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ROME HAS A BIG SENSATION.
Member of the Italian Aristocracy Is Charcjed With Swindling. London, Sept. 1.The Rome corres pondent of the Daily Mail sends a re markable .story of alleged fraud by the Countess Ubaldini, a well known mem ber of the Italian aristocracy, on a New York insurance company. The countess insured the life of her sister, Elisa, three years ago, for $5,000, and a year afterward she reported Hir death. The New York company paid the policy, but another company in Milan refused to do so. Two men of fered to make revelations., which.led to the discovery that Elisa was alive and was being closely confined in a garret. A dying patient has been.taken from one of the hospitals and she died in the house of the countess. The body was called that of Eliza and it was cremated. The -countess, fearing dis covery, tried to remove her sister from the garret Saturday night, with the' intention, it is alleged, of poison ing her. The police stopped the car riage in which Elisa was being taken away and .escued her alive. It is ru mored that the police found proofs of other crimes in the villa of the countess. The affair has created a great sensation in Rome. ROOT ARRIVES IN LONDON. With Other Americans He is on Hand for Alaskan Meetings. London, Sept. 1.Secretary of V\rr Elihii P.uot. ex-Secretary of State John ./v..-. iJ-Minis Taylor and JiiTrgfi M. Dickinson arrived at Liverpool on the Celtic yesterday for the meetings of the Alaskan boundary commission which will open in London Sept. 3. They were received at Liverpool by Mr. Petbeiick, assistant United States dispatch agent, on behalf of the Ameri can embassy. The party came direct ly to London, and on their arrival here were met by Secretary Carter of the United States embassy: Mr. Root registered at the Hyde Park hotel, while the other members of the party established themselves at the Carlton hotel. The Canadian commissioners are also here. MOORS AMBUSHED. Over a Thousand Troops Are Killed by Insurgents. Paris, Sept. 1.A dispatch received by the foreign office from Morocco says that a larger imperial force which was going to the relief of the troops commanded by the sultan has been surprised and almost annihilated by insurgents. The Temps publishes do tails of the engagement, showing that the imperial troops 'numbered 3,UOO men Ttsey were ambushed, with the result tbat over 1,000 of them, includ ing seven native governors, were killed or wounded. DEAFNESS CAN BE CURED. Doctor Is Successful in Use of Finsen Rays. Marion, Ind., Sept. 1.-Dr. J. H. For rest, ex-president of the state board of health, has demonstrated to his satis faction that deafness in many forms can be cured by the use of the Finsen rays. He announces that he has sun cessfully experimented on himself, a deaf girl a^ed' seventeen and a boy. I The girl has been deaf since birth ana the boy since three years of age. The apparatus used by the doctor is a modification of the Finsen apparatus, the rays being induced from static electricity. NEW AMERICAN CARDINAL. Belief That Archbishop Ireland Has the Best Chance. New York, Sept. 1. W. J. Onahan of Chicago, wno is a private chamber-"i lain of Pope Pins X., and a close friend i of Archbishop Ireland, returned from a long visit to Europe on the steam ship Moltke. Dr. Onai'an was the old- I est of Pope Leo's chamberlains, and one of the new pope's first acts was to renew his title. Dr. Onahan thinks the new pope will soon make an American cardinal. Archbishop Ireland, he thinks, is the most likely candidate for that honor -Jfcgfi ELY FRIENDS. Sir Thomas Lipton Not Engaged to Miss Alice Revell. Chicago, Sept. 1. Alexander H. Revell, who returned yesterday from New York, denies the existence of an engagement between his sister, Miss Alice Revell, and Sir Thomas Lipton, whose guests Mr. and Mrs. Revell and Miss Revell have been during the yacht races. Mr. Revell adds likewise that Sir Thomas was equally attentive to all his guests, and the rumor Avas absolutely without foundation. Saloonkeepers Denounce Low. New York, Sept. 1. The Liquor Dealers' Association of New York met yesterday and passed resolutions de nouncing Mayor Low and announcing that the association had determined to enter the municipal campaign tin's year as a non-political body to oppose the election of its enemies and espouse the cause of its friends. Police Com missioner Greene was also denounced in the resolutions. Loss Is Half a Million. Sour Lake, Tex., Sept. 1. The great oil fire at this place burned itself out yesterday. The reservoir contain ing 1,500,000 barrels of oil, was all de stroyed. It was valued at $500,000 and was owned by J. W. Swayne. Two Engineers Killed. Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 1. In a wreck between a freight train and a switch engine in the yards of the NicKel Plate railway at Bellevue, Ohio, Engi neers James Rodenberg and J. G. Bartholomeu were killed. FILAR IA IS A NEW DISEASE. Responsible for the Death of Many American Soldiers. Capt. Charles Kieeffer, a United States army surgeon, says the Phil ippines are infested with mosquitoes more troublesome and dangerous from a medical point of view than those that swarm in the Jersey swamps. A strange malady known as fllaria Is traced directly to them, and is com mon among the American soldiers quartered on the islands. Soldiers contract the disease by drinking water from stagnant pools in which the mosquitoes have laid their eggs. The first indication of fllaria ap pears in the form of a worm in the victim's thorax. This develops into elephantiasis, which causes the pa tient terrible pains, accompanied by a constant cough. The sufferer is worst at night, and the patient be comes a prey to insomnia. The only remedy lies in an opera tion, which in itself is dangerous and rarely successful. If the worm, which is a female, is injured and dies through the Operation, its poison gets into the blood, the disease is increased a thousandfold and the chances of re covery are small. CAME BACK FOR HIS OWN. How Wilkinson Was Outwitted by a Brainy Tramp. When Wilkinson went to his office one day last week he felt calm and contented. He hadn't any need to worry about his who's loneliness any more, for he had bought a capital watchdog for her. But, alas! when he arrived home his wife met him with the deplorable news that the dog had gone. "Eh!" said Wilkinson, "did he break the chain, then?" "No," she replied "but a great, ugly-looking tramp came here and |cacted so impudently that I let the dog I loose. But instead of tearing the tramp to pieces the nasty dog went off with i him." I "Great Scott!" said Wilkinson, "that must have been the1 him from!" tramp I bought Danger in Big Guns. Recent accidents disabling some of our best battleships offer rather start ling evidence of the weaknesses that are inherent in vessels of this type. For years inventive genius has been applied to contriving guns of bigger size and longer range than those used before, and each increase has added to the demands laid upon the strength of guns and turrets and their mobility In action. Inevitably the line of safe ty has been passed and the result is shown in accidents which have caused loss of life, besides exposing the""p'ara- doxical delicacy of massive machin ery.Philadelphia Noriu American. The Modern Race After Wealth. The mania for money-making has developed Into downright madness. And the explanation is easy. People see that it is fast becoming the chief, if not the only, standard of respecta bility. When Talleyrand was asked if he was not ashamed to sell his influ ence in making treaties under the first empire he replied: "My friend, do you not see that there are hut two things left in Francemoney and the guillotine?" We are rapidly ap proaching the period in our own his tory when there will be but two things left in Amerj ^amoney and contume ly.Louisville Courier-Journal. Enjoysole Denunciations. Society u)-day in search of fresh sen sation flocks to hear its manifold follies denounced from the pulpit, and the more outspoken the preacher the more It enjoys his discourse. Times have' changed since the day4 when Lord Melbourne walked, out of church in disgust after a rousing sermon on the consequences of sin, exclaiming:' Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to Invade the sphere of-private life!" To-day society revels in hearing itself denounced and plumes itself with joy when a fashion able preacher discourses on bridge scandals and divorce cases. Cecil Rhodes' Dream Realized. The dream of Cecil Rhodes Is re-' ized in AmeHca b^fcire the 'iiinds left him- hrave -made it possible in Ox ford. The workshop university in the great electric manufacturing works at Schenectady. N. Y., has among it3 studentsall college graduates young men from England, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Nor way, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Siam and Japan. Nearly all the leading engineering schools of the world are represented there. His Strong Recommendation. The old gentleman showed his dis pleasure plainly. "It seems to me rather presumptuous for a youth in your position to ask for my daughter's hand," he said. "Can you advance any good reason why I should give my consent?" "Yes, sir," replied the young man promptly. "What?" "I jam comparatively modest and eco I nomical in the matter of my personal expenditures, and I think you win find me less costly to maintain than any other son-in-law you could pick out!" The Spare Room. The guest from the city sat in the bedroom that had been alloted to him in his brother's house In the little country town. He watched his breath turning to icy clouds as It left his lungs and wondered how long it took a man to freeze to death. "They call this the 'spare room,' he said, shiver ingly, to himself. "And it is weli named. I don't wonder they can spare it I think that I could get along with out it myseir,"- -Magazine of Humor. ROYALTY A THE RECEPTION Wearisome Duties Imposed on Those in High Position. How royalty and