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•»./-••'• '-r^ "JT ' -it * tlPPEH MS MfflNES,, ALGONA, IOWA, WEBKBSJPAY, MAY .y893. B* HUGH COUWAt, Author of "Called tiadt,' 1 Et& Eto. "Not even of rank, riches, fame, power!" he said in a lighter tone. "Miss Clauson, you are incomprehensible." She chose to turn the subject. "I am go- Ing to the village now," she said. "With your permission I will accompany you." She made no objection. It is a curious fact, that in spite of his glorification of the noble art of loafing, Mr. Carruthers \vas always ready to go walking with Miss Clauson wherever and whenever she permitted it. But no man is consistent for twenty-four hours at a stretch. Mr. Carruthers, in his attempted study of Beatrice's disposition, found it very hard to hit upon the word which would, so far as he as yet knew, describe its chief characteristics. That a strong element of sadness was mixed up in it he felt sure. It was just possible that this was introduced by the unfortunate differences between herself and her father. Having learnt that she had been a guest at Hazlewootl House for eight months, he was shrewd enough to make a pretty correct guess at the true state of affairs. But there was more than siulness to account for. There was apathy. However the Talberts viewed • it—whatever high-bred charm they fancied was vouchsafed to Miss Clauson by the bestowal of that reserved calm manner of hers, Frank know its true nature was apathetic. It seemed strange that an intellectual girl like this had no desire, or no revealed desire, in life—no ambition, social or otherwise. From the very first he judged her character by a high standard—quite as high as that by which he judged her beauty. As their intercourse grew more familiar he found he hud no reason to abate either. Naturally, Frank Carruthers, fellow of College, Oxford, was a clever man, and after taking so much trouble about the matter should have been able to sum up a weak woman's character correctly. So, after a great deal of reasoning, he came to the conclusion that he had found the word to suit her. Beatrice was morbid. Every one knows that the best cure for mor- bidness is to awaken the patient's interest in his or her fellow-creatures—In even one fellow-creature will sometimes do. Therefore, it was very kind of Dr. Carruth ers, after such an exhausting diagnosis, to set about endeavoring' to effect a cure. A good action will sometimes bring its reward. His view of the case was greatly strengthened by noticing that Beatrice never appear• ed to better advantage than when she had her little boy with her. It was the interest she took in this tiny fellow-creature which made her for the time display those qualities which all unmarried nien.with right exalt in a woman—affection, kindness, and forbearance with children. Single men, if they are good and \, /etical—synonymous terms, I hope—are apt to think that a woman never looks more charming than when she has a child or children with her. Sometimes, after marriage, they have been known to express a wish that the association need not be so eternal. But although Mr. Carruthers decided that Beatrice was morbid, lie had still to account for the appearance oi: the disease in a mental constitution which ought to have been the last to have succumbed to it. The more he tried to account for it, the more he was forced to accept, as the primary cause, one thing—a tiling, even in these early days, most unpleasant and unpalatable to him. But he could not ignore the fact that young ladies who are victims to what is called an unfortunate attachment do sometimes grow morbid, and try to make their friends . believe that life for them is at an end. So one evening, shortly after his arrival at Hazlewood House, Frank asked his hosts, of course in the most casual disinterested way, many leading questions about Miss Clauson —why she was not married, or at least engaged, and so forth. The Talberts returned their old answer that it was time she thought about it, but perhaps she took after themselves, and was not of a marrying disposition. This Mr. Carrtithers ventured to doubt "She may have boon disappointed In love, he said, carelessly. All the same ho refilled from the claret jug the glass from which he had been drinking 1847 port. "My dear Frank," s id Horace, Avltfi grave dignity, "Miss Clauson would never permit such a thing to happen." "Certainly not," said Herbert. "Permit what? Permit herself to fall in love?" "No; permit herself to be disappointed in love. She is far too—too well bred for such a thing to occur. When she makes