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The Czar's Spy
The Mystery of a Silent Love
By Chevalier WILLIAM LE QUEUX Author of "The Closed Book," etc.
Copyright by the Smart Set Publishing Co.
CHAPTER I. a
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His Britannic Majesty's Service.
"There was a mysterious affair last si
night, signore." o
"Oh!" I exclaimed. "Anything that d
Interests us?" C
"Yes, signore," replied the tall, thin Ig
Italian consular clerk, speaking with tl
a strong accent. "An English steam t]
yacht ran aground on the Meloria d
about ten miles out, and was discov- V
ered by a fishing boat that brought ti
the news to harbor. The admiral sent
out two torpedo boats, which managed t
after a lot of difficulty to bring in the s
yacht safely, but the captain of the h
port has a suspicion that the crew e
were trying to make away with the ii
"To lose her, you mean?" C
Francesco nodded, a
"Sounds curious," I remarked. 1,
'Since the consul went away on leave t
things seem to have been humming- a
two stabbing affrays, eight drunken y
seamen locked up, a mutiny on a
tramp steamer, and now a yacht being I
bast away-a fairly decent list! And c
yet some stay-at-home people corn
plain that British consuls are only a
paid to be ornamental! They should t
spend a week here, at Leghorn, and
they'd soon alter their opinion." d
"Yes, they would, signore," respond- a
ed the thin-lipped old fellow with a a
grin, as he twisted his fierce gray mus- r
tache. Franceso Carducci was a well- e
.bown character in Leghorn. An v
honest, good-hearted, easy-going fel
low, who for twenty years had occu- a
pied the same position under half a l
dozen different consuls. t
My old friend, Frank Hutcheson, his t
Britannic majesty's vice-consul at the
port of Leghorn, was away on leave t
In England; his duties being relegated
to young Bertram Cavendish, the pro
consul. The latter, however, had gone l
down with a bad touch of malaria, and s
1, the only other Englishman in Leg
horn, had been asked by the consul- 3
general in Florence to act as pro-con- t
msl until Hutcheson's return. fl
it was mid-July, and the weather s
was blazing in the glaring sun- h
blanched Mediterranean town. If you
know Leghorn, you probably know
the consulate, a large, handsome suite
of huge, airy offices facing the cathe- r
dral. The legend painted upon the *
door, "Office hours, 10 to 3," gives tl
one the idea of an easy appointment, ti
but such is certainly not the case, for w
a consul's life at a port of discharge 6
must necessarily be a very active one. e
Carducci had left me to the corre- b
spondence for a half an hour or so, c
when he re-entered, saying:
"There is an English signore wait- b
Ing to see you."
"Who is he?"
"I don't know him. He will give no
name, but wants to see the signore
"All right, show him in," I said lazi
ly, and a few moments later a tall,
smartly-dressed, middle-aged English- C
man entered, and bowing, inquired
whether I was the British consul.
When he had seated himself I ex
plained my position, whereupon he
said: "I couldn't make much out of
your clerk. He speaks so brokenly,
and I don't know a word of Italian.
But perhaps I ought to first introduce
myself. My name is Philip Hornby,"
and he handed me a card bearing the
name with the addresses "Woodcroft
Park, Somerset - Brook's." Then
be added: "I am cruising on board
my yacht, the Lola, and last night we
unfortunately went aground on the
Meloria. Very fortunately for us a
lshing-boat saw our plight and gave
the alarm at port. The admiral sent
out two torpedo-boats and a tug, and
after about three hours they managed
to get us off."
"And you are now in harbor?"
"Yea. But the reason I've called is
to ask you to do me a favor and write
me a letter of thanks in Italian to the
admiral, and one to the captain of the
port-polite letters that I can copy
and send to them. You know the kind
"Certainly," I replied, the more in- t
terested in him on account of the cu-.
rious suspicion that the port authori
ties seemed to entertain. He was evi
dently a gentleman, and after I had
been with him ten minutes I scouted
the idea that he had endeavored to
cast away the Lola. 1
1 scribbled the drafts of two letters.
