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. ' 'J 'Im. i.i I.hh. an,! m, "I Hi'' limU.iU tli.it vy incit. "A pocketful (,f HUTW.lliliH ( i.n i,,((. (. Worlll hVu An.l lift a loa.l f hoitow H.,,,, t. tmr,!, ,,,,! Lat-kn of in; IJipoiiyh u,.rny path f ie; it viM with nilvcr imin 1 he ntorm clouds of Miife." Lathe' Homo Journal. n Z A TANGLED SKEIN, tt liy C. V. Cnne. 4). THE west IxniDil train from Fargo was, as usual, an hour late. An hour late was. ae U cording to general report, the regular time of that train. Eden village, as lis imaginative early Fcttlers had named it, was a dining station on the road, ami as Landlord Stevens, of the hotel, thus gathered In shekels enough to keep Lira at the level-of rood nature, his patrons al ways found him a pleasant and social individual. A youns man who had registered as Doctor Lawrence of Fargo, was a guest of the hotel, and after the meal was finished and the train had pulled out for the Missouri Kiver, he inquired of the landlord if lie could direct him to the house of Miv Elvidge. "Old man Elvidge' s place is about a half mile straight t-oulh of the village," the landlord said. "You can't miss the house, for It's the only one out there. The old man owns the whole south half of the section, and wants no neigh Lors." "You don't flatter him." ' "You're not a relative? No? Well, every one here who knows old Elvid.se knows he's just that style of a man. lie's honest, and when ycu say that you've said about all you can that's rood of him without lying. He wor ried his wife to death, and he can't keep help long at the ranch. About dve years ago he adopted an orphan laughter of a brother of his, and seems to have taken a fancy to her. She's now about twenty. Elvidge has doue considerable for Miss Mary, to every body's wonder. She has just returned from Fargo, where she took a seminary course. But she has to do just as her uucle tells her or she'd be stepped on hard. The old man hasn't a friend in the world, except his girl. You don't know him?" "No; I never saw him," said Law rence; "but you have been so candid ia painting the old man that I don't mind saying I know his niece. I met her in Fargo. In fact I am engaged to her." "So? God bless you both then," the landlord replied. "And I may add, too, God help you!" Doctor Lawrence easily found the Elvidge ranch, and was warmly wel corned by Mary, who, very likely ex pected him. Mr. Elvidge did not show himself till supper time. lie gave Doctor Law rence a cool reception, suspecting his mission and not approving of it; he had other plans for his niece's future. "Mr. Elvidge," said Lawrence, when an opportunity offered, "I don't know whether your niece has given you any information recaruinir the matter or not, but I have been hoping for come time to become your nephew-in law, and would be much pleased to gain your consent to cur marriage. I have a practice that is reasonably prosper ous, and the prospects-for the future are promising." "When I sent Mary away to school," Mr. Elvidge. said, "I did not expect to lose her, and I cannot consent to this sudden upsetting of my plans.' I will consult with her later, and write you my decision." Doctor Lawrence shortly after took the train for Fargo. Mr. Elvidge held a long and serious session that evening with his niece He was very much disappointed In her, To fall in love without her uncle's "counsel was not only childish and 6flly hut n wronr and unsrateful act. The idea of love wfs a relic of babyhood and the adult who allowed it to inter fere with business was a fool. Dr Lawrence was very likely a fortune hunter. What had he to offer? Noth ing. Now Mr. Workman a sensible and " appropriate name, by the way had for some months before asked fcr her hand, and had received encouragement from the uncle. Mr. Workman was old enough to have a seasoned mind, and he owned a half section adjoining the Elvidge ranch. The union of these two farms had been the uncle's dream for a long time. He would never give his consent to Mary's marriage with any one but Mr. Workman, and she reed not hope to change this decision To talk of her lack of love or even re prect for Mr. Workman, and her af fection for Doctor Lawrence, Mary knew would be useless and she re naincd silent. Any other course would Lave added fuel to the fire. Doctor Lawrence received two let : ' ('! wuh. (!! f Mr. I. !.;.. i iv:,,,,ii i!y lb lining l.ht 'iiT'T !'