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PHONE NO. 29. V*&kHshed Every Thursday at Por Gibson. Misa H. H. CRISLER. ' A physician declares that flat life ruinous to children. It shouldn't too flat even for grown people, da the Atlanta Journal. : A New York man has been arrest id for fraudulent collection of life Insurance premiums. The circum stance that he was not connected with any company evidently counted Igainst him, is the surmise of the j Philadelphia Ledger. Italy for the purpose, as be said, of leommltting suicide on his sweet heart's grave. Is Just the 'sort who __ _ . . . .._. . iwtll tod aboard ablp a pair of eye, that will make him forget why he left these parts, philosophizes the j , Chat: "One of the college professors has written a magazine article in 1 which he argues that members of his profession ought to be paid at least 115,000 a year each. He's extrava ' The Italian who sailed away to ■ Boston Transcript. The Chicago Record-Herald notes gant. That's as much as the average j prize fighter gets for staying twenty Some Kansas girls have formed a j 1 •ot faithfully promise to quit chew- | Ing tobacco." Now, according to the ^Washington Herald, the boys who don't chew and never did are doing L j*>me pretty close figuring to ascer- * ly It In Maine the only statutory prévis- ® er by rounds anion and mutually pledged them- ] selves "not to kiss any boy who does 1 tain where they come ln. Ion with regard to the carrying of Whoever goes is this: weapons armed with any dirk, pistol or other offensive weapon without just cause f to tear an on him,elf. family j or property, may, on complaint of ; any person having cause to fear an Injury or breach of the peace, be re but qulred to find sureties to keep the j peace for a term not exceeding one >f »f _ I i In couraging news for the friends of the birds. "Tbe head of a large es tablishment in this State (Massachu- ^ to >r year, and in case of refusal, may be committed as provided in tbe preced- I j" tng sections. • * In the Christian Register Dr. Ed ward Everett Hale has a bit of en setts) said to a friend of mine," re ports the chaplain of All America, "that he had $500 worth of aigrettes locked up, which he dared not offer lor sale ln this State. This indicates an advance in public sentiment, which will eventually reach the most *vnlgar' woman of the most shoddy fcircle." tr. to New York* City is building a great ■anatorium for the treatment of con ... , sumption, which moves the New York Sun to say: "The death rate from tu berculosls has been greatly lowered 'die (within the last decade by the con «ruction of ho.?!»» .her. under mis favoring conditions of climate, alti tude and nourishment consumption | is treated. It has been shown that a majority of cases of incipient tu- " . . « , « ind perçu los» can be cured and thoso üvhich are not cured may for years l>e held from further fatal develop- Iheir tnent. The necessity of an early rec- j tmltloa of the disease and * guii.uu Ui tu« uuu me otlon of prompt treatment is evi- nan iis tiled : Ui n: The Springfield Republican was mistaken when it spoke of Governor elect Higgins, of Rhode Island, as the first Roman Catholic to be raised to the chief magistracy in a New England Commonwealth. The sixteenth Governor of Maine, Ed ward Kavanagh (1843-44), was a Roman Catholic. He "fitted" ln Montreal, and was graduated at St. Mary's College, Baltimore, in 1813. He became Governor by the resigna tion of Governor Fairfield, who had been elected to the Senate of the United States. Previously Edward fLavanagh had served two terms ln Congress and by President Jackson's appointment had been American Min Ister at Lisbon. trees ire nade to Hake leem tat Phey !hem fruit tor It It It The United States, as shown by itatistlcs recently published by the Bureau of Naval Intelligence, has ln sourse of construction a larger ton It cud It >ne tage of battleships than any other saval Power in tbe world. In rela live rank as to existing naval force. Great Britain stands first, France 10t It It • I Great Britain's total It tonnage Is 1,640,765, with 211,089 lnd Ions in tbe stocks; that of France 609,937 built and 189,320 building. While the United States shows 525, lecond, the United States third, Ger many fourth, with Japan, Russia Italy and Austria following in the order named. M. 1 »70 of the former and 205,222 ot tlm« Ue latter. The other nation® show j 'witch tle proportionate figures. CS GARDEN. FARM and CROPS SUGGESTIONS FOR THE UP-TO-DATE 4 * n AGRICULTURIST Profitless Cows. Prof. Rawl of th® United States De partment of Agriculture is of the op inion that a very large percentage of dairy cows are unprofitable—that the liberal producers are handicapped by the load of profitless companions. Above all