her choice It will be one of which we all approve; so disappointment is out of the question." "That's highly satisfactory," said Frank. "A well regulated young woman Is the noblest work—well, of modern times." They were by now getting accustomed to him, and although rather shocked at Beatrice's being called a young woman did not show it. "Then her choice Is not yet made?" continued Frank, "Not to our knowledge, and, i may add, not to Sir Maingay's." Mr, CiiiTiithers asked no more questions. He strolled out into the garden and talked quietly to Miss Clauson, until the stars showed themselves in the sky. Having ascertained that Miss Clausou was under tlio charge of no other amateur doctor, Mr. Carruthers could, of course, set about curing hor disease without any fear of outraging professional etiquette, OIIAl'TJSH XII. A. HOUSE! A IIOKSEl It must not bo supposed that no mention of any friends of acquaintances of Miss Clauson's implies that she led an isolated life at llazlowood House. She had, indeed, plenty of both. It could hardly bo otherwise, as the Talberts were very great on the subject of the interchange of social civilities, and kept a visiting boo'.; as carefully as any lady could have done. One of Miss Clauson's friends came several times across Frank Carruthers' patli about this period. This friend, or acquaintance, was a fine hulking young fellow of about twenty, the heir to, and hope of. one of the families of position. A great guuu-naturcd broad-shouldered boy, who would doubtless in a year or two develop, into something that a mother might be proud ol', and a young lady feel happy to have for ;t .suitor. He~was an Oxford uiulwgrnilitiifi', .i.nd for a while had been one of Frank's pupils. So when he came up to Ilnxlttwood House one morning, of course to see tlio Tulborts, he was much surprised at linding llio celebrated Oxford coach sitiing at liUi eusu just like an ordinary unlearned Philistine. He hung about the place until Beatrice appeared, and, after a while, Frank heard him ask her when lie might call and go riding with her. Although Mr. Carruthers, when Inquiring Into Miss Clauson's likes and dislikes, had ascertained, that she was fond of riding, he had not as yet seen her on horseback, perhaps the sharpest shaft In love's quiver wafc kept to be shbt the last. i'lie Tttibcvls were hot great at norsenesa. tn the first place, they loathed horsey men, and although, as part of a gentleman's education, they had learned to ride well, they preferred in their maturer years the carriage Seat to the saddle. They had a pair of well- matched • carriage horses, and recently a liorse had been bought for Beatrice. After it was purchased she did not, however, make much use of it. She could not ride out unattended, and when a groom went with her it necessitated Ills using one of the carriage horses. So she only rode when her uncle." were not going to use the carriage, or wht.i some chance escort like young Purton offered himself. At present her horse was in the hands of the veterinary surgeon, so there was no chance of young Purton's being gratified. Nevertheless, tlio account of the animal's progress toward recovery was good, and Miss Clauson hoped it would be returned, to her very soon. After this interview Mr. Purton used to ride up to Hazlewood House every.morning, to learn if Miss Clauson's horse had conn back. He was very anxious to hire or borrow another one for her use, but his offer was firmly declined. Perhaps, after all, Beatrice only cared for riding in a comparative way. Frank Carruthcrs, when he met the young fellow, dressed in the most natty and approved equestrian costume, used to laugh and jest with him, and ask for the latest bul- lecins anciu one convalescing sceea. .tie knew that young Purton had once or twice ridden into Blacktown, to see what progress the Invalid was making. For his own amusement Frank would address humorous questions, clothed, for the benefit or distress of his late pupil, inelegant Latin and Greek, until young Purton fled incontinently, or boldly asserted that ho ought not to be tormented before his time. But one morning, to his inexpressible delight, ho found the horse reinstalled in the Hazlewood stables,and, moreover, Miss Clauson willing to don her riding gear, and allow her cavalier to take her for a twenty-mile ride. Frank had the pleasure of seeing the two tide away in company; young Purton feeling and showing how immensely superior a good horseman, intrusted with the care of a fair lady, is to the best Oxford coach who could let Greek and Latin "run out of his mouth like