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UJJATH AT MORNING.
tr CHART." HAKS0.1 towns. ' ,; whm (lan n wan sweeping o er '". uv,eemarnins glories lit tlie gleaming , i Tne Vlio watched her, holding lier vlJ$,eC"M' that the liou!d tni.s ' it all!" ..,. ,.,n. rin from lii dnrk nizht. i'iomeil l" H'rtt b'mneti ,vhen .ne ,vellt i 1 nrf'sn'iu. nt coming of the light tie ha y-"" ft-th. ""J l"" k U-ous Jay." rut he. ."roin lier poor mortal house of GI,Jiv"rolened, went singing to God' And "l1ear orJ nfter t'18 kleak world-rain, j cnim bear the brightness of fhy fr,n''jiie Quiet Singer, (B. V. Dodge i Co.) A MIDNIGHT ENCOUNTER. Dy MATTIE OYER BIIITTS. TVomen are naturally afraid of rats. It Is an established fact that a woman who will fly right In the face of death by wearing tight corsets, tbln-solod shoes, or otherwise violat ing the iaws of nature and common lense, will scream at the top of her lungs, if she does not go off Into con tusions or a fit of hysterics, at the light of a common sized rat. Mrs. Hai ry Erown, being a woman, and withal an exceedingly pretty one, shared the common terror indeed, had rather more than her share of It. One night there was company at Mr. Harry Brown's, and when the family retired the hour was quite late. Mr. Brown, with man's easy forgerfulness, soon slept the sleep of the just; but his wife tossed restless at his side, and longed In vain to Imi tate his example. At length, however, she settled down, and was Just dropping Into a comfortable doze, when her attention was attracted by a faint sound, like the dripping of water upon some bard t'jlistance. What could It be? Mrs. Brown's heart "organ to beat fast, but she raised upon her dimpled elbow and listens! Drip, drip, drip! Drip, drip, drip; Slowly and steadily the sound came through the stillness. Something was evidently wrong. Mrs. Brown grasped her liege lord by the shoulder, and gave him a gen tle shake. 'Harry, Harry! -wake up! Some thing Is tho matter! " Harry turned over, gave a rather unmusical grunt, and subsided again. Urs. Brown repeated the shake. "Harry! Harry! I say! "Wake up! itake up! " , Mr. Erown half opened his eyes, and yielding to IJaiy's pushes, sat up In the bed. "Eh? What's up? What's to pay, Uary?" lie asked. "I don't know. Somebody getting In the house, or something. It sounds like water dropping." "Robbers getting In the house ouldn't sound like water drop ring," tnld Mr. Brown. "You're al ways getting scared at nothing." "I'm not! And it is something!" Indignantly responded Mrs. Erown. "There! listen don't you hear It?" Mr. I'.rown listened, and did hear 'fry plainly. ' 'Its the water-pipe. There's a lf.il; somewhere," he presently de eded. "It has to be stopped, too." So he tumbled out of bed and started !n pursuit. Mrs. Drown, not daring to bo left alone, st up, too, and followed him. And to protect her shoulders from the flight air, she caught up Mr. Brown's dressing-gown, which hung on a lair at the bedside, and threw It around her. ' This dressing-gown was a very aandso.-ne affair, which Mrs. Mary. i;h wifely affectloD. had made and ful!y ornamented with her own fetty fingers. At the waist she had ewed a long silken cord, with soft, heavy tassels, and as her stature was oniethlrg less than that of her tall. "usoand, when she walked these tas Jels dragged on the floor at her hare feet. The leak, being diligently sought 'or. was at length discovered In the wh-room, and proceeded from noth ing worse than one of the faucets of lD water-pipe being left slightly pen. f course, It was only the work of J'ngle instant to turn the faucet and P the leak; end having done this, f. Brown turned to renew his slum e. followed .by bis devoted wife. But scarcely had Mrs. Brown takea "ogle step, when she set her little oot Piump down upon one 0( the ,0't, yielding tassels of the dressihg n, and instantly the bathroom re ounded with a succession of prcing Tlelts bursting upon the ppalled f of Mr. Brown, and freezing the Mood ia hi, vein, "Mary! Mnry! what is the matter?" cuea, running to Mrs. Brown, whq had fled in terror to the farthest cor ner of the bathroom. MOh! It's a rat! It's r rat, Harrv! I stepped right on it! Oh, mercv. mercy! Do kill it, Mr, Erown! do kill It! " "Where! wr,re h It! Ehow It to me! Ml fix him!" bravely cried Mr. Brown, catching