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THE SCRANTON TBIBTOE SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 17, 1896.
t THE HARA-KIRK
a By H. WORTHINON PAGE, H. D.
X Copyright, imty Ba
' PAKT I.
Colonel Davidson was dying. Th oifl
traveler who bore the scars Ot rf'Mliy
thrllllnR adventures, whose iron contti.
tution hail stood by him during hia
yearn of travel In far-off cllmes-"T('4a
ut last called upon to meet the lnevU.
rule. As the gray head rolled r6t
lessly to and fro on the white pl'l()v
the doctor and Mr. Warner, the
cnel's old lawyer andl ife-lons freJid,
stood sadly by and ministered to the
uunta of the sufferer, until, as the "rst
l'utnt glimmer of dawn came thr"1
he open window, the soul of th" itj.
alld took Its tlight.
Colonel Davidson was a ttachioj..
During his many years of travel 10
had picked up here and there odd cUr
Ins, until his big, rambling; house s
tilled with an interesting collection tri&.t
was a never-failing source of eP'ftf.
talnment to his friends. Less thai1 nn
hour before the colonel died he ope1td
Ms eyes and turning toward the tid
lawyer, said with difficulty: "W
nfter I'm gone I want you to see hat
the doctor gets that sword of m'lv
He raised his hand and pointed to nn
odd-looking weapon that hung over te
mantel. "Jt's a Japanese affair,' he
continued, feebly, "nnd I've al'fty
prized it because of its Interesting "-Is.
tory. You'll find the story of it arrtrig
my papers, and don't fall to give 'hat
to the doctor with the sword."
About a week after the colonel' fu
neral the doctor received the si'r(j
It was securely wrapped, and witb. l
wns this note from Mr. Warner:
"My Dear Doctor: I send you tl(0
sword. The history does not accojj
prny it because I have not yet fouPd. jj
among the colonel's papers. It Vn
doubtless come to light soon and I
mail it to you at once. Sincerely 'oltfa
"Charles Alfred Warner.'' '
The doctor undid the wrappings a.
examined the weapon curiously, toP
although he had often noticed it hanJ
lng over the mantel of the colonel's bn
room, he had never before had oppor
tunity to examine it closely. He not'oj
as he unrolled it from the paper th&t it
had a musty odor, pleasantly 8u?f?st
ive of antiquity and strange adventure.
It was an odd-looking old wefltio
about thirty Inches long. The Scai,.
bard was plain, of wood covered wtth
thick, black hide, and heavily tiPbed
with brass. The hilt was a clrcUar
piece of brass covered with Jap3neSl,
letters and designs. On one side of t)e
scabbard was a flllat projection Whlpjj
the doctor found to be the handle t a
narrow-bladed hara-kiri knife that Ht
ted Bnugly into a sheath made in t,e
side of tho scabbard. The blade of thg
knife was eight inches long, and So
much narrowed by repeated sharpen,
ings that some characters engraved on
tho blade had been partly ground ftwfty
Sllpplng the hara-kiri knife again "nd
its socket, the doctor drew the sWorti
from the scabbard.
It was an ugly-looking blade ab0jt
two feet long, perfectly plain, he&.yy
and thick, with its edge ground dotvi to
the pharpness of a razor. The hnQie
was of metal, closely inlaid with minit,
brts of colored sea shell and ingenlUa
ly wound with braided black silk, i" a,n
open work design showing the in'm j
Set firmly Into each side ot tb.e
handle was a small metal plate. 0ie
had letters engraven on It, the orlni
owner's name, the doctor thought
The engraving on the other side of
such peculiar design as to excite the
doctor's curiosity. In the center '"'sre
wavering flames of fire from the fHt
of which rose the ugly heads of flVe
serpents their fangs protruding ftiiM
their mouths. This scene had the Us
ing sun for its background.
"That's a suggestive design," thotifrnt
the doctor; "certainly must have b4n
very comfronting. I supose it'a the
owner's coat-of-arms. He must nve
been a regular old tippler to hft-ve
chosen snakes for his crest, Perh.1)a
he inherited them from a drunken
grandfather. I wish Mr. Warner W0b.1(j
hurry up with the pedigree. Je4n
tlme I'm going to get some of thi n
gravlng translated if I can."