water, by Jove!" Miss Clauson's appearance on horseback, need not bo described, but Mr. Carruthers, after watching her supple, graceful, but, alas! vanishing figure, buried his hands in his pockets, anil walked about the garden in a seemingly reflective mood. Then for a while he went back to his favorite holiday occupation of lying on the lawn and doing nothing. Horace and Herbert by this time had finished their housekeeping, or china dusting, or whatever kept them indoors. They joined him and laughed at his laziness. He tilted his hat, and looked up at them sleepily. "I say, Horace, where can I buy a horse?" "A horse 1" "Yes. I had quite forgotten it, but my doctor insisted that as soon as I got better I should take horse-exercise." "I didn't know you could ride." "Yes, I can. Something, of course, very quiet. Oil, yes, I can ride until I fall off. The wor.-.t is that whenever I fall from any thing, whether a horse or a ladder, I come on my head as certainly as a shuttlecock docs." "Take one of the carriage horses," said Herbert. "We can use the dog-cart," added Horace. "Not a bit of it. You wouldn't look well iua dog-cart. It's not a dignified conveyance enough. No. I will buy me a horse and sell him when I leave you. I will not trust myself to a hireling. The hireling'— what is'it the hireling does?" "Forsake the flock," said Herbert. "The s-liHOp," said Horace, corroctingly, "Yes, to be sure. I am neither a sheep nor a flock, but fear the hireling would treai me badly. So tell me where to go for a horse." "It seems great extravagance, Frank." "Extravagance! What is extravagance': Spending more than one can afford. I am rolling In money. I am disgustingly rich. ] fear not to meet either my bootmaker or nij banker. Besides, in justice to my doctor, ] must have his prescriptions made up, no matter what they cost." They saw that he was in earnest, so called their coachman to assist in the search for a steed. Tins coachman, in his striped liner waistcoat, joined the group, and waited his. masters' commands. "William," said Horace, "Mr. Carruthere is thinking of buying a liorse. Do you know of anything for sale round about here?" "Do I know of a hoss, sir," said William reflectively. "Something quiet," put in Herbert, who was solictious for Frank's safety. "A hoss—something quiet," repeated William. "To drive or ride, sir?" he added, turning to Frank. "To rule." "A hoss—quiet—to ride. There's Mr. Bulger's cob, sir. His man said he were for sale." Frank did not like the sound of Mr. Bulger's cob. Herbert and Horace thought it was just the thing. "Well up to your weight, sir, after Mr. Bulger," said William. "Such a shoulder, such quarters, such a barrel, he've got, he have I" "Who?—Mr. Bulger?" "No, sir—the cob." "Ah, yes—the cob. But there are barrels and barrels. I want one with an ordinary capacity—I shouldn't care for the great tun of Heidelberg." "Certainly not, sir," said William, touching his forelock. "Cobs' backs are so broad," continued Frank musingly, "It seems contemptible to bestride them. The temptation to chalk one's feet and ride standing would bo irresistible. Would you find It so, Horace?" "Well—no. I don't think I should," answered Horace, with that polite gravity which always amused his cousin. "Mr. Bulger won't do, William," said Frank. "Try elsewhere." William scratched his nose, and for a minute was in earnest thought. "There's Captain Taylor's mare," he said, with a timid glance at his masters. "She has ran off with the stanhope and smashed it. But they say she goes quiet enough with a saddle on her back—leastwise if a man knows how to ride," "We won't deprive Captain Taylor of his treasure," said Frank. "Think again." "Will you go to Baker's repository, sir?" asked William, who had come to an end of his equine researches. "Where is it-?" "In Blacktown," said Herbert. "We will go with you." "No, thank you. I will make my own unbiased choice. No one shall be blamed if I come to grief—except my doctor. Is Barker an honest man?" "He Is supposed to be so," said Horace. "He's as honest as hoss-dealers is made," said ^illiam. "Tj^en I'll trust myneck's hands. I'll walk into Blacktown at once." J5M went indoors and put himself into towij«olng trim. The brothers saw him depart, with sou^o misgivings, but as he pn.ce iJ thpoffw of their assl\tftnpe. loliteness would not let them press it. At the lodge gate ho found William wait- ng for htm." "If I may make so bold, sir, •on say to Mr. Barker that 1 sent you to him —William Giles, sir, Mr. Talbert's man. Jarker pin't so bad as some, sir; and when le knovfl I shall have something to do with he boss, may be lie won't try and best you." "Tl nnk you, William, for your disinterested kindness," said Frank, gravely. "Don't mention it, sir," said William, with joliteness perhaps caught from his masters. 