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10 THE OarAJIA DAILY SUTSTDAY , OCTOBEft 21 , 180-1 ,
The Tennis Balls A Story from the Memoirs of a Minister of France , JJV STANt.F.l' J. WKTMAN Authnrof "AClriillDiiiaii of Prnncr , " "My T-iuly llotlm , " Kir. ( Copyright. 1891 , by the Author , ) A few weeks before the death of Iho duch- css ot Beaufort , on Raster ere , 1599 , made ao preat n change In the relations t > f all at court that "Sourdls mourning" came to bo a phrase for grief , genuine because Interested , an affair that might have had a serious Is- uo began , Imperceptibly at the time , In the rerlost trifle. Ono day , while tw ! kins waa still absent from Paris. I had a mind to play tennis , and lor that purpose summoned La Trape , who had charge of the ball * , and bomctlmcs , In the absence of bettor company , played with mo. Ofl Into , the balls he brought/ / had filvsn me small satisfaction , and I bade him brine me the bag , that I might choose the best. He did so , and I had not handled half n dozen before I found one , and later three others , so much more neatly sewn than the rest , and In all points so superior , that even an untrained eye could not fall to detect the dlflcrencc. "Look , man ! " I said , holding out one of these for Inspection. "These are balls ; the rest are rubbish. Cannot you see the differ ence ? Where did you. buy these ? At Con stant's ? " Ho muttered , "No , my lord , " and looked confuted. This rouMd my curiosity , "Where , then ? " I said sharply. "Of a man who was at the gala yester day , " "Oh ! " I said. "Selling tennis balls ? " "Yes , my lord. " "Somo rogue of a maker , " I exclaimed , "from whom you bought fllcded goods ! Who was It , man ! " "I don't know his name , " La Traps an swered. "Ho was a Spaniard. " "Well ? " "Who wanted to have an audlenco of your excellency. " "Hoi" I said drily. "Now I understand. Bring mo your book. Or tell me what Jiavo you charged me for these balls ? " "Two francs , " ho muttered reluctantly. "And never gave you a BOH. I'll swear , " I retorted. You took the poor devil's balls and left him at the gate ! Ay , It is rog-uas Jllto you that get me a bad name ! " I contin ued , affecting more anger than I felt for , In truth , I was rather pleased with my .julck- nesa In discovering the cheat. "You steal and I bear the blame and pay to boot I Oft with you and find the fellow , and bring him to me , or It will bo the worse for you ! " Glad to escape so easily. La Trape ran to the Kate , but ho failed to find Ills friend , and two or three days elapsed before I thought again of the matter , such petty rogueries being Ingrained In a great man's raletnlllc , and being no more to be re moved than the Imlrs from a man's ' arm. At the end of that time La Trape came to me bringing the Spaniard , who had appeared again nt the gate. The stranger proved to bo a small , slight man , pale and yet brown , with quick-glancing eyes. His dress was decent , but very poor , with , moro than ono rent neatly darned. Ho made me a profound reverence , and stood waiting with his cap In his hand , to bo ad dressed , but with all his humility I did not fall to detect an uneasiness of deportment and a propriety that did not seem absolutely strange since ho was n Spaniard , but which struck me , nevertheless , as renulrlng some explanation. I asked him , civilly , who he was. Ho answered that his name was Diego. "You speak French ? " "I am of Gulpuzcoa , my lord , " ho an swered , "where wo sometimes speak three tongues. " "That Is true , " I aald. ' "And It Is your tradeito make tennis balls ? " "No , mylord ; to use them , " he answered with a certain dignity. ' "You nre ( a player , then ? " "If It plqase your excellency. " "Where have you played ? " . "At Madrid , where I was the keeper of the duke of Segovia's court ; and at Toledo , where I fieriuently had the honor of playing against M. do Montserrat. " "You are a good player ? " ' "If your BKcellency , " he answered. Im- 'pulslVely , "wilt give me an opportunity " "Softly , jidi'lly , " I said , somewhat taken aback by tils earnestness. "Granted that you are a player , you ecm to have played to small purpose. Why are you hero , my friend , and not In Madrid ? " Ho drew up his wrist and showed mo that hlg wrist was deeply scarred. I shrugged my shoulders. "You have been In the hands of the Holy Brotherhood ? " I said. said."No "No , my lord , " ho answered bitterly. "Of the Holy Inquisition. " "You are a 1'rotestunt ? " Ho boned. On tint I foil to considering him with more alter Hon. but at the sumo time with some distrust ; reflecting that ha was a Spaniard , and recalling the numberless plots against his majesty of which that nation Uud been guilty. Still , If his tale were true lie deserved support ; with a view there- fora u > testing this , I questioned , him far ther , ami learned that he had for a long tlmo disguised his opinions , until , opening them In an easy moment to a fellow servant , .ho found himself upon the first occasion of quarrel betrayed to the fathers. After suf fering much , and giving himself up for lost in their dungeons , ho in ado his escape | n a manner suftlclently remarkable. If I might bellova his story. In the prison with him ley * a Moor , for whose oxchance against a Christian taken by the Sallee pirates nn order came down. It arrived In the evening ; the Moor was to be removed In the morning. An hour after the arrival of the news , however , and when the ' two had Just been locked up for the night , 'the Moor , overcome with excess of Joy , sud- .denlr expired. At first the Spaniard was for giving the alarm ; but. being an Ingenious fellow. In n few minutes he summoned all his wits together and made a plan. Contriv ing to blacken his face and hands with char coal , he dunged clothes with the corpse , nnd inuflllng himself up after the fashion of the Moors In a-cold climate , ho succeeded In the oarljr morning In passing out In his place. Those who "had charge of him had no reason to eipect an escape , and once on the road ho bad llttlo diniculty In getting away , and eventually reached France nfter a succession oC narrow escapes. Allithls the man told me so simply that T knew not which to admire more , the daring of his device slnco for a white man to pas : for a brawn Is beyond the common scope o such disguises or his present modesty in ro latlng it. However , neither of these thing seemed to my mind a good reason for dls belief. As to the one , I considered that an Impostor would have- put forward Bomethlnj more simple , and as to the other , I have a ! my Ufa long observed that tlioso who have strange experiences tell them In a very ordl lurr way. Besides , I had fresh In my mint the diverting escapa ot the duke of Nemours from Lyons , which I have elsewhere related On Iho other hand , and despite all thesi things , the story might bo false ; 10 with . vtovr to testing one part of It at least. I bad blm coino and play me that afternoon. "Hf lord , " he said bluntly , "I had rathe : not. For If I defeat your exce-llcncy. I ma defeat also your good Intentions. And If . permit you to win I shall see-in to be an 1m poster. " Somewhat surprised by his forethought , , reassured him on this point , and his gamp which proved to bo ono of romarkabli .strength and finesse , and fairly on an equal Ity. us It seemed to me > , with that of the bes French pluycrs , persuaded mo that at an rate the first part of his tale was