AMANTOOMTHEC'AI'E .'"i T |[ picture .with picture* palat- ed by men who •were young enough to know better, of 'sprawling ladies in green, eeaflet landscapes, ' and blue angola. The frames formed In themselves a .grim attraction to most of the visitors; the Catalogue waa Usually preserved by suburban patrons for the purpose of frightening birds. Yet the gallery was Hot without attractions on a cold day when the wind cut along from the Green Park, down Piccadilly, racing another -wind which was speeding madly along Pall Mall with a slight start in advance toward Waterloo Place. "It does one good," said Mr. James Marcbant, "to come to a show like this. If I ever go out to the Cape .again " ' "Which you won't," said the young lady. , "And I feel wistful ; " "Mai du pays," suggested the young lady. :....-..:.,- , "Exactly. Why, then, I, shall think . of this hideous collection of pictures, and I shall feel reconciled to my lot. fEhe Cape Is not all honey, but, at any rat? you do get nature there. And nature Is always good." "I suppose these artists think she «an be improved by the Introduction of a little novelty." "I wouldn't," said Mr. James Marchant, waving his stick round the-gal- Isry, "I wouldn't give twopence halfpenny for the lot of them." , "I don't suppose they would care to sell them/for less,," -Mr. James Marchant laughed gopd- temperedly, and touched her hand, which happened to be resting on her knee. It was a very pretty hand and very-nGatly-glovedy-and-there-was good •excuse for him. lowering his voice, "something In the . .gallery, Ella, that I would give every V. penny I have In the world to possess." "A picture?" ' * - "Prettier than any picture." •"Statuary?" •„ . -, , ' • "Better shaped than any statuary." p> "Not disposed of already?" /'I hope not There is only one 'diffi- •culty—-I am not sure, if I were to make an offer-now, that it would be accepted." "How shall you find out?" > * , He rose and adjusted his frock coat with ithe manner of a man to whom ' lor some years frock coats had not been familiar wear.. He was a tall forown-faced man,' with a gdo'd^ deal of ,,,-, ,«arnestne8B in :hls eyes. •'"' •. "I shall ask Mrs. Beckett." ,"0l", she said. She. gasped a little Tti^ l>efore she went on. "And you—you think my, stepmother will be—will be " -able to advise you"in the matter?" "I think she will." They walked slowly on the thick'carpet to the swing & doors. "Besides, it's only .fal* to do , "It seems to mB^!-.she--sald^-rolHng -up her catalogue very tightly, ''rather <,'. • an old-fashioned mode of procedure." ' v IThere is this excuse in my case. • ' Mrs, Beckett has an idea, I am afraid, that I have brought back from the •Capo untold gold. I want to make her understand', that when I say I shall iave to work for my. living, I really , - inean it." I "I am glad," she said, quietly. ; "I know that you are, dear. But J suppose parents are different.'/ . ' -"My-parent-is."-- - - "THEY DON'T -KISS ME." . "And if she objects, why," he looked down upon her affectionately, "I shall Just pack you up, Ella, and run off with .you." • . ; - • ,.-. "Now," she said, delightedly, "that ; is more old-fashioned than ever. I believe it's an Idea you have learnt from tho Kaffirs.- Whait a wonderful thing travel is for improving the mind!" "I shall see you tonight?" • "I am not sure," she said, with her little hand resting for a moment, in his"; "I think the Invitation is for two only" 1 ' "I have a great mind," said Mr, James Marchant, looking down at her affectionately, "to kiss you." "That ia no -evidence of a great mind," she aald reprovingly. "Besides, you are in London now." "And don't people kiss in London?" "They don't kiss me, Mr. Marchant." "I am very glad of that." , . "And people don't talk of kissing at the doora -of picture galleries," "I am afraid," said James Marchant "that I have much to I beuome reelvlliaed -ft Risted ts»r Into the hansom, "«h» wan only ft snail gfr!——" "Not old enough to count? 