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Tflfi ffi^B WEB MOHOTl „ ,"Well, well, we must go by averages pvof Course. Shall we say two years? I 'Should think that you have a full two iyears before you." "In two years your pension would bring you in £ 1,600. -Now i will do my Very best for you, Admiral! 1 will advance you £2,000 and you can make over .to me your pension for your life, it v pure speculation on my part. If you die to-morrow I lose my money. If the doctor's prophecy is correct I shall still be out of pocket. If you live a little longer, then I may see my money ' again. It Is the very best I can do for you." "Then you wish to buy my pension?" "Yea, for two thousand down." "And If I live for twenty years?" ' "Oh, In that case of course my speculation would be more successful. But you have heard the doctor's opinion." "Would you advance the money Instantly?" • ; "You should have a thousand at once. The other thousand I should expect you to take in furniture." - T "In furniture?" i "Yes, Admiral. .We shall do you a ' beautiful houseful at that sum. It is the custom of my, clients to take half in furniture." •'••'. ' The Admiral sat in dire perplexity, He had come out to get money, and to '• go back without any, to be powerless to help when his boy needed every shilling to save him from disaster; that would ' be very bitter to him. On the other hand, it was so;much that he surrendered, and so little'that he received. Tjlttle, and yet something. Would it not be better than going back empty- handed? He saw- the yellow backed cheque-book upon the table. The moneylender opened It and dipped his pen Into the ink. . •• "Shall I nil it up?" said he. "I think, Admiral," remarked West- 1 macott, "that we had better have a lit- -,'tle walk and some luncheon before we settle this matter." -"Oh, w.e may as well do It at once. It would be absurd to postpone it now," Metaxa spoke with some heat, and his eyes glinted angrily from between his narrow lids at the imperturbable Charles. The Admiral was simple In money matters/but he had seen much of men and had learned to read them. He saw that venomous glance, and saw too that Intense eagerness was peeping out from beneath the careless air which the agent had assumed. "You're quite right, Wesmacott," said he. "We'll have a little walk before we settle it." . "But I may not be here this afternoon." , • "';" "Then we must choose another day.' "But why not settle it now?" ' "Because I prefer not," said the Admiral shortly. "Very well. But remember that m> offer is only for to-day. It is off unless n u take it at once." 'Let it be off, then." " "There's my fee," cried the doctor. "How much?". "A guinea." j.,v The Admiral threw a pound and a Si/ , "shilling upon the table. "Come,' West-- macott," said he, and they walked together from the room. "I don't like It," said Charles, when they found themselves in the street once more; ''I don't profess to be a very fharp chap, but this is a trifle too thin, What did he want to go out and speak to the doctor for? And how very convenient this tale of a weak heart was! I tbelieve they are a couple of rogues, and in league with each other." "A shark and a pilot flsh," said the Admiral. "I'll tell you what I propose, sir. There's a lawyer named McAdam who do«s my aunt's business. He Is a very hpnest fellow, and lives at the other side s of Poultry. We'll go over to him together and have his opinion about the irhole'matter," f'How far Is It to his place?" i «Qh, a mile at least. We can have a , cab," ' , "A mile? Then we shall see If there Is & ,L ' any truth In what that swab of a doo- &¥' tor said. Come, my boy, and clap on all "'' fall, and see who can stay the longest." , 'Then the sober denlgens of the heart' ^f business London saw a singular as they returned from their lunch. pown the road-way, dodging anfong cabs and carts, ran a weather* Sained elderly man. with wide flapping pjaeK hat, and homely suit of tweeds. With elbows braced back, hands 'cjenche4 near his armpits, and chest 'protruded, he spudded along, while fljpge at his heels lumbered a large; limbed, heavy, yellow mustaohed young Who seemed tP fee l the exercise a deftl more than his senior. On they they pulled ;? ^"*UP. Panting at thi