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THE RED KING.
By GEORGIAN EVANS ,
( Copyright , 1833 , by S. 8. McClure Co. )
Father Benolt and I were in the middle
of our game of chess he is good enough to
eay that 1 , the Fool , play the best game of
all the chateau's company when came the
page of Demoiselle Alya to ear that his
mistress followed upon htm and bade us
attend to speak with her.
"Go tell thy mistress , my butterfly , that
when sago and holy men are in council "
1 began , bravely enough , when the arras
parted again behind the stripling , and a <
rose , flung smartly , struck me on the mouth.
Next came Demoiselle Alys herself , carry
ing a great nosegay of her weapons , it
being Juno and her birth month. She bore
the seal of It on her cheeks and In her
eyes , which were blue aa pansles , and , clad.
In her gresn ellk frock , she seemed but an
For Demoiselle Alys was the merriest of
ladles. When she was no longer than my
bauble I held her upon my knee and I
remember that she laughed long before she
learned to speak though eho learned that
early , too.
She burst out laughing now , because wo
stared at her. "Bauble , salute ! " cried she ,
and flung all her roses at mo , I went
down on my knees to pick them up and
Father Benolt , chancing to smllo at me ,
she turned on him. "Thou , too ! Tonsure
and Cockscomb together ! " And down he
had to plump and helped mo remake the
When it was complete Demoiselle Alys
made us sit , and stood before us , leaning
against the chess table. Seeing Father
Benolt peering behind her to see that she
did not disarrange the pieces , she swept
them nil into a heap with her little hand-
all except the red king , which she held ,
and turned 'round and 'round under the
thoughtful gaze of her blue eyes.
"Was it thou , Fool , who vrast playing
with the red ? "
"No , " quoth I , " 'twas the holy man
yonder ; the innocent whites were mine
over " She turned to Father Benolt.
"Didst ever think upon the red king ,
father ? "
"Only when I castle , " replied the priest ,
wondering nt the seriousness of her tone.
"Or when ho Is eore pressed , " she went
on slowly. "But 'tis strange how we
choose our color and our king , not knowing
if ho bo of stern stuff , to fight well or of
the kind that cowere In a corner. Was the
red king winning , father ? "
t "No , ho was losing confoundedly , " I broke
In , "and hadst thou not come chattering
hither I would soon have hung another bell
In my cap. "
She sighed and tucked the red king in
the bosom of her frock. Then her fair
llttlo forehead cleared. "Now attend , both
of you , " she commanded. "I come on an
affair of of state. Bo serious at once. "
Wo looked as serious as we could , look
ing at her. She smiled back at us. Wit ,
beauty , holiness ! "What a council wo makel
We ought to contain great things. ' '
"So wo would , wert thou downstairs
again , " said Father Benolt. She made a
little face at him.
"Monslgneur Motley , " demanded she of
me , "tell mo what Is the saddest thing In
the world ? "
"An honest man looking In vain for his
price , " I replied.
"Foolish as overt" chirped Demoiselle
Alys. "The saddest thing in the world is a
friendless madlen. " "
"What dost thou know of such ? " asked
She sighed and laid the bunch of roses
against her cheek , then held them out and
looked at them. "They are faded already , "
she mused aloud. " 'TIs the same with
every one I gather ; let it but lie a moment
on my breast and It Is withered. Sometimes
I think they hate me. "
"But 1C the flowers are not thy friends , "
sold Father Benolt , "atlll thou art not
friendless. Forget not thy father and
mother , and thy kinsmen. "
"Well , then I have friends ! " she pouted ,
"but I can never have aught that I desire. '
"I never remember thy falling of thy
wish , " Bald Father Benolt , quietly.
"Then thou hast forgot the day I was
K years old , and the merchant came and
opened his packs and I cried for the blue
beads and was not let to have them. "
"Trumpery things , " aald the priest , "not
fitting for a demoiselle. "
"But I did not ask to bo born a
demoiselle ! " cried Demoiselle Alys , "and I
cried for them so ! "
"Well , what Is it now ? " I cut In , being
out of practice In silence. "More blue beards ?
Or a puppet dressed lu velvet ? Or mayhap
It Is my bauble ; it goes equally well with
motley or petticoat ! "
"Perhaps,1' ' she said , saucily , "It Is a now
fool I would like ! "
Having thus vanquished me , she grew
serious , and looked at us with strange eyes ,
Eoft and shining , and shook her head , then
drooping head acain.
