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ME J. E. ZimiERMAN.
Tremendous Reduction Sale
Thu equal of which has never been known and :nay not be seen again. We
have often quoted low prices, but never before at this season of the year have we
made such low prices on all seasonable fabrics. Our reason-the selling time is
short for us, but the season has only tjegun for you.
BLACK GOOD SPECIAL. ■ A BED SPREAD SPECIAL.
A lot new fig. Mohairs, very p u il double-bed sue, heavy crochete;
just now for Separate Skirts. Prices.Byou have paid f 1.75 for no better; these
25c, 29c, 40c, 50c, 60c, 75c and sl.oo. Bare yours at Ji.25.
FRENCH SERGE SPECIALS.! MILLINERY SPECIAL.
rsflini*and * I Trimmed Hats for $. .49; reduced
wrft P and filling, 25c,40c. 50c, 75c and >i am , #3Qf) Spe cial sale in
NOVELTY GOODS SPECIALS, l-'ntrimmcd Mowers and Riblx>ns
25c, 33 c . 37 and 50c WASH GOODS SPECIAL.
A SILK SPECIAL. 25 styleaDsinty Dimities and Jaconette,
1 • 1 t- t 1 .. nerfectlv fast colored, ioc: real value
A dozen styles ot rich figure#, Tabetta
Waist bilk were 75c; for this occasion, -" ' 3 ' ' - ' '
A HOSIERY SPECIAL. A case of women's shaped Jersey Rib
..... , , . . . , . tied Vests, low neck and short sleeves,
p,"1o,'"';&S Clra,brf ,<«.
SHIRT WAIST SPECIAL. S A MUSLIN SPECIAL.
75c for Waist with detacliable Collar* Heavy Brown Sheeting at 4'jc; real
and Cuffs; real value $1.25. lvalue 6c; full yard wide.
The alx>ve SPECIALS have been carefully selected from the different depart
ments, and you will find the va'.ues axfictlv an lepresented. We like to give you
these Bargaiu surprises because we know that you appreciate them. You can buy
freely from the lots quoted above with the full assurance that they are all under
MRS. J .E. ZIMMERMAN
T. H. Burton T. H. Burton
Why is it that T. H. BURTON is always busy in his store?
Simply because the people of Butler county appreciate the
fact that he has the best selected stock of
Foreign and Domestic Suitings
extra pants and \'en's and Boy's Furnishing Goods, ever
brought to Butler, and sells them for less money.
We everything that goes out of our store to give
perfect satisfaction or money cheerfully refunded.
T. H. Burton T. H. Burton
THROUGHOUT OUR MILLINERY DEPARTMENT.
Being a few weeks earlier than usual for our
Summer Clearance Sale makes this the great
est Clearance Sale we have ever had.
Remember the first buyers get the choice
M. F. & M. MARKS.
113 to 117 South Main Street, Butler, Pa.
As has been our custom our store will be closed at 6
P. M. from July Ist to September Ist.
I have taken into partnership, Mr. Edward J. Grohman, and the
drug business will be conducted in the future under the firm
name of Redick & Grohman. Mr. Grohman is no stranger in
this community. He has been connected with our house for
the past seven years, and it gives me pleasure to testify that he
understands his business thoroughly. He is a graduate of the
Pittsburg College of Pharmacy, is also a Registered Pharmacist.
I take this opportunity to return thanks to a generous public
for the liberal patronage extended to me for so many 3 ears, and
I hope to have a continuance of the same as we are now better
prepared to serve our patrons than ever before.
J. C. REDICK.
TIT AMfllUll tt I KINUh, KAK BINOS.i
Uiainuiiiia f SCAUP PINS, STUDS.
, 4X7 A Tf! WPC l O HUTS' (iOLD, LADIES' OOI.D.
► WM * * VNAA T GENTS- SILVER, LADIKH CHATI-AIH.
JEWFSLRV \ Uol(1 Pln *- Kir Kln c s - »i»KB.
• ** *" W » f Chains, Hrac«leU.;Ktr.
®kTTm\T Hft A Wl ¥s*l Caßtois, Butter Dlshm and Kve-ytliUn
WW XX XX Km I that can be fouii'l in a flrst clajw store..
RODGER BROS. 1874 } FORKB - 8,,W T N R B IPLK ,,, ATK
E, GRIEB, jkhTIIK.
So.tl3<J North Main St, Batter, Pu.
+UTEST STTLf; * KST GOODS*
*6OOO WORK * HIR PRICES*
» These are the things that have enabled me to build t,, a tirst-clsst tailoring trade
during the last year. s
We have the most skillful, painstaking cutter; employ none but the very t>est
workmen; handle .wrtlung but the very best ? oods, fioth foreign and domestic, and
guarantee you perfect satisfaction m each and every particular, and for all this
Hargc you simply a fair living profit.
J. S. YOUNG,
lilor, Hatter and Men's Furnisher, ""
-THE BUTLER CITIZEN.
•«T»pn you fcikj; TIOCKJ'I PiliS TL :x. oltJ-aafc
lonexl, sugar-coated pllli, wlilch tt-ar >ou all to
pieces, are not In It with Hood's Easy U> mk«
and easy to operate. Is true ,
of Hood's Pills, which are 18
up to date in every respect SEE "■£
Safe, certain and sure. All ■ ■■ ■
druggists. 2GC. C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass.
