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10. 4c Ks* 2s Qs
11- 8c Js 4h* 2c
12. Kc 3s 2d lOd*
13. Ac 73 s<* 3c
North and South 6, E. and "W. 7.
Tck.N. JE. g. \V.
1- 4d Jd Kd« 3d
2. 5s 33 9s 10.<»
3. |d 9c . 2d Ad*
4. 5h 3h 2h Ah*
5. 7h 6h Qh« Jh
6. Qc« : Jc 5 C 2c
• 7. Kc* 4s 23 3c
8- Ac 8h* g s 10c
9. 4c 6s ' 4h« A3
10. 6c 9h Kh* W'l
11. Qd« .7s 7d 6d
; 12. 8c* _. J 3 8d Qs
13. 7c* Ks 9d N>d
Star denotes winning trick.
North and South 9, East and West 4.
No coinments i^ed be made on the play
of table one except that his return of the
diamonds is bad Play.
At the play of the second table at trick
two he opens the top of his weak suit, ,
instead of returning the diamond. The V
noteworthy feature la South's clever play
at trick eight, when he refuses to over- u
truir.p East, discarding his losing spad«
Instead, thus making all the remaining
tricks and a dear gain of three.
For instance, if he trumps a doubtful
trick; if he has an opportunity, of forcing
you and does not; If he returns to you the
last card he has in your suit, In prefer
ence to opening his own suit; if he, takes
a force and refuses to lead : trumps, al
though he knows that you have an es
tablished suit; if he passes a trick because
Yoar partner may inform you in a num
ber of ways that he does not object to
being forced. This is one of , the cases
where you are justified In forcing him,
even though weak yourself. '-
strength in trumps, you should use discre
tion. If you force him there is some risk
attending upon it; he may have no trumps
or he may be overtrumped: Besides, if
partner does succeed in getting in his
trump he must then lead something and
you should carefully consider what this
lead is most likely to be and jits effect
upon the play of the combined hands.
Tour strength in trumps .usually justifies
you in forcing partner, but before doing
so you should feel that your hand is
strong enough to resist any attempt the
opponents may make to exhaust trumps. .
ANOTHER LESSON IN THE INTERESTING WHIST SERIES.
"Well, mamma, I was awfully sleepy,
so I just asked God If ha wouldn't excusa
me to-night, and He said 'Oh, don't men
tion It, Miss Brooks.' **
""What do you mean by that, dear?**
Tha caller stayed only a short **™<s
and when the mother went upstairs again
sha asked tha little girl it sha^had said
her prayer. ,
"Yes, mamma. I did and I didn't.** aha
said. ' —
One evening as har mother was tucking
her snugly In bed, v tha maid stepped In
and said there was a caller waiting In tha
parlor. Her mother told tha little one to
say her prayer, and said that sha would
be back In a few moments.
This amusing story was told ot tha lit
tle nleca of Phillip* Brooks, the famous
divine, relates tha Philadelphia Times:
There is a tradition that wherever this
stone shall be a Prince of the Scythian
race shall rule. This was fulfilled when
James VI of Scotland became Jame3 I
of England. With the exception of Queen
Mary all our British sovereigns have been
crowned in it. It waa the subject of a
special treaty at Northampton, when it
was promised that it should be returned
to Scotland. Needless to say, that prom
ise was not kept. This Identical stone is
said to be the-ona which Jacob used for
a pillow. But the Turk3 also claim to
have Jacob's stone at Jerusalem.
The Koh-i-Noor diamond 13 similarly
said to endow it3 possessor with the sov
ereignty of India. It is the private prop
erty of his Majesty; it was presented to
the late Queen by the East India Com
pany. A French traveler mentions seeing
it In 1663, when it was in the possession
of Aurungzebe, Emperor of the Moguls.
Her late Majesty had it set in a brooch.
It has been valued at £140,000.
Napoleon caused himself to be crowned
King of Italy with the iron crown of Lom
bardy. The same kind of virtue is as
cribed to this crown as i3 credited to the
Koh-i-Ncor. But whether the virtue had
gone out of it. or, as was alleged, the
crown was not the original one, but a re
production, one thing is certain, Napoleon
did not wear It long. Though It is known
as the Iron Crown of Lombardy the only
piece of iron which it contains Is an al
leged "nail from the true cross." St.
