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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 8, 1899)
By Author of
CHAPTER XV. (Continued.)
"Arthur St. John nlla3 Leslie
omothlng else, no .doubt, nowadays.
Ho looked like a man of lUty. Hut I
know him; I knew him almost In a
"You couldn't be sure," I said doubt
fully. Meg smiled, but did not contradict
mo. But tho smllo was eloquent it
despised my folly.
"I had gone down stairs early," Meg
continued, leaning back In her chair,
nnd pushing her hair from her brow
with a nervous Impatient little gesture.
"It's not my way to get up early, la It?
But I was restless, I couldn't sleep, and
I thought I should And a novel If I
went down stairs. Tho servants
weren't moving; but there wub a llro
in tho study. Tho blinds wero nil
down, but tho fire looked cosy; I went
in and stood before it and warmed my
toes. I daro say I was looking un
'tldy, Kitty; I think ho took mo for
an early housemaid; he camo Into tho
room quietly, and came up behind me,
and and ho kissed me, Kitty. I hadn't
heard any ono como in, and I nearly
screamed. But as I turned my head
round quickly I saw his eyes, and I
knew him, and I didn't scream I was
too frightened to move or mako a
"Go on, Meg."
"Then all at once John called to him
from the passage. He called in a very
quiet, mysterious sort of volco Impa
"'St. John, ho said, 'your sister Is
"Ho opened tho street door quietly
nnd led some one In. They didn't como
back to tho study us I feared they
would; they seemed to bo setting out
on some journey, and tlmo seemed to
bo pressing. They stood for a mlnuto
speaking softly and quickly in the hall.
Do you know, Kitty, whoso volco I
heard? It was a voice not to bo mis
taken Madamo Arnaud's voice. Sho
was thanking John. She said such an
DON'T WANT TO QO, JOHN."
odd thing, Kitty; I stored It up to tell
you--that was what I came to say.
You havo always been Jealous of Mad
amo Arnaud and I used to think you
had reason to be Jealous; but now
well, now, I am not sure."
"What was It that sho said?"
"Sho was thanking John for having
given her so much of his precious
"'Wo know,' sho said, 'that every
mlnuto spent away from Kitty is a
mlnuto you begrudge. You havo been
very good; you havo never let mo feel
how my affairs havo bored you.'
"'They havo not bored me,' said
John; we made a compact of friend
ship long ago; and what is tho uho of
,frlemlB If they nro not ready to sorvo
in titno of need?'"
"John Is a paragon to tho end! How
has ho been serving Madamo Arnaud,
Kitty? What aro her 'affairs' that
havo been 'boring' him nnd taking up
"I don't know. I don't want to tell
you. Meg not now."
"Ycu aro n little contradictory, denr;
but never mind, mystery Is the order
of the day. Do you know that Madamo
Arnaud camo and went away In n dress
and bonnet and muntlo that mado hor
look quite an old lady, an old lady of
sixty or over? I looked through tho
chinks of tho Venetians and saw her
go out Sho had puffs of grny hair bo
neath her bonuet; her gown was
bunched out nt tho sides; sho looked
nlxty quite. What docs It all mean,
Kitty? What la tho mystery?"
"I cannot tell ypu, Meg."
"But you know? Kitty, you nro
trembling; what is tho matter with
"Nothing, Meg nothing!" I returned
hastily. "I was thinking trying to
But, try as I might, my thoughts re
fused to dhape themselves, Ono idea,
and only ono, had taken possession of
my mind. John hnd had business mat
ters to talk of with Madamo Arnaudl
It was business that had taken him
there so often business that they
talked about in such lowered, confi
dential voices! My spirits had sud
denly grown huoyunt, my volco almost
"Meg, stay hero for a little while,"
I pleaded eagerly. "I want to sec John
"An uncommon wish!" laughed Meg;
but tho soft llttlo glanco with which
sho looked back at mo robbed tho
mocking speech of all its sting.