"Fortunately, I left my wife in Eng
land, or she would have been tr- .
ribly frightened," he remarked pres-.
ently. "There was a nasty wind blow
lng all night, and the fool of a cap
tali seemed to add to our peril by
every order he gave."
I examined him critically as he sat
b~9i-' ,$ He was about forty-five,
with a merry, round, good-natured
lace, red with the southern sun, blue
eyes, and a short, fair beard. His
speech was refined and cultivated,
and as we chatted he gave me the im
pressialon that as an enthusiastic lover
of the sea he had cruised the Mediter
ranean many times from Gibraltar up
to Smyrna. He had, however, never
before put into Leghorn.
After we bad arranged that his cap
fain should come to me in the after
noon and make a formal report ot the
accident, we went out together across
the white sunny piazza to Nasi's.
"We shall be here quite a week, I
suppose," he said as we were taking
our vermouth. "We're on our way
down to the Greek island, as my friend
Chater wants to see them. The en
I gineer says there's something strained
that we timust get mended. Iut, by
n the way," he added, "why don't you
a dine with us on board tonight? o. I
We can give you a few English things
t that may be a change to you."
t This invitation I gladly accepted for
d two reasons. One was because the
e suspicions of the captain of the port
e had aroused mly curiosity, and the oth
er was bcause I had, honestly speak
e ing, taken a great fancy to Iiornby
The captain of the Lola, a shl.rt,
thickset Scotsman from Dundee, with
a barely healed cicatrice across his
left cheek, called at the consulate at
e two o'clock and made his report, which
appeared to me to be a very lame one.
n ie struck ine as being unworthy his
a certificate, for he was evidently en
g tirely out of his bearings when the ac
d cident occurred. The owner and his
friend Chater were in their berths
Y asleep, when suddenly he discovered
I that the vessel was making no head
d way. They had, in fact, run upon the
dangerous shoal without being aware
- of it. A strong sea was running with
a a stiff breeze, and although his sea
s- manship was poor, he was capable
- enough to recognize at once that they
I were in a very perilous position.
"Very fortunate it wasn't more seri
- ous, sir," he added, after telling me
a his story, which I wrote at his dicta
tion for the ultimate benefit of the
s board of trade.
e "Didn't you send up signals of dis
'e tress?" I inquired.
d "No, sir-never thought of it."
"And yet you knew that you might
e be lost?" I remarked with recurring
. The canny Scot, whose name was
- Mackintosh, hesitated a few moments,
- then apswered: "Well, sir, you see the
fishing-boat had sighted us, and we
r saw her turning back to port to fetch
u "How long have you been in Mr.
Hornby's service?" I inquired.
"Six months, sir," was the man's
reply. "Before he engaged me, I was
e with the Wilsons of Hull, running up
the Baltic. I've held my master's cer
,timat these fifteen years. sir. I
was with the Bibbys before the Wil
e sons, and before that with the Gen
eral Steam. I did eight years in the
Mediterranean with them, when I was
"And you've never been into Leg
. horn before?"
I dismissed the captain with a dis
ý tinct impression that he had not told
me the whole truth. Was it possible
that an attempt had actually been
made to cast away the yacht, and that
it had been frustrated by the master
of the felucca, who had sighted the
vessel aground? How, I wondered,
had the captain received that very
ugly wound across the cheek? I was
half-inclined to inquire of him.
That evening when the fiery sun
was sinking in its crimson glory I
took a cab along the old sea-road to
the port where, within the inner har'
bor, I found the Lola, one of the most
magnificent private vessels I had ever
seen. Her dimensions surprised me.