'William Giles, Mr. Talbert's man— you'll remember, sir?" "Certainly, William. Is there anything else I ought to say to Mr. Barker?" ' "No, sir, not ns I know of." "Shall It el I him you deserve five or ten per cent, on the transaction?" William's face was a study. He looked at Frank in a startled way, then glanced guiltily round to see Hint his masters were out oi earshot. Then he looked at Frank again, and, catching the humorous twinkle in his eye, chuckled convulsively. "Oh, Mr. Carruthers, you know the inside of the ropes, you do. If you ride ns well ns you reckon up, you might ' a ' bought Captain Taylors mnre. Don't think Barker will take you in much, sir." "Perhaps not; but I'd better niako sure. Fetcli me n nice clenn straw, William." Wil liam obeyed without comment. His respecl for Mr. Carriithers had greatly increased. Frank took the straw, and breaking off a piece with the empty ear attached, stuck It between his teeth. "Is that the right length, William?" he asked. "Bit too long, sir; but you'll have chewed .him down 'proper by the time you get to Barker's." "All right," Frank passed out through the gate, and left AVillinm opining that he "was the rummest gent as ever came to the house, one never know if lie was in earnest or chafflng-like." Frank soon got rid of tlio straw which he had mounted for William's mystification, and reached the repository without nnyslgns of horsiness about him. He had an interview with the tight-legged proprietor, nnd for the next hour stood watching horses white, horses black, horses piebald, horses brown, bay, ajid chestnut, trotted up and down the long tan-covered way. Ho heard Mr. Barker eulogize each particular animal. He listened because he liked to study character — human, not equine — and was fascinated by a desire to know what Barker would find to say when each fresh screw appeared on the scene. But his silence as to his own opinion concerning the merits or demerits of each animal, and the calm contemplative way in which, smoking his cigarette the while, he watched the horses pass andropass, drove Mr. Barker almost to distraction.' That worthy didn't know whether he had to deal with a flat or with a wiser man than himself. All business men are aware that this places one at a terrible disadvantage in a negotia- C1OI1. lb 1 i iu iniu juu nave a clever man like a fool ; but doubly so to find you have treated a fool like a clever man. This is one of the risks of business. Mr. Barker was the more uncertain because he tried Frank both ways. On each of the first fifteen horses he showed him he placed a ridiculously high price— then resolving that his customer was a knowing one, he veered round, and asked a very low figure for the next score of animals paraded. Yet Frank made no sign, and Barker was quite puzzled. He even grew suspicious and glanced at Frank's legs, thinking it just possible that their owner was a horse-dealer from another town, who had come dressed like a swell, to try and take in the redoubtable Barker himself. But Mr. Carruthers' lower limbs were as straight and well-formed as if he had never in his life-time crossed a horse. So Barker was beaten, and breathed his equivalent to a sigli as the last of his five- and-thirty screws was led back without having drawn a word of condemnation or commendation from his visitor. "Well, you're a hard one to please, sir," he said grimly. "I wanted to see some horses," said Frank listlessly— flipping the ash from his cigarette. "Oh!" said Barker, with a deep-drawn breath. "You— wanted to— see— some bosses, did you?" It was only in moments of great excitement that Mr. Barker forgot himself enough to call his wares '_'hosses." Ho was a well-to-do man with daughters who played the piano. He knew that the proper pronunciation of the word raised him above the level of grooms and stable boys. He had acquired it with great difficulty, so its retention was precious, "Yes, I did," said Frank pleasantly; "but never mind. Sorry to have given you so much trouble. May I give your boy half a crown?" "Now," said Barker, cocking his head on one side and speaking in a confidential whisper, "without saying a word about the horses I have shown you, tell mo what's your Idea of ahorse— his value, I moan?" "I'm not particular." "Oh, you're not particular. Jim, bring out the chestnut." "No," said Frank, "never mind. I don't