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ASERIES OF SHOET STORIES
By J. Marsden Sutcliffe,
THE R03I1N0E OF M ItfSURMCE OFFICE,
-Beixo Passages ik theExpesiekce op Jin. AUGUSTUS WILLIAM WEBBEF.
Formerly General Manager to the "Universal Insurance Company.
' The Strange Disappearance of
Before the news of the strange disappear
ance of Mr. Constam found its way into the
public prints rumors of the mysterious oc
currence reached the Universal, and Mr.
Doggett was at once instructed to institute
the most searching inquiries into the affair.
Only one premium had been paid on the
policy on Mr. Constants life, and the
Universal stood to lose heavily in the event
of his death. True, the loss would he
shared by several other offices who had been
joined -with us in the undertaking, but as
the lion's share of the loss wonld fall to us,
we deemed it necessary to take every pre
caution against any possible attempt at
fraud. It is not an uncommon circumstance
for men to fly their country when trouble is
at their heels, and give themselves up for
dead until it suits their convenience to ap
pear again in the flesh. To guard against
any attempt to palm off a supposititious
death, it was all important that our private
inquiry agent should take the matter in
hand immediately while the scent was still
The day after tidings of the occurrence
reached our ears Mr. Doggett made his first
report. Alter recapitulating the facts at
tending the alleged disappearance, which
had been recountedat thecloseof the former
chapter, the report went on to say:
"The friends of the missing gentleman
show much anxiety to keep the affair quiet,
hoping that he may yet return. All the
same, a most active investigation is being
carried on, under directions of Lord Selin
court and Mr. Bretterly, who have called in
Inspector Ferret, of Scotland Yard, to as
sist them. So iar their inquiries have led
to no result
"The policeman, who is the last person
known to have spoken with Mr. Constam,
has been turned inside out, Dut is unable to
add anything further to his statement that
Mr. Constam was quite cheerful in his man
ner, and after wishing the officer 'good
night, walked away at a rapid pace in the
direction of Trafalgar Square.
''The reticence of Mr. Constam's friends
makes it difficult to ascertain precisely what
jhad happened at Epsom; but from in
quiries made elsewhere I learn that he had
'plunged' wildly, and his losses must have
been phenomenally heavy. It is said that
the whole of the large sum which he bor
rowed sis months ago has disappeared, and
that with the exception of the income se
cured to Lady Barbara on her marriage
there is nothing left Here is motive for
absconding, and perhaps for suicide.
"There are three theories afloat to account
for his disappearance.
"Some say he has Ie vanted.' This theory
has been broached partly in consequence of
some indiscreet revelations made by Mr.
Bretterly. It is only fair to that gentleman
to say that he repudiates the inference
which has been drawn from his communi
cations. "The second theory is that it is a case of
suicide. Those who fade this view argue
that when Mr. Constam quitted the card
table it was in execution of some purpose at
which he had arrived slowly alter mentally
reviewing the situation; and that his prom
ise to return immediately was a mere blind
to get away quietly, without risk of interro
gation. He knew that he had worse than
ruin to meet dishonor! They declare that
he could not face it out, and that a leap
from "Waterloo bridge will turn out the
right explanation of his disappearance.
"The third theory has been adopted by
the family. Their suspicions are summed
up in one word: foul play. They say he
was not the man to shrink from any ordeal,
and they argue tbat he was the last man in
the world whatever his imprudences may
have been to leave the wife to whom he
was tenderly attached in doubt of his fate,
or to rush upon a doom which would bring
a terrible stigma on his name, and leave his
children fatherless, from want of common
courage to face the full consequences of his
Their explanation is, that when he went
out he meant to return, but tbat becoming
abstracted in thinking over his losses, he
probably walked on until he found himself
in some low part ol "London or Westmins'-er
the river side possibly and was there
waylaid and murdered. They say that in
addition to the few pounds he had won at
whist, he had at least fifty pounds in gold
and notes, whilst his ring and diamond
sleeve links and studs were worth more than
treble that amount The flashing of his
diamonds would temptrobbery with violence
if he happened to hare wandered into any
of the low criminal haunts. The family lay
great stress on his excellent spirits down to
the last moment as shutting out any idea of
suicide, and they are indignant over the
suggestion that he has "levanted."
"I agree with the family in repudiating
suicide, but for a different reason. His
good spirits may have been put on; but a
man never assumes good health or pretends
to a good digestion. Now, Mr. Constam's
health may be called robust; and if I am
not misled, he could use a knife and fork
pretty freely. His digestion, in fact, was
simply periect That kind of man does not
"Is it, then, a case of foul play? I have
''obtained a correct description of "the clothes
Mr. Constam was wearing, and the rest of
his personal belongings which he carried
with him when he set out on that summer
evening's walk which is so perplexing to
his friends including Scotland Yard. I
am not going to drag the Thames. Wap
ping way is my next destination; and I may
even work my way down as far as Graves
cad, perhaps Plymouth, before I find in
what ship Mr. Constam sailed when he bade
farewell to the white cliffs of Britain
"X. B. He has not been seen at Dover,
Folkestone, or Ifcwhaven. "Watch is kept
on all tbe Continental boats, and I have
despatched a man each to Southampton,
Liverpool and Glasgow."
And so exit Mr. Doggett for the present
His report tells everything bearing on the
story, and saves space which would other
wise be taken up in describing with more
particularity the modus operandi of Mr.
Doggett's'proceedings. It has also the -d-
vantage of stating the three theories soon
prevalent to explain Mr. Constam's disap
pearance, and the general grounds on which
each rested. The reader will chose his own
theory, and will doubtless be able to adduce
more cogent reasons for his particular theory
than any here given.
Several days passed by before Mr. Dog
ECtt had anything of importance to commu
nicate. He Muck manfully to what he
speaks of in one of his reports as his "hap
py hunting ground," which lay eastwards
of London bridge.
Meanwhile "the familv'asMrs. Doggett
described the iriends of Mr. Constam, were
pursuing the most active search, in which
were snared neilhcr labor, skill, nor what is
sometimes ot more importance than either
in such cases money'
It was noi possible to keep the matter
pecref long. A gentleman of tbe position
of the Squire of Greystoke cannot vanish
suddenly without exciting inquiries, es
pecially when his name figures for large
amounts in the bookmakers' accounts.
There was an indescribable sensation at the
"West End, and the newspapers were not
slow to make use of a dainty bit of scandal.
"When at last publicity had been given to
the affair, the friends of Mr. Constam issued
handbills to watermen, bargees and others
among the riverside community, offering a
handsome reward for the recovery of the
dead body of the missing squire.
