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DBS MOINES, ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1893 BBLMOEUE^T STORKS. Two Families Fight Over the Possession of a Nest. In Skane, in the southern .part of Sweden, a pair of storks lived for many years on a. roof of my father's patronage. • One spring a pair of young storks appeared in the place, and, after surA'eytajJ the old nest—probably their parental home—set about building their habitation on the opposite side of the roof. When it was finished and the eggs had been laid the old female stork returned, took a look at the uew- but allowed them to remain river boulders, as the wall blocks undoubtedly were, and after an experience of (the tedious slowness |of Chinese workmen I looked at the wall with great respect. It must have been a tremendous task to collect men enough to do this work. China is distinctively a country of mud and brick habitations. Stonework in dressed material is by no means common, and I should say'that at the present day there are not si one-cutters enough in China to make a visible impression upon 250 miles of new wall hi ten years. In brick-making my wonder, took an- oliior direction, The la.rge bricks used BY HUGH COJTWAT, Author of "Called Back." Etc. Etc. comers, in their home in peace. Her attention was soon occupied by a number of young suitors, who zealously Avooed her, though she rejected, alll their offers, siiys a writer hi the Spectator. Some days later this Penelope among birds was rewarded by the arrival of her old mate. But then came an end to the truce with the young birds. That very evening the old stork, followed by his female companion, ilew to thj nest of the new-comers. By violent blows of their beaks they lirst put the young male stork to flight and then began to attack the sit Hug hen. Patiently ehe .suffered all ill usage and remained upon her oggs The ossajJUintp then altered "their tactics. One continued to attack the young mother-bird, while the other, watching till in her straggles to evade tiio blows an egg became uncovered, Instantly pushed It out of the nest. Thus, one by one, the four precious eggs wore remorselessly sacrificed. When all tho eggs had been destroyed tiio young female stork, after standing for some time In the court-yard, looking up to her ruined home as if in despair, sadly flew away. There was never any sign of that: pair of storks on our roof again. The old ones had attained their oiuV-henceforth they were the only storks In that port of the country, and were left in sole possession of its food supply. To the inhabitants of our parsonage, whose sympathies for the old storks were thus rudely shaken, It seemed a just retribution that, though the birds had some eggs that summer, none were hatched, anil thus the old storks had to return alone \n> their southern quarters that winter—a. solitary pair! RAISING CATS ON A FARM. Black Felines Bred for Their Skins in the State of Washington. "1 had heard of skunk farms, rattle- suaks farms and other novelties in the farming line," said Nick Hanson to a Sioux ('!(;.• Journal man, "but I never heard of :i b'a.-.-k cat farm until 1 went out to Washington. Tlio year that I went out their Jim Wardncr, an old- timer who used to stage it with Fred Kvan.s in the early days, and who is quite well Uno.vn to many Sionx Cit.v- ans, eoni.'oivpil the idea, of raising black wits for their fur and proceeded to organize a stock company to push the enterprise. A ci.mpany was organized iwtli acapitnl stuck of $200,000, and an island of almnt "1,000 acres in extent, located in Bnliinghom Bay, in the. upper part of 1'iigi'l' sound, was obtained to cany on the farming. Then a.grand skirmish was made to got black cats. The Pacilic c,>aKt states were ransacked and nearly every Incoming train was load, d v.'iili !•::!: k cats, wliish were Im- mdintely taken to the island, or 'cat 1'auior. ' as we called it. They were in cha:v;e of a number of men, who luniiKlied (hem with food by seine tish- irig in the bay, and a certain number AVCIV killed during the year to pay current expenses. When. 1 left, a good black cat's pelt was worth $2 and the company was makng a mint of money. Oat's fur makes up elegantly info muffs and capes, and I see they are begin ning to be quite popular. The pelts that are spotted are colored black and sold as a cheap grade. Ther is going to be plenty of money in the industry for Jim Wardner and his company .and 1 think it will only be a matter of time until 'other companies aroform- ed aid like industries are established on some of the numerous slands in the sound. It beats skunk and rattlesnake farming ten to one, is less disagreeable and much more profitable." ' in the Avail, containing nearly one and two-thirds cubic, feet, require not only the best skill, but the best cloy. The labor could be obtained, but my experience in tiio very cotmtry of the Great Wall taught me that