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PHONE NO. 2». Publish«! Every Thursday at Por Gibson. Misa . H. H. CR1SLER. The sleepy town that refuses to run Its own politics is the gangsters* para dise, declares the Louisville Herald. Fashion decrees that women's hat* krill be less expansive this winter. If fashion wants to make a bit with mere man, let her decree that women's hats shall be less expensive. The fact is that graft can\ot * v fllm bv tnde .-t.:ch Inated in any other wav pendent voting. It is a bas grown out of the habit of hide bound partisanship, «glares the Bomb est er Herald. It Is the universal verdict that Presi dent Roosevelt's tour of tbe Southern States was a prodigious and unpara lleled success, declares Life, aud has resulted in making him Just a shade more popular in that section of tbe country than he is in tbe others. An excellent scheme, this, of tbe Chicago man with fourteen children of his own who has built an apartment bouse with playrooms, nurseries, battledore and shuttlecock courts and n garage for perambulators. The only addition it needs is a soundproof sani tarium for tbe parents. The time to borrow money is when you don't need it, says the Columbut <Mo.) Herald. If you have ten dollars in your pocket and don't need any more borrow five dollars from the first friend you meet. Then repay him tho nrxt day, and be will imagine himself under obligations to you. Then the next time you really need money it will be easy to get it from him. All the property of the common wealth is pledged for the education of all its youth up to such a point as will save them from poverty and vice, and prepare them for file adequate per formance of all their social and clvio duties. To rob the children of to-day, or those of tbe future, of tbe oppor tunity for an education is, then, th» •rreatest crime of which the State cau be guilty, avows Chas. W. Dabney. Henceforth the prospective diplomat must know either the language of the country to which he Is sent—something that heretofore has been regarded as a disqualification—or French, which bo must speak at least better than "after the scole of Stratford atte bowe." Boon there'll be no place In the service for a poor wornout journalist who knows a little of everything except foreign languages, concludes tbe Bos ton Transcript. ton Transcript. The proposal to erect a statue of Washington in Budapest will be re garded with favor. Since the days of Kossuth, and before, there has been a bond of sympathy between America and Hungary which both nations will be glad to have strengthened and pre served. There are many statues and memorials of Old World notables in 'America, and it Is time to realize that America can furnish a number of equally worthy subjects to the Old World. General Mills, chief of* the artillery, reports that while nearly 44,000 officers and men are required to man our coast fortifications we now have available only 14,200 of all ranks available for* that service. Tbe need of more artil lerists is pressing, for the modern artillery is a highly specialized arm, In which efficiency is attained only after tbe most assiduous training. Perhaps we might, now that there is so Indian problem, cut down our cav alry by transferring troopers to the artillery, suggests the Boston Tran acript. Our cavalry regiments ag gregate over 800 officers and men each. They could be reduced to 000 each and still be big enough for purposes of instruction in time of peace. In Charities, Florence Kelley, tbs •eeretary of the National Consumers' League, has a striking paper on the uneven endowment of leisure among women, relates the Indianapolis News. It seems to have come to them In many ways. Groups of people have It automatically with no exertion on their part; others have It as the result of long struggle; still others—and they are the great mass of course—do not tiave It at all. Among these is the great body of children and young girls in the textile and other Industries In the 8tates that have yet refused to protect them In the length of tbe work ing day. On tbe other hand, unorgan^ ized workmen, Miss Kelley thinks, aré defenseless in this way às the children. The class to which the leisure has come as a free gift of the modern in dustrial order Is the women In pros perous circumstances. It is probably true, a* Miss Kelley says, that nevet before In the history of civilizatloi have women enjoyed leisure compar * able to that which now fab* to tbe loi of women in comfortable clreum stances. t *1* 1 " ■r r PENLEY'S PRIZE NOM W 0 BY ERNEST WATTS, (a ill* Grocers* Assistant, London. m # 0 * CHAPTER L r tOA HE green shop blinds had ___ gbeen hauled down, the wln *1 Olow lights switched off. and **■ J^the register reset for the WJf