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THE MORNING TIMES, SUNDA-SEPTEMBER 16, 1896.
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CIIAPTER VI. (Concluded.)
"Listen to roe," said Key, passionately
"I am thinking only of you. I want to and
'will save you from any blame blame you
do not understand even now. There is still
tlmo. I will go back to tlie convent with
you al once Voj shall tell mo anything; I
lvl!l tell you everything on the way."
She had already completely restored her
luslcre garb and drew the veil across her
face. Willi the putting on her coir shescera
ed to have extinguished alt the joyous youth
fulness of her spirit, and moved with thedc
llberateness of renunciation toward the
door. They descended the staircase to
gether without a word. Thoso who Baw there
pass made way for them with formal respect.
Wiien they were in Hie street she said,
quietly: "Don't give me your arm sisters
don't take it." When they had reached the
street corner she turned It, saying, "This is
It was Key who was now restrained, ak
ward and embarrassed. The fire of his
spirit, the passion he had felt a moment be
fore, had gone out of him, as If bhe were
really the character she had assumed. lie
said at last, desperately: "
"How long did jou livo In the hollow?"
"Only two days. Sly brother was bring
ing me here to school, but in the stage coach
thero was seme one wits 'Whom be had
quarreled., and he didn't want to meet him
with mo So we got out at Skinners' and
came to the hollow, vt here his old lricnds
Mr. and Mrs. Darker lived."
There was no hesitation or affectation
In her voice. .Again he felt that he would
as soon have doubted the words of the Sister
she represented as her own.
"And your brother did you live with
"No. I was at tchool at Marysvllle
until be took me away. I saw little of
him lor the past two j cars, for he had busl
i.cks in the mountains very rough busi
ness, where he couldn't take nic, for It
kept him away from the ccttlements for
weeks I think it had rcmcthing to do
with cattle, for he was always having a
new horse I was all aiore before that,
too; I tad no otter relations; 1 had no
Iriends Wo had always been moving about
so much , my brother and me I l ever taw
anjonc that I liked, except you, and until
yesterday I had only heard you "
Her perfect naivete alternately thrilled
him with pain nr1 doubt In his a kwnrd
iices and uneasiness Le was brutal.
"Yes, but jcu bad must have metsome
K.dj other men here e en, when you were
out vitb your schoolfellows, or perhaps
on an adventure like this "
Her whiteeol t turned toward him quickly.
"I never wauled to know anlidy else. I
never cared to see anbody eke. I never
wojld have gone out in this way but for
you," she t.nid Hurriedly. Artcr a pause
she added In a frightful tone: "That didn't
Found like yoar v.iice then. It didn't sound
like It a moment ago, either."
"Eut you are sure that you know my
voice." he said, with atrected gayety.
"There were two others in the hollow with
me that night."
' 'I know that, too. But I know even what
you said. You reproved them for throwing
a lighted match In the dry grass. Tou were
thinking of us then. Ikiowlt."
"Of us?" said Key quickly.
"OC Mrs. Barker ana no.velf. We were
alone in the house, for my brother nnd her
husband were both away. What you said
seemed to forewarn me and I told her.
So we were prepared when the fire came
nearer, and we both escaped on the same
"And you dropped your shoes In your
flight," said Key, laughingly, "and I
picked them up the next day when I came
to search for you. I have kept them still."
"They were her shoes," said the girl
quickly. "I couldn't find mine In our
hurry, and hers were too large for me, and
dropped off." She stopped, and with a
faint return of her old gladness said-"Then
you did come back? I knew you would."
"I should have stayed then, but we got no
reply when we shouted What was that?"
be demanded suddenly
' "Oh, we were warned against speaking
to any stranger, or even being seen by any
one while we were alone," returned the
"But why?" persisted Key.
"Oh, beeauso there were so many high
waymen and horse stealers In the woods
Why, they had stopped the coach only a
few weeks before, and only a day or two
ago when Mrs. Barkcrcame down. She saw
Key with difficulty suppressed n groan
They walked on lnsilenceforsomemomcnts,
he scarcely daring to lift his eyes to the de
corous little figure hastening by his side
Alternately touched by mistrust nnd pain,
al last an Infinite pity, not unmingled with
a desperato resolution, took possession of
"I must make a confession to yon. Mips.
Elvers," he began with the bashful haste of
a very boy, "that Is," ho stammered, with a
half-hysteric laugh, "that Is a confession
as If you were really a sister or a priest,
you know a sort of confidence to you to
your dress I have seen you, or thought I
saw you before. II was that which brought
me here, that which made me follow Mrs.
