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51 The Sajlt Lass Tiubuxb: stjnday MomsmrG Jaxuaky it, 1904. 1T TB
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THE METAMORPHOSIS OF CORPUS DELICTI w I I
Smlthson, manager of the prima
ltr i, Madame Allannl, was returning
"ll wMh his star from a somewhat un--r
able tour on the Pacific dope. They
fcs2?' 'concerts at various places along
butc. but fortune remained coy. At
h&n it Sagrtov.n. the manager hatched
n2J icme for rclshisr the wind, the na
6f which may be .guessed from tht
& pdlng parsagoa of r- conversation
7-S occurred between him and a dark
jjj fed, Jonc-halred citizen In a blsr
1 (JJJ, cero and wearinr a belt In which
ipj (stuck a revolver and n. lonfc knife.
ominously equipped Individual was
it ntaturc, lons-llmbed, jraunt and
Vify fe. ills eyes were dark and sullen,
droopIns lids. His Ions mustache
ttQ lislso dark and drooping, and hla
I was of a pitch so cubtcrrancan
Jit seemed to come from at least
0. underground, and of such a
fen fa' and tone that its faintest
lihJ Jjlns would bring any stage team
Cofwcad halt and elevate tlio handti of
paea'npere. Any one familiar
T7rc3tcrn mythology would undor-,if-at
once that this brief description
.gpfoply to but one person, the noted
AJfjjjfecathburrow. the promoter of rem
itiaijSfl and patron saint of undertakers
bfScJlnrly known as "Corpus." and
12IJjdfctlmes known na Corpun Delicti."
Jij'-llint's your lay-out. is it?" said Dc
Vj! 'spcaklnc In a kind of pianissimo
jS ic barn; "I'm to hold up the stap:e
5! Bide of Hogsnout. unload the lady
Bin kkc her over to the cross-road by
t! Ubpbranch: and you wJll come out
'Jft i and recapture hrr?"
BSC fat's It," said Smlthson.
hd the Muff?"
iat'8 all right. I'll pay you the
Jn y wht'ii I got the lady 550."
ta fty won't do; the ante will have to
'8 fhy"drec1' Why. I've ben talking
yi' it -Hie Job won't take over half n
day, and $50 for half a day's work Is
"Ordinarily, maybe; but there's things
to be considered. There's my character.
I've A'ot a reputation and It won't sound
well that Corpus Delicti surrendered to
a tenderfoot. Then there's expenses.
I'll have to hire a burro for the lady,
and my helper will have to see the coin.
I'll take the Kioto with me; he hasn't
sand to shoot a hen. but he can hold a
grun on the driver while I work the pas
sengers." Here h beckoned to a red
haired, weazened little fellow with ban
dy leys, one shorter than the other, who
came see-sawing across the room and
was Introduced as the Lame Klote. or
LImpy, and who embraced with enthu
siasm the manager's proposition to take
"That's the terms," said Corpus after
the refreshments had been absorbed.
"VTo couldn't do this Job for less, could
"No." promptly answered the Kioto,
who know nothing about either the job
or the proposed terms.
"All right," uaid Smlthson, who found
himself outvoted. "A hundred It Is.
then. And now undestand. It is the
first stage that goes over the rond to
morrowthe Sagetown stage. The one
from Violet comes over and passes
through Sagetown. and goes on to Hag
snout about two hours later; brit our
stage Is the first ono In the morning."
"Thai's all clear," said Delicti; "the
particulars are comprehended."
"There may be a little delay." added
Smlthson, "in my getting to the rescue.
The people at Hogsnout may turn out to
assist me; but If they do. I'll lead the
crowd off. and dodge away from them.
"Don't lot that thought disturb your
mind," answered Corpus. "I know the
crowd over there; and when they hear
that -Corpus Delicti is at he other end
of the trail, you don't be Incommoded
by no volunteers."
Bidding his confederates good-bye
until the morrow, the manager sought
the hotel, to hold counsel Avlth Madame
' I say. Sally, I've got a big scheme."
"What do you mean?" asked the lady
In a tone somewhat of contempt.
