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THE TREE LOVER.
that TTks Iotci s tree he loves the Hfe springs in star and clod; lis loves the 1ot that (lids lbs clouds and green a the April aod; lie loves the Wide Beneficence. 1IU aoul takes hold on God. A. tiee is one of nature's words, a word of peace to man. A. word that tells of central strength from whence All things began. X word to preach tranquility to all our restless clan. Ah, bare must be the shadeleaa ways, and bleak the path mut be. Of hire who. having open eyes, has never learned to see. And so has never learned to love the beauty of a tree. Tls well for man to mix with men. to drive his stubborn quest In harbored cities where the ships come from the east and west. To fare forth where the tumult roars, and scorn the name of rest. Tls well the current of his life should to ward the deeps be whirled. And feel the clash of alien waves alontf Its channel swirled, 'And the conflux of the eddies of the mighty flowing world. But he Is wise who, 'mid what noise his winding way may be. Btlll keeps a heart that holds a nook of calm serenity. And an Inviolate virgin soul that still can love a tree. Who loves a tree he loves the life that springs fn star and clod, lie loves the love that gilds the clouds, and greens the April sod; lie loves the Wide Beneficence. Ills aoul takes hold on God. Sam Walter Foss, in N. T. Independent $ UTT YtATl. Copyright. is7, by Longmins, Green & Co. BYNOrSIS. Chspter I D'Aurlac, commanding out post where ecene Is laid, tells the story. De Gomeron has been appointed by Gen. do Rone to examine Into a charge made against him. Nicholas, a sergeant, brings in two prisoners, a man and a woman, who are from the king's camp at Ie Fere, D'Aurlac. angered by Insulting manner of de Gomeron toward the woman, strikes him. A duel follows, and during the commotion he prisoners escape. Do Bono happens on the disorderly scene, and d'Aurlac, upon giving his parole not to attempt escape, tears this remarkable sentence: "To-mor-row. ...you must die on the field. Win or lose, if I caich you at the close of the day, I will hang you as high as Haman." Chapter II D'Aurlac next morning takes Ms place as usual on de Bone's staff. In the course of his ride over the field he saves the life of Nicholas, the sergeant, who, a victim of de Gomeron's malice, Is found In Imminent danger of almost Instant death. Chapter Ill-After the battle In which King Henry utterly routs de Bone's forces, d'Aurlac, lying severely wounded, sees the forms of a man and woman moving undsr cover of the night among the dead and wounded. They find a golden collar on de Leyva'a corpse and Babette stabs Mauglnot (her partner) to gain possession of the prize. After this hideous seeno Henry with a retinue, among whom Is the ' fair prisoner who had escaped from the hand of de Gomeron. rides over the field. Chapter IV D'Aurlac In the hospital of Bte Genevieve discovers his unknown friend is the heiress of Bldache. She vis it, him AaUv. and when he is weU enough is taken to her Normandy chateau Here he learns from Maltre I'alln. the madams , s chaplain, that the king Is about to force, upon the woman a very distasteful mar riage with M. d'Ayen. With Jacques, his steward. d'Aurlac leaves for tho avowed purpose of preventing their marriage. Chapter V D'Aurlac's horse casts a hoe. This causes a delay at village of Ezy. where he comes upon Nicholas, his old sergeant, who says de Gomeron is in the neighborhood with the king's commls sfon. and that he (Nicholas) has evident of treason brewing among de Gomeron ana certain associates against the king. Chapter VI-Led by Nicholas, d Auriac roes by night to where de Gomeron Is sta tioned. Standing beside a lroken P" they hear something of ihe outline of a plot against the king. Burning with revenge, Nicholas fires through the window at de jomeron. nut mme m Chapter VII me iwo men u " Mves, and think themeselve. almost ond pursurt when they come suddenly face to face King, . , . v. ,nrlr rt wno maKKi uw " - - - cuts down, and with ) 3 de Gomeron, Nicholas, d'Aurlac escapes. Chapter VIII -Ho comes to Rouvres whero Jacques, by previous arrang cment. had prepared to have him received; from there he goes direct to I'arls. Chapter IX-D'Aurlao takes up lodgings In Paris, and lays what he knows of the Veachery In the army and among the no bles before Sully, master general of the ordnance, who advises him to keephlmse.f as much