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%tr If' •wait |v- 'i .was a man once Geoffrey Halkett by name of few failing's, but chief among1 thci* was the Ineradicable conviction that he under (Stood the innermost workings of the mind of a girl. "A clever beggar11 once knew," lie •explained onenight to his old intimate, Paddon, •'in fact about, the cleverest beggar I over aid know, once said to me, 'If you know one thing thorough ly/ you hold the key to everything.' It didn't strike me particularly at the time. I had no reason for testing it. but it's awfully true, Jim, I can see it now." It was in Jim Paddon's rooms in Gray's Inn that this sententious remark was uttered. Jim Paddon was at the moment keenly interested in wondering whether the cork of a soda-water bottle would 4come out easily, like a tooth with gas, or would require extracting" with a wrench. The sras gained the day. "Well," he said, content now to •dally with trivialities, "and wha,t if it ts?" "Well, I'll tell you. Sometimes this knowledge is very useful, to you, and sometimes—well, it's just amusing. I don't think 1'ih particularly concerned, but I flatter myself that I "have always had a knack of- understanding girls. It isn't a thing a man cares to talk about mt(ih.' In tWefirst place ninety nine pcopleout 'oi a hundred would put any one down as a fool who said this—possibly I am rather femininely minded. In any case. I often used to think I could see things from their point of .view better than most fellows and arjgue their cases in their own way. N W, since 'I' have thoroughly understood one girl. I know I can do this, And what is the consequence? Why, they never, astonish me now!" Pacldbh took his pipe from his mouth, and attempted to realize an old ambition, and blow a second smoke ring through a first. THE GIBL HEARD HIM ALL THROUGH. "My experience," he said, when failure tripped him up remorseless, "is that they vary too much. No two are alike, and they always get mixed up, and to try to put them right is the worst of all." Whether he was alluding to smoke rings or girls was not very clear. Halkeit looked at him pityingly. He might have had doubts about women, but he knew that he under stood men. "Look here, old fellow,he said, "you've either had one whisky too many or too few." Paddon adopted the only course open to him. "Who's the poor girl you've experi mented on? Do I know her?" "That's rather a brutal way of put ting it, but I suppose it's Kate." "Then," said Paddon, "isn't it al most a pity that you are not going to marry her instead of me?" Halkett smiled. He was not a mar *ying man. When next the two friends met it was at the home of Kate Temple, the maiden who-after being analyzed by one man had perversely fallen in love with another. Halkett, too philosophic to be jealous, had only found in the circumstance of her preference for his frieud a further proof of. the well known law that ideals must be low ered half-mast high when science passes by. In short, he liked her Still, but s'attitude now might best be described as one of slightly con temptuous sympathy. The circumstances tinder which they all met now were rather depress ing. James Paddon bud many weak nesses. and one of them had just attained an alarming prominence. Sir McDermott BaUarat, who doubled the parts of eminent specialist and family friend to the Temples (for Kate had one incumbrance—she was garrisoned, round about by a maiden aunt with fads), had just discovered that his dear young friend Paddon possessed only one lung instead of the normal number, and that that interesting relio must on no account be allowed to winter in England. it was now Sep tember. The young man might- take his lung to Davos Platz or to Colorado but he must be off without delay. Hajkett, like most people, was at his best in emergencies. The one cheer ing fact to the Temples on this last de pressing evening was his .quiet an nouncement to Kate that if Jim liked hn would go with him and look after He had previously arranged it* all with Paddon, wLo was pleased. Thi3 almost Vecctieiled Kate to her lover's going to the further country. Jim Paddon did not ieel ill, he said, whereas, if he went to a place haunted by invalids he would grow worse out of sympathy. The good-bys that night were said in chapters. Geoffrey Halkett left first, and Kate's eyes were eloquent whenv she thanked him. She did not say much but he was satisfied. It was at that moment that the eminently feminine thought occurred to her: "What a" pity that Geoffrey should not marry some nicei girl!" Then old Miss Temple said good-by to all and "dis creetly left the lovers to settie the rest. This took two hours and' three quarters, during which time*^Geoffrey