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' TMROU&n THE. .SMALL ELMO Of THE- GLASj — WITH A CiiLRIW AT THL BOTTOM HLLLMA ^MITM-DAYTON riCTURf-o ov ANCilL. QPE-AK.-SPLAPk. "OUR SON BERT—WHO IS DOING WELL.” “Of course we’re proud of Bert, be-1 ins the only one we've sot," sighed Bert's mother. “But he's always been such a good boy. I tell his father we can't be too thankful when we see the way other folks' children turn out. Miss him? I should say we do. At first I didn't think I’d ever be able to let him go so far away. But, of course, we wouldn't either of os stand in his light for a minute. And then we hear t rom him right along—Bert's real good about writing and as 1 tell his father, it's the next best thing to seeing him.” ' l told him if it w as only a line, just to let us know he was well and getting along all right." said Bert's father, “it makes his mother feel better,” he add ed deprecatingly. "I notice you’re just as interested,” site asserted spiritedly. "Why. if a let ter comes directed to me he can't wait tor me to open it.” "Same thing." hedged Bert's father. "What difference does it make wrho they're directed to. I'd like to know? Bert intends 'em for both of us.” "But he sends more postals than letters,” said his mother. “Some of ’em are dreadful pretty—1'il show’em to you. Gives quite au idea of the places he's been to. I'll go get 'em.” "I'll get ’em, mother; set still," com manded Bert's father. "Do remove your wraps, and take a better chair than that one you’re in,” urged Bert's mother. "Bert always liked this chair; he’d sit by tlie hour and read in it. You've no idea how we miss him. It don’t seem right not to have him to home any more. At first it didn't seem as if l could bear up under it. but I’m doing it for his fa thers sake. His father—" "Here's the views,” announced His Father entering the room with several albums. Oh, before I forge; it 1 must show you the nice pair of gloves he sent me uiy birthday. They're too small, but he says he'll have ’em changed." Bert’s mother arose anrl went into the adjoin ing room. “Beats all how 1 do miss that boy,” "I don't know as I could stand it. buf I have »to keep up for his mother's sake." Those are very pretty." said the caller as Bert's mother returned with the gift in her hand. "By the way, we've just bought a new automobile. Sometime—” "Bert's been riding in them a lot and he writes us about the trips he takes in 'em with some of his new friends down there,” broke in Bert's mother. "Bert says—" * * * “Got a letter from my son Bert this morning," announced Bert's mother as she v.'as sweeping off the front Titeps to the voting man in the new over coat . “Did you? How’s he like it?" asked the young man. “Fine. And what's better, they like him. He has been advanced twice al ready." Pride shone in Bert’s mother’s fare. "That's good. Tell him I'm glad to hear of his success." said the young man cordially. "Good morn—" "Oli. and he says he may run home this month sometime—if they can spare him,” she said hastily. “Do you know every time I see you, Georgie, I think of the time that you and Bert—” "Awfully sorry, but I’m late now—” "Queer you never struck out the way Bert did. Still, Bert's made for some thing big and—” "Good morn—’’ began the new-over coated young man crisply. Don't you mention it, Georgie, or Bert’ll kill me for telling it, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he was shining up to a very rich girl down there; it would make your eyes stand out if I told you WHO. Now. don’t you breath it.” "f thought Bert couldn't see anyone but Nell Thomson,” reminded George. "Nonsense,” denied his mother, in dignantly. “He way have noticed her tt little—some girls make a lot out of The Age When Bert Said All Those Cute Things. nothing—but as for anything else, I hope Bert will look higher.” "Nell’s a nice girl; he can’t find bet ter,” stoutly defended George. “Good morn—” “He wanted to be remembered to all his old friends—even if he’s mak ing fine new ones; my Bert doesn’t slight the boys he used to play with.” His mother smiled patronizingly. George muttered something unintel ligible as he resumed his way, but it wasn't “good morning.” . * * * "I'm getting ready to send a box to Bert,” said Bert’s mother. “Of course he eats at swell places, but one or two little things from home that he liked ’•pecially will seem good to him nights when lie comes in from some amuse ment." "I suppose he goes around a lot," sighed ihe girl in the dark blue suit with the little touch of Persian trim ming. “Down there in the city there'3 