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ATAXIA IS CURABLE,
JtEPOBTED CUBE STANDS TEST 01 rULL' imiSTIOATIOH, .... A. Former Victim of Locomotor Ataxia Now Free from Suffering and Actively at Work. " Tea," said Mr.Watkius to a reporter, - It U true that I have been cored ol ataxia by Dr. Williams' Pink PilU." "Are you aure yon had locomotor ataxia?" The doctor themselves told me to. Besides I reoognized the symptoms.'! "What were they?" Well, the first iudications were stiffness about the knee joints that came on about four years ago. A few months after that appeared, my walk got to be uncertain, shaky-like. I lost confidence in my power to control the movements of my legs. Once, when I was in the cellar, I started to pick tip two scuttles of coal, and my lets gave way suddenly, and I tumbled all in a heap in a basket. I couldn't close my eyes and keep my balance to save my life. Then I had fearful pains over my whole body and I lost control over my kidneys and my bowels." " How about your general health ?" Sometimes I was so weak that I had - v.n mr W and my weight fell off V "J twenty POUUCIS. 1UIU( iei,v; . ftl:..... i .. . , . W for me Until i ran across m young man wno snu uw vww j lisms' Finn rill ana wno aaviseu mm w tr tnem. "Didtnese puis neip you ngntawayf - 'Ididn tsee much Improvement un til 1 had used six boxes. , The first bene At I noticed was a better circulation and fa picking up in strength and weight. I fmdually got confidence in my ability 1 to direct the movements of my legs, and in the course of seven or eight months all the troubles had disappeared." " Do you regard yourself as entirely well now?" I do the work of a well man at any rate. I can close my eyes and stand up all right and move about the same other men. The pains are all gone ex cept an occasional twitch in the calves of my legs.'.' Mr. James H.Watkins resides at No. 12 WMterlo street, Albany, N.Y. Dr. Wil liams' Pink Pills can be obtained at any drug store. They should be used as soon a tha first siims of locomotor ataxia ap peal iu a peculiar numbness of the foot. Inns Furnish Tooth Brushes. Japanese inns furnish fresh tooth brushes every morning free to every guest. The brush is of wood, shaped like a pencil, and frayed to a tuftj brush of fiber at the large end. FIXING RAILROAD RATES. Making railroad rates is like play ing a game of checkers or chess. Com munities to be benefitted, producers, manufacturers or shippers to be aided represent the pieces used. Every pos sible move is studied for its effect on the general result by skilled traf fic managers., A false move In the making of freight rates may mean the ruin of a city, of a great manufactur ing interest, of an agricultural com munity. Railroads strive to build up all these so that each may have an equal chance in the sharp competi- tlon of business. So sensitive to this rivalry are the railroads that in order to build up business along their lines they frequently allow . the shipper to practically dictate rates. Rate mak ing has been a matter of development; of mutual ' concessions for mutual benefit. That Is why the railroads of the United States have voluntarily made freight rates so much lower In this country than they are on the government-owned and. operated rail ways of Europe and Australia that they are now the lowest transporta tion rates In the world. Modesty. ' It is modesty that places in the fee- ble hand of beauty the scepter that dwuiuiauuB yuwor. neiveuus. TEA Tell your friends if you like it; if not, tell yout grocer. Tour grocr return, your maaej u roe eoa'l ake BchlUlnii'i Bnt. Dangerous, Anyway. i It's dangerous not to notice a new dress your wife has, Decause snt j thinks you are not interested, and it's I oangerous to nonce oecauau n u fa new one you forgot to notice before. New York Press. TEA Do you think it worth while to serve good tea at your table? Railway Conaestlon Is Costly. Owlnr in tha railway congestion In 'Argentina, farmers and exporters have post enormously. Government inter dad. lncomne- lent management having been stated , the cause. TEA Which do you spend most money on, tea or whiskey? Which pays? Nearly every man you meet knows sum mm ed v fnr a cold, but he never T les it on himself. i j - TEA Where tea and spirit are right, there is little danger of going-astray in the business. If a married man thinks he Is the head of the house that's all that is ne cessary. 