Barker my only clue to you to the door
of that convent. That night In the hollow
I saw a profllo al the lighted window which
I thought was yours."
"I never was near the window," said
the young girl quickly. "It must havo
been Mrs. Barker."
"I Know that now," returned Key.
"But reinemtier It was my only clue to
you I mean," he added awk wardly,"lt was
the means of my finding you."
"I don't see how it made you think of me,
whom you never saw, to see another wo
man's profile," she retorted, with the faint
est touch of asperity In her childlike oice.
"But," she added more gently, and with a
relapse Into her adorable naUetc, "most
people's profiles look alike."
"It was not that," protested Key, still
awkwardly; "It was only that I realized
something only a dream, perhaps."
She did not reply, and they contlnncd on
In silence. The gray wall of the convent
was already In sight. Key felt he bad
achieved nothing. Except for Informa
tion that was hopeless, he had come to no
nearer understanding or the beautiful girl
beside him, and his future appeared as vague
of an Inferiority of character and purpose
to tills simple creature who obeyed him
him so submissively. Had he acted wisely?
Would It not have been better if he bad
followed her own frankness, and
"Then It was Mrs. Barker's profile that
brought you hero?" resumed the voice be
neath the tolf. "You know she has gone
back. I suppose you will follow."
"You will notunderstand me,", said Key
desperately. "But," he added In a lower
voice, "I shall remain here until you do."
Ho drew a little closer to her side.
'Then you must not begin by walking so
close to me," she said, mmlng slightly
away; "they may see you from the gale.
And you must not go with me beyond that
corner. If I have been missed already
hey win suspect you."
it how shall I know?" he said, at-
bs to take her hand. "Let me walk
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past the gate. I cannot leave you In this
"You will know soon enough," she said
gravely, evading his hand. "You must
not go further now. Good night."
She had stopped at the corner of the wall.
He again held out his hand. Her littlo
fingers slid coldly between his.
"Good-night, Miss Rivers."
"Stop!" she said suddenly, withdrawing
her veil and lifting her clear eyes to hU
In the moonlight. "You must not say that
it Isn't the truth. I can't bear to hear
it from jour lips, In your voice. My mime
Is not Rivers!"
"Not Rivers why?" said Key astounded.
"Ob, I don't know why," she said, half
despairingly; "only my brother didn't want
me to uec my name and his here, and I
premised. My name is Riggs there! It's
a secret you mustn't tell It; but I could
not bear to hear you say a lie."
"Good night. Miss Hlggs," said Key,
"No, nor that, cllLcr," she said, softly.
"Good night,' Alice."
She moved on before him. She reached
the gate. Tor'a moment her figure, in Its
austere, formless garments, seemcd.to him
to even stoop nnd bend forward in the hu
mility of age and tclf renunciation, and
she vanished within as into a living tomb.
Torget ting nil precaution, he pressed eager
ly forward and stopped before the gate.
There was no sound from within; there had
evidently been no challenge or Interrup
tion. She was safe.
The reappearance of Chlvcrs In the mill
with Colllnson, nnd the brief announcement
that the prisoner Lad consented to a satis
factory compromise, was received at first
with a half contemptuous smile by the
party; but for the commands of their
leaders, and possibly a conviction that
would be safer than his wrath, which might
not expend Itself only on Chlvcrs, but im
peril the safety of all. It Is probable that
they would have Informed the unfortu
nate prisoner of his real relations to his
captor. In these circumstances , Calvcrr.
half satirical suggestion that Colllcson
Bbould be added to the sentries outside,
and guard bis own property, was surlily
assented to by Riggs, and complacently
accepted by the others Chlvcrs offered
to post him himself not without an inter
change of meaning glances with Riggs
Colhnson's own gun was returned to him,
He Again Glanced TJp nnd Down tlie
and tho strangely assorted pal:
mill amicably together.
But, however humanly confident Chlvcrs
was in his companion's faithfulness, he
was not without a rascal's precaution, and
determined to select a position for Col
llnson where he could do the least damage
in any aberration of trust. At the top of the
grndo above the mill was the only trail by
which a parly In force could approach It.
This was to Chlvcrs obviously too strategic
a position to intrust to his prisoner, and the,
sentry who guarded Its approach, DOO
yards away, was left unchanged. But there
was another "blind" trail or cut-off to tlie
"cfl, through tlie thickest unaergrowth of
ihe woods, known only to bis parly. To
place Colllnson there was to Insure him per
fect immunity from the approach of an
enemy, ns well as' from any confidential
advances of his fellow-sentry. This done.
