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B. F. SCHWEIER,
THE CONSTITUTION THE UlllOlt AHO THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
Editor and Proprietor.
MIFFLIXTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY, PENN., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 1900.
r . i. -K.t . i. .T own comfort', sake, he bad brought
?h h BnT.1?i. b'IHettie with him. The landlady uf The
thought he would consult the duchess. houge where he wa, gt m happened
V.? PtP ZJ hth COmDf"m. oe ticket, sent to her. and she
of all knowledge but he soon dismissed MUa Ka7 to accept one. Hettie.
that idea. It struck him suddenly one . , . , . "
morning that, if Sir Basil only knew how ! v ,m h"1 an-T k"" "f ,'UJ"
matters stood, he might, in all probability i "h" ,lfe wa" one monotonous r.ntnd o:
w,..,ld. ask Leah to marry him. ' j utV w" " 4;al1 I"1!" '!,
He determined that, as he was Leah'.1 M?w RV r'iSed ? obJr?,"i br w"u
.r,ii ..n.-l .nd .annt-H ffW k. baT that evening with his couipan-
wus the right person to give this delicate,
A favorable opportunity occurred a few
days afterward. He overtook Sir Basil,
-nbo was strolling on the beach alone,
ruiukiug a cigar. The general reddened
all over his honest, bronzed face when
tie thought of the great interests at stake,
aud how much depended on the result of
As delicately as possible be told the
young baronet about Leah's love for him.
"I should like to add this, he said, in
conclusion. "I should like yon to remcin-'
l r this one thing always. bat my
heart has dictated I have done for my
niece's sake; I have told yon the story,
and you may act upon it as you think
(jest. We will never resume the subject:
let it be buried between us forever. 1
have spoken for her sake, against my
Silently they grasped each other's
hands and parted
"Heaven grant that I have done the ;
right thing!" said the general to himself, i and what she was doing, t.oing to l.on
"I believe men make a dreadful muddle ( don made her think of Iah more than
of everything of the kind; but I hope fi ever.
Sir Basil's thoughts were far more tu
multuous. He admired Leah exceeding
ly, but he had never dreamed of marry
ing her. He had felt no tendency what
ever to fall in love with her. She had ,
always seemed to him beyond his reach.
He remembered ail that the duchess had
told him of the offers of marriage she ,
had received; and this beautiful girl, who
might have been Duchess of Barberry,
loved him secretly!
The Duchess of ICosedene bad decided
to give a grand fancy ball, and everythiug
cuuspired to make it a success. The great
heat had passed; the sea breeze that came'
lurougu me ""'""' i
the moon was bright: there were flowers t
everywhere, and the trees were brilliant
ly illuminated with lamps. Tue baronet
had begged Leah to give him the firs'
waltz, and then be had asked for another.
He was beginning to feel the intoxication
. of being loved by a beautiful woman.
"You are tired," he said, when the
dance ended and she leaned on his arm;
"come out into the moonlight and rest."
They stood for a few minutes, looking
at the fountain in the moonlight. The
marble Undine was beautiful, with its
statuesque grace, its serene-calm; but
the girl, with her passionate living beau
ty, the moonlight falling on her fair fa-e
and on the rich folds of pale primrose,
was more beautiful still. Slowly but
surely the spell of that witebjing hour
came over Sir Basil.
"This reminds me of the lovers night
in the 'Merchant of Venice,' " he said.
"It is just as perfect; one can think of
nothing but flowers and love."
"A happy night." she returned, gently,
bending her face over the glistening mar
ble. "How plainly I can see you there!" he
said, looking at the reflection. "Every
primrose can be seen distinctly in the
water. Now tell me, are you not pleased
with your costume?"
"If you are," she sighed. Her heart
was beating fast with a passion of love
and pain. He could be so near her, he
could stand with her in that lovely spot;
and yet nothing brought his heart nearer
hers! She did not know that at that mo
ment be cared for her more than be ever
had done; for Sir Basil, as he gazed at
the face reflected in the water, had seen
something there which had stirred his
heart a sad. wistful look, not at all suit
ed to the beautiful face; for he knew
quite well what had called it there. It
was love for himself.
The next minute be bad clasped hei
bands in his, and, bending over her, whis
pered to ber the words that made the mu
sic of ber life.
She made no answer1 to have saved her
life she could not have uttered a word:
but the light en her face was answer
enough to him. The happy eyes fell: the
beautiful head, with its primrose crown,
rested on the edge of the marble basin.
In ber heart she was thanking heaven foi
the blessing given to her.
"Do you love me, Leah?" he asked. .
Ah, heaven, the love that shone in hei
eyes, that radiated from her face! A
voice of sweetest music whispered:
"I have loved you from the first m
uient I saw your face. I pray heaves
that I may see it last in this world."
The season was a brilliant one. The
news of Miss Uatton's engagement was
received by some with pleasure, by oth
ers with annoyance. - Those who had
known her before saw a wonderful
change in her; the restless expression had
gone from her face, and in its place
reigned perfect calm. No one could look
at ber and not know that she was happy
beyond words. In time the crowd of
"fashionables" grew accustomed to see
ing Sir Basil always by her side; even hei
admirers accepted the situation and re
signed lv took the second place.
Sir Basil tried by the most assiduous
attention to make up for any shortcom
ing there might be in his love. He was
Leah's shadow. Every day brought her
flowers, books, music, presents of every
kind from one who externally was the
most devoted of lovers. There were
times when he almost believed himself
i t th haDDiest men living.
lit IrTr vn xr w .-. - .
when he was lost In wonder at the prize
he had won. and tried to assure himself
.u . nnthinc left for him to .
desire Yet be knew that the depths of
his heart had never been ftirred. that ne
was capable of a deeper, rar ,
.t h.d never yet beaten
.pan iu.s. f ,-...;
bad a kindly affection for her-th.t was
toe auicaer ur n " v- -
"One evening, by some mischance Basil
had been nnable to accompany Leah to
the theater, and she had gone with tne
Duchess of Rosedene. It was to
II 1' J n.laA
e .tran fortune Hettie was i.
the theater that nlgbt. Marti. By baa
le-nj been ailing, and had Ured tw the
saw V v.
