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EXCELSiOP. M'K'G CO
Great Clotting Out Sale
AT AXD BELOW iN)ST THE ENTIRE STOCK MIST JtE SOLD RE
GARDLESS OF COST TO QUIT BUSINESS. t
Big Bargains in Suits!
FOR MEN FROM $3.) I J'WARDS. BOYS AND YOUTH'S SI ITS ALMOST
GIVEN AWAY. CHILDREN'S CLOTHING WAY DOWN.
FROM $3.00 IP WARDS. ALL WOOL MENS FA NTS FIIoM 92 AO If-
WARDS TIHS STOCK OF CLOTH INO MIST FOSI Tl VF.L Y lIF
SOLD REGARDLESS OF COST.
* Every $l,OO invested in purchases at our Store will bo entitled to a
CHANCE TICKET to win either of the two handsotna GIFTS to be
drawn by the lucky numbers which ONE AM' ALL have the same
•'hance to possess.
One Handsome Ik-dstead, poplar wood, beauulully liiii-hed; Double
Enclosed Wash Stand; Teapoy Table; one beautiful Ereuch Dresser
German Plate Glass 17x30; three Cane Seat Chairs; one Cane Seat
[locking Chair; one Towel Rack. (Top of Dresner, Wash Stand, T<*-
poy Stand, imitation Tennessee Marble.)
One beautiful Hrxutelt covered, Walnut Fratio Lounge.
KEYSTONE CLOTHING HOUSE,
Fed Flag. liellefonk, Pa.
SEC Jll. EH t' CO.. Groeern, Iltinh i/irc Illork, Hrllefonle, I'n.
FO II THE
SI'HINfI and SUMMKIi 'NUDE!!
\\ e have endeavored to get the very L-st of every thing in • sir line, and n w
have some really CHOICE HOODS.
USE CUE A M CHEESE, E\(m Lanrc FKKM II PRINKS.
1 SEE EC TO Ys TERS, SWEI T I'O T. ITO I \
LARGE RIDE < RA SHERRIES, I'Rl SILL "S, IMI'ERIAL I'l (IS,
BRIGHT SEW I. EM OSS, FLORIDA ORANGES,
Princess Taper-Shell Almonds, TNaporntrtl DIM Ft) PFA< lIF>
A FULL LINE OF CHOICE CANNED FRUITS.
I'RESER FED FEARS, REACHES, I'l. CMS and PRFNEJJ.ES.
PLAIN CANDIES, FINE CONFECTIONERY,
GOODIES of all Sorts and Kinds
l*rWe invite the people of Centre county to eall and tri]>ect our NICE
GOODS, which rannot fail to please.
" r BECHLEK fc CO.
Dull ,f Mingle—Root* if f horn.
f Boot or Shoe
BUM. & @EJIt 9 |—
Style, Quality and Cheapness.
We defy all competition. We have the largest stock—and bought for cash,
and sell 10 per cent, cheaper than any store in the county.
mm OUR SPECIALTIES, it*
*■ REYNOLDS HRO'S., Utica and D. ARMSTRONG'S Rochester shoes for
Ladies, Misses and Children.
A v m,
'£ Hathaway Hotilo and Harrington h Fine Shoes for Men
fTHI£ KING OK TI EE MARKET,
We have a Shoe Polish which will not crack the Leather,
as sood as the best and only 15c.
DOEL A MINGLE.
, Bcllcfontc, Pa,
"At •rn. or *t mhlulght, or at th* or
In th morning."
It may ho hi th* ovonlng,
I* hru l bo woik of th* dfty U dono.
And you lo> tint* t*> *H In tlx* twilight
And WMtrh the winking •uti,
Whit* thr long, bright day die* alowly
And Ihe hour* grow qutot mid holy
With thought of ni';
Whll* ioii hegr lit* villa** children
l*i lug along tii* *trvt
Among ih-wi thronging footit*|i
May tout* th* noiiiid of my fn t :
Th *rrfor* I tll yon— Watrli
B> lh* light of ll* filing Ur,
Whin th* room I# growing dusky
A* th* r|oitl *lar :
lid th* door I* .ti th* lt h
In jour horn*.