supplies of proper clay were fcAV and for between. Several months passed before wo cpuld find any available clay nearer than thirty miles from the mine, and the mipply obtained there AA'as too poor for making large brick. The makers of the Avail must have been hard pushed to find what they wanted, and it" is probable that the whole great bulk of the brickwork AVBS transported overland, principally by human carriers, for distances of at least thirty miles, besides its distribution along the wall. The qualities of material used in the wall arc not remarkable Avhen compared Avlth modem railroad building, but the e xpciidlture of labor probably surpassed anything AVC know. We have almost eliminated labor from transportation, brickmakiug, and lifting to the top of the groAA'ing Avail. With the Chinese every one of these tasks called for an army of men. The provision of say 20,000,000 yards of earth filling Avas probably the least part of the task. NoAA'adays no engineer Avould hesitate to contract for 500 miles of rairway embankment In China, and he would lay it up Avith the basket and hoe just as the Avail-builders did. Lime-burning and -mixing, laying up the wall, and tamping the filling AA r ere by comparison the minor divisions of the work, though they too AA'ould call for an Immense number of men. The provisioning of all these non- producers Avas a task for a general. The quality of food consumed by a vegetarian is immense, and the neighborhood of the Avail is not fertile region. With only a thousand men to provide for, I had to send a hundred miles for grain, and I doubt extremely if half a million men, hi addition to the ordinary population, coidd be maintained today along the line of the wall on supplies obtained within 100 miles on both sides. Grave of the Man Who Performed That •Ceremony. THE GUEAT WALL OF CHINA. On the south shore of the Chickahom- ny river, near Providence Forge, there is a. colonial graveyard. It is about an acre in area and is covered AAith forest trees, some of Avhich are very large. In fact, the old graveyard is overgroAvn with vifi'g'in pines. The undergrowth Is so dense as to make it next to an Impossibility to discover a grave or gravestone., says die Richmond Despatch. The indications go to shOAV that at some remote period a house or building once stood in this locality. Possibly it. Avas a church. There is only one iA'e marked, AVhidi is a slab of Portland stone, and on AVhich Is distinctly discernible the folloAA'ing epitaph: "Here lyeth interred the body of Elizabeth, Into Avife of the Rev. David Mossom, rector of the parish of St. Peter, in Now Kent county, and daughter of -Henry Soaue, Gent. She departed tills life April I!, 1758, in the 55the year of her age." This was the Avlfe of the Rev. David Mossom, who performed the mariia.gr; ceremony for Gen. Washington in St. Peter's church, New Kent county, Jan. 0, 1751). He Avas a Cambridge scholar. Starling is the name, of the estate on Avlnich the old graveyard is. It has been owned by .lerdones since 1771, and now includes ;>,000 acres of land. John Smith Avas caught by the Indians in this vicinity, and it is supposed that in the same locality Poeahoutas saved the life of the historic John. It is presumed that the Rev, Mossom is buried beside the grave of his Avifo. Difficulties Met In the Construction of That Manirnojtli. Work. In an article on "The Great Wall of Cliina" in the Engineering Magazine, John A. Church writes that one-third of the Avhole population Avas forced to Avork on the Avail, but that moans of course tlio population adjacent to the Avail. Another story—tliait It was completed in ten years—is incredible, though it has been carelessly accepted by some historians. When Ave regard the character of the work, we see as usual tAA r o classes of laborers employed,—the skilled and tha unskilled. The carrying of materials Avns probably done entirely by men and women, and an immense amount of this crude- labor Avas needed for making brick, mixing mortar, and tamping. Achievements like this are not wonderful in China, Avhich AVUS a thickly populated country twenty centuries ago. History says that an anny of 800,000 or 400,000 men AA r as sent to drive the northern barbarians back and was retained hi the country for tiie purpose of building ( ,,the Avail. No doubt the available* /loiaal p|o|pulartliou was ftlso pressed Into the work. Such dispositions explain the provision of crude labor, but since my experience hi Clidna I nave always wondered where the skilled workmen came Fisherman Crane and Cleveland. Boston Journal: William H. Crane, the comedian, is somewliat of a fisherman himself, but he yields the palm to (Orover Cleveiland, "I .never (saw a man," says Mr. Crane, "who had the passion for angling and the patience at it that Cleveland has. He doesn't seem to euro whether he catches any.fish or not; he'll sit for hours under a broiling sun watching his l>ob go