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"THE FIRST FOOT.
."V..V,V , v . . V .', t 4 'VV, ..; .4 4 f 4.4 i4-4. . 4 ., 4 -4 By ROBERT DARR, THE house was chaos. One' lamp burned, a cheap tnndi In Germany affair, which give hut NUlltcieiit light to show tin4 hopeless disorder of tin? room. Tho furniture st about at all Impossible angles; pictures, Instead of lu'ln; neat ly arranged upon the Avails, rested on the Hoot', leaning their faces against the wainscot, as things In grief; hooks, loosely tied with coarse string, were tiling hero, n bundle of fireirons hud dled there. Chaos Indescribable, lint Stuart Brazier was a methodical, thism, la; proceeded to place up. in Hit grass. "Well, by 'ea vens. you're n coed cus tomer, you are. What are you doing in my iuso?" "I'm not In your h ouse." "It's a He; you are;" exclaimed the man, in a passion. "You thought to 'ave the place all n I rlit fur a quiet search, I suppose, but you've been found out, you 'ave. You're trapped, you are." "He calm, sir, and don't talk non sense, If you can help 11. la-azur re- philosophic soul, the very typo of the plied. "This is my limine, and It U i'.lled with my furniture. I moved m to-day." "I know jolly well you moved in to day, and I know jolly well you'll move out to-night. Policeman, I give this man in charge." Tho policeman looked at Brazier, but made no move. "Constable." said Brazier, now thor sati.-ilod and Salii-faetory suburban dweller, lie had glanced at the dis heartening scramble of furniture and ornaments without the least little dis couragement. To-morrow, not to-night, lie would begin to set things to rights. The June night closed in, and Stuart Brazier sat in his comfortable chair, smoking and turning matters over in his mind. lie was triad to be at lenrrth oughly amused, "there is a ludicrous in the first detached house he had ever mistake here somewhere. The irate possessed; he thought of its spacious gentleman, perhaps, has taken a house lawns, spacious for a London suburb, near by, and moved into it, as I have and of the grounds well bushed in from Into this to-day. He has made a mis- spying neighbors, lie was glad, too, take in tho number of his house." that he had sent his wife and little girl Turning to the stranger, he continued: to Margate, where, in bracing air, they "If your good lady and you will step would know nothing of the dlscom- In and glance at tho furniture, you .forts of a moving day. Tho dust and will find out that you are In the wrong, the turmoil of the morning, the heavy I'm sorry there is not a better light boots trampling on uncarpeted stairs, for you, but you will, perhaps, make tho sight of men straining in their that do." Without a Avoid, the two determination not to injure heavy fur- stepped Into the hall, nit lire, the sounds of hammers and Turning to address a pleasant re- falling things, the -whole picture of mark to the policeman, Brazier suddon turnins out of one house and going ly found himself sprawling on the into another had got upon his nerves gravel path, and at the same instant lust a little, and now that ho sat at heard the door shut to Avith a ban rest he felt disinclined to stir himself. Tho policeman hastened forward to But -write to Margate he must. His wife would look to receive a letter from him tho first thing in the morn lncr. telling her all about it; assuring her that no precious family god had "Go aAvay, you -wicked housebreaker, been broken, and that her jewelry box or the policeman win lawe you in was quite safe. After their little girl, charge," and next the front windows the chief care of tho Braziers was that small tin box which contained tho wife's valuables. Its contents AA-ere richer than are usually found in a assist tho astonished man to his feet, Before astonishment and auger al- loAved him to open l'is mouth, Brazier heard the voice of tho Avoman sing out, were shut doAvn in great haste. "What possesses those two people? Surely they are out of their minds," Brazier at length said to the attentive suburban villa, for both Stuart Brazier policeman. "That s my house; 1 have and his Avife Avcre connected -with poo- valuables in there. I can't have stran ple Avho could well afford to remember gers in possession, and unwatchod. I in a pleasant and substantial way don't care who they are, or how mis birthdays, and did remember them. taken they may be. I must ask you At lene-th Stuart Brazier stirred h'm- to get tliera out witnout tieiay. self. He refilled and lighted his huge, homely pipe, gathered a miscellaneous collection of bric-a-brac off tho round "I have no right to break into a house, sir," answered the constable. "To sneak plain. I don't know either table, and sat down to write. Ho of you, so 1 can t ten wnose nouse u wrote cheerfully, telling all about the Is. You may be right, or, you know, email events that make up r. moving, sir, he may be right. How am I to and strangely enough, had just fin- know which is which?" ishe'd these words: "Like a tinker. 