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Tt mirlit wm matter for regret Thnt Kvdlntinn hn not yet lMihillpit cur Mitilus. The .irU Hour higher f.ir tuun we, IipIi out switiiM us in the sea, Tbe tiimple lihns. Tint, evolutionists, reflert. A liave tiu 'nil in inMloct, Ami thill' wuh'uliieti : Yet mill mo cry: V;ni this atone for tins or )ini'rw n' our uivn, Ni t lo 1c sriiUltil?'' M"c hoM tltrit r-volut inn' plan, Tii civt iH litlli she i.in, Is itoniothiML' trvinr. Fnir Hhan of t'lumn, tnuceiK we win: Lut wliv 11.1t tli row tin' fc.viinmin in. Why not the liyii:' Tut. nb. lit (live net wore o. Irs. Ve :w for nil tliat we puifj-o-i, We wei'p ;iinl w itvev. Wliile Kvnlntion. Mill iIip f.anie. With lininhu or paw Ms puiim- tlio nine,. A.ul hliowh no t.ivur. A onwanl yet life'n nirrcn's r-.ll, The pnnmu t( n Injur pm! lncreaeili hiITw; And what we win .11 itn own iM .We win; mid wh,t! v.e Ium is loci. Nor tan we l i iiow. If Wi !i ive fri ! m. mc lc-e ; cue If n'lt lei.mu , i ' , u . ee i-e To i Hi t'T pli'.iMiir. If we h.i Tr u"i- iim .-rt.mt .n '. Wo wjm lly n,r aw,. with lus, Vr in a ti i jmuc. Is wifiliUM. then, the nnlv vXt Of lot Hipeihtively l-lr '.' Tlu-re lia In n i i rij. Our neon. ton. will i .ml tlirn Are intin.nl m 1 1 1 u- h Ira l li .n nu n Alas, my 1-rotheis! Thin higher life is mrionn ufT, Too hij;h. yi i in t ijuite liii I'tiM.li. A 111 1'iult"! Vial 1 Thic hii:iiT lite is toe dear Would I 1 ouhl tive a lower pltere An c-p.ial trial! Ah. could T Ve .1 fi-di, indeeil, KH lucky hov.-Kcope. and cieed I'tihtnrian. 'M"i!(: hli-iul wave to jjlide or rv' . I'll elioose the lot 1 duuU the bcl. Or iih or Aryan! Or could T le n l'inl. .in J fly Through foieett nil imlittuntej lv The hhoolintf neas.n. Vd tell you which I vototl for, The Vht (.f a in- pmiotiK, tir The Mardi of KcuKon! May Kendall, in Smith' Magnzine. g THE OBTUSE PERSON. B ft 51 I . By ELIZABETH MASON. jjj f "I don't understand," Allanby said. "Really," retorted Betty, regret fully, "I hardly expected you would. You're an obtuse person." Allanby was surprised that anyone should think that. "I'm not so bad, Betty. I've done as well as lots of the fellows " Betty caught his hand, penitently. "You're the smartest man I know," she said. "When I said you were ob tuse I meant something else. I didn't mean that I don't like you. I didn't wean that you weren't the best friend I've got." "Say 'big brother' and you'll hit It nearer." suggested Allanby, tenderly. Betty dropped the hand. "I won't," she responded quite snappishly. Having spent a moment or two In trying to see the cause of her petu lance, Allanby fell back upon the first point. "After your father died and you found you had no fortune, you say yon sold whatever you could and fur nished this tea room." "I sold everything I had but my trousseau. I had It all ready because I was expecting to be married to Jlr. Stanhope." "Stanhope should have looked out for you," said Allanby, gazing with disfavor on the tea room. "He had all he could do." retorted Betty, "to look out for himself, and he knew it. Just as scon as lie found I wasn't an heiress, he discovered that I didn't love him and offered to re lease me." "He ought to be thrashed," mut tereJ Allanby. "I wonder you didn't pet rid of the trousseau with the rest. I shouldn't think you'd want to be reminded of him." "I kept it for two reasons," said Tetty. "One was to remind me never to try to marry anyone but the man I thoroughly know and love and trust." "It sounds a if you'd picked him cut." ?aU Allanby, suspiciously. "What was the other reason?" Eetty looked demure. "Why, when he asks me to marry him. I shall need n trousseau, shan't I?" she asked. "What would be the use of getting another together when I have this all ready." "Hm!" reflected Allanby. Tt was disturbing to think of Betty In love. Stanhope had never counted very much, a ho well knew. Who could 1t be? He ran over what he knew of Betty's ai-au.iiutar.ee hurriedly in his mind. "Is It Stbkney?" he a.l;ed after a few ruoojciitis, ia a rather subdued voice. Betty crimsoned and looked for a moment as if she were going to cry. She opened her mouth twice and closed It again, and once Bhe stamped