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THE' NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON. B. 0.. THURSDAY, JULY ), 1S96.
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tonial at hand, we were soon in good
shape to receive the enemy, in case he
should attempt to attack us. After gel
ting fixed, the time hung heavy on our
hands. All sorts of reports came to us.
"We heard firing away to our right, and
speculation was indulged in as to what
the result was.
My company was put upon the picket
lino with instructions to remain one hour,
then retire. This was at 4 o'clock. The
lino was very strong. The intervals be
tween the men were but two j-ards. We
lay down, and with the loose stone built
something like nrolectiou for ourselves.
Hk was a Splendid Soldier.
It was very still. A little creek ran along
in front of us, and we were told the
enemy was just on the other side ; the
brush was very thick, and we could see
nothing. The men were very anxious.
They all knew that at the expiration of
one hour we were to fall back. hat
did it mean? Some thought we were
left to give the alarm of an advance and
be gobbled by the enemy.
As 1 passed along the line anxious
inquiries as to the time were made.
The Lieutenant was as much concerned
as any of us, and to relieve the suspense
would have been glad to give the order
to retire, but he was too good a soldier
to shorten the time one minute.
THE EXCITEMENT BECAME INTENSE.
We watched the banks of the creek
opposite, expecting every moment to see
the enemy burst through the brush on a
rapid advance. But to our relief none
came, and when the time had expired
the company was deplojTed as skirmishers
and marched back over the ground we
We found the regiment had gone.
We passed where there had been some
fighting the day before, and found de
tails of men breaking up the guns scat
tered over the place. They would grasp
them by the stock and strike the muzzle
irpon the ground, breaking them at the
email of the stock.
This was an indication that we were
abandoning the ground. We moved to
the river, and crossing over found our
regiment just preparing to go into camp.
We joined, and made coffee, which, with
some hardtack, we managed to get quite
It began to rain soon after geltjng
well fixed for sleep, and the. ground
soon became a mudhole. It rained all
night, and the next morning we moved
over the same ground we had occupied
the day before, across the creek, where
we had been on picket, and over the
enemy's temporary works, which they
deserted as we advanced, and into a
The corps was formed in this field in
column of divisions, there being three
divisions. There were three lines-of-bat-tle,
which presented a
Our position was in the first line, on the
extreme left, which was on the highest
point in the field, and which gave us the
opportunity to see every organization in
the formation. Regiments, brigades, and
divisions were formed as prescribed by
Casey's Tactics. The bright colors of
the flues and the uniforms of the gen
eral officers and their staffs, and the
long linos of men, were spread out like
a grand panorama before us. I think
Gen. Casey would have been highly
gratified to see the beautiful picture his
system of tactical formation produced
'The action opened by our skirmishers,
irho encountered the enemy in the woods
in our front Three companies on the
icft of each line-of-battle were thrown
I Could Fkkl the Wind of the Mis-
ttlLLS AS TJJEY SWEPT UY ME.
back, connecting with the next line in
the rear, ko forming a line to protect
the left flank. The artillery soon came
into play on both sides, and for a time
the cannonading was terrific At first
the enemy wore sending their missiles
over and beyond us, but they soon got our
range and exploded their shells directly
over u& We were lying down, and
becoming tired of hugging the ground so
close, 1 had partly raised myself) and was
watching the effects of the connonade,
when a shell exploded in our immediate
front, scattering its fragments upon us.
We "Were lying in the angle formed by
the frout and flank lines, and in conse
quence a larger space was occupied by
the man. The efi'ect of the shell was
Children Cry for
much more serious than it would have
been on any other part of the line. One
or two men were killed and several
wounded, mvself anions the latter, a
fragment having struck my under jaw,
BADLT SHATTERING IT.
Seeing I was seriously hurt, the Lieu
tenant commajidiug ordered me to the
At this lime the enemy had run out
a battery of artillery on our left flank,
and about the time I started totho rear
they opened a heavy enfilading fire.
