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Algona, Iowa
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THE DPPM. ^ ' MA* . THE GIRL THAT WINS. Bead Abnnt tier, nnd Then See If Ton PoftnegR tier ChnraCtcrUtle*. A pretty, prominent and olderly marrie Woman addressed a drawing room of clove toeoplc the other evening on the subject o beauty as nn agent in the advancement o her sex. After enumerating the advantages o personal loveliness and the hindrances o • homely exterior she said long experience and close observation went to prove th •Uperlor successes of the plain featurcc Women in matrimony as in other fields o feminine enterprise. Of course, in num bers they are utterly disproportionate, bit •ven allowing for that vast difference the ugly girl has things much her own way To get at a sound basis for conclusions ii is necessary, she snld, to take powerless maidens from whom to urguo. Watch the careers of two belles and wall flowers from the opening of the race. The butterflies invariably start out hamperet by false notions of tributes duo their charniH. Not one in tho list is over quite nblo to resist putting her bright eyes against tho adamant strength of money and the exalted range of talent in nil early struggle for place. Sho has no means ol exactly gauging her powers, and by overestimation often comes to grief. Seldom, indeed, is a pretty girl taught tho prudence of grasping opportunities, nuralng chances and making tho sow's cai Into some semblance of n silk purse. Her •comeliness she regards as a magic lamp, only needing a bit of burnishing to pro diice tho fairy prince, palace and all, in a flash. Of what use, thon, tho dull plodding, imperative for her plain sister? Alasl the flimsy little structure Is built on tho Baud, waiting one strong wave of reality to , knock tho flimsy dreams into a cocked hat. Look about you and count tho number of faded, thwarted beauties you know who are imbittered dependents, or olso late in life have picked up a broken stick in tho shape of a partner to help disguise their crippled vanity. In fact, so frequently is this tho case that between sixteen and twenty-six only extraordinary virtue or talent over saves a belle from grievous folly in her aspirations. Parents, friends and flatterers only aggravate tho case, foretelling tho famous marriage that never takes placo, and discouraging honest efforts to enter on any serious business. Beguiled into believing nature has graced her with rare superiority, what wonder she despises her legitimate sphere and yearns after tho nnattain ableP And, sadly enough, those dear, desirable parties she is trained to covet have a trick of loving Cinderella in tho sum• mor time, and when tho serious business of marriage is broached hieing away to wed tho proud sister. The old, old story of that light hearted haro, deluded by undue confidence in his natural speed, frisking away the priceless moments, while a dingy, unlovely mud turtle crawls victoriously up to the winning post. Clear sightedness and a thorough understanding of tho situation is to be halfway to tho goal, and this is what tho wall flower has in her favor. No rosy spectacles confuse her vision, no sugar plums jade her appetite; sweet delusions never lull the sense of duty, und who will say she is without tho trump card?—Illustrated American. Tlio Living Room. The greatest blessing of a small country house is a big living room. It should be fitted up with light, airy bits of furniture, very few draperies, and above all else it should have an appearance of comfort. This can easily bo accomplished at u very moderate expense, if one has a little tasto ami originality. Nowadays there are so many pretty things to make a room look charming. Nothing is more effective and serviceable for a light covering to tho floor than a squares of plain ingrain carpeting or ingrain filling, us it is usually called. This may bfi had in all colors. Tho prettiest aro the soft similes of grays, browns 'and greens. Sometimes a border is added, but it is really not needed, and only adds to the expense. ! The curtains should bo of dotted Swiss muslin, with ruffles, tied back with apple green satin ribbons. A largo, nearly square table for the center of tho room can fee mndo of pine. The legs may bo wound with the material used for tho cover, which should bo of u soft gray tinted vclour. It should nearly touch tho floor and bo finished with a narrow gray fringe. For tho lounge, go to a reliable furniture store and get a good one with the best springs. It is cheaper in tho long run. Tho very low broad divan couches are the most comfortable, covered with velour (to mutch tho table), und heaped up with three or four big down or German feather pillows. Tho chairs may be touched up with greun bronze puint, if desired. It is a cool und pretty tint, mid blends nicely with tho gray. A reading lump should bo on the center table, along \v\tii numerous books and magazines. If the table is sufficiently largo, have u blotter und writing muturials atone end, with a high back chair before it. A largo palm and a bowl of roses, some etchings und photographs, or reproductions of water colors in white und oak frames on the wall, u nest of four oak tables in a corner of the room (most convenient for ti-a and serving refreshments on) and a set of low, wido bookshelves, with a fow pieces of bric-a-bruo on tho top, un old rose silk or cretonno curtain on a pole across the front, and the result will ho ait attractive summer room.