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R V EtoE BAS T C A RrOL L PA
VOL I, AKE P`ROVIDENCEES ARL AIHL. AUDY UE 5,187 N. t
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WO-MNILUENCE
S ( HAPITEER 5I-Contiuuet.
"We will not dispute the po'nt. I be
lieve you love me in your way, not a
very unselfish or disinteres ed way.
You found neo there in S'co:set. The
place was dull and lo.iey to you. For;
some unexpla!ned ra-on you enjoyed I
my cociety. You thought it an excellent
opportunity to try your arts of fascina
tion on a g;rl who, so far as you knew,
would place implicit trust in your hon
esty of purpose. Plea e let me lnish.
I am speaking truth, i:othing more. T'he
pastime amused 'ou and gratifoied y( u
vanity at the same time. You knew
that she m'ghit learn to like you. There
was no reason why she might not give
her heart and h'.r future happiness in
your keeping. You realized this, y·t
you staid on, soill knowing you had n i
intentioi of mnrrying her. And wh-n
you had t re I of the divers'on, you in
suited her with a declaration of loe
and no proposal of marriage. You
allowed a sordid motive to cheat your
heart of its noblest instincts. You
Oh, I wonder I can Fay so much! There
are times when I b ositively despise you,
and others when-I believe I am los
ing my self-respect. I wish you had
never gone to S'conset.'
She started front her chair and walked
to the opposite window. 1Her hands
trembled nervously, though her words
had not been uttered with passeon, but
with a slow, delib rate emphasis that
gave them accusing force.
Bria.i had listen.md with bowed hel.
Only once he had tri'd to interrupt ht-r,
then she ha I silenced himn with a mo
tion. Even after she ha I pause. he
did not speak for some n sc .onds.
You are hard upon mie, C he said. at
last. "I acte.l c(nte:mptibiy, but won't .
you try to thlink t11hi, was some lit:ie
excuse. I don't kuo'.v wy I am s.h a I'
wor.hlessu fellow. Perhaus ben ,:- no
one cares whether I ever aL:llo:l: to
anything or not. I have not b. en so
fortunate as you. You hitve bcen loved e
and praisod nil your life. I have ha I
'ldiscouragemlent and condem:naItion oi
all sdes. 1'eriaps I deserved so much,
but it disheartens a man to be forever i
running him down."
L,er face sortenedl as ash ans.vere I in
- gentler tone: "They are wrong todi-
courago an I condemn you. No one
knows their possibilities for g o,1 ,or
s.vil until th y have been trio.e. There e
are redeeming traits even in the worst, it
and you are not one of the worst. Your'
chance is before you. I want to for'get
all that has hapI en,'d. For your sae,
and for nm ne, I wish to feel- " Sthe
hesit:ated and her farc grew crianoun.
Not bo much from his glance as from (i
the dri ift of her owvn thoughts. h
"Why won't "you undlerstandl:" tte l
cried, in helpless embarrassment, after.
asilence that was ali.ost. felt. "\h ti
can't you cunoprehend that I w\an. ol I'
to have \what be.ongs to you?" lei
"I don't want it," an ,wered Frian, a'
with dogged re-is'an:-e. "The th:iught
of that money is always Lets ecn us." '
"You don't waant it because you can't
have it withoat aIr incunubrance, 1 cu)
pose?" to
"If the incumb:'ranee means you, Mar- at
garot, there is nothing I desire so Ito:ch r
as the Inc itllrance." 'i
"Then take i, itpe me, Br:an. '1 he in- e
cumbrance fintlds you so slow of co:n; r:
hens on." ia
Brian was slow no longer. Maargaret's
meaning flashed upon h:mn. and w:th a .,
joyful face and glad cry he started to- th
ward her.
But she stopped him rather precip
tately with the v.o.ds: h
"Don't b' fcoli-h, Brian, please. I tu
want you to understand that this is
merely a business arrangement. We qu
shan't be very affectionat , but neither I "'
need we quarrel." 'i
"Then you wish aimply to satisfy your t
sense of obligation," he said, rather rue- thi
fully. "You don't care for me the least to
bit, Margaret?" 1
"If caring for yott means giving you my lag
heart, I can only say I haven'tit to g;ive. d'
I think you need not co:uplaiun. Malr
riage will not make a great ldiference in the
our love. e shall always he good not
friends, I hope. Are you satisliedi"
"I am happy to get you on any terms," stv
he respouled. "} or no othler liian can ap
evcr clim youl. And mayre some day Ip
you will learn to love me, if only aI
ttle." 'f
"Don't do'ude yours-if with any such .
idea. That is all, I beievo. i'lease for
leave me now." o
"How cotl and in I fietrent you are," iht
he said, turning to obeyc her re:luest. lii
"You make it very hard for me."
Her eyes drtooped bei:ea.h the inti n- gel
sity of his ga-e, bit slie male mo re- iul
mark, and the next se: ond Ie had left s o:
her to her own thoughts,
In a som what julilant but rather pe- tin'
culiar frame of mind lie sought Miss lau:
I-litton, and conliledl to lher sympathetic gre,
ear his late go I fortune. pan
Two hours I;t,,r, as Marg tret sat ilrl
alone in one <orner of the vrandan, l,
Brian stole up behind 1 eo chair, and kno
dropped in her lap a rang of old-firshioned as (
design anild, xluisite workmanship. Bar
"Here is som,-thing 1 prize ve:ry high- i rid
ly," he said. "It Lb!ong--d 4o my mother. -'
I shou:d like to ste it on \our li get. aml
Pearls for the pearl! of pearls. , geo:
His sud'IT appearance and unex- aly
peoted arti ,n made her blush warmly. .
