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THEIR LITTLE j HOUSE fcy TEMPLE BAILEY I.ixiie rame slowly down the long ,.ilk. Her heart was full or bltter- .,. why did some people have all o"d ortun? Pehlnd her was the- mansion wuere ftiarguenta Jived -vl'h her rii'h husband. Mar t i. ilu nud Luclle had gone to school v hid danced their way through life until the time when Marguerlta tin' n.ii ii who had built the big I.o'i.e yatsncrltn's husband was the one )h Kan In the village. It had been rial love mutch, however, for the i!4 i; .in adored his little wife, and lnrcwrita thought there wag no ono M , tli- -m.tUI as perfect as uer buc- V'ffIuI hofl-and. i Luclle had not envied her friend, 'for kh' h:i I a lover of her own, a bet it, t r an, :h:ips, If not as rich as ?h , rt- v : ),:ul chosen Marguerlta. To'lay, however. Lueile had come 'tiwui f :-..:.! 1. a ruont a Dome with a 'jje!ir.:: i i discontent. The great ferni:. v. :';h i' exquisite furnishing. Jl-a i.-'-1 ;ia;s, Its air of luxury, had im)i: lu-r frel the contrast of her iwn fuur.-c Luclle was to live In a ijjl'.i'e l.nii.'e. Her lover was poor, but lit, k:'j phnt-ed the cottage residence my li Inverness. i "VII n.iiHe up for all the little 'ji'V i and Suck of luxury," be said, ("by the n:i mint of lovo that we will -)Lso for enr'a other. ' 1. telle rejected that In Marguerlta's home tb was also love, and she loi:r,'d Intensely for the pretty clcib.fi. the fine, the softness of her frlci.J's i isionre. At tin.-, i. unient of her greatest re- toi!:'. vi met the man sue was to marry. Tli'lip," bo said, as ho Jolt.- .1 !' r, "I have been up to Mar- gu' j i.; nas tno loveliest home -!;;- li.-r..i..-I gives her everything." It. l:'.u'.'ic J. "No homo could be l,'; r man oar little house," he C.i'd ilT bead went up. "I am Dot so r:-r." !-!i told him, "that love In a r;:tis will be all we think It will to. Philip" IW U'.rni.l and stared at her. "Has your titlt to Marg'ierlta," he asked, "ut'!e vivj thlak 'bat?'' Ste sh'xiS her head. "I don't know, only it does nut i-em quite fair that JU'.i suerit-.i Fhould have so much, lilies it, I trip?" "L-!..! hasn't any more than you hr.v." lio said stoutly. "Doth of you haw. Vve, and bca.ity and a home; that your home Is to be smaller and Ur li.'NiiHntis ought not to weigh C n.iy, Luclle." U torn- was so confident that It rrand on her. Did be value her so ill: U' that he could cue her beauty tini'. i la his small bouse, while Mar Kue: a s was to thine like a Jewel In It.- (: ir;;. .nus setting? turned to her lover, her eyes Baihi-T. "i don't tLInk I want to live in ill.? little house, Philip," she ei-.i I did not really mean It; It wr.s only n ina.l of the mind, but his cour.i. nt b"arlns, his masculine dense ness tr-rliim cl her. He stared i.t her unbelievingly. "Surely yea don't mean that, Luclle," he i tiil. -Surely you don't mean that Jo'i have tt me build and dream, tpi.-lj to have that dream unfulfilled?" Th'-." !-nd como to the gate that cpirtd the way to the little house. It . ,t always tliolr custom to go tie re i afternoons together to lee wha- hud been done. Every stone that had been laid, every room that t':d l.-tn f'nlrhed, every bit of furni ture that had ben bought, bad been t- result of their careful planning. Tvdu 11. v entered It In silence. Lu Ui fiance seemed to take It in o:lesiiy. pha wondered how she cfi i' l havo been oo enthuslastlo. The ':"'Me prints on the walls, the laex P ive furniture In the living room, t' naisim hangings, all looked so iikt.;i niter tho magnificence of Mar-e-ii' f ?.!.'. home. iurn?d to him and flung out t'T i.-.r.r. "i jUBt can.t her( J' I'I?." ha Paid detpairlrgiy. fln.t ho would not believe her. j"e i-j to thluk cf a futura without 0,!r 'it. wIJi a wfid feeling that no 't, tied to poverty if she mar-n-d hit;, sne uerr.ll4f(j her freedom id. after ho had used every argu r in the long wa!S home, at last Jo eavo It, with a lock of pain that Brt !.er. and ktpt her awake In the aie!n!3 of the tljjht. Ii :'.;cd she get no fleep. She won wat pp-rit porsoseed her h:t the sheuia u,llB gau hor btrtb. "j-:it of love. S!ie lose and paced the Boor, and t last the sank down by the win w, Iciklng out iu tho starlit night. Hut thtre was something mora than the stars that llfihted tho night On till .at ctod between her own o.uo t-nJ that of Margtierlta's thera u4i ai'.cw. Luclle watched It In fascinated wonder. Something was burning a barn, perhaps. She wondered whose bum It could be. Jn the distance she heard the bells that would bring out the only fire engine la the town. Philip was a