MRHOUSE BY MARY J. CIIAITEIt XVII. For more than an hour there had been unlirok.il Rilciire in the dinuy old law office of Mr. Worthington, where Henry I.iinoln flinl William Nenler still re mained, the oue an a practicing lawyer and Junior partner of the Arm, and tu other an a ktmleiit Mt ill. fyr he had not yet dared to offer himaelf for examina tion. Study was NometkiiiK which Henry pnrtinihirly diliked; and a his mother had trained him with the Idea that labor for him wan wholly tiniieeesanry, he had never hi-Htowed n thought on the future, or nmde an exertion of any kind. Now, however, a different plmae of affair waa aiieiir:iijr. Hi father' fortune w threBteni-d with ruin; and he aat In the office with hi heel iituii the window mil, delintiliK the all Important question whether it were better to marry Klla Campbell for the money which would live him from poverty, or to roue hlru elf to notion for the sake of Mary How ard, whom lie really fancied ho loved. Frequently aince the party had be met her, em h time becoming more and more colivinred of her auperiority over the oth er young ladies of her acquaintance. He was undoubtedly greatly assisted In this derision by the manner with which she was received by the fashionables of Uos ton; but, aside from that, as far as ha was capable of doing so, he liked her, and was now making up his mind wheth er to tell her so or not. At lust breaking the silence, he exclaim ed: "Hang me, if I don't believe she a be witched me. or else I'm in love. Bender, how docs a chap feel when he's in love?" "Very foolish, judging from yourself, returned William, and Henry replied: "I hope you nienn nothing personal, for I'm hound In nvcmre mv honor, and 'twould be a deuced scrape for you aVl mo to light about 'your sister, as you call her, for 'tis she who has inspired me. or made a fool of me, one or the other." "You've changed your mind, haven't you?" asked William, a little sarcastical ly. "Hanged If I have!" snld Henry. "I was interested In her years ago, when he was the ugliest little vixen a man ever looked upon, and tBat'a why I teased her so I don't believe she's handsome now, but she's something, and that some thing has raised the mischief with me. Come, Bender, you are better acquainted with her than I am, so tell me honestly If you think I'd better marry her." With a haughty frown William replied: "You have my permission, sir, to propose as soon as you please. I rather wish you would;" then taking his hat he left the office, while Henry continued his solilo quy ns follows: "I wonder what the old folks would say to a penniless bride. Wouldn't moth er and Rose raise a row? I'd soon quiet the old woman, though, by threatening to tell that she was once a factory girl. But , If dad smashes up I'll have to work, for 1 haven't brains enough to earn my living by wit. I guess on the whole I'll go and call on Ella; she's handsome, and besides that has the rhino, too; but how shallow!" and the young man broke the blade of his knife as he stuck It Into the hardwood table by way of emphasizing his last words. Ella chanced to be out, and as Henry was returning he overtook Ida Selden and Mary Howard, who were taking their accustomed walk. Since her conver sation with William a weight seemed lifted from Mary's spirits, and she now was happier far than she ever remem bered of having been before. Mary could not find it in her heart to be un courteous to Henry, and her manner to ward him that morning was so kind and affable that it completely upset him; and when he parted with her at Mr. Seidell's gate his' mind was quite made up to offer her his heart and hand. "I shall have to work," thought he, "but for her sake I'll do anything." An hour later he sat down and wrote to Mary on paper what he rjmld not tell her face to face. Had there been a lingering doubt of her acceptance, he would undoubtedly have wasted at least a dozen sheets of the tiny gilt-edged pa per, but as it was one would suffice, for she would not scrutinize his handwriting she would not count the blots, or mark the omission of punctuating pauses. An ardent declaration of love was written, sealed and directed. Ilestless and unquiet, he sat down to await his answer. It came at last his rejection, yet couched in language so kind and conciliatory that he could not feel angry. Twice three times he read it over, hoping to find some intimation that possibly she might relent; but no, it was firm and decided, and while she thanked him for the honor he conferred upon her, she respectfully declined accepting lt, as