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CAVESSON AND THE CENTIPEDE
By GUY BOOTHBY.
Copyright, 1900, by Guy Boothby.
i£v«n if Cavesson had not been anxious
to do so before, which could scarcely be
doubted, he felt doubly compelled, after Mr.
Walkett's generous treatment of him, to
■ cert all his energies to effect the capture
of that notorious bushranger, the Centipede,
lie had been the laughing stock of the colon
ies for too long, and to a man so proud,
ridicule was worse than death. The story of
ihe bogus millionaire, and the little outing
with the bank manager of Nollaba station,
had been copied into ail the papers, uud
Cavfsson's enemies had taken excellent care
that he should see the various accounts given
of It. The government, through the commis
sion of police, had also stirred him up again,
aud as a result he was nearly distracted. One
more blunder, he knew, would spell ruin, and
ruin would mean a loss of Minnie Walkett,
which was worse than either. But he had no
;utention of making another mistake, and
when he received a letter from the authori
ties informing him that the smartest police
magistrate in Queensland was coming into
the district to take charge, ha felt more
certain than ever on the point. Moreover,
his sweetheart wrote regularly, encouraging
him In his endeavors, and, if anything else
were wanting, this alone would have been
sufficient to induce him to do his best. He
was only waiting, he tcld her In reply to her
letter, for the Centipede to show his head
above ground, then he was going to pounc«
down upon him «ud annihilate him.
He gave a full morning to reflection. One
thing was very certain; if he wished to keep
any sort of standing In the force he must
secure his "iiemy before the new police
magistrate should put in an appearance. He
had heard of .Montague Hablett before, and
he had no desire to receive either his advice
or his censure. The latter had a. reputation
for keeping officers up in the collar, and
he had openly asserted in a certain metro-'
polltan club, that if the government would
only appoint him to Mulga Flat, he would
tall twist, the police inspector to death, and
have the Centipede in his hands inside a
month. As you will readily understand, this
sort of boast was not calculated to prejudice
a man like Cavesson in his favor; in con
sequence there was a bad understanding be-
tween the pair before the ink had changed
color on Che magistrate's letter of appoint
ment. Next day It was duly gazetted, and
on the Thursday following Montague Hablett
left Brisbane for the west
One morning, a week or so before Hablett
. was expected to arrive at Mulga Flat, a man
put in an appearance in the township,
mounted on a woraout horse. As soon as he
had stabled him, ha inquired the way to the
police station, aad reaching it asked for an
interview with the inspector. He wa3 forth
with conducted Into tiiat officer's presence^.
"What do you want with me?" inquired
Cavesson, who had just received his weekly
mail, in which was contained an order to
confer with the newly appointed magistrate
immediately upon bis arrival in the district
The man before him mopped his face with
his handkerchief and then, without waiting
to be asked, sat down beside the inspector's
table. He was a tall, 'burly fellow with a
skiu as brown as a berry, an honest face and
a voice so deep that it seemed to come from
"I've come in, sir, from Bunyip's range to
tell you as how I fancy I can give you the
straight tip as to one of the Centipede's hid
"The deuce you can," cried Cavesson, and,
springing up, he crossed to the door and
shut it carefully. "If you can do that I'll
never forget you. But don't you try any
larks with me, for, I swear, if you do, it'll
be the worst day's work you ever tried your
"I'm not. trying to mislead you, sir; I'll
give you my word to that," said the man.
"I'll give you my name and address, and you
can make inquiries about me. I've uot been
into Mulga Flat before, but I'm well known
to a good many people who live here."
"What's your name?"
"Jabez Barker, sir. I've got a bit of a se
lection out on the range yonder."
Cavesson wrote the man's name and ad
dress on a slilp of paper, and then turned
to his visitor again.
"Who knows you here?"
"Well, sir, to begin with, there's Mr. Mil
ler, the storkeeper down the street yonder;
there's the secretary of the Pastoralists'
union, and there's John Williams, as keeps
the Squatters Arms across the way. I think
they'll all be ready to speak for me."
Once more Cavesson wrote upon the paper,
and, ringing his bell, told the sergeant who
answered it to go to the different addresses
and find out what the folk mentioned knew
of the man in question.
As soon as the man had left the room,
Cavesson turned to his informant.
"Now, then, let's hear your story," he
said. "What information can you give me
that will be likely to help us to catch this
notorious rascal? If it is reliable, and I am
successful in effecting his arrest, I can prom
ise you that you will be rewarded."
"I want no reward, sir," replied the man.
"If I give you the news you want, it is be
cauae I wish to rid the colony of a man who
has given so much trouble. Besides, I don't
feel kind of safe with him close alongside
"I see. Now tell me all you know."
"Well, sir, it was like this, you see.
About a month or so ago, just before that bit
of a bobberee out at Mr. Walkett's station,
when you was so nicely sold by the Centipede
(I don't mean no offense, sir), I was out at
the back o' my selection doing a bit o' fenc
ing with two of my boys. We were camped
alongside a biggish sized waterhole, and we
had three horses with, us, not one of which
was shod. You must remember that, sir, or
you'll miss the point of what I'm driving
at. Well, one Sunday morning after break
fast, there being, of course, no work doin",
sir, I left the boys at the camp and went out
tor a bit of a walk. On my way I went
round by the botton of the hills that are
very sparsely timbered with she-oaks there
abouts, with here and there a bit of raulga
at the base. Well, as I went along, sir, I
looked about me and, to my surprise, I came
across what was a regular hard-beaten track.
