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The child who is holding the baby Grows pallid and faint wit}" the heat, And droops like a flower as the sunshine Beats down on the close, Ilarrow street. With steps tbat are weary and lagging She toils up the tenement stair, Wbere poverty'~ pitiful children Are dying for want of fresh air. When near--oh, so nenr!--all around them The healtb giving breezes b!ow free, Afresh from the slope of the mountains Or sweet with tile breath of the sea. Where fair over wide reaching meadows The daisies and buttercups nod, And under the trees of tile orchard The shadows lie cool on tim sodl What thought do we take from our pleas- ure To brighten the comfortless way Of the poor "little me[her" who carries The baby all through lhe long day? On their little faces ts resting The shadow of want and of care, Can wo turn from these children of sor- row Entreating our blessings to share? EnriChed by the gift~ of the Master~ Not ours are the silver and gnlcl~ He glveth His poor to our keeping, As stewards His bounty we hold. "When ~Ie taketh account of tIis servants God grant that our greetlltg may be: '~lnasrnueh as to these ye have done it Xo have ministered also to MeW "Red Line No, 5055," BY JAMES O. WHITTEMORE. (Copyright, 1901, by Daily Story Pub. Co.) "Find 5055 and you can have two weeks more--and bring us home a deer." That was the send-off got from Motley as I passed his desk on my way out of the office for a two weeks' vaca- tion down in Maine. It was cruel in Motley to send me on a pleasure trip With the office hoodoo ringing in my ears, for being out of the sound of "5055" was one of my most anticipated enjoyments. Motley was the chief and I one of the numerous subordinate clerks in the car-clearing house of the Consolidated roads. Our work was monotonous and uninteresting enough, keeping track of the thousands of freight cars rolling about over our division. We had prided ourselves upon the record of our office untl Ithe case of "Red Line 5055" had come up and wrought hu- miliation. It was in our particular division that "5055" had been lost and we were con- stantly reminded of the fact officially and unofficially. This car had been sent way down in Maine with a load of potato-planters from Toledo. It had been started towards home empty and disappeared en route. The road upon which it started declared that they must have delivered it to the con- necting road and the officials of the latter were as positive that they had not received it. The system of check- lytg was not as effective as now and "What do you know about '5055'?" but little satisfaction could be ob- tained from the Maine roads. "If you think we have the car, come down here and find it," was the gist of their replies to our many inquiries. Tracers were passed along until they were all worn out. "Lost ear men" scoured New England, but in vain. "Red Line 5055" was lost indeed. Most people go tothe great Maine woods for the hunting and fishing, but I went to see Nellie, an old wseetheart of mine wlt.h brown eyes, hair like-- and al Ithat. Nellie and l'had gradu- ated from the hlgh school in the same class on the same June day and as we "stepped out into the din of llfe's bat- tle" which the valedictorian told about I left the little village for the city and the car office and soon after, Nellie's father was appointed general manager of an immense plant in one of those mushroom pulp-mill towns in the Maine wilderness and went there, tak- ing Nellie with him. We corresponded, she giving me lots of good advice and I confiding my hopes and aspirations and so it was that I accepted one of the several hun- dred postscript invitations to spend my vacation in the pulp-mill town. I found Nellie more beautiful than ---end all that. Of course it did not IG'RAJV:D TE*R K.NIGHT,5" TEI LA'R seem Just proper to spend all the time basking in her smiles, so to vary the delightful monotony I wandered down to the little railroad station and struck up an acquaintance with the station- agent, who was also the operator, yard-master and most everything else about the place. He was a bright young fellow named Ross, I think, and knew enough about the business totalk shop to our mutual entertainment. One day I was paying him a call when he called my attention to a strangely appearing figure coming along the station platform toward us. "See that fellow? They call him 'Brick' Kelley. He was one of the smartest and most popular men on the llne--brok e head on Haggerty's freight. Now he's clear off'n the iron." "How was that?" I inquired, casual- ly interested. "Ills train was ssetting off a hot-box at some little siding down the line when a special came along and jacked- up their rear. 