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SPRING SUITS AND OV&RGOflTS for Men
and Young Men. YOURS IS HERE!
Km m' Urn
Wt'v BRoa & co.
Peculiar Effect Pure Alcohol Has en
This Irritant Poison.
One of the most frequent irritant
poisons used for suicidal purposes is
carbolic acid, and a more agonizing
death could not be selected. Wi.y
any one should select this poison it U
hard to understand unless on account
of the fact that it is cheap and easily
obtainable. This form of poisoning
can usually be easily reergiiized by
the odor, which Is well known, and
by the white burns or man;s on the
lips and mouth, which are typical of
carbolic acid poisoning.
Send for the nearest physician, and
in the meantime, as carbolic acid k: Is
quickly, the first aid treatment must
be prompt in order to get results. If
possible cause the patient to vomit by
Riving an emetic, such as ipecac or
salt and water, a tahlcspoonfu! to a
pint of warm water. This, however,
frequently fails to work on account
of the irritated condition of the mu
cous membrane of the stomach. One
of the best chemical antidotes is ep
som salt In solution. Another good
chemical antidote is alcohol, the only
trouble with this remedy being that
it cannot lie given in a pure form. It
has to be diluted with water and for
that reason loses its efficacy.
Just exactly why alcohol ounter
acts the efTect of carbolic acid is not
known, but if. for instance, carbolic
acid is splashed on the hands and they
are at once immersed in absolute alco
hol there will be no resulting burn.
Dr. H. H. ITartung in National Mag
azine. ROUTED THE SINGER.
Testi's Encounter With a Persistent
and Peppery Stranger.
"Tosti used to tell an amusing little
story of feminine persistence," says
Harold Simpson in his book, "A Cen
tury of English Rallads." It was din
ing oue of his busiest mornings, with
a long list of singing lessons to be got
through, that a knock came at the
door of Tosti's flat. His valet was ill.
and so Tosti went to the door himself.
A lady, a stranger to him, stood on
the threshold. !
" Signor Tosti?' she inquired.
"Tosti bowed. j
"'Oh.' said the lady. 'I am singing'
your song. "My Memories." at Man- i
Chester tonight, and I want you to
kindly run through it with me."
'Madame,' answered Tosti politely. ;
but firmly, I fear it is impossible. I
have two pupils with me now. and a
third is waiting in the anteroom, while
others will shortly be arriving.'
"'But you must!' the lady persisted.
"I am sorry began Tosti again
when he suddenly received a violent
push backward and the lady walked
into the studio.
"Tosti followed, protesting. After a
long argument, which .threatened to
become heated, the lady snapped out:
"'Very well: I shan't sing vour song,
"Madame,' said Tosti. taking her by
the hand. 'I am infinitely obliged to
"The lady gave one look at him and
When Lawyers Are Quiet.
One George Wilson, a lawyer, who
had much litigation, in some of which
lie was ersonalIy interested as a par
ty or as a trustee, finally passed away,
and tt short funeral :ormnn was de
livered by a member of the bar in the
presence of a few old personal friends.
The lawyer told how the old man had
been abused and maligned, but that, in
fact, he had helped the noor and un
fortunate often and was not a bad I
uu returning iroiii mo services an
old lawyer was asked by another law
yer about the services and what was
said. The old lawyer replied, "For
once old George could not file a de
murrer or motion to any of the pro
ceedings which had taken place."
The lawyer who made the inquiry
replied. "Well, this must be the first
time George did not move for arrest
of judgment." Green Bag.
A Hiccough Cure.
A correspondent writes to us to the
effect that he has found hanging by
the hands with the legs clear of the
ground, the hands well apart and the
breath held for say fifteen seconds, an
infallible cure for hiccoughs. With
children, hold them up off the ground
by both hands. Our correspondent
states that he has never found this
method to fail. London Globe.
They began their honeymoon trip in
the day coach.
"Darling." he murmured, "I can see
lie coals of love in your eyes."
