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[ 'JL!U Lustrous and silken haired he swept m The blackthorn silver loose and lept jv >\ Into the leafless lane; *3 j L' His pleasant minstrelsy began; f li*- Torrents of music riot ran ; Across the haze girt plain; He flung the fields new liveries And green slashed doublets to the tree^ Then, stooping, from a lily bowl Drank of the sweetness of her soul And madly sprang away. In marshes and moist meadows hs J ' Sundered the stately fleurs-de-lis; If' Kingcups in gilt array He tossed amid the tasscled reeds Quiv'ring and bent with crystal beads. And ever in his thoughtless flight About him danced in vestures bright His minion butterflies, nis plunder was the rose hid dew, Rose leaves the largesse that he threw At random to the skies, Nor ceased he till he havoc mads Amid the jasmine's starry braid. 80 was lilb rich Inheritance Ruined and lost. With swift advance And stem In russet gown Came autumn, of the spendthrift youth By bitter bonds devoid of ruth, Demanding summer's crown. Here from the corralled yews alone The robins mourn his broken throne. —Pall Mall Gazette. I THE TWO I I FATHERS | The mother was a widow, an Indus trious woman, who worked late and early In order to support her child, a little girl between 4 and 5 years old, pretty as a fairy, full of fun, affection ate and coaxing as any happy child could be. On the opposite side of the landing of the fifth floor on which Mme. Etl anne and her daughter Lillie lived was the door of the apartments Inhabited by two brothers, cabinet makers by trade and bachelors either by choice or by chance, no one knew. One of those days when the Intense heat necessitates the door being left open In order to got a current of air, the prettlness of Lillie attracted the attention of the two brothers, who were already past their first youth and adored children In their quality of approaching old bachelorhood. From that a sort of Intimacy sprung lip be tween the widow and her neighbors. Little reciprocal services passed be tween them. They sometimes made a party of pleasure on the Sunday. So well did they get oil Indeed that one day the eldest of the two brothers sold to the other: "That child would want a father badly." "That Is my opinion also." "Would you have any objection to my asking the mother to marry me?" "Why should I? In fact, 1 was think ing of doing the same myself. But since you have spoken first follow the notion up, but on the condition that you will let me see Lillie ns often as 1 like. I love that child as much as If she were my own." "Forsooth! You will live with us." The question agreed upon, the two brothers, dressed In their best, went to call on Mme. Etlenne, whom, how ever, they found confined to bed. The evening before she had run in order to take some work back to the shop in time; on returning she had caught a chill, passed a feverish night and was not able to rise In the morning. She begged ber neighbors to go for a doctor. It was no time to speak of marriage. Inflammation of the lungs carried away the poor woman in ten days. Thanks to the two brothers, she had not to go to the hospital, and until the Inst she was able to see her little Lil lie, wboui she earnestly recommended to them. They swore never to abandon the child. The funeral over they took charge of the little one, kissing her. They said to one another at the same time: "If you wish, we will never get mar ried now." They went to live at Vlncennes so thai Lllllo might have plenty of good air and take walks In the wood. They were very proud of their adopted daughter. When people stopped to look at them and asked in a casual way which was her father, they replied, "Both of us." Lillie seemed to like one as well as the other and called them Uncle John and Uncle James. When she grew n little older they put her to school—to n young ladles' school be It understood—taking ber there every morning and calling for her In the evening. So Lillie grew up be tween these two n fleet ions without ever feeling the waut of father or mother. She cost the brothers a great deal of money, did the little one, but bab, they went no longer to the cafe and worked a little more I ban formerly. These supplementary hours were de voted to the pleasure and toilet of rna -0 demoiselle. When she was 15 years of age, she was the first to suggest that she should stay at home for the future, at which, of course, the brothers were enchant ed. What a churmlug little house keeper they had then and with what Joyful tenderness she greeted their re turn every evening! To say the spoil ed child never abused tbelr goodness would be saying too much, but at least she seized every available opportunity of pleasing them. Two years passed over so quickly for all of them that on the day the two men brought a cake and bouquet to