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Jhe Doctor
By Hesba
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I went out late in the evening to ques
tion each of the omnibus drivers, but
in vain. Whether they were too busy
to give me proper attention, or too anx
ious to join the stir and mirth of the
townspeople, they all declared they knew
nothing of any Englishwoman. As I re
turned dejectedly to my inn, I -heard a
lamentable, voice, evidently English, be
moaning in doubtful French. The omni
bus from' Falaise had just come in, and
nnder the lamp in the entrance of the
archway stood a lady before my hostess,
who was volubly asserting that there
was no room left in her house. I hasten
ed to the assistance of my countrywom
an, and the light of the lamp falling up
on her face revealed to me who she was.
"Mrs. Foster!" I exclaimed, almost
shouting her name in my astonishment.
She looked ready to faint with fatigue
and dismay, and she laid her hand heav-
: 1 A ... aa trt oavA harnAlf from
XI j Ui J a l ill, aa i w w
sinking to the ground. , ' - 1 -
"Have you found her?" she asked, in
, voluntarily.
"Not a trace of her," I answered.
- Mrs. Foster broke into an hysterical
laugh, which, was Very- quickly followed
by sobs. I had no great difficulty in per
suading the landlady to find some accom
modation for ber, and then I retired to
my own room to turn over the extraordi
nary meeting which had been the last
incident of the day.
It required very little keenness to come
to the conclusion that the Fosters had
obtained their information concerning
Miss Ellen Martineau where we had got
ours, from Mrs. Wilkinson; also that Mrs.
Foster had lost no time in following up
the clue, for she was. only twenty-four
hours behind me.- She had looked thor
oughly astonished and dismayed when
she saw me there; bo she had had no
idea that I was on the same track. - But
nothing could be more convincing than
this journey of herS that neitner sue nor
Foster really believed in Olivia's death.
. That was as clear as day. But what ex
planation could I give to myself of those
letters, of Olivia's above all? Was it
possible that she had caused them to be
written, and sent to ner nusoanar i
could not even admit such a question,
without a sharp sense of disappointment
in her. -
I saw Mrs. Foster early in the morn
ing, somewhat as a truce-bearer may meet
another on neutral ground. ' She . was
imitafnl tn ma fni- mv infAmnsifinn in her
- J I
behalf the night before; and as 1 knew
Ellen Martineau to be safely out of the
way, I was inclined to be tolerant" to
wards her. I assured her, npon my Hon
. or, that I had failed in discovering any
trace of Olivia in Noireau, and I to'.d
her all I had learned "about the bank
ruptcy of Monsieur Perrier, and the scat
tering of the school. - '
"But why should you undertake such a
chase?" I asked; "if you and Foster are
satisfied that Olivia is dead, why should
you be running after Ellen Martineau?
Yod show me the papers "which seem to
prove her death, and now I find you in
this remote part of Normandy, evidently
in pursuit of her. What does this mean?"
"You are doing the same thing your
self," she answered. -':
Jtes, VI repiiea, . Decause i am uui
satisfied, r But you have proved your
conviction by becoming Richard Foster's
second wife." , . - i .
' "That is the very point," she said,,
'shedding a few tears; "as soon as ever
Mrs. Wilkinson described Ellen" Marti
neau to me, when she was talking about
her visitor who had come to inquire af
ter her, I grew quite frightened lest he
should ever be charged with marrying
me whilst she was alive. So I persuad
ed, him to let me come here and make
sure of it, though the journey costs a
great deal, and we have : very little
money to spare. - We did not know what
tricks Olivia might do, and it made me
very miserable to think she might be still
alive, and I in her place."
I could not but acknowledge to myself
- that .there was some reason in Mrs. Fos
ter's, statement of the case.
There is not the slightest "chance of
your finding her," I remarked.
"Isn'tHhere?"-she asked, with an evil
gleam in her eyes, : which I just" earight
before she hid her face again in her hand
kerchief..: ' . ' '. .'" . . -
"At any rate, I said, "you would have
no power over her if you found her. You
could not take her back with yon by
force. I do not know how the French
laws would regard Foster's authority, but
you can have none whatever, and he is
quite unfit to take this long journey to
claim her. Really I do not see what you
pan do: and I should think vonr wisest
plan would be to go back an4 take care
of him, leaving her alone. I am here to
protect her, and I shall stay until I see
you fairly out of the place." .