TSewrrijn fortfcff Jaded bouquet.
Ust two ream in rh rn.ni.rr i;. I-,..! How she loTed her treasures!
come np to town on business, ami. f..r i
Hettie was delighted. She had grown
Into a lovely girl. She had not the bril
liancy of Leah; she had not her tire .-inn
passion: she lacked her spirit and daring
Bat she was sweet and loving: her an
gelie face told of an angelic nature: In
fair, tranquil loveliness touched men,
heart, a. doe. the strain of sweet music.
Her life had not been a happy one. The
loss of his brilliant daughter, for whom
he had formed such treat pi: ns. had sour
ed and embittered Martin Kay. From the
moment that Hettie had drawn away
from Leah, and p. situ her arms around
. her father's neck, she bad been most de
i voted to him; with angelic patience she
had borne with all bis discontent, his
' grumbling, his angry denunciation, his
sullen resentment against the whole
; world, his selfish neglect of her.
j No words could tell bow she had
: thought of her beautiful sifter how she
1 dreamed of her. longed for her how she
tried to fancy what she bait grown HKf
j The desire of her heart was unexpect
edly granted. She went to the theater,
i lttle dreaming that her sister would be
! there on that same evening in all her bril
' liancy and magnificence. Hettie and her
companion were in the pit and even that
' seemed a great thing to the girl. The
landlady had apologized: she would have
liked to take Miss Kay to the dress cir
' ;le, bnt it was not possible. Simple, kind
ly Hettie protested that the pit was the
very best part of the theater it was cool
' er, and one could see the stage better;
which view of the matter largely helped
to comfort ber companion.
While the eurtaia was down, Hettie
amused herself by looking round the
aouse. The scene was a complete novelty
" " , . . ,; ,
to her. She enjoyed seeing the fair faces.
the rich dresses, gleaming jewels and ex
quisite bouquets. After a short time sb
noticed that the attention of many people
was directed toward a box in the grand
tier. She wondered what was the source
of attraction, and she looked herself in
the same direction. Her eyes brigbtenei'
and her beautiful features assume 1 an
expression of wonder. It could never be
and yet She saw a lady dressed
superbly in satin of the color of the most
delicate heliotrope, with a suite of mag
nificent opals a handsome woman with
a stately, graceful bearing, her face a
charming combination of refinement and
happiness. Her bair was fastened with
diamond stars. Before her lay a bouquet
of scarlet passion flowers. The gracefu.
arch of the neck, the gleaming white
shoulders, the proud carriage of the head
were all Leah's.
A cry rose to Hettie's white lips, which
she repressed; her heart beat fast, and
something like mist came before her
eyes. This magnificent woman, in all
the splendor of dress and jewels, sur
rounded by all that was gorgeous, was
Leah, her sister. Could it be possible
that that beautiful head bad ever rested
on her breast, that night after night she
had slept with that figure closely clasped
in ber arms? Was that the face she bad
kissed in such an agony when they part
ed? She gazed at it long and earnestly.
Hettie's heart yearned for her. She could
lave stretched out her arms to ber and
tried out her name; butshe had promised
never again to speak one word to the sis
ter whom she loved so dearly never
again. Something more bitter than death
had parted them. Hettie saw no more uf
the stage until Leah's conipauion rost
and both disappeared; she kept her eye
fixed on the proud face of her sister.
From that evening a very rever of ua
happiness seized Hettie. She longed si
intensely to see I.eab again; her thought
were always with her.
At last the fever of longing mastered
her. She would not break her promise
she would not speak to her; hut she uiusi
look upon her face again. For days sh
struggled bard to find a few moments'
leisure. Her father went out. and wa
not to return until after midnight. Quick
as thought she dressed herself. It was
just eight o'clock, and she would probably
be in time to see Leah leave Harbury
House for whatever ball or . party she
might be attending.
Those who lived in that noble mansion
little thought that the fair young sistet
of their beautiful mistress stood outsidi
for many hours with a wistful look oi
her pale face, her eyes fixed on the great
entrance door. Leah had left the bous
before she reached it; but Hettie was re
solved to wait for her return. It would
have touched a heart of stone to see the
patient figure walking np and down with
- At last came the sound of wheels,
lights appeared, as though by magic, in
the windows of the great house. The
carriage drew up before the hall dooi
and the footman descended. Hettie drew
back into the shade as a flood of light
fell upon the pavement. She saw th
carriage door flung open, the general de
scend first, and then Leah. She saw the
lovely face, more beautiful than ever, en
veloped in a mass of soft white lace
Leah made some laughing remark as shr
stepped from the carriage to the ground
and Hettie saw that she carried a bou
net of .carle flowers in her hand, in
another minute .he had passed through
the wide-open door.
Then Hettie came forward and touched
the footman on th arm.
i in ron " sue sara,
that lsdv carries in
W Jon get them tor me If
The man looked at her U aaronu.
' """ . .be went on
wisar die went
i-i. Vwili riv. yen a sovereign for
quickly, i wuj re y led D
" wm which that lady carried in
e "gbt Jj-- "
w-etf upraised face, and we m
n bewildered. fc k.
wh,t do yoo want them fori" ne
NeTer mind." Ae replied. "I do . w
not ; w.ste ume
ut if yon caau
"Look here," said the footman: "that
lady is onr young mistress, and I would
not hare any harm come to her."
"I mean no harm." she turned quickly.
"I simply want them to keep by me after
they are withered and dead, for lore of
her that is all; bat I do not wish any
one to know."
