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BAB AT A COUNTRY TEA. She Attends a Rustic Seance at Pleasant Town. Xi-\v Yoi-lc. .Inly 13. IS'J'!. M'e weiv invlti'il out, to toil. In conn- try [i;irl;iiu-i-, j:»lii£ U> fc:i is quite tViltui-- out Jiuuri'i- from ilrapiiing i" "'o \"\\-c ;i cup of tea" in tiliv fHy. Here, one iv- ceivtvs friiu's IiivHiilUui i\t ltti.*t live ilii.vs Jilittiil o.f Uio time, ;uul it is lU'JIvurert li.v the liostcsw lier*i'l:t'. (hv.-wi'il like Mi'. Mn- Gltity In hoi' l>iwt snil of i-lniliw. She jiplHsn-s :ilunil a oV.loi'k: lnolw win-in aiul over ilnvwiHl and i* ushered Inw thy purlin 1 . Aunt. Murui's l>:irlw is like :il,1111*1 WL'i-y otht-T one in tin; villa;.:'?. In the Mist plair it is kept Pitcli i!;ii'.';. .-lUil whiMi ynvi iiiinc 1 iu from the (luylU'lH you wou-lil nui u .UIVM! risk of breaking join- mvk if i! woi'tMmt for the lad' Ui;ii with lln- I'Xfoplwui of the i-t'iili'i 1 table. ovui-y ui.lier piece of I'liriiinii-e Is niiisi-'l in :i str.ii^ln li-ni' jiwilivst the wall. Tlici'c ;ire six cliaii-s, one lounge uipnii which no liinmi.n liv'iiiu' cmi'iil louiW'.'l .•iiiiil :l riM-kinx I'luiii- nplio'.sliMnl In tile nuisl slippery h:itr elodi. ' r '"' ''f'" 1 ' 1 ' ••tahk', which i* Ilio joy of AuiU Mnrisl's liiV, is ;i fnncsul nil.': it is riuinil mul lias a mu'.'Me top to II. :nnl upon il. at ivprulni' aii.itlos aiv iM:ice;l ihe fiiini'.y bible tiiv family :ill>um, f^° Ill1|lks 'bound in n.-iV :uid soli! lh:i: wiv ;;i\'r:i w Aunt M;ir;;i by n.'HeTiir.olhy \vln-n lie was euiirlincr her ami a linger niinU 1 •of strun,u' U'iiits. which is snppr,si><l to •hold vUiliiW csmls. There is !ii:o;liei' inblo in ilio mom. l-nt dial is against the \v;ill. It i-- siii.-i.Iler ami lias ;i cnvrr luftdr oT silk iniilii'lAvorU. every put'-li •hjiviiij; :i hUiory which -'-nnt. JI:ii-i;i '-an •jrive aiul dors jrive irkiO.ly. On this tiililf aiv tin- w:ix lle,\vers. pouil lilies, si ml I'e.l nwM. nn.Ii'r a ^!;is-i j:li>bt\ which were .uivi.'ii m Aunt Jlnrlrt by her Uri.li'sniaiil. and Ihcu there is a phisier •of pans Apollo whirh Aunt- Maria s»( TITOII a man with whom -slio tnulod. thai js In say shi) .^avo for il live tiinos iis vorrli in dotl'.i-s iH-Kin.u'inu' to Uncle Tinioiliy. Tin: wall is pal)in-tHl in litjlit. yellow, wi-lh Ivunches of daffodils In pale blim upon it, and t.hc only piwi;s of art docor- ;itin;: it are tho plioto^'rapl'.s of Aunt Maria and Uuc-Ii? ;i'Lino!.liy, l:iUi-n on 1-ln.jr wedding U''P. when; IliOy IHISI; witii flasiii'd Iwnuls. n sonietliin.u' they won-lil not- ili'i-':"'' of do!n.cr. and Aunt Ma.nia 1 .-; broooli. wa.tf.li cliain and wfd- tlinu- Hn^ iii'f worked aiil in .wM puJnt. Tlion thi-ru is a wreai.h of iluwcvs made •of li.'iir. pi"''' 1» :1 f^mtc. TIIK HAIR OF ALL THE FAMILY is iii this, wreaiii. and Hie lady who made it ehar.wl live dollars for inn- work, i am «nre slic dosei'vcil more These pictures are couutcil so valuable that instead of bL-iiiK hung low onousli to sec tlicm ;>nn'('i-iy, Hif.v :n'C ever so far up. and to look at them, one lias to srt:iml on a chair and risk s-lulUiK off, But \viien \ve heard tlmt ?Irs. .Tim .Tolm- •SOTI (siie is always particular to call herself -Mis, .Tun .Tolmsou l>ei:ausc she don't sjx'ak to Bill Tohr.son's wife) had come to ask us t.o a tea parry, we nearly fell OVCL- ouch other in onr eagerness to receive the invitation. We were told tlmt there would be no "fussin," and that we. were expected to come early and'lake f.liin.rrs-:us we found t-ln.'in. F.c- In« city lin-'d, I believed this. Later on, I teamed Hint unless I wore my finest li-ock, Mi's. .Tim Johnson would be iu- suited. By the l>ye, at r-.ounlry lea partirs. HID children are asked .'is well as I lie grown ujx<. The fateful iJa.v arrived. .At two o'oloelv Aunt Maria began i'O scmb tiiu children. TI1KUK WAS WUKriNG AND WAII.IXG hi the land. Slie evidenlly re-arded thorn a.s wii-kwl.