"Them ain't coals, Jonathan." she
said: "them; cinders." St Paul Pio
Gome in and see it.
We say Your Suit or Overcoat because we feel
certain that no matter what you like in clothes, we
have just the one you have in mind for Spring.
You get to choose here from the best productions
of the top notch clothes
reasonable to think that you should be more apt to
find what you like in such a great assortment and
such a great variety of styles and patterns than you
could possibly find in any one line.
Spring Suits and Overcoats
$10:00 to $25.00 ,
Columbus Leading Head to Foot Glothiers
Pretty Big Sometimes, but Then There
Is Another Point of View.
I have a warm sjot in my heart fot
the big American surgeons, says a
writer in the New York Telegraph.
and because of regit I,
of regular attendance for I mid a favorite visiting place for tour
i of the most famous clin- Ists. There are many other charming
years at some
ics :. ;his and other cities 1 have lecn
a :iiie; of their unadvertised chari
t! -s acts of ni'Tcy and kindness which
were never heard f outside the walls
of the hospital
they honor by their
T klKnv ., wealthy man whose dausli
ter was suddenly stricken and whoso
saved by the attending sur-
gcon. UK fee .:,.i SJTi.jmo. Straight-
way the father emitted a wail. 1
"It's robbery." he said.
The sur j
geon stood firm.
"Your daughter's life Is worth $Ju,
000 to you." he countered. There was
no denial. -
"Well, this fee means that I can op
erate on fifty persons without any
charge, and if you don't like it you
can force mo to sue, but I will get it
without a suit or you will stand a lot
And he got the money without re
course to a court of law.
It is safe to mark it down when
you see a story of some great surgeon
who ha-: charged a high fee that there
are many of his patients enjoying
good health and relief from pain be
cause he charged them nothing at all.
THE CLANRICARDE PLAQUE
A Famous Specimen of the Sixteenth
Century Goldsmith's Art.
One of the greatest cinquccento jew
els in tlie world is the Clanricardc
plaque, owned by Lord Clanricardc,
who is known as the "hermit peer" and
who claims direct descent from the
kings of Coniiaught. He guards with
jealous care this precious example of
the goldsmith's art. keeping it safe
from possible thieves and the common
gaze in a bank vault, to which he
goes occasionally with great secrecy
to feast his eyes upon its magnificence.
Some years ago. by royal request, he
lot it to an art exhibition in London.
where it was admired and coveted by
some of the greatest connoisseurs of
The huge disk is as delicately
I wrought as a spider's web and rcpre
! sents the figure of Hercules wielding
:i diamond sword. The sword blade
is composed of a mass of perfect Iv
matched steel white stones, and a su
perb blue diamond scintillates from
the hilt. The present owner inherited
it from his mother, who was a Miss
Canning before her marriage to the
Irish lord, and the plaque is practically
priceless. Aside from its value to col
lectors and its worth as a specimen of
rare and exquisite art. it is incrusted
with a fortune in jewels. New York
At Painswiek. in Gloucestershire, the
Sunday following Sept. S is called by
the curious name of "Clipping Sun
day" and connected with a quaint ens
torn In the churchyard are ninety
nine yew trees, and tradition says that
all attempts to complete the hundred
by planting another yew have failed
becomes the newcomer invariably dies
Kvery year before the feast of the
Nativity nf Our Lady Sept. S thcs
mystic jmvs are clipped, and the Sun
day "in the f octave" thus becomes
"'lipping Sunday." After service
there is a procession of parishioners
around tie- churchyard, and then all
join hands and form a ring round the
church Finally they gather at the
foot of a llight of steps leading to the
chancel door, from which a sermon is
preached - Loudon Chronicle.
City of Three Kings.
