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About Bohemia nugget. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1899-1907 | View Entire Issue (June 7, 1901)
J pWBHMjSE TO pAjCE
One niorulng nbotlt two Weeks after
ward Mury whs in the meadow gathering
cowslips for dinner when she heard some
one calling her name; and looking up.
Rhe saw Jenny hurrying toward her, her
snnbonnct hanging down her back, as
.usual, nnd her checks Hushed with vlo
'lent exercise. As soon as she came up
she began with, "Oh. my, ain't I hot and
tired, nnd 1 can't stay a minute, cither,
for I ran away, lint I had such good
news to tell yon, tlmt I would come. You
are going to have a great deal better
.home than this. You know where Hlce
Corner Is, the district over cast?
Mary replied that she did, and Jenny
continued: "We all went over there yes
"tcrday to sec Mrs. Mason. She's a real
ulco lady, who used to live in lloston.
.and be Intimate with ma, until three or
Xour years ago when Mr. Mason died.
We didn't go there nny more then, and
I asked Hose what the reason was, and
she said Mrs. Mason was poor now, and
ma had 'cut her;' and when I asked her
what she cut her with, she only laughed,
and said she believed I didn't know any
thing. But since then I've learned what
"What docs It?" asked Mary and Jenny CHAPTEH IX.
rcP"ed! . , mm Very different this time 'was Mary's
"If a person dies and leaves no money. wUh Mf Kn, fct fn)m what ,t hnd
no matter how good his folks are, or ho hf M nd ater
much you like them, you mustn t know b h a few naturnI tcarSi and
them when you meet them In the street, senJ & hcflrt.s,KU8 t0 the loT.
or you must cross over the other side If , 1(ehm) her , , nM
you see hem coming; nd then when la- torf
dies call and speak about them jou K Q h ,ook
mus draw a great, long breathy 0f quiet happiness on her face that even
der 'how the poor thhig will get along, Mr? KnI(.htMnoticed . As thcy on
she was so dreadfully extravagant. I ' , . . . ,,,' i-m,-,!
positively heard mother say those very fancled th co" ntJ??
words about Mrs. Mason; nnd what Is so Planter and the houses better than
funny, the washwoman the same day la th resion of ttiHHouH: and vrhen
spoke of her. and cried when she told ""Ww turn of the road brought Into
how kind she was, and how she would go " hean Iful blue sheet of .
without things herself for the sake of giv- bnomti by br ght green hills, her delight
ing to the poor " knew no unds. Springing up and point
After a moment's pause Jenny proceed- ln townr1 she "claimed: "Oh. please
ed: 'This Mrs. Mason came Into the P a "t and look. Isn t It lovely?
country and bought the prettiest little 3,
cottage you ever saw. She has lots of , Th?,t? Oh. that s nothing but Tor-
nice fruit, and for all mother pretends In VoV or as folks most generally
Boston that she docs not visit her, Just "11 em. sccjn there s two, North and
as soon ns the fruit is ripe she always Sou'h Pond-
goes there. Pa says it's real mean, and JIow fa,r e nonJ fr0,ra M- Mn"
he should think Mrs. Mason would sec sons-' asked Mary, casting longing
through it." glances toward the distant sandy beach
"Did you go there for fruit yesterday?" and l',e Rceful trees which drooped
asked Mary OTer tho watcr 8
, ,, , , ' .... "It's farther back than 'tis there, 'cause
"Oh. no," returned Jenny. "Mother it., u hnl the gaM Mr- KustlU
Mid she was tired to death with staying ..but here we bo nt iUaH Mason's-thls
at home. Besides that, she heard some- nouge rIght hcref.. and he IK,nteU t0
thing In Boston about a large estate In neat) t,anaSOme cottage, almost hidden
England, which possibly would fall to frora xevr j,y tne jcns. f0iage which
Mjs. Mason, and she thought it would 1-e surrounded it.
