Western news-Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1898-1900, December 29, 1898, Image 10

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I love to dream about the .days _ . - *
p < 1ut upon the farm ; v
-The thumb is rich in memories
- vThat never lose their charm.
Though er.vly lured away by tales -
Of tj-JiluVs gulden rain.
How oft , how oft I've longed to turn
Iti < h lo the farm again !
I've toiled for gain in busy marts
And sco'i lied the paths of ease :
I've wooed with fervor fortune's smiles-
Across the briny seas : ) - '
But neither fabled wealth of hid
Nor fame's ambrosial wine
Could e'er afford the lost delights
Of tl : ,1 old home of mine.
There i-vcry humble duly hnre
Of rich reward its niofd.
And sweet r.pproval gave a smile
Fur cvi-ry kindly deed :
There peaceful sleep did wait upon
Each day of toil and c.-.re.
And hope { rave strength each daivninj :
Its burden r.cw tu bear.
There peaceful scenes on every band
Did o'er begnilo the eye :
The woods , the hills : the winding streams
Reflecting azure sky :
The kino , contented , urowsing o'er
The blossom broidereil weld ;
The ewes and Iambs , at wane of day ,
Returning to the fold ,
All filled my little world with joy
And bade brief sorrows fly.
As soothes theinfant's griefs away
A mother's lullaby.
Nor sordid aims did mar the flow
Of innocent delight.
While honor's precepts were instilled
With love's persuasive might.
Then take me back , oh , take me back
To that fair spot once more.
To me more lovely than the fameii
Estates of classic lore !
Oh , take me- back and let me rest
There , safe from grief and harm ,
To spend my brief declining days
Upon iho dear old farm !
Chicago Democrat.
her mail somewhat listlessly.
Some of the envelopes held rejec
tions ! . She could tell them by their
plumpness. There seemed to be an un
usual number this morning.
There were one or two acceptances.
She smiled as she diew the checks
from their envelopes and laid them
carefully away. It hud paid , after all.
her coining to New York. She had
gained her experience and broadened
her outlook. Yet. perhaps , it had made
her restless as well.
She certainly had been , since Godfrey
Taylor crossed her path.
A troubled look came into her ryes as
she took up his letter and read it.
A flush spread over her face.
"I thought so. " she said as she fin
ished reading and dropped it on the
desk. Then , with an impulsive move
ment , she leaned forward and buried
her head in her hands.
It had all come so r.-ipidly. this new
emotion. Less than three weeks ago
she had forgotten the existence of God
frey Taylor. To be sure , she dimly re
called the gay times she had had with
him one summer , and her admiration
of him because he wa an editor , and
could talk familiarly of book ami dra
matic events. She bad even fancied
she liked him. but he had 1:0110 out of
her life.
Suddenly she had heart ! from him.
He had seen a story of hers and had
written. This had been followed by
other letters , and here was the culmi
nation :
I have not found yon to lose you. 1
want you to marry me at once. Come to
Washington for the fall , enjoy all the ad
vantages I can give you. You can go into
society I have means you can entertain
literary people and indulge your fondness
for the stage , which I remember , and in
January we will go abroad. I shall prob
ably be appointed to sonic office there.
Her eyes glistened.
"It is what I have always wanted. ' '
-she murmured. "And Edward " She
stopped. The faithful lover at homr
had hardly entered her mind.
"Well , 1 could not go back there any
way and be content. " she sighed. "My
life here has spoiled all that. lie must
wake from his dream sooner or later.
He told me to be free ; 1 will be free. "
She aiuse from her chair and pushed
"back the scattered papers.
"I will be free to live my life in this
glorious fashion that is offered me. It
belongs to me. I was made for just
such a life. "
She smiled triumphantly. Then she
seized the pen and directed an envelope
to a little far-away country town.
"I am tired of it all , " she wrote on a
slip of paper.
She paused. "The truth will come
later , " she said , as she hastily added.
"My next move will surprise you. "
Then she wrote to the other one.
"You may come if you like. " she said ;
"I shall be glad to see you , and per
haps "
She left it here ,
* * * * * * * *
Edward Wherritt entered the post-
office with an eager step. A glad light
crept into his e.ves as he saw the fa
miliar handwriting , and a thrill of
pleasure ran through the man as he
took the letter from the postmistress.
