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A TALE OF THREE LIONS.
BY It. tllDSn HAOOAno.
Most of you will have heard of Allan Qu.v
termaln, who was one of the party that dis
covered King Solomon's mines some little
time ago, and who at forward came to live in
England, near his friend, Bir Henry Curtla.
lie has gone back to the wilderness now, as
tlieso old hunters almost Invariably do, on
one pretext or another. They ennnot ondure
civilization for very long, Its noise nnd racket
and tho omnipresence of broadclothed mi'
manlty proving morn trying to their nerves
than the dangers of tho desert. I think that
they feel lonely here, for it is a fact that is
too little understood, though it has often
Loen stated, that there is no loneliness like tho
loneliness of crowds, especially to those who
are unaccustomed to them.
"What is there in the world." old Oimter-
inatn would say, "so desolate as to stand in
the streets of a great city and listen to tho
footsteps falling, falling, multitudinous as
the rain, and watch tho white lino of faces
as they hurry past, you know not whence,
you know not whither. They como and go,
their eyes moot yours with a cold stare, for
a moment their features nro written on your
imiiii, and then they ore fjono forever. You
win never see inetu again, Uiey will never
see you again: they come up out of the un
known, and presently they onco moro van
ish into the unknown, taking their eccrets
with tbem. Yes, that Is loneliness puro nnd
undented; but to one who knows and loves
it, tho wilderness is not lonely, because tho
spirit of nature is over there to keep the
wanderer company. He flDds companions in
tho -winds the sunny streams babblo like
nature's children at his feet; high above
ym, in the purple sunset, are domes and
minarets and palaces such as no mortal man
uat n built, In and out of whose flaming doors
the glorious angels of the sun seem to move
continually. And there, too, is the wild
game following Its feeding grounds In great
armios, with the springbok thrown out be
fore for skirmishers, then rnnk upon rank of
long faced blesbuck marchlngand wheeling
like Infantry, and last, the shining-troops of
quagga and tho fierce eyed, shaggy vildor-
beesto to take the place of the Cossack lios.t
that hangs upon an army s flanks.
"Uh, no," ho would say, "the wilderness Is
not lonely, for, my boy, remember that tho
further you get from man the nearer you
grow to Ood," nnd, though this is a saying
that might well be disputed, it is one I am
sure that anybody will easily understand
who has watched the sun risa and set on the
limitless, deserted plains, and seen the thun
der chariots of tho clouds roll lu majeitj
across the depths of unfathomable sky.
well, at any rata he went back again, ami
now for many mouths I have heard nothing
at all of him, and, to bo frank, I greatly
doubt if anybody will over hear of hlra again
l lean that tho wilderness that has for so
many years been a mother to him will now
also prove bis grave and the grave of those
who accompanied him, for the quest upon
which be and they started is a wild one in
But while he was in England for those
years or so between his return from the sue
cessful discovery of the wise king's buried
treasures and tho death of his only son, I saw
s great deal of old Allan Quaternialn. I hod
known him years before in Africa, and after
he came home, whenever I hod nothing bet 0
tcr to do, I used to run up to Yorkshire and
stay with him, and in this way I at one tlmo
and another beard many of the Incidents ol
bis past life, and .most curious some of them
No one can pass all those years following
the rough existence of an elephant hunter
without meeting with many strange adven
tures, and one way and another old Quatcr
main has certainly seen his share. Well,
the story that I am going to tell
you is one of tho later of theso ad
ventures, though I forget the exact year
which it tmppencd. At any rate I know that
It was the only one of his trips upon which
he took his son Harry (who is since dead)
with him, and that Harry was then about 14,
And now for the story, which I will repeat
as nearly as I con ill the words in which
Hunter uuatermain told it to me one night
in the old oak paneled vestibule of his houso
in Yorkshire. We were talking about gold
(Joldminingrhobrokoln. "Ah, yes; I
onco went gold mining at Pilgrim's Rest In
tho Tiansvaal, and.it was before that that
wo had business about Jim-Jim and tho
lions. Do you know it? Well it is or was
one of the queerest little places you ever saw.
Th i town itself was pitched in a stony valley,
with mountains all about it, and in tha mid
dl f such scenery as one does not often get
the 'banco of seeing. Many and many is tho
tim that I have thrown down my pick and
shovel in disgust, clambered out of my claim
and walked a couplo of miles or so to the top
of some hill. Thou I would lie down in tho
crass and look out over the glorious stretch
of country tho smiling valleys, tho great
mountains touched with gold real gold ol
the sunset, and clothed in sweeping robes of
bush, and staro into tho depths of tho perfect
sky above; yes, and thank heaven I bad got
away from the cursing and tho coarse jokes
of tho miners, and the voices of those Basutu
Knurs as they toiled In tho sun, tho memory
of which is with mo yet. Well, for tomo
months I dug patiently at my claim till tho
very sight of a pick or of a washing trough
becamo hateful to me, A hundred times a
day I lamented my own folly In having la
vested i'SOO, which was about all that I was
worth at tho time, in this gold raining, utit,
liko other better jieojilo before mo, I had been
bitten by tho gold bug, nnd now had to tako
tho consequences. 1 bail bought a claim out
of which a man had inado a fortune .1,000
or 8,000 at least as I thought, very choap;
that is, I had given him S00 down for it.
