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THE MO'TNBB; ALGONJL IOWA. MAKCH'M. THE WIDOW DID ALL He New Lost His Head in Business but, Love Belted Even Him. Story of I).maid Oamd'->;), ', and the Wily Wid; from America. Bank Altering His Mode of Life, Loved, Not, Wisely but, tno Well. He "Cameron's bank," as II. is known to the commercial world, says an Exchange, was a private institution, own- ,:cd nnd managed by Donalil Cameron, Avho apoared to be" abinit 50 years old when I entered his .employ, and who did not look a, day older ten years later When the tragedy of which l' am aboui to write took place. "As good as Cam oron's bank" was a popular saying. "A.s honest: as Donald Ciuiieron"'was another. "As hard headed and sensible ns Cameron" was a third. Ho was. ns a matter of fad, a shrewd, level-headed Scotchman, as honest as you please and ns conscientious as you over find a man in business or out, of it. Ho wanted all that was duo him, but nothing more. Tilery woro four employes in the bank, and Cameron himself did not miss a day for twenty yeni-s. lie was Ills own cashier, while I had the place of teller. 1 don't Ihlnk there was'ever- an opportunity to put. my -hands on over $10,000 had I desired to rob fho bank, but before- I secured UK- place he made himself safe lo the amount of $125,000. lOven the janitor had to furnish a, bond, although there waw no possible'chance of his gelling at a dollar. Mlille ho paid fair salaries. Mr. Cameron had the reputation of being very tight and close. Some people said that he had novor boon married because ho'was too stingy. After a year or so I oamo to the conclusion Unit it AVIIS because he was unlike other men. He did not. .seem to bo aware of flu existciioo of Avomaiikind except when one of the sex had dealings Avilh (lie bank, and then ho treated her exactly as If she wore a man; While I fell into his Avnvs after a bit nud wns with him for ten long I never got to know him. He smiled nor joked. Ho never threw off his icy dignity for n. moment. Ho never departed from (lie flrpt: rules laid dowri. He had our time figured down lo minutes. If any of us wore obliged In remain oven ono miimle over lime we were paid for It. If anyone was a minute late in arriving at tin- bank il was charged against him. We had so much stationary to last a monlli, and if one extra envelope AVIIS used il had lo be 'accounted for. Mo once charged me 4' cents for accidentally breaking a ruler; lie made Iho bookkeeper pay 2 cents for breaking a. .penholder; the janilor fell over his broom and had lo pay 10 cents for a, broken handle, although he spliced it and continued to use it. for weeks. I tell you those things about Mr. Cameron not to slur his general character, but Ilia I. a yours, never thoroughly understand the sort of man ho was. For nine years there was but one break in our rout hie. Wo reached the bank at a. certain hour and moment, •and generally left just as promptly. Everyone hung up his hat. and coat on tho same hook and selected at: the start. There AVJIS no change in em- ployes, no painting or papering -nothing new. The break occurred when 1 cashed a forged check for i'2<>0. It was a neat piece of work, and I believe Air. Cameron himself would have been dup-d When I discovered Unit I had been bitten T handed the banker £200 and the forged check. He made no remark whatever, but at Iho end of the month he charged me up Avlth loss of interest on (he money for thirty-four hours. l made no protest and that ended the affair. The forger might have been caught, but Mr. Cameron had suffered no loss and he would have charged mo Avith lost time had I spent even live minutes consul'ling wilh the police. This was in January and the beginning of my tenth year Avitli him. One day in May a strange lady called and had a long Interview Avith Mr. Cameron in his private ollioo. II was only at rare Intervals that; a si range lady entered our place. This one was about 25 years of ago. richly dressed, and as handsome a woman as you would find in n week's travel. We learned after a bit that she was a Scotch-American who had returned to the mother country to assert her claims fo n large estate. T suppose the object of her call Avas purely business, but it had n queer effect on Donald Cameron You'll think it funny that a man like him, and at thai date fully 00 years old, should bo upset all of a. sudden by a woma.n, but suclT were the facts in Iho case. When (ha( hour's inforvtoAV was ended and Mr. Cameron returned to