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"LET US HAVE PEACE."
________ ,--ALEXAND-)RIA, PA-RIS!H OF RAPIDES, LA. .
ALEXANDRIA, PAIRISH- OF RAPIDES, LA. 0.
idlng with this little worn-out shoe
Id scarlet stocking lying on my knee,
pdw the little feet had pattered through
mte earl-set gates that lie 'twixt Heaven and
slaaid ie reconciled and hatipy too,
And look with glad eye toward the jasper sea.
l in the morning, when the song of birds
terinlds us of a music far more sweet,
I listened for his pretty broken words
And for the music of his dimpled feet,
Icould be almost happy though I heard
So answer, and saw but his vacant seat.
I could be glad if, when the day is done,
And all its cares and heartaches laid away,
I could look westward to the hidden sun,
And with a heart full of deep earnangs say:
"To-night I'n nearer tomy little one
By just the travel of a single day."
If I could know those little feet were shod
In sandals wrought of light in better lands,
And that the footprints of a tender iGod
Itan side by aide wirth his in golden sands,
I could bow cheerfhlly and kiss the rod
Since Benny was in wiser, better hands.
If he were dead I would not sit to-day
And stain with tears the wee sock on my knee,
I would not kiss the tiny shoe and say:
"'Iring back my little boy to me!'
I wonli be patient, knowing 'tis God's way,
And that He'd lead me to him o'er death's
Iunt oh! to know the feet once pure and white
the haunts of vice have boldly ventured int
The hands that sbould have batiled for the right
HIave Iwen wrung crimson in the paths of sin!
And should he knockat Heaven's door to-night
I fear my boy could hardly enter int
WORTH FIVE HUNDRED MILLIONS!
.As ugly business. I tried not to think
of it. Iiut coulln't siici 'e'l.
Mv yfrilends imlploreld neI to submit to the
ogtwetion. They urged lie to mallke ull
m, mind like at nul; but I thought of
Jlllid his eoulnselors, and remained as
,htdnate a, a mule. I considered muy-elf
Smartyr--wantonly imposedl upim--a tvie
tiUL. onl wlho unllfolrtunate l"arc-ass stllr
geoul. bIliev'ed they midght ntke any ex
perliment with impunity. I was resolved
that theyl should tind theuiselves mistaken.
io, when l)r. Bumuis. in his rough luau
lner, wohuld .sa, "" Those toms .:::lt comla
off." I wouldI call hintm ' brute." and
tlhnateni to turn hitm oult :but he only
Lttigh'le and always displayet l a callols
u,'.- to mlly sutfli'ring that nearly drove tile
" The'y'll eI the death oft you. "he said
" I'-Ih:lw! hmiinibtig !"
Sit't live a nmoluth iiile-s you have
'en taken oilff. T'hat's my profes-ional
.\t last after several spasnltwlica efforts at.
heroism. thes' iieiuiorale wVords estc'ied
lie: "" I sha-ll have it donlle to-mnlrrow!"
The' ierspiration rolled oil' mily forehiead as
•"I *ra 'criei Dritat'ke-, in es"tay'v,
:ll will sH)ll Is' right now."
I ,ouili not arrive at ally suclh cotelti
in. I)llring the renmaintller of that dlav
alI fillowing night I suffered agony. All
iort. of tilartil weaponilS uIsedI by surgeolts
iii the exercise' of their hideous duties
Iia'4I iin array heforre my mental vision.
I ullderwellt ill Inaglinatioln tlhet' torturem- ot
apulltation a tllousltand tiles. Ar . ~thst aL.
oiie to'e was elit off with duile fiornality. the
work would blW re-onmnlencetx seriatim on
the others again and again.
I ,cannot relllnellhWr how I nreaehel the
lsspitad where the opl'ratioln was to wie
prtirm#nld. I had:l afterward a conmfusesd
ia of being laid out upon a tablle in mrnt
aar old-filshioned style, and livtring, fi
nrufttir tollt's than ever, tile voiiht of iuml
p111. I linlciel., too. that he made :i nI take
.intIe solrt of a conroction with a strangl '
Ulff c:ating odlor. Fear thlen entirely mas
ten-ti mena. Objects ecanime indlistinct, and
I haul not the power of oblerving what
w:as going oni.
I was rol-tc-l from this pltrtidl stlupor by
the -ight of at strangl' tit-e-anotlwr dc'tor
I at tir-t spIito-d hint to bIe. I rememnlwr
twin- ' irprie i. e'ven then. aIt the ill riol. s
reelnllallc he bore, to Humpusl)ll. My
Intedi-al attendanti- had lefl the room Ifor a
lotIlielt to eonliiit u1ilt0 54111e' )xoint of
pr.cltiiu', and while they were absen't hei
cildl up to mie with a smtitle.
As.n inplep.aant position, sirY
It:ther. C'an't be help'dI though."
SA itistake, sir--a ernou' tl mistake. I
cuhtld have clu's1 yotl without aiy of this
work. 'Phe sl. rg eotNs an .L I'rfi('t old
hllgie-hall a dozen c, nturiesll lll hind thll
Withlout (ivilig any :nltil14r Ile Inressnl
hii handlitl twict' or thri' over nivy di'sa.llt
libih. a Iro, ess titat instantly ro'litev(l Inl,
"I onme now." he Pltggeltedl. '" g}.t ulp.
