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I..IN.. WOMANS WORLD. i Tiiai bright woman. Mrs. Alee Twee die, who made n tour of the United States a year ago and wrote so entertain ingly concerning things American, says the New Tort “Commercial Advertiser,” has her own ideas as to how a housekeep er should run her establishment. She believes in keeping a series of account books by which the housewife may “keep tabs” on matters concerning the home, arid thinks that such a set of books will simplify matters and make things run smoothly and without extra work. The dress book is a novelty. Here a woman has the pages headed with the names of the gowns she is wearing, as “black silk, white satin, cream voile.” etc. Beneath each dress she will euter the entertain ments where she wears the frock. Thus she will not be put to the embarrassment of wearing the same gown to a house twice in succession. Another book pro posed is marked “Household.” It should have the pages headed with subjects un der which may be grouped information for which there is likely to be need. I'or instance, under “dressmaker” would be the addresses of those customarily em ployed and others who might be recom mended. with the name of the person recommending. There would be the names of women who do plain sewing, tailors who do little jobs, the name of a skirt binder and the addresses of people who do stamping, pinking, etc. Other head ings would be “plumber, laundress, car penter, umbrella mender” and the like. There would be addresses of lodgings and countless other things that may be need ed. The book will be found very useful in addition to the regular address book which a woman keeps for the addresses of her personal friends and others with whom she may wish to communicate. Even this may be more systematically kept than it usually is by dividing ad dresses into town, country and foreign, business and social. A call book has be * come. .almost a social necessity. Each week all visitors’ names should be re corded. It will be easy afterward to see how long the return call has been due. When a call is returned it may be scratched off the boob and thus the vol ume will show just one’s unfulfilled call ing duties. A similar book would contain lists of persons invited to one’s social gatherings. This would keep before the hostess her status in regard to her social obligations. In this book should be the addresses of the persons named, and it may be used as a guide in writing invita tions. In addition to the books kept by the housekeeper, lists of the household be longings should be carefully made out. On the doors of the linen, china, glass and silver closets should be list of their contents. When new articles are added a record should be made, and the same done when they are lost or worn out. Copies of the lists should be kept in the housewife’s own book, which should con tain, in addition, recipes for cleaning sil ver, mending china and doing other use ful things. It should also note items of interest, as when certain plumping was done and by whom, when carpets were cleaned, etc., reminders Which will en able the matron to be methodical about her business. This may be called the ledger, and should contain a complete record of all household happenings. Once a year the efficient housewife will take stock of her belongings, and w-ill replace missing china and linen. Her maids will soon come to understand that noth ing about the household escapes the at tention of its mistress or is too small for her to take note of, and in time the es tablishment will move in as well-oiled grooves as a well-conducted mercantile concern. . • , To increase the strength, symmetry and incidentally the beauty of the hand, devote ten minutes before you go to bed to muscle bending and stretching. Ex tend both arms at right angles to the body, the backs of the hands turned up ward. In this position the hand is to be bent upward, downward and sideways. With fingers first together and then ex tended and without moving the arm, bend the hands upward from the wrist as far as possible, then back to the or iginal position, then downward as far as possible. For the sideways movement bend alternately toward the thumb side and the little finger side. Continue this swinging of the hands upward, down ward and sideways for some minutes. Hand rotation next follows. In this the arms are held as for the bending and stretching exercises. With even and constant movement the hand performs all the previous motions, that is, from the bending