celebrate Lillie's birthday tbey ex claimed: "Seventeen years old! Is It possi ble?" Hut, yes, It was possible. And James and John thought so much about It tlint It made tbcm anxious and un happy. It was the younger who said on* fevenlng tu the other: *- "Do you know that LUlie Is getting more beautiful every day?" "Ehl Yes, I know It well. And oth irs know It too. There must be a good many admirers prowling around here after her." "And it Is certain one of them will lake her away from us before very long." "Poor little thing!" "Yes, if she were to get a bad hus band!" "Oh, I should kill any man who would treat her badly!" "There Is only one way of escaplDg that." "Ah!" Bald the elder brother, with out making any addition to the ex clnmntlon. "And then," continued the other, 'think how sad It would be for us to part from Lillie never again to see her trotting about the house, never to hear her merry voice singing after we return from work of an evening." "I have been thinking of all that for a long time, my dear John." "It must be put an end to." "And your plan?" "It Is very simple If It pleases you. I shall marry ber before she gets fond of nny one else." "Zounds!" The elder brother stood up, almost threatening. "I also have thought of that plan. I was often going to speak about It, but always held back." "Why?" "Because 1 wanted to marry Lillie myself." The two brothers looked at one an other far from amiably. Then the younger said: "This Is the same as with the mother formerly. Do you remember, Jntnes? I gave her up to you. It Is your turn now to give Lillie up to me. You are three years older than I." "Which nevertheless does not make you very young." A song was heard ascending from below stairs. Lillie was coming back from her dally shopping. "Listen," said John rapidly. "The child who has made our happiness up to this must not be a cause of disunion between us. Let ber choose which one she likes best." "All right," said the other. "That Is quite fair." Lillie entered, took the two men by the ueek, kissed them and, drawing a chair between them, said: "I wish to speak to you seriously." The face of the young girl looked quite Joyous. "1 wish to get married." "John and 1 were Just speaking about it." "But you have not found me a hus band." "As a matter of fact we have. You love us very mucli, say?" "Like father and mother at once." "That Is why we wish to propose to you to choose between us." "Why clioose?" "Which of us you will marry." The young girl burst Into a fit of laughter so Joyous, so prolonged, that the two brothers remained quite dum founded. Then, brushing the tears from her eyelashes: "No nonsense, my uncles. I said I wanted to speak to you seriously. You mustn't Joke. I huve a sweetheart." Neither replied. "Now, you must not be angry. I am so fond of bim, and be Is coming to morrow to see you." "Like that! All at oncel And us, Lil lie?" "You will always be my two fa thers."—Translated From the French For Detroit News. Athena and the Goat. Y'our genuine Athenian believes the goat to be the proper milk producing animal, and he regards the cow In this connection about as we Americans do the mare. The milkman takes bis ani mals with him, Jangling their bells mid sneezing. "Gala!" be sliouts, a quick, startling cry, with a "g" whose gut tural quality Is unattainable by adult learners and usually unpercelved by them. When a customer comes to the door, be strips the desired quantity In to the proffered receptacle before ber vigilant eyes, selecting one of the goats and paying no attention to the others, who understand tbe business ns well as be does. Patiently tbey stand about, chewing the euil or resting on contigu ous doorsteps. When their master moves on. they arise and follow, more faithful than dogs. The obvious aud well nigh overpow ering temptation to which the milkman Is subjected affects blm In Greece as In America. In Greece It Is taken for granted that be cannot resist, and he Is therefore obliged to take his animals with him. But even thus he Is not above suspicion, for they tell of a rub ber water bng carried luslde the coat and provided with a tube reaching to the palm of the hand. Each time the milkman closes his hand over the ud der he presses the bag between his arm and bis body.—Scribner's. Agreeable Parting. "Well, major, goodby. Glad to have met you." "Indeed, sub? Wherefore glad? It must take little to make you glad, sub." "It does." "Hahl Well put But every one-says 'glad to have met you' on leaving a new made acquaintance, and none means It." "Mere Ggure of speech. To tell you the exact truth would hurt your feel ings, major. Only hypocrites can be renl nice to people. As a matter of fact, sir, I am sorry I met you, and I don't care If we never meet again." "Why, hang It, sub, you are getting to be an houest gentleman! I should like to meet you agaiD, suh." "Never, If 1 happen to sec you first, | major. Ta ta." Bo the raspy old soldier had some thing ro ihtnk about.