His hand trembled a bir , insomuch that
some papers fell to the floor , and he
laughed a happy laugh as he bent and
picked them up.
Then he slipped them all into his
pocket and turned away.
It was a long time since he had heard
.from her. His hand closed tlghtl3r upon
the letter in his pocket It was there
now , fresh from her hand. He would
not hasten to read It. It was there
bis. No power on earth could take it
: froiu him.
The light in his eyes grew deeper , and
a happy smile played about his mouth.
He had several errands to do. He
must visit the'news stand first. Ther
might be something ot hers In one o
the magazines. Ills quick eye caugh
her name , and he slipped the publics )
lion into his pocket.
Then he finished the errands am
walked rapidly toward home , his ham
still closed on the letter , and his mini
speculating as to whnt it would say
Would it tell of some new success
How proudly he had watched her ca
reer ! Perhaps it would say she hnd de
cided to stay .another , six. months b
Ne\\i York.
Well , never mind. lie could stand it
and the end would be so much nearer.
The letter felt thin. After all. prob
ably it was but a hurried note , to tel
of some sudden pleasure she wanted t <
share with him.
His heart gave a bound. Any way
it was from her that was enough.
The words were so few.
"My nexi move may surprise you. '
he repeated.
A quick fear si'in d iii > heart.
lie turned the pige ; for more , bu
thai was all. Not oven a signature.
"She must have left out the rest b ;
mistake. " he said. : is he held the opei
page in his hand. "Hut whatever tin
move is. I know it must be right. "
Ills eyes traveled fondly to the fan
smiling down the wall.
* * < * * < * *
He rose early ( he next morning. I
was only just growing light , but hi :
sleep had been broken , and he would g <
down to the early mail and see if tin
rest of the letter hnd not come. Surel :
Geraldine would send i. when sin
found it had been left out. lie couh
even fancy the little laugh she wouli
give when she discovered it. and hov
quickly she would enclose it iu aiiolhe
envelope and add a few words as to he :
lie pictured it all in his mind , as hi
swung through the village street witl
an eager tread.
The little olficc was not open. Tin
morning train was not due yet. Slowlj
he wandered toward the station , am
stood gazing down ihe track fron
whence his letter would come. Hi
stamped his feet a bit impatiently , ant
took out Ins watch.
It was coming at lasi !
With a roar that wculd seem t (
waken the yet sleeping people , tin
train drew in.
The morning papers and the mail baj
were thrown out on lo the platform.
The roll of papers bounded away lute
the wet grass.
He sprang after them with a laugh
The early morning air was exhilarat
ing , lie grasped them in his hand and
waved them triumphantly at the bag
gage master as he leaned out of the
door of his car.
Then he turned. A woman stood be
side him.
"I have come home. " Geraldine said.
For an instant he gazed at her with
startled eyes. Then with a quick move
ment he gathered her into his big arms
and drew her close. FLr tired head fell
on to his strong shoulder , and the sad ,
pleading eyes were hidden from view.
Her hai fell unheeded fro the ground , a.s
.he kissed hair and forehead again and
This was her next move. The House
Remarkable Discovery in the Clothiiij ;
of Two California Celestial * .
The turnkey.- the Los Angeles
county jail had an interesting experi
ence recently on the arrival of two Chi
nese from San Uiego. pending deporta
tion. Tin * uiyn had been searched by
the San Diego officers , and were re
ported to have no articles on their per
sons , but Hie Los Angeles jail officials
thought it would be just as well to ap
ply their methods of investigation , and
the outcome was a lot of money , jiug-
tets and gold dust.
The coolies hnd little packages of
Ljold dust carefully packed away be
tween each toe ; others were braided
into the strands of their queues ; bank
notes were cleverly stitched into the
lining of their hats and the creases of
rheir clothes. In fact , almost every
l lace. mentionablc and unmentionable ,
where coin , bills or gold dust could be
hidden , contained its quota , the total
round amounting to something over $40
in bills , as much more in silver , and no
me know * exactly how much in gold
lu t from Lower California mines.
The money of course belong * to the
Chinese , but if they had been allowed
: o keep it on their persons while locked
ip , they would surely have been robbed
jf every cent of it by the other prison-
M's. San Francisco Kxaminer.
IJooilly Prices for Popular Son s.
