Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, September 15, 1889, SECOND PART, Page 10, Image 10
30 little carnages and our manifold incon veniences. Andras Normaine began to feel like a reteran actor. Ho bad proved an acceptable French villain in tlie play, and an agreeable French gentleman in bis intercourse with the rest of the party. The route thus far trai ersed bad earned him already across two of the great Amencan States, and, if be finished his engagement of four months, be would have traveled a distance of 20 times round and round our comparatively small France. But ho bad learned reallv little about this vast land. All that he had seen Of it was from car windows, in hotels and In theaters not such viens as to inform him particularly of the people and their manner. I was asked to write this novelette out of, or at least starting from, what I had learned of the United States during my pro fessional visits there. But no more than An dras had 1 been enabled to see Americans In their honiep, about their business, or under any conditions save those pertaining to a theatrical journey. Occasionall and by chance I gained exact views on a few subjects, and it was l an accident that Andras, too. leceived a lesson from and about the American girl. Internal disturbances now and then agitated Miss Delwarc's companj. and one of these re sulted iu the sudden departure of the soubrette. She quit after a quarrel with the stage mana- er, who was sustained on bis side by JIis lelware, and next morning she took a train from Cincinnati toward New York, instead of petting "all aboard" with the others for Louis ville. There was a bast hunt for a substitute, and one was found in the voung and pretty person of Jessie Gordon. Although she was bafel within the style of a lady, her dress be ing neither showy or expensive, and her man ner of speech thoe of good education, there was about her a dash and vim indicative at least of high spirit She was to appear in the play on the ensuing evening. Although her role was not long, it required hard study dur ingthe daj's journey she iirsimemorlzed the language, anu then rehearsed the action with those actors and actresses concerned with her in the scenes It happened that Andras was more than am body ele coupled with her in dialoguc,andbj themiddlcottbeafternoonthey had speeded along into an acquaintance aoout as rapidlv as the train had moved. V hen her arduous taK was done.and she was pronounced h tho stare manager fit to ait the part, she took a weary chair beside that in which Andras sat. aud they began to chat about otnir things. He wa a born and bred Frenchman, with French ideas of feminine propriety, and of course he was imbued with the French notion that an unmarried girl is reprehensible if -he stirs away from her on n home without a trustworthj chaperone. The factthatJessieG rdon bad no buch overseer Impressed him, although he did not himself realize it. with a belief that he had here made the acquaintance of the typical America! girl the Fuchsia Leech of ".Moths." Ihae piaed the heroine in the French dramatic version of that storv, aud we have alwajs had the role of the American girl played boldly, even brazenly, with no compliment to the daughters of our Bister Republic acro-s the ocean. Andras was excusably misled, therefore, in the case of Jessie. He did not quite conceal his admiring scrui.ro v of her f ace, now that there was time una opportunity font. Her jet black hair, her olive complexion, ana her large dark eye indicated a i-outbern origin, while her attire betokened no plenty ot means, but the was certainly beautiful, although her beauty did not strike one at the first glance, and Andras did not fully perceive it until he now observed her more closelv. 'Pardon me." he said, in English, with his Inevitable French accent, "but have jou long been an actress?" Would jou find it easier to speak your own language? ' she said in excellent French, not exactlj Parisian, but m no respect ungrammat icaL nor lacking in fluency. "Thank you." he responded, also in French; 'that will enable us to be couhdential, for none of tLese persons about us can understand." "I onlj thought jou could converse with more f acilitj " 'And sa things to you as safely as though we were secluded." She gazed at him with her eyes opened wid er, and her color a little heightened, but with out a tremor of nerves, or a quaver of voice as ehe said "You will sy nothing to me, Sir. 2 onnaine, which I shouldn't as Jief evert body would bear, or. if jou do. I shall take care that you have no opportunitj to repeat the offense." That was certainly blunt enough to be char acteristic of a Fuchsia Leech, and it was quite unlike the speech of a high bred Parisian; but it gave no invitation to further f ainiliantj, ana it informed the French gentleman straight uway that he was Lot to be presumptuous. "I am ashamed of myseli. Miss Gordon," he humbly said. "I must have forgotten that jou had come out of your ho den character in the plaj, and was again your lad) like self." The girl scrutinized his face for signs of in sincerity, but found none, and was ery much inclined to accept his apologj for the"honest one that it was. Their com ersation proceeded until it led to her telling of nerself. "I am something like a countrywoman of jours," she remarked, "at least. 1 am of French birth. You know, or don't j ou? that New Orleans is considerably a French city. A goodly portion of its population is Creole, which means residents ot foreign descent practically, people of French extraction, who Epeak French as often as English, and would leel abont as much at home in Pans as in New York. I am a Creole. Mj parents were wealthy before the War of the Rebellion, but were impoverished by that long conflict, and n ere poor when I was born. Tbey managed to give me a good education, but nothing more, except their good love, and so, being compelled to work for a living. I went on the stage. I Shall never be a Rachel, but do fairly with Boubrctte roles, ard 1 get enough paj to be able to send money borne occasional!. But I bad been left in Cincinnati by the breaking up of a traveling company, and was spending my last dollars when this chance engagement came to me. So I am here with strange com panions, but " and here she raised her ej es fearlessly, it not defiantly, to those of the Frenchman "but entirely ablo to take care of myself." The acquaintance which began tnns frankly, and with a clear understanding, progressed rapidly through the various phases of good fellowship as Andras and Jessie traveled. There is necessarily a great deal of familiar in tercourse between all the members of a company journeying day by day m the same car. but these two, incited by congeniality, and aided by their exclusive ue of the French language, were coupled to such an extent that the others gradually came to regard them as sweethearts. A fact that seemed to discredit this theorj, however, was that Andras, who had begun with a familianty of manner, became more and more perceptibly polite and deferential. That did not accord with the usage of actors and actresses in love, and when, at the end of a month, it was seen that visible constraint had Crown up bctw een the two, the common con clusion w as that tbey bad quarreled. In truth, Andras had fallen in love with this Franco American girl. Her piquancy had first inter ested him; then her singular blend of French and Amencan traits had charmed him; and the end of it was that he desired above all things to marry her. As bis respect for ber had been ac quired, it had tended to make him more distant and lormaL for he could not rid himself entire) of the French feeling that a maiden, if circum spect, should not be so accessible as this one. when he took it into account that she was an actress, and, therefore, freed from the rigid rules of good soc.ctv. heasked himself if he was willing to be her husband. Then on second thought, in this direction, it would occur to him that he was only an actor, and, therefore, on a social level with her. Upon her part she dis cerned, with womanly intuition, the growth of his affection until it became a mastenng pas sion, and under its influence her brusque, pert Americanisms softened into the gentlest of graces and the most considerate demeanor toward him. One afternoon, as the car was speeding along over the miles of a prairie level, and the pano ramic view through the wide windows had he come fatiguing from sameness, Andras sn ung around suddenly on bis revolving chair, so that he faced Jessie. "Whom shall I ask," he said "for permission to address you with a proposal of marriage?" If the immediate suddenness of the question had not been preceded, in the absence of a spoken a owal of love, by a quite clear revela tion of it througn other mean-, the girl might have been mute with astonishment. But the onl) surprise that she felt was the brevity of the declaration, along with its recognition of the French usage of speaking first to parents or guardians before addressing the girl one loves. She was silent lor a moment. "That jou are without legal or f amdy pro tector here, Jessie." he resumed, "is my excuse for asking you whose permission I may seek." A flash of roguery was emitted by the sou brette's bright eyes, and a smile parted her lips, as she said: "Well in the absence of any suit able party, you might ask mine." "And I do ask it," he impulsively exclaimed. 