single nut who worked without intermission or relaxa tion from 0 o'clock In the morning until nearly 10 o'clock nt night. For sixteou hours that ant continued diligently at her task. You cannot dream of n lot of ants getting together, as do somo men today, whoso chief aim seems to bo to find out how little work they can do In llfo nnd what Is the maxi mum of pay they can force out of their employers for n minimum of la bor. Oh, no. That is not the nnt's way. No sooner does the sunlight crawl over tho eastern hills than the ant hire becomes busy. The different ants say; Corao, sisters, we must get to work. Hurry op now. We have so much work to do and such a little time in which to do It Be busy. Be busy!" The hu mau foot may have often crushed an ant in Uie pathway, but I doubt If It ever killed an nnt taking nn afternoon nap. When nn ant Is slain in tbo coun try road she Is always hurrying some where or trying to get back to her fclve after she has accomplished tho purpose of her Journey. She Is work ing. She la continually working, Sho In always working. No Place Par Idleneaa, Idleness has no place Iu God'a eeon- omy. Life Is work; life means n con tinual struggle for physical as well as moral and spiritual existence. God would not send tho snows of winter, the drafts of summer, tho winds, tho fronts and the hunger unless he meant man to work; God would not havo made helplessness during Infancy and childhood unless ho meant a parent to work; God would not send sickness and helpless old age unless he desired all people to work tlurlug the strength and vigor of manhood and womanhood. "If any would not work, neither should he eat," Is the Paulino lnveotivo against sloth. "Go to tho ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise." All happiness nnd health, all mental, so cial, spiritual and financial progress depend upon persevering toll. The soon er our growlug boys and girls realize that they must work for n livelihood tho better It wlH be for them nnd tlio better It will bo for us who nre caring for them during the years of their de velopment. Unremitting toll, an essential for hu man life, Is the first lesson the nnt hill tenches us today. But tho ability to make the right use of toll, to conserve energy so that tho maximum of results are produced from the minimum of la bor, to perform work so thoroughly and Intelligently that It is not useless nnd has to bo dono over, is the second teaching of my text. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways nnd be wise," does not allude any more to the ceaseless nctlvity of the ant than It does to her marvelous foresight, wltli which she plans out her work and ac complishes her results. The ant uses her brain as well as her mandibles or legs. She uses her eyes to see where sho is going as well as her feet to walk. Study the ant ns an architect or a builder. Somo of us hnve stood In awe before the architec tural wonders of the cathedrals and the palaces of the east. We have seen walls and columns nnd domes nnd minarets nnd spires that are "frozen music in stone." We have climbed tho heights of Milan cathedral, whose tow ers and walls are peopled with almost as great numbers of apostles nnd saints and martyrs nnd priests carved In solid stone as there are worshipers who ever gather nt one time before Its sacred shrlues. We have seen St. Pe ter's of Rome connected with the won derful Vntlcau and St. Mark's, more poetic than the Venetian canals. We have seen the marvelous conceptions of a Christopher Wren and the wonderful structure nt Cologne, only a few yeara ago dedicated after having consumed centuries iu building. These transcend ent buildings hnve lifted themselves up even as did tho temple of King Solo mon. Why? Every beam, every stone, had its appointed place. Each part, as a small mite, fitted Into a givnt united whole. But as I stand today before a Westminster abbey or n St. Paul of Loudon I emphatically assert that these structures compared to tho strength and intelligence of tho build ers nro not ns wonderful as an ordina ry, everyday, commonplace ant hive wo may see in the country road. Balldlnsr a Cathedral. To build tho Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Xow York city blasting powder had to be used. Tho founda tions had to be excavated out of solid rock. True. But the ants often build their hives by excavating the solid rock. The walls of Canterbury cathe dral must be absolutely straight. True. But no mason's plumb lino ever erected stralghter walls than the walls of an ant hill's chambers. The rooms of the Vatican must be arranged In orderly fashion. AH the chambers of an ant hill open into loug corridors. Each room has Its connecting hallways. A well regulated cathedral must havo Its proper system of drainage. The nnt hive Is so built that It will shed all wn ter. Xo rainstorm enn deluge Its cel lars. No water overflowing the