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Robert Louis Stevenson Takes
Up a House Upon the Island
COULDN'T FIND THE OWNER
Sereral Posed as Proprietsrs,
Tfraldn't Accept the Beat.
A IAMILY THROWS IKTO TBE SEA.
Till Tsther CFot Tired it Bwlmnlnf, out
tki Hotter Was BrtTtr.
SATITES AT TEEIE CHURCH B1ETICES
titter So. 10.
EVEE populous, it
was xet fcy a chapter
of accidents thst I
'found the island of
TTaVo.'Ov.i da eir4
--17. 7 , 77 '
mm no souua oi samu
life diTersified the
tionrsi thst re Talked
TZia that trim public
garden oi a town,
among closed houses,
" -without even a lodging
bill In a window to prove soma tenantcy in
the back quarters, and when we visited the
(SoTernment bungalow, that Mr. Donat,
acting Vice Kesident, greeted us alone and
enteitained ns with cocoanut punches in the
Sessions Hall and seat of judgment of that
widespread archipelago, our glasses stand
lne arrayed with summonses and census
The unpopularity of a late Vice Resident
had begun the movement of exodus, his
native employes demitting court appoint
ments and retiring each to his own cocoa
patch in the eccentrio districts of the isle.
Upon the back of that, the Governor in
Papeete issued a decree) All land in tbe
Faumotus must be defined and registered,
or, at least, reclamation entered, by a cer
Don't Stick to a Single Atoll.'
Kow, the folk of the archipelago are half
pomadic; a man can scarce be said to belong
to a particular atoll he belongs to several,
perhaps holds a stake and counts cousinship
in half a score; and the inhabitants of Bo
toava in particular, man, woman and child,
and from the gendarmo to the llonnen
prophet and the schoolmaster, owned I was
going to say land owned at least coral
blocks end growing cocoa palms in some ad
jacent isle. Thither from the gendarme to
the babe in arms, the pastor followed by his
flook, the schoolmaster carrying along with
him his scholars, and the scholars with
their books and slates they had taken ship
some two days previous to our arrival, and
were all now engaged disputing boundaries.
Fancy overhears the shrillness of their
disputation tninsle with the surf and scatter
sea fowl. It was admirable to observe the I
completeness of their flight, like that of j
-"- -- i" w wtff r"-"i tr ais asa9v VM'J
houses, like old nests to be'reoccupiedin
spring; and even the harmless necessary
dominie borne with them in their transmi
gration. F ift7 odd set out, and only seven,
I was informed, remained. But when I
made a feast on board the Casco, more than
seven, and nearer seven times seven, ap
peared to be my guests. Whence they ap
peared, how they were eummoned, whither
they vanished when the feast was eaten, 1
have no guess, in view of low island tales,
and that awlul frequentation which makes
men avoid the seaward beaches of an atoll,
some two-score of those that ate with us may
have returned, for the occasion, from the
kingdom of tbe dead.
Concluded to J-lve In the Town.
It was this solitude that put it in our
minds to hire a house and become, for tbe
time being, indwellers of the isle a prac
tice I have ever since, when it was possible,
adhered to. Mr. Dbnat placed ns, with
that intent, under the convoy of one Taniera
llahinui, who cumulated the incongruous
characters of catecliist and convict. The
reader may smile, but I affirm he was well
qualified for either part For that of con
vict, first of all, by a good substantial iel
ony, such as in nil lands casts the perpetra
tor in chains and dungeons. Taniera was a
man of birth the chief awhile ago, as he
loved to tell, of a "sicrl" or district in
Anaa of 800 souls. Hence the trouble
sprang; for in an evil hour it occurred to
the authorities in Papeete to charge the
chief with the collection'of the tares. It is
a question if much were collected; it is cer
tain that nothiuc was banded on; and Tan
iera, who had distinguished himself by a
visit to Papeete and some high living in
restaurants, was chosen for tbe scapegoat.
The reader must understand that not Tan
iera, but tbe authorities fn Papeete were the
first in fault. The charge imposed was dis
proportion ed. I have not yet heard of any
Polynesian capable of such a burden; hon
est and upright Hawaiians one in particu
lar, who was admired even by the whites as
an inflexible magistrate have stumbled in
the narrow oath of the trustee. And Tan
iera, when the pinch came, scorned to de
nounce accomplices; others had shared the
spoil, he bore the penalty alone,. He was
condemned in five years.
