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ITesurly Subsoription 1
TALE OF A CANCELED PASS.
CerranteB Burton -was patentee
Of a lifting gate cal od the "A. B. C."
"Il 1b built in such a simple -way
That a child con work it," he would say.
Mr. Burton had shown this wondrous gato
At half the fairs in the Sucker State.
To open it all you had to do
Was to press a button and up it flew.
"As farmers and breeders are going tnero.
I'll make an exhibit at the fair."
So said Corvantoa, and straightway
He wrote for space and a placo to stay.
They allotted him twenty feet or moro
In K 68, M 44,
In division 3 of the southeast lot,
A quiet and most secluded spot.
Thoy sold him a badge of ornate brass,
And ga-vehim a photographic pass.
Corvantes receHed his pass one day,
And it was good from tho 1st of May.
The photograph showed a hairy man
"With tousled whiBkora a shade of tan,
"With a hickory shirt and a slouchy hat,
A paper collar, but no cra at..
.Each day Corvautos showed his book
And tho man at tho gate would take a loolt
At tho hickory shirt and tho whole array
Then he'd let him in without delay.
On the first illumination night
He fell in lovo with u beauty bright,
A peerless fay whoso task, forsootSl
Was to sell tho checks at a cider booth
He saw hor oft and his lovo it grew
Through June. July, and August too.
At a ciitical moment she did confess
That Bhe didn't admire his stylo of drass.
And she al3o said she gicatly feared
She wonld uoer marry a wealth of beard.
Next day thero camo in tho pass-gato row
A man whose suit was a dazling show.
It waB loudly checked, had a wide lapel
And tho Deroy hat was horribly swell.
This man was shaven and chalky of huo ;
Ho wore a scarf of a delicate bluo.
He stopped to tho gato and offerod his book,
The gate-keoper opened and took one look.
He looked again and he chuckled with glae,
"So you're Cerveates Burton?" Baid he.
"Cancel number six nought four fifty-eight,
And chaBG this dude to the other gate."
"Hold on," Baid Orvantes, "that's allrig
My name is Burton; I shaved last night."
But the guard came up and drove him away
TjDtil ho was calm and willing to pay.
The girl cashier, she know 'twas he,
So flho said "It's him I" in ecstacy.
She gazed on his person with much delight
And she whisperea a "Yes" that Self-same
So they're engaged in tho regular wa
Thougb. it costs him 50 cents a day.
AN ACCURSED HOUSE.
The Yicomte de B , an ami
able and charming young man, was
peacefully enjoying an income of 30, -000
livres yearly, when unfortunately
for him his uncle, a miser of the
the worst species, died, leaving him
all liis wealth amounting to $2,000, -000.
In running through the documents
of succession, the Yicomte de B
learned that he was the proprietor of
a house in the Kue de la Victoria
He learned also that the unfurnished
building bought in 1849 for 300,000
francs, now brought in, clear of taxes,
rentals amounting to 82,000 francs a
"Too much, too much entirely,"
thought the generous Vicomte. "My
uncle was too hard. The rent at this
price is usury, one cannot deny
it. When one bears a great name
like mine one should not lend himself
to such plundering. I will begin to
morrow to lower; my rents and my
tenants will bless me."
With this excellent purpose in Tiew
the Vicomte de B sent immedi
ately for the concierge of the build
ing, who presented himself as
promptly, with back bent like a bow.
"Bernard, my friend' said the Vi
comte, "go at once and notify all
your tenants that I lower their rents
That unheard of word, "lower fell
like a brick on Bernard's head. But
he quickly recovered himself; he had
heard badly; he had not underetood.v
"Low er the rents!" stammered
he. "Monsieur le Vicomte deigns to
jest. Lower! Monsieur means to
xai3e the rents."
'"I was never more serious in my
life, my friend," ,the Vicomte re
turned; 'I s lid, and I repeat it,
lower the renis."
This time the concierge was sur-
ed to the point ot bewilderment
- oti thrown off his balance that he
forgot himself and lost all restraint.
"Monsieur has not reflected," per
sisted he. "Monsieur will regret this
evening. Lower the tenents' rents!
Never such a thing known, monsieur!
If the lodgers should learn it, what
would they think of Monsieur? What
would people say in the neighbor
hood? Truly ."
1 'M. Bernard, my friend, " dryly in
terrupted the Vicomte. "I prefer
when 1 give an order to be obeyed
without reply. You hear me go!"
Staggering like a drunken man, M.
Bernard went out from the house of
All his ideas were upset, over
thrown, confounded. Was he or was
he not the plaything of a dream, a
ridiculous nightmare? Was he him
self, Pierre Bernard, or Bernard some
"Lower his rents! lower his rents!"
repeated he. ' 'It is not to be believed.