5 ' "Of trhmn I thought every day of my life out there." There wer« tears in her eyes that 'challenged the lightness of her good- by. The sinall gloved hand -was pressed in the big flat of the man from the Cape for one moment, and then he gave the address to the driver. A bright face with the tears of happiness, still there looked through the glass as the hansom drove off, and Mr. James Marchant strode away,with a glad • heart to see, a business man in Bedford street. Foremen who want to earn money must force their thoughts away even from the direction of pleasant young women. It was by great dexterity that at dinner In Duke Street Mansions that night Mr. James Marchant contrived to get himself paired with the excellent Mrs. Beckett. Mrs. Beckett declared • herself enchanted; but this was so frequent a declaration on the part of Mrs. Beckett that it was held to mean something less than the phrase really meant. "I should have thought you would have insisted, Sim—ply Insisted on taking down my dear Madeline." Mrs. Beckett fluttered her fan at Mr. Marchant in a manner that had in the early seventies been pronounce^ bewitching. "I want particularly to speak to you, Mrs, Beckett. I want to offer myself-—" ; "8^-s—eh," said I Mrs. Beckett mysteriously; "Not a word. I know exactly what you are going to say. Madeline, my dear." She called, to a tall, bony damsel Just in front of them. "You haven't shaken hands with dear Mr. Marchant. How very remiss of you. The dear girl is so thoughtless; do you know, Mr. Marchant; that I declare to goodness I believe she's in love?" ; __'__ : _ Miss Madeline received this raillery -wlth-a—grim—Bmlle-and—shook—hands- wlth Mr. Marchant. 'Mlsa Madeline explained that her half-sister Ella had remained at home because she had some writing to do. "Poor Ella," said Mrs. Beckett, with effusive sympathy, ".poor, dear girl. I'm really dreadfully fond of her. You must give me your advice, Mr. Marchant, concerning her at dinner. I feel already—forgive'me for saying so-r-I feel already as though you were one of the family." * Mrs. Beckett gave her little cackle of self-approval and general satisfaction and went on as they seated themselves at table. • "I have noticed it all along, do you know, and I am so d-elighted. Quite enchanted really. "And" my ^Influence with the dear girl will make her like you. I dare say you may have thought her a little—what shall I say—cold?—. but, as a matter of fact, it has pnly been—0, bless my soul, thick soup, please^-what is the expression? It has only been—it has only been " "Maidenly reserve?" suggested Marohant. ." ~ " "Pre—wisely! " Pre—clsely' what I was trying to say. How clever of you, dear Mr. Marchant. I can understand how how it was you got on so well In South Africa. And your assertion that you had come home with very little was, I could see, only a pretense to try us.—Yes, sherry, please." "I want to speak to you about that, Mrs. Beckett. I'm afraid you don't realize what I mean when I say that I haven't brought much home with me." "Now, my dear Mr. Marchant." "You must allow- me, please, to tell you "exactly my position. Unless work and earn money we . shan't have " .'••-'••• "Mr. Marchant! This elaborate ruse is one 'that I have heard of before. A woman like myself doesn't live in this world for— well, a certain .number of years for nothting." "No," said Mr. Marchant; "it costs money, I know." "That is not <it ail what I mean. 'But when you came back from the Cape a few weeks ago and hinted that, you had only a ; few hundreds I. could "sea through it at once. It .was— this Is a dreadfully slangy expression — too thin, But the dear girl, of course, didn't see through it, and consequently you may tool quite sure that she will .love you for yourself alone. That's all you wanted, isn't it?" ."•Thai, certainly, la nil that I wanted but-—". . "Ar.-'.. V-..y ,ately enough, to confirm A.-,V s;.