Very Happy to Be a ConTlet.
The period, when I had the pleasure of
his friendship, was not yet expired; he still
drew his prison rations, the sole and not un
welcome reminder of his chains, and, I be
lieve, looked forward to the date of his en
franchisement with mere alarm. For he
had no sense of shame in the position; com
plained of nothing but the defective table
of his place of exile; reeretted nothing but
the fowls and egsrs and fish of his own more
favored island. And as for his parishion
ers they did not think one hair the less of
him. A school boy, mulcted in 10.000 lines
or Greek, and dwelling sequestered in the
dormitories, eDJoys unabated consideration .
irom his lellows. bo with Taniera a
marked man, not a dishonored; having
fallen under the lash of the unthinkable
gods; a Job, perhaps, or say a Taniera in a
den of lions. Songs are likely made and
suog about this saintly Bobin Hood.
On the other hand, he was highly quali
fied for his office in the church, being by na
ture a grave, considerate and kindly roan;
his face rugged and scrions, hisbinile bright;
the master of several trade, a builder both
of boats and houses; endowed with a fiue
pulpit voice; endowed besides with such a
gift of eloquence that at the grave of the
late Chief of Fakarava he set all tbe assist
ants weeping. I never met a man ot a mind
more ecclesiastical; be loved to dispute and
to inform himself of doctrine and the history
of sects, and when I showed him the cuts in
a volume of Chambers' Cyclopedia except
for one of an ape he reserved his whole en
thusiasm tor cardinals' hats, censen, candle
sticks and cathedrals. Metuougut when he
looked upon the cardinal's hat a voice said
Ion in his ear: '"Your foot is ou the lad
der." Tlie Beat tbe Town Afforded.
Under the guidance of Taniera we were
aooo installed in what I believe to have been
the best appointed private house in Pka-
rari. It wai of one story, verandted in
front and back. It contained three rooms,
three sewing machines, three sea chests,
chairs, tables, a pair of beds, a cradle, a
double-barreled gnn, xa pair of enlarged
colored photographs, a pair of colored prints
after "Wilfcie and Mulready, and a French
lithograph. Under the stilts of the house a
stove was rusting, till we drew it forth and
put it in commission. Not far off was the
burrow in the coral whence we supplied our
selves with brackish water. .There was live
stock, besides, ou the estate cocks and hens
and a brace of ill-regulated cats, whom Tan
iera came every morning to feed on grated
cocoanut. His voice was our regular re
veille, ringing pleasantly about the garden:
"Pooty pootj poo poo pool"
Every morning, as soon as he had fed the
fowls, ilahinui set the bell agog in the
small belfry; and the faithful, who were not
very numerous, gathered to prayers. I was
once present, it was the Lord's day, and
seven females and eight males composed the
congregation. A woman played precentor,
starting- with a longisli note; the catechist
joined in upon the second bar, and then the
faithlul in a body. Some had printed
hmn books which they followed; some of
tlie rest filled up with "eh eh eh," the
Paumotuan fol-de-rol. After the hymn, we
1iad an antiphonal prayer or two; and then
Taniera rose lrom the front bench, where he
had been sitting in his cattchist's robes,
passed within the altar rails, opened his
Tahitian Bible, and began to preach from
notes. I understood one word tbe name
of 'God; but the preacher managed his voice
with taste, used race and expressive gestures
and made a strong impression of sincerity.
Both Catholic and Protestant.
