Juniata sentinel and Republican. (Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pa.) 1873-1955, December 23, 1896, Image 1

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v. nen Burner came iu .u i v
house next but one to the public house. I
and the wall of which formed one half of J
the northern boundary of the yard, he'
n .m i;uunu.i tta WnM hoar no
.... j np him h-
xond the anort or cough of a horse now
a:-d then. i
After a pause of two or three minutes,
ate stooped, slipped off his boots, slung
them round his neck, and having hitched
the crook of his heavy stick to a belt be
wore nnder his waistcoat, he laid hold of
the waterpipe that descended from the gut-
t of the double roof to the yard, and be- .
ran ascending the gable of the house with
surprising agility and speed.
In less than two minutes from i the time
t. first ce.ied the waterp.pe he d .sap-
,ered in the gutter He crawled
in a few yards from tie edge and then
reclined against the sloping slates of the
roof to rest. The ascent 1 ti.d taken only
couple of minutes, but the exertion had
teen very great, and he was tired and
out of breath.
Then he unscrewed his ferrule and
withdrew the tampion and unscrewed the
handle of his stick, and was busy in the
darkness for awhile with the weapon he
He particularly wished to have a steady
hand and arm that night, so he made up
his mind that he would rest until five min-
ates to 12. Then he should get into
position. He should creep down the
gutter until he came to the gable wall
standing up over the roofs of the houses
n which he now was lying. He should
then be almost opposite the window at
which he last night saw the dwarf wind
nn his clock. He should be a little out
of the direct line, but not much. The
width of the street was no more from
house to house than fifty feet. The dis-
tance from the wall of the house he
should be on then, and the wall of Forbes'
bakery could not be more than sixty feet.
Vhe weapon he carried was perfectly
trustworthy at a hundred and fifty yards,
or more. He had been practicing that
. SRaiBUs nl waning- at as old hat forty
yards, and he had never missed It once.
Fortv varda was just double the distance
h should be from that window if he were i
on a parapet instead of being at the coping
tile, lying on the inside slope ol the root. I of last night but was witnout trie wnis
Aiiw, nMkati ton foot fnr that. Th ia L an Ap henrd. All the time he cowered
would bring the distance up to seventy j
fi-et at the very outside, and he had never
missed once at a hundred and twenty feet.
He had given himself now and then a
good deal of practice with the gun, for he
enjoyed peculiar facilities; because the
factory wall by which the lane at the
tack of his place ran, prevented any one
seeing what he was doing, and the noise
of thrt factory drowned the whir of the
gun and the whli of the bullet.
At half-riast 11 that night the private
bar of the public house held about half ,
a dozen customers, but it lacked the ele- I
vatinir nresence of Oscar Leigh, who al-'
ways gave the assembly a distinctly in
tellectual air.
A few minutes later, however, the spir
its of those present rose, for Mr. Oscar
Leigh came in, rubbing his forehead and
complaining of the heat.
"I have only a minute or two. I must
be off to wind up," said Leigh. "Ten
minutes to 12 by your clock, Mr. Will
lams; that means a quarter to right time.
"It is, I have heard, the most wonder
ful clock in Chicago," spoke an acquaint
ance. "In Chicagol In Chicago! In the world,
air. It is the most wonderful clock ever
conceived by man. Well, my time Is up.
Good-night, gentlemen."
He scrambled off his high stool and was
quickly out of the bar. It was now five
minutes to 12 o'clock, right time. He
crossed the street, and opening the pri
vate door of Forbes', went in, closing the
door after him.
As he came out John Timmons turned
Into the street. He went on until he came
opposite the window of the clock-room.
Here he stood still, thrust his hands deep
down in his trousers pockets, and leaning
his back against the wall, prepared to
watch with his own eyes the winding of
the clock.
In less than five minutes the window of
the top room, which had been dark, grad
ually grew illumined until the light came
full through the transparent oiled muslin
cortain. Timmons could see for all prac
tical purposes as plainly as through glass.
There Leigh is, anyway," thought
Timmons, "working away at his lever.
Can it be he was doing the same thing
at this hour last night? Nonsense. He
was waiting away from this place with
me at this hoar last night as sure as I
am here now. I mast be going mad.
There, he is turning round now and nod
ding to the men at the bar. They said
he did the same last night, and, as I live,
there's the clock we were under striking
the quarter past aain! I must be going
rmA I begin to think last night must
kav. been all a dream with me. I don't
think he's all right. I don't believe in
witchcraft, bnt there's something wrong
here; I'll watch this out anyway."
Whir whis!
"Why, what's that otst head!"
Timmons looked up, but saw nothing.
, "It's some young fellows larking."
He glanced back at the window.
