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MISS MARIA'S ROMANCE,
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Author or "Dodo."
From thp riiilad-:ibla Tiimn.
Though both the Mij C'herrcsid
might be rffscritied iu stable parlane
as "uped," tliere was, jierhaps, a dirtVr-etii-eofttn
years between them. Th
eliitr one. Miss Jane, was of Htrou;r
mind and ft-eble body; Miss Maria, tlie
younger, was of a romantic turn, and
swarthy. Morally, Miss Jane, was iu
tbe habit of bitting on Miss Maria; iu
ell'ect, Mi.-s Maria bad beeu known to
burst into tears at the moral weight of
her sister, leave the ro;iai with the
tread of a grenadier, aud bang the
door behind her with such force that
the pictures trembled.
They lived in a charming old red
brick house in the city of Winchester,
a house too large for their needs, but
enabiiug them each to have a separate
sitting room, to say nothing of the joint
drawing-room aud a small dark cup
biiard domestically kuowu as thestudy.
Miss Jane was not much of a reader,
and only one shelf of the handsome
oak bookcase which stood between the
windows of her sitting-room contained
books. These Consisted of tiie com
plete works of Charles levei- aU a
few volumes of the modern aud pre
posterous Kuglish school. A galaxy
of medicine bottles occupied the lowest
shelf, and the other two were empty
except for a box containing four aud
twenty mild cigarettes. Originally
this had beeu a Lox of twenty-live, aud
its purchase w as induced by a jierusal
of the preposterous novels referred to
above. She had siiuked the larger
part of out; she had no immediate
intention of saiokiug more. The
twenty-four cigarettes and the row of
medicine bottles were, in fact, the pro
jections of Mi:-s Jane's feebleness of
body. The rest of the furniture was
the product of her strong miud. She
had a knee-hole talk, with a stout,
mannish, military desk on it, and by
its side stood an ashtray iu w hich she
kept nibs, no If ss. Two or threesjKirt
iug prints hung on the walis, aud on a
ide table was a mounted hoof of a
horse, which she had bought for oue
and niueence iu a pawnbroker's shop
off High street, bhe ordertd dinner
aud wore browu shots.
Miss Maria, the younger, wore ring
lets and wrote pioctry. Poems formed
the staple of her small but well-assorted
library. Her favorite authors were
Longfellow, Mrs. llemaus, aud iu her
wilder moments, Lord liyron. The
diction of Shelley she found obscure,
and she considered Keats coarse. Iu
confidence she would have intimated
that she thought Shakespeare very
coarse, for she sat in unbiased judg
ment on the socialist authors, aud look
none iu hearsay. Not that Miss Maria
would ever have uttered the word
"coarse," for her method of intimating
it wa9 to shut her lips very tightly and
take down from her shelves a volume
of Marie Corelli, w ho to her mind
ranked almost as a poet. She had an
enormous admiration fur what she con
sidered jiowerful; she considered the
"Sorrow of Satan'' very pow erful, in
deed. For the most part Mis. Jane and Miss
Maria used t' live together in the mcst
sisterly harmony. Their breakfast
hour was five minutes past H, or, as
Miss Jatie said oil one oceasiou, w heu
Miss Maria had been le;t waitiug,
''Call it a quarter pi.:!'' Tney passed
au industrious, ewuan ard.i us, morn
ing; for while Miss Jane wa ordering
luuch and dinner, washing up the
breakftrt service of Crou Uerny, aud
truculently hxiking for snails iu the
ga xleu, Maria retired to her roniu aDd
rad 8 m;ly masses of poetry, the
greater part of which she transferred
in a tine angular baud to prodigious
folio extract book. Indeed, shculd the
wjrlis of Longfellow, Mrs. Htuiaus,
and Lord liyrou be ever bst to the
world, the bulk of their masterpieces
w.U he fou-id by ttie delighlej auti
ijUiriau iu Miss Maria's extract books.
An hour or two of such inspiring
labor produced, as was natural, inspi
ration, and f -r some two hours before
lunch they lunched at a quarter past
1 Miss Maria would write poetry.
Years ago she bad used a rhyming
dictionary, but by now, it may tie fair
ly slateU, s!ie was acquainted with ail
the suitable ruyniis of all the words
she was likely to employ. She was at
tie present lime employed ou atragedy
oflheui'K-t surprising nature, wnich
Was to be complete iu live acts. The
names of the principal characters wete
Olaudo aud Anuaoel; they met in a
grove. Tnere were among Me dra
matis persotiae a perfect leglou of shep
herds, sheph rdesses, executioners,
armed uiob.-, nobles, foreigners in exile,
and princes iu di.-guise.