It was all that I had maua by a rough
year's elephant hunting beyond tho Zam
besi, and I sighed deeply and propheti
cally when I saw my successful friend, who
was a Yankee, sweep up tho roll of Standard
bonk notes with tho lordly air of tho man
who made his fortune and cram them into
his breeches pockets. 'Well,' I said to him
tho happy vendor 'It Is a magnificent prop
erty, and I only hoio that my luck will bo as
good as yours has been.' Ho smiled; to my
excitod nerves it seemed that he smiled om
inously, as he answered mo in a peculiar
Yankee drawl: 'I guess, stranger, as I ain't
tha one to mako a man quarrel with his food,
moro especial when there uln't no more go
ing of tho rounds; and as for that there
claim, well, she's been a good nigger to mo;
but between you and mo, stranger, speaking
man to man, now that then; ain't any filthy
luccr between us to obsculate tho feathers of
tho truth, I guess she's about worked outl'
"I gasied; the fellow's effrontery took my
breath out of me. Ouly flvo minutes before
bo had been swearing by all his gods and
they appeared to bo numerous end mixed
that there were half a dozen fortunes left in
tha claim, and that ho was only giving it up
Doc use he was downright weary of shovel
ing tha gold out.
" 'Dout look so vexed, strnngor,' wont on
my tormentor, 'perhaps there is soma shlno
in tho ola girl yet; any way you nro a down
right good fellow, you aro; therefore you
will, I guess, havon real Al, old jam, plato
Class opportunity of working on tho feelings
of Fortune. Any way it will bring the
nvuscla up on your arm, for the stuff Is un
common still, and what is more, you will in
the course of a year earn a sight moro than
(3,000 in value of experieuco,'
"And ho went lust in tune, ror in another
minute I should have gone for him, und I
saw his face no more.
"Well, I set to work on tho old claim with
my boy Harry and half a dozen Kafirs to
help me, which, seeing that I had put nearly
all my worldly wealth into it, was tho least
I could do. Aid we worked, my word we
did work early and lata we went at it but
never a bit of gold did we sue; no, not even
a nugget large enough to mako a scarf pill
out of. The American gentleman had se
cured It all and left us the sweepings.
"For throe months this went on, till at
last I paid away all, or Very near oil, that
was left of our little capital in wages ana
food for the Kafirs and ourselves. When I
tell you that Boer meal was sometimes as
high as 1 a bag, you will understand that
it did not take long to run through our bank
"At last the crisis come. On Saturday
night I had paid the men as usual, and
bought a muld of mealle inoal at bus. for
them to Oil themselves with, and then I went
with my boy Harry and sat on the edge of
tha great hole that we had dug in tha hill
(Ids, and. which, w had In bitter mockery
named Eldorado. There we tat in the moon'
light with our feet hanging over the edge of
tho claim, and were melancholy enough for
anything. Prrwntly I pulled out my purso
ind eiiptlcd Its contents Into my band.
There was a halt sovereign, two florins, nlno
penco in silver, no coppers for copper prac
tically doi not circulate In South Africa,
which Is one of tho things that make living
so dear there In all exactly fourteen and
"'There,, Harry my boy I' I said, 'Hint is
tho sum total of our worldly wealth; that
holo has swallowed all tho rest,'
" 'By George,' said Master Harry, 'I say,
father, you nnd I shnll have to let ouraolvcs
out to work with the Kafirs and live on
mcnllo pap,' and ho sniggered at his unpleas
ant little joko.
"But I was In no mood for Jokng, for it is
not a merry thing to dig like anything for
months and bo completely ruined In the pro
cess, especially If you hnppou to dislike dig
ging, and consequently I resented Harry's
" 'Be quiet, boy 1' I said, raising my hand
oa though to glvo him a cuff, with tho result
that the half sovereign slipped out of it and
fell into tho gulf below.
" 'Oh, bother,' Bald I, 'it's gone.' ,
'"There, dad,' told Harry, 'that's what
comes of letting your angry passions rise;
now wo are down to four and nine.'
'Truade no answer to these words of wis
aom, but scrambled down the deep sides of
tho claim, followed by Harry, to hunt for
my littlo all. Well, we hunted and wo hunt
ed, but tho moonlight Is an uncertain thing
to look for half sovereigns by, and there was
sonio loobo soil about it, for tho Kafirs had
knocked off working at tho Very spot a
couple of hours before. I took a pick and
raked away the clods of earth with It, lu the
hojw' of finding the coin, but all In vain. At
lost, hi theer onnoyanco, I struck the sharp
pickax down into the soil, which was of a
very hard nature. To my astonishment it
sunk In right up to tho heft,.
"'Why, Harry,' I said, 'this ground must
havo been disturbed 1'
" 'I don't think so, father,' he answered,
'but we will soon see,1 anil he began to shovel
out tho soil with his hands. 'Oh I' ho .said
presently, 'it's ouly soino old stones; the pick
has gone down between them. Look!' And
ho began to pull at .one of thu fctones.
