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THE CEREDO ADVANCE.
T. T. MsDOUGAL, Publisher. CEREDO. - - WEST VIRGINIA. The Easy Chair. Only the Englishman known the sci ence of sitting. down. He alone has evolved the chair which recovers for Its students all tho comfort that has been lost In the day, all the hope that the morning may so inhospitably have barred, says the Saturday Re flow. Watch, say, a Frenchman In an English easy chair and you will And him no worthy apprentice of the acience. Ho is 111 at ease and out of sympathy with the chair. But the Englishman has no such quarrel with •omfort. He doe* not, as the French man. sit at attention. There needs sot. In fact, be any doubt that Eng land’s position as optimist among the ■atlons Is due largely to the appre ciation of the easy chair. Had Scho penhauer lived In England and been Instructed In tho att of sitting down be would have written dainty testimo nials of tho charm of human nature. Pope had no optimism, and It Is not surprising that he complained of the “rack of a too easy chair,” for only mi optimist can be comfortable. Whistler refused to have an easy chair in his house, and quite Inev itably wrote a book on the art of mak ing enemies. Carlyle lived nmong the hard angles of uncomfortable fur niture and wrote Irritably. A man’s literary taste. It may as well be said, la not formed so much by his educa tion or his early life, or his friends, aa by his chairs. A man without an •asy chair would develop an austere taste. lie would read Bacon, Hume, Macaulay. A man with an uncorn fortablo easy chair would read HazJ'lt, Carlyle, SchopenhauGr, Nietzsche, lb ban. A man with a chair which he had molded to all the whims of his body would read Dickens. Lamb, Shakespeare, Meredith, Flaubert, Ten Hyson. No one, fortunately, has a liner Instinct for comfort than the ■Englishman, and so long as this Is so ♦hero should be no danger of the de cline of good books and poetry and •ptlmlsm. Only the man who has an •asy chair can read the right books. Royal Parents Getting Wise, Over-education and severo training hava been tho bane of youths born to become sovereigns, for the reaction baa ever led them into excesses which ^proved their ruin. Had Crown Prince Kudolph of Austria, for instance, re ceived proper care, as a boy, lye could not have gone to tho devil as he did, and would not have died an ignoble The mistake is admitted now when too late, for the present gen •ration of royal famlies, but there Is a promise that common sense will be used in the bringing up of the next, for even iho venerable Emperor Eranz Josef is said to realize the dan gers of the older methods, and what » a hard time his only son had with his tutors and masters. There seems to •. have been no "home influence" in the routine of the education of princes Mother is eliminated. The German •mperor, with all his martinet Ideas, lias not forbidden a certain amount of “mother” In his bIx sons’ bringing up, so the empress has seen more of her children after they left the nursery than was formerly tho custom with rigorous court etiquette, and their health, at least, has been well looked after. Tho crown prince of Austria's fate was not in vain, soys tho Boston Herald, if it has taught royal parents tha wisdom of the newer education; that while drilling and cramming the poor little bodies and brains, their moral and human qualities must be cultivated in the affectionate at mosphere of homo. It is said thechil dren of the young king and queen of Hpain will be brought up according to the new ideas, and some traditions of Spanish education are to be rudely shattered for the good of a future monarch's constitution and his mental development. The mobilization of all British war whips In homo waters, available for Immediate serrvlee, was completed -June 30 for the annual naval maneu vers, and Admiral Lord Charles Berea found himself in supreme com mand of a total of not less than 301 ■hjps, with an aggregate complement' of 08,000 officers and men. The news papers, while they proclaimed that the array of such a force In the North •ea Is in no manner connected with Germany, do not. fail incinent&dy to compare this, the greatest fleet ever aasetnbled in the history of the world, with the fleet of 63 vessels with which Germany recently carried out her North sea maneuvers. Considering tba* the place of the librarian of the Pittsburg Carnegie li terary Is worth $9,000 a year, It was certainly Indiscreet for him to make the alleged reinsrk that Pittsburgers 4on t possess anj great abundance of Cray matter, eveu