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THE PLACE FOR A POOR MAT?.
Alameda, A'. W. T., Canaaa, ' Dee. 25nd, 1899. .Hr. B. Davies, Canadian Government Agent, St. raul, .Minn.: Dear Sir—As I promised you about ftwo years ago that at sotne future time :I would let you know what I thought tof Western Canada and the chances of a poor mpn making a start and support ing a family at same time, so will write a few facts concerning my own expe rience the past 21 months" and what I have done, any able-bodied man can do, provided be will work. I left Traverse country, March 20th, 1898, landed in Alameda at nbon the 21st, with $3,55 in my pocket, a stranger and among strangers, and when my family came in Oct., 1898, my .wife had nearly $lO, or barely enough .to pay freight on her stove, sewing-ma •chine’and clothes and beds. I com menced work March 28th, also made en try for homestead same day (the man I started work for loaning me sls to •pay entrance fee), and X have earned «or at least received $478.10 in .since then, and have been idle at least :2 months of the 21 since I came. The II • * <» moiuio 01 CIIC Cl 3111 CC I csin§: Iho homestead X took had 12 acres broke by a former occupant. T paid S2O to have it replowed in July, ’9S, and the seed wheat for it cost me $8.25. I let it to a neighbor for % in elevator clear of all expense except the seed, and this fall I received $70.10 for my part of the crops off of the 12 acres, so my total receipts the past 21 months has been $548.10, and my expenses besides living for self and family have been as fol low*: Entrance fee ($5.00 being paid for cancellation) ........$ 15.00 Summer fallowing 12 acres.... 20.00 Seed for same 8.25 C&st of house, besidt-s my own labor on same.. 75.55* 20 acres of breaking and double „ discing same GO.OO $179.50 My half of wh^at.. 70.10 Net expense. homestead ....$109.00 We on our homestead Jtuly 10th, 18C ,<j, 32 acres in good shape for crc.ps igqp. My wife joins with me i r j. sending best wishes to you and y° jrss. You can truly say to any poor man who pays a big rent to get a farm f(somebody else’s land) or works for 'wages to support a family, that I have personally tried both in Minnesota and tried hard to make a success of it, but found to my sorrow that after working hard a poor living was all I could get out of it, and after nearly 2 3-ears of Western Canadian life I will "say that I am very’ thankful to you for helping me to decide to try it in Canada. Yours respectfully, W. H. KINK ADS. WHY AMERICANS WIN. Wheß They Climb a Ladder They 'Don’t Require Anyone to Hold It. One of the many reasons why American are so successful competing ■in foreign markets is to be found in the 'following episode, which occurred recently: An America!) manufacturer of steam spe cialties was visiting an English firm which made similar goods. A certain article which ‘ both firms ma’de was under discussion. “What is your price on this thing?” asked , the American. “Well, in your money, about $19,” replied the Englishman. “What does it cost you?” ‘Til deliver at your door all you want at seven dollars apiece,” said the American. “How in the world do you do it?” “W ell. I’ll illustrate,” answered the Amer ican. “Look out of that window and across the street. See that man painting a sign?” ■‘Yes.” “He son a ladder, isn’t he?” les."’ . .. : “See that other man sitting on the side walk nolding the foot of the ladder?” “ Yes.” “Now, in America we have ladders that atand up by themselves—don’t Seed a man to hold ’em. So, you -ee, in this instance we divide your cost of labor exactly bv two.” “I see, ’ remarked the trical Review. XVns All Knee. The' governor general of Canada, while enjoying a drive in the keen, frostv air. met an Indian who was very lightly clad. From snere curiosity he stopped the sleigh when •opposite the Indian and asked him how it "was he could withstand the cold under so light a covering. The Indian, without a moment s hesitation, answered by asking- How your face not cold?” The. governor genera! explained in his simplest English how it was that, the skin nt his face having been exposed to the weather always, it naturally had hardened. Ih e Indian waited till the white man was through, then, with an utterly expression less cqunteanee. he said: “Me all face,” and went his way.—Cincin nati Enquirer. There are some women who always use the same kind of judgment in allowing a poor jteak to be passed off on them that they exercised years ago in selecting a husband.— 1 Atchison Globe. Backaches are wearying beypnt! des* cription ami they indicate real trouble somewhere* Efforts to hear the dzsii para are heroic? hut they do not overcome it and the backaches oontinue until the cause is re* moved* floes this more certainly than any other medicine* It has heats doing it for thirty years* It Is a wo man's ntedfaino for wo- is is* §i has done much for the health Qf Amerie&ss. women* fteae! the grateftsS feffcts frotn women constantly . ap* pearing in this paper, Mrs* Pinkham counsels women free of charge* Her address- Is Lynn, Mass* .