' "What a funny way he's nodding his
head now. And there's a hole In the car
tain and there seems to be a noise in the
room. " There goes the gas out. I suppose
the doek is wonnd up now. Strange I
didn't hear the clock strike the hour, and
yet Leigh's light is out"
- And John Timmons walked out of Chet
wynd street and took his way eastward.
On Saturday morning about 9 o'clock
Timmons was ri'iios:ii oi tlie hign owk.
at his doorway, lie hud bought a morn
ing paper on his way to business, and he
Bow glanced over it casually. Finally
bo came upon the place where local newt
was given. His eye caught a large head
ing, "Fire and Loss of Life in Chet
wynd Street." The paragraph was, ow
ing to the late hour at which the event
look place, brief. It ran as follows:
"Last night, between balf-past 12 and 1
o'clock, a disastrous and fatal fire broke
at la the bakery establishment of Mr.
la lahetwra Street, xae cea
pled b7 Mr. Oscar Leigh, who hu lost
bis life In the burning. Mr. Leigh WM
, , . , .
engaged in the manufacture of a very
wonderful clock which .occupied fully halt
'he room, and which Mr. Leigh invariably
wound up every night between 12 aad
half-paat 12.
"It ia generally supposed that the eccen-
trie movements of Mr. Leigh were the
tesult of a fit or sudden seizure of some
ether kind, and that in his straggle some
Inflammable substance was brought in
contact with the gas before it was turned
Timmona flung down the paper with a
,, ..ryinu. "Dead! Dead! Leigh ia
, moment the figure of a man
d at the thre.hold of the .tore.
.cowl and a stare,
d furtiTelTi
;.,,,,,. ,.j
.houtin. b5utr cried
q . menace,
dead, cr,ed Timmons in ex.
. cuemenr.
"I now all about that, I suppose,
said Stamer, and you shut up, if you don t
want to follow him. I'm in no humor for
' rour noise and antics. Do you want to
the coppers down on us? do you,
you idiot!"
i "Who are you calling an idiot? cried
, Timmons. catching up an iron bar and
, taking a few steps towards the burglar,
"You. if you want to know. Put that
, down. Put that bar down, I say. Can you
, toll me who killed htm? If you can t I
can." He pointed to himself,
"What!" cried Tfmmons, starting back,
.vnd not unite understanding the other's
"Now are you satisfied? I thought you
i cuessed. I would n t have told you if I
didn't think you knew or guessed. I
thought you knew, and that, instead of
saying a good word to me, .you were going
to down me and give me up."
Timmons stepped slowly back in horror.
"l"oa!" he whispered, bending his head
forward and beginning to tremble In
every limb. "Tout You did it! You did
this! You, Stamer!"
Stamer merely nodded, and looked Ike
a hunted wild beast. He wore the clothes
in the shelter of the shutters, he kept his
right hand behind bis back, lie looked
towards the opening and then his round,
bloodshot eyes went back to the rigid
figure of Timmons. "I don't mind what
you eay, if you'll only speak to me, only
not too loud. No one can hear OS. I
know that, and no one can listen at the
door, without our seeing him. You don't
know what I have gone through. I have
not been home. I am afraid to-go home.
I am afraid of everything."
"You murderous villian"
"It's enough to drive any man mad.
I've been wandering about all night. I
am more afraid of my wife than of any
one else. I don't know why, but I trem
ble when I think of her, more than of the
police, or or or "
Tho hangman?"
"Yes. Y'ou don't know all. When you
do, you'll pity me "
"The poor, foolish dwarf!"
"Yes. I was afraid he would betray
us "
"Oh, villain V
"And I got on a roof opposite the win
dow, and when ho was working at the
lever, I fired, and his head went so and
then so and then so "
"Stop it, you murderer!"
"Yes. And I knew It was done. The
neck! Yea. I knew the neck was broken,
und .t was all right"
"If you don't stop It, I'll brain you!"
"Yes. And I got down off the roof and
tan. I couldn't help running, and all the
time I was running I heard him running
after me. I heard him running after me,
and I saw his head wagging so so so,
as he ran. Every step he took, his head
wagged, so and so and so"
"If you don't stop that "
"Yes. I will. I'U stop it But I could
not stop him last night All the time I
tan I couldn't stop him. His head kept
wagging and his lame feet kept running
after me, and I couldn't atop the feet or
the head. I don't know how long I ran,
or where I ran, but I could run no more,
and I fell up against a wall, and then it
overtook me! I saw it as plainly as I see
you plainer, I saw It "
Thu man paused a moment to wipe his
"Do you hear?" he yelled, suddenly
flinging his arms up in the air. - "Do you
hear? Will yon believe me now? The
steps again! The lame steps again. Do
you hear them?"
"Mad! I told you. Look!"
The figure of a low-sis ed, deformed
dwarf came into the opening and crossed
the threshold of the store.
With a groan Stamer fall forward In
sensible. CHAPTER XXII.
Timmons uttered a wild yefL aad
springing away from the wall lad to the
extreme end of the store, and then faced
round panting and livid.
"Habt" said the shrill voice of the man
in the tnresaold. -rrivate ineaincais,
I see. I did not know, Mr. Timmons, that
you went in for such entertainments.
I)on't you think, Mr. Timmons, that yon
ought to ring down the curtain, and that
this gentleman, who no doubt represents
the villain of the piece confronted witn
his intended victim, had better get up and
look after his breakfast?' He pointed
to the prostrate Stamer, who lay mo
tion'enn unon the sandy floor.
Timmons did not move or speak. The
shock had, for the moment, completely
bereft him of his senses.
1 bava lust come back from the coun
try," said the dwarf, "and I thought I'd
rail on you at once. I should like to have
a few moments' conversation with you.
If your friend and very able supporter
would have the kindness to consider him
self alive and fully pardoned by his in
tended victim."
The prostrate man did not move. Tim
mons shuddered. He made a prodigious
effeea. td tried to move forward, but had
:o put his hand against the wall to steady
himself. Leigh approached Stamer and
touched him with his stick. Stamer Old
not stir.
"Is there anything the matter with the
man? I think there must be, llmmona.
What do you meanpy running away to
. . a ,. i.ln-? Why, this
lUe LUrr r T J. hm fated
man Is unconscious,
to meet fainting men.
Stamer did not speak, hntif!
slowly to his feet, and. assisted by Tim
mons, walked to the opening nd "
helped a few yards down the street. There
the two parted wunoui a
time Timmons got back he was compara
tively composed. .... ,:
!Are we alone?" asked Leigh Impatient
ly, ou Timmons' return.
"We are." , , ,
"Hah! I am glad we are- Wrw Wtnd
were connected with racing I ehouM call
blm a stayer. I came to tell you that I
have just got hack from Milwaukee. 1
thought it best to go there and see again
the man I had been in treaty with. I not
only saw him. but heard a great ,desl
about him, and I am sorry to say I heard
nothing good. He is, it appears, a very
poor man, and he deliberately misled me
as to fais position and his ability to pay. I
am now quite certain that if I had opened
business with him I should have lost any
thing I Intrusted to him, or if not all, a
good part." - .
Then I am not to meet you at the same
place next Thursday night?" aaked Tim
mona. He had not at this moment any
Interest in the mere business about which
they had been negotiating. He was curi
ous about other matters. . His mind was
now tolerably clear, but flabby and in
active still.
v There is no use in your giving
me the alloy until I see my way to doing
m..thin with It. and I feel bound to
say that after this great disappointment
I fed greatly discouraged altogether."
"Then, Mr. Leigh, I suppose we are at
a standstill?"
"What you mean, I suppose, Mr. Leigh,
is that you do not see your way to going
any further?"
"Well, yes. At present I do not see my
wav to going any further."
"You went to Milwaukee yesterday.
May I ask you by what train yon went
down?" '
"Two-thirty in the afternoon.
"And you came back this morning?"
"Yes. Just arrived. I drove straight
here, as I told you."
"And yon were away from half-past
two yesterday until now. You were out
of Chicago yesterday from 2:30 until early
this morning?"
"Yes; until six this morning. Why are
you so curious? You do not, I hope, sus
pect me of saying anything that is not
structly true?" said Leigh, throwing his
head back and striking the sandy floor
fiercely with is stick.
"I mean, sir," said Timmons, shaking
his minatory finger at him and frowning
heavily, "not that I suspact you of lying.
hnt that I am sure you are lying. I was !
at the public house last night; you were
there, too.
Leigh started and drew back, lie looked
down ad said nothing. He could not tell
how much this man knew. Timmons
went on:
I was in the public bar when you came
Yon called for rum hot, and you went
away at close to twelve o'clock to wind
up your clock. 1 was out men ana saw
you at the window winding up the clock.
I was there when the light went out just
at half-past twelve. Now, sir, are you
lying or am I?"
Leigh burst into a loud, long, narsn
roar of laughter that made Timmons
start, it was so weird and unexpected.
(To be continued.!
laoandeacent Lights. -
Incandescent electric lights are used
to illuminate the eyes of mounted ani
mals, bears, tigers and lions, shown by
furriers. Here, obviously, a light with
a flame would not do, while the Incan
descent light answers the purpose well
and conveniently. The wire is run
from the head down through the ani
mal's body and out through one of Its
feet to a connection with the service
wire of the store.
