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Last night I dreamed he came to me;
I held him close and wept and said,
"My little child, where have you been?
I was afraid that you were dead."
Then I awoke; it almost seemed
As though my arms could feel him
I had be( n sobbing in my slep;
My tears had made the pillows wet.
I can not think of him at all
As the bright angel he must be,
But only as my little child
Who may be needing me.
Do not make him grow too wise,
Angels-ye who know;
I am dull and slow to learn,
Toiling here below.
Do not fill this heart too full
With your heavenly joy,
Lest the mother's place be lost
With her little boy.
Last night the air was mild;
The moon rose clear though late,
And somehow then it did not seem
So very hard to wait.
There seemed so much to learn,
So much for me to do,
Before my lessons here were done
And I was ready, too.
Those may dare to doubt who have
Their loved ones here below;
For me, I do not now believe,
I do not hope-I know.
-Katharine Pyle in Harper's Bazar.
Dawker's Scheme
By H. Carpenter.
It is not often that I find myself
within the precincts of a police court,
but a short time ago, happening to be
seized with a sudden and unaccount
able curiosity, I wended my way to
ward one of those interesting insti
tutions, and effected an entrance.
The policeman on duty that day
was an old acquaintance of mine. and
upon noticing me, he immediately
beckoned to me.
"There's a peculiar case just de
cided," he said; "one you might like
to know about. The fellow is dis
charged, and 'will be coming out in a
minute. Here he comes!" ejaculated
the officer, "that man in the shaggy
The "man in the shaggy suit" had
only just got into the street when I
overtook him.
He was standing still, looking up
and down the thoroghfare, apparently
undecided what to do, all the time
feeling in his trousers pockets as
though he had lost something. I di
vined his thoughts, and accosting him'
quietly, said:
"After the unpleasant proceedings
just concluded perhaps a little light
refreshment might be acceptable."
"Just what I was a-thinking, sir."
he replied, smiling. "An' I was just
a-feelin' to see if I'd got the price of
a glass of beer; but I fand I'm quite
"Never mind," I observed, and in
less than a couple of minutes I had
him comfortably seated at a table in a
neighboring public l.ouse.
I was anxious to know what crime
he had been charged with, and I
mildly inquired if it had been a mat
ter of "assault and battery."
"No, sir," he said, "but it will be
next time-that is, if I lay hold of the
chap that made a fool of me."
"Is it a long story?" I queried
"Not very long. Would you like to
hear it, sir?"
I assented eagerly.
"Well, then," he. began, after he had
drained his glass. "ye see I've been
out o' work now for nigh two months,
scarcely knowing which way to turn
for a meal, and glad to pick up a shill
ing when and where I can.
"Well, one mornin' I went out as
usual-th'at would be just nine days
ago-and found myself with only
sixpence in my pocket in the neigh
borhood of Leicester square.
"No job was to be had that morn
in' so, feeling rather down at heart,
an l a little thirsty and hungry, I
turned into a coffee house where I
knew I could get a cheap meal.
"I hadn't been s:tting there long be
fore. a short, stumpy gent, with no
end o' watch chain in front of him,
comes sauntering in and seats him
e.lf plump alongside of me.
"I ought to have felt flattered no
doubt, and perhaps I did a little bit,
when he said, presently, in a very
pleasant way, 'Nice mornin'.'
"'Yes,' I said; 'It is for those in
work, but the mornin' doesn't seem
partikler nice to me.'
"'You're out o' work, eh?' he ask
ed. 'Well, I might have guessed as
much by your crestijllen expression.
What would you say if I put a little
job in your way?'
"'I should say Heaven bless ye, and
mean it,' I answered, picking up my
ears and looking full in the little
gent's face.
" 'Can I trust you?' he asked.
"'Perfectly.' I said.
"'Now, look here,' he says, speak
ing qulte confidential like, and in a
very low voce. 'I'm a detective. To
night I'm going to have a good try to
nab a fellow who has been fooling the
police of London for the last three
months. I've got reliable informa
tion, and with your assistance I be
lieve I shall have him.'
"He told me that the. man toe in
tend d to catch was going to commit
a burglary at a house at Hlighgate
who informed him he didn't say, but
he said he knew it-and that he
meant to nab him in the very act.
The house'stood in a p:ece of ground
inclosed by a low rail fence, and my
part of the performance was to watch
for the burglar, and should he by any
means give the detective the slip, to
chase and collar him if I could.
" 'But s'pose,' I said, as soon as I
could get a word in, 's'pose a regular
policeman comes along and catches
sight o' me in those grounds at mid
"'Well,' the little gent replied,
laughing, 'you've only to give the po
lice signal, three loud whistles, and
tell t'hem Detective Dawker has en
gaged you.'
"We left the place together and
parted just outside, promising to meet
at the house he had described to me,
at Highgate, at twelve o'clock the
same night.
