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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. U., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1881.
MR. LARKSPUR'S ROMANCE.
By JIden lF7incy.
Mr. Larkspur was out iu his orchard gather- i
iag apples for cider-making. The trees wcro ;
weighi-l do-mi with heavy fruitage, aad about '
their sturdy trunks the clover, all dappled j
with pink, was blovriiip in vrlvcfc waves. i
Mr. Larkspur's orchard was ample and pro-
lific, his fields, pastures, gardens all Uiriving ,
aad luxuriant, his worlilly possessions plentiful j
enough. Nevertheless Sir. Larkspur, though j
prone, as a usual thing, to hear a thankful
heart and a cheerful coantenance, was at this
timo not at all bright of visage or inexry of
Liftins his head from a half-bushel basket of
garnet-and-gold fruit, ho could sec, between
great, lazily -leaning tree trunks and across a
grassy lane, the pretty bit of cottage belonging
to his nearest neighbor, 31iss Kowena Davis,
tucked iu amidst sugar maples aad silver-leaved
poplars like a brown chocolate drop in fringy
paper. And Mr. Larkspur, thinking of Miss
They were only neighbors now. There had
been a time when they were good friends
rcmakably good friends. But that was before
a certain obnoxious Capt. Skaggs had come to
Baxter's Cross-roads ; before Mr. Larkspur had
said unkind things on his account to Miss
IJowcna, and sho had said ,unkind things to
him; before their crowning battle, wherein ho
had bitterly observed that she was rather moro
of a coquette than became her years, and she had
retorted, with hasty inelegance, that, as far as
years were concerned, a pot should not call a
And from that point matters had stood stock
still until the previous Sunday at Church, from
which time Mr. Larkspur began to think ho
had some reason for suspecting that Miss
Koweua was repenting of her folly and obsti
nacy, lie gathered tho idea from trifles a
half glance, quickly withdrawn; a faint,
peacli-blooiny blush; and, now ho camo to
think of it, she had lingered just outsido tho
gate after meeting, where ho might easily have
joined her, as she, perhaps, wished to give him
the opportunity of doing.
He regretted now that he had not done so,
instead of poking oft" with Mrs. Deacon Cotton
wood and listening to the interesting history of
the Deacon's five " biles."
Mr. Larkspur sighed asain as his eyes roamed
over Miss Eowcua's pretty domain and down
to her blackberry patch just the other side of
the lane a thicket of tangled, trailing bushes,
with tufts of wild, rank-growing grass waving
high, like plumes; and there it rested, for
there he leheld Miss liowena's pink -gingham
sun-bonnet just above a feathery bunch of
grass, looking like a big pink llowcr growing
It wouldn't bo very hard to step across the
!auc and speak to her. There was no use in
keeping up a foolish quarrel; someone had to
speak first, and
Without giving himself timo to back down
from his purpose, Mr. Larkspur scaled tho
fence ami crossed the lane Ho was half in
clined to Tun away again when ho got within
speaking distance; inr vrfiai if she had taken
fresh offense at h's 1t.v:u;t let s'ip the oppor
tunity of ma:hup 'h? had given him, and
scorn his iurdy ovv rtures .',
However, he eucu;,r3.l himself by sol ccting
a posit :vi wlp-t a flonnjiuir wild grape vine,
rlambcTi-i" ntn a l'"o-v railing at tho edge
of the ".cJ, - vi! .c.cn h;m a .litt'tv and
break 1 he icr-re of i.ccri..ui looks' -aijd sharp !
words, sijou; sit h hv hi.-.)Brtion.
His Hrt ,;'1!.!3 ni anl down, pcryonslji? aW
igut f lbs' norr-of. v. '! it", deep cap a:l
fail frill, an-? - " IV li'it J'a-n .-;ic.ie below ; ,
even t: well L.:owu striped calico apron i
tliajy seen unovi tJiu drooping grass and vine- i
Tlic 5ak of il-2 broiler wn? toward him. and '
atinbu'ket it-r-Z d.-bsido her, half-full of
the purple-ripe 1 --ii-.
"A nice aflontn, Miss Ena," said Mr. Lark
But Miss Ituwena was cither too deeply ab-
sorled to hear, or was not pn pared to meet any I
advances, for tie sun-bonnet gave no sign of
turning in his direction. Hut determined not
to be too caiily discouraged, now that ho had
made a beginning, Mr. Larkspur bravely ele
vated his voice and proceeded:
" Sight smart of blackberries this year, ain't
Still no word, and only a slight nod of the
bonnet rewarded him.
"Sulky," said Mr. Larkspur to himself.
