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taining the best blood-purifying,
alterative and tonio substances and
effecting tho most radical and per
manent cures of all humors and all
eruptions, relieving weak, tired,
languid feelings, and building up
the wholo system is true only of
No other medicine acts like it;
no other mcdlcino has done so
much real, substantial good, no
other medicine has restored health
and strength at so little cost.
"I wh troubled with scrofuU and exma
near loilnr taj ejeslcht. For four months I
could not see to do anything. After taking
two bottles of Itood's Sarsaparilla I could see
to walk, and Then I had taken eight bottles 1
tould see as well as svr." Sum A. ILubs
ton, Withers, N. 0.
Hood's Sarsapnrllla promises to
cure and kseps the promise.
Think for a moment of tho narrow
A in Its of our knowledge! Sixteen hun
dred millions of feathcrlcss bipeds,
more or less, nro picking up a living,
eating and drinking, marrying and giv
ing In marriage, on this pretty plane!
of ours; of what Infinitesimal propor
tion can you really unveil tho sccrcti
and gaugo tho virtues and tho happi
ness How many people do you know
Intimately enough (o say whether their
lot Is, on tho whole, cnvlnblo or the
ro verso? Every human being Is n for
eign kingdom to every other. Wo make
t short excursion Into their minds; we
touch at a port hero and there; and we
lay glibly that wo know them Intlmnto
ly. We know not bow ninny dark cor
ners nro carefully hidden away from
til strangors, and what vast provlncoi
have novcr been reached In our most
daring travels. How, then, can we
udgo ono another? Hucli utter Ignor
anco of our neighbor's thoughts and
motives should mako us wondroui
A Heart Story.
Folsom, 8. Dak. In these, days
when so many sudden deaths aro re
ported from Heart Failure and various
forms of Heart Disease, it will bo good
news to many to learn that tliero is a
novor falling romody for cvory form of
Mrs. II. D. Hyde, of this plnco, was
troubled for yearn with u pain in hor
heart which distressed her a great deal;
Bho had tried many remedies but had
not succeeded in finding anything that
would help her until at last alio began
treatment of Dodd's Kidnoy Pills und
this vory soon relieved her and alio has
not had a singlo pain or nny distrust In
tho region of tho heart since. She
gays: "I cannot say too much in
praise of Dodd's Kidnoy I'II'h. They
are tho groatcst heart inodlclno I linvo
ever used, I was troubled for over
throe years with a oovoro pain in my
heart, which cntiroly disappeared after
short trcatmont of Dodd's Kidnoy
Latest Rtootrloal Novelty.
Down near Atlantic City, N. J.,
there has been In successful operation
for Hovcral months nn experimental
trolley road minus the trolley, Moro
astonishment still thoro Is no third
rail or storage battery to bo soon on
this unlquo bit of road. Without any
apparent means of obtaining tho all
Important electric current, motor cars
will draw a 200,000-pound load on this
road. Of course, tho sccrot of It nil
lies In tho application of a now sys
tem. Every sixteen foot a point of
connection is established midway be
tween the raits whoro a metal button
projects abovo a box through which
passes the powerful current carried
along wires In a subway, A person
might step on this button and ono of
the rails at tho same tlnio and not
receive a shock, but, as tho car passes
over, a powerful magnet underneath
attracts tho button and In raising It
establishes tho circuit which supplies
tho motor with enough of tho essential
fluid to propel tho car along tho six
teen feot of track to another point of
contact Tho saving of expenses In
Installation and maintenance over
that of tho old systems, the freedom
from overhead wires which so seri
ously Interfere with tho lighting of
tires In tho cities, and tho Immunity
from fatal shockH which It insures aro
factors which will no doubt bring
about Us ranld ndoutlon.
The Widow I wonder why Minerva
wn called the goddcus of wisdom?
The Hncht'lor 1'roliubly because she
wasn't foolish enoiiKh to marry,
The Widow-Nicn why was Solomon,
who had a thousand wives, called tho
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Bssl ISIM- Sold by SnfUU. Pf
Gravel will shrink eight per cent;
gravel and sand, nine per cent; clay
and clay earths, ten per cent; loam and
light sandy earths, twelve per cent
These figures are useful In making
estimates for such work.
Among the Innumerable experi
ments with liquid air two are particu
larly curious. A ball of India rubber
Immersed In It becomes as brittle as
glass, but a ball of lead, In the samo
circumstances, acquires elasticity, and
will rebound tike rubber.