I was so startled that I went down on my
hands and knees and had a close look at
the prints on H. As far as I could pick out,
there were the tracks of four horses, and
all of 'em was shod. Now, sir, I argued it
out this way: What was horsemen doin' on
my selection? There's nothing to be gained
by going that way, unless you want to get
into the ranges, and no one would have any
reason to be there unless he was in trouble
and wanted to lay by for a bit When I'd
got as much out of the track as I wanted I
turned about and made my way back to
the camp, taking in the side of the water hole
nearest the hills on my road. Going close
down to the water's edge I had a look at
the .mud, and sure enough, It was trodden
down all round by the horses that had come
there to drink."
"How do you know the marks were not
those of your own beasts? You say you had
three with you."
"For the same good reason as before, sir,"
the man answered; "the beasts were all
shod; mine were not"
"Had you any other animals on that side
of the homestead?" '
"Not a beast, sir."
"No brumb'es?" (Wild horses).
"Brumbies wouldn't be shod, sir."
"Of course not. Well, what did you do
"Only one thing, sir; but I think it's worth
considering. It was the middle of the nig-ht,
after the day of that trouble at Mr. Wal
kett's. I had not been feeling quite the thing
all day, and at night was very restless. Try
how I would I could not sleep. It was full
moon, and by pulling the flap of the tent
door aside I could get a good view of tha
country. Well, I was lying there thinking
about this and that, and wondering how soon
our fencing Job was likely to be finished,
when all of a sudden I thought I heard the
sound of a horse in the distance. I listened
again, and there tt was, sure enough, a good
distance away to the westward. It was
gradually coming closer, till by and by it
could cot have been more than a couple of
hundred yards from %y tent door. I ha 3
looked at my watch »few minutes before,
and it was just after^2 o'clock. Thinking
there must be something wrong at home, and
that the wife had sent one of the boys to
fetch me, I got out of my blankets and went
to the door of the tent. There, sure enough,
was a man on a gray horse, not riding to
wards me, but making for the hills. From
the way the animal .traveled,; I could see ha
was wetlnigb done for. Seeing the camp tie
pulled up •■ -for a moment, and then-went
slowly round the edge of the waterhole,: and
after &tv"hila ■ "Disappeared in the direction 6f
the traeVl had examined a few days, before.
SamffhoV*lt*'nßver entered my head to think
of the; Centipede, not knowing about the
trouble at.Nollaba,' or thinking that he was
on our aide of the country. v But the even
ing I went out. Just for, curiosity's sake, and
had a look at the soft mud at the head of
the hole.. 1*; Sure -enough there was the track
of a horse as plain as a pike staff, and there
was ■■■ one peculiar thing about it—half the
shoe ,on 'the, near hind foot was .missing.
Well, I thought.no more about the matter
just then, and two _ days later, our Work be
ing done, we came back to the homestead.
That ulght my good lady fell to talking about
the trouble at Mr. Walkers, that she'd heard
about from a teamster for the first time that
day. I listened,' 1 but I can tell " you, " sir, .' I
soon : pricked up my ears when she told me
that the man had said that the horse the
Centipede had stolen was a gray with a half
shoe missing. Then I began to put two and
two together. What time would It , have been
when he left Nollaba station, sir?"
"A little after 3", Cavesson replied.
"Well, sir," the other continued, "here's
something for you to work out. It is Just
forty miles across country from Nollaba Head
station to my place, and another twenty,
say, out to the hills at the back; close upou
aixty miles in all. Well, if he started at 8
or thereabouts and rode pretty smart, say
eight miles an hour, he would be at my camp
about 11. He'd be In a great hurry, of course,
but I don't reckon that, taking one thing
with another, he'd do more than I'm calcu
lating. Now, sir, do you think there is any
thing in what I've told you?" ,
"It certainly sounds feasible, and I only
hope it may lead to something. Do you think
they're hiding by there now?'"
"That's more than I can say, sir, having
no possible means of Judging; but I should
think it more than likely. I don't see where
else they could very well go.'/
'"My good man," Cavesson" replied scoru
fuHy, "it's very evident you don't know the
Centipede. He has hiding-places in every
direction, and he's in and out of them like
rabbits in a burrow."
At that instant there was a knock at the
door. It was the % sergeant, who had returned
with the replies he had extracted from the
varioue people he had visited. Each one, it
was proved, was ready to bear testimony to
the excellence of Mr. Barker's character.
"Very •well," said Cavesson, when he had
dismissed the officer, "I am satisfied. The
next thing for us to do will be to get out
there as quickly as possible and endaavor to
effect a capture. Yq.u'll come with us, I sup
"If you will let me, sir," replied the otter.
"But, if you'li excuse me, I'll not take part
in the fighting. I'm not a coward, but I'm
the father of a family, sir, and I don't see
that I could be of much assistance to you."
"I'll not ask you to fight," said Cavesson,
with a smile. "I only want you to put us
en the right track to.the cave, and then you
can go about your business."