L.'t u ilove tbefor these w--i'c're5 rtltrin.
.No II*il of anly butcheriltg hew."
" Sir !" I exclualed,. it .t burst of grate
fill entltllsiasht m, " ylil arte lily glutrdhian
1 ste 'pel front tihe holu4' without he
ing ohbserved, and walked up Broadlway
towardl my ownl lodgings. I did not ttie,
the olighitest pain. 1 thought it proper
thenl anltli there to exprss myv inllahility to
rWomnp.'ise the tratnger for l*i i e'rvIe'e,
bt., b(flre I hadl half uttered tile setntllnc
"In wanmt of money. ehh? Melthnll the
Inonher of mlilliollns In t word, and in ain
VOlr o wish is granted."
'l'l have a hundred," I repliedl, jo
)no . How will vou have it ?"
I tl'd lt m11y t I'w friie'nd, and, for the
lwte. ex:tiined him attentively. He
lla tin of itoltt gen'tlenmlllnly addrels;
lt doutbtles-. :a lunatic. lie smiled af
Ahly a- it in all-\Il r to iy' tholights, and
" W.ll. I llutt -:ay good-bv here. YoU
mapy exIset the ghl. I -hall 'ond it over
tw-lhlglt. Adieu ."
With tlh~,-' Wolrd-i he left tnill abruptly.
""As .m1nd uas a Mare'h hare." said I to iiv
'lf. hmking :ft.r hin.
I reacedll honw mttsitng over mv stranlgl'
-dvenltrlie. It w.sn tllolIglh to lake a:li
m.an1 Iwhnk r tll retlht. l. Though I pai~l
little ewtl to the mnlillionll spokleni of So 'x
tra'agulltl iv tiy singular friendl , still ty
oinI 'latsdden 1 Iractuloull reeovetr f-oI
-L Il-et.as Pronoltll'il tiortil lev thl' "phivi
clm \wat1 a provwdIi fIlet. T'lt:n. r(10llh II
ili-kpltiCaiqn hen'. I Va.l. llevlertlletl-s,
ilrlrle ,dl. and tlot a little comllilt.s., du
ring th' rlnaIdltder of tlhe' day. I rt,:lly
did n11,t kiiiwi wlat to thinki of it at all.
After nighttlidl.I 'eltuln evtlnl more rl't
'les- n1d 1 t-v. [ 1 c iot 1 nlo wheth
er I wthed a'. pr'omlsed liitor to make
his appsatrante or not. My con.scienel
snolte nme for having formed his acquaint
an('.. At best, he was a suspicious char
acter, and perhaps had dealings with evil
spirits. It was much in vogue theni inii
New York for men to be itiluencui by
good spirits, why not by evil spirits also?
Swai interrnpted in these and similar re
fletions byv a single rap al the door-a siid
den, solemn rap-an ominous rlap. The
sound made me feel chilly. I guessed who
the rapper was, and I was right. " 'ome
in," saiI I. tremulously.
He enteredl. smiling as blandly as ever.
I started involuntarily; for lie lookel so
like Bumnpus that I thought it was that
worthy individual come to comlplete his
" Got the money !" pointing with his
thumb over his right shoulder to a larg'e
party of stunly satellites, who wcere tarry
lng Ill a numlner of ponderous bags, which
theyalnropjel with a loud crash uponll theil
floor. Others had huge bundles of bank I
not.e. At first I fairly lisbelieved my own
eyes-i must be drealming. Presently onell
of the luags became unftistencdl-whether
byv accident or on pulllrpose I do not know
-bult hundreds of broad. glittering twen- I
tv-dollar gold pieces rolled upon the floor.
The sight gave me a sensation like that 1
caused b)y ia rush of blood to the helad. 1
took up some of the piees and examined(
tlhelt. I weighed thenm on the tip of my
finger. and rung them over and over again
on the table. lThey seemedcI most tempt- I
ingly genuine. Cold has a charmn for the i
eyes that I never rnldized till then. I was
a poor man. What could I not do with 1
suitch a treastre ?
My visitor gave rite time to considelr.
le humllmnled tune. , antd examlined somle
books lying aboutt. I He Imust Iwa the i
devil." I thought. And yet, the longer II
looked at the bags still cotminig in, the moIllo'
ardeintly did I wish to make thenm mine.
" I mayl outwit him," I reflected. "' If lhe
wants tIt(e to be his slave, he will find himt
self mistaken. I may compromnise for the I
present, and turn himi adrift hvy-and-by !
IIang the fellow ! lie looks at mne and
smiles, as itf' lie could read the secrets of j
-" What services am I to render for this ?'"
I as.ke at length, with some hesitation.
O" (. we'll speak of that Iereafter." I
I watched hlm closely as he went out. I
Ile had not the sign of' a hoof, and his legs.
without any exaggeration, were those of a
As he left. an undefinable sensation of I
woulily plin seized me. I could not say
that I fklt It I n any Iparticular limb, buit t
thrilled through niy entire franne
like a convulsion or spasm, and forewarned I
mte' of future suflrintIg.
