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B. F. BOHWEIER,
THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
MIFFLINTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY, PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. JUNE 19. 1895.
CIIArTEIl VI. (Continued.)
flit voice the clingi
hand that evening had
floodgates of her conse
minded shame, and fea
he loved this grave, self-contained maa
with all the force of her young, warn
nature. It was suddenly revealed to hel
how heavenly it would ho to know thin)
be loved her, to hear him call her bj
her name, to feel that she could make hinj
happy, and give him tenderness and synij
pathy such as his rusced life had nev.I
known. Hut. oh! would he tlinns nel
for it? Was it not shameful of her t
think thus to long to offer her heart t
a man who had never sought it, who na
never shown her any lover-like attention
who simply liked to talk with her. probw
blv because she 1 kea to listen .' Ann eve
that evening, there was nothing wort
thinking twice about In his words or bun
pressure, only a friendly ackuov.lcdgmcii'
of her anxiety perhaps too boldly es
pressed! How contemptibly weak an4
ill-regulated she was, to allow tho idej
of a man who probably did not care fi-I
her, to take possession of her imagination!
How was it she had come to love him s
dearly? and she did love him! The dis
tress of her conviction seemed to confel
a midden maturity of womanliness on hel
girlish nature. What sorrow was sh
storing np for herself, to let any man pos
sess such mastery over her? IIov.wn(
she to regain her self-respect? Only bj
a steady, consistent effort to stamp oul
the fire thnt had been smoldering unper
ceived In her heart, till tho flames begar
to make their painful burning felt; onlj
by assuming a tone of calmest friendshlj
to the man she loved and dreaded, for lit
did not enre for her, it was not likely,
He needed an older, riper, more highlj
educated companion than herself! ISlit
must be careful to guard her secret al
ready she had been, must have been, fool
ishly demonstrative, or Mrs. Ituthveu
would not have hinted at any understand
ing between herself and Winton! Old,
the shnme of being suspected of loving
one who did not love her would be iu
supportable. Cost what it would, sh
would so guide herself as to escape suet
She braided op her long hair. prayeo
fervently for strength and help, and, with
tear-bedewed lashes, fell nsleep, Win
ton's last words echoing sweetly in he
tars, despite her stern resolution.
In London, though Mrs. Ruthven neg
k-cted to write to her friends nt Brook'
dale, she was by no means idle.
On her arrival at the hotel where shi
usually put up, she was astonished, ana
lightly indignant, to find no Shirley
awaiting her; nor were these feelings les
sened by the receipt of a note lnte in the
evening, informing her that he hnd called
on the detective, whose address he bail
succeeded in procuring and now inclosed,
but the man was away from homo, and
his wife was not sure when he would re
turn. "I am exceedingly sorry not ta
ee for myself how you have borne youi)
Journey," he added, "but a telegram from
my sister this afternoon obliges me to starf
lor Ostend to-night. I hope to return
speedily, and to be of any use you like to
put me to."
Mrs. Kuthven crushed up the note, ant
thought profoundly for a few minutes,
with knitted brows and a look of pain;
then she smoothed out the paper, and,
having copied the address in her tablets,
tore Shirley's missive to pieces, and threw
them in the fire.
It was altogether a miserable evening.
Marsden promised to look in, if there wai
time after an Interview with the pollr
officials charged with the care of thf
Austrian embassy; but the hours won
on, and he did not come. Mrs. Kuthven
mas still unhinged, and unwell from th
result of fright, but she was gathering
strength and composure. In truth, het
nervous system was by no means weakj
nor did trifles, whether of fact or fancy,
produce much effect upon her; still sho
was glad to ring for her maid, and retire
to rest, with a reading-lamp besido her
and a French novel of the strongest de
scrlptlon in her hand.
Hut her own doubts, hopes, fears, wer
of deeper Interest. She did not put Im
plicit faith in Shirley's assertions; faith
was not either her strength or her weak
ness; after a careful examination of her
position on all sides, she made up her
mind to Inquire personally Into the where
abouts of the man she wished to employ.
She stretched out her hands for her tab
lets, which lay on the little table by hoi
bed, and read over the address: "Mr
John Waite, 11 Maryland Villas, Camden
Koad, N. W." Where was Camden
Hoad? A map would soon tell. Sh
would drive there to-morrow morning.
Mrs. Ituthvt-n had none of the helpless,
ncss of a genuine fine lady; no shrinking
from unaccustomed roughness. If it suited
her purpose to encounter It.
Nor had she any fear of what her ser
vants might sny or think. To her they
were merely machines, more or less well
constructed to do her service, and to b
kept in working order they must be prop
erly oiled, i. e., fed and lodged; of their In
dependent existence she never thought,!
Yes; she would endeavor to ascertain all
about this man herself; she wished Shir
ley had not gone away so quickly, lit
surely was not feeling his feet firm enough
to try standing alone? Besides, his sud
den anxiety about his sister was curious.
That he had a sister, Mrs. Ruthven wa
aware, but that was all; she did not know
she was in Europe. "Well, patience ani
perseverance will discover most things
ven my rubles rerhnps," was her lasl
As soon as Mrs. Ruthven had had hel
coffee and roll next day, she dressed very
plainly and warmly, for it was a chill
misty morning, and informed Virginie,
her maid, that she was going to hold a
consultation with her dressmaker. Ta
carry out the idea, she directed that cer
tain pieces of lace and Indian embroidery
should be made np into a packet, that she
might take it to the distinguished artiste
Then a cab was called, and having giv
rn audible direction! where to drive, sh
alighted at the well-known establishment,
dismissed her cab, 6'eposTfea' lef parcel,
with a verbal message that Mrs. Ruthven
would call that afternoon or next day,
walked to a little distance, and hailing a
hansom, drove to the address which sht
jnve the driver.
Maryland Villas was a row of nea',
two-storied twin houses, with gardens,
gates, high steps, and side entrances;
possibly, they had in the first stage of
their existence a country view, but now a
range of small shops, with a large assort
ment of thewares dispensed within hang-
ng grasp of nV
broken open th
iousness, and wit I
r. Nora saw thai
' Ir.g about the doors, replaced the green
fields of yore.
No. 11 was perhaps the moat severelj
accurate in its cleanliness and air of pro
priety of all the villas. Mrs. Ruthven de
sired her driver to wait, and rang the bell.
