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THB OON UT1T U TION-THE UNION
THE ENFOBOEMENT OF THE LAWS.
MIFFUNTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY, PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 16. 1896.
An after meal custom of tbe two ladle,
ras that Mrs. Grace should ait in her
tasy chair at one side of tbe window in
maimer, and Edith at the other, while
she girl read the paper aloud.
Tbe old woman', eye. were open. She
iraa broad awake, but not listening to a
word that Edith read. The girl', voice
lad a pleasing, soothing effect, and .be
wa. sadly fancying how they two could
manage to live on tbe narrow mean now
adjudged to her by fate.
Suddenly there was a sharper, brisker
sound than nsual in the street. The old
woman awoke to observation. Tbe sound
pproached rapidly, and suddenly stopped
dose at hand with tbe harsh, tearing
Boise of a wheel-tire grating along the
curbstone. Mrs. Grace leaned forward
and looked out of the window. A cab
Dad drawn up at the door, and a man
was alighting. ,
There's the gentleman who wu hers
yesterday with Mr. Leigh," said Mra.
Brace, drawing back from the window.
"If you please, Mrs. Grace, Mr. Han
bury has called and wishes to see you,"
mid the landlady's daughter from the
loor of the room.
"Mr. Hanbury wants to see me!" said
tbe old lady in astonishment. "Will yon
kindly ask him to walk up? Don't stir.
Burling," she said as Edith rose to go.
"No doubt be brings some message from
With a listless sigh the young girl sank
back upon ber chair in the window place.
"I feel," said the young man, as the
loor was closed behind him, "that this is
most nnseasonable hour for a Tisit of
one yon saw for tbe first time yesterday,
Mra. Grace; bat last night I made a most
astounding discovery about you."
"Pray sit down." said the old lady ara-
ciously. "I am glad to see you. A Tisit
from the distinguished Mr. Hanbury
would be an honor to any house in Lon -
The young man bowed and sat down.
In manner be was restless and excited.
He glanced from one of the women to the
other quickly and with flashing eyes.
Edith leaned back on ber chair and
looked at the visitor. The girl could in
bo way imagine what discovery of this
impetuous, stalwart, gifted young man
could interest them.
"You see, Mrs. Grace," he said, looking
rapidly again from one to the other, "I
have just come back from the country,
where I had to go on an affair of my
. own. An hour or two ago I got back to
the city, and, after seeing my mother and
(peaking to her a while, I came on here
"Go on," said tbe old woman eagerly.
She was now trembling, and caught the
arms of her easy chair to steady her I
. bands. I
"In Wi.mn.ln T v.. !:
Castleton, and there I met a Mr. Coutch. t
who aaid be had been in mmmnnio.tn I
. with you respect rug your family the
Graces of Gracedieu, in the neighbor
hood of Castleton."
"Yes, yes," said the old woman, impa
tiently. "That is quite right I had a
letter from Mr. Coutch this morning, say
ing the Graces had left the place long
ago, and owned no property in the place.
Have you any other any better news?"
"Sot respecting the Grace, of Grace-
dieu, as far as yonr questions go."
"Oh," said tbe old woman, and with a
sigh she sank back in tbe chair, ber in
terest gone. "My granddaughter has
just lost all ber little fortune, I was anx
- ioua to know if there were any trace of
Tbe eyes of the man moved to th girl
and rested on her.
"I am sorry to hear Mis. Grace has lost
her fortune," be said, softly. "Very sor
"It was not very much," said the old
with vnn rm. .
woman, becoming garrulous and takins
- !t for granted Hanbury was an intimate
friend of Leigh a and knew all tbe dwarf's
affairs, "and the loss of it was what made
- my granddaughter accept tbe companion
hip to old Mrs. Leigh down at Eltbam
House, near Millway. Miss Grace could
. not endure Mr. Leigh, and left, without
ber luggage, a few hours after arriving
"Mr. Coutch, the attorney of Castleton,
told me that a few weeks ago you caused
. inquiries to be made in his neighborhood
respecting the Grace family. Now, it so
happened that this morning, before the
city was awake, I started for Castleton to
make inquiries about the Grace family."
"What, you, Mr. Hanbury! Are you
interested in the Grace family?" inquired
the old woman, vivaciously.
"Intensely," he answered. "When I
had the pleasure of seeing you yesterday
I did not take more interest in Castleton
' than any other out-of-the-way town of
which I knew nothing, and my only inter
est in your family waa confined to the two
ladies in this room. Last night a docu
ment was given me by my mother, and
upon reading it, I conceived the most in
tense interest in Castleton and Gracedieu
and the family which gave that place a
He was very elaborate, and seemed re
solved upon telling his story in a way he
had arranged, for his eyes were not so
' much concerned with Mrs. Grace and
Edith as with an Internal acroll from
which he wat reading slowly and care
fully. "I went this morning to Gracedieu to
make inquiries a to a branch of tha
"And you, like me, have found out that
there is no trace of the other branch,"
aid the widow sadly. "Yon found out
from Mr. Coutch that there were my
granddaughter and myself and no clew to
"Pardon me, I found out all I wanted.