The plain service, the Ternacnlar Bible,
the hymn tunes mostly on an English pat
tern "God Save the Queen," I was in
formed, a special favorite all save some
paper flowers upon the altar, seemed not
merely, bnt austerely Protestant. It is thus
tbe Catholics have met their low island
proselytes halfway. I should not forget,
WATXTZ OnriDBEN OF
however, that the least ornate service at
which I was ever present, shook the chapel
vault of Our Lady of the Snows among.the
hills of theYrvarais a distant reminia
cense. Taniera had the keys of onr house; it was
with him I made my bargain, if that could
be called a bargain in which all was re-,
mitted to my generosity; it was he who fed
the cats and poultry, be who came to call
and pick a meal with us like an acknowl
edged friend; and we long fondly supposed
he was our landlord. This belief" was not to
bear the acids of experience; and, as my
chapter has to relate, no certainty succeeded
"We passed some days of airless quiet and
great heat; shell gatherers were warned from
the ocean beach, where sunstroke waited
them from 10 till-; ih highest Talm hung
motionless, there was no voice audible but
that of the sea on the far aide. At last,
about 4 of a cert sin afternoon, long- oats
paws flawed the face of'tbe lagoon; and
presently in the treetops there awoke the
grateful bustle of the trades, and all the
houses and alleys of the island were fanned
out. To more than one enchanted ship, that
had lain long becalmed in view of the green
shore, the wind brought deliverance; and by
daylight on the morrow a schooner and two
cutters lay moored in the port oi Botoiva.
Not only in the outside seas, but in the
lagoon itself, a certain traffio woke with the
reviving breeze; and among the rest one
Francois, a half blood, set sail with the first
light in his own half-decked cutter. He
had held before a court appointment; being,
I believe, the residency sweeper-out.
Trouble arising with, the unpopular Viee
Besident, he had thrown his honors down,
and fled to the far parts of the atoli to plant
cabbages or at least cocoa palms. Thence
he was now driven by such need as even a
Cincinnati must acknowledge, and fared
for the capital city, the seat of his" late func
tions, to exchange half a ton of copra for
necessary flour. And here, for a while, the
story leaves to tell of his voyaging.
It must tell instead of our house, where,
toward 7 at night, the catechist came sud
denly in with his pleased air of being wel
come; armed besides with a considerable
Dunch of keys. These he proceeded to try on
tbe tea chests, drawing each in turn. from it
place against the wall. Heads of strangers
appeared in the doorway and volunteered
suggestions. All invain. Either they weie
the wrong keys or the wrong boxes, or the
wrong man was trying them. For a while
Taniera fumed and fretted; then had re
course to tbe more snmmary method of the
hatchet; one of the chests was broken open,
and an armfnl of clothinp. male and female.
baled out and handed to the stringers on tbe
These were Francois, his wife and their
child. About 8 a. k, in the -midst of the
lpgoon, tbe cutter bad capsized In gibing.
They got ber righted, and though ihe was
still full of water, cut the child onboard.
The mainsail was carried away, but the jib
still drew her sluggishly along,, and Fran-
finiS ATlfl tllP WAmin cwifn.otrern anrf wnvl-a
the rudder with their hands. The'cold wasfl
cruel; tbe fatigue, as time went op, became
excessive; and in that preserve ot sharks,
fear hunted them. Again and agaio. Fran
cois, the half-breed, would have desisted and
gone dewn, but the woman, whole blood of
aa amphibious race, Hill supported him
with cheerful words, I am reminded Of a
woman of Hawaii who swam with her hat-
"awn -- '.in i ii ni'sMfi a ; !.
band, I dare not say how many miles in a
high sea. and came ashore it last with his
dead body in her arms.
Bad Had a Sip In the Brlno.
It was about 5 at night and after nine
hours' swimming that Francois and his wife
reached land at Botoava. The gallant fight
was won, and instantly the more childish
side of native character appears. They had
supped, and told and retold their story,
dripping as they came; the flesh of the
woman, whom Mrs. Stevenson helped to
shift, was cold as stone; and Francois, hav
ing changed to a dry cotton shirt and
trousers, passed the remainder of the even
ing on my floor and between open doorways,
in a thorough draught. Yet Francois, the
son of a French father, speaks excellent
French himself and seems intelligent.
A Very Bemarkable Landlord.
It was our first idea that the catechist,
trne to bis ' evangelical vocation, was cloth
ing the naked from his superfluity. Then
it came out that Francois was but dealing
with his own. The olothes we're his, so was
the chest, so waa the house. Francois was
in fact the landlord. Yet you observe he
had hung back on the veranda while Taniera
tried his 'prentice hand upon tbe locks; and
even now, when his true character appeared,
the only use he made of the estate was to
leave the clothes of his family drying on
the fence. Taniera was still the friend of
the house, still fed the poultry, still came
about us on his daily visits, Francois, dur
ing the remainder of his stay, holding bash
And there was stranger matter. Since
Francois had lost the whole load of his cut
ter, the half ton of copra, an ax, bowls,
knives and clothes since he had in a man
ner to begin the world again, and his neces
sary flour was not yet bonght or paid for I
proposed to advance him what he needed on
the rent. To my enduring amazement be
refused, and the reason he gave if that can
be called reason which but darkens counsel
wit that Taniera was his friend. His
TEE TOKALATJ QBOUF.
friend you observe; not his creditor. I In
quired into that and was assured that
Taniera, an exile in a .strange isle, might
possibly be in debt himself, but certainly
was no man's creditor,
Elio Hail thef Air of the Mistress.
