FEMININE FANCIES, OIBLES, AND FASHIONS, r v BY "MURIEL." TALL RIGHTS RESER VED. .0 THE INDIAN SUMMER IS HERE. The unexpected has happened, for, after all, when we wrote or talked about the St. Martin's summer that was ahead, few of us really entertained any idea that it would visit us. We merely pretended to believe what we wished to be true. Bat here is the hot weather, indeed. We may put on our summer things, and, oppressed by the unwonted heat, look with something akin to loathing at the heavy Harris tweeds and other thick woollen materials which a short time back were so pleasant to contemplate, shivering mortals that we were. Their value will be understood by us later on, for it is only a short respite we enjoy. THIS BY THE WAY. I hope that none of my readers intend to indulge in materials patterned with hairy discs, which look very like large moles or incipient beards. They arc really gross to a refined taste, as suggestive of what cannot be pleasant to the eye, nor in any case to be desired. THE BEGINNING OF THE TRAIN. Literally, all new skirts are made to rest a few inches on the ground. There may be many gores, or one gore only. The latter make commends itself to me as more elegant than a series of trimmed seams reaching from hem to waist. With double-width goods the material is carried round the figure, the selvege being at tjie top. At the back of the skirt there is a seam so much gored that there are few if any gathers at the waist, but the short train falls in ample folds as it descends. The effect is really graceful, and were it not that one thinks of the inevitable accumula- tions which must be gathered up during a walk through the streets. I would not fail to praise this stylp., but if cleanliness be next to godliness" then to commend such a fashion is downright an advocacy of unrighteous- ness. DUE TO THE THREE QUARTER CAPES. One fashion gives rise to contemporaries, and the long three-quarter pcket is responsi- ble for these lengthened skirts, for a very much elongated out of door coat looks ridi- culous worn above an all round short walking dress. Hence, the lengthening of skirts gene- rally. EXPECT A CHANGE. The long cape is by no means to reign paramount among winter garments. I have seen some double-breasted cloth ooatees that reached almost to the knees, and there are other shapes which alike deepen abnormally, so that I should not be surprised to see a re- turn to those princess tight-fitting coats with fur bordered edge so popularly worn seven or more years ago. They were very graceful, and a woman with a good figure who carried herself well never looked better than in one of these coals. BETTER TOO FEW THAN TOO MANY. No one seems at all sure whither fashion is tending. It seems certain that the only way to keep pace with her rapid transitions is to have only one or two gowns at the most- that is, just sufficient for one's requirement— and to wear those while they are strictly in the mode. When it changes wo can, without compunction, change our gowns, not being burdened with a superabundant wardrobe fitted to repletion with thinga entirely out of date. FOR THOSE WITH LIMITED INCOMES. I am glad to chronicle any fashion or means of embellishment that girls can work out at small cost, since their pin money is not usually in excess of their needs, and often quite out of proportion to their desire for pretty articles of dress. The following sug- gestion was the result of a visit to the City last week. There I saw a gown made with yoke and cuffs covered with guipure, the lace being jewelled with pink tepize3. There is no difficulty in enriching guipure in this manner, and for full dress the Pattern may be outlined with silver thread, I need hardly remind my readers that the pierced jewels to which I refer are sold at a very low price, so as to be within the reach of all. Imitation turquoises are, perhaps, more uied than rubies, amethysts, and similar gems, but the first-named mixed judiciously with imitation diamonds are extremely effec- tive, and for trimming black gowns cannot be surpassed. SLEEVES FOLLOW SKIRTS. Sleeves get longer and longer, extending over the back of the band sometimes. When 80 cut the material is hollowed away at the Wrist in the direction of the palm. Other- wise, the sleeve is made to reach below the wrist bone and then is rolled upwards. Two PAIRS OF SLEEVES. I see that ljSiJ Ellen Terry—whose taste in dress, like that of most actresses, is perfect— Wears under-sleeves, which come well below the sleeves pertaining to the gown, which are cut wide enough at the bottom to give room for the superadded and under-sleeve. The latter fit the arm, and are made of lace for evening wear, linen re-placing lace for day Wear. The under-sleeves worn many years ago were important features of the dress of that time, though the hideous, red cashmere Puffs, covered with barred, transparent muslin -the two of much valume-could not be called artistic. Neat