-.CA4 RIGHTS EBSKETBDJ j A# FACTORY LASS OB THE STRANGE STORY OP VIOLET BY MARION WARD. Author of Love's Thorny Path:* IFfis Fair I Lady:* &c. CHAPTER XVIf. A CRUEL PHIIiANTHSOPIST. I "The girl -looks half-starved," muttered Major Mimro, as he went up in the lift to the tea-room, "I should say &he hadn't had square meal for days. Well, sho will have to Let me help her now, whatever happens. Thack goodness, Adela is staying with me at the Queen's, and she will know the best tovy cf offering aid to the poor child." Adela was his sister, a spinster lady of large means and very much addicted to good works, so that surely helping a de- fenceless girl would be quite in her line. tin fortunately the Major quite forgot that his eister's favourite form of charity was re- claiming people of bad character. Mis. 34miro had no }Ace in her plans for those ■who, blameless and innocent as herself, yet Borely needed a helping hand in life's hard Warfare. Violet Mason had not given him a hint as to iijuf she wanted to see Mrs. Staunton, or for what object their meeting had been arranged, so the Major supposed that the ■Widow was, like his sister, given to good "Works, and meant to try and find Violet a raore congenial sphere of labour. By this time it was nearly five, and the -bti sin ess of the tea-room was at its height. There was no lady in widow's weeds stand- ing by the door, but Mrs. Staunton might 17ag bv the door, but have tired of her watch and gone inside, so the Major passed through the great swing doors and" walked slowly down the centre of the large room, his keen eyes taking in the people—chiefly ladies—grouped at the small; Pe<) r, l e-- oliicfln- la d ie-3-, marble-topped tables. Suddenly he started: stroBsr man as he ■was, «his face blanched, and for a moment such a grim pain clutched at his heart that lie felt near fainting. The next moment he had pulled himself together with a soldier's coinage and decided he was either the victim 8>f an optical delusion or of some strange h;"mcc resemblance. Yhe woman in widow's weeds, who sat alone at a table in one of the corners ■ farthest from the door, simply could not be the fa-lse siren who had done her best to 'bli.?'ht his life ten long ye;.i?s ago! He advanced to the table. The woman's eyes were lowered on her plate, so that she did not see. his approach, and before he reached her one of the attendants came up to make out her bill. Ø\11 came here to meet a young lady." The voice carried Major Munro back a decade. *'1: I £ 0 away, I shall miss her. Surely I can keep this table a. little longer." "There's a great crowd here to-day, madam/' said the" girl civilly, "and you have had the table half-an-hour. If you like to give m,e a message I will deliver it to the young lady." 'y on would not know her," snapped the "WiSow. Then, seeing the attendant was not to be coerced, she said less aggressively: ":If a tall gui** dressed in blafck asks for Mrs. Staunton,' tell her I could net wait any -longer, but that J will write to her and Slake another appointment." "Very good, The widow turned to leave the room, but Major Munro hastened to the door and passv»d through it before her, so that he was cttanding in b the corridor when she reached it. He looked her full in the face and spoke T)ne word. "Fe.iicite." The w<Vuan shivered from' head to foot. I tlioti(xlit you were in Isdia with your regiment." "I air; hero," he .answered her gravely. "You have broken your contract, Felicile. Yon. know it was agreed that cn the day you returned to England your allowance would cease." » ex pcckd frantic entreaties and plead- ing', but the widow answered him with a" iirtle mocking laugh. ,"Very well, -if you are so mean, you can stop it. I kv(,, found a gold mine, which, if properly worked, will be worth a great deal mo-re to me than your paltry pittance," -It seemed to Violet Mason that Major Munro was gone a very long time, but when ho returned to her he looked so grave that she begqm to think that some personal trouble had befallen him. Mason," he said- quietly, "if you -will let me walk home with you, I can tell you the result of my search." But it was not till they had left Stafford House, and plunged into a quiet street that he asked her gravely whether she had ever met -Air, Staunton. "Never. Siie, wrote to me yesterday say- ing that she was Aunt Hannah's sister, .and— A. nd another aunt of yours?" suggested Major Munro. ":o. she said that she was iny-mothe, that her poverty had obliged her to leave me to her sister's care and go. out to India as maid to a great lady, but now she was her own distress, and had' come back to make a htui.'o for me." "Tiiat letter was a tissue of lies," said Major Munro, emphatically. -1 have seen a woman who gave her name to one of the tea-room attendants as Mrs. Staunton, and said that she had been waiting there since four o'clock for a voting lady. But that woman is not your mother; she simply couldn't for I knew her well in Iudia ten or twelve years ago, and she was then child- less and married to a foreigner. '"There can be no tie of blood between yoa and her, Miss Mason. Her name is Fv-Iieite (Jonianza, -and though I don't know lev /hat motive she has sought you out, I. tell you plainly there is contamination in her very touch. If you value your good iis:ie, your innocence, your truth. you i?Hj.