next day, and the junior as sistants had gone home, as Edwin Payno stood, bat in hand, pre paratory to leaving the well stocked store of Us employer. It uns known is Penley ft Co. to the thronging crowds who passed along a busy North London marketing street, and the number of its patrons increased each week. But his brisk "Good night, sir," was answered by an unusual re quest to stay for a chat. "What shall we discuss?" queried Edwin; "the offer of a new shop and stock as a prize Just announced or the plans for our Christmas show? "Neither!" replied his employer, as he came from behind the counter to take a seat near his most trusted as sistant; 'but your firs* suggestion, strangely enough, leads me up to that of which I wish to speak. You will be surprised to hear me say that this shop, with stock, fittings and good Will, came into my possession within a fortnight after I first entered it. though at that time I had scarcely ten pounds to call my own. Edwin looked up with a start of sur prise, but his comments were sup pressed by Mr. Penley'* vpraised hand, as he proceeded: Yes, it is true. Only a few have heard the story, but it is essential and fitting for me to tell it to you. in view of your propesed partnership with me. I will try to describe the occur rences of those eventful weeks Just os they happened. So listen carefully, and reserve any questions until i have concluded." Edwin lit a cigarette, crossed his legs, and saying, "All right, sir, fire away. I am all attention!" he lis tened to the following narrative. •» '* • • CIIAFTER II. "Just seven years ago I was perus ing the advertisements in a trade paper one Saturday at midday, in the hope of securing a better situation than the one I was then about to leave. One advertisement In particular at tracted me by its generous terms. Here is the cutting. I have saved It ever since. I will rend it out: Wanted at once, a smart as sistant (single or married) to take complete charge of a grocery and provision business, cash trade, live out; good wages.—Apply Y. and Ï. 90, office of "f applied for the post without de lay, and received a reply on the fol lowing .Monday, in which I was asked to call on a Mr. Maurice at a private city hotel. With all possible speed 1 hastened to answer tbe request In per son. On arrival at the address given. I was shown into a much mirrored room, the only occupants being two bearded gentlemen with a facial re semblance to each other, apparently about thirty-five and forty years of age, respectively, faultlessly attired, smoking fr.-grant cigars. ODe of them rose to greet me, say ing. 'Well, young man, you are Mr. Penley, I presume! This is my brother. Mr. Yexley Maurice. We have scanned closely all replies to our advertisement In the -, and have decided to give you the post without further prelude. If this Interview' ls-satisfactory. Please be seated, and I will explain our re quirements.' *• •» • • "Somewhat surprised at the affa bility of my prospective employer, 1 drew' toward the table on a velvet covered chair, and with a nod intended to express mingled gratification and interest, I listened attentively as Mr. Maurice proceeded: " 'This week we have taken a grocery store in a North London main thoroughfare. It has only recently been opened, so we bought it cheap. We know nothing of the trade our selves. and our purchase has been ef fected for reasons Into which we need Dot now enter. We wish to give a smart young man a chance to show his ability rather than have any re sponsibility ourselves. Two of the bands are kept. We should wish you to lock up the shop each night, bring the keys round to us at once, and call for them again on your way to the shop in the morning. That t rrange ment is also for reasons of our own. The rooms above the shop are used for store rooms.' » "After settling smaller details, the Interview was concluded by my agree ing to call at the botel at nine o'clock on the following evening. My new duties were to commence on the Mon day week. As I had the rest of the day free I went to meet Minnie (who is now Mra. Penley). At that time she was a telegraphist in a sub-post office in this, district. She was elated at the news, especially as it involved my moving nearer to her abode, and the hours I should work In the evening were to be less than in the previous situation. That evening we went round to look at the store. The proprietor was at tbe counter, and the stock ■bowed signs of preparation for stock taking. After I had introduced my self, the elderly and genial grocer told me why he was leaving the premises. "Said he: 'Some weeks ago two gents drove up in a smart trap panied by a chap who looked like an accountant I met once at a trade sale, After much preamble, he asked me point