position sideways, downward, sideways in the opposite direction and so on; first the fingers are held together and then extended. Finger bending and stretching comes next. With arms extended the fingers are slowly bnt vigorously bent enough to form a fist, and are then again open ed forcibly. For finger spreading hold the tips of j the fingers apart, with arms extended ns ' before, and perfectly straight. After the spread the extended fingers are brought together again, or are tightly clenched, this latter action increasing the effect of the exercise. Both the muscles of the hand and of the forearm are exercised by these movements, and after due time if there is not a notice i aide gain in suppleness of the wrist, con ) tour of arm and shapeliness of the band j j there is only one reaeon for It—you are looking for results it little too soon. A** mend meal rubbed on the skin one da> will bleach and soften the texture ir. a gratifying manner. . • * ! The value of aperient fruits, apples, i pears. oranges, shadocks, currants, j plums, sour cherries, figs, dates, prunes j am! berries, is that they stimulate the j How of intestinal fluids, and are. there fore efficacious in overcoming this un hygienic condition, which is always a menace to good complexion and oftener than not the originating cause of pim ples. Oatmeal and other breakfast cereals frequently are sent to the table lialf co^ked, in which state they arc harmful, because they impose an enormous tax upon the digestive organs. They should be shunned by brain workers and all persons who lead sedentary lives. Oat meal is, moreover, too heating to be a general article of diet in the hot weather. All these breakfast cereals are more eas ily digested if a bit of crisp toast, a wafer, or browii bread he eaten with them, for this compels mastication, in which process these foods mingle with the cereal, breaking up the nmss, and the saliva of the mouth, being alkaline, when it has this opportunity to begin the process of digestion, encourages the flow of the stomach’s gastric juice, which is acid, and thus stimulates the health ful performance of its function. Persons had better go hungry than in dulge in the baneful habit of cramming a load of half masticated food. Our breakfasts are, as a rule, too hearty for those not engaged in manual labor, unless they have opportunities for abundant out of door exercise. If you are going to take a ten-mile walk or play golf you may have a chop—not pork—or a juicy bit of rare steak, in ad dition to eggs, graham or whole wheat muffins, fruit and whatever drink you nrnfpr In the sedentary life that more than half the world of women lead errors of diet consist almost as much of overeat ing as in the choice of food. For all such the morning meal should be light and of the sort most easily assimilated. The first course should be fruit, fresh in its season, except that baked or stewed apples are beneficial the year round. In i the late winter and early spring oranges j and shaddocks are especially needed, per- | forming, with the malic acid of the ap- ; pie, a beneficient work in the lnrthan economy. These fruit acids are by chem ical action, when they encounter the di- [ gestive fluids, turned at once into potent alkalies. This is the reason that lemons ' are prompt in relieving both rheuma- j tism and dropsy Oranges, sweet and ripe, should be j eaten abundantly whenever in season, j for they possess extraordinary virtue, ! especially in their action upon the liver and, as naturally follows, upon the purity of the skin. * * * However advanced a woman may be, however far she may enter man’s field, yet a practical acquaintance with a col lection of culinary utensils will never | cease td be of value. A woman always i admires a man who can put on a storm door or chop down a tree if it happens to spoil the view from her favorite win dow, even if the man happens to be the president of something and could hire somebody to do it a thousand times over. et, 'how little use would she have for a man who said with an affected lisp: “Oh, I nevr couldn’t swing an ax. It’s quite out of my line to do anything so strenuous.” * * When one needs a reviving stimulant after exhaustion, nothing can rival the effects of hot milk sipped slowly, says the Brooklyn “Times.” Some people say they cannot digest milk, and these are the people who drink it down quickly, so that the digestive acids, in playing round it, form large curds, which give trouble before they can be absorbed. The right way is to sip the