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THE OLD MAN Gt)T RELIGION.
When the oT man got religion things sorter changed aroun', Xbe bouse wus topsy-turvy, the worP wuz upside down; We di'ln't know what hit us; 'pea red like we'd started wrong; Life had tojie made qjrer to bis halUiuia mng. i He k1 '!'" ,ne whole lioutie hustliu'. "Work while it's ealled to-day! An' pray whilst you're a-workin"; hut work an' work nway!" But ever' youngster of us with sad an' solium face, Wuz prayin' fer the oP man to full away from grace. Lout,' years have passed, an' left us still with our work to do; An" the oP man, bein' weary, went home nu' left us, too; Led h.v his homely counsel safe to the sliclterin' fold Sigbtin' the fur-off city, with sUiniu' streets of gold. An' evermore we're praisin' of the Provi dence on high That the oP man got religion In the hap py days gone by: An' we hope to hear him shoutln', when we reach the heavenly stairs. In the bright, celestial mornin', "Rise up to fam'ly prayers!" Atlanta Constitution. JACK'S OPPORTUNITY. i ELL, It Is nil over nt lust, and I am glad of It," prowled Jack Carlton, his face growing more like a thundercloud nt every step. Jack was striding down 14th street as fast us Ills long legs would carry him, his lint pulled low over Ills eyes, his hands thrust deep in his trousers pocket and bitter linger burning lu his heart. "Who on earth would have dreamed that Maisie had such u temper," and Jack swore softly to himself nt the rec ollection of his recent encounter with hot-headed little Maisie and longed for the freedom that wus soou to be his again. For Jack Carlton was celebrating the first anniversary of his marriage by rushing down town to hunt up his law yer and arrange for a divorce. "In conipatlbillty" was the reason there fore, and Mrs. Jack the applicant "Hut you uiny bring suit yourself for cruelty. If you want to, and tell 'em I heat you," had beeu Maisie's parting shot that morning. The young couple laid met at a quiet summer resort last season and had pro ceeded nt once to' fall madly lu love with each other. There had been a brief, rather tropical engagement, end ing unexpectedly In a foolish secret marriage this last suggested and ar ranged by a solemn-faced parson ut Jack's hotel, who very accommodating ly performed the ceremony mid lugu briously pocketed Jack's immilicent fee and the young people, nothing lonth, found themselves married before they had time to realize the gravity of the situation. Then had followed a blissful honey moon, a gay 'return to Washington, a home In a fashionable boarding house, happiness, ennui, tears, kisses, quar rels, quarrels ngnln and fewer kisses until finally life semed Intolerable to both of them. The people at the boarding house, too, "had taken a hand" In the affair, and altogether the first anniversary found things in bad shape, with a di vorce suit looming up In the near fu ture. Of course both were to blame. Jack had been very popular with the club fellows and everybody else, and he ould scarcely help dropping In for a smoke and a chut now undjhen, for getting that Maisie knew no one In town except the women who called on her "day," and that the evenings were woefully long and dull for his young wife while he wus lounging uud chat ting at the club. Maisie resented his neglect with all her passionate little heart, and wns so angrily disdainful of his excuses and bis feeble attempts to mend matters that he was glad to fly to the club or anywhere else to escape her reproaches. So engrossed was he in nursing his resentment that he ran into a group of people on a otreet corner before he noticed where he wns. "What's the trouble?" lie nsked ab stractedly, of a pollcemun whom he had well nigh run over. "li, notliin'," was the reply. "Just waitin' for the patrol wagon to take the old rascal to the station." And the offi cer pointed to a couple of policemen with n dignified, clerical-looking pris oner between them. Tack's heart gave a great thump and then seemed to stand still. The pris oner was the man who had married liim and Maisie! ' , "Why, he looks like a clergyman," he stammered, struggling to maintain his composure. "That's one of his tricks," returned the policeman; "he aiu't, no more a preacher thnn you or rue he's always gettin' money out of people by passiu' off for a parson." "Are you sure?" asked Jack, trying bnrd to speak Indifferently; "he is real ly rather a decent-looking fellow." "Sure!" echoed the policeman, scorn fully; "ain't I been knowin' that old hypocrite for ten years? I tell you he ain't no more a parson than I am. He was out of theyclty for two or three years, and lias only lately come back. He don't live here, noway." Jack walked on mecbnnlcnlly, his head In a whirl; what must he do? How could he tell that proud