!u you know what city has been
given the name of the City or Three
KiiC's; It is Cologne, in Germany,
and the re-ison is that it is in Cologne
that th" three "kings." or magi." or
"wise men." who went to P.ethlehein
to offer gifts to the infant Jesus are
supposed to be buried. According to
an ancient legend, their bones were
brpnght from Milan' to. Cologne, by .the
Kiuperor Frederick Barbarossa iti
j hj ..m. ii.-n:iKi:ii iu inu arcuuisnop j
"f Cologne. Visitors to the cathedral
ii .,,i.i .......i ... .,.. .......
are siiowu me supposed souls of the
magi, st udiled with diamonds and in
scribed with the wise men's names in
rubies. St. James' Gazette.
A Natural Mistake.
"I was just telling our friend here.
Molly, that it was storming on the
fiay of our marriage."
"Surely not. Hiram! The weather
f.as perfectly lovely!"
"Well, well! I don't know how I
got so mixed up about it; probably
because it's been storming ever since!"
makers of America and it is
A WELSH JAWBREAKER.
The Great Dig Name of a Charming
is a charm-
I ing little village in Anglesey. Wales.
little villages in Wales all over the
world, in fact, but none witii a name
like that. Llaufairpw., etc.. means
"(ho Church or St. Mary In a hollow of
white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool
and to the Church of St Tysilio by the
It is declared that only a Welshman
ran pronounce the name of the village.
but there is no harm in you trying if
von wish. The first svlhihle. "I.l:m"
Is very simple. You must double back
your tongue along the roof of your
mouth and get ready to say something
that sounds halfway between "clan"'
and "thlan." and there you've got it.
The second syllable, "fair," Is encour
agingly simple. And if you want to go
on and learn the whole name of the
village the foVowing rhyme may be of
At flm It bojfan fair.
Commencing with Manfalr,
Thon started a jingle
By adding invllgwynpyll.
But was horrible, very.
To stick on Oopory
And simply ignoble
To run to ChwyrndrobtrU.
Till it almost will kill you
To Fay IJnndysitin.
With a torrible shock
At the end Goqogoch.
The inhabitants of the village and
the post office authorities have shorten
ed the name to Llanfair. I. G., while
the railroad limits it to Llanfair. New
THE GOLDEN CAT.
Legend of the Founding of a Persian
College at Meshed.
The following story from the Per
sian manuscript of which a transla
tion has been published under the title
The Glory of the Shla World." reads
like a passage In the "Arabian
Nights." It tells of a Persian at
Meshed who had founded a college
with wealth gained In a remarkable
"One day a rich merchant asked him
whether he was willing to work at a
place to which he would be conducted
blindfolded. Being a fearless Kerma
ni and very ioor. he agreed, and was
led through many streets to a court
yard, where the bandage was remov
ed, and he was ordered to dig a hole
and bury gold coins and jewelry. This
he did for several days, and, being
searched liofore he left, he saw no
chance of bettering his condition.
"However, one day he saw a cat,
which he killed and ripped open. He
then sewed up some money and jew
els inside it and threw it over the
wall. After this, when ills work was
done, he wandered nliout until he
found the cat and not only secured the
money hidden in its body, but also
learned the position of the house.
"Its owner shortly afterward died,
and the astute Kcrinaui bought his
house with the gold sewed up inside the
cat. As the merchant had never re
vealed his secret to any one he became
his heir and. in turn, when dying, be
queathed his money for the pious task
of founding and maintaining a col
lege." Correct Way to Roll Umbrella.
A badly rolled up umbrella, besides
looking unsightly, does not wear half
as long as it ought to. The process of
rolling an umbrella is very simply.
The majority hold it by the handle and
keep twisting the stick witii one hand,
while with the other they twist and
roll the silk. Instead of this they
should take hold of the umbrella just
above the ribs of the cover. These
fioiiits naturally lie evenly with the
stick. They should be kept hold of
and pressed tightly against the stock
and then the cover should be rolled up.
Holding the ribs thus prevents them
from getting twisted out of place or
bending out of shape, and the silk is
bound to follow evenly and roll smooth
and tight. If an umbrella is rolled iu.
this fashion it will look as if newly
bought 3br a long time. Boston Her
ald. Anyhow, They're Gone.