'I ask you if you love me? The answer came in a low and senous tone, and with all coquetry gone. It was, "Yes." "Will jou marry me?" "Yes.r Thus ended the Frenchman's study of a Franco-American girl. CHAP1ER HI. THE PLATERS' REAL CHARACTERS. Helen Delware's Comedy Company went long paying its way. The public awarded tnedals to it in the form of big, round Ameri can silver dollars, and so tne artistic and finan cial result was fairly satisfactory to the ambi tious woman. She was absorbed in her pro fessional aspirations, and delighted with the considerable degree of favor which she won. Bo interested was she in being an actress that she all but forgot she was a wife, and it was not hard, under the circumstances, to keep her traveling companions unaware that John "Warduff and she were husband and wife. Al though her head was thus turned bv stage tn urnvhs, ber heart remained dormantly devoted in arduff. While he was eclipsed in her esti mation by the Importance of her dramatic un dertaking, and she bestowed neither tbougbt nir affection upon him, she was not disloyal to him in any act. Even such qualities praise could not have been properly bestowed upon him, however, tor his habit of gambling pos sessed him very detrimentally, Bu earliest quest in everv city was of a faro bank, there to plav witfi variations of good and bad luck, but in tho aggregate to be beaten, of course, by the professional gamblers. Spurred desperately on by the hope of recouping his loses, and particularly by a vain anxiety to re cover enough money to take up the note with the forged indorsement, he became reckless in stead of cautious and notinfrequentlv steadied his nerves and sustained bis courage with alcoholic stimulants. His wire saw some of these vagaries of conduct, and regretted them; shoven expostulated with him on several occa sions, but was toomuch elated with the upward tendency of her own chosen career to grieve much over his downward course. That arch conspirator. Wilton Ortlev, watched the progress of affairs keenly. He encouraged the wife's professional ambition, exaggerated her artistic success whenever he talked with her on the subject, and in every way sought to wed her more closely to her stage career. On tho other hand, he abetted the husband in his gambling, permitted him to appropriate and lose every dollar that could De spared from the treasury, and missed no chance to increase his consumptionot intoxi cants. At length he decided that the time had come to estrange the husband and wife, pre paratory to an utter separation of them. The long railroad rides made private conversations feasible, if patiently waited for, although tne company were most of the time together in their one car. It was not long after Ortley deemed it time to make a revelation to Helen Delware that he found himself alone at one end of the car b her side. He first led up to a dis cussion of the finances, his office of manager making this an ordinary thing to do. 'You sa that we have something of a sur plus." Miss Delware remarked; "yet you are asking me fora draft on m banker to meet a dehcit. How is that, Mr. Ortley?" t. ,a tnf itn'p tr mla n frnnt pvnlanatiou. 'herepliei "Itistrue that wo have taken in more money tnan we nave paia out uuuuk uui tour, and there should he a surplus in my hands, of a few hundred dollars." "A satisfactory showing. I should say, con sidering that this is my second season only." "But there is a deficit, because your husband is constantly drawing monev." "Yes, I know. It is for our personal ex penses " "For some of his personal expenses, which are hardlv legitimate, permit me to say. I don't like to turn informer, but duty compels me. John Warduff has become an inveterate gam bler and an irreclaimable debauchee. He pesters me for money he even demands it and I have accepted until I will no longer take the responsibility of enabling him to squander your earnings." "You surprise me. I knew that John was a spendthrift, but I didn't imagine that he was a hopeless gamester or a drunkard. Perhaps I have neglected him. Surely a wife should be intimate enough with her husband to discover bis bad habits Make out a detailed statement of our finances so that 1 may know bow we stand.and, as to John's misdoings leave me to reform them." Ortley was disappomted by this forgiving spirit. He had noted her carelessness to her husband, aud bad imagined that it sprang from outright dislike. He had expected that she would be angry and resentful, and he could not' Dear to aDanaon tne line oi argument wnicu uo had marked out for this occasion. "You deserve a more appreciative partner. Miss Delware." he insinuatingly said. "If I were y our husband, I should find my pleasures altogether In your tnumphs I should be too happy in j our presence to wish to stay away from it mv admiration of you as an actress would increase immeasurably my love of you as a woman." I have already said that this man had been an actor, and there was skillful declamation in his 'Utterance, notwithstanding that huskiness of voice which had rocapaciated him tor acting. He intended to convey the idea to the woman that he was in love with her without actually sajing so, and he accomplisned his purpose: bnt again he was astonished by the manner in which his overture was received. He had thought that this was a frivolous creature who would at least permit him to tempt ber. "Your criticism of my husband is imperti nent." she said "If you please, we will not discuss Ins dements or my merits." "It is in order to consider your merits. Is it not?" he proceeded, turning adroitly from business. "As jour manager, I have a right to say to you that you are an admirable actress, and that jou ought not to be defrauded out of the monej you- earn. If I have disclosed to vou the affection you have inspired, it was indiscieet. but I will take nothing back. I de mand your friendship on the score of mj de votion to jour best interests!" "You are very kind," and she seemed nearly as much amused as she was annoyed. "Do you know that ou have a singular way of showing your friendship? ' "Possibly" he answered with tranquil ludac itv; "but it is a sensible way. after all. We are sufficient!) well acquainted, jou and I, fer me not to feign an attachment that I do not feel. I don't pride myself on my disinterestedness, and I view life as it really is. I am John War duffs comrade, but not his friend, in the senti mental sense of the word. Friendship is based only upon a unity of interests. Now. it mat ters very little to me whether this gentleman turns out badlj or not; but it does matter a great deal to me that you are obliged to bear thepenalty ot bis folly." "Then you and I must hive common inter ests, as you espouse my cause so warmly," and she gave him a searching glance. "Unquestionabl)," he responded, with a sim ulation of fervor. "I confess it. I have dreamed of jour finding out your husband to be worthless! of your being rid of him, of your taking me into his place." Here again the old actor's appreciation of a dramatic climax led him into a mistaken pol icy. In a plaj such a situition as he had placed himself in might win over the woman, but in real life be found that no such result was achieved. "Don't dare to say another word like those," he commanded. "You have insulted me. Don't do it again." "Very well," he retorted angrily. "Be con tent with a rascal for a husband if you will," "You shall not malign him." "O, I don't misrepresent him. He is not onlv a rascal, but a criminal. He is a forcer. I earn in my pocket the proof of his guilt.'