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TOILERS OF the COLUMBIA
By Paul DeLaney - Jw
4 Author or By Paul Dc Laney Sketches." tJL
Author or "lord «>f flu- Dcvrt." "Oregon .Nk«»<hcs." L ILCTJ
and other Pacific Coast Stories ■fcjTJ*
Ringwold and Seadog.
''Where is Hazel, wife?"
"She hai gone to the ball."
"Did Captain Bodlohg go?"
"Yes, be went with our Hazel."
"It is good. They would make a
fine match, wife. I would like to fee
Basel marry well. 1 would dislike to
have iier marry a common fisherman. |
Wife, lam not feeling well tonight. 1.1
fear that the voting militia Burgeon
does not know the truth. I believe
that blood poisoning is setting in."
Thus spoke old Seadog to nil wife.
Strong as was the constitution of the
powerful man it had begun to yield
and he was first to detect it. His
blood burned in its channels. A
weakening, nervous sensation took pos
session of him. At times he could not
distinguish the real from the imagin
try. Seadog was a very sick man.
Several times that night be had Bunk
into spasmodic plumber. He could
hem the dashing of the waves, the
leaking of the oars in their locks, the
shouts of the fishermen and the crack
of rifles., Then ho would start with
a groan as the hot blood burned itself
against the fevered particles which
were gradually decaying about the
wound in his body. Then the poisoned
life-fluid would rush forth to the heart
furnace for purification, when it would
be sent out more sluggish than ever to
feed a burning system.
The heart beats increased, the fever
rose higher and higher. Old Seadog
felt his senses failing. The real be
came more fanciful and the- imaginary
became more realistic. lie finally fell
into delirium. It was then that his
tongue spoke words that sounded
Strange to hi wife's ears
"Yes, Nelson Saarela, I won out over
you! I swore falselyJ but 1 won! You
were sent to Siberia and I gained the
tzar's favor. 1 also won in the con
tested will case and brought the monoy
to America where I have invested it.
Well. You were druggist to tin- czar,
but the apprentice in the gnat estab
lishment drew the winning card. I
came near to losing it though. Those
hateful southsiders 1 But Sankala!
She is a brave girl. ("his burning in
my side! Someone ig prodding me
with a hot iron! Help, Help!"
■'Husband! Husband!" cried Mis.
Beadog, She seized her companion's
hands and rubbed them violently.
"What lias happened?" inquired the
"You have grown worse. You said
such strange things."
"What did I say? I fear my condi
"You spoke of Nelson Saarela and a
"Nelson Saarela! I have not uttered
the name for "JO years.
A gloom settled about the room that
caused the man to ask why the light '
was so dim. A deaduess in his limbs :
caused him to suspect that lie was
growing worse. The sullen flow of
his blood told him that unless a change !
came his hours were few for this earth.
"Wife, send for eld Ringwold. After
nil he knows more a 1 out medicine than
all of the doctors in this country.
Send for old Ringwold and he shall tell
me whether or not I am receiving
One of the boys was sent to request
the aged man to come. It was the first
time in his life of neatly 20 years In I
the village that he had been invited to
the Seadog home.
When left alone again the sick man
Inquired of his wife:
"Did you say I mentioned Nelson
Saarela and a will?"
"Yes, and you said something about
Siberia and America and money," re
i lied Mrs. Seadog.
The old man looked about the room
in bewilderment for a few moments and
then dropped into a SBBai-COOSCloai
state. His tongue began to give utter
ance to strange things again.
He spoke of the ship which had
stranded upon the island nearly twenty
years before, the one which had
brought Sankala and old Ringwold to
the country. He spoke of some papers
which he had found aboard the wreck.
"I know he was lost!" he muttered!
"I know he was lost. It is too late
now to do him justice."
He continued in this strain until the
arrival of Ringwold. The feeble old
druggist was conducted to the bedside
of the sick man, and sat upon the bed
from sheer exhaustion. In the faint
gloom of the light he looked more like
a ghost than a human being. His long
gray hair and beard concealed his feat
ures. But his sharp, keen eyes glist
ened with unusual brightness.