"Bridget," he said, as that worthv
came in just then to fill the fil
lamp"do you know any Japfse
"Hiven'sakes, no!" ejaculated Pfi.
get, nearly dropping the lamp in her
astonishment at the question. 'J4p.
"ITS A' JAPANESE AFFAIR," h-pi
lnase mon lndade!" she sniffed, "nil
phwat wud I be wantin' of a Ja&lhee
mon? Shure an haven't I enough o do
wld looking afther the hathen & my
own country widout huntln' up li-'
chlls?" " M"
, "I know you have," replied the floe
tor, laughing. "It's not fop yot but
myself I wanted him. I thought voU
might know where I could And one,"
"lndade 01 do not," tald BrdSet
omewhat mollified, "or Japlnase 'wm,
in nather, unless It be Timmie woUd. AO
"Just the man!" exclaimed the doc
tor. "I wonder I did not think of htru
before. Say, Bridget, when you Hve
filled the lamp, will you go around th0
corner and ask Mr. Roberts If h Vlll
let Timme come to my office for fW
"Tls, sir 01 will," said Bridget, she
went out muttering to herself. i
Japlnase mon, lndade! Why, If Ol had
wan of thim Old" and words fa-Ulnst
to rise to the possibilities of the :Ca
Ion, she kicked a hassock that h&D,
pened to be in her path so viciously that
it rolled under the piano.
The doctor busied himself with. nt
ting for twenty minutes or so, 'When
there came a soft knock at the 0f
and in response to his "come in" the
Japanese entered. Tim, or "TinHe "
as he was commonly known in the
neighborhood, had been a waiter in the
restaurant on the avenue for Qme
years. He had usually served the j0o,
. tor when he took his meals there lurv
tng his family's absence in the surrutw.
He was a small though muscular than,
about fifty years of age and witn lw
nounced Japanese features. He Ag
prompt and obliging, but never couij
be drawn into conversation, and
all his good qualities there was tn.e
. thing about the man, or In his PJ,.
distrust him. r
"Well, Timme, I've a Japan Vor6
'ofn nd Bachallm
5e said the doctor, tak'"B it down
frtt the top of hW desk; "there's
e writing on it which I can't make
""t, teing a little rusty m my Japan
es since I left school, Ro I sent tot you
tee if you can translate It for me."
.. inimle, with a grin, 0d down his
o0d took the sword m his hands.
'Ye, it's Japan Bword, sure -nough;
V6llV od one. too. Beionged to a big
"A, otllcer, I guess." said Timme, in
J" peculiar cracked-Pot voice, exam
,nJ tfe weapon curiously,
'vliat do those letter ttnd design on
1 handle mean?" askea the doctor.
Afce Japanese shifted his hands
"iloU had hitherto covered the inscrlp
tl0 on the handle and, stepping over
'? he window, looked at the characters
,Hel in the strong light.
1 Started visibly as he did so, and
Vaife greatly agitatea. Muttering a
, nt? 01 unintelligible Japanese, he
he suddenly toward the doctor
TttE HARA-KIRI HAD BEEX COM
MITTIsd. wlth which to defend himself, so he
''8ped a chair, a small, heavy one of
f'1! little eyes, usually bo expresslon
were now widely dilated and
sntipped viciously; the bhiHo had died
Wvuy nn1 ia lts place wt8 a look of
crVei determination about the thin,
'pressed lips; his yellow face was
'yli with a look of rage and hate. The
dotor had barely time. in his ostonish
iti to nte the stai tling transforma
"Jtj in the usually inorivntve waiter,
whn the latter suddenly sprang from
'"fe window, and drawinff the sword
rn its scabbard, advanced threaten-
ffly uPn the doctor.
v1iat do you mean? put down that
f?'cril" exclaimed the doctor, thinking
iiian had gone insane and now
'' pipan what I cay; I must take your
"": there's no help for you," he cried,
stij advancing upon tht; doctor, and
ni?v the picture of murderu fury.
Vjjero was no time to tall for assist
ffts. In- fact- it was dona so quickly
Q0 -n. riinvinpo,1 that the Tnnanpxe
jntndedto take his life, he eprang
ittn h's chair and around to the other
J'le of his desk, placing It between
J'tgelf and the woum-be assassin.