dancing in the water and never utter a complaint if he doesn't got a nibble I AVent out several times Avith him last summer— Joe Jefferson took us out. Joe isn't any sort of a fisherman—he's a great actor and a great painter and all that kind of tiling, but he can't fish a little bit. Joe can't bait a. hook; seems to be afraid of the Avorms; so Cleveland and 1 took turns at putting bait on his hook. Joe got restless before Ave had been out half an hour; he kept wanting to move around—was sure that it Avas 'better fisliiug on the other side of the pond.' Perhaps you've been fishing with that sort of a man. It Avorried Cleveland a good deal, and by and by says he: 'Joe,' says he, 'AA'hen 1 AA'as a small boy I wont fishing Avlth my uncle Elihu, and I remember ho told me that one of the secrets of success in life Avas to stick to the place Avhere you'd throAAii your anchor out. "Too many folks," from four square feet of! sold Uncle Elihu, "spend all their time for the foundation, there | pulling up anchors and roAvhig around; square tiiey don't catch the fish." 'As for me..' from. Aside rock surface would bo from thirty to forty square feet of squaaing and facing on granite says Cleveland, 'whon I start to for each, foot of the Avail I have Ua/?' says he, 'I sit thea-e and tish until! < this pro** jjqiio in China, My euglf"{ '\e pond runs dry* or tlw hor> grajiite got out, CHAPTER I. A TATTLE DEnELICT. It was a dreary, dismal, Avintry afternoon. All the lights of Paddington Station Avere needed to conquer the damp fog Avhicli filled the arched expanse from end to end. The broad platform teemed Avith the motion and bustle attendant upon the departure of a train. The newspaper boys alone were having a comparatively dull time of it, as the first act of every passenger, upon taking his seat, was to pull up the Avindow, and shut out as much fog as possible, declining to let the sash doAvn for any one, except other travelers, Avho, having paid their farcs,claim- ed their right to seats in the train—a proceeding Avhich, to the first Installed passenger, always seems supremely selfish. The newcomer, or comers, might choose some other compartment than his I The moving rack Avhich bears the lamps roach tho extreme end. of the train. Tho strong-armed official beloAV hurled the last crystal globe to the nimble official Avho runs along the top of the carriages, and leaps so recklessly from one to another. Deft as an Indian jucgler, he ; caught the gleaming missile, slapped it into the last socket, and sprang incontinently from the already moving train. The guard shut tho last door Avln'ch somebody's carelessness had left open, jumped into his van as it swept by him, and punctual to tho minute, the five o'clock train left London, and began its race to Pcnzance. In one of the first-class compartments AVCI-C three passengers, although tho railway company would only benefit to the extent of two fares; one of those passengers being a child still young enough to bo passed off as a child in arms by all, save, perhaps, those tender- minded persons Avho send conscience-money to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The two travelers Avho augmented the company's revenue Avcrc a man and a Avoman. That they Avere strangers Avas evident, and It Avas also evident that tho man Avas an old traveler. As soon as the train Avas in motion, and he felt insured for some time to come against disturbance, he arranged his Avraps in the most approved fashion, donned a soft cap, lit a lamp, and buried himself in a book. HoAvasayoung man; but as he appears in this tale only to disappear, a detailed description would be superfluous. It is enough to know he was a gentleman, Avell-dressed, well-to-do in appearance, and looked quite in his proper place in a first-class carriage. It Avas a different matter Avith the Avoman. There Avas no obvious reason AA'hy she should not. be able and willing to pay threepence- halfpenny instead of a penny a mile for tho privilege of being whisked to her destination; yet one could imagine a crusty old director, who travels free himself, and Is therefore anxious to prevent the company from being defrauded, calling to a guard and suggesting that the woman's ticket should be examined. Or, from purely benevolent reasons, a person who knoAvs Avhat mistakes Avonjen make in such matters might, Avith propriety, have remarked, "How comfortable these /fret-class carriages are." For my part, I should most certainly have done so—not from benevolence; but to save myself, who had paid just faro, from feeling swindled if, at the journey's end, a good-natured ticket-collector let off the victim of such a comfortable mistake. Yet. there was nothing remarkable in the woman's appearance, except the utter absence of individuality it displayed. For any guidance her looks gave, she might have been rich or poor, young or old, beautiful or ugly, noble or simple. Had her travelingcompan- ion