Pfflce where the Mi/ "%of the^ Westm.acotts was to be found, "There now!'' erled the Admiral in - , "Yfhty S ! ye thlnl? Qf that? wrong Jp the enginerroom, eh?" ' It eflQug^, sir," If'j b.e'jjeve, fjje'swab was'a I (SQgtqr.at 4U-' IJe w-as " »'i^9ec»lor&9J?"jajn' tt. M'At>AM, of the firm of McAdam & Squire, was a highly polished "man Who dwelt behind a highly polished table in the neatest and snuggest of offices. He Was white-haired and amiable, with deep-lined aquiline face, was addicted to low bows, and self at half-cock, as though just descending into one, or just recovering himself. He wore a high-buckled stock, took snuff, and adorned his •conversation with little scraps from the classics: "My dear sir," said he, when he had listened to the story, "any friend of Mrs. Westmacott's is a friend of mine. Try a pinch. I wonder that you should have gone to this man Metaxa, His advertisement is enough to condemn him. Habet foenum in cornu. Thoy are all rogues." "The doctor was a rogue, too. I didn't like the look of him at the time." "Arcades ambo. But now we must see what we can do for you. Of course what Metaxa said was perfectly right. The pension Is In itself no security at all, unless It were accompanied by a life assurance which would be an Income in itself. It is no good whatever." His clients' faces fell. "But there Is the second alternative. You might sell the pension. right out. Speculative investors occasionally deal in 'such things. I have one client, a sporting man, who would be very likely to take-it up if we could agree upon terms. Of course, I must follow Me- taxa's example by sending for a doctor. For the second time was the Admiral punched'and tapped and listened to. This time, however, there could be no question of the qualifications of the doctor, a well-known Fellow of the College of Surgeons, and his report was as favorable as the other's had been adverse. "He has the heart and chest of a'man of forty," said he. "I can recommend 'hla life as one of the best of his age that I have ever examined." "That's well," said Mr. McAdam, making a note of the doctor's remarks, while the Admiral disbursed a second guinea. "Your price, I understand, is five thousand pounds. I can communicate with Mr. Blberry, my client, and let you know whether he cares to touch the matter. Meanwhile you can leave your pension papers here, and I will give you a receipt for them." "Very well. I should like,the money soon." "That Is why I am retaining the papers. If I can see Mr. Blberry today we may let you have a cheque tomorrow. Try another pinch. No? Well, good-bye. I am very happy to have been of service." Mr. McAdam bowed them out, for he was a very busy man, and they found themselves in the street once more with lighter hearts than when they had left It. "Well, Westmacott, I am sure I am very much obliged to you," said the Admiral. "'You have stood by me when I was the better for a little help, for I'm' clean out of my soundings among these city sharks. But I've something to do now which is more in my own line, and I need not trouble you any more." "Oh, it is no trouble. I have nothing to do. I never have anything to do. I don't suppose I could do It if I had. I should be delighted to come with you, sir, if I can be of any use." ,"No, no, my lad. You go home again. It would be kind of you, though, if you would look In at number one when you get back and tell my Wife that all's well with me, and that I'll be back In an hour or so." "All right', sir, I'll tell .her." West- macott raised his hat and strode away to the westward, while the Admiral, after a hurried lunch, bent his steps towards the east. It was. a long walk, but the old seaman swung along at a rousing pace, leaving street after street behind him. The great business places dwindled down into commonplace shpps and dwellings, which decreased and became more stunted, even as the folk who filled them did, until he wag deep In the evil places of the eastern end. It was a land of huge, dark houses and of garish gin-shops, a land, too, where life moves Irregularly and where adventures are to be gained—as the 'Admiral was to learn to his cost. He was hurrying down one of the Jong, narrow, stone-flagged lanes between the double lines of