A DOCTOR'S MISSION "GtEKROY," CIIAPTER I. In bis unusually pleasant office on Broadway int Lemuel Gray, I middle aged maa and ruccessful lawyer, In deep thought. In his band he held letter, which, after a few momenta, be again carefully read. As it referi to people and event to be mentioned often in the remarkable story about to be related, we fire the contenti entire: l'onkers, April 15, 18. Mr. Lemuel Gray: Dear Sir It la with great difficulty that I pen the following, being very ill, but the object I bare in view by thua addreasing you ia of great Importance, I will write In aa few worda aa possible. Yon are aware, being my confidential advifer, that I expected to aail for Eu 'lone ahortly. 111 order to attempt to un ravel the mystery aurrounding tlie death of Bir Arthur Glendennlng, In whose fate I am so deeply Interested. I wished to visit, in some disguise, the town where Glendennlng Hall is situat ed, to become acquainted with the pres ent baronet and Lady Constance, bis wife, with the nephew and niece resid ing with them, and to learn something, If possible, about the only sister who married without the consent of her fam ily, and who, therefore, was disowned by her relatives a well as a young girl Whom It was said they had adopted. I desired, also, to make Inquiries In regard to the private character of An- totne Duval, the valet of the present Sir Keginaid Ulendenning, and to study ev rything that might bear upon the mys tery of the ease. I regret to say that my physician de clares it lmpofHiule for me to undertake. with safety, this journey. What do you thing of my sending thither a substitute? I have In mind a young ulivsician. Dr. Earle Elfensteln, who resides In your city, I write to ask you to hunt blm up for me. I'lease make a few Inquiries as to bis circumstances, disposition and above all, whether be Is an energetio and conscientious man. Inform ma In regard to these matters at an early date. If favorable, set a time when you can meet blm at mv real dence and explain to him the peculiar i Union I wish blm to undertake In my oenau. rour presence will be absolutely accessary, as the disease with which I am afflicted forbids my entering Into the long explanations that must ba given, In order to lut-truct blm In the performance ei me work. - Yours, ntc. LEON RAPPBLYE. To this, a few hours later, the follow if reply waa penned: N. Y., April 16, 18 Mr. Leon Itappelye: Dear Bir Upon the receipt of youra of the 16th, I examined the city directory without delay. 1 find Dr. Elfenstein'a ad dress to ba 47 Exton street. Going at once to the neighborhood, I learned from a reliable source that the young man has a very small practice, therefore, finda It dilllcult to support bis widowed mother and himself lu comfort. This state of bis finances Is not due to lack of energy, for he la Indefatigable In hia efforts to benefit his patients, but those who apply to Mm for advice are, unfortunately, the very poor in the region f hia borne, He is an exceedingly conscientious and good man, and from all I can learn, just the one to undertake the Important busi ness which you propose, and which I fully approve. 1 will meet him at your residence, on the evening of the 18th. It would be well to send him a telegram to that ef fect as soon as you receive this. Yours sincerely, LEMUEL GHAT. e It waa a dull and dreary picture that the eyes of Dr. Earle Elfensteln rested npon aa he drow back the lace curtains that draped the parlor window of bis cosy borne. His practice waa not linn ant . from lucrative. Times were unusually hard, and hia billa for aervlces rendered, Soorly pitid, ao that be had, Indeed, a ard rtruggle to live. Thla afternoon be was peculiarly eaat dowo, for his mother bad reminded him that the month's rent for the But In which they resided would be due In three days, and he knew he bad not one quar ter of the amount required. It was no wonder, then, that a aleh escaped him aa he turned to greet the aweet looking lady about fifty years of age, wno entered tne room, holding an envelops in ner nana. "Here la a telegram for you, Earl. vvnat can it Del" "I cannot say, as I expected none," he replied, opening the missive. "This la singular. I am requested to leave the City by the o p. m. train for