1 TEA I I Do you think the only dif ferences in tea are a It W cents a pound ? When tha rtaYit vnnt m.n ..alia on pretty girl the old man doesn'f have lIAUM 111 IDT 9y FREDERICK ClLmiN JPVIVl VPHAM ADAMS Aateof of "Tha Kidnapped MllllonalrM." "Colonel Moo rote Doctrine." Etc Coptright, 1902, BT All rlghta I Copyhiuht, 1905 bt FaaDSxita Upham Adams reserved I A. J. UmilL BiDDLS CHAPTER XV. Continued. In an alcove, partially formed by a bay window, stood an easel, uphold ing a large frame, Tho light, struck, the canvas In such a way that Blake,, did not recognize the subject until squarely in front c:f It. It was a portrait of Jessie Carden not the Jenslo Carden drawn by the San Francisco artlnt from the faded tintype but the Jessie Carden of later yeim, whose face and figure had tak- n on the perfect grace of woman hood. Amazed and lost In thought, Blake aid not hear Arthur Morris as he ap proached and stood back of him. He flitHhcd when Morris toucned him on he should: r. "By Jove! that portrait must have ;reat attraction for you! laughed Morris. "You've been staring at It 1ve minutes! A box at the opera you cannot ttll her name!" 'Done!" said Blake. "That's a por- '.nlt of Miss Carden MIbs Jessie Carden. of Boston." An expression of dumb surprise swept across the face of Arthur Mor ris. With half-opened mouth and star ing eyes he gazed at .Tames Blake. Well, I'll be- . Well, of all things!" He sank into a chair and laughed feebly. "I say, old fellow, you took me off my feet! How the devil did you guess that name?" "Nothing wonderful about it!" said Blake, who by this time had per fected his course. "I met Miss Car den years ago, and I at once recog nized the portrait." "You met her? Where?" "In the country, near Hingham, Massachusetts." "How? When? By Jove, old fel low, this beats me! What were you doing in Hingham?" "I lived on a farm near there," re plied Blake. Morris leaned forward. For an instant fear had possession or him. Who was this man who lived 'rrms 4a?72&r or on a farm near Hingham, and who was once acquainted with Jessie Car den? Was he John Burt? "From the time I was thirteen un til I ran away from home," Blake con tinued, with nonchalance and confi dent mendacity, "I lived on a farm about three miles from the old Bish op mansion. Miss Carden used to visit there In the summer seasons and I saw her frequently. The last time I saw her she cantered past our house with a friend of mine. That re minds me dear old John I must look him up when I go to Rocky Woods." Blake threw back his head and re flectively exhaled a wreath of cigar smoke.' "Does this explain the mystery? I don't see anything wonderful about It except that you have her portrait, and that is probably easily explained. I'm not prying into your affairs, old man?" "Not at all not at all! Rammohun; brandy and two bottles of soda," or dered Morris, mopping his forehead. "By Jove, this is remarkable! You speak of a friend of yours John, you call him what was his last name?" "Burt." "Where Is he now?" Morris leaned eagerly forward, his face gray and his lower lip twitching. "Sure, I don't know! He was with his grandfather on the old Burt farm in Rocky Woods when I left Massa chusetts. Why? Do you know John Burt?" "Confound it, man, he shot me!" exclaimed Morris, springing to his feet and pacing up and down the room. "He shot me, I tell you, and all but put me out for good! And he did it on account of the girl whose por trait you're admiring. The blasted cad was crazy jealous over Miss Car den, who had been so foolish as to tol erate his company. He picked a quar rel with me In a tavern and shot me through the left lung. Laid me up for three months. That old desperado of a grandfather of his nearly killed two officers and aided him to escape. He has not been heard of since." Blake plied Morris with questions. The latter took large draughts of brandy and recited the successive chapters which led to the tragedy. Except that he made himself the he ro of the tale, his account agreed with that told by John Burt. Blake par took sparingly of the brandy, but Mor ris fed his aroused hate and recollec-, tlon with the fiery fluid. According to Morris he was madly in love with Jeslse Carden from the moment he saw her. Before he re covered from his wound she was. sent abroad by Gen. Carden to complete her education in Paris and Berlin. Two years later Gen. Carden failed in business, his private fortune being wiped out in the crash. Jessie came back from Europe