"Dost wlslT me to shrive there ? " Father
Benolt asked kindly , but she shook her llttlo
dropping head again.
"Perhaps , " I suggested , "It is the advice
of worldly wisdom thou ncedest. Come ,
will teach thee retorts to take all the wind
out of thy Cousin Isabel's sails. "
"I can make them for myself , " she
answered , then looked up with brightened
cheeks and eyes. "Dost know my bower-
woman , Rosalind ? " she asked of Father
Benolt Ho bowed assent. "She is tn love
the foolish wench. " This time It was I who
nodded. "And she wishes to be married , "
concluded Demosello Alys gravely.
"Well , it is right to speak to me of It , "
said Father Benolt. "I will read the bannas
on Sunday. Whom doth she wish to
marry ? "
Our demoiselle looked at us with steady
eyes. "The Slour d'Audllly. "
Now thU Sleur d'Audllly was newly be
come the captain of monsalgneur's arqua-
busteus , and was as wild , evil-named
handsome , as good-for-nothing as ever one
could find in a year's Journey. Tales of his
doings had come before htm to the castle ,
for ho was indeed but a stranger among us
and though I took note that they more con
cerned his conquests among the petticoats
than victories over men with good weapons
in their hands , yet roonsctgncur , who thinks
all that Is In any degree a part of his family
( and so ho counted this young blood ) have
virtues in their very vices , had said that
hero was the man to make a valiant fighter
An untried captain in truth be was
Mouselgneur would not wish his captain and
kinsmen to stoop to his daughter's bower-
woman for wife. And yet , being penniless
and as I say , unstable , It would seem that
even poor Rosalind was too good for htm ,
"Trury bower-omen are become ambi
tious since my day , and striplings more
modest , " Bald I. Father Benolt puffed out
his lower Up and said nothing.
"I suppose it is not a matter of the rack
to marry above one's station , " * enappei
"No. " I returned , "it Is good to see an
orquobusler with a flue aim. " For , as I said
Rosalind was a good girl.
Our demoiselle flushed scarlet , and her
blue eyes shone like angry stars , "Who
dares say 111 of Sleur d'Audllry ? "
"All France and the maidens' cheeki , '
said I. "But I like to see tbee defend thy
"He Is not my kinsman ! " she cried. "His
father's sister married the brother ot my
uncle's wife. That la not ) kindred ! "
"No ? It is well , perhaps , since he is to
marry thy bower-woman ! "
Kba looked angrily at me , and drew in her
breath hard , but did not answer me.
"Father , " said she to the prltit , "thou wilt
marry them , wilt thou not ? That Is what I
came to e k. "
"What ! Whatl" cried Father Benolt ,
"thou art the maddest maiden ! I marry thy
father's captain to thy bower-woman ? Get !
thee back to thy roses and let me talk with
thy father. "
In a minute she was on her knees by his
side , bis hand In both of hers , and her blue
eyes and cooing voice hard at work. "Father ,
hou cruel ! ( as It he would consent ) . And
toey so so much in love ! Thou bast not
he heart to refuse , I know. Didst thou not
each mo my letters and my prayers and my
catechism and I BO good all the while save ,
of course , when I wished to play ! And I
lave asked so little ot thee , father , dearest ,
know thou wllo not refuse ! And tbou
canst marry them in a minute , and they will
never tell. And they they love each other !
rather , when have I been troublesome be-
ore ? 0 , thou shall promise me this In
stant ! "
"O , It I must , I must ! " groaned the poor
" 0 , thou art aa angel and a dear , " she
cried. "I always said thou wert indeed a
saint ! 0 , I wilr pray every night for thee
o be made a bishop ! and and promise me
though wilt marry them this night ! "
Wo both started. "Of a truth , " said I ,
'thy Rosalind Is not more hasty than a cat
over the dairy sill , "
"Tonight , " said Father Benolt , to show
how vain It was to try to corrupt htm , "Is
an utterly unsuitable , Impossible time. "
"O , father ! Dost wish me to think thee
"BAUBLE , SALUTE ! " CRIED SHE. A ND FLUNG THE ROSES AT ME.
no better than a beast ? And thou BO good. ,
I think my heart will break ! " And a tear .
fell upon the good priest's hand , a tear dried
directly by a pair of soft lips.
