METHOD BY WHICH JAPS REACHED WALLS OF PORT ARTHUR FORTS. SYSTEM OF PARALLEL TRENCHES ON WHICH JAM WORKED FOR MONTHS. ino picture shows a method of attacking a fort If high angle fir falls to reduce It The Irregular trenches lending to the parallels are dug so that they cannot be swept by the enemy's Are. The men dig the trenches uudcr the protection of their own artillery. The parallels are for the protection of the storming parties as they approach nearer and nearer the walls. A "parallel" Is a trench, often many miles long, which fronts the fortress. Suppos ing the army Is 4 000 yards from the fortress. During the commencing bombardment this Is called the first nrtlllery position.' They want to move nearer and so they construct the "first parallel." perhaps at a distance of 8.000 yards from the fortress. But, In order that men aud guns may move safely Into this "parallel. approaches have to be cut that Is. a number of trenches leading from the first artillery position into the "parallel. These approaches run In zigzags, as. If they were straight, they would be open to the enemy's Are. The way In which the "parallel" Is opened Is Interesting. So soon as it grows dink a number of officers, accompanied by sappers, more forward. Here they trace the lines which the parallel will follow. Each sapper has Bucket and a measuring tape. The officer stations the first sapper at the end of the trench line, takes the end of his tape and walks along until the tape Is drawn out At this point he places a second sapper, takes his tape, and walks to the end of It. and so on. The sappers drive the pickets Into the ground, fasten the tapes to them, and He down to await the working party. Later on the working party, with picks and shovels, arrives and sets to work with Ml Its might By break of day each man must have dug a trench 5 feet long. 0 feet wide, and 4 feet deep, except the front eighteen Inches, which Is only one and one-half feet deep. The earth he piles In front to form a parapet. At day" gbt this trench will be occupied by a strong force, called the "guard of the trenches" But the work Is no yet finished for the following two nights are also devoted to digging, and when finished the trench Is 10 feet wide at the bottom or more, much wider on top. 4 feet deep, having steps In front, and protected by a parapet of earth In front, which Is nbout 4 feet high. Behind this "parallel" protected places are formed for the artillery, another big job. seeing that thirty feet of earth, and probably more. Is required to Insure the safety of the guns. Finally, the last pnralTel Is made, and the rnsh of Infantry Into the fort takes place. G0LDENR03. When the wayside tangles Has 1 1) the low September sun. When the flowers of summer dsys Droop and wither one by one, Reschlng np through bush snd brier. Sumptuous brow and heart of fire, Flaunting high its wind-rocked plume. Brave with wealth of native bloom Goldenrodl In the pasture's rude embrace. All o'errun with tangled vines. Where the thistle claims Its place. And the straggling hedge confines. Bearing still the sweet Impress Of unfettered loveliness. In tlit: field and by the wall. Blinding, clasping, crowning all Goldenrodl Natnre lies disheveled, pale. With her feverish Hps apart Day by day the pulses fall. Nearer to her bounding heart: Tet that slackened grasp doth hold Store of pure snd genuine gold; Qnlck thou comes t, strong and free. Type of all the wealth to be Goldenrodl Kansas City Journal. - ROUBLE began for Amaranth Brooke when she decided to buy back the ramshackle old family homestead with the few hundred dol lars that hnd been left to her by a distant relative. But there were her brother's wife and children to provide n home for, and when Amaranth made up her mind she cared very little whether people approved of her plans or not- t .. She did care, however, what Sylves ter Smalley would think of the matter, for since she was engaged to him It would be only right to tell him what she meant to do. AmarauUi had been looking over her prospective purchase and was on her way home, when he overtook her and at once broached the subject "No use to throw your money away on that old rubblsbly place," he told her. "You can't raise a crop there, on' I wouldn't take It as a gift An' your money, with what I've got, would build up a nice, snug house on that forty acres