their suites ever i manage to survive those weary hours of standing is always a mystery to me, says "The Countess," in the London Outlook. "You get used to it in time," say the maids of honor, but ap parently not till they have been car ried out two or three times in a faint do the gentlemen-at-arms tightly but toned up in uniforms and smothered in helmets get used to the ordeal. i It is within the memory of many I how in Dublin a certain distinguished viceroy in the middle of a drawing room gave the order to c'iose the doors, and having cleared the room the entire viceregal party sat down on the floor in various stages of collapse, and I often wonder how it is that our i own king and queen are not similarly overcome on these occasions. Royal ty is the best paid profession, but as suredly, it must be also the most wearing. THE JOKE OF A KING. Historic Hoax Perpetrated by Gusta vus III. of Sweden. King Gustavus III. of Sweden had been frequently invited to the little court of Schwerin. In 1783 he paid a visit to Germany and as soon as the Duchess of Mecklenburg heard of his approach she prepared fetes in his honor. But Gustavus, who disdained the petty courts of the small rulers, sent two of his attendantsa page named Peyron, and Desvouges, a valet who had formerly been an actorto be entertained by the duchess. The two personated the king and his minister, Baron Sparre, and sustained the char acters throughout. They accepted as their due all the homage meant for their master, danced with the Mecklen burg ladie who were presented to them, and Peyron went so far as to ask one of the ladies for her portrait. Meantime Gustavus was enjoying him self elsewhere in secret. Overlooked a Detail. A Long Island farmer came to Brooklyn with his wife to do some shopping the other day. On his way back the thought came to him that he had forgotten something. He took out his notebook and went over each item, checking it off, and saw that he had made all the purchases he intend ed. As he drove on he could not put aside the feeling that there was some thing missing. He again took out his notebook and rechecked every item, but still found no mistake. He did this several times, but could not rid himself of the idea that he must have forgotten something. When he reached home and drove up to the house his daughter came out to meet him, and, with a look of surprise, asked: "Why, papa, where is moth er?"Mall and Express. The Lbng-Suffering ^Editor. A Queensland contemporary re cently published the following: "Our foreman printer recently measured up the space occupied by obituary notices in the Herald during the last couple of months or so, and found it made three and three-quarters yards. This is so much dead loss to the pa per, and if a fatal epidemic struck the town ruin would stare us in the face. We have, therefore, decided to future to charge for such notices. So, when people feel like dying, we hope they will give directions to their next of kin in respect of paying for the same." Painting the Dome of the Capitol. The dome of the capitol at Wash ington is being painted. Every five years its coat is renewed and 15,000 gallons of white lead are used in the I process. The work is being done by eighteen men, under the direction of "Billy" Lewis and "Al" Ports. The latter has been employed for such work about the capitol for thirty-nine years. Ports is the only man who ever climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty surmounting the dome. He did this on Labor day. 1894, and fas tened a garland of electric light bulbs around the neck of her majesty. Congo Road for Motor Cars. The Congo Free State government is enstructing a road in the northern part of the state for the transport of passengers and goods by means of motor cars. The new route, of which nearly 450 miles have been completeu, will join the important trading centers of Dongu and Lado. While making the road a local engineer hit upon the happy idea of driving forty elephants up and down the projected highway until the thick undergrowth was trampled down, allowing the natives to complete the task. No Royal Road. St. Clair McKelway believes that the journalism of the fuUire will be a profession and that men will be espe eially educated for it. They are and always have been. Did that important and valuable member of the profes I sion never hear of "the hard school of journalism?" There is no other, and never will be, worth a pinch of snuff, in our humble estimation. The uni versity of experience is the one which gives the real degrees in journalism. Was Always Running. The Duke of Argyll tells this story of Winston Chtirchill, which shows that the talent for talk developed young in the author and member of parliament. Some years ago he visit ed Harrow, and^. noticing a boy run ning around the Cricket field all by himself asked what he was doing it for. "That's Lord Randolph Church ill's son, and whenever he talks too I much we make him run three times round the cricket field." THE WEN IN LINE. Figures Show Immense