suring him that his secret should be kept Inviolate. "There's some comfort In that," thought he, "for I wouldn't like to have It known that I have been refused by a poor, unknown girl," and then, as the con viction came over him that she would never be his, he laid his head upon the table and wept such tears as a spoilt child might weep when refused a toy too costly and delicate to be trusted in its rude grasp. Ere long there was a knock at the door and hastily wiping away all traces of his emotion, Henry admitted his fath er, who had come to talk of their future prospects, which were even worse than he had feared. But did not reproach his wayward son, nor hint that his reck less extravagance had hastened the ca lamity which otherwise might have been avoided. Calmly he stated the extent to which they were Involved, adding that though an entire failure might be pre vented a short time, it would come at last; and that an honorable payment of his debts would leave them beggars. "For myself I do not care," said the wretched man, pressing hard his aching temples, where the gray hairs had thick ened, within a few short weeks. "For myself I do not care, but for my wife and children for Rose, and that she must miss her accustomed comforts, is the keenest pang of all." All this time Henry had not spoken, but thought was busily at work. He could not bestir himself; he bad no energy for that now; but he could marry Ella Camp bell, whose wealth would keep him in the position he now occupied, besides supplying many of Uose's wants. Cursing the fate which had reduced him to such an extremity, toward the dusk of evening Henry started for Mrs. Campbell's. Lights were burning in the parlor, and as the curtains were drawn back he could see through the partially opened shutter that Ella was alone. Ke cliniug in a large sofa chair, she sat, leaning upon her elbow, the soft curls of rvsher brown hair falling- over her white arm, which the full blue cashmere sleeve 1 TO PALACE HOLMES exposed to view. She seemed deeply engaged In thought, and never before had she looked so lovely to Henry, who as he gazed upon her felt a glow of pride lu thinking that fair young girl could be his for the asking. "And so my little pet Is alone," said he, coming forward, and raising to his Hps the dulnty fingers which Ella extend ed toward him. "I hope the old aunty is out," he continued, "for I want to see you on special business." ' Ella noticed how excited he appeared, and always on the alert for something when he was with her, she began to tremble, and without knowing what she said asked him "what he wanted of her "Zounds!" thought Henry, "she meets me more than half way," and then, lest his resolution should fall, he resented her in the rhuir she had left, and drawing an ottoman to her side hastily told her of his love, ending his declaration by saying that from the first time ne saw her he had determined that she should be his wife! And Ella, wholly deceived, allow ed her head to droop upon his shoulder, while she whispered to him her answer, Thus they were betrothed Henry Lin coln and Ella Campbell. "Glad am I to be out of that atmos phere," thought the newly engaged young man, as he reached the open air, anil be iran to breathe more freely. "Goodness me, won't I lead a glorious life? ' Now if she'd only hung back a little but no, she said yes, before 1 fairly got the words out: but money covereth a multitude of sins I beg your pardon,, imin'am," said he quickly, as he became conscious of having rudely jostled a young lady, who was turning the corner. Looking up, he met Mary Howard's large dark eyes fixed rather inquiringly upon him. She was accompanied by one of Mr. Selden's servants, and he folt sure she was going to visit her sister. Of course, Ella would tell her all, and what must Mary think of one who could so soon repeat his vows of love to another? In all the world there was not an linn vidua! for whose good opinion Henry Lin coln cared one-halt so much as for Mary Howard's: aud the thought that he should now surely lose It maddened him. The resolution of the morning was for gotten, and that night a fond father watched and wept over his inebriate son. CHAPTER XVIII. From one of the luxuriously furnished chambers of her father's elegant mansion Jenny Lincoln looked mournfully out up on the thick, angry clouds which, the live long day, had obscured the winter sky, Dreamily for a while she listened to the patter of the rain as It fell upon the de serted pavement below, and then, with a long, deep sigh, she turned