and remained a year with the Bishops. Arthur had Induced Ms father to place Gen. Car den In a salaried postlon with the Morris bank in New York, and he persuaded Gen. Carden to accept a loan sufficient to defray Jes sie's expenses in a second trip abroad. She was in Paris, but had completed her studies, and would return in few weeks. Ht was en- gaged to the dear girl, but the date of the wedding had not been set. "I've told you more'n any man liv ing," half sobbed Morris, as he leaned on James Blake's shoulder. Tears stood In his Inflamed eyes and trickled down his red, blotched cheeks. "You'll keep my secret, won't you, old chap?" he pleaded maudllnly. "You're the bes' frlen' I've got In the world! People don't like me; they don't know me. You know me, Blake, old fel", don't you? I'm sen'mental that's what makes me cry. By Jove, you'll be my bes' man at weddln' bes' man at my weddln' won't you?" He lurched into a chair. The train ed and alert Rammohun appeared, deftly undressed him, and solemnly conveyed him to an Inner room. "Poor John!" sighed Blake, a few minutes later, as the Indian servant showed him his room and softly closed the door. "Poor John! love's a tough proposition, and I'm afraid John's on a dead card! He has waited too long." CHAPTER XVI. Bad News. When Blake arrived in Hingham he felt like a stranger In a foreign land. Ills parents were dead and his relatives scattered. The village look ed smaller than when he was a boy. He felt himself in a living graveyard. Securing an open carriage and a driver from a livery stable, he rode through the quiet streets and out Into the country. "Drive to Thomas Bish op's house," he ordered. The drawn and dust-covered shut ters of the old mans on told their own story. From a passing farmer Blake learned that the PiShops had moved to New York months before. Half an hour later he knocked on Peter Burt's door. As a boy, Blake stood In awe and fear of the strange old man, but the years bad obliterated this feeling. His knock sounded hollow on the great oaken door, and he wondered If the aged recluse yet lived. Mrs. Jasper, the housekeeper, opened the door, and Blake at once recognized her. "How do you do, Mrs. Jasper? My name is Blake James Blake. I lived near here when I was a boy. Don't you " "Little Jimmy Blake! Well, of all things! I never would have known ye. Come right In Mr. Blake." "Is Mr. Burt here?" "Y-e-s, but I don't know If he'll see ye," she said, hesitatingly, wiping her hands on her apron. "He don't see nobody, ye know." "Tell him who I am, and say I'm from California," said' Blake, who could think of no other Introduction. They stood in the old-fashioned par lor where Peter Burt had bound the officers the night John Burt left Rocky Woods. As Mrs. Jasper hesi tated, the door leading to the sitting room opened and Peter Burt entered. Blake could not see that he had changed a whit. Age had not rav ished the strong face nor robbed the massive figure of its strength. He ad vanced to the center of the room, his eyes fixed Bearchlngly on the face of his visitor. "What have you to say to ma. Blake? Be seated, sir." Blake took a seat in an antique rocker and shifted his legs uneasily. "Where is John?" "John John I don't" "Do not He to me, Blake. Tell mo what you know of my grandson." 'Ho is in California, sir!" exclaim ed James Blake. When these words were uttered he felt a sensation of relief which was positively exhilarat ing. "He Is alive and well! John is rich, Mr. Burt! He Is a millionaire mnny times over!" A grave smile lighted the features of Peter Burt. He closed his eyes and lay back In the chair. "Go on; tell me about it," he said, as Blake paused. For an hour or more the head of the firm of James Blake & Company r cited the history of John Burt's ca reer in California, and the result of the recent speculative campaign in New York. Once In a while the old man asked a question, but he made no comment until the narrative was ended. "Your heart dominates your judg ment, but that Is a trait and not a fault," he said, as he arose and of fered his band to James Blake. "God gives us emotions and faculties; from them we must develop character. Do not charge yourself with a broken picmlse to John. He has kept his pa it. I send him my blessing. Say to Win that I am strong and well and happy. Say to him that his future field of work Is 1n New York city." Peter Burt stood In the doorwsy and watched until the carriage disap peared beyond