"Oh. if that I. what yon want them for.
all right r .aid the man. "I will get
them for yon. Stand there; I will not be
Leah bad laid her bouquet on one of
the hall tables. It was composed of scar
let passion flowers. The man took it up
and went back to the door.
"Here." he said briefly: and the next
moment Hettie had exchanged her one
he kissed them! Leah had held them in
ber band, perhaps even toncnea tnem
with her lips.
"It i. all that I shall ever have to re
mind me of my beautiful Leah," she said
to herself. "I will keep them as long w
I live." .
She hastened home, reaching there for
tunately before Martin Ray's return.
Leah did not know that ber sister had
seen her. and the little incident of the
flower, had never been mentioned.
It happened that an artist, traveling in
the county where Martin Hay and Hettie
lived, had Men her, and had made a very
perfect .ketch of her face; this he had
afterward made the subject of a picture
hat he seat to the Royal Academy. It
waa called "The First Glimpse of Morn
ing." and it was one of the finest paint
ing, exhibited that year.
Leah and Sir Basil went together to
the Royal Academy. She was exceeding
ly fond of pictures.
"Have you seen 'The First Glimpse of
Morning,' Leah?""he asked ber. "If not,
come this way. Th re is always a crowd
around it. There that is my ideal fvce.
the loveliest that could be either im'gin
ed or copied."
Leah looked at it earnestly, and in hei
own heart she thought bow much it was
like the face of her lost sister. She did
not know then that it was perfectly like
"It is a lovely face." she said, slowly,
wondering if Hettie, whom it so strongly
resembled, had grown up as beautiful as
"Do you know," said Sir Basil, "that I
see in it a great likeness to you?"
"Do yon?" she questioned, her face
"That face, Leah, has what yonra in
some way lacks tenderness."
It was perfectly true: yet the moment
he bad said the words he repented of
them, she looked so terribly pained.
"I am sorry that my face lacks any
thing in your eyes." she said "above all,
"Do not misunderstand me, Leah. I do
not say the heart merely the lines of the
"Do you like my face love It I meanT'
For answer be kissed the sweet Hps and
whispered words snch as she longed t
(To be continued.)
That travelers in the desert would be
wise not to take a nap when ahead of
their caravans Is proved though It
hardly needed proving by the experi
ence of Robert L. Jefferson, F. R. G. S.,
who relates bis adventure in the Wide
I had got ah' ad, not only of tbe cara
van, but of Bekel (his guide), and wea
ried with my exert ous, lay down on tht
saDd. I think I must bare fallen asleep,
I certainly remember picking from my
face what looked ilke an enormous spi-1
I thought nothing of it until I began
to feel a pain underneath my left eye,
similar to that left by a mosquito sting.
In ten minutes my cheek bad swollen
enormously, and It was clear that I bud
been stnng by some venomous reptile
or insect By the time Bekel came up.
the swelling had Increased so much
that I could not-see out of tbe left eye.
Aa soon as Bekel saw my face, he
seemed stricken with terror. He leap
ed from his horse, knocked rather than
pushed me down, and with tbe fingers
of both bands commenced pressing the
protuberance under my eye.
The pain was terrible, and I yelled in
my agony, until I think 1 must have
fainted, although 1 well remember one
of the Kirghiz coming with a long
knife, when at once the Idea entered
my brain that they meant to "do for"
me. The knife, however, was used only
to extract the sting of the tarantula.
When I reached Petro-Alexandrovsk
and related the Incident to the doctot
of the lazaret there, I learned that I
owed my life to the promptitude of Be
kel and Kirghiz. Another hour and help
would have been too late.
Not Petal I xtremitiea.
She This paper tells of a man who
stepped off a cliff and dropped 300 feet.
He Huh! That fellow must be a
regular human centipede. Chicago
The cava-e l achelor.
"What Is the best way for a woman
to preserve ber youthful bloom?" ask
ed the youngish lady boarder.
"Quit using it" growled tbe Savage
Bachelor. I ndlanapol I s Journal
When He Tallfc
"She says her husband talks when
"I think that must be a mistake. He
talks when she's asleep." Chicago
Jierely About the Chnrotitlt-t.
Winston Churchill derives bis Chris
tlan name from his ancestors. Sir Hen
ry Winston, of Standisb, In Gloucester
shire, whose heiress married John
Churchill, the grandfather -of the fa
mous Duke of Marlborough. This mar
riage, indeed, first brought tbe Church
Ill family into high social position. The
father of the great Duke was Sir Win
ston Churchill, and Winston baa al
ways been a favorite Christian name in
the Marlborough family. Lord Ran
dolph Churchill gave tbe name Winston
to both bis sons. The elder la Winston
Leonard and tbe younger John Win
ston. fa wnv rowers reaony recognize
most of the thieves who pawn stolen
goods with them. When rogues pawn
diamond jewelry it is often customary
for the pawnbroker to substitute Imita
tion stones for the genuine. The thieves
usually sell tbe tickets, and the pur
chasers on redeeming the pledges find
5 paid ten time, the ralue of
ADDED A CUBIT TO STATURE,
tUsttake of a Maker of Artificial Lisaba
Pleased One of Hia Patron.
The artificial limb business haa Its
lmenltles, like every other calling, for
there la no occupation so serloua bnt
furnishes matter for jest at those en
gaged In It Some years ago In a large
Western city a switchman in the yards
uf a railroad company fell on the track
ind the locomotive wheels crushed both
bis ankles In such a way as to necessi
tate amputation about four inches
above the ankle Joint Toe man was
taken to the railroad hospital, the nec
essary operations were performed and
be wa. placed in bed to await recovery.
