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- S. BARING GOULD, -
Author of 'Mr.TTAi.AH,""CouBTRoYAi.,""JoHS Heeeikg," "TheGavebocks,"Eto
CHAPTER XIIL-What Next:
What was to be done?
Mrs. Bidebottom was the first to see what was
to be done,
"I shall take oat an administration at once,"
Philip said nothing. Of course she must do
what she said. She was the proper person to
take out an administration as nearest of kin.
Bat he was not thinking of her and what she
proposed to do. He was standing still with the
will in his hand. Salome had not reclaimed it,
as it was worthless. He proceeded to fold it
and replace it in the cover. Philip was not
easy in his mind. He had spoken in a rode
manner to the girl, throwing a gross charge
against her, and had grievously hart her.
Was the charge just? Was it possible to ex
plain the peculiar circumstances in any other
way than that which had occurred to him?
Suddenly looking up at Mrs. Sidebottom and
then at the Captain, he looked down again, and
this time with great attention at the envelope.
"The envelope has been tampered with," he
'In what way?" asked Mrs. Sidebottom.
"It has been opened by means of a heated
penknife. Here are the marks of the smoke
that have been rubbed off the blade upon the
paper; and here are cuts made by the knife in
the paper. The envelope, after having been
sealed, was opened carefully, even cunningly."
"Why carefully or cunningly I cannot tell,
bat of coarse opened it has been." said Mrs.
Sidebottom. 'Ton do not suppose Jeremiah
could destroy his signature without opening
"Certainly not But I should not have sup
posed he would take nains to do it in such a
manner. He had plenty of long envelopes at
hand. Then again, to refasten it a different
sealing wax was employed to what had been
used before, a slight difference in tint of
scarlet, and one impression of the stamp can be
traced over the other, the earlier not being
wholly obliterated. Excuse me one moment,
Aunt Louisa, 1 should like to have a look at
my ancle's study."
'Philip the room is in disorder!" said Mrs.
Sidebottom, starting to her feet and flushing,
"I cannot really; upon my word I will not per
But be bad left the room before she could
prevent him. She moved to follow him, but re
considered herself and turned back.
"Fiddlesticks!" she said, angrily; "nothing
"I-ani the sufferer," grumbled Lambert; "I
shall be left in the cold. Yon and Philip take
"What I have serves to make you comfort
able," retorted the mother.
"That may be," answered Lambert, "but it is
one thing to have money of one's own, and an
other thing to have to come to one's mammy
for every penny, and to find that the mammy
rarely has any pennies in her purse."
"Hitherto I have been pinched in circum
stances. It will be different now. Lamb, you
will see." After a pause, she added. "Unless
that meddlesome, vexatious prig, Philip, prove
Presently Philip returned.
"It is as I thought," said he. "The sealing
wax employed the second time is that now in
the pen tray on my uncle's desk; not only so,
but his knife is there also, bearing on it ,tho
traces of exposure to fire. It was probably
thrust into the flame of the gas to heat it so as
to enable it to dissolve the wax of the seal."
"No doubt about it," said Mrs. Sidebottom:
"and this proves that Jeremiah canceled his
will shortly before his death. I should not be
surprised if he did it the same night that he
died, immediately before giving it to Salome."
"The case is a most extraordinary one," said
Philip. . 4
"Not at all, it is clear as day."
Philip did not care to debate the matter with
his arm, so he left the room, and taking his
hat, entered the garden.
The garden, as already said, descended from
the house to the valley. It consisted of two
Elopes, divided by a wall: the upper slope
ended in a terrace walk with the coping of the
wall serving as a parapet to.it. Access, to the
lower garden wall was obtained by a flight of
steps at ea i end. The upper of the two
divisions devoted to flowers, the lower to
vegetables, and f rnit trees were trained against
the wall that buttressed up the terrace.
Phihp paced the upper terrace for several
minutes, and was unable to come to a decision;
he could not see that the matter was as simple
as his aunt pretended. For, as he argued, why
should his uncle have taken pains to preserve
the original envelope when there was no appa
rent necessity for so doing. If any one else
had opened the envelope then he could under
stand the care taken to preserve it with its su
perscription, "The Last Will and Testament of
Jeremiah Pennycomequick," and to conceal
the fact that it had been adroitly unclosed.
But who would have been likely to commit
each an act? Certainly not Salome, in whose
keeping, under lock and key.the will had been.
It was hardly possible that it had been tam
pered with since it had been given to her. Was
It poljihleth.it it had been cancelled before,
unknown to Jeremiah?
Philip sawthathehad not the data, or had
not data sufficient, on which to come to a de
cision. He must have another Interview with
Salome. He therefore returned to the house,
and meeting a servant in the hall asked her to
request Miss Cnsworth to speak with him a few
minutes in the garden.
Without delay Salome came. She had not
put on a bonnet, but had thrown a gray shawl
over her head, and pinned it under her chin
like a mill girl. Some of her burnished Tiair,
like autumn oak leaves flaming in the evening
sun, shone out from under the shawl, and the
grey wool contrasted pleasantly with the deli
cately beautiful complexion, now no longer
white, but with flying tinges of color in it, like
a snnset sky in which are drifts of vapor, high
aloft, undefined, yet sensitive to the rays of
the declining orb. She was deeply wounded,
and the changes in her color followed the fluc
tuations of resentment, humiliation, anger and
pain in her heart.
She had been crying Philip saw that for
though she had wiped her eyes, the tears were
still near the snrface, and with difficulty re
strained from overflowing.
"Miss Cusworth," said Philip with stiffness,
but an attempt at graclousness, "I regret that
I addressed you a few moments ago without
that charity which I was bound to entertain.
Xwas surprised, Indignant, and rushed to a
conclusion which may prove to have been
formed too precipitately. I shall be greatly
very greatly obliged, if you will accept my
apology, and allow me to ask you a series of
questions on the subject of the will, to enable
me to form a matured opinion as to the man
ner in which it was canceled, and by whom it
was done, two points that appear to me at this
moment by no means as clear as they did a
quarter of an hour ago, because a close exami
nation of the envelope has shown me that it
was opened recently, and in a manner that
seems to me suspicious."
'I will answer any questions yon put as far
as it Is in my ability to answer-them.1'
"And we shall be more at our ease, more in
private, if we take the lower walk at the foot
of the wait" said Philip, as from the windows
everyone can see us here and comment on our
interview. May I ask yon to do me the further
favor of walking with me below the steps?"
"Certainly," answered Salome, and began to
Philip would have been devoid of the ele
mentatrlaculties by which beauty is perceived
andadmired, If be had not been struck at this
time by the young and graceful figure that pre
ceded him. and by the perfect sweetness of the
Innocent, sad face that turned at the bottom
and looked back at him. She did not reproach
him with her eyes, and yet, when he caught
them, his own eyes fell, and he became uncom
fortable and conscious of having wronged her.
She puzzled him. Was she tricky, double, self
seeking? or was she what she looked sincere
A consciousness stole over Philip that had he
lived in the same house with her for 16 or 17
years, as had Uncle Jeremiah, and had come to
make his will, and then without her uttering a
word of persuasion, he would be leaving her
everything he had just as Jeremiah had at one
time done; only he would uever have worded
bis will in such a clumsy, absurd and unusual
fashion. As soon as he reached the foot of the
ne took his place at her sidef Here was
abroad walk parallel to that above, facing the
pen, sheltered, with the trained trees against
' . ;.
the wall on one side and a box-edging on the
other, with, in summer, a border of herbaceous
flowers fringing the beds of cabbage, onions,
brnssels sprouts and carrots.
"I am at your service," said Salome.
"Then.l will begin my catechism at once,"
said Philip. "Please to give me an exact ac
count of what passed in your last interview
with Mr. Pennycomequick."
"Do "you mean actually the last as he went
out for his walk by the canal, or when he gave
me the will td keep?"'
