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Younger Children.... A BATH. When I wa jut little chiM, Hei'ore I went to sleep I alway took my evening bath I liked it "prttty deep." Sometime I di'ln't want to go, An J sometime there were tears; Hut mother never fulled to mv; 'Sow waah l2hiud your earn, Ami rion't neplect the comers." or "Don't Kpltuwi too hard!" she'd cry; Yet she wim quid; to help me '" When soup got iu my eye. i And now that I'm n great big boy, I wonder every day Where other mother learn the things My mother uff.l to say. .-Allien Arthur Knipe, in St. Nicholas. CONUNDRUMS. When is a cigar like dried beef? Ans. When smoked. Why does a horse cat In a very odd way? Ans. Because he eats best when he has not a bit fn his mouth If a tough beefsteak could speak ' what English poet would It mention? A.ns. Chaucer "chaw, sir". Wash Ing Star. NO CLAIM. Kenneth's Aunty was teasing him This is my rug," she would say: "this Is my mother," etc. Kenneth would reply, "No, It's mine." Then he turned the table3 and began claim ing some of aunty's possessions, which she; In turn, denied. Finally he pointed to aunty's best man, who hadn't proposed yet. "This Is my man, he said. But aunty was silent Philadelphia Record. KIND TO ANIMALS. irwiH b naotner had been very . careful to teach him to be very kind fcto animals. One day he came run ning In to his mother, exclaiming ea?erly, "Oh, mother, I'm sure you will like the little girl who's moved In next door. She such a nice little girl, mother, and so kind to animals "She looks like a nice little girl," ald Erwin's mother, "and I think I shall like hpr. But how Is she kind to animals?" ''Well." exclaimed Erwln, "we had some chestnuts Just now, and she found a worm In one, and she didn't eat It:" Philadelphia Rec. Al. FREDDIE'S IMPRESSION. This little boy, attending Sunday school for the first time, was greatly Impressed by the teacher and the larger boys of the class. On return Ing home his mother questioned him In regard to what was said and what he must learn for his next lesson. The child, In a frank, open way, re plied: "Oh, mamma, ,A was all about God and love, and a lady tamed Eve, and how she gave an ap ple to a man called Adam, who nev er save her a bit." The mother, to lead him on, Bald: "Who was Eve?" Why, mamma, she was Mrs. Eve Adam, a friend of God's, who kept louse la a garden." Philadelphia T.ecerd. WORKING IN A POSTOFFICE. As I work as special delivery boy la the postofflce, I thought you would like to learn about It. Sly duty is to deliver special delivery letters and ort papers. Every day there are letters without proper addresses. Creat care should be taken la writ leg addresses plainly and putting Jour name and address in the corner. JHllIons of letters go to the Dead Letter Office yearly on account of lack of plain addresses. At Christ inas time there was a general rush at the postofice. Thousands of post cards came dally, with about two hundred packages. I stuck on about $10 worth of stamps every day. The money order' system Is a good way of sending money, and all Valuables should be sent by registered mall. Clarence Randall, lu the) New York Tribune. STOPS RUNAWAY. Hazel McMuIlen is a good horse woman, and to that fact, probably, several people owe their lives. As driving Is one of her chief pleasures, her father recently presented her lth a spirited horse, which unfor tunately took occasion to demon strata Its splrltedness one day when Its young mistress had taken a friend to drive. Hade the occasion additionally inop ! fortune. The principal street ot the town was full of people, and a nuni- fc"r of molfr cars stood tide by side, w"'a bartiv ciKiiiRh room between "'era tor .itvdiioV to puss. That the flri driver vuiili'd her runaway bo- 1 cars, without a tit luH'iiiiK down :t'.c!ei:t proof of d A. s s : a VI! n I ho; u i .y bri'li'. : ' ! ..t f th.-y r, I ..: My .m.;i si t tl.:- ', and iK'l',1',1 Ii .-ill, 1 !. i' fu-:.,d. Ki:.'il- ins down and puttlns all her strength Into the effort, she pulled the horse against a heavy truck which had halted by the roadside. Tlio ahoc'.c of the sudden halt threw her out, but without lujury. Bee Hive. RAGS AND NIGER. I thought you would Hke to hear about my coon cat. Perhaps you don't know what a coon cat Is. Ours Is yellow and his hair la about four Inches long all over' his body. The hair on his legs looks like little pant aloons and the hair around his neck Is Just like a muff. Wo have got an old black cat, too, and we call him Niger, and the coon cat's name is Rags. Perhaps you think Rags a funny name, but when we first got him he had been among the burdocks and got his fur stuck full of them. We had to cut big spots of his hair off, so that Is the reason we called him Rags. We have an old rocking chair and nn old Morris chair. The rocking chair Is Rags' and the Mor ris chair is Niger's. Each lies In his own chair in the daytime, but