Bohemia nugget. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1899-1907, August 14, 1903, Image 5

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I.mly (Irni'ii Farquliiir'a I" it ifiii-nt"
were nit llin cvo of departure, much o bcr
husband's delight, In two days' limn
Mr. Clayton would In the only visitor
leiiiiillilng. Mr. Hustings scarcely apoko
lu Mlaa liyro, Whi'll In- illil, he noticed
wllli iiiiii- ai-cri'l plonaiire Hint her color
m nil' iiikI went, mill that alio accmcd
resile nml unenay. I.mly (Irsro was In
llic garden, giving iHroetloiH tu Ilio head
gardener, when Mr. Hnatluga Julnnl her.
"I have i'oiiim In ask a favor of )'ou.
I. aily llriirii," he anhl,
"I nm sure I ahull In disposed la urn"!
II, " she aiisncrcd, plciiaiintly.
"When ymir gueais arc iiiiiii I want
j nil nil in eoino ntnl apeiid two or three
daya in tin- Court."
Iny draco lit-allalcd.
"I should IIU II very irilicli." she "ni l.
Iirrwciilly: "tint Hlr Clayton hat tlio ufi-flt-est
dislike lo I ! villi; liuiuo when ho Is
OUCH Sl'lllcd."
"If I rmi am-cecd In ' rtin ill im dim.
will you mine? I huvo n particular ob
ject In my ri-nucal."
"Oli. )e, Willi il)-iaiiri I am sure Ma
rlon Ullil Winifred ulll In' iIvIIvIiimI. Jlut
1 mn nfrnlil ymi will have aoinc illllli'tilty
Willi my linaliiiinl."
Mr. llitatliiua waa, however, umre siio
rraafiil than l.mly draco anticipated, mi'l
Won III" baronet's roii'ctit without miii'li
trouble, 'riii irulti win, ihcro wna n
vr-ry flllo lilirnr) nt the Court, and Sir
('lay mn had for aoiim llmo inat lri'ii nil
inns to I'niiaiilt miiiik lil ami valuable
Worka he knew to I there.
When eteryllllllg wna acltlcd, Winifred
heard of lliu arraligcmcuta with cuiilllcl
lug fcidllui, She wna almost aorry that
the had ' Included In the Invitation,
lir r nri-ai'iict could lint awaken uuplcaa
nnl iiirinorlra In Mr. Hnatluga' inluil.
Tuesday en inc. Hie morning wna loiely.
Mill ll wna arranged iliat Mrs. Claylon
ami WlnlfrtM alioulil ride, nml that Hlr
t 'In y I ill alioulil drive I.mly I Iran- over
In lilt phaeton. Whru tlii'y nrrlicd at
the Court Mr. Hustings anil lila friend
vrrro standing on the steps to receive
I Iii-iii. Thla time hu .11.1 not lift Wlnlfrv.l
from her hora mul whisper welcome, hut
went nt once to Mra. Clayton. Winifred
frit Hip difference. A Utile bitterly, per
hops, nlhl yet with n quirk 'iiiai'louaiipaa
that ahu had no right to fn-1 It. Hut
when ahp waa aliotrii to her room, a glad
thought lilottnl out the lillti'rni'aa. Wna
It liy ni'i'Mi'iit llmt tlio walla na-rp limit:
Willi lirr fnrorllo (irllila. nml Hint raapa
lill.'.l with arnrli-t crnuliiiua mul frnia
lipr fnvorllo roiiililnnlluii wirp ilaioai-il
nil nl'oilt tlio riHiuiT Nrnrri'ly. ll iiiuat
ImVi' lut'ii n nlali to pl.-n i. Iiit, nml if Iip
Mill rnrwl ali'Mit rMiik Iht lrnaurp,
auri'ly all I lie low hail not .lli'il out.
There wna n illmipr party In tin. prrn
Init-n very guy, ilvaanin pnrly. Hint rv
fryoiiii rnjoypil. Aflrrwanl Wiiilfri-il
amis, pml wna lirlclilor nml happier t tin ll
lifl linil live ll for llinnr werka. Mr.
Ilnalnc hail arnrrrly apnkcn to her. hut
ypt ahp wna ronacloiia thnt hp wnn Hot
JmlllTerelit lo tier.
The licit ilny he aakp.1 her inl'lciily If
ahp wouM llko to aei) her oh houm onco
' sho said, qulctlr; "will joil take
"If you so alone with mv I will,'
"I will co. If I.aily draco dora not olr
"Shall I alc herr
Aiul they went toward I.mly (!rnc,
ho wua alttlng romllni: hy tlio open win
tlow. "I nee no ohjwllon." anlil f.aily (Irncp,
aiulllllir, "pseept thnt you alwuya tiaeil to
ho mi terrihly iiuarrelaomp. I think I
ilium exiicl n promlao firat thnt ihem
ahnll ho no illank'reeiuent on tlio way."
"I prninlap." Inuclicil Ur rul.
"Ami I." milled Winifred, n alimlo more
"I'heli I ponaent," imlled I.ndy Oraoe.
