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A DOCTOR'S MISSION
In his tiDiisually pleasant office on
Broadway sat Lemuel Gray, a middle
aged man ami iiecessful lawyer, in ip
thought. In his baud he he!! a letter.
vliirh; ftjv a ftv uioiiit-ut, he sgi:::;
carefully read. As it refer to people
uil events to be mentioned often in the
remarkable story about to be relate!, we
give tile contents entire:
Y oak era, April 13, IS .
Mr. Lemuel Gray:
l)ear Sir It is with great difficulty
that I pen the following, being very ill,
but as the object I have in vie' by thus
addressing you is of great importance, I
will write in as few words us possible.
You are aware, being my confidential
adviser, that I expected to sail for Eu
tope shortly, in order to attempt to un
ravel the mystery surrounding tile death
of Sir Arthur Glendenning, in whose fate
I am ao deeply interested.
I wished to visit, in some disguise, the
town where Glendenning Hail is situat
ed, to become acquainted with the pres
ent baronet and Lady Constance, his
wife, with the nephew and niece resid
ing with them, and to learn something,
if posriible, about the only sister who
married without the consent of her fam
ily, and who, therefore, was disowned by
her relatives as well as a young girl
whom it was said they had adopted.
I desired, uiso, to make inquiries in
regard to the private character of An
toine Duval, the valet of the present Sir
Reginald Glendenning, and to study ev
erything that might bear upon the mys
tery of the case.
I regret to say that my physician de
clares it impossible for me w undertake,
with safety, this journey. What do you
thing of niy sending thither a sutwtitute?
I have in mind a young physician. Dr.
Earle Elfenstein, who resides in your
city. I write to ask you to hunt biui up
for me. Please make a few inquiries
as to his circumstances, disposition and
above all, whether he is an energetic and
Inform me in regard to these matters
at an early date. If favorable, set a
time when you can meet him at my resi
dence and explain to him the peculiar
mission I wish him to undertake in my
behalf. Your presence will be absolutely
necessary, as the disease with which I
am afflicted forbids my entering into the
long explanations that must be given, in
order to instruct him in the performance
of the work.
' , LEOX RAPPELYE.
To this, a few hours later, the follow
ing reply was penned:
w . N'. Y., April If), IS ,
Mr. Leon Kappelye:
Dear Sir Upon the receint of thm
of the 15th, I examined the city directory
without delay. I find Dr. Elfensteiu's ad
dress to be 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, finds it difficult to support his
widowed mother and himself in comfort.
This state of bis finances is not due
to lack of energy, for he is indefatigable
in his efforts to benefit bis patients, but
those who apply to him for advice' are
unfortunately, the very poor in the region
of his home.
He is an exceedingly conscientious and
good man, and from all I can learn, just
the on to undertake the important busi
ness which you propose, and which I
I will meet him at your residence, on
iu evening ot the ISth. It won Id be
well to send him a telegram to that ef
fect as goon as you receive this. Yours
It was a dull and dreary picture that
the eyes of Dr. Earle Elfeustein rested
upon as he drew back the lace curtains
that draped the parlor window of bis
His practice was not large and far
from lucrative. Times were unusually
hard, and hig bill- for services rendered,
poorly paid, so that he had, indeed, a
hard struggle to live.
This afternoon he wag peculiarly east
down, for his mother had reminded him
that the month's rent for the flat in
which they resided would be due in three
days, and hp knew he had not or.p quar
ter of the amount required.
It was no wonder, tbeu, that a sigh
escaped him as he turned to greet the
sweet-looking lady about fifty years of
age, who entered the room, holding an
envelope in her hand.
"Here is a telegram for you, E&rle.
What can it be?"
"I cannot ssy, as I expected none," he
replied, opening the missive. "This is
singular. I am requested to leave the
city by the 8 p. m. train for Yonkers,
to see a gentleman, who is an invalid,
on a matter of business. His name is
Leon Rappelye, a strange name to me."
"What shall yon do about it?" asked
the mother, anxiously.
"I shall go, of course. The message
says, 'you will be met a: the station.' I
have Just about time to answer a call,
nd meet the train."
"What time shall you return?"
"It will l late, I know, perhaps not
until morning. Good by, little mother.
Who knows but this will bring better
things (or ns?"
