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S trong and S teady By HORATIO ALGER, JR. CHAPTER XV.— (Continued.) The boy, vyho had made euro qf a* sale, -took back the- fruit reluctantly, and pass­ ed on, crying out: “ Here’s your oranges •«nd apples I\ Walter eet about thinking what had ■income of' his money. The more he ¿bought, the more oertaln he felt that he ■¿ad put his pojcketboqk in the pocket in which he had first felt for it. Why wad it not there now? That was a question which he felt utterly incompetent to an­ swer. “ Have you lost anything?*' Inquired a .gentleman who. sat just .behind Walter. Looking back, he found that It was a «gentleman of fifty who addressed him. , “Yes, sir,” ho said, “ I have lost my jpocketbook.\ “ Was there much money in it?” “About forty dollars, sir.’’ “ Who was that young' man who was -«fitting with you a few minutes since?” “ I* don't know, sir.\ “ He was a stranger, thea7’' “ Yes, sir; I never met him till this .Siorning.\ “ Then I think I can tell you where jrour money has gone.” “ Whére, sir?” demanded Walter, be- .ginning to understand him. “I think your late companion was a .^pickpocket, and relieved you of It, wbllo •he pretended to be reading. I didn't like Ills appearance much’’ “ I don't see how he could have done it without my feeling his .band in my ,pocket.\ “They understand their business and «an easily reiiove one of his purse unde­ tected. I once had my watch stolen with- -out being conscious of it. Your poeket- •fcook was in the pocket toward the man, and you were looking from the window. •It waa a very simple thing to relieve you o f It.” OHAPTER XVI.. Walter went through two ears, looking obout him on either side, thinking it pos­ sible that the thief might have taken his swat in one of them. There was very tittle chance of this, however. -JNext he -I»ww< intn rha smoking car, where, to Ida joy no less than his surprise, he found with me and point out your man.” Walter gladly accompanied the conduc­ tor ,to the smoking car.. .His old acquaint­ ance was busily engaged as before, jn a game, and laughing heartily at some fa­ vorable turn. “There he is,” said Walter, Indicating him with his finger. The conductor walked up to him and tapped him on the shoulder. “ What’s wanted?” he asked, looking up. “You're looked at my ticket.\ ‘I wish to speak to you a moment.” He rose without making any opposi­ tion, and walked to the other end of the «ar. “ Well,” he said, and there was a slight nervousness in his tone, “ what’s the mat­ ter? Wasn’t my ticket all right?\ “No trouble about that. The thing is, will, you rostore 'this boy’s pocketbook ?*’ “ Sir,” said the pickpocket, blustering, ‘do you mean to insult me? What nave l to do w^th his pocketbook?” “ You sat. beside him, and he missed It directly after you left him.” \What is that to me? You may search me if you-life. You will find only one pocketbook upon me, and that Is my own.” “ I am aware of that,” eald the conduc­ tor, coolly. “I saw you take the money out and throw It from the car platform.” The pickpocket turned pale. “ You are mistaken in the person,” he said. \No I am not. I advise you to re­ store the money forthwith.” Without a word the thief, finding him­ self cornered, took from his pocket a roil of bills, which he handed to Walter. “ Is that right?” asked-the conductor.' “ Yes,” said our hero, after oouuting his money. “So far, so good. And now. Slippery Dick,” be continued, turning to the thief. “ I advise yon to leave the cars at ths next station or I will bars you arrssted. Take your choice.” The detected rogue was not long In making his choice. Already the cart had Blackened their speed, and a short dis­ tance ahead appeared a «mail station. The place seemed to be of very little Impor- iflie man of whom he was In search play­ ing cards with three other passengers. He looked up carelessly as Walter ^ap­ proached, but did not betray the slight­ est confuslop or sign of guilt. To let the <reader into a secret, he had actually taken '(Walter’s pocketbookLbat was too cunning •to keep it abont him. He had taken \onr ¿he money, and thrown the pocketbook Itself from the cor platform, taking an opportunity when he thought himself un­ observed. As the money consisted of ftille, which could not be Identified ae Wal­ ter's, he felt that he was in no danger • o f detection. He thought that he could «fford to be Indifferent. “ Did you get tired of waiting?” he «sked, addressing our hero. \May I speak to you a moment 7” ask­ ed Walter. \.Certainly.