blank if I would let tbe business to him. I was astounded at tbe offer, but when I heard his proposed price l became willing-, to contemplate „ if: Trade had been getting less owing to company competition. L had a lease on the premises, but my eyesight was a falling, so I came to terms. Tbi* ZZit been a grocer's shop eight years, i took it over empty. The previous ten ant was a diamond merchant. He was drowned st sea, and tbe assets found to fids house, then used as his office, were only just sufficient to pay bis local debts. But he had never married, and apparently no one was left to lament the loss of bis life.' "Minnie looked extremely interested in the narration, but I let it all slip from my mind as I stopped his volu bility to enquire Into the regime of the business and tbe extent of its operations, which were of chief Inter est to me, In view of my prospective management. CHAPTER III. "After the week of waiting had passed, I entered the store with my mind full of plans for the future de velopment of the business. Mr. Maur Ice (the younger one this time) took me over the premises, but on reaching the door which led to the basement below the shop, he stopped short, aud said: . . J „ , , .. . d00r ,. sha . rctaIn key of. -he stock has been removeaup stairs and we do not Intend to utilize the place. It s very damp down here The door I will now lock, and it will remain so for the present. All goods that you order pay for on delivery. We have placed sufficient petty cash in the safe to commence with. 1 shall call In each morning with my brother to Inspect the books.' ' After he bad left. I commenced to clear up, with the help of my two as sistants, the traces of stocktaking d"r ing the previous week. After closing at 8 p. m., I took the keys around in accordance with instructions, aud ■ • „ . „ „ , called for them on Tuesday morning. On entering the shop I was surprised 1 to see on the sawdust floor faint marks ,. . , , . , could have entered during the night, I thought Everything was in order 1 ns I had left it, so I soon dismissed the matter as a mistake ou my part. But that night I resorted to the time-worn but effective, device of tying white cot of muddy footsteps. Surely uo one , ton across the space I Imagined had been traipsed over during Monday night. On Wednesday morning it was broken. I spoke of it to my employers, who said I was suffering from a tallu -1 cination probably, as no burglar would enter without disturbing the goods. and that as long as the imagined in- 1 truder confined his attentions to saw assistante, versatlon was continued in subdued tones, and from . the sentences which were:audible to me, I could deduce the history of the exciting testament I bad -just heard. It appeared that the two a young lr.dy who was once engaged dust he did not mind ~uch surreptitious visits in the least. But during that day I found t key to fit the door lead-i ing below the shop and also procured a duplicate key locking the front en trance of the shop. Until the evening | arrived I suppressed my curiosity to utilize the key I had found and Inspect . the mysterious basement below the shop, because of the presence of my ^ e al1 at 8 p. m., as j usual, and I delivered up the keys, i but retained the dupllc-tes. I told Minnie an hour after that I felt certain Intruders j.-.d nightly visited the shop I was in charge of, and that in my employers' Interests my determination to stay in It all night to await devel opments must be put into immediate action. She protested, but I was firm, and left her with instructions to go | to her office the next morning via the street in which the store was situated. | « If it was not open, she was to go back and ask her father to procure a key and go down to the basement Into that dull and dreary cellar I crept about lip. m., after carefully closing I and locking all other doors behind me. I j I glanced arourd with tbe aid of the 1 glistening light afforded by a pocket electric lamp. It apparently contained nothing but empty cases, lidless tins. , and broken confectionery bottles. But . to my astonishuen 1 the red tiles which had constituted the floor had been levered np and heaped together in tbe corners, in one of which I could dis tinguish. as my eyes became used to the lack of light, a set of gardening implements. Their presence probably accounted for the evidences of digging apparent WhUe standing there ru minating, I heard tbe front door of the shop open ana close, and subdned voices on the floor above. In r few seconds I had hidden myself in an empty barrel, and polled a sack, which had been carelessly thrown over the barrel, into a better position. Scarcely bad this been arranged when two men came into the cellar with an oil bnrn I as to to