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"Now, 8mllo a little nitty, nnd
yoiril look nlmost nrettv!"
Meg drew bnck n pace to lirvey mo
critically. I eat looking flxelly before
mo Into tlio Uttlo cracked tolet glass,
and tried to get used to tho lew benu-
uhpu version or myself thatI saw ra
My dark hnlr wnn nil tWthprivt im
high on my bead, twistedloosely by
Meg's deft fingers to Ho Infioft, grace
ful colls. Ucneath tbo miss of dark
balr my faco looked smallr and paler
than I had been used to tllnk It; my
eyes had never looked soMecply set
they wcro too largo nnd Aoi dark for
tho smallness and paleness of my faco,
nnd my lips wcro too grave and too
wistful; nnd yot, on tho wholo, I was
prettier than I had thought myself.
For tho first tlmo In my llfo I icallzod
that my head was well set, that my
faco was dollcately shaped, that my
eMn nt leaBt was pretty.
Aunt Jano was giving a party to
night and I was lu festal attire In a
white dress of soft muslin that had
never been worn by cither Meg or
Dora a pretty dress that opened at tho
throat, that fitted mo trimly, and that
In aomo mysterious way made mo look
slim and tall nnd not ungraceful.
I put my elbows carelessly upon tho
grimy Uttlo dresaliig-tablo, bespattorcd
with London smutu, and gazed long
ingly Into tho cracked glass with uu
"I wish I wcro pretty!" and I
sighed. "I wonder If I am pretty,
rather pretty am I, Meg? Oh, Meg, I
think I would glvo anything to bo
beautiful llko you!"
"I bollcvo somo pooplo might think
you prottler," sho ndmltted, with an air
of genulno concession. "Not that I
can say that I agree with them!" sho
added at onco with laughing candor.
"You aro too thin and too white but
you'll do. Here, put In this bit of red
f& .J9H if 1 1 hHK!
HE CAME FORWARD TO MEET ME.
geranium! Yes you'll do. Now I'll
run away and get dressod myself. Aro
you coming, Dora?"
Dut Dora sat still.
"Kitty, you're getting vain!" sho
Eaid with a laugh, ns Meg went trip
"Vain!" I echoed dismally. "I wish
I could bo vain! I never used to caro
about being pretty; I suppose It comes
with growing up. I wish my hair
"Curl It, dear."
"I wish I wcro llko Meg!" and I
"Meg's prettlncss won't wear," Bald
Dora, In a Judicial tone. "Dy tho time
you're 40, Kitty, you'll bo much better
looking than Meg."
"But I'm not 40," I exclaimed, half
laughlng, half-petulant. "I don't caro
how I look at 40. I care how I look
now not at 40 or 80, but now!'"
Dor leant back In her chair, and,
with a little smile, survoyed mo lazily.
"My dear llttlo Kitty," Bho said,
after a minute, "do you know what
any ono who saw you nnd heard you
at this moment would lmagluo?"
"You to bo lu love, my dear. You
have- all tho symptoms and more.
Who is It, Kitty? Rreak It to mo
I took my elbow from tho table aud
roso hastily, with a sudden sense of
Irritation and impatience.
"Ono needn't bo In lovo," I de
clared, moving away from Dora to tho
window, "Just because ono wishes not
to bo a fright. I'm not In lovo!"
"Well, It would bo dimcult," said
Dora, with a awn "unless you fell In
lovo with your poor llttlo herr at your
music lessons. Resides tho herr, whom
do you bee? Nobody! Poor child no
body at all! Oh, I forgot there's John
Mortimer; but John Mortimer doesn't
countl ny tho by, Kitty, when is John
Jlortlayr going to propose to you?"
'Ne', t," I replied In a clear, steolf ,
tenso voice, without turning my head.
"Never! Oh, has ho repented? Well,
I thought ho would."
I returned no answer.
"Suppose ho does propose?" persist
ed Dora, lazily. "Wliut are you going
It was tho question 1 had been ask
ing myself again and again, morning,
noon, and night, for the past fortnight,
over since that afternoon when Aunt
Jano had talked to me. I had always
given myself tho natuo answer given
It resolutely, emphatically I should
refuse him, and refuse him unhesitat
ingly, In such n way that ho should not
doubt my firmness, should never think
of urging mo. And yet, In splto of my
decision, again nnd again tho question
had conio bnck to me, ns though I had
never solved It.