-apicions, I came across a letter addressed to a friend of mine — she didn't know that I saw it, but I to do so all the same — from your partner, Burchlson." • 1 "Haally?" Mr. James Marclmnt was suddenly interested. "And Mr. BurcMsou sj.id that you and he had made a pile — such un odd expression isn't it— of £20,000. And he. said that he thought you would both stay on for a few years, but aa wo know yo'i sensibly came home." i Mrs. Bickett looked triumphantly across at her angular daughter opposite, Hvho was bawling information . about the weather to a deaf archdea- j con, and -then at Marchant. She shook 1 her 'head waggishly at the man from i the Cane. I , "Can_ I see that ."letter,?", he asked sharply. , , "Fortunately I have it in ray pocket, , but I really . don't know whether I ought to show ( U you. 1 You see it ia. private." ' • "Is thiit why you took it, Mrs. Beckett?" '••• .'-..-• : "Gome, come, Mr. Marcaant^ Don't ba too eevere. »6ne -has to k*ep opsn in, this world," * i 'iUy--f<3r In of and under juntmBh of -h$« plate Mareh- ant read U. "Mrs. Beckett," Ka «afd excitedly, "you b-arc, without knowing it, done me a very great service. Burchiaon declared to me that he had Invested our galng and that all 'the money had been lost. It seems from this letter that he haa behaved shamefully,' and I shall make him disgorge every penfiy that belongs to me. I shall go back to the Cape by the next boat." "This is very unsatisfactory," declared Mrs. Beckett aggrSeredly. "You can'fVery well get married before next Saturday." ^ "The deaf girl will wait," he answered coaCflently. , " ''I'm not so sure of that," said Mrs. Beckett with some snapplahness. "Dear Madeleine Is not BO young as she was." "Bo 1 should Judge. But what has she to. do with the affair? Is she to be bridesmaid?" "Madeleine has been bridesmaid often enough," said Madeleine.'s mother. "This time, providing this money affair of yours comes out right, she will be the bride." • "Whose bride, Mrs. Beckett?" "Why, bless the man," cried Mrs. Beckett, "yours." -------- ~ ---------- ---------- — "I don't see how that can be managed with convenience. There's a law against bigamy, , I believe. Besides, I only want to marry your stepdaughter." ' ' • "Ella?" cried Mrs. Beckett amazedly. "If yoii don't mind." Mrs. Beckett laid down her flsh knife and fork and stared distractedly around the table at the other guests. Finally her eyes rested on Madeleine, and she frowned so much at that young lady that Madeleine asked across the table in an audible tone if she were ill. "111?" echoed Mrs. Beckett tartly; "I have uncommonly good cause to be. To think that I have taken air this trouble for the sake of poor Mr. Beckett's ridiculous little daughter by his first wife. Why, she isn't worth - " promptly; "you will remember, please, that you are speaking of a lady who is to be my wife." "Bah!" saJd Mrs. Beckett.— Chambers' Journal. PRUNING HIS PRODUCTION. Norw the Young Newipaper Man Got » , Few PplntB on Writing. "I have sent for you, Mr. Feudally;" said the able editor, addressing the young reporter lately from the City of Brotherly Love, says Judge, "to make you more fully acquainted with the methods and practices of metropolitan Journalism than you seem to be at pres- 'ent. As a result of your assignment you have^turned In^the~f6ll6wing: Adjusting his eyeglasses, the editor read aloud: " 'The whole wide west was gorgeous with the glory of the declining sun and its golden splendor flamed broadly across tho horizon. The outlines oljtho giant ibulldlngs stood dark and clean- cut against the background of crimson and orange. Long.trails of smoke ^tream&d in quaint curves and convulsions""athwart the sky like'—er—er—-Is it 'tantalized tapeworms'?" "No, sir!'.' declared the reporter^ quivering with wounded dignity; "it is 'titanic traceries.'" "Ah, yes. Your chirography is a trifle complicated," returned the editor, aad resumed his reading: .."'The day wasted slowly away, the gorgeous spectacle fading reluctantly, and the band of brightness growing narrower and more meager. The, pale Bky_Beemed_^tojrecede_and ..vanish as the pall of night settled slowly down. Darkness, somber and dank,- fell. The aun had set'—now, Mr. Feudally," puiv sued the editor, pitilessly, interrupting himself, "tha,t la all very pretty, but what does.lt mean?" "Why, sir, I—I—" "Exactly!: I Judge that the gist of the whole thing Is contained in - 1 ie last paragraph, that I read, viz,: 'The sun had set'?" . . . "Yes, sir;' but—" : "Well, then with no wish to be brutally -abrupt, let me ask, why in thunder didn't you let it .set? "Moreover, Mr. Feudally, where is the rest of the story?" ;'•..'