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MOINES, ALGOKA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY.APRIL 5,1893^ THE ET1QUKT O!" THE GLOVE. Customs Vary in Different Countries— Belgium's l\.ing land tin- Prince ot£ Wales. "Yes. Those. Avho risk their music deer in can do betlc'r and coming over here wily muskra.t on tlie The etiiltiet Avith regard to the wearing of gloves varies Avith almost every country—the general rule that holds good' hi all, however, being that, men should never shake hands Avltliout baring their right hand, says the Chicago Times. To omit doing so, especially Avheii 'greeting or bidding adieu to a. Woman, is just as bad form as retaining ones cigar on tlie occasion. Ir Is. soniCAAdiat hard lipn men to expect them to throw; away a good cigar when stopped and addressed on tho street or in the park by ladies Avith whom they are acquainted -and it is likewise troublesome, especially on n Avnrm day to have to remove a tight fitting glove from the right hand. But those arc tlie penalties of being popular with women, nnd failure to conform to these elementary rules of courtesy indicate bad brooding. (.Jives should bo AVOHI not so much UK an article of conventional dress as for the prtection of the hand, nnd it is amusing to see people often talcing far more care to preserve their gloves fit the expense of their hands,'than their bauds at tlie expense of the gloves. . . . In 'Belgium. Avhich may be regarded as the country whore the finest gloves are made the king distinguishes hbn- self by never \vetiriiig gloves, not. even when'in ful uniform during the coldest weather. Strict on the subject of et- imiet, lie, hoAtever. insists that lite gentlcmcii-ui-AA-ailing ajid his aids-do camp shall be irreproachably gloved. The majority of the members of the Nobles' club and other similar institutions at Brussels follow the king's example and go ungloved. In England, on the other hand, tlifc prince of Wales Is Invarieably gloved, and extremely v>-oll gloved at, that. He wears gloves AVbenever he stirs out ^-^ . . • of the house, and in the evenings at I iomliilHcciu.es the theater or at private entertainment his hands are always enveloped in well- cut single button, pearl gray kids.' He retains his give when shaking bunds, but the pei-son Avhom he thus greets is expected to bare his hand before extending it. Tims at the levees held by the prince on behalf of Uie queen ""•"•• at St. .Tames' palace the ushers nnd other functionaries of the lord chamber. Iain's department Avbo are on duly ae cnrefull t see that each mnn before ( n(k . SMToti entering the royal presence has his right • ' '' ' ' ', band bared and left carefully gloved. .'" , '. ; • ,, •..,'. Tn tho middle ages the etiquet .\vil:h regard to gloves Avns far more stringent than it Is .fit present. Fo instance no one was permitted to ontr a ^^'lutliimtoivlMtloiw Avearijiifr gloves it being 1 considered out of place as it. AVonld noAVofdays be f: remain in. nny sacred edifice Avith hat on. Nor Avere the of the royal and Imperial courts miffed to Avr-nr glcwos their official duties. It in France for the coachmen and grooms soyinan—Hurt 'onglit to pass for picturesque, hadn't he? But none of these hunters ever sa/id anything to me about an infinites!mal sac enveloping precious pci-fume. nor ever complained about having to'journey many painful miles to reach the marts of trade, nor have any recollection of their demanding many times its weight In sold for the precious perfume. Not any hunters that I ever dealt with. They just jumped aboard a, ferryboat, landed on this side, and hoofed it up here, nncl, chucking on the counter what they had to sell, said: " 'There' ye be, eap'ii! Didn't hev iUuch luck yisterd'y. an only slashed the pods out o' ten. Thtiy'ro good tins though. O't. to be wutli 10 cents a pair, ciui'n.' picturesque. hunters lives on Hie livill of tho central Asia mountains by packing their grips and chasing the Jersev marshes. BY HUGH CONWAY, Author of "Called Back." Etc. Etc, a They might have to Avear more clothes, but: they'd get more musk and find a market right, under their noses. Yes, my son. The effete orient, is no place for the musk hunters nowadays. The robust Occident beckons him and he bad. better come. He needn't fetch his spear Avith. him. He can get one hero for 50 cents." "But," insisted' the seeker after information, "surely somebody sells the the genuine oriental musk yet." ."Y,q-*—oh, yVH," 'replied the frank druggist, "There's a great deal of it sold !yct, but it's all nonsense. What's the use? A drop of Jersey musk will roach just a.s far nnd last just sis long as a drop of the most aristocratic article that ever.ciuno from Asia. A lady carrying a drop of the Imported musk to church ^vlth her Avill not: make the congregation a, bit sicker than if she had insinuated, some of the homegrown stuff into her garments. Neither Avill the high-collared youth who sits down next: you at. the theater exhaling ........ of nil Asiatic musk-deer ' bunt arouse Avithin you any greater impulse, lo sweep down upon him like an army Avith banners and dust the lioor Avith him than will the same young man if he is simply exhaling a pervading suspicion that Uiere is a muslcrat hole hard by. Then I say, the use? • There ain't any. i No ono can tell the difference, and 1 i keep the home, article. Some of the linost and most delicate colognes 1 sell today gel there pungency from the ifTctlou of the muslcrat of I mention myself, but 1 should place 100 XOAV York druggists in a. bunch and let you chuck a stone at the bunch, lyou couldn't hit man in it Avho doesn't have just as i the .Jersey music- rat as I have," "Then," s.iid the information seeker, Iffl" ,:; i "the Jersey men who hunt the muskrnt oincus , . . .,, to enter the royal stables * without plovos from their hands. Curiously enough, gloves went out. of fashion almost entirely during-the latter portion f the eighteenth century, and only reappeared after tlie great. French revolution ' 100 years ago. The first gloves that, were ever heard of arc those mentioned in the his toy of the Roman war against the Giuils. The liter, we arc told, had their hands enveloped in coverings made of skins of animals In order to preserve them from the cold. One, of the peculiar 'features of the madness of the ill-fated ex-Empress Charlotte of. Mexico is that she requires a fresh pair of pearl-gray two-button kid gloves on rising every morning thonghont Uio year. If, by any mishap, there is no fresh pair at hand, and an attempt is made to furnish her with gloves that are not entirely now, her insanity assumes for the moment a violent form and continues until she is appeased by a. fresh pair. | "As far as it goes, yes," replied the i druggist. "But as ten or a. dozen pair ! of muslcrat pods Avill make enough I extract to last a year in any drug store Avith a fair trade in perfumes there might be more money in it: for the hunters than there is. But then, you woo, the musk pod isn't all there is to the muslcrat. He is an animal of ' great resources, the muslcrat Is. For instance, he furnishes the material from i Avhich many thousands of sealskin caps I gloves, muffs, and trimmings are made; j and he is, to a large extent, the rabbit 1 steAV of the cheap restaurant. So you can readily see that neither tho musk deer, tlie seal, nor the rabbit Avill be extinct: so long as the groat American muskrat lives, breathes, aud has his being." THIO POINT OF VI10W. I0va- HOW OBTAIN MUSK. THEIR The Swimming Rodent: of the Jersey Meadows the Main Source of Supply. "As to musk now," said the New York Sun young man in search of information, "I dare not sa,y that: tlie race of fragile but aromatic little deer from which musk is obtained must be nearly extinct by this time, is it not?" "Well," replied the frank druggist, "not the fragile and aromatic little deer that furnishes the music: 1 sell. That fragile and aromatic little deer isn't any nearer extinction now than he was when lie lirst began to dive and burrow and that was way buck in the pristine years." "Why," exclaimed the young man in search of information, "the, animal that suppllost ho musk of commerce lives among, the palm-clad hills of cen- toil Asia, whoro picturesque native hunters follow its tiny trade, risking their lives and undergoing great toil and hardship to secure the almost in- flnitoslmal »:ic ' which envelopes the precious perfume., and by painful Journeys of miles aaul miles bearing it to the marts of trade, where it is sold for many times its weight in gold. Everybody knows that." "Yes," replied the druggist, /'I've heard of that. But the way I find the facts is rtifferont. The animal that supplies the music of commerce nromicl tlicso parts lives largely in those luxuriant realms of bog and' malaria known as tlie Jersey marshes, where the following of its trail is atended with no risk to life, no toil, no hardship that I ever heard of. I never knew it to bo attended with much of anything but a jug of rum and along hmidled spear. The hunters are ptc- urosque, though. An old fur cap, a largo chew of tobacco o.ozlng over nil- protesting iredchlu whiskers, and ft pair <rf gum bf<trRSSied with the legs of hickory oi s wMl^a long, lank Jtr, Modern Tollernnce of the Skillful .sums of .Promises. Sorilmor's.