milk in small amounts, so that each mouthful, as it descends into the stomach, is surrounded by the gastric fluid, and when the whole glassful is down the effect is that of a spongy mass of curds, in and out of which the keen gastric juices course, speedily doing their work of turning the surd into peptones that the tissues can take up. * * • Use washing soda on the knife with which you cut an onion, or keep a parsley root to run it through. Never cook onions in an iron pot. This does not mean that one cannot nee galvanized iron. Always stir with a wooden spoon. Naturally one keeps the spoon for onion alone. If onions are strong, boil them in three waters. A good rule for the time of boiling is to keep it up until a straw will pierce them. . * . A plaited effect is given to quills this year and it is very attrative. One, for instance, has a stripe across the end marked off into big checks of colors something in the way the man who ad; vertises dyes checks off his color, There will be blocks of purple, blue, reds of different tones, and perhaps a little green. It docs not sound well but the effect is excellent. • * • A dessert spoonful of salt in a tcaqfp fnl of water is said to be an excel lout remedy for pain in the chest caused by OCR FASHION Black Lace Is Much Worn on Light Gowns. FOB USB WITH TAFFETA OK SILK HutroUmd Linen Costumes All the ass> For Morning Wear—Smurf Mats Are Trimmed to Match Gowns. Flowsr tints. , Grass lawn has been revived this season, und the robes, which come chiefly from Paris, are wonderfully tucked and incrusted with lace. The now robes in soft silk and wool mate rials are much appliqued with Arabian and guipure lace, and the designs form not only the borders and flounces, but have tunic arrangements and ore ap pliqued in yoke fashion around the hips. A groat deal of grey Is worn, but chiefly In very pale tints, and the sil very shade with pinkish tones Is the most popular of all. Bright colorings are completely out of stjde. All the BLACK CHANTILLY DRESS. blues, piuks and heliotropes are soft j and delicate, and the misty pastel tones are much affected. Black lace is a good deal worn even • on light colored gowns, and dresses of j black or white taffeta are tucked and ■ adorned with black lace set on in ' transparent fashion. A handsome gown of this description invariably has an air of distinction and can be worn ! either day or evening. The plain but effective gown shown j is of black chantilly over white silk. The collar is of white mousseline de soie. Dainty touches are afforded by the bows of liberty satin and the little square brilliant buckles. Coatnmea For Glrla. Delightful linen costumes for young girls consisting of blouse and skirts in simple designs bordered with Russian cross stitch embroidery are all the rage for morning wear. Either in coarse blue linen embroidered in white and red or in white embroidered in blue, these are very fresh and youthful look ing. Large straw hats slightly turned OF COFFEE COLORED VEILING. up all around are worn with these and are decorated with silk scarfs the color j of the gown. | To be smart tills year your hat must j be trimmed to match your gown, and j this style will continue during the fall j and early winter. Medallions of silk are inlet into even cotton gowns, and, while plain colors are used, Persian designs are the favor* ites. A pretty gown of brown veiling illustrated this fad by being decorated with medallions of orange and brown Persian taffeta. The smart drees shown is of coffee colored veiling with a fichu and yoke of ecru chiffon and a pale pink rosette. The Three-quarter Coat. Wo hare had the three-quarter coat for some time in the form of a wrap or dust coat, and now we are going to have it tight fitting and trimmed with braids and strappings. The old fash ioned jacket is coming into vogue with the short medium and three-quarter t---—--I WHITE TAFFETA WAIST.' lengths. It is making its appearance in biscuit colored cloth and eyen in black satin. Tailors have been trying for a long time to bring in the three-quarter tight fitting coat, but the always becoming Eton and Russian blouse will not be thrown aside without due considera tion. Some of the smartest furs for the coming winter are made it the bolero fashion, with the addition of little swallowtails, and these will be a fea ture of the tailor made (frocks as well as the coming mode of furs. Yachting caps this year are quite charming and no longer resemble a man’s headgear. They come in linen Berge or the material of