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' 'the sweet, long days. jiv:. 1 'S days whcn the aiorning to':!' f.;e nienntnins in rose and gild. .eJS -he shadows linger on rale and lake. it afterglow tints field ami wold. ..jutr-mcr Java when the pasture land jtt iipp!fd wi;h daisies beneath the tun, o the wave wash up on the pebbly itrjcd. the I;"' ripples leap and run. iwivt. long days when the children i'-. Hfr? and sweet as the daj Is lone. -Tins tae co. ttus lur uay, isi t.ut'nr many a statt-h of snnr. "a mother is busy from morn till ere, father is earning the children's L ,ry :ak when a prayer they wear ?x Die?s'.iii.s mi vo racu mue ueaa. L iweet. l"nR days when, though trou ble may come, ; bear the trouble In trustful cheer rrer in God is our constant home, I refuse und shelter from grief and fear. h, iwwt. long days which our Father sends. foretaste and pattern of days to be. h tie time when the measure by daya fhali end. Pa the fadeless shore of the Crystal Sea. W. E. Saasster. AMERICAN ARCTIC EXPLORER SNAKES OF AIM ZONA. ?-H V'y3??ffgrv--f,? J THE TERRITORY NOTABLE FOR T wns a very pretty prospect that confronted Miss Susan Galton ' Brown. ' The scattering white 1 tsws among the trees In the valley, I j blue hills beyond with their fringes ! ; pine trees, the clear sky that was 1 Lt a novelty to the girl from the ' Ust manufacturing town It was ail ! criiit and fresh and so delightfully I .an. Miss Susan Galton Brown look- hack on the peaceful prospect for a Lowing nioiueut or two aud then k-wsed ahead up the mountain road. . Siwcerwiuly was an unusual figure, i that quiet neighborhood. Attired L i close-fitting suit of gray with a ;ort walking skirt and a wide-brini- bd pray felt hat that concealed her ;r.niful hair, she might at a distance nave, for the skirt have been taken t ao extremely handsome boy. Her ait would have carried out the im- rtssion. there was such an uncou- allied swing to it But ber high sols were not a boy's boots and her xis were neatly gloved. Miss Su it Galton Brown carried something :wr ber arm. It was a light maga- iz rifle, the gift of an adoring father. she could shoot and fish and swim si run, aud do It all in a way that M that adoring father's critical ap rpvral She had minor talents, of !TCse an education rounded off in a !3sbing school, a pleasing smatter.-ng music, taste for art that was only :H.d to her taste for nature. But all j were quite dwarfed in her dnd 's opinion by those mauller attri that die so assiduously cultivated. S was his companion on long hunt 3? and fishing trips ard an Ideal com ?a:on at that. It is needless to say that quiet Eim- vJ looked upon this accomplished img woman with a very doubtful njwsioti. She was a little too ad- mced that was the term they used -for E!iu wood's old-fashioned ideas of Mldenly molesty. The mothers of Enwood held her up as an example tftbe baneful coming woman, and the t'i of Elm wood thought her dreadfully KU-and secretly envied her. As the men well, there were but few f them in Elmwood whose opinion vis worth recording, and of these a w handful dared to express an hou- opinion in the face of the universal 'amine condemnation. Of these iu-'kpend'-ut souls it must be admitted tat John Cortwright stood first and '"femost If Miss Susan Galton Brown knew of nnlavorable light In which her 6ortskirtandherTidy hat had placed :-and there Is no doubt sue did -tae matter failed to worry her in the She had come down to Eitn ol to stay a month with her maiden nt-her dead mother's only sister to lived in the big white mansion Main street, just beyond the Blip s'' meeting house. It was this fund Wot who had Invited Jnck Cortwright ll and although this was a par nbr youth. with high ideals of iaiiu'(od, he called again and again. again. What was strange about tw. was thatilack hailed from the and from'T'uritan surroundings that Yet wVh all this discreet to&ging np he certainly was fasein id with the wild Western hoyden. Tney all said that Jack Cortwright rising young man. Boston capi at had sent him fresh from col-fe-to the Western town to look af- their Interests in certain undevel W coal-mining property that lay a miles north of Elmwood. And had taken off bis coat meta ''Wally. and gone to work to de ttiop tt There was plenty of capl w behind him, and he had built a Vtoy branch to the mine, and start- bank in Elwood. of which he was faporary cashier, and stirred the lit- into making certain Improve f01 that had long been discussed. thort Jack Cortwright was recog even by those who didn't ap of his revolutionary tactics to Tjj liveliest factor of progress the little hamlet bad eTer known. ."M Susan Galton Brown bad poor tQat bright October afternoon. . i didn't rouse a solitary rabbit 3Sr H, It was the tramp she her than the game. Still '" a shot at something. 