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Yes, it was tho 24th. All day it
had' blown ntid rained incessantly.
Tho strcots linil lipon like rivcra but,
now tlmt the rain had censed for a
moment, tho wntcr lay in poolfi in
stead of draining away. The oldest
inhabitant had never seen Bitch a
konit before. The waves had dashed
over tho edges of the wharves casting
up spray over tho shelter sheds.
' TUo only schooner in tho harbour
wns stovo in against tho end of tho
old Custom House wharf by tho
violence of the first blast. Thd fqw
ships from foreign ports had all
suffered moro or less daningo.
-. For hours it had been' iiripossib'lo,
'to go oUt of doors : business had
utterly ceased. But the ceaseless
pour of the rain had lulled and only
tho fitful sobbing of tho wind was to
be heard echoing round the corners.
' I did not care to go out but 1
could not stay all night in my office.
:1 must got home some way. At last
I blew out the lamps that all day
; 'had cast a fitful radianco over tho
' scone of my labours and having seen
tliatcvery thing was secure I shut
tho dodr and locked it.
It was frightfully dark and tho
lamp at tho Bank comer garo a
misty light that seemed to say "Rely
on yourself and not on me." Tho
foot-path and tho centre of tho
street word alike seas of mud I
found. At every stop I sank ancle
deep. Stopping across the road, I
, went into tho saloon and took a fid.
A fow friends wore inside but hastily
bidding them a Merry Christmas I
went out. I reached tho comer of
the street without meeting anybody.
But just before me I saw with joy
and surprise an express standing by
tho foot-path. I walked up' and
' asked if it were disengaged, hearing
no reply I jumped in, calling out at
the saino time "Drivo homo quickly.
I'm in a hurry." I lay back without
looking around and, nulling out a
cigar, Tit it. In doing this I became
aware of tho presence of another
person in tho express. Thinking it
might be some friend who was
courteously sharing his express with
. mo I proffered him a cigar. Ho
rejected it without speaking and
seemed to settle himself further'
back in his corner to avoid being
). ! I thought to mysolf "well, hero's a
pretty go" and puffed vigorously
away. Laying baok as I, smoked I
thought that 1 would find out who
this (jucer stick' was and so I essayed
to break the ice by remarking. "It's
been an awful day." Still no answer.
. "Well, I thought, if j-ou aro going to
be so gruff I'll be tho same and. I
' lay back.and puffed more vigorously
Suddenly there was an awful roll
"-'of thunder and, the rain como dashing
pitilessly down in torrents. The
' lightning flashedin sheets of da..liug
,. brilliance and made tho murky
darkness blacker by its. sharp
.contrast. My, .thoughts had bpon
preoccupied, with my silent, com
panion anu i nau iioi nouuuu yriiuiu
we were going, when u less vivid
flash than usual showed mo that wo
up tho valluy
Wo had almost
of tho eminence
street now runs off'
it- was much out of
my road, and.,I,,was .anxious, to get
homo, I said nothing as I know there
were but a fow moro Houses anu i
-was still, burious' to knoto vho my
"Bile'nt companion was. All this time
ho had never spoken li word or
moved from his original position but
whep wo readied tho top of tho
' c'iiiincnco lie siiddonly sat up arid in
an intense, sepulchral whisper said
to tho driver, 'fOnl on! faster! we'll
i.nover get there."' Tho driver seem
suddenly galvanized and the-horse
broko into a trot. "Faster! Faster"
again ho whispered. The trot became
" a carttcr and tho canter a gallop. X
could scarco boliovo my souses. J no
wind whistced round us with tho.
speed wo were going and tho rain,
still fell in heavy dripping. Never
in my experienco had a horse gone
u)i that road faster than a gentlo trot
and here was a horscgalloping with
a loadon such a night as this. I grow
frightened and Blioutcd to tho driver
to Btop, but he seemed not to hear
'iuc, and still that strango mystery
Bat at my elbow, whispering with a
peculiar grave-yard intensity of tone
"Faster yet, fuster." Tho ground
M,sccmed to fly under us, tho sparks
.from the stones wcro liko a chain of
fire. And still tho elements warred
around.' My hair.began, tostand on
End, I could feel my akhi in a cold
quiver of fear, niy Hmba trembled
towards, tho Pali.
reached tho , top
i nun on loujrii,
and my teeth chattered as If I had
been suddenly seized With tho agtid.
Tho Half way house was soon passed.
The mass of malic was seen by the
light of a vivid Jlaslw All Its fan
tastic shapes seemed endowed with
life, pointing with lean fingers at us
and izibberina, in the weird, light.
carnage, i seemcu glued to tne
i' -' -
cushion and l snook more and more
most demoniac eachinnation levcr'despi
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11u vi'liii'lp mpi'iii icTt'. "Wi Hf-niwlv ! mhkei
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ton aim j. shook more aim more maiuy
uloimlyy(tji each jiealpf hmghter tftomcfc
broke from Ills' lips. ItSvfw tho , it mac
, demoniac caehinnntion levcr'despal
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seemed to touclr the ground. Wo "think1
Still no signs of stopping. Gradually! were now Hying up the last rise and tliund
loomed up before us in the ever ' at the top . of , it was the precipice. 1 .Hit
ncnrcr-ilrnwimr distance the cleft; tried to lift my self from my seat. ! guard
through which the road winds down
neross the Pali.
