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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOLUME 11. How Dalfino Said Adieu V By GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO. (Copyright, 1903, by Dally Story Pub. CoJ ALONG the coast he was known sim ply as Dalfino. and the name was appropriate. In the water he looked for all the world like a dolphin, his back bent by years of hard labor as a seaman, his body browned by the sun and sea breeze*?, and his head covered with a coarse bristly hair. It was a grand sight to see him throw himself from the rocky ledge at Forrini, and, darting through the air, plunge into the sea like a seahawk with broken wing, and, as he came to the surface again, his large, clear fishlike eyes sparkled in the sunlight. Perhaps it was a still more interesting sight to see him clinging to the ropes at the mast’s top. when the wind whistled through the rigging filling the sails almost to bursting, and the angry waves beneath him raged like infuri ated beasts anxious to devour him. Dalfino was both fatherless and motherless. Jp is mother had been dead for some 2w years, and his father bad fallen a victim to the sea on an Awful night when the sky was dark ened by tempest breeding clouds and the winds came like raging demons from the deserts of Lybia. From that moment the wide expanse of the sea belonged to him and his life seemed to be bound up with it.. He listened to the roaring waves as if they had something wonderful to t<*ll him. and spoke to them as he would speak to a human being. He confided everything to the sea and often dispelled the gloomy hours by singing to himself little snatches of song. “Father sleeps there,” he said to Zarra one day, *and 1 wish to go and join him. He is waiting for me, I know, for 1 saw him yesterday.” •‘You have seen him?” asked Zarra, raising her large black eyes to his. <4 Yes, there —yonder on the point of those rocks. The sea was smooth as C-lass. I saw him plainlv and he looked at me.” A shudder passed through the girl’s body. What a beautiful creature this Zarra was! Straight and slender as a mast, nimble in her movements as a panther, with a set of regular, pearly white teeth, and a bosom that rose and fell like a field of golden grain be fore a gentle breeze. She and Dalfino had always been kind to one another. They had played together in the sand, captured the un wary crabs along the shore, and waded out into the shallow water. The sun and the sea had witnessed them a thousand times kiss each other, had heard them shout in joyful glee, and join in singing the sweet little songs they knew. O. tender youth, how soon cannot the sea change such tenderness to the hardness of steel! Zarra always sat and waited for him !n the evening when the setting sun would tint the western sky w ith a rosy color, and reflected from the clouds would overspread the surface of the sea with a violet hue as if wine had been poured into the water. Soon the sails of the fisher boats would appear in the distance like a flock of white winged birds. Dalfino’s boat was in variably in advance ofthe others, and with its orange red sails swelling in the breeze, would approach the shore •with the speed of an arrow. Dalfino made a fine appearance as he stood at the rudder, firm qs a granite statue. “O!” Zarra would cry: “Good catch to-day?” He shouted her an answer. The sea gulls at the approach of the boats would rise from the rocks with com plaining shrieks, because they were disturbed, and take flight to a more deserted place. In a little while the coast became animated again and all astir at the return of the fishermen from their day’s labor. But the sea air made them both sick. With what fascination they regarded one another —she standing on the edge of the boat, he reclining on the deck at her feet, the sea the while making mel low music as the w aves broke upon the rocks on the shore. “What thought is there in your look this evening, Zarra?” asked Dal fino, softly. “Listen, I declare you are one of those mythical beings with a body half human, half fish, who live far far, out in the sea, and who, when they sing, sit upon the rocks, their long glossy hair floating in the wind. Some day you will be such a being and will take up your abode in the sea and leave me alone and lone!y.” “Fool,” she answered, laughing, burying her hand* in his long hair and holding him fast so that he could not move. There he lay subdued before her like a leopard in chains. The tea was gloomier than ever. One day Zarra accompanied the little fleet of fishing boats to their work. It was early on a beautiful morning in July. The fresh morning breeze gently fanned her cheerful countenance. A heavy fog hid the entire coast from view. Suddenly a bright ray pierced the dense fog like the shaft from the bow of some god. Other rays followed and soon a flood of light burst through the fog. Beautiful scarlet streaks, patches