want to see him. I want you to choose a horse for me." No doubt horse-dealers are as honest as other dealers, but Mr. Barker's astonishment was indescribable. It might have been that of a convicted forger given a blank check and asked to take care of it, or that of a wolf to whom a sheep brought its lamb and begged that it might be looked after for awhile, or that of a cat asked to stand sentinel over the cream. Yet ho was equal to the occasion. "Want me to choose a horse? Can't do better, sir. Whenever the duke or the marquis wants a horse in a hurry they write to mo to send them one. S'pose if I can suit the duke, 1 can suit you." "1 don't know. I'm fidgety. You can try," Still Barker couldn't feel certain whether ho was dealing with a sharp man or a fool. "There's the chestnut I spoko of. He's the very tiling for you." "How much?" said Frank, laconically. "One hundred and twenty guineas," said Mr. Barker, with that emphasis on the last word which says that tlio vender is proof against the same number of pounds. "Look here," said Frank, sharply, "you find me a horse for six weeks. I don't care if it's black, brown or blue. Namo the lowest price you mean to take, and if the price suits mo and I buy it and don't find any particular vices, I'll give you twenty per cent. more, and the horse to resell for me at the end of the time. Now, then, is it the chestnut?" Barker made a long pause; then with an assumption of candor said: "No, sir, after that it isn't the chestnut. You come here, I'll show you what it is." Mr. Carruthers never told any one the exact price his horso cost him, so we will not force ourselves into his secrets. Ho left the repository having settled that if a veterinary surgeon's certificate could accompany the dark bay horse just , shown him it might bo sent to Hazlowood House that afternoon. Then he bade Mr. Barker good-day, and strolled back to Oakbury. Just before he reached Hazlewood House he was overtaken by Beatrice and her cavalier. They reined up and spoke a few words. Young Purton was in high good-humor, and delightfully condescending. "Pity you don't rWe, Mr. Carrutlms," u,e said "It is a pity. Will you coach me? Revenge is sweet, you know." "I'll bring my father's old horse round some morning nnd give you n lesson. I clnre say you would soon pick it up." "You were always a kind-henrted boy," said Frank, gratefully. "Miss Clauson, do you think I could learn to ride?" "You are too lazy, I fear." "Yes; I suspect I am. I won't trouble you, Purton. Good-by." The horses trotted on, and Frank sauntered back to Ilnzlewood House, smiling placidly. In the afternoon, to Miss Clauson's supreme astonishment, the new purchase arrived. She and Frank were in the pardon at the time. The bay was placed in Mr. Giles' charge, and that personage, after inspecting it, rejoiced for two reasons; the first, that Mr. Barker i.nd not "bested" Frank; the second, that even if Frank had "bested" Mr. Barker, the liorse must have cost n pot of money, and at whatever figure his, William's, introduction might be assessed, the back- 'sheesh must be worth having. "I thought you didn't care for riding," said Beatrice. "I don't—much." "Then why buy such a horse?" "Because I should like to ride with you." He gave her one of his quick glances. Beatrice 1 turned away, ashamed to feel that she was'bHislliug. She was very cold and reserv- ed.'(luting the evening, yet the audacious young man chose to take it for granted that she would accept him for her cavalier vice Purton superseded. Horace having duly admired theJiorsc nnd shaken his head at the palpable extravagance, mndea scricsof elaborate rulc-of-thre« calculations, mid determined, if three horses ate a certain quantity of certain things inn certnin time, how a fourth horse would affect the quantity, the things, and the time. Young Purton was too shy to offer his escort on the next morning—ho feared lest he might wear out his welcome. Su his ride was a solitary one.