(.; ,LiV,-t 1 ; ; i I ! I . and !, from .V. try he; .'If, - ui'ing lilt i that Hi'- W'n"ld I" 1n;t. In lie;- p'.lgllN'd Word, lut I ;.,; In-- him to wait pal icnily for nubile, ns fhe was unwilling to defy her nude, to whom she owed much. r.y-and by she inlirht win hliu over and ill would lie well. And with this as surance Lawrcme was obliged to be ontent. Time went by, n ml winter came with its cold and snows. Slmrn Elvidge, now past seventy, fell ill, and for once mcountered u foe stronger than hi will, died, having bequeathed to his nice' his entire estate, which should remain In her possession ho long as she was unmaried or the wife or widow of Richard Workman, who was appointed administrator. In f.ie event of her marriage to any ether than the said Richard Workman, the estate would go o the heirs of Susan Hartley, a sister of the testator's deceased wife. The hopes created In Richard Work- nan by this will was quickly dissl iated by Mary's emphatic refusal to iitcttain his suit, and he declined to let. The judge of probate entertained the popular prejudice against the pro visions of the will, and appointed Dr. Lawrence, whem Mary had summoned to the funeral, administrator. The doe- tor hesitated some tini" over the pro priety of accepting the charge, but finally yielded to Mary's wishes that he should assume it. year passed and there being no suuicient reason why it should not be so, Mary and the doctor were married, thus, as s'.ie supposed, sacrificing wealth for love. There had never been moment since the Avill was read that she had entertained a thought of retaining the estate with the conditions mposed. Hut now r new diOculty arose . The leirs of Susan Hartley ctuld not be found. Doctor Lawrence tried his Lest to trace them, for he had pride, and while Mary, the adopted child of Simon Elvidge, would inherit the property in the absence of Susan Hartley's heirs, such inheritance would cause public comment. He employed an attorney in St. Paul who had won some celebrity in untangling legal tangles, and In structed him to reach the bottom of the case at any reasonable expense. Two years passed. Dr. Lawrence and his wife were happy and contented in their home In Fargo, caring compara tively little about the Elvidge estate. They felt sure that it would be lost to them, and had no desire to keep any one out of his' rights. The attorney in charge of the case had been in occasional correspondence with them, but gave little information of what he had accomplished. One day he visited Fargo, and had a per sonal interview with Doctor Lawrence. Doctor," he said, "I want to make a full report of riy findings In the case of the Susan Hartley heirs. You know we ascertained that Susan Hartley, then a widow with two small children, left St. Paul, where her husband died after a long illness that exhausted their little wealth, fcr New York City, where she followed the occupation of nurse for a time. Then we lost the trail. By accident I found, a few months later, that she was engaged as a nurse to a Avealthy woman, a:i invalid, who had been advised by her physician to make a European trip. The engage ment was so good a one that Mrs. Hartley felt that she must not decline it. She made arrangements with the managers of a public home to care for her children during the few months she expected to be away. The party left on the steamer Giroudafor a French port. The Gironda was wrecked in a storm on the voyage, and all on board except three or four of the crew, were drowned. The older of the children, a little girl, died soon after in an epidemic of scarlet fever. The younger, a boy, attracted the attention of a gentleman who adopted the child. "Impertinence is an acquired habit of mine, you know, and I am sure you will excuse my asking a few questions of you about your early life. A Doctor Jerome Lawrence came to Minneapolis from New York several years ago, and died about ten years later. Are you his son?" "I always supposed so," Doctor Law rence replied, "till after his death. He was a widower, but married again when I was twelve years of age. My step-mother and I never got nlong well together, and soon after my father's death I left home to seek my own for tune. She was much incensed, as she found mo useful, and said I need never ask nor expect anything from her, for I was not