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SUNDAY 110KXING. JULY 11.
AN OLD HAND.
Llaa-voiaed and wrinkled, fcuacily and
This goad old band is clasping mine;
I bend above it, end, looking down,
I study its aspect, line by line.
This hand has claspod a thousand hands
That long have known no answering
Some have moldered in foreign lands
gome in the graveyard on the hilL
Claspod a mother's hand, in the day
AVben it was little and soft and whito
Jlother, who lapsed it and wont away
To rest till the waking in Gol's good
Claspod a lover's hand, years agone,
1V!jo sailed away and left her in tears;
Under Sahara's torrid zone
His bones have vrhitened years and years.
Clasped the band of a good man true,
Who held it softly and fell asleep,
And woke no more, and never knew
How long that impress this would keep.
Claspod so many, so many! so few
That still respond to the living will,
Or can answer this pressure so kind and
So many that lie unmoved and still.
Clasped at last this band, my own;
And mino will.molder, too, in torn,
Will any clasp it when 1 am gonel
In vain I study this hand to learn.
A STARTLING EPISODE.
Late one evening a group of young men
had the binoking-room of the Blenheim club
to themselves. They sat in a circle round
the blazing Are, chatting, laughing, chaffing
one another, and bandying jests. At length,
during a mo-nentary pause, one of the party
who was lounging in an easy-chair with his
legs dangling over one of the arms, and his
hat tilted over his eyes, idly took up a news
peper which was at hand, and read out
from the agony column the following adver
tisement: Mace. Sleet me at tho Marble Arch to
morrow, Tuesday, at 'J o'clock p. m. It is
the last favor I shall ever ask. Coxno if you
lovo inc. Maggie. "
There was a sneer on tho faco of tho read
er, and the announcement caused laughter
among his audionce. Ono of tho young men
turned to another, and said, jokingly:
"Jack, you base deceiver! It's your little
milliner friend. You've behaved shocking
ly, and it's your duty to go."
"Bosh"1 returned Jack Canister, sipping
tranquilly at his tumbler. "She has con
soled bercelf long ago. Besides, Maggio
isn't her name."
"I should liko to know whother this adver
tisement is genuine or not," said ono of the
youngest or the party, possessing himself of
the newspaper. "It would bo rather fun to
investigate it. I'll go if any one else will."
"What's tho goodF growlod Jack Can
The youngster who had suggested tho
expedition was a newly-clocted mombor of
tho club, who, even in Ids novitiate, had
contrived to establish a reputation for
liirtation, of which he was immensely proud.
Ho was universally lUed on n-couat of his
amiablo disposition and his boyish frank
ness, and though he fondly imagined that
he had attained tho dignity of a man of the
world, ho wa3 really regarded as an honest,
foolish young fellow, who would toon sober
down into a dignified member or society
When the next evening arriv ed, and you
Thurston, who was still determined to carry
out his investigation, found that nono of his
friends were disposed to fulfill their promise
of accompanying him, ho started olT to tho
trysting-placo alone in n hansom, nnd ar
rived there exactly at tho appointed hour.
It had lcn n thoroughly wet day, and
the lain had ceased so recently that the
pavement; were still shining, therefore there
were i ery few peoplo about. Thurston lit
a cigarette, mentally deciding not to waste
more than Cvo ihinutcs, nnd then bogan to
look leisurely about him.
As be did so, ho became conscious of the
figure of a woman standing cloe against
tho railings, watching him intently. She
advanced straight up to him as his glance
met hers, and accosted him.
"Are j ou Jack!" sho inquired, abruptly.
"Yes," replied Thurston, recklessly.
They wore standing beneath a street
lamp, tho light from which fell full upon
his faco, whilo hers was in shadow. 116
could tee, however, that shs was a young
woman, quietly and doccntly dressed. She
scrutinized him for a few minutes in si
lence, during w hich Thurston, unable to
control hL: habit of blushing, turned un
"Maggief" ho murmured interrogatively,
instinctively guessing that ho was address
ing sonio other jwrson.
"Maggio can net como," said tho young
w oman shortly. "I am hci sister Helen.
1 ollow me."
Thurston, completely taken aback by this
peremptory request, and hardly realizing
what liad hcppcnoJ, followed his companion
without a word. Ho was naturally dis
concerted by this unexpected turn of events.
Ho had never designed to personate "Jack;"
his response to tho girl's question bad como
almost involuntarily to his lips. Hut liav
ing once dons so. he resolved to wait and
soo what would happen, impollod by an ad
venturous spirit and tho desire of having a
good story to relate at tbo club.
Tho girl silently led tho way along tho
IMgware road. She walked quickly, with
her head bent, but the brilliantly-lighted
shops revealed that she was deadly pale.
After walking to vera 1 minutes without a
word, Thurston began to feel cmbarrassod,
and ho attempted tr- utter kkuo phra) of
boyish gallantry. At tho first v.ord, how
ever, the girl stoppoj him.
"Don't tpenk lo me," tho said, in a voice
trembling with MippresHl emotion.
"Young Thurston was so disconcerted that
he had prions thoughts of dLapjearing
donna sido street. One thing only was
quite clear to him, and that was that tbo ad
venture ho had embarked upon was vory
different from anything ho had vaguely an
ticipated The girl's nppeiranco and man
ner precluded all suspicion of lightness of
character. Her demeanor, indeed, impressed
him with a feeling of solemnity. Ho could
not for tho II fo of him bring himself to ex
plain that he was cot the person he had pro
tended. "V outhf ul nwkw ardncss and a sense
of sliamo kept him silent.
At length his guido turned aside into n
mean narrow street, and stopped before one
of the poorest bouses. Thurston, unfamiliar
with the habitations of the jioor, forgot bis
embarrassment in uncomfortablo wonder
At tho top of the highest flight the high
est story, in fact the girl laid her hand
upon the uan.ll of a doorway, nnd then
paused. SSho Iiftod the candle which sho
earned, anl gazed scrutinizingly at Thur
ston. "Suuucou up your courage," sh3 said,
sternly, yet with a mocking note in her
voica "Da not be afraid."
The girl conducted him into a small, mis
irably furnisUod room, with a sloping roof.