I kept no very strict watch over her
during the day, for I felt sure she would
find no trace of Olivia in Noireau. . At
night I saw her again. She was worn
out And despondent, and declared her:
self quite ready to return to Falaise by
the omnibus at five o'clock in the morn
ing. I saw her off, and gave the driver
a fee to bring me word for what town she
took her ticket at the railway station.
When he returned in the evening he told
me he had himself bought her one for
Honfieur, and started her fairly on her
way home. .
As for myself I had spent the day in
making inquiries at the offices of the local
custom houses which stand at every en
trance into a town or village in France,
for the "gathering of trifling, vexatious
taxes upon articles of food and merchan
dise. At one of these I had learned that,
three or four weeks ago a yonng Eng
lishwoman with a little girl had passed
by on foot, each carrying a small bundle,
which had not been examined. It was
ou the road to Granville, which was be
tween thirty and forty miles away. From
Granville was the nearest route to the
Channel Islands. Was Jt not possib'e
that Olivia had resolved to seek refuge
there again? Perhaps to seek me! My
heart, bowed down by the sad picture of
her and the little child leaving the town
on foot, beat high again at the thought
pt Olivia in Guernsey.
.t. .n. .. .-1 t i 1 t .
At Granville I learned that a young
lady and a child had made the voyage to
Jersey a short time before, and 1 went
on with stronger hope. But in Jersey
I could obtain no further information
about her; nor in Guernsey -whither I
felt sure Olivia would certainly have pro
ceeded. I took one day more to cross
over to Sark, and consult Tardif ; but he
knew no more than I did. He absolutely
refused to believe that Olivia was dead.
"In August," he said, "I ; shall hear
from her. Take courage and comfort.
She promised it, and she will keep her
promise. If she had known herself to
be dying she would certainly have sent
me word." -,- .- -
. "It is a long time to wait," I said, with
an utter sinking of spirit. : 'i V
"It is a long time to wait!? he echoed,
lifting up his hands, and letting them
fall again with a gesture of weariness;
"but we must wait and hope." , V.
To wait in impatience, and to hope at
times, and despair at times, I returned
to London. -
.. One of. my first proceedings, after my
return,; was to ascertain how the Eng
lish law stood with regard to Olivia's
position. Fortunately for me, one of Dr.
Senior's oldest frieuds was a lawyer of
great repute, and he discussed the ques
tion with me after a dinner at his house
at Fulham. - -
"There seems to he no proof of any kind
against the husband," he said, after I
had told him all. -"
"Why!" I exclaimed, "here you have a
girl, brought up in luxury and wealth,
willing to brave any poverty rather than
continue to live with him."
"A girl's whim," he said.
"Then Foster could compel her to re
turn to him?" I asked.
"As far as I see into the case, he certainly,-
could,", was the answer, which
drove me frantic.
' "But there is this second marriage," I
objected. ' ... ' .- - -
"There lies the kernel of the case," he
said. - "You tell me there are papers.
which yon believe to be forgeries, pur
porting to be the medical certificate with
corroborative proof of her death. - Now,
if thewife be guilty of framing these,
the husband will bring them against her
as the grounds on which he felt free to
contract his second marriage. She has
done a very foolish and a very wicked
thing there.'.'.. . . ., , : ... '
"You think she did it?" f asked.'
He smiled significantly, but - without
saying anything. - . ."'.
"But what can be done now?" I asked
"All you can do," he answered, "is to
establish your influence, over -this fellow
and go cautiously to work with him.-s As
long as the lady is in France, if she be
alive, and he is too ill to go after her, she
is safe. You may convince him by de
grees that it is to his interest to come to
some terms 'with her. A formal deed of
separation might' be agreed upon, and
drawn up; but even that will not perfect
ly secure her in the future."
I was compelled to - remain satisfied
with this opinion. . Yet how could I be
satisfied,, whilst Olivia, if she was still
living, was wandering . about homeless,
and, as I feared, destitute, in a foreign
country.? . . . '
1 I made my first call upon Foster the
next evening, . Mrs.: Foster had been to
Brook . street every day : since her ,re
turn,. to inquire tor me, and to leave an
urgent message that I should go to Bell
ringer street as soon as I was again in
town. The lodging house looked almost
as wretched as the ' forsaken dwelling
down at Noireau, where Olivia had per
haps been" living; and the stifling, musty
air inside it almost made me gasp for
breath..- - V,-- ;..'
