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IJnrton H. Barr.es. a wealthy American
lounnif Corsica, rescue the yotiriK EtiK-Ji-h
lieutenant, Edward OranI AnstruUi
t. and liis Corsiitan bruit?. Marina.
I.t;:xljter of the I'aolis. from tlie miir
toiis vendetta, unricrhtntiiiitiK tliat lilt
inward is to be the ham of the pirl he
Jves, Enid Anstrtithor. sister of the Kr.R-11.-.I1
lieutenant. Th four lly from Ajac--ii
to Marseilles 011 hoard th French
i-;tner Constantino. Th- vcndfttii pur-ru-s
and as the iiart-t aru about to
Jo!inI the train for London at Marseilles.
M.-irnia H handed a mysterious note
will h causes her to collapse anil necessi
i.Us Jt postponement of tlie journey.
Itnrnoj pets part of tlie mysterious note
ji:i! rrcciv-s letters which inform him
that he is marked ly the vendetta. He
-mpioys an American detective and plans
! heat the vendetta at their own same.
For tiie purpose of eeurinij the safety
f the women Haines arrange to have
J-ady Cliartris Ichm- a j-ehid-d villa at
Xkj to uhich tlie patty is to W taken
in a acht. Siispicson is created that
Manr.a is in league with the orsicans.
- man, lielieved to be. CorieKi" Uatiella,
is jeen passing tlie hoti and Marina is
thought to have given him :i sign. Ma
nna refuses to explain to ftarii which
fact adds to his latent suspicions. Karnes
plans for the safety of the patty are
learned hv the Conicans. Tlie eairi.ige
carrying their party to the local lauding
i. followed by tun inn One of the
horseman is supposed to ! rregiu.
They try to murder the Aiuetkau.
CHAPTER IV. Continued.
Their carriage soon stops near tlie
two small bays upon which are situ
ated the bathhouses. Al a little land
ing place Barnes can just discern in
Hie mist of the water, which adds to
The gloom of the evening, a boat with
To be certain, he hails and is an
swered by Emory's, voice.
"It's all right." he hi.spers to the
.Indies and springs out of the carriage.
Tliu next moment Ktnory has run up
fiom the landing and is standing be
side him. Emory whispers suspicious
Jy to Barnes: "You get the ladies into
the boat quick. I told my men not to
come near you unless there was dan
ger. 1 hear their steps coming down.
I'll see what they want." Rarnes and
Edwin carefully escort their charges
through the gloom down the little
.steps that lead to the boat. Their hand
.satchels being placed beside them, a
carriage robe is carefully tucked by
J lames about Miss Anstruther.
Performing a like j-ervice for his
wife, Edwin seizes the tiller, seats
ihiuifclf at the stern and remarks com
Jurtably: "Xow all's shipshape! As
oun as your sleuth is on board we'll
pull out to the yacht." Then he asks
ne of the two oarsmen: "Have you
The Seagull's bearings?"
"Aye, aye, sir. She is lying off about
i quarter of a mile nigh due .outh of
"All right," says Edwin, examining
a. pocket compass he produces. "She
might hare been difficult to And in the
darkness without her hearings. She's
ct light up, of course?" ,
"A mast head nnc!ior-glim, sir," te
plies the man.
Suddenly Edwin whispets to Uaraes:
"Ye"o boaiders!" and springing up.
-M-izes a boathook and pushes the cut
ler av.ay frc:-i the dock. "Pull qtiick,
iny men!" he commands, for the voice
of the American detective lings out
in the night air: "Look out for jour-
s.elvesl" and they hear the patter of
l'cet In the darkness tunning down the
walk mingled with a couple of foreign
Xext there is a splash in the water
and ltarnes says, coollx : "Hold up for
a minute, Edwin," and calls: "Is that
"Yes, thank God!" answers the de
tective, who is swimming after them.
"Very well, if anjbody jumps over
after you, I think I can catch him even
in the darkness." The American's
jiistol is in his hand.
Twenty seconds after they drag the
shipping sleuth into the cutter.
"You have nothing to wait for now,"'
ays Emory, spitting out some salt
water. "Get me to the yacht where 1
can find dry clothes of some kind."