"Ho will not ask me," I said. "If
ho does ''
"If ho docs?"
"I shall not accept him," I said,
Dara tilted her chair backward In a
pcrltous position, and sat and watched
"And what will mamma say?" sho
asked presently In n comical tono of
"I don't caro I don't caro In tho
very least!" I said, nnd this tlmo at all
events thoro was a ring of sincerity In
my tone. My fear of Aunt Juno had
vanished marvclously in tho past two
weeks. I scorned to have grown from
childhood to womanhood, and Aunt
Jane no longer overawed inc. no longer
hold my destiny subject to her frown.
My heart sank whenever I told my
self anow that I must refuse John Mor
timer; but It was not tho fear of Aunt
Jano that so much oppressed me.
"Sho would never forgive you," said
Dora with easy conviction.
"I know that; I should never ask
Iter. Dora," I continued, turning away
from the window nnd coining back to
my cent beforo tho table, "I have been
thinking about about things lately,
and 1'vo decided what I want to do. I
want to go nway now, uot away from
London perhaps, but nway from here.
I want to be earning a living of my
own, not to bo dependent nny longer
on Aunt Jane's bounty. Somo ono
might havo me as a governess, ns nurs
cery governess. Do you think thnt
"And tench horrid little boys nnd
girls their ADC, and see thnt their
sashes aro tied straight and their faces
cleanly washed, and thnt their toes aro
tucked in at night! I would rather
marry John Mortimer If I were you."
"Would you?" I said, dryly.
"Well, no," said Dora, laughing, "on
second thought I'm not sure that I
would. While ono Is unmarried, llfo,
even as a snubbed governess In a stuffy
schoolroom, has nt all events possibili
ties. John Mortimer Is such a grim,
"Perhaps he does seem grim to you,"
I said coldly. "Ho never seems grim
"Ho'a so so middle-aged," objected
Dora, with another llttlo yawn.
"He'B 35!" I said, with a sudden feel
ing of Irritation. "I hnto young men."
"Whnt odd taste! And then, he's
so commonplace! Not, by tho widest
stretch of Imagination, could I fancy
John Mortimer doing anything a little
"Nor I. I'm glad!"
"Oh, I llko a man to have a dash of
"Do you? I prefer a man to bo trust
worthy, upright and true!"
"My dear Kitty, why so snappish?"
"I'm not snnpplsh," I snld quickly,
with a feeling of penitence. "London's
so hot!" I explained somewhat Jllog
Ically. "Ono's temper can't bo perfect
In London In the first week of August.
I shall be glad when we get away."
Rut, even as I expressed tho wish,
Homethlne seemed to tighten about my
heart; It ached at tho tha.ighl of how
short n, time was left before my wish
must be accomplished. When tho tlmo
camo for us to go Cornwall, tho tlma
would ccme, too, when John Mortimer
would go to llrlttany, to the sister who
thought Ulghtlngly of girls, nnd to her
ft lend, that perfect womnn, who was
ns young nt 30 as she had been nt 20,
who would never bo old nt heart, of
whom It was Impoaslblo that any one
could havo spoken In dlsprnlso.
Aunt Jano passed along tho pnssase
on her wny to her room to dress. Sho
opened my door, which Btood ajar, and
looked In with her normal ulr of dis
approval. 'i)o you intend to como downstairs
lu that costumo, Dora?" Bho asked, no
veroly, looking nt Dora'B pretty but
much-crumpled pink print. "My dear
Kate" with a still sourer glance nt
me "will you try to recollect that
your dress will cost at least two
guineas nnd has to bo paid for yet? If
you bear that in mind, you will por
hapo bo careful of It all the ovonlng.
If you aro ready, you can go down
stairs nt onco Into tho drawing-room."
I went downstnlrs as Aunt Jano had
bidden me. Tho drawing-room door
stood open. I entered, nnd, busily en
grossed in arranging tho llttlo nosegny
of red gernnlums nt my wnlst, I half
crossed tho room beforo I was con
scious thnt any ono was thoro. Then,
as I raised my eyes, I met John Morti
mer's grave, frank smile, nnd I know
my fnco lighted up at once.
Ho camo forwnrd to meet me, his
steady gray eyes still constraining mo
to look at him.
"I camo early, Kitty, to boo you," ho
told mo, speaking In a very quiet, se
rious wny. "I asked Mrs. Corflcld to
let mo seo you for u llttlo while alone."
