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Fourth And What Came °Th By AGNES BROGAN My brother's wife looked up from tb* paper aha bad beea trading- M Tbere will be do o rework* at our bouse this yearj* sbe said dr oily. “I shall see (hat Dot sod Uobbte at want are withheld from the general sacrl See.** “What are we going to do," Jim questioned meekly-“play checkers r “This Is my plan, and I know Naa will think It a good one. Upon ibe eventful day we* will take a nice Mg taneb and go to some lonely, woodsy place along the lake shore, la the evening we will build a Sr* on the beach and roast corn and things, com ing home later In the moonlight*' Jlm*a face brightened visibly. “Sounds pretty good.** be said. “Who’s to be Nan’s attendant cavalier upon this oc casion 7“ Mollle cast a troubled glance In my direction. “That la for Nan to any.** sbe re* a ponded. “A month ago I should have asked Allison without even consulting her. for we all supposed that affairs were settled between those two. hot since be has ceased calling and Nan avoids him la every possible manner." “Affaire bad been settled** between Allison and me. bat bow could I tell her that oar bitter quarrel bad sprung from the very fact that I bad Instated upon keeping oar engagement secret? It was all so new and wonderful, this great happiness which bad come Into my life, that I longed to keep It Jealous ly for a little time, hat men do not understand. When Allison found tbut pleadings were useleea be turned from me Indignantly. “1 can aae no reason for concealment Nan.** be bad raid. “When you are pieaaed to recognise our engagement yon will send for me.** Bend for him Indeed! Why. my beert could breek In little bill before I would do a thing like that “Well. Nanr Mollle spoke Impa tiently. “We might aak Mr. Armstrong.'* I suggested coolly, “or Jack Meads, ei ther would be glad to come.** Mr. Armstrong called as I eat on the versa da that afternoon. WMa I told mm 99 ear Fourth kt Jety plane Ms Ibee Mt ap wttb ptauunru. ■ "jpegt". bp aak pkHMfbtpdty. “Cbat ww na gmai wews #ia m roe wm turn Hmmmi I w.m t»„ ymm .11 Mt tfcm t» m} e»r." TMawu JaA DM I M aipKUd. n wbu mj kntkw can. boa. M .ifbt 1 toM bln etf tbe arrangement Jim whistled. “1 asked Jack Meeds to go.** bo aald. “and he did not lose any time accept ing tbe Invitation. Wbat are yon going Is do about it?" Mollle come to tbe reeeoe. “Never mind." abe said cheerfully. “I will aak my stater Nell to Join tbe party, and you young people can all enjoy your selves together." 1 tried to look pleased, but even if Nell to Memo’s slater 1 most say- Well. 1 was bosily engaged mlxlag n coke preparatory to tbe greet event when Jim approached me eo the fol lowing morning. “Nan." he began apologetically. “1 happened to mention this picnic of oars to Allison today, and bo grow quite enthusiastic—hinted openly for on invitation, to fact. Too will not mind If he comes la hto runs boat, will yea? Bo nays Armstrong’s car will carry only seven comfortably, and he might help oat by taking one of os •long." 1 looked straight Into 'Jim's eyas. “1 shall ride on the front neat of Mr. Armstrong's car." 1 aald meaningly. Wo had Intended to make an early start, but It was after lunchtime when tbe big red auto, followed by the white runs boat, rolled down-tbe beau tiful lake shore drive, leaving the deaf ening notes of shot and shell far be hind. “We will oot stop at any of tbe pic nic places." Monte said. “We Will ride so until we come to some pretty too toted spot." But this Ume Motile “reckoned with eat her automobile," for the ear stopped suddenly of its own accord lost In sight of on# Uf tbe despised picnic places, and we were all unload ed unceremoniously, while Mr. Arm strong dived under tbe machine, to re appear presently flushed end dishev eled. “Can 1 help your Allison called, hot to me tt sounded like a half hearted offer, and 1 was not sorprtood at Mr. Armstrong's cart refnaal. “All right." ADtooo responded. “We will ride up tbe read la search of an Ideal resting place. Let yen know srbea we Bod It." Mr. Armstrong threw off hto coat and went to work with a will. Jim acting ns assistant. Why Is It that tbe nicest men torn enrage wbeo a spark ping or nome other queer thing a beet an auto mobile goes wrong? “Do yon think you can mend It?" 1 naked sweetly, and ibis man. who a abort time since would have done any thing to gain my faror, now glared at me. “When I ran locate tbe trouble I will answer you." be said, eo I turned to Jack. “While be to thinking It ever." I suggested, “yen aright take me far a walk down the brack," And an We at relied along Motile and Dot went kwk eo Mt 1. Ik. Mm* of ib. iim. Jerk helped aw Into a deserted raw* baat which toy on tb* sands and seat ed blmeetf before Hto “Tbto to good, to be alone with yon. Nan." be was'beginning when a nai who bad peased na retraced hla steps. “Jack Meade."