Yonkera, io see a gentleman, wno la an Invalid, n a matter of business. Ills name Is lon Happelye, a strange name to me." "What shall yon do about It" asked the mother, anxiously. "I shall go, of course. The message aaya, 'you will be met at the atation.' I have just about time to answer a call, and meet the train." K "What time shall you return?" "It will be late, 1 know, perhaps not until morning. Good by, little mother. Who knows but this will bring better things for us?" Later, closely protected by a comfort able ulster from the heavy rain that was falling, with a train of serious thoughts In bis mind, occasioned by his poverty, Dr. Elfensteln wended his way to the Grand Central Depot and entered the cars that would bear him to his destina tion. The rain was falling In torrents ae the train came thundering- to the station at Yonkers, and upon stopping, the usual crowd hurried out, and pamtng through the waiting room to the street beyond, were soon lost in the gloom. The doc tor had scarcely a moment to wait, when a private coachman approached, whip In hand, and accosted him. "I have been sent to meet a gentle man from New York darned Elfensteln. Are you the one!" "I am." "Then please follow me." Tli young man waa soon seated in a handlome close carriage. Street after atreet was traversed, until finally they turned Into the extensive grounds of an alegant residence. As the young man stepped across the plaxxa, the large doors were instantly opened by a colored waiter, who motion ed blm to enter and proceeded to assist In removing bis overcoat and wet over shoes. Crossing the marble floor of the long hall, ha was ushered Into a room ele gantly appointed. The bright grata Bra tut a cheerful flow around, while the BY EMILY THORNTON Author of " Roy Rosttu't Rtn.K, " "Th Fashionable Mothm," Etc. velvet en met scarcely gave back a foot- aflL The table was laid for one, and very soon a sumptuous dinner waa tarr ed, of which he alone partook. Leaving the doctor to enjoy bit solitary meal, we will precede aim to the atory above, and to the presence of the Invalid, whose urgent telegraphic dispatch bad brought blm to the place. The second story back room waa large and commodious, opening into a room be yond, where every luxury abounded, for the comfort of the master, "Has he come?" These words issued from the pale llpt of the sufferer, who waa half sitting, half reclining upon the bed. "Has Dr. Elfensteln comet I thought I heard the carriage." "You did, and he la here," returned the nurse and housekeeper. "I thought it best to have blm take dinner before you aaw him. I presume you have much to say and would preftr not to be interrupt ed. He will be with you in a few mo menta now." "Haa my lawyer come?" "Not yet. But the door bell rings. I think that la he." "Set that rtand with writing materials close by my bed, then go down and show both gentlemen to tbla room; after wbtch, you can leave ua to ourselves until you hear mo ring." Making herself known to the doctor, tbo nurse introduced him to Mr. Gray, then led the way to the sick man'a pret ence. "Hera la Mr. Gray, Mr. Rappelye, and thla la your expected friend, Dr. Elfen steln." Reaching forth a thin, white hand, the old man tmiled feebly, and between struggling breaths managed to says "I am very glad to tea you." Taking the emaciated hand In both his, Earle Elfensteln pressed It tenderly, and In a low tone full of feeling responded: "I am glad I could coma to you, but aorry, very sorry to aea you so 111!" - "You must wonder why I summoned yon, an entire stranger, to my side in thlt unceremonious way, but I have lm portant business to transact Talking Is such an exertion, my lawyer, Mr. Gray, must explain for mo my wishes, and why I sent for you." These words were uttered at Intervals. for bis short breathing prevented long sentences, and gently releasing his hand Elfensteln took the teat close beside the bed, while Mr. Gray tested himself in a business-like way beside the table. CHAPTER II. "Dr. Elfensteln," said, Mr. Gray, "my client and friend, Mr. Leon Rappelye, la, as you aea, extremely 111. Our friend is a lonely man, having uo relatives liv ing to whom he wishes to leave hit large fortune. Ha bat dictated bit last will and testament, and aa