As "I ran back 1 thought every gun was
aimed at me. TheyYired three vollej'S
before I reached cover. I could hear
and feel the wind of the missiles as they
swept by me. It was a great wonder I
A cavalryman who was one of the
provost-guard came out from his cover
behind a hill to investigate me, but the
fire of the battery was too heavy for
Kim, and he gave up the attempt. I
passed Gen. Buraside at his Headquar
ters, which, was a large house. Just
then the battery began to send him
their compliments, but the General soon
checked that by bringing a squad of
about 300 prisoners in view. The artil
lerymen soon turned their guns in
I found an ambulance at the river,
and by this time I had become so weak
from loss of blood 1 could hardly walk.
The ambulance carried me to the divis-.
ion field hospital, which was established
at a large plantation. All the build
ings were occupied by the Surgeons, and
all sorts of contrivances were improvised
to protect the wounded, who were
obliged to stay out of doors, from the
rain. A newspaper reporter was at the
sate, who took the name, rank, and
regiment of all who came. Soon the
men began to come in
and on foot, until it seemed a greater
part of the corps wa3 wounded4 and
getting to the hospital. Among them
were many of my regiment.
It begun to grow dark. The Surgeons
were working like beavers by the light
of flickering candles. The legs and arms
they were amputating accumulated in
piles. The grounds were covered with,
wounded men, groaning, swearing, de
lirious. A noticeable thing was that all
who were brought out of the Surgeons'
quarters were very still; choloform is
a good quieting agent.
In the morning many who had been
operated upon were found dead. I
shall never forget the horrors of 'that
night in the field hospital. As soon as
it could be got ready, an ambulance
train was loaded with those who could
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not walk, and started for Fredericks
burg, accompanied by those of the
wounded strong enough to travel on
foot. We soon struck the plank-road,
from which the planks had been re
moved except every third one. There
was, owing to the heavy rains, no way
for the ambulances except over this road.
The mud was so deep it was almost im
possible to travel, and the sufferings of
the poor fellows who had to ride were
At Fredericksburg we took possession
of the buildings that were best adapted
for hospital use, and proceeded to make
ourselves as comfortable as possible.
The next day we were notified that all
who could walk should start for Belle
Plain, a distance of 10 miles, where we
would find transportation for Washing
ton. All who were able were soon on the
way. Those whose feet and legs were
good soon distanced the others, and in a
short time the men were
STRUNG OUT FOR MILES.
Within a mile of our destination several
thousand prisoners were corraled in a
depression in the ground and guarded
by several batteries of artillery and a
regiment of infantry. The guns were
loaded with grape and canister and the
gunners at their posts, ready to send
death into the mass if an attempt should
be made at a revolt.
On arriving at Belle Plain I found
the Sanitary and Christian Commissions
ageuts had established depots for the re
lief of the wounded. Coffee, tea, milk
punch were there for tho comfort of the
inner man, besides shirts, stockings,
bandages and supplies of all kinds.
Nurses dressed the wounds of the men.
As soon as we were provided for we
were directed to two steamers at the end
of a long wharf.
On our arrival at Washington there
awaited us a short ride in the ambulance
to Lincoln Hospital, a bath, clean
clothes, a clean bed and a long-needed
IN AIEMOIlIAMt A. STKAGGI.KIl OF 03
by auiebt c. xiorKisb, mot im'iusgs, s. .
Hesldc tho llnc-of-murch of 'C3,
J find a lonely, fuuVcn crave, unmarked;
Yet well I know the boldierhlet-piug hero;
A comrade bruvc n uuy hero dcd
Or livinir. foot-horo. weary, fallaii out
Wall leave; at rest so well lie honr no sound
OCluIIInt Summer wind, uor liorcest ahrick
Of the November blabt.
No dory of
A bloody field is 'round nbout him, but
The crass crows creen, and criicoful Iroea Mill woo
The breeze to muslo whoscstveet wordsaie, "Rest;
Brue cumrudc, sleep and reL" And (still, abovo
The drifting 8tioWa, ;bo "Winter winds Bhoul.