been as curious as h'e Avas at present 1117 different about the matter, he" might have sat opposite to her from London to the Land's End, yet not have kuoAvn IIOAV to classify her. She was dressed in plain black—and black, like charity and night, covereth and hidcth much. No scrap of bright ribbon, no vestige of color, broke the somber monotony of her al lire, ami a thick black veil hid the upper part of her face. She sat like one in a thoughtful frame of mind. Her head Avas bent forward, and so throAv her mouth and chin into the shade. Her hands being gloved, it was impossible to know whether she AA'oro a wedding-ring or not. Of tho child, a little boy, there Avas nothing that could be seen except a mass of bright golden hair. The Avonum had wound a thick woolen shawl around him,and held him close to her bosom. Ho Avas no annoyance to any one, for, shortly after the train started, he full fast asleep. Indeed, so inoffensive were his traveling companions, that the gentleman, AVhohad felt somoAvhat disgusted Avhen a woman and a child entered the compartment, began to hope that, after all, he need not shift his quarters at the first stoppage. Tho train sped on through the AVhite fog. It was a fast train, but not so fast as to give itself airs and decline stopping more than twice in a hundred miles. Near Reading the speed slackened. The gentleman Avith the book breathed an inward prayer that he might not bo disturbed. Ho did not notice that, as tho train drew up at the platform, the, woman half rose from her seat, as if her journey AA'as at an end; then, after a moment's hesitation, reseated herself in liei former attitude. The travelers Avere not disturbed. The train shot on once more. Still tho gentleman read his book—still the silent Avoman held the sleeping child. In less than half an hour DidcotAvas reached. The Avoman, after a quick glance, to assure herself that tho reader was intent upon his book, pressed her lips upon the child's golden head, and kept them there until the train stopped. For a minute or two she remained motionless, then, laying the child on tho seat, roso quickly and opened the carriage door. The reader Jookedup as the cold, damp air rushed into the heated compartment. "You have no time to get out," ho said ;"we are off in a minute." If she heard the well-meant caution, she paid no heed to it. Sho made no reply, but, stopping on to the platform, closed the carriage door behind her. The young man shrugged his shoulders, and resumed his interrupted paragraph. It Avas no business of his if a stupid woman chose to risk missing the train. Although, two minutes afterward, Avhen he. found the train in rapid motion, and himself and the sleeping child the only tenants of the compartment, he saw that, after all, ho was primarily concerned in tho matter. In spito of his warning, the mother had been loft behind, and ho was in the unenviable position of having a child tliro\vn upon his hands until the next stoppage. Although he Avas a bachelor, and one who know nothing of the Avaysof children, he scarcely felt justified iu pulling the emergency cord. Swindon would be reached in less than an hour—there he Avould bo relieved. So he could do no more than anathematize the careless mother, and pray that the child's slumbers might be unbroken. Whatever effect the objurgation may have had, he soon saw that his prayer was not to be granted. The child, no doubt missing its protector's ' unbrace, opened its eyes and began to sfyrug- lo. It AvouW have rolled old the seat, ' * " guardian, wfc9 Avas natnredT, RhWt-lieartea young te1io\v, picfced it up and transferred It to his knee. He meant well, although he did not handle it very skillfully. A man must, go through a course of painful experiences before he learns how to handle a child properly. Our friend did his best, but so clumsily that the woolen shawl fell from the child, and disclosed a large ticket seAvn on to the dress beneath. On it'Avas Avritten, "H. Talbert, Esq., Hazle- Avood House, Oakbury. near Blacktown." The young man applauded the good sense, Avhieh had provided for a contingency which had really come to pass. Then he settled down to do the best he could toAvnrd supplying the place of the missing woman until the stoppage at Swindon might bring deliverance. Swindon at last, Here the ill-used traveler called the guard, and, as that official is of course paid to undertake all sorts of delicate and unforeseen duties, with perfect fairness shifted all further responsibility on to his shoulders, resumed the perusal of his book, and troubled no more about the mutter. The guard, Avithout disputing his position of guardian to all unprotected travelers, hardly knew Avhnt to do in the present emergency. Tho hope that the foolish mother had managed to get into another carriage was dispelled by hei not making her appearance. HeAvas also puzzled by tho careful way In which the child Avas labeled. This