Later, closely protected by comfort
able ulster from the heavy rain that wi.i
falling, with a train of serious thoughts
ia his mind, occasioned by his poverty,
Dr. Elfeustein wended hi wj to the
Orsnd Central Depot and entered the
ears that would bear b'm to his destioa
. tteo. .
The rtB was falling in forfeits ta the
'' r-s&i eats tbanaVring to the station at
's, aaat a stopping, rbe osaal
rt '"fril eat, ana Maslag throng
,", r-'ci to tlM street beyeasl,
t if ntrtlnth gloom. Tbe 4ee
.f . -y a taMtaK f wait, wfeaa
yr y a-aaeaaaseY wbto lei
r J tL. -,
l n o are a faatie
r,l. Vt-jrcl r.'-attfi,
BY EMILY THORNTON
Author of " Rov Russkll's Rule,"
"The Fashionable Mother," Etc.
Are you the one?"
"Then please follow me."
The young man was soon seated in a
handsome close carriage. Street afrer
stive; s traversed, untii rimiily they
turned into the extensive grounds of an
As the young man stepped across the
piazza, the large doors were instantly
opened by a colored waiter, who motion
ed him to enter and proceeded to assist
in removing his overcoat and wet over
shoes. Crossing the marble floor of the long
hall, he was ushered into a room ele
gantly appointed. The bright gr.ite tire
cast a cheerful glow around, while the
velvet cirpet scarcely gave back a foot
afil. The table was laid for one, and
very soon a sumptuous dinner was serv
ed, of which he alone partook.
Leaving the doctor to enjoy his solitary
meal, we will precede him to the story
above, and to the presence of the invalid,
whose urgent telegraphic dispatch had
brought him to the place.
The second story back room was large
and commodious, opening into a room be
yond, where every luxury abounded, for
tne comtort ot the master.
"ILis he come?"
These words is.-ned from the pale lips
of the sufferer, who was half sitting, half
reclining upon the bed.
"Has Dr. Elfeustein come? I thought
I beard the carriage."
"You did, and he is here," returned the
nurse and housekeeper. "I thought it
best to have him take dinner before you
saw him. I presume you have much to
say and would prefer not to be interrupt
ed, lie will be with you in a few mo
"Has my lawyer come?"
"Not yet. Hut the door bell rings. I
think that is he."
"Set that ftaud with writing materia!
close by my bed, then go down and show
both gentlemen to this room; after which,
you can leave us to ourselves until you
hear me ring."
Making herself known to the docf.r,
the nurse introduced him to Mr. Gray,
then led she way to the sick man's pres
ence. "Here is Mr. Gray. Mr. It.ippelye. and
this is your expected friend, Dr. Eif'-n-stein."
Ueaciiiiig forth a thin, white hand, the
old man smiled feebly, and between
struggling breaths managed to say:
"I am very glad to ice you."
Taking the emaciated hand in both his.
Earle Elfenstein pressed it tenderly, and
in a low tone full of feeling responded:
"1 am glad I could come to you, but
sorry, very sorry to see you so 111
"You must wonder why I summoned I
you, an entire stranger, to mv side in
this unceremonious way, but I have im
portant business to transact. Talking is
such an exertion, my lawyer, Mr. Gray,
must explain for me my wishes, and
why I sent for you."
These words were uttered at intervais.
for his short breathing prevented Jung
sentences, and gently releasing bis hand
Elfenstein took the feat close beside the
bed, while Mr. Gray seated himself in a
business-like way beside the table.
"Dr. Elfeustein," said Mr. Gray, "my
client and friend, Mr. Leon Kapwlye,
is, as you see, extremely ill. Our friend
is a lonely man, having no relatives liv
ing to whom he wishes to leave his large
fortune. He has dictated his la.- will
and testament, and as he desires to sign
it before be may be unable to do so, it
was necessary for him to see you per
sonally, previous to placing bis name to
the document, in which, I may add, you
are deeply interested."
Earle Elfenstein started as he heard
the e words, and looked from the lawyer
to the invalid beside him.
"You are surprised, naturally." again
resumed Mr. Gray, "and probably won
der what Mr. Kappelye knows of you.
I will explain this at once. Your father
was George Eifeustein, a well-known
banker; in years gone by he did Mr.