Mrs. Grace fell back and stared at Han
bury. It was not a moment tor coherent
thought or reasonable words. Even John
Hanbury was as much overcome as
though the discovery came upon him
then for the first time.
After many meaningless exclamations
and wide questions by Mrs. Grace, and
few replies from Hanbury, the Utter said,
"I think the best think I can do is to tell
you all I knw, a briefly a possible.
"it Mas a French nobieuian who ieu
in love with Kate Grace, tbe beauty of
the place in those time.. He made love
to her, and ahe ran away with him. and
was married to bim in the town of Derby.
as the register, my father saym, shows to
this day. Subsequently she went to Lon
don and lived with him as his wife. He
sent a substantial sum of money to his
father-in-law, and an assurance that Kate
had been legally married, but that, for
family reasons, he could not acknowledge
his wife Jnst then, but would later. Sub
sequently he went to Russia. He had
not been long in St. Petersburg when his
wife, Kate Grace, died; they aaid of a
broken heart. It seems that my father
was the nobleman's intimate friend. From
documents he left and Just read by me I
Gnd that quite an estate in France is now
awaiting the claims of tbe nearest heirs
of dead Kate Grace's husband, and that
means you. Miss Grace, if I am not mis
taken. Have 1 your permission to con
tinue the quest and secure you your
rights, if they really amount to any
The old woman held out her band with
the young girl's in it, and Hanbury stood
op and bent and kissed the two hands.
"We shall be good friends," Hanbury
said, smiling upon Edith.
"Yes," she said, simply.
xou must know that tbe man I cam.
with yesterday told me if I accompanied
him he would show me something more
wonderful than miracle gold.'
"Yes," she said, for he paused, and her
knswer by some word or note was neces
sary to show she was hearkening.
"And I came and saw you."
The elderly man, shabbily dressed and
ft earing blue spectacles, who followed
I Ximmons when he went to keep his ap-
j pointment with Oscar Leigh was Tom
1 Stamer. He suspected that Leigh was
not honest and that he might, as he had
warned Timmons, even murder the latter.
He had followed for the latter's protec
tion, and had sat in the public house
shadowing the place opposite, and waiting
(or Timmons to come out after his inter
view with the hunchback.
The next night earlier he returned 'to
the same place. He saw with satisfaction
that Oscar Leigh was sitting at the top
vindow opposite, working away with a
tie on something held in a little vise
fixed on his clockmaker's bench.
Oscar Leigh, at his bench In the top
100m ot Forbes' bakery, overlooking the
.tree), waa filing vigorously a bar of brass
held in a little vise attached to the bench.
He was unconscious that any one was
watching him. He was unconscious that
the file was in hia hand, and that the part
of the bar on which he was working grad
ually grew flatter and flatter beneath the 1
fretting rancor of the file. He was at
KO1 from. mnd thinking '"" babit.
Oscar Leigh waa thinking of gold-
Stamer had resumed hi blue specta
rles. Ha was furtively watching out of
the corner of hi eye behind tbe blue
glasses th man at th window above,
lie, too, was thinking of a metal, but not
of th. regal, th imperial yellow monarch
of th Plutonian realms, but of a livid,
dull, deadly, poisonous metal lead, mur
Th gold-covered dust fell from the
dwarf s file like a thin, down-driven spurt
of auriferous vapor.
"Miracie Gold." he thought, "Miracle
Gold. All gold is Miracle Gold when one
tests It by that only great regeant, the
world. The world, the world. In my
Miracle Gold there would be found an
alloy of copper and silver. Yes, a sad
snd poisonous alloy. Copper is blood
red, and silver is virgin white, and gold
is yellow, a color between the two, and
infinitely more precious than they, the
most precious of all metala la gold.
"Miracle Gold! Miracle Gold does not
need making at my hands. It is made
by the hands of others for all who will
stretch forth their handa and take it It
is ready made in the palm of every hand
that touches yours in freindship. It is
ihe light of every kindly eye. It is on the
lips of lor. for lovers. One touch of
fiodV alchemy could make it even in tbe
breast of a hunchback if it might seem
sweet to on. of God's angela to find it
Stamer took in all that eyes could see
In the gable of Forbes' bakery. Then he
passed slowly on. It might almost be
fancied from hia tedious ateps that he
(tad hurt his back or hia legs in his fall,
but he did not limp or wriggle or drag
Near tbe public house were two poor
two-story houses, let in tenements. These
iiouses Stamer observed. They were, he
tow, double-roofed, with a gutter in the
middle, and from the gutter descended a
water pipe into the ground.
When there was nothing more to be
noted ia the outside of the gables, Stamer
pulled hi. hat over his eyes and struck
jut briskly across the street. As he fin
shed his inspection he thought:
"So he'll wind up his clock to-night be
iweeu 12 an I half-past, will he? It will
lake him the longest half-hour he ever
toent in all hia life. There's plenty of
t.me to get the tools ready, end for a Ut
ile practice, too."
Meanwhile, Oscar Leigh was busy with
1 bottle of sweet oil, and a roll of muslin.
He oiled the muslin, and having stretched
and nailed it in position, raised the lower
gash of tbe window about two feet from
the sill. The muslin was double, and the
two sheets were kept half an inch apart
by two rods, so that any dust getting
through the outer fold might be caught
ny the inner one. Having settled this
screen to his satisfaction he left the room
and descended once more.