The door was opened by a .pretty little
dark-eyed woman, well dressed in black.
with a pretty white apron, and a becom
ing cap, not quite like an English woman
yet scarcely foreign.
Tes, Mr. Waite was at home," she
said in reply to Mrs. Ruthven's Inquiries,
and would no doubt see the lady. If she
could sit down for awhile.
Mrs. Ruthven could; she paid for and
dismissed the cab, and followed the dart
eyed little woman Into a nice front par
lor with a bay-window, well shrouded
by lace curtains, and filled with good fur
niture, a little too big for Its dimensions.
"The truth Is," said the little womar.
with a smile, "my husband is asleep. He
came home, after a long journey, about six
this morning, and I have not ret called
"I am sorry to disturb him, but I neeo
uls help, and that soon."
"I will bring you the Times,' madamb,
and my husband will come aa quickly as
It seemed nevertheless a Ions wean
hour before the door opened to admit
Mr. aite himself.
He was well and carefully dressed, t
man of middle height, rather broad, but
broad from bone, not flesh, his yellow-pale
complexion, thin light hair, wide flat face,
and very quiet Inexpressive light eyes,
were redeemed from ugliness by a pleas
ant smile and a well-cut chin.
"You wish to speak to me, madame?"
"I do," said Mrs. Ruthven, gazing sV
him as she thought that Nature had fram
ed him for his work; he was thoroughly
unremarkable, not a salient point of any
kind on which memory was likely to catch.
His voice, too, was even to monotony, yet
not unpleasant. "When I tell you," she
resumed, after scanning him calmly, "that
I am Mrs. Ruthven, whose rubies were
stolen at Evesleigh, you will know what
"I understand," he said. "I partly ex
pected to be sent for, and I am glad you
came early, for," taking a card from the
chimney-piece, "this gentleman expecti
to hear from me."
"Is the name Shirley?"
"Why do you ask, madame?"
Mrs. Ruthven smiled at his caution.
"Because if it is, the gentleman came
on my behalf.
Waite banded her the card.
"I thought so. Well. Captain Shirley
has been called away, and I shall explain
everything myself. "
"Thank you; It Is a remarkable case.
even as reported In the papers, and there
is a good deal generally behind what they
get at. Will yon allow me?" he drew
a chair to the table and took out a largr
Mrs. Ruthven then gave a brief, but
clear, account of the circumstances under
which the robbery was effected. Wait.
listened with downcast eyes and immov
able attention, but did not break silence
until she bad ceased to speak.
"It is a curious case, very," he then
said. "There seems no clew whatever;
but you," raising his eyes and letting
them rest on hem in a peculiar, impressive
way. "yon have a suspicion?"
"How do yon know?"
"I think you have. I hear It In you
voice. Now, will you please tell me, have
yon any notion If the value of your rubies
was known outside your immediate
"I should think not. I really do not
know; except that when In Paris last
spring, having occasion to send my neck
lace to a jeweler's, a large offer was made
for It by a man who was collecting rubier
for some millionaire."
"Do you remember the name of the
"Yes; Borgier ot Moppert, Rue de la
Waite wrote It down.
"Have you ever mentioned this before
four maid, for instance or any one else?"
"I cannot now remember."
"Have you any idea what time elapsed
between Mr. Marsden'a departure and
the appearance of the robber?"
"Not very distinctly. I certainly sat
quiet for some minntcs, for I was tired;
then I thought I would see If my hair
was disturbed by the dancing, and I got
np to look in the glass perhaps it was
ten minutes. In fact, I cannot tell."
"Mr. Marsden was the first to find you
Insensible? Who came in with him?"
"Some ladies, relatives of his, and a
Mr. Winton, a man In the Civil Service,
whom I knew slightly in India."
"Did he know anything of your ruble
of the offer for them?"
"I am almost sure he did not Besides,"
smiling, "it would be absurd to suspect
such a man a thorough gentleman."
"Very elegant gentlemen do que
things sometimes under the pressure of
necessity. You say Captain Shirley was
at the ball; was he among 'those who
came to your assistance?"
"No; I did not see him till the next
"He was dancing, I suppose?"
"I really do not know. I hare an Idea
be was smoking a cigarette outside,"
Waite sat silent for a moment or two.
"Do you know if your maid had a
"I do not. indeed r
"It seems to me that some one within
the house must have given information to
the robber. How did he know of this
tent ? Knowing of it he mnst hare lurked
in the conservatory till he saw yon were
lone, locked the conservatory door to
ecu re a few minutes uninterrupted, and
then overpowered you with rare prompt
ness. It is the boldest thing I ever heard
of. -I suppose even a slight cry might
have been heard?"
"I am not sure. The tent was thickly
draped, and there was no opening into th.
house, except the door, which was locked.
Had any one been In the conservatory
but then, a waits was going on, and every
one was dancing."
"How many doors were there in thia
"Two Into the house, and two Into the
frouuds, one of which formed the en
trance to the tent."
"It might have been soma swindle
jrith your maid; generally, the integrity
of young women Is about in proportion ttf
that of their lovers. At present I can sea
no light In this mysterious bnslneas, un
less, indeed, yon can giv toe a leading
idea. I should like to see this conserva
tory. How far is Evesleigh?"
"About fonr hours but I would rather
ao one at Evesleigh knew you were.em
ployed in the matter."
"No one need-know; there are plenty of
(rays to see the place without giving a
reason, J will not take me more than a
day, and I can make a few Inquiries at
Oldbrtdge at the same time. This gentle
man," touching the cord, "has been called
away, you tell me do yon know where
he is gone?"
"Ostend? Ah! Now, madame. wit
you so far confide in me as to say what
your chief object Is, to recover your lost
property, to punish the thief, or to get to
the bottom of the mystery?"
"I suppose one includes all three. 1
think I most desire the power to punish.
The detective looked at her again with
fhe peculiar, steady, Immovable expres
sion, as before.
"I will do my best. In fact, I shall put
my whole experience and powers of ob
servation into my work, for it is no com
mon task yon have set me."
"I know it," said Mrs. Ruthven. and
paused abruptly, as if she arrested the
words which were on her lips. "Must you
go to Evesleigh?"