It was an excellent idea, on the theory
that Mr. Constam had been foully dealt by,
or had made away with himself. But what
if neither supposition were correct? It was
at least possible that Mr. Doggett's less
tragic explanation of the strange disappear
ance was the right one. In that case it
seemed to us at the "Universal, that it was
our duty (to ourselves) to have the theory
of murder or suicide set at rest one way or
the other. It was to our interest to have it
made quite clear that the dead body of Mr.
Constam was not lying in the Thames.
Accordingly the Universal stepped in,
doubling the reward; and the dual appeal
to the cupidity of the river-side men pro
duced such a scene as the Thames has sel
.From Westminster bridge to Beckton
Gas "Works, wherry men, attracted by the
large reward, were busy night and day in
prosecuting the search. "When the light
failed, in the short interval between even
ing's twilight and morrow's dawn in those
early summer days, the chance passerby
crossing over "Waterloo bridge would have
his attention challenged bv the dull red
flaring of lights moving fitfully to and fro
on the surface of the sluggish river, west
ward as far as Lambeth, and eastward be
yond London bridge. It was a weird scene
gloomily suggestive of "corpse lights" flit
ting about in an unearthly manner in some
country churchyard. If the passerby had
been of a curious turn of mind, he would
have learned that these lights, moving fit
fully hither and thither, came from the
links carried by the wherry men engaged in
their ghastly search.
Many a horrible burden was brought to
the surface which had long been hidden
from the light of day, until the coroners
found themselves unusually bnsy holding
inquests on the bodies ot persons whose
names were unknown and who had met
with a violent death before being thrown
into the river.
And still there was no sign of Mr. Con
stam. The first light on the mystery came from
Mr. Doggett This indefatigable agent had
been prosecuting his search for a lull fort
night in the riverside district, which he
stoutly maintained held the secret of Mr.
Constam's movements after quitting the
Elysium. Having bent his steps in the di
rection of Limehouse, his attention was at
tracted by a suit ot clothes which were de
pendent lrom the rail of a dealer in new and
second-hand clothing, principally of the
slop type, in the "West India Docks road.
He was so completely wrapped up in the
examination of the suit, feeling the texture
of the cloth and prying into the lining, that
he did not notice the approach of the elderly
Jew who owned the establishment, until a
I voice broke in upon his reverie.
"Veil, vat can 1 do tor you, my shild?"
"You can tell me where the hat is which
was worn by the gentleman who owned this
suit, and perhaps you can tell me something
lnf lio rrnnilnmnry liimeolf " Tlnrrrrait ...
about the gentleman himself," Doggett re"
plied sharply scanning the old mah's
"Shentleman!" cried the Jew, "vat shen
tleman? No shentleman has worn dot suit"
"No, I suppose not," Doggett replied dry
ly. "I suppose the nativeE of Limehouse
wear best quality tweeds, silk lined, satin
quilted, Poole's make. Try again. That
tale won't wash.
"I know nothing about any shentleman,"
the Jew replied, stubbornly.
"Look here, Isaac," Doggett went on,
"this pretense to be dark, like your Jewish
patter, is a pretense altogether. You can
speak English as well as I can, and you can
tell me in plain English what you know
about this. Come, cast your eye over that
description," handing the Jew a copy of the
particulars with which Doggett had been
"You can see," he continued, "the de
scription tallies in every particular. These
clothes did belong to Mr. Constam, whose
friends are looking for his corpse. It you
persist in your reticence I shall snap the
bracelets on yonr wrists and take you along
with me as an accessory before the fact, or
after; it does not matter which. In any
case you will have to go unless you tell me
what you Know about this."
Mr. Doggett's bold stroke brought Isaac
down from nis perch. In a few moments he
had told the detective that a gentleman,
who said he was out for a lark, had pro
posed to exchange his garments for a new
suit of fustian, such as stonemasons wear.
He had since sold the hat to some stranger,
whom he declared he would not recognize
again. Shown Mr. Constam's photograph,
he at once recognized it as the portrait ot
the gentleman who was "out for a lark."
He persistently denied all knowledge of any
jewelry. He fixed the date of his transac
tion with Mr. Constam as the day following
the nocturnal walk in the direction of Traf
Clear evidence tins, that the day follow
ing the night on which he was supposed to
have met with foul play, Mr. Constam was
alive and well; and that at the time when
his body was supposed to be within the
keeping of Father Thames, he was, aecoid
ing to the Jew's testimony, "out for a lark."
"Where, then, was Mr. Constam?
The day following his interview with the
Jew, Mr. Doggett appeared at the Univer
sal, bringing witn mm the bat worn by Mr.
Constam, which had been fished out of the
Thames that morning. There was no mis
take that this was a genuine relic, for Mr.
Constam's name was written in bold letters
on the lining of the hat It was of no im
portance as a link in the case, and Doggett
was always perplexed afterward to account
fnr ihp. motive of his nptinn in lirinn-!n if
seeing that it had already passed into the
hands of the Jew and some third person to
whom he had sold it, since it was in Mr.
Constam's possession. The detail is, how
ever, of importance, as the reader will see
in a moment.
Mr. Doggett had barely finished giving
an account of his proceedings when Lord
Selincourt was announced. The nobleman
explained that he had heard that the Uni
versal were interesting themselves to un
ravel the painful story attaching to the
strange disappearance of Mr. Constam, and
he had called to inquire whether we could
throw any light on the matter. At the
same time he wished to suigest whether
good results might not be obtained if we
were to join forces and assist each other.
As he completed his explanation his eye
was suddenly caught by the hat which
Doggett bad brought with him, and, seiz
ing it from the table on which it was lying
with a half muttered apology, he examined
it closely, and, seeing the name, he ex
claimed nnder his breath: "Newnham's
hat undoubtedly; it has been in the water,
too. Alas! it is as I feared."
"We were compelled to rectify the error
into which Lord Selincourt had "fallen, and
thereupon Doggett recounted the story of
his interview with the Jew. After much
conversation, Lord Selincourt avowed his
purpose to see the Jew personally, and
although Doggett endeavored to dissuade
him irom his purpose, he eventually con
sented to accompany him.
On their arrival at the Jew's establish
ment they found the shop left in charge ot a
younger member of the tribe of Israel, who
explained that his grandfather had been
fetched by two policemen to see if he could
identify the body of a man which had been
drawn from the water, and that they had
driven away in a cab to the parish mortuary.
Thither Lord Salinconrt and Doggett rapidly
It was a loathsome sight which met their
eyes. There, on a stone slab, rested the
body of a tall and well-made man, so far as
the swollen condition of the remains enabled
the onlookers to judge.
The body had been denuded of its cloth
ing. Decomposition had advanced very far.