—Now York Trutk. gravy In a lady's lap at dinner, because she is passing the gravy boat with her mind on the last chapter of ft story, and does not notice that she is tipping it. Presently she helps to batter, with the same vague expression in her eyes, and sends the bit, which she attempts to cut from the hard pat without looking at it, flying across the table. "Did it spot your dress?" she asks her sister; "I hope not, but, of course, I couldn't help its flying off. I'm very sorry." But the trouble is precisely that she is not very sorry; at least, not sorry enough to prevent the same thing from happening again. It is worth whiU to remember that there Is such a thing as being stupid with one's fineera. There should be direct communication oetween tne nana unu me Dram, but some people, with otherwise excellent brains, do not seem to realize this fact, and allow their hands a kind of helpless liberty which works disaster among bric-a- brac, and makes many simple tasks absurdly formidable.—Youth's Companion. Clumuy Fingers. "It is of no'iiso my trying to sew," said u girl in her Into teens; "I uni so clumsy with A needlo. My stitches are an inch long! Miimnui does my mending. Shu suys when I do it myself my things look so that sheis ashamed to let me wear them." But if tho mother were less self sacrificing it is probablu that a few hours' practice under her diructlun would easily reduce thoso clumsy c.titchfs to u respectably small fraction of un inch in length. Another young ludy admitted the other day wilh u laugh that she always darned her stockings by drawing tho uilgcs of the holes together with tho thread, weaving it in and out as her mother did took so much more time and care. Girls of this tort belong to thu untrained or the luzy class, lint the cureless are quite us common, and perhaps more exasperating. "Oh, I'm very sorry, but you know 1 always was u butter lingers," explains culm- ly the dreamy young person who suilhi What Mothers Are Made For. A homo is what a woman makes it; a daughter is, in nine cases out of every ten, the reflection of her mother. The training of the girl of fifteen is shown in the woman of fifty. A son may, by contact with the rough world, sometimes outlive his early homo influences—a daughter raroly does. Sho may make a misstep. Indiscretion may bo to her a necessary teacher; but her early domestic training will manifest itself sooner or later. A mother's word, a domestic proverb, told at eventide by the quiet fireside, has boon recalled by many a woman years after it was tittered. "I thank God that my mother told me what other women have been taught by tho world," said a gentlewoman to me not long ago. This, my friend, is tho tribute which your daughter and mine should be able to pay to our memories long after we are gone. Tho world has n sharp way of Couching its truths to a girl. Is it not far jotter, then, that her mother should tell lor with that sweet and sympathetic grace and gentleness which only a mother knows? Tho flowers most beautiful to tho eye and sweetest to the smoll grow in good soil. The world's noblest women have sprung rom good homes.—Edward W. Bok in liadics' Homo Journal. Baby's Dress. If there is ono item more than another which needs tho attention of tho school- nistress or reformer it is that of dress. L'ho common mode of clothing infants today is a survival of ancient superstitions and ignorant devices. Tho fashion of roll- ug a bandage tightly round the body of ;ho infant; what an ignorant custom it was and is! It might bo a breaking in for ho tight lacing of littlo girls, to come, but he boys are subjected to it as well, and we herefora look for tho explanation farther, md find it in u belief that it strengthens ho buck. Some say that it keeps tho bones u place, and others that without it the ihild would burst. Strango thut nature should bo thought 10 have done so bad n job on humanity! ler brute creation appears to bo sent into ho world properly made, and to thrive tvithout bandages.. This band is always ostened with pins, behind, and in old days, when baby cried, there was always the lossibility that a pin was sticking in him. Also it cannot but cause pain and ill effects n his health. Thus bandaged and weighted own with many garments if baby lives at 11 it is in spito of his clothes and with ieavy odds against him.