little muslin puffs, ending in a band of velvet [round the wrist, were very pretty, however, and might be introduced with advantage in present styles, for the sleeves which button close to the wrist and are devoid of any finish seem rather too severe for beauty, and When the wrist is bony or red those defects are rendered undesirably conspicuous. The cavalier cuft is still worn, sometimes in very exaggerated form, but the prettier make is about four inches wide, suddenly sloping upwards and outwards. The edges are not joined, so to that the lining of silit shows slightly. A. few large, handsome buttons are sewn on in a line in the direction of the elbow they keep the edges of the cuff together. THEY COME AS A BOON AND A BLESSING. The shaded ribbon velvets, of which I have written before, are likely to supersede flowers and feathers as a trimming for millinery. The colours are so well blended that the rib- bons, though very smart, have no appearance of vulgarity, which is the usual effect pro- duoed by a mixture of vivid colours that are in strong contrast to each other-blue, pink, orange, violet, green, yellow, &c. Trimmed ,with the new ribbon, hats and bonnets can be irorn with almost any dress, for they are sure to repeat its colour. As the dull weather ..advances we shall be more than pleased- indeed grateful—for the brightening of the rtoiW W1.1,,11 these ribbons effeot. THEY WILL tl TA.KB." To wear a trained gown necessitates extra attention to foot covering, for the train must fee lifted oooasionally, and this exposes shabby ots remorselessly. I see that a maker of ftbionabfo boots is introducing side lagin ia place of buttons, which increase in appear- ance the size of the feet. Elastio sides were really an improvement upon buttons, but the elastio gave out and then looked very untidy, worse even than the slovenliness imported by the absence of one or two buttons. I believe that laced shoes will take the public fancy. Anything which tends to neat- ness is desirable. It is no un- common experience to see a smart gown worn with untidy boots. American women and French women are greatly our superiors in the attention they pay to this part of their toilet. Neatly covered hands and feet will competely redeem a somewhat shabby or old-fashioned gown-a fact of which, it seems, women are ignorant, or otherwise doubt. Very fanciful shoes are pretty enough in the shop windows, but only Cinderellas can afford to wear them. Slippers covered with embroidery and jewelled, as many are, must inevitably add size to the feet, which is a sacrifice to fashion few can afford to make. A handsome buckle on a neat plain shoe is the safest thing to wear when the feet are not fairy-like. DRESSES I HAVB SEEN AND LIKE. I, Messrs. Russell and Allen always have; something unique to show us. Among novelties displayed I saw a dress of almond j colour brocade, covered with a stlaggling pattern of yellpw marguerites, pink clover, j and appropriate foliage. At the foot of the gown was a very narrow and exceptionally full ruche made of thin silk, green, yellow, pink, and almond colour severally. This grouping of the colours, which appeared in the pattern of the brocade, had a very happy effect. Another dress for more useful wear was one of yellow green woollen material with a dull surface. The skirt opened nar- rowly on one side to show a panellof cream woollen, with narrow stripes of coral pink. This panel was accordian pleated, but only just wide enough to give relief to the green skirt, the edges on either side the opening being trimmed with narrow silver braid. The bodice, made with short points back and front, was outlined with ribbon velvet about an inoh and a half wide. It was carelessly knotted at the back, the ends falling as low as the hem of the gown. Very many dresses are made with bodices of this class. The long basque so universally worn was absolutely disfiguring to many figures, and re-action once set in, a rapid change of fashion may soon be looked for. IT MAY APPEAR EXTRAVAGANT, BUT IT IS NOT. Most elegant drases have a selection of gloves, hose, and veils, so that there may be perfect accord between the gown and its acces- sories. This abundance at first sight may appear to savour of extravagance, but it is not so; the practice is rather economical, to say nothing of elegance. Fashion in articles of this kind changes rarely, and certainly is not likely to do so before the articles are severally worn out. It makes all the difference to a woman's appearance this attention to the adjuncts of the toilet. A false note in music produces discord. The same jar in effect is that brought about by the introduction of any minor article of dress that is inhar- monious. A HINT TO GLOVE BUYERS. Tan shades in gloves tone best with dresses of particular colours. Mushroom colour gloves are agreeable with gowns of another shade. When about to purchase gloves it is, therefore, advisable to wear the dress