"My clock," he thought, "will be enough
for fame. I will not meddle with this
Miracle Gold. I am committed to noth
ing, pnd anything Timmons may say will
be only slander, even if he did dare to
He reached the street, and wandered on
"Hey!" cried a man' voice in alarm.
He looked up.
The chest of a horse was within a
hand's braadth f his should sr. Th
horse a beau was uuug aloft. am out
snorting and quivering, and bearing back
upon his bauncbea.
Leigh sprang aside and looked around.
He had almost been ridden over by a
rfroop of equestrians.
Tbe gentleman whose bone bad nearly
touched him, took off hi. hat and apol
"Too stopped auddenly right under the
horse s head, said the gentleman. "I am
Leigh raised his stick to strike th. head
of the horse.
Tha rider pulled bia horse sharply away
snd mattered something -under bis
"Oh," cried a voice in terror. "it's Mr.
The dwarfs stick fell from his band.
"Mercy!" be cried in a whisper, aa he
took off bis hat .lowly. "Mis. Ashton!"
Then, bareheaded and without his .tick,
be went up to th aide of ber horse, and
said in a hoarse whisper. "I will have
nothing to do with that 'Miracle Gold!
A groom who had dismounted handed
l.im his stick, and patting on bis bat, he
hastened away through tbe crowd which
had begun to gather, leaving Dora in a
sst of mingled alarm and pity.
"Is a. mad?" aaked Miss Ashton's es
cort, aa the dwarf disappeared and tht
equestrians moved on.
"I'm sure I don't know. I think not.
For a moment he terrified me, and now he
breaks my heart"
"Break your heart T
"Oh, be onght not to b bnmaa! There
surely can be 00 wo like bis:
Dora Ashton waa greatly shocked and
distressed by the peril of Oscar Leigh and
his subsequent behavior.
Her escort had been one of the guests
at Mrs. Ashton'a At Home. He left her
at her home and she went up to ber room.
I he threw herself hi a large easy chair
by the open window. Her room wa. at
the back of th house, and looked out on
a space of roofs and walls and tiny
gardens. There was nothing in view to
distract the eye. There was much with
in to exercise the spirit.
"It would be madness," waa the result
of deep and long thought, "to go any fur
ther. I like Jack well enough and admire
him greatly, but I thought I waa wiser
than other girls in not allowing my fancy
to direct my fate. I thought h. and I
together might achieve great things. I
am new afraid it is aa great, even a great
er, mistake to marry for Intellect than to
marry for money or position. I have mad.
up my mind now. Nothing ahall change
me. My decision is as much for his good
as my own. Last night waa not the cli
max of what would be. It wa. only the
first of a long line of difficulties or quar
rela that would increase as time went on.
We have been enduring on. another out
of admiration for on another, not loving
on. another for our own and love's own
sake. It will cost me many a pang, but it
must be done. I shall make no sign.
snail make no announcement. No one
has been formally told that we are en
gaged, and no one haa any business to
know. If people have guessed it, let them
now guess the engagement ha. been brok
tu off. 1 am not bound to enlighten
Then she rose and found material, for
a letter, and wrote:
Dear Mr. Hanbury 1 I have been
thinking a great deal of the talk we had
Ust night after dinner, and I have come
to th conclusion that it waa all for th.
best. We should never be able to agree.
I think th least said now the better.
Our engagement has not been announced
to any one. Nothing need be aaid about
its being broken off. I hop this arrange
ment will be carried ont with as little pain
to either as possible. I ask yon for only
one favor. Pray do not make any attempt
whatever to treat this decision as any
thing but final and irrevocable. Yours
fTo be continued.)
George 111, and Despotism.
George IIL bad at last reached bis
aim. In the early days of the
ministry (which began In that year) his
influence was felt to be predominant. In
Its later and more disastrous days it
waa supreme; for Lord North, who be
came the bead of the ministry on Graf-
ton' retirement In 1770; waa tbe mere
mouthpiece of tbe King. "Not only did
he direct the minister," a careful ob
server tells us, "in all Important mat
ters of foreign and domestic policy, but
he Instructed him as to the manage
ment of debates in Parliament, sug
gested what motions should be made or
opposed, and bow measures should be
"He reserved for himself all tbe pat
ronage, be arranged the whole cast of
the administration, settled tbe relative
place and pretensions of ministers of
state, law officers and members of tbe
household, nominated and promoted tbe
English and Scotch judges, appointed
and translated bishops and deans, and
dispensed other preferments in the
chprcb. He disposed of military gov
ernments, regiments and commissions,
and himself ordered the marching of
troops. He gave and refused titles,
honors and pensions. All this immense
patronage was steadily used for the
creation of a party In both bouses of
Parliament attached to the king him
self. George was. In fact, sole
minister during the fifteen years which
followed, and the shame of the darkest
hour of English history lies wholly a
his door." ,
When water freezes it expands
with a force of 30,000 pounds a tquare
inch. No substance has been found
which wilt withstand such a pres
sure The traction engine is growing in
popularity among Eoglish farmers.
not alone for threshing, but for haul
ing loads and plowing. Thn modern
machines are handsome and almost
nuisless and draw thirty to fifty tons
on fairly good roads.