If, indeed, the lodgers had com
plained! But they have not com
plained; on the contrary, all are good
mvers. Ab. if his uncle could onlv
'known of tlnis, he would rise from
the tomb! His nephew has gone
mad, 'tis certain! Lower the rents!
They should have up this young man
betore a family council; he will finish
badly! Who knows after this
what he will do next? He lunched
too well, perhaps this morning.
And the worthy Bernard was so
pale with emotion when he re-entered
his lodge, so pale and spent,
that on seeing him enter his wife and
daughter Amanda exclaimed as' with
"Goodness! what is it? What has
happened to you now?"
"Nothing," responded he with al
tered voice; "absolutely nothing."
"You are deceiving me," insisted
Mme. Bernard: "you are concealing
something lrom me; do not spare me.
Speak! I am strong. What aid the
new proprietor tell you? Does he
think of turning us off?"
"If it were only that! But just
think, he told me with bis own lips
he told me to ah! you will never be
lieve me "
"Oh, yes, only do go on."
"You will have it then! Well,
then, he told me to notify all the
tenants that he lowered their rents
one-third! Did you hear what I said?
lowered the rents of the tenants
But neither Mme. nor Mile. Ber
nard heard him out they were twist
ing and doubling with convulsive
"Lower!" repeated they, "ah, what
a good joke, what a droll man!
Lower the tenants' rents!"
But Bernard, losing his temper and
insisting that he must be taken seri
ously in his own lodge, his wife lost
her temper, too, and a quarrel fol
lowed, Mme. Bernard declaring that
M. Bernard had beyond a doubtf taken
his fantastic order from the bottom
of a liter of wine in the restaurant
at the corner. But for Mile. Amanda
the couple would c undoubtedly rhave
come to blows, and finally Mma Ber
nard, who did not wish to be thought
demented, threw a shawl over her
head and ran to the proprietor's
house. Bernard had spoken truly;
with her own two ears, ornamented
with big gilded hoops, she heard the
incredible word. Only as she was a
wise and prudent woman she de
manded "a bit of writing" to put, as
she said, "her responsibility under
She, too, returned thunderstruck,
and all the evening in the lodge
father, mother, ana daughter delib
erated. Should they obey or should they
warn some relative of this mad young
man, whose common sense would op
pose itself to such insanity?
They decided to obey.
"Next morning Bernard buttoning
himself into his best frock coat, made
the rounds of the three and twenty
lodgers to announce his great news.
Ten minutes afterward the house
in the Hue de la Victorie was in a
stage of commotion impossible to de
scribe. People who for forty years
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- KEENEY, KANSAS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18,
had lived on the same floor and never
honored each other with so much as a
tip of the hat now clustered together
and chatted eagerly.
"Do you know, monrieur?"
"It is very extraordinary."
"Simply unheard of."
"The proprietor's lowered my rent!"
"One-third, is it not? Mine also."
"Astonishing! It must be a mis
take!" And despite the affirmations of the
Bernard family, despite even the
"bit of writing under cover," there
were found among the tenants doubt
ing Thomases who doubted still in
the face of everything.
Three of them actually wrote to
the proprietor to tell him what had
passed, and to charitably warn him
that his concierge had wholly lost his
mind. The proprietorjresponded to
these sceptics, confirming what Bern
ard had said. Doubt thereafter was
out of the question.
Then began reflections and com
mentaries. ' 'Why had the proprietor lowered
"What motives," said they all, "ac
tuate this strange man? For cer
tainly he must have grave reasons
for a step like thfs! An intelligent
man, a man of good sense, would
never deprive himself of good f at rev
enues, well secured, for the simple
pleasure of depriving himself. One
would not conduct himself thus with
out being forced, constrained by
powerful or terrible circumstances,"
And each said to himself:
"There ,is something under all
And from the first floor to the
sixth they sought and conjectured
and delved in their brains. Every
lodger had the preoccupied air of a
man that strives with all his wits to
solve an impossible cipher, and
everywhere there began to be a vague
disquiet, as it happens when one
finds himself in the presence of a sin
"Some one went so far as to haz
zard: "This man must have committed a
great and still hidden crime; remorse
pushed him to philanthrophy. "
"It was not a pleasant idea either,
the thought of thus living side by
side with a rascal no, by no means;
he might be repentant and all that,
but suppose he yielded to temptation
"The house, perhaps, was badly
built?" questioned another anxiously.
"Hum-m, so so! no one could tell,
but all knew one thing it was very,
"True, and it had been necessary
to prop it when they dug the drain
last year in the month of March."
"Maybe it was the roof then, and
the house is top heavy?" suggested a
tenant on the fifth floor.