Ono end of it was partitioned off with a cur
tain. Thurston, staring aloat him curi
ous!y, had barely time to notice theso do
tails, before his companion, advancing to the
rurtaln, drew it aside.
"Look here'" she said.
Thmvton started, and then, with an in
voluntary exclamation, took a step back
ward; for there, upon a narrow bod, lay
what he first imagined to bo a waxen fig
ure. It was the dead body of a young
girl A child almct, with delicate features
and masses? of golden hair, which
ttrcamed upoa the pillow and over her
shoulders. The poor creature's remains had
evidently la arranged with a view to pict
uresquo eftoct. Ths thin, waxen hands
-were folded upon her breast, which bore a
cross of Cowers. The tableau a trifle mor
bid and theatrical, perhaps was neverthe
less strikingly beautiful and touching.
Poor young ThurstSJ was appalled and
horrified. He was but a lad, and had never
yet seen a dead person. The sublimo serenity
of death sltep was never more impressively
manifest than in the motionless face of this
dead girL He gazed with a sort of terrified
fascination, and ths spectacle, combined
with the painful shock of surprise, made him
turn white and faint.
His companion ths girl Helen mean
while stood gazing at him with an expres
sion of nlenUes severity. The veins in ber
hand, which clutched to ths curtain, stood
out, blue and livid, and her ayes glared
"That is why Maggie could not come,3
-aha said at length, slowly. "Sb is dead, as
yon era. It wasby her wish that I brought
yon bar. She would not tell me your naaas
mad address, but made ma advertise aa aha
Thurston opened his lipe to fpaak, bat
IsjsirlToUry at inch a momaiit,
"Sha told ma to tea yon," coatiavedthe
- itri, "thai she loved yea aad forgave yoc
Your fetters ars acre, BOtt.har aasrt; abe
The girl lovingly laid Mr hand npra her
dead sister's breast aa she spoke; then in aa
aJtared tone, and with a startling change of
attitude and manner, sho drew a letter from
"Except this," she added sternly; "this I
was to give back to yon. It is your last let
ter. She did not believe you meant what
yon said in it"
"That is all." said tho girl, evidently con
trolling herself by a great effort "Unless
yon would like to to kiss "
"So, no," Interrupted Thurston, in a
"I don't think tbo worso of you for that,''
saia the girl, dropping the curtian, with an
air of relief; "of all hps, yours aro "most un
worthy to touch her angel face. But she
bade mo ask you."
Sho turned aside as sho spoke, and Thur?
ton began to edge towards tho door.
"I promised I would not reproach you,"
said the girl, not attempting to hinder him
"But it was a cruel, heartless crime. We
were alone, she and I my baby sister.
Times were bad, and I bad to leave her for
awhile a little while. I thought she was
safe, but you came by you, a fine, rich
gentleman. You plucked my poor Cower,
and then flung it aside. (Jod forgive
Thurston, who was at heart an honest
young fellow, was easily moved to genuine
emotion. Innocent as ho was of this de
plorable affair, ho was nevertheless simple
and pure minded enough to feel generous
shame at the wrong that bad been done.
This, and unaffected sympathy for the grief
and desolation of tho elder sister, caused his j
blue eyes to grow dim with tears, which the !
"She hoped you would go to her funeral,"
W UUUV1A Ul U WIWi f
time and place, "and p
Thurston bowed his head and left the
room. Ho reached tho street in a painfully
agitated and bewildered state of mind, and
walked blindly back towards clubland. But
he did not return to his club to tell the
story. Ho turned asido into Hyde park,
and walked aimlessly and absently west
ward across the open space, baring his head
to tho fresh night breezes. It is needless to
speculate what depths of the young man's
soul had been stirred by this tragic episode.
It takes very little sometimes a falling
leaf, a chanco word to suggest seriou3 and
Thurston's cogitations, whatever their
nature, kept him abroad till far into the
night, and when be returned to hu cham
bers ho suddenly remembered the letter
which tho poor girl had handed to him. He
drew tho letter from tho envelope, and a
single glance at tho handwriting suficed to
reveal to him what he wished to know. The
handwriting was unmistakably that of
Mangravo Vernon, tho man of all others
whoso career and reputation ho had most
This discovery jarred unpleasantly upon
young Thurston's feelings. Most people
would have been less surprised than ho at
such a revelation. Mr. Mangrave Vernon
was a man of fashion, a man of pleasure
a social butterfly, in fact; agreeable, witty,
polished, and eagerly sought after by no
men and joungsters. But there was a
seamy side to his character, which shro wed
persons suspected, and knowing cnos had
long ago found out Ho had treated Thurs
ton with consideration, for tho fellow was
rich and well connected; and therefore tho
lad, admiring his dazzling qualities, had
secretly worshiped him nnd made him his
Even in his present rather severe moo.
Thurston was disposed to make every ox
cuso for his friend s conduct There had
been a misunderstanding, no doubt; he
could, probably, ghe a different complexion
to tbo affair. At all events, Thurston re
solved to givo him the opportunity, if only
in tho hopo of boing able to retain his re
gard for him. Accordingly, tho young man
scaled up tho eat elope, and next day he
took Mangravo Vernon asido at thq club and
handed it to hhn.
"What's this!" exclaimed Mr. Vernon,
putting up his oye-glass. "A letter.'"
""You had better look at it," said Thurs
"By Jove! My last letter to little Mag
gio, written months ago," exclaimed tho
other, roddening sb'ghtly.
"How did you get hold of itr
"Tell me, Vernon; is the poor girl's story
truo!" saia Thurston
"I never contradict a lady especially if
sho bo pretty; and Littlo Maggie was dovil
ish dretty," said Vernon, lightly, but look
ing rather uncomfortable, novortholess. "I
don't know what her story Is. She is not
going to be troublesome, I hope especially
just now. If, as I gather, you are inter
ested in tho young lady "
"Sho is dead," interrupted young Thurs
"Dead, is she! Well, that's lu 1 mean
poor girl. Sad, of course, very sad," said
Mr. Vernon, endeavouring to look con
cerned, but manifestly relieved, "That bo
ing so, I don't mind confessing that any
lilllo unpleasantness wltn a lady, just as I
am seriously courting a hundred-thcusund
"Is that all you have to sayP ejaculated
youDT Thurston, beginning to breatho
"Yes, except to advise you, my dear boy,
as a friend, not to allowyoursclf to bo mixed
up in affairs of this sort," said Mr. Vernon,
in his most genial tones,
"Vernon, I believe you aro a villian!"
cried tho young man, losing his self-control,
and lookol decidodly dangerous.