"O , there , there ! " cried he , blushing very
red. "I promise I promise to marry the
dauphin to the kitchen maid , and thee to
the stable boy only get thee gone out of
this quiet place ! Thou art the wllfulleat ,
most shameless maid ! dot thee gone ! I
will make thco a discipline my next
leisure ! "
"I will go straightway ! " said Demoiselle
Alys , springing up , with dancing eyes ,
shaking back her brown hair with n ripple
of laughter. " 0 , but thou art a very dear !
I will send theo a token tonight , and thou
wilt find Rosalind waiting. "
"Am I to give away the bride ? " I asked.
"It will go hard If I may not attend the
wedding of my very child ? "
She drew her brows together , but did not
answer me. "Thou needst not fear , father ;
there will bo horses waiting , and the next
day who will know if they have been
married or not ? "
"Truly , a fine plan ! " I could not help
"And and she will be very grateful to
thee , father , all her life and and that
Is all I came to say. " Demoiselle Alys left
us without another word , careless of the
roses she had let fall beside the chess
table. Only , as I held back the arras for
her , and unlatched the door , she looked up
at me , not unkindly , but In silence. , I
watched her little figure out of sight down
the winding stair before I came Into the
room again , and then Father Benolt had
gathered up all the fading roses and put
them on the table beside the huddled chess
"Sh'oll we finish the game , father ? "
"I have forgot how the pieces stood. "
"Besides , she hath taken the red king. "
"Very true , " and he began to fumble his
book of hours for the office of Tierce.
"Rosalind , " quoth I , "Is a comely maid
to look uson. "
"I am not a fool to hear such things , "
replied Father Benolt , very quickly for one
intent uoon Tierce.
"But it can do thco no harm to hear
that she is a well-conducted maid , but
quiet. " He made no answer.
"Well , father a man can die but once
but ho can be often whipped. "
"I do not see how that concerns me , " re
turned Father Benolt , his eyes on his book.
"Indeed , father , " said I , taking up ray
bauble , "I wish with all my heart that
Motley may have a wider wisdom than
gown and scapular. And though a cocks
comb In ese sits more lightly than a mttcr
in posse , methlnks one catches loss cold
on leaving It off "
Father Benolt fidgeted In his chair and
turned over two leaves at once. "Fool , "
said he , "thou hast thy belly full because
thy head Is empty , but I am not thy pay
master. Here in this turret tbou art at
liberty to rest thy tongue gratia. "
"Father , " I replied , "it is a pleasure to
me to enlighten so apt a scholar. God
eend thee a life as long as thy sermons ,
and somewhat more cheerful. " And I went
singing down the stairs to rally raonslg-
neur and get him in good trim for bis next
week's visit from the king.
Beside his chair stood the Sleur d'Au-
dllly , teasing a great hound. An I came up
the hair was beginning to rise along the
creature's back and the low thunder to
rumble tn his throat and the gallant cap
tain pushed him away with a look of re
lief that he had me to turn on. "Well ,
Cockscomb , where hast been crowing now ? "
"Over a strange nest. Peacock ! "
He drew bis brows together. "True , It I
la midsummer ! " he sneered.
"In midsummer , gosslPi" Bald I to men- .
stgneur , "peacocks mate with doves ; didst
know that ? "
"Eh ? How ? " asked he , smiling. But I
saw by the captain's angry eyes that I was
"The reason of that riddle wa will lay
before the king next week , " I answered ,
lamely enough. But ho was silent , while
SUur d'Audllly talked of a new project ho
had for lightening his men's gear.
It was with a beating heart that , as soon
as the great ) hall was dark and quiet that
night , up Father Benolt's stair I sped to
find him pacing to and fro like a bear tn a
pit. Ho looked up sharply as I entered , but
spoke no word , and I flung myself into his
great chair , stretched out my rega and
sighed. "Helgho ! with such a chair as this
to wait in , uo wonder thy soul Is stored with
"Fool ! " said he sharply , "Is It quiet be
low ? "
"As quiet as thy conscience. "
He ceased walking , and came to rno and
stood before me , opening and closing his
lips as it be wished to speak ; his fair face
was pale , and his lips dry.
Before he could find a word there was a
light rap at the door. I sprang to fling it
open , but no one was to be seen , A small
object lay upon the threshold , and I brought
It to the taper'a flame and held it for Father
Benoit to sec. It was the chessman's red
king. Ho put It away from his so hastily
that It feir and bounded on the floor and
rolled away Into a corner.