"She's mad about Sunday. Bein' as 1 am to
blame, then 111 go ahead. I say, Miss Ro!"
A very faint motion of the bonnet.
"We used to bo good friends, didn't we,
A little droop of the bonnet.
"And there ain't no use of our fussing now,
Immovable grimness on the part of the
"I say, is thcro?" still persisted Mr. Lark
spur. Still no response from tlio bonnet.
"Ena," de&peratdy, "speak say something,
can't you, if it is only to scold?"
So effect whatever on the bonnet. A wagon
came rumbling up the lane.
"I'll not stay hero like a fool no longer"
vowed Mr. Larkspur. "Good -by, Miss Bo
an' it's for good !"
With one glance at the bonnet, which he
thought nodded slightly, he hurried away.
"Kf she wants to stay mad now, she kin stay
mad," he declared. "I've did all I kin."
"You ain't got nary grain of spcrrit, Bowena
Davis!" asserted MrsLcvi Davis, a stumpy lit
tle woman with a freckled face and a shrill
voice. "Why don't you take Captain Skaggs
and be done with it, hey?"
"Well," said Miss Bowena, deliberately, "I
don't for sever'l reasons, one beiu' that he ain't
"Shm-ks!" .-aid Mrs. Levi, vigorously plung
ing her darning-needle into a gray yarn sock
belonging to her liege. "You know hit's only
a-quoshun oi' time might as well make up
your mind ; you know you like him."
"Yes," admitted Bowena, with a little sigh,
"I like him well enough, but"
"I believe you're a-pmin' for that owdacious
Larkspur,'' observed her sister-in-law, sharply, i
"Iknowcdit I siycd you bed n't no spcrrit!
Won't do vou no good, noway. Ho won't never I
come 'round. Ef k wanted to make up, why
didn't he make up when he bed a chance?"
Miss Bowena turned to tho window with
scarlet checks. Why did ho not, indeed?
"He j l showed, a hundaj. he didn't keer
aeeu: ." :'.:.: an you or nut."
Tht .u t.c.teiKl in lloweua's cheeks. Not
witlih'...t .i'g au-r sissler-m-law's assertion, she
dkl have spirit too much when it got the
better of her principle and heart, as it would
uow and then; and Mrs. Levi was purposely
taking tho surest course to excite it to a high
"You're j"-l a fixin' to be an old maid all
your i:f; ," continued the little woman. "The
captain ain't a goin' to stick to you always,
neither, of you don't let him think you'll hev
him. Ho'll marry Jinny Tucker yet, ef you
ain't keerful. She's willin' enough. I reckon
Larkspur must be goin' to sco that gal that's J
a-stayingat Deacon Cottonwood's; that's why
he went homo with Mrs. Cottonwood from
church. Anyhow, he couldn't help secin' how
you waited for him; an' as long's he didn't try
to mako it tip then, when do you reckon he
will? Never ! That's what I say, an" you'll be
left. Captain Skaggs, he thinks a heap of you
now, but ef "
"Oh," cried Bowena, desperately, "do stop,
Sophy ! If Captain Skaggs should ask mo to
marry him before Mr. Larkspur speaks to
"Would you hcv him?" asked Mrs. Davis,
"I I almost believe I would," faltered
"Goose if you didn't!" said Mrs. Levi,
Mr. Larkspur stood beside his meadow-bars,
sentimentally out of temper. Miss Bowcna's
snubs of the day before had filled him with
anger and sorrow. He frowned and sighed
alternately. Baising his eyes to tho chocolate
drop cottage beyond the lane, he saw Miss
Bowena among the hollyhocks in the back
yard, feeding her chickens, with a blue veil
tied over her head ; and he knew just how the
little flax-brown waves of her hair rippled up
under its rim in their own sweet, odd fashion,
until her face scouted set in a hluc-nnd-gold
The noxt moment he scowled. The swinging
form of Captain Skaggs was coining rapidly up
tho lane. Ho did not appear to see Miss
Bowena; his eyes wero fixed on tho black
berry patch, and ho was making directly to
ward it. Mr. Larkspur's eyes involuntary fol
lowed, and then ho gave a sudden jump and
rubbed them, and then he climbed upon a bar
to scrutinize the berry patch more closely.
There was Miss Bowena's pink bonnet still,
the cape fluttering in tho morning air; thcro
was her linen saeque, and beside her the tin
bucket reflecting the sun in a gleaming white
ring from its edge all just as it had been yes
terday. Ho looked across at tho figure among the
hollyhocks. That was Miss Bowena beyond a
doubt. A sudden impulse and an equally sud
den spring sent Mr. Larkspur over the bars
and across the lano and up the four-o'clock-bordercd
walk through Miss Bowcna's yard.