their unclef and married her. At vow of revfcjge had been taken b;/ ( Edward Maurice, and the estrange- P0 ment had continued even after the blrth of bis orcther's sens, whom ne evidently let nded should never bene ing cycle lamp alight Through a convenient hole in the barrel, I per ceived them to be Mr. Maurice senior and his brother. Palling a paper from bis pocket tbe elder one read oat quietly, as if to himself: I, Edward Maurice, have this day buried beneath the basement of my offices at «ï « gold coin and diamonds to the vaine of £20,00*.». If I never re turn from South Africa alive, which colony I am now going to visit, the said specie shall become tbe property of whoever Is tenant in this house ten years from above dat Now put that paper away. Charles,' laid Yexley (the younger of the two). 'You have read that aloud to me a hundred times during tbe month lt has been in our possession. Let's start digging.' "'All right,' Mr. Gardener, so we will. All blessings on the servant who knocked that little box of uncle's on to tbe Soor and revealed that secret partition containing this message. She could have spared us her apologies that time." «• * "Aj they raked up (he earth, con gents were nep ews of a Mr. Edward Maurice, tbe dis mon merchant who had rented the premises years ago. Their father had stolen the heart of fit by him financially, cltaer during hi* life or after. But h'.s sudden 1 j death by drowning at sea came to past " before he had made any other wil than the paper locating his hidden pos sessions, which bad passed into the nephews' hands in the box referred to. All these details I rapidly pieced together mentally, until my reflection! were suddenly stopped by an exultanl cry from Mr. Yexley, as his fork senl forth a sound as if it had struck metal. A few moments after, and the brothers lifted out of the mould an iron box with r. rusty padlock that was easily wrenched ofT. Tlu glitter of gold was before them a few second* after as 1 ie lid was thro n back. At last! This lot is worth nearer £40,000 than £20,000!' exclaimed Yex ley. exultancy, ns he changed from one hand to the other (ns connoisseur does coffee leans) both cut and uncut diamonds. to of • * * They almost danced in exultation, and I with great difficulty restrained a cry of astonishment. I nad reason to regret their jubilant capers, for Charles kicked over a keg that had at one time contained pepper. Tbe potent powder, some of which had adhered to the paper lining, filtered through the staves of my barrel where .. ... ,n cramped position was becoming 1 unbearable. All my efforts to ignore its influence proved futile, aud I soun joined involuntarily in the chorus of In a trice the sack was sneezes. snatched off, and a small silver plat , pistol pointed at my quaking counten anee. I commenced to make profuse apologies for my presence, but they were gtopped by a cart . Say nothln? , gIr j. from Yexley> anJ l wag obUged to passively submit to being bound to a bench with a cord belonging to a biscuit case; a 'kerchief was tied over my lips, so that shouting was Impos* sivle. I then listened in sullen silence, as Charles commenced to address me, thus: " 'How you got In here to-night we can only guess. Why you came wi can do no more than guess at. for we know of your anxiety to prefect onr Interests. We cannot stop to explain , our presence, except to tell yon that tblg go j d „ ourg by rIght and algc 1 because we have fulfilled condition* at a bequest by becoming legal ten , ants of these premises. But English j aw j g ^ jjonderous in operation for 1 at us. and fortunes have been lost over trivial clauses. To avoid all risk, we have taken this course. We are now going abroad. This business, with Its , stock and fittings, we will present you wIt h-partly in appreciation of gbor(> -1 gend a meggage t0 your sweetheart agking her to calI at our botel for tbe key 0 f f b j g g t ore By f ba t time we 1 your but strenuous services, and partly because we do not wish to wait while a sale is effected. We shall shall be nearing Southampton. Main tain a strict silence on tbls matter, or our loss will be yours. I'm going oui now.' -within half an hour, during which Yexley stayed In the cellar, I heard a trap drive to the side entrance, | CbarIeg came down agailL After dividing the contents of the box into . two parcels, I saw them stagger to Wflrds tbe gtepg with tbe weigbt * the specie, and then the door closet j leaving me in total darkness. A tumul' i 0 ; thoughts tore at a mad pace througt jny eX cited brain. What course shoulc l adopt on tbe morrow? Was it al a dream? were among the first. Ba my cbilled limbs enforced the realit> of the situation; and as I lay then boun d t even the prospect of a suddei gtep j nt0 comparative affluence toiler to comfort my fears that my releasi | fail to follow. How I realized during that long night what it was tr | « watch for ^ mornlng . wltb eye , thai gjeep re f Qg€< i to close. But, of course, lt came aod witb lt my dear Mlnnle p* eTer gba u j forget the look of mingled angu |g b( jove and fear which the grey I u gb f coming in from a pavement grat I j ng revved upon her lovely features. 