Incandescent lights are used in re
frigerators, such as the Ice boxes of
the wholesale dealer In cut flowers and
the butcher. Their use In sidewalk
showcases Is familiar; In dressing show
windows the flexible connection ad
mits of placing the light where it is
wanted with each new trimming of the
window. -
They are used In electric signs, soma
of which are permanent, while others
are formed of letters that are mova
ble, like types, so that the sign may
be readily changed as often its may bo
desired. Electric numbers are made
In the same way.
One may see a painter at work at
night In a store, paint brush In one
band and electric light with the wire
trailing away back of him in the
other, to enable him to see the better
In some nook or cranny that he is
The Incandescent lamp la used to
light sidewalk awnings. The lamps
are strung along a wire hung under
the ridgepole Inside the awning; tho
wire and lamps are simply taken In
when the awning la. Movable bill
boards are illuminated In the same
Pleasure must first hare the warrant
that It Is without sin: then the measur
without excess.
lie nlcicnim test ss applied lo
139 cons tLe other diyatdaine sup
plying tho northern part of New
York City. It was found that twenty
seven oi the animals bad tabercnlo
A trong point inn of washing sorts
-o!inm carbonate in hot water will
be icunu vo ue excellent as a cieansius;
agent for dirty lamps.
A company bos been lormed to lay
spipe line from the Indiana oil field
to Chicago. The distance is 17
miles, and six inch pipe is to be
-A Biltimore man has invented a
device tor locating tunken wrecks, it
is a bell busy, which launolte itself as
the ship goes down and imains
anchored to it
Hie recent storms in i'lornla are
said to hnve completely destroyed about
1,010,000 acres of timber and the
niometary loj to the state will reach
At the annual convention of the
National Sanitarv Association held in
New York City Dr. Thomas C. Craig,
physienn at the Brooklyn INavy Yard,
dvoeated tnai eonumpuoa uuumu
be treated like I: prosy by isolation.
To attack a man with any weapon is
a serious matter in Madag iscar. It is
punishable by death.
America has forty Hebrew week-
. - m.
FOR over a week it had been
threatening great things. For a
week nobody on the "Lazy II."
ranch had caught more than a niomeu
rary glimpse of the sun. Chill winds
n histled and roared over the bleak and
lesolate prairies on the range and nt
'ul whirls of rain made it all the more
lisagreeable to the weary boys who
rere at work niht and day to keep the
lncnsy herd from rushing away to the
lesert of the south. Although It was
:irly for wintry manifestations, yet
li.U a serious storm was imminent was
realized by all the men employed on the :
rnn eh. Great bunches of cattle milled ',
it various points on the range, but little '
;(Tort was made to break the mills, for
Tear they would be followed by tiie
aiore serious danger of a general st.mi
ede. Riders constantly watched the
fretful animals when they, became '
weary from hunger as they rushed :
i round In that ceaseless grind. Noth-'
jig but a wall of horns was to be seen, ;
is the steers presented an unbroken
front to all comers. With the mutter-1
jig of the thunder came lo wings and
tossings of the horns with added en-'
ergy in the tramp, tramp of the fright
ned animals.
It was bard and weary work to kepp .
the herd from starving as well as rush
ing wildly towards the gulf. All ovt-r
the Panhandle country the same con
ditions existed, and that gloomy week
In November was probably the most ,
xclting tour of duty the ranchmen ;
ever put in in a region where hard work ;
abounds and the rewards are small. I
Ten thousands pairs of horns were
enough to keep a small army of "Lazy
II." cowboys fairly busy when every
thing was pleasant Now there was
need for double their number. They
were scattered In groups under sub
bosses, so that every man was doing
two men's work and that, too, without
an opportunity for rest excepting such ,
as could be snatched when the milling
bunches were quiet for a few minutes.
"If this thing keeps up much longer,"
said "Curley" Brock, as the week was
almost gone, "I allow I'll Jump the
game. I'm almost all cashed in now
and kalnt stand it much longer. Just
look at them bulls, a-mlllln and a-mill-ln'
there. Ever see anything so mean?
Why, they ain't done nothln' fer a
whole week but tramp about and go off
their feed. I allow there ain't no use
f trying to break 'em, whatever."
"They'll break pretty soon, or I lose
my guess," said the boss. Bill Martin.
"I figure that them clouds'll bust some
where hereabouts, and then look out
WIsht I had some more ponies, or least
ways some that were fresh. We got to
ride conslderble hard to keep up ef they
stampede, which I allow they will."
As he spoke a long tongue of brilliant
light left the clouds and, winding a de
vious and uncertain way across the
black skies, plunged Into the earth at
no great distance from where the ranch
men stood. Instantly It was followed
by a roar and rumble of thunder as if
a park of artillery bad suddenly gone
into action. The sound was deafening,
the thunder in that country often being
sufficiently severe to shake the nerves
of the strongest man. Following this
came a roar as of some mighty catar
act, as the wind took sudden volume
and that huge bank of clouds bore rap
Idly down upon the milling beasts.
