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BI - CHLOEIDE OF GOLD CO.
Of Western Nebraska,
FOR THE TREATMENT AND CURE OF THE
LIQUOR, MORPHINE AND TOBACCO
A cure guaranteed or money refunded. Endorsed by the
U. S. Government. -"Will not injure the patient
either mentally or physically.
Rooms 1 and 9, Neville Block, North Platte, Nebraska.
J. A. McMichael.
J. C. Raynor.
Austin, McMichael & Raynor,
CARPENTERS AND BUILDERS.
ESTIMATES CHEERFULLY FURNISHED
All Job Work Promptly, Neatly and Satisfactorily Executed
Shop on Front Street two doors west of McDonald's Bank.
Never mind the time. "We want your money. "We are
not running a Nancy Hanks Hardware Store, but
are bound to come out ahead on our stock of
HARDWARE, STOVES AND TINWARE.
New Process Reliable Gasoline Stoves, warranted
for three years, Steel Ranges, Acorn Stoves
anu Ranges, Hoes, Rakes, Etc.
.0-.AJE3XDE:&T SEED IILT BULZL
Bring in your repair work.
McGee's old stand. .A.. T . DAVIS.
The only store in North Platte that no one owes.
JOS. F. FILLION,
Steam and Gas Fitting.
Cesspool and Sewerage a Specialty. Copper and Galvanized Iran Cor
nice. Tin and Iron Roofings.
Estimates furnished. Repairing of all kinds receive prompt attention.
Locust Street, Between Fifth and Sixth,
FINEST SAMPLE ROOM IN NORTH PLATTE
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H. B. OLDS. Agent.
Having refitted our rooms
in the finest of style, the public
us, insuring courteous treatment.
is invited to call and see
Finest Wines, Liquors and Cigars at the Bar.
Our billiard hall is supplied with the best make of tables
and competent attendants will supply all your wants.
KEITH'S BLOCK, OPPOSITE THE UNION PACIFIC DEPOT.
LAND OFFICE NOTICES.
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION.
Land Office at North Platte. Neb., (.
Anril 15th. 1893. I
Notice is hereby given that the following-
named settler has filed notice of his indention to
make final proof in support of his claim and
that said proof will be made before thoKejiistcr
and Keceiver ottne U. B. uina umcc ni norm
Platte. Neb.. on June 5,1893. viz: Ashley Peters,
who made Homestead Entry No. 17.07(5 for the
north half southwest quarter south half north
west quarter section 22, township 15 north, ranee
29 west. He names the following witnesses to
provo nis continuous residence npon and colt iva
"tion of said land, viz: Wclman Stearns, ("has.
B, Jordan, Hngh T. Crockett and William Koss,
all of North Platte. -N'ebr.
158 A. S. BALDWIN Register."
In the matter of the Estate of George Ilawley,
NoUce is hereby given that the creditors of said
deceased will meet the executor of said estate be
fore me, county judge of Lincoln county, Ne
braska, at the county court room in said county,
on the 2t5th day of August, 1XIQ, on the Kth day of
September, 1893, and on the 20th day of October,
1893, at one o'clock p. m. of each day, for the
purpose of presenting their claims for examina
tion, adjustment and allowance. Six months are
allowed for creditors to present their claims and
eight months for the executor to settle said estate
from the 26th day of April, 1893. This notice will
be published in the Nobth Platte Tbibune news
paper for four weeks successively on and after
the 26th day of April, 1893.
161 JAMES M. RAYCouuty Judge.
CHATTEL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE.
Notice Is hereby given that by virtue of a
chattle mortgage dated on the 30th day of July A.
D., 1891, and duly filed In the office of the county
clerk of Lincoln county, Nebraska, on the 3d day
of August, 1891, and executed by J. H. Allison to
J. C. Honaker to secure the payment of the sum of
$180.00 and upou which there is now due the sum
of t90.00 together with Interest thereon at the rate
of 10 per cent per aneum from the 80th day of
Default having been made in the payment of
said sum and no suit at law ever having been insti
tuted to secure said amount, therefore I" will sell
the property therein described, -viz:"
One black mare mule about three years old
called "Fannie,'" known as P. F. Farrell mule,
weight about 900 pounds; one sorrel mare mule
about three years old called "Flory", known as
the Risner mule, weignt about you pounds, above
sanies bought this day of J. C. Honaker; one sor
rel mare three years old past, called "Maud,"
weight about 900 pounds, white spot In face, slit
in one ear; one bar mare colt about six weeks, old
by the side of last named mare, with three white
feet and white strip down face; one Courtland
baggy, side bar spring, running gear painted
wine color, box painted black, has top and is all
complete; also the increase of the above stock, at
public auction at the house of D. McNicol, Sr., in
Myrtle precinct. Lincoln county. Nebraska, on
the 27th day of Hay, 1S93, at 11 o'clock a. m., of
Dated April 18th, IKS.