French statistics show that a total
of 238,703 horse-power from tho falls
of the Alps Is now used for generating
electricity. The electric power servos
tho following: Aluminum works, 22,.
630 horse-power, other metallurgical
factories 20,485; chlorate of potassium
works, 0,000; calcium carbldo works,
1OM00; sodium chlorate works, 18,
COO; transmission of power nnd light
ing, 38,727; various Industries, 10,080.
It Is reported from Johannesburg
that a new and unexpected source of
wealth has been discovered In tho ter
ritory of the late Boer republic. Near
tho eastern border of the Transvaal, on
tho edge of the lofty South African
plateau, threo valuable lodes of tin oro
havo been found, and the deposits aro
apparently so cxtenslvo that predic
tions aro heard that tho new colony
may provo to bo as rich In tin and
copper as It Is already known to be In
The human body changes Its tern
peraturo very slightly under any con
ditions of heat or cold, but a Russian
naturalist finds that the body tempera
turo of Insects Is practically that of tho
atmosphere. It usually rises moro
slowly than the air, though more rap
idly when the nlr Is very moist When
tho Insect begins to move, the temper
aturo rises rapidly, and may reach
about 38 degrees 0. (102.2 degrees F.)
Ilolow 0.5 degrees 0. Insects remain
motionless, and tho wings are not
moved until the tempcraturo reaches
about 12 degrees 0.
The latost now form of dirigible bal
loon, Invented by L. J. Andersen, of
London, has two elongated gas-bags
of tho samo shape and size placed sldo
by side, like tho two hulls of a cata
maran boat Tho car Is suspendod
beneath, being equally supported by
both balloons, nnd tho dilvlug pro
peller Is placed behind their rear ends,
and half-way bctwoen them. In ipe
rlmcntlng with a model having bal
loons seven feet long, tho Inventor
finds that this form of ntr-shlp pos
sesses advantages In steering nnd In
maintaining a straight courso. Ho Is
constructing a full-sized apparatus
with balloons 70 foot long, to bo driven
by a DO-horse-powcr elcctrlct motor.
After forty years of agitation, led
by Liverpool merchants, tho llritlsh
government has Just sanctioned the
uso of a weight of fifty pounds In
placo of tho standard "hundredweight"
(112 pounds), and "half-hundred-weight"
(fifty-six pounds). Tho re
form was demanded because the Jm
menso quantities of cotton, corn, to
bacco nnd other American products
landed at Liverpool were calculated by
tho sellers In pounds, whllo tho buyers
wero compelled to reckon In "hundred
weights," which did not represent the
number of pounds that tho name Im
plies. It Is claimed that the rofonn
will sava n great amount of tlmo nnd
labor and prevent many errors. It Is
nlsa regarded as an entering wedgo
for tho Introduction of the decimal
system In Englnnd.
QUEER U8E3 FOR CEILINGS.
Men Hoto Kmployeil Them ns Bnbatl
tutce for SavliiK Hanks.
Some time since n Liverpool gentle
man dlod, as It was thought, Intostnte.
No will could bo found, nnd tho next
of kin had already entered Into pos
session whon tho decorators, In whoso
hands the doccascd's old house had
been placed for renovation, enmo
across tho long-sought-for document,
pasted on tho library colling, whoro It
had been hlddon from view by a layer
of p.ipor, which had boon placed thoro
by the eccentric testator hlmsolf,
llio celebrated lleau Immunol, dur
ing tint tlrst years of his cxllo, whllo
yot his faino ns a dandy was pre
eminent, had tho celling of his bed
room covered with mirrors, so thnt
oven whllo nt rest ho could study elo
pnnce nnd nssumo a graceful poso. For
such a purposo n glass celling Is, how
titer, not unliiuo, and tho notorious
duchess of Cleveland had such anoth
er constructed to grntlfy hor vanity.
For u far different reason did a cor
tuln Yorkshire gentleman of tho last
coutiiry, mentioned by Mrs. Gnskcll In
hor "Lifo of Charlotte Ilroutc," havo
bib celling paneled with mirrors. Ar
dently dovoted to tho sport of cock
fighting, ho continued to tho Inst to
enjoy his favorlto pastlmo, and even
when on his deathbed his room was
the scene of many nn exciting fight,
which, lying on his back, he saw re
flected In the glass overhead,
Anothor Invalid whose tastes were
certainly more aesthetic was a gentle
man who died lately at Munich. Con
fined for many mouths to his bed, he
gratified his love for art by having his
celling papered and covered with his
most treasured pictures, which he In
his younger days bud acquired. These
were changed from tlmo to tlmo for
others In his collection, which In their
turn were contemplated with delight
by the crippled connoisseur as he lay
Btretchcd on his couch of pain.