so much going on." "Yes. indeed." agreed his mother. “Has he written to you lately, Winnie? He speaks of you often in his letters. You know what his father and I wish—" "Now come, mother, don’t tease Winnie any more on that subject, said Bert's father, shaking his head. Maybe she don't like it," put ia Bert's father. Winnie w^as blushing becomingly, but she didn't look as if the subject was disagreeable to her. "I’d like to make some nut fudge to put in the bos," she ventured timidly. “He always was crazy about it." "Do!" cried Bert's mother. "Bring it over about Thursday. And write a .witty little note to put in with it. It'll tickle Bert to death to think you thought of him.” Poor Winnie—if she could only stop thinking of him! . « • • "Oh, how do. Miss Nellie,” said Bert's mother stiffly. "I hope you are quite well?" "Yes, thank you," answered Nellie, also stiffly. "Heard from Bert lately?” "Oh, certainly.” "is he coming home pretty sooa?” “Well, really, he didn't say. You know he leads a very busy life now, -' AW CV.11—. ' ;>p 3 AL-AK5 Pf-Aa '- ' xC«Sgfe^_— / / IV'I Bert's Life Was a Cycle of Early to Bed with the Alarm Set for Six. ami then—of course you mustn’t breath it to a soul—hut I think there's an attraction for Bert down there be side his work, which becomes more and more engrossing." "Humph," commented Nellie, but not loud enough to be heard. - “He's getting right into the front ranks. I suppose he will soon be quite indifferent to everything in this town but his father and myself. We think of breaking up and going down there to live, i wish i could begin to tell you of the gorgeotts things that hap pen to Bert right along,” continued Bert's mother, warming up suspicious ly to her subject. “He's invited every where, and l know you won’t tell any one, I think it's his employer's daugh ter. She's a perfectly beautiful girl, and of course there’s loads and loads of money. Not that that makes any difference. Still it's nice to have it when there's all the other attractions. Oh, must you be going? So sorry. I’ll tell Bert I met you; I'm sure he'll remember you pleasantly.” * * * "Dearest Bert: You don't know how glad I was to get your letter. I had begun to think something was the matter. If you ever get sick don't fail i.-.*- i—.-v* n,__ among strangers it' anything happened to you, you’d find it wasn’t so funny. “You don’t know how your father and me miss you, dear Bertie. We just stand and look at your enlarged picture by the hour. It’s a great com fort to us and I’m glad I had it done that time, though I don’t think it looks as well as you do and the eyes are crooked. "Bert, you haven’t mentioned any thing about that Miss Banks lately; you mustn’t treat her indifferent or forget to pay her attention and do the little things girls like, for your father and I both think it would be a very good thing for yutt to get in there. Her father would push you right along. Think this over careful. There’s a pair of tan shoes that you left up in your closet that hain’t worn'much that you could w ear rainy days; would you like to have me send them. And you know that light overcoat you outgrew, do you mind because I gave it to a poor, deserving man? Answer this about the shoes. “Nellie Whatshername stopped me on Main street last week, but I didn't give her no satisfaction. Don’t have any more to do with her Bert, because you can do better. Also Winnie was over to see me several times; she’s a sw'eet girt I’d write to her; it won’t hurt you and it will do her good, poor thing. “Don’t wait so long next time be fore writing and be a good boy, Bert, and don’t do anything I’d be ashamed of. All send love. Mother sends her been mailing some changes down at our place.and I've been putting in a little extra time. That fellow i told you about whose house I went up to for Sunday dinner get fired. So did Billy Canton ami one or two others who you don't know. I stand in right! Just you wait! “You asked me about Miss Banks. She was in the place last week and looked stunning. She was quite friendly. Asked me where I could find her father and 1 took her up to the big stock room where he happened to be. Say, don't get your ideas up too high. Still, stranger things have happened. “Yes, mother, i go around a lot, so I don't get too homesick and lonesome. I have a social engagement almost every evening with nice people. Every one is very friendly. Where I board there’s some very pleasant folks and when 1 don't go out we all’collect in the parlor and sing and play games. One young lady can play fine on the piano. I know