Very early one morning we were awak
ened by a bustling presence Jn the yard,
and found our cimp bad been surprised by
a tall, lean old lady, dressed in what were
obviously widow's weeds. You could see at
a glauce she was a notable woman a house
wife, sternly practical, alive with energy,
and with fine possibilities of temper. Indeed
there was nothing native about her but the
skin; and the type abounds and is every
where respected, nearer home. It did -us
good to see her scour the grounds, examin-.
log the plants and chickens: watering, feed-
jnc.-tnmminitthera; liking ogryl.parpose-'
lica possession. - y nen tds nearea toe
house our sympathy abated; when she oame
to the broken chest I wished I were else
where. We had scarce a word in common;
but her whole lean body spoke for her with
"My chest 1" it cried, with a stress on the
possessive. "My chest broken open I This
is a fine state of things 1"
I hastened to lay the blame where it le
longed on Francois and his wife and
found I had made things worse instead of
better. She repeated the names at first with
A2TD THEIB TSOAT."
incredulity, then with despair. Awhile she
seemed stunned, next fell to disemboweling
the box, piling the goods on the floor, and
visibly computing the.extent of Francois'
ravages; and presently after she was ob
served in high speech with Tauiera, who
seemed to haug an ear like one reproved,
raid the Sent to Taniera.
Here, then, by all known marks, should
'be. my landlady at hut; here was every
character of the proprietor fully developed.
Should I not approach her on the still de
pending question of my rent T I carried the
point to an adviser.
".Nonsense I" Be cried. "That's the old
woman, the mother. It doesn't belong to
her. I believe that's the man tbe house be
longs to," and he pointed to one of the col
ored photographs on the wall. On this I
gave up all desire of understanding; and
when the time came for me to leave, in the
judgment hall of the archipelago and with
the awful-oountenance of the acting Gover
nor, I dulv paid my rent to Taniera. He
was satisfied, and so was L But what had
he to do with it? M, Donat, .acting magis
trate and a ma.n of Kindred blood, could
throw no light upon the mystery; a plain
private person, with a taste tor letters, can
not be expected to do more.
Kobeet Louis Sxeveisow,
A 70KB FEOM A PTO.
ntaslzamons Gets Off Some Jron at the Ex
pense of the BIng.
Vew Tors Morning Journal.
When Bob Fitzsimmons, the great middle-weight,
was in the city last he was asked by
nnadmirer if he found any special benefit in
being a pugilist.
I "Yet' said the smiling Bob. "A pugilist
need never be in debt."
"Why, he can square off whenever he
Thea Bob hid to psy far thf Itaoudt for
SATING THE OYSTER.
The People of Maryland Awake
the necessity of Action.
STARTLING FIGURES OH THE BEDS.
Opinion In Farr of Fatting the Indutrv
la Private Hanoi.
TUB BATI PRAOTICAlLI 'C8BLBS8
JCOBKEsrOXDINCS 0 THZ DISPJLTCB.l
Bamimobe, April 2. The oyster season
is over, and compared with previous years
the result is a pronounced failure, for not
only has the yield materially decreased, but
the quality has also suffered, and, judging
I from the present outlook, the day seems not
far distant when Maryland's oyster industry,
which is perhaps the principal one in the
State, shall have been ruined, or at least re
duced to Insignificant proportions. The
people are now more than ever confronted
by tue necessity, of securing such legislation
as will effectually protect the oyster from
the ruthless piracy of dredgeVs who know
no law and whose hand is not even stayed
by the knowledge that there must come a
day when their occupation will be gone.
Pittsburg, Chicago, St. Louis, and, in
fact, all tbe Western cities are almost en
tirely dependent upon the supply from here,
and Maryland oysters are preferred to all
others on account ot their rich flavor.
