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rrrazement, even as I explained how I
WHERE BRAVE HIQHLANDERS LIE BURIED.
had stolen down the stairs and had
What II the dream I d the baby’« eyes.
fastened the precious T»in In the lapel
As he lies aud bliuks in a mute surprise? of the coat. Just for fun, and how I
With little, wee bauds that aimlessly go
Intended after teasing him to tell him
DEPARTMENT FOR LITTLE
Hither aud thither and to and fro;
BOYS AND GIRLS.
With little, wee feet that shall lead him that It was there. As 1 talked I could
gee my mother's Incredulous looks and
But a prayer from my heart like a beni- Mr. Cloud's absolute dismay. They did
Something that Will Interest the Ju
not believe me!
Bundle of happiness, yonder he lies—
venile Members of Every Household
"After the most painful quarter of
What is the dream in my baby's eyes?
—Quaint Actions and Bright Sayings
an hour which I ever expect to spend
Mr. Cloud left, shaking hands cordially
•f Many Cute aud Cunning Children.
What does he wonder and wbat does he
with my motner and saying a cold
That we have forgotten so long, long good-night to me.
Two boys had sat down together to
“After he had gone my mother said:
work out some problems in algebra.
Bathed in the dawnlight what does be ‘Mazie, my darling girl, tell the truth.
One of them had been busy with bls
It is not too late.'
pencil a full minute when he noticed
’.That slow years have hidden from you
" ‘There is nothing more to tell,
bls companion sitting with folded arms
GRAVES OF THE III.ACK WATCH (HIGHLANDERS) KILLED AT MAGERSFONTEIN.
mother,' I said. ‘I have told you the
Out of the yesterday seeth he yet
Three hundred yards to the rear of the who went up with the coffin. The body
“What Is the matter?” be exclaimed.
The things that in living he soon shall
"After a while ray mother saw that
13, some fifty Highlanders, who had fall Magersfontein is on the line of railway “Why don’t you begin?”
“I’m finding out how to begin," re
AH that is bidden beyond the blue skies? I was in earnest and she believed me. en with their general, were buried. The between Cape Town and De Aar Junc
But as next day came and passed, and bodies of Gen. Wauchope and other offi tions. Next morning the train with the turned the other, quietly, and be went
What is the dream in my baby's eyes?
no word came from Mr. Cloud, 1 saw cers were interred in front of the graves body, its escort anil ninny mourners mov on thinking. The first speaker covered
Speak to me, little one, ere you forget;
that he doubted me. The third day of the soldiers.
The situation of the ed out of the station to travel to the a page of foolscap with figures, found
What is the thought that is lingering there came a formal note saying that graves is picturesque. To the west lies cemetery, which is situated four miles himself In a labyrinth from which
if I would return the pin he would give the broad river fringed with trees, to the away from the little town. It was only
Where is the land where the yesterdays me its value In money, paying me as ‘list lie the heights held by the euetuy, a run of but a few minutes, aud then there seemed no escape, and looking
back over the statement of the prob
rapidly as his circumstances would while north nnd south the undulating the procession started across the Karroo. lem, discovered a mistake in his first
The Karroo is often said to be dreary
veldt stretches out to the horizon.
Waiting and waiting the morrows to
permit. As ft was valued at many
Gen. A. G. Wauchope, lately command and dull. To some, however, it is far equation. Long before this, however,
You wee, funny bundle who only will thousands, It was then beyond
ing the Highland Brigade with Lord Me- otherwise. The desolate, flat-topped hills his companion had worked the problem
boldly cut out from the horizon and over through and reached the correct result.
looking the silent plains below, have x He had not wasted time because he
"I tore the note Into bits nnd did
What do you wonder and what do you
grave majesty of their own. A more im bad looked at all sides of the question
posing background to that mournful pro
Bright as the moonlight asleep in the
“That was a week ago.
cession following the body of the High- . before be began.
first three days I was too muen over-
land chieftain could not well be imagined, I A great many of our young folks
What is the dream in my baby’s eyes?
come by mortification to take any
The body was placed on a gun carriage, overestimate the importance of baste.
