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In p \ i ri I M r~j \ I I I CHAPTER XXXI. rHE shock of this ' meeting, after the first moment, braced Rose up for a contest. She would not touch Mr. Sllchester's ! proffered hand, but - drew herself to her full height, and returned the gaze of his glittering eye* with a steady loot of proud, despairing 4* flan c*. "You will not meet m« aa a friend?" said he In his soft voice. "Why not? It would be wiser. Although I am only a poor wanderer when In England I fcave a position in this country. Believe me, you are mistaken In thinking I bear you any ill-will. I cherished a momentary resentment against you at one time for thwarting my plans; but as since then I have succeeded completely, I have forgiven you. For is not your visit here a convincing proof of my success? In fact, If It had not been so, I, having knowledge of your movements, should have taken steps to prevent your coming-." 1 "You have killed him, then? Killed Siegfried?" aeked Rose la a low, monotonous voice. "Your Siegfried, the pure If somewhat Insipid boy? Yes, he Is dead. But calm yourself, madam. There lives in Paris, and very happily I am told, a young Prince Siegfried who has discovered that there is something better worth living for than even the devotion of his nurse. In a word, you restored his health to good purpose; he is now able to enjoy life—under the auspices of his friend Donald, who seems to •have found a better road to his heart than through theosophic mysticism." "I t«e; you have not stopped short at the destruction of his body this time; you must have mind, soul, all. It is devil's work." "Madam, the exigencies of State demand diabolical assistance sometimes ( to defeat the endeavors oC angels—like yourself." Her great black eyes flashed fire at his mocking tone. "But I will not believe it!" she burst out. "He could not be corrupted so eoon!" "A very beautiful faith, madam, born, I am. afraid, of inexperience of the nature of young men. I myself am no more to be satisfied without proofs that you are. Let m° show you three little notes which I received from Donald Keith this morning. He says that Siegf"'ed has fallen desperately In love with a well-known Paris- Ian burlesque actress, and that every evening, when he is dressing for dinner, one of these little notes is brought to him by a waiter." Rose took the three notee which Mr, Silthester handed <o her; but at first she hardly dared lo open them, for they were 1'olded In a manner peculiar to Siegfried, and the -ery scrawl, "Donald Keith, Esq.," *rtt the outside of each was unmistakably his; whatever the contents of the uotes might be, Ihey were certainly no: forgeries. Her hesitation lasted only » few seconds; she would betray no weakness before tbis man. Opening the notes, one after the other, she read them steadily through. They were very short, and all of the same character. "Don't wait dinner for me, but send ine some money bj- bearer. I am off to nee the lady. Shall not be back before iJFca are in bed." "Am going out. Shall not n« back before three or four in the morning." "Please send me Mor» money. Don't wait up for m«." HOM g*TC them "back wlta a stfafly band. "Yes," she said quietly, "to judge by these you seem to have succeeded." "You do not doubt their authenticity?" "Unfortunately, I cannot." "Ah! madam, believe me I am sorry for you." "Thank you." "I know it is impossible to make you understand my position; that in my duty to the State I have to be deat to nil those gentler feelings which knock j ]ust as surely at my heart, as at that of any other man." Rose smiled Incredulously, At that moment an official entered the room between the heavy curtains, and informed Rose that an audience would be granted her if she would follow him. She did so with a heavy heart, her previous fear of the royal presence much abated. She could Indeed still plead for Siegfried, but not as she- would have pleaded half an hour ago. As Mr. Silchester had said, her Siegfried Tvas dead; it was for a stranger that she would intercede. Through two or three gorgeous apartments she was led. until at last the steps of her conductor slackened before a room which seemed to be the 3a»t ol the suite, the entrance to which wag between undraped pillars of red marble. Here on the outer side two Il7eried offloials were standing, who gftre Rose the Idea of being either soldiers or policemen in disguise. Her conductor did not himself venture between the pillars; but witn a low bow to Simeon* within he signed to Rose to do so. With her hewt beating very fast she •fceyed. . „. _ . There were two gen-uetnen > .