they are intended to accompany. If the intended purchase is laid against the dress, it will be seen at once whether the colour harmonises or not. VEILS LONG AND SHORT. Mask veils are worn in Paris. They are so- called because they extend no farther than the tip of the nose. In contrast are veils that reach far below the chin, but this shape is chiefly seen in connection with wide brim bats. THERE IS AN ART IN IT. The art of putting on a veil neatly and in a becoming manner is too little studied. It really is an art and needs study. Most women fix on their veils in a haphazard fashion, which is productive of untidiness, to say nothing of the sacrifice of the becoming. A few rather long pins are very useful in the arrangement of a veil. It is a pity we cannot dispense with veils, but so long as fringes reign we must perforce resign ourselves to their pro- tectors. The very finest nets are chiefly worn, so fine as to be almost invisible. FOR LADY RANDOLPH. Whilst on the subject of foot coverings I omitted to say that I was shown a pair of shoes just made forLady I; Andolph Churohill. Nothing could be neater. The leather was of the finest glove kid, cut without the slightest embellishment. The laced part came well up on the instep, and the heel was broad and rather low. The shape of the prospective wearer's foot must be flatter than those of American women in general, and the size as represented by the shoe somewhat larger than ordinary among Americans. The whole work was done by band. Shoes that are harid-seivii keep their shape much longer than do machine made goods. About two guineas would be the price of the shoes I have described. A MUSICAL NOTION. Have my musical readers ever tried the effect produced by placing a newspaper lightly on the wires of a grand piano P A musical acquaintance of mine suggested the idea to me, and I pass it on. Among simple pretty ballads she sang were "Why should we say Good-bye," by Edith Cooke, and Fairies," by "Dolores." IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS. The rapidly-shortening evenings leave us considerably more time for needlework; and against Christmas those who take time by the forelock and are in the habit of making their intended gifts instead of purchasing them out-of-hand are already on the look-out for novelties. To such readers' attention I commend the monster cosies usefully designed to keep hot the water provided for the matutinal tub, and particularly valuable when the sleeper is not prompt to respond to the call, as exemplified in the language of the immortal Watts :— 'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, You have woke me too s-on, I mustslumber again; As the door on its hinges, So ho on his bed, Turns his sides and his shoulders, And his heavy head." Meanwhile the water cools, more particu- larly when Jack Frost is abroad. It is assumed that the water is left in the can, and over this the cosy is lifted. It is made of scouring flannel, and lined with sateen in contrasting colour. Some large flower embroidered in outline or an applique design is worked [on either side. The bolder the effect the better, as fine work would be thrown away. Silk or worsted is carried round the edges, and a large bow of ribbon at the top serves to conceal a curtain ring covered wool. This is sewn firmly on, and serves as a handle to the cosy. Art serge, oosting Is. 4d. per yard, may be used in place of scouring flannel. But the heavier the substance the better, as likely to retain heat longer. Of course, it goes without saying that two or three sheets of wadding are required batvreen the lining and the exterior oover,
To Correspondents. GINGER BRANDY.-To one quart of brandy add three ounces of fieilily-gratad ginger and two ounces of letnon-rind; let the mixture infuse in a well-stoppered bottlejfor a fortnight, shaking the same daily pour off the liquid from the sediment, strain, and bottle for use. When diluted with sugared water, ginger brandy is an excellent cure for flatulence. Some people substitute spirits of wine for the br,indy. A kind cotrepondent has just sent me the foregoing. I hope that. it is not too late to be of service. KATE H."—The mask is to BA got from the Toilet Mask Company, Herwick House, 159, Oxford- street, London, \V. I do not know the price. I have no influence, so cannot orry out.your sugges- tion but if you write to Madame Bayard, 7, South- ampton-street, Strand, London, W.C., and mention "Muriel "you will receive information on the topic. J,ll.I regret to say that I do not know bow to refine sugar. It is a trade in itself. I do not under-tand what you n.ean by ''herb porter?" I give a recipe for nettle beer a few weeks ago. Please refer to back numbers of this. paper I forget the date. I imagine that herb beer would be clarified in the II same way a3 wine, that is, by means of yeast- about three tablcspoonfuls to ten gallons, or in that proportion. The liquid should be nearly cold, and the yeast quite fresh and thick. Put in the cask, and after a fortnight or so, when fermenta- tion has subsided, stop down by degrees. The bung of the cisk should be put in lightly at first. ¡ Sheet jsiiisl is^ might be used to clarify. 