Ho drew n cigar from his pocket, and hand
ing it to Colllnson, lighted another for him
self, and leaning back comfortably against
a large boulder, glanced complacently at his
"You may smoke until I go, Mr. Collln
son, and even afterward, if you keep the
bowl of your pipe behind a rock, 60 as to
be out of sight ot your fellow-sentry, whose
advances, by the way. If 1 were you, I should
rot encourage. Your position here, you sec,
.s a rather peculiar one. You were saying,
I think, that a lingering affection for
your wife Impeded you to keep this place for
her, nllhough you were convinced of her
Collinson's unaffected delight In Chlvers'
kindness bad made bis eyes shine In the
moonlight with a c'cg-IIke wlstfulness. "I
reckon I did say that, Mr. Chlvcrs," he
said, apologetically, "though it ain't
goln' to interfere with you usin the sham
"I wasn't alluding to that, Colllnson,"
returned Chlvers, with a large rhetorical
wave of the hand and an equal enjoy
ment in bis companion's evident admira
tion of him," but it struck me that your
remark, -neerthelcss, implied some doubt
of your wife's death, and I don't know but
what your doubts are right."
"Wot's that?" said Colllnson, with a
dull glow in his face.
Chlvcrs blew the smoke of his clgarlazily
In the still air. "Listen," ho said.
"Since your miraculous conversion a few
moments ago I have made some fricLdly
.Inquiries about you, and I find that you
lost all trace of your wife In Texas In '52,
where a number of her fellow-Immigrants
died of yellow fever. Is that so?"
"Yes," hald Colllnson, quickly.
"Well, it so happens that a friend of
mine," continued Chlvers slowly, "was In
iu a train which followed that one, and
picked up and brought on Sums ot the
"That was the train wot brought the
HrtSIl l3 mm II WiUmimBmMi
news," said Colllnson, relapsing Into bis
old patience. "That's how I knowed she
"Did you ever hear tho names of any of
Its passengers?" said Chlvers, with n
keen glance at his companion.
"Nary one! I only got to know It was
a small train of only two wagons, and It
sorter melted into Calltnrny through a
Southern pass, and kinder petered nut, and
no one ever beard of It again and that was
"That was not all, Colllnson," said
Chlvers lazily. "I saw the train arrive at
South Bass. I was awaiting a friend and
his wife. There was a lady with them;
one iif the survivors. I didn't hear her
name, however, but I think my friend's
wife called her 'Sadie.' I remember her as
a rather prclty woman tall, fair, with
a straight noe and a full chin, and small
slim feet. 1 saw her only a moment, for
she was on her way to Los Angeles, and
was, I believe, going to join her husband
somewhere in the Blerras."
The rascal had been enjoying with In
tense satisfaction the return of the dull
glow in Cullinon's face, that even seemed
to animate the whole length of his angular
frame as it turned eagerly toward blm.
So he went on, experiencing a devilish zest
in this description of his mistress to her
husband, apart from the pleasure of noting
the slow awakening of this apatbctlcgiaut,
with a Eensation akin to having warmed
him into life. Yet his triumph vias of short
duration. The fire dropped suddenly out
of Colllnson's eyes, the glow from his face,
and the dull look of unwearied patience
"That's nil very-kind and purty of yer,
Mr. Chlvcrs,'' he told gravely; "you've
got all my wife's pints lliar to a dol.andlt
seems to fit her jest like a shoe I picked up
t'other day. But it waui't my Sadie, for
cf she's living or had lived, she'd bin Just
The same fear and recognition of eome
unknown reserve In this trustful man came
over Chlvcrs as before. In his nngry resent
ment of It he would have liked to blurt out
the Infidelity of tho wife before her hus
band, but ho knew Colllnson would not
believe him, and he had another purpose
now. Uls full lips twisted Into a suave
"While I would not give you false hopes,
Mr. Colllnson," lie said, with a bland
smite, "my interest 1 n you compels me to say
that you may be over-confident and wrong.
There area thousand things that may hate
pre cnted your wife from com! ng to you
illness, possibly the result of her exposure,
poverty, misapprehension of jour place of
meeting, and, above all, perhaps some falpe
report of your own death. Has it ever
occurred to you that It Is nsposslble
for her to ha o been deceived I n that way
as for you?"