"We had best go down now , " said he. I
took the taper and went before , winding my
bauble's head in my mantle that the bells
might not sound.
At the chapel door a woman's figure stood
peering for our light ) . She was wrapped In a
long cloak , but the hood was pushed back ,
and the taper's flame lit up , clear and full ,
the comely features of Rosalind.
My heart ) leaped up , and Father Benolt
drew a fang breath.
"Let me light thee , good fool , " said Rosa
lind , taking the taper from my hand. I began -
gan a smart speech , ouD of my new learning ,
about a fair Psyche lighting a sorry pair of
antique Cupids but all confused bceauso
my heart was so light.
Just as our hands met someone jostled
me from behind and I stumbled against
Rosalind , BO awkwardly that my bauble
jingled sulkily under my cloak and the
girl , to save herself from falling , dropped
the taper and started back. A foot was
set on the light and It went out ; we were
all In the dark till I groped for the chapel
door and flung It open. Even then the
light was dim and I could barely distin
guish Rosalind's figure ; she had meekly
covered her head with her hood on enter
ing the chapel and she did not fling It
back , although the Sleur d'Audllly stepped
forth to meet us. So straight and tall and
fine a gallant he showed , even in the faint
light of the chapel , that I could not but
wonder again , though I loved him not , why
he should have stooped for wlfq to Rosa
lind. But then I , being but a fool , had no
business with that , or aught else that concerns -
cerns other men. For a fool , look you , Is
but a caged fox , who pays for his scanty
share of the kennel's leavings by yelping
strange praises of his trap.
The two went up to the altar rail and
knelt and Father Benolt came out In sur
plice and stoke and motioned me forward.
Never was so strange a wedding. No feastIng -
Ing , no flowers , no gay company , no wit
ness but one , and that a fool ; the groom
a soldier of fortune and the bride 0 , may
God forgive us for that night's work !
They were soon married and wo four were
again outside the chapel door and stealing
through the passages of the chateau that
led to the courtyard. For neither Father
Benolt nor I were minded to let the young
couple , however Ill-mated , go forth into
the great world without a word of godspeed
nor a hand to wave adieu.
The great door was guarded by n drowsy
man-at-arms , but I thrust the other back
In the darkness and clapped the guard on
the shoulder with a shout , "Hola , Loys !
Break tryst and let me out ! "
Ho sprang up with a howl of dismay ,
but , recognizing me , Bank down again with
n grunt. "Thy place is In bed , lucky fool ! "
"Cats , owls and likewise birds need no
sleep , my dormouse. And look you , there Is
a maid In 'tho ' village keeping vigil for want
of a song under her window. "
"O , O ! And this a sober household ! "
"Leave homilies to the fat shaveling In
the turret , " said I , relishing this prick at
Father Benolt , which for once he dared not
return. "Thy business Is to open doors. "
'Or to keep them shut ! "
Eh ? "
I tell theo , I will not ! "
' 0 ! "
'Why should I , fool ? "
'Because doors are made to open , carrions'
meat , and because bauble Is as good a
switch ns the flat of thy lord's sword ! " And
I rattled the bolls of my bauble in bis face
with a shrill laugh , for I heard whispering
In the shadow and wished not that it should
reach bis ears. He began to argue that Is ,
to curse and I was at a loss what to do
when something small hit me on the cheek
and J Ing-led on the floor. It was a piece of
money , flung by Father Beuolt I was cer
tain , and I begun to grumble. "There , I have
lost the shining fellow that was to keep
watch with thee till his brother flew to
meet him on my return ! "
Loys caught the bait at once and flung
the door wide , letting in the moonlight ,
which fell In a great square on the stone
floor and showed mo the gold piece lying ;
just below me. I put my foot on It as Lays
went on his knees to peer about , and began
to talk loud and rattle my bells and point
out nothing in tbo shadows , so that under
cover of my noise and his abstraction my
three tnlght slip out. This they did while
Loys' back was turned and as soon as I saw
them well across the court yard I kicked the
coin Into Loys1 face , sprang out , dragged the
door shut with a great noise and sped after
I was almost at their heels thinking all
safe , "or I know that the Sleur d'Audllly had
the key of the postern In his pouch when a
shout behind stopped mo and I saw the
door standing open and Loys running after
me , shouting at the top of his lungs :
"Treachery , treachery ! A' inol , a * moll
Halt there ! "
The others had stopped short at the sound
of his voice , but lu was out of sheer bewil
derment. For one moment their shapes
stood out clear and sharp lu the moonlight ,
then they turned and began to run again ,
the girl between the other two , each with a
hand In hers. Seeing chat they would not
stay , Loys , hurriedly adjusting his arque-
buso , fired upon them. Now , whether it was
that his aim , being without a staff on which
to rest his heavy arquebuso , was unsteady ,
or whether he did this horrible thing with
full Intent ) I do not know but the bolt sped
straight at the slender , muffled , woman-
shape between the two men. She flung out
her two hands , and fell without a cry.
