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TilE HiNTED POOL
BY DAVID KER.
The sun was setting over theGunges
one bright summer evening in 1871.
The day had been a hot one even for
India, and it was an unspeakable
relief to everyone when the scorch
ing 3un began to decline at last,
and the lengthening shadows of
the. tall palms along the river-bank
told that night was at hand.
And now the Ilindu inhabitants
of the neighboring viliage, who had
been lying motionless all afternoon
under the shade of their reed-thatch
ed roofs, or of the vast overarch
ing banyan trees around them, came
trooping down to the water in a
Instantly the whole bank of the
great river-so lovely and silent all
through the long, burning day
became all alive with noise and
bustle. Children paddled in the.
broad, still pools, or chased each
other in and out of the tall, feath
ery bamboo clump that grew along
the bank. Women filled their earth
en pitchers from the stream, or
washed their threadbare clothes.
Men began to scour their brass
lotahs (drinking vessels,) or to kin
dle fires for the cooking of their
meals; while a little farther down
the stre.Am, a group of young. girls.
wading out into the shallow water,
fell to splashing eich other with
might and main, amid shouts of
To any one accustomed to the
ways of India, it would have seem
ed strange enough to see, upon the
wrists and ancles of nearly all the
girls, and many of their mothers
likewise, heavy bangles of solid
silver, which any western lady
might have been proud to wear.
But the Hindu. peasants, to whom
saving banks are utterly- unknown,
have no way of keeping their money
safe except by carrying it about
with them in this fashion-a some
what hazardous plan, it must be
owned, in a country swarming with
the most expert and daring thieves
in the world.
Suddenly one of the girls, who
had venture'd a little farther out
into the stream than the rest, dis
appeared uder the water with a
piercing shriek, as if dragged down
by some overpowering force. A
few bubbles that rose suddenly to
the surface were the only token of
her fate, while her terrified compan
ions turned and rushed back to the
shore as fast as possible, scream
"A crocodile? a crocodile !"
Several dlays had passed before
any of the village women dared to
approach the scene of this terrible
mischance. At length, one bolder
than the rest, ventured in again,
and the others, seeing that no harm
came of her daring, began to fol
low her example. More than a
week passed without any accident,
and everything was beginning to
go on as usual, when, one evening,
a second girl disappeared in pre
cisely the same manner as the first.
?'he .$error Zwas now universal,
and alT~ the best hunters of the vil
lage set themselves with one ac
cord to get rid of this destroying
crocodile. Baits were laid, traps
set,. men posted along the bank
with loaded guns to keep watch for
the monster; looking for him as
they might, but nothing could be
seen of him.
Several days later the wife of one
of the villagers wss . washing her
white wrapper on the bank of the
river, when it slipped from her
hands and floated slowly out into
the wide, still pool formed by the
bend of the stream. The woman
at once waded after it, and had just
succeeded in clutching it, when she
was seen by those on the bank to
give a sudden start, throw her arms
convulsively into the air and disap
-pear under water just as the other
two had done before.
About three days after this last
catastrophe, Mr. Henry Sparks, the
British Commissioner for the Dis
trict of Jungleywallab, was at work
in his offce amid a perfect mound
at annaqa. hahia -every now and
then to wipe his streaming face %
(which, despite the numerous pun
kah, or swinging-fan, worked by
his native servant outside with a s
cord passed through a hole in the it
wall. looked very much like a half- c
melted snowball), when he was sud
denly disturbed by a knock at the
-Come in !" cried he snappishly, s
expecting the entrance of some Hin- 8
du farmer or Ieasant with a com- -o
plaint as long and unintelligent as b
an Assyrian inscription. But at the g
first glimpse of the person who en- p
tered his face cleared at once. S<
The visitor was a tall native, with a
the handsome features and stately ti
I bearing of' a Mahratta. His figure, rt
nearly six feet in height. was so if!
gaunt and sinewy that it seemed to
be made of pin-wire, and his pierc- a]
ing black eyes looked out from be
neath the folds of.his white turban ci
with the quick, keen. watchful p,
glance of a practical hunter. w
In truth, Ismail, the Mahratta,
was well used to tracing other game bi
besides deer or tigers. Over and bi
above his occupations as scout, a
hunter and government courier, lie fe
was in constant request as a de- jt
tective, and, for tracking down ti
either a wild beast or a criminal, he a]
had no equal in Bengal.