"real kind to go and tell her. Mrs. Mason There was a long lawn In front, and
has poor health, and while we were there jn(0 tho carriage road jon the right of It
she asked mother if she knew of any good Mr. Knight turned, nnd driving up to a
little girl she could get to come and live sje door, said to Mary, "Come, Jump
with her;- 'one,' she said, 'who could be down, for my foot Is so lame I don't be-
qulet when her head ached, and who Heve I'll get out. But there's your chest,
would read to her nnd wait on her at You can't lift that. Halloo! Judith,
other times.' Mother said she did not come 'ere."
know of any, but when , Mrs. Mason In answer to this call a fat, pleasant-
went out to get tea, I followed and told looking colored woman appeared in the
her of you, and the tears came into her doorway, and as if fresh from the regions
lyes when I said your folks were nil dead, of cookdom wiped the drops of perspira-
and you were alone and sorry. She said tion from her round, Jolly face,
right off that she would come round and "Here, Judith," said Mr. Knight, "help
see you soon, and if -she liked you yon this gal lift her traps out."
should live with her." j Judith complied, and then bidding old
So saying, she ran off; Mary, having Charlotte to "get up," Mr. Knight drove
gathered her cowslips, sat down to think
of Mrs. Mason, and wonder If she should
ever see her. That afternoon, when the
dishes were all washed, she, as nsual,
stole away to her books. She had not
been long occupied ere some one called
her, saying Mr. Knight wns downstairs
and wanted to see her, and that there
was a lady with him.
-Mary readily guessed that the lady
must be Mrs. Mason, and carefully brush
ing her hair and tyjng on a clean apron,
she descended to the kitchen, where sho
was met by Mr. Knight, who called out.
"Hallo! my child, how do you do? 'Pears
to me you ve grown handsome. It agrees
with you to live here, I reckon, but I'll
venture you'll be glad enough to leave
and go and live with her, won t youV
pointing toward a lady who was Just
coming from Mrs. Parker's room nnd to-
-tvard whom Mary's heart instantly warm
ed. ','You see," continued Mr. Knight, "one
of the Lincoln girls has taken a mighty
shine to you, and it's queer, too. for
they're dreadful stuck-up folks."
"If you please, sir," said Mary, Inter
rupting him, "Jenny isn't a bit stuck-up."
"OmpU!" returned Mr. Knight. "She
does not belong to the Lincoln race, then,
I guess. I know them, root and branch.
Lincoln's wife used to work in the fac
tory nt Southbridge, but she's forgot all
. about that, and holds her head dreadful
' high whenever she sees me. But that's
neither here nor there. This woman
wants you to live with her. Miss Mason,
this Is Mary. Mary, this Is Miss Mason."
The Introduction being thus happily
over, Mrs. Mason proceeded to ask Mary
a variety of questions, and ended by say
ing she thought sho would take her, al
though she would rather not have her
come for a few days, as she was going to
be absent. Miss Grundy was now Inter
rogated concerning her knowledge of
work, and with quite a consequential air
she replied: "Perhaps, ma'am, It looks
too much like praising myself, constderin'
that I've had the managln' of her mostly,
but I must confess that she's lived with
me so long, and got my ways so well,
that she's aa pleasant n mannered, good
tempered child, and will scour as' bright
a knife as you could wish to seel"
Saturday came at last, and long before
the sun peeped over the eastern hills
Mary was up and dressed. Just as she
was ready to leave her room sho heard
Sally singing in a low tone, "Oh, there'll
ho mourning mourning mourning
mourning; Oh, tbcro'U be mourning when
, Mary's gone avfay."
. About nine o'clock Mr. Knight drove
up alone, Mrs. Mason being sick with
nervous headache. "I should, have been
hero sooner, snld lie, "but the roads Is
awful rough, iiinl old Charlotte lias got
n stub or somcthln' in hop foot, lint
whero's the gal? Ain't she read?"
lie was answered by Maiy herself, who
initile her appearance, followed h.v Hilly
liearlng the box. Ami uow commenced
the lenve takings. Miss Grundy's turn
"Mny I kiss yon. Miss Grimily" said
Mnry. Miss Grundy bent down ami re
ceived the child' kiss, nml then darting
off Into the pantry, went to skimming
nans of milk nlrcndy skimmed. Uncle
Peter between times kept ejaculating
"Oh. Lord: oh. massy sake! oh. for
land."' Hilly knew it would be lonely
without Mary, hut he was glad to have
hergo to a better home, so lie tried to
Aside from him, Sally was the only
composed one. It is true her eyes were
very bright, and there was a compression
ubout her mouth seldom seen, except Just
before one of her frenxled attacks. Oc
casionally, too, she pressed her hands up
on her head, and walking to the sink,
bathed it In water, as If to cool its in
away, leaving Mary standing by the
"Come in and sit down," said Judith,
pushing a chair toward .Mary with her
foot. "It's as hot here as an oven, but
I had crambry sass and ginger snaps, and
massy knows what, to make this morning
and I got belated; but set down and
make yourself to home."