"Very good, sir. In that case I'll go with
you as soon as you like. What time will you
be ready to start? I've had a good ride to
day as it is."
. "Will half an hour be too soon for you?"
"If you'll lend me a horse it won't. My
own beast's done. It's close upon thirty
miles to my place, and I came in pretty
"I'll lend you a horse with pleasure. One
good turn deserves another. In that case, I
shall expect you to return here in half au
"I'll be here, sir."
"la the meantime, remember, not a word
about your errand to anybody. If you let
fall a hint he'll hear of It, and we shall lose
him, as we have done before."
When the man had left the room, Caves
sou rubbed his hands with delight. At last
the chance had come. At last he was going
to be successful in securing his enemy. The
Centipede had not made any move for more
than a week, and the chances were a hun
dred to one that he was lying up in his cave
in the Ranges, to which Barker had referred.
If only he laid his plans well, he might
catch him at last, and meet the new magis
trate with the news that he had arrived too
late to do the tail-twistLng of which he had
spoken at the -club. Then, when the outlaw
was sentenced .and safely in jail, he would
go down to Brisbane and demand Minnie
Walkett's hand lr'om her father. Fate could
Lot have served him better, he felt, and iv
this bpirit he devoted himself to givlDg the
necessary orders for the expedition.
In order that no information concerning the
intended raid might reach the residents,
Cavesson dispatched a sergeant and three
troopers from the township by the north
road, another three by the east, Barker and
himself steering a course midway between
the parties. On reaching the Nollaba boun
dary fence, twenty miles out, they halted for
an houi 1 in order to allow the others to come
up, after which they quickened their pace,
reaching Barker's homestead a little before
4 o'clock.- Tien they called a halt.
As soon as it was dark they started, agaia,
picking up the hills at a. point a mile or so
below th«* water hole where the old man and
his sons ha# been camped when the former
had sighted the .. mysterious horseman. It
was the' inspector's intention to leave his
horses at this rendezvous in charge of one
man, and then to push on with the remain
der of his force on foot, feeling sure that
there would be less chance of their being
observed if they crept along the hillside than
if they tried to approach on horseback by
v.-ay of the plain. It was a fine, starlight
night, and every man was eager for the fray.
They had been laughed at so long that they
fully shared their leader's eagerness to vin
dicate their honor. Taking advantage of
eveTy cover, and ever on the lookout for the
cave of which they had been told, they made
their way over the hill. It was a difficult
and wearisome crawl, but at the end of half
an hour it was safely accomplished, and they
stood opposite their destination.
"Let every man lie down," said Cavesson,
in a whisper; then turning to the sergeant,
who was beside him, he continued: "Burke,
you had better come with me. And remem
ber this men, not one of you is stir hand or
foot until I return."
Leaving the troopers behind them, the pair
crept forward on their hands and knees to
ward,- the little gully, the shadow of which
they could plainly see ahead. It was a perfect
hiding place. In shape if resembled a punch
bowl more than anything else. A high wall
of rock prevented it from being seen from the
plain, and it struck Cavesson that the Centi
pede's horses must be as clever as cats if
they could climb in and out without breaking
their necks. But though he searched the op
posite side, high and low, he could distinguish
no cave. At the moment they were lying on
the side of a small cliff, and the inspector
was In the act of turning to speak to his
subordinate, when the other touched, him on
the arm and signed to him to listen. Just
below them, standing on the little plateau
at the foot of the cliff, was a man. He was
whistling softly to himself, and Cavesson no
ticed that the air was "Kathleen Mavour
neen," a favorite of his own. Neither of the
men on the cliff moved a muscle until ho
disappeared into the cave once more; then
Cavesson bade the other go back along the
track they had followed to reach the place
and bring the men up.
"Don't let them make a sound, whatever
you do," he whispered, "otherwise we shall
lose them, after all."
The sergeant crawled away, and Cavesson
laid himself down again to watch and form
his plan of action. Never had pretty Minnie
Walkett seemed so close before. In a quarter
of an hour, or even less, if things went right,
he might look upon himself as a made man.
After a while he heard the sound of
stealthy footsteps behind him, and a moment
or so later the sergeant of the troopers crept
up and laid down beside him. By this time
his plans were made. "Burke," he whis
pered, "take three of the men with you and
follow this cliff along until it is possible to
get down into the gully. 11l do the same
on the left with the remainder. When you
reach the bottom creep carefully up until
you are opposite the cave. Let your men
cover the right—mine will do the same on
the left. Then we'll have them. But mind,
not a sound, or we'ra done tor."
Burke and half tna force crept off to the
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right on their errand, while Cavesson and his
men imitated their example ou the left. It
was no easy matter, as they soon discovered,
to reach the bottom, but when this Was once
accomplished they nvfde ttielr way along the
gully until they reached a point exactly op
posite the entrance to the mouth of a la ga
cave, into which the bushranger had pi ■-
ceeded, half an hour or so before. A dim, uu
certain light shone from th» interior of the
cavern, but whether this cghie from !a. flre or
torch those outside could" not distinguish. To
rush the cave would have been a most fooligh
proceeding, for who was to know whether
those inside had not become aware, that they
were surrounded? Cavesson felt he oiust en
deavor in some way to draw the en#my out
"If you'll let me have a try I think I can
manage it, sir," whispered tke trooper lying
*ext to him. "I cau give a call ]u#t like a
diago.f and if that don't fetch somebody out
I shall be very much surprised."