"Put it on for me," she replied, rather mar
nervously, and holding her haud toward poui
him. "I am not sure that -I know the hot ,
proper finger." - h
A.sad confession," he refo'ned, ex-'dow
perlaeCing a keen thrill of p:esuire as tionl
his hand touvhed hers. "Why, it fits enje
leely and makes quilte a' show." tete:
"It is very beautiful," added Margaret, writ
examining, the magnillieeut pearls w.th side
citisals taerest. "How I thank you I usua
for It?" chass
She raisetd her eyes tohis, butdr~ope mon
them lmmed:ately. Something Ia hi~J of b
-la-ac sent the warm blood to her jae. * door
I tkthl I must ~sow It to Miss Bilttn,"i "(
s-e1e, start$ng up mid lativl him ough
wattut~ sPothter word, l ptht
CHAPT A EKR IX.
A D:)OMSTIC EN('OUNTET.
The news of Margaret's engagement
traveled rapidly, for S- was one of
those limited cornmu:ities in which one
knows cvery one else, if not Plersonally
at least by sight or hearsay, and where
a lively interest in the affairs of others
e mins to be the congenial o cup.tion of
a large portion of the inhabitants.
Opinpions were sa newliat divided in
the matter. 'The unprejud;ccd regardel
a marriage between the cousins as a
Shppy solution of ih3 unpleasant state
of affairs, whi'o the more intereste I,
notably the mlthers of sons who
matrimonial designs had this been frus
tratel, shook their heals rather doublt
fu!ly, and prophealed all manner of dire
Scatastrophes, frotm what they cottsiderel
a a loveles union. 1hey hoe d it would
.i turn out well; so they assured each
he oth-r. Indeed, they wetr. inclined to pity
Mar, 3 araret, and, with adm:ring glances at
d Tinm or John, they wondered what she
nit had seen in 1?rian to lke.
aw Margaret well knew that she was an
n- object of unusual c mment. "There
h. w, re peple in 8-," to use her own
: 'v words, "who would sit at her table and l
hbreak her bredl and hr ch-tra ter at
u i the same tim'.' Yet, notw.thtanding, 1
re the knowlldg , that she aTordel gratiri
re cation to their curiosity tilled her with
'e a feeling akin to indigna'ion.
in "Notoriety is the fate of ereatness," c
ill the Co!on-l told her, by way of consola
n tion. *You and Brian are the most
n pieominent f igures in the neighborhood c
u- just now. Thiuk of the distinction. But t
' seriously, iay d,ear, I'm glad you two
,U have reache I such a sensible settle
iu lcnt. Expected it all the time. Not n
quite so soon, though. You've made the e
re quickest time on record." The old gen
u, tlcman's eyes twinkled at th:s evidence
of his own humor. c
SAbout this time h.o was deep in some
l cherished: p:ans intanded to afTect the
i1 future of his son and niece. He gave a
no hint of his de ti-es to either party
t concerned, for he. could be politic on oe- t
ct cs:o!, and he re:alized tla tlls was a
matter to be handled with UlUich caution. (
"A fl e pa!r, a line pair," he would L
•chuckle, 1h n Iriva yV lentitted him to
, give such- e.pression to his feelings. cI
i" 'lnty o, Epirit in thi girl, and that
young scnp. confoun I Ii il, he'll be ,
to ie" hing ye'.
The sc.tmp in que-tion ha l enjoyed
all the al\van'r.g s a yoing man in his
I o'ition could e:pect or hope for. lii
"I want x ou to make a good showing," t
his faher had said to him, witn he lie
0 star:edl out on his co leme ca:ecr. "YoTu tr
Smiusut h)loo to 3tir future and lake up
i sometli;tg liracti. al. I prefer law, di
though it is a e oundrelly profession.
SStill, as goo I as mOns?., I care say If
you do start in it, s:ir.k to it. An I for t
r heaven's sa ke don't coime out a lirlt
Scl i, idiot, tit only for a show piece. 1
Andlto l't brak your nc:t, or get in at
de .."
1'crtie h' d managed to go thr..ugh w
e dliege wit'o:" t failing a vi,:tirn to the In
latter evils. li: had followed his
flather's co.,nsel as to a loptfug law, fa
though Ihe had not yet passed the bat. wi
I nder pretext ,of reading for this cil
end, Ihe s,:tn' much of his time in New le;
\ork, from which ponlt h. paid.fre- yo
qucnit visits t , The C'elars. Sitting in wi
his ohicoe cn ý day. and, po:ing over a c1(
law dicti nary, lie was rather sutpirised 1':
to r. ceive fiom hi- father a let er set- tel
ting f:r h time goo point; of a certain s,
na )eless young lady, and urging upon
hulu tie adisability of marrying her, ret
and finally sctling n life. th.
" Well, in the name of all that's holy," Ith
lie ejaculated, "that must b ' answered."
