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one year and eight months she pursued this work
diligently, and then it slackened. She lost six weeks work. Her rent of $12 a month was going on and her children must be kept, She heard through au acquaintance of her hus band who had known her it] Russia of a newspaper stand that was for sale at One Hundred and Six teenth street and Bight h avenue. The owner offered to sell the business for $250. Brone had only $85 left in the bank, but she collected her jewelry, remnants of former luxury, and took it to a pawnshop on the Bowery. There they gave her for some diamonds, her watch and chain and other ornaments $100. She still lacked the money, but a cousin of her hus band came forward and loaned her $100 and the stand was purchased. " For myself," she often says in recalling her start in life in this country, "I had no fear —indeed 1 did not care. Rain, cold and storm I stood out there. I thought only of the children." Despite a rival who established himself and spent a good deal of money on the opposite corner, Brone in eight months was able to pay back the loan of $100, and by sheer Spartan courage and extreme courtesy to customers she a paying business at her stand. Then she took her two broth ers into partnership, and the concern now supports, besides herself and her two boys, her eldest brother, his wife and boy, a younger brother yet unmarried and ber nephew, a sister's child. "We don't know," she says in her quaint way, "to whom the business now belongs. There is a common purse and we arc confident that one will not take a penny more than he absolutely needs." This is the sixth year of the business. The entire family are engaged in it. There are three tables filled with newspapers and periodicals and a little house under the elevated stairs where the stock is kept. There is also a thriving newspaper route served liy pushcarts. Taking all into aeeouut, the firm count their regular customers at something between two and three thousand a day. Their expenses lor the privilege of the stand amount to considerable a year, and a fresh permit to take out each year. They em ploy one man's entire tine at $<S per week. Three boys deliver in the early morning hours each day for .$3 per week. They work from 5:30 to 7 A.M. A young lady stands at one of the tables from 5 to 11 A. M. each day fors'>p.T week. Thenephew delivers from 5:30 to 7 A. M. and then makes his way to his work and study at the Bellevue Medical College for the rest of the day. liven the little boys aged twelve and ten respectively, run a pushcart on the morn ings of their vacation from school. They attend the Felix Adler school, and it is Mrs. Nelson's wish that they be educated in a nonsectarian establishment. The only creed she will give them is that of honesty. Mr. Adler accepts her two boys free of tuition fee, but the mother eye is on their work. One boy is backward in arithmetic. She is paying a tutor to coach him so that he may not be behind his class, and both boys are receiving a musical educetion She is just now anxious about her nephew. She tells me he works too hard, and she wishes him to give up his newspaper route and spend those early morn ing hours in bed before he goes to hismedical studies, but the voting man is evidently endowed with quite the proper spirit, for he will not hear of it. Brone !s still young as well as refiincd and handsome. There is the essence of a proud and lasting sorrow about her,but such is the strength of hercharacter that this only serves to grace her manner and her attitude. Not one of those who pour in and out the elevated entrance at One Hundredth and Sixteenth street but miss her when she is off duty for a moment. Her attxiety to serve you is rather the hospitable anxiety of the hostess looking after your comfort than the servility of the pushing tradeswoman. I cannot de scribe just the way she gives you your paper and your change. You must go buy one for yourself if you are ever in New York, and then you will see. Her touch is not only deft and obliging—it is grace ful, it is exquisite, "Oh," she will say to me sometimes, "I have no time to learn the language, the literature of this great people. My life will be wasted, I know. But 1 am boiling some things for my children's future. Maybe you don't want this paper. Perhaps you arc only purchasing to purchase from me?" For this I give her a little lecture and after it we shake hands on the inexorable fact that neither of us can afford to miss business or doubt the motives of our customers. It is no easy life to stand at this street corner through foul weather and through fair, day in and day out, sometimes from 0 o'clock in the morning until 8 o'clock at night; to meet all kinds of people, the coarse and the refined, the snob and the snobess and the keen man and woman of business. And, above all, to know by the keenest attention and study just what paper they want, to have it re idy with the least possible delay and always with un varying and marked courtesy. And the result? An income from the newsstand of from $4,000 to $5000 per year, I should judge. How many American women "to the manner born " are there who would do it or could do it ? Lilian A. North. A writ < in one of the German-Je .visb papers notes how often misfortunes have occurred to the Jews in years ending with 'OS, Irom ti.e first century, when outbreaks took place in Alexandria, to our own era. As every age has witnessed exactions against the Jews, 97, 95, or 92 would have served the purpose as well as 98. However, 1898 is to be regarded as marking something favorable to the Jews— it is the fiftieth anniversary of the emancipa tion of the Jews in Germany. Artistic Printing a specialty.