"Very well," answered Cavesson; '"let me
gat & IHtle nearer the cave, so that I may
prevent them from diving back Again, then
you can try your power."
He left the man and hid himself behind a
rock beside the cave's mouth.
Next moment there went up from the gully
the most lugubrious noise that ever greeted
human ears. It was the exact Imitation of a
dingo's howl. For a second or twfl all was
quiet, then it sounded again. Just as it was
beginning for the third time the man whom
Cavesson and Burke had seen from the cliff
above emerged, carrying a fire stick in his
hand. Not being able to see any dog, he
stood uncertain how to act, then, turning
on his heel, he prepared to go in again.
Cavesson, however, was too quick for him,
and, springing from bis hiding place, he
barred the way.
"Throw your hands up," he cried, "or
you're a dead man!" The bushranger did not
know what to do. He looked to the right and
left, only to find the carbine barrels leveled
"Throw your hands up. I say!" cried
Cavessou. "I'll not speak again!"
Realizing that the case was hopeless, the
man did as he was ordered. Burke then
6prang forward and clapped a pair of hand
cuffs on his wrists.
"Sergeant, take charge of this man and see
that he does not escape. The rest of you
The men did not need to be bidden twice,
and the party passed into the cave, expe.u
ing to be received with a volley. To their
surprise and chagrin, however, it was empty.
Neither the Centipede nor any .member of
his gang was to be seen. Cavesson could
hardly believe the evidence of his own efes.
Ht> had felt so certain of effecting a capture
that the disappointment was almost more
than he could bear. But it was no use crying
over spilled milk. He had at least got one
to show for his trouble.
"Let the prisoner be brought in her%," he
said. "I want to have a look at him."
The man was accordingly brought before
him, and, by the light of the fire blazing at
the far end of the cave, Cavesson scrutinized
him carefully. The fellow was none other
than the Centipede's lieutenant.
"Where are the rest of the gang?" asked
Cavesson, in a tone of command.
"You don't surely suppose I am going to
tell you," the prisoner answered. "But I'll
let you know this much: He's where you
■won't find him; not if you go on looking til!
you're black in the face. You wouldn't have
found me here, only I've been ill and couldn't
join them this trip. Now, what are you go
ing to do with me?"
"Take you down to Mulga Flat, my friend.
I suppose I'd better caution you in the usual
way; not to say anything to incriminate
"You're mighty kind all of a sudden," said
the man. "I'll take jolly good care I don't
Cavesson turned to Burke.
"We'll just have to look round the cave
and then be off."
Lighted by the firestick they searched the
bushrangers' rendezvous thoroughly, but
nothing could they find, save a few blankets,
one or two pairs of hobble straps, and a
moth-eatpn pair of riding breeches.
"Nothing of any consequence," sa.d Ca
vesson. "li'is plain-they've got a biding place
elsewhere. We'll camp here to-night, and in
the morning you, Burke, can take our friend
here back to the township. I shan't feel easy
till I"ye got him under lock and key. They
remained where they were all night, and as
soon as it was daylight, made their way back
to the horses. Then the sergeant and two of
the troopers went off with the prisoner for the
township, Cavesson and the remainder mak
ing a camp for themselves in a place whence
they could watch the cave, and yet them
selves remain unseen. For four days they
guarded ft so closely that not a mouse could
have got in without their knowing it, but
when at the end o* that time the remainder
of the gang did not put in an appearance, the
inspector, gave it up as a bad Job. and set
off for M.ulga Flat to confess his failure to the
new police magistrate.
He reached the township-at 5 o'clock in the
! afternoon, to" find that Mr". Hablett had ar
' rived by coach two hours before. When
he had washed off the stains of his ride and
changed his-, attire, he set off for the house
that had been prepared for the'new arrival.
He was shown into the study',~ahd was in
formed that the magistrate was engaged for
I a few moments, but would'sae .him the mi
i stant he was at liberty. Cav«sson was thor
| oughly prepared to dislike his superior, and
i in his own mind had painted a picture of him
as a fussy little man wKb- an -overwhelming
sense of his own importance. His astonlsh
j ment may, therefore, b* imagined, when a
staid, middle-aged, military-looking man,
with piercing black eyes, gray hair and care
fully trimmed mustache, entered the room
and said courteously as he proffered his
"Inspector Cavesson, I believe. Let me
say how very glad I am to make your ac
■ ' Carried away by the charm of his manner,
Cavesson shook him warmly by the hand, and
took the chair the other pushed forward for
"I'm afraid you've "Wen preparing your
self to dislike me," said his host after a
short pause. "I hope, now that you know
me, you will see fit to change your opinion.
I don't think I am quite as black as I have
been painted. By.the by, let me congratulate
you on the way in which you effected the
capture of the Centipede's lieutenant. It was
"cleverly dosa and redounds.tQ. your credit."
Cavesson bowed his acknowledgment of the
compliment, and began to look upon his su
perior with a somewhat more favorable eye.