leaned n-gainst a lamp-post smoking' and. thinking it rather a. pity that Kate's eyes should be wasted on Jim. He was aroused by Jim rushing down the steps, almost knocking him down and swearing at him. They walked London that night, by way of getting up strength for the journey. The next day they started. Buskin, who advocated once a period of lengthened probationary absence for the young man in love, probably foresaw the advantage' of taking steps which would cancel fifty per cent of first engagements. Pad don was not to be relied upon with impunity. His lung grew .Justy and strong in the bracing air of the rocky mountains, but he fell in love with a settler's daughter just before the time when he should have returned to Kate. Halkett had noticed this emo tion in its incipient stages, but Paddon had not, nor had it even tinged his letters to Kate, when he contracted, a prevalent form of fever and the set tler's daughter nursed him through it. As soon as he became convalescent he bestowed on her a new Colorado edi tion of his old love for Kate. Now, Paddon's illness had been Halkett's opportunity. Whatever swerved in him it wis never his loyal ty1to his friends. He wrote to Kate regularly, reporting the invalid's health. When Jim regained convales cence it was promptly brought home to him chat he should resume manage ment of his own affairs, but his new sentiment barred the way to this. At this crisis it seemed good to Jim Pad don, whose simple brain was not capa ble of dealing with two sets of emo tions, to unceremoniously depart with the settler's daughter and marry her. He considerately left a note request ing Halkett to deal with his honor as he saw fit. ..Geffrey Halkett was a gentleman by instinct, and at best but an amateur liar. He had the British aversion to taking away a man's character to a girl. After much deliberation,he said to himself: "If I know Kate—and I flatter myself that I do know her—she would rather retain her faith in a •dead Jim than lose her faith in a liv ing iin." So he T^ft-otethat Jim had got worse and died. He did not consider himself in this, Which was to his credit. Then, being no longer required in Colorado, he followed his letter home. On the way home common sense ar gued with him and brought home to him very forcibly that he had made a mistake. Sooner or later Kate must learn the truth. It would be better for her to hear it from him now than to have it brutally broken to her later when it might injure her more. It was not a pleasant mission, this mis sion of confession on which he went a short time after his return, but he comforted himself with the thought that she would at least acknowlege that all he had done was out of con sideration for her. Geoffrey Halkett never told any one what happened at that interview. As a matter of fact, the girl heard him all through, and then, white and trembling with indignation, infinitely scornful with herself for having al lowed anyone to defame her lover while she listened, she turned and left him—not, though, before'she had pointedly suggested that he Should never enter the house again. "She had never trusted him from the very beginning," so she said, "and now—" Halkett took up his hat and went. This man, who had thought himself never to be astonished again, was an obstinate man, but not too obstinate to acknowledge himself astonished. He wasted no time over useless argu ments or letters, but he went abroad, and some time subsequently he met Jim Paddon. The interview was short, but satisfactory. Ail, it appeared, that Halkett required of his former friend was a letter written to Kate, telling her how matters stood. Pad don demurred and Mrs. Paddon thought Halkett a nuisance. "I may be a sneak," said Jim, "but I'll be if I'll write myself down one." Halkett declined to enter into the distinction. "You can put it in a gentlemanly way, if you can," he said. A man with only one lung and a bad case is no match for a man with two lungs and a good case and a rap idly developing passion for a woman. In less than a month Halkett was home with the letter. "Kate is devilish obstinate when she is in a bad temper," he said to himself. "I know what she'll do now she'll refuse to see me, and I'm not going to trust the letter to the post." Still, he wrote, and asked her to make an appointment. She replied by re turn, naming a day and hour. Halkett gasped a litile at this, but went for a walk to think how he would meet her. He need not have .troubled about arranging speeches or lines of conduct Kate took the initiative at the inteiv view, as. he might have known she must. She was verjr civil, only rather distant, and asked him why he wanted to see her. 