pOORHQUSE TO yALACE CHAPTER XXI.-Continued.) Days puKseil on, ami at lust rumor reached Klla that Henry was constant in hi atlendiiiice upon tbe proml Southern beauty, wbos fortune was valued by hundred of thouauuV At firat alie re fUHed to believe It, but when Mary end Jenny both aHHiired her it was true, aud (vlieu alio herself hnd ocular demonstra tion of the fuct, she gave way to one lung fit of weepiug, and then, drying ber eyes, declnred that Henry Lincoln should ee f'tliat alio would not die for him." K t ill a minute observer could easily have aeon that her gayety wn feigned, for she hud loved Henry Lincoln as sin cerely as she was capable of loving, and not even Ccorge Moreland, who treated her with his old boyish fumilinrity, could make her for a moment forget one who now passed her coldly by, or listened pus ively while the sarcastic Kvron Hern don likeuej her to a waxen iuiuge, fit only for a gluss case! Toward the last of April Mrs. Mason and Mary returned to their old home in the country. On Klla's account Mrs. Campbell hud decided to remain in the city during a part of the summer, and she labored linrd to keep Mary also. Mary promised, however, to spend the next winter with her aunt, who wept at parting with her more than sh.i would probably have done hud it been Klla. Mary hud partially engaged to teach the school in Itico Corner, but George, as suming a kind of authority over her, de clared she should uot. "I don't want your eyes to grow dim and your cheeks pule in that little, pent up room," said he. "you know I've been there and seen for myself," Mary colored, for George's manner of late had puzzled her, aud Jenny had more than once whispered in her ear, "I know George loves you, for he looks at you just as William does at nie, only a little more so!" Ida, too, had once mischievously ad dressed her as "Cousin," adding that there waa no one among her acquaint ances whom she would as willingly call by that name. "When I was a little girl," said she, "they used to tease me about George, but I'd as soon think of marrying my brother. You never saw Mr. Elwooil, George's classmate, for he's in Europe now. Between you and me, I like him and " A loud call from Aunt Martha prevent ed Ida from finishing, and the conversa tion was not again resumed. The next morning Mary was to leave, and as she stood in the parlor talking with Idu, George came in with a traveling satchel in his hand, and a shawl thrown care lessly over his arm. "Where aro you going?" asked Ida. "To Springfield. I have business there," said George. "And when will you return?" continued Ida, feeling that it would be doubly lonely at home. "That depends on circumstances," said he "I shall stop at Chicopee on my way back, provided Mary is willing." Mary answered that she waa always glad to see her friends, and as the car riage just then drove up, they started to gether for the depot. Mury never re membered of having had a more pleasant ride than that from Hoston to Chicopee. George was a most agreeable companion, and with him at her side she seemed to discover new beaut iues in every ob ject which they passed, anil felt rather sorry when the winding river and the blue waters of Tordunk Pond warned her that Chicopee station was near at hand. "Oh! how pleasant to be at home once more, and alone," said Mrs. Mason, but Mary did not reply. Her thoughts were elsewhere, and much as she liked beiug alone, the presence of a certain individ ual would not probably have marred her happiness to any great extent. But he was coming soon, and with that in antici pation she appeared cheerful and gay as usual. Among the first to call upon them was Mrs. Perkins, who came early in the morning, bringing her knitting work and staying all day. She had taken to dress making, she said, and thought mnybe she could get some new ideas from Mary's dresses, which she very coolly asked to see. With the utmost good humor Mary opened her entire wardrobe to the inspec tion of the widow. At lust the day was over, and with it the visit of the widow, who had gathered enough gossiping mate rials to lust her until the Monday fol lowing, when the arrival in the neighbor hood of George Moreland threw her upon a fresh theme, causing her to wonder "if 'twas Mary's beau, and if he hadn't been kinder courtin' her ever since the time he visited her school," She felt sure of it when, toward even ing, she saw them enter the school house, and nothing but the presence of a visitor prevented her from stealing across