An I so it was. To such purpose that m,
it sent his easily moved father into a o
towering paslon. Al:ce was sumnmo:ed. g-:
Aind that young ladly, lookin ( quite cool nit,
an:l comnp.s etl, camie tripping into the
r.om lrepare"I for a scene, and wonder- lihe
ing what had occurtrel to disturb the sta
e uititrium of h,+r uinlce's t roper.
"Well, un. le? site said, with a cone:l- chl
iat ,ry in utry. ar
"Y ell, unicle," he nmin'eked. 'o i itle
('m? in sitilng and mincing, just as Ire
though there were no impudent young a d
s-amp in the world."
"I dare say there are a great many," ;co
she rejoined agreeably; "and old ones, tall
t:o, for that matter." hea
"\\What do you mean?" he broke in, hea
quick to take exception to her words. the
S"But, Lord!" what's the us" of arguing for
with a girl? Her,! rea l this letter and I
tell me if you consider it the proper sakt
thing for an impertinent puppy to write I'm
to his father:" cart
He thrust the letter in her hand, and T
Iher eyes danced oxer the vomewhat left
aggrcessive chlirography, while its mean
dawned upon her.
"Dr.Aa RESPEC'TEI) PATn-YOUTBrs of
the 15th inust. duly to h, n 1. Contents O
noted. Wouldl say in answer that I am sman
very well satisfied with my pretsent Uni
state of s;nfe blessedness, and while tIrs
apprecia:ing your interest in my behalf,
1 prefer to chose my own partner; when i
I elect to assume the cares of domestic res
If ,. I!tar
"Tilugh the Bibl, says it is not good Arit
for iman to be alore, it is larmore risky, pral
to miy mind, to jog along iu double har- i Tro
ness, unless the old mare is to one's traU
liking.
"I've ben do'ng flneiy; w'nning
goldten opinitns on all sides. I am fear- er
tul of becom!ing too great, and Black- 'ag
e one -Has a tendlnety to monotony; to the
I have very s arioues intentions of put- that
ting the o(l boy aside ani gaIning gari
laurels with tmy pen. Vi ions of future
greatness lass before mly eyes, and- ar
plardon this blot: it is the outcome of my '
iperturbed feelings--who kno.s but that "
in the dint and misty future you may be f'tma
known not as Col. Bartoi merely, bit "fhi
as ('o!. Barton, the father of Cuthbert rifle
Barton. )Do's your heart swell with so
pride att the thought:' hti
"Now, to descend from the heights of ion
ambition to ordinary reality. The city then
gowse warmer every day. Nothing of the
any moment traniptring. The last tot the
w.:ve knocked tho bott tm out of the two
market, and everybody is now busy pio- driv
pouuding the qurs:lon of the day, 'ls it or i
hot enough for you.' iSm
"I m thinking you have the best of it is th
down there, and I ha-e serious- inten- with
lions of dropping cn your rural fold and
enjoyIng some argumentative tete-a- and
tletes with you. Meantime- I can't sudd
write any mo-e. I hear Thompson oat.- with
side, hopping up the steps after his marc
asual fah'oun. In a second I'l see his twent
slassie counetuan e, with his grinning' t eat
ionth with:a an unlmwprtant distance b.ool
p- his flap-like e*rs, stuck through the th
loor, and thqn tarewell thoight.
"Once mosre aessradl you oZ mytho wi'P:
ugh- oonte, tzent with my piremeat sate el
pitbisworu4 d o ir rag sa awp e. Wuip
cling the wife with thanks, I am; your!
most dutifully,
m CTHBERT BARTON.,
"So you've been offering him a wife,'
remar,.ed Alice, when she hid filuished.
the letter and returned it to her uncle.
"I.told him It was time for him to get
married," was the short reply. "This
is his answer, the rascal. Prefers
to choose his or.n partner. Wants an
nnet old mare to his liking. Let hin get
onf . Confound hint! Th'nks of 'givihg
one up Blackstone and winning laurels with
-ally his pen.' Winnin" fiddlesticks. He
-h'"e hasn't sense enoug to know he's an
iers idiot. 'Has serious intentions of de
nof scending on my rural fold!' I'd like to
inow What else he's been doing for the
in last six months? 'VWants to enjoy some
deo argumentative tete-a-tetes with nme.'
is a Confound his assurance! What are you
tate laurhing at? Perhap's you consider it
tel, am:using? Maybe you agree with him:"
Oj "About the wife part, I certainly do.
ums I 'now I shouldn't let any one select my
' husband."
tre "Indeed, Mi-s! And do yo i think any
re! one would take that ttoable? Have
Ad some sense, for heaven's s.ake. I've
ach enough to, drive a saint crazy. Come,
city s.t hsra, and I'il tell you what I'll do
at Alice took a chair beside her uncle,
she and he began in a confidential tone:
"That independent monkey, wil calls
an himself my son, sha'n't have a cent of
cre my money. I'll cut him off, that's what
ivn 1'l do, and I'll leave it all to you."
nd i "All what,,nele?"
at "All my m:oney. You don't seem to
, lto asmart, Alice."
i Oh! I understand perfe tly, i:o',v. I
am much obliged, but you may gaffe
yourself any trouble in the matter, as,
'" of course, I wouldn't take it."
la- "You'd not be able to help yourself,"
) t chuckled the oil mnn. "If I choose To
1ut makeo my will to that effect you'll have
ut to take it."
