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San Antonio Light.
A THANKSGIVING HIDE.
"The lung storm It over nl lint, lull
liow tho wind docs Mow," remarked
Jessie Mm Donald, glancing "" ,lir
window at the rapidly scudding clouds'
"Yes, weshallhavo a told day for
Thanksgiving," replied her mothers mid
she sighed ns an unusually llereo blast
shook the old red frame liouse, utid her
thoughts llew to her absent husband,
who, If Mill In the land of the living, was
probably tossing nliotit on the high,
tempestuous seas, lint nearly u yenr
had i lapsed' since any news hml been
lieiird of hrave, wnrined-hcnrtcd Sandy
Mac Donald, nnd a vague fenr, as well ni
the gaunt wolf Poverty, was stealthily
lint surely creeping Into the little, hoove
hohl of women and children, waiting
nnd v, ati hlni; for the son, husband and
father uinoni! the fair Xew England
"Aje, aje; to-morrow Is Thanksgiv
ing, sine enough," chimed In the old
rteotih grandmother. "Sandy lined the
day as wcc-1 us though ho wi re a horn
Yankee like y oil, Susan hut I'm think
ing It will ho n sorry feast we'll have
this .war. with him away and ne'er a
pasty In the pantry, nor n huhhlyjoi k
(Scotch for tillkey) in the balti)ard."
"Yes, the luck id the MacDonillds
sailed away in the Hcathcr-bcll1" re
sponded lii'i daughter 1 n-l:l . sadh
'iiiii mean, mother, that we ale
to have" mi Thanksgiving dinner at ally'
rlcd Ihlrleeii jear old C'halty. who at
that l fin appealed.
"Tout beef and cabbage, peihaps, hut
tin re is no money to spend on delicacies.
Mrs. lVleihln promised me a young tur
kej. lint the weck'sslorm has plou'lileil
me si tiding for it."
"Let me gc now. then," ei liilmed
'h. ihlld, ou would he hlown
away'"' said her" mother, w Idle Jessie
shiurid, sating, "Tomboys may like
sin h things." Imt I woulil not stir out to
day for all the turkeys In the country."
"Oh! I'm strung," laughed Chatty,
"And I low to feel as though I was n
leaf tossed ahout liy the wind. Then I
liawati errand of my own. 1 want to
t all on Mrs. .lelllfe anil ask her for two
or tim e of her crickets, Dan says they
are overrun with."
"('tickets! And what would you do
with llieiii?' asked Jessie.
"U't them sing on the hearth, of
course. They sound so cheery; and he
sides, on know, they are said to bring
good luck to n house; and I'm sure we
need It had enough."
"Hut the .lelllfe farm is half a mile
farther than the l'eterkln's and beyond
the railroad bridge," protested her moth
ir. "I shall not mind that If I can get my
lucky crickets, and I will stop for the
turkey on my way back. Do let me go,
Mrs. Mac-Donald could larely refuse
any ropiest of bonny, auburn-haired
i'hatty, anil she now yielded, although
Str trmitjHil the plititl nliotit the bright
Aim ami ulcmhr Jliure
"You must wear my plaid, then,
hairnlc," said the grandmother, and she
hobbled oil to bring her tartan scarf a
relic of her early home in tlio land of
"hills and braes'" and wrapped it ahout
the bright head and slender llgure, cross
ing, and I) lug It carefully behind,
Five minutes later, then, Chatty was
speeding up tho country road, fairly Hy
ing indeed, for the wind was In her back
and helped her on her way,
"Chatty should liave been a boy,"
Handy MacDonald had often said; and
fragile, ladt like Jessie frequently found
fault with her young sister for climbing
trees and fences, plailng ball with the
country lads, ami even Indulging in
stolen rides on tho hare backs of the
horses which had been turned out to
pasture by tho neighboring farmers.
She was indeed n fearless little horse
woman, and her most anient desire,
was to own n spirited animal of her very
"If father would but come, home, it
would be tho best Thanksgiving wo
could have; for he has been gono so
long so very longl more than eighteen
months," said the girl to herself, as slio
turned Into a lonely road leading to tho
river; and a rush of tears blinded her
eyes as she thought It might bo they
should never fee tho gallant captain of
tho Heather-Hell again. "Hut what Is
that!"" A rushing, roaring sound fell on
her ears, and, wondering, Chatty hurried
forward until, on reaching tho railroad
bridge that In a secluded spot spanned
the l'ivc Turks, a scene, of devastation
suddenly burst ujion her view.
