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gound by a Spell
Four years have passed away since
that October night. 1 am now eighteen.
I am the last one left of Mr. Porter's
old pupils; they hove all been "bagged"
by some prim custodian, and carried off
I know not whither. Others have taken
their places, but I am Mill loft. I am
melancholy, moody and dreamy. My
reading is limited to a few semi-religious
books. How ardently I long for a copy
of Bhakspeare, but not one penny of
pocket money has ever been given me;
neither would the Re». Mr. Porter hear
of such a book ing brought Into his
house. Every image of that one break
in my monotonous existence is indelibly
fixed upon my memory; and I can never
disassociate that mysterious child that
I met under the old Norman gateway
with the Juliet of the play. Whal ■
strange memory she has left upon my
brain; she is ever with me in my dreams.
Shall I ever sec her again? I am ever
asking myself. Yes; I feel assured I
shall. I feel that slip is in some way
interwoven with my destiny.
We never saw Josinh Cook again, but
I heard that he had gone away with the
theatrical company, who left the town
shortly after the time thai marked my
adventure. The Rev. Obadiah Porter, "i 1
course, nt once settled his eternal proa*
pects by condemning him to the bottom
During my boyish days the post of
Bervnnt was occupied by n very cross old
woman; but n twelvemonth previous to
the period nt which I have arrived, slit*
left, tun! her place was taken by a
young \yoman of about twenty years of
age. When I ceased to attend the school
room I wan consigned to the kitchen, and
helped in the household work, Martha
mil! I noon became fast friends. She
used to say that had it not been for me
ulie would not have remained a month
In the house. In the winter evenings,
lifter she had finished her work, when
Mr. Porter did not require our presence
nt Little Bethlehem, or at religious ex
ercises, ■we used to sit by the tire and
talk. She had but little education; but
her shrewd mind was a better tutor for
me at that time than would have been
a more learned, sedentary companion.
The second person of whom 1 must
speak conjures up a very different set of
inni^cs. 1 remember the firsi time 1 saw
him was the very evening after my mem
orable escapade. We were at prayers;
there was a loud. Imperious knock at the
street door. The Iti'v. Mr. Porter paus
ed and signed to the servant to answer
The next moment there entered the
parlor a tall, elegantly dressed man, with
a remarkably pale face, the pallor of
■which was greatly enhanced by a full,
glossy black beard, black curling hair,
ami large black eyes. One of those
strange shudders, at which the supersti
tious cry out that some one is walking
over their grave, run through me as 1
looked up at him. lie stood in the door
way, and cast upon the group a glance
of Infinite scorn.
"When >on have finished your dfVO
tions," he said, with a sneer, addressing
my tutor, "1 have something to say to
The Rev. Obadiah I'orter colored, hesi
tated for a moment, and then rising,
snid, with his devotional whine, "We
v ill nsk n blessing upon all here, and
pray no more to night."
With nn exclamation of contemptuous
Impatience, the stranger throw himnelf
upon the nofn, las head still covered. We
were Quickly hustled out of the room,
and the tutor and his daughter were left
alone with their Irreverent visitor.
More than a twelvemonth p.nssed
away before he came a^niti to the house.
Then, little by little, he became a fre
quent visitor. Miss Judith and he were
very frequently together. I used often
to see them stroll down the road arm-
In nnn; nnd by nnd by I began to ob
aerve how anxiously she watched for
hit* coming. Martha soon comprehended
how matters Stood.
"I don't like that Mr. Itodwell," she
nsed to say; "and if Judith wasn't quite
*o hifc'h in her manner I should take the
liberty of telling her so."
One evening I was summoned from the
kitchen to attend Mr. Porter in his
"study." When I entered the room be
bade me shut the door, nnd tnke a seat,
I obeyed him, wondering what was com
"Silas," he began, fixing his small,
sharp eyes upon me, and brushing back
the rebellious hair from his low fore
head, "can yon remember anything of
your life previous to the time that Provi
dence entrusted you to my keeping?
Don't hatch a lie," he said, sharply; "re
member the fate of Ananias."
"Indeed, sir, I hare no such thought,"
I answered meekly. "Remember how
young I mnst have been when 1 first
came to you, aud "
"Don't beat about the bush," he cried,
yet more sharply. "You are concealing
something: you can't deceive me." Then
suddenly changing his tone to his usual
one of shuffling hypocrisy, he added. 'Si
las, I am asking these questions for your
good—for the sake of those carnal in
terests that must be looked to while we
are sojourners in this world of sin."