" "Indeej I wouldn't," was the deter
e- mined answer, as Alice rose flron her
O ht chair. "It belongs to hlertie, and 1
e wouldn't touch a cent of it."
'n- "How dare you defy me to my fa-e,"
ice cred thae old gentlemnan, ris ng in his
turn. "I say you shall have it."
ae "And I say I sl'n't."
liI "or mercy's ;ake, what is all this
ve about?"
-y "Oh, Bcrtie!' cric:l Alice, turning at I
c- the sound of the laughingt voice.
a "You impudent scamp," addedl the
i Co'onel. "have you dared to show your
ti Lrazen face here."
to ". pro:eat a: ba:-cn, father. My
!' classic countenance is strikingly like
mb father's. Among me fri n'ls itis
b sa d to Le boti modest and r'tirng,"
S "Any, har word o" your impudence, f
fir, and you will retire with your m,~tcst
c untenance. \Vhat are you grinning
like an ape for, an 1 Alic' with no bet
ter sen-;e than to laug;h at you! I want
a to know hew you dared to send mle that
al tra-h."
l' Thie C:,lonel threw the ietter cun the h
v' desk as lie spok. C
"My lette '," a'd Bertie in assumel ti
f surpr:sc. "I am sorry yo.,r opinion of
its mer;ts is s) po:xr. I consilered it t]
qu:te excellent of its kind. You reinem
Sb r I sp:ike of my dedre to Le wail you, ti
and lo, I arrive with lh, wins. o sp.'ed
en the e cn of b ttle. Pray tell me
h wh :t caustd the interchaage of polito P
e invective." 0
is "I'll tell you, sir." remarked his g:
, fathers with some wa.rmth. "1'1 tell you, t
when I go'. th it trash of yours I dc- w
s cide. to ie" you go to the (levil and 5
leave my n0mo y to this Lea::s:r.ng
young woman, but the forward minx,
n with the maost unheard-of imlnudent e de- m
a dared siee w< ul:n't tou h a penny of it,
d Pu" we'll c ' about h-it: atnd let ne
tell you, sir, you've git to walk a pretty ex
n .ralht line or- a
a "( h, I don't mind the straight line," a
returned PRet ti, cen:fo:tably, "provi :ed cc
there isn't a wife at the enl of it. Un
h ss it is the one I shall c' oose."
"Fud'ge!" was the contemptuous com
t mont. but the old gentleman manifested ca
a o ftrth r anger. Probably t:e al th
Ig g'tth rrd come new ideas i: the last few ri
i uilentls and fo:lnd them diverting. mi
S "WI':a are \'ou g:ar:ng at Alice for?"
he said, presently. "Do you want to to.
e stare her out of countenana-?"
"Oh, no; I was only think:ng how liz
charonngly well she is lookieg. The
aic of The Ce.,:ra is no douwt uespons
ille. You, too, look nonderfully well m=
preserved. No one would take you for
a (lay over forty-five, if that." "t
"Ilumph!" was the old gentleman's ha
comment. "As big a fool as ever. Your e
talking has given me a confounded ext
headache. Go out of the room, for
heaven's sake. Alice, take him out in OVi
the grounds and try to keep him quiet tt
I for a w.hile. I must have a little sleep." an
"Certainly, i'll depart, by all means," Th
said Bcrtie, with alacrity. "Delighted, ho
cI'm sure. Come, Alice, you must take ine
care of me, you knov." co
The Colonel chuckled quietly as they Ba
left the room together.
[To an CONTIt'NU.] ae
Dust Test for Firearmns. s
One little known process to which the
small armus manufactured for the thi
United States are subjected is the my
dust test, intended to subject the whi
piece to the same dusting it would cya
receive if carried by the soldier in a the
march across the alkali deserts of So
Arizona or Utah, or the sagebrtush ih
pIrairies of Montana or Wyominig tog'
Troops are frequent!ly c·mpielled to nest
iramp for hours through such cloiud you
of dust that the heads of the leal- poil
er.s of a six-mule team can be but hean
'iaguely seen friomn tihe wag(on, and A
the dust is so line and penetrating tion
that the soltliers' guns and every sire
garment soon become coated with it. stan
' The artificial production of a simni- to t
lar experience for an armn that might fact
be adopted for nmilitary service is par
manifestly a very pertinent tilia!. nb
This is accomplished by p:acig the men
rille on a shelf within a closedti box, ill a
ro that the breachl mechanism, hav
which is closed, shall be opposite the TI
mouth of the bellows; flne sand Is ofa
then per'mitted to fall slowly across pois
the blast of air, which thereby, in mer
two minute;, th. time of the test, treat
drives the sand into any ope i Joints, to tl
or into the depths of the mechanu- dan
ism, if it is much expo:se. The gnuna
Is then removed and wiped carefully com]
with the bare hand, alsro bLlown into part
and cleaned, just as a soldier who fach
suddenly goes lnt9 action wouh do api
with a gun he has carried on a dusty can I
march. The piece is then fired expo
twenty shots. This test is then re- doe
:eated, the magazine being charged and
before exposing the gun to the dust; desir
the ,artridge and the gun sre then shiy
wiptd % b tore, and the gun again room
ftrel, tww:ity r0~t~ade,-.bsoat ra' 2 Prc
-.~ C
o'n A POISON FACT'ORY.
fe,'
;hed )NE OF THIE STRANGEST ESTAB
Icle. LISIIMENTS IN TIHE WORLD.
