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rht moon her evening fire has kindled bright. And scores of skaters glide upon the face Of water masked, and silvery pathways trace UJong the floor of health and puro delight. ttThe eougs of lads and lasses glad the night, .Whose aching temple echoes in far space Each shout of victory, in merry race, 'And pleasure gives young hearts fresh wings ol tlight. The Meel shoes ring on the enameled Inke; Their music leads my thoughts to long ago, iWhen warm and rosy tints of joy would break Upon and cheer the heart 'nenth sor row's siy.w; iTct now there follows in hope's welcome wake The swift swing of memory's afterglow. Boston Journal. MI It A N DA ran iufb the meadow, laughing. The grassy slope shelved down into the valley, where tho wood lay black and tili. "Daffodils nodded and cowslips bowed u ßhe passed upon her way. A lark got up nnd rose singiug to heaven. Ehe sped out of the meadow and into Aha sunlight, and the sound of her young laughter floated down the val ley; echoes joined it there, und the lit tle ra vino, purpled with merriment. Miranda stopped, with her chin In the air. and listened. Was it all the echo f her own delight, or was it something more? The peal of her mockery died Into the somber copse, and out of it, fresh and clear, a voice trilled merrily on its upward way. Miranda stood tnd waited. He came up the bank of wild flow ers, his face bright with the love of life end laughter, and at the sight of her lie paused. The two faced each other for a while in silence, at id then a smilo tan round Mira tula's lips, ami the young man's eyes sparkled with merriment. "I took your laughter for a signal," Bald he, making his beaming saluta tions; 'but I reckoned little upon so charming an assignation." "It was but a signal to the spring. Blr," says she. with a dainty bow. "Nay," he replied; "I make no such 'distinctions between the seasons. I laugh the whole year through; it is the manner of the wise. You will perceive my Jocund humor, fair mistress. Be lieve me, it's not the whim of an hour contrived by tho guiles of a spring morning, but a very settled disposition of tho mind. I am broad based upon irayety." "Ali! to be gay!" cried Miranda; "to be gay is to live!" "Life is at our feet," said the merry youth. T take an infinite pleasure In Its complexities. Believe me, noth ing should matter, save the twinkling of nu eye or the dimpling of a cheek." "Von are rigid," said Miranda, smil ing. "How can one have enough of lAughterr "We are of one mind," lie answered pleasantly. "Let us get into our corner and be merry together." "Why uotr' said Mirauda. "Why not?" "There are 10.000 pleasuivs In this Uly world," he went on, "and, for my self, I have not yet exhausted the tenth part of theui. Count my years, then. end make three score and ten the divi dend, and what remains? Pack them Into the hours ever so neatly, and you will not exhaust the store. And that la why I am a spendthrift of pleas ures. I eke not out my delights. I would burn twenty in a straw hat out f sheer caprice and toss a dozen to the ducks upou the lake for pity." "Yes, yes," agreed Miranda. "Time," he continued with tine scorn, "time lias discovered us a conspiracy of ages to enthrone this melancholy. But we are no traitors to our rightful feeing, you and I, and wo will clap a crown upon the head of Laughter, and lay the usurper by the heels in his proper dungeon." "He were better there," replied Mi randa thoughtfully. "There is never a care," he assumed, 'upon which we may not trample, not m. trouble we may not forget. What a fool lie Is who would nurse Ms sorrow end not bury It in the deepest grave!" "What a fool!' murmured Miranda dreamily. "Should one lose a ft lend, a tig for friendship!" quoth he. "Does one cast e lover, a snap for a hundred lovers! IWhat has been remains, and what Is hall be." Miranda said nothing. "Subtract love from life," said tho young man, "and love remains. I (Would have the world know that love Is a pleasant cipher, an amiable and entertaining mood, and that life is left when love Is lost. 