the road and listening under the in.low. She would undoubtedly have been highly edified could she have heard their con versation. The interest which George had felt in Mary when a little child was " greatly increased when he visited her school in Rice Corner, and saw how much she was improved In her manners aud appearance; and it was then that he conceived the idea of educating her, de termining to marry her if she proved all he hoped she would. He had asked her to accompany him to the school house, because It was there his resolution had been formed, and it was there he would make it known. Mary, too, had something which she wished to say to him. She would thauk him for0his kindness to her and her parents' memory; but the moment she commenced talking upon the subject George stopped her, an 1 for the first time since they were chil dren, placed his arm around her wai.i and, kissing her smooth, white brow, aid, "Shall I tell you, Mary, how you can repay me?" She did not reply, and he continued: "Give me a husband's right to care for you, and I shall be repaid a thousand fold." Until the shadows of evening fell around them they sat there, talking of the future, which George Said should be all one bright dream of happiness to the young girl at his side, who from the very fullness of her joy wept as she thought how strange it was that she should be the wife of George Moreland, whom many dashing belle had tried In vain to win. The next morning George went back to Boston, promising to return in a week or two, when he should expect Mary to accompany him to Glenwood, a he wished to see Hose once more before she died. CnAPTRR XXII. The windows of Rose Lincoln's cham ber were open, and the balmy air of May came in, kissing the white brow of the sick girl, and whispering to her of swell' Ing buds and fair young blossoms, which bis breath bad wakened into life, aud which she would never see. "Has Henry come?" she asked of her father, and in the tones of her voice there was an unusual gentleness, for just as she was dying Rose was Warning to live. For a time she had seemed so indiffer ent and obstinate that Mrs. Howland had almost despaired. Hut night after night, when her daughter thought she slept, she prayed for the young girl, that she might not die until she had first learned the way of eternal life. And, as If In an swer to her prayers, Rose gradually be gan to listen, and as she listened, b!i wept, wondering, though, why her grand mother thought her so much more wicked than anyone else. On her return from the city Jenny had told her as gently as possible of Henry's condirt toward Klla, and of her fears that he was becoming more dissipated than ever. For a time Rose lay perfect ly still, and Jenny, thinking the was asleep, was about to leave the room, when her sister called hcr 'back, and bid ding her sit down by her side, said, "Tell me, Jenny, do you think Henry has any love for me?" ''He. would be an unnatural brother if he had not," answered Jenny, her own heart yearning more tenderly toward her sister, whoso gentle manner she could not understand. "Then," resumed Rose, "if he lovs me, he will be sorry when I am dead, and perhaps it may save him from ruin." The tears dropped slowly from her long eyelashes, while Jenny, laying ber round, rosy cheek against the thin, p:,le face near her, sobbed out, ' Vou must not (lie dear Rose. You must not die, and leave us." From that time the failure was visible and rapid, and though letters went fre quently to Henry, telling him of his sis ter's danger, he still lingered by the side of the brilliant beauty, while east morn ing Rose asked, "Will he come to-day?" and each night she wept that he was not there. Calmly and without a murmur she had heard the story of their ruin from their father, who could not let her die with out undeceiving her. Before that time sho had asked to be taken back to Mount Auburn, designating the spot where she would be buried, but now she insisted up on being laid by the running brood at the foot of ber grandmother's garden, and near a greenf mossy bank where the spring blossoms were earliest found, and where the flowers of autumn lingered longest. The music of tho falling water, she said, would soothe her as she slept, and its cool moisture keep the grass green and fresh upon her early grave. One day, when Mrs. Lincoln was sit ting by her daughter and, as she fre quently did, uttering Invectives against Mount Holyoke, etc., Rose said, "Don't talk so, mother. Mount Holyoke Semi