They went nwny allrntly tosether,
neither apenkliiK uiilll they renehed the
pud of llie hrond grnxel drive. I'hcu Mr.
Ilnatlniia hrokp tile alienee.
"Shall wo bo through tho wooda?"
"I ahouhl like lo rery iniieh," alio on
awered. "I linvo not heen thero alnrp "
And then aha atnppcd aiulilenty, remeni
tiering on whnt occaalon alio had heen
thcro Inat.
"Slnca when?" and ho looked keenly at
"Oh, a long time ago moro than two
"Do yon rememher that hank?" Ilrrol
aaked, Hiiilileuly. "It wna there I lira:
anw you." j
1'reaently they enmo to a gnto; the
anino gnto they had atood nt morn thnu
two yenra ngo Iho aniup at which they
lind fm rt i'il . ahp auhVrlug, ho ntuiig hy
remorae. Ho had hroukht her here on
purpose to lent the atri'tiglh of lier love
nml forglvi'iiena. Ilo did not open It for
her to pnaa through, hut Mopped nml
loaned nguluat It. Kho atood lu front of
him, waiting pntleiitly, mid ho looked In
tently nt her.
"It la two yenra and two months alnce
wo wero hero together Inat, MIhs Kyre.
Vou aro grently cliutiged allien then."
"h'or the woraoV" alio naked, iiulukly.
"Not n tho world would think."
"Hut na'you think?"
"1 acnrcely know. They nay we arc all
tho hnppler when wo loao our Impulalvo
iii'bh ami wnrinth of heart, und hecomo
cold and Itiiliu't'rent. Vou huvo found It
ao. no doubt?"
Ilia tone wna almoat hnrah, and aho
looked tip In hl face anilly, mid yet with
Inllulto piitlonco.
"I ennuot bo an cry nt your anylng ao,
Mr. Ilnatlnga. Vou huvo tho right to
think It."
"And yet I would rather henr you deny
It Indignantly, MUa Kyre."
"If 1 denied It, would you hellere me?"
Ho wna silent for n moment, whllo
thcro wna a atrugglo going on In his
lienrt. Ho had too much chivalry of feel
ing to wlali her to confeaa heraelt wrijng
mid plead to ll I in. nml yet there wna a
Intent pildo of aplrlt thut inndo him feel
It would ho untiinnly, umllguined, for him
to ninko tho flrnt ndvanco now, nfter nil
Hint IiikI gono heforo. Ho wntched her,
unwilling to help her, yet feeling vividly
thnt alio wna aulTeriiig,
"If," aho faltered nt last "If I thought
that In aplto of all that In past, you did
not hato mo " and aho atopped,
"You know what I feol for you," ho
aald, quietly, "am I likely to chnngo?"
"Then I ahouhl llko to tell you how
much I regret tho past," aha went on, In
n low volco, "Vou do not know how hit
torly I have differed In the pout montha,
liccnuao my prldo would not let mo own
I loved you. I am ready to make my
atonement here In thla very place, tho
Im if remrmhrnui'i' of which hna iiinde In"
tlirlnk iiitil lurii frmn vim ltrurt. t fnr-
j give you Urn wrong yini did iiip, mid I ink
you to pnrdon hip, loo, llnvo I nti m il
ia I 'il myai'lf I'liuugh?" nml alio looked
for n liniment In hla fain mid then turned
ahnrply nwny, with n qulri-rlng Up mid
Inrge tenra In her eyea.
Ho rniighl her hy Hu huml.
"Winifred." hp nu lil, n auddeii paaalon
III hla viilrii nml ryca, "tell me ono thing
inure. Do you lu truth Invp iiip?"
She looked hrnvely up In hla fail).
"1 hnVe npvpr left oil loving out"
Hp drew her lownrd him III a atrong
elnap, until her hend reated on hla hrenat.
"I think It la true," lip whlapcrpd, "thai
wo lota that heat which la moat dearly
It wna almoat dark when they returned
to the Court.
"Your Idea of Hip length or half an
hour mint he alnguliirl) vngup, Mr. Haai
Inga," amlleil I.mly (Iraep. "Surely oil
hnve heen further than tho Kami?"
"Not prrn aa far, l.ady tlrarp," Iip rp
plpilf with n glad ainllej and then Wini
fred lielng gone, he told her hla atory.
"I nm rery glad," ahe aiild. kindly. "I
roiitd wlali ytm nothing heller than to
hate auch u wife na Winifred."
All olntnclpa aurmnunted, and th'n en
gagement lul ween them lieing rntllied hy
Ihu eiiiiaeut of nil piutlea, .Mr. Haallnga
woilht uyl hrnr of miy plijeetlou to tho
marriage taking ilarp liiiinedliilely.
"Ilememlier. dnrllng." he anhl, when
Winifred would have urged him to wait,
"I have hived you for moro than two
yenra. Having lunde me ao mlaernhlp.
aurely you owe it to tup to loao no llmo
III atoning for K. Pray get thnt horri
hie trouaaeau hualneaa over with all
apred, or I ahall t ll Ink yon do not low
iiip eaa I low you."
