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Lathe' Homo Journal.
A TANGLED SKEIN, tt
liy C. V. Cnne.
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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-
Temptations are instructions.
Traise the sea, but keep on land.
The world promises comforts, and
A gift is power; to use it rightly is
Poverty makes come humble, but
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
There is a sort of wit so weighted
with wisdom that laughter is hushed
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.
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
CLT HA IN.
t i n liar
Pnict lei- I ii V t iiw
In l 1m- (
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.
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
They who love melancholy live in
Perfect liberty is manifest in delight
Those who apprehend th right never
The a Unices man is oft. a accused of
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
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.
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
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
LO.V THE c:
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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
U hi'ii with our lii.ir old hkuli we tit. H the
And Holol suowb.ill hurtling f.mry irve,
M i in ii 1 nil ii ('mil i Unit Ion.
Mrs. You '.IuiiHT--',The minister
jM'cached the most touching ser non I
Yon Itlunier "How much did ho
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."
.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
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.
H : 1 i ; if'fitviv1
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.
"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
"I suppose you realize that you are
now at a critical period in your ca-reer,"-said
"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
"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
A T Ifflculty of I.aiiuun ge.
"I am afraid," said the eminent
Chinaman, "that our people are very
"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."
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