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Cotv; nnd 'el" tut'. dlmplr-ehi'i'lt ;
T-ll mi' whilt ynu ttilrtk illmm."
' Will l he 'ii'ut'H i-onii, nt.-l weik?"
" Ye, to vou, dear, p.tst a doiint."
Will thev tell mi- Hiirlf?"
Th:it 1 cannot snswer yon; t .
Otten wh'-ii vou iiC and nillen
' 1 have tlioimlit they talked with jou.
Don't th" nniri'ls tr-ll lou thlnirsr
Whrit'the rt-inon? II niut ho
i Xhpv don't Ilk i in- blir folka. Wlnas,
Willie said, would grow nu nie.
'When? NoTt vpar?"
1 hope not."
"Well. hpc;iusp I lovp you so."
Pon t vou love folks when they Uy?"
"The II" heyoud our slulit."
"OB, ohl .
'iiui't you call thorn back hero?" i
'Fwpet my child, ther slay
Alwaya out of is"lu.'
" I know 1 '
I'd pome V-nek to you some day.
'Ah. I f "ar vim would foro-ec.
Lot rue eltp ymir lltllo wlnus.'
"Why. inatnnia: your check Id wet.
till VOU !CVT
"For vanished things.
What I" vinilstusl?' I don't know."
".-imelbinff lo-t or (Tone away.
When- itiu roup.' Vou mw It blow.",
" thu if vanish yostarclayr
'Soinethhitf vanished made you cry.
Was It r .i'V"
" W hat 1 miss
due low ifrave hides."
Ah, 1 know. i
That Is where the baliy is.
" If ha wa'tp. will ho ho 'frnM?
Hut on., d.iv tnv siiuidrua antd (
V ill, -I nolle to -tay wnh tii...
Hod. you know, lives overhead. t
"If ho did. It inuat honleo I
l.h linf 'way up 'luuutf thu stunt.
let like to:"
"on slna-. mr bird.
Vnt uwliile h' hind tho tiara." :
n . i,..riru, in .hrtotian Uii4m.
THE GHOST OF A CHANCE.
A Strange Story.
Tiik ' whole ufliiir sotiniU like the
wildest roiuanuu. (iiantcd. It Is not
for me to go into the question of iu
probability; 1 simply record 'Certain
fiicU whieli littva come under my no.
' Hole is a Voting fellow, like scores of
others, with just enongh jiropcrty to
live on and to doprivo him of the spur
' to exertion. A barrister, ipute bnetloss,
dabbling iu art, literature and music
and iloiug nothing with either. Among
other times lie lias ono lor quaint tew
clry not for own adornment, but
ho collects it and possesses many curious
specimens, ancient and moderu.i
know him very well, and he has often
slivwii me these treasures. One day
call on him after a long vacation
and lind him throwing oft' slip after slip
"fcxcusi! nie live minutes," ho says,
" and I shall have finished. ',1 have
made a wonderful addition, tomvcolleo-
tion, and in' tho oddest iiiiuinerJ I
. am writing a story uliout it, and there
that t tlin end ol the nrst part. ' il
has been surihbliuir away while speak
; and now his down his pen. "You
shall read lor yourself, lie goes on
gathering up Iuh mjiuuscript, ." how it
came about, and you will undnrstun
why I am rather excited at recalling
this, the narrow escape and the strati.
pest adventure I ever had In my
life." 1 hen, liirhtmsr a ciirar, nnd mv
ing me another, he settles me In
an easy nhair by the lire, and begin
pacing the room, while 1 read rvs fol-
1 left King's Cross by the night muil
on the liith of last August. I was out
of health, tired, und wanted to sleep;
so, settling mv trans on the seat to my
sutisfootiou, I suddenly remembered
that 1 had nothing to read, nnd I oalled
the guard to the window that he might
(rut mu a book. Returning in a minute,
in put into my 4iands Hnlwur'a "Strange
Story;" and fir 1 gave him the money,
he said, "Now-we're off in one minute,
air; 1 liopo you'll like my choioo."
IjciHurely turning over the leaves by
the light of the carriage lump, I very
Boon found that the work my triund had
selected was utterly distasteful to mo,
and I regretted having wasted my
money upon it. It was a story, as
most people know, treating of spiritual
intluuiices, a subject cm which I was
thoroughly skeptical, i soon got tired
of It, hut it served its purpose, and sent
mo to sleep, and sound asleep I re
mained till the train stopped at Peter
borough. Only partly awake; I remember let
ting don a the window, and that several
persons in tho crowd on thu platform
tried to get Into the carriage; one fel
low, just as wo were sliu tiug. thrust
his head so far in that I thought he was
iroluir to make a harlequin's leap for it.
Drowsily congratulating myself on hav
ing bad the door locked, I was drop-
pinir off to sleep nirain when I suddenly
discovered 1 Ural not alone. Who was
that (eated in the opposite corner of
the earringer A young liulv, assuredly,
The dim lii;lit from the lanip enabled
nie tu discern that she war in evening
, dress, with the hood of her opera
' ' r her huad. She appeared
stcnlng her ear-ring Into her
d," I thought, that '
to seen her get In!' Hor
MU stretched across the
rug over them, and
e known If she pasned
1 had certainly never
iy angry and puzmou,
tionstriilo with the
'.ko it out. The
, quiet and still,
' to notice nie,
her till sleep
nine of speed
fju'lsu we were
Son, and that
kceu. A dark'
as all that met
the open will
dump air an
the midst of
I of the night
far off. Neither
rigs were to
loom. A furtive
' sitting there
g, ami not
i guard as
' . "
looked Into the carriage find exclaimed,
Why, there's no liuly there, sir!
