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sn'a tookw of wim m, ) lok of dnyi Are n a rlr tlmt ilivlnri. t HuWrtr i,h tlttit of Uuln fur.. A.oiijj Ilia Mihlnx worl.l IjlKhwiij. Lut tou phU look, ami nil In vain. To liiel m.mit rioir4 of tlmt Difiit 1 n lit Wmiix doth Inly w.k with KL'ht, Ufoii the soul's wMo biutU-pliiln. Hum's Horn. A CATSPAW. 1 l$y r.dwnrd Willed. 4 It was generally understood In Hum;, town tliut Hqulro Coram's daughter, Dctty, wan tabot !. Not only "hands off" was her father's order to tho young men who coveted her, hut tongues off, and even eyM off. She was not to ho touched, or t all-it; 1 to, or even looked at, and woe to tho daring youth who ventured to transgress thj Bqu Ire's command. No wonder tho young men of Bung town coveted Betty Coram. Not only was Bhe very pretty, hut. reputed to bo very amlal'o and intelligent and was certainly an heiress. Squire Coram was a rich man, for Bungtown, end lietty was bis only child, lib darling, tho apple of his eye. Ho would undoubtedly leave her all lib property. But tho young men of Bungtown filched and longed in vain. Squire Coram kept strict guard over lib jewel and warned ail intruders oft the premises. Among these who went wild after Hetty Coram was Excelsior Podd, the only sen of Philotus Todd, editor of tho Eungtown Banner. Excelsior had cot been named after the celebrated racer, but had been so called because the elder Podd felt a prophetic impulse that bis son would. rise higher in the world than any cne else. "Why not?" asked Philotus Podd. If the boy should inherit his father's In tellectual owers, and those powers 6hould bo developed under the saga cious Instructions of that father, there would be no limit to hb capacity for rising in the world. It was well, therefore, that he was named Excel sior. As yet, however, Excelsior Podd had shown no remarkable appreciation of the exalted destiny that awaited him. He had just advanced beyond the po sition of "devil" In his father's print ing office, and had been promoted to the dignity of a "case." He was chiefly noted for being an overgrown, gawky youth of 19, who bad "no more sen30 than the law al lows," and was often tho butt of the village wits. But ExcelsicT had no knowledge of bis deficiencies, his opinion of himsalf being reflected from that of his father, who looked upon hb offspring with ad miring eyes. As his bump of self esteem was well developed, he did not consider that he was at all presump tuous In aspiring to the hand of sweet Betty Coram, or in believing that ho might succeed where so many had failed. Hb disadvantages, of course, wero the same as those under which the other young men labored, but ho showed considerable ingenuity in overcoming the principal obstacle. He invented all sorts of pretexts for gain ing admission to Squire Coram's house, and for obtaining interviews with tho lovely Betty. In these efforts lie was often successful, the moro so, perhaps, because the squire did not believe that bis daughter could be in the least en dangered by the presence of Excelsior Podd. Excelsior thought otherwise. He be lieved himself to be a lady-killer, and was sure that Betty Coram had fallen before his' invincible onset. The truth is that Betty was kept so secluded that the visits cf even Excelsior Podd were a relief to her, and she did not try to conceal her pleasure at the sight of r. young man. This young man was sure that he had made a conquest, and hb assur ance was rendered doubly sure when George Deering, the son of tho post master, brought him a note, directed la a delicate, feminine hand. "You are in luck, Excel," said Deer ing. "Here is a note tor you from Bet ty Coram." "Crcatiou, George! how did you get hold of it?" "Easy enough. She came to the of fice this morning with tho squire, and managed to slip the note into my hand. I supposed it wa3 for myself, and was right mad when I raw that it was for you. I don't know how it b, eld fel low, that you have got so far ahead of all the rest of us, and I can't help envying your good fortune." Excelsior eagerly grasped the note and went off to read it by himself. It vas In these wcrds: 1 "My dear friend. Excelsior Podd: I have noticed your looks, and believe that you love me.. If you do, now b the time to prove it. I can no longer endure' ny father'3 tyranny, and am anxious to leave heme. If you are willing to take me out of here, I will trust you to do so. Come tonight at II o'clock. The dog is chaineJ. and there is no one ta fear but fsthor, ni I am sure that ycu are sr.urt en ri-a to keep out ci hb way. Do not fg.il me, and I aw Yours ever, "HETTY." Excelsior wns In ecstasies; ho hardly knew whether ho stood upon hb head or hb feet. Here was tho beauty of the