Kappelye a never-to-be-forgotten service.
His arrival in this country was follow
ed by a long and dangerous illness, when
he lay alone among strangers, almost
neglected, and he attended to bis wants
iii: a brother, until he was entirely con
valescent. They met often afterward,
and then lost sight of each other. Years
of silence passed, when accidentally be
learned about three months since that
his benefactor was dead, and bis only
sou was a struggling physician in New
York, lie has heard of your fearles.
conscientious manner of meeting your en
gagements, and this was a characteristic
he particularly wished to find in some
young friend. When, therefore, bis
health entirely failed, he determined to
send for you, and perhaps place his af
fairs in your bands."
"Anything that I can do within the
rang? of honor and integrity, I shall be
pleased to undertake," Earle answered.
"We felt so. The case then is this;
but, of course, you will recognize the
fact that the history of our friend's life,
which I shall be obliged to unfold to you,
is told In strict confidence. Will you
promise to regard that confidence as a
sacred trust, never to be told to anotner,
until all that is now mysterious has been
"Then I will proceed. Our friend was
the youngest son of Sir Geoffrey Glen
denning, residing in a large town near
Liverpool. Tbis gentleman bad one
daughter, who married against bis
wishes, and three sons. Arthur,- who
would in case of bis death succeed to
the title; Beginald, two years younger,
and Fltiroy, the gentleman you see be
fore on, wkeee severe domestic naisfor
taaee have base) ao great that for the last
twenty -ire rear bo baa bean obliged to
live la tbia osnatry. taar tbe assumed
oaaaa at Banal."
-A abort tiase after tha death of his
areata, far tfcay expiref wltbin a few
sauna of aack otbor. aai after bia
or nis title, little turmoils arose between
the brothers, and seemed to embitter
Reginald, tbe second wm, bad an ugly
morose disposition, that was peculiarly
exasperating, and whenever the oppor-
j tunny occurred he delighted in getting
j Kitzroy into disgrace with the young
j oese young men bad a very pretty
cousin, in whose society they each took
, extreme pleasure. Her name was Con
stance Leonore Gleudeiining. It was soon
' discovered that the affections of the
young girl were centered upon Sir Ar-
, thur, and ihis knowledge was imniedi
utely followed by a betrothal.
j "Reginald, being somewhat disappoint
inr i-uuki hih win tne prize, un
i.yr. uok to report .several littl. inFtia-
of a purely innocent and accidental ;ia
uire mat t itzroy uad with this la.ry to
nis urwtlier. casting a very sinister light
upon t,iem, nitj assuring Arthur that
!iTyfdi- i-.,ii .1. ... i.- t
j ; " "u,-j,ih,iis hi supplant mm
; in ner lavwr.
I "This artful story infuriated the young
.i;M,it-,,i,m. ami causeti a very bitter inter
-". i nAi-ny iiiingiianriy uenini every
thought of interference, dec-bring the
truth, that his love for Constance was
merely cousinly. This Sir Arthur refos
eit to ls-lieve, and they parted in an
i- itzi-oy exclaiming in a moment of
guarded passion n he left him:
"'Very well, think so if it suits you
nut, mark me, you shall yet repent your
unjust accusations, and. as 1 live, shall
never repent this insult.'
( .i... .i..
jo. iur uoor ,-is lie spoKe. ne step
ped into the hall and stood face to face
with A ii toine Duval, the valet of his
brother Keginald, and from the conscious
look he gave him, Eitzroy knew that he
Had either purposely listened or acci
dentally heard the unfortunate remark.
"The brothers did not meet again that
un... uui eariy uie next, 1-itzroy was
awakened by an unusual tumult. To his
horror he was told that Sir Arthur had
;...,? red during the night. His bed
had been occupied as usual, but he had
probably been murdered, or very badly
wounded, hs while no traces of his body
eouiu ne oumi, evidences of a content
were on every side.
mood was upon the bed and floor,
the window seat was covered With it, ns
though he had been dragged through it,
p.nd then by means of a rope let down to
the ground below. From the grass to an
ornamental lake not far distant were
irregular patches of the same human
ti"i-. i-joii mat, noining was ever
discovered: Iliat lake was thoroughly
dragged for the body: the grave by the
side of it whs searched, not a spot being
it-ii m which a corp.-e couiJ be buried
to no effect.