ha desires to sign It before ha may ba unable to do ao, it waa necessary for blm to aea you per sonally, previous to placing bla name to the document, In which, I may add, you are deeply Interested." Earle Elfensteln started as he heard theo words, and looked from the lawyer to the invalid beside him. You are surprised, naturally." again reaumed Mr. Gray, "and probably won der what Mr. Rappelye knows of you. 1 will explain this at once. Your father was George Elfensteln, a well-known banker; In years gone by ha did Mr. Itappelye a never-to-be-forgotten service. His arrival In this country waa follow ed by a long and dangerous Illness, when ha lay alone among strangers, almost neglected, and be attended to bis wants like a brother, until ba was entirely con valescent. They met often afterward, and then lost sight of each other. Years of silence passed, when accidentally he learned about turee months since that hit benefactor waa dead, and his only son was a atruggllng physician In New York. He haa heard of your fearless. conscientious manner of meeting your en gagements, and this was a charactertatic he particularly wished to find In some young friend. " When, therefore, his health entirely failed, be determined to tend for you, and perhaps place hit af fairs In your bands." "Anything that I can do within the range of honor and Integrity, I shall be pleased to undertake," Earle answered. "We felt so. The case then it this; but, of course, you will recogniie the fact that the hiatory of our friend's life, which I shall be obliged to unfold to you, it told in strict confidence. Will you promise to regard that confidence as a sacred trust, never to ba told to another, until all that Is now mysterious has been twept away?" "I will." "Then I will proceed. Our friend waa the youngest eon of Sir Geoffrey Glen dennlng, residing In a large town near Liverpool. This gentleman had one daughter, who married against his wishes, and three aonf. Arthur, who would in ease of hia death succeed to the title; Reginald, two yeara younger. and Fitxroy, the gentleman you see be fore you, whose severe domestic misfor tunes have been ao great that for the last tweuty-flva yeara he haa been obliged to live in thla country, under the assumed name of Rappelye." j "A short time after the Death of hia paretita, for they expired within a few months of each other, and after hit brother Arthur had come Into possession of his title, little turmolls'arose between the brothers, and seemed to embitter them exceedingly. Reginald, the second son, had an ngly, morose disposition, that waa peculiarly exasperating, and whenever the oppor tunity occurred he delighted in getting Kltzroy into disgrace with the young baronet "These yonng men had a very pretty cousin, In whose society they each took extreme pleasure. Her name waa Con stance Leonora Glendennlng. It waa soon dlscerered that the affections of the young girl were centered upon Sir Ar thur, and thla knowledge wat Immedi ately followed by a betrothal. "Reginald, being somewhat dissppolnt ed that ho could not win the prise, un dertook to report several little Interviews of a purely Innocent and accidental na ture that Fitxroy had with thla lady to bis brother, easting a very sinister light npon them, and assuring Arthur that Fitxroy waa endeavoring to aupplant hint ln her favor. "This artful story Infuriated the young nobleman, and caused a very bitter Inter view. Fitaroy Indignantly denied every thought ef Interferenes, declaring the troth, that hia love for Coasts see waa merely cousinly. Thla Sir Arthur refus ed to believe, and rhey parted la anger, Fitxroy afclaimftg ba a moment of un guarded op tea Log aa ho left him! " 'Very well, this m If tt salt you; 1 but, mark me, you shall yet repent yonr unjust accusations, and, aa I live, shall never repeat this Insult' "Cloting the door aa ha tpoke, he step ped into the hall and atood face to. face with Antolne Duval, the valet of bis brother Reginald, and from the conscious j look he gave him, Fitxroy knew that he I bad either purposely listened or sccl I dentally heard the unfortunate remark. "The brothers did not meet again that day, but early the next Fitxroy waa ' awakened by an nnusual tumult. To his horror be wat told that