- "The proof? Let me see it." He took out the note, read its face to her, and then, turning it over, pointed to her name on the back. "Dip you write that?" Once again he was disappointed. The woman did not promptly disavow the genuineness or the indorsement. She hesitated a moment, and then quietly said: "Of course I know it. It is mj signature. I wrote it." Ortley stared at her in blank amazement Then his face flushed with bad temper, and he said. "1 ou are unreasonably, ridiculously soft ana yielding. I tell you that Warduff is un worthy of j our regard." "Then I will win him back. I have been neglectful of John. 1 confess it." "He will hardly be so ready to confess his dereliction I have only told jou that he is a gambler and a drunkard that he is a forger. A wife maj overlook those things, though she is a fool to do it, but she will not excuse him for falling in love with another woman. Yes; that is what he has done. Have you been so blind as not to see his fondness for Jessie Gor don? It has been clear to everybody else." "Is it so? Then 1 must win him back. I have found myself too complaisant tow ard this hand some Frenchman. But I know to a certainty that I am innocent of any serious transfer ot my love. There is no real alienation. I have indulged m no more than a passing whim of fancy. 8oIhaen'tan right to believe that John is untrue to me. It is a fault of stage folks, jou know, to be unconventional, but we are not so scandalous as outsiders believe. I am obliged toyou for your warning, Mr. Ortley. 1 shall now take pains to let my husband know that I love him." She turned from him and gazed out at the window, thus pointedly disimssmg him; and ho sa.d not a word, but expressed his rage by means of a portentous scowl behind her back, before retreating to the further end of the car. Ortley joined Warduff there, and, being keyed up to do something malicious, he said to lnin in a tone of confidential sincenty: "War duff. my dear fellow, I have got to tell you something and 1 don't want to. Andras Nor maine is paying court to j our wife. Now, he doesn't know that she is Mrs. Warduff, and, tliercfoie, isn't to blame for falling in love with her, perhaps. But I have made up my mind that you should know of it." "Don't you think I can safely leave my wife to behave herself?" Warduff asked, somewhat testily. "Whj do jou come tale-hearing to me?' "This is what a mutual fnend always gets for interfering between husband and wife. They will both turn on him. You are quick to do it, and I suppose sne would be. But I have done the right thing iu putting jou ou your guard, and there let the matter drop." Thecjesof both men turned instinctively toward the woman of w hom they were speak ing. She still sat looking out through the car window. Then she turned, saw Andras Nor mame and beckoned him to her. He took the chair beside her, and spoke to her. She turned to him attentively, and they joined in a conver sation which, it was plain for those out of hear ing to sec, waB exceedingly engrossing to both. Warduff and Ortley missed not one of their gestures, nor any of the changing expressions upon their faces, but tbey were too distant to hear a word of the dialogue, which was as fol lows: "Americans are apt to be blunt of speech," she said. "I am going to indulge in that Yan kee trait. Has it struck jou that I have paid particular attention to jou 7" The Frenchman was taken aback by this un expected question, but he answered with little hesitation: "You have been very kind very considerate." "What I mean is. have I flirted with vou ? Havel made you think that I was fond of you ?" "You have not, madam. 1 am not so pre sumptuous or so vain as to misconstrue your attention. Why do you ask?" "Because something has led me to think that I may have been indiscreet. Your answer re assures me, and I thank you. One other ques tion, if you will favor me with a reply. Have you observed that any gentleman in this com pany is paying especial attention to Miss Gor don?" His visible start and flush did not escape her. He said: "Then you have seen, madam, that I am devoted to ber?" "You are devoted to her?" she rather eagerly exclaimed, glad to haTe thus stumbled upon a state of things that tended to clear her hus band." T frankly avow it I am in love with Miss Gordon, and I have told her so. It is admirable in you. as the chief of this party, to take a kindly interest in the yonng lady's welfare. I assure you that my love is honest and true, and that if J bad thought of you as in any sense her chaperone, I should have asked your consent before proposing marriage to her ' Helen was not inclined to precipitancy in giving to her husband a clean acquittal, and she quietlv asked: "Mr. Normaine, have you won her affection? Have you had no rival? Is there no other man in our party with whom she has been at all a favorite?" "No. none. I am ot a jealous disposition. So are all Frenchmen. I think. I have watched closely whenever any of the gentlemen has so much as chatted with her. She positively has no preference'among them. I am sure of that She loves me alone." "But somebody else might bo fond of her, without any reciprocation on her part" "But it isn't so. None of the gentlemen has wooed her at alL" The earnest manner of the Frenchman, his cautiously low tones, accompanied by a de meanor of intense feeling, were discerned by the two watchers at tho other end of the car. Warduff no longer doubted Ortlcy's assertion that Andras was making love to Helen; and even Ortley himelf felt bound to believe that his lying had a good basis in truth. The scoundrel," Warduff muttered under his breath. "But he doesn't know she is your wife, re member," Ortley suggested. Meanwhile the other pair had no suspicion that they were beirg misconceived. 1 am de lighted with what you tell me," Helen said. "1 hen you approvo of the match that we have made for ourselves," Andras asked. "You will do what you can to countenance outmar riage?" "Indeed I will gladly very gladly." The impulsive Frenchman seized her hand and kissed it In France that woula have been nothing but a polite expression of gratitude. But in America it is not a custom, as I need not tell jou. You do not classify or graduate the meanings of your kisses as w e do. We range all the way from the hand kissing of mere affabili ty to the mouth kissing of passionate ardor. You are crude, let me assure you, my dear Yankees, in this respect Warduff was wildly jealous at the sight He glared savagely at Andras, who, in happy igno rance of bis blunder, quitted the side of Helen, and sauntered into the lavatory of the car. He was no more tnan out of sightrom the other tounsts before Warduff was by bis side. "You're a scoundrel," Warduff exclaimed, reckless with rage. , "What do you mean, sir?" was Andras' per plexed, yet dignifiedly resentful retort Without explanation, or another word of any sort Warduff doubled his fist and struck the Frenchman a blow in the face. From what I understand of American usage, and if Andras had been an American, whatever fighting was to result from this onset would have occurred then and there. Blow would bat e been returned for blow. Possibly pistols would have been drawn, and a life taken or lost on the spot But Andras was a well bred Parisian, and fisticuff was not a thing to which he could be incited. lam not setting this dif ference forth as a thing favorable to my coun trymen, but merely stating it as a fact bearing upon the occurrences in that lailroad car. Andras drew himself up, pale as a specter with anger, but as calm as death. "If you were in France, sir." he said, "a duel would be inevitable. If you are not a coward, as well as a bully, you will accommodate me by following the usage of my country." Don't aoubt it for an instant'" Warduff grimly rejoined. "We shall fight a duel." CHAPTER IV. THE DUEL. When John Warduff and Andras Normaine returned to the car proper, they separated as far as tne limits of the vehicle would permit The Frenchman was the more successful of the two in maintaining outward composure, but the Amencan was fairly self possessed, too. and nobody but themselves and Wilton Ortley guessed that they had fallen into an alterca tion. That schemer saw at a glance that some thing violent had occurred, and he was not greatly surprised when Warduff, taking him aside, told him that a blow bad