Th« only Pills to taic» with Hwil't s*r»*pa.-!lia.
| Wear |
I Points I
tic irrit&tioi? <S>
rg F<r/c<t fitting
AH ii? Jfcroa Hyz'wwte S
££ Uijilerwtw. 6o
All gratl'* of cnderwer at very
Largest stock of hats and
furnishings for gentleman ni the
country. An inspection will prove
this to any ones satisfacture.
Colbert & Dale.
242 S. Main St., Butler, emi'a
1,000,000 People Wear
WX Douglas Ssioesj
HAND £ *>oo f~T BEST
SEWED .4 IN THE
PRO CESS. WORLD.
ss.°° $3 - 00
$3.50 wHL j $2.00
f irT" r:r B ' j,s
YTtAT w. I'- UnnirlHi nhoci and from
|l.#o to 53.00 t% pnlr. A ftfylr* *nl
II Idtlia. The f<lvan< *• hi i»- itb' r has fru d the
■rtoi of other I ■ « « ■ f
W. I«. I>.*iisr* rf.n:»ln II 4* munit.
- ,; *' H ? t s . • >oiOhl'
C. E. MILLER,
All shoes sold by us are fully
warranted 110 matter what you pay
for them, if you buy our shoes at
SI.OO or $4.00 we see that you
get full value for your money, no
other house in Butler takes as
good care of their customers as
we do, that is why our store is
becoming so popular and we are
making new friends every day.
Ollt Ml! HDL!
Our only fault, if you can call
it a fault, is trying to show a bet
ter line of shoes at lower prices
than our neighbors, and if we are
to judge from our increasing sales
our efforts are meeting with suc
Tl« Prices Tell The Story
Ladies' fine serge slippers.... 25c
" gaiters 45c
" opera toe slippers .... 50c
kid shoes, button or
Ladies fine tan oxfords 75c
" fine tan shoes.. $1.2 sto
Mens working shoes 90c
Mens buff congress or bals. SI.OO
Boys fine bufif bals SI.OO
New Bicycle Shoes, New Tennis
Shoes, New Tan Shoes, New
Canvass Shoes, AT
Butler's Progressive Shoe House.
2i5 Sooth Main St, BUTLER PA
C. E. MILLER,
REPA.WNQ PROMPTLY DONE.
The Place to Buy
ING AND HEATING STOVES,
GAS BURNERS AND KIX
fURES, HOSE, BATH TUBS,
IMPROVFD WELSHBACH GAS
107 East Jefferson St.
HIJTLEH. HA..THUHSDAY. JTJLY 9, IHSXi.
VILi Ii IA M T. MCHOU3.
/ft -Hi. ty J B Llppmcott Comr«ny...
Early the following morning, pft«r
satisfying my»eif that Jones was get
tng on as well as we had any ground to
hope he would, and that he would be
carefully looked after by the nurses
who had volunteered for the service, I
set out for the house on the knoll. It
wns my plan to seelt Johnson after my
regular call upon Lamar, but, fate be
ing auspicious, I was saved the trouble,
for the fisherman wa« at work about his
Employer's premises. He was very
willing to let the boat, which, he said,
was Well adapted for a woman's use, be
ing light and handy, easily rowed, anti
equipped with a small triangular sail,
available in light winds and on smooth
water. He would bring it that after
noon to the head of one of the inlets.
"You're on shore most of the time,
aren't you?" I asked, when this arrange
ment had been made.
"Ay, ay, sir," he answered.
"Tired of salt water?"
"No, sir; but a bed that don't pitch
and roll is comfortable enough for me,
when I've a chance to He in it."
"What axe you doing these days?"
"I'm none too idle," he answered,
with a quick glance at me.
"Find him sociable?" I nodded to
ward the house.
He seemed to be about to 6peak, but
aiter a look about him he changed his
Intention, and without a word turned
again to the task which my coming had
Interrupted. Smiling at his caution, I
alimbed the flope to the door, and en
tered. Lamar, who was reading, laid
<V>wn his book—it was his well-worn
Cicero's Letters—and bade tne good
mornfng. He seemed to be rather more
gracious In mood than usual.
"Well," said I, "that fellow Jones'
•urioslty is not likely to cause you any
annoyance for some time to come. We
amputated his right leg last night."
"I supposed it would be necessary,"
he answered, composedly.
"What? 'Supposed it would be nec
easoxy ?' What did you know of it?"
"I Judged his hurt most seripus."
"How did you hear of it?"
"I saw it."
"You saw him run over?"
"You knew that he was lying there
helpless for hours?"
"It is true."
"And you did not attempt to relieve
feim, to go to his assistance?"
"The inference is correct."
His tone was as unconcerned as ever,
his speech as deliberate as if he were
discussing the most trivial of matters.
In spite of my acquaintance with him,
I was thunderstruck by this fresh evi
dence of his callousness. He enjoyed
jny surprise, 1 think, as a singer may
snjoy the applausft of a long hostile
critic. It was a tribute of tne sort he
understood and appreciated. As coolly
ns If he had been giving directions for
a day's errand-going in Trent, he told
the story of the accident. Jones, he
Baid, on his way home from the beach
tried a short cut which ran near the
Vcnoll. Leaving his team in the little
hollo\y where Dorothy Gray afterward
found him, he cautiously approached
the hummock and climbed to its sum
mit. Turning a corner of the house, he
cuae face to face with Lamar. What
talk passed between the two I never
le&rried, but the intruder departed in
Buch haste that his foot slipped on the
slope, and he fell. From the way he
limped on arising, Lamar believed that
ilia ankle was sprained, but he con
tilved at last to reach his horses. . He
tad picked up the lines, and was pre
paring to climb to the wagon-seat,
When his injured ankle gave way, and
be fell. At the same moment the
horses started. The fore wheel of the
loaded vehicle passed over his leg, and
■ before he cou!<iget it out of the way—
If, indeed, pov.T T 9 move it remained—
tho hind wheel had completed the work
the other ha/1 began. Lamar from an
upper window of the house watched
:what was happening, and, so far as I
could determine from his account of It.
