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frighten her chaperons.
Lady Jane is a dear, good soul, but •he is accustomed to be unwise in her management of Signa. She allowed her new approval of Noel to be read in the growing maternity of her manner. Hitherto she had been cousinly in her treatment of him—she was not hia aunt or that might have been her atti tude—and when things looked very black in the matrimonial market she comforted herself aloud with his ad vantages. Signa hated the obvious. Jler temper had been decidely uncer tain since Oaptain Verney had come into what she henceforth styled his "Bayswater Income," and she sallied forth this very afternoon in a mood that was ripe for mischief. She ftund it «t Lady Bloomfield's Afternoon crush where the Bohemian element was mingling with the severe ly social, and everybody was discuss ing the great "Benefit night" at the Bacchante Theatre of Varieties in aid of the War Fund. The Bacchante is a Very superior music hall, and that lent a zest to the way In which every one was Tiuying tickets—in aid of the charity! There was a •IKIMIIMIIMI BY WYLLARD. "Two thousand a year is not a great income," said Lady jane, ironically, "Still, it rescues dear Noel from abso lute want. It was so nice of liis god mother—always a most unassuming person, too indeed, I mistook her for the dressmaker on one occasion when She.: came to call,and T~am afraid she slipped off my visiting list quite a year1 ago." "That is a pity,, since the whole fam ily are inclined to canonize her now!" said Signa dryly. "However, she does not seem to have borne malice, as she has promoted Noel to the position of an eligible." "Hardly eligible, my dear! Two thousand goes such a very little way unless one. lives in Bayswater or the country. Poor Noel!" "Oh, I did not mean among us!" said Signa, with a laughing sneer and a glance out of the window at the re spectable Sloane street trees, decorous ly dusty though just -in bud. "But possibly some young person in the middle classes may take pity on him now, even though It means Bays water!" tady Jane glanced rather uneasily at Signa s straight young back, which wair all that presented itself to her to help out Signa's meaning. And Lady Jane was often at a loss to know whether Signa was in earnest or iron ical. She was beginning to think, with despair, that when her youngest daughter talked sense—the sense of Sloane street and the duchess, it meant revolt,.and Would end in Signa doing some dreaded and unconvention al thing, such as wanting to take up a profession or refusing a really sound offer, for Instance. Sometimes—since his godmother had behaved in suoTf'a really laudable manner—she thought with a sigh, that even two thousand a year and Baytwater would be better than an awrul scandal, of which she lived In terror. If Signa must marry a poor man, bette* Noel, who was, somehow, so satisfactory to all the family, than one of those younger sons with whom the girl delighted to fat man lo a long /rack- coat standing la the centre of the •"group of the smartest women present whfen Signa.. arrived. He was Kate burg, the proprietor of the Bacchante and the originator of the benefit, but Signa hardly glanced at him. There •wain no doubt that she was in a very bad mood indeed, and her eyes, roam ing about for some evil deed to prove this, did not alight upon Batsburg, as the spsctafl means arranged by the Powers of Darkness to help her. it was not with any thought of- the rat man and bis glossy curls In her mind that she- sat down at the piano and volunteered a song. There had been music going on all of that after noon bnt Signa's performance was entirely different, and everyone listen ed, and .Indeed, crowded in from the other rooms to hear. She has a singularly clear voice, strong enough to HU a concert-room, and trained by Da 3apH. He never thought that his excellent training would go to help Sigaa to- give Eady Bloomfield's guests a treat snch as that perform ance of"Hy'ar theret Clear the road «or Lisbetb."- They were a noisy audience, when fS?'} suddenly v tren»- Xormedtfcemfroia ineB-drc—odluke- tBa'fA^*aaaataaaattaat warm men and women into laughing, applauding human beings, not above joining in that last' swinging chorus of the others, and one could seeeta seemed no more a drawing room in Pont street, but the cotton-fields of Louisiana. Lady Bloomfield's own high cackle rose high above the voices of the others and one could see the men drawing breath to demand an encore, even as she rose, flushed with the excitement of her success, from the piano, and she heard, all across the room the mana ger ask who she was. Two minutes later, someone brought him over and introduced him, and they stood by the instrument, talking quickly and earn estly—so deep in conversation, indeed, 'hat Signa-would not be interrupted to sing again. It was only when she looked past his broad back that she caught Sight of Yerney,nonchalant, eyeglass in eye, evidently not at all upset by her reckless interpretation of the notorious negro melody. "Yes, of course I will!" said Signa to the manager. "I should like it." and she nodded to Verney over his shoulder. Her smile was brilliant. Half London was in the stalls of the Bacchante on the great benefit night, and the boxes were taken by select parties who thought the auditorium a little public for the light of their presence. I was tickled to Bee the duchess levelling her glasses at Poppy le Marchant when that young lady danced the conger-eel-dance In aid of the charity, and admired the toler ance of her attitude. Lady Jane was in the box, too, and Sir Wilfred and sister, the one who married Into the state