1 f EVELYN B3AjU3Wlwr ll SSSS?S?!Slg!',,!,J-" 1,11 ' i aMssssssasssBssl I Natural RrectlinB Urounil for Them lllastrationa of the 1'ower of the crptm to Fascinate Experience with Coach-Whip Snake. The head of the celebrated Baldwin-Ziegler north pole expedition was forced to return from the arctics with his playship because the reserre of food was getting low and because of the destruction of the expedition's sledges. He ar rived at llonuingsvaae. Norway, recently aud reports successful year'a work in establishing food depots for the final dash for the pole. So she pinned a brilliant leaf to a tree trunk and at twenty paces split it at the first trial. The sun was still high above the hills when she started to return to her aunt's. As she went down the old state road a sudden clattering caused her to turn her head. Three men mounted on powerful horses came trotting down the slope. Susan step ped aside to let them pass and one of the horses, catchiug sight of her, sud denly sprang aside and almost unseat ed his rider. Susan looked up anx iously aud saw to her astonishment that the man's heavy beard was twist ed very much to one side. But he qnickly regained bis seat with an oath, and. striking the horse, clattered after his companions. Susan wondered why the man was disguised and dimly fan cied that the three rough-looking stran gers were np to some mischief. But she was thinking of Jack the uext mo ment and the strange incident was shelved. A few moments of brisk walking brought ber to the brow of the hill ; where the read turned sharply and rau ; a: an oblique along the side of the steep descent. Susan seated herself on a log and looked down Into the village, which lay, ns it were, at her very feet. She traced the one long street of the ham let, which was but a continuation of the highway, and followed the dusty line past her aunt's trim home, and the little park with its soldiers' mon ument, and the town hall, and then along to the batik Jack's bank and there her gaze rested. Miss Susan's eyes were good ones .and the air was very clear. She saw a horseman sitting In his saddle at the bunk door. IJe wns holding the bri dles of two ritlerb-ws horses. Even as she noted this the two riders rushed from the building and leaped into their saddles. There were puffs of white smoke and sharp denotations. Susan could see people running in wild con fusion. Then three riders started at a sharp canter up the road. Every dozen vnrds or so one would turn in his sad dle and ure down the roadway. Susan knew what this strange scene meant. It was a daylight bank ro! hery. one of a series that terrorized nil the' countryside during the past sum mer. The three robbers were retreat In" with their plunder What had hap pened In the bnn!;? Why was .lack not pursuing ti-emV :.e sullenly turn ed sick und .-old Then nn in'b-.-rlbable Impulse seized her She l"t herself over the edge of the br'iii; and began a mad scramble down the steep declivity. She meant to intercept the ruirians. She slid. he stumbled, once she fell, but she never let po her hold ou her precious rifle And then, as the earth suddenly ' speniert failing away from her. she , reached the level ground in a confused ! heap. But she was on her f-et in a I moment. The highway was directly be fore her. The robbers were cantering t. u-tia the man bv The man :c me .- with the beard, and be bad a coarse bag Bung across the saddle before bitn. He was directly opposite Susan as she plunged down to the edge of the road war Be must have taken her for an enemv. for bis glittering revolver flew up and he fired In her direction quite at random. Susan felt a sudden twitch a her broad-brimmed hat and qu ickly dropped behind some bn.bes that lined JbTroadway. The barrel of her rifle Ze The robber was rapidly lucre,,.. nT'the distance between them She I a Mm covered. A moment more and ittSt relate. Shetboogbtof Jack and fired. The borseoftbe fleeing ..Twpd to one side and flung his tiSKdeiS. horse galloped aXnblsrPStnoa Brown sprang Into the roadway and fired five shots In rapid succession after the two horse men. She did not aim to hit