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A CHILD OF QLADNESS.
Deep down the gold-green paths of ■prias In aearch for tha sternal clue Olad have I ever been ta foam Where ho* ey and the honeycomb Their richest eeence* have caught From blooms the dew and sunglow Of happiness; and glad to view wrought The buoyant bird (light through the blue Into perfection; glad to learn And hearken troy fresh tuned flute The music that the rippling burn , The dearth of lyric song refute; Lilts to the overleaning fern Olad of tha message of tho snow And woven leaf net; glad to And After the autunuri orient glow; A comrade In the upland wind. Aye. glad to have a part In all And go with him a-gypaymg Of nature's fair processional! — Clinton ScotUurd, in the New Tork Sun. •FI ! By ANNA HARRIS SMITH. *-• *• A A <% £ < '■ .% £ Ék We had to The hour for closing school had «truck and still the boys and girls In Miss Martin's schoolroom lingered in their seats. Miss Martin was talking to them and they were listening with great Interest. She was saying: "Our Christmas collection is much larger than It was last year, a tree, a little feast and a good time then, and we can do It on the same amount this year. You have a chance to vote what we will do with the ten dollars we have left Who will make « motion?" There was silence for a minute, then one of the girls said, "We might buy coal for some poor woman." "Do you know of any one who needs 1t In our village?" asked the teacher. was the reply, "but I thought ■ No, you might." Miss Martin replied. "I do know of several families who need fuel, but I know ot six men who have offered our charity club enough money to buy all the fuel needed, and other kind men and women have offered flour and clothing for the poor families we have about here who need help." "What do you think we would bet ter do with the money?" asked one of We might give books to the boys. the library or send It to some city charity, but it seems more like Christ mas to make some one have a good time with it around here. Miss Martin looked - at her little school without speaking for a moment, then ehe said, "There is an old Christmas story, children, that you all know. It Is the story of what is call ed through the Christian world the first Christmas, and that Christmas was celebrated in a stable among tbe cattle. Do you not all know these llnee of that beautiful old hymn: XJold on his cradle the dewdrepe are shining, Low lies bis head with the beasts of the stall'? .Yet how few of us ever think to make these lowly friends of our happier on Christmas day. Who of you has tried to share a little of the Christmas joy with your useful, faithful friends, the horse, the dog, the cat?" Four hands went up, and Miss Mar tin called on Mary Prentiss first. Mary •aid; •» "I always have something on the tree for my cat Flossy. Last Christ mas she bad a new cushion to lie on and a bag of catnip.'* Mary's brother Tom was called on next and he said, "I gave my dog Rol lo a hard rubber hall last year and aa extra good dinner.'* Then Robert Graves spoke: 'Tapa let me give our horse Ffenny an extra feed and a new blanket. It was now Alice Maynard's turn. **We always give our animals a little feast and some presents they can play with," she said. We had great fun last yéar with a little toy that we could wind up, and the cat and dog both chased It and played with it.'* "I am glad to hear this," said Miss Martin, "for now I am sure of some help In my plan for Christmas. I am going to ask you to help make a poor, Suffering animal happy on Christmas day. I will tell you my plan. Per haps none of you have noticed lately an old, wretched looking horse that a rag and J.'nk peddler drives through the village to the city every day." Nearly a dozen hands went up and voices broke out In excited tones: "I have seen him." "And I." "So have L" "I see this man every afternoon after I go home from here," Miss Martin •aid, "and I spake to him once about his horse. He answe ed me very un pleasantly and said, 'My horse is all right I feed her, but she is one of the poor kind. You can't prove that I don't feed her.' Then I sent a com plaint to the agent of the society In the city, but he wrote that if the horse was able tc work at all he 'couldn't take a p ot man's horse away from him.' The poor old creature looks thinner and weaker every day. Some nights she can hardly crawl along, and her master always has a whip in his lame. Now what do you say to buy ing this horse and giving her a happy Christmas?" "Ob, let us do it!" cried the children almost as one voice. A kind farmer has offered to keep the horse for us * ntll we decide what Is best to do for her. When tbe ped dler drives horn* the day before Christ mas, Mr. Prentiss will call him into his yard and offer him some old iron he has there, then he will try to buy the horse, afid If he succeeds will have hor taken out of the wagon at Mr. Prentiss has invited us all there to our Christmas tree, you know, so we can Join in giving a Christmas greeting to poor old Jessie. I call her Jessie because she looks so like a horse of that name my aunt os ce owned. Do you all like this plan?" Every hand was raised, and eager girls and boys began to tell how they would try to make poer Jessie com fortable and happy again. Then school was dismissed. It was the day before Christmas. Great preparations had been going on at the large, cheerful farmhouse for the Christmas party. The boys had set up a tree in the parlor. Some of the older girls had dressed it The moth ers had bountifully supplied a table with good things that young people enjoy. All the guests were there, when about five o'clock an old wagon, drawn by a thin, limping horse, ap peared at the foot of the bill. } The horse dreaded the hill; that was plainly to be seen. Horses hasten Joy fully toward snug stables, a good sup fwr, a smooth road or a drinking Yesterday she seemed very to to of in • • é fountain, which shows that they can anticipate good thngs and hurry to meet them. As this we know is true, surely they can anticipate things that are painful also, and hold back in dread of them. So poor old Jessie, her trembling legs almost failing her. stopped at the foct of the hill, and If she could have spoken in our language she would have said: "I cannot crawl up this steep hill; it is slippery. I am badly shod and lame. Besides I am all tired out, and when I get to the end of my Journey I have only a cold shelter and a little poor hay and Ice cold water. I wish I could lie right d«wn here and die." But her brutal owner gave her a cruel cut with the whip, and with another great effort she started up the hill. The eager faces watching behind the curtains grew sad and Robert Prentiss cried out: "I won't stand this, I'm going to tell that man what I think of him." "If you make him angry we can't get the horse," said wise little Mary. The Prentiss house was halfway up the hill. Waiting outside, well wrap ped up. for It was a bitterly cold night, was Mr. Prentiss; and as the horse slowly and painfully was limping by be hailed the man. •"Held on. I've got something you may like. The man stopped, and at Mr. Pren tiss's motion drove Into the yard. *Tve a pile of old Iron In my barn. It's worth considerable, for there la a pretty good stove with it. Want to look at It?" The men went Into the barn. Several ctf the boys, too eager to wait, stole out of the house, watched by twenty pairs of eyes from windows up stairs and down. The boys looked into the wagon In vain for a blanket to cover the trembling old herse, who stood with drooping head, first lifting one foot, then another, in a poor at tempt at rest. "No matter," Robert whispered to them, "father will get her. He never fails; then we'll fix her up fine." The men came out of the barn. "Ix»k here," said Mr. Prentiss, "your horse is not fit to travel another step. She's too old or too weak for your work anyway. I hate to see a horse like this in harness. Now we would like ta give you and your family and this old horse a Merry Christmas. You say you've had hard luck. Well, I'll give you the stove and the old Iron and a five-dollar bill, and you give me the old horse. I will lend you one of my herse to take you home with your load. The man hesitated, and I'll do It. five." Mr. Prentfcs said, "but 1*11 give you what I said, and 1*11 add a bag of good corn meal, a bushel of potatoes and a load of wood for a Christmas gift to your wife and send them to you to morrow morning. "I'll take her out," said the man slowly, eyeing the horse curiously, as if a new thought had come to him. "Work lively," said Mr. PrratlM, "It Is cold." At the first word half a dozen boys and girls appeared. In an astonishingly short time the old horse was taken out and led into a wide stall, where two of the boys with gen tle hands began rubbing her tired legs. If ever a horse expressed by grateful looks her pleasure poor old Jessie did as she turned her dim eyes first to one side, then to the other, and rubbed hex poor old nose against her benefac tor». Two more boys, under Mr. Prentiss's direction, prepared a warm mash for her supper, another fixed her straw bedding and two of the girls stood ready to cover her with a good blanket they had insisted on warming, to Mr. Prentiss's secret amusement The peddler stood looking on In great surprise. What did it all mean, this care for a poor old horse that he thought was not worth her feed? But as Mr. Prentiss purposely