Just ss suddenly the animals halted ic
their march and turned frightened eye
hi the direction of the advancing
storm. Then they moved uneasily,
tossed their horns and dug up the turf
as the first spattering raindrops fell ail
about and upon them. -
"Here, yen fellers,' yelled Martin.
"Get busy there an' head off them
blamed steer". Don't ye see they are
goln' to stampede? Hurry, and p'im
'in at that gulch over ther. Ride, you
devils, as you never rid before."
Suiting the action to the word tht
boss put his pony Into a violent gallop
and raced off toward the bunch, shout
ing out his orders aa he rode. He was
mounted on a strong broncho, and li
was well for him that the pony was
comparatively fresh, for he soon found
himself in a position of serious danger,
and there he stuck for a long time, lie
was caught In that stampede and hur
ried off toward the gulf at a terrifl.:
peed, his pony straining every . nerve
to keep ahead and the steers rac'n;
furiously behind In their efforts to gei
away from the storm.
As Bill dashed off to turn the flank oi
the buncb. Just as the animals com
menced to change their revolving mo
tlon for a etralght-away run, "Curley
lifted up his Toice and quirt and madt
a furious onslaught on the nearest steer
He swunz his deadly Quirt anc
thwacked that bull with great vigor
oinmuclcatlns a audden Impetus to tht
..iaial s movements. This had th
effect of starting many others In thi
6ame direction, and a couple of bun
dred bore rapidly down on Martin, cut
ting him off and putting him In the di
rect pathway of the stampede.
"Whatever are ye doin', ye blamec
fooL" roared Bill as he saw what had
happened. "Come around on the othei
side, ye cayote, an' head them bulli
offen me. Durn yer akin, think I'm
art of this 0004011"
j. j. .-v .-a. -
"Curley" saw the mischief and at
tempted to divert the enemy, but it was
too late. The other man had followed
his lead and the steers instead of bead
ins; for the guh-li were racing in a wild
scrimmage straight away to the south,
hunting solitude. Bill went with them.
He bad to. It was his duty, anyway, a
thought that nfforded hl-n little conso
lation, for It was a race for life, with
the chances about fifty to one on the
bulls, with the same odds against hint.
Still, bclns a man of family, he gy
his pony free rein and raced as he nevei
did before or since, as he has frequently
said hlaisf If. It was all "Curley's" do
ing, as that astute cowboy charged
with undue impetuosity at an angle
calculated to produce the result ho had
brought about.
As the cattle raced constant additions
were nindo. until It semed that the en
tire herd was clinsing Bill. He reflect
ed as he ran that he had this advan
tS". that when the ride was over, if he
survived, he could locate all of the
herd without much trouble. Just how
Ions It would take b terminate the
drift was tiie problem, as the herd was
mostly made up of yot ng sters, full of
life nn.1 Ceet of foot. Bill was busy
particularly In bis straining effort to
avoid being inclosed In the rushing
herd. 11a ha J a little the start of them;
could he maintain it until a chance
offered to quarter the drive and escape
to one side? He (lug his rowels Into his
nony's flanks and swore vengeance on
"Curley" as soon as the fun was over.
On rushed Bill, and on rushed the cat-
tie. Behind them, with yells and shouts
spurring them to great efforts, raced
the boys. They were all pretty evenly
matched, so that there was little
change In their relative positions for a
long time. How long Bill does not
know. It seemed a week to him, buo
nobody In his might could measure
time with any degree of accuracy. The
rain fell in torrents and the plains, now,
darkened by the fading day and the
heavy green black clouds, was fitfully
lighted by the constant flashes of light
ning, which mockingly illuminated the
pathway In front of Bill, likewise the
steers. At ev-ry flash snd every" roar
of thunder the bulls took on more
steam, and after a short time Bill saw
with apprehension that they were gain
ing on him. Would tiuy trample him In
the mud? It began to look as If they
might, for his pony's wind was about
gone and bis panting was becoming
short, sobbiDg gasps.