I ttirneil, anil imagine rny confusion
"lie was gone! ' " This pusses tiiy un-
erstnnding," said l. "lor motion i a
wear she, was there before I spoke to
cm, them is certainly nobody there
ow. she must have trot out. I crossed
to the further door, and tried it; it was
locked, sure enough. I let down the
glass and looked out, lint in the dark
ness, of course, count see notning.
Why, vou to been dreaming, sir,
,'nK'vn haon 1 rem,,, nir ail."
said the guard, as I, looking somewhat
mnll, resunieil my seat.
ln't tell m." pried I. Indiimant-
lv, and disgusted at the absurdity of the
position: '"I'm perfectly convinced that
. I. 1 i .... . . I
lie was in the carriage! vt ny, here is
positive proof." I went on, as 1 per-
...,iv.,,l .,...1 l,,,u,l;ui..l ninlioil mi
eold ear-rinz from the floor between her
r . . . . . I
Boat. a..i,i mmn. Amaxoninnt. mimr ah
with doubt and distrust, was plainly do-
picted on the guard's handsome couti-
tenance, as, regarding me with a pnz-
zled, half-comical expression, he said,
after a minute. " Well. sir. if von really
believe you saw her, I should advise
your changing your carriage," " Why
1 uenmiiiled, in Bill prise
cause It's well to be on the safe side,
sir, for I've heard something of this
kind before. They -any nn accident is
almost certain to occur when an ap
parition has been seen."
ho, opening the door, no ncgan io
collect mv biurs and traps, while I,
perplexed and not without some feeling
ol alarm, angiiUHi, aim iouon-eu mm
hastily along the side of the line. "Ion
mii'lit have seen some ladies and gen
tlemen, all dressed for a party, get
into tho compartment in front of jour's
at 1'etersboioiiirh, resumeil llie man
he steered nie by tno ngiit oi the
lantern over tho rough ground; "and
lino and merry they were; thev were
going to a bull at (irantham. I fancy
ou must tie ureatning, sir; lor ccrtain-
f none of them got into your carriage,
though one did try, and as to appari
tions, well" Ho did not finish the
sentonce, for lust then wo found an
empty compartment at the rear of the
train; and the engine's whistle at the
sumo moment announcing the lino clear.
with but few more words I was very
so n again locked in and left to my
My first act when the train was once
moro in motion was to examine cure
fully the ear-ring so unaccountably
found. . Tho shape struok me as curi
ous. It was a wheel suspended from a
bird's claw, which turned when
touched. Surely, as I told tho guard.
this trinket was a proof that I hail not
been deceived or dreaming; at toast,
this was not tho apparition of an ear
rinir, at any rate. What could it
nieaiiP The more I thoui'lit, of it the
more I was perplexed; and finally I put
it away iu my portemonnain; and, with
a muni weaned with puzzling over the
strange occurrence, I at length fell
asleep once more but not for long.
Suddenly I was rudely awukened by a
torrthe crash nnd a shock winch threw
mo violently forward, while tho car-
ringa lurched over and nearly capsized
know tit once an accident had hup.
pened tho accident half prophesied by
tho guard. As soon as I could collect
my scattered senses and found myself
unhurt, 1 clambered out' of tho carriage
and ran down the line to the front of
tho train, to ascertain the extent of the
catastrophe. It was difficult to make
one way in the darkness and coutus
ion; but what wero niv feelings of hor
ror and amazement, joined to intense
thankfulness, when I discovered, after
some light had been obtained from n
t ii.. .ii.. .i i i. ,i... i
liasiiiv-niuniuu uouiiru,ini. tun euiuiufu
. . . .. .."
pale and grave, was endeavoring to re
assure the friirhtoned passengers ossein
bled on the bank. He was eomlortinir
them with the intelligence that a special
train would arrive shortly from (trant
All the events of the
I had previously occupied was iving a
complete wreck! I knew it by its color
and llie number, which 1 bad remarked,
still visible on the battered panel. Then
1 learned that several passengers in the
other compartments of it had suffered
fearfully, and 1 was so overcome that I
felt nuito dizzv.
Here was a wonderful and miraculous
last half nour rtisneit
InMililml hrnln fin 1 1,, it
...i;,..,..,i ...... t i..i ..t ,.,i k.,1
., ,,f ,,. n .i,;. ,..,-1
pnnion there I should be lying crushed.
inaimod, perhaps dead, i Horrible! The
bead broke out on mv brow as Ithou'ht
it wi..n nm iw. i,.,i ,-,.,. .,,,,1
a little I sought out the guard, who,
ham and take them from the scene of
Mv crivod fellow." said I. "vou
must explain to me what you meant re-
sneotinir that vounir ludv tho appari-
tion. I mean, as vou chose to call It.
You said an accident " " Lor' bless
you, sir," he interrupted, sadly, " 'twas
only my chall. ; 1 never heard anything
about a young lady; but , I thought as
you seemed bit scared it would make
.. 1 1 111... A !...',. ...1...
y u 11 1 miuu vnnror naw, u u , ny
slutted you. I can t give any reason
whv such a fancy came into mv head:
but It S well tt did. sir, lor It UlSl saved
I, " Aro there manv hurt?"
" About seven, 1 fear, , sir, and our
or more kilied. e don t kuow the
cause at present, sir; 'twasn t a col
lision, ami don't apiiear tu have any
thing to do with the stopping oi the
your life, saved it by 'the ghost of
chance, as ono may say, nuu mere
w a faint return of the otld humorous
twinkle in the man's eve as ho thus
aptly made a play upon the words,
It was the carriage you were in mat
suffered most." " Well, there's many
a true word spoken in jest," returned
train awhile ago. These things do
liii nun iit mora than a hit. sr."
added the man. as he was oalled away.
