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I1ERR STEINHARDTC NEMESIS
WY J. MACLAKEN COBBAN.
CHAl'TIIll V Continued.
Tlmt vtna nil I wanted, nml I soon
lull tho lilt o i niiMir. I wont to en
on I r tiiin. I loiiiul lilm sitting with
1 1 1 1 pretty, plenrant wild nt mi unrly
dinner. Tlmy Invited mot to alt down
nml imrtnliii. IiliH'llnod.mi Urn ground
i having Junt 1 1 nt t breakfast.
"I," nit Id hit, "Imvo inaiiiigod with
miirii economy. Tliln In my brcnkfant
nml dinner mm li nil.
"I wished," mild I, "tn havoa llltlo
talk with ynil."
"If," mill I io, "It In about tlmt nfTiilr
ol 1 1 mi illicit, say on ; I nml my wlfo aro
I then tolil ol my gonnlp with tlio
drnor nml Its purpose.
"You need nut havo gono to lilm,"
rulil ho; "I oulil Imvo tolil you tlmt
thoru linn lawn no ili'iitli ol Hint xort
nlni'o nn Imvo U'oii hero, mill that'n
iicnrly llvn year. Ol coiirne, Ii'h ab
mini to suiiihiho tlmt tho dentil ol 15
yearn ngo in tlio nno ior Dick wnn
thinking or. No; 1'vn inmu w win con
elusion tlmt ho hml hiiihi Imlr breadth
iwnpo Irom death In hln mind, and
tlmt tho rent wnn delirium."
"Iliit. dear." mild Mm. Freeman.
"ilon't you forgot. Iioth of you, tlmt
Pick's eiinlonslnn, ariiirillug to liimaeii,
hum nl iniiriliir which Inn not been
((III in I out?"
"You urn right, my dear." said ho.
II n t , nt tho samo time, thuro linn no
ono lHi'ii missed who ruulil liavo lieen
iUk(mimI ol In tlmt wnv. Two men, I
remember, linvo dlapiearod, hut tlmy
liml nothing to ilo with clicmlmln, nml
tlmy wcro Inst seen nonr Hint deep kiiiiI
In tho clouitli: It woulil ln dotwtlvu
oculatliiii thrown nwny to linaglnn
Ikiw they coulil Iki ilono to dentil In n
elioinh-al vat. Come," nntd ho. seeing
my serious, anxlnun look, "lot tho mut
ter nlouo, wo enn do nothliiK with It.
Tho chemical workn nro mi alMinilna
tlon, but tlio only recent death I enn
suspect tlii'in ol in that ol mi unfortu
nate dog; wiino ono had dyed him a
lilnilnu n-nrlut: (urn whlto ho nlunk
nlxiut tho streets, an ohject of loathing
to liiimelf, mid of terror, curiosity mid
scorn to tho wholo dog world: then ho
disappeared withdrew, irolmliIy, In
Inline and dcpalr to that pond In tho
dough nnd put an nml to tho glaring
nuuiiinly of hln ex Interne. Hut, after
nil, I think tho chief harm thuy do in
to every green thing and toHtolnlinnlt'n
reputation for honesty. I neo thin
morning," ho continued. turnliiK mid
nli-kliiii tin tho nowsiiatier. "tlmt bo In
again In court for Infringement of some
Our talk then turned on tho former
caw) of tho same kind, tho heavy dam
ages paid, nnd tho ntrango disappearance
of .Mr. UutiiIt. I asked him If ho hml
ever heard tho romantic history of tho
Ijicrolx family. Ilo know all aliout It;
bo had hoard it from lllrley.
I broached to him my hopo of cither
finding tho lont Mr. Ijicrolx, or at leant
ol finding out what had becomo of him;
and I told lilm I I mil written nomo
week before to some friondn who, I
bad thought, might uiako Iriqitlrlon for
mo in Iindon, but that I hml heard
nothing from them, and that therefore
I thought of going to Ixindou msoll on
that errand an soon an my nix months
hml expired. Ilo ahook liln lieml.
"I fancy." said ho, "all Inqulrlen
have lieen mado. I low over, sineo it in
desirable to find out If possible some
tiling 'for certain" ho panned nnd
looked at mo "I tell yon wlmt. Wo
nro going foi our fortnight a Holiday nt
tho vnd of tho month: I will gladly
do what I can If you like."
