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THE WASHINGKTOK TIMES, STTNDAY, APB1X 21, 1895.
How Dan Tncker Fell from Grace
By Elxod Boexe.
(Copyright, 1895. by Bnchellcr, Johnson
Bin Tucker is generally supposed to bo a
myth. "Wo bear HUla or hun in tiicso
days, but about forty year ago his name
was familiar to almost every one. The wdj
ti "Old Baa Tucker" wji then in vogue
tritn cero minstrels and with street singra
6tid whistlers. ItwasasongorigiBallycom
poied iu honor of Mr. Tuuker'a ioriiJ hos
pitality, by one or hit boon companions,
aud afterwardsfrom time to time grotesquc
ly cliMjul until it beisme a meaningless
ballad, each staueas aa lhi having been
added by set: aonsenAo verse'writer.
Old Ban Tucker iriu Tine old man,
He wacbad hit fa.ee in a irjinc pan,
HecoraUvd kifihe&d with ajiiniilngwheel,
Daniel P.yrd Tucker wasthe second aonof
Berkley Tcter, Esq., of Carroll county,
Ta., a widower, who crossed the BlueRidgo
and settle! on a large f tnn in the upper
part of Tsdkln County. North Carolina,
about 17S8, toon thereafter dying and be
queathing hia real estate and fourteen slaves
to the brother Fairf ax aud Baniel; "and in
two years from tha death of the father
Fairfax died, leaving hit portion to Baniel.
For aamber of )eara Daniel, who lived on
the farm alone with his faithful slave?,
worked the place asiduoualy and considera
bly incre.d hie Already neat little fortune;
but helag a grost and inveterate player of
tho fiddle, he gradually fell iato b.id com
pany and bagaa to drink too freely. His
houce was always open to the whole coun
try No wadding or other festive occasion
was complete a ales Dan Tucker was there
to pity the riesdle Under his nimble bow
"Koaey Musk," "The Devil's Bream,'
"Leather Breeches" and such liko tunes
fairly tat rolllckiag nature a blaze.
By Kd hy Ban Tucker commenced to
grow old, and then it occurred to him that
he had bettfr pet a wife. He accordingly
set his eye and fixed his fancy on a comely
neighbor Hits Polly Ann 'Williams. Dau'd
father would have choked with rage at
mention of auch an alliance, for he be
longed to patrician stock. Ban inherited
the mora plebisu nature of his mother
and was not choice about some things that
would have killed hl proud father.
Miss 'niliocit was herveir a sola heir,
owned a large estate and was also a little
advanced in years Assoonasshcpreceived
Ban's intentions she promptly gave hmi to
understand that if ho wanted her ho would
HE TOOK HOLD OP THE JUG AND
havo to rive up whisky and the fiddle, for
Bhe was a Presbyterian of the strictest
sect, aad sha hoaestiy looked upon such
thine as deadly aneniies to the soul.
Finalag hie suit balked in this way. Ban,
with manlike propensity, actually Tell dead
in love with Kits Polly, and one June even
ing, "ween they were strolling together in
nor rose garden, ho solemnly pledged her
that he would abandon both drink and the
fiddle if she would marry him, and further
that ho would join the church. And he
kept his word and she kept hers. But it
went hard with Mr. Tucker. As soon as
tho novelty of tha new stato had worn
away he frsgan to set restless and glaoniy.
So nid the musio of tho baw and ho
ocaacloxeJIy longed Inexpreibly for a lit
tle goe whisky. Everybody remarked the
awful change in his loaks. He was a
attra, anstocr&tio-looklBg man, and had
hen given t smart dressing. Now he
dratted carelaieriy. Occasionally he hinted
at kis dear old Addle, st his wife rigidly
hal aia to kit war. Unfortunately, after
a wWlo sha bgn to crow shrewish, and
this aAsod ta Ban's depression. Sometimes
ho cteraiitd to rebel, break his promise
aata liva the happy old life again. His
f leger fairly ltehed for tko striae and the
aw aad bis gentle soul yearaed for the
harailaes xxuste. His health failed. His
wife attributed his cecllns to lazlaett, re
aoltirj; fru&i dyspepsia. On day aha an
noeietd her lateatioa of coins to visit an
tyred aunt of bont, who lived about four
miles away, with a view of setting a re
cti for a famous kerb tonio then used in
ttuit parts. Aa abo had not seen her aunt
far a Ian- time, ska decided to stay over
night Ban sad&lod her mare for her bini
froif, and pelitely wishing her a happy
visit, watched her until aho turned tho
Dead of tho road.
StttlHj: alose by his fireside that night
for it was cool autumn weather Ban was
suddenly overcoraa by a desire to at least
handle his fiddlo ence more. Opening a
little closet over tho tall mantelpiece, he
drew forth tho instrument and tho bow
lid after. He was about to replace the
how, but turned and laid it on a chair.
Then lie sighed, took a chew of tobacco
and est down. He did not intend to fondle
the strings, which were still intact, but
be ooald not help "it. As if unconscious of
his action ha actually tuned the fiddle
only a little at a tune, and with many
intervals of casing dreamily into the fire.
Baa was in dasher and he knew it. But
he couldn" stop. Having tuned the violin,
he looked around tiie firelit room almost
timidly Tor tho first time ho became
aws of his co wardlce; then his neck began
to stiffen, aiMl tho ancient imperial Tucker
blood began to run. A happy thought
struck hioi. "Why not have Just one good
night or it? No one would know!