: "So you are come back!" was Foster's
greeting, as I entered the dingy room. 'L-
"Yes," I replied. ' . - . - , :
"I need not ask what success you've
had," he said, sneering. " 'Why so pale
and wan, fond lover?'. Your trip has not
agreed with you, that is plain 'enough,
It did not agree with Carry; either, for
she came back swearing she would .never
go on such a wild-goose chase again. You
know I was quite opposed to her going?"
"No,"" I said incredulously. -The dia
mond ring had disappeared from his fin
ger, and it was easy to guess how the
funds had been raised for the journey.
"Altogether opposed," he repeated- v.
believe Olivia is dead. 1 am quite sure
she has never been under this roof with
me, as Miss Ellen Martineau has been.
I should have known it as -surely as ever
a, tiger scented its prey. Do you suppose
I have no sense keen enough to tell me
she was in the very house where I was?"
. "Nonsense! I answered. His eyes g;is-
tened cruelly, and made me almost ready
to spring upon him. I could have seized
him by the throat and shaken him to
death, in my sudden passion of loathing
against him; but 1 sat quiet, and ejacu-
lated "Nonsense!" Such power has the
spirit of the nineteenth century among
civilized classes. -
"Olivia is dead," he said, in a solemn
tone. I ; am convinced of that from
another reason; through all the misery
of our marriage, I never knew her guilty
of an untruth, not the smallest.' She was
as true as the- gospel. Do 'you think
yon or Carry could make me believe that
she would trifle with -such an. awful sub
ject as her own death? No. " I would
take my oath that Olivia would never
have had that letter sent, or written to
me those few lines of farewell, but to
let me know that she was dead." -
There was no doubt whatever that he
was suffering from the same disease as
that which had been the death of my
mother a disease almost jnvariably fa
tal, sooner or later. A few cases of cure,
under most favorable circumstances, had
been reported during the last half cen
tury; but, the chances were dead against
Foster's recovery.; In all probability, a
long and painful illness, terminating in
inevitable death, lay before him. In the
opinion of my . two senior physicians, all
that I could do would be to alleviate the
worst pangs of it
His case haunted me day and - night.
In that deep undercurrent of conscious-
ness which lurks beneath 93 sarface
sensations and Impressions, there wai al
ways present the image of Foster, with
his pale, cynical face and pitiless, eyes.
With this was the ,. perpetual ' remem
brance that a subtle malady, beyond the
reach of our skill, was slowly eating away
his life. - The man I abhorred; but the
sufferer, mysteriously linked with the
memories which clung about my mother.
aroused my most urgent, instinctive com
passion. Only once before bad I watched
the conflict between disease and its rem
edy with so intense an interest
; It was a day or "two after a consulta
tion that I came accidentally upon the
little note book-which 1 had kept in
Guernsey a private note book, accessi
ble only to myself. ; It was night; Jack,
as usual, was gone out and I was alone.
I turned over the leaves merely for list
less want of occupation. .All at once 1
came upon an entry, made in connection
with my mother s illness, which recalled
to me the discovery I believed I had
made of a remedy for her disease, had it
only been applied in its earlier stages.
It had slipped out of my mind, but now
my memory leaped npon it with irresiati-
blt force. .-' ' : "
I must tell the! whole truth,' however
terrible and humiliating It may be.
Whether I had been true or false to my
self up to that moment I cannot say. I
had taken upon myself the care and, if
possible, the cure of this man,' who was
my enemy, if I had an enemy in the
world. . His life and mine could not run
parallel without great grief and hurt to
me, and to one dearer than myself. Now,
that a better chance, was. thrust upon me
in his favor, I shrank from seizing it with
unutterable reluctance. I turned heart
sick at the thought of it ' ,
Yes, I wished him to die. Conscience
flashed the -answer across the inner
depths of my soul, as a glare of lightning
over the sharp crags and cruel waves of
our island in a midnight storm. I saw
with terrible distinctness that there had
been lurking within a sure sense of satis
faction in the certainty that he must die.
I took up my note book, and went away
to my room, lest Jack should come in sud
denly and read my secret on my face. -. I
thrust the book into a drawer in my
desk, and locked it away,, out of my ,
Bight . -J
It seemed cruel that this power should
come to me from my mother's death. - If
she were living still, , or if she had died
from any other cause, the discovery of
this remedy would never have been made
by me. And I was to take it as a sort
of miraculous gift - purchased by - her
pangs, and bestow it upon the only man
I hated. For I hated him; I said so to
myself. . . ,; ; ..;. : i.-,-;-
But it could not rest at that- I fought
a battle with myself all- through the quiet
night motionless and in silence, lest Jack
should become aware that I was not
sleeping. How should I ever face him,
or grasp, his hearty hand again, with such
a secret weight upon my soul? let how
could I resolve to save Foster at the cost
of dooming Olivia to a lifelong bondage
should he discover where she was, or to
lifelong poverty should she remain con-
cealed? ,-If I were only sure that she
was alive! It was Tfor her sake jnerely
that I hesitated. v -
The morning dawned before I could de
cide. The decision, when made, brought
no feeling of relief Or triumph to me.