father gave roe, an' help to slock the farm beside. Then we could bo married and go right to house keeping. Will you. Amaranth?" They were loitering slowly home ward and had paused at the old stile, where a scarlet-towered trumpet-vine showered Us gorgeous trophies at their feet "Say yesl" urged Sylvester. Amaranth felt her determination weakening. "But but there's brother Reuben's wife and the children!" she faltered. "They are quite destitute, and bare no one to look to but me." Sylvester frowned. "Tt Iteub's wife look out for her- olf." he returned gruffly. "I dare say hr(a nmhan asvlums In the city where the young uns would bo took care or. Amaranth's eyes flashed scornfully at him as she drew herself up with rr-mled dlcnlty. "Brother Reuben's children shall never go to the asylum while I live he declared Indignantly, After few moro words their troth was broken. Sylvester stalked moodily til. r. while Amaranth, with a mang of sow disappointment at her heart turned-toward the gray stone wimhnnm. where she earned a small Istlpend over her board by doing the (housework ror a larauy oi six, Tha broken engagement offered Ifresb. food for gossip among the llirooke and Stubblefleld kith and kin, tlinf Ama ninth was not to be turned I liffll'S IfSIl. Ifrom her course by tbelr outspokon (csnsures and criticisms. Too old homestead was bought and rt3c paid for. To be sure the soli was rocky and sterile, and the dwelling in need of repairs. The orchard trees what were left of them were gnarled and bent and the fences and outbuildings in a sau state of dilapidation. It was really scarcely worth tho small sum asked for it but Amaranth had determined to buy it and buy It she did. An ancient cow and a half-decrcpit pony were Included In the sale. And after the house had been treat ed to a few repairs and a thorough cleaning, brother Reuben's fnmily were released from their uncongenial quarters In the city and comfortably Installed therein. Mrs. Reuben a meek little woman, with no more ideas of supporting her self than a canary bird might have urna Tet ii rood housekeeper, and willingly undertook the management of domestic affairs, while Amaranth gave her attention to the raising of poultry and garden vegetables. And lie children crew as round as butter- balls, romping under the gnarly old apple trees or piaymg niue-anu,-seeK among the tall sunflowers and holly hocks that nodded in me uooryaru. Later on. Amaranth earned a few dollars each week by the sale of her tirrwlnr-o nt the little village of Plner- vllle Center, which was scarcely a stones throw rroni uer dock pasture bars. But with all her industry anil economy she found It a hard matter to provide for herself and tho help less ones depending on her, and there times when she reallv feared the wolf was already at her door. Sylvester Smedley took particular pleasure In driving past the house, with Nancy Maria Stubblefleld. to whom he hod transferred nis auen tlons, seated beside him in his spring buggy. tint nn nnn offered a helDlnc hand. and Amaranth was beginning to feel n tromnr nt ilpanalr when something happened which no one certainly not Amaranth had ever arearaea wouiu com to pass. It was nothing more nor less than the building of a branch railway from the "Ozark lead and zinc" mines to a nntnt nn the Mlsslsilnnl River some twelve miles beyond Plneyvlile Centre. The nearest route, accoruing to sur- lnv riirertiv across one suie oi Amaranth's estate, and she readily ac- ... . ,nnn ' 1 . . .1 ccptt'U me oner oi itviu ww min ing company for this small portion of her "worn-out" farm land. But the tide of prosperity old not stop here. Roger Allen, tne young surveyor, who bad laid out the new railroad, suggested I'lneyvllle Centre as tn most convenient point for the smelting works to be erected by the mining company. And so the sleepy little village vnlml nn one fine morning to find It self in the midst of a most unexpected 'boom." nth. Ihouch offered a high nriro. refused to part with her prop nrtv on anv terms. By the advice of the young surveyor, however, sne was iniinrori in lav out a portion of her farm, fronting tho railroad, in town lots, which were eagerly purchased at a satisfactory valuation, and tho "Brooke addition" soon ranked as the mint desirable resldcure portion of I'inervllle Centre. Anil Amnrnnth found herself, if not wealthy, at least