■ km fe! [Copyright, 1895. by D. Appleton & Co. All rights reserved.] - CHAPTER XVll.—Continued. We now began to hurry a little, and found that C'orte was right, for the soldiers who had lined the passage inside the Bronze gates had taken themselves off, and a con siderable number of servants and follow ers were enjoying here the results of pi ratical raids on the supper tables. Outside, however, everything was in or der, for De LeyVa was a thorough soldier. I found both the Spaniard and De Briconnet cursing their luck at being on the guards* and attacking a capon which they frere washing down with copious draughts of Falernian. THeir duties kept them out side, and it was a poor supper they were making, by the light of torches, seated to gether on the steps of the Vatican. •••* )• i e-w -m o - •• 1 out already, eavaliere?” asked De Briconnet. “Is the cardinal going?” “No, but there is a little business,” I an swered, as I called Jacopo. “Nom du diable! Can I not come?” “It would be a relaxation,” said De Leyva. “I am afraid not, gentlemen, although we thank you. Here, jtcopol Get three of our fellows and follow me. Tell the others to hold their horses. 1 ’ It was done in a twinkling, and in a few steps, having harked batik, we were in the Papal gardens. The casino or summer-house of the pope was in full light, and we directed our steps there without difficulty. I made two of our men walk lb front, Jacopo and the third behind us, and we remained in the middle. Strict orders were given to have swords ready, and to use them at once. Except for the moonlight, the gardens themselves wefe not illuminated, and as we tramped along the paths I thought to thyself how easy it would have been for Michelotto to have got rid of both St. Ar mande and myself, if we had been foolß enough to go without escort. Nothing happened. We reached the casino and waited there a full hour; but there was no sign of Michelotto. At last I lost patience. “lie never meant to cross a sword with you, chevalier. I can bear witness you were here, aijd kept tryst. We have escaped a felon's blow, together. Couie back—it is getting late—even for his eminence.” We turned, and made our way back, but it was a good two hours before D’Amboise retired. Bayard had gone on long before, declining all offers of escort. When we reached the palace we found lie had arrived safely. I wished St. Armande a good night, with more respect for him in my heart than # I ever felt before, and turned to seek my apartments. Late as it was, however, there was to be no sleep for me, as De Briconnet, whose brain the Falerian had merely made more lively, insisted on accompanying me, and we split another flask, and talked of falconry till the verge of the morning. CHAPTER XVIII. THE OPAL RING. “His eminence will await the Signor’ Donati at supper this evening.” Defaure delivered his message* received his answer, and tripped away, hi 3 little page's cap set jauntily on the side of his head, and the haft of his dagger clinking Bgainst the silver chain which held it to his belt. As for me, my heart leaped at the words, for I felt sure my business was come, and, summoning Jacopo, I gave him the necessary orders to have our men in readi ness for an immediate start. I then sought St. Armande, and told him what I expect ed. “I am ready,” he said, simply. “Very well, then sup lightly, and await me in my apartments.” I turned back, and on reaching my rooms was surprised to find I had a visitor await ing me. It was Corte. As 1 have said, he has cast aside his fantastic dress, and was robed as a doctor. He still kept his heavy book under his arm, and the features of his curious seamed face, and thin, bloodless lip*, were as pale as if he had arisen from the dead. His ej r es alone blazed with an unnatural brilliancy, hut he was outwardly calm. “I came but to see if .you were safe, sig nore, after last night,” he said, as he took my hand. “Thanks,” I replied, offering him a seat, “we are all quite safe. Nothing happened. The don was not thex-e. Either he had changed his mind, or we were too strong in force.” “A little of both, I should think,” he said, with a thin smile, as he placed his book on tlie table. “Signore,” he went on, “are you not a little surprised and curious to see me as I am?” “Well, Messer Corte, I will own to it. But I am honestly glad that fortune has given the wheel a right turn for you.” “It is not fortune,” lie said, “it is some thing greater. It is fate. No chance turn of the wheel of a sleeping goddess. When I fled from you, signore, on that day,” his voice choked a little, “I came to Rome. Never mind how. Here a great man found me. Great men pick up little things for their purposes sometimes. And Matthew Corte, who is but a little man, knows things the great man does not know. IIo! ho!” anJ he laughed mirthlessly. “And that has put crowns in your purse?” ■ “Yes, crowns in my purse, crowns in my purse,” he repeated, and then the old mad _ness came upon him, and he rose and paced the room. “I-could have done it'last night, made the hilt of rqy dagger..ring against his heart—the devil—the devil. But he is not to die this way—hot thus—hot thus. He will die as no other man has died, and it will come soon, very soon —Mathew Corte swears this.” . He stopped suddenly, and turned to me . with the question: “Have you ever seen a mad dog die?” ,' “No,” I answered, wondering what would come next. “Well, my dog is dead.” “I am sorry,” I began, but he interrupted. “Dead, I say. Life went from it in writli ipgs and twistings, in screams of agony— the little beast, poor little beast! I would •have ended its misery, but I wanted to sec. 1 wanted to find some death so horrible that it would pass the invention of man. And I; Jiave found it, signore. See this toy of a knife! This fairy’s dagger!” and lie held up a tiny lancet, “on!y a touch of it, and a man would die as that dog did, in writh .ings, in twistings, in screams—” I rose and put my hand on his arm, keep ing my eyes steadily on his face. “Cotta," Lsaid,i‘-this is not like you- You arc not well. Here is some wine,” and I poured him out a goblet of Orvieto. lie ■ drained it at a gulp, and sat with his head bhried-m Iris hands. . As lie *sat there, the scene in the lonely hut', when I went forth an outcast from Arezzo, came'back to me, and there rose b’efpre mo the dim light of the torch, the thad figure of my host, and I could almost hear the pattering -of the rain and the (ly ing hisses of the log fire.without. Then I -saw other tilings as well, and a pity came on me toy the-man before me. A sudden thought struck me, and, acting on the im pulse of the moment, i spoke: • “See here, Corte!. You are ill, you want rest, quiet. Throw off these dark thoughts, and do what I say, 'Two miles from Colza, in the Bergamasque, a ftnall farm. It is thine. Mine still, though mortgaged. Go there. Ask for the Casino Savelli, and say you have come from n from Ugo di Sa velli. -You know my name now, and they will want nothing Ynbre from you. Live there until you are better, or as long as you like. The air is pure, in the hills there is the boqueton for you to hunt; the life is good. Will you do this?” He lifted his head, and looked at me. Then, rising, he placed one hand on each of my shoulders, thin hands they were, with long bony fingers that held like claws. “Signore,” he said, with emotion, “Donati or Savelli—whoever you are—you are a good mall. I thank you, but it cannot be. Good-by!” And, lifting up his book, he turned and strode out of the room, leaving me a little chilled. After that I waited for my meeting with D’Amboise. I saw to the packing of a valise, went down and looked at the horses, closely inspected the arms and mounts of my men, who looked capable df anything, and, in one way hnd another, managed to get through the time, until about the sixth hour, when his eminence supped. I present ed myself punctually, and was ushered into an inner apartment which I had not hith erto seen, and where the supper was teVi dently to be held, for the table was set out there. I \vaa alone at first, and, seating my self on a lounge, looked about me. The room was small, but beautifully fitted up, and had all the appearance of being the cardinal's private study. 33y my side was a table on which was spread a map, with various crosses marked on it in red chalk, the chalk itself lying on the map, where if }">'] )>"•* ••##]#*♦)>• I C > 0 it had been carelessly flung. In front of me was an altar, surmounted by a silver crucifix, bearing an exquisitely-carved Christ. Near it, in a corner, leaned a long straight sword, from whose cross handle hung a pair of fine steel gauntlets. Rest ing on a cushion, placed on a stand, was the cardinal’s hat, and behind the stand I could see the brown outline of a pair of riding boots and the glitter of burnished spurs. In a corner of the room was a large table, set out with writing materials and covered with papers. Running my eyes over these idly, 1 finally let them rest on the supper table, which was arranged with lavish profusion. The curtains of the win dows were drawn, and the light from eight tall candles, in jeweled holders, fell on the rose and amber of the wine in the quaint flasks, on the cheerful brown crusts of the pasties, on the gay enameling of the com fitures, and on the red gold of the plate. I noticed, too, that the table was set for three only. It was evidently a private sup per, where things were to be discussed, and I became glad, for I felt already a step on wards towards winning back my narpe, and --I seemed to see in the mirror on the wall to my left, a vision of a woman with dark hair,, and dark eyes— “ Your eminence!” I fairly started up. 1 had not observed the entrance of D’Am boise until he stood beside me and touched me lightly on the shoulder. “Dreaming, cavaliere! 