Mr. Seddon, Premier of New Zea
land, bas introduced a bill to pension
every one above sixty-five, after twenty
years residence in New Z -aland tbe
maximum amount to be $J.50 weekly
and the minimum $1.25.
AH the stre; t railways of Monterey
have been bought up by a local capi
talist, who will equip I hem with elec
tricity aad give the city what it is said
will be tbe first electric - roads in
Tbe earth is gralnally growing
Florida's barrooms number 216,
more than halt of them being in three
counties. The states revenue from
them is $108,000.
Tbe preaching that is aimed at the
head, generally misses the heart. - 1
A little water in butter, when
or frying, will prevent it from
Grease spots in cloth may be
out by applying a solution of salt
A glass of pure cream or gli
fresh milk, with a salt cracker of
cinst of fresh bread, is a good lunch
tween meals for a hungry convi
Liniments and ointments should
ways be applied to the patient with
band; if applied with cotton or a cl
the gocd effect obtained from the
tion would be lost.
Tea should never be boiled. It sh
be made in a china or porcelain tea
tor me chemicals in it will act u:
tin, not only causing the beverage
lose its flavor, but making it injurious
to the system.
Coughs' snd sore throats may be
much alleviated by glycerine and lemon
juice diluted with "water, taken at
night. Hot flaxseed tea with lemon
juice, sweetened with rock candy, is
excellent also. - i
Pans and kettles will last much
longer if they are placed before the tire
a few minutes to get thoroughly dry
inside. If put away in a damp condi
tion they soon become rusty and in a
short time are quite unfit for use.
A remedy for roaches can be ob
tained by mixing gum camphor and
powdered borax to equal parts and
scattering it around freely.but in small
quantities, which must be swept up,
unless, replaced, untill all have disap
One of the best household remedies
for bruises, where the tkin has not
been broken, is arnica and sweet oil.
Oyster shells laid on the hot coals in
a stove or range will loosen clinkers on
the fire brick so that they may be taken
off easily, and a stove that is rubbed off
with newspapers after each meal will
not need polishing so often.
' RECIPES. -
Baroness Pudding. Cream two
ounces of bulter with six of sugar; add
half a pound of stale bread crumbs and
six ounces of suet shredded and
chopped fine with eight ounces of
seeded raisins; mix with a pint of milk
and. boil four hours in a mould or
Mexican Omelet. Heat a dozen
shrimps and the third of a minced,
peeled green pepper, from which the
seeds have been Uken, in a little good,
white sauce of any kind; simmer for
three minutes to cook the pepper and
fold half in an omelet of six eggs,
pouring the rest around..
Entire-Wheat Pudding Twocupfuts
of entire-wheat flour, one-halt teas-j
poonful each of salt and soda, one?
round- teaspoonful of baking powder,
one cupfu: of milk, one-half cupful of
moiasses, one-nan pound of raisins
(stoned and rut into pieces), one-half
cupiul of outs. Flour the fruit. Boil
Lrmon Sauce. Two cupfuls of sugar.
two tablespoonfuls of cornstarch, one
tahli spoonful of butter, two cupfuls of
boiling water. Stir for eigbt minutes.
Add juice and grated rind of one lemon.
It should be quite thin.
Urape W.ae Sherbet. One Quart
eacn or wine and water, the juice of two
lemons, two and one-half cupfuls of
Peptic Bread. Fill a quart measure
o within one-eighth of an inch of the
top with graham flour, and tbe rest of
white Hur. Two teaspoonfuls of
baking powder, salt, two teaspoonfuls
of sugar. Stir with water till not quite
thin enough to pour out. Bake one
an I one-half hours in a very moderate
Insufficient mastication and food
that disagrees and only tickles the pal
ate should be avoided.
No one neglects bodily exercise to
sny degree without paving the way for
A proper scheme for healthy living
would involve tbe training of all tbe
members of the body.
Mussles unused become smaller in
size, flabby and weak, use hardens,
strengthens and makes them more re
sponsive to the will.
A quick person always has the mas-
cits in good trim.
' Bendy obedience of muscles to T?ill
is a very important thing.
Exercise does more than strengthen
and harden muscles. A microscopic
examination shows muscles constantly
used are the more healthy.
Tbe value of a bodily organ depends
upon its use. The oftener it is disinte
grated by action and rebu;U by ttin
proer putting together of the food
stuffi from the digestive organs, the
more times it is remade, the better it is.
The use of the muscles exert? . not
able influence upon circulation.
.Louis XIV., spoken of by his rnn
mporariea as a . man of maje tic
stature, was only of medium height.
When the royal tombs of St. Denis
were violated during the revolution the
body of this monarch ws dragged out
with the rest and discovered to be
only five feet six inches.
Insurance companies cl.-iim tha
icycling is more dangerous than travel
ng either by railway or by ship. j
An Abilene, Kan., jury found a
woman guilty on a charge of having
driven her stepson snd her husband
from their home, and she was fined
ten dollars and costs, which the hus
In the case of a Springfield Mo.
man who was on trial in the Police
Court for keeping a vicious dog, the
somewhat singular verdict was rendered
that be was not guilty, but must kill
Cold boiled water tastes flat, be
cause it has been deprived of air. To
restore air pour the water quickly from
One jug to another.