been struck. "What is to come of it?" he asked. "Death may come of it," was the prompt answer: and when the other smiled sarcastical ly, he continued: "The fellow has challenged me to a duel. He taunted me with cowardice with being afraid to fight in a French fashion. That is usually with fencing swords, isn't it? Tho antagonists scratch each other a little, or perhaps puncture the skin, aud that is all it amounts to. lwi'l show him how Americans fight duels. We have crossed the line into Louisiana, haven't we? Well, we are in a State where duels used to be common, anyhow, and we shall have one. Itmustbe vfithpistols." The rapid utterance of the angrv man was so vehement and his face showed such a sup pression of emotion, that Ortley did not for an instant doubt the deadliness ol his intention. He simply asked when and where the meeting would take place. "I don't stand on any French ceremony," was the quick response. "I leave all the arrange ments to you. You may act for both of us if be is willing. All I want is to fire at him, and that soon." Ortle was not loath to bring about the duel, if only it might be done without Involving him in a breakago of the law, and a murderous hope arose in him that waruua might De killed, leaving a valuablound attractive widow. He lost no time in conferring with the other party to the proposed duel He began by speaking to Andras of a settlement of the diffi culty, but he found the Frenchman unwilling to go half w ay, or any distance at all to receive an apology. "Ihe man struck me," ho said, "and nothing but an humble apology or a hostile meeting will satisfy my seuse ot honor." "I am sorrv to bavo to say that Mr. Warduff refuses absolutely to apologize. Not only that but he is eager to give you satisfaction. You are the challenger? Then it is for him to choo-e the w capons and place. He has already decided that he will not light with blades " The Frenchman lifted his brows at this, for he had supposed that a bout with foils a pair of which were in use in the car by male mem bers of the company for exercise would be tlje upshot He had an average degree of bravery, however, and his education had been such as to make any avoidauce of a fatal issue repul sive. "What weapons does heprefer?" he inquired. "Pistols," said Ortlej. "The time and place? Shall I refer a fnend to you?" "Is there a man in the company in whom you have any more confidence than in me?" "Tbey are not intimate with me." "I doubt if any one of them would have any thing to do with a duel. Nor do I like to. But if you are bent on fighting. I am willing to see to it that fairness is maintained." "You propose to act for both him and me?" "Not unless you desire it But I tell you that dueling, even in this Southern State, is out of vogue, and that if you are to fight without sub sequently suffering a penalty of the law the affair must be quietly managed." "Very well, sir. 1 am unused to your Ameri can customs. But pray be second to us both, if that is better. Make whatever arrange ments you please, and you will find me obedient" Ortley feigned reluctance, but permitted himself to be persuaded. He said that be would devise apian of some feasible sort, and let the antagonists know of it without delay. "By the way, Mr. Ortley," Normaine said, "why was it that Mr. Warduff struck me? A blow is a blow, and that Is sufficient justifica tion for a duel; but I am curious to know whv he attacked me. Was it that I had kissed the hand of Miss Delaware?" "O, that was a French salutation, and moant nothing." "But wc are in America? and I fancied that he took offense at it I remember, too, to have frequently seen indications of intimacy be tween him aud the lady." Here Ortley might have explained m a dozen words that Miss Delaware was Mrs. Warduff, and thus brought about a peaceful outcome ot the fracas. But he could not bear to spoil tho chance of having Woodruff removed by an other hand than his own. He would not havo contemplated the commission of murder him self, but be was willing to let another man take the life which seemed to stand in the way of his schemes. So he said: "You are wrong. Tbey are nothing to each other, further than his being proprietor of the enterprise in which she was the chief artist It was not your po liteness to her that angered him." "Then what is it?' "The lady in the case is Jessie Gordon. In passing you, he overheard jou say that you had won Miss Gordon's love. Did jou know that he cherished a fondness for Jessie, himself? A fondness amounting to passion, I judge, by tbo violence of his jealousy.1' "It is a lie. I will not Relieve that she is de ceiving me. She is nothing to him " "I only have his word for it. For myself I had never seen or heard anything pointing that way. But when I asked him why ho had struck you, he declared that you were meddling with what belonged to him." "With what belonged to him?" "Yes; his way of putting it was that his pro prietorship of the show included Jessie by rights." Normaine now had a new motive. The offense baa been up to this point a blow in the face quite enough to make him demand gen tlemanly satisfaction; but now he was lea to believe that the honor of his affianced wife was assailed. Never doubting that Ortley told the truth, he felt a far deeper animosity than be fore toward the man who bad struck him, and felt willing cnongh that pistols should be used instead ot foils. Ortley read the stern deter mination in bis lace, ana yet leic inclined to still further enrage him. "I should be glad if you were to use foils," he remarked; "hut I fear that Warduff can't be made to consent He said: Tell the French man that we are not In France, but in Louisi ana, where even the boys are men when it comes to fighting, and .where men are never childish.'" "Let it be pistols," was the calm response. Fifteen ruinates later Ortley brought the foes together, away from the ladies and the rest of the company, in the smoking car of the train. "I want to dissuade you gentlemen from this duel," be began. "Let us settle the matter amicably." THE: PITTSBUEG DISPATCH. "It is impossible." said Warduff. , "Quite impossible," echoed Normaine. "You are agreed, then, that I shall act as sec ond to both?" They nodded assent . "Then, if there must be a fight Jet it be man aged as 1 shall explain. We must not get into trouble with the law. The duel roust not be recognizable as such. 1 have thought it over, and devised a plan thatwill answer the purpose beyond a doubt The new play which we are preparing to produce has a duel scene, you re member. Well, we havo a rehearsal of that episode In our car. There will be an accident One of the pistols used will prove to be loaded with a bullet as well as powder, to our great "Only' one pistol with a bnllet in it?" ex claimed Warduff. "Is that according to American custom?" tho other antagonist inquired. "It would not do to havo two bullets fired." persisted Ortloy. "That would reveal the affair as a duel. I will load two single barreled pistols, which I have in my trunk, one with a perfect cartridge, the other with a cartridgo from which I shall remove the bullet 1 will lay the two weapons under a handkerchief and you will draw at random. Neither will know which has the bullet That will bo fairtobotn, will subject you to equal risk and will put your bravery to an equal test." "Agreed," said Warduff. "And it is satisfactory to me," said Nor- "An hour from now." Ortley continued, "we will stop at a station for dinner. The company will go into the restaurant for their meal. I will remain in the car, load the pistols as I have indicated, and wait a few minutes for you to quit the dinner and report there. Thus we shall have the car to ourselves." The train reached the restaurant station, and tho theatrical company joined the other pas sengers in taking possession of the tables. No more than fit o minutes elapsed," however, be fore Normaine and Warauff left their scarcely tasted food and returned to the private parlor car. There they found Ortley with two pistols in his hands. "You are still determined to fight?" ho asked. Getting an affirmative bow from each, he con tinued: "Ibave loaded these pistols, as I ex plained, with a bullet in ono and a harmless charge in the other. 