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DAWSON t.KANLKK, I'ablUbera. C11HKASHA, INR TKR Ita really .siirprl.-dni funerj or r.: Is cry lies a w..Jdiiig rias. how lEUi-li hap ia the circle of Following iii the f acute pa c: an in-dok-iit iii, in ia about the tiost esjea sive traveling imaginable. Too ninny men in this country vote as they pray and they neve." pray un less it U to ask a personal f.'.vor. Tha man who built the city hall at Denver ia now felling cigars and to bacco at a Biand in the corridor of the building. Count Boni de Casteilane refers to rich Americans as "pis merchants. whose highest ambition should be to supply French aristocrats with money." The cotton crop of this country amounted. U only 5,000,000 pounds In 1793, last year It was about 5,500,000,- 000 pounds, representing three-fourths of the entire crop of the world and al lied at $300,000,000. It filled 9,500,000 bales, and the loss by waste Incidental to the process of taking samples was not loss than $7,000,000. turn The Twenty-One Club. Devotees of (.coif are fond of refer ring to it as "the ancient and royal game' It it; probably more royal and certainly , far more ancient than most of them have ,-iay idea of. At ell events a pictured tablet was recently unearthed at Carcbemish, the old capi tal of the Hittltes, whereon are depict ed men and women engaged in a pus time, wlueliy if not exactly golf as played at present, Is something extra ordinarily like it. Distinguished Greek consuls from our western cities, as well as hundreds of Greeks lu eastern seaports, have gathered the part two weeks to do honor to the Navarehos Miaulis, the first Greek warship to visit American waters. Not only "when Greek meets Greek" has the occasion been nota ble, but because Greece has taken this opportunity to express to the world her appreciation of the long and tin- Vrokeu friendliness of the United States. A terrible scene was witnessed In a menagerie at a village' near Privas, France. A butcher made a wager that he would enter a cage In which three lions were enclosed, drink a bottle of champagne, and play a game of cards with the tamer. All went well until the butcher was about to leave, when he foolishly thrust a glass of cham pagne under a lion's nose. The beast leaped furiously at the man and man- gled him terribly before ho could be released. ., In the Belleville quarter of Paris a man named Valles recently died who.se career was unique. He was a proprie tor of lodging house,- but made it an Invariable rule never to press a tenant or sell one up for rcnt Ho has been known to give a tenant who was un- Bulo to pay hls'reaf. money to cover the expense of removal, and In his will he oruered that every tenant was to be allowed a rebate of a term's rent. His tenants contributed towards a huge wreath for his grave. The Providence Journal sounds a note of warning agninst tha Increasing tendency to postpone marriage till late in life. Any warning which comes from New England, where American civilization Is oldest, and, if we are to believe Boston, is likewise at its best, should not be taken lightly. The Prov idence Journal, indeed, sets the good example of taking its own framing very seriously. . There is even Eome thlng solemn about it that impresses ua like long sermons suffered In our youth a present horror, heavy with condemnation for the future. This la the warning, in part: 'The settlers of New England mar ried young and raised large families. Their conduct has been commended to their descendants as worthy of Imi tation, and It has been said with truth that many of the social evils of the time would be diminished if such imi tation were more general. Rash mar riages on Insufficient means are injuri ous not only to the Individual, but to society at large. Yet the desirability of enabling young persons to marry 'for love' and while the best of life Is still before them is apparent enough to Justify the advocacy of anything that makes such unions practicable and safe. Larger Incomes are not needed so much as the willingness and abll ity to find rational enjoyment In small Incomes. The chances of poverty should not be feared, so long as It Is honorable poverty, cheerfully endured." Looking for tho reasons why: among'the better educated and more prosperous classes, the desire to post pone marriage has been Intensified,' the Providence philosopher finds they are two in chief the increased cost of living and the higher education of women. He says: "if it be true that the Influence of modern education upon women is to