—When some social philosopher, who will need a large infusion of tho quality himself, sunn 1 tinu-'i undertakes that uncommonly Interesting bool-. "A History of Ooiil,V.r-:e," hi> will have a very- entertaining task in pointing out tlio changes that have taken place in the popular idlivil of that lirst of human excellences. On purely gladiatorial and militm-.v courage !h<> will have to spend little space, of course; the conception of It probaby has not changed much either way in a. mat tea- of three of four thousand years, iand takes very little thought of motives or morals. When it comes to tiho other and more complicated courage, however, the "courage of conduct," the auu-.a- of the great work suggested will tind puzzling chn-ngcs; among which 1 hope he will choose for 'attention a particular phase in the last quarter of the nineteenth contmly, A. .us to not to have receivfc*! the proper notice from moralists. I mean the admiration that has grown up for the "nerve" of that modern type known by many names, from linanciei like," 1 htVml a propos of "lie of the "young Napoleons of Wall street," "of course it's all "wrong, and 1 have no idea of defending the man. hut I can't help admiring his nerve." Was there ever before a popular disposition 1>> find a virtue of courage in tlio ingenious betrayal of trusts (commonly BO (as to keep within l.ho letter of the law, and so avoid even the greater personal risks) and the skilful evasion of promisesV Tliie fox and the lion have furnished plojil v v of apologues, but not with this moral. Tlio reaH'n why cheating at cards has'always remained a thing which men would not own to who would confess most otlher sins and iwclcednessos, is tlio intrinsic, cowardice that lies in it; even "gambler's nerve" is not applied to men who are nj.jt playing, by the laws of tlio game. "iJeter Penpeck, at whose home in Pou- pt»k, N. j., tlw annual reunion of tHie Smith family of the stute was always l\t\<\, is dead at tyie itige of eighty-four CHAPTER VI. IJEATincil TRIUMPHANT. Miss Clausoii carried her point. Her success Avas due to a curious combination of events, as well as to her own persistence and eloquent pleading. She managed to got Uncle Herbert alone—a difficult matter, as the "Tabbies" AVCVO almost always together— and, after sundry arguments, and entreaties, If unable to Avin his consent to her proposed arrangement, exacted a promise from him that he would not object it Horace approved of her keeping tlie boy. To. .be sure.he had not tlie faintest idea that Horace would consent. Mr. Mordle, the adviser of the family, and Herbert Talbert thus brought on her side of rendered neutral,- Horace remained the arbiter of the boy's fate, and Miss Clauson directed all liei- energies toward making him yield. Like a cleA'er girl she took care that the young intruder should bo no nuisance to any one, not even to the servants. When her uncles saAV him they saw him at his best. At the first signs of bad behavior Beatrice-whipped him tuvay. As lie had not yet run amuck through their bric-a-brac, nor demolished a rubybaclced plate, or detruncated a Chelsea figure, they had no fault to find .with his general behavior. Indeed they liked to see the little felloAv about the place, mid the confiding AVay in Avhich sometimes he climbed upon Horace's knee Avas quite touching. He •was not a bit afraid of these tall grave men. Children see further in some Avays than groAvn-up people, and no doubt the little boy felt instinctively that many excellent feminine traits Avere hidden under the broad bosoms of tho stalwart "Tabbies." They tacitly left his fate -in abeyance for more than a Aveelj; then Beatrice, who perhaps trembled lest some childish act of mischief might defeat her ends, and who thought that the boy had Avell done his part in the affair by making himself so easily tolerated, attacked her nnclos once more. True to his promise, Herbert said his brother must, decide the matter. "Do you Avant the child to stay?" asked Horace, turning to the speaker. "I told Beatrice yon should decide." This answer assured Horace that Herbert kneAv everything that Avas to be known. "My dear Beatrice," he said, "tlie thing Is quite impracticable." Her month quivered. It Avas clear she had sot her heart on keeping her new pet. "Why is it impracticable? What difference can a child make in a house like this? He Avill be my sole care." Uncle Horace looked uneasy. "My dear, you forget it may give rise to scandal." "Scandal I what scandal?" Horace greAV red. One can't talk plainly to young innocent girls without feeling how bad mankind in general is. "Hum—ha," he said. "You must remember, Beatrice, AVG are two single men; not elderly men. As soon as it is known that AVO have kept the cliild sent here so strangely, we give a handle to suspicion and scandal. Do you agree with me, Herbert?" "I am afraid it will be so, Beatrice," said Herbert, rcgi-ctfnlly. Miss Clauson drew herself up proudly. It was an action the Talberts always liked to see in the girl, and which had a great effect on them. "Surely," she said, "you of all people are above suspicion and scandal?" They wore pleased to