things, he says, keep behind your herd with the milk scales and with the milk sheets, and no dairy man should be satisfied until his herd will produce at least au average per cow of a pound of butter or two gal j lone of milk for every day in the year. Sunflower Seed for Poultry. There is no one "side-dish" that re of quires more Judgment ln feeding than sunflower seed. There is little ques " 40 value lf Properly handled. The effect on the coat is marked, a gl0M|neM reraltlng not oth ; r . wise obtained. The seed stimulate egg production also. The real task is to j feed just the right quantity. Too lib eral feeding tends to fatness, and It is an open question, whether the greed , 1er of the flock do not gobble up more than their share to their detriment as 1 money-makers, to Cold Storage for Farmers. Putting first-class apples in cold Storage for sale in late winter or ear j y spring, is usually very profitable, says Farming. Other fruit and farm products may also be stored to advan tage The expense of a cold storage a j plant precludes its use by most fruit 1 growers. Co-operation among farmers will sometimes be possible along this line. Granges and other farmers' or | ganizations may do educational practical work also. But available for every fanner are the refriger atlng P lant8 now found in almost every city. Rooms or space may * rented „ one need8 ly It is best to store in the city where It is intended to sell, that the produce ® ay be on the ground in case of advantageous market. Many a grow er of fine fruit would be dollars ahead by availing himself of cold storage ] 1 and an c. er 36 it c. facilities. f j ; Sow Rye. It is a bit too late to sow rye unless the open season is prolonged unusually, but with clean rye st-aw bringing nore than good bright hay, ton for ton, j there's a quick dollar in growing a field >f It—and for that matter very little trouble. The berry should pay the cost »f the experiment. A practical farmer _ "Successful Farming" claims that if I »very fanner would select the moet i seedy acre on the farm every year and In the fall sow' rye on the same, then ïover with coarse raw manure, by the first of the following June, lf all growth Is turned under seven Inphes leep and smoothed over with barrow ^ th teeth 88 slanting back as can be, to as not to drag the weeds to the lurface, then rolled with heavy roller, then checkrowed and planted to sweet îorn, potatoes or early cabbage seed, >r with all three, they will call it a garden later on If cultivated proper I j" 24 tr. Protect the Sheep Industry. At the Maine state fair, prominent iheep breeders declared that the dog to the very worst foe of sheep and that «less something is done to check his *7«*. wbo1 « "»dustry in the »täte will be ruined, and the "New England Farmer -. remarkB ^ mbject that "sheep raisers all over 'die country are awakening to the same ïroH», and I Q some states laws are '.T/V >' r ™ CT , v *" 0 " ot mis important industry. Let the far Ders of New Eng i and who have a | majority voice in the several state leg tolatures lf they choose to raise It, " ke «P 4helr , 40 have P rom P t ind adequate legal protection for this revl7ln< . Inrtu8tn , „ hkh proml8e8 such general good. Let them show Iheir determination in their j *»®etings so that their lepresentatives * a " ful,y understand what is expected them >long thig Un8 The rigfat nan what t;> do ^ wi] , do iis part. But if the legislatures are tiled up with lawyers who make their lving on individual and community lifflcultiee how can we look for laws irhich shall tend to harmonize and un iangle?" the ing try as and ket. the so town Mulching the Berries. Now and then one comes across a terson who piles up the leaves under trees and applies the match. But there ire many ways in which they may be nade useful, and they will be found to more than pay for the trouble of lathering. Of course they make a fine jovering for plants, especially if a few tobacco stems are bandy. They also Hake excellent litter for the hens to icratch in. For building purposes they leem a. little too damp and "clammy" tat many use them for this purpose. Phey are useful for mulching purposes although the wind is liable to toss !hem about too freely. Some of tbe fruit journals recommend them for tmlchiqg raspberry fields especially tor these reasons: It prevents the growth of weeds. It retains the moisture in the soil. It adds humus, one of the necessary ilements. the in the bed, high foot ible den for in the any. gray a dren, less It keeps the fruit clean and prevents cud at picking time. It saves labor, the cost of mulching >ne acre with forest leaves or straw 10t exceeding f 15. It prevents deep freezing. It makes the fruit more solid than cultivation and better for shipping purposes. It