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hi ial la ~d T, ic to "it Forsaking all Others CI=IAI~ER II.--(Continued.) "I Lm only toc h..tppy to have yo He came into sight at last, as fine dear. I see little of you nowadays." specimen of young manhood as one "5 s, I'm a: WOuld wish to see with his tall erect said Itarvey, "I am only too happy to have you, "Yes, I'm an old married man now," laughing comfortably, figure and hair and eyes as dark as Helen's own. As he lifted his cap !and. waved it in greeting Helen held the baby high above her head, that ~Pa might see him, and stood smil- ingly at her post until Harvey had en- tered the room and enfolded mother and child in his embrace. The little SCene was enacted every day, but to ~aeither had it lost its charm. They ,Were ardent lovers still. "I'll run up and get into my flan- ,~lels, Nell, and we'll take a walk through the grounds," said Harvey, ~hen the usual sinall questions had been asked and answered. "Saunders tOld me this morning he didn't like the appearance of the young plum trees, and I promised to go and look at them. Shall I send Mary for the boy?" "No, thank you; I'll take him to the nursery myself. I must change my ~lress if we are to have a tramp," said Helen with a glance at her trailing gown. She enjoyed walking through the grounds with Harvey, and took a~ac- tire interest In stock and crops. '~Be- fore his marriage Gladys always ac- companied him in these expeditions, but she never did so now. Helen claimed every moment of her hus- band's leisure; she considered him liars and hers a]one; not even his J l R other had a claim upon him; and | aer open demonstration of the almost | Qerce love that found outlet in con- | stunt caresses even in the presence of | a third party, made the better bred' | Oladys feel so decidedly in the way | that she soon ceased to intrude upon pair, to Helen's satisfaction and tiarveY's secret relief; for few men ears to have a witness to their matri- monial love making, particularly if that witness be a mother or a sister. Strolling leisurely homeward, the Wedded couple encountered Gladys Just returning from her ride. She smiling- ly raised her whip to her hat in sa- Ute, and rode smartly toward the uouse. Harvey looked after her ad- miringly. "Ry Jove! I belleve the mater grows lovelier every day," he ex- claimed. "And how superbly she sits her horse!" Helen frowned a little. Mrs. Ather- ion's beauty was not a congenial theme With her. "That reminds me, Harvey; I spoke to Your mother today about the bills, aa You suggested, and she refused to lOok at them, she, is satisfied with t~lngs as they are. ' l"0h, very well; in that case we'll et the matter drop," said Harvey, ~llr. "And allow the tradesmen to go on cheating us, as i am convinced they do? My conscience would not permit me to remain inactive under such cir- cUmStances. No, dearest, you must her yourself, and bring her to our ~ay of thinking--the only right way. ~ot! have great Infuence with her." "Yap, I fany I have," said Harvey, ~mplacently. "But you see I've never ~ddled with her business affairs, ~ and I hardly like to begin now." "Why not? It is your duty to pro- tact her interests and your own. The P~, P~rty will all be ours some day--" 'God forbidi" broke in Harvey. "I can't imagine life without the dear little nlater. Beside, she is young yet "~ahe may outlive us both." _ Flelen was a good woman; but she ~ld not look overjoyed at this sugges- UOU. "Even then there Is baby to con- aider,,, she said smoothly. "We all owe a certain duty to him. If you and I ~ redeem money that is being ab- SOlutely thrown away we ought to do lt~ however we may dislike to appoar OffiCiOUs.,, "W~l, sweetheart, I'll seewhat I can do,' said Harvey, rather reluctant- ~Y" 'As you say, it is my duty to ~.ook after things, for the place is vlr- tttally mine, as much as it is the ~at~r'~, I don't know the terms of ~ay father's will, but of course he pro- vided suitably for his son." "It seems very strange to me that fliers was no division of the property When you came of age," replied Helen, for the first time expressing a thought ~hieh had for weeks vexed her. "You Ought to open the subject with your ~aOther. She is unbuslness-llke, and ~ay not realize that the time has come or a Settlement. She can't treat you ~a a dependent always. You are a rried man now, with a married ~aa~'s