"'1 say, dad,' ho raid proscutly, almost in
a whisper, 'it's precious heavy; feel it;' and
ho rose and gavo mo a round, brownish lump
about tho size of a very largo apple, which
10 was holding in both his hands. I took it
curiously and held it up to tho light, it was
very heavy. Tho moonlight fell upon Its
rough and filth encrusted surface, and as I
looked curious littlo thrills of excitement
began to paw through mo. But I could not
" 'Give mo your knlfo, Harry,' I said.
"Ho did so; and resting tho brawn stone
on my knee I scratched at its surface. Great
heavens, it was soft I
"Another second and tho secret was out;
we had found a great nugget of puro gold,
four pounrls of it or more. 'It's gold, lad,' I
said, 'it's gold, lad, or I'm a Dutchman.'
"Harry, with his eyes starting out of his
bend, glared dovbi at tho long gleaming yel
low scratch that I had made upon the virgin
metal, and then burst out into yell upon yell
of exultation, that went ringing away across
the silent claims like tho shrieks of somebody
" 'Bo quiet,' I said, 'do you want every
thief on tho Held niter your
"Scarcely were the words out of my mouth
when I heard a steUthy footstep approach
ing. I promptly put the big nugget down
and sat on it, and uncommonly hard it was.
and as I did so I saw a lean, dark face poked
over tho edgo of tho claim and a pair of
beady eyes searching us out. I knew tho
C I. tw.ln.mn. I . n ... n rtf ..n 1 .o . 1 nl,n-
ncter known as Ilandsnike Tom. who had. I '
understood, been so named at tho diamond
fields because ho had murdered his mate with
a handspike.' Ha was now, no doubt, prowl
ing about Hko a human hyena to see what he
" 'Is that you, 'untcr QuatcrmainT he said.
"'Yes, it's I, Mr. Tom,' I answered po
litely. " 'And what might all that there yelling
bcT ho asked. 'I was walking along, a-tak-ing
of the evening air and a-thinking on tha
stars, when I 'cars 'owl after 'owl."
" 'Well, Mr. Tom,' I answered, 'that is not
to be wondered at, seeing that, liko yourself,
they aro nocturnal birds.'
""Owl after 'owl I' ho repeated sternly,
taking no notico of my intcrpretajlon, 'and I
stops and says, "That's murder," and I listens
again and thinks, "No, It ain't; that 'owl is
tho 'owl of hexultatlon; sonio ono's been and
got his fingers Into a gummy j eller pot, I'll
swear, and gone off 'U Wl In tho sucking
of them." Now, 'untcr Quatermaln, s I
rightl Is it nuggets! Oh, lorl' and ho
smacked his lips audibly 'great big yellow
boys is it them that you have just been and
" 'No, said I boldly, 'it isn't' tho cruel
gleam in his black eyes altogether overcom
in.T my aversion to tho untruth, for I knew
i ho onco round out what It was that 1
.ting on and, by tho way, I havo
of rolling in gold being spoken of as a
pleasant process, but I certainly do not rec
ommend anybody w ho values comfort to try
sitting on it I jiiould run a very good chanco
of being 'kandsplkcd' before tho night was
" 'If you want to know what it was, Mr,
Tom,' I w?nt on, with politest all', although
in agony from tho nugget underneath for I
hold it alwayj best to bo jwlito to a man w ho
is to icady with u handspike 'my boy and I
havo liad n slight dl.l'ereneo of opinion, and I
was enforcing my view of tho matter upon
him; tlmt wnsnlL'
" 'Yes, Ur. Tom,1 put In Harry, bonning
to weep, for Hai r' was n smart boy, ami caw
tho dilllculty wo were in, 'that was it I hel
loed, boeniuo f nthi r beat ine,'
"' Well, now, did ycr, my dear boy; u.J
ycrl Well, all I can say Is that u phyod oi
old claim is a wonderfully queer tort of pi .
to como to for to nrglf y nt 10 o'clock of night,
and m hat's more, my sweet youth, If ever 1
should 'avo tho nrglfylnir of ycr' and ho
locrod unpleasantly at Harry 'ycr won't
'oiler in such n jolly sort o' way. And now
I'll bo baying good night, lor I don't liko dis
turbing of u family party. No, I ain't that
sort of a man, I ain't. Oood night to ycr,
'untcr Quatermain; good night to ycr, my
arilled young one,' nnd Mr. Tom turned
awn; disappointed, and prowled off elM
where, liko n human jackal, to see what ho
could ihlovo or kill.
" 'Thank gooduussfl said, as I slipped off
tho lump of gold. 'Now, then, do you get
up, Harry, and beo if that consummate vil
lain has gono.' Harry did so, and iviwrted
that ho lind vanished toward Pilgrims' Host,
and then wo set to work, aud very carefully,
but trembling with excitement, with our
hands hollowed out nil tho kpaco of ground
into which I had struck tho pick. Yes, as I
had hoped, there was a regular nest of nug
gets, twelvo In all, running from thesUoof
a hazelnut to that of a hen's egg, though of
couro tho first ono wns much larger than
that. How they all camo there nobody can
say; it was one of thuao extraordinary
freaks, with stories of which, at any rate, all
peoplo acquainted with alluvial gold mining
will be familiar, It turned' out afterward
that tho American who had sold mo thu claim
had in tho same way made his pllo a much
larger ono than ours, by the way out of a
single pocket, and thou worked for six months
without seeing color, ufter which ha gave
"At nny rate, there the nuggets were, to
tho vnluo, as it turned out afterward, of
about 1,3.10, so that after all I took out of
that holo -150 more than I put into it. Wo
got them all out and wrapped them up in n
handkerchief, and then fearing to carry
homo so much treasure, csjicclally as wo
know that Handspike Tom was on the prowl,
mado up our minds to pass tho night where
we w ere a necessity which, disagreeable as
it was, was wonderfully sweetened by the
presence of that handkerchief full of virgin
goldwldch represented the interest of my
lost halt sovereign.