improves the texture of the soil lnd Prevents baking of the soil caused tramping at picking time. Finding Water With a Twig. 1 have been much interested from tlm« to Urne ln what we must call the 'witch hazel talea." Let me add a lit tle to them. plum. of by Some years ago I was desirous ol driving a well near my bouse, for a water supply, so that the pipe could be carried under the house and into the kitchen sink, where a pump could be attached to IL I therefore sent to an adjoining town for the driver ol wells, who came with bis tools, ar riving about 1 p. m. He asked me where I wished to have the well locat ed, and I indicated the exact spot A second man who had accompanied the well artist took a forked twig from hie pocket and began pacing over the ground, and at tJb very spot where I desired the well the twig seemed to point directly to the ground. The well was driven In the exact spot in dicated, and has never failed to deliv er an abundant supply of excellent wa ter. It was ready for use at 5 p. m. I had often heard of this divining business before, but I had never seen IL I asked the diviner to lend me the twig, and I went off into the fields by myself, and to my surprise it acted perfectly in my hands, and I found that I was also a medium, and the matter puzzled me very greatly. I conversed with the seer and found that he was an intelligent and cultivated man, and was, at that time, princi pal of the high school in a neigh boring town. He could give me no rational explanation of the phenome non, but said that he was so sensitive to running water and its connection with what he'had demonstrated, that in driving over a bridge with a swift running stream beneath, his would twitch perceptibly when hold ing the reins.—Forest and Stream. wrists to In a . It Covered Milk Pails. Cornel! station has been experiment ing with milk pails with the view of ascertaining with some degree of ac curacy the possibilities pertaining to the wide-open milk pail. The figures given will set many dairymen as well as consumers of milk to thinking. The station people think pails should be made with as small openings as pos sible. They are usually made the other way, very much wider at the top than at the bottom, exposing tensive surface to the an and all that is therein. The Cornell experiments showed that milk drawn in an ordinary pail contained 1300 bacteria por cubic centimeter, while that drawn in a pall with half as wide an opening contained only 320 bacteria. The new type of covered pail should be universally used by dairymen. A living fly was introduced into a 500 c. c. of sterile milk. The milk was shaken one minute and It then con tained 42 bacteria per c. c. After 24 hours at room temperature, it contain er 65.000 bacteria per c. c., and after 36 hours 5.675,000. A piece of hay about two inches long was placed in 600 c. c. of sterile milk. The milk was shaken one minute and it then contained 3025 bacteria per c. c. After 24 hours at loom tempera ture It contained 3,412,000 bacteria per c. c. an ex One piece of sawdust from the stable floor was put into 600 c. c. of sterile milk. The milk was shaken one min ute and its bacterial contents was then found to be 40»0 per c. c. After 24 hours at room temperature it 7,000,000. A hair from a cow's flank was put into 500 c. c. of sterile milk. After shaking the milk for one minute it contained 52 bacteria per c. c. After 24 hours at room temperature it con tained 55,000 per c. c., and in 36 hour® over 5,000,000 bacteria per c. c. was Fruit Bearing Hedges. According to an official of the De partment of Agriculture, fruit-bear ing hedges are among the latest nov elties for introduction into this coun try The plant in question is imported from South Africa, where it is known as the amatungula. Its flower Is white, and the fruit, a red one, is perfectly edible. The shrub, a thrifty green, makes the finest kind of hedge. The plant's botanical name is given Carissa grandiflora. In Natal, whence the quçer plant Is obtained, the fruit is one of the most popular varieties found in the mar ket. It is about the diameter of a large damson plum, but bas an elon gated form and a distinct point Eu ropeans in South Africa recommend the fruit of tne hedge for use in salads. ever as In bloom the hedge of the amatun gula is described as a beautiful sight, the white, jasamine-Hke flowers being in marked contrast to the dark green foliage. Later, the conspicuous red of the fruit offers another pleasing sight. In order to raise the shrub, it is necessary that the seeds be sown in a bed, and when the plants are six inches high they must be set ln the place chosen for the hedge, and about a foot apart in alternate rows, more they are trimmed the more they Interweave their branches, which are