Ilia monument Is highest In all heart;
Hid fame in bright with laurel, for nil iltng.
Stedman's world-famed Hippodrome and
Menagerie (which, as might be gathered
from The llarhig posters that enlivened all
the dead-walls o.r the town, had been pat
ronized by several of the crowred heads of
Europe) was about to honor Litllcthorpe
with a vibit. Not that, in an ordinary way,
the proprietor of this regal show would
havo deemtd Liltlethorpo worthy of such a
distinction ; but, as ho took care to give out,
it was a convenient halting-place between
two important centers. Therefore, with the
triple object of resting his horses, holding a
couple of full-dress lohearsalrf, and affording
the inhabitants a treat of a lifetime, he de
cided upon a one-day's sojourn. On their
part, the public in general displayed a due
appreciation of his laudable intention, aud
prepared to accord the show a vociferous
& In the early hours of the morning, tho
great, cumbrous wagon?, plentifully be
grimed with mud, rumbled through the
streets, and filed off one by one toward the
markot-place. The faded pictorial embel
liKhmcuts which adorned the sides, repre
senting riderless horses caieering through
the air, and ladits whose fantastic garb
somewhat reminded one of the natural char
acteristics of an ostrich alighting on the
bare backs of the fiery steeds, evoked much
wondering comment among those who wit
nessed the procession from the neighboring
By 10 o'clock two enormous tcnis, one
circular, the other oblong, were struggling
to maintain their upright position in the
face of a pretty stiff breeze; which threat
ened every moment to level them to the
ground. Strings of horses, spotted aud
speckled like the patriarch Jacob's kine,
were led down to the river, followed by an
enthusiastic and admiring crowd. The mem
bers of the equestrian troupe wandered off
ihrough tho town in search of breakfast;
and, judging by tho roar after roar that
came from the zoological section of tho
show, aa erstwhile king of the, forest was
clamoring loudly for his.
"He Lay STRr.Tcn.Kn Facii Dowsward
on a Pir.u of Stkaw."
Punctually at noon the grand mid-day
procession set out to paiade the streets, in
all the splendor of gold and silver tinsel,
waving hnnners, and tawdiy finery, accom
panied by the blare and crash of a brass
band. Tho market-place was deserted save
for one or two swarthy attendants, who
lonnged in and out of the leuts. Occasion
ally, above the distant strains of the band,
could be heard a irantic shout of delight
from the multitude who witnessed the pro
cession. The oblong lent was set apart for the
menagerie. Inside, the close, fetid atmo
sphere st.aiel to have a drowsy effect upon
the solitary custodian, for he lay stretched
face downward on n pile of &traw in the
corner, his head pillowed upon his arms.
The great braid ih of back, the girt and
snwy hardness of lua powerful limbs, pro
c'xmued Lira to be a veritable Hercules. He
ass none other than the renowned and
much-advertised lion-tamer, Siguor Petro
Farrelli; otherwise, plain Peter Farrell.
At the fnr'her end of the tent stood a long
cage, capable of being divided into two com
partments by means of a sliding barrier. It
contained the lions. Gaunt, skinny, hungry
looking brutes they were, the bones sticking
ont sharply through their tawny hides.
From end to end of the;age they moped, in
a ceaseless, inonotouons tramp, like restless
spirits who linow no peace. Every minute
or so one of them would rear up his head
snddcnly and glare through tho bars, as if
contemplating an imaginary crowd, aud
then resume his weary round.