So Aunt Jnno had sent mo down to
meet him I Why had sho not warned
me that ho was hero? Why had Bho
lot him surprlso mo Into that swift,
tell-tale glnnco of greeting?
Ho drew forwnrd tho only easy-chair
tho room contained a chair sacred to
the sorvlce of Aunt Jane and seated
himself near mo on tho green red sofa
by tho window. Ho eyed me with a
somowhat puzzled glance.
"Aro you wondering what hna hap
pened to mo?" I nsked.
"You aro looking very grown up,"
ho answered, smiling. "And very
pretty," ho added, after a moment, In
a quiet tone.
In splto of myself my cycH smiled
Into his. I drew a deep, contented
breath. Ho thought mo pretty all tho
rest of tho world might think mo plain,
nnd I should not caro! I should never
bemoan again my paleness, my dark
eyes, which would not sparklo ns Mog'E
bluo eyes sparkled when they smiled.
"I have a now dress," I cxplalnod,
shyly "a now dress which is quite my
own. Do you llko it?"
"Very much. I always llko your
I looked nt him wonderiugly.
"Whnt always!" I echoed. "Not al
ways!" I echoed. "Not alwayB?"
"Tho old linsey-woolsey I was wear
ing last winter, with tho sloovos half
way up my arms, and tho skirt above
my nnkles, nnd tho black braid all
turned green and tho elbows thread
bare! You didn't llko that dress?"
"Yes, I did."
"It waB hideous! Meg and Dora were
always bantering mo about that dress.
It was tho ugliest dress that was ever
"And how It wore!" I said, sighing.
"It wouldn't wear out. I thought it
would last till doomsday. Do you
know, I don't think much of your ta3to
He smiled at mo In his gravo way;
and let my Blighting opinion pass un
challenged. His eyes, oven whllo they
smiled, wcro looking ut mo with a
strango earnestness. Ho bent forward
a little, facing me.
(To be continued.)
A Queen Who Docs Waililng,
A correspondent of tho Indlnnapolln
Nows cays thnt when tho town of
IJoeme, near San Antonio, Tex., was
Bottled In 1845, by a colony of Oormnns,
tho Bottlers wero told they could live
as they wished, provided they wero
good, Industrious citizens. They bc
loctcd from their number "a man and
his wife of mental as well as physical
weight" as their king and queon,
whoao edicts and commands they
agreed to obey to tho letter. They were
much astonished several months later
to learn that this state of things would
not do In this country, and the king
and queen were deposed. Tho king Is
dead, but the ex-queen still lives. Sho
Ib worth $100,000, and owns one-third
of tho town, but takes in laundry work
nnd bondB over her tub six days In tho
week. Her word Is Btlll law with the
older people, and somo of tho younger
ones. Now York Tribune.
A Cow for Sain.
The late Rill Nye once advertised n
cow for sale as follows: "Owing to ill
health, I will sell at my residence, lu
township 10, range according to gov
ernment survey, one plush, raspberry
colored cow, aged, eight years. She Is
a good milker, nnd Is not afraid of tho
cars or anything else. She Is of un
danted courage, and gives milk fre
quently, To a man who docs not fear
death In nny form, aho would bo a
great boon. Sho Is vory much attach
ed to her homo at present, but sho will
be sold to any one who will uso her
right. Sho Is one-fourth ahorthoni
nnd three-fourths hyena. I will also
throw In a double-barreled shotgun,
which goes with her. In May she gen
erally goes away for a week or two and
returns with a tall rod calf with wab
bly legs. Her name Is Rose. I would
rather sell her to a non-realdent "
Just ns he surprised the enemy ncar
y a year nnd a hnlf ago, Admiral Dow
ry took by surprise the city which was
waiting for tho hero of Manila aud pro
paring a magnificent reception for him,
Tho admiral nnd his famous flagship,
the Olympln, appeared off Sandy Hook,
New S'ork, shortly nfter fi:30 o'clock
Tuesday morning, two days before ho
was expected, and plans which had
lron made for a gieat wolcomo were
somowhat disarranged by tho admiral's
piomptiicss, which might, however,
hnve been predicted.
The Olympln, receiving salutes from
forts nnd vessels In tho bay, passed
Scotland lightship bound lu nt 5:50
o'clock and less than two hours later,
nt 7:40 o'clock, had come to anchor
In the lower bay Inside Sandy Hook.