'I have brought you a letter/* he said. She held out her hand. (iliMH! :He gave it to "her!, *J3he looked' at the-Writing, and-Wurmtti'ed an excuse ahd'leftjiim. When-she came back there, was little changed about her, except a hesitancy in her speech "Don't .'make me apologize, she said, "but,, of course, I'knew you were right when you told me, only I wasn't going to allow anyone but Jim to say such-things about himself, was I?" "Certainly not,"" said Halkett, too blinded by the sentiment of the sen tence to consider its grammar. "It is I who have to apologize." So they parted good friends, and the 'studentof=womeri w'ent-home. satisfied, and on the whole rather pleased than not- with the sensation of astonish ment to which he was now becoming quite accustomed. Alter a decent interval of these friendly relations he asked her to marfy him. Then the friendly intercourse" snapped like a pipestem and she told him he had insulted her. "You ought by this time," she said, "to know me too well to imagine that I could ever love again." This finished off Geoffrey Halkett He spent a miserable month making up his mind whether to go abroad or to the devil, and. had finally decided on a combination, when this letter came: "Dear Mr. Halkett.-r-Have we an noyed you in any way? If not, why do you ..never come to see us now? We shall both be in and very pleased to see you any. afternoon" this week, ii you care to loo.k Us up again. Very sincerely yours, KATE TEMPLE. "P. S.—Aunt says she may have to go out Wednesday, but everv other afternoon she will be at home." Geoffrey Halkett read this letter, but not all his experience could make him look as though he had expected it. After a little while he smiled and lit his pipcand was happyi He might tiot understand women but ,he under stood $hat. lettev.. On Wednesday morning he spehlb't wenty guineas jon^a ring*, on» Wfediie&day afternoon ho called oh the Temples and sa\y Kate. After all, now that he was cured of his chief weakness, he was a very good fellow, and there is never a bet ter wife than tlie girl who is capable of astonishing you on occasion. WOMEN ATtE THE OFFENDERS. Curious Collection of Articles! Lost by Them-In.Dry Goods stores. ... All thelarge.retail' dry goods stores in the,, city maintain depart ments exclusively for the purpose of looking after lost articles, and -one result is that it would be impossible to make a dry goods man believe that memory is the strongest part of a woman's make-up. .In a ledger^— and it takes a big one-—entry is made ment. The article is kept until called for, when it is checked off and restored to the party proving prop erty. If no inquiry is made within a week it is advertised for two days in the city papers. The number of handkerchiefs brought to the ••lost" desk of a big dry goods store in the course of a year averages 1,000 or more. Gloves, fans, veiis and spectacles are met in abundance in the order named, while fifty parasols is a low average per day. All of this class of goods that remains uncalled., for is distributed among the various charitable insti tutions about Christmas time. The midsummer •'finds" include brand new goods which have been cut, paid for, and left on some counter,usually in a pile of fabric, like laces, dress goods and embroidery. The contents of these parcel finds cannot be enum erated without giving an inventory of the notion stock. The largest ar ticle is an umbrella or a box, of cor sets. Other parcels contain thread, toilet soap, infants' .caps, bibs, aprons, ribbon, hosiery, lingerie, velvet, flannel and wool and linen goods, brushes, etc. Wraps, and dress patterns, often of a costly kind, are found. Just after a special sale the "lost" department is stocked with pocket-books, purses, hand-bags and handkerchiefs with money tied in the corners. Strange as it may seem, less than two per cent of even those last-named articles are ever called for. All articles exceeding $10 in value are advertised and then kept a year. All "finds" of money books go to the clerks finding them at the expiration of the year. In many big stores from five to one hundred watches are found-in the course of a year and from one to a dozen pieces of finie jewelry. Many rings are found about the wash ba sins, where they have been removed for a moment Other articles left—large quanti ties of them nearly every day in the week—are lunch baskets. In every big retail store in the city the cash boys and. packers depend upon re ceiving from five to fifty lunches, which, when found, are after 2 clock turned over to these employes to be devoured. An English Rata making Maohine. An English rainmaker now oper ating in India has an apparatus con sisting of a rocket, capable of rising to the height of a mile, containing a reservoir of