Tho Polar bear seemed to vie with them
as to the extent of ground he could cover,
bnt the brown specimen sat upon his
haunches looking decidedly mournful and
out of sorts. Siguor Farrelli slept through
it all. An occasional growl or a snarl did
not appear to disturb the quietude of his
slumber. But when the two hyenas became
engaged in a lively diheu-sion oer the thigh
bone of a horse, he raided hia mabsive head,
aud glowered around the tent with sleepy
"With a sudden twist of the body he rolled
over on his back, and for some minutes lay
there contemplating the fluttering canvas
overhead. Then he indulged in a mighty
yawn, shook himself, and sat upright. In a
listlc-s tort of way he plucked a. straw from
the heap, and began toying with it indolently.
His manner wast houghtiiil and preoccupied;
it almost seemed as if he had something on
his mind something, perhaps, which had
been suggested to him in his sleep.
Having given the matter, whatever it was,
five minutes' grave consideration, ho dis
missed it with an impatient "Pshaw! " and
sprang to bis feet. Lounging across the tent,
he went up and stood before a cago which
contained the latest addition to the menag
erie. It was a black panther, a fall-grown
specimen of this somewhat rare variety,
known to be the most ferocious of the whole
frpecics. Farrelli had been trying his hand
at taming the brute; but as yet, though bis
reckless daring often prompted him to fool
hardy feala, ho had never ventured into the
cage for more than a second or two at a
Striding up and down, with the stealthy,
glidiug motion of a cat, Ihu fierce beast kept
its head persistently turned toward the man,
and regarded him with savage, blinking cyen.
"With his face close to the bars, Farrelli
watched every movement of tho auimal.as if
each had a significance which he alone un
derstood. Then beseemed to drop back into
a reverie; and in this fit of abstraction he
commenced striking idly at tho panther
with the straw in his hand.
A load shont outside, the cracking of
whips and rumble of wagons, announced
the return of the procession. The liou
tamer swung round on his heel, and stalked
off to prepare for the afternoon performance.
As he moved away the black panther stood
still, with head etect,and glared afrer him in
a way that suggested 'implacable hatred.
An hour or so later, the tent was densely
packed fiom end to end. "When Fairelli
appeared on the scene, armed with his short
whip, and marched boldly up to the lions'
den, the hush of awe fell upon the spectators.
He proceeded to laah the cowed brutes
round and ronnd the cago, made them leap
through hoops of fire, and perform other sur
prising feats, all of which elicited shouU of
applause from the multitude. The display
wound up with what was designated "a lion
hunt," in which there was a tremendous
flashing and banging of pistols, and a wild
skurry ou the part of the beasts to get into
"When it was all over, and the tamer had
backed outof tho cage, the manager mounted
the steps to address the crowd. He exteud
eila cordial invitation, to all pnseuttoatteud
the performance that evening, promising
them that, among oher marvellous attrac
tions, they would wtfjucs an extraordinary
aud unique feat of dnpng on the part of
tho celebrated SignoPefo Farrelli. ire so
worked upon their curiosity, there was scarce
ly n man or woman m the assembly who did
not resolve to a'ail themselves of the oppor
tunity, even if it cost them, their last six
pence. Jn the interval, after the animals had been
fed, Farrelli wandered into the deserted tent,
and again approached the cage of the black
panther. Somehow, it seemed as if an irre
sistible impulse drew him to that spot. It
was growing dark now, and in the gloom he
could just distinguish tho red glaro of thu
creature's eyes as it crouched down in a
"Halloa! Siiinor Polro," cried someono
behind him. " Taking stock of that beauty,
Farrelli turned round sharply, and found
himself face-to-faco with the ring-master,
Mark Padford, the only member of tho
whole troupe with whom he was upon any
sort of intimate terms.
" You're not afraid of him, are you?" con
tinued Radford, pointing to the dark recess
in which the panther lay.
"Afraid? No!" returned Petro, con
temptuously. "I've got the mastery over
him already; lean quell him with my eye.
Besides," he went on, vehemently, "if ho
cuts up rough, I could strangle the brntc
before he had timo to get his claws into me.
Oh.no; it isn't the panther that I mind:
"I'm afraid of that woman!"