'Brick' was making a "An old ear 'way down here'" hitch or something and in the mix-up got a thump In the head which put him out of the business. He's gone clean daft. But the smash seem's to run in his head--Just watch while I flag him." The man was about to slink past us when Ross tapped him on the shoulder and suddenly asked, "What's the shift 'Brick' ?" The old trainman straightened up in an instant; his eyes flashed and look- ing up and down the llne he swung an imaginary lantern and called loudly and clearly: "Pull the pin on 5055 and sit out o' here---special's right on us, right on us--right on u-s-s-s," and as suddenly as he had spoken his head dropped and he slouched off muttering, "Right on us, right on u-s-s-s-s/' ,Did my ears deceive me. hTat poor unfortunate had said something about "5055." He must know something about it. To the surprise of my friend I dashed after Kelley. Grasping him by the shoulder, I am afraid rather roughly, as he looked up to me with a scared expression, T demanded: "What do you know about 5055? Where is she--tell me man?" He stared at me vacantly, passed his hand over his forehead as if trying to recollect something, then shook his head and walked away moaning, "She's right on us, right on u-s-s-s." Iappealed to Ross for further in- formation, questioned all the ttrain- men who stopped at the station, the section men and every one connected with the railroad, but elicited only the scrap of information that the accident which cost poor Kelley his reason took place at a siding about two miles be- low that station; that the siding had since been abandoned and the rails taken up, and that the accident re- sulted in but little damage to the roll- ing stock and both trains had pro- ceeded after a nhour's delay. I was forced to come to the conclusion that Kelley had mentioned the number by accident--but it certainly was a strange coincidence. My vacation was drawing to a close, and it was on my last day that Nellie and I strolled down the line both on business and pleasure bent, for, for some reason, which I cannot explain, I was anxious to visit the place where the accident occurred. We found it without much trouble, for some of the old ties were still in place. It had not been a siding as the term Is technic~ll~ understood, but a spur track ending abruptly upon the brink of a deep, wooded gorge. Neliie and I sat ourselves down to have a last long talk. It matters not what we, or rather what I, said, for I did the most of the talking. Nellie's part was mostly blushes and mono- syllables as she amused herself with tossing pebbles down into the tree- tops far below. She had round a large, white stone and was looking at it intently when I ventured to ask: "Nellie, g_ that stone was my heart, me, everything I am, what would you do with it?" "Oh, I might do that," and, suiting the action to the word, she took it from my hand and threw it far out. It rustled the leaves in its fall and struck with a peculiar hollow sound, which echoed and re-echoed in the gorge. "\Vhat was that?" she asked in as- tonishment. "Perhaps there is a house down there--let's go and see; besides, I'm thirsty and there may be a spring down there." And, not waiting for my assent, she started to clamber down the steep sides of the gorge, and, of course, I followed with a sigh and protests, but to no avail. "Perhaps we can find your heart," she said. She paused a moment in the descent, and I thought she never looked more handsome, framed in the greenery in graceful poise, when she exclaimed: "Why, dld you ever! An old ca~ 'way down here--look!" I needed no invitation. I was by her side in an instant, and there he- low us in the bed of a little brook and partially covered by rocks and earth, was the wreck of a box car. A step farther and then--I don't know Just what I did. Nellie says I caught her about the waist and nearly hugged the breath out of her; that $ laughed and cried and then hugged her some more; threw up my hat and yelled and acted like a crazy man. And who had a better right? I had caught sight of the number on the end of the old car. It was 5055. I couldn't believe my eyes and I asked Nellie to read the number