—Ada Cone in 'enness-Miller Magazine. Why Shop Girls Don't Marry Salesmen. Some old philosopher has said that in nine cases out of ton when a man was brown constantly in tho society of ono •oman ho would end by marrying her. But thoro uro some exceptions to this gen- ral rule, and a notable one is to bo found mong tho class of shop girls who are em- iloyed in the big retail stores up town, said the manager of one of tlfeso establishlents: "It is a popular idea with the pub- .0 that our female employes find husbands mong tho men in the store with whom lioy work every day, but it is not true, lost of tho girls who marry select their lutes from a class of men who are in some thor and more remunerative business. 'The principal reason for this is to bo ottnd in the fact thut tho girls soon be- omo imbued with sensible ideus in regard o the life of nil who have to work for a iving. A girl soon finds out all about the man who works at tho same counter with or, uud knows that he earns but little noro than she does herself, Matrimonial liss on u, salary just snfficlont for one has o temptations for tho average shop girl." —Now York Recorder, For Puro Government. Tho machinery of government, the financial interests of the nation have received the chief thoughts of men. These are important, but there uro other interests us much greater than those as the boy is more valuable than his clothes. These interests require tho united attention of the wisest men and women. Beginning our political work us wo huvo with tho school ballot for the children, wo now ask tho municipal ballot to keep tho surroundings of homo pure and sweet, to protect tho youth bo- youd tho school house door. To unite tho best efforts of till for tho common good of all woman's ballot with man's would perpetuate what they have founded. No man, no woman can ulouo niuko and keep a complete home; together they eun und do. The state should bo but a larger home. — Mrs. Mary L. Doe. Women. Bearded women huvo existed at all periods of tho world's history. Herodotus has given us .an account of Pedusues, "above Hulicarnussus," among whom the chin of tho priestess of Minerva regularly budded with u largo beard whenever any great public calamity impended. A woman of Copenhagen, Bartel Guretji, hud u beard reaching to her waist. Charles XII of Sweden hud a fenmlogromulier in his army j who possessed tho beard us woll us tne courage of a man. Margaret, duchess of Austria und governess of tho Netherlands, hud u largo, wiry, still beard, on which she greatly prided herself. Of lute years Albert, duke of Bavaria, reported having a young ludy governess iu his household who was tho proud possessor of a very large black beard. — St. Louis Republic. Window Cleaning Urush. A brush with which the upper as well us the lower sushes of windows maybe readily cleaued, uud with which the outer faces of tho punes may be us easily cleaued as the inner faces, has been patented. If this much needed article of domestic economy should bo found to fulfill its promise its ! inventor, who is a ludy, will receive the ! grutef til thuuks of a large section of the community, for dingy windows are e, plague alike to thoso who have to clean them and those who have to submit to the curtailment of light which they entail. The handle of tho new brush is made in two or more sections, one section screwing into anothei to lengthen the handle. The end of the handle thus formed is screwed into a threaded aperture in one end of a horizontal plate, and into the other end of the plate is screwed a pole, also Constructed of ft series of sections screwed together. The sections of the pole and brush handle Are preferably made tubular, so that the parts may be as light as possible.—New York Commercial Advertiser. A Very Good Trick. On a dry day rub with a brush or with the hand a thin piece of paper, it will become electrified in a short time and will adhere to. four hand, your face or your coat, as If it hod glue on it, and you will not be able to get rid of it. Electrify, in the same manner, a thick piece of paper, a postal card, for example, and yon will see that as with sealing wax, glass, sulphur or rosin this card can attract light bodies (small pieces of cork, rite.). Balance a cane on the back of a chair and wager any one in the audience that you will make it fall without touching it, blowing on it or moving the chair. All you need do is to dry the card well before the fire, rub it vigorously with your sleeve and put close to one end of the cane, which will follow it as iron follows a magnet, until, having lost its equilibrium, the cane will fall to the floor.