Tho heavy November rains longer
and moro severo than had been known in
many years had swollen tho small river
to an enormous height. It had over
flowed the hanks, and uow appearod a
broad and really imposing stream, that
rushed turbulcntly along, bearing on its
heaving bosom a motley mass of flotsam
and Jetsam that it was whirling angrily
onward towards the Eea.
"Why, tho water Is nearly up to tho
railing!" exclaimed Chatty in surprise, as
with some misgivings she stepped upon
the wcathcr-bcatcri oldbrldgoand picked
her way along tho iron track. Thcro
was no danger of a train at this hour;
hut It was rather frightful to hear that
seething, boiling torrent directly beneath
her and feel the wooden structtiro vibrate
and quiver like a creature In distress. It
was with a sigh of relief that she touched
Mother Karth once more and hastened
up tho hill to the Jelllfc farm, for there
was not another person In sight, most of
the men and boys of the rural district
having gono to assist at the village,
where thero was serious apprehension
of an overflow and much destruction of
Chatty found the usually cheerful,
busy farmer's wife standing Idly by her
kitchen window. She welcomed her
young visitor cordially saying, "I'm so
glad to sec some one, for 1 am all alone
In the house, anil that noisy water out
there makes mo ns nervous as a cat.
Such a flood has never been known In
the fall of tho year before: and Jake
Spindle, the peddler, Just came down
from Mlllvllle, and says they aic afraid
Ihcic the clam will give way. If It docs,
there Is no telling where tho damage will
"Hut this house is too high up for the
waler to teach It, surely," said Chatty.
"Yes, thank llcavcnl And with tho
men folks all away at market, tool Hut
tlie old luhlgc may go. Ills a rickety
affair at the best, and tho railway com
pany have been warned of It again and
again. I believe men are coming to re
pair It next week If It holds together so
long. Hut sit down by the lire, Chatty,
and try a piec e of my pumpkin pie, I
made sl this moinlng for Tliauksglv
lug." The little girl gladlv did so. and while
enjo) ing her collation became so into
I tested in tier hostess conversation that
. Abe epiite forgot her eriatid, until a rheer
I fill chirp, chirp fell upon her car,
,1 "Oh, thcie arc the crlikels singing,"
I site evcialmcd. "And that reminds me I
i came over on purpose, .Mrs. Jelllfc, to
beg vou lo give me two or three of
lliem. Thev ale said to be so luck' to
I have on I In hearth."
Of eoiii.e I will n ciocn If vou
like;" and the genial dame bilsllcd about,
catching tlie merry little Insects mid pop
ping them Into a bo, which Chatty
tucked aw av lu her pocket as carefully
as though li contained goldlust.
"Thank vou so nine li. Mrs. .lelllfe; hut
it is getting dusk, and 1 must start to
wards home, as I don't caie to cross tin
briclire again after dark,"
"liod-lic, then, and I hope tlie
c-iickets mav bring vou a vvoild of good
"I wish they would bring my father
home," said Chatty; but at that Instant
a crash and a louder and more deafening
roar made both stall unci rush to tlie
window In affright.
"The d, mi must have given way!" ex
claimed .Mrs. Jelllfc, white to the very
lips; and peering out they beheld the
terrible force of an uncontrolablo cle
ment. What had gone before seemed inero
child's play, for now, with the voluino
of Niagara and the din of a thousand
water Mends, the seething torrent came
foaming, clashing, leaping downwards,
carrying all before it and sending
up dense clouds of steamy spray;
while, as they watched, they saw lt
strike the bridge saw tho timbers trem
ble and sway, and then, crushed and
swept from their moorings, go tossing
like a cockle-shell out of sight.
"Fivo minutes later.and I should have
been on it," whispered Chatty, turning
pale at the thought.
"Yes, it came in good time for you;
but I am afraid for the evening express.
It Is due here at quarter of six, and
there is no time to stop the train after it
rounds tlie curve, when the engineer can
see what has occurred."
