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by John the Baptist HIES. r MISS STELLA RESOLVES. The family of Captain ^enith consisted, beside himself an-" wife, of five daughters. Miss Stella, ^ne fourth of the sisters, is the heroine of my st.ory. She was charming. All who knew her avowed that fact, which needed no avowal. None averred that she was beautiful. The charm tbat she exerted over all her friends was not easily explained. It was an effect; felt, admitted—enjoyed', too—but difficult to •define. It was her nose that prevented her from being beautiful. Upon the brink of decision it hesitated to assume al the characteristics of a pug. Had i been less a PUK she would have mor« nearly attained beauty. Had it been more a pug she would more nearly have attained beauty. But it hesitat ed. FataJ-indecision! Harmless inde cision! Then her lips! Let us quote Anacreon: "Then her lips, so rich in blisses; Sweet petitioners for kisses; Pouting nest of bland persuasion, Ripely suing love's invasion!" Her eyes midnight mirrors, under a brow that art could not imitate nor nature surpass. A raven's plumage was paler than her hair which, uneoil- «d swept about her feet when she stood •rect. By her Yankee friends she was called cute. Some people described her as a young lady of strong mind, great or- ijrinaiity, strong individuality and rugged independence. All the Zenith girls were unmarried and severally appeared to have reasonable chances of graduating in the •high school of society as old maids and :carrying the honorable title "Miss" to ' 'their respective tombstones. They w*re all popular in their set and there were none in their set who was more In demand socially; yet no eligible party had manifested a determined de- ,elre to relieve the captain of any item of his family millinery and dressmaking bills. Miss Stella regarded it as a daughterly duty to wed. That is, she thought that every daughter owed a son-in-law to her parents when she became marriageable. She therefore determined to set a good example for her sisters and as they delayed sh.i resolv- ,ed that she herself would be the first bride plucked from the family matrimonial tree. Notwithstanding her childish years—for she was not yet sixteen—she was very womanly in the strengrth cf that resolution. Miss Stella was strong, determined, tsnacious and persistent in carrying any purpose iato execution and she never abandoned a purpose; she devised effective means to accomplish it. Having resolved to marry she next considered the coming man. Many times she went over the roll of. marriageable males of her acquaintance. Carefully she conned and canvassed them, one after another, time and many times. Each was cast into the scales and weighed against her ideal. Unfortunately for them they severauy invariably went up. Unfortunately for them, because, had one of them fully satisfied her. there can b« no doubt whatever that he would have become her husband, rn such a case he would have been fortunate, because she was kind of heart. and having captured him she would have rendered his captivity blissful. II MISS STELLA'S CHOICE RIDES INTO VIEW. The chances of wir, the unruly elements in the mining diatricts, the order of the war department combined to send a detachment of Federal cavalry to Minersvale. The acting adjutant of this detachment was a beardless stripling who was commissioned a Second Lieutenant because he had made good use of an opportunity to do something daring at the front where he served as a private, and because Governor Curtin learned of the little fellow's pluck. Miuersvale was not actually In armed and hostile array against the government; but troops were needed there to enforce the draft, to protect the provost marshal and his officers and to arrest deserters who fled to the convenient concealement of the mines to •which they were welcomed by the majority of the imported citizens who constitute the bulk of the population of those districts. Among them disloyalty was honorable;deserters were popular, provost marshals unpopular and the draft a curse. They were opposed to a lottery from which the only prize they had a chance to draw was a euit of blue clothes in which they would be stood up as targets for their friends the rebel sharpshooters. They generally had the provost marshal on their list and he reciprocated and had them on his list- In Arehbald, Carbondale, Miners- vale, Honesdale, Scranton, Pittston, Pottsville and all the anthracite regions, the majority of the wining population Is of trans-Atlantic nativity. At Mlnersrale the Welsh preponderate. To them the draft was exceptionally obnoxious. Miss Stella's aunt Sue was of this disloyal class. In speaking to tk« adjutant she said: "Ho, theM nasty Republicans! Hi could tramp them Into the hearth!" An* ih« snapped her gold rimmed te«th Ticlouily, shook h«r clenched fists •eaTonward rwrengefully and stamped fc«r booted foot rioltntty. N«twltk*tM4t«c tt« popular §lon to the draft and the popular antipathy to those engaged in enforcing the draft, the adjutant easily captured the good will of society at Mine-svale