of violet with trembling rose colored edges, here and there a flaming band of orange yellow, and azure blue clouds, all combined to make a sym phony of colors without comparison. A breath of wind dissipated the fog and the sun shone forth in undimin ished splendor and sparkled with many hued colors on the surface of the sea, which a gentle breeze had set in mo tion. Flocks of noisy sea gulls circled above the ships, sometimes hov*ering over the boats, sometimes skimming along the surface of the water, their wings dipping into the spray. The little bark glided through the waves with the graceful motion of a fish. It seemed as if it were a living thing. In the southwestern sky a bank of clouds, resembling red tongues streaming through the ether, formed a background against which the rocks of Forrini, stood out prominently. “See!” exclaimed Zarra to Dalfino. AA'ho, together with Ciatte and his son, Pachios, maneuvered the boat, “see, how small the houses on the shore seem. They look like Mother Agnese’s Christmas eve cradles.” “Indeed,” said Ciatte. Dalfino paid no attention to this re mark, but watched intently the corks floating on the water. These scarcely moved. “Indeed, and what a fine child Mother Agnese has,” he suddenly re marked in a sarcastic tone, regarding Zarra with a stern look. Zarra met his gaze unmoved, but secretly felt hurt at his remark. “It may be,” she finally answered, turning away and watching the sea gulls circling high above their healds. “Ah. to be sure! Then the pretty uniform, too, with yellow stripes and the hat decked with a feather and the little saber —ah, a fine fellow —if — At this Zarra turned her back com pletely and looked longingiy at the op posite shore. Her heart beat rapid ly and hair floated in the breeze. “San THE VINE ON THE SPOUT, Deep In the heart of the city. She washes and irons all day; Her tired old hands are shaky and! thin, And her hair, once yellow, is gray. She stands near a window to labor, And every few moments looks out And murmurs: “You’re mine,” to the small, sickly vine That’s climbing the old w'ater spout. She waters it well in the twilight, And tenderly touches the leaves As they nod in the zephyrs that sometime* get lost So far from the grass and the trees. She knows every tendril_it carries. Each bud is a care, without doubt, For she loA'es— with a love that is sent from above— That vine on the old water spout. She is wrinkled and ragged and tired. Her children have left her, I know. To fight the'battle of life once again— She fought it for long ago. Friendless, alone, uncherished. Her mother-love will not die cut. So she croons an old tune, all the long aft ernoon, To the vine on the old water spout. It may be the world doesn’t need her. It may be the world doesn’t care For the old lonely soul whose eyes are so dim. Whose voice is as thin as her hair. It may be the world has forgotten— And yet I haven’t a doubt God planted that seed —for He saw there was need For the vine on the old water spout! —Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune. FASTEST BATTLESHIP AFLOAT. Sew Austrian Ship Arpad Makei S Maximum Speed of 20.12 Knota an Hour. The speed trials of the new’ Austrian second-class battleship Arpad at Pola prove her to be the fastest battleship in the world. Her maximum ’speed is 20.12 knots an hour and she made an average of 19.65 knots in a six hours’ run. She was constructed by the Trieste Shipbuilding company. The Arpad carries three 24-centimeter guns and 12 15-centimeter quick firers. A Suggestion to the Thrifty. The new' metal, radium, is said to be worth $3,000,000 a pound. Don’t neg lest, says the Chicago Record-Herald, to save up your scraps of radium. Five hundred pounds’ worth of feathers have been taken from a sin gle ostrich during fits lifetime. STARKVILLE, MISS., FRIDAY, JULY 17, 1903. Francesco, protettore,” muttered Dal fino between his teeth: “Turn, Ciatte, turn.” If Zarra moved he could not restrain himself from expressing some sarcastic remark, twisting his blond mustache between the fingers of his right hand and placing the left on the hilt of the sword. She laughed, but once she turned to him. “Blood is red,” Dalfino remarked with scowling countenance, as he walked proudly on the deck of the an chored boat, his military cap pushed back on his neck. One evening, a lazy day in July, he was destined to ex perience that blood is ted. The sun had iovv disappeared behind the clouds and the heat was intense. Like consuming tongues of flames the hot desert wind came in gusts while the seething waves tossed and roared as they broke upon the rocky coast. Just opposite the toll house Padrone Car dillo’s boat was anchored. “I have seen him again,” said Dalfino bitterly, as he sat near his boat, which had been pulled up on shore. “He told me that he would wait for me some other time. I am going to him come what will.