-7t h!!1! fh"ii, woman as ycu would shun the pestilence. "Promise mc that you will have nothing tc do with the pretended Mrs. Staunton," went on M?jcr Muj)?o. ?ChiM, you can't t&u?h pitch withoat being denied, and you could p i I ? (:L, thG with *o;ed, ,i-id vo,, coll,d keep iiite wittta woman like 'that a,,icl "1 know you mC3N kindly"—there was a sti."?.s?ed sob in the girl's throat—"but, ch, you cannot know what a terrible disappoint- ment it is to me! I have lost my situation, I see no chance of another, azd-every day that comes I grow poorer." "There is only one thing to be done," said Major Munro, "you must take the money I oi?«red you last August." "I can't—it would be like begging." "No, it wouldn't," said the soldier kindly. "I was the innocent caus-e of your aunt's de<ith, and I owe you come compensatioa. Lx-tk here. Miss Mason, if you won't take the twenty pounds I offered you as a free 91-ft I will you accept five pounds as a loan ? You told me the first time I saw you that you earned ten shillings a week, so five P°if^ ■ would keep you for over two months, &nd by that time you may have found work." .Violet Moepted the oSer. Major Munro 6po!? eo kindly, he made ￼ seem so natural tli? he Should help her, that the obligation did not hurt her pride, but what she felt most grateful for was his promise that his sistar would help her to find employment. "My sister understands girls a great deal "My than I do," he?aid. "She knows aU abemt the market for their work and that sort of things so if you see her, she's sure to 1 te able to helpi you. I must start for Ply- mouth to rejoin my regiment at ten o'clock to-morrow, but limy sister will be at the Queen's Hotel till the afternoon. I 'shall tell her all about you, that you will caU between ten an4 '.eu..She S sure to be able # to advise you; Hhe might even find you a new billet on the spot." Before she went to bed that night Violet wrapped the five sovereigns in a little piece of calico, which she s-êwed strongly inside the Ibodice of her dsess. Sty* believed Miss Gibba" to be honest, in spite of > her harsh, penurious ways, but five soveregins seamed such a tremendous fortune to her that she dared not risk any of it being stolen. Adela Munro was ten years older than her brother, and in most things an utter con- trast to him. A r 'xl woman according to her lights, but a v. ry lisixd one, sh e wa3 one of those spinsters who think beauty a snare and refbrd it as a duty to make the right way full of briars and thorns to the un- happy disciples they are trying to guide along it. Miss Munro regarded the Major as a "'rcat deal too good-natured, and sho believed tha't he could be taken in by any story if it was only made pathetic enough, so she listened to what he told her of Violet Mason with a mental reservation only to help the young woman if she seemed in a properly penitent state of mind. When violet presented, herself, she was at once ushered into the private sitting-room where Miss Munro was writing letters. There was no kindness or compassion in the lady'3 manner, but she eyed Violet up and down, as though she had been some curious animal, before* she asked sharply: "Are you the young woman my brother was tellmg me about?" "Yes, Major Munro theught perhaps you would be able to help me to a situation." "What ean you do?" < "I have been a press-girl for more than five years. I was sent away from Preston's because I was seen talking to the inspec- tor," < "Won't they give you a character?" trNo." "That's bad," said Miss Munro. "Few people would employ a girl without a cha- racter. A young woman ought to be very careful of her gayd name. Can you do I put in needlework? Do you understand keep- ing a house clean and tidy?" "I am very fond of needlework, and my aunt taught me to sweep and dust." "I live at Sedgeley," said Miss Munro. "I have started a home there for girls with- out a character, and after they have been with me twelve months I can generally get them good situations as domestic servants, though of course I always have to tell their employers of their past." Violet Mason flushed crimson as the true meaning of the offer came home to her. and she understood that she was being invited to eater a sort of amateu- reformatory. "I'll trouble you further, miss," she firmly; "I've done nothing wrong, there's not a slur tm, my ogaracter. I'm not ,,t4-,r.e iot a sliir t)n, a thkf or a gadabout. I had the misfor- I tune to ge to a factory which treats its workpeople abominably, and because I was xi speaking to an inspector I was sent off at a moment's notice, and their influence has made it impossible for me to get taken en elsewhere; but I'm not a penitent, Miss Munro, and I shouldn't like to enter such a home as you describe. My good name is all I have, and -I should lose it for ever if J went to live in a sort of reformatory." "I can see that you are an impertinent, idle creature," said, Miss Munrp, "and that my brother has been- grossly deceived in you. If you come to the workhouse, or worse, it will be your own fault, and nothing -but what you deserve. You can go now, and re- member it will' be of no use for you to apply to me again." "I shouldn't do that if 1. were starving, miss," said Violet quietly, as she left the room. (To be continued.)