She was painted dead white, with
shining brass everywhere. At the
stern hung limply the British flag at
the masthead the ensign of the Royal
On stepping on deck Hornby came
forward to greet me, and took me
along to the stern where, lyint in a
long wicker deck-chair beneath the
awning, was a tall, dark-eyed, clean
shaven man of about forty. His keen
face gave one the impression that he
was a barrister.
e "My friend, Hylton Chater-Mr.
e Gordon Gregg," he said, introducing
e us, and the clean-shaven man ex
y claimed, smiling pleasantly: "Glad to
d make your acquaintance, Mr. Gregg.
You are not a stranger by any means
* to Hornby or myself. Indeed, we've
U got a couple of your books on board.
1- But I had no idea you lived out here."
I- "At Ardenza," I said. "Three miles
d along the sea-shore. Tomorrow I hope
d you'll both come and dine with me."
o "Delighted, I'm sure," declared Horn
by, and then we began chatting about.
. the peril of the previous night, Horn?
Sby telling me how he had copied th
r- two letters of thanks in Italian a
s- sent them to their respective
- "Well, you certainly did the r
y thing to thank the admiral," I '
"It's very unusual for him to sen
at torpedo-boats to help a vessel I k
e, tress. That is generally left the
d harbor tug." I.
ue "Yes, I feel that it was moIn
is of him. That's why I took the
4, trouble to write. I don't untand
m- a word of Italian, neither di Cha
r ter." a
r- "But you have Italians o
up I remarked. "The two t
er rowed me out are Genoese. 4"
p Hornby and Chater cne
er- glances-glance of i ea
Sneus, I thought.
T'hen the owner of the Lola sar; b
"Yes, they are useful for msaking It- b
rangements and buying things In a
ian ports. We have a Spaniard, a b
Greek. and a Syrian, all of whom act
as interpreters in different placees
"And make' a hanldsome thing In the e
I way of secret (commissions. I suppose.
"()Of course. Iiut to cruise in com
fort one mlust pay and be pleasant,
Sdeclared I ornby.
"l)id you have any trouble with the
" custnoms here'?" I inquired.
"'Tlhey didn't visit us," h' said with v
a smile, and at the salen time he
rubbed his thumb and linger together.
the action of feeling paper money.
This increased my surprise, for II
happened to know that the Leghorn t
customs officers were not at all given I
to the acceptance of bribes. They a
were tot. well watched by their su- 1
periors. If the yacht had really es
capled a search, then it was a most un- t
usual thing. itesides, what motive I
could Ilornby have in eluding the cus- I
toms visit' They would, of course, I
seal up his wines and liquors, but even t
if they did, they would leave him out
sufficient for the consumption of him
self and his friends.
No. Philip ilornby had some strong I
motive in paying a heavy bribe to
avoid the visit of the dogana. If he
really had paid, he must have paid
very heavily; of that I was convinced.
Was it possible that some mystery
was hidden on board that splendidly
Presently the gong sounded, and we
went below into the elegantly fitted
saloon, where was spread a table that
sparkled with cut glass and shone
with silver. Everywhere it was aP
parent that none but an extremely
wealthy man could afford such a mag
Hornby took the head of the table,
and we ate one of the choicest and
best cooked dinners it has ever been
my lot to taste. Chater and I drank
wine of a brand which only a million
aire could keep in his cellar, while our
host, apparently a most abstemious
man, took only a glass of iced Cin
From his remarks I discerned that,
contrary to my first impression, Hyl
ton Chater was an experienced yachts
man. He owned a craft called the
Alicia, and was a member of the Cork
Yacht club. He lived in London, he
as to his profession. It might be the
law, as I had surmised.
"You've seen our ass of a captal 1
Mr. Gregg?" he remarked presently.
"What do you think of him?"
"Well," I said rather hesitatingly,
"to tell the truth. I don't think very
et ,Vas an Armory, Crammed with
/ Rifles and Ammunition.
h of his seamanship-nor will the
rd of trade when his report reaches
"Ah!" exclaimed Hornby; "I was a
it ol to engage him. From the very
rst I mistrusted him, only my wife
omehow took a fancy to the fellow,
and, as you know, if you want peace
you must always please the women.