"I mean the latter."
"He had been out to dinner. I sat up await
ing for him. thinking he might want something
before he went to bed. It was most unusal for
him to accept invitations to dine out When
he came back "
"He had been dining" with Mrs. Sidebottom,
I think?" ......
"Yes; when he came back it was early that
Is to say, earlier than I expected. But he was
out of spirits, and told me he left as soon as he
could get away for that reason."
"Had anything occurred to disturb him?"
Not that I know. But he certainly was in a
more desponding mood than I had seen him In
at any time previously."
"Did he give any reason for It?"
"What reason did he give for his depressed
"He did not exactly give a reason for it, hut
he was a little mistrustful perhaps of the
world in general."
"And of anyone in particular?"
Salome colored; her hand caught her shawl
below her chin and worked nervously with it
"I had rather you did not force me to answer
that question," site said, timidly.
"Very well." said Philip, "only let me ob
serve that this is not answering me with the
fullness that was promised."
"I think he was unjust and I hadratherthat
little ebullition of injustice was forgotten."
"Go on," said Philip. "Did he give you the
will, then? and was it in anyway in connection
with the mistrust he expressed?"
"I cannot say that He started up, said he
would confide to me a most solemn trust, that
concerned me nearly, and went out of the
"Whither did he go?"
"To the study, I fancy; and in a moment re
"Excuse me. In a moment?"
"Yes, almost directly, returned with a pa
per." "It was in the envelope?"
"Oh, yes, just as I gave it you."
"You did not think he would have had time
to open the envelope, tear off his signature and
re-seal the cover before coming back to the
room where you were?"
"Oh, no! He went upstairs and came down
"Now tell me. Are you quite sure that he
believed the will was intact when he gave it
"1 am sure of it from his manner."
"And where did he keep it before be gave it
"I do not know."
"Had you any previous knowledge of the will
and its' contents?"
"None whatever. 1 have not even heard my
mother speak of It; and she must have known,
because she witnessed it But I am sure also
she had uo idea as to its contents, or she would
have joined with me in entreating him not to
make such an unjust disposition of his
property. I am glad the will is worthless, be
cause I never could have felt that I had a right
to receive all. uncle I mean Mr. Pennycome
quick left me in that will. I should have felt
that I was robbing the relations, and J would
have refused to benefit by the will."
"Who is the John Dale who signed as witness
along with your mother?'
"Mr. Dale! Oh, he was a dear friend of Mr.
Pennycomequick. He always'spent his Christ
mas here, and uncle went at Whitsuntide to
spend a few days with him at Bridlington. Mr.
Uale is trustee to Janet We both like him."
Salome spoke so openly, so quietly and with
such self-possession, that again his suspicions
began to yield to the charm of her honesty, as
they had before.
"One matter farther," said Philip. "After
Mr. Pennycomequick had given you the will,
you locked it up in I remember you said a
"Yes, in my workbox."
"Ancfthe workbox was that put away any
where?" "Oh, no. I use it every day."
"Then the same box is unlocked very
"And left unlocked?"
Salome hesitated a moment, then said, "Yes
but it is in my room. No one would meddle with
my things no one has any interest in my little
odds and ends. Besides, no one would be so
mean." Then after a pause. "Mr. Pennycome
quick, you charged me with a piece of baseness
which" she shook her head impatiently, as if
to shake off the imputation "which it is a
stain on me to think of as possible. I could
not I would die rather than do what is mean.
Mean!" She turned her face suddenly round
on bim; it was flushed, and the eyes sparkled.
"No, Mr. Pennycomequick, I could be wicked,
but not mean no, not that on any account un
der whatever provocation no, not mean!"
"I beg yonr pardon, Miss Cnsworth, most sin
cerely. I committed myself to a rash charge,
which I withdraw."
She paid no attention to his apology, .but
went on "No, I would not have taken advan
tage of the will had it been in form and right
for that would have been mean. Dear Mr.
Pennyoomequick I loved and love still from
the depths of my heart, but be had his faults,
and one was that he was not forgiving to his
own relations to you. And he thought
harshly of his sister, Mrs. Sidebottom, and de
spised Captain Pennycomequick. I had no
claim on him at all, and if he saw that be had
done wrong, and had himself cancelled the
will, no one would rejoice more than myself;
for it would show me that he had returned to a
more kindly view of you all."
"But how do you account for the signature
being torn off 7" . (
"I have not thought much about it since. I
'thought only of the hurt you had done me."
"Is it possible that he can have changed his
mind, invalidated his will, and then forgotten
that he had done so? No, that is impossible.
The act was too recent" Philip argued aloud.
"I would not have bad people th,inkillof
dear old'uncle," said Salome, pursuing her own
train of thought, little concerned how the will
was invalidated, concerned only with her solio
ltuae for the memory of- the deceased. "He
had been unspeakably kind to my mother and
my sister and me. Everyone would talk, all
would say he had been unjust, supposing that
will had stood. Over his grave that was not
he who was buried to-day his grave, wherever
it may be, heart-burnings would have arisen,
and reproachful words would have been cast
at his memory. He wrote that will in some
queer mood when he was not quite himself.
He never, I must say it, quite valued Mrs.
Sidebottom as a sister, and he was' ill-pleased
when she left York and settled at Mergatroyd.
The Captain, he thought, had not much brains
and was imprudent about money. You he did
not know, and he had a mistaken prejudice
against lawyers. But there how the will was
made of no effect; whether by himself or or,
how, matters little, the deed is done, and no
one can ever say that he wronged his own flesh
She had spoken quickly, eagerly, without
pause, and with a heightened color.
A sudden idea came into Philip's mind with
"You Miss Cusworthl For the sake of his
memory, did you meddle with the will?"
This was a repetition of the charge. First, he
charged her with coarse self-seeking, now with
"I I Obi Air. Pennycomequick, of course
not It was a trust I could not touch it, even
to save his dear name from reproach."
"Miss Cusworth," said Philip, "have you any
objection to my seeing your mother?"
"Not in the least Only remember she is
frail. She suffers from her heart"
"Will you take me to her at oncef '
Certainly. Follow me."
cshe led Philip up the steps, through the up
per garden; Philip's eyes, which bad watched
her descend the steps with admiration, saw
her mount them with even greater. She con
ducted him to the room occupied by her mother
as a parlor.
The old lady was in black, and was dusting.
That was her daily occupation. She traveled
about tho'hnuse with a duster in her pocket,
and when the duster became dirty she took her
pocket handkerchief and dusted with that; and
it was also black. She had been an energetic
woman in her youth, and now that she suffered
from her heart, was impatient at not being al
lowed to do as much as she had been wont
She had made an excellent housekeeper to Mr.
Pennycomequick. When he was short of dtf
mestics she turned her hand to anything
cooked, did housework, needlework would
have cleaned the knives and boots if the boy
had failed. Tlie deficiency in servants was not
an extraordinary event In a manufacturing
district few girls care to enter domestic service
and submit to its restraints, when they can
earn their livelihood at the mills, and have the
evenings to themselves in which to meet their
friends. When Mr. Pennycoinequlck's estab
lishment was complete, she spent her
day in making up for the deficiencies
of the domestics putting stright what
they had crooked, cleaning oat
corners they had neglected, brushing down
cobwebs they had overlooked, detecting break
ages they had made, and repairing rents they
had effected in the household linen. She was
not a good-looking woman, but the likeness of
the two girls to her was traceable; moreover,
she must have had at one time auburn hair, for
though her hair was much darker now, it had
in it glints of red copper. Her heart complaint
had given to her face a waxy, even greenish
tint and ber lips were leaden.
On being introduced to her, Philip felt some
what ashamed of not having made her ac
quaintance before because be had allowed
himself to be influenced by Mrs. Sidebottom's
prejudice. His aunt had treated the widow
with studied indifference, and when noticing
her, behaved toward her with superciliousness.