up r stick which lay upon the window-sill, and brandish ing it above his bend with a savage air. "Oh, he's here! lie's here! He? followed me rirht inio the corner! Oh! look, Harry! look! Here it is!" Mr. Frown caught sight of the tas sol, which, of course, moved with every active spring which Mrs. Erown made, and down upon It he made a furious descent. Mrs. Brown jumped out or the way, and, or course, the rat Jumped too. And then began a wild race around the bathroom Mrs. Brown first the rat after her, and Mr. Brown aftet the rat. making desperate lunges at the fierce little animal, without seem ing to hurt It. "I declare, I never saw such a rat!" he panted, breathlessly. "I know I've hit It a dozen times, and it Jumps as lively as ever. Mary! Mary! Jump up Into the bathtub! He can't fjllow you there! Jump, quick!" Almost exhausted with her strug gles, poor Mary made a desperate at tempt to leap Into the bathtub, and succeeded In tumbling safely Into it. Hut that wonderful rat did follow; and just as It went over the edge, Mr. Drown dropped his stick, and with frantic energy made a grab at It with his hands. And the next moment, firmly cling ing to his prisoner. Mr. Brown dropped himself on the floor; and such a roar of laughter as he broke into never shook the walls of that bathroom before. "Oh! hold me! somebody! Hold me, or I shall burst!" he yelled, roll ing on the floor In a paroxysm of mirth. 'Here. Mary, here's vour rat! Oh, my gracious, I know I shall burst! Ilpre"s your rat, look, he won't hurt you!" And Mr. Brown held up the soft, silken tassel, which had been the cause of all their woes, to the asronished eyes of his wife. . "Well! It was too b;'d, after all Mrs. : Brown's fright, that, there was no ' rat in the case though to this day i sho declares that (here was one, and I that she first set her bare foot upon ' a real, genuine rat. and, after he got i av.nv, fhe mistook the tassel for him. She Ik nzeil Mr. Trown not to tell - the story, hut It was too good for a fun-loving man to ker-p. so he often cntfriains his friends with the story of Mary's terrible rat. etecececoeaeeeseoecsoeoese S THE USEFULNESS np ip.FP.FRris When an leoherir is launched unon Its loiist Journey its bottom parts ore barnacled with sand, bowlders and other detritus gathered from the lana Knrrarft ovpr wnirn 11 nas maue us tedious march to the sea. This bur den It gradually casts off as It melts while drifting down along our conti nental seaboard. As a result of the deposits thus mads through countless centuries, combined with the products of erosion carried seawaru ny me rivers, the seabed for many miles off shore has been gradually filled up, creating those vast, Submerged pla teaus known as "banks," which ex tend from Labrador to the Bay of Tundy, and form the breeding c'-n-.iiuls of Innumerable shoals of cod, herring and other valuable food fishes. In this way the bergs have performed an economic service of In calculable value, laying the founda tion for one of the world's most im portant productive industries, and af fording a means of livelihood to those hardy bands of "'captains courageous" who each year reap the harvests of the sea. The bergs serve a further economic purpose In that to their tempering influence are largely due the climatic conditions prevailing over a great part of the interior of North America. Alfred Sidney John son, in The World To-day. Conl and rrospcrily. It has been computed that In 1S40 nrlnntlcn and consumption of coal In the United States amounted to a quarter of a ton per head for the entire population; In I860 the ratio had risen to half a ton per head; In 1880 It was one ton. and in 1890 five tons. As the population itself was mouslv all this time, the increase In tho amount of coal produced and consumed was, of course, vastly greater than these ra tios per head would indicate. The Increase has gone hand In hand with ih. irrnwth of manufactures and In dustries Philadelphia Record. " An Attractive Offer. Genial Clerk '"Now it is not the limpid purity of Its tone, nor tb superb Quality of its case which makes us certain you will be pleased with, one of our pianos, but the fact that when you remove the wrappings, on delivery, you will find Inside 1000 all different souvenir post cards of. New York and vicinity." Puck. THE MOST UNHAPPY