I PLURAL VOTING. I The following announcement is made by the Local Government Board: "Under the Repre- sentation of the People Act, 1918, no person can give more than two vetes at the General Election. A male elector* may give one vote in respect of a residence qualification in one constituency, and, if he has another .qualifica- tion in another constituency in respect of the occupation "of business premises, he may vote a second tin-ie in that constituency or, if he is a university "voter, he may give a aecnnd vote in the university constitutency. He can- not, however, give .more than one vote in any one constituency, or more than two votes in all, of which one' must be in respect of a resi- dence qualification. A female elector at a General Election can only give one vote as an ordinary voter, but if she is also a university voter she can give an additional, vote in that" capacity. A vote given by a person voting as prosy i'or another voter is not a vote in the above sense."
AEROPLANE FATALITIES. I Whilst on a training flight an aeroplane from Chillgford Aerodrome crashed to earth ori Wednesday at High Beech, Essex. The pilot, Second-Li en tenant Tom Richardson, and tho observer, Sergeant C. H. Crispin Noyes, both attached to the R.A.F. at Chingford, were killed instantly. Engine trouble was the cause of the accident. Lieutenant George Ronald Arbutfrnot, 16th Lancers, attached to the 1.1;al Air Force, was killed in an aeroplane accident near London Colney, Hertfordshire. Deceased was the son of Mrs. Arbuthnot, of Cedar House, Hilling- don.
PREMIER AND DRINK TRAFFIC. r The Premier, replying to a communication from the Temperance Council of the Christian Churches of England and "Wales, says: — "Mr. Lloyd George is of opinion that the time will soon arrrc when this question will have to be dealt with in a comprehensive manner. In the meantime he feels that we ought to try and benefit from our experiences during the war in "relation to the regulations and control of the drink traffic by the tSate."
I STATE RAILWAYS. I Mr. Winston Churchill, replying to questions after a speech at Dundee on Wednesday night, said: — "The Government policy is the nationalisa- tion of the railways. That great step it has at last been decide to take. "We have not decided on the nationalisation of shipping. That is a complex question more open to dispute." Sir Albert Stanley. President of the Board of Trade, said on Wednesday that the time was earning rapidly when restrictions and con- trols on the railways could be removed and all privileges restored to the people.