comfortably Bltuated. a stout hired rami nana attenuea to ihn farm work now. The worn-out mnnitnwa and cornfields were redeem ed from tbelr Impoverished condition. The antlauated cow was supplanted liv a amall herd of Jerseys. The de crepit horse was "pensioned on" on the fattest of pastures, while a span nt "matched bavs" drew the new car ryall when Amaranth or Mrs. Reuben and her children took an airing. The discomfited' relatives, who bad all but boycotted Amaranth in the dark days, now discovered that "blood was thicker than water" and hastened to make friendly overtures. And Sylvester Smalley. who had not vt aiircmlrd in bulldlnc on the pater nal forty acres, abruptly ceased his at tentions to Nancy Maria, ana cast longing eyes toward the thrifty corn fields and well filled barns of the old homestead. T yinf- alnr had he renented of his short-slghtedne8, and after some skill ful maneuvering he one day succeeded In meeting Amaranth face to face at Lilt- uin duic i She'd a rose in her bonnet, and oh! she I 1 1 I the old utile looked sweet Ait the little nlnk Sower tnat grows In , -th,e "f"; ,u m., -.in never had experienced It Then I re And Sylvester felt that he must win th' .nd k, , hop at all tinTJtril. Ile advanced smiling and with oat stretched hands. "Did vou reallv think I meant td give you up, Amaranth?" he asked, ro- proachfully. But she drew coldly back. "Give me up? Certainly! You gave me up long ago," she returned. But I didn't mean It! I I own I was a fool. Amaranth." he stammered. desperately, "but I alius Intended to come back an' marry you. An' 'taln't too late yet Only name the day, na I'm yours." But Amaranth smiled as sne glanced beyond him to a tall figure which was rapidly approaching them. Very much obliged. I'm sure, su-J rniiui. iipmnrelv. "hut I have prom ised to be Roger Alden'a wife, and tho day Is already named. Here comes Roger now. Will you stay and be in tied need 5" lint with n fllannnolnted scowl. Syl vester slunk nway. Chicago Journal. WORKMAN WHO CHEATS. Dribble He Represent la a Iluslneaa la Worse Than a wide kem. An omnlnvpr of thousands of men was asked what thing In all his large operations gave hlra the most concern. The man who does a little less tnan Is expected of blm," was the reply. He is the dangerous factor In an. dusi- ness. The absolute failure we readi ly discover and discharge, but the 'tilmnata' pamno detection for months nnd often for vears. and they make our losses as well as our fears," and with a very serious smile he added: The drip in business is worse than the leak." It Is a condition that Is ns old as human experience. Eighteen and a half centuries ago- Seneca put it In these words: "Some portion of our time Is taken from us by force; an other portion Is stolen from us; and another slips away. But tho most dis graceful loss Is that which arises from our own negligence; and It thou wilt seriously observe, thou sbalt perceive that a great part of life flits from those who do evil, a greater rrom those who do nothing, and tho whole tim,i who do not nccomDllsh the business which they think they are do ing." Thousands of men fancy they are fulfilling their duty to their employ ers and to their tasks by kteplng hours and performing Just enough to noiu on m timir nnattlnns. Tliev have an Idea that to do more would bo to give larger Bcrvlco than their compensation r-,iii-i Thpv obiect to what they be lieve would bo extra values. "The old inun slm'n't get more than ho Is paying for," Is tho vernacular, nn.aiiiiv it nnver strikes these trim ti.nt in plipntlniT their work they are doing double damage; they are In ijn. thoii- omnlovers much, but they ju,,Ub) . r - are robbing themselves more; tbey are in fact losing everything in lire mat -tt. wild Tliev fare worse than la At jt in . If they did nothing at all, for time with all Its precious values sups en tlrely from them and leaves no sub lan-n nr satisfaction. Half doing soon brings undoing. It f. i. - Mina4Antha Hnlntr nr thn nlnptv. in UJU miit i"-"- r in nn.hiindredths doing that bleeds bsulness and saps character. Satur day Evening Post HUNTINQ THE KANGAROO. DtfllcnU to Blioot on Arconnt of IIU Hpctd Across tne rinlua, Ttror aklna. ntniihnnt I nulla, antlers unit a tlnann nthnp tnnihlps dpi-oratod the smoking-room ut tho huntsman. T .... . .. .... . . . . i-i, I.