true. Ac cordlngly I ma do htm a present , and , In ad Ollion , bade Matguati pay him a imall allow a nee for a while. For this lie allowed hi : Sratitudo by attaching himself to my house told ; ami as It was the- fashion at tint Urn to keep tennis misters tit tills class , I foum it occasionally amusing to pit Mm agalns other well known players. In tbo coiirso o A ftw wacKs he < a.tiicd ins grc.it credit ; an1 though I am not o foolish as to attach Ira portuica to fuoh trlflii , but , nn the contrary , think an old soldier who aloud fust Ocutru , or even a clerk who has serve Its king honestlY If such a prodigy thor b iaor dojorvfnr than these professors itlll I cV > not err on the other side ; but conn him i fool who , because he has solid cam to T lus himself , dUdalni the eclat whlc attachment of such persona gives him In the public eye. , The man went by the name of Diego , the Spaniard , and his story , which gradually became known , together with the excellence of his play , made him so much the fashion that more than one tried to detain him from my service. The king hoard of him , and would have played with him , but the sudden death of Mine , de lleaufort , which occurred soon afterwards , threw the court Into mourn ing ; and for awhllo. In pursuing the negotia tions tor the king's divorce , nnd In conduct- Ins n. correspondence of the most delicate dial actor with the queen , I lost sight of my player Insomuch that I scarcely knew whether he still formed part ot my suite or not. not.My My attention was presently recalled to him , however , In a rather remarkable man ner. One morning Don Antonio d'Kvora , secretary to the Spanish embassy , and n brother of that d'Evora who commanded the Siwnlah fort at Paris In ' 91 , called on me at thB arsenal , to which 1 had Just removed , and desired to see me. I bade them admit Im , but as my secretaries were at the time t work with me , I left them and received ilm In the garden supposing- that he wished o speak to me , about the affair of Saluces , nd preferring , like the king my master , to alk of matters of state In the open ulr. However , I was mistaken. Don Antonio aid nothing about Savoy , but after the iual preliminaries , which a Spaniard never mils , plunged Into a long harangue upon ho comity which , now that peace reigned , ihould exist between the two nations. For mine time I waited patiently to learn what in would be at , but he seemed to ba lost in is own eloquence , and at last I took him up. "All this Is very well , M. d'Evora , " I laid. "I quite agree with you that the times ire changed , that amity Is not the same hlng as war , and that a grain of sand In lie eye Is unpleasant , " for ho had said all jf these tilings. "Uut I fail , being a plain man and no dlplonratlst , to see what you ivant me to do. " "It Is the smallest matter , " ho said , wav- ng his hand gracefully. "And yet , " I retorted , "you seem to find a dlfllculty In coming at It. " "As you do at the grain of sand In the jye , " ho answered wittily. "After all , how- ver. In what you say , M. do Rosny , there Is 301110 truth. I feel that I am on delicate ground ; but I am sure that you will pardon me You have In your suite a certain Diego. " "It may be so , " I said , masking my sur prise , and. affecting Indifference. "A tennis player. " I shrugged my shoulders. "The man Is known , " I said. "A Protestant ? " "It IB not Impossible. " "And a subject of the king , my master. A man , " Don Antonio continued , with Increas- IIIB stiffness , "In fine , M. do Rosny , who , nfter committing various offenses , murdered his comrade in prison , and , escaping in his clothes , took refuge In this country. " I shrugged my shoulders again. " 1 have no knowledge of that , " I said coldly. "No , or I am sure that you would not har bor the fellow , " the secr.tary answered. 'Now that you do know It , however , I take t for granted that you will dismiss him' ! f you held any but the great place you do mid , M. do Rosny , It would be different ; but all the world see who follow you , and this man's presence stains you , and Is an offense o my master. " "Softly , softly , M. d'Kvora. " I said , with a Ittle warmth. "You go too fast. Let me tell you first , that , for my honor. I take care of It myself ; and , secondly , for your master , I lo not allow even , my own to meddle with ny household. " "Ilut , my lord , " ho said pompously , "the \lng of Spain " "Is the King of Spain , " I answered , cutting ilm short without much ceremony. "Dut : n the arsenal of Paris , which , for the [ iresent , Is my house. I am king. And I jruok no usurpers , M. d'Evora. " He assented to that with a constrained smile. "Then I can soy no more , " ho answered 'I ' have warned you that the man Is a rogue , [ f you will still entertain him , I wash my hands of It. Uut I fear the consequences , M. do Rosny , and , frankly , it less-ens - my opinion of your sagacity. " Thereat I bowed in my turn , and after the exchange ot some civilities he took his leave. Considering his application after he was gone , I found nothing surprising It it ; and had It conio from a man whom I held In greater respect I might have complied with It in an indirect fashion. Uut though It might have led mo under some circum stances to discard Diego , naturally , slnco It confirmed his story In some points , and proved besides that ho was not a persona ; ratn at the Sj > anlsh embassy. It did not ead me to value him less. And as ivlthln the week ho was so fortunate as to defeat La Varanno's champion In a great match at tlin Louvre , and : won also a match at M. de Montpensler's , which put 50 crowns Into my pocket , I thought less and less of d'Evora's remonstrance , until the king's return put It qiilta out of my head. The entanglement with Madamolselle d'Entragues. which was destined to ba the most fatal ot all Henry's attachments , was then in tho'forming , and the king plunged into every kind ot amuse ment with fresh zest. The day after his re turn he matched his marker , a rogue , but an excellent player , against my man , and laid mo 20 crowns on the event , the match to be played on the following Saturday after a dinner which M. de Ludo was giving in honor ot the lady. On the Thursday , however , who should come In to me while I was slttlntg alone after supper , but Malgnan , who , closing the door and dismissing the page who waited there , told mo with a very long face and an air of vast Importance , that ho had discov ered something. "Something ? " I said , being inclined at the moment to be merry. "What ? A plot to reduce your perquisites , you rascal ? " "No , my lord , " he answered stoutly. "Dut to tap your excellency's secrets. " "Indeed , " I Bald pleasantly , not believing a word of it. "And who Is to hung ? " "Tho Spaniard , " ha answered In a low voice. That sobered mo , by putting the matter In a now light ; and I- sal a moment , looking at him and reviewing Diego's story , whlcli assumed on the Instant an aspect so un common and almost incredible that 1 won dered how I had ever allowed It to pass Dut when I proceeded from this to the sub stance of Malgnan's charge I found an Im passe In this direction also , and I smiled. "So It Is Diego , Is It ? " I said "You think that ho Is a spy ? " Malgnan nodded. "Then , tell mo , " I asked , "what opportu nlty has ho of learning more than all the world knowns ? Ho has not been in my apartments since I engaged him. Ho has seen none ot my