\ ““ I mean alone.\ •“Then, gentlemen, I must beg to be ex­ cused for five minutes,\ said the plck- • pocket, shrugging his shoulders, as if to ■express good-natured annoyance. “ Now, -fiiy young friend, I am at your service.\ Walter proceeded to the \other_end\ o f ¿he car, which chanced to be unoccupied. Now that the' moment had coma, he hard­ ly knew how to Introduce the subject. Suppose that the person he addresaod tvere Innocent, It would be rather an awk­ ward matter to charge him with the theft. “ Did you jNre anything of my pocket- , 600 k?” he said, at. length. . \Your pocketbook l\ returned the pick­ pocket, arching his brows. “ Why, have you lost It?” “ Yes.” “ When did you discover Its loss?\ “ Shortly after you left me,\ said Wal­ ter, significantly, “ I’m very sorry indeed.^ I did not aee .•it. Have yoa searched on the floor?\ \Yes; but .it isn’t there.” “That’s awkward. Was your ticket In ■¿he pocketbook?\ “ No, I. had that in my vest pocket,” \That’s fortunate. On my honor, I’m .sorry for you. I haven't much money with me, but I’ll lend you* a dollar or two •with the greatest of pleasure.\ This offer quite bewildered Walter. He ~?felt confident- that the ‘ other had stoli ■his money, and now here he was offering to lead him same of It. He did not cars to make such -'a* -compromise, or to be thought off so cheap; so, though quit* pen­ niless, he determined to reject the offer. “ I_won’t borrow.?’ he.said..coldly._ “ I •was hoping you had seen my money .1 The pickpocket turned and went- back •to his game, and Walter slowly left'the «ar. He bad intended to ask him point- blank whether he bad taken the money, •but couldn’t summon the necessary cour­ age. He went back to his old seat. “ Well,\ said the old gentleman who ■sat behind him, “ I suppose you did not •find your man?\ “Yes, I did.” “ You didn’t get your money?” he added, in surprise. “No, he was perfectly cool. Still, •think he took it. He offered to lend me * dollar or two. What woald you ad- iviae me to do?” “ Speak to the conductor.” Just,at that moment the conductor en­ tered the car. As he came up the aisle Walter stopped him, and explained his -loss, and &e suspicions he had formed. “ You pay the man is in the smoking car?\ said the conductor, who had list ■ sped attentively. “Could you point him .out?\ “Yes.\ \I am glad of it. I have received ■warning <by telegraph that one of the New y ' 'York swell-mob Is on the train, probably Intent on mischief, but no description came with it, and I had no clew to the ^»person. I have no doubt that the man you speak of is the party. If so, he hi -------¡.'familiarly, known as ‘Slippery Dick.* tance. One man, however, appeared to have buelness there. Walter caw his quondam acquaintance jump on the plat­ form, and congratulated himself that hk only loss waa a pocketbook whoee value did not exceed one dollar. The conductor on seeing, the pocketbook thrown away had thonght nothing of it, supposing It to be an old one, bnt as soon as he heard of the robbery suspected at once the thief and his motive. OHAPTER X V I L Walter stopped long enough at Buffalo to visit Niagara Falls, as he had intend­ ed. Though he enjoyed the visit, and found the famous cataract fully up to hie expectations, no incident occurred daring the visit which, deserve* to be chronicled hero. He reenmed his Journey, and arriv­ ed in due time at Cleveland. He had no difficulty in finding the office of Mr. Greene, the agent of Messrs. Flint & Pusher. He found that this gentleman, besides his agency, had a book and sta­ tionery business of his own. “ I don’t go out myself,\ he said to Walter; “ but I keep a supply of Flint’s hooks on hand; and forward them to~his agents as called for. Have you dono much in the business?” No, sir; I am only a beginner. I have done nothing yet.” “ I thought not. You look too young.” “ Mr. Pusher told me I bad better be guided by yOur advice.” “ You had better go fifty milea off at least. The Immediate neighborhood has been..pretty well canvassed. There’* -Earle, now, a flourishing and 'wealthy town. Suppose yen go, there first?” “ I’ ll go this afternoon.” \Yon are prompt.