1 did not think you were so given. lam afraid that, late as I am, I must still keep you from your sup per, for I expect another guest. Ha! there he is!” Indeed, as he spoke, the door swung open noiselessly, and Machiavelli entered. He was plainly and simply dressed, and wore no sword, merely a dagger at his side. I thought, however, I caught the gleam of a steel corselet under his vest, as lie greeted the cardinal, and D’Amboise’s own sap phire was not more brilliant than the single opal which blazed in the secretary’s hand. “This is the CaValiere Donati, your excel lency/’ said the cardinal, “but I think you know each other.” Machiavelli extended his hand to me with his inscrutable smile; but as I met his eyes “ The torgta will rue this day.” I saw that they were troubled and anxious, lie, however, spoke with easy unconcern. “Well met, Messer Donati. I can only say I am sorry we parted so soon. I would have given much to have had you in Florence for a few days more.” “l'our excellency is most kind.” “St. Dennis!” said the cardinal, “but are' you gentlemen going to exchange compli ments, ahd starve instead of sitting down to supper: Burin, are we not ready?” and he turned to his gray-haired major-domo, who had entered the room. “Your eminence is served,” replied the man, and we took our seats on each side of the table, D’Amboise between us. “You need not wait, Burin, but remain in the passage.” Burin stepped out silently, and the cardinal said, with an air of apol ogy: “You must not mind so informal a re past, gentlemen; but we have much to dis cuss —pleasure first, however—my maitre d’hotel lias an artist’s soul, and he will have a fit if we do not touch this pasty.” The cardinal ate-and talked. I nowand then put in a word, but the secretary was very silent, and hardly touched anything. “St. Dennis!” said D’Amboise, “but your excellency is a poor trencherman. And I heard so much of you!” “Your eminence will excuse me, when I say I have bad news.” D’Amboise became grave at once. “Let me say how sorry I am. It is not a matter of state?” and he glanced meaningly at the secretary. “Not in the least; but much worse—a do mestic matter. Ido not see why I should not tell you. That cursed brigand Baglioni has seized on my ward Angiola Castellani, and holds her a fast prisoner in Perugia.” I felt cold all over to my feet. “The Lady Angiola?” 1 exclaimed. “Precisely,” said Machiavelli, dryly; “I think you have met.” “But this can be easily remedied,” burst in D’Amboise; “a demand from the Signory, a word from France.” “Will not bring the dead to life again,” put in the secretary. “My God!” 1 burst out, “she is not dead?” “Worse than that,” he said; “it was done by Cesare’s orders.” “Then Cesare Borgia will pay with his life for this,” I exclaimed. At this moment there was a knock at the door, and Burin entered, bearing a silver flagon, the stopper of which was made of a quaintly-carved dragon. “Y'our eminence ordered this with the second service,” he said, placing it before D’Amboise and retiring. “I pledge you my word, your excellency, that 1 will not rest until full reparation has been made for this outrage on an ally of France,” said D’Amboise. “I could almost find it in my heart to let loose open war for -this.” “We are not ready, your eminence. Rest assured of my thanks, and I will gladly ac cept your aid; hut at present we can do nothing. This, however, has not decreased my zeal for the measures we are planning, and with your permission we will now dis cuss these, and put aside my private trouble.” For me, I could hardly breathe. A hun dred feelings were tossing together within roe; all that 1 could think of was to throw aside everything, to gallop to Perugia, to save her at any cost. The cardinal’s voice came to tne as from a distance. “I agree—one glass each of this all round, and then—cavaliere, would you mind hand ing me those glasses?” Three peculiar-shaped, straw-colored Ve netian glasses were close to me; these I passed onwards mechanically to D’Amboise, and he went on, filling the glasses to the brim with wine from the flagon, as he spoke. “I admired the rare workmanship of this flagon last night, and his holiness sent it home with me, full to the brim with this Falernian, which Giulia Bella herself poured into it. The wine is of a priceless brand, and our lord was good enough to say that if I liked it he would send me all in his cel lars if I only let him know.” “We will drink this, then, with your emi nence's permission, to the success of the un dertaking,” said the secretary, poising his glass in the air. “Right,” said D’Amboise. “Gentlemen, success to our venture!” He raised the wine to his lips. I silently did the same. “Hold on!” We stopped in amaze, and Machiavelli, who had spoken, quietly emptied bis glass into a bowl beside him. “What does this mean?” said the cardinal. “This, your eminence,” and Machiavelli held out his hand, on which an opal was flashing a moment before. T lie stone was still t Lie re, in tire gold band on bis finger; but it was no longer an opal, but something hi 'll) ;) [■) ))■■■!