you’d like her. “I am all right; now don't you worry about me. 1 like to get vom- letters. Say, don’t bother sending those shoes, they pinch my feet. Nellie is well enough, now ma don't you say things to make her mad. Say, you haven’t told me lately anything about old Bob. Have you had to kill him yet? I'll come home first chance I get. “Must rmit now a« T.hnvp an prtora.E'P inent to go to a theater party with supper afterward with some swell peo ple I’ve met through the boss. So you see I'm getting along swimmingly. Lots of love to both. Bert.” “Our son Bert” threw down his pen with a sigh of relief. A tear stole im personally down his left cheek. “Blame it all, I’m tired. Nine o'clock already? Well, if I’m going to get up at six o’clock to-morrow morning it’s time I turned in.” Bert glanced around his small quar ters as he wo '.id the alarm clock and set it for f>: ). Then he opened a wooden bo:. Lint had come by express that day and began to devour a por tion of the contents eagerly, discard ing sartorial accessories as the ban quet proceeded. * * * The Cherry—A son owes lii£ proud parents at least a few illusions. (Copyright, 1907, by W. G. Chapman.) Misplaced Money. A short time ago a gentleman in Boston sent a small hoy in his neigh borhood to deliver a note to a young lady who lived a few blocks away. He gave the boy a quarter to make him hurry. After a short time the messenger came back, and, harding the money, said: “Miss-sayc she will be glad to see you to-night, but she didn’t want the quarter.” . * boy a kiss. Thafs all this time. Tell them at the laundry to be careful of your good flannels. How l wish you could send your things home. From Mother." * • • "Dear Son Bert: Yours rec. I am much gratified at your continued suc cess and trust your ability will be rec ognized in a substantial way before long. Your mother and I enjoy read ing accounts of the good times you have. It makes us feel young again ourselves. I told old Billings a few things down at the shop yesterday. I guess his son has turned out to be a dead stick. Your mother writes all the news so there's not much left for me to say. She says to tell you to dress warm enough as the climate there is different from here. Your let ters do her a sight of good. I got the pipe all right but you ought not to spend your money on me that way. Begin to put by a little as soon as you can. though 1 suppose it does take about all you. make keeping up. Don’t take a back seat. I am sending you a'little check that I can spare as well as not. I don’t care wdiat you do with it only don’t m e it for anything fool ish. 1 guess I've written about every thing. Your Father.” • * • "This is a picture of Bert when he was little. Yes, isn’t it? Of course he's changed a lot. but l can trace the resemblance. It don’t seem yesterday since 1 took him to have it taken. That little mug? His father's second cousin's wife sent it to him and Bert thought the world of it. He was bound to have it taken with him, though I wanted him to have—’’ "Show the one of Bert when him and me went to the clambake that time," pleaded Bert’s father. “He was the cute3l little shaver! He made me take him along and you'd oughter seen him eat. Why. he eat—” "This is a picture of him when he was in the high school football nine—” "Baseball, mother, baseball,” inter rupted Beit’s father. “Did i ever tell you what he said when lie was only four years old about—" Etc., etc., etc. "My Dear Mother and Father: I’ve been pretty busy of late, as they've NEW IN EMBROIDERY AN EFFECTIVE AND SIMPLE COM BINATION. Flower Design on Front of Blouse Has Caught the Fancy of Those Who Seek Originality. Weary of embroidered blouses In French work, in eyelet and in shadow work, (he girl who can have what she wants looks listlessly around for an inspiration which will tell her wnat she does want, says a writer in the New York Herald. The shops are full of these oft told tales of embroid ery, and no new idea comes to her. it seems to be lurking on the horizon, or just over it, where she cannot see it. It must be something novel, some thing most effective and rich. And then she sees it! A friend has seen something which gave her the idea and has- adopted it to flei* own use. And, joy of joys! It is a kind of work which may be done on the beach, on the veranda, while waiting for the mail, by electric light, and, In deed, in any moment that is free from other joys and duties. It is strikingly effective and yet so simple in construction as to be almost childish. And this is what it is: Any effective flower design is