and he was from the start lionized by the ladies. Here arid there undeclared efforts were made to prevent it, but they failed. An antagonistic dueuna said to a deposed local lion: "I imagine that you gentlemen would be quite as pleased if the little wandering warrior of tender years had been detained at home under maternal protection?" "It's a deuced unpleasant thing to be jilted, you know; but a fellah cawn't resent it, you know and announce that he takes umbwage, you know. He can only pwetend that he doesn't know it, you know." It was some days after his arrival that the Misses Zenith first saw the adjutant, and it was the elder sisters who then sa\v him. He was on active duty, the detachment being on dress parade. They reported their impressions at dinner and Miss Stella silently decided to see him upon an early occasion and cast him into the scales against her ideal. Pressing her friend Bell Morton into her service she went one evening and watched the soldiers on parade. As they walked homeward Miss Stella said in her peculiar positive way: "I'll do it. That is settled." "What is settled? What will you do?" "Marry him.' "Who?" "That adjutant." "Nolens volens?" "That's owing; but I mean to be Mrs. Adjutant." "When will you propose?" "That is his duty." "He may not fulfill his duty." "It shall be my duty to see that he does. Bell, dear, you need not indulge in any hopes of a flirtation with him, for they would be frustrated. I intend to monopolize him myself and there are many young gentlemen in town who will be glad when I do and as many girls who will be mad enough to pinch themselves on the same account; but you must not be one of them; and you must not tell any one, that's a. dear?" "Of course I shan't,' But you do not even know him yet; how do you propose to manage that? Do you know any one to introduce him?" "I will." "Stell, I am sure you will. You are sure to get him if you decide to do so. What a girl you are! You never determine to do anything that is not just sure to be accomplished!" Admiration and reverence were both in Bell's voice and glance. After a short silence she added: "But he may be a bad man?" "Not a bit of it." "But you don't know." "I tell you not to be alarmed; he is all right." "He may be married already." "He is too eager to be in the company of ladies. You should know that men with wives give the most of their leisure time to men while those who are unmarried never chat with men when they can gossip or flirt with ladies." "If that is so why is it so? Do they despise women because they know them better than single men do?" "Bell, dear, do not expect me to solve riddles; but if Mr. Adjutant Who-is-he were playing that he is single when in fact he is married he would fear exposure and would therefore be cautious and play the part with some reserve." "There is no telling what one may ilo. Some are doubtless capable of making great risks for the sake of a little pleasure." "He is not married; he is too young." "His youth proves nothing; you are j;oing to marry him, young as he is." "That young ma., is single, I tell you. and that settles it. Besides, he is my future husbar.d, and I won't have jou talking ugly about him and saying iil natured things, intimating that he is capable of being wicked, casting doubts upon his honor! I do wish that l.e had whiskers, though; or even a noustache! It's a shame that his face should be as smooth as mine!" "Stell, dear, be careiul; don't go too far!" "Now, Bell, don't be foolish! There's a dear. Call to-morrow afternoon and v.'e will go to see the parade." Ill CAUGHT BY A VEIL. The next day Miss Morton called and together the young ladies set out for the camp of the soldiers. They had not proceeded two blocks when they tieard the clatter of a horse at full speed behind them. They had not once :aentioneil the adjutant, but Miss Sltella, without looking back, speaking E,S though in continuance of a conversation about "he," said: "He is corning now. There never be- ore was in Minersvale any one who rode as he does. He rides as if he :iad all the necks in the world to break f.nd would be whipped if he didn't .ireak every one of them before the veek is out. He is just awfully reek- ess in the saddle." As the adjutant approched the- young adies he saw a veil blow from Miss Stella's hat and settle upon the ground, Without dismounting ha caught the filmy fabric from the' earth. When, he reached the ladies he check- d his horse and dismounted to return the veil to the owner who expressed surprise that she had not observed its oss and then very prettily thanked the soldier for returning it to her. As she readjusted the veil she said: "We axe on our way to your camp. 5o you—do the soldiers parade this evening?" "Yes, we have dress parade every evening and battalion drill twice even- day. It will be an hour yet till parade. If you will permit me the honor of walking with you to camp I shall be delighted and will take great pleas- ire in showing you through ouj camp hat you may see how soldiers live. \t the front is the place to si« how hey die. Happily that horror is sel- lom