Dredgers have for years persistently com
bated the assertion that the oyster beds
could be depleted. But there has been a
steady decrease in the yield for a number of
years, which has already ereatly affected
the business and has caused Baltimore pack
ihe bouses to transfer their operations to
North Carolina and to Hew Orleans. North
f!rnlfnn Tmrtirnlnrlv has nrofited bv the
laxity of Maryland laws, combined with in-'
ability to entorce tnose mat are on me stat
Becoramondatlon of a Commission.
The oyster question has been prominently
before the public for a'number of years, upd
as early as 18S2 it so engrossed the attention
of those interested that pressure was brought
to bear upon tbe Legislature to appoint a
commission, consisting of Professor Brooks,
an eminent scientist of the Johns Hopkins
University; Captain James J. WaddelJ, the J
then commander of tbe State oyster navy,
.-indColonel William Henrv Lece. a law
yer. Professor Brooks recommended thatt
the beds be 'leased, to s private individuals,
the State to gnarantee them auch protection
in their rights as it .could. Captain Wad
dell concurred in the recommendation; not
so Colonel Legj. While apparently doing
so in a general way, he dissented lrom the
conclusions of the majority as to the prob
able speedy exhaustion of the oyster beds
under the system of dredging and tonging
then and still in vogue.
But an examination of the Chesapeake
ovster beds made by Lieutenant Winslow,
of the United States Navy, in 1878 and 1879,
in comparison with that made by Prof.
Brooks in 1882-3, demonstrates that in three
years tbe beds examined bad lost 35 per
cent, more than one-third their value, and
that where in 1878-9 -there was one oyster on
an average to 2 square yards of bed, in
1882-3, there but one oyster to each iy
square yards of the same'beds. Since 1883
the exhaustion and depletion of tbe oyster
beds has steadilv continued, until the close
of the season of 1891 finds ail classes inter
ested in the oyster industry and in the pres
ervation of the bivalve agreed that the sup
ply is rapidlyv diminishing, and that there
is great need of additional legislation to
prevent total dentation.
W -a-y.,' wiwijlWS1" wnv vwa . t;
" In theTeport or Prof. Brooks and Ms col
leagues to tbe Legislature in 1881 it was
shown by a careful comparison with the re
sults in States where oyster farming has
been introduced- and encouraged, that the
oyster grounds of Maryland, yielding only
10,000,000 bushels annually, were capable of
yielding without injury COO-,000,000 bushels
a vear, and of furnishing employment to
500,000 people instead of 0,000. Under the
present system tbe 610,000 acres of oyster
grounds yield the State 0,000 a year, be
sides about 10,000 to the school fund.
Bhode Island, from 1,100 acres of oyster
ground, none of which is as viiluable as'that
of the Chesapeake Bay,, in 1881 derived a
revenue (from rents, etc) of $11,000. Upon
the same basis the oyster ground, properly
developed, should yield the State annually
over (6,000,000, or more than enough to pay
all the expenses of the State Government,
interest on the publia debt included, and
dispense with the necessity ot any State tax
As to tbe remedy for the existing state of
affairs, opinions differ widely. No class of
oyitermen seems willing to sacrifice even the
slightest temporarv advantage, and lezisla
tioo has therelore been an eggregioui blun
der from the very first, .As everyone k'nows
oysters are caught in two ways by means of
th; dredge and with tones. The dredge is a
large scoop composed of chain work and is
raised by means of a windlass on board the
boat. A bushel or more of oyster is thus
brought, up at one time. But by this means
more oysters are ircquently destroyed in one
haul than are 'caught. The heavy dredge
crushes the young oysters and drives many
into the soft mud of the river bottom where
In order to protect the residents of the
counties in ther rights it became necessary
to establish tbe oyster navy in 1867. There
are now two steamers, six schooners and ,
eight (loops. Tbe steamers have crews of
12 men.. and the sloops and schooners, on uu
average, half that number.
