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tow the schooner down the bayou ou,t of
danger of the fire ! Man the boats 1 Hove
the schooner I"
There was no danger that the order would
not be heard. The dead could have heard
it, if anything is ever heard bv the dead.
Orton" came near losing his guard when
that burst of startling sound broke from the
old man's bearded mouth. The edge of the
cutlass reached his bhoulderlightlv, but did
not sever the covering afforded by his jacket.
As an experiment the young man now tried
desperately to disarm Bochon, but the
rapier was too light and Boehon's hand too
strong for that. The effort save the old man
an advantage in the end which cost Orton a
wound, slight, but painful, on the top of
cis Head, while be in turn pricked liochon
in the left shoulder so degp that the blood
spun forth rather freely. Both men felt
that the struggle must soon end, and each
felt confident that it would end in his favor.
The action became furious, as if to keep
time with the grand crackling and bellow
ing of the fire now leaping in one broad,
ritnplcd, lapping tongue, slanting far across
the bayou. The men had promptly obeyed
llochon's loud order, and the masts of the
little schooner were moving slowly through
the rolling current of smoke to a safe dis
tance from the fire. The creaking of
ropes and the clacking of rowlocks were
blended with shouts and cries. All the
smaller sounds of the night xreie swallowed
up in the tempest-like throb of the flame.
The two wary and straining combatants felt
the intense heat of the melting house, and
this, with the exkausting muscular and
nervous effort, caused the perspiration to
leap from every pore of their bodies.
Breathing became husky and rapid, a
hoarse panting that told ot rapidly ebbing
strength. Bound and round thev fought,
giving and receiving wounds, "bleeding
ireely, glaring at each other, clink, clank,
swish, whack! back and forth, lunging,
thrusting, feinting, slashing, each trying to
keep the dazzling fire behind him, each
thinking that surely the other must soon be
exhausted; cut, parry, thrust, parry, prime,
qnarte, high. low. the blades notched and
clanging, the wrists aching, the throats dry
and scorched, the white foam spraying from
lips and beard, and the broad chests palpi
tating; on they fought, keeping their
strength by sheer, desperate will-force, each
thinking only of killing the other. Yes,
Orton had another thought the Lilly of
Bochon. He could not (if he had tried)
have forced the vibion from his inner bight.
He saw her, sweet and tall, like a lily, in
deed, pass back and forth before his'cyes,
smiling and calm, and all unconscious of
the awlul stress of his situation.
Neither combatant as yet had received
any serious wound, though very narrow had
been the margin of life at nia'ny a point in
the fight; but Bochon begau to realize the
possibility of "failing be.ore the wonderful
vim and tenacity of his younger and suppler
antagonist. Something told Orton what
-was going on in the old man's mind, and,
gathering all his reserve of strength, he
made a mighty spurt, pressing desperately
upon him, forcing hum back rapidly toward
the pale of the garden. He, too, called up
his last resource of energy and returned the
dash with interest, driving Orton for a
moment and almost breaking him down by
the weight of his attack. The reaction
weakened both men greatlr. They stag
gered clumsily here and there, but kept
their guards with wonderful persistence,
fencing feebly but accurately, and still
maneuvering for the best light, while
slowly the fast-burning house settled down
into a heap of glowing and melting brands.
Host of Boehon's men had returned (save
those who never would return) and were
busy with looking after their dead and
wounded comrades, whom they bore to the
boats. The moon aserted itself a little as
the fire grew dull and red. Somewhere in
the distant hollows of the woods a great
owl hooted dolefully. Still with faltering
weakness the fight went on between the two
staggering, tottering, almost exhausted
men. Now and again one or the other tried
to rally and spurt, but it was only to stare
a little more malignantly and to lunge or
thrust all the more impatiently. Their
blades clinked with a thin weak sound,
irregularly and with desultory rasping and
dragging. The white clots of "foam on their
chins and lips were streaked with blood,
their hats were gone, their hair matted,
their clothes torn and cut to shreds.
And yet out of their startling and vigi
lant eyes flashed the indomitable
will of the born fighter, the spirit of the un
conquerable animal man. Yet even in this
desperate extremity Orton was thinking of
Telicie Bochon; scarcely thinking either,
but simply and sweetly conscious of her and
of the precious tenderness she Bad engen
dered in his life. Down sank the burning
brands into coals and embers, the work of
but a few minutes indeed, so rapidly had
the dry resinous pine of the houje melted in
the heat, and up sailed the white moon,
freeing itself from the shifting wisps of fog
and pouring down upon the landscape a
strange, silvery brilliance that shimmered
on water and marsh and flashed on the
waving foliage of the dusky magnolias
beyond the slough.
Bochon swung his cutlas feebly and made
a dogged slash at Orton, who parried it
with spiritless weakness. Their blades
were high and the two men stumbled to
gether, struggled clumsily and fell, Orton
below, Bochon above. The mere weight of
the old man held his foe down, but in the
jail their weapons had dropped from their
nerveless hands. Struggling was over with
both men, neither had strength to do more
than lie there and pant chokingly. Con
siderable blood had been lost by each and
the red tide was still trickling from a num
ber of ugly but not necessarily dangerous
wounds. Probably Bochon was less hurt
than Orton, and it is quite possible that,
despite his years, he was even less affected
by the tremendous strain of the encounter.
Moreoter, the old man had been used to
dangerous and even deadly combat, and so
was more apt to keep well in mind his pur
pose to kill and the will power to bear it
out. He fumbled numbly for the sheath
knife in his belt, and had barely strength
draw and lift it, but be tried in vain to send
its point into Orton's throat. The weapon
sank into thesoft sand "beside his neck.
"I am at your mercy," gasped the young
man, "kill me ifyou like, but but " He
had to gather breath before he could go on.
"Send word to my father, General Horace
Orton, at New York."
"What did you say?" growled Bochon,
trying to recover the knife for another blow.
"What do you want, ch?"
"Let my'father, General Horace Orton,
know of my death," Orton repeated with
great effort.
Bochon had worked his left hand down
upon the young man's throat and was try
ing to choke him; but when be heard the
name of General Horace Orton, he slack
ened his grasp, if grasp it might be called,
just as his foe fainted from exhaustion and
loss of blood. Bochon thought him dead,
and slipping from his body sat there grimly
looking at the pale, motionless face up
turned in the moonlight
As in dreams we live through a long
series of dramatic experiences in a second of
time, so old Bochon, during the moment
that he glared into the young man's coun
tenance, with the phrase: "General Horace
Orton" ringing in his ears, lived over again
a strange adventure of his vouth, in which
one Horace Orton, of 2? ew York, had been a
chief actor. He had not seen the man
since then; bnt here was his exact likeness
in the still form before him the same stal
wart frame, the same swart face, the same
long curling yellow hair. He owed his life
and more to Horace Orton, and here lay
Horace Orton's sou stark and lifeless by hi3
act! Not much conscience had grizzled old
Gaspard Bochon, no wells of sentiment
bubbled in his iron breast, bat some remote
sense of that honor, which is said sometimes
to actuate thieves, stirred his callous heart.