But worse still, the rats had gnawed away
the hands, leaving nothing oi that part of
the person except the putrefying stumps;
nothing certainly to furnish any evidence
whether the body was that of a laboring
man or that of a man whose hands had
known no harder work than is involved in
riding to hounds.
ine leatures bad been entirely obliterated
by the same agency. Even the very eyes
had been scooped &ut of their sockets "by
these voracious denizens of the slimy river.
The empty sockets added to the'gruesonie
horror of the spectacle. There was nothing
left as a means of identification except the
hair and teeth, and the clothing which had
been removed from the body, and which
Isaac with trembling fingers was leisurely
examining, casting occasional glances from
the horrid sight which lay on the slab to the
pallid face of Lord Sellincourt
The surgeon who had just completed bis
repulsive office of examining the body was
washing his hands, dictating to an assistant
his notes, which Doggett also proceeded rap
idly to transcribe. Here they are:
"Body of a strong athletic man of six feet
exactly; well-nourished; features oblit
erated; hands gone; eyes judging from the
size of sockets, full; probably been dark
judging from color of hair which is a deep
"black; teeth white, regular and good; head
well shaped; evidently remains of a hand
some man: age about 30, more or less.
Been in water ten days or more. No marks
of violence upon the body. That's all, I
"See," said Lord Selincourt, handing
Doggett one of the published descriptions,
"it exactly corresponds."
Doggett nodded his head and said noth
ing. "He was keenly watching the Jew who
had pricked up his ears on hearing Lord
""Well, Isaac, what do you say now?" the
police sergeant asked. "The clothes came
from you, that is certain. They bear your
name. To whom did you sell them? Let us
get at the man's name if we can."
"I sold them to a shentleman 15 daysago,"
"Sold them to a gentleman?" the police
sergeant asked, incredulously.
"Yes, and that shentleman there," point
ing to Doggett, "has is photograph in his
"Whereupon Lord Selincourt declared that
to the best of his belief the body lying there
was that of his son-in-law, Mr. Newnham
Constam, the Squire of Greystoke, who had
left the Elysium Club on the night of the
5th instant, and had notsince been heard of.
"Are there any birthmarks on the body?"
asked Doggett, addressing the surgeon, well
knowing that Mr. Constam's body was free
from congenital defect of any kind; but
urging the question in the slender hope of
breaking through the cnam ot evidence
which he saw being pitilessly forged, link
by link, before his eyes.
"I can discover no blemish of any kind.
In fact there are no marks natal or post
natal. Nothing except what the rats have
made. The man has been drowned, tbat is
At the inquest which was held in due
course, the legal representatives of Mr.
Constam and the solicitors to the Universal
fought and wrangled to very little purpose.
The most important evidence next to that
of the surgeon was that of Isaac the Jew,
who swore that "the clothes were those he
had sold to the 'shentleman' whose portrait
had been shown him by the detective" the
portrait of Newnham Constam.
Isaac was subjected to a severe cross
examination in the interests of the insur
ance companies involved, without shaking
his testimony in the least degree. He was
quite certain that the clothes produced at
the inquiry were the same that he had sold
to Mr. Constam. He had sold no others of
the same size that year. They were extra
men's size, and garments of that Size were
not often asked lor. It was 15 days since.
The clothes, though stained with their long
immersion in the dirty river, were evidently
new and bore no marks of wear.
The surgeon's testimony, threw no fresh
light on the mystery. The man was alive
when he fell into the water (or was thrown
into it) and there were no marks of violence
on the body. All post mortem appearances
pointed to an ordinary case of death from
The Universal could not oppose their un
supported doubts to the calm certainty
which had obtained possession ot tbe minds
of the Coroner and his jury, and a verdict
was rendered in the following terms:
"That the body viewed by the jury was
the body ot Mr. Constam, of Grevstoke
Court; that he was drowned; butliowhe
came into the water there was no evidence
And so this Thames derelict, inclosed in
a coffin of richly polished oak with massive
armorial mountings of solid silver, bearing
the name, (supposed) date of death and age
of the deceased Mr. Constam, was conveyed
to Greystoke for burial, and there laid to
rest beneath the chancel of the venerable
church; and the strange disappearance of
Mr. Constam thus cleared up to the entire
satisfaction of a British jury soon dropped
out of the memories of men. Probate was
granted to the executors in due course, and
the Universal met the claim, not without
wry faces on the part of the directors.
But how Mr. Constam's body, which bore
no marks of violence, came into the water
remained a sealed mystery, which Mr. Dog
get often endeavored to elucidate, but in
"We have not got to the bottom of the
business yet," he said. "Old Isaacs knows
more than he has chosento tell us. A war
rant to search his premises would probably
bring to light the missing clew to the mys
Seven years later.
Lady Barbara Constam is a widow still,
though she has long since laid aside the
conventional symbols of her great sorrow.
Suffering has written no wrinkles on her
brow, but it has brought the soul into her
face, and the girl-wife of seven vears ago,
with features almost infantile in their deli
cacy, and with a slight girlish figure, has
developed into a graceful, beautiful woman.
She is seated after lunch on a hot July
day in the oak-paneled library at Grey
stock, where she transacts estate business
with Ballard, the steward. She is dressed
in a lilac-sprigged muslin, open at the
throat, round which is tied a piece of black
velvet from which depends an open locket
containing a miniature of Newnham Con
stam, which has never left her bosom since
it was executed for her in the earlv days of
her widowhood. She is lookiug unusually
thoughtful and anxious, for she is revolving
in her mind a proposal of marriage.
It is not the first by many that she has
received, but hitherto lovers have sighed at
her feet only to receive a firm but courteous
repulse. Time has1 softened her grief, and
dimmed the memory of that terrible day
when she first learned tbat her children
were fatherless, but it has brought with it
no inducement to contract new ties. Be
yond the circle of her quiet home life her
PITTSBURG-, SATURDAY, EEBRUART 23, 1889.
thoughts have relused to travel. Her heart
has remained wholly bound up in the livest
of her three children, to whose welfare she
has devoted herself unceasingly since the
news was brought to her at Greystoke that
nevermore would her eyes he gladdened
with the vision of her husband's manly
form. A second marriage seems in her eyes
something like a sacrilege.
And yet, as she sits in the oak-paneled
library on this hot July afternoon, she is
seriously considering wfietherthe fates are
not likely to prove too strong for her.
All her lovers wno nave crossed iierpaui
and met with a rebuff have gone their way
and troubled her no more all, except one.
He has meekly heard her denials (for he
has sought her more than once) and gone
away, only to renew his suit again and
again, until she is beginning to feel that his
very persistence must wear down her disin
clination to enter into a new alliance. She
even owns to herself, in spite of the resolute
refusals with which she has hitherto met his
overtures, that the patience with whichhe
has carried himself since he entered the lists
against her resolution has touched her
heart more deeply than she had imagined,
until the letter which now lies upon her lap
came to inform her that the persistent swain
would call that afternoon for her final an
swer. There was a tone of patient suffering,
as it appeared to her, in his pleading that
stirred her breast with gentle pity.