The blood hot in me , I ran back to Leys ,
and sprang upon him , forcing him to the
ground under my knee , while I felt for my
dagger. Excited as I was , I could not ) find
it , so I had to strangle him with'my hands ,
ho gurgled horribly , and jerking out his
arms vainly to reach his sword. But I am a
wiry man , and it did not take long. He
caught at my arms once or twice then I
shook him off and went to Father Benolt } ,
who knelt alone , bending over the girl's
body. Without a word , but shivering like a
man In nn ague , ho drew back her hood ,
and the raoonHght streamed full upon her
face. It was Demoiselle Alys.
She was not quite dead. Her heart moved
feebly and her eyelids fluttered , but ) there
was a dark wet stain upon the broideries of
her dress , where the mantle fell back , and
It prew larger as wo gazed.
"Water , " said Father Benolt. I went to
where , Just insldo the postern-gate , played
a little fountain with a cup and a statue of
our lady. I wrenched the cup free , filled It ,
and began to mutter prayers and curses , all
mingled together in my falling tears. The
gate was opan and through It I saw a flgura
scudding down the hill like a scared rab
bit. It was Sleur d'Audllly. So we had mar
ried her to a craven and killed her Into the
bargain ; the one deed balanced the other.
The tears dried on my hot face as I hurried
back with the brimming cup.
The alarm of Loys had wakened no one ,
and the court was as &U11 as death as we
bathed her white face and forced a llt-
tlo of the water between her lips. Down In
the valley a horse neighed as It parted com
pany with Its fellow. In a moment she
opened her eyes and said clearly , seeming
to recall everything at once : "I am
dying. Where is he ? "
Father Benolt's fat face was working , and
the 'tears ' chased each other down his round
cheeks. Ho looked at mo In an agony.
It was no time to count words. I took
her hand and kissed it. "Ho Is dead ,
She never doubted me. A bright smile
shone on her little face , and her slender
limbs relaxed. I lifted her In my arms , and
Father Benolt began the short absolution
through his tears. As he lifted his hand she
raised her head on my arm , and looked
straight up between us , and beyond. She
closed her eyes again , and wo thought her
dead , but she opened them once more and
smiled upon us , just as she had smiled over
. her roses that very day.
| I "I hope you have not lost the red king , "
said she , quite In her old voice. "You are
both so careless but lost or found , be Is
still the red king was it not a bravo
token ? " Perhaps she wandered , for all nt
once , before we knew , her blue eyes grew
misty , her body became heavy in my arms ,
and It was over.
So died the Demoiselle Alys , who was the
brightest , merriest woman , and whom I held
on my knte before ever she waa so long as
Father Benolt rose , his wet face shining
In the moonlight , and motioned mo to follow
him we were both past speech and I car
rled her back , through the great door , along
the passages of the great silent house , grop
ing our way , for we had no light , and some
times stumbling in the darkness. . Once I
felt something touch me , and heard a dog's
sniffing at my burden ; the creature seemed
to understand , and whined , very softly , and
follow ed us , pattering along behind us to
the very chapel door , where , as no one had
the heart ) to thrust him back , he came In ,
whining as wo laid Demoiselle Arys upon
the step before the altar rail , where she hat
knelt as a bride not half an hour before.
Wo fell on our knees , Father Benolt and
I , and prayed while the moonlight crept
round the pillars , and grew faint In the
western windows , and the eastern window
brightened and flushed , and the birds began
to twitter In the eaves. I , the fool , and
Father Benolt , and the dog well , there were
three hearts of us , unlike as atl three were ,
while Sleur d'Audllly was saving himself at
the rate of five leagues an hour.