'I here Is no lore. It were more truly writ lu the 7,r ' ' 7 c"v,. . - plural and spelled with a small letter." Miranda turned upon him swiftly. Tie! fie!" she cried, and the light flash- ed in her eyes. "I know nothing of this love, but I dare swear there be things that matter. Take these from life and what will rest over? Is there not sor- ro tv, and Is there not pain? I know nothing of these I am too young to the world. But there they stand, sir, importuning at our doors with out stretched arms, and one has only to lift the latch to let them in. You would deny the very pulse of human nature when you ignore these evils. You would forswear the very weakness which las composed for you your sentiments." In the excitement of her retort Mi randa's face flushed and grow bright. Wide-eyed, the young man stared at iier and forgot to laugh, and when she had done his head dropped and he sighed. "Ah." she said, "you sigh. You your self have felt and suffered. You have belied yourself! You sigh. There are facts iu life even for sighs." " 'Tis true," he answered, softly, "yet I sighed for pleasure." "What pleasure?" she asked, curi ously. "Or It may be hope." he added. lie looked at her, and Iiis gaze was mild and wistful. She regarded him in perplexity, and then a wild llush took her in the cheek ami throat. "Pooh! pooh!" .she cried, and turned off. plucking at the hawthorn bush. The white may smell rank, but strange and soothing; the petals shivered aud fell. Miranda's heart beat on. wondering. Something clapped at its doors again and again. Would she open? What was this Impatient visitor that plead ed so for entrance? She had so little knowledge; she was but newly arrived upon the world. Her emotions were still strangers to her; she was a pilgrim still among her new sensations. Ought she to open? Nay. to stay so and won der was purely pleasantest. One day she would throw wide the door and look. But now it was sweet to feel that hand upon the knocker, thatclutch iug at the latch, and lie trembling with in in feigned insecurity. She turned and faced him. Straightway the clamor ceased, and in her heart was silence. She looked him coldly iu the face. "You smile for love?" she asked. "Yes, dear," said he, "aud for the thought of you." "Oh. you take me too lightly," she broke out. "You do not guess what a solemn thing this love may be. You flutter into a thousand follies on the scantost reflection. You will dance, and you will play, and you will jingle angle through your holiday worU without a thought for anything but pirouettes and Jigs and whirligigs of laughter, 'ue most sonorous of sacred sorrows may sound In your ears and wake no echo but a gape within jour heart. And you would put me upon that dead plane of ribald merriment with yourself? I will laugh with you. Yes; I will go beg of you for jests in my jocund seasons. I am willing to shriek over your whimsicalities at my own pleasure. In my serene unthink ing moments I will be content to ex change humors with you, aud to vow life were void at'd dull were not such as you at my back. But when I've opened my chamber and fastened tho door upon myself, my soul and I shall be alone together, and I will weep, and pity, and repent, and ache out my heait with sorrows in which you can have no lot. 1 am young, but I have an inkling of what the world may mean." "The world," said he, "means happiness."- "The world," she retorted, "means tears, and bitter wringing of the hands. Have I not heard of death, and have I not seen pain? You think me gay, yet how long shall I keep this gayety in my heart? I go round upou tiie wheel. It turns aud changes. What shall befall to-morrow that I shall not weep to-day? You would pluck me with no greater consideration than you would pick a flower from its stalk wherewith to deck your coat. Should it wither or fall adust, another will serve until the coming of the wine. Look you, you will sigh and weep for love, and your sighs will be smiles, and your tears will be laughter. Forthright your heart Is singing like a lark. Yours! you us Is the shallowest of paltry passions." "I would do much for you," said he. "Give me your dimples," cried Mi randa, "and so to the churchyard with a wry face?" "Liven that," he answered, nodding. "Bah!" said she, "you will not con tain your face lugubriously for five minutes by the clock. Though you shall remember to be sober for two sentences, at the third you will bo whistling, and the fourth will find you holding your sides." He moved a step toward her. "And If I should die for you?" he