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The liltle Drfami of Maidenhood i put them ull nw'rty A tnuleily in mntix'i'i would The toM of yenterday, V h'n little rliiMren grow to men Too ovenvise fur play. The bltle dream I put niIe 1 luved them, every one. And yet. Kline mnonhlown bud( luuit hide IWoie tiie iiooruluv nun, I clwe them wistfully Away, And give the key to none. 0 little? Droann of Mnidenbooi- Lie quietly, nor care If luine day in nn i'lle mood 1, jejireiu'na unaware Through nome cloj-ed corner of rny heart, Should IhiiitIi to rind you there, eytheoilogiu iiHnison, in Harper's Bnzar, HIS FIRST ooc - : IMPRESSION : 5COO 888: ay c. a. collins 56d iraxon, advertising agent for the Driscoll Paint Comrany. sitting on a baggage truck and kicking bis heels disconsolately against the wheels, glanced savagely at the gaudily paint ed car which filled the better part of the yard of the small station and from there across the fields to where the tents of the Triple-Plate Allied Shows and Hippodrome reared their white tops. It was early In the sea son, and the canvas was still white, fresh and billowy. He was so comfortably occupied In mentally explaining to himself how little he liked circuses that he failed tu note a smart pony rig drawing up :.t the station platform. From this a clean shaven face that betrayed the humorous upcurve of the lips, to match the laugh wrinkles about the clear eyes. It was not until the glance of those kindly eyes espied him t lint Tiaxon was roused from his reverie and turned to look Into Jim Trennnnt's face. Old frleuda were these two. "A penny for your thoughts,' cried Trennanl, manager of the Triple Plate Allied Shows and Hippodrome. "Produce!" Traxon held out his hand and Trennant dropped a copper coin therein. "I was thinking what an Infernal nuisance you and your show are," ex plained Traxton. "Want your money back?" "Honesty Is worth a penny, even If It Is uncomplimentary," said Tren nant, with a laugh. "What's the mat ter with the Triple-Plate, Charlie?" "Just this," explained Charlie Traxon. "I land In this usually peaceful burg to find that your show is here. I want to get over to Mid vale, and I can't get a rig, livery or private, until after you pull up stakes and permit the town to return to Us normal somnolency." "If you can't get to Mldvale, come and see the show," Invited Trennant, hospitably. "It's bigger and better than ever, and " "I've seen the small bills for fur ther particulars," Interrupted Traxon laughingly, "I don't think I can take the show In because It's on very par ticular business that I want to get over to Mldvale. Anne Is over there." Trennant nodded understanding!?. "How do you prosper?" he asked. He knew of Traxon's !"ve for Mrs. Elaine. As Atine Caswell she had been engaged to Traxon until a lov er's quarrel had separated the pair, and then she had married Blaine only to find out when It was too late that wounded pride and not love had urged her to accept the new suitor. "Things are not going well," 6ald Tiaxon, dolefully. "When poor Blaine died I thought there was a chance to win Anne back, but she Is afraid of what the children will think. They are Just of an age when they are beginning to understand things, and she Is afraid of the effect a stepfather will have on them. "I have never seen them; there's a boy and a girl, but I'm to make a visit on approval, and If the children take to me well, you may have an opportunity to dream on a bit cf bride cake, Jim. "The trouble Is that I'm deathly afraid of the children and I'm certain I can't make a hit, particularly as I've got to walk over there while this whole town Is circus mad, and there's not a conveyance to be had. I'll not make a very good Impression after a ten-mile walk." Trennant cast a glncce at the trim "uptown wagon" used by the circus people for errands about town. The ponies could never make the ten inllei there and back. Then he grinned as he glanced at his watch. "I can help you out," began Tren nant. "If you don't mind the vehicle being a trifle er gaudy." "I'll go over In a lion's den or as one of the happy family," declared Traxqn. "It'i Hobson's choice." "It's not as bad as that." assured Trennant. "We are short of Mve stock just now, and we use every bit of horseflesh In the Wild West act. But there Is' an automobile band cha riot we tiae In the parade. If you'll come over to the lot, I'll have you taken 6ut to Mldvale as soon as the auto is out of the entree " A warm grip wns Traxon's only an swer, but Trennant led the way to the telegrsph office, and, after Bending a couple of dispatches, be made for the little pony cart. He came upon the lot from the rear, thus avoiding the crowds grad ually reduced to the comparative few who, lacking the price of admission, were banging about the grounds. From within the tent came the blare of brass and the hum of the cheering crowds, as Trennant led the way into the dressing tent. Just as he entered the green cur tains were drawn aside and the pro cession began to file out of the hippo, drome track. In the van was a huge band chariot resplendent In Vermil lion and gilt, with bits of looking glass and polished brass to one side to permit the musicians to scramble out and hurry toward the band stand and then, as It lumbered on, Trennant Jumped on to the running board, fol lowed by Traxon. Once they had cleared the tent Trennant explained to the driver what was wanted, and with a final handshake he dropped lightly to the ground while the chariot sped toward the street. Once on the country roads, with a