John was In the breakfast-room. Ho
was seated In an arm-chair bcsldo tho
Arc, his elbow on tho table that Btood
near, his head against his hand. I was
standing closo to him before ho saw
"John." I said In a quick volco that
I tried In vain to steady, "don't let me
go away from you! I don't want to
He sprang quickly "to his feet, his
fare lighting up.
"Did I wnnt you to go, Kitty?" ho
asked reproachfully. "Your wish to
leave me has been tho bitterest trouble
I havo ever had to bear. I needn't tell
you that, need I? You know it only
He had taken my hands In his, but
I would not let him draw me near him.
"I have been JoalouB, John," I said,
bringing out tho words in a sharp,
labored way. "I havo been Jealous of
"JealouB, Kitty! Have you cared
enough for mo to bo Jealous, dear?" ho
asked, sadly. "You havo had no need
to bo Jealous none! Yet It Is good
news to me, all the same."
"It wasn't your lovo for her, John,
that I minded," I went on tremulously,
tho tears springing unbidden to my
eyes. Perhaps perhaps I did mind
that, too; but that wasn't what I
minded most. You had loved her first
and you couldn't help it you loved her
beat. You hadn't seen her forso long;
you didn't know how It would bo
when you camo to see her again you
couldn't help it! And I should havo
tried to bear It! What I couldn't bear
wns your always going to seo her, your
having so much to say to her secretly,
so confidentially "
"Do you know," asked John gravely,
what those talks wero about? Listen,
Kitty, and I will tell you."
"I know already. You wero helping
tho man about whom you told mo yes
terday her brother yes, I know.
John," I went on eagerly, "you will let
mo stay? I said I wanted to go, but I
didn't; It would break my heart to go!
I'll be content, John; I'll ho different
and not teaso you I won't ask you to
lovo mo very much. I'll let my lovo bo
enough for both. And by-and-by, ns
you said, 'lovo may come.' You did
!ovo mo you said so before you mar
ried mo, nnd tho lovo may como back
John drew mo toward him. Ho put
his arm around mc, and looked down
at mo closely, very tenderly, vory won
derlngly. "Kitty, you talk In riddles, dear," he
said. "You won't ask mo to lovo you
very much? What does that mean?
You know, dearest you must know
that, whether you ask or do not ask,
I love you with my heart and soul."
I looked up at him In bewlldermont.
"You said you said that our mar
riage was a mistake, John,"
"It was you, Kitty, who said that,"
"But I said so becauso I thought that
you thought so, John. And you agreed
with mo. Oh, John, you havo for
gotten you did agrco with mo! You
said that you felt tho mistake and re
gretted it oven moro bitterly than I."
"For your sake, Kitty, for your sake,
dear; because my lovo had failed so
signally to make jou happy. You told
mo that I had spoilt your life, broken
your heart; that, when you had a wish,
It was only a wish to die."
"I didn't wish to mako your llfo a
John's eyes twinkled for a moment,
nnd then were grave again.
"Do you mean to tell me, Kitty," ho
nsked lucri-dulously, "that you doubted
that I loved you?"
"Do you mean that you could ros
slbly doubt, John, that I loved you?"
I retorted In tho samo tone of Incre
dulity. "It was nntural enough for mo to
doubt," catd John humbly.
"Much moro natural for me," I re
turned, looking up nt him with spark
I had clasped my hands upon his
shoulder; 1 put down my cheek ngalnst
"I thought," I confessed, "that you
had married mo for kindness' sake
to to provldo for mc, John. Every
ono thought' bo. Meg nnd Dora nnd
Aunt Jnnc nnd even your Hlstcr. You
yourself said that you thought of mar
rying mo beforo you thought of loving
"Yes," ndmlttcd John; "years ago, I
had Bomo vaguo hopo that you would
give me tho right ono day to toko caro
of you, to mako llfo smoother for you.