As soon as" it was probable that Dr.
Senior could see me, I was at his house
at Fulham; and in rapid, almost incoher
ent words laid what I believed to be my
important discovery before him. - Hasat
thinking for some time, running over in
his own mind, such cases as had come
under his own observation; After a
while a gleam- of pleasure' passed over
his face, and his eyes brightened as he
looked at me. .-- -
"I congratulate you, Martin," he said,
"though I wish Jack had . hit npon this.
I believe it will prove a real .benefit to
our science. Let me turn it over a little
longer,-; and consult some of my col
leagues about it. But I think yon are
'right You are' about to try it on poor
Foster? - " ' - ''-';-...;',,
"Yes," I answered, with a chilly sensa
tion in my veins. - .-.5, .; v
"It can do him no harm," he said, "aid
in my opinion it wilt prolong his life to
old age, if he is careful of himself.
will write a paper on the subject for the
Iancet if you wilt allow me."- .
"With all my heart," I said sadly."
; The "old physician regarded "me for a
minute with his keen eyes,-which had
looked through - the window" of , disease
into many a- hnman soul. ' I shrank from
the scrutiny,' but I need "not have done
so. He grasped ; my hand firmly and
closely. . -'r V. ;'
"God bless you, Martin!" he said, "God
bless you! i - ' i r : r - -
I went straight from Fulham to Bell-
ringer street A healthy Impulse to ful
fill all my duty, however difficult was in
its first fervid moment of actioni ... Nev
ertheless there was a subtle hope within
me founded upon one-chance that was
left it was Just possible that Fosten
might refuse to be made the subject of
an experiment; for an experiment it was,
I sat down beside him. and told him
what I believed to be his- chance of life
not concealing from him -that I proposed
to try, if he gave his consent a mode of
treatment which bad never been practic
ed before. His eye, keen and sharp as
uuti vi. v. iyux, - seemea to - reaa my
thoughts as Dr. Senior s had done. ,
- "Martin Dobree," he said; in a voice so
different from his ordinary caustic tone
that it almost startled me, "I can trust
you. i I put myself with implicit confi
dence into your hands. : ' .; - " ;
The last chance dare "I say the last
hope?- was gone. 1 stood pledged on my
honor as a physician, to employ this dis
covery, which had been laid open to me
by my mother's fatal illness, for the ben
efit of the man : whose life' was most
harmful to Olivia and myself. I :felt
suffocated,- stifled, I opened the win
dow for a minute or two, and cleaned
through it to catch the. fresh breath of
the outer air. .. ." - -
"I must tell you," I said, when I drew
my head in again, "that you must not
expect to regain your health and strength
so completely as to be able to return to
your old dissipations. - But" if you are
careful of yourself you may live to sixty
or seventy." ,c .:- s -
' "Life at any price V he answered.
V'There would be more chance for you
now," I said, "if you could have better
air. than this.
; "How can I?" he asked.. . ' :
"Be frank with me," I answered, "and
tell me what your means are. . It would
be worth your while to spend your last
farthing upon this chance." ; s-....
"Is it not enough to make a man mad,"
he said, "to know there are thousands
lying in the bank in his wife's name, and
be cannot touch a penny of it? It is life
itself to me; yet I may die like a dog in
this hole for the want of it . My death
will He at Olivia'sdoor, curse her!" ;
He fell upon his pillows, with a
groan as heavy, and deep as. evercame
from the heart of a wretch perishing from
sheer want . I could not choose but feel
some pity for him; but this was an op
portunity I must not miss. -
t is of no use to curse ber, 1 said;
'come, Foster, let us talk over this mat
ter quietly and reasonably, if Olivia be
alive, as I cannot help hoping she is,
your wisest course would be to come to
some mutual agreement which- would
release you both from your present diffi
culties; for you -must recollect she is as
penniless as yourself. Let me speak to
you as if I were her brother. Of. this
one thing yon may be quite certain, she
will never consent to return to you; ana
in that I will aid her to the utmost of my
power. But there ip no reason, why yon
should not have a good share of the prop
erty, which she would gladly relinquish
on condition that you left her alone." ,
: (To be continued. :
Why the Halted State Eoea Not Se-
. care Its Share Thereof. .