to me. "Why. you noonie, can't you read? It is fifty fifty-five just as plain as~" And then I went through the perform- ance all over again. That night I wired Motley: "Have found 5055, particulars by mail. Shall bring home a dear." "Beg your pardon," said the opera- tor, "but didn't you have a bad spell on that last word?" "Not on your life," said L The presence of the old car down in the deep gulch was easily explained. There was no "bumper" at the end of the spur and when the special had crashed into the freight the car had been pushed off the end of the. rails and had gone down through the trees out of sight unnoticed in the confusion and darkness. Kelley was hurt and the conductor of the freight laid off pend- ing an investigation and so 5055 was lost sight of altogether. When I returned to my desk I was given a grand ovation. "How about that deer?" asked Mot- ley. "I will introduce you to her about Christmas," I replied. And I did. A SIBERIAN MAMMOTH. Long Journey Undertaken to Bring l~aek a Specimen. In the early years of the century Just past an ancient ice bank of a northern Siberian river melted away more than usual one summer, and there was re- vealed the well-preserved carcass of a long-haired, prehistoric ele2hantine animal, whose race had been extinct for unnumbered ages. The flesh was so well preserved that when found wolves were feeding upon it. The adjacent is- lands of the Arctic ocean, indeed, have long been noted for their "fossil ivory" --the preserved tusks of these antedi- luvian creatures that once rambled over the grassy steppes of northern Siberia and became extinct prior to any human records. Lately the Acad- emy of Sciences of St. Petersburg dis- patched an expedition to recover the remains of one of these mammoth ani- mals. A recent tele'~ram from Ya- kutsk sends information that this ex- pedition is about to set out on an over- land journey of 1,800 miles to secure and bring one of these mammoth re- mains. It is at Kolynsk, at the mouth of the Kolina river on the Arctic coast in about lattitude 70, near the extreme northeastern border of fartherst Si- beria. The land journey from Yakutsk will take two and a half months. The expedition expects to bring back a specimen of this ancient genus, whose hair, flesh and skin are quite perfectly preserved, and even the undigested food in its stomach.--Detroit Free Press. A TEMPORARY CROESUS. Had 83,000,000 in His Pocket for Single Minute. H. T. Canfield, postmaster of Wich- ita Falls, Texas, while in the city, vis- ited the subtreasury, and had the de- lightful sensation of being a million- aire if only for a minute. He was al- lowed to handle money to the extent of $I,000,000, place it in his pocket and walk about the inside portion of the subtreasurer's office. "I'm nearly 60 years old," said Mr. Canfield. "I have been handling money, my own, the government's, and other persons for nearly a half century, but I never had as much money in my possession be- fore at one time, and ~ never expect to have that much again. The sensation of being a millionaire, if only for a minute, is peculiar. I, of course, swell- ed up immediately, but only for a sec- ond. When a person sees and-handles a million or more of money in such small packages as I did there is no reason in the world why he shouldn't be conceited. This condition in my case, however, was short lived, and the next minute I felt Just like a torn $2 bill that had been knocked about the country for ages--that was, of course, when they took that huge amount of money away from me. I will go back to Wichita Falls now and handle postage stamps."--New Orleans Times- Democrat. Osndum and Carbon Lamps. The relative efficiency of osmium lamps and those using carbon has been practically tested. On one circuit a 25-volt osmium lamp gave the same il- lumination as a 100-volt carbon lamp, but used only 40 per cent as much cur- rent, and on another trial an osmium lamp gave a light of twenty-candle power, while a carbon lamp of the same consumption gave only six- candle power. Bad Taste for ~ Widow. it would be considdered bad taste for a widow to wear at her second mar- riage the ring used when she was first a bride, After the second ceremony it is proper, if she is so inclined, to wear the two wedding rings; but it is like- ly that the new husband would be bet- ter pleased if she kept the first ring out of hls sight. In ?