Common sense is not the same class
ss genius, but it often gets more solid
comfort out of life.
. Kjr.-T; -r.V-fc- sWwUas
An excellent suggestion In a Western
journal is to have an old farm wagon
that is of but little value for any other
purpose other than for holding manure
near the stable and throw tbe manure
directly into the wagon,' hauling it to
field whenever a load is obtained. By
so doing there will be no barnyard
accumulations, and if the cornstalks
are shredded and the straw also eat, the
tulfaare will -reach the field -in a fine
coalition, the hurry of hauling all the
manure on the farm when busy being
" J "be freesiaf point of potatoes i 80.2
aVy is," and they muBt not be kept in
theJigbt 'Keep them at a tempera
ture between . 34 and 60 degrees flue
tower, the temperature without freezing
IV "-"tier"!, so as to prevent sprouUnsv
fCarrots are delicacies to horses and
cattle. When animals are sick and re
fuse food they may sometimes be
tempted to eat carrots, which shows
that they stand at the head of all root
crops as food for stock.
Tbe larger an animal the mors it
costs to maintain it, as a rule; hence it
will cost much more in proportion to
weight, to produce a hog weighing 300
pounds than one weighing 100 pounds:
consequently there is a larger profit
per pound from the s nail hog than
from the large one, and the farmer can
keep more small hogs than be can of
There should be regular hours for
feeding, not varying a minute, and
the animals will soon learn the proper
times and will come up to the barn
from the fields without being driven or
American prunes are now shipped
to foreign countries. Formerly we
bought from abroad nearly all that
were consumed in this country. We
will also in a few years procure our
olives and olive oil wholly from Cali
If there is a dead limb ou a tree cut
it off, as it may be diseased. If a dead
limb is seen close observation of tbe
tree should be made to discover tbe
More money can be made from poul
try as a business, in proportion to cap
ital invested than from anything on
tbe farm, but not by giving np such
work to women and children. Some
experience is necessary to success, and
the business, though supposed to be
easily understood, is difficult. The
bens pay well at all seasons and cost
but little in summer.
The San Jose scale insect is a pest to
toe dreaded. Tbe remedy is kerosene
emulsion, well applied with the use ol
a sprayer, and the work should be done
frequently as they multiply rapidly.
Trees may injure tile drains, as the
roots will go to great depth and seek
wajer wherever it can be secured. Fre
quently tile drains have been com
pletely closed by the roots of trees. In
putting down drain tile, therefore keep
this fact in view and endeavor not to
lay tile near trees. 1
WHAT A GOOD KNIFE COSTS.
Star Men Spend S3 for a Pocket
Knife than Leu.
"More men pay S3 and upwards for a
good pocket knife than less. That may
not be the experience of all cutlery
dealers, but that's the kind of trade we
cater to," said a knife expert from be
hind the counter of a store on one of
the most frequented of the downtown
streets. '"Spaniards spend the most
money for knives," he continued.
"Spaniards who come here are very fas
tidious in the matter of cutlery, any
way. When an American family In the
same circumstances would be content
with ordinary plated ware, costing $4
or $4.(50 a dozen, a Spaniard will have
nothing but the finest steel with Ivory
handles, at $13 and over. The average
business man spends usually about $3
for a four-bladed knife. If he loses a
knife often, as many men do, be comes
down to $2, then to $1. Most expensive
knives are bought for presents. Four
dollars buys an excellent gift. Last sea
son manj knives were given for prizes
at euchre parties. Such knives are us
ually fancy ones with half a dozen
blades or attachments. That big 7 Inch
knife there la a hunters' knife. It costs
"A man who buys that will take It to
the Adlrondacks and when he leaves
there will present.lt to bis guide. We
have one customer who buys three of
those knives every year. He gives them
to his guides, he says. We sell nearly
150 of them eyery year. This heavy one
here with a big steel hook Is a horse
man's knife. -It costs $7. The hook it
used for digging ont a stone from the
torse's hoof. It has, as you see, other
attachments, . such as a corkscrew,
screwdriver, nut cracker, awl, gimlet
tnd a score of things for other useful
rr useless purposes, according to the
point of view. We sell many of them,
probably more than any other kind.
Sailors usually buy pretty good knives,
rhey and the Italians go In for big,
iharp knives that should be bandy In
ase of defense. Pretty nearly every
trade has a peculiar knife. That's one
reason why a well-equipped cutlery
ihop makes such a formidable display.
Knives cost all the way from SO cents
$23. We don't sell many at the latter
?rlce. I sold one last week for $15. It
was given to some Judge who Is to be
displaced by Mayor Strong, I believe.'
-New York Press.
According to the most careful
computation, only one person in
100,000 of both sexes attains the age of
one hundred years, and only six tu
seven in one hundred the age of
States rights stood two ycung peo
ple, cousins, of La Belle, Mo., in gocd
stead, entitling them to marry over at
Keobuk, la., although the marriage of
cousins is forbidden by the laws of
There are some bright lsds in
New Jersey.' A schoolboy in Newark
was asked to name five of the great
canals in the world, and he promptly
announced, as first on the list, "the
t THE : NEW
"XT Ow, Mary, 1 have spoken!"
