What Gold Cannot Buy Author of "A Crooked Pth." "Mld. Wlfo or Widow," "By Woman' Wit." "Beiton'a DtrSfttn." "A LIU Interest." "Mont'a Choloe." "A Woman's Heart." CHAPTER X. The young heiress was much upset, nd, besides this, she had felt for some time what she would have termed an rachlng void" for want of a confi dante. A confidante had always been a necessity to her, as It generally Is to persons much taken up with them selves. Her last devoted friend, the depositary of her secret troubles, pro jects, and love affairs, had lately mar ried a brutal husband who had taught Ills bride to laugh at Mary Dacre's storms In a teacup and two-penny-halfpenny tragedies; so her heart was mpty, swept and garnished, and ready for the occupation of another "faithful friend and counsellor," when fate threw Hope Desmond In her way. In Miss Dacre's estimation, she was eminently fitted to fill the vacant post ; there was just the difference of station between them which would make the confidences of the future Baroness Cas tleton flattering to their recipient, to whom also her friendship might be useful. There was a short pause. Miss Desmond's eyes looked dreamy, as If she were gazing in spirit at some dis tant scene, and not as if she were quivering with impatience for the revelations about to be made to her. The silence was broken suddenly by somewhat unconnected exclamation from Miss Dacre: "He Is certainly very nice-looking." "Who? Lord Everton?" asked Hope. "Lord Everton! Nonsense! He might have been forty years ago. I mean Captain Lumley. There is something knightly in his look and bearing: one could imagine him go ing down Into the lion's pit for one's Slove, and that sort of thing." "I do not think I could," smiling. "'I do not fancy Captain Lumley or any other logical modern young man doing anything of the kind. He might, if extra-chivalrous, bring you a dozen new pairs to replace the one you had dropped." "Ah, my dear Miss Desmond, I fear you are not Imaginative. Or perhaps you have only known prosaic men." "I have only known very few of any Mnd." ""And I have had such a wide expe rience! " said Miss Dacre, with a sigh, "'You can see I am no beauty; yet I 2iavo the fatal gift of fascination in an extraordinary degree. Yes, really It is quite curious." Another sigh. "I feel In something of a difficult position Just now, and I have no friend near with whom to take counsel. Now, dear Miss Desmond, I feel attracted to you. I am certain you could be a "faithful friend, and silent as the iKrave." "I should be very happy to be of any use to you," said Hope, seeing she paused for a reply. "I knew you would. I am so tired of feeding on my own heart! 1 want a friend. Now, 1 dare say you are sur prised to see how earnestly I advocate Hugh Saville's cause. Ah. there is little tragic story which will color my whole life." "Indeed!" with awakening Interest. "I trust your life will be free from all tragic Ingredients" ' Ah. no; that It cannot be. You must know that I bhw a great deal of Richard and Hugh Savllle when I was a little girl; my father worried a great deal about politics, and I used to live at the Court all the summer, that he might see me sometimes (my mother died when I was a baby, you know). "Well, as soon as I left off playing with dolls and began to feel, I was ih loye with Hugh; and he was very fond of me. Then ho went to sea, and we did not meet for years, until after I had been presented and had refused lialf a dozen men. I shall never for set our first meeting when he return ed from oh, I don't know where. He was so pleased to see me; but soon, very soon. I saw that he who was the light of my eyes was the one man of all I had met who resisted the attrac tion I generally exercise' Here she paused In her voluble utterance and pressed her handkerchief to her eyes. Hope was bo .amazed at these unex pected revelations that the bright col or rose In her cheek It seemed to Sier delicate nature almost Indecent to thus lay bare one's secret experi ences to a stranger and a look of embarrassment made her drop her eyes; but these symptoms were lost on her companion, who thoroughly enjoyed holding forth on the delight ful topic of self and exhibiting her own fine points. "That must have been very try ( lng," said Hopo, feeling that she ought to pay something. "Awful, my dear Miss Desmond. By the bye, may I call you Hope? It Is a good omen, your name." "Certainly, Miss Dacre." "Well, my dear Hope, I nearly went mad; but It la curious that I never