During a police case heard a year
back at Tottenham the prosecutrix told
the magistrate that she had taken the
prisoner lu out of charity and had per
mitted her to remain. This the pris
oner denied, saying that she paid 2s
Cd a week. "You only paid 2s," re
torted the other, "and that Is marked
ou the celling." This novel Idea of
converting a celling Into a rent book
evoked a roar of laughter In court
An eccentric llrlghtou pedagogue
was wont to use the celling of his
schoolroom oa a blackboard. It was
covered with a caslug of blackened
and polished wood on which the doml-'
nle, by tueaus of a long, chalk-pointed ,
rod, used to draw geometrical Mgwei
and diagrams while discoursing on tin
subtleties of Euclid. This unusual pro
ceeding was but the practical applL
cation of a quaint theory of his thai
the elevation of the pupils' eyes In
duced sharpness of Intellect
Much annoyed at the barefaced man
Dei1 In which the photos of his friendi
and acquaintances that wars scattered
In profusion about his rooms, were ap
propriated by his many visitors, a gen
tleman well known In Parisian society
I hit upon the ingenious device of hav-
I inir thm nfllTAfl fn ti taMntrm nt till
flat. Three large rooms are thus deco
rated, and that callers, should they
desire, may obtain a clear view of the
portraits, opera glasses of special con
struction are supplied.
When In 1803 Mile. Forrester gave a
danco nt her house In Paris the celling
of the ballroom was so constructed
that at given Intervals It discharged
upon the dancers a fine rain of white
ropp, cherry blossom, Jockey club and
othT scents. This pleasing surprise
was likowlse prepared for his guests
by a wealthy Hussion nobleman, who,
however, heightened the effect by hav
ing the celling exquisitely painted with
the flowers whoso essences descended
upon those beneath. London Tit-Bits.
HOW ZOOS GET WILD ANIMALS.
Halt Used by Recruiting Agent and
Getting recruits for tho zoological
parks Is not by any means tbo easiest
thing in the world, though tho author!
ties themselves do not bear much ol
tho trouble In this connection. The
work Is mainly dono by travelers and
natives of countries from which the
wild beasts come, from whom the vari
ous zoological soclotles of the world
buy, except when tho purchases are
made from professional wild-beast
Some of the latter employ regular re
cruiting agents, whom they send out
whenover they receive orders which
they cannot cxecuto with stock they
have In hand. If the park authorltlei
order an African Hon of a doaler and
tho dealer has not a sultablo beast on
hand recruiting lions In Africa bcglm
nt once and continues until a good
specimen lias been obtained.
Tho different methods by which the
various wild animals are captured In
their natlvo stato are Interesting. Llona
aro generally caught by being tempted
to thrust their heads through nooses of
strong cords composed of twisted
hides. Pieces of meat are used for
bait but frequently tho hunters have
many days of hard chasing boforo the
lion can bo persuaded to try tbo noose.
Whon ho docs tho cords aro pulled
quickly around his throat, stifling him,
nnd other stout cords are then bound
around bU legs. Restoratives are then
administered to rovlvo tho animal,
whoso efforts to frco himself from the
nooso havo brought on oxhaustlon, and
ho Is carried away and put In a special
ly constructed cage for shipment
Tigers aro more savago than lions
and can rarely be captured when full
grown. Recruiting Is accordingly car
ried on among the cubs, tho parent
tigers being killed and tho young, left
without protectors, being easily caught.
Tho cubs readily accustom themselves
Perhaps tho most difficult of all wild
animals to capture Is tho giraffe, says
tho Now York Times. In addition to
being very rare, giraffes are exceeding
ly timid nnd nro very swift-footed.
Thoro Is no special way to capturo a
giraffe, as almost every way has been
tried, and all havo been almost equally
unsuccessful. Tho mothod which has
occasionally resulted In a capture Is by
using a long cord, at each end of which
Is a round weight This cord Is thrown
by tho hunter In such n manner ns to
wind around tho animal's logs, olthcr
bringing It to tho ground or rendering
it lncapablo of escaping beforo It Is
mndo n prisoner. Most of tho giraffes
In captivity havo been caught by
chanco when young.