papers , The youngest foot boy could tell nil he has learned. " "True , my lord , " Malgnan answered slow ly ; "but " "Well ? " "I saw him this evening talking with i. priest in the Rue Petlta Pols ; and he calls himself a Protestant. " "Ah ! You are sura that the man. was a priest ? " "I know him. " "For whom ? " "Ona ot the chaplains at the Spanish cm " bassy. It was natural that after this I could talc , a more serious view of the matter , and I dli so. Uut my former diniculty still remained for. assuming this to be a cunning plot , anu d'Evora'a application to mo a ruse to throw me oft my guard , I could not see where their advantage lay , since the Spaniard's occupation was not of a nature to give him the entry to my confidence or the chance of ransacking my papers. I questioned Malgnan further , therefore , but without result. He had seen the two together In a secret kind 11 of way , viewing thorn himself from the- win dow of a house wherehe hail an assignation. lie hud not be n near enough to hear what they said , but he was sure that no quarrel took place between them , and equally can- taln that It wan no chauco meeting that brought them together. Infected by his assurance , I could still see no Issue and no object in such an Intrigue. And In the ml 1 contented myself with bid ding him watch the Spaniard closely and re port to me the following evening , adding that he might confldo Iho matter to La Trap * , who wns a supple fellow and of the two the easier companion. Accordingly , next evcnlns Malgnnn again appeared , tnli1 time with a face even longer , so that nt first I supposed him to have dis covered a plot worse than Chastcl's , but It turned out that he had discovered nothing. The Spaniard had spent the morning In lounging nnd the afternoon In practice at the Louvre , and from first to last had con ducted himself In the most Innocent manner possible. On this I rallied Mnlgnan oil his mare's neat , and was Inclined to dismiss the matter as such ; still , before doing so , I thought I would see La Trapo , nnd dismissing Malgnan I sent for him. When ho was come , " \Vell \ , " I said , "have you anything to sny ? " "One little thing only , your excellency , " ho answered slyly , "anil of no Importance. " "Uut you did not toll It to Malgnan ? " "No , my lord , " he replied , his face relaxing In a cunning smile. "Well ? " "Onco today I saw Diego where ho should not have been. " "Where ? " "In the king's dressing-room at the tennis- court. " "You saw him there ? " "I saw him coming out. " he answered. It may be Imagined how I felt on hear- ng this ; for although I might have thought nothing ot the matter before my suspicions ivpro aroused slnco any man might visit uch a place out of curiosity now , my mind lUiig disturbed. I was quick to conceive the ivorst , and saw with horror my beloved naster already destroyed through my care lessness. I questioned La Trapo In a fury , but could learn nothing more. He had seen the man slip out. and that was all. "Uut did you not go In yourself ? " I said , restraining my Impatience with dlfllculty. "Afterwards ? Yes , my lord. " "And inado no discovery ? " He shook his head. "Was anything prepared for his majesty ? " "Thcro was sherbet , and some water. " "You tried them ? " La Trapo grinned. "No , my lord , " he said. "Uut I gave some to Malgnan , " "Not explaining ? " "No , my lord. " 'You sacrilegious rascal ! " I cried , amused n sp to of my anxiety. "And he was none he worse ? " "No , my lord. " Not satisfied yet , I continued to press ilm , but with so little success that I still 'ound myself unable to decide- whether the Spaniard had wandered In Innocently or to explore his ground. In the end , therefore , I made up my mind to see things for my self , and early next morning , at an hour when I was not likely to be observed , I went out by a back door , and with my face muffled and no other attendance than Malg nnn and La Trape , went to the t-ennls court and examined the dressing room. Tills was a small closet on the first floor , of a size to hold two or three peisons. and with a casement through which the King , If lie wished to be private , might watch the game , Its sole- furniture consisted of a little table with a mirror , : i seat for .his majesty' and a couple of stools , so that It offered small scope for investigation. True , the stale sherbet and the water were still there , the carafes standing on the table be side an empty comfit box , nnd a few toilet necessaries , and It will be believed that I lost no time In examining them. Uut I made no discovery , and when I had passed my eye over everything else that the room con tained and noticed nothing that seemed In the slightest degree suspicious , I found my self completely at a loss. I went to the window nnd for a moment looked idly into tha court. Uut neither did any light conio thence , and I had turned again and was about to leave when my eye alighted on a certain thing and I stopped. "What Is that ? " I s.iid. It was a thin case , book shaped , of Genoa , velvet , somewhat Aorn. "Plalster , " Malgnan , who was waiting at the door , answered. "His majesty's hand Is not well yet , and as your excellency knows , he " "Silence , fool ! " I cried , And I st90t rooted to the spot , overwhelmed by the con vlctlon that I held the ' .clew to the mystery , and so 'shaken by the horror which that con viction naturally brought with It that I could not move a linger. A design so fiend ish and monstrous as that which I suspected might rouse the dullest sensibilities , in a case where It threatened the meanest , but being aimed in this at the king , my master , from whom I had received so many benefits and on whose Ufa the well-being of all de pended , it goaded me to the warmest re sentment. I looked round the tennis Court which , empty , shadowy and silent , seemed a fit place for such horrors with rage and repulsion , apprehending In a moment of sad presage all the accursed strokes of an enemy whom nothing could propitiate , and who , sooner or later , must set all my care at naught and take from France her greatest benefactor. Uut It will be saM I had no proof , only a conjecture ; and this Is true , but ot it hero- atfer. Suffice It that as soon as I had swallowed my Indignation I took all the pre cautions affection could suggest or duty enJoin - Join , omitting nothing ; nnd then , confiding the matter to no one the two men who were with ma excepted I prepared to ob serve the Issue with gloomy satisfaction. The match wns to take place at 3 In the afternoon. A little after that hour I arrlvi-d at the tennis court , attended by La Font and other gentlemen , and M. niullller. the councilor , who hud dined with mo. L'llull- ller's business had detained me somewhat and the men had begun ; but , as I had anticipated this , I had begged my good friend Do Vic to have an eye to my Interests. The king , who was in the gallery , bad with him M. de Montpensler , the comto de Lude , Vltry , Varcnnes and the Florentine am bassador , with Sancy and some others. Mllo. d'Entragues ' and two ladles hail taken posession of his closet , and from the case ment were pouring forth a perpetual fire of badinage and bens mots. The tennis court , In a word , presented as different nn aspjct us possible from that which It had worn In the morning. The sharp track of the ball , as It bounded from side to side , was almost lost In the crisp laughter and babel of voices ; which as I entered