- i r lou can t guess wnat 1111s is, ui t nil ami ha ttmlr itmvli fmm Ihn W vail a piece of curiously woven matting. It was a limit lira feel smiare. cretin In color and five inches thick. "This," he explained, "la tho breast plate that Is worn In knugaroo limit ing. Without It tho kangaroo, with n torelec blow stralcht from the shoul der, could smash In your chest ns thmic-h It irii n tinatphiiartl tin. This breastplato Is a souvenir of an excit ing kangaroo hunt In Australia. "All big game enthusiasts are fa miliar with tiger shooting, elephant shooting, the chaso of tho grizzly, of the boar and of tho hippo, but I know few men who havo ever hunted kan garoos. Yet this Is an exciting and danger ous sport Tho kangaroo, when ho 1 brought to bay, will fight. Ho Jumps straight nt you, like a great cat, nnd with his forelegs he alms at your chest two tremendous blowe first the right and then tho left and thuso blows, delivered with a speed and ac- pilrni-r thnt nn lirltn fit-liter tHHIld equal, would kill you If they landed oti an unprotected surrnce. to you wear, for a protection, this thick g wit guard, woven of uatlvo grasses by na tive women. "You hunt the kangaroo In 'sots.' l.-tpht hnntampn pnmiliian n act and each set employs half a dozen native runners to stalk tho kangaroo. "The kangaroo, on being stalked, comes tearing over the plain straight at you. He travels with the speed of an express train, and ho makes great imnnri'lnr- Ipnna OnA IlllnlltA ho is crouching on tho grass, tho next he '. ten feet up In tho air, and an jno while, remember, he Is going forty miles nn hour. "Hence he Is a mighty difficult ob ject to shoot If you fall to shoot him, nnd ir there Is Ho tree nanny, then y u must put your trust In your matting breastplate. This breastplate of mine, you notnre. has a dent In It." Seattle rost-Intelllgenccr. I HI I I I I I I I 1 I 1 I 1 III UH Ml THE GOOD OLD NOISE. ItH It'M1' I I I 1 1 H I rH-KM-lr The ear becomes so accustomed to the din of the city streets thnt It misses It In the hush of the country. A New York hnatnpaa man has had an ex perlence of the quietude of rural life. For two long weeks he rougnt ror sleep In a remote corner of Maine, where, tired out he had fled for much-needed rest What he did then he tells In the New York Sun. His experience Is that nt mnnr men. with whom living In the city has become first a habit. then a disease. Alio tjutcmcoa, WJC wu, o,,a..c w- the night actually kept me awake un- I . ,n .nl.tM f i n l! ft.- .I-.... .W . .HllnAaa nt til I had to resort to opiates, i unu .,,. . thin? before, but I tnrnpd to the city, and was like hor comlnc home. Th first day I was at my desk I ahnrri na mv window. The old fa miliar cry of "Hey-up!" from the teamsters sounded comforting. Then th elanir of the trolley cars broke In unon me. and I felt good. I heard the battle of the teamsters Just below, that old fight for space and place that goes on the year round In the city. I looked out toward the crush at thn rmmlnr. I saw the push-cart man fighting to hold his own. He looked so natural! At the opposite corner I saw a peddler who has been there for years. I have bought shoo laces from hlra for so long that I should feci lono It If h were. In CO. When I started for home that first mv rptlim tllP Rlttlie olll tMlllCO- man helped mo across, Just as he hnd done these many years. 1 tiianKed him more sincerely than I ever had be fore. Ho dldn t know 1 had been away; he hadn't missed me, but 1 had missed him. itMipn I went to bed that night 1 threw open my window and fell nsleep to the noise nnd rattle or tne cievniou trains. I had returned to ray own LIVING IN SO-t HOUSES Thti Were the Cheopeat Permanent uhmUm fnr .'Innaera un tne t'rairiea. Allzhtlns from the slow-moving prairie-schooner the canvas-hooded ship of the' plains the settler found himaplf far from bouse-bulldlng mate rial. Trees there were none for miles; tnn- ni farther awav. and as for lumber, It was almost unknown, or could be obtained only uy long, areory drives with small loads across tho niini iimv ahnuld he shelter his .im.iiii. - - - . family from tho blizzards or winter and the "hot winds" of summer days7 In answer to his demand came tho nod bouse. Th tnnirh sod of the prairie Is well ntt,t tnr the construction of walls. It may be cut into squares capable of handling, and which are laid line bricks, a compact and substantial