Thre was no weapon within reach
n'a.fiOgany, sent him from the West in
mOsi by a patient. Littinff it, he pre
P1bed to sell hlg life dearly, just as the
'J-ddned man, with an exclamation in
f-baneise rushed upon hlm Seizing
'hti pandle of the swora in hoth hands,
atj gwlnglng It around above his head,
" brueht it down With murderous
f'feuBth. The doctor raised his chair
Jut ,n the neck of time to catch the
Wll force of the blow. To that solid o.d
Jjhir the doctor today owes his life.
Th.Q Keen blade cut through two of Its
r?Und9' trtt the heavy seat met the
"'(ir with such force ng to send the
or Hying from th e murderous
fgp.and, springing across the floor,
11 fiew under the big gofa standing
afcitji8t the wall.
.I'he Japanese looked dazed for an in
9tft,t at being thus foiW but only for
n"tant, for he quickly turned and
H to wnere ne nao inrown tne soao
H,d n the floor near the window,
f'lting it up, he drew forth the hara
J'bt Knife and again turned, toward the
"to1"- This momentary respite was
"Of- lost to the latter. H hml reached
Vr the corner of his desk and, pulling
bn a drawer, drew forth his big re
viver, which he alwayg kept there, but
never before had occasion to use.
11 was a modern weapon, fully loaded
h.Q carried a ball of thlrty-elght-call-
as tne now tnorousmy irenzien
'uUnl himself facing the revolver.
fc ontriry to the doctor's expectations,
.nvever, this did not deter him in the
Jfst 'rom his murderous purpose. As
5 sprang forward for the second time
. 'th the keen-bladed hara-kiri knife
IMsed in the air to strike, the doctor
, rd. The snot tooR effect. The vll
?ii' "lght arm dropped to his side
SftiKen by the ball, and the knife fell
J'ni his powerless grasp to the floor.
;bonese sprang to where the knife had
'Mien, picked it up in his left hand,
.Msed it high In the air and turning his
vld 'ce upward uttered several words
hi wn language. Then, before the
?stor could divine his intention, he
P'Vjned the knife Into his own abdomen
rn" again and ogain, Pulling and
I 1 11,1"'- H1IM
lMty with a dying yell drove it into his
"a!Ji and ieii to tne n00r dead,
the hara-kiri had been committed.
fkw non thA lotrar fn 1 1 A a nUkt.
Xet Timme a tragic etjrjiw?. "Glaa to
Bft .mil nnnfli l I A 4 1, il
Sj! W cordially shook the doctor's hand.
. vVell1 I see by the papers you have
n$.d quite an experience."
. -indeed I havfc," saij the doctor. "I
J-rdly know what to expect next, now
Siayfl when a man cotnes into my of-
..'jlflther an unpleasant feeling, I
"Qe much notoriety that I fear it
111 tll rAMl Ml-
1 1 m .A tn liA a mud t.tr I . . a T I
I vv w '-vuimiit4iiiiti oul a real
ce n which to make away with him-
..Jtff, Warner laughed. "Don't worry
abj0ut me, doctor. I've no thought of at
'Vkins you, much less ot killing my.
Tiank you. I feel relieved. I was
ecjnfr to say that if you had I'd like the
Ck.l n (Dl,. .... r, n .,
, l up -ino i ill j uga,
JUst to save the wear and tear, as It
Ion wh the old word, did it?" said
riivi, nuuuiiiH lowura me wea
fcin which hung on the wall.
iifes. The Japanese no aooner began
tk (cmtlnise the characters on the
handle than he went insane, and after
ii.iiiiiik niu wiin w ininK, nn-
hed by killing hlmeeif
il i1'!"" viimiinw. .-,, i yd iuuna
blstory.and after your dramatic ex-
rvsriewsm ww swora w aouuiy inxerest
'W to me. I must admit my curiosity is
otfht up to a high pitch, so instead
f ndinr It to you, X brought it my.
self, hoping you will give me a chance
to hear it."
"Certainly," replied the doctor.