F<r It may h* through the gl etnhig
1 will rum*
It m*y t when the midnight
I" h*wy upon the land,
And th* tdnck war** lying dumbly
' Ahmr lb* aend;
Whrn Iho nioonl*** night draw* < l<*.
And tli* lights are out In th* hou**,
\Vli. it th* hi* hum* low and r* I,
And the watrh I* ticking loudly
. B*wll- the lied
Though * on l**p, tiled out. on jour crouch,
Still jour heart mint wak* an I watcb
In th* dark room.
For It may !•* midnight
I will com*.
It may t* at th* r.a k <m.
M h*n the night It dying rluw ly
' In lh* iky,
And lII* are look* rain, and Wolj
Waiting for the dawn
Of Ilia goldrti eim,
Whh h <Jrwrth nigh ;
iWhm the tnUUan. u lh* talUjv, I ellng
Th* rlrer rhlll,
Atd my mo nlng it fading, fading
Ov*r thr hill ;
tftrhold ' I ray to you —M atch !
I.rt th* d'wir le on thr lab li
In ymir hom*.
* In thr dull Iw.ft.m th* dawi inc.
in twern tha night atid moroing,
I may i<itti*.
It in -j I- In tli* m ruing. #
Vt titn tli* •uti !• isrlght an I etrong
And th* dew ta gllttrriag aharj iy
Over th* litllw
W hrw th* wav*e ar* laughing loudly
Al .n- thr ih r
An I thr Idrda ar* einglng v**tly
Alut th* door ;
W tlt a•■ He dav'a wurk trfr* you.
Von ria* ii|> with th* atr.
And thi ti*|.hi or* oma in i„ talk a llttU
(if all vli-af must lis done
But r*fn n,t--f that I m*yb*th* **t
T" " m In hI tlir da r .
T' l rail yn tf.tn jour 1 my work
I mmv>n .
A Jon tV >• r hrt m>i.l t>al I.
'..r (li. .i la i n II lalch
In jourr •m
And it ma j 'in tl; ttiornlnr*
I wil| # r tn"
•'a ')U I'errol. who tin born sntl
br 'iig'ii up in ii>in ciiy oT Bordeaux,
frsn'-i*, liou.-M him a <i ip, ntid married
him a wife, in th<- reijjn of the Six
tomih laoui*. Hi. dnf waa a lrfj-,
brown, aliafpy ('feature, which many
caiii-d ujjly : but no(K>dy ever spplieii
that epithet to Pierrot'* wite, who wag
yourg. .ylpb-like, pretty and (ascinat
it;'. dai|ue( but I two r.reaturi , m
■ tid, at least -hi* dog and bit wife. \V<
rnei.tion the dojj tirri, lw<-aue bealwayg
dul. an I w.,c or.e of 1, twolovi - wbicb
he firt prorured.
Now, thouph Jacque. loved l">tb d >|
and wife, and the dog uremed to love
both matter and tni.trea*, the wife, f,.r
*< me reason, did not love l oth hut' mil
and t.ut di-likerl (he I (Her earn I
ingly peril ap* tiei-an.e hn fain -d 1.0
•livple.l affection* tliat rbould have been
a I Iter own.
".'cque, sue would Inquetttiy -tv
t ' li m, ' now do tell ti .1 ugly brute, if
you rnn fir. l anytio Jy fi .•! enougU to bur
him >r. if not, give away, lie
"lily in tin w.iy lieri And ian .. IllUf i
t* you or I. '
' Now, my dear deanette," Jarque*
wouol rcj Iy, ' you'd I e < neof the -w < e'.
Ed and mml rea-on >l lc little beauties in
t'.ew ild, if >(>u d only appn liatep or
l! lion, who • a Hr>g ttiat krioa • ru'i 'li
a( either of u.
"Speak (or your.elf, M iter dacque.
and not forn-ef (c'a no great conipii
mnt to the dog to <y lie know* a.
Biurb * you. But if lie know* ten lini< *
a. much, of what ue would he be to u* .'
f>r be take. r t |j out and, bring* nothiog
"But I like company, Jeanette.*'
'•Well, haven't yon met"
"Yea—but you can't follow nn- all
about the city sa Bobon doe*."