•oom, the younger of whom Rose at i once knew to be the great autocrat j himself. He wore a brilliant military ! uniform, and looked tired and harass' ed. He examined the new-comer from [ head to foot with ever-alert suspicion, as she stood bowing low, waiting until it should be his pleasure to address her. "Well " said he at last, in French, IB i sharp, weary and fretful voice. "You have a request to make to me, they say; and you have come all -he way from England to make it." "Yes, may it please Your Majesty." "It concerns the young Pretender to the throne of Serganla, in whom they say you take an Interest. Is that not BO?" And the Emperor, with the sam* anxious air, glanced at the gentleman who was with him. "May it please Your Majesty, he has lived six months In England without holding any communication with Ser- gania." "He has been intriguing no marry the Princess of Marienburg. The object of such a match must have been a political one," "May it please Your Majesty, It was his father's project, and exceedingly distasteful to himself. It was my Influence only which induced him unwillingly to fall in with It." "Your influence?" The Emperor frowned. "Yes, Your Majesty. I was bound by a promise to his father." "Ah! His father! A born sedition- monger! And so you were the father's accomplice?" "I nursed him on bis death-bed, that was all." "And the son? I don't quite understand your relation with the son." "He was in weak health. I watched over him and guarded him back to strength until—until, Your Majesty, he learned to depend on me, and to wish to make me his wife." "Ah!" This announcement seema to find so,me favor with the Tsar. He looked at Rose attentively, and spoke less shortly. "But you objected?" "If lie had been in my own rank 1 should not have done so, for I had learned to love him. But I feared that marriage with me would not raise me, but lower him." "Ah! Yes, yes." "But he assured me that he was not fitted for a political career; his tastes were all for quiet country life. And I half consented to marry him when— when, Your Majesty, we were forcibly separated, just at the moment when we hoped that he had been forgotten." "Ah, that was Nikolai's doing. Nikolai does not forget," said, the Tsar with an approving smile. Nikolai, Rose concluded, must ba Mr. Silchester. Surely the Tsar, who seemed, in spite of his reputation, miltf and humane, could not know what means his lieutenant was in the habit of using to secure his ends! Rose resolved, at all risks, to enlighten him. She was ready to face any dangers the vengeance of "Mr. Silchester" might bring down upon herself; as for Siegfried, his enemes would probably be satisfied that they,,, had accomplished his ruin. A young man absorbed in the pleasures of Paris was politically non-existant. "It is impossible to doubt his devotion to Your Majesty," she began diffidently. "But I am sure that Your Majesty has been kept in ignorance ot some of the means used by him." The Tsar seemd discouragingly indifferent. "Of course," he said, "it is not possible that I should hear every detail of the way in which my commands are executed. It is enough for me that the result is what I wished." "But what if the means used include murder. Your Majesty, not only attempted but in one instance actually accomplished?" Rose uttered these words with solemn deliberation, counting upon tho sensational effect they were bound to produce. They fell almost unheeded, however, except that the Tsar showed signs of beginning to find this interview tedious. He had remained standing throughout, but he now began to move a step or two forward, and drummed with his fingers impatiently upon a table which stood near him. The gentleman in attendance gave Rose a significant look, which, however, only nerved her to make a fresh and stronger eft'ort, as she saw that her time was running short. "I was present when the late King of Sergania died. If I were to tell you bow he died it would fill you with horror." Her great eyes burned with excitement, her red lips quivered as she uttered these words. The Tsar, although he still showed little interest in tie narrative, felt more in the narrator. His rather impatient and indifferent manner gave place to one of attention as he watched the traces of deep emotion in her handsome face. "My dear madam," he said in a gentler tone than he had used and with a courteous smile, "I cannot feel as you do about this matter. In affairs of "*tate, If a statesman were to allow the •mptions of humanity to sway him. h« froulfl lose his power of directing events. I think you must see that for yourself. Is a general a fiend because he orders the cannon to be turned upon the enemy without shedding tears? Believe me, a statesman working for the good of his country cannot commit crime. But just as the general may feel sorrow, when the battle is won, for the widows and orphans ie has helped to make, so I, madam, sympathize with your tender, womanly feelings, and • will do what I can to heal a wound I would not willingly have rr.ade. You wish to be able u> marry this young Siegfried?" "No, You Majesty," aswered Rose sadly, "I