Tho lamps of the sneelal train were
now sighted, nnd we, the unscathed,
wer speedily in our places, and ar-
rived at our destination without fur-
ther hurt or hindrance. Hut what per-
nlexed ideas whirled In rnnlil aucues-1
sion through my luiiid we were hur-
Here was I. saved from dreadful and
untimely death by whatP Not
ghostly Influence, when thu ear-ring
picked up bv my ovvu hand was now
aula In niv pocket Whs It s.ifoP
looked. les, sate enough, the wheel
ausoeniled from the bird's claw.
wheel ol loriuue it had Indeed proved
And do you mean to tell nie this
fnetr l asked, ironically, as I hn'
ished my friend's manuscript. "Every
word oi it, as i am a living man,
answered. " See, here Is the ear-rip
and he handed me the trinket. "We
luoiitniued, utter examining il, "what
Ileum, certainly; but, whatever it was.
bv a most marvelous interposition, or,
perhaps, us the guard wild, " by the
uhuMi of a abaueu." How could 1 call
it a dream or entertain the notion
are vou going to doP How are vou go-
ing to linish vour story P" "Oh.
don't know Can vou wive nie a
Hi ui r" He knows I have an eye
drainatlu situations. "Not I, indeed;
vou will have to invent that. I suspect."
and seldom brings any of his efforts in
art or literature to a irttitiut tsstto. i
little thought that it would devolve on
me to take up the thread of this one,
and finish it for him.
Before parting, however, I asked:
Did you see the girl's face?" "Not
TftrV H Kf V. 1 I1H IlLMlt WUH Ullll. A
could not distinguish her features pro-
ciseiy, nor tne uomr ui uer uio, nor
anv details exactly, vou understand:
yet there was a look" -he went on aft-
er a pause " which reminded me of
i . ... T.. ...,..,:, T I.I
somoimtiv, or i inougni it, uiu, i coum
not toll whom, that I had seen before,
It waattL mere impression, mute nn-
formod, vaguo to a degree. I had for-
.. .. -t . L : . I .
ffntien. even. I u anvin nir ui me kiiiu
And we talked a good deal more, of
course, atwut tho strango all'air before I
left him; and equally, of course, at the
end of two years the story was not fin
ished. My friend Is only a dabbler.
crossed my mind until you aske
question.'' " Would yon know
"Humph!" he hesitated "I
similarly dressed and posed."
said good-by; and for two '
I think I should if she were
years I do
not think we have mentioned the sub.
lect above twice otico, when I in-
ninmil ,f ha ttnal limaltiul MlA Bllirv nml
ouce later on, when, if I did not cloar
it uti. I at least threw aweird liudit upon
the mystery tho light by which 1 am
enabled to make a sort of second part
to the first which 1 found him writing.
My friend's rooms again; looking
much as usual, save that he is at his
easel instead of at his desk. Again, as
usual, keen for the timo being upon
what he is doing, ho does not rise when
enter, nnd I silmd talking to hira for
awhile behind his chair. We have not
seen each other lately, and ho rallies
mn irood-liuinoredlv about droimimr the
acouaintanco of careless bachelors like
himself Hincu my marriage for that
momentous event lias happened witinn
the last six months. He was abroad at
tho time, and does not know my wife
vet. Soon we passed from this inter
esting topic, anil 1 said BoiiTcuiing
about the water-color drawing he was
working at, as I still stood watching its
progress over his shoulder. It was a
small study, done the previous evening
at a life-school, as he told me, from
what artists call the drupod model
rustic fiiruro of a girl seated on a stilo
lint stay, no cried, -you siioum
see it under a white mount. I nave
ono here cut out to the size. Wait, let
mo get it." He rose and went to tho
ot her end of the room. An idea struck
mo. and takine from my pocket a cor.
lain caumei sized puoiogrnpn, wnicn i
hnil hromrht to show him. I stood it on
the easel in front of his picture, which
it exactly covered. Returning with tho
mount and tnlking volubly about what
he was coino- to do in naintinir. he
mitiimatieallv nut the hollow center of
t ie white nan hoard hist over the nlioto-
graph, but Without, lor a moment,
if..: -i... l r l 1 U...1
iniuciiiir liiu uiiuui'u i nnu iuiiuo. oiui-
denlv he saw it. and. with an exclama-
lion of wonder, started back.
How cnnio that hero?" he went on,
palo and agitated, as he looked inquir-
inirlv from the picture to me. " Did
run nut it merer Uo vou know the
Then how do you come by her portrait,
" w7 do you bring It to mor lo
Meertttin if it really was the
person." "Same nerson as v
r . . w .. : i -
You recognize it?" "Yes,
certuinly. I haven't see her for some
years now; but I should know that like-
uoss anywhere. ' lie nit ins up ami
paused, and thon added: "I didn't
Know vou knew hor." " I don't,"
answered; "and 1 never know that such
person had ever lived till yesterday."
what? I don't understand!'