"Light one of those cigars and make
yourself comfortable, and we'll look it
The doctor took the well-filled legal
envelope which Mr. Warner extracted
from his inside coat pocket On the
outside was inscribed in Col. David
son's bold handwriting: "History of My
Japanese Sword." Taking a pair of
scissors from his desk the doctor care
fully cut the end from the envelope and
drew forth a bulky manuscript, also In
the colonel's familiar hand. Seating
himself by the desk, he spread it open
and read aloud the following account:
"This sword came into my possession
while residing in Tokio during the win
ter of 1869. I formerly belonged to
an official of rank under the Tycoon,
named Ti Yama, By an ancient law
no one but a man of the nobility is per
niitted to carry the sword in Japan. Tl
Yama was a craftly old man who,
though a favorite with the Tycoon, was
so cruel that he was much hated by the
people. In those days, when a head
dropped into the basket every time the
high officials winked, cruelty tn one in
Ti Yama'a influential position was often
a good cause for hatred. Japan was at
that time under a sort of feudal sys
tem, and was infested by organized
bands of robbers, similar to the Italian
banditti, who committed all kinds of
outrages to persons and property.
"By accident it was discovered that
Tl Yama was In secret the chleftan of
one of these bands of marauders, and
he was condemned to death, together
with six of his followers who were
seized with him. In Japan, when a
man of rank was condemned to die, he
might choose one of two options.
Either to be killed by the public heads
,man, in which case his family were
farever disgraced and his property con
fiscated by the government, or it he
possessed tho courage ho might commit
"This latter was an ancient custom,
introduced into Japan during the Ashi
kaga dynasty, 1336 to lutis. The term
comes from hara, a stomach, and kiri,
to cut. It consisted In solf-disem-bowelinent
with the hara-kiri knife, a
keen, narrow blade, fitting Into its sep
arate little sheath made in the scab
bard of every sword. Hara-kiri was
only applied to the suicidal act, and
was regarded as an honorable expia
tion for the crime committed. The or
dinary culprit, of the common people,
had no choice as to the manner of his
removal from the earth. Decapitation
followed as a matter of course, t'nder
tho reign of the present enlightened
emperor these barbarous methods and
customs have been abolished. Execu
tions in Japan are strictly private, but
through the influence of nn offlciol ot
rank I was smuggled into a upper room
of tho palace, and there, from behind
the shutter of a window overlooking
the court, I secretly witnessed the
death of Tl Yama and his associates.
When the hour came, the old robber
chieftain with his head erect strode
with dignified composure to the, center
of the court set aside for the execution
of criminals, followed by his trembling
fellow-prisoner.. When asked by whose
hand he would die he made no answer,
but cnlmly unfastened the belt that
held his sword and, laying It upon the
ground, drew from Its sheath In the
scabbard the hara-kiri knife. Standing
erect with a look of defiance on his face
lie plunged the blade deep into his ab
domen and fell with an expiring groan
t the ground.
"The other six culprits who were to
dlo had no choice. With their hands
bound behind their backs they knelt on
the ground, their heads bent forward
and necks bared, while the headsman,
a big. muscular Japanese, picked up Tl
Yarna's own sword and dispatched
thorn one after another. It is remark
able what skill a Japanese headsman
attains In his grewsome work. So ac
curate Is he that the head Is completely
severed from the trunk in one blow. To
fall In this so that a second stroke
would be necessary would result In the
loss of his position and possibly his own
"The slaughter effectually broke up
that band of robbers. Those who es
caped detection and capture fled from
the country. Among them was Ti
Yama's own son, who bore his father's
name and was supposed to have em
barked In a vessel bound for America.
One of the condemned men confessed
Just before his death that the band had
adopted a peculiar device the heads of
five serpents rising from flames of fire
In the face of the rising sun as its se
cret emblem. Each member of the mys
tic circle had sworn upon old Tl Ya
ma's sword to kill at onee anyone upon
whose person or property that symbol
CAHEFULLT CI'T THE END FROM
might be found. Failing to succeed in
this, the one attempting It was to Im
mediately commit hara-kiri. It was by
magdng this device upon the house or
property that the intended victims
were indicated. According to custom,
old Ti Yama's sword fell Into the hands
of the headsman in lieu of a fee, and
from him I purchased It shortly after
the execution, for an exorbitant price.