•pent most of his time until the girl
appeared gloating over the sight of the
helpless man stretched out on the
ground at the bottom of the depression.
When Dorothy hurried to his house for
assistance, he sat within, listening un
moved to her knocks upon his door and
her cries for help. Moreover, he pre
vented old Martha from responding to
the summons, \vhen sounds of it pene
trated even her dulled hearing. These
things he related as calmly as if they
had occurred at the other end of the
earth, as shamelessly as if there were
no sense of pity in him. What my
opinion of his conduct might be appar
ently concerned him not in the least.
He sat there telling the tale of his heart
lessness, with the cold, dispassionate
directness of a man who Is his own
judge, and w ho holds himself blameless
and beyond the need of apology.
"He wiH survive, you say ?" he asked,
in the same level tone of indifference he
hud maintained throughout.
"We hope that he will," I answered,
striving to keep all trace of feeling out
of my voice.
"Last night they were against hiin;
to-day they are in his favor."
"Ah! He rallies?"
"He lias the best of constitutions. In
that lies his hope. I may as well tell
you that in his incoherent talk last
night I made out the word 'mistaken.'
It was repeated several times. Did it
have any bearing on his visit here?"
Lamar's face bore the grim smile
which, rare as it was, was the limit ol
liis demonstrations of emotion
"It had a bearing," he said. "The
man regarded me as a suspect He
thought me a criminal of this country,
in hiding. When we met, he perceived
his mistake. That is all."
"And you have no fears that be may
causro you trouble?'
"None," he answered. And he picked
up his book, to warn me that o>ir dis
cusslon had reached its close.
I left him as gladly as one leaves n.
room the air of which is heavy with pois
onous vapors. I was oppressed by
him, by his c nielty, by his utter disre
gard of the sufl -rings of another. Often
had I been on the verge of hatred for
him; now I realized that the line had
been crossed, that the feeling that I
was bound to obey his nod, to come and;
go at his command, would bo more
odious than ever. Why had 1 not the
courage to denounce him to his face,
and to quit his services then and there?
Why had I listened cowed and un pro
testing? Why, even now, did I not
.turn, back to ease my conscience like
an honest man and to cast off the yoke
jvhich galled me? In jny ow»
the answer was only too clear. By
degrees Lamar had gained an ascenden
cy over me, until now, even as I cursed
him, I recoiled at the very thought of
bearding him, of daring to pit myself
against his relentless will. Moreover,
I realized that within the last few
months a freeh reason for caution had
sprung into existence. They say love
makes men brave; I know it sometimes
makes them cowards.
When I approached the farmhouse,
still bitterly considering the difficulties
which seemed to hedge me about, Mrs.
Weston appeared in the doorway.
"I've got a message for you,'' she
Milled out. "Your bird's flown "
"What? Not Jones? He can't be
moved," I cried.
"No, he's here fast enough. Dr.
Banks has called, and says he's doin'
well; no more fever t.ban to be looked
for. But he's got something to d® with
"What in the world is it, then?"
"Mis' Loring has gone chasin' off to
Trent, takin' Miss Gray with her for
"Gone to Trent?" I repeated. 'now
"Well, she got up this morn in', an'
dropj>ed in to see Jones. Somebody told
her that his pillows was kinder hot for
him. Then there was nothln' but
she must go to Trent right off und buy
him one of them kind that's got only
air in 'em. An' so, off she goes, an'
Miss Gray goes too. They'll be home in
time for supper. Johnny druv em to
Bassettville in the carryall, and be'll
wait to bring 'em home."
"Oh, the outing will do Mrs. Loring
no harm," said I, moving toward the
"But that ain't the message," said
Mrs. Weston. "That's saved for tho
last, like a thanksgivln' mince-pie. It's
from Miss Gray, and it's about a boat."
"Yes. She was to look at one this
"Well.bein' as she's inTrent, she can't
keep the appointment. So she asked
me to tell you to hire the boat anyhow;
if it suited you, it'd suit her."
Thus it .happened that when John
son navigated his craft to tho head of
the inlet I was prepared to bind the bar
gain with him.
"It may be," I told him, "that the
ladies would safer if they had a man
with them when they ventured out on
the bay. In that case, could you help
"I guess I could," said he, after a
moment's reflection. "Most general
ly I'm off watch the be6t part of the
"Off watch" set me to thinking,
though I very well knew to wtiat he
"By the way, Johnson," said I, with
an effort at carelessness, "I understand
you look out for Mr. Lamar's mail."
"Well, you might Bay so," he an
"I imagine his correspondence is
light," said I, following up the advan
tage scored by the chance shot.
Hje nodded assent.
"Writes to New York, as a rule," I
"That's about it."
"But his answers are slow in com
"Two months,sometimes," said John
son. "Look here, Doc," he added,
quickly, "I know you're thick with
him, or I wouldn't have said that much.
It don't go no further, doit?"
"I give you my word on that," said
I, adding, rather disingenuously, "I
wouldn't have asked you anything you
were not fnee to tell me."