1 will lay them on the floor underneath my iandkerchief," and he did so. Up to this point ho had not thought of any thing else than guing to each combatant a fair chance, but suddenly the desire flashed into his brain to make sure that the bullet should be fired at Warduff. Why not do it? His hands were still on tne pistols underneath the overspread handkerchief, and he knew that it was in his right hand that the bullet-loaded pistol was held. Was it not likely that each man would take tho weapon nearest to him? Thus hastily considering, he took care to leave the deadly pistol nearest the edge of the hand kerchief toward Normaine. Thus depositing them, he withdrew his bands. "They are ready for you, gentlemen." As he had expected, they took tho nearest weapons, and ho knew to a certainty that the dangerous one wis possessed by the French man. "You will stand at the very furthest ends of the car. with your backs toward each other. I will count one, two, three. When I say three you are to turn and fire at will. Does that suit you?" Again they silently nodded their assent They took their positions as directed. "One," Ortley began. After a pause, he called, "Two." Thti door close to Normaine was thrown open, and Helen Delware entered. She heard the w ords uttered by Ortley, and instantly sur mised the truth. She caught the pistol from Normame's hand. "This is a duel," she exclaimed. "Only a mimic one." Ortle) said; "we are re hearsing the duel scene of our new play." But the woman was not to he deceived. The aspect of the three men was far too grave ano determined to let her believe that they were merely rehearsing a mock light. Besides, why should her husband, not an actor, be taking a role? Ortley's plan might have deceived the officers of the law and the general public, but not any actual spectator of the occurrence. She suffered Ortley to take the pistol from her, but she ran through the car to Warduff. "Mv husband." she cried, "what does this mean? Are jouflght.ngwlth thisman because you are jealous of him? Upon my soul you have no cause for that l love you." And jou deny your love for that man?" and he pointed toward the Frenchman. "There is none to deny. There never has been. How could you think so? He is engaged to marry Jessie Gordon." "That is true," Normaine said. "It is only Miss Gordon whom I love, or who lo es me." Ortley realized that his scheme had demol ished itself, and. anxious now only to conceal his own craft in the matter, he soothingly said: ' There is a misunderstanding, it seems Miss Delware has announced, what none of you know, that she is Miss Warduff; and it seems that you, Mr. Normaine, are to become the husband of Miss Gordon. All the jealousy seems to be unfounded. Mr. Warduff will apologize for his blow, no doubt" "Readily," Warduff exclaimed, extending his hand, which Normaine accepted. "I was told by this man, Ortley, that you were paying court to my wife. That was my provocation let it be my excuse." "1 will do so," replied the Frenchman: "and I accept your apology. But you," and he tnrned savagely upon Ortlet, "ion have lied to me. You told me that Mr. Warduff had maligned my fiancee." "Which I reallv never did." said Warduff. "Then. Ortle), it is between you and me that, tbe duel must be fought." He took from Warduff the pistol for which that gentleman now had no further use. and strode to the further end of tbe car, taking his place in readiness for an exchange of shots with his new adversary. Ortley knew that he himself held the pistol containing a bullet and therefore was not averse to becoming a duelist, since it could be done with safety to himself But at this juncture his assurance was sudden ly and unexpectedly displaced by peril. "Neither of you know which is the loaded weapon," said Warduff, who was now ready to suspect Ortley of any possible trickery; "but it was you, Ortley, who arranged them for us to draw from under tbe handkerchief. It wouli not look well if you were to flro without a new drawing of the pistols. Let me take them." He took the weapons from the hands of the two men, spread his handkerchief over them as had been done before, and bade them draw. Ortley was too cowardly to shrink from tbe ordeal. It takes bravery, sometimes, to ac knowledge oneself a scoundrel, and he was a murderous one. He turned pale, but firmly withdrew one of the pistols, as did Normaine, and both stood at the ends of the car, ready for Warduff to give the word. As for Helen, she dashed out in quest of aid to stop the duel. But before she had time to give an alarm the two pistol shots were heard, and tbe car was immediately filled by excited people. They taw Ortley l)lng wounded on the floor. He had fallen by his own trickery, and it was no more punishment than he well de served, for the wound was serious, without being fatal. He was left behind, when the corn pan) resumed their tourney, to regain his health in a hospital, but never, of course, to re sume the business management of Helen Del ware. When asked by the local officials for an explanation of the occurrence, ho agreed with the other two men in declaring that it was an accident happening during a rehearsal of a duel sccno in a pla. THE END. CONVERSING BY TELEGRAPH. An Operntor Says His Instrument Sounds Like a Voico to Him. New York Tribune. ; "Do I hear the clink of my instrument?" said a telegraph operator when asked what was the sensation of receiving a message and writing it out at the same time. "Well, I suppose I do, else I could not make the message, but the sound docs not make a noticeable impression on my ear. In fact, I am never conscious of the fact that there is a click. I do not associate the actual dot or dash with a letter. To me it is a letter it self. So when I am 'receiving it is pre cisely the same as if someone was talking to me. Most of the messages come along so rapidly, you know, that they make a run ning conversation. It is not precisely as it you were talking to ine here, bu rather as if vou sat in one corner of a room and spoke to me. This is so true that when a question is asked an operator fancies that he hears the rising of the voice at the end of the sen tence. This prevents one from being over come by the terrible monotony of the thing, ior I often get interested in the mes sages. - "When I am receiving a graphic newspa per account of any incident I feel as if some one was telling it to me. Perhaps it is more real to me than to one who reads it afterward." Revenge. Lumbermau (in chancery) Kick him once 'r twice 'fore you swat him. Bill, t kinder even up. A bee's stung me four times while he's held rue here. Puck. J.?6- If". SUNDAY, .SEPTEMBER EI-QUEMS IN EXILE. The Pretly Eugenie Who Once Ruled the World of Taste and Fashion. HER MADNESS FOR PURCHASING. Great luxury ?nd Extravagance of the Queen of Portugal. EX-QUEEN ISABELLA'SLITTLE COUET I WRITTEN TOR THE DISPATCH. 2 I saw her for a moment pass through the corridors of a London hotel she leaned heavily upon the arm of her companion, ' a young girl, and also supported herself with her ebony walking stick. She wore an an tique pin at her throat set with many black and colored pearls, diamonds in her ears, and was dressed in the deepest crape. Her lace was very sad and worn, although an at tempt had been made to conceal the ravages of time and tears with an artificial bloom. There was still much majesty left in her glance and bearing, but she passed through the halls unrecognized, as she was traveling incognito. Her only companion was a young girl. She had come in hurriedly from the street in terror of a thunder-storm, which was gathering, of which I afterward learned she has great fear. All disturb ances of nature excite her very mush, as she was born during an earthquake, her mother being obliged to take refuge from the falling houses under a tree. Few know that Napoleon the Third pro posed to three German princesses and was refused, before he offered himself to the beautiful Spaniard. The last was the Prin cess Adelaide, niece of Queen Victoria, who had something to do with the refusal, the young girl being inclined to accept. Mile, de Montijo had been a sensation at Vienna, where her wonderful beauty, her grace, her superb riding and her wit, had brought her many offers of marriage from the Austrian noblemen. Hers was the beauty of perfect health; her walk had an Andalnsian spring in it. her complexion was perfect: and her expression brilliant and animated. "When she came to Paris Napoleon was not yet crowned. He saw her first AX A GRAND BALL, where she sat quite apart and alone. "Who is that beautiful girl?" he exclaimed. "That is Mile, de Montijo, the Spanish beauty who