"Slowly the night wore away, for with tho
fear of Handspike Tom before my eyes I did
not dare to go to sleep, ami at loot tho dawn
came blushing down the somber ways of
night. I got up and watched its rfoct
growth, till it opened liko a vast celestial
llower upon the eastern sky, and the sun
beams began to spring in splendor from
mountain top to mountain top. I watched it,
and us I did so It Uashud upon mo, with a
complete conviction that I bad not felt bo
fore, that I had had enough gold mining to
last ine the rest of my natural life, and I then
and there made up my mind to clear out
of Pilgrims' Host and go and shoot buf
fala toward Dtlagoa bay. Then I turned,
.took the pick and shovel, .and, althnugn it
was n Bunday morning, woko up Harry and
set to work to sen If there were any moro
nuggets about As I cxiectd, there was
none. What wo had got had lain together
in n little pocket filled with soil that felt
quite different from tho stiff stuff round
nnd outside the pocket. There was not
another trace of gold. Of course, it is jiossi
ble that there were more ockets somowhoro
about, but nil I have to say is I mado up my
mind that, whoever found them, I should not p
and, as a matter of fact, I linvo slnco heard
that that claim has been the ruin of two or
three people, as it very nearly was the ruin
" 'Harry,' I said presently, '1 am going'
away this week toward Delagon to shoot buf
falo. Shall I tako you with mo or send you
down to Durban T
" 'Oh, take me with you, father,' lieggod
Harry, 'I want to kill a buffalo.'
" 'And supposing that the buffalo kills you
instead T I asked.
"Oh, never mind,' he said, gayly, 'there,
aro lots more where I camo from.'
"I rebukod him for his flippancy, but in
the end I consented to tako hlra,"
"Something over a fortnight had passed
since tho night when I lost half, a sovereign
and found 1,850 in looking for It, and In
stead of that horrid hole, for w hicli, after all,
El Dorado was scarcely a misnomer, a very
different scene stretched away before us clad
In the stiver robe of the moonlight. Wo were
camped Harry and I, two Kafirs, a Scutch
cart and six oxen on Uto swell big side of a
great wave of bush clad land. Just where
wo mado our camp, howover, the bush was
very sparse and only grew about in clumps,
while here and there wero sisgle flat topped
mimosa trees. To our right a little stream,
which had cut a deep channel for Itself lu the
bosom of tho slope, flowoiL musically on be
tween basks green with maidenhair, wild
asparagus and many beautiful grasses. Tha
bed rock hero was red granite, and in tho
cot of centuries of patient washing tho
wave- had hollowed out 6omo of tholmgo
slabs in its path hito great troughs and cups,
and these vt o used for bathing places. No
Roman lady, with her laths of porphyry or.
alabaster, could have had a more delicious
spot to lave herself than we had within fifty!
yards of our skerm or rough Inclosure of
mimosa thorn that we had dragged together
round our cart to protect us from tho attacks
of lions. There were several of these about,
as I knew from their spoor, though we had
neither heard nor seen them.
"It was a little nook where the eddy of tho
stream had washed away a mass of soil, and
on tho edge of it there grew a most beautiful,
old rjiinca thorn. Beneath the thorn was a
large smooth slab of granite fringed all
round with maidenhair and other ferns, that
sloped gently down .to a pool of the clearest
sparkling water, which lay in a bowl of
granite about ten feet wido by five feet deep
in the center. Here to this slab we went
every morning to bathe, nnd lhat delightful
bath is among the most pleasant of my hunt
ing reminiscences, as it Is also for reasons
that will presently appear among tho most
"It was a lovely night and Harry-nnd I
sat there to the windward of the fire, at
which tho two Kafirs were busily employed
in cooking somo impala steaks off a buck
which Harry, to his great joy, had shot that
morning, and were as jwrfectly contented,
with ourselves and the world at largo as two
people could jiosslbly be. The night was beau-'
tiful; it would require somebody with moro
words on the tip of their tongue than I havo
to properly describe tho chastened majesty of
thoso moonlit wilds. Away forever and for
ever, away to tho mysterious north, rolled tho
great bush ocean over which the stlcuce
brooded. There beneath us, a milo or moro
to tho right, ran tho wido Ollphant and
mirror liko flashed back the moon, whoso
silver spears were shivered on its breast and
then tossed in twisted lines of light for
and wide about tho mountains and the pLiin.
Down upon the river banks grew great tim
ber trees that, tlirougk the stillness, pointed
solemnly to heaven, and the beauty of tho
night lay upon them liko a cloud. Every-
where was silence silence in tho starred
depths, silence on the fair bosom of the sleep
ing earth. Now, if ever, great thoughts
m jht rise in a man's mind, nnd for a space
he might loose his littleness in the sense that
he partook of the puro Immensity about htm.