Leaving the room ho soon returned with
a half gallon Jug. This he set on the floor,
aud opening a desk be wrote the following;
Mr. Laidlaw :
Pteme smhI me 1-2 gal. befit old corn
aud place to my acct. Be careful not to
let Silas know what you send. I Lave
told him to go for molasses. I fear
he -would sample the liquor. Tours
trutr. B. B. TUCKER, .
Then raWag the window sash he called
hie old ami chosen servant Silas, who sat
nodding with his ajed wife by their cabin
fire. Sitae heard, and in five minutes he
was on h way to the crossroads store,
about a. mile off, lie havii'g beeu told that
his mtetrees, for some reason, had posi
tively ordered the purchase for that day.
Mr. Tucker meekly protesting that he had
foiKotU" the commission until then.
Sitae knew the danger of disobeying the
wisiiee of bis vinegar-tempered mistress.
Depositing tlie jug in a sack, which he hung
over lite shoulder, he briskly shambled
down tin? moonlit road, and in due time he
was ou the way borne with his burden.
As be stepped across a little stream that
Intersected the road be suddenly halted,
and looking back over his shoulder, said:
"Hayo! "What klue o' Eoun'a dat? I
ain't nower hear no 'lasses go gllck
Blick, like dat! No, sub. Sump'n funny
Glancing around cautlouBly, be untied
the sack, took out the jug and shook it.
A faint smile played over hlB grisly
face. He drew the stopper and applied
his flat uose to tho mouth of the jug.
Then he softly said:
"Well. I be bles'."
B-Uring from tho highway some distance
Into the brushwood, he held the following
facetious dialoguo -with himself, the an
swers belnj accompanied by profound bowa
"Silas, how yo' belt dls evcnln'.?"
"Po'ly, snh po'ly."
"Whut seems to ail you Silas?"
"I 'spec hit's do ager comln' on agin,
tub. Dat't du da ve'y way I feels."
"Silos, would a little 'lasses hep you?"
'Deed, I lay it would, sub."
"Den take a drap."
"Thank you, tub thank you. Shet yo
eye, Mr. 'Whipperwlll."
"When tho stopper was returned to the Jug
that vessel was a mite lighter than before.
MR3. POLLY TUCKER STOOB ON THE
and twice ere Silas reached the houso the
jug waa slightly diminished in weight. As
he neared the gateway his eyes caught a
strange sound. He stopped, threw up hia
head, aud listened. It was a fiddle that
he heard, aud the tuno was a rapid and riot
ous one. In an almost frightened whisper
"Sho's you bawn. Mans Ban gwine to
fall frunj grace en go on a bus'."
As soon as Silas entered the room his
master noticed that the secret of the jug had
been discovered, but he did not reprimand
the messenger. Ho had provided a glass
andsgmo water for hlEKelf, and rithoutany
ado hB took a liberal drink of grog, which
Silai, with ill-affected interest in tho dark
landscape without pretondednottosee. Then
Mr. Tucker handed Silas a jorum, saying as
he did so, "with a little chuckle:
"Givo me a. toast, Sila3."
"Yes, euh," said Silas, "de Fame olo
4toas',' Mans Ban. what I used to give ylu,
Heah's a helf to tho redbird,
Likewise to tho wren
Peai'e to de wimmen.
En heaven to da men, suh."
Even before Silas had swallowed his
Jorum, Mr. Tucker, still lightly chuckling
had began to finger tho strings and the
air of "Money Musk" waa faintly twit
tering from the bow. As if suddenly over
mastered by the conjuring tune, he threw
himself In a chair and began to play with
vigor. Silas dropped his old hat in a cor
uer of the rom and moved about nervously.
"Ah, you old rascal!" said his master,
pausing to key up his E, "I know -what
you want. You want 'Charleston Gals.' "
"Hush, Mahs Ban, fun goodness Pake.
Ef you wuz to strika up dat old chune, I
sho'ly would havo to abako dis foot."
Mr. Tucker mused awhila, gating into
tho fire and softly picking tho air of
"Charleston Gals." Then he dreamily
helped hiaicalf to another drink and re
sumed tho bow.
"Bance a little if you wish to, Silas,"
be gently said. JSaforo he had played a dozen
notes old Silas began to anlnca some steps,
and before hs had reached da capo atlas
waa in full awing, his master tanllngly
approving tho agility of his capers. The
fire iemed to burn brighter for tho aiuslo
and the danco. Evan the crystal peadenU
of the great lamp on tho table glittered
with uacoBixion brilliancy and occasionally
tinkled a cbisio. Tha waraith and tho light
of other days wero stealing into Mr.
Tucker's veins and ayes and Silas felt enco
more liko a young buck.
Alas for tho fato of all Joyl Just at that
moment tho door opened and Mrs. Polly
Tucker stood on tha throihold, a statua of
home, tho house all locked up, and so she
had forthwith returned.
Mr. Tucker's back waa toward the door,
and be continued to draw the bow in ignor
ance or his awful predicament. But Silas
saw his mistress. Asd IU oh, tho awful
duplicity of a sly old coon! Affecting not
to havo seen her, in a moment his dancing
step was changed to a sort of mournful
promenade, and as he approached hia
master with clasped hands "irnd upturned
eyes he reproached him in a voice of lamen
"How km you do dat,Mahs Ban? How
kin you rest you soul, suh, a-playin' of dat
wicked fiddle? 'Scuse nse, my deah mahs
tch, but I mus', I mus balg you to 'member
yo' solium promise "
""What the "
Looking around Mr. Tucker met the eyes
of his wife. Silas at the same moment ob
served her, and with an extravagant obei
sance precipitately Elided from tho room.