Kir Howard waa drllghtpil when he waa
apprlaed of the Intended marriage, and
Inalalpd thai Winifred ahouhl ho married
from Hurat Manur. Kho. had a faucy for
lielng married lu the Utile church whcr
ahe had ao often aat when aho waa only
a farmrr'a daughter. She' waa not tho
almplp little country girl now, hut n.n ele
gant young lady, nccuatomcd to luxury
and good aoclrly. Krrol would haw liked
much heller that ahp ahouhl comp to him
portlonleaa, hut that waa not to he aa ho
Sir Howard Champion tare her twenty
thouaand poitnda, and Sir Clayton ten
tliouaaiid, while l.ady (iraep prorided her
with a uingnltirent Irouaseau. Mr. Ilnat
lnga had Hip family dlalnotida react and
remounted for her, and would harp had
her wear aoino of them at leaat at Hip
'Tlcaae not, Krrol," ahe pleaded. "I do
not like all thla grandeur. 1 would rath
er not forget thnt my early lifu waa aim-
Mra. fllnytnn waa of con rap to hare
heen at the wedding. Slip waa looking
forward to It, glad at heart at Hie part
alio liad taken ill hrlliging together two
people who eared for each other. Three
wccka.hcfore the day tiled ahp received
a letter with a foreign postmark.
"Who can It lc from?'' alio aald, turn
ing it over In her hand, and apeaklng to
Winifred. "I do not know the hand; It
aeema crahticd and foreign, and haa heen
forwarded from Ixinilou. It ia addrcaaed
to Milady Clayton, too!" And I'eo con
tinued tu look nt It without, however,
breaking the aeal. "Who can it be
from?" ahe aald again.
"If you open It you will noon are, dear,"
Winifred replied, laughing.
"I don't quite like to do it," Mra. Clay
ton remarked preaeiuly. "I attppoae It la
beenuae I a in nervous and unwell; but I
alwaya feel aa If every teller I received
conlnUed had newa. Will you open It
for me?"
And ahp tosaed It across the table.
"Of cotirao I will. Whnt a acrawl!"
And Mlaa Kyre proceeded to tear the en
velope. "I ahouhl imagine ll contained
some myaterloua aecret, from the way It
la gummed together. I must take a knlfo
nml allt It open from the aide."
Willi aome trouble ahp got nt Hip con
tents n dirty acrup of foreign paper,
with a few crabbed hieroglyphics, and ha
gnu to rend aloud:
"Milady and honored excelency I av
to profonde regretle to an nonce to you
dat le Mllor Clayton monsieur yor hus
band nv bin tool; wbl dp horrible innlaille
of cholera an wnnt to ace you. I nv sent
for the principal doeleur an am nt yor
ordera. (lODUl-'ltOI l.l l'IN."
A horror seized upon Mra. Clayton. She
had never loved her husband: Inlely alio
bad bated him; but the idea of his being
III nloiio iimoiig strangers biuught the
tenra to her eyes.
"(). Winifred!" she pjclnlmed to her
friend, In whoso fncu aho rend consterna
tion, "I must go to him nt'oiice."
"You cannot, I'eo; weak aa you are It
would ho mildness. The nddress. Is some
obscure village lu Switzerland. Let us
go mid ask Sir -Clayton what had beat b
"Who do you supposp this Idler to he
written by?" Sir Clayton asked, wheu ho
had reud tho curious missive.
"I cannot tell. Perhaps tho hotel keep
er." "Had he n forelcn vnlet, do you know,
"Not when ho left London. Simmons
was with him then; but he may havo left;
ho was alwaya threatening to leave, and
then, of course, It Is most probable that
I'mncls would engage n foreigner."
"Something must bo dono ut once. You
cannot go yourself, Marion that Is qulto
out of the question neither can I very
well. Perhaps Alfred Clayton Is in
town; he was coming up, I know. I will
telegraph to him, Stay. I nm not sure
where ho would bo, I will go up to I.ou-
ilon myself nt onco,"
And Sir Clayton rang 'the hell and or
dered tho carriage.
Hut I feel that I ought to go myself,
Sir Clayton; tho letter said ha wished
to seo mo."
My dear, do not think of It; tho Jour
ney would' kill you, To cross the channel
In this cold weather anil with these tem
pestuous wluds, would ho nothing short
of madness."
Sir Clayton drcsseil hurriedly for his
journey, jumped Into the carriage mul
drove off to tho station, leaving Wini
fred to explain matters to hla wife. He
just caught tho lib train by n mlnutoj the
horses had accomplished tho five miles In
exactly twenty-two mlinies. Sir Clayton
had told tho coachmau that It was a mat
ter of life and death, mul tlio old man,
sorely against his will, had driven his
favorites the wholo distance at tho top of
their apeed. Sir Clayton reached London
and drov a off io the aolel where he knew
Alfred Clayton alwaya stayed when be
waa In town. Hy good fortune he hml
Just arrived there, ami waa nt Hie ilnor
reii'ly to depart again when Hlr Clntmi
ilrovp iip.The atory waa brb'lly told mul
drove up
lb (wo
wo null looked doubtfully at em ll
oilier. 1
'Of i-ourap I will go at once." Mr.