"Yes I I shall know my ground better
if I do."
Then aha asked bis terms. He name!
a fair remuneration for his time, besides
traveling expenses, and all out-goings.
"But should I succeed?" he added, and
"I shall reward you as you will de
serve," said Mrs. Ruthven, with empha
sis. "It may be a long and fruitless under
taking, unless. Indeed, you can give me
some help," returned Waite, looking down
and softly tapping the table with his large
"If I can I will, most assuredly," ah
said, In clear, resolute tones, "but I can
not stay longer now; make your inspection
of Evesleigh, then coma to me, I am risi
ble between nine and eleven. Always
send np a note not your name and you
shall be admitted."
"I thank you, madame. I should likt
also to sea this gentleman," touching the
"You shall, Mr. Waite, that I promise,"
returned Mrs. Ruthven, readily. "Now
send for a cab, I must not stay longer."
Mr. Waite dispatched a neat little ser
vant girl for a conveyance, and Mrs.
Ruthven returned to her hotel, breaking
her Journey as before.
(To be continued.)
Pranka of Florida Wood-Rats.
The latest narrative of the queer do
ing of the Florida wood-rat, the best
known of them all, comes from Mrs. 0.
F. Latham, of Mexico, Florida. Previ
ous to the destruction by fire of the old
Oak Lodge, year before last. It was
often visited by a pair of very sociable
and quite harmless wood-rats, who
nested In a palmetto hut near by, and
made it their home until some cats
came Into the family The wood-rats
were big-eyed, handsomo creatures
without the vicious look of a common
rat, with fine, yellowl9h-gray fur, white
feet, and white under parts. Inasmuch
as they never destroyed anything save
a pair of Mrs. Latham's shoe-strings,
which they had cut In order to get theffl
out of the eyelet-holes, they were tol
erated about the premises, and here are
some of the queer things they did:
They carried some watermelon seed
from the lower floor, and hid them up
stairs under Mr. Baxter's pillow. In
the kitchen they found some cucumber
seeds, and of these they took a table
spoonful and deposited them In the
pocket of Mr. Baxter's vest; which
hung up stairs on a nalL In one night
they took eighty-five pieces of wood
from a box of bee-hive fixtures, ajd
laid them In a corn-box. The following
njght they took about two quarts of
corn and oats, and put It into the box
from which the bee-hire fixtures came.
Once Mrs. Lnthnm missed a handful of
pecans, and they were so thoroughly
hidden that she never found them.
About a year later the rats realized that
Mrs. Latham bad "given It up," and k!
the pecans suddenly appeared one day
upon her bed! St Nicholas.
Brought Vp" in College.
One of the most original characters
if the Welsh pulpit was the late Rer.
Lewis rowell, Cardiff. While on a visit
to Carmarthen town on one occasion be
called at the college, and the students
were all for the first time to pay him
"Can I have the help of two of you,
my boys, for a minute?" asked Mr.
"Yes, dear Mr. TowelL" answered
half a dozen of them at the same time.
"Well, I want two lusty boys. If yon
please," he remarked, and two of the
strongest students were chosen. "Now,
my boys," said Mr. rowell, "let me lay
a hand on the shoulder of each of you,
ind you put your arms around me."
This was done.
"Lift me, boys," said Mr. rowell.
and the students lifted him until be
was head and shoulders above all pres
ent in the room. Thank yon, my boys,"
be remarked, "Ton may let me down
This was done. Then one of the boya
"What is the meaning of this, Mr.
The answer was:
"Well, some people look down on tt&
jhurch In Cardiff because ilr. rowell,
the minister, was not brought up la
college. I can go back to Cardiff now
and tell them that I was raised in Car
luurthcn College, and that I stood high
er than all the other students."
AH truth is nonsense to the man who
has let a lie make its home in bis heart
Nothing iu this world equals tde
pleasure smother finds in her good
Probably uo man approves of tho
way an old maa tries to amuse himself.
A lady A woman who always
remembers others and never forgets
Even very poor people have the fad
of c Electing something; usually it is a
When s man accepts charity, some
one is sure to say that ho is not deserv.
Noble desires, unless filled np with
action, are but a shell of gold, hollow
Our sympathy is cold to the relation
of distant misery.
Shame on those hearts of stone that
cannot melt in soft adoption of anoth
A man always likes to meet people
who have the same grievance he has.
Never listen to two sides of a story
for the second story will spoil the
It is within the easy emory of
people of middle age when a banana
whs a great rarity in the United States.
There are some things people want
to pnt off until they are dead.
No one should give sdvioe to a bride
not even ber husband.
IN THE GREAT CITY.
a. Country Boy". Introduction to Life
la Mew York.
Seated on the edge of the iron basin,
vlth a newspaper parcel unrolled In
front of him, was a boy, apparently
about 12 years of age, who, to the
newsboy spectators, looked painfully
neat and clean. Skip and bis friends
saw that the boy was a stranger In th
The newcomer had taken from their
jewspaper wrappings a small cake of
yellow soap and a piece of cotton cloth.
Laying these on the Iron edge of the
fountain basin, he calmly proceeded to
wash his face and hands, using a plen
tiful amount of soap; and then, to the
Intense astonishment of the spectators,
applied the. impromptu towel vigor
ne finished brushing his clothes, and
.-hen packed his "valise" by rolling the
different articles carefully in the news
paper. Then, Instead of going away,
as Skip and his friends seemed to think
he should hare done as soon as they
arrived, he stood with his hands on his
hips, as If waiting for them to take thelx
departure. For a minute no one spoke,
and the silence was really painful.
The newsboys were mentally taking
the measure of this stranger who ap
peared ready to defy them; and the
latter finally asked Impatiently: "Well,
what're you fellers countln on dolu'i
I reckon' I'm no great sight for you to
stand lookln' at"
"Do you live here?" Skip asked.
"I'm goln' to now. Had it tougf
enough gettln' here, an' don't feel lik
leavin' till I've found out what there li
In this city."
"Where did yon come from?"
"Up Saranao way."
"Rode down In a parlor-car, I a'pose."
"Then you s'pose wrong, 'cause )
"Yon don't look It" And once more
Skip scrutinized the stranger carefully.