I agreed with lilm tlmt It might, or
might not, result in something: n wry
safe concord mid bo It wnn nettled that
it. less than threo weeks ho would bo In
lyomlnn doing bin bust to emulate Ix
I bad tacitly assented to Kreoninn'a
miggiwtlon, tlmt no moro wns to Ixj
thought or wild of Dlck'n horriulo pan
tomimic confession; but It Impressed
mo nn liolng too vivid to bo lightly din
carded an without any bnnln of fact. I
continued to think of it very much: I
thought of It moro becmuo, In splto of
tho iinroaKonnblenenHof Hitch n conjunc
tion, nnd ItH manifest "waste of dotoc
tivo ajieculntlon" (nn Freoninn would
bavo said), tho vaporn, no to nay, of
LoiiIho'h dream would persist In ming
ling In my Imagination with tho va
porn of Dick'H delirium. Could It
really bo that Mr. Lacrolx had mot his
death In nonie such way? And if ho
bail, bow had bo como by It? and
whuro? Was It oven possible ill tho
mystery of things that Lncrolx had
been smothored In ono of bin own vats?
Hut n discovery I made about this
tlmo trivial, apparently, yet to mo
significant fixed my Idea moro firmly
In my Imagination. Ono night wbilo
I sat thinking of my roturn to London
I took up my Rinilshaw, and carulossly
began noting tho tlinoa of trains from
tho neighboring largo town to the me
tropolis. Tho lines of three companies
passod through it, nnd I bocamo inter
oatod in noting how tlio rivals ran fast
nml still faster trains against each
othor. In this survey my attontlon
wus flxod by a very small fact; ono
company ran ono of its two quickest
trains no that It reached tho neighbor
ing town abcut midnight the only
vory quick train within two or throo
hours of that time. I found easy op.
portunlty to tost In some degroo what
Blgnlllcanco this fact might Imvo.
Karly In tho week following Dick's
confession, Mr. Btolnhardt had gono to
London to attond his trial, In tlio court
of Queen's bench, I think it was. Ilo
would bo absent for moro than a fort
night! and I bad thorofora many "ol
eoma cliancos of liolng In Miss La
crolx's company. I was nskod sovcral
times to dinner, and was encouraged to
find othor and sundry occasions for
On ono of these occasions I found
Miss I.acrolx nlono. After some casual
remarks I begun to work toward my
purpose by alluding to Stoinlinrdt's
business. In London.
"It will bo n sorlous thing for lilm,"
said I "wont It? If ho should bo so
unsuccessful In hs dotonco as your
"ilo wi'l no( bo unsuccsaful as poor
father wnn," nnnworod sho, with a sad
shako of her lioaiitlful bond; "Mr.
Htelnhardt Is not scrupulous an father
wnn i ho tolls fiilnolioodn with riido sim
plicity, like his great chancolloi, nfid
mi ieoplo think lilm to bo all honest
truth. Ilo will succeed in his cano, I
think I Imvo hoard him talk it to
Frank and ho will coma back moro
nunKit than ever. I'oor father!" Kho
leaned back, and looked sadly out oVor
tho vnl ley, from which rono tho smoko
and sound of Its dnlly toll, fatigued
mid furcml, I thought, on that warm
"I linvo thought a gent deal," paid
I, Milting the opHjrtiinlty her oxclmua
tlon nffiirdeil, "nf that strnngo ilroaui
yuu told mo of."
"Yon," said alio, turning with sud
"Do you still dream It?" I asked.
''Yes, I doj but nut often now."
"It Is a vviy straugo thing. Does
tho dream como at any particular hour
of thn night?"
"It does," said sho; "and that, I
daresay, in a ken mo think more of It.
It always comrs two or threo hours
after I Imvo gone to bod. I d renin it,
and thun bucomv wide awake; and after
I Imvo lain awako a llttln I always hoar
tho hall clock strlko two my room is
over tho hall."
"And tho first night you had the
dream do you think it came then
about the samo hour?"
"Yon," said sho, "I think so. Hut,"
mid sho loaned forward. eager and palo,
"why do you ask .no these questions?
Have you found out something from
your friends In London, perhaps? You
had heard nothing when last I asked
yuu, I know. Tell nio have you heard
"No, I am sorry to say, I bavo not.
HUH I do not denpalr, I bavo a hope I
may learn n'vnothlng soon."
"Oh, what?" sho eagerly demanded.
"I think," said I, "you had better
notaikmo; It may only end In disap
pointment, and this matter already
preys upon you too much."
"You aro very kind to mo," said sho.