It was not the sort of reception he had ex
"I think I ought to tell you," continued the
magistrate, taking his cigar case from his
pocket and offering' it to his visitor, "that the
commissioner, when I saw him before I left
Brisbane, gave you an exceedingly high
character. He said I might rely upon your
promptness." . ,
Cavesson thought the commissioner ex
pressed himself rather differently in his last
letter to himself, but rhe did not tell Mr. Hab
lett so. He inferred that "he was "gratified
to know tliat his efforts, unsuccessful though
they had been, were appreciated.
"And now," said the other briskly, "as we
are likely to have as much worry with him in
the future as we shall care for, let us con
sign the Centipede to oblivion, and endeavor
to forget his existence. Tell me something
of the township and its neighborhood."
Cavesson described the different people
worth knowing In the township and district,
and gave a rough resume of the various at
tractions both presented. By the time they
had been together half an hour they were on
After a while Cavesson rose to go.
"I trust you will dine with me to-morrow
night," said the magistrate. "I am asking
a few of the most prominent townsfolk, and
if you will give your assistance, I Shalt be
very grateful. It is so difficult to know who's
who, and to avoid treading on people's corns
in a new place when all are equally unknown.
May I rely on you? Thanks. Must .you go?
Well, good-by. We shall meet in court to
morrow morning, of course."
"Of course," returned Cavessoa with a
laugh as he shook hands.
"Ah, by the way," remarked the magis
trate, "I should very much like to ride out
to Noilaba Station after we adjourn, to make
a few inquiries. I suppose you couldn't lead
me a horse and accompany me?"
"I shall be only too glad to do so," the in
spector replied. "I .will have a couple of
horses sent round in time for adjournment."
He left the house and made his way back
to the police station, feeling ashamed of him
self for having been so ready to believe 111
of Mr. Hablett He liked what little he had
seen of him.
Early aa he was iv reaching the court
next morning, the magistrate was there be
fcre him. Cavesson, having introduced the
clerk to hie -worship, stood tailing, to Mi.
Hablett In his private mom. a
At 10 o'clock <the court opened, t&e.magis
trate briefly addressed those present, and
the business commenced. The first two cases
were unimportant. The third was that of
the Centipede's lieutenant.
The court was crowded by townfolk, who
were eager to see and hear the new magis
trate, who had made such a name for him
self in Queensland. The general opinion was
that he was worthy of the reputation that
had preceded him; and the gray heads af
*rmed that the dignity of the land was likely
bi worthily represented in his person,
'..wards the end of the case, a point of
Ci 'derable moment was argued between the
iiii. . .ftor, as representing the government
ant mo prosecution, and the lawyer who ap
peai don behalf of the prisoner. The magts
trat listened attentively, and then put a
question to the prisoner. The man declined
to answer, but after awhile stated his will
ingness to do so. provided he might speak
to the magistrate first iv private.
"A most unusual and unprecedented re
quest," said his worship. "I don't know that
I should be justified in granting it."
Eventually, however, he decided to da so.
and the prisoner was thereupon ordered to
proceed into his worship's private room be
hind the bench, and the door was closed upon
The court settled itself down to wait while
the magistrate and the accused were absent,
and in the interval reviewed the case. The
question the prisoner was desirous of put
ting was evidently a long one. Ten minutes,
twenty minutes, and even half an hour
elapsed, still they did not reappear. The
spectators began to wonder what had hap
pened. Cavesson grew very uneasy and be
gan to cast furtive glances at the clock.
When half an hour had elapsed And still the
pair did not return, a consultation waa held.
FOR MARCH IT, 1901
Jeaua and Pilate—Luke XXIII. 18-M.
BY JOHN R. WHlTNEY—Copyright 1901.
GoWen Text.—l find no fault ia this* man.—
Luke xxiii., 4.
If Calaphas and the Sanhedrin had pos
sessed legal power to put any man to death
when they condemned Jesus, as we saw last
week, they probably would have led him out
of the city, laid their hands upon his head,
and then united with the people in stoning
niin. For the law said, 'He tjjat blasphem
eth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be
put to death, and all the congregation snail
certainly stone him." (Lev. xxiv., 13-lti.)
This is exactly what they did do only a few
weeks later when Stephen was condemned on
a similar charge of blasphemy as .Tesus.
(Acts xvi., 13; vii., 57, 58.) But they did it
then as a mob, and not as a tribunal, and
Pilate took no notice whatever of their ait.
Had they done the same thing now with
Jesus, he probably would not have taken any
more notice of it. On the contrary, he would
nave felt himself greatly relieved. They
would have done exactly what he wished
them to do when he said, "Take ye 'him, and
judge him according to your law." (John
If they had done so, however, the scriptures
would not have been fulfilled. For Jesus was
"the Lamb of God," the great antitype of th"
Paschal lamb, and the law said of it,"Neither
shall ye break a bone thereof." (Ex. xii.,
46.). But this could hardly have been avoided
if he had been stoned. Besides, the psalmist
had suug of him, "They pierced my hands
and my feet" (Psa. xxii., 16), and the prophet
had declared, "They shall look upon me
whom they have pierced." (Zech. xii., 10
Comp. John xix., 36, 37.) Jesus, himself, also
had always spoken of his death by the sig
nificant term "lifted up." It declared "what
death he should die" (John xii., 32) as no
other term would or could. It declared that
he must die by the Roman death of crucifix
ion, and not by the Jewish death of stoning.