responsibilities." I'IarveY's face had grown very grave. ~Ielsn saw that she had said enough ~ this time, and changed the sub- Jeer, CHAPTTR III. ~ay I dome in, Mamma Gladys?" d Harvey, entering his mother's Private parlor as he spoke. "Nell is ~usy With the youngster, and I thought ~smoke my after dinner cigar here f You doxt't object." Gladys had been sitting at the l~lano, evoking minor chords in unison .with her mood. She felt sad and lone- ly, like one cut off from the intimacies of life. Some mothers gain a 6augh- 'tar When their sons marry, but the majority lose a son. Gladys had long realized that she belonged to the me, ~lority. h She sprang up on Harvey's entrance, er fa~ al~t with pleasure, "and my family absorbs most of my leisure." :He threw himself into the chair she rolled forward, and lighted a cigar with the taper she gave him. "Now push that ottoman over here, little woman, and sit beside me while we talk." She obeyed, and nestled close to him, looking with pride into the boyish face which was the dearest in the world to her. Harvey puffed with evident enjoyment for a time, chatting of trifles. Then he said quite easily, "By the way, what is this little misunderstanding between you and Nell? She is much disturbed by it, though I assured her she is over sensi- tive." The smile left Gladys' face. "Oh! Then you came here because Helen sent you?" she asked. "Well, not exactly; I knew a word from me would set matters straight, so I thought I'd better come. Where are you going?" "0nly to an easy chair; this otto- man isn't comfortable." There were tears in her eyes but Harvey did not see them. "If we are to have a con- sultation, I may as well sit at my ease." She said no more, and after waiting a minute, he asked~ "Well, aren't you going to tell me all about it?" "Hasn't Helen already told you?" "Yes, but I prefer fo hear your own version of the matter." "There really is no need of it. I am sure your wife is truthful; what she said secured no doubt did occur." "Then I can't understand why you refuse to accept her sensible sugges- tion and look into things a little, with her aid. Nell's a first rate business woman, and I don't believe you realize how much money is spent in the house." "You have your full share of all that comes into it, Harvey." " Why, of course," he responded, with a half wondering look, as if sur- prised at the reminder. "What is yours is also mine in a sense; we enjoy a common inheritance. It is because our interests are identical that Helen and I wish to protect them. You surely see that, little woman? It would please the dear girl very much if you'd take her into your confidence--treat her more like a daughter in truth as she is in spirit." Gladys did not answer for a few mo- ments; she moved her chair so that her face was partly in shadow, while she could note every expression of his. "Before we talk any further," she presently said, "I should like to know Just what it is Helen desires. I com- prehend that she wishes to reduce the general expenses of the establishment; but how? Does she want to take Phebe's place?" "Hardly that," returned Harvey, flushing. "She thinks, however, now she is here, you no longer need the services of a housekeeper." "And do you think I ought to turn out an old and faithful servant after a lifetime of devotion to me and mine?" "Certainly not; she would remain as yOUr maid.'" "So that is it!" exclaimed Gladys, with a ~alf laugh. "I thought some great idea was ~.gitating Helen's mind. Dear, clumsy Tomlinson my maid! And I suppose there are other servants she thinks might be dispensed with. Well, perhaps they could; but I like to have plenty of people about the place"--her voice grew firmer here-- "and I intend to have them. You need no assurance that I am glad to share my house and its luxuries with you and your wife. But you must accept things as they are. I will brook no further interfere~e." ! 