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JUST COMMON POLKS,
If only sweetest bells were rung Ilow we should miss the minor chimes I'f only grandest poets sung, Therc'd be no simple little rhymes; The modest clinging vine adds grace To all the forest's giant oaks, And 'mid earth's mighty is a place To people with just common folks. Not they the warriors who shall win Upon the battlefield a name To sound the awful din; Not theirs the painter's deatWess fame; Not theirs the poet's muse that rings The rhythmic gift his soul Invokes; Theirs lint to do the simple things That duty gives just common folks. Fate has not lifted them above The level of the human plane; They share with nieu a fellow love In touch with pleasure and with pain. One great, far-reaching brotherhood, With common burdens, common yokes, And common wrongs and common good— God's urmy of just common folks. An Unconscious Matchmaker. OO tell me, old fellow, how on earth It is possible for such a metamorphosis to have taken place. Not a month ago we sat here, two hardened bachelors, determined to remain so to the end of our days, and now 1 find you transformed into a most devoted husband." A hearty laugh was the Immediate answer to this outburst, and Dr. Tren ton, to whom it was addressed, took a puff at his pipe before replying. "Well, you see, Jim," lie said, "I thought It would be fun to surprise you thoroughly for once. Hut Delia shall tell you the story, and you may be sur prised to learn that you yourself, un consciously, I admit, made up the match." "I suppose it is for penance. Will, that I am to narrate my own mistakes and misdeeds to Mr. Allison. Two months ago I was a stupid little coun try girl. My eldest brother had sent for me to keep his house. Our parents have been dend many years and I had lived with an aunt. Henry, my brother, had written me that it would be Impos sible for him to meet me at the depot, and that 1 should drive to the Tudor Flats, where he was living ou the fourth lioor. My poor brain was cer tainly in a whirl after my long drive through the noisy streets. When I ar rived at the Tudor Flats I walked bravely up the stairs. "I know you will laugh at me dread fully. Mr. Allison, but you must remem ber that I had never before seen so many stairs. In my Ignorance I was unaware that the entresol does not count; therefore, when 1 arrived at a lauding where a door was ajar and an old man servant replying to an Inquirer the the doctor would not be home until 2 o'clock, I naturally concluded that I had reached my journey's end, for my brother also bears the title doctor. To old .Tames' astonishment I walked calmly in, saying: " "The doctor expects me. Please have my luggage seen to.' " 'Hut, miss, I don't know,' he ven tured, "I have the strictest orders never to allow any one to enter my master's study during his absence.' " 'I am the doctor's sister, and he him self arranged my coining,' I answered, condescendingly. "With that he admitted me, mutter ing: 'Never heard about a sister,' Into the smoky, dusty apartments, which I assumed to be my brother's. "Much to James* consternation, I set to work and dusted furniture and books, spread a clean cloth on the table, and prepared a lunch (though James in formed me 'Master never eats at home') of fresh butter, home-made bread, cheese, ham and apples; then decorated the room with roses and honeysuckle brought from home. "To pass away the time, I took up a book nnd began to read. A note fell out of this Irnok. My eyes fell on the first words and my attention was Instantly attracted. It was slgued Charlie Alli son, nnd read: " 'Dear Old Man: So you have decided to install that awful creature In your house, though you acknowledge that all hopes of peace and comfort of your life will be gone. My dear fellow, do be ad vised and give up this preposterous idea. At any rate, don't be surprised if I cut your acquaintance for the present, and leave you to enjoy the company of Miss Delia. Your friend, "CHAUME ALLISON." "My dear lady," Interrupted Charlie, "you (lou't mean to say—lt Uil't possible that any misunderstanding arose out of that? My dislike and " "I do ineau to say so," she replied, laughing; "It was quite possible—in deed, natural—l should assume that those words referred to me. I was at first highly Indignant and then began 1o cry. My resolution was soon formed; 1 would go away at once and not ever see the heartless brother who had dis cussed me In such a maimer before my rival. "Whilerepacklngmy bag I came upon a photograph of myself. A sudden im pulse made me write a few words on the buck of it and leave it on the table. Then 1 heard steps outside. It was Henry. 