J. C. HONAKER,
J. E. Morrison, Mortgagee.
Att'y lor Mortgagee. 163
Bt Tirtne of an order of sale issued by W. C.
Elder, clerk of the District court of Lincoln county
Nebraska, npon a decree ana judgment renaerea
by said court in favor of Charles S. Scaver and
aralnut Axl TV. Wfwtin. I have levied upon the
following described real estate as the property
of the said Axel T. Westin, to-wlt: Southeast
quarter (8. E.U) Section ten (10), Township
sixteen (16) north of Range twenty-seven Zi) west
of Sixth Principal Meridian, In Lincoln county,
-KthrVa and T will on the 17th day of June,
1996, at one o'clock p. m. of said day, at the
mat front door of the Court house of said
county, in North Platte, Nebraska, sell said
Teal estate at public auction, to the highest
bidder for cash, to satisfy said order of sale,
the amount due thereon In the aggregate being
the mm of $223.65, and $28.83 costs, and probable
Increase costs, with Interest on said decree and
.D-HMatifortnriane, sen., tnisisi aay outay.
D. A. BAKER, Sheriff.
William J. Ferrell. Mrs. Ferrell the wife of
William J. Ferrell, whose first name is unknown,
and the unknown heirs at law of the said defendant
William .1. Ferrell, defendants, will take notice
that on the 2d day of May, 1893, James W. Ham,
Peter U. Wycoff and John F. Dlilon, executors of
the estate of Sidney Dillon, deceased, Isaac Dillon
and Chester W. Collins, doing business under the
name and style of Dillon, Collins It Company,
plaintiffs, filed their petition in the district court
of Lincoln county, Nebraska, ngainst said defend
ants, the object and prayer of which are to have
the title to the west half of the southwest quarter
of section ten (10), in township fourteen (14) north
of range thirty-one (81) west, decreed and con
firmed in the said firm of Dillon, Collins & Com
pany, and praying further that said defendants and
each of them be compelled to come into court and
set forth all their claim of title and estate In and
to said premises above described and that the same
be declared null and void as against the title and
estate of said Dillon. Collins & Company, and that
said defendants, and each of them, be perpetually
enjoined from claiming any right, title, interest or
estate in and to said premises, and that they and
each of them be perpetually enjoined from inter
fering in any manner with the possession of said
Dillon, Collins & Company in and to said premises;
and praying further that the said cloud upon the
title to said premises by reason of the failure of
the records of Lincoln county, Nebraska, to show
the certain deed made and executed by said
defendant, William J. Ferrell to Morrell C. Keith,
conveying to said Keith said premises herein above
described, be removed and for such other and
further roller as to tne court may appear jusi ana
equitable. You are required to answer said petition
on or before the 12th day of June, 1893.
Dated May 2d, 1893.
Grimes k Wilcox,
171 Attorneys for Plaintiffs.
Hy virtue of an order of sale, issued by W. C.
Elder, clerk of the district court of Lincoln county,
Nebraska, npon a judgment of foreclosure ren
dered in said court in favor of N. W. McGee
ngainst Christian Schwamb, an Insane person, and
Cyrus Fox, his guardian, I have levied upon the
following described real estate as the property of
said Christian Schwamb, to-wit: The southwest
quarter of section 5, in township 16 north, of range
27 west, and I will on the 17th day of June,
1S93, at one o'clock p. m. of said day, at the east
front door of the court house of said county, in
North Platte, Nebraska, sell said real estate at
public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash, to
satisfy said order of sale, the amount duo thereon
in the aggregate being the sum of $496.90 and
interest thereon at the rate of ten per cent per
annum from March 3d, 1893, and $19.68 costs and
accruing costs. .
North Platte, Neb., May 2d, 1893.
175 D. A. BAKER,
Sheriff of Lincoln County, Neb.