The old man placed his trembling
fingers upon Seadog's wrist. Then he
moved his hand to the sick man's breast
and placed it ovei his heart. A fiend
ish smile lit up bis face as he felt the
fluttering and spasmodic beating of the
lie .hew a hyperdeimic syringe fri m
bis pocket and filled it with i fluid.
Then he Injected it into Seadog's arm.
Several minutes of silence followed;
Ringwold kepi his seat on the side of
the bed, He finally broke the silence.
"filing the lump," be paid.
While young Soadog held the lamp
and the wife looked on with anxiety,
Rinwgold shook the sick man. He
pushed back the eyelids and exposed
the pupila which were greatly enlarged.
"He died in Siberia and his brother
went down at sea!" muttered Seadog.
Another smile lit up the countenance
of Ringwold. lie placed nis hand over
the heart of Seadog again, Ho played
with the mat) as would a cat play with
a mouse. But the feeble little fellow
looked more like the mouse and the
prostrate form of the wealthy fisher
man resembled that of a giant) in coin
"Old Ringwold has his eyes, but be
Is not the man. No, he is not the
nan!" spoke out BeadQg in plain
Again the grizzled old man smiled
almost to a stage villain's chuckle.
Mrs. Seadog turned pale. Young Sea
dog was mystified,
Ringwold slowly bent bis body until
he could place bis mouth near Seadog's
ear. He spoke in an ordinary tone of
"Charlie, you neglected to sweep out
Seado^ opened his eyes as if by mag
ic. He gazed into the face of Ring
wold for a moment and then exclaimed:
"Nelse Saarela, druggist to the
"Yet, and back from Siberia and on
to America that he might compel
Charles Seadog to render an account
ing!" fairly hissed the old man.
["he meeting was too much for the
strength of either. Seadog fell into a
silent relapse and old Ringwold drop
ped across his body in a hysterical tit.
It was then that young Seadog called
to a neighbor and sent him to the ball
room for aid.
A Final Accounting.
With the dawning of morning there
were many rumors alloat in the village.
i I he story of Seadog's relapse, the Bend
| ing for old Ringwold, and the dying
condition of the two men had reached
the public eat. Stoiiea of mysterious
disclosures weie also being told and
the people were wrought up to unusual |
It was known that Captain Budlong
had remained at the place all night;
I that Sankala was there and that the
militia SUtgeon had been kept busy and
(hat about daylight old Bumbo, the
lawyer, had been sent for.
Sankala and Dan l.apham had also
j been seen to visit th« Ringwold cabin,
I and they had taken a large bundle of
papers to the Seadog home.
The interior of the Seadog house pre
-1 sented an interesting , picture. On a
bed lay old Seadog calm and weak.
j He was breathing easily, and his physi
cal suffering had been lulled by heroic
scientific treatment. But the agony
l which racked bis brain is indescribable.
It is only those who have suffered with
a guilty conscience while looking death
in the face that could properly sympa- i
thize with Charles Seadog.
On another bed in the same room lay
the aged Rinwgold. He had under-
I gone a complete change. The feeble
old form which bad for BO many years
responded to the appeals of life" and
; raised itself up as though coming from
the grave, had reclined to rise no ore.
His wo: was over. His mission was
about performed. Yet his brain was
as clear asa bell; His eyes as bright
as youth. *
log'a family hovered about him.
The surgoen stood at his bedside.
, Bumbo, the lawyer, eat at a table near
Sankala held her aged protector's
hand. Dan Lap bam stood at the foot
of Ringwold'a bed. Captain Budl
was at the door to answer the questions
of the curious.
"Tell the whole truth, Charles, tell
it all. I have proved to you that San
kaia is his child. She is entitled to
his interest in the property. Do fair
by hei upon your soul!"
So spoke old Ringwold, ftebly but
encouragingly to Seadog.
j "After my return from Siberia I
j looked up the boy. I had located you
long before. When I got the papers
arranged I persuaded him to come with
me to America, but he had marrying
on the brain and would not come until
the ceremony was perfomed and his
young bride was ready to come," contin
ued Ringwold. "We were all poor in
finances and had to take the old sail
boat. The voyage was a long one and
the child. Sankala, was born on board
the Teasel. The surgeon of the craft
| mad« out a birth certificate and Bumbo
has it there. I took it from the hands
of the child's mother as the ship went
down and have kept it ever eince.