river bank can destroy its foundations. Tho ancient Romans always built their cities upon the hilltops for protection. The ants build their hives on high places, where storm and wnter cannot submerge them. The ant's wisdom should bo emulat ed as much ns her activity. The Ara bians held tho nut's) wisdom In such re spect tbnt after the birth of a male child they would place ono of these In sects in tho baby's hand while they mnde the earnest prayer, "O God, may tha boy turn out as clever nnd as wise ns the ant!" The human being who f,oes not work with intelligent fore thought Is n useless and a dangerous worker. Fire nnd steam aro alike po tent, but tho harm caused by Impris oned fire may be greater than the good that Is dono by harnessed steam. Will ingness to labor will not weave togeth er a carpet unless Intelligence has manufactured a loom nnd a shuttle. The intelligence of the nnt Is startling ly significant. It Is ns worthy of Imita tion as Is her persevering energy, fsnowshoos nro useless In Florida. Cal ico dresses nro an absurdity lu the arctic. A ship's keel laid In the center of tho western prairies bad better be split up Into kindlings. A teloscope Is utterly valueless except for the power of the brain which ndnpts the lens to the astronomer's eye. Be wise, bo wise! Consider the ant's ways and bo very wise. Intelligent nnd wise architects aro they. Yes. But study the ants as sol diers and submissive members of their great co-operative social organizations. Iu a factor', the cogs fit into each oth er. Because of this perfoct fitting the great leather bands move rouud and the spindles fly, the clovators lift and the walking beams rise and fall, the hammers strike and the wheat Is ground and tlio wood is cut, and tho hoo and the ax and the saw and tho hair and tho stovo are offered for salo by the city merchantmen. Because of this samo kind of perfect fitting of one man's cogs into the cogs of other men n great multltudo of human beings be comes a united creature of llfo called an nrmy. Read ye the words of the centurion; "For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, 'Go!' and be goeth, and to another, 'Come!' and he cometh, and to my sen-ant, 'Do this,' and he doeth It." Thus, while we find that men ns well as wheels may be set un der authority, we And that ants are al so set under authority. Those ants obey their leaders just as submissively as tho soldiers of tbo British army obeyed Lord Roberts lu tho Boer war or tho Americnu soldiers obeyed Lee or Grant during ur late civil strife. When the commanding general of the ants gives tho order "Forward, march!" tlio great hosts of nnts fall Into Hue. They tramp along In companies, In regiments, in bri gades, lu groat divisions, They havo their officers, tlielr advance guards and their soldiers to protect the rear. When they bivouac for the night they seem to throw out their pickot lines, aa did William T. Sherman on his march from Atlanta to tho sea. Tho ants of Nica ragua always march in phalanxes of from four to six yards square. When these great armies of invasion or mi gration cease their marching aud go to building bouses they disband as quiet ly and work at tha vooatloaa of peace as soalouily as did the soldiers of the late civil war when they disbanded nfter tho famous Washington review. When these ants are living, at the, home blvo each individual member ofthe ant community seems to have her appoint ed place. Some ants aro detailed to work upon tho roof; some go foraging, while others tnko care of the ditches; somo bunt food, while others stay at homo nnd clean the oggs. Each nnt is a small atom, but each ant Is part of a great army or community, which moves and works in concert. And because these ants do work and march In con cert they can dovastato whole forests. They can moke the lions nnd the ele phantine monsters turn and flee for their lives; they can build towns nnd cities; they can bo the uncrowned kings of tho fields. Every living crea ture stands in fear nnd dread of them. Value of Co-operation. Every Industrious human llfo that Is successful always co-operates with other lives. Every ideal human or ganization on a large scale must be n perfect human ant hive. Everywhere human talent should be specialized. What especial nicho are you going to fill In the great human beehive? When I go and closely exacnlno tho wonderful mosaic floors and walls and ceilings of the Alhambrn'.of the old Spanish Moors I do not find these individual stones very tMsunblo in themselves. Mnny of them are only common pebbles that we might spurn with our feet in tbo street gutter. But when these common pebbles, as In dividuals, are cut and polished and placed side by side In contrast with other stones they form the beautiful mosaics of the Alliambra, which are one of the marvels of this century. You as nu Individual may not amount to much, but If cut nnd polished