—Churchman. Heason for Distrust. A wee maiden was coming along Yonge street, and as I paused to look at some of the gay goods in a shop window I heard the following dialoenn: "Wiien will i get tny candy, mamma?" "Mamma hasn't time; we'll get it some other day, when" "But you said today, raatnnm," replied tho little ono in a curious tone of reproach. I looked at them. The little baby face was full of entreaty und surprise, und the older, harder, anxious one unmoved by the reminder of a promise unlcept. It is a pity that promises should be as lightly made and us seldom fulfilled as they too surely are. Poor littlo frizzle- bangs was learning a lesson of distrust, and the little heart was over young to profit by it.—Toronto Mail. ECONOMICAL cooitM MR. ATKINSON HALF THE PROMISES TO SAVE COST OF FOOD. PoU In the Household. A house wliere there are cats und dogs and birds appears not only to bo a place where kindness rules, but to be a well peopled place. It is full of life uud cheer, a certain happy commotion which every movement makes. It seems many times the homo that a house o£ comparative stillness and quiet does, and if we are in ft state of health that does not cause our nerves to be disturbed by noise and going and coming, we are apt to prefer to spend our days in such a house rather than in the orderly and decorous emptiness of a house without pets. The house without them is likely to bo house without children, too, since children will have their pets in some shape or other, and usually as many us they can compass.—Harper's Bazar. A Palatable Dessert. We think most housekeepers will uphold us in the assertion that the "average husbaad" tires quickly of sweet desserts. Cottage pudding, meringue custards, corn starch and the like pnll quickly on most A Gift of 86,000 to Show Poor People How to Make fwenty-JFlr* Cent* Do the Work of Fifty Cent* In the Ontlay for Provinlons. A New York philanthropist has «ub- Bcribed $6,000 to be used in establishing a kitchen on the east side where women may learn the art of economy in cooking. Mr. Edward Atkinson, the New England economist, delivered two lectures in the hall at Columbia college on the art, and he illustrated them with ovens and dinner pails which he hns invented, and which he believes will revolutionize the art and will solve social questions that are now troubling the people. The philanthropist was one of the Mr. Atkinson's audience, and he subscribed the money the day after the first lecture, it being understood that the kitchen was to be stocked with the Atkinson ovens. Mr. Atkinson calls his oven the Aladdin, and it is to solve social problems by reducing the cost of living. The average amount spent for food by people in the United States is fifty cents a day each. Mr. Atkinson says that at present prices for food products it is impossible for a person to eat more than twenty-five cents' worth of food a day, and that every cent that is spent over that amount is deliberately wasted. He says that the working man who now spends $3 or $3.50 a week for his food can have just as much to eat for one dollar, and cun have more nutritious food at the same time, if he practices economy in buying and cooking, while the wealthy man who spends fabulous amounts for his food can cut his expenses down nearly one-half, and can have in substance what he has now. THE ALADDIN OVKN. "Nine-tenths of the people in the United States," says Mr. Atkinson, "spend one- half their income annually for food, and exactly one-half of that amount is wasted." Mr. Atkinson is a practical man and is not given to dreaming. 'He hits studied economy in food the past six years. He has practiced what he now preaches, and has cut ^iis own food expenditure down one-half.' At the same time he eats just as much food as he used to, and says he is more healthy than he used to be, because his food is properly cooked. He invented his Aladdin oven lor the benefit of humanity and for no desire for pain. He did not patent it at first. He tried to give his idea away to capitalists who would agree to build the ovens and to sell them at just a trifle over the actual cost of making. He found no one who was willing to do it. No capitalist could understand how a man would give away a valuable thing. They argued that because lie wanted to give it away it could not be of value. Finally he had it patented, and then he succeeded in getting a firm in Brookline to take hold of it and build it ou shares. All the professor's share of the profits from the manufacture and sale he has agreed to devote to building kitchens and to other charitable objects, the ultimate result of palates. This is natural, as nature often which is to teach economy. calls unmistakably for greens and acids. Gelatine, while not highly nutritive in itself, is an excellent medium to convey nourishment to a flagging .appetite, and if soaked in good wine instead of water, a lemon and half an orange allowed for each half pint, it will be found to make a nutritious und appetizing dish. A little whipped cream is an excellent accompaniment.