At this, Edwin orders the men to
saw way, which the Scotch sailors do
"lly the blessing of God. yoa all had
a mighty narrow escape." remarks
Emory, his voice quivering. "Though
how the deuce the men who are after
potting you took the places of the ones
I hired to guard you, is more than I
in tell. When 1 heard the approach
ing fcteps. I reckoned there must be
lunger. 1 went straight to 'em and by
-;ms, they jumped me. Half a second
;ind I was a dead man."
"At my cry of tetror." continues
Emory, "the dagger that was right
er my breast was stayed, and one
jf them snarls: 'Diavolo. this isn't
1 he accursed murderer, Barnes of Xew
Yotk.' Then they whispered some
words to me that I don't care about
repeating before the ladies and one of
them held the lenife over me and the
other sneaked down towards you. but
was too late. You had already got the
uitls into the boat. I reckon. He
-anic back. They cursed me and let
me go. But when they saw I was
scooting down the wharf, they started
after me, so I jumped into the water
:ind made the boat. They are cursing
themselves now, I guess, for letting
me get away to warn you."
"Well, theyll hardly dare to follow
is on board the yacht." smiles Barnes,
for Edwin has hailed: "Sagull, ahoy I"
to some vessel looming up in the fog.
"Aye, aye." comes the reply, and a
moment later the naval officer has laid
the boat alongside of the yacht, from
which a side ladder has been put over.
"This is Andrew Graham, the mate."
says Eaory, as an alert young Scotch
man assists the ladies to the deck.
"Yon want to get into dry clothes."
remarks Burton. '"We'll discuss this
.affair a little further after we have
had dinner, which 1 imagine is pre
pared." Five minutes later. Emory having
gone forward and procured a change
of togs from the mate, they all sit
down in the little cabin, which is bril-
Jiantly lighted and Us table beautifully
A Sequel k
UCED MA&SCO. AT.)?
set with crystal and china, even some
fresh flowers adorning It.
"You've done everything mighty
nice, Emorj" says Barnes, genially, to
the detective, "and I hope your wet
ting hasn't destroyed j'our appetite."
"Xot a bite," answers the American
representative of Pinkerston".
"Why doesn't Edwin come down?"
whispers Marina, nervously.
"Oh. he's skipper now," replies Bur
ton. "He's making all shipshape with
Mr. Graham and getting under way.?
After giving the mate his directions
as to the course and bidding him keep
a good lookout for steamers coming up
from Naples. Nice and other ports to
the eastward, flSdwin joins the party
Lieut. Anstruther, after a glance at
his bride, remarks: "Xow, with a
deck under my feet, I feel shipshape
and ready for either pirates or land
sharks," and devotes himself with a
sailor appetite to his meal. Delicfte
little confections and ices as well as
some magnificent fruit are put upon
the table afterwards by the steward,
whose fiery red hair and decided
Scotch twang indicate he comes from
the north of the Tay.
"Altogether." Enid contentedly re
marks, "it is about as good a dinner as
one could get at the best restaurant in
A few minutes later the gentlemen
go on deck to smoke their cigars.
Edwin takes his stand beside his
Scotch mate, saying: "We'll take it
watch and watch, Graham, until the
morning," and sends the young fellow
below to turn in.
The two ladies are busily making
their arrangements in the cabin. The
"There's One Man on This Boat
schooner has a main salon. w:uch is
used as a diniug-room. and two little
quarter staterooms, one of which is
assigned to Edwin and his bride, the
other to Miss Anstruther.
Under these circumstances, the de
tective and Barnes have a chance for
private conversation. They stroll
amidships and seat themselves beside
one of the boats.
"How shall I put you on shore?" says
"Well, in an hour more we'll be off
ltandol; I reckon, and if you'll tell Ed
win to drop in to the shore a little, you
can put me off in one of the boats."
"All right," replies Curton. and
speaking to Anstruther, the yacht's
course is changed.
"When you are ashore, you'll get
the railway, I suppose, to Marseilles.
Pay my hotel bill at the Grand there
and remember to meet mc at Nice at
the time appointed."
Here the detective dismays his
American employer; he drawls slow
ly: "Y-e-s. but I'd like to give up this
"Give up this matter?"