'Interference. ~Surely Sou cannot regard my dear wife's suggestion as interference!" ,, 9 What else is it. I have never com- plained to you of Helen, but from the day she entered the house she has shown a disposition to take control of it; I have submitted patiently to one small encroachment after another, hoping to content her, but her de- mands increase instead of lessen. She seems to forget that the estate is mine, no~ hers." Harvey arose and walked across the room several times, at last ooming to a standstill before her chair. "No, little woman," he said in a kind yet cold tone, "we do not forget lt~ we merely question it." How that "we" stung Gladys only a woman in her position can understand. But it hardened her, too. She did not answer, waiting for his next words. "Legally, the estate is yours, ! ad- mit; but as my father's son I am sure- ly entitled to my share of his prop- arty. Money you have never grudged me; you were always most generous. Nevertheless, I am only a sort of hanger on--a dependent on your bounty. This doesn't seem fair. Now that I am of age, and with a married man's responsibilities, we should come to some regular business under- standing. God forbid that I should in- herit your money. Yet in common justice I ought to share it." "Are you not sharing it now, Har- vey?" "Yes, in a sense; but can't you un- derstand that I am a boy no longer, and want my legal rights?" "Or rather your wife----" "Let us keep her name out of the discussion. I will not hear another word against her even from you," ~a14 Harvey, haughtily. Gladys' lips quivered. "You must admit that she Is adviser--a wise one, perhaps, from her point of view," she said gently. "But you are both reasoning in the dark. Harvey, you have no legal claim on my property'." "No claim on m~ own father's money!" "It was not his money. He was a poor man. My father was very angry when he married one of his daugh- ters." Gladys spoke in short sentences, eaxefully, as if fearing she might say too much. "It was a runaway match, and papa would not forgive it." "Why did you never tell me this b~- fore?" asked Harvey, sharply. "I wished to spare you pain, dear. What need for you to know, since all I had was practically yours? I speak now because I must. If you had only been content with things as they were! It was to keep you out of your father's way that I came here, where no on@ knew me, after papa died. For he wa~ a bad man--a drunkard, gambler and criminal. He married your .poor little mother--he was very handsome, and she a romantie boarding school girl~ for her money, and when it was gone, left her and her baby to starve, as they might have done but for Phebe Tom- linson." Gladys was very pale, and sh[vere~ once or twice as she talked. But Har- vey felt no compassion for her; his sympathy was for himself. He remem- bered that Mrs. Atherton had never talked of his father, and answered his childish inquiries concerning him vaguely, diverting hls thought~ to other subjects; but he had not dreamed of this, and the knowledge was bltte~. "This man, your husband, is he fly- ing?" "'No; he died in prison a year ago." "In prison:" Harvey drew a sob- bing breath. "My God, what an end to my boyish dreams! But I don't Uno derstand even yet. If he spent all your money, how does it happen that you are still rich?" "When papa died I had my full share of the estate," she answered after a scarcely perceptible pause. "It was then Phebe and I came here." "And my grandfather left me noth- ing?" "Nothing. He hated you, poor little orphan that you were, because you were your father's child. That is why I devoted my life to you, dear." There was infinite tenderness in Gladys' tone, but Harvey, hurt and hu- miliated by what he had learned, was not moved by it. "That was the least you could do," he said coldly," since it is to you I am indebted for my heritage of shame. We little know what people really are, do we? All my life you have seemed to me the one perfect woman, and now--" "Harvey!" The startled cry brought the young man to his senses. He looked at her almost wildly. "I am a brute, Madam Gladys, but remember, I am hard hit. There, dear, don't cry," he said kindly, bending over the cowering figure and stroking the soft hair. "I shall get over this in time--with my wife's help." "Harvey, you surely will not tell Helen the secret I have given years of my life to hide?" cried Gladys. "It is not wholly your own." "Helen is my wife; have you forgot-~ ten? She has my complete confidence. And It will be necessary to explain to her why our reasoning was at fault," he coldly returned. And as if to avoid discussion, he left the room. (To be continued.) DISSECTING BIRD8 And ,&nl~ls Should Not Be ~at ~hfldrea in Sehool~ Mr. Edward F. Bigelow, naturalist, is Oplmsed to the strenuous life for children, says the New York World. He told the New York Mothers' club so at the Berkeley