Tho celebration lu honor of A dm I nil
Dcwey'rt arrival homo begun that
night, Instead of on Thursday night,
ns previously nrrnnged.
It was misty as tho Olympln showed
up In the southeast, through tho hnxe
nnd In the dim light of early morning.
With the admiral's own flag floating
from tho mnln masthead, nnd the long
homeward-bound . pennant streaming
from tho peak above, tho graceful
cruiser steamed full Into view. When
she passed tho Hook a thundering nil
mlral'ri saluto of seventeen guns roared
from tho guns nt Fort Hancock nnd
signals of wolcomo topped by old glory
wcro made from tho observatory on the
Hook. In answer to the we'eomo the
Olympla Blgnnled "Thanks."
Everybody was on deck on tho cruis
er who could possibly got there with
out neglecting his duty, nnd tho mi
neral could plainly be seen walking
aft. Tho ensign was dipped in answer
to tho salutes of several pausing ves
sels, nnd when the flagship had come
to anchor below tho southwest spit
Fort Huncock's salute was answered
from tho rapid-fire guns which spoke
An orderly bearing dispatches from
tho admiral and other officers went
ashore when tho cruiser was made fast
nnd reported a pleasant voyage and nil
hands well on board. Ho begged for
back flics of the nowspapcrs, nnd while
they wero bolng collected for him out
on the Olympla began what bade fair
to he a hard day'u work, dipping tho
ensign to passing vessels and craft
which camo up, down nnd across the
liny to welcome tho admiral on his
Tho fitcninbont Sandy Hook from At
lantic Highlands was among tho llrst
of all tho floating craft from Now
York to welcome Admiral Dowoy to
'these waters. Tho Olympla acknowl
edged tho salutes and tho Sandy
Hook's passengers crowded to tho port
rail. Tho men and women waved hntB
and handkerchiefs and cheered fran
tically, but when tho figure of tho ad
miral was made, out on decic tho cheers
turned to wild yells. nnd tho passengers
wcro In dangor of throwing thomsolvos
Into tho water In tho energy of their
Tho admiral lifted his cap In ac
knowledgment of tho tumultuous greet
ings nnd tho yells redoubled. Tho pns
Bcngcrs wero still shouting noisy wel
comes when tho Sandy Hook's pilot
headed for tho city. Dewey wns In
formed in loud tones thnt his friends
wcro bidding good-by to him only
temporarily and that they would "see
Tho steamboat Monmouth loft Atlan
tic lllghlnndn plor nt H o'clock, carry
ing n large crowd of the summer resi
dents of tho Jersey nhoio. Cnpt. Mar
tin headed his boat right for the Olym
pla nnd enmc to n stop ulongsldo her.
Tho admiral wns on tho quarter-deck.
Tho passengers on tho Btenuiboat
cheered hi in lustily, and he bowed and
smiled and said: "Thank you."
For flvo iiilnutcs the passengeiH kept
up their cheering. They cheered for
tho big cruiser nnd every man on It,
and for tho Philippines, nnd then for
tho mnn who won them. Tho Olym
piad Jnckles, thronging the mil, re
plied, nnd tho baud struck up n pn
trlollc ulr. Then tho Monmouth drew
nway and enmo up lo thn city.
Rear Admiral Philip, tho comninnd
nnt of the Rrooklyn navy yard, was In
formed of tho Olympln'rt nrrlvul whllo
nt breakfast. Ho called together tho
officers of tho yard nnd rend thum the
telegram. Shortly after 10 o'clock Ad
miral Philip gave orders that the sil
ver service nnd tho bronzo tablet pro
Gcnled by tho city of Olympla to the
cruiser and the gun metal medals for
thn Olynipln's crew bo put on board tho
nnvy yard tug Tralllc. Lieut. Dowey of
tho receiving ship Vermont, n nnphow
of tho admiral, wns ordeicd by the
commandnnt to deliver these gifts to
the flagship. Tho Trafllc left the navy
ynrd nt 11:30 o'clock.
Thoro was no formal presentation of
tho gifts. They were simply put on
board and given over to tho earn of
tho admiral. Later Admiral Sampson
went to tho Olympla In tho dispatch
boat Dolphin. 1 In was In full-drer.i uni
form nnd was given a hearty welcome.
WELCOME AT WASHINGTON,
Admiral Ilcivr lo Arrlto at tint Cup
Kill on Oct, 3.