guard had seen some curious things in his time, and, as the missing woman had left not a scrap of Juggnge behind, thought It not improbable that the desertion of the child was due to intention not, acnif'tint At iivst ho thought ot leaving the tiny derelict at Swindon, on the chance that'the mother would arrive by the next train from Uidcot. But tho more he thought the matter over the more convinced he felt that no mother Avould arrive by the next or any following train. Being liiniself a family man, mid feeling most kindly disposal toward the little golden head Avhicli nestled in the most confiding way against his great, brown beard, he decided to take tho child on to Blucktown, and thence forward it as addressed, lie pulled a couple of cushions out of a first-class carriage, put them in one corner of his A-HU, mid tucked up little Golden-hciul as snugly as any mother could have done; so snugly and comfortably that the child at once closed its blue eyes, and slept until the train reached Bhicklown. There tho guard carried the little fellow into the refreshment-room, and, leaving him in charge of the pleasant young Indies, went to look for a sober yet speculative inim Avho would take the child to Onkbury on the chance of being paid for his trouble. He even gave this man half-a-crown—to be repaid out, of his prospective reward—for cab- hire. Then, after another look at tho little waif, who wns drinking milk, munching a biscuit, and being made very much of by the refreshment-room young JiidlcA our guard rushed buck to his somewliat neglected duties, andAvas soon spinning down west at the rate of thirty-live miles an hour. ne educated .is cniinnm ny tins creea. it * a gf ea f c leal Defter than any two old women the world I pn «1H hnv«flmn> CH.U'TKK 11. A FAMII.V OK POSITION. Be it remembered that Oakbury Is not Bh'.cktown. Many oil its inhabitants are greatly annoyed when they hour it called :i suburb of Ulacktown. Onkbury is near tho large city, but not of it, Although tho fact cannot be Ignored that, the existence, of tho many charming cmiutry-limisi'.s which adorn Oakbury is us much due to'its contiguity In the dirty, thriving town us to its natural beauties—and although ;i cc-Hida proportion of those desirable residences has been purchased by lilucklowif s successful traders— the most aristocratie inhabitants of Onkbury look witli indifference on tlio good and evil fortunes of tho city. They, the. aristocratic inhabitants, are useful to Blncklowii. not Blacktown to them. They are out uf its dissensions and struggles; better .still, beyond the range of its taxation. They are of the county, not tho town. So they head thuii letters, "Onkbury, "Westshiro;" and, as a rule, (Iodine intimacy with imy Bhicktown trader under the rank of banker or merchant prince. Besides Lord Kelston's well-known country seat, there must be In the parish of Onk- bury some twenty or twenty-live, gentlemen's 1 residences, They cannot be. called estates, as the ground attached to each varies respectively from three to iii'ty acres, but not a few of them might Iny claim to be described by that well-rounded phrase, dear to nue- tioneers and house-agents, "a country mansion, tit for the occupation and requirements of a family of position." They are not new, speculative, jerry-built houses, but good, old- fashioned, solid affairs. No painted and gilt railings surround them; thick boundary Avails and line old trees hide them from the gaze of inquisitive holiday folks. As the country around is very beautiful, and richly-timbered ; as t h« prevailing wind Avliich blows across Onkbury comes straight from the sen. pure and uncoiuamihiited, as two of the bcstpacks of hounds in England meet Avithiu an easy distance; tind, prejudice notwithstanding, as the conveniences offered by a large, city are so close at hand—It is no Avondc.r that the rector of Onkbury numbers many families of position among his parishioners. If mine were a family of position, it should most certainly occupy a pew in that line old square- towered church. After this description it Avill be easily believed that the Oakbury people are some- Avhat exclusive—by the Oakbury people are meant the inhabitants of the aforesaid twenty houses; the manners of the villagers and other small fry who constitute the residue of the population need not bo taken into account. The Oakbury people proper are very particular as to Avith whom they associate, and the most particular and exclusive of all are two gentlemen named Talbert, tho joint OAvners and occupiers of Hazlewood House. Their ultra-exclusiveness Avas but the natural outcome of the position in Avhich they Avero placed. The fact that their income Avas derived from money made by their father in timber, tobacco, soap, sugar, or some other large industry of Blacktown—people have already nearly forgotten which it Avas—must be responsible for the care tho Talbwts were bound to exercise