Why, whether, by any strange co-
incidence, this lady my wife's friend
and schoolfellow might happen to be
the lady you once well, snail I say
once knew under very peculiar circum
stances P" He looked at me now some
what anirrilT as he said: " See here, old
follow, there are matters sometimes
man's mo that be iluesn t care ntioiil
navinir rakou up uirain. i ieu you non-
estlv this is one of them, and I don't
quiieiiKetins kinuoiaioke." "ixoioke,
on my woru, i continued; ami ii
m touohing on anything unpleasant,
(,lull',e '"rKiv '"! I have 11 purpose,
Not tlmt lhut 1 imagined you were
sensitive on the sun net, especially
y" contemplated turning it to literary
if literary accountr whatdoyou
mean?" he asked, Indignantly. "
should as lief think of turning cannibal
as of turning anything connected with
that vounir lady to accuunt, as you call
It. 1 was a little nuzzled now; so
siild: " Well, hut who do you say the
young lady is?" '-Her name if you
moau that was Miss Naughton, Rose
Nauirhtou when I know her; but I con
fess 1 don't see that because she hap.
pens to be a friend of your wifo's you
are warrantou in reiorringtnus aoruptiy
to my acquaintance with her." "My
dear fellow," I cried, "I had no idea
1 I Ihia luva mo 1 ha.ln't n.ttinn
a i -, ....... . u ...... ...... .. ......
mat you anew nor name, ana we
evidently a little at cross-purposes. Hut
near wun me a minute longer, auuiiv
a ting that this Is a portrait of the Miss
uose naugnton wnomvuu seem to nave
known, though I never could have
I guessed that, just look at it carefully
again and see if it does not remind you
oi some one eise some iiim wiium you
once saw, I repeat, under very peculiar
rio Doims iorwaru to examine
photograph, and presently says, "JNo.
Alien A any, rr ui una liuiu your mum
orv?" and while ho is still looking
me portrait, I put down on me ledgo
the easel, lust under his eyes, an ear-
ring, "llood Heaven s! ho cries, "what
are vou up toP What have vou taken
I this out of the cabinet for?" " I have
l not been near the cabinet, if von mean
the place where you keep your jewels."
" Thon what on earth" He hesitates,
and taking up the ear-ring, walks with
it across me room to nis treasure store,
1 cannot neln, with mv dramatio
stincts, watching him eagerly; and It
as good as a play to see his surprise
wonder when, opening the cabinet,
a takes forth tho ear-ring he picked up
the railway carriage, ana nnus mat
has the fellow to it iu his other hand.
Yes; there they aro, clearly the pair
two, birds' claws, each holding a revolv-
Now look at the portrait
again,1 1 say, when he had stood for
miiiuto rugaruingme wun oiana amaze-
1 I meiit. " 1 don t saT that vou will,
cause it is mere speculation, out no
A not see In the portrait ot Miss Nuugh-
I ton someuimg to rviuum you oi
of li'K wheel.
young lady, your mysterious travoling
eonipuulonP" He is examining
photograph again. ' Well, it is
absurd, but really, now you put it
nie. there miiriii ue something oi
same look in it, and " lie ponders,
"Was it she, thou Hose alter
that I in a measure was reminded
that night r cm. my honor i seem
I think it niuBt have been." . Then, turn
no. inir to mo. he asks: " Hut what is
for meaning of all this? H hy do you
to know whether 1 can see any resein-
I blnnue In this photograph to that
spiritualism, or clairvoyance, or what
ever ono may choose to rail such mys
teries because, I say, if such things
xist, you may have received the warn
ing to leave your seat as you did through
tho mysterious influence of Miss
Naughton herself, for she was in that
railway train that same night, and those
ear-rings belonged to her, '
Again the wonder in his face would
be such a thing as ghostly influence, or
have been amusing had it not been
mingled with an expression of pain.
i I ... j:i.l 1" l.n -..I.! nf
uiuiouium, in-unuiiuum no ni.i n
length. " you suy Miss Naughton is a
friend of vour wifo sf
"Yes: and I will explain how Icamo
....... l.n C.vt I. .... I K Vniln,i alt
m iuii hitj iiv iuivhtou,.
I CW HIV wnu viva ill vnnuiie, bud inncii mo
to fetch her a brooch from the drawer
in the dressinir-case. fjn opening it
the first thing which caught my eye
anions; a lot of little trinkets, was that
ear-ring, and a moment's examination
showed it to be tho counterpart of the
one vou had so mysteriously come-by.
ine device was not easily to do lorgoi-
len. ioumay luuiro 01 niv surprise.
and where, above all, did you got this
other ear-ring fromP Kxplain yourself.
for heaven s sake!
1 llecattso, as I say," I replied, " It
seems to mo Just possible that. If thoro
and how it led to my telling her about
yourstraniro adventure. Ilien wo went
into tho matter, and she on her part
told mo how the ear-rinirs had be
longed to a schoolfellow of hers, Rose
Ptaup-liton by name, who had lately
gone abroad; and how, two years ngo,
she had been in a fearful railway acci
dent one evening, while on her way from
feterboroiisrh to a ball at Cirantham-
how two of her party had been killed
while sitting beside herj'how she cs-
caped by a miraclo, uninjured; and
how, amongst the trilling events con-
nected with the terrible circumstances,
she had lost one of her ear-rings
one of a pair which had been given her
tnat nii'lit by the man to whom she was
engaged, and who was himself killed."
