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It was Sir Geoffrey's first dinner par ty, and Ethel felt just a little nervous as she received the guests. Captain Pelling was watching her in the pauses Of his chat with Bertha Collins. He caught her eye presently and smiled at her reassuringly, for she had confided to him her dread of the awful occasion. You are an old friend of theirs, are you not?" Bertha was saying to the captain. "We all think Miss Mailing Quite charming. I took to her from the first; but, do you know, she is not easy to get on with. Of course she is all one could wish as a hostess"; but it is impos- to gush with her. She has a way of sifting all one says and showing up anything that is absurd without certainly in the least intending to give offense. You would hardly believe it, I dare say, but I have adopted the habit of trying to talk seriously when she is listening." "I think that is the greatest compli ment you could pay her. Will you adopt the same practice with me?" I should not dare," she replied, with mock gravity. "If I were to get a repu tation for seriousness I should probably die aa old maid. Men always prefer frivolous talkers for their wives. There is the dinner bell. Are you to take me down?" Later in the evening Miss Collins drop ped into a quiet corner and discussed the things with the utmost freedom with aa intimate friend whom she had not seea since the end of the season. She was describing the breaking up of the party when Pauline's intended marriage had been discovered. "Now tell me—could there be anything more ridiculous than her running away frona her own house and marrying, or trying to marry, a man secretly, when there was no one to prevent her doing It openly ? My dear, you should have seen our faces when Mrs. Sefton read us the note she had left behind, as we dropped in, one after another, to lunch eon! At first everybody looked very sur prised, and then the absurdity of the whole proceeding struck us. Why could she not have been married properly? No one could have Oojected to her marry ing that good-looking artist if she chose to do so." "Was she very much 'gone' on him?" "Awfully! It must have been a terri ble blow to her when her husband turn ed up." "Rather! Isn't It odd, his being here?" "I don't think so. He was very good to Sir Geoffrey when he was in less affluent circumstances, I believe." "Things seem a bit mixed. From what I could make- out, he had believed him self a widower, just as she had thought herself a widow, until they met in the church. Don't you think it probable that, while he was under the impression that his wife was dead, he may have had a liking for Miss Mailing?" "I believe you are right," Bertha re plied, energetically, "for I saw him look ing at her before dinner with his heart in his eyes." "It is certainly very strange that he should have fallen in love with the girl who was being kept out of her right position by his own wife! It looks like the finger of Fate, doesn't it—though which way the finger is pointing I can't see." As the guests, one after another, took their departure, Ethel felt her burden lightening. Her first party had been an unqualified success, but she was none the less glad to have it over. Lord Sum mers stayed behind, talking earnestly with Sir Geoffrey. "I admit I was disappointed when I heard that she had taken the family jewels with her," he said, in allusion to Pauline. "I'm afraid she has Inher ited some of her father's want of prin ciple. The Luftons were never particu larly distinguished for honesty. What do you mean to do about it, Geoffrey?" "Nothing openly. I am in communica tion with her waiting maid, who had promised to let me know if there is any idea on Pauline's part of selling them, and I shall, unknown to her, become the purchaser." "An excellent idea and a very gener ous one. By the bye, as things have turned out, how fortunate it is that the engagement between our charming Ethel and young Dornton was " He stopped suddenly as Ethel and Pelling came back from bidding farewell to Miss Collins. They both caught the drift of his words, and Ethel glanced at Pelling's face; but it was, calmly un conscious. Thinking this a good opening to talk of Jack, he said: "If you are not too tired, I want to show you a delightful style of title page that I came across thiß morning. I thought you might elaborate the idea for for your 'Central Africa.' It is on this table somewhere." "I am afraid my share of 'Central Africa' will not be anything to be proud of," he replied with a smile. "That is nonsense, and you know it, Captain Pelling! I have made up my mind that your sketches are to be the principal attraction of the book. It is really unkind of you to make light of your work after all our interest in it!" "That is just it," he returned, laugh ingly. "I have become so accustomed to working in company that I find I can't move a step by myself." "You would not be offended at any thing I should say for your good?" "Go on," he said, and waited with knitted brows for what she had to say. Ethel, in her short life, had often had unpleasant tasks to perform, but never one so unpleasant as this. "Out of your own mouth shall you be Judged," she began, smiling at him to hide the trembling of her