out salt over his own plate, I was
amazed. He passed the shaker to
his uncles. ,
"Eph half rose from his seat,
an expression of the utmost hor
ror upon his face. Then he sat
down again and began to tremble.
Peter helped himself and handed
the shaker to him. But Eph had
bowed his face upon his hands;
and, when they lifted his head, it
collapsed, and he slid to the
"When I got around the table
he was dead. The fear of discov
ery had induced an appolectic
"The motive? He was afraid
that the wife would put him off
the farm, and knew that, with her
and the old man out of the way,
he would be secure.
'T mentioned the peculiarly
bright appearance of the salt
shaker. I knew that bichloride of
mercury, one of the deadliest
poisons known, resembled salt so
closely that it would be the eas
iest thingp conceal it in a shaker
and thus raffle the police.
"But I knew that it coagulates
less readily with the moisture in
the atmosphere; in consequence
tHe top remained dry and no ver
digris formed. The murderer had
"been surprised by the sealing of
the room and had no time to re
move the shaker containing the
"I knew that if 1, should substi
tute a salt shaker which exactly
assembled this, the murderer
Would take no salt, and thus en
able me to discover him which
.was precisely; what happened."
A REACTIONARY MAYOR.
One of the jokes of the Balti
more convention is Mayor Har- .
rison posing as a progressive.
The conduct of the Chicago po
lice under this same tool of spe
cial privilege has been as reac
tionary as anything ever pulled
off in Russia.
The repeated arrest of news
"boys on no legal ground at all,
and the turning over of the police
department to the trust news
papers to be used in destroying -unionism
is anything but pro
gressive. It is rankly reactionary, and is
teaching men, women and chil
dren contempt for law.
The add thing about it is that
the members of the Chicago Vice
Commission and other professed
champions of decency and justice
have not lifted a finger in protest'
againstHarrison's cossacks and
the outrages ' committed in the
name of the law.
' The country 'sqirirejasked the
complaining witness what he had
said when he discovered that his
pocketbook had been stolen. "Oh,
nothing much ; I merely said that
fhe who steals my purse steals
trash,' as Shakespeare remarked.
"Never mind what Shakespeare
said about it, we'll call him to the'
stand and he can tell his own
Much superfluous heatis caused
in the kitchen by 'the hot water'
boiler. It should be covered "with
thick asbestos paper to reduce the '
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