"Twelve o'clock came. I reached
the meeting place in time, and found
the detective waiting for me.
"He was dressed in clothes some
thing like my own, and looked the
flash gentleman no longer.
"He seemed rather impatient, and
hastily pulled me into the garden and
into a part of it where thick shrubs
" 'Now mind,' he said, quickly, 'if
you see the burglar run, chase him;
if a policeman comes, give three loud
whistles. I must be off, or I shall
lose my chance. I shall be back in an
hour. If I want assistance I will
give you the three whistles.'
"With these parting words the man
"I stood waiting there for quite half
an hour I should think, when I heard
on the still night air the heavy tramp
of a policeman.
"He was coming my way, I fancied.
Slowly he drew nearer and nearer,
until he stopped right abreast o' the
place where I was hiding close to
the garden gate.
"He put out his hand and tried the
gate fastening. It opened; he came
inside, and flashed his lantern full on
the very bush behind which I was
"Quick as possible I gave three very
loud, shrill whistles; but instead of
the policeman being awed by the
sound, he dashed at me, and caught
me by the throat, in about half a
minute nearly choking me, and stop
ping me from explaining why I was
"Finding I didn't resist he loosened
his hold an'd questioned me.
"I told him plump and plain that
Detective Dawker had engaged me
that I was doing my duty, and that he
had not better spoil our game.
"He only gripped my arm the tight
er and laughed,.telling me not to 'try
it on with him,' and blew his whistle.
"In a few minutes another officer
arrived, and between the two of 'em,
what with their laughing and their
questions, I had a lively time of it.
"I was taken to the nearest police
staron and locked up on suspicion.
"The next morning, when brought
before the magistrate, I learned to
my great surprise that the man I
thought was a detective was none
other than the burglar he pretended
to be after, and that, instead of try
ing to catch a criminal, he was rob
b:ng the house while I kept watch
outside, and warned him by my loud
whistles of the arrival of the police.
"I was remanded for inquiries to
be made, and they being'found satis
factory I was brought up again this
morning and discharged."
Having ordered a fresh glass of the
foaming beverage for my innocent ac
quaintance, I left him apparently
quite comfortable.
But I heard him mutter as I turned
"Wait till I meet him. I'll break
every bone in his body!"
Goats and a Nation's Fate.
The frontier between British India
and Thibet traverses districts where
there are mountain pastures, and our
main grievance was that certain Thi
betan goats which were igncrant of
the line of demarcation were in the
habit of straying into British terri
tory. What particular harm the goata
did by browsing occasionally on Brit
ish grass is not very.clear. In any
case, the damage could not have been
considerable. In 1739 ,we went to war
with Spain on account of the ear of
a certain Jenkins, which, we asserted,
had been cut off by some Spanish of
ficial, although it was contended that
the ear was still attached to Jen
kins' head. It has, however, been re
served to this century for this coun
try to engage in a war that promises
to be extnsive, on account, profess
edly, of a few wandering goats.-Lon
don Truth.
Diamonds, set without pearl or tur
quoises, may be cleaned by a brush
ing with methylated spirit. It will
greatly enhance their brilliancy.
Pessimist-You haven't had all that
you wanted in life, have you?
Optimist-No; but I haven't had all
that I didn't want, either.-Brooklyn
"The tongue," remarked Billyboy,
"is an unruly member."
"Oh, I don't know," replied Meeker
ton. "My wife's tongue seems to be
a success as a ruling member of our
family."-Chicago News.
'Engaged to Jack! Why, you're the
fourth girl he's been engaged to this
"Well, don't you think there must
be something very attractive about a
man who can get engaged to four
girls in about two months?"-London
"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell
you what you are."
"There is nothing I like better than
"A--h, y-es. That generally com
plicates the question."-Detroit Free
"What," asked the female suffrage
advocate with the square chin, "hae
become of our manly men?"
"Some of them," replied the meeb
and lowly citizen, "have married
womanly women and are now enagaged
in raising childish children."-Chicagc
Willie-I met our new minister on
my way to Sunday school, mamma.
and he asked me if I ever played
marbles on Sunday."
Mother-H'm! And what did you
say to that?
Willie-I said: "Get thee behind me
Satan!" and walked right off and left
him.-London Tit-Bits.
Ardent Lover-It is a secret, slp
but your daughter is in love with me
Mr. Bonds-Well, don't let yourself
feel any uneasiness, sir. I'm not th'f
fellow to give her away.-Puck.
"Why are those islanders so slow
about yielding to civilization?"
"I suppose," answered the pessimist
"that it's because those we bring over
to our expositions go home and tell
about our merry-go-rounds and thinga
-Washington Star.
"What's that Binklay boy doing?"
"Running for governor."
"Get out! He isn't twenty years
"No. He's the governor's errand
boy."-Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"I'm glad I learned to sew on but.
tons when I was a bachelor," observed
"Why, Henry?" asked Mrs. Peckem.