I supposo I didn't lovo you as long ago
ns that I had only a very tender feel
ing for you. Love, when It camo, wns
real enough In spito of that early
thought. Don't scorn my love, Kitty,
becnuuo I met It with welcome Instead
Thero was not much scorn In my
eyes as I raised my head and looked
softly, smilingly into the gray eyes
looking down nt mo. Ho kissed mc;
and for n mlnuto wo stood in silence.
"Kitty," ho said nt length, "thero Is
something that I want to tell you. I
ought to havo told you long ago. It
was a painful story, and I did not tell
It. Como nnd sit down, and I will tell
Ho drew mo to tho little sofa be
side tho fire; and thero ho told mo tho
story of his first lovo, tho story that in
part I knew already.
"Sho gavo you up becnuso you wero
poor?" I asked indignantly.
"Don't blnmo her, Kitty! Sho gave
mc up for her brother's sake. It la
more than ten years ago now that her
brother forged that check of which I
told you that first check. Thero
seemed to bo nothing but utter ruin
beforo him. Arnaud, tho man that
Lucia married, had money nnd influ
ence. Ho used both on tho tacit under
standing that sho should marry him.
Her brother was saved for tho tlmo."
"Was It tho only wny?" I questioned.
"I think somo other wny might havo
been found. But she could not bo calm
and weigh chances. She was devoted
to this brouicr. For ten long years, ns
she said the other night in tho park,
sho has hoped against hopo for his
reformation; has tried to bo brave,
has tried to luo for tho best. And
now, nt tho end of tho ten years, things
aro just where they wero before, I
think they aro worse this time, for this
tlmo ho is less repentant. Sho is sacri
ficing her wholo life to him; but sho
does It almost without hope. Sho Is
going away with him to South Amer
ica, to banishment."
I wns quiet for a moment.
"John, I havo been so unjust to her,"
I confessed In a low tone "so unjust
to her always In my thoughts."
"She is one of tho noblest women
that I know!" said John.
Again wo sat silent for a mlnuto.
My heart was beating fast; I longed
to ask a question which I dared not
"John, I won't bo silly, I won't bo
Jealous tell mo," I pleaded, "if you
didn't try to lovo me, would you lovo
her Btill love her best, I mean?"
John answered gravely, with an nlr
as earnest as mine.
"I respect hor," ho said; "I shall
respect her always. I do more than
respect I admire her. But that Is all!
The old love was dead, Kitty, years be
foro tho new lovo was born!"
I was contented. Tho End.
Another Trick Hloleu from Nature.
The easiest way of doing anything is
the way that nature chooses, and ten
to ono when an Inventor comes out
with some new nnd brilliant Idea ho
finds that nature has been doing tho
somo thing since tho beginning of tho
world. Certain varieties of fish havo
tho power when hard pressed by their
enemies, of throwing out an inky fluid
which darkens tho water all about
them and enables them to escape in
safety. Perhaps Influenced by this
fact an inventor has taken out a pat
ent for a smoke-making device. Tho
idea is to cnnblo a vessel closely
pressed by another to envelop herself
In tho smoke nnd to escape under cover
of It. With a view to testing tho effica
cy of tho Invention a torpedo boat was
placed in the center of a number of
others, which mado a circlo of about
half a mile In diameter around her.
Tho torpedo boat thuB surrounded then
enveloped herself In tho smoko and
under cover of it was enabled to escape
from the circle, though all tho other
boats wero keeping n very sharp look
out for her. Altogether tho experi
ment may bo said to havo been fairly
successful, nnd to havo proved tho
practical utility of tho Invention.
Miss Dalntco What an awful occu
pation! To bo employed In a placo
where they tin meats. Mr. Edgeraore
Well, It argues a certain ability. Mlsr
Dalntoc Ability? Mr, Edgomoro-.
Certainly. They only employ those
who can. New York World.
Australian Opal Bllnlnir.
Opal mining Is ono of tho greatest
Australian mineral industries.