A horrid fear began to fill me.
I .wits' fascinated not' ii limb
could I move : I only lived in
thought. 1 knew the fearful doom
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Were wc going to stop, or were we . that awaited me if we went over but i mole than n thousand feet down. . I
going to drive 'down the Pali at this 1 1 was rooted to tne spot. "We luul hiid learnt gymnastics when a boy,
raici A lilieiv iituie ure ,iu iuuov;n j juuuuuti niu iu, iiui uuu mi i,iia,ii' mo, iiuuiiug Jiuuiy, x nnunu w iimi nu
between us and it, "Whither were j did we pause in our wild career. 'a
We going.' l niusicrcu up courage i
break the monotonous chant from my
companions lips, of "Faster: faster,
and as where we gdiig(
A sardonic "ha! liii'I"' that shook
the carriage was the only answer.
The sound of his laugh filled ine with
such trcmblhig that I could not rise
irom my seai uiuuiiii ".VAt"iWH,
turned under the bluff to go down
when a.inorc yivid flash of lightulig
than had occurred before showed me
as one vast pauorania thor whole of
the bcautiful,ceii1eJiL'ijeat)i me. Ah,
I tlidiight I Shall never' see it more,
At the same timeI, noticed, t,hat te
hoi-se was just clearing " the roiid and
apparently going down the precipice.
fromtUowriiQ jiglt cmUoiiiyTYj; iuerkuii,a
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till my feet touched terra finna when
by a' sudden upwind movement. I
raised them over the bar and soon
crawled along till I could plant my
legs on solid ground again. Then
)verc(ino by terrgr, J 8yotyQd. How
I reached my home, 1 shall never
l;ngwlut it jwntyl o'clock in the
Inoriiing, wlien T staggered into my
bedroom, covered with mud fro'ni
Iwvd Jo loot, and soaking wctolwi&h
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transmission' of 'fluids from the vessels
of the skin into, the substance of the
hair really' occurs, the quiihtity"hrid
nature beilig modified by the'p'ifcullar
ity of constltiUion or state of 'health
of the liidinual it fbllows'tha't Hitch
lluids, bitiig altered .in jheir chcinical
qualities, niay'pb'sscss the power 6f
impressing ,i'i6w conditions pn the
structure into which they enter. Thus,
if they contain' an exited of'salWof
lime, tliey may deposit salts' of lime
in the tissue of the hithv'mul'so pro.
duce a change in, its appearance from
dark to grey." So far, theiefprc', as
Prof. Wil'scn itnderstnnds the mutter,
it resolves into ii question1 'of inay
he's." Sdme of the older1 stftries of
this sudden cliaige in tie 'eolUP'pf
the liair arc Jirobably nyithltar; at
niiy rate' they arc not well authenticat
ed. A few more 'modern inst'ihces,
however, maybe mentioned which
have conic'ilndcrtho1 obscrvatiohs of
persons- now or recently Hrng. ' One
of the most reinarkablo of tht'sc
occurred in the cxiiericiicd bf'lstaff
Surgcoii Piitry, ''SVho'was' 'serving in
India duriiig tlic 'mutiny: Anioiig
the prisoners taken ihiv 'skirmish at.
Cluinula" vVns a "afepdy r of the Bengal
Armj'. He Was! brought ''lcioVd the
authorities and ' ekamhicdl ' 'Fully
alivf to liis position the' 'Bengalee
stood iilbost stupillc'd with; fear,
trembling greatly; with hOrror1 arid
despair plainly depicted" on'his count
enance. Suddenly;' iii the niidsfof
the exmnlnatibn, the by-stariders
were startled by the sergeant id charge
of the prisojicr exclaiming. "Htfis
"turning grey!?'' All eyes were turned
blithe uiifortumate' man, watching,
with'wondoring' 'interest! Hhti'cliahga
coming1 ipOrt his gtdssj-, 'jet lilttck
locksi In half an hoiir 'thCy wbre' Of
a uniform grey hue1. A similar change
has soinetllhcs taken place in tho
course bfa' single night.' 'One oftho
witnessts in the Ti'chborhc cado
testified tliat,'tho. night1 after: hearing
of his father's' death, ho dreamed
and fountl);on Wakening,- that his hair
had turned'titilto whitei The writer
6f this onco'knew a vcnci'ablc clcrg'
ma,iif who related that- when quite u
yottng'maii) his hair turhcii'grcy'eo
rapidly that somo of' liis flock waited
on him to ronioiistratc agatimt what
they considered undue frivolity in
adopting tho then fashionable custom
of powdering the hair. Tills 'two
following cases are especially curious,
The first was thai of ' a young lady
who first heard of her lovcrfs trcticherv
by reading an account ofrhlt) irinrriaga
in a newspaper. After1 a 'iiight'p
brooding over the traitor's bacneds,
her looking' 'glass disclosed1 'tho'iif
tonishing fact that the hair1 on'Oiic
side of her head had bleached' to a
color morobecomingiv grand-mother,
.while the other; half of her tresses' ic
tained their- imtural 'golden 'brojrii.
Evcu'vtuis w,as;uot so bd,'wrtlhjfcusti
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