confined as possible. Chapter X-Calllng on de Belln. a friend living in Tarls, the chevalier secures from him a servant, named Bavaillac (whom de Belln had won from d'Ayen at dice) to temporarily take the place of Jues. . He learn marriage of d'Ayen and Madame de la Bldache Is to take place in imw.i... De Belln is to be d'Ayen's sponsor. CHAPTER X. Coxti.hued. I ground my teeth In alleot agony. "Watt a moment," de Belln continued, "a chamberlain of the court knowa most of It secrets, and I can tell you tiiat It i not such plain sailing oa you think for d'Ayen. The death of that unhappy Ca brielle has affected the king much. He is but now beginning to recover, and Blron, who was hurrying to his govero ment of Burgundy, has been ordered to remain in close attendance on the king. 'Whether Blron knew of the king s in tentions or not, I do not know; but he has strongly urged the suit of one of Ms gentlemen for the hand of madamelt is that croque-mort de Comeron, with n vu fmilr. a stout soldier. It is said that the marshal has even preyed de Gomeron's suit with madam, and that, rather than marry d'Ayen, ond clinging to any chance for escape, she has agreed to fall In with his views. This I heard from the Tidame, and Chevalier de LaHn good enough authority. "One alternative Is os bad a the other. . 'There is no Katlsfying some peop e. Why, man, don't you see it would be the best thing w the world for you if It was settled in favor of our friend from the Camargue. ; 'That lowborn scoundrclv "Mon ami, we don't know anything bout that. Give the devil his due; he is a bettor man than d'Ayen. I know there 1 111 blood between yon, and wonder that eoxne has not bcea spilt before There will be before this Is ended" Tenezi Let but the king agree to de Gomeron's suit ond be Is hard pressed, I tell you, for Sully even is on Biron's side In this matter, and after that H "What?" Henry's mind will haTe turned an other woy. There are many who would like to play queen, and few like Mes dames de Guercbville and Bldache. "But in any case, Belln, I lose the game." You have become very clever In your retreat, my friend. You win your game if de Gomeron la accepted and then 'And then, my wise adviser? 'She need not marry the Camargue. You can run him through under the limes in the Tuilerles wed madame. and grow cabbages at Auriac ever after. Pouf! The matter la simple!" Miserable as I was I fairly laughed out at Belin'a plot. Nevertheless, the hopefulness of the man, his cheery tone and happy pplrlt had their effect upon me, and if It turned out that the king was wavering there waa more than a straw of hope floating down stream to me. My courage grew also when I put together Bully's words with Belin's news that Blron was detained by the side of the king. It surely meant that this waa done to prevent the marshal dolnr mischief elsewhere. If bo, I was nevertheless on the horns of a dilemma, for by telling of the plot I would. If my storv were believed, make matters nope less, and advance d'Ayen's cause to the misery of the woman I loved. On the other hand, by keeping silent I was in an equally hard case. My nlcdire to Sully prevented me from tak ing Belln fully into my confidence, and hardly knowing what I was doing, I poured myself out another full goblet of the chambertin, and drained it at a draft. 'i:xcellcnt,"sald Belln, "there is noth ing like Burgundy to steady the mind; in nnothcr moment you will be yourself again and think as I do in this matter. Courage, man I Pick your heart up. A fortnight Is a devil of a long time, and" "M. le Baron d'Ayen," and Vail an threw open the door, and atits eat ranee stood the cold-blooded instrument of the king. "My dear De Belln," he said, bowing low, "I trust my visit is not inoppor tune? I had no Idea you were en gaged." "Never more welcome, baron. I think monsieur lc chevalier is known to you sit down and help yourself to the chambertin." IVAyen bowed slightly to me; but I took no notice and rose to depart. 