1 thought. He should not ttud me there. Seeing the door of a small room open, I slipped in and dosed It behind uie." "bet me tell the rest," interrupted the doctor; "I fancied I was dreaming as I became aware of the Invitingly sprt ail tablo; then I noted two covers laid as if for a delightful tete-a-tete, and upon my napkin a photograph of the sweet est face 1 had ever seen. Listen to what was written under It: " 'As I am so ugly; as 1 destroy your peace and drive away your friends, 1 mo POOR BOYS WHO MADE THEIR MARKS IN THE WORLD. MARCUS DALY'S MONEY. Capital represented by liiin. .$100,000,000 His personal wealth 22,000,000 Copper interests represented 75,tX)0,000 l''irst price paid fur his cop per mine 35,000 Ilis ntiuiiul wage roll paid.. 5,000,000 His horses cost 1,000,000 His works of art cost 300,000 His private car cost 40,000 His hotel cost 200,(KM) Ilis personal living cost per annum 5,000 His annual income was ap proximately 2,500,000 Marcus Duly graduated from digging potatoes to digging copper nnrf nceumti lated a fortune of $50,000,000. Henry Viliard rose from reporter to railroad president, became a Napoleon of finance, lost two enormous, fortunes, and died a millionaire. leave you to lunch nlone and shall tind a homo elsewhere.' "While puzzling about what this might moan, I heard a terrific yell from Delia, my parrot; I opened the store room door and Delia, my wife, fell Into my arms. "After explanations had been made I restored her to brother Henry as housekeeper, but claimed her In five weeks for my own. Now do you be lieve that you are a matchmaker?"— Boston Post. RUSHING INTO THE CITIES. Young Men Invite Fuilurc by E»ay in«r Unirie I Fields. Some published fragments of the new census statistics are very depressing to the old-fashioned, yet very sensible, people who have been hoping that the movement of villagers and country peo ple to the large cities had been checked. What is the meaning of the continu ous rush to the cities? The old expla nation was that farmers' sons and daughters wearied of work that was never finished; they had heard of city demands for labor and of city wages, payable always in cash and at stated dates. They had also heard of city pleasures, some of which were said to cost nothing, while others were very cheap. Hut young people do not con stitute the whole body of people who are crowding into the cities, for me chanics and artisans of all kinds are In the throng, for In the villages and coun try districts employment is irregular and pay uncertain. The more aspir ing of them hope for the larger oppor tunities and recognition that the coun try dares not promise; they know, too, that such of their children as Incline to study may become fairly, even highly, educated In the city without special cost to their parents. Of the "seamy" side of city life they know nothing, for their acquaintances who "went to town" have not returned to tell of It; few of them could return If they would. The few who go back to the old home steads are the men who have succeed ed, and In any village such a man In effect resembles a gold-laden miner from Cape Nome or the Klondike—his example threatens to depopulate the town. Nevertheless the rural districts are not going to be depopulated, except when their soil Is very poor and their malaria overrlch. A country ward movement started In some cities a few years ago and It hns been Increasing In volume, It may be almost Invisible In some localities, for 3,000,000 square miles Is an area so great that any city's overflow might be lost In It. The men who are trying scientific farming are all from the cities and they have car ried their city Ideas with them. As a rule, city brain and city money are suggesting and backing the rural at tempts to have good roads, pure wat er, perfect drainage, high farming, high-grade schools, free libraries and many other ameliorations of old-time conditions. Yet In one respect the city man In the country is a disappointment to all classes of the dissatisfied, for when they talk of going to the city he persistently says, "Don't," ami he sup ports his advice with a dismal array of facts and figures.