He must," therefore, be condemned by Roman
When the Sanhedrin had reached its decis •
ion that their prisoner was "guilty of death"
(Matt, xxvi., 66), or so guilty that he de
served to die, "the whole multitude of them
arose" (Luke) "and bound Jesus." (Mark.)
"And when they had bound him" (Matt.i
"then led they Jesus from Caiaphas into the
hall of judgment" (John) "and delivered
him to Pontius Pilate, the governor." (Matt.)
This act fixes our attention upon the sec
ond phase of the truth brought before us
Then Jesus, our substitute and redeemer,
was condemned as guilty of blasphemy, or
a rebellion against the character and person
of God. Now he is to be condemned for
sedition, or rebellion against the authority
of God. For all the sins of mankind may
be grouped under these two heads, blasphemy
and sedition. As the Sanhedrin was the
highest ecclesiastical court in the world to
examine iuto the one charge, so Pilate rep
resented the highest civil court in the world
to examine into the other. Before both
courts Jesus was personally innocent, and.
whilst both condemned him, each at the
same time allowed a really guilty man to
go free —Peter, in the one case, and Barrab
bas in the other. But in both cases their
proceedings were the visible representations
of the wonderful grace of God which, by
the atonement," does the same thing for the
Before Caiaphas and his companions
reached the judgment hall of Pilate, as they
passed through the courts of the Temple,
suddenly they were confronted by Judas,
with "the thirty pieces of silver" they had
paid him, in his hands. The sight of Jesus
condemned had evidently awakened in him
the bitterest remorse.
They, however, cared neither for his sin
nor for his confession, and as for himself,
his testimony and his regrets were both too
late. So "he cast down the pieces of silver
in the Temple and departed, and went and
hanged himself." (Matt.)
Unmoved by this incident, those who had
charge of Jesus hurried him forward to the
judgment hall. It was then soon after 6
o'clock in the morning of our Friday. As
was usual at great feasts, Pilate had re
moved his court temporarily from Caesarea
to Jerusalem. Although it was so early iv
the morning, he was already alert to all
that was going on.
When the crowd reached the door, in defer
ence to the Jewish fear of ceremonial defile
ment by entering the house of a Gentile at
such a time, "he went out to them. On open-
Ing his door, he was confronted by a great
company of people. From the character of
the crowd and from the early hour, Pilate
saw that there was a case before him which
demanded his attention. But no one spoke
until he himself broke the silence.
"What accusation bring ye against this
man?" he asked.
"If he were not a malefactor we would not
have delivered him unto thee," they an
swered, in a tone of injured dignity, as if
the mere fact of their bringing a man to him
was sufficient in itself to prove that the man
had committed some crime demanding judg
Assuming at once that one whom they con
sidered "a malefactor" might be and prob
ably was, only a violator of some of their
Jewish prejudices, Pilate said, "Take ye him
and judge htm according to your law."
But this was not what they wanted and
they saw very clearly that they must hav-j
some more definite charge against Jesus than
simply that be was "a malefactor" to secure
his crucifixion. So they said frankly, "It is
not lawful for us to put any man to deatn !
(John xvlii., 31, 32.) With great promptness ;
and unanimity they then "began to accuse |
him, saying, We found this fellow pervert- i
ing the nation, and forbidding to give tribute
to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ, a
king." (v. 2.) Thus (hey made what they
called blasphemy against God, to appear In
Pilate's eyes as sedition against Rome.
Although they knew that this charge was
entirely false, Pilate did not know it. To him [
It was a serious indictment, and must have |
immediate attention. So he "entered into
the Judgment hall again and called Jesus''
(John) into him.
"Art thou the Kiug of the Jews?" he at
once asked when they were alone.
"Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did
others tell it to thee of me?" replied Jesus.
"Am I a Jew?" said Pilate. "Thine own
nation, and the chief priests, have delivered
thee unto me. What hast thou done?"
"My kingdom," replied Jesus, "is not of
this world; if my kingdom were of this world,
then would my servants flght that I should
not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my
kingdom not from hence."
"Art thou a king, then?" (John) said Pilate
"Thou sayest it" (Mark), answered Jesus.
"Thou sayeet that lam a king. To this end
was I born, and for this cause came I into
the world, that I should bear witness unto
the truth. Every one that is of the truth
heareth my voice."
"What is truth?" asked Pilate, and, with
this Question on his lips, "he went out again
unto the Jews." (John.)
They were waking for him In anxious ex
pectation, but his only message to- them was:
"I find no faajt in this man" (Luke); "I find
in him no fault at all." (John.)
Such a result they had not anticipated, and
at once "they were the more fierce, saying-
He stirreth up the people, teaching through-*
out all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this
Thia apparently suggested to Pilate to shift
the responsibility of the case upon Herod
Antipas, the "tetrarch of Galilee" (Luke Hi..