"Yes. When that Corsican bad his
knife over my heart he said' a few
words of warning, telling me to look
out how I got into a blood feud; that
this matter was to the death, and if
I wanted to live I had better leave it
"You're frightened of the man?"
"Xo. not exactly frightened, but
mighty cautious of him." replies the
Yankee, "for a fellow who can fix it so
that my two French sleuths were
thrown off the track and he and his
pal, took their very places and rode
behind your carriage unsuspected an"d
only by God's mercy were prevented
from jumping you and doing you' up
as you placed the ladies in the boat, is
t man whnso limine matn him miohi.. 1
" . jfo oc"c jjjjj K vT6 "i
"Xot dangerous enough to cause you
to desert these ladies in their extrexn-
I I fo t '&Py v ill i li II 9
Ml It . . lwfism VCi 1 1:1 J! II if
'ilsfiiiV wll J XilritAX
ity. Tou, an American 4 hare -feces
told you have a very good :mnre."
"Yes, but this kind of an'assassinat
ing In the gloom biz is mighty ticklish
however. I'll go you again," returns
the detective, after a few more whiffs
of his cigar. "Ill rislc it once more
for the sake of the ladies. With such
a crafty devil agin you, what you want
to do is to suspect everybody," contin
ued the detective. "You see yon can
not be sure where such a snaky fellow
will strike you. If it hadn't been for
me fortunately walking up that path
wondering why my men came down
to you, they would have been upon
you while, you were putting the ladies
in your boat, and would have had some
of you sure. I know you can shoot
quick and straight, but knives at close
.quarters are better than' revolvers,
especially in the darkness. Tou can
bless God for having .saved you to
night. Suspect everyone!"
"Suspect everyone!" Barnes mutters
to himself and turns his eyes about
upon the deck as he speaks.
"Oh, they're all safe here those bra'
Scotch sailor laddies. .You saw the
mate, he is Scotch also and can be
trusted. If you'll put me on shore. 111
be at that villa at Nice ready to tell
you everything when you make it.
Don't 3'ou think the lady I mean An
struther's wife could stand a voyage
to England through the Bay of, Bis
cay?" The detective's voice shows
how anxious he is that his suggestion
"As a physician,. I .don'Mhink sneJ
could," remarks Barnes. "You see her
neurotic state has been added to by
the attack upon us at the landing. It
is not her fears, for herself,' but her
fears for her husband." v ,
They are now interrupted by Edwin.
"The lights over there are those of
Bandol. We're in ten fathoms of wa
ter. I don't want to venture" in any
further at night." Then the voice of
the young English officer rings out. or
dering the cutter to be lowered and
"I go witli you as far as the shore."
"Xo, you stay with the ladies," whis
pers Emor'. "That's what you want
to look after. You're the point of dan
ger now. I'll only suffer if I get too
nigh to you." A's the Pinkerton man
goes over the side, he whispers to
Barnes: "Suspect everybody even
I Must Keep My Eye Upon."
your own emotions and doings, and
especially those of the women with
that crafty cuss who had his dagger
so cursed near my heart, working on
"Could yon recognize the man?"
asks Burton eacerlv.
"Hardly, but in the struggle my
hand caught his face, and I felt a scar
over his left eye."
"Great Scott!" ejaculates the Amer
ican. He is now certain it is Corre
gio Cipriano Danella who is bent upon
revenge for the blood of his dead
As the Yankee detective is rowed
away, Barnes paces the deck.
The night is very fine, though ex
tremely dark, and they being near the
land, somewhat misty. The yacht's
lights, however, burn brightly and a
careful lookout is kept Barnes, thinks
he has little fear from the sea while
the vessel is in command of Edwin
Anstruther. Still the detective's last
warning. "Suspect everybody!" lingers
in his mind.
Some remarks from the ladies in
the cabin indicate that they are not
coming on deck this evening.
(TO .BE CONTINUED.)
India's Sacred Trees.
There are many sacred trees of
India, which enter largely into the re- I
ligious life of the Hindoos. "Chief !
among these is the sami tree and the
trembling peapuL Nearly all the
higher hills and rocks in the. plains
are crowned each by a temple, shrine
or sacred tree. The peepul is known
as the king of trees.. It is the most
holy, and the three great spirits of
the Hindoos dwell therein. The wor
ship of the tree is the worship of the
triad Brahma, Siva and Vishnu. Al
most everv Indian villam has its n.