1 Sharp scissors soon cut away tbe cords, and Minnie almost sobbed out: What does It all mean?* «« • a . It means happiness,' I replied, . But tel , me bow you found out and came to my relief so roon before 1 explain.' Minnie then informed me that / ■ anxiety of mind had caused her to pre pare to go out early in tbe morning, and cycle round to the store to Investi gate. Underneath tbe door of her do micile a no e had been passed during the night asking her to call for the key, as Mr. Maurice had planned. Dur ing these mutual explanations the bout for opening shop came round. By the time my assistants arrived, the basement was locked up, and all trace* of my adventure removed. No one but Minnie's parents haard of lt; and. after considering all points, we came to the conclusion that it was quite legitimate for us to co-operate with the plans of the brothers, and accept with grati tude their generous gift. We discov ered that they had been dealing in dia monds for some years In London, had acquired a good reputation for straightforward transactions. and owed nothing. No other relations could be traced by us to the deceased Edward Maurice, and all information collected ratified the right of my em ployers to retain the t-easure. Thus I entered Into possession without com punction. and with the aid of a timely loan for initial operations, built up this busiuess to Its present dimensions. Every Christmas I recei.e ar. anony mous registered letter bearing the African postmark containing five Vic torian sovereigns. That I always de* vote to some charitable purpose with as little ostentation as possible. "But here is my dear Miimle coming to call me In to supper. I told her of my Intention to tell you to-night, but she evidently wishes me to 'wind up.' So, good night, Mr. Payne. May your energies and capital find a fitting sphere in aad share the tuccess of "PENLEY'S PRIZE.' as the ter of his and nr.d lie fair to had to left . tells mud »be In Mr. Labour ï e dog champion in the -House of Comment, ^ and tbe announcement of ment will th ü I more "advance m i > > j The »one sympathy with po ' ! ** ?!f a S-imro^Yeaeue "Prim ter ( ar *i es of ( world K P0 * e Po ^ eK ' ~ Ll ° _1 The military budget of the French Republic foots up to a total of 29.000 officers. * Ikieir For the Younger Children w » THE SHETLAND THE SAFE PET. The cry of the children is for a per fect pet. What the rattle and the doll •re to the earliest years of ns, that the Shetland pony is fated to become for older childhood. This animal is the only pet that won't at some time or other make reprisal on the band that nags. The dog—every dog—will bite when the child becomes too familiar. There are elements In a cat's nature that puzzle and repulse the child—a lometbing that makes it walk "by its wild lone. *» I The goat is Inadequate. We could analyze a Noah's Ark of ani mals In this way, only to find that the wie satisfying, safe living pet Is the Shetland pony. If more than eight shildren ride on his back, he will shake Mmself like a wet Newfoundland and then stand motionless while they pick themselves up and out from his four loofs. A large and more highly nerved trade of horse would trample the chil lren that were tripping him.—Country Life In America. WISENESS OF LADY BELLE. I guess horses don't know much, Cille said thoughtfully. She was on the front seat with Uncle Colin. Aunt Faith and little Hop o' Thumb were on the back seat. Suddenly Uncle Colin pulled on the reins and said, "Whoa, Lady," and there they were stopping right in the middle of Nowhere—not a house any where near, not even a store or a »choolhouse. "Why, what are yon stopping here for. Uncle Colin?" cried astonished Ellie, and Hop o' Thumb echoed. Topping here for?" from the back scat. Even Aunt Faith looked sur «* ♦ . u I prised. "For you to get out," answered Uncle We cannot take her Colin, calmly. •ny further, can we, Lady Belle? Not • young persou that says horses don't know mu-" .. "Oh!" laughed Ellie, as If Rhe under stood. But she hopped out and ran np to the big gray nose and reached up on tiptoes to rub it. I'm sorry I said It, honest I am. Lady." she said. "You know some thing. Now, will you let me ride the rest of the way to town? She's bowing her head, Uncle Colin! She says I may!" And Elite came running gayly' back and climbed up on the