Mr. Jawback That 1mv sets his
brains from me. Mrs. Jawback
Somebody's got 'cm from you. if you
ever had any. that's a cinch. New
The Old. Old Story.
"Daughter, has the duke told you the
old. old story as yet?"
"Yes, he says he owes about 200.00ft
plunks." rittsburg Post.
For himself, doth a man work oy
In working evil for another, Hesrrt
DRESSING A SHIP.
A Man-of-War Wears More Than
One Suit of Clothes.
INNER AND OUTER GARMENTS.
Besides Its Coat of Armor Plate It Has
a Special Set of Underclothes to Pro
tect the Vital Parts of Its Anatomy.
Mineral Wool Mufflers.
Battleships wear coats of stout ar
mor plate, as everybody knows, but
everybody docs not know that they
wear undergarments which are pro
duced chiefly from cocoa nuts. Your
most powerful man-of-war Is really a
very delicate object and requires
special underclothing so that some
vital parts of its anatomy may not be
come too cold and so that other equal
ly vital portions may not become too
From stem to stern, which is another
way of saying from head to toe. your
enormous super-Dreadnought is envel
oped In an undergarment placed im
mediately behind its topcoat or armor
plate. This is its special mackintosh,
or. rather, waterproof, which acts as a
protection from fire as well as water.
In the ordinary way if a shot pierced
the side of a battleship water would
pour in at the hole and .possibly the
ship might sink, but this is obviated
by providing a backing to the armor.
Great secrecy is kept in the various
navies regarding the material used and
In many of the latest battleships,
however, the coating is made of cellu
lose, which again is obtained from the
fibrous cocoa nut rind. Cellulose pos
sesses the peculiar property of swell
ing immediately if it comes in contact
with salt water. Therefore the moment
that water pours in at a hole at the
ship's side the cellulose almost in
stantly expands and so closes the aper
ture. Of course the cellulose, is es
pecially treated in order to render it
A man-of-war has its vitality enor
mously diminished if certain portions
of it become too cold, in much the
same way as its human tenants. Ac
cordingly its boiler and steam pipes
are clothed with "jackets." In some
cases the jackets are made of ordinary
blanketing, others of a fibrous clay-like
composition or even of close grained
wood. In general the material used
for a ship's underclothing of this de
scription consists of mineral wool.
However, the great ship is more like
ly to suffer from the effects of heat
than from those of cold. There is al
ways the danger owiug to the newer
type of machinery employed that the
powder magazines may get too hot.
In the latest men-of-war the stores
are surrounded by a thick coaling of
mineral wool. Mineral wool, by the
way, has nothing whatever to do with
wool, as it consists of a mass of snowy
threads of a kind of glass. It is made
by blowing jets of high pressure steam
through the furnaces in the manufac
ture of iron and steel.
Enormous quantities of this strange
variety of wool are used on board for
the purposes of underclothing the bulk
heads and the more delicate portions
of the ship's body. This invaluable
substance acts equally well as a pro
tector from heat and from cold. It is
such a remarkable nonconductor of
heat that it is used for covering the
refrigerators and the cold storage
chambers and therefore the explosive
In the dockyards all men who are
employed in packing the mineral wool
in the spaces on the ships are obliged
to wear masks. This is to prevent the
sharp needlelike particles from leing
inhaled and so causing chest troubles
of fatal character.
The ammunition rooms themselves
are kept cool by a refrigerating plant
in addition to being clothed in mineral
wool, the same applying to the ammu
nition passages. The wool is also
packed Iictwecn the double bulkheads
which separate the boiler spaces from
the other portions of the vessel. Alto
gether the uses of the mineral wool on
board are extremely numerous. Even
reindeer hair is to be met with on
lioard in the capacity of a particular
sort of underclothing. This material
is very light considerably lighter than
cork, for instance and it Is not so suIh
ject to decay. For this reason among
its many uses it is of great value as a
filling for the life buoys. Boston
A MAN OF MYSTERY.