My pill no beat tumultuously, and I
wan on tho point of saying something
rash concerning tny devotion, when sho
added, almost as If sho knew what I
wnn thinking of, "Hut I can think of
nothing else much I can bo Interested
In nothing elmi. It is vory foolish of
mo. but I cannot help It. Mr. Htoln
hardt sometimes is rather rude to mo
about It; be wants mo to marry
Frank," said she, simply; "but I do
not wish to marry Hank, and I rank
dues not wish to marry mo. I do not
wish to think nf marrying at all just
"I supposo," said I, plquod.and Jeal
ous, too, I daro say, "Mr. Htelnhardt
wanU you to marry his son that ho
may kwp your father a money, which
you will Inherit, In his buslnvrn."
"I do not think ." said alio with a
smile, "that there Is much now of poor
fathers money; Mr. Stelnhardt reckons
oft it that '.'0,000 pounds which, ho
says, father lont without any caiifo.
"Hut does Mr. lllrley, your other
guardian, agree to that fraud? for
fraud it Is."
"I do not know," said sho listlessly.
"Hut I think dear Mr. lllrley is some
how In Mr. riteinhardt's power; I think
ho fears to say much."
Mr. titelnluirilt returned from London
resplondont with success and solf satis
faction. Ilo had won his case. Ho
bad lieen ablo to lead tho court to tw
lievo that ho had found out for himself
tho chemical process for which tho
plaintiffs had taken out a patent, witli
this difference, that ho had employed a
wot method, whereas they used a dry
or vice versa; I do not romomber which
It was. The plaintiffs wore going to
carry thoir case to a higher court, but
ho did not caro for that, Ho called
together hln friondn and bin neighbors
to rejoice with him, of whom I was
ono; for since he got tho bettor of mo
over tho lecture affair bo bad been an
amicably disposed as before. The din
ner was n very sumptuous affair, and
Mr. Stelnhardt thought himself so much
mastor of the situation that, I think,
he Indulged rather moro freely In wine
than was his habit. In tho drawing
room aftor dinner his eye was tho
brightest and his talk the loudest and
most volublo. flo watched his son
paying gallant llttlo attentions to a
etrango young lady, while Miss Lacrolx
was surrounded by the beaus of the
neighborhood, nnd ho called him, in
audible asides, "Fooll"-"Id!ot!"
"lllockheadl" At length ho became
so impatient that, shouting "Frank, I
want you I" bo strode out of tho room.
Frank at once aroEO and followed him
In evident alarm.
Aftor some tlmo he roturned, looking
palo and agitated. He camo up to mo
(I sat talking with Mr. lllrley), and to
my groat surprise said:
"Mr. Unwin, the governor wants to
speak to you in the dining room." I
had a dlsagrcoablo recollection of a
formor lnterviow there, but before I
could say anything ho continued "I'm
afraid I've got you into a row, without
meaning aught of ' the sort. Tho gov
ernor'a always at mo to to make lovo
to Loulso; ho wants ma to marry her."
(Mr. lllrley shifted uneasily in his
seat.) "That was what ho called me
out about now; bo Jawed mo, and I told
him I didn't want to marry Loulso; ho
got very angry, and then I said, what
was the uso of my making love to a girl
that was In love with somebody else.
I shouldn't havo said that, I know, but
I was very rllod; I arn vory sorry."
The hot suspicion now dawned on me
that I was tho fortunate "somebody
eleo" of his logend. I folt I grew
burning red; I scarcely heard what be
said afterward, but It was to tho effect
that this father angrily dismissed him
with the order to send me to the dining
room. Blrlev eat unusually silent and
dlsturbod. I also was silent a moment.
I turned to him.
"Do you think I ought to go?" I
"Yen, lad; go," said he, laying (lis
band on my shoulder, "and I'll go wt'
Wo ontorod the dining room together.
Stelnhardt stood on tho hearth rug.
Ho frowned and pulled his great monk
tach on seeing Hlrloy with me.
"I wished to speak to Mr. Unwin
privately, Jim," said ho,
"Well," said lllrley, "I'm como lo
Im a sort of Interpreter, 'Manuel, lost
you, Iwing a foreigner llko, leastways
nut altogether Kiigllsh yet, mightn't
utidentand some things nn Ktigllnhman
llko my friend hern would very likely
any. You seo, 'Manuel, for ono thing
you don't seem to understand that an
F.ngllsh clergyman in not tho flunkey
you may get a pastor of tho fatherland
to bo. Yon mustn't say 'Como borol'
and 'Do this!' or 'Don't do that!' with
out any rhyino or reason but your own
high and mighty will. That may Iki
lllnmarcklan, 'Manuel, but It's not
Kngllnh. An Kngllshman would say,
Yon Im d d, sir I Who am you
talking to? A dug nt your hoel'' an,
I darorny, my friend hero would say if
he didn't lmpm to bo n parson."