Minister Loomis maintains that the
United States does, hot hare, in any
part of Latin America,-the share of
trade which Its productivity and prox
imity entitle It to. -' The Germans, the
English, the French and even the Span
ish exhibit a higher degree of commer
cial intelligence than we do in dealing
with the Latin Americans. ; ; . '-';.
. Our merchants and manufacturers
are loath to understand that in order to
succeed in Central or South America
they must , conform to the business
methods to which centuries of usage
have given the f dree and prestige of
national customs. If we want to do
business with the South Americans we
must, in a large measure, do business
in their way, and not try to force our
methods upon them, though we, may be
convinced that our manner of conduct
ing commercial affairs is superior to
theirs. : ;;-.''"' ''",-
The Latin-American merchant is ac
customed to long credit. Six months
is the usual period,"but sometimes it Is
a year. He will pay, but he must have
time in which to pav, for it is the cus
tom of the South American trader to
be a banker as well as a merchant.
and he has to make large advances In
money and supplies to the owners of
coffee and other plantations to enable
them to pay their laborers, and the
merchant does not -expect repayment
until the coffee crop is harvested and
sold, once a year, feo'it will be seen
that long time in making his own pay
ments is essential to him.
The European merchants and manu
facturers understand this, and arrange
to give the South American merchant
ample time in which to meet his obli
gations. The Europeans make a care
ful, comprehensive systematic study of
the conditions and necessities of the
Latin-American market, and then set
to work in an intelligent way to meet
and satisfy those conditions and needs.
-Success. .
. i. The Salad Had Preference. ":
- American social leaders are more in
terested in the Kaiser of Germany than
they ever were in any crowned head.
outside of the English rulers. Probably
it is because the Kaiser is fond of
Americans, and shows as keen a de
sire as his uncle, the King of England,
to meet charming Americans and talk
to them. In Berlin and Homburg be
has met many of the rich social set of
America and , they are loud in their
praise of the Emperor. -
He is described as having the most
fascinating personality in Europe to
day. ' It is said of him that he has that
great quality which made, the wife of
President Cleveland , one of v -the most
notable 'women who ever presided at
the White House. That is, the gift of
making a -visitor or auditor think that
he is the one person in the world whom
the great one desires to meet ' .
- A woman, who is of -high social dis
tlnction in America, was presented to
the Kaiser at some dinner that was not
attended with royal state. - She was
talking to him when she - was offered
a famous German salad. It was hand
ed on her right and the Kaiser was on
her left which put her in a predica
ment - ; - . : - - -
She did not dare turn her face from
the Emperor to help herself to the sal
ad. The'sltuatlon was too much for
her. The Emperor, seeing the condition
at a glance, looked at ber for an instant
and,, laughed, as he said: "A . Kaiser
can wait, but a salad cannof'Phila
delphia Post
Vegetables Will Become Valuable.
: Two Melbourneites claim to have dis
covered a new motive power,' "lighter
than air, more powerful than dynamite,
very simple and nominal In cost." By
ronite (named after one of the invent
ors( is a fine powder alleged to be made
from cheap vegetables, and generates,
it is said, when specially treated, a gas
which supplies the actual motive pow
er. Sydney Bulletin. ''
. L. Blisters by Suggestion. '
- Hypnotic' suggestion enables us to
control processes which are ordinarily
beyond the reach of the will. . For in
stance, blisters have been produced in
highly sensitive subjects by simply
touching the part with the finger or
some inert substance and suggesting
the presence of a strong irritant Jour
nal of Physical Therapeutics.
? Molly My little sister's got measles.
Jlmmle Oh.'so has mine.
Molly Well, : I'll bet you my little
sister's got inore ' measles than yours
has. -London Tit-Bits. " ; f 1
You can always tell a nice girl by
the manner in which she uses the tel
phone. 'v -'.-.-
It's .better to bow your bead than
break your fool neck.
M SftsV
Balph'a Mistake.
. "I don't want to play with Walter
any more, mother; be is not a' nice boy
at all," said Ralph. . . - ,
"What has Walter been doing V ask
ed mother, looking into the earnest
brown eyes of her little son.
' "I was sailing my boat in the brook
back of the garden, and I anchored her
and came to the well for a drink, and
while 1 was away somebody upset her
in the. water." -;-- . -.
"And you think it was Walter?"