before they made a HCAV acquaintance. Because, you see, in their opinion at least, tho taint of trade still clung to them. They AVOID but a generation removed from the actual buying, selling, and chaffering. Metaphorically speaking, their OAVH father's hands had been hardened by the timber, stained by tho tobacco, lathered by the soap, made sticky by the sugar, according to the particular branch of trade at which he had worked to such advantage. So it was that upon attaining tho earliest years of discretion, the sons decided that it Avas more incumbent upon them than upon the generality of persons to be peculiarly particular In their choice of friends. As they were amiable, right-feeling young men, they looked upon this duty us a sad necessity. Had they been tempted to swerve from this line of couduct,respect for their father should ha\'e kept them steadfast. Ho had always impressed tho great duty upon them. Before the two boys were out of the nursery', the great coup which Is expected by every sanguine business nmn came off. Mr. Taj- bert realized his capital and sold his busiuesf.. lie obtained less for it because he oi j """ stipulation that) his name should BM, appear in connection with i,t, OWr with on,e I* the duty of all people to rise in .... —both in commercial and social circles.' Thanks to his exertions and good fortune, the first half of the obligation had been discharged. The second rested chiefly Avith his children. He did not tell them this In definite words, but all the same preached it to them most eloquently, and wns more than content, and felt that the fruits of his training were showing themselves, when his daughter mnr- rii>d Sir MningayClnnson, a fairly respectable and well-to-do baronet. This satisfactory alliance gave the Trtlbcrls a lift In the social scale ;although,so far as Onk- bury Avas concerned, it Avas little needed. Mr. Talbert had now been out of business for al least ten years. Hn was quiet, gentlemanly, and, if not retiring, at least unobtrusive. His Avealth Avas estimated at about, three times its correct amount. With these ndvantnsrs he already found himself Avell received by the families of position, his neighbors. Content as he no doubt felt on his OAVU account, he, nevorllicleHS, held up their sister's brilliant match as an example to his sons, and talked so much about the necessity'of tluir choosing their intimates fittingly thai It is a marvel the young men did not speedily develop into fools or snobs. But even now when verging upon middle age, they Avere neither—although any.man Avho Avould decline your acquaintance, or mine, ought, of course, to be one or HIP other, perhaps both. .The Avorst that, could be urged against the Talbc.rts Avas this. From the very first they had told themselves: "We can Ihul as pleasant and ns true friends among the upper ten thousand—among those who do not make their living by barter—as we can among commercial people. Lot us therefore only associate with the best, A man has an undoubted right, to choose his own friends. We shall not go out, of our Avny to toady the great, but Avith our ideas on the subject AVO can only make associates of those whom we consider the proper class of people. A Duke of Badminton may associate with whomsoever he chooses. He is always, per sc, the duke. We arc not dukes. Our father made his money In—well, never mind In what. We are not even millionaires. We have enough Avealth to live comfortably and like gentlemen, but not enough to roll in. If AVO go hand in glove with oil, tobacco, corn, sugar, etc., we must, on account of the narrow dis- tanceAvhich divides us from the status of commerce, sink to the level, or at least get confounded with those useful, respectable, profitable, but, tons, distasteful commodities. Therefore, it behooves us to be fastidious even to a fault." Who can blame such sentiments as these? To my mind there is a kind of shrewd nobility in them 1. Why, Avlth such sensible views on things in general, the two young men did not follow their sister's example and make brilliant matches, is n matter Avhich has never been clearly explained. When, after an immaculate career, they left Oxford, they were tall, well-built young fellows; moreover carrying about them an inherent look of distinction. R/> far a« t.lip wnvlil L-upxv t.lir.v l>ad up v(n*a Indeed, in spite of stature, good looks, and broad shoulders, in some quarters they were accounted milksops. Perhaps because, in addition to tho polite, even courtly, style Avhich tliey strove to adopt, toward every or.e, they had many little linnieking, old-maidish. Avivys Avhich were a source of merriment to their contemporaries. Nevertheless; among those Avho Avere honored with their friendship, the Talberts Avero not unpopular. With many women—Hie middle-aged especially— these tall, handsome, refined young men were prime favorites. The fact of the brothers having readied the respective ages of