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OREGON STATE ITEMS OF INTEREST
OECHAEDS BEING FAME. National Apple Show Gives Supremacy to Rogue Elver Valley. Medford Medford and the Rogue river valley are rejoicing over the showing made at the National Apple show, when the sweepstake prize was awarded Tronson & Guthrie on a car of Spitzenbergs. The awarding of it hi a prize to the Rogue river valley is a groat victory for the fruit growers and will bring the recognition to which the district is entitled as the greatest fruit growing section in the world. The prize winning apples came from an orchard about 20 yean old, bought four years ago from J. H. Daley by Tronson & Guthrie for (11,000. The place consists of 100 acres. Winning of the title apple king of the world will create a demand for Rogue river valley, fruit, and it will be the fashion in all eastern markets, where fruit is purchased for quality, re gardless of price, to demand the Med ford brand. Medford will now forge ahead by leaps and bounds in the fruit business. Hundreds of acres of land will be set to fruit, and men who have looked askance at the future of the industry are planning to secure some of the profits which seem to be in store in this valloy. Christmas Programs In the Schools, The Oregon library commission has made a collection of material suitable for Christmas programs in the schools. This consists of recitations, dialogues and plays, suitable for the season. Most of them are not in books, but are mounted on sheets or made into pamph lets and can easily be mailed. The commission has made an effort to col lect the very boat material available for school room programs, and is anx ious that the teachers in the state make use of it. Any school in Oregon may obtain this material upon application to the commission, accompanied by five cents in postage. If more postage is required, notification will be sent when the pieces are mailed. - In sending in applications it will be necessary to state how many pupils are to take part, age of pupils and whether plays or dialogues are to be included. It is suggested that teachers have their pupils copy their Individual parts and return the material as soon as conven ient, so that as many schools as possi ble may have the benefit of the Christ mas collection. Address Oregon Library Commission, Salem, Oregon. Will Have Good Roads. Forest Grove A movemont was in augurated in this city at the instiga tion of the county court to build perm anent rock roads. Heretofore it has been impossible to secure good roads except at prohibitive prices. County Judge Qoodin stated the Oregon Iron ft Stool company of Portland had of fered the county the right to quarry rock at their quarry near Beaverton gratis, and that the Southern Pacific would haul it at 25 cents a ton. The scheme of the court is to install a cruBher at ithe quarry for permanent use. Crushed rock can be delivered to the Base Line road at one-half the present cost, or at $1 a cuGio yard. ' Hood River May Be Surpasesd. Portland The cranberry marshes along the lower Columbia river grow the largest and best keeping fruit, and iu yiold per acre are not surpassed any where in the world. This industry, though yet in its infancy on this coast, has already reached results that show beyond a reasonable doubt that this is to be the most profitable of all lines .of fruit culture. The exhibit of cran berries shown the past week' at J. K. Gill's book store was a revelation to all who saw it, and it proves convinc ingly that we can grow unusually fine berries and in quantities that make their culture exceedingly profitable, . Sella Wheat at 90 Cent. Baker City The largest wheat deal made in this soction of the, state has just been consummated by tho Balfour Guthrie company, which purchased tho holdings of the Oregon Mill ft Grain company, whose elevator was destroyed by fire. The deal involved 60,000 bush els of wheat, and the prioe was 90 cents per bushel on board the cars at Port land. This deal is taken to moan that the mill people will not rebuild this Wallowa Ships Stock. Wallowa Extensive stock shipments have been made from ' this county within the past week, SI ears of eattle and niuo cars of hogs having been shipped to tho. Portland and Seattle markets. A car of hogs belonging to C. H. Alien contained OS porkers, which averaged 253 pounds each, while four of the best onos tipped the scales at 1,843 pounds, an average weight of 4 00 Mi pounds. Mr. Allen rocoived (8.10 per hundred for his hogs