has just made such a sensation at Vienna." He dispatched one of his officers to request for him permission to dance with her. She received the officer, and when he had told his errand, replied "Tell him that I cannot dance with a Napoleon who is not an Emperor." The reply fascinated Napoleon aud he eagerly sought her ac quaintance. He was then paying court to the German princesses, and on receiving tbe final relusal, said: "I will marry one who will shame them all with her beauty," and issued a proclamation to bis people asking leave to marry the woman he loved. This bit of clever sensationalism, of course, aroused great enthusiasm. For many years Eugenie rnled the world in matters of taste and fashion. "When she left the Tuileries her wardrobes were sights to behold, for in her flight she could take but little. There were dresses of all styles, materials and colors, enough to have cos tumed an army of beautiful women. Most ot them had been worn only once.many not at all. Hats and bonnets by the hundreds, mantles, fans, laces, boots, and also semi precious articles in gold aud silver, parasols, opera glasses, card cases, etc., many of them blazing with her monogram in diamonds. There were packages ol lace trimmed under clothes, dozens ot which had never been opened. A madness for more buying seems to have seized her when she entered a shop, for she ordered right and left everything beautifnl that caught her fancy and then forgot what she had bought. The clothes- 'presses were crammed with such purchases. -L'arasols with handles of gold, studded with turquoises, boots with ruby buttons, piles ot the little jeweled bon-bon boxes she used to scatter bo lreely even small things like pins, needles and scissors in quantities that she could not have had the slightest use for. ONLY ONE SUCCESSOR The only queen ot to-day who can match this in luxury and extravagance is the Queen of Portugal, who spends money in tbe same reckless manner and buys by tbe wholesale. She does not wait to examine and make ber selections before purchasing. She buys all the styles of the day direct from Paris, giving orders for the leading houses to send anything that is new and beautiful, wears what pleases her, and casts aside tbe rest. She has good taste, aud when one of these collections of-dresses, mantles, hats, gloves, Doots, laces, etc., arrives lrom Pans, she makes a long study of each article, trying on many times, studying the combin ation with the lines ot her figure, the color of her hair, until she gets a harmony per fect in all its details. She is generons and loves to make costly and eccentric gifts, but in that way no one has surpassed the charm ing idea ot the Queen of Holland. On her husband's recent birthday she presented him with an enormous bouquet of flowers, ot the kind used on benefit nights at opera in Italy, so heavy that it required several serv ing men to "carry it. As it was bronght close to the throne the old king stooped for ward to examine it, when amidst the flowers the head of his little infant daughter popped out, to the surprise of the monarch and the amusement of the whole court. Eugenie's lather had been a devoted fol lower of Napoleon I., and her mother a brilliant society woman. "Washington Irving was entertained at her home in Spain when Eugeuie was a little girl; later the EmDress of the French loved to gather all the greatest artists in Paris at her after noon tea parties, which were delightful. Napoleon often used to disgrace her by the openness of his intrigues, and wounded by these affairs she several times attempted to leave his court and his throne. One of her retaliations was very amusing. The Countess Castiglione was then the lavorite of the hour. The Emperor had openly in vited her to a royal supper. Eugenie had her hairdresser make for her poodle a head dress exactly like the one customarily worn bv the Countess. "When the Emperor and his favorite were walking arm in arm and examining the pictures in the room, the doors opened and in ran the poodle in rib bons and jewels an exact counterpart of the Countess, who retired furious with rage. hen she reached the door of her chamber she was faced by a placard printed in large letters: "The Hoyal Poodle." AN EXILES' COUET. Paris has always been a favorite resort for les rois en exile, and there are many who hold their little courts and are more or less worthy of distinction. It was always a great privation to the ex-Empress that she was obliged to seek protection from the rather frigid English, though they have been most kind to her in her grief. King Milan, of Servia, has renounced his throne that he might join this colony. Unlike the reigning royalties, who are gradually dis pensing with form and ceremony, the ex iled queens are very particular to keep up every iorm of state that belongs to their rank, as this outward observance is the only thing they have to mark it. Their coronet is everywhere, and "Your Koyal Highness" is insisted upon in addressing them. The ex-Queen of Naples held a very quiet but remarkable court, but her rela tive, ex-Queen Isabella of Spain, is the roost interesting and notorious of all royal refugees who make Paris their home. She was driven from the throne by the Spanish people, but is very wealthy, lor during the stormy times which preceded her birth, her mother made good provision for her by se creting great sums of money and even by re placing some of the crown jewels with glass, ft is on tbe income of these hidden treasures that Isabella keeps up her little court and covers her immense bulk with the gorgeous costumes she is noted for. She has grown enormously fat; her drawing room is bung with crimson brocade; she receives on a J 15, J1889Z platform in a gilt chair like athrone. and her guests are permitted to kiss her hand and bend tbe knee before her. How different is the position of onr ex rulers. "When ex-President Haves attended the funeral of President Garfield no one took tbe slightest notice of him, except one policeman who cried, "Keep off that grass.' A TRUE FRIEND. Napoleon III. was very much admired by Queen Victoria, who has always been great ly moved, by manly beauty. "When he visited her court his equality of position permitted the young Queen a greater free dom than she had ever been allowedwith any man, and she delighted in his conversa tion, his-brilliancy and his knowledge of the world. She admired the Empress and en vied her savoir faire, and since her widow hood and sorrow she has been a very warm friend to her. "When the Empress was enjoying her splendid youth in Vienna she heard a great singer sing a new German song that much affected her. It was the "Good Night, Fare well," now so widely known, but then just published. She sent for him and asked him to teach it to her. She had a beautiful mezzo voice, and it became the favorite in her repertoire. Years passed, and when she visited England in '55 with the Emperor the same singer sang at a State concert in Buck ingham Palace and sang the same song. She had not looked at her programme, but when the familiar tones came to her ears, she burst into tears. As I saw her bent and trembling, draped in black and leaning on a staff, I tbougbt of all her sorrows, and I, too, burst into tears in the hotel corridor and murmured, "Good Night, Farewell." Olive "Weston.' THE CHIVALROUS KNIGHTS. They Were Beyond Question by Far tbo Worst rills in the Box. Blackwood's Magazine.! V The chivalrous knights who came over with the Conqueror, the nobles who fought Neville's (Cross, and Crecy, and Agincourt, were, for the most part, the merciless tyrants of their serfs and dependents. Sor rid rapacity kept pace with reckless profu sion, and in the arbitrary exercise of their feudal rights they shrank trom no form of oppressive cruelty. Their brutalities would have disgraced a Jonathan Wild, and their crimes would seem scandalous in the New gate calendar. To do them justice, they were as hard on their equals as on their inferiors, though from a point of perhaps egotistical punc tilio, they spared their equals the dishonor of actual torture. The captive had neither comfort nor mercy to expect till he paid his ransom, or was rescued by his friends. "What stories of slow misery in the very shadow of death might be told by tbe dun-' geon that may still be seen beneath the foundation ot such castles as Warkworth or Kenilworthl There the well-nurtured knight, like Damian de Lacy in ."The Be trothed," shackled