"Hut will no ono send word to the
next station?" asked Chatty, looking ftp
"I can't say. 'Tis a lonely spot, and
few can know wiiat has happened, while
all tho men arc away at market or help
ing In tlie village. Heaven have mercy
on the poor souls coming homo to spend
"Itlsdieadfull Oh, Mrs. Jelllfo lend
mo a horse, nnd I will rldeover lo Crans
ton nnd cairy the news myself'"
"You, child! Are you crazy? It is
Just tlnce miles, and ft is on the stroke
of live now,"
"Hut I must try, anvwayj and I be
lieve I can do it. Think If you had any
friend on that tralnl May I have White
foot?" "Whitcfoot has gone to market, and
so have Jerry and all the rest. Thero Is
not a horse In tiio stable except Wild
lire, and nobody can ride him but Dan.
The men don't dare touch him."
"I nm used to horses, (iivo me some
sugar, and I will see what I can do."
"It is no use; you could never saddle
tho critter," But, nevertheless, Mrs.
Jelllfo brought out some lumps of sugar
and followed the girl to tho barn, where
In ono of tho stalls stood a large, power
ful black horse,
Ho eyed them viciously, mid tiled to
bite Chatty when slio ventured to pat
ids nose; but, Instead of the little hand,
his Jaws ciuno together on a sweet lump
slio had deftly slipped Into his open
mouth, which so astonished him that ho
submitted, In his amazement, to being
led out and having tho saddle placed on
his back; but when slio attempted to ad
lust tho brldlo Wildflro rebelled, laid
back his eais, and was evidently pre
paring 10 KICK,
"You will have to hold his head. Mrs.
Jelllfe," said Chatty; and In fear and
trembling that good woman took hold of
Soothing words and the persuasive povv
cr of sugar were again brought Into re
qulsitlon, and Wildllre, who was blessed
with an uncommonly sweet tooth, he
gan to feel more amiable as ho crunched
the delicious morsels, until, with the last
lump, in went tho cutb bit; and Chatty
felt she had gained a victory as she fast
ened the buckles nnd sprang lightly Into
the saddle. In an instant Wildllre was up
right, dancing on two legs, learlng and
plunging madly, and then, with a Hodden
swerve, bolted out Into the fast gather
"You will tie killed I Oomebackl Oh,
come back)" walled Mrs. Jelllfc, franti
cally. Hut Chatty hardly heard her aa
she was borno swiftly down the hill, her
whole attention being occupied with en
deavoring to keep her scat and guide the
licry beast in the right direction, t;nauy
hacl good Scotch grit, however, and had
not ridden bareback for nothing, So slio
now set her teeth hard, grasped the reins
firmly, and llew over the ground like the
windthat howled ahovo her head,
Could she reach Cranston In season?
was her one thought, for the saddling
had necessarily been a work of tlmu.
Hut what a ride that wast Now going
with such swiftness she felt that she
must bo hurled Into space; now flounder
ing In mud-holes; now Bwaylng back
wards while Wildllre pawed the air.
unco sno nan to lorn a stream wncrc
tho water came up to the girths, and she
could only cling closely to tlie horse'a
Jler heart teat in her throat; but rht
braced hrrnrtf for the hop.
neck, Kcry moment sec m'd an hour.
Shu liatl attempted h -licit cut across the
lots hihI nil ut once there aro-c before
here: a high Mone wall (hut he hml en
tirely forgotten. Could Wildfire take, ki
ller hetitt as in her ihroat: hut she
braced herself for the leap, Wlhllire
paused, hrcalhlitg hcallv, hesitated,
and then, llghtlv no a 'hlrd. vaulted
gracefully oer. It U nearly dnrk, hut
tlie lights nl 1 rtiiiMini can lie wen glim
mering in the distance! Mitt up (Ut
up, Wildfire!" urges Chatty Impatiently,
for the hore. haIhgcp-ndedhls super
fluous energy, is beginning tn quiet f
down. Her plaid fall-t hat k, her long
hair flouts on the eenlng Imeic nnd her
puM'H hent wildly. A bright put llku ti
red nnd lierv e e Middenlv shim ft hctobs
the lkhlo. 'It Ih the head'llght of the en
gine. The train is already at tho re
frcdnnent .station, where they linger ten
minutes for supper. Ol If It should htnrt
before td.e gets there! "Hurry, hurry.