In this case, however, her choice al
most cost me the vessel, and perhaps
our lives into the bargain."
"The captain seems to have had a
nasty cut across the cheek," I re
marked, whereupon my two compan
ions again exchanged quick, appref
"He fell down the other day," ex
p91ained Chater, with a rather sickly
smile, I thought. "His face caught
the edge of an iron stair in the en
gine room and caused a nasty gash."
I smiled within myself, for I knew too
well that the ugly wound in the cap
tain's face had never been Inflicted by
falling on the edge of a stair. But I
remained salent, being content that
I they should endeavor to mislead mas.
After dessert had been sorved we roe
rose, and in the sutimn rr twilight. Wh11n 1 .
all the ports were oludd, liriby took to
me over the vessl As he was con-r
ducting me from his ,wn ctbia to the
boudoir we pmssed a door hat had th
been blown opeln by th a id, and ha
which he h;it'ned to (ciosO, riot. how- I
ever, before I had tin- to glance with
in. To my surprise I discovered that
it Was an armor' cramiied with rifles,
revolvers and amlnnit ion.
It had not been inttnded that I
should ree that interior, and the rea
son why the customrs otuicvrs had blren
bribed was inow apparent.
I passed oh without remliark, making
- believe that I had not disxcerned aniy
thing unlusual aind we entelred Itbe
t boudoir. ('hater having gon back to)
L the saloon to obtain cigars.
The duinty i hltthl chatbr bore
3 evervywhr, the ttrac of haviig pee-n
arranged by a a' tnan's, hallnd, altihoughi
110 lady pass,,rg.-r wais on board
Just as we htad ntterrd, anid I was
adrniring the d; intv rist of nlux ry,
('hater shouted to his host askilng for
e the hkeys of tht, olgar culil,lb ard. anld
Ilornrby t'ined back aluig the ginig
i stay to hatie the-n to his friend. ihav
e itg nme aloet- for a few IIllorienits
I stood glalncing ;around, and as I
did so ºni eyes .i'll ut, ln a quantity of
I photographs, fronted awl unf.raml-d,
n that were scaOt) ered about - vidert.ly
a portraits of Ifornbyr s friends. I'pol
Y a small side tabl,. however, stood a
1- heavy oxidized silvter framn e but
empty, awhile lying on the floor be
a- neath a couch aas the photograph it
'e had contained, ahich had alpparent ly
B- been taken hastily out, torn first in
e, half and then in half a;ga;in, and cast j
it ('uriosity priompted mle to stoop,
n' pick up the four ptieces anid place them 'o
together, when I found them to form
1g the cabinet portrait of a sweet-looking
to and extremely pretty English girl of hO
1e eighteen or ninetee-n, with a bright, is
Id smiling expression, and wearing a
d. fresh morning blouse of white pique. I
ry About the expression of the pictured
ly face was something which I cannot a
describe-a curious look in the eyes t
vs which was at the same time both at
ed tractive and mysterious. In that brief
at moment the girl's features were in
Oe delibly impressed upon my memory.
-D I looked at the back of the torn
ly photograph, and saw that it had been
t' taken by a well-known and fashionable
firm in New Bond street.
l Next second, however, hearing
Horaby's returning footsteps, I flung a
en the fragments hastily beneath the
ik couch where I had discovered them.
Why, I wondered, had the picture 'I
us bee destroyed-and by whom?
Afterwards on deck I purposely led n
the conversation to Hornby's family, f
and learned from him that he had ro t
yl- chrlren. c
to 'You'll get the repairs to your en- i
he gis done at Orlando's, I suppose?" I
r erked, naming the great ship-build
irk firm of Leghorn.
S I have already given the or
ed by next Thursday, and then we
hall be off to Zante and Chio."