looked better. I flirted wildly with every one; still of course Hugh knew quite, well that I waa desperately In lovs with hlra." "Did he? How very trying! Per haps he did not." "Oh, yes, he did; and of course I did all sorts of wild things to Bhow r did not care." "Yes, I understand." "Then I had that disturbance with my father about poor Lord Balmulr. I behaved rather badly. I did In tend to marry htm, but I couldn't! And so we went abroad; and I felt better. But It was an awful blow when I found that Huga was abso lutely married! Just think of It! and to a mere adventuress, a nobody! such an ambitious man! He will get sick of her, you may be quite sure." "Why?" asked Hope, looking ear nestly at her. "Is he very change able?" "No, not at all; he Is as steady as a rock, and very proud. But most men tire of their wives, especially when they have brought them no advan tages. I never thought Hugh Savllle could fall In love and forget himself. Now, when I saw George Lumley, his likeness to his cousin made my heart beat. I soon saw that he was a good deal struck with me, and I believe I could love him passionately If If memory was not so Importunate. He is very charming; and why should I not grow young again? for one does feel awfully old when one has no love affair on. Don't you think George Lumley is very much taken with me?" "I suppose that sort of attraction la more perceptible to Its object than to any one else." returned Hope' Desmond, hesitatingly. She had grown pale and grave, while Miss Dacre rattled on: "Then, you see, when I heard about Hugh. saving that man's life, I thought I might make use of the story to wake up Mrs. Saville's good feelings. It would be rather an heroic proceeding if I were to reconcile the mother, son, and wife. George Lumley said I wa3 splendidly generous.' "What! did he. too, know all about Hugh I mean Mr. Savllle?" cried Hope, more and more disturbed. "Oh, yes; we have quite interesting talks about him. I tell him confiden tially how fond I Was of Hugh, and then, of course, he wishes he was iij Hugh's place: so we get on very well. He Is always coming over to the Court, except when he goes away for a few days' shooting. I am not quite sure my father likes it. You have never met Lord Castleton? He Is very nice rather old-fashioned. Lord Ev erton was a great friend of his In ear ly days. Now. my dear Hope, you know my heart history; and you will notice Captain Lumleys manner. You know the Lumley estates are rather encumbered, and I dare say he feels Bhy of approaching me poor fellow! but. if I like him that Is of no conse quence." "I am always interested In what you like to tell me, Miss Dacre," said Hope, with some hesitation, as If choosing her words, "but T am not very observant, and some older and wiser person would be more deserving of your confidence than T am." "Nonsense! I could not tell all these things to a stltf old frump! Now, mind you ask Mrs Savllle If you may come and practice every morning for the concert. 1 intended to ask her, but my anxiety about Hugh quite put It out of my head. That Is always my way: I never think of myself." Hope was too bewildered with her energet ic rapidity to reply, so Miss Dacre went on: "She has really no feeling at all. She is fearfully hard. I am afraid she will never forgive Hugh. But I will do all I can." "If you will take my advice, Miss Dacre," said Hope, earnestly, "you will leave the matter alone. The less Mrs. Savllle hears of her son for the pres ent, the better. Attempts to force him on her notice only harden her." "Well, perhaps so; but you must back me up whenever you can." "Trust me, I will." "Now I had better go home. I dare Bay Captain Lumley Is waiting for me on the way. I am so glad you made me open my heart to you. It is such a comfort to have some one to speak to." "Thank you," returned Hope. "So good-by, You are looking quite pale and 111. Be sure you ask Mrs. Savllle about the concert." And Miss Dacre departed through the open win dow. Hope threw herself on the sofa as soon as she was gone, and sat there lost In thought, her eJbow on the cushion, her head on her hand, un conscious of the large tears which, after hanging on her long lashes, rolled slowly down her cheeks. What unhapplness and confusion Hugh Sa ville's headstrong disobedience had created! and for what? Perhaps only for b temporary whim; perhaps only to regret It, as Miss Dacre said. The thought of tbeso things depressed tor. Some Incident in her own life perhaps made her more