them, but rather to frighten them away. They hesitated a moment and then dashed madly ahead; the riderless horse gal loping in the rear. Susan ran forward to the prostrate man. He was unconscious. She stooped over him for a moment and then drew away the coarse bag. As she suspected, it was half- filled with currency. She shuddered as she look ed at the livid face of the ruffian aud then at the blood that was slowly satu rating his coatsleeve. She began to feel a little faint. She was aroused by the sound of wheels and the shouting of a man. A light phaeton was coming toward her. In a moment she recognized the driver as the local livery stable proprietor. He leaped out beside her. "Nailed him, didn't you?" be shout ed in a paroxysm of excitement . "I was just ready to drive out o' my stalile when they pelted by. As I got into the roadway, 1 saw you blazin' away. Kill bin)'" "No." said Susan. "He is stunned by the fail from his horse. 1 only aim ed to break his shoulder." "You done it all right." cried the liv eryman. "By George.'" he shrieked, "it's Jim Bascoui bimi-elf"' Susau felt her head going round. "Mr. Tompkins," she said, "will you kiudiy drive me to the bank as quickly as you can';"' "Yes. ma'am. I will," he replied, with great heartiness. "You've got the stuff thert, haven't you? Jump in." And a moment later they were speed ing toward the bank. They had not gone tweuty yards when they met the first' group of hastily-armed men who were on the trail of the cobbers. "You'li find Jim Bascoiu lyln up there," shouted the liveryman. "She shot him an' we've got the bank stuff all here." And he touched up bis horse again. And tlie next group heard the same story, and the next, and the next. And they all turned and started after blushing Susan Brown. And there was Jack sitting np In a big chair, and somelody was bathing bis bead, and he was blinking queerly like a man slowly waking up. But he suddenly seemed to regain bis facul ties when Susan Brown, forgetful of all the curious eyes about her. sud denly dropped on her knees beside him and put up ber loving arms and cried, "Oh. Jackl" "Why Susan, dear!" murmured Jack. "There, there, don't worry. I'm Just a little dazed. One of them hit me over the bead with something from be hind and stunned me. I'm almost all right again." "Oh. Jack." moaned Susan Brown, "I thought they might have killed you. and and 1 shot the man, and and and got the .money backob. oh, obi" And here poor Susan quite broke down, and putting ber face against Jack's coat sobbed convulsively. And ' Mr. Tompkins told what be knew, and ' then the astonished and delighted Jack ' turned the recovered treasure over to j bis assistant, who had been tempora ' rlly absent at the time of the attack. ! and borrowing the bappy Mr. Tomp 1 kins' phaeton, drove Susan to her ; aunt's. "Ob. Jack." she murmured on the way. "it was so unwomanly and so cold-blooded:" Tm afraid it was. my dear," said Jack In a painfully-solemn voice, "but as It saved the bank In whlcb I am In timately Interested $37,000 In cold cash, and at the same time appears to have broken up the most desperate gang of thieves the Stale has ever known, 1 fear I most condone the fault But you will promise not to do It again, won t you, dear?" - Susan promised. Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Smithsonian Institution authori ties say that more varieties of poison ous snakes are found In Arhtoua than In any other part of the United States. The best authority on Arizona snakes Is believed to be Graham Peck, who has been studying them for years. "No other region in the United States Is so much of a natural breeding ground for the rattlesnake as is aouth ern Arizona," said be to a correspond ent of the New York Sun. "The rocks of the mountains and foothills are or J a heavy yellow and gray color aud the , soil is so like the hues of a rattler that a snake can move slowly along aud hardly be perceived by a person fifty feet away. The hot dry air and tht. wann. sandy earth and the immense quantity of small birds and ground squirrels la the mountain canyons and brush all combine to make life for rat tlesnakes In this region one of rare ease and comfort There are literally tens of thou sands of rattlers In the sage brush and chapparel along the edge of southern Arizona wastes. They grow q enor mous size and It is common to read of the capture of rattlesnakes five and six feet long, with fourteen and fifteen rat tles. ' "Hog-nose