A dsy or t'o after the raPro;;! cccK
dent the motorman of an electric car,
while leaning over the front board t
make a running switch, lost his bal
ance, fell over and the wheels crushed
both feet He waa taken home and the
feet were amputated a few inches
above the ankle. Thus the two acci
dents were remarkably similar, so far
as the nature and situation of the In
Jury were concerned; the two men re
covered about the same time and sent
to the same legmaker ta be fitted with
new pairs of legs. The obliging manu
facturer came, took measurements and
made memoranda of the height of the
patient, ere they were shortened by
the surgeon's attention. The switch
man bad been about 6 feet 1 inch and
the motorman was one of those short,
square-built, muscular men of about 5
feet 2. a type that can work harder and
longer thaa men of any other size or
The motorman got well first and sent
for his legs. They came, but by mis
take the locomotive apparatus which
bad been manufactured for the long
man was sent to the short. Owing to
the nnusual thickness of his members
the leg sockets fitted well enough to
ult him, so he put on the legs and
went to his former home in sn Eastern
city. A few day. later the tall man
sent for his legs and when he beheld
the stumpy appendages presented by
the legmaker he flew Into a passion and
refused to take them. He didn't pro
pose to be a dwarf to please anybody
and If they didn't give him good, long
legs he wouldn't have any.
The mistake was then perceived ami
after a good deal of trouble the manu
facturer procured the address of the
short motorman and wrote. Informing
him of the mistake and requesting blm
to serd back the legs which did not be
long to him and they would promptly
forward his own members, pay express
charges both ways and thank blm very
much Into the bargain. But the short
man would do nothing of the kind. He
wrote back a sturdy refusal, declaring
that he was very well pleased with the
legs; tbey made him about ten Inches
longer than he was before: without
ven taking thought he bad added
BRITISH HOWITZERS AND BOER CREUSOTES.
Something About the Ouns that Will Play the Final Act in the South
GUNS OF THE BRITISH SlEGiS
NE of tl
NE of the revelations of the South
war has been the" extent
excellence of the Boer ar
maments. That the Transvaal Govern
ment were preparing for the inevitable
was whispered from time to time after
he Jameson raid. Gnnsand ammunition
were brought into the country by the
obliging Netherlands Railway Company,
who. notwithstanding the fact that the
cases were labeled "Pianos, with care."
and "Mining machinery." must have
known that the goods transmitted along
their line for tbe Transvaal Government
were less innocent than external appear
ances indicated. At any rate, the ordi
nary residents of the Transvaal knew it.
and the knowledge was a matter of gen
eral comment both in Pretoria and Jo
hannesburg. One thing, however, was
cot generally kuown. that the Transvaal
Government gave an order to the brui of
Schneider-Canet of Creusot in France,
for two of the largest guns ever con
structed for any Government These
huge pieces of ordnance were of 12-incb
and yi-inoh caliber respectively.
Tbe London Daily Mail gives some in
teresting facts in connection with these
big guns in tbe possession of the Boers.
The power of a 12-inch gun such a. that
now in the possession of tbe Boers will
be better appreciated when it is explained
that it (ires a projectile weighing half a
ton, which can penetrate a target of solid
steel four inches thick. The gun weighs
sixty-six tons. Tbe 9-inch gun is light
er, and fires a shell weighing three cwt
These guns, whose shells can wreck solid
stone buildings as completely as if their
objective were so much cardboard, are
believed to be at Pretoria, mounted on
substantial bastions in tbe fort, and in
tended to resist the British when tbe
march on the Transvaal capital takes
The same paper also gives some account
of tbe British siege train sent to the
Cane and which, in tbe final struggle, will
be pitted against the Boers' smuggled
cannon. A siege train put simply and
devoid of professional technicalities,
amounts to an artillery force specially
equipped for the purpose of reducing a
strongly fortified place. Heace.' it is a
THE BOER 9l-INOH RIFLE.
The gun on the right Is the larger of two very powerful anna made to th order of
the Boers by the French firm of achnelder-Canct. Th Tranavaal Government have
enueavorea 10 preserve as a secrei me pan
Dut it is now believed tnat tney nave oeoa monnioa in rretona ran. in will
la defending the capital against stuck by tas British tercsa.
nearly a cubit to bis stature and bad
become a person of consequence among
men. and if the manufacturer did not
know bis business that was no affair of
The case thus assumed a serious
aspect The legmaker -considered the
propriety of going East to get the run
away legs, but the cost of the Journey
would absorb all the profit of the trans
action. Next be thought of aulng The
stumpy man, but the idea of suing for
a pair of legs was ridiculous and the
Issue of such a suit, if brought ex
tremely uncertain, so he satisfied the
clamor of the long man by making blm
another pair of legs, proportioned to his
height, and Is now waiting for a short,
stumpy man to come In and buy toe
pair exposed for sale at a bargain In
his new window. StLouls Globe
Shrinkage of the Dead Sea.
The level of the Dead Sea Is steadily
falling on account of the large volume
of water tributary to It which Is now
absorbed by Irrigation enterprises. The
sea was formerly much larger than at
present as Is shown by the old beaches
stretching at various altitudes around
the whole basin. Since the middle of
the century Its level has been very
slowly rising till quite recently, but
now It Is falling again.
The phenomenon Is not due to natural
causes, but to the steadily Increasing
quantity of water that Is taken from
the Jordan River for irrigation pur
poses. There are other smaller streams
flowing Into the sea and they, too, are
being utilized by the Increasing num
ber of farmers, who are diverting all
the water tbey can to the lands and are
relieving the monotonous aspect of the
former arid and lifeless region with
many verdant fields.
The latest travelers say that some ot
the salt deposits covering the bottom of
the lake may now be seen above the
water In the shallower places aud near
the shores. This is a new aspect In
addition to the deposits or salt crystals
that have always been observed on the
shores. I'.m even though this desicca
tion go steadily on. It will take a lon
time to dry up the waters, for it re
quires a sounding line over 1.300 feet
loir to touch the bottom In the deep
northern part of the basin.