He will be here soon, for the timepiece is
already pointing to the hour named in his
note, and as yet she has not made up her
mind how she will answer him. For the
first time she is conscions of a disposition to
hesitate. It is not love that produces this
faltering. She has no love to give abso
lutely none. Sheisauitesureof that The
image of her dead husband is still as fresh
in her heart as it was on the day when he
drew from her the confession of her maiden
love, and so far as power to return to an
other man's affection is concerned she knows
she has it not Here is one of those natures
which can know no second love.
But her life has been so entirely given
up to serving others that she finds herself
asking whether there is no call here to re
ward a faithful lover with what he so much
desires, although her surrender to his wishes
will be fraught with pain to herself. Un
like the others who accepted her refusal and
rode away and troubled her no more, this
lover still clings to hope; and his persist
ency is beginning to tell upon her. , But
she is as far a3 ever from reaching a decis
ion when the door is opened, and the staid
manservant announces a visitor.
"Mr. Bretterly, my lady."
The room was darkened by the heavy sun
blinds outside the window, or the pretty
blush of confusion with which the sudden
announcement ot .air. Uretterly's name
dyed the lovely face of Lady Barbara would
not have passed unnoticed by the lover. But
entering the darkened room lrom the daz
zling sunlight outside Mr. Bretterly's eyes,
keen though they were, had not time to ac
commodate themselves to the change before
Lady Barbara recovered her usually tran
She rose from her seat with quiet grace,
and stretched ont her beautiful white hand
in friendly greeting. Mr. Bretterly seized
the opportunity to imprint a kiss "on the
hand of the lovely chatelaine, not so much
with the fervor of the lover as with that
reverential knightly courtesy which was the
fashion in a by-gone time.
But as the Lady Barbara felt the warm
pressure of his lips the crimson tide rushed
over her face and neck, and this time Mr.
Bretterly saw the tell-tale signal, though he
mistook its meaning. For accepting this
display of emotion as indicative that his
love had at last triumphed over obstacles.
he retained her hand and attempted to place
his arm round her waist, making as though
he would kiss her lips. But the Lady Bar
bara drew back with an indignant gesture,
which compelled him to release her hand.
and assuming her most commanding pose
she remarked, in a freezing tone: v
"I have not given you the right to do
that, Mr. Bretterly."
"I beg your pardon," Mr. Bretterly re
plied, with an apologetic bow; "I am really
sorry. Pray forgive the misguided impulse
of an affection which is as respectful as it
as of long endurance too respectlul will
ingly to offeud you, or give you pain."
"Please take a s?at," said Lady Barbara,
with an inclination of her head in accept
ance of the apology, and as she set him the
example by seating herself in a low chair,
Mr. Bretterly threw himself at her feet, and
with an impassioned glance from his eyes,
"Let me sit here and wait the sentence
from your lips that will raise me to the
giddiest height of joy or plunge me into the
Then, availing himself of a pause, in
which Lady Barbara was laboring tos col
lect her thoughts, he poured forth a flood of
passionate pleading which she did not seem
to have heard. The words were heard, how
ever, by a third'person who stood before the
French window unperceived by them, and
who remained an interested spectator of the
Mr. Bretterly, interpreting Lady Barba
ra's silence favorably, began a fresh stream
of fervid talk, but ceased when she turned
her grave eyes toward him, and made as
though she would speak.
"Your letter has given me great pain and
distress, Mr. Bretterly," she began. "I
thought our last conversation on this sub
ject had laid the matter at rest forever."
"Not forever!" Mr. Bretterly said, with
emphasis. "Do not say forever, dearest
Lady Barbara. Give me some hope a ray
of hope, at least."
"Yes. forever. I must repeat it I in
tended my answer to he final. I tried to
make it so, and now I do not know what I
can say, more than has already been said.
It is useless for you to hope that I can ever
be more o you than I am nov. I am re
solved not to marry, and were I to allow
myself to be persuaded to take such a step
against my better judgment, it would be a
marriage without affection."
"Not without affection," cried Mr. Bret
terly. "I love you, ay! more than man ever
loved woman. I loved you before you
know Constam, and only waited the oppor
tunity to speak. He came and took you
away from me, but I loved you still. Mad
ly, passionately, if you will, I loved you
during the five years you were his wife,
though I made no sign. You will do me
justice there, Lady Barbara; I made no
sign. It would have been an insult to you.
But I loved you through it all. My God!
how my passion burned! And then came
your sorrow. Forgive me if I looked be
yond it and saw hope. And through these
seven long years I have loved and waited.
Pity me, and love me if you can a little.
I will be satisfied with such a very little."
Lady Barbara shook her head sadly, her
heart more profoundly touched than ever at
the evident earnestness of the man and the
long enduring pain of an unrequited affec
tion. ""Well! if you cannot love me a little," he
went on "give me the right to love you and
to be near you. Lovo will come in time."
"Never!" said Lady Barbai3, firmly, "If
we are stiH to speak of this and ohl that I
could convince you how useless it is let
that be understood at once. Otherwise we
shall only be beating the air. I have no
love to give you, nor to any other; I never
shall have. Love such as "Newnham Con
stam taught me to feel for him does not die.
It can never change. I can brook no rival.
It can neither be transferred to another
nor shared with any. My heart is unutter
"You do not know what might be in years
to come. After years ot devotion and
care spent in studying to secure yonr hap
piness and teaching vou to forget the
"I have no wish to forget the past, except
one miserable, terrible, hour of it," Lady
Barbara broke in warmly, and forthwith
broke into a flood of tears.
"And yet the latter experiences of your
married life were not quite happy," Mr.
Bretterly said when Lady Barbara had.
grown calmer. "You must not think be
cause your former marriage was unhappy
that happiness cannot be youis. All men
are not alike."
"You are entirely mistaken Mr. Bretter
ly," said Lady Barbara proudly. "My
former marriage was entirely happy."
"Until a serpent entered our Eden and
turned our bliss into misery and shame,"
said a voice from the window.
The voice fell on both hearers with
amazement as the eavesdropper stepped for
ward into the room. But Bretterly was the
first? to recover from the surprise into which
both were thrown by the interruption.
Springing to his feet, something met his
eyes which almost froze the next words on
"Constam! The devil!" he muttered
through his closed teeth.
"No, that's where you make a mistake,
Bretterly. Consult your looking glass when
you get home, and "you'll recognize tbe lin
eaments of the gentleman you allude to."