village, the heiress of Dunxfown. actually proposing an elopement, and w ith' him. There could be no question of that. He wtuld jump at tho chance! During tho rest of the day he was In iuif h a tit. it o of excitement and dis traction ti-at ho was unable to atteml to hb duties at the printing office. At night he arrayed himself in his bent, Hole out of the house, and directed hb' Ftop;j toward Squire Coram's mansion. Although lit t ty had not given him any directions, ho knew what to do. He know whore her room was, 2nd where he must get over tho fence. In order to take the nearest route to her window and that was the point ho de f.lred to reach. After passing through a grove, he reached the fence which ho was to cross. It was a hirh picket fence, and not easy to climb; but Excelsior proved worthy of hb name, and went over it like a bird. On the lnsldo ho saw a short stopladdor and had fore thought enough to place it against tho fcnco to assist hb ladylove in her flight. Then he began hb progress toward tho house, moving slowly and cautious ly, peering through the darkness in every direction at each step, to guard against discovery, or to make his es cape in time. When ho was halfway across the lawn he was startled by tho deep voiced barking cf Squire Coram's bull dog. Excelsior fcit a sudden sinking at the heart, as bark after bark issued from the throat of that formidable ani mal; but he recovered his courage when he remembered Betty's assur ance that old Towser was chained. The only fear was that the dog would alarm the house and that fear was soon realized. The voice of Squire Coram was heard, speaking to the dog, and it was apparent that he was about to Issue from the house with the In tention of searching the grounds. Excelsior was equal to this emer gency. He ran to the garden fence, jumped ever it and hid In the currant bushess. But he was oppressed by a terrible fear. "Suppose the squire should turn tho dog loose!" But the squire did nothing of tho kind. He looked about the lawn a lit tle, muttering that old Towser had been barking at some cat or stray dog, addressed some words of reprcof to the animal, and returned to tho house. "Faint heart never won fair lady," thought Excelsior, as he prepared to jump over the garden fence and renew his attempt. The night was very dark, and he did not try to find the precise spot at which he had previously climbed the fence. The result was, that when he leaped over, he found himself standing in something soft and sticky, that slushed up about hb legs very un pleasantly. He felt it, and discovered, to hb in finite disgust,' that he was standing in a pot of soft soap, which had been made during the day and left out to cool. Thla was very mortifying, and It left hb clothes in an unpleasant condition, although he rubbed off as much of the greasy mixture as he could. "Never mind," he thought; "if she love3 me, as I am sure she does, she won't care about the soap." Again he worked his way toward the house. To his great delight, the dog was now quiet, hb master's reproof having had the effect of restraining him from barking. There was a light burning in Betty's window and toward it, as the guiding' star, Excelsior directed his steps. But, just as he came beneatn the window It was extinguished. While he wondered at this, a side door opened and Betty herself ap peared before him. She was attired in a traveling dress, and carried a shawl and a reticule. She was evidently pre pared to elope, and the young man's hapiness was complete. "My brave Excelsior!" she ex claimed. "My noble Podd! How shall I ever thank you for this? But what is the matter with your shoes? They sound so queer." "The fact b," stammered the young man, "that I got Into a pot of soft soap out here." "Have ycu endured that for me? What a splendid fellow you are! I am ready. Let us hurry. But first let me speak to the dog. I was so afraid that father would find you, or that he would turn Towser loose." Betty stepped lightly to the bull-dog's kennel, petted him on tho head, and speko kindly to him, and then returned tct he young man. "Can you get me over the tall fence?" she asked. "Yes; I put a stepladder there." "Let us make haste, then." They reached the fence speedily and without difficulty. Excelsior went Over first; then Betty climbed the steplad der and jumped off and he received her In hb arms. Blessed privilege! Glorious possession! The beauty nvl the heiress of Eunstown was ; . :.U lis cwn. his own f-ur-v :' ; .ven Ho was beginning what ho Intended to bo a very pretty speech, expressly of hb love and devotion, when Betty Interrupted tim. "There la no time to ppeak of that now," she nald. "I am safe, and will bo far from here when father awaken; but