Ban did not quail ander the gaze of hli
wife. Instantly all the daredevil of his an
cestral Wood came to his asaistaace. Pre
facing the fire, and returning the fiddle to
his chin, he said in a mock lugubrious
tone, but without any irreverence of soul:
"Wo will now bava tin doxology and be
Buthis audience was gone. Thedoorwas
closed, and ho heard Mrs. Tucker's foot
steps going upstairs.
Slowly rising, he replaced tke fiddle and
tha bow in tho littlo closet over tho high
mantelpiece. After eyeing tho jug some
what affectionately for a moment ho reso
lutely stoppc it up and set it away. Then
ho, too, mounted Ui stairs. His wife did
not kill him. for his gravestone, now al
most illegible in the briar-grown bury
iugground at Silver Shoals Church, on
the Yadkin River, dated at least ten years
after tha his last "pree," testifies that
he fell asleep peacefully and happily, be
loved and honored by all who knew him.
Perhaps it was well for Ban Tucker that
be bad such a wife.
I have heard of an elderly Hebrew gentle
man who was very fond of card playing and
particularly of poker. One Dight his lack
was especially badandhosawhiamoncy van
ishing rapidlyv So at every band that was
dealt him he would raiso hiseyes onbigh and
"Please, Lord, let me vin." -
than before. He became so di;gusted after
numerous prayers and losses that he threw
do wn his hand and left the room osclalming:
"I play me no more poker!"
The game wont on with the remaining
players and presontjy another man came in
andtooka band. Ho wore a long black beard
and hair to match and had most extraor
dinary luck. He won steadily and after he
had secured about all tho money that the
others had he threw off the wig and beard,
disclosing the features of the praying loser
and shouted gleefully:
"Aba, Lord! You didn't know me. Bot's
de time I fool you." San Francisco Bulletin.
A Xouthful Duko.
The youngest duke in the world is Xein
Eter, aged six-and-a-half, and as handsome
a youngster as ever wore the shamrock
mingled with ducal strawberry leaves.
By the death of his exquisitlvely beautiful
mother, this little fellow is uow wholly
orphaned and his long minority will raiso
the not too large fortunes of the Lelnstersto
the first rank in Ireland, where the chief
estates are held. Two younger brothers,
also very beautiful children, are to be pro
vldedforaccordlngtotheusualprecedentin English rank, but it is tho "littlo duke"
who most interests the great world to ivhich
his noted mother belonged. Boston Herald.
Saw a possum on a trco,
Glory hallelu! - C
Looked at him looked at me
Glory hallelu ! -
Fattest poBSum in the Sonth,
Jumped an' went right In my mouth
Bon't care how tho times may be,
Possum's mighty foud of me
Glory hallelul Atlanta, Constitution.
"Tk Luck of Clymer's Pan."
By JunpaiE Coudel.
(Copyright, 1895, by Bachellcr, Johnson
& Bachellcr.) ,
A sandy, indicating oxpanse of country,
with tho dry, parched Vppearance peculiar
to tho interior of South Africa, and with a
background of intrpllch green hills.
A few miles from the base of the highest
elevation in an immense pit, nearly "00 feet
,doop, largo enough to contain a good-sited
opera house. Itnarrowa toward the bottom ,
which in honeycombed with partly filled
excavations and mlniatuio tunnels.
For this is "Clymcr's Pan," which only
two years before was swarming with black
and white diamond seekers.
The hum of voices and continuous clatter
of iron buckets rushing along small steel
cable to the upper edge of the pit rose on
tho dusty air from morning till night. But
tho diamond bearing reef waa unusually
shallow and soon exhausted. Thenthelittle
colony left Clymor'a for fresh fields and
pastures comparatively new , aud the "Pan"
lay silent and desorted until Musgravc, Bro
phy, Jim Vance and mytelf struck it in a
sort of desperation.
W had exhausted our resources at Kim
berly in the purchase of a claim which
proved to have been "salted" by a sharp
practitioner and yielded no return what
ever. So, as fortune are not unfrequently
niado by sheer luck and chance In working
over abandoned claims we had migrated to
Clymer'a, 200 miles further inland, where
we had taken informal possewion of tho
most habitable of tho few tumble-down
shanties and gone to work.
Hot is no name for it, even though tho
"Western sun uo longer pours its scorching
rays over the edge of tho roof. Not a
breath of air frcm above reaches us in
our walled-in inclosure, aud tho fine dust
from tho pulverized blue clay on tho sort
ing tables is Stirling.
Musgraveand Brophy , who are a separate
firm by themselves, are at one side of the
Pan Jim Vanco and I, who have been
partnerssluce wo left tho bark Royal Prince
at Cape Town almosta year before arestaS
tloned nearly opposite.
Each couple has a Kaffir, who stolidly
wields pick arid shovel. The Africans are
under lh inspection of myself on one wide
and Brophy at tho other. For tho Kaffir,
thanks to his intercourse with civilization,
is an adept in shaft. Bumbo and Balaam
havo chosen to follow our little party for
what they hope to steal whether stray
gems or articles of our personal outfit.
"Tim to knock off," says Jim, Willi a
sigh of relief, as ho lays down hi sorting
kulfo on the table and glances ruefully at
the half-dozen small bits of "cleavage" or
fragments from imperfect diamonds which
represent the day's find.
A glance of satisfaction Is apparent on
Gumbo's stolid face. Ho is a stalwart Kaf
fir, naked, with the exception of a waist
cloth, and the look of chlld-liko innocence
with which he submits to tho usual exam
ination after the day's work is finished
would do credit to Bret Harto's Heathen
It is not agreeable to run one's fingers
through tho kinky woolof a perspiring
African in search of potsibla gems therein
concealed, to explore with one's finger his
cavemous mouth, or to sea that tha waist
oloth is taken off and thoroughly shaken.