Mrs. Cusworth had accordingly kept very much
to herself in the rooms allotted to her use.
Janet was fired with indignation at the dis
courtesy shown to her mother; she wished to
defy Mrs. Sidebottom, but her mother bade her
remember that now this lady was in authority,
and that she and her daughters remained In
the house upon sufferance only.
Philip bowed on entering, and apologized
somewhat lamely .for not having made the
lady's acquaintance earlier, and then, turning,
saw Salome glide out of the room with her arm
In that of her sister. The girl rightly under
stood that Philip desired to speak with Mrs.
Cusworth alone. He proceeded at once to
cross-question her on the subject of the will,
"You must excuse me," he Baid, "but I am
forced to make inquiries. I presume you have
been told that avery advantageous will, made
in favor of your daughter, has been found,
canceled, and no subsequently drawn will has
been discovered. Mr. Pennycomequick gave
this valueless one to Miss Cusworth to keep,
andlcanqot donbt he did so believing be in
trusted her with ono that was valid. Now,
either he took this one by mistake for a subse
quent will which has disappeared, or the will
has been no, I will not commit myself to the
statement of the alternative. Be so good as to
tell me what you recollect about the signing of
"It was done just after Janet's wedding."
"Were you aware of the contents?"
"Certainly not Mr. Pennycomequick sent
for me in his. study, where he was with Dr.
Dale. He merely asked me to witness his
signature to his will; but be entered into no
"You had no reason to believe he intended
to constitute Miss Cusworth bis heiress?"
"Not the least I supposed he would leave
her something as he had dealt so liberally by
my other daughter at her marriage; I neither
wished for nor expected more; certainly for
nothing which might cause annoyance to the
"He never alluded to his Intention?"
"Never. He was a reserved man."
"And you have no reason to suppose he
made another will subsequent to that?"
"I know nothing. I was not called in to wit
"Thank you," said Philip rising. "The mys
tery is to me as dark now as before, only" and
this he said to himself "the one explanation I
I gave at first is, I am now convinced, certainly
the wrong one."
CHAPTER XTV. Administbatio:'.
Philip Pennycomequick returned to the
garden. He was still greatly perplexed, but a
new and disquieting suspicion bad invaded his.
mind. "He was now complelelytsatisfied that
no undue influence had been used to foroe the
old man to make his' extraordinary will. Ho
was also tolerably certain that he handed it to
Salome in good faith, believing it to be un
touched. The will bad been tampered with
either just before or after bis death. It was
hardly possible that this could have been done
before, when preserved, as he little doubted,
' in the iron chest in which Jeremiah kept all
his deeds and papers of value. It was more
probable that the mutilation had been effected
afterward, when carelessly kept in Salome's
workbox, which probably had a lock easily
fitted. with, a key, and which was sometimes
incautiously left unlocked when Salome was
not in'her room.
But who would be likely to do such, an act,
commit a felony? He dared not accuse his
aunt; even in thought such an accusation was
too terrible. He had no confidence in her
rectitude. His mistrust of her truthfulness
had been deepened by her audacious assertion
that Jeremiah had worn a. nightshirt she had
given him, a statement which he was convinced
was untrue, and one made by'her to get over
the difficulty about the linen of the drowned
man differing from that known to have be
longed to her brother.
He could not disguise from himself that on
the supposition that Mrs. Sidebottom had
mutilated the will, all the difficulty in explain
ing the mystery disappeared. She had heard
from Salome where the will waB in her desk
and in her room. It was to Mrs. Sidebottom's
interest to kno.w its contents, and to invalidate
it when she did know them. But Philip.though
he held his aunt in low esteem, could hardly
think she could be guilty of such wickedness.
But how else explain the difficulty. Then,
again, supposing he. reached moral conviction
that she had tampered with the documentwhat
course could be pursue? He bad absolutely no
evidence to justify a public accusation, and
without very strong and conclusive evidence he
could not make such a charge a charge of
felony against his own aunt
When he considered the grounds on which
his suspicion rested, he found how slight they
were. The facts were that Mrs. Sidebottom
knew where the will was, that she was in the
house, andhad opportunities of obtaining ac
cess to the will, and that it was to her interest
to destroy its force. He had no reason to
think his aunt morally capable of such a crinie.
His belief in her veracity was shaken, but it Is
a long way between telling a lie and commit
ting a crime such as that he was half-inclined
to attribute to her.
With his mind still unsatisfied he went to the
stndy, where he knew he would find her. Cap
tain Lambert had gone out The Captain had
borne the restraint imposed on him by the
death of his uncle with impatience. He had
been prevented from playing his usual game of
billiards. He had yawned in the morning and
stoop at the window with his hands in his pock
ets, then had shifted his position to the fire,
and stood before that with his hands behind
him, and found neither position to his taste.
In the afternoon be had lounged between the
two houses, and had sonntered in the garden
and grumbled and yawned continually. In the
evening, when alone after dinner, in hisfrogged
smofcing-jacKet tnd slippers, lounging in an
armchair, he read a little, and when Philip was
there, talked with him. Bat nothing satisfied
him; the Field he found 'awfully dull!" his
cousin "awfully prosy!" and he pronounced as
his criticism of every novel he dipped into that
it was "awful trash I"
Philip and Lambert had no Interests in com-,
mon, because Lambert had no interests at all.
Philip was reserved, Lambert open, with the
difference that feists between a , purse
and a glove. Philip had much in him
which was not for all the world, Lambert had
nothing in him whatever.
Lambert was easy-going, selfish and good
riatured'in what did not touch his own comfort
and ease. He had little conversation, and what
he had was uninteresting. We comer across
people continually who have to be dredged that
anything may be got out of them, and when
dredged, jleld nothing to compensate the labor
of dredging.' In some rivers it is worth while
to try the depths with rakes and grapples, or
even by diving, for on examination they yield
gold dust, diamonds and pearls. But. out of
others nothing is extracted save pots, weeds,,
the waste matter and sewage of civilization.
When Lambert was dredged he gave up worth
less stuff; scraps of stale news, old jokes worn
to pieces, venerable conundrums that had lost
their point andfamiliar anecdotes retailed
without salr. Undredged, he yielded nothing,
except among those of his own mental caliber,
and with them he talked about people he had
met, housesat which he had visited, wines that
he had drank, game that he had shot, the re
lationships of his acquaintance, about jolly fel
lows, nice girls, good cigars and scrumptious
dinners. He was a harmless, lazy man, who
would not wilfully do what was wrong, and
would kever exert himself to do what was
There are tens of thousands of these negative
beings about, male and. female, useful in their
way, as nitrogen is of use in the atmosphere,
void of quality itself, but diluting the active
oxygen; as certain ingredients are serviceable
as flaxes to valuable metals, but have no other
known use in creation.
Lambert's mother had energy for both, and
managed for herself and for him. He was
well content that it should be so, and it saved
him trouble. He lef i her to decide everything
for him. as he left his clothes to be brushed and
folded and put away by tbe.servant And as he
was a man without a pursuit, he voted every
thing he had to do a bore, and was voted by
everyone who knew him the worst of bores.
"Well, Philip," said Mrs. Sidebottom. cheer
ily, as her nephew entered; she was engaged in
looking through a list of designs for mourning
dresses. "Well, Philip. 1 am knocked to pieces
with the strain, and ain glad all is over. I hope
you have had a satistactoryinterview with that
girl, brought her to a humble frame of mind,
and induced her to confess that she and her
mother concocted that abominable will?"
"On the contrary," answered Philip, gravely,
"I am satisfied from what she and Mrs. Cns
worth have told me that tbeyhad nothing to
do with it Not only was no undue pressure
brought to bear on my uncle, but ,they were
completely ignorant of the contents of bis tes
tament" "Fiddle-faddle." said Mrs. Sidebottom, "I.
don't give them credit for being such fools.