He roughly wiped the foam and blood from
the young man's lace and then staggering to
his feet called huskily but loudly for help.
His lion strength was returning rapidly.and
with it his will power and executive energy.
He shook himself, much as a great wild
beast might have done after a victorious
struggle with a dangerous prey, and looked
about him, grimly surveying the ruin he
had made of Garcin's possessions. The
moon was nowwell up the eastern sky and
was shining with great power. Five or six
men with their weapons ,ready came rnn
jning up to where Bochon was standing.
T&ke this dffifl TYIOW tA Ua colinina.. !,
- ... V MW BVMWUVI,
commanded gruffly, "and see that you treat
him decently."
They promptly took hold of-Ortou and
lifted him in their arms. He was very
heavy.
"Be careful there," growled the old man
with a rolling oath, "carry gently every
one of you, and be careful, do you hear?,'
The last stragglers came in from pursuing
Garcin and his men, the dead and wounded
were cared for, the boats were manned, all
was ready, and the triumphant little flotilla
slowly made its way down the bayou.
Orton lay, all unconscious, on a bed of
sailcloth in the open air on the deck of the
schooner, and old Bochon, with his hands
locked behind him, stood by, gazing at the
young man's face. Some wounded men
were groaning and cursing, others smoked
their pipes stolidly while their hurts were
being rudely dressed, and yet others were
singing ribald song and making ghastly
jokes apropos of the victory just won. In
deed, it would be hard to imagine a more
striking and savage scene than the slow
moving fleet presented as it wound its way
down to the open water of the bay.
Once in generous sea room the little
schooner flung out her white wings m the
moonlight, and, gathering in the light
breeze, drew away from the rowboats and
was soon at anchor off Magnolia Point, with
Bochon place in full view.
CHAPTEB YL
A PBISONEB OF BOCHON.
It will be well for the reader, who would
like to realize in the best degree the events
sketched in the foregoing chapters, to re
member that it is not of to-day that we are
writing; for although the woods are still
wild and of luxuriant growth around Bay
St. Louis, and although comparatively
slight changes have come over the physical
features of the dreamy landscapes there
about, there has been a great betterment, of
course, even among the most degraded of
the population. In fabt nowhere in the
world will you find to-day a more refined, a
more hospitable or a more lovable people
than those of the Bay St Louis region,
once the home of buccaneers, pirates, smug
glers and wreckers. We move rapidly in
America. It is but a lapse of 75 or SO Tears
since old Bochin was king of the Bay Coast
Now the beautiful bluffs overlooking the
gray-green water are the sites of am
ple and luxurious cottages, the
summer homes of rich people from
New Orleans, or the winter res
idences of Northern folk who come from
Chicago, St Louis and Cincinnati to avoid
the bitter weather of hose cold cities, and
'to enjoy the balmy Carribean breezes and
the never-ending procession of flowers. The
whole gnlf coast, from Mobile to the Bigo
lets, is indeed another Biviera, so far as
climate is concerned, a region basking in
the most grateful sunshine and perfumes,
blown over by salt gulf winds, and by resin
ous winds from the lar-reaching pine woods,
high, dry, salubrious, a very Eden for the
tired and the sick in winter, and a luxuri
ous bathing place and resting place for city
weary people in summer. A broad, beauti
ful road, paved with shells as white as
snow, runs for a dozen miles along the
airy bluCs between broad-armed oaks and
cedars on one hand and hedges of oleander
and Cherokee roses on the other. Eastward
some ten miles distant you see Ship Island,
famous in the military history of the coast,
while far southward lies the curious cres
cent of the Chandeleurs. It is all very
sweet and quiet and peaceful now; but at
the time we write it was as wild a nook as
might be found in that wildest part of our
country.
Orton opened his eyes, as if from a heavy,
bewildering sleep, and, looking languidly
around, saw some curious old pictures on
the walls of the room in the middle of which,
on a bed whose heavy mahogany posts were
hung with filmy curtains, he lay weak and
helpless. It was night, and two or three
myrtle wax candles filled the air with a pe
culiar, keen,ne fragrance and with a soft
flickering, yellowish light Near the bed a
negro boy was dozing in a chair. A bit of
almost purple sky, studded with flaring
stars, was visible through a broad, many
mullioned window. The deep booming
swish of the bay was blended "with the rustle
of long Spanish moss and satin-like magno
lia leaves. A mockingbird in a treebeside
another window was lazily piping a dreamy
nocturne. Orton was aware that his head
was bound up and his limbs and body
bandaged. He was stiff and numb, with a
sinking sensation in his breast He could
not think clearly; the mere effort exhausted
him and he slept The last thing his closing
eyes saw, was a small shapely glove lying
on a table beside a phial and a spoon. Prom
some opening a barely perceptible current
of cool and soothing air was creeping over
him. In the corner of the room a tall old
clock was ticking with loud measured
strokes. When he again opened his eyes it
was mid-morning of a fine clear day with a
good sailing breeze pouring around the
house and rattling the windows, and the
first object that met his eyes was the supple,
symmetrical form of Pelicie Bochon stand
ing near bis bed. Her bacK was turned to
him and she was arranging a large vase of
flowers on the table, her small taper hands
moving gracefully and flashing the dia
monds and rubies of some exquisite
rings. She wore a simple pale gray
morning dress- (of some costly material)
touched with dull red here and "there. Her
abundant yellowish brown hair was fluffy
with half ringlets in front and done into a
large knot low upon her neck behind,
where shone a tall jeweled comb of gold.
He could see the merest sketch of her side
face with its delicate complexion and soft
curves, just the hint of a nearly perfect
Greek profile, with a forehead a trifle high
and a chin possibly a little too heavy, but
beautiful and magnetically tender and sweet
in every line.
Orton felt no pain now; a sense of extreme
weakness and lassitude, however, forbade
any effort to move or speak. He lay quite
still, content to gaze with half open eyes
upon the fair vision before him; nor did he
speculate upon the chances that had Draught
him here. That he was in a room of the
Bochon mansion he could have no doubt
Slowly enough recollection of the dreadful
combat at Garcin's came into his mind, and
then he realized 'that he was old Boehon's
captive. His first thought was of his
sketches and the portrait of Lalie Garcin,
then he remembered how he had carried
them out into the garden before the fire
began. While this was flitting through his
brain he was watching Mile. Bochon ar
range the flowers. Presently by a consider
able effort he said, in a half whisper:
"Mademoiselle Bochon."