—Saturday Even ing Post. The American In Vulvar. "We must all agree that the American has beyond other men tin innate respect for women aud for helpless things," writes "An American Mother" In the I.miles' Home Journal, "lie has usu ally. too. a wide acquaintance with the world which hinders him from Intoler ance ami vanity. He has also a tact too tine to blurt out unpleasant facts to his companions, as docs the Knglish mau, who, quite unprovoked, hurls dis agreeable truths at you with a ferocity and a gusto that Is Indecent. A week with your dearest Kugllsh friends Is enough to make you iu love with lying. The dearer you are to them the more likely ure Umj to talk Incessantly of HENRY VILLARD'S DEEDS. Reported the Lincoln-Douglas debates Reported the first Lincoln campaign. War correspondent, the Civil War. Foreign correspondent of American newspapers. In 18i!l owned New York Evening Post and Nation. In 1875 president Oregon Steamship Company. Receiver of Kansas Pacific Railroad Company. Completed in 1883 the Northern Pacific Railroad. President Northern Pacific Railroad Company. President Edison General Electric Com pany. Chairman in 188!) of the Northern Pa cific directory. the mole on your nose, or your vulgar kinsfolk. The American lias a vivacity almost French: he gives himself easily to the occasion: he Is ready to weep ami laugh with you, and Is sincerely inter ested in your new bicycle or baby. At the same time he has something of the phlegm of the Asiatic, and seldom frets or grumbles. He sniffs the odors of foul drains, qunffs typhoid geruis in Ills water, sits In overheated steam cars and stands In overcrowded street cars year afteryear with imperturbable good humor. "Why, with all these qualities—why Is lie not a more agreeable fellow? Why, with all the traits that go to make up a courtly gentleman—'why Is he vulgar? Simply because he Is not certain of his own position. He asserts himself every moment lest you may mistake him for an inferior. Tills uneasy self-assertion is the explanation of all our bad man ners. I'm as good as you!' Is the secret thought with which too many of us meet every fellow-creature." An Kpitaptl lor I tusk in. The Loudon Academy has awarded a prize of one guinea to J. It. Anderson, Lairbeck, Keswick, for the best in scription suitable for the proposed me dallion of John lluskln In Westminster Abbey. Mr. Anderson's epltnpli Is as follows: He Taught Us To Hold In Loving Ueverence Poor Men and Their Work Great Men and Their Work God and His Work. In connection with this competition it Is interesting to quote what ltuskiu himself smid on epitaphs: "Take care that some memorial is kept of men who deserve memory in n distinct statement on the stone or brass of their tombs, either that they were true men or ras cals—wise men or fools. How beauti ful the variety of sepulchral architec ture might be, in any extensive place of burial. If the public would meet the small expense of thus expressing its opinions In a verily instructive manner, and If some of the tombstones accord ingly terminated In fools' caps, and oth ers, Instead of crosses nud cherubs, bore engravings of cats-o'-nine-talls as typical of the probable methods of en tertainment In the next world of the persons not, it is to be hoped, reposing below. Key to the Working-Girl's Success. "Whatever vocation the girl wage worker settles upon she may as well accept the fact, llrst as last, that slip shod performance aud Inadequate equipment will win no favor, will not even secure a foothold," writes Marga ret E. Songster In the Ladles' Home Journal. "The ranks are everywhere crowded, and the second-rate work must go to the wall. In most fields the supply Is well In excess of the demand, and only the capable, the efficient, the competent and the trustworthy may hope to find their niche. As a grain of satisfaction let It be adde<l that those IHJssessed of these desirable qualities, those who are ready for service and are responsible In their work, are sure to be appreciated and will never cease to be wanted." Barter. "I should like to subscribe to your paper. Would you be willing to take It out In trade?" Country Editor—Guess so; what's your business? "I'm the undertaker."