* he cried. Ignoring my presence. “Wbat luck! The boys from tbe office ere out here today, and ws are trying to swke np a base# ill nine. All we tack to a good pitcher, and we know your fame In that line. Ifa go ing to boa abort game. Come on over and Join na." Jack looked fleldward. and bis eyes shone. “You wouldn’t mind, would you. Nan?" be asked eagerly. “Certainly; I do oot mind." I *u awured effusively, “but 1 prefer not to walk orer to the Held." Ho hurried away without one hack ward glance. It was another bun. Hint tng moment. Following an Idle Im pulse. 1 lifted tb# solitary oar wM«li lay in tbe boat and poled myself out Into the water. Perhaps when AIItoo>• came back ho might see me. Be use strongly to object If 1 reotured to ro alone. I mast bare drifted out prett.« far. for the automobile looked like > ■pock In the road, while the baerbn. Held was Just a green blnr. With «. splash my one oer slipped from my grasp and quickly floated Just beyond reach. It would here been useless te cell for assistance, for uo one appeared upon tbe beach. I was really becom ing frightened wbeu a canoe came gliding toward me. Its occupant stood up and wared hto arms wildly. “Anot Naur be cried. “Aunt Nanr It was Bobble. 1 could scarcely hellers my eyes. “Save me. Aunt Nanr he entreated. “1 never thought when I climbed into the canoe that it would float away." There was a soft thud as the boots came alongside. 1 had a confused vi sion of my nspbew’s white face and outreoehlng arms, and then we were both struggling in tbe water. Blindly 1 caught at the upturned boat as Bob ble clung to me In desperation. And surely It was hours afterward that some one snatched him roughly from my grasp; then two strong arms also lifted mo to safety. I don't know just what I had been expecting, hot it was rather disappointing to see a weather beaten face looking anxiously Into my own. while a gruff voice muttered some thing about “lunettes sailin' about In boots without no oars." And when our rescuer's boat rsoebed tbe shore there stood Jim and Mol lie. who regarded my wet and shrinking self with atom, accusing gase. Jim carried hto whim pering aoo back to the shelter of tbe trees, while Mollle lingered only long enough to say: "If you did not care about risking your owa life, Nao. you might at least have toft Bobble safe oa land." I atoed attU 4a bewilderment Tbeo * prslangnd wgll in Dot’s shrill treble • attaacflßd my atisattoa. and V hastened mi m smumk “Oh. Aunt Nan." she gargled, “yon do look so fanny! Your hair Is all a task. Ilka tb* sears at tbs soo." The thought of my own ridiculous appearance bad not occurred to me. Now I looked fearfully down tbe road to where the stalled auto coaid still be “Dot** I faltered, “where’s Mr. Arm strong?" My young niece divined by anxiety. “Don’t you worry." she said. “Ue la hammering away under hto car." “And Allison. Dot—where to he?" “He won’t see you." sbe answered comfortingly. “He to back In tbe woods getting flowers for Aont Nell.” Thao Dottle turned to her own griev ances. “Daddle kindled a Are to make some coffee." she confided, “end wbeo they went away I put some corn In to cook and burned my hand. Bat It’s batter now. because I tore tbe front out of my drees and bandaged It np. Tbto nice thin doth tears easy," she added, with satisfaction. Like Dot. I returned to my own trou bles. “What shall I do?” 4 deliberated aloud. “Go and sit lo tbe sand and get dry," my niece wisely suggested, and I fol lowed her advice. Utile lavender streams were trickling from every part of my new frock, and tbe woman who sold It had assured me that tbe color would not ran. She might have traced me now by the violet, drops along tbs sand. 1 sank doom miserably. How coaid I go home In this plight? Nell’s ringing tough aroused