away and wept. Poor Jeuny 1 the day was rainy and dark and dreary, but darker far were the shadows stealing over her pathway. Turn which way she would there was not one ray of sunshine which even her buoy ant spirits could gather from the sur rounding gloom. Her only sister was slowly but surely dying, and when Jenny thought of this she felt that if Rose could only live she'd try and bear the rest; try to forget how much she loved ullain Bender, who that morning had honorably and manfully asked her of her parents, and been spurned with contempt not by ber father, for could he have followed the dictates of bis better judgment he would willingly hare given his daughter to the care of one who he knew would carefully shield her from the storms of life. It was not he, but the cold, proud mother, who so haughtily refused Wil Ham's request, accusing him of taking underhand means to win her daughter's affections. "I had rather see you dead!" said the stony-hearted woman, when Jenny knelt at her feet and pleaded for her to take back the words she had spoken. "I had rather see you dead than married to such as he, I mean what I have said, and you will never be his." Jenny knew William too well to think he would ever sanction an act of disobe dience to her mother, and her heart grew faint and her eyes grew dim with tears, as she thought of conquering the love which had grown with her growth and strengthened with her strength. There was another reason, too, why Jenny should weep as she sat alone In her room. From her father she had heard of all that was to happen. The luxuries to which all her life she had been accustomed were to be hers no longer. The pleasant conn try house In Chicopce, dearer far than her city home, must be sold, and no where in the wide world was there a place for them to rest. Mr. Lincoln entered his daughter's room, and bending affectionately over her pillow said, "How Is my darling to-day?" "Better, better almost well," returned Rose, raising herself in bed to prove what she had said. "I shall be out in a few days, and then you'll buy me one of those elegant plaid silks, won't you? Ail the girls are wearing them, and I haven't had a new dress this winter, and here 'tis almost March." Oh! how the father longed to tell his dying child that her next dress would be a shroud. But he could not. He was too much a man of the world to speak to her of death; so without answering her ques tion he said: "Rose, do you think you are able to be moved Into the country?" "What, to Chicopee? that horrid, dull place? I thought we were not going there this summer? "No, not to Chicopee, but to your grand ma Rowland's in Glenwood. The physi clan thinks you will be more quiet there, and the pure air will do you good." Rose looked earnestly in her0 father's face to see if he meant what he said, and then replied: "I'd rather go -anywhere in the world than to Glenwood. You've no idea how I hate to stay there. Grandma is so queen and the things in the house so fussy and eountryfied and cooks by a fireplace, and washes id a tin basin, and wipes on a crash towel that hangs on a roller!" G Mr. Lincoln could hardly repress a smile at Rose's reasoning, but perceiving that he must be decided, he said: "We think It best for you to go, and shall ac cordingly make arrangements to take you In the course of a week or two. Your mother will stay with yon, and Jenny, too, will be there a part of the time; then, not wishing to witness the effect of his words, he hastily left the room, paus ing in the haS to wipe away the tears which involuntarily came to his eyes as ha overheard Rose angrily wonder "why she should be turned out of doors when she wasn't able to sit op!" "I never caa bear the scent of those great tallow candles, never," said she "and then to think of the coarse sheets and patchwork bedquilt oh, It's dread ful r Jenny's heart, too, was well-nigh burst Ing, but she forced down her own sor row, while she strove to comfort her sis ter, telling her how strong and well the bracing air of the country would m" har, and how refreshing, when ber fever tMs on, would be the clear, com waier which gushed from the spring near the thoruapple tree, where In childhood they an oft had ulaved. Then she spoke of the miniature waterfall, which not far from her grandmother's door uiaue "fairy-like music" all the day long, and at last, as If soothed by the sound of that far-off water, Hose forgot her trouble, aud sank Into a sweet, refreshing slum ber. In a few davs preparations were com menced for moving Hose to (Jlenwood, aud