For what reason, I wondered, recol
lecting that formidable armory on 1
board. Already I had seen quite sut
ficient to cpnvince me that the Lola,
although outwardly a pleasure yacht.
was built of steel, armored in its most 4
vulnerable parts, and capable of re
sisting a very sharp fire, 1
It was past midnight when, having 1
bade the strange pair adieu, I was put
ashore by the two sailors who had
rowed me out and drove home along I
the sea-front, puzzled and perplexed
Next morning, on my arrival at the
consulate, old Francesco, who had en-'
tered only a moment before, met me
with blanched face, gasping:
"There have been thieves here In
the night, signore! The signore con
sole's safe has been opened!"
"The e:fe!" I cried, dashing into
Hutcheson's private room, and find
Ing to my dismay the big safe, where
in the seals, ciphers and other con
fidential documents were kept, stand
ing open, and the contents in disorder,
as though a hasty search had been
made among them.
Was it possible that the thieves had
been after the admiralty and foreign
office ciphers, copies of which the
chancelleries of certain European
powers were endeavoring to obtain? I
smiled within myself when I realized
how bitterly disappointed the bur
glars must have been, for a British
consul when he goes on leave to Eng
land always takes his ciphers with
him, and deposits them at the foreign
office for safekeeping. Hutcheson
had, of course, taken his, according to
h Curiously enough, however, the door
of the consulate and the safe had been
opened with the keys which my friend
le had left in my charge. Indeed, the
is small bunch still remained in the safe
a In an instant the recollection flashed
rY across my mind that I had felt the
fe keys in my pocket while at dinner on
w' board the Lola. Had I lost them on
:e my homeward drive, or had my pocket
a. been picked?
I- While we were engaged in putting
p the scattered papers in order the door
bell rang, and the clerk went to at
a tend to the caller.
- In a few moments he returned, say
n- ling: "The English yacht left sud
Sdenly last night, signore, and the cap
tain of the port has sent to inquire
z* whether you know to what port she is
ht "Left!" I gasped in amazement.
- "Why, I thought her engines were
o A quarter of an hour later I was sit
-D- ting in the private office of the shrewd,
y gray-haired functionary who had sent
I this messenger to me.
at "'Do you know, signore commends
tore," he maid, "some mystery ae
'roe:nds that vessel. She is not th
Lo.la, for yesterday we telegraphed
to Ilvoyd's, in lxnidon, and this morn- u!
intg I received a reply that no such
)acht appears on their register, and
that the name is unknown. The police
have also telegraphed to your English
police inquiring about the owner, Sig- ra
"The Safe" I Cried, Dashing to
nor orby, with a like result. There
i Somrst, nd no member of
Sat taring at the of , too t
ot amazed to uttr a word. Certainly
the had not allowed the grass to
row beneath thir feet.
S TO B CONTINUED. I
Many "The Safe!" I Cried, Dashingch Peop E
S Havutcheson's Private Office.
r Cen, with a like result. There T
wedding rings rubbed on the nameye willorby
cure styes? That green apples cause
colic? That staring at the ove scial too
t amazed to utter word. Certainlyst
prthey hventsd rheumaot ismlowed the grass to
t- grow beneath their feet.hat whisky is good
of rO (o : B (ONTINUtED.) r
U- OLD BELIEFS ABOUT HEALTH r
, r Many Are the Myths to Which Peoplc t
the Have Clung Through the r
g atow many people believe that gold
rg wedding rings rubbed on the eye wille
ngcure stves? That green apples cause to
colic? That earrings improve sight?
re smallpox? That a copper wire round the waistfever
prevents rheumatism? That only nastyw bee
ed medicines cure? That whisky is good
ly, for pretty nearly any ailment? That
oIu the moon affects lunatics? That tuber
culosis is hereditaryble That measles is
en- inevitable? That typhoid comes from
" I dead weeds or fish in drinking water?
ildp That red flannel (must be red!) isfor well
good for sore throats? That sewer gas
or- is poison? That smallpox can be tele
&~. 4r n4 QOn person to another?