'I will say good day, Belln, and many thanks for what you have done." "Bo not retire on my account, mon sieur le chevalier," said d'Ayen, lit his mocking voice. "I come to give news to my friend here, which will doubtless interest you. The fact la his majesty inalsts on my marriage taking place ns soon as possible, ond has given instruc tions for the chapel in the Louvre to be prepared for the ceremony. You still hold good to your promise of being one of my sponsors, de Belln?" "If the wedding comes off cer tainly." "Hal ha! If It comes off! I would ask you, too, monsieur, and he turned to me, "but I know you have pressing business elsewhere." "Whatever my business may be, mon sieur, there is one thing I must at tend to first, and I must request the pleasure, of yourcompany todlscuss it." "A hi" he aid, stroking the marabout feathers In his hat, "that difference of opinion we had n1xut the woods of Bl dache eh? I see from your face it Is so. I had almost forgotten It. "Monsieur's memory is convenient." He bow cd with a grin. "I am oldi; but shall take care not to forget this time" "Come, gentlemen," and Belln Inter posed, "the day is too young to begin to quarrel, nnd if this must come to a meeting allow your seconds to arrange tho time and place. One moment, baron," nnd taking me by the arm he led me to the door. "Malheurcux! he whispered, "will you upset the kettle! See me to-morrow, nnd adieu!" lie pressed my hand, and I went out preceded by Vallon.who must have caught Belin'a words, but whose fnco was as Impassive as stone. T gee you have changed your livery with your old servant, chevalier," said ralin, sipping at Jils wine, as me man went out, closing the door carefully and aoftly belU nd him. Not so. Jacques has merely gon away temporarily on some business of Importance, In fact, he left to-day, shortly before you came In, and this man, or rather youth, lias been lenivo me by a friend." And his name Is Bavaillac 7" "Yea.- An uncommon name for a man of his class." "Perhaps but these men assume all kinds of names. He Is, however, better educated than the usual run of people In his position, and bears an excellent character, although he has been a Flagellant; from which complaint he has recovered." "Most of them do and now, my good friend, let us dismiss Bavaillac and tell me how you progress." For a moment it was In me to tell him all. to say that I had abandoned a w orthless cause, nnd tb I could do no more, ns I was leaving France at once What was I to say ? I could not answer I'alln. Through the now-darkening room I could see his earnest features turned toward me for reply, and behind it there moved in the shadow the dim outline of a fair face set In a mass of chestnut hair, and tho violet light from its eves seemed to burn through my veins. My tongue was stilled and I could say nothing. At length he spoke nerain. "Do I gather from your silence that vou have failed?" "Nonot so but little or noining could be done, ns the king has only just come, and then" I stopped. "And then what?" "It reems that madame has changed her mind." "I do not follow you. Do you know what vou are Baying?" His tone was coldly stern. My temper began to rlscnt this. "Yes, I think I do, or else why has madame come to Paris, and what is this story henr about a M. de Gomeron? If that is true it ends the matter." I got up ns I spoke nnd began to pace the room in my excitement. "Had I been twenty years younger, M. d'Aurlac, I would have paraded you for what you have said; but my cloth and my age forbid it. My age, not be cause it has weakened my arm, but be cause it has taught me to think. My young friend, you are a fool." "I know I have been," I said, bitterly, "but I shull be no longer." "And in saying so confirm yourself In your folly. Are you so beside your self that you condemn unheard! Bit down, man, and hear what I have to 1- MONSIEUR LE BARON D'AYEN." watched you, and you are worthy. Be of good courage." He stretched out bis bund and I grasped It In silence. "See here," he continued, "I have come to you like a thief In the twilight. because I have that to say which la for you alone. It is useless to appeal to the king. Our only chance is lugnt, ana we have no one to rely on but you. will you help us help madame?" Whv need to ask nave i not al ready ald so? Am I not ready to die, If need be, to save her?' "You are now," he said, "but I will not press that point. Ihen we, or rather I, can count on you?" "To the end of my sword; but doe not madame know of this?" Not yeU Should It fall through, there would be only another bitter dis appointment for her. It is, moreover, an idea that has but shaped itself with me to-day." "Where do you propose going?" "To Switzerland. There we would be safe, and there they are of our faith." "Itemember, Maitre Talin, that I am not." "Look inte your own heart nnd tell me that again at another time. Can you count on a sword or two7 "If Jacques