"Listen!" replied Slmthson eagerly.
"You take the stage in the morning
Somewhere between here and Hogsnout
Delicti, the man you saw me talking
with now, will hold up tho whole busv
Inesp. and take you out. Ho will be
accompanied by a citizen of this place,
a very line man, and they will escort
you to a place we .have agreed- on. I
will go to Hogsnout tonight, so as to
meet the singe when It roaches there
with the news of your abduction. Then
I'll rip and tear around ilkc mad, bor
row a revolver, and dash out to rescue.
In an hour or two I shall bring you
back to Hogsnout in triumph, and we'll
go right on to Golden Desire, where the
story will have preceded uy. The whole
population will turn out to get a sight
of you; the opera-house will be Jammed.
And that Is only the beginning. The
story of the abduction of the great
prima donna by tho famous desperado,
Corpus Delicti, and of her rscu e'-gle-handed,
after a desperate battle
with knives and revolvers, by her man
ager. Herr Smlthson, will be tele
graphed all over the world; and when
we get East, there will be no theaters
large enough to hold the crowds."
Madame Allannl saw the point. The
few details to bo settled between them
were soon disposed of.
Everybody knows that the best-laid
schemes often go wrong. On the mor
row, at the hour scheduled for the de
parture of tho first stage, there was an
unexpected delay. The passengers, in
cluding Madame Allannl, were all
aboard and their fares paid: but "SIx
Flngered" Joe, the driver, was missing.
To find a substitute and get him ready
to start took time, and, in the mean
while, the stage from Violet came
along, and halting only long enough to
give drink to the thirsty horses and
driver, went on ahead. And so It hap
pened that, instead of being the first
over the road, the vehicle that carried
the prima donna J'tood idle- at Sage
town, while lts. Violet rival was jog
ging merrily along the road toward the
point of vantage where Corpus Delicti
and the Lame Klote awaited the com
ing of their victim.
There were four passengers In the
Violet stage three men and a woman.
The men were a Presbyterian minister,
a Plnkorton detective and a drummer
from a Chicago shoe house. Any one
would have written down the woman
as "spinster" at flr?t sight, ond we here
Introduce her as Miss Lorena June of
Miss June's age was, of course, un
certain. She was tall and rather lean,
not very angular, but large-boned and
strong looking. Her hair was black,
coarse and brushed well back; her face
long and narrow; her mouth wide, with
thin lips that shut close together. Shu
used spectacles with very large glasses,
and wore a plain, dark-colored dress,
and a brown straw hat with pink rib
bons. Sbe was sitting and had sat all
day erect, motionless, and silent, hold
ing in her lap a large bandbox, ncrofs
the top of which was an umbrella, all
kept in place by her brown, ungloved
The horse3 were going at a brisk trot,
when suddenly the vehicle stopped with
an abruptness that made the passen
gers lurch forward on their seats all
but Miss June, the rigidity of whose po
sition was not easily disturbed. Simul
taneously there was a vibration, a
shuddering of the air, and then the
ventral tones of Corpus Delicti, "Hands
This Invitation was addressed to the
driver; but the men inside waited no
second call; their three pairs ot hands
went into the air with a celerity and
force of action that jerked their shirt
collars up against their oars. Miss June
looked surprised, but said nothing, and
clutched her bandbox with a tlrmer
grip. Then the door was opened and
the muzzle of a revolver appeared,
backed by a face the aspect of which
sent the three men into a frantic strug
gle to get their hands through the top
of the stage. Slowly the ominous yes
passed over the group, and rested on
Miss June. "A fine day, lady and
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I gents," said the deep voice.
"See here, mister," said the lady, "you
can't come In here. I won't have tramps
rldln' with me. There's susplclous-look-in
characters enough In here now. and
1 won't have no more of 'em. Make
him git on outside, driver."
"You're dead right. Mis?." said Cor
pus: "they are a bad-looking lot, and
we'll shake their company. Just shunt
yourself this way, and I'll help you
"Help me out! I ain't goin' to git out;
and If I was. I could do it without your,
help. Go away, you nasty-lookln1 vil
lain. Driver, why don't you go on?"