"When yoii'vo qullo done, Jim,"
said tho brother-in-law.
"Mb?" said lllrley, an if ho canght
faintly a distant Interrupting sound.
"I'orhnpi, Mr. Hlrloy," wild I, "I
had hotter hear wlmt Mr. Htelnhardt
wishes lo say to mo."
" Yes, of course," said he, and Im
posed an unwelcome silence upon him
self. "I only wish to tell you, Mr.
Unwin," raid Htelnhardt, looking hard
at mo, "since you have seen a good
deal of my ward, Minn Lacroix" (Hlr
loy evidently chafed at that), "especial
ly lately, I understand, and since It
may havo entered your head that some
tlmo sho might insko you a beautiful
wlfo, I wish to tell you that you must
give up thinking anything of tho sort,
because she Is going to marry my son
"Oh, that d dfora tato 'Man
uel" exclaimed lllrley, licforo I could
say a word.
"Will you be quiet, Jim?" said
Stelnhardt, with restrained vnlco, but
glaring eyes, and that apoplectic, pur
pllnli fiush suffusing his head and face.
"Nay, lad," said lllrley; "that's a
point on which I mun ha' my say. Re
foro you tell anybody Iiulse la going to
marry Frank, you must get tho content,
of at leant threo jieoplo th girl hcr
self, your son, and her other guardian,
that's me." Stelnhardt looked at him
in unfeigned siirprine, but be went on:
"Your son, that's youraffalr.of course;
but tho girl, that's partly mine; and I
shall not seo I'aul's Iiulso engaged to
marry anybody against her own wish
"Liking!" scoffed Btolnhardt.
"What has liking to do with it? Lik
ing should como after marriage with a
proper, modest girl, not lieforo."
"That may bo your foreign way,
'Manuo, but it's not our F.ngllsh way,
nor our Lancashire way, nowther."
"Confound your Lancashire!" cried
"If it had not been for Lan:anhiro,
my lad," said lllrley, thoroughly
roused, "you wouldn't bo the big man
"Are yon mail?" exclaimed Steln
hardt, striding up and down the hearth
rug, and glaring from lllrley to me.
"You shall repent this! Mr. Unwin,
I had lictter havo a talk with you an
(To t continued)
Rujy With Mlitory.
Tho king's coronation crown Is to be
adorned with what is termed "the
Hlack I'rlnco ruby." It is not gener
ally known that this stono, which now
forms tho center of tho Maltose cross
on tho lato Queen Victoria's crown, is
not a ruby at all, but simply a red
spinel. It is of largo site, and If it
were a truo ruby would far surpass In
value the Koh-i-noor itself, for rubies
never run to tlio samo size as diamonds,
and Iwlng alio far rarer aro consider
ably mora valuablo in price per carat.
A four carat ruby, for instance, would
bo worth about f 10,000, probably even
moro It it wore a flawless stone; a four
carat diamond would not bo worth the
half of that sum.
Tho so-called "Hlack l'rlnce ruby"
derived iU name from tho fact that it
was given to Kdwaril, the Hlack I'rlnco,
by Don Pedro of Castile in gratitude
for tho victory of Longoro in April,
1307, which restored tho throno ol
Spain to Don 1'edro. Henry V wore it
In bis helmot at the battle of Aglu
court, and it has ever since fo-med part
of tho crown Jewels of Kugland. In
spito of its having been proved to be
nothing but n spinel it still figures In
the description of the regallla as a
"ruby," and aa such was bhown at the
famous exhibition of 180?, when the
royal Jewels were ono of the most In
thrdlnj Divli' Ideal Heron.
When liichard Harding Davis was In
Philadelphia tho other day bo was in
terviewed by the representative of a
literary periodical, who proceeded to
put to the young author sonio very lit
erary questions. Mr. Davis declared
that his favorite hero in fiction was
Henry M. Stanloy, and his favorite
heroes in real lifo Mnlvanoy, Otherii
and Loaroyd Philadelphia l'ross.
No Snow la Slim.
"This is tlio first snow storm I've
seen In SO yean," said William llessel,
of Hankok, Slam, to n Philadelphia re
porter the other day. "Snow Is un
known to Slarp. Whon no went to
Hankok wo bad a picture representing a
snow storm and Mrs. Hessel intrusted
it to n Siameso artist to bo cleaned.
Tito latter took tho snowllakos to bo
spins or daubs of paint mid carefully
covered them over."
Qucca Alcxindrt'i Vlollnlit.