My friend s face, with a strange per
versity, seemed for a moment to lose
its pained expression as I uttered theso
last words. I resumed: "When Miss
Naughton went abroad sho gave my
wifo her photograph that on the easel
and among other souvenirs that odd
ear-ring; for it appears the tragical ac
cident brought about one good result
for her it cut short an engagement en
tirely distasteful to her, and into
which she had been forced well, I
didn't hear exactly how; at any rate,
sho never loved tho man disliked him.
in fact, my wifo snys, und had no coni
punotion about giving tho ear-ring to
my wife, who was struck: with tho
quaintnoss of tho device. You will
readily understand how this story in
stnp.tly associated itself with you in my
mind. A comparison of dales nnd
other circumstances left no doubt.
was nouuu io come ami leu you; aim i
nope, my near icnow, you win aequo,
I ma ni,w nf n lilln intrnuinn mmn vour
i ' ............. j -
affairs, l assure you i nud not me
faintest idea that you know Miss Nangh
ton by name, i iiioiignt you might,
have seen hor, as I believe you did; for
assuredly hor presence either in the
nesu or in ine s um, wmcnevei n, who
saved your life." My friend, full of
amazement, held out his hand, and, in
shaking mine warmly, evinced more
fueling than I had over given him credit
' Of courso, of course, old man," he
said, "I know you didn't moan any
thing; only I was taken by surprise, as
well 1 might be, lor 1 was tremendously
fond of Rose Naughton once am so
still, for the matter of that and the
sight of her face rather took me aback.
We were half emrai'ed onco, only hor
old mother broke it on; and 1 was an
gry and hasty, and and I dropped
them, and have boon sorry ever since;
and then I was too proud, and, in short,
have made an ass of myself. Uo you
know where she is nowP Uo you know
where she is gone P"
" No; but I can nnd out." " I wish
you would; lor alter all you tell mo,
nave a strong inclination to iouow ner,
and try my luck again try if fortune
win turn nor wneei ior my ucneni.
i i most certainly uo so you wouiu De
flying in her face if you did mot; for
really this is the most astounding thing,
so on the wholo, that ever happened to
as luliow. lucre must nave neen some
mysterious agency at work when you
wiuiouvcimoroiyuu knowing n. oy
I that the appearance was but a vapor of
the bruin, partly due to ill neaitn and
uneasy sleep, still its aspeot and nature
whatever it was, it hardly accounts for
tno earring nemg in my compartment;
that, as I originally wrote, was not the
of ghost of an earring; how do we get
I nun, htttl"' " All "
are dearly traceable to Miss Nanghton's
firosenco hard by; and more coincidence
s not sufficient to acoount for all that
' Very marvelous, truly," said he;
' and we can only call it, as the guard
laid, 'the ghost ol a chance.' still,
over thatP" "Ah," I answered, " we
are as far off in the solution of that
ever. Never mind; be thankful that
thinirs are as they are. I WMl ascertain
from my wife Miss Nanghton's present
au.iresa, ami uo you go anu sue ii sue
can explain the mystery."
He followed my advice, and he finally
married Rose Naughton, of course; but
ami ii. was aioug tune oeiure uny ng"
was thrown on the earring side of the
mystery. This eventually came, how-
me ever, muswiso: in me course oi ine
' whirligig of society tn whicn my inend
nuu uia wnu inuva, vnuro una iui nun u
at a voung man, who was one of the ka!
oi party oi mat latui night, and ne tnus
explains the enigma, lie says he was
late, and was hurrying along the plat-
format Peterborough when Miss IN augh
ton and her friends wero trying to find
seats. They were a little ahead of him
and in the confusion sho must have
dropped one of hor earrings, for
ploked it up, and fearing to be left be
ninu ior me wnistio was sounumg
In- he made a dash at the nearest carriage.
is The window was open, but the door
and was locked; and on precipitately thrust-
he lng In his bead to see II there was room
In his elbow struck against the edge
ne me door, ami ine mow jerked ine triiiket
out of his hand to the further side
the carriage, and across the legs of
recumbent passenger half asleep. There
was no tune to arouse the passenger
a call the guard, the train being actually
iu motion; anu it was uiuy uy jumping
be- into the next compartment that he man.
you ageu to save nimseii iroin ueiug
behind. Of course he concluded that
tue no simiiiii mwivor luovmiuij; wucu moj
stopped at Grantham; but then came
the the aooident and the loss of the earring
very was held of little account albeit it
to I potent factor in saving my menu
tno i me. nine,
want frozen over, and annuals frequently
pass ou the ice from one country
girl, I another,
Few people realize the fact that
America widens at the north until
roaches out into the ocean so as to
within thirty-six miles of As'a.
severe winters Behring's Straits
Something About the Heirs Apparent
to the Throne of Russia.
Tun title of Uzarowitch, or, moro
Properly, ("esarowiteh, was Invented by
eter the Great, who claimed for him
self an equality with tho Ciesar of the
West, tho holy Roman Kmpcror. Hut
the heir apparent to tho Russian
throne, dating back to the earliest ages
in the history of the Kmpire, is now ro
ferred to as tho Czarowiteh.
As far back as tho fifteenth century
thero are instances wherein the Czar
and Czarewitch have had serious differ
ences, which in some cases resulted not
only In the Czarewitch being put under
lock and key, but in his being put out
of the way altogether.
In the old days of the Czars of Mos
cow the despot on tho throne regarded
his presumptive heir with much the
same deirree of jealousy as does tho
King of liumiah at this day the whole
group of his blood relations.
It seems now, as it has always seem
ed, to be neoossary for tho Czar and his
heir to be antagonistic in their opin
ions. If the Czar was conservative his
son was sure to be a reformer; if ho
hnd Western ideas, tho Czarewitch was
impressed thev wero wrong-.
Ivan the Terrible, who reigned from
15:j:t to lo8i. accused his son of form
ing a conspiracy to dethrone him, and
in his anger struck tho blow lor winen
he afterward invoked Hcnvcn and eaith.
and promised treasures and titles to
any ono w ho would conjure back the
life of his son
l'eter tho Great and his son Alexis
entertained different opinions in regard
to the reforms introduced by the father.