asked, pleadingly. Miranda gasped. She contemplated his face with uncertainty. His eyes shone with the dew of tears; his hands trembled. It was the corner of his mouth betrayed him. Miranda burst into laughter. "You!" she cried. "You! Why, you would forget my cotlin as It passed, and the color of my face ere my back was upon you. See here," she said. "I will give you to the hedge for misery; but I swear you will take th" lane as jaun tily as an hour since. Get you gone, my merry man, aud come again to dis pute with mo in an Idle humor. Tie! fiel to think on you and death in the same company!" Ho sighed and turned away. "You havo the smallest heart of any maid I know," he said, shaking his head. "The better for my laughter," laugh ed Miranda, He moved across the meadow, his head hanging, his eyes downcast, his stick dragging among the daisies. Mi randa stared after him, her lips parted In amusement He climbed the stile, and, stopping on the topmost step, turned to her again. "I have at least one solace." he called across the meadow. "I shall forgel your tickle face by night." Miranda's laughter touched the skies and ceased. Her face fell thoughtful; she sighed and shrugged her shoulders. BILLIONS OF DAMASK BUDS. Vast Numbers Gathered Kvcry Ycat 1o Make Attar of Ko-uv-t. Since the emancipation of the Balkan provinces the manufacture of attar of roses has become a great industry In Bulgaria, and has been taken up on a large scale in Germany, says London Public Opinion. We have all been ac customed to connect the fabrication of attar of roses with Persia, and Syria, and even now India and Constanti nople furnish probably the largest mar kets for It; but, although the art of ; making it was discovered in Persia, the manufacture has nearly or quite died out and the center of the business is now the country about Kaanlik. on the south slope of the Balkans, close to the Shipka. or Wild Boso Pass, famous In the history of the Ilusso Turklsh war. The rose-growing belt is situated at an average altitude of 1,000 feet above the sea, and extends to a length of about seveuty miles, with an average breadth of ten miles. On this ground are produced annually from 5,X0,oiO to G.000,000 rose blos soms. The number of varieties cultivated is very small. Ninety per cent, of all the blossoms are taken from a bushy va riety of the rosa Damascus, or damask rose, known to our gardeuers mainly as the ancestor from which the infinite variety of hybrid perpetual roses de live a large part of their blood. Of the remaining 10 per cent., a part are gathered from the white musk rose, which is frequently planted as a hedge around the Holds of pink Damaseena, while the rest are furnished by a dark red variety of Damaseena. Other sorts of roses have been tried, but some j yield no attar at a 1, and others give ! an essence having tue perfume of vio lets or pineapples, or hyieimh, rather than of roses. An American Custom. Of course, if you walk on Chestnut street and take notice as you j;o along ill people should have observing eyes 3'o'j will see men stopping to com pare their watches with the chronom eters In the jewelers' windows. And if you have traveled abroad I venture to say you never saw a foreigner so comparing tho time of his watch. The fact is this is a custom peculiar ly American. We place more value on time here our minutes are precious we are so busy, so eager in the race for wealth time is indeed money with us. A friend of mine who goes abroad every season was chatting about th!i matter to me and said: "Do you know that the Americans buy the most expensive watches? Last July I was talking to one of the most celebrated watchmakers In all L'urope on this very subject, and I was sur prised to hear him say that his best watches the most expensive make, re pealers and the like wer mostly sold in the American market, lie said, loo, that foreigners do not care for such correct time as the Americans. If their watches are a few minutes too fast or too slow it does not concern them. "I was myself Impressed with the truth of these remarks by tin watch maker, when, a few days afterward. I was in a railroad station la I'arl.s and saw two public clocks four min utes fipart! Another time I set my i watch by one public clock in London, and the next day found by another public clock iu the same