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The Sioux County Journal,
HAKKISOX, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 1S'J5.
A WOMAN'S BARGAIN.
Ton will love me? Ah. I know
Ag men love -no better, diur.
Worship? Yea, a uiuntU or so.
Teuderuesn' Perhaps u year.
After that, the quiet pm'Ihc
Of possession; -nrch rare,
And the culm iml s!ln-rio.
That nil married luwr wwir.
Illume you, dearest? Nut nt ull.
Ah Fate iiiude you. voti Hlund;
As Kali; made you. so you full,
Far below Love's high di'inusid.
Vet how strange is Love'n deep luw!
I ran look you through and thiuiiijU,
TruritiK plainly Nature's flaw
iu the lu art Le gave to you;
Knowing all luy heart must stake,
All the Unuifr, all the fear.
And yet glail, even o. tu luiike
This, my lotting bargain, dtar!
P-l-i-ff, Minnie! It's a horrid
-So It Is, Maud. Well, It could
n't lit? hclju'il. There was no tiiiiu tu
choose our -arrhim? ; in fact, we Lnd
luck In catching the train at all. These
underground trains scarcely give one,
time t wink."
"What dreadfully vulgar expressions
you ilo pick up. Minnie!"
"Slang Ih tin? go liowadnyH, my dear.
You catniot he Kinart without It. lint,
I say, do you really object to the smell
of tobacco V"
"Yea, especially w hen It Ih male. The
cent of a carriage like this clings to
one's dress for hours."
"What os that? It Is rather chick
than otherwise. For my part, 1 greatly
prefer a smoking carriage."
"What extraordinary taste!"
"Not so much for the sake of the to
bacco, as because you meet the best
looking men lu smoklug carriages,
"Minnie! Don't be so Inexpressibly
"And the wickedest"
"Are all smokers wicked, then?"
"No, but all wicked men are smok
ers." "And you like wicked men best?"
' "Rather! Don't you?"
"Of course not How can you sup
pose such a thing?"
"Charlie Bidding Is a little wicked,
my dear" (with laughing malice).
"I I don't believe II -I don't see
how that bears on the subject, Minnie,"
"Humbug, my prim old coz. Don't I
know who sent you that pretty little
gold watch for a valentine the other
day? There was no letter with It and
you couldn't Imagine from whom it
came eh? Oh, you Jolly old hypo
crite!" "You-you shouldn't talk such non
sense, Minnie. You let your tongue run
away with you."
"Perhaps I do. But It's not nonsense,
all the same. You know that Charlie
Bidding is in love with you, my dear;
and I know that you entertain a weak
nes for him. I also know that If he
wasn't a Icetle bit wicked you wouldn't
care for him a straw not you! Sup
pose In; had been" (with Inljuite worn)
"a good young man, he would never
have sent you that pretty gold watch
at all seeing that he Isn't engaged to
you; ho would never have danced
seven dances with you at Lady I' 's
ball the other night, when he nearly en
raged Aunt Agatha Into a fit; he would
never hare stolen that kiss from you
in the corner of the conservatory,
"How con you my such things, Min
nie?" Interrupted Maud, blushing a
rosy red. "I I don't know what you
"Yes, you do, my dear, very well,"
laughed' Minnie, saucily. "These little
eyes of mine are awfully sharp- But
what a pity the Hon. Charles Is only a
youuger sou, with a limited allowance.
His brother, the earl, Is tremendously
rich, too; might endow poor Charles
with affluence, If he liked, and never
In the least miss it. But, of course, lie
doesn't, stingy curmudgeon! Cures for
nothing, they suy, but his stupid poll
tics and blue books."
"I I really Minnie, you speak as If
Ch Mr. Bidding's affairs had some
thing to do with me. Haven't I told
you fifty times "
"Yes, you old darling! And I've
never believed you once. Hllloa, what's
"Why, this," said Minnie, stretching
across and picking up some article
from the' opposite seat. "By Jingo,
Maud a pipe!"