Lyceum, with a degree of forceful illustration that left the ubiquitous mamma of the uni- versal infant in a maze of doubt as to whether she was cultivating the genius of an embryo scientist or a prospective murderer. "I believe in nature study for chlldreD," said Mr. Blgelow, "but I protest against the disgusting features of it In the pub- lic school. It may be all right to dissect a chicken at some stage of his educational career, but for a child the object lesson of the old hen au~ her chickens is all sufficient. We don't want the dissecting knife and scalpel. We want some heart in the study. You want your children to love you, don't you?" he demanded of the breathless mothers; "well, sup- pose they had to tabulate you like this, for instance: 'Mother--Five feet high, golden hair, silk waist, gray skirt, etc.,' and then they were taught to sing a little song about 'How dear- ly I love mother.' What do you think that would mean to them? Not love. Love isn't an analysis, It is the daily getting acquainted. And I tell you one live bobolinkis worth a whole acre of dead ones in a child's knowledge." One aggrieved mamma, whose offspring rejoiced In stuffed humming birds, stoutly combated Mr. Bigelow's statements and even wen.t so far as to condone the slaughter of butterflies "because the butterfly's llfe was so short anway." "And would you take that little from him?" cried the indignant Mr. Blge- low, and the battle was on. He, however, agreed to the massacre of moths and other pests, and the more tender-hearted mothers departed with this salve for guilty consciences. Many a man's wealth is not wort~ the littleness he used to ~aln it. SECRETARY GAGE'S CONTEN- TION--Th~ system of ~ntevna~ taxe- r/ton tn Russia a~tou~nts to a bawnty on s~egar and therefore ~a~s the vxpo~ted suewr s~b~e~t to a cw~/ntev~at~ln{l d~,$I/. Not unexpectedly Russia, actuated, of course, by her own sugar trust, has retaliated against the United States be- cause of our government's treatment ~f Russian beet sugar. Russia, It Is contended, pays a bounty to its sugar growers ou all sugar exported by them. ~he Dlngley tariff law of the United States provides for a countervailing duty on all foreign beet sugars receiv- ing an export duty, the amount of the duty to be the same as the bounty paid by the exporting country. A cargo of Russian beet sugar brought to this country h~s caused the enforcement of this tariff provision by the secretaxy of the treasury. The amount of the duty leVied against the Russian sugar is sufficient to exclude it from our markets. In retaliation Russia has terminated certain preferential tariif advantages heretofore conceded to the United States. This action amounts to creating a prohibition against the im- portation into Russia of American iron and steel and machinery. A tariff war between America and Rtmsia may cost America many mil- lions a year bssldes the general good- will of Russia, which in past emer- gencies has been steadfast. The traditional friendship that has existed between the United States and Russia is an assurance that ill-feellng will not bs engendered between the peoples on account of commercial rivalry. When the revolutionary war br~ke out Russia was quick to send aid to the struggling fleets. When the civil war was on and hostilities were threatened with England on account of the arrest of Mason and Slidell, Russia did another friendly act that for a genuine spirit has never been. sur- passed in history. England sent" fleet to New York for the purpose c making a hostile demonstration. Al- though its departure from England was Shrouded in solemn secrecy as to des- tlnatlon, it had hardly been anchored off New York when a more powerful Russian fleet sailed in and took up a position between the British fleet and the city. The Russians began to clear their decks for action. Noticing this the British admiral sent a message to the Russian flagship, the same being a request for an explanation. The Rus- sian sent back word that he was merely going through the customary practice drill. Very suddenly the Brit- ish squadron set sail. It was followed by the Russians. The Russians had probably saved New York, but it wa~ years afterward before the truth be- came known. The late Cza~ of Russia, whose brother was in charge of the fleet, confided the story to Dr. Tel- mage. Again in 1893, when the United States treasury was being depleted