"I don't reckon I do. I count on
keepin' myself kinder decent It doesn't
cost anything for a feller to wash his
face, comb his hair, or have bis clothes
clean, an' there's many a time when it'll
pull him through in great shape."
"Goln' to live on the interest of you
money, I s'p'ose?"
"Well, you s'pose right this time,"
was the quiet reply. "That's my cat
kerlatlon; but It'll be on what I earn,
not what I've got
"Not quite;" and the boy took from
Ms pocket a number of pennies, hold
ing them in one hand, while he guard
ed himself against a possible attack,
"There were twenty of 'em when 1
come 'cross the ferry, an' I b'lleve uonc
of 'em have got away since."
"What ore you goln to do here?" Sl-J
asked, beginning to fancy that possibly
this stranger was a boy whom It would
be worth his while to cultivate; and, Ic
order to show his friendliness, he scat
ed himself In a studied attitude of care
less ease on the edge of the basin, whil
the others immediately followed bli
"Whatever will bring In monej
enough for my keep an' a little over."
Thlnkln' of sellln' papers?" Reddj
"I reckon that'll be 'bout the first Job
'cause I've got to make money enougl
for my supper, or dig too big a holt
In my capital."
"What's your name?"
"Do you s'pose the fellers down hero,
what run the newspaper business, art
goln' to have you com In' in takln' th
bread an butter out er their mouths?
Sid asked angrily.
"No, I don't reckon they will; but yo
see I'm not after that exae'ly. You fel
lers'l never find me try In' to get youi
bread an butter; but I'll tell you whai
you can count on for a fact" and now
the stranger spoke In a very decided
tone: "I'm reckonln' on stick In' to tin
newspaper business, if there's any mon
ey In It jest as long as I want to.
didn't travel all the way down here tc
get scared the first day. You see, I fig
ger it 'bout like this: Sam Thompson,
he came to the city last summer, an'
some fellows I don't know whether II
was you or not made It hot for him.
It wasn't more'n a week before he wai
glad to walk back, although he cam
down in the cars. Now I thought I'd
begin right where Sam left off; I'd walk
the first way, an then, perhaps, stand
a better chance of rldln' the other. If 1
had to go; but it's got to be boys what
are bigger than I am to scare me out ei
the plan. I've come to stay." St Nich
There is a story connected with Ten
nyson's prize poem of "Tlmbuctoo,"
which one may surely tell, with
due reverence, of a master who after
ward did such wondrous work. Th
examiners of the prize manuscripts fot
the year were three, the vice-chancel
lor, who bad a great reputation but a
I rlolent temper, and who did not write
(well; a classical professor, who knew
Ioo poetry which was not In a dead
language; and a mathematical profes
sor. It was agreed that each should
signify what he thought of the poems
I by the letters "g" and "b," for "good"
The vice-chancellor had the manu
j icrlpts first When they came to the
mathematical professor, be found
"Tlmbuctoo" scored all over with "g's."
He did not understand why; be did not
even understand the poem itself, and
being afraid to ask the irascible vice
chancellor for his reasons, he also wrote
"g" on the production.
The classical professor thought It
rather strange that both his predeces
sors should admire so unintelligible k
work, but, as he confessed, be "did
not care one Iota about the matter." So
be put down his "g" with the rest and
as no other poem had three "g's," the
'prize was unanimously awarded to
the author of "Tlmbuctoo."
I After the affair was over, the three
xamlners happened one day to meef
ind the vice-chancellor. In his abso
nte fashion, fell to abusing the other
-wq for their taste In admiring the
poem. They replied, with some natur
'tl Indignation, that they should never
lave dreamt of considering It If he
lad not scored It all over with g's.
. "G's!" he exclaimed. "They were qs
rhich I put In for queries, for I
touldn't understand two conseentive
Ines ot (be vqein,! -
KEEP IN YOUR ROCKING-CHAIR 1
It WW Core Ton of Ijrapepaia and I
m Great National Bleaaiaa
"Critics of America," said a welV
known physician, "have poked fun at
ns for being a nation of rockers.
Americana have been pictured as sixty
millions of persons seated in sixty mill
ions of rocking-chairs some of them
cradles, of course. But now comes Dr.
Lalne. a French West India physician,
who says it Is good for us. He has
been talking of what be calls the good
effects that the lullaby-chair exercises
on subjects affected with atony of th
stomach. Atony is want of tone.
"Lame says that a course of rocking.
chair after every meal, the oscillations
being quiet and regular, 'stimulates
gastro-intestlnal perlstallsm,' and that
dyspeptics should take notice. The
chair ought to be light so that rocking
reirclres no effort, and sufficiently In
clined backward that the person may
lie rather than sit in It rhyslclans vr'll
agree that Dr. Lalne has done Ameri
cans a real service. It has always been
rather difficult to explain the uatloncfl
passion for the rocking-chair, but now
it Is only too easy. Americans are the
worst sufferers from indigestion and
dyspepsia In the world, but It now ap
pears that we have Instinctively rush
ed to what is now proved to be the best
system of relief.
"The man who lunches on pie and
then balances himself in a rocking
chair is unconsciously doing his best to
stimulate his 'gastro-intestlnal pcrlv
taltlsm he Is practically singing a lul
laby to his outraged and Injured stom
ach, which Is kept from crying aloud
only by this method of soothing It
Behold in Americans a nation of inval
id!! vainly endeavoring to rock them'
selves to sleep. Dr. Lalne's theory Is
too good not to be true."
Old Marital Ceremonies.
"Wedding" comes from an old word,
"wad," or "wed," a pledge or token,
still used In Scotland to denote a ball
or surety. An early English author,
one Robert Brunne, writes of laying
bis glove to "wed;" also Geoffrey
Chaucer says: "Let him ben-are his
nekke Ueth to wedde." Furthermore.
the poet Gower enlightens us on tht
use of the word "wedde" as follows;
"But first 'er thou be spedde.
Thou sbalt have such a wedde.
That I will have troth on honde.
That thou Shalt be tbyn husbande."
Anglo-Saxon custom ordained that,
when tho betrothal of young people
took place, the youth gave the maiden
certain "weds," one of which was a
ring. It was put on the right hand
then, being subsequently removed to
the left on marriage. This is appar
ently the origin of our modern engage
The giving of money is assigned to
the time of Clovls, who, when married
to Frlncess Clothllde, gave her a "sou"
and a "denier." Since then, these have
become legal marriage offerings even
to this day In France. Of course, the
value of the coins depends on the stat
us of the contracting parties. Former
ly, a like custom existed In England.