"So It Is. Koine man left it behind
Mill. I'gh! The horrid, smelly old
thing. Put It down at once, Minnie.1'
"You're no Judge of pipes, my dear,"
said Minnie, airily. "If you were, you
would never abuse a pipe for being old.
Now, this Is a regular clinker; quite a
gentleman among pipes. Look at It
Amber mouthpiece, 'all ver collar, beau
tifully colored bowl, and" (bringing It
close to her dainty noe) "ainella de-llc-lour
"Faugh! I call the smell atrocious.
It nearly makes nie 111 even that dis
tance." "Ah, thaft your prejudice, dear, old
faabloned cot. I -I say" (Inspecting
the Inside of the bowl) "It's actually
"Charged, you darling simpleton;
loaded-tilled with baccy. Aud I do be
lieve yes, yes. It is-1 uui sure uf it
It's Old Carolina!"
"Pray, what is Old Carolina, Minnie?"
"old Carolina, Maud, Is a particular
ly scrumptious kind of baccy. My
broiher .lack always expects me to
give hint some for a Christinas present
It tUkles just about heavenly, 1 can tell
"Tastes!" cried out Maud. "You do
not mean to say that you have ever
"Bather. I've had stealthy whiffs
from Jack's pipe many times. I should
like a pull at this one now!"
A she spoke to Maud's unutterable
horror she placed the pipe In her
uiouili and made bellevo to draw nt It.
"Good heavens. Milium!" exclaimed
her sober cousin, aghast "How can
you! That horrid, dirty, strange pipe?
Take it out immediately!"
Minnie only laughed.
"If I had a match with me," she said,
"I should shock you still more; fur I
should light up."
"Allow me to oblige you."
It was a man's voice, and It came
from behind. Both girls turned hastily
round. Maud's face was crimson.
Even Minnie, who was usually equal
to most situations, showed some signs
The stranger was In the next com
partment looking at them over the
partition. How long he had been
watching them they did not know, for
they had sat with their backs to him,
and would never have observed him at
ail unless he had spoken. He was not
an ill-looking man rather the reverse.
He had a pleasant, good tempered face
and twinkling eyes, which were now
regarding the two young ladies with
evident amusemeut But he had no
business to' be spying over the parti
tion at all, still less to address girls with
whom he was unacquainted. So Maud
felt, and she drew herself up as stillly
as she could and affected to Ignore him.
That was not lu Minnie's line at all.
After the first shock 'of the stranger's
voice she began to enjoy the joke, and
she said, with a wave of her hand to
ward his proffered match-box:
"Thanks, awfully. We are getting
out at the next station, else I should
certainly have availed myself of your
"Then If you aro really not going to
use It yourself, perhaps you can spare
me my pipe now," suggested the
"Oh, It Is yours, Is It ? Here you are,"
she said, handing It to him. -
"Thank you very much. I ought to
explain. My Intrusion must otherwise
seem rather unaccountable. I got out
at the last station for a paper and
jumped back Into the wrong compart
ment. Kecollecting that I had left my
pipe an old and valued friend nmn
the seat, I stood up to look for It over
the partition, I was rejoiced to find
that It had fallen Into such appreciative
"Oh, I kuow a lot about pipes," laugh
ed Minnie. Then, as the train pulled
til), '- turned to her couslu, exclaim
ing:, "Hllloa! here we are; Gloucester road.
Out with you, Maud."
The stranger raised his hat by way
of a farewell.
"I shall never forget," he said, de
murely, "that so great a connoisseur In
pipes as yourself has pronounced mine
to be a regular clinker!"
When they had alighted from the
train, Maud, who had been frowning
at her cousin all through the above con
versation, at once took that young lady
to task for encouraging the stranger's
familiarity. But Minnie treated these
remonstrances very lightly.
"All right, dear old Propriety. No
harm done. Only a bit of a Joke. What
do you think Aunt Agatha will say
when she hears about It?"