your gown, and they are trimmed with a colored scarf, which somewhat softens the out lines. The simple but effective waist shown is of white taffeta trimmed with head ings and narrow black velvet ribbon. Some Kovel Hats. Millinery is as varied in shape as it is in coloring. Some toques have hard ly any trimming, but the brim is deep and much draped and appliqued. Mod els of the' shepherdessy rf pe are com pletely covered with flowers. The crowns are of foliage, the borders of BLACK CHIFFON BUFFLE. massed flowers and the brim profusely draped with folds of tulle or chiffon. One of the latest models was a semi marquise shape in panama simply trimmed with ribbon and having a couple of Mercury wings standing out at each side fastened with a large ca boehon of jet or pearls. The black chiffon ruffle shown in the cut would be a useful addition to any dressy gown. It Is made cape fashion, with three accordion, plaited ruffles and long stole ends, the edges of which are finished with ecru applique. JUDIC CHOLLET. Clever Dos. “The most l-cmarkable dog I know,” said an Albany man, “belongs to a neighbor of mh\e. Some time ago the dog was taught to go to a butcher’s shop for a certain cut of beef that my neighbor liked. The butcher- was in structed to send TO cents’ worth each time, and so the dog was given a dollar bill, which he took in his mouth and started away on his errand. Inva riably the butcher would give the dog the meat and 30 cehts in change, and the dog would Jog back home content-, edly. “One day the butcher thought be would fool the dog, and so be gave him 20 cents instead of the correct amount. As the Hog took the money In his mouth he seemed somewhat mystified. He went off. but it was not ten minutes before be returned, fol lowed by a policeman,’' - - I . - - .. v ' . • f ■ THEFOIUS _ _ J. RANK MACKENZIE JANLE (IKMARF EUVAi) COPYRIGHT -* leash ~ BY F.HSAVILE. ^ V A TALE ©F\5** S owsinuou mugneu anu mieu ms pipp. •All's experience, my boy, »«Yen the in side of a, Russian prison. Not that 1 think it’ll come to that We needn’t make our moan till we hear more cer tainly. Curl yourself up again and snore peacefully. I’ll waken you when we clear for action.” They drifted slowly along, the two knot zephyr fanning irregularly upon their canvas, and passed into the chan nel that runs between the island and the blunt spit of land upon which the Danish capital stands. As the chain rattled in the hawse pipe the dingey took the water and Desmond was set ashore. Barr returned happily to his slumbers. j. n u uuuia iuici uc uavucu uj the sound of his friend’s voice and by the din of the anchor coming home. He was aware as he blinkingly sur veyed his surrodndings that the yacht was under weigh again and was creep ing out of harbor. She was heading for the Swedish coast. Desmond had returned to his chair and to his eternal pipe, which he was methodically stuff ing with birdseye. The grin that usually lurked on his ingenious coun tenance was lacking. He seemed to be considering something with absolute seriousness and concern. This phenom enon was so entirely foreign to his temperament and customs that Barr sat up to regard him with anxiety. "How now, Billy?” he questioned. “For goodness’ sake, what’s up?” Desmond blew a cloud at him. “Noth i ing at present. Everything, probably, I in the near future. Victoria, queen of s Great Britain, and Napoleon, emperor I of the French, hate conjointly espous ! ed the cause of Turkey. They have | notified Nicholas, the Russian, that he ; is to quit pounding the sons of Islam. ! Most unjustifiably and unaccountably ■ they have failed to consult me. A rum pus must needs ensue. The question is. What about us and our little game?” “Is war an absolute certainty?” “Nothing’s a certainty, my boy. but the odds are a thousand to one on. Nicholas is not the man to take that sort of thing sitting down.” Barr shrugged his shoulders. “How can I say, old man? I risk nothing but my very inconsiderable self. You risk your ship and crew. Certainly it’s for you to decide.” “They seem to think our fleet’s com ing up here, too,” mused Desmond. “It would be ripping to see the turn up. Besides, why should an absurd ru mor put us from our purpose? Any way, we’ve got to decide within ten minutes. When we’re opposite Malmo, we must either swing port for home or starboard for the Baltic. Now, which is it to be?” “I’m yours to command in peace or war,” said Barr. “I don’t mind own ing that, from a strictly personal point of view, I’m for continuing. The joy and