The Navy Doesn't Protect,
But to anyone who ias observed events it
has long since become apparent that the
navy is totally inadequate to enforce the
oyster laws. The commanders ,of the var
ious boats are usually taken from tbe conn
tries which border on their districts and are
loth to resort to strict measures to stop dep
redations for fear of beiug ostracised in their
own community. One method by which
piratical dredges have been enabled to
operate in spite of police surveillance was to
station a boat at each end of a certain dis
trict This boat would signal the approach
of the police vessel and the dredges would
have then withdrawn to a place within 'the
limits assigned to them. The sentry boats
were given a share of tbe catch. But fre
quently such precautious were not taken
and as many of the oyster boats were fleeter
than the police boats they would run away,
nothing daunted by a shot or two fired
across the bows.
.Aside from passing the culling law noth
ing has lately been done to protect tbe oys
ter. The sentiment in favor of private own
ership has gradually been gaining favor
among thinking people. A mass meeting
was held recently atfrhich the situation was
discussed and the couelusiou was reached
that the leasing of the beds was the only
remedy. The meeting was attended by some
of tbe foremost men of the State. Of coarse
this does not suit the dredger1. The season
now is from October 1 to April 15. The
tongers are allowed 15 days' start and five
days after the dredging season has closed.
Those opposed to the leasing of tbe beds
will also hold a mass meeting, which is to
take place on April 30. . Men who are
thoroughly informed on the subject, how
ever, predict that Prof. Broolu' recommenda
tions will ultimately prevail, and assert that
if they should not, the ntter ruin of the
oyster industry ia inevitable, and the tin
plate business so intimately connected with
it greatly damaged. The Maryland oyster,
unlike tho Connecticut and New York
bivalve, has .no natural enemies. The
waters of the Chesapeake are entirely fret
from star fish and other animals that feed on
ibo oyster, and If left alona even for a abort
time will increase ntnMlv.
A FANTASTIC TALE, INTRODUCING HYPNOTIC THEORIES.
WBITTXX 0 IHB DISPATCH
BY F. MABION CRAWFORD,
Author of "Mr. Isaac?," "2rv Claudius," "A Soman Singer," and
Many Other Stories That Save Taken RanTc as
CHAPTER XX IL
"It Is of no use to resist," said the Wan
derer, quietly. "'We are too strong for
Kafka said nothing, but hrs bloodshot
eyes glared up angrily at the tall man's
"He looks dangerous, and he still has that
thing in his hand," said Heyork Abrabian.
"I think! will give him ether at once while
the Individual holds him, Perhaps you
could do it?'
"You will do nothing of the kind," the
Wanderer answered. "What a coward you
are, Heyorkl" he added, contemptnously.
Going to Kafka's side, he took him by the
wrist .of the hand which held the knife.
"But Kafka still clutched it firmly.
"You had better give it np, " he said.
Kafka shook his head angrily and set his
teetb,but the.Wanderer unclasped the fingers
by quiet force and took the weapon away.
Ha handed it to Keyork, who breathed a
sigh of relief as he looked at it, smiling at
last, and holding his head on one side.
"To think," he soliloquized, "that an ineh
of such pretty stuff as Damascus teel,iu the
right place, can draw the sharp line between
time and eternity!"
He put the knife tenderly away In the
besom of his fur coat. His whole manner
changed .and he came forward with his
usual, almost 'jaunty step.
"And now that you are quite harmless,
my dear friend," he said, addressing-Israel
Kafka, "I hope to make you see the folly
of your ways. Isuppose you know that you
are quite mad, and that the proper place for
ypu is a lunatio asylum."
The Wanderer laid his hand heavily uptn
"Bemember what I told you," he said
sternly. "Ha yrill be reasonable now.
Make your fellow understand that he is to
let him go."
"Better shut the deor first," said Keyork,
suiting the action to the word and then
"Make haste 1" said the Wanderer with
impatience. "The man is ill, whether he Is
ma'd or not'"
Released at last from the Individual's
iron gripjs Israel Kafka staggered a little.
The Wanderer took him kindlv by the arm,
supporting his steps and leading him to a
seat Kafka glanced suspiciously at him
and at the other two, but seemed unable to
make any further effort and sank back with
V TTi anmmaf KM- !,. f 1,- - .1. '!. lM!l- ....... 7
XThe summer bids fair
callfor making provision for the proper care of your sup-
ply of meat and provisions, NECESSITATES A
upon Keech H -touRELIABLE
. . ...d ., srEFrqer ATOR.