tough and thorny. A related species with pendant, ed ible fruit, resembling barberries in shape, is grown in the municipal gar den in Cape Town. It is recommended for ornamentation of lawns and parks in the subtropical regions of America. Another plant from South vi by i bis tor issa her this was S i den. mp* •»Il, Sri» The Africa which it is hoped will find a place in the warmer sections -of the United States is the Kaffir plum, a beautiful shade tree that grow3 so sturdily that strong winds cannot injure it It pro duces a wood which botanists say Is almost Indistinguishable from mahog any. Tbe trunk of the Kaffir plum is gray and the foliage is *ery dark and green. The tree grows in the shape of a vase. Its bright red liults are orna» mental and prized by tbe native chil dren, but are not valuable for th< market For shade trees in the froet less sections of the United States th« Agricultural Department strongly rec ommends the cultivation of this Kaffli plum. IT l»NT »AFE TO ■ ■. ** **£.• t0 **lk the streets Not knowing what win happen next lruc)tê - R , nd c*™' _ We ask ousselves again Th. 1 h.}n\ c ?'i2 tr ZJ' u l e§ one maeta The Question that of old perplexsd J™î,, b ÏÏ «>«de tbs bam; The melancholy Dane. T ■,.♦»rthquakes swallowing the land But If the fatal germ may wait ■ »*•«*- „ wythln a kiss, you see. T? d ? ath on ev#ry hand— We simply must asseverate It lsn t safe to fas. it |« n 't safe to be. }*A ? ore 80 let UB e*t and let us drink drink and eat; in spite of quake and squall; w .* * »*»»* . microbes by the score It won't do any rood to think fw? £™7blt of meat; How soon the blow may fall. r* freighted deep with death, This is a vaatly better plan, r-Hr.- f< ?°£ we fl< £ Whether on land or tea, 'A * ver y breath— Get every bit of fun you can It ian t safe to be. Until you ceaae to be. —Clarice W. Riley, in the New York Press. I ************** wwww*wy******WW* ******************** Elvira, and Her Love Letters. By Claude Askew. the hie the where to The in deliv wa m. seen the fields acted found the I that no that swift hold ES vira lived In a sleepy little New England village, and was Its recog nized beauty. Not that the quiet, staid New Englanders would ever have ad mitted openly theirpnde In Brtar that would have been impossible to their grim tenets of tslth; but they took the same pleasure in the girl as they did over the bright flowers In tbelr gardens, glorious calls lilies, light wavy prince's feather, sweet-scented honeysuckle, flowering candytuft. El vira was very pretty, so slight that by the side of more heavily built girls she looked like a wild flower and quite as ethereal; blue eyed and with a cloud of fair flaxen hair that would fall in soft drifts round the sweet oval face. She lived with an old unmarried aunt in a house close to the road, a thick hedge of evergreens surrounding it and fencing off the garden. The house belonged to the aunt, also a small sum In the bank, on the interest of which they lived In fair comfort. Elvira wanted to earn her own liv lug. Once she had persuaded Aunt Hardy, the village dressmaker, to take her as an apprentice, but old Clarissa Lane had descended with flaming cheeks on the busy little woman. "I Just guess, Mis' Hardy," she cried, "that we ain't so hard put to it that my own brother's child goes out to work. It was real kind of you to take hÄ? —but—Elvira, you just put on your bonnet and come home this minute " So Elvira rose from the table where ïhe was sitting sewing with another girl—and as she shook away the •craps and snips of silk from her gown she shook away her own freedom and independence. From henceforth *be would belong utterh to. this erect. gray-haired old woman-she would go back to the white house-and live there, an imprisoned princess. Old Clarissa worked herself to the bone for Elvira. She hated to see the girl doing rough work and soiling her delicate pretty fingers. In the •ame way Elvira was debarred from working in the garden. A . MCn0 I 8 I rl8 ' E !; ihp Mw hör / „LT*, !». Cry * Jen J rtLhï S JT"* D T Jun^on't h g ni ' """ ' To see Clarissa at her happiest mo ment was to see her on Sundays walk al , 8le ° f behind her niece, conscious of the ad miration given involuntarily to pretty Elrira by even the strictest members present watching every fold of the white dress and flutterj>f the ribbons, er eyes dwelling lovingly on the pale yellow hair and slender, graceful ^ form Clarissa was exalted by her great and passionate love out of a chill winter spinsterhood into warm and rich maturity. . oved t0 dress E . v ra n 80,4 8 84raw bat with Ane silk ribbens. For her and an old taded bonnet, but Elvjra must always ■? " d d ^ rebeU ; >d, with flushing, sensitive face and weak tears—she bated to go fine while old Clarissa wore