But all theeo aro among tha many unpleas
antnesses in tho diamond fields. Indeed,
in tho mora productive rainas, a far more
unpleasantly rigid search is mads by men
employed for this special service, and yet,
despite all precaution, tho wily Kaffirs
manage to steal annually gams estimated
to be worth nearly half a million dollars.
Gumbo spreads apart his fingers and toes
to show that there is only native soil bo
tween thorn, and to my relief tho examina
tion is over. A similar operation having
been gouo through with oil tha other side
of tho "Pan" our littla party striko work
for tho day and clamber up to torra firma.
Musgravo and Brophy pair off together to
their own ahanty. Jim Vanca and I enter
ours, which is on tho very vorgo overhang
ing tho excavation, and proceed to get sup
per. That is to say, wa bake an Aus
tralian "damper," warm over tho tough
mutton stew left from dinner, and mako
toa at tha rough stona firoplace. Leaving
tho remnants froas Gumbo, who has mys
teriously disappeared, Jim and I light our
pipes and set oursolYes just outside the
shanty door. Brophy and his party kep
to tiemselvos, rathor to our relier. "We
know nothing of them further than our
casual meeting on tha way to Clymor'a,
but both feel a sort of instinctivo distrust
of tho two men whose persoxal appearance
is by no means in their favar. Moaawhilo
tho great white moan is nut only flooding
voldt and plaia with silver, but is pourfng
Its light, with almost noon-day splendor,
down to the very bottom of taa great
shaft yawning beasath us. Taking hia
pipe from his mouth Jina suddenly points
downward with tho stem.
"There's that rascally Kaffir of ours try
ing his old trick of uaecrthlag a stone
that he's found and kid away while ho was
digging to-day," ho oxclaiais wrathfully.
Looking down I plainly see tee form of
the African in a half stooping posture In the
middle of the claim wo have been working.
Something elso I see a moment later, to
which I call Jim's attention.
A man stealing cautiously in tho direc
tion of the unconscious Gumbo, undercover
of the scattered clay heaps left by tho
mlnere' picks. Jim Involuntarily glances
toward tho distant shanty tenanted by
Brophy and his partner. No light shines
THE SKULKING FORM SPRINGS FOR
"WARB. gfrom tho solitary window, nor are thore
Msigns of life in tho vicinity. "We both rise
and as we do so, Gumbo beneath erects his
tall, black figure, strangely silhouetted
against the background of silver light. His
gaze is bent on his outstretched palm, from
which a suuaen ray or almost dazzling
splendor is flashed in the refracting moon
beams. "By Jove," exclaims Jim under his
breath, for only a Btone of extraordinary
size and luster could thus manifest its
presence. But as we stand half hesitatingly
the skulking form we havo noticed springs
forward with a tiger's leap and grasps tho
outstretched hand. "Uttering a half-suppressed
oath, Jim draws his revolver and
rushes toward the steep pathway leading
downward to the bottom of the "Pan,"
while I. being unharmed, rush into tho
shanty for my rifle. Then I hurry down
into the excavation, at the imminent danger
of breaking my neck, but an iustanttoo late.
Up the fiteop ascent on the other side I
see a man clambering, followed by five re
volver bullets as fast as Jim can cock and
fire. But his aim is ineffectual, and before I
can bring my own weapon to bear tha
living target disappears over the shaft with
a hoarse shout of triumph.
Poor Gumbo lies in tho agonies of death
on the loose clay at tho foot of our claim.
A glance is sufficient to show that an as
sassin's knife bas done its deadly work.
"There isn't a momont to lose," gasps
Jim, who is in a ttato of almost delirious
excitement. "That villain Brophy has
done for poor Gumbo and got away with a
diamond which, if half the Kaffir man
aged to tell me is true, hasu't its match
In South Africa." Of course, wo know
that fllghtwill bo tho nextmovo on the part
of Brophy and his associate, the former of
whom had probably seen Gumbo Stealing
back into tho shaft, and, suspecting hia
errand, followed him with tho tragic re
sult we had witnessed.
Before wa had unpicketed and saddled our
tough Boer pouies, tha clatter of flying
hoofs breaks the stillness of the night in
the direction of tho wagon trail leading
toward tho uearont bettleaieut, tome fifty
Jim has to btop to splice a broken saddlo
girth, and leaving him to follow aa fcoon
aa possible, I pull on my water-proof riding
coat, fling tuy riflo across my fahouldera
and in another aioaient am off In hot pursuit
of the two horsemen. They are visible in
the strong moonlight, first entering tho
wagon road roughly cut through tho belt
of blue gum treos boardering the undulating
Pressing my pony to the utaiost, I gallop
on after theai only on thought being
uppermost in my mind to regain at any
cost, at any risk, the daEclIng f.touo of
which Jim hud I have beon despoiled, even
while I perfectly realize the daugeroua
character of the two villains who I um in
From time to time I -turn my head,
hoping to hear tho welcome sound of
I SqUMBLED OVER TnE LIFELESS
BOBY OF BROPHY.
the following hoof beats of Jim's pony;
but, as I knew afterward, Jim in hia
excitement has taken an abandoned wagon
road leading in a different direction, I
listen in vain.
On aud 6tlU on, till tho moon slowly
sinks from sight behind the purpling crest
of tho Mollrajl range. The faint clatter of
the feet of unshod ponies, ridden by the two
men I am pursuing, has suddenly ceased.