mystery of the quest were just be ginning to filter into my vitals. But, as I said before,-! have no responsibil ity to brake my opinion. It runs un weighted. Do just what you think best.” Desmond puckered his brows. “I’m hanged if I know what to do. I want to go on, of course, and so do you. But the question is. Are we justified in risking crew and ship?” “If our fleet’s to come up here, these waters will be as safe for us in a week or two as the English channel. The Russ hasn’t a tiniest chance of sticking up to them. But why don’t you con sult Jones and one or two of the crew? Of course Pladja will want to go on all the more. He’ll see chances of endless gore and revenge upon the oppressor. But our men ought to have a say In the matter.” The amateur commanding officer flamed out in Desmond in a moment. “Nonsense!” he snapped. “It's an end of all discipline if you cry to your naval wet nurse every time you want to make a decision. I have it. We’ll toss for it.” He produced a florin' from the depths of his trousers pocket. “You call,” he said tersely to Barr, and “Is war an absolute certaintyT” the coin twinkled high into the air. It fell on the spotless decks and rolled in slow circles toward the scruppers. The fate of the foray hung upon a single word. “Heads!” called Barr, and they both sprang from their chairs and rushed to where the small silver disk glittered in the sun. The graven similitude of England’s queen stared up at them. Then as ‘Desmond slapped it home again into bis pocket, for some reason the two tuen grasped eacn outers band. They were no longer merely the pals of a yachting expedition, but captain and lieutenant respectively of a buc caneering foray. At least, so went the trend of their inmost souls. Barr broke the silence. “Well, that’s a weight off my mind,” said he. “Oh, I was in a horrid funk. It would be against us. My stars, how ripping and mediaeval I feel; Where’s our skull and crossbones? Why wasn’t I christened Drake or at least Hawkins? "To singe tlie emperor of Russia’s beard,’ don’t you'know, or words to that effect. See the headlines in the papers, old boy: ‘First Blood to Brit ain. Daring Raid by Private Yacht The Sea Dogs of England Loose Again!’ Eh, old man? Does that make jrour sluggish pulses stir?” Desmond had recovered his everlast ing smile, but he grunted deprecating ly before he replied. “Umph!” said he. "It’s much more likely to be: ‘Destruction of Private Yacht In the Baltic. Capture of the Crew. All the Prisoners Sent to the Salt Mines.’ However, we’ve decided; so that’s the end of it. We aren’t at all necessarily go in- to encounter a Russian man-of-war. They'll be snug inside Cronstadt if they hear a whis per of our fleet coming up. There are no Turkish vessels up this way, so We can’t be mixed up in any business till war is actually declared. It’s when we get north that there may be trou ble. That we’ll leave considering till we meet it.” “It'll all depend If war’s declared when we get to Skelllgen,” began Barr. “Of course, If It Is and we’re discover ed, that’s the end of It. We can’t very well”— “Can’t! Can’t!” exploded Desmond. “D’you suppose I’m a perfect fool? There are shotguns end rifles aboard enough to arm the crew. I’d like to see a rabble of Finland serfs stick be tween our men and what they want if we mean business. I mean going through with this, I can tell you.” “But, good Lord, Billy, you can’t stand up to a regiment! Supposing there are soldiers about?” “Time enough to suppose that when we get there. Now let’s drop raising the ghost of every unpleasant eventu ality that could happen and enjoy our selves while we may?’ And as Des mond gave vent to this very proper and inspiring sentiment Menzies, the Scotch steward, announced luncheon. Leaving, therefore, forebodings for the practicalities of victual, they descend ed saloonward with appetites In no de gree impaired by the momentous issues they had been called on to decide. When they got on deck an hour later, the wind had freshened. The waves were tipped with wliite, and the yacht was no longer sidling slowly before the breeze, but flying nine knots an hour past the point of Falsterbo. Her prow at last was heading north into the wide expanse of the Baltic. As the day died down into the sunset the gale freshened, and night found them steering up into the great sea gulf under nearly bare poles, the surges thundering astern and sweeping them along a good 15 miles an hour. So on through the night they fled and staid not. With the coming of dawn the wind