Amount of Sol diers Under Arms. The land forces alone of Europe number "on the war Cooting" 25,000- 000 men. Even Spain has an army 1 larger than rsar own. Standing side by side 25,000,000 men would make a continuous line from Calais across Europe and Asia to Ber- I ing strait. Parading up Broadway at the usual pace, infantry in files of twenty, cav- i airy ten abreast and field guns two abreast, this force would pass the city hall in about seven and a half months, parading eight hours a day, Sundays excepted. On the continent soldiers are carried standing in fourth-class cars contain ing forty men each. Very small freight ears we should call them. To mobil ize these men at once would take 625,- 000 such cars in about 50,000 trains. At a mile headway the trains would reach twice around the world.2Te York World. i SPIRIT OF SLAVIC WOMEN. Their Love of Liberty Being Evinced in Many Ways. The Slavic women of Europe are just now occupying much atr-mtion by the part they are taking in national affairs. The University of St. Peters burg was closed because of the trou bles of women medical students who objected to the severity of the exami nations. Now comes the report that the Prussian government has arrested a large number of Polish women in Gnesen, charging them with conspir acy. In that city was a large women's club, formed for the purpose of study ing Polish literature and history. The police have discovered, or think they have discovered, that the dub is real ly but a cloak for political intrigue which threatened much harm to Prus sian in' :rests. Enthralled the Congregation. It is related that a stranger once en tered a cathedral in Sicily and begged to be allowed to try the organ, which was new and a very fine instrument that even the organist did not under stand. With some reluctance the or ganist allowed the stranger to play, and soon the cathedral was filled with sounds that its walls had never heard before. As the stranger played, pull ing out stops never before combined, and working slowly up to the full organ, the cathedral filled, and it was not until a large congregation had wondered at his gift that the stranger told his name. He was Dom Lorenzo Percsi, the young priest composer, whose latest oratorio, "Leo," was re cently performed at the Vatican dur ing the celebration of the Pope's jubi lee. A Question of Identity. Thompson and Rogers, two married men, wandering home late one night, stopped at what Thompson supposed to be his residence, but which Rogers insisted was his own house. Thompson rang the bell lustily soon a window was opened and a lady inquired what was wanted. "Madam," inquired Mr. Thompson, "isn't this Mr. T-Thomp son's house?" "No," replied the lady, "this is the residence of Mr. Rogers." "Well," exclaimed Thompson, "Mrs. T-Thompsonbeg your pardonMrs. Rogers, won't you just step down to the door and pick out Rogers, for Thompson wants to go home." Weather Signs. The color of the sky at particular times affords a wonderfully good guide to the weather to be expected within the coming twenty-four hours. Not only does a rosy sunset presage good weather and a ruddy sunset bad weather, hut a bright yellow sky in the evening indicates wind a pale yellow, rain. If in the morning the sky is of a neutral gray color, the indications for a good day may be considered favorable. Generally speaking, it may be said that any deep or unusual hue in summer be tokens either wind or rain. Descendant of Robert Burns. The only direct descendant of Rob em Burns is a clerk in a Chicago shipping office. He is Robert Burns Hutchinson, and his descent from the poet is unquestioned. His mother, Sarah Burns, was a daughter of Lieu tenant Colonel James Glen cairn Burns, the third son of Robert Burns and Jean Armour. Mr. Hutchinson will be 48 this year. He was born at Chelten ham, but crossed the water in 1891, when he married Miss Mabel Burnaud. Their little daughter, Dorothea Burns Hutchinson, is the next in the straight line from the poet. A Recipe for Jokes. Mother is a writer of jokes, being very successful in disposing of those in which her own children pose as the heroes. One day a literary friend, who is a wife but not a mother, said to her: "I wish I could write jokes that would find a market as readily as do yours!" Up spoke the hero of most of mother's witticisms. "I'll tell you how, Mrs. Sims: You get some children, paper, envelopes, stamps, and ask your husband to buy a type writer! That's all that mamma did!" Poplar a Lightning-Conductor. A careful examination of the trees that are struck by lightning shows that over half of them are poplar. From this fact scientists conclude that the poplar has some value as a cor. ductor of lightning. Lives Saved by Science. The number of deaths each year in London was. 150 years ago, fifty-one a thousand. In 1S20 it was twenty-nine" a thousand, and it now is about eight een a thousand. Soldiers Accord Popular Author a Magnificent Demonstration. One day while in Norway an oppor tunity was given to an American trav eler to