"Tho lady doeim't understand the sit
uation, Colonel," said the drummer.
"You see. Miss, this Is a hold-up; and
you see "
"Yes. I see n fool. I'm lookln' at him
now. If It's a' hold-up, you better keep
your mouth shot, and you can hold up
your hands all the easier. You're a pur-ty-lookln'
specimen. You look gay.
settln' there all humped up, and your
paws In the air. You'd better tell an
other funny story, hadn't you?"
"Bully for you. me lady," said De
licti. "You're as good as n circus with
a bull-light attachment: but business is
business, and time is llowing. so have
the kindncs to step this way. Never
mind tho bandbox; leave It right there;
it'll be safe; the company Is respon
sible." "T tell you I ain't goin' to git out!
I'vo said It twice now, and that's
enough; and if T was I wouldn't leave
my bandbox. Where I goes that goes,
and where I stays that stays. And I
can tell you something else; if you p'int
that pistol at me, I'll I'll swat ye."
She gripped the handle of her um
brella with both hands, braced herself
and awaited developments.
By ah adroit movement Dollctl had
slyly reached his disengaged hand in
side and got possession of the bandbox.
"Puc it down, I say1 You won't, hey'"
She rose to her feet, and the light of
battle was in her eyes as she made for
the door, through which her property
was disappearing. "Git out of my way,
! Smarty. Let mo out then-! I'll show J
j him. 1 think you'd all better git lwt-
llcoats the first thing after you git
"All clear, drive on." said Delicti,
t "Go ahead, driver, you are dis
charged." yelled the Kioto.
"Don't you dare stir a step till I git
my bandbox and git back Inio the
wagon," said Miss June.
These conflicting Instructions con
fused the driver, and he remained sta
tionary. Then ensued a battle royal.
Delicti with the bandbox, like a lion
bearing off his prey, with eye alert,
backed slowly away from his approach
ing foe. She. like a lioness springing to
the rescue of her cub, went at him with
a rush, and delivering a sweeping blow
with her umbrella, which he avoided by
ducking, but which sent his aombrero
into the sand. Then followed, in quick
succession, upper cut, under cut, Jab
and side swing: ho dodging, ducklnsc,
parrying and still backing off; she cut
ting and thrusting, and pressing him
hotly in front. The Klote was now in
the sand, rolling about and howling, and
the three men in the stai;e. their hands
still up. were looking out with staring
eyes upon the combat.
"Drive ahead there, you lump-Jawed
son of a jack rabbit!" roared Corpus,
who, sore pressed, wax doing his beet to
make his hands keep his head. This or
der galvanized the driver into life, and
he brought his heavy whip acroes the
horses with a crack that sent them off
at a gallop.
As the stage moved away Miss June
j turned and ran a few steps as If to
overtake It, but quickly realizing that
It was too late, ' she abandoned the
chase, and, going to the side of the
road, stood for a full minute silently
'looking after the disappearing vehicle.
Then she came back and went to her
bandbox, which Delicti had carefully
placed upon the ground, right side up.
Her hat was awry and turned half
around and some looks of her long black
hair were hanging loose; but neither in
her face nor mannr was there any sign
of passion or disappointment. She
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picked up her bandbox, and seemed I 1
pleased as she examined It. "It ain't
hurt a bit," said she; "H'h queer, but I 1
don't believe I hit It once." H
Then she put It down and walked H
slowly to where Delicti was standing H
and, going close to him. looked him H
over with deliberate scrutiny. H
"Well." said she. "you ain't quite is H
oail a lookln' man as you might he H
though there's plenty room for im- IH
provtmedt. But I guess we're both of 1 IH
us a sight to behold." fM
She took off her hat and held It bo- JH
tween her teeth while she gathered her IH
loose hulr. twisted it up and tucked It H
In behind. Then she put on her hat,
balanced and adjusted It, and after giv
Ing her skirts a vigorous shake, turned
again to Delicti. "Well, you've got me; fM
and now, what arc you goin' to do with
"Bless me If I know," he answered;
"but the intentions was that the gent
that wants you meet us over on tht
other road by the Dogbranch." IH
"The gent that wants me! A man''" "H
"Yos'm, a sort of a man a tender-
"Who, under th" canopy, can It be?