Queen Alexandra's nppointmont- of
Tjtilv ITnlln ah her mntostv'H violinist Is
taken as anothor Instance of tho warm
favor with which the sovereign has al
ways regarded her gifted compatriot.
It la weli known that tho marriage of
1. n nrnilt lnntnll vlnllntKt to the IaIa
Sir Charles Hallo was brouglit about
through tho friondly intervention ol
Ingenuity of Two Cyclliti.
Two lrconlous cyclists havo collabor
ated to urn tho handle bar Into a gaa
generator for an acetylene lamp, Tho
handlebar 's divided Into a water
chamber and a carbide chamber, the
two being connected by a pipe, and the
flow of water being controlled by a
valve from the outsldo. In tho center
Is a giB chamber having an outlet to
feed the lamp.
The trouble with most of us is not so
much that we havo a hard row to hot
but Uia wa dislike hoolng. rucls
f RAMP TO G0VJ5RN0R
CHAPTEfl IN THE CAflEEn OF
JOHN P. ALTQELD.
Ill Trial and Ilartlalilp Farm
I.ahorar In MUnniirl- III l!rljr !,ovci
Mult npurnol and ) I'atlietlc Ire
suit, In the spring of 1873 the late John
I'. Altgelil, then 2M, was working on a
railroad grading contract In Southeast
ern Kansas, lie had drifted went from
his Ohio home In the effort to better
his condition, but opportunities were
aenrco and money wna still scarcer with
him. To live he had to work, and day
labor wna the only thing that he could
find to do. Willie employed on the rail
way Job, he was taken 111 with a fever.
He was taken to the rudely constructed
temporary hospital maintained by the
contractors, and there ho lay for soma
weeks while the fever ran Its course.
When he w-aa discharged as cured and
essayed to tnko up his work again he
found that ho wan unable to do the
labor expected of him. lie bad to aban
don the Job, and penniless, weak and
emaciated, he started to walk to the
State capital, whero he hoped to ob
tain occupation more suitable to his
Cared for lir Farmer.
When threo miles east of Topeka be
stopped at a farmhouse and asked the
farmer to give blm some light work
suitable to bis condition, asking In re
turn only board and lodging for a short
time. The farmer liked hla appearanco
and modesty, and, being a kindly dis
posed man, took Altgeld In. In the
fortnight be remained there be recu
perated with wonderful rapidity. Hun
ger and tbo severity of the fever bad
weakened him both physically and
mentally, and the Interest of the farmer
nnd his neighbors led them to debate
the advisability of sending Mr. Altgeld
Into the city and procuring his admis
sion to one of the city hospitals for
treatment Young Altgeld hotly op
posed tho wishes of bis new friends on
this point, and, fearing they would
send him away without his consent, re
solved1 to go away himself. He quit
tnc farmhouse late one night, and some
weeks later appeared on the streets of
St. Joseph, Mo. He had tramped the
entire distance. His clothes were In
tatters, and In place of shoes he had
his feet bound up In rags, bis shoes
having given out on the tramp. Thus
attired be started out to get a situa
tion. From place to place Mr. Altgeld went
in search of employment, and man after
man heard bis bard-luck story without
offering him any encouragement After
putting In a week at this discouraging
work young Altgeld arrived at the con
clusion that be must move further on.
Again be started on the tramp, and
finally, In Andrew county, he obtained
work on the farm of Henry Mueller,
who gave blm bis lodgings for his la
bor. He chopped wood all the first
morning of his stay, and at noon sat
down to rest nnd told of hla troubles
and travels. Mueller became interest
ed, and was shrewd enough to discover
that there wns metal of worth In tho
young fellow's make-up. His sympathy
was aroused, and he made blm a mem
ber of bis family circle. For ?10 a
month wages Altgeld worked for two
years, during which bis strength re
turned and bis recovery was complete.
He bent his energies constantly to
ward tho acquirement of means to the
study of law. lie tried for a certificate
to teach a district school, but found
that be bad not knowledge enough to
pass the required examination. Farmer
Mueller and David Ilea, afterward a
mcmbcrof Congress, fixed It so Altgeld
got a certificate, and bo also got a
school that paid him ?25 per month.
Judgo Ilea loaned young Altgeld law
bcjks and after the day's work be
would sit down at night to store his
mind with the knowledge that was to
arm blm for battle with the world. In
a few months he became so tremen
dously earnest that Itea took blm Into
his office, wbero Altgeld read law for
From that period the determined Ger
man student worked with the star of
success glimmering as a faint possi
bility In tho distance of the future. He
went Into politics nnd soon bad bis
name up for prosecuting attorney on
the Democratic ticket In a strong He-
publlcnn county. A hard fight was be
fore him, but he wor through sheer
persistence, nnd the admiration which
ho excited In tho minds of the farmers,
who, to this day, refer to blm as "I'eto
Ill Love Butt Itejected.