there b no tlmo to lose." "Where Khali we go, Betty?" "I will shew you. It b all arranged. Como with me." She led him through the trove to tho read, where a horse and bujrgy wero standing. At tho horse's bead was a man whom Excelsior prevent ly recog nized, to hb cieat surprise, as George Deering. "Why, George, what on earth aro you doing here?" he asked. "I knew what was volng on," replied Deering, "and bmight a buiy to help tho young lady off. I always stand by my friends, especially when they stand by me. Have the klndnesa to assist Miss Betty into that vehicle, my dear Podd, and soon everytnlug will bo lovely." Excelsior did as he wa3 requested to do, aJid was about to follow tho young lady into the buggy, when Deer ing halted him. "Wait a mcment, my dear fellow," said the latter. "We must consult tho safety of Miss Betty. No one but my self can manage this horse, and It b necessary that I should get In first." Excelsior stood aside while the other got In and seated himself by the side of Betty. Deerinc then whipped up the horse, event ahead a short dis tance, stopped and lcoked back. "Farewell, my dear Excelsior," he said. "You are the best Podd that ever grew on a beanstalk. Whenever any of my friends want their chest nuts pulled out of the fire. I will be sure to rocommend you." In a few minutes tho buggy had whirled out of Bight. "Why, this b a durncd shame!" ex claimed Excelsior; "I've a great mind to go and tell the squire." But he didn't. He went homo cleaned the soap off his clothes, and held his tongue. New York Weekly. FISHERMAN'S PARADISE. A Name to Which Newfoundland Is Csrtainly Entitled. A native of Newfoundland is a born fisherman or a fish dealer. If the turn of his business life prevents him from catching fish, it seldom, If ever, gets him out of the atmosphere of them. If he doesn't catch them ho solb them, or gets hb living in some way out of them. He lives and thrives, as it were, on codfish, fresh and salted, or la the fattening from cod liver oil, crude and refined. The scheduled com merce of the Island Is made up of fish the cod, herring and the salmon the latter a mere drop in the aggre gate bucket. This condition has ex isted since the early years of tho 16th century, when the Portuguese, the Bis cayan3, the French and English fought fiercely over the rights to the coast fishing. For nearly 400 years the traffic In these special products of the seas was, and is now, carried on purely from the dollar standpoint, and during this long period we find no reference to th9 angling wealth of the inland waters, except when, here and there, a stray Waltonlan, stranded In transit to hb far-off home, improvised a rod and fishing gear and gave glowing accounts of the salmon and trout waters near the coast. But these reports were few and far between, and owing to the isolated location of the island and the dearth of transportation faculties, Newfoundland continued to be an un developed Utopia to the anglers of the world. , This condition existed until within the last decade, when the American tourist, as restless and indefatigable in hb search for new avenues of pleasure as he probably had formerly been in chasing the dollar, traversed the isl and and corduroyed, as it were, its many and difficult portages In hb heart for choice angling waters. He found them everywhere; nestled In the lap of every vale; in the concaves of tha hilltops, and dashing down the mountain sides, widening from turbu lent trout rivulets into noble salmon rivers flowing placidly to the sea. Fof be it known that more than one-third of the area of the island is covered with fresh waters, and in their broad reaches live many species of fish es teemed the world over for their game qualities. It Is not to be wondered that su.:h a country forms an objective point in the itinerary of the angling season with the fisherman. William Harrb in the Illustrated Sporting News. Official Baggage. The English railways are about to devise a plan by which the loss of bag gage in transit may be reduced to a minimum. In England there has hith erto been no adequate system of regis tering baggage, so that if the piece b stolen and replaced by another tho loss is not discovered until the ownr attempts to Identify what he does not recognize. In the first quarter cf tho present year the French railway com- nanles paid no.hr; hnn JIS'V) ns re imbursement to c. f: v: v, Lui pacli2gfs had been r A CITY MADE TO ORDEK DVELOFMCNT OF DALNY, THC RUSSIAN SEAPORT. Called "The Southampton cf ths East" It is on the Llaotjng Peninsula and Fwur Years Ago Was a Chinese Villaye. Cities are like m-n In one respect at least: Seme are lorn Kre.it, some achieve pn-atness, and ume have greatness thrust upon them. Dalny be longs In the last-named cli-s. Tim Ilns -din Government u thrust In:? srrv.tpojs i:p.n 1. it b tie most inter est in;; city t" th- period a.; aa example of a ("!i:;:it bl cr-au-e made to order. It is 1 ,,-aUd about twenty mibs from Port Art hi'r, and is within the territory of 800 square miles U r:-'-d Ly the Chin ese govern mont to Uuj-s:! on March 27, l.'