I was alone with the gold. I rolled I
some of it out. counted. andi returnlled it. I I
exam:tlilned andiI re-examiunlt the miassive
ingot,. I dhaintily ha:nilled a fiew of the I
note-, andI fioundiI them to bi five hulindrendl
dollar bills. I thell pt thein all lrba.k.
covered thenm elreft'lly. and sat down to I
think. The tremenlllous power that such i
weaolh coutl give use forctl itself 'upl)on
ny mind. I Ibt. une fasciinated with the 1
charm. The demon of t'avarice was at I
work even thlen, ftr I conceivted plans for
doubling and Itrehling the elornnou* s sun ,
I possessel. Illn onltenplating scllh a 'ast
treasutro'-with its existeniti rapidly Iwfiore
lme-I sooln loht sight of (onti'ienltiotsu ~ernl
ples. ''They vanishedl that Illght. nllll for- 1
ever. I'fon' I closedl my eyes in slee'p.
I was on fitot early next inorninig. I re
solvedl to deposit a large' portion of lily
money inn the various Ihunks of the city-
the nioteis. espciallv, I was afraid of los
inig. In order to avoid suspicion it Is
(umne nect'ssarY to employ agents. They 1
werie found withont inuch difficulty; and
a week afterward I had the satlsfiu:tion of
knowing that I had deposited soime twenty
millions in tifty banks of New York under
ti fly different namles.
The excitement In New York was mar
velous. Sutch anl influx of curroevy had
not been known within the mnemory of
uuml. It lcaineit a drug in the market.
My next step was to purchase a hounse
in lfittlh avenue. reveral were foir sal'.
and I chose a solitary one far uip town.
with a spacious fire-l)proof vault in tlte
ilr.seent. Into it I gnually :emoitve all
my gold. I selecteld "ifth avclenue is'eaulse
it was imore retired. and I would be li,ss
noti(cl there than in other parts of the
city. I still retained, however. nmy old
ri'sidlent'e, for the purlwe of transacting
hllsintess. IndeeIt I opened nnmerous otf
i'i's down town, and app e l In each nin
der liffertnnt names and disguises. In all I
did. I worked with extreme caution, and
e:iveni the nmen I employed knew little or
nothing of tmy attidrs. I was satistfied on
this point troul the result of numerous ex
iw'riiments to which I resorted in orlder to
test the extent of the diiscoveries their curi
osity prompted thenl to make. I used t'e'n
joygoingdownt to Wall street. ani there
buy uII the available stock of a complany..
raise the linrelliumln to a fahiulous sum. itll
ollt, and tlhen realize all inlmiense profit.
The inreluamts were all agog; for tlhey
were. of course. unable to (ietect the undcr
:trrent that disturlsd tihe once even tilde
of commerce. I hadl their paper to llany
anounllt. aticould have ruined men of' the
highest standnlg. Operators alnd jobelrs
were in a perpetual fever of excitemenit.
It woukil be tedious to tell of the Inum
tIwrle'ss schemes in which I was engaigel
the colossid busilness I arried on in trade
the vast speculations by which 1I raliztel
adkditional millions. eIt it suice that I
doubled and even trebled the origilnal
amount of mnv wealth. I tried in vain to
make a rough estimate ofwhat I was worth.
Months pa-sed away, during which my
love of ,gold rapidly' increased. I had a
cravillng to see, to handle the glittering
mietal. Every3' coin was of value to my
e3yes. But hevond this instinct, I had now
a; demon's desire to exercise my power
to injurn, and if possible to deatroy. I
held no friendly commlunications with
any living soul. and had symipathy for
During this time I sufibred continually
fromt the sPlniiml(i(' pitins I have t'es.ritll:
aindt I began to suspect that I was noit radi
cally curtl of the disease with whllich I had
previously been afflicted. They wenre retlnd
il, sthooting pains-dlartiug tllhnrough
limibs. breast and braini-leaving behind
Isslily exhaustion anl mental desilair.
I was poIndering over these matters one
niight as 1 sat in my vault, counting atnd
ricotllting i1y" tens of tlhousands---ar
rail lglt tletnim i heaps-feasting lny ey'es
with tlhe gorgeouTs spectacle accorlung to
lIly daily custom, when I took up ac~ lent
:ally tile homk ·onotitalilin my Ihk ac
<oltustt. The grand total exldbitte a de
isit of $20.000.000. "Twenty millions!i
Twenty millions! Whata plletheywouMt
make here: I'll draw them out! I'll
break all the binks! Whew ! what a sen
sation that will cr'ate' la1! ha!"