began to drop, though still fresh, and they considered their dead reckoning, for they had held far to eastward for sea room and land was entirely out of sight. Jones calculated their position to be about 40 miles south of the island of Gottland. They had to decide whether to pass it east or west. East was no doubt shorter and in tempestuous weather safer. Ou the other hand, it brought them nearer the Russian coast and within reach of Russian cruisers. .Tones, the sailing .master, thought fit to put in a judicious word. “In case of trouble, sir, inside Gottland would be most convenlentllke." That decided it. Desmond rounded on him with all the exasperation born of good and unwelcome advice. “In case of trouble, Mr. Jones! Great heavens! What trouble7’ “Well, sir, they say”— “Who say? And what?” “Well, sir, it was hinted by a man on the quayside at Copenhagen to Mur phy, the cockswain there, that war was imminent.” “War imminent!” stormed Desmond. “War’s going on! We’re not a Turkish gunboat, but an Englisb yacht.” “No. sir, but they say that England and France”— “Thank you. Mr. Jones. If we’re to run this cruise according to the fat headed imaginations of every dockside loafer who airs his secondhand opin ions, I’ll let you know. At present j when I want advice I’ll ask for it. Outside passage, please, Mr. Jones, and ! stand well out to eastward,” delivering I which command, with great show of : Imperious discipline, Desmond return ed along the dock to his companion. He had a good deal of the air of a Cochin China who has had his feathers •ruffled by an absurd disagreement with a bantam. Thus again was the fate of the foray decided by a triviality, this time sim ply the offlclousness of a well meaning and perfectly well advised old seaman. AH that day they swung along, meet lug only a couple of merchautjnen un der Swedish colors and, as they drew nearer the Gottland coast a country THE WEELITTLES VISIT THE ANCIENT RUINS. 1/2. the co^ptyaz-cL At The ^ v pie of- Isis, T^hiT^f*. cedt&in s'tonp t&hl&ts <$rp ofirtoireneai upon ia/AicA p>tr<sns?e otcL ££ypti&n /ness*#*s <?/* <£) uveftfen. —~ FIND THE MAN WHO PLAYS THE JOKE. ooat or rwo. xne early uara was just beginning to fall as they sighted two vessels to starboard, one much nearer than the other and on to the Swedish coast. As they drew near the first one the yacht showed English colors. In an swer the stars and stripes crept up the stranger's flag halyards, and to the English hail came the reply: “Jemima of New Loudon. Bremen to Stockholm. Russian gunboat astern. Think war is declared with England. ' We have contraband.” Jones slapped his leg and snorted triumphantly, "That is the trouble I spoke of, sir.” “Well, Mr. Jones,” snapped the ex asperated Desmond, “what if it is? D’you think I’m to be stopped by a twopenny halfpenny Russian gunboat? If war is declared, I shall stop and i take her.” excuse me, sir, saia me saipper, ■with dignity. “.You hold no commis sion to levy war. Neither I nor the men signed as combatants.” It is impossible to say what reply Mr. Jones’ pusillanimity would have evolv ed. Desmond’s mouth was agape with winged words, which in another mo ment would have been flitting sulphur ously round the skipper’s head. At that moAent a rending crash pealed across the waters from the other ship. He wheeled about and looked toward her and saw that disaster had befallen. Her deck was littered with splinters, . cordage and flapping canvas. Her fore topmast had given under the press of sail. She lay a prey to the Russian as easily as a shot wild duck to a re- i triever. Desmond swore aloud. “Well, my fine fellow, you’ve got to fight now. Bring us alongside and let’s hear the rights of the case.” Jones spread out his hands and began to stammer. “I must protest”— Desmond rounded on him like a flash. “May I remind you that I have a board of trade certificate and am mas ter of this vessel? By gum, if you | don’t bring us alongside in two shakes | of a dog’s tail, I’ll have you in irons for mutiny, you lily liverod cook!” They slid -up to within threescore ' fathoms of the other vessel. Mr. Jones’ expressions were varied and pe culiar and his glances astern numer- j I “Well, my fine fellow, you've got to fight now.” ous. But Desmond was a very vivid actuality of unpleasantness beside him, while the Russian only loomed distant ly astern. He gave in with a bad grace, it must be owned, but with a well considered weighing of the chances of immediate discomfort. “Can we help?” bawled Desmond as tney bobbed