A llouso IMviiteii.
Most persons havo had the expert
enco of walking with a friend out of
step and trying to shift Just nt tho
moment when tho friend also makes
tho attempt This is an Instance of
thwarted harmony much like thnt
which appears In a story, told by V. C,
of nn elderly couplo. They wero child
lesB, and lnd nevor been united by tho
bond of other lives linked with their
own. So they wero always In a etnto
of well-bred disagreement
On tho subject of meals they dis
agreed thoroughly, and each usually
suggested a dish for tho Sunday dinner
which tho other did not npprovo. One
Snturday tho mnn camo homo from
market with n basket.
"You needn't worry about to-morrow's
dinner nny more, Maria. I've
"And so hnvo I, George. You wero
so undecided "
"Undecided? I told you want I
"Well, I mean you didn't decide ns
I did. So I bought a goose."
"Why, so have I. I told you I'd like
"Well, now we are agreed for once,
"Yes, and I suppose we'll have cold
gooso and stewed gooso for the next
They relapsod Into their usual si
Sunday forenoon the wife asked, "Do
you waut a little quince In the apple
sauce with your goose?"
"Your goose, you mean."
"No ,1 don't It seemed so absurd
to have two geese lu the bouse that I
sent mine to Aunt Jane."
"What I I sent mine to Uncle Joe!"
Dressed fbr a konjr Walk.
Mrs. Malaprop I walked twenty
Ave miles yesterday.
Mr. Parlorinop Did you wear a ped
omoter? Miss Malaprop Oh, no,, Indeed Just
a short skirt Harvard Lampoon.
The Fiancee The Idea of his think
ing that he Is unworthy of me.
The Contldanto Yes, but you need
n't argue the matter with blm. He'll
discover bis error In time. Brooklyn
Soiuo womon have so much powder
on them that kissing them must taste
like the first bite In a biscuit
THE OTW AOJC POKTL.ADTD,
TORY OF THE MUFF.
Otice It Color Betokened the Sank el
"Do yon know that the color of a
muff once betokened the rank of the
wsarerr said a furrier to a Philadel
phia Record man as he stroked a beau
tiful sealskin muff. "In the days of
Charles IX. no lady could have worn
this fur, for black was decreed by the
King- to be the badge of the common
people and the court followers were
restricted to the colors.
"Muffs have gone through more
styles than It would seem possible to
Invent fpr such a simple article of con
venience. It has been long and nar
row, like a sheaf, and, again, large
and round. At the beginning of last
century the test of slzo was to try the
muff In a flour barrel. If it went In
without much trouble then that muff
was too small to be really fashionable.
At the present day almost anything is
proper, but those enormous cylinders
would certainly draw much attention.
One of tho most curious styles was
that of Louis XIV., called tho 'chlous
mauchons,' because they were made to
convey little dogs In.
"Tho muff when first Introduced was
tho exclusive property of tho nobility
and originated In Venice. Theso muffs
wero very smnll nnd consisted of a
single piece of velvet, brocade or silk,
lined with fur nnd tho openings fas
tened with rich Jewels. Such arrange
ments came In during tho early part
of tho seventeenth century, but In the
provlous century the ladles frequently
carried a plcco of rich fur, which they
used cither ns a muff or n neck piece.
"The muff reached Its highest point
In the reign of Louis XV., when tho
productions wero exquisite. Then
fashion declared for a cloth muff Instead-
of fur, nnd the furriers made a
great uproar. They, petitioned tho Pope
to excommunicate tho wearer of a
cloth muff, but to no purpose. Finally
some Ingenious merchant bribed the
headsman to carry a cloth muff on
execution day. The women shrank
from such association and the fur won
tho day. Wo now assoclnto tho muff
only with cold weather, but in the old
days it was a regular part of woman's
dress and was carried lu all weather.
As lato as 1830 a muff and n straw
bonnet were not deemed Incongruous."
In this ago of athletics one might
think that no people ever showed so
much Interest In feats of muscular
might and skill ns those who have per
fected football; but modern games, nnd
oven the games of tho Greeks at Olym
pic, may have been moro than match
ed by tho sports of peoples who aro
now held in little esteem. A writer
on tbo Canary Islands gives an account
of their athletic training which makes
oven tho college giants of to-dny seem
wcuk and effeminate,
Tho Canary Islands wero subjected
by Spain about the tlmo Columbus dis
covered America. Tho conquest was
due solely to tho superiority of Euro
pean weapons, nnd not to better skill
and prowess. Tho natlvo soldiers wero
trained nthlotcs, developed under a
system which held athletic sports nn
Important business, like military drill.
