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Hi Father a ,lxhllinue Dnllder Mnllu'r a Iiover of Literature. Mr. Stevens-on. Louis' father, was a lighthouse builder, and belonged to a family of tiiini- llg.ithouso builders. His fy grandfather, built the Bel1. .' it!i;Hi:'e, off the enst- ern co'i iiul. How hard this was to ...i ..u un Imagine when you remember tli.it It tcoud on a dan gerous row', which the noa uncovered only for a few hours at low tide, so that the men had to have a special lit tle workshop built on supports which were fixed In the rock. Then, too, as they worked on the irop foundation of the lighthouse, up would roll the sea and put out their fire. Yet Stevenson's grandfather had the determination and skill to push the work forward. He felt the grave need of a lighthouse there, for this was the dangerous reef described in "The Inchcape Rock." Off the opposite coast of Scotland, on the Island of Tyree, stands another fam ous lighthouse which the Stevensons built. Klevon years before Louis was born, bis Uncle Allan had begun work on the lighthouse of Skerryvore. For its foundation his men had to blast a hole forty feet square In the solid rock. Twice storm and sea combined defeat ed Mr. Stevenson's plans, and swept away the work of his faithful build ers. At last, however, in 1844, the la bor was completed, and the wheeling gleam of Skerryvore light shines on the ocean to this day. We want to know all this, not only because It Is interesting, but because It helps us to understand Robert Louis' life. He loved the sea and felt at home on It; and perhaps he would have learned to build lighthouses If he had not wanted so much more to build stories. His love of writing must have come from his mother's side of the family. Although Mrs. Stevenson dfd not write herself, she was very fond of other people's writing, especially of poetry, and she taught her son to love it, too. Resides this, her father, Louis' other granill'-!t''pv. wis a minister, so that he wr" r v.;:is although he did not write ' From hl- i 'c of the family SSwrsw " iv more thing, P"' ... ' P '-(I;' and weak "ii ' very babyhood he was '.-'! - ":i lie grew old er he wai- r' travel and to spend inn. ''i :' V ' e out of doors, In order to I' St. Nicholas. FIxtiiK Times of SeuaoiiN. The inhabitants of Borneo make use of the same means for fixing the times of "their agricultural seasons as were used by the early Rritons and in Egypt between 1,000 and 2,000 B. C, says the Journal of the Asiatic Society. They rely, that Is to say, on the time of ris ing of certain constellations just be fore the sun, known to astronomers as their heliacal rising. The Kenya lis and Kayans make use of the length of the shadows cast by a stick at noon to de termine their seasons. Situated as they are between the tropics, the shadow is cast on the north or south of the stick according to the time of year. The length of the shadow also varies as the sun passes from Cancer to Capri corn and back. The shadow Is meas ured by means of a notched stick. The notches represent the lengths of shadow which experience has shown to corre spond with favorable times for their varies " I operations. ' The iv; the other hand, fix their tali.- ; 'is appearance of a curious mt - :'in which they call the palolo. 'Filial Obedience. "I thought Gwendolen's mamma had forbidden her seeing young Hankerson any more."- . . "Well, she doesn't see him any more. They meet ,at our house, of course, but he always turns the gas down ns soon as she comes into, the parlor." Can't Shake 'Km. "Still hanging on to those town lots In 1 the suburbs?" I "Not a bit of it. They're hanging on to me now." 1 REMEMBERS HIS OLD HOME. ' Not Ashamed of the Humble Cot '" J tutfe of HI Boyhood, "Your business, you say, ia house moving?" "Yes." "You seem to have made a lot of money out of it?" "I have. You see, I don't work the way other house movers do. I have a plan of my own." Lighting a 50-eent cigar, the house mover mused a moment Then he went on. "Years ago, when I was a little boy, my father used to take mo on his knee and talk to me. 