snakes are quite plentiful in the mountainous parts of Arizona. After all the talk about serpents hiss ing, this ls the only specimen of the ophidian family which I have ever heard utter a sound. "Many writers ou reptiles In America say that thunder snakes are common In Texas. New Mexico and Arizona. They are really uncommon in the terrl tories. They are a prairie, reptile and are often encountered by prairie trav elers, especially before and after thun derstorms. "Flashes of lightning and claps of thunder, which are terrifying to bipeds and quadrupeds, seem to have a charm for. these 'members of the ophidian family. Whenever a thunderstorm comes up these snakes come crawling out of holes, from behind rocks and rutten stumps and enjoy the fun while It lasts. "The coach whip Is remarkable for Its tremendous length and surprising speed. It Is cream or clay colored, very much like the hard-baked prairie over which it glides, Is very long and Its scales are arranged ha such a man ner that they closely resemble the plaited leather of a whip. "Not endowed with poison. It has tremendous power of constriction. It forms Its body Into coils which are ca pable of crushing sheep, dogs and coy otes. "When I was In Lower California In 1S00 I was told by a Mexican peon that he had a 10-ycar-old boy squeezed to death by a coach whip a few years before. The man said that on another occasion his wife was attacked by a coach whip which threw Its colls about her quicker than she could see. "She was too frightened to do more than scream and fall to the ground, when her daughter came running up aud quickly released her by merely uuwrapping the snake's tail. Strange as this may seem, It Is a very easy way to release a victim In the coach whip snake's grasp, for while the rep tile's constricting powers are abnor mal a child may unwrap the colls by beginning at the tail." "Do you believe that snakes have the power to charm animals?" " "Yes. there is a certain power to fascinate in a snake's eyes and move ments. I saw only the other day a typical illustration of the power of a snake to fasinate. "Over In the pine woods I saw a ground squirrel fascinated by a black gopher snake. The forked tongue dart ed out of the snake's mouth almost as regularly and rapidly as the needle of a sewing machine rises and falls. The squirrel seemed to watch It spellbound. The snake crept slowly nearer. "When the gopher snake was within two or three Inches from the squirrel It gave a leap and threw three coils about the squirrel. Instantly the spell waa gone. The fascination or charm there had been over the little animal was no doubt broken the very moment the serpent's colls were alwut the wiulrrel. for the animal gave three con vulsive, terrified chirps and realized that Its death moment had come. "I believe Implicitly that all snakes have a certain degree of power to fas cinate their victims to death, (thick snakes, gopher snakes and racers have the power to a large degree. Uuttle snakes hive the most fascinating liower among all the poisonous ser pents In the Southwest. "The indications of charming among poisonous snakes are deceiving some times. Poisonous snakes fang their prey once only. The poison does not kill at once. 'The victim flutters to a branch. It may be. or runs a short distance and stops. The snake watches it The poison does Its deadly work, and the bird falls. "Any one who comes up, not having seen the attack, might be readily de ceived Into Imagining that it was the glance of the snake and not the poison that caused the victim to fall.'' FRUIT GROWING. IN JAPAN. Sweet Orange, Persimmon and Fis;a Raised in Abundance. ' Japan Is generally looked upon as a land of flowers rather than of fruit, but It baa an abundance of both. It will never be, perhaps, a great producer of) rnnts for export, but the raising of fruits throughout the country is becom ing more and more of an industry, al though, there is wnly the home market. Consul General Hollows, of Yokohama.' Mys. In a recent report, that fruit growing has not hitherto been an Im portant Industry In .Japan, and that there have lioeu very few farms on which fruit formed the staple crop. But the Japanese are now paying much attention to fruit growing. What he has to mv about the fruits of Japan Is of Interest: "Fruits originally cultivated, and prabably native to Japan, Include the orange, pear, peach, sour plum, al mond, grape, persimmon, loquat pome granate, gluko or salisburia, and