her foot. After these demonstrations of disturbance, however, she regained iier composure. "Atlcud to your own affairs brother," she said. "Don't be med dling in mine." "But about that trousseau," re marked Allanby In an attempt at lightness. "1 don't mind telling you," Betty srtld almost in n whisper, "that If that man doesn't ask me wlihln three months, I'll sell the troussemi piece by pine for whatever It will bring, lint if I have to do that I'll be a very unhappy girl, liernuso though he'M never iirtunlly said ho loved nie, I think he does, and If ho doesn't want ne now I shall know that he's nfrnld of my poverty and the notoriety I've created by startitiK my tea house." "If he's worthy of you he wouldn't think of such n thing," said Allanby warmly. "If you've the least doubt In your mind about him, you'd do bet ter to get him right out of your mind." "I don't know that I should really believe that of him, anyway," paid Bi tt;' defensively. "After oil, I think the wt.it I could say of hi to would be that he's obtuse." "We nil seen to be obtuse, in your 'estimation." said Allanby. I "lie's Just as bad In that line." said Hetty dimpling, "exactly as bad as yon are." ! "I don't know," muttered Allanby I that night as he went home, "why I fhould get so worked up because she's In love with Siickney. He's a good enough chap. I wonder If he cares for Iter really." At the possible thought that he mlglit tot, Allanby became absurdly angry. "I'll make It my business to see that he does," he said. Yet he delayed his plan of nctlon somehow and did not get down to business. He cultivated Stlekney's acquaintance for the purpose of finding out whether he was worthy of Betty, and could not make up his mind that he was. Yet, ns through wary hints that he threw out during his frequent calls on Betty he found that she was not in any way turned from her desire, he began to speak of her to the young man. Stlckney at first displayed only a moderate Interest. He intimated that Betty had removed herself from their mutual acquaintance when she threw off the protection of Stanhore and her relatives, and started the tea lionse. Allanby warmly defended her. and they had several arguments about It. Betty's pluck and ability were paraded for the delinquent Stlckney without an? special results. At last one night Allanby began to dwell up on the loveliness of the girl herself. He recalled her brilliant dark eyea her red lips and her creamy skin He spoke of the grace of her move merits and the intelligence of her mind. And then for the first t!m Allanby knew that he was in lovt with Betty himself, and had alwayc loved her. It was too late. Stlcknej was won at last. "I must go down and see her," he said. "I shall call to-morrow even ing." The next afternoon Allanby called on Betty. He was miserable. "What's the matter?" said Betty. "You've got something on your mind." It was a moment before Allanby blurted it out. "Stlekney's coming to-night," he said. "I've done my best and I wish I hadn't. He Isn't good enough for you. I shouldn't say it, but, Betty, I love you myself and I can't bear to give you up to him at any rate." "What In the world are you talking about?" cried Betty. "I never found it out I was so used to caring for you until I was telling Stlckney about you last night. Then I remember all the little things about you that are so dear to nie, and I knew how it wag with me, Betty," groaned Allanby. "I suppose you can't help wanting Stickney, any more than I can help wanting you " "I can't think," Fald Betty softly, "where you got this Idea about Mr. Stickney." "Why, don't you remember telling me about keeping the trousseau " "Yes." answered Betty, "and the three months are nearly up. I shall surely have to sell that trousseau if the man I want doesn't hurry up." As in a dream Allanby realized all of a sudden that Betty's dark head was lying in the hollow of his shoul der and that he was holding her very tight. Allanby was learning things in bunches. "Why, Betty, I can t believe I can't understand." "I can't believe," returned Betty with an accent on the pronoun, "that you're as obtuse as all that." Boston Post. Sized l"p. "Yes." remarked the fat man on the