Sir Arthur had disappeared during the night. Hit bed bad been occupied aa usual, but ba had probably been murdered, or very badly wounded, at while no traces of bit body could ho found, evidences of contest were on every aide. "Blood was upon the bed and floor, the window seat waa covered with It aa though he bad been dragged through Jt, and then by means of a rope let dowa to the ground below. From the grass to aa ornamental lake not far distant were Irregular patches of the tame human gore. Beyond that, nothing waa ever discovered! That lake waa thoronehlv dragged for the body; the grave by the tide of It wat searched, not a spot being lerc in wnicn a corpse could be burled to no effect "But, while stupefied with grief over bit brother's lots, our poor friend was made aware that the finger of suspicion pointed to him with singularly fatal evi dences of guilt A dagger with hia name ensraved npon the handle waa found br the hut. tide, on the floor, ita blade still wet with blood. Ueneath tha window Beat, caught upon a nail, waa a fragment of cloth which, upon search being made, fitted exactly Into a rent In a dressing- gown of his, that waa found hanging in his own closet "AH he could conclude was that some unknown enemy had struck the fatal blow, and after stealing these articles from hia private rooms, had left the dagger purposely npon the floor, and re turned the torn and bloody gown to tha closet, In order to fasten suspicion npon him, and thus shield themselves. "To make a long story short, in dua time tha trial took place, and Bir Regi nald Glendennlng, who had succeeded to tha title, testified to tha bitter feeling that had existed between the brothers. Ha also identified the dagger and dress ing gown as belonging to tha prisoner. Antolne Duval testified at fully to tha threatening language uted to the de ceased on the day prevlout to the mur der by hit brother. "The trial wat quite lengthy, but re filled In hit acquittal and discharge from cuttody. But although freed by law, the popular opinion remained un changed, and, unable to endure the cold, averted looka of hia former frienda, he left hia homo and embarked for America under an assumed name. "Arriving in New York, the ttraln of grief that be bad undergone to told upon hit nervous system that be was laid upon a bed of severe Illness. Then it was that your father aought him out and nurred him so tenderly. After bis re covery, he resolved to devote himself to business, and thus forget hia troubles and misfortunes. (To ba continued,) Why Mary Did Not Sine;. An able but easily embarrassed and somewhat absent-minded young teach er waa about to begin a singing leg son one day when a knock at the school-room door interrupted proceed ings. The teacher went to the door and ushered In a delegation from a prominent local woman's club. When the ladlea were comfortably seated and each had assumed a critical, lis tening attitude, the teacher reaumed the singing lesson. It waa one of ber most stringent rules of action that when company waa present every thing ahould go on exactly aa usual. One of ber pupils, Mary Holmes, a somewhat shy girl, had a good alto voice, and the teacher waa anxious that aha 'should display it to advan tage. Now, Mary," she aald, encourag ingly, "when I count four, you be sure to sing. Attention, children!" raising her baton. "One, two, three, ready alng!" Tha children sang lust ily, but Mary's alto voice waa missing. "I didn't hear your voice that time, Mary. Remember, when I count four you are to slug. Next verse, children! One, two" Mary watched the motion of the teacher'a llpa anxiously, "threel Ready slug!" The children's shrill treble rang out unaided by Mary's atrong alto. Don't you feel like singing, Mary? Try this verse, now one, two, three. Well, what is It?" Mary had risen, and was shyly twisting ber fingers. "Please, Miss Brooks," she said, breathtlessly, "you told me to sing when you counted four and you only count just to three every time!" Youth's Companion. Pirates In tha Gulf Htrnam. Captain Luigl Montanl of the steam ship Snrdcgna.whlch haa Just arrived at Naples from the United States with a large number of emigrants on board, recounts an extraordinary story of ad venture. Shortly after entering the