On tTiey plunged, rider and pursued,
making record-breaking time in a coun
try where hard riding and plenty of it
Is the da!ly portion of nil. Over shelv
ing, broken land, down into small
aiToyos and out again up the steep
crades clunged and seethed that maea
of siru.'k'lii:s cattle. Some of the bojij
behind noticed here ana there tne taiien
fiprnre of an exhausted steer as he fell
from sheer weariness. They yelled en
couragement to Bill, for this was a
good sign, and Indicated that the herd
was rapidly reaching the point when It
would be compelled to stop. On they
ran, however, without wavering, pur
sued by the storm and chasing the fly
ing figure of the boss. Would he es
cape death? Nobody could telL
As the beaten pony struggled up a
steep incline after a mad dash down
Into a gulch, Bill felt the hot breath of
the advance guard of the cattle, furious
as a furnace at his back. He cast a de
spairing glance backwards urged bis
pony with foot and voice, and was
tossed headlong to the ground. He fell
from the stirrup, rolled about fer an In
stant, and then lay still as be saw that
mighty.. kerd leaping the spot
MmS& m
rmltW hf'm MW1- iwWJ n
iwnere ne went down. Bruised and
shaken by the tumble, half conscious
from the shock, be lay there and with " "
the curious Inconsistency of him in im- cheek, and in a subdued tone he broke
mlnent peril, commenced a desultory . the pause:
counting of the black forms .whicnl "Do you know what I told them? I
plunged over him. Where his pony said, 'If you'll add the rest of the verse,
was he did not know, and he fell to "and was carried by the angels to Abra
specuUting concerning him. On ran ham's bosom," I wouldn't care.' "
the steers and still Bill lay there, his! The effect was electric; money rained
dazed mind going" through all kinds of Into the treasury, and shouts made the
arithmetical problems. roof tremble.
Fn.fy,i!!e l It henI PMSh Kort Blonder,
and the boss, one of the most expert- recently recom-
f1" hmenof th.e wlld ? r mended the fortifying of a number of
to his elbow and sent a careful glance . .,, ..,,.,.
. . . " . our seaports and the enlargement or
to he rear He saw his men racing Pthe a, our frontler
furiously after the cattle and suddenly , of Fort Montjfomery
uu ultra Kaiu a uvjo y.uugcu
his position. Then It dawned on him
wheV. he was. He had fallen into a
natural ditch too deep to wade over and !
just the right width to leap easily. This'
fact had saved his life, for the first
steer leaped the ditch and all of the'
others blindly followed suit Bill wa,
safe and he crawled out of his hole not
. , v.
full of wrath against "Curley," the
cause of his downfall.
The ditch had also saved the pony.
The little broecho fell when he threw
his rider, and being deadbeat lay where
he fell. As he had as much sense as his
master, he kept quiet and when Bill 1
arose he saw that broncho quietly j
ririnkinc at a small dooI. hia flanks
still rising with undue rapidity, for he
was very weak. Bill arose and Intro-.
duceU himself by taking the bridle and ,
giving the unoffending brute a savage '
kick. He then remounted and followed nicknamed "Fort Blunder." Work was
after the herd slowly, knowing that by stopped on the old post at the breaking
this time, the storm having broken, the out of the late war, and since that time
teera were willing to quit, and that t has been under charge of an ord
with plenty of hard work they woul? nance sergeant Soon work will be re
all be collected. ! turned, and if the recommendations of
Well, It was as he expected. He final-' General Miles are carried out the old
ly found the herd scattered about on the poet wm be converted Into the largest
plans, some lying down and some graz- tn(j ,u0St strongly armed post In the
Ing, but all showing evidences of that pantry, as it is the intention of the
wild flight from the driving storm. He General to have a large number of the
also found those cowboys, lying about (aj-geat guns made by our ordnance de
on the wet grass, too tired and too sav-; partment to protect the entrance of the
age to care what became of him. He on wnlchi a few mUe below. Is
advanced on the party and swung down looted piattsburg Barracks, one of
from the saddle and etood scowling at the important posts on our Cans-
tne men as ne noDDiea nis pony auc
prepared to arrange tor tne ntgnt.
"I allow yer about the best bunch of
skunks I ever see," was his greeting.
- wnatever ao ye mean m ( nampeom .
that herd? Get up an' get busy, all of
ye. Scatter and see that them bulls
don't drift to where we all kain't find,
m. Hear me?"
"Which we do, Bill," drawled "Cur- j
ley" from where he lay all sprawled out j
in the ground. "An' we all ain't goin'j
to do nothln' of the sort I allow them ;
bulls is all right where they be, andj
they ain't no use in stirrin' of 'em. non ,
"Who's boss of this gang, me or yon.
ye wuthless cayote? Ye done all the,menU and appllanceB.
mlnhlaf varl ti was ifiifnnil in! a- Ha lift I
out of this or I'll sink my boot into ye."
"Which ye won't do nothln' of the
kind. Bill," was the growling answer,
as "Curley" half rose and returned the
scowl of the boss with interest "I al
low they ain't goln' to be no bootin'
yere. I also allow I'm goln' to stay
right yere. Ef they's goln' to be any
bootin' I hereby declares myself into
the game, and so I tells you plain."
"Kin ye shoot?" roared Bill, unlimber
Ing as be spoke.
"A leetle," said "Curley.2 rising to his
feet with a Jerk and pulling his gun as
the other men scattered.