"A Japanese never forgets or fails to
keep an oath once taken, and as a num
ber of Tl Yama's bandit followers es
caped, and doubtless some of them are
in America, I have thought it wise
never to show this sword to a Japan
cse.fearing that should I by any chance
happen to show it to one of these des
perate men the possession of that fatal
symbol engraven on its handle might
result In dangerous bodily violence to
"Signed, Edward Davidson."
"Well, who would think that Inno
cctn piece of bric-a-brao could have
such a thrilling history." said Mr. War
ner, as the doctor finished reading the
"That's true." said the doctor; "it is
remarkable. If I had been less impa
tient and waited until I knew the his
tory before showing it to that Jap, it
would have saved me considerable
"Yes; we cannot always know what
is best for us. I'm very glad, though,
to have heard the tale," replied Mr.
"So am I," replied the doctor,
thoughtfully. "However, there's one
point lacking to make the tragic ro
"What Is that?"
"To find out who this unfortunate
Timme really was."
"Yes: but how can you do that?"
asked Mr. Warner.
"I fear not at all. Walt! I have one
The doctor stepped to his telephone
and raTig the bell while Mr. Warner
"Hello! Give me the Fifteenth Pre
cinct Station House, 298 Boulevard, I
think, is the number."
After a moment's delay he contin
ued: "Hello! Is that you, Capt Peck?
I'm Dr. J. L. 8mlth. I wanted to ask
about that Japanese waiter who com
mttted suicide in my office last week,
that would give a olew as to who bt
' The captain's reply came back over
the wire: "No, doctor, he had worked
in the restaurant for several years, but
the proprietor, Mr. Roberts.knew noth
ing about him beyond that He had
no possessions whatever but the clothes
he wore. But wait I believe there
was something else. Hold the wire a
minute until I look at the blotter."
The doctor repeated to Mr. Warner
what the police captain had said and
waited impatiently, with the receiver
at his ear, for the captain to continue.
"All right, what is It?" called tho doo
tor. "The record of the case on the blot
ter says that underneath the Jap's
clothing was a medal suspended from
his neck by a cord."
"Yes, what was on it?" asked the
"On one side was a queer design five
snakes rising out of a flaming fire. On
the opposite face were some Japanese
characters. The cose semed a clear
one of suicide, yet In order fo Investi
gate it thoroughly the njedal was sub
mitted to the Japanese interpreter at
the- criminal court building. His re
port said that the strange design was
probably the emblem of some secret or
der or society to which the man be
longed. The characters on the reverse
side were letters, he said, which trans
lated into English would Bpell 'Tl
Yama," which was evidently the sui
Col. Davidson's Japanese sword
hangs in a conspicuous place on tho
wall of the doctor's oflice. The latter
often repeats Its story to his friends,
yet he never takes the heavy blade Into
his hands that a shudder does not go
through him at the thought of how
nearly he came to losing his own life
by its keen edge. And the slender hara
kiri knife Is always unpleasantly elo
quent to him of the tragic end of
"Tlmmle," the son of old Tl Yama.
AMERICAN MEN SCORNED.
Yankee Woman Writes to a British
Newspaper That the Masculine Briton
Makes by Far the Better Husband.
Cable Letter In Tno Sun.
The American colony in London is a
little in doubt whether to bo amused
or angry over the means employed by
a young woman from California to
gain sudden and cheap notoriety. It Is
only In England, perhaps, that a for
eigner can hope to gain favor by de
nouncing 1iis own countrymen or by
flattering those whom he visits at the
expense of liis own kith and kin. To
muke a sober reply to such attacks Is
a good deal like opening a fire with a
battery of artillery to drive away a
few mosquitoes. It Is not necessary to
name the mosquito In this Instance, for
her buzzing has not been heard since
the broadside whleh her annoyance
provoked has been fired.
The Daily Chronicle, a newspaper
whose recently developed affection for
America Is open to suspicion, printed
very prominently a few days agt an
article discussing the mental, moral,
and spiritual qualities of the average
American man as compared with those
of an average Englishman. The writ
er, who subscribed herself "An AmerU
can Woman," did not hesitate to de
clare her countrymen Inferior to their
English cousins In all respects. In
fact, she described her countrymen as
contemptible creatures, unfit for the
society of women, and indeed hope
less from a social point of view. Mere
are a few of her most delightful sen
tences: "No two races on this earth are so
dissimilar as those of the United States
and Great Britain." An Englishman Is
"a superior being, of active brain,
much travel, experience with women
and a certain desire to please."