Sir Arthur Sullivan is said to have
eceived 10,000 in royalties for "The
: jest Chord , ' ' the highest price received
: or an individual number , says Au-
iwers. Two thousand pounds per line
vas the profit realized by the publisher
> f that favorite song of Sims Reeves ,
'My Pretty Jane. " The music was by
Sir Henry Bishop and the words were
omposed by Edward Fitzball , who was
> orn at Burwell. in Cambridgeshire.
LMie profit realized on the song "Iu Old
Jadrid" was 13,000. The song. "Tom-
ny Atkins. " during the first year of its
xistence. brought the publishers , who
lad purchased it for a guinea , a profit
f < ,000 , or over 100 per week. Milton
Veilings received ten guineas for
'Some Day" and the publishers about
10.000 , and the same composer's " ( Jold-
n Love , * ' for which eight guineas was
; iven , probably brought 8,000 to the
"Women Scarce in Egypt.
Egypt is the only country in the
vorld where there are more men than
vojneu. The.male sex in the dominion
if the Khedive exceeds the females by
When a man is sick , his wife thinks
he real-trouble is something wicked oq
is mind.
As n IJu incsH Venture Alone ( lie
Proponed Artcry > J ( IM Claimed *
V/ould He n lUu llotmir/it In Die Way
of Tulln and Louie
That the proposed NtciU'iigUitii canal is
vital to the interests of the United SlulcH
was emphatically dcmuuslrateil during
the recent war with Spain when our bat
tleship Oregon was compelled to make her
long voyage down around the llui'u to
reach the scene of naval opei'tilloiiM. The
apprehension of the American people dur
ing the long detour was painfully ami junt
ly excited , while the Government was th"
prived of several weeks' servleu of lln
finest man-of-war during the tinu It re
quired to sail down the west coast of
South America and up ou the eastern side.
Then , again , the commercial benefits to be
derived by the completion of the proposed
short-cut waterway are inestimable. A
most comprehensive article ou I he .subject
of the Nicaragua ! ! canal has been written
by Henry I. Sheldon , a Chieagoan. This
is said by experts to be the most complete
study of the canal question yet undertak
en. Mr. Sheldon visited Nicaragua three
years ago and traversed the entire route
of the projected waterway , examined the
work done , and secured reliable data as
to cost and methods of construction. Mr.
Sheldon went not as the agent of any com
pany or of the Government , but merely
as nil individual having no interest , pe
cuniary or friendly , with the present com
pany constructing the canal , and was
careful to incur no obligations which
would prevent his taking an unbiased
"It may be well to say at the outset. "
writes Mr. Sheldon , "thai I reached the
. 'onclusion that the canal in Nicaragua is
practicable , and can be constructed at n
cost on which fair returns can be earned.
It also seems clear that , for many reasons ,
it is not a suitable work for private cap
ita ! to undertake , and that it will be bet
ter that our Government should assist the
undertaking. There are strong equities
on the side of national aid. inasmuch as
the chief benefits will never be the tolls
collected from passing vessels. The canal
may so develop our trade with Eastern
Asia that a single year of that trade will
exceed in volume the total cost of its
construction. Its opening will double in
value almost every acre of agricultural
land in California , Oregon and Washing
ton , and the population of those Stales
will be more than doubled. For many
years I have occasionally visited the Pa
cific coast , for either business or pleasure ,
and always the most striking aspect of
its condition has been the absence of sat
isfactory markets for its products. Not a
bushel of its large wheat crop comes to
the Atlantic coast by rail , as wheat can
not bear the cost of so long carriage.
Neither can its lumber or ores come by
rail. In many places , after the farmer or
the fruit grower has paid the charges of
transportation companies , there is little
or nothing left for him. The population
continues small because the markets are
so inadequate. Twenty-five years' trial
has demonstrated that if railroads are to
be the sole means of communication the
development of the Pacific States will be
very slow. The only promise of relief is
iu securing for these States some shorter
transportation to the Atlantic States , and
also to Europe , by water. Now. every
thing carried by water must pass around
Cape Horn. The only shorter route , ap
parently practicable , is by way of a ship
canal across the isthmus , through Nicara
gua. This will save 10.000 miles of the
distance around Cape Horn , and will enable -
able an ordinary steamer to go from San
Francisco to New York in fourteen days.