village boy for pilot, the huge ma chine made splendid time, and In less than an hour the tiny cluster of houses that constituted Mldvale came Into sight. The boy pilot located the place where Mrs. Blaine lived. With a fine flourish the chariot sped up the drive and came to a stop before the broad piazza, on which a girl and boy were playing. Traxon swung himself down, after slipping a gratuity to the driver, and approached the awestruck children. "Mamma at home, little man?" he asked the boy. For a moment the child Rtared, then he toddled Into the broad hall. "Mamma," he called, In his shrill, childish treble. "Turn down, kw4ck. I doss Dod's turn." Traxon sprang forward to greet the woman who descended the stairs and he read his answer in the happy light of her eyes. "Everything depends upon first im pressions," said Anne laughingly, as she placed her cool, firm hands in his own, "I think your first impression will carry the day, Charlie." "May Jim Trennant have the good fortune that is his due," said Traxon, as he drew her within his encircling arms. New York Evening Journal. Fooled Them Both. By CIIAHLTON LAWRENCE ED- HOLM. Mr. Nuwed, returning from his day's work, found bis bride In tears. "O-oh, hubby!" she Bobbed, "I'm o discouraged. I don't think I'll ever learn to cook well enough to keep your love for always!" "Why, what's happened now, darl ing? Did you salt the coffee, or put red pepper into the cinnamon sauce again, or did you try to make ome let out of eggplant this time?" "N'o-o; but you remember those biscuits I made this morning?" "Oh, yes; I remember them all right!" "And you said they would be Just fine if they were only cooked a little browner and were not so pale and sickly. Well, I gave those that were left to the old speckled hen." "Dear me! Did the hen eat any of them?" "Xo-o; hut she's she's setting on them now." "Oh, well, what can you expect of a stupid hen?" "But but that Isn't all. Mrs. Xexdoor looked over the fence and said, 'Funny how that old creature will alt on door knobs and things!' And I'm afraid she wasn't meaning to be sarcastic!" Judge. Talking Postcards. Talking postcards have been spo ken of for some time past. They have now become an accomplished fact In Europe, though they are hard, ly likely to come within reach of the million Just yet. Happily they have not reached such perfection that on coming down In the morning one'g correspondence will hail one in va rious voices. It is ghastly to think of everybody's postcards shouting around the table. So far the phono graphic message card can only be made to "speak" by taking It to a postal centre, where It is placed In a machine which seta it in motion. Lady's Pictorial. Progress Ketarded by Case. Upon India, at once the wealthiest and poorest of nations, bangs the mill-stone of caste, a damper to all ambition, a dead weight to all pro gress. The Sudra may not hope for advancement or reward. The Brah min and the warrior and the prince remain superior by birth and law. But with both classes, each forbidden to assist the other, there Is a desire for .gain and the hoarding of gain. Circumstances. Circumstances: The man of genlut creates them, the man of talent uses them, the fool looks at them without seeing them. Charles Narrey. The Moral Effects of Xain Eodily Discomfort Part ol Nature's Benevolence, Says the Lancet, and the Powers of the Will and the Imagination I!ake Complications. ' From the earliest age, from the first time that men began to think says the Lancet, the origin of pain has troubled the humaa mind. Inns much as pain is inflicted by one man oa another mainly as a punishment for actions which that other has done the first Idea that arose, was that pain arising from unpercelved causes must be the punishment or some aeity or some power of nature which had been wronged or offended by human action, and the earliest prayers and offerings were in all likelihood In tended to mitigate or to remove the wrath of the outraged deity and not merely to obtain some blessing. The more our knowledge extends ns to the beliefs of primitive races the more certain we become that, the starting-point of prayer is fear of pain. The storm and the earthquake the flood and the drought, cold and famine each showed to primitive man as la shown to many of his successors his 'powerlessness amid the convul sions of nature or the inclemencies of the seasons; so man was led to at tempt to propitiate the unknown pow ers that can cause and can make to cease the manifestations which he dreads. In conditions that may e called civilized men have been found willing at the command of their priests to sacrifice their nearest and dearest to the offended gods, to cast into the flames their own children and to give up their wealth If only they may attain peace from a devas tatlng foe or food In famine; for the disasters, they felt, must be the out come of some wrong-doing, intention ally or unwittingly performed, a pun ishment which cannot be escaped ex cept by the propitiation of the of fended gods. We find through the ages that mis fortunes of all kinds, and pain among the number, are looked upon as pun Ishment for sin. Job's three friends acknowledge that he has always ap peared upright and honest in his deal ings, but they fear that that is only because he has kept his sin hidden the mere fact that he has suffered so many and great misfortunes is In It self clear evidence that he must have sinned and sinned greatly. Even at the present time there are many, well-meaning and religious people though they are, who decline to look