11 NIARIF.l am afraid that I cannot get a recipe for tomato j. Fy or jam. I have inquired ana consulted various com] rehensive cookery hcoks without success. I am sorry to disappoint you. For tomato siuce gather the tomatoes when ripe, bake them in slaw oven till tender; rub through a sieve and to every quart of pulp add ore pint of cayenne vinegar, throe-quarters of an ounce of shallots, three-quarters of an ounce of garlic peeled and cut in slicep, salt to t-isto to every six quarts of liquor, one pint of soy and anchovy sauce boil till the garlic and shallots are quite soft, then rub through the sieve once more add the soy and the anchovy sauce, and boil twenty minutes longer bottle when cool, cork well, and seal with resin or wax. This sauce will keep for three year, The anchovy and soy crw be omitted if extra expense is to be avoided. The best time to make tomato sauce is the pressnt time. Stir always with a wooden spoon. ADELGIZA."— Butter may bp k, pt fresh tenor twelve days by a very simple procets. Knead it in cold water till all the buster milk is extracted; then put in a glazed j ir, which invert in another and larger, putting into the lalter sufficient water to exclude air. Renew the water every day. "MODE."—Here is a recipe for elderberry wine: —To every three gallons of water allow one peck of berries; to every gallon of juice allow three pounds of sugar, half nn ounce of ground ginger, bix cloves, one pound of good ruisins, quarter of a pint, of brandy to every gallon of wine, and to every nine gallons of wine four tablespoonfuls of fresh brewers' yeast. Pour boiling water on the berrie", which mutt he picked from stalks, and let the brew stand 24 hours. Strain through a bag or a sieve, breaking the fruit to extract the juice; measure the liquor, and to every gallon put the above proportion of sugar; boil the juice with other ingredients one hou, skimming all the time let it stand till milk- warm; put into a clean dry cask with the yeast; let it ferment fourteen days add the brandy, and bung down b )ttle at the end of four or five months or more. A bunch of hops suspended to a string from the bung will keep the wine good (so it is said) for several years. a string from the bung will keep the wine good (so it is said) for several years.
T AN UNSURPASSED HEALTH AND PLEASURE RESORT. Marianne Farmngham contributes to the Christian World the following interesting account cf Builth Wells :-Tiiere are still places in our wonderful little island that, notwithstanding the flocks of tourists who go hither and thither, are not so well known as they deserve to be, and Builth Wells is t)ne of them. It is on the banks of that generous river which beautifies evciy place- through which it passes, the winding Wye. Green slopes, park-like space?, IJills thickly covered with trees, and beyond all mountains and moors, these make up the scenery around Builth. It is a fine place in which to rest, for only pleasant sounds reach the ears there; and sights full of repose meet the eyes. There if, at presenr. nothing exciting about the place; but neither is it dull; and there are innumerable walks and drives to bo under- taken by those who wish to get away far from the madding crowd," and bo left to their own thoughts and Nature's teachings. Builth has its literary record?, and lias already served the readers of this land I to good purpose. Wo were told that Tennyson came once, and liked it so well that he stayed eighteen months, and that it. was at Builth that Punch was born, for the Brothers Mayhew while staymg here, with leisure for thought, conceived the idea of the journal which has made many people laugh and forget their cares, and marly as many sea their follies'. Eiioda Broughtou wrote one of her stories in the neighbourhood, and Madame Patti comes to her castle, not far away, in order to enjoy that which she has won. We heard of many other notable people who know Builth and make good use of the knowledge, slipping away from the big worlds of London and Liverpool, and hiding them- selves in some leaf-shaded farm above the Wye. There are more than a few visitor-; there at present who are evidently enjoying their well-won holi- days. We get made into new men here," said ono, and it is worth while to come down to the Wells at five o'clock in the morning and see the crowds waiting their turn to drink the water/' Five o'clock is early,and we could easily imagine the scene, because we had witnessed it in Llandrindod, the neighbouring town, as des- cribed in these columns last summer. The Buil'h waters are exceedingly (la,ly, but they are also exceedingly, efficicipus. There are three spring?, computing saline, chaly- beate, and sulphur mineral