Almost might ho seem to sea the spirit of tho
heavens, girdled round with stars, asslng
down in tho dead quiet to look, now that tho
night had covered up her sins, upon tho sleep
ins face of his lost bride, tho earth. Almost
mlgnt no near the echoes of angelto voites, as
the spirits poised on bent and rushing pinions
wept onward from universe to universe;
and distinguish the white lingers of the wind
' playing in tho tresses of the trees.
"Harkl what was thatr
"From far away down by the river thero
comes a mighty rolling sound, then another
mid another. It is the lion seeking his meat.
"I saw Harry shiver and turn a littlo pule.
Ho was a plucky boy enough, but tho roar of
a lion for tho first time in the solemn bush
veldt at night is apt to shako the nerves of
'"Lions, my boy,' I said; 'they are hunt
ing down by tho river there; but I don't
think that you need make yourself uneasy.
Wo havo been here three nights now and if
they were going to pay us a visit I should
tlduk that they would have dono so before
this. However, we will make up the fire.'
" 'Here, Pharaoh, do you and Jim-Jim get
soma moro wood before wa go to sleep, else
tha cats w 111 bo purring round before morn
ing.' "Pharaoh, a great brawny Bwnzl, who
had been working for mo at Pilgrim's Rest,
laughed, rose and stretched himself, and
then calling to Jlm-Jiin to bring the ax
and a reim, started off in tho moonlight
toward a clump of sugar bush, where wo cut
our fuel from soma dead trees. Ho was a
flno fellow in his way, was Pharaoh, and 1
think that ha hail been named Pharaoh be
cause he hail au Egyptian cast of counten
ance and a royal sort of swagger about mm.
But his way was a somow hat jiccullar way,
on account of the uncertainty of his temper.
and very few people could get ou with him;
also, if ho could get It, ho would drink liko
n llsli, and when ho drnnl: be became shock
ingly bloodthirsty. Theso were his bad
points; his good ones were that, liko most
tiooplo of tho Zulu blood, ho became exceed'
ingly attached to ono if lie took to you at all;
lio was a hard working and Intelligent man,
and about as dare devil and plucky a fellow
at a pinch as I have ever had to do with,
Ho was lut five and tldrty years of ago or
so, but not a 'keshla' or ringed man. I be
lieve that he got into trouble in some way In
Swaziland, and tho authorities of his tribe
would not allow him to assume the ring, and
that is why he came to work at tho gold
fields. I he other man, or rather lad, Jim-Jim,
was a Mapoch Kafir, or Knobnose, aud even
in tho light of subsequent events I fear that
I cannot spook very well of him. Ho was an
idle and careless young rascal, and only that
very morning I had to tell Pharaoh to give
blm a boating for letting tho oxen stray,
which ho did with the greatest gusto, al
though ho was, by tho way, very fond of
Jlm-Jlm. Indeed, i saw him consoling Jim-
Jim afterwards with a pinch of snuff from
his own ear box whilst he explained to him
that tho next time it coma hi tho way of duty
to Hog htm he meant to thrash him with tho
other hand, so as to cross tho old cuts and
mako 'a pretty pattern ou bis back,'
"Well, off they weut, though Jim-Jim did
not at nu liko leaving tho camp at tliat hour,
even when tho moonlight was so bright, ami
in duo course returned safely enough with a
great bundle of wood. I laughed at Jlin-Jlm
uud askud 1dm if he had soeu anything, and
no sold yes, no bad; lie bad seen two large,
yellow eyes staring at blm from behind
bush and heard something snore.
"As, howover, ou further investigation, the
yellow oyes and the snore appeared to havo
existed only in Jlm-Jlms lively Imagination,
I was not greatly disturbed by this alarming
report, but, having seen to tho inaklug up of
tho fire, got Into tho skerm and went quietly
to sleep with Harry by my side.
"Homo hours ufterwards I woko up with a
start I don't know what woko mo, Tho
moon hail gono down, or at least was almost
hidden behind tho soft horizon of bush, only
her red rim being visible. Also a wind had
sprung up aud was driving long hurrying
lines of cloud across tha starry sky, and alto
gether a great chaugo had como over the
mood of tho night. By tno look of the sky
judged wa must bo about two hours from
"The oxeu, which were as usual tied to tho
llsselbooiu of the Scotch curt, were rustless
they kept suufilns and blowing and rising
up and lying down ngalu, no I at onco sus-
THE COLUMBIAN, VOl
COLUMBIA DEMOCRAT, VOl
XXII NO 6
LJ, NO 41
Apeeted tbnl they fuust wwa something.
Presently1 1 know what it. was that they
winded, for within fifty yards of us n lion
roared, not very loud, but qutlo loud enough
to make my heart come into my mouth,
"Pharaoh was sleeping ou tbo other side of
tho cart, and beneath It I saw htm rnlso his
bond and listen.
" 'Lion, Ihkoos,' ho whuperod, 'lion.'
"Jim-Jim also Jumped up, and by tho faint
light I could seo that ho was In n very great
"Thinking that It was as well to lio pre
pare.! for emergencies, I told Phnrnoh to
throw wood ujoii tho fire, nnd woke up
narry, who I verily liellovo was capable of
sleeping happily through tho crack of doom.