After lunch Miss Jane went on her
bicycle, wb:ch she rode slowly but
firmly. Tue bicycle bad ueu the cause
of tbe last great disagreement between
the sisters, lor Miss Maria held that a
bicycle was a moderu and detestable
development, and that tde great wo
men of romance would never have
nddeu such thiogs, eveu if they had
beeu invented in their day. Miss Jaue
had retorted rather unkindly, saying
fc!ie didu't care a pin's head which
was true f r the great women of ro
mance. "You and jour tragedies!"
she wouud up. The door had slam
med. The country round Wincheter is
ru.';l, aud red roofed village Leslie i
exactly as they should In green hollows
of tbe swelling downs, but it is not de
signed for bicyclists of 50 years and
feeble body. Thus in Miss Jane's ex
cursions the chief iDgredients were
trudging up hills up which she could
not otherwise for her bicycle, and
trudgiug down hills down which her
bicycle would otherwise force her. But
as long as a bicycle remains the most
mcnlern development in the history of
individual locomotion, there is no
doubt that however hilly the country,
Miss Jane will continue to employ it.
The disagreement between her and her
sister she did not regard as a reason for
its abandonment. She naturally sup
posed that it would pass, as other dis
agreements had passed, aud to all ap
pearances it did so. But the danger
of superficial judgment is proverbial,
and w hether it was that Miss Maria's
retlection on the occasions of the fortieth
birthday warmed her that it w as time
that she too took a Hue, or whether tbe
bicycle was the last Htraw, which did
not break toe caoiel's back; but rather
led him to revolt agaiost all the other
straws, it happened, at ajy rate, that
it gave Miss Martha an idea. Such
ideas had occurred to her before for
she was romantically made but as the
ory only, this one she should put into
The Misses Chermside were not letter
ridden folk, aud the handwritings of
their few correspondents were reason
ably well known to each other. Con
sequently, when on a certain morning
three weeks after Miss Jane took to her
bicycle, she saw on coming down to
breakfast a letter laid at Miss Maria's
plate, it was a matter of course that she
glanced at the writing to see who the
author was. It both puzzled aud piqued
her that she did not recognize it, and
the first ruminating sip of eofTeee did
not make matters clearer. To so sound
and practical brain this was very an
noying, and Maria, who was very late
that day the ringlets had been excep
tionally tiresome got but a sour greet
ing. "Good morning, Maria," said Miss
Jaue, "or, rather, good afternoon. You
may call this a quarter past 8, but it
isn't. There is a letter for you; and
whom is it from ?"
Miss Maria took up tbe letter lan
guidly and examined the address; theu
she laid it down by her cup.
"Good morning, Jane," she said. "A
little butter, please."
Jaue dapped ( there is no other word )
some butler ou to her outstretched
"Whom is it from?" she repeated.
"I haven't read it yet," remarked
Miss Maria, just as if she did not know
the hands of all her correspondents,
but she cut tbe envelope with her kuiie
aud took out the letter. Then she be
came abstracted (a habit abhorrent to
her lister), and forgot to put sugar iu
her colTee; she sipped it, and with au
absent hand scattered half the crystals
into her saur.
Now, it was not Miss Jane's habit to
ask l wire, still less three times, so she
nreltlj emitted a guttural interjection,
which would probably be written
"faugh," and weut on with her break
fast iu silence.
Later Miss Maria helped herself to
some marmalade, tethered a roving eye
and read the letter through again.
Then she thrust it hastily into her
pocket, aud began to chatter with vi
vacious incoherence about snails, bicy
cles, cold mutton and poetry. To Jaue
this vivacity was a degree more con
temptible Jthan her abstracted silence,
for her powerful mind had grasped iho
fact that Maria's letter contained some
thing out of the common, and such
devices were fitfully transparent. How
ever, curiosity conquered pride, and
when they rose from the table Mi-s
Jane said a suappinh grace and seized
the euveloe which was lying on the
table. After examining it carefully,
she transferred agorgou gaze to Maria.
"I don't knowthe hand," said thi
"I dr--e say you don't," replied Maria
for the worm had turned.
Harmony being thus a little jarred.
a;id Miss Jaue being possessed tor the
time being by that subjective phe
nomenon which, when it occurs in
children, is termed crossness, the two
parted as soon as they left tbe diuing-
rMim. Miss Maria went straight to
tmr r.vtm nnri fiTan hftlrimrnrrliir- f
ed as ascetic dinner, marched with !
more than Usual energy out into the i
garden, where she collected snails with. )
fanatic vindictiveuess, sparing none,
and spudded up plantains with tbe
nf Mil I ilttlMn nhif f tn w'al r-
hunting expedition. j
Now, Miss Maria's sympathies, as !
has beeu remarked, were with tbegreai
women of romance, and beneath her
ringlets, in spite of her forty years, lay
the shapes of surprising and niarvel
ocsly colored idylls in no abstract
guise, but touching herself. Thin aud
taw dry little day dreams would there
apjear to tbe alien eye, and he who
should play hero to her heroine was.
budded of the same stulf as herself.