Tho shadows of tho gum trees aud over
hanging ecalyptus loom ghostly In the wan
ing light, and I am half tempted to give
up tho chaso till day dawn.
Suddenly my steed gives n Btartled snort,
and stops so abruptly as nearly to pitch me
overiU head. Is It at the sight of a blasted
old tree which stretches pno leafless limb as
though pointing warulngly to tho ruined
kraal I am passing? Or is it .
Two jets of fire suddenly leaping forth
from the walls of tbtf dilapidated kraal
effectually end my soliloquy.
Simultaneously my faded cap Is knocked
from my head by a plsto) Ball, and my tough
llttlu pony, with a half, human cry of pain,
staggers aud fatls, giving mo' barely time to
clear myself from the saddle. Almost be
tide myself with augerj t unslung my riflo
and ruturn ths fire ott course at mndom.
Tet, following It, I hear a smothered ex
clamation and a heaver fall. And as I hastily
reload, tho form of a mounted horsemau
holding the bridle of 'another steed, which
dashes along at his elaoj scurried thiough.
tho underbrush, and la swallowed up In
the shadoirs. ;I .
Scaling tho dilapidated wall I stumble
over the lifeless body I of Brophy His
pocket have been hastily rifled by his ras
cally companion pruviatislo his flight, and,
of courso, the diamond is' missing. I tako
possctcion of hi rifio-aod.-eidfivrmse and
with a heartfelt wish that ho might havo
met his merited fat at other hands than
mine, retrace ay atep'rf.
Three hours later I reach Clymcr's, and
tell my story to Jim, who himself has
returned but a littlo before. Two days
afterward Jim, tho Kaffir Balaam, and my
self enter tho littlo Dutch setth'ment of
"Wakestrom, leading our remaining pony on
which aro packed our mining tools and
other traps. In answer to our Inquiries we
learn that Musgravc, or a person answer
ing his description, sold two horws to a
Boer trader a couple of days previous, and
took t he stage coach for Capo Town. There
is no telegraph or steam communication
and of courso pursuit is utterly fru'Ues?.
Before we leave TTakettrom lorButoit's
where we have decided to make one more
effort at retrieving our fortunes, a copy of
tae Capo Town "Advocate" falls into my
kaadi. And it is with somewhat excited
voice that I read the following p aragraph
aloud to Jim:
"Yesterfay wo were favored with a view
of the largest diamond whloh ha ever
beea shown iu Capo Town since the Light
of Africa, oaco in tho possession of Kotz
Sc Braaam, tho well-known lapidaries. Tho
stone to which we hava reference, weighed
in its uncut state, 37 carat, GO carats less
than tho Ligh't of Africa. "We aro assured
by experts that i not only flawless, but
of uuusal Lnlliaaoy ana rhiteaesa, having
been thoroughly teated in every light. As
nearly as wo can learn it waa first dis
covered by a Eifflr employed by an adven
turmiB miner named Musgravc, who has
been working tho desarted claims in Cly
mcr's Pan. The Kaffir concealed the atono
after the manner of hfa kind, but his em
ployer waa too sharp for him and forced him
literally to disgorgo tho prize. The miner
while intoxicated, and as ho aserts,
drugged, was induced to aill the stone to a
"shrewd' Capo Town dealer for tho paltry
sum of 1,000. The dealer himself re
ceived in tho neighborhoodfot 2,500 from
the syndicate now owning it, who value
tbcirpoasession at upwards of 00,000, pro
viding tho cutting, which ifi to be done in
London, proves a success."
"Pleasant little item for us eh, Jim?"
I remark, calling up what philosophy I ca
summon for tho occasion.
For obvious reasons 1 forbear giving Jim's
reply. There are some occasions in life
when graceful grammatical language seems
inadequalein expressing one'sfeelings.
Dow Drtigiiiits Even TJp.
n visitor who is on terms of familiarity with
the proprietor rcmaked chaffiii'ly to the lat
ter: "I presume you cleared 90 per cent,
profit on that prescription that just went
"Better than that," replied the druggist.
"Thatprescriptioncalled for three grains of
powdered alum in two ounces of water. I
buy the alum for about a cent a pound and
draw the aqua from the spigot yonder. Tho
actual cost of tho mixture -was so infini
tesimal that it could scarcely be expressed
in fractions of a cent. Yet I charged 35
cents for it, and my consclencedoesn't re
proach me the least bit. Had I given it to
him the probability is that tho patient
wouldn't have used It at all, and in any
event its efficaciousness would havo been
impaired by tho knowledge that its com
mercial value was next to nothing. And
there'8'anotherside. I compounded a pre
scription this morning, the rare ingredi
ents of which cost me nearly $3. I charged
1 for it, and the customer gave me a look
which said, asjplamly as words, "You're
a swindler!" Philadelphia Record.
A Forimil Protest From un ISnsrIislininn.
The average Englishman is public-spirited
and for the public good denounces any impo
sition upon himself, no matter how slight it
niy be. Near the summit of. tho Rigi
mountain, in Switzerland, there is a hotel
frequented by people who wish to see the
sun rise over the Alps. A "complaint
book" is kept, in which travelers record
real or fancied grievances. Recently this
book was found to contain tho following
entry: "I desire to call the attention of
the management and the general public to
the fact that I havo been up here two morn
ings for tho express purpose of seeing the
sun rise from this mountain and that on both
occasions I have seen nothing whatever but
clouds. One failure to keep the under
standing with me an implied contract
I might have passed over, but two failures
I regard as a distinct imposition. J. Rob
inson, Liverpool." San Francisco Argonaut.