"The great danger," said the grav
citizen, "Is that we wHl drift Into a pa
terual form of government"
"Yes," answered Mr. Meekton. with
a sigh; "Henrietta seems worried about
that every time I spiuk to the chil
dren." Washington Star.
As A usual thing, the parties to
love affair say Farewell Forever s
times in three weeks.
TRAIN SENT TO SOUTH AFRICA.
combination of guns and men that is only
employed when it is considered by com
lieteut military authority that the Bual
stages in a war are being approached.
The material of the siege train which
recently arrived at the Cape is composed
chiefly of howitzers. " Altogether about
thirty of these pieces of ordnance are
being employed, supplemented by a num
ber of 4.7-inch and 4-inch ordinary
breech-loading guns. Owing to the ex
tremely solid manner in which they art
constructed, the guns forming tbe arma
ment of a siege train are extremely
heavy. Thus, when limbered up, tht
eincb howitzer alone weighs nearly font
11 nd a half tons in draught. Then, in ad
dition to the pieces themselves, a train
must be provided with a vast quantity ol
artillery stores of nil descriptions, as well
as with ammunition to the extent of 5UU
rouuds par guu. It will, therefore, read
ily be understood that the task ot moving
a siege train up country is in no sense o!
the term a light one.
A curious point in connection with s
howitzer weapon is that it is fired at a
remarkably high elevation. This, in
great measure, is owing to the fact tbnl
its comparatively low muzzle velocity
makes its shell follow a carved path as it
travels through the air. The circum
stance, however, is rather an advantage
than otherwise, for it insure a particu
larly steep angle of descent thus mate
rially contributing to increased effective
ness at tbe moment of impact. Anotbei
and even greater benefit arising from tbi
well-marked trajectory of a howitzer pro
jectile consists in the fact that it en
ables tbe gun to be worked altogethei
under cover of ground. Indeed, tnank
to a most ingenious range-finding instru
ment that is used with these pieces, it it
practically unnecessary that the object
aimed at should be in view when a round
is being fired.
In connection with tbe employment ol
a siege train, it is rather curioua to note
that, despite the vast amount of warfare
in which Britain has been engaged of re
cent years, this is tbe first occaaion on
which such an "article of war" has been
used since the days of the Crimean cam
12-INCH flUN OF THE BOERS.
laey inisna iqes gun. ptar la in war;
JUST VACCINATED, THAT'S ALL.
The Pretty Toons; Woman Made the
There waa something strikingly pic
torial In the appearance of a young
lady who sat In the upper left-hand
corner of a Jackson avenue trolley car
during one of Its out-bound runs tbe
other morning, says tbe New Orleans
Times-Democrat It was due, no doubt
to many things to tbe aristocratic
slenderness of her figure; to ber wide,
dreamy eyes, tbe exact color of wood
violets; to the great black forest of os
trich plumes that formed ber hat; to
the geometric curve of the towering
collar of her cape. At any rate, sne
i6oi.euaa If Se mjgbt haxe sauntered
out of the pages of some Journal of
fashion a beautiful denizen of picture
paper land, where skirts always bang
in Just the proper folds and trousers
nevei bag at tbe knee.
Everybody looked at ber. the meu ad
miringly and the women coldly, as they
always do when another woman Is let
ter dressed, and she withstood the scru
tiny with regal composure. She did
not seem aware that anybody else was
present At last the car neared tier
corner, and when she had pressed the
button and tbe wheels were almost at
a standstill she arose calmly and glided
down tbe aisle. She was at the door
when tbe car came to a full stop, and,
seeing ber stagger slightly from the
shock, the conductor instinctively laid
bis hand upon ber arm.
It was a courteous and respectful act
and one that might have saved ber
from a fall, but the Instant his lingers
touched her sleeve the haughty beauty
leaped backward as if she had seen an
apparition. Her delicate face went
pale and her dreamy eyes blazed.
"Don't touch nie. sir!" she exclaimed,
with a harshness that shocked and as
tonished -every hearer. The conductor
was a plain, kindly man. and. flushing
with mortification and chngrin. be
turned back to bis plat form, while the
young woman gathered her skirts and
passed swiftly through the door. "Well.
I must say," remarked an elderly gen
tleman who had taken In the episode
over the top of his newspaper, "that
was about tbe most painful exhibition
of superciliousness I ever witnessed In
my life. Pshaw! No wonder the poor
are embittered." There was a growl
of approval and the'eonductor thrust a
' smiling face through the doorway
J "Don't blame de young lady, gents."
he said, cheerily. "She explained It all
' when she was gettln' off. She didn't
' 7 . .svn aim's 4 HUT lUUlD
UietUl UUIUIU 1 UU OCT, one a ju
MERICANS CLING TO EUTTONS.
Uaeleaa Sartorial Accessories that Arc
Deemed lndiai erasable by Men.
Americans cling to old customs near
ly as much as do foreigners. Probably
nothing is more useless than the but
tons on the back of a man's coat or on
the under side of bis sleeves, and yet
they have come down through many
years and no coat Is considered com
plete without them. In the old days,
when every gentleman wore a Sword,
nothing detracted more from his dig
nity than to have the sword belt sag
down In the back. The buttons were
placed on the coat so that the belt
might rest on them and be even all
around. Later, when swards were dis"
carded and In the revolutionary days,
the gentlemen wore coats with flowing
skirts. The skirts were considered
highly ornamental when the wearer
was standing still, but when he went
for bis walk the flapping of the skirts
caused him to present an appearance
more ridiculous than dignified, so the
skirts were made with a small button
llole in the corner and our forefathers
buttoned tbe skirts on the back of the
coat when they sallied forth with their
canes and snuff boxes.