in Portland. Barmen to Advertise Applet, Hood River A solid train of apples is boing loaded at the Hood River Ap ple Growers' union warerooma la re frigerator can and will go forward to Now York, being a portion of the ap ples secured of the union by Steinhart ft Kelley. Large banners have been printed and are tacked the full length of the ears, announcing the fact that the apples are from Hood River. Roseburg Wanta Mora PI vim. Roseburg Roseburg citizens are go ing to petition the city council for an other bond issue for ' more ' paving. Forty thousand dollars is being asked .for this time, against 35,000 spent this year, moaning more v than twice the amount of paving next year. Strawberries at Medford. Medford A. H. Miller has just brought to Medford four crates of as fine strawberries as have been ehowa this season. These are probably the lost to be gathered this year. CAR FAMINE FELT. Shipments From Union Are Tied Up by Shortage. Union Car shortage has temporarily stopped shipping from Union. Refrigerator and box cars cannot be secured and several carloads of apples are oeing neid in storage. The flouring mill of this city will shut down soon, as their storage ca pacity is taxed to the limit, and several cars will have to be shipped before grinding can be resumed. The planing mills shipped several carloads of lumber in open cars, but the rain and snow has made it impos sible to handle dressed lumber in other than closed cars. Several carloads of baled hay are in storage awaiting cars. A loss of thou sands of dollars to the shippers of the Grande Ronde valley is growing be cause of the scarcity. Another Victory for Hill Route. Portland Dispatches were received from Washington, D. C, announcing mat me general land otnee has re jected the Deschutes Railroad com pany's maps for section 5, wherever tney. conflict with those of the Central Oregon railroad, -According to C. H. Carey, attorney for the Oregon Trunk and the. Central Oregon, the action of tne land otlice is on an appeal from a former decision of the land depart ment to the same effect. The section of the route referred to is in the upper part of the Deschutes country and is believed to lie between the mouth of White river and Trout creek. Appropriations Not for Salaries. Sulem In an opinion rendered re cently, Attorney General Crawford has hold that the appropriations niado for the several experiment stations in dif ferent parts of the state by the legis lature last winter urn tint nvn'.lnl.ln fnr the salaries of professors of the Oregon Agricultural college even while engaged in supervising tne work at the stations. The inonev can be lined nnlv in nrnmni. ing the work of the station. The uiiiuiuu was asKeu oy tne collogo. Farm Brings Top Price. Lake view J. D. Horyford has bought 100 acres nf lanil frnm n n i.'u, for $20,000. Mr. Heryford i's a stock-' man, one of the earliest settlers here, who never nwnknnml in ti, an.:..i tural and horticultural resources of the country until a recent date. The Flem ing farm is said to bo one of the best funns in this section. It .has an indi vidual water right. On the place there are about 600 full bearing fruit treos. Utah Invites Oregon Educators. Ore L7H Tl A irriitiilf nvol r,.l 1 n i n "l?- ....... wuiiugn, vui vill i's The home economics department of the Utah Agricultural college has in- viicu m manners or. nome economics in the intermoiintnin gion to meet in Logan, Utah, February "u " " oiuuy me state problem of work in the hiah etinnla noon n- ........ fl II VJIGUI, department of domestic science and art n A r i i . .. , . w. n. lias ueeu lnviioa tp open tho discussion. Elgin Ships Apples. Elgin. The first full carload of apples to be sent out of Elgin has just been shipped to southern Idaho towns. This is the beginning of the movement of inese snipmonts como from tho old orchnfds in henri many acroa of orchard planted, but it wi uo uuuui. mroe years Detore Elgin as a locality will put forth claims as a producer of the king of fruit in largo quantities. PORTLAND MARKETS. Whoat Bluostem, $1.00; club, 90c; rcu nusHian, voftc: valley, $l; Turkey red. 1.02: 40-fold. 1 02 ' BarloyFeed, $28; brewing, $28 per Corn Whole, $33.50; cracked, $34.50 Oats No. 1 white, $3030.50 Hay Timothy, Willamotte Valley, $15(ffil9 per ton; Eastern Oregon, $18 ((1)20: alfalfa. lfliWlrt Rfl- 1 Awn AIR cheat, $14(a)15.50; grain hay, $15ia! .Buuer uuy creamery extras, 3flc; fancy outside creamorv. 