keenly alive to the troUblo In Mrs. Savllio's; for Hope Desmond was an exceedingly attrac tive girl, graceful, gentle, with flashes of humor and fire, suggesting delight ful possibilities. The day had been trying, for her good friend Mr. Raw- son had not brought too flourishing an account of nor affairs, and she did not enjoy the idea of being a companion all her life. At this stage of her re flections a shadow fell across her, and, looking Up, Bho Baw Georgo Lumley contemplating hor with much Interest. She was always pleased to see his bright, good-looking faco, and, smiling on him kindly, "aid,. "You have missed Miss Dacre. She has Just gone." "Are you all right, Miss Desmond?" he asked, with much Interest, and drawing a step nearor. "Yes, or course," she returned; then becoming suddenly aware that her face was wet with tears, sho blushed viv idly and put up her handkerchief to remove them. "The terrible effect of a private in tervlew with one's legal advisor," she said, with a brave attempt to .laugh. "He must have brought you bad news, I fear." And Lumley sat down beside her. "Old Rawson " He paused. "Is one of the best and kindest of friends," put In Hope. "Now I must go away. I should have been in my room before this, only MIbs Dacre chose to stay and talk about family affairs. If you follow you will soon overtake her; Bhe has taken the vicar age path." "Why, you don't suppose I want to overtake her?" . "She expects you." -Well, sho may do so. She has nearly talked me to death once to day. I am not going to run the Bamo rUk again." (To be continued.) gQCM300X000O0O0O0OCXO0O000 g MEN OF ACTION. 8 "How did you like Professor New man?" one of the summer residents of Wlllowby asked Hiram Gale. saw his name on the list of lecturers In your last winter's course." .. Mr. Gale stroked his chin reflective ly. "Well, some thought he was kind o' stiff in his speech at first, but I tell ye what happened: "H got kind o' worked up telling us what 'men of action' meant; what the government o' these United States was doing In Alasky, the Philippines, an' so on; an' he stepped a mite too i-Igh the aldge o the platform an' lost his balance; but as he begun to fall Sam Hobart an' Pick Willis, that were In the front seat, stood up an' ketched him, one by each arm, an' brought him up standln. He bulged on: at the krees for a minute, but nothing to speak of. "And says Pick to him, 'The last word you spoke was "omnivorous," and mebbe before you mount again you'll give us some kind of a nlnt what It means.' "Tbe Professor looked from Pick to Sam an' back to Pick again, kind o' dred. and then he begun to laugh. " 'You let me mount.' he says, 'an' I'll see to It that the rest o' my talk is such you won't need a dictionary' an he kep his promise. "Yej, sir, he gave us a fine talk after that, an' he's coming again. Ws had him to breakfast next morning, and my wlf said she wou'dn't wart to hear anybody talk more sensible nor act more common an' friendly than he did. But there was a piece hi the Sentinel next week referrin' to Pick an' Sam as 'Wlllowby's Mm of .fiction an' I reckon the nanie'U stick to 'em long as they live." IIlHtory of n Continent. Strange have been the historical vicissitudes of the antarctic continent, the Century says. A figment of geogra phic fancy evolved by Ortelius in 1570, the great Capt. Cook thought that he had demolished it in 1773. Resuscitated by an American sealer, N. B. Palmer, In 1820, It took form and definite location explorations of 1840, supplemented by those of D'Urville, Enderby and Kemp. Ross eliminated Wilkes' discoveries from his charts, but the continent was theoretically and scientifically re constructed by the great physicists, Carpenter and Murray. Slowly evolving Its tangible shape through the discoveries of the German Drygalskl, the Scotsman Bruce, the Belgian Gerlache, the Frenchman Charcot, the Norwegian Laraen and the Englishman Scott, through the late labors of Shackleton, the antarc tic continent now appears to extend from Victoria Land to Enderby Land and from Wilkes Land across the south pole to Palmer Land. Taken all In all, Shackleton's dis coveries are the most Important and extensive ever made within the ant arctic circle. He has determined the location of the magnetic pole, largely Increased the known area of the south ern continent, virtually reached the south pole and added materially to our general knowledge of those regions. Favorably Ininresaed. "Why do you Insist on having a na tive of Italy