Tbe buttons are all that remain to us
of the costumes of those days. Tu
buttons on the sleeves come from the
same times. The gentlemen wore
neither mittens nor gloves, but instead
ha had the sleeves of his coat made
long, so that be could draw them over
his bands, even to the tips of his fin
gers. It added more to the dignity of
the gentleman's appearance to go forth
with his hands clasped in front of him
and his sleeves meeting so as to cover
them than It would have done to wear
large and clumsy mittens. On warm
lays tbe gentleman did not desire to
have nis bands covered, so the sleeves
were made with a slit back to the
wrists and the gentleman turned back
the sleeves and buttoned them so that
they made a cuff. Hence the buttons
on the sleeves and tbe silt In the sleeve
frequently made and carefully sewed
up on the coats of the present day.
Bc-otc-h aa tti n la Wrote.
. Mrs. Hobmboddie What are yon
reading that absorbs you so'!
Mr. Hohmboddie (looking up from bis
book) It's a new Scotch novel.
Mrs. Habmboddle (with enthusiasm!
Ob, I'm so fond of those dear dialect
things! Do read me a little.
Mr. Hobmboddie Can you under
stand it? .
Mrs. Hahmboddie (loftily) Can I un
derstand it? Well, I should hope any
thing you can understand need not be
Greek to me!
Mr. Habmboddle No; but It might
Mrs. Hobmboddie Go on; Just read
where you are at.
Mr. Hohmboddie (reading) "Ye see,
Elpsle," said Duncan, doucely. "1 might
bae malr the matter wl' me than ye
wad be spierin'. . Alblins ma een is a
bit dazzlit, an' am liearln' tbe poolses
tbuddln' in ma ears, an' me toongue is
clavln when It sud be gaein; an' dly
ye no hear tbe dlrlln' o' ma hairt an'
feel tbe sbakln' o' ma bond this day
gin I gat a glimpse o' ye. salr blrplln
like an auld mon? Div ye nae guess
what's a' tbe steer, blnney, wi'out me
gaein' it malr words?"
Mrs. Hohmboddie Stop, for good
ness' sake! What in tbe world Is tbe
creature trying to say?
Mr. Hobmboddie He's making a dec
laration of love.
Mrs. Hahmboddie A declaration of
love? I thought be was telling a lot or
symptoms to his doctor. Collier's
Silence Is one great art of conversation.
Rw. Dr. Calmasc
Subject: The Home LifeIt Points Out
the Dnfy of Pitrents nnit Admonishes
the ChtMren Don't StoB tbe Youoe
People With Koll.lon.
Washisotos, D. C. This discourse of
Dr. Tnhnnge will iuterest young men, while
It Is full ot ndvtee and eucouragement to
parents who ttre trying to bring up their
children aright; text. Proverbs x., 1, "A
wise son market li a glnd father, bnt a fool
ish son Is the heaviness ot his mother."
In this grsp'iie Kfdy Solomon sets forth
the Idea thai the good or evii tehnvlor ot
children blesses or blights the paruStai
heart. I know there are persons who seem
to linve no especial Interest in the welfare
of their children. The fatner says: "My
boy must take tbe risks I took In life. If
be turns out well, all right. If be turns
out ill, he will have to bear the conse
quences. He has the same chance tlmt I
bad. He must tnke cure of himself." A
shepherd might just as well thrust a lamb
into a den ot lions nnd sav, "tiitle lamb,
take care of yourself."
Nearly all the brnte creation are kind
enouKh to lock after thoir young. I was
going througu a wo ids, nnd I heard 11
shrill crv in a nest. I climbed up to the
bird's liust. nnd I fonnd that the old
bird bad lert the brood to stnrvo. Hut that
is a very rare occurrence. Oenerslly a bird
will pick jour eyes out rather tlinn surren
der lier young to your keeping or your
touoh. A lion will reud you it you come
too near the whelps. Even the barnyard
fowl, with its clumsy foot and bravy wing,
will come at yon If yon approach its young
too nearly, and God certainly intended to
have fathers and mothers as kind as tho
Christ eomes through all our households
to-day, and He says: "You take care of
tbe bodies ot vourchildten nnd the minds
of your children. What are you doing for
their Immortal souls'" 1 read of a ship
that foundered. A life-boat was launched.
Many of the passengers were in the waters.
A mother, with one band beiitlne the wave
and tbe other hand holding ber little child
out toward the lifeboat, cried out. "Save
my child!" Aud tbnt impassioned cry Is
the one that tlnds an echo In every paren
tal heart lu this land to-day. "Have my
chi'd!" That man out there says: "I have
fought my own way through lire, I have got
along tolerably well, the world has buffeted
me, and I bave h d many a hard struggle.
It don't make much difference what hap-
rms to me, but save my child!" You see
have a subject of stupendous import, aud
I am going, us God may help me, to show
tbe 'cause of parental solicitude and then
tbe alleviations of tbnt solicitude.
The first cause of parental solicitude, I
think, arises from the imperfection of
parents on their own part. We all some
how want our children to avoid our faults.
We hO e that it we bave any excellences
tbey will copy them. But tbe probability
is they will copy our faults and omit our
excellences. Children are very apt to be
echoes of the parental life. Some one
meets a Ind in the back street, finds him
smoking and says: "Why, lam astonished
at you! What would your fnther say if he
knew this? Where did vou get that cigar?"
"Oh, I picked It np on the street." "What
would yonr father sav and yonr mothersay
If they knew this?" "Oh," be replies,"thats
nothing. My father smokes!" There is
not one of us to-day who would like to
have our children copy all our examples.
And that Is the cause ot tbe solicitude on
the part of ail ot ns. We have so many
lank we do not want them copied and
stereotyped in the lives and -characters of
those who come after us.
The solicitude arises from our conscious
insufficiency and unwisdom ot discipline.
Out of twenty parents there may be one
parent who understands how thoroughly
and skillfully to discipline; perhaps not
more than one out of tweuty. We, nearly
nil ot us, err on one side or 011 the other.
