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*t\lftrr$BJl went off to busl
[ttfta5J ness early. The
first thing he did
was to send a note to the earl, saying
that all difficulty was removed his
daughter had consented the ouly
thing remaining was for him to ask
tier to settle the wedding day.
Lord Caraven read It through, then
crushed it In his hands, and finally
tore It into shreds and threw it under
his feet. He had not brought himself
to a proper state of submission yet.
He would have given the whole world
to escape from Arley Ransome but
the choice was plain enoughruin,
shame, despair, or marriage with the
dark-eyed girl who was "not his style,"
and whom he was quite sure he should
The marriage should take place in
due course. The Ransomes had as It
were drawn himnay, forced him
into It the consequences must recoil
on themselves. In his own mind he
considered the daughter quite as bad
as the fatherindeed he made little
distinction between them. The union
was to be there was no further neeat
of fcruple. They wanted his title, he
wanted their money. He would be
civil to them, they could not expect
On that evening Hildred Ransome
Tecelved a letter and a ring. The en
velope bore a crest and she know at
once that It was from Lord Caraven.
The contents were short, but to the
purpose it was not a love letter, for
there was no semblance of love in it.
"My Dear Miss Ransome: I have to
thank you for your consent to my"
then came a word that had been care
fully obliterated and "wishes" written
over It. "With your permission I will
call to-morrow. I have sent you an en
gagement ringwill you wear it? I
am yours"here there was an lllegi
She laid the letter down with a sigh
and a smile. She had fancied that a
love letter would be very different.
"She opened the little parcel that ac
companied the note It contained a
magnificent diamond ringher engage
ment ring. She placed it on her fin
ger, and the sun falling on It made it
shine like fire. Still, as she looked at
it, her eyes filled with tears. She
would have liked some one to put the
ring on her finger although she was
engaged to be married, and was to
be a countess, she felt very lonely
Arley Ransome smiled when he saw
the ring. At least It was an earnest
-of good things to come.
"Very nice, very approprpiate," said
the lawyer"really a ring suitable
for the coming Lady Caraven."
The day after brought Lord Caraven
That Interview was something to be
remembered. Mr. Ransome,.hoping to
make matters smooth and pleasant,
Jhad Invited his future son-in-law to
dine with him, and that he might not
feel dull bad asked the humorous and
brilliant talker Mr. Carwey to join
It was well that he had done so, for
the actual presence of her lover seemed
to strike Hildred dumb. She looked
.at him whenever she found that he
was looking elsewhere. She thought
him very handsome. His indolent,
careless grace contrasted so favorably
with her father's sharp, brisk manner.
She wondered why the earl looked
worn and haggard. He was only
twenty-eight, her father said. She
wondered, too. why he was not more
empresse In his manner. He took her
down to dinner, and the only words
they exchanged were about the warmth
of the day. During dinner they never
apoke, save for the most ordinary civ
ilities. When dinner was over, the
arl evidently preferred the society of
Ir. Carwey to hers.
"Why had he asked to marry her if
8io did not care to talk to her?" she
said to herself. "How strange Tt
waa!" Then her father invited Mr.
Carwey to have a game at chess, and
the earl walked slowly across the
arooom to where she was sitting. He
tood by her side, tall, stately, de
spite his indolent grace of manner.
Her heart beat. What was he going
to say? He bent his head somewhat
"I have to thank yo. Miss Ran-
some," he said, "for honoring me by
wearing my ring."
She looked up at him, and there was
something in the calm gaze of the
pure eyes before which he shrank as
her father had done.
"You wished me to wear It, did you
not?" she asked. "My father thought
"Certainly. I am delighted."
Try as he would, he could not con
ceal a tone of irony. She detected it
and looked at him again. He bowed
"I am fortunate indeed. I have to
Ask you. Miss Ransome, now that you
THE USURERS DAUGHTER.
BY CHARLOTTE M.BRAEME.
q=S9 ILDRE2D RAN-
SOMS was en
gaged to be mar
ried she was to be
Lady Caraven, and
on this day her
lover was to visit
^u Arley Ransome
have consented toto become Lady
Oaraven, to tell methat is to say
what day will suit you?"
"Day for what?" she asked, Inno
"A day to be married on," he re
A look of rebuke stole over the girl
"You spoke of It so lightly," she
said, "that I fancied you meant a day
for going out somewhere. You spoke
as if you were asking me to arrange
a day for boating on the river."