the old graveyard. "I'm glad that's ended!" said Blake to himself. "I wonder what I told the old man?" Everything, I guess. I'm nearlng a crisis, am I? Well, I'm used to crises and guess I can stand one more. Who's coming? His face looks , famlllrr. It's Sam , Rounds! Stop, drlverl Hollo, Sam! How are : you?'" Seated in a stylish road cart, behind a rangy, high-stepping trotter was one of the companions of Blake's boy hood. Sam checked bis horse and, with a puzzled grin, looked into the speaker's face. "Haou de ye- dew?" he drawled, slackening the lines. "Yer face looks fee-mlllar like, on' yer voice don't sound strange like, either. I believe I know ye! It's Jim Blake! Haou air ye, Jim? Well, well, well 1 Who'd a thunk It who'd a thunk It?" Sam reached across and shook hands with a vigor which nearly pulled Blake out of his carriage. "Air ye tho James Blake I'va been readlu' crbout? The one that's been givlp' them New York sharps a whirl In stocks?" aHked Sam. Blake sinljed and nodded his head. "Is that so? Well, well, well! Say, I'm plumb glad to bear it!" and Sam's smiling face showed it "Ain't never beam of John Burt, have yet No? Well, he'll turn up on top some day, an don t ye ferglt, Sara Kounds ti lers said so. Where be ye goln' to, Jim?" 'I'm going back to New York to night," replied Blake. "From there I return to San Francisco, but expeet to make New York my home." "Is that so? I'm llvln' in New York now," said Sam, handing Blake his card. "Moved there several years ago. Mother an' I are here on a vlplt fer a few days. I've been do In' fairly mlddlln' well In New York, Jim. When you write me, be shore an' put 'Hon.' before my name," and Sam laughed until the rocks re-echoed his merriment. "How Is that?" asked Blake, gazing blankly at the card. "Read what It says," insisted Sam. "I'm alderman of my deestrtct, an' have Just been re-elected tew a sec ond term. Fact!" "I congratulate you, Sam," said Blake, heartily. "Sorry ye haven't time tew wait over an' go back with us," Sam said. "But If ye are goln' tew locate In New York, I'll see lots of ye." "I certainly will look you up when I'm in New York," said Blake. "My regards to your mother, and say I'm sorry I didn't have time to call on her. Are you married, Sam?" "Nop, but I has hopes," laughed Sam, gathering up the lines. "Good bye, Jim, good-bye, an' more luck ter ye!" "Same to yon, Sam; good-bye!" a e e e a Ten days later James Blake ar rived in San Francisco. He drove to John's apartment, and was greeted by him in the old study room. Blake sat where he looked at the portrait of Jessie Carden. His heart sank with in him. (To be continued.) DISHES WILL NOT BREAK. Belgian Manufacturers Have Circum vented the Careless Servant. James C. McNally, consul of the United States at Liege, Belgium, has reported the invention by a manufac turer there of dinner plates which servants can Idly drop upon the stone floor without breaking, and dishes which make excellent hammers with which to drive nails. Here is the story in his own words: "The Com pany Du Val-St. Lambert, of Liege, is manufacturing a hardened crystal dish, which In appearance closely re sembles fine translucent china of unl- form shape and manufacture. The resisting power of this ware Is due to a special hardening process and to the quality and nature of the crystal used It not only successfully resists the usual wear and tear, but is almost proof against breakage. "A hardened crystal dish can be substituted for a hammer In driving nails Into wood, while the same ware can be put Into boiling water at a high degree, then plunged into Ice water repeatedly, without the least noticeable damage to the dish or plate. The writer has seen plates of the usual form of this hardened ware hurled to the stone floor of warehouse and go bounding along the whole length of the building without! suffering the least damage. This same firm makes glassware of the same corresponding resistance." Luxuries of Russian Peasant. The Russian peasant, even If the bread he eats is black, has a bonne bouche to add to his meal much sought by epicures In the western world the wild mushrooms which grow thousands upon thousands on the steppes of Russia. At any time a full and savory meal is provided with the addition of sausage and onions; even a mushroom alone often con' tents them for a meal with their coarse rye bread. The poorest laborer has also a luxurious drink always available from the ever-present