we That mosquitoes come troti dcomfspos
ing leaves? That malaria io due to
:ol- night air? That robust people do not
on have smallpox? That scarlet fever
uf- scales are infectious? That raw beef-usty
These drinking cow's blood fresh lik ande myth
re fromake up thorse stfragmentaryes creeds onsump
health that fwe have dicine is good for sick
Ing people, it must bthe still better for well
put ones? That eating turnips males one
ad brave? That ondons cure or prevent ad
ed iy breedto a finpestilene? That rustyance
theand splendid elocutionary talents ockaw)!
eknowledge of human natumore like myth
meAt a book salthe frathis gentleman woulds o
healthfrom thate bookswe have nhwas selling, withd.
on brief biographies and criticisms of
e thei r authors, reciting heameters
Swriters with a tone anrfered air so lthe
ore Baler of the Estoften won higb
nd Aprices for books than auctioneer, gotn ad-t t
An amusingdid examploutionary taclevntsr i
possess in extd olling an estatble uis thure ndi
te guagead with exquwhich hsite taoncste pasclosed s
ean from ty he boowas selling For a few ih
L brments he paused, and criticisms of
"Anzed their authorsnow, gentlemen, heraving gvmets
i s h rendering passages fro m humoraous
i cengwriters with a tone and air sndor compels me to ai
rmit that it has two drawbacks-thee room in a rait
son riof the rose leaveboos thand those noise at te
An amJusing examplfke of his lerBoy.
oor e teacher was havxtolling an estate Is the Lr
eetng alf hourge with thwhich e once chlosed a
asking the erty he was selling. Forns, a fnyone havmc
agreat tims he pauto showed and then said:e
basked truthabout vadescription o'things, and oui
o mit thaquestion was about locusts. Severit
o hands werter of the raised, leaves and thenally onoise boy
keta bug that givngales people tuberculoa."
oor The teacher was havingis answer.an nt
at et Bestg hal hour wh thFurniture. ,
say- The privlatest usege for locuswer t wood is a
ud great time manufactureo show of fi. The teacher
capI asked about vanterior finishing of us thine residene
aThe wood has were raised, and finally one boy
ent. abg th at gives people tuberculo
*iw foufid inI 9.y ethos tiibel
MUCH DEPENDS ON COOKING
Use Quantities of Water in Preparing
Strong-Flavored Vegetables for
The many peopl, who bchli.ev' they
cannot eat cabbage, cauliflower. ,onions
and turnil without suffering fri ii in
digestion, and the many others w ho do
not like these strong-flavored vege
tables, which are- very valuable in the
diet, should change their mt"thod of
cooking theinm. suggests Miss ()Oberlin
of Colorado Agricultural college
l'se a large quantity of water in
proportion to the quantity of vege
table to le cooked. To pirt pare
creamed (ahbage ctut the cabbal,a. not
too hlie. with a knifet. Hlave two quarts
of slightly salted water boiling rap
idly, add one quart of co(arsely cut
cabbage. I(il, unc\ve reld, u ltil the
cab'bage is ttiendelr w\\hen trwd a\ith a
fotrk. I r;.in at iince ail add one cup
lful of m (t'dt1 wh l , :.un(e'. The'1 mix
ture Imay t! en b, jlatced in a all
buttered bhLing di h, ,,vred ut , ltlh lut
ti-red crui l,ls. and bruitlned ill a mlod
(nfons, (aulif!owcr a!:d turnips nay
b, ti Inr-lad in t je ans e 'a}.v Small
lhions sihoult lb: b diled thole, larger
ones cut ini quarters; caulill ower may
b,. left in the hl ad or brk.en into
amai:ller pieci:s; and turnips should be
cut in ( ubtbs.