' 'Or perhaps, " said a lodger in the
garret, "there is a press for coining
counterfeit money in the cellar; I
have often heard at night a sound
like the dull, muffled thud of a coin
The opinion of another was that
Russian, maybe Prussian, spies had
gained a Jodgment in the house,
while the gentleman of the first story
was inclined to believe that the pro
prietor proposed to set fire to his
house and furniture with the sole ob
ject of drawing great sums from the
Then began to happen, as they all
declared, extraordinary and even
frightful things. On the sixth and
mansard floors it appeared that
strange and absolutely inexplicable
noises were heard. Then the nurse
of the old lady on the fourth story,
going one night to steal wine from
the cellar, encountered the ghostof
the defunct proprietor he even held
in his hand a receipt for rent, by
which she knew him.
And the refrain from loft to cellar
"There is something under all
JFrom disquietude it had come to
fright; from fright it quickly passed
to terror, so that the gentleman of
the first floor, who had valuables in
his rooms, made up his mind to go
and send in notice by his clerk.
jSlSIS Oin OTJK, INDUSTRIES.
Bernard went to inform the pro
prietor, who responded:
"All right, let the fool go.,;
But next day the chiropodist of the
second floor, though he had naught
to fear for his valuables, imitated the
gentleman beneath him. Then the
bachelors and the little households
on the fifth story quickly followed
From that moment it was a gen
eral rout By the end of the week
everybody had given notice. Every
one awaited some frightful catastro
phe. They slept no more They or
ganized patrols. The terrified do
mestics swore that they, too, would
quit the accursed house, and re
mained temporarily only on triple
Bernard was no more than the
ghost of himself; the fever of fear had
worn him to a shadow.
Meanwhile three and twenty "for
rent" placards swung against the fa
cade of the houae, drawing an oc
casional application for lodgings.
Bernard never grumbling now
climbed the staircase and ushered the
visitor from apartment to apartment
"You can have your choice," said
he to the people that presented
.themselves, "the house is entirely
vticaiy&T-aH -the tenants have given
notice as one man. They do not
know why, exactly, but things have
happene( , oh yes, things! a
mystery such as was never before
known the proprietor has lowered
And the would-be lodgers fled away
The term ended, three and twenty
vans carried away the furniture of
the three and twenty tenants. Every
body left. From top to bottom, from
foundations to garret, the house lay
empty of lodgers.
The rats themselves, finding noth
ing to live on, abandoned it also.
Only the concierge remained, gray
green with fear in his lodge Fright
ful visions haunted his sleep. He
seemed to hear lugubrious bowlings
and sinister murmurs at night that
made his teeth chatter with terror
and his hair erect itself under his cot
ton nightcap. Mme Bernard no more
closed an eye than he. And Amanda,
in her frenzy, renounced all thought
of the operatic stage and married
for nothing in the world but to quit,
the paternal lodge a young barber
and hair-dresser whom she had never
before been able to abide.
At last one morning after a more
frightful nightmare than usual Ber
nard, too, took a good resolution.
He went to the proprietor, gave up
his keys and scampered away.
And now on the Rue de la Victoirie
stands the abandoned house "The
Accursed House" whose history I
have told you. Dust thickens upon
the closed slats, grass grows in the
court. No tenant ever presents him
self now, and in the quarter where
stand this accursed house so funereal
is its reputation that even the neigh-.
boring houses on either side have also
depreciated in value.
Lower one's rents! Who would
think of such a thing! Translated
from the French or Emile Gaboriau.
In the Toils.
The burglar stepped lightly
He moved forward in the dark,
with a pistol in one hand and a bottle
of chloroform in the other. He wa
desperate and ready for anything.
Suddenly his foot struck some
thing, and the next second an inde
finable body hurled itself upon him.
With a muffled shriek of fear he
dropped his weapons and grappled
with the monster. He fought and
tore; he struck savagely at it in the
darkness; but ail to no purpose.
He was as a child in the awful grasp
of a giant Only for a moment the
unequal battle raged; then he sank
upon thefloor, conquered.
They found him the next morning
cold and stiff; but they were too late.
And as the head of the house disen
tangled the wires of his wife's hoop
skirt from about the unfortunate
burglar's neck, he said softly: "Poor
fellow! Set it again, Maria!" Lon
We imagine that when an equal
suffragist woman prays, she dictates
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Barn's Horn Sounds a Warning Not to
man cannot own
pure and God
will keep you
Love can live
where all othei
good would die
Christian in a
Man is most like God when he is
most filled with love.
Star dust is not soul food. The
bread of life is Christ
Getting rid of Godrs man is not
getting rid of God's truth.
The only way to keep clear of
is to keep close to Christ
Love never complains that
price it has to pay is too much.
The more others are untrue
more God needs loyalty in us.
A pkeacher with a warm heart
will not long have a cold, church.
It is an awful thing to seek- God
and not do it with the whole heart.
It never makes the day any
brighter to growl at the cloudy
You can always be happy if you
are walling to rejoice with others.
The devil gets the man who puts
off starting for Heaven until to-morrow.