lips. "You lay you have become so used to working In company that you cannot move a step by yourself; but I say you must take the one needful step by yourself that will se cure vou good company to work in for the rest ot your life. Go to Paris at once, seek out your wife, and give her the protection of your presence. She will The \\/ife's OR A BITTER RECKONING By CHARLOTTE M. BRAEMB yield. You must not judge her by her words when you last ruet. You had her at a cruel disadvantage. Think what an awful shock your sudden appearance must have beeu to her! It is very, very hard for me to say this to you, after all your kindness to us in the past; but you will not misjudge my motive. I am speaking for your good. By and by, when you are quite happy with each other, you will be thankful to me for sending you away in this abrupt manner." "You wish me to go at once?" he asked. "That is a very cruel way to put it," she answered, gently. "You know I do not wish you to go at all. True friends are not so plentiful that one can af ford to play battledore and shuttlecock with them for one's own pleasure. For your own good, Captain Pelling, I advise your gojng at once." "You ire one of the best women that ever lived," he exclaimed, "and I am proud to have had you for a friend! I ought to have known my presence would give you pain, and refused Sir Geoffrey's invitation. Don't speak until I've fin ished," he went on, hurriedly, holding up his hand to check any interrption. "I shall follow your advice to the letter. I will thrust aside my own inclinations, and run over to Paris and see what Mrs. Pelling is doing, spend Christmas among the Frenchmen, and perhaps in the New Year Captain and Mrs. Pelling may have the honor of receiving Sir Geoffrey and Miss Mailing at the Wigwam." For once Ethel looked at him with her eyes brimming with tears; but she did not dare make an attempt to speak. He took her hand in his, and held it close as he finished. "You must make some plausible ex cuse to Sir Geoffrey for my abrupt de parture in the morning; or, better still, I will wire from town. I Bhall write to you from Paris, if I may. And now, before I say good-night, I must give you this letter. I received it two days ago from Dornton. I know it will please you. He and I correspond regularly; so I shall keep you posted up in his-move ments. Good-hy, my true, honest little friend." She sat, as he left her, holding Jack's letter in her hand, hearing his voice very faintly in the distance as he excused himself with the plea of fatigue to her father, and wondering how it had hap pened that this interview, which she had brought about for the sole purpose of bearing news of Jack, had ended in so sudden a determination on the captain's part to seek his wife. She knew his re solve was the result of her advice, and she hoped devoutly that good might come of it And Pelling mounted the wide stairs very slowly, deep in thought as he went. "She is quite right, as she is always. It is the only thing to do; and I never saw it myself. My place is undoubtedly by my wife's side." "I tell you your presence here is an unwarrantable intrusion! If you do not leave my apartment of your own free will, I shall be compelled to have you ejected!" It was the third day since Pelling left Ethel, and this was his wife's greeting! He had had a long battle with himself; but duty had been triumphant, and his mind once made up he was not to be dis couraged by a few bitter words. "That is not necessary, s Of course I will leave you; but you will not refuse to answer me one or two questions first?" "Ask your questions then, and, if I choose to answer them, I will. If I don't choose, I will not. But, for heaven's "Sake, get' over- them quickly!" "Will you tell me something of our child, Pauline?" he asked. She sprung up with a look of desper ate fright on her face. "How dare you come here to brow beat me like this?" she exclaimed, ve hemently; and then she sank back otf the couch again. But, after a pause, she said quietly enough: "You have touched my one weak point. Of course you have to hear what there Is to tell. My baby was born a weakly little thing. I had hard work to keep body and soul together in those first days after my father's death. I knew from the first she could not live long. She died when she wus three months old." "I wish she had lived." "Why do you wish such a mad thing as that?" "Because, if it had not been for see ing her grave, I should have gone on searching for you until I found you." "Ah! And if you had found me then, if you had come to Mallingford quietly and said, 'Pauline, you are my wife; come with me;' do you know what I wouid have done? I would have killed you! I would kill you even now, if your death would' undo any of the harm you have worked me! But it is all over, and the next thing you will hear is that I have killed myself!" "Why do you hate me so bitterly, Pauline?" he.asked; and he studied her attentively while she answered: "Because you have been by evil genius ever since I became your wife. If I had not married you, my life might have been as happy and pleasant a 9 other women's lives are. No sooner did I know that I was my uncle's heiress than my happiness was destroyed by hearing that I was to inherit only on the