.OS, for a term of twc::ty-I;ve years. This lease Includes all lia: bo.-.-j between Port Arthvr r.nd a part f Talienwan being reserved for the p .! use of Rus sian and Chinese men-of-war. Russia has the privilege under this le?.se of ex tending its Trans-Silurian Railroad through Manchuria to Port Arthur and Talienwan. Four years ao the site of Dalny was occupied by several small Chinese villages, with a population reckoned by the hundreds only. Today it has a population of 42.000. Of this total nearly 38,000 are Chinese. The city has been built by Chines.? labor under the supervision of the Russian governor and his assistants. The total area of Dalny b 21,000 acres, to which 7,000 acres are shortly to be added by a new purchase from the Chinese natives. It is divided into three parts the Admin istration city, the European and Com mercial city and the Chinese city. The administration quarter is the only one at present that has any permanent buildings. Among the principal buildings are 112 hr.idsome brick and stone resi dences, the administration building, tho port office, the seagoing service office, the railway office, the Greek church snd school buildings, the railway com pany's hospital (for 180 patients), the post, telegraph and telephone offices. the Service club and concert hall, tho Yacht club, Hotel Dalny, the Russo Chinese bank, police office and jail, the electric plant, machine shops, and the principal stores and shops. The city is supplied with water and electric lights throughout, and has an adequate polks force and fire brigade, which extend also to the Commercial city. The European and Commercial quar ter borders on the harbor, and has an area of 1100 acres. Most of its build ings are only temporary. The most central part of the Commercial city Is Nicholas place, from which ten ave nues branch. Around this circle (which is 700 feet in diameter) it is in tended that the public buildings, banks, hotels and office buildings shall be erected. Nicholas place b connected with the piers and shipping quarter by Moscow avenue, which is to be the main business thoroughfare of the city. The residential section is to be on the elevated ground of the European city. The Chinese quarter is separated from the Administration and European cities by the town park and nurseries. Dalny's climate b healthy and dry. In winter the lowest temperature is 3 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Ice breakers have been provided to keep the channel and harbor open during the winter. Lots within the limits of the township of Dalny, with the ex ception of the Administration quarter and sites reserved for public grounds and buildings, are to be sold or leased at public auction, according to rules approved by the Russian minister of finance. Both Russian subjects and foreigners have the privilege of buy ing or leasing lots. The destiny of Dalny is to be the Russian New York on the Pacific the great port of entry and export. The smaller dry-dock was completed in the summer of 1902, and has since been in constant use. This dry-dock is 3S0 feet long, 50 feet wide and 18 feet deep, and with its electric pumps, can be emptied In less than two hours. In connection with the dry dock are the harbor repair shops, with a foun dry, smithy, machine and fitting shop, boiler shop, etc. These shops, which are electrically driven and lighted, are fully equipped for repair jobs. Work on the large dry dock b being rapidly pushed forward. It will be C30 feet long, 88 feet wide and 28 feet in depth and will cost about ?927,000. A large pier for ocean steamers is al most completed and part of it is being used. This pier b 1925 feet long and 350 feet wide, has a depth of water from 18 to 28 feet, and when completed will contain seven railway tracks and nine large warehouses. Dairy has been connected since the beginning of this year by a daily ser vice of through trains 'With Port Ar thur. Harbin and Manchuria. There are now two weekly express trains be tween Dalny, Moscow and St. Peters burg. The Trans-Siberian express leaves Dalny on Tuesdays and Satur days, making the trip to Moscow a distance cf 5375 miles, with a change of cars at Manchuria station and Baikal in thirteen and one-half days. The de U:?;:-" b a ?..!!! vesMbulcd iT.:irtnint tlpln curs an 4 tflatai car. Tlx? far- Iron Dalny to t'U Petersburg b $ 137 Cibt iUmj