— Utica Globe.
steps toward establishing my ltlllO-
and w as escorted by 195 officers and men, They carry too heavy work In school
cence. But now that I am In a soberer
including some of late general's brigade, In order that they may graduate a
and attended by the band of the Duke year earlier. They skim through their
• mind I wish to learn, If possible, what
of Edinburgh's Own volunteers aud the library books that they may return
became of the pin after I placed It In
pipers of the Cape Town Highlanders. them and take out others. They settle
Story of a Shield Pin.
* the lining of the lapel of Mr. Cloud’s
When the procession began to move the
coat and where It now Is.”
stillness of the Karroo was broken by the Important questions on the Impulse of
The recital took some time, for the
WA l CHOPE.
strains of the band. At length the cem- j the moment, because they have not
young lady's emotion overcame her
etery was reached, and the coffin was learned that there Is real economy in
more than once, And I must confess thuen's force, who was killed at the bat carried by men of the Second Black taking time to see all sides before mak
DO not like to take up personal
that I, too, felt Indignant for her. First tle of Magersfontein, was first buried on Watch to the church. The first part of ing a decision.
cases, as we detectives call a cer
that fate should have played so un- the battlefield by the side of his brave the service was conducted by the Itev.
Now and then we meet people who
tain class of work, so when Miss
kind a trick upon so beautiful a young men who also fell in the battle. How- B. Price, chaplain to the volunteers along toss up a penny to save themselves
Angell of Broadside street sent for me
girl; and secondly, that her lover, Mr. ever, the Hon. J. I>. Logan, M. L. A., of the lines of communication, and the sec- the trouble of making up their minds.
to take up a "small personal mystery”
Cloud, should have doubted her so Matjesfonteiu, thinking rightly that the ond portion by the Itev. Mr. Robertson, I But even this is hardly more foolish
1 responded with a poor grace.
lute general's family would be anxious. chaplain to the Highland Brigade (who I
at some future date, to arrange for the first found the general’s body). Three than It is to follow blindly the first
Scarcely had she begun to tell her
“I am willing," she said, “to spend reinterment of the body, offered to have volleys were fired over the grave, which Impulse that comes Into our heads. To
story, however, than I became so In
any nmount to clear myself of this dis
terested that 1 begged her to continue graceful suspicion, nnd hope, with your it transferred to his own cemetery tem was surrounded by beautiful wreaths, act without stopping to think is the
porarily. Accordingly, the body was ex and the sad ceremony was over. The poorest economy in the worlS. Nobody
and tell me the details as far as possi assistance, to solve the mystery.”
humed. and was sent down, in charge of illustrations are from photographs by E. wastes time so hopelessly as the person
"It is so long a time,” I began, “if Home officers, including (.’apt. Rennie, A. D. Edgecombe, Beaufort West, in the who decides without deliberation, who.
Miss Angell wns engaged to Mr.
D. C. to the late general, and Mr. Logan, London Illustrated News.
because of this wrong beginning, fol
Cloud a peculiar combination of names
"Yes, I know,” said she, Impatiently.
lows the wrong path, and finally is
to begin with, and wns devotedly at
“Still,” I said, “I will do my best,
" FIGHTING MAC."
“Why don't you shoot?” asked their forced to retrace his steps and start
tached to him. In fact, she confessed
But you must allow me to talk with
again. A little hard thinking before
with tears in her eyes that his love was
Mr. Cloud, That will be absolutely New Commander of the Highland
“Because you don't seem to care we begin to act would save us not only
more, or had been more, than life to
Brigade is a Fearless Soldier,
“Fighting Mac” is the name by which whether you die or not,” and that re much precious time but many a heart
At this she became greatly alarmed,
Brig. Gen. Hector Macdonald, who 1 luctant answer explained tile secret of ache as well.—Christian Common
Tlie rest of the story I will let her but finally consented.
succeeded Gen. Wauchope as the com | Macdonald's power over half savage wealth.
tell In her own words.
I soldiers. There was no more gruiu-
That same day I called on Mr. Cloud
"Mr. Cloud,” she said, “Is In the habit and was received by him In Ills private mander of the Highland Brigade, Is
bling, and the same men and others
of calling on me almost every evening. office. He wns not cordial, and I soon known in the annals of the British
You ain't dot no Uncle Jack; i
like them followed hitn devotedly
About a week ago lie came to dinner, saw that, while he would not accuse
I dot one, he brings me back
through the battles of Gemaizah, Tos-
Invited by niamnin. He was to attend the young lady, lit1 thought she had ' as a lion.