Mary took the proffered seat, and then
Judith left the room for a few moments,
saying when she returned that, as Mrs.
Mason wns still suffering from a bead
ache, she could not see Mary until after
dinner. "And," continued Judith, "she
toI(i m ,0 entertaIn yolI but j don.t' know
h t . do firgt ,
Just a week to a day before he was to be
married, and so I never bad any little
girls to talk to. Cnn't you think of some
thing to talk about? What have you
been used to doing"
"Washing dishes," was Mary's reply,
"Wall," answered Judith, "I guess you
won't have that to do here for one night:
when some of the neighbors were in I
heard Miss Mason tell 'em that she got
you to read to her and wait on her. And
then she said something about your not
having an equal chance with your sister.
You han't but one, now t'other's dead,
Mary replied in the negative, and Ju
dith continued: "Wall, uow you've got
over the first on't, I reckon you's glad
the baby's dead, for she must have been
kind of a bother, wasn't she?"
Instantly Mary's thoughts flew back to
an empty cradle, and again a little golden
head was pillowed upon her breast, as
often In times past It had been, and as
It would never be again. Covering her
face with her bands, she sobbed, "Ob,
Allle, Allle! I wish she hadn't died!"
Judith looked on in amazement, and for
want of something better to do placed a
fresh stick of wood in the stove, mutter
ing to herself, "Now, I never! I might
of knew I didn't know what to say. What
a pity Harry died. I'll give her that big
ginger snap the minute It's baked. See if
Accordingly, when tho snap was done,
Judith placed It In Mary's hands, bidding
her eat It quick, and then go up and seo
the nice chamber Mrs. Mason bad ar
ranged for her.
"Come," said Judith; and leading the
way, sho conducted Mary up the stair
rase, aud through a light, airy hall to the
door of a small room, which sho opened,
Baying, "Look, ain't It pretty?"
Mary's heart was too full to speak, and
for several minutes she stood silent. With
tho exception of her mother's pleasant
parlor In old England, she bad never be
fore seen anything which seemed to her
so cosy and cheerful as did that little
room, with Its single bed, snowy counter-
tin no. inuslin curtains, clrnn mattlnr. con
venlent toilet tabte, and what to her wai
fnlrv than all the rest, upon the mantel-
tiler there stood two small vases, tilled
with sweet llowern, whose fragrance fill
ed tho apartment with delicious perfume.
All this was so different from the bare
walls, uncovered Moors nnd rickety furni
ture of tho poorhoiisn that Mary trem
bled lest It should prove n tiream rroiu
which ore long she would awake.
When Mary was lliially sent for by
Mrs. Mason she had been so much accus
tomed to slek persons that she kuew lit'
tultlvely Just what to do nnd wheu to
do It, and her step was so light, her Voko
so low, and the hand which bathed the
aching head so soft and geiitlo In Its touch
that Mrs. Mason Involuntarily drew her
to her bosom, and kissing her Hps, called
her her child, nnd said she should uever
leave her; then, laying back In her easy
chair, she remnlued perfectly still, while
Mary alternately tlxed her hair rnd
smoothed her forehead, until sho fc'.l into
a quiet slumber, from which alio did not
uwnke until Judith rang the bell for mip'
per, which was neatly laid out lu n little
dining parlor, opening into the llower gar
den. There was something so very iiocl.il
ii ml checiing lu tho nppearauca of the
ri.i'Mi, and the arrangement of tho table,
with its glossy white cloth, and dishes of
tho same hue. that Mnry felt almost as
much like weeping ns sho did on the'u'i.ht
n? her arrival at the poorhouse. Uut Mrs.
Mason seemed to know exactly how to
entertain her; nnd by the time that first
tea was over there was hardly a nappler
child In the world than wan Mary.
Mrs. Mason soon dismissed her to her
own room, where she for some time
amused herself with watching tho day
light as it gradually disappeared from
tho hills which Iny beyond the pond. Then
when It nil was gone, and tho stars be
gan to come out, she turned her eyes
toward one which had always seemed to
her to be her mother s soul looking down
upon her from the windows of heaven.