WOMAN IN THE WORLD IJy HERMAN "There was a time when kings vis ited our Czar and were received roy ally in St. Petersburg," said a small, swarthy, wrinkled peasant woman standing In her field, one day Inst summer when I was in the province of Kaluga. "Now, when tho English King and tbe French President visit us, they are received in the hallway somewhere In Revel. They are not admitted to tho parlor Into St. Petersburg, because the Czar and Tsarltsa and their children are them selves afraid to enter the parlor. If the Czar Is afraid well, be has rea son to be the people have not yet forgotten Red Sunday. But ray heart aches for the Tsarltsa, who has done no harm to any one. My lifo Is mis erable enough, but she, poor soul, cries her eyes out a bird In a golden cage. And even there she Is forever In fear that a bomb will destroy the cage and all...." And tho little peasant woman, who had left off rak ing her hay for a while, wiped her eyes with her apron awkwardly. When Princess Alix, daughter of I.udwig IV., the Grand Duke of Hesse, became Alexandra Feodorovna by marrying Nicholas II., the Em peror of Russia, who was thpn the Crown Prince, she probably did not know that she was destined to be come one of tho mo3t miserable women on the face of the globe. The palaces of emperors and kings have often enough In history harbored heartrending tragedies and domestic dramas, but the tragedy of tbe woman who 8 "the first lady" of the Russian hind, the mother of the Tsarevlch, is so pathetic that even the peasant women in God-forsaken Russian vil lages are touched with pity for her. The marriage between Nicholas and Alexandra was by no means a love match. Neither the successor to the Russian throne, nor the quiet, well-bred young Duchess, reared In Anglo-Spxon environments, a student of Kenan, of the German philoso phers and the English poets, desired the match. The young Crown Prlnc" was attached to tho beautiful Polish dancer, Ksheshlnskaya, and It was for tho purpose of putting an end to that love affair that Alexander III. de cided to marry his son to the Duelled of Hesse. Immediately after her marriage, In 1S94 (which took place on the birth day of the Dowager Empress), tho young princess learned that the whims of her mother-in-law, Maria Feodorovna, were to be a law to her. At first the made in effort to Intro duce tho Influence of European cul ture into the life of the Court, but she soon discovered a strong oppo sition In the "renl Russian" Influence which was forced upon youug Nich olas by his mother. To counteract whatever influence the young princess might exert, the Dowager Empres-j called the reactionary advisers to her aid, thus dominating the weak will of the Emperor. Little by little Alexandra became convinced that her modern Ideals and her finer views of life had to be sup pressed. In fact, she soon lost her In terest in matters that had once stirred her mind; she ceased reading her favorite writers, and devoted her time to the study of the Russian language and even became absorbed in the in terests of the Synod. Still, she at tempted from time to time to reform the Court life, but to no avail. Some time after the coronation of Nicholas, Alexandra forbade the ladles-lu-walt-ing ct Court to smoky cigarettes. The new edict raised a storm of dis satisfied criticism in the Imperial pal aces which served to make tho Tsar ltsa more wretched. The shocking tragedy that marked the coronation of tbe present. Czar of Russia, on the field of Kkodinka, which resulted In the death of 4 800 people, was a painful blow to tho young Queen's sensitive nature; it Is believed that the Impression has never been effaced from her mind, especially as she saw her husband and the Dowager Empress remain calm while. so many people lost their lives, and that, without paying the slightest attention to the catastrophe, they ordered tho festivities to bo. re sumed. There were times when the weak willed, dreamy-eyed young Emperor yielded to the influence of his wife, who intellectually is far his superior, but they were only brief moments which were followed by long lapses of reaction. She was particularly grieved to see that he was enmeshed In the wiles of charlatans, fortune tellers, and spiritualists, Buch as Phil ippe, the hairdresser of Marseilles. Demchlnsky, and Father ( John