rose Into a perfect uproar , mademoiselle having flung a whole lapful of roses across the court In retuin for some witticism. These , fulling short of the gallery , had lighted on the head ot the astonished Diego , causing a temporary ceasa tlon of play , during which I took my seat. Mine , do Ludo's saucy eye picked me out In a moment. "Oh , the grave man ! " she cried. "Crown him , too , with roses. " "As they crowned the skull at the feast , madame ? " I answered , saluting her gallantly. "No , but as the man whom the king de- lltehteth to honor , " she answered , making a face at me. "Ha ! ha ! I am not afraid ! am not afraid ! I am not afraid ! " There was a good deal of laughter at this. "Wlmt shall I do to her , M. de Rosny ? " mademoiselle cried out , coming to my rescue. "If you will have the goodness to kiss her , mademoiselle , " I answered , "I will consider It an advance , and as ono of the council of the king's finances my credit should be good for the re " "Thank you ! " the king cried , nimbly cut ting me short. "Ilut as my finances-seem to be the security , faith , I will see to the repayment myself ! Let them start again ; but I am afraid that my 20 crowns are yours , grand master ; your man Is In fine play. " I looked Into tbo court. Diego , lithe and sinewy , -with his cropped black hair , high color and quick shallow eyes , bounded here and there , swift'ami active as a panther , Seeing him thus , with his heart In tils re turns , I could not but doubt more ; as the game proceeded , amid the laughter and jests and witty sallies of the courtiers , I felt the doubt grow ; the riddle became each mlnuU moro abstruse , the man more mysterious Uut that was of no moment now. A little after 4 o'clock the match endec In my favor ; on which the king- , tired of In action , sprang up , and declaring that hi , would try Diego's strength himself , entered the court. I followed , with Vltry and others and several strokes which had been mad were tested and discussed. Presently , th king going to talk with nudtmiolscllo at he. window. I remarked the Spaniard and Malg nan , with ( he king's marker , and one or t i other * waiting at the further door. Almdi. at the same moment I observed a sudden movement among them , and voices ralsei higher than was decent , and I called ou sharply lo know what It was , "An accident , my lord , " one of the man Answered respectfully. "It It nothing , " another muttere-l. "Male- nan was playing tricks , your excellency , am cut Dlcjjo'6 hand a little ; that is all. " "Cut hla band nawl" I exclaimed aneriljr , "And the kln . < fljput lo play with him. Let in * sea It" Diego sulkily held up his hand , anil I law cut , ugly , but t no Importance. "Pooh ! " I said ; "it li nothing. Gel some laster. Ilerjji-ou , " 1 continued wrathfully , ' urntng to f-BlwJn , "slnco fan have done he mischief , aBoobfr. you must repair It. Get iomc plaster.ifMo/iou hear ? Ho cannot play n that state" , if IMogo multjfad something , and Malgnan .hat ho had ntit any ; but before- could wiswer that. o jbjust get some La Trapo thrust his wjg f | the front , iind producing a small piece Tid rr hln pocket proceeded with a. droll nlr of extreme carefulness to treat he hand. The other knaves fell Into the eke , and the Spaniard had no option but to ubmlt , thouph/Huscowtlng / fnce showed that he bore MalfenirJJfio good will , and that but "or my presence/he might not have been BO complaisant. La. Trapa was bringing his surgery to an end by demanding a fee. In the most comical manner possible , when the king returned to our part of the court. "What la "t ? " ho said. "Is anything the matter ? " "No. sire. " I said , "My man has cut his tand a. little , but It Is nothing. " "Can ho play ? " Henry askeil with his ac customed good nature. "Oh , yes , sire , " I answered. "I have bound t up with a strip of plaster from the case In four majesty's closet. " "He has not lost blood ? " "No , sire. " And ho had not. But It wa small wonder thnt the king asked ; small wonder , fgr the man's face had changed In the last ten seconds tp a strange leaden color ; a terror llko that'ofin ' wild beast that sees tself trapped had leaped Into his eyes. He shot a furtive glance around him , and I saw him slide his hand behind him. Uut I was prepared for that , and as the king moved oft a space-1 slipped to the man's side , as It ta give him some directions about his game. "Listen , " I said , In a volco heard only by him ; "take tin ? dressing off your hand , and I have you broken on the wheel. You under stand ? Now , piny. " Assuring myself that ho did understand , and thnt Malgnan and La Trapo were at hand If ho should attempt anything , I went back to my place , and sitting down by Do Vic began to watch , thnt strange game ; whllo mademoiselle's laughter and Madame do de's ' gibes floated across the court , and mingled with the eager applause and-more dexterous criticisms of the courtiers. The light was beginning to sink , and for that reason , perhaps , no one perceived the Span- lard's pallor ; but Do Vic , after a rally or two , remarked that he was not playing his full strength. "Wise man ! " he "added. "Ye-s , " I said. "Who plays well against kings plays 111. " De Vfc laughed. , "How he sweats ! " ho said , "and he never turned a hair when he played Colct. I suppose ho Is nervous. " "Probably , " I 'said. : And so they chattered and laughed chattered and laughed , seeing an ordinary game between the king and a marker , while I , for whom the court had grown sombre as a dungeon , saw a villain struggling In hla own toils , livid with the fear of death , and tortured by horrible apprehensions. Use and habit were stilt so powerful with the man that ho played on mechanically with his hands , but his eyes every tiow and then sought mine with the look of the trapped beast , and on the-so occasions I could see his lips move In prayer or cursing. The sweat pourcdftiOKTitfilH faceas - he moved to and fro , and 1 fancied that his features were beginning to twitch. Presently I have said that the light ) wasj falling , FO that It wds not In my Imagination only that the court was sombre Uie king held his ball. "My friend , your man' ( s not well , " he said , turn ing to mo. "It Is nothing , , sire ; the honor you do him makes him flsjrvous , " I answered. "Play up , sirrah , " 1 continued ; you make too good a courtier. " I Mademoiselle d'rJEntragucs clapped her bands and laughed at the hit , and I saw Diego glare at her with an Indescribable look. In which hatred and despair and a horror of reproach were so nicely mingled with something as exceptional as his posi tion , that the , whole baffled words. Doubt less the gibes arid laughter he heard , the trifling that invent on around hIm , , the very game in , ivhlch he waa Engaged , and from 'which hd'Qared not drew Jack , seemed In his eyes the most appalling mockery , but Ignorant who were Irt tho- secret , unable to guess how his diabolical p'ot had been dis covered , uncertain even whether the whole were not a concerted piece , he went on playIng - Ing his part mechanically ; with starting eyes and laboring chest , with lips that , twitching and working , lost color each minute. At length he missed a stroke , and staggering loaned against the wall , hia face livid and ghastly. The king took the alarm at that , and cried out that Something was wrong. These who were sitting rose. I nodded to Malgnan to go to the man. "It is a fit , " I