condi tion that I did not marry without my guardian's consent. Thanks to you, this condition was" already broken; and my six years of possession have been em bittered by the certainty in my own mind that you were alive somewhere and would surely find me some' day, and deprive me of all that I had risked so much to obtain." Pelling sighed heavily and took up his hat. "You will let me come and see you again?" "Why? You do not care for me in the least. Why should you take so much trouble to~-be civii to me?" CHAPTER XXV. "You are my wife. No amount of dis like or shortcomings on your part alters that fact. We have been very unfortu nate in the past. I can see you are un happy; and. in an indirect way, I am the cause of your unhappiness. I would give a great deal to make things brighter for you, if you would let me." She was touched by the earnestness of his manner and tone. '"You are very good," she said; "and I am sorry I behaved so badly to you." She stood silent for a few moments, Pelling watching her quietly; while they stood the clock on the mantelpiece struck 12. "You must go now," she told him hurriedly. "I have an appointment to ride with some friends. Come ag£in at this time to-morrow." He did not attempt any outward dis play of affection, but passed down the stairs. He met Babette half way down. "With whom does your mistress ride to-day?" he asked. "With the Baroness de Belette"—a woman well known for the pertinacity with which she had clung to the extreme edge of respectable society for the last five years. "They have a wager as to who will ride the greatest distance on a horse belonging to Monsieur Crevln which has always refused to carry a lady." Pelling went on with a little unac knowledged anxiety in his heart. He would go back and try to dissuade Pau line from this mad freak, but that he knew it would be useless; and any show of authority on his part just now might perhaps undo the little good he believed he had accomplished. He drove straight back to the hotel, and sat with his chin resting on his hands at the little table in the window of his room. He was in a strange state of mingled hope and dread. He did not know what he wished; he only knew that he meant to do what he conceived to be his duty; the rest he must leave in higher hands. While thus musing over the past, he was brought back to the present by the sight of his wife cantering by in com pany with several others; and, following them, he noticed a fidgety chestnut horse, with a side-saddle on, which was being led by a groom. • Pauline looked up and bowed gravely; he returned the greeting. How handsome she looked! How well she sat her horse! - How proud he might have been of her if she had never allow ed the love of riches to crowd the wom anliness out of her heart! He leaned forward and watched her as far as he could see from the window. - *•***«• An hour later Pelling was stooping over his wife's poor crushed body in one of the little chatlets in the Bois de Bou logne. She had been thrown and tram pled on, and was dying o£ internal hem orrhage. Her voice was very low, and her words came slowly, with many pauses. "It is heaven's justice! After you had gon» this morning I made up my mind to do as you wished. I thought I would try to love you—you were so good—and we should be—happy togeth er. I had no right to be happy—after my wickedness, and heaven has —settled it!" "My poor mistaken girl!" "Yes, that is true. I've been mis taken all—my life. No one ever—tried to make me good. I was always left to servants —when I was—a child. Heaven is just, and the great Judge will re member my—great temptations. Will you kiss me—just once, Alec? Say you forgive me—it will make my mind easier." In spite of his efforts not to disturb her last moments by any show of. feel ing, a large tear dropped upon her face. She looked at him wonderingly, and put up Iter finger to his cheek. "For me,", she said very softly—"you cry for me. I do not deserve —to have one mourner—at my deathgbed. I have done evil to every one—but Jack. Give him my No, I will not leave mes sages; they might bring a curse." Another spasm seized her; and, when it had passed, the hue of death was creeping over her face. It was all fin ished now, and the strong young life that had been so misused had come to an end. Pelling took out a card and left It with the people of the house, and then went straightway to see that all the necessary arrangements were made for the interment of het who had once been very dear to him. He wrote a short let ter to Sir Geoffrey that night. It ran: "Dear Sir Geoffrey—Your niece, my wife, was killed by a fall from her horse to-day. We were reconciled at the last. Tell your daughter I can never express my gratitude to her for sending me here; it will always be a source of thankful ness in my heart. The family jewels are intact, Babette tells me, and they will be sent by special courier. When the funeral is over, I think I shall join Dornton in Italy, and toward the spring we may vork our way homeward in company. Ask Miss Ethel- to keep us ever green in her memory. I've set my heart on seeing our young friend Jack a Royal Academician before many years. With his talent, he wants only a little judicious pushing, and I mean to devote my time to