'his
frs It is 'Dangerous Even to Use the
an Power of Smnelling-Workmea's
get Horrible Longing-Intoxicatlng
iing Eflects of Ether Swallowlag.
Vittl
He
an ACKED away behind a wilder
de- ness of gigantic warehouses
to and tumbledown tenements
)me in a remote suburb of South
ao.' London is one of the strangest estab
ou lishments in the world. It is a factory
r it -but what a factory 1 From morning
n." till night its great chimneys are con
do. tinuously belching forth clouds of
my fetid-smelling smoke. Ocasiionally a
great column of steam will shoot higli
vy into the air; not honest, white steam,
*,a but purple and green and yellow, re-,
ao, minding one of some bloated and!
o " gigantic serpent. During the hours 1
le, of darkness its location is betrayed to
the most casual observer by the red 1
L1s glare in the iky from its innumerable
furnaces. I
at The massive gates leading to this
strange establishment are looked and
to jealously guarded, for inside them lurk
danger and death to the unwary tres
I passer. Poisons of such terrific r
?-e strength as would suffice to send an C
as, army of men to eternity in the frac- t
tional part of a second lie around C
loose, and are handled with as little
ve apparent care as if they were the most E
harmless substances in the world.
r- As has already been intimated, this n
er factory is a dangerous place to visit. e
1 It is not enough for the casual comer 1
to be careful where he steps aft to re- e
ifrin from touching. He must, in ad-.
dition, refrain from using his olfactory w
powers without special permission, for al
,is there are poisons there which it is u
death even to smell. One of these is d
at the pure or anhydrous prussic acid- c,
a terrible preparation, which is seldom °
e or never seen outside a chemical C'
ir laboratory. The original discoverer 01
f of this, the deadliest of all known fu
o poisons, was stricken dead through al
is accidentally inhaling its fumes, and tf
scores of other deaths have happened L
c, from the same cause. It is this anhy
it drous acid from which the ordinary,
and infinitely weaker, prussic icid of
commerce is made, by diluting it with si
it from x:inety-five to ninety-seven per n
cent. of water. Even in this form, lI
e however, it is sufficiently strong to ut
cause almost instant death, even when ye
I taken in exceedingly minute doses.
f "Next to anhydrous acid," remarked of
it the proprietor of the works in ques- At
tion, while piloting the writer around Ac
the factory one day recently, "the ye
e mast deadly stuff wo make is cyanideof Pr
Q potassium. Last year we turned out in
over one thousand tons of it, and, five dig
3 grains being a fatal dose, it follows pa
that our output of this chemical alone of
would have been sufficient to kill 2,. ba
1 500,000 people. Altogether, we man- on
ufacture, in the course of each twelve- is
month, enough poison to depopulate wi
the United Kingdom."
While we were conversing we had 01
entered one of the workrooms, where an
a number of men were engaged round (1
a sort of gigantic witch's cauldron, lin
I containing over a hundredweight of Us
molten cyanide. And ever and anon vat
a phantom face, enveloped in an un- ,is
canny-looking glass mask, peering wig
through the thick unctuous fumes, `a
right into the heart of the horrible Eli
mixture. bol
In another room were tons upon one
tons of the finished product, looking Re
for all the world like white crystal- Va,
lized sugar. die
"It looks good enough to eat," I re- 1
marked jocularly. wit
"Ah," replied my guide, gravely, rea
"that is just one of the dangers we tha
have to guard against. For some in- yea
explicable reason,cyanide of potassium am]
exercises a remarkable fascination Noi
over the men engaged in its manufac. tsv
ture. They are haunted by a constant she
and ever-recurring desire to eat it. seve
They are perfectly alive to the fact. 'I
however, that to give way to the crav- siot
ing would mean instant death, and are clos
consequently usually able to resist it. ati
But not always. During the time I ti
have been here three of our best and Dat
steadiest workmen have committed te:
suicideinthis strange manner,impelled two
thereto apparently by no cause save last
this mysterious, horrible longing. I the
myself have felt the ssme strange lust
when I have been long exposed to the
cyanide fumes, and have had to leave T
the works for a time in consequence. thet
So well is this curious fact recognized i timut
that there are always two men at work oile0
together in this branch of our busi- . dist
ness, and a jar of ammonia, which, as j his
you may krtow, is the antidote to the font
poison, is kept constantly near at abse
hand." that
Apart from this remarkable infatna- for i
tion, which may be hikened to the de- W
sire experienced by many people when and
standing on the brink of a precipice two
to throw themselves down, the mann- at ei
facture of potassuum cyanide is not they
particularly dangerous. Neither is it then
unhealthy. In fact, it is asserted that they
men have gone into the cyanide house iath
ill and debilitated, and in a short time new
have been restored to robust health, set a
The same cannot, however, be said Parit
of oorrosive sublimate. This frightful thin1
poison, in common with almost all the Whe
meracurial preparations, is exceedingly are n
treacherous, and prolonged exposure then
to the.fames is often attended by very Srt.