in the excitement of getting ready he In a measure forgot the tallow can dles and patchwork bedquilt, the thoughts of which had so much shocked ner at first. i'ut in my embroidered merino morn ing gown," said she to Jenny, who wss packing her trunk, "and the blue cash men one faced with white satin; and don't forget my best csmbrlc skirt, the one with so much work on It, for wnen George Moreland comes to Glenwood I shall want to look as well as possible; and then, too, I life to see the country folks open their mouths snet stare at city fashions. What makes you think George will come to Glenwood?" asked Jenny. "1 know, and that's enough," answereil Rose; "and now, before you forget it, put In my leghorn hat, for If I stay long l shall want it; aud see how nicely you can fold the dress I wore at Mrs. Rus sell's party!" "Why, Rose, what can you possibly want of that?" asked Jeuny, and Rose re plied: "Oh, I want to show It to grancima, lust to hear her groan over our extrava gance, and predict that we'll yet come to ruin! Jenny thought that if Rose could have seen her father that morning when the bill for the dross and its costly trim ming was presented she would have wished it removed forever from her sight. Early in the winter Sir. Lincoln had seen that all such matters were settled, and of this bill, more recently made, be knew nothing. "I eau't pay it now," said he promptly to the boy who brought It. I ell Mr. Holton I will see him In a day or two." The boy took the paper with an Inso lent grin, for he had heard tjie fast cir culating rumor "that one of the big bugs was about to smash up; and now, eager to confirm the report, he ran swiftly back to his employer, who muttered, "Just ns I expected. I ll draw on him for what I lent him, and that'll tell the story. My daughters can't afford to wear such things, and I m not going to furnish money for his." Of all this Rose did not dream, for in her estimation there was no end to her father's wealth, and the possibility of his failing had never entered her mind. (To be continued.) ECONOMICAL WOMEN. Some of the Things Upoa Which They Retrench. Economy with moot women means saving Just as much money as they can lu one direction In order to spend lt lu another. A languid Individual in one of the shops on Saturday Mas an example of this sort of thrlftiness. 'I am going to be very economical In my wardrobe this summer," she said to a companion. "Just now, for In stance, I am buying nothing buf!) and 8'i cent lawns. . Then when I get about $35 together I am going to put It all In a chiffon boa. I dote on chif fon boas, don't you?" For Its own part, this page has never been an advocate of economy. It once knew a mistaken feminine who de nied herself luxuries and stinted her self lu necessities all her life and put the money she saved thus in a stock ing so that a tombstone might be erected over her when she died. But, alas! she expired without making a will, and the next of kin, when the stocking was found, promptly spent its contents for a pony phaeton and a me chanical piano and was happy ever after. This horrible example haunts the woman's page when It is tempt ed to buy $1.50 gloves instead of the $2 kind, and it therefore purchases the higher-priced handwear in order that none of Its survivors may have Its earn ings to squander in riotous living and mechanical pianos. Almost every housekeeper has, how ever, some pet article upon which she saves money when she can. This page's Aunt Jane, about whom a good deal has been set down here at one time and another, retrenches on beef. To pay 20 or 25 cents a pound for the tender loin Is, she declares, simply monstrous aud part of a conspiracy between the butchers and the shopkeepers to im poverish worthy people. She there fore purchases those odds-and-end cor ners of the animal which seem to have no name and hears unmoved the re marks her progeny make about having their teeth sharpened before they go on with the meal. Another elderly and very estimable woman economizes by not giving any thing to the church collection. Up she gets before the plate reaches her and out of the edifice she stalks, upborne by the consciousness at least she says she Is that lt is better to dispense one's charity from one's own back gate than to put It higgledy-piggledy with other people's dimes and quarters and never be sure that It does any good at all. This page blushes to mention lt, but It really does know people whose chief source of retrenchment Is In laundry bills. Like the German housewife, they only have their washing