—Brooklyn Life. (■iiards on Kuropean Itoyulty. Every royal palace In Europe has Its spcclal private police, who. In one jiulse or another, are always on the lookout for suspicions persons. Knicllnh Public nuiltliiiKS. The public buildings of England alone are valued at a sum approaching $1,230,200,000. A woman Is never so proud as when her boy voluntarily asks for a fork with which to cat his pie. DESTROY BIG TREES. CALIFORNIA GIANTS ARE RUTH LESSLY CUT DOWN. Necennry Waste of Lumber Inn Mn n« ■ moths Over Fifty Per Cent— K«re»try Department Demun I 1 lint liirorts He Made to Save Few Kciuaiiiinic Grove*. ! Gilford Piuchot, United States fores ter, lias issued a pamphlet concerning the big trees of California which has | created no little comment through its endeavors to state clearly and emphat ically the necessity for the preservation |of the California mammoths. The writer protests against the rate at i which the big trees are being destroyed ! by private owners, pointing out clearly that the chances of a renewal of the wonder growths are to be little consid- I ered. "Most of the scattered groves of big trees are privately owned and, there fore, in danger of destruction," he FELI.IXG A 1110 THKK. writes. "Lumbering is rapidly sweep ing them off; forty mills and logging companies are now at work wholly or in part upon big tree timber. The southern groves show some reproduc tion, through which there is hope of ! perpetuating those groves. In the northern groves the species hardly holds its own." In introducing a history of the big trees, with facts concerning each of the groves now existing, the writer says: ] "At the present time the only grove thoroughly safe from destruction is the Mariposa and this is far from being the most interesting. Most of the other groves are either in process of or in danger of being logged. The very finest of all, the Calaveras grove, with the ! biggest and tallest trees, the most un j contaminated surroundings and prac- LOGGING lIAITiROAD IN A BIG TKEE FOREST. ticaliy all the literary aud scientific as sociations of the species connected with It, has been purchased recently by a lumberman, who came Into full posses sion on the Ist of April, 1000. "The Sequoia and General Grant Na tional parks, which are supposed to em brace aud give security to a large part of the remaining big trees, are eaten Into by a sawmill each and by private timbering claims amounting to a total of 1,172,870 acres. The rest of the scanty patches of big trees are In a fair way to disappear—ln Calaveras, Tuo lumue, Fresuo and Tulare counties, they are now disappearing—by the ax. In brief, the majority of the big trees of California, certainly the best of them, are owned by people who have every right and In many cases every Intention, to cut them Into lumber." i elentitte Value of Bis Trees. Further along these same lines the value of the big tree Is thus considered: "The big trees are unique In the world —the grandest, the oldest, the mast ma jestically graceful trees—aud if It were not enough to be all this, they are ; among the scarcest of kuown tree spe i cles and have the extreme scientific vol | ue of belug the best living rcpresentu ! tives of a former geologic age. They i are trees which have come down to us through the vicissitudes of many cen turies solely because of their superb qualifications. The bark of the big tree Is often two feet thick aud almost uon coiubustlble. The oldest specimens felled are still sound at the heart and : fungus Is an enemy unknowu to it. Vet | with all these means of maintenance the big trees have apparently not In creased their range since the glacial j epoch. They have only just managed to hold their own on a little strip of : country where the climate Is locally fa i vorable." Everyone who Is Interested In the big trees, as everyone must be either from curiosity, a natural love of the forest or for scientific reasons, must deplore tlie destruction of these forests. Every : one who has visited a forest in any part ■ of the world will regret the destruction of these Jungles of beauty. Every thoughtful American Is waking to a realization of tlie criminal carelessness with which the forests of this country have been wiped out. The lumbering | of the big trees, with Its accompanying I waste and devastation, seems a partlc j ularly unnecessary and almost Immoral proceeding. Forester Plnchot says of It: "Tbe lumbering of the big tree la destructive Ito a most unusual degree. la the first plncc, the mormon* s!w> nnd welfht of ttit* tree* necessarily entails very con siderable breakage when one of them fall*. Hitch a tree strikes the ground with a force of many hundred* or even lhott*nnils «>f tons, so that even slight I tH-i |mi 111 les lire suHlelcnt to smash the brittle trunk lit Its upper extremity Into almost useless fragments. Ihe loss from this cause Is great, but It Is only one or the sources of waste. The great diameter <>r the logs, ami, In spite of the lightness of the wood, their enormous weight make It Impossible to handle tliein without breaking them up. I'or this purpose gunpowder Is the most available mentis. The fragments of logs blown apart la this way are not only often of wasteful shapes, but