She turned quickly and looked at him
with a bright, startled, inquiring smile on
her face. She did not appear so tall
when she stood thus, and indeed she really
was but little above medium height, though
there was a certain lofty stateliness in her
bearing.
She placed her finger on her lip to signify
that he must not speak, and shook her head
for the same purpose. Coming promptly to
his bedside she bent her head low and
said:
"Monsieur, you must not say one word;
you! must be yery quiet, very." A slight
glow ol color crept over her cheek as she
spoke. "You have been extremely ill,
Monsieur," she went on very gently and
sweetly, "and1 the least effort will be bad
for you."
Her presence and her voice were soothing
to the feeble -and emaciated man. He
obeyed her implicitly.
"Shut your eyes now and go w sleep,"
she said, after letting fall through his lips
a few drops of some cordial, "all that vou
need is rest" It was the voice of tender,
solicitous authority, so often heard at the
bedside of a,sick child. She drew the light
cohering of the bed close up to his chin,
then turned and walked noiselessly out of
the room, leaving in his mind an impression
never felt by any but the young and the
imaginative, and by them only when love
sets its charm in the soul.
He closed his eyes, as she told him, and
fell into a deep, sweet sleep.
Continued JVext Sunday,
Copyright 18S9, bv Maurice Thompson.
I caught her hands: "Now listen, Nan
nie. Why is it, dear, you sweeter grow?
She said and laughed, "It'sPrangipannl,
Which comes from Atkinson, you knovrl"
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CHINA'S CHEAP LIBOR
Wages, Honrs and Work of Celestials
in the Flowery Kingdom.
FARM HANDS AT $12 A TEAB,
And Women plenty, at Two Cents -p Day,
"Willing to Do Men's Work.
HOW THE CHINESE LABORER IITES.
Various Other Matters Pertaining to Capital ani
labor fa China.
- . rCOERESPOh-DEXCX OP TlttniSPATCn.3
ANTON, China,
Pebruary 6. I have
come to Canton to see
how. our Chinamen
live and work at home.
I no longer wonder at
Chinese immigration
to America, for I have
had a taste of Chinese
cheap labor in China.
It is from this district
that the bulk of our immigration comesand
there are coolies here and to spare. This
province is one of the most thickly settled
or the provinces of the Chinese empire. It
not quite as big as Kansas, but it contains
one-third as many people as the whole
United States. Canton itself is bigger than
New York City, and a 12-mile radius from
its center embraces, I am told, .a population
of 3,000,000. There are villages outside
as big as "Washington or Cleveland,
and many of the small towns of the
province have been living for years
upon contributions from American Chinese
laundries. How the people swarm. Almond
eyed, yellow-faced men, women and chil
dren tramp upon one another's heels, and
the thousand streets of this city are more
crowded than Broadway infront of Trinity
Church at the busiest hour of the day.
Every one is working, from the half-naked,
bare-legged man who, with a hat as big as
a parasol, carries great loads upon his shoul
ders, to the woman in pantaloons and short
skirt, who sculls the boat on the riyer, and
to the keen-eyed merchant who, in round
black cap and gorgeous silks, stands sur
rounded by his shelves of fine goods. Every
branch of business goes on and Canton is
on of the great manufacturing cities of the
world.
With the rudest of tools these long
fingered celestials turn out the finest of
carving in wood and ivory and with the
weaving machines of 1,000 years ago they
make dresses for modern Europe. I' saw a
Canton lumber mill this afternoon. Two
men sawed logs into boards with cross-cut
saws. They were naked save a breech clout
and they moved up and down all day for 10
cents a piece. "Wages here and ail over
China are at the lowest ebb, and this great
human bee hive containing .from one-fourth
to one-third of all the people in the world
goes on with its labor as quietly as though J
America did not exist
Wonderfnl Worker.
What wonderful workers they are and
how the tug and pull and boil their keen
brains from morning until night all oyer the
Empire. Prom Peking to Canton I havo
found the streets of every city and village
filled with a pushing, hurrying throng. I
have seen half-naked men sweating in car
rying loads that would be heavy for a cart
horse, and delicate women doing the work
of drays. Human muscle, does even more
work in "China than in Japan, and the
donkey and the mule are replaced by man.
Hong Kong is located at the base of a
mountain, away up the sides of which the
wealthier residents have sntnmer homes.
The angle of the incline is one of nearly 45
degrees and all the building materials for
these houses are carried miles up by the
coolies.
Women in Hong .Kong carry two great
baskets of stone fastened to poles which they
swing over their shoulders, and of the 30,000
people who make up' the boat population oi
the Hong Kong Bay, the chief workers are
women. They row boats with basics on
their backs, and I see them standing and
sculling with their little ones tied to their
shoulders.
Somcthlnc of tho Wage Paid.
The cities are beehives of work. The
streets are made up of cells open at the
front and full of manufacturers and traders.
Everything is done by hand, and the work
ing hours are from daylight until dark. I
have made inquiries into wages, and I find
them so low that they would hardly pay
for the tobacco and coffee of. our American
laborers. Coolies employed in foreign
families get as low as $3.50 a month and
board themselves. Skilled cooks receive
$1 a month, and at Poo Cboo, one of the
wealthiest Chinamen of the city told
me that the wages of masons were 18
cents a day, and the best carpenters
received but 20 cents. Women engaged
in making grass eloth, a sortj of
linen, are paid from 2 to 3 cents a day,
and an old missionary tells me he can get
ten men to work a whole day for $1 and
leave 10 per cent to the man who hires them
for him. Here in Canton the chief means
of conveyance is by chair. The chairs are
made of wicker and covered with cloth so
that they look like a box. This box is
swung in the center between two long poles
resting on his shoulders and another walks
behind holding up the chair in the same
way. The regular native wages for such
men is $1 a month and less, and in the in
terior the prices are still lower. Ordinary
field hands get from 3 to 4 cents a day with
food, and skilled workmen, receive from 5 to
6 cents.
Doctors who get as high as 20 cents a visit
in the cities come down to 10 cents a visit in
the country, and engravers and painters re
ceive from 10 to 12 cents a day. Theater
actors aie paid proportionately low rates,
and there are no $5,000 a night Pattis or
Henry Irvings in China. The theaters, you
know, last all day and half the night, and a
troupe of 30 players will play for 48 hours
for $30. Silk weavers and silk reelers are
among the highest paid men, and their
work can only be done when the cocoons are
ready for reeling. During this time the
men work for weeks day and night, and they
receive from $1 to $2 a day. The grand
average ot skilled labor runs, however,
about as follows: Master workmen reeeive
$3 a week or $15G a year, and workmen un
der these $1 50 a week or $78 a year.