— New York World. An excellent and simple wash to keep the hands white and smooth after the occasional dish washing, which comes to almost all housekeepers, is equal parts of vinegar and water. It is a good plan to keep a bottle of it prepared and standing in the kitchen closet. Wash the hands first thoroughly in warm water, wipe them dry and rinse thoroughly in the mixture. The same preparation is good to remove stains from the hands, A CHEAP DINNER. Mr. Atkinson says that all meat cooked a sufficient length of time in a regular temperature will become tender, and therein lies the secret of food economy. Beef, he says, from the neck of a cow, sold by butchers at three cents a pound, is as nutritive as that taken from what is considered the choicest parts. A roast taken from the toughest part of the rump is as nutritive and has as fine a flavor as the choicest prime rib roast. But meat from the neck and the tough part of the rump cannot be eaten because it is impossible to masticate it if it is cooked in ' ';u ordinary way. Properly cooker! ; - ,. u e Aladdin oven it becomes tender • as good to eat. as the choice cuts. At his two lectures Mr. Atkinson had five ovens full of food. In one then' was a four-course dinner sufficient to feed ten persons. It consisted of soup, llsh, bout' from the neck, with tomato sauce, pou toes and pudding and coffee. It was eaten with relish by the audienco. The meat was certainly tender and the flavor was fine. After it had been-eaten the professor said that tlie whole meal had cost $1.30, or The daintiest stockings to be worn by a bride are of flno white silk, with a medallion of Valenciennes lace set in the instep, the design being one of orange blossoms. They are as frail as the proverbial cobweb, _... ._.. however. When one is going to save one'.s j 13 cents each -for ten persons. wedding gown and wedding fan it is just In the other ovens there wi as well to have the beautiful stockings to go with it, so that the next generation may see just what mamma wore on her wedding day. Infants have a spontaneous horror of isolation. When they wake they look not with inquiring eyes, but with searching hands, seeking contact. It is a mistaken kindness to surround them with soft, smooth tissues only. They need variety, and it is an important incident to a baby when his hands come in contact with a new substance. . It pays to buy the cheap, fine basting cotton that comes in spools of a thousand yards each for five cents. This basting cotton is not only cheaper, but it is fine and not as tightly woven, and therefore better adapted to its purpose than thread that is better made and costs five cents a spool of 200 yards. It is not fit for any other purpose, however, A directory of woman's work in Indianapolis alone shows thorn holding the positions of pianists, violinists, elocutionists, orators, physicians, evangelists, artists, commercial travelers, wood carvers, teachers, stenographers, typewriters, bookkeepers and manicures, to say nothing of dressmakers, milliners and storekeepers. Miss Marguerite Merington, the president of the uhiimuu of the Normal college, and professor of Greek iu the college, is young and attractive. She and her sisters were graduated at the Normal college at the same time, and they are stated to have among them carried off all the prizes of their class. A woman on a school board seems in the right placo. At home the children's education and training are generally left iu the hands of women, and "inexperienced men" should not have the entire say about the public's children. "Lucas Mulet" is the nom de plume of Mrs. Harrison, the clever woman who wrote "The Wages of Sin," a novel which has been much discussed in literary circles. Mrs. Harrison is a daughter of the lute Canon Kiugsloy. Constantino Duers, the beautiful queen who in the Thirteenth century wedded a Doge of Venice, so encouraged the luxury of lace wearing among Venetian women that she cume near to precipitating a revolution. Mrs. Annie Besaut is not, as commonly supposed, a sister of Walter Besant, but his sister-in-law, having married a brother of his iu 1807, when she wiw twenty years old. was rump roast beef and prime roast. They tasted alike, and the rump was as tender as the prime rib. There was a steak two inches thick cooked rare. Half a dozen other kinds of meat and some chickens, which Mr. Atkinson said he had purchased for night cents a pound with a guarantee that they