rear platform, "I ouce refused to buy the site of Chicago for four clam shells and a quart of rum." The tall passeuier was silent. "I could have bought the original telephone patents for eleven Mexican dollars and a brass watch," continued the fat man, "but I turned 'em down." No response. "You are not Interested in my reminiscences, friend?" "I am not." answered the tall man candidly, "I'm selling airship stock. You don't want any." Washington Herald. CII0SJI ICR A SEAT I THE i ; " i 1 i L v Y 'X X ,( - ' '.. If'.. HORACE HARMON LVRTOX. OK TENNESSEE, Nominated by President Taft to fill the vacancy on the Supreme bench caused by the recent death of Judge Peckham. Judge Lurton sat for a number of years ou the same I'nited States Circuit Court with Judge Taft. His confirmation by the Senate, desp't? his age sixty-five is said to be certain; but attacks are already being made upon his record by those who charge that he has been too uniformly favorable to the railroads In his decisions. Tollable WarcIrorH1, At this season particularly people will appreciate the value of the port able wardrobe designed by an Illinois man. Returning from vacations spent in two-by-tour rooms, with no closets, the advantage of the invention here presented looms large. In the first place there is a grooved bracket, with hooks by which It may be quickly screwed fast to the wall. A shelf hinged to the bracket fits into the groove and along the bracket under the shelf, and on the bottom of the shelf are rows of hooks on which to hang clothing, Depending from the shelf and inclosing the clothing Is a large bag which effectually protects the garments from the dust and other dirt that is bound to accumulate. For persons who travel to any extent or who summer in resorts where room is at a premium, one of these portable wardrobes will be found Invaluable. Wheu folded for carrying they occupy little space in the trunk. Washing ton Star. Coin I'nder the Mast. One of the old customs which has never been changed in the launching of a new ship is that of placing a gold coin under the main mast. This coin, which Is not of any certain denomina tion, always bears the date of the launching of the boat, and is claimed to bring good luck to the vessel and her crew. Philadelphia Ledger. 0E OF THE PRODUCTS OF AMERICAN' THL TYPE OF DWELLING HOCSE AND THEIR V ... .. ..v.-., --' ''-.V-r.r? . A',iM.'- v.-y 5' '.',. ,1 : 'W X j-,-. . :. V -".'..-'.A,, ; ,;,; V,, ;.-! J - - --I---' '" ' BMEST COURT OF THE IAS J.) i' .' . ' ft if-1 v iMxV 1 A lover's Question. "Can you cook?" said the practical lover. She looked at him steadily. "Can you supply all that has to be cooked?" she said pointedly. Common sense triumphed in this case over sentiment, and the engage ment was duly announced. Home Notes. Folding Doormat. A folding doormat that is a conve nience for householders and saves money to the manufacturers la that devised by a New York woman. It will also save householders money in localities where doormat thieves ply their petty trade, for it is no trouble at all to fold it up at night and stick it In the vestibule. The mat Is made of metal, with two side bars and a surface of plvotally connected slats, like folding gates. Attached to oppo site ends of the side bars are cross bars, by means of which the mat may be held In position when in use. Oth erwise the continual stepping on It would contract it. Manufacturer! find it a very appreciable saving In freight in shipping mats of this de sign, as a dozen or more can be packed In one box. Another advan tage of this type of mat is the ease with which it can be cleaned. By un fastening the locking ends and ex tending and compressing It several times, the dirt that has accumulated on it can be quickly disposed of. ADMINISTRATION l4 THE CA.U ZONE CONSTRICTED FOR WORKMEN FAMILIES. Harper's Weekly. A Hippopotamus Hunt. By H.R.H.tlie PITH ESS OP AOSTA. The chief breaks tho spell h stands up and gives his orders. All rise, and at a signal the men go down upon the green carpet of floating Held. Complete silence again we hold our breath In anxious expecta tlon. The hippo Is invisible; if he Is there he is hidden under ths protecting grasses. Our wait is