They had Jeremiah in their hands for many
years. He made that will in their favor, at
their suggestion; only when I came here, did
bis conscience speak out, and then he canceled
it The case is as plain as a pikestaff."
"Yon wrong her her mother," said Philip,
with some heat . .
"You yourself,"' retorted Mrs. Sidebottom,
"accused her of having employed unfair means
to procure the will. I am only, repeating what
"I did so. I was hasty. I now regard both
Mrs. and'Mlss Cusworth as incapable of such
"Why! what a weather-cock you are! You
men are easily talked round by women. A cow
has horns, a horse has hoofs, and a doc teeth,
for self-protection; but a woman has only her
tongue, which -she can use skilfully far more
skilfully than the' brutes nse their weapons.
Why, Philip, there are insects that accom
modate themselves in color and appearance to
the ground they are on, or the tree or leaf
they are destroying, so as to escape detection;
and you would have this precious Salome less
clever than an Insect? She has assumed the
color necessary for imposing on your eyes."
Philip winced. He had changed his mind
twice with respect to Salome, and both times
in consequence of an interview with her.
"I have a proposal to make." he said; "but
before making it, I must lay the case before
"I desire nothing better, but I wish Lamb
was here also."
"I wish first to discuss it with you alone, after
that we can take Lambert into conference."
"I am all attention."
"In the first place, I take it that my uncle
made the will without having been subject to
any direct pressure. Indirect there was, but
'that was also unconscious. The children had
grown up in bis house, he had become warmly
attached to them, and when one was married
he provided for her."
"Most unbecomingly and' unnecessarily."
"He did as be thought fit. Tne money was
his own his savings; and he had a perfect
right to dispose of it as he considered proper.
In full possession of his faculties, more than a
twelvemonth ago he made a marriage settle
ment of a large sum on oneof the young ladles,
and then, as she was provided for, he made his
will, providing for the sister. Miss Salome had
been as a daughter to him, he loved her not
less than he did Miss Janet, and certainly had
no intention that she should be left destitute
when he was removed."
"I grant you all that," said Mrs. Sidebottom.
"He might have left her an annuity of 50 or
100. That would have sufficed. Bat why
leave her everything? But there what is the
good bf discussing a document which is of no
legal force?" "
"Allow nie to proceed; Whether he acted
rightly or wrongly is a" question I will not enter
into. What be did" was what he had proposed
in his heart to do,-to provide for Miss Salome,
and to leave to Lambert and me only small
annuities. He did not bequeath the factory to
Lambert, whom he very" well knew was not
calculated to manage a business, and he did
not leave it to me, because he knew nothing
about my capabilities and character. I think
it is by no means improbable that there is
something else behind. Miss Cusworth may be
engaged to a suitable person, whom Uncle
Jeremiah approved as one likely to carry on
the business and not throw it away. I con
ceive that the will may have been prompted
quite as much by concern for an old-established
and respected business as by regard for the
young girl. He may have calculated on the
marriage, but not have cared to allude to it at
an early stage of the engagement This is
merely a conjecture of mine, and I have no
knowledge of anything to substantiate it You
must take it for what it is worth."
"Oh, that is likely enough, but as the will is
canceled, why harp upon it?"
"Such I imagine was the mind of my uncle
when he framed that will. In two words, he
desired tbat the firm should be carried on, and
that his adopted daughter should be provided
"I allow all that"
"Now the will has been invalidated in a mys
terious manner by the signature being torn
away. By whom that was done is not known
to us. but I do not allow it is at all conclusive
that Uncle Jeremiah did it himself."
"Of course he did it He did it because 1
was in Mergatroyd, and he had come to value
me. Besides, Lambert had changed his name;
he bad ceased to be a Sidebottom and had be
come a Pennycomequick. Indeed he said as
much to me. He' was mightily pleased at the
change. It was a compliment he took to heart"
Philip frowned.. His unt had recollections
of things said and done that came in very con
veniently to support her theories.
"My impression is." said Philip, "that the
will was not torn by my uncle, hut by someone
else." . "
"And pray," said Mrs. Sidebottom, tossing
her head and moving uneasily id her seat, "do
you suspect anyone?"
"I accuse no one," he said dryly. "I have no
right without evidence to do so."
"Good gracious me!" laughed Mrs. Sidebot
tom. "What an imagination you are endowed
with, Philip! First it leads you to scheme out
the whole story of the concoction and destruc
tion of the will, and- this you pour out on Sa
lome Cusworth; then you withdraw the charge,
and you conceive a probable engagement be
tween this young minx and an Admiral Cnch
ton, who is to manage the mill and carry on the
business; and now .you have an idea of some
outrageous fraud having been committed.
Save us from such vagaries of the fancy!"
"As it was my uncle's intention tbat Miss
Cusworth should be left comfortably off, and
as by whatever means his will has been mu
tilatedshe is now left wholly unprovided for,
which is most certainly against his wish, I pro
pose to you that we.- who bocome the heirs,
should do something to assure to Miss Cus
worth a provision at least equal in amount to
that made for ber sister."
"I X do not understand."
"What I say is plain enough; We who share
the property of my uncle must deduct from our
shares in equal proportions such sum as will,
when invested, bring in for the sole benefit of
Miss Cusworth the modest sum of 150 per an
, "A hundred and fit ty.flddlesttcks !" said Mrs.
Sidebottom. 'Til be banged before I agree to
"To what extent, then,- do you propose to
meet my suggestion?"
"Not at all. I will not consent to give her a
"You decline to carry out the wishes of your
"I dispute that they were his wishes at one
time, maybe, before I arrived at Mergatroyd.
After that be changed bis mind altogether,
and in evidence he canceled his will."
"I am by.no means prepared to allow that
that was his doing." -
"A hundred and fifty pounds! " Whyat 4 per
cent tbat would be 'nearly 1000, 1 would
v - . . ...;jS"4 -
MOKDA.Y, ' -MAKOH,' 1
rather throw my money into the sea, or give It
to a hospital."
"I repeat It was the purpose of the testator
to provide-for Miss Cusworth. He bad not
"Iteredhis purpose on the night that he died
for he handed her the will to keep in such a
"According to her own account," Interjected
'"As showed that he believed the win was untouched.-
Either before that or after I can
not say when or by whom the act had been
committed which destroyed the value of the
will. But Uncle Jeremiah to the last intended
that the young lady should be provided for."
T will consent to nothing!"
"Very well," said Philip, "as you cannot
agree to my proposal, no other course is left
me than to enter a caveat against your taking
out an administration."
"What good will that do?"
it'"r WlH do no eood to anJrone to Tn 1'Mt of
all; I shall state my grounds before the Court
that I believe the will of my uncle, which I
"hall present, has been fraudulently dealt with
by some person or persons unknown, and I
shall endeavor to get it recognized, although it
lacks his signature."
"What!" exclaimed Mrs. Sidebottom, tarn
iB all colors of mottled soap. "Throw'away
your chance of getting half!"
"Yes because I will not be unjust"
Mrs. Sidebottom' was silent She was con
sidering. Her fidgets showed that she was
, "Y?u will be able to effectnothlng," she said.
The Court would say that Jeremiah acted im
properly whenhe left his property away from bis
family, and that he did right in canceling the
.'Anyhow, 1 shall contest the grant of letters
"What a chivalrous knight that girl has
found in you." sneered Mrs. Sidebottom.,
You had better throw yourself at her feet al
Philip made no answer.
Mrs. Sidebottom fished up an antimaccassar
that had been on the back of her chair, but had
fallen from it, and had been worked into a rope
by her movements in the chair. She-pulled it
out from under her, and threw it on the floor.
"I detest these things," she said. "They are
fihoppy and vulgar. Only third-rate people,
such as Cusworths, would hang them about on
sofas and armchairs."