nary had nothing to do with hastening my death. I have done it myself by my own carelessness;" and then she confess ed how many times sho had deceived her mother, and thoughtlessly exposed tier health, even when her lungs and side were throbbing with pain. "I know you will forgive me," said she, "for most se verely have I been punished." Then, as she heard Jenny's voice in the room below, she added, "There is one other thing which I would say to you Ere I die, you must promise that Jenny Bhall marry William Bender. He Is poor, I know, and so are we, but he has a no ble heart, and now, for my sake, mother, take back the bitter words you once spoke to Jenny, and say that she may wed him. She will soon be your only daughter, and why should you destroy her happiness. Promise me, mother, promise that she shall marry him." Mrs. Lincoln, though poor, was proud and haughty still, and the struggle in her bosom was long and severe, but love for her dying child conquered at last. "And, mother," continued Rose, "may he not be sent for now? I cannot be here long, and once more I would see him and tell him that I gladly claim him as a brother." A brother! How heavily those words smote upon the heart of the sick girl! Henry was yet away, and though in Jen ny's letter Hose herself had once feebly traced the words, "Come, brother do come," he still lingered, as if bound by a spell he could not break. And so days went by, and night succeeded night, until the bright May morning dawned, the last Hose could ever see. Slowly up the eastern horizon came the warm spring sun, and as its red beams danced for a time upon the wall of Hose's chamber, she gazed wistfully upon it, murmuring, "It is the last the last that will ever rise for nie." William Bonder was there. He hnd come the night before, bringing word that Henry would follow the next day. There was a gay party to which he had prom ised to attend Miss Herndon, and he deemed that a sufficient reason why he should neglect his dying sister. "If Henry does not come," said Hose, "tell him it was n- last request that he turn away from the wine cup, and say that the bitterest pang I felt in dying was a fear that my only brother should fill a drunkard's grave. He cannot look upon me dead, and feel angry that I wish ed him to reform. And as he stands over my coffin, tell him to promise never again to touch the deadly poison." Here she became too much exhausted to. say more, nnd soon after fell into a quiet sleep. When sheen woke her father was sitting across the room, with his head resting upon the window sill, while her own was pillowed upon the string arm of George Moreland, who bent ten derly over her, and soothed her as he would a child. Quickly her fading cheek glowed, and her eye sparkled with some thing of its olden light; but "George George," was all she had strength to say, and when Mary, who had accompanied him, approached her she only knew that she was recognized by the pressure of the little blue-veined hand, which soon drop ped heavily upon the counterpane, while the eyelids closed languidly, and with the words, "He will not come," she again slept, but this time 'twas the long, deep sleep from which she would never awak en. Slowly the shades of night fell around the cottage. Softly the kind-hearted neighbors passed up and down the nar row staircase, ministering first to the dead, and then turning aside to weep as they looked upon the bowed man, who with his head upon the w indow sill, still sat just as he did when they told hiui sheM was dead. At his feet on a little stool was Jenny, pressing his hands, and cov ering them with the tears she for bis sake tried in vain to repress. At last, when it was dark without, and j lights were burning upon the table, ther was a sound of some one at the gate. and in a moment Henry stepped across the threshold, but started and turned pale wbeu he saw bis mother in violent hysterics upon the lounge, aud Mary Howard bathing ber head and trying to soothe ber. Before he bad time to ask a question, Jenny's arms were wound round his neck, and she whispered, "Rose Is dead. Why were you so late?" He could not answer. He had nothing to say, and mechanically following his sister he entered the room where Boss had died. Very beautiful bad she been in life, and now, far more beautiful in death, she looked like a piece of sculp tured marble,' as she lay there so cold and still, and all unconscious of the scald ng tears which fell upon her face as Henry bent over ber, kissing her lips