the counting room he AVIIS a changed man. Ho Avas actually trying to smile. When ho at templed fo pick up the routine business lie Avas nervous and uneasy, and when he put on his hat and Avon! out upon (he street without saying when ho Avould return AVO looked at each other Avith something llkt, consternation. Well, Ave had queer times in the Cameron bank- for tho next few months, and the public, did a good deal of sly gossipplug about the backer. Wo got the UOAVS from ouTsJders Hint the AVO- man waa n. widow and very well off; that, she expected to get about £100.1100 out. of sin estate; flint she was staying at a fashionable hotel, and that, the most famous law firm in' Scotland had her case find were, sure of success. A well-known estate was then in litigation, and tho papers had something to say almost dally. Mr. Cainoroh could have found all the inside particulars by paying a lawyer .$5, but I doubt if he would have parted with a "bob" for fall information. After events proved thai he accepted (lie widow's statements and documents without (pieslioii. (hough ho would not have tnUi-n the nolo of a millionaire for $10 without nn fiKlf.rsor. Within a month after Iho widow's appearance Mr Cameron got a now • business suit. Mo had worn tho old ono four years. Tills new suit, as we all agreed, was the tlnest thing he had over worn. He also got a new hat, wont lo the barber lo lie shaved, and there wns such a change in his general demeanor about the oilice Unit the head bookkeeper, who had been with him eighteen years, seriously thought of tendering his resignation. When a groceryman came into the bank one rfleriioon at; '2 o'clock and solemnly assorted Unit ho had seen Donald Cameron out riding -with the Widow Stirling Iho routine- business wns interrupted for fully twenty minutes. When the banker came in half an hour before , closing lime, .looking very happy and I humming a, .tune-, we were knocked so ' completely out that the bookkeeper ' made Iho. first mistake of his life hi j adding up ligures, and my count of tho funds on hand was wrong bv nearlv £100. From May to .September wo were "standing our our heads," as the saying is, and every day brought Some now smin1.se. Tlio lh*it: Monday of September I started off for a week's Vacation. That; had always been the rule. Mr. Ciuiieron Insisted that each of us tnko a, week eveiy year, though each had to lose his salary for that week. I put In my week at Aberdeen., On the first day of my arrival I caught: sight of the Widow Still-ling in confidential conversation with n, very keen-looking, well- dressed : man, whom, l!.'look to ,ho an American. Without any management on my part I overheard enough of their conversation to make mo suspect some conspiracy aga.in.sv my employer. His name was frequently mentioned, and T caught something about ''"plans," "money," '-'pldfool," nnd "America.'' The woman -loft; in the "afternoon without, having .soon mo, while the •••nan remained. T. fell in with him later on and si/.ed him up lo his discredit. I let, hip. know-{after a bit that T was from the town where the. Cameron hank was Hinatod, a'nd in a. cailtlons way lie made many inquiries about Ihe banker. I learned at the hotel office that the \voman paid him a. brief visit about once a fortnight. Before (lie week was out T was perfectly.'satisfied in my own mind that there was a. conspiracy afoot: to viclimix.e the banker,.but; my hands were tied. T not only had no proofs, but he wns a man who could not be approached on his private affairs. I was full of (rouble for the remainder of the week, especially as the stranger made a, hurried departure. Thursday, and tho hotel people then announced that they had. looked upon him with considerable suspicion for many weeks, Mo left. Aberdeen ostensibly for Dundee, but 1 accidentally learned Uiat he had bought; a ticket: .clear through to Liverpool and engaged passage for two on a, si earner to New York. T returned homo feeling sure that posit vault," lie said as he lighted the Wo Avero avsnfc d6po>it company or institution ns;well"as it bank. .Being' houses Avtth about six feet, space be-Jolliers, whose backs are almost covered, tween thorn, so that we had to go out'may be soon peacefully resting. Xowl.v doors from to get into the other. Ihe rents Cameron something Avrong had happened during my absence.; I reached'- toAvn at 8 o'clock Saturday evening, and Mr Cameron was at the depot, 'to moot me and ask me to accompany, him to the bank. Mo was not the man I had left a AA'cek before. All his sternness and griitrnoss had returned, and I could detect something beyond Unit: " He looked pale and desperate. 