It was Bowena among tho hollyhocks; her
gentle wondering brown eyes were turned di
rectly towards him, while the rose-color crept
into the face in tho blue-and-gold frame.
"Ena," cried Mr. Larkspur, "it wasn't you
in the blackberries yesterday that snubbed and
sulked at me, was it?"
Bowena turned 'nor eyes toward tho pink
bonnet, for whoso benefit Captain Skaggs ap
peared to be indulging in much eloquence of
speech and gesture, while the provoking thing
nodded and dropped as it had when Mr. Lark
spur talked to it, turned them back toward Mr.
Larkspur, and a ripple of laughter startled the
bees in the hollyhocks.
" It's only my bonnet and sacquc," she said.
"Sophy fixed them up there yesterday, to look
like mc, so tho boys wouldn't get all the ber
ries while wo were away, and I suppose she
forgot to take them away this morning. She
set tho bucket of berries alongside as an extra
bit of strategy. That's all."
Captain Skaggs soon discovered his mistake,
and started to tho house, but perceiving a pair
of radiant, unmistakable lovers among tho
hollyhocks, ho changed his mind and went
FOR SUNDAY" AFTERNOON.
A I-ittle Sometime; Alton t What, is Goin? On intiio
Thirteen new theatres have been built in
Berlin in ten years, and in thesamft,lirne,oj)ly
Tho Kev. Charles E. Stowevsoji of,rs. Har
net Bcciher SJowe, lias resigned the pastor.ife
of tho Congregational Church at Saeo, Mo.
It is proposed to have tho Castlo Church of
Wilfenburg, upon the door of which the famous
ninely-fivc theses of Luther were nailel, in
thorough repair on the -lOOtli- anniversary of
the great reformer's birth, November JO, ISS'.l.
The pro -poets of the success of the crusade
against Sunday liquor-selling in England arc
good. Over 0,000 petitions have been sent to
Parliament with 079,000 signatures in favor of
the Sunday Closing bill. In -100 towns in Eng
land and Wales thcro were S to J in favor of it.
Tho Christian Intelligencer thinks that tho
increased duty performed by church members
in Sabbath-school and mission work, together
with the greater need of seventh-day repose in
this intense and exhausting life of ours, fur
nishes a strong argument for a modification of
the second service, if not a relaxation of tho
obligation to attend it.
It is annonnccd that Canterbury Cathedral
is to be lighted with the electric light during
the winter months. The project seems neither
more nor less than a profanation. That an edi
fice so venerable in years and so rich in histor
ical incidents should have tho dim religious
light which accords with the sanctity of a
cathedral displaced for the glaring and trying
light of the electric lamp is, indeed, enough to
make one doubt if tho icsthetes have done any
thing to hurl Philistinism from its throne.
A Perthshire minister, more skillful as an
angler than popular as a preacher, was once
giving advice to a parishioner on the benefits
of early rising, and mentioned as an instance
that ho had, a few mornings before, composed a
sermon and killed a salmon before breakfast.
"In fact, sir," said he, with self-satisfaction,
" it is a fact on which I plumo myself greatly."
"Aweel, sir," was tho pointed reply, " I wild
much rather hae had j'cr Eaumou than yer ser
mon." Toronto keeps Sunday in a more rigidly
quiet way than any other city of its size on
this continent. The street cars do not run, tho
boot-black boys are not on duty, and all tho
telegraph oilices are closed except the central
one, where one man remains all day to attend
to important messages. The cab stands are
deserted, and anybody who wants a vehicle
and team must go to a livery stable. The drug
stores arc open at certain hours, and that only
for the ealo of medicines. Tho liquor shops
close at seven on Salui"day evening and remain
closed until live on .Monday morning.
Tho Bcv. Dr. Hatcly Waddell, of Olascow,
recently selected for his text the well-known
verses in tho twentieth chapter of Bcvelation:
"And I saw an angel come down from Heaven,
having the. key of the bottpmless pit and a
great clnun in his hand. And ho lay hold on
the. dragon and bound him a thousand years,
and cast him into tho bottomless pit," and said
that, "if ever an angel came down from Hea
ven to earth for a work like this, it was the
angel of electrical science. It came direct from
Heaven. If such an angel brought a chain in
his hand, it was tho telegraph wire and the
electric cable coiled up and carried on his arm.
If over such an angel had Hiieh a key as spoken
of in the text, it was the submarine telegraph.