"What shall I say, then?" he asked,
smiling despite his annoyance.
"It is not for me to tell you," she
replied, in all simplicity.
He laughed aloud.
"Shall I say 'loveliest, fairest*?"
With an air of grave displeasure she
rose from her seat.
"Lord Caraven, I will hear no more,"
she said "your manner does not
He longed to retort, "Nor do you
please me," but he was merely a fly
In the spider's webhe could not es
cape. He followed her. After all, he
was a gentleman, and she was to bear
am unfortunate, Miss Ransome,"
he said, "in having displeased you
pardon me. I had every intention of
asking you the question with all de
corumpray permit me to repeat it."
She was still so much of a child
that she was puzzled what to answer.
Her manner rather puzzled him too
it was so calm, so self-possessed.
There was not the faintest flush on
her face, no light in the grave, beau
tiful eyes, no latent smilethere were
no little airs and graces such as surely
belong to a young countess-elect.
"Do I understand you rightly?" said
the grave, sweet, girlish voice. "Are
you asking me to decide as to my wed
"I am indeed so brave," he replied.
"Then I must decline to do somy
father will know best what time will
"I understood from Mr. Ransome
that six weeks from now would be
convenient," said the earl.
Her face did not changeno flush or
pallor told that the words had affected
"Six weeks," she said, musingly "I
shall be eighteen in four weeks from
"I wish," he said, "that I could be
eighteen over again."
"Would you be better for it?" she
"I should at least be wiser," he an
swered, and she made no comment.
"You will speak then to Mr. Ran-
some?" he continued, after moodily
reflecting upon all he had lost.
"I speak to my father?" exclaimed
Hildred. "No. I am ignorant enough
of the world, but surely that should
be done by you."
She went away then under the pre
text of seeking something, leaving
Lord Caraven alone.
"She has a little more spirit than I
thought she had," he said to himself.
Then, when he had the opportunity,
he told Arley Ransome that he had
been unfortunate In his interview with
his daughter. Mr. Ransome quickly
made everything smooththe wedding
day was to be on the third of August.
"Something may happen before
then," thought the earl "if not, 1 have
always one resource, always one ha
ven. Much may happen before the
third of August."
While Hildred Ransome said to her
self that, if she liked her future hus
band no hotter in six weeks' time than
she did now, it would be but a sorry
HE days interven-
ing between her
that fixed for the
wedding bad come
to an end. 'How
time had passed
so quickly Hildred
not tell. The
her marriage were
complete. There was a slight dis
pute between the earl and the law
yer. Lord Oaraven wished to have
the ceremony performed quietly and
away from LondonArley Ransome
insisted that the marriage should take
place at St. George, Hanover Square.
"And so, my lord," be said, "let us
distinctly understand each other. My
daughter is bringing you a fortune
that might be the dower of a princess,
and she must be treated with due re
spect. I will not have one detail
omitted. The marriage must be con
ducted as though you were espousing
a lady of your own rank."
Lord Caraven laughed he knew that
there was no opposing such a decree
it must be complied with. He made
the best of it. He invited his half
cousin, the Lady Frances Riche, a
superannuated coquette, who still be
lieved herself young and charming, to
be bridesmaid. Lord St. Maure was
"best man." A small but select party
of guests were invited. Nothing was
"You must, have a clever maid, Hil-
dred," said Arley Ransome. "Ask Lady
Riche to find you one."
Lady Riche succeeded, and Hildred
rejoiced in the attendance of a bright,
quick Parisienne, who foretolld that
the day would come when her mistress
would be acknowledged one of the
most beautiful women in England.
"She wants a little training she will
have to travel and mix In society
then you will see," reported Amice. "I
have never seen a face or figure of
The day before Hlldred's wedding
day the Hollies* had been one scene of
excitement and confusion there had
been so many visitors, the number of
presents was so great. Late in the
evening, a magnificent bridal bouquet
arrived from Lord Caraven. The wed
ding breakfast was all prepared tho
trunks containing all that was needed
of the grand trousseau were packed
and cordedthe labels were already
addressed, "Lady Caraven, passenger
to Paris," for the earl had decided on
spending the so-called honeymoon
there every detail of the morrow's
ceremony was arranged, and late at
night Hilldred Ransome stood with the
earl's bouquet in her hand.