Clayton anlil; "hut cholera lu olio of tlioan
foreign holes la a Monty hiiahivns. I will
gel n time table mid aen how roun I can
go olf. I miiai gel you to telegraph down
lu Mra. (Irmit nt llrlghloti I promised to
dine and aleep al her houap to-night."
"I Ihlnk," anhl Sir Clayton, "thnt whllo
you are making preparations, I will drlvu
round to the house In Piccadilly mid see
If there la any further news."
On arriving them he found another
leller, with foreign postmnrk nnd open
ed It nt once. It was written hy tint doc
tor In good Krone), and Informed Mra.
Clayton delicately thnt her husband had
juat breathed hla Inat,
"Thla ia a and business," aald Sir Clay
Inn, reluming In Hip hotel; "you moat loan
110 Hum III gelling there. I fear he will
lie hurled long before you reach tho Plan',
and there will lie no chnncp of brlngiag
Hie body to Ivnglnnd. Of rourae, If"
"Of rourae 'of f-oliraal" exclaimed Al
fred Clayton, hastily, and grasping the
baronet's hand he hurried off. He was
the next heir to nil Dint aplendld prop
erly, but for the time he felt no exulta
tion at the thought of stepping Into tb-l
shoes of Hie man who lay dead nnd alone
111 n foreign country. On reaching tho
village he run ml .Hint Sir Clayton's sur
mise was rorrrrl, ami Ibnt the rich mall
bad In en interred some days before with
llltle ceremony. The obsequious land
lord and l.upln. the valet of Hie dead
man. were voluble in their information.
I'rom l.upln he learned Hint Mr. Clayton
had engaged him lu Paris six weeks pre
viously, having parted lu a quarrel with
his Kngllsh servant.
At (lrt Mra. Clayton wna shocked and
stunned at Hie iinexpecleiliieaa of His
blow. She bad disliked her husband, hut
It seemed so horrible for him to have 'lli-l
in that terrible wny, so far from homo
and without a single friend. Her brat
resolution waa to leave Kudon Vale, and
she sent an urgent mraange to her mint
to Join her. 'Hi Is lime l.ady Marlon made
no delay In answering the aiimmons,
l.ady (iMce begged I'"ce lo remain.
"You aro wry kind,'' she answered. "I
ran acnrcely thank you enough for your
lung hospitality, but I would rather go.
I'tnler the elrcuniatiilieea. I could but mar
the cbeerfiiliipaa that ought to reign hero
during the preparatlona for auch a happy
event as dear Winifred's marriage; and
until 1 cau reallxo my new pualtion t
would rather go away quietly to some
fresh ylace. If you Invite nie later. I
ahall La .very glad to come to you again."
(To be continued,!
Charncterof founder at !njz1lah I.ruul
nml Constitutional Hyatcm.
It wna I'rct'iimn, wc believe, who pro
nounced Alfred the Great to be "tho
most perfect chnrnctcr In history." The
ileclnrntloii wna a particularly sweep
ing Ko'icmllty, which a lees positive
writer might hesitate to make. Cer
tnlnly there uro other diameters In his
tory, urn-red nml profane, deserving of
careful t'oiislderiltlon lieforo tho Judg
ment of nupri'ino excellence is Irrevo
cably pronounced. And jet, when wo
come to cuiitemplnto the cburucter of
Alfred. If objection bo freedom from
faults, wo might concede that It pretty
thoroiiRlily realizes It. It la true we
do not know much about him. Hut It Is
also true thnt nil we do know la good.
Whether or not It is because be was so
largely the historian of hla own times,
thcro la nothing risrorded of him to his
discredit. So far as our knowledge of
lil in Roes, hit character nnd career were
flawless. This Is the more significant
when wo remember how praise nnd
blame are commingled In the records
of other soverelRna of those days of
whom we know na little or ns much as
we do of him.
The commemoration of the ono thou
sandth anniversary of his death, which
was conducted In Knglantl, would
doubtless have received much more at
tention here had It not been eclipsed by
mi appalling national tragedy. Certain
ly the occasion was. nnd even Is yet
well wofthy of our notice. That may
be, anhl for the reason already express
ed. A man whom so high nn authority
iih I'reenmn declared to ho tho most
perfect chnrnctcr In nil history, and
who Iiiih bo strong a claim to that dis
tinction, Is, certainly worthy of tho
whole world's study. Wo havo salt!
that wc know little of him. Hut nil
thut wo do know Is both good and
great. It wna n gTcat thine to found
tho Kngllsli nation. It was n great
thing to round Kugllsh literature. It
was a great thing to found tho sen
power of Cngland. It was a great
thing to found the nngllsli legal and
constitutional system. And these
things Alfred did. To have done nny
ono of them would he sutllclent to In
sure for III in everlasting nnd grateful
remembrance. To havo done nil four
plncea htm upon an eminence of great
ness not easily to bo rivaled.