Gliding into the room as noise
lessly as a shadow, he made a low w
salaam, and said in his own lan- n
"May the humblest of his ser- 'o
vants speak to the Sahib ?" (mas- hi
There was nothing particularly ti
humble, it must be admitted, in the g
speaker's bearing; on the contrary, T
he held himself erect. and looked ci
the Commissioner full in the face fi
with the air of a man who knew his a
own value, and had something to e
tell which he felt to be worth hear- a
ing; but Mr. Sparks, with whom Is- hi
mail was an old acquaintance, ap- fE
peared to understand these signs
perfectly, and said: rc
"What has Ismail to tell ? I am B
"I have 1:!en at the village of tr
Ramganj," answered the Mahratta, w
laying a stress upon the la3t word. h,
"Ramganj '-" echoed Mr. Sparks. to
"Ah, to be sure;' the place where ti,
that crocodile's been eating up so a,
many people." et
"Are you quite sure, Sahib"
asked the Hindu keenly watching
the effect of his words, ' that it was
a crocodile that did it ?"
The Englishr an started. and
looked fixedly a. Ismail's immov
able iace. l
'That's how I heard the story
told," rejoined he. "If it wasn't a g
crocodile what was it?''
"Did the Commissioner, Sahib," w
inquired Ismail. "ever hear of a
crocodile being so nice in his eat- fc
ing as to dc vour none hut women,
and only such women as had plen- ci
ty of silver bangles on ?"t
Again Mr. Sparks gave a slight
tart, and the sparkle of his eye
showed that he was beginning to
guess the ri ldIe, but he took care o1
to make no interruption, seeing s
that Ismail wished to have the d
pleasure of telling the whole story jle
"I went to the village," con- b
tinned Ismail; "and talked with W
the yeople. Tben I dived into the i
rner (my lord knows that I cai in
find my way through water as well
as through thickets), and at the bot- n<
tom I came upon a noosed rope. fc
The Commissioner nodded with
the air of a man who. understood
the whole affair perfectly, but still
he said nothing.
"The~ Sr.hib understands how it s
was done," proceeded the Hindu.
"When any woman worth robbing n<
went into the water, the noose tan- mr
gled her fect, and the robber hid- J~
den among the bushes on the oppo- fr
site bank, dragged her down and w
drowned her, and then plundered m
the corpse at his leisure."
"I see," said Mr. Sparks. '-Well,0
Ismail, you knoig there's a Govern
ment reward of a thousand rupees it
(500) for every murderer brought
to justice; see what you can make i~
ot the case."
The Mahratta's black eyes flash- -t
ed fire, for five hundred dollars is n
more to a Hindu than five thousand
to a white man, and such a chance n
did not come to him every day. Hieh
went out without a word, but Mr. te
Sarr= felt untisfnad that there k
rould be news of the criminal be
Ismail plunged at once into the
urrounding jungle, and traversed
at a pace which few men
ould have kept up over such
round and in such a climate, till
e came in sight of Ramganj, hut g
istead of entering the village he tl
1ruck down a by-path to the river, T
Fam across, went slowly up the Y
pposite side till he came to two
ainboo-clumps close together, and h
roping in the water besides them b
ulled up a rope. He had his rea- k
)ns for what he did. Then placing
stone in the shallow water with
le sharp side uppermost, and the i
)pe lying right across it, he van- c,
he into the thicket.