un less very nice Judgment Is exercised in preparing the blast a great deal of wood Itself Is scattered In useless splin ters." "At the mill, where waste Is the rule in the manufacture of lumber In the United States, the big tree makes no exception. This waste, added as It Is to the other sources of loss already men tioned, makes a total probably often considerably in excess of half the total volume of the standing tree, and this Is only one side of the matter. "The big tree stands as a rule In n mixed forest, composed of many spe cies. The result of sequoia lumbering upon this forest Is almost ruinous. The destruction caused by the fall of enor mous trees is In Itself great, but the principal sourse of damage Is the im mense amount of debris left on the ground—the certain source of future tires. This mass of broken branches, trunks and bark. Is often live or six or more feet In thickness and necessarily gives rise to tires of great destructive power, even though the big tree wood is not specially inflammable. The devas tation which follows this lumbering is as complete and deplorable as the un touched forest Is unparalleled, beauti ful and worthy of preservation. As a rule It has not even had the advantage of being profitable. Very much of this appalling destruction has been done without leaving the owners of the big tree ns well off as they were before It began." Perles of Pamphteta to Be Issued. The pamphlet which was published by the forestry division of the Depart ment of Agriculture Is one of a series which will be Issued in behalf of the big trees. The report was prepared for the Information of the Senate Commit tee on Public Lands, which was at the time considering tlie preservation of the Calaveras and Stanislaus big tree groves. It Is the first document on the subject which has ever been published by the government, strange as the fact may seem. Prof. \V. It. Dudley, of Stanford University, who aided with the work, l's now preparing a more de tailed account of the big trees and the big tree groves, which will be published by the government forestry office. The pamphlet now out contains an excellent map of the forests of California, con taining big trees, together with a de tailed account of each of the larger groves. King Oscafr Was His Host. A story Illustrating the sinipie bon homie of the King of Sweden and Nor way Is told by M. Gaston Bonnier, the botanist. M. Bonnier was botanizing near Stockholm, when be met a stranger similarly occupied. The two botanists fraternized, and M. Bonnier suggested that they should 'unch to gether at an Inn. "No; come home and lunch with me Instead," said the stranger; and he Ld the way to the palace and opened the gate. M. Bonnier was naturally astonished, but his new acquaintance wa* most apologetic. "I'm sorry," he said, "but I happen to bo the king of tljls country, and this Is the only place I've got to entertain anybody In." So they went In r.nd lunched, aud talked botany together all the afternoon. Florida Tobacco. Florida, according to local papers. Is becoming one of the great tobacco-pro ducing States, and the product has been pronounced In some respects equal to that of Cuba. Sumatra wrapper tobac co raised In Florida recently took the prize at the I'aris exposition over the world. A Matter of Taste. "Beg parilon," said the postal clerk who had sold her the stamps, "but you don't have to put a 5-cent stamp on a letter for Canada." "1 know," said she, "bwt the shade Just matches my envelope, you know," —Philadelphia Press. When people say they will do any thing in the world for you, they mean about as much as a candidate when be says his ambition la to serve hla country and his countrymen. You can't tell bjr the slxe of th* bill what the slxe of a ton of coal Is. he DIDN'T BUY A SAV*. It Bounded Knejr When Hi. Wife Pro- I posed It-Wee Different in Shop. When the man with the red mustache started down the stairs his wife ran to the door and called him back. "Donald," she said, "I want you to go Into a hardware store to-day and get a saw. Don't forget it, please. We need one lindly." being an accommodating person, the man with the red mustache said he'd get It. He chose I lie luncheon hour a* the most opportune time for making his simple purchase. He was in a good humor and smiled blandly when he went bustling into the store and said, "I want a saw, please." The clerk who had come forward to wait on him had a merry twinkle In his eye, and the twinkle overflowed at the question and spread all over his face In dimples. "What kind of a saw?" he