Tho Czar loved what ho called " prog.
ress and " European lasiuons, wane
Alexis hated both, and on more than
one occasion intimated in puouc that
when he came to the throne ho would
do away with all Western fashions,
The result was that Puter excluded
his son from the succession. Alexis ap
peared sattstied with tho decision, and
declared his intention of spending the
remainder of bis days in a monastery,
In 1717 ho escaped to Vienna, and
thence to .Naples, but was induced to
return to Russia, whoro by the uknse of
February z. 171!. ho was disinherited
l.nter he was formally accused of con
spiring nirainst his lather s lite and
throne, and on tho confessions of his
mistress, his pot companions and li
confessor, all upon the rack, he was
condemned to death.
According to ono version the agita
tion caused by the trial so seriously
affected his health that ho soon after
died in fits. June, 1718. There were
rumors current at the time that his
death was not a natural one. and the
Czar, to avoid scandal, ordered the trial
to be published.
Another version of the death of
Alexis, that given by l'eter Henry
liruco, an Englishman, who, after
speaking of tho imprisonment and trial
of the Czarowiteh, by his father, sbvs:
"On the next day his Majesty, attended
by nil the Senators and liishops, with
several others of high rank, went to the
fort and entered the apartments where
tho Czarewitch was kept a prisoner.
Some little timo thereafter Marshal
Weyde came out, and ordorud mo to go
to Mr. Bear's, tho druggist, whose shop
was bard by, and tell him to make the
potion strong which he had bespoke, as
the Prince was then very ill. When
delivered this message to Mr. Bear he
turned quite pale, and fell a shaking
ami trembling, and appeared in the ut
most confusion, which surprised me so
much that I asked him what was the
matter with him, but he was unable to
return mo any answer. In the mean
time ll Marshal himself came in, much
in tho same condition with the druggist,
sovintr the Prince was very ill of an ap-
oplectio tit. Upon this the druggist de
livered him a silver cup, which the
Marshal himself carried into the Prince's
apartments, staggering all the way as
no wont iiko one ortinn.
The wretched Czarewit::h struggled
out of one convulsion into another,
until he expired in great agony at tivo
o clock In the afternoon.
The Czar then ordered his corpse to be
laid in a fine coffin and a pall of rich
gold tissue to be thrown over it. " Very
few." sava Hruce. " believed he died
natural death, but it was dangerous for
people to sneak as they thought."
ui the ueatnoi tnis young man, iuot
lov. in his " Peter the Groat." says:
"it was not Detieveo oy many people
Europe at the timo, and it is not believed
by thu Comte duScgur and the Marquis
do Custiue now, that the Prince died
a natural death unless the cataleptic
convulsive tit, consequent upon extreme
and protracted mental agony which
nnaiiy euuea nis me, can oe cauea
natural and not a violent death. All
sorts of stories were told at the time,
each more incredible than the other,
and each disproving the other. The
Czar was said to have knouted him
death with his own hands: to have pois
oned him with a poition which he sent
Marshal weyde to an apotnecary
shop in broad daylight-to procure;
have cut off his head, and then to have
had it privately sewed on again by Mme.
Cramer; in short, to have made way
with him by a variety of means, all
which oould not well have been true,
and all of which are, under the circum
stances, extremely unlikely. To us
seems ridiculous to add a new horror
this terrible tragedy. We are not sure,
either, that the supposed assassination
makes the matter any worse. ' Murder
most foul, as at the best it is,' we
unable to see that the private murder
a whit more atrocious than the public,
solemn nnd judicial murder, of which
the Czar stands accused and condemned
to all eternity."
The Czur Paul and his son, Alexan
der I., did not agree. The same is
case with Nicholas and Alexander
the present Emperor, who succeeded
the throne in 1(465. Nicholas threat
ened to disinherit Alexander and leave
the throne to his brother Constantine.
The past few years have shnwtu that
Alexander and his son, in both priblic
and private affairs as well as in politi
cal matters, are opposed to each other,
and it is no secret at the present time
that their relations are not pleasant.
The lack of harmony between father
and son has been the occasion of
rumors, not a few of which
evidently without foundation.
long ago It was reported that the Czare
witch was imprisoned In his palace
order of his father, but it is .said
Czar lately has been trying to remove
this impression by paying his son public
honors on occasions of great parades.
The heir to the throne is said to belong
to what is called the "old Russia'
party, which is bitterly opposed to
emancipation of serfs, and does
favor any measure for bettering
oonditiou of the Russian people.
regard to foreign affairs, this party
still more aggressive. It believes
Russia will linally conquer and hold
Constantinople, make further advances
into Asia and control the commerce
the far East.
M'l I ' ' . . 1. ..
I llie jnU B ailCinu(3iib w v,vi
mans is probably another cause of
agreement with the Czarewitch. Alex
ander s mother was a German Princess,
and ho was educated under German
rofessors, and spent some of his early
ifo in Merlin. He has been on intimate
erms with Emperor William, and this
friendship has doubtless influenced the
turn of European affairs in tho last
twenty years. On the other hand, the
Czarewitch is said to hate the Germans
nud to be partial to the French, and
also to bo in sympathy with a great
number of the Russians who look upon
the Germans as probable foos in tho fu
ture. The Czar is studious and domestic in
his tastes; he loves peace and tranquility.
and dislikes anything pertaining to War,
while his son Is a soldier by instinct.
The Caar is a cultivated European; his
sun resembles tho old typo of Muscovite
It is not surprising that tho occupant
nnd heir of the Russian throne should
be at logger-heads, as it has been tho
ru'e for centuries, and Alexander, in
giving the title of Czarewitch to his son,
seems to have also given him that herit
age of opposition to the state which in
most cases, has been a characteristic of
his predecessors. St. Louis Jtcpublican,
Committees of the Whole.