were not less than six years old. The meat was as tender as that of a young fowl. There were stews and onions s.nd peas and hams und tongues and three or four kinds of puddings. The onions and puddings had been cooked' in the same oven, but neither tasted of the other. They had simply been cooked in covered dishes. The four course dinner, (ill cooked at one time in one oven, was also cooked i ncovered dishes. In all there was 200 pounds of food iu the five ovens. It was all eaten on the spot, EASE IN COOKING. "With the Aladdin oven," said Mr. Atkinson, in conversation with a reporter, "all that is necessary is to prepare the food and put it in the oven. If the meal is to bo served in two hours the lamp may be turned high, and things will be done in that time. If it is not to be served for five hours the lump may be turned lower. "The cook is the regulator of her own heut. She can put dinner on at breakfast time and leave it all day to cook. At dinner time, when she opens her oven, the dinner will be ready to serve, no care having been wasted on it in watching it. There is riot sufficient' heat in the oven to burn things, and there is never any waste that way. "I believe that my mission here on earth is to teach how to cook and economize. 1 mmu cuiumue at my WorK. i oeiievetnnt every high institution of learning should have connected wilh it a cooking laboratory, and that every agricultural station in America should have a department where the people can go and receive instruction in the art of economy in cooking. This oven is a step in the right direction. It was invented for the people." Besides the establishment of the kitchen on the east side there is a plan on foot to start restaurants in the neighborhood of factories and stores where a large number of persons are employed, and where working people can get substantial meu(s for from three to five cents, or for less than they could buy and cook the food for. Professor Thomas Eggleston, of Columbia college, who devotes much of his time to work of this kind, is engineering the scheme, and he will very likely be successful in carrying it through.r-New York Sun. Authore Who Write Too Much. This idea of "keeping before the pub- Ito" i» a ttond one. iu the main, but it must be done juaiciousry amu &? work. Just here is where nine authors , in every ten fail. They think their quality is good, but unconsciously it has be- j come quantity instead. Unwittingly they are training their public, whose eye they caught with some early or striking piece of work, to be perfectly ready to drop them the moment a new star appears Upon the literary horizon. Few authors of recent date made so pronounced and instantaneous success as Rudyard Kipling, but the public hardly had time to catch its breath after his first Story than Along came a second story, a third, and so it has gone on until six of his books are on the market, and a series of injurious newspaper articles in addition—all within one year. The result is that the best judges agree that Kipling is overdoing it. "Oh, we are having too much of Kipling," is the general opinion. In consequence, the sales of his books are dropping off, an<3 the name of Rudyard Kipling is loosing its magic. The simple fact is that the great gospel of moderation applies to literature as it does to everything else. And, looking at it from a financial standpoint, this moderation pays. A good author, who writes only one story in a year, ofttimes receives more for that single piece of work than does he who writes five or six novels during the same period. No matter how clever an author may be, how well he writes, he cannot afford to overfeed his public. The literary public likes its daintiest desserts in small doses, and then, as in everything else, there is created an appetite for more.—Edward W. Bok in Ladies' Home Journal. Love's Chilling Baptism. Sam Haskell, a young man from Western avenue and Nineteenth street, met his loved one, Birdie Brown, and accused her of coquetry. "Sam, do not doubt me," she cried. "Avaunt, false one! You threw me over for Amos. We part forever." "I swear that I have never ceased to love you deeply, devotedly." "Then prove it." "Come, then; if you love me as I do you we will walk arm in arm into Lake Michigan, and there end our troubled lives." "I'll go you," and the lovers linked their arms and started for the lake. When the couple arrived at the foot of Peck court they threw their arms about each other, lingered for five minutes, and then plunged into the lake. Officer Oilman, of the Harrison street station, saw the pair disappear, and, securing a long pole with an iron hook, stabbed Sain in the pantaloons and dragged him ashore. Then he fished Birdie out. Both were chilled. Sam was taken to the armory station, where he was hung over the steam pipes. Birdie excited the sympathy of a woman who was passing, and who placed her in a cab and sent her home.