ether. In its descent it opens a parachute, which causes it to come down slowly. The ether is thrown out in a fine limited shower. spray, and its ab sorption of heat is said to lower the temperature about it sufficiently to condense the vapor and produce a f,''' -J Carcass of a Horse Korroedtiie Bait jfch Which the Animals Were At bted and Two Howitzers formed |fre Weapons of Dos tract ion. ong in the early fifties the grizzly '1*8 Were so plentiful in the canyons near" Fort Fillmore, N. M., that domestic animals were in constant from their nightly incursions. fact, they were dreaded by loue travelers almost as much as the sav age knd hostile Apaches. I had occasion during my sojourn in E| Paso, Texas, at that early period of tt|e history of that country to visit ij$rf Fillmore. 1 was detained there Bevcjjral days and made my headquar ter^git the post with the sutler. Tne second day after my arrival one |jjrf the cavalry horses, while play ing in a corral, received a vicious kipk^ from another horse. On ex amination it was thought to be im possible for the poor brute ever to recover from the wound so as to be oftany and to put him out of his fieryuse, he was shot and hauled up canyon, about a mile from the i|rt. fizzlosbe As it was well known that there mid a grand carnival of the and other wild beasts over tfe carcass that night, the "boys," %at is Lieutenant Cook and others, consisting of quite a respectable cor Epral's guard, concluded to witness the feast. The sky was clear and in that soft, transparent atmosphere the fuirmoon lit up the canyon almost t,d|ual to midday. selected two small brass howitz ers from the battery of six guns and leaded them almost to the' muzzle \fith grape shot and cannister. We tfiei hauled our ordnance to within ©pnvenient range of the oarcass and sf ere ted ourselves in ambush behind clump of cacti. We waited some three hours, phich -seemed almost an age to the get watchers, and about 10 o'clock first intimation of the approach tig carnival was made lcoown by the stant howl of a. pack of hungry yotes. They were npt' long, how er, in putting in an appearance, in ch force that it was all, we could to prevent Sergeant McGilvey ening the battery on them. We served our charge for the larger grizzly would as- we knew the VStei had begun to despair of the coyotes leaving anything for the bear, when, for tuna, tely, a monster spotted tiger appeared on the scene, putting the coyotes to flight, and. tak ing possession of the banquet, pro ceeded in the most ravenous manner to conduct the interesting ceremonies alone. He did not enjoy his mo nopoly long, however, for a few min utes later the awe-inspiring growls of three large grizzlies were heard in ohorus over the banquet table and in turn putting to flight that beautifully freckled but somewhat discomfitted jaguar. By the time 'we had placed our [juris in position two more monster grizzlies had-arrived at the feast, making five of the huge beasts, that caused the ground to tremble by their roars and savage growling as they tore the carcass to pieces and fought each other like demons. Suddenly the deafening roar of the two guns, almost' simultaneously, awoke the echoes of the canyon, 3xnd also the fears of the two remaining grizzlies, leaving three of their num ber dead and wounded on the battle field. The whole scene was in plain view from my position, and I remained secreted under tiiat cactus (a large variety of what is generally known as prickly pear) until the gun3 had been heavily charged again, and I was fully atisfled that the bears were in no condition to give further trouble. Two of,the bears were killed out right, says the Philadelphia Times, being literally torn to eces by the canuister, and the third was so badly mangled that he lived perhaps haif an hour in great agony. By the time we had taken a topo graphical survey of the gory field it was past midnight, and we concluded "to make a night of it," hoping for a return of the coyotes. About 4 o'clock in the morning the distant wail of a hungry coyote told us of the commencement of their march to a second banquet at the augmented table of good things. It seemed that the wail of that lone coyote was re-echoed by a thousand ravenous throats, and in less than thirty minutes a howling mob of them were tearing to pieces and fighting over the remains of both horse and bears. When the guus again belched forth the deadly messages the earth trem bled, the carnival ceased and quiet once more reigned over the scene. In looking over the field of destruc tion,after the battle was over we did not find a whole coyote and a few whole heads, but calculated thenum- our guns into lme and started *or fort, fully satisfied with "our night'i