Peculiar Life of Metastasio, the Cele
brated Italian Poet.
Metastasio (109S-17S2). the celebrated
dramatic and operatic poet, spent tifty
flve years in Vienna with the Martines
familv without ever learning German
r wishing to learn it.
Besides his utter indifference to all
speech but Italian. .Metastasio possess
ed many iieculiarities of character.
None might mention death in his pres
ence. Those who alluded to smallpox
liefore him lie made it a point not to
see again. In all his tifty-tive years
In Vienna he never gae away more
than the equivalent of &!."i to the
poor. He always occupied the same
seat at church, but never paid for it.
He took all his meals in the most mys
terious privacy. His greatest friends
had never seen him eat anything but a
biscuit witii some lemonade. Nothing,
would induce him to dine away from
home. He never changed his wig or
the cut or color of his coat.
Metastasio was to have been present-l
ed to the pope the day he died and'
raved about the intended interview ini
the delirium of his last moments. Mrs.,
Piozzi (familiar to readers of Boswcll'si
"Life of Dr. Johnson" as Mrs. Thralc) i
collected these particulars from the la
dies of the Martines family, wlthj
whom Metastasio was so long domesti
cated without speaking or understand
ing a word of their language from first
m nn oiory.
"There are as good fish in the sea a
were ever taken out of it." remarked
Small to Young, who had been refused
by Moneybag's daughter.
"Yes. I know. But they are not
Circumstances are the rulers of the
wcafc. They are but the instruments
of tfieintac. Samuel Lover.
BURNING OF WIDOWS.
tCT eu WJ. tV
The Horrible Hite India' ftinttineef
For Over Twenty Centuries.
The abolition of the horrid rite of
widow burning in India was decreed
by the British authorities in 1829. "
The dreadful practice was found
there by the Macedonians under Alex
ander the Great 300 years before
Christ, and for more than twenty-one
long, weary centuries did it repeat its
almost inconceivable torture and ago
ny upon the women of India. The
sacrifice, while not actually forced on
the wife, was so strongly insisted on
by public opinion that it amounted to
a law, and its victims were legion.
Scores of widows were often burned
upon the funeral pile of a single ra
jah. In Bengal, the head center of
the monstrosity, thousands were sac
rificed annually, and the figure for all
India was appalling.
The millions of widowed women
were completely at the mercy of the
remorseless superstition of the times.
The ministers of Brabmanism told
the widow that her sacrifice was nec
essary as a means of her own happi
ness and that of her husband in the
future state, and oftcner than other
wise she consented to lie burned along
with the dead body of her husband.
Unless she did this she was covered
with the maledictions and curses of
the people, was virtually outlawed
and unceremoniously cast outside the
pale of human sympathy and consid
eration and had to spend the rest of
her days in degradation and wretch
edness. It was death on the funeral
pile of her husband or a living death
of contumely and shame, of loneliness
The women of India can never dis
charge their debt of gratitude to Eng
land for the abolition of the suttee.
New York American.
ON THE TRAIL
But He Didn't Know the Kind of Game
Ho Was Tracking.
In the old days a man known as
Judge Douglass lived in Helena. Mont.
The judge had met with an accident In
bis youth and had lost both of bis
legs above the knees. He never would
get artificial legs, but had some big
leather pads made to fit on the ends of
the stumps and walked on them.
Locomotion was slow for the judge,
bnt he managed to cover a good deal
of ground and was very fond of walk
ing out on the edge of the town, where
he could take his exercise without be
ing the subject of remark from strati
asrs in the city.
One day an Englishman came to Hel
ena to hunt. He had some letters and
put up at the Helena club. He stayed
around for several days. Finally, aft
er a light fall of snow, he decided to
go out into the mountains and get a
sheep or a deer or something.
He left early in the morning. When
It came night he had not returned.