1 asked if anything had gone awry during my absence, but ho only answered by a josluro of impatience. We. Avalked side by side for half a mile, without another' word being spoken. , The bank'wns always guarded by a Avatchman Inside.- He had already been sent'away. Mr. Cameron locked the door behind him as AVO entered, removed his coat and hat, and a.flor taking a seat and motioning me to another lie said: "Tlie doors of this bank have been opened for tho last linie!" "Why, Avhat do,you mean?" T asked. "Simply thai I am a ruined man. I haven't £20 to my name!" "Hut the paid-in capital of the Cameron bank is £20,000. "And yet every pound of it is gone!" 1 sat for a, time like one stunned by a blow. The Cameron bank had been noted for its conservatism. Its checks were as good as gold all over Scotland arid England. There had been no panic, and lire failure of no other bank could drag It down. Eor tho moment I had forgot (en the Widow Stirling. "And the cause of your failure?" I finally queried. "Thai woman!" he quietly answered. "She has not only made a fool but a vicitm of me. l!y loans and forged drafts she has bankrupted me and is out of the country ere flu's." "Rut Uio police—she can be tracked — 1 know her confederate—there may be time to slop them at Liverpool!" "Nay! Nay! I shall do nothing of I lie sort. It would bo ruin to mo, oven if I got every pound back. Come and i-oinU the cash, Andrew." 1 opened Uio safe, and he assisted me to count tho gold and bills. Then we took the value of loans and notes and bonds. "Now chock off tho deposits," he said as I announced Uie figures on tho above. I couldn't help but. notice how nervous and uneasy he Avas while T was engaged in this work, but his face, brightened up Avhou 1 announced the figures. "We Avlll now overhaul .the safe-do- Iho only one for a long distance \vo had many customers, private, boxes and carried l«ys, but yet AVO had as many as jnp packages for which the o.Avriers held receipts. While ho read off the names from'our books I made a'ji investigation-to seo if the box or parcel wns all right. Nothing Avhntever was missing, or mislaid, . "Xo.w. Andrew, figure up duo us to'this date," siiid Mr iis wo returned to the ofllco. In about fifteen minutes .1 gave him Ihe sum in gross. "Now, hfjUV much do we owe depositors?" Avas ! hls next, question. "Not. over £2,000, sir." "Mo exact, AndroAV. I must know lo a penny. Give me the exact figures." "Well, then, it is £1,800 10s 7d> "All! That is belter. What should you sity .land, buildings, and belongings are worth?" "About £1,000." "A gooil guess, my lad. That will be about, the truo value under the hammer, for AVO liave the best location in town. Now, 1 hero's in V'land on (he hill." "That's good for £TitX>." "And my half of thu wooden mill." "That ought: to bring up the balance." J'So it will, and my watch will make. another .C30. The hands are' all paid up, and 1 owe.nothing for cither pew rent or my board. Hero is your salary for next Aveek, AndroAV." '"But—but what are going to do, sir!" I stammered. 11 ; "Going away, my lad." ;"Hut there is no notkl of that. You elm pity dollar of dollar, even if tho nijws gets out; that AVO are shaky and brings a run. And Avh'y should tho hows get out? It is known only lo you and me. -You have the confidence of -hundreds of good men and can raise'all Ihe money you Avaut to go ahead on." "That, woman!" he whispered as ho dropped his cJiii; into his hands nnd sat thinknii.' for a long time. j "Give me authority to go lo the police,' and I'll almost guarantee her capture and Uie'return of the money." Ho shook his head in a, sad way arid did not speiVk for five minutes. Then ho said: .'•"You can go IIOAA-. I'll think it over. Come at the usual hour Monday moni- Ihg." I loft him sitting in his chair, but as I paused for a-moment on I side I heard him lock Uie door behind inc. T Avas about a good deal Sunday, but there was no gossip; No ono' know Avhat had happened. 