It Is one of the rules of the National
House of Representatives that every bill
involving the levy of a tax, or nn ex.
penditure of money, shall be nrst dis
cussed in what is called the Coraniitteo
of tho Whole. As a Committee of tho
Whole is made up of precisely the same
persons as the House itself, the reasons
for this rule are not apparent to persons
who are unacquainted with parliament
What is chiefly gained, when the
House goes into a Committee of tho
Whole, is that then the rules of th
Houso only apply in part, nnd those
which take their place are more favora-
blo to free discussion ami amendment,
and to the rapid transaction of busi
We can only give ono or two illustra
tions te show this. When the House is
transacting business a member may
move tho previous question, and thus
prevent amendments from boing offered
or votetl upon. In the Committee of
the Wholo, amendments may be offered
without limit, and there is only one way
of stopping a debate, which we shall
Again, in the House, one-fifth of the
members may order the yeas and nay
to be taken, and this often makes prog
ress very slow. In Committee of the
Whole the yeas and nays cannot be
taken at all. Votes are taken by rising,
or by tho members passing between
When the House votes to go into
committee say on an Appropriation
bill--the Speaker leaves the chair, and
calls to it some momber who is ad
dressed as " Mr. Chairman," and who
usually acts as Chairman when the
House is in Committee ol the Whole
on that bill until it has been disposed of.
In Committee of the W hole the mem
ber who reports the bill from the Com
mittee on Appropriations has charge of
it, nnd nrst makes a speech in expla
nation. Ho is followed by other mem
bcrs, who discuss the measure gen
erally, and not in reference to particu
When this general debate is ended
the bill is taken up in detail. The
Clerk reads it. clause by clause. If
member wishes to oiler an amendment
to any clause, he interrupts the read
ini nun uiuiiuaDB ib. Anu uaum inoi.-
tiue is to allow the mover of each
amendment, and those who support or
oppose it, so many minutes each, and
to limit the time that can ue given in
all to one amendment, sometimes
member will move to strike out the lost
word of an amendment for the sake of
making a few remarks.
ine reading oi tne Din, tno moving
of amendments and the voting continue
until the members are tired, when the
motion is made that the committee
"rise." When this is carried the
"Chairman" leaves tho chair, the
Speaker of the House takes it, and thus
the House resumes its session. The
Chairman then says to the House that
the committee bas come to no resolu
tion, and asks leave to sit again.
Sometimes, however, it happens that
a long time is wasted in talk and in r
pouted amendments to the same clause
As the Committee of the Whole have no
power to stop the debate, the object
accomplished in this way:
The member who has charge of the
uui nrst inuves tout tue cuiuiuiuud iish.
When this is carried, and the IS peak
has taken the chair, and the Chairman
has reported, as we have stated above,
a motion is made that when the com
mittee resumes ill session, all debate on
the pending clause shall be closed in
one minute, or in five minutes. The
motion having been adopted, the House
immediately goes into Committee of the
When the consideration of a bill has
been finished the committee rises. The
Chairman then reports the measure and
amendments to the House, which
once votes on the amendments, either
separately or as a whole, and then votes
on the passage of the bill. .
In the Senate bills aro considered "as
in Committee of the Whole," but with
out so many formalities. Youtii't Com
Festive English Soldiers.
Amonci the many "dangers of the
streets" to which Londoners are ex
posed is that of being knocked about
and ill-used by drunken and disorderly
soldiers. A very bad ease of this kind
came before the Magistrate at West
minster Potioe Court this week. A sol
dier was charged with being drunk and
disorderly in the Buckingham Palace
road. At about one o'clock lost Wed
nesday a police constable on duty saw
the prisoner, who was verv drunk.
push off the pavement two women, one
of whom had a child iu her arms. For
this act alone he deserved to be taken
into custody, but the policeman merely
" spoke to him," and such were the
good effects of the few words of counsel
so feelingly uttered, that the prisoner
actually " went on quietly for thirty
forty yards" without committing any
further outrage. Here, however, the
"old Adam" reasserted itself ; and see
ing a gentleman approaching, the pris-
oner could not resist the temptation
knocking his hat off. He then, in
military parlance, "retreated, or,
other words, ran away; but happening
to see gentleman and lady going into
a house be could not refrain, even dur
ing his flight, from knocking the gen
tleman s bat over his eyes. Ho run
away again; but the police, thinking
the time bod arrived lor interference,
pursued and captured him. On being
caught he excused his conduct oy say
ing that he had "only bonneted the
swell for a lark." The Magistrate
fined hira forty shillings, or one month's
imprisonment with hard lubor; but
"larks" of this description continue
they win have to be repressed by
stronger hand. Fall Mull Uuiette.
The Aged-Greenback Destroyer.
EvritY afternoon at four o'clock sev
mity-tlve female scrubber and sweep
ers are let loose on tho halls nnd rooms
of tho Treasury building. Prior to this
charge of the broom brigade, they aro
massed in one of the lower hulls with
their brooms, buckets, brushes, squil-
ees anil swabs. They aro of many
lors nnd nationalities. Their pay is
fifteen dollar per month, and occasion-
11 V among them may no lounu women
who once enmo to Washington in quest
f positions more lucrative. Hut bread
is as pressing a necessity in Washing-
ton as elsewhero, and scrubbing is better
In company with the matron, Mrs.
ddmore, I rovlowod the broom brig-
ado the other day in the basement after
the hours alloted to Treasury visitors.