upon misfortune occurring to others aa anything less than the Just punishment of some secret sin. Of all the misfortunes which man may suffer the most striking and the most obstruslve Is certainly pain Loss of wealth may be for a time at least forgotten, and there are many compensations; loss of strength may matter but little, but pain cannot be put aside; It may banish sleep, that sovereign cure for the ills of man kind; it cannot be forgotten and It hecomes an obsession, for It denies the claim of the mind to consider aught else. Since, then, pain so thrusts Itself on our attention, It is well worth while to consider the real meaning of pain. Why does pain exist? In its origin pain is protective; it was evolved for the benefit of the organ- Ism which feels It. The well-known experiments in which a headless frog withdraws bis foot, from Irritating liquids or removes an Irritation from his leg show that the displacement of a source of irritation has been ar ranged In the reflex mechanism of the body. In these and similar expert' ments we see definite reflex arrange ments for the removal of lrritanta without any association with sensa tion and therefore without any pain. The appearance of sensation, whether pleasurable or painful, complicates the effect of a stimulus, for It super imposes intention to the pre-existing reflex mechanism. It has been suggested that both pleasure and pain are merely eplphe nomena and not casually related to the efforts, but this Is clearly wrong. The object of 'pain is certainly to In crease the efficacy of the movements which result from the application of an Irritant. While the movements are purely reflex, they 'Tare on the whole well calculated. In simple casea at least, to remove' the source of ir ritation. But cases may readily occur in which the ordinary reflex movement will prove harmful and not beneficial. For such occasions the aid of the intellect is needed, and this assistance is Invoked by pain. Pain, then, in Its inception, was wholly benevolent, and did It not exist the organism Itself would rapidly come to extinction. Even In the fully developed being loss of sensation of any part with loss of capability of feeling pain leads to the persistence cf injuries to which painful sensa tions would have put r.a ond at the very commencement. i It Is to be noticed that we cannot Imagine the evolution of pain before the existence of motor mechanism by Which the orgtnlmn can remove the source of pain- It m&r be oxked at how low a point in the animal scale the Idea of pain waa evolved. The answer is that pain commenced prob ably as a mere discomfort and that its Intensity Increased with the de velopment of the organism. There fore, under pain In Its widest sense we must include all unpleasant sen sations from the faintest discomfort to the most intense suffering. Originally, then, all forma of pain were intended to serve the useful pur pose of preserving the organism from harm, but numberless Instances oc cur In which the pain is out of all proportion to the benefit to be derived and pains occur from which no bene fit can in any way accrue. In these circumstancesthe doubts of many as to the origin of pain are not unrea sonable, but a full consideration of the whole subject will show clearly that the gain far outweighs the loss. On the sensitiveness of animals to pain depends their very existence. If we accept without-reserve this view of the original beginning of pain we. must acknowledge that In many cases we meet with phenomena which appear to be Inconsistent with It. By no means rarely it happens that the uneasiness produced by a small pain is much greater than that resulting from a severe pain. There are many who will endure with fortitude a pain which Is truly great, and jet they may be rendered Incapable of doing any work by some small but persist ent source of discomfort. By a pow erful exercise of the will It is possible in many cases to overcome the influ ence of Intense pain, so that the suf ferer may be able to carry on mental work for which the closest application Is necessary; It needs a great mental effort, but it can In many cases be done. The pain can for a time at least be put Into the background. This Is not always possible with patns of less Intensity, especially it there be an element of irritation in the pain. True irritation is distinct from typical pain, and yet It is merely a special kind of pain. Irritation will not let itself be Ignored; it thrusts Itself to tne iront. A very small amount of Irritation may be able to prevent entirely any contin uous mental application; the strong est effort of the will may be made, I but In vain; the irritation makes it self felt. In circumstances such as these an acute pain is preferable to the Irritation, for It is more endur able, and so we find that sufferers from irritation will scarify them selves, inflicting acute pain, but re moving for a time at least the Irri tation which they dread. It often happens that laws, just and useful In their general applica tion, are useless and even harmful In special case, and so It is with pain. It is seen to be of the greatest value when we look at nature as a whole, but numberless Instances are met with in which pain Is useless and only harmful. In those who practice medicine the alleviation of suffering Is of prime Importance, but they of all men must bear In mind that the removal of the cause la the only true method of the removal of pain. To drown a pain, to obtund the parts so that no pain is felt, Is to throw away the warning which the pain has given. Only