and calling upon her to awake und speak to him once more. When she thought he could bear it Jenny told hi in of all Rose had said, and by the side of her colon, with his hand resting upon her white forehead, tbe con science stricken young man swore that never again should anient spirits of any kind puss his lips, and the father, who stood by and heard that vow, felt that If it were kept, his daughter had not died in vain. ' The day following the burial Georgs and Mary returned to Chicopee, and as the next day was the one appointed for the sale of Mr. Lincoln's farm aud coun try house, he also accompanied them. "Suppose you buy it," said he to George as they rode over the premises, "I'd rather you'd own it than to sea it in the hands of strangers. "I Intended doing so," answered George, and when at night he was th owner of the farm, house and furniture. he renerously offered it to Mr. Lincoln rent free, with the privilege of redeeming it whenever he could. This was so unexpected that Mr. Lin coln at first could hardly find words to express his thanks, but when he did lis accepted the offer, saying, however, that he could pay the rent, and adding that he hoped two or three years of hard lirtmr in California, whither he intended going, would enable him to purchase it back- On his return to Glenwood he asked William, who whs still there, "how he would like to turn farmer for awhile." "Oh, that'll be nice," said Jenny, whose love for the country was as strong as ever. "And then, Willie, when pa comes back we'll go to Boston again and prac tice law, you and I!" Jenny looked up in surprise while Wil liam asked what he meant. Briefly then Mr. Lincoln told of George's generosity and stating his own intentions of going to California, said that in his Urn-no somebody must look after the farm, and he knew of no one whom he would as soon trust as William. William pressed the little fat hand which had slid into his, 'and replied that, much as he would like to oblige Mr. Lin coln, he could not willingly abandon his profession in which he was succeeding even beyond his most sanguine hopes. "But," said he, "I think I can find a good substitute in Mr. Parker, who is anxious to leave the poorhonse. He la an honest, thorough-going man, and his wife, who is an excellent housekeeper, will relieve Mrs. Lincoln entirely from care." "Mercy!" exclaimed the ast-mentioned lady, "I could never endure that vulgar creature round me. First I'd know she'd want to be eating at the same table, and I couldn't survive that." Mr. Lincoln looked sad. Jenny smiled, and William replied that he presumed Mrs. Parker herself would greatly prefer taking her meals quietly with her hus band in the kitchen. "We can at least try it," said Mr. Lin coln in a manner so decided that his wife ventured no further remonstrance, though she cried and fretted all the time, seem ingly lamenting their fallen fortune more than the vacancy which death had so re cently made in their midst. (To be continued.) CALLS WOMEN POOR SAVERS. Mrs. Hetty Green Tell Why Ihej Can't Amain Fortune. Mrs. Hetty Green la the author of an article In Success on woman's inability to accumulate money and the dangers she encounters when going Into specu lation. She says that If women could become rich In a day or a month, all would try, but they can never make up their minds to work years to accumu late a fortune, as men do. Yomen would much rather spend than earn. And because women spend so much they are hardly ever In the field for In vestment when the chance comes along. No person, according to Mrs. Green, can Invest unless he has the where withal. Most great fortunes have been started by men who saved and saved, and finally hnd a few hundred or a few thousand dollars to Invest whenever the opportunity should come. There are many women who earn good salar ies and who might lay by a few hun dred dollars a year If they were so minded. But that is not the way of women. They spend every cent they make, and In most cases have their monthly salary all spent before it is In their hands. As long as women won't save there are not likely to be many women millionaires In this country. In their anxiety to get mony without working for it, women are the victims, Mrs. Greiyi says, of the first bucket shop man who gets hold of them. The man tells them that he'll double their money in a month or two, and they be lieve him. After a while they hear that their broker has failed In business and left the country. Then they weep and bewail