—Chicago Tribune. Census Population Figures. According to a recent census bulletin, the quantity of land and water surface in the United States is 98.16 and 1.84 per cent, respectively. This bulletin also gives tho area of the states and territories by counties, and the classification of the latter by sizes. The average number of persons to each square mile of the land surface of the Union is 21.08. As illustrative of the sustaining capacity of the United States, the bulletin says that if Texas, the largest state in the Union, was as thickly populated as the state of Rhode Island, it would have j 83,533,028 inhabitants, while if the United States had a density of population equal to that of Rhode Island, the population of the Union instead of beinp 62,622,250, would reach the enormous sum of 945,766,300, or nearly two-thirds of the present population of the world. THERls IS NO NIGHf. Thero te no night, No darkness to enshroud The worlds in sable cloud: A shadow falls, and proves Hot* every planet moves In sea of light; I One day's effulgent tide Flows on through ages wide; :; Nteht is each planet's own, ' And darkens it alone. ' There is no night; • O soul, God's face benign Is ever seeking thine; I God's love makes radiant day While thou art in tho way i Of Truth and Right; i Face thon the godless vast, Love's light will Shadows cast;. i The shadows are thine Own, , And darken Uiee alone. There is no night, No night of death to bar I' Life's all transcending star; O Love, Why mourn apart? ! The cherished of thy heart Hath found the Light That casts this shadow Death: Life never yet drew breath To tread tho vale alone; This shadow is Life's own. -Edward Glonfaun Spencor lu Youth's Companion. A HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Oi!' for a Long Ride. Messrs. Harry Haines, of New York, and E. Craigh, of London, England, are two young gentlemen who have not made any wager among themselves or with any one else, and do not propose the feat of horsemanship that they have undertaken for money or for an exhibition, but purely for the pleasure they expect to derive from the trip. They started from San Antonio on horseback for Denver, Colo., and will leisurely ride all the way. The distance to be traversed is a trifle over 1,500 miles, and theirs will be a long and lonely ride; but they have chosen the most beautiful season of the year, when the prairies are carpeted with flowers and all shrubs are in full bloom.—San Antonio Times. A One Thousandth Anniversary. In Balaclava preparations are being made to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the monastery of St, Georgius. The exact dfite of the establishment of the monastery is not known, but it is known positively that it was founded before the year 891. Legend says that its founders were Greek sailors, whose vessel had been wrecked on the rocks, to whom St. Georgius appeared on the rock where the m mastery now stands, saving them from the turbulent waters. During the Crimean war the monastery was held by the French, who would not allow the monks to step outside of its high walls, but otherwise treated them with due respect.—Montreal Star. Her Ear Pierced by a Rat. A young lady living in Portland was bitten by a rat one night on the lobe of the right ear. The pain awakened her, and the rat jumped off the bed on to the floor. The ear bled profusely and a doctor was called to dress the wound. No serious results are apprehended from tho bite.—Cor. Hartford Courant. •me municipal woman suffrage bill has been defeated in the Massachusetts senate. It received the votes of the ma.- jority of the Republican senators and of one Democrat, Senator Alden, of Cape Cod, a lineal descendant of the John Alden who married Priscilla. The recorder of deeds for Logun county, Ala., is a woman, Miss Cora V. Diehl. She is only twenty-one years old, and is a talented stump speaker as well as a clever politician. The Revolutionary Mothers Were Help- • ful v.nd Inventive Women. Alice Hyuetnan Rhine, writing upon "Women in Industry" in Mrs. Meyer's interesting compilation of facts concerning "Woman's Work in America," gives this, pleasing picture of the varied activities of Yankee women in the Revolutionary period: "Whether it was the active outdoor life led by tho American women of the Eighteenth century, or the wido awake interest^ circumstances obliged them to take in thaT concerns of the family and of men; whetn"eX the stirring times in which they moved or '" the deferential attitude of men stimulated them to do thi.ngs that the women of other nations were not doing, it is certain that the American women of it century ago- were far in advance of their times in all