delayed gét ting him off, the man began to under stand that It meant kindness, a fair re turn for faithful labor, and tender thought for the helpless creature that had suffered so at bis hands, and to his blinded vision the gratitude of the cold, hungry, tired horse was parent. M 'Give me ten Your horse Isn't worth » • in it he even ap me As he was driven into his yard up to the miserable shed, through every crack of which the cold wind whistling, and as he opened it to leave bis wagon, he was ashamed to have Mr. Prentiss see that he had taken no pains to give his horse a comfortable shelter; ashamed ot the narrow, dirty stall with no bed In it and no blanket but a thin piece of ragged carpeting. He knew that he had been quite able to make his faithful helper far more comfortable and Inwardly he deter mined to make his shed snug and warm before he put another horse In it, 'to widen the stall and to take better care of his horse in every way. In Mr. Prentiss snug stable, in a roomy stall, Jessie was eating her warm mash with the eagerness of star vation, and a happy group of children took turns la getting as near as possi ble to enjoy seeing her eat. Now and then she would stop a second and look around as If to say, "Am I dreaming?" then rub her nose on the nearest boy in affectionate gratitude. At last the mothers summoned tbe children to the house, but amid all the joy of feasting and Christmas gifts nothing gave the guests such pure and deep happiness as the thought of the old horse who had served mankind faithfully all her life, and now through thair means was going to be tenderly cared for as long as she was able to take comfort in living. As they were about ts separate the minister forward. was pox is ing low two camc Pointing toward th* stable he lifted hie hand to enjoin alienee and said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it un to one of the least of these, ye have done It unto me."—Published by per mission of "The Animal Rescue League, Boston. . of J® P, D,.rl, every farmer, boy and a farmer, too turn, over hot a f« ; £ " d "to of tuGir fur and oil* ! . , Every acre of meadow land will have from half a dozen to a doz en skunks roaming about through the long grass in search of | their food aod o.l, required by the expert to effect their death. Many are trapped, and the | country lad who is acquainted with j the habits of the little animals will now have his traps set about the corn field and hen yards, places the skunks are most likely to frequent The man who hunts the skunks for their fur and oil will postpone his HUNTED FOR IT8 FUR AND OIL. Skunk a 8ource of Revenue to the Maine Farmer Boy. Though shunned by society and de spised by ail save the hunter, the skunk is a source of large revenue to many persona In Maine during the months when fur is in its best condl- j tion. Skunks are easily killed and j Ék to in If to la to ... „ . j h V" lateSeptemter Then when the moon is bright and the nights are (getting frosty, the skunks roam abroad la tha greatest numbers. ; Then. too. the fur hue thickened after the shedding of the old winter s coat | and the skins bring the best price. The season for skunk hunting lasts the middle of September until i from well Into November. When the heavy ] frosts of the latter month come the | fat skunks which contain the oil den up for the winter. Others, which may not have the necessary fat to carry them through the winter in a snug den, wander abroad all winter. The prices paid for skunk skins are regulated in large part by fashions in furs. The skins which are most val uable are those of the darker animals. , A pure black skin Is worth from $1 to $2, according to quality. Striped ' skunk skins bring from 25 to 40 cents, | while those with a part stripe bring from 50 to 75 cents. Three years ago the skin of a dark skunk brought from $2.50 to $3 and there were not enough of the skins to meet the demand. Since that time, however, the muskrat has supplanted the skin in popular favor and the decline in price Is the result, —Kennebec Journal. The New Hampshire senate has but The small steel screws used In watchmaking are worth six times their QUAINT AND CURIOUS. one lawyer Id Its membership. weight in gold. Tbe Kansas farmers are complain ing this year that the ears of corn are In Turkey any youth and maiden who can walk properly and can un derstand the necessary religious ser vice are allowed to be united for life. too large for the shelters. A letter has been delivered by the postal authorities at Clacton, an Eng lish seaside resort, which bore the ad dress: "Corner house, two stone dogs in front the correct name and address. a The writer bad forgotten Dr. Joseph M. Malcolm, aged 53, died at the County