'Johnny,' ho would say, 'although you have been born in poverty, you are smart, and you will rise to wealth some day. But never be ashamed of your first heme, my buy. Be as proud of it as If it were a state ly palace.' "It was a four-room cottage where, we lived then. And when I, went out to make my way iii the world, my father's last words were these : 'My sou, wherever you go, whatever you do, remember the old home. It will be a star In the heavens to you in the cloud iest night of despair.' The house mover dropped a lump of cigar ash upon a diamond-studded tray and continued: "I have never forgotten my father's words. Wherever I have gone, what ever I have done, I have remembered the old home, and It has been my guid ing star to fortune. My parents have long departed this life. The cottage Is my most dearly treasured possession now. In fact, it becomes more valua ble to me every year. have a friend In the city hall. When the city Is about to open up a new street or lay out a park, I get a quiet tip from my friend, and as quickly as possible I move my cottage to where the uew street or park Is to be." He flicked a flake of ash from his moleskin waistcoat "Persecution follows my old home wherever it goes," he sighed. "The street and park people have condemned it fifty times, but I have defended it manfully and compelled the municipal ity to shell out handsomely every time. I figure that my little four-room cot tage has brought me in $200,000 in the last twenty years. House moving," lie added, "is a profitable business if a man goes at It properly." Newark News. HIS WATCH OFT IN PAWN. How on InipecunloiiN Lawyer' Moth er Put a G'iieck on Her Son. An inpecunlous young lawyer whose lack of clients has caused him to make frequent trips to the pawnshop told the following story on himself : "My mother gave me a gold watch which was often of more service to me as a pledge than as a timepiece. It grieved her to know that I made such use of her gift and several times she furnished the means of redeeming It "One day when I had gone particu larly long with no visible means of telling the time my mother demanded the pawn ticket. Within a week she banded me my watch and I promised, as usual, not to pnwu it again. But the? necessity soon returned and I had recourse to the loan office. The pawn broker glanced at the timepiece and opened the Inner case. "His maimer became formal. 'Where did you get this watch?' he Inquired. 'It was a present,' I replied. " 'Well, I'm going to hold It until you can prove it's yours,' ho declared, and then, by way of explanation : 'I sup pose you didn't read what's engraved on the case?' "'No,' I said, faintly. " 'I'll read it to you : "If this watch Is offered for sale or pawn notify Mrs. , street. Reward." ' "There was nothing to do but go home and make a clean breast of It" New York Sun, A doctor advises his patients to be bright and frivolous at meal times if they would preserve their digestion in full VI08T SOUTHERLY HOME IN U. 8. Xew York Man' Tropical Paradlne ut Lower End of Florida. The most southerly mansion on the mainland of the, United States Is bcinc rapidly pushed to completion by W. J. Mathewson of Lloyd's Neck, R. I., silys the New York World. Several months ago the newspapers mentioned the de parture of the Mathewsons for Cocoa nut Grove, Flu., the fact being added that they were to build a new home there. Mr. Mathewson Is too modest to venture nuy estimate of what the place will cost him, biit un ultimate outlay of $200,000 is a conservative fig ure. The location of Mr. Mathewsou's fif teen acres is a mile south of the Cocoa nut Grove post olilce, the land being on either side of the highway. On the roadway sides are walls of rock mason ry, along the top of which pineapples have been 'set at regular Intervals. I .Most or tue lanu win ue useu ror grow 1 lug fruit. Within a stone's throw of his own windows Mr. Mathewson will be able to gather bananas, oranges, grape fruit, pineapples, figs, dates, co coanuts, apricots .and tropical produce In general. Down one side of his carriage path Is a long row of enormous century plants, that were growing wild there In such abundance when he bought the place that he had to destroy them by wholesale, us If they had been weeds. Some of the rarest of trees are flourish ing on the property. The general scheme of the architect has boon to reproduce uu old Spanish mission. The mansion Itself, in the middle of the Inclosure, to the east of the highway, will be low and square, nbout 125 feet In size, built with mas sive walls of coqulua rock, the roof be ing in pyramidal form and covered with clay tiles. Of course there will bs a large courtyard in the center. Some idea of the solidity of the struc ture can be gained by the fnct that the rock house Mr. Mathewson has built across the way for his superin tendent has walls of at least two feet In thickness. Water pipes buried only a few Inches below the surface will serva to Irrigate every section of the gar. dens. Helping HI"' On. "Now, for my part," said Mr. Tlin