Just in proportion as electricity circled tho
earth, just in that proportion would tho devil
A novel case was decided in the Cincinnati
Common Pleas Court. Elizabeth Patterson and
Nicholas Patterson, her husband, brought suit
against the Board of Education of Symincs
Township to restrain the defendants from using
their school-house in that district for Sunday
school purposes. It appeared from tho testi
mony that permission of tho School Board for
the use of tho school-houso for Sunday-school
purposes was granted, and that such permis
sion had been constnied by a denomination
known as Now Lights, to hold religious services
in the house. In rendering his decision, Judge.
Connor said : " No one has a higher regard for
Sunday-school or church services than I have,
but I cannot believe that it was tho intention
of the law to hold that it would authorize the
use of public-school property for purely reli
gious education. That property is maintained,
or should be maintained, simply for secular
education. No ono will denv that instruction
in morals and music may bo given iu public )
schools, but it must be a part of the secular j
education. It must not amount to simply re
ligious education. It seems to mo clear that
school property cannot be used for religious
purposes or Sunday-school purposes,, which, by
tho very fact of its being religious in character
might well debar all, or portions, of tho chil
dren of the district from attending by reason
of the religious convictions or conscientious
scruples of such children or their parents. Tlic
injunction will be made perpetual, restraining
tho Board of Education from permitting said
school-house to bo used for Sunday-school or
other religious purposes."
The Worldly Deacon.
From the Detroit bce Press.
A Hudson River farmer, who wanted a better
horse than he possessed, drovo into Yonkers
one day with his nag, and hunting up a certain
citizen who had tho sort of horse ho wanted,
the farmer stated his desiro to exchange, and
" I understand that you aro a Christian
" Yes, sir."
" Belong to the Baptist Church?"
"One of the deacons, I bclicvo?"
." I am."
A trade was made, and the farmer drovo
home with the new equine. But in tho course
of three days he returned, and began:
"See here, Deacon, what kind of a man aro
you? Yon never told mc that that horse I got
of you had spavins and ring-bones and heaves!"
"No, I believe I didn't."
"Weil, you arc a pretty Christian, you arc!"
"My friend.'' placidly replied the good man,
"if you can find it anywhere in the good book
that a deacon in the Baptist Church must point
out the defects in his own horso where a sinner
is ton ignorant to see for himself, I'll admit my
sin and trade back. Como in and we'll hunt
for the passage."
The Wise 31nn of ArKansair.
From the Arkansaw Traveler.
Probably the politest and mo.it considerate
man who over lived was fjoneml Bradsbale, of
Arkansaw. Some time aio, boarding a train, he
perceived his son, whom he had not seen for
twenty years, occupying a scat, reading. The
old gentleman sat down immediately behind
the young man. After tho train had gone
about thirty miles, the. young man laid asido
his newspaper, and discovering his father,
seized the old man with affectionate warmth.
" Why didn't you let me know that you was on
the train, father?"
" Because," replied the old gentleman, " I saw
that you wore reading and I did not wish to
"That would have made no difference.."
"And besides," continued tho father, "I
thought that you might want to borrow a few
Taken out of TSciI.
Dr. B. V. Pikuck, Buffalo, X. Y. : Dear Sir
I have, to thank you for the great relief receiv
ed from your "Favorite Prescription." My
sickness had lasted seven years, one of which
I-was in bed. After taking ono . bottle, J wasWw responsibility of really taking such a crea
1 . ' t l XI "1 If
ablo'to be about tho house. Bespoctfully,
AMANDA K. ENNIS, Fulton, Mich
A Sliame ami an Outrage. '
"John, what is that peculiar smell?" asked
an Austin man's wifo when became homo very
late. Sho expected he would say that it was
the incense lhv used in tho lodge-room, orthat
ho would tell somo other lie, but sho was mis
taken. "It's whiskey, that's what it is," ho
replied defiantly. "Miserable creature," re
torted his wife, "you havo at last got down so
low that, you have not got decency enough loft
to try and lie out of it."
- i ' " -
Tho Springfield Republican tells how a gentlo
man took from his pocket after dinner a pair
of solitaires and passed them to his wife.
"Humph," she said, "prizo package, I sup
pose?" and passed them on to her son. "Dol
lar store, eh?" commented the youth. Papa
smiled, and silently replaced tho card in his
pocket. A few days later mamma said, " Where
did you get those earrings you showed us?"
"Well, a man submitted them to mo at tho
store. They we're only $950, but you aro such
a poor judge of gems that I thought it wasn't
worth while to give them to you."
JYom Good Words.
" Tlic miblhrcbs is ilyin', the doclhors have said so,
Oh, who'd he a doclhor, to bring us our deaths?
To hit by our beda, with a hand on the haul so,
A fcelin' the pulse, an' eoiiiiliu' the breaths !