to work on your farm?" "Becuz I've read so much about them fine Italian hands," Washing ton Herald. According to the latest figures, tbe water-power development of this coun try Is reported at 5.357.Q00 horse power, and tbe number of wheels 'which It turns at 52,827, No More "WnlUlnjj. What the Inventor says will be a great boon to small farmers, as the Invention, It Is claimed, will do the work of six horses, Is In use In Cali fornia, but It can be adapted to any locality. It Is n gasoline tractor and Is a help In' plowing, harrowing and harvesting. It will keep running as long as It Is fed gasoline. Built with a two cylinder motor, the tractor him nlentv of Dower. It has two speeds, forward and revorse and Is easily operated from an exten sion seat, from much the same posi tion a driver would occupy with his team. It is particularly an orchard tractor, havinc low. wide wheels, narrow tread, short wheel base and Bhort turn ing raldlus. A Btieclal feature la that the tractor may be driven from the seat of the ordinary wheel plow or harrow, enabling one man to drive and operate the -levers of this plow and cultivator with perfect ease and con venience. It Is a one man macnine, light in weight, with all control levera conveniently arranged. To obtain the greatest efficiency the front wheels are made the traction wheels: also the steering wheels. In the rear are smaller plain wheels, close toeether. with flanges to hold against side slipping, used simply as trailers, to which the plow, cultivator, harrow or farm wagon Is hitched the same as though coupled to the small wheels used on the rear of the ordi nary tongue when plowing with a team. The nower plant Is built in a stiff steel frame, mounted rigidly to the main axle, and Is composed of a two cylinder opposed engine of standard make, rated at twenty-four horse power. Thmnpa In 11 . Thumps In plg3 Is caused by a sur plus of fat and a lack of exercise. The thumping Is due to violent beating of the heart, causing shaking movement of the sides and flanks of the animal. Often It is so violent that tho whole body trembles and shakes with the movements. In aggravated cases the pig Is weak and uncertain in his walk, and lies down most of the time. Before death the nose, ears and other parts of the body become red and pur ple with congested blood, due to weak circulation. Advanced cases of the thumps aro difficult to cure. When first symptoms are noticed reduce the bedding If there Is much In their sleeping quarters; reduce the feed and compel the pig to exercise In the open air. Fresh air will purify the blood and exercise will promote circulation. When pigs bo come fat and lazy they will He In bed a great part of the time, often com pletely covered with bedding, so that they breathe Impure air and dust. This poisons the blood and reduces the vitality In general, which, with compression of the heart with surplus fat, causes the malady. In the spring or summer when pas ture Is good it Is well to change pas ture of hogs afflicted with the thumpB so that they will be Induced to take more exercise and eat green food, Re duce heavy feeding and keep the bowels of the animal loose by doses of castor oil. A little turpentine In the slop or drinking water is said to be good. ChrcU-Iteln on llonei, When a horse stumbles he is far ess likely to go down wnen his hor. Is left free. In England, where thnv are far ahead of us In everything per taining to horses, the check-rnln hn been abolished, the last surrender be ing that of the artillery and commis sariat trains cf the British armv. th change having been made by sir George liourgoyne, the late commander-in-chief, and he testifies to the ben eficial results attending It. A Valuable Cow, Grace Fayne IIs Homestead a Hoi. steln-Fresian cow, valued at 8,000, died recently at the Harvey A. Moyer Farm, Juat north of Syracuse, N. y,, from pneumonia. The animal was hv. Hy Insured and held the world's but ter record oi ao.oo pounds of butter In one week and the thirty-day record of 134.18 pounds. She broke a formnr record of 35.22 pounds for a week, One THE HORSELESS CULTIVATOR. of her calves sold recently for f2.flno. MnnlU nnd SIukh. A woman gardonor wrote to Stato Zoologist H. A. Surfaco nt Harrbburg. Pa., asking for Instructions how to ovorcomo tho Buallfl In hor gardon. Prof. Surfaco rolled: "Snnils and slugs, although very great and seri ous garden pests, especially whero Iho gardens aro damp and tho vcgotatlou rauk, can bo prevented by tho ubo of an