forty and forty-one without having selected help-meets for them argues that something which makes a marrying man was missing from their natures. It may be that the pleasure they found iu travel prevented their settling down. For ninny years, either together or singly, the Talberts spent nine months out of the twelve BAvay from home. Their father, who had no Avish to see his sons striving in the ruck of humanity for tho world's pri/.es, made them handsome allowances. Greatly to their credit they lived within their incomes, even saved money. These savings they invariably invested in works of art, so that as years went by their acquisitions if united Avould have formed a valuable and tasteful collcctioii,thn units of Avhich had been culled from east, Avest, north, and south—so judiciously that the brothers felt sure that, if such a thing Avere needed, the selection Avould enhance the reputation they already enjoyed for refined tastes and knowledge of matters artistic. Tho brothers Averothe best of friends. They understood and sympathized with each other's likes, dislikes, and weaknesses. Only once in their lives had they qurreled, but that could have done. Of course, Avith their cultivated tastes, their general acquirements, their cosmopolitan experiences, and the many desirable friends they Avere knoAvn to possess, the Talberts 1 standing in Oakbury was undeniable. They AA-ere a credit to the neighborhood, and might, had they not been too good-hearted to dream of such a proceeding, have snubbed any one of the families of position without dreading reprisals. If people laughed at their AVO- manish ways, pR'emiuate proceedings, and domestic economics, they Avere, nevertheless, nhvays glad to entertain or to be entertained by the Talberts. The latter need not be wondered at. The little dinners at' Hazlewood House Avere the pink of culinary civilization —tho crystallization of refined gastronomic intelligence. ciiArTETt in. AN ARGUMENT AXD AN AHRlVAIj. On the night Avhen the down-train carried the golden-headed child to Blacktown, the Talberts had dined at home. Avithout company. The two men were still at the table, sipping their claret and smoking cigarettes. They Avere neither great drinking men not great smoking men. If such habits are sins, the Talberts might have gone on as they Avere going for many years, and then made atonement very easily. It is needless to state that the IAVO brothers were faultlessly dressed In tho evening garb of the nineteenth century. It Avill also be guessed that the dinner table Avas most tastefully laid out. In spite of tho season being mid-winter, it Avas gay with flowers. Quaint antique silver spoons and forks did the duty Avhich is exacted from the florid king's pattern and the ugly fiddle pattern abominations of our day. The napery Avas of tho whitest and finest description. Tho polish on the glass such as to make tho most careful housewife or conscientious ser vnnt wonder and envy. There is a tale connected Avlth tho glass. Once upon a time a lady who Avas dining at Hazlewood House, asked her hosts, with pardonable curiosity, how they were able to induce their servants to send the decanters and Avlnc-glasses to the table in such a glorious state of refulgency. Horace Talberl smiled, and answered with exquisite simplicity— "Wo should never think of trusting out glass to the hands of servants. My brothei and I sec to it ourselves." Thereupon the lady, who had marriageable sisters, and Avas no doubt keenly alive to tha fact that her hosts Avoro eligible bachelors, said, "It was very SAVcet of them to take so much trouble;" but her husband, who heard the question and the answer, burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. His was a IOAV, coarse, commonplace mind, utterly unable to divest the ideal from the material. To such a groA'clling nature the picture of these tAVO six-foot'brawny men Avashingnnd rubbing their rare and costly glass seemed intensely comical. •«• The Talberts showed no sign of annoyance; they even smiled gravely in response to his vulgar mirth; but Hn/.Iewood House knew that person no more. But the wretch took his revenge after the manner of his kind. Unluckily, in spite of his t'aultfi, Ills-position in the county Avas not to be, despised, and more unluckily he possessed a certain amount, of humor of the low class. Ho was brutal enough to nickname our friends the "Tabbies," and, appropriate 01 not, the name clung to them, and will cling forever and ever. This is but another proof of how careful a man should bo In the selection of his friends. Although to-night the glass Avas as radiant as ever, there Avns at present no onotb admire it save its owners and care-takers. By virtue of his year of seniority, Horace Talbert sat at the head of the table. Herbert was at his right hand. The two brothers Avero strangely alike both iu figure and face. They Avere brown-haired men, Avith long straight