"American men are an eccentric
growth, a hodgepodge flung together
In a galloping money-grabbing civi
lization, not fully known to them
selves." "I have known some fifty
American men more or less intimately,
and I never had so much as a passing
acquaintance with one whose soul hnd
passed the embryonic state." "In
America we all like and admire our
fathers and brothers, but we haven't
any great admiration for our hus
band, although we may be rather fond
of them in a patronizing way."
The first suspicion which arose In
the minds of most American readers
of this diatribe was that the editor of
the Chronicle had played a dastardly
trick upon his contributor by substi
tuting "English" for "American" and
"American" for "English" throughout
the article. Then it was imagined that
the queer screed must conceal some
Joke or be Intended as a veiled sarcasm
directed against certain well-know n
English foibles. Nobody thought cf
being irritated or of taking the thing
seriously until It began to be seen that
the Ineffable and incomparable English
conceit was solemnly accepting this
fresh testimonial to the superiority of
England and all things English. It
was this exasperating fact, no doubt,
which induced Helen Densmore to un
dertake the task of making a sober
reply to this really harmless traducer
of American manhood. As Miss Dens
more is really well qualified to contrast
the men and the society of the two
countries, it is Interesting to read a
few of her frank comments as the re
suit of her observations. For instance,
"In England, I have been amazed to
observe, my lord, the husband, is a
creature apart; that the wife vies with
the servants in seeing to it that 'the
master" is first and always considered;
that the tit-bits, the comfortable chair,
and the warm corner are reserved for
him. I am not blaming him; we are
all more or less creatures of environ
ment; and 'the master has occupied
his position so long that he takes his
place quite as a matter of course. And
as long as English women are content
with this arrangement it is probably
better for them. But when it is put
forward that the average American
woman is under the glamour of, and
Is full of admiration for, the foreign
husband, I must demur. Enough of
them have floated across the Atlantic
that his peculiarities, in contrast with
the American husband, are quite well
known; and so far as my acquaintance
goes the average American wife counts
it among her blessings that she has
escaped the domination, and conse
quent degradation. And, according to
my observation, many English wives
are In much the same frame of mind
as their American sisters, so far as
preferring equality and comradeship to
the alra and condescensions of 'the
master.' 1 first came to London, over
twenty years alnct, ea a mission from
the government at Washington, and
carried such letters of introduction as
brought me in contact with a large
number ot ladles and gentlemen of so
cial Importance. I was struck with the
very great Interest manifested by Ens
lish women in the greater freed m of
American wives; and it would seem to
me that the normal woman, when mada
acquainted with the facts of the two
situations, who does not share such In
terest must come under Carlyle'a class
ification. NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE3,
"I confess to feeling not a little dis
couraged when I read the following
quotation from your contributor: "Wo
man has two Instincts which go further
toward forming her character than all
others the instinct of submission and
the instinct of having her own way.
The chances of the former are synony
mous with the chances of happiness
even a baby ruled with an iron hand is
a happy baby. But give tho baby or
the woman its head, and there is no
limit to desires and no possibility of
fulfillment.' I had supposed that in our
days about every one had come to rec
ognize that freedom is better than slav
ery. A considerable agitation has been
going on for the past quarter of a cen
tury, making the public aware of the
enormities of the tight waist. I was
amazed not long since to see one of
London's medical Journals soberly un
dertaking to make out that the com
pressed waist is a most desirable
achievement and the corset a great
boon! To read on July 18, 1U9C, in large
type, 'By an American Woman,' that
there is yet an Intelligent woman who
hugs the chains that bind her, gives
me a similar start. Of course it Is true
that when the body tins been long
enough misplaced and disturbed, the
corset seems like a necessity; and, cor
respondingly, when a woman's mind
has been similarly compressed and dis
torted, that she can prefer slavery to
freedom, tho 'master' to a comrade and
companion, and the English husband to
Perhaps, hqjvevcr, the best answer to
the "American Woman," who appar
ently is ardently desirous of securing
an English- husband, is to he found in
the Chronicle's divorce court reports of
the curornt week. The story of the
titled husband who shipped his wife's
face upon the wedding Journey because
she had not brought with her enough
money from her private fortune, and
several other records of the peculiar
privileges sometimes insisted upon by
English husbands, all help to make rid
iculous the poor creature from Califor
nia, whose patriotism has disappeared
as completely as her common sensp.