pushing him. '"Always your sincere friend, "ALEXANDER PELLING." Ethel was greatly affected by this let ter, and she went about with a very sober face for some weeks, until the preparations for Christmas absorbed her, and left her no time for thinking of handsome young artists or anything else. But, even in the midst of the excitement of Christmastide, there was always a craving in her heart, a dreary sense of emptiness, which grew and grew until she was compelled, with many blushes, to admit its presence, and to acknowl edge to herself that only one person in all the world coulu fill the void. (To he continued, i Proverb Conies Out. Miles —You remember Sapleigh, who went west a couple of years ago and married an heiress, don't you? / Giles —Yes. What of him? Miles —I understand his wife got a divorce from him recently. Giles —I'm not surprised to hear it. Miles —Why? Giles —Because a fool and his money are soon parted, you know. Trouble Afoot. The Two-Step—They are all after my scalp. The Waltz—Well, you're the fellow who crowded me out.—Cleveland Plain Dealer. Science Invention A faint luminous mist in the bulb and on the fingers has been noted by Professor Sommers on rubbing electric light bulbs that have been not long In use. No satisfactory explanation has been given. The layer of the sea taken up by the clouds each year is now estimated at fourteen feet in thickness. The winds carry the clouds to land, where the water falls as rain, to find its waj in due time back to the ocean. Late statistics show that a Spaniard lives less than two-thirds as long as a Norwegian. The average duration of life is, in Norway, 50 years; England, 45; Belgium, 44; Switzerlnd, 44; France, 43; Austria, 39; Germany, 39; Italy, 39, and Bavaria, 36. A remarkable effect of pile-driving was lately observed at Rotterdam. On withdrawing some piles that had been rammed through quick-sand by 150 to two hundred strokes per minute, the points were found to be charred by friction and they ignited spontaneously on contact with the air. A new sugar plant from South Amer ica, which has been named eupatorium rebandium, Is pronounced by Beronl, the German chemist, to be of great in dustrial value. It grows from eight to ten inches high and is found to con tain from twenty to thirty times a» much saccharine matter as sugar-cane or the beet. A physician writes of the effect of London's smoky atmosphere upon the human lungs: "The coaf miner's lung is black, the lung of the Eskimo is a pearly white, the lung of the Londoner Is a rich gray. Natural selection evolves beings adapted to meet all sorts of natural circumstances —among which a carbon-laden atmosphere is not In cluded. Such an atmosphere is a prod uct of man's own stupidity and nature has had no chance of protecting him against Its consequences." Birmingham, England, Is having trouble with its new water supply. The water is "soft" The city's health board has warned hardware dealers and manufacturers that galvanized kettles and utensils are dangerous, as the zin« coating is quickly dissolved by the water. Birmingham, plumbers say that their business has Increased im mensely since the new water arrived. It seems to have no great effect on brass taps, but leap pipes and cisterns are eaten away much faster than be fore. Readers of the late Paul du Chaillu's travels still recall with many a thrill vivid descriptions of encounters with the gorilla In its native forests. But none of the monsters seen by him could be compared vfith a gorilla recently shot on the shores of the river Sangha, i»* French Congo, which measured no less than seven feet six and three-quar ter Inches In height The substantial accuracy of this measurement seems to be established by photographs that have been sent to Europe. Prof. E. T. Hamy, the French anthropologist thinks that this specimen indicates a new race, If not a new species, of gorilla. Gradually all the great rivers are being harnessed for the great advance that the mechanical powers under the control of man are destined to make during the twentieth century. In the nature of the .case, those rivers whose upper courses are marked by many waterfalls possess the greatest avail able power.' Recent calculations by Bavarian engineers show that the Danube Is capable of developing, to gether with its Alpine tributaries, a little less than 2,000,000 horse power. This applies only to that part of the river's course lying in Bavaria. Only 700,000 horse power could be effectively utilized, and only 75,000 has as yet been developed. The principal uses found for water power In the Alps are for mountain railroads, and for electro chemical and electrometallurgical In dustries. EARLY DAYS OF THE ERIE. What BeclnnlnK* of Railroads In Thia Country Were Like. The monument dedicated at Deposit, N. Y., Nov. 10, In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the begin ning of work on the Erie, marks an important date In American railroad ing, says the New York Evening Post Few, if any, roads have passed through such vicissitudes as fell to the lot of the Erie from Its very Inception; none has been more typical In Its construc tion, and certainly none has been more often or more ruthlessly plundered by conscienceless financial managers. The first pasenger