" Come outside, Mark, said Farrelli, taking
his friend by the arm, as if impelled to con
fide in him. "I'll tell you the whole story
right off, and then you can judge whether I
have cause to feel a bit uneasy about the
They strolled out of tho tent arm in arm.
Two or three Oaring naptha lamps, suspend
ed from poles, threw a broad fringe of light
around theentrance,glimrucring faintly upon
a row of intent, eager faces in the back
ground. The two men turned asido, and
v.audercd off into tte darkness. When they
came to the low wall which bonnded the
market-place, Farrelli stood still and listened.
Then, as if assured that they were alone, he
seated himself upon the edge of the wall
aud commcuced his story.
"Yon remember that fellow Yallard,
Mark?" he said, with a seriousness that
convinced the other there was some startling
"Should think I do," replied Radford;
"'Rowdy Yallard,' ve.ued to call him.
A good bare-back rider, but a desperately
cantankerous, qnnrrclsonie sort of fellow.
He Ieit us very suddenly, too; and no one
seemed to know what became of him."
"Yes," muttered Farrelli, "that's so.
Well," lie went on, sternly, "you'll hear now
what befell him. When we were running tho
show up in York lapt Winter, I had the ill
luck a fall foul oE that man Yallard. It
was about a girl. Iihad noticed her hanging
around the circus for two or three days
wanted to become n rider, or something of
the kind. I managed' to strike up an ac
quaintance with her. She told me her name
was Florence Mayhew, iaml bit by bit it
came out that she had a sweetheart in the
show. But for the life of me, though I lcept
nagging at hor about it, I couldn't get her
to say which of us ifewaa. I thought of you,
Mark; it struck metkata good-looking, sir
foot chap like you was tuat the sort of fellow
to take a girl'a fancy, And, as I brooded
over thi3 notion, I believe I was almost be
ginning to hate you."
"Stuff and nonsenee.old man !" interposed
Radford. " I iiever set eyes upon this north-
; country lass of yours, to my knowledge."
"I know, I know," Farrelli replied, hastily.
" I was mistaken : got on an. entirely wrong
scent. One night, when the performance
was over, 1 set out far a quiet ramble through
the streets. I wandered on through slums
and alleys, until I got down close to the
"It was a dismal and deserted spot. As I
looked around, I saw a man and a woman
on ahead. I knew at once who they were
Yallard and Florence Mayhow. Her secret
was out now; but I couldn't help wonder
ing what she saw in that brute- to attract
" They seemed to he wrangling abontsome
thing. Suddenly they stopped short, as if
" Striking Idly at the Panther, with
to argue the matter out. While I stood
watching them, I saw Yallard raise his baud
to strike the girl. My blood boiled, Mark;
the next second I was at his side, and Hung
him on the fiat of his back in the mud. He
got up and went for me furiously. Wo had
a stand-up fight; and well, he came off
'second best,' as we say in Ireland.
"When it was allmver I turned towards
the girl, half expecting sho would throw her
self into my arms or) something of that sort.
She gave me a look1 you should have seen
it, Mark aud flew at mo like a tigress.
Good heavens! I little, guessed what a
demon was in that woman ! She screamed
with passion ; she tore at me savagely, and
shouted that I had killed her sweetheart. I
shook her off, and left them to square mat
ters up between themselves.
" I took a smart turn of a mile or two
along by the river, for I felt a bit ru filed,
and wanted to walk lit off. I was coming
back slowly, not minding much how I went,
when I camo upon1 a huge pile of timber
stacked up on the bank Just as I passed,
a man sprang out upon me with a knife in
his hand. It was oVallard. Ho made a
savage blow at me, bnt I managed to twist
myself ont of the way in the nick of time,
and let him have a heavy right-hander iu
"He dropped tho knife and reeled back
as if half stunned. His heel caught in a
stray log; he tried hard to keep his feet,
clawing thu air with his hands us his body
swayed out over the brink. Then, before I
could reach him, down he went into tho
" I rushed to the side, and peered over.
