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tbe Triddef Pull ^5 HERE Is always trouble of oue sort or another when a woman meddles with those things which do not concern her sex. Obviously, car bines were none of Miss Mlvart's concern. If she felt that she had to play with fire arms she should have kept to Flo bert rifles. Noth ing would do, however, but that she must learn to shoot a carbine, and the result was that the whole post rose up and cut Burton, to a man; so that there was no peace for him any longer In that regiment and he had to seek trans fer to another. There were other re sults, also, but they come further on. Some thought that what Miss Mlvart did was done oh purpose, and some thought that it was a piece of idiotic silliness. The latter based their argu ment upon the general frivolousness of her wags, sut upon the innocency of her round, blue eyes. The former held to the belief that Miss Mlvart was oue of those women favorites of Fortune who look greater fools than they are. They said, with a certain show of rea son, that Georgia Mlvart was a child of the service and not an Importation from civil life. She had been born In a garrison and had played with rows of empty,green-rimmed cartridge-shells •t an age when most little girls play with paper dolls. She had hummed snatches of the bugle-calls before she could talk, a id tbe person she had ad mire«* <äe most and obeyed the best the first dozen years of her life been Kreutzer, Captain Mivart's two-headed striker. A few years of boarding-school back East could not have obliterated all that. Besides, the veriest civilian, who has never come nearer to a carbine than to watch a Fourth of July parade, might reasonably be expected to know by in tuition that In a target-practice compe tition every trigger has got to pull just sa hard, whatever the regulation num ber or fraction of pounds, may be. Oth erwise, it is plain that tbe nearer you come to a hair-trigger the better your aim will be. However, whether Miss Mlvart was fully aware of what she was doing, nobody ever knew, unless perhaps it was Grevllle—and he, like Zulelka, •ever told. But Burton had a 'Aid time of it, and all his beautiful score went for worse than nething at all. That, though, was the end. And the beginning ought to come first. The be ginning was when Miss Mlvart under took to iearn to shoot a carbine. There was a target-practice competi tion going on at the post; not oue wblih was of any interest to the service, or gs<sn to the department at large; Just % little social affair, devised to keep up the esprit de corps of the troops and to tighten the monotony of life. There were three contests, one for troops and companies, as snch; one for Individual privates, and one for the officers. This last was to finish off, and then there eras to be a big hop. Every one knew from the first, when Barton and Grevllle shot with their troops, that the officers' competition would lie between them. This made it Interesting in more ways than one, be cause the rivalry was not confined to the target range, but extended to the winning of Miss Mlvarfs hand and heart, and every one believed that this would settle a matter she did not ap pear to be able to settle for herself. «Hot that she was to blame for that Any one, even a person much more cer tain of her own mind than Miss Mlvart was, would bavé been put to It to choose. They were both first lieutenants, and both cavalrymen, and both good to look upon. Burton was fair and Gre vllle was dark, but she had no fixed prejudices regarding that She had »ften said so. Also, both were ob much In love with her as even she could have wished, and were more than willing that all the world should see It—than which nothing Is more pleasant and soothing to a right-minded woman. Tbe rifle contest lasted ten days, dur ing which time the air hummed with the ping and sing of bullets over on the range, and with the calls of the mark ers In tbe rifle-pits. Only scores and records and bets were thought and talked about. Miss Mlvart herself had belt with all the daring wickedness of a kitten teas ing a beetle. She even went so far as to bet on both Burton and Grevllle at onCe. The adjutant undertook to ex plain to her that that was called "hedg ing," and was not looked upon as alto gether sporty. Miss Mlvart was hurt Was It really dishonest she wanted to know. The adjutant felt that be had beto unkind. Be hertsned to usance her that It was not—not dishonest in tha least; only th*— _ took away from the excitement of the thing to a cer tain extent* Miss Mlvart smiled and shook her head. No. she didn't think It did, because, of course, she knew herself