■ DUO ID lia: 110 ionict an • /•••■) *«# »oaioonmg hlack as jet, devoid of all luater. Startled by the movement, D’Amboise bent over the extended fingers, and I fol lowed his example. The red on the cardi nal’s cheek went out, and his lips paled as he looked at the ring. “Poison! Heart of Jesus!” he muttered through pale lips. “Yes,” said Machiavelli, slowly, with drawing his hand, “the ring tells no lies. Diavolo! Was ever so grim a jest? Asking you to tell him if your eminence liked the wine!” It was too near a matter to be pleasant, and the hideous jest, and the treachery of Alexander, filled me with a hot anger. It had the effect, however, of pulling me to gether at once, the sudden presence of death, and the danger, recalling me to myself, for all my thoughts of Angiola. I breathed a prayer of thanks for our escape. It was a good omen. My luck was not yet run out. D’Amboise sprang to his feet. “By G —!” he said, bringing his clenched fist into the palm of his hand, “the Borgia will rue this day; here, give me those glasses.” He seized them, and, drawing back the curtain, flung them out of the window, where they fell into the court outside, breaking to splinters with a little tinkling crash. Then he emptied out the contents of the flagon, and hurled it into the grate, where it lay, its fine work crushed and dented, the two em erald eyes of the dragon on the stopper blinking at us wickedly. This outburst made D’Amboise calmer, and it was with more composure that he struck a small gong, and reseated himself at the table. As he did so Burin entered the room. “We want a clear table,” said the cardi nal; “remove these things and hand me that map.” By the time Burin had done this, his emi nence showed no further trace of excite ment, except that his lips were very firmly set, and there was a slight frown on his fore head as he smoothed out the roll of the map. One corner kept obstinately turning tip, and as Machiavelli quietly put his hand on it to keep it in said: “See! The ring is as it was berore.” We looked at the opal, and, sure enough, the poison-tint was gone, and under the pale, semiopaque blue of its surface lights of red, of green, and of orange,-flitted to and fro. “It is wonderful,” I said, and D’Amboise smiled grimly to himself. The cardinal placed his finger on the map, where the port of Sinigaglia was marked. “Is it here he lands?” ‘Wes,” replied Machiavelli, “and then straight to Rome.” “Y T ou have sure information?” ‘Wes.” “Then will your excellency instruct M. Donati? As arranged, I pledge an imme diate movement on the part of Tremouille, at the first sign of success.” “You have agreed, cavaliere, to undertake thb. task?” find the secretary turned tome. “I have, youi; excellency.” Machiavelli then went on. Speaking incis ively, wasting no words. “In teii day! or thereabouts from now Monsignore Bozardo, the Papal envoy to the Grand Turk, will land at Sinigaglia and start for Rome. He brings with him a letter and a sum of money, 40,000 ducats. These are for his holiness. Bozardo and the letter may reach, if you like; the ducats must not.” “Where are they to go?” “To the Duke de la Tremouille.” “I follow.” “Understand that you take thi3 venture at your own risk.” I saw what he meant; if I failed I was to be sacrificed, and my mind was made up. I Would accept, With a condition. “1 quite understand—there is one thing.” “What?” “Ten days is a Wide margin. I will stop Bozardo or die; bht I propose effecting the release of the Lady Angiola as well.” A glad look came into Machiavelli’s eyes; but the cardinal flashed out: “Nom du Diable! What grasshopper have you got in your head? Leave the demoiselle to us. You cannot do two things at once.” “Then, with respect to your eminence, I decline the affair of the ducats.” “YT>u decline—you dare;” hut Machiavelli interposed. “A moment, your eminence. Can we get another agent?” “Not now; it is too late now.” “And we have no money for active meas ures?” “Not a Jivre.” “It seems to me that the cavaliere has us in his hands, and we had better agree. After all, he only risks his head twice, instead of once.” D’Amboise hit his lips, and with a frown began to drum on the tablepvith his fingers. I sat silent but resolved, and Machiavelli, rising, went to the writing table, pulling out from his vest a parchment. In this lie rapidly wrote something, and, dusting it over with drying powder, held it to the flame of a candle. Then he turned back leisurely, and, as he resumed his seat, handed me the paper. “I have just filled in your name on this blank safe-conduct through the Papal States. I took the precaution of obtaining this from Sforza to-day. When can you start?” “Now, your excellency,” and I put the safe-conduct securely by. “I suppose 1 must agree,” said the cardi nal, suddenly. “If it fails, all is lost; if it succeeds—” “There will probably be