He must havo gone to tho bottom like a.
stone, or else the current whipped him away
out of sight, for I never at t eyes on hira
again. I tore up and down the bank, shout
ing for help, but there wasn't a soul within
hearing. I stood still to listen for a cry
from tho drowning man. The only sound
that reached my cars was the rushing and
gurgling of the water.
"I gave up the search at last, and went
home considerably sobered. The rest of
that night I sat in my room thinking the
matter out. I came to the conclusion there
was nothing to bo gained by making a fnss
over if, and determined to keep my own
"A day or two laier the girl turned up at
the show, and began to make inquiries about
Yallard. One evening I happened to meet
her; she stopped and looked at me and
upon my word, Mark, I never got a worse
look from any of those savage brutes over
there. I believe she partly guessed that I
had a hand in her lover's disappearance.
"Shortly after that wo went on tour, and I
was beginning to think I had got out of tho
mess uncommonly well. I never heard of
Yallard 'a body being recovered; there was
no mention of the ailair in the papers, and
the whole thing seemed to have blown over
"Ono night it was at Tfndderefield, I
remember when I went into the tent, ready
for my turn, the first person I laid eyes on
was Florence Mayhew. What on earth
brought her there? I wondered. She was
standing in the front row, jnst like an ordi
nary spectator, but it was easy to see by her
looks she had some special reason of her own
for being present. All tho time I was in
the cage with the lions I felt that those dark
eyes of hers were glued npon me. J didn't
mind it much at first thought it was only
some strange whim on her part, for women
sometimes take queer fancies into their
heads, yon know, Mark.
" But the very next night she was thero
again, watchiug me like that black panther
did a while ago. The strange part of it was
she seemed anxious to avoid me the moment
my performance with the lions was over. I
couldn't for the life of me make out what
she was up to; it worried me; and, to tell
the truth, Mark, I didn't altogether like tho
look of it.
"We moved on to another town. Well, I
was dona with the girl now, at any rate, I
told myself. Notabitofit! She turned up
at the evening performance, went through
tho same part, and disappeared. .Next day
the show was at Stalybridge ; and Floreuce
Mayhew was there, too. Night after night,
no malter where we went, she came and
htood in front of the lions' cage, never ad
dressing a word to anyone, but watching me
through the bars as if that was all she had
to live for.
I tell you, Mark, her presence there
every night was beginning to have a queer
effect on me. It was like that trick of let
ting water drip onto your hand yon think
nothing of it at first; you feel quite sure
you can stand it all right; but you cave in
mighty soon, for all that. -
"I was getting to dread that girl, because
I knew she had a grudge against me; and
women generally haye a queer way of re-
"Down He Went into the River."
venging themselves. What she was driving
at, what her motive was in following me
about from town to town, was a constant
worry to me. To be haunted in this fashion,
without having the faintest notion of what
it meant, is bound to tell upon you in the
long run. I was completely in the dark;
that was the worst of it.
' When this sort of thing had been going
on regularly week after week I felt that I
must get at the bottom of it somehow. I
sat down in the tent one night after the per
formance was over, determined to puzzle
the matter out. Bit by bit I got at the
truth. I understood the meaning of it all
now; Isaw what that she-devil was up to.
Good heavens! Mark, it gave me a creepy
sort of feeling in spite of myself. No ono
but a woman could have hit upon such an
extraordinary way of gratifying her malice,
and set about it in this cold-blooded fashion."
" What was it? " demanded Radford, with
an eagerness which showed a deep interest
in Farrelli's singular story.
"Just this: I needn't tell you that when
a man steps in among the lions he requires
to have all his wits about him. It is a tick
lish business, no matter what people may
say. Your eyes must be in each corner of
tho cago at the same time, watching every
twist aud turn of the brutes. If your atten
tion should bo drawn off for a single instant
you are done for! And that is what the
woman was trying to do!"