Lady Barbara hud risen by this time,
and was standing looking at the apparition
for so it seemed to her in her bewilder
ment with her hands pushing back her
beautiful tresses from her forehead, and her
eyes dilated with wonderment, a trifle va
cant too, as though her brain half-paralyzed
with a wonderful joy could not take in the
meaning of the miracle which had been
wrought in her life in a moment
""What! Barbara, don't you know me
yet?" Constam exclaimed.
And with a cry, Lady Barbara sprang
into her husband's arras, which were opened
out to receive her, and she lay with her
head upon lm breast sobbing convulsively
while he- kissed her again and again.
Bretterly looked on transfixed with amazed
disgust and wrath to see his love-dream
wreaked forever, before his eyes.
"You must see that this is no place for
you, Bretterly," said Costam, alter he had
soothed his wife into calmness. ''I was
sorry to interrupt that little comedy of
yours, but there was no help lor n. Good
heavens, what an actor you are! You al
most persuaded me to be'lieve that you were
in love with my wile."
"Curse you, I will be even with you yet."
And Bretterly turned round to look for his
"I don't think you will."
"No! Not a second time. You see I
know you," Constam went on with provok
ing coolness. 'I didn't before. Bnt now I
know you down t the ground. You have
been even witb me once, but a good deal has
happened since then. However, I will
settle accounts with you about bygone mat
ters another day. Just now you had better
leave us alone together. It is a longtime
since you separated husband and wife."
"Do I owe these seven miserable years to
that man?" cried Lady Barbara.
"To his villainous wiles and my own
criminal folly. And when my back is
turned be comes making love to my wife,
but when he came courting Penelope he did
not reckon on the return of Ulysses."
"I will wish Ulysses au revoir," Bretterly
mockingly replie'd to this taunt. "You
understand Constam, it is au revoir, not
good-by. "When next we meet positions
will be changed, and the langh will be on
the other side. An insurance company
which has been defrauded by an absconding
rogue is likely to cut up rough." And with
this Parthian shot, Bretterly made lor the
door, and in spite of his threat, passed out
of the two lives which he had thought to
destroy, and which he had involved in such
It is unnecessary to add that the Universal
did not take the line which the venomous
hatred of Bretterly would have had them
persue. "When Mr. Constam called at the
entices in Cannon street on the morning after
his return, accompanied by Lady .Barbara,
arrangements were soon concluded to in
demnify the insurance offices that had
suffered in consequence of his reported death.
There were difficulties to be overcome, but
these were soon arranged to the satisfaction:
of all concerned. Mr. Constam chose to
think that he owed much to the ease with
which matters were arranged to the good
offices of Mr. "Webber, and when later on
Mr. "Webber accepted an invitation to visit
him at Greystoke Court, he heard from his
lips the story of his adventures, as well as
the facts that are set down here.
Mr. Constam's account of his strange dis
appearance was too lengthy for it to be de
tailed here. The outline of the facts can,
however, be briefly told.
"When he quitted tbe Elysium on that
memorable night after the Derby, he had no
intention of setting up a hue-and-cry. He
had formed no plan of meeting or escaping
from the ruin which he had brought down
upon himself. He strode on, heeding little
whither his steps led him, until at sunrise
he found himself in the east of London,
mingling with a hungry crowd of dock
laborers waiting for the dock gates to open.
Curiosity ledthim to join in their conver
sation, and when he learnt from fragments
of talk that the clipper vessel .Kangaroo was
to sail for Melbourne that day at 12, the
idea suddenly dawned upon him that here
was a mode of escape from his difficulties.
He decided to sail for the New "World and
there endeavor to repair the breach that his
extravagance had made. If he failed he
would remain dead to his wife and family
and the world of his acquaintance. If he
succeeded he would return and take up his
old position once more. As things were, he
was better dead than alive.
After securing an emigrant's passage in
the Kangaroo, he cast about for a dealer in
clothes, where he could exchange his rai
ment for the garb of a workman. Chance
threw him in the way of Isaacs- He soon
completed his meager outfit, but before the
bargain ended he saw that he had roused
the Jew's suspicions.
To alloy the dealer's curiosity and bind
him to secrecy he adopted the following de
vice: He placed all his jewelry in a heap
on the table and asked Isaacs to value them.
The value which the Jew placed upon them
was considerably less than half the sum
which the stones alone were worth. Not
withstanding, he took the money the Jew
offered, remarking that "these articles are
worth four times as much." I shall want
them again before long. Keep them until
you see me again, and if L find you have
been secret I will redeem them at ten times
"I will keep them until you redeem
them," the Jew replied.
"Then I was right," said Doggett, when
he heard the story. "Isaacs was in his pay.
and a search warrant would have supplied
the missing clue."
Mr. Constam, in the disguise which the
Jew supplied-him, had no difficulty in es
caping the inspection of the Plymouth de
tectives, since the Kangaroo did not touch
land again after leaving Gravesend until
Melbourne was reached. Arrived at Mel
bourne he went up country, and did well by
roughing it, and Began to lay the founda
tion of great wealth. He had been thus
employed for five years, and had grown
weary for a sight of his wife and children,
when the colony of Victoria was plunged
into a state of excitement over the news of
the discoveries then being made in the
South African diamond fields. Here, he
thought, was a quicker method of gaining
He set about the realization of his prop
erty immediately and took the next ship to
the Cape. Within two years he was fortu
nate enough to be able to return to En
gland, as we have seen, and make a fresh
start with an unencumbered estate.
Alter satisfying1 several claims, he had
several diamonds of great value still left,
one of which he presented to Mr. "Webber
in acknowledgment of his services in ad
justing matters after his return, and another
stone of great size and extraordinary bril
liancy is seen sparkling with a thousand
rays of glorious light on the fair bosom of
the Lady Barbara on great occasions.
Mr. Bretterly took to a Parliamentary
career soon after the return of Mr. Constam.
The latest news of him is that he is regard
ed in political circles as one of the coming
men who is safe for a seat in some future
As for Lady Barbara, she remembers no
more the days of her sorrow, when she
mourned her husband as dead, in the full
ness of her present joy. Her elder children
are growing up now, but there is still some
use found for the nursery at Greystoke
Court, for other children havo followed to
bless the re-union of the long parted pair.
Next Week: Tbe Mystery at Clomp Cottage.
A FIGHTMR PURITY.
Ohio's Straggle to Shot Oat Adulterated
and Iinpuro Food A Plttabnrs Firm
Tries Thinly to Rnn the
SPECIAL TELEGBAJt TO THE DISPATCH.!
Columbus, February 22. State Food
and Dairy Commissioner Deithick is having
a most interesting time in his efforts to en
force the existing laws against impure food,
and also in his efforts to have the laws so
amended as to make the penalties more se
vere for violations. A strong fight has been
made against the oleomargarine bill, of
which he is practically the author. He is an
industrious worLer and is giving many
large firms in other cities and States a great
deal of annoyance.