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LP"1 iree W1UI a to PJauorm or al
tar around it The devout remnv
their shoes before it and make obei
sance before proceeding on their way.
Skinned Woman s
3y Marion E. Stoddon ' "
Woman's Share in Early Art
Even the Primitive Woman Had
Certain "Rights" Brilliant Dark
Haired Heroines of the Past
Women Aid in Founding a Re
ligion Some Interesting Facts
About What Has Been Accom
plished by the Sisters of the Pale
Faced Races The Important Part
they Played in Early Civilization.
(Copyright, by Joseph B. Bowie.)
(Marian E. Stockton, widow of the late
popular story writer. Frank R. Stockton,
was closely associated with the work of
her gifted husband. Any reader of the
"Rudder Grange" stories, for example,
will realize that she was a valuable aa-
I sistant to him. She was joint author with
ntm in writing "The Home," one of his
earlier books, lira. Stockton is a membr
of a prominent South Carolina family.)
So much has been written about
women of the fair-skinned .races, of
their part in the making of the his
tory of the world, of what they have
done and ought not to have done, of
what they are doing and ought not to
do and to what they should do, that
it may be of interest to catch here and
there in this world's history what
their dark-skinned sisters have done
in bringing about the conditions of
the life we are now living and the so
cial, religious and. geographical dis
tinctions which prevail at present.
It is not my intention in this article
to exploit the famous dark-skinned
women of recorded history we will
glance at them in their proper places.
They were types, it is true, but they
could not have been and have acted
their great parts had not the wom
en whom they represented been
endowed, in some measure, with their
gifts. Such women do not spring full-
fledged from a sordid environment. But
they were exceptional and individual
In their careers; and, after all, it is
from the ordinary women of a race
or nation that progress comes.
The portraits the ethnologists give
us of the primitive woman are not
captivating, but the poets represent
her as being almost divine, floating in
ethereal beauty fresh from the hand
of her Creator. Whether the scientist
has arrived at the truth through long
and laborious stages of investigation,
or whether the poet has divined the
truth through inspiration. I do not
pretend to decide. But they are both
agreed upon one thing that her com
plexion was of a "sun-kissed" hue ac
cording to the latter and of a "dark
pigment." according to the other.
From the Investigations of scle'e
and the reports of explorers, and from
other sources 'we have a good deal of
information, if not in relation to this
very primitive woman to her not dis
tant descendants in a state of sav
agery. And even in the very lowest
of these primeval races we find that
women played an important part.
They were slaves, it is true, because
they knew nothing better. If They had
had the least glimmering sense of
woman's rights they were quite capable
of asserting themselves even at that
period of time. And here it may he
well to correct a misapprehension.
Men did not make slaves and beasts
of burden of their women merely be
cause the man was wicked or lazy, or
ooin tney had affection (of a sort)
for their wives. But they realized
with great force that man was a su
perior being, the lord of the earth and
all it contained, including woman, and
that she was an 'afterthought of the
gods created for his benefit, and
therefore made of very inferior ma
terial. Consequently it was consid
ered as degrading in a man to do wom
an's work as it is now for him o wear
petticoats. If it chanced that it came
into a man's mind to relieve his weary
wile or some part of the load she was
carrying on her back, he would reject
the thought instantly, not so much be
cause he did not want the burden, as
because by so doing he would mak
himself the laughing stock of the
And what did these mighty lords of
creation do upward the improvement
of the world they claimed? Absolutely
nothing! Fishing, hunting, trapping,
fighting, the necessities of the pres
ent; the implements to accomplish
these purposes, and there the record
ends. Meantime, as the years went
on and generation succeeded genera
tion, the women were using their
brains and improving social life with
all sorts of inventions to assist them
in their manifold labors and to add
new comforts to a rude existence.