Home, Altoona, Pa., recently, lived In Altoona and was noted, for never charging the poor for medical services—a trait which left him a pau per himself. For many years he Life-size portraits of Napoleod III and the Empress Eugenie have been discovered in the attic of the Hotel de Ville, at Metz, presented to the town by the emperor in 1860, and during the siege at Metz they were taken out of their frames and hidden. The paintings were Firemen of New York city, from Commissioner O'Brien down, have subscribed $2200 for Mrs. Annie Sul livan, widow of "Dan" Sullivan, a fireman, who died a few weeks ago. This money Is to replace ten $100 bills lost by Mrs. (Sullivan or stolen from her as she was leaving fire headquar ters with her husband's share of the department's Insurance fund. of An aged Scotsman was giving his impressions of a local earthquake to a stranger. The latter remarked that it must have been an experience to P find the crockery jumping off tbe shelves. '*Ou ay, mon! It was Ye ken, I've been marrit mony s year and, weel, that's the only thing that has happened in our a hoose that the guid wife didna blame Sanitary caution is not new, though doubtless it has grown. An eighteenth century rector was burying one of his parishioners in the churchyard, when he was interrupted by a woman who demanded immediate speech with him. er "You must wait until I have finished," said be. once." grand! me for daeinV* "No, sir, I must speak at "Well, then, what's the mat- i ter?'' he inquired. "Why, sil?' ex claimed the poor woman, "you are burying a man who died of the small- ne pox next my poor husband, who never e 0 had it" 1 for ing has his Fishes as Barometers. "In their way," said the old fisher man, "fishes are not such bad weather prophets. "If a storm is approaching the fish stoping biting and they won't bite again until the storm Is well over. They appear to know when a storm is coming and when it has really pimsed. and And to fishermen and farmers liv- he ing along the shore, fish foretell the near approach of cold weather. Hours before it comes fishes leave the shal- aTe low waters in shore and seek deeper water, which in its depths will stay and warm and keep an equable tempera ture after the shallower and surface I "Oh, yes; fishes know a thing or flew two about the weather."—Washington ter and waters have turned cold. Post. DEN BHRBP ON SMALL FARMS. Sheep are now the most profitable stock a farmer can keep. A good ewe will produce herself and will yield more than enough wool to pay for her keep. Besides this, sheep are valu able In cleaning up the rough spots on a farm and keeping down the weeds that horses and cows will not touch. The statement is made that of six hundred plants common to » ««1« of Iowa the .bee. eat. fly. ; ^ rnghtj-two "to »»rae ami ftftyalx for cattle. ! _ . ^. _ , • In many places the farms are said to ^ hung ay»_that Is, they need j uat ^jg ot grazing to keep the foul stuff down, of | It l(| comparatively easy to care for There to litUe to do In feed , * and M 6table to clean . Thig | j to j j not meat;, however, that they need no o&re at all, but with a sheep tight pasture fence they will do well with less attention than any other farm stock. There is a present tendency to un dertake sheep culture more generally j upon small farms. A company with ^ ^ or . w ~ . , ; •*» Naw ^*' and ^, rmcre to keep . , * h "~- ™*ement to | takl '>* place <" oUler OTCtl< ™» of tho coaatry ' .. .. Sh ^® p , are pri b e now ' and i tbe likelihood Is that they will re main so, as the demand for mutton ganized, which will let out flocks to on ] | Md l am t> aas grown enormously with In the past few years. The sales for marketing purposes in Chicago for one week recently were more than double those of the corresponding week of six years ago. A farmer may, however, begin with a few breeding ewes, and by the time his flock has reached the size he wishes he will , be experienced In caring for them. * Ewes three years old are the best ' age to purchase in starting. Younger | than that they should not be bred, The teeth indicate their age; ycaT Ings have one pair of broad front teeth; two-year-olds, two pairs; three year-olds, three pairs, and over that four pairs. For strong, healthy lambs the ewes should be In good physical condition when bred. The best blooded ram possible to use 1» none too good for building up a flock. Sheep do not need a warm place— except at lambing time—and do well In a shed where they are protected from the wind. They should have plenty of room and air and good water. Their quarters and pasture should be dry underfoot. Clover bay with some oats make good feed for them.