The only trotting horse that will make
a public season at North Platte, Neb.,
will stand at the White Elephant Barn
on south Main or Spruce street.
Parties interested in fast horses please
call and see horse, and read his pedigree.
We will be glad to show him, and also
his colts, at any time.
Terms, 812 for the season, cash or good
note at time of service, or $18 to insure
mare with foal, payable when same can
be proved, or when mare is sold.
Just think, a horse of this class that
can Show a 2:40 gait, with pedigree be
yond reproach for this small Bum; but
our motto is live and let live.
WM. A. GOODMAN.
"About seven or eight months scot
was attacked by a cough, and at one
began to take a medicine much adver
tised as an expectorant, and continued
using it until I had taken about six bot
tles. Instead of giving me relief, it only
made me worse. I tried several other
remedies, but all in vain, and I don't
think I had three whole nights' rest
during my illness. I began to think that
had laid hold of me, and my hopes of
recovery were all gone. I was a mere
skeleton, but a friend of mine, who had
been some time away, called to see
me. He recommended me to try Aycr's
Cherry Pectoral, and kindly sending
me a bottle, I took it, but with little
hopes of recovery. I am thankful, how
ever, to say that it cured me, and I am
to-day enjoying the best of health."
J. Wilmot Payne, Monrovia, Liberia.
Prepared by Dr. J.C. Aycr& Co., Lowell, If a.
Prompt to act, sure to cure
Tree Aooident insurance.
That old reliable, the Dailv State
Journal, lias spent more money in
securing news the past vear thaa
any other state paper, and stands
to-day at the her.d of Nebraska
newspapers, reconized for its enter
prise, truthfulness, and reliability'.
Publish pd at the capital it is the
paper for Nebraskans. It has just.,
completed arrangements whereby it-
offers free cccident insurance to
every new subscriber paying $2.61
for three months in advance, which
Affent for best linp of Firp is only 10cn,ts more tban the reS"
gtsnc 101 oesciine or J?ne, uar iceofthe alone This
Life and Accident Co's. ?ives eve,I7 subscr,iber 50?. acci
dent poucy, or less according to
occupation, free. If you want
v m i t . i
daily paper, ine journal is tne on
you should read, as its state editions
contain much later telegrams than
is given by the Omaha papers.
Compare them for your own satis
faction. The insurance alone is
worth your money, as it enables
every man to protect his taruiiy.
Try it three months and you won't
be without it. Address,
Nebraska State Journal.
CURED t THE G0LDBUG
F. M. HECK, Prop.
DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF
Fresb, Salted and Smoked
Hams, Bacon, Fresh Sausage, Poul
try, Eggs, Etc.
Cash Paid for Hides and Furs.
Your patronage is respectfully so-
" licited and we will aim to please
yon at all times.
H. S. BOAIi,
niVeg and $ci$oi$ Opened
By WM. MUNSON.
Leave them at S. Adams' store and they
win receive prompt attention.
By EDGAB at.t.att p0
, CONTINUED. J
Oh, my golly, Massa" Will, ain't ail
here my lef eye for Bart am?' roared the
terrified Jupiter, placing his hand upon
his right organ of vision and holding it
there with a desperate pertinacity, as if
in immediate dread of his master's at
tempt, at a gouge.
I thought so I knew it! Hurrah!"
vociferated Legrand, letting the negro
go and executing a series of curvets and
caracoles, much to the astonishment of
his valet, who, arising from his knees,
looked mutely from his master to myself
and then from myself to his master.
"Come, we must go back!" said the
latter; "the game's no't up yet." And he
again led the way to the tulip tree.
Jupiter," said he "when we reached
the. foot, "come here! Was the skull
nailed to the limb With the face out
ward or with the face to the limb?
"Do. face was out, massa, so dat de
crows could get at de eyes goodwidout
Well, then, was it this eye or that
through which you dropped the beetle?'
Here Legrand touched each of Jupi
ter a eyes.
" 'Twas dis eye, massa de lef eye jis'
as you tell me," and here it was his right
eye,that the negro indicated.
'.'That will do we must try it again.'
Here my friend, about whose mad
ness I now saw, or fancied that I saw;
certain indications of method, removed
the peg which marked the spot where
the beetle fell, to a spot about 3 inches
to the westward of its former position.