gulf stream, near the Mexican gulf, a auspicious-looking brlgantlue hove in alght from which piercing criea were beard proceeding. Captain Montanl Immediately gave orders for pursuit and a .threat of sinking tha vessel brought her to a halt He then armed hia crew, boarded the strange craft and began to search the vessel. It proved to be a private ship. Twenty-five pirates, who sought to slink away In small boats, were suf- rounded by an overwhelming force and captured. They were all Carib bean negroes or Creoles, reports the London Chronicle. Two beautiful girls were discovered bound to the timbers of the ship, with their mouths gagged, and on being freed they had a heart-rending story of brutality to tell. The brlgantlue had been selxed by these pirates, who wounded the original crew and the captain, whose guest the girl were, and then threw them overboard. The pirates there upon ateered the vessel, which had a large cargo of she goats, toward the Antilles. Captain Montanl ends by say ing that he transferred tha pirate to the Sardogna, kept them In Irons and made for Boston, where ha delivered them over to the. American author! ttles. Great Pumping Plant. The greatest pumping plant In the world la one which draws 6,000,000 gallona of water a day 38T miles to the gold fields at Bulla Bulling, Aus tralia. Sometime a man makes a fool of hlmaelf because hia wife lets hia bar his own wSy. GREAT GOVERNMENT BUILDING AT THE -1 Copyright by Louisiana l'urchase The United States Government Building at tbo St Louis World's Fair is the largest exposition by Uncle Sam. It Is 704 feet long and has a width of 250 feet It la distinguished among the other exhibition struc tures by the durability of Its construction. Huge girders of steel support the superstructure, leaving an, Interior abso THE OLD, SWEET FIELDS, , Yonder, where the valley is - Where the rivers rush, "Welcome!" sings the mockln'blrd, "Howdy!" pipes the thrush. And to the host o' them we say, "We've come to spend a holiday!" Sure, that bird's sweet singing Sounds familiar still; Valley-voices bringing Echoes from the hill I That voice we heard it far away Sweet calling to a child at play. And there are wild, sweet Joys there, Where barefoot fellows roam Just as of old, the boys there They drive the cattle home. And some one near the battle-bars Looks winsome 'neuth the twilight stars' O loved, remembered placet! I greet you once again; Recalling In strange faces Youth's passion and Ita pain! But, more than all, Its joy that seems An echo in an old man'a dreams! Atlanta Constitution. BETWEEN ACTS. NNICE WUEATLEY strolled to the window and gazed idly out Thla was strictly in accordance with the instructions conveyed in the little blue-covered book of typewriting, which read: "And I will explain it all to you. (Gertrude walks to window R and gnzea Idly out." Considering that this was tha 217th time she had done this, the view from the window hud lost somewhat of its novelty. She knew exactly what she would see there. At her right would be a huge electric calcium pouring Its green rays upon her white dress. It had been decided that green would be bet ter than blue. The moon had been green ever since the night when the stage manager had arrived at thla de cision. There were also a couple of stage bracea holding up the scenery, and sometimes a couple of stage bands 'n tery dirty sleeves lent animation to the view. Though the men were absent and Annlce was able to give her whole at tention to the floor, on which some one had chalked, "I love you," In a clear print She wondered idly who might have done this. Some stage band, probably considering It a good Joke. Surely no one would make such an open confu sion and expect to be taken seriously. ' She was still wondering when she heard the cue, which was her signal to turn with a cry of borror to perceive Lady Gwentlolin prostrate upon the floor, struck down by Hugh de Malt ravers, who In private life waa a must unvlllatn-llke villain. After that it was a busy time until the fall of the curtain, when she Bad to run for the dressing-room for a change to the third-act costume. She gave the chalk marks no further thought until the following evening. There, again, were the eloquent worda neatly chalked for