Peter's chair at Rome, the pontifical
throne, so the tradition runs, was pre
sented to the Apostle Peter by a Roman
Senator, one of the earliest converts to '
Cvery one will remember what a dis
turbance there was when the British rest
dent In Ashantl carried off tha golden
stool. The golden stool Is tha throne of
the monarch of Ashantl. Tha regalia also
Includes a golden ax and a golden ho*.
The golden ax is carried before tha Aah
antt Embaasador when affairs at mon
than ordinary Importance ara In hand.
The golden hoe symbolizes tha Indention
of the King to hoa bis way through all
obstacles. Supernatural power* are at
tached to all three of them.
BUT few people at tha coronation
will be near enough to test the
truth of the tradition that the coro
nation chair In "Westminster Abbey.
King Edward's chair, gives out a sound
when a legitimate heir to the throne sits
In it. In the case of a pretender It Is
said to be dumb. The sound comes, It Is
alleged, not from the wooden framework
of the chair, but from the stone of destiny
beneath the seat. It la as well to know
thla. Otherwise one might have said that
there was nothing unusuil In a chair
creaking, especially if it were "seldom sat
"It's the limit; six dead to one Colt's!
No gent ever approaches but once; an*
that'^ a locoed sharp named Metzger In"
Raton. He starts in with Bill Moulton,
who's alcalde, an' beefs five an' creases
another; an' all to the same one gun.
The public, before he can reload, ha:)g3
Metzger to the sign in front of the First
National Bank, so he don't enjoy him
se'f, neither much nor long, revlewin' said
feats. As I remarks, however, Metzger's
is the sole occasion when any gent comes
the least bit near to Wild Bill's work on
the day when he locks horns with Mc-
Candlas. / Rifle an' six-shooter empty;
seven dead an* done, an' four to talk It
over with! That's the situation, by. corral
count, when Bill pulls his bowie an' starts
ln to finish up.
"It shore ain't boy's plays the quartet
who's still prancin' about the field Is as
bitter a combination as you'd hear of in
a long day's ride. Their guns Is empty,
too; an' they,, like Bill, are down to the
steel. An' thar's reason to believe that
the fight from this p'int on Is even more
interestin' than the part that's gone be
fore. Thar's no haltln' or hangin* back;
"Bill, who's as quick an* strong as a
mountain lion, with forty times the heart
an' fire, grips one McCandlas party by tlie
wrist. Thar's a twist an' a wrench an*
Bill breaks his arm. ; " "
"That's the last of the battle Bill re
members. All is whirl an' smoke an'
curse an' stagger an* cut an' stab after
that, with tables crashln' an' a wreck
an' jingle of glass.
"But-the end comes. . Whether th»
struggle fronvthe moment when it's got
down- to bowies lasts two minutes or
twenty, Bill never can say. When It's
over. Bill finds himse'f still" on his feet,
an' he's pushin* the last McCandlas stat
off his blade. The McCandlas party, split
through the heart, falls to the floor In a
dead bunch, an* Bill's alone, blood to bota
shoulders. ; ; ;"•-'-.
"Is Bill hurt? Son, It ain't much, likely
he's put 'leven tried flghtln' men Into the
misty beyond, the final four with a
knife, an' him plumb' scatheless 1 No;
Bill's slashed so he wouldn't hold ehav
in's; an' thar's more bullets in his frame
than thar's peas In a pod. The doc who
is called In, an' who prospects BUI next
-IT'S A MIGHTY FIGHT, AN 7 BELIi DON'T SUJTi'KR NONE 1.N HIS REPOOTE THAT TTAT<rftA t q APTEBNOOlf."
through the window sash, glass an' the
entire lay-out as blithe as May day, an'
was good luck an' good shootin' In com
thar ain't a bashful gent in the herd.
They goes to the center like one man.
a gun in each hand. .
"Bill cuts loose the Hawkln3 at Mc-
Candlas, as he's anxious to get the big
gun off his hands. It stops McCandlas
'squar' in the door,' as they says in
monte; only, as I observes, it's the win
dow. McCandlas falls dead outside. ]
" 'An* I'm sorry for that, too,' says B.H1
to himse'f. 'I'm preemature some about
that shot. I oughter let Jake come in.