\ Walter arrived In Earle In time for supper. H« went to a small public house, where he found that be could board for a dollar and a half a day, or seven dol­ lars by the week. He engaged a week’s board, reflecting that he could probably work to advantage a week in so large a place,'or, It not, that five days at the daily_rate would amount to more than the. weekly terms. He did not at first propose to do any­ thing that evening, until it occurred to it-perhap»-dispo*e—oi copy of hk book to the landlord in part payment for his board. He went into the public room-after-supper. Are you traveling alone?” asked the landlord, who had hk share of curiosity. e*,”_»ald_JWaiter, ^ L u a a book ageht.' made On nrst sale, on whlcn ne 'realised a profit of one dollar and a quarter. “ It's a pretty easy'way to earn money,” he reflected, with satisfaction. \If I can only sell copies enough. One copy sold will pay for a day’s board.’-/ , He went to bed early, and enjoyed a sound’ and refreshing sleep. He was chsered with hopes of success on thj morrow. If he could sell four copies a day, that would give him a profit of five dollars, and five dollars would leave him a handsome profit after paying expenses. The next morning after breakfast he. started out, carrying with him three books. Knowing nothing of the residents of the village, he could only judge by theoutward appearance of their houses. Seeing a large and handsome house stand­ ing back from the street, he decided to call. “The people living here must be rich,” he thought. “They won’t mind paying three-dollars and a- half for a nice book.” Accordingly he walked up the graveled path and rang the front door bell. The door was opened by a housemaid. \Is the lady of the house at home?” asked Walter. \Do you want to see her?” * “Yes.” “Then wait here, and I’ll tell her.\ . A tall woman, with a thin face and a pinched expression, presented herself af­ ter five minutes. “Well, young man;” ihe~ asked,-aftcr-a- sharp glance, “ what Is your business?” ^ Her expression was not very encourag­ ing, but Walter was bound not to lose on opportunity. “ I should like to show you a new book, madam,” he commenced, “ a book of great value, beautifully illustrated, which is selling like wildfire.” \How many copies have you sold?\ In­ quired the lady, sharply. “One,\ answered Walter, rather con- fueed. \Do you call that selling like wildfire?\ she demanded, with sarcasm. \I only* commenced lest evening,” sajd Walter, \I referred to the sale# of other agents.” \What’s the name of the book?” \ 'Scenes In Bible Lands.’ ’ ’ ’ “Let me see it.” Walter displayed the book. \‘Look at the beautiful pictures,” he said. ■' “ I don’t see anything remarkable about them. The. binding isn’t very strong. Shouldn't wonder If the book would go to pieces in a week.” “I don't think there’ll be any trouble that way,” said Walter. \If It does, you’ll be gone, so It won't trouble you.\ “With ordinary care it will hold long enough;*’ “Oh, yes, of course you’d say so. I expected It. How much do you charge for the book?\ “Three dollars and a half.” “Three dollars and a half!” repeated the woman. “ Yon seem to think people are made of money.” __ \T don’t fix the price, madam,” said Walter, rather provoked; ' “ the pnbHshers do that.” “ I'warrant they make two-thirds profll-i Don’t they, now?” “ I don’t know,” said Walter. “ I don’t know anything about the cost of publish­ ing books. But this is a large one, and there are a great many pictures in it. They must have cost considerable.” “ Seems to me it’s ridiculous to ask such a price for a book. Why, it’s enough to buy a nice dress pattern!” “The bopk will last longer than the dress,” said Walter. -“Bnt it Is not so necessary. I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’d like the book well enough to put oh my parlor ‘ table. I ’ll give you two dollars for it.” “Two ' dollars I” ejaculated Walter, scarcely crediting the testimony of his ears; \Y*s two dollar*; and I warrant you’ll make money enough,—then.” “ I should lose money,\ said Walter. “ I couldn't think of acceytfng such an offer.” “ In my opinion there isn’t any book worth even two dollars.” t “ I tee we can’t ’ trade,” said Walter, disgusted at such meanness in a lady who occupied so large a house, and might bo supposed to hav.e plenty of money. (To be continued.) SEVEN-YEAR PRESIDENTIAL TERM, By V. S. Justice Brewer. Our executive and legislative officials are rulers, while certain limitations-are-placed. upon them to prevent any Injurious results from the exercise and unwise exercise of ruling power. The ruler Is subject to re­ moval by Impeachment or otherwise.' But these are only provisions which the people, In \fraînfngTthè constitution, “deemed neces­ sary to limit the extent o f his authority as a ruler. Take the office of President, the highest exec­ utive office In the nation. His term Is four years, sub­ ject to re-election. The Idea that fixed a short term is that of preventing permanent injurious results from the arbitrary and unauthorized action of some ambitious and unprincipled President, If ever there should be one such In office. , It may not be generally known that the convention that-framed-the-constitutlon-at-first.