~btana women may vote on lo- cal taxation. Most Eminent Sir Henry Bates Stod- dard, who has been elevated from depu- ty grand master to grand master of the grand encampment of the United States, Knights Templar, is a native of New York, having been born in Essex county in 1840. He has, how- ever, been a resident of Texas since his twenty-first year, and is now liv- ing at Bryan. He had scarcely re- moved to Texas when he took up arms for the Smith, serving throughout the war In the confederate army. He was paroled May 15, 1865, at Jackson, Miss., having risen to the rank of captain from a private. Since that time he has been in the cotton and cattle busi- ness. He is now one of the leading cotton brokers of Texas. In the Texas Volunteer Guard Mr. Stoddard was a brigadier general from 1885 until 1893. In 1867 Mr. Stoddard was prominent in the relief of the yellow fever stricken in Texas, remaining in the little town o~ Millican when there were but three people left who did not have the dis, ease. He also did heroic work at Gal- veston during that city's hour of need. He is greatly beloved by his brother knights. j The palace of EmIieror William I in Berlin has been kept in the condition in which he left it. In the bedroom there is still the simple iron bedstead on which he always slept and on which he died. It ts suggestive of his simple tastes tn all respects. Imp once meant a child. Shakes- peare, speaking of the children in the tower, calls them imps. Jeremy Tay- lor, in one of his sermons, speaks of "the beautiful imps that sang hosan- HENRY BATES STODDARD. nas to the Savior in the temple." l~omer= o~r Gi~er,r. Some of the gifts recently made by ealthy American women to various muses are as follows: Mrs. Joseph L. Newcombe of New York, to Tulane sniversity, $3,000,000; Mrs. P. D. Ar- mour of Chicago, to Armour institute, H,250,000; Mrs. Edna J. McPherson of Newark, N. J., to Yale college, $750,- }004 Mrs. H. R. Schley and Mrs. R. P. Flower of New York, Jointly, to the ~own of Watertown, N. Y., $500,000; Miss Helen Gould of New York, to va- rious charities, $400,000; Mrs. Vaughan Marquis of Ashland, Wis., to religion, |300,000; Mrs. J. F. Ryan of New York, Lo religion, $250,000; Mrs. Eugene Kel- ly of Buffalo, to religion, $250,000; Mrs. ~mmons Blaine and Mrs. Cyrus Mc- 9ormick to the University of Chicago, |250,000; Mrs. A. S. Greenspau of To- peka, Kans., to various charities, $200,- ~00; Mrs. Louise Sober of Middleton, ~onn., to religion, $175,000; Mrs. Mar- garet J. Bennett of Baltimore, to va- rious charities, $150,000; Mrs. Mary Shannon, of Newton, Mass., to various colleges, $123,500; Mrs. G. S. Burbank, af Fitchburg, Mass., to various chari- ties, $120,000, and Mrs. F. H. Alms. o~ ~ncinnati, to the University of Cin- cinnati, $100,000. No doubt an all-wise Providence has put these various sums of money 'into the hands of women for the purpose af making them the almoners of di- zinc bounty, and in lavishing so freely apon their fellow creatures the wealth I which God has entrusted to their keep- i ins they not only enjoy the satisfac- tion of knowing that they live in hearts made happier by their gifts, but they experience the still greater re- ward of knowing that the agencies for good which they have set in" motion will continue to operate for years to come an to be the means of blessing countless millions. l~..~;Iand'~ ~erer~ntal .Error, Almost daily some well-meanlng Englishman expresses sincere surprise that all his country's efforts to con- ciliate American friendship do not suc- ceed. He really cannot understand why hostility to England should con- tinually flame out in the United States tie attributes that hostility to "school histories," to "the Irish vote," to all serM of causes save the true one. Wh~ fact is that all the unpleasant frlctiom, between the two countries arise fro~ England's perennial failure to take a definite position toward the American ~eople's fundamental principle of in- ternational politics. In the current Nineteenth Century Samuel E. Moffett states that princi- ple with a clearness that should carry conviction to the British mind. "Th~ United States is," he says, "and . in- tends to remain, the paramount pow- er of the Western hemisphere. This determination is ingrained in the fiber of the American people. It has passed beyond all possibility of alteration For other powers the only question is whether they will accept it or collide with it. If this fundamental principle be once accepted, no country will have