Now to-nfght there shono beside It a
smaller, feebler one, and in the tleecy
clouds which floated around It she fan
cied sho could define the face of her baby
sister. Involuntarily stretching out her
hands, she cried, "Oh, mother! Allle! I
am so happy now;" and to tho child's im
agination the stars smiled lovingly upon
her, while the evening wind, as It gently
moved the boughs of the tall elm trees.
seemed like tho rustlo of angels' wlngi.
Who shall say the mothers spirit was
not there to rejoice with her daughter
over the glad future opening so brightly
(To be continued.)
NO WONDER HE WAS BALKED.
Dlfricul ties the Frenchman I'xperl-
enced In Lcnrnlnc IS icllah.
A Frenchman thirsting for linguistic
superiority recently bognn n course of
English lessons with a teacher of Inn-
guages. After tolling conscientiously
through n good many exercises the fol
lowing dialogue between tho pupil nnd
bin master wns overheard:
1 And the English very dlfllcult."
complained the Frenchman. "How do
you pronounce t-o-u-g-h?"
It Is pronounced 'tuff.' "
Eh. bleu, 'tuff;' 'snuff,' thuu, Is spelt
s-n-o-u-g-h. Is It not?"
'Oh, no; 'snufT Is spelt s-n-u-ff. As
a matter of fact, words ending lu
o-u-g-h nre somewhnt Irregular."
I see; a superb language! T-o-u-g-h
Is 'tuff nnd c-o-u-g-h Is 'cuff.' I huvc
a very bad cuff."
"No; It rs 'coff,' not 'cuff.' "
"Very well: euff, tuff and coff. And
d-o-u-g-h Is 'duff cb?"
"No, not 'duOY "
" 'Doff.' then?"
"No; 'dob.' "
"Well, then, what about li-o u-g-b?"
"That Is pronounced 'hock."
" 'Hock! Then I suppose the thing
the farmer uses, the p-I-o-u-g-b, Is
pluff,' or Is It plilock.' or 'plo?' Fine
language 'plo.' "
"No, no; It Is pronounced 'plow.' "
"I shall soon master English, I am
sure. Here wc go. 'Plow, 'coff,' 'tuff,'
'hock,' and now here Is another
r-o-u-g-b; that Is 'row,' I suppose?"
"Oh, no, my friend; that's 'ruff
"And bo-ug-li Is 'buff?'"
"No; that happens to bo 'bow.' "
"Yes, wonderful language. And I
have Just e-n-o-u-g-b of It; that's 'enou.'
Is it not?"
"No; 'enuff.' " Sheffield Weekly
Lady "KoIjk" and Her Trunk.
There is a story going around about
Lady Roberts, and her trunks, for the
truth of which, says the Westminster
Gazette, a man returning from South
At the height of the transport difficul
ties. Lady Itoberts carried eight large
trunks from Cape Town to Illoemfon
tcin lu the very teeth of the officers.
Everybody wondered, everybody
grumbled. No one but Lady Itoberts
could have tuken the things through.
The transport of stores had been stop
ped for the time, the sick lacked every
comfort, and those who were not sick
were half-starved and only1 half-clad.
Therefore, when a fatigue party was
told off to fetch those eight trunks from
Bloemfonteln station, some rather un
complimentary things were said nbout
women travelers in general and this
latest transgressor in particular.
Next day seven of the eight trunks
were unpacked, and their contents dis
tributed among the soldiers. Tho clever
lady had snapped her lingers nt red
tape, nnd had smuggled through com
forts for tho men. One smnll trunk con
tained her personal belongings. '
Sea Fish In Lake Ontario.
The deepening of tho St. Lawrence
canal system has bad other results
than to allow tho passage of ocean
going freightage. Following In tho
wako of tho vessels sea herrings have
mado their appearance In Lalso On
tario, nnd are being eagerly captured
by tho flshermen.
"Are you educating your child with
a view to his future collego career?"
"Ob. yes; he's got to begin next
week and take a drop of tabasco sauce
three times a day,"
HERE IS A NEW CLOCK
FOR THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Sainurl P. Thrasher of New Haven, Oaiin., U making nil effort to hnvn llm
clock fine that all humanity has been eoiMultlug for centuries changed for one
made suitable for the progressive people of the twentieth century. In slating his
objections to the present system of telling time Mr. Thrasher points out thill
there Is n bewildering. Iiraiii-lrylng iiumSer of figures which art never necessary
at oue time for one hour Indications on the face of the clock of to-day, and he
further says that some of these figures are right side up while others nre upside
down, some repose on their sides, while others are placed at various angles.