rhoso achievements nre titles to
world wide fame. Hut they peculiarly
commend Alfred to our grateful mem
ory. Kor. with nil credit to other ra
cial elements which hnvo largely en
tered Into the milking of Its grentnesa,
this nation was primarily nml chUMly
of Kugllsh origin, and It owes such orig
in to the achievements of Alfred which
wo hnvo mimed. It sprung. In both the
New Ktiglnnd and the Virginian colo
nics, from thnt English nation which
Alfred founded, through tho exercise
of that sea power which also bad Its be
ginnings from him. It wna organized
upon, nml even Jet largely retains, the
Kngllsli legal nml constitutional sys- '
tenia which date from him, and It uses
tho Kngllsli language ami Inherits tho
Kngllsli literature, to tho world-corn- (
polling grentnesa of which he gave tho
llrst Impetus. The United Stntes does
not owe much to ninny kings. Hut It i
does, In common w)th all tho Anglo
Saxon nnd till tho Kngllsh-spenkliiB
world, owo a debt of niiicli grateful re
membrance to the Illustrious sovereign
who was nblo to say of himself with
truth; "So long ns I hnve lived. I hnvo
striven to llvo worthily, nnd after my
death to leavo to my descendants! my
memory lu good works." New York
Volumes In tlio Ilrltlsh Museum.
The number of volumes In tho Ilrlt
lsh Museum Library, nccordlng to a re
cent countliig, Is uow over '.',000,000,
Thcro aro moro than 10,000 volumes of
London newspapers, about 47,000 vol
umes of provincial nowspapcrs, count
ing Welsh as well as Kngllsh, 10,000
volumes of Scottish papers, and 0,000
from Ireland.
KxbftiLStlvii tests for yinrs have con
vinced Joseph 1 1. I'crnll Hint sulphate
of aluminum Is the lest llreproollng for
wood. Unlike eulphnle or pliospiinte of
niiiiuoiiln, which check flames by emit
ting animonbi gas, the aluminum com
pound forma, an Infusible und iioii-con-ductliiK
Tim lnte discovery In strawberries of
snllcyllc acid, a apeclllp In iK-uto rheu
matism, has seeined lo confirm the hlci
Hint these berries nre a desirable arti
cle of food for rheumatics. The effett
of the fruit cannot be duo to the sali
cylic iicld, however, ns less than tho
hundredth of n grain per pound Is
Important testa of the fatal prujMir
Him of carbonic oxide In Hie air have
been nuidn by Profi Moawi at the Tnr'ln
Physiological Inslllute. A heroic sub
ject wna'conllfieil three limes In n her
i mcllenlly sealed Iron chamber, the nlr
of which was mixed Drat with 1-3S3 of
carbonic nxldp, then with nnd
hstly with 1-23.1. On the hist experi
ment the limn reused to brmthe. being
reetorid only by oxytn.
While urging thnt the proposed bio
logical survey of Hie North Sen should
aeek menus of fiivwliig llslu-s nnd their
food supply. Prof. V. C. Mrlntosh di-elnri-s
thut no Important species Is lu
danger nf becoming extinct. The fishes
were not exterminated by the awnrms
of gigantic di'ktroyirs of reptilian
times, when the destruction must at
least have equaled thnt of to-day by
mini, find future extinction need not Iw
Alcohol Is coming Into considerable
uao for Illumination In France. The
(lame Is mnde luminous by the addi
tion of sufficient conl-oll or crude ben
l zliie, or the ordlnnry non-luminous
llniue la used to give Inrandesconco to
a Wdsbach mnnUe. The bitter Is the
more Important method. Some lamps
have from sixty to eight hundred candle-power,
and these large portnble
lamps, carrying their own lllumlnnnt,
seem to have advantages over gas or
electricity for many purposes. The
best of the burners yield about thirty
candle-power houra per ounce- of alco
hol. Testa have recently been made on the
Iloston nnd Maine and the Florida
Knst Coast Itallroada to determine the
value of oil aa fuel for locomotive en
gines. On the Florida Railroad It was
found, after a month's experlrneutlnc
with a locomotive hauling Its regular
load, that 132 J gallons of oil did the
work of one ton of coal. Another test
ahowed 131.8 gallons of oil to lie equiv
alent to a ton of coal. In the Iloston
and Maine experiments the ratio was
llO.'Jtl gallons of oil to one ton of conl.
It was found thnt the engine could be
urged to n greater capacity with oil
than with coal, and this with a smoke
less lire.
Hy a singular' change of circum
stances, the gold miners of Hastings.
County, Ontario, Canada, who for
years were baffled In trying to extract
the precious metal from Its matrix by
the presence of arsenic In the ore, have
lntely found the nrsenlc to be more
profitable than the gold. This Is due
at once to the great purity of the Cana
dian arsenic, nnd to the rapid exhaus
tion of the nrsenlc deposits of Knglnnd
nnd Clermnny. At the same time, the
Introduction of a successful method
of separating the gold Increases the
profit of working the Canadian deiws
Its, because every ton of the nrsenlcal
ore carries from fl to J00 worth of
It Does Not I'nr to .Mnke Too Sweep
IniC Htatcmeuta.