He bad a croouing tenor voice (croou I
was a beautif j1 word and rybrned ob- I
viously,) au s polio curl to crown an iu-
tellee'tuai forehead, he was slim and
dark and Italian looking, but she did
not think him insipid. They met for
tbe first time iu me street, and eye
flashed an aosweriug fire. Mis-tMari
(so these dreams told her ) beat a chaste
retreat, and looked not back till she
could naturally do so, as she opened
the front door of tbe red brick house,
yet, oh! what pleasing sreririce wa
this renunciation. Then, glancing
carelessly over her shoulder, she saw
that the slim unknown had stoppe
and was looking, gazing rather after
her. Next day, and the day after,
ibey would again encounter each other
ever with tbe same confusion and flut
tering of tbe heart. lie sat opposite
her iu the cathedral, and bis crouning
tenor called echoes from the vaulted
roof aud thrilled her through and
through. He would ride fidgetty horse
down tbe high street, displaying the
most consummate mastery of the un
ruly brute (she would make him give
up that horse for her sake,) and at the
end they met most conveniently at
at diuner in the bouse of a minor
canon. - Here it transpired that his
name was Percy Elpbinstone, aud that
bis great-uncle was a baronet. lit
WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 3. 1U00.
asked Jeave to call, and leave was given
him, and thus in the fulness of time
the rosy-faced children who lived in
the cottages round the baronet ical
manor house curtseyed with grateful
humility to Sir Percy and Lidy El
phinstone. Such was the main feat
ures of that vision world In which Miss
Maria passed sj many happy hours,
now so familiar to her that she regard
ed its sumptuousness with calmness.
Embellishing details were always hot
from the mint of her brain, but the
broad outlines of the vision wera in
variable. Yet this morning, after tbe
affair of the letter, it was with some
excitement that she went to her room,
and with a new sctise of the beauty of
that much admired piece that she read
Mr. Longfellow's "Golden Legend."
For, indeed, her romantic weaving,
seemed extraordinarily real to her, and
her heart went out with a feeling of
akinship to the creatures of the poet's
Now, it must be understood that
Miss Jane's seemiug impatience with
her sisterjat breakfast sprang from no
more vital or intimate emotion thau
cmiosity. Hot and burning curiosity
it is true, but no morj than that. It
was therefore, no great CJQCssion
when, au hour later, she saw Miss
Maria drifting towards her across the
lawn with a letter in her hand, that
she was fully prepared to welcome her
possible revelatious in a sisterly aud
sympathetic spirit; she even at the mo
ment spared a snail because it ' was so
little a one.
"I have come to consult you, sister,"
began Miss Maria, in some confusion,
"about a matter about a matter iu
which I should wish, if possible, to be
guided by yorr judgment as your
longer" (she could not deny herself
this little thrust) "your longer ex
perience of life. This is the letter I
received this morning."
And, stepping back after giving Miss
Jane the letter, Miss Maria, iu her
maidenly confusion, upset the basket
of snails. But there are more poignant
emotions than snail -catching, and
greater issues than their destruction,
and Miss Jaue took the letter and let
tbe snails lie.
She read it through and theu again.
"Mst extraordinary," she mid, still
"Most extraordinary," repeated Miss
Jane, calmly oblivious of her sister's
Then for a moment she stood in si
lence, and her intensely practical mind
reviewed the situation and grasped its
issues. An unknown gentleman, Per
cy Elpbinstone by name, had written
to Maria in a neat, almost copperplate
hand, asking her to grant him the fa
vor of an interview ttt afternoon, or
the next afternoon, or auy afternoon,
in the Cathedral close, opposite the
west door. He might be kuoA-n, be
said, by bis wearing a piece of helio
trope iu his buttonhole, and he would
be dressed iu a gray frock coat aud a
top bat. His intentions were honora
ble, his heart was not his own, though
otherwise disengaged, and he threw
himself on his charmt-r's mercy. A
mind lees remarkable than Miss Jane's
might have failed before the magnitude
of the situation, but she remained her
self. For Maria's sake she was delight
ed, and then there was something about
the heliotrope and the frock coat of
Percy which fairly enslaved the imag
ination. "Where is Percy's top hat and
the heliotrope?" Now the sentence
tripped otf the tongue! Thus senti
ment stated the case, aud business an
swered. If all went well with Maria,
Miss Jane would be much better oil'
than she was now, for she would sell
the house which belonged to ber and
buy a smaller aud more economical
habitation. That would leave ber less
fettered in many ways; she could get a
second bicycle, though indeed the first
had scarcely enough exercise, and if
she ever purchased any more cigarettes
they should be gol 1 tipped. She bail
often surmised that it was only their
cheapness which was so indigestible.