sport, but tired out and as hungry ag the most ravenous coyote. WHERE THE MEET. A Splendid Chamber lOO Fe«t tonjf and Richly Decorated and Furni&heit. What especially strikes a visitor on entering the house of lords for the first time is the rich splendor oi the chamber, says the New York Herald. It is a noble apartment, 100 feet long by 46 broad and 45 high, splendidly adorned and carved, light ed by twelve richly decorated win dows. All round run galleries, pro tected by handsome brass railings. The end gallery is that set apart for the use of strangers. It has the press gallery just in front. The gal leries that run along the sides are for the use of distinguished person ages. When the princess of Wales and other ladies of the royal family attend to hear the debates they in variably view the scene from the al cove of the gallery to the left of the throne. The throne itself is a richly gilt chair directly facing the strang ers' gallery. It stands on a slightly raised' dais and is divided off from •the rest of the house by a hand rail. From this part of the chamber privy councilors and the sons of peers who have the entree usually wiatch the proceedings, and on the night of any great debate many members of the house of commons also may be seen here. The seats in the house of lords are arranged much as in the lower house, except that rows of cross benches face the woolsack. It is there that the prince of Wales and the dukes of Edinburgh,Connaught and Cambridge ordinarily sit, this part of the house indicating independence of political allegiance to either of the great parties. Occasionally some noble lord who may have broken with his party finds a temporary seat here, too, as Lord Derby did in the session of 1879. The lord chancellor, who acts as speaker or chairman of the upper house, sits in front of the throne on the so-called woolsack. This is really a sort of ottoman, and a seat compared with which an arm chair such as the speaker of the house of commons is allowed must be luxu rious ease. The peers of the minis terial party sit to the lord chancel lor's right those in opposition to the left. By a curious custom in the procedure of the house, whenever the lord chancellor speaks in debate, he has to step two paces to the left jffaway from 1 the woolsack—an odd idea, for it j'laces him—a mem ber of the party in power and a cabi net minister—on the opposition side of the house. FRAGMENTS OF SCIENCE. Lightning is believed to be visible a distance of 150 miles. R. D. Kathrens, secretary of a large oil company, says that the supply of petroleum in Wyoming is inexhaust ible. The proportion of the size of the skull of a male to that of a female is as 100 to 88 of body weight as 100 to 84. The rainiest place in the United States is the shore of Neap bay, in Washington, where 129 inches of rain fell last year. Quinine, the active principle of Pe ruvian bark, was discovered in 1820. In 1888 there were produced 12,000,000 pounds of bark and 360,000 pounds of quinine. Coal oil was first used as an illumi nant in 18:26. The United States ex port of oil in 1889 exceeded in value $45,000,000. In the same year the world produced 34,820,306 barrels. The slag that accumulates about iron furnaces, and that heretofore has been a gre'at nuisance, has been dis covered to contain valuable fertilizing qualities, and the German farmers are using it freely. A method has been discovered by a French inventor for the preparation of iron so that it can be alloyed with other metals generally, and particu larly with copper and zinc, to procure a white alloy, which the inventor terms "iron silver." Naphthalene, which is a product of coal-tar distillation, in appearance something like earafiin, has been found useful in England for the pres ervation of timuer. The wood is soaked for two to twelve hours in the melted naphthalene at a temperature of about 200 degrees Fahrenheit It is averred that bees can tell the time of day. A St. Louis gentleman made an experiment to test this in stinct by placing a lump of sugar out of doors at noon for several successive days to attract the bees from a hive near by. He discovered that they were on hand punctually to meet him. From the work of two French en gineers, Messrs. Hugo and Lallemand. it is calculated that the ocean will reach Paris without artificial aid in somewhat less than S, 000 year-*. They find that the surface of Southern France, especiallynn the Pyrenees re gion, is steadily rising but. that North "rn France, particularly in the ber slain by their tails, finding twen- vicinity of Lille, is slowly sinking, ty-seven. I In Paris itself the subsidence i.i aboul As the reveille sounded we wheeled I »third of an inch a year. ir £r M," The