Marlon Orey waa tho child of
wealthy parents, having been brought
up In luxury and given a good educa
tion. Her mother died when sho was
11 years of age, leaving her father to
roar his motherless child k best ho
His business did not prosper after
his wife's death, nnd through tho dis
honesty of his pnrtner ho became al
most reduced to bankruptcy. Ho went
to work with tho men that ho hnd
formerly employed, working night and
day, straining his eyes to their utter
most, and finally causing total blind
ncsi. At thin hu sold his property and
Mnrlon was obliged to go to work.
Sho engaged a small tenement nnd
searched dally for work, but to no
avail. On returning homo ono day,
tired nnd disheartened, her father said
to hero: "Marion, Mrs. Young called
here today, and Is going abroad with
her husband, nnd would llko to find ti
trustworthy person to tnko tho caro
of her llttlo boy, Harold. Sho heard
of our clrcumstnnccs, and thought that
you might tnko this position as gov
erness, and yet bo near your old fathor.
What do you think about It, my dear?"
"Well, father," said Marlon In n
cheerful tone, for sho never allowed
her father to see her downhearted, "do
you think Hint you could stand tho nn
noynnco of this child, for ho Is but
fivo years of ago and has been In
"My daughter," said her father, "It
docs seem ns If this Is a plan by which
you can meet tho expenses and yet bo
near mo during the day."
Nothing moro was said, and the fol
lowing day Marlon called on Mrs.
Young and everything was Bottled sat
isfactorily. She brought Harold home
with her, for ho had been attracted to
Marlon at once, and Mr. nnd Mrs.
Young wero to snll tho following day.
Tho Youngs were people of wealth and
attended tho same church ns Marlon
hnd done from childhood, nnd they felt
well pleased nt being able to find such
a trustworthy person with whom to
Marlon was In tho habit of taking
Harold for a stroll during the latter
part of tho day, and It was during ono
of these strolls that Harold exclaimed:
"Why, Auntie, wo meet that gentle
man every day."
Tho gentleman, hearing tho rcmnrk,
turned and said: "Good afternoon."
"Good afternoon, sir," said Marlon.
"Pardon me, but tho child called yon
'Auntie.' May I ask If ho is your
nephew?" said tho gentleman.
"0, no, sir! I am Miss Grey, and
havo charge of him for a few months
whilo his parents aro abroad," said
"I am fond of children, nnd I should
Judge that this lad Is about tho samo
SUDDENLY THE DOOR OPENED,
ago as my young brother, whom I havo
not seen since a babe." After saying
a fc words to Harold, ho wished them
good afternoon and passed on.
Marlon called Harold and walked
leisurely home, llttlo knowing what an
Impression sho had mado on this new
acquaintance. Upon entering tho
houso, Harold exclaimed: "O, grand
pa, we met a real nlco gentleman, and
ho talked with auntie!"
Mr. Grey mado no reply, but during
tho evening asked Marlon who tho
gentleman was. Marlon replied that It
was one .tjjnt they had met frequently
In tholr strolls, and Harold had opened
tho conversation by his childish re
marks. "His namo la Mr. Reginald
Stncey, and ho lives next door," sho
"Stacoy!" repeated Mr. Grey. "That
sounds familiar. I onco hnd dealings
with ono by that name, but ho baa
As tlmo passed tho meetings between
Marlon and her friend becamo moro
frequent nnd what was at first n mero
acquaintance soon ripened into a deep
affection, until ono day Reginald said:
"Marlon, I am going nway to complete
my education, but thcio Is something
that I wish to tell you beforo going."
"Marlon, I havo loved you from tub
first sight, my dear," said Reginald.
"But, Reginald, what of ray fathor?
I lovo you, but I cannot lcavo him,"
"Yon and your father shall never bo
separated," he answered.
After spending somo tlmo In making
promises and endearing words, ho bado
her a fond good-by.
That evening Mnrlon told her father
tho wholo story.