Youngsters and females get 50 cents a week,
and these are considered good living wages.
Por them the laborer does not growl as to
the honrs of work, and the labor unions of
China regulate the hours only in the case of
men working by the piece and not by the
day.
Xmbor Most Thoroughly Organized.
There is no country in the world where
labor is so organized as in China, and every
branch of employment has its trade organi
zation or guild. There are 1,700 men who
run passenger wheel-barrows in Shanghai
and the guild that these belong to regulates
the rate of fare and the hours of work.
Weavers "have a guild, the barbers have
their trades unions, and even the beggars
have their associations presided over by a
president who assigns to each his beat and
who can punish with his bamboo such as re
fuse to obey him. These guilds are very
strong and their demands are respected by
the Government The barbers were for 'a
long time prohibited from the literary ex
aminations, which are the only passports to
office, on the ground of their, being'engaged
in a menial occupation. They combined to?
gether in different partj.of the empire jind
the Government had to come to terms.
One' of the great luxuries in which the
Chinaman delights is the having the back of
his shoulders and neck kneaded after his
head is shaved. The barbers concluded that
this was below their dignity and their union
forbade it They also prohibited barbers
from ear cleaning daring the last six days
of the year, as at this time there is so much
head shaving to do, preparation for the
New Year, that there is no time for dirty
ears.
The Most Barbers In the World.
- China has, perhaps, tore barbers than
any other country in the world, and the
Chinese head needs more attention than any
other head on the globe. The Chinese dude
has his head shaved daily and the man .is
yery poor who cannot afford his weekly
shave. A place is left at the crown about
as big around as a tincup and the hair
which grows on this forms "the cue. The
Chinaman has his face shaved even to the
forehead and about the eyes, and you find
the barbers on the streets, in shops, in the
country and in fact everywhere. Itinerant
barbers carry two small red stooUmadeof
boxes in the shape of a pyramid in which
they have drawers containing their razors
and basins. They shave without soap and
they use a two-pronged pieceof iron with
which they make a noise like that of a
mammoth tuning fork as the sign of their
trade. You hear this noise everywhere
throughout China, and one of the common
est sights of the streets and country roads is
one of these barbers at work upon a patient.
The Chinese razor is in the shape of an
isosceles triangle. It is made of rude steel
and many of them are pounded up from
wornout horseshoes which are imported
from Europe by the thousands of barrels.and
which are used in making all kinds of Chi
nese implements. The rates ot shdving are
very low, ranging from a few tenths of a
cent to 10 cents and more, according to the
class to which the barber belongs and to the
standing of the customer. The barbers
unions fix the rate ofshaving fortbeir mem
bers and they have fines and penalties.
Apprenticeship Lam.
These labor unions regulate the laws as
to apprenticeship. They fix the number of
apprentices that one master may have, and
the silk weavers' union forbids tlje teach
ing or employment of women. Apprentices
receive no wages. They work from three to
five years and get only food and lodging.
No man can employ an apprentice who has
not served out his full tinie,and some trades
provide that only the sons and relatives of
the workmen may be taught them. The
usual penalty for acting contrary to the
rules of the guild is for the guilty member
to pay a fine to the guild, or to furnish a
supper or a 'theatrical performance. These
are, however, for minor faults only. In
serious cases there is no punishment too
severe, and an employer 'ho violated one
of the rules in regard to apprenticeships was
not long ago bitten to death in Soo Chow, a
city not for from Shanghai. This employer
was a gold-beater, and there was a great de
mand for gold-leaf for the Emperor; This
man took more apprentices than the rules of
the union prescribed, and in seeking a pun
ishment for him the workmen concluded
that death was a necessity. They thought
that if a number of them engaged in the
killing it would not be possible to punish
them all, and biting in China is not a capi
tal oflence.
There were 123 men in this guild, and
the$e rushed at the employer, each taking a
bite. One man. the leader of the affair.
stood over the rest and in order that all
might be implicated, no one was allowed
to qnit the place without his gums and lips
were bloody. The murderer who took the
first bite was discovered and beheaded, but
the others went free. Colonel Denby has
sent a report of this affair to the State De
partment at Washington.
Opposed to lUncblnery.
The Chinese trades unions are against the
introduction of machinery. A sewing ma
chine for the making of Chinese shoes was
destroyed at Canton not long ago, and a
strike was caused there by the importation
of 'sheet brass for the making of cooking
utensils, as this would injure the business
of the brass hammerers. As a rule, how
ever, strikes are not common. The organi
zations of both employers and laborers are
such that it pays to settle matters by arbi
tration. The officials of the cities are, as a rule, on
the side of the workmen in cases of trouble,
as the employers are the capitalists, and by
having a cause against them they are able
to squeeze money out of them for the settle
ment. Por this reason the employers wish
to have as few labor troubles as possible.
The Employers' Unions.
Speaking of employers' unions, all classes
of Chinese business men have their guilds,
and these are almost as old as the country.
One of the finest clubhouses of China is that
of the Canton merchants of Poo Chow. It is
made up of a great number of finely finished
rooms elegantly fnrnished in Chinese fash
ion and located in the best part of the city.
Here the merchants come to drink tea and
chat, They have a temple and a theater con
nected with it, and the club consists of 500
members. I visited at Shanghai some of
the finest specimens of Chinese architecture
I have seen. They were guild halls belong
ing to tea and rice merchants, and they had
wonderfnl gardens of caves and rocks built
up in the busiest part of the city. These
guilds regulate the commerce of China.
They fix the rate of interest, the time on
which goods may be sold, the
weights and the standards of goods.
j. uieiuuer usiu umerent scales
than the one prescribed is fined, and a maa
acting contrary to the guild can, in many
instances, not go on with his business. One
of the druggists' guilds has just adopted
some new rules which lie before me. These
prescribe that accounts shall be settled three
times every year, and that a discount of 5
per cent may be allowed on cash trans
actions. No member in the guild shall be
permitted to trade with.the others while He
is in debt to a member of the guild, and any
member who violates these laws shall pay
for two theater plays for the guild and for
drinks and a feast for 20 members.
Some of these guilds prescribe that prom
isory notes shall be dated on the day of sale
and all of them fix the rulesof giving credit.
The bankers guild fix all matters relating
to interest, and these different organizations
m'ake the dealings of foreigners with the
Chinese more safe than such dealings would
be in other countries. The Chinaman re
spects his contract and if he does not his
guild makes him.
The Honr of Work.