member of the fire brigade. She knew Just how strong and activo he would be In tryltin to save the property of their neighbors People began to hurry by the boueo. and scraps of their talk floated up to her through tho oppn window. "It's Philip Arnold's cottage," tome ore paid, and Luclle's hand went to her heart. It was their cottage hers and Philip's that waa burning, the home thnt was to have been hers, tHt she hod planned from the twRln nlng She flung on her clothes, Bob bins? a little under her breath. It seemed to her that If that cottage burned, all of her happiness would burn with It. Rh. ran out Into the street and followed the crowd. The people who saw her whispered among then-Helves. "She was to marry him and live In the cottage." At last she crime to the Rate through which she had passed that day wl.'.h Philip. There was a dense crowd 111 the vard trsmp.ng the tender gruRH.l crushing the lir,j out of the crocuses and tulips mat she and Philip hud planted In the garden bed. For a moment she shut her eyes, afraid te look. When Fhn opened tSem File caw that the little house was Intact, llehlnd It the flames phot up, making that dreadful glow against the sky that she had seen from her window. Tho one fire engine was busy, with Its hose playing on the burning heap. Luclle turned to the man nearest her. "Then It was not our cottage?" she gasped. "No," ho answered, "It was Just the little stable wid tha leftover building material back of It. nut the cottage would have gone If Philip had rot worked so hard to save It." Then out of the crowd I.ucile saw some one coming toward her. It was Maiguerita a fur wrap thrown over tho whiteness of her evening gown. "Oh, Luclle," she said, "what a dreadful thing It would have been K your cottage had burned, ir you only knew how 1 have envied you! Our houie Is ?.o big that Donald and I are always saying that It comes between us nnd our love. I wish Fomctlmes thnt there were no serv ants, no ono to do anything for him but me. Money separatws people 60, Luclle." Luclle felt that the must got to Philip at once nnd tell him thnt there was no place in the whole world like the little house. It seemed to her that there had never been anything as beautiful as the cheap rugs and the muslin hang ings and the prints on the wall. Put It was not until the crowd bad gone that she bad a chance to tell hiin. He came to her blackened with smoke. "I saved it," he sold, "but I sup pose I nilcht as wll have let It burn for all the good It will do mo." She clucg to him, crying a little. "It's the most beautiful cottage In the world," the said. She toM blm then how precious It had seemed to her when she thought she was to Iofb If; and presently they went In together. The smoke had blackened the snowy hangings, but otherwise nothing was hurt. Mar guerlta had left 'hem, and gradually the crowd had turned away. They stood together at the window, the sky 'rosy In the east. "It's a new world, and a new day, and a new kind of love," Luclle whis pered, and her lover smiled at her is together they facsd the dawn. Leviathan Largest Dredger. The dredger Leviathan, nt work in the Mersey, is said to bo tho Inrgest construction of the kind In the world. It has an overall length of 4S7 feet, a beam of ",! feet and n depth of T,0 leet 7 Inches, with a capacity to carry the enormous load of 10,000 tons of pand. It Is of tho twin-screw, Belf propelling, sand-pump, hopper-dredger type, provided with 12 hoppers having a net total capacity of 180,000 cubic feet. Troubles of the Ancients. Alexander the Great was sighing be cause there were no moru worlds to conquer. "Iiut, your majesty," cried hlu cour tiers, "you'll havo trouble enough In benevolently assimilating tho various peoples you have conquered on this planet." Forcibly Impressed by this Idea, which had not occurred to blm, Alex ander brightened up nnd began to lay plans for enlarging tho regular army. More Against Kissing. Among old time laws ngatnst kissing those of Iceland appear to have been the most Bi vere. linnlshment was the penalty laid down for klsBlng another man's wife, either with or without her consent. The s:me punishment was enforced for kissing an unmarried wo man against her will; If It could be proved that she had consented to be kissed the offender wag still liable to a fine of a great quantity of cloth for each offoose. HK marriago of Prince Victor Napoleon to Prin cess Clementine of Helgl ii in, a "royal alliance" planned with the utmost solicitude along tile most aiH'li nt lines of kingcraft murks the supreme i n (leaver (if tile ltoliuparte