cannot say that I wisli for that now. Other influences have been at work with him, and I no longer wish for what he would no longer wish himself." "Then what is your object in appeal- Ing to me?" "I would ask that, since he has none of the aspirations of a Pretender, this persecution of him as a Pretender may cease." "I should be more inclined to grant your prayer if it were stiil your wish to marry him. A happy man—and I am sure you would make a husband happy, madam—is less likely to conspire than a miserable one." Rose shook her head. "Then, if I granted your prayer, you would go back to England and never trouble you head about him again?" Rose hesitated, but her face changed. "I cannot say that, Your Majesty. I should like to be the bearer of your gracious message to him, and to give fci.m a last warning f°r hie father's Bake—and for my own," she murmured In a grave, soft voice. The Tsar smiled and began to look much more good-humored. "Ah," said he, "a very praiseworthy intention, which I will do my best to help you to carry out. The last advices from Sergania tell me that all (s quiet there, the people having accepted with acclamation the new ruler I have appointed. Is it not so, general?" he continued, turning to thS gentleman in attendance. "It 13, Your Majesty." The Tsar turned again to Rose. "Therefore, we will summon Nikolai, who will no doubt be able to tell you where this young man may be found, to whom you shall bear the tidings of our clemency." The Tsar touched a little silver bell, tnd an attendant appeared almost immediately, who, with a delay of only a ?ew moments, ushered "Mr. Silchester" into the imperial presence. "We have summoned you here, Nikolai, to tell you that we are satisfied of the submission of the youth Siegfried von Dortmund-Albisheim to our will, and that, therefore, the wrongs done to our imperial rights by his late father are ovenooKed, and this lady is to ha the bearer of our message of clemency to him." The Deputy-Chier of Police bowed submissively. "At the same time," continued the Tsar, "we wish to thank you for the- zeal with which you have conducted this difficult case." Rose kept her eyes down; she did not wish the astonishment and disgust she felt at the last words to appear in her face to mar the effect of her gratitude for the first. "You will," continued His Imperial Majeety, "give this lady the address ot the youth Siegfried, if attainted with it, and g« started on he Journej.*" '. [CONTINUED.] i OUTDOOR GARMENTS. SPONGES. How to Select Them and Their Varied Vies. There are many purposes about the bouse that require the use of a sponge in place of a cloth. Wbeu taken care of properly, a sponge will last a long time for household 'purposes. Purchase a large pored coarse bathing sponge. One of fair size may be bought for 75 or 50 cents where a specialty is made of sponges, chamois skin and a few other articles of the kind kept by druggists among their sundries. Fine carriages are always washed with sponges, and this is the best way to v?ash off fine finished woodwork, drying it afterward with a soft absorbent; towel. When it is dwsirable to wash a hard wood floor, a sponge will do the work more rapidly and with less injury or danger from scratching than any cloth. If the work is quickly done, as it should be, and if an absorbent cloth of soft cotton follows the trace of the sponge, no water is left behind. SpongL-s are much cheaper than they were formerly. A very good bathing sponge may be purchased as low as $1.25 or $1.50. These once cost three or four times that sum. A physician usually selects a rather dark kind of sponge that shows no signs of having been bleached, because it is a well known fact that ragpickers take out the sponges from the refuse barrels of hospitals, clean and bleach them with acids and offer them for sale. These sponges are used in the foulest diseases and should not be sold again for any purpose. For this reason the snowy bleached sponges of the itin- eranr -venders should be avoided. The finest silk sponges come from, Turkey and the east and are always costly. They are used chiefly by sttr- geons. A coarse, open meshed sponge is easily washed and dried, and it is t-here- fore most desirable for household pnr- poses. Always hang it out in the open air in order to insure its being sweet and free from the close smell that a sponge shut up hi a box acquires. FASHIONABLE BLOUSES AND LONG COAT WRAPS. Hcr» to Keep gait DiT «nd Kn«. Whenever table salt becomes caked in its receptacles put into them a pinch of ground arrowroot, and the salt will remain perfei ;ly dry and fine whatever ! (he temperature may be. Carriage Costumes—Fur* With Heads and Several Tails—A Variety of Hats—The Separate Bodice Still la Vogue—.Some "New Tea Gown*. [Copyright. 