"That's what I thought," he said,
with a loolc of relief on his honest face.
"Gab's a poor trade, —leastways, for a
"Bight you are," said I, and with
this bit of wisdom wo dropped the
subject. HoWevsn I had learned
eroogh for a basis ior a little calcula
tion. Lamar was oommunicating with
friends at home, through the ulndly
offices of somebody in New York. His
correspondents forwarded tbeir replies
through the same channel of the New-
Yorker and the fisherman. No doubt
they sent him information bearing on
the energy with which his enemies were
pursuing him. Very possibly they bad
means of their own for getting an
inkling of their adversaries' doings. It
could be set down as oertain that they
furnished tho money which Lamar
spent, on occasion, with a liberal hand.
After all, Uiough, this theorizing was
groping In the dark. It furnished no
clew to the man's mystery; it nssurcd
]y gave mo no cause to hate him the
less or to trust in the. stability of my
tenur© of office in his service. 1 merely
had proof now, as I suspected, that he
did not depend entirely upon me in any
of his dealings with the rest of the
world. He evidently believed in checks
and safeguards; and through Johnson
he bad secured a check upon me
Mrs. Loring returned from Trent in
the best of spirits. The day's jaunt
had done her good. I have no doubt
that it served to satisfy for a time the
craving for gadding about which pos
sessed her now and then, for all her re
peated praises of a quiet home life.
Moreover, she brought with her a
friend, whose presence could hardly
but add to her peace of mind; for she
dearly loved to play the hostess, the
more, perhaps, because her opportunl-
ties for assuming the role had been so
limited. As it happened, I had only
a glimpse of this visitor. Dr. Bagvks
had sent me an urgent message to
hasten to ono of his patients, and I was
driving briskly toward the sick man's
residence when I met the carryall,
homeward bound from Bassettvilie.
Mrs. Loriug- uud her niece were stowed
away under a multitude of bundles in
the stern of the old ark on wheels,
while tho forecastle was shared by the
youthful John and a stranger, of whom
I could make out little, except that ho
was a dark l>earded man, clad In fash
ionable raiment. At the time, I sup->
posed him to be some stray traveler
bound for the village and profiting by
the happy accident of the carryall voy
aging 111 that direction.
The evening was far advanced when
I returned to Mrs. Weston's, and, al
though that lady enlightened me as to
the arrival of Mrs. Loringand her guest,
I was quite willing to avoid Intruding
upon them. Mrs. Weston could tell
very little about the new-comer. She
thought that he was a foreigner, with
one of those outlandish names that no
body but an alien could understand. It.
was easy to conjecture that Mrs. Lor-
Ing hail chanced to meet Trent,
-i>H>d lxi/itHfr'J uj/vu tylin tv
Rodney town, to talk over old tinw« and
to gvsslp about people they had known
In the Lord knew w hax distant land.
In the morning, no doubt, an oppor
tunity would be given me to pay my re
But the morning brought no oppor
tunity of the sort. When I colled upon
Mrs. Loring she was alone, and l»er
guest—Col. Mendoza she called him—
was out for a rumble about the neigh
borhood. He had expressed a desire to
visit the beach, she explained, and, in
asmuch as he had taken Johnson's boat,
was probably cruising about the bay or
some of the many channels branching
off from it. She expected him to re
turn in an hour or two, and she was
anxious, so very anxious, that I should
meet him. Couldn't I arrange to dine
with them? Really it was distressing
that another visit to Banks" patient
would prevent an acceptance of the in
vitation. The colonel was such a
charming gentleman, so very, very
charming, so courteous, so erudite, si
widely traveled, and so on through the
list of applicable adjectives. However,
that afternoon or evening, or at supper
yes, that would be a capital time
the meeting could be brought about..
Of course I acquiesced, and then, as
Miss Gray wus not in sight., parted with
her aunt rather abruptly. After a
quarter of an hour with Jones, whose
ease show ed no unfavorable symptoms,
came the call upon Lamar. Contrary
to his custom, he was pottering about
his domain that morning, lured from
the house, perhaps, by the beauty of
the day, which, however,was not potent
enough to change his manner, for he
gave me his stereotyped greeting, anil
our talk was as brief and formal as
usual. He asked no questions as to the
progress the injured man was making*
and I volunteered no information on
the subject. Then, in turn, came the
ride on Banks' business. I returned
from it early in the afternoon, and after
a hasty meal—l challenged any man to
linger unnecessarily over a country
dinner gone cold for a couple of hours
—I spied Miss Cray on the porch of
Mrs. Clark's riMiidence, and strolled in
"I've come to make a call," said I, tak
ing a seat beside her.
"How flattering to us!" she answered,
with a smile. "I'll bear tbe netws to
mv aunt at once."
"Oh, there's no hurry. Let me catch
my breath. I'm here to see your visitor
"But don't you know that he has
gone?" she asked.
"No. I supposed him good for two
or three days at least. Certainly Mrs.
Loring didn't expect him to bid good
by so speedily. He must be a genuine
bird of passage."
"He surprised us. Really, we saw
very little of him; for he started out
early this morning and didn't return
until nearly noon. And then he was
oft' to Trent without waiting for dinner.
He explained that he had recollected an
important engagement, which must
have escaped his memory when, carried
away by the pleasure of meeting my
aunt, he accepted her invitation."