at night they both He in one chair. Where I live coon cats are very com mon, but they are beautiful. Cath erine Vlckery, in the New York Trl bunt). THE LITTLE PLANT. Ilester'B mother had been making a flower garden on the sunny side of the house, Just where all flower gar dens ought to be. There were packets of poppy seeds, bachelor-buttons and yellow daisies to be planted. Mother had told Hester how the spring rains had prepared the ground, and how the sun would keep the little seeds warm until they sprouted and thrust their pale green heads up through the black earth, to grow and grow Into beautiful plants, as told by Ber tha B. Stavert, In the Children's Mag azine. Hester begged a few seeds and a place In the garden for her own flow er bed: and mother lovingly watched her little girl a3 she raked the soft dirt and patted It with her little fat hands to make it ready for the seeds. Hester thought It most as much fun as making mud pies, to dig the shal low trenches, which, alas, were not very straight, and sprinkle the tiny seeds in them. It did not seem to matter a bit. to her that two or three sunflower seeds happened to fall Into the poppy row. Fancy the great vel vety stalks of the sturdy sunflower growing beside the slender, falry-llko popi le Er ty morning for several days aft?;- the planting Hester would hur ry around to the side ot the house and search her garden for the first sign . ot a tender green shoot. It seemed to the anxious gardener as if the seeds would never sprout;.. One day the fat little fingers dug 'down Into the soft, warm earth and pulled out a poor baby plant that was al most ready to com.9 out of the round. "Oh, oh! See what you havo done!" cried the little plant. "Boo it's cold out here! Put me back in my warm bed, naughty child, or I'll freeze to death!" Hester was so frightened that she made a round hole with her chubby thumb and stuck the baby plant into It in a hurry. All day long she seemed to hear the tender sprout cry ing with the cold, and when she went to bed at night she dreamed that the Dew Fairies were hushing and caring for the plant baby Just as mother cared for little sister. Hester knew that Dew Fairies were real, because she had felt them kiss her yellow curls when she played out too long after ta,a. Next morning wnen bub went out to the garden mother was there be fore her. "Come, aee all the little green heads peeping out of the ground," called mother. "But here is a poor littl tlant that someone has dls iuihea. 21 looks very weak and pale. nd If Jt if" I ani afraid it will be a little iV.l" Hester's chla quivered and great big tears splashi down the front ot her clean frock. Oh, you dear little plant DaDy,- she cried. "I didn't mean to nurt you, and I'll take good care of you every day if you will only live and ilflase not be a cripple." Then Hester's mother, who knew what a temptation it had been to sea how the flowers were growing, took her little girl In her arms and gently told he that the earth children must not interfere with Nature's work, that they must help, to make the world bruutlful and not destroy' the lovely living things. The plant buby lived, becaus ot Poster's car?; and perhaps the Dew rniriog lad something to do with it t .t At any rate, It kept on growing i::id genius stronger fSfry dny-tft; . t ile Of Us crooked stalk, . u 'ft :1 it, burs? into bloom and was locded WlU' tottlous red popple-'- ': . .' ' - OVERCOME. ';V '- ,X A jl i f?) 5 Cartoon by NOTED EDUCATOR URGES COLLEGE GIRLS TO FLIRT, Adds Spice to Study, Professor Palmer, o! Harvard, ThlnksGIvcs Proper Knowledge ot Social Life-Warns Radclllfe Girls Too Much Time Given Up to Books Jiusl Be Made Up by Hard Flirting Afterward. Boston, Mass. Professor George Herbert Palmer, of Harvard, sixty seven years old, twice wed and re ported to be contemplating a third venture In matrimony, his next bride to be a Wellesley professor, has come forward with the statement that a lit tle flirting, properly conducted, of course, Is not only advisable, but even imperative, for the average col lege boy and girl. "Flirting Is the surest road toward the proper knowledge of social life," bays the professor, who has the dis tinction of being the oldest member of he Harvard faculty, and whose second wife, Alice Freeman Palmer, was president of Wellesley College from 1881 to 1887. "I think the girls of Radcliffe and the boys of Harvard devote too much of their time to study. They actually bury themselves In their books, and the result Is that when they get through college they don't know a thing about social life. "They should mingle a little frivol ity with their studies In other words, they should flirt a little. Were I to advise the boys of Harvard or the girls of Radcliffe, I would tell them to go around and see things more than they do. v "I am always reminded of a girl graduate of Radcliffe, who studied so hard that she got the reputation