"For Leaven's sako don't mako a fool of
yourself" exclaimed Mr. Vernon, liastily
rising from hl3 lounging attitude. "What
For some unspoken reason, Mr. Vernon
did not finish his sentence. The two were
alono in ono of tbo small card rooms, nnd
there was no ono to interfere in caso of a
disturbance. This reflection probably oc
curred to tho elder man, and young Thurs
ton's attitude was certainly aggressive. Mr.
Vernon rather prided himself upon his dis
cretion, and ho manifested it on this occa
sion by slinking out of tho room without
seeking to prolong tho interview.
Young Thurston, quite unnecessarily, as
it turned out, sent a note to Mr. Vernon,
stating where bo was to be found tho
next day, and adding that on tho day after
he proposed to leavo England, possibly for a
long period. Meanwhile, on the morrow,
ho was tho spectator of a sad little funeral
in a drenry London cemetery. There w as
only ono mournor a poor young girl, who
appeared too much overwhelmed with grief
to notice him. Young Thurston lingered,
in rather a shamefaced, embarrassed way,
among tho tombstones at a littlo distance,
until the mourner, at the conclusion of the
fchort rervice, looked up at him. Then ho
earns forward, and cast a Wreath of white
flowers into tho grav e.
"I lolieve my angel was right, and that
you realty loved nor,' murmured the poor
mourner as she passed him. "Thank God
for that, at least' Perhaps now, in time, I
shall learn to fcrglvo you, cs sho wished."
C'omiuiLorjr I'rtjrr nt Collrjrr-
Tho campaign against compulsory pray
ers at Hnrv ard is being waged furiously by
the students. Ono cf tLem tells this inci
dent to illustrate tho hardships of the sys
tem; "The prayer cut is basted," ha:d a sopho
more when his girl asked him last night to
come with his bicycle and join her with her
tricycle S8jggite"rnlng spin, "I can't come."
"Tho wlijRt is bustedr
"Tho prayer cut Doa't you know w hat
tho prayer cut is' It's cutting tho morning
prayers. Don't you know Xot going to
Anlyou'vo actually got to go to the
chae! eory mornmgf"
"Ypa, got my prayer warning yester
day." "And what's a jirayer warning!"
"Oh, it's a thing about so long and about
to wide, and looks something like a postal
card, or something trifling like that, but
what is your horror when you take it up
after a whilo to find that it is a warning that
yoa have absented yourself from prayers all
that to permitted, and that yoar attendance
at chapel will La required hereafter. "
-AuJ you've got to go to prayers after
"I rvgret to ray that I hare. Yoa can
only iut rar. rs just so much, and l'va
used up my cut, as I said. Oh, I tell yoa
thoco involuntary prayers are the one tyran
nical survival of barbarism that dUilgures
the otherwise fair and pleasing aspect of
tio nineteenth century. They have got
to ra" "ew York Sun.
The Fastest Sparine on ztecord.
Mut wait till yoa hear from aa," said a
low-browed, tough looking passenger. "For
seven years I shaved ia a shop whsre one
barber run the razor over an average of
sixty faces aa hoar. What do you think o
"Impossible, exclaimed several listeners
"No, it ain't impossible," ccatznned the
low-browod man. "This barber didn't do
anything bat an Us razor. The men
lathered their own faces whfla waiting their
tare, and a boy aanoed him frsahly hoaed
razors. So vea or eirtt slaaaas was a sha va,
aad tte easterners wiped their own faces
after Me via the chair."
-How ataea did tew barber caane a
Xdtiaejrisw as M wages, Reveal
THE OLD MAID CAPTAItf.
"I have been going to sea these twenty
five years, said tho stewardess of an Ameri
can coastwiss steamer, one afternoon re
cently, as sho sat sewing in the cozy ladies'
cabin ot the vessel to which she belonged,
"and yet I was never wrecked nor ha3 a shin
I have bocn on lost so much as a spar while
I was aboard. Yos, my life ha3 been a
very commonplace one. There has been no
romanco in any way connected with it
stop though, I did play a very small part
in a romance once. That happened fully
twenty years ago, and now it seems liko a
dream; I sometimes wonder if it wasn't after
all a dream. It soems stranger to me now
than it did oven then." Tho worthy stew
ardess paused and a far-away look in her
eyes showed that sho was indulging ia retro
spection. ""When I was young I went on sailing
vessels instead of steamers," continued the-
stewardess. "About twenty years ago
that was when I was young I visited some
friends in tho country after a voyage, and
then I came to Xevr York to find a ship.
Tho agent I went to told mo that I could go
as a stewardess on a ship bound to Aus
tralia. Ths skipper,' said he, is a cood
man, but he's a regular old maid.' I said
that I didn't mind old t"', and so it was
settled that I was to go with
the 'old maid captain.' The next day I
went aboard and reported to my new cap
tain, who was called Harris. The captain
was short and rather slightly built, with
mild gray eyos, but with a full, heavy black
beard. He seemed about C5 years old. His
hands were small and delicate and his voice
WH4 TiTtIi nnl tfcf- n t.iHA ctimll nnd nu
aitoa up a down u, dec. y, a n,
ing sort of gait Thinks I, 'Capt Harris,
if you wasn't a skipper, you'd havo made a
first-rate single woman; I regularly de
spised him until the first storm came on.
1 hen he went on deck and bandied the ship
in such a way that I could not but admit
that he was the very best- navigator I had
over sailed under. Then I began to think
bstter of the old maid captain. I never saw
a captain so consedcrato of his men. If one
of them was the least bit sick, the captain
would go into tho forecastle and tend to him
as tenderly as any nurso. And when the
weather was bad bo would not allow the
mates to make the men do any work that
wasn't really necessary. The mates used to
mako fun of tho captain behind bis back for
being so considerate of bis men, but some
how I thought it was a good trait in him. I
began to watch tho captain closely and I soon
mado np my mind that th;ro was some mys
tery about that man. Once on a pleasant
evening I came on dock and saw the captain
looking at the red sunset with tears in his
eyes. At another time, when I thought be
was on deck, I went into tho after cabin for
something. I found him there. What do
you think li3 was doing! Why, he was sow
ing a.d cryinginto the bargain. 'They are
right in calling you tho old maid captain,'
"Tho mate, Mr. Wood, was a tall fine
looking donn-eastor about 33 years old.