Most the purtiest tings I got:
Macdonald has never forgotten Ma-
a supper of tlie Phoenix Club at 10 kept the pill. He told me that, on leav
See the sailor-man he bought?
W’en I put him in the wind
o'clock, and wore evening dress.
ing the parlor, he had put on his over juba Hill, says an English writer lu
Bof his arms des spinned and spinned.
"At the table we noticed an exquisite coat and and had gone to the nearest giving a summary of the Scotch sol
DEATH'S HEAD MOTHS,
Don't you wish you had one, too,
shield pin he wore. It shone so bril telegraph office to send a message. dier's characteristics. Though taken
'At yore Uncle bringed to you?
liantly that It caught the eye at once. There, meeting an ol<i friend, he had prisoner on that day he remained to Superstitious Dread with Which They
Are Regarded in Poland,
Mr. Cloud took the pin off and It was gone Into a cafe and taken a drink, the etui unbeaten, for when after a
You ain’t dot no Uncle Jack
passed around the table for us all to after which he had returned to the desperate resistance he was at last un
Butterflies may mean much In tlie
'At carries you 'round piggy-back
Th'ough the best rooms till yore Ma
house of his fiancee, having been gone armed and a couple of Boers ran at way of auguries. The variegated ones,
him, Macdonald met them with his of bright coloring, are fortunate, espe
Says she's sure she never saw
"It was a shield ns large ns n quar about half an hour.
Sech a fool ns Uncle is;
ter with the outside edge bordered with
“Tell me the name of the cafe," I naked fists and his assailants went cially If fluttering near the wayfarer.
Don’t you wish 'at you was his
reeling back. Finding him so hard to But the bronze butterfly, or moth. Is
pure mbit's, blood red, all of a six»* and said.
Nephew, gettin’ presents, too,
without a flaw. The center of the
Having carefully noted the names
While he’s scolded ’stead of you?
shield consisted of a large diamond anil addresses of all concerned during | through hfs head, but a Boer with an the most dreaded as an augury is what
’ cut not very deep, yet too deep to be that half hour. I left Mr. Cloud and I appreciation of pluck Intervened,
is commonly known as "death’s head
Oncet my Uncle made a boat
“No,” lie said, "this is a brave man, moth.” People who are very firm of
sunken, so It wns elevated In a wire will do him the Justice to say that I
'At I used to Boat and float
setting. Around the diamonds were think he wns half-convinced that he and we shall spare him. Let us take nerve in other matters have often been
In our baf-tub, till one day
him prisoner, at all hazards.”
I got whoopin' cough, an’ the;»
perfectly matched black pearls. The might have made a mistake.
much agitated in finding one of these
Chopped it up for kindlin’ wood.
Bennett Burleigh holds that Macdon in a room. The villager does not sim
combination was so unusual that we
Going first to the telegraph office, I
Uncle said they never should
exclaimed ns we handled the Jewel ami walked from there to the cafe. At ald lias just that touch of genius which ply augur death from the likeness to
Chop up boats like 'at wifout
1 remarked that 1 had never seen it that moment n wagon stood In front
the skull in the marking of the back,
Cause, and Ma, she said, git out.
but various minor misfortunes. This -Cincinnati Enquirer.
of the door nnd they were bringing
"When we had finished examining ft out the soiled table linen.
moth (whose scientific name, Acheron-
Mr. Cloud said: 'That is my l’hoenix
tia atropos. Is sufficiently grim) is a
An inspiration came to mo, nnd I
club badge. It belongs to the president. snld to the driver: “Ilow often do you
very large one, and, flying Into cottage
Every one knows what foolscap pa-
When I was elected the budge Wils pre take away the linen?”
rooms and making for the candle, oft per Is, but not every one knows why
sented to me by the members and when
en extinguishes It. which doubles the It was so called. An exchange ven
"Twice a week,” snlil he. "But tills
I resign, and a new president comes In. week we hud a breakdown and we are
terror of omen. It is worth while re tures to remark that not one In a hun
I must give up tlie badge to him. It late, and It's almost eight days.”
calling to mind. In view of the gloomy dred that dally use It can answer the
Is the president's badge, to be owned
auguries which in many places accom question. The following will tell you
As the driver started away I said:
by him during his term of office. Of "I want to search thnt load of napkins
pany the moth's appearance, the fear how the term originated:
course. It Is ouly to be worn at the nnd If you will drive them Into that
It excited In parts of Poland In 1824.