family to preserve from extinction the raco of the i great cmiipu rnr of Kurope, Napoleon I. It Is the latest, the most widely dis cussed Riiinblo of a family against fate, and the rescuer, if there bu one, will be a woman. Tho cliuuets of a male lmlr are fair ly good simply the rliunces which of fer to average humanity and It la therefore likely that the Napoleonic line will be preserved, for lliu tinio at lea ft. 1 it t tho chances that It will go oa for all time nra simply nil, notwith standing the famous example of the Guelphs, of Kngland, where descent from the only nnd original King David of tho Jews has been claimed by en thusiastic partisans of tliu theory of the right divine. Nature, laboring Incessantly toward tho attainment of one common level, seems to take delight In frustrating the changeless ambition of her favored child. Man, among all creatures long ing for the perpetuation of bis direct breed, eeems ever (loomed to see It disappear, inglorious and unknown, I among the herd. The Napoleonic line Is In no des- I perate strait; yet. it Is apparently I prepared, after only a few common place generations, to pa.-,s away In the same maimer as did dynasties founded by conquerors us great as tho first nnnnntl.. Tit., 1, ,-,, tui.inrlti' ueT!url to full soon. r or later, both ,nrally and nhvslcallv. until like a wornout tree the race was either totally ex ,..... I.,. . ,1 .tr.lir In ut-l.ittn lllfll ut-i.it. i tint ...,'li r. nf nnnther ..lien I sUick. Royalty, proceeding on the buries que basis that llie Ainngmy lias ere- muscles, flesh, blood I ullar virtue, especial- j uted Its br!iJ and brain of pecullur ly adapted to the bousing of things, inevitably deduced that, unless It ahn,iM t,,.,t iL-lth a Kflmilar hreeil of boss stock, it would degenerate Into ; the stock divinely doomed to bo bossed. Napoleon's fnmlly, when he went where conquerors go finally, was nu merous enough, us families go, to premise perpetuity. But marriage, with them was limited to other and older and royal lines, most of which had an ax out for a Honaparto whenever he ciime around smelling of orange blos soms. As the French republic braced up, and more and more emphatically made it apparent that all loyalty there lacks so much as an Inch of ground to stand on, the opportunities for royal matches deceased with the Iioua partes, and the royal scions becamo fewer. Counting Victor Napoleon, there nre enumerated now only a half score re maining, with marriage unpopular on the part of the mules, for dynastic rea boiis sufficiently obvious. Victor, able to ally himself with tho daughter of a house still reigning, is the hopo of the family for nn heir who, when Victor shall have died, can continue the claim to the ghastly throne so grandly seized by Napoleon I, This summer witnessed another mar riage In which a fumou3 family aeemi to tread the road to swift extinction. 1'rlnce Antolun Albert Hadzlwill, of l'oiund, had his wriy and Dorothy Dea con Is his Virlile. On both sides of the inuteli then.. Is Insanity, the prince's father naving been an ordinary lu natic fur i lie past seven years, nnd his bride's father dylni; insane alter he Killed In a duel ut Cannes a guest of bis wile In Paris. The most famous of all lines In his tory wiib that of the Cacfiurs, with the In roic figure of J.illus looming u.s its first consplcuon.-i member. The Caesar line proper ended right tin-re with "Kt til, Brule" lor Its epi taph. Dut things being ripe for the bossing of Home, his grandnephew, OctavluH, took charge, iiik., nl'ter him, Tlucrlus, who was simply u stepson of OcUivius. A dozen Human emperors called themselves Ca(sar, and the magic of the nume rules dow n even to this day as synonym for emperor In the title of Kaiser Wlllieliu. Hut there never was a genuine! dynasty of that name, because It began In the person of Ju lius It. ( 44, In the Rame person, when Ilrutus, Casslus 'and nearly fourscore assistant surgeons perlerniej their fa miii,8 Caesarian operation on him. The line of the Caesars Is, In reality, Dem ocracy's farce of the right divine. The Capets, who managed to keep their grip on France for several con- turles. began their rulership In tbj regular wiiy, with one especially husky ancestor In their case, Hubert tho Strong, a Saxon to whom Charles tUe Duld gav the duchy of the lie do France i.i 8&1. Tiny went Into the king business In 9S7, when the nobles reached tho conclusion that th'j Cariv llnglan blood iu France was about P''ed out, the only male survivor be- ' " - ' - ""'". "" those red-handed, two-fisted lighters regarded as a milksop. Hugh