crouching, disheveled women and of dirty children who sat on the hollowed steps of the houses, and basked In the autumn sun, At one side was a barrowman with a load of walnuts, and beside the barrow a bedraggled woman with a black fringe and a chequered shawl thrown over her head, She was cracking waU nuts and picking them out of the shells, throwing out a remark occasionally to a rough man in a rabbit-skin cap, with straps under the knees of his cprduroy trousers, who stood puffing a black clay p}pe with his back against the wall. •yVhat the payse, of the quarrel was, or what' sharp sarcasm from the woman's lips pricked suddenly through that thick skin, may never be known, b«t suddenly ft #a$ h6i a heavS 1 stlek, fcui il *al enough to Ieav6 a good red weal er It fell. ¥he rou£h yelled witfi , and fushed in, hitting with both hands, and kicking with his iron-shod b6otf, to! Ifse Admlfrd had Still a quick ftfdt afid & ttlie eye, so that he bminded backward* and sideways, still raining & shower of blows up»« MS savage antagonist. Suddenly, however, a pal* of a?iflfc closed ardtihd his hebk, and tifthc* ing backwards he taught a glimpse of the black coarse fringe of the woman whom he had befriended. "I'vfS got him!" she shrieked. "I'll 'old 'lm. How, Bill, knock the tfipfc out of him!" tter grip was as strong as a ma.n'8, and her Wrist pressed like an iron bar Upon the Admiral's throat, tie made a despef-; ate effort to disengage himself, but the most that he eould do Was to swing her round, so as to place her between his adversary and himself. As il proved, It Was the Very best thing that he could have done. The rough. half*bliftded and maddened by the blows Which he had received, struck out With 6,11 his tin* gainly Btrettgth, Just as his partner's head swung afound in front of hlnii There was a noise like that of a stone hitting a Wall, a deep groan, her grasp relaxed, and she dropped a dead weight upon the pavement, while the Admiral sprang back and raised his stick once more, ready either for attack or ds- fense. Neither were needed, however, for at that moment there was & scatter* Ing of the crowd, and two police constables, burly and helmeted, pushed their, way through the rabble. At tha sight of them the rough took to his heels, and Was Instantly screened from' view by a veil of his friends and neighbors. "I have been assaulted," panted the Admiral. "This woman was attacked and I had to defend her." "This is Bermondsey Sal," said one police officer, bending over the berag- gled heap of tattered shawl and dirty skirt. "She's got it hot this time." "He was a shortish man, thick, with a beard," "Ah, that's Black Davle. He's been up four times for beating her. He's about done the job now. If I were you I would let that sort settle their own little affairs, sir.." "Do you think that a man who holds the Queen's commission will stand'by and see a woman struck?" cried the Admiral indignantly. "Well, just as you like, sir. But you've lost your watch, I see." "My watch!" He clapped his hand to his waistcoat. The chain was hanging down In front, and the watch gone. He passed his hand over his forehead. "I would not' have lost that watch for anything," said he. "No money could replace It. It was .given me by the ship's company after our African cruise. It has an inscription." The policeman shrugged his shoulders. "It comes from meddling," said he. "What'll you give me If I tell yer •where it is?" said a sharp-faced boy among the crowd. "Will you gimme a quid?" "Certainly." -• "Well, Where's the quid?" The Admiral took a sovereign from his pocket. "Here It Is;" "Then 'ere's the ticker!" The boy pointed to the clenched hand of the senseless woman. A glimmer of gpld shone out from between the flngers, and on opening them up, there was the Admiral's chronometer. This Interesting victim had throttled her protector with one hand, while she robbed him with the other. The Admiral left his address with the policeman, satisfied that . the woman was only stunned, not dead, and then set off upon his way once more, the poorer perhaps In his faith in human nature, but In very good spirits none the less. He walked with dilated nostrils and clenched hands, all glowing and tingling with the excitement of the