A llttlo later on she received letters
from Reginald, and often wondered
why ho'dld not speak about his peoplo
in them, but, thinking that tho year
would soon pass and having hor tlmo
taken up with Harold and her father,
ho decided that on his roturn sho
would ask him about them. As tlmo
passed away rapidly, Mr. and Mrs.
Young returned from abroad and took
Harold homo, paying Marlon veil. On
her noxt visit to Marlon nnd hot fath
er, Mrs. Young stated that sho wished
her to como with her a few dnya to
Mji?s?'k. jrM 1111)11 1 t N nRI
il I fl
help prepare for her older son's home
coming and that she wns to bring her
Marlon wns downhenrlcd, for sho
had not heard from Reginald for somo
time. In his last letter ho hnd mid
that ho had graduated nnd hla parents
hnd returned homo, and that ho would
8 ion Join her.
Marlon took up her new work, try
ing to bo Bnttsflcd, and on tho dny of
tho nrrlval of tho expected one, this bo
Ing Mrs. Young's older sou, Mnrlon
was In tho fllttlng-room, and suddenly
the door opened and In camo Untold,
saying: "My big brother has come,"
and Marlon, looking up, oxclnlnicd: "O,
Reginald;" nnd ho clasped her to him
In n fond embrace, At this moment
Marlon's father nnd Mr. nnd Mrs.
Young entered tho room, and Mnrlon
demanded nu explanation from them,
which Mrs. Young laughingly gnve.
"I waH nnco Mrs. Stncey, and my son
nnd I were Hcpnrntrd soon after his
father's death. then man led Mr.
Young, whoso eon you havo had tho
caro of during tho last yenr nnd one
half. Reglnnld had not scon Hnrold
since a bnby, and, ns I hnd not told
htm tho name of tho person with
whom I hnd left Harold, ho did not
know ho was tho child In your caro,
nlthough bo felt strongly attracted to
him. After ho enmo nbroad to us and
told us of jou, wo decided to keep
things hidden from you until IiIh io
turn, wishing to oiirprlso you nnd your
father. Wo will bo hnppy to seo you
nnd Reglnnld nnd you father settled In
a homo of your own." After n few
words with Reglnnld and his mother,
Mr. Grey found out why tho nnmo
Stncey had sounded bo familiar to him,
for Reginald's father had been tho ono
with whom Mr. Grey hnd had dealings
In tho pnat. Boston Post
COOKING A HUSBAND.
A Few Minnie Itulet fur Making Tlinn
Trniler unit IHgrtllblr.
In selecting your husband you
should not be guided by the silvery np
penraneo ns In buying mackerel, or by
tho golden tint, tm If you wnntcd
salmon. Bo Biiro to select him your
self, us tnstCB differ. Don't go Hhop
ping for him, ns tho best aro always
brougni to your door. When bought,
tie him in tho Kauccpan with a strong
cord called Comfort ns the kind cnlled
Duty Is apt to bo weak. Huabnnda
sometimes fly out of the Baucepan.nnd
become burned and rusty on tho edges,
slnco, llko lobsters and oysters, you
havo to cook them nllvc. Mako u
clear, strong, steady flro out of Iovo,
Neatness and CheerfulticsH. Set him
ns near this as seeing, to agrco with
him. If ho sputters and fizzles don't
bo anxIouH. Somo husbands do this
until they aro qulto done. Add n lit
tle sugar In tho form of Kisses, but no
vinegar or popper. A llttlo Bplco Im
proves husbands, but It must bo used
with judgment. Don't stick any
sharp Inatrumcnt Into him to seo if ho
Is becoming tender. Stir him gently,
watching tho while lest ho should Ho
too closo to tho sauccpnu and so bc
como tastclchs. You cannot fall to
know when ho Ib done, if thus trcntcd
you will find him ' vory digestible,
agreeing nicely with you nnd tho chil
dren. Cycling In 1 run re.