1 "I had possession, you saw that," am happy in my squalor; all I yearn hotly replied Brazier. "You paw me for is company, and I wonder who will installed in tli" house. Isn't that first foot' our neAV house?" when his enough for you?" ear caught the sound of footsteps com- "Certainly not, sir. Yon had posses inrr hni.iiv nn the trravel nath which sion. then I was on your side; they led to the front door. Brazier listened, have possession new, and I am on their nnd then nuieklv danced at his watch, side-that is, in a Avay. Blest if "Ten o'clock," he muttered to himself. knoAV what's up, though, betAveen you t ut tr! bo the last Host. Now, all. I would not have taken you out, trim thn donee is coming, and what nor can I take them out." does h want? Fcrhaps one of the "You're partly responsible, you know. ,n.en loft something behind." If you had not been here, with thorn, I Vij u .7-. - A , , ,.ii-. cnnnik "vow won ( not hnve criveii iluv4lAiny cuautu As the nearer, Brazier made out that there must be more than one person ap proaching his door. The avIikIoavs of tho room in which ho sat were wide open, allowing him to hoar with groat distinctness. Outside, the night was pitch dark, occasionally illuminated by heat lightning, Avhich blotted out moon nnd stars, the whole world seeming to pant in tho clammy heat of threaten ing rain. Within a feAV yards of ihe front door the visitors paused, and tho next instant Brazier heard the high pitched voice of a woman say: "I'm sure-there's robbers in; I feel it in my bones." "Be quiet, dear; do shut up," roughly commanded the voice of a man. "Hoav can I bo quiet, if burglars and housebreakers aro rumpling and tear ing my " "Oh. shut up. You'll be in hysterics first thing, you know. You'd better ctnv tin)- nf 'arm's Avav. Co back there, to them bushes, and keen still." "I Avouldn't leave you for worlds; in .Wit nnil indeed I wouldn't. I AVOUld tlie of fright, I know I would." "Well, then, keep your 'ead shut, and let me and the constable do the talking ov anything else Brazier grinned, and started for the 1oor, taking tho miserable light with him. Before he had picked his way l,vmirri ihr. frmiirnro to the hall, the front bell Avas rung violently. II i,iipfl tho bimn on tho hall table, and Kinging open the door, asked: ' Well, av hat's up?" "What's up, indeed! How have you rot into this house?" demanded some cue. he could not Avell see who. "By promising to pay rent, princi pally," Brazier replied, good naturedly. re-airing that a mistake had been inadeAa mistake that would turn out all right for him in the end. reeling into the darkness, he saav that the party r.umi ere J three, a man. a woman and a tcM5tab Tin- man hr.il in lis to break in." "They didn't break in; you showed them in. I Avouldn't have I$t them break in. no fear. But you asked thei in as polite as a preacher, and you see they've accepted." "You allowed them to assault me, and to evict me " Me? How could I help what tncy did? It was done In the twmkun oi in eye. I didn't know the man was going to give you his shoulder." "You have seen him do an illegal thing "There's no use your talking to me. You'd better see the sergeant at the station. Between you and me, I think this is a summons job; it Avill take you n inv nr two to cot them out. even if thev don't belong here, if .ttiey sit tight." "Summons to got, heaven knows who, out of my house, just because thev have the daring impudence to get. in in the way they did! They'll suffer for this, if there is any law in the land. They're impostors; the chances are they're worse; they're thieves." Out of tho first floor window a head was thrust, and a man's voice asked: "'Asn't he gene yet? Let 'im go. noliceman. We've no further use for im." "Are you people staying in?" asked the policeman. "Of course avo arc: it's our ouso, and I suppose avo 'ave a right to stay ere for the night, ain't avo?" "What am. I to do, constable?" asked Brazier, for the first time realizing that the matter of getting two stubborn neonle o:it of his house was iikeiy to be a much more tedious business than get tins thm in. "What do you advise?" "Xoav that your temper lias left you nnd vnn nsk advice I'll Kive it. To tell the truth, I don't like the look of things here, and so I'll stay and tf.pn n siir.v'i Avr.tch en Avhat goes on Vnn cut off as fast a.i yon can to th fifion nnd explain every thing to Vt.Alti font you. You Lienv t'.rj fct tioll?" "No, I don't " "Well, o.it -hli yntir gat", turn to hit and keep htrai-:'t on to the c:id of Ihe ftreet; you'll ii i it a got.iibh fie p. von will, fit ;on in.