-prescribed-a-presl-- dentlal term of seven years, with a prohibition upon re- election ; and only as the convention was nearing Its end. and—so far as the record slibws— without,-any discus­ sion or suggestion of reason therefor, this- was» changed Into a four-years’ term, and without the Ineligibility. In the Judgment o f many men, among whom I am one, there was a mistake In that change. In the light of history I think It would have been bet­ ter to have left the presidential term of seven years, with an accompanying Ineligibility. W H Y LAWYERS ARE UNPOPULAR. By Attorney James M. Beck. The chief reason for the unpopularity of the lawyer is due to the fact that men get their impressions of law and of the lawyer through- the medium of fiction and not from any personal observation, and It has always been the tendency of the poet, the novelist or the dramatist to select unfavorable and exaggerated types to give dramatic Intensity« to their productions. An honorable lawyer Is too prosaic for literary portraiture. The lawyer Is the great conservative force In a nation, and Is constantly called upon to defend jthe individual against the tyranny o f the majority. .H e must frequently defy and defeat public opinion by protecting the individual from ita un­ reasonable demand. The lawyer m u s t-often share-w ith his client - pnb*io odium. He must often stand between a relentless public opinion and Its victim. In defending the rights o f the Individual ho must often contravene the Interests o f trie many. This Is peculiarly true o f our country, .and of the present time, for with popular passion ¿ashed Into fury by^frenzied agitators- and-wIth-great-conBtItuttenal_ limitations standing as the only barriers to popular ag­ gression, the lawyer must frequently thwart the public will by Invoking the sacred guaranties of the constitu­ tion. W H Y NOT LET THE LOVERS ALONE? By Helen Oldüeld. I f Johnny Jones walks home from church with Susan Smith two.. Sundays, in succession, he immediately is suspected of a more than^ friendly feeling for that young woman\;” tongüée clack ; John is rallied* on his fancy for Susan, while she Is bantered- on his attentions to her. If Edwin and Angelina meet half a dozen times, and he shows the slightest disposition to talk or dance with her ever so little more than with other girls, some, at least, o f thqlr mutual friends are certain to imagine matri­ monial intent upon bis part, Nand, still worse, to express the suspicion more or less plainly to the persons con­ cerned. The probability Is that-the young man has no serions purpose; his attentions merely are the casual consé­ quence o f a surface admiration for a pretty and enter­ taining girl. Humanity is gregarious, and social inter­ course with one’s fellows is a natural necessity o f all normal men and women. Undeniably the chances are that one or the other of ''th e couple some day will find that friendship has de­ veloped into something stronger and tenderer than any other love on earth. Where both Btep hand In band into the “primrose path” all is well, and the two wfy> gradually have grown together become one in happy har- _ / f i moDy. f f i h a l e D a n c e ------- - -- - - The whale dance of the Koryaks, natives of Northeastern Siberia, Is an­ other case where the host has all the “ Meeting with pretty good success?\— “ I’m just begtnnlng,” said Walter, smil­ ing. “ I f you’ll be my first entomer,. I ’ll stop with jon & week.” “ What kind of a book have yon got?” Walter showed It. It was got up in the usual style of subscription books, with abundance of Illustrations. It’s one of thè best books we ever sent out,” said JValter, in a professional way. “ Just look-at the number of-pic­ tures . 