They revealed nothing to her, those
odorous flowers they were of magical
sweetness, but they brought her no
message. There was something pathet
ic in the picturethe drawing-room
full of strange shadows, the light of
the lamp falling where she stood, a
contrast to the darkness around. She
wore a dressing-gown of white, soft,
clinging material, fastened with crim
son cards, her wealth of dark* hair lay
negligently over her shoulders, her
eyes were bright with unshed tears.
It was a sweet, sad, girlish face a
motherly woman looking at it would
have drawn the girl's head down to
her breast, and have soothed her with
loving words. The morrow would be
her wedding day the tired servants
were all sleeping, her attentive little
maid had gone to rest, her father had
retired quite early to his room. The
morrow would be her wedding day,
and they had told her that she could
live without love. Her wedding day
(To be continued.)
It was undeserved, but the circi'm
stances were so peculiar that even the
recipient of the blow must have been
more amused than angry. The story
is told by a London journal: The Rev.
Dr. X., a popular minister, supers from
a halt in his gait, a peculiarity which
he inherited frem bis father. One day
when the reverend doctor was still a
student, he was walking along Princes
street, Edinburgh, in company with
his father, and on coming to a path
where the footway was narrowed on
account of some building operations,
the old gentleman stepped on before
him. As they were proceeding thus,
a sober-looking countryman behind
them, evidently unaware of the rela
tionship of the pair, frowned oace or
twice at the limping youth, and shook
his head at him reprovingly. Young
X. was wondering what this could
mean, when he was speedily enlight
ened by the countryman giving him a
smart box on the ear, at the same time
exclaiming indignantly: "Tak 'that, ye
young jackanapes! Ye should be
ashamed o' yourself for mimicking the
auld gentleman's infirmity. Ye tooth
less young scoundrel, yeil may be
lame yoursel' some day."
A lawyer whose office was on one of
the upper floors of a tall building was
about to enter the elevator one morn
ing, but stepped back in order to let a
lady who seemed to be in a hurry pre
cede him. The "conductor," it appear
ed, had been waiting for just one more
passenger to complete his bad, and
when the lady stepped inside he shut
the door and the elevator shot up
ward. "Politeness," muttered the law
yer, "Is not always its own reward."
A few minutes later, however, ascend
ing by another "lift," he passed that
load of passengers stuck half-way be
tween floorswhere they remained
half an hourby some accident to the
machinery. "I take it back,' he mut
tered, in the same tone as before. "Po-
liteness is its own reward!"
A Mean MuMclan.
Jay Green"Lyman Sawyer is the
meanest man in the country! Gol-fry
him, he's a durned sight worse than a
pirate!" John Medders"Is that so?
Why, I never knew him to do anything
worse than to be everlastiniy fiddlin'."
Jay Green"That's it! He isked me
to give him my honest opinion of his
fiddlin'. an' when I did so he had me
arrested for usin' profane language!"
Hair Grew Aftor Death.
The body of little EUna Driver, who
died five years ago, was exlumed at
Columbia City, Ind. It was found that
the hair had grown eighteen inches.
SHOES FOR WOMBS.
WHEN you are
dancing you are
standing very little
of the time except
when engaged in
the dance. You
naturally rest on
your toes anyway
in taking the dance
step, and the high
heels of your slip
pers are very suit
able. The pointed
toe and high heel
should be donned
only when one in
tends to spend the evening at home or
to take a carriage to the theater or
other entertainment and in purchas
ing these shoes great care should be
taken to have them sufficiently long
so that the widest part of the foot
shall fall at exactly the right place
in the widest part of the shoe. The
point of the shoe, you see, is then
merely a decorative effect entirely out
side of the general contour of the foot.
If one has not many cents in his
pockets he must make up the deficiency
by having a great deal of sense in his
head and if you cannot afford enough
shoes so that you can change for the
different occasions the only sensible
way to do is to purchase about two
pairs which are reasonably suited to
the needs of the case, even at the
sacrifice of a little daintiness."
The great fad for the coming season
will be the half-top shoe. It presents
an effect that reminds one of the foot
wear of the puritan maiden. The ex
tremes in walking shoes are, as I have
suggested, an imitation of the men's
footwear, but in somewhat lighter ma
terials. Tanned shoes have gone out
completely, dress shoes are of the
usual materialssoft kid, patent
leather, cloth tops, etc. A very pretty
little tie, not necessarily an oxford, is
a low, pointed shoe laced with varie
gated ribbons.Mollie Morris.
WAVED HAIR WORN LOW.