THE LHST GIFT.
Authorof 'Trose Idyls," "Poems," eto.
(Copyright, 1805, by Bachellcr, Johnson
It waa nothing only a few apricots on a
common plate that Ambrose Martin gave
his wife one late suinmereTenlog.butlt was
hit dearest gift to bar, and to purchase them
ho went out of their little apartment for the
last time. He had been sick for two years
"the happiest years of my life," he often
said. In them ho had learned to know and
love his wife more than ever before. In
health and prosperity neither was aware of
tho depth of the smooth stream of their
lives. But when ill-health becan to weaken
h'Jtreugthandatltngth deprived him of his
position and one by one of all bis resources,
to that ha was compelled to mova from
cheap to cheaper rooms, a greatlightof love
began to Illumine his life. It drew the
husband and wife closer and closer to
gether. Although unusod to labor, tho wife
now became the breadwmuer. Having ar
rangedevcrythlngforhiscomrortduringtho day.shedepartedforherlabors. Herewith
a tieavy heart, she went through the duties
of tho day, for she was constantly haunted
by tho fear that at any time she might re
turn and find her husband dead. He waa la
that critical stage of his disease when this
was likely to happen. Her heart almost
ceased beating when punctually at A o'clock
in the afternoon she opened the doorof their
Hitherto Bho had found him In his
accustomed place, propped upon a lounge,
a small table by his side, on which were a
few books, a musical score, and a photo
graph of his wife. Ho had boon an organist;
music was his painlon; In it ho lived and
found tho intellectual and spiritual food
of bis being. His chief comfort now was
in reading music, roalizing as far as his
enfeebled powers allowed him Its tones
and its moanings. For a long time past
ha had heard no music, save tho street
organs, whose Jangled strains too often
reminded him of his own broken and
miserable fortune. At 4 o'clock in the
afternoon this mood and all other jnelan
choly reflections passed away, and the
meeting of the husband and wife waa
like that of long parted lovers, when Joy
is mingled with tears, and the remainder
AS SHE OPENED TOE DOOR SHE IN
STANTLYRECOGNIZEDTHE LOVING DEVICE.
of tho day they were happy; they forgot
their distress aad tho approaching doom.
All tho organist's passion for his art was
now concentrated into a sublimo and puri
fied affection. They spoke not of this life,
which held so littlo and. so brief a good
for them, but thair thoughts and their con
versation were turned toward the future,
the eternal. It was already so near to
one of theai that the other vision was
made real. A few more partings, a few
mora greetings, and the world would bo
left behind. Until then they solaced
each othor with tho3o Icb attentions
which usually accompany tne days of
courtship. How much a little served that
devoted pair, and what compensations
camo into their lives only those know who
lovo through all suffering and in every
rrnsfortune. The least trifles made the
day bright. They arranged and rear
ranged their two rooms, each time with
some new device to make them more fresh
and attractive or mora comfortablo and
convenient. There was an air of refine
ment which lingers long and is latest to
be lost in the home of those who have known
better days. They made a few flowers
bought of the strcot vender, half alive, llvo
a week by careful nursing, and thea tho
groeu leaves, if by chance there were any,
would be kept fresh even longer.
The ta"blo was spread as neatly as If they
had nothing else to think af. It is true tkero
were no daintios t place upon it, only tho
slmpleit fara caro and economy could plan
aim svlect. The rent of the roosi exhausted
tho larger portion of their resources. Then
there wero medinne and tho occasional
visit of a physician to be provided for. So,
one by one, the trifles which kadcatifcited
their luxuries were curtailed. Theltstthiug
to us given up was freeh rntit, alaioct the
only article for which the invalid retained
But or late their dimlnUhed and precari
ous incomo had forced theai to face tho
stern necessities of their Situation and re
dace to tho last point overy item of their
expenditures. Ambrose often remonstrated
whenevor Margaret brought homo to hhti
a delicious peach or a single pear, not
knowing that ehohadwalked the weary miles
to and from her work in order to savo the
car fare wheroby she could purchaso the
dainty for her husband.
Never since bn marriage had Ambroso
failed to remeaiber his wife's birthday.
Ho had so Tew opportunities now of showing
his affection by tangible tokens that it was
with real distress ho saw tho day appro.ich,
and realized tho impossibility of making
his usual gilt. It was already August and
her birthday was tho 12th. "With tho mor
bid pers.iteticy or anuvvalid ho had roVolved
various f utilo plans in his mind,until he had
PAINFULLY HE STRUGGLED DOWN
grown feverish and it was with unusual
anxiety that his wife loft him on the morning
of her birthday, which i?he had herself for
gotten. After sho had gone it occurred to
him how foud Margaret was of fruit, al
though she seldom tasted that which she
brought to him. The small silver coin, long
treasured, the last remnant of his earnings,
would buy a little, enough at least, to show
he remombered the day. Alth ough he Lad
not been out of bis room for many mot-ths
he felt a new vigor inspired within him
by his loving purpose.