Then I could have got his guns.'
"When McCandlas goes down, the ten
others charges with a whoop. They comes
Eoarin' through every window: they
breaks in the door;. they descends on Bill's
fortress like a 'possum on a partridge
nest! An' then ensoos the busiest season
which any gent of 'em ever butti In on.
The air is heavy with bullets an' thick
with emu. ;e. I sees the walls .of the room
later, an' they looks like a colander.
"It's a m».nty fight, an' Bill don't suf
fer none in his repoote that Kansas after
noon. Faster than youi can count, his
gun barks; an' each time thar's a warrior
less. One, two, three, four, five, six, they
p'ints out after McCandlas. an*, not a. half
second between 'em as they starts. It
"The widow accepts Bill's advice an'
makes for the storm cave. This leaves
Bill happy an' easy In his mind, for It
gives him plenty of room. an' nothin' to
think of but himse'f. An' Bill dotes on a
good fight. v . -~_ '
"He don't have long to wait after the.
widow stampedes. Bill hears the sweep
of the* 'leven McCandlas hosses as they
comes chargin' up. No, he can't see;, he
ain't quite that weak-minded as to be
lookin' out of the , window. As the band
halts Bill hears McCandlas say:
- " 'Shore, gents, that's Wild Bill's hoss.
We've got him treed, an'-sjto-morry even-
In' we'll put that long-ha'red skelp of his
on exhibition in Independence.' .Then Mc-
Candlas gives a whoop an' bluffs Bill to
come out. 'Come out yere, Bill; we needs
• you to decide a bet,' yells McCandlas.
'Come out; thar's no good skulkin'.'
" 'Say, Jake,' retorts Bill, 'I'll gamble
four to one you an' your murderers ain't
got the sand to come after me. . Come at
once if you comes; I despises delays, an'
besides I've got to be through with you
all an' back- to the stage station by dark.'
" 'I'll put you where thar ahVt no stage
lines. Bill, long before dark,' says Mc-
C&ndlas. An' with that he comes, caperin'
"Thar's a big burrow out in the yard;
what Kansas people deenominates as a
cyclone cellar. It's like a cave; every
se'f respectin' Kansas fam'ly has one.
They may not own no bank account, but
you can gamble they've got a. cyclone
"Shore, it ain't for ornament, nor yet
for ostentation. Thar's allers a breeze
blowin' plenty stiff across the plain. Com
monly, it's strenyous enough to pick up
a empty flour bar'l an' hold it ag*inst the
side of^ buildin' twenty foot from the
ground an' never drop it for a week.
Sech is the usual zephyr. Folks don't
heed them none. But thar happens along
now an' then one of these yere cyclones
which jumps a gent's camp, an' ttien it's
time to make for^ cover. Thar's nothin' to
be said back to a cyclone. It'll take the
water outen a well, or the ha'r off your
head; it'll get away with everything about
you, incloodin' your address. Your one
chance is a cyclone cellar; an' even that
refooge ain't no shorejthing. for I knowed
a cyclone once that simply feels down an'
pulls a badger outen his hole. Still, sech
as the last, I admits, Is Infrequent.
Bill, 'if you could turn a trick. But you
sees yourse'f,' you couldn't. An' you'd be
in the way. The cellar is the place; an'
I'd shore make- for it abrupt.'
a pa.ssel of resentful zealots to lookin' for
Bill a heap f'rocious, an* so be pulls his
freight for pastures new.
"It'-s mebby six months later when Bill
is holdin' down a stage station some'eres
qyer in Kansas— it's about a day's ride a.1
a road gait from lndependence^-for Ben
llolladoys overland line. Tbar's the
vnclow of a compadre of Bill who has a
wiekeyup about a mile away, an' one day
Hill gets on his hoss. Black Ne'.l, an' goes
eMUfcr.derin' over to see how the widow'*
K'ttin* on. This Black Nell hoss of Bill's
. is sume cel'brated. Black Nell is tame as
a kitten an' saveys more'n a hired man.