'Ihe advantage of this method of
cooking are: 'Tht: vegetable stays
a hite or pale gr, -n in color, the odor
in the hote is not disagreeable, the
flavnor is nmuch better, and the food
more easily di,;,t. d than when a cov
,redl kettle or fiti iess cooker is used.
o ECONOMY IN SIRUP MAKING
That Made From Cic er and Ginger
Is Pure and Simple-Imitation
i aple Sirup.
The greatest of sugar economies is
y the making of sirupis pure and sim
€ pie. Cider sirup, for example, is an
o excellent relish for any meal, also a
more than fair sauce for puddings,
rolypolys and so on.
To make it, bruise well three full
races of ginger, taking care the root
is not worm-eaten. Boil the ginger
ten minutes in half a gallon of cider
and let stand overnight-or twelve
hours at least. Strain. Add five pounds
Id of sugar-more if you like a very rich
Iil sirup. Simmer gently, skimming clean,
se for half an hour. Cool and keep in
t: glass or clean stoneware.
st Water, instead of cider, makes an
ty excellent sirup. Use six pounds of
Dd sugar to the half gallon. Skim clean
at and cook as thick as desired. Soft
r-. sugar, the coffee grade, so called,
is makes excellent sirup. If the almost
m black Porto Rico sugar is to be had,
rr? it makes a sirup that furnishes a close
is approach to maple sirup-so close as
;as to warrant the suspicion that it is the
le. first cause of a good deal that passes
.r? for maple,
to Tuna Loaf.
lot To one can of tuna fish add two
ter well-beaten eggs, one teaspoonful of
!ef lemon juice, one teaspoonful of
_at chopped parsley, one teaspoonful of
rm chopped green peppers, one-quarter
elI teaspoonful of salt and one-eighth tea
sp. spoonful of pepper. Mold into loaf
ek and bake in moderate oven one-halt
ell hour. Garnish with parsley and sliced
ns stuffed olives. Serve lot with the fol
nt lowing sauce: Melt two teaspoonfuls
ar. of butter and add two teaspoonfuls
ity of flour, one-quarter teaspoonful of
r)!? salt, one-eighth teaspoonful of pap
;hs rika. When smooth add gradually one
on cupful of hot water. When thoroughly
cooked add two tablespoonfuls of but
ter, a little at a time. Beat until
Sthoroughly mixed and add two hard
cooked eggs chopped fine. Serve this
very hot on the tuna loaf.
Those of r-s who still cling to table
d- cloths instead of polished wood have
ce often wondered at the exasperating
qs ualities of the Canton flannel silence
d cloth. Almost every hot dish placed
over it causes it to stick closer than
ad brother to the polished table and to
leave white fuzzy rings on the wood.
th Instead, make a silence cloth out of
cheesecloth or other washable mate
Srial, with several layers of paper be
ad tween the two folds. Ove-cast the
m edges and knot here and there as in a
lu quilt.-Mother's Magazine.
Apple Tea Cake.
One pint flour, one-half teaspoonful
salt, three teaspoonfuls baking pow
der, few grains cinnamon, two table
Sspoonfuls sugar. one tablespoonful but
ter, one egg, scant cupful of milk,
five apples; mix and sift dry ingredi
Sents, work In butter, add milk gradual
ly and egg (well beaten); r-read in
well-buttered baking pan; cut apples
ifi in eighths or sixteenths and stick i,
6 dough, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon
t. over top, serve with butter.
Convenient Clothespin Bag.
This bag tis made from a square
bag just wide enough to have a
clothes hanger sewed to the top. A
slit Is made down the middle to with
in four inches of each end, so that
the pins may be put in and taken
0lt easily. The advantage of this
mF bag is that it can be hooked on the
lline and slid along as the clothes are
my hung up.
s,* Strawberry Muffins.
One pint flour, two small teaspoon
fuls baking powder, one-half cupful
sugar, little salt sifted together. Add
lb to one beaten egg and one cupful
a milk. Mix well and add one cupful
mashed strawberries and two table
as spoonfuls melted butter. Bake in iot*
In tins in quick oven