combat, and warmed with tne thought that he could still, when there was need, take his own part in a, street brawl in spite of'his three-score and odd years. Y.011 afe a klhd-hcftl'ted gtrf, tenttei? and loving, and when somebody IS taken sick, fiome fellow-'wofkcr) yott are eager to help, to give yotlf iultd toward making the sufferer moM comfortable. .Ottt of your little sttlttfy every week you put aside a bit bf money for the tlay of Illness. Possibly 111 the ftttid that lifts been gottefl up lit the office of store! possibly you have put It In one of the dime batiks, ami, while you have been doing this, the .other girl has not troubled herself as to tho future. Though you rchietnbin' that she wits spoken of its generous because she bottght this girl a bunch of flowers, bought nnotlir one a book, and gave another one, her most intimate friend, no oiul of tteats. she never looked for the dark days. NOW, jj'on arc wondering \\hitt you arc to do. She Is sick, and she hns not saved any inoiioy. They arc goliig to take up a collection for lu-r, and sotne of tho girls, thoughtless as she was, are go- Ing to give sums of money that seem to you very largo. You think over wlmt your expenses ore and how much you can afford, nucl you put your name down for a dollar, and the girls who gave two look at you with scorn and whisper that they did not dfotiiu that you wci'o so moan. But you wore not moan, you wore honest. Shall you, because of this girl's thoughtlessness, give loss moiioy this week to that dear old mothor whom you have to holpV ShnJl you, because of this Rlrl's thoughtlessness, got into debt, that your name may look large on a subscription list, and that you may bo spoken of as generous? Surely not. Give what you can In money, and then, If possible, glvo a little of your time to that girl who is suffer- lug, and when sbo is well-ami strong again, try and tench her to look out for tho hard times and bo prepared for them. Not long ago a young girl said to me: "I shan't be able to help any at; homo this week, because there were two collections taken up hi the olttce tfc§ JroUfig fi&fc»S mf WfflSfilii frof St e fctett ftMMSS Wl tW B8f tfcst be ms ftddtetsd ta ti» of tobacco. She teft ptwwpit? MA him that he colild cteose bfel^efn^ bacTCtt attd fiefsetf) find 16 fill htt pleadings opposed the 6n6 off« "If frdti love toMcttr tttote thatt ?8fl Ats me, fltid 80hl6 ethef wdmftft Wfi* will tolerate stich tt habit." At length fee C§ased id til-gtS hef, ttfld they tfeat thelf sepftfate Ways. «te ttt fetafttH single and toWatte pWiSfdent of the National Wbmfth's tJhftStlafi Teffi* pef-ntic? unlott atad one of the best pai*- llttiiienfflrlftns 111 the United • Stafes, rtiid IIP trt taai-ff sofiie One ilse and be* cottio otie bf the most pWtnlheftt bisfo> dps of the Jlethodtst Episcopal church. Sttdk. cleafty the InWtttiofls o{ the (TO DJS OONTINDBD.) COT THE CLOTHESLINE. How to Grow Pnt. Fresh air, plenty of sleep, good digestion, mental trauqulltty, proper clothing ami social diversions are requisite agents lu-securing roundneso 'of contour. The value of water can hardly be estimated. Become a hard drinker It you wish to get t'at. Take a drink of 'water on rising; this rinses out the stomach. If constipated add a pinch of salt. Cocoa, milk and an average amount of coffee arc all right. Eat something every night before retiring. Take a nap every day. Avoid irritating sub- 'Jects. Bones and a bad temper are almost synonymous. Go to bed early and only rise when you'feel that you have slept enough. Let meat Occupy a secondary place in your diet. Take frequent warm baths. If. you.do not care for vegetables cultivate a taste for them. In fact, live to extract all the swoets of life and you .will iitid yourself on "the road to success. to But It Took the Boy Twenty Years Do His Mother's Errand. Twenty years in which to do an errand is a long time, but that is the period consumed by Charles Wright, a Mbnticello (Minn.) farmer, who arrived here with his wife and three children to-day, says a Wilmot, S. D. special. Twenty years ago the Wright family lived at Pox Lake, Wls., and one day Mrs. Wright, who was Mr. Wright's second wife, ordered Charles to go to town and get her a clothesline, Being offended at