Tle'Is Easily Formed and Qnite as 35asUy Dissolved. A chapter in the Burmah census report, dealing with what is called the "civil condition" of the people, gives much Interesting information regarding marriage in that country. From the tables marriage appears to be much less common than in India, but this is said to be due to the fact that there is no child marriage among the Buddhists and Nat-wor shippers, who form the bulk of the population. Moreover, in Burmah marriage is generally the result of mutual affection between the parties after they have reached years of discretion. On the other hand, mar riage is more common there than in European countries, for the tie is more easily formed and more easily dissolved, while motives of prudence have not the same weight. Destitu tion is almost unknown, and the wants of life in the temperate climate of Burmah are more easily satisfied than in'the colder countries of North ern Europe. A young Burmese couple can start life with a da and a cooking pot. The universal bamboo supplies materials for building the house, lighting the fire, carrying the water from the well, and may even help to compose the dinner itself. The wife is usually prepared to take a share in support ing the household, and thus she has gradually acquired a position of in dependence not always en»oyed by married women elsewhere. It has been decided that, under the ancient Buddhist custom prevailing in Bur mah a husband cannot alienate property jointly acquired after mar riage without the consent of his wife. Few marriages take place where either party is under 15, and the usual age is between 15 an'd 25. Polygamy now practically no longer exists, although in ancient times the Burmese were polygamists as well as slave-holders. "Most Burmese have only one wife, and a few more than two. The first, or head wife, is usually the choice of the husband in his youth, and when fihe ceases to have children she often assists in the choice of a young wife, who is bound to obey her." The ease with which divorce is obtained is said to be one of the causes why polygamy is so rare. The terms of divorce are based on ancient rules, one of which is that the party wishing the separation can take his or her property and no more the other party takes all the rest, in cluding the children. The safeguard against capriceL.J,n^gjbaudg. .is not merely public bpinion, which con demns too frequent divorces, but the self respect of women, which pre vents them from marrying a man who has divorced his wives too freely. The privilege of perfect free dom in this respect is said to be rarely abused. "Divorce is very rare, a fact attributable equally, perhaps, to the high position occu pied by women in Burmese society, the care with which marriage con tracts are entered into and the ex treme evenness of temper which characterizes both sexes." Why It Is "a Tabbie Cat." Some writers on the curiosities of animal nomenclature tell us that the reason we call a feline of certain markings of color a "tabby" cat is because Tabitha was the goddess of the crooked clawed species. Wag ner's "Names and Their Meaning," although it has a splendid depart ment on the nicknames of birds, does not refer to those applied to the animal species at ail, therefore it will be of no use to consult that work to find out why a "tabby" cat bears its unique name, or why a "Jerusa lem" donkey is so called. In a curious old work (printed in London in 16 J6) entitled, "Names Applied to Animate Things," I find the follow ing, which seems to explain the tabby cat enigma: "The terme 'Tabbie Cat' is derived from Atab, a famouse streete in Bagdad, a cittie of the Orient. This streete is inhabited by the manufacturers of a silken stuff called *atabi,' the waved markings of the watered- silke resembling a cat's coat. From that we call all cats so marked 'atab,' 'atabbie,' or simply •tabbie' cats.—St. Louis Republic. Small French Fttrm'. On French farms from thirteen to fifteen acres is the smallest territory on which a man can live without some other work. Those who have less eke out their income with job work. So soon as a laborer saves some money he buys .land at about $200 an acre. New Orleans a City of Kits. There is one peculiarity about New Orleans*—it is a city of rats. iNew Orleans is below the river bed, and it is at all times low and damp. The city is not clean, and large wharf rats, muliplying in the business portion of the city, swarm in droves. Stereotyped Plates. Curved stereotyped plates were in vented in 1815, but were little used for half a century after that date Since I8fi5 they have come into gen eral employment' in every newspaper office in the country whose edition is printed on a fast steam press.