think this Avas the truth. They folt that Beatrice Avas right. What after all had scandal to do Avith them? The domestic virtues and clockwork regulation of Ilazlowood House might defy the breath of the most censorious Avorld. As this great truth came home to him Horace seemed to purr Avith pleasure. But he had no intention of yielding. He was for one thing much annoyed witli Herbert. Herbert evidently Avantcd tho boy to stay. If so he should say so outright, not let Beatrice fight his battles. So the most Beatrice could get him to promise was that the boy might remain for a feAV days longer. In those few days something happened. First of all a piece of gossip Avent round the neighborhood and eventually reached the ears of those Avho were gossiped about—the Talberts. They hoard that they Avere harboring Lord Iliidwyiin's eldest son, whose mysterious disappearance had been reported in the papers. Lord Hadwynn Avas an utter reprobate, and it Avas well known that his injured wife had smuggled the child out of his way. Lady Hadwynn Avas an acquaintance of tho Talberts; so that even Horace Avas for a moment staggered Avheii he heard the theory propounded by his neighbors. Then some kind creature Avrote to the bereft husband, and his lordship rushed doAvn to Oakbury fierce as a consuming flame—a flame which resolved itself into smoke Avhen he was shown the boy, and found him nothing like his missing son, After tliis, gossip should have died a natural death, but It did not. People Avho are determined to swalloAV a monstrous tale Avill lick it into the shape they can deal with best. In spite of the Tal- berts' strenuous denials and plain statements as to IIOAV the child had been thrown upon their hands, everybody Avould have It that if not Lord Hadwynn's sou he Avas some one else's—meaning some one, a nobleman's probably, Avhose Ayife had, for private reasons of her OAAII, intrusted him to the Tal- berts. Even the reputation of being a harbor of refuge for a duchess or a countess in her distress is a flattering thing; and tho Talborts, especially Horace, felt pleased, Avhile laughing at the absurd idea. Perhaps it Avas tor this reason that Horace at last yielded to his niece's solicitations and astonished her one day by saying— "Beatrice, if you really mean to keep that child for aAYhile, Ave Avill engage a nurse for it." She said nothing, but gave Uncle Horace a most grateful kiss. She must have groAvn wondrously fond of the baby, as her eyes were full of glad tears. That afternoon she drove into BlacktoAvn, and rigged the cliild out from head to foot in new and dainty raiment; nothing Avas too good for him. Horace and Herbert, Avho knew tho price of lace, liuviis, and cambrics to a penny a yard, Avondcred how far her whim Avas going to carry her. Perhaps they felt rather aggrieved that their aid had not been asked. They clearly loved a little shop ping, and could have chosen a trousseau or a layette with any woman under the sun. But the affair of the nursemaid was peculiarly their OAVII. If the Talborts had one gift of houscAvifery above another, it was their skill in engaging suitable servants. . When they called on a lady for a maid's character, the questions they put Ave.reof the most searching and cogent nature. They were not satisfied with the broad assertion that she Avas sober, honest, and cleanly—they cross- examined until they found out all tlio weak and strong points in her composition, then engaged her or not as they thought best, Many a confiding young woman, Avho f auOecJ In going in,tp the service Q| two rich bacjielp* 1 gentlemen, sue \\-as aijoui ro fi-',v«- >. araml. lazy, slatternly time of it. 1'ouml hersulf grossly deceived. Some even declared thcv'd rather have twenty mistresses tiian two such masters. Nevertheless it was a good place, and any girl who had stayed at Ha/.lcwood House a twelvemonth might have had tlie pick of vacancies in the neighborhood. To have given satisfaction to the Talbnrts (or! so long was a three-volume character. At last, after a number of interviews with candidates, they found a nurse-girl who came up to thn standard of their ri-quiti!