"1 wi.b I could, and make a nightly
report for ycur benefit.
"Ye*, but I don't want any report,
and *o prefer tho dog, who'* nlwava di
oreet and keej>a a eivil tongue. And
then deanette, you know be guard* the
boiiae at night I"
"Ouard* firldleaticks, dacqlieit Why
we've nothing for anybody to steal" I
( "But the thieve* dun t know that, my
dear, you aoe. And than, if aooie of
tbe raacal* abould happen to bear you
talking so sweetly to me, who knows
but they'd carry you off, and leave mo
to break my heart in solitude I You see
I got Bobon for ome purpose—l don't
exactly know wbat- but It'll turn up
•ome day as sure aa I'm a propbat."
"Fbaw! you're a fool, dacque* !
"I know it, but I oan't help it, any
more than you can help l>eing so tweet
, and pretty."
"Well, tbete, Jacques," deanette
would generally wind up, with a kit*,
"you are a dear, good aaul, so you are;
and if you'd only promise to love me
beat, you may keep Bobon aa long as
This kind of colloquy generally took
place aa often a* once, sometimes
twice a week—deanette beginning with
a firm determination to get rid of tbe
dog, and ending with permission for him
to remain aa long as be and bit matter
might think proper.
Tbe subject of thia family bickering
was a very sagacious animal, who be
bared himself aa all gentlmanly dg.
should. Hi* matter did not elretcb the
truth a grat deal when he said Motion
knew as much a* h mself or wife—for
the dog was a remarkable dog, and
would seen) to comprehend many things
like a rational human being. For in
stance, during the wrangle about him
•elf, he would kteal sorrowfully away
under the bed or under the table, and
there, with bin large, bright, noble look
ing brown eyes fixed earnestly U| on tbe
contending parties, would seem to lit
ten anxiously for the conclusion ; and
then, if favorable to him-elf, aa it gen.
•-rally wa, he would come forth wagging
hia tail, and look up cheerfully, almost
humanly, into the tacee of both.
Time rolled on. France became aa a
troubled ocean, and a perfect tornado of
human passion swept madly over the
•hip of *tate. The good hut vacillating
king master wu put under hatchet, and
a monstrous and bloody insanity took
the helm, and ran the old, leaky and !
crime-laden vessel upou the breakers of
faction, where be speedily became a
wreck, and engulfed hundreds of thous
ands of human beings who had embark
| ed in her for the voyage of life.
Speaking without figure, the bloody
q>och known as the reign of terror had
bf-gun in France, and thousands of all
cl sscs and ages were being daily drag
ged to prison and dungqptiH, to l<e thence
conveyed to reeking guillotine and '
, sinking hulks, or to some open or fiend
1 isb roiticre.
Hut so far, Jacques and Jeanette.
though often horrified at what they saw
and heard, remained unmolested; and
Bohtonstil Ikept them company; and
at last, even Jean<-tlo went so far a* to
'say she was glad lb noble brute was
with them, and that be w uld not part
w lh Into for any money,
i J')urs Pierrot w..t a tini h by trade |
which was a good butini-ss in those
I -lays when fetters. chains, bolts, swords,
axes, knives and firearm* "ere in con
tsnt requisition and believing bim
"'lf > r e at the forge elsewhere, he
kept steadily at work fr>>ru day to d*yt
rninding his own be - ne, giving every
body civil word, and venturing n"
opinion on any sub ect. R >bon regular
ly accompanied him too and fro from
his work ; and as .1 aequo* was rsther '
*yst malic and i-recite on certain
|-oirit*, -I' stx-ite iingfit look at acertam
minute for then; coming up tlx •■reel
i to their roc*|*
< 'ne day, as the supper hour dr< w near,
if anette glanced at tbe flock, and then 1
quirt rued .si her motion*, for she was
a little behind lime with the mel. md
s* .laeqiie* was always so punctual, she
j I ruled herself on a!ways to ing ready
for bim at the minute.