which one she wanted to have win. The adjutant admitted that that might possibly be Just as interesting for herself and the fortunate man. And which was he, If he might ask. Miss Mlvart shook her head and smiled again. No, she didn't think he might ask. As the man himself didn't know, she could hardly tell auy one else Just yet, could she? She had her own Ideas about fair play. "1 can shoot a carbine, myself," she told the adjutant, with her cleft chin proudly raised; "and my s.tonlder le all black amt blue. Mr. Burton Is teach ing me." "Ob!" said the adjutant, "and what does Grevllle think about that?" The adjutant was married, so he was out of the running "Mr. Grevllle Is teaching me, too," said Georgia; "and here he comes for me now." Burton was safe'on the target range, over behind the barracks. Miss Mlvu-t ancj Grevllle went In the other direc tion, by the back of the officers' row, over In the foothills across the creek. Grevllle nailed the top of a big red pasteboard box to the trunk of a tree, and Miss Mlvart bit it once out of six teen time»—when she was aiming at the head of a prairie dog at least twen ty feet away to the right. The other fifteen shots were scattered among the foothills. Then bei shoulder hurt her so *bat she was ready to cry. Grevllle would have liked to have her cry upon his own shoulder, but, as she didn't, he did some fancy shooting to distract her. He found a mushroom-can, and threw it Into the aid and filled it full of holes. She had seen Burton do the same thing that morning with a tomato-can. In fact, from where she sat now, on a lichen-covered rock, she could see the mutilated can glittering In the sun, over beyond the arroyo. So she thirst ed for fresher sensations. "I'll tell you," she said to Grevllle, as he held up the mushroom-can for her to inspect the eight holes he had made with five shots, "let me toss up your hat, and you make a hole through the trade-mark In the crown." It was a nice, new straw hat Gre vllle had sent East for it and It had come by stage the day before. It had cost him, express paid, four dollars and seventy-five cents. This, too, at a time when anything he had left after set tling his mess and sutler's and tailor's bills, went into stick-pins and candy and books and music and rldtng-whips for Miss Mlvart But he took off the bat and gave It to her without even a lingering glance at that high-priced trade-mark within. And be felt that It was worth four times four dollara and seventy-five cents when she picked up the tattered remains, at last and ask ed If she might have them to hang in her room. Then she looked dbwn at her grimy hand and considered the first finger, crooking it open and shut. "I think it's going to swell," she pouted. "That Is a perfectly awful trigger to pull." Grevllle did what any man might have been expected to do. He caught the hand and kissed It. Miss Mlvart looked absolutely unconscious of It. 8he might have been ten miles away herself. Grevllle, therefore, thought that she wàs angry, and his heart was filled with contrition. Tet he was old and wise, enough to be a first lieuten ant He walked beside her back to the post In a state of humble dejection she could not understand. The next mora ine >t was Burton's turn. Grevllle was over on the range now, vainly trying to bring his record up to where Burton's wan This time Miss Mlvart fired at a white pasteboard-box cover, and hit It three times out of twenty. She was Jubilant, and so was Burton, because she was making such progress under his tuition. "That's an easy carbine to shoot. Isn't it?" she asked as they wandered home; "it Isn't at all hard to pull, the trig ger." Barton glanced at her, and she met his eyes Innocently. "It's just like any other trigger," he told her. "Yes, of course. And Is that the very same carbine yon use in the competi tion—the one you shot with yesterday, and vfll use this afternoon when you finish up?" He told her that it was. "Well," she said, complacently, "1 think I'm doing very nicely, don't yon. I hit the target three times, and my first finger doesn't hurt a bit—this morning." That afternoon the competition came to an end, with Burton a good many pointe ahead of Grevllle. And that night there was the big bop. it bad been nnderstooa from tbe first Ont tbe ■an who wen was to take MRl JBvart to the hop. So she went ovcv with Barton, and gave him one-third of her dances. Grevllle had another third, and the rest were open to the post at large. j Grevllle did not look happy nt all. It was not the target record he minded. He never thought about that. It was having to go down the board-walk to the hop-room behind Burton, and to watch Miss