inid, tentatively, "I wouldn't dare think of marrying " "Why not?" eagerly interrupted Miss Ann Teeck. "Because I haven't any money." "But," she suggested helpfully, "couldn't you get somebody to lend you a little?" Catholic Standard and Times. An Awlnl jolt. De.Vuber (proudly) Here's a paint ing I have just finished. What do you think of it, old man? Critleus It isn't half bad. By the way, did you draw on your imagina tion for those ostriches In the back ground? De.Vuber Ostriches ! Why, you snuliit-eved duller, those are auirels. Neurly Correct. "I want to complain nbout the way you printed the notice of my daugh ter's wedding," said the fussy old man. "Now, the bride's name was Gratia, and " "How did we have It?" Interrupted the editor. "You had it 'Gratis,' sir!" "Well, that's not so bad. You gave her away, didn't you?" Devotion to an Idea. ' Watt Gozup Isn't it something start ling for old Hunks to be dropping Into extravagant habits at his time of life? Muskum Downe Yes; he has just found out that there is an inheritance tax, and he's opposed to it on principle. He says he is going to see to it that his heirs don't have to pay any such tax. There Wm Another. Irene Jack has been boasting that fai ls It, so far as you are concerned. Maud That's what he is. He certain ly isn't He. INCIDENTS OF QUICK WIT. Threatening Situation for Several Kninoim Pernon. Mnie. Rachel, the great actress, was resting alone In her dressing room one night preparatory to going on the stage when a man suddenly entered, and, drawing a dagger, said ho was going to kill her If she did. not at once consent to marry him. Tile actress saw at a glance that the man was mad and meant what he said. So with the utmost coolness Bhe re plied : "Certainly I will marry you. I wish nothing better. Coma with me to the priest at once ; I have hud him come here for the purpose." She took his arm and. they went out together to where there was assist ance, of course, ami the man was lin mediately put under arrest. An instance of great presence of mind under a very different aspect of affairs was narrated by John Russell Young. Once during the civil war, when Grant was In subordinate com mand, he was reconnoiterlng nlono near the enemy's lines. Suddenly he found himself confronted by one of the Confederates' pickets, who was for arresting him. "Sho! sbo!" said Grant with the utmost coolness, "can't you see I am reconnoiterlng In the en emy's uniform? Don't make a noise; I shall be back directly." And ho walked quietly away until out of the picket's sight, then ran as nimbly as he could. A similar piece of presence of mind under circumstances of great danger is related of Laurence OUphant by limes Shnnd. ' Oliphant once declared that his nerves were never more se verely tried than when he was attend ing a Socialist assembly In Lyons, as correspondent of the London Times. It was whispered about in the room that a spy connected with that paper was present, nnd the mob suddenly arose to discover the Intruder, breath ing threats meanwhile which made Oil phant's hair Incline to stand on end. That gentleman, however, hopped up with ns much eagerness as anybody and searched carefully under the uencues as if he longed for nothing as much as to discover the alleged spy. Appearance AffnliiMt Him. The man with the dog was just drunk enough to be boisterous in his talk and swaggering in his gait, and the police man on the corner advised him to go home and sober off. Whereupon he became stentorian and abusive, and the officer escorted him to the nearest box and called up the police patrol. "That dog goes wherever I go, cap'n," aid the man, as the wagon came up. "Certainly," responded the policenlan, bundling the animal in after him. "The dog will be booked on the charge of be ing found in suspicious company." nankin. "I see Hunter is culling upon Miss Gotrox. What's his means of making a living anyway?" "Banking." "Indeed?" "Yes ; he's banking on marrying her." Philadelphia Ledger. It Interested Him. "What Interested me most In my travels," said Henpeck, "was the mum my of a queen I saw In Egypt." "Wonderful, eh?" asked his friend. "Yes, it's wonderful how they could make a woman dry up and stay that way." Philadelphia Press. None of Them Loat So Far. Pastor Beware, young man. Re member, "The wicked shall not live out half their days." Rounder Does the Bible say that? Pastor Yes. Rounder Well, I'm all right I've lived all my life so far. Cleveland Leader. The Millionaire Abroad. Knlcker The Prince of Wales' motto is "I serve." Millionaire Heavens, do you sup pose he has a subpoena?