To drive to our doors in a vehicle stately,
Out.-tretehiu' tho hand for a fee on the sly.
To settle our deaths for u.s very complntely,
An' very contintedly lave us to die!
" The mlthrcs3 is dyin' it is such a pity
Th master just worships the ground 'ncatb her
Slic'b such a bwate crathur, so smiliif and pretty
Is there no cross onld woman could ko in her
She trates us no kindly, avo think it an honor
To lnrn from herself her own iligant ways;
1 loved her the minute 1 set my eyes on her,
An' what will I do whin she's dead, if you plaac?
"J hate our fine doethor! he ought tohecryin',
But smiled as he ran to his carriage an' hook,
list after he tonld us the darlint was dyin'
bhurcif oho recovered howquarche would look!
I know he's a janius tiie best in the city,
But God's above all even doothors who knows
I am a poor little sarvint," says Kitty,
" Hut even a sarvint can pray, I suppose? "
So down on her knees, in a whirl of emotion,
Willi anger and t?rief in a terrible swing.
Her Irish tongue praying with utter devotion,
In faith that but few to their praying can bring.
The poor little servant her tears flowing over
Implored with a foret: that my vereo cannot give.
With the zeal of a saint, and the glow of a lover,
That, in bpito of the doctor, the mistress might
The master sat close by bis darling, despair in
I lis stupefied sorrow just holding her hand
lie preyed, to be sure, but no bopo has his prnyer
In fact, bo was dazed, nnd could scarce under
bland. Her delicate lips bad a painful contraction,
Ilersensilivc eyes tceiningsunkcn andglazcd;
ITe knew in his heart there could be no reaction;
He just sat and saw her in fact, he was tlazcd.
A pallor less ghastly the eyelashes quiver
Life springs to the face in a sudden surprise
Grim death retrogrades with a s-ul little shiver
She smiles at the master, her soul iu her eyes!
A wonderful hope is it hope? Is it terror?
Leaps up in his heart while hewatches his wife
Is it life-before death? Is it fancy's sweet error?
Or is it or can it be verily life?
Ob, send for the doctor, death bangs on each
They wait for bis fiat as that of a god
Who sagely remarks that there is somethingii.vlt,
Granting leases of life with an autocrat's nod,
Joy rings through the Iioimc that was silent in sad
ness, The master believes that be ne'er felt despair.
And Kitty, tho servant, lauglis out, 'mid her glatl
nend, To think that they none of them knew of her
OUR TOUNG FOLKS,
Elephant -Keepers Story A I
Uj Edward I. Stevenson.
"Oh no, Squire, I certainly didn't manage to
get rich with it at all ; but you must recollect,
sir, that rolling stones don't gather much
The man who found this proverb a handy ,
excuse was a swarthy, thickset little fellow, '
standing in tho stone-paved court-yard of j
Squire Buckle's stables, talking with the Squire
himself. He gave his flaming red neckerchief '
an apologetic twitch, and was silent.
Tho good-humored old Squire eyed him ,
thoughtfully. "Well, well, Junket," ho re-j
sponded, "I daresay you're not to blame for ;
ill-luck; and if you're tired of roving, why,
you can have your old place again. I'm glad to ,
sec you back. But suppose you finish your
story where you left oil'. You were saying that
while you were at Lord Haw's that place in tho
show was offered you, eh?" The Squire began
patrolling tho stable-yard again. Junket, walk
ing at his side, took up the thread of his adven
" No, sir, it wasn't while I was at Lord Haw's
at all, but after his death, that one of the gen
tlemen at Day's got me a post as keeper in that
monagario. 1 had been somo weeks out of
work, or I don't know that I should havo
thought of occupation of ju&t that sort. But I
found tho other keepers a very decent set of
men, sir. Pretty soon, too, I took a particular
notion to one of them. Whistler was his name.
He had all tho charge, of tho big performing
elephant in the show. Juggernaut thoy called
" He was just a monster, Squire, and no mis
take, lie was very near ten feet high not so
very (all you'll say; but in breadth and devel
opment I never heard of his equal. Well, as I
was saying, I saw a good deal of Whistler. In
course of a month most all of us remarked what
a fancy the elephant had took to me. T could
take tho creature to water, exerciso him, put
him through all his acts when only the show
folks happened to be around, and mostly do
what 1 pleased with him.
" You see, Squire, an elephant may be. willing
enough to let outsider; to make a pot of him,
but as for obeying ono of them, that's quite
another thing. Ho generally minds only his
keeper, and that only so long as ho stays in the
humor fo do it.