What's his name?"
"I've dlsremembcTPd his exact name,
but It sounds something like Smith."
"Smith! I know Smiths enough, jH
goodness knows, but I can't think of ;
any of 'em this would be likely to be. IH
What kind of a lookln" man is hp?"
"Smartish-looking, but no bcaufj "
"How is he complected?" H
"Lightish, with an incllno to plukUh
about the no&c." fM
"I don't want no pink-n'oaed man
around me: but I can't think who It
can be. Say, what's your name? 1
think we'd better be introduced." jH
"H'm well I'm of opinion that my fM
name originally was William Death- H
"Dear me! That's a thrillln' soundin' H
name, oln't II? My name Is Miss Lo- H
rena June. Now, you say 1 was to bo
(Continued on popr? 21.)
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1 1 comprising the most extensive assortment of up-to-date styles it has ever been our pleasure to display, all made from the fl
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II are a few of the hundreds of items included in this great sale. j H
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iB Relies' good muslin gowns, rt styles, -w TP vt A mi r. (Tfl IRffr A IF S l
primmed In wide Torchon lace. vs HB-" ffilirv HT I nMo A Ladies' muslih drawers, hem- fi g H ( y WJ& MJl U 3 f"A 1 B B
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M ladies' fine muslin gown. ?. styles. Muslin skirts with wide tucked ,, gt yuWo or embroidered or nem- f0l. JO flO hMHIB . M gEH 1
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lace, tucked and hemstitched ruf- Plain cambric chemise, runic trim- for 45? Mai! Orders E?rOimt)tlV Filled value, for )Y TlJnT-oc va Jmcu n mce IH
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?5 5for VV for Good quality muslin skirts, em- ! embroidery, hemstitched or lace roPp;';";";"V,iiV 'front trlmmrf Infants' short cambric dress, em- J
4Jfdies'fine muslin gown. Empire V . broRiery edge. ,oc value, A Our entire stock of Infants Ions Insertion trimmed, 65c S lvS&JS J broidery yoke. rfi
S SJiSSVeL-m?irSi?er3r "2 Ca.TnbrIcol.eml8. embroldcrsr yoke. Cloaks In Cashmere, Bedford Cord and for V" , 1 i Si . for I
WiJstac S- ?. 73 rumo trimmed, value Ar.ft Comtorlc s Silk at half price during our Muslin Lad osl clrolSri and muslin covers, in . . . . , , . (lH
S ' JOT , 4c?yZ' mod with embroidery and hem- WlUfln.3. iTndmwnr diawors. siss cmDroiueieu 01 embroidery Infant?' short nainsook dress, H
J i&dlctf ex. fine imwlln sowns. 4 oC' Ior Dr stitched tucks, $1.00 Lndom ear sale. Cluny lace ruffle trimmed, also in '?c e an a emmoiaco. trimmed In embroidery or lace
irtyle?, nicely trimmed p. Swlso value, for 75 ?2 00 lour Cah- s-; 50 loL- Ch tucks, ?1. 00 value. ouciuue, ior uyr tucked yoke, 75c
jf 'mbroldco' and val. laco, Cambric chemises, lace tucked yoke ' kJr iere Colts for 9&C mere Coats fo?"2. 75 for 75 Cambr c covers wide Torchon lace valuCffor 5Jf
5 Rvalue 51.25, for 95 f and embroidery trimmed, value Cambric skirts, wide tucked flounce. 13 00 ionr rh" . n m J 1," Nainsook drawers, trimmed In val. "?ertIoJ'0ll,?"11 back a.ls,