1S57. by American Press Association.) It seems as though the garments for outdoor wear this winter are richer than any ever before designed. The most widespread fancy is for the winter blouses, and those are made of the most unexpected mate-rials. Thick melton, kersey, cloth, velvet and even fur are all used in these garments that nothing can ever make beautiful from the utter lack of form. The baggier and more shapeless they are the better The general plan seems to be to make the waist look long and thin The fashionable blouse succeeds in its mission The long coat wraps are everything they could be in grace of outline, design and the richness of material. It is not uncommon to find a regular redingote made of fur from top to bottom. Moire astrakhan in a deep lustrous black is often employed to make the whole garment. This is then supplemented with a deep cape collar of stone mart-en and sometimes even with sable. The cape collar is -usually made detachable, and there is always a muff to match. Muffs are large and in some cases curiously shaped and trimmed. Tails and fluted ruffles at the ends of the muff made of doubled fur are put on the most of them. The entire garment is lined with rich satin. The astrakhan skins in the warehouses cost $10 to $13 apiece, and not one is over a yard square, and of that not all is fine enough to use in a really first class redingote. So it must require at least ten first quality skins, to say nothing of lining or labor, and the difference between the importers' wholesale price and that of the retail manufacturer, and all that makes the garment cost a small fortune, Bat it does give the wearer such satisfaction I Some carriage costumes have the back of the coat and skirt portion of heavy brocade, moire or velours, or even velvet, and the sleeves and all the front of moire astrakhan The furs are now out in force, and the variety of fancies is greater than ever, only one general idea being notable, and that is the incredible number of tails put upon each garment. A col- larette will have one little head with grinning teeth and scintillating eyes and six to ten tails. I think that skunk fur or Alaska sable is the best liked for borderings to all sorts of handsome wraps where the colors are dark. There are a depth, softness and gloss about the fur of this despised animal that make it the most suitable of all furs for bor- derings, while collarettes of it are more becoming than any other fur, not even real sable being so soft to the face Contrary to all expectation, the great shirred picture hats and poke shaped velvet and satin bonnets have not 'taken, " There were not two to be seen at the famous horse show, which takes the place of the "Vernissage" in Paris, as the authoritative decree of what is and is to be. Instead of them there were velvet, satin, cloth and felt toques of every color, and no two exactly alike in shape. The hats of felt and beaver were in most fantastic fancies. The crowns are impossible to describe clearly. TMfere are sugar loaf shapes, pagodas, berets, beefeater, plain bell crowns and others where there is a decided narrowing in and sudden widening out of the crown. It is intended to pass a cord or narrow roll of silk or satin around the crown and to mass the trimming on. one side. One has a high chimuey pot crown with a widish brim turned up quite high at the left. Some have brims straight, some upturned on one side or the other or right in front or in the back. There ia cue regular pilgrim father shape in black; also dark blue, red, gray, brown and green beaver This style has smooth satin ribbon bands and big buckles, with a stiff quill or two. As to ostrich plumes, they are going out and fast, WINTER C03TCME. and the overbalanced hats of a month ago are growing few and far between. The velvet toque, with its puckered crown, turned, caught, bent and twisted to entirely suit the wearer's face and style of bairdressing, is far more becoming and far more refined. Still there will always be ostrich plumes. The separate bodice is quite as popular as it used to be ; and especially is it liked for home dinners, receptions and other occasions where low cut gowns •ra not altogether obligatory The dain- tj light plaid taffetas, with Bet sleeves mad l«ce inaartioai, are much liked and are worn with skirts of plain stuff which yet match m shade. Accordion priced silk mull is very pretty and youthful. In white, overlaid with insertion of black chantilly, it is very dainty and fetching Of course there i; always an underlying color Lovely evening gowns for opera or for dancing we made of printed silk mull and silk barege. These are trimmed with ' ribbons and decorated with wreaths and sprays of flowers. Ribbons will grow hourly in popularity. I am told, fo-asd perhaps beyond the end of the season. Tea gowns for ordinary home wear where little grand company is expected KVEXIXG 1WDICE? are made of German flannel in figures or stripes and in warm colors. These have