She'd climb a pa'r of steps an' come sa'n
tcrin' into a dance hall or a hurdy-gurd>
if , Bill calls to her, ah* I, makes no doubi
s.hc'd a-took eft her own saddle an' bridle
an' pone to bed with a par of blankets
tame as folks if Bill had said it was the
proper antic for a pony.
"It's afternoon when 'Bill rides up tc
pew-wow with this relict of*his pard. As
he comes into the one room— for said
wiekeyup ain't palatial, an' consists oj
one big room that a-way an* a jim-crow
lean-to— Bill says:
" 'Howdy; Jule?' like that.
" 'Howdy, Bill," says the widow. 'Set
down an' rest your hat while I roam
'round some an' rustle a lay-out ol
chvek.' This widow has the right idee;
folks on the plains is allers hungry.
"While Bill is camped down on a stool
waltln' for the promised carne an' flap
jacks—or whatever may be the grub hit
hostess is aimin' to cnloose — he casts s
glance outen the Window. He's interested
at once. Off across the plains he discerns
the killer, McCandlas, an' his band p'in'i
in' straight for the widow's. They're froir.
Missouri; thar's 'leven of 'em; an* al .
"As they can see his mare. Black Nell
standin' in frbnt of the widow's, Bill ar
gues jestly that the McCandlas outfit
knows he's thar; an' from the speec
they're makin' in their approach, he like
wise dedooces that they're heap eager fot
"Bill don't have to study none to tel:
that thar's somebody groin' to get action
It's likely to be mighty onequal, but
thar's no he'p; an' so Bill pulls his gun
belt tighter, an' organizes to go as far as
he can. He has with him only one six
shooter; that's a-, severe oversight. Now
if he was packin' two, the approachin'
encounter would have carried some feach
eis of comfort. But he's got a nine-incl
bowie an' that's a element of relief. Wher
l;is six-shooter's empty he can fall bach
, on the knife, die hard and leave his mark.
"As Bill rolls the cylinder of his pistol
to see that she's wcrkin' free, an' loosens
the bowie so's to avoid delays, his eye
falls on a eight-spar' Hawkins rifle hang
in' above the door.
" 'Is it loaded, Jule?' asks Bill.
"'Loaded to gyards,' ,says»the widow.
" 'An' that ain't n'o fool of a Diece of
news, neither,' says Bill, as he reaches
down the rifle. 'Now, Jule, you-all better
stampede into the cellar a whole lot onti!
further orders. Thar's goinf to be som*
heated times 'round yere an' you'd run
the resk of gettin' scorched without bein'
of any use.'
" 'I'd sooner stay an' see it out^ Bili,
says the widow. Widows is brave, tha':
"* 'An' I'd shore say "stay," Jule,' says
BY MBS. E. P. SCHELL.
WHEN to force and when not to
force partner, is a most per
plexing question and must be
left in a great measure to the
good judgment of the player.
Bo much depends upon the character of
your hand, the situation, the score, the
inference drawn from the fall of the cards
that no set rules will meet all cases. The
general rules given are as good as may
be devised, and the student should ¦, ad
here to them. The advanced player will
follow them in the absence of any infor
mation afforded by the play to warrant
him from breaking them.
Here are some eeneral rules which apply
to forcing your partner:
First— Do not force your partner when
¦weak in trumDs.
Second— You may force your' partner
when you are strong in trumps.
Third— Force partner though weak in
trumps when he has shown a desire to be
Fourth— When a cross-ruff Is evident.
TELL you-all a tale of blood!"
The Old Cattleman's tones rang
with a note of peevishness, "it
s-hore irritates me a heap, son.
¦nlun you Eastern gents Jocks
fillers to the West for stories red an*
crippin" with n:urder. Which mighty
likely now, the West is plenty peawfu!
compared with this ye:e East it«e'f-
Thar's one thing you can put in your
mem'randum book for foot ure refrence,
an' that is, for all thorn yraris 1 Inhabits
Arizona an* Texas an' sim'lar impulsive
an* energetic localities, 1 never troubles
for my life, an' goes about plumb furt is r e,
expectin' every moment is groin' to be by
next that a-way. ontil I finds myse'f
camped on the sunrise «<f the Alleghenies.
I regyards the East as a mighty onsafe
region an' fo I tells you."