front seat again. A little way ahead there was quite a steep hill—a "steepish" one. Ellie sa!d. Lady Belle crept down It very cautious ly, picking her steps with the greatest care. She would not trot even near the bottom. Mercy! what a slow coach—oh. I forgot! Excuse me, Lady Belle. But, honest, I could run down such a little hill as this Is. even If 'tls Icy—an' I've only two legs 'stead of four! Besides. Lady Belle's got 'creepers' on her boots, hasn't she, Uncle Colin?" "Yes, but they need sharpening. We'll go to Shoemaker Ben's, Lady Belle. Then we'll seer* "Ho!" laughed Ellie. "Lady Belle won't know they're sharp! That's what I meant by saying horses don't know—oh!" Ellie clapped both little red mittened hands over her mouth and laughed again. "Whoa, Lady.*" began Uncle Colin, solemnly. Then he relented. "No, you needn't this time. We'll go on and ahow this young person In another way that It isn't horses that don't know much. •• much. In front of the blacksmith's shop there was a very slippery place Indeed, and it seemed to Ellie that Lady Belle hardly moved at all. she crept so slowly over It. But when all four of her shoes had been "sharpened," and they were starting away, how she did fly over that long, slippery stretch of road. How she didn't creep—mercy, no!—but held her head high In the air and pranced along as merriiy as you please, not in the least afraid of slipping! Just as if she knew that her shoes had been "sharpened!" Why, I b'lieve she does!" thought Ellie aloud. "I b'lieve she knows it as well as—I do!" And Just at that minute it almost seemed as if Lady Belle turned her pretty gray head and winked one eye at Uncle Colin!—Annie Hamilton Don nell, in Zion's Herald. 1 of .. STORIES ABOUT WISE DOGS. A story that is almost incredible is told about a dwarf greyhound at a dog race that was held some time ngo, but, as its truth is Touched for, it is only -another instance of the intelligence of the animal. The race was a handicap, tbe dogs being separated from one to three yards, and each being held by its mas ter or a man. with one hand on the dog's chest, the other on his back. Tbe animals were all very keen and ex cited. ns if they enjoyed the prospect of the race as much as ever a boy did his 100-yard dash, and werp barking and yelping with eagerness to be off. Suddenly the dwarf hound turned nr.d iooked at the dog next behind him. lie seemed to feel that he had not a fair start, for he began to whine apd to lick the hand of his master, and to plead and beg in many ways. The master evidently understood what he meant, for he patted his back and moved him forward about a yard, when the hound wagged his tail and seemed perfectly satisfied that he now had a fair chance to win. He began to bark and seemed as eager as the rest were for the start. When they were all off he soon gained the lead and- kept it rounds, but whether he won or not Is left fqr you to imagine. The man that . tells the story will not say, but the point of it Is the intelligente of the dog in maneuvring for a fair start and ^ ^ ^ Allother instance of a dog's It telii I fwcè is shown by an incident that j happened last sommer. A party had »one through the woods to a lake, ! where they intended to row. The mas ter of tbe plac * wa8 a veteriimr >' K eon . and had some very handsome dogs, among them two fine collies. These dogs were in the habit of fol lowing the members of the party In Ikieir walks, and os this occasion, when fer two all the party were in the boats but one of the ladles, one of the collies came limping up and lay down at her feet Then it whined and lifted up one its feet, on which was an ugly wound. "Poor doggie!" cried the lady, and she knelt down and petted the dog, remaining with it until the others re turned from their row. Then she said to the master: See, Doctor, this poor dog is hart and can't walk. Can't you do some thing for it?" A twinkle appeared In the veterin ary's eyes as he answered: Don't distress yourself; It's an old wound. Get np, Don!\ And Don got up as if nothing at all were the matter with » Don't notice him," s , iltc uo -ior. Then the whole parly started for the woods. The dog watched them for few minutes, took a few halting steps and whined, an disappeared in ; «* woods be gave bound and r.iu alter them, his olil wound forgotten. He followed them for more than two miles, jumping about as if he had never been wounded. In other words, he had simply been faking" for sympathy and petting. • • hen they bad all • • CONUNDRUM?. Why Is a luclfer box without matchea superior to all other boxes? Because 1$ is matchless. Why is a postman in danger of losing his way.? Because he is guided by the directions of strangers. Spell an interrogation with one letter. Y (why). What