When you want to walk straight
yourself don't watch somebody else's
The man who seeks his reward in
this world never gets a Drice that
You can tell how much people love
the Lord by the kind of company they
Everything not fully consecrated
to God is something the devil still
has a claim on.
The trouble with the man who
knows nothing is that he is the last
to find it out
No matter what the devil says,
believe what God says, and peace will
be the result.
God says He loves us, and there is
nothing we can do to please Him
better than to believe it.
Had Christ died a natural death
there would have been no necessity
for his resurrection.
Give some people mountain-moving
faith and everybody else's land
would soon be covered with hills.
There is this difference between a
wise man and a fool; A fool's mis
takes never teach him anything.
People have to be living very near
to the throne before they can enjoy
having their faults pointed out
It will help you to be more like
Christ to remember that every man
on earth needs you for a brother.
As long as a trashy newspaper is
made welcome in a home, God will
not undertake to keep the devil out
No preacher can preach as God
wants him to preach who writes his
sermons on the head of bis flour bar
rel. It may be that money will over
come the world, but it takes religion
pure and undeflled to overcome the
The wickeder a man is the harder
he will try to persuade himself that
his conduct is prompted by a good
The preaching that has Christ in
it always sends somebody away from
the church with a 'determination to
The kind of preaching a worldling
likes is that which will permit him
to keep on living in sin and still feel
that be is safe.
Beggar 'Kind gentleman, pray give
me a trifle, so that I can buy a mor
sel of bread. Gentleman Here's a
twopence for your bit of bread.
Drink my health with it JDaddera-datsch.
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HIS LAST ACT.
Lost His Life While Trying to Serve a Cess
In his "Personal Becoliections of
Two Visits to Gettysburg,." Mr. A.
H. Nickerson gives bis experience in
the terrible battle where he was
shot through one arm and throogh
the lungs. By a strange piece of luck,
he says, one of the hospital atten
dants picked up and brought to him
his young servant, Jerry, a mite ot
a fellow, whom it would be slander
to mention as a 'colored' boy." S&e
was the blackest of negroes, and about
as broad as he was long.
His duties had heretofore been con
fined to blacking my shoes when in
camp, and carrying my haversack
and rubber coat when on the march.
To these last mentioned articles he
still clung, so that when it began. to
rain the little rubber coat was used
to cover me. It covered only a small
part of my person, but inadequate as
it was, it was more than many of my
The rain poured in torrents, satu
rating the exposed portions of my
clothing until,, with the aid of a shal
low pool that formed, where 1 lay, it
permeated the whole, and I waa
thoroughly drenched. At times 1 be
came - uamusciouirXt
sufficiently! to miss the little cover
which the rubber coat had afforded.
I felt around for it in the dark
ness, and could not imagine where it
had gone. The next day the mystery
was explained. Little Jerry had
visited me during one of my uncon
scious spells and, believing thatl was
dead, had constituted himself my ex
ecutor and sole administrator, and
taken charge of my effects, consisting
of the haversack and the aforesaid
To add to my distress I was seized
toward morning with an awful thirst.
Though the rain was pouring down
my face and over my now totally un
protected body, I wanted water as I
had never wanted it before. 1 called
again and again, but no one came.
Those who were not disabled were
sleeping too soundly for one feeble
voice to awaken them.
Finally a sergeant of my regiment,
who was lying near, answered and
said he would try and get some water
for me I heard the rattling of his.
canteen as he started toward the
creek, but he did not return.
He had been badly wounded him
self, and daylight showed that in his
effort to succor his fellow-soldier he
had fallen near the banks of the
stream and there bled to death.
"Greater love hath no man" than
was here shown by Sergt Tracy.
Of No Use to Him.
The man with an important air
took the seat next to the amiable
looking man and smiled, says the
New y;ork Herald.
"Vacation trip, I s'pose," ventured
the' important one. The other
"Ever hear of the engagement in
surance company?" asked the man of
importance. "You know in summer
how very impressionable men are.
"Well, I represent a scheme that is
simply great. A man may become
engaged to a beautiful girl during bia
vacation and upon his return to town
totally forget the fact, owing to pres
sure of business, hard work and so
on. But the girl may remember, and
then there is likely to be trouble
Now, you take out a policy in onr
company and we insure you against
further worn. Furthernwre"
"But," interposed the amiable
man, ' 1 am not "
"That may be," continued the
other, "You do not seem to be that
kind; but there's no telling what may
happen. Now, for 81 a month you
become a member of our company,
and if you should be engaged and
afterward suffer with lack, of memory
and a breach of promise suit looms
up, why then we take take the mat
ter out of your hands and settle it
See? Only one paltry dollar a month
insures perfect liberty to you.. Do ,
you not think it would be well to
take out a policy?"
The amiable man shook his head
rNo, he answered, "it is toolatfc.
I have been married several yean.
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