"She ie the only heir and entitled to
his «hare of the property. The other
papers will show what this is. I re
ceived the final documents yesterday.
Bumbo has them. Do justice, Beadog,
do justice, upon your soul, tell it all
Seadog's very moments were num- |
bered. The wound which he had re-I
ceived in the last encounter with the i
southside fishermen had developed a
case of blood poisoning and no power
on earth now could save him. Of this,
he was fully Informed. While the fact j
that he was about to face the final tri
bunal where man is called upon to give
an accounting, may have bad some
thing to do with softening Seadog'a
heart, he was confronted with the evi
dence of his wrongs on earth and of the
just rights of hers.
He tod the story of how he had
wronged Fankala's father ; how lie had
willfully caused Ringwold'a exile to Si
beria and how he had lied to America '
with his illgotten pains. Of his accu
mulations here, his auditors already
knew. lie had learned of the sailing
of Sankala's father and mother from
the old country and had found their
names on the ship's register, and Know
ing that they were dead and having no
knowledge of the birth of Bankala,
thought all trouble from that source
When he had completed his etory, i
which was reduced to writing by Bum- j
bo, he was completely exhausted, but
the merciless attorney insisted on a
"Seadog, you are in your right
senses, are you not?"
"Yes," came the reply feebly.
"You realize that the end is ap
"I do," replied the dying man.
"You make this statement as your
dying declaration," insisted the tech
nical limb of the law.
"Well, one moment more, Seadog.
There is still more left undone. You
might as well make a clean breast of it ;
while you are at it. You remember
the deed Dan Lapham's father signed?
Well, I have the evidence ready to
bring action to have it set aside. You I
know the old man was drunk ami didn't
know what he was doing? You know
there was no money paid and no con
sideration for deeding the property to
you upon which this town jh built?
You teraembei all of this, do you not, ;
Seadog? Make a clean breast of it, tell I
it all, upon your soul, Seadog 1 I have
secured the pardon of the half-breed
flora the pen and he is ready to testify
to it all. It is true, is it, not Seadog,
upon your soul, upon your eoul ! 1'
"Yes," came a faint voice.
"Then sign your statement here,
your dying declaration, sign it here,
Seadog, as you value your chances of
pardon in the next world."
Seadog touched the pen already
thrust into his limp hand by the per
sistent attorney, who also'wrote his
name and called upon the captain and
surgeon to witness the signature.
"God be praised!" The faint voice
of Ringwold was heard, as he made a
superhuman effort to raise himself, and !
clasping Sankala in his arms, he whis- i
pered "My mission is performed and !
justice done at last."
The deathly silence of the room was
only broken by the sobs of the grief-]
stricken girl, as old Ringwold passed ;
into the sleep that knows no waking.
Within another hour Charles Sea
dog's soul had also departed from the
body, and such a spirit of gloom bung
over the little fishing village ac had
never visited it before.
(I re continued)
Samples of His Voice,
"This is a marvelous age wo live In,"
said a theatrical manager, "and its I
marvelousuesa was brought home to
me forcibly last week.
"I had written to a French tenor 1
and asked him what be would take
to come over here and sing next sea
son. His reply consisted of a letter;
and two cylinders.*
" '1 will eoiue for live hundred dol
• lars a week,' the letter said, 'and I
forward in another package samples
of my voice and of my acting.'
"The larger cylinder was a phono
graphic record of one of the man's
Solos. The smaller one was a moving i
picture Him of him singing the solo.
"I took the two cylinders to a deal- !
er, and one we put in a phonograph, ;
the other in a moving picture ma*
chine. Then we darkened the room,
and we started the machine and the
. phonograph simultaneously. By Jove,
sir. the actor might have boon present
personally, There he was on the
Ben, walking up and down the
stage and gesticulating, and there was I
j his voice issuing in sonorous note's :
from the big phonograph horn. I got j
from It as satisfactory an idea of the !
man's talent as I could have got if
he had visited me."
A Street Car Napoleon.
Old Gentleman—Tell me, my friend,
why you are so ugly to passengers.