Philip remained unmoved. 'He knew she
was talking about antimaccassars merely to
Presently he said: "I await your answer."-
Mrs. Sidebottom looked furtively at him.
She was irritated at his composure.
."Very well-as you like," she said, with a
toss of her head; "but I did not expect this in
human and unreasonable conduct in you.
"I take'you at your word. That is settled be
tween us. Now let us' turn to another consid
eration. The mill must not be stopped, the
business must be carried on. I do not suppose
that Lambert cares to enter into commercial
"Or that you particularly relish life in Mer
gatroyd." "I hate the place."
"I am quite willing to undertake the man
agement of the factory, at first provisionally,
till some arrangement has been come to be
tween us. As soon as the administration is
granted, we shall consider the division of the
estate, and deduct equally from our several
shares that portion which we have resolved to
offer to Miss Cnsworth."
"As you please,"-said Mrs. Sidebottom, sulki
ly. But you treat me abominably. However
now I suppose unopposed by you I can ask for
right to administer?'!
"Yes-on the conditions to which you have
-"Walt this house is mine, I suppose. Then
I will clear it of those whp are odious to me."
She started from her seat and lest the room.
To be continued next Monday.
L1T STOCK MARKETS
Condition .of the Market at tha East Libert?
Office of PiTTSBtnta Dispatch,!
Satubday. March 18, 1889. J
CATTLE Receipts, 600 head: shipments,
ISO head. Nothing doing; all through con
signments. One car of cattle shipped to New
Hobs Receipts. 2,500 headt shipments, 2,600
head. Market' slow; medium Philadelphias.
H 80; heavy hogs, 1 80: pigs and Yorkers, $5 00.
Six cars of hogs sbippedto New York to-day.
Sheep Receipts, 1,400 head; shipments,
1,800 head. Market slow and a .shade lower
than yesterday's prices.
Kansas Cmr Cattle Receipts. 818 head;
sbipments,541 head: slow: dressed beef and ship
ping steers weak and 5lCclower; best cows and
heifers Steady; common lower; stockers and
feeding, stock stronger and active; good to
choice cornfed, S3 854 10: common to medium.
2 T03 60: stockers and feeding steers, 31 60
3 20; cows. $1 S52 75. Hogs Receipts, 2,588
head; shipments, 789 head; strong and active,
fie higher; good to choice, $4 004 55; common
to medium, S4 2004 4a Sheep Receipts, 10
head; no shipments; quiet; choice to good
muttons, H 254 50; common to medium, 2 50
St. Louis Cattle Receipts. 100; ship
ments, 400; "market steady; choice native
steers, $3 804 40; fair to good do, S3 104 00;
stockers and feeders, fair to good, 52 003 15;
rangers, cornfed. 52 75ffi3 40; grassfed. $1 90
2 80. Hogs Receipts. 1,400; shipments, 1,400;
market unchanged: choice heavy and batchers'
selections, S4 7004 80; packing, medium to
prime, $4 604 75; light grades, ordinary to
best M 654 70. SheepReceipts, 100; ship
ments, 700; market steady; fair to choice, $3 00
Chicago Cattle Receipts, 1.500 head: ship
ments, none; market quiet and steady; beeves,
J4 00Q4 85; steers, $3 003 90; stockers and
feeders, S2 003 25; cows, bulls and mixed, Jl 40
3 00. ' Hogs Receipts. 10,000 head; ship
ments, 4,000 head; market steady: mixed, $455
4 75; heavy. U 604 70: light, 84 605 00. Sheep
Receipts, 200 head; Shipments, none; market
slow and steadv; natives. S3 005 00; western
comfed, 4.504 65: lambs, 4 605 50.
Buffalo Cattle Receipts, 2,000 head
through, 60 sale; market steady; mixed butchers,
S2 753 25. Sheep and lambs steady; receipts,
600 head through, 1,400 sale; good sheep, 84 85
4 50; gqod lambs, $5 355 85. Hogs" slow and a
shade lower; receIpta,"4,G00 head through, 4,500
sale; all stock sold straight at $5 005 05.
CntctNif att" Hogs heavy; common and
light J3 904 75: packing and butchers', $4 S0
4 85receipts, 1,160 head; shipments, 1,160 head.
New'Yobk'. March IB. Trade in drygoods
was restricted as usual to Saturday. Jobbers
did a relatively good business, but it was gen
erally quiet with agents. No new feature was
developed in the market, though there was a
continued uncertainty in some directions on
account of the Fall 'River strike, with a strong
tone to goods of print cloth grades. The mar
ket generally in Arm hands continues in a good
position with agents of popular goods very firm
Movements of Specie
New Yobk, March 16. The export of
specie from the port of New York during the
past week amounted to $2,113,230, of which
$1,784,500 was in gold and $328,730 in silver.
Of the total exports $1,423,500 In gold and $316,
630 in silver went to Europe, and $361,000 iu
gold and .$12,100 in silver to South America.
The imports of specie for the week amounted
to $165,946, of which $114,306 was gold and $5L
New Yobk. March- 16.-Mining quotations
closed: Amador. 100; Belcher. 310: Bodle, 135;
Caledonia B H, 300; Chollar, 230; Crown Point,
470; Consolidated California and Virginia, 837:
Commonwealth, 500; Deadwood T, 150; Eureka
Consolidated,; El Cristo,120? Gould fc Curry.
260; Hale & Norcross. 370; Horn Silver, 105;
Iron Silver. 325; Mexican, 365: Mutual, 140;
Opbtr, 675; Sierra Nevada, 300; Standard. 125:
Silver Cord, 105: Sullivan. 135: Union Consoli
dated, 360; Yellow Jacket, 385.
New Yobk Pig iron firm. Copper nominal;
March, $15 60. Lead a shade easier and fairly
active; domestic, $3 72K. Tin quiet and steady;
straits, $21 SO.
Finished goods are in demand at $1, 03.
St. Loots Wool duU and weak but
When baby was sick; we gave her Castorta
when she was a Child, she cried for Castorlv
When she becaime Miss, she clung to Castoria,
When she had Children, she gave them Castoria.
- - .in 8ti
H -t -. , '-
Active Movement in Batter, Eggs
.and. Cheese All Week
WITHOUT AN ADVANCE IN PRICES.
Wheat Turns Upward, Flour Easy, High.
Grade Oats Scarce.
CEREALS DEIFT TO A LOWER LETEL
Office of the PmsBUEO Dispatch,
SATUEDAY, March 16, 1889. $
Country Produce Jobbinc Prices.
For the week now closing there has been an
improved tone in the lines of butter, eggs and
cheese, but no change In prices. Creamery
butter and eggs are, in fact, .a. shade lower.
The stock of Ohio cheese in first hands is very
light and a scarcity is not improbable in the
near future. Wholesale grocers are well sup
plied and there is little likelihood of a short
age. The leading jobber of cheese here re
ports: ,"We have still enough New York cheese
to meet all demands,- but cannot promise to
baVe enough Ohio a week or two hence if
trade holds up." New cheese from the West
begins to show np, but is little good so early
in the season.. The trade in cheese is un
usually quiet for Lenten times. Ordinarily
prices advance at this time, but this season has
been an exception to all rules.
Butter Creamery.Elgin, 3031J
c; Ohio do.
2628c; fresh dairy packed, 2023c; country
rolls, 2023c; Cbartlers Creamery Co. butter,
Beaks Choice medium, $2 002 10: choice
peas, $2 052 15.
Beeswax 2325c ?l ft f orcholce; lowgrade,
CisEB-rSand refined, $6 507 50; common,
$3 504 CO; crab cider. $3 0C8 50 fl barrel;
cider vinegar, 1012c 1 gallon. ,
Cheese Ohio cheese, fall make, 1212c;
New York, fall make, 1213c: Limburger,
HKc; domestic Sweitzer cheese, ll&12Kc.