fig. The 'mikan.' or Japanese sweet orange. Is smaller, sweeter, and less Juicy than the oranges raised In America, and the t hi u membrane separating the sections of the fruit Is tougher; It has a' very pleasant flavor, and Is much used for food by both natives and foreigners. It Is cultivated all through the warmer regions of Japan, and Is the most plen tiful of the fruits raised here, being found In the markets from early au tumn until late the following spring. "The persimmon comes uext to the orange in the number produced, and Is a favorite with the natives, but Its season Is comparatively short. It closely resembles the persimmon of our Southern States. The sour plum Is extensively cultivated and yields a good crop, but the other fruits named above, though more or less widely grown, are produced In much smaller quantities the fig being most abund ant and most valued of the less Im portant fruits. The government has introduced peaches, pears, and grapes from Europe and America, and has found the soli nnd climate well adapted to their production, so that these are now cultivated In addition to the native varieties of tlie same fruits. Of the fruits wholly unknown In Japan until Introduced from abroad, the apple has proved most successful, nnd It has be come o chief product of some districts In the Hokkaido, or northern Island. The apples are of fine nppearnnce and excellent flavor, and the trees yield a profit very encouraging to the cultiva tor, so that the area of their produc tion Is being Increased. The natives eat fruit chiefly fresh, and Its use as a table diet is not general, although increasing. The processes of drying and canning fruits are beginning to come Into use, but only as a means of preserving the fruit for home con sumption, not for export" Japan and America. I TIRST AUTOMOBILE Or ALL HONESTY IN WALL STREET. How J. 1. Moru.m lanuM Lravon to Mme Mirewtt Itroker. A few weeks Hpi a all street firm whs agent for it coterie of street rail road capitalists in Philadelphia. The agents bold alioil CO.miO shares of stock lor the capitalists mi margin share that the I'hiliidelpbUiiis were under moral obligations to control. One day the agents sent word to the I'hiladel pblans that those shares must le taken up at once or they would lx thrown ou the market. .The New York men kuew that it would bo Impossible for the Peiinsylvanlatia to take up those stocks ou such short notice. Anticipat ing their failure to do so, the New York agents bad agreed to soil at a low pi Vl far more of the stock than they bud held. They expected that when the KJ, IH0 shares were cast upon the market they would ho able to buy at a still lower price all that was needed to flit their own contracts, and that a heavy g'liu would be made. This was a scheme that In other yearn would have worked, and to the serious injury of many more than those Imme diately concerned. But a new jiower had come Into Wnll street The Phil adelphia men took a special train to New York and went to J. Plerpont Mor gnu. They Informed him of their pre dicament. "Tell those fellows to aend that stock In to me," replied Mr. Mor gau at once. The agents were In de spair. They were forced to ask for the twenty-four hours allowed by the Stock lOxchatige In such emergencies. Next morning the agents said that by a mis take In bookkeeping It had been thought that securities were In New York which were really In London, and they could not be delivered for a week or more. Meanwhile the stock waa largely bought on the Stock Exchange, the the price went up, and the agents were forced to buy at very high prices In oiilcr to deliver the tK),(HK aud other shares they bad agreed to deliver at reduced prices. The agents had ex treme dlillculty In retaining their seat on the exchange, und some very salu tary advice was administered before the incident wns closed. World's Work. Only a small percentage of those who nowadays see automobiles speeding along the streets and boulevards are aware that the first automobile, con sidered In the sense of n vehicle con taining within Itself powers of locomo tion, of which there Is any authentic account was a self-moving shrine of Bacchus. This was the Invention of Heron, of Alexandria, who describes It In his work on automatic mechanism. The shrine In question was mounted uion two supporting and two driving wheels. Ou the axle of the ' driving wheels was a drum, about which was wound a rope which passed upward through the space on