Market Bosworth (Leicestershire) Ruraj Council has agreed to build 300 houses. Prince Olaf of Norway, who is fifteen vears of age, has been confirmed in the Royal Chapel at Christiania. The Yen. Ajjphdeacon T. C. Shen, now Assistant Bishop of Che-kian-, is th first CLiiicso to be consecrated bishop. North-Eastern railwaymen have decided not to submit to the present eye teffts after Decem- ber 14. This action has been taken without the sanction of the union executive. Judge Shand, of Liverpool County Court, re,ln.-od to grant- an .'application by T. M. Thompson for the removal of the disquali- fication of bankruptcy to enable hinj to stand aa Parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead. A Cloister and Hall are to be erected at Winchester College as-its war memorial. I The accounts of the Muryleoonc Municipal Electricity undertaking show a not profit of £ 61 for the yea-ic. < II
HOME DRESSMAKINS. t WARM KNICKERS AND VEST FOR" THE I SMALL GIRL. The epidemic of influenza which is still J raging in the country, more particularly in the North, has made all mothers who care for their .children take special care that their underwear should be warm and ample, for the wise mother knows that a chill, with its lowerkig effect upon the is ye tern, is a fruitful source of infection, and that to keep a child thoroughly warm is'to go far to en- sure its immunity from the prevailing epidemic. Vi ell" I think most mothers will agree that the beautifully warm and com- fortable garment which forms the" subject of our sketch this week is an ideal model for the small girl's winter wear, for it is very simple and easy to make, and is a thorough protection against any sudden change in temperature. [Refer to H. D. 264.] I THE MATERIAL.—Now this garment really consists of two distinct parts, a bodice and knickers. The bodice may be carried out in one material and the knickers in another, or both may be made of the same fabric. In the former eace the bodice may be made of strong calico and the knickers of flannel or flannelette, or the bodice may be made of flannel or flannelette and the knickers of light-weight eergefc But when bodice and knickers are made of the same stuff, such fabrics as Asa, Tiyella, wincey, flannel, flannelette, etc., may be used for both. The diagram shows the bodice made of one material and the knickers of another. In this case you will need ,1! yards of material 27in. wide for the kniskers. and i yard of 36il1. wide material for the ^odice, for a child ei from four to six years. THE PATTERN.-Bcfore cutting out the material lay the pattern against the child for whom the garment is intended, and mako any little alterations that may be necessary, It is much easier and more satis- factory to do this in the pattern than it is in the cut-out garment. The pattern in- cludes four pieces-knickers, band, front 01 bodice, and back of bodice. In addition, vou will need four strips of material aoout 2in. wide for facing up the openings in the v W o <3 V* ■> d CO •J L, t— s £ r- <N Q m wJ J Q W > ,4 I W. (0 #4 I z: ,5 u- G VI w o a > |A» Itnickers, and. some crosswav bands for bind- ing or facing the armholeg and neck of the bodice. Do not forget that no turnings are aHowed for in the pattern, eo leave of an inch on all seams and sufficient material for all hems in the garment. THE CUTTING OUT.-F-old the material for the knickers in such a way that the sel- vedges come together aloiig each side. Lay the pattern upon the material as shewn in the diagram, and cut out. Fold the Material of the bodice the opposite way to that for the knickers, that i;. so that the selveacres come together on one side only. Lay the pattern on as shown in the diagram, placing the straight edge of the front to the fold, and cut out. THE MAKING.—The Knickers: Run together the curved leg seams of the knickers and fell neatly. Run and fell together the two leg pieces down the centre front and centre back. Next face each edge of the side openings with the 2in. wide strips of material, putting the facing on to the front edge of each placket as a wrap, and that on to the back edge as a fiat fucing. Gather the top edge of the knickers. Fa-ld the band along the middle, run up the ends, turn inside out, turn in the raw edges, and sandwich the gathers at the back of the knickers between the edges of this .band. Make the buttonholes in the band. Turn a hem up at the bottom of each leg, sew, and thread with elastic. The Bodico: Join to- gether the s houlder and underarm seams by French sewing. Face up each side of the HOW TO OBTAIN Paper Pattern of the above KNICKERS AND VEST. Fill in this form and send It, with remittance in slumps, to MISS LISLE, 8, La Belle Saavafe, LONDON, E.C. 4. Wrlte clearlr. Name Address Pattern PAPER PATTERNS. Price 9d. each, post free. PATTERNS cut to special measure, 1/.6 each- MISS LISLE will be pleased to receive suggestions and to illustrate designs of general -use to the HOME DRESSMAKER. opening at the hark with strips of -the I bodice material. Next< face tip the neck and armholes with the crossway strips of mate- rial. Feather-stitch both neck and aTm- holes. Sew on the buttons and make the buttonholes. Sew the gathered front of the knickers to the front ivii,4 ed,&Cl of the bodice. Face the back waist edge of the bodico with a strip of material, and ca-rry the facing right round the bodice to neaten the front where the gathered knickers are set on. Sew on buttons ,to hold the knicker band.