said. "Ho Is subject to thorn , and doubtless the excitement but I am sorry that It has spoiled your majesty's game. " " 11 has not , " Henry answered kindly. "The light Is gone. Hut have him looked to , will you , my friend ? If La Riviere' were here he might do something for him. " While be spoke the.servants had gathered round the man , bat with the timidity which characterizes that class In such emergencies , they would not touch him. As I crossed the court , and they made way for me. the Span- lard , who was still standing , though In a strange and distorted fashion , turned his bloodshot eyes on me. "A priest , " he muttered , framing the words with dlfllculty , "a priest. " I directed Malgnan to fetch ono. "And do you. " I continued to the other servants , "take him Into a room somewhere. " They obeyed reluctantly. As they carried him out the king , content with my statement , was giving his hand to modemolsello to de scend the stairs ; and neither ho nor any , save the two men In my confidence , had the slightest suspicion that aught was the matter beyond a natural Illness. Uut I shuddered when I considered how narrow bad been the king's escape , how trifling the circumstance which had led to the suspicion , how fortu itous the Inspiration by which I had chanced on discovery. The delay of a single day , the occurrence of the slightest mishap , might have been fatal not only to him , but to the best Interests of France , which his death at the time when he was still childless must have plunged Into the most melancholy of wars. Of the wretched Spaniard I need say llttlo more. Caught In his own snare , ho was no sooner withdrawn from the court than he fell Into violent convulsions , , which held him until midnight , when ho died with symptons and under circumstances so nearly resembling those which had attended the death ot Mine. de Deaufort at Easter , that I have sev eral times dwelt on the strange coincidence and striven to 11 nd the- connecting link. Uut I never hit on it , and the king's death , and that unexpected tendency to Imitate great crimes under which the vulgar labor , pre vailed with me to keep the matter secret. Nay , as I belley jl tltat d'Kvora ' had played the part of an unconscious tool , and as a hint pressed homo rtfnceM to procure the with drawal of the chaplain whom Malgnan had named , I did not think It necessary to dis close the matter ; ey n7to the king my master , No l ) nn"ft > r Mimic. There Is somcl ln saddening about the woman who "used 'to play the piano before she was married1 writes Kate Field. You feel that you would llko to have known her before the song went out of her life ; before the enthusiasm flTSrfnakes the lavlahincnt ol time upon mere pleasure a possibility lefi her. She says she has not the leisure to practice , but It Is often not so much the lack of half an hgur or moro dally as It Is the loss of vivacious energy. She has learned to trudgefrj | n yesterday to tomor row Instead ot dabclng the days through as she used to. Tm ? ncd for music Is gone. A lady who was yipken to by one of her friends on this subject was candid and opl grammatlc. "Walt until you get married , ' she said. "Unless you are rich you will do an I have done. Vou can not devote your attention to keeping up your music and keeping down your' expenses at the name time. " Hail thn Tunlt. Indianapolis Journal ; "Yes. I was sitting on the edge of the folding bed the other night , " said the Cheerful Idiot , "playing soil talre , when all of a sudden the blame thing closed up on me. If It had not been for my presence of mind I think I should have been smothered. " "Had sense enough to call for help , I sup pose , " asked the dyspeptic Iraarder. "Didn't do anything-of the kind. I merely B-elected a pair of Jacks from , the deck and opened it with thai , " AMERICAN CAUCUS SYSTEM It is the Bad Man's Trap Into Which the Good Man is Enticed. VIEWS OF HISTORIAN JOHN CLARK RIDPATH Undemocratic nuit Unhmorlrun Some of lln IttnultH II Knconilorj Hus lum unit Munj Other Hint 'IlilngnAStrong Argument Strongly Put , The politician's remedy for the afflictions of the great American body Is that the good man dial ) go to the caucus. The good man doea not urge his fellow good men to go to the caucus , but the party manager urges them both. Because they don't go , ho says , the country Is sick. As a matter of fact , the caucus Is : the bad man's trap , and the good nian Is a fool to get Into 111 Ono of the general phases of human his tory Is this : Some organization , civil , polit ical or religious , grows hugo nt the expense of freedom and progress , and having become strong enough , puts society under Its heel. Then the organization begins to build and contrive , In order to maintain Itself ngalnst Insurrection and punishment. U usurps and tyrannizes and abuses until mankind Is bruised and weakened and diseased under the oppressions and wrongs done to the liberties and hopes of humanity. What next ? The organization , seeing the havoc that Is done , turns about to make the existing condition as respectable as possible ; and to this end the bad man dresses llko a clergyman and wants the good man to help hlml This Is the method of political parlies. They generally begin In a righteous agitation against the wrongs and oppressions In society and end by doing the same things them selves. When they begin to grow old , when they have become merely the agents of per petuating and supporting their own Interests , when the Issue * which they defend or antag onize are no longer real but merely fictitious , then they turn about to prove to the world that they have always been srcat and Rood and respectable. Henceforth the mission of such an organization Is to take- the people In. To do this requires a vast deal of contrivance ance- . Among the subordinate methods by which , the political party manages to ke P Its seat on the breast of the nation , the caucus Is , perhaps , the most successful and the most odious. A HOOK FOR THE MASSES. Of all agencies , the- caucus Is * the partlcu lar agency which enablea a political party to hook ItBolf fast to the masses , and to drag them on. This touch and fastening of the or ganization to the people has to bo carefully managed , and Us nature must be concealed under the veneer of respectability. Left to Its own , devices , the caucus becomes disrepu table , and Is known to be so. It tries to de fend Itself by saying that It Is a meeting of the people for the promotion of good causes. On the contrary , U Is a conspiracy of ft small part of the people against the rest. Certainly no act of society Is more salutary than the- public meeting ; but the claim of the ca ucus to bo in the nature of a public meetIng - Ing Is a pretense and nothing more. The sen slblo patriot knows well what the > caucus is for. lie understands that it Is meant to pro mote personal Interests , and really to prevent the expression ot public opinion. In proportion tion as the caucus prevails , public opinion weakens , declines , perishes The newspaper organ , generally belongs to the caucus If It does not , then the central committee must buy that organ , and replace it with another that better understands the nature and pur pose ot journalism ! Such a condition In political society we have ; and the good man. is asked to back It. The caucus Is as malodorous as the crime ot Hamlet's step-father , and the good'man Is wanted for a disinfectant ! The managers of the cauciu