stamped on the front of a blouse—a sheer lawn or handkerchief linen one —and over this is basted a piece of heavy Brussels net. The edges are cut away at the outline of the whole design. If there is no outline at the edge of the design carry lines of stems or leaves around to meet, so that wh«jn embroidered the edge of the net shall be covered and securely anchored there by the stitches. Next stufT or pad the flower and leaf forms thickly with embroidery cotton or darning cotton and work solidly over them with a rather coarse mercerized thread. The work stands up beauti fully and gives a very rich effect. When the embroidery is finished the lawn is cut away at the back, leaviug the embroidered design as if worked directly on the net. Such flower forms as'honeysuckle, chrysanthemums, daisies, slim tiger lilies—in fact, any flower with a long narow petal—are best. The embroid ery stitch is carried across the petal the narrowest way. It is best to avoid too long stitches, as they are liable to catch and pull. For this reason, when working leaves it is a good plan to stuff the two sides from the center vein separately, and to em broider these two parts with a distinct line of division down the center. This makes more variety in the work and the short stitches wear best. The stuffing stitches lies in the opposite direction to the embroidery ones al ways. The same idea may be carried out on the collar aqd cuffs. There may be also a little embroidery on the top of each sleeve. A complete yoke of this net embroidery is Very effective, and the work goes very quickly. Even an impatient girl who loves to be "on the go.” playing tennis, boating or swim ming, may on rainy days accomplish this and be elated at the possession of a blouse quite different from those worn by her friends. A simple method of using the net is to stamp a design suitable for cut work and buttonhole the edges of the design. IN MATTERS OF HEADGEAR. Downward or Upward Brim Is the Question to Decide. Dip brims light steadily to retain their hold upon feminine favor, and it will be some months before the bat tle between the downward and up ward effect will be definitely decided. One thing, however, is certain. Wide brims are bound to prevail for all headgear to be worn with elaborate gowns, and a marked feature of their trimming is the tendency to use light flowers and ribbons on dark hats and vice versa, as is the case of a black hal trimmed with rose ribbon and roses to be worn with rose crepe gown, and with a white felt hat trimmed with black plumes and vel vet. Flowers will be seen on many of the hafs made of heavy materials, usually matching in tint the other trimmings. The milliner’s bow has of late become a wohderful and eccen tric production. At times ' it is a myriad of short loops and ends, on other occasions it lies stiffly and flatly like a bird’s wing against the crown, jind. again, plaited in clusters, it forms bulky loops, accented by a handsome buckle. Good Effect in Gowns. With the peach-colored ribbons that are used for sashes and girdles now, a touch of gray of the palest shade saves the toilet from the hopeless sweet ef fect that is the ruin of many a pretty frock. A touch of black is often better than the gray. The palest shade of gray is employed. Hat Trimmings. Hats for sombre-colored tailor-made costumes are an important considera tion. Preferably they carry bird plu mage in the form of wings and breasts rather than ostrich feathers, which be long rightly to the mauve, white and tan cloth costumes. PRETTY BUCKLE SLIDE. / Buckle slide of white embroidered linen. Foundation of heavy cardboard and several thicknesses of buckram. DICTATES OF FASHION. Dresden and pompadour silk foun dations are being used for chiffon and voile dresses. Trimming ideas are numberless. Tiny ball drops, tassels and pendants of all descriptions are shown on the new models. ( Somewhat heavier and rougher goods will be fashionable this fall. Scotch cheviots of fancy design will be much used in the construction of tailored gowns. Two distinctive features may be noted about sleeves. They have much more fulness at the top, some of them even being laid in deep plaits, and they are very ornate, even to the point of fussiness. When one does not have a skirt with a paneled front, a plain gored front is often trimmed with buttons and loops. This adornment sometimes goes to the bottom of the skirt, on both sides; at. other times it extends a little below the hips. WHEN SKIES ARE CLOUDY. Materials Especially Designed for the Unpleasant Days. The woman who wears an