imposed upon ladies." "It is terrible to think that to de- end your country you must risk your ife." "I never think of calling myself a de- ender of my country up h«re. It humiliate* me to Qe here in my native tate whil* war goes on in tie enemy's country. It seems to me such, a disgrace to the country that its armies at the front must be decimated to supply : an armed power to enforce law, preserve order and protect the loyal in the north. Thank God, the enemy at : home is not a native element! But, j excuse me, ladies, I have just been i engaged in a controversy with a score of foreign-born loafers and naturalized j enemies. They irritated me so much that my irritation causes me to forget I myself. May I have the honor of ; walking with you to camp?" "We would be grateful and happy to be permitted to take a good peep into the soldiers' homes." The adjutant called a passing soldier to whom he delivered his horse to he returned to camp, and then Miss Stella said: "This is Bell Morion, my best friend. I am Stella Zenith, her best friend. Now. sir. who are you?" Homer Burton Jaquese, second lieutenant of Company E, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, and ready to become at once your mutual best friend." "in camp the adjutant exhibited to the ladies all the details of the soldiers' camp life. He escorted them to the quartermaster's department, the commissary department, showing the stores of each; what the soldiers had to live upon; how it was issued, cooked and served; how the men slept; the character and arrangement of their beds(?); the nature of their pass- times and amusements; explained the minutiae of guard mount, guard duty, reliefs, drills, inspection, police of camp—which is the cleaning of camp and sanitary measures. Explained the care of equipm«nts and suppliet; showed them the carbines and pistols; how to charge, discharge and handle them; gave an illustration of the sabre exercise; took them to the stables(?) and showed how the horses were kept and provend-ered, saddled and unsaddled; bridled and unbridled; how to mount and dismount; how to turn a hors« to the right and to the left; how to start him, to check him, to stop him an-d to back him. Everywhere he carefully gave them a clear insight into the smallest details of camp life, duties and doings of cavalrymen. Having made the tour of the camp he sent for the chief bugler and ordered him to sound the call for parade in the presence of his guests. When the order was given the caznp was a scene of tranquil idleness. la an instant, as the sharp notes of the bugle sounded, the scene changed to one of bustle, confusion, chaos and disorder. Disorder speedily crystalized into order; what was a confused mob of disorganized individuals transformed itself into shapely segments from which evolved a long array of aligned warriors, armed equipped, glittering in the evening sun, mounted, moving at a word, with the ready obedience and precision of a great machine answering to steam at the movem-ent of a lever. As the adjutant resumed his spurs sash and sword Miss Stella said: "Have you the privilege of taking tea out, or do you have to take all your rations in camp?" "1 do not: mess in camp; I take my rations at the Harrison House, in town." "Would you accept an invitation to tea this evening?" "That would probably depend somewhat upon the source of the invitation.-" 'If 1 were the source and the invitation were to take tea with us? Miss Mor-.on will be th«re?" 'Will you excuse me if I neither accept nor decline an invitation -that has not been given?" 'Gracious! How precise you are! Will you talce tea with us this evening:"' "I shall appreciate the privilege and will be most happy to avail myself of your kindness. J will join you at any hour you designate if you will honor me with the address." "If we may we will await you here and you may accompany us home after parad-e" -.--"I shall, sub rosa, command the musicians to beat off at: double-quick," he !aughingly answered as he mounted bis liorse which his servant had ready at > door of his tent As be rndp Miss Ste.lla said to Miss Morton: 'Did I not tell you that I would introduce him myself?" 'Oh, but that was an accident; through the loss of your veil!" "Now Bell, don't be a goose, there's a dear! Did you ever know me to losa anything? A veil, a handkerchief, a ;love, a ribbon, a hair pin, anything?" At each subdivision of the progress- ve inquiry, Bell shook her head aad Miss Stella continued. 'I loosed that v-eil and let it blow away purposely, I ku«w that he would >e watching us and would, be delighted to restore it to me. That was a great deal better than to have him climb a crumbling bank to pull a posey for me so that he might fall and break an arm tci give me a chance to nurse him afterwards!" Miss Morton answered only with her eyes: she was speechless with admiration and revered her friend more than ever, if that were possible. Parade being over the adjutant. rejoined the ladies and accompanied them to Captain Zenith's residence where he passed a. most delightful evening. [OOM'IMJED.] Jessie and the Bnny Bcw. Little Jessie sat on tfie window sill rocking a sugared lemon when suddenly something darted In through the closed blinds, and, as she said, "kissed her real qnicfc," and then as quickly darted out again. But instead of a kiss it proved to be a sting, and the offender was a bcsy bee, Jessie screamed, and when mamma looked in her month there was the stinger in the point of Jessie'3 tongue, •which was getting quite black. But mamma drew out the stinger and bathed the tongue, so Jessie was very soon as mnch of a chatterbox a* ever. —Exchange. According to'an alleged secret report to freaident HcKlnler. 