train with a locomotive had been put In actual service In South Carolina on Jan. 15, 1831. Two and one half years later the New York and Erie Company was organized, upon the assurance that the desired road would cost only $3,000,000. As a hint of the lawlessness to come, the organizers vio lated the act Incorporating their com pany by beginning business with only 5 per cent of its capital subscribed. In stead of 10. That James Gore King himself was a visionary appears from the speech he made as he dug up the first spadefuls In the "beautiful meadow" In which the Inaugural ceremony took place. That vale, he declared, would soon see a different spectacle—"a track of rails with cars passing and repassing loaded with merchandise and the produce of the country." "The freight," he contlu ued. "will amount to $200,000 per an- , nam In a very few years." Frightened at the Incredulity expressed on the faces of those who heard thia wild prophecy, he hastily added, "at least eventually!" Nine years later, In 1844, only forty-four miles of road were in operation, from which was received in that year the munificent income of $46,- 178.84 from passengers and $79,841.60 for freight The cost of operation ant | repairs was but $66,945. The only other i great railways then were the Baltimore I and Ohio and the road between Moscow ' and St. Petersburg. ! From that time on the road grew j slowly enough, like all the other new ; roads. But, unlike them, it could not combine with other local railroads. Early construction in this country was almost precisely like the development I of electric street railways during the last decade. First were a lot of little railroads between cities. Then came connecting links, and finally an amalga mation of many roads Into a trunk line. Of this procedure the New York Cen-, tral is the best example. It was made out of a chain of ramshackle local roads of different gauges. The Erie it self was forced to lease two roads con necting it with Jersey City, as Its pas sengers disliked getting off at Pied mont, its terminal, and coming down the Hudson on a steamer to this city. The ceremonies at the Erie's comple tion in 1851 were attended by President Fillmore and four members of his cab inet, including his Secretary of State, Daniel Webster. Two palatial special trains conducted the guests to Dun-1 kirk—with some difficulty. It is true, as one engine, although a monster ca pable of pulling forty tons, gave out early in the trip. But Elmlra was reached in ten hours, and on the second day the. remainder of the forty-six miles was covered in seven hours. "This peaceful victory," said a banner on the j special train from Newburg, "Is more glorious in its triumph than Austerlltz or Waterloo.". Another declared that J "this day wanting, the world had not seen the extent of human greatness." ! "COUSIN" GRAFT OF JAPS. Secret Service System Anions Yal low Servant! Amaxlns. The hundreds of Japanese who are doing their best to solve the servant problem for the American cities, just as they have solved it for the people of the Pacific coast, form one of tlu; most compact and dependable bureaus of general information that any city has ever seen. ! By virtue of what is known as tho "cousin system" these Japanese house boys, cooks and valets know absolute ly everything that there is to be known about the working conditions in houses where not they, but other Japanese, who naturally might be expected to be their rivals in business, are employed. They know to the minute when any other Japanese is to leave his position | and they know all about the habits of the household in which this Jap has been employed. j Servants of no other nationality ever kept such close tab on affairs. This solicitude on their part tp accumulate all possible knowledge about every thing is never known to their employ-1 erß until it becomes necessary for the Japanese' own purposes to reveal the same. For instance, there is a broker who for three years has had as general fac totum in his bachelor establishment an intelligent Japanese. This little yellow i man has been getting $100 a month, all his employer's old clothing, and othor perquisites. The itch for culture at tacking the Japanese, nothing would do but that he must go to the university. He would resign his place, he said, If j his employer would agree to engage in ! his stead bis cousin. The first cousin proving unsatisfactory, exactly four teen more were submitted for inspec tion. The fourteenth having proved , worse* than 'the first, the original serv ant was steered from his higher j thought idea and lured back to pressing clothes and setting bachelor table. During the experience with the fif teen the broker learned what everybody on the Pacific coast has known for years—that among the Japanese serv ants there exists an organized and won derfully effective secret service, and that the cousins, who are no mora cousins than they are deadly enemies, are responsible for the dissemination of much knowledge about their em ployers. But they don't break theiv trust either with him or themselves, even if they are long on the distribu tion of news that is useful to their craft Their Verdict. It was the first case ever tried in Stony Gulch and the jury had sat for hours, arguing and disputing over it, In thj bare little room at the rear of the court room. At last they straggled back to their places, and the foreman, a tall mountaineer, voiced the general opmlou. "We don't think he did It," he said slowly, "for we allow he wa'n'fc there; but we think he would of ef he'd had the chunst." Also a Reformed. "Dey're sendln' a lot o' grafters to jail," remarked Meandering Mike. "I'm glad of it," answered Ploddinf Pete. "If dis high-class patronag« keeps comin' in maybe de wardens wll wake up an' Improve de accommodu tions."