a son of Doctor Lawrence, as I had been allowed to think, but only a boy he had taken from an asy lum through charity. She claimed to have proof of this, but refused to show It to me. In wrath I left home and came West; and I have never tried to prove nor disprove the assertions of my step-mother." "Doctor Lawrence," the attorney said, "your story supplies the last link in the chain of descent from Susan Hartley. Y'ou are the lost heir to the Elvidge estate, and I heartily cougrat ulate you on your success In finding yourself. I traced the line to your step-mother, Mrs. Lawrence, and I per feuaded her to show me the proof she refused to show you. It consisted of a document written by Doctor La;v- :.vnee 1 ' --:-. I,:-; ,1 -a- n-. 1 :.; t!y atte-ted, n.-it::ig that h" bad 1. -.-T.v adopti d a hum of Su- ;i :i 1 Ian ley. 'I'll" re-t was cum-, but I w.i'.'e l ymi lo till Volii own std'y. Tin- rb.ihi hi now perfect, and I am out of the (a.-e. My fees will not be light; but as the est, He is near I he half million figure. I know you will not regret the expense I have made to get tills mystery un tangled." What Doctor Lawrence said, or how Mary cxprcsed her satisfaction at the Ktrange transference of her once ex pected estate to her husband. Is not worth space to describe; but the event was properly celebrated, and every body who knew them rejoiced with them over their good fortune. Waver ley Magazine. THE WONDERFUL CORK TREE. It Grow Another r.nrk Wlien Strlpjipd ;oml Again In Twrlvti Yrnri. It kills most trees to strip off their bark or even to girdle them with an axe or knife. This Is not the case, however, with the cork tree, which, when deprived of its thick, roft bark, known in commerce as cork wood, proecds to wrap itself I:i another cov ering. It is a slow process and requires ten to twelve years to complete it. Every year a layer of cork Is formed n round the tree and the whole of these annual layers, representing ten or twelve years' g-owtli, forms the mate rial for corks. We cannot grow cork wood ourselves and so large quantities are brought Into the country. As man ufactured cork is dutiable while cork wood Is on the free list, most of the stoppers for our bottle come into the country in the form of cork wood pud the corks are made here. As It lakes so long for the bark to be restored after It is stripped off, the cork h; comparatively valuable only once in ten or twelve years. We all know that cork is used for a variety of purposes, as In life preserves, covering for pipes in steam machines and so on, but about nine-tenths of all the cork wood sold is made into bottle stoppers. The cork tree grows only in the Med iterranean countries and in Portugal. The latter country is the largest source of supply, for its cork forests cover an area twice as great as that in Spain, a third greater than in Algeria and more than three times as large as in France. There Is such a thing as overdoing the cork business. In the Island of Sardi nia, for example, the cork forests, for merly very extensive and beautiful, have been almost entirely destroyed. Most of the corks that come to us in bottled French wine are from the for ests of Algeria. In Italy the forests form large groups only in the central part of the peninsula. It Is a curious fact, that Portugal, which produces nearly twice as much cork as any other country, consumes comparatively little of It. Spain manufactures and exports a large quantity of cork wood prod ucts, but the production tends to de crease on account of wasteful methods of treating the forests. New York- Sun. WISE WORDS. Temptations are instructions. Traise the sea, but keep on land. The world promises comforts, and pays sorrows. A gift is power; to use it rightly is greater power. Poverty makes come humble, but more malignant. They who await no gift from chance have conquered fate. Kind thoueiis are wings wLich bear us on to kinder deeds. In order to appreciate fiction' cue must first appreciate fact. To forget i3 easy; to forgive how hard! Unless we love the cnlprit. Keep your head cool, your heart warm, conscience pure; these are life's riches. There is a sort of wit so weighted with wisdom that laughter is hushed in wonder. The day that presents no opportunity to improve oneself or benefit another is a black-letter day. Time Is the scribener of Life; when ever he charges up a physical sin