—The Circle. _ MILK AND CREAM FOR MARKET. Our dairy consists of pure bred Jer seys, and we use our best endeavors to keep them free from filth. The card and brush, and sawdust for bed di Qgt a re in constant use. The man ure is dropped into the basement di rect^ underneath, on which swine are kept to prevent heating, The stable is well lighted and ven tilated, and. out cows have alwav3 been free from disease. We have nover lost one except from accident, and since they have been dehorned accidents are very much less fre quent. We water but once a day, at 11 a. m„ several rods away at a fountain that seldom freezes, supplied from a warm spring cf pure running water except in rough weather. Then (hey are watered in the barn from a deep well. At no time are they left to shiver in the cold, and they ap pear to enjoy the exercise. We feed only at morning and evening. The first feed in the morning is ensilage, then mixed hay after milking. In the evening, also after milking, we feed hay, oat hay or hungarian after grain with most satisfactory results, as they have ample time to masticate and digest the same. We still use the deep setting pro cess Cor raising cream and allow twenty-four hours, and If faithfully done there will be no butter fat on the sklmmilk. We know by this season's trial that there is more ly money In selling milk at five cents and cream at twenty cents per quart than at twenty^five cents per pound of butter fat, all being taken from the door. We are feeding cottonseed meal all the year round, even at $1.75 per hundred, with other ap P roved "brands, according to the re quirements of the animal. For tying, we uee one-half inch rod twelve **»<*« long, with hoops and rings on eac h end to drop over the stanchion, a of chain on top of suitable length with rings between links, and another piece on the lower end with out rings with a snap in the end for fastening, and ma lo *o correspond wIth 8ize of animal to be UeJ. I bavo Malls for two, one tied on each aide, wlth partings between. With such ohain« they cannot molest each oth er -—C. E. Cbadbourne, Cumberland County, Me. on be as A. _ _ _ i CLEAN COWS, There Is a man In one of tho East ern States, who passe« among his ne igbbors as a "good ' farmer, whose e 0 ^ always appear in fine condition when they go to pasture. He keep« 1 them during the wintor In a dark stable with low ceiling and no ventila tion, and they aro usually too filthy for description, but just before "turn ing ont" he has his boys go over them with the horse clippers and re move everything except the hide. Hf has a secret idea that he has "fooled" his neighbors, but if he would haive est It ing the is a the the by hoys groom his stock every daj and keep them in sanitary quarters. he Y ould l earn that he has deceived himself more than any one else. This is an extreme case, but there aTe many farmers who do not appre* elate how much good it does the cow3 and how much good it will do them selvas to keep them clean. It has been demonstrated over again that grooming increases the flew of milk. It keeps the cow in bet ter health and she does better work. and her milk wtl be purer ai*i richer. Cows do not, at the start, take and over air. kindly to the operation If a curry comb or a «tiff bruah hi used, but by beginning gently they aoon oome to enjoy It, and will repay the coat of the effort In more ways than one. Cleanliness la essential to the high eat efficiency o< man or beast. The beat work la not pcealble where rltal Ity ia diminished by foul air or foul poree any more than a machine can do fjood work with bearing» gummed with oil and clogged with grit. Fastidious care of cows adds pro fit to the dairy, and any business be comes more pleasant when It la pro fitable.—The Circle. the » • THE BEST EGO PRODUCER. First, we must bear in mind t hat health is the foundation for laying, and that exercise is the guarantee of a healthy condition. ^ These facts simplify the matter, for It brings it within the reach of all to have healthy, and laying fowls with out phywic and without any expense to apeak of A orated frame two feet deep on movable posts so as to elevate It an equal distance from the ground or floor and, with a slatted bottom, the slats a half an Inch apart, the frame tn hf> about four hv six feet is about to be aDout tour by six reet is aroui right for fifteen or twenty fowls. It should be placed under a shed with a base-board a foot and a half high, on the open shed front. The floor should be earthen and dug up loosely to a depth of three to four inches and thoroughly littered with leaves and straw. Then the frame mentioned . should be filled half way up with the same kind of material and stood In the center ot the shed. Within thl. elevated crate ell the grain tor the ., , .... .. . . chickens should be scattered and turn ed with a fork. The top should re main open for the birds to have free access. They goon learn to follow the feeder to the shed and to pounce in on the trash In the crate and to make things fly. Of course, a por tion of the grain sifts through down among the leaves and trash below and in a short time they are willing workers after it down below, also. It makes a kind of self feeder which keeps the hers at werk most of the day and keeps them toned up to a high pitch n eagerness and activity, dispelling .'