a new Conclave, your eminence,” said Machiavelli. D’Amboise’s forehead flushed dark at the hidden meaning in the Florentine’s words. But we all knew that the chair of St. Peter was ever before his eyes, and for this he schemed and saved, although profuse in his habits. George of Amboise never gained his desire, hut when he died he left a for tune of eleven millions. This, however, was yet to be. I had already risen to take my leave as Machiavelli spoke, and the cardinal, taking no notice of his last remark, turned to me, 1 with something of his old good temper. Per haps the hint of Florentine support at the next papal election was not without its soit ening effect. “Did I undertsand you to say that you were ready to start at once, cavaliere?” “Yes, your eminence.” “Then let me wish you good fortune adieu!” “Your eminence has my grateful thanks.” I bowed to D’Amboise and the secretary, and withdrew; but as the door swung be hind me I heard Machiavelli’s voice. “The air of Rome does not suit me, your eminence, No, thanks. No more Faler nian,” [TO SB CONTINUED.] The Chief Justice of Samoa Says Peruna is The Very Best Catarrh Care. Court Room Scene where Judge Chambers maintained the supremacy of the United States in Samoa. In a recent letter to The Peruna Medicine Co., Chief Justice Chambers says the following of Peruna: " I have tried one bottle of Peruna, and I can truthfully say it is one of the best tonics I ever used, and I take pleasure in recommending it to ell sufferers who are in need of a good medicine. I can recommend it as one of the very best remedies for catarrhW. L. Chambers. MOTIVES MISUNDERSTOOD. How tlie Uproarious Hosiery of R Swtli Ttmng Matt Strncli a Hotel Clerk. There is a young business man who has more hosiery than he knows what to do with, lie was quite recently on a business trip, and happened to stop for a couple of days in Philadelphia. He wanted to get some advertising, but he was not fixed to pay for it, and'he had read about the “king of the dudes’’ and other freaks who manage to get some brief notoriety because of their antics. He had ten dollars to spare on a scheme, and he accordingly went to a bar gain sale at which they had a lot of last sum mer socks at 50 cents a pair. He spent the money on these things, and he went out of his way to get the most outrageous combina tions of color and the most bizarre effects that were in the place. He succeeded won derfully. He had socks which made the asphalt sidewalks CUrl as thev do Under ex treme heat. His extremities fairly shrieked. Then he spent the day in the Corridor of ths hotel sitting in. a conspicuous place showing off the socks. He would wear a pair for about 20 minutes, go to his room, change, and, coming down, show off another design for about the same time. He did this for al most ten hours, and naturally attracted quite a good deal of attention. That, Was what he wanted, but he could not break into the newspapers. The clerk when he Was paying his bill said: “You ought to patent that invention.” “What’s that?” asked the sock man with an anticipatory smile, as he expected some thing complimentary about his scheme. “Don’t you do that for cold feet?”—Pitts burgh Daily News. Missing Commandments. The brilliant young preacher, when he makes his parochial calls, endeavors to cultivate an acquaintance with the de velopment of the younger minds, thus after a fashion keeping tab upon his Sunday school teachers. The other afternodh while he was Waiting in the drawing-room of a beautiful Cass avenue residence for the delayed appear ance of Elsie’s mamma he was entertained by the little daughter herself. Taking her upon his lap, he began ft tetiew cif, th& church lessons that had been giveii to d little maid of five. “Can you tell me, Elsie, how many com mandments there are?” “Yes, sir; seven or eight.” “Oil, no, dear; there are ten.” “Yes, I know, there used to be, but I beard papa tell mamma yesterday that you had broken two or three of them at least, and that would leave only seven or eight, you know.” —Detroit Free Press. Try Grain-O! Try Grain-O! Ask your grocer to-day to show you a package of GRAIN-O, the new food drink that takes the place of coffee. The children may drink it without injury as Well us the adult. All who try it like it. CftAlN-0 lias that rich seal brown of Mocha 6r Java, but it is made from pure grains, arid the most delicate stomachs receive it Without distress. 1-4 the price of coffee, IS cts. and 25 ets. per package. Sold by all grocefs. A Perfect Bird. Dealer—Here, sir, is a very superior bird. It will mimic anything! Purchaser —Polly, want a cracker? “Yes. I’m a hollow mockery!”—N. Y. Press. Each package of PUTNAM FADELESS DYES colors more goods than any other dye and colors them better too. Sold by all druggists. Don’t give up a bill for lost. The fellow may get married and make it good.—Wash ington (la.) Democrat. For Whooping Cough, Piso’s Cure is a successful remedy.