Here is a father who says, "lam going to
bring up my children right; my sous shall
kuow nothing but religion; shall see noth
ing bnt religlou, aud henr nothing but re
ligion." Tbey are routed out nt 6 o'clock
In tbe morning tD recite the Ten Com
mandments. They are awakened np from
the sofa on Sunday night to recite the
Westminster Catechism. Their bedroom
wails are covered with religious pictures
nnd qnotations of Scripture, and whan tbe
boy looks for the day of tbe month be
looks for It In a religious almanac. If a
minister comes to the house, ho is re
quested to take the boy aside and tell him
what a great sinner he is. It is religion
morning, noon and night.
Time passes on, and the parents are wait
ing for the return of tbe son nt night. It
is 9 o'clock, it is 10 o'lock, it Is 11 o'clock,
it Is 12 o'clock, it is half-past li o'clock.
Then tbey hear a rattling of tbe night key,
and Georce comes in and hastens upstairs
lest lie be accosted. His father says,
"George, where have you beeu?" He says,
"I have been out." Yes, he has been out,
nnd he has been down, and be has started
on the broudrniid to ruin for this life nnd
ruin for the lite to come, and the fathet
snys to his wile, "Mother, tbe Ten Com
mandments are a failure; no use of West
minster Catechism; I have done my very
best for that boy; just see bow he ha
turned out." Ah, my friend, you stuffed
that boy with religion; you bad no sym
pathey with innocent hilarities; you bad
no common sense. A man at midlife said
to me, "I haven't mu;h desire for religion;
my father was as good a man as ever lived,
but be jammed religion down my throat
when I was a boy until I got disgusted
with it, and I h.iven't wanted any of it
since." That father erred on one side.
Then the discipline Is an entire failure
In many households because the father
pulls one way and the mother pulls tbe
other way. The father says, "ily son, I
told you if lever found you guilty of false
hood again I would chastise you, and I am
going to keep my promise." The mother
says: "Don't! Let him off this time."
A father ftftys. "1 have seen so many that
make mistake by too great severity In the
rearing of their children. Now, I will let
my boy dons he pleases. He shall have
fail swing. Here, my son, are tickets to
the theatre and opera. If you want to play
cards, do so; if yon don't want to play
cards, you need not to play them. Go
when you want and eome buck when yon
want to. Have a good time. Go it!" Give
II boy plenty of money nnd ask Mm not
what he does with It, and you pay his way
straight to perditl- n. But after awhile
the lad thinks he ought to bave a still
larger supply. He bas been treated, and
be must treat. He must have wine sup
pers. There are larger und larger ex
penses. Arter awhile one day a messenger from
the bank over the way calls In ami says to
tbe father of tbe household of which I am
speaking, "Tbe officers of the bank wonld
like to have you step over a minute." The
father steps over, and the bunk officer
says, "Is that yonr check?" "No," he
says; "that is uot my check. I never made
au 'H' In that way; I never put a curl to
tbo 'Y' in that way. That Is not my
writing. That is not my signature. That
is a counterfeit. Send for the police."
"Stopl" says the bank officer. "Your son
Now the father and mother are waiting
for tbe son to ccme home at night. It is
12 o'clock, It Is half-post 12 o'clock, ft is 1
o'clock. Tbe son comes through the hall
way. Tbe father says: "My son, whnt
does all this mean? I gave you evry op
portunity. I gnve you all the money you
wanted, and here In my old days I find thai
you have become a spendthrift, a libertine
and a sot." Tbe son says: "Now, father,
what Is tbe use of yonr talking that way?
Yon tcld me to go It, and 1 just took your
suggestion." And so to strike the medium
between severity and too great leniency,
to strike the happy medium between the
two and train our children for God nnd
tor heaven, is the anxiety for every Intel
Bat for the most part the children that
live sometimes get cross and pick up bad
words In tbe street or are disposed to quar
rel with brother or sister nnd show that
tbey am wieked. You see them in the Sabbath-school
class. They are so sunshiny
and bright you would think they were al
ways 10, but the mother looklua over at
them remembers what an awful time she
had to get them ready. Time passes on.
Tbey get considerably older, and tbe son
conies in from tbe street from a puglllstio
encounter bearing on bis appearance the
marks of defeat, or tbe daughter praetioes
some little deception In the household.
The mother says, "I can't always be scold
ing and fretting nnd llndlug fault, but this
must be stopped." So in many a house
hold there is the sign ot sin, tbe sign of tbe
truthfulness ot what tbe Bible says when
it declares, "They go astray as soon as
tbey be born, speaking lies."
Some go to work and try 'to correct all
this, and tbe boy Is picked at and picked
nt and picked at. That always Is ruinous.
There Is more help in one good thunder
storm than In live days ot oold drizzle.
Better the old fashioned stylo ot chastise
ment, if that be necessary, than the fret
ting and the scolding which have de
stroyed so many.
There is uIbo a cause of great solicitude
sometimes because our young people are
surrounded by so many temptations. A
castle may not be taken by a straightfor
ward Siygebut suppose there be Inside the
srstle au T-n-ranA '" " V1-1'1 "B
sLoves baek tbe bolt and swings open tbe
door. Our young folks have foes without,
and they bave foes within. Who does not
understand It? Who l-i the man here who
is not aware of the fact tbnt the young
people of this day have tremendous temp
tations? Ob, how many traps set for tho youngl
Styles ot temptation just suited to the n.