- Judge his utter disgust when, quietly trotting along, lie encountered Miss Clauson and Mr. Carruthers, the inttoi mounted on a steed the like to which Mr. Purton had for years longed to own, and, moreover, riding ns if lie knew all about it, Tliis sight was very bad for young Purton, Had ho been poetical lie might have compared himself to the eagle struck down by its own quill. As it was, he muttered, "A jolly sell, by Jove!" anil after the unavoidable greetings and Mr. CaiTuthers' inevitable bit of badinage, rode home in disconsolate stata NOT SO HAD A PltOFKSSIO.N \S OMO MNHIT THINK. MANY KXCKLLKNT AND UNFIXED UIHLS KNTKll IT. Hut. the Profession:!? Xnrso Must Not P.c Too I'rot .ty, And of All Things She Must. Not Flirt With the Young Doctors— Dospito Those Little Kestrielions Site Enjoys Life. MONTE CARLO Twenty-four Million Fninc.s for tlilo Lust Year— Increase ot! ItoAvdyism, The Monte Carlo gambling establishment made more money 'duriv.ig ite last financial year, Avhich ended the flrst of this month, than ever before in its history. This fact is especially notable because the season has b'eeii an exceptionally bad one for all the Kivcra resorts. The total re-joipts from the gaming tables in the twelve months Avere over 24,000,000 francs, and the directors of the gaming society, Avhich officially goes by the euphonious and more delicate name of the Sosieto des Bainns do Mer et Cercle des Etrangors du Monaco, Avill be able to pay a dividend of about 41 per cent, for the year on the nominal value of each, share. This is the largest dividend it has ever paid. The face A'alue of a share is 500 francs, but the actual value is quoted today at live times the amount. The present capital of the society is 30,000,000 francs, divided into 00,000 shares. A. majority of the, stock is in few hands, and only holders of more than 200 shares are allOAved t'O vote at the business meetings find share in the management:. This shut out all but about a dozc'ln shareholders. Efforts are making looking to a redivislon of the stock and an' increase of capital. It is proposed to split up the shares inro /iftills and redistribute them at 500 francs. This would let in many more shareholders, and, it is beleived Avould cause some stilting changes in the conduct of the establishment. There have been no striking events at the gambling establishment during the past year. No plunger lias arisen, and there have been no really big Avinuers. No one has broken the bank. A. young Russian, Avlio Avon over $20,000 on the last day of the financial year, came next day, All Fools Day, and lost every sou again, so the cashier had but to transfer the amount from last year's account to this year's. ,T|ho (feature) of the season has been the increased multitudes of small gamblers, the class the management most AA'elcomos. They have small capital and can't stand a run of bad luck. They lose their money rapidly and make room for other victims. Monte Carlo has fallen rapidly in Dhe social scale during the past year or so, so the lecal observers say. The list of visitors contains fow iinm'eg of people high in the social scale of European society as compared. Avith previous years. Scarcely a day of the twelve mouths has passed without bnnvls and quarrels over the tables, either among the players or between, players and officials. Rowdyism and rascality have been rife, and one leading writer says. "The Casino has never harbored such a gang of thieves as that Avhich practises upon the pockets of the people standing around the tables during carnival time." A. marked feature of Monte Carlo in recent months has boon the largely increased proportion of Germans among the players. A feAV years ago germaii Avas rarely heard in the gambling room: now it is said to be everywliterc about Monte Carlo. The strong efforts recently made in Germany to restrict gambling is offered as a possible explanation of the fact. The gambling spirit of the nation is flndlg an outlet at Moute Carlo. American dolars, too, have , so It Is said boon more plentiful at Monta Carlo during the past twelve months than formerly. The gambling society's franchise, from the late Prince of Monaco, has still twenty years to run. The rice crop for 1892 was the greatest ever groAA'n in this country, and is estimated at 225,000,000 pounds. The largest before known Avas that of 1850, estimated at 215,313,407 pounds. The crop of 1891 AVUS but about 15,000,600 pounds. The year's | consumption ,. "f tuts country Is about 250,000,000 'so that 25,000,000 maV still be ] "Pretty girls are not eligible for hospital nurses. Oh, of course they take them, but It's rather a draw-back to be good-looking," said a young girl Avho is studying for a. trained nurse, according to the New York Hocorder. "The first, injunction a, probationer gels is, 'Don't: flirt. Avith the doctors.' Apparently the doctors are like the Immortal Barkis—'willing.' "Well, they are mostly young men, and then there are so many excellent opportunities. A young nurse i.s often set to watch a. patient and the doctoi ha's lo come hi at intervals during the night, to note the effect, of the medicines or perhaps to change it. That is their opportunity, providing the supervising nurse