Mlvart leaning on his arm aud looking up Into his face from under tbe white mists of her lace hood. He was not consoled at all when she look ed up into his own face even more sweetly at the beginning of the second dance, and whispered that she was "so sorry." Now ns the second dance had been Greville's the third was Burton's. That was the way It had been arranged. As the band begun the waltz, Miss Mlvurt stood beside Grevllle in the center of quite a group. The commanding offl cer was In the group, so was Burton's captain, and so was the adjutant. There were some others us well, and also some women. Miss Mlvart may have chosen that position, or it may simply have happened so. Any way, just as the waltz started Bnrton, light-hearted and light-footed came slipping and sliding over the can dle-waxed floor, and pushing his way into the midst. "Ours," he said, tri umphantly. But Miss Mlvart did not heed him at once. She was tellidg them all how she had learned to shoot a carbine us well as auy one, and they, the men, at any rate, were hanging on her words. "Mr. Grevllle taught me," she said, and so did Mr. Burton." This was the first either had known of the oth er's part In It, and they exchanged a look.) "They taught me with their own carbines, too. The very same ones they used themselves In the competi tion. But I shot beBt with Mr. Burton's carbine. He must have fixed his trig ger to pull more easily; It was almost like, what do you call It, a hair-trig ger?" She looked about for an answer. And saw on their faces a stare of stony hor ror and surprise. They had moved a little away from Burton, and the' com manding officer's steely eyes were on his face. The face had turned white, even with the sunburn, and Burton's voice was just a trifle unsteady as he spoke. "This is our dance. I think, Misa Mi vart," he said. The Innocent.^ round, blue orbs looked just a little coldly into his. "No," she told hlm, "I think you are mistaken. It Is Mr. Greville's dance." And she turned and laid lier hand on Greville's arm.—San Francisco Argonaut. Expressing His Disgust. Probably most writers of serial stories are familiar with the sensation of receiving letters of commendation or disapproval from Interested readers who are following up the stories as they appear In their regular weekly or monthly installments. Occasionally some curious person asks for private in formation as to what the outcome Is to be, while others offer suggestions as to the disposition to be made of the' villain, or express a fear that the an thor Intends to marry the hero to the wrong woman. The writer of a serial story in one of the popular magazines a few years ago received the following letter from an Indignant reader. The names are changed for obvious reasons: Dear Sir: 1 take tbe liberty of tell ing you that I regard your 'Simeon Stacy,* now running through the B.ank Magazine, as a little the thinnest novel 1 have ever read. Furthermore, woe principal character In the story, to whom you give the title role, so speak, la so thoroughly detestable « man that 1 have taken the n>wit effect Ive means In my power to onow my contempt for him by changier my name—which happened to be the same as his—to something as unlike xt possible. Yours truly, "ANDREW JACOBSON, "(Formerly Simeon Stacy)." ________ Ungaliant. j There Is a suggestion of nngnllnntry In the latest telephonic invention adopted in Paris. Hitherto. In the French capital, as elsewhere, the ceu tral exchauge has been managed—or, as French telephone users alleged, mis managed—by women. But when busy men have called up other firms and of ttces they have often been delayed by the conversational tendencies of the young ladles at the exchange. It '.s decldedly maddening to have a«; *.m portant telephonic Interview puuc tuated with "He's awfully handsome!' or. "I'm going to wear my pink blouse," and they have determined to put a stop to It In France by supersed ing the telephone exchange girls by an automatic apparatrs. Heating In Uruguay. Few bouses In Uruguay are provided with atoves for heating purposes. No chimneys or fireplaces are provided, aa a role, one house recently huilt at a coat of $14,000 Laving for its only chi mney a stovepipe from the kitchen. When a woman says, in exenas fot has flower!ess garden,' that the doesn't l "understand" th* ear« «f floweea, H aius (hat at» doesn't want Rt mt WILL HONOR HEROIO DEAD. Confederate Will Erect ■ Memorial st Richmond, Va, The recent convention of Confederate Tet ®raus held at Louisville voted to ac ^P* with thanks the offer of $100.000 thad* by Charles Broadway Rouse of New ïork - formerly a soldier of the Confederacy from Virginia, for