"Surely you won't tell mamma?" ex
claimed Maud; "she'll be terribly angry
If you do."
"Oh, I shall tell her, certainly," an
swered Minnie, "If only for the sake
of watching her face during my recital.
It will be better than a play."
And Minnie did tell her. And Aunt
Agatha's face as a genuine study of
emotions was decidedly better than a
play. No actress could quite have pro
duced that horror-struck expression.
"Margaret," she said, scathingly, "I
do not know which tocondemn the more,
your outrageous conduct with that
Impertinent stranger or your flippant
miinner in relating It. It is hard for me
to believe that you are my own sister's
Minnie affected to look very much
crushed. She bent her eyes over the
tablecloth. Aunt Agatha could not see
their roguish twinkle, or she might
have found It harder still to believe that
the girl was her own sister's child. In
truth, few things daunted this harum
scarum young lady, and no reproofs
weighed heavily upon her soul.
A few mornings later the two girls
were sitting In their little upstairs
room, where they painted, and messed
and practiced untldlnees to their hearts'
content They war talking now;
though, to be sore, Maud did bold a
palatta Id one band and a bruab In the'
other, anil made occasional reckless
dubs at a caiiyiis iu front of her. Mlu
uie had thrown her Implements of art
upon the tloor beside her, and was
lounging with crossed knees, lu a bas
ket chair near the window. She was lu
one of her high-spirited moods, and was
rattling away like the proverbial (small
"If I were you, Maud, I should assert
myself, defy Aunt Agatha, and many
Charles Bidding to-morrow I"
"Hush! Minnie. How can you?"
"Yes, I should. If I loved a liian, I
shouldn't care a twopenny I mean
twopence, whether he was poor or rich.
Ail the mothers, or fathers, or 1 notions,
or aunts lu the world might try ! ""Tp
me. But I shouldn't let them If a
man, I say, whom I loved, asked nut to
marry him, I'd do It, In spite of 'cm
"Ch Mr. Bidding lias never asked
me to marry him," suid Maud, blush
ing;. "But you know that he wants to.
You know that you lire only to give him
the opportunity to usk you. Are you
daren't, bemuse you're afraid of Aunt
Agatha. If I was In love, which Good
heavens, who's tills V
A hansom hud drawn up at the door.
Jlllinlo watched the occupant alight
She chipped her bauds merrily.
"Talk of uugel," she. cried. "Oh,
Maud, here's fun. Who do you think
"Who?" exclaimed Maud, springing
to the window and peeping out. Her
face suddenly flushed the rosiest of
reds. She recognized the athletic form
of Charles Bidding.
"He has come to ask Aunt Agatha for
your hand," laughed Minnie. "Poor
Charles, I do not euVy hliu the Inter
view." "Oh, I'm sorry he's come," faltered
Maud, looking rather distressed. "I
I'm afraid mamma will will be dread
fully rude to him. She was was horrid
to him the other night at Lady P 's
ball. It Is of no use his coming either;
no use, whatever. lie he only has
500 a year, and he's in in debt
Mamma would never let me marry
"Fiddlesticks, dear old coz," said
Minnie, putting her arm around ber
and giving her a kiss. "Aunt Agatha
can't prevent you. lilrla are not slaves
nowadays. You only have to assert
yourself, you darling goose. My motto
Is, if a man is worth loving, he Is
worth marrying. Aud If he Is worth
marrying, marry him. For men worth
marrying do not grow on every bush."
In this half-jesting strain Minnie ran
on. But Maud did not hear much of it.
Maud's attention was obviously dis
tracted. Her eyes constantly wander
ed to the door. 8he seemed to be lis
tening for something outside. At last
there came a footstep. A maid enter
ed. "A message from missis, please, Miss
Maud. Will you go down to her lu the
Maud sprang up and smoothed her
hair with her hands. Then she ran
downstairs to obey her mother's order
with a very nervous, frightened ex
pression upon her face.