1 If you’ve got any children, they’ll like it; and, if you haven’t, It will be just the book for your center table.” \I see you know how to talk,” said ths landlord, smiling. “ What is the price?” , “Three dollars and a half.”. “ That’s considerable.” “But you know I’m- going to take it out in board.” N “ Well, that’s a consideration, to bo sure. A man doesn’t feel it to' much as If he took the money out of his pocket and paid cash, down. What do you say, /Mrs. Burton?” addressing his wife, who just then entered the room. .“This young man wants to stay here a week, and pay partly in a book he is agent for. Shall I agree?” “Let me see the book,” said Mrs. Bur­ ton,* who was a comely, pleasant looking woman of middle age. “ What’s the name of it?” “ ’ Scenes In Bible Lands,’ ” said Wal- TH E F IR E P L A C E . One I M I S tHat Helps M o « t to Unk< a H o m e H o m e ly. ' This I say: Go back and pick up lost good habits— the omitted amenities o f life. Especially put back Into your house the fireplace. It Is the one thing that helps most to make a home home­ ly. Build it big and broad. Let there be no gimcracks of fancy woodwork anywhere near It Let It be only brick or stone. Then let tfce hearth be broad tdc—Make it eo large every way that you need never fear for a snap­ ping coal. Away with mats, for they are combustible 1 But a stool— that Is another thing. Here you can forget the stocks and the office and the store. Here yon\ can dreafiFbf=restrand-peace.- Here it Is posslbleTthat- some- Of~yo\r have Tom and Harry and Bessie abont your knees.\ There Is no better way to reconstitute the family. It Is the chief want of theee modem days The world Is never quite so Independ­ ent or we qnlte so care free without a fire. There are vastness and lack of outline to a summer day. We get our feelings mixed up with the cosmos. The fireplace narrows our lives somewhat, but It completes and unifies things. W e -are happy to be just a part of the little- warm .borne circle. Did anybody ever commit suicide who had a fireplace?— E. P. Powell, In O u tlie magazine. pleasure. Lllae the mnn who mixes the cocktail, says “ Here's to you\ and drinks it himself, the Koryaks kill the white whale, or the beluga, cut Its head off, eat its flesh, entertain Its head as a guest and then set that member adrift with the expectation that It will return to its former com­ rades and urge them to visit its hosts and be entertained In the same royal manner. Certainly the Koryaks, not noted for mental development, have a peculiar sort of humor or they would not carry out the ceremonies attend­ ing the whale feast without laughing at themselves. As the diet of the Ko­ ryaks is limited to fish, seal and whale flesh, with Russian brick tea as an oc­ casional luxury, the taking every year of-good quantities o f beluga, a mam­ mal of 12 feet long, Is essential to tnelr\ weitare. T h e white whales are now very scarce In the bays of the Okhotsk seas. They are captured In open fissures In the ice floes, which they are obliged to frequent for breath­ ing purposes. When- an animal is caught the festival* is., held, the entire village taking p a r t The idea under­ lying the celebration is that the cap­ tured whale has come to visit the set­ tlement He must be treated with re­ spect, as he, that ip his head, Is des­ tined to return to sea where he will tell of the good time he had while be­ ing relieved of his superfluous flesh, how gloriously he was entertained, and will induce his comrades, like the fox In the fable, to go and have their tails cut off close behind their heads. — Williamsport (P a .) Grit. BUYING IN SMALL AMOUNTS. Problem of the Batcher In Light Housekeeping N e ighborhoods. \The man who runs a grocery and fruit store with a meat market attach­ ment In a light housekeeping neighbor­ hood Is always sure of his share of funny experiences,” said xaan who has Just this sort of Job In upper Man­ hattan, according to the New York Sun. ‘These light housekeeping customers take more of our time In proportion to the money they leave with us than any other class, but they keep us so amused, and they’re usually so young and pret­ ty and Jolly that we never think of -really-gettlng - mad at triom^ “ Buying steak to fit the skillet Is a light housekeeping proposition we’re often np again. What we call Delmon- ico steaks are best for this and they're favorites with all the women who play thw-llzht-honaekeeplng-game. We take