TEN YEARS -AS STRANGERS. I Two old p:mpçrs, who had been in St. I Olave's Workhouse, Bermondsey, ? one for ten and one for twelve years, were smokin- their pipes in the exercise yard when the conversation turned on a street- which was then being pulled down. I "'Ah!" said one, that's tho street where I was born." Were you? Why, so was I! n said tho other. Where did you live?" My mother kept the little corner shop when I was. a boy." Why, so did mine," exclahned the other. The men stared at eacl; other. ""You've made a mistake. My mother kept that shop -my mother, Anne Brown." Then the men rose and looked into each other's eyes. Then you must be J'ack? U And you must be Bill?" An A the old mcn-One seventy and the other flCventy-thasped, hands, knowing each other as brothers for the first time during their ten. years of fellow paiipersbip. This is the explanation: Jack, the elder, went to sea when he was fifteen, and from that time troubled his family no more. He couldn't write, and he didn't find it con- venient to call in at Bermondsey, as he was never 'near it. The second brother, when he was nineteen, enlisted, deserted, and re-en- listed under a false .name. Under the latter be married, and when he became a pauper he went into the wcrkhouse with it. The brothers had not seen each other riijee one was fifteen and the other twelve. That is how they came to sit side by side day by day in the workhouse for ten years, Without the slightest suspicion, that the same Hh.. i;hcr bore them both. -————— 10
THE INFORMER'S FATE. Because he was a traitor to the traitors With whom be was feagued, an Indian Anarchist was shot dead by two of his I comrades in Calcutta. His fate is a common one with informers. Not all the power and money behind the British Government was able to secure immunity for Carey, the Irish "Invincible," who turned approver in connection with the Phoenix Park murders. Father Gapon is now -known -to have been hanged as a traitor by the Russian Terrorists. He was lured to a house in a suburb of St. Petersburg, subjected to a mock trial, sentenoed, and executed. In the same way Dr. Cronin was put to death at Chicago in '1889. He was a member- of an American-Irish society of dynamiters known as the Clan-na-Gael, and he wa3 also a British Secret Service agent. How were these men betrayed? No one knows exactly. Sir Hooort" Anderson has left it on record how one of his secret agents in Dublin, a supposed FenJan, lost his life because of a chance remark uttered over the dinner-table by a highly-placed official who ought to have known better.
THE TURKEY TROT. 1 Most people have either seen or danced the Turkey-Trot," but probably very few have any idea how this ball-room eccentri- city originated. Although it first reached Great.. Britain via the United States, that ccuntry cannot claim to have originated it —at least, not entirely. As a matter of fact, the Tnrkey-Trot II has been danced, in a very crude form, for many yearB by the natives of the British j West Indies, who find it sertes a useful pur- pose in the cocoa-.gathering industry. When the cocoa-beans are removed from the pods in which they grow, they are Very sticky, and, in order to rid them of this stickiness, they are placed in a heap on the ground. The negroes then woddle up and down the heap with their bare feet, doing all sorts of peculiar body-motions, the while they danca out the c io??a," as they call it. A cute Yankeo, who had heard tJf this method of polishing the beans, thought what a novelty the queer dance would be ) if he could introduce it into civilisation." j —————
DEATH MASK OF DR. CHALMERS. The University of St. Andrews, has posses- I sion of an interesting relic of one of the j most conspicuous of its alumni in modern times. This is the death-mask of the Rev. Thomas Chalmers, D.D. It was in 1792 that Thomas Chalmers, then a twelvc-year-old boy, fresh from the parish school of h.is native burgh of Ans- truther, matriculated at the United College of St. Salvator and St. Leonard in the Uni- versity of St. Andrews. Ten years later he was appointed assistant to the Professor of Mathematics in the same college. After a period of conspicuous service in the ministry at Glasgow, in which he did yeoman service in the cause of social reform, Dr. Chalmers returned to St. Andrews ia. 1823" as Professor of Moral Philosophy, and subsequently filled the Chair of Divinity in the Unievrsity of Edinburgh. He afterwards I founded the Free Church, and ,became first, Principal of the New College.