Sewing. Consider how patient they
must have worked to get a thread
from a rawhide and the cleverness of
evolving a needle from a bone. Tan-
1 ning and dressing leather. To turn
a dirty, hairy, tough skin into a
clean and soft material suitable for
clothing. t Fashioning with deft fin
gers this' cloth'ing to their special
needs. Agriculture of the simplest
sort, but mostly the experiments of
women: Spinning. The records of the
human race go not back to a time
when tbesplndte was-unknown, worked
out from a woman's brain which
grasped .the Idea -that the long fibers
of the flax she was cultivating ought
In some way to be made more adapta
ble for thread than the unwieldy skin
with its slow and painful process.
Hence,, the stick twirled in the fingers.
Weaving. Not a long journey to the
loom after arriving at the spindle and
cloth, r so much easier than skins' to
: wnrV intn 1nthit,p Ttpaidoa tha Mmh.
bark basket weaving had been done
long before with the fingers and it was
only necessary to steady the threads
on wooden rollers.
And this brought about woman's
share in early art So many plants
yielded beautiful-colored juices; hence
the dyeing, arid later, the painting of
cloth and skins. Some of these savage
adornings may be seen at the present
day with colors 'still vivid and. with
And so I might go on through all
the industries that 'have come, down
to us all suggested by dark-skinned
It has never been decided by the I
learned whether fire -as a direct rev-'
f ' ' "-
elation from God, or whether man dis
covered it accidentally. In the ab
sence of any authentic "Information
on lhVsnbJectrtentUreUie opinion it
was discovered by a dark-skinned
woman. As1 shewas tneqa9who bid
the most use for fire it is .reason
to suppose that she it was 2? chanced
(in a fit Of temper, perhaps) to rub
two of her stone' knives together with
great violence and velocity and was
surprised with the divine spark.
However this may be, it was woman
who immediately availed herself ' of
this all-important discovery, and being
tired of meat and fish dried in the
sun. conceived the brilliant idea of
laying It on the hot coals. And thus
she started in a long career down the
ages the roasts and ragouts and chow
ders and fricandeaus that have given
pleasure and dyspepsia to millions of
her descendants of all colors.
There is literally no end to this
branch of the subject, but I have said
enough to convince any rational mor
tal that a creature capable of all this
could not, have been held in utter con
tempt by contemporary man. In
ferior she was considered, as a matter
of course, and she was. to a great ex
tent, a commodity to be bought and
sold; but. running through all the
savagery, there is found a strong
thread of respect for women. Even
in the lowest tripes they had some
rights which they were not at all back
ward in enforcing; and among the
more advanced peoples they had many
well-defined rights which no man
could in any case take from them.
The men privately sought their advice
to take the council and exploit it as
their own wisdom; they were admit
ted to some of the solemn feasts; and.
sometimes, they armed themselves and
went to the battlefield. This, however.
seems rarely to have occured in tho
very early ages.
Such was the dark-skinned primitive
woman and such were her achieve
ments. Drifting down the long stream of
time, we suddenly come upon the bril
liant vision of the queen of Sheba.
Ont of the darkness of the dark con
tinent she emerges, robed in splendor,
invested with power, endowed with
wit and fancy, moved by an intelli
gent curiosity a woman capable of
appreciating not only the glory of Sol
omon but his wisdom also.- She daz
zles us for a brief moment and then
disappears into the darkness whence
she came and leaves no trace. But
it requires no imagination simply
common sense to follow her into that
mysterious land and find a nation of
women, not spj exceptionally endowed,
perhaps, as this great queen, but wom
en of strongcCharacter. and vigorous
intellect, capable of dealing with the
problems of their time. Otherwise
there could have been no queen of
In the twilight of history we note
the appearance of a remarkable As
syrian queen or, more plausibly, several
successive queens, who were new types
in that olden world. They were not
only successful warriors, but they were
engineers, mathematicians and archi
tects. They turned the courses of
rivers, spanned them with bridges
and confined their waters within
bounds; they raised great monu
ments and built temples and public
edifices. The name Semiramis is
synonymous with every kind c great
Coming down to the Christian era.
we find one of the most interesting
studies of womankind of any color or
any age in the Arabians. Those dark
skinned women, with no possible way
of cultivating intellect, the women of
a brutal race of men. in a degrading
environment, fenced in with customs
hostile to them, changed the face of
the habitable globe and founded a
great religion! Mohammed himself
declared, persistently and often, that
he would never have been able to
achieve success but for his wife Cad
ijah. This plain, faithful, sensible
woman never faltered in the darkest
hour, encouraging in weakness and
restraining in excess. And when the
creed he taught was accepted by the
Arabs all the women threw themselves
into it with such energy that nothing
could stand before them.