• "The—er—rest, sir?" . "Precisely. You recall the- nature Of your assignment, do you not, of which you seem tO' have written merely the introduction—the- time .of the.occunv ence? That, by the way, is contrary to all the. ethics of- Journalism. No account of an event should begin with the statement of the time of its happening; but we will let that pass." ' "But I—I forgot, sir; I— '/ "So I imagine. You were so absorbed In the concoction of the picturesque portrayal of the non-essential that you failed to recall, as they say out-west, 'where you were at' and why you were there. . "Your style may be, and doubtless is, acceptable, in .the comatose settlement of Ladleshomejournalvflle, but It is a trifle too circumlocutory and laby- rlnthic for New York." So saying, the able editor ran his blue pencil across.the production of the young reporter and handed to the j callow wlg'ht a slip of paper upon which I he had , written. two essential words j which he had saved from the wr*ck of i matter, namely,'''ILast night-—" I "Take these words, Mr. Feudally," I he said, "and add to them the rest of the story. Good day, sir." ; A Trying j "Whfct part did you find most diffl- ' cult when you. were * ou the stage?" "Trying to HV« up to the salary I told I my frleuda I w»s getting,"—Sketch. Will Bcs« nettroy There has been In the past, and still la, And I suppose always will be, a difference of opinion among well-informed fruit growers ea to whether the honey bee actually destroys ripe grapes without any outside assistance, says American Gardening. At almost every meeting of the State JJortlcul- tural Society this question comes up, and like the old notion of wheat turning to cheat, .one man IB positive that It will and another la equally certain that It will not. Neither has any positive Information on the subject. In order that we might have some reliable data on this question some careful observations were made during the past season. A Worden grape vine, well loaded .with fruit, was selected, and when the fruit was ripe all defective berries and surplus leaves were removed, so as to allow of the free movements of the bees. A colony of Italian bees was then placed close to the Tine, and the whole Inclosed -with mosquito netting, giving the beea about 300 cubic feet of space in which to work. They were kept confined with the grapes. Just 21 days, and in the meantime were not allowed to get any other food to eat except the grapes, and what they already had stored in the hive. At the end of three weeks they were removed and the grapes carefully examined, but It could not be discovered that a single grape had been Injured. The natural inference Is that if tho bees could not be induced to eat the grapes when -kept in close confinement with them, they are not liable to injure' them when at liberty to eeek such food as they like best. We all know that certain wasps will cut the skin of grapes, and I have always held to the opinion that the wasp was the culprit which first opens the door for tho bees to get in. The opinion has been confirmed the past season by see- Ing two epecles of the genus Polsltes light on the grapes and with their sharp Jaws tear open the skin and suck the Juice. After this was done the .honey bees would usually finish the-work. In fact, It would be a very stupid bee that would hot avail itself of such an opportunity. Tezua Horses In Cuba. Some of the ranchers in Central Texas estimate that 5,000 horses have been shipped from Texas to Cuba wltii- in the past six months, the demand having been created by tho war between the Spanish government and the Insurgents, says Dallas News. Tho state of Texas supplied horses to both sld'es. An ~order was filled for the Spanish government within the past sixty