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For the woman it is always the God, whether crowned with thorns or roses-the bleeding feet of Christ or the burning pinions of Eros. God or Demigod, he is embraced; the sacrifice is to his altar, the incense to his nostril.-The Column.

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GORKY'S OWN STORY.

HIS BITTER STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE AS TOLD RY HIMSELF IN A RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER.

Here is the story of Maxim Gorky in his own words. The now famous author of "Foma Gordyeeff" had, as the world knows now, a bitter struggle in his younger days for bare existence. Many and differing versions of it have seen print in England and America, for Gorky and his tremendous realism and his sensational success are now the world's talk, and it is important to have the facts at first hand. It was written by him at the request of a Russian newspaper, and here it is :

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HIS REAL NAME.

"My real name is therefore Alexei Maximowitsch Pjeschkow.

"My father died in Astrachan when I was five years old. After the death of my mother my grandfather placed me in a shoe store. I was then nine years old, and my grandfather had taught me to read in the Psalter and Prayer Book. I ran away from my studies and became a draughtsman's apprentice; ran away from him and entered the workshop of a painter of saints' images; then I served on a steamer as a coɔk's boy; then I became a gardener's assistant.

"Here I remained till my fifteenth year, spending all my time in zealously reading the productions of known authors, such as Guak; or, Unshakable Fidelity,' 'Andreas Fearnaught,' 'Jaschka the Cutthroat,' etc.

"While I was serving as cook's boy on the steamboat, the cook, Smury, had gained a powerful influence over my development. He persuaded me to read the 'Legends of the Saints,' Eccarthausen, Gogol, Gljeb Uspenski, Dumas Pere, and various books on Freemasonry.

PASSIONATE DESIRE TO LEARN.

"Up to that time I had been a sworn enemy of all books and of all printed paper, even including my passport. After my fifteenth year I felt a passionate wish to learn, in of which I betook mypursuance self to Kasan, under the impression that

knowledge would be imparted free to all STANDARD COMMERCIAL WORKS.

who desired it. It turned out, however, that this was not the case; so I went to work in a pretzel bakery, at a salary of three rubles a month.

"Of all the kinds of work I have tried this was the hardest. In Kasan I came into relations with the 'Lost People' and lived long with them. I worked in the villages on the Volga, now as a woodchopper, now as a porter, and during this time read every book I could lay my hands on, which various kind people supplied me with. I got along very badly, and in 1888 even tried to kill myself by shooting a bullet into my body.

THE TURNING POINT IN HIS LIFE.

"I lay a long time in the hospital, but finally recovered and went into the apple trade. I finally turned my back on inhospit able Kassan, to try my luck in Zarizyn, where I got a job as a railroad attendant. Then I returned to Nijni, where I had to go up for the army. But since they could not make use of fellows with holes in their bodies, I escaped the fate of becoming a soldier, and instead became a Munich beer seller. I soon exchanged this calling for that of a clerk in the office of Lanin, a lawyer of Nijni Novgrod.

"That was a turning point of my life. Lanin's influence on my development was immeasurably great. I owe to this cultivated and great hearted man more than to any one else. But, however agreeable I found life with Lanin, where my soul could at last find room to breathe, I was again impelled to the life of a tramp. And I have tramped all over Rus ia. Where have I not been! What have I not seen and suffered! What kind of work have I not done!"

A Russian friend named Alexander Mesodjewitsch Kaluschni was the first to suggest to him the idea of writing, and it took a powerful hold upon him. His first attempts were crude, but notwithstanding he succeeded in getting a story entitled "Makar Tschudra" published in a newspaper as early as 1893. He was then at Tiflis working in a machine shop. He gave up his place and tramped home, where he wrote occasional stories and sketches for the papers of his neighborhood.

"GORKY A PEN NAME.

It was then that he adoped the pen name of "Gorky," meaning "bitter," intended to

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