Ho was a littlo scared at first, but presently
tho excitement of tho position camo homo tO
him, and ho liecnme quite anxious to sea his
majesty face to face. I got my riflo handy
and gavo Harry his a Wcstly Richards fall
ing block, which is a very useful gun for a
youth, being light and yet a good killing
rifle and then wo wnlted.
"For a long tlmo nothing happened, and I
began to think that the licst thing that wo
could do would bo to go to sleep again, when
suddenly I heard a sound more like a cough
than a roar within about twenty yards of tho
skerm. We, nil looked out, but could eco
nothing; and then followed another jierlod
of susiwnse. It was very trying to tho
nerves, this waiting for an attack that might
bo develojwd from any quarter, or might not
be doveloped at all; and though I was an old
hand nt this sort of business, I was anxious
about Harry, for it is wonderful how tho
presence of anybody to whim one is attached
unnerves a man in moments of danger, and
that mado me nervous. I know, although It
was now chilly enough, I could feel tho per
spiration running down my nose, and In order
to relievo tho strain on my attention, em
ployed myself in watching a beetle which ap
peared to 1h3 attracted by tho firelight, and
was sitting before it thoughtfully rubbing his
antenna) against each other.
"Suddenly tho beetle gavo such a jump
that he nearly pitched headlong Into tho fire,
and ft did wo all gavo jumps, I mean, and
no wonder, for from right under tho skerm
fence there camo a most frightful roar a
roar that literally mado the Scotch cart
shake and sliako and took the breath out
"Harry made an exclamation, Jim-Jim
howled outright, while tho poor oxen, who
were terrified almost out of their hides, shiv
ered and lowed piteously.
"Tho night was almost entirely dark now,
for tbo moon had quito set and tho clou
had covered up tho stars, so that tho only
light that wo had came from the fire, which
by this time was burning up brightly again.
But, as. you know, firelight Is absolutely use
less to shoot by, it is so uncertain, and besides
it penetrates but a very httle way into tho
darkness, nltCoitgh if one is in tho dark out
Ti be O 'NTINDKD.
Limits of Human Semes.
Tho limited nature of tho human senses,
whereby we may fail to perceive an all per
vading "second universe," has been greatly
emphasized by tho progress of scienco slnco
Isaac Taylor reasoned from it in his "Physi
cal Theory .of Another Life" half a century
ago. Improvement in Biwctroscopy and pho
tography show that Invisible rays extend as
far beyond the violet end of tho spectrum as
the length of the spectrum itself, and indeed
must continue until tho vibrations "become
infinitely rapid and Infinitely small." Soma
of these ultra rays can lie made visible by in
terposing a substance that lessens their re
frnngtbillty. Professor Htokes, tho physicist, found that
when a tubo filled with a solution of quinine
sulphate was moved along the spectrum, "on
arriving nearly at the violet extremity n
ghostlike gleam of pale blue light shot across
tho tub; It did not cease until tho tubo
had been moved far beyond the violet ex
tremity of the spectrum visible ou tho
screen." The wave lengths of the spectrum
sun rays havo been measured, and we per
ceive only thoso ihnt are from about ono
forty to one sixty thousandth of an inch; to
all others we a blind. Soot sound; tho
human ear, practically, hears only thoso
sounds that come from forty to 4,000 vibra
tions of the air per second, though the pos
sible limit has been traced to near 40,000. The
microphone- reveals a new range of notes, nnd
It is conceivable that this instrument, in con
nection with sympathetic and harmonic
vibrations, may bring down to nudlbillty still
higher sources of sound. It is not afilnnablo
that any construction of mortal eye and ear
could disclose the supernal; but it is certain
that there is verymuch visible that wo don't
know how to discern. Tho Forum.
Rescue of tho Shipwrecked.
A new plan for the rescue of shipwrecked
sailors, which it Is thought Is a great im
provement on the inventions now employed,
has been propoeed to Secretary Whitney by
Rear AdmiralAmmen. It consists -of tho
construction ofwhat is called a balsa, or a
float. Tho rear admiral suggests tho follow,
ing method of launching them: "Tho head
sail should bo hoisted so as to bring the wind
quarterly; oil bags would bo thrown over
from each quarter, Tho railing at the stem
fitted for unshipping would bo let down and
tho launching skids put in place nnd tho
balsa carried aft by eight men aud lowered
with four on it. Then a rough car to fit in
tho skids would be loadod with tho helpless
persons and lowered to tho balsa, bo received
and placed, and tho operation continued until
tho boat has her load, then sho would bu cast
adrift, make a drag of her mast and sail,
throw overboard her oil bag, and tho same
operation would lio rcjioatod until every one
was embarked. Then thoy bhould fasten to
each other in sections of fives." The balsa
consists of two casks, upon which a platform
is laid. In tho casks aro scuttles for stowing
provisions. A sufficient number of them to
carry a thousand peoplo could, iu tho opinion
of the rear admiral, bo carried on a largo
steamer without iuconveuicuco. Chicago
Plea for lliu I'ubllo Schools.