As to the hours of work in China carpen
ters work 11 hours in summer and nine in
winter, and masons work half an hour
longer. There is no Sunday here and your
Chinaman works week in.and week out At
the last of the year he gets about ten days
off. and altogether he has less than a score
of holidays. On the Chinese farm, every
one of the family works, and children of six
and seven have their daily labors. Parm
laborers get from 10 to 15 cents a day and
meals, or from 75 cents to $1 05 a week. By
the month they are paid from $1 50 to $2 00
and board, and $12 a year and board and
lodging is big pay. If a Chinese farm
hand, working from daylight to dark the
year through, can save $3, he does well.
And as it costs him only about $4 a year for
his clothing, he is sometimes nbleto do this.
At the end of perhaps 20 years he has saved
enough to buy himself a farm, and the
average Chinese farm in many of the
provinces is not more than two acres. In
some cases the holdings are as low as asixth
of an acre, and tenant farmers rent 'out a
number of these tracts for half the crops.
The stock of a small Chinese farmer con
sists of a couple of pigs, a few fowls and a
water buffalo, a sort of a cow which is used
here for ploughing and working. A man
and wife and two children can live well off
two acres. Their diet is rich, vegetables
and tea) and at festive times they hare a bit
of pork, a fowl or 'some eggs.
.How-, tho City .Laborer lives.
The living of the laborer inthe'eities is
1
'even worse than this, and the mud hut of
me isrraer js petter tnan the borne 01 a city
workman. The average laborer of the city
has three meals a day, and these consist of
salt fish, vegetables and rjce. He eats meat
only three or four times a yeaiyandthe
house in which he lives rents from $2 a year
and upward. Many families own their own
houses which have jgrown through genera
tions' and which include the whole clan
within their walls. Some such houses have
from 15 to 20 little rooms and 100 occupants
is not -uncommon. A Chinese house with
three rooms has a kitchen, djuing room and
bedroom. Its furniture consists of a rnde
table, benches without backs, a kang or
ledge covered with matting upon which the
people sleep and beneath which a fireburns,
and a range of brick with an opening for
cooking.
In tfie southern provinces beds of boards
are used instead of kangs. A piece of mat
ting is thrown over this and the sleepers lie
with wadded comforters wrapped around
them. Such accommodations make them
fairly happy, and there are millions in China
who are satisfied with them.
Poverty of the Boat People.
As an instance of the poverty of the boat
people of China, in coming' from Hong
Kong to' Canton we anchored in the midst
of a city of boats. It is estimated that one
third of a million people are born, live and
die upon the waters of the river at Canton.
They live from what they can earn and pick
up upon the river,-and they carry on a reg
ular business, employing their assistants.
The average wages cY boatmen are from $10
to $12 a year and food, and during our voy
age tno rats which were killed oft the ship
were thrown out to one of these boat fami
lies. They were grabbed at with avidity and
the thanks oui; captain received were un
bounded. Long before you have read this
letter they will have done their part in
making muscle for the boatman who ate
them, and dog and cat meat are among the
other foods which sustain the lives of these
men.
, Tho Rudest Machinery.
I have pursued my studies of labor in
Canton largely in company with Consul
Seymour, and I went yesterday to see tbS
flouring mills which here compete with our
Minneapolis millers. They consisted of a
series of mill stones, one lying above
another and two constituting a mill; the
motive power was a water buffalo, the ugliest
sneciesof cow that God ever made and tlfe
driver was a half-naked coolie. A dozen of
these buffaloes and coolies and two dozen
stones made up the big establishment we
visited, and it is in this way that a greater
part of Canton's flour is ground. The rudest
of machinery only, is permitted in China.
The people will not allow steamboats to go
on the rivers in the interior except in those
places laid down in the treaties and the
small cargo boats which do the trade of the
canals have paddle wheels which are turned
by gangs of men, and the other boats are
moved by oars and sails. "
Anyone in traveling through China can
fierceive the ignorance of the people as to
aBor-saving appliances, and the learned
Doctor Macgowan, who has lived in China
for nearly halt a century and to whom I am
indebted for many ot the figures and facts of
this letter, tells me that a free press would
do more than anything else to bring the
country to an acceptance of the best things
in our western civilization.
PBANfc G. Cabpenteb.
HOiVEST THIEVES.
How FonrUnempIoycd Worklnsmen Forced
n Loan From n Spanish Landlord,
Spanish Letter In Philadelphia Telegraph.
An anecdote is related by the Opinion,
of Tarragona', which gives quite another
picture of the unemployed agitation. At
Liria, a little town in the neighborhood of
Valencia, four workmen, who were really
in great difficulties, called upon a rich
landed proprietor and begged him to lend
them each the sum of $1, so that they might
obtain a little bread for their children for
at least a few days, The landlord, how
ever, lost his temper, received the men bad
ly, and exclaimed, ''If you have not
enough to eat, why do you not help your
selves?" At this cynical suggestion the
men. with downcast looks, retired.
The night brought counsel; and, after due
consultation, they returned to the landlord
on the morrow and again asked for the
loan of a dollar." They were received in the
same manner and with the same answer.
But this time the men did not retire in sor
row and confusion. They told the rich pro
prietor that, under the circumstances, they
were now prepared to follow his advice, and
would help themselves; then, drawing the
weapons they had concealed under their
clothes, they summoned him to deliver over
the keys of his cash-box. In this manner
they relieved him of $50 in cash and tri
umphantly marched away. But the four
workmen were no thieves. They had never
robbed before; they did not desire to rob on
this occasion. They only wished to feed
their children and give the landlord a les
son for inciting them to "help themselves."
Consequently all four mejiwent off at once
to the parish priest, expjtjned to him all
that had happened, and gave him $46 to be
returned to the landlord, with the explana
tion that they had kept $4 for themselves as
a loan. Purthcr, they each gave in a re
ceipt acknowledging the compulsory loan
which they had thus obtained.
The landlord, no one who knows Spanish
customs will be surprised to hear, thought
he had got over the difficulty easily. The
loss of but $4 instead of $50 was a pleasant
surprise; and there is some chance that he
will be paid back even these $4. Therefore,
nothing has been said to the police about
the matter. The four workmen are free and
in the lull enjoyment of their $4. Public
opinion is on their side. They only did
what the landlord himself suggested starv
ing men should do. The laugh is against
the landlord, so he has wisely resolved to
suffer in silence. All these facts point, how
ever, to a great want of organization, to the
necessity of labor bureaus or some such in
stitutions to regulate the distribution of la
bor, and prevent congestion in one district
while there is work neglected in other quar
ters. A Queer Question.