"Tint, while stupefied with grief over
his brother's loss, our poor friend was
made aware that the finger of suspicion
pointed to him with singularly fatal evi
dences of guiit.
"A dagger with his name engraved
s:pon the handle was found by the bed
side, on the floor, its blade ssj W(,j wjtl(
blood. I'"!iea!h the window seat, caught
i;pon a nail, was a fragment of cloth
which, upon search being made, fitted
exactly into a rent in a dres ing gown
of his, that was found hanging in his
"All he could conclude was that some
.mknown enemy had struck the fatal
blow, and after stealing these articles
from his private rooms, had left the
dagger purposely upon the floor, and re
turned the torn ami bloody gown to the
closet, in order to fasten suspicion upon
him, and thus fhield themselves.
"To m;tke a long story short. In due
time the trial took place, and Sir Regi
nald Glendeiining. who had succeeded to
the title, testified to the bitter feeling
that had existed between the brothers.
He also identified the dagger and dress
ing gown as belonging to the prisoner.
Antoiiie Duval testified ns fully to the
threatening language used to the de
ceased on the day previous to the mur
der by his brot'her.
"The trial was o.uite lengthy, but re
culted in his acquittal and discharge
from custody. Hut although freed by
law, the popular opinion remained un
changed, and, unable to endure the cold,
averted looks of his former friends, he
left his home ami embarked for America
under an assumed usme.
"Arriving In New York, the strain of
grief that he had undergone so told Un
his nervous system that he was laid
upon s bed of severe illness. Then it
was that your father sought him out and
uur.ed him so tenderly. After his re
covery, be resolved to devote himself to
business, and thus forget bis troubles
(To te continued.)
Why Mary Did Not Hing.
An able but easily euibarrassiij and
soincwliut absent-mindful young teach
er was about to begin a singing les
son (n day when a knock nt the
m lifxil-rooiii door Interrupted priK-ced
I.igs. The teacher went to the dour
nml ushered In a delegation from a
prominent local woman's club. When
the ludie were comfortably seated
iTid each had iissuiiicd a critical, lis
ti iting attitude, the teacher resumed
the singing lesson. It was one of her
moKt stringent rules of action that
wliei) company was present every
thing should go on exactly as usual.
One of her pupils. Mary Holmes, a
somewhat shy girl, had a good alto
voice, aud the teacher was anxious
that she should display It to advan
tage. "Now, Mary," she gald, encourag
ingly, "when I count four, you bo
sure to ding. Attention, children!"
raising tier baton. "One, two, three,
rendy-slng!" The children sang lust
ily, but Mary's alto voice wag missing.
"I didn't' bear your voice that time,
Mary, Item ember, when I count four
you are to sin. Next verse, children!
One, two" Mary watched the motion
of the teacher's llpa anxiously, "three!
Heady sing!" The children's shrill
treble rang out unaided by Mary'a
"Don't you fee! like singing, Mary?
Try tbla verse, now one, two, threa.
Well, what la It?"
Mary had risen, and was shyly
twisting her Angers. "Please, Miss
Brooka," aba said, breathlessly, "yoo
told me to alng when yon counted
four and yoa only count Just to tbraa
every tlma!" Toutb'a Companion.
tSomatlinea a mas makaa a fool of
blmaelf bexaoaa bia wlfa lata bia
haw hit arms way.
Ideals of a Woman.
1 Miring her engagement the woman
of a certain type spends her waking
mid sleeping moments building a ped
estal upon which she placets her be
loved. I'.efore the honeymoon Is over
she decides that she built the pedestal
too tilslir and ticni-eds to --remove -u
few- of the foundation blocks labeled
About the third year of their mar
ried life she becomes ssi'ssed of the
villi lilslMir ::t ;::;ln3 ... jku,,,
and calmly climbs up. A year or so
later she rends that Helen of Troy
pl.iyeil ping XHig with her nation's
history at -tu, and that Cleopatra had
reached the same mature age when
she 1-uplivnKMl Caesar. Anthony and a
few other notables of her day. Where-
tllmii Milady Matrimony drops a hint
to her matter-of-fact spouse that he
ought to be proud of the right to delve
after money for the purpose of adorn
ii.'g ami embellishing the figure of one
w ho Is .so marked a credit to his good
l-'lve years Jater she thinks her hus
band Is something of a brute, because
he cjuil.ot figure out how to send two
ntlilet ic-Iovlng Imvs Tli; w U college
and give daughter a few finishing
touches in French and music all on
$.'!.ih) a year. Then, when the storm
ims biown over and the boys have
settled into business without the col
lege education, and daughter Is head
Monographer for Kim, I'.un-eli & Co.,
at "o jier, she one day discovers that
the gray hairs are coining in thick
alsive father's temples, and that there
are lines jn his face which tsbe had
never noticed before.