d·angerous consequences. To persons whe,
unsoonustomed to its proximity, even a theiar
comparatively short eojourn in that exact
part of the works devoted to its mannu- thus
facture sometimes gives rise to vafions ' regal
aonpleasant symptoms, as the writer apart
can testify. In my case, ten mlinutes'
exposure to the- fumes sufliced to in- "
duce profuse raunning at the eyes, nose By,
and mouth,-accompasied by a sonstant : year
desire to expectorate, and followed by not b
shivering, nausea and heldache. The attie
room in which this particular poison story
s prepared, witi its vast eolloetiou oL, mst
para* eany*4 .#i4l sad ia tsuu 0*, o uwl
y pipesand retorts, resembles an alchei
' ist's laboratory.
Of course, not all the products
TAB- this wierd factory are "poisonot
LD. Neither are all the smells naueeot
nor all the sights uncanny. In of
e the apartment, for instance; my nostrils a
en's *saluted with an- exceedingly swe
eag savor, reminding me of "peardrops
sweets beloved of my youth. It
acetate of amyl, the precise drug us:
to give to the confection in questic
ilder- its peculiar fl,.vor. Another small,
louses chamber, from which emanates
ments strong odor of camphor, is a veritab
South fairy place of pure white crystal
estab. Facsimiles of palms, ferns and masse
Letory of tropical vegetation droop in grac
rning ful festoonsa rom the roof and con
3 con. pletely cover the walls. Of course
is 't the flowers and ferns are composed <
ally a neither ice nar snow, but pure whit
higli camphor crystals.
team, Some of t;he substances are so e]
w, re- ceedingly volatile that during the pry
and cess of manufacture they must neve
hours be permitted to come into contact wit
ed to the outside .ir. A typical case is the
:e red of ether, which is passed from still t
rable still and from retort to retort b
means of long copper pipes, until a
this last it emerg:es the.finished article o
and commerce. It produces, when swal
lurk lowed, an almoLt immediate exhilara
tres- tion of spirits, followed by unsteadi
rrifio ness of gait, thickness of utterance
d an confusion ,of ideas-in fact, all th,
fran. typical symptoms of ordinary Intoxi
ound cation. The sffect passes away quickly
little however, so that an ether drinker eai
most get drunk three or four times an hour
My last visit before quitting thi
this works was to the testing room, where,
risit. surrounded by hundreds of samples of
amer the deadliesth poisons known to soi
o re- ence, sat a tall, slender and pretty
a ad. young girl. Ranged in front of het
tory was a collection pf tubes of variou'
for shapes and sixes; thermometers grad.
it is uated to the one-hundredth plrt of a
se is degree centigrade, and. scales so delil
id- cately poised that an eyelash laid upon
dom one of the balances deflected the indi.
iical cator nearly half an inch. By the aid
erer of these and other strange and beauti
own ful pieces of apparatus she was en
ugh abled to record the exact strength of
and the various products of the factory.
ned Londdb Answers.
hry, Widows of Revolutionary Soldiers.
d of Seven women are still drawing pen
vith sions as the widows of men who saw
per active service in the war of the Revo
rm, lution; women whose husbands served
Sto under Washington more than 120
hen years ago.
s. The eldest of these surviviqg'widowa
ked of the Revolation is living at Los
Yes- Angeles, Cal. She is Mrs. Lovey
and Adrich, now in the ninety-eiglfth
the year of her age. Her husband was
eof Private Caleb Aldrich, who was born
out in the year 17d3, and served as a sol
five dier boy in the New England cam
ows paigns of the war. Mrs. Nancy Jones,
one of Jouesborough, Tenn., whose hus
2,. band was Darling Jones, a privat. in
an- one of the North Carolina regimi.nts,
vc. is the youngest of the Revolutionary
ate widows, being now about eighty-three
years of age. The other five are Nancy
and Cloud, who is living at Chuan, Va.,
ere and is the widow of Se:;gant Wi)liam
Ln dClpud, of Captain Christipn's Virginia
on, line; Esther S. Damon, of Plymouth
of Union, Vt:; whose husband was Pri
ion vate Noah Damon, of Massachusetts;
an- Mary Snead, living at Parksley, Va.,
ing -widow o Private Bowdoin Snead;
es, `ancy A. Weatherman, who lives at
le Elk Mills, T'enn., and whose first has
bond was Robert Glascock, a fifer in
ion one of the Virginia regiments, and
ing Rebecca Mayo,. living at Newbern,
al. Va., widow of Stephen Mayo, a sol
dier from Virginia..
re- That these women can be the
widows of Revolutionary soldiers is
ly, readily understood in view of the fact
we that their husbands were well on in
in- years when they married. As, for ex
am ample,-when Esther Sumner married
on Noah Damon in the year 1835-fifty
c two years after the close of the war
nt I she was but twenty-one, while he wva
it. seventy-six.
t, The last Revolutionary widow pen
v- sioner who had married prior to the
.re cldse of the war. and had therefore
it. actually lived during revolutionary
I times, was Nancy Serena, widow of
ad Daniel F. Bakeman. She died about
ed twenty-seven years ago, only a year or
ed two after her husband, who was the
e last of the Revolutiouary soldiers on
I the pension roll.
t -
ie Capabilities of C-airier Pigeons,
re Two interestin3 questions present
e. themselves concerning the length of
d time during which the pigeon can reo
k ollect thu place of his home and the
li. distance from which he is able to finil
as his way back to it. Some bards have.
e found their way home after five years'
t absence; and it isgenerally considered
that good birds can be depended upon
. for sio months.