of Kronstadt. But the tragedy In the life of the Empress grew most acute' when she was humiliated by the Dowager Em: press because she did not give' birth to a successor to the throne. In Rus sla,.the first lady of the land Is'ndt the Tsarltsa.'the Wife of the Emperor, bnt the mother of the Tsarevlch, 'the heir to the throne. As" no son was born to her, her mothcr-ln-law, tbe Eowftger Empress, still remained the DKHNSTCIN, foremost woman In Russia, nnd she used her position unscrupulously against her daughter-in-law. The youne; Empress was Ignored at the family councils, so that later, when she was consulted, she simply de clined to express her views at all. The Czar's disappointment was abo great when one after another four daughters were presented to him. At one time the Court clique, wltj the Dowager Empress and Pcjbyedonost sev at their head, who persuaded the Czar that the birth of an heir to tho throne would pacify the people and would thus save Russia, urged Nich olas to divorce Alexandra. It was then that Nicholas turned to the counsel of the mystlcists and spirit ualists, particularly to Father John of Kronstadt. It Is not difficult to understand the feeling of an Intellec tual, refined woman, whose favorite authors were Renan, Feuerbach, and Spencer, to be forced to obey the whims of people whose superstltltlon was equalled only by their enmity to ward her. When the fifth child was about to be born she was compelled to go, at the behest of Nicholas and his spiritual advisers, to a deserted place in Sarov, where a new saint had been discovered and where Father John of Kronstadt said special mass with most elaborate services. But the most wretched trouble from which the Tsarltsa Is suffering Is the fear of death. Since the out break of the revolution she hns felt that an atmosphere of constant dan ger Is hovering over the royal family. The Rod Sunday "episode" filled the Tsarltsa with horror, and her nerves, like the Czar's, have ever since then been on the verge of collapse. This is tho explanation of the numerous cable despatches bringing news of the , Empress' Illnesses. Surrounded and protected by cordons of guards, detectives, police, she Is all the time tortured with the f. ar of death, not so much for herself as for her chil dren. Whether she sails with the Czar and her children upon the Im perial yacht in the Finnish arehipela fo or travels among the Finnish ir.oun'Bins. the constant danger to her children haunts her. Of late her malady has assumed a violent form of hysteria. j The Czar hns lost the respect and the lovo of hl3 people; even those j who had worshiped him blindly know now that he Is no longer their "Little Father." But there are many j people In Russia who feel that there Is a sad tragedy of a suffering woman coming to Its closo In the palace of the Czar, and whatever littles sym- j pathy there still exists In the Empire I for the Romanoff family, it Is solely i for the woman who was Trlncess Allr. Who knows, perhaps the Empress of Russia, In her soul, envies the half- starved, hard-working peasant wo man of Kaluga, preferring the hum ble hut to her terror-filled palace?- Harper's Weekly. Curious Bird's Net. An odd gift has recently been mado to a museum In a Connecticut town, tho main industry of which is tho manufacture of watches. This gift is nothing more nor less than a bird's nest, mado entirely of steel. It appears that In the vicinity of the workshops there are always to be s;en the remains of the old hair springs of watches that have been cast aside. Last summer a watchmaker discovered this curious bird's nest, which had been built in a tree near the factory by sparrows. It measures ten inches in circumference and is1 made solely of discarded watch springs. When the birds had fledged their brood tho watchmaker secured their unique nest as an interesting proof of tho intelligence of birds In adapt ing anything that comes within their ken as suggesting material for n.'Sts. Philadelphia Record. Lislit Evidence. An Irish soldier on gentry duty had orders to allow no one to smoke near his post. An officer with a lighted cigar approached, whereupon Pat boldly challenged lilm and ordered him to put it out at once. The officer, with a gesture of dis gust, threw away his cigar, but no sooner was his back turned than Pat