Wild tire," she screams although the
horse Ih almost running. Mic hears the
whistle, hears the hell sound the signal
for departure, and, can led out of her
Felf, stands up In the saddle, shouts
aloud and waes her plaid. In Ihe hope
of attracting attention. The long re
freshment counter ha been swept deun,
and the passengers are hurrying to the
ears when all pau-e in surprise ut a
huge black steed that comes daubing on
to the platform, stopping so siiddenlv
that the little rider loses her hold, tiles
over his head and in cnught In the arms
of a tall man with bushy whiskrrs,
while shu erles: "Stopl stupl the rail
road bridge U down and you will be lost
If you go on."
The excitement is Intense. Passen
gers and einplojcs crowd around; but
she hears onlv one olce, which
exclaims "Why, Its Chatty, my little
unattyi ami now mat danger is past,
she gives out ami faints awny In her
father's arms, for the tall man Is no
other than Captain MacDonald, given
back to homo and family from the iteriis
of the deep. Ami very proud he U of
bis young daughter, when, re-tored to
con-.elouMiev, "he tells tlie story of the
Hood, and leeches the thanks nnd bless
ings of the grateful traveler''. What a
Thanksgiving that win in tlie old red
hou-e when tin eih kets - not a whit tlie
wow for their joiunc in Chatty's pot k
et -chiliad a merry t horn-, on the
hearth. Chatty nc-lled lo-e to her
father's side ami beamed wllh happiness,
while tlie dear old giaiidmoihcr, her
mother and .leh fnhh st Intilhited w 1th
delight. .Mrs. IVleikln's iuike did not
grace Ihe fcaM but a far larger and
plumper hhd, oerwhlih Sandy ic luted
Ids luhenliiroiis story of shlpw reck,
feer, and weeks of fiien.lbillty lu it
foieigu hospital, ami lastly of a buky
stroke whieh sent him home with honor
and fori line.
And just as Chatty ihought her cp of
happiness w as i mining oer, another
drop was added in the ariival of a bean
tlful little lithe-limbed steed, "the gift of
the grateful passengers of the rescued
train to the heroine of the Five Fotkn,"
"Tho denr little cricket biought us a
shower of good luck after all. did they
not, Grandma?" asked she, gaily, "Yes.
my balrnle, so far n if you had not
gono for them yesternight the rest
would not have followed; but much
more I fancy Is owing lo tlie bravery of
ono wee lassie named ChuU).' Ajnt
Carr Says, in Ahtericttn Afrirutturht,
A Mi. to Mr-f-t M.oj.imt'h IIIuimIit.
Two fnshlonatily iltesocd ladies stood
one bright afteinoou last week before a
milliner's window on State street, ga?ing
ut tho pretty articles of head-wear dis
played therein, Presently one moved
over to the other side of the window for
a closer look at an exquisite bonnet, am),
after feasting her eyes for a moment on
its beauties, edged back again toward
her companion and ginped her arm,
squeezing It w armly as xlie chatted en
thusiastically of the wares In the win
dow. For "full two minutes she thus
stood arm in nrm with a person whom
she supposed to be her shopping mate,
not once taking her cycK from the dead
birds, bright ribbons nnd (lowers which
adorned the bonnets within the plate
glass. But at last ui awakening cume.
Imagine her horror when a Chlnamuu
turned his face toward herb a huge grin
overspreading hU features and remark-
"Chlnecinan likce Jile woman,"
Iniaglno also, If you can, with what
suddenness she withdrew her arm from
the Chinaman's embrace, and with how
many blushes she met the garc of her
lady friend and of other observers who
stood near by smiling at her blunder,
I know Unit tills 1 a true story, for I
saw the Incident myself. Vhieago
Wllh I In- l'r,.-lloi.
In tome of the Ht. Louis one-horse cars
there are brans nickel turners that run
the whole length of the mr. From any
part of the car you can drop a nickel In
to one of theto carriers nnd then wntch
It as It mils along on its edge down tho
Incline and rinally goes rattling Into tho
fare box I miw h wild western ranch
man iiiiic Into a ear, and nfler putting
hi-fare hi the ordinary way lie noticed
u new-romer drop a nickel ilown the ele
vated rallwu The devh e aroused his
utmost admiration. lie at once (hanged
a couple of dollars into ft-cent pieces.