of being over-studious. She never went anywhere. While the other girls RADCLIFFE GIRLS ARE Dean Colea Won't Discuss Profennor Palmer's Advice, II ut Swoops Down on Young Couple Who Try It." Boston, Mass. "Flirt by all means. A little flirting now and then Is good for oneK and If done In the proper way is absolutely harmless" advice of Professor George Herbert Palmer to RadcllfTe girls. Miss Coles, the dean of RadcllfTe, was asked her opinion of this advice from the oldest member of the Har vard faculty. "Oh. I can't discuss It I can't talk about It at all." . Sitting near by was a pretty stu dent, and the reporter raised bis hat to her. The girl smiled and the young man queried: KILLS SELF WHEN CALLED A FLIRT. Telephone Girl Taken Acid After Reprlmanct- Illamed Through I'.rrorClilef Didn't Know Operator's ttharp Ketort Was to Man Wlio Insulted Iter. Philadelphia. Pa. Insulting re marks addressed to a girl employed in the Bell telephone exchange hero and a reprimand from the chief operator when she told the man who had insulted her by wire what Bhe thought of him, caused her to commit suicide by drinking carbolic acid. She was Miss Elizabeth Monk, seventeen years old, of No. 152 2 Passayunk avenue. When the chief operator reprimanded Miss Monk the chlbf did not understand the situation, and thought the girl was flirting. Miss Monk, when called upon afterward to explain her conduct, experienced ro difficulty In clearing herself of the imputation which had been cast upon her. Notwithstanding that, Bhe went home, determined to die rather than face her comrades in the exchange. Before she drank, the ncld she wrote a note. In it she called attention to the fact that Bhe hnd been repri manded publicly by her chief for act ing ts any girl should do when In sulted by a man. "I am'too ashamed to go back and face the other girls," she wrote, "Rather than lisve the stigma of be ing r filrt cast upon me, I shall kill myself." Miss Monk was almost dead when the was discovered. In the hope of saving her life she was hurried to the McthnJist tplscopal Hospital, where she. tiled an hour afterward without recaiiilng Consciousness. Beforo the trouVlo aroso in tho exchange she had C. R. Macauley, in the New York World. were having a good time she re mained In her room studying. She was graduated with high honors, and when I was bidding her good-bye I told her that she had a task before her. "She thought I would say some thing in regard to work, but, contrary to her anticipations, I told her that she would have to flirt good and hard to make up for lost time, and she said that she would. "Of course, it makes a good deal of difference who does the flirting, where and with whom. The time, the place and the boy aud girl have a good deal to do with It. If all could see the tlred-out boys and girls that I see. all would, I know, admit that a little bit of flirting now and then would be a real vacation for them. "I have three lectures a week at Itndcllffe, and It Is surprising how many young girls are letting the very best part of their lives go by without having the least .bit of enjoyment. There are many boys here at Harvard who do not ltnow what social life means. They study from the time they enter school until they graduate. "Of course, there are some who do nothing but fool away their time; I do not mean to say that that is what I uphold, for it is not. What I mean Is to mix things up a bit, sprinkle a little flirting into the studies. One can have a little of both and still come out all right at the end." FORBIDDEN TO FLIRT "What do you think about a little flirting now and then?" "Well, I don't know. I have been thinking" That is far as the girl got when the dean swooped down on the couple. "Here, this Is not right. You must not talk to the girls here. I cannot allow it," she said, excitedly. "Then you do not believe Professor Palmer Is that it?" asked the re porter. "You know I was Just trying his advice." "Well, I don't say I believe it or I don't believe It, but you must not talk to our girls." made all arrangements for her vaca tion, and had told friends that ad vancement had been promised to ber. A man called fur a number and endeavored to engage Miss Monk In conversation while she was getting it for him. She replied courteously un til he began to make insulting re marks to her. Miss Monk resented them at once. She told him he ought to be ashamed of himself, and that he had better go about his business. To compel him to do so she cut him off on the wire. It is asserted the girl's chief did not understand the situation and heard only a few ot the words Bhe had uttered. Their Import was mis construed. "Your language Is a violation of the rules of the office, and you will bo called upon for an explanation to morrow morning." it is usserted the chief operator said. "You know it is against the rules to hold a conversa tion In business hours." Miss Monk endeavored