her inspec tion. Sha was the only one required to use tha window. She could not sup pose tbat the message waa meant for any one else. Gradually tha legend began to annoy her. Every evening the same word appeared, only to disappear before It came time to make the change for Jie next act She complained to the stage man ager, but that ofllcinl could offer no tactical suggestion. He was certain it was none of the atage boys, and that waa all the satisfaction she coald ob tain. The matter both annoyed and Inter ested her. It takes hut little to nuk talk In a company, and she wlsey held her peace; but she kept a sharp eye out In the.hope of discovering the offender. She even made a practice of running to the window the moment the curtain fell In the hope of discovering the 0wrlter erasing the llnea, but by that time the marks bad bcrn obscured ami she could only wait for time to unravel the mystery. 0 On the 250th performance Agnes Carleton celebrated the event by Intro ducing a new gown.. In place of the white aatln, which waa beginning to show the marks of wear and tear, abe appeared In a handsome black satin. which caused every woman in tha au dience a pang of Jealousy and inci dentally got her several newspaper items. Aa usual, Analc rtood by the win A-' Exposition Co. structure ever erected dow wondering who her unknown ad mirer might be. Lady Gwendoiln gave her customary shriek and Annie turned with a scream of terror to be hold the-villain's wicked work. To-night she supplemented ber stage horror with a cry more natural. Lady Gwendoiln fell with her face toward the audience, tbat they might marvel at the play of her facial expression as she slowly died from the effects of Maltravers' cruel blow. There on the back of the black satl;i were the mnrks of a man'a fingers clearly outlined in white. In a flash it all came to ber. Hugh Cameron, who played Maltravers, was the only person who left the stage. He made bis exit from the very window cut of which she had been looking. All of the other characters were suppoapd to enter from the castle on the opposite side of the stage. It was an easy matter to chalk the legend while she was having her scene with Miss Carleton. Then when he fled from the consequence of his mur derous assault he could rub oift the chalk marks. Only the black satin dress had been out of his calculations. When he bad grappled with Lady Gwendoiln, the chalk from bis Imperfectly cleaned Angers had left their mark. On the old white dress they had not been notice able. All through the last act the Incident kept running througii her head. 8he liked Cameron very much, better than anyone else In the company. He had beeu so kind to her In ninny ways, so deferential, she could not believe that he had sought to Insult her. She could not even Imagine him doing such a thing even for a joke. He was not that sort of a man. it tiurt tier to think tbat be bad a hand in bis Joke. Just as the curtain fell at the close of the act she turned to Cameron. "I should like to speak to yon after you have changed," she said simply. He bowed, but it was with no easy heart that he awaited her coming ou the dark stage. She broached the subject directly "Mr. Cameron," she demanded, "why do you annoy me by chalking such ab surd sentiments underneath the win dow in the second act?" "How do you know?" he countered. "You left chalk marks on Miss Carleton's black dress this evening, she explained. "Now I want to know why you played such an absurd prank." He colored like a guilty schoolboy, "Believe me," he said, earnestly, "It was no prank. I meant it, every word. One night I stood by the window. The stage hands were all busy with a card game at the rear and I knew no one would see It before I came off after the murder. I picked a piece of chalk off the call board and wrote the words, You see, while I play villain on the stage I am anything but a bold man off. Just as I was going to sign them I heard the cue that brought you to the window and I had Just time to whisk round the corner. I have been trying every night since then to get the courage to sign my name, but if it hadn't been for the blessed dress 1 never should have done io. I mean it, every word of it, Miss Wbeatley. Won't you believe me?" By special request