their fate and promise their hnsbands they'll never do It again. But they will. Gambling Is getting to be a popular vice with women. There are worse things than bridge whist tailing hold of the women of New York. The old saying that "A fool and his money are soon parted" might be changed to read, "A woman and her money are soon parted" and be just as true as In the original. Proof Positive. Briggs Bertler Is an ass, that's what he la. Hels always on the wrong side of every question. Harlelgh But ljj says the samo thing of you. Briggs Well, and doesn't that prove what I sny of him? Boston Transcript An Ill-Eipreised Idea. "How much Is that employe short?" inquired the commercial acquaintance. "Short!" echoed the bank director. "We're the ones who are short He is away ahead of the game." Washing ton Star. Not Her Way. "1 suppose that woman orator stok her mind freely on the subject!" "Not much. She demanded half nf her $50 In advance before she went on the platform." Philadelphia Bulletin. LET US ALL LAUGH. JOKES FROM THE PENS OF VA RIOUS HUMORISTS. Pleasant Incidents Occurring thai World Over-hay logs that Ar Cheer ful to Old or Young-Funny Soloc tions that You Will Enjoy. "Did yon have a good time on the Fourth?" "Never enjoyed anything so well In my life. You know that mejji old hunks that wakes me up so often at daybreak by munlng his lawn mower?" "Yes." "Well, the night before tbe Fourth I got all the boys In my neighborhood to agree to shoot firecrackers In front of his house from midnight till 7 oVUx-k and then I went out Into the coun- try." Chicago Tribune. riut .Vl Her Face. Gussle Gutdi I)o you know I paint? Willie Softlelgh-Aw-weally, Miss Gush, I nevah noticed It. Ohio State Journal. A Strange Reduction. He (reading notice) I shouldn't have thought It.-The King. Huatllng Household. Careful Housekeeper Bridget, you may got all the preserves we canned last year, and boll them up again, am afraid they have begun to work. Bridget Like enough, mum, like enough. Everything 'round this house has lo. Harlem Life, After tbe Reconciliation. Dooley Say, Hooley, gin me a punch on th' Jaw opposite phwere yez kicked me. Hooley-Phat for?" Dooley I want yea to straighten out me face. Baltimore World. A Willinir Youth. "You say that you don't care for the salary, so long as you can get a chance to work?" said the billionaire. "That's the Idea," answered the youth with the sharp nose and chin. "I'm willing to start right In at a big reduc tion and take one of those $25,000 posi tions you say are so hard to fill at half the niouey." Washington Star. Tactful. Mrs. Nosepoke John, don't you think It's about time for us to call ou our new neighbors? Husband Why, they only moved In this morning.. Mrs. Nosepoke O, I know, but all their stuff will be downstairs and I can see It better. Ohio State Journal. The Terrible Inrant. Host So sorry you have to be going. Guest Indeed, I am, too. By the way, I'm not sure about my train. It's nlue-soinethlug, Jut Host's Eldest-It's 9:32. Pa said he hoped you'd take that one. Philadel phia Record. A French Duel. "Sir, I shall be, at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning, at the Bols de Boulogne with my seconds!" "Sir. von will find Hint I am nnl pnaitr frightened! I shall De at the same hour to-morrow, with my seconds, at the Bols de Vlncennes!" Defined. "Say, pop, I've got to write a compo sition on hope. What is hope, any way?" "Hope, my boy, is the Joyous expecta tion of being able to dodge our Just deserts." Life. What Hurt Him. "I shall sue him for libel," said the man who Is making large sums of mon ey out of the credulity of the masses. "For what?" ' "He called me a common swindler. It's pretty hard for a man who has worked as hard as I have to be original to be referred to as 'common.' "Wash ington Star. Voluminous. Boder Bryght's new work will be in four volumes. Boggs Four? The man is foolish to attempt to float a novel of that size. Boder But the public would be sus picious if he made It any shorter. You know the bookds to be called "A Chi cago Woman's Love Letters." Judge. - Trnc Resignation. The Spinster (an Invalid) Is It really true that marriages are made In heav en? The Parson Yes, I believe so. The Spinster (resignedly) Oh, then I'll tell the doctor he needn't call again. Chicago News. A Libsk Ascum He said he saw yon In a store the other day looking at trousers. Cholly Twousers! The Idea! Why, I never look at anything- bat twouser Ings. Twousers are all ready-made, ye know. Philadelphia