Spanish chronicles have left us ac
counts of tho sports of tbo Islanders.
From babyhood they wero trained to
bo brisk In self-defense. An soon as
they could toddle tho children wero
pelted with mud balls, thnt they might
learn how to protect themselves. When
they wero boys stones nnd woodon
darts were substituted for the bits of
In this rough school they acquired
tbo rudiments of warfare which on-
nblcd them, during their wars with
tho Spaniards, to cntch In their hands
tue arrows shot from their enemies' i
After tho conquest of tho Canaries
a natlvo of tho Islands was seen at
Sovlllo who, for a shilling, lot a man '
throw nt him as many stones as ho
pleased from n distance of eight paces,
Without moving his left foot ho avoid
cd every stone,
Another natlvo used to defy nny ono
to hurl nn orango nt him with so creat
rapidity that ho could not catch It
Ttireo men tried this, each with a
dozen orangos, and tbo Islander caught
every orange. As a further test, ho
hit his antagonists with each of the
Many a traveler in desert lands,
when lu danger of dying from thirst
has been saved by the plant ?wttorumtoA
the wner or fishhook cactus, says he co;o tel of ,, , k, nB
Now iork Commercial. During tho ,nm, nd t0 1 10 6eo ,
moist season It stores up a large qunn- sho ,,m, ve(1 c , or , e l
tlty of water for tho subsequent ilry'ln ,, ,,., fnr fnvi,i. ..i.,!
one when all the ground Is parched
with heat nnd only channels tilled with
stones murk tho courso of former rlvu-
for tho safety of Its precious liquid
that it is no easy task to obtain It
Tho exterior skin Is moro Impenetra
ble than the toughest leather, and, be
sides, It Is protected with long, wiry
spines curved Into books at the end,
yot so strong nnd springy that If a
large rock bo thrown against them
they remain uninjured. If the spines
be burned off one may. by long and
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wiu. a stout knife; otherwise nothing i",,8"6"!? ,at T" " 'm dl,d
but an axe will enable them to get nt u"'Tell lTrtJ . "h 'V1:
the interior of this well-armored plant I JLll ? !if Y?V?' "?
When the top 1. removed and , ho.' j1", JVr f . "7 't
low made by scooping out, some of the'The" p"e "r "' heMcou'd
soft inner part It Immediately fill, with "7J.?m J" ,'he
water, cool and refreshing, though a 1"t."'n?h" ZJ Ut ""
blistering sun may have been beating . pl?nJnB V16 rea8
upon the tough skin above It all day. . n! "! ved, "', house where
The water, when first obtained, ha. a " ,
whitish or smoky tint, but when set
tled Is as clear as crystal,
Doing- Ills nest,
"nave you ever made any effort to
An vaiii- allrhw tnfin finv crond?'
W JVM. .V..VT- - 0..v, ,
"Certainly," answered Senator 8or.luo ue BU0 u" s mrougn wiiu
ghum. "It Is a well-known fact thatblm'
moucy widely distributed can accom-1 Arter ,ne had om,s te "h wen to
pllsh but little. In order to exert Its her r00 Tue frock ,hB nad chosen to
full force and achieve great works It wear w" ,'ln' on thft bed u WM a
must be concentrated."
"I have been doing my best to con
centrate as much of It as possible."
A Query Answered.
Laura We have no infallible for
mula for removing a double chin. Con
sult some man who says he cau shave
himself In the dark. Baltimore News. rtB
THAT OLD SWEETHEART OF MINE.
I have seen a wondrous picture of "that old sweetheart of mine,"
Of the girl whoso soul is fairer than the world's most sacred shrine;
And the long months seemed as nothing, for I beard her softly sigh,
And onco more I was her lover in the happy days gone by.
And I stood there gazing on her as a soul from outer space
Gazes through the gates of heaven on an angel's deathless face;
All the world around forgotten; all the past a mystic dream;
With the old love burning In me and its passion all supreme.
Every nerve within my being seemed a harp string tuned to love.
Trembling with the music learned from Israel above,
As I stood there In the silence with her fair face closo to mine.
And my tired spirit longing for the days that were divine.
Slowly fared the ship of evening out Into the sea of night;
Slowly Into darkness faded all save mem'ry's holy light;
And the dream of life was ended. But tho stars of raetn'ry" shlno
Through the soul's wide-open windows on "that old sweetheart of mine."