days. Gen. Weyler, after studying the subject, gave the preference to Texas bronchos. He is quoted, by Mr. W. P. Hall, who spent October In Havana, with saying that Texas horses make superior cavalry mounts in a rough country, where supplies were not regularly provided, and were more reliable in the Cuban climate than any other stock. Mr. Hall gave the News reporter an account of the landing of a shipload of horses at a Cuban port for the use of the insurgents. He said: "I got my information from a Texan who has been supplying tough Texas ponies for the insurgents^ ever elnco the Cuban war commenced. The horses were sent-to the Atlantic seaboard from an interior point and were In a gale two days. When the bhlp ran Into a Cuban Inlet a Spanish cruiser was In the offing, but fortunately for^the _ parties ^Interested ^.the_._hprse_ ship went unobserved and made a safe lauding of the cargo. One fine horse was sent as a present from a Texan to Gen. Maceo, The horses, my informant stated, bore well known Texae .brands. Some of them were under fire within twenty-four hours after touching Cuban soil. From all that I learned from the military authorities In Havana, and from sympathizers with the Insurgents, I conclude that half of the horsea in military use on the island were raised In Texas." Fat or Lean' Animals.—In feeding all young animals thrifty growth is, much more important than to fatten them. Many people suppose that the only way to lessen fat .'s to restrict diet until near starvation point. But they niul by trial tliat if the food given contains the'fat-forming nutrition, re- 'Btrictlng Its amount makes what Is given'-BO.much better digested that the fattening process goes on as before. A far surer and better way to accomplish what is wished is to give food plentifully, but not of the.kind that builds vip fat. and especially to give what makes bone and muscle. It Is for this reason that wheat bran and wheat middlings are eo valuable for feeding, They will not fatten if fed moderately with hay, straw and roots, and they will keep young stock thriftily growing.—Ex. Gain in Flesh.^-Dry food for flesh making, fed at eight state experiment stations to 132 cattle, shows an average gain of 1 pound of flesh for each 10.24 pounds of dry matter, consumed. Lawes & Gilbert, of England, estimate 11 pounds dry matter per pound of gain in cattle and S> pounds in sheep. At the Iowa experiment station but 8.0D pounds of dry matter was required to make 1 pound gain in Hereford cattle and 7.37 pounds for sheep.—Farm and Home. Turn the eheep into the weed patch. Heavy horses for city teaming are in demand. Wm. Feua established tea first flaeli of sheep iu Peaiieylvasia in 1683. The Hayes Planters, The Thomas Disc, TheSattley Spring Lift Biding Cultivator, The Sattl^y SpringLiftWaikingOtiltiTaton The Corn Queen and Maiden Cultivator, The Hummer Sulky and Gang, The Hitstler Sulky and Q-ang, The Superior Force Feed Seeder, The Gale Steel Lever Harrow, The Weber Wagon, The Aermotor Windmill, The Meyer's Pumps and Cylinders, And a full line of Buggies, Carriages and Road Wagons. BROS, QBNDRON A. J. MCNEIL &GO. Headquarters In Rock Falls For Bicycles. Wheels sold from $35 to $100. Oood Stock to select from. Largest Display of Lawn Mowers 'IN THE TWO CITIES, at the VERY LOWEST OF _PRICE3,-quality_consldered. ^_. _,. Gasoline and Blue Flame Stoves. In fact, a full line of everything pertaining to the bard- ware business can be purchased at the . "OLD RELIABLE," Rock Falls. uOXeS* Estimates furnished on Building Material on abort notice. COUPON. Every Boy and Girl should save this Cou- i pon. It means money to tho one having | the largest number. Explanations later. Date., Name RELIANCE THE STERLING STANDARD, Job Printing and Book Binding. Work Unexcelled. Prices Reasonable. Office Thoroughly Equipped for all Classes of Work. The Sterling Standard, Sterling, Ills. _ What if Not Miracles? The great Fdur-C Remedy is doing work wherever introducedas nearly miraculoeS as it ever falls to the lot of any human agency to do (I will esteem it a favor for any one