Press. f ; A Good Runner. "Aaln't you most afraid to have John go to war? You kuow these far-hoot-In' guns will hit a man a mile au' a half away every time." "There ain't no bullet that'll catch John If he gits a mile an' a half start" Clevelund Plain Dewier. Quite Likely. The Chrome Dlscusslonlst (truculent ly) If Andrew Jackson wore alive to day what would be his sentiments In this matter? The Sober-Minded CitlEen (wearily) He would be glad he was dead, I pre sume. Puck. Tho Two I'erlolt, "After all," said the Old Codger, In bis usual dry way, "I klndor think that, Instead of there belli seven ages of man, as Shakspcare contended, there are only fwo-befoie he Is married and afterward. During the tlrst period he puts In the most of his time trying to make the lady thluk be Is a devil of a feller, and during the second he spends still more of It In endeavorlu' to con vince her that he ain't." Puck. Proof Positive. Singleton Do you believe It U possi ble for one person, to hypnotize anoth er? Wedorly Never met my wife, did you? Singleton Why, no. I nev Wederly (IntetTiipting)-8o I thought Othrewise you wouldn't have asked me such a fool question. Chicago News. The Modern Way. Knlcker Was Jones' new book a suc cess? Bocker No, It only reached the two hundred and fiftieth edition before It was printed, so the publishers didn't think It worth while to get It out. Judge. In Hoston. "It Is true he Is young, handsome and well to K but the only question, my child, concerns the heart. Do you love Mm?" "I will be frank with you, mamma. I never could love a man, no matter bow attractive externally, who says 'all during. " Chicago Tribune. Hatlafle I. "Why, yes, your flat is cozy," said the visitor, "but how do you ever man age to live In It? It looks to me as If there wasn't room enough to swing a cat here." "We haven't any cat," explained the tenant Somenille Journal. Latest in F.quino Millinery. Old Hoss-Part with It? Nelgh, neigh. A Little Person it. Miss Plunipersouat (of lady baseball nine) I am uot going to pitch for this game! Lady Manager Why not? Miss Plumpersciuat (indlirnantlv) While I was practicing some-body in the crowd yelled, "Get onto her curves." Brooklyn Eagle. The Knd. "Miss Sharpe Vera," he began, "you must know why I've been coming here so much; why I sit here In the parlor with you night after night, and " "I suppose, Mr. Plnchpenny," Miss Vera Sharpe Interrupted, "It's cheaper to do that than to take me out any where." Philadelphia Press. A Testimonial. "Dear Doctor: When I began using your hair medicine three mouths ago, you assured me that my hair would not trouble me much longer. I take pleas ure In stating that you spoke the truth. Could you give me the address of a good wig maker?" Baltimore Ameri can. I.eson In Arithmetic. "Now, Tommy," said the teacher, "if your father had ten one-dollar bills and your mother asked him for half of them, how many would he have left?" "He'd still have the ten," replied the wise child. I'hiiadeiphia uecord. l lflieoltlea in the Way. Wiggles Do you call your kitchen girl a maid? Waggles How can we? Her name is Mrs. Moriarty, and she has eight grown up children. Somerville Journal. Favinor V one jr. Mr. Hardhead I saved a big pile of money to-day. Mrs. II. -That Is lovely! How? Mr. II. Insteall of suing a man for what he owed me, I let him have it New York Weekly. Use of the Automobile. With the increase of endurance and the perfection of motive power and nie- chancal parts, the automobile has grown popular. A crippled beggar In Paris, who formerly propelled him self Tja; hand In a cart, recently bought a one-horse power machine and Is now makjng money by running errands. A public service Is to be established in Honolulu. Routes are being laid out In Madagascar. The King of England Is having a car de luxe built In Paris. Socialists are to make a propagandist tour through Pennsylvania In a ma chine of their own. Emperor William has been offering cups for contests. Th'e London and New York Are depart ments are both using autos, and a self moving fire engine has been In use for years in Hartford, Conn. The State Department of this country has re quested our consuls abroad to furnish It with the rules governing the opera tion of automobiles in foreign cities. Tbe list of significant things Is almost endless. World's Work. A man soon forgets his faults when they are knwa only to himself. 