Impassable barrier of powdory sub stanco around tho beds of plants to be protected. Soot Is excellent for this, although dry ashes will sorvo tho purpose, and air-slaked lime will be found very good. Also, you can kill them by duBtlng thorn with somo freshly Blakod lime mlxod 'with parla green, using about thirty porta of the llmo to one part of tho parla green, which Is duatod abundantly over their bodies. Also dusting their food plants with flour and parls greon will do stroy them. Another method Is to poi son some loaves of plants of which they are particularly fond, and put this where tho snails will find and eat thom and bo destroyed. Another meth od Is to place boards loosely on the ground, as traps, and In the morning examine them and pick out and gath er the snails and brush them Into a vessel-.containing. Bait, which will kill them. If the ground Is dry and crack ed pour salt water Into the cracks and thus destroy them. The barriers mentioned above should bo kept dry, or renewed every time after a rain. Keep tho vegetation around tho gar den mowod low, or keep the ground cultivated, so that theso pests will not find .suitable places where they can multiply." Kerrent Po thole Anger. An invention that will bo found ubo ful by fence-makers and farmers gen erally. Is tho post-hole auger designed lCF3 by a Michigan man. This a Implement dies a narrow. fence or other post hole nnd dlgB It quickly. In appear nnce tbe auger resembles a clean holo. Just the right diameter for a huge auger of tho ordinary carpen ter's kit. It Is pressed down Into the earth, the Jaws taking In the amount of dirt a post would replace, and then withdrawn, bringing up the dirt Just bb a dredgor would. Indeed, tho implement works much like a dredging machine. Tho advantago of auger Is in the small, clean hole It makes. Without It a post hole must be dug with a spade and tho smallest spade not only makes a hole too big, but one that necessarily slants from the rim to the bottom and must be filled again. It Is easy to under stand that a post will Btand much more firmly in a bole that does not have to be filled In. Selecting Seed Corn, In gathering the corn crop, It is well to look out for next year's seed. Next to good soli and good cultivation, Is good seed. Do not place too much con fidence In abnormal Individual cars. lect good ears from rows which pro duce a large yield. And when seed ing time comes next year, do not rely too much on the character of the seed. With well-prepared soli and thorough culture, a large crop of corn can bo grown from almost any kind of seed, which will germinate, but good seed will increase the yield, and will fully repay the trouble and cost of obtain ing it, , Homemade feed Cotter, Hero Is a feed cutter which nnvnnn can make from a little cheap lumber. The knife, a, Is a common broad ax, which most farm era have. Put a handle In, as shown, and httllri n framo of 2x2-lnch hard wood nnd Inch boards. Tho end of the handle Is fas- nw coTTixo roiiAa tened to tbe stand ard at b with a piece of Btrap Iron. Another pleco of strap Iron, c, acts as a guard and keeps the ax close to the edge of the box. Farm and Home. ' Tbe Poultry Yard. Eighteen hens that wore fod milk last winter laid more eggs than 100 fed on cut bone and meat. A flock might Just as well roost In trees as in a house full of cracks and holes, which chills the birds In spots and poduces bad colds. Some people are willing to pay an extra price for eggs on one color. Many pcoplo get a cent or more a doz en for sorting their hen fruit accord ing to size and color. Take no chances by having too many chickens together In ono Hock. If you see they aro getting to bo crowded In their wintor quarters, make thrift and health a certainty by dividing thom up, or selling somo of thom, You may have an Idea that poultry can hunt their own grit. You are wrong, Grit Is as essential as feed. Get a grit box, fill It with crushed rock and oyster-shell, and hang It on the wall where dirt will not bq scratched Into It. Farm Journal. BUSY AT OVERAMMERQAfr j Already I'reynrlH tor tho Pre.em-J lion of the Pamtlon .Hy, Oborammergau Is alroady busy wltJ preparations for tho performance S tho passion play, which will take place noxt year, a London lottor to the New York Sun says. Thirty dates have boon flxod botweon May 1Q and Sent 25, of which nlnotcon nro Sundays' LJxtra performances aro somotlmos giv en on Mondays, when there aro mora pooplo In tho vlllago on tho procodlne Bundays than can find