He got off the wall, took his friend by the
arm, and the two began pacing slowly up
"If you had known her, Mark," he went
on, thoughfully, "you wouldn't wonder at
her doing a thing of this kind. You see, it
was an easy way of seeking to revenge her
self upon me; nTI she had to do was to
watch and wait. She mnst have felt that the
very fact of keeping her eyes steadily fired
upon mo night after night was bound to
take effect sooner or later. And she was
right. More than once I caught myself on
the very point of looking round at her. I
had to fight against the impulse; it was
dragging at me from the moment I entered
the cage and every night it seemed to be
"What did you do to get rid of her?"
"Nothing. At first, in a sudden burst of
rage, Imade up my mind to waitforher out
side the tent the. next evening, and strangle
her on the spot. Then something prompted
me to fight it out with her, and not give her
the satisfaction of knowing that she had got
the better of me in any way. I have stuck
to that ever since; and thi3 sileufc, deadly
struggle is still going on between that
woman and myself. How it "will end, God.
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"But why the deuce don't yon havo her
tnrned out?" cried Ranford, vehemently.
" No, Mark," replied the other, with fierce
decision; "I have pitted my will against
hers; and, call it obstinacy, perversity
anythitm you like, but I won't budge from
that. This thing is bound to rnn its course
norland will last until ono or other of as
"Well, Peter, if I were in your place,
I'd be long sorry to risk my lifo in this way,
merely for ihe s:ke of spiting a woman."
"Perhaps so; but, my dear fellow, there
are no two of us alike. After all, yon must
remember, Mark, it was by my hand her
lover met his death though it was done in
self-defense and I won't deprive her of the
chance of requiting me for it, if she can. I
can pretty well defy her so long as T stick to
the lions only; I've got sneb a hold over the
brutes by this time that I feel fairly at home
"Man and Beast Rolled
on the Floor."
with them. But the first night it falls to
ray lot to enter one of the other cages, where
I'm not at all so sure of my ground, and
have to watch every twist of the tail, every
blink of the eye, it will be quite a different
.matter then. That's the reason I don't feel
easy in my mind abont tho panther. And
do you know, Mark," he added, pulling
his companion up snddenly, "it's a qut-er
idea, but when I watch that creature prowl
ing about his cage, it almost seems to me as
if the woman had bewitched hira. They
both appear to regard me with the same
deadly enmity; he looks at me exaclly as
"J'eler," said his friend, sentention3iy,
"you're notyonrself.old man. You let this
thing prey upon your mind too much. What
you want is a gcod stiff dose of brandy. That
will spirit you up, I'll be hound. So come
along, and I'll administer the remedy."
The two men disappeared through the
darkness, and did not return until they had
to push their way through the surging crowd
that swarmed around the tents. The band
had already struck up; and, thrilled by its
strains, the people fought desperately for
tickets. Excitement and expectation were
in the air; Stedman's grand show was about
to display its many attractions.
Farrelli parted from his friend, and each
branched off to their respective tents. The
circus took the lead in the entertainment ;
but the moment it was over there was a rush
for the menagerie. The crowd seemed to
think that the best part of the performance
was yet to come ; fr lions, timers, and byena3
were not-seen every day iu Iiittlethorpe.
The spacious tent was crammed to it3 ut
most extent. The dromedary came in for a
good deal of attention, and the wiley ele
phant fared sumptuously upon biscuits and
cakes. The greedy little eyes of the mon
keys gleamed with delight at the many
hands stretched out with nuts, while the
brown bear devoured buna with befitting
In the midst of tho merriment there wa3 a
sudden lull, the crowd began to sway and
surge forward toward the rope which was
stretched across the further end ot the tent.