The exact distance , by such canal , will
be 4,700 miles. The ordinary railroad
freight service consumes from seventeen
to twenty-one days. The canal line will
be only about GO per cent longer than the
rail line.
' Kecdetl in the Time of AVar.
"Our country is so widely extended ,
3,000 miles from east to west , that cheap
and speedy water transportation like this
is almost absolutely needed to bind and
hold it more closely together. At present ,
in time of war , such parts of our growing
navy as might be on either the Atlantic
or the Pacific side would be for a consid
erable time of no use on the other ocean.
The canal , when built , will promote the
development of better markets for our
manufactures in foreign countries border
ing on the Pacific. These are less exposed
than those on the Atlantic to European
competition. This nation cannot be con
sidered a first-class power when our people
ple are only buyers from the rest of the
world. Exporting agricultural products
does not make a great nation. The French
and the Germans do not engage in such
exportation , finding other activities to be
more profitable. A glance at the principal
food-exporting countries shows the truth.
They are such countries as Southern Rus
sia , India and , latterly , the Argentine
Republic , and they are poor , and they stay
joor. We need to keep our wheat , feed
our operatives with it , and send abroad
the products they manufacture. The
change canuot come suddenly , but we
should plan and work for it. Some neg
lected markets are near us. The Rio
Grande is quite a small stream. One can
ride a horse across it from Texas into
Mexico and entering the first hotel , one
finds au , English cloth on the tabk in the
dining room. The cups and plates are
English , the cutlery from Germany and
the waiters wear a suit of German
clothes. There probably will not be an
article imported from the United Stales
in the house except a sewing machine. The
demand is there , but we have carelessly ,
almost good-naturedly , made no effort to
"In building up a foreign trade our nat
ural course will be to begin with the coun
tries where we shall meet least competi
tion. In order to be profitable , trade re
quires to move along the lines of least
resistance. Our geographical situation is
such that we are the natural producers
for all countries bordering on the Pacific
ocean. The relative distance of European
manufacturers , as compared with our
own , gives us a great advantage. The
idea of trying to sell much of our products
to China and Japan is new to our people ;
but those countries are entering on a ca
reer of great development , and why should
not the American people have a share in
supplying their wants ? The trade reports
tell the story of their awakening. The
purchases of their silver were :
In IBS' , # 28,000,000
In 1894 113,000,000
China bought from foreign countries :
In 18Sr. 8132,000,000
In 1894 243,000,000
"We have not been alive to this demand.
Of Japan's purchases abroad of 8113,000-
000 in 1894. we sold her only § 11,000,000.
We excelled in paying money to her , how
ever , for in that year we bought of her
goods amounting to 5143,000,000. Of
China's purchases from other nations of
as an aid in building up our
trade , could bo made by the same author
ity. If any European complications as
lo the use of the canal arose , our Govern
ment would not be hampered by the exist
ence of a canal company , nor by being
obliged to obtain the current action of
Nicaragua and Costa Rica , but would be
in .1 position to decide for itself what
course to take. The possible claims of
England to joint control of the canal un
der the Clay ton-Bui wer treaty should be
ignored. Those claims could never be al
lowed , and we probably would hear little
of them after we had constructed the
canal with our own money and were in
full possession. The Suez canal has been
neutralized by an agreement between the
great powers , but that waterway is close
ly connected with the Eastern question ,
the balance of power , and other large sub
jects involving the nations of Europe.
There is no analogy as to neutralization
between the situation at Suez and that at
Nicaragua. "
Estimates of Probable Revenue.
Mr. Sheldon's estimates of the probable
revenue to be derived from the canal are
encouraging. "As the conditions are so
similar , it is necessary , in taking a broad
view of probable earnings , to consider the
business transacted by the Suez canal.
The results there shown are more helpful
than mere estimates ; they are ascertained
facte. That company deals with the
world's commerce , just as will be done in
Nicaragua. In 1895 its business amount
ed to 8,440,000 tons. It had then been in
operation twenty-five years. The first
year , 1870 , its business was only 430,000
$243,000.000 in 1S94 , we supplied only
$10,000,000. We were good buyers , how
ever , taking $25,000,000 of her products.