me. “Ob. Nan," she cried, “what In tbs world have you been doing? You took like a purple poster girl." One horrified glance showed me Al* neon's tall figure. This was truly tbe tost straw. I buried my fries In my wet purple arms and wept Then AJ- Itoou turned to Kell. “Dot to ajoae." be said. “Had you not better eee that she doesn’t get Into more mischief? And—and. Nan, deer, you may taka cold. I will fetch my warm auto coat In a moment and wrap It around yon." He did *u, very ten derly. and as w* sat tbtos tong In the aands be aald— Bat whet Allison aald to oot for pnbHcetloo. I am glad that my hair dries out all toffy end curly. Wbeu iftlr. Armstrong finally cot tbe machine In order every One was either too badly damaged or too dispirited to go on farther, so we gathered about to have an early sapper end then leave for homo. Wo reached our home at twilight, sod as ay brother deposited tbe sleeping, eooty Dot upon a couch Mollle turnso on tbe lights. “This has been a great Fourth!" Jim exclaimed In disgust “Hasn’t ItF Allison answered ab sently. “Just about the giyuteet Fourth that I hove ever known.” Then Modi** sank Into i chair, over* some by Helpless laughter. "Oh, AUteoa." sbe cried. “If yea could only see your purple facer Stead and King Leopold. Mr. W. T fit end counted sarong tbe moot trying experiences of bta life an Interview be had with King Leopold of Belgium at tbe time when Gordon waa shut up In Khartum. He went to Brussels and obtatued a special Inter view with the king In order to pro pone that be should move on behalf of Gordon and claim tbe Hudao as bis reward. Leoitold answered that he would oct accept tbe Sudan If it were "offered to him on a sliver salver.*' hot Mr. Stead urged hto point, and they debated the matter In strenuous fashion for over an hour. “Be was exceedingly angry." aald Mr. (Head, “and raged and fumed In tocb a fashion that 1 felt more than ooce It would have given him great satisfaction to have 'drawn bis sword and thrust It through the vitals of hto English visitor. • • • It was n try ing ordeal for roe. I was glad to learn after that f-eopold also felt the strain." Meeting M. de Lareleye (who had In trodoced Mr. Bteadi some months after ward at Spa. tbe king referred to tbe Interview. “Stead!*’ he exclaimed. "It was terrible. How that man made me aweer!"— London Chronicle. The Captain Had to Decide, Etiquette on the great liners has Ita difficulties, to judge from the following letter: “The question of precedence makes s morgue of tbe first dinner on board, when a few foreign titles hap pen to let their cerulean blood boll over Into the soup. On a recent voyage the commander was told by tbe chief stew ard that there were two Austrian ladles of title on board. One waa an elderly baroness: the other was higher In rank, but quits young Both were determined to alt on tbe right of the skipper. Driven to despair, he said. *1 will let the ladles settle the matter for themselves, and I won’t go down till dinner to half over.* We bad reached tbe cheese when tbe unhappy com mander crept warily to hie seat Both ladles were still standing frigidly he hind bis empty chair. He bad to do something, so he gave the younger war rior the seat of honor, while tbe van qu Ik bed baroness looked chain light' nlng at the enemy."-London Optaleu. Our Funny Bene. The “funny" buue or “craxy" bone, as It to commonly called, to to reality no bone at all. but a nerve, and Ita pa cullar name, of facetious origin, to a pun on the word “humerus." tbe cylln driest bone which runs from the skoal der to the elbow, the ulnar nerve pußs lng around It. Tbe nerve to here super Octal and therefore comparatively Un protected. eo that It. may bo (tojlfflj compressed, and tbeo a blow ipaa It causes a strange tingling senaattoti In the course of Ita distribution, which la felt as Car away as the tittle finger. Tb* hnmerns has been the occasion of humor In others, for I<ocker wittily writes In “An Old Muff.” pubttahed shout 1740: He cannot be complete In aught Who Is not humorously proas. A man without s merry thought Can hardly have s tunny boos. What Susie Was. The Mexican was showing hto newly arrived New York guest to a room, and after the usual courtesies he paused on the threshold to say: “By the way. we always turn Susie loose for the night, and sbe will pass through your ball, on tb# way to the top floor, where sbe catches rata. You’d better be careful and not step on her. as that la tbe only thing that makes her cross.