done every six months or so. It is not on record that the money thus saved goes to pay the bills of the family physician, though It would be poetic Justice if this were so. There are dozens of women who economize on newspapers, magazines and books. It was even said of a fam ily of maiden ladies once that they hadn't bad a scrap of reading matter in their house for thirty years that wasn't borrowed, except advertise ments for soap and baking powder. The saving woman might be said to be the mother of the rummage sale. It la she who hoards all the cord that comes around parcels and all the paper Koto unit nil tho scrnnH of 1rpa fttvul. ""ft" " purposely, apparently to throw" away when house cleaning time comes. Bal timore News. Otherwise with the Poor. feel sorry for the rich-' "Why?" -1 "When a rich man gets a counterfeit quarter he can't remember where he got bis dollar bill broken." Chicago Record. CHICAQO'3 FORTUNE-TELLERS. They Are Bald toOatherln Haifa Mill ion Dollars Her Year. At low estimate Cblcugo upends near ly half a inllllou dollars every year upouclulrvoyiints, fortuneteller, puhu- lHts, "voodoo doctors," and a long pro cession of fakers and confidence folk ho prey upon the gullibility of the general public. This, simply for fees. To add to this the long train of addi tional expense to w hich the victims are put, mich as traveling expense, para pliernullu, Investment thnt full to pay, and kindred ventures, probably fJ.iiiM), (XXI would not cover the community cost. According to the city directory, there are neurly UK) professional clairvoy ants in Chicago. At lenst fifty more than are listed as such practice the art." There are 100 fortune tellers, perhaps seventy five palmists, and nti unknown number of kindred folk w ho live by their wits on these general lines. A popular and successful clairvoyant, who cnu locate gold mines for his fol lowers, has a gold mine of his own. He may take In $1!."0 to floO a week. Others much less fortunate niny be reasonably content to make both ends meet. In general, figuring fifty-two weeks to ttie year, Cblcngo's tribute to these seers niny be figured out nbotit as follows: 1.-.0 clairvoyauts at ?2o a week. .?iri,Ot)0 100 fortune tellers at $10 a week 5'2,OO0 IN) palmists at 13 a week W,XK Miscellaneous fakirs ir0,KX) Total .$4153,000 Tbls Is almost us much as the general public gives to charity, and Is only fraction of the money that In other ways in wasted upon these people who affect to be able to read the future, That they do not and cannot read the future may be proved by the caller over the threshold before he has stepped In side. When the reporter rang the bell of a West Side house behind whose door . .. ... ... . 5 Jc . A VOODOO according to an advertisement was a clairvoyant "ordained to do what she does and whose marvelous achieve ments are demonstrated in your pres ence while you look, listen, and won der," the door opened about four Inches, and the face of a stout, commonplace-looking woman peered out as If she was suspicious of a collector or constable, or perhaps somebody who wanted to kill cockroaches. "Good-morning," said the caller. "I didn't know if you were ready, but I've come over to ask you about it" "About what?" and the door closed another Inch. "You know," Insisted the caller, "about clairvoyancy, trances, and that sort of thing." "I don't know anything about it," said the voice; "who are you, anyhow?" "What! You don't even know who I am? I thought you were a clairvoy ant " But the door had closed with a sud den Jar and the fuller was outside of lt, staring at the porcelain name-plate on the door. Y'et, according to this woman's adver tisement, "the greatest mysteries of life will be revealed." business trou bles will be unraveled, love ffnlrs will be straightened out and made smooth, your enemies will be named and pla cated, and life generally will be made merry as a marriage bell. Incidentally, too, she "locates lost and stolen arti cles, mines," etc. whatever "etc." may mean in the context. At the same time, by actual proof, she does not know a book agent from a customer until the caller has explained; and then the book agent might tie to her successfully. Legend of a Sprinjj. Swimming about Kn a lutge marble lined tank in a small church Just out side Constantinople are to be seen l number of fishes, brown on one side and white on the other. These, It is said, are the descendants of the ones that gave the name "Bulukii" (place of , fishes to the rturch- e l1" 18 a" 1 follows: At the time of the invasion of Constantinople by the Turks, a monk a spring or i W89 COOKing nsu near b syi . , n.on. II, a litlla church now stands, when a messenger rode up in haste, announcing "The city Is taken!" Discrediting the story, the monk de clared that he would sooner believe that the half-cooked fish before him would Jump back Into the water. As he spoke, the fish, so the story goes, did actually leap from the pan Into the spring. Ever since that time the wa- 4 a A w'!'"