- ments. One who had no followers, and who made no objection to wearing a cap—moreover, the cap of the pattern they had themselves designed. A member of tlie Church of England, of course, who promised to communicate every two months, and to be contented with Dorset butter'during tlio winter. So the mysterious cliild was as good as adopted at ilazlowood House. A serious question arose as to whether the Infant had ever been christened. Miss Clauson felt sure it had been. Tlie child came to them too well dressed to suppose such an Important rite had bccii omitted. The llnv- erend Sylvumis, who was known to be disgracefully lax about such matters, did not urge that assurance should be made doubly sure, so no baptismal ceremony took place. After some L'diifiiillation it was decided that the boy should be known as Henry. "Henry," said Uncle Horace, "is a safe name; thoroughly adaptable to any station In lifn." So Henry It was. The surname they left in abeyance, trusting that time or chance might some day reveal it. ;: Every article of clothing worn by the child on its arrival was folded up and together with the direction card placed in the big safe. They might hereafter be needed for the purposes of identification. So Beatrice Clauson was confirmed in the possession of her toy—her toy 1 In a month's time little Henry was every one's toy. Thn Talberts themselves were ashamed to say how glad they were that Beatrice's whim hud been carried out, but if was currently reported that shortly afterward, when tlie boy was suffering from some transient childish ailment, the two tall brothers were seen intently poring over that interesting work, Dr. Bull's Hints to Milliters! But this, I believe, was scandal. , CIIA1'TIS 11 VII. THE CiUF.AT JUXE AUDIT. The wisest sometimes make mistakes. The most careful housekeeper has been known tt spoil a pudding by putting salt instead of sugar on it. Let It, then, bo no detraction from the Talberts' gen-mi adiiiiiii.rtnilivi ability, that the nurse girl turno-d out badly. They "had boon so successful wiMi cooks, par- lormaids, housemaids, and liilehenin-.iids that their failure in this on-;! liistaii'.M; must not be considered. The girl's misdeeds need not bo dctaili suffice it to say the culmination of them was- this—Horuce and Herbert driving up the linn one CA'C-i'iing, s.iw ayoun:; man and womai embracing vigoi-::;'viy aiul generally iiavini, a happy time of it. T!;;>y could not nwg n\'M the girl, but I't'll sun; she Avns one o their household, so tho discreet Whilu:ke: was ordered to wait at the sido door ant send the first arrival to his masters. Of course, she repelled the accusation. Sh had indeed stepped out. for a minute to pos a letter to her aged mother, but as for speak Ing to, much .<:w kissing a man—well sh novev did! Alas for I'ominine veracity! Oi the buck of'her print dress was Hie iniprcs sion of four lingers and a tlniin!). printa there in goerd black mold, for it was an in cler-gardener AVho had saemiiiibed lo he charms. It Avas Herbert, who, whilst, lloi ace expostulated, \\.is seated at the uilile iviv so saw her back, AV!IO drew attention to tliis damning CA'klnuce. This gave rise to wiper- tincnce and a month's warning, given in Ihfc most dignified and calm way by her masters They decided to engage, an older and staidor body, and being perhaps rather crestfallen allowed Miss Clauson to have a. voice in the matter. One morning a quiet-looking palc-1'aoed woman Avaitod upon them. She heard that a mirso AVUS wanted and offered her services. Character she had none to give, having been 1 out of service for some, years; but plenty of people would speak for her respectability. The Talborts Avoro much taken With her general demeanor; but hummed and hawed Avhen they found she did not come red-hot from aplace. Horace examined her attentively through his eye-glass. "Haven't I scon you before?" ho asked. "Yes, sir. Hived many ycais ago Avitli Mr. Morton of Cavendish Square. You were often ut the house." She said her name was Miller, and that she was a widoAV. She spoke Avell and in that respectful, but not servile, Avay Avhioh the Talberls Hired. If they could bring themselves to got over the absence of credentials, and deny themselves the pleasure of calling on and cross-examining a former mistress, they thought this woman might do. Beatrice had no doubt about at; and upon such inquiries as could be mado being answered satisfactorily, Mrs. Miller Avas installed in the place of tho frail failure whose escapade Avilh the gardener had lowered tlio Avholo moral tone of tho establishment. A giddy girl in a bachelor's establishment means destruction. But Mrs, Miller was a very different mat- tor. Miss Clausoii found her perfection— nimble-handed, land, and experienced— moreover quite qualified to fulfill the duties of lady's maid Avhen occasion required. Whittalcer approved of her. She Avas a coadjutor after his own respectable heart. The first one to bo considered, the boy, took to her as readily as ho had taken to Beatrice. Horace and Herbert, in spite of the sharp look out they kept for a AA'hile, could find no flaAV hi her conduct, and Avhen at the end of two months they ascertained that she had used less soap—four calces less than her predecessor had during her short stay, they began to think they had acquired a treasure, "For the child looks as clean as ever," said Herbert to Horace. "I always folt sure that girl left the soap in the hot water and forgot all about it." The last winter months