about. “Shall I send aboard ?” A red bearded, blue eyed skipper came to the side and shouted back with melancholy gratitude: “Thanks many, mister. Too late, I’m afraid. She’ll be on us in quarter of an hour. She sailed fathom for fathom with us before. W'e can’t get repaired in time. • But don’t you get mixed up in our dust. Cut your lucky and show your heels.” “Let me take you off,” suggested Desmond. The other flushed a fine color and spat contemptuously into the sea. “Not liy no manner of means,” he re plied. “She’s only a dispatcl; boat. ! Only one gun, not much better than a •hmaler. Let her board aba clmnce It nVTe got W cases nnes aua ou tuu« powder, so I shall let for her. We've a couple of passengers, though”—he scratched his head—“but that’s uo good either. They’d see them and chase you and come back to us. 1 reckon they want them as much as the other. I’m going to let for her, but don’t you get into trouble.” Desmond squealed for joy. “If you’re going in to win. I’ll be entirely blighted if 1 don’t ftand.by. I’ve got a signaler. Let me put six pounds of lead into her forefoot and surprise her weak nerves. She’ll throw up the game if she gees we mean business.” “You ain’t got a letter of marque, you see,” said the merchant skipper, scratching his head for me second time, “and you don’t know for certain that war’s declared. You’ll have to let her start, and then you can defend. But don’t come no privateering tricks.” And he returned to urging on his crew to their exertions with the deck litter, using' a wealth of most pointed in vective. ucsuiuuu uiasacu uia uicu au, auu, quelling intervention on the part of Jones with a fiery glance, he addressed them in patriot wise. He put the case before them with bluntness. Here was a good civilized American ship at the mercy of a score of half tamed Tar tars. Were they to leave her to be taken and her crew to rot in Russian prisons? Were they to become the talk of every dockside from the Tyne to the Liffey as the white hearted lot who saw friends being pounded and ■*" sneaked out of the row? No! Perish the thought! He’d arms aboard, and all would do their duty as English sea men. air. aienzies wouiu supply ap plicants witli-a glass of grog all round. Then they’d stand by to whip any and all the interfering Russians ever whelped. A wild cheer rose as he concluded, and a simultaneous rush was made to the steward’s quarters, where toasts of victory received full acknowledg ment. Then the little brass G pounder that had hitherto acted as ornament alone, save on foggy nights, was uncovered, sponged out and loaded. Rifles and shotguns were handed round and be low the deadlights screwed in. With an air of impudent unconcern the little yacht bobbed about within 100 yards of her consort, waiting what should betide. CHAPTER TV. MR. JONES FINDS HIS COURAGE. The Russian, with the hated yellow at the main, came along with a swing before the favoring breeze. Her sails bellied out prosperously. Her cutwa ter spurned the spray. She leaped the billows with a proud and superior air. To he- commander opposition was » thing unthinkable. A puff of smoke burst from her bow. A column of spray followed quickly, rising 50 feet ahead of tbe merchantman’s bows. The union jack seemed to flick con temptuously from tbe yacht’s stern as the foam died down among tne waves. The Russian sped along her course, and from her captain’s speaking trumpet came a hail. Over went the yards, and the helm was put about. She rounded to within 100 fathoms. “Give to me your sheep, or I sink] you!” came the challenge across thoj sea lane. The pronunciation wa» poor, but the meaning unmistakable The Yankee answer went back swift and straight. "See you swimminj first!” defied the skipper, and a mightyj cheer rose from the English decks. Forthwith followed another puff oft smoke. This time the ball plowed, the deck of the disabled craft and took a corner of tbe deckhouse into the sea. The flying splinters smote down a man. Blood showed duskily upon the. white decks, visible enough to the watching crew of the yacht. Joneai gripped the taffrail in front of him, using wicked words. Barr and Des-| mond swore aloud. A murmur rus-) tied inarticulately among the men. Again the 0 pounder roared. Th«| answering thud as it passed clean, through an American seaman’s body) was slekeningly audible. The shot sped on and crashed into the bulwarks of the yacht A twisted bit of rail jnst flicked Jones’ calf. With a howl of rage and a flaming countenance he tn rtacmaiul (To Be Continued.)