At length tbe stand* stood smoking
on tin tal|s, and looking up again at j
tho dock, .lean • '< wis #ll pr;i dto| • r
reive the minutf ban I h*d p.vsed the
liOttr without .Jacques lieing pre < nt.
hat can dotiun In ID.' she murmur
ed, with a strange dread of evil creep
ing over her, ss she hurried to the door
and looked anxioutly d<>wn the street
"Not to In- M en. either" #!m ntinued i
with nervous an* rtv ; "what csn it
mean * .'/• a /'s .' if they should have
taken bim aay to | ri on !" and .'ran
'ette clasped her hands up >n hrr In- <rt
and 'tagg.-red bsrk into tbe houff.
five, t,-n. fifteen minutes passed away,
and yet no .'aefp|i-. This u<; ene wts
i not to fie l-orne; lietter the reality-
J however f- arful ; something terrible
must have happened, and tlirowmg a
; light shawl over her head, Jeanette ,
fl-w to the stnithery. The doors were
nj-en —the fire* were burning—hut no
Jacques wa there. .She made huiried
j and anxious inquiries of the passe is by ;
; but they scarcely heeded her, for that
w* not a judicious litno for anything,
| about matters of state or individuals,
who mysteriously disappeared.
At length the diatres* of Jeanetta at
tracted the attention of an old woman
in tbe vicinity, who, after some que* j
tioniog, informed her that the smith
had been marched of between two
rough looking men,who might fie officer*
of the Revolutionary Commission.
"Oh, M'jn I>MM Mom //ifu my poor,
dear Jacques!" cried the fialf frantic
wife, wringing her hands. "As I feared,
he has been taken to prison, and I will
follow bim and die with him."
Rut it was not so easy for the unhappy
Jeanette to follow the misting Jacquea,
•imply because she knew not where to
go; and no one, not even the old
woman could tell her wither he bad
been taken. So she went home in
great distress to wait for another day or
some tidings of him; but she bad
scarcely entered the bouae vfhen she
heard Robon scratching and whining at
tbe door. The moment she admitted biro
he flew to hit master's vacant seal at the
table, put his fore paws upon it, looked
up sorrowfully in bar face and gave uV
terance to a low, mournful ciy.
"Where is your master, Robon ?" said
Jeanette, in tears.
The dogjumped down, with a alight
bark, and ran to the door.
It then occurred to Jeanette to let
him out and follow him. This she did.
and he led her to the massive gate of
the main prison of Bordeaux. Trent' •
ling she knocked at tbe gate and tf
tb porter who opened the wicket she
inquired if Jacques Pierrot was confined
within. The man gruffly replied that
he didn't know, and he didn't care to
know, and advised the fair questioner to
go about her business.
Thus repulsed, |>oor Jeanette sat down
by the gate and cried for an hour, the
noble Jog standing beside her all tbe
while, and looked the sorrow which he
hud no lunguxge to exprees. When at
last Jeanette got up and went home
with a heavy heart, the intelligent sni
lual accompanied her to the door, and
then bounded away to take his post at
the prison gate, and watch for an op
l>ortunity to get in to his matter.
Jeanette passed a sleepless night< i
praying for the deliverance of birn she
loved. The next morning at daylight
she again repaired to tbe prison, but
Kobou wo* not to be seer.. She made
j further inquiries for her husband, and j
learned that he was imprisoned within, |
but <iuld not be communicated with till j
after tbe trial, which would take place j
whenever the authorities would see ,
proper. What the charges were against j
hirn her informant either did not know (
or would not tell. Poor Jeanette after
this remained most of the day at the
gale of the pmon, but heard nothing
more concerning her husband, and saw ,
nothing more of Uobon,
Tbe evening following the dog re
lured to her ami acted very strangely.
Me balked and whined, rubbed Li
head against her knee, looked wistfully
slid keenly into her face, and occasion
ally put up a paw to Ins neck as if to '
remove the collar. Whenever Jean j :
. cite would open the door as before for
Inni to conduct her to his master, lit
• would catch hold of her dress with hi* 1
; te<-th and run buck an I bowl plaint
| ively, and then g•> through with all hit
j strange motions sgain. L>ld he want to j
, communicate something, poor fellow
At last it occurred to Jeaoelte that
his collar might hurt bim. and she pro
, reeded to remove it. The dog stood
perfectly still until she had ac oni
plihed her pur; *e, and then joy usly
whined, wagg. I hi tail, and skiup- 1
| uut playfully. Put there appeared to.