and tho spring months passed very quietly at Hazlovvood House. The Talberts and their niece dined occasionally Avith the best families in the neighborhood, and in return tho Talborts asked the best families to dine with them. The seven day's Avondor about the boy had almost died away. Every one of course felt sure he was somebody, but no ono knew Avhat body. If there Avas any scandal the serene brothers heard It not. It is true that old Lady BoAvker, a very important personage, paid them a visit on purpose to find out all about everything. She had known the Talberts as boys, so felt entitled to ask them point blank for an explanation. People who have known you as a boy are as a rule great nuisances. She told them she wanted to speak to them on private business, so Beatrice left tho room. Then she turned from one to the other of tho grate, long-faced men— "NOAV, Horace, now, Herbert, what is .the meaning of this affair? Who is the boy you are making such a fuss about?" "I don't think Aye ever wake fusses," s.aloji Herbert, hi a deprecating Avay. "Certainly not," said Horace, ion. "Wpll mysteries, tiien—we aj *U$ really is-H camp in Ihe-il.'nil <vf UK;:;: wrapped up in an antimacassar or simietliiiii;-—came by Pick- 'ord'9 van, I am told." "I wish you could tell us, Lady Bowker. iVe know no move than yon do." That's all nonsense, Horace. I hear yon mve engaged a nurse, nnd that tlio child Is ostay with yim. I think yon are most inconsiderate." We are never inconsiderate." said. Horace. "Certainly not," said his brother. "Yes, you are. You are inconsiderate in not letting at least, one safe discreet person nlo the secret. Some one like myself who Miild vouch for you." "We don't want to be vouched for." "Yes, you do—I don't sec you are any better than other people." Lady Bowker was growing cross at their mild obstinacy. "Yon are most inconsiderate toward Miss Clauson. Here, a week after she conies to live, with you. this infant maUes its appear- nice I Of course people say you were only waiting until there was a lady at, llaxlewoo' 1 House to look after him." "People say that, do they?" asked Horace, reflectively. "What else can they say? 1 don't say so; but then 1 have known you so lone. I' say that you have some excellent reason for keeping this child; but yon ought to tell one person at least: who he really is." "But we don't know." "Yos, 3-011 do. Now tell me, like good men." They repeated their simple statement, adding that the cliild was kept by Beatrice's express wish; also because they hoped the mystery would ono day be solved; and because they themselves felt a friendly disposition toward the little \vaif. 'I don't believe a word of it," said Lndy Bowker rudely, and rising to go. Tlio brothers smiled calmly. "You will only have yourselves to blame for the scandal." continued their visitor. Still they smiled. "Dear Lady Bowker," said Horace, softly, "will you still ask us to dinner occasionally?" "Of course I shall." "And still honor Ilir/.Iewood House with your presence?" "Yes—when you ask me." "Then," said Horace, "wo feel wo can hold our own against tlio world." Lady Bowker drove away in a thorough bud temper; but feeling more certain than ever that the child was somebody. Indued, she managed to convey to most people the Impression that she was in the secret "Lady Bowker is a trifle vulgar sometimes," said Horace sadly. "She is," assented Herbert. It was a painful thing for them to be compelled to make such an accusation against a well-known member of the aristocracy, but they were conscientious men, and spoke the truth oven when it lacerated their feelings. Then in a quiet iiv.'lliod'cal manner they went to work and rlnslwl nil Hu> '"vMnuiiii. china in a largo cabinet on tiic first landing. They were fond of Oriental cljina, which thcvy considered the aristocrat of ceramics. It is of course a proud position for a man to hold when he feels he can defy the scandal of a place like, Oakbury, but nevertheless Horace Talhert was much annoyed, and as week after week went by this annoyance increased. Ho thought that Herbert should have spoken to him. Ho had waived his objections to keeping the. child at, llir/.lewood House, and now that the matter was settled, Herbert ought to have told him everything. Faithful to his creed of non-interference he said or showed nothing of tlio stated' his mind until the groat June, audit came round. The great Juno audit was this. We have seen how exactly just (he brothers \ven- to ward one another, in this matter of! pounds, shillings, and pence; so it wilt be. easily understood that tho accounts were kept with the most clerkly correctness. Horace \va> the paymaster, and every i tei n of ex p«i i d i 1111 v was duly entered in an account book—his long, elegant handwriting looking quite on I of place when used for such