nnd fitted Into the right nlcbe for which you were Intended by God you can be come pnrt of the perfect walls of the Temple Beautiful. Like the ant, will you be u worker, living under au thority? Will you bo a co-operative worker? Will you serve the commu nity In which you live by doing tho work for which you nre especially fit ted by brain and body, ns faithfully and willingly nnd wisely ns the single ant performs her allotted tuck in a great busy homo blvo? The ant tenches man more than les sons of activity and wisdom nnd co operation. Some men may be active and worldly wise and yet have a heart nu dead to all kindness and love as Is u stone. The ant is essentially n spirit ual as well as a temporal teacher. Sho tenches mnn the laws of love and mer cy nnd gentleness. Sho teaches these spiritual lessons more powerfully, I be lieve, than any Insect or reptile found in the studies of the biologists. Some years ago, to prove whether nnts knew each other and cared for their own, a naturalist took two bottles and covered their mouths with muslin. In one of these bottles he placed two strange ants. In the second he placed two friendly ants. Then the naturalist placed these two bottles in front of the entrance of an ant hive. At once the nnts swarmed forth by the hundreds. With their mandibles they tried to break through tlio muslin covering of tho strange nnts nnd destroy them, but for their friends they had not a stroke nor a blow. An Ant'a Tenderneaa. Not only will ants refuse to attack oue of tho members of their own hive, but if they find ono of their own kind wounded or in trouble or blinded or crippled, then will the nnts of some species, though perhaps not of all, ten derly care for that sick sister ant, as though It were a blessing so to do. Cripple an ant In a country road, and her sisters will find her and tenderly carry her back to the blvo and protect her there until she dies. They will caro for her ns tenderly as the good physi cian cares for the sick soul. They will never leave bcr, nor let her hunger nor freezo with the cold if they can help bcr. O man, is one of the missions of your llfo to look nfter the halt and tho maimed and the blind and the help less? When a stream of gold began to flow through your counting room; when you got beyond the awful strug gle for dally bread; when you had more than two garments In your ward robe, did. you get down upon your knees aud say, "O God, I thank thee that thou hast given me much. I thank thee that I' can uow give to others In thy name. Now I can be eyes for the blind and clothing for the naked nnd food for tho hungry and shelter for tlio homeless?" Did you, do you make that prayer? Like the ant, are you trying to protect your people from outside dangers? Like the ant, are you try lug to help the helpless and care for thoso who nre meutally, physically nnd spir itually doomed unless you come to their rescue? The thoughtful iovo of tho ant for her sisters was beautifully Illustrated by an Incident lu tlio llfo of the noted sage of Philadelphia, Benjamin Frank lin. One day bo discovered a number of ants feasting in a molasses pail. Ho drove them out aud suspended the pall In midair from a book lu the center of tho celllug. Much to his surprise, after Franklin bad been reading for awhile, be saw nn overlooked ant which had been hidden in the pail crawl out and climb up the handle to tbo string aud up to the celling, across the celling to thp sldo wall, down tho side wall and disappear. A short time afterward the philosopher saw that same ant leading a retlnuo of other nnts. The proces sion followed her up tlio wall, over the celling to the hook, dowu tho string, a loug tbo handle nnd lato tho pall of molasses again, where sho and ber friends gorged themselves with mo lasses uutll they could hold no more. In tho Illustration of tho nnt golug to find hor sisters tbnt Jhoy might enjoy a mealiinsteadvofieatJngJselflehly dlone cannot you and I find a i spiritual les son? "Oh, job," saysjsome one, "but that ant did not, have to. divide her meal. She had all sho wanted. Why would sbo not bonvllling to lcther sisters eat their till also? There was hanging from thatTope a big pall of molnssco." True; true. But, my friend, havo not inofrt of usia blg.pafcVof molasses? If you and I should garc to the hungry wo would still have enough food left for our own. tnMos. If some of us should clothettho naked wo jvould. still have enough worm garments for our backs; If some of usshonld bo crutches for the lame we wnuld still havo our own straight limbs which God ban giv en to us with which to walk and ruu and leap as a hind" upon tho mountain side. Oh, llko the ant, will you not bo kind nnd merciful nnd loving to your follow men who need your sympathy and help? Hard Worker , tjin Females, But I cannot close without one slm plo paragraph, to state that this sor mon of all sormona should tench