city, only a dozen blocks away, that my wa-.ch was six minutes slow by that clock! Yes; you may be sure that the Americans are the only nation who care for tho exact time." Philadelphia. Call. Useful Parrots. It has hitherto been customary to fritter away the intellectual force of parrots by merely teaching them to say "Pretty Poll" and things of that sort, but the municipal authorities of a French town have instituted what it Is to be hoped will become a general reform. The poor-box at the town hall, It seems, had for a long time been in a condition discreditable to the more prosperous of the inhabitants. To re mind them of their duty toward their poorer neighbors a parrot was pur chased, which was Installed close to the 1mx and trained to cry, "For th? poor, if you please!" The result, it appears, has been high ly satisfactory, pence and silver coins having been freely given iu response j to the bird's appeal. The idea Is capable of being applied In a vartety of ways. Parrots might be used, for example, to warn passers by of the prox'mity of wet paint on fences or shop-fronts, or to remind people on entering a house to wipe their feet. In fact, parrots might be made really useful members of society. The Lid Still On. Among stories told by country doo tors, this one certainly deserves a place. The doctor had prescribed for an Irishman, and visited his cabin the next day to see how he was getting on. "Well, Patrick, are you better to day V he asked, pleasantly. "Oh. muriner, no I'm worse, with turribhle pain in me Innards!" "Why, didn't you take the pills I or dered?" "I did that, an' I'm worse; but maybo the cover hasn't come off the box yet." The hen Is a cheerful biped. She will sit unruffled on a china egg for three successive weeks and then come out in to the barnyard and serenely Inform the farmer he needs a hair cut. Adams Freeman. "Does your uncle remember you la making his will?" Charlie "Ho must have, for there Is no mention of my name in it," Chicago Inter Ocean. LIKE A BANK'S DRAFT NEW MONEY ORDER TO BE OF SIMPLER FORM. It Will He l.'se.l a Soon as Arratuje- raentsCan Be Perfected for Printing; the Design-Will Supersede the Old Order as Ha:i ly as Possible, Dcsiisiis to IJt Ued. A new form of i:-:i.y order will be used in the Postotlice Department as soon as arrangements -iti b perfected for printing the d-iga s'luvu herewith. There is a marked difference letween the old form and t!ie ;if,v :n :i v order, the latter having been c.a leaded until it is more like a bank dr:i!"t. T'i's was agreed upon by the posMJ a ;ir !i riiies an the must con venient a:d lcjs::iess-!;k. order, and it will supersede the Ii. no v in use n.) rapidly as petiole. While the old outers will n.it ' .-al'ed in iy the Post oilice Department. n further issues of them will be perm'rtei. their .laces be- -1 2 5 4 ft mi: xi-:v postoffh moxf.v mupfi:. lag taken by the new form-. It will be itnpossible for any oüusi.m between pos tal or other ouViais in raisins: figures, lor the face of th- order must conform to the letter of advice nnd the ii-rures which will be u-ed i:i auditing the Postmaster's accounts are attached t- a coupon at the left of the sheet similar to lie forms used by express companies all over the I'nited States. There v. iil V important and noticeable changes in the next issije (j,f silver ceititi ctites by the Treasury Department, par ticularly on the backs or these indes of I'nde Sam. Instead of having a plain gteen or gray back, as the case may be. each side of the certificate will be orna iiHiited with a portrait of .som? distin guished America ri. There is s much work necessary on tliis certiticaie that counterfeiting will be well nigh impossible, and it will un doubtedly he fo?::jd the most elaborate piece of bank-note engraving ever at tempted in this or any other country. There is no particular hurry at tin llu-r-au of Lngraving and Printing in these matters, and it may be that six months will elapse before the new isu,-s will be ready for the public. .a .elk. SVt break away. The tramps')! ome a beggin' full of whisky end of e. The robin tri;! his merry roundelay. An then there'll be a spei! o' mud -there always is, but still It won't take that so very long to pass. An when il does, the bu ls'll be a -burst iu" with a will. An' the hatter be a ta-tiu o the