"lHa! ha!" retoundell frcom the other
end of the rcmelT. 'I'Ieise iscloes of the
rooci so starthil iee that I turnled round
expel''ting to -see a visitor. No one was
there. yet I trinllehd with affright, and
hurried up-stairs, imagining that some one
had dlicoveril nmy retreat. Small chline ·
of that, though., l;r I kept thel holuse lokecl
up, and no fiuman being ever c'ntere'l it
The idha ofit ruiiling ithe ilinks Is.eaune a
setth'l determination, andll tlhe very inext
ImoIrlninr I vwas tamolg ui ag'nts arring
ing preIlinillnaries, sl·'eiftlIKg tilht exact day,
hour, anld ievenli ioIienit when the act
shouhl tll cou-lllullllmic teld. It was a li-'aile
Iplan; fr. as I have s.aid, the hianiks hiad
expJallcindI to such an1 extent oli the strenllth
of Inv d.leposits, that the sudldenl withdraw
al of lly prol.rty in gold, with all the in
terest acn.cc ulatetl, must lnfidlibly blreak
I instructed nyv aigents to bring the
mione'y from the banks to variou- pls's
down tow\n. 'lThis was dclonei as well iLiand
as. secretly as' I cou ld have desired, iand in
ti niglht time I w.atchled its remnoval to
l.'ifthi avenuellli by othecr lparties. A laborious
task ! 'This cartnccen had no idea that those
hea:lVv hioxe. ('eonlltaLilln'l aught else th:lla the
ordinary iaHnls thecir lalell designatel.
I waltedl anxicu..sly for the result of this
operatioi. 'l'two lay' elapsed'l, and by 12
o'elhwk on thlli third mny pilot l"tcr:gu to yield
its fruits. The inews spread like wiitdfin
over the city that the bIuks were all
brea,'king. 'lhee iiews)ajslwrs i-stliel lan edili
tion alter ea:ulh texplosionl. Pl'colce rushied
frcintially fr their monoiey, but tunlll ellly
i'losl door. rlTheyv Iurst tihemi olien furd
oslly, alni fc.und Inothinig withtin but
iicihes. deit-k aci aecicnt books. The
oficials ha:ul tled in dismay. carryingl off
what \wa's left.
'I'lThe rninl of tlche bank was tillowel by a
ftirf'ul cri ib. hMerchants o'f every descripl
tiol were' .nspeln"lding llavment by hun
alretils. 'T'radscl ln ctouhl not seil their
gotls. Ilonehohlers could not get their
rec.t. In the are of one week the panic
had arrivei at .arcch a lheight that the inhiab
itallt- wire' l:at'vinlr tlihe city.
Tilt' labioring ecuss were starving, anld
heilcl d immense uss meeitings ill the I'ark
to ldevise'. mii'cS fdir their relitf.
In thei' midst of this excittemenit I wan
dclercd :lhollt exultinlg secretly ill the ruin I
hal caused. While walking one day down
Blroauilwa. I wasg startled by sudtlenly ho'
incg brought hcyc' to tietr' with the founder
oif "my wealth. iHe brought strangely to
lily re''nemihbrtn'ie the' |ite' and uorcu of
Bimiiºs, \ whuose very exist'n(ce I had for
gotteln. I did not like the expression iof
his coiuctenanllt now; it wore a satanic
Iook--'tnd [ triitl to paIss by cunncti'etil.
MIv effort iprove.d frlitless: I il' eye's were'
fixel uipon me. lie spoke abruptly, and
without any greeting, ill a gruff voi(' :
" I have work for von. The day after
to-morlrow large ' etotres; are' expected; you
nun .t have agen't- ait all the depots. and as
tlhei. store. :arrive ill tie' city "-the words
hi-.led thrcugh his c'loiel teeth--" you
nmu-t have\' tihe' destrovyed."
"" Wh:t ! starve out thee city !" I ex
claii'mel "" I daIre' not !"
" Yioi nllmt: I crder it."
" IBut the tlhing is im hIm)ible." I 'ontin
clcii. pire.tendinlg not to Iotit'l' his la-t worti ,
tfor I filt their truth.
" I hcave' otheir -lve's "·w eides you, ficl!
I call gi've yoi evry assistaciei'' you rilllr'.
ie a;it youlr otthlic' ti-ciorriv"w morninlilg at )10
o'c.loe'k readily to re'iive. visitors firom me.
All they wact is the mnoney'."
So saying hei left J e' to iy ovnII reflee,
tioll-. anld 'lorrile reflettiocs they were.
A. I retucriil home I raI' over c'ver'y pos
sible plan bv whict' I coutl avoid his com
mantlids cilll shake off hli initlhcen'e. 'l'herel
wave no way of doing this 'xtcept hby giving
lup my goil l, and I would hliav'e partxed soon
er with nmy life.
I waited imlpaticntly the Ilext morning
for my promli-ed visitors. T'hey came at
the appointe'd hour--.lark, tariturn meln.
They rene'iv\'.l the imonlcy withouct iany
'ommiient, and lhad it immecdinte'ly taken
away,. Then' in abject terror ait wlhat I
had donI . I flthl to any own homce.
I ucannot say exactly how the deed was
aucompllishee'l I was d'rltdd to nmake in
quiries. and renauined i c .ret in my prison
home, dreºihlg I seanrelv knew ,what. I
stole out at intervals to jck up the rnunors
that flew with startling rapidity from
mouth to mouth. The .citizens seemed
alarceell at somle great imnpe'illUnig calallldt'.
With paed,. anxious aius they stood inI
groulps :at the corneers of the street., talk
ing cugerly. I dcrew near one of the knots
to listen. aunt heIard it said that certain
seculators had I)oiCght up immense stores
of proviaions re'c'nt y bIrought to the city;
that thie mob. xcit.el to Iniadnlcss, hadl
blroken opwn' their ware.hollses; that fear
ful riots ectn-'ltil. during which the walre
hlaellis. wire' biirelt with all they conltaillned.