Seventy-five dusters and sweepers seem
an imposing number, but when scat
tered about the halls of the vast build
ing at their work their are few and far
between. The waste paper collected is
sorted and placed in three bins, for there
are grades even in waste paper, uoing
to the top floor I found myself in lanes,
passages, highways and byways of
treasury accounts, ledgers, recorus.
big books, little books and millions of
packages in millions of pigeon holes,
all red taped and tagged. It's fright
ful to contemplate this avalanche of
financial reckoning Iroin all the otntcs.
embracing Custom-1 louse. Army nnd
Navy affairs, and all other business
inco our Government saw the light.
Thero isn't room for it. Pilos of ac
counts and well-worn ledgers encumber
the landings and hallways. From the
Treasury garret I was taken onco more
to the Treasury cellar, itero are tno
carpenters' and blucksniiths' shops, for
the Treasury makes all its own desks
and pigeon holes, and paints and var
nishes them, uui me cniei anxiety
was to shovy nie tho " nmcerator.
The macerntor was at work. The
maeerutor is the mill wherein is
o-round to a soft, nasty pulp tho cnlled
f i i .w,i..,.,i. n
ill rlllu i;uiiiii-iiiiii;ii i v-i. ..,. i.n.
In. la n nlln, im.iii nml tiiirtnaai.
bility of recognition from S100.000 to
dUU,UW daily. it nas a ten-norse
power engine all to itself, and grinds
about two hours daily. Ihe money
f;oes into a huge, round cauldron-like
topper into which open three small
dials secured by three separate iocks.
The obsequies of the condemned green
backs aro daily observed with a rigid
and precise formality. Throe separate
United States Treasury otitciais, men oi
known trust, probity and honor, " high
ly resnectod bv all who know them,"
carry tho condemned bills to the sncri-
hcial hopper, unlock tne sacreu doors,
chuck them in, lock them up and care
fully watch each other to see that none
of this Government paper sticks to their
clothing or to the tar on their heels.
Then hot water is let on, and the cogs
of tho Government coffee-mill rend the
tons, hundreds and thousand dollar
notes to atoms. You may look through
a little window in the top of the hop
per and see this process of liquidation
going on. Tho engineer scooped up a
hnndful of the ground-up currency
from a mass and put it near my nose
and eyes for inspection. It is a nasty
muck. Yet, since it has beeu money,
one gazes at it with grief, curiosity and
even respect. The Washington people
got hold of this financial tilth devel
oped from rags, which, after a circula
tion of years in greasy pockets and
pocket-books, passing from dirty hands
to dirtier, from den to dive, from dis-ease-inlected
clothing, hospitals and
dead men's clothes, until it returns to
its birthplace, whence once it started
so crisp and clean, laden with every
variety of infection, disease, small pox,
yollow-fover, the plague, the itch,
scrofula, consumption, outtle, murder,
sudden and slow death; they take this
S round-up filth, mold it into statuettes,
eads of Washington, Franklin, Jeffer
son, or into the semblance of bird and
animal, and keep these as household
deities, to be reverenced, since they aro
made of money. Washington Cor. K.
A Pen-Picture of Queen Victoria at the
Opening of Parliament.
Her Majesty acknowledges the grave
greeting of her lieges by scarcely
more than a glance of the eye. Tho
head bent slightly, perhaps, but I am
not sure. She, too, walks slowly; there
is no vulgar hnrry about any part of the
business. As she rounds the corner of
the dais her face is turned full toward
our gallery. It is the business of cour
tiers to say that the Queen looks al
ways well. For my part, I thought she
had grown old since last I saw her, and
that the lines of the temples and about
the mouth were cut deeper than ever.
It can never nave been more than a
comely face, and there is nothing,
strictly speaking, in its contour, and
notning in tne ugure, wnicn can De
oalled beautiful or noble. What strikes
you, nevertheless, is the air of authori
ty and the air ol stern sincerity which
sits upon this royal brow and marks the
least gesture of the Queen. 1 be sadness
of the face is profoundly touching; the
dignity with which the burden the all
but intolerable burden of hor life is
borne, appeals to your respect. She is
here, they say, to mark once more her
sympathy with the First Minister of the
Crown; and with the party which, un
der his guidance, has been leading this
country so strange a dance these three
years past. But polities are forgotten
in such a presence; and any criticism
one has to offer is put decently aside so
long as the woman and Queen is here.
When she had seated herself upon
the royal robes spread over the throne
which she might have worn one would
think there is again a pause, almost
solemn, and there is time to observe
the gown which the Majesty of England
has on. The Majesty and Beauty of
England are face to face, for the
Princess sits nearly opposite, and as
the Princess is perhaps the best-dressed
woman iu tho room, so is the Queen al
most the worst. Her gown is of velvet,
with broad, longitudinal streaks of
miniver or ermine running down the
skirt and horizontal trimmings to match
about the body. But you need not stop
to look at jt; the Koh-i-noor glows in
her corsage, and a miniature crown of
diamonds shines above the stony head.
The Princess Beatrice, in blue velvet,
stands by her mother's side, with traces
of the womanly attractiveness which
belongs to her sister Louise, now feign
ing over the hearts of our Canadian
friends. There was somo maneuvering
with footstools and arrangement of
trains, and the Queen's veil had to be
extricated from the netted work of the
throne. Then the Queen said, " Pray
be seated," and ouee more came si
lence. London Cor. N. T. Tribune.
Hehk WicKEitsruiMK.it, of the Zoo
momical Museum of Berlin, has invented
a process for preserving plants and the
bodies of animuls, whieli, it is said, is of
such value that the Prussian Govern
ment has procured the patent and given
it to ine puonc.