grass. The cowi'i! have a twinkle in their peace ful look'm eyes, To see the medd'Ts gettin" green again; An the haughty, strutfin' rooster be so full o pleased surprise. That he'll crow real kind o' crazy, now an" then. The viidets will b peephi je ez bashful ez cat: be. Tie dandelions n-sprout in bold ez brass. Together with !he daisies an the temptin' cherry tre. While the butter keeps a-tastin o' the grass. The pigeons will be cooki' in a sentimental styl- A-nestlin' on the barn in loviti" pairs; An' the landscape nil a-bloomiu' in a broad an' heatain' smile. With a sort of funny fragrance every where!. Oh. yes. I knew the sultry days'll f oiler mighty elo.se. An' Nature then bo jes' a molten mass; Still I'm feelin' awful frisky 'tain't no use to I)- morose Whea the butter id a tastiu" o the grass. WS'5:'-1 V': Hi 'Mit M zzs Iii I i n : i i ! i t.lllUU. o r If fgf 5 : t IE - 1 : I f m all ' o ? S - i f 8 3 -. I v A j T o B i a ; I M I i - ft IF 5 f - 1 ' "w Ws 13 w':,ter"s almost ''j&YSf pat an' soon the mS win blow. MWi The snow'll melt. &V y&dSM the b r o o k s 'II CARRIES HIS HALL WITH HIM. Iowa Lvanselist Constructs a Mora ble House for Kc-Jiuion Service. One of the most unique houses of vor ship ever erected in Iown. or possibly in this couufYy, stands nt 14 IS West e- nib out on West Hill, says a Hurling- ton dispatch. It is Missionary J. It. Craw ford's movable labernnclc, vhi h was dedicated last Sunday with tmi'iue ser- 11.4.-' F -y l Mi! Ar. M- tn u e-'if a - m - 1 J. - -a. Tin: Mov.vi'.i.K tai:i:i:.u i.k. vices. The structure is made of iron and wood on a ste.-l frame. It is built iu sec tions, each section being hinged so ;is to fold into a small sp.-o e. The outside of this unique edifice is of corrugated iron, and the interior is led with hard pine. The walls and sides are erected on a steel frame, which rati itself be taken apart mid placed in a small compass. The interior of the building is lighted by win dows, which slip into the lining of the sections while bein transported to pre vent injury to the das. Tie interior of the building: is heated hy two stoves, so arranged as p. take in all the piping luring transportation. The building has folding ben lies which will seat nlxmt ,Hi people. Kxeryihitig used in the erec tion of the building is turned to some good account. Mven the derrick, on which the frame and sides are raised, is afterward turned into n rostrum for the speaker. When the building is in pieces this derrick forms ihe wagon bed on which the se. tions are loaded for. transportation. Mr. Crawford, who invented and con struct. r the building, has been in tln missionary work in Ics Moines County lor five years, having graduated from Moody's instil ule in Chicago, and came directly to this lleM. and has been doing some excellent work since. 1 1" ha s found in his travels through the county many piaces where the people wanted services, but had no hall r room large enough for the purpose, and in many cases no room at all. The idea of such a building as the one herein describe! occurred t him. and he was pot loi.g in drawing tip the plans and i 1 1 1 i 1 1 ir tln-in into execution. Mr. Crawford says this building will settle a very perplexed question of evangelical work in the poorer portions of tlio cities, where rents are high. The building can bo transported lo some vacant lot, sot up and the services held with very little expense, and he thinks his idea will be adopted by other missionaries in a short time. The cost of the building was about 000. SOLON HAS NO HONOR. Sells Seeds fliven Hint for Histribn lion iind Will lie Kn posed. Secretary Morton's next annual report will set out in detail, with names and nc eempa n ing particulars, the facts iu a transaction which will make interesting nading. Some weeks ago Mr. Morton tote to the purchasing agent of the seed division of the Department of Agrieul lure informing him that members of Con gress had been charged with disposing of their seeds in a way other than was con templated by law. and instructing him to either verify or disprove these charges in the most substantia! way. In less than a week the agent brought to the Secretary the written order of a member of the I bees,. ,,f Kepresntntivcs for his entire quota of seeds, which he proiH'sed to seil to the department's agent for 7.". The