Painfully ho struggled down the stairs
and Into the street he managed to walk,
with frequent pauses far breath, into tho
nearest fruit store. Recalling Margaret's
singular fondness for apricots, he prices
them. His silver piece would buy but few
of fine quality, so ho took them' in prefer
ence to moro of an inferior kind. Getting
slowly back to his room, ho arranged tho
apricot on a plate in Uio coairuf a saiatl
table aud walked toward the door to view
the effect. They were so few! B"e looked
at Uiean distrtfu!ly, and a bitterly re
newed sensoof I poverty and I'elp'oMnss
overcame blm and tho tears ran down hia
cheeks. But utfi a liruy uuu..
cane into his hevy heart. 3 would mul
tiply them, work a little miracle, to the
eye at least. On the wall oppealto the door
hung a long, narrow xnlrrer; he pushed the
table In front of it and placed the dish of
fruit so that its reflection, Ita double, could
ho immediately seen by his wife as she en
tered tho room. Taking a few tverii leave
fram a vase he skillfully arranged ttwm
aaiong tho fruit. Then he jatcii hlrcueif
ear the table where ha could wtch Mar
garet's face a h pcn-d thr door and
caught tho first sight of his gift. Impa
tiently norf ho . Wii.tii her irti.ii Aercidi
liases ho thought he heard her footsteps
on the landing, and his heart beat faster
as he pictured to himself her surprise and
At last she cazae, and as she opened the
door she Instantly recognized tho loving
device- In tha feverIU brightness of his
eye, iu tha fluali of his wan chez, ia hia
eager, stralerd attitude as be cat there,
leaning a little farvard. with his h.n4
nervously clasped together, she saw all it
had coal him. Tuta aiuujcr m.ino was
wrought she saw nothiag, all had van
ished; for one brief moment alt mortal
harriers disappeared, alio seemed to stand
ia the very presence of the spirit of th man
who had won and always kept her heart.
She threw herelt upon the bosom of her
husband, and in their mingled tears ttiero
came a vision of an eternity of devotton
TBK DAYS IN A TREE.
With "Nothing bat Cblnoea Modlotno and
A 1'nir or Su"ota to Kat.
A Chinese mluer.who, with a companion,
was 1 os tin the anow amid the rugged mount
ains of Flumns county, has been found,
nearerd ead than alive , sava the OrovdleMer
cury. For ten days he lived in a hollow tree,
with nothing to eat but eome Chinese med
icine and scraps of leather cu t from his boom.
"When rescued by a party of white minershis
feet, from which he had cut the boots for
food, were terribly frozen, and he was so
weak he could hardly move. Tho searchers
could find no trace of his companion, whoia
certain to havo perished.
There aro a large number of Chinese mi
ners at Brown's Hill, and two of the number
lolt the camp to go to La Porte, a distance
of sixteen miles, to procure some Chinese
medicine for the use of the members of the
camp. Tho weather was then good and tho
two Chinese proceeded safely over tho suow
to La Porte, procured the medicine, stayed
overnight, and started back tho next morn
ing. During their trip back a snowstorm
came up and the Chinese became bewildered
an( bopele&ly lost in the rough, mountain
ous country. They both had ditferentideas
aa to which direction to take, and finally
quarreled and separated. One of them had
not gone far before ha found a hollow tree,
wherein he was somewhat sheltered from
tho storm. He had matches with him and
built a kinall fire, and, crouching over that,
ho lived for ten days. "When their compan
ions did not return to Brown's Hill the
Chinese became alarmed and went to La
Porto, where thoy ascertained that they bad
been thera and started back. Then the
white men about Cascade and Lumpkin were
notified and search parties wentout.
John Kitrick. whila searching with a
companion for tha lost men, noticed smoks
down iu a canyon. He went down there and
in a tree found the poor Chinee nearly dead.
Leaving him there, Mr. Kitrick went forhelp
and tho unfortunate man was taken to tha
settlement ou a aled.
His experience during those ten days had
een fearful. As ths pang of hUBgercame
upon him be took off his boots, parcaed them
over the fire and ato them aud drank the
modlciue. "When he found hi boot were all
gono and his feetf rosan and he waa o weak
he could not stand he had given up all hope.
So grateful was he that when camp waa
reached ho gave his rescuer $30 In gold
dust, all that he had. He will recover.
WRINKLES OR NO WRINKLES.
A Person Can Bo Smooth and Yet Not
"Some of the now electrical processes
for removing wrinkls do produce ramark
able results," said a New York physician
the other day, "but they aro too dangerous
to recalvo tho commendation of any re
putable physician, and as a raattar of fact
the result, though so remarkable, is not
at all what tho victim hope. Thera Is Mrs.
, she bas really had her wnnklas re
moved, but you would haraly notice it, ex
cept as she told you so. Tha curious thing
is that sho dss not look a year younger.
I say curiaut, hut it is only so to a person
who has not cerrectly analyzed the look of
age. "Wrinkles stay ha tha mast ofcvlaus
thing about it, but they are not the mam
thing. What Mains aay look old is,
first, the okange, the decline of all the chief
modelings af the faea, tha falling of tho
cheeks, the hs&vintca r the scragglness of
the throat, th settlwgof thefleehaboutthe
mouth. The pain that is given in removing
wrinkles lncraaies all this, and ia likely to
count mora than the ameliorative process.
Cleopatra says, m the play, that sho is
wrinkled, and Shakespearo was probably a
good judge of beauty. Sha, t his mind,
kept hors and Her youtafulness because she
was so vital, as well, s altva, that ker
face had th general contours of youth.
IToraen are on the wrong road when they do
anythingpalnful toraake theralookyoung."
A Skoleton in ETry Claaet.
It is said that the expression "There is a
skeleton in every closet" arose from the fol
A young Italian student, finding that he
was dying, fearing to break the news to his
mother, adopted the following device:
Ho informed her that he waa ill and it had
been foretold he would not recover until he
had worn a shirt maao by a woman who
had no trouble. Tho widow soon dis
covered that it was aa easy task to find
such a person, but at length was referred
to a lady who seemed surrounded with
every comfort and happiness and possess
ing a husband who seemed devoted to her.