The captain seemed to liko him, but 1
thought how he must envy him his size and
strength. The (aptain, though, was much
tho smarter mm cf the two. Tho mate,
fcomehow, loomed to tako a fancy to mo
for as I said I was young in thoso days.
Ho was always running into the cabin on
some pretext to talk to me. But 1 nover
en ouraged him. You too I was engaged
to bo tho mate of another mate; and that
mate, poor follow, was lost at sea a few
years afterward. Although thj captain
didn't seem to caro much about ma, ho
didn't fancy tho mate's taking a liking to
mo. That used to puzzle me. Ono pleasant
ovoning when I went on dock I saw tho
captain, who stood aft, looking admiringly
at tho Ina to who was sitting at tho star
board gangway. When tho captain saw
mo como on deck Lo gav e mo a sort of sus
picious look, and w hen the mate came up to
me and began to mako himself agreeable,
although as I said before I had not given
hiin any encouragement, I glanced again at
tho captain and there was an angry snap
in his eyes. Ho did not liko to sco tho mate
and mo together. That was plain. But
why should be object to it as long as bo
didn't seem to caro for mo himself. I tried
to bit on some reason for this, but I soon
gav o tho wholo thing up as a mystery too
deep for mo to attempt to solve.
"Ono morning whon we were in tho south
FaclGc, somo ono cried out that there was a
small Iwat with several peoplo in it in sight
on the leo bow. Wo bore away for the
boat, which in a short timo was alOngsido
tho ship. Fivo men and a littlo boy climbed
up from tho boat to our deck and wo gavo
them a warm welcome. The little boy
couldn't hat o been a day over eight years
old. Ho was a bright-looking little fellow.
with Icng curly hair. Cant Harris took
to him at O..CC. Ho carried the little fellow
into the after-cabin and put him in his
own berth, and took him something to cat,
while tho rescued men were telling us how
they came to bo in tho open beat They bo
longed to a bark which was bound to Now
York, but had sprung a leak and had foun
dered tho day before. The crew left the
vessel in two boats just lx)foro tbo vessel
went down, but when sho did under sho
swamped ono of tho boats, and the captain
and soven men were thrown into the water
and drowned. Tho other boat, with tho
mate in charge, managed to keep afloat
until wo camo up with it
"Tho mate of the wrecked vessel, Mr.
Bradley, was a gray-haired, rough looking
man, but ho soemed to havo a kind heart
Early in tho evening when ho was sitting in
tho forward cabin with the second mate
and myself, ho told us that tho littlo boy,
w ho was still In tho nf tcr cabin with Capt
Harris, liad been shipwrecked twice before.
The littlo fellow was tho roa of a sea cap
tain, and had been going to sea with his
father and mother over since be was born.
About four years before, when tho ship on
which this sea-going family were, was near
ing tho English channel, a heavy fog set in.
Tbo S'-ccnd mate w as in charge ot tho deck,
and tho captain, with his wife and boy and
tho mate, were at the dlnner-tabla The
captain s wife happened to think or some
thing in tho gallery that she w anted and sua
went forward for it Just then a big steamer
loomed up suddenly in tho fog and, without
any warning, struck tho ship aft and
smashed in the cabin. The poor captain was
crushed to death, but the mate and the littlo
boy were only imprisoned by the broken tim
ber. The mate cried out a number o times,
but received no answer. He could hear occa
sional whistles from the steamer for about
half aa hour Finally he mado a strutcglo
and succeeded in tearing away enough broken
timber to liberate himself. Ho took tbo lit
tle boy with him, and going on deck found
that the wreck was sinking. The vessel had
been deserted by tho others, who had prob
ably climbed on board the steamer. Tbo
wreck was now nearly evao with the water,
and ths mate made a little raft and
launched it He took the toy and climbed
on to raft, where he lashed himself and the
littlo fellow. Soon afterward the wreck
sank. Xoxt morning it was clear, and the
mate and tho boy were pickad up by a small
Iron bark bound to Japaa. Thabark, bow.
ever, got out of her coaeas and was driven
ashore on a email MaaJ aot far from the
Philippines. The island was iahaMted by
friendly natives, who took care of tho
ttran'iad crew, but nearly three years
elapsed lieforo any vcfrel came to tie inland.
Tfccy were finally tatm off b, a man-of-war,
nhli-h landed them at Bombay. Here
the mate was taken sick and sent to the hos
pital, where Le was visited by Mr. Bradley.
ThelatUr, who hvl onco been befriended
by tho boy's fath. .id that tho bark be
was oa was abo i . for New Ycrk, and
he undertook to t;.o little fellow to
his friends. But now the poor boy was
again oa his way to tho other side of the
"Whilo Mr Bradley was flaUhiag his ac
count of how he camo by the boy Capt
Harris came in from the after cabin and
said that the little fellow was sleeping
nicely. Mr. Bradley began to tell the cap
tain about how the boy was wrecked the
first timo. Then tho captain roe up, pale
and trembling, nd asked. tbo name of the
ship. When Mr. Bradley gave tho name of
tho ship that was run down and said that
the boy's father was Capt Wilson, the skip
per staggered back, and then rushed into the
after cabin, as if he had gone mad. We
couldn't make out what was the matter
with him. An hour later I went into
the after cabin for something, and I saw
the captain leaning over tha boy, who was
fast asleep. Ths captain looked cp, and I
saw that his eyes were red, as if be had
been crying hard. Thinks I, 'Well. weM,
yon are an old maid 'of a captain, indeed.'
"Thenaxt morning we were becalmed.