picked, it up and quietly retired to the sentry box. , The' officer, happening to look around, observed a beautiful cloud of smoke Issuing from the box. He at once challenged Pat for smoking on duty. " "Smoking, Is it; sorr? Bedad, and I'm oply keeping it. lit to show to the corporal, when be .comes, as evidence agin you.; Tlt-Pils.: , . . , . "About the She'of It. Hyker "Money Is a conundrum." Pyker "What's the answer?" Hyker "Everybody has to give It cf ." Chicago News. -.HOUSEHOLD Ksfo AFFAIRS mm EATH TUB. A ten cent small sized scrubbing brush Is the nicest thing to use when washing out a bath tub. It appeals to tho men folk of the household as a very sensible way of arranging for a rather dreaded duty. Now Haven Refclster. cood y.rsv for sunday. Roaat chicken with dressing and gravy, creamed potatoes, squash, tur nips, peas, cranberry Jelly, whits bread, pickles, coffee Jelly with whipped cream, tea or coffee. Chick en can be almost cooked Saturday and finished Sunday while vegetables are cooking- Boston Post. IRON RUST REMOVER. Take equal parts of oxalic acid nnd water; soak the Iron rust spots thoroughly In solution and place at once over steaming tenkettle snout, aud the Iron rust will disappear with tho vapor. Rlnso thoroughly In clear, cold water, as tho acid would eat the cloth If allowed to dry In the cloth. If the color la very delicate, use less acid. If the first trial does not re move the rust, repeat as before. This will remove iron rust after it has been on a long time, and will not take the color out of the cloth if di rections are followed carefully. ED3 ton Post, CLEANING LEATHER. Leather-covered chairs may be cleaned with the following pr.vparu lion; Mix together half a pound each of French chalk nnd Fuller's earth, two ottnres of powdered starch. r.:id one ounce of yellow ochre. Wet with boiling wator until It become3 p. thin paste, then odd a tablespoon ful of sweet oil. When it is coll spread on the leather and allow it to remain until perfectly dry. Brush. o!i' then, removing every particle oE tho mixture, and give tho leather a good polish with melted wax and tur pentino, using four ounces of the w:is to n gill of turpentine. The leather mr.y he darkened If desired by the ad dition of a liale oil to the wa::. New York Evening Post. . USES FOR COMMON SALERATUS. 1. Scda bound on a bunion will relieve the soreness. 2. Soda moistened with turpentine and bound on a burn or scald will draw out the fire. 3. Vinegar heated and mixed with enough soda until it is done foaming j'.r.d a piece of black silk dipped in it until thoroughly wet and then applied to inflamed parts, such as the breast or throat, will draw out the soreness. 4. A small pinch of soda added to the water In which lamp wicks are boiled will make them w hite and glvo a better light. 5. A teaspoonful of soda stirred In the dishwater in which glasses and silverware are washed will give them a better polish. C. Try adding a teaspoonful of soda to the water In which your kitch en floor Is washed and see If grease spots don"t disappear like mnslc. Boston Post. i;.-. 1; Tomato S.iup Ta'.tc a:." r v! of nuat soup and add half a c.::i ol stewed nnd .vcll-seaso:i:jd tomatoes; strain, and terve with croutons. Tomato Toast S'.':v.' dotvn a c. of tomatoes) till thlel;, wiui a table spoonful of chopped onion, a tabif r;,oo;iful of cho;.;.cd ran.!?", call and pepper; when the jtii:e is somewhat absorbed pour over slice? of buttered ;sat and serve at once. Do not strain. Tomatoes Au Gratln Take a can of tomatoes, add salt and pepper and a teaspoonful of minced onion; put them Into a deep bal:lng dish In layers with soft bread crumbs, and put bits of butter on these; repeat till the dish is full, with, crumbs on top, and bake till brown. Broiled Oysters and Celerj" Eroll oysters until they begin to shrivel, then arrange on slices of daintily toasted buttered bread; cover thera with finely chopped celery, dust with salt, and pour a goodly quantity ol cream white sauce over the mixture Vienna, Chocolate Four table spoons grated chocolate mixed with enough water to make a smooth paste. Pour Into double boiler ano add one pint milk and one pint cream which has reached the boiling point. Sweeten to taste and boll bard foi five minutes. Beat vigorously with egg beater for several minutes and serve.