and ironed, although there was no possibility of escape, wus doomed to solitary seclusion on the coarsest and scantiest food. Fettered in the damp and the darkness among loathsome creep ing things, he drew breath with difficulty, in the foulest air; and it was fortunate ior him that, like the cold-blooded toads, which were his fellow-prisoners, undeveloped sen sibilities saved him from insanity. The only access to those loathsome oubliettes was, as at Warkworth, throngh the trap-door open ing in tbe roof. What must have been the tone of mind of the chivalrous lord of the castle who woula feast and carouse in the banquet hall above stairs with such horrors and such suffering beneath his feetl But what be tween hard fighting, free feasting, and deep drinking, the nobles of the middle ages seem to have kept conscience at arm's length, as they had become absolutely in different to the suffering of their fellow creatures. There were rare exceptions to prove the rule. Some princes and wealthy nobles were piously. inclined and munifi cent. They gave liberally in theirjlifetimes and made magnificent ecclestiastical foun dations. SINCERE BUT SEVEEE. A Iiiltlo Girl Embarrasses Visitors by Re pealing Her mother's Orders. Boston Courier.: A couple of ladies who were recently call ing in Brookline were ushered into the parlor upon the floor of which lay a rug with a middle of solid crimson. After they had crossed this brilliant expanse, they were horrified by .the discovery that every footstep they had taken was clearly printed in dust upon the otherwise stainless surface of the rug. As they sat guiltily regarding the soiled rug, the small daughter of the hostess came in to the room, and the minute she entered her eyes fell upon the footprints. "Oh, just see there, wtat you've done," she cried. "You just see what my mamma will do to you; she had that rug all cleaned nice this "morning ior company to-nicht. She told me she'd send me to bed without ice cream if I stepped on it." This was all delivered in a tone of voice which left no room of doubt of its sincerity, and the callers "vere divided between a sense of their guilt and an inclination to laugh at the manner in which it was brought home to them. Fortunately for their peace of mind their hostess entered at that mo ment and explained that the rug was one which showed every trace of dnst, and that she found it necessary to take a strong measures to keep it free from the track of her children's feet, but that it was not an offense to step on it for which she could not forgive her friends. FISH IN HAUNESS. Hitched to a Sail Boat They Fall It at a Rapid Rate. ChlcaioHer&ld.': Sam Parker was relating some stories about trained fish a few days ago, and told of a men who owned a yacht with which he could beat anything in the whole neighborhood. It was a surprise, too, to other owners, for their boats were better fitted for last sailing. They found out the reason of it in time, and, the ingenuity of the trick amazed them. "This man had a lot of trained fish," said Mr. Parker, "and he h.id a little harness for them. After- harnessing the fish he would hitch them to the boat, and he would have a piece of bait hanging from the bow sprit just out'of reach of the fish. They, of course, made strenuous efforts to reach the bait, but though they could not do so they succeeded in pulling the boat along at such speed that she beat her competi tors in all races." Tho Homo Circle Enough. Bessie Bintbayr (seriously) What you need, Bertie, is a friend who will candidly point out to you your occasional follies, and Bertie Fresbleigh Oh, stop that, BessI Don't you suppose I've got some brothers and sisters at home 1 Puck. f SPORTSMEN'S SPOIES; How Many of the Feathered and Furred Trophies Are Preserved. THE SHOP OF A TAXIDERMIST. What It Costs to Have Birds and Beasts Properly Mounted. CURIOUS MEMENTOES OP THE CHASE rwsmis ran Tint dispatch. I found out all about it in the queerest place yon.ever saw a little low shop, dark, dusty, beetle-ljrowed on one of the old, old streets close to the big bridge. 'The pro prietor is English, with the richest cockney accent. Like Cassius, he wears a lean and. hungry look, and at. the outset was as close as wax in fact, seemed to have revived the Know Nothing party for my especial benefit. Finding at last from my questions that I did know a hawk'from, a heronshaw nay, even one hawk from another, he grew as bland as & May morning, and Jet me look my fill at his queer wares. There are birds, beasts, reptiles and fish, not to mention their skins, teeth, claws, and so on. My cockpey friend is a taxidermist, who either buys outriglit the sportsman's spoil, or else for a consider atioD, puts it in such shape for him as admits of its being kept for future reference. The sellers, for the most part, are liunters pure and simple, who follow it for profit, with no pretense of sport.- Now and then an ama teur turns flock and feather into money, but in general, the man who can afford to go hnnting is abundantly able to keep all tbe game he can kill. DEE3SED ASU MOUNTED BEASTS. Some sorts, though, bring a pretty penny. A tiger skin in the raw is worth S150. dressed and mounted as a rug it is worth $100. A jaguar's skin costa raw abont $30, and is worth 580 when ready for my lady's parlor or boudoir. Baw black bear skins cost $20 and bring $40. Cinnamon are (10 higher in each state, Buffalo robes un dressed are no longer in the market, nor likely ever again will be until the enter prising Kansan, who is breeding "sealskin buffalo"by crossing with black polled Angus cattle, shall have bis new "varmint" upon a thousand hills. Indian dressed buffalo robes are $75 to $100 each; deer robes, $3 to $15. A panther skin fetches a fancy price, as it is only once in a great while one comes to market A good specimen, witE teeth and claws attached, would come near a tiger skin in value, thouch, -said my guide, philosopher and friend, "Hit the teeth do be lacking ha man, or so, wy, hi jest sock in one from some bother hanimil hi 'ave hiu stock." That is not the limit of his power either. He con fided to me, that a most realistic gorilla bang, horrible and seven feet high, who stood grinning at the door, was "Ha fancy piece made up to see what hi could do." THE FEATHERED TEIBE. A group of fox-bats, with outspread wings hovered over hiB gorrillaship price $10 each, and frightful enough for a nightmare of Inferno. Back of them poised a bald eagle, four times as big, bufworth only $10 more though I cannot suspect his English owner of a purpose to bear the national bird. A gray eagle, he tells me, is worth $15, which is likewise the price of the great snowy and big barn owls'. A pert wild tur key and gorgeous peacock with tail at full spread, are 25 each; a whits swan $15. The bigcondorof theAnde', with his nakedhead and cruel hooked beak is so horrible that I will not stay to hear his price. Just behind him stands "on order" a great snowy flam ingo from South America, 3 feet tall, as slender aB a reed, and mighty pretty in his pink and white coat. He is worth all of $50, but not purchasable for thrice the sum, as he is the first fruit of his owner's gun in that far wild land. Close at band are some "Paradise birds, never known to alight" but securely on metal fixtures, the poets to the. contrary notwithstanding. Next come specimens of the African trochn, 40,000 of" whose two long, light, beautiful tail feathers were pulled out to make the cloak of the Hottentot King. It must have been mar velously lovely. The bird is ordinary enough about the size of a big woodpecker with a dull coat faintly touched with color, but the tail feathers that stand six inches below the rest, are of the softest, most de licious, indescribable green, with yellow and blue lights and are as fairy-like in texture as thistle down. SOME VEBX PBETTT BIEDS. TheiJ there are cases of South American humming birds that show all over jewel tints: other cases of butterflies, red birds, orioles, canaries, a group that shows; a song thrush, a robin, a blue jay, two sparrows and a quail which the proprietor explains is "the day's shootin' " of oneof his patrons who chooses thus to demonstrate for all time his murderous instinct and lack of true I sportsmanship. Small birds are staffed and moumeu &iniy iui uvu .". -. 