Then comes to her a moment of re
flection. Hack ward rolls the panorama
of their married life, and she sees It
through a gentle mist. Th"ii. oddly
enough, the man Imds himself lust
where they started out together on
Give the baby and each child a bed
o himself. Have the xlepiiig-room
oo! and clean and as lire of furniture
as a cell. Sep that the clothing of the
little sleeper Is loose at the neck, waist
and arms, and keep his lusid uncover-
tl. If there Is anything young ani
mals cannot do without It is fresh air,
and lmliies get iess than anv othif
lnsw. Through the pores of the skin
the body is continually throwing off
poisonous vapors. If the bead Is cov-
rcd with the bed clothing, the unfor
tunate infant will be breathing bad
air. Fashion or no fashion, it is a
rru'i shame to trim or starch babies'
lothlng. The average child suffers
from over-feeding and over-dressing.
Let him learn to be a trifle hungry.
Half the time the child cries he wants
air or fresh water. Willing the Hits of
crying lciby with cool water will
often soothe and refresh him.
Two ( sreeri,
What has she done thst men should stay
The jostling hurry of their way
seek with wonder-eager eyes
The darkened mansion where she lies?
What has she done that, far and wide.
Has flashed the word that she has died
riiat folk in distant land have (aid
To one another: "She is dead"'
Why should the lips of strangers raise
To her a monument of prune?
Ah, it was hers to conquer fame.
She made u Name.
And she who lies so whilely still,
I'ntouchcd of joy, unvexed of ill.
Has she done sught? Why, surely, no;
The records of her living show
No iamvis Won. no glory gained.
No effort crowned, no height attained;
In life she championed no can ;
Why should the passing people pause?
One little household's narrow scope
Held all her heart and all her hope,
Too lowly she for fame's high dome.
She made a Home.
Jennie Ketts Hartswick in Harper's
The Unpopular Woman.
The keep-your-dlslance forbidding
attitude taken by so many women una
a terrible effect on the expression of
the face. There is seldom any need
for them to speak. Expression does
that as plainly as the tongue, or even
more plainly sometimes.
The popular woman Is she who has
a bright word and cln ery smile for all,
and who does not allow herself to be
drawn Into clique. There Is such a
thing aa miserable linpplne-s. It
sounds contradictory but It Is a mat
ter of fact that such a state of -things
exists, chiefly In women not nil wom
en, of course, hut Just those who are
always on the lookout for troubles
ahead, and If they enjoy themselves,
their dismal way of doing ao effectu
ally prevents enjoyment on the part of
those who are wltb them.
A grievance la ao absolute necessity
to them, and tbey are not bappy with
out they are worrying themselves or
others, quite fongittlng that "aufflclent
for tbe days la tbe erll thereof."
There are ao many real troubles for
toine of ua to bear tbat It to natural
that we abouid abc tba aoclety of
those gloomy people wbo bare every-
thing they wish for, and yet are not
satisfied, but whose happiness seems
to consist In reciting their real or
Imaginary woes to all with w hom they
come in contact, particularly those liv
ing with them, mid If people will gloat
over their miseries and Insist on being
vei ,'ilaiiiets,- they fully detoTVe ' un
popularity aud loneliness. New York
The Tired Itnsinrss Woman.
You do not have to be a business
woman to get tired. Hut the woman
of the oliice and tbe shop has more
cause than the housekeeper to wear
out In days like these. The house
keeper can find time for a nap or she
can get into looser clothing, but the
business woman must J'-.-ht it out as
she is until the end of the day's work.