About tbts tlmo there entered, for the
first time, as far as la kuown, the cle
ment of romance Into Mr. Altgeld's life.
One day, while In Savannah, Mo., be
met Miss Anna Ilohrer, daughter of
George Robrcr, the President of the
Stato Hank of Savannah, and one of
the vfeolthlest men of the town. To
the young lawyer tho girl appeared the
Incarnation of his Ideals, the realiza
tion of his dreams of womanhood, and
It seemed that a rosy world of bright
possibilities had suddenly been dis
closed to him. With characteristic de
cision he set to work to win her. Uts
suit did not prosper, however, and the
girl's father at last gave him to under
stand that his visits to tbelr homo must
This was a bard blow, not only to
the affections but to the pride of Alt
gold, and for the first time In bis Ufa
he found himself face to face with an
obstacle which be could not surmount.
JOHN P. ALTOF.LD.
Never did he lose sight of bis Infant,
nnd later, when tho situation became
less strained, ho visited Minn Ilohrer
again. Ho made a formal proposal of
mnrrlnge, but wna refused by the young
woman. In obedience to the wishes of
Ilo at onco made an effort to get awny
from Savannah, although be had served
hut six months of his two ycara' term
as prosecuting attorney of Andrew
County. He made arrangements to
that end, and soon sold his law library
for I10O and the prosecuting attorney
of Andrew County left for Chicago,
where he practiced law and wbero hla
autfflpquent career Is familiar history.
Miss Ilohrer, who was one of the
brightest as well aa prettiest girls In
Andrew County, In the meantime mar
ried the man of her father's cholce.tbe
cashier of Ilohrer's bank. He lived
recklessly, and finally died, leaving the
wlfo poverty-stricken and with five
children. A few years ago she appeal
ed to Mr. Altgeld to send her and the
children to some friends In Syracuse,
N. Y., and he responded. She la dead
now, and Mr. Altgeld later made a
contribution for the support of her chil
dren. WHERE TRUE DECORUM REIQN8.
Btrner Are Awed br the Dlgnltr
of tha Supreme Court.
Tbo Supreme Court Is a ceaseless
source of Interest to the stranger In
Washington. Even when the court Is
not In session the chamber In which It
alts la viewed by a constant stream of
visitors, who enter It with quiet rever
ence. Ordinarily It la the dullest place
where men assemble to do business.
The decorum Is painful, but this does
not deter the American who comes t
Inspect the seat of government from
lingering fondly about the place. When
the fnmous Kentucky case was argued
not only waa the chamber filled, but a
long line of visitors waited In the ball
says the Washington Post
The manner of these pilgrims at the
shrine of the law does not Indicate any
loss of respect on the part of tbe plain
people for this august body. The two
places In Washington where he van
dal stands In awe are the Supreme
Court and the White House, and the
latter has not been afforded Invariable
protection. In alt other places may be
found the dirty finger prints of tbe
vandal The monument If chipped,
statues are marred, fragments are cut
from the hangings of the Senate and
House of Representatives, names have
been scratched Into tbe marlile and on
the bronze doors, but something holds
the most ruthless In check when he
comes to tbe Supreme Court
There la no talking among the specta
tors when the court Is In session, and
even when tbe bench Is vacant nnd
strangers are viewing, the deserted
chamber they uniformly speak in whis
pers. The old white-bearded colored
man who sits nt the door Is the personi
fication of silence and dignity, and the
sight of him Is enough to make tbe
most frivolous grow grave and walk on
their tiptoes. He silently opens the
door for each comer and noiselessly
closes It If the chamber Is full h
stands with his back to the door, and.
without uttering a word, keeps others
from attempting to enter.
The other day two lawyers met In
frontof the courtroom doors, one attired
In a light suit and the otber In dark
clothes. Tbe one In a light suit remind
ed tbe other that be bad on dark clothes,
but a purple necktie. The colored tie did
not bar him. Hut the lawyer In the light
suit could not venture Into tbe cbam
tier. Though they were merely specta
tors, they must wear dark clotbes If
they would appear within the bar of
the court What awful thing would
happen If one should appear before the
bar of tbe Supreme Court In a light
suit Is not known, for no one has ever
bad tbe temerity to try It
HAD THE WRONG MAN.