"That's odd," said I, idly, a good deal
relieved, on the whole, to find that t
need not meet the stranger, who, no
matter how agreeable he might have
been, would have lessened my chances
for a chat with Dorothy. "Come, let
us solace ourselves for his flight by a
crui.; • in your )>ont You'll be com
fortable in the shade of a parasol."
She readily agreed to the plan, and
in ten minutes we were standing on the
bank above the skiff, looking down at
it with a pretense at critical inspec
"It is surprising that Johnson de
livered the boat with so much mud on
the seats," said I. "Let me brush it off
before you try to enilwrk. I'm amazed
at his carelessness."
"Perhaps the fault is Col. Mendoza's,"
she observed. "He used the boat this
morning, you know."
"Most of the muss is out of the wny
now," said I,assisting her into the stern
sheets and settling myself at the oars;
"but I'll speak to Johnson about it,
anyway. On£ expects more neatness
in an old man-of-war's-man."
"The colonel is far more likely to be
the guilty person," she objected, as I
bent to the oars and the boat gathered
"Who is he? Is he a mystery or a
plain everyday body? Tell me about
"'We met him in Nice, and afterward
in I'aris. He was very courteous, apd
aunt and he became very gc*xl friends.
He never told us much about himself,
but it was by his udvice that we made
the trip to Rio, and through letters he
pave us our stay was made delightful,
although the climate failed to help my
"lie was not with you in Brazil?"
"No. His home was there, and we
heard a good deal of his plantations;
but he spent most of his time in
We met him afterward at Badejj, but
failed to see much of him, for business
of some sort called him away a few days
It was difllcult to imagine that the
gentleman In question, in his intimacy
with my friends, had been entirely ac
tuated by regard for an elderly per
son half mad about her health. I felt
something akin to a pang of jealousy,
though I tried to conceal my Interest
as I asked:
"Trent was a curious place to run
across such an admirer of trans-Atlan
tic cMlization, was it not?"
"Our meeting wns purely accidental.
We were lunching in the restaurant of
one of the hotels when he came in and
took the table next to ours. We hardly
recognized him at first; he had aged
much since we saw him last. We were
delighted at the meeting, and I think
it pleased him as well. lie told us that
he had been traveling extensively In
this country, but evidently he had not
enjoyed the llie here. In fact, aunt and
he fell into a discussion of the manners
and customs of the good people of the
United States. You should have heard
her; she is patriotic to the core. She
" Bat don't jon know h» is gon»7" eh* a«ked.
told him he had had no opportunity
to learn how the people really live; and
then she insisted that he should come
here, for a few days at least, to get Just
the experience in which he was lack
ing. He accepted the invitation, after
u little hesitation. Honestly, I think
he was glad to escape the hotels for
awhile. Last evening he and aunt
talked for hours übcut their travels,
about this place and its people. She told
him how she was gaining under your
care, and how fortunate she was in
•securing such ski-llful attendan-e in
the c Perhaps it is as well that
you didii i 1.»... . r Flattery is disas
trous sometimes, .
"You should know Win.-; i."
She laughed lightly.
"Xothing but good was said of you."
she went on. "Aunt dwelt upon your
success with her, and your regular at
tendance upou the old man whojivea
over there." She pointed to the knoll,
with which we were almost abreast,
being distant from it hardly 100 yards.
"She told him what a hermit exist
ence Mr. —Mr I*amai —that is his name,
isn't it? —seems to prefer."
"Was he interested?"
"Shall I tell you the plain truth? It
may spoil the story."
"The truth always," said I.
"At first be was interested, but very
soon he delicately managed to change
"I don't blame him," I muttered,
with a glance at the house showing
above the scrubby trees. Her glance
"Dr Morris," she nsked. ufter a
pause, that Mr. Lamar deaf? Wheu
1 tried to rouse somebody in his house
the other day, the place was as unre
sponsive as a tomb."
"The comparison is excellent," said
1 avoiding a direct answer to her
query, as most men with an aversion
to unnecessary falsehoods would
avoided it. "The servant is deaf, and
her master is sometimes so t;eif-ab
sorbed that he is even worse oIY than
"What a wretched existence. Is his
health altogether gone?"
"He is moro comfortable now than
w hen he came here."
I knew that she was studying my
face, but I kept my eyes averted.
"It is strauge that in this gossip
loving village so little is known of
him," she went on. "One hears that he
is a retired brewer from the south; but
that seems to be the limit of knowledge
of his antecedents."
"It is the accepted version." said I.
"Keallv, 1 know little of his history be
fore he retained me."
Our craft was nearing the mouth of
the tidal stream, and a few more vig
orous strokes shot it out UJKMI the
smooth waters of the bay, hardly rip
pled by the gentle breeze. To the
north were two sloops crawling along
on their way to the village. To the
Bouth and east curved the long tongue
of land formed the boundary of
the bay on two sides and sheltered it
from the ocean swell. Xot more than
half n mile from w here we were, a cat
boat lay at anchor, with a solitary fig
ure lolling over her side. The whole
Ecene was full of the rest fulness of the
summer afternoon, and the spell of it
stole upon us, as if we left behind with
the land its anxieties, sorrows and
fears. For a time the boat drifted on,
propelled more by a currant of the
bay than by the occasional strokes of
the oar. The girl was half reclining,
trailing one of her hands in the water
and with the other toying with the
handle of her parasol, the shaft of
which rested on her shoulder. We
were both day-dreaming, when a hail
enmo to rouse us from our reveries.
Looking up, I found that we were close
to the anchored vraft. i ~d that John
son, its occupant, had given us warning
none too soon. In a moment we were
alongside tin* eatbo-it, anil his hand had
caught the gunwale of the skill.