1 he something wrong about the collar
I.nd Jeanette would Imve buckled it on
again, oril) Ihst, w heritor she at
L e Ml | lid it, the |-oor brute wou'd i r mcb
(own and howl so mournfully As to j
■ au-e her to d<
Ku-ldi nly, in turning the collai over
in her hand, Jeanette, to her great sur
pr. e and delight, espied a few word*
scratched along the cer.ire, a it might
Oe Willi a sharp stone or nail. V .lh
j palpitating heart -he immediately -el
to w>rk to il-npher theiu. and so/ii.
| with such feelings a* only one in her
station ni *!11 experience, made tl m
ino i as fo .low • •
• !•* Mt f*~: 11 S. I !-.;• rlo Its eslhr *• I •
I-t I'- 1- tl ivW Set t" /• |M e,"
Trembling Jt-nelt-* srt to work to
jr ITlply With the request of her p >or,
|d sr. impri'oned lui-' and, pnd as - >oti
* this wa- ir. r-rti] li-ls d, the dog pa
1 -I.* 1 v jwrnii'led her to t .rk'e on the
cellar, an i ruhed w ih : J-atk at.d a
h und through the d.a r <-p ne-i lor hi- j
'I t>at night an l the next day past'd
r'-iwl) away, without tbe anxious wile
hearing anything more from her hu*
bind; but the night ensuing the dug
! c urie Intra. ; and OB removing hn* c< <r,
*he found, fwMiciied on the p*|--r she ,
j had sent, the following hopeful note : j
"I am confined in an upper cell. The <
grated window is towards the east. Be
twoen the prison and an open space
tioyond is a high wall. There's a fine
aw down at the shop, among my
I tools, made from tbe main spring of a
watch. Hend me thai coiled in the col
lar of Robon. I always told you 1
thought that dog for something, and
.now i know for what. 1 think I can
etfl the bars and lower myself into tbe
yard. The second night from this, at
2 o'clock precisely, throw one end of a
rope over tbe wall, and fasten the otb
er, so that I can draw myself up, if 1
happen to get out and, frith tbe saint's
bleasing, I may. ! don't know what
I'm charged with, and 1 don't believe
anybody does; but this place has a
guillotine feel about if, and I'd rather
he ofT with you and Ilobon. I'm not
very closely watched, I'on't far! mo,
and aoon I hope your arms will clasp
your poor Jacquea."
It is neediest lo follow out the result
in detail. The saw waa found and se
creted in tbe collar of Robon, who.
true to an instinct amounting toresaon,
flew back to tbe prison, and awaited
his chance of dodging in at the first
gate. Terribly excited were the hours
passed by Jeaoelte, till the time came
for her to act, and to be made happy
with suoceas, of rendered wretched by
At 1 o'clock of the eventful night
which was to witneas her happiness or j
misery, the trembling and half fainting
wife took her station in the deep shade
of the eastern wall of tbe prison, with ,
a rope coiled in one band and Robon, <
who had joined ber A few hours before,
now standing quietly and patiently by i
her side. Oh ! how ber poor besrt beat I
an'i how esery sound oia'ie the blood
leap and her nerve* thrill!
At laat the great clock of a neighbor
ing cathedral (truck heavily and aolernu.
ly the hour of '2. No longer trembling ,
but nerving herself for the great por.
pone abe had in view, Jeanette quickly
poifd the coil in ber hand ; and, hold
ing firmly to one end of it with her left,
aent it upward, with a lincere prayer,
into the air, and heard a faint, dull
aound a* it struck on the other tide.
W he there? Somebody waa—for
in leas than a minute *he felt a (light
pull upon the rope, tautening
her end around her body, abe grasped
it with both hands, and thus held
against tho heavier strain that followed.
Harder and heavier became the strain
upon tho rope : hut, throwing herself
against the walla she still held firmly,
nil she felt the cord suddenly loosen ;
| and then, looking upward, ber heart
leaped to her mouth as she beheld u
! dark figure upon the top of the wall.