Tho cycle tax In Franco serves ono
useful pin pose that of Illustrating tho
growth of tho pastlmo In that country.
So groat has been tho rlso of nutomo
blllsm In Franco that somo diminution
might hnvo been expected In tin?
Frenchman's enthusiasm for tho cycle.
The actual figures, howovcr, speak em
phatically to tho contrary effect. In
1894, tho first year of taxation, tho
number of machines was 203,300; In
1895 it waa 23G,084; In 1890, 329,816,
and In 1897, 40S.SC9. Tho figures for
last year, however, havo Just been pub
lished and show a total of 483,414, or
nearly half n million. It may con
fidently bo expected, howovcr, that tho
figures for tho present yenr will great
ly exceed oven this total, for not only
Is tho pcstlmo Knowing no signs of
diminution, but regulations Introduced
this yenr with respect to tho carrying
of a plaquo will lnstiro a moro wide
spread payment of tho Imperial tax,
which many riders havo provlously
found It posslblo to ovado.
New "Iloh" Kthiih 8 1 or v.
Tho following Bomowhnt Irreverent
story Is going tho roundu of tho press
in relation to "Fighting Bob" Evans.
Dressed In a plain suit of clothing, ho
went to church on a recent Sunday nnd
seated himself In a vacant pew about
midway up tho aisle. Soon aftorward
a gentlcmnn nnd a indy walked In
and seated themselves In tho samo pow.
Tho gentleman stood It as long as ho
could nnd then passed his card over to
Bob, which rend ns follows: "I pay
2,200 annually for this pow." Bob
glanced nt tho card and then passed It
back with tho following written on tho
othor sldo: "You pay too damned
much." Tho preacher then announced
his text: "It In blessed to dwell to
gether In tho houso of tho Lord." Do
Mrs. Sllmdlet Well, that fellow
Longhead, who tnlkcd nbout taking
board hero, Is just about tho most su
perstitious man I over did hear of.
He's actually afraid of ghosts, Maid
GhoBts, Is It? Mrs. Sllmdlet Yes. Ho
writes that ho has changed his mind
nbout coming bcca'J,e he's been told
that half a dozen pooplo hnvo starved
to death hero. Now York Weekly
Alc Tlirm About It.
Half tho men you meet aro carrying
tho watches thoy gave tholr wives bo
GOO POUNDS OF CHAIN.
Unique reliance Inflicted Upon Illtnitll
I'jr it Hindoo fakir.
Tho unlquo penances Inflicted upon
themselves by Hindoo fakirs havo been
tho subject of much comment by crit
ics on Indlnn customs. All sorts of
odd punishments devised to mortify
tho flesh havo been described, but tho
oddest Is that devised by Almud All),
an old Brahmin priest, residing near
Okra. This old fellow, ho Is ovor 73
yenrs old, carries 800 pounds of heavy
chains about him. They nro suspond
cd from his neck and wnlat, his wrist
nnd nnklcs, nnd consist of oVory varie
ty of chnliiH from tho small bracolet to
tho heavy ball and chain. Whnt Is his
Idea of this unlquo affectation is un
known. Not a word will ho say on tho
subject, except that It Is ordained that
ho should wear thorn. Four yenrs ago
ho simply followed tho other usages of
tho Brahmin priests, but stidduuly ho
concoivctl it bin duty to wear tho hoavy
weight about him nnd slnco that tlmo
hn luiB dono bo. Ho Is a lenchor of tho
Hindoos for miles around. All of them
go to him for spiritual ndvlco, and
bring to hint In payment for hla com
fort nnd prayors nnythlng ho domnnds
of thorn. This Is Invariably tho heav
iest chain thoy can find. It Is In thin
way that ho has collected his variety.