I XI Mr. Peel threw kdmself back
... h his chair aa If that settled
Bttsronca for alL .,..--.
"1 heard you, dear," sweetly respond-
id Mrs. Peel: "and now. listen to me.
I have accepted Herr Schmidt's offer,
and be will enter the adjoining boose
s tenant to-morrow."
"Not if I know It, madaml" snooted
Phlneaa, jumping from his chair and
bringing hia fast down on the table.
"Do you think I am going to have Rhyd
cottage turned into a menagerie, and
my garden Into a bowling wilderness T
The house may remain tenantleas for
ever, but Herr Schmidt and bis mon
strosities shall not anter there".
"Herr Schmidt, my dear, is merely a
"I knew rtr stormed Phineas. Tva
heard of these plaguey naturalists be
fore. I've no desire to come downstairs
some fine morning to find a ring-tailed
monkey sitting on tbe window sill, act
ing as referee while the kangaroos and
crocodiles play leap-frog over the flower
beds. No, madaml No naturalists for
Pretty Mrs. Peel never allowed be
temper to get tbe better of ber. She
laughed softly at her husband1 fears,
and did not alter her determination In
"Has It slipped your memory, Phin
eas," she asked, "that Rhyd cottage la
a portion of my property? If I cbooss
to let It to a naturalist even though n
be a foreigner I am perfsetsy yustlnsd
In doing so."
This was tra onoogh, aad Phinea
"Herr Schmidt's collection of 'mon
strosities,' ss you call it," went on Mrs.
Peel, "probably contains nothing mora
dangerous than a death's head moth la
a bottle. Anyhow, I have Intention
to disappoint him."
"But 1 " ,
"Tou 'will treat hhn wttt the respect
iflne from one gentleman to another.
Phineas," broke In Mra. PesL "And
ow, dear, welldtemiss the subject'
Phineas Peel was though at times
he doubted It lucky fellow. He had
carried off a young and handsome wom
an from a boat of sad tors. .
Why Mary Marsden had chosen to be
stow her hand and fortune on such a
"plain, everyday sort of fellow as the di
minutive Phineas Peel was always a
mystery to ber acquaintances. Th
wedding was an accomplished fact be
fore her relatives bad recovered from
th shock caused by the announcement
f ber engagementL
Mary appeared to be nappy enongh,
too. Pniness, taken as a whole, was
not a bad sort of fellow. He was jeal-
sus, that was true, but his wife cam
to regard that as an extra proof of hia
Had the proposed tenant of Rhyd cot
tage bsen an aged, decrepit, broken
down old man, Phineas would have
stretched out the right hand of fellow
ship. But alas! Herr Schmidt was
young and handsome far too hand
some, Phineas thongfct-
"Very well, Mary," said Phineas, tak
ing bis bat from the peg and making
for the door, "you bar overruled me as
usual, and must be prepared for the
sensequences. In leas than a week we
hall have the boose and garden over
run with every conceivable variety of
reptile from the beastly llsard to the
And Phineas stalked Indlrnantls
forth with tbe merry laughter of his
wife ringing in his ears.
A month or more had passed, and so
far the fears of Phineas proved to be
groundless. Herr Schmidt's "monstros
ities" had been kept well within bounds,
and aa yet Mr. Peel bad not seen so
much as a strange caterpillar In bis
garden, which never looked better.
However, he was not happy. He hsd
taken an aversion to the new tenant
from tbe first, and would never be sat
isfied until he had got rid of bim.
"Confound the fellow." muttered
Phineas one evening, as he sst on an
upturned bucket behind tbe peasticks,
"he's prowling about on the other side
f the hedge again. Hope he won't
catch sight of me, for I'm about tired
of bis oily tongue and eternal smile.
Hullo! what the deuce Is the meaning
Down the garden path tripped Mra
PeeL Tbe naturalist was evidently ex
pecting her, and greeted her with s
smile that almost brought tears Into the
eyes of the furious Phineas.
"Good efeving." he said. "Tou vos
Joost a leetle later'
It was Boon evident that this was not
the first chat indulged In over the boun
dary hedge. Though Phineas strained
bis ears, be could not catch the drift of
the conversation. Like a flash be re
membered that Mary had often of late
taken a stroll In the garden at dusk j
Was this tbe explanation?
Phineas bad been glaring at the con
pie from behind tbe peasticks for ten
minutes or so, when he saw his wife
take a rosebud from his favorite tree
and hand It over the hedge with a
charming smile to the delighted Her
Schmidt Then, with a pleasant "good
night!" Mrs. Peel tripped lightly Into
"Tou villain!" hissed Phineas. sav
agely. Jumping from hia seat and shak
ing bis fist after tbe retreating figure
In the next garden, "I'll pay you for
The rage of Mr. Peel was something
to be remembered. Nothing but blood,
he vowed, would obliterate bis wrongs.