"One afternoon Whistler went off a-ple.rmr-ing
somewhere up the Thames. Ho missed his
boat, or the trains, or something or other, com
ing back. They had to go on with the show
without waiting for him. ' Mr. Curtis, says I
to the ring-manager, 'you need have no thought
about tho elephant. I'll take him through the
performance.' Mr. Cutts looked a little sur
prised, but ho said, 'All right; go ahead.' And
so I did, very nicely too. Juggernaut went
through all his acts as quint as if ho'd never
had any other trainer except me. All the pro
prietors wero quite delighted. Just while I
was taking him back under tho sheds, in comes
"'You're a good fellow, Junket,' says ho.
'I'm obliged to you to death. Toss mo down
the padlocks. I'll put him up. You must be
.sick of elephant for once.'
"I was pretty well tired out, not to mention
titre through a public performance.
' , "I spoke to Juggernaut accordingly, and ho
scts,ino on my fcot with his trunk as gentle as
iflwaswax. Whistler stepped up. 1 handed
him tho hook and tho keys, and said good
night. Just as I walked out of the shed doors
I heard Whistler cry out. I ran back, all of a
tremble, too lato to be of any good. Directly
my back was fairly turned, the elephant had
charged on Whistler, caught him round the
body, and thrown him, like a bag of sand,
smash against the further Avail of tho shed. It
would have made you sick, Squire.
'Back, Juggernaut!' I managed to call,
standing almost under him. IIo stood still as
a rock, no motion, no sound, tho moment ho
heard mc. Curious, wasn't it, sir? I called
for help. Wo got Whistler out, knocked sense
less as a dead man, covered with blood, and
with, two ribs broken. It was just a miraclo
he wasn't killed. That cunning beast had
quietly waited for mo to get out of earshot be
fore bo made his attack, which, you observe,
was also tho re:ison he was so still about it.
"Whistler lay in tho hospital ten days before
tho surgeons would let him see anybody.
I took his place , in tho meantime. I
hadn't a particle of trouble with Juggernaut.
Whether he had had a fit of rage or what not
with poor Whistler, ho was as tractable as a
lamb with ine entirely bis old self, in short.
Queer animals, ain't they? Queer and bad to
the backbone, Squire.
"After the ten days were over, I was allowed
to see Whistler up at the hospital.
"'Junket,' says he, 'I've given up my placo
in the show for good. The Days '11 oiler it to
you. Take it, and keep it just as long as you
dare. Becollecfc that .Juggernaut's like any
other elephant; he'll get over his fancy for
you some day, and watch his chance to Mil you,
and only you.1
"Sure enough, when I got back to tho show,
up comes Mr. Day the younger, and offers me
the care of the elephant. Nothing to do but
tak.; charge, look after practicings and train
ings, and exhibit Juggernaut in the ring. I
scarcely thought twice about it beforo I said
'Yes' to Mr. Day.
"Juggernaut performed lushest that night;
so ho did throughout the week, meek as a New
fouudland dog. 1 went to work and taught
him two now acts on the strength of such a
setting out to grind 'Cod save the Queen' o
a barrel-organ, and point out the biggest fool
in the company, which ho did with his trunk
very cleverly, one evening excepted, when ho
marches up to a Parliamentary gent whom tho
papers happened to be making pictures on. Tho
gentleman didn't relish it, though everybody
else laughed and clapped like mad. Since then
often I've thought to myself that Juggernaut
ought to havo pointed out me, or whoever
might happen to be an elephant-keeper at any
"Wo ended our London season at last, after
which wo crossed tho Channel, and went into
" Wo were busy there all July, exhibiting in
Havre, Paris, Dijon, Lyons, and tho dear knows
how many other towns besides. Next wo
stopped at Geneva, and then from Switzerland
the proprietors decided to go down into Italy,
into Italy wo went, Juggernaut and all. He
behaved himself as nicely as ever, no stubborn
ness, no sulks anything I wanted him to do
"But when wo wero drawing largo houses in
Yenicc, Squire, I began to feel and sco trouble
on its way. Twice I had to argue a point with
Juggernaut pretty stiffly. Then he turned
restless and cross by spells. Ono day I had to
Qo moving around his stall a good deal on ac
count of our carpenters. Says ono of them to
me, on leaving in tho afternoon, 'I beg tho
Signor KcepcrSftmrdon, but 1 havo remarked a
curious thing while I have to-day been ongaged
with this labor.'
'"And what may that be?' says I, for I'd
. como to flourish Italian fairly well.
" I noticed that wherever the Signor Keeper
stands, whatever he does, the great elephant
always keeps his eye on the Signor Keeper.
"Squire, when I heard that, it mado my
blood run cold, for it's a certain warning to any
man who is employed about an elephant. And
to think I had been thai blind !