-y n v. -u iM.im 1 I'll W illi h tl.ev eentry. 1 will." SLeart Br.-zi-r. l alh'ss i-u-l tappers i iv !, darb-d u.vn the gravel Avalk. nd at his best pace made off 1n the direction indicated to hlr.i by the po liceman. He then-Jit of his wiles jewels, and COUM not Keep limn ;.i m- n'eg ruotuliy rt his words regar.tir.g the"";lrst fe-it." Here Avas a pleasing lirst foot Indeed. I low his Avife A..u.d lai-,v. and enjoy the pli-ht-providing ahvavH that nothing happened lo her treasures. But he solaced himself the couple must be crary, and crazy p o ph do not steal, however much they may delight In destroying. lie Had gen" but a few hundred yards before good fortune came to him. At t'ae corner of a f treet he came Avlth- In an ace of running full tilt against two mounted policemen, aUio, having met, Avcre passing the time of nitrht with each other. All breathless, Stuart Brazier explained matters to them. When they had heard, they quickly swung off their horses. One constable hnl the animals to a lamppost, to which he secured them; the other closely questioned Brazier. What did you say the constable s name is?" "Foster." "Yes, and did Foster tell you this was the Avay to the station?" "Yes. ho said, 'Turn to the left when you get out of your gate. I turned to the left." "I'm afraid, hi your anxiety, you have mistaken what he said. You should have turned to your right." - "He said 'left,' I'm sure." "It does not matter, hoav that you have met us. Come on, and avc'11 see what's to do. I'iease make no noise; you can't tell Avliat's up or who's about." All three scaled the palings at tho coram- of Brazier's garden, and. keep ing in tho shadow of the bushes, as noiselessly and as quickly as ferrets they made their way to a spot that commanded a view of the hall door. "I don't see Foster," one Avhispered. "He may be at the back of the house," the other answered, "or he may not be hero at all." "You're right," replied the first. "Y'ou slin up under the shadow nnd take your stand against tho front door." Turning to Brazier, he Avhis pered, "Xoav you stick by mo and don't funk, you know. Is tha back door locked?" "It was Avhen I left the house." "All right; lie as silent as a ghost noAV, ana wnen i suoe m Avith mv shoulder, you float this light in nhead of me. Weil rush right in pell-mell. I may as Avcil tell you more is no policeman named 1-oster in tins district. But I know Avho roster is, l think; he's Jim Cumming, the cumiiug est but no talk now; come on, and bo steady." The door went in with a crasn to tho might of the constable's great shoulders, and two seconds later Brazier stood in his dining-room. Be fore him, in various attitudes of sur- nvlsf. and vicious terror. Avere three i men dressed in ordinary clothes. The bogus policeman grasped a chair by the back, and swung it to strike, but the real constable's voice rang out: "Jim, don't do that. You should knoAV better. It Avill go hard enough Avith you as matters stand. Don't make a fool of yourself. Don't earn more time." The ruflian put down the chair with out a Avord and seated himself upen it- "You have me fair and square, you have, and no mistake. Who's with A i X w .11. Ye l i 1 tea ' !! : tl Th. a v.-.t.i i :.; i re, ;": ! ,t mat'.'.n-; ",-!:';rs a r- i inn '.!.. A. th r. pl.i'i-i t':n - coieph prUIm.: t 1 1 voLi'MiNoi;.-; .-khit:;. Ar, the r..Sou a.lvai.r.s the r'.urts of milady betome l'mlcr and fuller. This the grcif creators of feminine fa-hions nc.Yss the water have deter mined upon, and on this side the gowns of the faslionalilrs alnauy tiiov.' the remit of their decision. The volnininous Innovation is partic ularly noticeable In the evening gowns. Chiffons and mousselhie tie sole were ... ...i.ii- ,.f:,iiL-a er!i lieVCl' hUCCc.'JUlu A.l.i.C r-...i:we' - the vogue, and In soft fabrics the ful ness is and ever was piT"v- To the slk'ht figure the fall skirt is always be coming, and even In street costumes the finest nnd most supple cloth is gathered and pleated across the hips. THE MAKING OF WOMAN. Twashtri, the god Vulcan of the Hin doo mythology, created the world. But on his commencing to make