An hour had passed since his dis.
ppearance, and night had already p
t in wlin a dark figure came t
'ceping up to the same spot, and, a
illed at the half severed cord, r
hieh instantly parted in his hand. i
The man started, and held up the d
-oken ends to the rising moon, t]
it finding them rough and frayed tl
s if by constant rubbing, and t
eling the sharp-edged stone lying
,st beneath, he appeared satisfied
at it must have been an accident r(
id knelt down to knot the cord to- o
So engrossed was the villain
ith his treacherous work that he 1
ver lifted his head to look around b
in, but even had he been less pre
cupied he would scarcely have
-ard the noiseless footfall of one t<
ho had been tracking the tiger and it
ie antelope through their nativejun
les ever since he was ten years old- e
he rogue was still quite unsuspi- h
ous of harm. when a tall, shadowy b
ure rose behind him as suddenly n
if it had started through the 'I
rth, and a tremendous blow from t(
heavy bamboo club falling upon
s bowed head like a thunderbolt, e
Iled him senseless to the earth.
That very night the crestfallen
bber was sent off to the nearest
ritish station, escorted,by a strong t
iard of native policemen, to be
ied and executed, as he deserved, 'It
hile Ismail received from the I
wds of the Commissioner himself,
gether with a warm commenda,
Dn of his shrewdness, the thous- e
id rupees which he had so well h
xrned.-Our ContiAent. c
U~NOLE JONAS DELIVERS v
MO.1IE RORE MYORAL
Advice is seldom welcome. p
hose who need it most take it"
That is granted which is denied
Presverance is the bridge by hi
ich difficulty is overcome. h
Fame comes only when deserved. w
id then is as inevitable as destiny,
r it is destiny. ti
Never let your zeal outrun your fr
tarity. The former is but human, r<
e latter is divine.
A guilty conscience is like a te
ir-pool, drawing in all to itself ".
ich would otherwise pass by. ?E
We can never die too early for Y
hers when we live only for our
The more we do, the more we can
; the more busy we are, the more si
isure we have. ir
"A little farm well tilled" will it
-ing (or make) "a little wife well
He who is the most slow in mak
g a promise is the most faithful re
the performance of it. bi
The power of man's virtue should i:
t be measured by his special ef
rts, but by his ordinary doing. u:
LANTATION PHILOSOPHIY. e:
Too much perfume makes a man
k. De sweetes' smell in all de
or' is nuthin.'s
When de curmunity takes up de
tion dat a man is er fool, dar ain'
ch us'n him kickin' again de
I ain' afferd o' de man what
owns when he gits mad, de man
hat smiles when he's mad makest
e feel mighty oneasy.
De polertician is al'ers watchin'
it fur de good o' de people, jes' e
ke the hawk what is al'ers watch- 0
L' out fur de good o' de chick- '
De fatter a dog gits, de lazier heb
.but de richer a man gitsde morer
ustrious he becomes. Dis is'bor
e bigges' difference dat I ken see
wixt de dog an de aberage rich.
De man what goes ter churh de C
LOS ain' al'ers de sho'es' o' goin' -
r heaben' De duck washes hisse'f ~
sep oftener den de turkey, but air- '
r all he ain' ha'f es clean.-Ar
NTEltVIEWING MRS. YOUNG.
From the Denver Tibune.
Hearing that Brigham Young. Jr.,
nd his family had arrived from
alt Lake and were quartered at
ie American House, one of the
ribune reporters took a notion
esterday morning that he would
in down and interview Mrs. Young.
'he scheme of interviewing Brig
am was an old one-there would
e no enterprise in anything of that
ind, but te idea of a chat with the
ife seemed new and brilliant.
"Can I see Mrs. Brigham Young
i the parlor for a few moments?"
iquired the reporter at the office
:unter of the American House.
-Walk up to the parlor and I'll
nd out," said Mr. Smith.
The parlor was the largest the re
orter had ever seen. It was eighty
et one way and seventy the other,
nd the ceiling was so high that the
porter thought they must have to
se a telescope to determine when
needed wfitewashing. He sat
:wn in a chair in one corner. Pret
r soon a tall, stout lady entered
"Mrs. Young, I suppose?" asked
"Yes sir," answered the lady.