! : 0 mm. (It j " tV(.i(c l'lVl' Ui tA'l lL f WW; tors have been regnrded as curative. aud once every year pilgrimage are made to It by sufferers from various ailments. YANKEE LAD IS A FIGHTER. Boots, a Waif from America, In the Kield th ,he '". Thomas F. Millard, the war corre spondent, tells the New York SuH the following story of Boot, a 1J year-old Yankee, whom he met fighting with the Boors, and who may be mill dodg ing bullets and lyddite shells. Said Mr. Millard: "HI reul name Is William Young, but lu the Inngers he Is known by the sobriquet of Boots. I think be came by bis title honestly enough, for he drags about a huge pair of legging boots many sl.es too large, and orna mented with enormous brass spurs. "Boots is n midget of 12-or at least lie gives thut ns his age, though he doesn't look It by three years. "Boots wss born In the United Stats. Wtien very young he remembers being taken to England, whence he came to South Afiicu. His parents are long since dead, and Rlncc their death Will iam, having no other relations that he knew of, bns rustled for himself. "When this war began William es poused fhe cnuse of the Boers and Join ed the Irish brigade under Colonel Bluke. The men, who formed this ad venturous corps look a fancy to the wnlf and made him one of then. So It wus that Boots saw all the bloody battles of the Natal campaign Hun dee, Newcastle, Nicholson's Nek, the riatraml, and the many fights along the Tugela. Armed with two water bottles, the midget would enter a fight, and more than once has a wounded brigadier, on finding a cooling drink placed to his pnrcbed lips, looked up to discover Boots. If the fire were too hot to permit his wounded comrades being removed to a place of safety the boy would remain to attend them until the battle was over or night fell. MIDDLE AOCDf AM-STOUT mot exactly handsome- 9 K? ,1 ..LI, 4 i I 1 WOMAN. "When Captain Hassell organized the American scouts as a separata com pany Boots decided to Join his country men. Boots has a horse to ride, but his ambition Is to possess a pony of his own, and a Mauser carbine, so he can tight like the other scouts. For the purchase of a pony be has saved up 2 and 5 shillings, which will buy no horse In South Africa in war time. So Boots has to go without a pony until better times. But he has hopes of capturing one from the British. "Meanwhile, since he cannot fight like a full-grown man, he makes him self useful around the laager. As to the future, Boots scorns to contemplate it. " 'What'll I do when the war is over?' he said. 'I dunno. I'll do whatever I can. Maybe, if the Boers lose, I'll go to America.' " The Phantom Ship. While the captain of an English steamer was standing on the bridge of his vessel as it passed down the Eng lish Channel, a thick fog came on and he began to sound the fog-horn. To his dismay, after he had sounded the signal, he heard the "Boo-o-o" of the horn repeated directly ahead of him. He turned the ship's head sharply to the right to avoid a collision and sounded another warning. The vessel was put back on Its former track and the fog-horn sounded, with the same result. "I could not make it out, said the captain, in narrating the story, "and a strange feeling of superstitious awe be gtin to creep over me. Just as I was giving myself one last pull together the lookout man called: " 'It's the old coo, sir!' "And so it was tlie cow kept In the forecastle for the use of the ship. Un doubtedly she took the sound of the fog-horn for the cry of a companion In distress, and gave a sympathetic re sponse, j Wise Pirate. , First Pirate Captain, that ship in the distance Is loaded down with for eign noblemen on their way to Amer ica. Captain Don't meddle with her. We'll lay for or coming back; she'll have more money then. New York Journal. Every woman bays of some die.