It was nearly an hour before she curne
back. Minnie looked up at her ques
tlonlngly. It was clear that something
unexpectedly good hail happened.
"Oh, Minnie, 1 have something so
wonderful to tell you. Mr. Bidding
Charles has had an extraordinary
piece of fortune. He has has come
Into two thousand a year! And mam
ma has allowed us to be engaged. She
was so kind, Minnie, and said such
such beautiful things about my happi
ness being her one consideration. I I
think I have misjudged mamma, Min
nie!" Just for a second a queer, quizzical
twinkle Hushed In Minnie's eyes. The
Idea of Aunt Agatha saying beautiful
things was rather novel. However, that
was soon forgotten lu her genuine de
light at Maud's happiness. With all
her harum-scarum ways, Minnie was a
warm-hearted, unselfish little creature.
She hugged and kissed her a dozen
times. She used every term of congrat
ulation of endearment. Had It been
her owu engagement, she could not
have displayed more heartfelt and un
affected Joy over it. Maud found her
sympathy very delicious. Girls In
Maud's condition are particularly sus
ceptible of sympathy. It adds 73 per
cent to their bliss.
At luncheon Aunt Agatha was morn
than agreeable. Her face was wreath
ed In smiles throughout the meal. Min
nie Indulged In many vulgarisms mi
rebuked. It was altogether an unpre
cedented luncheon In that house. Aunt
Agatha snhl some more beautiful things
and Minnie niannged to keep counten
ance?. It was an effort But she did
In the afternoon the elder lady went
out alone to pay calls, and, no doubt,
to discuss Maud's engagement with
her friends. It was 5 o'clock before
she returned. She came Into the drawing-room,
where the two girls were
having tea. They saw at once by her
face that something had happened In
the Interim. She had gone away In a
sunlight of smiles and good humor. She
came back In a storm of angry boo wis.
Even Maud bad never seen ber moth
er's face more ominous. Tto poor girl
shuddered. What could It menu?
Could it have anything to do with hu
But it was not against Maud that iiei
mother's auger was directed.
"Margaret!" she .said, in uu awful
"Yes, aunt," replied Minnie. -
"I -I hardly know how to uddiesn
you you-you shameless girl. Ho you
know what 1 have been told of you thli
uflernoou? That a few evenings ago
you were seen, after dark, lu a deserted
street near here, walking arm-In arm
w itli- villi a man!"
"ignite true, aunt," answered Minnie,
In a low voice.
Her eyes Were bent upon the carpet.
She was altogether very shame -fuced
"And a strange mnu!" continued Aunt
Agatha, her voice rising with Increased
"Yes. uunt. At least I had never seen
him till t ill I picked up his pipe the
other day on the 1'ndergrouud." !
"Picked up his pipe?" Aunt Aga
tha's voice had risen almost to a
scream. "Is that the fellow? That
counter jumper! A nice companion fur
my niece to walk arm-in-arm with in
the public streets."
"I -did not t t tiiKC his arm," fal
tered Minnie iu a slight ill-used tone,
"until I I hud promised to marry him."
"Promised to marry him!" Aunt
Agatha's expression was now appall
ing. "Mary him! Some common cud
whose very name we don't kuow aud
"I do know his name, aunt," inter
"What Is it, pray? Tom Jones or
Jack Hoblnsou?" scoffed the elderly
lady with an unparalleled effort at sar
casm. "Not quite either, aunt It Is the
Karl of Northover Charles Bidding's
So, you see, Charles owed his fortune
to the earl, his brother. The earl owed
his generous Impulse to Minnie. Aud
Minnie owed her opportunity to the
pipe. If you took the opinion of these
three persons, adding Aunt Agatha
and Maud, you would probably find
them to concur In Minnie's original
verdict upon the said pipe that it wag
a regular clinker! London Truth.
Can Never be One People.
That the two hundred and eighty mil
lion Inhabitants of the continent of In
dia should ever become one nation is so
wild an Improbability, and, even if
possible, a matter of so many centur
ies, that Its assumed realization cannot
be made the basis of practical politics.