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Cramps, Spasms, Sour Stomach. Heart
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EXACT COPY OF WHAPPEB.
Directory of Wholesale and Retail
CITY AND SUBURBAN
F. Panteo 633 Spruce.
ATHLETIC AND DAILY PAPERS.
Relsman & Solomon, 103 Wyoming; ave.
ATI1I.I.TIC GOODS AND I1ICYCLES.
C. IL Floroy, 222 Wyoming ave.
AtVMNUS AND KI UDLR UOODS.
J, J. Crosby, 15 Lackawunna ave.
Lackawanna Trust and Safe Deposit Co.
Merchants' anil Mechanics', 429 Lacka.
Trailers' National, cor. Wyoming and
West Side Bank, 109 N. Main.
Scranton Savings, 122 Wyoming.
IIII.D1NQ. CAR PET CLEANING, ETC.
The Scranton Bedding Co., Lackawanna.
UK EW ERS.
Robinson, E. Sons. 43S JT. Seventh.
Robinson, Miua, Cedar, cor. Alder.
IMl.YCI.ES GINS. ETC.
Parker, E. R 321 Spruce.
1 II YC.1.E 1.1 VI RY.
City Bicycle Livery,
IIIl Yl l.K REPAIRS, ETC.
BHtenbender & Co., 313VS Spruce street.
HOOTS AND SHOES.
Goldsmith Bros. 304 Lackawanna.
Goodman's Shoo Store, 432 Lackawanna.
BROKER AND JEWELER.
Radln Bros., 123 Penn.
CANDY MANIT ACI URER.
Scranton Candy Co., 22 Lackawanna.
CAKI'EIS AND WALL PAPER.
Ingalls, J. Scott, 419 Lackawanna.
CARRIAGE AND HARNESS.
Slmwell, V. A., 515 Linden.
C A H lil AG !: It EPOS1TOR Y.
Blume, Wm. & Son, 522 Spruce.
Huntington, J. C, 308 N. Washington.
CHINA AND GLASSWARE.
Rupprecht, Louis, 221 Penn ave.
CIGAR A' A N U FA CTU K E H.
J. 1'. Flore, 223 Spruce street.
t ONFECTIONERY AND TOYS.
Williams, J. D. & Bros., 314 Lacka.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Snook, S. M., Olyphant.
CROCKERY AND GLASSW ARE.
Hardinp, J. L., 215 Lackawanna.
Caryl's Dining Room, 505 Linden.
The Fashion, 308 Lackawanna avenue.
Kelly at Healey, 30 Lackawanna,
Finlt-y, P. B., 510 Lackawanna.
DRY GOODS, SHOES, HARDWARE, ETC.
Mulloy, Ambrose, triple stores, Provi
dence. DRY GOODS FANCY GOODS,
Kresky, E. H. & Co., 114 S. Main.
McGarrah & Thomas. 209 Lackawanna.
Lorcntz, C 418 Lacka.; Linden & Wash.
Davis, U. W., Main and Market.
Blocs, W. S., Peckvllle.
Davies. John J., lOii S. Main.
ENGINES AND BOILERS.
Dickson Manufacturing Co.
FINE MERCHANT TAILORING.
J W. Roberts. 120 N Main ave.
W. J. Davis, 2K) Lackawanna.
Eric Audren, 119 S. Main ave.
Clark, G. R. & Co., 201 Washington.
FLOUR, BUTTER, EGGS, ETC.
The T. H. Watts Co., Ltd., 723 W. Lacka
Babcock O. J. & Co.. 116 Franklin.
FLOUR, FEED AND GRAIN.
Matthews C. P. Sons & Co., 34 Lacka,
The Weston Mill Co., 47-49 Lackawanna.
FRUITS AND PRODUCE.
Dale & Stevens, 27 Lackawanna.
Cleveland, A. S., 17 Lackawanna,
Union House, 215 Lackawanna.