Taking now the tape measure fromtho
nearest point of the trunk to the peg, as
before, and continuing the extension in a
straight line to the distance of SO feet, a
spot was indicated, removed by several
yards from the point at which we had
Around tho new position a circle
somewhat larger than in the former in
stance was now described, and we again
set to work with the spades. I was
dreadfully weary, but scarcely -under
standing what had occasioned the change
my thoughts I felt no longer any
ber of some three or four hours' duration
we arose, as if by preconcert, to make ex
amination of our treasure.
Tho chest had been full to the brim, and
we spent the whole day and the greater
r art of the next night in a scrutiny of its
contents. There had been nothing like
order or arrangment. Everything had
been heaped in promiscuously. Having
assorted all with care, we found ourselves
possessed of even vaster wealth than we
had at first supposed. In coin there was
rather more than $450,000 estimating
the value of tho pieces as accurately as
we could by the tables of the period.
There was not a particle of silver. All
was gola of antiquo aate ana 01 great
variety French, Spanish and German
money, with a few English guineas, and
some counters of which we had never
seen specimens before. There were sev
eral very largo and heavy coins so worn
that we could make nothing of their in
scriptions.. Thero was no American
money. The value of the jewels we
found more difficulty in estimating.
There were diamonds, some of them ex
ceedingly large and fine, 110 in all and
not one of them small; 18 rubies of re
markable brilliancy; 810 emeralds, all
very beautiful, and 21 sapphires, with
an opal. These stones had all been
broken from their settings and thrown
loose in the chest. The settings them
selves, which wo picked out from
among the other gold, appeared to have
been beaten up with hammers, as if to
-v. . 1 ,fC
-1L 13. 'J !
Hershey & Co:
Agricultural : Implements
OF ALL KINDS,
Farm and SDrinsr Wacrons.
Buggies, Road Carts,
Wind Mills. Pumns. Barb
Locust Street, between Fifth and Sixth
Prof. H. Hirschbersr will be in
North Platte Nebraska from Mju
15th to 20th and while there Vilf
adjust glasses to all in need of sifcK,
and will make no charges for con
sultation and examination of eyes.
A. F. Streitz has been aopointed
agent for Prof. Hirsch berg's Non
Changeable Spectacles and Eve-.
Glasses and they will have a full
stock of the above mentioned spec
tacles and eye-glasse3.
With a vast number of pcrso"ris,
and more especially with the gentfe
sex, tne state or the skin or the race
is a matter of profound importance.
With all, a clean, pure complexion
is desirable as indicating sound
health and bright intellect. There
may be "pimples" or "acne" of
various forms, size or color: or there
are "freckles" in blotches or discrete.
or there may be a minute scaly-i
eruption, causiug "rougnness; or
there may be "discoloration" from
excess or imperfect eliminations of
First-class Single and Double Rigs pigment, to say nothing of more de
emed lorms or disease. All tnese
varied forms fall directly within the
curative action of HUMPHREYS'
SPECIFIC NO. FOURTEEN. No
one can use this marvelouslv ef
fective specific for even a few week,
without witnessing the most sur
prising result in clearing the com
plexion, dissipating the cloudy or
swarthy appearance, and gradually
giving a better, brijrhter, healthier
tone to the entire face as well as to
the skin in general. Thousands,
while using Specific No. Fourteen,
for eruptive diseases without even a
thought of the "complexion, have
been surprised and delighted beyond
measure at this unloosed for result.
For sale by all druggists. Manual
free. ' :
PROPRIETOR OF THE
Front Street Livery Stable,
(One block east of McDonald's Bank.)
to Hire at Reasonable Rates.
LGive Me a Call.
A. P. CARLSON,
Full line of piece goods always on
nana and made to order.
Only first-class workmen employed.
Shop on Spruce Street over Sans Gertler&Co.
By Tirtne of the laws of thn fitnfa nf Vnhm.Vn
inorvoyonpr a reward or fifty Dollars for the "RTMV.S WTT.PflV
cptaie and conviction of any person charged (4iliul,Cj WllAAJA,
with horse stealing in Lincoln conntr".
w. o: :R,iT:rsr:E:R,7
Manufacturer of and Dealer in
Curbing, Building Stone,
And all kinds of Monumental
and Cemetery Work.
Careful attention given to lettering of
every description. Jobbing dono on
short notice. Orders solicited and esti
mates freely given.
Office over North Platto Nnlional Bank.