Ills hosts around the club waited untir
8 o'clock and then decided to go out
and look him up. thinking he might
have been lost in one of the gulches or
canyons in the hills.
They formed a rescue party and
went out to the edge of the town.
There they met the Englishman, who
was wildly excited.
"Did j-ou get anything?'' they asked
"No." lie replied, "not yet, but I've
been tracking an elephant for the last
three hours." Philadelphia Saturday
ETIQUETTE IN SIAM.
On Hands and Knees Before the King
Was Long the Custom There.
Perhaps the most revolutionary re
form carried out by the late king of
Siam was the abolition of the arbi
trary rule of etiquette which forbade
an Inferior in rank to raise Ids head
nliove that of a superior or even level
with it. The inferior must not even
pass over a bridge vchile a superior
was underneath it. nor must he enter
n room in an upper story while a su
perior was occupying a room beneath
It. Servants approached their mas
ters on hands and knees. This cus
tom is by no means obsolete today in
spite of the royal edict, for many of
the powerful nobles who live far
away from the court still enforce it.
In 1S74 the king held a large court,
at which no one present presumed to
appear otherwise than on hands and
knees. It was at this audience that
the edict forbidding the custom was
read to the prostrate multitude. They
there and then rose and stood like
men in the presence of their sovereign
for the first time on record. Since
then there has been no prostration at
the royal audiences. But if a supe
rior stops to speak to an inferior in
the, street the latter will still bend or
lower his head in some way as a
mark of respect. London Saturday
Spoiled In the Making.
Behold, when a man on a trolley
rar removal his hat the other day little
Willie observed that he was bald yea,
very bald, for not. a single hirsute
rambler trailed over his shining pate.
But when it came to whiskers the
bald party was right there with the
lilacs. He had whiskers in bundles,
whiskers In stacks. In fact, he had
enough whiskers to start a rat factory
and make a fortune.
"Say, mamma." finally remarked
Willie, turning to his mother, "just
look at that man there."
"Hush, dear!" returned mamma. "He
will hear you. What's the matter with
"Everything is the matter with him,"
replied the youngster. "When the an
gels made him they put his head on
upside down." Philadelphia Tele
graph. r neitgious Innovation..
A certain well brought up little girl
who lives in the near vicinity of Kit
tenhouse square yawned at the break
fast tabic last Sunday morning and
ventured a polite proposition to her
"I really don't feel at all like going
to church this morning." she remark
ed. "Can't we just send cards?" Phil
Friend (sarcastically) Which one of
your many bad habits do you think
you coord manage to give up? Easy
One (nettled) That of lending my
friends money. Baltimore American.
." ' '
The manufacturers of Royal Bak
ing Powder have always declined
to produce a cheap baking powder
at the sacrifice of qualify.
Royal Baking Powder is made from
pure grape cream of tartar, and is
the embodiment of all the excellence
possible to be attained in the high
est class baking powder. .
Royal Baking Powder costs only a
fair price, and is more economical
at its price than any other leavening
agent, because of the superlative
qualify and absolute wholesomeness
of the food it makes.
Mixtures made in mutation of balong powders, but contajMKg timtj
are frequently distributed from door to door, or given away grocery
stores. Such mixtures arc dangerous to use in food. In Elfliadl
France, Germany and some sections of the United Stales their tale isf
prohibited by law. Alum is a dangerous aaberal acid, aid a)
physicians condemn baking powders coatanag k.
HONORED THE MONKEY.
Origin of the Coat of Arms of the Earl
Most of the wild animals have a
plae in heraldry, and many strange
and impossible creatures, such as grif
fins, dragons and unicorns, have been
Invented as emblems of daring and
valor. Rut the donkey and the mon
key have not been so used, except in
one instance, where the monkey has
been admitted to the ranks of titled
nobility. The story of this adoption
Is told by Mr. Curtis in his book.
"One Irish Summer."
On the Leinster coat of arms are
three monkeys standing with plain
collar and chained: motto. "Crom-a-boo."