little girl at home that she wns not really bis 'Wife after all? He remembered with a pang how hard It had been to persuade J uer 10 assent to the secret marriage how timid she was, and how Implicitly she had trusted him. A great wave of tenderness welled un In bis heart: he forgot- nil n, divorce, and thought onlv of how he might correct this horrible blunder and yet shield Maisie from the knowledge ' 01 II. His conscience smote him sorely as he remembered his share in their fre quent misunderstandings, his many de linquencies, his half-hearted apologies and suddenly catching a passing car. Jack went home even faster than he had gone away. When he softly opened the door of their little sitting-room the scene of dire confusion that met his eyes spoke eloquently of Maisie's energetic prep arations to shake off the dust of Wash ington and return to her Western home. Open trunks, bags and boxes were standing all about the room, their con tents piled in every conceivable plnee, while over by the mantelpiece, her back to the door, and half concealed by a huge arm chair, stood little Maisie her self, pressing something to her breast, and sobbing as If her heart would break. Jack approached somewhat awk wardly, but she did not hear him, and he saw that the object she held against her heart was a ridiculous little picture of himself, taken at the seaside a day or two after they were married. Suddenly Mnlsie looked up, saw him, and with a faint exclamation of dis may tried to hide the picture In the folds of her gown. The next moment she was sobbing in his arms, and Jack's own eyes were wet with tears. A half hour later a brilliant Idea oc curred to this astute young man, which he craftily proceeded to put Into Instant execution. "Maisie, denrest" he began tenderly, "now that everything is straightened out. and we nre happy once more, let's begin all over again.' Let's blot out this wretched year; have another mar riage ceremony and start out again on the journey of life. We won't tell any body nnd It will only be just to give us a good start again," Jack concluded, rather lumely, suspecting that his speech was somewhat of a failure after all. "0, Jack," cried Maisie In distress, "I couldn't Whatever made you think of such a thing? You know I'd do any thing for your happiness, but but that would seem as If as If we hadn't really been married at all the first time. Let's make up our minds to be good without doing anything queer." In vain Jack argued, setting forth the advantages of beginning all over again, until, seeing that Maisie was ' about to cry once more, he desisted, : and spent the rest of the day helping ' to unpack the trunks and restore the ; "household goods" to the rightful ' places, rejoicing mightily In his re newed happiness, but no nearer the so lution of his latest difficulty than he had been at first. At last Maisie dropped down for a nap, exhausted by the labors and emo tions of the day, and Jack had a little time for serious thought. How child-like Maisie looked, lying there asleep on the big leather couch, her soft hair falling over her flushed face, her pretty round little figure re laxed In profound slumber. A long time he sat there, lost in thought deep er, sweeter, more serious than he had ever known before, but troubled, too, for the burden was upon him to set right the unintentional wrong he had. wrought. At last the thought of Ned Appleby flashed upon him like an inspiration why hadn't lie thought of Ned sooner? People always told their troubles to old Ned who was not old at all and he always straightened matters out some how. And, of course, "old Ned" used a lit tle common sense, promptly investi gated the "parson's" record, and found that he was n clergyman after all, though long since without a change, nnd a sore disgrace to his calling. Even a policeman may be mistaken some times. Out on "The Heights" Is a charming new home, where Jack Carlton's chafing dish suppers nre the delight and terror of Bis friends, and Mrs. Jack's chrysanthemums the pride of her heart: where Maisie is fast learning to keep her temper, and Jack has for gotten all about the club. Indianapolis Sun. The Indignant Interrupter. The following amusing item of per sonal experience is given by Augustus J. C. Hare, in bis "Story of My Life." It occurred during one of his lectures lu Rome: He had convoyed his little flock, which included nt least one live prince, through the palace of the Caesars, and had gathered them near the Forum, when he observed that a mysterious stranger who bad attached himself to the party wus showing signs of anger, which Increased with every utterance he the speaker made. At length the Interloper could keep silent no longer. He burst tortit In denunciation. "All that th' pci-sou has been telling you about the palace of the