m.u Mnnv are the tvnes of arclll tecture, for there are fashions in Sod- House Land as well as on tho avenue . a i A . I - tnl ,1.1,. out As Its name Implies, It Is partly .. . ..I underground. It is tno easiest to build, as well as the cheapest, of all nWm,n,ni hnmpa nf tho West Tho nnnr 1 nt nni-th. and the walla for a few feet from the bottom aro of tho sa'me virgin material, they being jin same virH wwunn iw I'v,. p. excavaUon In a hillside. Above coitio tho sod walls, and the roof Is a slant intr cnvprlnt? nf noles. crass and earih A wandering horso may walk from the upper hlllsldo upon the roof, nnd cooio crashing through to disturb the dwell ers ueiow, ur n ucm mm muj miiauiwero uumvu avuii minn.mi sudden flood, but beyond these contln- strange to say tho police always caught l il. I ... n .... It nr.,1 1111..1 I . . I 1 ... A !.....!.! rpl.t.TV if fni-. rnncles there Is warmth and comfort If not style. Hundreds of families tin .... iivml In riiiofiouta. and were hat py. The experience Is, however, not one to be envico. woman's uome Companion Ilia Modesty. "He remarked that you are a very modest man." "Yes, indeed, pride myself That's ono thing I on." Philadelphia Ledger. If a man cots rattled there must be a screw loose somewhero. GOOD J ii Short Qtorles .Tnalah rittliipr nf lliiatnn. tells of how ho was onco Identified by a labor er who was enlightening a menu. That Is Joslnh Qulncy," said tho tlrst laborer. "An1 who Is Joslah Qulncy?" iletuniuleil tlio other, "Don't y know who Joslah Qulncy Is?" demanded mo first man; "I nlver saw .cn ignor ance. Why. he's tho grandnou or mo statito out there In the yard. Oporr-n Zimmerman, tho publisher, recently made a trip through Kansas and Oklahoma, a region that no nan not visited for more than thirty years. "1 suppose that you noticed many changes out there." remarked a friend, "Yes, Indeed," replied Mr. Zimmer man: "wiu-n i tint visited that coun try there wcro many red men there without a white. On my receiu irip i saw many white men without a red." in tlm ercat llnatou Public Llbmry than ataiula nn n llPtlpatal in n COflier of Bates Hall, the main reading-room, n bust In very dark bronie or unver Wendell Holmes, tho patron saint of Boston. The other day. two old ladles u-iirn wamlerhiir a limit the bllllltlllg. Both the dnuies critically examined tho likeness. "Why, I never knew, re marked ono to the other, drawing back a little, "that ur. iioimcs was a ne gro." A Tiondon ladr who tried to climb over a stile the tlrst day of her country vacation, certainly thought she had left Iinmlnn a counlo of hundred miles nwnr- hut ihn rattier wished, all the same, that tho country was not so densely populated, and she turned an appealing look upon mo rustic gaiier who Insisted on watching her climb. A broad cr n snread over ins Connie- nance as he caught her meaning, "Ior, bless ye, mum, don't be shy before me!" he adjured her: "I was a bus con ductor for fifteen years!" Tim hmiso in Portland. Me., where Longfellow was born, Is now a tene ment In tho poorer part of tno city, mostly Inhabited by Irish. A few years ago a teacher In Portland was giving a lesson on tha lire or me poot. At the end of the hour, she began to question her clsss. "Where was Long fellow born?" she asked. A small boy waved bis band vigorously. When tha tpaphor railed on htm. his answer did not seem to astonish the rest of the class, but It was a cold shock to her. "In Patsy Msgee's bedroom," he said. nnmnr Raeheldcr. of New Hamp shire, dislikes tramps, though at times hn will tin ml a nuarter to ono of the traveling fraternity. Not long ago he found a husky young hobo lying under a tree at a lonely place in the country. The Governor listened to the old hard- luck story, and gave tho tramp somo small change. Then be said, encour- airtnvtr- "I)on thpTO On tile left U1V friend, there Is a farmer who wants men to help him thresh wheat" 'Thankpe.itr." said the tramp, turning to the right: "thankee, I might have gone down that way accidental line. it la an 1,1 that when President Polk vlattpil Ronton he was Impressively re ceived at Fancull Hall Market Bec- Mi,t-f lttin.lAa walked In front of him down the length of the market an-nmuir-tnr- in loud tones: "Make way. gentlemen, for the President of the United States! The President of the United States! Fellow-citizens, make rnnm !" The chief