lead1 them to shrink from marriage, if it makes them more exigent regarding the means of sup port which men are able to offer them then there must be some evil to be apprehended as well as good. ' ;Tho distaste for marriage thus manifest is a crime against nature that must have Its issue In a long train of wrongs." with benefits, says the Pittsburg Pr.sa. Love, the burning, cenfuming emo tion, we pursue- with avidity, never al lowing it to re.H, until with many oj us it is consumed Itself in the chase, but calm and tendeT friendship, always ready to repay the smaleist care from the outstretched hand, most of us neg lect until a true mutual friendship and trust Is rare. RAINY DAY SUIT. A DAINTY GOWN So accustomed have Americans be- 'i . . . .. . . vvuiu 10 ininn or me i niteu states as a new country that the statement of Mr. Albion Y". Tourgee that "we are one of the oldest of existing civilized nations," seems to require an explana tion. Since the foundation of the gov ernment, almost 112 years ago, there lias been no break in our Presidental suecesson. During that period, accord ing to Judge Tourgee, the form of gov ernment in France has changed ten' times. "Germany," ho adds, "is but thirty years old. Austria, 83 a nation, is the outcome of the Hungarian re bellion. Italy Is a still later product of popular evolution." A capacity for taking pains In busi ness plans and products, is more and more a condition of success. Aus tralian butter-packing may serve as an example. Shipments are secured against deterioration by placing the butter In boxes made cf plates of window glass, the edges being closed by applying gummed paper. The boxes are covered with layers of plaster of Paris, and then wrapped in specially prepared waterproof packing paper. Such methods help to raise the aver age of attention to details. The re luctance of human beings to eat un appetizing things increases. It pays to make fond offered for sale attractive In form as well as substance. The high standard is money in the pocket fjf the dealer and health for the con sumer. The converse is true. This country has lost a once-promising trade in exporting cheese. TIiobo who ruined the Irade know how they did It. but they should be too much ashamed of themselves to toll the world how it was done. ' ' I. . il 1 -u V V if Of gray crepe de chine, with small white silk dot The pleated waist has wide lapels of blue silk, lace and gold braid. The collar Is gold cloth, edged with lace. Tho undersleeves and vest are of white chiffon. The sleeves have three rows of the gold cloth, edged with lace, running up and down. The folded belt of blue sill:, with gold braid In the folds, tics on the right side of the back. Of gray double-faced cloth. The Rus sian blouse Jacket has three box-pleats back and frout, which are edged with folds of plaid cloth. The skirt is gored and flares about the feet. On Old Man John Barton's eightieth birthday there was a family reunion at j the homestead. The Bartons are uu I merous and tlanish. consequently they i gathered in strong force at the big, square white house ou the site where their great-grandfather, John Barton, built the first log cabin north of the Wishsliinky. Family reunions are nothing uncom rnon with the Bartons, but there were features that distinguished this party from other affairs of the kind. For one thing. It was Old Man John's first and last eightieth birthday. Then all the John Bartons were present. John is a good, solid, sensible name, and the Bartons rather like it: there is Uia Man John, and John Junior, and John third, and Little John, and Johnny K.. and Danville John, and John the Blacksmith, not to mention John Bar ton Todd and young Johnny K. Barton Morton. But the great distinguishing feature of the party was the founding of tha Twenty-One Club. Old Man John was interested and moved when he counted up and found there were nine young men of the Barton family who would attain their majority before the year was out It was at the time of the Easter va cation, and all of tho nine happened to be at the Homestead birthday party, They were gathered into the big par lor three young farmers, a Harvard junior, a medical student, a law stu dent, a musician, a telegraph operator and a drug clerk all trying to look dignified and unconscious .as ?rand fathers, uncles, cousins slapped them on the back and called them fine young roosters, and joked about beardless cheeks and mustaches like the down of a half-fledged pigeon. "Nine new votes for the straight Democratic ticket!" said John Junior, who