Criticise tho publio schools as we please, wo
aro all obliged to own, after investigation,
that they offer to every child who enters
them certain advantages tthich no private
wealth can buy. In our cities and larrro
towns thoy are, to begin with, as clean as tho
decks and cabins of a man of war. Every
child who enters them learns, so far as tho
school room influence goes, habits of neat
ness, method, decorum mid punctuality
points of training hardly to bo burpassod in
their importance, ut only for tho mental,
but for thu moral nature. When I enter
such a school room, and come uin fifty
littlo peoplo marching In procession to or
from their seats, obedient to a wave of a
linger from thuresgluto youth or maiden who
has them in charge, and when I rc'Jeet that
ull across u continent, from the Atlantic to
tho Pacific, this same process is going on,
then that raodet teacher's work rises into
sublimity, and seemaono among iniiuinernbla
shuttles tliat aro together weaving tho vast
web of a now geueratlon. "T. W. II." iu
Old Lady (to a boy In drug 6tore) I havo
paiu,ruiuiiu' up and down my back and I
guess you can glvo mo a bottlo of liniment.
Iloy-r-Wot klud will you havel
"What's thu cheapest you havol
"I kin give you a good horse liniment foi
$1 a bottle." Texas Biftlngs.
Hope for Yonuc Men.
Who says that thero Is not hope for the
young men of to-day! Of Amherst's ninety
three freshmen but seventeen smoke" tobacco.
A tobacco report from tha class three yoais
from now will lo interesting. New Yoik
Xj ver wash wooleu goods or bluukets on
The icing' Secretaire.
A secretaire w hich, cost $173,000 was sold
for 13,000, and this wus a sjiecUneli of the
sacrifice in tho sale of tho lata king of Ba
vurta's goods and chattels. No monument
bos been raised, to his memory. Two planks
with u cross uiiou tueui mark tha spot w hero
tho king was orow ued. New York Sun.
An cnthuslostlo materialist put a headstone
over the gvavo of bis wlfo iu a cemetery at
Nioyre, France. ukh which there U tha fol
low iug inscription: "Deprived of all vitality,
here lio tho remains of tha material that
formed Mino. Duraud. No cards and no
prayers." L'hlcajo News.
II os tetter, the bitters man, is wvrth (0.
THE TAIUSOAH EJIl'IRE.
A NATION WHO WEHE NEVER. CON
QUERED BY THE A2TECS. ,
An lnilomlUlile Nation of Warrior
Which KsUIrd In Meilrn at tha
Time or tliei Spanlth Conquest How
They Planned Their C'anipBlcnt.
The Indians living around Lake. Pntzcuaro
were an Indejiendent nation when tha Hpnn
iards Invaded Mexico, nearly 400 years ago.
They had como from the north, nnd had
never been conquered by tho Aztecs, who
who lived in anil controlled the country
south and cast of here. They lived in towns
and cities, nnd they had laws. Their capital
city was on the border of tho lake. They
railed It Tzlntziintznn, in Imitation of tho
sound made by the humming birds, which
are very numerous. They bad a king, whu
designated his successor, They were divided
into four provinces, and at the head of each
was a cacique, or chief. There was, accord
ing to Cubits, the Mexican ethnologist, n
great variety of suliordlnato officials in tho
Tarnscan empire. There were tribute gath
erers who collected from the rich, and nil
other set who saw that the poor contributed
to the government There was a head game
keeiK-r, and a chief falconer who looked
after the bints. There wns a chief for the
fishermen who fished with nets, and another."
for the fishermen who used hooks and lines.
Kvery Industry had Its representative In tha
government. Theee Indians, raised cotton,
matiuf acturod domestics, quarried aud carved
stone, cultivated sugar rane, fermented wlno
from tho maguey, made leather garments
and did a great many other things, all under
tho suiicrvlilon of the sub-delegaU, as Cnluis
calls the representatives of the government.
There was a chief woodsman. The princi
pal feather worker directed tho artists in that
branch. The Curingurl had charge of the
making of drums. The carenters had their
master. A trensurer general kept in his
safo untold quantities of gold and silver or
namcnts, while tho grain collected for the
crown was housd In great granarien under
charge of a store keeper.
A PATERNAL QOVKHNMRHT.
It was a strong paternal form of govern
ment which raised aud mado all that Its peo
ple had any uso for, which directed and con
trolled a great variety of industries in such a
manner that there was little export or im
port, no overproduction and plenty of time
to go to war, The painters, potters, earthen
ware makers, sweepers, flower makers, shop
keepers, ami even the doctors, had their
masters. And all this was before Christo
pher Columbus discovered America.
But the Tarascans were more interesting
as warriors. They wero simply Indomitable.
It does not appear that it was their policy to
extend the boundaries of the Tarascon em
pire by conquest They fought battles,
whipped surrounding nations, settled imme
diately with the conquered on a cash basis
and returned to Lake Patzcuaro to enjoy the
fruits of victory. There are 200,000 Taras
cans now, and they were probably more nu
merous before the Spanish invasion.
When war was declared against another
nation the chiefs of tho provinces commenced
mobilizing the fighting material- without a
day's delay, Tho wholo army was com
manded by a captain general .called the
EozoncL Ho was magnificently accoutered.