were only here!" I ex claimed. And then, remembering my new man's reputation: "They say Bavaillac is good, nnd I have a friend" I bethought me of Belln "upon whom I think I can rely. Better one blade of steel than two of 6oft iron, chevalier. We must do what we can with what we have." "When do you propose starting?" "On the night of the fete at the Louvre." "And we meet?" "Under the three limes IntheTuile rics at Compline." "I have but one horse at present we must have more." "That is not hard. I will settle that with Pantin. lie knews the spot exact ly and w ill have horses In readiness and guide you there, if need be." "I know it, too, and will not fail you. God grant us success." "Amen!" There was n silence of a moment, and then Palln arose. "It grows darker and darker," he said; "I must go now adieu!" and he held out his hand. "Not yet good-by," I said. "I will ac company you to the end of the Mala- qunls at any rate. Ho! Bavaillac! My hat and cloak!" There was no answer; but it seemed as if there was the sound of a stumble on the etalrs outfiide the closed door, and then all was still. "Diable! That sounds odd," I claimed; "and 'tis so dark here I hardly lay hands on anything. Here they are now come along." As I opened the door to lead the way out I saw a flash of light on the stair case and Mme. Pantin appeared bear ing a lighted candle In her hand. "I was coming to light your room, monsieur," she said. J nccoinpanlt d Palln to the end of the Malaquais, speaking of many things on the way, and finally left him, as he in sisted on my coming no further. So much had happened during the day, however, that I determined to cool my brain with a walk, and my intention was to cross the river and return to my lodging by the Point nux Mcnn uiers. TO DB C0NT1NCED. MY COLLEGE FRIEND. Had Seen a Light on the Subject of Prosperity. ex can O! say, can I0W. CHAPTKB XI. A BW1M IN THi: 812INK. Swearing ho would be back again In a week, Jacques set out for Ky within an hour of our return to the Hue des Doux Mondes, and his going had re moved ono weight from my mind. I knew full well that, unless something beyond his control happened, my busi ness would be faithfully discharged, though I felt I was losing a tower of strength when I needed support most, as I watched him riding along the Mala quais, mounted on the sorrel and lead ing the gray. Ho went out of sight at last, and now that the momentary bustle caused by his departure had ceased, I had leisure to think of what I had heard from De Belln, and those who have read the pre ceding pages nnd have formed their Judgment as to what was my character at that time, can well imagine that I was mentally on the rack. The trouble with d'Ayen was bad enough; but united to that was Bellu's statement that hc she was prepared, no matter w hat the circumstances were. to give her hand to de Gomeron! Had I been In her place death would have been preferable to me rather thnn this alter native, ond then I thought of tho token she had sent bnclc to me felt that I wns being trifled with, nnd gave full rein to my jealous and bitter temper. "Maitre Talln to wait oi monsieur le chevalier. I pulled myself together with an ef fort and advanced to meet my old friend ns ho came in. "At last! I have been expecting you hourly for some time." "I could not come, chevalier, I will explain In a moment." "First, sit down. Tske that chair there near the window, It commands a food TiffW. It will not keep you long. You leave Paris five minutes after, if you like." I came back to my seat and Palln con tinued: "You nppear to be offended at Mad ame de la Bidachc's coming to Paris?" "I am not offended I have no right to be." "Well, it will Interest you to hear that her coming to Paris was forced. That practically we are prhoners." "You mean to say that he the king has gone as far as that! "I mean what I say madame cannot leave her hotel, except to go to the Louvre, without his permission." "But this U infamous!" "In an almost similar cae this was what the daughter of De Couvres ald, and yet she died Duchess de Beaufort. But arc you satisfied now?' "I am," I said, in a low tone, and then with an effort, "but there is still the other matter." "You are exacting are you sure you have a right to ask that?" "I have no right, but If it Is true It means that the affair is at an end." "If it Ls true?" "Then It is not?" My heart began to beat faster. "I did not say so. Bemembcr that the alternative is M. le Baron d'Ayen." There is another." "And thnt is?" "Death." "We are Huguenots," he answered, coldly, und believe In the word of God. We do not kill our souls." "Great Heavens, man! Tell me If it Is true or not? Do not draw this out. In ro many words, is Mme. de la Bldache pledged to de Gomeron?" "Most certainly not, but Blron and htr nearest relative, Tremoullle, have urged it on her as a means of escape. She has, however, given no answer." "Then De Belln was wrong?" "If you mean that Compte do Belln said eo, tlkcn he had no authority for the statement." , "Palln," I fcaid, "you wcro right. 