to cur account Life docks us an hour or more of our existence. Do what you can, give what you have. Only stop not Avith feelings; carry your charity into deeds; eo and' give what costs you something. t'ortuco Telling;. Many and various have always been the means of fortune telling. In Geor gian days fortune-telling fans were very popular. A number of predictions were printed on the fan leaf, and the person who wished to have his fortune told almost closed the fan and then put his first linger on one of the folded compartments. The fan was at once opened and the sentence thus selected read aloud. These fans are now very rare. Many were beautifully painted and printed on vellum, and formed a not unusual gift from a lover to his sweetheart. Among the old-fashioned poor in primitive villages in England, this way of fortune telling by insert ing a slip of paper haphazard into the Bible and taking tha first or last verse of the chapter on the light hand side is tsiill practiced. CLT HA IN. t i n liar Pnict lei- I ii V t iiw In l 1m- ( li--ll.il Kliiu!(ioi. It is !! of liii- perni ia lit ies of the Chili"-'!' that, w liiio tir y have il 'M 1 eptd elaborate philosophies, inns- of them li.'iic led to any eonlidi nee In the uniformity of naanv. Neither tin- pen. pie nor their rulers have any tlxe I opinion as to the causes of rainfall. The plan hi some provinces when the Heed of rain Is felt Is to borrow a od from a neighboring district and pe tition him for the desired result. If his answer Is satisfactory, l.e Is re turned to his home with every mark ot honor; otherwise be may be put out In the sun, as a hint to wake up and do his duty. A bunch of billow Is usually thrust Into his band, as wil low Is sensitive to moisture. Another plan In extensive use is the building of special temples In which are wells containing several lr u tablets. When there Is a scarcity of rain a messenger starts out with a tablet, marked with the date of the journey aud the name of the district making the petition. Arriving at an other city he pays a sum of money and Is allowed to draw a new tablet, throw ing lit his own by way of exchange. On the return journey he is tuipposcd to cat only bran and travel at to,) speed day and night. Soineiiries he passes through districts as greatly In need of rain as his own. Then the people- in these places waylay him and tempor arily borrowing his tablet, get the rain intended for another place. Prayers are usualy made in the i'.fih and sixth months when the rainfall is always due, and when a limit of 'ten days is set f r their effective operation. Under such conditions rain usually falls during the prescribed time. When the prayers are in progress the um brella, among other objects, comes un der the ban. In some province:; for eigners have been nubled fcr carrying this harmless article at that time. WISE WORDS. Delight depends on denial. Sincerity begets confidence. Empty lamps give no light. Moral sincerity is the salt cf life. Principles are better than precepts. Cur worst llattercra are in the mir ror. A cripple is Letter than a perfect statue. They who love melancholy live in misery. Perfect liberty is manifest in delight In duty. Those who apprehend th right never arrest it. The a Unices man is oft. a accused of amiability. It is easy to be liberal with what yo:i do not own. You can give reproof only where you have given love. The love of home Is the beginning of true patriotism. The web cf true religion is woven through the heart. We can bear pain without when there is peace within. Our lamps do but cast shadows wh?n the true light is shining. You cannot scatter sunshine cut of a face like a vinegar cruet. The best way to bring others to our Ideals is to get there ourselves. Y'ou can never be mined by others if your riches are those of righteousness. Iiam's Horu. The Judge Attempts to Get a Cook. The wife of one cf the members of th? local judiciary has considerable difficulty in keeping servants, 'and the other day she dismissed three in a bunch. The Judge was rather annoyed at the .consequent lack of service in his household, and announced that thereafter he himself would engage the servants, and then perhaps things would go more wnoothly. So he cut out a number of advertisements from the "situations wanted" column of a newspaper, and started out in his cab tc visit the various addresses. His