base purposes. If the accounts wore not kept by the Italian system of double entry, they wen; couched in a form which was perfectly Intelligible. After all, there must have been a strong strain of trading nlood in the Talberts. li ono of them kept a horse more than the other it was charged to his account. If one was ill, and a doctor's bill came in consequence, he was debited with tlio amount. Tradesmen's accounts wore dissected and charge-,! off to the proper parties, and, as soon as possible after the SOth of June, Horace prepared an elaborate statement of affairs, which the two men checked through, signed, and settled up, whatever amount WHS due from one to the, other. Nothing could have been fairer. But tliis year, when the accounts were submitted to liis inspection, Herbert Talberl opened his eyes in astonishment at one item with which lie was charged. "1 don't understand this," ho said, laying his finger on one amount which stood against him. Horace, without looking, knew what it was. He had weighed the matter carefully before he nmilr that particular entry. "I think I have charged it as low us in Justice I could," he. said. "But why is it charged at all?" asked Herbert, raising his eyebrows. Now tho entry was: Wages of nurse, six months, .£0 10s. Od.; estimated keep of nnrsi. 1 and child for six months, say £;37 tOa. I'd.; total, £87 Os. Od. "I thought," said Horace, slowly—"in fact your manner at various times gave me to un- wert Bcoutcn, as iiu-y deserve to be MOtted, by all who owe anything to the fierce, brave, vulgar, coarse, and truly human reformer, who boldly asserted that comforts of married life wore not superfluous luxuries. After Miss Clauson had been at Hax.Icwood House for a month, the curate knew that a crisis In his fate was approaching. He slapped himself heartily on his broad chest, and told the Rev. Sylvanus Mnnllelhat here at last was the one. mnid for him. This, so far as it welut. was eminently satisfactory. Unluckily, or luckily, there are two parties to every bargain, two sides to every hedge, and tho curate felt that tlie hedge between himself and Miss Clauson was a high ono. Nevertheless, like a bold man, lie wont to work to climb-It or break through it. It was, Indeed, high time he took some action in the matter. Under the present circumstances, he found his enforced habit of appearing cheerful to all, .even himself, becoming a groat strain upon his resources. There were times when he felt tempted to seek some secluded corner of his parish, and sigh dolefully beneath its famous oaks. Times when, In his own words, he foil, inclined to go out and bay the moon, or generally do what is consoling to unsettled lovers. All this and more, for the sake of Beatrice Clausen's gray eyes, brown hair, and straight profile! Tlio llev. Syl vanus was, indeed. In a bad way, and knew he should not be his own man again until his love was crowned, or kicked into tho gutter. So one Sunday evening lie preached a crisp, exhilarating, detonating sermon, In which he showed his parishioners how right It was that a man should choose a helpmeet. Ho preached it really to encourage himself, but its immediate effect upon his flock was that on the next Sunday the banns of marriage between no less than three couples wore called; so it must have been a mostcon- vincing discourse. On tlio Monday ho mounted his tricycle, and, after going his parochial round, drove or propelled himself on tremulous wheels to Ilazlowood House. Sylvanus, on his ^tricycle, was a lovely sight, but one which,' upon its first introduction, filled Oakbury with consternation. To see a clergyman, in a long black coat and broad-brimmed hat, working vigorously with muscular legs, and sending himself along at the rate of ten miles an hour, was, an upheaval of all traditions. Only his popularity saved him, Indeed, old Mrs. Pierrepont, a parishioner in a chronic state of aggrieved- ness, wrote to tho bishop on the subject. She called it a "bicycle machine," not exaggerating, but diminishing, so far as wheels went. The bishop was startled. A curate careering about, tlie country on a couple of wheels did seem out of place. So his lordship wrote to the rector of Oakbury on the subject, and the rector handed the loiter to Sylvaiuis. Sa far as he, the rector, was concerned, his ciu> ate might have flown about on a broomstick if by so doing ho kept the. bother of tho parish off his superior's hands. Mr. Mordle, who was unable to see. that his ordination vows debarred him from using such a convenient vehicle for getting from one end of the parish to another, did a bold thing. Knowing that the bishop was staying at si country hnii.w .some twenty-live 1 miles away. he. threw himself early one morning into the saddle,or (lie seat, and used his nether limbs to such purpose that just before luncli-flnit! his card was sent in l.o lib lordship, and In Ion minutes the. bishop was gravely inspecting what Mrs. I'lerrepont, when speaking to li-.'r friend-*, c boiical mar'liiiie. (To be continued.) dia- IIANTHA'U A HIORD OF CATTLE. Skill and D.aring Rwpiirodlo Avert A Stampede on tho Trail. derstand—that it was right and just I shouK. 