-s-maker that she ought to charge her only half price because she gave her her start. - THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. It Fornlsbea Many Kiamplea of the Importance of tniall Ihlny:. "I have been very much Impressed with the Importance of small things lu lute years," suld an old steamboat man, "and the SIlsslsslppI river bus furnished me some rather good exam ples. I can understand now w hy Cae tmr looked out upou the Nile lu such curious amazemeut, aud offered all that he stood for to the Egyptian priest if be would show him tho source of that wwderful river. But the antics of the Nile look like lnslguiHcaut noth ings to me when compared with the atrange conduct of the stream thut oozes out of the earth at Itasca aud hurries on Its murky aud devious way ward the Gulf of Mexico. Towns along the Mississippi that once stood right ou the brink of the river have been Isolated eveu lu my day. aud there are, too, all along the course of the gtrnim lHtle empire in view where the river has encroached upon small centers of population, finally eating the earth away aud forcing the luiiabit nuts to seek other oiuu ters. There are hundreds of theso pluces that are ul most forgotten now eveu by the men who are constantly ou the river. What brings about theso vloieui Changes along the banks of the river? Not floods. It Is Just the ordinary do lugs of the stream. In the first place the current of the Mississippi Is won derfully swift, Bnd the sediment de posited at any point where resistance to the flow Is offered is very giiut. lie string to the neck of a bottle and sink it with the motMu of the bottle up and open. "If held in one place where the flow is normal In an extremely short period of time the bottle will till with sedl ment. Stretch a net across the river a net so finely woven that nothing but the pure water of the river con past through, and, on account of the rapid Ity of the flow and the greatness of the deposit of sediment, almost in twinkling the river would be dammed at that point. Experts have admitted this. This brings me to the point ol uiy narrative. "The flow of currenfs Is frequently interfered with by sunken boats, per haps by a Jackstaff sticking up abovi the surface. The current Is dlverlel by degrees, generally touching the fai side of the stream a mile from the point where lt agalu meets resistance, aud Immediately begins the building of a sandbar. I have seen a thousand ex amples of this sort during my career on the river, and I hnve known of In stances where the root of a tree or the mere twig of a willow have brought about similar conditions. These th'ngs have tended to make a riddle out of the river; yet the stream after a while will be handled so as to undo all thnt it bos accomplished In this way." New Or leans Times-Democrat. KITCHENER CAN UNBEND. The British Commander Not Alwjya the r-tern Holdler. Most stories represent Lord Kitch ener lu a somewhat stern light. Here Is one which shows thnt even the mod em "man of blood and Iron" can un bend. During the last Soudiin cam palgu Kitchener was accompanied by a telegraphist, to whom he took the nearest approach to a fancy his stern nnture would allow. After Khartoum the telegraphist heard that his mother was 111 and In want at home. He np plied for his discharge, to which he was entitled. Kitchener sent for him, and demanded to know why he wished to leave. The mini explained. "Don't you think you could help your mother without going home, sir" ask ed Kitchener. "I'd rather go home, sir," replied the operator. "Oh, very well," said Kitchener, closlnar the Interview abruptly. "You know your own business best. That'll do." The day come for the telegraphist to leave, and lie went to bid his chief good-by. "Ah," said Kitchener, "you're a fool to go. I would have given you a good post had you stayed. I'm very busy- good-by." The man saluted and was retiring. when Kitchener called out: "Here, Just take this note to the pay master for me." The- note was delivered, and the bearer was walking away when he whom the Irreverent subalterns call "Shovelpenny" called him back. "I'm to give you this, by the Gener nl's orders," he said. "This" was equivalent In Egyptian money to a 10 note. It was character istic of Kitchener that ho would not lift a finger to urge the man to stay. and that he did not want to be thanked. v Deficient In Dead Language. Cardinal Tedro Goncalez was a pious man who believed in the gospel of pence. He noticed one day that a priest In his train carried a short sword under his cloak. The cardinal reproved him. saying that a cleric should not curry arms. "True," answered the priest humbly, "but I carry the weapon only to defend myself should I be attacked by a dog." "In that case," said the cardinal, "and It I saw a dog running toward me, I should begin to recite the Gospel of John." "That," returned the priest, "would be a wise thing, indeed, but may It not be that there are some dogs that do not understand Latin?" Youth's Com- panion. Optimism. When the optimist was dispossessed and thrown, along with his household Impedimenta, into the cold street, he 1 ,...!