A plume of green feathers nodded above his
head. A silver shield wns slung over his
shoulder. His quiver was of tiger skin. Ho
had ear rings and bracelets of gold. A doub
let of scarlet cotton clothed his hips and
thighs. Leggings of tiger skin completed bis
The war spirit was very strong in the na
tion. Tarascans did not wait for invasion.
They marched to their frontier and there
gave battle. While they were on the road
tho people came to them, fed them and
cheered them on. One branch of the service
was an organization of war spies under com
mand of a chief, Tho vuzanoti had a trained
corps of couriers and messengers.
Till! FLAN Or. BATTLE.
When the army reached the locality In
which a battle was to be fought the spies
had already been, over the ground, and the
couriers had conveyed a description of It to
the commander. The plan of action had
been determined upon, and the legions took
up the positions assigned them without any
delay. This preparation of the plan of ac
tion was very complete, und- it was what en
abled the Tarascans to bo so uniformly victo
rious. Their commandor hod been informed
of the character of the ground so thorough
ly that he was not only able to assign his
forces advantageously, but he carried ou
with wonderful rapidity pretended repulses,
made apparently unsuccessful advances aud
retreated until ho had drawn the enemy into
just the place he wanted. Then his legions
fell upon the opposing army from ull eldes
and annihilated it This was so often dona
that the Tarascans, although a small nation
compared with tho Aztecs, maintained their
In battle the Tarascan legions carried mag
nificent standarj. of plumes. In some of
the engagements more than 300 of these stand
ards of white heron feathers glistened iu tho
sun. Each warrior wore a plume of caglo
feathers. A column of smoko upon a hilltop
was often the signal that the ouemy hiii been
drawn into tho de3tred position, and tln.t. tho
time had come to uncover tho ambu-cadcd
and muko a general charge,. Then the Orgies
and drums sounded. The long lines of Wr vlng
plumes seemed to spring up from tha ground
and to come from front, flanks and rear.
Even boasted Azteo prowess could not stand
before such an onset. The Tarascans repeat
edly destroyed the armies sent against them
and retired to the lake with great numtiers
of prisoners. Of tho younger they made
slaves. The older they sacrificed to their
gods. Human sacrifice .was the blot ou
It was honor to die in battle, and the
widows nnd orphans of dead warriors were
liberally pensioned by the government.
Greeting- an Egyptian Monolith.
There has been much speculation as to how
the ancient Egyytlans managed to erect their
enormous inonolitlis, sometimes 100 feet in
height and weighing hundreds of tons. An
interesting recent article in The Revue Scieu
tiflquc, by M. Arnaudeau, offers the explana
tion that water was employed. Round tho
obelisk, lying horizontally, with the bass
toward the pedestal, was raisod a circular
inclosure, of height equal to that of the mon
olith. This latter hud pieces of wood or
other floats fitted to It, especially at the up
jicrpart; so that wheu water was brought
into the inclosure tho obelisk rose gradually
to tho vertical, Tho process may be simply
imitated by introducing the end of a screw
nail Into n piece of cork, putting it in a basin
nnd then Introducing water, Frank Leslie's.
Torre of Habit.
OmnliaMan (brutally) Come now, hurry
up, can't wait all day, stir your stumps-now.
Ills Mother in Law (furiously) How dare
you s-ieak to mo in that manner, sir! I'll
Omaha Man (abjectly) I I beg your par
don; I forgot myself. I used to bo a street
car couducter In New York. Omaha World
No one who knows anything about co-operation
in principle and practice disputes the
fact that it pays. A fresh aud iiitereetlng
proof of this has Just'come to mo. A young
grocery clerk in a wholesale house found
himself out pf a job some time ago. Ho
lived in Harlem, in a neighborhood tenanted
chiefly by peoplo of limited means liku him
self, Knowing the vnluo of produce ho had
often remarked to his wife on the advance
price charged up town by purveyors of the
necessities of Hfe, and when bo found he had
nothing elso to occupy his time with he com
menced to buy tho family supplies down
town and carry them home ia a basket. A
neighbor in the house suggested that he
should do the marketing for ho. too, because
she fancied the goods he purchased were bet
ter than those she got from her grocer uud
butcher, Bho paid lilm tho up town price for
them, so that he not only got his own sup
plies at bottom figures, but bad the iwnso
of bringing them up town more than jiald
This suggested an idea to him. Ho mado
out a price list, charging an advance on cost
and still less than tho local scale, secured tbu
support of some more neighbors and utn
mencod to market for them dally in a wugon
that ho hired by tiie month. In this way ho
got his own food supply for nothing. Then
somo of his customers proposed to form a
regular association, pay him a salary for dot
ing the business and enjoy t,he benefit of the
savings themselves. He readily agreed to
this, and is uow purveyor general to boma
twenty families, gets a bigger salary thai ha
received through his clerkship uud hopes to
build tha society up into a strong co-opera-tivo
club, with its own store and staff. Al
fred Trumble in New York News.
Au Inquisitive Youngster,
Bobby (reading) Pa, what is the moaning
of homo genua!
Father Let ino see it means that Homer
was a genius.
llobby Well, who was Homer!
Father (Irascibly) Didn't-1 just tell you
that he was a genius!
Mother (cominx to the old man's asslstancei
Bobby, you mustn't bother your father
when bs is reading bis paper. The Epoch,