-bu'tyoiuiK lutelers wlio wouldn't lie worth crmsiilti-Jitioo nulil tliey were liery red. At four o'clock I heard Nanny wei-pins bi'.terly. The tronW'e resit'lted fi-oni tlic fact thai Aunt Maria had read a fashion magazine, and I'iMiii whui s.lie read, and I'LDMI •the ilialmJ'ical piclwes, she luiij concluded that MannyV< swiss sRil't sV.onld stand out after tlu> received mode. The couseaueiiw.was she made poor Nan.ny put on five pC'ttieoaK aiul every petticoat, was starc-h'u'r than rho o-tlior. 1 luiven't (die slightest donhl: jliaf starch has a value in the coni.mei-cinl .world, I know tluvt iwnnded and perfumed with bay rimi it 'is used by people who object, to'the delljrlit of line French powder, am I who strain' at a g.n:it and swallow a very onormons finnel by banging a starch bag at their facrs and galuins au iimpreswiaivi^t, nwirit. so tiliut they niay lie alilo to sin-UK their slroulders and express liiei.r liiilin-il of powiler nnil rongo. Starch in skirts ami in frocks Is not in lifirmoiiy either wii,h the warm wcntliev or with sriico in dross. Poor Nanny looked like an aggravating blot on I he. landscape. When she movc'd she r.it- Ued, and whe.n she sat down, she stuck out, Tlisiory tells n* Hiat the old woman wlio first used starch wu-s hnu;,' as n witch, and railly one cannot .but bo convinced.thai .starch is A PRODUCT OF 'PI-IE EVIL SPIRIT. It is ruinons to the tempei 1 . In this special case if nmde a pi'iflf.v girl li'ko Namiy look coiumonphice. Starch and \'.ji wielders are surely possessed oC devils. About, tlie belt of each one of Nanny's petticoats, 1 do believe t,heve was a pound o,f it, and it stood tip in IUHHPS that were dreadful to look upon, and must be trying to wear. The very word Itself is disagreeable, for wiio likes staircliiy people'; 1-Ia'lf-pasL four found us all dressed. The big wagon came Into use, hut the U>y 'ISia/t "]u.*p.s" drove us down. It: wasn't ot.iiiuel.le for "Undo Timothy to arrive with us. Wlien we got 1o tlie house we were invited up sta-iis to take off our things. Then Mrs. .'ILm .lolmson w;u< (lie li.M|ipk'st woman Ju Die village of f'leasa.nt. Town. She saw us looking at the croehe; spread on the bed. She re:diy.ed*that. the rnllles on the pillow shams were IIuted stiffer than any she had ever seen at Aunt .Maria's and she knew (hat on the bureau Hie pin cushion- and the Iwiir pin bolder, the hair i-eceJver and the mills a.H malvhed. .Do yon snppese t.lmve things ivere imcuded 10 useV Never. I had visited often enough in Hie country lo kimw that.l IIHW-IH'! lake a. jiiji out of tlie cushion, or a luiir pin out of its bolder, and that, if 1 wauled a brush a mem.lon of ibis desire to Mrs. .lini .loh.nson would, result in my going i-,nu> her room and using hei' brnsli and r.fri linicliing Hie new one with i:s ceUnJoid back. I'.ut nobody was expected to need pins: or brushes or aiiyi'hing of ikit soi't. Hats and bonnets we"e laken off and care-. fiiHy laiil on (lie table so (liey mighi nor muss tiie !>ed. and :ln> children were sent o'ff lo play with the .robiisoii clier- uhs. Thou we sat 'in the parlor and •i'a.lkeil. I'mliltr' i-onver.-a'Jeiv- is an a.i'l at a country tea. Yon are .'.vpivled !u lalk about tlie weather, the fashions, t.'ie seniion of last Sunday, lint never under any citviMiisljiuces n'.u.st you lie natural. liesiUe onr own pnity. Iliere \va.s a widow lady who was i.iilroduwil a.s Mis Tomlinson. Nobody really called her anytliing but "Mis." yet slie was a HIM iron. She was not a person who could have been called . cheerful. Her toile-'.lf though dingy was distinctly funeral. fiJul M^rs. .Tin) .lolwirJi.in lo'.d mi: that she w;w ''of a very good fauiUy rhongli her means is slight, and she bas been unfortunate in her'.uisbaiids, having buried t.hTce." I.then saw that SHE WOKE TURKIC WEDDING 1UNGS of differenl widths. Still, 1C not cheerful, her conversation was original. Sbe gave us a i'utl liistory of the sickness and death of Frederick, who sbe spoke of as her 'Tirst" slie talked of the bitsi- ness ability and kind" t'liougbt. of Aimer who was her second (Abner had insured ULs Hi'e for $0,000.) and while she was charitable, sbe d.id not. gloss over tlie fact Iliat Jolin