She looked up at Maria. Her re
flations had been almost instanta
neous. "You must go," she said, "you must
certainly go." Then, witli an air of
fine resignation "It is lietter that I
went with you. Though I am pressed
for time today, I will go with you.
We will go together this afternoon."
"Thank you for being willing to give
up so much of your time," said Maria,
w ith a faint acid note in her tone, "but
I think that will be aeedless, sister.
Percy I mean Mr. Elpbinstone
might feel less able, more timid I
should say, if he found two of us. But
do you really thiuk I had better go at
all? It would be so dreadful for me,
Jane, if he was not quite all that one
would naturally expect from his note."
"Most certainly you must go," said
Jane, w ith decision. "You are getting
ou in years, Maria; you ar no longer
quite young, and it is time that you
began to thiuk of settling down."
Then, as curiosity rose like a torrent
over her :
"But I think I am sure I had Ut
ter come with you."
"I cannot conseLt to go on tuch
terms," said Maria, with finality.
Miss Jane stood awhi'.e in thought.
"It would be more regular," she
said at length, "if I went first aud got
a good look at him. Then if be turns
out to be the sort of mau whom I could
fancy for you, Maria,, I would say you
had a cold, or something of that kind,
and ask him to tea. That would be
the more prudent plan."
"But I haven't got a cold, Jane, and
I wouldn't drag you" replied Maria.
"Also, it would look as if I distrusted
"I don't know that you have any
reason for trusting him as yet," retort
ed Jane; "he may be a mere adven
turer." ' Percy Elnhinstoae !" murmured
Maria, as if the mere sound of the
name was sufficient to banish sus
picion. Miss Jaue was not unmoved.
'It certainly has an aristocratic
ring," she couceded, "Moat extraor
The third repetition of so uncompli
mentary 'an ejaculation stiffened Miss
Msria, and with standi in ber tone :
"I shall Cf and aea him, siuce you
recommend it, Jane," she said, "but I
shall go alone."
Miss Jane wa sileut a moment, for
she was an honest woman, and she
wished to make clear to herself exactly
bow much of ber anxiety to see Mr.
Percy Elpbinstone, his bat and helio
trope spray, arose from a sisterly desire
to shield Maria from the wiles of pos
sible adventurers, bow much from pure
curiosity, a defect in her nature which
she acknowledged to herself, though to
no other. This analysis was compli
cated, but eventually honesty prevail
ed, and she yielded.
"If you bring him to tea, then, Ma
ria," she said, "there will be a cup
ready for him, and I shall be glad to
Tbe snails for the most part made
good their escape during this conversa
tion, but Miss Jaue was at pains to col
lect only the least distant of tbe tru
ants. Romance had stooped from
heaven and touched tbeui, a sudden
flower had opened on the bloomless
stem of their quiet cathedral town
lives, and, though Miss Jane had no
great opinion of meu in general, it
would be bard to say, though beyond
doubt, top bat and heliotrope written
in a copper-plate haud retained some
subtile aroma even through the post.
She wondered whether if she too had
gone in for ringlets, aud bad stood like
a sentinel on duty, ever listening for
tbe footfall of romance and ever ready
to salute it, she, too, might have had
her Percy Elphiustoue. Both she aud
her sister bore time's stigmata in cor
ners of eyes and fading hair, but to the
casual observer she would have ap
peared at least no older than Maria.
But Percy was evidently no casual ob
server; like the digger of an artesian
well In a soil of uncompromising dry
ness, he had conjectured and struck
that perennial fouutain of romance,
which, irrigated and Hushed with the
green of youth, the imaginings of one
whom a not unkind appraiser would
call of middle age. And she stilled a
sigh of regret for the days when she,
too bad been only 40 years old, aud
thought to herself that she would go
for an unusually long bicycle ride that
afternoon, and p rhaps even r duce
the contents of her box of cigarettes to
Miss Maria was trysted for 4 o'clock,
opposite the west door of tbe cathedral,
aud, strange though it may appear, she
set otr in a state of greatly excited
trepidation, for her romance was very
real to her, and, in spite of, or in con
sequence of, her day dreams, Percy
Elpbinstone seemed to ber a quite pos
sible contingency. Also she had a
strong dramatic sense, aud certainly at
this moment she held the stage. The
play might be "Hamlet," with the
title role omitted, but, whatever it was,
she was acting in it. The day was
brisk with autumn, and a bright sun
made the air crisp and sparkling, and
for half an hour or more she walked
to and fro about the close, now stop
ping to read a moss grown epitaph, or
watch tbe gathering of the swallows,
but busy all the time with the thought
of Percy Elphinstone. Indeed, had
he suddenly appeared in the lime ave
nue, top hat, heliotrope and all, she
would not have fell it to be strange.