32U,rn .1fi nr lb.; store, 22Mi(524c. (Butter fat prices average lJdo per pound under regular butter prices.) Esrirs Fresh Orecrnn rl per uuseu; eastern, iZ(j38c per Poultry Hens. 14rft14l. ' 14(rt)14c; roosters, 910c; ducks,' iMc: iroese. iuuS! tnrbnvi s i7ii 18c; dressed, 2023c oric rancy, loe per pound. Veal Extras, llo per pound. xresn ttuhs Apples, $13 box: peara, $11.50 per box; grapes, 75c(s uor crate, izytiwioQ per oasket; Spanish Malaga, $7.50 per barrel; Quinoos. $1.25((ll.50 ner hax: nrnnhnr. ries, $90.50 per barrel; persimmons, fi.uu pur dox. Potatoes Oreuon. fi07n sweet potatoes, le per pound. vegeiaoies Artichokes, 75c per dozen; beans, lOo per pouad; cabbage, lc; cauliflower, 80c$1.25 per do.; celery, 5085e; eggplant, $1.75 per box; horseradish, t(a lOo per dozen; hothouse lettuce, $'l1.25 per box; numokins. lriDlU.ii squash, $11.10; tomatoes, 75c$l; turnins. 7ue(Y?l a. w - - - W J vim a v t 4 a boots, $1.25: rutabagas, $1.10 per sack; imuiis, ei.ca; onions, uregon, $1.23 ($1.50 per sack, - Cattle Best steen, $4.504.65; fair to good, $4(4.25; medium and feeden, wiiio,iiij uesi cows, o.ou((j5,(o; me dium, $33.25: eommon to medium, 3.50(2.75; bulls, $2(f2.50; stags, $2.50 3.50; calves, light, $5.255J0j heavy, M(??4.75. Hogs Best, $35f8.10; medium, $7.50 7.85; stockere, $44.75. 8heep Best ' wethers, $4.254.50; fair to good, $3.754; beat ewes, $3.75 (rf4; fair to good, $3.503.75; lambs, $5(v5.35. Hops 1909 erop, 1322e; 1908 crop, nominal; 1907 erop, 12e; 1908 erop, 8c. Wool Eastern Oregon, 1623e lb.; Mohair, choice, 24e pouad. COAST EXTENSION SANCTIONED. Construction of 1500 Miles of Roadway Will Soon Be under Way. Chicago, 111., Nov. 29. The .directors of tho Chicago ft Northwestern Railway company have decided that it will soon become necessary to extend that road to the Pacific coast in order that it may continue to be a strong competitor of the St. Paul and the Burlington roads. With this end in view the company in picjianug tu joBue approximately $30,000,000 worth of new stock, which is in the ' ratio of one to four of out standing stock. This proposition has already been submitted to the proper authorities of the several states which require state authority for the issuance of the new railroad securities. This authority has not yet been given by any ono of the tnreo states to which the proposition has been submitted, which fact may ac count for the denial which the officials of the company make regarding the pro posed stock issue. It is also known, although not ad mitted by the company's officials, .that an approval has been given for con struction of at least 1500 miles of road to be completed within the next two or three years. It is known through western senators that the company has completed and approved surveys of lines to three important Pacific coast points namely, Portland, Seattle and San F rancisco. In connection with the proposed is- suo of new Stock, it is remembered that the St. Paul's first move toward the Pacific coast extension was the issuing or exactly tne samo amount of new stock. RIVER SAFE FROM NIGHT ATTACK Moving Target Punctured In Gloom 12 Out of 16 Times. Fort Stevens, Or., Nov. 29. 1 he ef ficiency of artillery practice at night was tested thoroughly last night by the Thirty-third company, commanded by Captain Willis, of the CoaBt Artillery corps. This is the lirst year that night firing at a moving target has been tried in the United States army, and the first timo it has been tried at Fort Stevens. Throe preliminary shots were fired for the purpose of testing firing conditions. Immediately afterward 16 record shots were fired, 12 of which tore through tho target. This result is thought to oe tne best attained since niglit prac tico has been in vogue in the United States army. The target fired nt was a rectangular cauvns ngure six rcct by twelve. It proved a dim object to fire at, with only the uncertain gleam of a search light following its rapid movement through the water. Government boats and searchlights rrnm Dotn sides or the river guarded against the possibility of commercial vessels entering the field of fire dur ing the practice Many spectators saw the display, which demonstrated the effectiveness of the Columbia river defense. W. A. CLARK IS ANTI-TRUST. Prefers, Himself, to Work as Individual, Says ex-Senator. New York, Nov. 27. "Too much coming in, and not enoueh eoine out: Europonn consumption of copper is not Keeping pace with American produc tion," said ex-Senator William' A Clark today, as he stepped from the gangway of the inbound stoamcr Mau- retania. "It is