But he would smile and smile and mur
der while he smiled. Seizing a peastick
be tragically buried It in the heart of
aa naofasndln- oashaceaad pld
( havoc wltn a stately row of sunflowers.
Half an how later Mary saw him
take down an old-fashioned duck gun
from the book In the ball.
"There's a German vulture to th
nelrhhorhnmi " h .Aiimti
j alvely. "and I'm going to baa bim at the
However, as nothing short of an
earthquake would have Induced the old
gun to go off In any circumstance nd
Phineas bad made assurances doubly
sure by dropping In the shot first mnd
powder afterward th "vulture" la
question was not likely to be seriously
damaged, and Mary contented hsisslf
vrlth expressing a hope that her ha
band would not hurt hlmsslf.
On the following evening Ftdnes
took up his old position In th garden,
with murder in hi heart Hsrr Schmidt,
however, did not put in aa appearance.
After waiting some tints, Phineas re
entered the house aad reared bks duck
gun up in the hall in a conspicuous po
He bad almost decided to ran up to
town and consult his brother Joan, tbe
detective, with a view to having the
movements of Herr Bsasntdt watched,
when he was startled by th dick of
the letter box.
A scrap of paper lay on the mat
Picking it up, Phineas glanced at It,
turned deadly pale, then hurried Into
the garden. Scribbled In lead pencil
on dirty paper waa the following:
"Peel has discovered everything. We
have net a moment to loss and must
clear out to-night The front door la
unsafe. W1U meet yon at th back
There was no signature.
"Good gracious!" ejaculated Phineas,
after reading the note for th third
time. "I'd no idea matters had gone
so far. Oh, yes, Mr. Schmidt," he add
ed grimly, "I'll meet you at 10:30
It was about 10:45, and raining bear
fly. Phineas Peel seated on a well
overlooking tbe back C Rhyd cottage,
with his duck gun laid across his knees,
was beginning to feel uncomfortable.
"The note said 10:80." he muttered.
"It must be after that ttm new. What's
Phineas had caught the sound ot
heavy feet moving cautiously over the
gravel. He grasped bis gun aad peered
Into the gloom, but could distinguish
Suddenly he heard votoes, evidently
st the front of tbe bouse. He waa about
to quit his position under tbe Impres
sion that Herr Schmidt waa leaving by
the front door after all. when one of
the back windows was cautiously rais
ed and the lithe form of the naturalist
dropped lightly to the ground.
Creeping along the aide of the wall on
which Phineas lay, he presented an ex
cellent marie Mr. Peel, however, could
not bring himself to shoot a man down
In cold blood. He would glv him a
"Stop, you scoundrel r he shouted.
The effect of the challenge was
scarcely what Phineas had anticipated.
Herr Schmidt darted forward aad seis
ed the barrel of the gua.
Ha was much the stronger of the two.
sad Phineas wsa pulled from the wall
In a twinkling. Lying oa the broad of
bis back on the gravel, m a half -dazed
condition, be saw tbe tall form of
Schmidt standing ovr Mm with the
"Keep your tongue still, yu fool," b
Issed. "or I'll brain you. Now, quick.
help me over the wall."
Phineas hesitated, but the threaten
ing attitude of the other Induced him
to rise. However, he had no intention
f giving in.
Obeying bis instructions, he caught
bold of Schmidt's foot to give him "a
leg up." Before the naturalist could
grip the top of the wall, however, Phln
u saw his opportunity.
Bracing himself for th effort, he ex
erted all his strength and pulled
Schmidt bodily from the wall. He feU
flat on his face, and before ha could re
cover himself Phineas Jumped on his
back and seized bim around the throat
emitting a yell that would have done in
finite credit to a Sioux Indian.
The next moment Phineas was drag
ged off from behind and found himself
In the clutches of a burly member of
the police force.
Four or five others seized Schmidt,
who struggled In vain to free himself.
"What am I arrested for?" gasped
Phineas. "There's yonr man."
Phineas would no doubt have been
led off with the other prisoner but for
the timely arrival on the scene of the
last person In the world he had expect
ed to see his brother John!
"Here, what on earth Is the meaning
of all this r he demanded when, as tbe
result of John Peel's Interference, he
tound himself free.
John stayed behind a minute or two
to explain that Herr Schmidt the "nat
uralist," and Edward Harper the no
torious forger, who had defied nw
Scotland yard for the past six weeks
were one and the same.
"It was a smart dodge of Harper's,
aaid John Peel, "and he might have got
clear away but for that clever wife of
yours, Phineas. Mary atsspaeted th
man from the first and smypUed me
from time to time with valuable Infor
mation. It Is to bar entirely that tha
credit of the capture Is due. Tell her
I'll can around and thank her myself to
morrow. By-the-bye, the gang of which
he Is the bead, got wind of our Inten
tions, and a man was dispatched with
a warning. Harper dissat appear t
sav received It"
Than PbUteaa bagaa t aalsralsad
1 suppose this will be It," he rss
marked, produeing th not and hand
Ing It to his brother. "You ee, the mes
senger left tt at th wrong door, and I-
er I thought I might as well th
For some little tiro, after Phineas
was ot the opinion that he had made a
fi a himself. Lately, however, be
has taken a different vt.w of th mat
tar, aud kt never tired of relating how
h. literally "dropped 00" Harper, the
forger, alias Schmidt, the naturalist,
xt door. OaaseU's Saturday Jousnal. '
Oscars sat Olympic Games.