He leaned forward with his arms upon
the table, and fixing his snake-like eves
upon me, as though to read my very
soul, he began in a low voice: "I will
tell you all I know; perhaps that will
help your memory. Thirteen years ago,
a middle-aged woman, looking like a gen
tleman's housekeeper, or something of
that sort, called here to ask my terms
for taking charge of a child of five
year* old. Bhe fc*d aeeu my advertise-
meat, and thought it would suit the pur
pose *he hud in view. She WBJ most
particular In her injunctions that you
should lie reared strictly and religiously.
I Two days afterwards she brought you
here. She gave the name of Canton,
and said that you were to be called
Silas Oanton. The money was to be
drawn half-yearly, of Messrs. ETogle and
Quirk, solicitors. For the sake of the
precious soul entrusted to my keeping, I
tried as discreetly as possible to glean
a little more luformation; but she was
very close, and awfully stern, and I
could not get even an address out of her.
The money has always been paid regu
larly to the day. Once I called upon
Messrs. Fogle and Quick; but I found
them stiff necked men, of hard mid unre
graerate hearts. Two years ago I wrote
t'« say that, as you had passed bo;, mid
the school l>'>y age, I wished for further
instructions. About a week after, 1 got
a short note, saying that you were still
to remain with me; but as they desired
that you should not contract idle hubits,
I was to give you some sort of useful
employment Why don't you say some
thing, Silas?" he cried, striking the ta
lilc- sharply with his tist.
"Whai what do you want me to say.
sir." I stammered.
"The truth -what you know."
"I don't know anything—indeed, 1 do
There was a snvnge look about him, as
though ho. would have liked to have
squeezed something more out of my
throat. Then lie took out of a desk bo
side him a small gold locket, mid passed
it to mo. saying. "This was sewn up
In your frock when you were brought
here. I don't think she who brought
you knew anything about it."
It contained the portrait of n very
bountiful young woman—a foreigner. 1
should hnve Imagined; dark hair, olive
tinged complexion, also a lock of brown
hair; and upon tho back was engraved
the initials "F. H." and "E, M." joined
together by a tnie lovers' knot.
"Tho woman who brought you hero,"
ho went on, "was tall; and big-boned;
thin, white lips; n nose like B parrot's
beak; light gray eyes, as cold as stone,
She wore a front of dark brown hair,
dressed in small flat curls, and bound
round the forehead by a band of narrow
black velvet; she was dressed In black
silk, and wore a muslin handkerchief
crossed upon her Imsiiin."
While he spoke, a veil seemed lifted
from my memory; the woman seemed to
stand before mo. I had trembled be
fore those cold, stony pyes. That por
trait, too—my heart told me it was my
mother's, nnd n shadowy remembrance
came upon me that I had been at some
time fondled by such n fncp.
The Rev. Obadiah Porter was evident
ly disappointed at the result of his reve
lations, lie snatched the locket out of
mj hand, and then linked it up in the
"Well, well, if you can't remember,
you can't," ho said, irritably. "Hut
when you are alone, or in bed, try and
think. Who knows? —you might be the
chili! of some Ljroat or rich people," he
added, cunningly. "Think what an ad
vantage it would be if you COUld find
this out! Hut we won't talk any more
of this nt present. I have BOmcthiug
else to speak to you about Silas, it has
much troubled mo, for somp time, to see
i youth of your appearance and proba
ble prospects doing meninl work,. I've
long been thinking' whether I couOn't
more profitably employ you; and. after a
talk with my daughter, I've come to the
conclusion that you shall, henceforth,
assist her in the cure of the boys."
My duties as tutor were to commence
on the next day. 1 really felt very jrrate
to him for what appeared, to my unso
phisticated mind, a preat kindness; ami
BO I told Martha when I went back to
"Well, I don't know nbout being grate
ful, Silas," she cried. "Depend upon it,
master's serving hi* own turn. Miss
Judith's getting very tired of the work;
nud if she was to go away, what would
he do? It wouldn't suit him to have a
stranger in the house. Now don't you
see that he couldn't do without you—
that you're the very thing he wants'.'"
Martha's worldly view of the matter
somewhat dashed my exalted feelings of
gratitude; yet, for nil that, I still felt
very thankful for the change.