They even organized companies of
women soldiers and, leading them
into battle, fought with a savage cru
elty that might have been expected,
but also with a heroism mo3t surpris
ing. And all through the Mohamme
dan conquest women are prominent;
sometimes like unto the judicious Can
ijab; sometimes like the beautiful and
wicked Ayesha. who came near dlvld
Ing the armies into hostile campy:
sometimes like tho savage Henda
drinking the blood of the enatntMi ni
the faith. It Is all wonderful. And,
as the Christian woman reads the rec
ord, sbe marvels how it was possible
that so much good and evil purpose,
so much that is noble and heroic,
could nave been expended with such
energy on a religion that does not
tend in any way to exalt womanhood.
I have not space to tell of the
Chinese woman whose story, we glean
from legends and glimpses into the
histories of their dynasties, while she
herself looks at us out of the past
with an impressive silence. Nor to
dwell upon the East Indian woman,
who, with her seductive charm and
romantic, poetical nature, conquered
great conquerors and ruled through
We pass down the centuries and en
ter, at last into our own land to be
immediately confronted by a-, dark
skinned maiden whose name and his
tory are familiar to every school
Was there in all this newly discover
ed country but one Pocahontas? She
happened to be the one who fell in love
with a white man. and, thus, moved
to save from destruction the little
white colony, has become immortalized.
Whether or not this is to be regarded
as a meritorious act on the pait of this
Indian maiden depends upon the point
of view, whether that point be In
dian or English. But there is no
doubt that she was intelligent and at
tractive and of a sweet nature a very
loveable creature. If you find a well
molded and decorated vase standing
in the midst of crude ugly pottery of
a past age, you may be reasonably cer
tain that a further diligent search will
reveal similar vases. And so. while
Pocahontas may have been 'somewhat
more highly gifted than the other
young women of her tribe, she was of '
their kith and kia and not a solitary
figure.. There has arisen mo Cooper
for the Indian woman.
It is probable that ihe Indian tribes
In the east with which, the early set
tlers were familiar wore leas1 cultured
than those found on the Pacific coast
at a later date. Among these their
womensubject and inferior, of coarse
were of much importance. They had
so improved the comforts of existence
by quite a range'of culinary prepara
tions, clothes and blankets for warmth
and various devices for increasing; the
happiness of their lords, that they had
won a position of some dignity and
exercised; a large and .beneficent influ
ence, not asserted and 'probably not
publicly acknowledged, but far-reaching
in its effects in civilizing thai
race. COMPLAINT' 13 NOT. NEW.
Other Ages Have Said "There Is No
Time for Leisure."
"Leisure." a woman declared the
other day. "is neither a fact nor a pos
sibility it is scarcely even an ideal.
It is a word that in the dictionary
should be marked obsolete."
Whether or not the majority of peo
ple would agree with her in consider
ing leisure no longer an ideal, it can
not be denied that leisure is a rare
possession in the first decade of the
twentieth century. The common the
ory seems to be that we have bartered
it for telephones and automobiles, for
speed and society and business.
Fifty years ago. we say. or a hun
dred, or a hundred and fifty, life was
much simpler and less hurried. Yet,
as-a matter of fact, a hundred years
ago exactly the same complaint was
made. It was in 1797 that the famous
Mrs. Grant, of Laggan. wrote of that
insatiable love of change that rest
lessness, which is. I think, a great
and growing evil of the aee." and com
plained that the hours of her young
friends .were so "engrossed and di
vided" that there was no time for
reading and conversation. Doubtless,
could we but look back, we should
find the same complaint made in the
eighth century as in the eighteenth.
So far from leisure being less pos
sible now than in past years, the aver
age woman, as a. recent economic
writer has pointed out, never before
had so good an opportunity to enjoy
it Gas and electricity, ready-made
clothing, prepared foods and number
less household inventions have re
duced her work to a fraction of that
done by her grandmother. Instead of
candle and soap-making, spinning and
weaving, salting down the year's meats
and making her husband's shirts by
hand, she spends hours each week in
shopping, amusements, study,' fancy
work or society, according as inclina
tion and opportunity dictate.