The bride or her attendant carried a
bag, often handsomely embroidered, to
receive the gift for the bride. This re
ceptacle was called a . "dow (from
dower") purse;" and this custom long
lingered In country parts. Evidently
from It originated the bridal gift of
parents or bridegroom called a dowry
Travels of the Elerator Man.
"Guess how far I travel up and down
every day," said one of the elevator
men In the Monadnock Building, as he
stopped .on the sixteenth floor.
The real estate man's clerk thought
a moment and answered, "Oh, about
two or three miles,"
"You're way off," said the elevator
man, and he began to figure up. "On
an average," he said, "I make two trips
every five minutes. That makes twenty-four
round trips or forty-eight sin
gle trips every hour of the day. The
building Is 200 feet high. Now, In ten
hours I make 480 single trips, each one
200 feet long. That makes in a day
90,000 feet When you come to divide
this by S.2S0, the number of feet In
mile, I think you will find that I travel
a little more than eighteen miles six
days out of every week. In a year thla
amounts to over G.GOO miles." Chlca
One More About Napoleon
It was a habit of the Emperor Na
poleon when In a Jocund mood to play
fully pinch the ears of his marshals
One evening, just before retiring, he
approached Josephine and, after tak
ing her playMly by both ears and
shoving ber head through a plate-glasc
mirror, said, thoughfully:
"Yes, sire," she responded, after pick
ing the glass out of her mouth.
"Do you know what's the fare tc
Sioux Falls, South Dakota?"
"No, aire," she replied.
"Well, I do, and here's a check for
the amount," he murmured; and turn
ing abruptly, he hurried from the
This delicate apprlsal of his ambi
tions was too much for "Josle," and she
ywooned In the arms of Talleyrand,
Tho appropriated the check. Judge.
Connera on Wheels.
The officers In the parks of Boston are
to, ... ,
use bicycles. i
I ever masouiar. and wtth Shat humble instru
ment made for agriwshVlSM pwooaoa and'
.u ... never eonatrootsd for eonftnt, eonld nofhara
Jay Times of London tells bow the .lZh andT"
Volcano of Stromboli came to be at the point of the oxgoad. Before that
known to English sailormen as "Old battle was over the plowman realized this.
Uooty." The legend is that One CaDt. ' nd ,he 800 rbillstinee realised it, and all
fcooty. a master mariner trading to j!!.
the Mediterranean in the seventeenth
century, became BO notorious foi.
drinking and swearing that he was
seized upon b7 the flend and carried
OH to the Intef.or Of Stromboli, from
wnicn ne nas cOLlinuea ever Since to
utter profane language by moans of
, ; . "
wuituca ui lire 01 smoasw
tHfflcult of Solntloa.
Tolling I have a labor prcblem for
Dlmllng Go ahead.
Totllne If four men can do a Diece
of work In seven days how long Will
take six men and a walking dels
sate. Life. '
KEY. DR. TBI
The Brooklyn Divine's Sunday
Subject! "Shamgar's Orgoad."
sxn "After him was Shamgar, which
slew of the Philistines 600 men with an o
goad." Judges 1U., 3L.
One day while Bhamgar, the farmer, ira
plowing with a yoke of oxen,- his command
of whoa haw gee was changed to the shout
of battle. PhUfetuute, alwavs ready to make
trouble, march np with sword and spear.
Bhamgar, the plowman, bad no swocd and
would not probably have known how to
wield it it ha had possessed one. But light
he mnst or go down under the stroke of the
Philistines. He had an oxgoad a weapon
need to nrge on the lazy team; a weapon
about eight feet long, with a sharp Iron at
one end to puncture th beast and a wide
iron chisel or shovel at the other end with
which to scrape the clumps of soli from tie
plowshare. Yet with the iron prong at one
end of the oxgoad and the Iron scraper at
the other it was not such a weapon as one
would desire to use to battle with armed
Philistines. But God helped the former, and
leaving the oxen to look after themselves he
charged upon the Invaders of his homestead.
Some of the commentaries, to make It easier
for Bhamgar, suggest that perhaps be led a
regiment of farmers into the combat, his,
oxgoad only one of many o goads. But, th
Lord does not need any of you. to help In
maUngthe Scriptures, and Shamgar, with
the Lord on bis side, was mightier than 00
Philistines with the Lord against fhem. The
1u&H1a A-tfrnd Ul.......- i . i-
, , uuuKgi, W1L11
strengthened by open air and plowman's and
b uu lumaucrs ion, uses the only
weapon at hand and he swings the oxgoad
np and down and this war and thaf nn
stabbing with the Iron prong at one end of it
and now thrusting with tho Iron scraper at
the other, and now bringing down the whole
witightof the instrument upon the heads of
the enemy. The Philistines are in a pania
and the supernatural forces come in aud a
oiowtnat would not under other circum
stances have prostrated or slain left its
victim lifeless, until, when Rhaingar
walked over the field he counted inn .w.i
200 dead, 300 dea l, 400 dnad, 00 dead, 600
dead all the work done br an oxiroad with
iron prong at one end and an iron nhnvol at
the other. The fame of this achievement by
this farmer with an awkward weapon of war
spread abroad and lionized him, until he
was hoisted into the highest place of power
and became the third of the mighty judges of
Israel. So you see that Cinolnnatus was not
the only man lifted from plow to throne.
J"or what reason was this unprecedented
and unparalleled victory of a farmer's ox
goad put Into this Bible, where there was no
spare room for tho unimnnriant an.l th
It wm, first of all. to teach von ami fr
teach me and to teach all past ages since
then, and to teacb all ages to come, that in
the war for God and against sin we ought to
put to the best us the weapon we happen to
nave on hand. Why did not 6hamgar wait
until he could get a war oharorer with niwk
arched and back comparisonod and nostrils '
sniffing the battle a'ar oft", or until he oould
get war equipment oreould drill a regiment,
and wheeling them into line command them
rorwara ro tne charge? To wait for that
would have been defeat and annihilation
So he takes the best weapon he could lay
hold of, and that is an oxgoad. We are
called Into the battle for the right and
against wrong, and many of us have not just
the kind ot weapon we would prefer. It may
not be a sword of argument. It may not be
the spear of sharp, thrusting wit. It may
not be the battering ram ef denunciation.