1 make this entry," Herbert's face grew red. He was aa nearly In a rage as he had ever been in his lll'i>, Yi-.l he answered not in words. He took a quill pen and drew a thick ink lino through the entry, thereby giving Horace a morning's work in re-copying his elaborate statement, and altering the totals. Nothing more was said. Herbert's manner of denial was more emphatic than words. His brother knew that he would never have disputed a sixpence which ho was justly liable to pay. Horace did not apologize for his suspicion; ho felt that having allowed Herbert to blot and mutilate his fair balance- sheet without a word of protest was moro than enough compensation, and no doubt Herbert thought the same, for peace was restored, and the matter never again mentioned. The consequence was that, after the Juno audit, even Horace was unable to frame any theory to account for the way in which the boy had appeared among them. He felt, moreover, ho had boon rather taken in—that his consent to tlie child's remaining had been won under false pretenses, or, raUier,because he had deceived himself. However, it was now too late to alter the course of events, and, to tell the truth, Horace Tulbort in his own grave, solemn way potted the child almost as much as Beatrice did, • About this Ume the Rev. Sylvan us Mordlo made a groat resolve. Months ago. he had come to the conclusion that'Miss Clauson's gray eyes aud classical fac.e had wrought havoc with his heart., Tho,,M. B. waistcoat, Which covered Jtr-Sylvanus'>yas orthodox at least in his attire—might have been of wot tissue paper for the little' protection it iia.<J afforded him. He had wot until now ni^ Hie woman he wished to make hjawife, ftUhpmjb, hte single state was J« w wjss 4u,eto ' Tho tiiislc of the drover and his nssi.-i- t;ui1 Cowboys in gelling the herds from t:ht! southern ranches to tho northern shipping points was orio Involving both skill and during, snys an article in Scrlb- JHT'S Magn/ine. The 1 daily program wns us regular as Unit of a. regiment on tho march. From morning until noon tlie cuttle were allowed to grnzc In the direct Ion of their destination, watched by' tlio cowboys in relnlys. The cuttlo were by this time uneasy and were turned into the trail and walked steadily forward eight or ten miles, when ii.l curly twilight: they were halted for another graze. As darkness came on they Avere gathered closer and closer together Into a compact mass by the cowlxnys riding steadily in constantly lessening circles around them until ac last tho brutes lay down chewing their cuds nnd resting from the day's trip. Near midnight: they AVonld usually get n]), stand iiAvhile, and then lie doAvn again, having changed sides. At this lime extra cure was necessary to keep them I'nom ^aimleji.sly wandering off 'in tho darkness. Sitting on their ponies or riding slowly round and round their reclining charges the cowboys passed tho night on sentinel duty, relieving one another at stated horn's. When skies were clear and the air bracing Uie tusk of cattle driving was a pleasant, and healthful one. But there came raiii^' days, when the cattle were restless and Avlieu it was anything but enjoyable riding through the 'steady doAvnpoiir. Then especially were the nights AvearJsomo and the Cattle Avere ready at any time to stampede. No one could tell what caused a staan- pedo any more than one can tell the reason of Uie strange panics that attack human gatherings at times. A flash of lightning, a crackling stick, a Avolf* growl—little things iu themselves, but In a, moment every horned head was lifted and the mass of hair and horns, Avith fierce, frightened eyes, gleaming like thousands of emeralds, Avas off. Recklessly, blindly, in Avhatever direction fancy led them, they Avent over a bluff or morass, it mattered not, and fleet AVero the horses that could keep abreast of tlie loaders. B.nt some could do it, aud lushing their ponies to their l>est gait Uie cowboys followed at breakneck speed. Getting on one sido of tho leaders the effort Avas to turn them a little at first, then move and more, until tlio ulroumfercu.ce of a, great circle Avas being described. The cattle behind blindly folloAved and soon tho front aud rear joined nnd "milling" commenced. Like a mighty mill stone, round and round tlie bewildered creatures raced until they Avere wearied out or recovered from their the coAvboy,, with h4a hjg iari,at, aw} Ms - - thing o| "- A ~-

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