"I have called, madam," said the
,porter, "to ascertain your views
a questions involved by polygamy
ad institutions peculiar to Mor
"Ah, sir," said the lady pleasant
r, as she took a seat, "I fear I shall
3 unable to gratify your curiosity.
[y husband'has gone out for a walk;
hen he returns he will doubtless
D glad to advise you upon any
>pic concerning our faith of which
may be proper to say anything."
"But I wish to obtain your views,"
s:plained the reporter. "Mr. Young
as frequently been heard through
ie press, wb'e ' wife has never
een interviewed. May I hope,
iadam, that you will accord the
'ribune the honor of being the first
> convey to the public your-"
,-Did you wish to see me?" in
uired a small, thin lady, who had
tered the parlor quite noiselessly.
'-Excuse me said the reporter,
but Mrs. Young was the lady I
"Well, I am Mrs. Young," said
ie small, thin lady.
"Yes," said the tall, stout lady,
his is Mrs. Young, and so am I.
'his is Sophia, Mr. Young's fourth
ife, while I am Margaret, his ser
ath wife-he calls me Birdie."
The reporter was considerably
mbarrassed. He might have been
appy with either, were tother fair
"Be seated, madam," said he;
[ have called to ascertain your
Lews on the questions involved by
lygamy and other institutions
eculiar to Mormonism."
"Oh, but I've nothing to say,"
rotested the small, thin lady;
Brigham will be in shortly, and
ayt be he'll talk with you."
"But, madam," urged the repor
r, "Mr. Young has frequently been
aard from through the press, while
is *ife-beg pardon, I mdan his
ives have never-,"
"Who was it wanted to see me in
ie parlor?" asked a red-haired,
eckled-faced lady coming into the
>om at this juncture.
"Why, this gentleman is a repor
r," explained the tall, stout lady
md he has come to interview us'
[r. reporter, this is Mrs. Lucy
oung, my Brigham's second wife."
Mrs. Lucy Young bowed stiffly
id sat down on a hair-cloth sofa.
"I'm not going to be interviewed,"
as said. "If there's any interview
g to be done, Briggy's got to do
"Hello, girls, anybody down here
ant to see me?".
The inquirer was a curly-headed,
d-cheeked young lady, who came
uncing into the room very uncere
"It's a reporter come to interview
i," said the freckle-faced lady.
"A reporter? W hy, how funny !"
claimed the curly-haired, red
eeked young lady, laughing heart
y. She sat down next to the re
"I'm one of the Mrs. Young,"
iid she, "but I mustn't say a word
iat is liable to be printed. Brig
ould never forgive me if I did.
mn his fourteenth wife, you know,
aI he's awful jealous. Oh,-there
ou are, Emma. Come in dear.
[ere's an editor who wants to in
Emma was another wife-the
ighth. She was cross-eyed, but
therwise comely to view. She
'as followed by Rachel, the third
ife, who was" brown-haired and
lue-eyed, and demure looking.
'hey were duly introduced. The
porter felt himself called upon to
ammence all over again.
"Mrs. Young,'' said he, address
ig the group, "I have called to as
rtain your views on questions in
olved by polygamy and other in
itutions peculiar to the Mor
"Wouldn't it be better to call the
..t Or nS before we attampt to be
interviewed?" suggested the eighth
"'Perhaps so," said the reporter.
"But-but-but how;many are there
"Oh, we're quite a family," said
the fourth Mrs. Young, and going
to the parlor door called out:
"Maud, Jennie, Clara, Rebecca,
Harriet, Mabel, Ruth, Julia, Frances
Mary, Caroline, Esther, come into
the parlor, and bring the rest of us
The reporter pinched himself to
discover whether he was awake.
There was no doubt about it.
Mrs. Young began to stream into
the parlor. There was every varie
ty of her. She was tall, short, fat,
leau, red-faced, pale-cheeked, plump,
scrawny, old, young, sour, pleasant,
vivacious, stupid, graceful, and awk
ward. The parlor got crowded
why don't they have bigger parlors
at the American House. anyway?