"Wot jcr say?" saM Colllnson, with a
"What I mean. You think yourself
justified In believing your wife dead W
cause sho did not seek you here; may she not
feel herself equally justified In bclieting
tlicsameof you, because you hod notsougtit
"But it was writ that she was comin'
of tho Sbndowed but Still
yere, and I boarded every train that come
in that fall," said Colllnson, w ith a ne w Irri
tation unlike his- usual calm.
"Except one, my dear Colllnson, except
one," returned Chlvcrs, holding up a fat
forefinger, smilingly. "And that may be
tho clue. Now, listen! There is still a
chanco ot following it. If you will. The
names ot my friends are Mr. and Mrs. Bar
ker. I regret," he added, with a perfunc
tory cough, "that poor Barker is 'dead.
He was not such an exemplary husband as
you arc, my dear Colllnson, and I fear was
not all that Mrs. Barker could have wished;
enough that he succumbed from various
excesses, and did not leave me Mrs. Bar
ker's present address. But she has a young
friend, a ward, living at the convent of
Santa Lulsa, whose name is Miss Elvers,
who can put you in communication with
her. Now, one thing more; I can under
stand your feelings, and that you would
wish at onco to satisfy your mind. It is
not, perhaps, to my interest nor to the in
terest of my party to advise you, but," be
continued, glancing around him, "you have
an admirably secluded position here, on
the edge of the trail, and If you are missing
from your post to morrow morning, I shall
respect your feelings, trust to your honor
to keep this secret, and consider it useless
to pursue you!"
There was neither chame nor pity In his
heart, au the deceived man turned toward
him with tremulous eagerness and grasped
his hand in silent gratitude: but the old
rage and fear returned as Colllnson baid,
"You kinder put a new life Inter me, Mr.
Chivcrs, and I wish I had ycr gift o speech
to tell ye so. But 1'vo passed my word to the
capting thar and to the rest o' you folks
that I'd stand guard out yere, and I don't
go back o' my word. I moul and I moutu't
find my Sadie, but she wouldn't think the
less o' me, arler these jears o' waltln', ef
I stayed here another night to guard the
house I keep Ju trust for her.and the strang
ers I've took In on hor account."
"As you like, .then," said Chlvers, con
tracting his lips, "but keep your own coun
sel to-night. There mny be those who
would like to deter you from your search.
And now I will leave you alone In this de
lightful moonlight. I quite, envy you your
unrestricted communion with nature. Adios,
Ho leaped lightly on a large rock thatover
hung the edge of the grave and waved his
"I wouldn't do that, Mr. Chivcrs," said
Colllnson, with a concerned face. "Them
rocks are mighty ticklish, and that one in
partlklar. A tech sometimes sends 'cm
Mr. Chlvcrs leaped quickly to the ground,
lurnod, waved bis hand again and disap
peared down the grade.
But Colllnson was no longer alone. Hlta-
crto his characteristic reveries bad been
of tho past reminiscences In which there
was only recollection, fco Imagination, and
very little hope. Uudenhe spell of Clilvcrs's
words his fancy seemed to expand; he bgan
to think of his wlferas she might be now .
perhaps 111, despairing, wandering hope
lessly, even ragged nnd footsore, or
bcliovJng him dead elapsing into the
resigned patience that1 had been his own.
But always a newSadie, whomhehadncver
seen or known before. A faint dread, the
lightest of misgivings perhaps coming
from his very Ignorance for the first time
touched his steadfast heart and scnts duil
through it. He slioulilred his weapon and
walked briskly toward the edge of the
thick-set woods. There were fragrant
essences of the laurel and spruce baked
in the long-day sunshine that had encom
passed their recesses still coming warm
to his face; there were the strange shlf tings
of temperature throughout the openings
that alternately warmed and clilll'-d him
as he walked. It seemed so odd that he
should have now havo to seek her instead
of her coming to him; it would never be
the same meeting to Mm away from the
house that bo had built for her. He stroll
ed back und looked down upon It, nestling
on the ledge. The white moonlight that
lay upon vlt, dulled tho glitter of lights
In Its windows, but the sounds of laughter
and singing came to even his unfastldious
ears with a sense of vague discord. He
walked back again and began to pace
before .the thick-set wood. Suddenly he
Btoppctl and listened.
To any other cars bat those accustomed
to -mountain solitude It would have seemed
nothing. But, familiar as he ivab with all
the infinite disturbances of tho woodland,
nnd even the stimulation of intrusion
caused by a falling branch or lapsing pine
cone, he was arrested now by a recurring
sound unlike any other. It was an occa
sional muffled lwat Interrupted at certal-i
intervals, but always returning In regular
rhythm whenever It wasaudlble. He knew
It was made by a cantering horse; that
the Intervals were due to the patches of
dead leaves in Its course, nnd that the
varying movement was the effect of Its
progress through obstacles nnd underbrush.