.i lethargy and listless ness. There is nothing sold under the name of "Eg; Producer that equal-» this arrangement es :t stimulus to lading. It keeps the hens in lone and soon brings the pullet j to the nest. — H. B. Geer. . to to a FOUL BROOD IN DEES. Foul brood Is the most contagious and fatal disease that bees are sub ject to and is sure to spread unless Immediately stamped out, not only to all other bees on the place, but to those on neighboring farms. The best plan at this season is not to try to cure It, but dig a pit and at night build a fire in the pit an.1 brimstone the bees of all diseased colonies. Do not let a single bee escape and con sign all bees, combs and honey to the pit and after they are burned, shovél back the dirt so no bee fröm the healthy hives can get »nv of the in fected honey, as one drop of it will start the disease in other hives. A common mistake of ignorant or careless beekeepers Is to let a colony become weak from the disease and healthy colonies .rob out the honey and carry the dlslase to all of his and his neighbor's be® and cause the de struction of all. It is hard, even for an expert to cure foul brood and it Is useless for any one not fully acquaint ed with it to try to cure it, as by so dolas ha will »my deatro, hU healthy ■ ueaa * ' ny 1 p , th put heir empty comes under the brood nests end let them remain till cold weather when they are removed , and stacked in some shed or out- | house till spring. If the combs are subjected to zero weather all eggs of the moth will be destroyed and no danger need be feared from their fu ture use.—The Epitomist. TO BREAK COLTS. First teach them to lead by tying them at the side when driving the mother. When a year or eighteen menths old, put the harness on while standing In the stable, allowing the traces tq,Teach almost to the floor and dangle about their heels a few hours each day before hitching them up. Then hitch them to a small drag, then to a large one until tbey know they have to pull a pretty good load. Afterwards hitch them by an old steady horse and they will readily understand what to do and are quick ly broken to work both single and double at the same time. I have known very fractious colts made good quiet work horses by this treatment of I to 90AP KILLS INSECTS. A simple remedy, and effectual If used upon the first appearance of lice on house plants or any out-of-door plants, Toses, sweet peas, nasturtium, chrysanthemums, beans, melons, cu cumbers, etc., Is a strong solution of ivory soap. Two applications should be sufllcient. I have had good suc cess in treating San Jose scale with two pounds of whale oil soap to one gallon of water and one pint of kero sene oil, applied to the trunk of the trees and branches with a paint brush as high up as my time and patience will allow, spraying tbe balance of the tree with the same solution.—A. A. Hlxon, Worcester County, Mass. the are are In by Key-Locking Bolt. A key locking bolt designed for fastening securely on the outside of doors of garages, stables, boathouses, chicken houses, etc., is one of the lat est additions to the hardware catalog. It consists of a malleable -iron cast ing carrying a steel bolt applied in the usual manner and looking not un like the ordinary bolt. When the bolt is shot the locking tumblers fall into a receea in the case where a turn of the key secures everything against tampering. A necessary feature of the design is that none of the screws, by which the fixture 1» attached, is exposed when the bdlt is locked in po sition. _ Flpwers, as a rule, are about 1 1-2 degrees warmer than tbe surrounding air. jgggKsr wr; ET -I? I •. .y ■ o THEIR^ FaSHIONSTy ^^•V#rÄ T WORÖ-. - ■ THEIR r . ♦, • V .4 £ be ' IT CAUSES RHEUMATISM. Too many children are seen with short socks and bare legs in cold weather. Mothers justify this on the ground of Its being a toughening process. This Is a mistake. It should fc e unnecessary to urge mothers to of dothe the little ones as warmly as they do themselves. for - to HARPS APPEAL 'TO HER. Mrs. y / 8 fancy rung to thj8 collec _ tlon of harps. She does not know a note of music, and of course cannot on pick a string, but she loves harps for It their shape and has three or four of