if it is so. Iron cloth is made from s/»el and teas the appearance of horsehair cloth It la largely used by tailor^,n a ma Aerial for stiffening the tbcjidert aad collars of coate ———frQ A Man and a Mermaid By W. George Gribble iCupyrtstit, l>y Bhortstory l'ub. Co.) Mr. John Franklin Higginson, senior partner of the firm of Higginson i: Ru?h, lay stretched at ease iu his deck chair on a transatlantic liner. It was a perfectly calm night, and the sea wok murmuring softly In res,x)nse to the full light of the moon, which was making the night eloquent. Mr. Hig ginson had drawn his chair to a se cluded corner of the lower deck where he was closer to the watpr and unsheltered from the heavens. He had dined full and well, and the fra grance of his cigar was deeply satis 'ying. How luminous the water seemed to uight! It must be full of those phos phorescent animnlculae Mr. Higginson had read about. As bp tipped off the ashes from his -tear daintily with his little finger, he noticed how the ruby’ in his ring flashed In the moonlight. It was a handsome "pigeon-blood’* ruby of con siderable value. For a while Mr. Hig glnson watched the strange light it emitted under the rays of the moon. From this musing Mr. liigginson's attention was drawn to the water by something moving near the ship. Prob ably some larger species of fish, he mused, possibly-—as there was a white flash—possibly even a porpoise. Then he remembered that porpoises come only in schools and leap out of the wa ter. Mr. Higginson Idly wondered at (he swirling luminous water. Suddenly he stared below him. Strange! lie thought, that might have been a white arm! He would have liked to have asked a sailor the meaning of such phenomena, but there seemed no one about; it was evidently late, as the passengers had all turned in. Again came a white flash in the moonlight. Then a streak of white ness, splashing and Hashing in the shimmering water. Mr. Higginson gazed spellbound; sometimes nearer, sometimes farther off, whatever it was it. kept well up with the steamer. Mr. iiigginson relt u little ripple creep down his spine. Suppose it should be —! The thought was too unpleasant— besides, it was obviously alive and moving. Now it was quite close in— and beyond a doubt, it had white feel ers, which looked and moved like arms. Mr. Higginsoti's brain swam. Pictures by Boecklin came dancing be fore his mental vision. Then he shud dered, for there, in the moonlight, by the boat’s side, swam a beautiful woman! What was he to do! Could it be some demented passenger? The French lady had seemed to hi in some what unbalanced. Then ho had heard of somnambulism. Great Scott! And ho would he required as a witness in case anything happened! In a tur moil of emotions Mr. Higglnson waved to the lady. She came nearer some what cautiously. He deemed it best to humor her and temporize, as she seemed such an excellent swimmer, hoping for help to appear meanwhile. A brilliant idea presented itself to Mr. Hlggluson. ‘ I suppose you are a mermaid?” he called, very softly. He heard only what sounded like a faint laugh, while the lady, as Mr. HiggiDson expressed to himself, moved with a gallic aban don through the water. Perhaps she didn't understand English. ‘ Vous-etes une petite nympho, n’est-ce pas?” he called again, with a sympathetic side gesture, suggestive of aquatic origin. This time he heard an unmistakable and impudent little giggle. Mr. Higglnson tried another tack. ‘‘L>o you sing?—Chantez-vous?” he called hoping she would throw dlscre Mon to the winds in her desire to act out the part of a Lorelei, and thus at tract the attention of the watch. This time his question was answered. Soft, like silver cadences, came the most exquisite singing Mr. Higglnson had ever heard. Uke n sigh the singing ended, and Mr. Hltfglnson scarcely yet. breathed, afraid to lose a note of It. A laugh rippled up to him. There below him wax the lady whose singing wag only matched by her swimming. Her hair glistened like gold and silver In the moonlight, while one arm move,! out of tho water and in with scarcely a ripple. She beckoned and smiled at him radiantly, and he saw she was no passenger. "What do you want0*’ he asked, nl most in a whisper. She made a gesture with one hand and the little finger of the other. He looked at his sand find saw the ruby shining there. He looked at her doubtfully. She made a pleading gesture and gazed at him so fully, that as In a dream he took off his ring and dropped It Into the ocean. She caught it deftly as it Mashed Into the w-ater and pressed |t <o her lips. "Thank you! thank you!" »b“ exclaimed in perfect English. "So you can sneak English?” lie queried. ' Yes." she replied, and her vole,, sounded iike a ripple of water I fan speak any language once I have touched to my Mp» something belonging to onp who speaks It." *fr. Higglnson's mind ran over eases he had heard of witnesses who could only r.pevk under the spell of a gold f*n coiv. “Hhe might have asked for iny i.andkerehlef or rny necktie," he thnghf to himself a ifttie ruefully, but Cloud he paid: 'Who are you?" "You wouldn't believe me," she laughed, "aNuI really!