Our diplomatic agents report that with
more alertness and enterprise we could
have furnished to Japan , and at a reason
able profit , ( JO per cent of all her foreign
purchases in 1S94. One reason why the
people of our gulf States are so unani
mous for a canal in Nicaragua , is that it
will open an additional market for their
cotton. The United States is the chief
producer of the world's cotton , and prices
for this product have been deplorably low
of late years , entailing great privations in
many Southern homes. It is the old story.
We have been producing more cotton than
we could find markets for. The new buy
er of cotton is Japan. That country is
going strongly into the manufacture of
cotton goods , such as are used by the people
ple of the warm countries , and now not
only exports these goods to China , but
undersells the English manufacturers .in
their own dependency of India. "
leavers Government Ownership.
Mr. Sheldon takes strong ground in fa
vor of absolute ownership and control of
the Nicaragua canal by the United States
Government. "Congress could prescribe
the tolls to be paid by ships using the
canal , making the charges sufficient to
meet the expenses of operation and a suit
able interest on the capital invested in the
undertaking and also , if considered advis
able , for an annual payment into a sink
ing fund , to meet , at maturity , any Gov
ernment bonds which might have been
"As commerce increased , the iolls could
h $ lowered , and any other reduction in
favor of American ships , found desirable
tons ; in 1871 , 700,000 tons ; in 1S72,1,100-
000 tons , and there has been a fairly
steady increase ever since , up to tlie
amount in 1S95. During all this time the
volume of the world's commerce has stead
ily increased. Not only has trade more
and more adjusted itself to the Suez route ,
but also the aggregate amount of trade
has become much larger. Some allowance
should be made for the advantages pos
sessed by the Suez canal as a now well-
established ro te. Taking its business
eight years ago may be a fair offset for
this item. The amount for 1S8S exceeded
G.000,000 tons. The earlier Suez tolls were
$2.77 per ton , which have been gradually -
ly reduced the past twenty years , and
traffic is not prepared now to stand heavv
charges in any direction. A moderate
tariff will be iu every way desirable. A
favorable , but approximate , estimate of
the possible revenues iir Nicaragua wonld
be as follows : With tolls at $1.50 per ton
: at the outset , and a business of at lea t
15,000,000 tons after the canal is fairly in
operation , a gross income of $9,000 000 |
would be obtained. Administration , main
tenance and operation for 1S95 cost the
Suez canal about 81,800,000. Taking into
account all the dam and embankment
work at Nicaragua , as well as the heavy
rainfall , an allowance of $3,000,004) as an
annual average for expenses may be fair ,
leaving a net Income of $0,000,000. An
undertaking of this character is to be
gone into only as a long-term investment ,
and the earnings for the first fe'.f years
after it is completed are not to be consid
ered as sufficient for a Gnal judgment. T&e
greatest earnings will come later oa ,
"The. canal route , as at present project
ed , is. io be 174 miles long from. Brito ou
the PaciGc to Grey town ou the Ailantlc
The first half mile from BrSto is at set
level. Then in two miles the canal nsei
HO feet , through three locks to the summit -
mit level , 151 miles long , then in Vfc milw
it descends , through three locks , to sei
then continues at sei
level again , and
level 9y miles to Greytown. The esti
mated time required for an ordmar :
steamer to cross from one ocean to tlit
other is twenty-eight hours. Electric
lighting is to make passage by nigi > t quite
feasible. The allowance for passing
through locks is forty-five minutes for
each lock. Only twenty-six miles of the
108 miles of canal is to be through excava
tions. Some twenty-one miles is through
basins , and 121 miles through the lake
and the river. Provision should be made
from the first for increasing the accommo
dation when it shall become necessary.
Widening can be carried on at the same
time that vessels arc passing. So can
deepening. To increase the size of the
locks * however , will cause nil traffic to be
suspended. The locks in the present plans
appear to'be too small for permanent use.
TliOiV are each to be GuO feet long. 70 feet
wide , and 28 feet deep. "
History of the Canal ' cliem * ; .
In December , 1SS1 , Senator Miller of
California introduced a bill in Congress
to incorporate "The Marine Canal Company -
pany of Nicaragua , " with the purpose of
constructing the canal. Gen. U. S. Grant ,
Howard Potter , E. D. Morgan , H. J. .lew-
ett and other prominent capitalists were
concerned in the proposed enterprise. The
bill met with bitter opposition in Congress ,
and was utterly defeated by the failure
of the Marine Bank of New York , in
which the Grants were ruined financially.