Hill ft Connell, 132 Washington.
Barbour's Home Credit House, 425 Lack.
Kelly, T. 3. ft Co., 14 Lackawanna.
Megargel ft Connell, Franklin avenue.
Porter, John T 2 and 21 Lackawaana,
Rice, Levy ft Co., 80 Lackawanna
Plria, J. J., 48 Laekawaaaa.
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(IS ON THE
OF EVERY v '
Oattorla Is tint w in osast:e tottlei eslr. It
Is not told In built, Don't allow tnyone to tell
yon anything els on tho plea or promise, that it
is "jntt m good" ana 111 answer ewy pm
ipoie." e8ca that you grt O-A-B-T-O-B-U. I
f ' AZ fry ..si- nean
Osterhout, N. P., 110 W. Market,
Jordan, James, Olyphant.
Bechtold, H. J., Olyphunt.
Connell, W. P. ft Sons, 118 Penn.
Footo & Shear Co., 119 N. Washington.
Hunt & Connell Co.. 434 Lackawanna.
HARDWARE AND PLUMBING. '
Gunster & Forsyth, 327 Penn.
Cowles, W. C, 1907 X. Main av
HARNESS AND SADDLERY HARDWARE.
FrltB, O. W 410 Lackawanna,
Keller & Harris, 117 Penn.
HARNESS TRUNKS, BUGGIES.
E. B. Houser, 133 N. Main avenue.
Arlington, Grimes & Flannery, fipruca
Scranton House, near depot.
HOUSE. SIGN AND FRESCO PAINTER.
Wm. Hay, 112 Linden.
HUMAN HAIR AND HAIR DRESSING.
N. T. Llsk, 223 Lackawanna.
LEATHER AND FINDINGS.
Williams, Samuel, 221 Spruce.
LIME, CEVENT SEWI R PIPE.
Keller, Luther, S13 Lackawanna.
MILK. CREAM. BUTTER, ETC.
Scranton Dairy Co., Penn and Linden.
Stono Bros., 30S Spruce.
Mrs. M. Saxe, 14S N. Main avenue.
.MILLINER V AND DRESSMAKING.
Mrs. Bradley, 206 Adama, opp. Court
MILLINERY AND FURNISHING GOODS.
Brown's Bee Hive, 224 Lackawanna,
MINE AND MILL SUPPLIES,
Scranton Supply and Mach. Co., 131 Wyo.
MODISTE AND DRESSMAKER.
Mrs. K. Walsh, 311 Spruce street.
' Owens Bros., 218 Adams ave.
Great Atlnntlo 3 Pants Co., 81 Lacka
PAINTS AND SUPPLIES.
Jlencke & McKee, 306 Spruce street.
PAINTS AND W ALL PAPER.
Wlnke, J. C 315 Penn.
Green, Joseph, 107 Lackawanna,
PIANOS AND ORGANS.
Stelle, J. Lawrence, 308 Sprflce,
H. S. Cramer, 311 Lackawanna ave.
PLUMBING AND HEATING.
Howley, P. F. & M. F., 231 Wyoming ave.
Horatio N. Patrick, 326 Washington.
RIB11ER STAMPS. STENCILS ETC,
Scranton Rubber Stamp Co., 538 Spruca
National Roofing Co., 331 Washington.
W. A. Wledebusch, 234 Washington ave.
J. A. Barron, 2IE Lackawanna and
STEREO-RELIEF DECORATIONS AND
S. H. Morris, 247 Wyoming ave.
TEA, COFFEE AND SPICE.
Grand Union Tea Co., 103 S. Main.
TRUSSES, BATTERIES, RUBBER GOODS
Benjamin ft Benjamin, Franklin ana
UNDERTAKER AND LIVERY.
Raub, A. R 425 Spruce.
UPHOLSTERER AND CARPET LAYER.
C. H. Hazlctt, 226 Spruce street
WALL PAPER, ETC.
Ford, W. M., 120 Penn.
WATCHMAKER AND JEWELER.
Rogers, A. E.. 216 Lackawanna.
WINES AND I1QUORS.
Walsh, Edward J., 32 Lackawanna,
WIRE AND WIRE ROPE.
.Washburn ft Moan Mi g Co., lit rraaklla)