purchase was directed to be made. and. instead of cash, tie pgent gave his check, which was properly in dorsed by the end r and the money was withdrawn from bank. So ir happens that Secretary Morton nmv lias the seeds issued to ibis member, turned over on hi written order, and also the heck through which tiie money was paid, and bearing tiie signature of the member who sold t lie seeds. The department officials decline to men tion the name of the Congressman, or to locate him. but the assurance is giren that the whole transaction, names and all. will appear in the report as a strik ing example of the evil to which the Sec retary has so frequently called th" at tention of Congress. The full quota of seeds furnished a member of Congress by the department consists, on an average, of l.loo pack ages of HoWer seeds. 1ÖMH) of vegetable, and eiidity-t wo quarts of field peed?, grasses, etc. The total cost of this quota to the department is between .Sli'J." and M'lö. The department in this transac tion got the whole lot back for The Secretary is making an effort to abolish the five distribution of seeds en tirely, for the reason that it has grown into an evil that was never contcinnhited when tii original law was enacted. Francis M. Stanwood, the new tditoi of the Ilostoti Journal, is a io'ph-w of l n:... : Kl.-imo ! Mrs. Hominis MJucen I. ill is tinaüy suf fering from a complete tie up and has nothing to arbitrate. Mrs. Lease was so eoutietlent of her election as Mayor of Wichita that it is said she had arranged to send Mr. Lease to cooking school again. Fx ( 'otigressmau "Joe" Sibley, of Penn sylvania, the Presidential candidate of tiie Itimetallie League, is a millionaire banker, who made his fortune in oil wells. Senator Fikins, it has been rcpurted. will seek the Republican nomination for the I 'residency. The Wheeling Intelli gencer says: "This is a sea serpent story. Itider Haggard is pdug to the 1'nglish Parliament, lie has been working in the Held of the picturesque and the unreal so long that a contact with hnrd, cold fads will do him good. Mr. Allen Jones, colored, of Itivwer, (Ja., is entitled to Co eminent aid. Any man, white or black, whose wife hear eight children in three years is worthy of sympathy and support. Oavid M. Stone, the venerab'e e edilor of the New York Journal of Com merce, told a reporter the other day that he had been out of his pew at church Sunday only three times in twenty-tw years : i ... II la WIPED OUT BY FIRES. FLAMES CAUSE OVER SI, 000,000 DAMAGE. Mil wan Lcc's. Wmt Side Uniiicss Dis trict Scotirircd H;tlf a Dozen Mer cantile; l-'iruiM ;md the 1'lankintitu l!iate I.ocr -Los in Chicago. The Cream City Abtae. biwer Crand avenue, tie heart of th west si4e. ,.j Milwaukee, was tie- scene e.iriy Wednesday morning .,t one of the most serious con tla u'ra 1 io?i in the history of i Ic- city. The !i r is the mos dia st roiix since the Third Ward -fiiiiagratioii of . t. 'JS. ls'.rj. and the pecuniary loss will e. I si.inio.iKMi. It lutnished a mag nificent spectacle for '.lie thousands that tilled the avenue and wat bed it from sur rounding buildings. There v, ejv. however, luckily, no fa ia!it ies. Loss to the I'latik i ntoii Kstatc. The buildings owin d by the Piankintoii estate wore tin- large briek structure cov ering half a block, o . ci!!:ed by Landaur V: Co.. wholesale dry good dealers, and the Tanner C'onipan.v. furniture, adjoin ing Landau:- Co. to the east, the build ing in the rear of I .: uda ur A: Co., occupied by the Reliance S torn ire Company, and the library building at the northwest cor ner of 1th tieei and Cr md avenue. The estate will MiiVcr !o-s ;.f about SJ."i U N oti tlx buildings o. . !;;c d by Landaur A: t o.. Taute r V i !:: i h- Ib-iiance Stor age Co.. which wcie practically new. They were ti. rally des; -,, ,.,!. The insur ance on them js esritn. ;,., :,i mi j.r cent., which would make the ioss the insurance companies are :n b ar approximately S'1mi.O!ni on ihal siru ture aboe- Max Landaur. of Lamh'ur A. Co.. said the slock carried a i present by his firm was valued a' SP.mh. acil he usually carried about so p r . en:, ins-.trainv. which would in ike i:o actual 1 is of the tirm s.TJimxm. The Tamer Compauv " . was said to be about SpHi.iMto. though no member of the company eouM ie Pcmd to giv any accurate estimate. It was thought tie furniture stock was insured for about TÖ per cent, of t!;o value. Hi"; Clolhicr 1m illicit Mit. The Havidsou cstaic tiie owner of the building at a: d ol." Crand ave nue, locate I between part of the Plankiu- ton building that h:i occupied by the Taiir.er C-.mipany ar.l lie- ,M at how-. hiiiM - ing. ia which the retail l.o::se of .Morgan A. Co. is hcatcd. The ,nlv upauts d' the store-rooms in ibis l.uiMing wer ltar- ling & Wainbold. !