* “It wouldn’t be very aerioua If I did make a cat cross.” was the laughing response. But tbe host shook his bead. “1 don’t know much about cats.” he said. “Our Bust# to a boa constrictor. She’s aa gentle as a baby unless you step on her. Sometimes abe takes a abort cut through this room, so don’t be surprised it you see her. Good night."—New York Press. A Fair Opportunity. Tasso, being told that he bad a fair opportunity of taking advantage of a very bitter enemy, replied. “1 wlah not to plunder him. but there are things which I wish to take from him—not hto honor or hla life, but hto malice and 111 will." Well spoken—a noble taking from an enemy, “hla malice, and 111 will!** Bow la that done? Love Is the potent weapon ’ “Heap coals of Ore on hie bead."—Exchange. Hardly Fair. “Which to your ravorite among the plays of Shakespeare. Mr Honpeck?" “ Tbe Taming of the Shrew.*" “Bat do you think yon ought ro per mit your personal feeling to get the better of your Judgment in such a matter?"—Chicago Record Herald. Looking For Trouble. A very young geutleman. after bear ing some vigorous language from his father, called. op his grandmother on the telephone and warned her. “Yon better come down to our house and see about the words your son baa been •nlng."— Excha nga. Too Liberal. Customer-Why doesn’t that spinster. Mias Brown, deal at yoar store nowt Draper-One of my clerks Insulted her. Customer-How? Draper—She over heard him telling some one that aha was our oldest customer.—London TU RK*. A Provider. Wife—Can you give me e little more housekeeping money, my dear? Hus band-Sorry. my love. (Hit I haven’t a cent left. I’ve been Insuring against burglary and theft Fllegende Blatter A Joker la near akin to a buffoon, and neither of them la tbe least related to wit—Chesterfield. Iceberg Journeys. l<-elM>igs from Greenland are canted down toward the middle of the At lantic by the Labrador current They travel right down tbe coast of Labra dor. pusuing Newfoundland, until they reach the warm waters of the gulf stream, wbeo they dlaawtear. melting completely away. It to only the largest bergs that reach the middle of tbe At lantlc before they disappear. On one occasion a berg. 100 feet In height and nearly 200 feet In breadth, waa found In latitude 38 degrees 40 minutes, or nearly in a line With southern Spain. Generally speaking. Icebergs travel al the rate of three to five miles an hour. They are carried forward entirely by tbe strength of the current The dis tance they cover I* enormous. Thou sauds do not get farther than tbe coast of Labrador, where they become stranded. As they have coma from the Greenland glaciers they have then cov ered at least 1.800 miles, while those that reach the warmer waters of the Atlantic make Journeys of from 2JIOO to 3.000 miles.‘-New York Bun. Seashells. A seasbell. whether In one piece (uni valve). as In periwinkle*, or in two pieces (bivalve), aa In mussels and cockles, la formed In much the an me way. It consists of a colored outer horny layer, a middle layer of prismatic structure and an Inner pearly coating of Innumerable very thin plates, the edges of which break up white light Into Ita constituents, so ns to give rise to a beautiful play or Iridescence. The body of a shellfish to Invested In a soft flap of akin known as the “mantle." By the activity of this the shell to se creted. and a sticky fluid exudes from Its surface aod quickly hardens to form horny or calcareous matter. The ealts of lime are chiefly In the form of car bonate. but there Is also a percentage of phosphate. Only the edge of the mantle to able to manufacture tbe two outer layers of the shell, and repair of Injuries to entirely carried out In nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Simplest Way of All. Tbe following story la told of Colo oel George W. Goethals. who at the time It took place was an Instructor In engineering at West Point. One day. In a recitation, he gave out this question to a class of cadets: The post flagpole, sixty feet high, has fallen down. You are ordered by your commanding officer to put tt up again. You hare under your com mand a sergeant and ten private* of the engineer corps How would you get tbe pole hack Into placeT’ Each cadet, after long consideration and much figuring over derricks, blocks, tackle and so on. evolved a different method “No." aald Goethals: “you are all wrong Yon would simply say. *R*r grant, put tut that fiagpotol* "—Satur day Evening Poet The Sea of Space. Tbe mind caunot comprehend wbat la meant by the tour little words to the expression “the sea of space." If the volume of “space” Included within our solar system-which Is perbaim but a single tralu of planets among hundreds of millions of a similar kind—were oc copied by one single globe 5JJ00.000.