Exchilacialiontcs of horror '.sclalM) from the'
bvstacieliers cit this allillolllclelii'tll. 'I'hey
li'vel t!he city dooinmel, iulai thought It
pIlrudent to leave; hi tilec..
With a skill and prlclision that will he
teclined utterly ficlulous by tho,' who eali
not clncpri'ihenii the sourc' whce'lit thece
ncn tderivcd tcheir power. the infencal deed
wau rpei'atc'l ag''din alull agcain. The ex
Jns'sen maiclde a huge' inroad upon miy wealth.
but I Irth hl lot. for I was iuitelled by a
stubborn chetecnnination to anccllih ithe
dibholicl wcork ii which I wail cnig.ged.
I statioilel age'its at cdl the Inletsi to the
city. Thlc'y ilurledicll fiood of every de
seription oni tlhe 1t1se plea that they did so
fir thle hellefit of the starvling popelace.
'I'hen followed the ruin tc'onteiplat'd.
Night after night the sky was red with tlhe
glare of bcurning warehouses filled with
provicions. Many of them were idestroyed
hv the moh. now thoroughly ferc'ioucs
tromi hungelr and the thou.lt that others
were profiting byv it- .cifferil'. My plot
wH heing 'ocnplhctely icrried out. The
people seemeed to have thrown reaomn
o\verhoarld. :rd uneoneciously were akling
me in nlvy design". 'l'Tele'raphic mes.ags'
werv seit to lhostoni, Philadelphcia, and
other large citiit, ieedlorling acesi'tan'e;
but their ('ollclitioll was as hAll as ocrs.
There also cturvatioen was starilcg ltmen in
the ace. My ageens were' abroacd every
wherv. They did not lceve a cetole cici
tuinled, for they bought lp grain, cattle.
cnl v'cgetables in distlult places,. and ef
ic'tially previcnteul any efticient aid heiig
rellhierel to the metropolis.
My labors were almost over-they were
iiorl thiu 'oiilllpheted now by the mob.
The fearfill excliss to whichl it resorted
:darmed paec'till ltizens. acd all who
(culd were prelpring to escape from the
fateld city. Dy by day the panic inereased.
T''he life of any one known to possess food
wis not safe for an hour. Law and order
were set at detlance. It was a consuuma
tion in which I silently exulted.
i'nsuslxe'ted, I remained concealed in
my selluded home, waiting for the end.
It did not arrive fatutenough. People, it
is true. were leavilng in thousands, but a
they dil so quietly. 1 could not see them I
-l could not mark the diminished num
bers remaidning-l cold not gloat suf- I
ciently over their alarm and their suffer- 1
injg. I could only hear the uproar with
otr--the riot and tumult that day I
and( night shook the heavens. The bodily a
pailn now . endured excited this fe- I
verish supense., and roused it to a pitch I
offtirenzy. My lrasions were beyold all
restraint. "" This ruin." I said, "must be I
e((nllnmated at once ;" and my desire to
drive every living soul from the metropo
lis rose with the difticulties that stood In
tluh way. How could it be done? There
was biut one answer-by (disease.
The idea cnle to me at tfirst as a whis
Imredt suggestion. It was possible, and
might be tried. Nay, as I thought the
nmitter over. it seemednl feasible, and must º
he tried. The iromptings of my black I
heart assunted abholder and more daring 1
tole. anld the words continually rang in
my ears-loud and louder with every mo
ment's reflection--" Poison the Croton a
•" Poison the Croton reservoir!"--a dev
But money did it. Hla! ha ! From I
mnen's souls down ward money can buy up
all. I could tell how I went up to the re
eviving reservoir. and cautiously broached i
my pluan to a hdark-looking individual su
wsrinutendinig the works. The proffered
bait was too tempting for his virtue. At
first he refused. and even threatened, but I
holly held up the gold before his eyes. liHe
turned pale and trembled, and I doubled
the amount of my bribe, already enormous.
IHe hesitatel, anLl-succumhed. la ! ha!
Gold (can work miracles.
The deed wars done, and that same night
sickness and death began to spread a black
pall over the city.
One night when I had gone out to note
the progress of destruction and desertion,
I searcnhed long and in vain for any hulan
creature. Becoming bolder as I proceeded,
I traversed Fifth avenmue, walked along
Broadway as far as Union Square, andul
there sat down on one of the benches. It
was an unIearthly sort of a nlight. The
trees droolstx, and3 the whole scene looked
wan and sickly in the moonlight.
Ila! What was that-creepinlg--reep
ing stealthily through the trees? A rust
ling sound startled me, and sent an Icy
shiver through my hones. I retreated, or.
rather. totteredl hIuk to the shadle, out of
which I had ventured, and glared at a formn
that, all unlconselous , of my presence
moved assassin-like along. It reemled
some uncouth beast more than a Ianu-yet
han it was. Presently another, and
another, and then many molire appearedl in
sighlt-all glidingonward in the same quiet
way. Suddeinly they bou)ded in the air
with one accorld, whooping aul( shrieking
in a nualiller that made the echIoes ring
:again. I was in the midst of a troop of
unaniacs-stark. staring maniacus!