1 am a fool." "You are," he answered, "exactly what your father was before you at your oge." "My father you knew him?" "Yes Baoul de Breuil, slro d'Aurtao and governor of Provence. Wo were friends In tho old days, and I owed him my life once, a did also Henry the Great, our king and master, In the days of hhs youth. t "And you never told me this?" "I have told you now. I owe the houe of Auriac my life twice over, and I recognize In this, aa la all things, the hand of CML Young man, 1 Lavo ONLY A LICENSE. How II Arrived at Conclusion Tnat the Ilasls of Good Times for This Counter ! Pro tectlon. I had occasion to visit a college town In an eastern state a few days ago, and in a few leisure moments I took a run up to the old familiar campus. Col lege had Just opened and students were everywhere. Soon a fumillar voice erected me. nnd I turned to see a young fellow whom I knew well. "You hero?" I said. "Yes," was the reply; Tm here and everyone else la here. Biggest fresh man class we ever had. That Is what prosperity means. I tell you, the col leges feel it ns well as everyone else. And I'm buck for my senior year. Been out two years, you know, on ac count of hard times, but I can see my finish now all right." "Got freo sliver out your way?" I asked. "I icmemWr that two years ago, when you told me that your col lege days were done on account of hard times, you said that there never would be any better times until the country had free silver and the people had more money. And when I told you that the way for us to get moro money was to Iflll freo trade, irlve protection to American Industries and employment to Amerlcnn labor you thought that I was an antiquated fool and was talk ing 'dead issues, nnd you didn't hesi tate to say so." A sheepish look had come over the young fellow's tfnee, so I thought I wouldn't rub it In any harder just then, nnd 1 said: "Well, never mind that just now. Tell us bow It hap pened." "Well, ns you know," ho legan, "my father is a business man, and nt tho time of the panic of 1803" "When the free trade party came Into power?" I interrupted. "At the time of the panic of 1803," he went on, "things began to go down. A lot of his customers failed, trade fell off and business didn't pay. My fnther Is a pretty solid sort of man, though, and he managed to pull through pretty well for three years. Then, as you "THINGS HAVE UKOUN TO PICK UP IN OllKAT SHAVE." prosperity in 1801 and 1802 w e had the same financial system as In 1603-180o, but a 'different tariff polley. There wns prosperity In 1801 and 1802, be cause American labor was protected,, and, as I told you, free silver or no free silver, we will never have prosperity without a protective tariff. We have proved that again and again. And, aa you see, a protective tariff brought back pospcrity without any change In our financial system. Don't, the facta prove what I say?" I asked. "I will be frank with you," said my young friend, "and admit that it docs look that way. I have been doing soma thinking, and I have thought a good deal about what you said two years ago, and when McKinley was elected) I said to myself, 'I'll put my whole stake on one thing. If we get back to prosperity again with no great change in our policy rather than the change from what is practically free trade to a protective tariff, from that time on I will be a protectionist first, nnd any thing else afterward. We have done it. The only great chunge in policy has been in our tariff system. Money has rolled into the country, labor has been employed, business has started up, prosperity has come back, and nil this, too, when we have been obliged to carry on a foreign war. And wo have carried it on successfully, too," he :dded. "When I have been In the wrong I am not afraid to say bo," he continued, "and I have come to the conclusion that the basis of prosperity for this country is a protective tariff, and, however I stand on other questions, in t lie future my vote is going to be cast for whatever party guaranteeh protec tion. 