At first ho wore but ono chnln, but
gradually ho has been Increasing his
load until ho now hna tho enormotu
weight tinon him. It prevents him
from moving about without tho most
Inhorlous effort. Ho drags tho weight
behind, but rarely goes without tho hut
In which ho lives. Ho can staud erect
easily In splto of tho weight suspend
ed from his shoulders and waist. This
Is not greater than n hundred nn1
fifty pounds. Ench wrist bears a half
hundred pounds. Tho romatnor is nil
fastened to tho nnklcs nnd only affects
him when ho walks. Kvory hour of
the day tho chains romnln upon htm.
They nro all taken ou' nt night. Ho
sleeps on a hard board couch In which
a groovo Ib cut nt tho waist and neck.
Into theso tho chains (It. The weight
of them Is then borno by tho stomnoh
nnd thtont. Tho others, of courso,
rest on tho bonrds and do not affoct
him. Tho punishment would bo dovll
lull If It wero not Helf-lufilcted. As It
Is it is tho most revolting outgrowth
of religious fanaticism that Is known
of In India or auywhero else.
QUARTERS WERE SCARCE.
Tho avorago houBoholdcr who pro
tests twclvo months out of each year
that hla gas motor Ib out of order and
Ib trying to muko a race with tlmo to
bankrupt him, when tho end of tho
month comes around will bo Interested
In the fnto that sometimes overtakes
tho Individual who resorts to tho drop-n-quartcr-ln-thc-slot
meter for rollef.
Ono of tho champions of tho lattor
system gave n party to n number of
friends tho other evening nt his flat,
nnd tho merriment was nt Its height
when suddenly tho placo wns shrouded
In darkness. When tho ulnrm, occa
sioned by tho suddenness of tho trans
formation hnd subsided, tho volco ot
tho nnxlous housowlfo wns heard an
nouncing that tho 25-ccnt allowanco of
gas had been exhausted nnd that sho
had not n plcco of monoy of that do
nominntlon In tho houso. In vnln tho
guests gathered under the gaslight In
tho hall, fed from another meter, nnd
searched their pockets for a sliver 25
cent piece. Thero wob plenty of
money In tho crowd, but no quarters,
and tho situation had grown distress
ing when volunteera offered to go forth
nnd try to sccuro tho coveted pleco of
Until ono hna tried It, tho difficulty
of securing a specific coin Is hard to
realize, especially In the ovcnlngwhon
tho stores nro closed. After making a
canvass of tho neighborhood without
result an expedition was farmed nnd
two or thrco of tho men mado their
wny to tho nearest street-car lino,
where they boarded a car and secured
a stock of quarters from tho conductor.
Then they returned to tho gathering
of guests in tho hallway and, after
feeding tho hungry slot, succeeded in
securing light for tho balance of tho
evening. But tho popularity of tho
ever-present slot device had sunU
twenty points la as many minutes.
Wrapping Up tliu Colli In I'upor.
Ono of the lesser, but established
nowcr customs of the city Is .that of
wrapping up In paper coins thrown to
tho organ grinder, says tho Sun. Thero
aro no monkeys now to climb up and
tako tho monoy; they nro not permit
ted to bo carried In the city, and If
they wero thoy could not climb to tho
upper stories of tho tall flats and tene
ments. Tho money from them must bo
thrown down. Tho organ-grinder can
not lenvo his organ ho carries about
nowadays a. big organ on wheels to
pick up or to hunt for tho money; that
work is now attended to by nomebody
olso who goes about with tho organ
grinder, to help, if necessary, to pull
tho organ and to look after nnd pick
up contributions. And even so, with
somebody doing nothing clso but look
for .them, somo coins would bo lost it
thrown from windows high in tho nlr
to strike upon tho pavoment bolow and
bound up nud nway. Honco tho com
mon practice In theso days of doing
up In n picco of paper tho coin thrown
from a nigh widow. Tho paper dead
ens tho fall and keeps it from bound
ing, and It serves also to mark where
tho cola lies.
Infinity In England.
For tho last ten years thero has bcn
an increaso of 2,000 annually In the
number of Great Britain' insano.
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