When Oliver Cromwell itecame pro
It swarmed In the potato fields—these tector, nfter the execution of Charles
vacant lot I will pay you well for your
and Jasmine plants being its favorite I., he caused the stamp of the cap of
"Mamma spoke of Its great value. trouble.”
haunts—and at dusk into open cottage liberty to be placed upon the paper
•Yes,' Halil Mr. Cloud, ‘it Is Indeed very
Once In the lot I overhauled the con
valuable. It Is worth thousands. If tents of the wagon thoroughly; and
used by the English Government. Soon
The noise peculiar to the moth be- nfter the restoiation, Charles II.,
I were to lose It I should feel ruined, was finally rewarded by feeling a hard
came to the territied peasantry a voice having occasion to use some paper for
»s I could never hope hi replace It.’
lump of something which hurt my hand
of anguish, and when It tlew into the dispatches, some of this Government
"As he spoke Mr. Cloud's face be as 1 pinched It.
light and extinguished it they antici pai»er was brought to him.
taine .very serious. 'We once had n
Looking closer I saw tangled In the
pated war, pestilence, hunger and
On looking at it, and discovering the
rase of that kind,' said he 'a most curl- fringe n glittering jewel, which, as I
death to mail and beast; In fact, the stamp, he inquired the meaning of it,
Dus case. The president lost Ills badge extricated It, proved to be the diamond
wildest horror, as described In the and on being told, he said:
and committed suicide next day. You set In the gorgeous pin which had been
tmto. gen . hector MArnox.it n.
contemporary accounts, overspread in
“Take It away; I have nothing to do
lee he was suspected of having sold It.' so accurately described to me by Miss
Even with a fool’s cap.”
"After we had looked nt the badge Angell.
distinguishes the great soldier from the that year a very wide district.
The term “foolscap” has since been
and talked about It. 1 very foolishly
I did not let the driver know of my good one. Undoubtedly he has the ca now, however, so many decades later,
asked to wear It, and In a tit of way booty, but making an excuse thnt I pacity for taking infinite pains. The and In much less Impressionable rural applied to a certain size of glazed writ
wardness I reached across the table, could not find what I wanted, 1 walked grind of work he has been through in England, the aspect of the moth and ing paper.—Morning Star.
took It up ami put it In the l>ow of rib away, nor did 1 stop until 1 had tele the Soudan, "uiaklug riflemen from its sounds are seen and heard with
Two Little Girls.
bon at my throat.
From the yellow and brown
graphed to Mr. Cloud. A few minutes mud,” probably no one but himself dread.
"At the close of the meal, Mr. Cloud later I sat In the parlor of Miss Angell's knows. It is to hint and to men like tailed moths, too, similar, though less The lazy little girl that shivers all day
asked me for It. but 1, to tease him, residence talking to her. When I luid hint thnt the new Egyptian army owes terrible, omens are deduced. Possibly In the sultry house at h< r listless play,
With a dreadful pain in her head.
aald I meant to keep It, and ran up told my story nnd laid the pin In her Its existence to-day, aud the results the markings on the back of the
She never, never knows how nice and
atnlrs with It on.
lap her joy knew no tsninds. Just at were for all the world to see at the death’s head moth, which are suffi
"After they were seated In the parlor that moment Mr. Cloud wns an Atbara and nt Omdurtnan
ciently startling to a nervous person or
I stole quietly down the stairs and nounced. nnd Miss Angell then nnd
lie Is a stern disciplinarian, sparing lnvnlid when unexpectedly seen, ac
placed the pin In the lining of Mr. there gave him the pin. I never saw a no man. himself least of all. but he Is count in some degree for the 111 omen
Cloud's overcoat, directly under the girl so happy. She almost hugged me. adored by every black Soudanese nnd which Its appearance Is deemed to be.
As soon ns Mr. Cloud saw his mis brown "Glppy” who ever followed him —Gentleman’s Magazine.
"I went back up to my room and take he wns humbly apologetic nnd Into battle; for he Is a leader after their
“A Southern Gontlem •• n, Suh."
mute down stairs again. I found tried to fall nt her feet, but she waved own hearts.