"The next night, the show being over, I
happened to cro-s the shed alongside of Jug
gernaut, with a bouquet of yellow roses in my
hand. A lady had sent them to mo while the
elephant was on. He had been quiet and tract
able all day. I faced him, however, as I passed
his head. He put out his trunk for the roses.
He often mado the motion, of course, for any
thing he fancied. Says I, ' No, sir, you can't
have these,' and moved to the left. He simply
swung round his head with a scream. 'Jug
gernaut?' said I, darting backward, no caught
me as if I had been a mouse. After he'd thrown
mc, I managed to roll out from under the shed
into the stable-yard. I just missed his charge,
but was bleeding from whero I struck, and
' badly bruised. Lucky was it that I got off so
" I didn't need to recollect Whistler's advice.
T knew my business, of course, by this date. In
the morning I saw Mr. Day, and threw up my
position. All they said to mc went right out
of the other ear. It was life and death for mo
to be away from or with that elephant an hour
longer. Twenty pounds, twcjity-fivc, thirty,
! forty. I laughed in Mr. Cutts's face. Finally
, Mr. Day says to me, almost with tears in his
" ' Mr. Junket, if you'll only consent to re
main this week out, till I can get a man I know
of at Borne, I'll give you sixty pounds, the ele
phant to perform only twice in the four even
ings.' " 'Mr. Day,' says I, after a minute, 'I'm not
taking my life in my hands for your money,
bub I'll slay till your man from Borne comes, to
oblige you and Mr. Cutts.'
" Squire. I wouldn't live that week over for
sixty thousand pounds. Think of spending
hour after hour of it with the treacherousest,
cunningest, crudest monster, sly as a snake,
and busy every minute with watching to catch
you off your guard to kill you. Once on the
third day ho sulked, and a while after I caught
him designing to squeeze mc against tho side
wall. I brought in tho undcr-kccpcrs and
prodded and pounded him till he roared from
pain, not rage, and was blood from end to end.
In tho evening, in spito of all of that, he dis
obeyed me twice in the performance ho
wouldn't kneel down or something. I let it
pass until wo left the ring. Then I had him
chained, and burned him in six I'laccs with a
"When I walked into his shed the next
morning, I looked straight up at his eyes.
'Good-morning, Juggernaut,' says I, quietly.
It's an actual fact. Squire, that the beast quiv
ered all over at tho sound of ray voice, and then
down he gets, very slowly, on his knees."
"I should think it very likely ho might,"
observed Squire Buckle,- dryly.
"On Saturday," resumed Junket, "sure
enough, up comes the new keeper from Borne.
He was an Englishman, stranded there from
some other show, he said. Mr. Day, Mr. Cutts,
and I took him over to tho sheds. Suddenly ho
gives a start, looks Juggernaut all over very
sharp and quick, turning a bit whitish. Then
he says to Mr. Day : .' Yery sorry, sir, but can't
take no situation here. I know this animal.
I was with him in Scotland four years back.
Somebody's changed his name, that's all. He's
Sepoy, that used to bo with D'Avenaut &. Co.
Sepoy! I say, Sepoy!' ho calls out.
"Well, Squire, it was actually a sight to sco
Juggernaut, as we'd called him. He stood
tlvcre-j.wich his,head up, his ears out, his little
eyes like two bits of hot copper. Know his old
name? I should say so! Likewise his old
keeper. 'Look out,' says I to tho other three;
'he's getting up a nasty temper in a hurry.'
So thoy walked off, and I quieted Juggernaut
down, after a sort, directly. If the keeper from
Bomo had staid beside me, I belive we'd have
had a murder or two on the spot. Juggernaut,
or Sepoy, had tried to kill him twice before, it
seems, and remembered it along with tho old
name. Tho Englishman left for Bomo again
an hour after. As for me, I hate to do it, Mr.
Day,' says I, 'but I shall positively leavo your
establishment to-night. The undcr-keepers
can easily feed Juggernaut, likewise manage
him in his shed. Of course, in caso of danger,
you'll have to kill him ; that's all.' The gen
tlemen felt rather put out about my going so;
but I got my sixty pounds, for all that.
" The steamer I wanted to take wasn't to sail
till the Friday following. I staid in lodgings,
and didn't go near Day's Imperial Circus and
Menagarie. I heard that there weren't any
more elephant performances, though. On Fri
day there was a big float cabled to tho quay
close by the Bavcnna steamer when I got down
to it. Likewise was there a terrible big crowd,
aud a landing-bridge from the float to tho
" ' What's up? ' asked I of somebody.
" English elephant,' ' English elephant,' says
every one, very civilly. ' They aro going to
send the great elephant from the circus of tho
Signor Day over to Trieste.