tune makes everybody glad? Fortune. What pen ought never to be used for writing? A sheep-pen. Why Is a fish-hook like the letter F? Because it will make an eel feel. Why are bells the most obedient of inanimate things? Because they make a noise whenever they are tolled (told). What letter is that which Is in-vlsl ble, but never out of sight? Tbe letter I. Why Is attar of roses never moved without orders? Because it Is sent (scent) wherever It goes. What city is drawn more frequently than any other? Cork. What is the difference between Char on's boat and the oldest hen in exist ence? The one Is a foul old wherry, and the other a werry old fowl. If you tumble to the bottom of the second week in April, what sort of a Yankee would you suggest? A Down-1 Easter. When is a ship romantically in love, and when is she foolishly In love? When she's attached to a buoy, and when she's anchoring after a swell. What Is the difference between a chimney-sweep and a gentleman who find that the mourning he purchased to wear at his friend's funeral fits him exactly? One is blacked with soot and the other is suited with black. When Is a sailor not a sailor? When be is a-loft. What tree is the greatest Importance in history? The date. Which is heavier, a half or a full moon? Tbe half, because tbe fuli moon is as light again. Why are the fourteenth and fifteenth letters in the alphabet of more import ance than the others? Because we can not get on (O N) without them. What two letters do boys delight in, to the annoyance of their elders? Two T's (to tease). T's (to tease). Why are fowls the most economical creatures that a farmer keeps? Be cause for every grain they eat they give a peck. What relation is the door-mat to the scraper? A stepfather (farther). Why would a pelican make a good lawyer? Because be knows how to stretch his bill. Why is gooseberry Jam like counter feit coin? Because it is not currant. Describe a suit of old clothes in two letters. C D (seedy). What is that which has never been felt, seen, or heard, and yet has a name? Nothing. When is a man like frozen rain? When he is hail (bale). Why Is a married flirt like a wheel? Because she goes round with the fel loes as well as with the hub. What fruit does a newly married couple resemble? A green pair. Why Is a lovely young lady like a hinge? Because she is something to adore. What beams often fall on men's heads without hurting them? Sun beams. Which is the largest jewel in tbe world? The Emerald Isle. When Is a window like a star? When it's a skylight. Which side of a horse invariably has the most hair on? The outside.—Good Litera fure. is No More Absolut. Till sins. The story of to-day is remarkable not for its exclusion of evil traits, but for its truer perspective of human failures and excellences, its wiser This new tem mingling of these, perament of fiction began as a notable feature Venn George Eliot, and has been steadily developed, until now the polite reader has no relish for the un mixed type of saint or sinner. If there is any bright cherub sitting up aloft that takes care of the poor editor. It is one who restrains his hand when he would accept a story in which pure malice has any part or one in which pharisaftm wins any favor.— H. M. Alden. *n Harper's Magasin». . H * w *, . _ .. There U a Mercn« of two. !«■.« tweea t'e ereiage as mlngham artO laayw,^ a nfl It la gem erally conceded tl at the average Bize ia Birmingham is smaller than in any other toten in the kingdom Taking the whole of England the ae* erage alle of hat reQulred bs menJs a seven, or nearly twenty-two lache. In circumference; In «ale, . 1 areritges a even fnB^h fe th fann": ! B^-er^i" L"te„ a^anHghih. King Edward for many years wore a size seven hat, but his size at present i* seven and an eighth.—Tailor and Cutter. ELECTRIC REFRIGERATION. Motors for Soda Water Fountains and Other Service. Sdu'U refrigerating planta are being installed in hotels, restaurant*, dairies and many other places whers ice was formerly used. One of the latest ap plications of the Invention is to drug store soda water fountains. Thus is saved the labor of pounding the ic< and putting it around the pipes, and also the annoyance of having the ice delivered on the sidewalk, where it may be in the way of customers. Pow er U required for two classes of ser vice—for compressing air or ammonia gas in the refrigerating proper, and for circulating brine ot sweet water that has been chilled to the right degree. Both compression and pumping can be done by electric motors, and any establishment that has a supply of current for lighting purposes can operate the system eas ily. G. W. Goddard, who is connected with an electric light company, re cently told a meeting of electricians about some