yokes made of velvet, either black or to match the darkest stripe, and ribbon belts to tie in front. The shape is Mother Hubbard in front and princess iu the back, and bishop sleeves with velvet cuffs. Fancy figured French flannel is also shown for such" dresses, and the new eider downs, which are very pretty, being clouded and having snowflake effects. Bathrobes are made of eider down in the light, plain colors, and so are wrappers for early morning. Some new underskirts are made of Roman striped moreen with ruffles. Others are of fancy Persian striped sateen, with corded ruffles around the bottom. These imitate the silk skirts in color and appearance very closely. HEXRIETTE ROUSSEAU. A PEEP INTO FUTURITY. Women Steadily Filling Place* Ouce Occupied by .^l«"u. There can be no doubt that women aro steadily filling the places which used to be occupied by men, and that in all the offices and public institutions of the land obey are doing as good \vr-k and occasionally better than tho men they have ousted for very much lower •wages tlum men receive. Meanwhile their brothers have noth- ing.to do but to complain, lonnge about, smoke cigarettes and borrow small change of their wage earning female relatives, all of which is biid for their morals and manners, as we all know. Now. therefore, it becomes the duty of the matrons of the land to come to the assistance of these young men, and, having informed them that they mistook their vocations when they took to desks, counters and office work and that the kitchen is evidently their sphere, show them what a beautiful and holy life is that of a general housework girl, how the health improves while taking regular exercise with the broom, dustpan, window washer, kitchen poker and coal scuttle, how lovely the light that beams in the eye of one who rises betimes to clear out the kitchen range, light the fire and make breakfast, how in frying flapjacks for relays of hungry eaters holy thoughts possess the soul, how the mind develops while trying to fry a chop, send up the dumb waiter and tell the vegetable man what missus wants today at the same moment; how by degrees one becomes possessed of an angelic temper and a complexion to match while washing the breakfast dishes, getting the lunch ready, washing the lunch dishes, getting the dinner ready, washing dishes again, getting a little supper ready for two or three friends who come in late, washing dishes again, and finally tumbling up stairs with one eye opeu and the other sound asleep to renose in the awful close little room devoted from time inimornorial to "the girl" and something that bices her dreadfully aud that she never has time to "tend to. 1 ' All these joys have been the exclusive property of the female domestic since many decades, but they can DOW be man's exclusively, and probably will be when his sisters and his cousins and his aunts have elbowed him out of the shops, the offices and the public departments, from the counters and out of the hotels aud gone in themselves "at half price." as English people used to see the play in bygone years. Domestic service fs all that will be left for him, for it is the one thing that women will shake themselves free of as soon as they possibl}' can After plenty of lectures, columns of good advice in the p'apers and unweary- ing efforts to lead these young men the way that they should go they will begin to be gathered into the kitchens, will sit. meekly in the intc-lligence office and show their references from their last, employer and never "disappoint," but go to the new place with top bat box aud dress suit c-a^e. two umbrellas and four cam-s in a bundle and all that thev need to make them look neat. Those who do not keep maids of all work may be provided with a cook who has seen better day? at §25 a week as a bookkeeper until an erudite spinster offered to take the place for SJ5. A gentleman from the real estate office, whose place is now occupied by a pretty girl, may do the dusting and sweeping and a youth whose little sister "hooked his job" may propel tbe baby wagon up and down the street. These with a gentleman from China in the latmary. will be quite sufficient for an ordinary establishment. And as of course being inexperienced and doing woman's work they must recerre low wages the domestic expenses of madam will be ae mnch decreased as are those of monsieur's office by this exch&nge of •mployments by the sexes. MARY KTLE DALLAS. FACE HUMORS Pimples, blotches, blackheads, red, roush, oily, inothy skin, itching, scaly scalp, dtv, thill, and tilling hair, and baby blemishes prevented by CCTICURA SOAP, the most effective skin purifying and beautifying; soap in the world, ;vs well as purest and sweetest for toilet, bath, aud uurswry, (uticura Soxr ii told throughout tht »or[d. POTTKB ni:ra iTiCHKk. c<iKi-..SoIcl J r\il>*.. 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