understand well enough the public estimate that Is placed upon their machine and themselves. They do not care much for the estimate. It does not argue that because somfbody defers to public opinion he 1s , therefore. In love with public opinion. In "fact , the greatest deference If often shown In the presence of that which Is hated. When the caucus does obeisance to society It Is for advantage. The caucus knows well that It Is not here for the public good. It knows well that It Is Invented as a political hook to hold fast the masses to the machine. It also knows that It Is discovered , found out , pla carded In the consciences ot men If not in their public speech. SALVATION DOESN'T UK THIS WAY. This IB the Bttuatloii which makes it nec essary , they say , for the good man to go to the caucus. He is to be a navcr ot llfo unto llfo. Thousands perhaps millions , of people believe that If the good man would go to tin- caucus we should find salvation. As a matter ot fact , salvation doea not lie that way. The good man , following bis instinctive self- respect , slays awuy ; and the caucus is put on the defensive , The absence of the good man discountenances both the thing done and the method ot doing It. It Is this fact which has kept the American caucus In a state of chronic alarm and trepidation for the last quarter of a century. Knowing that It Is disparaged , It squats and hides nnd nour ishes If at all In the dark. The absence of the good man Is the saving clause. His of the con- presence wsuld be the prophecy Ummnco of that political domination which has virtually put under foot the noblest en terprises of our people and suppressed the in to lectual ire in the Unite I States ; his ab cnre means the ultimate extinction of the whole system. If the good man goes to the caucus ho takes his goodness with him. He takes his conscience , hla Innocence and his In experience. When he enters the door the bad man gives a sigh of relief. Ho Is coun tenanced by the good man , who now comes to associate with him and help him Rave the country. The bad man's assistant , less con spicuous , winks The chairman , ono of the bad man's friends , says In his openelng re marks that the caucus Is pleased , delighted , to have present the good man , whose name and reputation , etc. It does not require any great degree of astuteness ta sec that the absence of the good man from Iho caucus Is one of those In stinctive facts In society that always make for good. Nothing Is more certain than that If tba caucus Is allowed to go Its nwn wa > with the had man at the helm It will sooner or later come to naught , go to Its own place and become an ancient and bad-smelling reminiscence. On the other hand , If the good man lends his presence , his Influence and his character to the caucus ho may be sure ho will have his labor for his pains So far as this appearance of the good man at the caucus may be regarded as a measure of reform , pah ! What does the bad man who owns the caucus want with the good man after the caucus has adjourned ? The good man finds to his sorrow that the only visible effect of his presence at the caucus , has been , first , the vemluc of his own repu tation and solf-respect , secondly , the I ruled- nlto perpetuation of the worst facts In po litical BQcloly. THB CAUCUS AND POLITICAL , PAUTICS. Wlmt then ? says the Interlocutor. Is not the political party good ? Must not the po litical party organize ? IB not the republic a government by means ot party ? And It the political party finds It ncceusary to make the caucus Us mudsill , shall we not accord the right , and even applaud the contrivance ? Let us answer frankly and without equivo cation. Let us answer just as the father of his country answered. Let us answer with out fear , as the patriot must answer If he keeps his Integrity and follows the star of truth. If any political party be good In a free country , it Is not such as the American political party has become Such a fact was not contemplated when the republic was founded. Such n fact was not allowed to Influence the administration of the first pres ident. He perceived that the political party In a republic would soon come to exist for Itself , without regard to the interests of the country or the happiness of mankind. The sequel has been even so. The political party looks upon the Interests of the country and the happiness of mankind with the ul terior design of profiting by them' ' That kind of political party which forma Itself for thu defence of a great principle , the principle bsliig clearly for the advantage of the nation and the ultimate gain of humanity , no longer exists If It ev r did exist In these lands We have the powerful and compact organlca- lloni , but tholr alms and ends are not the alms and ends of the people , and their exist ence Is not for the public good. The more thny orgsnUo , therefore , the worne It la. The caucus Is down In the bottom ot this political condition. The question Is not how lo > better the caucus or how to render It tol- oritblo. but how to got rid ol it. Tito caucus Is one ot the piles driven deep In the dark , on which the parly superstructure , vast as the ruins of Uara-Uudur , U founded And reared. If the good man gets Into the caucus and gives It strength , so much longer will the superincumbent system continue to flour ish. It will continue to bo biennially re paired nnd annually painted. Under It the millions who ought to bo the greatest frro people that the sun has smiled upon , will continue to crouch nnd groan for dollvcrancu. Thnt kind of party which makes for the nd- vnnlaco of mankind nnd the promotion ot freedom Is that which the people themselves create In the presence of same crisis In which right principle nnd truth , the pro motion of free Institutions and the progress of thu human race am at stake. USES AND AHUSHS 0V PA11TIES. A party thus springing Into rxisUnco may bo ot Immense , utmost Immeasurable , ad vantage to the country and the people In which and among whom It makes Its appear ance. Hut the moment that the party has accomplished the end for which It came , that moment ( narks the limit of Us natural nnd wholesome lite. Left to natural conditions It would thereupon resolve itself Into Us ele ments , to bo rccomblned. with the coming of some new Issuo. Itcyoml Hint date. If It contluos to survive , It becomes like one of the Btruldbrugs whom Captain Lemuel Gulliver met In Lnputal The traveler nays thnt the struldhrug's faculties had bren re duced by the abuse of nnluro to the single passion of getting omethlng for nothing ! "Ha asked me , " said Oulllver , "that I would give him slumskudask ! " In the United States the Ptruldbrug Is senile political party , and the slumskudask IB an appointive ofllco ! If the good man wants to cultivate the society and Intercourse of the xtruldbrug he can do so ; the way to such acquaintance and comcrco of character ia by the door of the caucus. The great evil Is the persistency of party organization beyond Us natural lifeOt courao there Is no real life or virtue In such an organization when Its original principle In gone and Its existence perpetuated by factitious means. A party thus surviving the national limits of Its existence Is a veritable struldbrug. It Is a political Frank enstein , nmdo merely of leather and springs and tubes nnd screw-taps , moved by galvan ism. In the United States our everlasting election makes It possible to keep Franken stein In operation. Ho