So was mourned Demoiselle Alys , who , as
I said , was the merriest woman , and even
when she was the length of ray bauble her
eyes were as blue as pansles only some
panslcs are purple , but her eyes were like
the kind that are blue.
Yellow Jnuiullrr Cured.
Suffering humanity should be supplied with
every means possible for Its relief. It is
with pleasure wo publish the following : !
"This Is to certify that I was a terrible I
sufferer with yellow jaundice for over six j I
months , and was treated by some of the brat
physicians in our city and all to no avail. I
Dr. Bell , our druggist , recommended Elec
tric Bitters ; and after taking two bottles , I
was entirely cured. I now take great pleas
ure in recommending them to any person
suffering from this terrible malady. I am i
gratefully yours. M. A. Hogarty , Lexington ,
Ky. " Sold by Kubn & Co. druggists.
Carpel Varn Mill" Shut Down.
PHILADELPHIA , Sept. 23. At a meeting
i of ingrain carpet yarn spinners , held in
I this city , an absolute shutdown of the mills i
rpresented was decided upon. This action
i Is taken because of the over-production of
yarn. At the present time , owing to un-
usual conditions in the carpet business , a
largo portion of the ingrain looms are uot
Daily Ascensions United
Monday Afternoon , Sept. 26 , First Ascension of the
Balloon Used in the Advance Upon Santiago
LAST WEEK OF MEXICAN NATIONAL BAND
The First Appearance of limes1 Celebrated Band ,
Sunday Afternoon. Admission 25c ,
Sham Battle Nearly Every Afternoon , Participated in by Fully
500 Indians in Paint and Feather-s.
Go to the Twentieth Street Gate and Avoid the Crowd.
running. While the looms have been shut
ting down the production of yarns has kept
up , with the result that there has been over
production and a consequent tendency to
wards lower prices. The shutdown will be
_ _ _ _ _
Interesting Fnotn Culled from n Cen-
Reno Dacho , a Washington correspondent ,
with a penchant for statistics , delved Into
the census atlas recently Issued by the
government and brought to light many
quaint facts about the American people. In
a recent letter ho gives from Its .pages
the facts which overturned a popular no
tion and showed that the males of the
country far outnumbered the females.
From the same department of the book It Is
learned that the women of our country
do not' bring forth as many children as
they formerly did. In 1830 the average Amer
ican family numbered flvo and one-half
persona. It Is now a little more than four
and ono-half. In the southern states the
families are the largest , while In the
Now England states they are the smallest.
The differenceIs strongly marked. Lou
isiana has double as many children under
5 years of ago as Maine , In proportion
Thirteen out of every 1,000 people In the
United States are In prison , and seventeen
out of the same number arc Insane. The
sexes show an equal per cent of Insan
ity , but females form a small proportion
of the prison population. Nineteen out of
evety 10,000 white persons are deranged ,
while only nine out of every 10,000 colored
people are so afflicted. Of our native whites
fourteen out of every 10,000 are crazy , while
among the foreigners the proportion Is
thirty-nine. No attempt Is made to show
the causes which make so many foreigners
go mad. The tendency to Insanity Is
greatest among the Irish and least among
the British and Germans.
Fifteen out of every 10,000 people are
Idiots , and here again the colored people
show a less per cent. The tendency toward
Idiocy appears to bo greatest among these
of Huncarlan stock and least among those
of Italian origin. Seven out of every 10,000
people are deaf and dumb and elcht out
of every 10,000 are blind. In Idiocy , deaf
ness and blindness the sexes are divided
In this proportion : Males , 55 per cent ;
females , 45 per cent.
Consumption kills 12 per cent of the people
ple of the United States , sooner or later ,
and the greatest mortality from It is on
the Pacific coast and In the upper portion
of the eastern Mississippi valley. Pneu
monia Is the complaint next most fatal ,
carrying off 9 per cent of the population ,
and Us most fatal fields are In the Rocky
mountain region and In eastern Texas.
Dlarrheal diseases carry off 8.5 per cent ,
diphtheria and croup , 5 per cent ; enteric
fever , 3 cer cent ; cancer and tumors , 2.4
per cent ; malarial fever , 2.2 per cent ; child
birth , 1.3 per cent ; measles , 1.2 per cent ;
whooping cough , 1 per cent , and scarlet
fovcr , three-fourths of 1 per cent.