1 did-not seo the banker nor hear of his being seen, though he ! was a. man Avho noA'or missed his church. At S o'clock Monday morning we had to summon the police to break open the door of the bank. Donald Cameron lay dead on the floor, having fired a. bullet into his head with his own hand. There Avero some written inslructions to mo by folloAving which j every depositor Avould be paid in full, | and besides lli'em a notice to be pasted j on the front, door that Monday morning. It read: "This bank closed for two days, after wliich all depositors Avill be paid in full." About tho woman? She simply walked off Avith the man I had Seen at Aberdeen and the banker's money, and neither the police nor Uie public AVOI-O ever told of the cause of failure, though many slirewdly suspected what had brought it about. I' around iinont, the other- ns a kitchen. .Our fore 'consisted of com broad, sorghum mo- lassos, and coffee-, with no sugar or cream. My knife was broken in two and the fork had but one prong. I drank my coffee from a. teacup, my guide from an oyster can. and the landlord from the lid of a 111 lie tin bucket. In the sleeping apartment there wore but three, beds, and sixteen of us to use them. Those bods were constructed of upright pieces nnnlod to the floor, Avitli a. piece of scantling extending from one lo the other', and small poles laid from (he .scantling to the chinking of the cabin, upon wliich ti. straw tick AVIIS laid. Those bods were very narrow so that it AVIIS difficult'for two' to sleep wiinfortably. The beds Avore filled nnd Uie residue were .scattered promiscuously oyot- Uio floor. The family wont on! while the strangers prepared to retire. Tho old man slept next to our bed. with a. revolver under his pillow and a. Winchester by his side. Somnambulism AVIIS not indulged in that night, by the visitors. The room, by a.etual measurement, AVUS .12 by 1-i. Iinaglno sixteen people sleeping' in a room that si/,o! Tho owls outside and the snoring inside were enough to drive a neiTous man crazy. Hut soon wo woro nil asleep and the troubles of tho day forgotten. l never enjoyed a night's rest bettor. No one of that family could road or write, yet it AV.IS the happiest family I ever saw. mbwii. grass Is what the elephant prefers for this purpose.—perhaps' because it feels cooler than hay;—but hay an swors flic .purpose very well. How many visitors to flie park','on Uios' Will-in days have realized that they wore not. the only ones carying .sunshades, and that I lie elephants AVOI-O protecting themselves In like fashion! The fact that elephants never attempt to thatch .their backs with hay during the winter, although the same opportunities for doing so exist, seems lo prove Unit they use Iho hay as a protection from heal. They may sportively throw il, little hay nboul, but nothing more. However, in fly-lime, there are good and sufficient reasons the animals adopting the same moans of defense itgiiin; therefore, when the files are fierce, the elephants cover their huge backs as on hot summer da vs. KISMAUK'S WIOAI/ni. Is Variously No Doillil lOstlmnled. but There Is That. II' It Large. i. SHOUT ST01MMS. College Students Given Mam i$50. Chance to The new prizes offered to competitors in the April Short: Stories by the Current LI I era tin v I'ubllsliing ' Co. 52-54 Liifayotlo Place. New York, are foi a ghost; story, aJso for the best short love story. Undergraduates of colleges have a special chance .to themselves in a prize-of $50 for a short (ale of college life. The April number of Short Stories has the usual assortment of gooil tales thai we ha,vo learned to look for in this entertaining poiriodieal. Departing from (lie original idea with which tho magazine was started, the present management is using largely original material: a,nd in the number under-'notice two-third of Ihe tales are either writ- fen or translated especially for short Stories. Those most likely to please the general la.ste The Wild Story of the Manor a queer «tory from the'Kussian; The Case of Lady Lukestan the story of a strange law-suit; Tlie Umbrella Fiend, a. now and surprising conception of a universal bugbear; My Kolations! With Major Hoffman a. clover little detective story; aud A Summer Day's Adventure translated from the French. HE DIES ONCE A WEEK. An Italian Impostor Who Is Known All Over llussia. An Italian, who cannot lie other than a most remarkable impostor, has been playing wonderful tricks upon the good people of Till Is, in the Ciiusiisus, Russia. Ills name is Tagarelli, and, while ho cannot be termed an Italian in tho strict sense of the word, having been born in JJnssia of parents born in (lie same country, it, is known that he is of Unit extraction. Ho is known all over Ihe land of tho Czar as "The Dying Prophet," his ability to delude tliu public depending on a queer faculty ho has for dying arid roturning to life once every