Then he took his place at the door and
started two nickels simultaneously down
each side of the car mid offered to ac
cept bets as to wlm h would get Into the
fate-box first He kept this up until Ids
$2 worth of c oin was gone, and wound
up by saving- "Wall, that's Ihedurndest
"MUs iK.laun- U it very sclf posesM d
)oung lad . Isn't he?" tt marked .!m k
"Yi s. ought to b.-." it plied litk
soii. "'h s.r
Mh cniiK' 1 have n-kul her to be mine
three lime-, and she said 'no' at h time."
HATS WOliN TO-DAY.
STYLES FOR THE COMING WINTER.
"If a man ncars a cood hat, freidi
linen, and bun kIiock well polUticd," tho
Baying kocm ' he i drecd like a gentle
man." That there is held to be truth in
this remark is diown by the care which
men excrciee in purthawlnir a liat. It is
to some men n more momentous question
than the (election of a bonnet by a lady.
Whether to buy a llk, derby, or i-oft hat
does not rcciulre much thought, but to
decide wide h one of the iduiiM Infinite
variety of each of these classes makes
the most becoinlni! headgear i a matter
of profound deliberation.
"Mlk hati," Mild ii
dealer lo our reporter.
are worn more now than
ever before. They are
becoming popular with
very oiing men. who
like to wear them on
state iiccasiolix. Tbeie
is very little c hange in
the Mjle line lnt seal-on.
'The hats areof inc
limn bight, bell
id of mccliiiin-sl.ed brim.
taking a hat fiom tlio box,
seems to be tho most ncmular! Tho
prices range all the way from t to $8.
The $4 hats me what are known to tho
trade at 'skinners.' Vou don't what that
Is, 1 suppose? Will, a 'skinner' is a hat
that is made over. Thero is n regular In
dustry of that kind In Chicago, and His
a paying one, too. Wo hao lots of cus
tomers who (ome In here to buy new
hats and discard their edd ones, which
arc left with us. Wo take these old hats
and throw them down in the cellar nnd
sell them as they a ro called for by the
manufacturers 'of 'skinners.' Wo get
about $1 a doiea
for them and they
afterwards Bell for
$4 each. Home
times a liatlsfound
only recndics to be
ilk hat Me ticw. blocked again. In
this case tho makers become 'skinners,'
us thev sell for $4 a hat which only costs
them 68 cents. The 'skinners' look Just
ns well when tlrst put on as an $8 hat,
tho difference being in the wearing quali
ty. A hat of this kind will keep Its
suapo perhaps a month nnd will then go
all to pieces."
"Is It better to buy nn expensive hat
or ono that costB u moderate amount?"
"That depends n great deal upon tho
purchaser. Tho best quality of silk hats
should hist a jear, but a man seldom
cares to wear one mote thau a season.
With proper care a M hat will last six
months and look well at the end of that
time. A cheap hat, however, does not
retain Its color. It gets a reddish tlngo
from being exposed to the sun and the
nap Is easily milled. The shorter tho
nap in a hat the belter It will wear, Tho
hats made out of cloth with a long nap
soon lose their lustre, nun present tne
ruffled appearance of nn old-fashioned
beaver. The llnest quality of hat, how
ever, improves with ago like w luc: every
time it is Ironed it takes on an additional
gloss. l'Vo known nais
to look better after six
months' wear thin they
did when new. 0
coarse they were & lit- fcT
tloont of shape, but
thn closs was much
finer. You see the gloss Tim derby.
Is originally given to tho hat by Ironing,
and consequently tho more it is ironed
the better lustre it has. lly tho way, a
hot Iron is never placed on tho outside of
a silk hat. Instead of that a red bot
'plug" Is placed on tho Inside and a cold
Iron, like that used by tailors In pressing
clothes, is passed over It."