The tenV&ncy at present is to wear
the hair low on the neck and some
times parted at the side. It is also
slightly waved. Over the forehead a
KEW IDEA IN DINNER-GIVING.
Like the Athenians, the fashionable
Parisians seem to live but to exploit
new things. One of the most up-to
date ideas in dinner-giving is to seat
the guests at separate tables, accord
ing to the colors of the gowns. At a
recent dinner of that sort there were
five tables, decorated, respectively, in
mauve and yellow orchids, pink and
red roses and white marguerites. The
electric lights that took the place of
candles were shaded to harmonize
with the flowers. The guest* had evi
dently been posted in advance, for the
five tables were about evenly balanced
as to numbers. The gentlemen were
assignd places according to their
MODES FOR "STBKPX.K CHASE DAT."
1. The directoire habit of bine taffeta, with double bias bands, stftefised!
through the middle, and of the same silk, decorating a skirt of painted or
figured white silk muslin over white taffeta. Hat with interwoven Telret
ribbon, close wreath of roses and plumes.
2. One of many dresses of cut and embroidered linen or batiste, tn this
place combined with the plain lawn sash of painted taffeta. Large hat, rolled
off the face, with the plumes underneath, black velvet or chenille band about
3. Favorite way of making voile dresses with horizontal graded taefc-
ings and insets of lace and embroidery. Silk straps and yoke. Large hat,
rolled off the face, with face trimming of tiny pink flowers and black velvet.
Sunshade with three scalloped raffles. The hair in the sketches is the- latest
arrangement, the low knot with little curls at the neck.
BATH THAT IS HEAXTHFCt.
The most refreshing bath in sum
mer is the cold plunge, but some con- body and dy it at once
stitutions cannot stand it A warm
"tub" with a sponge bath of cold water
to follow is a modification adapted to
less robust constitution*. To many
person* even that X* not beneficial and oo'/s physical condition.
few soft curls are drawn, and the
effect with some types of faces is ex
cellent. Floral decorations for the
evening coiffure may be worn on either
side of the head. This style, however,
does not suit all faces, says the Even
The very latest design in coats is
that known as tue Louis Quinze. It is
made of flowered silk, with velvet
revers and elbow sleeves supplied with
moussquetaire cuffs. The little gar
ments are really very pretty, especially
when slipped on over a soft white
gown. The back of the coat has two
small plaits, while the front is basqued,
If you wish to be ultra fashionable,
supply yourself with a tucked glace
bolero and skirt.. Any bodice may be
worn with them. The best coats- for all
warm or tepid water is best. It Js al
ways advisable to consult one's physi
cian in regard to the kind most help
ful says the ETening Star. Healthy
people may take a tepid bath Gone ir
which the temperature varies from 8*
to 90. deg.) twice a daywhen thes
rise and when they retire. The?
should remain in the tub not longei
than ten minutes. F*r delicate per
sons this bath should be indulged in
but once a daybefore breakfast.
Healthy persons may substitute for the
tepid bath the cold bath (temperature
from 33 to 75 deg), while delicate ones
should never risk it for more than
Ave minutes befose breakfast. After
bathing, the body must be dried as
quickly as possiWe with rough towels
Bath towels aro seldom large enough.
They can scarry be too large, and a
recommended a size to envelop the
wvir witi i IUOIU I iu MOT v/w. to appear, \jyvu b^c and* **&* **&
occasions are now made of the glace* ii
silk, and are very much trimmed. Lace
collars are thrown over the silk ones,
and thus richness and variety of effects
Is used for decorating pique or cot
ton canvas gowns. Pink pique, feather
atitched with very dark blue. Taffeta
sash tied between shoulders at the
back and lacing In front. Collar of
Arabian lace. The collar of lace i
almost inevitable this season. Stock
and yoke of white lawn, strapped with
the pique and with a turnover of lace.
If the bath
leaves the, "body feeling chilled, It it
BITS OF NEWS GATHERED AT
"The danger of the invasion of the
bubonic plague into the fateripr," said
Secretary Bracken of the state board
of health, "Is mach lessened by the
efficiency of the boards 0* health ii
the ports where the disease is likely
Upon them their vig-
anc -will fall the brunt of preventing
spread, and suppressing. It wher*
it shows itself.'