New York Sun.:
"Which of the great characters of old
would you like to marry?" This is the
question that was brought under debate the
other night in. the Blank Socie'ty, and half
a dozen members of both sexes indicated
their choice, and the reason for it. One
bold man of mature years and marital ex
perience selected Xantippe as the woman of
his preference: another selected Cleopatra,
and a third the Queen of Sheba. Of the
three ladies, one made the choice of Samson,
anMhpr nf TTArpnlM anil a M-1 Tl. rpu-
question will be further debated, and every
member of both ratps hplnntrtnr a tl. a .
ciety is to be required to make a choice of a
life partner from the great characters in
history.
On the Beservatlon.
Little Pimbroke (to Miss Sayre) "See
what a fine-looking squaw that is. I wonder
if she speaks English?"
Laughing' Two-Eves "White woman
put her papoose on thiS.boaid. , Make him'a
legs fijraigni," xiuage,
'AMERICAN PRTJD
False Ideas of Over-Propriety are
Undermining the Frank
INDEPENDENCE OF OUR GIRLS.
The Hue and Cry" is Robbing Them of Their
Greatest Charm,
THEffi UNCONSCIOUSNESS OP WRONG
rwBrrrEN pob the dispatch. 3
HAT is or is not
proper is becoming a
tremendous question
amongAmerican wom
en. The lines of social
etiquette in America
are far more distinct
than those of any other
country, and hence the
perpetual and never
ending discussion of
what a lady may or may not do, and still be
considered above reproach. It is a pity that
the old-time habits of American women are
becoming hampered and prejudiced by so
cial customs.
The day when an American woman did
exactly what she chose has gone by. No
body thought the worse of her for her free
dom and courage. On the contrary, a charm
was added to her long list of attractions by
this very trait of her character. That the
day has gone by when she (an do what she
pleases was well illustrated last week by a
party of Vassar g"irls who came to the city
and went fo a matinee. The only thing
that the newspapers disagree upon con
cerned the number of the young women
who visited the theater.
A great conflict is raging between the col
lege authorities and the theatrical man
agers. The number 'of girls who attended
the matinee is placed at various figures
from 2 to 82. What surprises me most is
that anybody should care a rap one way or
the other. Suppose a lot of college girls
did come to New York and attend a first
class theater. The light opera which Van
presented was of a thoroughly inoffensive
nature, the music pretty and dashing, and
there was absolutely nothing to which any
sensible man could object in the whole
performance. Since wheu has it become a
crime for girls to attend a matinee? It re
minds me of the war of words which en
sued after the hansoms were introduced in
New York.
DBATVEfG THE-IINE.
Por at least a year a very large and con--stantly
growing class ot people have been
writing to the papers persistently saying
that it was a disgraceful thing for any
woman to appear in public in a hansom.
There was no particular reasn for it, of
course, as the hansom is a comfortable,
roomy and plCasant vehicle, and a thousand
times more pleasant than a stuffy cab, and at
this time no one sees any harm in them. In
deed, the best and most careful women here,
as elsewhere in the world, rather fancy the
two-wheeled vehicle, and yet if anybody
were to turn to the files of the newspapers
aoouc two years ago ne wouia una tne most
hot-headed and violent criticisms against the
use of those hansoms.
Another phase of the matter may be seen
in the time at present about the inaugural
ball and the subject of wearing low dresses
thereat. The women of to-day do not dress
half so low as their grandmothers did, and
more important than that, the young girls
of to-day do not dress low at all. The pop
ular theory in New York City is that young
girls go to balls and dinner parties with
dresses that display a lavish expanse of bust,
back and arms. Jit is true that young
matrons and married women wear lbw
dresses here, jnst as they do in every great
city in the world; but the voung girls and
debutantes always have the neck of their
bodices filled in with lace.
This perpetual harping on what is sup
posed to be indelicate in the attire of women
is a particularly unpleasant phase of criti
cism in my mind. I do not know whether
I am particularly obtuse or thoroughly
hardened in such matters, but I must admit
that I have not been able to see the evil
which men and women so constantly com
plain ot in the attire of American girls.
BATHING ALL EIGHT.
I have been on all the beaches from
Maine to Cape May and seen a great many
thousands ot women in bathing costumes. I
have read glowing accounts from various
correspondents of tho awful suggestiveriess
of the costumes of the young girls at Long
Branch, Narragansett and Atlantic City,
and I have seen some of the bathing suits
that were so vividly described. I believe it
all to be a lot of arrant humbug. Why is
there anything more suggestive in a well
fitting' bathing suit than in a big and
voluminous one ? After a woman has once
entered the water the outlines of her figure
are revealed whether her jacket is an exact
fit or made ten times too big for her. I can
not see the awful indecency of the thing
either.
American girls, as a rule, are lithe.
supple and graceful to the last degree.
Their actions in the water and on the
beaches are those of happy and unconscious
girlhood. It seems to me it is a wilful effort
of a perverted imagination to ascribe to
them such nasty motives and to cry out for
ever against the indecency of their attire.
In the detail of the neck, for instance, 1
have never yet seen a bathing suit on a
woman in America which was cut down
like a. ball dress, though descriptions of
such have been numerous. The necks are
always high and the skirt is usually ample
enough to cover all the needs of propriety.
It is this sort of criticism which will event
ually rob our girls of their greatest charm,
and that is their unconsciousness of wrong.
It must be said in a general way that an
American girl can go anywhere and do any
thing with perfec.t indifference to the mis
construction of carping criticism. A few
nights ago I had an apt illustration of the
thorough confidence which American girls
exhibit in their ability to take care of
themselves. I was returning home quite
late from the opera when I discovered a
light in a window of a big bachelors' apart
ment house on Broadway. A man lived
there to whom I wished to say good-bye be
fore leaving for Europe, and I ran up "to see
him. When he was 21 years of age he
came into a fortune of nearly a half million'
dollars.
CONVENIENT EELATITES.
It took him nearly six years to spend it
all. He worked industriously and inde
fatigably. Not'a penny of it was' turned to
any particular good. After he lost his
money relative died -at convenient inter
vals and kept him more or less supplied
with funds. He is the sort of a man whom
women describe as dangerous. I don't
know whether he has much conscience or
not, but I'do know that he has many charm
ing qualities, and that his friendship is
worth having, and he is ..the mot amiable
and amusing correspondent that I ever had.
The elevator boy at the house knew me,
and I went direct to his apartments. Be
fore I had reached the door I- heard a tre
mendous yelling within'and I had to knock
three times tolbe heard. Then the rounder's
voice in a stentorian tone bade me come in,
and I walked into his bachelor rooms to
find him walking up and down excitedly
and dictating like mad to a 'stenographer.