waters, and they are within six feet of each other. They are pro- nounced vtry superior in strength and quality to most others. Professor Attfield has analysed the saline, and reports that it ia in composition not unlike the eorresDOnding taltue springs of Hom- burg, Kissingen, Kreuznach, and Wieshaden, but in some respects b 't'er than these. The Homburg waters contain no Ii: hiul11, but this higltly-prizvd ingredient is a conspicuous element in the Builth Welis faline water. The Klsellgen springs are only half as saline, and tlicPWiesbitdeii waUrs are not nearly as strong as the water of Buiith. There P, therefure, no reason why those who are ordered to try the effect of mineral waters upon their system should not come to Builth, and save the expense and weariness of foreign travel. But it must not be forgotten that the one thing which, above all others, makes Builth Weils attrac- tive to Welh liearts is its association with the r last Prince, Llewelyn. It was to Builth he fled when pursued by the English forces commanded by Sir Edmund Mortimer and John Gitlard. The ground was covered with snow, and there is a legend to the effect that he had his horse's shots reversed so as to mislead his pursuers, but yet the blacksmith told the secret, and I he cavfilry from Hereford pursued him from Aberedwy Castle, where he was staying, and hunted him to death. Eighteen faithful followers were all the Prince had, but lie hurried with these toward Builth. He and his escort gaIlopc J along the Raduor side of the Wyo. and crocsed over the btidge, which they broke down. The Wye was in fuli flood, and the soldiers had to ride eight miles before they could cross. Builth Castle refused to admit the Prince, a circumstance which the residents regret to this day, and he and his escort directed their course to the Irvoti. There is a beautiful little glen, in which he is said to have hidden; but when the spears came through the bushes, and lie heard the shouts of the English, it is thought that he came out into the open field, where De Trancton wounded him with his spear. II MOt ien," in an article lately written for the Western Mail, says, "I have just visited the Llanynys suspension bridge aione and as I stood in the solitude among the bushes, where so long ago the eighteen Cambrian heroes laid down their lives in the midst of fearful odds to defend their liberties and their native king, I felt that the Pass of Thermopylae did not witness purer patriotism and self-sacrificing devotion to a fatherland than did this secluded spot on the bank of the Irvon River. It IS of all this that the visitor thinks as he stands on the bridge across the Wye, or climbs one of the hills, and looks down upon one of the worthiest scenes which even Wales has to show."
An Electrical Fly-catcher. Electricity relates how an ingenious Yankee shopkeeper lecently constructed an el-c ricul fly- catcher that is unique. It consists of a induction coil, giving abJut a quarter-inch ;p Irk, with a couple of cells of battery aud a series i f fine wires strung on a board, very much us in tha musical instrument, called the zither. Each alter- nate wire is connected to a terminal of the c nl, and the sliding regulator so adjusted that the spnk will not quite strike across between the w r,s until an unlucky fly alights on one wire; then the projecting boJy receives a spaik, and tho victim t;lk"i\ a header between the wiros and lcavei the fie l i clear for the next comer.
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That Girl Rilly. -0 I never in a'l my life did see the like o that girl. I don't believe there's another of her sort in all California, I hope not, any- way Mrs. Fromer stood in the doorway of her rude little cabin and looked with interest and disapproval up the mountain road. There was nobody but little four-year-old Jerry for her to talk to, and he was too busy to pay any attention, but with the performances of that girl" for a subject Mrs. Fromer must talk. There Did anybody ever see anything to equal that ? Why, she just got on to that dog's back and made him jump over tltat rock as if he was a horse. What in the world is she up to now ? Well, I do declare." Quite overcome by astonishment and dis- may, the woman had to stop talking for a moment, and she stood in breathless silence watching the strange goings on which had so upset her mind. And no wonder, for the pranks she was wit- nessing were enough to make any woman with fixed ideas of propriety feel a little faint and giddy. It might be supposed that Mrs. Fromer would have become used to such pranks by this time, but she had not. Nobody did become used to them, it seemed. Con- sequently Ililo Mountain, although it was not a volcano, was always in a state of distur- bance, because that girlwas continually doing something extraordinary. doing something extraordinary. Just now, without knowing—or caring— that she had a spectator, she was rehearsing a sort of Wild