her ugly cottons to rags, but her protest was unheed- he sd by the strong, masterful old wo mau Elvira was allowed nc sweetheart, T? Z** b °" e lf fr ?" Sham ÏÎ Ur w pi h time i a mp lit par lor, but Clarissa trudged alongside El rira like some pld duenna, and tbe foung men of the village could only gaze at the delicate fiowerlike girl, a * who was not for them and their kind, gaze with a half reluctant admiration, s also a dim perception that here was a material too fine. But the lover came—came jn the person of one Gilman Holmes, a young New York pressman, who was spend Ing his brief holiday in search of "copy." Chance or fate took him to Elvira's village. He came to study typee, he remained to study-love An alert, bright eyed man of thirty, precise in dress, slim in figure, Gilman •poke with a sharp crispness pleasant 40 In contrast to the slow New England g,r1 nAcea. Compared with the village young men he was as the racer to the G l wllling carthorse, brlmmnig over ing with nervous vitality, a creature of * be high pressure. ing As the first her but She yet day. of ac to well The be pos the top that pall of 500 was 24 and c. ex 24 it Is a as a a He had taken rooms with Deacon El vi n, but the good man saw little of his boarder, for Gilman took the village by storm, and every door was open to bim. He went about with his note book, his keen eye ever ready to seize i likely picture, his fingers itching to transfer to paper the homely speech of bis rustic entertainers, journalist first —Gilman Holmes afterward. Clarissa, not to be outdone ln hos pitality, wrote a prim, fermai note in viting the young man to tea, an invi tation which he accepted with alacrity tor rumor had already reached him of Elvira and her beauty. It was with peculiar care that Clar issa laid out her tea on that occasion. Generally the meals were sparing, for her income was a very small one, but this time her tea was lavish. There was excellent cup cake for one thing, wafer slices of bread and butter, two gone S as* dishes filled with preserves and save. i piate of red currants from the gar- to den. Clarissa put out her mother's wedding china, pale, apple green tea mp* and plates, and then, to crown •»Il, she picked a great bunch of flow Sri» and p'aced them in a vase ln the In senter o< the table. Elivra looked on with large, wide dress ce of with long price there as to of It for New open eyes. Her lips framed a ques tion. staid Tm not a-going to have a poor ad- getout when a conaa fl a t , 8ald C1 de Lntly. "I'd Just to M „„ hovQ they Sough." hlve **• tel '°' r girl 0 In Gilman came, and from the mo light " eat 4be , wblt# robed - blushing Elvira J u44ered into the room he forgot New El- York ' Journalism and fame, lost his by f eady wit ' realized that he who she kn * w B ° 11 mu J ch waa qulte unlearned, as „ waJked U P an d down the warm » unllt garden with Elvira, bending his in dark he * «^»singly over her, won face. d<?ring how 80 falr and sweet a aunt " ea4ur ® chanced llv * Elvira lost he , r , fl f Btawe of hlm - and laughed and it * a ked f 1 ?]* 1 ** pointing out the calla llli f s ' pickIng a S^at noeegay of pink sum and "bite sweet peas. , Time P aseed Quickly in the garden, U was dusk before GIlman left liv- Elvira smiled in her sleep that night, rosily; but old Clarissa's pil take low w " wet with sa,t tears > for she saw what ™, as coming—iuna it was what B be desired, so it was really foolish of J?* r 40 Elvlra and Gllman « ol engaged. It was , a brlef - pretty courtship, to Clarissa and the neighbors looked 0D > watching the delicate drama that was being played - marvelling a little " bow smoot b was love's course. Elvlra neither wondered nor mused, b " i4 wa * ° nly natural and right the that Gllman Holmes should have come her into her 1Ife; sbe knew now that Bhe had a11 a . ,ong been walting for him - and kee P ing ber pure heart like a fra grant sbrine ' As for Glî ® an > mys - go tery of 11 a11 was u P° n him stiH - tbe great marvel bow this delicate, dreamy Elvira - this fl °werlike maiden could the care for a shar P- harsh volc ed young see man - from New York - T* 1 * Jo«rna llat * once over-confident, and full of fierce assurance, was now afraid of bimself and ashamed to look into the d,rety corners of his soul. He longed for spotlessly clean hands—because of !; A day ,n early'autumn was fixed * or H 16 wedding, but flm Gilman must rttura to York and gain a furtber leave of absence. The lovers parted, and It was a bad hour for both . lost alI her tlniId maldenly diffidence. She clung to Gilman, with tender 8elf . surrend er. putting up her face for his kl8SÇS praying hlm pathe _ tlcally to return soon . As lf Gilman needed 8Uch prayers! He who was ]ong1ng _ and ha i f beside himself with tbe i on gi n