"My dear," said Mr. Puffer, with
somo dismay, ns a smoking cherry
pudding was placed on tho tnblo be
fore him, "doii't you think you are
sort of running to cherries lntely? Of
course I hopo that I shall always bo
cherished by you, but when It comes to
cherries In some form every meal,
Just cherries or stewed cherries or
cherry pie or cherry pudding, I be
lieve I could cheerfully donnte some of
our cherries to our less fortunate
"Well. John." said his wife, calmly,
"I suppose you remember what you
said when you Insisted ou picking tho
cherries yourself?"
"Ah, Martha." said Mr. Puffer, com
plncently, "thero was a clean-cut, neat,
workmanlike Job for you, In splto of
nil your fears and opposition. In
stead of tho grass under the treo be
ing piled n foot deep with n Utter of
leaves, twigs and branches broken
from the tree, ns It Invariably Is
when you send n boy rampaging after
the fruit, I cleaned thnt tree without
any damage to It, and consequently
with hardly n single lent to bo raked
up off the grass. And I got nil tho
cherries without breaking any of my
arms or legs or necks, us you so cheer
fully predicted, too. Still, whllo I
admit I am proud of tho Job, I do not
think It absolutely necessary to live In
definitely upon those cherries I gath
ered." "You haven't eaten avslnglo ono out
of tlio few quarts you gathered, John,"
said Mrs. Puffer, positively. "I canned
all of them."
"Well, whero does this sntlety of
cherries I've bad Inflicted upon mo for
tho past two days come from, then?"
domnnded Mr. Puffer. ,
"Do you remember whnt you said
when I asked you If tho few you
picked wcro all It was posslblo to get
from tho tree, John?" asked Mrs. Puf
fer, with n twluklo In her eyo.
"Why, ye-cs," acknowledged Mr.
Puffer, thoughtfully nnd suspiciously.
"What was it?" persisted his wife,
the twinkle widening.
"Wo-ell, I believe I said that If any
body could get any moro off that treo
I'd cat them, stones, stems and every
thing," admitted Mr. Puffer reluct
antly. "I havn't Insisted upon the stones
nnd stems," said Ids wife, demurely.
"ISbl" exclaimed Mr. Puffer.
"Hut little Jimmy Hallou got enough
to last about three weeks louger at tho
rale you nro rating them," continued
Mrs. Puffer, quietly.
Mr. Puffer solemnly helwd himself
tu n large, thick slab of the pudding,
nml began slowly stowing It nwny.
"Mnrlliu," ho said, gravely, after n
few minutes of tills labor, "If I own
up that I nm n little Just n trifletoo
' old and stout to pick cherries as well
ns I did when I wns a Imy. don't you
think tho hospital would appreciate
a donation of some nice, luscious cher
ries?" Youth's Companion.
Mr 1 the Annlrtranrjr of the Death
of the Noted Wo-Hliman,
An Immense lot of leases still dale
from May 1, says tho New York Com
mercial Advertiser, bat not many of
the lewirs or lessees know that this
Is simply an adjournment of a few
days from HI. Oeorge's day, from
which the leases of their ancestors
used to run. This again dates from
the moro remote period when tbp date
wns fixed at ffce time of otie moon
nfU-r the spring equinox. May day as
a day for strikes of workmen Is not
a thing of recent years. It has the
sanction of centuries, If of nothing
else. May 1 Is the day on which bold
Itobln IIixxl waa bled to death by his
treacherous rilutlve, and sped Ills last
arrow, which marked where his grave
should be. The date Is at least as cer
tain as that on which Itemus made his
unlucky Jump over the rising walls
of Home. Itobln Hood wns the hero
and mint of the common people of
l.'iiglntid, nnd for centuries the Mny
dny festivities were Joined to celebra
tions of his deeds, and to exultant pro
phecies of the day when conditions
should be equalized after the Ideal of
this knight of their own.
It tins happened ever since that when
the sun enters the sign of Taurus and
Itobln Hood's day approaches, the
sturdy descendant of his woodsmen,
working nt the mechanic's bench, feels
a strange fever burning In his blood.
He feels that he would like to have a
reckoning with certain "rich carles"
whom he wots of. He grows Impa
tient toward the "fat bywihoppes and
the arehbysshopes," and works him
self into such n fighting mood thnt
If Interfered with be would not hesi
tate to take n fall out of even the
"hye aheryffe of Nottlnghame." So he
throws down hla tools and hies him
off to the "green forest," where shnws
bo sheen and shards full fair," to
gether with a brass band and plenty of
refreshments. Perhaps he will bring
to terms the proud Norman who owns
the shop; perhaps not; anyway, be has
bis fun.
The floral festivities! of the day. In
these times and In this country usually
adjourned to the first Saturday In May
are a survival of the old Koman festi
vities In honor of the goddess Flora
The May queen Is Flora herself Im
personated. The rigging up of a boy
consort Is an Impertinent and ridicu
lous Innovation, which should. If pos
sible, be abolished.
Wily John Chinaman Could Not Ka
raite From I'oIJce Clntchea.
Some time ago a squad of Manhat
tan police raided a fan tan game In
Chinatown. Eleven Chinamen were
captured and kept In a third story
front room In charge of Detective
Drennan until the patrol wagon came
for them. While they were waiting
for the wagon one of the prisoners
said to Drennan.