Caesars," lie Informed the party In a loud voice, "he has had the effrontery to relate to you as If It were his own. You will be astonished, ladles and gentlemen, to bear that It is taken word for word, without the slightest acknowledgment from Mr. Hare's 'Wulks In Rome.' " - Irrigation of the Nile. Hy the completion of the reservoir system the upper Nile district will be assured of irrigation In both summer niid winter. The cost is to 'be defray ed by an Increase in the land tax. Some men find that Friday Is Just as unlucky as any other day. WORLD'S ' - l; V-s 7 rs-- vi CANAL AS THE Sanitary and Ship Canal of Chicago Is probably the most re markable artificial waterway ever built in the history of the world. Its total length. Including the Improved portion of the Chicago River, Is thirty four miles. It has the greatest width of any canal on earth, having a cross section of 202 feet at the bottom and 300 feet at the top. The ultimate object is to nfford a water way for the largest ocean-going vessels from Lake Michi gan to the Gulf of Mexico. The work is yet being carried on un ceasingly, the widening of the Chicago River being now in progress. Residents of Chicago have alrendy spent $37,378, H40 in the construction of the canal. They must spend nearly $10,000,000 more before their part of the work Is done. Then it will cost $25,000,000 ad ditional to complete the work necessary to the proposed shipway. This latter expense, however, it is expected, will be borne by the Federal Government and the entire canal will become Govern ment property. Thus the total cost when the work at present contemplated is finished will have amounted to more than $82,000, 000. The Tnnama Canul is offered to the United States for -$40,000,000, or less than half the total cost of the Sani tary and Ship Canal. Had this canal been built under conditions that prevail hi Central America its cost would prob THE BEAR TRAP PALESTINE WAKING UP. Many Signs of Proxren Due to Ger man Knterpriae. According to United States Consular Agent Harris at Elbenstock, Palestine has shown unmistakable signs of pro gress during the last decade, much of which is to be attributed to German enterprise. , "German colonists, merchants and horticulturists," says Mr. Harris, "are awakening that part of the Levant from a lefliargy of a thousand years. Three years ago a German bank was established In Jerusalem, with a branch In Yafa, which exchanged $15, 000,000 in 1901. The waters of the Deud Seu, where no rudder had been seen for centuries, are now being plied by German motor boats. A direct line of communication has thus been opened up between Jerusalem and Kerak, the ancient capital of the land of Moab, which still commands the caravan routes leading across the Arabian desert . : "There Is no doubt that German en terprise will also exploit the phosphate fields situated on both sides of the Jor dan, when transportation facilities shall have been sufficiently developed to Insure success to the undertaking. "For many years Germany has. been looking to Asia Minor and other coun tries adjacent to Palestine as suitable territories in which to develop German markets. The Bagdad railroad, which will lead through Anatolia, Intersecting the headwaters of the Tigris and Eu phrates, to the shores of the Persian Gulf, Is an enterprise of vast import ance, not only to Germany, as the pro moter, and the Turkish empire, but to the world at large. It Is the greatest commercial and civilizing factor that could be Introduced Into this region, and will tap the rich territories which composed ancient Mesopotamia. Apart from new avenues of commerce a land will be opened up to students and tour GREATEST ARTIFICIAL CANAL - t "r- , SEEN AT WILLOW SrUINGS-LOOKIXG WEST. ably have been doubled. The expense is said to have been the minimum for the amount of work accomplished. Former Senator Warner Miller of New York said: "The use of the Im- rv ll r LOOKING DOWN THE DESPLA1NES VALLEY FROM THE REAR OF THE CONTROLING WORKS. proved excavating machlenry on the Isthlman canal would reduce the cost of construction from 30 to 40 per cent." The machinery, remarkable for handl ness and speed, constructed especially DAM AT LOCKPORT. ists which, owing to expense and un safe methods of travel, has thus far been practically Inaccessible. "The great plain of the Hauran the granary of Syria forms the 'hinter land,' or back country, of Palestine. The railroad from Beirut to Damascus Is said to be in financial difficulties. Twelve months ago the German consul at Damascus, In a report to his govern ment, advised his countrymen to buy not only this railroad but the unfinished Haifa-Damascus railroad as well. Were Germany to acquire these lines and connect them with a railroad run ning from Damascus to some point on the projected Bagdad