But there Is something we can do and some
forces we can wield. Do not wait for what
you have not, but use what you have.
Perhaps you have not eloquence, but you
have a smile. Well, a smile of encourage
ment has changed the behavior of tens ol
thoneands of wanderers and brought them
bacs to Ood and enthroned them In heaven.
You cannot make a persuasive appeal, but
yon can set an example, and a good example
has saved more souls than vou cnnl.l i-mmt
In a year If you counted all the time. You
cannot give S10.000, but you can give as much
as the widow of the gospel, whose two mites,
in" muaursi coiun ui me xieDrews, were
bestowed fn such a spirit as to make her more
famous than all the contribution thnt
ever endowed all the hospitals and uni
versities or an unristenaom, or all time.
Ton have very limited vocabulary, but you
ean say "yes" or "no," and a Arm "yes" or
an emphatic "no" has traversed the cen
turies, and will traverse all eternity, with
good influence. You may not have the
eourage to confront a large assemblage, but
you con tell a 6unday-school class of two
a boy and a girl hovr to find Christ, and
one of them may become a William Carey, to
start influences that will redeem India, and
the other a Florence Nightingale, who will
Illumine battlefields covered with the dying
and the d. ad.
That was a tough ease In a town of Eng
land where a young lady, applying for a
oauuaiu-scnooi ciass, was tola oy tne super
intendent she would have to pick nn one out
ot the street. The worst of the class brought
from the street was one Bob. He was fitted
oat with respectable clothing by the superin
tendent. But after two or three Sabbaths he
disappeared. He was found with his clothes
In tatters, for he had been fighting. The seo
ond time Bob was well clad for school. Aftet
coming once or twice he again disappeared.
ana was iouna in rags, consequent upon
fighting. The teacher was disposed to give
him np, but the superintendent said. "Leans
try him again," and the third suit of clothes
was provided him. Thereafter he same until
he was converted, and Joined the church, and
started for the gospel ministry, and became
a foreign missionary, preaching and trans
lating the Scriptures. Who was the boy
called Bob? The illustrious Dr. Robert Mor
rison, great on earth and greater tn heaven.
Who Is teacher was I know not, but she used
the opportunity opened and great has been
her reward. Yon may not be able to load an
Armstcong gun; you may not be able to hurl
a Hotchkiss shell; yon may not be able to
shoulder a glittering musket, but use any
thing yon ean lay vour hands on. Try a
blacksmith's hammer or a merchant's yard
stick or a mason's trowel or a carpenter's
plane or a housewife's broom or s farmer's
oxgoaa. une oi me surprises oi neaven
will be what grand results came from how
simple means. Matthias Joyce, the vile man,
became a great apostle of righteousness, not
from hearing John Wesley preach, bat from
seeing him kiss a little child on the pulpit
Again, my subject springs upon us tht
thought that In calculating the prospects oi
rellgiousttempt we must take omnipotence
and omniscience and omnipresence and all
the other attributes of God into the calcula
tion. Whom do you see on that plowed field
of my text? One hearer says, "I see Sham
gar.' Another hearer says. "I see COO Phil
istines." My hearer, yon have missed the
chief personage on that battlefield of plowed
groond. i also see Hhamgar ana euu I'mue-
tines- but, more than all and mightier than
all and more overwhelming than all, I see
n ci vi. i
story, for It can never be tmj told on earth
perhaps some day may beset apart for the
hearel, w hiteall heaven Mstens-shastory
offaow God blessed awkward and humble In-
tUmentalitlea. Many an evangelist has
eome Into a town given np to wdrldliness.
ne pastors say to tne evangelist: -wears
B'1d Yohve eome, but it is a hard field,
and we feel sort for yon. The mem-
brs of our churches play progreesfvs !
euahre and ffo to tha thaatra and hei
at tha horse races, and ajpyety an
fasWon have taken possession of tht
.own. no nave aavenisea your meetings
lint .rn nn t knnil 1,1 4
fiTus evangelist takes hie place on platform
or pulpit. He never graduated at eolleee.
ana ther re before him twenty gradtei
Ska V.wnS 1 i i Is I i 13 L-
u.i.., .j th. h.fnun
twenty trained ontoo. .Jajuor of the.Udiej
present are "graduatt of the highest female
seminaries, and one slip In grammar or one
mispronunciation win result In suppressed
giggle. Amid the general chill that pre.
vades the house the unpretending evangelM
opens bis Bible and takes for his text, "Lord,
that my eyes may be opened." Opera glasses
la the gallery curiously scrutintoe the
ipeakr. He tells in a plain way the story ot
the blind man, tlls two or three touching
anecdotes, and the general chin gives wa
oeiore a strange warm t a.
A elasslcal heaser woo took the first honoi
at lale and who Is a prince of pioprlettea
finds his spectacles becoming dim with a
moistuse suggestive of tews. A worldly
motner, wno nan nenn Dnnging up her sons
and daughters In utter godlessness, puts her
Itandeerchiel to her eyes and begins to weep
Highly educated men who came to erttlctae'
and pick to pieces and find fault bsw on their
goia-neanea canes. flat is that souml
from under the gallery? It is a sob, and
sobs are cjU hliur, and all along the wall and
au up ana aawn tne anatenee there ta dean
emotion, so that when at the close of the
service anxious souls are Invited to especial
seats or the inquiry room, they some an av
cores and . kneel and Meant and da no
pardoned; the whole town Is shaken and
places of evil amusement are sparsely at
tended and rum holes lose theirpatrons, and
the churches are thronged, and the whole
community is cleansed and elevated and re
joiced. Yi bat power otd the evangelist bring
to bear to capture that town for righteous
ness? Not one brilliant epigram did he uti
ter. not one graceful gesture did he make.
Not one rhetorical climax did he nil nn.
But there was something abouthun that peo
ple had not taken in the estimate when they
prophesied the failure of that work. They
had not taken into the calculation the om
nipotence of the Holv Ghost. It was not the
flash of a Damascus blade. It was God, be
fore ana nenina ana an around the oxgoad.