—M. P. Dieter, 67 Throop Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 14, ’94. When Conditions Rule. —“Do you swear or affirm?” asked the clerk. “It depends entirely upon the provocation,” replied the witness. —Philadelphia North American. The Pater —“If my daughter marries you I wish her to live in the style to which she lias been accustomed.” The Suitor—“ That’s all right, sir; your home shall be ours!”— Town Topics. “I am surprised to see Ina De Kline on an open automobile on such a raw, gusty day. I thought she was very delicate.” “She is, poor girl! The state of her health prevents her doing anything she doesn’t want to do and eating anything she doesn’t like.”— Town Topics. She (artlessly)—“Wouldn’t you like to be i woman?” He (very far gone)—“No, in deed.” She (rather hurt) —“Really! Why? He (impassioned)—“Because then I shoud not have the exquisite pleasure of loving the most beautiful of her sex.”—Ally Sloper. “Yes’m, we claim that’s the best tinware in the world. Just look at the condition of that pail.” “What about it?” “That pan, ma’am, was attached to the tail of a dog who ran 11 miles with it!”—Cleveland Plain Dealer. “They say you used to be one of the fast est fellows out,” said one jail bird. “l h* B ? “and now I'm one of the fastest in.” —Finn adelphia Bulletin. IToodoo Removed.—“ This won’t do,” ex claimed Mrs. Box, excitedly, “there’s 13 a' table.” “Isever mind, ma,” shouted littu Johnnie, “1 kin eat fur two/’—Stray Stories Those Foolish Questions. —“Hello!” ex claimed !Mrs. Jay Ascum. “What are^vou doing? Building a new shed?” “No,” re plied the long-suffering Mr. Outskirts, “I nr building an old one; can’t you see I’ve ton the new one down?” —Philadelphia Press. Mother (tearfully)—‘‘We shall lose oui daughter. He is bent on marrying her. Father —“What makes you think so- Mother —“Why she sang and played to him yesterday, and here he is again to-day —N. O. Times-Democrat, A Probable Result. Askit —What will be the result of these Kansas editors and preachers changing I places? Tellit —The people will put pumpkins in the contribution plates and pay subscrip tions ill suspender buttons. Baltimore Airierieari. The Best Prescription tor Chills j and Fever is a bottle of Grove’s Tasteless ' Chill Tonic. Itis simplyironandquininein . atasteless form. N 6 cure—fio pay. \ “This is one of the little things that j J count,” as the lecturer in the dime museum remarked in introducing the mathematical < infant prodigy.—Town Topics. To Core a Colil In One Day Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. All ! druggists refund money if it fails to cure. 25c. | When a man has a day to himself he can’t i recall any of the things he longed to do : when he was busy.—Atchison Globe. Don't judge a man’s prospects by his pre- • tensions.—Chicago Dispatch. j ALABABTIHE ings, made ready for use by mixing with cold water:. It is a cement that goes through a pro* j Cess or setting, hardens. With age, and can be j coated and recoatefl without washing off its old coats before renewing. Alabasiinti is made in white and fourteen beautifnl, tints. It is put up in five-pound packages in dry form# with complete directions on every packages ALABASTINE §§ somines, as it is entirely different from all the | various kalsomines on the market, being dnr* j ablo and not stuck on the wall with glue, Alabastine customers should avoid getting choap kalsominos under different names, by insisting on having the goods in packages i properly labeled. They should reject all im- i Rations, There is nothing “just as good.” j ALABASTINE Prevents much sickness, particularly throat and lung difficulties, attributable to unsanitary coatings on walls: It has been recommended in a paper published by the Michigan State Board of Health on accbunt of its sanitary features; which paper strongly conficffiried kalsomines. Alabastine can be used on either plastorod walls, wood ceilings, brick or canvas, and any one can brush it on. It admits of radi- j cal changes from wall paper decorations, thus ! securing at reasonable expense the latest and j bost effects. Alabastine is manufactured by the | ALABASTINE COMPANY, of GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, from whom all special information can bo ob tained. Write for instructive and interest* ing booklet, mailed free to all applicants. Planning to Paper This J^in|j! will b« refunded on r-celpt of vour first order. 'Ale catalogue quote* wholesale price, on EVERYTHING you EAT. WEAK r.nd USE. Established JOHN M. SMYTH COMPANY, 1867. iso to 166 West Madison S‘„ Order by this No. n 12. CHICAGO, ILL, jff [IuCKEm WILL KEEP YOU DRY. | Wjld) Don’t be fooled with a mackintosh or rubber coat. If you that will keep you dry in the hard- S slicker! m is not for sale In your town, write for catalogue to a A. J. TOWER, Boston. Mjyss^J*- w. L, DOUGLAS SS & 3.50 SHOES lame /T? Worth S 4 to $6 compared Jm\ with other makes. / A \lndorsed by over Ur dd jfQT] .