This, as can be readily seen, creates confusion and often retiders It dllllcull to
tell (he exact time at a glance.
In Mr. Thrasher's system there are mvor more than four figures shown on the
dlnl of the clock at once, aud they so Indicate the tlino that uo mistake U possi
ble, and Indlcato It o accurately that vii'uable minutes need never Iw lost. Under
many ordinary clrctimstauees a minute over or under time will cause tin great
Inconvenience or trouble, but there are tn my conditions when even the loss of n
few seconds means the loss of millions of money, or even the wrecking of lives.
Mr. Thrasher by his new system has evolved not only a singular time Indication
for clocks, hut he has also developed clock mechanism radically different from
present practice, which will probably In a short while absorb much of the busi
ness in time indicators and become the standard system of the twentieth century.
Hy the new clock a child will have nj dllllculty lu telling tho exact time.
Wheu the.hour of the old-fashloncd timepiece Is dangling In one direction between
VI and VII um the minute hand Is losing itself In another direction somewhero
between XI and XII, the new tluiepleee will read simply ami conclusively ll.fW.
In another uiluute the last figure magleally disappears and I) takes Its plnre,
aud lu sixty more seconds all the figures vanish and lu their place appear ".().
To state the system clearly and tersely, time will he told aa the railroad time table
tells it. Ami with the general Introduction of this system would be done nway
with such bungling expressions entailed by the old circular dial plate with Its
wreath of figures as '.'() minutes past l, 1-1 minutes of 12. Instead we shall adopt
the crisp, accurate terminology of the time table, and say nluu twenty, eleven
HEAD OF ST. LOUIS FAIR.
Choice nf Kx-Oovcrnnr Francis I
Ex-Gar. David It. Francis hns been
chosen President of the fcHilslunn Pur
chase Exposition board. The choice of
ex-Gor. Francis for this Important
position Is generally commended. He
enjoys the confidence nnd esteem of
the people of St. Iiuls nnd of the Stnte
of Missouri, whom he has often served
tX-ODV D. II. KIIANCIB.
in official capacities. In 1835 be was
elected Mayor of St. Louis aud In 1888
was chosen Governor of Missouri,
which office ho held for four years.
On the retirement of Hoke Smith from
President Cleveland's cabinet Sept. 1,
1690, Mr. Francis was appointed Sec
retary of the Interior and continued
lu office until the cud of Mr. Cleve
land's term. Mr. Frauds Is CO years
Invented tho Trolley.
It is claimed for John C. Henry,
who died tho other dny lu Denver,
that he wns the Inventor of the over
head t r o 1 1 o y,
which has. rev
the United States
and all over the
world. It was In
Kansas City, lu
188.1. that ho
built the llrst ov
john a HKNiiv. road. All previ
ous efforts had been directed to tho
construction of underground roads,
which have not proved successful.
Among his improvements were tho
methods for stringing wires around
curves and of managing tho trolley by
menus of a rope. Before that time It
had been necessary to keep a man on
tbo top of each car to handle the trol
ley. After perfecting the Kansas City
lino bo went to California, where ho
Installed several lines, afterwards bo
coming the chief export for tho Cen
tral Electric Company In New York
City. In 1804 his health broke down,
and ho wns forced to retire from ac
tive work. Within the last few months
ho has perfected Inventions which
havo been sold for moro than $100,000
nnd ho leaves to his wife and family
an ample fortune.
Ills Hair Stood on K ml.
"Up to Ave years ugo," said a pros
pector to a St. Louis Itepubllu re
porter, "I didn't believe In such a thing
as a roan's hair standing on end;" and
then the old gentleman told the story
of tbo fright that led him to chuugo
TMl OLD MTtB-
I was In tho mountains of Idaho with
u friend, nnd we ran short of fresh
meat, no onu day 1 took my gnu and
started off alone. 1 went Into a ravine
and was making my way along a little
brook, when 1 came suddenly upon a
queer sight. Not four feet lu front of
me. In the full blaze of the sun, lay
four mmiiitiiln-llims, asleep.