Sear by us lay a big clipper ship, which
toward noon sent a boat to us. The oScer
in charge of the clipper's boat said that they
wsra bound for New Ycrk. tat were short
handed, and told Mr. Bradley that he and
the other men from the lost bark were wel
come to come on board and work their pa.
sage to the United States. Mr. Bradley
jumped at the chance, and bis men belni
all ready to leave our ship, be looked arosai-
lor the boy. We found the iKSe fellow ia
the cabin, where he was baiag petted by
Capt Harris. The captain made a treat
outcry wnca Mr. Bradley said that the boy
weald have to go with him. Oar skipper
begged bard for the youngster. bstXr.
Bradley said that be woold have to take aiai
to ais frieads.. Mr. Hrsdary. '
aaWtaaycvegetar eat a,
arms '- around tea boy. xaes Aa
looked up to Mr. Bradley and aald:
"'Yoa znsat not take him. 'I am bit
"'His fatherlUsjreplied Mr. Bradley.
'What do yon mean! Why, I knew Capt.
Wilson myself. He was at least 10 yean
older than you, anl was a large man into
tho bargain. Come, let me have the boy!'
u '"o. no,' cried Capt Harris, pressing
the little fellow still closer to him. 'I may
not be bis father, but I am bis'
" 'Don't say you're bis mother,' sneered
" Yes, I am his mother,' was ths reply.
"And with that Capt Harris polled aside
tho heavy black beard I mentioned. There
was no doubt about it The captain had a
woman's face, and not a bad looking one
either. Mr. Bradley started back in as
tonishment and cried:
" 'You don't mean to say you are Capt
"That's exactly what I am,' said our
skipper, rising to her feet and putting ber
beard bock into place. After my husband's
ship bad been struck by tho steamer I was
lifted on board of the latter by two of the
men. My husband and child were given up
for lost, although I begged the people to re
turn nnd search the wreck for them. They
would havo done this, bnt the steamer could
not find the wreck in the fog and it was sup
posed that she had foundered immediately
after we had left her, I went home to my
friends. My husband had left very lit"e
money, and I found that I would
have to work for a living. I didn't care
to hire out as a housekeeper or do any ether
drudgery of that kind. I had learned navi
gation thoroughly from my husband and
was well fitted to take charge of a ship. I
went to a ship owner who was an old friend
of my husband, and told him just how
things stood. He thought that under the
circumstances I couldn't do better than
dress tip as a man and go to sea as a cap
tain. He found me a ship, and I've been a
skipper ever since. And now no one is
going to take my boy away from ma,'
"'That they ain't,' said good-hearted Mr.
Bradley, who then kissed tho boy and shook
hands with us alL In five minutes he and
his men were on their way to the big clip
per, and our skipper, with her arm around
the boy, was leaning against the taffrail
waving her hand to them.
"Xow, I understood the captain's liking
for Mr. Wood, our mate. She was in love
with him, and of course she was a little jeal
ous of me. Ths wholo mystery about Capt
Harris, as sho called herself, was accounted
"One evening some weeks afterward when
wo were in the Indian ocean I glanced
through the after cabin door and what do
you think I saw! There sat our mate, Mr.
Wood, by tho side of our skipper. Sho bad
ber beard off, and I noticed then that she
had let her hair grow In Mr. Wood's lap
sat the little boy. She was looking tenderly
at Mr. Wood, and he was talking to tho boy
as if he bad made up his mind to bo very
good to him for his mother's sake. Then
I knew that it was all settled." New York
THE DOGS OF MADISON SQUARE.
Ono of the Interesting Features of the
Metroioll Children and Sparrows.
Tho children, tho nurses, the sparrow:
and tho dogs thoso aro the features in
Madison square. And the dogs are good
dogs. Dogs can bo bought Money will
bring the finest strain that Europe can pro
duce; and what are a few hundred or a few
thousand dollars to Mr. Levant, who has
just robbed this or that corporation of a
million? He -ants the finest specimen of
the finest breed. Mr. Levant always wants
the best It redounds to his glory, it flat
tors his vanity. A check for a few hundred
and he gets it And there it is in Madison
square. ?Cot that all the dogs in Madison
square belong to Mr. Levant So; there are
some truo lovers ot dogs, and as money is
abundant among a few and dogs ore not sc
costly after all, they get tho best of their
kind and wo see them well represented in
this parterre of tbo haut ton. There are
dogs like muffs, with throe black dots at
one end. two of which represent the eyes
and tho third the nose. There are the Skye
terriers. They look not unlike hairy cater
pillars and scuttle along over the surface of
the earth without any apparent means of
There are the block -and-tan terriers, so
naked they make you shiver, so frail they
seem as though they would break. There
are big dogs sniffing inquisitively along the
ground, sublimely indifferent to all around
them, and ignoring all advances with that
utter unconsciousness with which a Wall
street banker might ignore the gambler
with whom he had played over-night, or a
dude, tho barkeeper he had called "Charley,
old feL" at 3 o'clock that very morning.
There aro groat, big-limbed fellows, whose
muscles you sco working under their supple
skins and silky coats fellows who give you
such a respectful sense of power, not
altogether unmixed with nervous tremors.
There aro the light-hearted and light
beaded auburn setters, with their taring
oyes, tearing about and always losing their
masters, and then, with hojds erect, looking
round liko foois to see if they can detect
from which direction comes the well-known
whistle. There are pug, vacuous, sou'less
creatures, the veriest pigs of caninity.
There aro white French poodles and black
Spanish poodles, shorn into cancat(j sem
blances of heraldic lions. There aro dogs
with long legs liko herons, there aro dogs
with short legs resembling worms, that scui
to crawl rather than run, and th'j-o aro dogs
boyond tho power of cla'.si2cauon or des
cription. So with tho children, the nursei,
the policemen, tho dogs and tho sparrows,
overtopped by tho trees, and underfill by
the grass, wo havo as bright a picture as
this broall land can show. New York
Tho Alligator Dotrii In Florida.