** Within him a tempest was raging. Poor Dalfino! His heart was as broad as the sea. but as hard as the granite blocks on the shore. He stood there mute and listened to the deafening roar of the sea. Zarra did not have the courage to say an other word, but stood motionless as a statue and looked straightahead with a vacant stare. “My poor ship,” mur mured Dalfino, st roking with his hand the blackened planks to which he had intrusted himself in ail kinds of weat her. In his eyes were large tears. “Adieu, Zarra, I must go,” he said, pressing a kiss upon her cheek. Then while this wild desire was still raging in his breast, he ran towards the tollhouse. Under the tower he met his hated enemy, whom he attacked like an en raged tiger and plunged the dagger into his heart before he had time even to utter his “Ave Maria.” As the peo ple came runuing towards him. he plunged ix:to the rough sea. Rising and falling with the surge, he battled with desperation against the overpowering waves. Once more he was seen among the foaming breakers, then disap peared forever in the depths of the sea. Mingling with the howling wind could be heard the despairing cry of Mother Agense. —Chicago Tribune. WOMEN IN RESTAURANTS. They Seldom Order Meat for I.uneh rou ami Avoid Fie an . a Kle. “Have you ever noticed how a wom an orders?” asked a restaurant man of a Washington Post writer. “There are three whose orders have not yet been taken; now watch.” And very soon the waiter appeared. It was luncheon hour, and all being women who are employed it was natural to suppose they would order something warm and stimulating. One’s order Avas chocolate eclairs and milk, anoth er chicken salad and chocolate, and the patron wondered why the sandwiches were slighted. “Why,” said the proprietor, “if it were not for the men we would never sell a piece of meat —at this time of the day particularly. Somehow wom en rebel at the thought of a beefsteak, preferring seomething dainty. Wheth er it proves good for digestion is an other matter. A man will come in and order a cooked luncheon and finish with a piece of pie. A woman may take a sandwich and some sweet thing, either cream or fancy cake, but never pie. It’s odd to watch them, and I can almlost fill their order without taking it.” Tle “Arab” In Natal. There is trouble in South Africa regarding the colored labor problem. The Hindu traders (called “Arabs”) year by year become a more impor tant element in commercial affairs in Natal. That they are keen com petitors and possess many qualifi cations for commerce cannot be de nied. They live frugally, and can save money where a Jew would starve. Thus it is that many of them are becoming wealthy men, posses sing a great deal of property, and in some cases even driving their oAvn traps, sometimes even with a white coachman. A pet scheme of theirs appears to be never to pay until full legal process, even to the point of seizing their effects and selling by auction has been resorted to. Then they pay, and return next day to the merchant to begin anew account. —South African Exports. Preaching Through Pictures By HERBERT HENRY BOOTH Late Commandant of the Salvation Army in Australia. Organizer of the Scientific Evangelistic Society. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE EM \i; ;•PLOYMENT OF DRAMATIC ART FOR THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. Consider the problem of the empty church and then the attractive liyir and convincing power of the moving picture. BK WHEN THE CINEMATOGRAPH WAS S| INVENTED THERE WAS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH THE MISSING LINK BETWEEN fit THE PULPIT AND THE STAGE. In this in strument, used hitherto merely for amusement, there is a weapon with which consecrated talent may go far towards evangelizing the world. The vast majority of the population of all lands is untouched by any existing religious agency. Churches are experiencing more and more difficulty in attracting audiences, while devices for pastime and sin are so abundant and enticing as to absorb all the people s leisure. Never was there greater need of effective church methods. What I should like to do is to preach the Gospel in pictures throughout the world. With my father’s blessing I have left the Salva tion Army to try to do this. Tlie immediate object of the Scientific Evangelistic society will be to enroll among ministers, evangelists, Y. M. C. A. secretaries and Sunday school workers throughout the United States one thousand members, each pledged to deliver twenty stereopticon services per year. To supply the pictures a literary and historical bureau will be established, and costume makers, artists, photographers and scene paint ers employed. These pictures will be passed from one minister to another in all denominations, and in this way in time the Gospel story with still and moving pictures will be told around the world. SCHOOL AND CHURCH. A Japanese boy has carried off first