He wore a smoking cap over one eye, puffed
a cigar and gesticnlated with tremendous
force as he reeled off what was apparently a
love scene in the most dramatic fashion. He
gripped my hand, pushed me into a chair,
shoved a box of cigars and some matches to
ward me and waved a finger at me excited
ly. The pantomime meant that I should
keep still for a minute until he got through
with his sudden burst ot inspiration
All about were evidences of luxury and
wealth. There were magnificent bronzes and
bric-a-brac and a vista of the rooms showed
that the bachelor was well and' comfortably
housed. Then I looked at the stenographer
? , "oaenly realized that ir-was nearly 1
u clock in the morning. She was a girl
about 19 yearsfwithbig blue eyes, perfectly
clear siqn and a beautiful figure clad in a
tailor-made dress. She was writing at a. rate
that wonM have startled the stenographer
of the United States Senate, Her brows
were knit in a scowl that was half excite
ment and half anxiety, and her pen fairly
flew over the paper.
A. GOOD EVENING'S "WOBK.
Her petty fingers were stained with ink
and whenever my friend stopped in his ex
cited delivery and asked her to read back a
fewlines so as to get him on the right track
again she read the notes in precisely the
same style as he had delivered them. It
was wonderfully funnj; to hear her uncon
scious imitation of his dramatic tones and
robust inflections. 7t is not at all unlikely
that he would have gone on dictating all
night if she had not stopped to remark that
she was all tired out. Then he suddenly
recognized her existence, rang for the jani
tor, the girl rjnt on her wraps, bade us both
good night with a charmingly frank smile,
and departed for home under the old jani
tor's escort
She remarked before leaving that'it had
been a good night's work as they had dic
tated nearly 10,000 words since dinner.
Hero was a girl earning her living in a
thoroughly honest and honorable manner
and taking risks which would appal a
woman in any other country than America.
Yet she was utterly unconscious of any dan
ger whatever. Neither she nor the man
who was employing her had any other idea
than an honest one about- their work, and
hence she wrote away in his apartments
whenever he needed her services, without
anv undue alarm.
The girl was so pretty that she would not
have dared to walk al'one in the streets of
any European capital after" 4 o'clock in the
afternoon. Yet here she could do anything
because she was an American. That tvni-
-fied the old-time spirit of the young women
01 mis country, ana it is a crying shame
that the prudery and affectation'ot some of
the alleged society women who have been on
the other side and absorbed foreign notions
are driving out the feeling of independence
and security which was formerlythe most
valuable heritage ot an American girl.
Blakelx Hall.
TOSSED BY AN ELEPHANT.
A TouncEnglisbman'sNarrowEscapoFrom
Being Gored to Death.
The Youth's Companion.
When an elephant goes mad he makes
things lively. A company of Englishmen
were out on a tiger-shooting expedition, and
all at once were startled by a shout from
one of their servants: "Bun, run, Sahibs!
the tusker has .gone mad. He has broken
loose." Mqst of the company got out of the
beast's way, but one fellow was still in the
tent
Over the river we could see the brute in a
frenzy of rage, kneeling on the shapeless
heap ot cloth, furniture, poles and ropes
and digging his tusks with savage fury into
the hangings and canvas.
We had little doubt that poor Mack, lay
crushed to death, smothered beneath the
weight of the ponderous animal, or mangled
out of all likeness to humanity by the ter
rible tusks that we could see flashing in the
moonlight It seemed an age, this agony of
suspense.
Everything showed as clear as if it had
been day. We saw the elephant tossing the
strong canvas canopy about as a dog would
worry a doormat. Thrust alter thrust was
made by the tusKs into the folds of cloth.
Baisrng his huge trunk, the brute would
scream in the frenzy of his wrath, and at
last, after what seemed an age, but in reali
ty was only a few minutes, he staggered to
his feet and rushed into the jungle.
Just then a smothered groan strnek like a
peal of joybells on our anxious ears, and a
muffled voice was heard from beneath the
folds of the shamiaha: "Look alive, you
fellows, and get me out of this, or I shall be
smothered 1"
In trying to elude the first rush of the ele
phant his toot had caught in one of the tent
ropes, and the whole falling canopy had
then come bodily upon him, hurling the
camp table and a tew cane chairs over him.
Under these he had lain, able to breathe,
lirtf nnt rlnvlnrr in til" ..
His escape seemed miraculous. The cloth
had several times been pressed so close over
his face as nearly to stifle him. The brute
in one of its savage, purposeless thrusts, had
pierced the eronnd between his arms and
his ribs, pinning his Afghan choga or dress
ing gown deep into the earth; and he said
he felt himself sinking into unconscious
ness, when the brute happily got up and
rnshed off.
"How did you feel?" I asked.
"Well. I can hardly tell you."
"It must have grazed your ribs?'J
"It did. After that I seemed to turn quite
unconcerned. All sorts of funny ideas came
trooping across my brain. I could not lor
the life of me help feeling cautiously about
for my pipe, which had dropped somewhere
near when I tripped on the ropes. X seemed,
too, to have a quick review cf all the actions
I had ever done, and was just dropping off
into a dreamy unconsciousness, after pull
ing a desperate race .against Oxford with
my old crew, when your voices roused me
to sensation once more."
TA1UABLE PAYING.
& Description of a Solid Silver Wagon Boad
In Colorado.
"You may talk about nickle-plated rail
roads," said L. T. Stanley, "but what do
you think of a solid silver wagon road? The
Horseshoe mine, in Colorado, has one, al
though when it was built they didn't know
it would pan out that way. They had to
have a road from their mine, a distance of
three miles, over which heavy loads had
to be drawn. They took the rock that had
been taken from the shafts they were sink
ing and which lay around in the way, and
macadamized the road all the way through.
The wagons passing over the road ground
the rock down.
"One day they had a heavy raicstorm,and
when tmngs got dry again alter tnis rain,
the wind blew the dust off the road, and all
mavb
that loose rock that lay around those shafts!
They sent away a lot of it to be assayed,
and when the report came back they found
that their road bed was worth $200 a ton.
It was a liftle expensive to drive over, but
they had to have the road, and I suppose
they've got it yet, if their mines have held
out"
Her Hat Was Not New.
Cbicaco Herald.
Mr. and Mrs. Simpkins at the theater.
Mrt S What are you doing?
Mrs. S I'm going to take off my bonnet
and hold it in my lap.
"I never saw you so considerate of any
one's pleasure before."
"Umph! Yon needn't think it's that
I'm the only woman in the house that hasn't
got a new spring bonnet, and you ought to
be ashamed of it"
At a Chicago Wedding.
Mr. Calumet "What in the worjd are
you doing, Louise?"
His Bride (marrying her sixth) "Just
cutting a" notch for the occasion, you know.
I'm to awfully forgetful." Judge.