Kngland and Ireland are au example
of the slowness of growth of a common
national sentiment In closely allied peo
ples forming one state, aud the national
unification of medieval Europe would
have been a problem analagous to that
of India to-day. For Latin then, as En
glish now, in India was a common
tongue for the educated classes, yet the
former did not supplant, as the latter is
now destroying, the popular language.
Aud the ideal of a temporal head of
Christendom in the holy Roman Empe
ror, with its attendant aspirations, was
a sentiment counteracting local or tribal
feeling stronger than any that bus yet
arisen In India from the superimposed
authority of the Queen's Government,
while there is nothing In India to corre
spond with the religious unity of Eu
rope under the Popes. For Hindoolsm
and Islam show no signs of decay, ami
the antagonism between their followers
Is on t lie Increase.
In the traditions of history, one of the
most powerful elements of national sen
timent, the pride of the one is the
shame of the other. The Mussulman
glories In Aurung.eb; the followers of
Goblud Singh and SivaJl detest his
memory. Intermarriage Is impossible,
anil Is a sin even among the myriad
tastes of Hindoos. There Is no histor
ical example of such a miracle as the
amalgamation Into one nation of Bitch
a multitude of diverse elements, and If
It Is to be effected the first steps have
yet to be taken.
When boots arc wet through, do not
dry them by the fire. As soon as they
are tuken off, till them qnlto full with
dry oats. This grain will rapidly ab
sorb every vestige of damp from wet
leather. As it takes up the moisture,
It swells and fills the boot like a tight
ly fitting hist, keeping Its. form good,
and drying the leather without harden
ing it. In the morning shake out the
oats and hang them In a bag near
the fire to dry, ready for use on anoth
Coke as Fuel.
Tests lu the use of coke as a fuel for
locomotives In place of coal have been
made by the Baltimore and Ohio Ball
road on some of Its Virginia lines dur
ing the -past few weeks, and have
proved very successful. With the
heaviest freight trains equally good
results have been obtained from coke
as from coal, with the great advantage
of an avoidance of the smoke and cin
ders attendant on the use of coal.
Tobaeeo-O rowing State a.
Tobacco la grown In rorty-two states
and Terrltorlea, but nearly half the
crop cornea from Kentucky, Virginia,
Ohio, North ' Carolina, Tennessee.
Pennsylvania and Connecticut
GOWNS AND GOWNING.
WOMEN GIVE MUCH ATTENTION
TO WHAT THEY WEAR.
Ilrlef Glances at Fan fit feminine, Frivo
lous, Mayhap, and Vet Offered In the
Hope that the Reading: May Trove
Uebtful to Wearied Womankind.
Gossip from Gj Gotham.
New York correspondenoe:
EALI.Y fine figures
should be as per
fect in the lines of
the back as In those
In front and while
a woman should
not be blamed, per
haps, if she is not
pretty iu front,
there is no excuse
for her being any
thing but graceful
and attractive in
the back of her. If
she won't stand
i well, the dressmak
V W cannot help the
Ifullness that ruins
ill contour in front,
but she can build
up the correspond
ing hollow In the lower back, aud the
result Is a series of unimpeachable
curves that incites the beholder to lias
ten her steps, only to meet with disup
polnlment lu the front view. The
woman who is round shouldered is
even harder to manage, but the crafty
dressmaker seizes upon the blouse ef
fects allowable now, and with a loose
box pleat falling from just vhere the
ugly curve at the shoulders begins an
appearance of straightness is secured,
while the closely fitted sides, and per
haps a line or so given by a sttap or
ribbon drawn from the snoudet to the
waist at just the tight angle, complete
the perfect back.