Since she had received the letter signed
with that magic name, he had become
more vividly corporeal; her own fiction
was convincing and had certainly all
the strangeness of truth about it.
Meantime, like the poet, Miss Jane
had passed through the towu aud out
of tbe street in something resembling
a tumult of soul. The suu if romance
had shone ou the red brick house ; she
was invigorated by its rays. Snails, a
bicycle, ordering diuner aud washing
up a set of Crown Derby had hitherto
been proveuder sufficient for her psy
cbine needs, but now her capacity for
spiritual adventure had suddenly been
enlarged. Wider horizons were un
folded to ber gaze, aud life was really
au affair that presented problems, that
held the germ of the unexpected. She
had never hitherto contemplated the
existence of the unexpected, and the
prospect was exhilarating. A new
light was shed ou the novels of Charles
Lever; they described things that ac
tually might happen to actual people.
All this was illuminating.
She had left Winchester by Hyde
street, and tbe exaltation of her spirit
was such that the milestones, so she
pbrased it to herself, literally flashed
by her, and she was already four miles
from the towu before she knew where
she was. Then, taking a road across
the river, she wheeled her machine up
a hill on to tbe dow us, and, striking
the Farnham road, came back at a
breezy pace by tbe golf links, aud dis
mounted to walk down the steep hid
leading Into the lower end of Win
chester. Once on the level again, she
remounted and rode with great caution
up the broad street towards borne.
Shops and lamp-posts and people
were vivid to ber eye ; she noticed a
hundred things the had never noticed
before; tbe flash and exquisite white
ness of the river as it plunged out of
the darkness of the mill; the graceful
outlines of the trees already showing
through their diminished foliage; the
topaz of a retriever's eyes, aud, lastly,
as she Feared the High street bill, a
new butcher's shop. The butcher him
self, a good looking young man, was
recommending a piece of loin to a cus
tomer. He held a chopper iu oue
hand, and with the other he slapped
the joint. Now, Miss Jane had been
for years in two minds about adopting
vegetarlansm; the thought of dead
sheep, especially if her mutton was a
little underdone, sometimes caused her
a strangling feeling in the throat
muscles, and this cheerful slapping of
tbe meat sickened ber. But before she
looked away she caught sight of the
name above tbe shop. -
It was Elthiustone !
The world turned giddily round her.
Who then was the slapper of the loin,
the man with the chopper and the
blouse, but Percy? Fresh from his
tryst with Maria, he stood In the open
shop, patent to every eye, and spoke of
tbe price of mutton. Perhaps he had
eveu killed that sheep with bis red
right hand butcher did such things
and Miss Jane got olT ber bicyle and
walked by Its side, for there was no
more spirit left in her. " Black anxiety
was by ber side, for the cheerful butch
er was just such a one as might take
Maria's eye, and no doubt he had not
revealed to her that the hat and helio
trope were purchased with blood
money. He had a black moustache
and a fine open expression, and even
when employed on his dradful busi
ness his manner was engaging. Miss
Jane's great-uncle had been Mayor of
Winchester, and the pride of race wa
bers. Indeed, her stories beginui'ig,
"My uucle, the late Mayor," always
commanded a respectful silence.
"My uncle the Mayor my brother-in-law
the butcher V Oh, what a fall
ing otf' was there !
She let herself In by the gnrden gate
and went straight to the drawing room.
Maria was there alone. Without pre
amble, she plunged into the midst of
"My poor Maria," she said, "hss
Percy Elpbinstone gt a black mous
tache and a cheerful manner?"
Maria was startled, but her romance
glowed in yet more vivid colors. Was
there then, after all, a real Percy El
phinstone? She was quite prepared
for it. But why "my poor Maria? '
"Yes," she replied, "his moustache
is as black as night" Then, with a
sudden gust of Mrs. Hemans Hooding
her brain, "aud his manner is as bright
as the day."
Miss Jane bowed her head despaii
ingly. "Be a woman, Maria," she said,
"and be brave ; he is a butcher."
"It is impossible," said Maria,
The interview was long aud harrow
ing. Miss Jane advanced a phalaux
of argument; vegetarianism, proper
pride, mesHlIiauce, my great-i nele the
Mayor, all warred against th inuee
tion. Aud Miss Maria, though light
ing for romance and torn by a hundred
dramatic emotions, was in fact severely
relieved. Eventual exposure, a thing
which even in the first blu.h t her
romance loomed ashily iu the back
groumb, was no longer formidable.
What had passed between Miss Maria
and Percy, her sister, in a spasm of
unusual delicacy, forbade lo usk, but
towards tiie close of the painful scene
Miss Maria promised with a gulp that
she would never see Percy agaiu. And
at the end Miss Jane kissed her with
peculiar tenderness, and said she was
her own Maria.