something, the boy started in the direction of tne town and then ran away, going to Minnesota, where be nas since been living, at Monticello, A search was made for him, but without success, and finally Mr, and Mrs. right removed to this place, where they purchased a farm, Some time ago Charles Wright, who had married and had been blessed with children, heard that a man named Wright, who formerly Jived in Fox Lake, was living here, and on investigation found tljat it was his father. Bringing his whole family, came here on a visit, and before going to the bouse purchased a clothesline, as his mother had told him to do twenty years ago. Walking into the house be dropped the line at the feet of Mrs. Wvigbt, who is now an aged worn, an, and calmly announced that he ha4 brought the line. The old couple recog- nised the man at once, and all day the Wright home has been the scepe of a qejebratloa. , the JTWI took his pipe in his left leaned forward, arid, deliberately struck fter across the face with We right. It T^as a s}$p rather th$n a, blow, £yt the wp.map gave a pjiarp, cty and powered. •up agajoit .the, borrow with her to fcei' < pheek. «yo« infernal vlHat^!" cried the mjraj, raising his stick. "T9W growled, the irQu.gh,"wl\h tjK r4?ping inton^tM oj a, sav^s, 6 W fiAl»lS ov I'll*** JJ e t09* a witrwU«e4'&an& kUUfl to send flowers to tho father of one of the stenographers and the sister of the bookkeeper, who has just. died. I couldn't refuse; and, as women who are making -less than I each gave. $1, I had to give that.much, too, or else I would have been unpopular." What do you think I said to her? Just this: "Have the courage to be unpopular. You do not admire those stiff-wired flowers, and even if you did, you cannot afford to spend money that Is earned ai'.d kc-pt for a special duty. It' you feel that you would like the ono who has suffered by the death of a dear one to know of your sympathy, write a pleasant little note, and with it send a handful of flowers for the living, and not for the dead."— liuth Ashmorc, In Ladies' Home Journal. _^ u W&§ & Matt i3$ age, Mtd died" a tew w&fcs aftfr r M*&||| th*i Wllli till $f&f)6Ft$f T" ~~~ * ' ofily $g,ft<$, and ft IftFgS _ amount ffiuSt na?e' alFead? pended in upholding the With ginning of the document IS copied ff6in & prMad f of m, and . ., _ of It, entirely Without tfttettttiMb.ii?*;* in Mf, Hddlagef's handwriting, •¥' Sup-feme court says that the pufpaee the will is to give $1,066 td the B 6n,,theaff a life annuity 6f $126 to.his ' '"* "~ v ' and td devise the whole 6i! his estdte td his son. Ad the personal tale amounted to only $400 directed that the annuity be paidfrdfd,,'••' the real estate. The words written by f the testator as his last will and testament are: , ' . "that la to say my Claire \ my son John he Shall have oaa thousand Dollars ltt'.Advanc& before -I any of the heirs shall have aay; ' money ' from my estate persoaal prop* t erty first my Son John 5 ' l . shall setle Up all . • my Depts funeral EJx- \' pense &c till all Is paid ' my Son John he Shall ' Setle my personal proper^,' ty as soon as it is possible ' he shall pay of the money from my personal goods 'the, half of the money to my daughter Magret and •what is left from the Balance after '• ' ' ' the Thousand Dollars he. tookt of for himself my Son John Shall pay to my Daughter Margret on Anually, one a Hundred and twenty-five Dollars for her , ' | Natural Life time or as Long She will Liv In this World , 1 and my Son John he shall '• have all my Real Estate for ' • f.""i his own property as soon as, my Daughter Is „ i, Dowery Deased my Son John shall not' interest pay any ' ',' '• longer not to her heirs and to no no body it be stopped," - < .. -a?? for Dowery H • STUDYING TO PLEASE HIM. Mp, ^reupev'P Nnwow Escape, Paul ftreuper, of South Ben4, Jnd,, MUlPS township trustee, upon casting Up "hip accounts found himself I5.QOO short, anfl, without wa}t}ng fqr a re? e$apjtnatiQn, and nearly cra ? y with, ex* , toe noticed spim* pi big bpndsr there was tfte, mischief, ie pay. - TbP deputy county auditgr Kveuper toyjlng with $ revolver, we|U &eBt'foUn, A n,gt pnly djs,tracte4, oa.UfJa.Jn. an 4e,w»etvate d i&§rB sp, fhaytage, but The recent rumor regarding the en- gagejneut of