Office: Hinmnn Block, Spruce Street
,R. N. F. DONALDSON",
Assistant SnrRcon Union Pacific Rsllnay
nud Member of Pension Board,
Ofllce over Streltz's Drug Store.
"-M. EVES, M. D.,
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON,
Office: Neville's Block.
and Children a Spoeinlty.
Diseases of Women
Are You Buying
Has 400,000 acres upon his list
from which to select, in all parts of
the county, at from $3 to $20 per
acre. lerms from cash to fifteen
years' time. Call and see me at my
orace over postomce, or address
I. A. Port, North Platte, Neb.
E. B. WARNER,
A fall line of first-class funeral supplies
always in stock.
NORTH PLATTE, - NEBBRSKA.
Telegraph orders promptly attended to.
C ha n ee.
Fourteen Brood Mares, ,t
Five Yearling Colts,
One Fine Kentucky Jack,
And One Cow,
Also two-seated Surrey. Farm
Wagon, JB arness and Buucv. To.
he sold to close out a partnership.
Address P. 0. Box 1000, North
Platte, Neb. . ;
R. D. TH0MS0K,
Contractor and Builder.
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127 Sixth St. Cor. of Vine,
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
great aversion from the labor imposed.
I had become most unaccountably in
terestednay, even excited. Perhaps
there was something amid all the ex
travagant demeanor of Legrand some
air of forethought or of deliberation
which impressed me. I dug eagerly and
now and then caught myself actually
looking, with something that very much
resembled expectation, for the fancied
treasure, the vision of which had de
mented my unfortunate companion.
At a period when such vagaries of
thought mosj; fully possessed me, and
when we had been at work perhaps an
hour and a half, we were again inter
rupted by the violent howlings of the
dog. His uneasiness in the first instance
had been evidently but the result of
playfulness or caprice, but ne now as
sumed a bitter and serious tone. Upon
Jupiter's again attempting to muzzle
him, he made furious resistance, and
leaping into .the hole tore up the mold
frantically with his claws.
In a few seconds he had uncovered a
mass of human bones, forming two com
plete skeletons, intermingled with sev
eral buttons of metal, and what appeared
to be tho dust of decayed woolen. One
or two strokes of a spade upturned the
Diaae or a large bpanisli kmie, ana as
we dug farther three or four loose pieces
of gold and silver com came to light.
At sight of these the joy of Jupiter
could scarcely bo restrained, but the
countenance of his master wore an air of
extreme disappointment. He urged us,
however, to continue our exertions, and
the words were hardly uttered when I
stumbled , and fell forward, having
caught the toe of my boot in a large ring.
of iron that lay half buried in the loose
We now worked in earnest, and never
did I pass 10 minutes of more intense ex
citement. During this interval we had
fairly unearthed an oblong chest of wood,
which, from its perfect preservation and
wonderful hardness, had plainly been
subjected to some mineralizing process
perhaps that of the bichloride of mer
cury. This box was 3$ feet long, 8 feet
broad and 2$ feet deep. It was firmly se
cured by bands of wrought iron, riveted,
and forming a kind of open trellis work
ove r the whole. On each side of the chest
near the top were three rings of iron
six in all by means of which a firm hold
could be obtained, by six persons.
Out utmost united endeavors served
only to disturb the coffer very slightly in
its bed. We at once saw the impossi
bility of removing so great a weight.
Luckily the sole fastenings of the lid con
sisted or two sliding bolts. These we
drew back, trembling and panting with
anxiety. In an instant a treasure of in
calculable value lay gleaming before us.
As the rays of the lanterns fell within
the pit there flashed upward a glow and
a glare from a confused heap of gold and
of jewels that absolutely dazzled our
I shall not pretend to describe tho feel-
fags with which I gazed. Amazement
was of course predominant. Legrand
appeared exhausted with excitement and
spoke very few words. Jupiter's coun
tenance wore for some minutes as dead
ly a pallor as it is possible in the nature
of things for any negro's visage to as
sume. Ho seemed stupefied thunder-
stricken. Presently he fell upon his
knees in the pit, and burying his naked
arms up to the elbows in gold let them
there remain, as if enjoying the luxury
of a bath. At length with a deep sigh
he exclaimed, as if in a soliloquy:
"And dis all come ob de goolebug! do
putty goolebug! de poor little goolebug
what I boosed in dat sabago kind ob
style! Ain't you shamed ob yourself , nig
ger? Answer me dat!"