things except a knowledge of light literature, which the circulating libraries of Europe placed within the reach of women there, and a scarcity of books denied them here. "That this was more of a gain than a loss, by giving women time to think, is. shown in the energy with which they went to work in helping to build up tho nation. They engaged iu mercantile affairs with such success that, it is said, 'many Boston fortunes owed their rise to women.' The- active interest taken by them in politics gave, even before the revolution, some representative women to journalism. Out of ' the seventy-eight newspapers published in the colonies, sixteen were edited by women, and all but two of them championed the- cause of liberty nnd justice. The first, paper to publish tho Declaration of Independence was edited and printed by Mrs, Reid. "In medicine women confined themselves'- to distilling herbs into remedies which it was suid 'could kill or cure with any of the • faculty.' In the practice of midwifery history has preserved the name of a Mrs. Robinson, of New London, who continued to practice to an advanced age, and who delivered 1,200 mothers without losing a. patient. "The inventive faculty, so distinctive a» trait in the character of the American man, ? was also a gift of the American woman. How many women were inventors will, never be known, as they timidly shielded their identity behind men. This is said to have been the case with tho cotton gin. Credited through all the years to Eli Whitney, modern writers claim that it was the- fruit of the inventive powers of Mrs. Nathaniel Greene, widow of General Greene of revolutionary fame. "The story runs that Mrs. Greone, a native of Rhode Island, and familiar with the^ workings of the anchor forge belonging to> her husband's father, set her wits to work while visiting her Georgia plantations to-' lessen the lubor of cleansing the cotton. When the difficulty was solved she permitted Mr. Whitney to claim the patent, through fear of the ridicule of her friends- and the loss of social position which recog- ' nition o( her work might have entailed." now to uive iiaby Unstor oil. Do not give baby a dose every time he is. constipated. If the bowels do uofmove at- least once every day something is needed to make them. After a hearty meal in the- morning lay tlje baby on the bed or couch,, take off the diaper and place a warm newspaper and a bit of cold cloth under him, and let him kick for a while. The warmth, liberty and full stomach will probably cause the bowels to move. If they do not, dip a plug of common, white soap in castor oil and gently move it up the passage. Baby does not object to- taking oil in this way, and it works like a. charm, The trouble often is not so much that the child is constipated as that the lower bowel is not strong enough to perform its office, and by oiling the passage the movement is easily effected. Now wipe the baby gently with the cloth, and remove-,^ it with the newspaper to the kitchen stove;, wash, wipe and vaseline baby, and take- him up, happy every time, and ready for a. sound sleep. As soon as baby's back is strong enough to allow him to sit up place him on the- chair commode at proper times, and habits- of neatness will be soon formed which will relieve you of much disagreeable work, and the child be less liable to attacks of sickness.—Cor. Ladies' Home Journal. The Needle. How often have I blessed my needle for rescuing mo from the temptations which- assail the other sexl Bright and innocent little implement! Whether plied o'er taste- ' ful luxuries or gaining the poor pittance of a day, thou art equally the friend of her whose visions tend to wander among the- regions of higher abstractions and of her-, whose thoughts are pinned down to the treadmill of thy minute progress. Amid the minor blessings of woman's lot thou shalt not be forgottenl Still come and let. thy fairy wand shine ~on her; still lend ah ambitious joy to the playthings of the girl; still move unconsciously under the glittering smile of the- maiden planning thy triumphant results; still beguile the mother whose thoughts rove to her boy on the distant ocean, or the daughter watching by the sick bed of one- who has hitherto toiled for her; still soothe the long, dreary moments of faithful love; and though a tear sometimes falls on thy shining point, it shall not gather the rust of despair, since employment is thy owned —Mrs. Lilmuu. Married by Typewriter. Albert Barney and Jennie Kama, deaf mutes, were married at' the Spencer) House parlors by the Rev. W. D. Weaver, j who propounded the important questions' with the aid of a typewriter. The nov-i elty of the affair attracted a large atten-j dance.—Marion (Ind.) Cor, St. kouis Republic. . \

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