the-bone-out-and-skewet*the_steak_up- ao it’ll just fit their pan, arid they go off Bmlllng. One girl brings in a plate Just the size o f her Skillet, so we make the steak flt the plate. We get ■o used to selling ‘Just two chops’ that we take a small purchase like that quite as a matter o f course. “ I remember the day before Thanks­ giving a pretty little thing came In with her tape measure. She said she wanted to buy a small turkey. The turkey must) be just the size to flt Into a pan which just went into her oven, and she’d brought along the tape meas­ ure to make sure. I told her I’d never seen such a small edition of our na­ tional bjrd and that she’d better com­ promise on a chicken. She was a good deal disappointed, but we found a fine chicken that went Into her pan. with a couple of Inches to the good. Then she had me look over a big basket of sweet potatoes to find some ‘nice, long, slen­ der ones.’ hernnse she wanted them to Just fit around the chicken in the pan. She bought just four. “Cheese is another thing the light .housekeepers always go slow on. They’d rather buy a few cents’ worth every day than have a crumb left over for a JStray_mouse. stores object 'to selling less than\ a pound, but when a pretty girl appeal's to yon for ‘just 5 cents’ worth’ and per­ haps to make up for it plunges reckless­ ly and gets four eggs and a quarter of a pound of coffee at the same time— w h o ’d have the heart to refuse her? ‘These hair-splitting calculations aren’t often necessary on account oi lack of money, but just because there’s no place to keep leftovers.” DROPS FROM THE CLOUDS. D a n g e r o m Species o t E x h ib ition that Often Results In D e a th. The double parachute descent made the other day from an estlmate-d_helglit- of 14,000 feet by the Misses Louie May -and-Dolly-Shepard, probably constitutes a record In long drops. One writes “probably,” because there is always a doubt In these cases, ow- ing to the difficulty in verifying the actual altitudes reached by the para­ chutists before letting go, says a writer in Pearson’s Weekly. Prof. Baldwin, who first popularized this highly dangerous species o f exhibi­ tion at the Alexandra palace, London, In 1888, made several descents from al­ titudes exceeding a mile, but was pre­ vented by the authorities from carry­ ing out his Intention o f dropping from a height of two miles. Later, however, he descended In the provinces from a height of 9,000 feet. This was his rec­ ord, so far as this country Is concerned. He soon found emulators, though; several of whom met with violent deaths. Thus, an ^Englishman named George Higgins, after descending safely several times from altitudes exceeding 10,000 feet, was eventually killed at Kirkstall, near Leeds. This happened on Aug. 8, 1891. A few months later a Miss Van Tassel was similarly dashed to death at Dacca, and on May 20, 1908, Miss Edith Brookes, aged 23, was killed near Sheffield. ^ On the other hand, there have been chronicled some remarkable escapes o f ' a nature akin to that experienced by- the Misses May and Shepard. Thus at, Wakefield, some years back, a well- known parachutist named CIssie Kent, was carried high above the clouds through something going wrong with ¿hft “ tost” rrtrd yet managed to alight safely In the niiiddle of the town after narrowly escaping being Impaled on the spire of All Saints’ church. Owing to a .similar mishap Miss Alma Beaumont was,»at Glasgow, once borne^aloft to the height of 12,700 feet before being able flfgietrntor^Neverthelesa^Bh.o^affereiL no hurt, although twenty minutes were occupied In the descent. It Is easy to prevent failu r e ; all one has to do Is refrain from trying. THE WRIGHT AEROPLANE, SHOWING ITS IMPORTANT DIMENSIONS. B i s Collection. Gunner— The Ultra-Van Tassels moved to-day. There were seven vans for the furniture and six extra vans. Guyer— Indeed ! And what were the extra vans for? Gunner—Why, to remove their fam Uy‘ skeletons. “Do you think you can get back my Money f” asked Walter, .anxiously. “ I think thor* i* a chance of‘It. Dome ter. He opened it, taking care to display and point out ths picture«. So Walter The population of Canada, according to the official estimates of that country, was 6,504,900 on April 1, an increase V 21 per cent In six years. -Iho-elephant - beetle- o f —Venezuela the. world’s largest Insect a half pound. It weigh

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