How a Representative Wa Mistaken
for a ChlrapodUt
William Rlcbardson Is a representa
tive from tbe State of Alabama and re
ceives his mall at the capltoL Another
William Richardson Is a colored gen
tleman of large dimensions who Is an
attendant In the luxurious bathrooms
located In tbe basement of tbe bouse
end of tbe capltol for the benefit of
members. Tbe latter William Richard
son Is Incidentally also a chiropodist,
or, as be terms himself, "a corn doc
tor." A few days ago a letter was placed
In the box of Representative William
Richardson at the houso postorHce,
which, on being opened, Mr. Richard
son found to be from a young woman
clerk employed In the treasury de
partment. Tho letter simply ordered
Mr. Richardson to call on the writer
"at once." Mr. Richardson ransacked
bis memory to ascertain whether be
had nn acquaintance with the writer,
but concluded that ho had not, and the
letter was carefully deposited In his
official waste basket.
About three days later another man
datory missive came to him from the
young lady. This tlmo the request for
a call was still more urgent and still
unexplained. Representative Richard
son dictated a brief missive to tbe
young lady, calling her attention to
tbe fact that be did not know her nnd
knew no reason why be should call
upon her. Uy return mall ho received
a very humble and apologetic note. Tbe
young lady was having troublo with
her, corns, says tho Washington Star,
and wished to add another link In the
chain of tho colored William Richard
son's reputation as a successful chi
ropodist. Where the Tan Shoes Have Gone.
- What has becomo of all tho tan
shoes? This was a question asked by
many until tbe damp weather of early
March, wheu several wearers of sup
posedly black leather shoes discovered
that their pedal ndornmeut wns only
out-of-date tan sboes dyed black. Now
It Is told In tbe Shoe Trade Journal
that two Chicago dye bouses alone have
recently cbnngcd 18,000 pairs of shoes
from tan to black. But tbe dye won't
stand tbe dampness, and tbe firms who
linvo thus victimized their patrons have
lost a great amount of trade and dls
covered that their greed to economize
has cost them dearly.
The man who scatters ashes on an
Icy sidewalk Is never remembered In
tbe small boy's prayers.
LET US ALL LAUGH.
JOKE8 FROM THE PEN8 OF VA
rieaunt Incident Occurring: tha
World Over Hnjln that Ar Cheer
fat to Hid or rating Panoj Selec
tion that Ton Will KnJor.
President of Foreign Missions How
In the world did all these sofa cushions
nnd fairy-lamp come to be In this box
for the FIJI Islanders?
Miss Halrbraln (earnestly) W-whyl
I thought with nil their spears and war
clubs, that If they only had n few cush
ions and Jeweled lamps they could
make such perfectly lovely cozy cor
She Aclcnnwledsed It.
"Ileauty," we remarked sagely, "la
only skin deep."
"Ah," murmured the vain damsel, "I
am so thin-skinned."
Hut we told her that It was Just aa
painful to Bkln a thln-sklnncd an a
thick-skinned person, and walked
haughtily away. Haltlmore American.
"Papa, when you were a boy, did you
ever tell a lie?"
"I am afraid I did, my boy. Why7"
"Nothing, only I was afraid you
Doctor Why do you keep coming to
my office If nothing's the matter with
Hiram Grobb Well, doc, I'm trying
to visit out your bill. You charge me
for five visits, an' I'm goln' to return
them, seeing money Is scarce. Chicago
The Very Cream.
Friend You had a very fashionable
audience, didn't you?
Pianist Yes. at one time there was
not a single person In tbe room who
was listening. SomervlIIe Journal
III Everjnlar Suit.
Dixon I don't believe young Short
lelgb Is half as extravagant as people
say he Is.
Hlxon Perhaps not but I've noticed
that he has a suit of clotbes for every
day of tbe week.
Dixon Is that so? Why, he has al
ways bad tbe same suit on every time
I met blm.
Hlxon Well, that's the one I meant
Bess Oh, Jack, what are we to do?
Papa says we must not see each other
Jack That can be easily arranged.
My sister Is an amateur photographer,
Bess Yes, but what can that have to
do with our meeting?
Jack Why, she has a dark room, and
we can meet there. See?
After the Silver WeddlnE.
He Mother. I think It must have
been our German silver wedding yester
He Then It's all over.
She Yes. For you.
The Tragedian I think that barher
was a little too personal.
The Comedian In what way?
The Tragedian He asked me If I
wanted an egg shampoo.
Mrs. Hayrix (at city hotel) Hiram.
what's this hero "patty do freo grass"
on tho bill o' fare?