The Nicaragua Canal Company was in
corporated in 1SS7 , with former Senator
Warner Miller as president , and for a
time made good progress. Its success in
duced opposition , and in 1SS9 the Mari
time Canal Company of Nicaragua , which
received the sanction of President Cleve
land , was incorporated. Hiram Hitch
cock was the first president , but he was
subsequently succeeded by Thomas B.
Atkins. The work o digging the canal rf
was begun and continued until financial
misfortune overtook the enterprise , the
construction company failing in the terri
ble panic of 1893. The contract for the
construction was then awarded to Warner
Miller Nicaragua Company , which still
holds its concession. Many attempts have
since been made to secure the aid of the
Government , but the bills have failed to
pass both houses. Congress , however , au
thorized the appointment of a technical
commission of civil engineers to reexamine
ine the canal line , and it is the report of
this commission which will be presented
to Congress in December.
The principal authorities on transporta
tion statistics have made estimates that
the Nicaragua route should divert from
2,000,000 to 3,000,000 tons of low-rate
freight , such as Hour , dry goods , machin
ery , coal , etc. , from the overland traffic.
Suppose 2.500,000 tons were diverted to
steamship lines from the Atlantic and gulf
ports , going by the canal route. With the
usual ocean tounage from New York to
the Pacific , and other vessels which would
go through the canal , a conservative cal
culation places the annual freight at
7,000,000 tons. At the lowest Suez canal
rate this would give an annual revenue of
? 12,810,000. The route in favor runs from
Greytown ou the Atlantic coast , via the
San Juan river and Lake Nicaragua to
Brito , on the Pacific. The total distance
is 174 miles , divided as follows :
Brito to lake 17.27
Lake Lajas to San Juan river 5G.50
Slack water in the San Juan 68.54 "
San Francisco Basin Ochoa to East
ern divide 12.01
3ut through the Eastern divide 3.00
Canal to Greytown 10.48
The Nicaragua canal route was sur-
reyed first by Col. O. M. Guilds in 1852
for the then existing Transit company
tvhich had established transisthmian com
munication with California by steamer
from Greytown by way of the San Juan
river to Virgin bay on the west shore of
Lake Nicaragua , and thence by stage to
3au Juan del Sur , about eight miles south
east of Brito. The route selected by Col.
Dhilds , who was an eminent engineer ,
las not been improved upon very greatly
jy subsequent surveys. The last survey ,
uade by Mr. Menocal for the Govern
neut , lays the line along the Lajas and
3io Grande rivers on the west. Between
: he headwaters of these rivers and the
livide is lower and the route more practi-
al than anywhere else. From there the
oute leads across the lake , thence by way
f the San Juan river and canal cut to
Tolstoi's Colonies.
Tolstoi colonies are increasing in
Russia. The Tolstoians , of course , live
together , having constructed their own
iiouses and their own furniture ; there
s nothing new in this , the tale has been
told before. What is remarkable is
the arrangement of the mutual diniug-
table in the Tolstoi table d'hote. The .
bowl of the community a bowl of
soup is shared among six persons. -
* aeh dipping into the same dish , but
having the right of personal property
iu the matter of a wooden spoon and
; aJr. Bread also is private to the in-
lividual. Thus the six consumers get
i fair start and then they are all off
ogether. But one would have thought
his a fatal arrangement. Age , teeth .
md digestion are sadly unequal. What
s there to prevent the venerable grand-
nolher from being left hopelessly be-
lind by Ivan the Terrible , her youth
ful grandson , who treats the whole
as a point-to-point and
iourse race , sc
: hews forth the eternal inequality of
hings ? It is added that there is a
leautiful simplicity and decency in
hese repasts , and that there are three
lapkins to each symposium. Thus wn
iave six consumers to one bowl and
hree napkins to six consumers. But
ome will do well to avoid the- table
'note a la Tolstoi.
Thunderstorms in tTamaica.
At Port Royal , Jamaica , for six
lonths in the year thunderstorms are
f almost daily occurrence , aad guests
> picnics and garden parties are usu-
lly invited to assemble "after the thun-
erstorm. "
AH Husbands Uo.
tie When we are married I will Ife
t your feet
She ( interrupting ) Yes , and to my
ace , 1 suppose.
The French may be fickle in every-
hing else , but t"bey are alv ys faithful
u their love of change.