Yet she Has no leisure. After all,
is it not frequently because she does
not desire leisure so much as she
wishes for some other things? The
"simple life" is an achievement, not
a chance gift- and leisure, to quote
another woman's definition, is "merely
the art of having time." Youth's Com
panion. Good Words for Gunner's Mate.
"A few days ago," said a retired
naval officer, "the navy .department
specially commended for bravery Ed
ward Whitehead, a gunner's mate.
J Though his act of heroism happened
to take place on land instead of at sea,
the incidcut seems to remind anybody
familiar with the 'duties of the men
aboard a warship that the position of
gunner's mate is one involving hard
work antl slight chance of recognition.
It is certainly not the pick of the jobs
on a man-of-war. particularly during
an engagement. Tlie gunner, above, on
deck, can see how matters stand. He
has the actual firing to interest him
and the credit if he acquits himself
well. But his mate is below, in the
blackness of the hold, feeding the
powder antl shot into the ammunition
hoists. He sees nothing and hears lit
tle of what is going on, but he knows
that if the ship sinks or the magazine
blows up his chances of reaching Davy
Jones' locker are swifter and surer
than those of his' comrades on deck.
I am glad to see the useful and in
conspicuous gunner's mate come in for
The Revolt of Betsy.
Two-score years ago there lived in
a Pennsylvania town an ill-mated cou
ple, both as to size and compatibility.
The wife was much the larger and
stronger, and. in thte words of their
narrator, "the husband, though a small
man, was a nagger and a pesterer."
He always provoked the quarrel, and
when he went too far his irate spouse
would revolt. She would retaliate with
such splendid vigor that the husband
would call in the neighbors as ar
biters, and when they began to take
evidence he would invariably thus ex
plain matters: "I struck Betsy in al
pleasantness and she got mad," or "I
poured water down Betsy's back in all
pleasantness and it made her mad."
Curiosities in Divorce.
Some curious facts appear from an
international table of divorce statistics
that has been published in Paris.
From this it appears that the little
cosmopoUs known as Switzerland Is
pro rata most prolific in divorce, the
numbers being 40 per thousand mar
riages. France follows with 21. and
Germany comes next with 17 per
thousand. In France divorces have
grown from 1.879 in 1S84 to 14.692 in
1904. It also appears that nearly twice
as many women are divorced as men
on the ground of misconduct, not that
men are more virtuous but that they
have more opportunities of conceal
ment, and women are readier to for
Law Catches Druggists.
Under a new law in Xew York state
that went into effect on Sept 1, a drug
gist i liable to a heavy punishment
if he offers a customer one special
article if he asks for another. When
the patrons enters a drug store and
asks, "Have you Brown's pills?" the
druggist can either produce the article,
declare that he does' not carry it, or
offer to get it. But if he says, "No,
we do .not keep Brown's, but we have
Green's which are just as good." .he
lays himself liable to jail or a fine. The
grocer can still offer substitute goods,
as can also other merchants, but the
drug man is held to the strict letter, of I
his customer's request
LACE FOR WINDOW
ONE OF THE MOtT EFFECTIVE OF
Fllt Panels Are tthe Latsst, anal Are
Very Popular Other Matsrials
. Liked by Up-to-Oato House-
Nothing in household decoration has
changed more dnriag the past few
years than-window draperies. For
simple rooms two hangings are enough
--the long; thin curtains which banc
from the top of the casing to the bot
tom of the sash,, and the heavy cur
tains which are hung over the thin
3ses and drop just below the window
sin. For bedrooms, sash curtains are
sometimes necessary, and these are
fastened tightly against the window
from the middle to the bottom. Drap
eries that reach to the floor soon soil
ind gather much dast
Just at present there is nothing
prettier than filet lace panels for the
windows In the front of the house. It
is also seen In some of the expensive
hotels. There is a delicacy about this
Italian lace that appeals to one at first
sight In decorating a window one
must bear in mind that it is seen from
the street as well as from the room.