see tbat the name of Bjorn stjerne Bjorr.pon means much to all Norwegians. "A battalion of Nor wegian and Swedish cavalry, infantry and artillery, between 3,000 and 4,0u0 strong, was returning from its maneu vers to the pott in Christiania.," he says. "In passing Aulestad the gen eral in command sent his adjutant in advance to get Bjornson's permission I to give him an ovation. With his fam ily and guests assembled about him on the veranda the monumental figure stood with bared head to receive the I military greeting. As each regiment] passed in review below, presenting arms as to their chieftain, there went up a deafening shout of personal salutation from each of the soldiers, who then joined in singing the nation al hymn, to whose author they were offering this spontaneous salute. There was the unique spectacle of a man in private life, being accorded a military demonstration by the nation's army which a king might envy." RELIEF FOR RUSSIAN WOMEN. Newly Enacted Law a Blessing to Abused Peasants' Wives. By a newly enacted Russian law a peasant's wife, on showing to the dis trict judge d'instruction that she is habitually ill treated by her husband, or that he will not support her, and makes her the drudge for his own sup port, can demand a separate passport, with which she is at liberty to leave her oppressor and earn a living else where. Hitherto there was no possible redress or release for the long-suffer ing victim so long as it was obligatory that the wife's name was entered in the husband's passport and papers of legitimate. Anyone at all intimately acquainted with village life in Russia will readily appreciate the relief this brings to tens of thousands of peasant women who are the grievously abused, domestic slaves and beasts of burden to their drunken and brutal conjugal proprietors. Bird Vengeance. A naturalist recently witnessed an encounter between a large swan and a little brown duck. The duck had apparently insulted the swan by trying to cro^s its path, for it was suddenly seized by the swan and held under the water until he was sure it would be drowned. But at last the swan let it go and sailed majestically away. The duck, after taking breath, looked around to see where its enemy was, and seeing' it rose into the air and deliberately came down, Hoping its wings, on the astonished, swffi's back. The swan fled in terror*and the duck, apparently satisfied, quietly swam away.Pearson's Weekly. To Clean a Sewing Machine Place it near the fire to get warm, that the congealed oil about it may melt, and then oil it thoroughly with paraffin. Work it quickly for a few minutes, then wipe off all the paraffin and dirt and treat it to a little more clean paraffin. Wipe it again, and after the application of a very little of the ordinary lubricating oil it will be ready for use. People often shirk the trouble of thoroughly cleaning their machines like this, but a clogged and "heavy" machine under this treat ment will become like new, and its easy working will be an ample reward for any trouble incurred. Flimflammed Again? Has the alert J. Pierpont Morgan been fooled again? In consequence of the announcement that he would place on exhibition a collection of car pets that formerly belonged to the royal house of Spain several Spanish newspapers have asked for an investi gation, as before the reign of Alfonso XII. the royal collection was complete. The Heraldo of Madrid insinuates that Pierpont Morgan has been the victim of unscrupulous dealers, who, it al leges, have palmed off imitations on the multimillionaire. Queen Victoria's Love of Flowers. Queen Victoria was a great flower lover from the days when a toddling child she mar!e daisy chains on the lawns of Kensington palace, and per haps wore them with more pride than she ever did her jewels. When she paid her one and only visit to Spain, Queen Christina asked, "Is there any thing the queen is especially fond of?" "Yes, flowers," was the answer, and so flowers in lavish profusion decorated the streets, the houses, the railway station, and the palace. A Lingual Phenomenon. "An' you say s, Brer Eph'm," said the convert, thoughtfully, "dat Ah kain't cuss nor sw'ar none atter I'se been baptize'?" "De Bible says so, Brer Saul." "Nor say 'Good Lor',' nor one o' dem t'ings?" "Not unless you's in meetin'. Brer Saul." "Umh! I ain't drive no mules in meetin' en I kain't take de meeting ter de mules. Dat Baptis' 'ligion ain' no 'ligion fu' a mule driver. De baptism li'ble ter swink his bocabulary."Washington Times. Feather Beds Coming Back. The feather bed, after its banish ment during about half a century, is being received back into favor in cold er countries. Hygiene experts con demned it on account of- its heating nature and the difficulty of thoroughly airing and purifying nevertheless, it is actually being recommended during the winter for delicate, nervous, neu ralgic women, and particularly for el derly persons and those who are trou bled with insomnia. HONOR NORWAY'S GREAT MAN. E OUTLOOK FOR AUTHORS Really Good