AH eyes were turned expectantly in the
direction of the lions. Signor Farrelli ap
peared upon the scene, his tight-fitting cos
tume displaying to advantage his massive
chest and the great swelling muscles of his
He shot a keen, searching glance through
the crowd in front; and then, with a jaunty
air, stepped briskly into the cage. He was
greeted with a roar that shook tho tent, and
made the spectators feel they were getting
good value for their money. The lashing
and scramble commenced ; the lions growled
and sulked, but Farrelli drove them round
with his whip, and sent them backward3aud
forwards through the hoops. The burning
of red lights and flashing of firearms followed,
at the conclusion of which the tamer emerged
triumphantly from the cage.
The event of the evening was now about
to take place. The spectators were prepared
for something with a strong dash of danger
in it; something that could be talked over
with wonder and admiration for months
The manager mounted a stool, and, with a
hand ou each hip, proceeded to announce:
"Ladies and gentlemen, Signor Farrelli
will now perform a feat of daring hitherto
uuuttempted by any tamer in Europe or
America. In the cage to the left yon see a
specimen of the fierce black panther, or
jaguar, an animal which, in its native state,
roams the taugled forests of South America
in search of its proy. Signor Farrelli will
enter the panther's cage in your presence,
and thereby demonstrate the dominion
which man is capable ot' exercising over the
most ferocious of the brute creation."
The assembly cheered j Signor Farrelli
bowed. He whispered a few words to the
manager, aud moved away towards the cage.
The panther was prowling up and down,
watching the crowd with a sort of wondering
interest. As Farrelli approached, the beaat
paused in the midst of a stride, andglared. at
him defiantly. The tamer mounted the steps
fearlessly, the spring lock of the wicket
clicked, and the next second he had slipped
into the cage.
With a savage growl the panther whisked
ronnd and crouched against the opposite
wall. At one side stood the man, erect,
motionless, nndanted, in tho fall conscious
ness of his mighty strength and indomitable
will; at the other the inlarinted beast
cowered, its body quivering with rage, the
small ears laid flat with the head, and the
tail flapping against the floor.
The spectators kept perfectly still, and
looked on with bated breath. It almost
seemed as if a sound a motion would
break the spell which held man and beast
apart. -The tension was so great that even a
stifled exclamation might cause it to snap.
Suddenly there was a slight movement in
the center of the crowd, and a woman pushed
her way to the front. Those who were
closest to the cage saw a strange look appear
at that instant upon Farrelli'sf.ice; he grew
deathly pale; his features twitched con
vulsively, and for one-half second his eyes
were withdrawn from his enemy. It was
enough! The spell was broken; with a
terrific roar the panther shot into the air!
Farrelli sawit comings; saw the great jaw3
extended, and the gleam of tha fisree white
teeth. On the spur of the moment he
thrust his left hand into the gaping mouth,
while with his right he gripped the brute by
the throat. The panther straoic him foil on
the chest, the savage claws were du into his
flesh; then, with a crash, man and beast
went down, and rolled together on the floor.
A shudder ran through the horrified crowd;
tho women screamed and fainted; Uio meu
preyed forward toward the mpeYitU white,
agitated face.-, as if fascinated by that deadly
encounter. Two attendants cauie running
up with heavy iron bars.spranginto the cage,
and rained blow after blow upon thapanthor's
head. Thoy succeeded in separating thd
combatants; the benat, dazed and half
Strangled by that awfnl grip, wgs driven
back into a corner, while the man rose from,
the floor and staggered out of the ago.
That Farrelli had come in for a severa
manling was only too evident. His clothes
were torn into whreds, his mangled arm hung
by his side, the blood flowed freely from the
numerous gashes in bis chest; bnt, standing
erect, he facfd the crowd wjth a fierce and
determined aspect. His angry eyes swept
through tho swaying throng, flitting from
one white faeo to the other as if in search of
that releutless en-aiy of hfe.
IJnt the woman was gone. From thai
hour she pinaed out of his life, never to
trouble him again. When he failed to dis
cover her iu the crowd, his head snddenly
drooped, and he leaned heavily upon hia
friend Radford, who had hastened to hia
"Well. Mark." he whispered, grimly, as
he limped away, "she has had her revengs,
yon see. We are quits now; and I for
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