route she would be In a position to practically monopo lize the trade of Palestine and Asia Minor. "The commerce of Palestine to-day Is not unimportant," said Mr. Harris, ac cording to the Washington Star. "The products of the country are wheat, bar ley, oranges, oil, wine, nuts, flgg, apples, peaches, pears, pouiegruuates, apricots, citrons, almonds, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, wild artichokes and asparagus, truffles, tobacco, sesa'ni'e and Spk, while potatoes and otuvf-' European and American regetaljbis are bejbg Intro duced by German and French colon ists." l ;' .Si HAVE A,TflEE.AOCT9R. j i Several Cities Add a Dendroiogist to Their Official Corp. Doctor of trees is the latest official addition to the municipal corps of large cities. Boston has engaged a tree doctor to feel the pulses of the elms on Boston common; Chicago has a consultant to help Jackson Park re cover from Its attack of World's Fair; New York added one to Its official ros ter when the rapid transit subway was likely to Interfere with the boulevard trees, and Brooklyn Is considering the advisability of offering a permanent position to a "tree doctor" competent L h. . 1 for this work, was a source of wonder ment to the mechanical world. Nearly every plec of Important machinery used in the entire work was Invented for the especial purpose, as nothing In the market could be found answering the requirements for convenience and speed. The building of the canal resulted In reversing the How of the Chicago Riv er, a feat long regarded as an Impossi bility. The river which formerly emp tied Into the lake is now an outlet of the lake and empties at Its other end Into the canal proper. Even yet Chicago is debating us to which is up and which is down the river, which Is its head and which Its mouth. The waters flowing through the canal areemptiedlntothe Desplalues River at Lockport, through the controlling works, which comprise several sluice gates of metal with masonry bulkheads and a bear-trap dam. This dam Is re garded by the canal trustees as "th greatest triumph of engineering genius that has ever been achieved In this or or any other country." The sluice-gates "have a vertical play of twenty feet and openings of thirty feet each. The bear-trap dam has an opening of 100 feet and an oscillation of seventeen feet vertically. The con trolling works are operated by admit ting water through conduits controlled by a valve. to look after the health of the trees In Prospect Park. Most of the Interest lu city trees Is directly due to the growing fashion for country houses and estates. City men have learned to recognize good trees when they see them and to ob serve them closely enough to detect promptly any sign of approaching de cay. Landscape architects, who used to be scarce, are now plentiful and able, and they have succeeded In edu cating such a considerable proportion of the general public that coiiiplulnt Is, soon made If the trees of a city shows symptoms of municipal neglect or 111 treutment. Indeed, since the days of Secretary of Agriculture Morton, who established "Arbor, day," there has been a regular campaign of education In favor of city trees. The direct ef fect of this work, has been the crea tion of the "tree doctor." The "tree doctor" is not necessarily a practical landscape architect, or gnr- aener, gays the Brooklyn Eagle, though he very often stands high In that pro fession. More thun one of the really successful msn 1U nils uew occupation actually knew . very little about trees until a few years ago. Many of them were amateurs who became Interested in the subject and toyk it up as an amusement. At that time there were few facilities for the acquisition of tree knowledge, but In recent years It has not been hard for Intending doc tors of trees to gather knowledge of the best methods et arboriculture. Sunday Benrlc-M at 8t Paul's. In all 10,000 people attend the ser vices In St. Paul's Cathedral, London, every sunauy, the morning and after noon services eacli attracting : about 2,500 worshipers anil the evening ser vice 5,000. When a man doesn'treat bis wife right every woman In the neighbor hood expresses the wish that she could be In her place for just five minutes. RECENT JUDICIAL DECISIONS. In West Virginia when a cause of ac tion aci nic for or against a party, ttis statute of limitations does not .top le ciiiim' of his death or until lie tins a per sonal representative. :;8 8. K. Kep. 544. An agreement that for a pecuniary consldcrMtl.nl n person will withdraw opposition to the granting of a pardon and will endeavor to induce the par doning authority to grant u .pardon to one who has been convicted of a crime is held in I leering V Co. m. Cunning ham (Kan. I. 54 I.. R. A. 410. to bo against public policy and void. A stockholder cannot enjoin a cor poration, which Is engaged In refining nnd selling sugar, from selling Its prod uce below cost, on the ground that It Is doing bo for the purpose of forcing a rival concern Into an unlawful com bination, since neither of the corpora tions has a natural monopoly nnd th public cannot object to their acting lu combination. 