"Me got to go. Mt got velly Import
ant engagement."
"I suppose so," said the detective,
"but you've got n more Important en
gagement at the police station.
The Chinaman begged like a good
fellow, but Drennan was obdurate.
"Me give you five dollals if you let
me go," the prisoner finally whispered.
"No use, John. Even If I let you
out of the room." said the detective,
"the police would catch you at the
lower door. They are guarding that."
' As quick as a flash the Chinaman
answered: "That's alle light. You let
me out, mo go upstairs, get out on
roof, and go down other building.
.Police no cntchce me."
"Can't do It, John," Drennan per
sisted. "They've got you prisoners nil
counted. If I turn over only ten I'll
havo troubles of my own."
"Me fix that," the Chinaman ans
wered, without a moment's hesitation.
"Me go to window, call a Chinaman
friend up from street. When he come
to this door you pull him In and I
run out. See? You have eleven
pllsoners alle same, and pollco can't
tell one Chinaman from other."
Hut notwithstanding bis cunning,
John had to go to the Btatlon, nnd his
"velly Important engagement" was
broken. Brooklyn Eagle.
Horses ScarA anil JItgti.
T have not known a period when
horses wero bo scarce and high," said
T. E. Gilbert of Cincinnati at tho Hotel
Harton. "I nm In tho business and
hnvo of late been scouring Kentucky
nnd Ohio with a view of purchasing
a good-sized bunch, but had very poor
success. More people want to buy
than sell, and prices aro at n point
where It Is Impossible for dealers to
make nny profits. Tho couutry was
drained of horse flesh during our war
with Spain, nnd further depletion was
caused by tho Boer war. It will take
sovcral years to make up the deficiency,
nnd high prices will continue. The nu-
tomobllo craze has had no perceptible
effort on the demand for high-class
animals, and I do not believe that It
will over get so -violent ns to make
people indifferent to tho delight of sit
ting behind n pair of hlgu steppers."
Washington Post.
When Talk Comes High.
'Oh, well, talk Is cheup," sneered
tlio nngry lawyer.
'Not that kind," replied the Judge
promptly. "Ten dollars," please."
Syracuse, N. Y Herald.
A Definition.
"Pa, what Is a fray?"
"Why, my son, that Is what a per
son who has uovcr been In a tight
calls it." Puck.
Theaters In Now York.
Thirteen new theaters, to cost $8.-
000,000, are being built in New York
Once more the umpire la doing his
annual stunt as a martyr.
Jokes nnd Jokeleta Unit Are tiuppnaed
tu liure lleen Keceiitly llorii-Harlnua
nil lolii us that Are Old, Curious and
kfllilfliable The Week's lluiuor.
"I can't see what you find In me to
ndmlm," said the lovelorn youth who
had recently blown himself for a
engagement ring.
"Why," gurgled tho fluffy-haired an
gel of his domestic dreams, "that's
Just whnt everylKidy else says."
And Immediately tho sllcnco became
As Corrected.
Mrs. O'lloolllian Pfwhat kolnd nv a
Job Is yez ould man a fther hnvln'
Mrs. MeOnrtgle-Job, Is It? Shure
nu' It be nn llllgnnt slttunshun ns tUlo
graph opernlher he's n ft tier hovln'.
It's trnv'lln' about dlggln' phnst holes
fer th' coompnny he Is. d'y molnd."
Bare nf Ills Orotind.
Wife of New Minister Now, Davie.
you'll have to look after the church
better than this or we will bars to
think about getting a new beadle.
Davie (beadle of long standing, se
vere' y MIstressNlcholUon, we whiles
change oor minister, but we never
change oor beadle.
He Never Worried.
A lady waited for hours at a wayside
station of the Midland Great Western
Hallway. The train came along and
the got In. The hours dragged by, and
at each stoppage she asked If It was
Sllgo. Finally the guard became Irri
tated. "Don't worry, madam; I'll let
you know when we reach Sllgo." "But
I've been nearly all day on my Jour
ney." "Will, madam. I've been on this
railway three years, and I'm not wor
rying." "Poor man!" she retorted,
"you must have started the next sta
tion beyond mine."
Ilia I'lea.
"My plea," said the young lawyer,
who had Just won his first case, "seem
ed to strongly affect the Jury."
"les," replied the Judge, I was
afraid at one time that you would sue
ceed In getting your client convicted
In spite of his Innocence."
Not Fo Reckleaa.
'Do you take this Internally?" asked
the customer as he put the bottle In
his pocket and took his change.
"Me?" said the druggist's new assist
ant. "Great Scott, no! I sell It."
Stray Stories.
An AccommoJatlnar Btork.
The following order was received a
few days ago by a Chicago grocery
"Please ship at once by freight, one
bag salt, fourteen lb shuger. The stork
brought us a baby last night and box
crackers, also one barrel soap. It
weighed nine lb.
The Vasarlea of Faahlon.
Mra. Commouhen Don't mind her,
my dear. Long skirts are doomed. It
will soon be our turn.
Circumstantial Rvldence.
Tommy Was that your mother I
saw with you yesterday?