interested to write the persons whose names ' appear below or anyone whose name may appear or anyone whose name among these testimonials.) My aim is to contlnca the public of my sincerity and of the true merits cf this remedy, BENEFACTORS OF THE RACE. Office of "KINGFISHER TIMES," * Kingnsher. Okla.. Deo: 18, '83: ) GENTLEMEN:—! believe it my duty to xvrlto you a Hue In regard to the beneficial effect of Pheips' "Four C Remedy," so far as I am personally concerned, A week ago last Thursday, I was taken with a severe attack of la grippe aud in a short time became so hoarse I could not. speak. ubove a whisper. The eight previous I Dad coughed nearly the entire ulcht; just before retiring I took a teaapoonf ul,and slept the entire night as sweetly as over I did in my life, not couching once. I was entirely relieved before taking one bottle. Pheips' Cough, Cold aud Croup Cure should be in every household iu the land. I send you this wholly unsolicited by anyone, for you are benefactor!) of the race in giving it the antidote for some of the worst afflictions to which it Is heir. Veiy Truly Yours, C. J, NKSBITT, Editor. A MIRACLE. , Kansas, Deo. £4, '91 jL&st Friday, Dec. 19, my attending physician stated unless I was better by morning .be oould do uothlne for my relief. That night I com-' menoed taking Phelp'e "FourO" remedy, stopped all other medicines. The first dose stopped my cough; slept and retted well; a few more dosea removed all soreness from my lungs; tba second day I was up; the third day I was out on the porch aud to-day was up town purchasing holiday goods. Mias JEKNIB BASSET, Washington Ave. and Summit St. CROUP CURED. One doaa of Pheips' Cough, Oold and Croup Cure, cave my child lnst»ut relief when attacked with the croup. ' W. E. MOOBB, of Moore Bros., Grocers. Arkan&aa City, Kauw. UNBROKEN REST AT NIGHT. J. U. UUUMO, Manager, i Office Commercial Printing Co., V •\- 186 South Clark St. f B-RPhelp*. Esq., City. DJUB SIB;— I wish to bear testimony to ths great efficacy of your "Four C" remedy in throat and lung ailments. As a rule I have been skeptical of the merits of proprietary medicines, but have to confess that a test of your "Four C" is convincing that .at least one ready made remadv is worthy of use. My children alJ take It witi? out the least objection, from oldest to youngest and it is particularly noticeable that benefit to almost immediate. . A single dose will check most coughs iu their beginning; it gives au ua- broken rest at night. Iu my family "Four C™ " simply indispensable and I reoommead U unqualified!; 1 , ' Yours, •• ACUTE LARYNGITIS. _ . Chicago, Sept. 25. 'fig For years back' each winter I have suffered with acute- Laryngitis. lAat winter was go \mA I could pot leave my room for two weeks or sw>*k above a whisper. 1 tried every knowa oouiS preparation from ooughdrop* up and dowaw no relief, then in desperation l was induced to try Phelp's "Four C." The first dow . my cough, jjiving me the first night' s «ssi f«r weeks. Half the bottle cured me. I have tt . e. ave ttew been without this wonderful remedy sinoe. It fat as different from other like remedies as molassea from vinegar or sugar from Baud. — «"•• MBS. jFosBPH E. OBIJBB. 6313 Madlsou Ave. IT IS A MIRACLE. Conductor Eokard, the Eallroad , oesnoa, dent of the. Neodasha Kansas BsaUter, ha»tb1» ^ sav or ."Pour C.".: "f helps U bavlng » w»» derful sale of hla CouaU »ud Cold Remedy. personally know it Isjust what it is seuwB ed to oe. Too «auol» cannat to taU la NOTICE TO DRUQQIST& AND THE PUBLIC ~"~— CONTRACT—Druggists are authorized in ALL CASES TO REFUND THE Pirn- CHASE PRICE, if the Four-C Remedy (Pljelps'Cough, Cold and Croup CureV to give satisfaction m Croup, Bronchitis^stfama.LaGrippejCoughs and Colds, matter'how long standing, or deep seated, in fact I guarantee in all Broachial or Lung trouble, not as a Cure.AU,but to give uabouuded Give it a trial 90 the above conditions. I take all chances R, R, mm, m m strut, mm, in, For Sale in Rock Falls by p. and In Starling by W, P.
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