first stop was in front of a little house in a narrow street, from which a cock bad advertised. He saw her and was favorably impressed. .."I am looking for a good cook," he said. "Sure, an' don't Oi know It!" exclaimed the cook. "Oi only left your house yestylday!" The Judge made a hasty and undig nified retreat, and decided to" allow his wife to continue in her direction in the household affairs. Philadelphia Record. Standardizing Metal. The standardization of metals is a question that is likely to be taken up by English engineers, as the result of the recent address of Sir John Wolfe-Barry, the President of the In stituion of Engineers. At present ev ery railroad has its own section for rails and almost every engineer has his own specifications for steel, the result being a large waste of time and needlecs expense in manufacture. It is pointed out that some engineers ac tually appear to pick out the best fea tures of a number of tests of good steel and endeavor to combine them into a single specification, the result being very often a steel with conflict ing properties. LO.V THE c: ''..M.M't' !"N ' ''.; CP LIT L" A Sunn lliiki l',in ) . ,ia"ii miom (hike is ii tiny M.T mil ill, Anil m my f;!U Uihu mihw ll.ik ' (! wo Ml1, U hi'ii with our lii.ir old hkuli we tit. H the MVltt And Holol suowb.ill hurtling f.mry irve, - J'i'L-i'. M i in ii 1 nil ii ('mil i Unit Ion. Mrs. You '.IuiiHT--',The minister jM'cached the most touching ser non I i'ver heard." Yon Itlunier "How much did ho raise'.'" Judge. Kiii Are Worth Cultivating. lIe-"What do you think about the microbes In kisses t henry V" She (cheerfully) "I've neard that we cculdn't get along without certain kinds of microbes."- Puck. A Kail Mi;n. .liffef "I don't believe tiu'.t Stubbs writer his poems nt all." JuiT-'-You dnii'tV" .liffer "No; he never cflVr.-; to reciie ihi'i.1." Detroit Free I'rcs.:. Tlie Two Sivmoim. She "You nun claim to be the salt sf the earth:" He (mildly) "Rut, my dear, we have never denied your claim to being the pepper!" San Francisco Ruiieliii. Dociileil to Stiij'. "Oh, George, what do you think hap pened to-day V" "Did you iiiid a fJ!) gald piece?" "Reiter than that! Our new ci ok aas sent for her trunk." Detroit L'ree I'ress. The Vulnerable Toint. Percy "I've made Pauline sorry that die threw me over." Ouy "In what way?" Percy "Why, I'u attentive now to a girl live years younger than she is." -Detroit Free Press. The Coming Visitor. - Edgar "Alice, my mother is rather bfusque in speech and manner." Alice "Oh, well, I don't care how she' treats me, but I dj wish you would ?autlon her about being careful Low she treats cook." Detroit Free Press. A Brilliant Conception. if iiM'hwK'fvV H : 1 i ; if'fitviv1 Hi Vv I, Jhnnle'a idea of how a man plays by car. Puck. Ttvould IJo Too Slanv Cooks. Mrs. Hiram Off en "And iL you think you could do the cooking for the family with a little help from me'.'" Applicant "No, ma'am, i do not?" Mrs. Hiram Often "You don't V" Applicant "No, ma'am, but Oi'm sure Oi cv.d do it without anny help from you." Philadelphia Press. iN'on-Committal. "Do you think the world is growing worse or better?" "I sho'uldn't venture an opinion," said the man who makes no pretensions to being a philosopher. "One's im pressions on that point are likely to depend largely on the kind of society he happens to get Into." Washingon Star. The Beapporttoninent. "I suppose you realize that you are now at a critical period in your ca-reer,"-said the friend. "I do," answered the new member of ' Congress. "I am kept awake wonder ing which of the old, old stories the f eople who get up anecdotes are going to make me the hero of." Washing! on Star. .Literary (Subjects. "Whom did you discuss at ycur lit erary club this afternoon, dearV'asked the husband in the evening. "Let me see," murmured his wife. "Oh, yes, I remember now! Why, we discussed that woman who recently moved Into th? house across the street from us and Longfellow." Ohio Srate Journal. A T Ifflculty of I.aiiuun ge. "I am afraid," said the eminent Chinaman, "that our people are very much misunderstood." "Yes," answered Miss Cayenne; "whenever I hear two Chinese in con versation 1 am reminded of the cele brated remark that language was given for the concealment of thought." Washington Star. f ' '! ' 'It1 , .'! EMS i . 1 1 T; i; inii) I TV . -1 IK- t 1 9 : V r V I'- "V v