It is the wear and tear on the nerv
ous energy that is the i.iosl trying on
summer days. The tired woman
comes home from the o(tiee complete
ly fagged out. She has been tired
out all day, but she feels that she
must keep up her work lo do justice
to her employer. This very effort to
keep up her end wears her out more
than any hard work would do. She
comes home often with nerves alert,
with every facility pitched lo the
highest strain. She m.ds she cannot
rest. Through the long boms of the
night she rolls mid tosses, a victim of
Insomnia, and she vvuki s up after she
docs fall ash-ep. tired and worn out.
i ne woman who Is employed must
get a good night's sleep. And for this
a London physician advises a tepid
bath and a cup of cocoa. He also ad
vises very light calisthenics. .ud he
advises the business woman not to go
to bed early, but to stay up until she
is sleepy, l,e it 11 o'clock or later. Go
ing to bed too early Is very bad.
Very often the tired woman will fall
asleep right after her dinner, only to
awaken nt midnight and puss the rest
of the night in agony. This Is worry.
She should fight off this desire to sleep
until she is so tired that when she
does fall flMecj, sin- will not awaken
until early morning. The vvoru-out
woman should be very careful about
her diet. This Is such an Important
topic that it must be left to another
time for discussion,
III the best s:Hil'iitiuiiis In Germany
they rub nervous patients with cocoa
nut butter, so as to give them back
some of their natural rlls. They rub
ekiu foods into the body and make the
invalid strong by alcohols, by oils a:;d
by simple medicines which are taken
Into the system through the cuticle
and not Into the stomach.
The tlred-out office woman, or the
business woman, or the professional
woman-for all come under the same
class of worn-out brain workers
should take a very mild sedative. It
need not lie anylliing stronger than
catnip tea or a very light dose of
some soothing bromide jmwder, or
Romcthlug that could be given to any
baby. Hut It will act nfKUi the nerves,
quieting them and soothing them Into
that first sweet slumber which leads
lo a long, restful sleep.-Exchange.
Men Are Vain, Hie Soya.
Masculine vanity is a mighty thing
here lu Philadelphia. A girl who
comes from the sunny South shocked a
crowd of women at nn afternoon tea
the other day by complaining that no
man In Philadelphia bail "ever told
her he loved her."
"Why why, my dear," said the hos
tess, "you've only been here two
The Southern girl opened her brown
eyes very wide at that.
"Hut," sIio protested, "they ieii me
they love me every day down home.
It's awftflly uncomplimentary to be
afraid to tell a girl you love her, for
fear she will take you seriously, don't
you think? The trouble with the men
np here is that they all set such a high
market value on the girls that they are
continually paralyzed wlfh fear lest
you take tiiem seriously and get your
heart broken. Now, down home a
man wouldn't presume to think yon
were going to take him terlously, even
If he knew It." and with this logical
conclusion she flaunted out of tho
room amidst a chorus of exclama
tions. "I wish I had that girl's conceit,"
said one woman as she looked after
her. Philadelphia. Evening Telegraph.
Horrors of lUh arhshlne.
And yet it is a fact that dishwashing
Is the one great Irksome fact of house
work. It makes the wife determined
that she will have a servant, and
makes the servant hate to he one.
Dlshea and knives and forks are tha
great curse of our modern civiliza
tion. Without them there would be
no servant girl question there never
waa one before they were Introduced.
A Society for the Abolition of Dlshea
might do a good deal to abolish the
servant girl question.
Mrs. Houskeep It's almost Impossi
ble to get a servant girl these days.
You've got to keep telling them what
they must do, and even then tbey
Mrs. Takt-tiracions, nol I only man
age to keep tbera by constantly tell
ing them what tbey are respectfully
requested to do.-Pbltadelpbla Press.
Chile aetla Germany IIS.OCOAOO
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EWER CHILDREN BORN NOV.
(mull but Steady Decrease In thefi4)
of American Families.