In politics tho Jacksonvillians are singu
larly independent, having no distinct parties
corresponding to thoe of tho country at
large. In business thoy aro mildly modified
Yankees. In social life, hours for meals,
and tho liko, they aro thoroughly western,
and in mythology they havo gone back to
tbo old Egyptian an 1 tho worship of the
alligator, or, at least, it would seem so,
from the display of images. A heathen
stranger would certainly say that the alii
gitor was the totem ot tho tribo and the
presiding genius of tho place, for it is no
exaggeration to say that ono may seo that
reptile here in a thousand appearances
dried or stuffed in tho shops, highly orna
mented in tho stores, alive in the tanks, big
alligators in pens, imitation wooden alli
gators on the streets, littls alligators In
tuls, alligators of assorted sizes in the
museuai, skeletons of alligators in the drug
stores, alligator skins tinned in tha loather
stores, and hundreds of different artkles of
jewelry of alligator teeth mounted on gold,
silver, or nU-kcL You can buy a live alli
gator from six inches to two feet long; or a
dead, dried, and stuffed one fourteen feet
A favorite device is thus mannfastured
Take an alligator two feet Ion:, ths till as
much longer, rplit it down tho front and
take out the entrails; thou bend the tail cp
so the creature can be put in a sitting post
ure, S3 w up the front and color it to conceal
the opening, and dry tho thing to solitty.
Then, with open mouth anl glistening
toeth, the cadaver is set upon a stand at the
door and smiles a saurian welcome on tha
customer. The forelegs are often bent
around a card basket or Japan saucer, and
if for sale, a placard held in its moath an-
nounces, I want to go north," or "I smile
to see a customer," or the li'.a. One u sur
pried to find the u;ly reptile tho source ot
so much art and wit Whn tbo losket is
made ot some sea creature's anatomy and is
filled with assorted shells, the richness of the
design is corapltte. -Parko" in Chicago
The rji.e Hall Craze la Oorcl.
The base ball craze has reached its high
est point of development in the south.
When tho At'anta club is playing in other
cities ths Atlanta people, men and women,
rush to the opera house at tha hour set for
the game, where there is on actaal diamond
on the stage, around which are stationed
toys la uniform, to represent the real play
ers. They run tho bases by telegraph as It
is being dose In the gams at the other end
of the wire. Chicago Herald.
Th Whole Career of Bcornflld.
The famous jest prefixed to BeaconsSaSd's
life sums up his whole career: "Says be,
What air your priadplesr Says L 'I
hain't got nary one; Fm in the show basi-
' ew York Times.
An is Counted a "othIn;.
Carlotta Fattl remarked tha other day:
cWho thinks cow about artftsl Politics and
the bourse are, alas; everything, and art ia
considered as nothing " Carlotta was a
famous concert-sisger some dozen yean ago.
Ilenry Want Beecber ta Xewtreat.
Henry Ward Beeeber has charmed taw
citizens cf Montreal Thay declare taut
be is the mast e&xroent mas who baa baaa
heard ia that city since tha days of Oaf
feria. later Ocaaav
The Ixruia or m Ueaa
Tbebrainof aHraaaiaas baaa
at Sena, aa4 femes to ba is assay
aw imliatii liaf sea taa demVs
-eafa braia, Arkaaeaw Travaast.
, wr m
L-- &L. "
--QUEER LORENZO I)0W.
SCRAPS FROM THE DIARY OF THE
Peculiar JK ethode Which. Be Employed
la His Career as m Travellag Preacher
His Marriage to Peggy Coaelndlng
Entries la His Diary.
Such a mass of exaggerated and '"tgntw
cant anecdotes bare bean told of this great
and eccentric missionary revivalist that it
is hard to mgi or discover him just at
be was. Yet there are safe sourcea through
which a picture of him may be obtained.
That he was no humbug every point in bb
life and character goes to show. He wn
earnest to the very verge of fanaticism.
The atmosphere in which be was raised was
one of extreme religious fervor, and be
showed signs of its effect from his earliest
One evening when be bad a houseful of
young men bo plaaed his back against the
door so none of them could escape, and
preacneu to mem wltn such fervor that
some cried aloud for mercy. A young
woman with whom ha was tutWng suddenly
broke away from him and ran. He fol
lowed ber to the house of a neighbor, and
sitting down in a door, would not let her
out until she had chosen to serve either God
or Eaton for a fortnight She chose the
latter, saying I can't keep the other."
Lorenzo solemnly called on God to witness,
and atlded: "I'll pray God that yoa may
be taken sick before the fortnight's up."
Before night she grew uneasy, soon broke
her promiso, and -" a convert and a
member of tha church.
OFTE.DEU BT VLAIS PREACHING.
A man whom'bo had offended by plain
preaching came into church and tried to
pull his ncsi Dow dodged, whereupon the
women urose en masse and pat the intrude:
out of doors. In his diary Lorenzo seti
down nianv incidents which show the pecu
liar lu t of his mind and the tenor of hit
belioi. lu Illustration: "A reprobation
preacher sojgbt to do us harm, when I pub
licly besougut God, if he was a true minister
to bless bis labors and make it manifest; but
if he had jumped presumptuously into the
work that God would remove him, so that
ha should not ban tho people. Shortly
after he fell into a scandalous sin, and so
bis influence was lost As I en
tend tho meeting-bouse, having an old bor
rowed greatcoat on ana two bats, tne peo
plo wore alarmed, and thought it singular
mat i aid not bow to every paw as I went
toward the pulpit, which was the custom
there. My hat being taken from mo with
out my consent and two others forced upon
me, I was carrying ono to givo a young
man. I besought God in public that some
thing awful might happen in the neighbor
hood, if nothing elso would do to alarm tho
people. A company of young people going
to a tavern ono of them said, " I will rile
there as Christ rode into Jerusalem. ' In
stantly bis horse started, and threw him
against a log. He spoke no more until ho
died, which was next morning."
Lorenzo had determined to marry no
woman who would object to bis traveling,
and when ho came to his courtship it wot
pursued after his own peculiar plan. One
8. M., of Western, kept a house for preach
ers, or "Methodist tavern" as it was called
by the people. When Dow preached in that
neighborhood M. asked him to come to hU
house, and added "lly daughter will bo glad
to see yox" Lorenzo remained there all
night, but not a word passed between him
and Peggy, who was an adopted child. He
went to his appointment, and while he was
preaching he felt "on uncommon exercise"
to run through his mind. Ho pondered on
it, and before evening he asked M. if he
would object to Lorenzo's talking with the
girl about matrimony. The reply was, "I
hav e nothing to say only have requested
her, if she has any regard for me, not to
marry so as to leavo my house."