HE doctor looked Into tho wom
an's bravo eyes and slowly pro
nounced her sentence.
"The operation must take place with
in n few days or "
"It may bo too Into to operate at all."
"And I will got through it safely?"
"I hope so."
"You aro not sure. You think there
Is n risk?"
"Thoro Is always a risk In every
operation," ho answered evasively.
"Tell me the truth, doctor; I can bear
Tho old man looked Into the desper
ate eyes and put his hand gently on
the woman's shoulder.
"You are a brave woman. I will tell
you tho truth. This operation will be
a very serious ono In fact, thoro Is
only n chance thnt you will survlvo it.
But there Is a chance, nnd for tho snke
of It you must not lose heart"
"Couldn't I wait till next month
Just for n few weeks longer? It surely
would not mnko any dlffcrcnco if It
was postponed till then."
"My child," the doctor answered, "If
we postponed It for a fow weoks, for
even one week, you will loso your ono
chnnce of recovery. Besides, you will
suffer such agony that your llfo wifl
bo unbearable. Lot mo advlso you, and
mako up your mind to go through It
"Within the next few days. You
must go Into tho hospital to-morrow to
be prepurcd for It"
Then ho explained the arrangements
ho would mako for her, and after lis
tening lu a dazed, half-stupid fashion,
Elizabeth said "good-by" to him, und
wearily wont out In tho cold nnd dark
ness of tho December cvonlng.
Sho drove nlono In a hansom with
tears running down her wblto cheeks,
and hor heart rebelling at tho cruel
bund of Fate that had so unsparingly
dealt her this blow. Had sho deserved
It? Was this trial sont to her because
sho had set ono mail upon a pedestal
and worshiped him to tho exclusion of
tho whole world? Or was it because
she, llko a fool, had thrust away with
laughing eyes the happiness that had
been held out to her, and the gods had
guessed It was only a freak, and were
punishing her becauso she insolently
played with the best thing they had to
give? Six months ago, when David
Mooro had started to tell her how doar
BU0 wns to him, she had stopped him
w,tn n lough, and hud warned him that
It would bo wiser to wait till ho re
turned from abroad beforo ho decided
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H1,u B" "" lU0 on,f woman in tuo
world." Sho did not know why she
ua(l dono 15 wn'i wIien "er heart was
.craving for his love, she had coquetted
and warded him off. But right deep
down sho knew that It was for his own
Bakei ,0 K'vo Win a fair chanco of see-
' oluer younger, moro ueautirui
women, beforo she let blm tell hor that
sbo was tho best of all
I'll bo back In six months, Eliza
beth," ho said, holding her hands, tight-
ly, and looking into tho sweet gray
eyes. "I'll como straight to you. You
will listen to mo then; you will then
believe thnt I am In earnest." And so
ho left her,
A ml tints tliA alv nittit iaa. ,. .
80 (,(l Wft8 for ns .j,',
plense him. And now, when tho tlmo
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' ". she ,.. gather
up her strength and send him away
without a word of love, without a sign
It was becauso tbo pain bad waged
so fiercely through tho night thnt she
determined to go to a doctor to beg
for something to give her relief, for
the time at least. Sho bad gone, and
had1!,lnd berentence pronounced,
Although he had not actually said so.
down the lamps under their red shades
and told the maid to put more coal on
the Are. She decided to postpone her
preparations of her Illness until after
her visitor had gone. She would only
I havo time now to prepare herself for
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soft blue silk, and was very simply
made. Quickly .he put It back Into
the wardrobe and took down one that
was Just sufficiently old-fashioned to
"Molly said I look twenty in blue
a,nd thirty-live In black," she whis
pered, as she laid It on the bed.
Then she unfastened her hair. She
remembered some one saying, "To part
balr la the catr eltfctr makes a
woman look much older or much
younger than sho actually Is. I think,
Elizabeth, that It makes you look much
older." Taking up the comb, sho care
fully made a parting down tho center
of her head and twisted her hair into a
tight knob at tho back.
The reflection that tho mirror sent
back to her made her shudder.
Then she put on tho dowdy block
frock. Ugh! she did look plain and old
and commonplace. No man could make
lovo to n woman who looked llko that
And of all men, not David Moore, for
sho knew so well that ho liked a worn
nn to bo good to look nt
Having finished her strange toilet
she went down to her sitting room, nnd
waited. Fifteen minutes later her vis
Elizabeth saw him start nnd the sur
prised look in his eyes as she held out
her hand to him and asked coolly how
he had enjoyed his trip.