week. A person who has •viewed the situation on tho ground told a St. Louis Kepublic man: "The audacity of his pretensions, the skill with wliich they are maintained nnd, above all, (lie profound effect produced upon all who come in contact with him, have no parallel hi history. Ho is a most; extraordinary being, and if lie bo in impostor then he is the most marvol- .ws impostor of the age." He. dies, to ill appearances, and the ordinary death iests declare that life Ls extinct. Willie .11 tills condition he declares that his spirit visits ."tho other worjd," but which of the two he will not toll. All hat ho will divulge in regard to his doings while- on these "trips" is that hi examines the book of life, and that; hi can fejl the spiritual standing of every person who cares enough about it to nuiko inquiries. WHY HE IS GIMOAT. President; Cleveland is a puzzle to tho organ of the late grand old party. Ex- Scnatoil IngiaJLs has concluded that Cleveland is not. "an accident." liigalis used to revile Cleveland in all sots of ways. Now, Ingalls flits about, in hapless effort to .avoid being forgotten. The New York Tribune wills Cleveland's election "a, popular freak." The St. Prince r.ismark's income is diversely •Miniated at from .fioii.niin ID .filTH.OOO year. II is certain I hat he was well rewarded for his groat services to the empire-. He purchased the Var/in estate on! of a. grant of $:>00,nuo awarded him after the llohemlan campaign. At Ihe close of (he Franco-Prussian war the emperor alloled 'him $81)0,000 from tho French indemnity, wilh he bought Kriedriehsriilie. lie AV;IS compelled at ono lime to sell his ancestral e;lafe of Sclioenliausen. It was purchased by Iho nation and given back lo him. Adjiicont to his .estate at Vaiv.in lie OAA-JIS a. distillery, whore spirit is made exelus'm'Jy fi-oi'n potatoes grown on his own land. At Sclioenliausen he has a. large cat lie brooding farm and numerous Hocks of goose. "Was there over." asked a writer not long ago. "in Prince Hismnrk's mind any hidden satin' beneath Iho surface' of the fact that he was Uio master goose?" Near Kriedriehsriilie lie sivo sawmills, whore logs. SchoeiiAvaid, an extensive forest given to him by Kmperor William I., are made into boards and limber and forwarded to Hamburg for shipbuilding purposes. Near Stadt-Hanovor 'lie lias i yeast: factory employing many hands, mil besides these ho has financial interests in a brewery, a. paper mill and >lhor industrial concerns. His jewels, pictures, pin I.e.. etc.. are f.-iid'lo bo worth not far from .$500,000. Down to 1X45 he was compelled by ireumstancos to live in modest style. •lo himself has admitled (hat. in 'the lope of adding lo his income, he could nol resist the Icmptntion lo gamble. (rusting that luck would favor him. 'Notwithstanding his wealth Hisnmrek Inis be-'.-ii invariably deaf to appeals for charity. He created a sensation some .veins ago by publishing a notice in the Hcrlhi newspapers- Unit: it; was 1 useless to apply to him for help. When nwny from home, if I leave my house in their care. I pay full wages, because responsible care deserves pay- merit as well us manual labor. If t close my house but wish to retain their services for future reopening, I make a dofinato bargain with them.to that effect. Il seems very easy to make a promise 1o do what is right by another, but, Uie idea what is right often varies widely between tlieslandpoint of mistress and maid, and a clear understanding on boili sides is the only correct way to plan. The business of pay- meiits between housekeeper and servants should be well underslood. I am • convinced flint, irregular and long delayed payments of wages are among the most frequent of the causes' of dls- sa.tisaclion and can b.e fmost easily prevented by the housekeeper. (JUKHIl THKFTS. Defectives Are Hope at of Work Wilh Success. Small built New York Tribune. II. is very hard to be obliged to feel suspicions of our immediate iil,1cnilanlis. bill instances continually occuring that' warn us to he more caul ions about, what we say. A young lady who at tended a largo reception nil a friend's house changed her drees before going to take a train for Ihe country, saying.to one of the maids Ilia I. was helping her. ".Tust hang it up In'ni closet, somewhere, plea.se, and 1 will send someone tornor- Tow to pack It up and .laJco It home." II was must natural the next Jiiorning, when a neat looking person called, saying that she hail conic for Miss A—'s gown, (hat It. should be given to her without n, question. A few hours later Mis* A—'s own maid called for the dress, and il was then discovered that a, pretty French toilet had ben deliberately .stolon by some one who must have overheard Miss A.