6wr the price falls to BO cents. Teal and wood duck cost $2 to $3, canvas back and geese, $3 to $5. Fish and chicken hawks run from $5 to $10, the smaller owls. $1 to $5, qnail, partridge and prairie chicken about the same; pheasant and guinea fowl from $3 to $7. Alligators are away below par. Big 12 foot fellows fetch but f20 to $30. Alligator teeth are likewise a drug on the market. Shark's teeth fetch 25 cents to $1, and the saw fish's weapon $1 50. Coral branches sell according to beauty and the owner's necessity from 50 cents to as many dollars, and sea shells from tropic seas from 10 cents to $1 50. In horns and heads trade is par ticularly lively. The Queen Anne-er thinks nothing furnishes like some antlers in his hall. So elk horns in the raw are worth $35, mounted $50. An elk head, ready to go on the wall, $75 to $100. A fine pair of red deer horns are worth $8. The head mounted, $10 to $12. Black tail deer head mounted, $12 to $15. Buffalo head mounted, $123. Moose head mounted, about the same. A Bocky Mountain sheen's head is worth $20, a fox skin $5 unmounted, a stuffed fox $12. SOME CHEAP SPECIMENS. The rare white porcupine costs only $10, a jacket rabbit $5 and a pert squirrel eating his nut just $3. It is 50 cents cheaper to kill him yourself stuffing is worth $2 50. Much the most of my friend's business comes from gentlemen sportshien who wish thus to immortalize their various finds and kills. He stuffs and mounts a deer for $40, a bear lor $50. For a moose his charge is $100, and he adds that he has "done sev eral" for a Brooklyn man who is "consider able of a moose hunter." For elk the tariff i3 $150. A horse costs $200, "and not wanted at that, don't ye see, the proportions is that troublesome." Fortunately for the stuffer few dead horses are worth so much. It is only once in a way he has to wrestle with one. After the worrr of flesh and fowl.it is a positive lnxury to him to handle fish. Even so big a one as a tarpon be will mount you com plete on a panel for your dining room wall ior the modest sum of $25. Salmon are $10 to $25; according to size, trout and bass, $5 to $10. As to his processes, he kept a golden silence. I don't blame him, though, in tbe least, I might have been a possible rival, seeking out the secrets of the craft. Saiiors and wayfaring men bring many queer creatures, too. Tbey sail into New York bay from pretty well all over the world and sell fora song the flotsam of their far voyages. Ship runners and "wharf rats" get the most of it, from whom it passes on to more reputable tradesmen. The cruise men get some, the junk dealers a share. Whatever wears FUB AND FEATHERS passes on to my friend of the dark shop and his congeners. Hunters, guides, trapper and tourists all do their part. The result is the most grotesquely peopled shop In all tba big city. Once stuffed and mounted a beast is reasonably immortal and certain to come back to its creator whenever it gets out of kelter. " A long', lithe leopard, looking fear- -?" - - iri -.irivjr- f ally gannt. was. ee fer ew , iHe i day of say visit. It -fed mm4 "at Mm( hands and feet of tbe yeag ies ef tts house. A big, barly 1mh ra is area worse case. Children bad wera Utfc hair off his lordly bek tltdisg over aad down it, and hacked his big owe whk their blunt knives, till the taxhferaaift iavery P'ty flung over him the battered tiger (Ua with which he was to be reelotlwd. A meek deer stood on three legs by tee wall, a melancholy monument to moving day horrors. Altogether it wa Mm saeat efams 'fF 5iSc! rTe found MBeelcasw oat of Aladdin'i palace. M. 0. Williams. THE FIRESIDE SPHIM ACollecflfflofliaailoalM ft Bobs CracHni. Ad&rmcommunlcatlonifor thU dtpartmm r to E. B. Chadbourn. Zewiiton, Maine. 733 WILLIE TOLD THE THAmma. 5 734 THE TEMPERANCE SCHOOLMASTER. , tCopjrlght, 1899, by E. B. Chsdlxmrn. J A schoolmaster once whose name was Mo- Dunce, With a hobby for temperance preaching; Thought that alcohol was a curse to all. And its evil effects far-reaching; He went once to seek a family meek. The pillar and prop of his collece. Whom he interviewed, witn the object good Of Increasing his quota of knowledge. Their various views were very diffuse Some looked upon beer as a blessing; While with reason as sound some argued they found The effects of indulgence distressing; The first could not tnink what there was in drink For temnerance talkers to scoff at He thought it no sin to be seen in gin. When it yielded a handsome profit. The next could not fail to see that ale Was an evil of man's own choosing; He was twice In it and fain to admit The effect was a little confusing. This statement a third thouent aulte absurd. And thought too much ale made a drunkard; Yet never In it. he'd ne'er have been-fit The trials of life to have conquered. w To a fourth It appeared as a mocker weird t& ' jviaae mm ieaa me lire or a urusoe He who never would flinch, when sober, a" inch From anguish. In wine would do so. The fifth wouldn't like his episode strike A blow at the temperance movement: Had been twice in beer in his brief career, And saw a. aecided Improvement. Then another who went on amusement bent To a ball in tbe greatest elatl6n. With the wine at the feast made himself a beast As f onl as in all creation. There came one at last with experience vast In those orgies that end in a fracas In concoctions and drinbs that would puzzle a Sphinx A thorough disciple of Bacchus. Yet cider made him a scoffer grim. And the wine that is quaffed by the wealthy Made him lachrymose, while tbe ale that flows In foam from the tap made him healthy. Up the pedagogue jumped, from the table he luumpea For, pedantic, be often was spnnky 'To water I'll stick through thin and throusb thick. . Though scoffers declare me a flunky." Wk. Wilson. 735 reversed rhomboid. Across 1. A country seat. 2, Hunters. 3. To correct by punishment. 4. To lessen. 5. More Abrupt, ft, Evening parties. 7. To fall. Down I. A letter. 2. In the same manner. 3. A French money of account. 4. The fore part of the leg. 5. (Geom.) Aright line uniting-the extremities of tho arc of a circle, a., (Ano, Pros.) Afoot or two syllaolcs, thB-BrstA-longand the second short 7. A special prirt-T lege or immunity. 8. Moves with celerity. 9. (Bot.) A genus, of plants with compound flow- ' ers. 10. To b'edge, shut, or fence In Frov. Eng.). 11. The sea-eagle, or asprey. 13. A Roman weight of 12 ounces. 13. A letter. Uax. Aivtjo. 736 CHARADE. O, fair and sweet as a morn in Jnne Was my lore as she tripped thro' tho meadow. The first was playing at hide and seek, And she now was in sunshine, now shadow. Her bands o'erflowed with beautiful 'twas, But not one was so fair as the holder. Surpassing fair she seemed in my eyes, And I longed in my arms to enfold her. Bnt I was an awkward and bashful boy. And I feared she might think I was silly. I felt like a coarse and overgrown whole Placed beside a fair, delicate lily. 737 THE COMBINATION LOCK. The four annular spaces in the accompanyinz diagram are supposed to revolve Independently about their common center. If tne lour rings be brought to the proper relative positions, the letters will form a quotation from a well-Known quotation of Longfellow's. The quotation be gins with tbe capital L in tbe inner circle, and reads from the center out, all around tbe disk, a blank space occurring after the end ot each word. J. H. Fezahdie. 738 ANAGRAM. Ton climbed the rocky mountain side Beneath tbe scorc'iing sun. And wearily and hungrily Came home when day was done. And when you showed the day's results At home. I'm almost sure Your "Grandpa tho' 't your heap" of views Was very, very poor. Ethyl. 739 OBLIQTTE RECTANGLE. 1. A letter. 2. Belonging to a female. 3. One who hires. 4. Draws. 5. A vlliflsr. a. Told. 7. Subslfles. 8. Women whose husbands are dead. 9. Propriety of behavior, la A thong. 1L A small draught. 12. A letter. Frank. 740 riddle. Around, around, around, Above I'm ever found: Before, behind, across, I'm never at a loss: Within, without, above, I'm constant in my love; Beside, beyond, between, I'm felt, but never seen; Into, out of, under, I aid the giant thunder; Sooner, later, ever. You can kill me never; Master of life: don't donbt me No man exists without me! W. E. ElwwobtH. ANSWERS. 728 Pickle her-ring. 727 Band-box. 723 Magog, Agog, Gog, O J, G. Cre-m-ation, me-a-n, g-old thine, Sl-o-n, si c-n, gaol (jail.) 729-Starlight. 730 Mash, ash. 731 WiiiBHOAsnorxJS Argil LivEitorS T A TJ T O C H B O N E EttiAiioS R E PTJ I.S E Hovsli o rb A TaR SaioH Anno iiO Beiohena u RlS TRIBTTIO ANATHRStATIZXD Wabjcuhkabtidnxib 732-Cora.