Writers Keel Not Fear Discrimination The rush of the crowc to read a book which may have no lite rary merit or vitality, either of material or of presentation, simply because it is talked about, is never wholesome, and if the crowd has grown more critical and clear-minded in its judgments, and has ceased to move upon sudden Impulses ar.d learn'Sd to decide for itself, the loss will fall, not on writers of real merit, but on a few whose re wards were generally beyond their deserts. The average of literary work in this country in many departments is high. If great books are not pro duced in large numbers, good books are produced in very considerable numbers, and in soundness of knowl edge, in good taste and literary work manship, a great advance is evident over the work of an earlier generation. It is a period of quiet progress, a time of preparation rather than a time of accomplishment. JOKE ON SWEET CHARITY. And the Colored Porter, He Thorough ly Enjoyed It. The other day a colored porter from one of the hotels was sent to buy some tin cups. After making the purchase he started back to the hotel and met one of the hostlery's best patronsa commercial travelerand the latter asked the negro to carry his sample case to a Washington street store. A few minutes later the negro, sam ple case, and tin cups, were in front of the store. The traveling man was in the store. While waiting for him, the negro sat down on the sample case, and in less than a jiffy fell asleep. One of the tin cups was in his hand, and it fell forward, as does the cup held by a blind man. Perhaps you won't believe it, but that negro collected 43 cents while he slumbered. Passersby thought him a blind mendicant. And maybe that por ter didn't enjoy the joke! He did 'deed he did.Indianapolis News. What One Man Said. At the City Federation meeting in the Waldorf there were many amusing incidents. Husbands of the broad minded women tarried in the ante room waiting for their spouses to go home. One of these patient escorts was Leroy Sunderland Smith. He gazed through the glass doors once, sighed and returned to his chair. Men would come, inquire for their wives, and then retreat to the cafe below. One man heard a few minutes of a certain paper. He said: "If these women's clubs did not struggle with the prob lem of how to raise other women's children they would have no excuse for being." He flung out the last words savagely and then disappeared to the place where highballs are con cocted.New York Press. An Enterprising Woman. Miss Jessie McCubben of Alamo, Oregon, is the owner of a valuable mining claim in the Granite district, which she "jumped'.*- precisely as the year 1903 came in. Learning that the claim would be vacant the 1st day of January, she drove through a^blind ing snowstorm on the night of Dec. 31, the mercury 14 degrees below zero, and,- waiting the advent of the new year, staked her claim. Another pros pector had done likewise earlier in the evening, but Miss McCubben was legally in the right, and the court sus tained her. She is a Portland girl, 19 years old. Reminder of Old Times. A rich man who has joined the mul titude in New York since his quick fortune came to him was entertaining friends at dinner the other night. The service was magnificent and so was the dinner. The wife, gorgeously clad, reigned over the table. During a lull in conversation the rich man watched a servant who was dexterously remov ing crumbs from the table. Then he looned down the glittering table at his jeweled wife and remarked: "Sadie, remember when you used to shake the tablecloth out of the back door to the hens?" A Paper May Criticise. A trial jury In England gave the manager of a fifth-rate show a ver dict of $3,750 against a newspaper which published an adverse criticism. The Appeal Court reversed this, and held that the jury had no right to sub stitute its own opinion of the merits of the play for the critic's opinion. The court said it was of the highest importance to the public that the crit ic should not be exposed to the risk of having a jury pass upon his taste, and held that the trial judge misdi rected the jury. The Artist's Revenge. A Chinese story tells how a very stingy man' took a paltry sum of money to an artist, who always ex acted payment in advance, and asked him to paint his portrait The artist at once complied with the request, but when the portrait was finished noth ing was v'sible save the back of the sitter's head. "What does this mean?" cried the sitter indignantly. "Well," replied the artist, "I thought a man who paid so little as you did wouldn't care to show his face." He Was Kept Busy. That was a curious little confession made to an interviewer the other day by Color-Sergeant Barry, for twenty seven years keeper of the stage door at the Lyceum. In reply to a remark about his knowledge of plays and play ers, Sergeant Barry remarked: "I have never seen a play in-all my life. My place is at the stage door. I have never any time to see what is-going cm on the stage.".London Tit-Bits. 4 zm