but Signa herself was not pres ent, and, when I went round to pay my respects to her grace, I learned that she had pleaded a headache and stayed at home. The cause.I thought, was not far to seek, as Signa would have persisted that she had lumbago if it would have saved her accom panying a party of which the duchess made one. "SHALL I COME TOO, SIGNA." Batsburg had tacitly promised the house a sensation that night, and we were all a little eager it had not been announced on the boards, but had floated round society through the pri vate channels, and we kept asking each other who was this new star of Batsburg? The programme was as good as could be, but the performers were old acquaintances and while we stormed the stage with applause after each item, all felt that Batsburg owed us a new sensation yet It came between numbers 9 and 10—an "extra turn" which was merely slipped upon the notice board. The band struck up a new air, a catchy thing that no one had heard, and yet, I believe, we all tried to hum it and then into the outre of the wide-' strip of stage left a» in front of the back-cloth a little raggett London gamin came swinging his impudent dirty face turned to the audience with the sangfroid of his in imitable' breed. He stood still a min ute, and then cotfly looking us over, he began to shy personalities at oar comments that made the victim shout claim him a success. There was no doubt about his reality—he was a true arab, apparent ly brought straight out of the streets, without a dab of paint en him that could be discerned, and supremely jaunty and Insolent Probably, he was one of the boys who sold bogus programmes at the side doors of the hall, or, for a few stray coppers, Bang versions of the songs to be heard in side, and Batsburg had primed him up to recognise the front rows of the au dience and discourse on their private affairs and was getting quite personal when onei concludedT that Uto urchin had been coached by someone who did know. Batsburg had been among these people for weeks in con nection with the benefit, and, though, his use of his knowledge might be in doubtful taste, there was no denying that it caught on—the stalls roared as each stinging remark, pointed by one grimy forefinger came clearly across the footlights through the jaunty music. Suddenly the boy began to dance a kind of double-shuffle and, to the air which the band still played softly, bfoke into a song, IntrodnclBg the names of people in front of him. His voice was a sweet, true boy's voice, but marred by that awful Bast End accent, and it ran? through tbt theatre load and Krone, xonag Bracebridge of the Guards, who was sitting between Noel Verney and Mrs. Chiltren Hundreds, almost sprang up right in his seat "By jove!" he said. "Its Signal" The house did not recognise her ail at once and the boxes apparently not at all. But even the awful presence of the duchess aud the appalling consequences which loomed in the near future could not restrain the men. They laughed at every wicked point in the song and when he was off the stage, they yelled to nave him back again. It sounded as if the whole hall were one confused, Imper ious demand, and though they did not call her-by name, it was obvious that Signa tvas recognized. I wondered what she would do, and almost held my breath when the smull ragged figure returned for a brief moment, but only just in sight at the wings. There was a growing terror In Signa's eyes—an expression most alien to them. Either the passing of the ex citement, or-- the realization of her own daring, or else that clamoring audience, was terrifying her. She bowed hastily and pattered off, in spite of the cries _to her to sing again. I feared the demand was too .u'ong, and that they would force her to come back, and I" turned to look round for Verney. But he had diS' •'irpeared, and he was not in the duchess box, though I looked there with fear and trembling. Her grace tss still sitting, calm and smiling, at the front of the box there was something ominous in her tacit refu sal to recognize what everyone knew. Lady Jane's face was like a mask liouprlit Lady Leamington was cry ing, but I could not see her plainly. The next turn fell flat, though there was a. gallant effort to applaud and carry it through. But so many of the men had vanished that it looked as if a wind had swept the stalls bare. It was fatally easy to get be hind. They were waiting for Signa. I sat out two turns then I followed Verney. He had, as I suspected, left his place, before Signa had made her bow, and was waiting for her be hind. By the time I got round, the wings seemed to be full of men, chat tering-in excited voices, and at a little distance stood Verney, cool and lanquid, talking to Batsburg. I heard the manager say, sulkily, "At the side-door-yes, there is a way round,' and I went then and there in the di rection Indicated because I wanted to see the end of the comedy. There was a brogham waiting there stood unnoticed on the pavement un till they came out—indeed' it was who opened the carriage-door. Signa had changed her clothes rapidly, and slipped away from her dressing-room while the men were still awaiting her in the wings. But she was crying bitterly, and it so much surprised me that I felt the whole scene a little unreal. Verney put her into the carriage, hesitated, and stood with one foot on the step. "Shall I come, too, Signa?" he' said. Her voice came out of the dark ness, muffled. "I am frightened, Noel!" "At last?" he said, quietly. "Well, I am not." "I thought It would be fun to scan dalize you!" "Do you mean that I was the cause this timet" "How dare you have two thousand a year?", said Signa irrevantly. Nei