true, copper is selling Mm iow, dui overproduction is respon sible. The normal price should be 15 conts; id-cent copper is too cheap." Informed of the recent decision against tho Standard Oil company, Sen ator Clark said: "I'm not surprised. I never believed in large corporate aggregations of cap ital, and for myself -I have always pre ferred to work as an individual." i Women May Be Smugglers. , Boston, Nov. 9. In the arrest here today, at the request of the federal of ficials of New York, of Miss Mary S. Moore and Miss Isabella Holland, of this city, dealers in women's under woar, the government authorities be lieve they have materially assisted in the investigation of illegal importations from France. The womeu were charged jointly with Robert Schwartz Phiiin A. Philipson and Thomas Murphy, who "' mreamu iwo montns ago, with conspiracy to dofraud the government by ovading duty. Tho women were held in default of $8000 bail. Japan Publishes Factory Laws, Tokio,- Nov. 27. Witl the view of meeting labor problems before they be come complex, the government today published a new bill in connection with the factory laws. Under the statute, which goes into immediate effect, the employment of children under 12 yean old is prohibited in factories. Women of any age and boys under 16 are pro hibited from laboring at night, and no employe is allowed to work over 12 hours per day under any circum stances. Oil Head Up for Perjury. Austin. Tex.. Nn. 2Q Trnrn rii "Pierco, of Kansas, oil magnate, will be irieu nere Wednesday for alleged false swearing. The case was continued last ugui, anu relates to an affidavit filed by Mr. Pierce when tho Rh..p:.... company entered the state in 1900, after having been ousted for violation of the antitrust laws. Attorneys for the state conferred today and declared that no continuance would be asked or grant ed by oither side. Mrs. Roosevelt Is Home. New York, Nov. 26. Mm. Theodore Roosevelt and her daughter, Miss Ethel, raturned today from Europe on the Koenicen Albert. Mm fe stepdaughter, Mrs. Nicholas Longworth, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Robinson and Collector of the Port met them at the pier. ' ' Hunter Flnlahes,,Chum. Omaha. Neh. Knv 90 mn. v . inn today. Wesley MrRrM in according to hi . .v. affair, accidentally shot his companion, "8"" in me law,-and then fired two hnt it v:. . ' i "make a good job of it." "he Redemption l QdVid (Jorson By CHARLE8 FREDERIC GOSS Ooprrifbt, 1400, by The Boma-MwrUl Company. CHAPTER VIIL A little before dusk the three com panlons started upon their evening's business. The horses arid carriage were waiting; at the door and they mounted to their seats. David was embarrassed by the novelty of the sit uation, and Pepeeta by hie presence; but the quack was' in his highest spir its. He saluted the bystanders with easy familiarity, ostentatiously flung the hostler a coin, flourished his whip and excited universal admiration for his driving. During the turn which they took around the city for an ad vertisement, he Indoctrinated his pu pil with the principles of his art "People to-day are Just what theV were centuries ago. O-g-gull 'em Just as easy. Make 'em think the moon Is made of g-g-gren " cheese way to catch larks is to p-p-pull the heavens down extract sunbeams from c-o-ou-cumbers and all the rest! There's one master-weakness, Davy. They all think they are sick, or If they d-d-don't. you can make 'em!" "What! Make a well man think he Is sick?" the Quaker asked In aston ishment "Sure! That's the secret of success. I can pick out the strongest man In the o-e-crowd and In Ave minutes have pains shooting through him like g-g- greaaed lightning. They are all like jumplng-packs to the man that knows them. You watch me pull the string and you-you'U see them wtg-wlg-wlg-gle." "It seems a pity to take advantage of such weakness In our fellow men," said David, whose heart began to suf fer qualms as he contemplated this rascality In his own connection with It. "Fellow men! They are no fellows of mind. They are nuts for me to c c-crack. They are oysters for me to open!" responded the quack, as he drove gaily Into the publio square and ehecked the horses, who stood with their proud necks arched, champing their bits and looking around at the crowd as if they shared their master's contempt Pepeeta descended from the car riage and made her way hastily Into the tent which had already been pltoh d for her. The doctor lighted his torch and set his stock of goods while David, obeying his