Dried Peas $1 4501 50 1 bushel; split do,
2fi3Hc W ft.
Eggs I415c dozen for strictly fresh.
Fbuits Apples, $1 502 00 fl barrel; evap
orated raspberries. 25c -p ft; cranberries, $8 00
f? barrel; $2 402 50 per bushel.
Keathebs Extra live geese, 5060c; No. 1
do.. 40g45c; mixed lots, 3035c.f) ft.
Hominy $2 652 75 barrel.
Honey New crop, 1617c; buokwheat, 13
Potatoes Potatoes, S540c fl bushel; $2 50
2 75 for Southern sweets; $3 253 50 for Jer
Poultby Live chickens, 6575o ft pair:
dressed chickens, 1315c fl pound; turkeys, 13
15c, dressed, fl jpoundj ducks, live, 80S5c $1
pair; dressed, 1314c fl pound; geese,' 1015o
Seeds Clover, choice, 62 Bs to bushel. $6 fl
bushel; clover, large English, 62 fts, $6 25;
clover, Alslke, $8 60; clover, white, $9 00; timo
thy, choice, 45 fts, $1 85; blue grass, extra clean,
14 fts, $1 00; blue grass, fancy, 14 fts, $1 20:
orchard grass; 14 fts, $2 00: red top, 14 fts, $1 00:
millet, 60 fts, $1 25; German millet, 50 fts, $2 00;
Hungarian grass. 48 fts, $2 00; lawn grass, mix
ture of fine grasses, 25c per ft.
' Taliow Country, 45c; city rendered,
Tbopicai. FRTrrrs Lemons, fancy, $3 00
-3 50 fl box; common lemons, $2 75 fl box; Mes
sina oranges, $2 503 60 fl box; Florida oranges.
$3 504 50 fl box; Valencia oranges, fancy, $6 50
7 50 fl case: Malaga grapes, $9 0010 00 fl
per keg; bananas, $2 00 firsts: $1 50, good
seconds, fl bunch: cocoanuts. $4 00ifS4 50
hundred: new figs, 1214c ft pound; dates, 5
6Kc fl pound.
EGETABLES Celerv. 40050c doz. bunches:
cabbages, $3 004 00 fl 100;onions, 50c fl bushel;
Spanish onions, 7590c f) crate; turnips, 30
40c fl bushel.
Green Coffee Fancy Rio, 2l22c; choice
Bio, 2021c: prime Bio, 20c; fair Rio, 18KI9c;
old Government Java, 27c; Maracalbo, 22&Z3c;
Mocha. 30K3lKc; San,tos,:i922Kc; Caracas
coffee, 20X22c; peaberry, Rio, 2022c: La
Roasted (in papers) Standardbrands, 24c;
high grades, 262Sc; old Government Java,
bulk, 3233c; Jiaracaibo, Z72Sc;Santos,
2324c; peaberry, 27c: peaberry Santos, 2224c;
choice Rio, 25c: prime Rio, 2Sc; good Rio,
22c; ordinary, 21Kc. '
Spices (whole) Cloves, 2125c: allspice, 9c;
cassia, 89c; pepper, 19c; nutmeg. 7080c
Petroleum (jobbers' prices) 110 test, 7c;
Ohio, 120, 8Kc; headlight E0, 8Kc: water
white, 10c; globe, 12c; elaine, 15c; carnadine,
llKc; royaline, 14c.
BYBtrps Corn- syrups, 2629c; choice sugar
syrup, 3338crprime sugar syrup, S033c; strict
ly prime, 3335c; new maple syrup, 8101 10.
N. O. Moimsses Fancy, 50c; choice, 48c; me
dium, 45crmixed, 4042c.
Soda Bi-carbln kegs, 3K4c; bl-carb in s,
5c: bi-carb,, assorted packages 56c; sal
soda in kegs, c; do granulated, 2c.
Candees Star, full weight, 10c; stearine,
per set 8Kc;rparafflne, U12c
Rice Head, Carolina, 77ic; choice, 6J
7c; prime, 5Ji6Vc; Louisiana, 66Kc
Stabch Pearl, 3c; cornstarch, 5j7c; gloss
Foreign FBurrs Layer raisins, $2 65; Lon
don layers, $3 10; California London layers,
$2 50; Muscatels, $2 25: California Muscatels;
$185; Valencia, new, 67c; Ondara Valencia,
7J7Kc; sultana, 8fc; currants, new, 4JJ$5J4c;
Turkey prunes, 'new, 4JJffi5c; French prunes,
8J13c: Salonica prunes, in 2ft packages, 8c:
cocoanuts, per 100, $6 00: almonds, Lan., per ft,
20c; do Ivica, 19c: do shelled, 40c; walnuts, nap.,
12U15c; Sicily Alberts, 12c: Smyrna figs, 12
luc; new- dates. 5K6c; Brazil nnts. 10c;
pecans, ll15c: citron, per ft, 2122c; lemon
peel, per ft, $1314c; orange peel, 12c
Dried Fruits Apples, sliced, per ft, 6c;
apples, evaporated, 6i6Jc; apricots, Califor
nia, evaporated, 1518c; peaches, evaporated,
pared, 2223c; peaches, California, evaporated,
unpared, 1012c; cherries, pitted, 2122c:
cherries, unpitted, 56c; raspberries, evapor
ated, 2424Kc; blackberries, 7Sc; huckle
Sugars Cubes, 7?ic; powdered, TKc: granu
lated, 77c; confectioners' A, 7Vc: standard
A.6c: solt whites,
66c; yellow, good
6Kc; yellow, dark, ojje.
c; yellow, fair,
ICKliS Medium, bbls. (L200). $4 75: me
diums, halfbbls (600). $2 85.
Salt-No. 1 f) bbl, 95c; No. 1 ex, fl bbl, $1 05;
dairy, ft bbl, $1 20; coarse crystal, VI bbl. $1 20;
Higgln's Eureka, 4 bu sacks, $2 SO; Higgin's
Eureka, 16-14 ft pockets, $3 00.
Canned Goods Standard peaches, $1 30
1 90;2ds, $1 301 35: extra peaches, $1 50 1 90;
Eie peaches, 90c: finest corn. $1 001 50: Hf d.
o. corn, 7090c; red. cherries, DOcg Jl 00; lima
beans, $1 10; soaked do, 85c; string do do. 75
85c: marrowfat peas, $1 101 15: soaked peas,
7075c; pineapples, $1 401 50; Bahama Uo,
$2 75; damson plums, 95c: greengages, $1 25;
egg plums, $2 00; California pears, $2 60: do
greengages, 12.00; do egg plums. $2 00: extra
white cherries, $2 90; red cherries, 2fts, 90c;
raspberries, $1 151 40; strawberries, $1 10:
gooseberries, $1 201 30; tomatoes. 8292c;
salmon, 1-ft, $1 752 10; blackberries, SOc; suc
cotash, 2-ft cans, soaked, 90c; do green, 2fts,
$1 251 60; corn beef, 2-ft cans, $1 75; 14-ft cans,
$13 50: baked beans, $1 401 45; lobster, 1 ft,
$1 751 80; mackerel, 1-ft cans, broiled, $1 50;
sardines, .domestic, W'. $4 154 50; sardines,
domestic. s, $8 25S 50; sardines, imported,
KS, $11 5012 50; sardines, imported, s, $18 00;
sardines, mustard, $4 00; sardines, spiced. $4 25.
Fish Extra No. 1 bloater mackerel, $36 ft
bbl.: extra ,No. 1 do, mess, $40; extra No.!
mackerel, shore, $32; extra No. 1 do. messed, $36;
No. 2 shore mackerel, $24. Codfish Whole
pollock, 4a fl ft.; do medium George's cod,
6c: do large, 7c; boneless hake, in strips, 6c; do
George's cod In blocks, 6K7Ka Herring
Round shore, $5 00 fl bbl.; split. Si 00: lake $2 60
fl 100-ft. ball bbl. White fish, $7 ft lOU-ft. balf
bbl. Lake trout, $5 60 fl balf bM. Finnan
hadders. 10c ft ft. Iceland halibut. 13c fl ft.