-? js i I chit Liers, but there Were a few offices in h- upper part of tho two sto-i:-s. The structure was ou of frame, with a wneei- of brick, so th lire underwriter s::v . an 1 was worth Sl!o. OKi at th outside. The insurance was I saiil lo foot up to about .1.imim. Par'tng A: WamboM hal ju-t tceiv-.'. a large consignment if spiug g'ds. and the entire sto- k as well as the building was lost. With the new goods the stock was worth SIMhhJ or mote. s one con nected with the firm in a responsible ca pacity said. Tiie insurance wa a'1' if S70.IMH. Kochel A: KiihatT. art goinls and picture fi antes. wi c part ialiy burnetl out ami the st k wholly rt;inel by heat and water; insurance. .yMt-x. Young Men's Christian Association Uuilding on 5th street w as burned : loss. S7". TluT are many mi:!'r Josses, including small stores ami il its. THE BELL IN FLAMES. Bis Cltliing If on -.e C'liicae, Sutler Iis Seeon;! Pile. Fire which imperile! many livs aiil caused :t l'ss of S17'.inmi broke e.it in the base!iie;t of the Ib-11 clothing store. State anl Ouincy streets. "hicag. at o'c!ok Wcl:ieshiy aftefiioii. The 1 I 1 building's contents wer nearly all de stroyed. Total insurance is S1m;. hi. The tin sta'teil near ihe furnace ami shot ii,i the roar stairways with irroat rapidity, spnading to a-h of the five hVors. A panic ensued among the l:n employes. Many u the upper lloors rt'.siied I,, ho witnlows and scteame! for help. Charles II. Smith, a sale-man on the oooud floor, climbed on; of a win dow on the State str-'t t side, am! in try ing to catch hold of :t projection to sup port himself lost iiis balance and fell to the sidewalk, badly crushing both feet. Ki hard Purns. a 17-y ar old elevator boy, d;S,lacd great presen f mind. When tiie alarm was given he ran his ele vator to th fourth floor and h-d Miss Mar ti II, one of the bookkeepers, to th car and brought in r safely to the ground, u licrc she fainted. .Mis .Iciinio Levy, the cashier on the !ir-t floor, had her desk on a sort of platform from which a stair h-d to tin second lloor. Sie ran up the stai" and through Mauager Curtin's o!i":e. crying "The store is on fire," and reached the elevator iu time to atdi it on its last trip down. Then the traps in the shaft, opera! et 1 by electricity, fell, and tho elevator could be run no longer. A confidential miplove of the p. j Clothing Company said the value of tiie stock in the building was S"Jt m i. m m , and from what 1st could learn the damage was in the neighborhood of .S l ÖO, . He coul 1 give no accurate figures con cerning insuraiu-e. but said he thought the concern carried .7ö.tut n it'.M.fnia. The shoe stock, lie said, was not tiere than half covered. Jacob II. Cohn, the head of the firm, left for New York Monday altenioon t. finish buying the spring stock. He vas informed by teegrapb of the tire and re turned to Chicago at once. A seriont-ür occurred in the same building Aug. l!S Inst. The loss on the stock at that tire was St ;'. UM. The loss on the bjilding was NH. Totti in a l'ctv I.incts, Tie Commercial Pank of Moscow. Idaho, has suspended with liabilities of $PJ7,tKMland assets of .SC7.HI. What the Indiana Legislature needs is an athletic instructor rather than an enrolling ami engrossing clerk. Cov. Stone, of Missouri, has appealed to the people of the State for aid for the poor of Kunsas smd Nebraska. Stet 1 workers at the Carnegie plant. Homestead, have reorganized and begun to talk of higher wages r a strike. Application for a change of receiver of the Oregon Short Line ami the I'tnh Northern Uailroad was denied in Port h.nd. A temporary injunction restrains the principal of the public schools at Waver ly. Pa., from using the Itihle in sclntol exercises. North Dakota's Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in the ease of Wif. Murderer Pancost, ami the belief is he will escape punishment.