Like prisoners just escaped front captiv
ity, they danced mally about in exuber
ance of their joy. 'cTIy shouted and gib
bered ulnllltaniningly one at the other, and
so often approached the spot where, only
half-coneallnh l. I was crouching, that I
f:llltcied detection inevitable. It was a hid
eons midnight nmerry-making. My own
ilstilnets were yet partially human, and 1
recoilhul with horror frnomn slch a sight.
After I lhad endured an hour of terrible
suspelnse they passed on. But long after
they left the square I could hear their yells
far, far down the dark streets. nor lid I
care to stir until their voices were lost in
the diistance. I Wiped the (tulk perspira
tion frolli my fae, and as I touched my
forellead methought It had become wrilk
lhl and shriveled, as though years hadl
worn themselves out in those passing mo
Inents of terror.
I dkl not stir out for a week after this
adventull . D)ay after day I listened for
sone( token of life without. Theoceasion
al patter of rain was the only noise that
broke the Ionotony of that awful still
ness. From the housetop I tried for hours
to peer through the sullen mists that hung
like a shroud over the city; and when the
wind swept them away, among the vast
nlisshajine muass of chimneys there was no
cloud of smoke to tell that a solitary dwel
ler h:ul been left behind.
The railway whistle was hushed; not
even the sound of a horse's hoof striking
the pavement, or the barking of a dog
could be heanrd; the rolling of car and om
nibus had long since ceased. New York
was wholly dheserted.
tatistled of that fact, I ventured out. It
was a blustering sort of day. The wind
caune tearing along the empty streets as if
it was possessed with devils. Then, dis
gustetl at Itnding no living object whereon
to vent its fury, it would. il sudden freaks.
turn abruptly into b-streets, and moan
l)assionatly down their narrow chan
nIels toward either river. I began to feel
that the very blasts of heaven would be
comlpanions. I was snifering rom the
same racking, rendIhlg pain. It hade he
come settled now, and was almost beyond
endluring; it animated me with the spirit
of a demon.
I reached what had once been the great
thorouhfare of the metrapolis; and I do
rememer that it was with something akin
to (klight that, strauld(g near Oae
chulnh, I notkicei thile eoamplete desertion
of Broadway. As I walked onward I
found that the stores ol each side were
opien, as if business were yet being carried
on. Silks and satins, rich and rare cloths,
and costly merchandise of every descrip
tion adonled the windows, luto which no
eyes save mine were ever destined to look
again. The latest fashions, the newest
style of hat or coat maight still be seen in
conspicuous places, and I laughed aloud to
think that suwch dainty garments would rot
and molder where theyhang. Some had
been torn down; and the broken windows
testified tlmt arms had been thrust in to
tcarry off the booty; but thle plun(krers.
in their hurry to escalw. had relinqiuheil
thIe prizes, leaving the street arpetel with
silks for the wind, in one of its boisterous
freaks, to whirl away. Peering out, Ib.e
neath piles of ldust, I somnetillnHw dletected a
costly jew.el., and I wouldnl instinctively
grasp it, ias if its value Las greater then
than the rullbish Iamolng whic'h it lay.
I trlveled on. I founid thile (doo(rs of the
Metropolitan and St. Nicholas Hotels open,
anli, before thenm, carriages laden with
trunks alnd pac~kages, waiting, perchance,
for phanltom passengers. The horse lay
on the pavement-harmnessed and dead. In
every direction omnIbuses and coaches,
cart and cabt-some overturned, some nup
right -were forsaken by their owners, and dc
let to decy. 1I
The doors of the theaters stood Inviting- as
Iv open. and flaming handbWlls on the a
Broadway announcedl the revival of an
ancient conmely. Ha! ha! ha! It was of
true; and devils were to be the actors.
I arrived at the Park. The City Hall
loomel up dismally in the midst of a few
withered trees. The clock had stopped
and pointed to the hour of 12. The great as
bell was mute, and the wind, as it howled th
around the dome, essayed in vain to move of
that iron tongue of warning. It had ceased
to speak. on
I passe l by the News office and saw ex- t01
traL posted on its bdlletin, announcing:
A OaATr AND ALARMING CRISIt
SEVENTY-FIVE BANKS BROKEN UP SI
H raa nTs MrscnRIIAS N w rOan suarswl t
IRo PAYMENT II 811
DEasSTIOx OF Ta CITY 1 !
ETC., ETC., ETC.
Tlheepapers were dated six weeks pre- to
tious. Ilow they gloated over the wreck he
In huge capitals; and how they would B
have gloated if they could have detailed a
tithe of what I have witnessed
I passed by churches, and their doors
alone were closed-firmly closed-as if
they had been swung to with a sit's
obree. Instinctively I ooked up at 'rini
ty's spire. I fanlied that it moved-that
It shook-tottered-was about to fall andl u
crush mue. It was only a fancy ; yet I hur
ried my pace for a strange chill crept over ri
Ine at the thought of halting beneath its to
gloomy shadow. The wind kept me coln- I
Iany all the while, and swept up every t
street to greet ame as I went along.