Since thei some years have passed,
and Maria has had no practical ro
mance. Time has brought a healiug
of the wound, and now if she speaks
unkiudly of tbe bicycle, her Mister is
not afraid of wounding her too-deeply
if she retorts with tbe butcher.
A Springfield lawyer has a son about
teu years old and a daughter about
twice that ajje. The boy has been
around the court bouse a good deal
with his father, and the young lady
has a steady beau. The other evening
the young gentleman passed the house,
and the young lady desired to speak to
"Bobby," she said to her little broth
er, "won't you please call to Mr.
Bobby knew the state of affairs, and
he hurried to" the frout door aud called
out in the usual loud monotcne f a
"John Henry Brown, John Henry
Brown, John Henry Brown, come into
Mr. Brown came in, and Bobby
withdrew to a safe place. Ohio State
Quoted Hi. Pa-
Out in one of the suburbs, says '.he
Boston Transcript's "Listener,-"' a gen
tleman this fall has been eng .ged in
teaching some youDg lys
uatural history. One of the subjects
which he took up was but terries and
moths, aud he told tbe child rel i a good
many of the chrysalides and wcoons.
After be had got the boys well .instruct
ed, he showed one of the sjii llest of
them a very nice, attentive lit le boy
one of the cocoons, and asked :
"What butterfly is this thei -ocooo
Then the little boy looked up and
said, slowly and resjiectfully :
"My papa says that all cocoens) Jook
alike to him."
"Grasp All and Lose AIL"
Many people are so intent on " rrssp
ing all" that they lose strei. rth "i
nerves, appetite, digestion, ealth.
Fortunately, however, these lojiy ber
restored by taking Hood's Sarss tan ilia,
which has put many a btisiiit ss man
on the road to success by givi ig him
good digestion, strong nerves and a
clear braiu. It does tbe suniet thing
for weak and tired women.
Hood's Pills cure sick heac ar&e, in
digestion. Foil of Crooks.
"Boston is noted for her crooked
streets," said the Chicago mm.
Great Scott T' retorted his Hub!
cusin, who had been held up three
times, "there are more crooked s leetss
in Chicago than Boston ever dreamed
Tempered 'With llercy.
"Yes, I was drunk, your honor," the
prisoner said, "but I've been p retty
well punished already. I had SoO rbeu
I weut out on the street, and a I )t of
gamblers got hold of me aud swir. died
me out of fVi."
. "Under those circumstances," re
marked his honor, with a sympat belie
cougb, the court is disposes 1 to be leiii
eut with you. The fine will be$ L"
Mrs. W. A. Palmer, Ithaca, I Iteh.
ays, -"I bad La Grippe four t jnes,
each time worse than the time pre
vious, any unusual sound would fetuse
nervous chills, everything used : ailed
to help me until I used Wbe eier'
Nerve Vitalizer which cured me." '
All coughs and colds yield to B -ant's
Balsam. Bottle so large will sane a
whole family, 25 cents. For i aieat
Carman's Drug Store, Berlin, Pa. ,ad
Mountain A Sou's Drug Store,
flue nee, Pa.
WHOLE NO. 2527.
The "Fire" WatPatOut.
President Brown, of Norwich Uni
versity, the military school at North
field, Vt., was formerly a naval officer,
and is a warm friend of Admiral Dew
ey. He recently told the story of an
amusing experience wnicn tell loine
lot of Admiral Dewey white be was
serving as ex-eutive officer on the Col
orado at the cl seof the Civil War.
"A new oriWr on b-nrd a ship," said
President Brown, " is put through a
'course of sprouts' by the jackies the
common sailors wha are pretty skill
ful at that sort of hazing.
"It is often disagreeable and embar.
rassiug fir the new o:lh:?r, but the sail
ors usually manage it so clevtrly that
they keep w ithin regulation?.
"One o." the rules ou board ship is
that thj mn shall uot carry matches.
A lantern is kept burning for the con
venience of smokers.
"As young D.-wey came on deck
early one morning, oue uuwwu
do's roughest characters said to a ship
mate who was conriued with him in
the 'brig,' or ship's prison, in a tone
loud enough f.r Dewey to bear:
" 'Bill I've got some matches iu my
pxket, aud I've a blamed good notion
t ) burn this oldship under bis fcet.'
"Dewey didu't say a word, but im
mediately turned ou his heel and rang
the fire bell, at the same lime call! ng
out, 'tire in the brig.
"Such an alarm, sl early in the
morning, liefore the men bail tumbled
out of their ouarters, was unwelcome,
but in a few seconds the decks swarm
ed w ith half dressed sailors, who man
ned the fir xierful tire nozzles
which protected the brig.
"Of course, Djwey, as executive cf
ticer, directed the streams, aud in a
few moments two very wet, very cold,
very much disgusted and half drown
ed sailors were howlinit f-r mercy.