To-ndl.nson, wlio was Jior third, inclined to drink. About (i o'clock the clergyman arrived. We all sat up straishter and looked more mi com for L- alile than before. Xlnclc Timothy ami Ji,m .Tolmsou also came on flic scene, and after n IHt.lc conversation with .Ti.ni Johnson, T discovered Hint if lie had a weakness, it was. by his own confession, lobaceo.lnit tliat she and wlie.a ho said "slie" lieprotjonneid it wl,:h solemnity and I knew he meant Mrs. .Tun, would not allow I hat. a man should be giver, up to small vices. Then we went in to tea. I acknowledge that I i objected 1o the long grace said by the minister. The Sally Lunn was getting cold-and the tea was not lini.iiroving by' waiting. The children were all at a little table, Now, there was one funny tiling about this hospitable board to llio eyes of the city folks. Wilh plenty of beautiful, ripe raspberries in her garden, winli blackberries such as gold could not, pnrch,it?e, aiwl wa'tli melons sweeter than any 1 have ever tasted at her command. Mrs. Jim pffured iis eleven different kinds of preserves and no Crush fruit! IT WAS A GR10AT TEA. Tiiere was fried chicken at one cud, and, as Mrs. -Tta apologetically said, beefslcaf. "'cause (he gcnllemen liked il." al: the oilier. Tin; country idea of beefsteak Is different from tlmt which obtains in the city. The conn try butcher cm* it. t.h.in mid the country cook does If. brown and hard. Hint lieet always has n special prestige in small places. Then there \va« hot Sally I-iinn, hot tea blscnil. Ini.tterc'd toast and wliite bread offered to u«. There was jelly cnke. chocolate cake, a.ii'gel rood, pound cake .and cookius, and hot ton and iced tea. The preserves woi-e served in small glass dishes rind -Mrs. Tomlinsou considered iRH^eJl' a great sv?ell because she held her dish, up .in a very genteel nia-mier ami ate froui it apologetically wiili a, determination to spill nothing and leave nothing. I ate Sally Lnnu until T expected to aim laito on«. But Mrs. .Ti.ni smiled and seemed gratified, and 'said .she was glad I liked '''their poov vittels." It U the fashion hi tlie country to underrate wli.ifover you serve. I thought when we had Unislicd «i.tlii.g cake l.har. this consritntcd- tbe tea, but I' was mislaken. The table was cleared, and wo were served'with ice cream, really made of cream and well worth ea.ting; and those llt.ile thin wafer-like cafes that in England they call Shi'ew.sbnrys. When these arrived I was sorry I had eaien so much Sally Limn, but sltM I. had ,?ullle.lenl: physical backbone lo do.-niy duty to the remaining disbos'and not cause Mi-s. .Tim .Tohnson to feel that. I turned my nose up. The average country hostess walks abo'u t WITH A.CFHP 0:V HBR SHOULDER as far a.s city people are concerned, and she calls her good things Iiy bad names •so that she may have Hie advantage oi! .you. After l;e.a we all went out: on the pinxa and .lalked. polilely, again. T wandered in Lite garden wirh the children ro look nt some \vonder.fnl liltle pigs, and while I \va-s julmlrlug the pigs I heard Mrs. .Ti.ni Johnson say to her oldest daughter. "Xow. get some of that ice cream in the glass dlsli and send it right off to old Mis' Terry, for i-V w!'.: lie cooljn' to lier parched lips." They have a way of hiding I'.ieir good deeds in. the eonivlry and doing a kindness ia the iHiisf malter-of-fai-t. mali.ner. and exactly as if il were sO'inelhiug to lv.- asliamed o:'. At nine o'clock Ihe w:;sr,n :lp- pearod. And then we siart.'l to say good niglit. AVe told Mrs. .Jim how much we had enjoyed or." e'.ves. and she looked pleased and aiv .uace.d that "llavin.'-' a few folks lo ;ea ain't no trouble." and ye: we knew, and she kneir. Ilia:' we knew, lhat slie had iroiibled heisi.-lf I'd 1 four days before our arrival. r.i:t il isn't a coun;ry fashion to tell this. The children had eaten c-'u imich ihey were sli-cpy. Naiiny v.'as inJ.t-Jng. imf.. al'lei- she hail been called two or three limes, she appeared, and young .Tim ,li;hnson was jus; beside her. She han a limiqnel of Ihnveiv in her hand, and she was Very wager iu 'cil me rliai shi- had pieked llie.m herself, bur my eyes are very goiul, and 1 am cpnain that a.rn.