> 1,000,000 wearers. £\ Thr genuine have W. L. /_ , yfi I I IOS Douglas’ name and price (y AS stamped on bottom. 4 ake MgjpAjjL, JT I I m 3C no substitute claimed to be \ I £ as good. Your dealer should keep them —it wt S\ not» we sen< J a receipt of price and weNSP <3 extra for carriage. State kind of leather. USE N&&Jsize, and width, plain or cap toe. Cat. free. W. L DOUGLAS SHOE CO., Brockton, Mass. COtO&tYUtIS •V ’ 1 Hl*- raSJ S I S children and adults. B v Cures at once coughs, * r'/vfdnJi <r\ colds > crom "hooping L*OUgll oyrup cough, asthma, grippe bronchitis and incipient consumption. Price Sou. 1 From Hjg Factory to USER. f,, ” —ONE Profit. Our SM'l.c" - tJSr High Am MELBA HB g .~ * Vy’ Sewing Movlilac has alt iSl'Py a / HSiii’Si the Up-to-DaU Iffiprov®' V§|©| ns. ments, necessary Attach* \W|J [ fiOgSh/t, ments and Accessories* «j (A I li ft HMM-WI with choice of oak or »•!* v— _ not cabinet. lafnrnishoa £ i jir —^ rl "'igak with fbo latest improve® S AUTOMATIC SELF* LJ TfiHEADING SHUT* Sc TLE. bt One movement «* ■-1 the ehuttfo M threadeti rendy for eerHee. Th«> MELBA ha* the paten# TAKE-TTP, Automatic BOBBIN WINDER, and • WJIPLETE net of best, Pteel attachments, carer a packed in a handsome VELVET lined case. \V eight of the machine, weather Wrcppcd and crated, is about ROlbs. Itisßnipped at fifei<iass rate. The freight will Average about SI.OO wit hiri 800 miles of Chicago. Tha cabinet work is ornamental, the -oven drawers ana cov et- being HAND CARVED and highly finished, having the heavy NICKEL-PLATED Bing Drawer Pulse, etc. Each machine is carefdlly tested before leaving our factory. A MELBA salo to Us means a new friend and customer for our general lino Ot EVERYTHING you EAT, WEAR and USE: therefore we can afford to sell it on a close margin end fully GUARANTEE it for TWENTY YEARS. We will ship this machine C. ©. D., with examination privilege, to any point fn the U. S- on receipt of *2.00 with order. Price of 7-drawer machine, all complete, is £14.25. „ . _ OUR SPRING CATALOGUE of 1,000 illustrated pages will be sent prepaid on receipt of 16 cents, which pays part of express charges, and will be refunded on receipt of first order. This catalogue ouotea wholesale prices on EVERYTHING yon EAT, WEAR and USE. Established JOHN M. SMYTH CO., 1867. 160.100 W. Madison St, Older by thU No. 11 B. CHICAGO, ILIw Thl* new, earliest, corn will rtroln* ■ 3 „ Q tlonlfecorn growing, yielding in B ,0 7 pnE/pra l 8W r in Minnesota, 400 boa. per acre. [| s O 810 FOUR OATS U \mT. ft* yields 250 bn** per acre, and yon ■ I nP N can beat tb4t 1 SPELTZ U i jfi 80 bus. per acre. Greatest grain B 1 and hay f.»od this side of the star*! Pi BARLEY, BEABDLEOS, M l * fYM] RAPE 25e. A TON , j rich, green food for cattle, I I \ V \ i * t°n* seN nine* tenths of the 9 ‘ |\lilnjxtl j Kape seed used in the U. S. M Afr BROMUB IN ERA! US U ; 'A Jf'’ jil Greatest grass on earth. Grows to ■ P* rrp, ’ tinn in America everywbete. H 'V\ iZ M THE MILLION DOLLAR U j /*- \ 1 Rotate is the most talked of po* H V-W t rv m earth, and Salzer Six I I I, S[J ///W eeka | Ixxth will make you rich. U ] 1 !"'! >atrm Seeds In the world. 1 VEGETABLE SEEDS U /fc M U Onion Seed, 80c. lb. Everythin* H ,ix| 1 M warranted to grow. 35 pkgs ear* H \ N V H«st Tegetables, postpaid, SI.OO. B > ■•i'j. mm f V FOR 10c. STAMPS B Vi and till* ntfitae, we mail great Seed II a Catalog and lOpkgs Fafrur Seed Novelties. B \ Catalog alone, sc. postage* H JohnA.SalzerSeedCo. U P LA CROSSE WIS. j] | Seed Savingi: \ £ A Cahocn Broadcast Seed Sower is economical m; Broadcast! Seed Sower £ AQ known SOjears as the JS g won^tget it,write £ GoodeH Company, | Excursion Rates to Western Canada ■ aDd particulars as to how to secure 160 acres of the best Wheat growing land on t he continent, can be secured on application to the Superlntendentof Immigration, Ottawa, Canada, or the under signed. Specially co ®; ducted excursions will leave Bt. Paul. Minn., ow the first and third Tuesday In e s cl L I P,?”‘ h ' “P'befug dally low rates on all lines quoted for excursions leaving St. Paul o M mn. and April ith. for Manitoba. katchawan and Alberta. F. PKDLE Aj» A W’poßD # migration. Ottawa. Canada: or to J .b. U £;XNETT, 214 West 9th St.. Kansas City. Mo.. W | 801 N. Y. Life Bldg. Omaha, Neb. M Dr. Williams' Indian Pll* Ointment will cure Blind, Bleeding and Itching Piles. It absorbs the tumors, allays the Itch ing at once, acts as * mail on receipt ofcrice-SD rfSv eland Ohio! WILLIAMS SIFG. CO.. Props-, Clkvelanu, vuiv. i U Th^iestKedßopTJ If li y r 1 Hu I r-* ITri S? V NEW DISCOVERY; gives U * J Q I quick relief and cures worst GGRPORAL Fi #o* riXxo te “ "ece foflse”s""id. K-73 W.Adams.Chicago IiBADERS OF THIS PAPER Suing to buy anythin advertised in its colimns SHOULD INSIST UPON HAVING WHAT THEY ASK iiOlt, Rfc.BL.SlhG all substitutes ok imitations. Ifgj Best Cough Syrup. Tastes Good. Use in tirno. Sold by drug'gisto. aTnTk.—d 1803 WHEN WRITING TO ADVERTISERS please state that you saw tbv AUvertlwp [ meat in this paper.