5. THIS WOMAN KEPT A SECRET. Now Fhe's Married and Apparently Happy that the Didn't Telt Judge John II. Baker of the United States District Court at Indianapolis was In his private otllce the other day when a yv ell-dressed woman, hardly more than 20, knocked at the door, and In response to bis invitation walked Into the room and approached his desk. "I waut to thank you," she said In a Sw, musical voice, "for having sent me to the reformatory and also for secur ing my pnrdou. I am now married and happy, and I owe it to you for having placed nie where I would no longer bu uuder evil Influences." & The Judge recognized the woman and spoke lu words of pralso of her conduct In the prison and congratulat ed heron her better surroundings. Then, as If recollecting something, he asked: "Now that you have been released from the reformatory, are you not ready to tell who gave you tb.e couuter- teit money - . The young woman seemed thoughtful for a moment, aud then, shaking her head slowly, replied: "Oh, I don't have to tell you now." Judge Baker recognized bis visitor as a young woman who was brought before him five years ago on a rhurge of passing counterfeit money. She wus then about 15, and neither t!io court nor the district attorney was disposed to prosecute her very vigorously, but they were anxious to learn from whom she received tbe money, that the maker could be punished. Two men were un der suspicion, but the Government had no evidence that would Justify arrests The girl was asked from whom she received the counterfeits, but she re mained silent, and no amount of coax ing could get tbe information from her. Finally the Judge told her he would send her to the reformatory till she was of age unless she told the name of the person from whom she got the money, but would release her If she would tell. The girl kept silent and was sent out to the reformatory to spend the night, the court hoping that a sight of the In stltutlou nnd the prospect of spending six years there would cause her to name her confederate. When she was called before him the next morning she was as obdurate as ever, aud he passed sentence upon her. GROWTH OF OUR LARGE CITIES Thirty-eight in This Country with a Population of 100,000 or More. The census bureau has Issued a bulle tin, prepared under direction of Will iam C. Hunt, which gives the popula tion of the incorporated cities, towns, villages and boroughs scpnrate from tbe population of the townships, pre ducts, districts, etc., of which they form a part. This bulletin places the total number of incorporated places In the United States in 1900 at 10,002, against 7.578 In 1890. Speaking of the growth of the large cities the bulletin says: If cities with a population of 100,000 or more aro taken to represent the large cities of the country there are 38 such cities In 1900, as compared with 28 in 1890. Of the 38 large cities in 1900 three contain upward of a million luhab Hants, the same as in 1890, while for cities having between 500,000 and 1,000,000 inhabitants those lu 1900 number three, as against one only In 1890. There are no cities In 1900 eon talnlng between 400,000 and 500,000 In habitants, but at the census of 1890 there were three cities of this class. On the other hand, there are five cities in 1900 with a population of between 300,000 and 400,000, but in 181H) there were no cities coming between these limits of population. The cities having between 200,000 and 300,000 inhabitants numbered eight In 1900 as against nine In 1890, while ior cities of from 100,000 to 200,000 Inhabitants there were 19 In 1900 as compsred with 12 In 1890. Pittsburg is In ' he class with a popula tion of 3O0,OQ0 and under 400,000, and Is outranked Id this class by Cleveland, Buffalo, San Francisco and Cincinnati Bono Florida Hirers. In Florid one may have another odd experience; a river ride in an ox-cart. Florida ri-'ers are usually shallow, and when the water Is high you can travel for miles across country behind oxen, with more or less river under you all the way. There are ancient Jokes about Florida steamboats that travel on heavy dews, and use spades for pad- dlewheels. But those of you who have been on Its rivers know there Is but one Florida, with its bearded oaks and frouded palms; Its dusky woods, carpeted with glassy waters; Its cypress bays, where lonely cranes pose, silently thoughtful (of stray polliwogs); nnd its birds of wondrous plumage that rise with star tled splash when the noiseless canoe glides down upon their haunts. F.very strange fowl and every hideous reptile, every singular plant aud every tangled Jungle, will