I A minute later, Jacques stood safe be,
side her, having run down aloog tho
rope, which he had taken the precau
tion to fasten on the other aide before
making bin ascent.
No word was now spoken— not a
wbi*|er -even the dog remained silent.
t>rasping the hand of Jeanelle. Jac
ques stealthily, silently and hurriedly
led her away, through one dark and
narrow street alter another, till he
rracbed a place of safety. The next
day a search was made for him, but ho
managed to keep himself secreted till
after the If igo of Murder had ceased
to be; and then he came forth from bis
hiding-place and made a boast of hia
own cunning, Lit wife's Jevot r, and
hi- log's sagacity.
Triekw of Smuggler*.
"We do not examine many inno
cent jx-ople, although occasionally h
mistake i- made." raid a New York
custom house < fficcr to u Ifor.'d re
port er. I have had seven w meri ex
amined thi w--k. and every one of
them had smuggled g-i*Js concealed
on their fit'iviti. A woman who was
( aught a wck or so ago had f.Hkk)
v.orth of stuff about Iter. Ilovt did
we t me to rti-jn-et her? Why, vou
bar Move menu ten suspicions to
-ay the least. Vh<- stepped < n the
uang [dank with a large bundle in her
hand and a heavy cloak over her arm.
Half war donii she was met by a
woruap to whom she handed the
things. All tiur might, perhaps,have
Ik( n done without attracting the at
' t iitiotj of th ■ fficcr* had it in t been
j for a certain ncrvouiuess displayed.
**l>< w. i q jcsp ito step itit'• a room,
and Mr*, f the itif"'etrc*was called
in and ked to examine ber."
; "V. s" r< marked that tab mod lady,
"snd y 11 have no id- .t i ft! . amount
gr.-i- | t.u.k f; in her. Jn th" first
place I found the lining of t'<- cloak
l ti r* mov< d and I. :w en it and
the outside were sewed vow after row
of the irirswt exquisite luce. It was
130 France* i r yani Bm
I found t loceab I in h<-r umnle lon
, a lav sii.iw i, s. vr-rul jfarilia! !.vr, and
wititi fancy trimming. Si,.- had hafed
jon an undergarment more lace, but
i you rhouhl have -.eu in r petmonl. It
was an irvi lous cnut ruction. Pieces
;>f i h Ik were folded nr. . : w ■ the
prop* r letii"h and pa-- ] ut. t a heavy
cord which encircled L r wsi-t There
were several pieces of i ilk put on in
this fashion. the edge* b ; (jr | ;1 [ >fv j
I together, and more lace was sewed on
1 this. She made a great fuss about bc
j ing examined- said it outrageous
that her p< r- >r shouf*i be n vt;!'.#d.
; Pretty smugglers always do this jf
I they have anything on them.
"This making the goods into a skirt
i a favorite way of disposing of them.
Diamonds and different arucle<,r jew
elry are easiest to conceal. A woman
and her nure and child were sent in
to me once. It was thought that their
figure* were too well rounded -and,
indeed, the bodies of their dresses fell
in somewhat looser folds after I had
taken several watches, with chains,
pins and bracelets, from each of them."
"Did vou hear of that very funny
case we had." asked one of the officers,
"where the man had a lot of diamonds
so cunningly hidden ? I have forgot
ten just how it was we came to sus
pect him, but I imagine it was because
the gentleman was so remarkably
straight. At all events we had him
searched and on his back, right next
to the skin, and held on by a porous
plaster, we found the stones. A notber
ingenious gentleman had diamonds
sewn into his liver pad."
Do you find women more clever at
stntfggling than meoT" asked the re
"Well, yea, I believe they are; but
some of the men are pretty* sharp.
The favorite dodge with the women is
to sew Isoe on their linen, or to roll it
up in it Tho linings of their cloaks
is another hiding place. We found
a woman the other day who bad on no
less than four wraps, with the edges so
neatly sewed together that the impo
sition was hy no means easy to detect
The Kreueb women are the smartest,
I believe. Many of them make tbeir
living by getting goods through the
custom house. They seem to know
exactly what to do, and 1 am con
vinced ther arc instructed before leav