when the removal of the cause Is beyond human skill may we con tent ourselves with mere relief of the pain. New York World. THE NATURE OF Recent Discoveries Have Suggested the Em ployment of. Novel Fertilizers. Recent discoveries in regard to the nature of soil fertility have sug gested the employment of various novel fertilizers. Manganese has been applied with success, and now M. Rigaux has published an account of a serlea of experiments, made In Bel- glum, In the employment of mag nesia as a fertilizer for cereals, po tatoes, beets and leguminous crops. The magnesia was applied in the form of kalnit, or Stassfurt potash salt, which ' contalna fourteen per cent, of magnesium aulphate. Ri gaux had previously proved that the quantity of magnesia in arable land Is smaller than Is generally aupposeq, and that the surface soil always con tains less magnesia than the aubBoil. Magnesia is found in plants In con siderable quantities, constituting, for example, thirteen per cent, pf the asi of wheat and eight per cent, of the ash of oats. Hence, if no niagneslan fertilizer is applied, repeated crop ping must exhaust the magnesia of the eoil, to the detriment of succeed ing crops. It appeared probable. therefore, that the application of magnesia would produce a beneficial effect. This theoretical conclusion wni fully confirmed ty the experi ; AMAZING FACTS ABOUT WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC. The following amazing facts wer. brought to light recently by an n. vestlgatlon of the white slave tram In Chicago: The "chief procurers arrested wer named Du Fors. They were man tr wife. Their bail waa fixed at $2$ 000. FurnUhlng their own boti they gave the Government as security their own house and lot valued v $35,000. The next day they left Chi! cago for Paris thus forfeiting to a, Government their handsome rt dence. Reaching France, they imiuC dlately resumed their shameless op. eratlona. But their traffic this tin waa in American girls. Recently they were caught, brought to Justice and sentenced to a French prison--! the man for a term of five years, tb woman for two years. The district attorney came into possession of the book accounts of the Du Fors. The records of buslnen transacted establish the follower facta: That the white slave traffic It an organized syndicate, with head, quarters in Chicago, and branch ol flcea established in all our large cities. These branch houses becoma "clearing houses" and "distributing centres" for this unthinkable syndi cate It buys a girl for $15, anil sells her for $150, sometimes $500! The Du Fors house alone did a busi ness of $110,000 the first sine months of 1908, and $200,000 for th year of 1907! Regularly and syita. matically it sends huntera to Franca, Hungary, Italy and Canada for Tic tlms. It stations its hirelings at every port of entry in Canada and America, They scan immigrants, and seek to trap unprotected girls by speaking to them In their own tongue, or by u offer of employment. Then follow fc, quick succession capture, ruin, A ery hell! ' " v Spelling Simplified. Professor Alfred E. Stearns, prin cipal of the Phillips Andover Acad emy, said at the recent alumni dinner in New York. "The easiest way in raising fundi, as in other things. Is the wrong war. I remember a man and his easy spell ing rule. In Orange in my childhood I once complained of the difficulties of spelling. I said that 'el' anJ'l' in such words as 'believe' and re ceive' always stumped me. "Then this man patted me on tht head and smiled and said: " 'My boy, I will give you an Infal lible rule for "el" a rule that Id forty-aeven years has never failed me.' "I expressed rny delight and watted. The man resumed: " 'The rule la simply this: Write your "i" and "e" exactly alike and put your dot exactly between them.'" Washington Star. Has Xo Diaphragm. A novel telephone receiver without a diaphragm has recently been de vised, for whkh many advantagea are claimed. It consists of a permanent magnet, the poles of which are con nected by a soft core, making a con tinuous magnetic circuit. A coll wound round this core is connected to the transmitter and a suitable bat tery. When the transmitter is spoken into, says the Scientific American, the undulatory current affects the entire magnetic circuit of the receiver, re producing the voice very distinctly. It is said that with this receiver there are no overtones or disturbing sounds due to the vibrating of a diaphragm. In one modification of this telephone the sounds were produced with such clearness as to fill a large hall. SOIL FERTILITY ments. The yield of sugar beets. was Increased by 4500 pounds per rtcre, and the percentage of sugar was not diminished. With grains, the In crease varied from one-seventh to one-fifth of the total crop. On barley magnesia had the peculiar effect of diminishing the proportion of nitro genous constituents. This property is of advantage to brewers, who find great difficulty In making beer of good keeping qualities from barter rich in nitrogen. The crop of pota toes was increased from 21,000 to 27,000 pounds per acre and was ren dered Immune to the attacks of tb Peronospora (mildew fungus); which Infested the part of the field on Wtich no kalnit was UBed. Finally, the yield of hay from natural meadow land was increased from 3000 to f 150 pounds per acre. Scientific American. Surely the Limit. , "Some kinds of dishonesty are al most unbelievable," say the Philoso pher of Folly. "Cheating at solitalr la a common form.' But I know man who gives himsclfr short change at his own store."