"THE FIRST FOOT.
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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
"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,
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
"Are you people staying in?" asked
"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
"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
What did you say the constable s
"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
"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
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
"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
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
The ruflian put down the chair with
out a Avord and seated himself upen
"You have me fair and square, you
have, and no mistake. Who's with
Ye l i
1 tea '
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a v.-.t.i i
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",-!:';rs a r-
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
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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
The roundness of the moon.
The undulating curves of the serpent,
The graceful twist of tho creeping
The liC'ht shivering of tho grass
blade and the slendcructs of the wil-
The velvety softness of the Cowers,
The lightness of the feather,
The gentle gaze of the doe,
The frolicsomcncss of the dancing
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
Then he presented her to the man.
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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;
V' .i s
"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
"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 .
"Tkse are uoav friends?" quened
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
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
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.
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
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.
he kVrl .
. 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.
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
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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
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:
143 !V -
rents each, and sun? gilt-head cd
f'-.o made tAvo divan-like affairs
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