PERSEVERANCE -REWARDED. I When Count Vincenzo Morini died and was buried, it could not bo found that be j had left any will disposing of his fortune of < £ 170,000, but a valet who had served with the Count faithfully for thirty years could not be persuaded that his master had died intestate. After fruitless searches in all possible hiding-places, the valet applied for and was granted an- order for the exhuma- tion of his' master's body, and in the pocket of the dead man's clothing was found a will which bequeathed to the valet a Sum of £ 16,000.
A MONSTER PIE. Sixtyrsix persons once banqueted at Gor- leston on a s i u-- leston on a single "sea-pie," which weighed 2001b. Prepared by an old smack-ekipper, it was built in three storeys. The founda- tion consisted of beef bones, and inside were six large rabbits, hatf-a-dozen kidneys, thirty pounds of beef steak,, half a hundred- weight of potatoes, half a stone of onions, and three stones of other vegetables. The remains of the pie after the feast went to the making of some gallons of soup which were distributed to the poor.
Designed to carry a deadweight of 18.000 tons, the San Florentino, launched at Walls- end, is the largest tank steamship afloat. Mr. Clynes has been appointed a governor of the Victoria University, Manchester. A scheme for offering scholarships to de- mobilised soldiers was approved by the L.C.C. Education Committee. Charles Rains, a Crimean veteran, has died at- Ashford at the age of 82. He took part in the battles of Alma, Inkerman, and Seba-stopol.
J OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. I THE BROWNS AND THE JONESES. I "Yours are such good children," said Mrs. Jones. Yes, indeed," said Mrs. Brown, "and so. are. yours; I can trust my little ones with them at any time." "I'm.sure yours will keep mine out of mis- chief, said Mrs. Jones. "Oh, it's the other way round," said Mrs. Brown. "Perhaps we'd better seo what they are doing," said Mrs. Jones nervously. They went out into the garden. "Come in at oncef said Mrs. Jones. "You naughty children, ''Corne here!" said Mrs. Brown. Tho little Browns and the little Joneses looked very sad. "We were only having a gaine at sol- diers," they said. "With your best things on, tGO said 1 Mrs. Jones. "I never saw such children!" said Mrs. Brown. THE ARMY. I "Now we'll be an army," said Rex, "an"t1 we'll go and fight a battle, I shall be a captain and I shall carry the flag because I'm a boy, and you two must keep step with me. "Mother said we were not to go out of the garden, because it looked like rain," said Flo, "Pooh!" said Rex, "it's not going to rain. Nov;, are you ready ? Quick, march The army shrt.d off-Rex holding the flag. When fchev came to the garden gate. Rex cgltcd out, "Private B, open the gate!" Flo went very red (she was Private B) and said, "I don't think we ought to, really, Reci "Soldkrs must obey orders said Rex sternly. "Private B, you must go home if you don't do what you are told!" T}leD, to his surprise, Private B said, "Very well, then, I shall And you'd better come too. both of you!" And she turned sound and walked straight back into the house. "Wdl" said- Private A, "I never did!" "She'll never be a proper soldier," said the Captain. "Open the t" The gate was opened, and the army maruhftd out; but somehow or other it did not. seem to be quite such a good game as it was at the start. They had got to the end of the la-,it. and were wonùering where » they should go next, when suddenly Private A said. uI felt a spot of rain!" There was no'doubt about it; it began- to fall in large, heavy tdrops, and before they could reach the garden gate, again it was -pouring with rain and they were both very wet indeed. It was a rather miserable-looking army that came into the nursery a little later. There was Private B aittiner on Mother's knee, enjoying herself very much and Pri- vate A and the Captain had to go to lil until tea-time lest they should catch cold. THE PICALVMS PARTY. The Picalum gave a party ( (It was such a grand affair) The Squirrel, the Rat, and the Owlet, a The Rabbit and Crow were there. They" bad tea and strawberry ices, And cake and two kinds of jam, And just when they thought they'd finished, The Picalum brought in a ham. The big apple-tart was spoilt, though, For the Piea'mn's eldest son F('ll head over heels on top of it Before it was even begun. After the tea was over They started to play round games; But the Crow and the Rabbit quarrelled And called each other bad names. The Picalum tried to soothe them By siuging a little song, But this only made the rest of them cross, For he kept on singing so long. So it all up in confusion, And r?l'y I must confess That the poor IHUe "alzim's party Could hardly, be called u success. r THE FOX AND THE GEESE. I