* ^claimed, with a vague shudder. She nodded, and splashed the v-ater up to him with a little laugh. “Where do you live?” he asked. "Do not move and 1 will tell you. as >ou have been so kind to me.” And. softly splashing by the vessel's side, she told him <h« following, half-sing ing In a curioas, fascinating rhythn.: "My name Is Pelagia, and I was horn in a cave of corals, many miles below the surface*. Down there is a world of beings of all sorts—mermaids ll!ct> tne, mermen, oyster muidens, which grow from pearls; inothers-of-pearl, which are the mothers of the oyster maidens; coral dwarfs, which never come to the surface; and Sea An cients, which are old men, descend ants, they say, of the god Neptune. We have our laws and we are bound to keep them. One of them Is that wo may only appear once in our lives to human beings." Mr. Iligginson felt a subtle glow of satisfaction at these words. "So you are having your nieht out?" jlie ventured. Put she ignored his re mark by diving under the water. When she came up she continued: "Have you ever heard of Undine?" He remembered the name vaguely, but could not recall her story. "Well,” she went on, "You should read it, for It Is quite true.” A recollection flashed through his mind. "Do you mean to say that that old story of mermaids not having souls, but being able to ac quire them through human love, is true?” She nodded her head half sad ly. "That is why we are allowed to show ourselves to a human being once in our lives.” "And do you generally choose an ocean liner?” he asked, thinking mermaids must be developing a sense for business. “Not general ly, she replied, “mostly It is sailors or fishermen. Put do you remember, last year, hearing of a very rich man who was lost at sea?” Mr. Iligginson remembered perfectly—a very wealthy Wall street broker who had thrown himself overboard from a transatlantic steamer. "Yes.” he said, "I remem ber very distinctly.” "Well, he is mar ried to one of my friends," she said, with a mischievous glance that made Mr. Iligginson shiver. "I hope he's He Took Off Hie Ring and Dropped It Into the Ocean. happy!” ho managed to say In a con ventional tone. "oh. perfectly!” she replied, coolly, "he gave her a most lovely engagement tin*; almost as handsome as'this one!” Mr. Hlggln son turned ley cold. "Hut," he choked, and his voice sounded strange, ”thal Is not an engagement ring!” She sent out. a ripple of laughter and splashed the water merrily, "Oh, yes. It Is!’ "And do you mean to say that I am af flanced to you?” gasped Mr. Iliggin son. “By tho laws of our realm you a.'e bound to me!” she said, tossing her golden hair in the spray. "But 1 ) now nothing of your laws. By our laws—by the laws of Oreat Britain and the Jaw of the United States—I ain not hound to you or any woman!” His tone was almost defiant. "But, sweetheart mine!" she laughed, "don’t you see you are not in any one of i those countries, hut on the ocean, and should you not be tied by the law of the realm you are in?” An awful log ic In her remark struck him speech iexs with horror. "Besides,” she re sumed reflectively, gazing at the ring, "you ought to he glad to have me Ant 1 not beautiful?” and with naive rrankness she half lifted herself on a little wave and clns}>©d her hands be hind her head, gazing np at him In a way to make him giddy and set his heart racing wildly. In truth she was gloriously beautiful! ills antipathy for her secmorl to melt Into the moonlight. There was a flash of merriment In he- eyes, which wholly escaped him. He was bending over, devouring her beauty with his eyes. She stretched up her arms to him. "When,” he whispered, "when shall I come?” A yearning look crept Into her fare ’•«<! her mouth seemed formed as If 'or an ansutr—or a kiss Hfs elbow ind one foot were on the tnffrali, when he wa- seized from behind with u grip of Iron and forced backward while a gruff voice said in his ear: It s againrt the cap’nn orders to j jump overnoard.” Mr. filgglnxon started, stared, wixt walked aiowly