"To Victory." This is the only
coat of arms, I am told, that has ever
borne a monkey in the design. It was
adopted by John Fitzthomas Fitzger
ald in 1310 for romantic reasons.
While this Earl of Leinster was an
infant ho was in the castle of Wood
stock, which is now owned by the
Duke of Marlborough. The castle
caught lire. In the confusion the child
was forgotten, and when the family
and servants remembered Idm and
started a search they found the nur
sery in ruins. But on one of the tow
ers was a gigantic ape. a pet of the
family, carefully holding the young
earl in his arms. The animal, with
extraordinary intelligence, had crawl- j
ed through the smoke, rescued the
baby and carried it to the top of the ,
When the earl had grown to man- '
hood lie discarded the family coat of
arms and adopted the monkeys for
his crest, and they have been retained
to this day. Wherever yon find the
tomb of a Fitzgerald yon will see the
monkeys at the feet of the effigy or
under the inscription.
Good Clothes and Good Morals.
It is doubtful whether any one to
whom soap and water and more or
less tidy clothes are a matter of course
can rightly stimate the extent to
which this question of clothes and
cleanliness bears upon the criminality
of youths. Dirty, ragged garments,
preasy caps and neck scarfs worn day
after day without the possibility of a
change are, I believe, responsible for
Much. Certain it is that the lad who
Ls content with but one set of raiment
invariably belongs to a very low stra
tum of society, and the absence of a
ilcslre for a Sunday suit and the un
abashed wearing of the weekday suit
an the Sunday is very frequently in
deed the marl: of one largely imper
vious to outside influences. -. K. B.
Russell in "Young bal Birds."
Just what you are looking for
Good Glean Amusement
Ghange of program every Tuesday,
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Bring the Children to the Saturday Mat
inee at 2:15 p. m. Admission: Adults 10c
Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Burbanks,
presenting a Comedy SketGh which you can't
afford to miss. The Burbanks present an
entire new act Saturday night.
A Sight That Checked Her Royal Ex
travagance For Awhile.
We are accustomed to think that the
day is long past when a sovereign
could oppress and offend a whole king
dom by personal extravagance. But
the late Isabella of Spain belonged In
spirit to the sixteenth century- An in
cident of her reckless career which
ended in the loss of the throne is not
ed in Munsey's Magazine.
She spent money, pouring it out like
water, at a time when the treasury
was nearly bankrupt and when the
proverb "Poor as a Spaniard" was
far too true. All her best advisers
urged her to practice economy. Very
icw of them succeeded, and these only
for a short time.
A certain chamberlain of hers once
hit upon a plan to make her realize
how enormous were the sums that she
was spending. Passing through the
hall of the palace, she was surprised
to see a vast heap of silver pieces, re
sembling the contents of a great bin
of wheat, but piled up in the middle
of the lloor. The queen summoned her
"What is the meaning of all this
money?" she demanded of him.
"Oh," he replied, with a low bow,
"this is merely the amount which I
have brought out to pay the bill of
your majesty's glovemakcr."
The queen colored and then laughed,
and for several months she was less
extravagant in her expenditures for
A Moving aermon.
"I once had a parishioner who was
a miser." said an English clcrgymnn.
"For this man's benefit I preached one
Sunday a strong sermon on the neces
sity of charity, of philanthropy a ser
mon on the duty anil the joy of glv
ing. The miser, at whom I gazed
often, seemed Impressed.
"Next day I met him on the street.
"'Well, John.' I said, 'what do you
think of yesterday's sermon?
"It moved me deeply, sir, he an
swered. 'It brought home to me so
strongly th' inressity of giving alms
that honestly, sir. I've a great mind
to turn beggar.'"
"What's the matter with your head?"
asked the first bunko man.
"A farmer I met today just banged
lue there with his carpetbag." replied
"It must have been a pretty hard
"Ves: it had n gold brick In it that
1 sold him yesterday." Catholic
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