directions, began to move among the people to study their habits. Elbowing his way here and there, he contemplated the crowd In the light of the quack's philosophy. and as he did so received a series of painful mental shocks. "The first principle In the art of painting a picture Is to know where to sit down;" In other words, every thing depends upon the point of view. Now that David began to look for evi dences of the weaknesses and follies of his fellow men, he saw them every where. For the first time In his life he observed that startling prevalence of animal types which always com municates such a shock to the mind of him who has never discovered It be fore. Every countenance , suddenly seemed to be the face of a beast but thinly and Imperfectly veiled. There were foxes and tigers and wolves, there were bulldogs and monkeys and swine. He had always seen, or thought he saw,- upon the foreheads of his fel low men some evidence of that divin ity which had been communicated to them when God breathed into : tho great first father the breath of life; but now he shuddered at the sight of those thick lips and drooping Jaws, those dull or crafty eyes, those sul len, sodden, gargoyle features, as men do at beholding monstrosities. - A few weeks ago he would have felt a profound pity at this discovery, but so rapid and radical had been the al teration In his feelings that he was now selssd by a sudden revulsion and contempt "Are these creatures really men?" he asked himself. He stood there among them taller, stralghter, keener, handsomer than them all, and the old feelings that have made men aristocrats and tyrants In every age of the world, surged In his heart, and hardened It against them. By this time the quack had finished his few simple preparations, and, standing erect before his audience, be gan the business of the evening. Hav ing observed the habits of the game, David now chose a favorable position to study those of the hunter. He watched with an almost breathless In terest every expression upon that sin ister face and listened with a bound less interest to every word that fell from those treacherous Hps. He was not long In Justifying the quack's honest criticism of his own oratory. Hie voice lacked the vibrant tones of a musical instrument and his rhetorlo that fluency, without which the highest efforts of eloquence can never be attlned. By speaking very slowly anddellberately he avoided stammering, but thte always acted like a dragging anchor upon the movement of hie thought These were radical defects, but In every other respect he waa a consummate artist He arrest ed the attention of his hearers with an Inimitable skill and held It with aa Ir resistible power. Hie piercing eye noted every exDrea- sloa on the faces of his hearers, and seemed to read the Inmost secrets of their hearts. He perceived the slbrht. st inclination to purchase, and was as keen to see a hand steal towards a pocket-book aa a cat to see a mouae steal out of Its hole. He coaxed, he wheedled, ha buit. ed. he abused he even threatened. He fulfilled his promise to the letter, "to make the well men think that they were aica.- ana many a stalwart fron tiersman whose body was as sound as . AU RlffhU ReMTTcd an ox, began to be conscious of rack lng pains. Nor were those legitimate arts of oratory the only ones which this arch-knave practiced. "I gave you two dollars, and you only gave me change for one," cried a thin-faced, stoop-shouldered,' help-lesa-looklng fellow, who had Just pur chased a bottle of the "Balm of the Blessed Islands." With lightning-like legerdemain the quack had shuffled this bill to the bot tom of his pile, and lifting up the one that lay on top, exposed It to the view of his audience, "That's a He!" he said, in tils slow. Impressive manner. "There Is always such a man as this In every crowd. Some one Is always trying to take ad vantage of those who, like myself, are living for the public good. Gentlemen, you saw me lay the b-b-blll he gave me down upon the top! Here It Is; Judge for yourselves. That Is a bad man! Beware of him!" The bold effrontery of the quack si lenced the timid customer, who oould only blush and look confused. His blushes and confusion condemned him and the crowd hustled him away from the wagon. They believed him guilty and he half believed it of himself. David, who had seen the bill and knew the victim's Innocence but not the doctor's fraud, pressed' forward to defend him. The quack stopped and silenced him with an Inimitable wink, and then Instantly and with consum mate art diverted his audience with a series of droll stories which he always reserved for emergencies like this. They were old and thread-bare, but this was the reason he chose them. He had one for every circumstance and occasion. There was a man standing In an outer circle of the crowd around whose forehead was a bandage. "Come here, my friend," said the quack. "How did you get this wound? Don't want to tell? Oh! well, that is natural. A horse kicked him, no doubt; never got In a row! No! No! Couldn't any one hit him! Reminds me of the man who saw a big black-and-blue spot on his boy's, forehead. 