Hayrix Now, Miranda, don't show
your Ignorance. That's French for cel
ery, Chicago News.
A StrulaUt Tip.
Smith Real estate Is about the only
safe Investment nowadays.
Jones Oh, I don t know. There are
too many unscruplous men who want
the earth to make It a safe thing to
Invest in. Chicago News.
The Porter Got It.
Ill Harlx Well, them hnnlrn c.n
un tow the city didn't clt mv
i.uis uuie, u gosu.
Oy Corutassel Heow did vew man
Ill Harlx Rode on mm n ibim nH
aa nev tomin' Deas in 'em. Chicago
First Billionaire You're not looking
very wen tins morning.
Second Billionaire No. I feel Ilk
thirty million dollars. Life.
Not Wlmt lie Uequlred.
"You ought to try this," said tbe
druggist ns he held up a bottle. "It's
the best thing out for dyspepsia."
"If that's the case I'll keep It out"
replied tbe victim. "I've got all the
dyspepsia I want right now."
Mar Interesting Trlat.
Tens Aren't you going to choir re
"You'd better. We're going to give
that new hymn a trial."
"Can't I'm going to glra new him
n trial myself."
Wife You aro Just as snrly at yon
can be. Before we were married you
used to bold me close In your arms by
Htiiband-DId I? Hum! Welt, I
suppose It was to keep you from talking.
Teacher What Is tbe principal prod
uct of the Philippine Islands?
Johnnie Trouble. Exchange.
Point of View.
New England Statesman Wasn't
that a mortifying scene In the Senate
Statesman from tho Breexy West
Mortifying? It was disgusting. It waa
stopped before we could tell which ono
was the best man I Chicago Tribune.
What He Meant.
House Agent Hate yon any chil
House Hunter Yes; but they are very
quiet and well behaved.
House Agent Oh, bnt I mean have
you any children living, ma'am?
Ha PPT Recollection.
Visitor Well, my man, what are yon
Convict Oh, I'm In for a good time,
Visitor I don't understand you.
Convict I'm In fer llcldn' me mother-in-law,
"Do yon think Boggs would make a
"What is his first name?"
"Turn him down! We must bare a
candidate the boys can call 'BIIL' "
San Francisco Bulletin.
The Pintr-PntiK Face.
Cover tho left half of the face and sea
tbe effect of a "good smash." Cover
the light half and see the effect of a
Little Willie Say, ma, who Invented
Ma I really don't know, my son. But
I believe the first one waa discovered
In a married man's pocket addressed to
bis wife's mother.
Of Conrse They Do.
Hlxon Do you believe that man orig
inally sprang from the monkey?
Dixon No; but I believe that all
women spring from mice.
Smythe How eager every one was
to see the bridal party at the wedding
BJones Yes, there were even a lot of
rubber plants among the decorations.
Sufficient to the Day.
"Don't you erer regret your past?"
Inquired the prison missionary.
"No," replied the hardened convict;
"It's me present that worries me most"
Iter Entire Vocabulary,
"You do not speak English, ma-
dame?" Inquired the Interviewer.
'Ver leetl'," replied the operatic
celebrity, smiling sweetly. "Only zls:
How I lofe America 1' "Puck,
Artful Mamma My daughter Is an
adept on the piano.
Mr. Practlkal How Is she on a
A Wonderful Uorae.
Purchaser (angrily) You told mo this
horse could go with tbe speed of tbe
wind. It was all I could do to get Into
town before noon.
Dealer He ain't had a fair show ylt
Walt till ye turn him home'ard. Goln'
home he's greased llgbtnln'.
ItusaU's Gloomy Condition.
M. De Wltte Is perhaps the greatest
finance minister Russia has ever bad,
and In his last report he painted as
gloomy a view of the Industrial and
economic situation of tbe empire as any
of his predecessors have done In the
darkest days of war, bankruptcy and
famine. The metal Industries, he says,
are on tbe verge of ruin, the textile
nearly as bad; In twenty years the
productivity of the land baa diminished
over one-quarter; an acre producing
less than one-fifth of the same area In
America; tbe number of houses has di
minished nearly one-balf In thirty
years; nearly half of tbe population are
hoplessly In arrears with their taxes,
and the only parts of the empire which
show any signs of prosperity are those
Inhabited by non-Russian populations
Finland, Poland and tbe Caucasus. It
Is not a favorable showing for Russia's
aggressive purposes, though she Is little
accustomed to abate them on account
of bard times or tbe penury and suffer
ings of her people.
Wit la the cayenne pepper of conver
sation and tbe aalt of literature-