old, shab by gown on a rainy day is not fashion able this season, for there come pretty pavement gray tweeds and thin nov elty suitings specially for the pur pose. They can be made up into the nattiest little suits, and, as cold weather approaches, the coat r -i be cut double breasted and fcuttonc : with big flat horn buttons. There are utility suits of pongee that are not really intended for the rain, but for general wear and for tramping both in town and in the mountains. A lovely dress of this variety is made of golden brown pon gee laid in side plaits and trimmed with three bands of brown and white Btriped silk, laid flat. The plaits must be pressed very har£ to hold the silk folds firmly in place. There is a little straight coat coming to the hips. Storm accessories, by the way, are now very fashionable. A woman has a pair °f brown shoes with brown rub bers to slip on over them. She has brown cloth uppers to protect her ankles in the rain. Her umbrella is a big brown silk one. and her hat is a rough brown straw, trimmed with quills. New Hat Has Empire Tone. Another item for wihch we must render heartfelt thanks to the court of Marie Antoinette is that sweetly becoming "bergerfc” chapeau, frequent ly termed also “Dolly Varden,” that represents the most fascinating little dip either side, the front standing well oft the face and showing a wealth of beautifully arranged pom padour. These hats lend themselves to a great variety of decorative treatment, bunched loops of ribbpn, clioux. and clusters of flowers, while one charm ing mauve straw boasted an entire crown of clover, the left side finished in an osprey of dyed green oats. Value of Odd Moments. Ycu can get a working knowledge of a language by a half hour’s study every day and a method book that teaches by sentences. JACKET FOR YOUNG GIRL. Tight-Fitting Garment Smart in Vel vet or Velveteen. A little tight-fitting jacket like this may be made of the same material as the skirt, or in cloth that may be worn with any skirt; it also looks smart in velvet or velveteen. It is quite tight-fitting, fastening below the bust, with buttons and buttonholes. The' collars and revers are faced with silk and ornamented with silk and velvet appliques. The band that fin ishes the wrists of the coat sleeve matches the collar. Turban-shaped hat of fancy straw, trimmed with ribbon and a feather mount. Materials required for jacket: 1% yards 48 inches wide. 3y2 yards lining silk, one-half yard silk for collar and | revers. TWO SIDES OF THE STORY. Told by Parkave to Ashstreet and by . Mrs. Paikava to Mrs. Ashstreet. When Mr Parkave reads this he will appreciate- the fact that there are sometimes two sides to a story. As he was coming downtown on the car his friend, Mr Ashstreet, remarked: "Wasn’t it a -scorcher yesterday?” “That’s the truth, and I know it, all right,” replied Mr Parkave. "Fell asleep on the lounge after dinner, and—don’t laugh—dreamed of a.cool ing thunderstorm, with rain and hail dashing against the house. Woke up and found my collar wilted, the perspiration streaming down my face and my underclothes as moist as if I had been out on the golf links with the mercury at 110 in the sun. Fact! Had to take a shower bath and change my clothing.” The other side of the story was told by Mrs Parkave two hours later as she was on her way to do some shopping. On the oar she met Mrs Ashstreet, and, Of course, the hot weather was referred to. "Yes, and I played such a mean trick on my man that I am almost ashamed to tell it.” said Mrs Parkave. "What was it, dear? You know 1 can keep a secret, ’ asked Mrs. Ash street. unable to conceal her curios ity. “Well, you know, a3 I have often told you, Jack snores terribly. Y'es terday after dinner he went to sleep on the lounge and was soon snoring loud enough to alarm the neighbor hood. The noise grated on my nerves, and in selfdefence, as I said to my self, I wen? to the music room and banged awM.v on the piano till I per spired. And what do you think I played? “You remember that descriptive storm piece I used to play when I wished to show off at boarding school? Well, 1 literally made the piano crash with thunder, and 1 had hailstones and big raindrops rattling and pat tering noisily against the windows and shingles. Perhaps I improvised a little and got in more thunder than the composer's score called for. but 1 was determined to drown Jack's snores, and to make the storm more realistic, I switched the lights on and off a few times. Finally, I heard Jack get up front the lounge and mumble something about the heat. “‘Has it been raining?’ he asked as I came into the room. “ 'No,” I replied. “‘Well, I must have been dreaming, he said. ‘Thought 1 heard thunder and saw lightning. Feel as if I had been taking a turkish bath with my clothes on.' "Then he went up stairs to the bath room, and I forgot to explain when he came down.”—Indianapolis News. Selfish, Helpless Women. The helpless woman is the most preeminently selfish of all women. The worst of it is that it is a very hard selfishness to fight against, as she is usually sweet-tempered in her tyranny. In her home life before mar riage she is always the one who gets up last in the morning and shirks work all day long. Today, however, men are beginning to realize that the self-reliant girl Is not necessarily 'unfeminine, and that she makes a better friend or wife than the girl who is sweet and help less. The helpless woman is a draw back to her husband from the start to finish. The helpless girl is daily growing more and more a back num ber, and sometime in the near future when man comes quite to his proper senses, she will be an utterly un known quantity.—Exchange. Kaiser Careful of Details. A Hamburg paper tells this story about the kaiser’s attention to detail: “Shortly after his arrival at Swine munde the kaiser was standing on the bridge of the Hohenzollern, when he noticed that the sentry, a member of the Stettiner Royal Grenadiers, on duty near the customs officer, wore a topcoat, but had his trousers over his boots. The kaiser shouted to the lieutenant of the guard: ’Lieutenant, when topcoats are worn the trousers must be worn inside the boots.’ The officer, an extremely youthful fellow, became confused and did not know what to say, and the emperor called in louder tones: ‘Lieutenant, I again call your attention to the regulation —boots must be worn over the trou sers by men who wear topcoats.’ The command then flew from post to post and pedestrians wondered why the soldiers suddenly became busy with their boots. The Judicial Way. An associate justice of the supreme court of Patagascar was sitting by a river when a traveler approached and said: “I wish to cross. Would it be law ful to use this boat?” “It would,” was the reply; “it is ray boat.” The traveler thanked him, and push ing the boat into the water embarked and rowed away. But the boat sank and the man was drowned. “Heartless man!” said an indignant spectator. “Why didn’t you tell him that your boat had a whole in it?" “The matter of the boat’s condi tion,” said the great jurist, “was not brought before me.”—Cosmopolitan. Chihuahua Dog. Although, the Chihuahua dog 25 years ago was common in Mexico, it is said to be rapidly becoming extinct. It is a curious little creature. Its weight is sometimes not more than a pound and a half, and it has a dispro portionately large head, bulging eyes and long ears. Tbe hair is usually scanty, showing the pink skin under neath, and from this characteristic it has been known as the Mexican hair less dog. They seldom show the usual dog straits of sagacious and intelli gent attachment These Roof Gardens. His eyes were red and his head ached. “George," she said, gently, as she poured his coffee, “I want to ask your forgiveness for a lie that I told you last night.” “A lie?” he muttered. “Yes,” she said. “As you started out, don’t you remember my saying to you; ‘You’ll be home early,-dear?’ Well, it wasn't true.” PROPRIETARY REMEDIES VS. PHYSICIANS’ PRESCRIPTIONS Statistics Show, of the Deaths from Misuse of Drugs in Two Years, Only Three Per Cent. Were Due to Patent Medicines, According to Figures Based on Medical Certificates. The press committee of the Proprie tary Association of America will pre sent at the next meeting of that body a report showing the number of f^cci dental deaths caused by patent medi cines in the two years ending June JO. 1907, as compared with deaths from other causes. Almost immediately after the begin ning of the latest crusade against • proprietary medicines this committee was instructed to collect data. This work was done through the clipping bureaus, which furnished accounts of all deaths, exclusive of suicide, due to the misuse of medicines, drugs or poisons. The result showed that only three per cent, could be traced di rectly to the products made by the members of the association. The greatest care is said to have been exercised in tabulating the fig ures received. Whenever the cause* of death was doubtful, special inves tigation was made, no matter wher* the case might have occurred. The work of assorting and preparing the record was done