'My son,' said he, 'I thought I told you not to fight? How did you get this wound V 1 bit It, father,' replied the boy. "'Bit It!" exclaimed the old man In astonishment, 'how could you bite yourself upon the forehead?' "1 climbed onto a chair says he. "And you have been climbing on a chair to bite your forehead, too, my friend?" he asked with humorous grav ity, while a loud guffaw went up from the crowd. "Well," he continued, soothingly, "whether ydu did It or hot Just let me rub a little Of this b-b-balm upon It and by to-morrow morning It will be well. There! That's right One dollar Is all It costs. Tou don't want It? What the d-d-deuce did you let me open the bottle for? . ril leave It to the crowd If that is fair?, There, that Is right. Pay for it like a man. It's worth double Its price. Thank you. By to-morrow noon you will b-b-be sending me a testimonial to Its value." The novelty of the scene, the skill of the principal actor, the rapid growth of the piles of coin and bills, the fran tic desire of the people to be. gulled, all served to obscure those elements which were calculated to appeal to the Quaker's conscience. He felt like one awakened from a dream. While he waa still in the half dosed condition of sufch an awakening, the quack gave him a sign that this part of his lesson was ended, and following the direction of the thumb which he threw over his shoulder towards Pepeeta's " tent he eagerly took his way thither. Before the door stood several groups of young men and maidens, talking under their bretath. Now and then a couple disentangled Itself from the crowd, and with visible trepidation en tered. As they reappeared, their friends gathered about them and be sought them to disclose the secrets they had discovered. . , . . . Some of them giggled and simpered, others laughed boisterously and skeD- Klcally, while others still, looked scared and anxious, it was evident that even thoee who tried to make light of what they had seen and heard were moved by something awe-lnsplrtng. ' David listened to their silly talk, ob served their bold demeanor and their vulgar manners, while the Impression of weakness, of stupidity, of the low neaa and bestiality of humanity made upon his mind by the aged and the mature, was Intensified by his obser vation of the young and callow. From the outside of the gypsy's tent he could make but few discoveries of her method; and he waited Impatient ly until the last curious couple had de parted. When they had disappeared, he entered. At the opposite side of the tent and reclining upon a low divan waa th gypsy. Above her head a tallow can- aie was Burning dimly. Before her waa a rough table covered with a shawl, upon which were scattered cups of tea with floating grounds, ivory, dice, cards, coins and other Implements of the "Black Art" Pepeeta SDrana to her tt whan she saw who her visitor was, and ex hibited the clearest alma of arltaHnn David's own emotions were not leas violent, for althoua-h the mirt mr. roundings were poor and mean, they served rather to enhance than to di minish her exquisite beauty. Her shoulders and arms were bare, and on her errtsts . were sold bracalat f writhing serpents in " whoee - eyes gieamea dlannonda On her tings rs and In her ears were other costly stones. Her dress waa silk, and rustled when she moved, with soft and sibilant sounds. "The doctor has sent me here to study the methods by which you do your work," said David, approaching the table and gaslng at her with un disguised admiration. . "Tou should have come before. How can you study my methods when I am not practicing them? And any way, you have no faith In them. Have you? I always had until I heard your ser mon In the little meeting house." "And have you lost It now?" "It has been sadly shaken." "Tou can at least show me how you practice the art even If you have lost your faith In It I too have lost a faith; but