Miss Carletog wiil wear her black dress at the wedding. Lite Easy on Ihls Hallroad, There Is a small railroad in Michigan which doesn't figure on the map. It is only forty miles long and meanders through the countryside In a casual sort of way, touching such brisk vil lages as Parsons Mills, Sleepy Corners and Appledale. Trains do not run on this road they creep. The locomotives appear to be heirlooms of antiquity say of tbe year 1000 B. C, and the an tediluvian rolling slock suggests the ark. The road Is operated ou tbe good old easy-going principle that baste makes waste, and It Is said, doubtless with malicious exaggeration, that a cow once poked her head through the car window and ate all the lunch in a picnic basket while the train was going by. One day a woman aud her little boy took a trip on the road. By the time Dandcliondale and tbe Junction were passed the pair had succumbed to en nui and slumbered In their seats. "Tickets!" drawled a brass-buttoned Cbaron with a punch In his hand. Tbe lady woke up and presented two tick ets, her own and the boy'a. The con ductor eyed the youngster and re marked that be guessed he was much too old to ride on a half-fare ticket "Of course he Is," the mother re plied. "But he wasn't when we start ed." Chicago Record Ilerald. ST. LOUIS FAIR. in! mMuM L r. lutely free from pillars. The display from the National Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Is unrivaled. Tha original treaty between France and the United States, by which the Louisiana Territory was transferred to this coun try, Is exhibited by tha State Department 0 DRESS WITH MUCH TASTE. British Bona of Common la the Beat Garbed Body in the- World. Taking it all round the House of Commons is the beat-dressed assembly In the world. It has an air of good breeding, of men accustomed to drawing-rooms and good society. The gen eral deportment come up to a fairly high average. You see honorable members wearing their bats In the bouse and the alght offends, but that is not a point of manners, but a cus tom with a picturesque history at the back of It You sometimes, too, see honorable members asleep and you often hear unmannerly interruptions from the Irish and tory benches. On the other band, you never aee an En glish M. P., as I have often seen an American Congressman, enjoying the luxury of a "dry smoke" and relieving himself by profuse spitting. The House, too, is much more punc tilious than Congress on tbe small points of order. Whenever a member violates them be la instantly hauled up, not merely by the speaker, but by bla fellow members, to many of whom it Is part of the spice of life to pounce upon offenders. A for the oratorical standard of the House it Is difficult to speak with precision. The late Em press of Austria used to Bay that she saw more good and more bad riding In the English shires than anywhere else In the world. Much the same aort of criticism might be passed on. parlia mentary eloquence. Some of it la ex ceedingly good, better, I think, than anything one la likely to hear in Con gress, but much of It Is atrocious. On the whole, in this, as in many other spheres of Anglo-American compara tives, I should be Inclined to say that, while the House of Commons best la better than the Congressional best, the House of Commons average is be low the Congressional average. Har per' Weekly. She Get Cigar. A nice looking woman walked Into one of the stores of the tobacco octopus the other night and asked to see soma of the store's best cigars. The clerk handed out a dozen boxes In a Jiffy. While the new patron was taking a dry whiff of each fifteen men lined up along the counter to make various pur chases. They might Just as wefl have been woodeu Indians as far aa the on clerk was concerned. But Just about the time the entire JIne began to dis play a nervoua desire to get away, the fair one selected a 12-cent cigar with a bright band, and asked the customer next in line if be didn't think It waa a good one. 1'1've been smoking thirty years and couldn't have selected a better one my self," he replied gallantly. "Then will you please wrap this on up?" she said, tendering the clerk a $20 bill. It took the clerk fiver minutes to change the bill, and then be tripped on an empty