"Dewey shouted: 'Fire out! Make
secure !' Then be turned totne dip
ping sailors and said: I guess those
matches of yours are too wet to do
much damage now.' "Youth's Com
panion. I want to let ttie people who suffer
from rheumatism aud sciatica know
thatChaoiberiaiu's Pain Balm relieved
me after a number of other medicines
aud a doctor bad failed. It is the best
liniment I have ever know u of. D. A.
Dogeu, Alpharelta, Ga. Thousauds
bavr U u cured of rheumatism by this
remedy. Oue application relieves the
pain. For sale by all druggists.
MackO'Bell What a comic poster!
It represents a sailor chasing a big
Luke Warme H'm! Another case
of tar and feathers. Chicago News. -
Their Little Weaknesses.
' Xa'.ious and women are a g-xd deal
In w hat way ?"'
"Well, wtieu oue woman gets a new
hat her neighbor wants to go right
away and gel a better one, and when
xie nation builds a uew warship all
the others start riht out to get bigger
ones." Cuicago Ti.nes-Herald.
To accommodate lU'ise who are par
tial to the use of atomizers in applying
liquids iuto the uaal passages for ca
tarrhal troubles, the proprietors pre
pare Ely's Liquid Cream Balm. Price
including the spraying tube is 7-1 cents.
Druggist or by mail. The liquid em-
txhes the medicinal properties of the
solid preparatioa. Cream is quickly
absorbed by the me;uora:ie and t'oes
not dry up the secretions but ctiauges
them to a natural aud healthy char
acter. Ely Brothers. . Warreu St.
Brokeleigh He called me a scamp,
but I have the (test of him.
Stokeleig'o H i' )?
Brokeleigh I owe him SI). New
One ICaa's View.
"Wait is a degenerate, anyhow?"
was asked of the shrewd old lawyer.
"A degenerate is a fellow who has
committed a crime and can't prove an
The lover of l;)j whispered in the
fair otie's ear: "Darling, elope with
"Alas! Ho cm we go? Did not
no-lie one puncture tiie tire of your
"True! B-it we can fly iu an air
"But pap w ill Uy also."
"He has no airship. He cannot fly,
"Yes; he will dy iu a passion." Chi
That Hateful GirL
Eila When I refused Fred he said I
i had sent him to his death.
j Stella But ha has since proposed to
me aud I have accepted bim.
Ella Then he meant a living death.
San Francisco Examiner.
Much milk requires much feed.
Millet is good to increase the flow of
Do not breed from a cow that has
Don't use beef cows if you want to
aucceed in dairying.
Cows will not do their best unless
well housed and fed.
Are squash gesxt for ru lch cows?.
aks a subsciiber. Yes.
Don't expect for skim milk cheese
the price that Elam brings.
,No successful dairyman allows bis
cows to be chased by a worthless cur.
It is not always meanness that makes
a cow Lre-achy; it is frequently hunger.
Now, Johnnie, do you understand
thoroughly why I am going lo whip
Yes'm. You're in a bad Lnmor this
Booming, and you've gt te 1 -;k some
04oe befa.e you feel satisfied.
Most of the amnvmit ion usl by t"i
Boers, says the London Mail, is of G r
mau or Kreucli manufacture. A com
paratively very small quantity was
made in England, and au equally smalt
proportion was manufactured at the
Trausvaal Government works, near
A vast amount of mystery and se
crecy surrounded the Government pow
der factory, as it was called, and no one
was allowed to visit it, or even to ap
proach within half a miie of the In
closed buildings, with.mt a very extra
The factory was entirely run by Ger
mans, and, curiously enough, tbe head
thereof was a Mr. Kruger, who was al
ways careful to assert that he was no
relation whatsoever to the Presideut.
This seems quite likely, as he was a
very decent sort of fellow.
The works were near Daspoort, about
four miles outside Pretoria, and in the
immediate neighborhood of the cement
works, where so-called Transvaal Port
laud cement was very badly made. The
powder factory is most jealously guard
ed from intruders, and even tbe Ital
ians from the dynamite factory uot
many miles away know nothing of its
internal economy. It is thought ques
tionable by many whether auy actual
manufacture takes place here, tr w neth
er, as iu the case of the dynamite works
("Maatschapij voor Ontplotfoaren S:of
fen" iu trie "laa!"), the imported in
gredients are just put up in cartridges
on the sjiot, so as to appear to carry out
the requirements of the exclusive con
cession. Ttie ammunition is taken away at
dead tf night ou mule wagons to one or
other f the forts around Pretoria, and a
portion is often scut over to the Johan
nesburg fort, but not by rail, as the jolt
ing might be dangerous in the case of
the very carelessly put together explo
sive. An escort of artillery rides with
the wagons, and reports the due deliv
ery of the amniuuili n.
VIA l'KI.ACOA PAY.