Not the old-fashioned board, at tha
iead of which sat the father and at
he foot of which s-u! the moth r, with
he sugar bowl in her lap to prevent
ncursions from childish fingers,
lunked on either side by a row of
;hlldren with shining f''es and eager
ippetltis; not the family table from
.vhich the children took turns la
waiting" when the graudparent
ume to occupy seats temporarily at
he iKiord or when other "company"
ame; not the table at which "a bless
ng" was asked three times dally' for
lilo days In each year, at which ebii
lreii were taught to mind their mau
lers and wait until Ihtir elders weie
I'M ramiiy taid popular nt this
line, Is one of figures compii. d by the
areful statistician. It coi.ci -ns the al
ige l decreasing of frillies and is
of f i
, . ,4.tt
. . .o.l
. . i.tt
New K ... ..i
South Atlantic St;
d issoiiri .........
ig or average
It is not very
south I i.iku
There Is a M-iici
his. It Is true, but
'lous. Not so serious
itidei d. but that
myotic holding II
md watching the
jf any one of a
- (aide lu his hand
children pour out
number of school-
'louses In any city In the land Is aid.?
to subdue his apprehension that the
-ace, from lack of recruiting agencies,
s likily lo run out. According to this
able. New England dues not s-how
Itht-r the largest decrease in ten years
lor the smallest average size of fatu
lies. In point of fact, this diina-e
u New England Is but two thirds of
I per cent a decrease in quantity
:lniT. If it Is not made up In quality,
much t dm a'lonal effort haa lu eu
uastnl in the past dieaile. In New
Volk the decrease Is five-tenths of 1
ti r cent; in Pennsylvania, thr--icnths;
Ju Ohio, s.x lenths; in In
lnlli, M-ve;-;eli!b -; 111 Mih!g:;Il. live
Senilis; lu Wisconsin, thni 'ieiiths: in
lo'.va, bis tenths; lu MI. rent! !, tevcu.
(.nth; in Kansas. four-teiMhs.
That Is l) say. the average size of
families in New England Is larger
ban in New York. Ohio, Indiana and
Michigan, and equal to that In Iowa
mil Kansas. This re.-k-niiii n pre--elils
a labored process, but It Is rela
tively valueless. It Includes all racrs
md conditions, and has no Inuring
'tpon the relative si.e of families of
ong establishment in the country, and
hose of later Immigration. It is a
'imdi'tti family table, nothing more.
Vnjone goid at !lg:in mi l dllignt in
hiving Into census returns can spread
t, and nil w ho are curious or appre
hensive lu the matter can come to it
md p away sall-lied that the Amer
enn family Is not rapidly dying out. .
Discovered the Hecrct.
He Is a young man with a blase air,
who would not let anything surprise
ilm for the world. As a matter of
act, he has traveled enough almut
the States to be Impervious to sur
prise. The other night was the ex
ception, for when the young man
boarded the train which was to take
him to New York lie fouud himself
on a compartment sleeis-r.
The young man knows about buck
ing bronchos and bow lo eat aspara
gus vinaigrettes, and what is the jirop
r thing to say when you tread on h
l woman's gown, !;:;: lie didn't know
ibout compart mei.t sleepers, for he
had never been lu one before.
He was very much utlraeted by the
prospect, however, and he looked
iver the ground w ith great satisfaction
before getting re: dy to retire.
"This bents an ttpper berth all hol
low," he muttered to himself.
Tli-u, the poller passing n.-ar, h!
called to that functionary. "Coma
here," said he, "nrnl tell me how to
turu this on," pointing to a handle In
the wall near the wash stand, "I have
entirely forgotten how to screw the
thing, and I'll be sure to want it iu
The porlcr came as near smiling a
a porter ever ihs-s. "Yesslr," said he;
"yesslr, yo' turn bit on dls way. Hit's
not a water splckett, yo' know; hlt'a
a place to bent curling irons." ,
And after this the sophisticated
young man went straight to bed, but
le tells the Joke on himself with much
lee. lialllmore News.
Must llti Kalen.
A gentleman who was visiting sonn
friends In, New York noticed that t,u
little girl lu the family was eating
some new sort of cereal preparation.
According to the New York Times, sli
seemed to wit, as Americana are Mid
to take their pleasures, sadly.
"Don't you like (hat, my dear?" in.
qulnsl the friend.
"Not pertlc'ly," replied the little
"Why do you cat It, then?" ner.i...
ed the Inquirer.
The little gltl paused with her ..,w.n
on the edge of the bowL
'Its got to he eaten." she iiiV,Nfl
gravely. "The -roceryman gives mam.
ma a rag doll for every two naekam
be buys, aud Ifa got to be eaten erery
Roma men take what la in aih
bustle for more.
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