woman he discovered that with man he had exhailsteil nil his creative materials, nnd that not one solid element had been left. This, of course, greatly per plexed Twashtri, and caused him to fall lu a profound meditation. When he arose. from it he proceeded as fol lows: , He took The roundness of the moon. The undulating curves of the serpent, The graceful twist of tho creeping plant, The liC'ht shivering of tho grass blade and the slendcructs of the wil- Ioav, The velvety softness of the Cowers, The lightness of the feather, The gentle gaze of the doe, The frolicsomcncss of the dancing sunbeam. The tears of the cloud, Tho inconstancy of the wind, The timhlness of the hare, Tho vanity of the peacock, The hardness of the diamond, The sweetness of honey, The cruelty of the tiger, The boldness of the, lion, The glance of the suu, The heat of the fire, Tho chill of the snow, The cackling of th? parrot. The cooing of the turtle dove. All these ho mixed together ana !ormod woman. Then he presented her to the man. hui iier ; . :ei tie 1 d t: it. n;::: :.iui ea'.i ve; e l tf .t. ' V.'i l 1 lit He p sti;. k he l. Jrpai: I ( ..; a-; mo e i i. '!'.. VOlll'g !' ;u i i r i e.i i oolii hu:.'.n s. M e served .-icoa and nil f :;- of i 'Mod she had to (ler.hie ar.d hip' number of her taUes and lo " ! and almost evi ry nan nuA wov . building was her ni'Uon-e-. the r. ni. hir oin ... only ?)-. end before the I."-; n Avas ovtr riie had covered a'i il.. penscs for that four Avtcks i the rent for the s"eou 1. She ir.e ' tin' "tea room" on one she bad while a student In Bails, ani at' bii'-y winter here she had ie :'!! to go back to that city for h.-r e second year of study. New Yo.l; buue. lee sides 1-...1 n efl-Cll el'.. I' ll that dy f.t and the lies, n In V' .i s 1 f-te.l Tri- V. you ' "Ronald; he's at the front door. Turning to Brazier, the policeman said, "Lot my chum in, please." "You have to be doing something al ways, Jim. This is a new whocno you've struck." "Yes. and a good one, only I'm out of i,.r- into Think of the bareheaded lvi Wl. U'' i fool running against yon two! I ccum- cd on him looking for the station tor a bit yet." I The constable ran his eye over tno other two, he that so nueiy us a- Avoman and the other who had tne . Gladstone bag. "Tkse are uoav friends?" quened the policeman. Yes, and good ims, too; they pinycu the game well. Claude hero nacte a fetching gal-but there, whores the i use of talking now it's all over. You j haven't such a thing as a cup Ol tea or a little to eat n tho house?" Brazier had to admit that he hadn't. Xo apology, mister," said Jim. i know you've just moved in. Luck Is doAvn on us with both feet to-night." ; "Where's your togs?" asked tho po liceman. "You'll find my policeman's uniform in the front room. Claude, you left your petticoats upstairs, didn't yon?" An hour later Stuart Brazier, back from the pclic? station, picked up the thread of his letter, and told of his company and the "first foot." The King. Named in order of market sales, fl?h captured by Now En si;' rid iUher;ne:i cod, ha'ddoei;, hake, pollock, kali- THE GIRL WHO IS LOVED. A woman cannot bo said to be truly attractive or popular unless she is loved and admired by tho members of her oavii sox, as well as the opposite. She must be welcomed by all, old and young, male and female, or she cau uot bo called an attractive woman without reservation. She must be herself, her best self, at all times and Avith all people; she must, think and act for herself and express her own opinions, rather than try to copy some person she may admire or who is admired by tho lords of crea tion. Individuality, when combined with polite manner and tact, is always attractive. A woman's happy, infee tious laugh is better than medicine or advice, and her cheery presence is as welcome as the sunshine. A girl to be truly popular never says mean things about other girls thinking that the men will like her better, and she doesn't try to monopolize the at tentions of all the men at once, but is willing to let other girls have their share of admiration and attention along with her. She doesn't mope and retreat within herself if there are no men about to admire her, but she cheerfully sets about making tho best of matters without them and making such companions as she has happier and brighter for her presence. If she has a grievance she keeps it to herself, for a woman with a griev anco is very soon voted a bore. The weeping, fainting, sad-eyed young woman is very much out of style iioav adavs, not only in novels, but in real life, and the