He was a handsome fellow, certainly; but they were foolish birds-us you shall see. Hecame to the farmyard fcr the first time in broad daylight, and, though all the ,Óx of them felt a little ttervens at first, he .9;ckc &o sn:??otbly and smiled so sweetly, ,,iat they ?MM grew bolder, and Number One said she wa? gcjng to klk to him. SÀc Nyent., -,tnl when she came slie was highly delighted; she was to meet him t-Lrtf evening for a moonlight stroll, she C L ￼ t cvcl n "Z I said. TI. ethers all felt quite jealous and wished they were going, too.' The evening came, and, Number One went to meet the handsome stranger. She never came back. La that night he just looked in to say tha.t she was going to stay with him, and she wanted N JlUXr Two to come the next evening to join her. Number Tvro strutted about the farmyard all the uext day in the highest spirits, look- ing forward to her moonligWt walk with the it.l;" for,.Ya,rd to -noo 11 ?t -vvalk the The evening came, and Number Two went to meet the stranger. She never come bck. Late that night the stranger came as be- fore with a message for Number Three. The next night Number Three went, and the next night Number Four, aiid the next night Number Five, and none of them ever came back. Only Number Six was left. But Number Six was not quite.. foolish as the rest of them. She made up her mind that something was wrong, and she dcciJed to speak" to Rover the watch-dog about it. So when her turn came, she went off to I meet the handsome stranger in the moon- light, but Rover went after her, some little way behind. ■ When Rover saw who the stranger was, he made a rush, and there was a short, sharp fight, and then that was the end of the handsome stranger. Number Six went back with Rover, a-nd I they told. the story of their adventures' to all the farmyard people. For the handsome stranger was. a Fox, you see, and Number One, and Number Two, and Number Three, and Number Four, and Number Five,, and Number Six v.ere all geese.. I ON THE ROOF. 1 Of course, they never ought to have gone there; they knew that perfectly well. But when they were once, inside theW church they could not help walking about to look at it; and then they found the queer little stair- case, and, of course, they had to go up to eee where it led to. When they found themselves right up on the roof, it was such fun watching the people down in the street below, and Seeing the whole country spread out like a map before Jthem, that they forgot all about the time, and when they had seen the sun dip behind the furthest liill, they tried to find the way down again, but could not. So there they were in a pretty pickle! They did not know what to do. They thought about crying, but then, they decided that that would not be of much use. Then they thought they might as well go to sleep so the biggest cne wrapped bis coat round the smallest one, and they all cuddled up close to each. other and went fast asleep. And there they were when their father and mother found them. They .were kissed and shaken and scolded and hugged and put to bed; and they cer- tainly Won't go there again.
OUR LONDON LETTER. [JYom Our Special Correspondent^ Peace baa her- worries as well as war. The problem of the Christmas dinner is troubling a great many housewives. A few days ago it did look as though the pudding was going to be safe, anyhow. An announcement by the Food Ministry held out the hope that half a pound of dried fruit par head would be available. It was stated, at any rate,* that applications might be made to retailers* on that basis. But tho retailers themselves,- I understand, seem to tip rather dbubtful on the matter, and are net making any pro- mises to their customers. They have not received the dry fruit yet, and when the Food Ministry's announcement is quoted io them they merely smile and 6hake their .e ard b h a k U-cir heads. They havo seen things in the papers before. There are stories of great quantities of currants, raisins, and sultanas having been stored' for an emergency, and only awaiting a scheme for equitable distri- bution. Well, the emergency has arrived— could there be a moro pressing emergency than the Christmas padding?—and -the equitable distribution would appear to have been decided on; but there is no half-pound per head in- the shops. There will be pud- clings for dinner at this Peace Christmas, no doubt, but it looks as though many ol them will not 00 pluni-puddingst So far as meat and poultry arc concerned, the Christmas dinner should be safe enougK The valuo of tho coupon w to be raised, aId po iiltr-v is to be coupon free for a period. -i frQ,? 