"Oh, I'm sure he did it; nobody else
was there." '
" ."Perhaps Walter Is innocent; and yon
ought to return good for1 evil, anyway,
you know. 'Take this apple and give it
to' Walter," and here is a rosy one for
yourself. Don't have any quarrel over
the boat." , : '. ;
Ralph hesitated a moment and then
trudged steadily off ? with the apples.
The little boys were together, all the
afternoon and Ralph did not once refer
to the upsetting of his boat, although
he was certain that 'his companion
knew Something of the matter. - :-
The following morning Ralph again
went to the brook with his boat Again,
while the Jenny was lying peacefully
at anchor, he went into the garden for
some pebbles to serve as a cargo; and
presently, -on . peering through ; the
bushes to see if bis craft were safe, he
gave vent to a startled "Oh!" A big
yellow dog had. run down the opposite
slope and plunged Into the TSrook for a
bath, and the waves thus formed caus
ed the- little; Jenny, to capsize, i "Shoo,
shoo!" cried. Ralph, rushing to the spot
and driving Away the intruder. ; The
boat was drawn from the water and
dried in the warm sunshine, and soon
was , sailing to and fro as lightly as
ever, while her little master .resolved
that he would not again blame his boy
friend for the faults of a big yellow
dog. Sunbeam.
1 Wight I Was a King.
I wisht I .was a drate big King,
"The bigges.' ever seen!
'En nights 'at wasn't Tris'mas Eve
.. I'd make 'em Hollow E'en!
An' 'en I'd go an' ell my Pa,
"See here, you, Pal I'd say,
"Now you jus' dare' to call me ia
When I go out to p)ay!"
' -. I wisht "
.. .." I was
.-" - A King!
I wisht I was, a drate big King, -
I'd buy some tickets so
'At I could see the circus, an' .
I dess I'd let Pa go. .
But ef he made me study at
My jogerfy I jus'
Would leave him home' 'tauce like a&. not
He'd aggravate an' fuss - ...
- v I wisht ;
I was
A Kiug!
I wisht I was a drate big King,
I inow what I'd do with -A
boy 'at always chases me,
His name is Bobby Smith!
I'd buy a big perlicemen's club.
A dog, an' en' a gun, - -
An' 'en I'd say to Bobby Smith; -
"You dasn t make me run!
. - I wisht
i- I was -.. ..
A King!
I wisht I was a drate big King,
I'd bring my Mamma here.
Pa says she's up 'ere in the skies,
-'An' 'en he calls me '.'Dear;"
His eyes get full of tearses, too, .
-En he don t speak at all,
I dess I'd go and get my Ma w
Ef I was not so small '
: -i - I wisht .. "
- ' I was .' : '
A King! ; ,
Live Stock Inspector. - ..; ,:.
- Willie's Punishments '
Utile Willip. Oreai said nrf
Put Tangktoof on TTgfoer.
Manfe. yfcwcd them wfthiarawn,
now Little wiltg rant stt down?
. ' Game in Porto Rico.
The young people to Porto Rico play
the same games as the youngsters in
the States, although the -pastimes .have
strange Spanish names. . "Al esconder'
Is simply hide and seek. Blind man's
buff by the name of "gallina ciega" is
Just as fanny. A favorite sport is to fly
"comets" we call them "kites." These
are not covered with paper, but with
some other light fabric, and are always
decorated by the boys.
"Pussy wants a corner" among the
Porto Ricans is "las cuatro esquinas,"
and the boy who is "it" asks, "Is there
any fire for me?" and is told to "Go to
the next corner.'' ,-Hundred-yard pees
wnn nooys, rueuas, are: very com
mon.. Top spinning, or "juego de trom
po," Is popular the . year round. . The
boys form a ring andplug" as here to
split each other's tops. - "Prisoner's
base'! is "marro" in Porto Rico. There
are numerous games of leapfrog; in one
called "par" the "back" moves forward
the .length and twice the width of his
foot at each' jump, and the first boy
who falls becomes the "back," begin
ning at the "take off" line.
The young islanders play marbles.
or' "bola," about as the boys In the
States do. In one odd game, however,
they set marbles In a row about three
feet from a wall and shoot them by
making the "shooter" strike the wall
first and bounce back.
Her Father Paid t'aah.
Hostess (to 5-year-old guest) Does
your father say grace before dinner,
Margie? Margie I don't know, what's
grace? Hostess Why, saying grace Is
returning thanks for what we have to
eat Margie My pa doesn't have to.