tell the American boy how far he Is to the south. Florida is, In fact, his corner of the tropics; and the clear waters of Its rivers, stained to brown and wine-color with the Juices of a tropical vegetation, will tell him, If he reads nature's book, how different the sandy soil of the South Is from the yellow mold of the great West ern plains. St. Nicholas. Largest City South of tho Line. Ten census returns for the nietropoli tan district of Sydney, N. S. W., show that during the past ten years Its pop ulation has increased by a little over 100,000 persons. The total Is now 380, &3, of whom 197,227 are males, 189,032 females. Sydney now ranks as one of 4 the large cities of the world. It Is the largest city south of tjhe lino. The United States only contains six larger cities. New York Commercial Adver tiser. Beaver a Xuiaanoa In Colorado. Beaver have become so numerous In the southern part of Colorado that the ranchmen want them killed off to save their property. When a man has nothing to do, nobody wants him around. Ever no tice how a business man scowls wbeu an Idle man comes In to occupy his chairs, and "talk?" The greatest distinction to a sick woman Is when her doctor accompanies her when she goes out on her first drive. GEO. P. CROWELL, Successor to K. 1.. Smith, Oldest Established House ill the valley.) rteALER IN Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots and Shoes, Hardware, Flour and Feed, etc. This old-established house wi I con tinue to pay cash for all its goods; it pavs no rent; it employs a clerk, but does not Imve to divide with a partner. All dividends are made with customers iu the way of reasonable prices. GEO. T. PR&TKER, FRED B. BARNES. V. H. Commissioner suit Notary I'ublie. PRATHER& BARNES Hood River, Oregon. Abstracts, Conveyancing, Real Estate, Money to Loan, Insurance. LOTS &, BLOCKS FOR SALE. Tmfi paid or non-resldcnta. Township l'lats nnd HlHlikn in stock. Telephone SI. Correspondence Solicited. DAVIDSON FRUIT CO. sHiri'KRS or HOOD RIVER'S FAMOUS FRUITS. rti'trti or tiik Hood River Brand of Canned Fruits. MA.Nt'PACn'KKKS IP Boxes and Fruit Packages DKAI.KKH IN Fertilizers & Agricultural Implements. THE REGULATOR LINE. Dalles, Portland & Astoria Navigation Co. DALLES BOAT Leaves Oak Street Dock, Portland, 7 A. M. nnd II P. M. PORTLAND BOAT Leaves Dalles 7 A. M. and 3 P. M. Daily Except Sunday. - STEAMERS Regulator, Dalles City, Reliance. WHITE COLLAR LINE. Str. "Tahoma," Daily Round Trips, except Sunday. TIMR Altl. Leave Portland ..7 a.m. I Leave Astoria "a.m. The Dalles-Portland Route Sir. "Bailey Gatzert," Daily Round Trips, except Monday. VANCOUVER, CASCADE LOCKS, ST. MAR TIN'rf Sl'KIM'iS, liooll RIVKK, WHITK SALMON, l.Yi.K anil THK DALLES. TIME CARP. Leave Pnrtliiil... . in. I Leave ThcDal It n4 p.m. Arrive TlieDnllrs ;t p.m. Arrivel'ortlmid lu p.m. Meal a tho Vary Beat. Tit it. route has the Brainiest Reenlr' t tractions on earth. Sunday trip a Icadinx feature. Landing and oliiee, loot of Alder street. Both 'phones, Main ttol, I'ortland, Or. E. W. CKICHTON. Accnt, I'ortland. JOHN M. KILLOON, Axi'iit, The Dalles. A. .1. TAYLOR, Asent, Ahtoria. , ETHEL MeUl'KN, Agent, Vancouver. PRATHER & BARNES, At;out8 at Hood River Oregon Shot Line and Union Pacific at o MiC i Suit Lake, Denver, Chicago Ft. Worth.Oniaha, Portland special I Kantian City, St. Special ll:"ia. in. i Loiiia.Cliicugoand 2:05p.m. tat. Walla Walla Lewis Srnl.ane ton.gpokane.Min- Portland Elver neapoli,St. Haul, Flyer 6.7 p.m. Diiliith, Mil wan- :30.iu. kee,t-liick'fi.t Ka.it Bait Lake, Denver, Mall aud Ft. Worth, Omaha, Mall and Express Kansas City, St. Expres 11 :4J p. m. Louis, ( iinmjoaiid 6.42a.m. East. OCEAN AND RIVER SCHEDULE KKOM PORTLAND. (40 p.m. All nailing ifotes 4:00 p. ok subject to change For San Francisco o tail every 5 days. Dally Columbia Rlvtr 4 00 p.m. l:F.x. Sunday Steamers. Kx. Uundar K:(iUD.m. Saturday To Astoria and Way 1I:UD p. in. Landings. r- 6:45a.m. Wlllamatt lvr. 4.30p.m. Ex. Sunday Oregon City, New. Ex. Sunday berg, Salem, Inde pendence & Way l andings. 7:00 a.m. lllir-tt, tns Yam- :p. m. Tues., Thur. t.f.1 Sitrt. Mou., Wed. and Bat. and Fri. Oregon City, Day ton, A Way Land- ings. :45a.m. Wlllamtttt llvtr. 4:p.m. Tues., Thur. Mon., Wed. and Sat Portland to Corral- and Fri. lis & Way Land- Ings. It. Rlparia Ssam Rive. Lr.Lewlstou 6:8Aa ni. I Riparia to Lewiston a m. Ii'y I dally For low rates and other Information writ to A. L. CRAIG, General Passenger Agent. Portland, Or. it BAULKY, A(Dt, Hoed River.