cigar box and dropped all the coin. It was finally handed to the purchaser. When she had her hand on the door knob she thought of the cou pons. She turned back. "Don't you give trading stamps with cigars?" she asked sweetly, whereupon the clerk thrust a quarter' worth of coupona Into her hand. " "It doe beat all how dead easy a lady can paralyze a cigar atore," said one of the men In line when he finally got the package of tobacco for which he had waited twenty minutes. Chi cago Inter Ocean. Population of Japan, The population of Japan was esti mated at 43,152,993, according to tha last census, taken in 1898. There are four classes. In the following propor tion: Imperial family, 63; nobility, 4,uol; gentry, 2.10S.696; common peo ple, 41,060,508. In these figures are in cluded 17,573 AInoa, of Hokkaido. 70.- 801 Japanese living abroad, and 12,604 foreigner, in addition, however, ar the 3.000,000 Inhabitant of Formosa, so'that the present population Is esti mated at 50,000,000. Hondo, the chief island. Is tne most densely populated part of the empire, having SSI peopl to the square mile, and It southern districts have 475 Inhabitant to th square mil. Of recent yeara there haa been a rapid concentration of pop ulation In the cities. There were 73 towns, according to the census of 1898. having a population of 20,000 or over: o The Ml tad Her Minion. "What aort of a girl 1 sher "Oh, she 1 a miss with a mission." "And her nUsalon la seeking a man with a mansion." London Tit-Bita. Carved Fwrnlmre. To dust carved furniture thert 1 nothing better than a paiater'i bruslv GEO. P. CROWELL, rSuoeenot to I. L. Smith, Oldest ittabllslied House in lbs tailor- , DEALER IN Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots and Shoes, ' Hardware, Flour and Feed, etc. This old-established house will con tinue to pay cash for all ita goods; it pays no rent; it employs a clerk, but does not have to divide with a partner. All dividend are' made with customer in the way of reasonable price. Lumber Wood, Posts, Etc. Davenport Bros. Lumber Co. Have opened r. office in Hood River. Call and zi prices and leave orders, which will be promptly filled. D ELIGHTFUL ROUTE AY LIGHT KIDS 1ZZV CKAGS KKP CANONS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 8ee Nature In all her glorious beauty, and then the acme of man's handiwork. The first in found along ihe line of the - Denver & Rio (rrande Hallroad, the Lat ter at the St. Louli Fair. Vour trip will be one of pleasure make the most of . It. For Information and IUuntrated lit erature write W. C. HcBRDE, Gen. Agt., Portland. Ortroa :ON TON BARBER SHOP L. C. HAYNES, Paor. The place to get an eaay shave, an up-to-date hair cut, and to enjoy the luxury of a porcelain bath tub. E. WELCH, THE VETERINARY SURGEON. -- Has returned to Hood River and Is prepared to do any work In the veterinary 11a.. . He can be found by calling at or phoning to Clarke's drug note. JHE NEW FEED 6TORE, On the Mount Hood road, south of town, keeps constantly on hand tlie best quality of UrocericH, Hay, Grain and Feed at lowest prices. D. F. LAMAR, Proprietor. JTCREKA MEAT MARKET, McCiVIRE BROS., Trons. Dealer In Fresh and Cured Meats, Poultry, Fruita and Vegetables. Lard, FREE DELIVERY. PHONE V Oregon Shoip Line and union Pacific .;; iTO'Ha'jftlyl! i r,..T TISSE SCHEDULE! -Periling, Or. aaaiva Cblcsgo fait Uk., Denver, i:K p. as, Portland Ft Worlh.Omaha, Special Kansas City, St. 1 :4c a. m. Louii.Chlcagoand via . East. Huntington. A fan tie St. Paul Fast Mall. 10:10 a. Bh K press 1:15 p.m. Via lanUngton. It. Paul AtladUs Express. 7:Wa.sb Fast Malt pokes 70 HOURS PORTLAND TO CHICAGO No Change of Cars. . Lewest Bates. Quickest Tub. OCEAN AND RIVER SCHEDULE FROM PORTLAND. tttf.SL 111 sailing dates 1:0 a. at, subject to Changs , Fer Sea Fraadsee - - tell every t day Dally Celunsla River 1:00 a. at VeS t"u' Masters. x.aanaar Saturday T Astoria and Way - s:r , Landings. um. ""laeierle Hrtr. i:0e,m. and FrL Balem, Indepen- tat. denee, Corrallls tad way landings. - t o am. YasialH lifer. 4:Wn. fa-! Tkn' MoslwTa. tv. JBparla -tatkt llrar. Lt UvlsSaa :OSa.si. a-Q0a.sa. Bally eioept Klparia I Lewlstoa Daily exeat Saturday Friday. A. L. CRAIQ, eaeral Pssssnser AeanL Part. a. I. J. KXNNAUD, Agent, Hood River.