was a member of the state legls lature. "That ought to turn the scale in Christopher county next fall." "I tell you it makes the old man's heart big with prido to see so many fine young shoots around the parent tree," said Old Man John in his loud, hearty tones. "The older generation is nothing but half-dead branches hanging on until a gust of wind snaps them off; and it Is a comfort to know there Is plenty of sound, sappy, heart whole Barton timber coming on- good American timber, too, the sort the government needs for props." Old Man John had been a lumberman In his day, so he used a lumberman's figures. They were talking in that way, guy ing, flattering and applauding the foolish-looking young men, when a pretty, brown-haired girl stood beside Old Man John's chair, her eyes bright and saucy. "I, too, will be twenty-one soon, grandfather," she cried gayly. "Next ! Fourth of July, the nation's birthday, i Why do you not call me a promising young sapling? a birch sapling?" I The old man squeezed tha plump little hand of the merry young school : ma'am, hla fayorlte grandchild, and told her she was a moss rose, a honey suckle and a rare ;vhite lily. The boys, relieved to find themselves no longer ! the center of interest, laughed teasing-ly- and told their cousin she was only a girl and had better pass herself off as a minor as long as she could her coming of" age amounted to nothing, ' for she would have no vote any way; ' she could never be an American sov- j ercign and help rule 90,000,000 of peo ple through the ballot box, tho glory tho sacred re- Jppan is to have a Bew m!iit,-iry dec oration of the nature of the Victoria iro;-d of the British army, for personal vaior on the field of battle, which may be conferred Immediately, without red tape. As a companion to this Intelli gence comes the praise of the nure3 of the Japan Red Cross on the hospi tal ship Hakuai at Taku. They bear these poetical nams: O-Tuk-San, meaning the graceful bamboo; I'me ean, the plum Moss-om; O-Hagi-san, the modest meadow eweet; O-Yasu-san, reace. On Friendship In all ages friendship has been re garded as one of the highest gift given to man, and after love, It has been garlanded with nice blossoms of poesy and fancy than any other attri bute of humanity. Considering it frora every point of view, it Is a precious boon, and yet how many times in our lives do we allow sweet friendships to slip beyond our grasp, just from a lack of the scanty nutriment the tender plant requires to keep it alive? An occasional call, a letter once In a while, a remembrance of dates and anniversaries, a tender word or ttfo to show that the heart has not grown way from its once proud position of nearness these are all that a real frieTtJship requires to make It blossom Girl I.H.) In Spnln. According to our Ideas tho life of a Spanish girl Is not an enviable one, for she has none of the fre and happy time our boys and girls enjoy after emancipation from the drudgery of the school room and before the cares of womanhood begin. All Spanish girls areccivent bred, and their education consists, very largely in learning to embroider, which Is an-art In which they excel. At 14 or 15, or even sometimes at 12 years old, they make their,, debut in society, and are considered marriage able, says the New York Telegram; Girls of 14 and boys of 16 frequently marry, and a girl of 15 or IS. has often a family of two or three little ones. These early marripges are seldom hap py, but divorce is unknown in Spain. If a husband and wife cannot agree, they separate and live apart. The "new woman" as we know her Is unknown In Spain, and though the ladles of that country are often grace ful nnd clever horsewomen, tha hievelft to nnt it winning to maim ita I and the pride and way among them. Not only is there PonsibIlity of citizenship were not for among gentlewomen a prejudice ner- against cycling, as not being a grace- Pretty Marian, secure in the ad- fl ncr-nmnlUhment hut their natural ! miration ana ioyai airegiance uue ner i indok'nee makes tiiem prefer to be car ried on horseback to having to exert their muscles to propel a "bike." As a rule Spanish girls take a consmerauie interest in aress. anu thoueh they have a great love of , vard bright colors, they contrive to wear "me ana ninteu mat Bne was a new them so they are very becoming. woman and intended to assert, her Spanish women have greater need equality at the polls as wea as in. tne of care in the matter of dress than matter or birtnciays, Marian sioou up very straignc, wnn Eiigm uubu ou uer