In less than a week I found myself
sole tutor to the Rev. Obadiah Porter's
pupils. Martha was right; Miss Judith
had ferown tired of the work, and, seiz
ing the opportunity O f nly initiation, re
linquished it altogether. 1 now dined in
the parlor, but took the rest of my nit-a!s
in the kitchen, where I also spent my
evenings. By and by Martini called my
attention to a grent alteration that had
taken place in her mistress. There was
a worn, anxious look in her face; and
she seWoin Quitted Itt own room. Then
we began to notice that Mr. KodweM's
visits grew more infrequent, aud at last
One dny Mr. Porter informed me that
he was going to London for a few days.
Such an event had never happened in
my memory: it was to me the climax of
all the changes.
"To you, Silas," he said, "I commit
the care of the precious lambs of my
fold, and you must also give an eye to
household affairs, as my daughter's
health is not strong at present. It is a
great trust, but you will prove worthy
of it You are almost like a son to me
He paused upon the last words like
one struck with a Hidden Idea, and while
he stood gazing nt me, a strange look
stole across his face.' For the first time
ni his life he took my hand; his clasp was
cold and clammy; he meant to be kind
and caressing, but I bad never felt so re
pelled against him. I shuddered, with
a boding presentiment of evil.
While he was away Miss Judith took
nil her meals iii her own room. Thus
the bouse whs almost entirely under the
care of myself ami Martha.
On the fifth day after his departure,
at "> in the eVening, Mr. Porter returned.
I was in the front garden. Now this
ground was kept sacred to him and his
daughter, but having i great love of
flowers, and having acquired pome
knowledge of gardening:, 1 had of late
been privileged to tend the beds, iind
prune the shrubs of this exclusive spot.
I bad no desire to presume upon this
privilege, as I greatly preferred the more
extensive grounds that lay at the back,
which were free to all. A wall of about
ten feet in height separated this garden
from the road. When I saw Mr. Porter
come through the gate, I was busily era
ployed in cutting away the dead blos
soms from a very fine rhododendron bush
which stood near one of the parlor win
dows. Although I was in full sight, he
did not perceive me. The bush stood
between me and the window, which was
wide open, and entirely concealed me
from any one who might be within. I
beard my master enter the room, and a
minute afterwards be was joined by his
daughter, whom I heard eagerly ask him,
"What he bad done — he been suc
"He has gone to Paris," was the reply,
in a harsh tone.
"Gone to Paris! Ob, what will be
come of —what will become of me?"
1 heard Judith cry, in a tone of despair.
"I loved him very dearly! But he can
not, he will not, he shall not desert me!"
"But he has done it. His last letter
was quite enough. And now he's gone
off to Paris, to get out of the way of
"But if be went to the world's end,
he should not get beyond the reach of
my revenge!" she cried, excitedly. "But
how do you know he's gone? Who told
you so? Perhaps you have been pur
posely deceived V"
"Not such a fool. They'll have to get
up betimes to deceive me! In the first
place, I never made any inquiries my
self; a friend that they couldn't suspect
did that for me. He left ten days ago."
"What shall I — what shall' I do?"
"And what shall I do?" he cried, in a
savage tone. And I heard him smash
his fist down upon the table, and could
almost fancy I hoard the grinding of Ida
teeth. "Hut in the meanwhile we must
think of the present time. We are in
snug quarters here, and I don't feel in
clined to give them up. Remember, if I
lost my chapel, I should lose the boys,
too; for although their friends would re
ceive the tidings of their deaths with the
utmost satisfaction, yet their consciences
and their sense of duty would be trou
bled by the thought that the unhappy
little wretches were under a master of
lax morality. With such people, you
know, everything is doing the proper;
they don't care for the humane. Now
the very day I started for the city an
idea came into my head, which a chance
circumstance has since strengthened. It
all depends upon you whether you'll act
He paused, as though expecting an an
swer; hut none came. After a moment,
he resinned, in a somewhat hesitating
tone, "You'll stare when 1 tell you what
it is; but for your own peace of mind,
as well as mine, you must be married."
"Married to whom?'' she asked, drear
"Suppose I wore to tell you that I had
a husbaud in my eye? What do you say
to Silas Carston?"
1 could scarcely repress the cry that
rose to my lips at the sound of my name
SO strangely associated.
"What!" she cried, impetuously, '"I
marry that puny, contemptible, sneaking
boy! You are mad!''