He always pays cash for everything we
get Chicago News.
A Measare of Self-Protection.
"Papa," asked a 4-year-old youngster,
are all little boys made of dust?" "Yes,
my son," was the reply. "Well, then."
continued the little fellow, "I wish you
would make nurse stop using the whisk-
broom on me. I'm afraid she'll brush
me all away."-Boston Herald.
It Make a Difference.
Big Sister (shouting to Bobby) Bah-
bee! You're wanted to do an errand!
Bobby (shouting back) Tell mother 1
can't do It now; I'm busy. Big Sister-
It's not mother who wants you it's fath
er. Bobby (hastily) All right Tell
him I'm coming. Tit-Bits. ' .
-- Tommy Had a Reason. ' : :'.
Auntie-Do you like school,, Tommy?
Tommy I like Sunday school best
'That's a good little boy. So you really
like Sunday school best?" "Yes'm; It
only comes once a week." Philadel
phia Record. : .- ' - ; : e - -
Human Character Eevealel by the
- Contour of the Lips.
According - to a physiognomist, the
lower Up is the most important part of
the mouth as an indicator of character.
According to its fullness, freshness in
appearance, and width it indicate?
benevolence and liberality. A pale.
shriveled and narrow lower lip reveals
a decided want -of these qualities.
There are thick under Hps that hang
so that they become almost a disfig
urement, and these, as, well as looking
ugly, denote indolence and a love of
luxury. Taking the opposite extreme,
however, it Is not desirable to have pro
nouncedly thin lips, for when the out
line of the lips Is narrow and united
to a mouth with a sinister expression,
there is indicated a great deficiency of
natural kindness in their , owner, a
want of warmth, and but little capaci
ty to love; Well defined and developed
lips, the outlines of which are rounded
out, are admired for their beauty and
moral worth, being, as they are, tokens
of a tender-hearted, amiable and sym
pathetic disposition.
Well-closed lips are a sign of discre
tion. If the upper one is long, in addi
tion to being pressed down firmly upon
the lower one, both mental and phys
ical power appertain to their owner.
Supposing the upper lip is very short
and the middle teeth of the top row
are constantly exposed, a fondness for
praise is betrayed.
Frequently another type of mouth Is
seen, one In which the corners of the
lips descend, indicating a person of a
despondent disposition, prone to dwell
overmuch upon the seriousness side of
life; But when the corners turn up In
the form of a Cupid's bow, their pos
sessor Is of - a bright and cheerf ul na
ture, always finding a silver lining to
every cloud and good in everything.
London Mail. - 5
Maidservant Ia Transformed by Arrest
, -.. Into a. Priestess. .
- A case of Okah worship and native
poisoning, that will be at once recog
nized as typical by all West - Indians,
may be related. A mistress discovered
.that her well-favored quadroon wait
ress was exerting an undue Influence
over the oldest heir to the . paternal
acresV and reproved her therefor. Re
proof not sufficing, -a case of flagrante
delictu was punished by- a whipping
with a: stfap unfortunately not ap
plied to the youth, but to the plump
shoulders of the girt. - .
-The punishment was taken In grim
silence, and at Its termination some
threat indistinctly heard . by others,
was made -In -which :"Obiman" ; and
"work de Obeah: were phrases: -The
next morning the mistress and her
daughter,, who took breakfast alone to
gether, were seized with convulsions,
and before medical aid could : arrive
were dfead. -. Here was quite enough of
the circumstantial to warrant the ar
rest of the girl; but further than that
the case never went ' . .',.
- No very definite results came from
the chemical analysis, no one knew .of
the glrl having visited an O'oiman or
having held communication with any
one between the time of ber punish
ment and the death of her mistress,
and no poison was to be found in the
house. Finally the suspected servant
was set free,, and on every . hand she
was hailed by her ignorant fellow ser
vants as possessed with great powers,
and her "cusscuss" (Imprecations) were
sought by all who had -vengeance to
wreak. '- Thus She' abruptly graduated
from the regions of servantdom to the
higher realms of Obi priestess. Cram's
Magazine..- -
Th Sedan Chair.