—'s remark and knew that it was to bo sent for. Another still more serious loss wns incurred by n not her incautious young woman who. t.n comparing necklaces in all cnl from I !1 'brings room, said that she had sent her string to have the clasp arranged to K—- 's (iiionlioiring the mime of the jeweler), and adding . "1 sliiill.hiivo.lt to weal 1 tomorrow night, however, to Ihe B—"s." On calling sit the shop herself ra.thor late In the aflernon of Uio next day il was found, to the consternation of all parties, that u most respectable English woman, whom the clerk supposed to be the lady's maid, had asked if the of Miss U—'s string of- bad boon arangod. :i she wished particularly to wear it. thai evening, and Uie attendant, doubting nothing had given it to her. Detective are at work on (lie case, but there seems but little hope of discovering the thoif. Louis Globe Democrat, after trying to belittle him, gives if. up, and' comes to the conclusion that lie is a remarkable man. The plain truth and the simple fact is, that Mr. Cleveland is a. great man. His greatness consists not in great intellectual power, not; in brilliancy, not in personal magnetism, nor picturesque attractiveness. It lies in his being unlike the ordinary, timeserving, weak-kneed politician. He Js tho. farthest remove from the demagogue. If ho does not believe in pension extravagance to unworthy soldiers he says so. Tho ordinary cowardly politician says vso, but he votes for the pensions. If Mr. Cleveland believes that high protection is robbery, he says so. Thousands .of tho spineless variety bo- liove as he does, hut. dare not say so. If ho sees mischief in tho free-silver craze ho says so, although about half or more of the two great; parties are through sheer cowardice afraid to speak out bravely on that subject. Cleveland is the great man, the all-powerful American, because ho is a simple, straightforward, self-reliant; man with convictions of which he is not; afraid. His career is tho guval: object; lesson to teach tho trimmer, the time-server, the inob- IMS IJIOPLY. A Very (Singular Objection Took Double The Amount Him. ItOYHOUD OF LOUIS XIV. Mis First, Public. While His Mother Document Signed Guided His Hand. When It To Take face, Unit the miiv a manly man, Avlio is not afraid to act out his convictions and do whal he thinks is right. —Youths Companion. An instance of the quick Avit of General Morion AV.-IS told some years ago in connection Avith Iho anecdotes of Commodore Porter, father of Hear Admiral Porter. At. Uie close of the Avar of 1S12, the commodore AA'as in Uio habit of spending much of his time at General Morton's h.ospitablp niaiision. Tlio General's library AVUS adorned AA-iUi portraits of distinguished naval officer's— Docatur, Bninbridgc, Perry, Morris arid others. Tho commodore expressed his admiration of Uio fidllity with AA'hich those port rails Avero oxoc.utod. but added tho crin- sir that ho considered thorn too large. •A ! intei '.\ to add !:>.v portr.iit to your colectioii shortly," he said, "but it shall be done in quite a different stylo. "That, implies that you rtoii't like these?" remarked his host. "Not exactly." replied the commodore. "There's entirely too much canvas." "That's a, vcay singular objection for you to make," said the general, directing the attention of his guest to a small picture representing the engage- merit of the Essex— commanded by r— with a British frigate and people ^ ad- sioop-of-war in the harbor of Valparaiso AX ELEPHANT'S SUN SHADE. Tho Heat of Our Climate Demands an Artificial Protection. which hung in ono comer of Uie room. "A very singular objection indeed when wo have before us an evidence that it- requires double the usual quantity of canvas to lake you!" St. Nicholas. Little Louis was just, four years and eight months old when, by the dcaili 01' Ills father, he became King of: franco. He received his courtiers gracefully on the first occasion when they presented themselves before .him; and when ho and his mother step- pod out on Ilio balcony lo show themselves to Uie people who swarmod below, he was greeted with shouts of 'IVivjii ,ie Itu)::" from it he ploprunce. Thus began his long reign over France. Immediately after assuming his royal duties, ho presided at a council. Lifted into