ther of them noticed me. "So you thought you would fling your independence of my opinion at me once for all, and see if I could be scared away, eh?" "Something like that" "Well, you cannot. Nothing could. I am going to take the onus of the affair on myself from this time forth however, and tackle the family." "Will you stand by me, Noel?" Sig na must really have bad a fright to say that! "There, shall be no occasion. They shall not dare to refer to It Union is strength—it is you and I together now." TTe jumped into the carriage, and I closed the door and told the coach man "Home," because by that time they were past thinking of anything but themselves. Lady Jane confessed afterwards that the engagement was the greatest relief she had ever known. She had feared that it would never come off because it appears that, owing to her blundering and excellent intentions, she had caused a breach between them which Signa would not give Verney a chance to heal. Batsburg was an angel—a fat angel—in the disguise of a frock coat and bis Benefit was the medicine that killed or cured. The amusing part of it Is that the Duchess has ignored the whole affair, and as she has declined to acknowl edge what everyone knows—that Sig na was the sensation of the great War-Fund Benefit—she will have to go to the wedding, on which occasion Signa will make her bow and retire from her war with right and proper behavior—for the present Qaiek Wit a Strong Fmotor, Some of the noblemen of Europe owe their present positions and stations of honor to the presence of mind and fore thought of their ancestors during ex tremely critical moments. A hiccoecta, for instance, Is the cause at the Kin- skys' princely rank in Austria. It seems that during the midst of Mne great court function at Vienna the Em press Maria Theresa had the misfor tune to hiccough so violently as to cause, not only herself, but her court, great embarrassment In the midst of her bewilderment young Count &asiqr stepped forward, and with a Most clever assumption of intense mortifioa tion and humiliation, asked ber pardon for his breach ef good manners. The Empress received bis apology with not only good grace, bat gratitude, and be fore long the young nobleman was be stowed with nigh court honor* and decorations. Another story fs told how Hie So- peror Napolepn III when out himting one day, being a fired at a very poor marksman, pheasant, bnt instead hit General Massena, destroying the sight of one-of bis eyes. No one could doiflrt who had fired the shot, but General Massena turned round and soundly be rated General Berthier, who had tjeen standing behind Um, which eastJjpitlon Berthier at onCe accepted and appeared overcome with remorse. Napoleon ^was grateful to both fOT time WteMtag Mm, and overwhelmed them Doth *3th honors and di|BllZ DRINK GALLONS OF WATER. Practice Said to Account for Japs' Hardihood. The Nichl-Nichi, a prominent Jap anese paper, in commenting on the re markable health of the Japanese sol dier in the field attributes not a small degree of bis endurance and immunity from disease to his habit of drinking about a gallon of water every day of his life. The statement was verified by an attache of the Japanese treaty commission who studied medicine at Harvard and practiced at home. The Japanese soldier is not per mitted to drink much water on the march. He merely wets his lips, rin ses his mouth, and takes a small swallow now and then. But in camp he drinks freely. A quart immediate ly on rising, more after breakfast and several quarts during the evening. Of course it is largely habit He has not studied the system's requirements -sW :«s .g9s A TYPICAL JAP SOLDIER. from the physician's standpoint. All he knows about it is that he is thirsty and drinks to satisfy that thirst" Americans Use Too Little. "Your people," he went on, "neglect their needs as a rule, in respect to both water and air. They do not drink enough and do not bathe enough. I would not say they are unclean it is only that they_are less particular in their cleanliness. It Is a difference in the point of view. The Japanese think a daily bath the very least at tention to the body. Many bathe sev eral times a day—a simple sponging, cleansing the pores and giving the soul a chance to breathe. And the air bath is equally a habit. My peo ple cannot at first live in the close American houses. They crave the freedom and perfect ventillation of their bamboo cottages. Drinking and bathing are national traits. We be lieve that cleanliness of the internal tissues is as necessary to health and comfort as cleanliness of the skin. The waste materials of the body are often poisonous. Theiir retention Is the cause of many sleepless nights, headaches rheumatic pains fits of indi geston. Water in abundance, inside and out, is necessary to every human being." Wash Inside And Out. The Nichi-Nichi discourses further on the subject stating in a naive way the benefit of free indulgence in na ture's drink: "Health is a gift of the gods, and the way to health lies through the do main of cleanliness. As we wash our linen so should we wash our bodies inside and out. Water is the sweetener life. In Its free use you shall be as sweet and pure as a mountain brook as strong as the lion of the sea as broad as the wind-swept rice fields. You shall bold your head in the stars and your life shall be as peaceful as a .summer day." The largest pin factory in the world is not as has been stated, in the United States but in Birmingham. Eng. where are 870000.000 are manu jfactured every working day. All the other pin factories in England turn out about lO'OOO'OOO. 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