its lesson to our wlvcj and, mothers and sisters nnd daughters as no other ser mon I havo ever preached. Have you not noticed how I have always used the feminine gender In speaking of the nnt. "Sho docs tint." "Sho docs that." "Sho does' tho other thing." Tlio reason I speak thus is because the naturalist tells us that the little black ant wo eco in the roadway be longs to the feminine gender. Yes, the hard workers of the ant hills are always females. No sooner is the nuptial journey taken than the mala nnt disappears. So, when I come to tho houso of God, to tho place where Christian workers dwell, I find in evitably that tho wives and- tho moth ers and' the sisters and tbodaughtcrs aro the leaders there in Christian work. As the mother rocks, tho cradle, so is the child developed for God. It la the stiver's Christian life that leads tho brother to Christ. It is tho way in which a wifo lives thatUiecldes tho way tho husband lives. O woman, today, with the ant bill as my pulpit, I nsk you will you not go to work for Christ? Will you not, here and now, consecrate your prayers and your lives for the salvation of your fathers and brothers nnd husbands and eons to God? Our powerful preacher of this morning Is a priestcsH the ant. Will you not plend with your faved ones to bow nt Christ's altar, which is ns low ns the grave hillock, wbich is ns low even ns nn ant bill? O God, give us one generation of women for Christ, nnd then wo shall have a whole world saved for Christ! Copyright, 160C, by Louts Klopsch. SKINNING PEARLS. It la an Art Which la a Cloaelr Unarded Secret. "Skinning a pearl" is a phrnso which may appear to tho lay reader as a misprint. "Skinning" the purchaser of a pearl Is ns old as the lapidary's art; that the pearl itself may be "skinnod," sometimes to the effect of multiplying Its former face value several rimes over, may be a rovelation. The pearl is constituted along tho general lines of the Spanish onion. IU origin is supposed to be due to tho in troduction of certain irritating foreign matter in tho shell of the oyster or the mussel, and its formation is supposed to depend upon the creature's covering tbo offending foreign substance with the layer like secretions which mako the substance and the beauty of tho pearl. In at least one respect the pearl stands alone In the category of precious stones. At the moment it is picked from the shell the discoverer looks up on it to recognize the greatest beauty and value of the pearl. The lapidary is not looked to for its perfection, as in tho caso of ono who may pick up a diamond in the rough or a ruby or a sapphire. The beauty of these stones is created by the lapidary; in the cose of the pearl the lapidary is disposed to regard the oyster as the better Judgo of its perfections. Only uow and then docs the lapidary disagree with nature and suggest tho "skinning" of the gem. There is only one man in Chicago who attempts this work at the risk of tho pearl owner. As to bow ho does It, one might as well ask tho spbtox. But for 'the adventurous owner of the pearl, the charge ranges from $7.00 to 812, and tho othor day, after paying $7.50 for this work, the owner of a pearl cleared Just $102.50 by tho trans action. It was a pearl set In a ring, and the owner was willing to sell the pearl if ho could get within a few dollars of tho amount he bad paid for it. Uo took It to n friend who is at the bead of the diamond aud pearl department In a Jewelry store. "We don't want tho pear!," said tho oxpert. "I can show you ono in tho caso hero that we will, bell you fori$50, yet I wouldn't trade it for yours. If I were you I'd risk having it 'skinned.' " Explanations followed, nnd the friend took the risk. Throe dnys later he called to learn of tho bucccss of the operatlou and was offered $250 for the skluued peart after tho fee of $7.50 had been paid. The gem was only slightly smaller, but nn Indentation that was in tho original was gone; the pearl was beautifully rounded and a spot bright er than the rest of the etouo that bad marred its original surface had disap peared altogether. Ordinarily lu the pearl markets the gem is regarded for the perfection in dicated as It comes from the shell. Tbo dealer, ns a rule, does not bank upon tho perfecting of It by tbe skinning process. But occasionally a pearl of considerable size Is not round, nnd yet In luster Is promising. Those "button" pearls are bought cheaply enough for the buyer occasionally to risk "skin ning." And not infrequently tlio work er Is rewarded richly. Chicago Trib une. A Pertinent Qneatlon, Senator Bcverldge was describing precocious littlo girl. "She showed her precocity tho other day," ho said, "by a question that she asked me. "1 bad sold to bor In tho course of an examination lu mental arithmetic: " 'How old would n person bo wh was born in 1801?" "She smiled aud asked: " 'Was the person a mau or a woni an?' "