healthy, happy, indi'pend ! ?nt. cheerful and sunny girl has to tally eclipsed her in popularity. iaioiican Queen. WOMEX OF G EXITS. The history of learned bull with that of their Avorks, is a subject Avlileh awaits tho historian. There h ive been learned ladies In mar.y ag-s; one avoiuu like to compare their learning Avith that of the scholars, their contempor aries. Here aro a few aro their names ffi'iiili.nv. and how many of our readers Avouhl pass an examination in their Avorks-IIrotsvitha. the tenth century Terence; Teresa of Spain, Ar.r.e Maria Se'.iurmann. Antoinette Bourignon of Flanders. La Mere Jeaunue. Juana Inez do la Cruz Avhat about all these illustrious dames? Antoinette Bourignon indited tweiitj volumes Avith her oavii fair fingers. Anne Maria Schumann Avrote a philo sophical treatise proving that the. fe male mind is as capable of learning and of science as that of the othei sex. In these days Avho would take the trouble either to Avriie or to read , such a treatise? She fell into mystic- W ism in her old age and had a strange Xy passion for eating spiders, but every thing must be permitted to genius. Then there was Juana Lnez de la Cruz. She interests one strangely, because she was a Mexican, and cue has never before or since hard of any genius or learning coming from the quarter between California and Texas-, and the Torre del Fuego; it is a good, i-iri'o tract of counirv. with a good many people, among whom there seem.-: to be neither learning, nor science, nor art, nor genius. Iiowevor. .luana shoAvod the v. ay. While still quite young she disputed with the scholars of Mexico on equal terms. She Avrote poems in several quarto volumes. The critics seem agreed that the lauy 8 verses are conspicuous for elegance, but ni-3 deficient in energy. As for La Mere Jeanne, she Avas Venetian and not a poet, but the thor of a iicav system, which sh self no one know the fact- so Avcil as herself declared to bo inspired. In this system she assigned the dominion of the Avorld to woman instead of man, Ncav York News. thoautf he kVrl . SfTalksMcut . IIER UNIQUE SCHEME. An enterprising young woman, who had had one year's study in Paris and miKt onrr.estlv desired another, lit upon a unique scheme to secure the wherewithal for it. She rented a room in one of tho great otSte buildings whose tenants at noontime are counted by the hundreds. She paid &27 month ly for this room one of the top fio.or offices, having a large window. She bought half a dozen little, round, un varnished tables with painted l.-s and covered the tops wit 'a the soft, bend-.-ble matting that ccmes rcml i.'a i-htsts and any large dealer is glad to : ?ive away. With excelsior and d.nim ! v.Hl two long wooden shoo hexes, which cost at a shoo store twenty-five Women workers are Invading evcrj line of employment, iuo cuiaus 1000 makes returns for 30,5 separate occupations, and in only eight of do Avomen workers fail to appear. A No one will be surprised that tkei;eC are no women among the soldiers, sail ors and marines of tho United States Government, yet there are lo2 women employed as "boatmen" and sailors. Women have not invaded the ram-.s of the city fire department, still not less than ST9 women are returned in the same general class of "watchmen, policemen nnd detectives." There are no Avomon street car uiy ninn-vli there are two Avon: riff m'otormen" and thirteen women cor. ductors. Women have not taken up the em ployment of telegraph and telephone "linemen," yct'2,33U of them are op erators for these compan.es. There are no women appro n i ice rirjj ... - .lw. -i..,. f ii'v- OT-.;l V'.l.T'' j:?ipers iniioii;.; (."l- ....v. yet two Avoir.cn are returned cs en gaged in these employments. io wo an; a are ri'iuiwu "-'i to steam boiler makers, but eight this lmmstry Avomen werl: at tens lnuus.iij . v" mechanics. There- aro 10.1 v:oM blacksmiths. 571 niachinls'.s. 'y Avcr.Kii Avorkers in iron and srec-1. ...), vj in brass and 177-1 women workers i Among tmui-nial envplymmts women aro 10 t Avorkers as "lumte and raftsmen," 113 wocdcliapp;-.:- sawmill e-mr.lr.re. ff'i "draym;: teumseers. '2?,'2 tnulenal-:er cutters, Ci "qu.vrrymen.' washer-. 11 well l-ovo;. tiorary ,-ngme.nv rvd fro: for ;oen j Jl-J ' tfi V.'i 143 !V - :i u. rents each, and sun? gilt-head cd f'-.o made tAvo divan-like affairs ,- ., ,1 .;,,. e't--"-., 1 tj.ij c ' 1 ' J Wolie fifii-eur! and a f from Si ihat cf in the t'. ! wo 1; .1! C u are ;e,-,t piopo: rJaud. It a; G iio'ii el h:is "?'.' i. cot.; . s;a- .u 'the . - v.ii ci.me -.red -,.i u; .: i v . j :-pc: : ? ti.:'..'