When people say that edme will tri
umph and the world win never Ta eon
verted because ot the seeming insuffl
olenoy of the means employed, they count
the 600 armed Philistines on one side and
Bhamgar, the farmer, awkwanlly equipped,
on the other side, not realizing that the
chariots of God are 30.000 and that all heaven.
Cherubic, seraphic, archangelic, delfio. Is on
what otherwise would be the weak side.
Napoleon, the author of the saying, "God Is
on the side of the heaviest artillery, lived
to find out his mistake, for at Waterloo the
160 guns of the English overcame the 250
runs of the Trench. God is on the side of
tha right, and one man in the right will
sventually he found stronger than 600 men
in the wrong. In all estimates of any kind
at Christian work do not make the mistake
Bvery day nvide of leaving out the head of
Again, my subject springs upon us tha
thought that tn God's service It is best to use
weapons that are particularly suited to us.
Bhamgar had, like many of us, been brought
ap on a farm. He knew nothing about jave
lins and bucklers and helmets and breast
plates and greaves of brass and catapults
ind ballistic and Iron scythes fastened to the
ixlos of chariots. But he was familiar with
the Hail of the thrashing floor and knew how
:o pound with that, ami the ax of the woods
nd knew how to hew with that, and the
axgoad of tho plowman and knew how to
thrust with that. And you and I will do
5est to use those means that we can bust
bandle, those weapons with which we can
nake the most execution. Some in God's
leryiee will do best with the pen; some with
the voice; some by extemporaneous speech,
tor they have the whole vocabulary of tho
English language half way between their
Oratn and tongue, and others will do best
ivlth manuscript spread out before them,
ionie will serve God by the plow, raising
wheat and corn and giving liberally of what
they sell to churches and missions; some as
merchants, and out of their profits will dedi
cate a tenth to the Lord; some as physicians,
prescribing for tha world's ailments; and
lome as attorneys, defending innocence and
DbtalningrighU that otheivlse would not be
recognized and some as sailors, helping
bridge the seas; and some as teachers
and pastors. The kingdom of God
is dreadfully retards ! by so many of us
attempting to ao trait which we cauuut:do,
reaching np for broadsword or falchion or
Sayonet or scimeter or Enfield rifle or Patx
ban's gun, while we ought to be content
with aa oxgoad. I thank God that thoreare
tens of thousands of Christians whom you
aever heard of and never will hear of until
you see them In the high places of heaven,
who are now in a quiet way in hor and
ichoolhouses and in praying circle i by
rick beds and up dark al.eys saving t.ie sav
ing word and doing the saving deed, toe ag
gregation of their work overpowering the
most ambitious statistics.
In 'the grand review of heaven, when the
regiments pass the Lord of Hosts, there will
be whole regiments of nurses aad Sabbath
ichool teachers and tract distributoai and
unpretending workers, before whom as thnf
Eass the kings anil queens of God and the
amb will lift flashing coronet and bow
down In recognition and reverence. The
most of tho Christian work for the world's
reclamation and salvation will be done by
people of one talent and two talents, while
the ten talont people are up In the astronom
ical observatories studying other worlds,
though they do little or nothing for the re
demntion of this world, np ar nn in th.
rarefied realms of "hhther oritlclsm" trying
nnu out mat aioses ma not write the
Pentateuch or to prove that the throat of
the whale was not large enough to swallow
the minister who declined the call to Nine-
ran and apologizing for the Almighty for
sertaln lnexDllcable things thev have Imiml
In the Scriptures. It will be found out at
the last that the Erupp guns have not done
so much to capture tlrisworld for God as the
Years ago I was to summer In the Adiron
dacks, and my wealthy friend, who was a
great hunter and fisherman, said, "'I am not
going to the Adirondacks this season, and
you can take my equipment and I will send
it up to Paul Smith's.'' Well, it was there
when I arrived in the Adirondacks, a splen-
aia outuc, mat cost many nunareus oi dol
lars, a gorgeous tent, and such elabosate
Bshing apparatus; such guns of all styles oi
exquisite make and reels and Douches and
bait and torches and lunch baskets and
many more things that I could net
eves guess the sue of. And my
friend of the big soul had even writ
ten cn and engaged man who should ao
company me into the forest and carry home"
the deer and the trout. It the mountains
could have seen and understood It at tha
time there would have been panio among
the antlers and the flns through all tha
John Brown's Tract." Well, I am no
hunter, and not a roebuck or s game fish
ma i injure. sut mere were hunters there
that season who had nothing but a plain
gun and a rug to sleep on and a coll of fish
ing line and a box of ammunition and bait,
who came In ever and anon with as many oi
the captives ot forest and stream as they
and two or three, attendants could
carry. Now, I fear that many Chris
tian workers who have most elabo
rate educational and theological and profes
sional equipment, and most wonderful wea
ponry, sufficient, you would think, to cap
ture a whole community or a whole Nation
for God, will in the last day have but little
except their fine tackling to show, whil
some who had no advantage except thai
which they got In prayer and oonseoratloi
will, by the souls they have brought to th
shore of eternal safety, prove that they bavf
been gloriously successful as fishers of men,
and In taking many who, like the hart, wer
panting after the water brooks.
jtWhat made the Amalekites run before
Gideon's army? Each one of the army kne
how much racket the breaking of one pltohei
would make. Bo 300 men that night took
800 pitchers and a lamp Inside the pitcher,
and at a given signal the lamns were lifted
and tne pitchers wore violently dashed
down. The flash of light and the racket o!
the 800 demolishod pitchers sent the enemj
into wild flight. Not mueh of a weapon,
you would say. Is a broken pitcher, but
the Lord maile that awful erash ol
crockery the means of triumph lor Hit
people. And there Is yet to bo a battlt
with the pitch rs. The night of th
world's dissipation may get darker and
darker, but after awhile, in what watch ol
the niht I know not. all the ale pitchers,
adH the wine pitchers, and the beer pitchers,
and the whisky pitchers of the earth will D
hurled into demolition by converted inebri
ates and Christian reformers, and at that
awful crash of infernal crockery the Amale
kttish host of pauperism and loaferdoxn and
domestic quarrel and eruelty and assas
sination will fly the earth. Take the
first weapon yon ean lay your hands on.