Having thus defended the West from
Eastern aversion and properly estab'
lished its status as a theattir of peace
and lamb's wool gentleness, my talkative
friend appeared relieved. The red flush ,
left his furrowed forehead and he was
composed apain with his usual genial air.
"Nacheraliy, I admits." he "went on,
"thar has been a moOicum of blood shed
west of the Mississippi an' some s;light
share tharof can be charged to Arizona.
No, I can't say I deplores these Tallin's
none. Every pent has got to die. For
one, mighty glad the game's rigged,
that a-way. I'd shore "hesitate a' lot to
be born, onless 1 was assured I'd up an'
some day cash in. Live forever? No,
son; don't confer on me no sech gloomy
outlook. If a angel was to appear in our
midst, an' show a commission from Om
nipotence, an' then saw .off on me the
news that I was to go on an' on as I be
now, livin" forever like that Wanderin'
Jew you reads of in the book, the "in
formation would stop my clock right tliar. .
Thar's straight; I'd drop dead in my
"It don't make much difference, wheii
you gives yourse'f to a ea'm considera
tion of the question as to when you dies
or how you dies. The important thing
Is. to die as becomes a gent of sperit who
has nothin" to regret. Every one soon
or late comes to his trail's end. Life is
like a faro game. One sport has ten dol
lars, another a hundred, another a thou
sand, and still others has rolls that would
pack a mule. But whether a gent is
weak or strong, pore or rich, it's writ
ten in advance that he's doomed to go
broke final. He's doomed to die. Thar
fore, when that's settled, of what mo
ment is it whether he goes broke in a
hour, or pikes along for a week— dies to
day or postpones his funeral for years
an' xnebby decades? None at all. The
matter of when you die is of ¦some con
cern as a fear, mebby, but you can put
down a bet it's of no importance as a
fact; and one hundred years from now
if somebody asks you the question you'll
reply as I do now.
"Holdin' to these yere views, you can
see without my tellin' that a killin', once
It be over, ain't likely to harass me
much. Like all the rest of folks, I've
been trailin' out after my grave ever
since I was foaled— on a hunt fcr my
sepulcher, you may say— an' it ought not
to pecooliarly shock me plumb to a show
down jest because some pard tracks up
eg*inst his last restin' place, spreads his
ultimate blankets an* goet into final
camp a trifle before it come my turn
An* with the last word, that's all .thar is
to the business of dyin*.
"But, spcakin' of killin's, the most on
usual I ever hears of is when Wild Bill
Hickox cleans up the Jake McCandlas
cang. I don't witness this carnage noue
myse'f; but I receives the story from
B111'6 own lips, an' my notion is that on
the broad lines he don't overplay the facts
for one white chip. This Bill I knows
intimate; he's not so locoed as his name
•Wild Bill' might lead a gent to concloode.
The truth is, he's a mighty 'crafty, care
ful form of sport; an' he never pulled a
gun ontil he knew what for an' never on
hooked it ontil he knew what at. An*
epeakin* of the latter— the onlookin* part
that Wild Bill never missed. That's his
one gift; he's born to make a center shot
¦whenever his six-shooter expressed itse'f.
"This McCandlas time is doorih' them,
border troubles between Missouri an*
Kansas. Jest prior tharunto Bill gets the
Ul-will of the Missouri outfit by some gun
play he makes at Independence, then the
eastern end of the old Santa Fe tralL
What Bill accomplishes at Independence
U a heap artistic an* effectual an' does
him credit. But it don't endear him none
to the Missouri heart. Moreover, it starts
Cojiyrlsht, VW2. by ltobeit Howard nusseli
THE WHIPING OUT
"It's the widow who rcscoos Bill; she
emerges outen her cyclone cellar an*
saves Bill from a death by drowning. An'
he lives, too; lives to be downed years af
terward when up at Deadwood a timid
party ¦who don't dare come "round in
front drills Bill from behind. But what
can you look for? Folks who lives by the
sword will perish Jay the sword as the
scripters sets forth, an' I . reckons them
warnin's likewise covers guns. But it's
shore a dandy fight, that fight of Bill an*
the McCandlas band; 'leven. an' all war
riors: an* Bill able at the close to crow
en' count up his game."