Johu R. Kendrick. Jr..’who was born
mamma and my sister seated nlone in him away, and Mrs. Angell delicately
In spite, however of the warm liking
the parlor. Mr. Cloud Imd gone out to suggested that, as his presence would he inspires lu those above nnd under In the South and who makes frequent
send a telegram. He would lie back always remind them of a painful chap him. It Is on record that some of his trips to South Carolina and Georgia,
In a minute.
ter, It would be lietter If he were to go ilusky Soudanese once mutinied against Is a keen observer of people and cus
"When he returned, which was after away and stay away!
him. Macdonald’s method of dealing toms. "The most Incomprehensible be
half nu hour, he came In for only a
I may add that when Mr. Cloud went with the outbreak once ngain Illus ing in the world,” he remarked the
minute, to say good by, he said, and to Into the cafe the pin was in the lapel of trates the man. Ills regiment had of other day, “Is that peculiar type of Is the rosy little girl, that, out in the
isk for his pin: 'Come, Maxie,' lie said, the coat, but, becoming entangled In necessity to make long forced marches person who describes himself as a
Goes skipping about with her sled.
you have teased me long enough. I.et the fringe of Ills napkin, was pulled under the fierce desert sun. nnd the 'Southern gentleman. Mb.' The simple
me have the pin now. I must go.'
out aud would have been lost forever conditions were so hard that the men word 'gentleman' lias no meaning to —Philadelphia Times.
" 'I gave It back to you,' I said, 'and had It not been for the perseverance became mutinous. One day during the him at all. Rut a 'Southern gentle
Ate the Buttons,
you have It now.
of the plucky Miss Angell.- New Or- march Macdonald heard two or three man Is quite another matter. On my
Grandma could not believe her eyes!
Then I stood up and running my leans Tinies-Democrat.
of the native soldiers saying: "Walt
She had herself sewed buttons on Mar
lingers along the lapel of his coat felt
till the next fight ant) I will take care who was ns garrulous as he was proud garet's and I>orothy’s new clothes.
for tlie pin. It was gone!
thnt this slave driver of a colonel does
Growth of Human Hair.
And now hen* they were, come to have
"I turned as white ns snow nnd as I i Authorities differ as to the rate of not <-ome out alive. I ntyself will shoot ns he was proud. During our conver their little waists and petticoats but
felt the color leaviug uiy face, 1 said growth of the human hair, nnd It Is him.”
toned. and not a button to be seen!
Macdonald recognized the men by ern gentlemen that I made bold to ask
1 gave It back.’
said to l>e very dissimilar in different
Grandma was sure they were good
"My mother looked up surprised and Individuals. The most usually Accept their voices, railed a halt ami sternly
buttons, for she had taken them out of
Mr. Cloud stared nt me. 'Yes, I gave ed calculation gives six and one half ordered the culprits to step out from
the package mamma brought home
Facing them he cried: marked with great pomp. 'Is a man with a lot of shopping.
It back. 1 put It on your coat You Inches per annum. A man's hair, al the ranks.
must have It.'
lowed to grow to its extreme length, i "Now. you are the men who are going
The little girls, with laughing faces,
“'Why, Maxie,' said Mr. Cloud, 'hvw rarely exceeds 12 or 14 Inches, while to shoot nte In the next fight. Why to shave him nnd who has never bftick- stood In front of her, nolding up their
tan you say so?*
that of a woman will grow In rar»« wait so long? Why do not do It now?
little clothes from dropping down.
“1 pass over the disagreeable scene Instances to 70 or 75 Inches, though the Here I am. shoot me—If you dare!"
watching her astonishment.
When a school teacher bakes a cake, Dorothy said: “I’m going to 'fess.
which followed. I will not mention average does not exceed 25 lo 30 i The reitela grounded their arms lu
everybody wants to taste IL
Mr. Cloud's chagrin or my mother's Inches»
J THE DREAM IN BABY'S EYES.
"And I will, too,” said Margaret.
"We ate the buttons, grandma!”
“Ate buttons! Ob, Margaret, you’ll
die! When did you do it? Answer
“Oh, grandma, they were candy, and
so good!” and Margaret smacked her
rosy lips. “Dorothy wetted her finger
to rub a speck of black off one, and it
tasted sweet, and then we bit one, and
it was just like yellow taffy, and we
ate them all up before we thought, and
our clothes fell down, aud please won't
you forgive us?”