1113 1UBBUGE TO l-EGCY.
On reaching the houso Dow abruptly
asked tho wife what they had been doing
in his absence. She told him, and added
that Peggy was resolved that she would
never marry, except to a preacher, and that
he must keep oa traveling. Just then Peggy
camo into tho room. Lorenzo repeated this
remark, and asked her if she had made it
Sho answered in tho affirmative, whereupon
Lorenzo said: "Do you think you could ac
cept of such an object as me!" She made
no answer, bat retired from the room. He
went away, bat returned in a few days,
when he told her be would be back again
"in a yoar and a half or so," and receive
her answer! After he bad been south some
timo the family removed to that section.
and he was quietly married to Peggy in the
fall of 1SOL
During the closing months of that year
and tho early ones of 1805, ho crossed Ohio
and went into tha Mississippi valley, preach
ing at Pittsburg, SUubenville, and Wheeling
on tho way. Ho makes this entry: " I have
been in each of the seventeen states of the
union." Of Chillicotne, then the capital of
Ohio, he writes: "Stayed with the gov
ernor two daya No slavery can be intro
duced here. There are lands laid off for
schools in great magnitude." Once he trav
eled all night, until 10 o'clock on the follow
ing morning, stopped at a place called
Bethel, finished his sermon, stepped from his
pulpit to an open window, jumped out,
mounted his horse, rode seventeen miles,
making nearly eighty miles of travel and
five meetings without sleep.
The concluding entries in his dairy are as
follows. "In a few weeks I expect to start
for tha west again, but where I may bo this
time twelvemonth ia very uncertain to me;
whether in England, Sierra Leone, in Af
rica; West Indies, or Kew England, or eter
nity ; but the controvenryjwith the nations is
not over, nor will it be until the divine gov
ernment be reverentially acknowledged by
the human family." His troubled and re
markable career cams to an end at Wash
ington, D. C, on Feb. Z 1SJL Cor. New
An Ireland Lass In Dakota.
While a railroad train was rattling
through Dakota an Icelander girl an emi
grant jumped froin a car, ran SOD yardi,
gathered her apron full ot Cowers, and re
turned smiling to the train, which had teen
tinned where her reckless ituno was nuuln.
Sir. Oladstone's buttonhole pony, worn
when he made his great speech, was a rose
with shamrocks, tha gift of Mr. FarnclL
Meacernes of Snntlny.Srhool Ubrnrle.
A toIco of complaint is beard from all
OTer the land about tha meagerness of the
Sunday-school libraries More weak stuil
linJi lU way into Sunday-school library
books than into any other class of litera
ture. Neither minister nor Sunday-school
teachers hare time to read the books before
putting them into the library. The work
is sometimes put into the hands of a com
mittee. The persons who compose the com
mlttoe are either too busy to read the books
or els they are not bookish, and are afraid
to tako the responsibility of sayin? which
books are good and which are not. The
upshot of tbo matter is generally that the
selection is left to the bookseller, who li told
to send so many dollars' worth of books in
bindings of appropriate colon. A society
has been formed in lirabeth, X J., the
efforts of which will be deroted to the im
proving of Sunday-school libraries, and the
exchange of suggestions as to bow to sect
the books which compose them. San Fran
The Itmtoratloa nt Faded Ink.
A valuable disccrrery has been made,
whereby the faded ink on old parchments
may bo so restored as to render the writing
perfectly legible. The process consists In
moistening the paper with water, and tbn
passing over the lines in writing a brash
which has been wet In a solution of snlphide
of ammonia. Tha writing will Immediately
appear quite dark ia color; asd this color,
In the caw of parchment, it wlU preserve.
On paper, however, the color gradually
fades again, bat it may be restored at
pleasure by tha application of the sulphide.
The explanation of the action of this sab
stance is very simple. The iron which
enters into the rom position of the Ink is
transformed by the reaction into tha black
sulphide. Boston Budget
The Sidaer f the Aaaerieaa Xavr.
Tha widow of Commaadar T. A. M.
Craves b patirinniag eaagraai for an In
crease of paaataav CoassaaadarCraraa has
bam called taw -HdaaT" of taw American
navy. Wbaa taw TaeaaBStb want down,
while leading FarragoTa aaat at MobCe in
ISM, rank by azntoaka at a torpedo,
Comxaandar Cravoa want dews with ber.
Attaetiaseof taw srploaloa thspOot and
to isatteeUvaiy asada far tha amass opening
laadjac below. Cravaa draw back. After
you, pilot, to saU. Ttora was no 'after
Tea pats waa savao, sax uravaa
ntyelsa Caasataast na-lTssan Oarellaa
daatrrsaJiaraB OMiawi Winn to
baaa nankaaaa asj awaffaaas aaktsreaay
artotaj traam ttoas aa ato aaaat at aasaas
.O. Davtmox. Free. B. 8. Csras, Kxasmer H.W.SzutASt. TleoPres. Vaahaa.K. T.
The Davidson Loan Co.
PAlD-tfP CAPITAL, - - - - - - $60,000.
If acey Always oa Easd to Leas on Improval Tanns and (Sty fnptctr
Have Loaned More Money in Southern Kansas
than any company in the State.
OTTlCi. VTlTli CrrfZENS SAXU, Soruwest
torc-r ta!B trl asd iKn.la Avosn.
B iVOilRARTj.Jr . PruWeat,
J. P. ALIEN, Y'cw-Ptm'i.
STATE NATIONAL BANK,
Successor to Kansas State Bank.
Surplus - - - . -
it i nm ir t-
JXO. B. C'AUEY,
J.M ALLEX. KD.SKDnfF.il
.U F. GREEX,
JAMES L. ,OMAXl,
NATIOSAL B INK OF TIIE BEPCBI.IC. H,
NATIONAL, .4.2;; Of .VHI.CIV.A, lOliuxu.
SOL. II KOHN, PreMeat
A W.OLIVEn. Vlce-PrrslJenl
WICHITA NATIONAL BANK.
OIU5AMZEP IN '?.
. n. KOHN. A. P. . OIJVEK. St. W. I.r.VV. T TVi Lt
K. K. NIEUEKMNDKIt. W. B. TUCKER. JOHN li. WS
J. C. P.UTAN.
Do a General Banking, Collecting & Brokerage Business.