"Halloo, Johnson I" said I, "what
sort of fishing are you doing here?
Business or fun?"
"Fun mostly, sir," he answered,
pointing to a hand-line hanging over
the side. "Nothing of a bigness to be
caught here. How does the lady like
"Very much indeed. 1 ' said Miss Gray.
"You'll find she works easy, ma'am,"
"We discovered a lot of dried mud on
the thwarts,"said I. "You can see some
of it yet."
"The boat was as clean ax a whistle
yesterday. Somebody must have lx-eu
out in her 'tween then and now."
"I l>elieve she wns in use this morn
ing," I admitted.
"Well, whoever it was," Johnson de
clared, after a survey of the skiff, "he
must have landed somewhere on tho
flats, where there was mild, and
tracked it in when he came aboard
ag'in. Here's another of his marks."
And he sent n long arm Into the bow
of our little vossol and picked up the
stump of a cigarette from the plank
ing. As he held it out for inspection
the paper unrolled, showing tM dark
grains of the tobacco.
"I've ween that sorter cigarette be
fore, Doc, and I guess you have, too, but
not round these piu-ts," he said. "Da
goes fancy 'em."
t|And you don't, eh? Well, fin of
your way of thinking, but the gentle
man was out in tiro boat, ftiis morn
ing wasn't, Coine up to the house to
morrow, will you, and give Misr, Gray a
"Ay. ay, sir," said Johnson. "The
boat's very clever under sail. I'll be
plod to show her any little p .'nto she
needs to pick up."
"Your colonel can't be called a very
tidy mariner, no matter what his other
virtues may be," said I, as we reentered
"Why do you call him my colonel?"
the girl asked, and it seemed tome that
I detected a slight increase in her color.
"He. is a friend of my aunt's, hardly of,
mine, though I've always found him
"And attentive?" I htlzarded under
the spur of revived jealousy.
"Scarcely that." she said, quietly,
"though lie was always most kind to
The spur went tier per.
"Oh, of course," said I, rashly; "and
ho must have had such delightful op
"He is a charming- man," sh« an
swered, with a smile which filled me
with misery. I dure say nhe mid me
easily, and was quite prepared to pro
long the teasing had the chanct> bwn
given her. But , looking over my shoul
der, my glance fell upon I.uinar's
somber alx>de. Tine sight of it made
me sileut, and, sullenly settling down to
the oare, I sent the light craft swift
ly on toward its mooring-place.
[TO BE COST»VC*D.)
Oh, yes—th« bicycle's all right;
Hut In summer Hme, dejir Sue,
The thing In which 1 most delight
Is a hammock built for two.
—Philadelphia North Americnti.
Dlond To-Day, Dark To-.Morrow.
Miss Styles—l told you I wanted a
bonnet that would match the color of
my hair. This one certainly does not.
The Milliaer —How was I to know you
wore the same colored hair every day ?
Sure to I'lease.
Miss Jinks —Oh, you must see the
photographs I hid taken at Comers <Sr
Co.'s. They're splendid.
Miss W inks-I knew they'd be good.
XT-anicra <fc Co. have the finest retoOdiei
la the ciQ'. —Y. Weekly.
LEARNING TO SPEAK CHINESE.
Nomo of tin? J)im.u!tU-« .Set lorth by a
John Wesley is creiiited with the sav
ing- that the Chinese language was au
invention of the de\il to keep the m!>--
sionaries out of China.
On ojteutux' b' s bock the student
a mas* of hieroglyphics, with no clew
whatever to their pronunciation, soun'i
In Chinese we have no alphal>et, no
inflections, no conjugations unci nod •-
tinctions of mood, gender, tense or |
Standing alone nnd divorced from
context, the student cannot tell nlie
er a single character is a noun or a
verb. lie turns to his dictionary and is
often bewildered by a score of diverse
meaning's that have feathered around
the word during' 3,000 years of service
in Chinese literature.
It is worthy of remark that a China
man living in Canton will pronounce
these characters altogether different
from the Chinaman, for instance, in
Foochow ; yet the meaning of the eh ir
acters and construction of sentences
the same all over China.
The spoken language differ* accord
ing to the locality, and yet a Chinese
scholar will sit down and w rite poetry
and prose compositions in a classical
stymie that are intelligible to every edu
cated man in China. Corea and Japan.
I have often seen two Chinamen who
could not understand a word of each
other's speech sittiug down and hold
ing a conversation in writing, much as
the monks of different European coun
tries used to correspond with each
other In Latin.
Few foreigners are able to write Chi
nese with the elegance of the native
scholar. Some cannot read even a sin
gle character, and yet are able to speak
ft local dialect with as much fluency
and as perfect idiom as a Chinaman.
The great difficulty in acquiring the
spoken language is in the tones, the
inter-syllabic aspirates, and the utter
lawlessness of its idiom. There are only
about TOO distinct sounds in the lan
guage, and a few months' practice *lll
easily matter their pronunciation, but
it must l>e remembered that to each of
these sounds there is attached u sort of
metrical scale, ranging from an octave
to an octave and a half, giving a variety
of tones'w hich only a musical ear cm
In English a tone may denote angvr,
surprise or injury, but docs not alter
the meaning of the word. In Chinese
the tone is all important.