sam- ovar, and the tea they drink would be the envy of any American connoisseur of that beverage, for the best of China's tea Is found in Russia, and all classes enjoy its quality and frag rance. Never is the water allowed to stand on the tea over a few moments, so none of the poisonous tannin Is extracted, and a delightful, mildly stimulating, straw-colored drink is the result. Some Customs of Spain. Writing of Spanish customs, Israel Znngwlll says: "To call one another by our surnames In Spain would be wanting in friendly courtesy; indeed, for the most part, we are ignorant of them. A very grave and reverend Be nor might be addressed by his sur name and his surname alone but even he were better adressed by his Christian name, preceded by 'Don.' 'Senor Don' Is reserved for letters, and then the honor costs you 5 cen tlmos. That the Portuguese are not to be confounded with the Spaniards Is most lucidly learned from their methods of address, for, so far from addressing a young lady as Juanlta or Isabella, I should have to say her ex cellency.' Here, In our palacio, the very waiter has been heard to give the order: "Fried eggs for Isabella.' And Isabella Is a very stylish demoiselle." The man who has only lowers iu the garden of his life does not nee4 to build a wall about It. THE WRONG WAY TO WALK Inelegant and Slovenly Gait Noticed All Too Frequently. Walking one of the mosi. popular and beneficial exercises is well dis cussed in Good Housekeeping: Very stout or slouchy people allow the abdomeu to "lead." Brain work ers, worriers, all nervous and physi cally uncultivated people, let their heads lead; the head is further ad vanced than any other part of the per son. Dyspeptics whose thoughts are centered on their stomachs, often un consciously lead with the waist line Just over the offending organ. Oc casionally a weak-willed person per mlts the knees to lead. When a thin, bad walker moves rapidly, there often seems to be a race between nose and knees, and you watch to see which will arrive at the goal first. When a young woman's skirt and a young man's trousers show a bulging shape over the knees, their owners are leading sedentary lives or have never learned to walk correctly. This part of the lower limbs should be kept straight, and the ball of tha foot, not the heel, should touch the ground first When the head is bent for long hours over sewing machine or ledger or onion bed, It Is not an easy matter to pull It back to its proper position and make it stay there, and it seems bo much more easy and comfortable to let the chest sink than to hold It up to Its right place; but the demands of health and beauty are Identical In the matter of a head held easily, not egotistically, back, and a chest kept In the highest and most advanced position. It is a striking lact that this atti tude of head and chest is expressive, not only of health and grace, but of the finer mental qualities. The em barrassed boy drops his head; if he would hold his head up, his nervous ness would disappear. The shy girl thinks that every one In the room Is looking at her, and her chest sinks; but if she would hold It up assume the attitude of courage, though she have it not she wouldn't care wheth er they looked or not. The self-con scious person who knows he Is stiff and awkward, and who knows that his stiffness and awkwardness are the direct results of his self-conscious ness, should Imagine that a strong string Is attached to tho upper part of his chest and held by an invisible band above him. All he has to do Is to lot bis body depend from that string and keep his head well back of it, and his mind and body will alike become easy and free. The most graceful walker I ever knew told me that she habitually walked by the aid of this invisible cord. Tooth Brushes. Dr. S. H. Arnold gives some interest ing facts and good advice In regard to that dally friend, the tooth brush: Nearly all brushes are made from bristles taken from the wild hogs of Russia or China. The handles are common beef bones. They are made mostly in Japan, France, England and Germany, and by one firm in the United States. Probably English brushes are the best made and worst shaped. The French are next In qual ity, but far ahead in form. Germany and Japan are generally imitators. Some of the most expensive English and French, and all American brushes, are made In factories under more or less sanitary conditions, but the cheap er grades, including all German