we must live. What are these cards for?" i "If you wish me to show you, you may shuffle and cut them, but I would rather tell your fortune by your hand, for I have more faith In palmistry than In cards." He extended his hand; she took it and with her right forefinger began to trace the lines. Her gaze had that In tensity with which a little child peers Into the mechanism of a watch or an astronomer Into the depths of space. A thrill of emotion shot through the frame of the Quaker at the touch of those delicate and beautiful fingers. Neither of them spoke. The delicate finger of the gypsy moved over the lines of the palm like that of a little school-girl over the pages of a primer. They did not realize how dangerous was that proximity, nor how fatal that touch. Through those two poles of Nature's most powerful battery, the magnetio and mysterious current of love was passing. "Let me now examine the lines," she said. "Here Is the line of the 'heart It passes clear across the palm. It Is well marked at every point and Is most pronounced upon the upper side. But look! it Is Joined to the head be low the finger of Saturn. It Is the sign of a violent death!" As she uttered this exclamation, she pressed the hand convulsively between her own, and looked up Into his face. The Involuntary, and sudden action re called him to his consciousness. "What did you say?' he askee?. "Have you not been listening?" she replied, repressing both her anxiety and her annoyance. "No; waa It a good story or a bad one which you were reading?" "It was both." "Well It la no matter, those acci dental marks can have .no signifi cance." "Why should not the character and destiny of the man disclose Itself In signs and marks upon his hands?" As they stood confronting each oth er, they would have presented a study of equal ' Interest to the artist or to the philosopher. There was both a poem and a- picture In their attitude. Grace and beauty revealed themselves on every feature and In every move ment They had arrived at one of those dramatlo points In their life-Journey, where all the traglo elements of ex istence seem to converge. Agitated by' incomprehensible and delicious emo tions, confronting Insoluble problems, longing, hoping, fearing, they hovered over the ocean of life like two tiny sparrows swept out to sea by a tem pest. They were awakened from their rev erels by the footsteps of the quack, and by his raucous voice summoning them back into the world of realities from which they had withdrawn so completely. "Well, little wife," he said, "how Is b-b-buslness?" "Fair," she said, gathering up a dou ble hand-full of change and passing It over to him Indifferently. The question fell upon the ears of the Quaker like a thunder bolt It was to him the first Intimation that Pepeeta was not the daughter of the quack. "His wife!" The heart of the youth sank In his bosom. Here was a new and unexpected complication. What should he do? It was too late to turn back now. . The die had been cat and he must go forward. .' ; : (To be continued.) Foxy Illrara. "Well, now, If that ain't surprlslngr ejaculated Mrs. Ryetop as she shaded her eyes with her hand. "There goes old Hiram Skinflint, and rather than step on a poor black ant he picked It up, and I bet he Is going to drop It somewhere -out of the reach of dan ger." Her husband laughed knowingly. "Not Hiram Skinflint, Mandy. He'll go down to Jed Weatherby's general store and order a pound of granulat ed sugar. Then while Jed is looking another way he'll drop the ant among the grains and tell Jed as long as his sugar has ante In It he ought to sell It at half price. Like as not he'll try to get Jed to throw In two or three raisins and a yeastcake. Teou don't know Hiram Skinflint" Chicago News. ' Expectatloa. ' His Daughter Father; I wish you'd stay home to-night. Mr. Slowbov win want' to ask you for my hand. Her Father Has he really proposed at last? His Daughter No; but ha will tn. night Boston Globe. A Farmer's Troubles. "I dunno how to please these sun, mer boarders." "What's the matter. Sir "They're clamoring for the mau.n,. ered backet after I had fitted up the well with sterilized drlnkina- run. stead." Washington Herald. Bare De It. , "He is such a Usy man that he took to manufacturing tans as the easiest way of making a living. v ,i"Thej eaeleat wyr v "Sure. Isn't It certain to rale the wind?" Baltimore American. , Blpt "I suppose the hired eirl do, .n the heavy work in your house!" -Not at all; my wile, makes the pies end paddings."