any trouble in maintaining harmonious relations with the United States." England's perennial error, the cause of her failure to allay American suspi- cion, is her failure to accept frankly this principle. England seems unable to realize that indifference of Amer- icans to affairs outside their own hem- isphere is conjoined with the most in- tense interest in things inside. "In diplomatic conferences affecting mat- ters outside their own sphere," as Mr. Moffett says, "they will usually be found easy going, but in discussions affecting the American continent they are as hard as Krupp armor plate. They would give np all of China more willingly than a single inch of Alaska. Here is the root of all serious dif- ficulties between England and the United States." When a question affecting the he- gemony of the United States in the Americas has been brought to a con- crete issue, England has always yield- ed. as in the Venezuela case. But she persists in academic denials .of that hegemony, as in Lord Lansdowne's re- cent note rejecting the senate amend- ments to the Hay-Pauncefote treaty. Other European powers have been cOn- tent with one experiment with Amer- ican feeling on this subject. France, for example, has given no trouble since her Mexican experience. Russia wisely removed practicall,y'~all chance of friction by selling Alaska and re- tiring from the Americas. But Eng- land is always getting in our way and blustering when politely asked to get out. "It is unfortunate," as Mr. Moffett says, "that the obstruction on the track of the American express has al- most always been an English one." But such is the fact, and it is to be hoped that Mr. Moffett's article will lead Englishmen to some serious thought on the point. His statements can be unqualifiedly indorsed as cor- rectly representing the American at- titude. l~crea~e of A utomobile.t. Apropos of the 500-mi,l,e automobile run from New York to Buffalo, in which 100 vehicles started, Mr. J. A. Kingman, writing in the current Re- view of Reviews, compares the manu- !acture and use of automobiles in Eu- rope and America. The primacy for adventure and orig- inality in developing the industry be- longs, of course, to the French. But Mr. Kinsman thinks the amount al- ready invested in the production of au- tomobiles in America is greater than the amount ever invested here in the production of bicycles. One hundred and fifty firms are scheduled, and while ten probably do 90 per cent of the bus- iness, fifty of the whole number have turned out practical machines for the market. A considerable export trade is also carried on from this country to Europe. Paris leads all other cities in the number of its motor vehicles. Last year over 5,000 motor carriages were registered and about 11,000 motor cy- cles of one sort and another. It is es- timated that there are in New York 1,500 automobiles, in Chicago 450, in Boston 370, in Philadelphia 340, and "about 8,000 motor vehicles of all types" in this country. Apparently the number of motor cycles--of the bicycle, tricycle, or other pattern--on this side of the water is small. Within the last two years the steam carriage has sud- denly come to the fore in America, hut the electric and gasoline types have in no sense lost recognitl~. Mr. Kingman states the great di- lemma of the manufacturers to be whether the automobile shall "be de- veloped to run over rough roads" and be subjected to corresponding struc- tural and speed limitations, or wheth- er the roads shall'be improved to meet a reasonable automobile standard. "Certainly the latter," is his demand, and the public will agree with him. The late Empress Frederick left sev- enteen grandsons and only three grand-daughters. a Rocl efeller. Miss Abbie G. Aldrich, whose en- gagement to the only son of John D. Rockefeller has Just been formally an- nounced, has a charming personality, i ~nd has been a g~eat favorite in east- ern society since her debut three years ago. Young Mr, Rockefeller first met her four years ago, when he was at- tending Brown University at Provi- dence. It is said to have been a case of love at first sight. Miss Aldrich iS the second daughter of Senator and Mrs. Aldrich of Rhode Island, and her relatives include former Congressma~ Aldrich of Chicago, Judge Aldrich of the Massachusetts Supreme court, Thomas Baily Aldrich, the author; Judge Aldrich of Georgia, and Jud~ Aldrich of th~ Callforala Supre~e court, . .............................