Buckwheat Flour 22 ft ft.
OATMEAL $6 306 60 fl bbl.
Miners' Oil No. 1 winter strained, 5S60c
fl gallon. Lard oil, 75c.
Grain, Flonr and Feed.
Total receipts bulletined at the Grain Ex
change, 18 cars.. By Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and
Chicago, 3 cars of hay, 1 of oats, 1 of husks, 1
of wheat, 2 of flour, 1 of bran. By Pittsburg,
Cincinnati and St Louis, 3 cars of corn, 2 of
hay. By Baltimore and Ohio, 1 ear of hay, 1 of
flour. By Flttsburg'and Lake Erie, 1 car of
bay, 1 of flour. There was but one sale on call,
viz 1 car sample middlings, $13 75 spot Wheat
has taken an upward turn and bears are on top
for the first time this week. It is very rare
tbat wheat goes up on Saturday. A leading
jobber of flour says tbat wheat has advanced
only three times in the past year on Saturday.
Tbeupsand downs of wheat at this stage are
mainly speculative. No mortal can tell what a
day may bring forth. The general drift how
ever, is toward a lower level, both in wheat
and flour. A leading retailer in grain and hay
lines says he has seldom known a season when
it has been as difficult to find a good grade of
oats as this season. Quantity is all right, but'
auality is wretched. It requires a large stretch
of charity to pass as oats very much of the
stuff that goes under that name.
Wheat Jobbing prices No. 2 red, $1 03
1 04: No. 3 red, 9195c
Cobn No. 2 yellow,ear,40Ke41c; high-mixed
ear, 39KSM0C; No. 1 yellow, shelled, 3d39c;
No. 2 yellow, shelled, 37K3Sc; high mixed,
shelled. 3637c: mixed, shelled, 3o36c
Oats No. 2 white, 33V33c; extra, No, 8, 31
31Hc; No. 3, white, 8030c: No. 2 mixed, 2S
Rye-No. 1 Western, 7075c: No. 2, 5556i
Babley No. 1 Canada, 9598c: No. 2 Cana
da, eo4j$≻-.n o. a uanaoa. vwsi zc; .Lane onore,
iUE-jobbing prices, winter patents, " a
6 50; spring patents,$6506 75: fancy straight,
winter and spring, $5 505.75; clear winter.
$5 0005 25: straight XXXX bakers', $4 755 00.
Rye flour. $4 00. ti . M
MILLFEED Middlings, fine white, $18 00
20 CO ft ton: brown middlings. $14 6015 00;
winter wheat bran, $14 7515 25; chop feed,
$15 0018 00.
Hay Baled timothy, choice, $15 00016 25:
No. 1 do, $14 2514 50: No. 2 do. $12 0013 00;
loose from wagon. $18 0020 00; No. 1 npadnl
prairie. S10 00610 25; No. 2, $8 008.50; packing
do. $6 507 Oa
Straw Oats. $8 008 25; wheat and rye.
straw, $7 007 25.
Sugar-cured hams, large, 10c: sugar-cured
hams, medium, 10c: sngar-cured hams, small,
lie: sugar-cured breakfast bacon, 10c; sugar-,
cured shoulders, 8c: sugar-cured boneless
shoulders, 9c: sugar-cured California bams,
834c; sugar-cured dried beef flats, 8c: sugar
cured dried beef sets, 9c: sugar-cured dried beef
rounds, lie: bacon shoulders, 7c; bacon clear
sides. 8ci bacon clear bellies; 8c: dry salt
shoulders; 6c; dry salt clear sides, 7c. Mess
Eork, heavy, $14 00; mess pork, family, $14 50.
ard Refined in tierces, 7c: half barrels, TJc;
5c Fresh pork links. 9e. Pigs feet, half barrel,
$3 75; quarter barrel. $1 75..
Armour & Co. furnish the following prices on
dressed meats: Beef carcasses, 450 to 650 fts,
5c; 550 to 650 fts, 6c: 650 to 750 fts, 6Jc Sheep,
7c ft ft. Lambs, 8Kc fl ft. Hogs, 6c
A Small Boom In Wheat, Caused br Local
Influences Corn Lower Oats Steady
Hoc Products Close at Me
Chicago A, very fair business was trans
acted in wheat to-day, and the feeling was
firmer with prices ruling above the closing
fignres of yesterday. The opening was just a
shade easier, but from the start showed firm
ness, and with some . fluctuations prices for
May were advanced 2c, receded Jc, fluct
uated slightly, and closed about lc higher
than yesterday. June also showed considerable
strength, advancing lc, and closed about lc
higher. July ruled steady, advancing lc; clos
ing about : higher than yesterday.
Local influences again controlled the market,
and the firmness was attributed mainly to the
free buying of a prominentlocal trader, though
at the advance operators found the speculative
offerings quite large, which resulted in develop
ing a weaker feeling.
A fair trade was reported In corn early In the
day, after which the.pit became very quiet and
inactive. The feeling developed was generally
weaker and transactions were at a lower range
of prices. The easier tone was attributed
largely to the receipts, being considerably in
excess of expectations. The market opened a
shade lower than the closing price of yester
day for a time, then declined. c, reacted H
14.0 and closed lAc lower than yesterday.
Oats were fairly active but unsettled. The
market opened a shade lower for , May. Two
large traders bonght freely, and it was sus
plcloned that the bnlls who have taken part in
the market for some time past were again buy
ing. This reversed the feeling and caused Jin .
advance of c on May and i4Qlic on the more
deferred futures. A decline of ic on May
followed, and the market closed firm at about
the same prices as yesterday.
Trading was .fairly active in mess pork and
the f eeliug was weak during the greater por
tion of the day. Prices declined 1720c and
the market closed quiet at medium figures. A
quiet and easy feeling prevailed in lard and
trading was light Prices ruled weak and de
clined o7Kc, and the market closed steady at
inside figures. Only a moderate business was
transacted in short ribs. The feeling was easy
and prices receded 57Kc, the market closing
steady at medium figures.
The leading futures rantrea as follows:
Wheat No. 2 May. 959S9597Kc:
June. 97K93K91y3c; July, 8bK87K66J
S65c; year, 8180c.
Cobn No. 2 May, 3535Kc; June, 35K
35J3535c: July, 3636i36(S)36c
Oats-No. 2 May, 25KS2525Jc;
June, 25MG252525c:7uly. 25K.2Sc.
Mess Pork, per bbl. May, $12 2212 22X
12 0212 12K; June. $1227K12 2712 15
12 17K; July, $12 3012 32KkS 1512 22K
LARD, jer 100 fts. May. $6 956 956 S7
tt 87M: June, $7 007 006 92B 92; July,
7 05(g7 056 97.
Short Ribs, per 100 fts. May. $6 2006 20
6 12K6 15; June, $6 22K6 256 206 20; July,
$6 32K6 32KQ6 2506 25.
Cash quotations were as follows: Flour
steady and unchanged: No. 2 spring wheat
94K94c: No. 3 spring wheat, 85c; No. 2
red, 94)231Kc. No. 2 corn. 34c; No. 2
oats, 24;&c No. 2 rye, 43a No. 2 barley,
nominal. No. 1 flaxseed, $1 601 55. Prime tim
othy seed. $1 391 40. Mess pork, per barrel,
$12 0512 10. Lard, per 100 lbs. S6 806 82.