To crown prince, taking his stand In
the arena, facing the king, then mads
a short speech. In which be touched
upon th origin of the enterprise, and
the obstacles surmounted in bringing it
to fruition. Addressing the king, be
asked hkn to proclaim the opening of
the Olympic games, and the king, ris
ing, declared them opened. It was n
thrilling moment, Fifteen hundred and
two yean before the Emperor Theodo
slus had suppressed tbe Olympic
games, thinking, no doubt, that in abol
ishing this hated survival of paganism
, be was furthering the cause of progress;
aad here was a Christian monarch.
amid tbe applause of an sssemblage
composed almost exclusively of Chris
tians, announcing the formal annul
ment of th. Imperial decree; while a
few feet away stood tbe archbishop of
Athens, and Pere Dldon, the celebrated
Dominican preacher, who, In his Easter
sermon In the Catholic cathedral tha
day before, had paid an eloquent trib
ute to pagan Greece. When the kin
j had resumed his seat, tbe Olympic ode.
written for the occasion by the Greek
composer Samara, was sung by a cho
rus of one hundred and fifty voices.
Once before music bad been associated
with the revival of the Olympic games,
Disposal of Sewage In BtrralnKhan,.
One of the worst features under the
old management was the disposal of
tbe sewage. By way of remedy two sys
tems hare found adoption. Under ono
the Health Committee collects the offal
of bouses, and either destroys It or
turns It Into fertilizers. This is more
offensive and less successful than It
might be made, but is apparently a ne-
cesslty until the pan system bns-been
abandoned. A sewage farm of nearly
1,800 acres has been developed several
miles from the cKy, some 400 feet lower
In elevation. The sewage, nret mixed
with lime to prevent too rapid decom
position and to assist in the precipita
tion of the solid matter. Is passed
through a aeries of depositing tanks,
during which process tbe mud is re
moved. The remainder la dug into the
land. on-4hlrd of which is dealt with
each year, the effluent being discharged
in a harmless state into the river Tame.
Upon the other two-third, are grown
rly vegetables, and grain and hay.
for cows kept for milk and market.
The net annual cost to the city Is about
The Chinese Are Self-Helpful.
The percentage of foreigners In o'ur
hospitals, asylums and penal Institu
tions Is overwhelming. But the Chin
i make little call upon us for philan
thropy, and that only for medical help.
Little by little these people are coming
to see the superiority of our medical!
treatment, and In cases of severe sick-
mi they will sometimes turn to our
hospitals for help. But they ask no oth
er aid from us. If a Chinaman needs -any
monetary assistance, bis country
men help bim without burdening our
public philanthropies. It la not uncom-j
moo for the men of one clan, or friend
from different clans, to band together
to establish a loan fund, every man
giving so much toward It week by week.
This la loaned to needy men, wlthonl
security or Interest; aad when repaid
la loaned again, and thus many a
man Is carried through a sickness or
sat up In business, and outsiders sr.
none the wiser. Century.
The Resort Coortsoas,
Lord Russell's visit to America re
minds the London Chronicle of an an
cient story. It says that during Lord
Russell's previous tour In this country
with Lord .Coleridge, he came In con
tact with many members of the bar.
Including Mr. Evarta. It waa while
walking with Mr. Evarta one day along
the banks of a stream that his atien-
tlon waa called to a point at which
Washington, according to tradition,
bad thrown a dollar right across. Tbe
water waa wide, and Lord Russell
"You know a dollar went further in,
thee day than It goes now," the
American lawyer blandly Insinuated.
"Ah," aaid Lord Russell, quite equal
to the occasion, "and It' may have been
easy enough to Washington; it la well
known that be threw a sovereign acres
Ireliclon. Ginger Wafers.
Ginger wafers may be made by
Teaming a quarter of a pound of but
ter; add half a pound of brown sugar,
one dessertspoonful of ground ginger,
the grated peel and Juice of one lemon.
Beat thoroughly, then add half a pound
of flour and a pint of golden syrup
beat thoroughly and vigorously. But
ter your pan, and spread the mixture
m each aa thin as possible and yet per
fectly even and smooth. Bake In a
rather brisk oven. When they are
partly done draw the pan to the ovcu
door and roll each wafer Into a tiny
cylinder. This must b done very ex
peditloualy. Then return tbera to th
oven until they become crisp and
browiv Tadies' Home Journal,
A Remarkable Clock.
Japan possesses a remarkable time
plecat It Is contained In a frame thre
feet wide and five feet long, represent'
ing a noonday landscape of great beau
ty. Th foreground is a masa of blos
som; In the rear Is seen a hill, gradual
In ascent from which apparently flows
a crystal cascade, whence a thread-llk
stream meanders. In the sky a goldea
sun turns on a silver wire, striking th
hours on a silver gong as It passes.
Each hour Is marked on a frame by a
creeping tortoise, which serves th
place of a hand. A lovely bird warble
at the close of each hour, and a mouss
scampers from Its hiding place and k