At length I reached the Battery, and n
there it blew in fitthll hurricanes, rushing r
out madly over the water. I could scarce
ly hold my footing; the rough waves rose fi
angrily to where I stood. Even to the t
distant shores of Jersey and Staten Island y
ships, or rather hulks, covered the surface a
of the sea and drifted hither and thither, n
without helmhn or rigging. Not one was U
nooredi-not a living creature could be al
seen upon their decks. They looked like E
an army of battle horses let loose. They it
c·harge -they recoiled-they rallied-they a
hurled themselves furiously one against h
the other; splilters were flung high in
the air-they shiivered-sunk-rose--crash- fl
ed-sunk. and rose again in fragments! it
The unbridled storm, snorting in its pride t
and power. careered madly round and r
round the hay, directing its wrath now t
here, now there, so that the ocean repre- c
sented one gigantic wreck.
Over this scene was spread a yellow, ,
sickly, fiuled cauopy-the relkection of a
setting-adyiug stu; for, In truth, I never A
thought to look upon its rise again. In r
the west heavy clouds lifted themselves up t,
in fantastic shapes. Anon they took the 1l
form of the golden treasures in my vault e
-even as I had often piled them up-mag- n
nitfiel now into moluntains upon mour
talus. They shone like pale virgin gold. b
The two scenes were alike-Identical;
except that here a visible sea of destrue- 7
tion rolled and roared at my feet. A hor
rible ftr seized my soul-[ gazed awe
struck-spell-bound--eonfounded; and, as h
I thlls gazed, behold! the shadowof a man v
standing out in dark relief against the glit- 11
tering sky! It approached. My destroyer r
stood before .sme His likeness to Bump- i
us was more forcible than ever. It was
Blunpus transformed into a devil!
Ills sardonic snile was changed into a r
look of fiendish triulmph. I knew that I a
was lost-utterly lost. t
There was a pIause.
"flow like you my power?" he said at i
length, " you have used it well--my de
mon's power of gold." c
" Back, fiend! your time has not come t
"Ha! ha! ha!" and his mocking laugh t
sounded shrilly above the storm that en
circled us, and the noise of the waves that
beat against the quay beneath our feet.
I turned to go, but he caught me by the
wrist saying: '
s"ot so; you are inine now. What!
you don't like me unmasked'?" Ills form
seemed to dilate as he spoke.
I made a desperate effort to flee myself,
and succeeded in releasing my arm ; biut I
he rasped me again and again. I str
Bed with all the ,rrtfic energy of despair.
With our arms clasls'l roumnd each other's
waists we wrestled for victory. To me it
was a strife for eternal life or death, and j
the thought lent me superhuman strength.
I felt his hot breath upon my ftee, and I
could see his eyes, like burning coals,
flashing with lnfernal nmalice. Neither
spoke, and for some nloments neither
llled any advantage~ . I soon discovered
that surely but safely, hewas dragging me
toward the edge of the Battery. Every
nmoment brought us eloser-dioer--closer.
We were on the brink now. The roaring
of the storm sounded faintly in my ears.
A moment more-dluring which recolleo
tions of the past came up with startling 1
reality before me-a moment more, and I
lost mny hbalalce. Still holding on tomy
enemy with a death-grip. I felt myself fall
inug-failltg, dn-dolown--1down--sh! it
seemed to unfathomable depths!
I did not tdie; I did not even losseon
aciousness. For a long, long time the
water rushed around my head, and Into
my mouth, ears, andl eyes, giving me
agonizing seaations of pain. Anon the
peculiar noise of waves, buhbling and
splahhlg shout, changed to sounds of
music. I knew then I was drowning; but,
strange to msay, with that knowledge all
suffering passed away. The passions of
my soul were lulled atlast. Borne along
by the undercurrent of the oceanm-lying
on my hack. with eyes staring fixedly up.
ward-I could see the golden light sitream
ing down through the water, interrupted
now and thln as I swept beueath some
drifting wreck. Again thiere wla change.
The music ceasedl, and in It stead I heard
a clattering of tongues-- very Babel--spl
talking together conasedly. The first
words I could distInguish were spoken In
a loud voice
"It's all over."
" Thank God!" I eaculated.
"' You may consider your life saved,"
was the rejoincr.
"Surely." I thought. " that must be the
voice of my old friend Didymnus DIrat
" I)Idynmus, dear." said I, timidly, after
a pause, "is tlat you?"
"Am I safer'
" Oh, I have suffered such awfil agony !"
"Bah!" said Bumpus, joining in con
verastlon; no one suers pain under the
influence of chloroform."
Chloroform! A light broke in nron me.
They had given me chloroform! I lookad
down at my bt.4t was tightly buldPýl.
I turned my eyes toward Bunus an his
assistants-they were wiping their instru
My toes, sir-my toes had been taken
off!-N. Y. &medsy News.
Mamasua s may e celebrated in bowers
as fair as those o F iden, but they must in
the end be put to proof hi the workshops
of the world.
Tai most unpopular man in Virginia is
one who has made the accidental discovery
that kerosene is as efficacious as whisky to
cure rattlesnake bites.
A xx much addicted to snoring re
marked to his bedfellow in the mornin
that he "slept like a top." "I know it,
said the other-"llke a humming-top."