the pur P ose of erecting a memorial to the Con federate dead at Richmond, Va. The Memorial Committee reported that It bad secured pledges of $124,437.35 in addition, and that the prospect of rais * n S an amount sufficient to make the total, Including Mr. Rouse's donation, $300.300 was excellent Upon these rep rosentatlons Mr. ltouse lias authorized the Confederate Veterans' Association to draw upon him for the amount Pledged by him at any time it may be thought advisable to begin the work, Confederate Memorial Association, which has the enterprise In hand, h«s Sleeted Judge George L. Christian of Richmond, Va., as Its treasurer, and the memorial is to In? built In Ulch uiond, the heart-city of the Coufed sracy and the place where, for four years, the policies and plans were evolved In consequence of which the South was enabled to make so memor able a struggle against Inevitable de feat The definite arrangements for ths construction of the memorial do not yet appear to have been completed by ths association, but General J. G. Under wood, the Secretary and superinten dent of the work of raising funds, has prepared plans (with the approval of some members of the executive com PROPOSED rONPUDBKATB MEMORIAL mlttee), and these plans were presented at Louisville. General Underwood says of his plans: "I have designed a memorial rotunda with a mausoleum dome and rooms for each State, wherein relics, records and various other archives may be safely kept for all time to come, and I have further desigued suitable hauglug ■pace for a portrait gallery of renowned Southern leaders, and I personally pur pose to bestow upon the people of the South twenty or more magnificent por traits, full size. In oil, of distinguished Confederate officers' both clvlUndimUb tary, as soon ns a suitable place shall have been made to receive them. And, besides, I also present to you for In spection statue models of President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee, the civil and military heads of ttao historic Confederacy, for the mnnufac ture of which In bronze I, Individually, propose to raise the requisite money, and, aa in the case of the portraits, to donate the same to the association, to be placed on either Bide of the grand flight of steps to the portico of the said proposed memorial building, provided such meets with your approval. "The maximum estimated round cost of the design I propose Is $300,000, not including statuary and portraits, and calculating upon the building site being donated. With the amount raised, those due, others promised and anticl Rations reasonably based upon the backing I have demonstrated, I am con ® deQ t of being able to secure at least $300,000, and If my designs are ap proved and authority given me to pro» ceed * n accordance therewith I'll obll t*te myself to construct the memorial building as designed, with such mod- i Ificatlons as may be found necessary to suit tbe building site to be selected and other essential requirements of tbe esse In every particular. "My general plan includes the piac ,n $ hr each State of two statues, either ! n bronze or marble, as may hereafter *** de t erm ' ned > *° 8U 't Inside finish of aud , i ^ rium rotunda - and that the so* era * State* shall select their heroes to Immortalized, each State bearing expense of such statuary (from $10, $12,000) representing Its own heroes, but the portico statdes and two equestrian statues of Generals J. E. B. Stuart and N. B. Forrest I propose to ,ecure money to be raised from out Bide Mendly sources and already have B88nrB ® ce8 -°t material asalstauce for that purpose." How 81m Got It. ▲ Utile girl who had been told not to ask for anything to eat at a neighbor's came home with a face very suggest lve of lunching. When asked by her mother why she had asked for somm thing, she said: "But mamma, I didn't ask Mrs. G. _ ,. . , ...... , ,, , 1 a * her and 8alf j $ hungry 1 »"** | I#r * Tr uth. Than la nothing as stale as an old story, yet half of them are coin menced: "Yon have probably heard It, but,** e tc. * _ j Bom« men celebrate «very day, about nothing. TRAVELS OF THE JIGGER. j ThU Industrious Little Flea Ie dream navigating; the World. The very small species of the flea, 1 commonly known as the Jigger, whose native home Is tropical and subtrop ical America, set out ln 1872 to cir cumnavigate the world and has now half completed his Journey, says a writer in the New York Sun. His ar rival In India and Madagascar is al most simultaneously reported. On Lis conquering way he hus badly fright ened many barbarous tribes by his pro pensity to bore through the skin and find lodgment under It, and many vil lages