One thing that will assure Minnesota^
against the visitation is the dry cli
mate in winter. The plague does not
flourish in either high or dry countries,,
nor in extreme heat. If the health au
thorities in the seaports are vigilant
and the physicians in the interior be
come familiar enough with the disease
to recognize it at once the present san
itary methods and general cleanliness
of cities may be relied upom to* prevent
any wide spread.
"The plague may get as far as Chi
cago, owing to the communication with
the seaports, but it is not expected to
get farther," says Dr. Bracken. "The
disease is communicable readily only
through direct contact, although in a
slighter degree it may be carried by
clothing or bedding. According to th*
report of M. J. Rosenau, director of the
hygienic laboratory of the United
States marine hospital, food products,
milk, cream and butter may carry the
bacilli, but as direct sunlight kills the
germ it is not likely to be carried in
The disease, says Secretary Bracken,
is largely a filth disease. It appears
and is most destructive in countries
where hygienic conditions are very
bad and sanitary precautions practi
cally unknown. Bubonic plague haa
been brought to Glasgow and stamped
out, and other cities have suffered in
cursions without an epidemic.
The pronounced character of" the dis
ease will not permit It to pass un
noticed, says the doctor, and when
cases are discovered it will be possible
to isolate them and stamp out the dis
ease before it becomes general. It is
easier to. handle than smallpox in that
Prof. Wlllett M. Hayes of the state
experiment station has successfully
concluded experiments in grain breed
ing which are expected to revolutionize
the flax growing industry in America
and result in the production of a com
mercial flax fiber.
Flax growing in the Northwest has
brought the producer only the profits
from the seed. The straw has had no
commericial value because of the
stubby, stubborn nature of Its flbei.
Prof. Hayes has produced from a com
mon parent two distinct varieties of
flaxone purely a seed producer, the
other less valuable from a seed stand
point, hut with a straw of a commer
cial value which is expected to rival
the finest European products.
The drawback experienced with the
Northwestern flax lies in the hot, dry
climate, that renders its fiber not only
coarse and refractory, but short. In.
adjoining plots, from seed taken from
a common parent, Prof. Hays has
grown the short, tough straw with
heavy seed balls, and a long, tender
straw whose fiber cells are Ions and
slender, its fibers fine and pliable.' The
breeding has been conducted entirely
along the line3 of selection rather than
hybridizing, though Prof. Hays says
he thinks from tl nature of the flax
flower the wind may have assisted in
In a common flax field seeds were
selected from long, tender strawsi
which bore light heads and sowed in
plots adjoining those in which seed
from the shorter straw bearing heavy
heads was sown. This order of selec
tion was followed until now in one plot
Prof. Hays has increased the length' or
the straw fully ten inches.
None of the seed cf the new plant
will be sent out until it has been tested'
at the various substations to prove
that the climate handicaps which the
Northwestern farmer has labored havo*
The binder twine business for th*.
past year at the state prison was am
Cash shipments ..$104,160 .3"
Gate pales 5,279 5*4-
Miscellaneous receipts 8,262 07"
Notes 321,309 8r
Total .$447,764 85
Operating expenses ^4'
Profit to the state 22,796 13"
The inventory shows twine in the
warehouse of the value of $5,103.16, ami
machinery of the value of $53,854.13.
The miscellaneous cash recipts of
the prison for July were $36,308.95. Of
this $27,961.16 was from- sales and col
lections on account of the twine, and
the remainder for pay off convict lafcar,
visitors' fees, etc.
CONDITIO*. OP- COTTON.
ot Seventeen Points
the Flrnt of July.
New York, Aug. E-.-From a 3p*cial
canvass just finished! by the Joornal
of Commerce it appears that ttte con
dition of cott #n is 7RS. This represents
a de*Hne of IT points compared with
the same paper's special report pub
lished July 1 and compares with a con
dign of 76 reported by the govern
ment for Aug. 1 a year ag*
liirred Sfenrly a C*tmry.
Reedsburg, TT13., Aug. i.Mrs. Mary
Winnia died here yesterday at the
advanced Rg* of ninety-four year?.
She regained her momory and good
heali up to the day of her death and
keV- posted on the eurrent topics by
rt&dlng the daily papers. She often
related experiences of the war of 1812
an indication not that bathing should distinctly remembering that time. She
be escrowed, but that that special ktr/c*
of byt is not at the time adapted, tc
experiences oi tne wr ui
leaves a score of great and s&verai
great great grandchildren, making five
generations. Mris. Winnie came to
Reedsburg in 1850,