and Japanese brushes, . are made in the huts of the peasants, where cattle, dogs, swine, fowls and humans are herded in common. The bristles and bene are given out by the dealer and taken into the country, where they are assorted by the aged and young chil dren and diseased persons, the strong er members of the family working at more remunerative employment. These cheap brushes are often in the most unsanitary and wretched sur roundings Imaginable, and it is a sig nificant fact that after being made they are seldom sterilized before using. The English brushes are generally very much too large to be efficient The French are better shaped, but are apt to be too long-of head, making much waste to the brush, and are too long of bristle. A wide brush Is not advisable be cause it limits the movement possibly longitudinally to the tooth. Long bris tles are not the best, because they bend when the brush Is thrust back between cheek and teeth, and stay bent till the brush Is withdrawn, thus missing the interproximal spaces so much In need of cleaning. Soft bris tles become softer when wet, and utterly fall to enter the spaces at all. If the surface of the bristles is con caved longitudinally to fit the labial curve of the teeth, then when the brush is reversed and used on the lln gual surfaces, only the ends of the brush engage the teeth; hence, more teeth are missed than cleaned, and the user Is deceived Into thinking he has cleaned his teeth because he has brushed them. Studying the brush over and what Is aaa.K"eSrNNNi'X" She Was Not Benutlful. "At the Whistler exhibition in Lon don," said a tourist, "I had a chate with Joseph Pennell, the well known artist. Pennell had Bpent his boyhood In Germantown with mn, and so we talked of our old Germantown friends. We talked of a boy who had become an artist and married a rich womsu. "Pennell said this chap was not altogether happy. He said he would tell me a story about him that would reveal subtly. In a Henry James man ner, the cause of his unhapplness. "A stranger visited the man's studio one day, and paused, full of wonder, before a life-size, full-length picture of a woman In a white Greek dress. " 'Is this,", said the stranger, In a tone of amazement, 'your ideal." ' 'No,' the artist answered ; 'it's my wife.' " Behind the Scenes. Clara Have you heard about Grace Dresser? She has received quite a large legacy. Maude Yes. Her mother was ballet dancer. required of it, it would seem jtbat the brush best adapted to use In, the hu man mouth should have a short, nar row head, with short, rather stiff bris tles, trimmed straight longitudinally and convex latitudlnally, that each Una of bristles may come successively into use as the brush is rotated. Breathing for Strength. Instead of the above heading might be written, "Breathing for life." For that is really what we do. And since this fact is so easily demon strated, it is strange that we have not more quickly and fully discovered that In this vital process lie the secret remedy for a thousand Ills, if not "the fable fountain of immortal youth." Men have lived weeks with out eating; days without drinking. and nights without sleeping; but how long can we live without breathing! Twenty ounces of food and a few pints of water will supply the body one day; but, upon a low estimate, it requires thirty thousand pints of air In the same length of time. The delicate machine which this volume of air enters Is said to contain over 700.000,000 air cells, or little workshops. Into the walls of these there flows, like the sewerage of a great city, the foul, venoua blood of the body. In these remarkable work shops It is quickly transformed into a rushing red torrent filled with life- giving oxygen from the air. What a wonderful (nventlonl What a miracu lous process! And yet you are trust ed with operating one of these instru ments. Would you note Its magical effect under proper conditions? Then stand erect. Open the doors and windows; or, if you are sick In bed, have them opened. Lift your chest and chin, and breathe the Invigorating air ol' hea ven, till the muscles of your abcomen fairly bound with Joy. Now, isn't that a tonic. Then take it many times . day. You can repeat the dose often Even as I write the fresh air tickles my finger tips; for when we breathe deeply, it goes to all parts of the body. To "Tha Sufferln' Neat." There dim a little woman In a very aorry plight; For, strung to toll, this woman - IMaliked to dwell with light. She cloned her blinds up tlnhtly. Then craped the wlndowa o'er. For fear the bleased aunnhlne Would hjioII her walla and floor. Thla dainty little woman Grew very pale and thin, Jum like the weak potato aprouta In cells ra deep and dim. Ah, allly little womanl You have faded out of sight, Bec-Huae you would not let In The aweetneaa of God's light. Farm and Fireside. Consumption Can Be Conquered, Xhe universal Interest in the Antl Tuberculosis movement is shown in every convention held to consider this work. The discussions are practical, not theoretical. The audiences are popular, not merely professional. The whole people are intereted. In a session just closed at Atlanta, Georgia, many Important and Interest ing phases of the prsven'lon and cure of consumption were considered. Dr. C. P. Ambler gave a concise review of the duty of the physician in charge, to the patieut and family. His paper was enthusiF'tcally received and adopted as the sei.j t? the League on this subject His points were as follows: First, Tuberculosis is nut the fatal disease commonly believed. Second While communicable it can be made practically harmless by tho proper course on the part ol the patient. Third The chief cause or me nign mortality is late diagnosis. Fourth Late diagnosis is caused by indifference of the patient to early symptoms and carelessness on the part of the physician consulted. Fifth By thorough, systematic in struction of tha patient better results can be accomplished than by medica tion. Sixth Instruction of patient, fam ily and friends, and close observance on their part of the rules laid down will practically rob the disease ot its method and means of extending. Evlla of Piano Playing. A French scientist of note maintains that a large number of the nervous disorders from which girls suffer are to be attributed to playing the piano, tin shows hv statistics that of one thousand girls who study this Instru ment before the age of twelve, no less than six hundred suffer from nervous disorders, while of those who do not till later there are only two hundred per one thousand, and only one hundred per one thousand among those who have never worked at it Thft violin, he says. Is equally inju rious. As a remedy he suggestB that children should not be permitted to fi,d nliher Instrument before tho age of sixteen, at least, and In the case of those possessing delicate consuiu tions, not till a later age. ey Flv In the Ointment, "I made an extra ten to-day," said Mr. Nippy to his wife. "Let's go to a UmiE-nrlnn restaurant to-morrow nleht for dinner." "You'd better let me have It to take to Mrs. Jlnkson's missionary sale, renlied Mrs. Nippy. "I haven't more than a dollar to spend there, other wise, and Mrs. Jinkson has sent me a special Invitation. "That's tbe way It goes," said Mr, Nippy, bitterly. "The minute we get a little ahead, along come our dear friends with their hands out. Con found this thing of giving to the heathen when we need the money our selves." Newark News. Spoke From Experience. "If I had a wife," said the very young man, "I certainly wouldn't want her to be at some woman's club dis cussing public affairs till midnight." "Neither would you want her to discuss private affairs at home after midnight," rejoined the man with the absent hair, "but it's pickles to fudge she would do It Just toe same.' Chi cago News. TENANTS IN THE DEMIJOHN. Old Lady Will Not Use It for Her 8a afraa Beer. Workmen while digging in the refuse under a wagon house at Newton farm. Merlon square, found a five-gal-... ion demijohn, once filled with rye whisky. The demijohn probably had , been there for years. The basket v work about it was crumbling away. John Clemmers, one of the workmen, said: "Old Mrs. Summers, over on the pike, has been wanting a demijohn,' and he took it over to her. The house dog appeared to take , great interest in the demijohn, upset ting It, and sticking his paw in the neck. Then he drew out his paw ' again and barked. A green and black spotted anakt wriggled out of the demijohn and be- f gan to twist about Joyously in the heat of the stove. Mrs. Summers jumped upon a table and screamed. Another snake and another followed the first one, until, Clemmer says, he counted twenty-seven. With the dog's , help he killed tbem all. Mrs. Summers declines to use the bottlo for her sassafras beer. He Wanted "Sistom." At a certain coal mine down in New Mexico the Superintendent