In tha way of Household
We have them in all sirts and styles,
Goods or Spring Clothing. Theand at very low -prices. Here's a
. department that variety of style
big Penn Avenue Stores are full andand size is necessary to'satis-
, faction, Keech has dozens
complete in their assortment every de-of patterns.
partment to .itself and every de
pendable class of goods; repre
sented, not ia
But with a complete line.
logical conclusion is that if you
PLENTY OF G0.0DS
To select from, you will be'able
to select what
PLEASES YOU MOST,
And will satisfy you best Keech
does aot handle anything that
unreliable or shoddy.
throw aside the old ones, that have
CARPETING, in fact everythingseen so much service and pur-
in stock is reliable and
guaranteed all right
to buy where
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a groan. His face grew palt and his eye
"Get some wine something to restore
him," the Wanderer said.
Keyork looked at the Moravian critically
for a moment.
"Yes," he asserted, "he is more exhausted
'than I thought He Is not very dangerous
now." Then he went in search ofwhat wi a
needed. The Individual retired to a d s
tance and stood looking 'on with foldid
"Do you hear me?" asked the Wanderer,
speaking gently. Do you understand what
Israel Kafka nodded, but said nothing.
' "You are very 111. This foolish idea that
has possessed you this evening oomes from
your illness. Will you go away quietly
with me, and make no resistance, sotthat I
may tke care of you?"
This time there was not evem a movement
of the head. t
"This is merely a pairing, " the Wanderer
oontinued, in a tone of quiet encouragement
"You have been feverish and excited, and I
daresay jou have been too much alone of
late. If you will come with me, I will take
care of you'.and see that all is well."
"I told'you that I wonld kill her, and I
will," said Israel Kafka, faintly, but dis
tinctly "You will not kill her," answered his
companion. "I will prevent you from at
tempting it, and as soon as you are well, vou
will see the absurdity.ot tbe idea."
Israel Kafka made an Impatient gesture,
feeble, but sufficiently expressive. Then all
at once his limbs relaxed, and his bead fell
forward upon his breast The Wanderer
started to his feet and moved him into a
more comfortable position. There were one
or two quickly drawn breaths and-the
breathing ceased altogether. At that
moment Keyork returned, carrying a bottle
of wine and a glass. . -
"It is too late." said the Wanderar.
J gravely. "Israel Kafka is dead."
UeadI "exolaimed Keyork, setting down
what he had in bis hands and hastening
to examine the unfortunate man's face and
eyes. "The Individual squeezed him a little
too hard, I suppose," he added, applying
his ear to the region of tbe heart; and mov
ing his head abont a little as he did so.
"I hate men wbo make statements about
things they do not understand," he said
viciously, looking up as he spoke, but with
out any expression of satisfaction. "He Is
no more dead than you are the greater
pity! It wonld have been so convenient.
It is nothing but a slight syncope probably
the result of' poorness of blood and an over
excited state of the nervous system. Help
me to lay him on his back. You ought to
to bo a warm one the necessity
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x The center of atlracttofi ts the above" suite, three pieces,
full size, hard wood, finished in Antique or XVI. Cen
tury, and only $18. Nothing like it ever offered else
where at the price.
Every piecoWhen you see how cheap
we are selling fine Lace Cur
yard oftains you will feel disposed to
nrnnR.'T' a tnth
to the beauty of the home. Its well
the stock is new and the styles the
has all the best makes, Guipure,
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Open, Sa1ni3?a.a,;srs Till lO P. 2.
have known that was the only thing to do.
Put a cushion- under his lfead. 'There he
will come to himself presently, but he will
sot be so danzerous-as he wai."
The Wanderer drew a long breath of relief
at he helped Keyork to maxe tue necessary
"How long will it last?" he inauired.
"How can I tell?" returned Keyork
sharply. "Have you never heard of a syn
cope? Do you know nothing about any
thing?" He-had produced a boftle containing some
very strong salt, and was applvine it to tbe
unconscious man's nostrils. The Wanderer
paid no attention to his irritable temper and
stood looking on. A long time passed, and
yet the Moravian gave no further signs of
"It is clear that he cannot stay h-re, if he
is to be seriously ill," tbe Waudtrer said.
trwomrx shthbed me room.
"And It is equally clear that he cannot be
taken away," retorted Kevork.