The two men gazed wrathfully at
each other for a moment and then the
pistols blazed out, shot following shot
until all were empty. When the action
was over "Curley" was lying 6till on i
the ground with a hole in his lungs and
Bill was nursing a badly wounded
Well, it was a bad business, but thea
none of the others felt any call to in
terfere, and the combatants were hast
ened back to the ranchhouse and med
ical aid summoned. Fortunately
neither was fatally hurt, but "Curley"
did hospital duty for the rest of the
season and BUI took charge of the sta
bles. He was scarcely "fitten," as he
said, for duty with the herd.
Aa Effective RctorC.
Few things are more useful to a pub
lic speaker than readiness In turning an
interruption to his own advantage.
Even the preacher can profit by It, as
hi shown In a story told of the late Rev.
Dr. John B. McFerran in the Western!
Christian Advocate.
In closing a speech at a missionary
anniversary at Jacksonport, Arkansas,
1850, he stated that once he was shrink
lngly timid when called upon to take a
collection, but that be had learned to
take the shirk by the throat and say,
"Pay me that thou owest!"
Jnst then a man suns out Tea. 1
heard It said that they would put on
your tombstone, 'And the beggar
. v i.
inl crvltu " u"1 l"c
.1 11. A ju! a. aOnlA S n.nr nla
, ru,
afd ' the ' this tnT
Pln - ZLJr ?
torg0ttliuu ZXfflZZ ton.
connected with it. begtnntag. and fcng
K rgot en. I1""t!
to build large post at the entrance to
Lake Champ 1-In, and work was begun
n Fort Montgomery as It was callei
After a good deal of work had been
done It was found that the walls of tho
fort were over the lines dividing the
United States from Canada. Work was
stopped and a surrey made and part of
the work was torn down.' Later on It
was ascertained that part of the walls
of the post were still over the dividing
line. An agreement was made with the
English Government which gave to
the United States that part built upon.
and the outline of the old fort was corn-
pleted, but as these mistakes had
caused so much trouble the post was
frontier Cincinnati Enquirer.
Paying Inventions.
The idea of copper-toed shoes wa9
ten,ed Jan. 6t 18GSf by a Maine gen.
f who male 100 000 out of it An.
naf ,nvenUon whlch made fl
. . . mQ OQ
! button fastener for shoes. Invented and
Introduced by Heaton, of Providence,
R. I. At the time it was considered a
fine Invention, for the old sewed but
ton was continually coming off. It has
popularity 'since its
f "... ' vprv
in 1803, until now very
few shoes with buttons on are manufac
tured without the Heaton Improve
No man is so worthless that a candi
date will not treat him with great re
spect No woman is competent to handle
the kin question; she is too sympa
thetic. CATTLE."
Garuenlng on a Small Scale.
The Japanese have the art of dwarf
ing trees to mere shrubs, and of culti
vating plants in a similar way. The
people take great delight in their mini
ature gardens, which require a special
gardener to keep them down to desired
limits. The author of "On Short Leave
to Japan" writes:
A Japanese garden la generally about
ten yards square, and In this small
space Is found a park and demesne.
with lake, summer-houses, temples,
trees, all complete, and all In keeping
with tbj dimensions available. The
lake ia four feet long, and full of small
goldfish. On the border stands a pine
tree, exactly eighteen inches high au:l
fifty years old; beneath its shud is a
temple carved out of one piece of atom
the size of a brick.
un a iorty crag or some two and a
.half feet stands a fine maplo-troe, per
fect In form and shape, fifteen year;
old and twelve Inches high.
We bought three of these miniature
trees later; a maple, a pine and a bum
boo clump, each about fifteen years old
and eighteen Inches to two feet high,
growing In shallow dishes. We were
told of a complete garden contained In
a shallow two-dozen wine-case.
Everything was complete, down tc
the fish in the lake, a Cheet of watei
only a few Inches square, and the foot
bridges over the watercourses. Tea
houses there were, and numerous trees
of various kinds, each about six inche;
Ugh. Old ss the hills these, but full of
'vttalKy, and yet never growing bigger
! People are never too old to tall
love or to fight over polltKa,
Housewives neips.
BdoUj and dirt may be removed from . '
naintinn and chromot by using a cup i '
of warm water to which a few drops of I ,
ammonia have been added.
A good broom bolder may be made t ,
by putting two large screws nails will j
answer into thewal about two inches J I
apart. Drop the broom between them,
handle downward. t '
Anv woman doing her own work
may so systematize it that it will be the j
easiest possible for her. sue neeu nm ,
follow aay other person's methods, un-
lei they are the Tery best lor ner owu . .
conditions. :
Polished oak furniture may bo beau- j
titully cleaned with a soft woolen vug -i
dipped in turpentine. It must then bo 1
rubbed off with a dry cloin.