Dear, white-haired grandma laughed
till the tears ran down her cheeks. For
mamma said she had bought the candy
buttoi s for a joke, never dreaming
grauduta would be caught.
He Won the Game.
"How Is your brother. Tommy?”
“Sick iu bed; he’s hurt himself.”
"How did he do that?"
"We were playing ut who could lean
farthest out of the window, aud bo
Knew Its Use.
“Can any of you tell me the use of
the collarbone?” asked the teacher.
"It Is used for the collar to rest on.”
promptly replied the small boy at tbo
foot of the class.
Good for the Rata.
“When I bought this dog you said he
was splendid for rats. Why. be won’t
“Well, ain’t that splendid for the
Not Always, Though.
“If 1 say,” said the teacher, “the
pupil loves Ills teacher, what sort of a
sentence Is that?”
“Sarcastic,” said the boy.
A Long Watt,
“Tommy, you must not talk when I
“Oh, sister, must I wait till you go to
The Wrong Word.
“Ethel, is the cook dressing the chick
“No, mamma, she is undressing
COULD NOT SQUARE
His Excuse for Being Out Lute Con
vinced His Wile He Wuu Lying.
The little hours had crawled up to the
comb of the roof of night and fallen
over until three of them were rolled
down the far side toward the eaves of
morning, when a solitary footman
might have been seen slipping into his
house with his shoes in his hand. How
needless, oh, how needless are often
times the devices of man. How nuga
tory and void are oftentimes his most
His wife was wide awake and wait
ing for him when he entered the sanc
tified seclusion of their apartment.
“I was so afraid of waking you,
dear,” he stammered as he let the
shoes fall from his nerveless grasp to
the floor with a couple of dull thuds so
close together they seemed as one.
She asked him in a stone cold voice
where he had been to be getting in at
that time of night. He thanked lieaven
for an opportunity to explain and he
told her a harrowing tale of business
and delayed trains and telephones out
of order and telegraph wires down
and no messengers that would have
moved a heart of marble. She never
said a word as she looked straight at
“Do you doubt me?” he said, as if in
dignant at the Implied suspicion of her
silence, and then pleadingly: "Do you
doubt me? Oh, Mary, how can you?”
Iler face softened and the flxity of
her eyes relaxed.
“No, William,” she responded almost
gently. “No, I do not doubt you. At
first there might have been some doubt
In my mind, but now, thank heaven,
there is none. Not a shadow, William,
and I'm as sure that you are lying as
that you are standing before me.”
Then William bowed his head In
shame and turned up the gas—at her
request—so she could get a better look
at him.—Washington Star.
Pell in Advance,
A builder In Glasgow, having hoard
that his men did not start work at the
proper time, thought that he would
drop down about half-past G some
morning to see. Going up the yard he
caught sight of a joiner standing smok
ing. with his kit unopened. Simply
asking Ills name, which he found to
t>e Malcolm Campbell, he called him
Into the office and, handing him four
days’ pay, told him to leave at once.
After having seen the man clear out of
the yard be went up to the foreman
and told him he had made an example
of Malcolm Campbell by paying him
off for not starting at the proper time.
"Great Scott!” exclaimed the fore
man. “that chap was ouly looking for a
Wh-n Royalty Rises.
Here are the exact hours at which
several European monarchs arise from
tlielr slumbers. The Kaiser, we are
told, rises at 5 o’clock, swallows a cup
of coffee and then begins work. The
Emperor Francis Joseph is about at 7
o'clock, and breakfasts on coffee and
buttered toast. The King of Italy, the
King of Sweden, the King of the Bel
gians. the King of Denmark, the Sul
tan and the Prince of Bulgaria rise at
the ttatne hour as ordinary mortals.
The record for Indolence Is held by the
ex-KIng Milan. He retires to rest at
peep of day. rises at midday aud takes
a long time over his breakfast
When a woman falls to make money
by managing a church entertainment,
she regards with suspicion the man
who sold tickets at the door.
When a woman believes everything
her husband tells her. her confidence
doesn't denote Imbecility as much as it
denotes extraordinary cleverness.