or them in her house. She declares, much to the annoyance of her family, that she Intends getting as many more -—New York Tribune. _ It rpR N MATnC! , r, on w 0 a G R ' ' IN MAIDS ROOMS. So much in earnest Is Mra. M. in j ker aesthetic crusade and efforts to a beautify the village where her mag nifleent country home is situated, im P rove its schools and churches and . raise tb e art standard of the com mdn,t Y' that she ha * carried the cam In P a,ga for the beautiful right into her P™>» m « "? Provided pot. of ff™"'"* t0 dcc ° rate the (window sills of her servants rooms, L_New York Tribune, a of er of STAMPS HER OWN INITIALS. Mrs. X.'s chief diversion is em broidering Initials on face towels, and the supreme test of her affection Is evidenced when she presents a Ifriend with a half-dozen strips of ex pensive damask with the friend's Jnonogram done in red embroidery cotton. Mrs. X. does not go in for old English, script cross stitch or (fancy lettering. Instead, she marks the towels in her sprawling, stylish ^iand, with pencil, and outlines them. The effect is dashing, to say the least. WOMAN FAMINE IN GERMANY. Germany is threatened with a (Woman famine in 2007 A. D. Herr Gustav Kukutsch, a noted statisti cian, foresees that the male popula tion, increasing at Its present rate, will a hundred years hence outnum ber the female Genmans by two mil lions. At present there are several thou sand more females than males in Germany, but the sterner sex is catch ing up with the fair ones by leaps and bounds. In forty years, calcu lates Herr Kukutsch, the sexes will be In equal force, but in 2007 the women will be the minority. In his published prophecy of a wife famine, the man of figures asks, What will the superflous Cermau man in 2007 do to obtain a wife? There will be -nothing for him to do but either remain a bachelor or seek a wife abroa'd. ■ por ^ ^ who , o kn(t wishes to make her brother, or other re present, the new knitted „ hclmet , Q be worn thc , rgater gkBtlng , proTa most | ^^eptgble. or «• ■ ish of THINGS WORTH KNOWING. Men like girls who are original, * utle and unselfish, and whose out a:d appearance indicates personal refinement. To draw threads easily, for hem stitching or drawn-work patterns, rub the cloth between the fingers, or rub a little white soap on the cloth where the threads are to be drawn. the t ' and she as a ful a be one into of The dainty freshness of a girl's attire possesses a charm for the mas culine beholder to a far greater ex tent than styliBh clothes. The care of the small details, such as shoes and gloves, is all important—The Circle. HAD TO KISS HER AUTOMOBILE. Just before the boat train left the St. Lazare Railway station in Paris for Havre a luxurious automobile, loaded with luggage bearing innu merable continental labels, rolled up, and two men and two women alight ed. After attending to the removal of the baggage one of the women impulsively kissed tbe smooth wood surface of the coach to the amaze ment of open-mouthed porters, trav elers and giggling urchins. "There, I couldn't help It!" she ex claimed to a man who seemed to be her husband. "I know lt'a fright fully common to make an exhibition of one's feelings, but I must show gratitude to the dear machine which has given me such good times all summer. It has never broken down, never killed anybody nor anything. I just love It. Louise," she said, as she turned to the other woman In the party, "if you care for your sister at all you'll look after my darling motor car, won't yon, until I return next spring? may with sors »* time with in the by ago in In who AMERICAN GOWNS SMARTEST. Among the passengers who ar rived yesterday on the American Line steamship New York were Mrs. Stuy vesant Fish and her daughter. Mrs. Fish said that she was very glad to get back to America, took occasion to boost American dressmakers when a zealous reporter asked her If she had brought back many Paris clothes. smiled Mrs. Fish, "I did not. I brought back very few, for the reason that American-made gowns are far better than those one gets in Paris. The materials are more dur able, they are better made and the dressmaker in this country is, to my mind, more original in her ideas than are the dressmakers of Paris. The American woman is the best dressed In the world because she is not bound by style. She is original, and her Individuality is expressed in her gar ments. In Paris that is not so. Th« women there are slaves to mod«. (They are all of a pattern."