.The general agent of a Pittsburg pickling,
vinegar and jelly works was here the great
er part of last week in an effort to have the
commissioner withdraw some of his objec
tions against the vinegar which they have
E 'laced on the market in' this State. They
ave a brand made from corn and branded
cider. Two years ago there was a law
passed forbidding this, and a year ago there
was another enactment requiring that all
vinegar shall be white.
This restriction practically barred the
Pittsburg firm out and ruined their busi
ness. They spent the summer in an effort
to discover some means to give their manu
facture the color of vinegar, and they pro
duced what was termed a malt article. A
sample of it was analyzed by the chemist at
the State University, which showed that it
was only 1 and 15-100 per cent solid
extract, which is distilled vinegar
with some malt in it After a long
consultation the commissioner agreed
with this firm that if they would make it 2
per cent solid extract that he would let it
go on the market. This would make it the
same relative quality as cider vinegar, but
it would cost more to manufacture the same.
This was the agreement practically arrived
at, although the firm felt that it wonld be
scarcely possible for them to manufacture
and transact a paying -business under the
The object of the commission is to pre
vent the article being placed on the market
as pure cider vinegar.
TAKING IT TO EAILEOADS.
Gilmoro it Co. Propose to Ship Their River
Coal by Ball.
The branch of the McKeesport and
Bellevcrnon road to New Webster will be
completed about next Christmas. At this
place the coal works of John Gilmore &
Co., river operators, are located. Most of
their output goes to Cincinnati for gas pur
poses. Mr. Gilmore has become tired of the un
certainty of the river, and when the new
road is finished will ship his coal by rail.
The coal will be delivered to the Pemickey
road. The company are consideiing a plan
to have some of the coal loaded on the
Southside on to Pemickey cars. The coal
will be brought down the river to Pittsburg
Kivermen above JIcKeesport seem to
think that the usefulness of the Pittsburg,
Virginia and Charleston road is at an end,
now that the McKeespori and Bellevcrnon
road has been opened. The coal on the
Pittsburg, Virginia and Charleston side of
the river is said to be of poor quality, and
that hereafter tbe road will become ex
clusively a coke line.
WAS THE TEEDICT STEAIGHT?
Testimony to Show Irregularities on tho
Part of Dimmcy's Jurors.
Thomas M. Marshall, Esq., yesterday pro
duced before Commissioner Reno testimony
to show why a new trial is sought for Joe
Dimmey, the negro convicted of murdering
Special Officer Miller in Allegheny last
summer. It was charged, and admitted by
James Piatt, that, during the trial J. B.
Dunlevy, one of the jurors, gave Piatt a
note to hand to Duulevy's son, at a time
when the jury was supposed to have no com
munication with the outside world.
Evidence of a Inmp on Dimmey's head
was produced, with the intent to show that
he had been struck with a handybilly or
some other blunt instrument in a tussle
with Mi'ler before the homicide was com
mitted. There was also testimony to show
that whisky was furnished to eight of the
12 jurors in place.of coffee at their meals,
pending tneir deliberations.
If Judge Collier does not hear the argu
ments on the motion to-day still other tes i
mony will be taken.
A Wicked Way to Celebrate.
Middletowit, CONK., February 22. An
explosion at Wesleyan College, at mid
night, was caused by some mischievous
students beginning the celebration of Wash
ington's Birthday, by throwing a dynamite
cartridge in one of the corridors. K. C.
Hubbard, a son of ex-Congressman Hub
bard, of West Virginia, was badly injured
by picking up the bomb, innocently, just
before it exploded.
A Pickpocket Canglit.
W. G. Winters, a Washington county
visitor, had his pocket pickee yesterday on
Market street. Special Agent Bowden.of the
Traction line, saw the pickpocket in time to
sieze him. He called himself Henry Sey
mour at the Central station, claiming to be
from Harrisburg. As the collar he wore
is marked '"Gibbs," he is not believed to
have given his right name.
s Fnlly 25.000 BadgcsSoId.
Dealers in badges were reaping a great
harvest yesterday. About 25,000 Catholic
badges were sold yesterday, from the 1-cent
bit of national bunting to its more gorgeous
tin companion, costing a dime. The Me
chanics did not buy, however, as the order
furnishes all badges, getting them directly
from the makers s
one of the most
ancient and arand.
est of enaineerina triumphs vortraved bit
Frank O. Carpenter, togtther with some anec
dotes of a royal old joker, m to-morrow's Dis-
D. fc F. S. WELTY.
Carpets and WallPnper, Wholcsalo and Re
tail Tho Only Jobbing House in tho City.
To supply our jobbing trade, we buy onr
carpets, wall paper, oilcloths, mattings,
window shades, lace curtains, etc., from
first hands in large quantities, and at lowest
prices. This enables us to offer every in
ducement in our retail department
Our prices are always as low, if not lower,
than any other house in the city. A full
stock for spring trade at 120 Federal street
and Co and 67 Park way, Allegheny, Pa.
D. & F. S. Wisirsr.
Established 1869. Ths
Compelled to Move
Our store April 1, and will give at least 10
per cent discount for cash on any pair of
shoes. Many lines below cost.
its Cain & Vebneb.
A vioonous growth and the original
color given to the by Parker's Hair Balsam.
Parker's Ginger Tonic thebest cough cure.
Cain tfc Verncr
Are offering great discounts in shoes. It
will pay you to invest now. Fifth ave. and
Market st xxs
LATE NEWS IN BRIEF.
One hundred Galacian miners employed In
tho Blleslan coal pits have been ordered to quit
Prince Bismarck dines with Emperor Will
iam on Monday next The Emperor has ac
cepted invitations to dine at the Russian and
Early yesterday morning the village ot Al
legany, N. Y., was visited by a disastrous Ore.
Ten buildings were burned. Los3, S30.000; partly
insured. The town has no fire protection.
The German training sqaudrou, which has
beee cruising along tbe Moorish and Spanish
coasts, has been suddenly ordered to Port Said.
It is believed that the fleet will be sent to East
Advices from China and Japan per steam
ship Gaelic, state that the British ship Anglo
Indian, Can tain Cattanach, of Liverpool, was
wrecked January 6, a few miles from tho shore
of China, near Tamsui.
Avery well defined rumor Is current in
English political circles that Mr. Joseph Cham
berlain is about to enter the Cabinet. The
Home Office is the position mentioned as
likely to be filled by the Birmingham states
man. The Western railroad Presidents metagain
yesterday. It was found that no additional
name3 had been seenred to the agreement, and
it was decided to go on and put tbe scheme in
operation without waiting to secure any more
Italian Government with a caravan of 2,000
camels, bearing gifts to King Menelik of Sboa,
was received with great cordiality by His
Majesty. Count Antonelli found all the Ital
ians in Shoa in good health.