and sometimes whole districts were abandoned by the natives during his journey across Africa. In September, 1872, a sailing vessel from Brazil dumped a quantity of sand ballast on the beach at Ainbriz, a little south of the Congo. This event has historic importance from the fact that the Jigger crossed the* ocean ,'n this sand, and It is believed to have been his first Introduction to forelgu terri tory. His rate of advance across Afrlea depended upon the means of transpor tation at hand, for the jigger will not hop when he may ride. It was thir teen years before he struck the cara van route to Stanley Pool, and then he Journeyed quickly and comfortably with the porters In the freight service to that starting point of the upper Congo steamers, which carried him halfway across Africa. Twenty years after his arrival in Africa the Jigger appeared on the shores of Victoria Nyanza, and six years later he was hopping along the sands of Zanzibar Island. ™ ,e J, *® er wa " tlj us established In 1898 at the busy mart whence many Vessels sail for the East Indies and Ocean lea. It was predicted that he would soon Invade India, and sure enough his arrival at Bombay, whither he had been brought by coolies return ing from Africa, la now reported. Le Tour du Monde says he may be ex pected In French Indio-Chlna at any time, and that he will evidently !u vade the whole of Southern Asia, and letters from Nossl Be, in Northwest Madagascar, report hla advent them and on the adjoining Islands, where he ' Is flourishing and multiplying in the 1 sandy soil. We may next expe jt to hear of this persevering and successful traveler among the Pacific Islands, and all,re gions In or near the tropics seem des tined to make his acquaintance. HOW EXPR ESSES DROP MEN. that la a Drain on the Hall road Crew. "While coming from Chicago last week," said a prominent business ™sn of this city, "I noticed a peculiar rail road custom which Interested me con siderably. I happened to be In the last car of the limited when the train stop ped In a desolate spot between stations. The rear brakeman, of course, dropped off and went down the track with a flag to warn may train that might be fol lowing us. In a moment or two we started up again, but minus the brake man. I wondered at this, but was still more surprised later on to see the same thing repeated when we were obliged in stop'on account of a threatened hot oox. Upon Inquiry I found that tbla was the custom on fast traîna 'Some times. If we have lots of time,' said the conductor, 'we whistle for the men to come In, but In most cases we leave them to be picked up by the next train, or to walk to the nearest station.' •• 'But Isn't that rather hard on tho meur I asked. 'Oh, It's part of tho business,' he replied. T have known of cases where men dropped off In thla way were frozen to death or waylaid by tramps, but the railroads have to make the time, and that's why It's done. I have seen trains running with snly a conductor aboard them, at times, because the rest of the crew bad been left behind In Just this way.' ''—New York Mali and Express. • Stole the Bridegroom. A young man In a convivial party at a Broad street hotel told the follow ing story: "I bad a good time at a wedding last week. It was the wedding of a friend of mine, and I and some of th* boys played a good Joke on him, and he didn't get mad either. The joke was to steal him. Yes, right after the cere mony we grabbed him up, banged him Into a cab, and then drove hlm ont six teen miles Into the country, where ws locked him up In a barn and kept him there three days. The bride waited for him in a royal suite of rooms ln an Aa» bury Park hotel. We had persuaded ber to travel down alone, promising her the groom would arrive at any mlnnta, Every evening, after our day's work was done, we trotted out Into tbe coun try to see the groom, with baskets of food and liquid. Pretty good-natured about It tbe duffer was, too, I tell yon. though, those three days were different slightly from what he and tbe girl had been counting on."