The idea of expecting a reporter to
interview Mrs. Young in a room not
more than Gx8! The air was stifling.
The reporter felt as if he were going
fo faint. He began to regret he
had ever undertaken the novel task
of interviewing Mrs. Young.
"Oh, girls, girls, here comes Brig.
gy !" cried one of the -ladies who
had teen looking out the window.
"Where? where?" screamed the
rest, rushing pell-mell to the win
dows-there were seven of them
and craning their necks to get a
look at their husband. Such a
scrambling and bustling never were
seen before. Mrs. Young pushed,
crowded, slapped, and scratched
one another in tLeir attempts to
secure a view of her liege lord.
"See, he threw a kiss at me," ex.
claimed Mrs. Young.
"He didn't, either! It was for
me !" cried Mrs. Young.
"And immediately the rest of
Mrs. Young indignantly asserted
the kiss was meant for her, and then
ensued a war of words, in which
such endearing epithets as "You
sadey jade," "You pert minx."
"You mean thing," and "You cross
old hen" figured conspicuously.
The reporter crept wearily away
from the scene. As he tottered
through the hotel office Mr. Smith
-1 hope you succeeded in getting
the interview you wanted," said
Mr. Smith; "I did the best I could
under the circumstances, but the
fact is, quite a number of Mrs.
Young have gone out shopping and
others were feeling too much under
the weather to receive callers."
THE QUEEN'S EXECUTION
The late William Marwood, the
queen's executioner, was born at
Gouleeby, near Hornscastle, Eng
land, about sixty-three years ago,
says the New York World, and
resided there up to the time of his
death. He was a man of fine phy
sique, about five feet eight inches
tall, and weighed nearly 180 pounds.
He received a good education, and
was a Wesleyan preacher previous
to assuming the position of hang
man. He was a man of pleasing
address, with iron gray hair, and
his appearance was very unlike the
ideal hangman. Marwood succeed
ed the celebrated Caicraft as public
executioner, and since assuminlg
the position has hanged more than
100 persons, among them fo
The way in which Marwood
became hangman is interesting.
Twelve years ago, when Calcraft
was retired, Marwood went before
the government medical depart
ment and asked for the position,
saying that he had a 'system by
ghich he could cause instantaneous
death to the condemned, and being
quii,e an anatomical student he
convinced the department that his
system was superior to Calcraft's,
and he was given the place. His
first hanging was that of a man
named Horry, who had been con
victed of wife murder. On another
occasion he hanged four sailors
who had committed murder on the
high seas. He also bad charge of
the hanging of the men 'condemned
to death for implication in the
Phcenix Park murders. Marwood
was a most pecnliar man and was
of the opinion that gny muan hanged
by any other than his system was
a victim of crnelty. His knowledge
of anatomy led him to change the
ropes used by Calcraft, and he of
ten asserted that a man hanged by
him suffered no pain.
When Calcraft was public execu
tioner he used a rope but three feet
long, and when he had drawn the
bolt it was his custom to seize, the
hanging man's legs and swing on
them until-eertain that death had
ensued. "That,'' said Marwood on'
one occasion, "ied me to increase
the length of the rope to nine feet
which length secures a much better
result. The way I do it the neck is
quickly dJi!ocated, the spinal cord
broken and the air pipes closed.
Thus the lungs cease to perform
their functions, and artificial apo
plexy is produced so that death is
In 1880 Marwood visited this
ontq, and while in Raw York
Advertisemena inserted at the rate ef
$1.00 per square (one inch) for first insertior,
and 75 cents for each subsequent insertior.
Double column advertisements ten per cent,
lotices of meetings obituaries and tribut(s
of respect, same rates per square as ordinsry
Special Notice@ in Local column 15 cent
Advertisements not marked with the nume
ber of insertions wilt be kept In till forb'd
and charged accordingly.