in Chicago, and the original clippings and correspondence are in the possession of Ervin F. Kemp, 184 La Salle street, that city, the association's publicity agent. The report says, in part: “A large number of accidents, re sulting fatally or otherwise, were caused by the carelessness of persons who left drugs, medicines or poisons within the reach of children. A large number, also, were caused by persons going to medicine cabinets in the dark and taking down the wrong bottle. In no case reported was any medicine, ‘patent’ or otherwise, held responsible for injury or death except when left within the reach of children or taken or administered in gross overdose." The committee says that it is un likely that any cases of death from the use of patent medicine escaped the newspapers, but that it is prob able that death from the causes tabu lated did occur without receiving pub licity. Physicians, of course, report the causes of death. The committee says that they would be the last to suppress the oause if due to the use of medicine not reqularly prescribed. A recapitulation of the committee’s findings show 4,295 cases of poisoning, of which 1,758 were fatal. The great est number of cases, 1,636, with 803 deaths, is attributed to medicines other than proprietary remedies. There are on the list 90 cases of sick ness and 43 deaths due to patent medi cines. Analyzing its statistics, the commit tee finds 201 cases of sickness, with 143 deaths, due to strychnine tablets, which are among physicians’ favorite remedies and are often left within the reach of children. Under the head of miscellaneous prescriptions are grouped 44 cases where, the report says, it has been im possible after diligent inquiry to as certain the name or the character of the drug or medicine which caused in jury or death, beyond the fact that the medicine or drug was prescribed bv a physician. Of these cases IS w-ere fatal. The committee says: “Under the head of ‘All Paten: Medicines’ are grouped all those rem edies which are recognized as patent medicines and which are advertised • direct to the public for internal use Competent authorities say that -at least one-half of the medicines taken in the United States are of the kind known as ’patent medicine.’ and yet in two years among 80.000,000 people there have been but ninety cases (forty-three fatal) that have been re ported in the newspapers from the use or misuse of these remedies.” Not in a single fully substantiated case is it ever charged that any pat ent medicine in recommended doses was injurious. In this connection it should be understood that in making death certificates and in reporting cases of injury to the newspapers from which these cases were secured, a physician had the final word, and in this connection is there any prob auiiiij mat exit? uwiui nui liiut* ills own carelessness or neglect or that of a fellow practitioner whose support he may want at some time, and is there even a possibility that he might hide any responsibility that could be thrown at a patent medicine? Ask yourself these questions. Then when you have found the answer, consider that during all this most thorough and careful investigation covering a period of two years, in not a single established case was it shown that patent medicine iq recommended doses w'as injurious. The most remarkable case reported was that of an Italian laborer in New York who suffered from pains in th“ chest. A physician ordered" fl porous plaster which the patient ate, with fatal results. Origin of Scotland’s Motto. It was thought by the Danes to be cowardly to attack an enemy after nightfall, but on one occasion when they were waging war in Scotland, they deviated from their usual rule. On they crept, noiselessly and unob served, in their bare feet, upon the unsuspecting Scotchman. When near the camp one of the Danes trod upon a thistle and in his pain cried out. This aroused the sleeping Scotchmen, and they gave the alarm. The Danes were defeated with terrible loss of life, and ever since that time the thistle has been the insignia of Scot land, with the motto: “Nemo me im pure lacessit.”—“No one provokes me with impunity.” Quite a Difference. Alice—Kate is awfully disappointed. That young Englishman asked her if she thought a married couple could get along on 30 a week and she hastened to say yes. Mildred—Well? Alice—Now she has discovered that he meant 30 shillings.—Somerville Journal. t Sufficient Happiness. The only happiness a brave man ever troubled himself about especially was happiness enough to get his work done.—Carlyle.