For half a minute I thought them
dead, but as I stood staring nt them
with my heart lu my mouth, every one
of them sprang up with a growl. And
they faced round at me, looking ugly,
sullllng the nlr with their whiskers
drawn hack, showing the white Hue of
their teeth, switching their talis and
looking like demons.
As for me, I stood rooted to tho spot.
I couldn't ituovc, from shew fright. A
queer, numb sensation began In my
ankles and crept up my body, mid I
lltcrnlly felt my iiair rise.
I stood there motionless for several
minutes; then one of the liensts dropped
his tall and whined. The others fol
lowed his exnmple. My presence mys
tified them. A few seconds Inter they
turned nbout and crept away down the
ravine, looking back stealthily two or
three times to seo me.
When they were out of sight I lie-
gau to breathe agnln. I didn't enre to
hunt nny more Unit dny, nnd made for
the camp at top speed. That was the
tlmo my hair stood on end, nnd my
scnlp was sore to the touch for n week
Undo Mingo nnd tbo Waller.
Uncle Mingo was In town n day or
two ago. It had been a long time since
tho old man had been In Savannah, nnd
he rambled over tho streets all the
morning. Impressed with tho wonderful
things ho saw,
Naturally, toward midday he began
to feel a little tired nnd very hungry;
so as ho passed lu front of onu of tho
eating houses for colored people, of
which there arc several In tho neighbor
hood of Plant System depot, the succu
lent piles of edibles in tho windows
offered too great a temptation to bo
resisted. He entered the' restaurant
and sat down to n tablo.
"All right, sah," said the affablo wait
er coming up, "wot'll It bo?"
"I, want," snld Undo Mingo, unctu
ously, "some o' dnt fried llsh ecu do
winder on a piece o' dat p!o."
"Yes. sah; wot else?"
"I want somo o' dnt fried chicken,
too, and some o' dem doughnuts."
"Yes, sah; wot else?"
"I want some o dat hnm and somo
"Yes, sah; wot else?"
"An' I want a cup o' tea."
"Cup o' tea. Yes, sahj wot kin o
"Wot kin' o' tea I want?" rejoined the
old tnnn with n severo look; "wot kin'
you speck I want? I want sto' ten;
STO' tea. You tlnl; I come: on the train
all do way from Possum Holler for to
drink snccafrax?" Savannah Nows.
Tho doller'H Mlstuko.
"Phow!" exclaimed tho wood suw
yer, us hp stopped to mop his brow,
"but them folks playing golf over there
have a mighty hard tlmu of It. They
think it Is exercise, hut It's darned hard
Then ho resumed his sawing opera
tions with n sigh of thankfulness that
ho hnd such an easy tlmo of It. Boston
"Did you hear ubout tho poetical way
In which tho Hltllets announced tho
death of' their pet dog?"
"No. How wns It?"
"They said; 'Wo regrot to announce
that our little Pcrllo lias steered bis
jarU for thu other shore.' "Cleveland
OHAMPION LIAHOF THE WORLD;
An 'Aitierlrnii HImiiI tip us a Most Incur
rlirih'o Verbid 1.1m r.
"Do you know that tho n vertigo A mur
icnii In a hopeless nnd liicorrlgllilii mid
imiultlgiited llnr?" said it oynlo of llnr
si rent, In Now Orleans, "L don't
mean ho lies viciously, hut stiavo meti
Ini'lty glides off tho cud of his tmigtm
is citidly us iiiotitMHcs IIowh from a
iplgot on n warm dny In summer, Ho
lues It tllli'iiiiNclnusly, habitually, uuto
uiiitk'iilly Just as his lungs expand anil
Ills heart palpitates nnd his luilr grows,
without any speclnl utteiitlim from tho
rest of his system. Ho does It be
cause ho eati't help ft. 'i'lui thing bus
lieciiiiio a second mitiiio,
"I hnd all (his brought homo to mo,"
continued thi nmntmir cynic, "by it
very simple little experiment which I
tried on myself and a fov others no
longer ago limn yesterday uturntug.