Do you suppose that a man who went clear
to the depths ot dissipation went down in
one great plunge? Oh, nol At first it was
a fashionable hotel. Marble floor. Noun
clean pictures behind the counter. No
drunken hiccough while they drink, hut
the cllok of out glass to the elegaut senti
ment. You ask that young man now to go
Into some low restauraut and get a drink,
and he would say, "Do you mean to Insult
me?" But the fashionable and the elegant
hotel Is not always close by, and now the
young man Is on tbe down grade. Fnrlhet
and farther downnntil he has about struck
the bottom of the depths ot ruin. Now he
Is In the low restaurant. Tiie cards so
greasy you can hardly tell who bus the
beat band. Gambling for drinks. Shuffle
away, shuffle away. The landlord stands
in bis short sleeves, with bis hands on his
hips, waiting for an order to till np tbe
The clock strikes twelve the tollln? of
the funeral bell of a soul. The breath of
eternal woe flushes In that young mau's
cheeks. In the jets of the gaslight the
fiery tongue of tbe worm that never dies.
Two o'clock In the morning, and now thef
are sound asleep In their chairs. Land
lord comes around and says "Wake up.
wake upl Time to shut upl" "What!"
says tbe youug man. "Time to shut up?'
Push them all out into the night air. Now
they are going home. Going home! Lei
the wife crouch In the corner and the chil
dren hide under the bed. What was the
history of that young man? He began his
dissipations in tbe barroom of a Fifth ave
nue hotel and completed bis damnation In
the lowest grogshop.
Sometimes sin does not bait In that way.
Sometimes sin even comes to tbe drawing
room. There are leprous hearts some
times admitted In the highest circles ot
society. He la so elegant, he Is so bewitch
ing in bis manner, be Is so refined, he Is so
educated,' no one suspects tbe sinful de
sign, but after a while the talons of death
come forth. "Mut Is the matter with that
house? The front windows havo not been
open for six months or a year. A shadow
has comedown on that domestic hearth, a
shadow thicker than one woven ot mid
night and hurricane. Tbe agony of that
parent makes him say, "Oh, I wish I bad
buried my children when they were small!"
Loss ot property? No. Death In tbe
family? No. Madness? No. Some vil
lain, kid gloved and diamonded, lifted
that cup of domestic- bliss until the sun
light struck It, and all the rainbows
played around tbe rim and then dashed It
into desolation and woe, until the barples
of darkness clapped their hands and all
the voices ot the pit uttered a loud "Ha,
The statistic has never been made up in
these great cities ot bow many bnve been
destroyed and how many beautiful homes
have been overthrown. It the statistic
oould be presented. It would freeze your
blood In a solid cake at your heart. Out
great cities are full ot temptations, and to
vast multitudes ot parents these tempta
tions become a matter of great solicitude.
Begin early with your children. YotK
stand on tbe banks of a river and you try
to change Its course. It bns been rolling
now for 100 miles. You cannot change It.
But just go to tbe source of that river, go
to wnere the water just drips down on the
rock. Then with your knife make a chan
nel this way and a channel that way. and
it will take it. Come out and stand on the
banks of yonr child's lite when It is thirty
or forty years of age, or even twenty, and
try to change tbe course of that life.
It is too Intel It Is too Intel Go far
ther np at the source of lite and near
est to the mother's heart, where tbe
character starts, and try to t ike It In
the right direction. But, ob, my friend,
be careful to make a line, a distinct
line between innocent hilarity on the one
band and vicious hilarity on the other. Do
not think your children are going to ruin
because tney make a racket. AU healthy
children make a racket. But do not laugh
nt your child's sin because It is smart. If
you do, you will cry after awhile because
It is malicious. Bemember it is what you
do more than what you say that Is going
to affect your children. Do you suppose
Noah would have got bis family to go Into
tbe ark If he staid out? No. His sons
would bave said. "I am not going into tbe
boat; there's something wroug; father
won't go in; it father stays out, I'll stay
Are all yonr children sate? I know it is a
stupendous question to nsk, but I must
ask it. Are all your children safe? A
mother, when the house was on fire, got
out the household good 3, many articles of
beautiful furniture, but forgot to ask till
too late, "Are the children safe?" When
the elements are melting with fervent heat
and God shall burn the- world up nnd tbe
cry of "Fire! Fire!" shall resound amid
the mountains and tbe valleys, will your
children be safe?
I wonder It the subject strikes a chord in
the heart of any man who bad Christian
parentage, but has not lived as he ought?
God brought. you here this morning to
have your memory revived. Did you bave
a Christian ancestry? "Ob, yetl" says one
man. "If there ever was a good woman,
my mother was good." How she watched
you when you were sick! Others wearied.
If she got weary, she nevertheless was
wakeful, and the medicine was given at the
right time, and wheu the pillow was hot
she turned It. And, ob, then, whuu you
began to go astray, what a grief It was to
her heart 1
AU the scene comes back. You remem
ber the chairs, you remember the table,
you remember tbe doorsill where you
played, yon remember tbe tones of tier
voice. She seems calling you now, not by
tbe formal title with which we address vou.
saying, "Mr." this or "Mr." that, or "Hon
orable" this or "Honorabis" that. It U
ust the first name, your first nnine, she
calls you by this morning. She bids you to a
better life. She says: "Forget not nil the
oounsel I gave you, my wandering boy.
Turn Into paths of righteou-.uess. I am
waiting for you at tbe gate." Oh, yes, God
brought you here this morning to have
that memory revived, and I shout upward
the tidings. Angels of God send forward
tbe news. Ring! King! Tbe dead Is alive
again, and the lost Is toundl
A law In Mexico compels a Mormon
who Is about to take a second wife
to exhibit a certificate signed by the
first wife, announcing her willingness.
He must also produce the written con
sent of the second wife and her par
ents. A Maine farmer haa discoverel
that by planting onions and potatoes
in the field in alternate rows the on
ions become so strong that they bring
tears to the eyes of the potatoes In
such volume that the roots are kept
moist and a blpr crop Is raised in spite
of the drought.
Mexicans are not noted for their
cleanliness, yet nearly every town in
Mexico has a public bath house.