asked. The prospective purchaser began to perceive what au intricate business the buying of a saw really Is. "Why," snid he, "I don't know. Just a saw. Any kind will do, I suppose." The clerk sighed. "If you only knew wlint you want to use it for, perhaps 1 could advise you," he suggested, "What I want to use it for?" echoed the limn with the red mustache. "Why, 1 want to saw, of course. At least, my folks do." "Saw what?" asked the clerk. "1 don't know," admitted the non plussed shopper. The clerk brightened up again and led the way to the rear of the store. "1 will show you a few of the different varieties of saws we have on hand," he said. "Observation and an explana tion of their uses and prices may assist you in making a decision. Here's a metal saw. It Is the hardest saw there Is. It Is made of highly tempered steel and will saw Iron, copper, lead and all manner of metals. It Is small In size nnd sells for $2 to .$'2.50. according to the style of the handle, which comes In beechwood and oak, tlie latter being more expensive. Is that the kind of saw you want?" The man with the red mustache was sorely perplexed. "No," said he, "I don't think so. We have no metals at our house to work on, that I know of." j "Perhaps you would like a meat saw?" suggested the clerk. "Steel In those is of hardly so high a grade, and I could let you have a good one for a dollar. But you're not a butcher?" ! The man who wanted a saw shook his head mournfully and the clerk coa j tinned. "There Is a regular kitchen saw for general utility purposes, which will cost you only 50 cents. How does that | strike you? No? Then here's the cab inetmaker's saw. I can give you a very I gocd one for $3. Then I have over here ' plumbers' saws, the fine delicate saws i used by all manner of artificers, and ; the ordinary wood saws which will cost i you anywhere from 50 cents to $4. In that hack room we iinve still other va ! relies—the two-man ten foot faws, ■ buzz saws and circular saws. If you I want to pay a big price you'd better take one of the latter. I'll give you a ! good one for $50. Would you like to see | them?" The man with the red mustache look j ed about him wondeilugiy. ! "No. thank you." he said. "I never | dteamed that there were so many dif ferent kinds of snws. I guess I won't take any till 1 find out Just what kind 1 want." The clerk bowed affably. "I regret being unable to make a sale," he said, I "but I really thluk that the wiser .plan."—New York Sun. Our Overftirnlahed Homes. "More simplicity In our homes would make our live® simpler," writes Ed ward Bok, In a plea for the exercise of better taste Id furnishing our homes. In the Ladles' Home Journal. "Many wom en would live fuller lives because they would have more time. As It Is. hun dreds of women of all positions In Ufa are to-day the slaves of their homes and what they have crowded Into them. Comfort Is essential to our happiness. Ilut with comfort we should stop. Then we are on the safe side. But we get on and over the danger line when we go beyond. Not one-tenth of the things that we thluk are essential to our hap piest living are really so. In fact, we should be an Infinitely happier and healthier people If the nine-tenths were taken out of our lives. It is astonishing how much we can do without, and be a thousand times the better for it. And It doesn't require much to test this gos pel of wisdom. We need only to be nat ural—to get back to our real. Inner selves. Then we are simple. It Is only localise we have got away from the simple and the natural that so many of our homes are cluttered up as they are, and our lives full of little things that are not worth the while. We have bent the knee to show, to display, and wo have lowered ourselves with the trivial and the useless; and filling our lives with the poison of artificiality and the unnatural, we have pushed the Heal, the Natural, the Simple, the Beautiful —the best and most lasting things out of our lives." Heavy Penalties fur Helling Whisky. Clmrleu Stelnbrluk, who was convict ed at St. John, Kan., on forty-nine connts of selling whisky In violation of the prohibitory law, was lined $4,0»H) and sentenced to forty-nine months In jail. As he cannot pay his line he will. If the sentence Is carried out, hare to serve It out In Jail at the rate of 50 cents a day, making bis total sentence practically thirty years and nine months. A hospitable shoemaker has a card In bis window reading: "Any man, woman or child can have fits In tbla •hop." A tailor Is justified In giving hla cut* tomers fits occasionally.