Brutal Conductor—So they'll hat* th'
street car company wot employs me.
"No, not exactly."
"Why, when they hate th« company,
they 11 just laugh to theiraelTes when
they see me cheatln* th' company by not
ringia' up fares. Seer*
Terms of the
At the conference held between the
commissioners of General Stoessel and
General Nogi the terms of surrender
were agreed upon, under which the
I Russian officers, both civil and mili
! tary, will be allowed to march cut, the
| military with arms. The officers will
!be granted full liberty, after ( giving
promise not to take further part in the
The soldiers of the garrison and the
noonoombatants. ,to the number of 20,
--j 000, will be taken prisoners of war.
The fortress was handed over to the
Japanese on Tuesday.
The prisoners marched out on i Jan-
I vary I.
General Btoette] cabled the emperor
of Russia asking permission for the
officers to give tin ir parole. The Rus
sian officers and officials will be per
mitted to return to Russia upon parole,
the officers retaining their side arms.
Tokio, .lan. 4. —A telegram from
General Nogi giving the text of the
oapitulaiton ocnvention has been re
ceived. It is as follows:
"Article 1. — All Russian soldiers,
marines, volunteers, also government
officials at the garrison and harobr of
Portv Arthur are taken prisoners.
"Article 2. —All forts, batteries,
warships, other ships and boats, [arms
ammunition; horses, all materials for
hostile use, government buildings and
all objects belonging to the Russian
government shall be transferred to the
Japanese army in their existing condi
"Article 15.—0n the preceding two
conditions being assented to as a guar
antee for the fulfilment thereof, the
men garrisoning the forts and the bat
teries on Etz mountain, Sungshu moun
tain, Antse mountain and the line of
eminences southeast therefrom shall be
removed by noon of January 15, and the
same shall be tranferred to the Japan
"Arvticle 4.— Should Russian mili
tary or naval men be deemed to have
destroyed objects named in article 2 or
| to have caused altertiou in any way in
| their condition at the existing time,
the signing of this compact and the ne
gotiations shall be annulled, and the
Japanese army will take free action.
"Article 5. —The Russian military
and naval authorities shall prepare
and transfer to the Japanese army a
'. table showing the frotifications at Port
Arthur and their respective positions,
and maps showing the location of
1 mines, undergouud, submarine, and all
other dangerous objects; also a table
showing the composition and system of
, the army and naval services at Port
Arthur; a list of army and naval offi
cers, with names, rank and duties of
said officers; a list of army steamers
and warships and other ships, with
i numbers of their respective crews; a
list of civilians, showing the number
of men and women, their race and oc
"Article — Arms, including those
carried on the person; ammunition,
! war materials, government buildings,
i obejcts owned by the government,
horses, warships and other ships, in
cluding their contents, except private
| property, shall be left in their present
positions, and the commissioners of the
| Russian and Japanese armies shall de
; cide upon the method of their trans
"Artiacle 7. —The Japanese army,
considering thegallant resistance offer
ed by the Russian army as being honor
able, will permit the officers of the
Rusisan army and navy, as well as off!
cials belonging thereto,to carry swords
and to take with them private property
; directly necessary for the maintenance
of life. The previous mentioned offi
cers, officials and volunteers who sign
a written parole pledging that they
will not take up arms and in no wise
take action contrary to the interests of
the Japanese army to return to their
country. Each army and naval officer
will be allowed one servant and such
servant will be especially released on
signing the parole.
"Article B.—Noncommissioned offi
cers and privates ,of both armyi and
navy and volunteers shall wear their
uniforms,and taking portable tents and
I necessary private property, and com
manded by their respective officers,
shall assemble at such place as may be
: indicated by the Japanese army. The
Japanese commissioners will indicate
the necessary details therefor.
"Article 9.—The sanitary corps and
the accountants belonging to the Rus
sian army and navy shall be retained
by the Japanese while their services
are deemed necessary for the purpose
; of caring for sick and wounded prison
ers. During such time, such corps
shall be required to render service un
| der the direction of the sanitary corps
and accountants of the Japanese army.
"Article 10.—The treatment to be
accorded to residents, the transfer of
books and documents relating to muni
cipal adminstrations and finance, and
also detailed files neoessaary for the en
forcemeat of this compact shall have
the same force as this compact.