—Washington Star. An Eag-llah Army Order. An army order advises that, when possible, mules should be used to dravt machine guns. "When, however, a mul ls not available, any Intelligent non commissioned officer Jnstrad. —London Mail. You can't convince a stubborr mar that it is Impossible lo cor- *ae« Hp Erynlpelas. Erysipelas is an acute contagion* disease caused by a specific germ call*! the streptococcus of Fehlelsen aft the man who first described its katu^ The chief symptom of this disease | a peculiar spreading Inflammation of the skin, which is accompanied bj fever, headache, and general ill-feeling, The fever is preceded by a chill. times slight, but often very severe, j, ordinary simple cases the inflammation attacks only the surface of the akliL but in severe cases the deeper struis tures are attacked. Although erysipelas is one of tb» contagious diseases, it Is not one to b« much feared by persons (■ rofcngt health; but anything that tend* I weaken the resisting forces of the eon stitution will help to bring on an at. tack of erysipelas in those who are sn». ceptible to it. This susceptibility i» seen In certain families or Individual, and these persons may suffer an at I tack on the least exposure to It. | Great care should De taken to ' shield from this contagion ail those who have recently undergone surgical operations, as they are peculiarly sos ceptible to its poison, and it Is one of the most usual cases of blood-poisoning and wound infection. Erysipelas is not often found In the very young, and In old age It Is still more rare. An erysipelas patient should be strictly isolated, and all dressings or articles which have come la contact with him should be disinfected or burAed. The sick-room should be dis infected and fumigated before It Is oc cupied by others. Any one nursing such a case should be scrupulously careful not to go near a person who has undergone an operation or who has an open wound of any kind. In the treatment everything must be done to maintain perfect hygienic conditions round the patient There must be as abundance of fresh air and sunshiny pure water and scrupulous cleanliness In every direction. Much relief Is af forded locally by compresses dipped lit some cooling lotion and applied to the inflamed surface, and there are many other alleviations which can be Indi cated only by the physician In charge 1 of the individual case, as the symp toms call* for them. After a prolonged attack of erysipelas convalescence is apt to be slow, and . an enfeebled condition may persist for * long time. The treatment at this 3tage should be tonic and supporting, and great care should be taken to avoid undue fatlgufe.—Youth's Compan ion. > SPIRITED BOY WAS CARNEGIE. A Schooldays Anecdote of tfce Oral Iron Matter. A broker sneered at the recent story ' of Andrew Carnegie's reputed dedaia* Hon that his epitaph was to be, "Thatfa d d white of Andy." "Mr. Carnegie is a wise man, not a fool," said the broker. "It Is true that he has done in his time odd and re markable things. All' those . things though, had a wise purpose behind them. The purpose of such an epitaph as 'That's d d white of Andy* coott I only be to evoke ridicule. "I once visited Dunfermline, Mr. Carnegie's birthplace. They told m* there a gtoty about him that ttlustrat ! Ed the tenacity and perseverance of his childhood —his bulldog determine tlon to ride down every obstacle aai reach his end. "It seems that at the little Dro* fermline school the master called An drew up one day and asked him ho* much seven times nine was. The boy, unable to hit on the answer Immediate ly, began to go over the entire table: m "Twice nine Is eighteen, thrice nh» is twenty-seven, four times nine i» thirty-six, five ' But the master interrupted impatiently. " 'No, no,' he said. 'Give me the a»- swer straight off." "After some thought, the boy bega# again: " 'Twice nine Is eighteen, thrice nine is f twenty-seven, four time# —* "'No. Straight off,' repeated tk» master. " 'Haud yer gob, man,' the boy passionately. 'Ye've spoilt me twfe£ an' do ye want to spoil me a thiro time?'" A Tribute to Reading* The president of Hamilton OoW* In an address to some public • c *°y teachers, said In effect that the edge he had gained by reading more valuable than all the rest_ possessed, and declared that If failed to give a love for reading. failed In the most Important their duty.—St. Nicholas. Cheap E*ercl«e. "How much 'Interest," said of leisure carelessly strolling with his Wall street friend, "doe* little dog of mine take In that chase!" "If you're asking me." return®®, „ financier, I "should say I purr —Baltimore American. Lightning very seldom strlKW In -the same place—probably the place isn't there.