When pigeons were to be sent baok
n and forth, it has been usual to keep
a two sefts, with their respective homes
. at either end of the course; and when
I they have reanhed their home, to e~trry
i them bhack to the places from which
I they are to dispatched. They become
e in tho course of time familiar with their
e new home and itschoica dishes. When
Sset at liberty they start off at once for
d Paris, without forgetting the good
I things they enjoyed at St. Denia.
e When they are to be sent back, they
y are made to fast a little while, and are
then let loose at about feeding time at
St. Denis. They go thither, and,
Swhen they have their own way, time
their going so as to be there at the
exact moment of feeding. Birds have
Sthus been taught to fy back andi forth
Sregularly between places thirty miles
i apart.
. wedish BUdflg iRestrletiea, 1
s By the law coming into foree this
Syear in SiweJen a dweliing house muse
r no have more-than five stories. An
attie conteining a stove is reekoselei a
t story. The height of the bui!ding a
, must not ezxeet th width of the
*$ire*8 lyo~~~09S~-8t ass tha Are est "
- BUDGET OF FUN.
pls. HUMOROUS SKETCHIItSo FRO_
VARIOUS SOURCES.
e et B19'4 Break You-Cared For-Up
,i right in One Thing-The Pass.
is elu of Love--Served
ed Him Right, Etc.
on
er s i~u may break, you may shar.
a The vase if you, will;
le But yotu can't faze the forist
s. Who sends you the itl.
--0ieago Becord.
es
e OARED FOR.
' '"There are 100 poets in Indians."
e, "Yes ; and they are establishing new
o reformatories all over the State, too."
-Chicago Record.
UPIGORT IN ,ONE THING.
9 Our cashier's defaloation was a giest
h surpriae to us.'
t "Why?"
o "He wrote such a beautiful vertical
hand."
WANTED SOMETHING NEW.
"Did you accept that poem entitled
" 'Winter's Snow?' " "
- "No; what we particularly wish to
encourage this year is snow in sum
e mer."-Chicago Record.
THE TOUcH OF NATOER.
Afrs: Jozkins-"This book on na
tural history says that seals sometimes -ý
shed tears just like men." -
Jorkins-"'Yes. Just hlike men who
have to pay for sail skin jackets."
r - I
"While Miss Pitz was away George i
took her parrot."'.'
"Anything happeP ?"
"I don't know; -she keeps the par-.
rot down cellar, and the engagement
's of. "-Life.
PBOFITABL PLATYrEI. c
Ted-"How did that English noble- ,
man manage to borrow the money t
from ChblLie?" t
Ned-"On being introduced he
asked him if he wasn't born on the
other side."--Judge. h
TEr PAIrm OF LOV , t]
"I'm afraid he does not love ae e anyt
more." r
"Why, what change have you tI
found?" a
"None. His pockets are empty of !
late."-Cijnoinnati Enquirer.
TEn RAWOo. it
"Too bad about younk Balty being
struck by lightning, wasn't it? I sup
pose ib ps because death loves a shin
ing mark.,"
"No; be8ause nature abhors aC
vacuum."-New York JournaL . a
an
EBTaD HIMDS RIGHT.
Sapsmith (endeavoring to be very, fri
very fuuny)-"Miss. Oldgal, I-tee- be
hee-think I will give -you a-aw- ri
goose for a birthday.pwesent." a
Miss Oldgal (joyously)-"Oh, Mr. m.
Sapsmith, this isso-so sudden." re
--the
PuvvmTxrv or w"rAIr n. bu
"There are six necessities, you la
know, for a happy marriage." ti
"What are they?" fo,
"First, a good husband." . lar
"And the others?" at
"The other five are money."-La rai
Carieature. Wi
' Ne
s~ sraarv. mst
Herbert- "My pa is richer in your ti
paor
Freddie-!'No, he ain't."
Heibert-"My pa ows three houses se
on this block."j tail
Freddie-"Um; "but my pa owns
the mortgago on 'em."
"Last year Mr. Giglamp. need to dr
be always smuggling home valnabl sela
books he had b~ought without his wife's Bol
knowledge." . at
"Doesn't he do so yet?" . dos
"No; now he smaggles in ekpensive yea
attachments for his wheeL"--hleago ws
Record. gel
anl
"My man can't meet yours to-mor
row," said the ambassador of one, a
puather to the envoy extraordiairy of
anotber.
"What's the troubler' -d"
"He has sprained his"- -
"Ankle." old,
"No; he has spxainel his toiagus."
.5A anmDIra.
-12
"Have you resl the 'Story of the
Baptist Ydath and the Presbyterian
Maiden' that ha juast come entu."
"No. It ends uanbpply, and I e
make it a point not to rena trgedie. elos
"Ends unhappily? Why, it ends
with the mirriage of the youth sd thg
-maiden." "I knowit does."*
Tribune,b
Es axrm F ros.iAl~ -,.