It was, therefore, coming through some
"blind" cutoff In the thltk-iset wood. Tho
shifting of the sound also showed that the
rider was unfamiliar with the locality,
and sometimes wandered from the direct
course, but the unfailing and accelerating
persistency of the sound, In spite of these
difficulties, indicated haste and deter
mination. He swung his gun from his shoulder and
examined Its caps. Ab the sound camw
nearer he drew up beside a young spruce at
the entrance of the thicket. There was
no necessity to akirm the house, or call (he
other sentry. It was a single horse, and
rider, and he was equal to that, nu wait
ed quietly and with his usual fateful pa
tience. Even then his thoughts still re
verted to his wife and It was with a sin
gular feeling that he at last saw the thick
underbrush give way before a woman,
mounted on a sweating, but still spirit
ed horse, who swept out Into the open.
Nevertheless, ho stopped In front of herund
"Hold up tliar!" ,
Tho horse recoiled, nearly unseating her.
Colllnson caught the reins. She lifted her
whip mechanically, yet remained holding
it in the air, trembling until shealipped, halt
struggling, halt helplessly, from the sad
dle to the ground. H?re sho would hare
again fallen, but Colllnson caught her sharp
ly by the wrist. At his touch she started
and uttered a frightened "No!" At her
volco Colllnson started.
"Sadie!" he gasped.
"Scth!" she halt whispered.
(To bo" continued.)
HOW LOHSTi:HSAnK HATCHED
A Stuti'inent by I ho Superintendent of
a United States Ilntclicry.
During the season that has just closed
we have hatched 75,000,000 lobsters, 45,
000,000 codfish and 0,1:00,000 flatfish,
or flounders, stated Supt. John Maxwell,
of the United States fish hatchery station
at Wood's Hole. The lobster eggs are put
Into glass Jars, each or which holds seventy-five
ounces; they are placed npoa a
tabic very similar to the one used to hold
the cod-hatching Lotes. There are two
glass tubes which enter the Jars at the
top, which is closed .with a porcelain
cap. One of these tubes goes to within
a fraction ot an inch of the bottom of the
Jar, while the other enters only a short
distance from the top and Just above the
eggs of the lobster.
The one which goes nearly to the bot
tom keeps the eggs moving at a lively
rate, and It is this moving about that
batches them. As soon as an tVs Is
hatched, the joung lobster, swimming
about, rises to the top of the Jar, which
is covered with linen scrim, which allows
the water -to-escape when it becomes
filled .and still holds the young lobster
captive. The eggs are still kept stirred
up by the fresh supply ot water until all
that are alive have been hatched and
drawn into the big Jar. It depends upon
the temperature of the water, the same
as with the cod egg. The required tem
perature Is 03 degees, and the time usually
required Is from two to four days. We be
gin to hatch the lobster eggs on April 1.
Several years ago an experiment in hatch
ing eggs received during the winter months
was tried at this station. Eggs were re
ceived on December 12 and continued to
be taken until January -3.
During this period 148 lobsters were
stripped, jieldlng 1,717,700 eggs, which
were placed In the hatching Jars, the tem
perature of the water being 45 degrees.
None ot these egg3, however, began hatch
ing until May 23 following, the water
being 5-1 degrees, and on the Cth and 7th
of June 830,500 fry were released in local
waters. The period of Incubation, there
fore, ranged from about five and oue
balf to four and one-half months, the loss
being over 50 per cent.
THE CinrjUS HLVG.
Wherever Tou do- tho "World Over
the Diameter :Xs tho Same.
In various ways the circus of the pres
ent day differs from tlidt of the past, but
the ring remains unchanged; it is always
42 feet 9 Inches in SHaineter. Go where
you will, search tin? world frf m China to
Teru, wltli diverging trips to. the frosty
Caucasus and the desert of Sahara, and
never a circus will ybu find without a ring
12 feet 0 Inches in dUirncter.
Thero is reason for tills remarkable
uniform! ty. Circus riders and circus horses
are nomadic; wherever their wanderings
bring them musl they find the ring always
the same, else they will be disturbed In
their performance. If not really rendered
incapable. Trained in the 42 feet 9 inch
ring, the horso and his rider have grown
used, worn, one might say, to the exact
angle of declivity toward the center of
the ring, which tho radius of twenty-one
feet and a given sped prolr-e.