The' Sedan... chair still exists In Or
leans, a bustling "town not far from
Paris. Ih lfBW pretty city, says a Paris
newspaper,-'especially on Sundays at
the hour of mass, the classic. Sedan
chair, as It was known to the gallante
of the eighteenth century, is born
through the streets by robust carriers,
Its occupants being aged people and
invalids, to whom the jolting of a car
riage la Intensely disagreeable. , -
Story Showing Love Even for Berpenta
an an Animal Keeper. ' v ;
That love for even the accursed and'
despised of the animal tribes that de-'
relops in men who have made this field f
their life study was never better illus ;
trated, says the New York Times, thanf .
by a story an animal hunter tells about ,
Curator Dittmars of the reptile house '
in the New York Zoological park.- ..': '$
'When Dittmars and I were hunting.
snakes down in South Carolina we'
heard of an old stager of a rattler In-
the vicinity to which people thereabout ,
had given the name of 'Old Dave.' Old
Dave was sly and never showed him-'
self In the daytime, but at night came'
out and warmed himself in the baked;
sand of the roadway. His six-Inch wide
trail which was In evidence the next .
day showed the old fellow must have
been a whopper. -
'It was not until the day before that'
set for our return to New York that we'
had a fair chance to catch him. He
got away from us to a heap of rock,'.
however, where only a quick shot with .
a gun could have fetohed him. I had
my gun ready and was about to fire
when Dittmars knocked the barrel up-1
ward. : : '.-,..,
" 'Don't do that,' he said, 'let the poor
devil life if you can't catch him alive.'.
"For the moment there was a hot ex-'
change of words, but the snake was'
lost to us and mournfully we got on the
train for New York. Several hours la-:
ter Dittmar said: 'Jerry, maybe you J
do not feel as I do about Old Dave, but
when I get back to New York I will be
glad to know that somewhere down in
Carolina that fine old specimen is loose
and Is having a good time. If you had -;
killed him It would have spoiled all my
desire for ever going back there tolv
hunt Walt till you'ye been In the busl- ;
ness awhile and you will learn how '.
much pleasure may be derived f rom -preserving
rather than taking the life!
of a dumb animal.' "
Wealthy Banker, Who la the New Lord
Mayor of London.
' Sir Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale, the
newly elected Lord Mayor of London, -has
long been a figure in the municipal .
life of the British metropolis and is well ,
known for his connection with the
great banking firm of Dimsdale, Cave,"
Tugwell & Co., the leading financial :
house of the city of Prescot He was"
born within sound of Bow Bells in 1849, '
and In 1591 made his debut in' politics .
by his election as alderman for Corn-
hill. Since then he has occupied the !
usual preparatory offices which serve
as steps to the mayoralty. - These are
the places of sheriff and member of the
London council. Last year" Sir Joseph t
was elected a member of Parliament.
TflA HAW lnjlv tnnrnt-oea -nrao fVT-, n jt-1 t
J .X. d .
Miss Beatrice Holdsworth, and she was ;
married to Sir Joseph in 1873, the' occar '
slon being one of social importance. It '
is said that this couple Is pre-eminently
nttea to aischarge the society functions
of the municipal corporation.
Woman for Whom Elmnnd Yates Suf
fered Imprisonment.
The Countess of Ktrn lihrnnlro nhA
death has taken place In London, was
the peeress who was the cause of the
arrest of Edmund ft
Yates, - the Anglo- a
American Journal
ist who was the
proprietor and ed- V
itor of the London
World. It was on tf
her account . that O:
he was convlc'.ed ,j
of- criminal libel 1 '
and sentenced to a ,
V e a r's . imnrisnn- 3
mme. 8TRA2BB0OKE ment. Yates could C',
have escaped the penalty by giving the
name of the writer of the libelous para
graph. The libel in question was a par
agraph for which' there was not a shad
ow of foundation and which originated
In the lively imagination of the Count
ess. -The countess was Miss Helena
Fraser, daughter of Gen. Keith Fraser,
of the British army, and was married
to the Earl of Stradbrooke !n July, 1808.
.. Small Pay for Ivan Ivanovitch.
The Russian ' soldier is wretchedly
paid. He is the worst paid soldier in
Europe, and, therefore, has a very hard
time during his four years of service,
Unless his good folks at home are in
clined to be generous. : The infantry
soldier. is paid about 1G cents a month,
and the cavalry soldier only a , little
more. Sergeants receive about 50 cents
a month, and young officers from $15 to
$50, according to their regiments. The
higher.ofllcers are also very poorly paid
by comparison to officers of rank In oth
er armies. Pearson's Magazine. .
Switzerland's Export of Watches.
Switzerland's export of watches last
year broke the record. It consisted of
2,366,420 nickel watches, 3,086,717 sil
ver and 800,258 gold watches, besides
nearly 7,000' chronographs and repeat
ers. '"-..'
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