experiments he had made. One was with an outfit for a drug store, another was with apparatus stilted to a private residence, and an other was a test of a grocery plant. In the drug store installation there were two electric motors, one develop ing seven horsepower and the othei only one. The first drove the refriger ating machine, and the second did th« pumping. He did not describe the mode of refrigeration employed, as that was from his point of view less Important than the electrical side ot the subject. But it is well known that several systems of mechanical re frigeration are now in vogue. Mr. Goddard's figures are interest ing. He says that the ice consumption under the old usage for such a drug store as he has in mind (with three fountains) cost 1820.86 for a year. He adds |249.60 for the labor of two em ployes two hours every morning in preparing the ice after it has been de livered. Then a cold storage room for bottled goods has been arranged, and j this would involve an outlay of $468 more tor ice and labor. Here is a to of re a | a apparatus 1$ tal of $1638.48 for the old plan. The account chargeable to the electrically driven refrigerating plant to furnish refrigeration for the above units is as follows: Power for one eleven named \ year (based oa average ofl months), $579; Interest, 6 percent (on entire refrigeration plant, $2100) $105; water for condensing purposes, $9; de preciation and repairs, at 10 percent, $210; oil, waste and sundry items, $50; total, $953; difference In favor of elec trically driven machine, $585.46. For a grocery Mr. Goddard estimat ed that a refrigerating machine could be had for $350, and to this it would be necessary to add the c»3t of a one half horsepower motor and the neces sary wire connections. Electric power he thought, could be had for about $102.21 per year. He put the total cost 1 of an outfit for a private residence at $502, but as this included a one-horse power motor, the bill for electricity would probably be larger. Mr. Goddard is convinced that the cost of operating the small réfrigéra- • tion machine by electrical power at current rates compares very favorably with that of Ice, while the saving in The 'I i labor is an important factor, amount of attention and repairs for good apparatus is reported to be an unimportant quantity.—New Tribune. York can in, Two Be they the to two a fel a to Unclaimed Wealth In England. How many millions ot pounds worth ot property lies unclaimed today in the form of shares, dividends, depos its ot money, plate and Jewels in the hands of bankers, companies, solici tors, auctioneers, and others. This Is the fascinating question raised yesterday by the writers of a letter, who urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to lay hands upon the spoil and devote It to the Increase of national revenue. Unclaimed wealth In the hands of the Crown and funds in Chancery amount to more than £ 50,000,000. Is it possible that the funds In private hands amount to an equally large sum? Some of the examples of hidden, wealth given by the writers of the letter suggest that the amount must at any rate be a large one. It is not, apparently, the custom of companies to search very far for the owners of unclaimed dividends, the chairman of a company refers to . unclaimed amounts. In the case of a building society the chairman an nounced at the annual meeting that certain unclaimed money had been utilized to form a reserve fund. "In fifty-five years,'' explained the scretary of this society yesterday, "we have accumulated £5000 of unclaimed deposits. At any time we are liable to be asked to refund this, and should do eo with interest." Occasionally Fop Fire Department Horses. Heretofore horses of the New York fire department which have grown too old for the hard work they are called to do have been sold at auc upon tion to lives of harder work and us ually to poorer food and less consider Henceforth they will roam ate care. at will "In green fields aud pasture» The son of a wealthy railroad It new. man, together with some friends whom he interested in the fate of these faith ful old servants, has provided funds which Insure the horses a peaceful old age. Eight of these veterans are already enjoying their Youth's Companion. pension.— Don't Wait for the Horse. When a horse upon meeting so automobile refuses to go on, and threatens to go back or to bolt for n dUc „ tWof that th , luto . moblllBt ran do U to pass at medium leut p 0asl ble Jhe onp|e>M „ t moment (aBd by watching the faces of automohlllata , e î rn . d u, at lt UBually un . a them) Is much shortened ' wn „ rl of len<J MtomobilM 1 ,. htch a , t haU arp neltha , ! -"o 11 — 9 ' •*"*> ^Vlrncrl « 8 " Ll e 1 The largest church in tbe world la 9t Peter's at Rome.