Wife-"Be esue to duat tfee r omn
Fido in the morning newmpressre." rm
'ext day the wife raid e6llows in wr,
the nespaper:. in tl
"Ten Shillings. IewI4it..- os, Ta
mangy lap-dog, with one eye and no
tail. Too fat to walk. Respondd to
the name of Fide. 8sells Hle gr
monkey-hora. if retuarned stfed,
thirty shilling reward."--TltBits. me
He was looking tof irork , and head
bntton-holed the niaua.er. , Di,
"Mvy otto," .e shid p~ond4lv "(. li
inted on the otside of ye , gl IM. h
l is *ptbsh,"' * to
"That'. very goodt hdee, &bouyb vda.
omewhat old," zmease& te a moas."
-**4n "ptsrovyrids' re a J IIr4.K
PSatedlaiteak ** sy,~
Boe pointed with a languhy g -
to the cold inscuptioan; ',P,It.i ' i4
Judge.
0311
ranpy's Dinner Flezw A sI!
The Fort Worth (TezxaeQ owise, -
p.. ilent of the Philadelphia Tam.a t
We had some pretty oolW weatbher i
this part of the world last week, and
one of the best blizzard stbries thraed
loose by the )lo temptrtur. -i thab
in which a cat and a,lot - ]nialis
sparrows played conipioe~5a pats.
The cat, Chico, a bTg. rindle tel
low, belongs to F. Y. ElYllotth`.1' this
Scounty, who is himself ultho.rf fee
the story.
Elliott says thaton Mondkym aerat
of last week, when the, i . was 5:
ew ready pretty thiek and 4th ti ,
." Chico came into the .kitelhtt :
mighty well fed, and
parently dead sparrow in
The eat had evidently m ri ,
at meal, but had an eye to
tiugenciei, so he deposiL
an overturned basket fna
Sand went out* Preseu~l
again with another bird,
in the basket and wentaiO
pear still again, loaded .s
fact, these trips kept up tiL
id dozen sparrowshatl been
basket, and then Ohi till= "
to under the stove to take s
1- .The kitchen isa pretty
one and by-and-by this .
kind of lively in the
.heat got in its little w5er
z. to life the halt-frozen bi4
.then another of th spawtlE
heels under, stretched .a
0 legs, spread -his wing. as
Presently the whole oali
out, fluttering-about
ing on the shelves, helping
to crumbs and feelng gtltt
generaljy. Indeed,
and set up suchn, ehirpshp
awakened Chico from his
when\the l.iig fellow arohed?
stretched himself and me
basket, thinking to refres~
cat with a toothaonge an
look of astonishment S
on his features as Was u s
the birds werebhy. ~s
take in GeO ait1tIJo,
At Chico's first mods t6e
I make themselves scaree. =r4
he recovered from hi stonls
the last one bad owl,;tseain*
the ills they knew not (as
•trophe they rot oLf. Dpti
was fooled, OMao wa : s
the basket all day, and Vefu
comforted because the birds w.
there. No doubt the anmxtlite
finds a good thing he'll he.i of
and let the "rainy dayiok rt
itself.
Cheap 1and in tlae .
From 800 to 1000 milkgki
Chicago ire have the Statta at
Carolina, Georgia and, i
a climate that eannot
any other Fortion of thre gi
lands will psoduce two ar.lt,
each year froai the ' .i
from four to.ai 4umtt{
be obtained d ting Iy
rigation is requte4 aai .
age rainfall is aLb i/' JSs
month during the year.
reandy for cnltivation44pe
the places being we bin ru:i
buildings and fR i
large sections t
Lions. These lauds.
for $3 an acre, and
largest.markets of t.iis
can be reached hpoli'
rail transportqtion.
Washington, Baltis ors,
New York, Brookl# -0'
may be reachbed atib
transportation.
thropie, patriotie
form a benevolent e.
000 of Chisago's
serving oitisen to
taining on these lSads,
ord
That a man eould i fU
fire inobes in dismtait ji
seems strange, bt- that A us
Robert Merrigold, now i,
at ChamberJais, bloutl
done for some tles A&
yeats ago it was discovesqd
was ,h-ole in the left :tii
gold'. head about two ina
and ever sines the holli.
stantly growing Irgerr
dvers the hole, and is tit
ing over the mda's br~in.
ojsas who have-examied
at alos to know the R4U
disease or whats the e ,*
go!d, who is ovr sevent
old, never felt any 11i
his strange alfiction..uoil
years ago, but .sioe tha t
mind haibeen g rJaalli
-Detroiti FreeibPr,
In the ryl garrdens at
is a.bnneh of what t id sii .tO
uidet tree in the wortd.,hd
Suagon tree (Dfioaena drae4) 6f
LAvs4 This tre which rwas
Sa gret gal~eom yeors
the jsw weekly paper, th
iy7R, sepposedto be at lessf
500) years -old--some
nobh longer growth, A
removed rirom it -and br
rhere it still thrive4sW s
n the Ecuomoiobodse.-. -
sazette. ___.____
5the late was*i~i e)
seat and yu .t.
Eeekly, ai.ai dit not
'eas the lstteg i pus
,ms of which hate
inuiug one dSy -a·s
lovurose.Geral of
q ierede re eeasde
dar soether, itek

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