g—to marry this pretty Puri ^ n and take be r to make home brigh ter ln New Yort _ , .. . _ „ Clarissa came to the gate finally and unlatched it for the lover. She looked gaunt and gray; her hair was all blown out by the wind, her thin cotton dress showed the meagre lines of her oJd body She wa8 not repossessing. Gilman looked at her a little resent full He hated to surren der his weep ; mg Elvira to this harsh looking old " .. t t "Take care of ner be good to her, he 8aid - breaking from the girl's soft cluteh - and Pressing her gently back against Clarissa. "Oh, Mis' Lane, be "cuïiraa laughed^"and grimly to her8elf. 8S "Be careful o7E^vfra^ Tcfthe "«"an to whom the girl was all In all words were almost cruel and cer . . m0 ckerv * y ' That night Elvira had red eyes and a * e no raore at supper than would have tempted a little bird. She sat on the s t^P & t the back of the house when the mooi 1 came out. and Clarissa watched, saw her shoulders shaking—she was cryln *> she had been crying all the af ternoon-but very sof ly and quietly. Tbe old , WOm ^ Mt JL°™ 'j 1 4be rocking cha,r and hung her head ' She loiiged-God knows how bitterly!-to straln tbe deI,cate form to her aQd re8t the fa,r head on her breast and kls8 away the tear8 ' Some Inborn dellcacy constrained her not 40 a PP roac b Elvira. This was the g,r1 ' 8 own trouble * and be shared wlth or understood by another, G l ar issa realized that she knew noth ing of love and I4a joys and sorrows; * be prudery of the unmarried woman made her fearful of approach ing too closely into what Fate had veiled from her. Next morning she took Elvira to Anne Hardy to buy the wedding silk. As they walked down the village street the girl prattled gayly. Now that the first bitterness of the parting over, she could wait with serenity for her lover's return and be happy in these preparations for her marriage, but the whole morning's work was a sharp, yet exquilite pain to Clarissa. She was going to lose her child, and yet she was decking her against the day. »> of her up She ing the gone to New York she could pinch and save. A lonely old woman needs little to support life. Anne Hardy, her mouth full of pins, draped the Silk around the graceful young figure. "Sakes, Mis' Lane, In frank admiration, dress seen herea gain. was out ter now and and well the ed and first lips bad at the and is could She shopped lavishly, and with a Elvira ce rtain fierce vehemence, should come out bride In the richest of pearl gray silks and her bonnet, with its costly white feather, should long be remembered. What did the price matter? When the child had • t she murmured I just guess there will never be such a bride or It's a real pleasure to make tor Elvira—that It Is. *» next ■ Elvira smiled and blushed at the warm flattery, but old Clarrtsa sat un moved. Were not such words her child's due? Time passed and Oilman never wrote. Twice a day Elvira made pil grimages to the postofflce, and she came back after her last visit with such a white, strained face that Claris sa felt sick at heart. "I guess there'll be a letter tomor row," she said furtively, not daring to loose her own wrath and anxiety. Yes, tomorrow," answered Elvira, obediently, but Clarissa beard her weeping during the night, and hex heart burned hot against Oilman. Days slipped into weeks and It grew close to the wedding day, but still no letter from Oilman. The wedding dress came home. Lit tle Anne carried It herself, but Elvira turned a dead white as the dressmaker entered, and Clarissa harshly crushed the rustling silk Into her wardrobe, and so with the dainty muslins and the wedding bonnet Elvira used to pause now and hesi tate when friends brought her pres ents, the faintest and most pathetic pause, but Clarissa would bustle and admire In a way unusual to her, and bring out cake and ginger wine for the donor. Then the wedding day came. Elvira rose up quietly in the morning, her lit tle face very white and resolute. She even tried to make some poor show of eating breakfast—then she went up to her own room and stayed there. A neighbor calls, entering cautious ly, and as If it was a house of mourn ing. "You'll not keep Elvira, pronounced in a slow dismal voice. "You'll see, Mis' Lane, she'll go off in a decline—just as her mother did— If she don't hear news of Gilman." Clarissa had a cousin In New York who now, after the lapse of many years, heard from her relative. Clar rissa wrote to ask her to do a seem ingly simple commission—yet one over which the woman shook her head and wondered. A few days later Clarissa marched up from the postofflce carrying a let ter addressed to Elvira. It was writ ten in a stiff, uneven hand. "Seems as If this might be from Gilman, Elvira," announced the aunt as she entered the house. Elvira