"Are you 111, Elizabeth?" he said,
quickly, without answering her, nnd
looking anxiously nt tho face that had
changed nlmost boyond recognition
since ho last saw It
"No, no! Why should I be ill?"
"You look so whlto nnd "
"Old," she finished. "Well, I am six
months older you must remomber
slnco you went nwny, and I am not tho
typo of woman who wears well."
"Is anything tho matter? Aro you
"What should thoro bo to tronblo
me? I never do anything but havo a
good time. I lovo excitement nnd all
that sort of thing."
Tho man looked ns if he was not
euro he had heard nrlght
"No," Elizabeth continued. "I am
not really different, but you have been
accustomed to fresh young faces late
ly, nnd so poor ralno seems old and
withered In comparison. But please
don't waste the tlmo in discussing my
appearance Tell mo how you enjoyed
"Fairly; but I was so anxious to get
back to London to see you again thnt
I did not think much nbout It You
know wby I wished to be here by the
She looked as though she was trying
"Darling," ho went on, coming closo
to her, "you havo not' forgotten thnt
you said you would listen to mo when
I returned. You know, without nny
words, thnt you aro tho dearest wom
an In the world to roe, and that I wish
you for my wife."
"Your wlfo!" she echoed, with a
sneering laugh. 'Thank you, no. I
must decllno the honor."
"Elizabeth!" and his face went white
ae be held her hands tightly, "what do
"Just that" sho said. "I decline the
"Then," nnd he dropped her hands
and turned nwny, "I had better go. I
was a conceited fool. Forglvo me.
My lovo for you has carried me too
Even In tho half-lit room, Eliza
beth's fa co looked strangely white as
she put her hand to her sldo and lean
ed back In tho cushions.
But sho laughed again.
"Ah, It does not matter. You will
forgot It as readily as I will. And per
haps, after all, It was my own fault.
But you must always allow for a worn
nn chnnglng her affections. It Is a
woman's way, you know."
"No, I did not know," coldly.
"Why not? She may vary her frocks
why not her affections?"
"For heaven's sake, don't talk llko
that You might be a heartless flirt
by your tone."
"I hardly think I m that for your
sex does uot Interest mo sufficiently.
But I am a woman of the world, and
not a silly, lovesick girl."
"I nover Imagined you to be a silly,
love-sick girl, any more than I thought
of you as a 'woman of the world,' as
you put It. Perhaps It will amuse you
to hear that I was foolish enough to
think you were well, altogether dif
ferent" "Yes, It Is rather absurd," she an
swered, driving her nails into her left
band as she stood up and held out her
right one to him. "Goodby. There Is
no need to extend this Interview. Be
sides, I am busy to-night. You will
He took her hand and held It tight
ly, as he looked Into the tired gray
"Elizabeth, Elizabeth," he whisper
ed, "what does It all mean? Have you
nothing kind to say to me?"
"Yes; forget me as soon as you can.
And you will lose your beauty sleep
If you don't go quickly."
He dropped her hand and went out
of the house.
Her acting had been a success, too
much of a success, for not only bad
he gone away with the Idea that she
was Indifferent to him, but she had
forced Uim to despise her for her lev
ity. Yet, after all, It was better thus;
it would be less difficult for him to
cast her out of his heart
She certainly did look plain. Yet her
appearance had not made any differ
ence to hlta. Ahl that look of concern
la his ayes when ba asked he IX she
was 111. Wby couldn't sho have told
him? It would have been so sweet to
have had his loving sympathy!
And if her operation was to bo bb se
rious, and the result as fatal, as she
feared, was there uot some way In
which she might before It wa. too
late, wipe out the false Impression she
had made to-night? She could not
bear the thought that he would think
bitterly of her afterward. Surely it
would be some comfort to him to know
the truth then. Yes, he must bo told.
She would write n. letter and confess
all. If she lived, it must be destroyed;
if she died, it must be delivered.
"I have sent you away from me,"
she wrote, "audam now breaking my
heart becauso I will never look Into
your face again. David, to-night I
acted a part to you. I forced myself
to be cold and false. I made myself
n fright to prevent you telling me of
your love. I knew that if you did so
I would not havo tho strength to re
sist you. I did not want you to guces
that I enrcd. I wanted you to think
mo a heartless flirt to despise me
anything, rather than you should re
gret or have a heart-ache.