West show in the rocky road a little way above the Fromer house. There were only two performers—herself and the immense dog she always had with her-but they were so active and versatile, and made so much noise, that they were more than satisfactory. It was amusing to see the little midget— she was only thirteen, and small for her age —playing Indian and scout and stage-driver, and giving a really good imitation of each. And she went at her fun with such spirit and enthusiasm that no looker-on could help being excited in sympathy. The dog, a great St. Bernard, was quite as enthusiastic as his mistress, and was full of the spirit of the occasion. It was evident that he saw no impropriety at all in this busi- ness. He gave it ail the assistance in his power, and was wonderfully intelligent in his performances, Killy!" All turned in a startled way to see that Pete Pelter was standing beside them, with a look in his face that seemed half sad and half angry. Why, dad ye've got back The girl sprung nimbly up and caught her father round the neck, where she clung, kiss- ing his bearded face. The rough mountaineer kissed her in return, just as a better dressed father would have done, and stroked her hair very tenderly. "All right, ain't ye, Rilly P" he said "Ranter took good care on ye whilst I was away? Got to be off again, but I'll be back this eveninV He kissed her again and put her down on the ground. Now you an' Ranter be off to yer f tin. He's the comp'ny you've got to associate with, an' no other." The girl and the dog ran away together, and the man turned again to speak to Mrs. Fromer. "I don't want my gal to be intrudin' an' I won't 'low her to be intrudin' he said, with a kind of rude dignity. She wasn't intruding. But I will say this. Pete Pelter, you ought to stay home more and keep her in some sort of order. It's too bad, the way she goes on. Why, she's the wors' child on Hilo Mountain." There hain't no man would say that to me 'bout my gal!" the father said roughly. Then he softened his tone, remembering it was a woman he spoke to. Ye're wrong 'bout Rilly," he continued. "She ain't the wust child. She's the best child, the lovin'est, generousest, bravest, best child that's goin'. It's her way that makes ye think different, an' ways depend on p'ints an' view. Hilly ain't so bad, bein' rough, as some is bein' smooth, Ef her mother was livin'— wall, she showed what she'd 'ave done when she gave her that purty name, Amariilo She'd 'ave made her the purtiest behaved child on the mountain. But no other woman don't bother!" Mr. Pelter made an awkward bow, and walked off towards his cabin, and Mrs.Fromer went into the house to think it over, leaving little Jerry outside. No child on the mountain—nor off the mountain, for that matter—was quite so good as little Jerry Fromer. His father bflived it and his mother knew it. He made no trouble at all, but amused himself in all sorts of pretty little ways, leaving his busy mother free to attend to the great amount of work which every housekeeper, even in a mountain cabin in California, always finds to do. All through the long pleasant time of sun- shine the careful housewife was left undis- turbed to work and think. She thought most of her own child, of course, but she thought a good deal about Peter 1'elter's child also. Perhaps people were a little too hard on Rilly after all. Perhaps if the neighbour women would take a little more friendly interest in her she wouldnot be such a rude little ruffian, Really she never knew of the chiiddoing any- thing actuary wicked. But she was such a rowdy. At length she noticed that the sunshine had grown dim. livening was coming and Jerry's father would soon be home, and she must bring the little fellow in and make him neat, as she always did for the father's home- coming, She went to the door, but Jerry was not where she bad left him. She looked quickly about, but her child was now-here in sight. She called no answer came. In a panic she ran all about the house, and up and down the road, calling as she went; neither sight nor sound of her child could she gaiu. Ijittle Jerry was lost! "That girl! That dreadful girl! Mrs. Fromer moaned as she realised that her baby was gone. But then I would have heard her 1 if she had come about. Desperate and heart-broken she continued her fruitless search, growing more and more excited with every minute. When Mr. Fromer came home he found his wife so nearly frantic came home he found his wife so uearly frantic that he could hardly learn from her what had happened.. Very quickly Mr. Fromer satisfied himself that his child was indeed gone, and he was about starting away to summon the neigh- bours to help him in his search when Pete Pel per appeared. There Was troub'e in his face and anxiety in his voice. Was Rilly here ag'in after I left ye t he asked of Mrs. Fromer, HNo" She ain't to hum, an' I ain't been able fur to find her, an' I'm oneasy 'bout her, it must be