short; the hippo Is Indeed there: a man nas reit mm unaer his Teet. But the beast travels under the moving vault. The blacks never lose track of him for a moment; the circle closes In; for an Instant they fear that h j will escape them by going out to ward the river, and they hurry after him with lanceB poised; but ho goes back to the middle of the lake by an underground passage. A man i9 knocked over; Jostled by the invisible animal, he loses his footing and falls, The hippo Is here quite close to us we see the grasses move. With great skill a man throws a harpoon with a strong; cord attached to t. A shout of Joy goes up; the harpoon stays upright, firmly planted In the animal's back. He disappears once more, and the crowd of hunters pur sues him closely. A second and a third harpoon are successfully thrown nnd the ends of the ropej quickly passed to men In canoes. They pull at the animal, which struggles ani resists, and, pushing up his head, ' bellows furiously. He plunges down again, pulling after him the canoes and paddlers. There is an anxious moment, but the weight of numbers tells, and he is brought back to the Burface. Finding he cannot escnpe. he becomes Infuriated; he fights and struggles and throws himself against the canoeB, biting at them with his huge jaws; he turns and attempts to charge, then tries again to wreck the canoes. It is too dangerous a game to be allowed to continue, and the men close in and Bpear him to death with their long lances. His death Is J almost pathetic; with an effort he lifts his forequarters out of the wa ter, and rests his head sadly against the side of a canoe. Then his head falls, his eyes close, and he dies. Harper s Weekly. No Time to Experiment. The lecturer on Biblical tribes knew his subject, but he was weak on pronunciation. One word that al ways floored him was Philistines. He could never remember for . five minutes what the dictionary had to say about that. At every speech he switched the accent from the ultimate to the penult and antepenult and all the way back again, and gave the V last "i" the English and Continental ' sounds impartially. One night at a public school lecture he started with Phll-lstlnes (long "i") and gradually rang all the changes possible except Phllls-tines (Continental"!"). When he got ready to ubs the word again he paused. It was the fatal pause, for it gave the mildly inebriated man at the rear of the room a chance to say: "Go slow, mlBter. You've only got one more try." New Y'ork Times. To Set a Plslocntcd Jaw. A very distressing little accident. Is the dislocation of the lower Jaw. I once had a patient who rode a long distance with his mouth wide open, jt. suffering a great deal of Inconven- " lence and no little pain, when one of bis friends could have relieved him in an InBtant. Wrap both your thumbs In several layers' of cloth, stand behind tho pa tient, who Bhould be seated, and place your thumbB thus protected on his back teeth, grasp his Jaws on either side with your fingers, press down with your thumbs, up with your fingers, at the same time drawing the Jaw forward. The bones will go back with a snap and the victim will spas modically close his mouth hard enough to draw blood unless your thumbs are well shielded. Outhu- A Plague of Ants. A singular state of things and at the same time serious exists in the Commune of Gonfalon in Var. The fruit trees and all other products of the garden and even the fields bear an unmistakable odor of formic acid. The people are much concerned lest their produce be rendered useless and application has been made to the Min istry of Finance for a grant of 20,000 francs to rid the district of the pests which. It Is scarcely necessary to say,, consists of myriads of ants. The place of origin of these unde- t-nhlA .llna ia k f.lna tf la nflTl" u.i ii.iu u 1 1 , 1 1 id 1 1 iv it aim . . m . sldered that they have been brought over with bales of cork. London Globe. ' The Marblehead, one of the oldest cruisers in the Navy, has been com missioned in the service of the Cali fornia State Naval Militia at Mare Island. Somehow the average girl exercises better judgment in choosing her friends than she does in choosing husband. I