Short ribs sides (loose). $6 156 2a Dry salted
shoulders (boxed). $5 S05 75. Short clear
sides (boxed), $6 506 62. Sugars Cut loaf,
unchanged. Receipts Flour, 6,000 bar
rels; wheat 15,000 bushels: corn. 122,000 bushels:
oats. 83,000 bushels: rye, 2,000 bushels: barley,
27,000 bushels. Shipments Flour. 9,000 bar
rels: wheat 38,000 bushels; corn. 99,000 bushels:
oats, 54,000 bushels; rye, none; barley, 21,000
On the Produce Exchange to-day the butter
market was weaker hut not quotably lower.
Eggs weak at 1213c
New Yobk Flour dull and heaw. Corn
meal steady and quiet Wheat Spot firmer;
options fairly active and Hc stronger Rye
dull. Barley dull. Barley malt quiet Corn
Spot steady and moderately active: options
firm and dnlL Oats Spot quiet and steady;
options Arm and dull. Hay fair demand and
firm. Coffee Options steady: sales, 26,500 bags,
including Marcn, lti.8o16.90c: April, 16.80
16.95c; May, ia9017.00c; June, 16.9517.05c;
Julv, I7.0517.10c; August, 17.1517.20c; Sep
tember, 17.2517.30c; spot Rio barely steady;
fair cargoes. 19c Su-gar Raw firm: fair re
flnine. 5 3-165c; refined Arm; active demand;
kettle, good to fancy, 2842c Rice steady
ana tair aemana. iOiionseea oil nrm: crnae,
42c; yellow, 4849c Tallow steady; city, 47-16c
Rosin steady and quiet Turpentine quiet and
steady at S252c Eggs quiet and weak;
Western, 12c; receipts, 5,368 packages. Pork
more active; old mess, $12 75; new mess, $13 50.
Cut meats steady; sales, pickled bellies, 6Kc;
Sickled shoulders, 5c; pickled hams, 910c
llddles quiet Lard dull and lower; Western
steam, $7 25: citv, $6 80; March $7 22; April,
$7 22; May, $7 237 25, closing at $7 23; June,
$7 24; July, $7 257 28, closing at $7 26: August,
$7 28. Batter quiet and weak; Western dairy,
1421c; do creamery, I827c: Elgins, 2828Kc.
Cheese -steady; moderate demand; "Western,
St. Louis Flonr steady but unchanged.
Wheat irregular. Reports tbat Bradilrccts
figured the visible and invisible supply of
wheat 109,000,000 against 210,000,000 a year ago,
together with sharp advances elsewhere put
May higher this morning, but it dropped back
on denial of above estimates, and at close was
HlAo above yesterday; July showed a little
strength early but weakened on the fine
weather and closed n off. No. 2 red, cash,
93c asked: May. 92e93Kc closed V2Jic bid;
June. 9090c closed 90c bid; July, 81
82c. closed 81Hc bid; August 80c. closed TBJic
bid.' Corn lower: No. 2 mixed, cash, 29c; Marco.
29Kc; April. 29Jc closed 2aCfcbld;May.30k
30Kc closed 30k30c bid: Julv. HSc,
closed 32c bid: August, '3333Uc, closed
33cbid, Oats lower;No. 2, 23i5c bid; May,
2626Kc Rye-No. 2. 41K42c Barley-Nothing
doing. Provisions dull and weak.
Philadelphia Flour dull. Wheat opened
weak, and futures beyond this month declined
Kc, subsequent! v recovered and closed firm at
an advance of lc on yesterday's final prices.
Corn steady but quiet Oats Car lots steady
but quiet; futures quiet and steady. Bntter
dull and weak; Pennysylvania creamery.extra,
27c; Pennsylvania prints, extra, 28c, Eggs dull;
Pennsylvania firsts, 1313Hc.
Cincinnati Flour weak. Wheat nominal;
No. 2 red. 95c; receipts, 1,000 bushels: shipments,
none. Corn in moderate'supply; No. 2 mixed.
Sic. Oats scarce and firm; No. 2 mixed, 27c
Rve steady; No. 2. 49c Pork barely steady at
$12 62. Lard easier at $6 8a Bulkmeatsand
bacon firm and unchanged. Butter quiet
Sugar Arm. Eggs dull. Cheese firm.
Milwaukee Flour steady. Wheat easy:
cash. 80c; May, 88c; July, 87Kc Corn weaker;
No. 3, 31J32c Oats steady;7To. 2 white. 27K
28c Rye firm; No.1, 41je44fc Barley dull;
No. 2, 57c Provisions easy. Pork, $12. Lard,
$8 77. Cheese steady; Cheddars. ll12c
Baltimore Provisions firm and unchanged.
Butter very steady; western nackea, 1825c;
roll, 1519c; creamery 272Sc Eggs easyatl2K
13c Coffee firm; rio, fair,18Jic "
TOLEDO-Cloverseed active and steady; cash,
March, $5 00; receipts, 384 bags; shipments, 1,662
A BAID ON ELECTRIC
That Polls tbe Price Down a Cool Five Dol
lars a Share.
The sensation of- the week in business cir
cles wasa break of $5 a share in Westing
house Electric stock. Several reasons were
offered in explanation of the depression, the
most plausible of which was that the phe
nomenal advance of the stock induced heavy
realizing, with a view of loading np again
at the decline. The raid was well organized,
made al the right time, and did its work
effectively. Friends of the company, how
ever, have as strong faith as ever in -the
stock, and My tia check it has receiTod is
. .,. . ..!:-.. --. -
only temporary. . Oil closed dull anaweax.;
TVnn trflt fipmM witl, ma? InimrY find sonflt
good sales. "Money was 'in better deraandf
and discount rates were firm at Cff per1
cent. Eeal estate was active. Forty-Bin
building permits were issued, the estimated
cost being $68,022. All branches of theretaU';
trade were active. ''"' '
A raid was made on "Westfaghouse. Electria
stock yesterday, and, the price broke from 57
on Tuesday to 52$, a decline of $5 a share. The
raid is supposed to have been the outcome of,
well-organized plot on the part of its enemies,"
presumably the Edison clique, to break th -stock.
A short time ago the public was selling;
Philadelphia Gas, and buying Electric. Now;;
the situation is reversed, and Philadelphia basr
the call. The recent advance in Electric was
too great it was phenomenal and. of course,
it bronght out the holders of the stock to
realize. Friends of the company have no fears .
for the future of the stock. Its recovery., tbeyi
say. is only a question of a little time. Phila
delphia was strong and active, advancing from
33KtoSS& Central Traction was firmer bo
dulL The remainder of the list was about
Tbe nickel industry of the world is a most pe
culiar one. It has only been about 60 years
since it first came into use as a mineral, though.'
it has been known toJapan and the Eastern oa-f
tions for centuries. There are nickel mines ia
France, Germany and Wales, In Pennsylvania,
Nevada and Oregon. Nickel Is not, as is gen
erally supposed, a mineral that is mined llks
silver and then smelted and rednced from- an
ore. It is a chemical element which is extract-'
ed from arsenides, cobalt and sulphides. Tha.
yield from these substances as found in Franco,
and Wales is only about 2 per cent nickel, bnt
the yield of some mines in Nevada, not yet do-'
veloped, is fully 20 per cent of pure nickel.
About SO years ago there was discovered la.
New Caledonia, a French penal colony, a won
derf ully rich deposit of nickel. A French Com-,
pany was immediately formed, and this
company to-day almost controls the trade in
this country. It also almost controls tbe nickel
trade of the world, and it has frequently de
clared its intention to ruin every other nickel-
manufacturer and run them perpetually out o
Several patents covering devices of more or
less Importance to the public expire this week
and may be appropriated by any one so dis
posed. The following is the list:
Steam engine, C. M. Fanar; registering steant
inire. T. C. Harcrrave: hydraulic motorl VL
lillard: manufacture of drain pipes. J. W.
Stockwell; steam pump, L. Griscom; safety
vaive. J. k. lazier.
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