The mound on the circumference of the
ring always has on -the Inside a level, so
to speak, of earth, at the same angle as
that Into which radius and speed throw
the rider. As for speed, that, after the
horse lias none nrnnnil-two or three times
and Is warmed to his work. Is tho eame
through the act. In fact-a strap generally
holds his head so that lie cannot get be
yond a certain pace.
The ringmaster snaps his wr'p, the clown
shouts, the band plays louder and louder,
but the horse knows jut bow much thi3
empty show means, and Jogs on at the
same eld pace, until, with the last jump
through a tissue balloon, the act is ended.
Iv3 r lorn oi
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Tho passengers smiledl
Tor tho twentieth time the man In tht
middle of tho car was rearranging his
luggage. A dozen times before they had
supposed ho was preparing to leave th
train, but ha had stayed on.
"Do you think he is going this tlmo?"
said a lady on the opposite side of the car
to her husband.
"I give It up!" he responded. "It looks
like. It, but It has looked like it before."
And ho didn't go. Stations came and
went but ho remained, only seeming to get
more nervous as nc neared New York.
"I think the man's crazy," said tho lady.
But he did not look like an Insane person,
though his actions were certainly queer.
Sometimes he would drop his head on his
breast In deep thought- Then he would
smile softly at first but the smile would
g row wider and broader and finally threaten
to becomo a burst of laughter; but before It
broko out ho would suddenly remember
where he was and put his hand over his
mouth, or turn and lookout of the window.
Onco when be opened his big portmanteau
and tho lady observed that It was filled with
parcels and when he peeped into one of the
packages with a satisfied smile, she dls-
"I Think the Man's Crazy," Said tho
covered a piece of drcssgoods of a very gay
pattern; again she eaw a doll'B legs sticking
cut of a parcel, and then she concluded he
was a good husband taking a oag-tuu 01
presents home to his family., She knew
this must bo so when she saw him take a
photograph from his pocket and kiss it
slyly when ho thought nobody was looking.
At last, after examining bis watch, a
half dozen times and holding it to his
ear to discover if It had stopped, . he
turned to the gentleman at the other side
of tlie car and Inquired the time. The
gentleman told him, and then he wanted to
know it the train wasn't late? No, it
was on time.
"Somehow I thought it was late," said
"You're pretty anxious to get through,
I Imagine," returned the gentleman.
"Yes! and the train's so slow; it seems
to me it will never get there. I've been
f ivedays on the road. Come through from
"Do you live there?"
"No, I live In New York," he returned,
"but I've been gone two years and I'm
getting pretty nervous. Someway it
don't seem possible I'm back."
"Have you a family in New York?"
"Well, I should say," he exclaimed, rub
bing his bands and smiling. There was
a pause for a moment, when he took the
photograph from his pocket and passed it
over for examination. "That's my wife,"
he said. "It was taken ten years ago
and looks kind o' old-fashioned, I gues3
but it's all the one I've got."
They looked at it with interest. It.
was a pleasant face, a hopeful face a
face to trust iu and depend upon.
"Hava you children, loo?" queried
the lady. Strange what trivial things inter
est and attract us on a railway train.
"One," ho replied, "a girl eight years
of age; wo had a little boy, too, eighteen
months old, but he died a year ago."
"Ah, that was too bad," said the lady.
"Yes,' he replied, "and she had written
me so much about him that I felt just as If
I'd been wllh the little fellow right along
I declare when she wrote me he was dead
someway I had to sit down and cry
over 11 Just as if ho had been grown up,
you know. I couldn't help it; but I think
it was moro on her account than the baby's
that I felt bad. She was so" wrarped up la
him and had worn herself out trying to-
save him. And alone, too, and poor, you
know; it was mighty tough."
"And you have been gone two years,"
said the lady. "Won't she be glad to sco
"I guess s5," ho replied, confidently.
"And I've got somo good news for her
I tell you-." He hesitated a few moments,
"It was a hard struggle to live In New
Yorkatbcst, and when the times grew worse
I went West on a contract to work at my
trade al Gladstone, Mich., where they were
putting up buildings for tie railroad and
steamboat lines. Arter a while wages were
reduced there and when the World's Fair
opcnedl wentdown toChlcagoIooklngfora
job. I finally went to work helping to
make the big frames they used In the fire
works, you know, but I was discouraged
and I didn't know how I was ever to have
my family with me again. One day while I
was sitting on the pier a gentleman came
walking down a little in." ,-r the influcnceof
liquor, I gcess, for his legs seemed to be
tangled. He was looking toward the city
for a boat, I suppose, when suddenly he
reeled to one side and wedl plumb Into the
la ke. The water was ten or fifteen feet deep
where he went in, but twenty-five feet
nearer shore a man could touch bottom. I
was sitting close to where he went over
and without a thought I Just slid in, grab
bing a loose board on the pier as I went,
and when he came up I pushed the board
It was all done In two or three minutes
and didn't attract much attention from the
people, though ma) be a hundred gathered
round as he came out.