executive had step tuvl Into mm nf the stills to look at some game, when Mr. Rhodes, the sec retary, turned around suddenly, and finding lilmself alone. promptly changed his tone, nnd exclaimed: "My gracious, where has that dnmed Idiot got to?" THE "BLACK HAND" MYTH. No Ruch Oritnlllzatlnu liver I.xlated Anions Italian Crlmlnola. nurint, tlm rppotit nuthrenk of Ital ian blackmailing In Now York a great deal has been written nuoui tno -niacK Tiniui " Thla Is aunnosed to be a nil's tic order of Italian criminals, banded together to do violence, says me wow York Sun. As a matter of fact a Black Hand" organization never ex Isted anywhere. There was a fiction that such an order onco did business In Roaln. but never In Italy, The h story of tue alleged "lliacK Hand" Roclotv In Spain bns to do with the Spanish police nnd their peculiar system of graft. All tho facts about It came, out something iiko n year ago, when certain friends of Justice In Paris and London, notably nociaust mem, harm in thn French Chamber of Denu tics, tried to secure the rcleaso of three ur.oni.ti Ufa term nrlsoners. t iqtj tliprn was crcat social and nniitirnl unrest In Spain. Alfonso XII i,,i tnat made his coup d'etat and squashed the republic. His repressive maaaiirea were very severe anu njyo riallv was Andalusia hit bard. Tho i.hnrinir class became troublesome, though there Is no proof tnat moy am anything worse tnan protest in puunc meetings. Still, tho now powers wcro afraid, and Don Tomas Icrcz Mon . i i. nt thn nrrivlnpn m forte, the governor of tho province, re ceived orders to squelch tne aiscon tantatl. According to a sworn statement made by one Alvarez, a laborer, ho was called before tho governor and In .m,. - vlted to stir up tho labor leaders to hum a xprintn vlnevard. Alvarez wns to notify the police so mat me leauera could be caught In the act. For this, h. naa tn im well nnld. Alvarez re fused. Nevertheless, several vlnoyards tno cuiprna icit wtwvui , j ty of them were sent to prison ror long terms, and the governor made a great showing. Now on ono of their expeditions tho nnUnn fniind An the Wall of B vine- yard, which tholr confederates wero 7 "" , about to have burned,- the mark of a htrtid left by a careless painter, Mon nn aanma to havo conceived a brll Uant idea., These crimes were being committed by a secret society of which hl hand was tho symool. So tho imiarv II ii nil" anranc Into existence, To bolster up the notion, Monforte d- dared that ho had found tho oath and constitution of tho society. Tho oath was terrible, and tho constitution bound lis members to commit awful crimes. Mouforto novcr showed this constitution, Hut the "lllack Hand" llctluii lived after him and was found cry convenient by tho police. When ever they round a very mysterious crlmo they attributed It to tho "Black Hand," In 1882 one man killed another In a quarrel nnd as the men were Republi cans and trades unionists the police, nt onco attributed thn crlmo to tlm "lllack Hand." They arrested 100 men, Bar reled seven and Imprisoned six. It was In tho endeavor to secure ths ro leaso of three of tho latter thnt tho story of tha "Black Hand" wns ro- oaled. In tho recent extortion cases lu New York tho iiatno "lllack Hand" win signed to the letters demanding money. Tho Italian criminals lu doing this merely look advantoga nt the fear Inspired by tho publication lu various papers of the fiction about thn "Black Hand," So whenever two or three Italian blackmailers pick an easy mark nnd sit down to wrllo their threaten ing letter, they sign It "lllack Hand." riit-ro Is no more organization among these people titan among thn American Yegg men," They know others oi their kind, and they combine on a Job when It seems profitable to do so. That Is all. RUSIILICIUS- In these days of gas, electricity, cheap matches and kerosene, ono can hardly realize tlm trouble and illmcui ties lu the way of procuring nnd main tabling artificial light a hundred yean ago. Until well Into the fourth decadt of the nineteenth century, says Mlsi Jekyll In "Old Surrey." many famlllei could afford nothing better than tha ruihltghU that they mado nt homo. In tho summer, when tho common rushes of marshy ground wero at thru full growth, they wero collected by women and children. Tho rush Is ol very slmplo structure, white pith In Ido and a tough green skin on mo out side. Tho