Take the sound tseung. This may
man mean grasshopi>er, oar, elephant,
mechanic or pickles, according to tlio
Put an aspirate into the middle of tho
word, and it may mean examine, good
luck, wall, K[x»nr or gun, and a variety
of other meanings, depending on the
A man is a man only when the correct
tone is given. Change the tone, anil
mini becomes a nightiugaJe, a carrot,
und many other ridiculous thing*.—
Northwestern Christian Advocate.
A WOMAN'S ISLAND.
Three Time* »» Many Women its Men at
Trtntan <la tunhit.
From the isolated group of little Is
lands in the South Atlantic, whence the
caged eagle. Napoleon, was guarded,
though 1,300 miles distant,on lonely St.
lieWiiu. comes 1-y furuvviiy. jOUlld
ubout tucaut the strange tale of life
without communication with the rest
of the world for six months, and a bit
of history in a community in which
women outnumber the men in such a
majority that they may compel obedi
ence, by force, if necessary. The news
from the group of Tristan da Cunha,
the three little islands midway between
the Cape of Good Hope and the coast of
South Africa,came through the captain
of the ship Dartford, who says that it:
uliout latitude 37 degrees 5 minutes
and longitude 12 degrees 10 minute*
his vessel was signaled by a small l>oat.
The yard* of the Dartford were backed
Hiid a boat came alongside. In it wera
several men and a quantity of potatoes,
eggs, milk and penguin skins. The
men offered the fre*li produce and the
skins in trade, saying they wanted
olothing, tea, rice, sugar and Hour from
the ship's stores in exchange for the ar
tides they brought from the Hand
li ime. They told the captain that they
depend on passing vessels for the pro
visions they named and for clothing,
und that tin- Inhabitants of tho island
were In dire distress because for six
months not a boat hud succeeded in
'tailing a ship.
The population of the island of Tris
tan d» Cunha, as reported to the cap
tain of the Dartford by the men in the
boat, is CO, the women outnumbering
the men in the proportion of threo to
one. Therefore there are 45 women and
15 men. The group consists <»f three
tiny volcanic isle«. Tristan, the largeet,
being seven miles lu diameter (In the
center being a mountain 7,600 feet
high), inaccessible, about two mllca
across, and Nightingale island, a b*hy
Islet, just big enough to hold two hills.
The islands have been under the Brit
ish Hag since 1810, though, as the men
In the boat told the master of the Dart
ford, no European government had paid
any attention to them in the memory of
any of the inhabitants. When Napole
on was at St. Helena, 1,300 miles dis
tant, a British garrison was stationed
on Tristan, but was withdrawn after
the death of the exile. Corporal Wil
liiun (ilass, his wife and family nnd two
private soldiers were permitted to re
main on the island when the garriscai
was withdrawn. The population has in
creased to 00 people, some of the acces
sions being due to shipwrecks and some
to desertions from whaling vessels.—
A pleasant variation in an evening of
games is the drawing of flowers with
colored crayons, and then having your
guests guess the namos of the liowprs.
1 A list of flowers should be made out,
each onp with a number. On separate
slips of paper write the name of one of
the flowers with its corresponding
number, until you have used each one
on the list. Give each guest one of the
sllj*. or have a draw for them, and pro
vide them with crayons and sheets of
pajier. Givo 15 minutes for th« mak
ing of the flowers, then collect l4»e
drawing's and pin them up about the
room. As the names of flowers are
read from tho list guesses are given as
to which flower among the drawing"
represents it. Another pleasant game Is
••ailed matching quotations. Wall
known lines are written on slljik of pa
j«-r and then divided into bits, each pnrt
having throe or four words. These
fragments arc pinned about the room
on furniture, curtains, and hangings,
und each |>erson takes one and start*
j out to find the other parts that will
' make the quotation complete. Somc-
I times the quotations may consist of an
; entire line, with the second line form
| ing the other half to l»c looked for.—
I Philadelphia 'limes.
A RrfilMl 111 Advance.
Algy (nervously)— Wasn't that your
1 father's foot 1 just heard in the hall?
| Miss Cashly—Yes, but you needn't
j bo disturbed on that account. He hps
j no idoa that you wifl o\er proposd to
j me.—Texas Siftiugs.
A FRONTIER MYSTERY.
Tl>« «J..l«* I nfct >S OU ot a Wild tuxd
« .oily Terror.
():;« after.uttin fl.. train brought into
Kllswnrth a queer jmssenger. It wmm't
s.> queer that she was a woman, but
t.i.tt m:c was all alone aud evidently at
i- : ; iady There was never a more
lauh , t»tiug city. Human life was
the cliea, .„i thing in it. Thi terror
n.i- sup;e. He killed right Bnd left.'
uud v.. n;: lin return. Alongaatreet
is;>: »\ '■* '!■• long you might
'en dead men of a
unded were not
unted only by the
au... i. ho dug their shal
low graves a* four dollars each.
i'Lie ..t.ij woman was not on army
officer's wife. She couldn't have coma
intending to take up her residence in
•i iiaaty or dugout. Stimc of those who
looked into the barnlike waiting-room
of the depot and saw her sitting them
•••id that she had got coufused in t-av
i ling and taken a wrong train Stie
lll.im. no inquiries. and it w::S luilf au
In .. bef.uv anyone addressed her.
Then tl. liekit agent inquired if she
< i led auypae to lucet her.
".No, Fin not expecting anyone," she
replied. "1 shall probably go east on
the next tiain. lio you know a man
here who calls himself' Kansas Jack?' "
"Yes'in. lie's boss of the towu Just
now. lie killed a man a few hours
ago. Kansas Jack Is what we call a holy
terror out this way."