2), who was them in Jerusalem to attend the
feast. So he sent Jesus and his accusers to
him. By birth he was a Gentile but by
religion a Jew. In his Ufa he was an un
principled profisKate. By his order, John
the Baptist had been beheaded to please his
unlawful wife and her daughter. For a time
that deed filled hisTieart with superstitltious
fear. This feeling, however, passed away
and was succeeded by the cunning of a for
in vain efforts to put Jesus also to death
But even that desire had now passed away'
and he was filled only with a childish curi
osity to see "some miracle done by him "
(Luke.) So when Jesus atood before him
and It was agreed that the clerk should ■ Ten
ture .to interrupt them. He. rose - from . his
chair ito do ' so, passed round the bench and
.tapped gently; upon ', the door % As ,no • answer
was received, ] he; tapped again, still with the
same" result. Summoning up courage,' he
opened the door and .'looked In. He uttered
an exclamation 'of astonishment and called
the inspector to his side. The room /was
empty. Both magistrate and- prisoner had
On the table in the center was a note ad
dressed to Inspector Cavesson. The latter
seized and opened it. It was worded as fol
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Over Cavessou's discomfiture it would be
kinder to draw a veil. Suffice it that the real
Hablett, as abominable a little prig as ever
walked this earth, turned up on the follow
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drugged by a man to whom he had given a
lift in his buggy when traveling to Mulga
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in a towering rage, and left him on the
verge of madness.
"One thing is quite certain," muttered that
miserable person, when he had reviewed the
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How he retrieved his reputation I will tell
you in another story.
"he questioned him in many words, but he
answered him nothing," although the chief
priest and the scribes, stood and vehemently
accused him. (Luke.) Judging him,
therefore, to be perfectly harmless, and more
an object of ridicule than of punishment, lie
began to make sport of him. "With his
men of war," he "set him at nought and
mocked him. and arrayed him in a gorgeous
robe and sent him again to Pilate," saying
that he found "nothing worthy of death" In
The return of Jesus and his accusers from
Herod greatly strengthened Pilate in his con
viction that the charge of the chief priests
and scribes was entirely unfounded. He
therefore called them together again, aud
frankly stated to them the results he had
reached. But willing to please them as far
as possible, he proposed to "chastise" Jesus
"and release him." (Luke.)
As practiced by the Romans, chastising, or
ratner scourging, as they termed it, was pe
culiarly severe, aud was inflicted ouly under
aggravated circumstances. It was considered
so degrading that it could not be lawfully
inflicted upon a Roman citizen at all. (Acts
xxi., 85, I When applied to those who were
to be crucified, it was not ordiuarily adminis
tered until after sentence had been pro
nounced, and sometimes the victim died un
der its infliction before the sentence could be
executed. Stripped to the waist, if not alto
gether, and tied down to a low post, the
scourging was applied with cruel force upon
the bare, bent back. It was done, Canon
Tristram says, "by a bunch of thongs, with
pieces of wire twisted into the end of each
strip after the fashion of the Russian knout,
which tore the skin and flesh. Every part
of tile body was beaten." Other authorities
says that the lashes were loaded with bits of
lead or bone. Such a scourging Pilate pro
posed to inflict upon Jesus instead of cruci
Then he proposed to release him because,
at that feast, which commemorated the de
liverance of Israel from the bondage of
Egypt, it had long been an established cus
tom to let some prisoner go free, "whom
soever they desired." But in the prison
house at that time there was "a notable pris
oner called Barabbas." (Matt.) He hail not
only risen against Roman authority, but he
was a robber and a murderer. His ny
literally signifies that he was Bar Kabb., .•
the son of a rabbi. If so, he would very
naturally win the sympathy of the chief
priests and scribes, and at the same time be
particularly obnoxious to the Roman gov
When Pilate made his proposition to chas
tise Jesus and then release him. at once the
chief priests and elders began with renewed
vehemence to accuse him. Jesus, however,
took no notice of what they said, and made
no reply. This greatly surprised Pilate.
'"Answerest thou nothing?" he said. "Be
hold, how many things they witness against
thee! But Jesus jet answered nothing."
(Mark.) "He answered him never a word,
insomuch that the governor marveled great
Then Pilate renewed his proposition to re
lease Jesus. But to this the mob. incited
by their leaders, would not listen for a mo
ment. With one voice, "they cried out all
at once, Away with this man, and release
unto us Barabbas." (Luke.)
For nearly three hours he resisted this de
mand. Time and again he went in, .to com
mune with Jesus, and at evfry interview he
was more and more impre»sed with his in
nocence. Time and again he came out to the
peopie, and every time was more and more
impressed with their unreasonableness. Tiie
only answer he could get from them in regard
to Jesus was: "Crucify him, crucify him.
Let him be crucified." All of his arguments
and pleadings were in vain. "So "he took
water and washed his hands before the multi
tude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of
this just person—see ye to it."
"His blood be on us and on our children "
exclaimed "all the people." (Matt.)
Then he "gave sentence that it should be
as they required" (Luke), he "released Bar
abbas unto them and delivered Jesus—when
he had ecourged him—to be crucified."