rushes were peeled, nil bul narrow strln. which wss left to strengthen ths pith, and wcro hung up In bunches to dry. Fat of any kind was collected, though fat from salted meat was avoided, If possible. It was melted In boat-shaped grcass pans that stood on tbelr three short legs In tho hot ashes In front of ths fire. They were of cast Iron, made on purpose. Tho bunches, each of about a dozen peeled rushes, wero drawn through the greaai and then put aside to dry. An old cottago friend told me all about It. and though winter wns only Just over, and tho rushes barely grown, nnd she was ninety years or age. yci when next I went to seo her alio had gono out nnd found some rushos to show mo how It was done. "You peels away tho rind from tha pcth. leaving only a little strip of rind. And when the rushes is dry you uips em through tho grease, keeping 'em woll uudcr. And my mother she al ways laid hers to dry In a bit of hob low bark. Mutton fat's tho best; II dries hardest." A rushlight fifteen Inches long would burn about half an hour. The fro quent shifting was tho work of a child. It was a greasy Job, not suited to tin fingers of tho mother at her needle work. "Mend tho light." or "Mend tin rush." was the signal for tho child to put up a new length. AN EVERY-DAY PROBLEM. Hlioilld hlowPtijflim Patrons or Illenp litilntlnir Ilreaaiuiikrrs tUund Lnaa'r Mrs. Blxliy's side of the case Is sdt forth by that lady somewhat as fol lows, nlthougli sho linen more worus, nnd warmer: For her Iiushnmra Dimness wrunrn and her own social advancement It wns necessnry thnt sho should make a good appearance at -the llrst recep tion given by tlm (Jrns. who uru rich nuweomers to the place. Mr. Illxliv stralnod a point to provide fifty dol lars for a now gown. Tho order was given In amplo sea- Bon to tho dressmaker, who promised that tho gown should bo rt-ndy for the reception. It did not come, and Mrs. Blxby. having "nothing fit to wear," wns denied her expected triumph and compelled to send her regrets. Tho drosimnker sent homo the gown thn morning nfter tho reception, but Mrs Blxby declined to receive It or pay for It Tho dressmaker says sho wns nub cd with work for thnt reception, nnd attended to her ensh customers first Mrs. Blxby does not pny her bllli promptly, and slnco thero nro many of that kind, so many thnt tho dress mnker was "behind" with her silk merchant there was delay In obtnln, Ing tho material for tho Blxby gown. It was finally procured, however, tho dress was cut out, and It would havo been ready at tho time appointed but for two mischances tho forewoman fell downstairs and broke her nrm, ami the dressmaker herself was taken 111. Mrs. Blxby declares sbo Is Justified in refusing payment Tho dressmaker insists that tho material nt least should be paid for, nnd points out that If Mrs. Blxby had given her somolhliig on nccount wnen ino gown wns or-, dividing up his snlnry among tho mem dercd, the first delay In obtaining; thn l)er. of n, 0wn fnmily nnd driving silk would linvo been avoided, and that 0thcr men out of employment, would have left a liberal margin of ij,no results of widespread chniiges of tlmo, with tho chances fnvorlng tho i this sort look, nppnrently, to nn entire completion of tho order. revolutionizing of society. But peoplo "Tho lady or tho dressmaker," ns , are not stopping to study tho toxt- tho circumstances aro set forth nuovo, is nn nctunl riroblcm now rngnglng tho attention of social circles lu Knglmid. In vital Interest It surpasses Mr. Stockton's "lady or tho tiger" prob lem; for controversies, essontlnlly sim ilar, botweon peoplo who sell nnd peo ple who buy aro taking place contin ually. Our cousins across tho water, who aro furiously arguing the enso in thn nawsnaDers. havo not requested an American opinion. Ilut It will strike lumiia" tho unprejudiced observer at a dls tanco that Uio aggrieved lady might havo been savpd a deal of unpleasant ness If sho had established a reputa tion for paying her bills. Youtli's Companion. 