"To-day my doctor told me thnt I
must go under the knife within the
next few days. Ho said that there
was a slight chance, but In my heart
I know that If I do live, I will bo a
weak, sickly woman. But I don't be
lieve there Is a chance, so I waut to
tell yon how dear you are to mo be
fore it Is too late. I love you as only a
woman can love a man who represents
everything thnt Is good and strong nnd
truo to her, For nearly two years I
havo waited to hear you say what you
said to-night Six months ago I pre
vented you because I was not quite
sure; I thought it would be wiser for
you to wait until you returned. I
could not realize that tho glory of your
love should be showered on me. I
thought It fair for you to see other
women beforo you offered your life to
"David, I want you to understand
how desperately bard It was to refuso
to listen to you to-night It was tho
greatest sacrifice I have ever made In
my life, and I prayed for strength to
do It My whole being revolted at tho
part I set myself to play, although I
folt It was best for you now and af
terward. Can you forgive me, Da
vid?" She then rang for her maid, nnd, af
ter explaining about whnt was to hap
pen to her, she gave her the letter and
said what she wished her to do with
No surgeon can ever bo quite certain
to what length a disease has spread
until ho starts to use the knife, and
oftentimes he finds It moro or less se
rious than he anticipated.
So It was that when Dr. Sanders
commenced to operate on Elzabeth
Trent he was agreeably surprised to
find thnt, Instead of her enso being
most complicated, It was merely an
"Sho will bo all right now, nurse,"
tho great surgeon said after tho opera
tion. "Fortunately, It has not been so
serious ns wo fenred. It Is a decidedly
Interesting ense, and she will pull
through splendidly with careful nurs
ing." It wss two weeks later when Eliza
beth asked her mnld If sho had de
stroyed tho letter she had given to her
tho ovo of the operation.
"Destroy it, Miss Elizabeth?" tho
woman answered. "I though you said
to post it if you lived.
"Oh, Harmonl You surely have not
sent thnt letter?"
"Yes, Miss Ellznbctb, I have. I
thought you wanted mo to destroy It
if anything happened to you, and to
post it If you got safely through tho
operation. I waited until last night to
mako suro that you did not have a re
lapse, then I thought it was time."
Before Elizabeth could answor, a
nurso camo In with a florist's box In
her hand and a bright smile on her
"This is for you, Miss Trent" sho
said. "Shall I unfasten it?"
Elizabeth cried out In Joyous sur
prise nt the wealth of beautiful flow
ers with which the box waB filled. But
her eyes went beyond them to n letter
thnt lay partly hidden in their leaves.
"It Is from David." she whispered
softly, as Bho gazed at the dear, fa
miliar handwriting. As she opened It
with quick, trembling fingers, tho
nurso nnd Harmon quietly went out
of tho room.
"My darling," Elizabeth rend, "I
have Just received your letter. Only
hnlf an hour before, I met Mansfield,
nnd ho told mo of your Illness. I
thought he must be mistaken, but ha
snld bis wife had been to seo you nt
tho hospital yesterday. My first Im
pulse was to go and beg them to lot
me seo you. but I remembered that
you would not caro to havo mo. Feel
ing deadly miserable, I went back to
my rooms, and thero found your letter
waiting for me. Oh, Elizabeth! It
seems too wonderful to bo truo thnt
you should love me like that Why,
my dear, you were never moro lovnblo
in my eyes than you were that night
You looked 111 and tired, nnd I longed
to hove the right to take caro of you
and shield you from all nnnoyances.
When I remember 'the hard things I
said I feel that It will take all my
life to endeavor to wipe them out.
Elizabeth, almost as soon as you read
thla I will be with you. And then
my atonement will commence." Black
Against His Convictions.
A respectable-looking man of middle
age applied one uight for free lodg
ings at one of the police stations In
Chicago. "I have tramped all over this
town," be said, "looking for work, and
can't find any."
"I understand they are short of heln
at tue stock-yards," said the desk ser
geant "You might get a Job there
mi a lew weens, anynow."
"At the stock-yards!" exclaimed the
other, In a voice trembling with indhr
nation "I wouldn't work there for
todeSr l were "UrT,a
"Because, sir, Tm a vegetarian.-
Fragrance of White Plowera.
Plants with white blossoms have a
larger proportion of fragrant flowers
than any other. wers)
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should be muzzled.
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