find ?fl.97 kciond tlass. The Chinese Eastern K.tfl?y Co, pany maintains a im -leant lie rieet of nineteen Mp.uners, vl!h a total net ton naire f 20,5 tons. These aro for th coast trade and ply hututru Dalny, Port Arthur and Chefmi, nnd also be tween the two (lit-na::i d ports and Chemulpo ami Snanp.hal. In conjunc tion with th Trann-Slberian orpresu trains, thero l.t a weekly p'rvlee be tween Dalny nnd Shanghai and lulny and Nagaskl by tho company' new ex press steamers Manchuria uud Mon golia, which are e-pial la s;wcd and comfort to the steamer:) of th.. mail liin a and make their trip to yhans hal and Nagasaki In thirty-six hours. As soon as te.e railway b completed around I-ako Baikal which b expected' In a few months trains will run from Dalny to Moscow without a change of cars nnd in greatly reduced rim. As yet the trade of Dalny b small, the- im ports nnd exports together ariountlcg lu value to about ?2.5o,),ni)ii, its comin? commercial greatness is so confidently anticipated that Dalny Is popularly spoken of us the "Southajj$ron, uf th East" HORN FURNITURI Quaint Articles Now Turned Out by Russians on the East Side, Quaint furniture 'made of horn 1 peddled about the city by Russians. It b the output of a little home industry on the East Side, which utilizes the common cow horn for practical pur pose. Three-legged stools, each Iej? of which b a horn, hat racks with horns fitted together at the butts and a board for the hanging, easy chairs the en tire frames of which are horns clever ly put together, and quaint trophies for wall or mantel are among the wares peddled aliout on man-back or in carts. The horns are got from the East Side slaughter houses, and sell for a few cents a pound when lumped in with the hoofs that go to the button makers and to the glue factories. As they ap pear rough and dingy when first struck from the brutes' heads the horns scarcely seem worth picking up, but under the Russian artisan's skilful treatment they are converted Into ob jects of beauty having the gleam and warm coloring of amber and the lus tre of polished shell, with a durability that gives them value. , Some are In tones of white and brown or gray and black with mot tlings and curiously mingled figures in the surface, or perhaps a series of rings for distinguishing marks. Those of particularly fine shape and color are reserved for souvenirs, mounted sing ly and especially cleaned and scraped to answer for drinking horns and fancy pieces, vases and cornucopias. Others have a cord of woven horsehair or a leathern fillet slung about them, meant to hang as a hunter's horn , from bracket or wallpiece. It took several years of experiment with alkalis and antiseptic solutions to discover a practical way for getting the horns Into acceptable condition and to learn how to clean and scraps them at so slight expense that they could be sold at a moderate price. Now this secret has been discovered, and every now and then some ingenious novelty is added to the list of the makers. Mexico's Military Ambition. The army and navy of the Republic of Mexico, says the National Maga zine, are undergoing the greatest transformation i:i their history. From the border of Yucatan and from the Pacific to the Gulf coast tlie Republic will soon be a vast parade ground for troops and marines. Quietly but ra pidly thij government is carrying to completion comprehnsive plans which will make Mexico one of the strongest military powers for her area on the globe. Within a year or two at. most President Diaz will be able to mcboliz-s on short notice nearly 200,000 well equipped and well drilled soldiers. He desires to make Mexico n na'.icn of warriors; therefore, in nearly 11,- 000 public schools nearly 300,000 boys are drilling daily and dreaming of glory to be won on the battlefield. Is there reason to doubt, In view 1 ouch facts as these, that the Mexico , of the future will be able to mnke de- 1 mands and enforce them if need be? j The Minister Won. A minister was one day walking along a road, and to his astonishment he saw a crowd of boys sitting in fro " of a ring, with a small dog In the ce 4 tro When he came un to them he ?-. . the following question: nat are you doing to the aog: une lutie Doy said. "Whoever tells the biggest He wins it." "Oh," said the minister, "I am sur prised at you little boys, for when I v was like you I never told a lie." There 1 I I III m . t was silence ior a wnne, unui one or tao boys shouted: "Hand him up the dog." Labor Leader. Swedish Officers for Turkey, A report from Constantinople Is to the effect that 100 Swedish officers win be installed in the Turkish gendarme eor:T3 ol Macedonia, ineir pay win ! Eiuoust t0 '0 Turkish pounds, cr about I per i.v-.r.h. mi V si