4H-4-'T OLD" FAVORITES I Pallhlts Nelly Oray, Hen Battle wss a soldier bold And lined to war s a arms. But a cannon ball took off his legs. Ho lis In lil down his arms. Now, as they bore him off the field Haiti list "Let others hoot. For litre I leave my second leg Aud ths Forty-second root. Ths army surgeons mails Mm limbs. Said lie I "They're only pegs, But there's as wooden members quits As rtpraieut my legs." Now, Ben ha loved a pretty insld, Her nania wss Nellr (Irsy. Bo lie went to pay her Ills devoirs When ha iletuurs.1 uls pay. a Ilut when lis called on Nelly Orsy She maile hlin unite a scuff, And when she saw lilt wooden legs Regan to take tlitm off. "Oh, Nelly Gray! Oh. Nelly Orayl Is this your lure so warm? The love that lotes a scarlet coat Should lis more uniform," Hald shsi "I loved a soliller ones. For lis was blithe ami brave. But 1 will never have a man With both legs In the grave. "Before yon hail tlione timber toes Your Iota I did allow, But then, you know, you stand upon Another footing nnw." "Oh. Nelly Orayl Oh. Nelly Orayl For all your Jeerln speeches, At duty's call I left my ! In Bailajos' breaches," "Why, then," salt! she, "you'vs lost ths feet Of leg In wsr's alarms, And now you canimt wear your shoes Upon your feats of ariiisl" "Oh, falne and firklo Nelhiy Orayl 1 know why ymi rfue. Though I've no feet mie other man la atanillng In my shoes. I wlh I ne'er had seen your fscsl lint nnw a lunr farewell! For yon will bs my death alas! You will not us my ixeiu Now, when he went from Nelly Oray Ilia hssrt so heavy got Anil life was such a burden grown It mails him taks s knot Thomas lloo-l. Rtrauicera Yet. Strangers jet! After yrsrs of llfs together, After fair and stormy weather, After travel In far lands. After touch of wedded hands Why thus Joined? Why ever met, If they mut bs strangers yet' Strangers yetl After strlfs for common ends. After title of "old friends." After passions fierce and tender, Aftsr cheerful lf-urreiulrr. Hearts msy best snd eyes be met And the souls be strangers yet Strangers yet! O, the bitter thought to scsn All tho loneliness of man Nsturs by magnetic laws Circle unto circle draws. But they only touch when met, Never mlngl" strangers yet. -Richard M. Mllnes. WOMEN A8 WORKERS. Bonis Figures thai, After All. Are Not Itlacniiraulntf A statistician has gone to the trouble to ascertain that r.5 per rent of nil ths divorced women. .13 per cent nf Hit widowed and .'II per cent of the slngU women nro engaged In galnrul pur suits. Only alxmt l! per cent f the married women are almllarly situated. While tho grout body of married wom en nro nt homo attending to th" do mestic duties which nro naturally sol down for them, there Is smno nope still that tho old order nf things Is not going to bo completely overthrown. Tho world will not bo without homes. Tho figures Imllcato that 01 per tent of tho mnrrii'd men nre sup;iortlng their wives, though tho women are, of course, doing their full shnre In maintaining domestic establishments which are bulwarks of morals and good order nnd which keep the raca from dying nut. On surfaco nnalysls It limy seem wonderful thnt 01 per cent of the lunr ricd men find enough to do to support families, when so many women nro In men's occupations; but tlm nirth Is big, nnd tho ordinary attempt nt compre hending tho things to bo dono nnd the number of people to do them Is puny Indeed. In the long run there uppi-iira to bo room for everybody the homo woman, tho "now" woman, tho mini nlsh woman, the bachelor woman, otc, likewise for the womanish mini and tho men who depend on tho labor nnd shrewdness of tholr wives to keep them going. Tho mixture of tho sexes in the actlvo business nffnlrs of to-day would have scared writers on political economy twenty-five years ago. It seems plain enough, for example, thnt whon a man on a salary gets work for his daughter lu tho same occupation at pcrlinps smaller compensation Hum ha rccelTcs, ho Is sapping tho fouiiilntlon of nisown employment nnd prosperity; mt) n tno onE runi , wm K, linply books. They nro going niienii witn the fashions of, tho time, lonvlng tho pessimists and tuoso who have nothing to do but study to rend up nn polltlcnl ocouomy. A great mniry wlso books havo been Impracticable In relation to business affairs. If notiety Is going wrong In putting tho gentlor snx In thn lines of employment thnt wero former ly exclusively for mon, tho mlstiiko will manifest Itsolf soma-day In n seri ous way. Money panics result rrom . over-wrougl.t ambition to get rich nnl,lr nnd then fnl iiwa thn tinvnll nt quick, and then follows tho trnvnll of liquidation. And so It la with nthnr nffnlrs. Cincinnati Knqnlrrr. A man enn't have a very big tlmo by himself.