'McKlnleyism' is good enough for mc, whether it is the McKlnleyism of 1S01 and 1&02 or the McKinleylsm of lb08." "Same here," I answered, and then our talk drifted to other things. a. i FAILURES OF TWO PERIODS. Imprmalve CnntrnM of Condition i:&latlnjr In 1MMI nntl 1MM 1'roayerltr llrlnrnlna. An Old lona Couple Who Sappoaed the County Clerk Had .Mar ried Them. A lawyer told a few days ago of a strange state of affairs that came to his notice several years ng while practic ing in the eastern part of the slate. He had not been out of college very long, and to start in gave considerable at tention to pension claims. One day an old woman, possibly bO years of age, camo to his office. She was the widow of a soldier of the war of 1812 and wanted him to look up her pension claim. He asked her to show her proof of marriage. The applicant fold some where in her house she had the mar riage license that had been issued toher in one of the eastern states before that war. But she had not been able to find it. She was told then that she must se cure affidavits of some people who had known her husband, and of the fact that they had lived together for years and had brought up a family. One of the grown-up sons was with her at the time, and he secured the necessary In formation. But to be sure that every thing was nil right the lawyer wrote to the clerk of the courts of the county in which the original license had been issued. Thnt ofllcer replied that the license had been issued, but that no re turn of marriage had ever been made. In n few days the old woman came back to see her lawyer about the matter and by thnt time she had found the time worn marriage llcens. But that was all she did have. It afterward developed that the couple had understood that when the license wns Issued to them that it was all that was necessary. They never called In n preacher to per form the ceremony, and had lived to gether for all those years, nnd had brought up a large family. Sioux City Journal. Some Aaaaaalnatlona. Many nnd curious have been the ns fasslnatlons of history. Mustapha II. was strangled In prison. Achraet III. vran strangled by his own guard. Tiberius wtw smothered by one of hit favorites. Lmiis V. was poisoned by his own mother. Feodor II. of Buss-la was assassinated In church. Lothairr, of France, was poisoned by female rela tives. Pope Lando is supposed to have, been poisoned. Antlocbus the Great was put to death by his own foldiers. Murad was stabbed by a soldier whom he had offended In some way. Paul of Bussla. is supposed to have bern as sassinated by his wife, Ama. king of Judah, w-ns murdered by sotoe of his harem attendants, William Eufus wst ahot by an archer Detroit Trt rress, know, two years ago wo had to pull in more, nnd he couldn't afford college for me, bo I " "Had to go to work. Yes, I know," I put In again. "Well, not just exactly that," was the reply. "You see, I couldn't find any work outsldo tho business, ond I wasn't needed there, though I did hang around the place anil do what there was for me to do." "Among other things, shouted for Tree Trade Bryan, I suppoRe?" "Some." was the unswer. "But, any how, things l nvo begun to pick up in great shape. In fact, business is near ly ns good us It was in 1802, nnd here I am." "What has brought It upY I nsked. "Well, people have bought more be cause they have had moro money," he began. "If it wasn t silver," I remnrkca. "Then two or three factories in tho place that had been shut down for some time sturted up on full time," he went on. "Dinglcy bill been heard from?" I put In. "The factory hands had work, and, of course, more money," ho continued. They could buy more and did buy more, and that started up the business of the small traders, nnd they bought more, and ro on. Then the big crops and good prices that the farmers got made them able to buy more, and so the country traders wanted more. Farm mortgages were paid off nnd there was money to Invest In new en Vrprises, and so employment for more people, and we profited at every turn." "Yes," I said; "a sort of 'endless ,.l.nln Snt the kind of a one the prophet of free trade used to talk about, but an 'endless chain of pros perity such as is always hitched to a protective tariff. Now, look here," I went on; "don't you see what