Did you ever see a pocket counting urn
I'hltio? Well, It's a llttlo tlevlco shaped
like a which, Whenever you press llm
stem (ho needle on the dinl Jumps u
point, and It registers lu that way tttto
several thousand on tho principle of a
cyclometer. They tiro used by any
body making long counts and nre very
htinily, because they never forget
where they leave off,
"Hut, lo couio to tlin pottit, something
happened (o remind mo of our national
vice of untruthfulness ns I wns getting
up yesterday, anil I determined to keep
lab mi myself nnd nseertnlu, If possi
ble, how many net mil, out nnd out licit
I put Into circulation In tho course of
the day, I chanced to have nun of tho
little counting mitrliltics I hnvo Just
mentioned, so I slipped It Into my
pocket ami started out.
"The llrst lie I told was right nt tho
door. Kmlthsoii wax passing nnd stop
ped to shake hands. 'Hello, old iniiut'
said I. 'Delighted to sii you,' when as
n matter of fact I wns deuced sorry to
sen him, because I owe blui ten. I
gave thu countep n squcczo and hur
ried on, but before I got to tho olllco I
bad Jogged It nine times.
"What did I Jog It for. did you nsk?
fib. trivialities, mere trivialities, but
at the same tlmo point blank lies, every
onu of 'em. Whenever I opened my
mouth out dropped somo confounded
hyperbole. I told Jones the Joke ho
Insisted In springing on me wns tho
'best I over heard' and then mado a
double tally In assuring bis wife sho
wns looking remarkably well when sho
was looking exnrtly llko n aenrerrow.
1 told another friend I never laughed
so much lu my life ns I hnd nt some
thing or other, I don't rememlier now
what, nnd still another that I hndn't
slept n wink for three nights when I
had neuralgia lately all lies, bald Ilea,
In splto of their bnrmlessness.
"When I reached the olllco and looked
nt tho dial. I wns horrified. 'Good
heavens!' I snld to myself. 'It seems lo
bo physically Impossible for mo to
speak tho plain truth In tho. paltriest
matters. I'll Just remain perfectly
quiet for hnlf an hour and keep check
"Hoggs Is our head-lmokkeepcr nnd
n pillar In one nf tho suburban
churches. I had supposed him In bo
the quintessence of cnst-Iron veracity,
but when I snt down In cold blood to
put him on record I was astonished nt
llm blase fashion with which ho frl
roled with tho truth. I pushed tho
button on him 15 times In -7 minutes;
then ho got Into n whispered conversa
tion with n caller, and I Inst the thread
of his remarks. Hut I nm certain If
I hnd been In hearing tho counter
would have had hnrd work keeping up
with the procession."
I'nylng null Giving.
There Is nu Interesting story associ
ated with the crent Cardinal Itorromeo.
who was noted for his charities to tho
poor. Cardinal Gliulo hnd shown to I
him tho vast palace which ho had Just
finished. When he was departing. Itor
romeo, who had been silent whllo In-
sneet nir the bu Id nir. said: "Your
eminence, I havo been rollectlng Hint
tho lingo sums spent on this pntneo
might havo been given to tho poor."
"Your eminence," replied uluiio,
"they havo been nil given to the poor;
but our notions of charity differ, I
pny the poor for their labor, and your
emliicncu for their Idleness."
Tho retilr. uttered more than four V
hundred years ago, is now tho rule of
Intelligent nhlhiiithroiilstn. who would
help tho poor to help themselves, nnd
restrain them from becoming paupers.
Tbo Apron of an Empress.
Tho German Empress Is not at all
extravagant In tho matter of dress, but
sho possesses a wonderful selection of
aprons. When, not many months ago,
a committee of ladles presented her
with a whito satin one, with tho nnmcH
of her flvo sons embroidered lu gold,
tho Empress graciously thanked tho
donors, explaining, "My husband likes
mo to wear an apron; ho says It looks
nlco nnd homely." Tho young princes
wero delighted with this gift, for, ns
ono of them remarked, "Mother cannot
well forget us when alio carries our
names on hor npron."
Tlio Caller's Inference.
"Is Mrs. Mullliratnwncv In?" nnbml
tho caller, presenting hor card to tbo
"No, ma'am." .
"When will sho bo in?"
"I can't tell, ma'nm."
"She told VOU not to. I siinnnon"
It has been said that brliitnnr nn,i
Impulslvo peoplo usually havo black
eyes-or If tlioy don't havo thorn thoy
nro npt to get thorn If thoy nro too Im
pulsive. It's difficult to convlnno (1m rnrnnvrtr)
who foots tho bills of Congress that
talk Is cheap.