- 000 miles In diameter it would be but as a fenther In the marvelous spread of “vacancy" surrounding It In fact It has been calculated that In the spnee occupied by our solar system 2.700.- 000.000.000.000 globes of the slxe of our earth could revolve, each at a dls tance of ROO.OOO miles from the other, and the whole business would be noth ing. for there Is no wall to the tress ore vault of heaven.-Exchange. Went a Long Way Back. What Is a foreigner? It defends on the country In the United Htatea It to a newcomer who has not yet bud time to catch hto breath, unpack bis kit and find a job. In India the case Is differ eut. An offidnl at Malabar, south In dta. recently received a letter from a man whose stntus he was Investigat ing and who said: “1 am s native of India by birth, hut I have claim to for eign origin a»d foreign blood. A col ony of BytiiiUM from Bdessn settled In Malabar In A. D 34ft. I belong to tbnt sect, and as sucb I have reason to claim forelgu origin and foreign blood.” The Helvetian Ladies. Tbe most celebrated warlike women among tbe ancients, apart from tbe fabled amnxona. were tbe Helvetian ladles. Cnesnr praises highly their military achievements. In more than one instance the legions of Rome turn ad their backs on tbe fair ones of pwltxerinnd During the crusades wo meo often performed the most roman tic and chivalrous deeds, dying cheer fully by the sldee or their lovers and husbands. Provocation. Talkative and Abusive Old Ijidy (complaining of a recently bought par rot I—And when I talk to that parrot he rays some dreadful swear words Dealer—l don't blame im. ma’am. The poor bird to only ’Oman.-Everybody's Weekly. Her Preference. The bridegroom Is a pleasant mao— he has that certain sometbtng”- T’d rather hare a mao with some thing certain."—Retire. To Sympathetic Cara. Mary-How contemptible of you to tell my age! Alice- Don't worry. The girt I told It to to even older.—Har per's Busttr. Much Safer, as a Rule. Hhe—Don't you think It is easier to raes a woman than to drive her? He— Can’t any, hut 1 tbtok Ifa a greet deal ■afar. The Emissary A Hutoricil Story of luliuf Unity By F. A. MITCHEL Half a century ago the principal ac tors on the European diplomatic stage were tbe Emperor Napoleon 111. of France, tbe emperor of Austria, the cxnr of Russia and Victor Emmanuel. These were the crowned beads In the play then going on; boL as In the play of "Hamlet." to which the king takes an inferior part, these royal person ages’ were second to the star. Couut Car our. prim* minister of Italy. It waa be who held tbe diplomatic strings tbnt worked tbe puppet kings and who worked them to effect tbs unity of Italy. one morning when the prim* minis ter waa bard at work lo hla cabinet a card bearing tbe name of tb* Countess 1 Jtu Rfcdoll was banded him. Bus pending the matter on which be was at work, ne directed that the lady be ad niltted. Bbe entered. Cavour rose def erentially aod handed her a chair. Bbe was ao Italian about twenty-eight yearn of age and of rare beauty, bar ing the Jet black hair and eyes of the Italian people, a complexion of min gled dark and red and. onllke many women of that country, a melodious voice. Tbe count, following a habit that bad become a part of hla nature, cast glances all over the room to as sure himself that they were alone, then said: “I have received your offer, countess, to work for united Italy In the field of secret service. Do 1 understand that you propose to do this for pay or for patriotism?" •'For patriotism alone" “You speak French?" “At well as my batlve tongue." “1 have examined your credentials and have found them satisfactory. 