to explain, but ber explanation was not accepted. She was directed to go "to the front" In the morning. Throughout the long night on duty In the exchange she brooded over the trouble. When morning finally came she "went to the front" and told of the insults to which sha had been subjected. "Your explanation is perfectly sat isfactory, Miss Monk," she wast In formed. "Report for duty as usulil this afternoon." GAY 8WIS3 CUSTOM. t , Featlvs Day Datei Back to the Romans. ' March 1 Is a day of Joyful festivity among, the school children In most of the Engadlne communes. At 4 o'clock In 'the morning a party of schoolboys march through the village clanging cowbells, big and little, with all their might, to proclaim tho dawn of a boisterous day to their slumber ing schoolmtes n'.lll abed. As the day grows bright tho boys gather, each one with a huge bell hung round his neck, on the vlllni; square, where they form In ranks according to ttielr size. When the; preparations, always conducted amid great excitement and Juvenile Jubila tion, have been completed, the pro- streets to the accompaniment of furi ous bell ringing and noisy ycdelllng. One of ithe eldest of the demonstra tors, with a milk pail on his shoulder,' In the costume of a dairyman, with yellow breeches, white stockings, low shoes, finally embroidered braces' over a shirt of spotless white, turned up sleeves displaying a brawny arm, the' diiryman's .hat perched Jauntily on the iback of his head, marches proud ly at the head ot the herd. At the end of the procession Is another bi; boy with a big staff in his hand, like a berdman. All this reminds us of the way the cows go to tbe Alps to the sound of bells. The whole festival la noth ing but a spring ce'ebratton to her ald the return of ithe milder sea-: son, which has been looked forward to with longing for months. The custom is said to be of Reman origin, hence its name "Chnlanda Man" (from Kalendare), which Jus'.l-' flss the assunipt'on that, from 'the pa rlod of the year chosen for the ob servance of the festival, it must haj originated in the mild climate of Italy, and not in the cold clime ot tbe En- ' gadlne. In the way described the troop mcrches on from house to house, and is presented by the matrons with rice, chestnuts, saurages, bread, and ev'en -wine and money. The hotels are all visited, and the patrons always con tribute some small change. Out ot the proceeds a general Jollification Is provided, at which the Rlrls of the " neighborhood tike part. How intense Is the youngsters' enjoyment of the Cbalanda Marz festivities can scarce ly be Imagined by any one who has not looked on at these annual Junket- Ings. So dear is the memory of tb old custom that even gray haired men and women follow the clamoroin band of children, and are ever r?ajv to bestow seme small offering on them. This spring festival may, however, hve a more primitive origin in tho universal propensity of man and wom an In their untnated state to get to gether upon tbe flr-t tin h ot spring, to choose each one his or hvr mats for tbe coming season a modification, InJoAjl nf olmtlft anrlncr f H v n 1 that reappear 1U otter countries In disguised ceremonies. New York Tribune Tbe Italian government has estab lished a bureau to denl excium..y with the electrification of the Btute railways, which Is making rapid strides. AN OLD TIMER Has Had Experiences. A woman who has used Postum since It came upon the market knows from experience the wisdom of using Postura in place of coffee if one val ues health and a clear brain. She says: S "At the time Postum was first put on the market I was suffering from nervous dyspepsia, and my physician had repeatedly told me not to use tea or coffee. Finally I decided to take his advice and try' Postum. I got' a package and had It carefully pro pared, finding It delicious to the taste. So I continued Its use and very soon Its beneficial effects convinced me ot Its value, for I got well of my nerv ousness and dyspepsia. "My husband had been drinking coffee all his life until It had affected bis nerves terribly, and I persuaded him to eblft to Postum. It was easy to get him to make the change, for the Poistum Is so delicious. It cer tainly worked wonders for him. "We oon learned that Postum does not exhilarate or depress and does not stimulate, but steadily and honestly ttrengthens the nerves and the stomach. "To make a long story short, our entire' family continued to use Pos tum with satisfying results, as shown In our fine condition of health, and we have noticed a rather unexpected Improvement in brain and nerve pow er." Increased brain and nerve power always follows the use of Postum in place of coffee, sometimes in a very marked manner. "There's a Rea son." Look in pkgi. for the famous lit tle book, "The Road to Wellville." Ever read the tove letter? A new one appears from time to time. Tlicy are genuine, true, and full ot bumao interest.