It became necessary at last that I
should arouse both master and valet to
the expediency of removing.the treasure.
It was growing late, ana it beiiovea us
to make exertion, that we might get
evervthinK housed before daylight. Ir.
was difficult to say what should bo done,
and much time was spent in deliberation,
so confused were the ideas of all. We
finally lightened the box by removing
two-thirds of its contents, when we were
enabled, with some trouble, tb raise it
from tho hole. The articles taken out
were deposited among the brambles and
the dog left to guard them, with strict
orders from Jupiter neither upon any
pretense to stir from the spot nor to
open his mouth until our return.
We then hurriedly made for home with
the chest, reaching the hut in safety, but
after excessive toil at 1 o'clock in the
morning. Worn out as we were, it was
not m xiuiiiau nature to ao more imme
diately. We rested until 2 and had sup-
4-Tn 4-1 T T T - j -.
per, btux iiuj, iui iu3 iuiia umneaiateiy
afterward, armed with three stout sacks.
which, by good luck, were upon the prem
ises. A little beioro 4 we arrived at the
nit, divided the remainder of the booty
as equally as mignc do among us, and
leaving the holes unruled again set out
for the hut, at whicn, for trie second
time, we deposited oar golden burdens
inst as the nrst mint streaKs of dawn
gleamed from over the tree tops in the east.
We were now thoroughly broken down,
but the intense excitement of the time
denied us repose. After an unquiet slum-
trcasufc of incalculable value
gleaming before us.
Besides all this, there was a vast quan
tity of solid gold ornaments nearly 200
massive finger and earrings; rich chains
30 of these, if I remember 83 very
large and heavy crucifixes; five gold cen
sers of great value; a prodigious golden
punch bowl, ornamented with richly
chased vine leaves and bacchanalian
figures, with two sword handles ex
quisitely embossed, and many other
smaller articles which I cannot recollect.
The weight of these valuables exceeded
350 pounds avoirdupois, and in this esti
mate I have not included 197 superb gold
watches ; three of the number being worth
each dUU, it $1. .ftlany ot tnem were
very old, and as timekeepers valueless,
the works having suffered more or less
from corrosion, but all were richly jew
eled and in cases of greath worth.
We estimated the entire contents of
the chest that night at $1,500,000, and
upon tho subsequent disposal of the
trinkets and jewels (a few being retained
forou. own use) it was found that we
had greatly undervalued the treasure.
When at length we had concluded our
examination and the intense excitement
of the time had in some measure sub
sided, Legrand, who saw that I was dy
ing with impatience for a solution of this
most extraordinary riddle, entered into a
full detail of all the circumstances con
nected with it.
"You remember," said he, "the night
When I handed yon the rough sketch I
had made of the scarabseus. You recol
lect also that I became quite vexed at
you for insisting that my drawing re
sembled a death's head. When you first
made this assertion I thought you were
jesting, but afterward I called to mind
the peculiar spots on the back of the in
sect and admitted to myself that your
remark had some little foundation in
fact. Still the sneer at my graphic
powers irritated me for I am consid
ered a good artist and therefore, when
3'ou handed mo tho scrap of parchment
I was about to crumplo it up and throw
it angrily into the lire."
"The scrap of paper, you mean,"
"No; it had much of the appearance of
paper, and at first I .supposed it to be
such, but when I came to draw upon it
I discovered it at once to be a piece of
very thin parchment. It was quite
dirty, you remember. Well, as I was in
the very act of cruniplinsr it ut mv
glance fell upon the sketch at which
you had been looking, and you may im
agine my astonishment when I per
ceived in fact the figure of a death's head
just where, it seemed to me, I had made
the drawing of the beetle. For a moment
I was too much amazed to think with
accuracy. I knew that my design was
very different in detail from this al
though there was a certain similarity in
Presently I took a candle, and seating
myself at tho other end of tho room pro
ceeded to scrutinize the parchment more
closely. Upon turning it over I saw my
own sketch upon tho reverse just as I
had made it. Sly first idea now was
mere surprise at tne really remarkable
similarity of outline at the singular co
incidence involved in the fact that, un
known to me, there should have been a
skull upon the other side of the parch
ment immediately beneath my figure of
the ecarabaDus, and that this skull, not
only in outline, but in size, should so
closely resemble my drawing. I say the
singularity of this coincidence absolute
ly stupefied me for a time. This is the
usual effect of such coincidences. The .
mind struggles to establish a connection
a sequence of cause and effect; and
being unable to do so suffers a species
of temporary paralysis.