is at the bottom of all this? It is just ns Presi dent McKinley said during the cam paign. The thing we wanted was more employment for labor and a protec tive tariff to give mere employment for labor. More employment for labor meant more money for the laborers, nnd more demand by the lalwrcrs for what everybody else, fnrmers, manu facturers, whatever they were, had to sell. You have told the whole story very clearly. Tho beginning of your prosperity and the prosperity of every one was the election of President Mc Kinley and the resultant repeal of the free trade Wilson-Gorman law nnd the enactment of a law giving protec tion to American labor and, ns a re sult, employment to American labor er1. "When wo were at the height of If nil evidence, were needed of tho present prosperous condition of Ameri can manufacturing industries as com pared with a couple of years ago, it can readily bq found by noting the num ber of failures of manufacturers- for August, nnd their liabilities, in 1809 and 1 606. Two years ago there were 208 failures among manufacturers in August. Last month there were only 143, lews than half. Among the lumber trades thera was a decrease from 40 to 17; in tho clothing business, from 20 to 12; in tho irou and nail industries, from 12 to 2; among dry goods manufacturers, from 13 to C; In the leather interests, from 14 to C; and among the manufacturers of glass and earthenware, from ten fail ures in August, 1800, to five last month. But the figures of liabilities, oh fur nished by Dun's review, tell the story much more forcibly. Thus: T.Ubllltlf. Manufacturer. Iron, founirl' nnd nail. Machinery anl toola Woolens, carpet and knit Kooda Cottona.lace and hosiery. Lumber, carpenter and coopera nothing and millinery... Hat, Klovta and furs.... Chemicals, druK snd paints Trlntlnff and enKravlng.. MllUnK and baker Leather, shoea and har- 1 Do. 100 12.2UO lOS.lSfi 7K) 47.3M 2.6'.f 71.3UO 74,300 ir,3,ofO 11K.600 3,787.220 113.2ih)i 22,000 O.IO 41.U4S ' 17.Wrt f.C Mfjuor and tobacco M.3u0 22J,liW (JImh, earthenware and brlrk ir.2.600 . 1V,00 AH other C,1.4ti4 Total manufacturing I1.RK1.233 113,100.242 Tho effeet of free lumber, under tho Wilson tariff, is clearly shown In tho liabilities of $.1,787,220 among the lum ber mnnfncturers in August, 18(M, a. comiarcd with corresponding failure, of only $105,130 last month, under tho Dingley tariff. The American mem bers of the Canadian ronvmission would do well to present this showing to the British members of the confer ence when they reassemble. In tho same way tho exhibit of the iron, ma chinery, woolen, cotton, nnd leather mnnuf act tire rsstrongly emphns-lres tho well-known fact thnt protection means prosperity for tho manufacturing In dustries of the United States, The decrease of more than $11,200,000 in a single month's liabilities among manufacturers is proof positive as to which economic condition causes our industries to flourish. Stronger argu ment is Impossible, and these statistics cannot be too widely circulated. N. Y. Commercial. Loifi Much of Ita Fore. For a few years at least manufactur ers, importers nnd exporters need hnvo no fear of a derangement of business due to tariff agitation. The tariff can not be touched so long n Mr. McKinley remains in the white house, which brings us up to March 4, 1001, and, even If the republican party should b defeated) In the next presidential elec tion, the republicans might still be ablo to retnln control of the senate, andlct fectually block an attempted revision of the tariff. But the tariff is not tho live Issue It once w as. Figures are more potentthan theories'. With on enormous balance of trade, with a demand1 for American products In all parts of the world, with Imports falling off, and; the American market supplied by Amer ican manufacturers ns it never was be fore, the argument ngninst protection loses much of Its force. The repub lican party has always lern a party of "good time" nnd profited by for tunate trade condition. Solongnstho farmer receives high price for his wheat nnd other ceronls, and the man ufacturer finds a ready market for his ware nt a fair profit, there Is little dis position shown by the country to ex change protection for free trade. There is tho danger to be . .fen red irom s .boom" '.and" overproduction nnd reck le speculation. If business Is con ducted on ronsen-nt I ve principles there need be no fenrof thefutnre. Maurlca Low, in the National Bervtsw.