-r Ive h.-id hel]ied her in the wagon, young .lim ,1o'.iii.-ou nianajreil lo lind iier iiMle hand and in II"! dai'kiuKs h.is lips resled upon ir jn-st for a minute. Wc!l. it was summer, and ihey were young and the roses were blooming, and why shouldn't they love each nilier'- N.-ur.iy was very gentle with tiie bal:y :t:hat. iv.jsliit. ajid wl'.en she kissed me'-she said sl:e had had such a good time, f don't tlwi* slie was 'entertained by Mis' Tomlinson. and she wa.s in tin! habit of seeing all the rost of the people •very day. f Imd thought mat young Jin: was awkward and foolish looking, liu-t tliero must be something attractive iiljnut him. It is Hie old combination a pretty girl ami her sweetheart. It is a good combination, loo. Know it'.' Of course 1 do. for It lias not been so many days or years, which is ii? since there was a sweelheart even for BAB. THE SWIFT CYCLISTS. E. C. Bald, the obampion class B rider of this country Jbst year, will join the professional class and rnco abroad. .-• It is now proposed to give a race in Australia open only to rneii who defeated Zimmerman while bo was in the antipodes. A. A. Zimmerman snya his recent Australian tour was a big success financially. Ho is undecided as to bis plans for this year. These who have, marvoled at tbe splendid training, of Michael will perhaps bo surprised to learn that he drinks nothing but alu and a little tea. Charley Murphy says he' will rido u wiJo against u locomotive at Santa Monica, Cal., on April 20. Mnrphy says he expects to ride the distance in ouo minute. It is John S. Johnson's ambition to lower thoworld's record for the mile ou an English track aud timod by English timekeepers, a feat which be is confident ho cau accomplish. Michael, in a recent match against Jacqnoliu, rodo awheel geared to 112 and covored eevon miles iii tho extraordinary time of 12 minutes 49 2-5 seconds, which required each mile to have averaged -better thnn 1 minute CO seconds. One View of Gear. The average gear on wheels this year is about 06.}^ to 08. For ordinary riding purposes the gour should certainly not be higher than this, as it will be fonud hard to propel tho wheel up n hill or against n strong wind. Do not let so much of the talk about how easy it is to acquire speed with a high gear lead yon into ordering your wheel too highly geared. The saving in the number of pedal revolutions on a very high gear is not nearly so great as is commonly supposed, and it can be set down as a truth that if yon wish to go fast you mnet pedal fast, while it is also truo that tho exertion required to make each revolution of the wheel increases proportionately to tho height of tho gear. The best average gear, it has been found from experience, is GG^.—New York Herald. EV-Qooen 1-11 on ft Wheel. It is said that ox-Queen Lil of the Sandwich islet) is learning to ride a bicycle. She objects to rattrap pedals because they 'cut her baro feot. upon which sho scorns to wear covering of any sort. Also she is having bother iu managing a $3,000 Worth evening cos- 'turne, which appears to be the favorite stylo of dress" for all occasions of the dusky lady.—L. A.'.W. Bulletin. Complete Assortment of Zenith, American, Belding, (Refrigerators National, Reliable and Quick Meal Gasoline Stoves. Mantels and Grates. Large Line of Door and Window Screens. Little Wonder and SUepard's Lightening Ice-cream Freezers. SEE THE The Finest in Use. Afspecial invitation is extended to the ladies 10 call and examine. Special Attention Given to Prepared and Tin Roofing. H. J. CRISMOND, 312 Market Street. The LOGAN WHEEL The Light, The Strong, The Easy Wheel. Logan riders can be seen everywhere and are proud. Logan Models: Ladies' No. 25 and 32, and Gents' .No. 29 and 31 are the popular wheels. We have these numbers now in stock- We also carry the Monarch full line, the Clipper full line and the Norwood. The above wheels all have a record. Kreis Bros. ManTg Co.