If we look at this trial before Pilate simply
as the proceedings of an earthly court, it was
as supreme a mockery of justice as was that
before the sanhedrim. But, Hke that, it was
not simply the proceedings of an earthly
court. It was that, only that there might be
a display on earth which men could see of the
manifold grace of God. For the real trial was
in the heavenly court. This was merely its
shadow. There—before the throne of God
hirn.«eif—his own sou appeared in our place
to answer for our rebellions against him. He
stood there speechless — overwhelmed with
guilt. For "on him was laid the iniquity of
us all." Before Pilate, and before God, his
trial was not a personal one, but an official
one. Although personally "without sin," yet
officially he was counted as the chief of sin
ners. He was condemned, that sinners might
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Amount paid for losses $30,991.35
Commissions, brokerage,s salaries
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Salaries of officers and employes 1,997.50
Taxes and fee 5.......... 5,687.91
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Premiums in course of collection 42,822.30
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Accident ............. $16,630.33
Employers' liability. 222,453.58
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Credit guaranty .... 190,655.93 "
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Accident " $733.78
Employers' liability. 30,039.55
Credit guaranty .... 32,403.74
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Bonds and stocks owned ..:.:;'..., $1,358,832.50
Cash in.office and in bank ....:... • 30,370.39
Accrued interest and rents ...... .8,217.50
Deferred and unpaid premiums ..' 41,791.90
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Amount at risk, beginning of year— .
Accident .............. $23,000.00
Employers' liability. . 815,080.00
Credit guaranty .... 3,094,000.00
Steam boiler 5,000.00
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Dividends and interest 24,797.00
Commissions, brokerage, salaries
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Salaries of officers and employes.. 20,578.00
Taxes and fees 6,968.63
All other disbursements 12,995.91
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Value of real estate owned $89,500.00
Mortgage loans 230,580.60
Bonds and stocks owned 328,207.50
Cash in office and in bank 15,764.18
'Accrued Interest and rents 6.770.57
Premiums in course of collection. 14,627.71
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Steam boiler z 682,600.00 i "
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Premiums received thereon—
Employers' liability. 304,041.81
Burglary 43,189.70 ". :
Credit guaranty .... 191,193.43 •
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Employers' liability. 31,134,756.00
Burglary.... .... 4,111,328.00
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; Accident .... ]:'...... ": $763,750.00
Employers' liability. 5,173,991.00
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Accident ............ $3,426.33
Employers' liability. 50,073.14
Burglary v "...".... 3,517.2?
Losses paid— 57,015.74
a Accident : : ;r.....:....; $82.12
Employers' liability. 12,300.72
Burglary ............ 32.15
V^' ' ■''■ ''• : " ' 12,414.99
Employers' liability. 17,570.60
Amount at risk, end of year- • . ■ •
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Net surplus 309 62-4 65
RISKS AND PREMIUMS, 1900 BUSINESS.
Fire risks written during the
Premiums received thereon 155.74T.05
Net amount In force at end of
the year 26,848,625.00
BUSINESS IN MINNESOTA IN 1900.
Fire risks written (531.465.91
Fire premiums received 1763.04
Fire losses paid 0,445.uj
Fire losses Incurred 5.4*51.ti.i
Amount at risk, fire 808,457.34
STATE OF MINNESOTA.
Department of Insurance,
St. Paul, Feb. 18. 1901.
Whereas, the Newark Fire Insurance com
pany, a corporation organized under the laws
of New Jersey, has fully complied with the
provisions of the laws of this state, relative
to the admission and authorization of insur
ance companies of Its class,
Now, therefore, I, the undersigned, insur
ance commissioner, do hereby empower and
authorize the said above-named company to
transact its appropriate business of fire in
surance in the state of Minnesota, according
to the laws thereof, until the 31st da* of
.January, A. D. 1902. unless said authority be
revoked or otherwise legally terminated prior
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed my official seal at St.
Paul, this 18th day of February, A. I). ISOI.
ELMER H. DEARTH,
Household goods a specialty. L'a
equaled acuities and lowest rates. :
, Packing by exp<yjenced men. /-.-.. -j
d Transfer & FnetCo., 46 So. Third SL
. _ Telephone Main 66*-both exchangea. .
HI LLARD-AMERiea LINE
New York-Rotterdam,via Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Amsterdam, March 9. Rotterdam direct. "~\ '■■'■■■
Twin Screw 8. 3., 10.900 ton*. STITFND4H
Saturday. March 16, 10 a. m. •■" • ""I 1"
Twin-screw S. S.. 12,600 tons. POTSDAM
Sat., March 23.10 A. M. ruiauWH
Holland-America Line, 39 Broadway, N. Y.
S3 La Salle at, Chicago, 111. Brecke & Ek
man, Gen. Nor.-West. Pass. Agti., 121 3d it,
HliriV(|~~Metropolila!i Dje *•«**
111 rU\ DRY OLLAKERM.
111 I ill) 780 vzooxiXiaT 4T«rva
Have you Sore Throat, Pimples. Copper Colored
Spots, Ache», Old Sores, Ulcers la Mouth. Hair
Falling? Write COOK RtMEOY OQ., 334
Masonic Temple, Chioago.^lluTor proofs of
cures. Capital $003,000. We svllclt the moat
obstinate cases. We hare cured the worst cuM
is is to 88 days. ioo-»a«e Book Free.