- 1 ,1 ,,nln,tdlr "Why do you laugh, my friend?" in quired a passerby. "Because I have Just now been eman cipated from toll," replied the optimist "For years my life has been one long struggle to keep the wolf from the door. But now that I have been de prived of the door I no longer am com pelled to toil. Sweet, Indeed, are the uses of adversity." Then the optimist walked off, whist ling gayly, into the sunshine. New York Evening Sun. If you don't IntenJ to marry the girl, keep away and give other fellow a chance. GEO. P. CROWELL, Snoceiinor to K. I.. Smith, Oldenl Emabltahed limine In the valley. DEALER IN Dry Goods, Groceries, boots and bhoes, Hardware, Flour and Feed, etc. This old-established house wil con tinue to pay cash lor all its goods; u pavs no rent: it employs a clerk, nut does not have to divide with a partner. All dividends are made with customers in the way of reasonable prices. CEO.T. PR&THER, FRED B. BARNES. ir anil Notary Public. l'. 8. CoiiimlMliil PRATHER&BARNES Hood River, Oregon. Abstracts, Conveyancing, Real Estate, Money to Loan, Insurance. LOTS & BLOCKS FOR SALE. Taxes ilil for non-resident . Townsliip llala ami If lank. In tlix-k. Telephone 51. Correspondence Solicited. "DAVIDSON FRUIT CO, aiiUM-KRa or HOOD RIVER'S FAMOUS FRUITS. PAl KKRH (r TIIK Hood River Brand of Canned Fruits. a AM'r aittrkiw or Boxes and Fruit Packages OKAI.KHN IN Fertilizers & Agricultural Implements. DALLES. PORTLAND & ASTORIA NAVIGATION CO. 8TKAMEH8 . iibjfH.H.wi ana "Dalles City," Pally, except Hominy, lictween The IlHllea, lloml Itlver, C'Hcnle I ookl. Vmicuuvfr anil I'orilMiHl. Touching at way pninia on liotli sidi-n of the I olunima Klver. Both of the above MieanuTH hava been rebut'.t and ate 111 exerlleiit ahai e lor Ihe k-h'Oii of The Ki'K"lalor Line Bill endeavor lo give It RtroiiH Ihe best service osihit. For comfort, eeoiii'inv anil pli'imure, travel by the ateainera of the Kevulator Line. liillen l ily leaves The lialli s at 7 a in. Tnen- (lav,TliniRitiiy ami Saturday. Itegulalor leaves at 7 in. Monday, Wedneaday and Friday. Leave Portland at 7 a.m. ; arrive at The pallet 6 p.m. Arrive at Cortland i:M run, I'ortiami oinee, uaK mreci iiik-k. The Pallea ottiee, t'onri atreet, VV. C. ALLAWAY, (ieneriT Agent. WHITE COLLAR LINE. Str. "Tahoma," Pally Round Trip', except Sunday. timk i aiio. Leave Portland ..7 a.m. I Leave Astoria 7 a.m. TheDalles-Portland Route Str. "Bailey Gatzcrt," Dally Hound Trips, except Monday. VANCOrVKR, CASCAPK LOCKS, HOOD KIVKK, WHITE SALMON, I.VI.K and 'Fur; PALLF.S. TIMK card. Leave ' ortland ..7 a.m. I LeaveThePallfslp.nl. Arrive Thel)alles3p.m. Arrlvel'ortland lu p.m. Mmalm thm Vary Bemt. Til la route haa thegraudeat cenleattiftc.tlons tin earth. Sunday trips a leading feature. Landing and oihce, loot of A liter street. Both 'phoneii, Main 361, Portland, Or. E. W. CRK'HTON, Agent, Portland. JOHN M. FILLOON, Agent. The Dalles. A. J. TAYLOR, Agene, Af-toria. PRATHER & BARNES, Agents at Hood River Oregon Shot line and union Pacific Salt Lake, Denver, Chicago Ft. Worth.Omaha, Portland Special Kansas Dlty, St. Special 11 .25 a. m. Louis,C'hicagoand 2:05p. in. East. Walla Walla Iwls- Bpnkane ton, Spokane, Mm- Portland Flyer neapolia.Ht. Paul, Flyer S -.T p.m. Duliith, Milwaii- 4:30 a. in. kee.t'hicagoJiEast Ealt Lake, Denver, Mail and Ft. Worth.Omaha, Mail and Fixpresa Kansas City, Hi. Kxpren 11:42 p.m. l.ouiH,Ciiieagoand 5.42a.m. Fast. OCEAN AND RIVER SCHEDULE rilOM PORTLAND. 10 p.m. All sailing dates 4:00 p.m. subject to change For San Francisco Sail every 6 days. Daily Columbia River 4 00 p.m. F.x. Sunday ilaaaitrt. Ex. Sunday 8-.0U cm. Saturday To Astoria and Way 10:00 p. in. Landings. 6:4.". a.m. Wlllaanttt Rlvar. 4:30p.m. tx. Sunday Oregon City, New- Ex. Sunday berg, Salem, Inde- reudence A Way audinga. 7:00a.m. Willamette and Yam- 9:30 p.m. Tues., Thur.l kill Rivers. Won., Wed. aud Sal and Fri. Oregon City, Day Ion, 4 Way Laud- I ings. . 1 C:45a.m. Willamette Rlvtr. . 4 SO p.m. Tuei., Thr. Mon., Wed. and Bat. Portland to Corval- and FrL lie & Way Land- Ings. Lt. Rlparia 8hake River. Lv.Lewlston 6:1'. a.m. Kiparla to Lewiston a. m. dally daily For low rates and other Information write to A. L. CRAIG, General Passenger Agent, Portland, Or. J BAOLET, Agent, Hood Elver.