Special contracts made with large advr
Lisers with liberal deductions on aboveratt I
DONE WITH NEATNESS AND DISPATCH
visited the Tombs. There he held
a ehort conversation with Chastine
Cox and Pietro Balbo, whr were
then under sentence of death. and
he looked them over closely from a
professional stand point. Ile also
inspected the gallows in the yard
and its appliances. He prononnced
them semi barbarous, and esplain.
ed that the system in vogue in this
country caused a man needless
Some time ago Marwood under
took to deliver a lecture on "The
Times." It took place in a hall in
Sheffield, and the people, who ex
pected him to say something of his
professional experience, flocked to
the hall, which was crowded'a min -
ute after the doors were openid.
He disappointed them, however, by
speaking of the Bible, which he
said "is the book of England',
greatness," and reviewed mankind
in general. He said: "The wheel
of time is constantly casting people
into eternity." "Yes" cried a wag,
"and so is your rope." Marwood's
lecture was a failure, and his audi
ence discovered it before he did and
clamored for the return of their
money, and with wild yells greeted
the retirement of the executioner.
On one occasion some disagree
able remarks made in parliament
respecting a bunglin execution at
Durham brought Murwood down to
London, lobbying members of par
liament. After an interview with
the home secretary, he favor
ed the house of lords. with a visit'
and after leaving the strangers
gallery distributed his autographs
written on parliamentary note paper,
accompanying them with his carte
de visite. Inspector Dunning took
the higman and his friends in tow
and with difficulty piloted. them
through the central hall, where a
dense crowd of legislators had stop
ped to have a look at the man who
had probaby sent more of his fellow
creatures to eternity than any other
living man. The executioner seem
ed to be much impressed with the
high "tone" of every one about
him, and distributed cringing-little
bows right and left. Several mem
be shook him warmly by the
hand, whieb attention seemed to
slightly embarrass the grim func
tionar.y. The chief secretary for
Ireland came out to see one who
had assisted so frequently of late
in maintaining law and order in
Ireland. Mr. Trevelyan, with, his
usual sharp glance, surveyed Mar
wood from head to foot with a keen,
scrutinizing glance, but evidently
did not relish too close an acquaim
tance. Honorable members then
relieved themselves by perpetrating
dismal jokes upon each other..
"What," said one, "is the vice
chancellor's hanging weight?"
"How many feet 'drop,' " said an
other, "would you allow if you were
operating upon the honorable mem
ber for Eye?" etc., etc. These
brilliant flashes of legislative wit
rather overpowered Marwood, 'who
looked as if he were about to be
operated upon by himself.
LOVE OF TOOLS.
The boy who is naturally clever
in the use of tools is sure to make a
"litter" in the house; but the pro
ducts of his industry compensate
one for that. All the children in
the family and all of the neighbor's
children come in foir a share, They
blow his whistles, sail his boats
fly his kites, spin his tops, play on
his cornstalk fiddles, and use his
pop-guns, squirt guns, bow and ar
rows, and various nondeseript. And
how useful to .mother, if she
knows how to manage him! Pre
vide the mechanical boy with a
place to work in., and tools to
work with- a few at a time-and
as he acquires skill in their use, he
will turn it to practical account, in
closets with shelves, repairing door
knobs, making sets of bookshelves,
putting more drawers in the China
closets, making spice boxes, work
bxes, spool stands, brackets and
picture frames and a thousand and
one knick knacks, to adorn the
house, and add to its convenience,
especially if you inelide. a scroll
saw among his tool's. Of course *
your children are destined to dis
tinguish themselves in some way
before the world. It will. be no
less an honor to have a great me
chanical engineer or inventor in
your family than to have a distin
guished scientist, jurist, author or
musician. If it does not come to
that, a good machinist will be quite
as creditable to you as book-keeper
or clerk. Even if his liking for
mechanics turns out to be only a
boy's notion and not an indication
ofgenius, or even of talent, no harm
can come from its indulgence, and
at least this much will result, that
your boy will be' while the whim
lasts happily and innocently em
It is estimated that students can
live in the German university towns
for $150 a yeagasndit is estimated
that very few of them do it.
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