was great ly annoyed from time to time by em ployes moving into and out of the ' company's houses without due notifi cation of their frequent changes of domicile. It became quite lm possible to keep the rent accounts straight on the office books, and finally the super-, Intendent, in his exasperation, re solved upon stringent measures. Ha therefore posted the following notice, which is given verbatim orthogra phy, syntax and all : "fobruary the 11th. "Notice to all employes aney Person or Persons that Moves, Into A house Without My Consent shall be Put out Without anney Cem mony. "Dam It I MuBt and Will have soma Sistom. (Signed.) Hen Fllster." Los Anegles Times. A Minister's 8tory. Being the son of a clergyman, 1 have some remembrances ot mlnlsteri- . al stories told In my youth. Among them was one of a divine who preached In the city of Portsmouth, and who one summer, with his family, went to a little village on the coast of Maine to spend his vacation. Finding there an unused, dilapidat ed church, be thought perhaps b could do some good by holding serv ices therein. He obtained consent, and his meetings were fully attended. In the fall the little vessel came foi him and his family, and just as they were leaving he saw a delegation coming hastily over the hill and beck oning to him. Thinking perhaps they had some little testimonial for him shore, when they handed him a bill for the use of the church. He took the bill, paid It, and on reaching home framed it and hung It in his study. Boston Herald. Mexico's Growing Prosperity. Mexico has been steadily growing in prosperity for a quarter of a century, thankB to tbe establishment of order ly government. No longer Is Mexico synonymous with perpetual faction fighting, of the most truculent type. Diaz rules and order is maintained steadily, but without recourse to se verity, As the people have no revo lutions to d'-ert their time from busi ness, Uade and commerce steadily In crease. In twenty years imports have risen from $20,000,000 to 175,000,000, and lh exports from $7,000,000 to l.1,,i-n.0. Of "(.j- fortlgt tra.io of Moxlco the bulk is wit, t!,". United -Statin. Mt-xlcan exports this a try which were $4.a46,3M thli vrs siro, were $43,'.3.720 In J904, MkjIco Imported from the Lc'.ted Smten n,i year goods valued a.L '; $4i,K44,720, ' against $5,946,839 in 18!i-Bobton Transcript. -'s, , : --v. The Losses at Mukden. We read the report that 200,000 men were killed and wounded on both sides in the battle of Mukden without fully realizing what those awful figures mean. Here are a few aids to the Imagination. Two hundred thousand casualties equal: . Three hundred Iroquoia theater dis asters. A hundred and fifty Slocum disas ters. Eighty Johnstown floods. Thirty Galveston floods. The total population, men, women and children-of a city like Minneap olis. The population of the states or Ida ho and Nevada combined. The entire Boer population, of both sexes and all ages, of the two South African republics which resisted the whole power of the British empire for over two years. Collier's Weekly. Tha Neighbors. Tie hard to keep your temper when You hear vour nelKhhor n .-lurking hen Upon the fenee. and know that .tie Amid your flower bed" onn will be. Tnur neighbor aeemed the heM of men Whv -hould he own a olufklng hen That turna a temper smooth and mno To one extremely warm and wild. It aeema a ahum, for Chrlstlnn men To quarrel about a meanly hen; And vet my neighbor pieema to fel That I'd do anything but steal. t apoke to him about hi" hei I'll never apeak to him He seemed to get so very W Id He claimed my dog had bit his ehM. I don't eare who or what ha bites I know I stand within my rights. No matter what my neighbors aay I will not send that dog away! i win n Ceveian(J puin Dealer. Filipino Is Complimentary. Lieut Crlspulo Patajo, who com manded tbe Filipino scouts on their visit to this country, said. Just before be went on board the transport Thom as with his men. at San Francisco, that they had been treated "royally" In America. Asked whether he did not feel homesick for the Philippines, he replied: "No, I rather feel home sick for the United States." Cotton Mill at Shanghai. Shanghai has a new cotton mill owned by a native Chinese company, with a mandarin as president The mill has 40,000 spindles, and the cot ton used is of Chinese growth. The help numbers 2,000, all women and children. - squander any of his hard-earned ior a ptMnt gas-saver.