of gold and exports of the yellow metal threatened the stability of the nation's SERGE DE WITTE'S COb'TEIV-~ TION--R~/,ssia pays ~o money for ~ ported s~gar. ~ refundt~l o1" It. terna~ taxes on r~s~rve stocks of e~a~ prior to e~vpor~at~ is not a bounPd credit, Russia, through her present finance minister, Serge Yulevitch De Witte, proffered a loan of $500,000,00@ in gold, to be paid back at any time we saw fit. The proffer was declined and bonds Issued instead. It was during the civil war that the Alaskan purchase came up. President Lincoln reminded the Russian minister that we were short of gold. He was in- formed that Russia was in no hurry for the money--that ~e could PaY when we were able a~d without any interest charge whatever. We have had many friends ambng the nations of Europe, but with the exception of Russia and France, they have been "fair weather" ones. In times of adversity Russia could always be depended upon. india T reaf "Re olf. Armo~r'~ ~nero~rify. ,As is well known, P. D. Armour waa always deeply interested in young men and whenever he had an opportunity of encouraging their ambitions he dR! so. This has beau Well illustrated by more than one i,ucident. One day while traveling between New York and Chicago, he became interested in a col- ored boy, a sleeping car porter, whom he saw trying to read a book. named the boy "Gene~ Forrest" "General," said Mx~ Armour,~ ~I'l| give you a $5 bill if you will read one line of that book without stopping tO spell out the words. The boy grinned, but accepted the challenge, and read out a line without hesitation. He not only received the $5 note, but on further questioning ~tirred Mr. Armour to still greats~ ~- terest. He disclosed a desire for knowledge that impelled Mr. Armour to propose a way for his education. Soon afterward "General Forrest" re- The news from the far east is not encouraging to England. The mighty empire of India is getting ready to re- volt and before long the coast cities held by the British may be reduced by overwhelming numbers. There are in India 650 native states ~great and small. They are governe by their own princes and chiefs with the advice and help of British resi- dents, representing the supreme gov- ernment of India. Some of these rifl- ers administer the internal af~tlrs of their respective states with almost complete independence. Their author- ity, however, Is limited by their Indi- vidual treaties and engagements. The suzerain power does not allow them to go to war with one another, nor to form alliances with foreign powers, and it intervenes in cases of bad gov- ernment or oppression, exercising a general control in the direction of peace and contentment. These euda- tory rulers possess revenues and arm- ies. The gross income of the princes of India is 15,000,000 ($75,000,000), the sum of their tribute is 600,000 ($3,000,000)per annum,and they main- tain in all 80,000 native troops in ad- dition to those they furnIsh for the imperial service. The relations between British and natives have until lately been perfect- ly amicable. AH are equal before the law. A native can earn exactly the same wage as a British workman. But inasmuch as Europeans have a far greater capacity for work than the natives and are able to do more work in a shorter time, a consciousness of superiority sometimes produces arro- gance, which is a fruitful source of racial disputes and probably is at the bottom of the present disturbances. ~._~= MOSQUE AT BENARES--FANATICS" HEADQUARTERS. LORD CURZON. signed from the sleeping car ssrvl~e and went to Oberlin college, where he was educated at Mr. Armour's expenN. ~.-Amer~can E.x'~oJ~t#oa "rla~ The official flag of the pan-Amerlca~ exposition at Buffalo was selected from 300 designs and is the production o@ Miss Adelaide J. Thorpe, In the upper corner Is a single white star, on a blue field, typifying North America; on a red field in the~opposite corner are four stars, representing the southern cross constellation and South America. The center of the flag is a diagonal white bar, bearing the golden eagle of liber- ty, with a green scroll in its talomN lnscrl,bed, "Pax, 1901." Black walnut canes were given to the cabinet members Tuesday by the presi- dent. The canes were sent the presi- dent from Illinois, and were Cut from a walnut tree on the farm formerly the propert~ of Abraham Lincoln, in ristown township, Macon county, Dk