fiddles' nainsook and cumbrlc 75c. ' trimmed with Torchon lace and ?3', 0nerelo&salsCrosrh " 1 .50 Jrols tor 3.00 lace, insertion. Swiss embroidery of lawn or j
S fcowns. trimmed In Torchon :ace, for 57 embroidery, value $l.M, UZ J' ,Ju trimmed, value $1.00. ? Qluo ",c- C7 nainsook, trimmed In fine lace
g yoke and wide hemstitched coltar JT I J0" .Cash- j gs 30 .00 lone: Cash- 5Q for 95 Jtr ', u 9f embroidery, value $2.75,
2- nnd rever value Si 75 d . - 1 111 mere Coats for. mere Coata for.. fuXn9nny. ,i,.!,..(irc irimmiMi in wirirw Nainsook covers, Swiss embroidery' for . PI.O,M
Sr!l::.. $I.IO or C.St CuZ insertion and cambric embrol- 5
l.dlcA' nainsook cowus Inline Torchon loco nifties cmbioldery S?-?-.. SiJ? SrliS - als0 , Insertion and embrol- T. irh fvT11 '"'"V?1 1,1 tucks InfantH' long: dress. emlro!dor- .-inrt H
iScmrilio moS- VVtf Otf 33.00. tor . $15 r 1 dery. value 31.75, for... LIO ribbons, value Jl. 00, tucked yoke, A
m Hon3 and tucks, value C.fi,- yDr 17 T H C nicni -aj r,r zcn,i I Nainsook drawers, trimmed in . . , ' yrf fo1' OVr fl H
U S 33.50. for J)1.05 au...n. . , . . , , Fine nainsook skirt, wide lawn ruf- iMO i iEi DISFLHY IN I Point do Purls and wide cm- Nainsook covers, fancy trimmed in I
Ladies' fine nainsook powns, trim- 51rt cncmlses of cambric, trimmed j t0, trimmed in luco or embrol- broiden- ruffle. Ct s embroidery s and line val. Infants' lonpr dresses, nainsook, I H
ly Irnaa in cluny lace and line Swiss in embroidery or lace, heading and I dery, value $3.00. C. SOW WITUOfW B value ?2.00, for P'S Lact' bcn,dlnS' "d nb- ft-tf tucked yoke, embroidery ruffle, 1 H
S hoia. $3.00 value. J r,bllo, 51.7s e for 51.95 M WW I LU V W trimmed In nS , VlUu? 1"," n 1 USi- QZCtl
dml 2'3y value 0)I.O tHmmol , vnI " 1 wide Cluny lace inserstlon and F no nainok, trimmed In Hue val. for " I SsHH
Kfec. flne aaliwook gowns, elaborate- SLS Inl" ! ' ruffles, also In Swiss embroidery ce insertion and Torchon lace, JiHH
JjKly trimmed in flnc val. lace, tucks. Nainsook skirt chemises, trimmed K;J"' r r wu U" C! i; rxec Insertion ami ruffles. t. O. beadlnpr and ribbon, Si IO In.fant? .lo"K ;lros embroidery and H
Mttfa rumo J.--.. lace r rions or em- !n Connection With This Sale We Offer a.uo $2.75. for $1.85 J cit g?. 730
Mfor S.OS ?roldcri'' 52.50 value, Q- for 2.9 0 Fnfirp fnrk nf nroeemrt onntioc Nainsook and fine muslin drawers, lace, also In fine Swiss embrol-
ilfv-aiMmndsomeVtvlVs 'iniino BoW mm,w.n A Lniire lOCF Ol UrCSSin aCqUeS, j trimmed In wide embroidered ruf- dery and val, lace. Nainsook short skirt, cluster of j
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5 f S5.IW; vnlUM 56.S0 to .4. c?ur lace valno'a SO " c w .?,. m 2 a"a r.T- , , o , , ,. l"srll1' nnil raKlo, rino Swiss cmbroMory. beadlnc embroider- "nd lace flounce BBBJ
J I for 5..!?:.!.. .s: -....$2.30 t?a?s-.?v.UJ-. ...$3.50 Petticoab at Great Reductions $2.39 ?:?:.!T..$2-?5 for'"':.!1.:" $1.10
I j I Continued for me More Week. HH Winter Goods Sacral .3 Regardless of est. R Millinery and ReadyMade I
Goods at Half Price and LefJjfgjjj T WHOLESflLE eST.