lowed." "Have you lost your child too P" Mr. Fromer exolaimed in astonishment. Ii I was just coming to ask you to help find ours. He's gone, God knows where I He stopped speaking with that break in his voice which it is always so hard to listen to. Even in his own grief and trorble Peter Pelter felt keen sympathy with this other bereaved man, and was about to say so, but an exclamation from Mrs. Fromer chcokfd him. That girl Jerry's mother cried it was easy to know from her tone what she was thinking of. Her husband laid his hand on her shoulder and stopped her from saying more. Mr. Peltei heard the words and noted the movement, but he only said. I'll help ye to hunt fur yer child. I kit hunt fur mme later. Or mebbe we'll findei7 together. I reckon that's most likely." All night long those two men, with th help of all the other men in the settlement searched the forest with torohes for their los children, and found no trace of either of them One little bit of information was given by man who came to join the searching party. In the afternoon, while on a shoulder of th' mountain near the settlement, he had stoppei to look down at the houses and the road. Hi saw a little child going along the road toward the forest. He thought that was not safe so he started down the slope to capture th, little rover. Ile was a good while getting -t# the road, and when he got there he saw onl) Rilly Pelter and her dog. He asked hei about the child he had seen, but she onl] looked at him and started off towards hei father's house. Thinking he had beej frightened without reason, the man had gou his way without giving any alarm. What time might that ha' been?" aske Peter Pelter. 'Bout three o'clock, I reckon," "I war home just afore that. Left righ af terwards." All the next day the search was kept up and without success. At night the men werl exhausted and bad to rest. But the seconc day the search was renewed n'ith more vigoui than ever. The two fathers kept together through i kind of sympathetic understanding. Thej were widely separated from the other searcheri when they came upon the tracks made bj little feet. A moment later they found larger foot prints and those of a dog close to them. Th men looked at each other with tears of jo., running down their faces and neither we ashamed of his weakness. They dashed for ward over the soft, moist ground of the little hollow they were in, not losing sight of < single track. Suddenly Pelter stopped, witr a smothered cry of alarm. -.c. "Oh, Lord! Oh, l,oi-d Look at that?' he groaned, pointing to the ground, where tracks of another animal mingled with those of the dog. "Do ye know what them is ? Them's the footprints of a mountain lion It was true. There was no mistaking the nature of those later tracks. You and me know what them marks mean for both ov us," said Peter, putting his hand on Mr. Fromer's shoulder. 11 Thet- hain't no hurry now fur we're too late. So, afore we go on to look fur our children's bones I want you to apolergise to my Rilly. Right here Right now! Ye thought in yer heart as she'd led your little feller of. I knew she didn't. She's give her life tryin' to save him fur ye. IIow do I know ? Cause that's natural to Rilly fur one thing. 'Nother thing, them little tracks was made afore the bigger ones 'nd the dog's. 'Nother thing, the baby was alone when Bill Brown seen him, 'nd Rilly was alone when he seen her'nd told her 'bout it. An' more 'n all that, while I was out o' the cabin after Bill Brown seen her, she was there and carried off grub enough to last her 'nd the baby-if she found him alive—till she could git him hum. An'now, Jake Fromer, if you don't apolergise for that insult ye thought, I'll kill ye Without speaking Mr. Fromer looked into the other man's eyes and held out his hand. The look and the gesture meant more than the words he could not control himself to speak, and the apology was made and accepted. The two clasped hands and then went forward in fear and trembling, Presently they stopped, having almost stumbled over the dead body of a mountain lion. At the same moment a faint, weak whine of recognition sounded close by, and then there was a happy but very feeble cry of welcome, and the two fathers knelt beside their living children. "Jknowed ye'd find us, dad!" said Riliy. "My leg's broke, 'nd we had to wait. He broke it," pointing to the dead beast; "but me 'nd Ranter kep him off the kid, 'nd Ranter killed him. The baby's all right. Didn't find him till last night. An' wasn't he hungry With great rejoicing the lost children-ane poor, torn Ranter as well—were carried to the Fromer cabin. As Mrs. Fromer was lavishing her tenderness and gratitude upor. Rilly, Pete Pelter came and stood beside her with a triumph in his face that was good to see. I knowed we'd find them two kids together," he said. "An' I knowed ye'd change yer p'int o' view 'bout my gal:P/¡lld(kll"lla Times,
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