"When the battle is over an peace re-
Boomes its sway, Bill begins to stagger.
An' he's preyed on by a ragin' thirst. Bill
steadies himse'f along the wall; an' weak
an' half blind from the mists of fightin".
he feels his way out o' doors.. Thar's a
tub of rain water onder the eaves; it's
the only thlr.s Bill's chinkin' of at the
last. He bends down u> tlrink; an' with
that faints an' falls, with his head in the
day, allers allowed he recovers ;i full
pound of lead from Bill.
THE SUNDAY CALL.
he has been able to place that you have
the command, and discards a low card,
such as the 2, 3. or 4, he Invites a force.
In most all of these cases he. has indi
cated to you his willingness to be forced.
But if he should be forced to trump a
winning card it does not imply that he
desires to be forced again.
¦ When strength - of trumps Is declared
against you, this mere fact alone is not
sufficient ground for you to force your
partner, \ particularly if ; you are very
wea"k In trumps; the fact of your being
very weak might indicate that your part
ner had fair strength. |
Usually, however, . it Is best to offer
partner the opportunity, , as ' he can ex
ercise his . own judgment \ In • taking the
force. If the opponent calls and the other
echoes strength, you can unhesitatingly
force him. Also if the opponent's tr^imp
lead shows very, great strength you can
force himV;^^ ,.'
When ypu are forced by your, adversary,
or unintentionally forced by your partner,
here is an. opportunity for you to,exer»
else your own good Judgment.
-•¦¦¦.-¦ •. . \ . » • •rr,i
If you are forced intentionally or other
wise by your opponent, second hand, your
position is worthy of due deliberation.
| If you ' refuse to take the force your
partner will understand that you have
four, good trumps arid a fair suit. and will
lead you a trump at the first opportunity,
as , there j can be no more Imperative call
for trump than this. |
It. is just as important to. know. when
to " force your ' adversary as it is when
not to force your partner.
If it is good play to fore© your partner
when he Is weak in trumps it is certainly
any advantage ' to force v the adversaries
when they are strong. ' If you are forcing
the adversary -and he refuses to take the
force,- force him again.
Great care should be taken that you
are forcing the strong hand, and not the
weak one. Of all the exasperating situa
tions at the whist table is to have your
partner give the strong hand a discaru
and the weak hand a force. ¦
Early in the game, if you are weak in
trumps, do not hesitate to force' the op
ponent if. early In- the play if he shows
he is void of your suit, as It nearly al
ways turns out that you are forcing' the
An extraordinary deal. Th© variation
in the scores was most remarkable in play
for the A. W. U challenge trophy.
C— A, K, Q, 8, 7, 6, 4.
¦ WEST. EAST. *
' S.— A, Q, 10. V S.— K, J, 7, 6, 4, 3.
H.— A, J, 10. : • H.— 9, 8, 6, 3.
' C —10 3 2. C — J 9.
Queen of hearts turned by South. West
2. Bd 9c ! 7d Ad*
3. Qc* Jc 5c 10c
4. 6s . ¦ 4s " 8a 10s*
5#~7h Sh 2h Ah*
6. Bh 6h Qh* Jh
7. 6c 8h . Kh* lOh
8» Qd 9h« - 9d 6d
9. 7c - to 9a -" •: As*
In applying the second rule- of forcing
your partner when you have great or fair
In regard to the first rule of hot forc
ing your- partner when weak in trumps
it applies of course to the early part of the
hand, before there has been any declara
tion of strength or weakness. The ob
ject of not torcing \ your partner when
weak in trunms is clear; you weaken
him and strengthen the opponents. For
instance, if you force your partner when
holding but two trumps and your partner
takes the force holding four, this, leaves
the adversary with the long trump; for
the sake of a trick made by the force, you
may render comparatively worthless a
good hand and place yourself and partner
at the mercy of your adversaries. My ad
vice to beginners Is to follow this rule,
as it should rarely be violated.
Seventh— Force your adversaries when
they have shown trump strength, by
either a call or a lead of }rumps.
Fifth— When ereat strength in" trumps,*
is declared agrainst you.
Sixth— Force partner when In your Judg-/
ment the situation is Justifiable.