Hot vinegar and salt will clean cop- i
per like magic? If washed off then with
hot water and soap and polished with
a dry flannel it will retain its brilliancy
for a long time.
An easy way to clean the horrid,
sticky oatmeal kettle in which the
breakfast porridge was copkeJ ia to
drop a lump of washing soda in a quart
of water and soakr ip the kettle on the
back of the stove for half an hour.
The glutinous crust can then easily be
removed. j
Rich cooky dough may be prevented
from sticking to the bakine board, by
taking a piece i f uniileacned muslin,
stretch it over the btvking board so there
will be no wrinkleij dust it we.l with
flour and roll out the dough, lry this
method, and making cookies will not
try the patience half as much.
It pays well to do the mending be
fore the article goes into the wash,
since the processes to which it is there
subjected materially enlarge the holes,
and it is better and more agreeable to
wear if the washing follows the mend
ing. A bread cloth should always be sweet
and clean, and never used for any other
purpose. I
Chicken Croquette, Cut the
chicken off the bones, mmce bne, i
moisten with the gravy in which it was ;
stewed, season with pepper snd salt, '
make into small forms with a jelly j
glass, dip in egg and tine bread '
crumbs, and try in hot lard or butter, j
Baked Apples. Wash the apple, j
remove cores, set in baking dish, till !
the apples with sugar, put a little spice ,
and a piece of butjer on each apple, J
pour halt a cup of hot water into the
pan, and bake the applts till tender. '
, Apple Show. Six large apples, two j
cupluls pondered sugar, one lemon,
juice and half the grated peel, one
pint milk, four eggs. Make a cus- '
tard of the milk, the yolks and one ;
cupful of sugar; bake the apples
with the skins on (taking out the cores) I
until tender; take off the ekins and
scrape out the pulp; mix in remainder
of sugar and lemon; whip the whites
of the eggs light, and beat in the pulp ,
by degrees until very white and firm.
Put the custard, when cold, into a I
glass dish and pile the snow upon it i
Popovers. One cupful of milk, oue .
heaping cupful of Hour, one eitg, a j
little salt and sugar, butter size of a ',
hickory nut. Bake in gem pans in a '
quick oven for 20 minutes aud serve
Sponge Cake. One pound of sujar, ,
one pound of flour, 10 eggfl, the yolks .
J beaten up with the sugar; the whites .
beaten well and added last; flavor to
teste. i
Fringed Celery This is a lovely dec- i
orated dish. Cut celery into two-inch ,
pieces. Cut down into both ends of j
the celery in many slits to reeo.uble i
fringe. Put into ice water, where it '
will curl out in blosaomy fashion.
Serve ou a cut glass dish, or on a dainty 1
Velvet Sponge Cake. Two cutis of '
sugar, two cups of flour, four eggt, two
teaspoonfuls of baking powdor, three- !
quarters of a cup of hot water, grated i
rind of lemon. Stir together until 1
creamy the sugar and the yolks of the
eggs; add the flour and the baking
powder. Then add the hot water; stir
well beaten whites. Do not havo them
curdled, but stiff. Flavor. The butter -
may seem too tbin, but will prove all '
right, and you msy bake it a you ,
would any other sponge cake. 1 j
Julian Story has taken a studio in
New York and will devote the winter ;
to portrait painting.
One of the most popular pictures at ,
the New York Water Color Exhibition
is a pastel of an old woman drawu by a
young American artist. Miss Clara Mc-
Chesuey, who is now an art student in'
Paris and whose work shows great j
promise for the future. J
A large bronze memorial statue of,
Samuel Hahnemann, founder of,
homoeopathy, which with its ledestal,
is to cost $76. 000, will soon teerected
in Washington by the homcspathic;
physicians of the United States, Charles:
N. Niehaus, of Philadelphia, Pa. is the,
sculptor, and the design consists of a
monument of granite, with statue and
baa relief of standard bronze.
Paul Helleu, the French artist ami
engraver, does work on copper that U
o delicate that only ten or twenty per-'
fact impressions can be made from tiio!
plate. As s on as the pictures are made
the plate is destroyed. The high prices
paid for Helleu'e engravings are dud,
to the limited number struck off as well
as to the great beauty aud equibite
finish of his work. 1
The Gazette de France, which wa
founded in 1631, is the oldest news
paper in the world.
When yon have done a kindoes',:
and your neighbor is the belter 1-t it,
why need yon be so fooli'u .n to look
any further and gapo for rqmtatioc;
and rrqmtat.
When a man has n enoajrouicnf
to have a tooth pulle.l ho ii al way
polite encugh to give his .place H
another man.
Though reading and converatior
may furnish us with mauy ideas o :
men and things, yet it n our owi
meditation that must form our judg f