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
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'
Wuz prayin' fer the oP man to full away
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
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!"
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
"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
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
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
"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 '
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
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
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
"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
"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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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-
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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."
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."
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
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