1 shall therefore trust you. and If you succeed In a work 1 have for you to do all Italy will bleat you. Your field will be tbe imperial court at Paris. Of all tbe sovereigns In Europe tbe emperor of France la tbe most Important to me in my efforts to establish Italian unity. With him 1 may win; without him 1 shall sorely fall. I stand alone before tbe powers without even ao admission to their conferences. There la to be ooe of these conferences at Paris with in a short time to take action 00. cer tain matters Involving the interests of Europe and involving Italian unity. It to a matter of success or falloro with oa that 1 become a representative of Italy In tbut conference. My only chance to with Napoleon. Our arch enemy of Austria will endeavor to keep nte out if be succeeds 1 see oo hope for us.” The count paused, then proceeded to « lower tone, almost In a whisper: “Go to Paris and watch for ao op portunity to possess some diplomatic secret that I can bold over tbe Em peror Napoleon to force him to use bis influence or if possible to compel Mm lo secure my admission aa representa tive of the king of Bardlnla at the com lug conference of tbe powers." “I will do my best." "1 am told that no man to whose heart you lay alege can stand against you.” That to flattery." “I will detain you no longer. Though I have placed my most important move In your bands. I can say no more. Uo. and heaven help you." A few weeks after this brief inter view the Emperor Napoleon in the palace of the Tulleries waa dictating to his confidential secretary, Jnles Noalltes. Tbe emperor was making notes, through his secretary, in a little blank book in which he was accus tomed to Jot down memoranda of those things which pertained to tbe events occurring In tbe dlplmnntic game play ful by tbe European powers. After a pause, during which be was lost in deep thought hto majesty proceeded: Russia, as In the time of tny uncle, must today remain the enemy of France. I shall thwart him If possible. though I shall In comparatively unimportant mat ter* accede to hto wishes. In tny ptons of coalition I shall ally myself with other powers, hoping for an opportunity to strike him. 1 am obliged to favor Sar dinia since the Italian causa to popular and I came Into power by the votes of the French people. But as the eldest son of tha church 1 must stand by the tem poral power of tha pope. Austria, too. re mains my enemy, as ha was the enemy of Franca In my uncle’s time, and I hope to strike him for Joining the allien against Franca In ISI4. There were many other notes Jotted down during tbe sitting, but they are unimportant to tbe story, indeed, what has been given waa not continuous, but mingled with matter tbe gist of tbe whole having been extracted. When tbe emperor had finished ha aald: “By tbe bye. Noallles, who to this Conn teas Rlccloll, who baa recently coma to Paris and whom 1 saw hang ing on your arm last evening at the stats ball?" “Bbe brought credentials from tb* king of Naples, whose views aba to sup posed to represent.” Napoleon thought for a moment, than ■aid: “la that case her presence may ba serviceable aa a blind to our real lean ings. it may ba well to have It appear that a representative of a Bourbon sov ereign Is not unwelcome at our court. Favor her socially, but In nowise com mit me.” “I ahall endeavor to carry out your majesty’s wishes, l be vs Invited the countess to my chateau as my mother's guest. She la there now.” Tbe next ecene in this drama so Im portant to the cause of uulted Italy took place at Noallles'chateau. He mnl oot returned bis master’s conttdetwe by telling him that in a few abort weeks tbe Italian countess bad com pletely subjugated him. He bad fallen under the thrall of u worn w of a very dangerous age, too young to be old. yet old enough to be mtatresa of beraetf. Noallles waa sufficiently prudent not to give away state secreta. hut the countess seemed to love to talk about tbe em|>eror. and at one of their con versations Noallles told about the note book and tbe secrets It contained. One slip be made in tbe matter, and only one. Bbe wormed out of him the fact that be (runted to hto own pentou rath er than to lock aa a safe place for tbe depository of tbe emperor's recorded precious thoughts. “A lock may be picked." he said. “With me. my prop erty caunot be taken without my con sent.” The morning after receiving thltf In formation tbe countess asked her host If be would ride with