600.0M person* *»T».dle4 la C^a ij^ca JTan. 1. Ut7. SKATING COSTUMES. DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR THE POPULAR WINTER PASTIME. FKfthiion* \Vhi-ch Prevail In This IJoe of Dreft* —Velvet and Vel vetecn Lemd Among Materials—Military and Blouse Effect* Prevail—Aluminium Skate*. The winter girl, with her new alu- minium skates, is now ro the fore, and there are some exceedingly fetching costumes designed for wearing on the ice. Skating costumes, like costumes for tbe FUR TEIMM'ED SKATING COSTUMES. street and elsewhere, give wide latitude for variety as regards both style and fabric, yet there are certain points to be observed where one desires to be quite correct . First, velvet or velveteen is a leading material, though many other fabrics are fashionably employed. Fur trim mings are not only suitable, but decidedly popular; so is braiding. Not infrequently both are nsd on the same costume. High boots are tie favored footwear. As regards tbe headgear for skaters, toques and turbans divide the honors. There are also hats after the gainsbor- ough effects for women who desire them. Coming to details, a few of the wore striking models iii way of skating rigs will be described. First and foremost in the writer's estimation was a gown of smooth gray cloth of that particular shade which tones best with chinchilla. Bound, the hem of tbe skirt was a deep border of this same fur, headed by circular appliques of braiding. A Russian blouse witli a short basque, tastefully braided, buttoned over on one side with a jeweled button. A belt of velvet encircled the waist, and a huge turned back collar of the silvery for completed as handsome a gown as the heart of woman necid desire. A more magnificent gown than tbe one describee! was noticeable for its quaint sable trimmings. Fluffy tails garnishing the bodice in most unexpected directions lent it an uncommon fascination. The material was velvet, in a rich shade of prune color, which served to set off the tawny hues of its regal adornments. A third gown in dark green cloth had a character all its own. It consisted of a short noat cutoff well above tbe waist, a delightfully cut skirt and a silken vest displaying its beauties between the bodice and the waist belt. Mohair braiding outlined with gold in curious pattern formed a striking feature of this cos tume. A dress; of roseate hue attracted attention with its daring but successful combinations. Red was its dominant tone. The bodice was quaintly fashioned, half of red and half of black cloth. The sleeves were black, with cloth tabs braided at the edges, protruding from the shoulders. The bodice was trimmed with braid points, black on the red portion of it and red tipon the black. This gives a diagonal effect which is calculated to show off a satisfactory figure to the utmost advantage. A quaint butterfly muff in red velvet trimmed with fur and a becoming toqne complete the effect of this decidedly novel gown. A dark blue serge gown had a pouched DSESSED FOP. SKATING. front and skirt trimmed with three bands of bine velvet which are bronght half way round tbe drapery from the back, ending in a small bow on the right hai.d side. Of coiirse it is not necessary to have a distinct: skating costume. The cycling dress wcirc during the cool autumn days will serve well when economy nrast be practiced. The average skater, too, will be satisfied with a good pair at ordiniiry skates, bat will doubtless b«j glad ba learn about the new alumin- ium skates which are, made after the plan of tbe NorwegiidL ones seen lust year. Th-nrnl ''mi themselras by insurjB^fll* unusually high nto of speed. ODD FELLOWS. A. Lod K e Th»t HM Enjoyed Cnn.a«l Prosperity—Friendly Grip*. Cincinnati lodac. No. 206, of Pennsylvania: which w:is in^utured Jan. 23, 1SS2, in its J.i vttirs of oxisroiiw has enjoyed au exceptionally prosperous career. Starting wirh bur if members. \' now has on its roll otH name?, the average ajie of its member* being but SO years. Tlu< invest- i-d funds ,-uv cow flo.WO. rhe last six iiiontns aioue showing :i ?aii) of $1,002. Tbe members arc striving zealously to increase this invested fund, so that it may reach a sum the interest of which, when old a~e comes to the lodge, will alor.e pay the sick and death benefits without any necessary inroads upon the capital. Grand s=ecrstan- Perkins of Massachusetts has issued "the proceedings of the grand lodge for '.si 1 ? iu a handsomely printed and carefully edited paJn;-Vet of IJ14 pages and cover. There is some friction among the Indiana brethren over the proposition to build a S-iOU,ooO temple at Indianapolis. Tli^ Illinois Old Folks' homoat Mattoon is W be completed at a cost of $30,OUO. The grand lodge also decided to erect a chape! and school building for the Orphans' home, to cost fc5,nuu. An appropriation of S17.00U for tbe maintenance of the home was made. For the first time for many ye.