Why did David Choose the sling when
hewant ntbljafb .and.. Gojkata vent
at hHhT BMtaglft sp" ta the efltrnfry, Tike
mSr other boy, he knew how to man
age, a sling. 8ajil's armor was first put on
hkn, but the giant's armor was too heavy.
The helmet was dapped on htm aa an ex
tinguisher, and David said, "I cannot go
wflh these, for I have not proved them."
And theAcst wise thing David did afterput
Bug on Saul's armor was to put t off. Then
the brook Elan the bed ot which was dry
whep I saw it and one vast reach of pebbles,
furnish od the five smooth stones of the baook
wtth whleh Gol'ath was prostrated. Whether
k be a boyta sling or a broken pitcher or an
axgoad, take that which yon can manage,
and ask God for help, and no power on earth
or in MU can stand before you.
Go out, then, 1 charge you, against the
Philistines. We mast admit the odds are
agnlnst us 600 to one. In the matter of
A .1 r . i a . i in.
umima. imm mniuicu IU WIJIKl.II I w- kiiu
sin and dissipation, when compared wifli tbn
dollars dovoted to holiness and virtue (00
to one. The houses set apart for vice and
dnspoliatioa and rain, as compared with
nose dedicated to good 000 to one. Ot
Firinted newspaper sheets scattered abroal
rom day to day, those depraving as com
pared wtth those elevating are 600 to one.
The agencies for making the world
worse compared with the a sondes for
making tha world better, 600 to one. lint
Moseeia his song, chants. "How should one
ehase a thousand, aad two put 10,000 to
flight?" and in my text one oxgoad con
quers 600 uplifted battle-axes, and the dav of
nnK-nrsal victory is coming, unless the Bible
be a BVutentkni and eterottv a myth and the
shariots of God are nawheeled on the golden
rtreets, and the last regiment of the eulestial
hqpts lies dead oa the plains of heaven.
With as or without ns the work will
be dona. Oh, get Into the ranks
lomewbere, armed somehow; you with
a neeoie, yon with a pen, you with
a good book, you with a loaf of
bread for tho hungrr. von with a vial of
medicine tor the sink, you with a pair of
hos (or the barefooted, yon with word of
encouragement for the yoang man tying to
got back from evil ways, yomnsth some story
of the Christ who came to heal the worst
wounds and pardon the blackest guilt, and
salt the farthest wanderer home I say to
tou as the watchman of London used to say
it night to the householders before the time
jf street lamps came: "Hung out your lightl"
News in Brief.
The entire Empire of Persia h
bnt one vessel.
Stephen H. i'oss. of FarmingtoD.
Yt, has a violin made by Stainor, the
Tyrolese manufacturer, about 1G30.
esltia nfllil flint, rlom mill not. form
on some colors. While a yellow board
will be covered with dew, a red or
black one beside it will be perfectly
&V-1 7Atl n lino v.aiTiiaa.1 wt 1. n n
utiiivuu una jfi vuuecu Uiuio luui)
S80.000.000 of precious nietu's. The
- u VS J A l v 1 SSCS.VO CAL.LUI' V ' I
0(10,000 a year, and copper 4,000,-
W. H. t.rav. ol the Andover
(Mass.) Press, canstick type in German,
Greek, Kyriac, Turkish Arabic, Samar
itan, Ethiopic, Hebrew, Coptic and
The nse of telephone bells is about
to be discontinued. They will be su
perseded by flash lights from an elec
The Japanese beo-in bnildinor thoir
houses at the top. The roof is first
built and elevated on a skeleton frame.
Then it affords shelter to the workmen
Treme naous prices are l-ciuu ii.i
in London lor prime poultry. A gnoie
or a pair of ducklings cost a guinea
The nursery tricycle has appeared
in London, it contains two seats, one
for the mistress and one for the maid
and her charge, and has two pairs of
A enp of tea and a cracker taken
before a hearty meal, if you are tired,
will fortify the stomach for the heavy
courses in prospect
Henry Graham, of Thnrston, Ky.,
owns a gourd fifty-tivo yeurs old. It is
nve feet one inch iu circumference
and holds one bushel and nine quarts
The brain is not afleeteil lv tho
movements of the body, even though
these are sometimes very violent, bo
cause it rests on a bas.is of solt cush
ions between the bones of the spine.
The accidental dropping of n fate
into the Elatted floor of a i-treet car
constitutes tho legal payment of the
The sea otter produces the n"ost
valuable of all furs. A single skin bus
brought as high as $100.
A fcionti.st has recently declared
that the average speed of the transmis
sion of the shock of an earth nnake
is 10,000 feet per second
Edible snails to the amount of 230-
003 pounds are annually Mnpprd to
this country from i ranee. At the
place of exportation they are worth
about per 1UU.
Sir B, IV. iUchnrdson dic'nW
to a phonograph the whole of h.s
twelvepago article in tho Asclcpiad. It
was set np without a line of 'copy."
Animosity is a mother of invention.
The Kremlin of Moscow contains tli
crowns of Poland and all tho ot'ie
kingdoms and principalities which
Kussia has overthrown.
The late king of the New England
gjpsics lelt an estate valued at S10(-,-000.
Peru was named from the River
An electric plow has been invented
in Germany and is said to work mio
cessfully. France's new cruiser, Le Frinnt,
has been declared to be almost an ideal
Abram At wood, a poulterer, of
Lewiston, Me., (old a turkey to a
patron, and the latter found in the
fowl's crop a gold bosom pin worth
twice the price of tho turkey.
Argon is still the bona of conten
tion in British scientific circles.
Barley is mentioned on pome of the
earliest Egyptian monuments
Perhaps the largest camellia in
existence is nt the Pilnitz castle nonr
Dresden, Germany. The tiee is
twenty four feet hih and annually
produces about 50,000 blossoms.
The hydrophone is a simple elec
tric device which announces to a port
or fleet the approach of a torpedo boat,
even if the latter is totally submerged
and, therefore, iavisible.
London prints three new novels a
A cat that fell from a Baltimore
telegraph pole broke its jawbone. Its
owner, Henry Ziegler, who thinks the
world of it, is having a set ot false
teeth made, which will patch pussy up
Conscience is a spirtnal organ con
trived to check the trespass of