doesn't happen lo be around. She is a, dragon, I can tell you, and a sharp one for ferreting out. a flirtation. She is generaly the plainest Avoman who can be found and jealously spurs hoi on to vigilance. I remember once Avheii one of the doctors said something to me not strictly necessary she snapped out quickly, right in his presence, 'Miss—, did you knoAv: Dr. Brown beforb ylpu camie here?" " 'O, yes, a. long lime,' I said. " 'Of course you remember Avhen I used to attend your mother,' he re joined. And Ave both tried to look although AVO had been t.eling the truth "Another time Avheii I had to ham one of the physicians a, hypodermic syringe, he was rather long taking it: nuid the nurse said, the moment he Avasgone: " 'Didn't, Dr.— squeeze your hand? " 'Certainly not,' I answered. "But he did. "One night I had to measure out some whisky and AVUS just about to do it, Avheii the doctor happened around. Ho held the glass for me to turn if in and said: " 'How much am. I allowed?' " 'I don't think you are allowed any,' I answered. " 'Then I'll take a cup of cocoa, If you please,' lie said, looking towalrd Avhere 1 AVUS making some for myself. '.lust then AVO heard the supervising nurse coming, and tlio doctor fled through the nearest doorway. This happened to be a patient's room, and on going in there the nurse found she had fainted. I Avas dispatched posthaste to rouse up the doctor, and of course he Avas fast asleep and It took us a, good fifteen minutes to get him. there. "Tho moment the patient cainc to herself, she cried out: " 'Oh, doctor, such a fright as I had! A man. flew through my room like lightning. I thought it Avas you.' " 'My dear woman, you have been dreaming,' he ansAvercd. " 'But the dresing-gOAAii Avas exactly like the one you have on,' she persisted. ^ " 'Imagination; you are a, bit excitable. I expected that from the medicine,' he Avent on, reassuringly. "Are these young doctors bright, fascinating, worth flirting with? "No. They never have a cent. Tlio flrst six moiitlis they don't get anything. Tho second six they got their board, I ihlnk, and the second year they receive a small salary. "The life of a young nurse or proba- ' inner is not; a very easy one, though I like the work so Avell I am Avilliiig to put up Avith It for the sake of becoming in time a competent nurse. A nurse is set at tasks Avhich belong to a, domestic servant. She has to scrub the paint, polish the faucets, keep bottles and glasses bright, and do many other things not strictly Avithiu the lino of nursing. "She has to take Avhatever the older nurses say to her Avith the utmost meekness. A novice must never answer back to an old nurse. If she Avere told that; a patient Avere dying, and she saAV that suimo patient getting ready to go to dinner, she Avould Imve to agree Avitli the nurse as to her condition. If she speaks even in an ordinary tone of A'oico she is informed that she does not speak like a probationer. She must be the A r ory embodiment of humility. She must servo as a novice two months before she guts her uniform. "A probationer usually has a room Avlth four or five others. The room ig Avell furnished, and might be made to look very cozy; but AVO are always in such a hurry AVO throAV thing's around, and keep it pretty Avell tossed up. There are folding beds, and AVO each have one bureau dnnver and six pegs to hang clothes on. "The board i.s generally excellent. It is Avell cooked, and there Is enough of it, "Wo must rise at 0, breakfast at 0:30, and report Avitli cap and apron at 7 o'clock. 'The first tiling AVO are set at is making beds. Next AVO wash the faces and hands of patients and comb their hair. Then AVO see to their breakfasts. At 10 o'clock the doctors and head nurses moke their rounds. They come er, generally about eight iu around each. Questions and .•ourso, the nurse who is responsible for ha I ward h.:*t to be careful to see that >y 10 o'clock everything is neat and irdcrly. and whatever has been previ- nisly ordered in medicines or supplies t at hand. "Lunch comes at 1.—After that we wait on patients, roll bandages or do whatever the nurse, sets us at till 0. At. 7 we put. cm the night dresses of he patients and go off duty. The night mrsos come on then. "Once in a while AVO are allowed iwo hours off in the afternoon. In six weeks 1 never asked to get aAvay but nice and then I stayed three hours. Well, didn't. I get it Avheii 1 canie back? I .should say T. did. "Three nights in the week we have to attend lectures till 10 o'clock, and sometimes Avheii we have a, fcAV spare minutes we receive a book and are set to studying something the nurse wishes us to learn." 