4-'or a pcri(, d But prices will be-well, what they will be. Turkoys already, I am informed, aro selling for two-and-oightpence a. pound. What the fowl of Christmas may be fetching by the time of the general demand I hardly dare to think. Still, I renumber what happened last year. Prices were very high then till a day or two before Christina's, who" the j poulterers, seeing that the public would not buy, and they w-jre likely to havo many birds left on their hands, brought down the prices with a run. That may happen again, for there is a 1imit to the price which the publia are willing to pay fcr turkey, even at Christmas. Air-raid secrets are coming Qut now. It is permitted -to() the newspapers to tell their readers where bombs were dropped in London and what damage was dona. In- stead of "the London district," one may say Wood-street, City, or Warrington- cresc-ent, Maida Valo. In Wood-Street, in Septem ber, 1915. a warehouse was set on lire and property worth half a million de- stroyed. In Maida Vale one bomb, weighing •5001b. destroyed six large houses, rendered twenty unhabitable, and damaged more than 400 others. These seem to have been the most serious cases. It is astonishing, considering the number of raids and the quantity of bombs dropped, that hardly any naval or military damage was done. A bomb fell between two trains standing in Liverpool-street Station, wrecking both, The Central Telegraph OSice, .only a few Yards from St. Paul's Cathedral, had its rcof da:aged ty a bomb. Another which fell in the grounds of Wcolwich Arsenal blow out the end of a shop. On another occasion no -less than twenty-throe- inceadiarv bombs were dropped on tho ArsenM without- serious result. The. raiders just missed getting Westminster and Water- loo Bridges. One treasure which was de- strcved and can never be rcpiuoc-d was ths beautifnl old stained glass in the windows of Lincoln's Inn Chapel. It is understood that our account "against Germany for damage .do. to civil-aii pTo>erLy by air and sea bombardment is practically ready for presentation. The drug habit, of which something baa- been heard at the inquiry into the death of a ycuug and beaxjtiful actress, is said to oo alarmingly on the increase in London. "VTar worries and anxieties are quoted as the chief caifee, ancl the victims are mostly young- women, who fiud in drug-taking a momen- tary solace fcr which they pay a frightful price. A regular traffic in drugs is carried on by men and women, whose only object is to make money. The most deadly drugs, sa tho o say who know r most of the London under-wcrld, may b? obtained without much, trouble. They are hawked in the streets and in certain cafes. In an article on this subject the "Daily E-precs" says:—"Ctcaine, heroin, and similar synthetic drugs aro taken as snuff. Chemists sell these derd'.y preparations under misleading titles, such as eupra-renal- snuff. They mix into it more or cocaine, according to the demand of the individual. The curse of cocaine is its utter subversion of all moral characteristics. The cocaine taker is a liar, is libidinous, and is a thief. Of all drug-takers the cocaine fiend is the- worst, for he or she is the greatest mis- sionary of evil. The introduction to cocaine is easv. It is so interesting to take a sniff or two. But the resrtlts are damning, even to individuals with normal will-power. Take cocaine, or any of its kindred, and utter moral and physical degradation results." The "Exprc" thinks there should be little trouble in suppressing the disgraceful traffic. It recommends that the drug-taker should no longer be looked upon as a weak- minded fool, but dealt with as a criminal, and that the drug-vendor should be dealt with as a felon. I wonder how Icncr it will be before we shall be able to telephone for an aeroplane, as we now do for a taxicab, and take a busi- ness run over to Paris and back between luncheon and dinner. Interesting possibili- ties of this nature are foreshadowed in a report of the Civil Aerial Transport Com- mittee'to the Air Board. The report talks of the systematic organisation oi oxisting resources so that passenger aerpolanes can be hired by the. mile or by the day. It will take two and a-half hours or less to get to Paris, and from London to Calcutta will be a mere four-days' journey. Very socn a man with a fortnight's holiday will be able to spend it anywhere in the v.-orld he pleasea- —if only he has the money to pay for the trip. It" will be an expensive way of travel- ling for some time yet. A. E. M.
The King hag subscribed £100 towards the funds of the Village Centres Council to pro- ceed with the work they are undertaking on behalf of ex-Service men. In a cigarette-stealing case against two tobacco-factory workers heard at- Otd-strcet, it was stated" that the men left the factory each carrying a package that looked like a bundle of ifrewood, but- when examined by the police was found to contain 3,000 cigarettes