Caput, ,lv,nK b0R8cd I'lirls Slid Its hist CalO- llngian king. Louis V., appealed to tbeia a" being about the size of the I man they all needed, to boss them, for he uai a" tl,e ,,Hrv6 uni ,,r,lwa nbt'rt the stroDK' hls Saxou aa cesuir. It was evidently a hearty, h'-althy bred; but threo and a half centuries sufficed to bring It down to Charles the Fail Charlca IV. the last of sev- erul Capet kings all cursed with In capacity nnd weakness. After half a dozen yenrs of reigning, the fair Charles flickered out, in 1S24, and that endi'd the Capets. The fuuny part of this king making was that, whenever tho divine-right principle went to siiiasli. Democracy, In the nobles and notables, hastened to get topetlK r urd givo It another try with a ;r. sli b-eed of loyally always agreeing on some especially bloody minded slaughterer us their one best bet. Philip of Viilols, who had the leuiper ui a eiiiwuie cut i iiuuit;, an tho choice of tho French barons, and he started the Vulols line, in l.'tliS, un der the title of Philip VI. It took him only nine years to plunge France Into tho hundred years' war with Kngland; and It took destiny or nature only a couple of ccnturlus to bring tho Valois family down to Henry II. In whom It flickered out In lr.S'J. The fate of those dynasties lu France was paralleled by Innumerable minor houses, thera und elsewhere. Occasionally, the case of Charlemargno and Godefroy do Douillon has been matched, as where the famous family De la Tour Anvergne came to Its com plete end with the death of an Illegiti mate scion who, altlumtli a mere pri vate in the ranks of France's revolu tionary forces, earned the title of the "First Grenadier of France." Again, when tic llohan family, whose dukes had been kings of Urn tiigne, had only Marguerite de ll-iiian left as Its heir, her husband, liiurl I'haliot, was coollv created duke do Kohnn, to keep I'm name alive. (jenflroy Ue 1isignau was one of the great names In French history, and the family ;o which he contrib uted distinction faded out so uncer tainly that for years Its name was tho sport of Inipuii nt adventurers who professed to bo cadets of a house which only the well Informed of tho nobility were positive was totally ex tinct. So, too, with tho dukes des Kudos, who in their day were equals of the earlier Capets; and the Guises, dating back to laiiS, when Uene III., conrpieror of Claries the Hold and fa ther of Claiidt, first Fre ieli duke of Guise, presented that, lapsed duchy to his second sen, and ending in 1675 with the deaih of Francis VII., the sickly but, left by the last maturing scion, Ixuis Joseph of Guise. The house of the Medici Is generally supposed to amount to little mors than the astute Catherine and Marie do Medici, so thrillingly prominent In the annals of F.iiropeun history. The ! truth Is that It follows absolutely th mie of a first, high-powered progenitor and of ultimate descendants lit only for contempt. Salvestro de Medici, a member of the greater guilds Iti Florence, allied himself wltl the lesser guilds during the revolt of the Clonipt in D17S and really muiinge,! the whole outbreak. The revolt died out, but fialvestro's cunning hud made him a factor In Florence. Cuunliig It wim that marked all hi line; but even that phase of inherited energy lapsed during the centuries un til, on July 9, 17117, t lie last of them, Gioviin-Ganton, ruler of Tuscany, passed away, l.e and the laud be gov erned both wrecks from a succession of proilipatei and Incompetents. In Knglanii the story has been much the Kiime as in France, au excellent ex ample of the pirlstilng royal lino be ing the famous Tudors. Henry VII., on his father's side, sprang from the mar riage of a plain Welsh gentleman, Owen Tudor, who had the luck to mar ry Catherine, tut' widow of Henry V.; on his mother's side, with the bar sin ister marrins; tie d"cency of his de scent he claimed John ol Gaunt as his ancestor. As earl of Richmond, ltos worth Field, fought in 14S5, ;.ivij him the throne, and the Tudor name took Its place among that of klng-i. it van ished again on Ma 'ch 21, Men. when Queen Kli.abeth, tli.i last of hW de scendants, died unmarried at the ag t 0f pyetlty I Advantages of speaking Tubes. Having been shown the speaking tube nnd had its uses explained. Fl.vna, the new porter, blew a mighty Mast In It. The proprietor came to tho tube and inquired: "What's wanted down there'.'" "Tin Oi, Paddy Fiymi. Ar' ye th' boss?" "1 am.' "Well, thin." y.-lJeil Flynn, "shtlck yer head out av th' second-story windy whollo Ol shtep out on th' soldewalk. Ol want to talk to' yt; I"