to fc.'s staterotia. NEW SCHOOL IDEA EDUCATION BY HOROSCOPE IS NOW PLANNED. Matter Has Been Ti ken Up Serioug ly In England and a Thorough Test of Its Potsibilities la to Be Made. __ Education by horoscope for the men tal development of the young is hav ing a remarkable vogue in England. With the education bill in parliament exciting discussion among both clergy and laity, tho new idea of arriving at the mental condition of children— namely, by means of casting horo scopes—may be one way of solving the various problems before the coun tiy. A new society has come forward and offered “Horoscope Scholarships,’* each worth $75. Strangely enough, these scholarships, while competitive, do not depend on the efforts of the children themselves. Parents whc wish to win a $75 horoscope scholar ship have to fill out a competition form, giving the name cf the child, date and hour of birth, ard where the birth was registered. The last condi tion is essential in ordei to prevent parents who may know something of astrology themselves from “faking" a brilliant horoscope from a hypotheti cal date, and thus even doing the stars out of their job. The child whose hororcope shows tho most promising future will be awarded one of the prizes. Each of the application forms will be turned over to a number of “well-known and skilled astrologists,” and the child having the best “future” is to be given the chance, as it were, of living up to it. For instance, if, among the competitors, there are any young Na poleons, Miltons or George Washing tons, this fact at once will lie re vealed, arul all the budding genius hau to do is simply to “bud” and the fu ture will do the rest. That the new idea is “catching on” In England Is demonstrated by the fact that hundreds of parents have gone in for the prize offered. If the method becomes general, it will save educational authorities a vast deal of trouble. Instead of worrying with the mentally deficient, the casting of the horoscope will show where the short coming lies, and the child can be dealt with accordingly. There is no use in wasting an education fit for Isaac Newt in on a child who will never rise above the mathematical attainments of Simple Simon, for instance, anil go trouble will be saved sill *rnn nrl Children who receive the horoscope prizes are to get the money in "hard cash.” The idea of giving out real money in connection with these mys tical problems is a novel one in Jtsei;, and that alone will account for the im mense popularity of the new’ scheme. If mystical money were paid for horo scope scholarships, or the children had to w’ait until the future corrob orated the predictions of the star gazing experts, very little interest would be taken in the matter. The scholarships are to he given on very practical subjects. For Instance, if the horoscope indicates that the child has musical talent, the $75 award is to be devoted to developing the musical faculties, and this course will also be followed with reference to nrtistic ge nius. business capacity and even "all around ability.” Just what this last term signifies it is a little difficult to say. It seems, however, that the horo scopists are not to limit their award. If a child's career points, for instance, to a brilliant future as a trust mag nate, every facility—to the extent of the $75—is to be given to develop the "all-around ability” in the specific di rections indicated by the star chart. The scholarships for the best horo scopes nre not to be confined either to girls or boys, but cither sex is open to compete. The first three awards are to be made to children under the age of 14; while the fourth goes to the boy or girl between the ages of 14 and 17 whose horoscope denotes the pos session of those qualities most essen tial to success in a commercial career. The Proud Pugilist. San Francisco is chuckling over a slory about Battling Nelson, the con queror of Joe flans, the "old master.* Nelson appeared In a fashjonablj restaurant a day or two after the fight. His presence made a sensation. He was stared at as though he had been a pretty girl in a sheath skirt. It happened that an Knglishwnman of title wan dining In the restaurant. She expressed a desire to meet the champion, and one of her compan ions quickly arranged the matter with Nelson’s second or third assistant business manager. "Battling Nelson, Countess Kxe. Shake hands with him. countess. There ain’t no pride about him. He’ll let yon.’* Fatal Admission. Merchant—What other qualifica tions have you for the place? 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