Two thousand Prussian Poles have held a
meeting at Fosen and adopted a resolution de-
i of 2
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mentary schools is a violation of tbe national
rights guaranteed by international treaties and
of the promises of Prussian Kings.
On February 2 a great fire broke out in
Shidsnoki, Japan, extending down 14 streets,
and destroyed 1,000 houses, including temples,
schools and hospitals. On the following day a
Are at Yokosuka gutted 500 houses and burned
to death three men. On the same day 10 houses
were destroyed at Joshiu and It at Tokio.
The excitement over the threatened out
break of Indians on tho border is growing
hourly more intense. Dispatches have been
passing between General Kucer at St Paul
and the officers of Fort Assinaboine and other
posts in this neighborhood, and it is under
stood troop3 have been ordered to move at a
Mrs. Snyder, daughter of ex-Governor
Oglesby, of Illinois, who has been spending a
few days in Ban Diego, Cal., was robbed of
$12,000 wirth of diamonds and jewelry at Del
mar Hotel yesterday. They were given to the
young man who acted as clerk to be placed in
tbe safe. Tho young man and the diamonds
have both disappeared.
Oscar W. Neebo has supplemented the peti
tion which his brotber has presented, with a
personal letter to Governor Fifer, in which he
reiterates his former denials that be had any
connection with tho Haymarket tragedy, and
adds that no one more deeply regretted the oc
currence than himself. Neebe closes witb tbe
statement tbat he shall, if he regains his liber
ty, become a law-abiding citizen.
It is reported that Robert Garrett's health
has so imp'roved of late that he contemplates
leaving Rmgwood in a few days for .Mexico,
J. R. McKenzie, Passenger Agent for the Bal
timore and Ohio Railroad at Philadelphia, is
now at RiDgwood, and it is said he is perfect
ing the traveling arrangements for the tourists.
Mrs. Garrett and Mr. and Mrs. J. Swan Frick
will accompany M. Garrett
The application for an injunction to re
strain the American Express Company from
transporting liquors from outside the State to
Independence. Iowa, has been denied by Judge
Mey, on the ground that it would interfere)
with inter-State commerce. It is believed that
on the strength of this decision the wholesale
dealers in liquors in the river cities will estab
lish warehouses in the adjoining States and
ship liquors from them into Iowa.
Wm.A.Ryan, who was arrested at the
Syracuse, N. Y., postofSce for robbing the
mail3 of letters, was arraigned and plead
guilty. He waived examination, which was
set down for next Wednesday. About 150 lev
ters were found in his pockets, 20 of which were
stolen last night The money and other vala
bles taken are said to amount to more than
$2,000, and he Eays that his depredations were
begun about a month ago. He is IS years old.
Yesterday morning witnessed probably the
most disastrous Are that ever visited Topeka.
It broke out at 5-20 in the handsome doable
front five-story stone block at Nos. SU and K18
Kansas avenue, owned by Wilson Keith and
occupied by the George W. Crane Publishing
Company. Crane to-day reopened in the old
Commonwealth building. Keith's loss is $40
000, insurance $25,000. The block will be imme
diately rebuur. The ongin ol the fire is un
known. Rumors which havo gone abroad that
Knights of Honor are about to withdraw from
the State of Missouri are without foundation.
The Supreme Dictator, Supreme Reporter and
Supreme Treasurer and the Grand Dictator of
Missouri have just returned from Jefferson
City and say that the legislation now pending
at the capitol witlr reference to fraternal be
nevolent associations is entirely satisfactory
and meets tho wants of the many orders now
established throughout the country.
According to the Naval Committee's report
England is strong enough to cope with any
single maritime power, but her navy suffers Dy
comparison with the combined strength of any
two powers, say France and Russia. England
has 16 battle ships to France's 12 and Russia's
5. In unatmored cruisers and torpedo boats
England is far behind her two rivals. To in
crease the strength of her navy will be ono of
the first measures of Parliament
Great excitement prevails at Pocatello.
Idaho, on account of tho closing of all nlacea nf
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Indian Agent, acting under instructions from
Washington. Special notices are being posted
on all business bouses, declaring them closed
and the buildings erected since September I.
1SSS, subject to confiscation, thereby rendering
2,000 people homeless. That it is the dete
minationof the citizens to prevent the Indian
police from destroying their property is very
manifest Strenuous efforts are being made to
settle tbe difficulty and if that is not accom
plished there may be trouble.
L. M. Hartley, ono of the wealthiest cattle
owners in Northern Iowa, says that last fall ho
let John O'Kcefo havo some cattle on time,
taking a chattel mortgage on the stock as secu
rity. When the mortgage camo dne.it is al
leged, the cattle had disappeared, and so had
O'Kcefc, who turned up at tho Essex House,
in Windsor, Ont. last December, under the
name of J. C. Conloy. After trying in every
legitimate way to get Conley in the United
States, Hartley gave up tbe chase and returned
to Iowa, leaving a detective to work on tbe
case. Through a ruse of the detective Conley
was decoyed to Detroit and arrested as he
stepped off the Grand Trunk ferryboat. It is
said that the amount involved in the transac
tion will reach K&.UW.
Hon. J. D. Alsop, a prominent lawyer at
Dyersvillc, la., and Mayor or thatplace. nar
rowly escaped death AVednesday. Entering his
office he placed in the stove a couple of sticks
of wood, wben almost instantly a terrific ex
plosion occurred. The stove was hurled up to
the celling, a partition in the room blown down
and firebrands and ashes scattered in every
direction. One stick of wood flew past Mr.
AIsop's head, through a window and into the
middle of the street On being examined it
was found tbat tbe stick had a hole bored in it
almost the entire length. This apertnre had
been filled with an explosive and neatly sealed
up. Mr. Alsop luckily escaped with a few
slight injuries. He disclaims any knowledge of
the perpetrator or his motive.
Tho Bordentown, N. J., Female College,
after a life of nearly 35 years, exists now
only in name. The realistic pictures of the
ways and methods of immoral people, which
the principal of thescbool.theItev.Dr.Bowen.
depicted with such graphic minuteness of de
tail to the senior class of 12 voung ladies, on
Wednesday last, ba3 practically driven, every
scholar from tho school. Three of the six
teachers remain, though their occupation i3
gone. They sat in their recitation rooms to
day at tbe appointed hours for lessons and were
greeted bv-empty benches. The farce of con
tinuing the form of the school being open can
hardly be kept up much longer, and it is safe to
say that by next week all of the teachers will
have gone, and that there will be nobody in the
big building but the Rev. Br. Bowen and his
Tunnel No. 17, on the Cincinnati Southern
road, near sunburr. renn., is still burning.