" ' One has told mo that he has nearly kiBed
a man yesterday,' puts in another Italian.
" ' The city authorities havo obliged his leav
ing Yenicc to-day,' says a third.
"'Oho!' thinks I to myself; 'I see, I seo.
Sorry for Mr. Day and Mr. Cutts ; but I suppose
they've had to give up. What could they do ?
I'll stop a minute, and see tho fun a bit, aJ
well as get my last look at Mr. Juggernaut.'
"The crowd kept thickening, All of a sud
den wo heard shouts up tho quay. Suro
enough, in a minuto along comes Juggernaut,
big as ever, four keepers conducting him, Mr.
Day and his brother walking a 'few yards back,
Mr. Cutts and Brightwater, tho lion-tamer, to
tho left. Everybody quit chattering as tho
elephant camo on.x First ho tried the bridgo
fwitli his foot, then ho trumpeted and backed
Plenty strong tho bridgo was, but ho didn't
fancy it. Twice moro they got him to it; but
cross it to tho float? No, sir! They coaxed
and petted and scolded and prodded him.
" Now from where I stood I couldn't but re
mark that every one of the four keepers seemed
afraid to death of tho elephant. At length I
took note of another thing, ho was loosing his
temper badly. Presently Mr. Cutts had occa
sion to pass close before him with a rope. I
trembled, for I saw the beast turn his big head
angrily. I couldn't stand it any longer.
'Take care there!' I called -cut, stepping fool
ishly just forward of the- edge of tho crowd.
'Look out, Mr. Cutts! Thompson, you fasten
that rope quick, and let him seo you do it!'
Beforo I had got tho words said, Juggernaut
wheeled squaro around, catching my voico as
plainly as if I'd spoken sitting on his back.
Then ho raised his trunk, waved it, aud
screamed. So did all tho women. For tho
next sccoud ho snapped his hobbles liko tow,
and turned fell upon us meaning upon vie,
Squir for ho saw mc like a Hash. Hadn't I
been a precious fool to open my mouth ?
" Every bodj' shrieked at once, aud began run
ning fordcar life. Weallran,infaot. Somo of tho
folks rushed into doorways and alloys; somo ran
into side streets; dozens leaped plump into tho
canal. I saw ono woman with a silk petticoat
and a red umbrella, and another with two bot
tles of wine, drop the bottles and tho umbrella
together, and jump into tho water, go down
over their heads, swim like ducks, and land on
a church step (opposite as wet as drowned nits.
I swam stroke for stroke with 'em.
"Wo three sat fiftoen or twenty minutes on
those steps, Squire, getting breath. When wo
got it, to save our lives again wo couldn't help
laughing at the state we wore in.
"'Beg pardon ladies,' says I, 'but you do
beat all. This appears to bo a kind of rrgatta.
"Just then there was a great dischargo of
muskets down toward tho quay then another.
After that wo heard more shouting than ever.
We got quite worked up to know how thing3
'"Here goes, ladles!' say3 I; 'I'm bound to
seo what's become of my masters and the ele
phant.' "Plump into the canal I went; and, Squire,
if those two Italian signoras didn't just bounco
in after me as plucky as a brace of water span
iels! I supposo they thought onco wet, tho
mischief was done; and women always wants
to know what's going on as soon as thoy can.
Everybody was running toward the quay now,
laughing and shouting. We could seo soldiers
moving up and down beyond tho square.
AVhca we came out on the quay, there lay Jug
gernaut, all of a heap, dead as a door-nail. It
seems the Mayor, or whatever they call him
there, had privately stationed two detach
ments of the military back of tho custom
house wall, and across a canal. Juggernaut
charged straight up the quay, and then stood
still a second or two. Thoy fired three rounds
before he went down.
"I didn't see Mr. Day, or Mr. Cutts, or any
of the menaserio peoplo after I'd heard they
all got off without injury though Mr. Cutts
had a very narrow escape, I understood. Of
course the crowd's scattering saved the folks'
lives by confusing Juggernaut, particularly
sinco he'd had mo in his head from tho first
plunge. If I'd only held my tongue as to Mr.
Cutts and that ropo!
" I got to Bavcnna safely in due time. Then
I went up to Florence, and came on here,
Squire; and so "
Junket paused. Squire Buckle completed
the story by saying quietly: "And so, Junket,
you can send your box up stairs, and go up
after it, and take that red neckerchief off.
Then you can go to work with Miles, and groom
Lady Laura. I want the elephants the horses,
I mean at eleven o'clock, sharp, to drive over
for Mrs. Buckle. Harper's Young People.
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