"He asked me to get him a chalrand have
him wheeled to the nearest exit, and I hur
ried up, and when I got it I wuceled
him out myself. Then I got him Into a
carriage, and ashegot io he asked my name
and address, and handing me ten dollars
told the driver to go to the Auditorium
Hotel. A few days afterward a man
came and requested me to call on the
gentleman. 1 went there and he asked me
a lot of questions, and finally said he would
like to have me go with him to California
I didn't hesltatp long. When wcgot to
San Francisco I found bo was a big gun
rot like Mackay aud that class, you know,
but worth a lot ot money. He was pre
paring to build a row of houses, and he put
me In charge. In a week Le took me off
and said ho was going a way for his health,
and I must go with him, and in three days
more we were on our way to Honolulu.
He was a bt range man, and as be got worse
be would have no one but me near him. He
had no family, but plenty of other relatives.
"After a while we returned to San Fran
cisco and a few weeks ago he died. 1 felt
blue and lonesome enough then, but what do
you think when his will was opened he had
left me $20,000. It couldn't be paid to
mo Just then, and I was so afraid there
migbt be some slip about It that I never
wroto home a word of my good luck, but
just said I was coming back. Ten days ago
they paid me the money, clean stuff.you
know I've got three drafts for It In my
pocket and then I thought, I'll just wait
and surprise hcrl and so my wife don't
know a thing about it and won't till I tell
her to-day. But good heavens!" he ex
claimed, wiping the sweat from his face,
"it has seemed as though we'd never get
here! I've been afraid the cars would run
oft the track and kill me, but then I says,
"Well, If I think I'm not going toget through
safe, lhat's.a sure sign I wlll.'and so here I
am. I got a letter from her In Chicago, and
telegraphed her to meet me."
"And Is sho well?" queried the lady.
"Oh yes! but good Lord! you don't know
what she's beenihrough! She's been darn
ing clothes and .Timping herself to send
the littlo girl to school, and taking in wash
ing to get along. Even the money I sent
her she has hoarded for fear of sickness. I
know how it is! She'll come down to the
depot shUering in clothes made for last
eu minor, but not thinking anything about
that only thanking God that I'm back at
last. I tell you what it is, boys," ho con
tinued, looking round at those who listened,
"there's nothing on earth like a faithful
wife!" and some of the passengers turned
away their beads while their lips trembled.
And the train sped on! Newark was left
behind and then amid clanging bells the
train entered the depot of Jersey City. The
stranger was sitting nl the window, silent
and rigid. Ha was looking for the familiar
face, but the train was too far down the
track to recognize people in the waiting
crowd, and be grasped his bags and bundles
and was at the door whu the car stopped.
The passengers who had heard his story fol
lowed him with eagercyes. They saw him
go stalking up tho platform looking right and
left. Away up at tho head of the train as
if pushed and shouldered back by the well
dressed throng, was a littlo woman thirty
fiva or thercaabouts in a well worn black
sack and a dress faded and poor, but neat
fitting and well bruEbed.
She bad a look almost painful in its In
tensity, filled with both hope and fear, and
the eagerness of suppressed excitement.
She was looking half bewildered at the
approaching throng of passengers, but did
not recognize the broad-shouldered man who
elbowed his way toward her. Nor did he
see her until a few leet away, and then
be just dropped portmanteau, valise, bun
dle and everything and made a rush for her.
The little woman gave utterance to a sup
pressed "Obi" as she saw blm, and put her
thin hand nervously to her face, and that
was all; they simply stood holding each
other while the passengers went by. The
And Made a Rush for Her.
gentleman and his wife who had talked
to blm tarried at the ferry entrance until
the couple came up radiant and happy.
"Well, my friend, you found her, didn't
you?" they said smiling.
"Yes, found her, thank heaven!" returned
the stranger, "and there's going to be a re
joicing such as she never dreamed ot You
see, I've got something to tell you, my
dear," he said, pressing her hand. "Some
thing to tell you," and then they passed on
wltb the great throng out of your sight
and out of mine, but into that respite from
tribulation, that season of Joy that comes
now and then, thank God, to even the
humblest of his creatures.