—New York Sun. * She »» No, « • tic know are, ever not ple "A the ;THE MARRYING POINT.' Tibbie was a Scotch lass; hard* working and comely. She ruled ovei; a grateful and suppressed family ofi New Englanders for eight years, and then announced her Intention of mar* rying within six weeks. "I suppose it is Rab whom you mean to marry. Tibbie?" asked her nominal mistress, referring to a tall, mild-faced young Scotchman who had spent more or less time In Tibbie'« spotless kitchen for the last three years. to as _ a „„ " *?' , aanoun ced Tibbie, calmly, of J,! ero he .f .V, een * om,ng aad 8itt,n « . ®, a these tln } ea > and De J er * ° Mm 'iT vou've no mlirt t« h '" b T,®° a , me > Rab » ? e can Ji®t say so, and I'll spend nae more on bright ribbon« to sit up wi' ye, but I'll tak my j^ncy and buy one Q , thoae talklng in j machines, that plays tunes, after I've to paid for a Btrlp 0 » new oUcjoth to cover the floor where you * ve worn out the old one, and then I'll tak my releegious books and settle down In quiet* • • Rabble was so concerned at my drear prospects and the thonghts o* my savings he said he would hae me whenever I got ready."—Boston Post. • • ^ COMBS MUST MATCH FROCKS, If you would be numbered among the elect, provide yourself with Jew eled combs to match every gown street, house and calling. Mrs. Long worth, who has been affecting brown this autumn to the utter annihilation of her former favorite, "Alice blue, has been displaying a high-backed comb In her golden tresses, dotted with sardonyx set in dull gold. The side-combs are similar, only in small er pattern. At the opera the othex night Mrs. Longworth looked her best in pale green tulle, with gar lands of leaves, and her hair, piled high and adorned with little 'lusters of curls, was gay with pins having emerald tops. A big comb scudded with emeralds looked imposing. Sev eral fashionable women bave sets of coral studded combs and hairpins to wear with afternoon gowns, while pearls and diamonds are common now in fashionable throngs as tiaras and necklaces.—New York Press. a »» a / THE PHILOSOPHY OF DRESS. Dress is aa expression of charac ter. The higher a woman's social position tbe more subdued should be her dress in public. Extreme smartness in dress Is usually the result of simplicity. - Good taste In dress, as In musle or painting, harmonizes the whole. A cultivated mind is always asso ciated with graceful and elegant at tire. Nothing is In good taste that is worn at an inappropriate time. There may be little money to lav ish on dress, but a certain quality will always prevail In tbe selection of color, material or style that at once proclaims the woman to the manner born. A well-dressed woman bears the imprint of a lady. The selection and arrangement ot the dress usually reflect the wearer » taste, no matter how slender the purse. To be well dressed gives one ease and self-confidence. Self-respect will win the respect of others, and to gain this one must, be ' suitably and well dressed. * . ; A woman cannot be at perfect ease and have sweet peace of mind when she sees herself reflected in a mirror as having a bodly hung skirt and a coat out of fashion. The knowledge that her gown is a good fit, becoming In color, grace ful in lines, will impart to a woman a superior air and a sense of comfort produced in no other way. We are judged by our dress as well as by our manner of speech. To be appropriately and well dressed Is one of the signs of good breeding** A becoming hat and a well-made, becoming dress may be a passport into good society. To be well dressed will be found of great assistance to the courteous stranger In having the doors of hos pitality or success opened to her. A woman need not be either hand some or rich to be well dresred. Good taste will embellish even poverty. The love of beauty will create.« desire to express good taste, which the rich, who are without It, might well envy. . » The artist has only a bit of uheap canvass and a few oil colors, yet he creates a masterpiece; so a woman may transform the simple thing« about her into pictures of good taste with the aid of needle, thread, scl* sors and brains.—The Circle. even The Cold Shoulder. At a reception in Washington some time ago one of the guests, a man with a poor memory for faces and, in addition, a little near-sighted, took the host aside and spoke to him in a confidential whisper. You see that tall man standing by the door?" he asked. "Yes. "Well, I was talking to him awhile ago about the terribly cold weather in Nebraska last year, and he yawned In my face."' The host smiled. ** who he ia?" asked he. * • Don't you know; "No." That's Lioutonant Peary, the Arc tic explorer."—Harper's Weekly. «« It Is odd that all detectives should know just where such wicked places are, whereas tho police can hardly, ever find them. Why do the police not employ detectives, as other peo ple do?—From F. Marion Crawford's "A Lady of Rome." Among othsr literary »tars we find the asterisk.