had been sitting listlessly on the rocking chair, but she sprang to her feet and ran tojpiarissa with flaming cheeks. She read the letter through, hur riedly, first of all, then with knit brows. "It's all right. Aunt Clarissa," she exclaimed, after a moment's pause. "Gilman mailed all his letters wrong and they've just been returned to him. He wrote postponing our wedding; business kept him—but he'll be here soon," her voice was not very elated. "Don't you like your letter? Ain't it all right?" asked Clarissa, after a moment's pause. The girl flushed—then tears started into her eyes. "Oh, it's not like Gilman a bit," she sighed, impatiently; It's a real, cold horrid letter. Aunt Clarjssa, but I guess it's ail right, though, brushed tears away. Clarissa's jaw fell hopelessly, and a look of pain flickered over her face. Then she colored a warm, burning red Next day brought Elvira anothei letter. The girl was looking better. Hope, the beautifler, had already done his work with her, and she was a mourning bride no longer. She read her letter with little gurgles of laugh ter and smiles coming and going. "It's just as sweet a letter as ever could be," she declared, with emphasis. "But, my sakes, it's just like some one writing to a little, tiny girl! He says he's coming," she added, with a sigh, "but he gives no date and no time. Aunt Clarissa, when is he coming?" "Soon—I guess soon," answered the other in a low, nervous voice; then, as Elvira began reading her letter again, and breaking once more into low murmurs of happiness, the old wom an's face relaxed somewhat, and her eyes grew less strained. Weeks passed. Letters never failed to come, but they gave no definite promise of Gilman's return. Still, El vira lived on those letters; they were meat and drink to her, and she slept with the last one under her pillow. Clarissa grew very nervous and hag gard. She avoided going to meeting, and lost her speech of rigid determi nation. Her eyes went down before her neighbors, and she had the mien of one oppressed by guilt. Her man ner to Elvira became almost doting; It seemed as if she could not do enough for the girl, and her tenderness was wonderful. • • ques poor fl a Just mo Elvira New his who warm his won a lost and calla pink pil she what It that little Bhe - fra - tbe of of the of _ all to lf la she 1 I I?' She be that at the of of ing »> title and In bec — Her niece did not take much heed of her. Aunt Clarissa was Aunt Clar issa, kind, devoted, self-sacrificing, but Elvira's whole heart centered round her love letters, those letters so for mal and cold, which had now worked up into letters full of passion and fire, containing phrasing so tender that the girl's heart leaped under the words. She read and reread these burning sen tences a hundred times a day, wonder ing more and more how her lover, miles away, seemed to understand so completely her dally round of life. One day two letters came for El vira, each bearing.the New York post mark. Clarissa had fetched them from the postofflce, and her hands trembled piteously as she banded them up. she gasped, "he's written. and an ing plate ure has tbe pold, out has dom fine in spend also so "Elvira, written at last!" Elvira hardly heeded her aunt She gently pushed aside the envelope held out to her, taking up Instead the let ter directed in the handwriting she now knew so well. She broke the seal and road the letter slowly, iaugbing and smiling she did so—evidently well pleased with It. All this while the old woman watched her, her face looking livid and her lips twitching ominously. At last Elvira remember ed the other letter. She took it up and opened It carelessly, but at the first line she turned pale and started. Old Clarissa started, too; then her lips moved as lf In prayer. What she bad longed for and dreaded had come at last "Aunt Clarissa," Elvira's voice was the mere shadow ef a voice, so weak and wonder filled It was; "this letter is from Gilman.'* The other bowed her head; sbe could not speak. tically farms. furrow, ber gine leaves ten acres work farmers acres and three is •ray. It "He was run over the day he arrlft ed in New York and badly Injured. H» ha» only just recovered enough to un derstand things—but he Is coming her» next week. Clarissa's dry lips framed the word "Thank God." "Aunt Clarissa," there was a note li Elvira's voice that her aunt had neva heard before, "who wrote these let ters—that did not come from CHI The girl rose like a younj judge—or the spirit of justice. Clarissa also rose to her feet. Sh» stood up, her old face working, all ha ugly curves showing, plain in hee plain gown, a picture of withere« womanhood. "I wrote firmly. the un her never pil she with Claris tomor daring Elvira, her hex grew no Lit Elvira the hesi pres