"Diphtheria , " eays our correspondent , "la
worst In the Ilocky mountain region , on
the plains and prairies and near the great
lakes. Cancer and tumor appear to In
crease with density of population , their
victims being more numerous proportion
ately In New England and she northern
part of the Mississippi valley than else
where. Malarial fever Is most destructive
In eastern Texas , Louisiana , Arkansas ,
southeastern Mlesourl and the cotton belt.
Measles rages most persistently In the
southern mountain regions and whooping
cough Is particularly fatal In the southern
Appalachians. The danger from scarlet
fever Is greatest among the Rocky moun
tains and In the plains region. Heart dis
ease and dropsy kill most people In the
upland country of New England and on the
south Atlantic coast.
From the causes which lead to death It
Is natural to turn to the statistics of those
who have prepared for death. Hut 31 per
cent of the American people are church-
goers and of these one-third are Roman
Catholics , One In five Is a Methodist , one
lu six a Baptist , one In sixteen a Presby
terian ) one In seventeen a Lutheran , 900 In
thlrty-nlna a Congregatlonallst and one In
thirty-nine nn Episcopalian. Now Mexico
is the most pious section of the union , with
68 per cent of Us population church com
municants , mostly Catholics. Utah has C2
per cent , mostly Mormons , and Rhode
Island , Massachusetts anil Connecticut are
a Ho with ' 10 ner cent. Vermont has 33
per cent , Now Hampshire 27 per cent and
Maine less than 25 per cent. Tha far west
ern states show less than 10 per cent.
In gathered wealth New York stands first
with $8,300,000,000. This Is more than the
whole nation In 1850. The states then come
In this order : Pennsylvania , $7,000,000,000 ;
Illinois , $5,000,000,000 ; Ohio , $4,000,000,000 ;
Massachusetts , more than $3,000,000,000 ;
Missouri , $3,000,000,000 , and then Califor
nia , Towa , Texas , Indiana , Kansas. Kan
sas has more wealth than any southern or
Now England state not named here , The
total wealth of the country Is placed at
$ G5,000,000,000. The richest people in pro
portion to population are those of the far
west and the poorest are those of the far
south. In Nevada the average human owns
$2,220 worth of real estate and Improve
ments and in Washington , Montana , Wyo
ming and Arizona the avcrago Is $1,600 ,
In New York the average Is $1,000 , In Mas
sachusetts $ SOO , In ( Missouri $500 , in th
Carolines and gulf elates $100 , In Kausaa
the average Is $720.
The Ile t Ilemcay fop Flux.
Mr. John Mathlas , a well known stocl (
dealer of Pulaskl , Ky. , says : "After suffer
ing for over a week with flux , and my phy
sician having failed to relieve me , I waa
advised to tiy Chamberlain's Colic , Cholera
and Diarrhoea Remedy , and have the pleas
ure of stating that the halt of one bo'.tla
cured mo. "
PRCNCII FALL TAILOR QOWN PROA1 HARPER'S BAZAR
A gown of light weight mixed wool In a small checked pattern of fawn , very
fashionable for tailor gowns this autumn , is trlmmud with \elvet bands strapped again
In the center with lady's cloth of a pal r tint , so closely that very little of the velvet
uhows between. The Illustration which Is icproduccd from Harper's Bazar , and for
which cut paper patterns may be secured , gives an idea of the cut of the gown.
The circular skirt Is attached In the back without any visible fullness just at the
waist line , hanging lower down In easy graceful' fold and perfectly straight in front ,
where the band trimming Is curve * ! apron -fashion in double rows , The width of the
skirt at the hem is four and a half yaniu ; the lining and outside are cut the nam
form , and' art ) teamed mid faced In the usual manner.
The jacket in the style of a zouave Is cut avsay sharply In front , just above the
waist line. The double rovers , rather wide and pointed , roll back over H chemisette
of cream-colored Bilk muslin , pleated and finished with a great soft bow at the neck
The jacket , In the Imok , In fitted closely to the figure and fin Hied with double basquea
open behind and curving to the front , the belt of blacjk velvet with gilt buckle con
cealing the scams ,
A high flaring mcdicl collar Is the finish ( it the neck , and the decorations of the
jacket are bands similar to these of the skirt , with groups of cameo buttons that ap
pear also ou the skirt front.
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