'What is this I have heard about the height of a. mii-so. Won't they lako hort ones?" "Well, they don't, like to. A nurse ought, not. to be under live feet six inch- s. That, I believe, Is the requirement." "Why?" ' "Because if she is short she cannot bend over a. bed and raise np a patient, or she cannot, reach over and handle one as Avell ais a tidier person. "Then as to age; you must be 21 before you can be admitted as a regular nurse. You can bo a probationer before that, a,s I am. But. I should think it best for any girl to Avalt until she is at least 20 before beginning. It is not au easy life, but neither has it the humdrum monotony of many other A r oca-' lions Avhich Avomen follow. "Some women are born with a, special Illness for nursing and they like it. Often it is a, stepping stone to the study of medicine. The experience gained ns a nurse in a hospital would surely be of great value to any Avomau Avho Intended being a physician. 'One thing you arc specially Avamed against, and that is nob to tcE a patient Avhat ails the one in the next bed. I Avas told: 'I Avould rather you Avould murder three nurses and elope with the doctor than ever let one of them know what is the matter Avlth, another." EAllLY HISTORY OF COAL. Wood and Charcoal Were the Fuels Which Preceded It. Contemporary lleviCAv: Though coal had been employed for centuries in tlio mnjmifacture of salt on the shores of the coal fields, AVOOI! had hitherto been continued to bo the fuel at tlio inland salt Avorks. The use of coal at Naut- wich is mentioned as a. novelty in 1050. At Droitwich Avood fuel and leaden pans were in use up till 1091. In this era salt manufacture Avas in the zenith of Its prosperity. But the substitution of conl for Avood in the Inland salt trade, aided by the discovery of jlroek salt, Avhich took place accidentally in boring for coal in Cheshire, led to the gradual decline and linal extinction of the manufacture of salt on the coast. The only traces now remaining of this once flourishing industry exist in such names as Howdon Pans, on the Tyno; Preston Pans, on the Forth; Saltcoats, in Ayrshire, and Saltpans, in Arran and Kiiityre, or In the Scottish proverb, "Cany salt to Dysart," synonymous Avith the English "Carry coal to NoAVcastlc." In no branch of Industry was tiie scarcity of Avood more keenly felt than in the smelting of metalliferous ores, Continued efforts to accomplish this Avith coal began immediately after the accession of James L, and Avere persevered in throughout the seventeenth century. But for a prolonged period the noAV fuel proved highly intractable, and scheme after scheme ended In a failure and disappointment. After eighty years of oft repeated trials the tantalizing problem remained unsolved. Wood and charcoal still held the field in the smelting furnaces, and all hope of ever seeing coal substituted for them had Avcll-uigh died out. In 1080 Sir John Pettus, in his "Essays on Words Metjillick," concludes his observations regarding sea coal and pit coal Avilh the remark: "These are not useful to metals." The unpromising prospect, however, soon began to brighten. Immediately after tlio revival of lead and copper mining, Avhich took place about 1092, having probably been more or less in abeyance since the interruptions occasioned by the civil Avars, Avhen The Usher left his skiff to rock On Tamna-'s glittering waves; The rugged miners rushed to war From Mendlp's sunless cave —these ores came to be smelted Avith coal The extraction of silver from lead Avitli coal AA r as accomplished by n> Mr. Lydal in 1G97, and the same individual appears to have been the first to successfully employ coal in the smelting of flu, in 1705. The ores of iron proved more refractory, no substantial and permanent success in smelting them Avith coal being obtained till near the middle of the eighteenth century, wlieri the manufacture of choircoal iron had dAvmdled to very small proportions—in fact Avas dying out for Avaut of fuel. It then at length became an accomplished fact at Coalbrookdale Iron Avorks in Shropshire. The success Avas at first ascribed to tl\p Shropshire coal, but probably the employment of a strong blast had a groat deal to do AA r ith It. From this the coal became the life of the iron manufacture. The ci-devant drooping trade rapidly revived, and the latter part of the eighteenth, century saw conl Iron furnaces in successful operation throughout the kingdom. jt Js a« old maxim tuat / fee milk" ^l}k is > .

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