GILBERT A. PIERCE.
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THE LAW OF THE TItAlD?.
Professor McCook Flndn nim tb
Rt-MUlt ot Natural Cunes.
Professor McCook In the Boston Journal
sets forth what his investigations con
vince blm are the causes of "tramp" life.
Ho says: "There is no animal so thor
oughly domesticated and tamed as to have
quite lost Its taste for the original freedom.
Even a canary bird, wltb an endless line of
caged ancestry, will fly out. If it gets the
chance, nrd refuse to return, though pro
lorged existence In the open air Is to it an
impossibility. And man is like his brother
animals He Is pretty well broken in at
present, but be still wants to break out
now and then. A picnic or short outing
suffices under normal circumstances. But
more Is required whenever the original
Instinct has, by accident, been brought
to the top again."
Professor McCook quotes from gentlemen
familiar with the life and habits of In
dians, who have written him in answer to
inquiries whether converted Indians or
their offspring showed a well-defined
craving for savagery, so called. The an
swers, with one exception, show that this
tendency has been noticed, and it is usu
ally manifest in tbe springtime. Continu
ing, Professor McCook says:
"There is another law of human nature
responsible largely, as I thick, for vaga
bondage. The average human animal, like
his brother the beast, has to be trained to
work, and naturally prefers not to work
except on occasions. We read now and
then of people possessed with the 'mania
for work. Tbe word is, perhaps, closer to
the facts of the cose than Is intended Such
people are probably abnormal. People
work because they think they must In order
to live. When they find, by an accident,
that they can get on without it, they cheer
fully resign themselves. Men lose their
Jobs frum sickness or bard times, and find
themselves launched out into tbe world
with no savings, or with a hoard which
diminishes rapidly for food, lodglrg, li
centiousness, the theater, oftener for drink.
By chance, by precept, no matter how, bur
nearfy nlways through mushy, softhearted
kindness, or Ill-Judged, misdirected!
charity, they make the discovery that they
can get enough to cat and drink acd wear,
and even to gratify the still grosser animal
Instincts, together with a tolerable shelter
for tbe night, though dolrg nothing, or
nothing more serious than odd Jobs. And
In a large number of cases that discovery
"In 1873, and again in 1893, there have
been two limes of great business depres
sion, followed by gradual recovery. And
in each of these we have had a sudden and
great increase of vagabondage, with a
subsequent falling off. But In neither case
has tlie former level been reached. In 1871
there was a dally rise in Massachusetts
la public lodging places from 241 to 422.
In 1&93 thero bad been a subsidence to
378, and then there was a rise for 1894
to 621. Private Information from tlie in
spector of Institutions shows that tbe rise
has not lost Its impetus. There is an addi
tion of 2 1.7 per cent, for 1895. There was
an almost identical rise of 31.4 per cent
in 1&75. In each case it was like a stream
that bad passed Its banks. The waters
continue to swell after the cause ot the flood
has ceased, though at a diminished rate.
"Next year we shall almost infallibly
witness what followed after 1S75. But it
Is safe to predict that we shall never go back
towherewe werelnl892. Thenewrecruits
will have found out that tbey can do well
enough where tbey are, and many of them
will act accordingly. 'There are really only
two happy men in the world,' said a bright
healthy-looking vagabond to me one day,
'the tramp and the millionaire.' Acd Le
was partly right, t Bat why am
I so positive in my prediction that things
will repeat themselves In this decade?
Simply because there is no reason to think
that the world will change mueh In respect
to the following things:
"1. Prodigality in flush times.
"2. Foolish charity.
"3. Legal stimulation of chronic mis
demeanor. "4. Toleration of the drink nuisance.
"This Is the quadrilateral of vagabond
age, within whose safellnes the tramp plays
hole and corner with a public which affects
Impatience while it really feels tenderness1
Tie Had a Will of His Own.
When they met at the street corner the
young man in tbe sack suit shook his head
"Poor Brown," he said.
"Ah, yes, it is too bad," replied the man
with the neglige shirt. "When did he die?"
"Well, he always was an unfortunaU
"You knew his wife, then," inquired ths
"Well, did yon hear the remarkable fea
ture ot his death?"
"No; I hadn't heard there was any."
"Oh, it was most extraordinary""
"What was it?"
"Why, you kno w during his life every onf
said ho had no will of his own?"
"Well, it was all wrong."
"You don't say so?"
"Oh, yes. He must have had one, for ha
left it when he died, and it has Just been
probated. Chicago Post.
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