the chair of sta.to, he sat there demurely while tire council deliberated, and then signed ID'S first public document,—his mother, Anno of Austria, holding Jus little hand, and guiding the pen. The next morning he was t;ikeii to Paris. His whole Journey was a triumphal progress. Tho people never tired of looking at, and praising the lovely child, who sat ou lu's mother's knee and giized at them with earnest b'abv eyes. It was on the occasion of meeting his parliament next day that, for at. least orico in his stately life, Louis XIV. acted as a child. Ho, was sitting upon his throne hi Uio Hall of Saint hand, the court all around, while in front sat: tho parliament, composed of grave, dignified men, awaiting liis orders. Tho queen stood him upon his feet, and whispered in his ear The king laughed, blushed, and turned around, and hid his little face in tho onsliious of ids seat. Never had liament been par- HOW SRUVANTS SHOULD PAID. HOSPITALITY IN AUKANSAS. How a. Mountaineer Entertained Two Guests Under Trying Cliv.umstancos. of south- my Traveling in Uio mountains oast Arkansas a few years ago guide got lost, says a 'writer in thu (V.obo-Domocrat. Night, overtook us, and wo stopped at the house of a typical Arkansan to remain all night. The man made every excuse in the world, but it being a sparsely sot (led neighborhood he consented lo keep us. Tho family consisted of a father and mother and twelve children. There were six grown daughters, all fine, buxom, good-looking girls, averaging about 130 pounds each. There were two rooms to itlio house, Avhlch Avas built of round logs. In fact, there were two separate SI. Nicholas: On hot summer days in Now York, when the mercury is'well in the nineties, it becomes almost a necessity to carry an umbrela, or shade of some kind, to protect ourselves from Iho burning rays of the sun. Wo should hardly expect, however, a native of India—residing in this city—to have the same need for a sunshade, particularly when the native is a huge Indian elephant. That an elephant should fool the heat in our climnlt Interesting Points by a. House-keeper Having Sixty in Her Employ. I always pay servants their Avages promtly, never making it necessary for them to ask me for money,-and I pay them cheerfully, making them feel that I do not grudge them their earnings, says Ellen HOAVO in Ladles' Home Journal. When employing a UOAV servant, I fix her wages at a certain price e seems ra- p 0r W oek, because that establishes Uie (loos, a is quite necessary length of time of notice of shall require. Should ii servant choose to leave suddenly without, notice, she Avould forfeit I ber pay for the imsorral time, and i enlral should I discharge her Avilliout notice I should pay her unsorved week to her, I then inquire IIOAV frequently she hotter (hero than any place h.~Now "^ " k " ^ WngC8 ' nM llllvc ' fo ^ HUT absurd, but MS he ;. -i , ... .. ' •* •• -niAAjootn i A ITU a, m UL I n keeping wrt i ho general intelligence [ chau go that each of us of (ins animal that ho should invent' some means of protecting himself from ' 11. j Tlie lelx'phant. incliosure in Park contains no trees nor shade, of any kind, and on those hot days AA'hon | the heat; is almost unbearable, it seems York. Grouped around the inclosure are usually scores of persons, many Avitli sunshades and umbrellas, intently witching the elephants. Some of ho hugo animals are c hay upon fheir own Unit usually they prefer monthly ments, but I pay as.!:'_';••>' many j fceop each ones: book which 1 slioy jj,™^'j »ev Grove Pay- more quaintly received! Hut Anne ol Austria was strict in etti- quette. Again she, took his hand, again spoke softly in his oar. Gracefully he stopped forward and said, "Gentlemen, } t .™ ™™^°. a ™™ ?. m * "lyaffeo- inform you of Tho lit lie king was too young O f course, to understand much that went on around him. He spent the grelter Part of every day In the company of us mother. A small band of children tonned into a military company colled les orifantes d'hounour (clii "t honor), helped to amuse his Ho drilled them severely, , thorn up and down the long the. Louvre to the sound drum, which had been given which ho delighted to he-it wi,m, tbo queen appeared, " Wllcn evcr presented arms Avith AVIieu Louis AVUS that is to say, | u tho ,ear ic,4^ i, i "** luno, and ono 7,, whWi^^Si to excel. these much seven ... one In High rank were expected »n£f?S^™---- payment bow wield his hat th.0 ! )

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