Washington telegram: Tho special
train from New York, bearing Admiral
Dewey to this city, will nrrlvo at 0:50
p. in. on Oct. 2. The unval hero will
be escorted to the white houso by tho
Third cavalry. Hero ho will rccelvu
his olllclal welcome from President Me
Klnley nnd will report to Secretnry
Long. Tho other members of the cabi
net will also ho present to grnap tho
hand of tho hero of .Manila. The party
will then enter the reviewing stand,
which has been modeled from tho
plnns of tho bridge of tho Olympla, nnd
will witness tho great Illuminated
night parade, In which 'J 0,0 00 men will
Tho military escort to tho capltol on
tho following day will be a glittering
pageant and will number nearly every
ofllclnl of tho army and nnvy. About
0,000 men will participate, nnd den.
Nelson A. Mllca will act an grand mar
shal, with Clen. II. C. Corhln as adjutant-general.
Tho presentation of tho
$10,000 sword voted by congress prom
Ices to bo a brilliant occasion. Tho
stand upon which tho exorcises will
bo held has been erected nt tho east
ftont of tho capltol and fronts upon u
great plaza, which will nccommoduto
over 300,000 peoplo.
When the sword has been presented
by Secretary Long, Commnndor George
W. Rnlrd, U. S. N will present tho
admiral with tho historic old admiral'.
flag which was used by Admiral Fnr
rngut while on tho Hartford. After tho
exorcises nt tho east front of tho capl
tol tho military escort will bo rovlowcd
by Admiral Dowey, tho president, and
members of tho rablnct.
As soon ns tho Dowey ceremonies In
Now York nro over, Admiral Dowoy
will bo formally detached from tho
Olympla. The flagship will then pro
ceed to Ronton, whero sho will bo
placed out of commlsfllon nnd rccclvo
nn extensive overhauling.
Admiral Dewey will not bo nsslgnod
to any duty until he has been consulted
on tho subject.
The ndmlral will havo as much lcavo
ns he desires, but it Is believed that ho
will not accept nny of tho many Invita
tions of American cities to attend dem
onstrations In his honor botweon tho
conclusion of tho Washington ceremo
nies and the meeting of tho Philippine
A S lurch lflcml.
Savannah Nows: Among tho unfor
tumiU) (lends In Havana him linen dis
covered ono uddlcted to tho entlng of
starch, which It In said Is stored away
on the averngo of a pound n day. Tho
unfortunate Is a womnn and In hor
deaperutlon sho will, nfter failure to
get lump ntnrch, chew up old clothes
or anything which glvei tho tnstn of
starch. Tho victim of thin habit Is
Mary Carney, an aged woman, who
lives nt 55S Roberts street. Hho Is be
ing treated by City Physician Davis,
who did uot know until rccoutly thnt
thn woman wan addicted to tho habit
of eating starch. Sho dcnlod every
thing of tho kind, giving other causes
for her romplnluts, hut nfter tho physi
cian had visited her a fow times ho de
termined sho wns tho subject of somo
terrible habit. Sho had a rather clay
Ish color, mid the.ro woro other rtymp
toms which led tho physician to bo
llovn sho wns nddlctcd to n habit of
somo kind. After nloso quratlonlng re
cently sho ndmltted that sho had been
eating starch In crude lumps for n
number of yearn, nnd thnt sho could
not get along without It. Sho told
the physician sho gulped It down dry,
with Hcarcely enough mnlsturo to ad
mit cf Jin pnssagc Into tho stomuch.
It was learned sho cats about a pound
Hmiin Homo Nriiitn.
Thero Is a good doal of horao senso
In tho following extract from Governor
Roosevelt's speech nt Olcott, N. Y., do
llvercd a few dnys ago: "Of cnurso, wo
ought to welcome and do all wo can to
hasten tho coming of tho tlmo when
llfo rthall be easier for tho man farthest
underneath. Try to help him by tho
only way; help lilm to help himself.
If ti man stumbles, help him up. If
ho lies down It is no uso currying him.
Don't think It Is. It isn't. Not only
will it not nllow you tlmo for anything
else, but If you carry him long enough
ho will think It Is right, nnd will And
fault becnusn you do not find a way to
carry him easier."
Coffee- Is becoming uu important in
dustry In Queensland. It has outgrown
tho homo demand and tho Queensland
era aro preparing to put their coffoo oi
tho London market.
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