The set out of the skirt from the waist
in the back also assists In giving the
needed out-curve where the figure lacks
it The woman who has actually no
end to her back, but whose clothes
would slip to her heels with nothing to
stop them, has an artificial waist line
made by hooking up skirt to bodice,
and by the outsweep of the folds of the
skirt from this point. Other women
are horridly short waisted in the back,
without any curve to complete the back
either, and they go on being wide and
flat till the dressmaker is obliged to
"draw the line." Such a woman usu
ally lacks at the hips and Is the same
all the way down both sides and back.
She can be greatly Improved by a skirt
very full on the band and by a bodice
finished as in the first picture. Bight
In the center of the waist line at the
back the bodice fits down In a little
point, while the roll of silk that edges
It Is actually allowed to lift a little
above the apparent waist line under
the arms, setting down low again In
front to do battle with ugliness there.
The second figure shows a gown
adapted to the woman whoso waist
lldea down to ber heels. Note the
value of the little upstanding bow,
and observe the taper produced by 011
Ing the back at the ebonldr line and
! ( f: I AHA . f
1 I I i I 'M i I
AJf 170I.Y BACK MADE SIGHTLY.
mowt arracrs s
above with insertions, and by redacts
tlse to a narrowing series that enda
under the bow lu a point This line of
insertion may mask a "hump" at the
shoulders, aud the two side insertions
that stop at the shoulder line will fur
ther suppress! protruding shoulder
blades . Three big folds aud the sweep
of a train supply the lack below the
waist, and the unsightly back Is made
These are the days when there Is lit
tle that is startling! new, and when
to make up for the lack of novelty, ex
aggerations are freely Indulged In. Lace
having been so long the vogue, is now
fashionable only In avalanches and
billows that threaten to swamp a whole
costume, Including wearer. Big hats
are larger than ever. Yards of drap-
FOB TRAVELING OR THE STREET.
ery are festooned about the biggest
sleeves; If a gown is already covered
with ribbon, one can safely put on
more; four colors having blended Into
acceptable harmony, a couple more
may be added and the demands of the
waning season be met. Skirts resist
this tendency to highly wrought effecta
with considerable success, but above
the belt the standards are such that the
batiste garniture appearing on the third
pictured dress Is but moderately elab
orate. It Is used upon a blouse of blue
silk crepon having a gathered front and
plain back. The yoke of embroidered
and spangled batiste Is banded with
dark blue satin, the collar and belt be
ing of the same. Then there Is a double
collar of the batiste deeply pointed at
the edges, and fluffy chiffon rosettes
set off the collar.
Even traveling dresses are affected
by the general demand for elaboration,
though, of course, they escape the
tidal wave of fluffy and other crusha
ble dainties. Whatever may be said
against overdoing the trimmings of
dresses for ordinary use, there Is an
advantage iu making the traveling rig
ornamental, for it will then be also aer
vlceable as a street dress. So, for once,
a fashion has been set by wealthy wom
en that can be copied by less fortunate
ones, to the latter's 'advantage. Two
A SECOND MODEL OK DOUBLE I'SK.
examples of these jaunty costumes are
presented in the remaining piiAires.
The first is sketched In navy blue mo
hair and is made with a very full and
deeply ideated plain skirt Its bodice
Is made of gathered taffeta shot with
violet and blue, and is trimmed with
mohair straps, three In back and front
with shorter tabs at the tops of the
latter, all studded with tiny steel but
tons. The standing collar and belt are
also of the mohair with button garni
ture, and the sleeves, which have Im
mense puffs and fitted cuffs, are of the
Silver gray cashmere is the fabric of
the second rig for Journeying, and, like
the first, its skirt Is plain, and pleated
with accurate nicety. Any sort of allk
or shirt waist may be worn with this,'
for the cape la heavy enough to furnish
the necessary warmth. It Is made of
alternate white aatln and gray cash
mere bands and fastens with a gray
strap piped with white. Its collar Is
high and warm and Is also piped with
rilny aays of a Roman gentleman
whom he doea not name that be was
able to repeat the "Iliad" and the
"Odyssey," the whole of the "Aeneld"
and moat of the poems of Horace from
i -lift y
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