In the ease of fo;eigii-iu.ported am
munition Lee-Met ford, Mauser aud
heavy guu shells it tomes by German,
French or Dutch steamer to Delagoa
bay, and is there unshipped, stored for
a longeror shorter period in the wretch
ed tiu shanties on the w harf which do
duty for bo i deil wan houses, and thei.,
when all the extraordinary Portuguese
foru.a'itie-s are complete, it is forwarded
by train, via Ivmiati lirf, to Pretoria,
wh-re il is taken, nuiii at the dead of
nighr, from the railway station toone
of the f.irts or to the Government mag-
j azine out ou tiie veldt, beyond the race
course. No- and again, as indeed bap
lelied jusl tiefore the present w ar broke
out, the Portuguese cfticials at Lorenzo
Marques ( Delagoa Hay ), for some rea
sons best kuown to themselves, refuse
to pas the ammunition, ami theu there
is au angry and heated exchange of let
ters iu a queer mixture of IVrtuguese,
Dutch and English, and after a long
delay thegooiisoiay arrive at their des-
ination. or they m:iy t;ot-
AN AMl'.ilMi to.NTKKTEMPS.
In at lea.st one instance an amusing
contretemps oe-curred. A large lot i f
aminuuuiou, some l'M boxes, went
as: ray at the jrt, and could not !
found. The por authorites wert sure
that they had lieen landed, but the rail
way officials could not aciiuut fortheui
n any way. At last, after the lapse of
many mouths, it turned out that by
some unaccountable error the whole lot
had lieeu n-shlpped to IVira and had
got through to Buiawayo, and was
comfortably reputing in the niagnziues
of the Chartered Company of British
South Africa. The Boers indignantly
claimed theirammut.ition; Mr.-IJhoeles'
oiticials said: "Very well; come atd
fetch it; but, as we happen to wai t
some of .this particular brand ours dves.
you had better let us pay you for it aud
say no more on the sui j-ct." This ac
tually happened, but it was never found
out whether trie mistake occurred ou
purpose or by accident.
KKF.NCH AM.'.tt'M TloN KELIAKI.K.
O.i Ihe whole it lias lieen found that
the French ammunition is more relia
ble than that made in Germany, aud
here has aiso b-eu less palm-oil, le?s
bribery and corrupt! m in its purchase.
shipment and dilivery. In the case of
one particular bit of German cartridges
It was reckoned that the origiual cost
was quadrupled by the lime they reach-
e"d Pretoria, owing to the number of
hands through wiiicu they passed, aud
the number of otlk'iuls who had to be
'insulted'' U-fire th-y were passed.
Not only that, but when these cartridg
es were uooaciiej a:ni Uistrinuted
among the farmers it was found that
they were faulty and dangerous, so that
the whole transaction was eminently
unsatisfactory from every poiutof vie w.
These were Mauser cartridges.
The quautiiy of ammunition stored
in the Transvaal is absolutely colossal,
aod would autiiee for a t?ti years' war,
even at the present ra:e of usage.
It has been demonstrated rtreatly in
every state in the L'uiou and in many
f ireign countries that Chamberlain's
Cough It 'inedy is a eenaiu preventive
anei cure for croup. It has become the
universal remedy for that disease. M.
V. Fisher of LiU rty, W. Vs., only re
peats what has Leeu said ar.,u:id the
globe when he writes! ' I have u-d
Chamberlain's Conga R-medy in my
family fir several years and always
with perfect sue-Cess. We tsdieve tUat
it is not ou'y the best cough remedy,
but that it is a sure cure for croup, it
has saved the lives of our children a
number of times Thh remedy is for
sale by all druggi.-ts.
"I want t get a riag for a lady,"
saic the customer.
"Sweetheart or wif-?'' asked the
"Both," replied the customer.
"Siy! Now I .u all atsea,"' said the
"if it was for a s veetheart I'd show
you something haudso.-ue in this cant;
if for a wife, I'd send you farther dowu
the aisle for something lesis expensive.
Bj". when a mau comities the two.
Say, you'd better look ever the entire
stock. It's against ail precedent and
I'm not competcut to give you auy ad
vice." Chicago P.-st.
Haviag a Cteat Ran on Chamber
lain's Conjh Senedy.
Manager Martin, of the Pierson drug
store, iu forms us that he is having a
great run on Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy. He sella live bottlers of that
medicine to one of any other kind, and
it gives great satisfaction. In these
days of la grippe there is nothing like
Chamlierlaiu's Cough Remedy to s.op
the cough, heal up the sore; throat aud
lungs and give relief withiu a very
short lime. The sales are growing,
and ail who try It are pleased with its
prompt action. S ?u:h Chicago Daily
Calumet. For sa by ail dru
A man whose w isdoui probably comes
from experieccj says that a wedding
lour very ofteu turns out to be a lecture