The fire was cansed'by a freight train collision,
by which a tank containing 2SflO gallons of oil
was broken and set afire. Lmd explosions are
heard every few minntes, indicating that the
limestone, coal and woodwork inside tbe 'tun
nel arc combining with tbe flames to make tbe
tunnel a wreck. There is little hope of sub
duing the flames, for it is evident tbat two 12
inch coal veins are burning, and may do so for
months. Tbe idea is to flood tbe tunnel. Both
ends have been dammed up and two large
streams of water havo been turned inside.
This water may fill the tunnel in a week. The
tunnel is higher in tbe middlo than at the ends,
and the coal veins are at the high point, so
that the water will hardly reach them. If this
fails an attempt will bo made to smother the
flames by sealing tbo ends of the tnnncl to
make it air tight Thousands of dollars have
bsen lost in passenger and freight business,
and a 1,250 foot tunnel will have to be rebuilt.
The master car buildcrot tbe road says tbe.loss
will not be less than $250,000, while General
.Road Master Mullano says it wilt amount to
PAGES 9 TO 12.
THE CANADIAN IDEA.
Citizens of the Dominion Are Not let
Keady to be Formally
ANNEXED TO THE UNITED STATES.
They Would like to Arrange a Commercial
ADDEESS AT A WASHIIfGTOx1" BAXQUET
Chicago, February 22. In accordant
with its annual custom, the Union Leagus
Club to-d2y celebrated the anniversary of
Washington's birth. Its commemoration
ot that event was begun in Central Musis
Hall this afternoon. The platform was oc
cupied by distinguished men from various
parts of the Union, and the large auditorium
was completely filled with prominent peopla
of this and other cities.
One of the orators of the occasion wa3
General Jacob Dix, of Ohio, whose address
on "Washington the Citizen's Example
was listened to with close attention. At 7:30
this evening the members of the club and
their gnests sat down to the annual banquet
at the Club House. At its conclusion ths
following programme of toasts was taken
"American Policy forthe American People,"
General Russell A. Alger, of Michigan.
The Political Relations of tho United State
and Canada, from a Canadian Standpoint,
Henry W. Darling, of Toronto.
"Manifest Destiny," Hon. Frank F. Davis, of
The American Commonwealth," Bishop
Charles Edward Cheney.
A CAXADIAir TALKS.
Mr. Darling said in part: '"To thoughtful
Canadians the word "annexation" has an omin
ous and unattractive ring, conveying to them
an impression of a confession of failure in tho
mission committed to them by their fore
fathers as to the future destiny of their coun
try, an impression that they are adopting vol
untarily in despair the only recourse open to
them, if tbey are to escape irreparable disas
ter; or an impression of coercion and force at
which their nature revolts, and which they aro
bound to resist
I think I correctly describo the prevailing
sentiments of Canadians generally, when I say
the word "annexation" is extremely distasteful
to them. You wonld probably despise them
were it otherwise. The tie that binds them to
the Motherland is a silver thread that can bo
broken practically at will, but this affection
for the land of their forefathers is a feeling
which is and always wilt be predominant in
British Canadians cling to the glories and
traditions ot the race. They hope to be ablo
to preserve all the characteristics of England's
They bavn neither sympathy with, nor en
couragement for the follies of the British Em
pire. They maybe mistaken as to their ultimato
destiny, and tbey may over estimate their abili
ty to make the North American Continent tho
home of a great and independent Anglo-Saxon
race: but if their political relations are to ba
changed, it will come about as the natural,
seauence of events, and not purely as the re-l
suit of an appeal to sordid or material considJ
(MJE MAT LEAVE.
I can conceive of a policy of injustice to ono
of the provinces being carried to an extent
that might produce a movement in favor ol
the separation of that province from the con
federation, with a view to union with tha
United States. Bat such an agitation, based
on righteous and equitable grounds, would bo
almost certain of accomplishing the removal
of the injustice or the defeat of tbe party in
power perpetrating it
The feeling against
against America, bredy your
Revolutionary War, which drove the loyalists
who founded Canada into exile by the War of
1812 and by subsequent misunderstandings, bas
largely passed away; but the growth of good
will is a different thing from readiness of
political union, and I cannot help earnestly ab
juring you. while we are discussing tbe advan
tages which I hope to lay clearly before you of
another union, to dismiss from yonr minds the
Question of Dolitieal union. I refer to what is
known as commercial union or unrestricted
reciprocity or continental free trade, which
ever of these terms may best convey the idea
to your minds.
I would ask you to look at the map of North
America and say whether it is not in violation
of all the indications of nature that artificial
barriers to trade and commence should ba
erected along an imaginary line stretching
from the Atlantic to the Pacifflc, between peo
ples of common descent andcommon language.
who are engaged in a common aim. namely:
The making tributary to their material ad
vancement the vast resources of nature, which
by the bounty of Providence have been placed
at their disposal.
OUE COMMOX EfTEEEST.
Granted for a moment that there are two
nations, that each has its individual interest to
preserve; and its national requirements in tha
way of revenue to be provided, the policy that
separates them at present does not exist
mainly for revenue purposes, because your
Treasury is an overflowing one; and the policy
of Canada was adopted as an alternative to
one which, bad you been willing, would have
been infinitely preferred by their people.
The speaker declared that the position
taken by Hon. Ben Butterworth and other
American statesmen on reciprocal trade
had caused an agitation of unparalleled
rapidity in Canada, though it was some
what checked by the passage of the retalia
tion bill, which, however, he believed, grew
out of a political exigency. With recipro
cal trade, he thought there would be no
difficulty about assimilating the tariffs of
the two countries, as the tendency in the
United States, he said, is downward, while
that in Canada is upward. The speaker
The proposition is that reciprocally theduties
should be abolished by both countries upon all
products and commodities, the growth, pro
duce or manufacture of the other country,
leaving freedom to each country to levy what
duties tbey might tbink proper upon the goods
of other countries. The object, you will notice,
is the same, namely, to secure continental free
JIM'S SON 1XTERYIEWED.
Emmons Blaino Thinks Blalno Will bo la tha
Emmons Blaine was at the depot yesters
day, returning from Washington to Chica
go. He believes his father will be in Har-.
rison's Cabinet, though his father had told
him he would not be.
He said he hadn't heard that a reconciliaj
tion was to take place between yonng Jim
and his wife.
in to-morrovft Dis
patch, tells about
2Irs. Cleveland's famous farewell waltz at the
White House, describes the painful extremes of
Washington society, and touches upon the stylet
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