Miss Frances J2, Willa*d, president of the National Woman's 1 Ohrlstlan Temperance union, to aw elderly English geutlenrau of means, wijo uses a large part of his annual. J»* come in the furtherance of reforni movawepts, has called to the minflp of uiany Qf Miss WUlara's friends In this tjje romance of hw early wo- Ip her youth Miss Wlllard ^oraelf for teacbUig, ana, while ing ber ^tivftles, met a yovieg wan \vbo was- studying for the wiwJisUT Fancy Work Hlnt«. Mold crochet is a ravorite form of household decoration at the present time. Some of .the newest book covers are made of tinted linen, painted with gold and colors, The old-fashioned Mignnrdlse braid has reappeared, and it is used to outline patterns with very good results. Sachet9 composed of niolro often have the wavy lines of the watering traced out In tiny spangles of beads. Pretty candle shades are made of vegetable parchment painted with oil colors and brightened with gold, Two wooden tobacco pipes, tied to- gather crosswise with colored ribbon, have their bowls stuffed to do duty uw pin cushions. Handsome tea-cloths arc now wade of gold-colored linen. Around the edge runs a border, resembling black lace, au4 worked with black silk, A novelty In photograph screens Is made of three sheets of glass, bound and connected with straps of ribbon and, decorated with bows. Egg cozies are made in the form pf a water lily turned upside down, 'the stalk forming the handle. The petals of the flower are of white or yellow satin and the leaves of greeu, JUggs can be more quickly beaten l»y adding a pinch of salt, which copjs them, so that tu.ey froth rapidly, The best way to set the dye of black lisle thread liose is to .put a couple of good pinches of common suit iu the washing water. Gold storage for clothes is tlio latest novelty in. the big down town emtorB lu the New Y^rk dry g«o'4« district, TUe.WW i$! to get via/of the He Waa a Finicky Customer, But tlie • Walter Was Anxious to Satisfy Him. ''' ' 'A man afflicted with the disease of flnickism, an exaggeration of the vaflfe' •, of details, was giving his order' fo'r'' breakfast to a hotel waiter. ' The man'' was finical in the extreme, and the ex-', actitude of his order respectfully, amused the waiter, who was somewhat' of a judge of human nature, inasmuch,' ' as he .had served breakfast to many men, says Kansas City Star. Breakfast^, time is invariably when you get down."', to the bedrock of a man's true disposl-" tion. It is too early in the day, and he is too close to nature'itself to have put on the little frills that he begins to assume along about 11 o'ojock. At' all' events, the waiter understood and took his order respectfully, even servilely, without losing his own estimate of the man. * The man had a morning cough and sipped ice water as he gave his order. > "Bring me a pot of coffee," he said, "And mind, it must be hot—hot and* strong—don't forget to have it strong, And a sirloin steak, rare; remember,-, ^ have it rare and no fat, I can't bear the sight of fat In the morning," ','Yessir, yessir, No fat," replied the waiter. "And bring roe some dry toast, hot, mind you; hot toast, and have it made from stale bread. I don't want it! toasted outside and soggy within; Now, ' don't forget that," ' l "No, sir; all right sir; not soggy'int,, side sir," echoed the waiter, "And some sliced tomatoes," contia-, 1 , ued the man. "And take the ohoppefl ' lee off the tematoes and drain them,," t, 1 want tfcem dry, do you understand, dry, v Now, don't forget that," "All right, sir, Tomatoes must toe^' "And, let's see! Yes, bring roe fried eg^s, Fresh eggs, you know,,pe>-T' fe«?tly fresh. And I want thenj on o»e side only, Pqn't fpjrggt that." ..., fried on. o.ne side, side, e'lr?" m JTflV exceedingly ' (Jop. op wapm weather during tJie'$ujB)w,er.»n, expo T fllewt foi\ keepiag $ip,ha,ir IB • curl-is the me of Photography ( }g 999. 9? amusements of the royaj family, , Victoria has a fa^ for photographs, a?(J/ s ' '&i possesses a iaj-ge qpUeotioa 'of ' ' graphs of eroipent 9f tijew 4ftte baoK to flrst wa^le, of time \ m^tMMm&lm^i. > <jMfee,T-iYou*d* i .nflitei<''.make -1 ,1 flrjPnaSB^'i*' tq phossn caJUug, a? etujiy attme aafl the yoijnf

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