-vrs a candidate has been named iu opposition to Grand Secretary James B. Nicholson of Pennsylvania. There are nearly as many Rebckahs in New Hampshire as subordinate lodge members — Bebekahs, ll.U^S; subordinates, 12,049. Last year tlwre was expended in Missouri $2,793 for the relief of Patriarchs. Members of lodges should take pains to be posted on the laws and usages of the order. A well posted Odd Fellow is a desirable product in any lodge. Does any brother know of a brother's widow or orphan that we can make happy by some act of kindness- No matter how beautiful the ritual, all of the splendid effects they are intended to impress upon the candidate are lost if the otlicers fail to have a good delivery of "•ords. The relief committee of a lodge should be composed of nothing but active and vigilant members. Seine lodg>ss are too loose in their attention to this work. Patriarchs who are in the California home at Thermalito are not obliged to pay dues to their encampments unless they so desire, bus the right to benefits while there or should, they leave tbe home depends upon their standing in the encampment. In British Columbia there are 2,S29 members in the subordinate branch, (535 Eeuekahs and 370 in the encampment. MASONIC. There Can Ee No Masonry Without the Lodpe—Ti-estleboard Designs. Companion T. II. Caswell, California, has his feet (Irmly (ixcd on symbolic Masonry, and gu'cs che so called higher Ixxiies a Severn dig in the ribs when he says: "We acknowledge the chapter, council and coinmandery to be component parts of the American system ot Masonry, but the foundation and support of the whole is tlio lodge, Without the lodge as a basis there is no Masonry. Royal Arch Masonry is simply a continuation and elaboration of the three symbolic degrees ami cannot, therefore, be considered as outside of them. In short, what wo mean to say and stick to is, thero is and can bo no Masonry without the lodge. There only is the raw material found; other bodies can elaborate it as they pleaso." There are 19 grand jurisdictions that have homes or have taken steps to establish them. It was not until the beginning of the seventeenth century that persons who were not operative Masons began to unite with the Freemasons, and were distinguished from the regular working Masons by the denomination of "accepted." At the Craftsmen's club, New York city, on Jan. 04 a dinner will be given in bonor of R. E. Sir Arthur McArthur of Troy, grand commander ot Knights Templars of New York, by the resident officers of the grand eomruandery. A monument to the late Alexander G. Babcock, founder of the Masonic Home of Virginia, was recently unveiled in Hollywood cemetery, at Richmond. There are 23 grand councils of Royal and Select Masters allegiaut to the general grand council. ' The Tyler affirms its knowledge of members of the fraternity who are not only small enough to dance on the poinC of a needle, but will ask the donation of the needle. They are thosie who giva and do nothing for tbo Masonic home of its state. Rightly, The Constellation regrets that ''The Repository gives any support to the claims made tbat the making of a Mason at. sight is justifiable under any circumstances." The claims were originally schismatic, and they never have improved any. They ought to pass into oblivion.— Voice of Masonry. Tbere are 120,160 Knights Templars in the world. New Zealand Pacific lodge of Masons, with the assistance of the crafi on t,he island, is maintaining three children of a deceased member who was killed at the torpedo station, Shelly bay, some years ago. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Study »nd Know the Constitution—Tip* Froou M»ny Plume*. The supreme oonstitutioD exists to protect the Knights, and its clear, strong, simple English appeals eloquently to the least educated among men to read it, study it, understand it. 1C is worth the time of tbe best of us. It is worth the study of the least of us. You had better goto lodge next meeting sight. New York city has a K. of P. employment bureau. Its object is to secure work for members of the order. Tbe membership fee for lodges is $1. Douglass lodge. No. 21, Cincinnati; is the Pythian home of Howard Douglass, past supreme chancellor. Tba investments representing the surplus funds of tbe endowment rattfc are deemed firffc class in every respect, and unsurpassed in quality and character by those held by any kindred organization or insurance company. juid Ijtdle* of Honor. Tbe total membership of tbe order av its last report was 73,022. The Sentinel, the official organ, will ba furnished free to «verr famil) la which ar» member* ot (ha order. 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