M iifl atonoll Id
iter -4jr -jr? "" f Sm "1
TOBEfBEAW
H0
Evelyn Malcolm oa tne Art of Pre
serving ft Fair Woman s Face.
AN IDEAL FORM OF L0VELINESS.-
Proper Treatment of the Eyes, Teeth, Hair
and Complexion.
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A DIMPLS
twarrrcji yoa toe eispatch.i
P he devil were asked wha
Is beauty," says Voltaire,
"he would answer, 'A coupls
of horns, four claws and a
tail.' " If this is so, then
his earlier education has not
served him any; Lucifer is de
generated and fallen indeed.
We have accented tfm
Greek type of beauty as perfect, and the de
grees of beauty all over the civilized world
are decided by this infallible standard.
What is more exquisite than a marbls
"Venus? unless it be the Venus vivified
with color in her lips and light in her eyes,
playing tennis or dancing to one of Strauss'
waltzes, when she is not only exquisite, but '
entrancing.
Porm is most important. Coloring and
fine skin will not make a fine face strictly '
beautiful unless the features are regular
and the head and face of perfect contour. .
The eyes should be set horizontally, haT
ing neither an upward nor downward in
clination, not too far apart, nor too close to
gether. The nose should be placed at aa
even distance between the eyes, joining tha
forebeadin a subtle curve, the lower por
tion straight, to emphasize the surroundin"
curves of the cheeks and lips. The "mouth
like a Cupid's bow" is very beautiful, per- '
haps the most beautiful in a girl's face, but
there is another mouth which vies with it,
where the lips, boldly curved, but not
turned upward at the corners, meet in an
expression of dignity and sweetness. Tha
under lip should always be a little fullex
than the upper.
THEEE ESSENTIALS.
The distance from the eyes to the tip of
the nose, and from there to the chin, should
each be one-fourth the length of the face;
the mouth should be set at one-third the
length of the nose-and chin; the chin should
taper slightly to form an oval outline of
face
Nevertheless, with features which do not
come up to the ideal, a girl will be con
sidered "pretty" if she has smooth, clear
skin; bright, animated eyes, and good
teeth.
These are the three essentials. It is in
everybody's power to possess them, unless
suffering from an incurable disease.
In regard to eyes, they can be improved
to a wonderful degree by care. The beauty
sleep, which is secured before midnight, U
of the greatest importance. In the morning
iuc eves are penecuy rested, and it a short
walk in the fresh, bracing air is taken for 15
minutes before breakfast they are left clear
and sparkling. Bathe the eye's in cold water
every morning, keeping the lids shut
There is no excuse in these days of per
fected dentistry for ugly teeth, whether dis
colored or crooked. Unless discolored by a
long-continued use of medicines, they can
be cleaned by a dentist, and if crooked they
can be straightened. Clean teeth and clean
nails are significant marks of refinement
Never neglect them. The teeth should be
brushed two or three times a dayandalways
on retiring. I know of no tooth powder
better than plain, camphorated chalk used
with a little white castile soap.
I-BICTION TOE THE COMPLEXION.
In regard to the complexion, a skin spe
cialist says: "A certain amount of friction
aDnlied to the ftire rimlv vill Ar mn.h t.
keep the pores open and prevent the forma
tion of black and red spots, so common in"
young people. I generally direct that the
lace be rubbed to a degree short of discom
fort, and that the towel be not too rough. '
The same authority advises the use of soap
in washing the face, but it must be good
soap. Be particular regarding the quality,
and never mind the scent Cheap soap, per
fumed to hide iU-rancicLqualities, has dona
more toward ruining complexions than any
thing else. An hour's rapid exercise every
day will give a color to the cheek like that
of a blush rose. Skating is an excellent
pastime for health and beauty.
The arrangement of the hair has much to
do with the general appearance of a woman's
face. People with long faces should never
part the hair in the center, while it improves
a woman with a face remarkably short It
is better, however, not to part the hair at
all. If naturally wavy.let it fall as it will,
shading the edge ot the forehead. There
are not many women with hair of this order,
which will give the classic, softening effect
we notice in Grecian statues, but a very
similar one can be obtained by cutting a
small portion of the front hair, curling it
loosely and letting it lie in love locks on
the brow. This custom is carried to an
ugly extreme in the thick, straight bang
which many women wear almost to their
brows. If it were their intention to' oblit
erate any intelligence they posse's in ex
pression they could not hit upon a better
josuiuu mou me uaujj at lis worst. A beau
tiful ear should be twice as long as it is
broad; it should incline slightly backward
and lie close against the head at the upper
point Por ears that project in an unsightly
manner there appears to be no remedy.
BUTTING DIMPLES.
A high authority on art states somewhere
that it is strange that dimples so admired in
these days are not portrayed in any antique
ideal of any consequence handed down to
us. Can it be that the old masters saw no
beauty in dimples? It seems unlikely, for
there is certain roguishness in a dimple
impossible to resist A teacher once said
tome:
"You see that little girl in the corner? It
is by an effort that I bring myself to punish
her when, she does wrong, for when she
looks at me with a faint, regretful smile
and the dimples come and go in hei cheeks
I want to kiss her instead."
Our modern belles have realized this
fact, and cry: "Hey, for a dimple ! Can
it be bought?" Yes, maidens of Gotham,
it can be bought Have you $100 to pay for
a dimple? If so, go forthwith ana" buy it
for somewhere in this town, and no doubt
inmany others, you will find a physician
who will make a dimple in your cheek in
your shoulder, in your arm for $100 apfece.
I once saw a woman who had a dimple near
the left corner of her mouth which she had
purchased for that sUm.
By a very skillful operation a little piece
of the muscle had been taken away, and the
result was a dimple which seemed perfectly
legitimate, and not the base little fraud it
really, was. Evelyn MalTxilm.
A'Tew Cold Draft.
Chicago Maltj t
On a suburban train going to Hyde Parish
last night two young men stood up in th'ajfe
aisle talking. One of them was very hoarsaW
and the other said: S? ,
"I notice you have a severe cold, Johnl'.'jSg
xes, said John, "a very oaa one, too.S
"jjrait in the omce, I suppose
"Draft? Well. I should say so: one ttierS
ieS
to-day that gave every man in the officeTa
cold." x&b
"You don't tell me. Must hays beeala
terror." F
"That's just what it was.'' - -' .
"Any idea where it came from?" . 'if
"Yes'. It came from the bank and wad.
for $50,000. We all caught cold." VY-
"Oh! I see. Here's my station." J"
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Hard on the Nose
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A pretty girl living on Maiisoa avaini.
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with nez retrousse, but a little too mieh 10
has had an ivory clothes-pia mdead&teaf
it oa her little bom for two tovrs Mk'cUr,
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