Tho widow maao known her request and
for an answer was shown a closet where a
was told It was the remains of the lady's
former lover, who, frommotivesof jealousy,
had been slain by her husband and thathe
compelled her to visit it every day.
The widow concluded that no one was
without trouble, that "there wasa skeleton
in every closet" and became reconciled to
the approaching loss of her son. London
Angels do not select one day in seven for
Lent is born in sackcloth and dies in a
If you can be good on an empty stomach
you come pretty near deserving wings.
It Is hard to teach either horse3 or men
There is a wide difference between sym
pathy and conviction.
Fools pay big rents for castles in the air.
"When you have learned to listen you will
kuow how to talk.
"What generous soul can Imagine anything
moro infernal than to be one of an in
fiuitely saved minority?
The last to fight Is not the first to quit
Imitation may be the slncerest but it is
also the meanest form of flattery.
Sluils beautiful only to the blind.
The crank is never found at the tall end
of the parade.
Some churches are greatplaces for
teaching parrots. New York World.
In Old Knlntuck.
Ob. plain and homely car of corn,
If I am not too bold,
I want to say right here of you
Your virtue is two-fold.
For from your grain we make the juice
That doe3 so quickly rob
Us of our errors; then we make
A stopper of your cob.
PROPOSALS FOR COAL, ICE, AND
washing towels. United Stataa Comaais
sion of Fih aid Fisheries-. "VTaAhiagton.
D C, April 13. lifts Sealed proposals
will bo lecoiveri by thounflerained at thi3
Comwissioii uatll THURSDAY, tho 9tb
day of May, 1&95. at 2 o'clock p m., at
waicn tuu am; trtu-tr taay w.u Um opsned
in thoprr"J''s orttandlnj: bidden, forfur
nlsh.nx nch coal and Ice as may be ordered
durin- tha f nl ?ear ending Jane 30, 13 JG.
Bid ars alio .nvited ror washing towels.
The risht . reserved to reject any and all
bids, to wa ve techmcal defects, and to ac
cept any jart of any bid and reject tha
other part. Elsaks for proposals, with
specification of tho re-jnirements to bo
met iu respect to each art.de, and ahu tha
estimated quantities probably to be re
Quired of each, will be inrmshed on ap
piicat'on to tho dlhbursiDg agent. HER
BERT A. GILL, Acting Commissioner.
ap20,21 ,27,myS ,
IkUbv &TDLPARTMENT. WASHING
TON D C. April fi. 1805. SEALKDPitO
POSAL3 will be received at tma Dcpart
partment until 2 o'clock p. m. , Thursd-iy,
building and its dependencies in Ihe cK7
of TTaihinrton D C.duncg tho fiscal vear
enalig June 30 18J8 the following de
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ing, laying and cleaning carpet's, and
washing towels; for purthao of waste
paper; for supplying stationery, forage,
fuel, ice, lumber, files, boxes, etc. Pro
posals for stationery, firae, fuel, ice,
lumber. furniture, painters aad
plumbers material hardware and ralsee
laneon supplies will include th'' quantities
required by the Coast and Geodetic Survey,
and those foratatioiiery, forage, fuel, and
ice wilt include tha quantities) required by
tho Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Blank forms of proposals with instructions
to bidders can Le obtalped upou applica
tion to tho office of the Superintendent
Treasury building. The Department re
serves tho right to reject any and all bids,
or any part of a bid, and to waive de
fects. TV. E. CURTIS, Acting Secretary.
SEALED PROPOSALS "WILL BE RE
ceived until 2 p m.. MAY 9, 1895, to fur
nish to the Smithsonian Institution, United
States National Museum. Bureau of In
ternational Exchanges. National Zoo
logical Park, and Bureau of Ethnology,
during the flscal year ending Jane 30, 1S96,
Supp - ')
Chemicals, wooden boxes and unit draw
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oils. etc. hardware, lumber, stationery,
textiles, miscellaneous tupplies, wasbing,
sale of waste material.
Awards will bo made only to established
manufacturers of or dealers in the articles.
The right Is reserved to waive defect3
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Blank forms, with specification for pro
posals, and further information desired by
intending bidders will ba furnished on ap
plication at the office of the Assistant
Secretary. S. P. LANGLEY, Secretary.
PROPOSALS FOR ICE.FUEL.FORAGE
and for "Washing Toweta War Depart
ment. Supply Division, "Washington, DC,
April 13, 1893 Sealed proposals, ia du
plicate, subject to usual conditions. wiH ba
received here until 2 o'clock p m., THURS
DAY, MAY 9, 1895, at whic time they will
be opened, for furnishing Ice, Fuel, and
Forage, and for Washing Towels, for tha
"War Department, ita Bureau andOfttces,
during fiscal year ending June 3, 189G.
Xlank forms of proposal, ahuwiag items
aad eatimAted quantity of ice, fuel and
forage required, also estimated number of
tawel ta be washed, will be furnished on
application The ice, fuel coal and wood',
aad forage to be deUvered at the "War De
partment, Bureaus or Office, in Washing
ton, for which required, m such quantities
and at iuch time as the convenience of the
Department may require. Propoals for
washing towels shoukl stato price pr
dozen Proposals unit be on blank forma
furnished by the Department, aad securely
inclosed in sealed envelopes InaVmed on
outside. "Proposals for Icf." "'Proposals
for Fuel," "Propoli for Forage. "Pro
posals for "Washing Towels." respectively,
and addrewed to U X THORP, Chief of
Supply Division. al3,14.20,::i,27.m6-6t
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