"He has killed several men?*'
"A full dozen, I guess."
"I want to see him. Where do you
think I could find him?"
"Why, mu'am, I'll send for him to
come down here. Sure it's Kaneaa Jack
you want to see?"
"Yes. I will be very much obliged
The agent sent a boy out to hunt up
the terror uud toll him w'hat was want
ed. The little woman stood at a win
dow fronting the street and saw the
man as he came sw aggering along. sfot
a hundred feet from the depot he pulled
his gun to fire ou a juan standing In
a saloon door, but the threatened man
dodged too quickly. The terror kicked
ojien the door with an oath and glared
around in search of the woman. She
left her place at tho window, walked
straight tip to him and, looking him
full in the face, she put a pistol to hia
heart and ■ hot him dead. He fell t>acl&
wards at full lenpth and never ottered
a groan nor moved a limb. The woman
waited a moment, pistol held ready for
another shot, and when she saw that
he v. is dead she went away and sat
down. They dragged Jack's body out
doors and hauled It off for burial, but
no one disturbed her. Forty minutes
after the shooting the east-bound train
came along nnd she got aboard, and
that was the last seen of her. The
wooden head-board placed at the ter
ror's grave bore this inscription rudely
carved by some friend:
: Here I.tes I
: KANSAS JACK, j
; 44 y.-nrs old. :
He waß shot plumb-center by a cuased I
: good-looking woman. I
: UONK TO HKAVEN! :
—-Detroit Free Press.
TO HELP BILL OUT.
The I'oor Old Man Mirelj Wanted tc
Cat! All ttlnff*.
One of the rtorl "nnocqnt. lookine old
men I ever saw en me downtoNewTfllti
the other day from his farm in Pennsyl
vania to deal with green goods men,
and, of course, he got loft. Fortunate
ly for him, he could raise only $l4O, and
therefore he lost only that amount. I
met him at the depot as an officer, and
! ' iv tow o 1 hat he got away
ij, .iUd wiien I.- >u*d told the story
of how he had txr-n done foa, 1 asked:
"sfon didn't expect <>> get ssoo in good
money for Jl3O, did you?"
"No, I can't say I did," he replied.
"But you thought it would be money
pood enough to pass."
"Yes, they sent me two one-dollar
bills, nnd they looked all right and
passed all right."
"But you would l>e passing counter
feit money on your neighbors and caus
ing them a loss."
"No, I wasn't goln' to pass any of it
off on the nayburs. I wouldn't do sich
a thing ns that. . 1 might hev got rM
of some of it to chicken buyers and tin
peddlers, but I wanted some of It for
my son Bill. Bffl is info politics and
l*>ker till you can't rest, but ho hain't
had a fair show. That's what I was
goin' to gin him!"
"Just what do you mean?" I asked.
"Wall, when Bill goes about sa>in' as
how he'd l>et SSO that so and so will b«
nominated fur president somebody yells
at him to put up or shet up. He ain't
got nuthin' to put up, and so he has to
shet. If he's in a gaina of poker and
got a good hand, he's got to coll instead
of raisin' the other fellers out o' tho
game. I've knowed him to lay do wa
with three aces because ho hadn't a
dollar more to put up. Oh, no, I didnt
mean nuthin' wrong. I wasn't goin'
to beat the nayburs nor pass any of ft
off at the stores, but befn' Bill is th«
luziest and most shiftless critter in our
county, I wanted to gin him a show at
politics nnd poker, nnd make him air*
his board and his clothes."
"But you lost your money?"
"Lost 'er .slick and clean, and it was all
1 could raise, and from till* time on Bill
nijd me and the old womnn will hcv tc
lake everybody's bluff and make the
U'st of it. It will come hard, but soaio
must blull mid some bo bluffed,
and 1 s'pose we'll Minrhow live
through it. —M. Quad, lu Detroit Free
PfCSS. _ ,
llt the Kotilnlile.
Bos& Tramp—Here, w'at's dat awful
Hinell in camp? Wa't's up?
Lazv Bones 0, dat Swoggles faked a
cloze line law' night, and brung in a hull
bundle of clean cloze. The smell on 'em
ik lit akin' us all plum sick.
"L>at's it. My n6.se is mighty sensi
tive. and I kla wmell a washtub furder'n
I kiu see it. Jlere, Swoggles, take dem
over to Jemard o' cainp, where do
wind'll l>o aw ay from us on 'em. Ilain't
joti no consideration for our feclin's?''
A Hurrrmlon of Sinecure*.
"JJ\ gnd," n:iid the colonel, "in spite
of all they kin say agin Cunnelßrackia
■ idgc, he's got thin to his credit he
ne>uh failed to acquit his client In a
,4 I think," paid the major, "that if TOW
will look the inattah up, sab, yoa will
liud that all of hisollenUihavc been of the
fut-t families, soh, and why should they
not be neipilttcd, sab'.'"—Tudlanapolln
Kltitln'l he»'i» It.
"My pi ' •.» have your pho
i .1,: , | u took now ba as to show noth
iin; but your skeleton," said Hob.
"V\ hat's a skeleton?"' asked Jack.
"1 don't Know exactly," said Bob,
"but everybody has one."
"I haven't," returned Jack. "Least
ways, if I luive, I haven't never seen
It." —Harper's Round Table.
He—What caused the coldness be
tween Mrs. New-woman and her com*
She —He said be v as more of a man
than fche Pat<. "