Ermnesuanc PEDESTRIAnl-"Am I on
the right road for Stratford--Shakespeare's
town, you know, my man. You've often
heard of Shakespeare?" Rustl--"Ees.
Be you he?"-Punch.
AN old lady at Ellenville, N. Y., whose
household duties are considerable, upon
being lately asked by a young lady why
she did not employ a domestic servant re
plied: "Why, I am getting old, you
know, my dear, and cannot attend to one
as I used to do."
Wnx there is not a breath of air si
ring, and you are In danger of stifling, at
tempt to light a cigar outdoors, and you
will be surprised at the breeze that will
stir up. We have seen a nman try this ex
periment in a dead calm, and by the time
he had scratched thirteen matches it was
really so windy as to be uncomfortable.
A DlJxaa young man who left on a
far-Western expedition, was bidding his
friends good-bye at the depot, when a
young girl cried out: "Brting me the
scalp of a Modoe. yon't you r' The young
num feeling a little hurt at her Inhdfference
to his departure and the dangers he was
about to encounter, sadly replied: "No,
Emma, you should not look for more hair
until you have paid for that you now
wear." The remark appeared to subdue
A MAN who is known as a brute in his
family, and a grumbler and mischiefmaker
in church, and whom the sight of a con
tribution-box fills with wrath, delights to
rehearse in prayer-meeting the story of his
Christian experience, and the wonuderfl
changes wrought thereby. On a recent
occasion he told "the old, old story,"
winding up as usual with the quotation,
"By the grace of God I amn what I am.'
As he was leaving the place, one of the un
regenerate, who had been a listener, sain
ted him with the remark, "I say, old ld
low, you must have been a terrible wicked
man at the first, It you have improved as
much as you represent." 'I'he falling
frongrace that followed was painful to
The Sharpest OCael Mee Triek TIt.
A Baltimore woman did it-as "youn,
beautflll, aceomplished, and lady
woman." And the way she accomplished
it was as follows: She went Into a jewel
ry store to make some purbases, but he
nlg at a loss what to select, she begged the
jeweler to send a clerk with her to her
bome with a quantity of fine gods. Her
request was acceded to, ad the woman
and clerk and jewelry drove to a large
mansion in the ouikirts of the city. The
clerk was not acquainted with the locality,
but the house and gardens and graveled
walks and door-plate, with a doctor's name
on it, looked highly respectable, and the
two went into the house. They were met
by an elderly gentleman, the doctor, and
the lady took him aside and had some very
earnest confidential conversation with him.
The clerk supposed it was In reference to
completing the purchase of the Jewelry,
which was deposited on a center4ahle ait
the room. It happened that the consulta
tion was of a very different character, as
will ipresently appear. The convermation
ended and the doctor Invited the clerk into
an adjoining room to look at some curios
lties for a moment. The surroundings
were so very respectable that the clerk
went unsuspecting of any trap. The lady
remained in the reception room, but there
was nothing sulspicious about that. The
Jewelry was left there, too. but the open
and above-board respectability vouched for
its safety. Presently the clerk became un
eusv and expressed a desire to re
turn to the other room. The doctor
told him to be in no haste, and then the
I clerk got in a hurry and went to the door.
It was locked. He began to talk about
the Jewelry he had left in the next room.
The doctor assured him that it was perfect
ly safe. The clerk next found that he was
a prisoner, and Insinuated that the purpose
was to rob him. The doctor appeared to
be pnp for the raglngthatenmaed,and
at the tap of a bell three or four men ap
peared who selzed the unfortunate clerk,
and had a straighet ket on him in a
twinkling. He tried to explain who he
was, andhIs business at the house, but the
- doctor only told him to be calm, and that
Sthe Jewelry was all right, lie charge~d the
Swoman with being a thief, and the doctor
a an accomplice, but the doctor wanotat
eall ruiled. The clerk was locked and
barred In a room that was evidently Intend
ied for prison purposes. The next dsy the
Sprisoner put on the cahnness of deper
II tion, and got an lnterview with thedoeCtor.
SThe latter dreally agreed to send to thejew
g elry store to ascertain if there was any
Struth in the youngman's story. The pro
Sprietors were lamenting theim somdlg of
- their clerk, ad had alIready odlbrd a re
I ward for his arrest. They went to the doo
a tar's house and found their man safly
locked in a private lunatic asylum.
i Now for the converstion between the
I beautiful lad ad the doctor, which will
t unravel the plot and exonerate the doctor
n from any sspmof c complkcity. The
woman told him, confldentally, that tile
young man before him was her brothewr,
and Insane. His principal mad acy was
Sthat she bad taken from him a lot ofJewel
ry. Sometsmaes he was very troublsao .
She was vwiting Baltimore with himhn fr a
- few days, and is madness had broken out
afah that morning. She did not keow
I what to do with hibm, andbeed the do
tor to take are of him, if onlyfqr twesty
four hours, unto she could mk arra.
ments to have him tlledy pleI n rome
Spropr lstituton. naThe d lly on
' I semed to the Msgement, aad the result
- I wm that bth heuad the clerk were rsdly
e I eamisdml. ,ddi.r the confdeeos woman
Inor the Jelry have been heard rof ace.
e. It iscoae a very good trick for a