cheeks. "No; I do not want to vote not yet," she said calmly. "I fear it might be taken for granted that I have no ideas of my own and might be counted "upon to walk up like a sheep and vote the straight Demo- Ive Made In Germany, tiuuu m-iwei j'i ucuudc mo ui. I 11 1 4s. It. nl Elopements are never heard of in uauB11 "e'u f"'- Germsnv. and vet there is nn such ' suo e"- uu uuue- thing as getting married there without lnS " laughter and applause, "I the consent of the parents. Certain coum not consiuer myseu nttea lor prescribed forms must be gone through lne &l0T' ana lne Pnue ana 1119 sacrea or the marriage is null and void. When ! responsibility or cnizensnip wnne 1 girl has arrived at what Is considered boasted of a better acquaintance with a marriageable age, her parents make , tie formation of the ancient Greek a point of Inviting young men to the 1 republics than with the constitution house, and usually two or three are and political history of the United invited at the same time, so that the ! States." attention may not seem too pointed. The Harvard man foil back and says the Philadelphia Times. drew in his breath sharply as a sign No young man, however, i3 ever in- j that he had been hit; but the little vited to the house until after he has school teacher went on undisturbed, called at least once, and thus signified J and it was the good-iooking drug clerk as the only young lady in a family burdened with so many bothersome and ungainly young males, did not mind the laughter and teasing in the student adopted a patronizing have English women, for the;- fade so much sooner. They come to maturity far earlier than their northern sisters and, perhaps on account of their ear lier marriages, at 40 they often have lost every vestige of youth and beauty and are perfect tild hags. his wifh to have social Intercourse with the family. If ho takes to call ing on several occasions in rcther close succession it is taken for granted that he has "Intentions," and he may be questioned concerning them. In Germany the man must be at least 18 years old heforo he can make a proposal, and when It is made and accepted the proposal is speedily fol lowed by a betrothal. This generally takes place privately, shortly af:.er which the father of the bride, as she is then called, gives a dinner or suppr to the most intimate friends on both sides, when the fact is declared, and, naturally, afterward becomes a matter of public knowledge. ' A kiss can do more than a frown. who clapped his hand to his heart at her next shot. "Being only a girl, I would lack courage to assume a share Jn the gov ernment of 90,000,000 people when I have never even looked at the Instru ment forming tho "basis of that gov ernment, the constitution of the UnIt- ed States. If I was likely to become a voter I might consider It my duty to--inform myself about some of the national questions and the attitude of the parties, and about political meth ods. At any rate, I feel sure I would read tomething In the newspapers be sides the baseball news, and in addi tion to being able to give biographies of all the crack players of tho league teams I would know tho names and the places of the members of the president's cabinet; also t would And out whether or not the uuit rule has anj-thlng to do with the way a speaker of the house runs things. "Why, do you know," anu she threw back her head like her father, the judge, when ho gave a charge to the jury "why, do you know, if I had the prospect ahead of me of having a voice in tho management of my coun try. If I, like you boys, should have the rights and the power of an Ameri can voter when I reach t Aenty-one, I would accept the responsibility with tho spirit of tha czar of Russia re ceiving his crown ou his knees, with tears running down his face; I would do as the knights of old did before they took the solemn vows of their knighthood: I would go off alone and strengthen my suul by fasting and prayer. That is what I would do if I was going to vote next fall!" There was such a roar of applause and laughter that Marian darted out of the room in sudden confusion. The next minute the dining-room doors were thrown open and they all flocked out laughing and talking noisly all except Marian; she disappeared into the kitchen and stayed there the greater part of the afternoon, making herself useful. After dinner some of the boys met on the porch. "Marian rather pitched into us, didn't sho?" remarked Will Barton. "Tho baseball and cabinet members' stab was meant for me," announced Will's twin brother, Dan. "Wonder