48 At Rep. (N. J.) 1)12. Though the sum named In a promis sory noto. as principal tuny In fact In clude actual principal and usurious In terest, yet holds the Supreme Court of Georgia lu the enso of Hnrrell vs. Blount (38 S. E. Rep., 50). If such note stipulates for 8 per cent Interest from maturity the true principal bears that rate of Interest after the noto becomes due, and to purge the note of usury It Is only necessary to eliminate the un lawful Interest I. e.. Interest exceed ing 7 per cent, Include the uomlnal prin cipal. An Insurance agent cannot contract for Insurance so as to bind his com pany without real or apparent author ity therefor. Such nfiparent authority must be based upon something tangi ble, such as the possession by the agent of blank policies signed by the officers of the company, or the declarations of the agent to the effect thnt he has such authority, coupled with the fact that such nuthorlty has been recognized by the company by Issuing policies on such contracts, or by permitting tho agent to so continue Its business after It has notice of such representations. 38 8. K. Rep. (W. Vn.) 541. A contract between an envelope com- , puny which manufactures 85 per cent of the envelopes of the country and a smaller manufacturer, wherein It was agreed that envelopes should not be made by any of the parties to the con tract except at scheduled prices fixed by a corporate agent of the larger com pany, was held to bo void by the Court of Appeals of New York, In the case of Cohen vs. Berlin & Jones Envelope Company (50 N. E. Kep., 007), on the ground that such a contract threatens a monopoly whereby trade In a useful article may be restrained and Its price unreasonably enhanced; nnd the court further held that It mattered not that the parties to It may have so moderate ly advanced prices thnt the sum exact ed for the product seemed to some per sons reasonable, as the "scope of the contract, nnd not the possibility of self rest nil nt of the parties to it, Is the test of Its vnlldlty." Progressive. . One henrs often of the respectful, well-trained servants with modest Ideas found In parts of Europe and it Is often nsked why none of them coma to America, says the New York Hun. The following experience seems to show that some do come, but that per haps the air of liberty Is not favornblo to gooil servants. She was a Norwe gian, well educated, well trained, nice looking, an unusually desirable find lu fact, and she brought joy to one of those small families whoso perennial cry Is: "Wanted A girl to do general housework." Here Is her brief rec ord: The first month she sought to help the master to put on his ovcrcont and mndo queer bobbing courtesies when she spoke to the mistress. The second month slie censed these attentions, but Instead niailo Inquiries as to the hour at which she was entitled to stop work on her days out. The third month sho suggested a raise of wages. The fourth mouth she said that more washing ought to be sent out. The fifth month she announced her approaching . de.' parture. As all her previous sugges tions had been compiled with prompt ly, this caused surprise. She was ask ed If no other concessions "could be made. She replied, no, that she wus merely getting used to American ways and she thought she would like nuolu er place for the sake of a change. Tit for Tat. It was at an aristocratic dinner par ty. The fashionable young woman re sented the slioeuinn's presence, though his manners are excellent, tud his pos sessions many; so, after directing sev eral shaf's at him, all of which he quietly Ignored, she finally remarked, during a pnusy in the lonvehsutlun, "I frequently wear your shoes.1' "Yes," he suld, noncomuiltally. "Oh, yes," she continued, "thejr are really very satisfactory. And now I think of It, I wish you would have a puir of the kind I usuall" weur left at .my address to-morrow." The shoemaO calmly re sponded, "Certainly, I will Just make a note of what you require," and, taking the buck of his menu, he repeated as he wrote, "Miss So-and-So, one pair of walking sbois, size largo sixes, extra wide. Thank you." Nautlals. Wearing sandals Is an English fad that has just reached America. They come in several styles, and their use Is said to meet with the npproval of phy. slcluns and chiropodists. If a man does not have the price of a meal about hlin somehow he can al ways manage to UcVfiiire a chew of to bacco. It Is one thing U (latter and another to praise.