But when I, recovered from this stupor
there dawned upon me gradually a con
viction which startled me even far more
than the coincidence. I began distinctly,
positively, to remember that there had
been no drawing upon tho parchment
when I made my sketch of the scarabseus.
I became perfectly certain of this, for I
recollected turning up first one side and
then the other in search of the cleanest
spot. Had tho skull been then there, of
courso I could not have failed to notico
it. Here was indeed a mvsterv which I
felt it impossible to explain, but even at
that early moment there seemed to glim
mer faintly within the most remote and
secret chambers of my intellect a glow
wormlike conception of that truth
which last night's adventure brought
to so magnificent a demonstration. I
arose at once, and putting the parch
ment securely away dismissed all further
reflection until I should bo alone.
"When you had gone and when Jupi
ter was fast asleep, I betook myself to a
more methodical investigation of the af
fair. In the first place, I considered the
manner in which the" parchment had
come into my possession. The spot where
we discovered the scarabams was on the
coast of the mainland, about a mile east
ward of the island and but a short dis
tance above high water mark. Upon my
taking hold of it, it gave mo a sharp bite,
which caused me to let it drop.
"Jupiter, with his accustomed caution.
before seizing tho insect, which had
flown toward him, looked about him for
a leaf or something of that nature by
which to take hold of it. It was at this
moment - that his-eves, and miim nlw
fell upon tne scrap of parchment which
I then supposed to bo paper. It was ly
ing nail Dunea in tne sand, a corner
sticking up. Near tho spot where we
found it I observed the remnants of the
hull or wnat appeared to nave been a
ship's longboat. The wreck seemed to
have been there for a very great while,
for the resemblance to boat timbers could
scarcely be traced.
"Well, Jupiter picked up tho parch
ment, wrapped the beetle in it and gave
it to me. Soon afterward we turned to
go home and on the way met Lieutenant
G . I showed him the insect, and he
begged me to let him take it to the fort.
Upon my consenting he thrust it forth
with into his waistcoat pocket without
the parchment in which, it had been
wrapped, and which I had continued to
hold in my hand during his inspection.
Perhaps ho dreaded my changing my
mind and thought it best to make sure
of the prize at once you know how en
thusiastic he is on all subjects con
nected with natural history. At the
same time, without being conscious of
it, I must have deposited the parchment
in my own pocket. r
"You remember that when I went .to
the table for the purpose of making a
sketch of the beetle I found no paper
where it was usually kept. I looked in
tho drawer and found none there. I
searched my pockets, hoping to find an
old letter, when my hand fell upon the
parchment. I thus detail tho precise
mode in which it came into my posses
sion, for the circumstances impressed me
with peculiar force.
"Nodoubt you will think me fanciful,
but I had already established a kind of
connection. I had put together two
links of a great chain. There was a boat
lying upon a seacoast, and not far from
the boat was a parchment not a paper
with a skull depicted upon it. You
will of course.ask, 'Where is the connection'-'
I reply that the skull or death's
head is the well known emblem of the
pirate. Tho flag of the death's head is
hoisted in all engagements.
"I have slid that the scrap was parch
ment and not paper. Parchment is du
rable almost imperishable, ilatters of
little moment are rarely consigned to
parchment, since for tho mere ordinary
purposes of drawing or writing it is not
nearly so well adapted as pajKjr. This
reflection suggested somo meaning some
relevancy in the death's head. I did not
fail to observe also the form of the parch
ment. Although one of its corners had
been by some accident destroyed, it
could be seen that the original form was
oblong. It was just such a slip indeed
as might have been chosen for a memo
randumfor a record of something to be
long remembered and carefully pre-'served."
"But," I interposed, "yon say that the
Bkull was not upon the parchment whes
you made the drawing of thabcetle. How,
then, do you trace any connection be
tween tho boat and tho skull, since this
latter, according to your own admission.
must have been designed (God only knows
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Then it was not done by human agency.
And nevertheless it was done.
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blazing upon the hearth. I was heated
with exercise arid sat near the table. You,
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chimney. Just as I placed the parchment
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faint lines in tho skull, but upon perse
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"But I have just said that the figure
was not that of a goat."
"Well, a kid, then pretty much the
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