who was tripped up on the unit rule?" The musician, who was dangling his long legs over the railing and gazed off dreamily "at the hills, turned with out a word and screwed up his face into such an irresistibly funny wink that the others shouted with laughter, and Johnny K. and the Harvard man hurried up to Join In the fun. "I dare say it would not hurt any of us to know more about such things," the Harvard man observed thoughtfully. " "I for one will admit that I ought to be better Informed as to the duties and privillges of Ameri can citizenship." They all appreciated the astonishing modesty of Jimmie in making such an admission, and showed their apprecia tion by agreeing with him promptly. Then Johnny K. straightened himself up and threw away his cigar. "Why do not you follows do some thing?" he said. "There are nine of you who will vote for the first time next fall, and sixty or seventy others, possib'y, throughout the county. While acquiring a little information yourselves you might influence some of the others to take a more intelli gent interest in the institutions of the country. . You know the theory; the higher the intelligence and virtue of the average voter the nearer we ap proach the ideal republic. Why don't you do something for your country to celebrate your coming of age?" Now Johnny K., a rising young law yer, lately elected district-attorney, a keen sportsman and a good fellow, was the admiration and secretly cherishexl model of all the boys, especially of his younger brother, the Harvard man; consequently his suggestion carried. . That evening Marian walked home through the fields with her cousins, Dan and Will. "Well, we're going to do it," Dan began. "Do what?" 'The czar of Russia receiving his crown, the knight taking his vows act. Only we wiil have an American, modernized verslpn; fasting might not agree with the fragile, up-to-date con stitution. Behold ia me the treasurer of the Twenty-One Club!" and he rat tled the Bllver in his pockets. 'Yes, we have formed a club," Will explained. "Object, to study the con stitution of the United States and er to prepare ourselves for citizenship. We intend to take in as many fellows who come of age this year as we can get to join us. The club will buy books and papers for cirulation among the members. "Jimmie is president because he knows parliamentary rule3 and how they do such things at Harvard," Dan interrupted. "John third Is secretary, and Johnny K. is legal adviser. John ny K. is out by age and cannot be a regular member, and he seemed to feel he had been born too soon. I tell you he's great, Johnny K. Is. He said youdeserved a medal for stirring us up tho way you did." "Oh. he was not In the room. He could not hear me. Oh, I hope not!" exclaimed Marian in distress. "I made a great fool of myself. I hope he did not hear me!" "I don't know. We told him all you said and more," Dan said, consolingly, ua he opened the gate for her. "Oh, by -the way, Marian, you're a member cf the Twenty-One Club by acclamation at Johnny K.'s sugges tion," Will called after her as she passed up the walk. The club thus formed ran a quiet and uneventful course for some months. The nine original members were scattered at their various placo of work and study, but many new members were added, letters were ex changed, aud the books, pamphlets and newspapers of the club "course" were in lively demand. It was not until the latter part of June that people In general began to hear much of the Twenty-One Club. Then it was known that Christopher county was tcT have a big Fourth of July celebration at Bomtown, the county seat, and that a number of young men "comin' twenty-one" had been invited by the mayor and the committee to bo present as guests of honor. But the Interest and excitement stir red up by the preparations for "the celebration were felt throughout the whole county. It was known that thsJ famous RIngcold Band from the stata capital was to be present at the ex pense of a single citizen Old Man John It-rton. Tha announcement that the young men of tha Twonty-One Club would be treated to a free dinner aroused much comment and curiosity. Then the list of the rpcakers' niifflcj fairly took away the breath of the f.:rmcr who had read In his weekly paper for years of tho brilliant and witty Consre.