"Article 11.— One copy each of this
compact shall be prepared by the Jap
• anese and Russian armies, and it shall
have immediate effect upon the eigna
j tore thereto."
Leaves their Forts
In long, glowingly moving columns,
four abreast, their tattered uniforms
showing in pitiful contrast with the
nobby appearance of their Japanese
guards, the members of the garrison of
Port Arthur walked out of the fortress
and crossed the glacis leading to the
camps. Some walked with difficulty,
and these were convalescents who had
bten pressed into service by dire need
for fighting men. Not a man but
seemed tired unto death. Their cheeks
were pale and sunken, military train
ing was gone from their bearing, some
were emaciated to skeletons, their
clothes hanging loosely about them.
There were sonic with handles around
their heads, others with their left arms
A very lew of them walked silently.
The others whispered among each
other, a plain infringement upon disci
There was no reproof, however, the
buzz of their voices was as a .si^'h of
relief heaved by a giant. The da.*s of
torture and of Buffering untold were
over. Fur them the Russo-Japanese
On their horses Japanese officers rode
up and down the columns giving orders
to the guards on foot, but there was no
need for the vigilance. They came
down the hill, their gait accelerating
;is they neared the goal. Further down
they saw nn imposing r"i<play of the
BUOo'essful power in the Japanese offi
cers who had lined up to receive them
as priaioners, to oall the roll from the
depleted lists and then to pronounce
their fate. It may be assumed that the
generosity of their victors had spread
into every nook and corner of every
fort ere the order to evacuate was
Mercifully the Japanese officer in
charge of the surrender shortened the
business as much as could be dove un
der the circumstances. Then the order
to wove was given. Then the order to
inside of half an hour every prisoner
sat iv front of a full ration, something
not enjoyed by any of them for many
weeks past. Each man was allowed a
quantity of spirits. It was not long
until a Japanese passing a Russian
with a full glass bent down and clink
ed it with that of the enemy. The ex
ample was contagious. The Japanese
have learned a good deal of the Rus
sians and vice versa. Soldiers under
stand each other, and the one topic of
conversation, Port Arthur, its strength
and its weakness, is familiar to them
all. Before the sun had more than
made its presence felt the beseigers of
Porr Arhtur and its defeated defendrs
St. Petersburg. — Possibly some of
the hesitation of the authorities here
to make announcement of the fall of
Port Arthur was due to threats and
rumors of radical demonstrations,
coupled with the absence of the em
peorr; but it is certain that no deinon
stratoin is likely which could assume
serious proportions, and the radical
leaders would be sure to lienate the
sympathy of mauy, even of the most
liberal Russians, if they chose such a
momeont for the revolutionary demon
It has been learned that the last mes
sage sent by Emperor Nicholas to Gen
eral Stoessel vested the commander of
the Port Arthur garrison with discre
tionary powers and urged him to exer
cisc them rather than allow the defense
to go to the last ditch. This may ac
count for the apparently brief time re
quired to conclude the negotiations be
tween the Russian and Japanese com
manders, no time having been occu
pied in communicating with the Em
peror Ncholas. It is equally certain
that General Stoessel did not surrender
without previous authorizatoin.
Philadelphia.—The Northern Secur
ities injunction has been dissolved by
the United States circuit court.
The opinion reverses a decision of
the New Jersey circuit court wihch
restrained the Northern Securities com
pany from distributing certain stocks
of the Northern Pacific Railroad com
The decision is a defeat for the inter
est represented by E. H. Harriman.
Wages the Same for 1905.
Darling of the navy department, who
has direct supervision over the mat
ter of labor employment in the vari
ous navy yards and stations, has is
sued an order that the existing scale
of Wages of mechanics and others
shall be practically unchanged during
the calendar year 1905. Strong efforts
have been made to induce the depart
ment to change the scale, either for
the benefit of the men or in the in
terest of economy.
The smallest inhabited island in the
world is that on which Eddystone
lighthouse stands, for at low water it
is only 30 feet in diameter. At high
water the base of the lighthouse, a
diameter of only a little over 28 feet,
is completely covered with water.