her on horse back. He consented, and they were soon cantering over tbe well paved roads leading from Paris. “I prefer crosa country roads.” said tbe countess, and to Noallles’ aatonton ment sbe Jumped her horse over a fence and alighted on tbe other side. Turning, sbe saw her escort gaping at her. “If yon love me. follow mar Noallles took tbe fence and gathered himself for a contest that was by oo means to bis taste, which was Intellec tual. not athletic. Tbe countess, who seemeil to bim a female centanr. gave ber horse a cut with her whip that sent him plunging over a plowed field. Non I Ilea followed, now looking up at tbe Diana figure before him. now down at tbe clods, expecting every moment that one or tbe other of tbe horses would fall and maim or kill hla rider. From tbe field tbe countess entered a wood, now and again looking back to see if Noallles was following. Mad ly In love, be realized that a woman la not likely to return tbe love of a man she can outdo lo a mao’s field. Fences, logs, ditches, none of tbeut seemed too high for ber. Bpurred on by bis pas sion. Noallles kept the pace. Flnslly he encountered a ditch at which bis horse balked. Tbe countess bad gone over It safely and, reining, turned to wntcb bim. Riding back a abort dis tance. be turned his horse’s bead to ward It Take It and I am yoors!” cried the countess. Plunging his spurs Into hla horse’s flanks and giving him the whip at tbe same time, be dashed at tbe ditch. Hto horse balked again, and the rider, turning a somersault In tbe air. came down to a beep on tbs other aide, where be lay motion less. in u second bta companion was off her horse and kneeling at hto aide, bnt not to succor him. Pity may have been there, but It was suppressed bv a greater sympathy for ber oppressed countrymen. Bbe felt In Noallles’ coat pockets. The notebook was not there. Throwing open bis waistcoat sbe found It In an Inside pocket. In one way. and one way only, she showed tbe woman and that sbe was not Insensible to ber devotion. Hhe kissed the white lips. Then, rising, she mounted ber horse and das bed away. The fourth And last, scene lu tbe play to In Turin favour’s cabinet. Tbe Countess Rlccloll enters. Cavour looks up anxiously and in bis emissary’s face reads triumph. Hhe bands dim Napoleon’s notebook. Motioning ber to a seat, be lays tbe book on bis desk and begins to read, bis eyes opening wider aa be proceeds, soon glistening with the possession of such a power. For an hour be rends without noticing bis visitor, then suddenly closes the book and tarns to ber. To you.” he said. “Italy Is Indebted for wbat sbe coveta. If 1 can only mtixxle tbe republican fanatic Mazzlnl and bold that thunderbolt Garibaldi till tbe time comes for them to strike we will be a united people." Tbe morning after Noallles* fall be staggered, pale as a ghost, into bln master's presence and confessed tbe loss of the notebook. Tbe emperor, thunderstruck, took time to recover from tbe shock, then said: “We shall know soon who possesses tbe power over me tbe book gives him. Whoever be to. 1 must do bis bidding.” The emperor was right that be should soon know what would l>e re quired of hint. Noallles received a communication from tbe couutesH stat ing that the book was In ber sion and tbe secrets It contained would be kept on condition tbst be would secure from bis master full recognition of tbe representative of the king of Bardlt.la. wttb tbe right to enter u|>ou discussion of subjects con cernlng the Interests of tbe powers at tbe coming conference. Noallles weut at once to tbe em|»eror with the communication and secured hto agreement to tbe conditions which be returned by tbe messenger. How Cavour was permitted to work for Italian Interests in tbe conference and tbe events tbnt followed by eblch Italian unity waa secured are mat ters of history. Aa to the Countess Rlccloll. sbe returned to l»aria with the notebook, which she gave to No allles. bestowing npon him ber hHnd at tbe same time. Her Influence was sufficient to have her husband en Dohled Instead of punished. Ho be came prominent In the republic after the collaime of the second empire and. owing to bis wife’s nationality and In terest In Itulliin unity, heenme a con vert to tbe cause himself and ltel|>ed to bring about some of tbe Inter ad vances by which that unity was •scared.