Loatern and Foreign Jixchanpe Lv.iyht and roltt.
XT. iS Bonds, nf nil denomination, hwji.l . old.
-tf Ccunti, T&ruki "t-1 '-lait.a, ' 1'xrt.d un-.'U
J. O J'O ItH-tS, 1 -Jr i
Paid up Capital
Largest. Paid Up Capital ofnuy
Stale of Kansas.
J. O. DAVrOSOX.
-Do a General Banking Business.-
United States, County, Township and Municipal
Bonds Bought and Sold
Corner Doupl&s and Lawrence Avenue.
Authorized Capital, - 200,000.
Paid up Capital, - - 76,ooo.
W. P. HOBINSON, Prosdtnt. J. H. SLATER, Cashier.
OLIVER DUCK. Vice Prebident. W. L. DUCK. At-ht,.
W. P. Robinson, Oliver Dock F. VT. Wileou.
Jfttnea G. Fish, W. L. Duck.
O. D. BarniB, R. H. Royu, FinJay Roes, A. L. Houck. W. P. Robin-
f-on, Oliver Duck, Jamea G. Fish, F. W. Wilson,
W. L. Duck. J. H. Slater. E. K. Duck.
Fourth National Bank. New York. Et. Louis National Bank, St.
Louis. Mo., Eank of Kansas City, Kansas Cit7. Mo.
Genor.il Banking Busineee.
Kansas National Bank
No 134 MAIN STREET
CAPITAL PAID UP,
Twit .V'jiifv j( .r.-rsur Haiti.
hints 13ht Draft all parts of F.urojtt,
ituyt aud htHs utx?l and Municipal Bonds,
Pay: Intcrtsl on Time Dejiosttt
U ' M !- tCIAL BAN KING A SPECIALTY
: .V. LEW!
The Future Metropolis
And Railroad Center
Of the Southwest.
"EW KIOWA I locifnl In tbe mhiWssUtb i-irtiso cf tUrttransir, Kss; 1. tttr.
taincsofthe Southern Kaati IUlIroJ, ItwiUalMltcf lb-t U. t 1 A W. JJ K. sod
to K C -W U R. prnattwni, t&ai lrlaUrWreorii-.loz !!.
Tt locsllOB of NEW KIOWA U a (caViest
relet sad cstll issrt cf Uf oeitwrt s4
The Natural Gateway to the Indian
No-Man's Land and 8onth-wcatrn Kansas.
It U tt rnstiBCtlr inddl.trtbeyn point for tb wslrl tr!sjtl. lrm jlu.
S Ifl'l .0T JWD. Jt . IUVW1 IWVU nJ,
ooeiilc II tot ifote iui cczntirr is prti Maws.
THIS BOOMING YOUNG CITY
liramuM farosfcrttcnoit bscursl sad tviirtit rrrto -f Kasxa. w bn hn
Srrk!ir WUfrin AbiaJuw, Two solid Raafca: ta back ,f Srm Kfews bsTlsc a ai4tal &f
SltO.tfC: also a rrllabls prtisi' bask; two w. fjT( St llettU: Ct LamVrr Tsrls. It.IJt.
rrle; cifbt lUml EiUU inu; a Baslxrr ofWW.tii. sad RxtsJl MmaatMs tee; sa ta-sat
upm dvz sow Bciuun. lAcrcsifs. KiwMi.
THE KIOWA TOWN COMPANY DONATE LOTS
Oa wbidt to met C&srefc GoX't. Mills. Xacata t. atasfieler1. V TbT U 4-
tirs: erf ua cotsirj yrofercj i ramaaou
For rcrBT rri.cuiir emu ca r arun
MOOTED TO LOAN
MORTGAGES &ei!Tf PROPERTY
In Small or large Amounts.
rtSLOT"T TX2CS AT 7J33B LOWEST JUWXZSi.
WICHITA BANKING CO.
and FARMERS RAIDUG 00,
T . jJ -a-V.
L. ll.SSISXKK. Cashier.
W. H. LIVINGSTON. Asa't Cashtr.
J. P. ALLEX,
l V. HEALY,
GEO. K jjPALTON.
V.. FIBSTSATIOSALBANK, K. C.
ELACKarONK NATIONAL BANK ifculoa.
W vr.IJCVY. Ctri
WALK Kit. Au't Cashier
Jl'HS C. Itl-lltl. JVuM.
S B A N K .
Bank in the
A. W. BITTING. H. G. LKK.
V E. STANLEY. JN. T. CV
Respectfully Bclirit n Share of your
KOBT. E. LaWKKXi;!
A. HYDE. Cashier.
rwsstT tist t will tr L tfc crrst lilru
Territory, Pan-Handle of Taxas
Iifiq VI 1,1 fBlU. W V nrTl BUIVf SJl
jsnea i aro. re.
sxmn. ev rmsj vmt sag ruruu ssuszacs?
THE KIOWA TOWN CO.,
XBW KIOWA. KAIHAa
JPOtHaT I S Al J
Have for aale. on line of WICHITA COLORADO RAILROAD
north-weat of Wichita, town Iota
MAIZE, 9 Miles
Trainaare now running- retruUrly on itilrori from Wichita ta
These towns arc in the best portion of
Sedgwick County, Kansas.
Maps of Town and Prices caa ba had as hereinafter set forth :
At Wichita, call on N. F. Niederlaader or Kos Harris;
At Maize, call on H. P. Rhodes;
T. H- Randall and W. 8. Matkle,
THE "EAGLE CO." HAVE
'JunctionTowii Company" Addition
This Additioe i- t josctaoa of Ft. atooH m4 W. i
0&awkaUfSiIWfJartOfBrl4Cwea M AftaMMM rtw
daarfrmhbi lot. 8Twt Will
Addition. With tk Mart TtaM
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rMtlaT ' MmsMs9Mmmmfmm,amammmmmmmmmamssstt .
ssWWSWa- - - .1 .. 7-- .i .. , j-:SaaaSaskaBaBBmaaal
at new towns of
call oa Oeo. W. Bfrod;
At AbDU, eaOl m J
for Mt. Bom lo.
ALSO FOR BA1.K LOT J Of
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