Willie I guess so; 't any rate she's
the one who carries tho key to the Jam
closet at our house. Boston Tran
script. Force of Habit.
Tho boss plumber had become a multi-millionaire
nnd was going abroad
for his health. On the voyago over a
school of whales were sighted and tho
boss plumber was seen to rub his
hnnds In ecstasies.
"Why Is ho so happy?" asked a curi
ous tourist.
"Ho can't help It," whispered the
captnln. "Ho Imagines each' spout Is
a bursted water pipe, to be repaired by
him at his old rates."
"Did you find tlio Chinese a
"Very. To hear a Chinese brag you
could almost bcllevo an American was
Unouah Bald.
Nell So Jack asked permission to
kiss you, eh?
Hess Yes.
Nell You refused It, of course?
Hess Certainly.
Neiy What did he say then?
Bess Nothing. Actions speak loud
er than words and Jack U all right
as an actoe
Not Kensaiirlna.
"Do you know what precautions the
proprietor of thla hotel tins taken
against lire?" asked thf ncrVous old
lady ns the bellboy escorted her to a
room on tho llfth Hour.
"Sure I do," replied tho knowing;
youth. "Un boss has got do Joint In
shoor'd fer two times do worth uv It
Ills Preference.
Magistrate It will bo cither t0 or
thirty days. Uncle Itnstus. You can
hnvo your choice.
Undo Itnstus Ah's much crbllge, yo
boiinnb, an' Ah reckon yo' nil had bet
tali gib mo do money, sub.
HU Bnectalty.
Strnnger Vou hnvo a flna farm
Farmer Hlght yew nlr, stranger. I
'low ns It bo one o' the finest In theso
Strnnger Whnt is your beat paying
Farmer Summer boarders. Chicago
Profeaalnnal Adrlee.
"Doctor." said the timid patient,
"I'm fond of tho water, but I don't
wnnt to risk taking cold. What shall
I do?"
"Take it hot," replied tho wise pill
compiler. "Two dollars, please."
In the 1'ltppr Class.
He But I am willing to wait If you
will give me some hope.
She Well, suppose you wait nlna
days: perhaps your eyes will be open
Twns Ksrer Tlina.
"The world Is backward about com
ing forward with Its appreciation,"
mused the Irish philosopher. "Wo
never think of strewing flowers on a
man's grave until after he Is dead."
Hacked to Win.
She (after the engagement) Why
were you so nervous when you pro
He Oh, I was merely acting n part.
I didn't want you to know how sure I
was of your answer.
"Rich? Why, she never has to think;
of the matter of cost at all."
"Not for a moment. She can afford
to wear what she likes, even though
It Is something cheap."
"Steam, eh? Isn't it rather noisy?"
"Oh, no. Except for a slight puffins'
when It Is climbing a very steep hill
or running over an extraordinarily;
large person, quite noiseless."
Deduced Rate.
"Mamma, give me a penny, please,
for a glass of lemonade."
"But, dear, If It's only a penny, it
can't be good."
"Yes, It Is, but they're selling 11
cheap 'cause a dog fell In it."
No Reciprocity,
Fairy in the pink Bhlrt waist Reg
gie boasts that you're bis best girl!
Sweet young thing in blue Maybe I
am, but he ain't my best feller by a
long shot.
Recosrnlzed at Last.
He But what reason have you for
refusing to marry me?
She Iapa objects. He says you aro
an actor.
lie Give my regards to the old boy
and tell him I'm sorry he Isn't a news-s
paper critic.
"Well," said the detective, "there Is
one thing upon which we may con
gratulate ourselves In this case."
"Why, you haven't even found an
important clew."
"That's Just It We can rest as
sured thnt no Innocent person Is go-.
lng to suffer." Washington Star.
From Kxperlence.
"Rudolph, dear, the people next door
wish to borrow our lanterns for a lawn
"Don't lend tbem."
"But they can't hurt the lanterns."
"Ob, you don't know. If you loan
them the lanterns they'll want to bor
row tables, cloths, knives and dishes.
Then ns our lawn Is larger than theirs
they'll want to borrow that. Aftcrwurd
they'll ask our children to help out as
Sirs. Topley What do you think?
Baby spoko her first word to-dayl
Mr. Poplcy Well, well! And It won't
be many years before sho'll bo hav
ing tho last word. Philadelphia Press.
A Hynonrm.
David Wardeld, tho actor, was a very
promising scholar as a lad when ho
attended the public schools of San
"I remember an examination," said
he, "which was the hardest thing I
ever had to get through. The teacher,
I understand, has kept somo of my an
swers, which sho says aro much moro
humorous than edifying. Among n
bunch tbnt sho sent mo recently wns
my answer to the query, 'What Is a
synonym?' It ran:
'A synonym Is a word we uso In
placo of ono we don't know how to
"Clover, wasn't It J Yet a lot of fel
lows appropriated that as their own,
and Belasco says other fellows wero
just as bright as I was, years before I
was born. Isn't that dlscouraglpg to a
budding genius?" St. Louis Globe-
Frosts Destroy Vines.
Tt ta estimated that half tho Tina
crop of France was destroyed by th
frosts of April.