one side of the shrine over pulleys and was fastened to the ring of a ponderous lend weight, which rested ujmiu a quantity of line dry sand. The escape of this sand through a small hole In the middle of the floor of the compartment containing It allowed the lead weight gradually to descend and by pulling upon the cord caused the shrllie to move slowly ' ward In a straight line. Heron describes the method of arranging and propoi tloning the wheels In case It was de sired that the shrine move in a cir cular path. He also shows how the shrine can be constructed to move Id a straight line at right angles to each other. Officials of 1be patent office over looked the device of Heron when they granted patents on machines, notwith standing that previously Thomas Eu bank, Commissioner of Patents In 1S.V), Illustrated and described Heron's Inven tion. The mechanism of the latter Is al most identical with that in the mod em device, nnd simply serves as anoth er proof of the saying, ."There Is noth ing new under the sun." An Ul-rnliloned Habitation. A society has Imh-u formed In Paris for the purtiose of restoring the old fashioned method of saluting a lady b; kissing her band. At one time that was the only manner In which a French gen tleman and he Is the most polite In the world would think' of greeting a lady. As time passi d on, however, the French became vastly Impressed with the Eng lish method of puiiip-lmiidllng your liow-d'y-do's and good-bys, and adopted Its most absurd exaggerations. The re vulsion of sentiment has now come, and the gallant Frenchman wishes once more to press bis Hps to my lady's knuckles. HIGH f RLNCH NAVAL Of IICER IN DISGRACE. Two distinguished naval olllcers, Vice Admiral do Benuinont, maritime pre fect of Toulon, and Bear Admiral Ner val!, commanding tlie Atlantic division, have been summarily relieved of their commands by order of President Lou liet. . . Bear Admiral Hervnn's downfall la attributed to sensational developments Wirelese It ports to Press, Wireless telegraphy Is about to be applied to press work In France for the first time. The Havas agency baa bad a French apparatus established on the roof of Its head office In the Place de la Bourse, which Is In communica tion with all the race courses around the city. The first paper to place Itself in communication with agency by wire less telegraphy Is the Journal. The apparatus Is open to the public, and attracts lurge crowds every day. Parla Correspondence Chicago Kecord-Her-ald. Mllfjp VICE AUSiHAL OU IlKAl'MONT. which led up to the recent suicide of Commander Harry, who shot himself in the cabin of the cruiser Tago while off Martinique. Hear Admiral Kervan was uboard the Tage at the time. Do Beaumont's discipline Is said to be duo to a recently published, but denied. Interview severely, criticising the Minis ter of Marine, M. Pelletan. Told by at Tourist. One of my favorite trolley rides la Denver had as Its terminal a road lead ing to a country village. The latter was perched nest like ou the summit of a lofty hill aud was reached by a prim itive horse car. "With many a weary step and ninny a groan," a modern Stay plum disguised ns a horse enjoyed all the rapture of a toboggan Into the vil lage. But once there, think of his re ward! When the time came for the return of' the car he was unfastened from the harness, walked quietly round, boarded the rear platform, and, while bis head and tall extended fun nily from either side, the grip was re laxed, the car sped down the bill by Its own velocity, and the horse enjoyed all . the rapture of a toboggan slide, which be apparently appreciated to the uttermost Chinese lfcc-uinmt. Many ancient documents have been discovered In the exploration of the sand-covered towns of Chinese Turkestan. They consist of writing on wooden tablets, and are sealed and tied when found, the saud having pre served them In excellent condition. Even the Ink with which they were written Is still black and easily read. It is believed that these documents will throw much light on the life and cus toms of the people that formerly lived In this desert. The script In which they , are written la of a kind still known In India. . Byndloate for Paris Tenant. ' A synd cate has been started In Parla ' to promote the Interests of tenants. The landlords already have their syn dicate. When It la said that a man la rich, some little old woman present pipes lip with, "Well, then, why doesn't h do something for his poor kluV"