-Mna'j M , of the mag netic and r'ujccl'ul Senator K . wit fl out expecting to have ft chance to hear tnem. When the great day came the pretty park at the edge of the town was ' tilled to overflowing with gayly ex pectant town people and country folks and mountaineers, ail animated tmd half-deafened by the patriotically em ulative strains of the Ringgold and other less famous but equally ambiti ous bani3. On the flag-draped speak-' ers' stand the local luminaries were almost lost from sight in the exceed ing brilliancy of an cx-govcrnor, a United States senator, a member of congress and an ex-candidate for vice president. In front of the stand, di viding public interest with the great men, sat a group of forty or fifty youths the Twenty-One Club. When each noted speaker bad had his turn and had been cheered until the trees shook, then the Twenty-One Club arose to ita feet as one man and with all the breath it had left lifted up suck a mighty shout as made thi previous din teem tamo. "Johnny K. Barton! Johnny K . Barton!" wa3 what they yelled. Now, tho young district-attorney, knowing the Twenty-One Club, had a few well-chosen words, a few happy phrases, ready for just such an emergency. As he swung himself up on the platform and stood there in front of those distinguisiuMl men who had long been the objects of his critical admiration, and felt that their sur prised, questioning eyes wiT'j burlngj holes through his shoulder blades, all those graceful words, all that fine rhetoric floated off and left him for one hideous moment feeling that the unlveise was a vacuum. Then he Bawr the eager, expectant faces of the boya t and another eager, expectant face fur ther off under a big white hat, and he kne he did not need the escaped thistledown rhetoric. The occasion, the waiting audience, the inspiring thought of Immense results that mlyht spring from words of his presented to those young mon who believed In and were so thoroughly In sympathy with l.Im, was preparation enough. There are some members of the Twenty-One Club who will never forget certain words he utterod; and tho memory of those words and f that one day on the threshold of manhood gives added value and meaning to manhood Itself and to patriotism. The ycuug men were not alone In considering their club a success. It won not only the approbation of the distinguished visitors, but also the en thusiastic support of the griieral pub lic. Before the day cf celebration was nvor a nc-Tv .lull fir r-itli,, a nnw l,an. ter of the club, was organized by youths who would reach their n a jority during the following year. Thus the Twenty-One Club promises to be come a permanent Institution in Christopher county. Ma: inn rode home from the celebra tion in Juhnny K.'s buggy. They .ook; tho long way round, cs Johnny K. liked to do when he had hid pretty sc ir.a cousin beside him, and the pag.icloua mare chose her own gait. Ccnsequpnt ly they were the last to arrive cf tho returning tarty. As they approached the house In the g sultry, dusty dusk Marian saw a group f of dark figures beside the gate. "Those awful boys!" sho exclaimed, and started In confusion to draw her glove over something that fsparkicd on her left hand. Johnny K. stopped her. "They will never notice," he said. "And what If they do?" The nine Barton boya formed in lines on each side of the walk and waited in solemn Ri'cnce as Marian advanced toward them doubtingly. Then President Jimmie stepped for ward rather awkwardly for a Harvard man and handed her a huge bouquet of lilies and mess roses. Ho made a, little speech lu which Marian caugh'Aj the words "birthday," "cousins' and "Twenty-One Club." She began to thank them prettily, but Jimmie interrupted her. "There is a case attached to the stems," he ex plained. Further speech was prevented by the whir and whiz and bang of a sudden discharge of flreworhs. By the scin tillations of tho pinwhrels and the rod, green and yeliow light of rockets Marian opened the little leather case and saw a novel and beautiful brooch. In the form cf an Am ulcan eagle In gold bearing a small enameled flag in h:s talons. On the accouipanyiug card she read: "To a New Woman; from nine vot ers." Tho little school teacher turned -as though she would like to hug some body, and the n'ne voters retired pre cipitately. , . "We had a notion to give yon a diamond ring, only v,e knew Johnny K. wanted to du that himself" the Ir resistible Dan told her. Marian laughed and blushed. "Boys, the nation and I have had such a beautiful hlrihii.iv'" .i,. i ' The Independent. .V Meat In the poultry ration cannot be excelled as a part of the diet, and milk will not prove a substitute. While It is true that milk partakes largely of the nature of a meat diet, it is also true that a fowl cannot eat enough of it to do well.