and and the Elvira lit She show up voice. off did— York Clar over and let writ from aunt had and hur knit she a she I a a »» man? »# those letters," she said I—yes, EU vira, I, a godlj woman, wrote those lies, sinnlnj against God and man. But for youi sake, my dear, ■ • * the voice softened for your sake—and as God is mj judge—I would do the same again. Elvira gazed at her aunt, then wltl a great gasp of awe she saw for on» supreme second Into all the full glorj of the other's lovellt soul. She gav* a sudden cry and ran to old Clarissa flinging her arms around her wildly "Oh, Aunt Clarissa, Aunt Clarissa/ she sobbed; «« »» dear, dear, Aunt Clari® ti sa. The woman folded her Into embrace, and for a few moments thej clung together and kissed. warn So cam» the ripeness of Clarissa's harvest or love.—Lady's Pictorial. WITH A MIND OF HIS OWN. i The Sort of Man that Mr. Stiggl) Fancies Here Set Forth. I like a man with a mind of hb J said Mr. Stiggly. "Right o» wrong, I like a man who knows whai he thinks and who is not afraid U speak it. I hate a man who doesn'i know what he thinks, or who is afralt to say what he does think. "Now there's Jones. I say to Jones on a lowery morning: 'What do you think, Jonesy? Thinl 'd better take an umbrella?' "And Jones says: 'Take an umbrella? Why, withir twenty-two minutes It'll be raininj blue, green and purple pitchforks; anc lf you haven't got a boiler iron umbrel la and I-beam ribs you'll be speared t< death and then drowned, want an umbrella!' "Or suppose It had happened to bi Robinson I asked; another man whe knows what he thinks, and Robinson says: she own, «i 1 < • Sure yot 'Umbrella? Foolish! In twenty minutes it'll be clear as a bell. All blue sky.' "Now, of course, Jones and Robin son couldn't both be right, but I would rather lug an umbrella uselessly, fol lowing Jones, or get drenched follow ing Robinson—be led by a man whe had a mind of his own and wasn't afraid to speak It—than to hear whai I would get from Snibbly if I asked him: 'Better take an umbrella, hadn't I?' I say to Snibbly, to hear him say ing; 'Ye-es, J suppose it would be safer.' "Snibbly doesn't know what he thinks about the weather, or about anything else; and if he does know what he thinks he doesn't say it He sides in with me; he thinks it would be Bafer! "I like the man with a mind of hie own, and he is, everywhere, the maD that makes the wheels go 'round."— New York Sun. QUAINT AND CURIOUS. In Colombia rice is served twice a at the tables of tbe rich as well as the poor. Sicily produces about 500,000 tons of sulphur annually, or 80 per cent of the entire production of the world. Cincinnati was long conspicuous for pork packing and its trade in bog products before the industry moved farther west and iound its center in Chicago. There was a time when Cin cinnati might also have been called Porkopolis because of the number of swine in its streets and tbeir exceed ing confidence in their right to the sidewalks. Asbestos can fairly lay claim to the title of being the most useful of all minerals. It has been called a miner alogical vegetable. It is both fibrous and crystalline, elastic, yet brittle, a floating stone, which can be readily carded, spun and woven into tissue. In Germany it is known as stein-flach® (stone flax), and the miners of Que bec give It quite as expressive a name — pierre coton (cotton stone). > » v. Twenty-six letters of the alphabet and nine numerals neatly engraved on an ordinary pinhead. This apparently impossible feat of infinitesimal etch ing has been accomplished by Eugene Wronger, an expert steel and copper plate engraver. Every letter and fig ure can be seen plainly through the microscope or without a glass if one has good eyes. It has been placed on exhibition ln a public museum la Philadelphia. One of the manias of the King of tbe Belgians is building. King Leo pold, who spends almost as much time out of this country as he does ln it, has several residences which he sel dom or never visits, yet ne is con stantly adding to them. He has a fine palace in Brussels, but when with in his own domains he prefers to spend his time in the country. He is also the richest monarch in Europe so far as real estate is concerned. » Ploughing is done by steam on prac tically every one of tbe largest ranch farms. Instead of ploughing just one furrow, as ln the olden days, a num ber of ploughs are attached to the en gine and every trip across the field leaves a stretch of newly turned earth ten to twenty feet wide. Twenty-five acres in twelve hours. Three horses work for one engine, although many farmers make the machines do forty acres ln twelve hours. Thro® horses and one man to each plough turn over three acres ln one day. The engineer is the principal power in the newe' •ray.