"Because," he answered, "I find the
accomplishment so useful now that
I am married."-Chicago News.
"How long have you been married?"
"Oh, about two years."
"And do you consider your wife an
angel yet?"
"No, not yet."-Superior (Wis.)
Willie-My father is a Chicago man.
Waldo-How distressing it must be
to have a parent who is unable to
answer your questions.-Puck.
"Young man," said Mr. Dustin
Stax, "I had to work for my money."
"Well, father," was the chilly re
ply, "enough people in our set are
throwing that up to me without your
talking about it."-Washi'ngton Star.
"How delightful that will be!
You're going to take your wedding
trip in an automobile?"
"Why-ah-es; we're going to make
the start in one."-Chicago Tribune.
Holden-"I suppose you are aware
that Cassava starch, or tapioca, is the
chief element of the gum on the back
of all postage stamps?"
Bolton--"h, yes; that's the reason
I never eat tapioca pudding at home.
One doesn't care for a surfeit of any
thing, no matter how much he likes
it."-Boston Transcript.
It Was Good Money.
An illustration of how thoroughly
some coins go out of circulation wan
furnished by an incident in a street
car yesterday. A sedate man sat
reading his newspaper when the con.
ductor touched his arm for his fare.
Without looking up he handed over
four coins. After scrutinizing them
the conductor said: "Can't take 'en."
The man simply looked up.
"Your fare, please," said the con.
"I offered ycu my full fare," said
the man.
Then the conductor began to get
"You mustn't attempt to put off any
(.reign coins on me," he replied pick
ung out one of the pieces and shaking
It at the man.
Then the passenger said to his
neighbor at his elbow: "Is that a
good coin?"
"A good United States coin," said
the man addressed.
The conductor took the piece, look
ed it over carefully, and said: "Well
I'll be darned. That's one on me. I
never saw one before."
It was a 2 cent piece.-New York
Knew How it Was Himself.
They had just been married, and
were on their way to Niagara Falls
to spend the honeymoon. The bride
was indifferent as to who saw her
with her head resting on his shoul
der. The bridegroom was also per
fectly satisfied openly to squeeze her
hand or encircle her waist when the
Inclination seized him. A little old
man sat in front of them, and he
looked around and smiled at the hap
py couple so often that the young
husband finally said:
"We've only just been married, sir."
"So I thought," chuckled the old
"And we can't help being a little
spoony, you know."
"No; of course not."
"It probably all seems very silly to
an old fellow like you, though?"
"Does it? does it?" chuckled the old
man. "Well, I can tell you it does not.
then. I've been there three times al
ready, and now I'm on my way West
to get No. 4. Follow me up and
you'll get a few pointers."
Milk tLaused Wrinkles.
A writer on beauty in one of the
society papers urges her readerf
never to wash the face with soap anc
water, as being certain destructior
to a fine complexion. I cannot in
dorse this view.
Cleanliness is absolutely necessary
to the beauty and delicacy of the tex.
ture of the skin. If soap is not liked,
at least oatmeal should take its
place, and pure or distilled water in
variably be used. I once saw the re
suit of only washing the fact with
milk in a lady who started life with
a good complexion, but before she
reached middle age had lost all fresh
ness, and showed a faded skin cov
ered with fine wrinkles. Nothing
equals the complexion of the country
woman who rises earl , is much in
the open air, and bathes freely in cold
water. The homely idea of washing
in the dew of the morning as an aid
to beauty is simply a practical way of
expressing this fact.-Lady Greville in
London Graphic.
The other Sunday two boys were
Industriously digging in a vacant lot,
when a man who was passing stopped
to give them a lecture.
"Don't you know that it is a sin to
dig on Sunday, except it be a case of
necessity?" asked the good man.
"Yes, sir," timidly replied one of
the boys.
"Then why don't you stop it?"
"'Cause this is a case of necessity,"
replied the little philosopher. "A fel
ler can't fish without bait."
Peculiar Maine Names.
Maine has a few persons whose
names entitle them to a place in the
hall of fame for such celebrities. They
are Miss Fern Park of Presque Isle,
Miss Daisy Peach of Bar Harbor, Miss
June Delight Edwards of Portland, A.
Bird Cough of Bar Harbor and North
West of Biddeford.
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It is easy to be cheerful
your mind that way,
Get the habit; -
it is easy, when you try it,
ful things to say-.
Get the habit:
It is easy to see promi e
you have to do
,f you turn from them
and would hear ta i
It is easy to have courage
come to you- i t
Get the habit.
It isc esytot have patiene, it
Get the hhlbt'
It is easy to be civil to
Get the habit
it is easy to ipeak kindly of
to re fra in ..J
From such speech as may s i
or may 1ive another peri.
You may c'en learn to
joys your neighbors i.
Get the
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Fired M. Warner, Republ4
date for governor of hI4eh
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months old when his paretL
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