"You seem to be in a very combative
frame of mind," the other answered, sitting
down and looking at bis watch. "If you
cannot receive him, he ought to be brought
to more comfortable quarters for the night"
"In bis present condition of course,"
said Keyork with a sneer.
"Do von think he would be In danger on
the way7" -
"I never think I know," snarled the
The Wanderer showed a slight surprise at '
the roughness of the answer, but said noth
ing, contenting himself with watching the
proceedings keenly. He was- by no means
past suspecting that Keyork might apply
some medicine the "very reverse of reviving
If left to himself. For the present there
seemed to be no danger. The pungent smell
of salts of ammonia pervaded the place; but
the Wanderer knew that Keyork had a bot
tle of ether in. the pocket of bis coat, and he
rlffbtlv indcred that a verv littln of that
would put an.end to the lifo that was hang-l
ing in the balance. Nearly hair an hour
passed before either spoke again. Then
Keyork looked up. This time his voice was
smooth and persuasive. 'His irritability
had all disappeared.
"You must'be tired," he said. "Why do
you not go home? Or else go to my house
While you are at it, and taking into 'consideration the
necessities of the proper care of the "provisions," h are never vis
don't forget th "baby." Lovely spring warns you
of the need of a
Keech is showing the most complete
ever ofiered In this city, and at pricesreason when you see the' stock.
mat caunoi uc implicated oj any
other dealer in this vicinity,fromYou'll feel the economy of it when
a hundred styles, ranging in
prices from $3 50 up. t you buy. 0(ur stores are big enough to
AT JUST $18.
Floor coverings can be seenCloak3 yon will find us able to pleass
at Keech's in special new t
colors and designs. The springyon- In Men's Spring Suits you
trade has been large in this de- '
partment, but Keech has kept up thewill find us lower in price tha
supply by- daily orders from the facto-
ries, and ia many who advertise the
Of all kinds you are bound to be suited. Mp-ch capes t;
quettes, Velvets, Wiltons, Brussels and Tapestries
Ingrains also'LinoIcums, Oil Cloths, Rugs, etc., etc Keech.
and wait for us. The Individual and lean,
take care of him very well."
"Thanks," replied the Wanderer, with a
slight smile. "I am not in the least tired,
and I prefer to stay where I am. I am not
hindering you, I believe."
Now Kevork Arabian had no interest la
allowing Israel Kafka to die, though, the
Wandtrer half believed that be had, though
be could not imagine what that interest
might be. Tbe little man was in reality on
tn'e track of an experiment, and he knew
very well that so long as he was so narrowly
watched it would be quite impossible to try
i . In spite of his sneers at his.companion's
ign ranee, he was aware thatthe latter kntw"
eaoagh to make every effort conducive toro
v ving the patient, if left to himself, and be
submitted with a bad irace to doing what
ne would rather have left undone.
He wonld have wished to let ihaflaasa
of life sink yet lower before making it
brighten again, for he had with him a prep
aration which be had been carrying in his
pocket lor months in the hopes if accident
ally happening upon juit such a case as the
present, and he longed for an opportunity of
trying it. But to give it a fair trial, he
wished to apply It at the precise point
when, according to all previous ex
perience, the moment of death waa past, the
moment when the physician usually
puts . his watch in hfa pocket and
looks about for his hat. Possibly if Kafka,
beinc left withoutanv assistance, had shown
no further signs of sinking, Keyork, would
have helped him to sink a little lower. To
produce this much-desired result, he had
nothing with him but the ether, of. which
the Wanderer, of course, knew the smell,
and understood the efforts. He saw the
chances of making the experiment upon an
excellent subject slipping away before his
eyes, aud he grew more angry in proportion
as they seemed farther removed.
."He is a little better," he said, discon
tentedly, after another long interval of
silence. The Wanderer bent down and saw
the eyelids were quivering, and that tbe face
was less deathly livid than before. Then
the eyes opened and stared dreamllv at the
"And I will," said the faint, weak voice,
as though completing a sentence.
"I think not," said Keyork, as though
'ited Keech's stores,
it. will pay vou to rive
im a call You'll see the
hold a full-6ompIement of all'deslr-
able Household' Goods, and we
And our prices have made our
business popular with our patrons. J
You will find ns cheaper than
other dealers. We handle noth
ing that we do not
In Ladies Spring Wraps, and
selvei at the
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