noses, culm, serious eyes, rather arched eyebrows, and average foreheads. Each woro a well-kept beard and moustache, the beard clipped close, and terminating in a point at the chin—a fashion which suited their long oval faces remarkably Avell, and, perhaps, added a kind of old-world courtliness to their general appearance. Their looks may be summed up by saying Hint the Talberts \vere men who one felt ought to possess a picture gallery of distinguished ancestors. The absence of such a desirable possession seemed, a heartless frcnk of nnturo. (To be continued.) , . quarrel had lasted for six years. They shudder now as they look back upon that, time. If was no vulgar dispute, Avhloh is made known to all the world, and in Avhich mutual friends aro expected to take sides. It was only tho Talberts themselves who know that a quarrel existed. To outsiders they seemed more absurdly polite to each other than before. The cause of the quarrel wns the interference of one brother in the other's affairs. They were peculiar men, and very tenacious of tho Englishman's duty of minding his OAVII business. On a certain occasion one of them fancied a rather delicate matter as much his own business as his brother's. He Avas mistaken. Ttjey did not use high Avords, because such things Averenot in their line; but each brother Avas sadly firm. Tho upshot Avas that for six years they only spoke Avhen they met in society. At last old Talbert died. His successful daughter had been dead a long time. Tho old man left HazloAVood House and its contents to ills gons conjointly. Tho rest of his fortune he divided into three parts, and left it in this proportion to each of his children or their children, if any. Then tho sons met at Hazelwood House and considered what they should do. First of all, as was becoming, they made up their differences. Very little was,said on either side, but it \vasunderstood~Hhat cordial relations were re-established. At>whtch happy conclusion each man rejoiced greatly—the six years' separation had been a terrible affair—and tacitly registered a VOAV that for the future his brother's affairs should be his OAVII distinct, private property. By this time our friends had grown rather weary of gadding about. Moreover, it was due to their position that some place should be called their homo. For nearly twenty years they had lived in tho various capitals of Europe, and they knew that they had conquered society. Indeed it is doubtf ul Avhether any two men, not celebrities, were better luiOAvn than Horace and Herbert Talbert. So they resolved to settle doAVU and begin housekeeping on their OAVII account. They collected their art treasures, and being, not traders, but still thorough men of business, in order to save any question ails; Ing in a remote future, made exact inventories of their respective belongings, down to the uttermost, smallest, and most cracked they combined GREAT BRITAIN AT THE FAIR. The total space occupied by Great Britain and the Colonies at Chicago Avill in all probability be more than 500,000 square feet, exceeding the amount occupied in Paris in 1878, viz., 800,000 square feet, the largest space ever before filled by the British Section at any exhibition, says Sir Wood in North American RevieAV. In Vienna 170,000 square feet Avere occupied, at Philadelphia 105,000, at Paris, in 1880, 233,000, At Paris in 1889, Belgium oc- upied 120,000, the United States 113,000 square feet. No other country had more than 05,000. Of the total area allotted to Great Britain and the Colonies at the Chicago Exhibition It is probable that Great Britain alone AA-ill occupy about 300,000 square feet. While the remaining 200,000 Avill be occupied by contributions from the British Colonies, the great countries AVhlch, practically hide- pendent and self-governing, lend, on such an occasion as the present, so much strength to the Empire, and enable it to hold a position that Avithout such aid it could never pretend to occupy. This an advantage Avhich no other counr try possesses, and one of Avhioh we Britons may surely Avlth some justice be proud. It is not very easy to ascertain accurately the way hi Avhich 'space was pivided between the mother country and the Colonies in previous exhibitions. At Paiis In 1889 the Colonies and India only took up 38,000 square feet of the total area of 230,000. At Philadelphia the proportion was very much larger and the Colonies seem to have occupied more than a third of the Avholo space, for me. I yelled lustily for help and In the grand duchy of Luxemburg peraons desiring work or help have noAV only to send a postal card to tih,e director of the postal administration in order to have their -wants advertised to every postofflce in th« grand duchy. M. Van Rysselberghe, who cently in Antwerp, was ®x died re- invento o£ pieteorgraph, by ft n electric weath- of wMch tfce preyaMpg to va.- ' " at ft

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