Is easily turned to this task and to that , for the benefit of the rulers and bosses of the American people. Frankenstein has to be lubricated ; but there Is oil enough ! Ho has become adjustable to any question whatsoever At the present time he Is so arranged that he can run either way , or both ways , on cither track or both tracks at the name time. A. political party thus turned Into the Btruldbruglan con dition will readily and enthusiastically pro- fes ? anything , If thereby It can take the country In ! Great are the spoils of battle. .Great is the process by which a tree people , multiplied millions In strength , are made , ovn against their consciences and sense of right , to divide and fling themselves Into cor.fllct , with the vast expenditure of their time and means , without a single essential question of difference , and for the solo pur pose of gaining ofllclal seats for the owners nnd keepers of Frankenstein1 If our perpetual election were abolished It would be d 1111 cult to keep the monster alive from one crisis to the next. If the presi dential ttirm were lengthened to seven years a struldbrug parly could hardly survive through the desolation of the septennial period. A blessed salvation and atrophy would supervene all the way from the caucus to the national committee ; enterprise would riKiimo Its wonted stroke , the Intellectual llfo would revive , and the resources of the American people would no longer be con sumed In an everlasting broil and warfare. In which the gonfalons of one party are as false as those of thu other , OPEN MEETINGS OF CITIZENS. With the breaking ot partisan continuity the caucus Tvould necessarily end. Its place would be taken by the public and the open meeting of the citizens. The way to pro mote such a result Is for thu good man to hold off until the bad man with Im mense damage , we sorrowfnllj- confess shall run his machine Into wreck and dust. Let the good man continue to follow his unerring Instincts and lend himself to nothing which ho docs not approve. Let him not permit himself to become the tool and Instrument of mischief by joining himself with the bud man In his work ; for thereby ho shall put himself evermore Into a position where he will .bo reduced on election day to the alter native of choosing between something bad and something worse. The outcry thnt thor good man must # o to the caucus Is the Interested cry of the management. The cry Is echoed and dis seminated by the organs of thu manage ment ; nnd thousands are dewlved thereby. The bad man needs the goad man , ami knows It needs him so much that he Is willing to stoop and defer to him and then to beat hlml The good man , if ho is wisp , will continue in his present manner , only more emphatically. He will not only not go to the bad man's caucus , but ho will tell him RO to bis face. The report of the good man's saying that ho will not go will spread con sternation through the whole political realm , and will hasten the day whet , the American republic shall become again as It is not now , and has not for long years been a government of tle people , for the people , nnd by them. JOEIN CLAHK HIDPATH. Greencastle , Indiana , A single plant of wheat Is capable of pro ducing 2,000 seoda In ono season. Green Coats and his wife , who were slaves before the war , celebrated their golden wed- dlirg last week , In Moberly. Mo. .Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ingalls have Issued Invitations for the marriage of their eldest daughter , Ethel , and Dr. Edward Giles Illalr In Atchlson , October 24. A Toledo patriarch , 76 years of age , has married a lovely Scotch damsel of 18 , who figured as one of- the representatives In the congress of beauties held at Toledo last autumn , In putting the "question of questions , " a Scotchman took his Inamorlta to his family burial ground , and said , "Would ye He there , Jeanle. by and by ? " She fa Id she would , and thus the thing was settled. She Heforo we were married you said U would give you the greatest pleasure to grutf Ify my every wish. * 1 He My dear , I said your lightest wish , and I'll do It , too. t The Chicago woman who married for the second lime because u spiritualist medium told her that It was her dead husband's do- I sire. Is now suing her new husband for dlc rorce. because he hired the medium to give the message. He What do you think your father would say if wo were to run away and get mar ried ? She Really , I don't know ; but I Imagine ho would nay I was a bigger fool than ho thought. I was. The city of Richmond has adopted an ordi nance against flirting on the public Htrcets. There Is no city In the world whore the- girls are prettier or moro Inclined to flirt than they are In Richmond. They will flirt all the more because of the attempted restriction of their privileges. Phillip Stutz , a farmer living near Joffer- sonvllle. Ind. , and his wife Mary have had a remarkable matrimonial career. Ueing lov ers in childhood they were early married , but , falling to agree , were divorced. After a | " few years they camfl together and were rc- murrlcd. Again were they dlvoiced and re- mnrrlcd , and even again did they Fceure a divorce , and lust wok were remarried at Now Albany , thus being three times di vorced and remarried. Mr. Stuti is well-to- do , and , as evidence that his wife can main tain herself In single blessedness , she was , when last married , the owner ct u large millinery store In New Albany. They de clare their Intention of separating no more. Mrs. llaneman , a Chicago widow , recently rejected the suit of Mr. Jacobson , who Im mediately hired a German band to play tunes with suggestive titles under Mrs. Ilaseman'a window. The lady Blood the smlle-s of her neighbors and the persistence of the band until patience ceased to ba the virtue that It Is supposed to be Then she pleaded with the leader , who refused to stop pljylng on the ground that Mr. Jacobson had paid well for the in us I c , Thereupon the went to court and secured an Injunction the disappointed lover , to restrain him from giving such objectionable expres ' vc sion to hit woo This shows. Mrs. Ilareman vV to ba a woman of nerva and action. V .7IO.VA75r.t4.Vn 1IHKKXK , Tying her bonnH under her chin , She tied bpr rnven- ringlets In , Uut not alone Irv her nllkcn snnrc Did slio ontrh her lovely floating hnln For , tying her boiinol under her chin , .She tied u young inan'n lieiut within. They wrro strolling together up the- hilt , When the winds came blowing merry and chill ; And It blow the curia n. frolicsome race All over the happy , pencil-colored fnce , Till scolding n mi laughing. he tied them lt Under her beautiful dimpled chin. O. western wind , do you think It wns fnlr To piny nucli tricks with her floating hair ? To gladly , gleefully do your best To blow her iigulnst the young in mi a brenst , Wliero he had gladly folded her In. And kissed , her mouth nnd dimpled chin ? O , Hllery Vnno. you little thought , An hour ago , \sboii you besought This country last to walk \\lth you , After tin' sun hint dried the ilow , Wlmt terrible iliitigor jou'd bo In As she tied bur bonnet under her chin , C'7JIHHrjAS MIKXCK. OMAHA. Oct. 18. To the Editor ot ThB Hoc : A few letters only of Mrs Peattle's written for the World-Herald hnvo escaped my attention nnd enjoyment. I am an ardent admirer of the many useful hints , wise suggestions and beautiful thoughts slio ha-i from tune to time given the public. Rules , houever , hnvo their exceptions. Most gifted men must confess there nre times when they nre not nt their best , when their sub jects have not been carefully and fairly dealt with. Our \irlter says she does not understand Christian Science ; the very be ginning ot the letter shows thnt without any honest confess on on her part Slit says : "It Is a philosophy which claims a unity for mind and matter , nnd for mind and spirit , nnd for spirit and God. " And again , "Uut briefly as the simple unJerst.iiut the laws of this teaching , spirit and matter are one , Spirit Is God all Is God. Tha Christian Scientist refuses to recognUe innU let. " If , as stated , spirit nnd matter nro one. and spirit Is God , and ue- refuse to rccognlzt matter , then It follows that we must , ac < cording to correct reasoning , refuse to recojo nlzo God , a conclusion which Is totally at variance with the fundamental precept : ! ol our religion. The talented writer also says all Is God. Wo do declare the omnipotence and omnipresence of God , but could never draw our conclusions from the premises' laid down In our writer's article. Wo da not claim the unity of spirit and matter , but declare them opposltcs ; the one reulj the other unreal ; the ono positive , the other negative ; the one all powerful and destroy' Ing through a scientific action the falsity o ( the other. We all know that light dispels darkness. The Christian Scientist know ; when the light of truth appears the dark : ness of error disappears. A thought only have I given , and that for the purpose of correcting the error In the above statement ; So great arc the possibilities of Christian Science , so numerous Its sane and Intelli gent followers , so wonderful the unfolding of Its truths , KO dec ] > and Inexhaustible ! Its subject , I do not feel calle-d upon to adver tise It through the newspaper columns or to attempt an explanation of Its profound truth ! through the same channel when I am a be ginner only at the numeration table of this science. Yes , wo do try lo make practica ble the teachings of Jesus. He gave us the undivided garment. He commanded us to heal the sick , as well as preach the gospel. His uork seems miracles to the world , butte to n student ot Christian Science a natural fulfillment of the Dlvno law. With regard to the assertion. "The fact remains that by the Insistence of the leaders In this Christ healing upon tho.su who do not believe , great harm Is Inflicted. " t beg to say It Is not the custom to thrust our views upon any one , or to act apart from common sense and sound judgment. There are times when we Judiciously offer our services , but In nearly every Instance the aid Is sought. Nor do wo ignore the fnlsf evidence , but earnestly seek to displace If with the correct that Is' , wo seek to de stroy the effect of nn unscientific law wltll the truth of the Eternal law , which pro- ceedeth from thu ono Parfcc.1 Cauw. j , A prize essay of'tho tloylston Medical so ciety of Harvard university by E. W. Taylor , A.U. of Harvard , had' for Its subject "Tho Mental Element In the Treatment of Dis ease. " I will quote a few lines from ex tracts ot the essay I saw not long ago : "Never In the h'story ' of medical sclenco has the subject of mental therapeutics n3- suinml such proportions and excited BO pro found an Interest as within the last few years. The mysticism and vagueness of former theorizing In this field has , in a great measure , been laid aside , and the time , If not here , Is apparently coming when the same- tests of truth and the same fairness of con sideration will bo applied to facts of tha mental life as have heretofore with such brilliant results been applied to facts of the physical life. The natural tendency In most minds 1ms been consistently to Ignore the mental clement and lay stress solely upon Us physical relative. * In Its practical aspect , however , on the side of results the doctrlno demands recognition. Cures have been and are being effected by tl oje professing the principles ot Christian Science. Tills probably no one will now deny. Physicians In regular practice can afford neither to deny the fact nor to neglect Its Investigation. We do not believe such cures are caused by adherence to unproved metaphysical notions. Certainly , we must seek a moro rational explanation , nnd ono moro in accord with the facts of experience " With much study , thought , research and honest and unselfish application of the rules ot Christian sclenco ono could never for an Instant be "almost Impelled to pronounce the whole belief as fraudulent , frantic and In sane " The Christian Scientist has but one remedy for both the Imaginary nnd "tho bona fide disease , " and the latter Is as unreal to us as the former. The law which sustains man's being In one case will In the oth9r alBO. Charcot may see no good In hypnotism , Elliott Cones may have found diversion in theosophy , but the discoverer and founder of Christian Sclenco Is as firm , steadfast anil convinced of the Immortal truth today as lit the beginning twenty-eight years ago A fair and unbiased consideration of Iho many cases healed by Christian Science , a search Into the cause which brings about these ef fects , an Insight into the motives , and a proof of certain actions , deemed by the world "folly and frenzy , " would do away with much harsh judgment and condemnation. Amid ac cusations , condemnations and persecutions wo faint not , but pre&s on blessed assurances lighten the burden. We are solving the prob lem with mathematical certainty. A falluro today causes us to turn our gaze moro stead ily I to the light tomorrow. If Urn work1 secmj unsatisfactorily done , does that prove a flaw in the principle ? We have risen above the compounds of matrrla medlca ; from the de coction of reptiles , Spanish flics , mineral and animal poisons , which were administered 2GS7 II. C. to the present mild remedies ot bread pellets and pure water to find , what ? Come and seo. No photograph can picture th abode ; no phcnogruph can convey the han monies ; no circuit can transmit the peace an < J rest , for the abode M In Soul , the action In Mind , peace and rest in the Real. A STUDENT OK CHRISTIAN SCIKNCD. Nmii in.N : or 'ii Detroit Free Press ; Money Is a powerful conversationalist. Necessary evils ore necessary becausi mankind Is built that way. It's a long way up the hill If you think about the hill all the time. Sarcasm may be right , but It casts A shadow. ' People talk a lot about marrying b for they do It ; afterward they think about It. An ouncn of accomplishment U worth & ton of Intention. The sky Is never nil blue at the cnm. lime. If everybody was perfect what would th gosMps do for Interesting material ? There may be plenty ot room at the ( op , but happiness doesn't always get there. Tim Ulryrla NjKtum. N w York Weekly : First Citizen It I * not enough that blcycloi carry bells ; the law should enforce a regular system of clgriata that all can understand. Second Citizen What would yon suggest ? Flr t Citizen W ll. I don't know axaclly , but It might bo Homollilnt ; llko thin ; On * ring , "Stand , tlltl" ; two ringi , "Podga to lh right" ; three , rlnc , "Dlv IQ the left" : fouf rlng , "Jump straight up and I'll run under you" ; five rings , "Turn a back handspring and land bihlnd me- , " and ro on. You < * ; < i folki who vrnlk nro ulvjiyn Bind to he ad > cominodninjr , but Itm trouble Is to find out what tha fellow bobli-J : uj naal * ua to do.