— New York Press. IT'S PIES THAT TALK NEUBURGER' Fieeland's Greatest Stora Several Lucky Purchases Have Brought to the Big Store Positively the Greatest Stocks of Cl* Shoes, In Ms, FnrnlsSiiis, Its, Cajs, Notions, Etc., Which are now offered at the lowest prices high-grade merchandise has ever been sold at in Luzerne county. Without all question of doubt (which a visit of inspection V -rh Neußurger s offer extraordinary bargains during the sale of these stocks. The goods are all of this season's make and were Bought from manufacturers hard-pressed for ready cash. They came direct from the factories w°!:^ h ops t o Neu Burger s, thus insuring you the greatest bargains that will be offered this season. The brief group of values offered below were picked at random from the tremendous stock. ZEGATIEIRrsr ITEnVE CLOTHING Boys' all-wool fast color Never-Rip Knee Pants, ~"J 0/^ per pair _L o/U The ESBE 75c cavalry-seated Never-Rip Knee Pants, with patent hold-fast buttons, ten styles, in sizes 3 to 16, go per pair during this sale at 'JI/t 1 Young Men's all-wool Cassimere Trousers, per 98c Men's all wool tricot long gray mixed 81.75 Trou- 98c 200 Children's all-wool 82.00 Blouse Suits in four O(Lj colors—steel, gray, drab and blue—during sale * 1 9% Youths' 82.00 Double Breasted Blue Suits JidU Youths' 83.00 Double Breasted Blue Suits 2.001 Children's Pure Worsted Serge Blouse Suits 2*00! Young Men's three-pieced all wool Long Pants •/ CjW Suits aSJ.r/O Youths' three-pieced silk-striped Teasdale Cassi- QQ ( mere $6.00 Suits *'kD 1 9 Qft Men's 85 00 Fancy Worsted Suits *zO Men's 85.50 Fine Black Clay Worsted and Cassi- t-w GG mere Suits •-fa" J\J Men's custom-made absolutely pure wool Suits, 77 ten styles, the greatest value of the season, at 1 •*J\J The Men's Suits which we are offering at $lO, sl2 and spa. 5 are the finest to be had and the values are not to be matched in the state. SHOES Our Boys', Youths' and Misses' Shoes are unequalled 98c Men's strictly solid leather Dress Shoes in all the ~j •/ Fv new shapes, per pair Men's Best Mining Shoes, per pair 1.10 Men's Fine Vici Kid Oxford Ties and Shoes, 82 1 values, per pair Ladies' Fine Vici Kid Shoes, with patent and plain "1 •/ Fv tips, the Arline make, 8175 value, per pair THE ALBION Ladies' Fine Kid Shoes which are as well made as Ladies' shoes can be and are the shoes so extensively advertised at 83 under another name. We offer four styles of these •#I II I high grade shoes, per pair, at vz V-f THE CRUSADER Men's Fine Dress Shoes adver tised very extensively throughout the land at Jos. Neußurger Estate, P. O. S. of A. BUILDING, - FREELAND, PA. 82.50 under another name and made of same stock and in same way they are made for us in large quantities and with our price, 1r.69, stamped on bottom of each pair. JLv_f FURNISHINGS Men's large size fancy border linen finished Hand- O n kerchiefs, each aejU' Men's seamless 10c Socks, per pair DC Men's reinforced back and front heaviest quality black and white stripe cheviot full 36 inch lone Q Q a-a Shirts b OOC Boys' 8-oz heavy Blue Denim Apron Overalls, sizes O PCa-* 4 to 14, per pair jLA*JKj Men's 9-oz Blue Denim Overalls, made with double stitched felled seams, Swinging Pockets, coats A_ of same material, made with 3 pockets "tf-f Boys' and Men's 75c absolutely fast color Madras Cloth Shirts, made in Shirt and Shirt-Waist styles, with the new style box pleat bosom 9 and plain. Twenty styles to select from of the prettiest ever shown in town. •Jv/U' Children's Blouse Waists, six styles JmiiJKj Men's 50c imported French Ballbriggan Fancy Un derwear "" tfCTV-' Boys' and Girls' Fast Black Heavy Ribbed Double ~f Knee, Heel and Toe 15c Stockings, per pair JLv/vF DRY GOODS. The Greatest Values aver in Summer Dress Goods we have now placed on sale. rhe P. W. P. fine fast color fancy figured lawns in the season'a newest shades, made to be and are sold at gc, per yard OL The "Alloeutte," the prettiest and moat serviceable Cotton Fabric made for this season's dresses, in all the pretty combination f colors on grounds of the season's rage—Old Rose, Rosanti, Pastel Green, Nill Green and Lavender—a full and ~| regular 18c Dress Fabric, per yard Lancaster Apron Ginghams, per yard e=j c Full yard-wide fine Muslin, per yard g c Best Calicoes, per yard g c Potter's Best 49-iiieh -.vide Table Oil Cloth, per yard |4c Fine Bleached Table Linen, per yard 25c Old Rose, Pastel, Ecru and all the popular shades in fine 40-inch Henrietta . Jml* hor Ladies' and Misses' Shirt Waists, Skirts and Wrappers we are showing an endless stock at very lowest prices. Our Hat and Cap Department is the most complete in town, and every new style is to be seen at way down prices.