There are several ways of using this
curtain. It may be stretched upon a
separate frame and set in the window
sash directly against Ihe glass, or it
may be attached to a small brass rod
fastened to the top of the window and
allowed to bang in straight lines just'
below the window sill. In a house
whose windows are properly decorat
ed, the curtains of each' floor should
have a resemblance. Real lace can be
Used on the lower floor, and imitation
on the others. If. however, panels are
used on the parlor floor, they should
a,so at. tnp ther front windows.
Curtains need renewing offeher than
wall papers and much thought is need
ed in buying wisely. If sash curtains
last two or three years, they have
done good service. Buy material that
will blunder well and that is firmly
woven, as it will not shrink as much
as flimsy fabrics. 8crim is still popu
lar, and among other white material
are dimity, dotted swiss. net, madras,
and various other weaves. Among
the nets colonial antl fish are attrac
tive. For heavy and simple curtains
figured materials may be had in cre
tonnes, chintzes, linen, taffetas, Java
prints and Japanese cottons, making
a varied stock to choose from. For a
blue and white room Japanese cottons
are durable. India and Java prints
also hold their color. Figured cre
tonnes and chintzes are attractive,
with plain or striped paper, but where
the walls are covered with figured pa
per, plain denims, or linen taffetas are
best China and raw silk also make
pretty curtains, especially yellow.
There are many valuable uses for
soda. Dampen soda and apply it to a
bite or .iting of an insect Flowers
will keep fresh longer if a pinch of
soda is put in the water. A weak so
lution ot soda will revive the color
in a dusty carpet. A large teaspoonful
of sal-soda will bleach a kettleful of
white clothes. Sal-soda is also good
for the sink if dissolved in boiling
water. When using old glass fruit
jars wash they with soda water and
rinse well in order to sweeten them.
A teaspoonful of soda added to the
water in which silver is washed will
help to b.-ighten it.
Chopped pecan nuts, aimonds and
pine nuts may be sprinkled over let
tuce for a dinner salad.
These :.re made of granulated sug
ar, finest quality. Put three and one
half ounces sugar and a teaspoonful
water in a small saucepan, add one
half teaspoonful acetic acid and stand
over the fire. When the mixture be
gins to melt stir two or three minutes
with a wooden paddle, then take from
the fire. Have ready oiled paper, take
the saucepan In the left hand and pour
i the candy out in drops about the size
of large peas on to the paper. When
the drops are firm and cold moisten
a paste brush in warm water and
brush the tinder side of the paiier.
This loosens tho drops so that they
can be removed with a limber knife.
When quite dry put into glass bottles
to keep them from attracting moist
ure. Pear Conserve.
One-fourth peck green pears, two
large oranges, three lemons, four
pounds sugar, two ounces green
ginger root, one-fourth cup water.
Peel, quarter, and core one-fourth peck
hard -green pears, dropping same in
cold-water as prepared in order to
prevent turning color. Drain and put
through food chopper. Cook till ten
der in one-fourth cup water the grated
rind (the yellow only) of three
lemons. Scrape the gray coating from
two ounces green ginger root and cut
up the root in food chopper. Combine
all with four pounds granulated
sugar, the juice of two oranges and
three lemons, and cook for two and
one-half hours. This quantity will fill
12 jelly glasses.
Cream Cheese Combinations,
other favorite combinations with
cream cheese are caraway, minced
olives, chives and pepper, or cream
cheese mixed with cream, molded in
small cups turned on a lettuce leaf
with a spoonful of Bar-Ie-duc or goose
berry jam. laid, in a depression at the
top. Another nutritious and tasty
salad is made from two cupfuls col
lage cheese mixed with two dozen
chopped stuffed olives and moistened
with enough boiled dressing to permit
of its being molded. Make lato balls
with butter paddles and serve on let
Cut off the legs of stockings that
the feet are past doing anything with,
measure stockings you are wearing
from waist down to top of stocking.
Split cutoff leg down, sew it firmly to
top of stocking, by machine is best,
then fasten about the waist with safe
ty pins back and front They are
comfortable and no coming down or
getting out of order.
By adding a teaspoonful of cocoa to
your pumpkin pies you will flnd thea
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