honors at the Kansas City high school. Six years ago he could speak no Kng lish. and he has supported himself at school. An official report shows that at the end of last year there were in Japan 97 agricultural schools, six fishery schools, 28 technical schools, 50 com mercial schools, seven mercantile schools and 62 industrial schools. In 1902 the Central China Religious Tract society issued 1,700,000 volumes, which, with the exception of gifts to students at the examinations, were all sold. The books follow the Chi nese to all parts of the world where they have emigrated. “All the churches in my district are self-supporting this year,” writes Rev. J. Macgowan, of Amoy, China. “Ihe Chinese are a money-loving people — almost as much so as the English — but when their hearts are touched they can be as lavish as though money had no hold on them whatso ever.” According to figures gathered by Dr. Erskine White, secretary of the Presbyterian board of church erec tion, there are being erected in this country some 15 churches daily. Ihe Methodists are credited with building three churches a day, the Baptists two, the Lutherans \y 2 . the Roman Catholics \]/ 2 , the Presbyterians one. the Episcopalians one, the Congrega tionalists three in four days, and the remaining denominations l/ 2 between them. The average cost per church building, including all churches, is in the neighborhood of $7,000; the a' - erage daily expenditure for church buildings being from $85,000 to $105,- 000. Required work is still the rule in the freshman class at Williams, but recent regulations provide for choice after that year on the group system whereby election in the large is maintained, and consistency in tend ency and aim as well. The ale cor poration has just voted to extend the elective system into the fresh man year by allowing the student to choose five out of eight courses of study. After 1904 advanced mathe matics and modern language attain ments will be taken as substitute for Greek in the entrance examinations. The corporation also voted that after 1906 retirement from teaching by pro fessors will become compulsory on their reaching the age of 68 years, Italy’s Carbineer*. The carbineers of Italy are one of the finest bodies of troops in the world. They are selected from the regular army, and before his appoint ment every candidate must show' that neither he nor any of his ancestors has ever been accused of crime, and that his record for intelligence, efficiency and behavior while in the army is first class.—London News* NUMBER 19. HUMOROUS. The Height of Daring-.—Willie Lit tleboy—“What’s a hero, anyhow?’* Bob Thickneck—“A hero is a feller that dast to tie a can to a bulldog's tail.’* —Smart Set. Retaliation.—“l got even with that man who snores so loud in the next room.” “In what way?” “Why, I paid a boy to toot my automobile horn all night.”—Chicago Daily News. B. Lunder—“Funnyl I always get ‘demijohn’ and ‘demagogue’ mixed up.” E. Newitt—“Well, there isn’t anything strange about that. The contents are usually the same.”—* Philadelphia Record. Envy.—“ Yes.” said the nervous man, “I have a habit of talking in my sleep.” And the eminent citizen who is expected to respond to an ovation in every town that the train goes through murmured: “What a valua ble accomplishment.” Washington Star. The Thorn and the Rose. First Married Man. —“Women are frightful gossipers, aren’t they?” Second Mar ried Man—“ Yes; but just think what a lot of entertaining information one would miss concerning the neighbors were they otherwise.” —Chicago Daily News. Towne —“I didn't see you at Mrs. Hansom’s tea this afternoon. She was superb; the most beautiful wom an there.” Brown —“0, she's the reigning belle, you know.” Towne — “Well, on this occasion she not only reigned but she poured.” Philadel phia Press. Harry —“I wish somebody would give me a hundred thousand dollars!” Uncle George—“ Don’t you think it rather stupid to be wasting your time in vain wishes?” Harry—“ Guess you are right. Uncle George. I might just as well have wished for & mil lion.” —Boston Transcript. Not in That Class.— Teacher—“O, yes, Tommy, if you have a dog you are the owner of a quadruped, aren't you?” Tommy—“No’ra.” Teacher— “l explained to you yesterday that any animal with four legs was a quadruped.” Tommy “Yes’m, but Rover lost one o' his’n fightin’ a trol ley car.”—Catholic Standard. Richest Known Tract. The officers of the Indian office at Washington regard the Indian terri tory as the richest undeveloped tract of the earth’s surface now- known to man. It has iron, lead, zinc, oil, gas and manganese. Some of the coal is of the coking variety—Cleveland Leader. _____ Time to Dao. Householder There’s something wrong with this bill. It’s too bigt Grocer’s Clerk —That’s why thehosn sent me to collect it. —Brooklyn Life* Duels in France and Italy. France has about' 4,000 duels year, and Italy 2,8Q0 on nn average*