"Whnt Is the prevailing style In stiff
"Well, there Is considerable change Id
tho style slnco last year. The stiff hat,
or Derby, as It la popularly colled, has a
tapering crown of medium height and
brim of medium width. Thero are, ol
course, several modifications of this
stylo. Derby hats easily take tho lead
for general wear, though, of course, they
are not appropriate with adrcss suit any
moro than a silk hat Is appropriate with
a sack coat. Thcro has been a vast Im
provement in tho slIU hats in the last
few years. Hotter machinery Is used
and tho workmen have became more
skillful. Ily tho way, a good hntmakcr
makes a handsome Income, llnlmakcrs
work by the piece entirely, and we've
got men in our factory who mako from
$75 to iW a week. There are not mnny
professional men who mako as much aa
"How about soft hats"
"They are not worn very much except
when people aro traveling. Chicago is
pretty mtuli like New York In that re
spect, nnd Dcrhys'and silks hats are all
the rage. (If course, further west and
in tlie country towns they nrewornqutto
extensively, and we have tomnnufacturo
n large stock CM iy year to supply tho
demand A good sort lint costs as much
ns n Derbv W. There are many cheap
tr grades.' but they will not stand tho
wear. I hey look ns well
when upon a man's
head, but a close inspec
tion icadiiy shows the
of the most popular
kltlnM fr Lrt lialu
&m,(t tljlc 'i i,,,,, tirru are also the
ilirl hats made of different
kinds of cloth, -Mixed cassluierc seems
to bo having a run Just ut present. It's
pretty haul to lay down a strict rule lu
regard to hats, as men differ so much in
appearance, F' instance, n tall man
requires a broad-brimmed, blgb-crowncd
bat, and a short man the reverse. We
have to adapt our hats to Ihe peculiari
ties of our customers."
"Do they mako better hats In England
than they do in America?"
"Not as good, because the hats there
arc made by hydraulic pressure, instead
of being ironeil by hand, ns In this coun
try. Then, too, tho English hats are
very heavy and uncomfortable on the
head. Tho English hats aro probably
better for Englishmen to wear khan
American hats would bo on account of
the dense fogs and heavy rains which
prevail there. For this reason the bats
have to be very heavy and strong, or
they would soon give out. Lately, how
ever, they have begun to cater to thu
American traiic and
are making lints of
Is a duty of Ml per .
cent on huts, which ""Jl '""'
raises tho price of the best English silk
hats to $1(1 in New York. They aro not
worn much, however, except by the
Anglomanlacs." Chicmja Tribune.
Tlie Xlmisie'it TliaiikHfCltlng'.
'Thus Thiuilvsirlvliiir Day, unci a little brown
Kt busily tlilnklnir ttlnm! In tier house
Ami O. Iiuw tht y vwintcU n Thanksgiving
but tlu'ii) wasn't a erumb in tlio I'linlxMird to
Moui sat a ft'w minutes, then run through
And tloun tin- long stairs and Into tho pantry.
Thero w ere puddings and ides utid cako on the
The nuninotiiotlK-r thought sho would just
Bho took u tunall pirn) of everything thcro;
Then tautened thu i lunet and ran up tho stair.
8ho put on tho tahlo bread, butter and choose.
Homo nu-o jelly-roll and u tart. If ou plcoso.
Tlio llttlo mousoimbK'ri caino homo very Boon,
i:hiIi put on her btli and took her small epoon.
Then they ato nnd they nibbled, they nlhblod
Not a mini h did they leave Unm saucer or
And they said as they put spoons and bibs all
'Twaifm'u JolllcHt kind of a Thanksgiving Day,
-Ellen A. Holmes, in Our Llttlo Men and
Knew III hitpi-rlurlty.
A new haliy sister eumo to Otto's
house not Ion; iitfo, and lio was interest
ed and delighted lie) pud measure at
bight of her. That night liu prayed
earnestly for thu welfare of tho new
comer. His aunt, who was imt ting him
to bed, leininded him that liu had not
aked tlie Lord blessing on his mother.
"Oh, so 1 didn't,', and down ho went
on his knees again. "Anil now, O
Vord," he prated, "b ess mamma.
Make her a dood mamma and mako I
mind mamma but the baby's got to
mind 1." ItoMton Iltwrtl.
The present "rough and tumble
sports" aiemore likely to be Injurious,
Lra-mu WiNon siijh: "In mind lies tho
great seeiet of beneficial exercise, and
without it eierclM) U a misnomer and
fraud on tho constitution." Wheu men
tal culture and physical education are
going hand In hand, various crippled
conditions of dlseao may be prevented,
and a moic vigorous people will exist.
Thcro are already a number of educa
tional institutions where physical educa
tion Is taught, and also gymnastic insti
tutions, athletic clubs, the German
Turnttrein and tho American IVrner
lund, Carl JJ, JJmch, -V. I). 4