—Philadelphia Be« ord. Mild Climates tbe Best. More people over 100 yean old an found In mild climates ♦*»■" la th« higher latitude«. I A husband waiting for hl« wife at a yi«h aale la about the cheapest thh| GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPHY. I (ta Great Sncceaa In Great Britain D«H inac the Peat Thirty Years W. S. Harwood describes ln tbe Cen tury the successful working of tho Gov ernment telegraph In Great Britain. Since the British Government, ln th« fear 1870, assumed control of all Inland telegrams, the business of that depart ment of the general postoffee baa grown to enormous proportions. The object of assuming this control was twofold; first, to reduce the exorbitant telegraph tolls of private companies— tolls so high as virtually to be prohibit ive for many kinds of business; and, secondly, to safeguard the public against any return to former charges. It matters not what one may think aa to the desirability of the introduction >f such a system into the United Staten the fact Is patent that In Great Brit ain It has proved a signal success. Ths twofold object was long since attained, and there is no likelihood that the ay«» tem will be overthrown. The report of the Postofflee Depart ment for 1899 gives the latest available figures. This report shows that the people so far appreciate and utilize tbe system that they sent In 1899, up to the date of the closing of the report. In ordinary telegrams, which are exclu sive of press telegrams, cable messages. Government, franked and reduced-rats dispatches, over three million messages more than during 1898. In 1899, tbe year before the Government assump tion, seven million messages were sent; In 1899, nearly ninety million mes sages. In 1809 the average charge for telegrams was a little over fifty cents, while the charge for the same message to-day, Inclusive of address, Is about fifteen cents. In 1809 there were un der three hundred employes, while there are at present over three thou sand In the London office alone. Last year, after allowing for a deficit of at least * million dollars In the depart ment devoted to the dally newspapers, tbe system cleared above all cost of maintenance over one bundred and six ty-five thousand pounds; In round num bers, eight hundred and fifty thousand dollara. Staue Thunder and Lighting. The reason why the mechanism foi making the noises that give realism to a play are never seen by tbe audience Is because the Illusion would be com pletely destroyed if its operations were exposed to view, explains Franklin Fyles In the Ladles' Home Journal The noise of the waiter falling down Stairs with a tray of dishes, for In stance, is simulated by dropping, aa often as necessary, a basket filled with bits of broken china; and a cylinder of silk, turned with a crank, drawing ths cloth over wooden flanges gives a per fect rain and wind storm. A lightning accompaniment Is made by touching an ordinary file to a Ht of carbon—both on live wires—and tbe* thunder by roll ing ten-pin balls In a long, narrow, wooden trough. The rumble of tha wheels of a carriage Is Imitated with a vehicle like a miniature freight car on a wooden track, and the striking of wood or metal cm hard or soft surface« serves to convince an audience of tha approach or departure of a horse. When there la war a single shot or two la usually tbe real thing, bnt a rifle vol ley effect Is obtained by rapidly beat ing a dried calfskin with rattans, while heavy strokes on tbe baas dram will convey th« Idea , of cannonading. 11 this mechanism were seen la operation by an audience It would make tbe whole performance seem ridiculous. Unprofitable. It has been settled to tbe satlsfacttoa of tbe agricultural experts of tbe gov ernment that spiders do not produce allk of commercial value. Large silk ■pinning epldera are found In tbe palm trees of Venezuela. Rome of the spi ders produce white silk and others yel low silk, and this silk has been made into handkerchiefs, but silk produced In this way cannot be made valuable commercially, because of the trouble» some necessity of keeping tbe splden separated to prevent their devourini each other. Their food being Insects this also Involves considerable difficult) In supplying them. Attempts to util ize the silk of a Madagascar spider « the same species some years ago result ed in the discovery that the product was more expensive than ordinary silk. lieqjnkovschtsohina. Tbe State Besjukovschtschlna, Russia, is probably the only place In the world that Is run entirely by wom en. This state Is made up of seven vil lages, eafb presided over by e Mayor ess, the whole under the superintend ence of a lady named Easchka, who acta as President There are women magistrates, women preachers, women policemen—In fact every capacity In ; the state la filled by women. The roads are made by women, and women sell milk and deliver letters. If yon want to bring an action against your neigh bor la this state you go to a woman lawyer; and If there la anything In your bouse to be stolen, then a bur glar of the weaker sex steals It No place of any Importance is filled hr • In When a woman announces that she la coming on a visit It la necessary fo* one member of the family to «lay hi th* depot to meet all train« hut hM thra« days.