nin. ... theater. Tho groat problem of th ......I. ' pluy commltteo Is to provont tho per foimancos from degenerating al0 sommerclallsm. The play commcmor ites tho dopnrturo of tho plague from tho vlllago In 1C33 and tho of the nctors Is no loss now 'qn u ban ver been; , but already this au. tumn agents havo canvai .ud v tiro vlllago to buy up sloeDlmr modatlons for noxt summer and prices uavo ocon oireroa for single rooms which havo almost turnod the head of tho peasants. No ono can witness the passion pjfty who has not spent the previous tilxht In tho vlllago Itself. Evory house Is registered aa possessing a certain amount of sleoplng accommodations, and tho total numbor of beds In the village Is approximately the number of scats In tho theater 4,200. One third of tho bods In each house must be placed at the disposal of tho local ofliclal lodging buroau. The uouse holders may mako their qwn terms for .ho other beds, with a maximum , rigidly fixed by tho commltteo. Three great tourist offices of Lon don, Berlin and Munich havo secured a certain numbor of beds for tho nleht ' botore each performance. Many of the villagers aro roservlng accommo dations for visitors of 1000 to vhom thoy are pledged and whom thsy re gard as friends. The burgomaster, Herr Bauer, has promised all his available beds to an English woman, who has taken a villa it Garmloch, twolvo miles away, and will convey her guests to the village In n motor car. She has already re solved 200 applications for the .iccom modatlon. The large firms of tourist amiu havo already about 3,000 applications and tho local bureau Is receiving scores daily. Offers of $6 and 7 a night for convertible sitting rooms, which the villngora would gladly let -in ordinary seasons for 25 cents a day, are being mado by agents, but such speculative offers havo no chance of acceptance. Anton Lang, who will bo the Chris- j tus. ns In 1900. Is now 35. Since tho : last performance he has married a ' pretty young woman and they huvs three children. Ho is still a working l potter, and his little shop Is con stantly Invaded by visitors. He played Chrlstus In 1905 In a special play on the history of David, ind bis wife complains that ho often spent five hours a day signing photographs. All profits from the sale of sea'.s will be administered bv tho committee for tho benefit of the village as usual, The j actors are dnly nominally compensat ed. For them It Is a labor of love and devotion. j It Is expected that about 200,000 per sons will go to the play next year, In ;ludlng fully 40,000 English and Amer icans. Whr Are the Old Poor! "Is It not the old man's fault that he Is poor?" you nsk. Often It Is. The aged man and women who drag out their weary lives In a hopeless effort to hold on nro often the victims of their own sins, says Walter Weyl, In Success Magazine. A man may drink to excess for forty years, and wonder that at 60 ho Is not an established and respected citizen. The. old man who waits at midnight In the bread line for crust nnd coffee, may be a wretched record of an Ill-spent life. And yet he may not bo. Ho may be more Binned agalnat than Binning; he may bo turned out Into the storm, ns was King Lear, by his ungrateful children, or by 'the ungrateful chil dren of his neighbors. The tottering, decrepit, dissolute old man may be the sonlle child of the boy who worked at 8, of tho young fellow who was cast Into Jail for a trivial offenBe. It Is not true to day that the right eous In their old ago never beg bread. The chances of life are many, and a man may work and save, and yet m tho last hour bo penniless and friend ly rnl.n l.n.iirnH tmnk nittV DreOK, lODO, . IIU iiutivf w " the trusted friend dofraud; even the lnsuranco company may fall to Insure. And there nro men, honest and intel ligent men, and great men and gem usos, too, who cannot keep their heads above water, and who nro driven v tholr vory humanity Into a penniless old age, Poorer wllli Hntetr "I think," said tho ambitious rosu, "that I would llko to be a king oi finmn'i think of It," said the great European money lender. 'Thl nko the dangers that beset a throne. WJjt you should say Is that ttjSJE to bo a financier of kingdoms, -wsw Ington Star, Tlieorr - , niu.T Geraldlno-A rose by W 0ttmo would smell as sweet. aer.l I have nover been ablo to ' believe It when I Drought you flow.rs. New York Press. After a woman makes up W it doesn't take her long to nme her face. . t It's o"'much easier to gossip w people' than to pray for then.