"He would make a very good hns-"
"A very meek one, no doubt," she said
"Listen to me. Worm n.s he is, it may
be b better match than you suspect, I
thought 1 would call upon. Fogle and
Quick. In the first place, to endeavor
to pet the inone.v Increased, in consid
eration of his nint; ami in the second
place, to try and glean a little informa
tion, .'ust as 1 ■rot within si!_'ht of the
door, who should 1 see coming out but
the identical old woman that brought the
hoy here. There was no mistaking her;
she seemed to have on the very same
dress that she wore thirteen years ago;
and as to her face, it is one of those ii"ii
faces upon which years seem to have no
power. 'Here's my chnnoe,' I thought;
"I don't lose sijiht of you till you're
earthed. 1 So, instead of calling upon
the lawyers, 1 followed the old woman
at n respectful distance."
At this point of the dialogue, to me
the most interesting, I lost the thread.
wo pleasure vans, full of peaople who
had been out holiday keeping for the
day, were returning to the town; the
occupants were singing, shouting find
When at last the noisy crew drove away
the revelation that I so eagerly desired
to hear had passed.
"May be lie would not have me," were
the first words that fell upon my ears.
"How could he holp himself, if I were
determined upon it? Besides, you could
soon make him a puppet in your hands."
"Don't let us talk nny more now."
"Very well. And here comes Martha
with the dinner."
Ami so the conversation ended. I
heard Mnrtha come and close the win
dow, and draw down the blind —uud then
I crept from tny hiding place, and got
round to the back garden. For a time
I could not go into the house; every
nerve was trembling. I felt like one
■anoUßdcd by a circle of fire —the victim
of some foul plot, the exact nature of
which I could not understand, but from
which I could perceive no escape.
(To b* continued.)
Baku, Feb. 24.—The military au
thorities today adopted energetic meas
ures to snpress the disturbances here.
This was not accomplished without
bloodshed. All of the official and pri
vate offioM are closed. Many dead
bodies are lying in the streets. The
wholesale killing did not have the de
sired effect and the riots continue.
London, Feb. 24. —According to a
Paris dispatch, het indemnity asked by
Japan, and which was reported to be
the prinoipal obstacle in the way of
peace in the far east, is $850,000,000.
Japan, in fixing the indemnity at this
figure, intends to retard the rehabilita
tion of Russia.
Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 23. —The an
nual convention of the Washington
State Letter Carriers' association Wed
nesday elected the following officers:
Proiadnet (George Dewey of Spokane;
vice president, W. R.Fayler, Olympia;
treasurer, L. B. Harris, Bellingham;
secretary, T. W. Pierce, Seattle; C. H.
Titus, Everett, delegate at large to at
tedn the convention to be held in Port
laud. Spokane will be the next meet
Rumors are current in St. Petersburg
that General Kuropatkin has been out
flanked by a strong force of Japanese
in the vicinity of Sinmintiu and com
pellled to ertire from theShakhe river,
but official dispatches, so far as made
public, give no intimation that such a
contingency is even remotely possible.
Military circles scout the report en
tirely, and say nobody of troops of
sufficient strength has been reported
operating on the Russian right Hank to
force General Kuroputkin to abandon
his exceedingly strong position on the
Shiikhe without a hard fight lasting
Philadelphia, Feb. 2X. — Commera
tion of Washington's birthday by the
University of Pennsylvania was made
notable by the fact that representa
tives of three world powers participated
in the exercises. The United States,
represented by the chiet executive of
the natiou, President Roosevelt; Ger
many, repiesented by Baron Speck yon
ambassador to the United
States,who acted as the personal repre
sentative of Emperor William, and
Henry Mortimer Dunind, the British
ambassador. The occasion was marked
by one of the most enthusiastic demon
strations ever witnessed in the Acad
emy of Music, where the exercises were
held. President Roosevelt was the ora
tor of the day, his theme being, "Some
Maxims of Washington."
The president apparently was not
annoyed by an incident which occurred
in Philadelphia while lie was driving
from the Academy of Music to the ar
mory, where he was the guest of the
city troop at luncheon.
Before the presidential party reached
the city troop armory an unknown man
dashed into the street and got within
10 feet of the president's carriage.
There he was struck by the Sat of a
sab t by one of the officers of who sur
rounded the president's carriage by the
force of the blow, lie staggered back
and was lost in the crowd. The man
appeared to be a laborer, about 45
years of age. Those who witnessed the
incident believe that he merely sough 1
to snaked hands with the president.
He hud run parallel with the carriage
for over a block, and Secret Service
Agent Tyree, who rode with the presi
dent, had ordered him to get out of the
way. Tyree h'ual'y called to a trooper,
who quickly drew his saber and, as
the man refused to stop, he struck him
a sound blow the on back.
RIVAL OF MODERN BLUEBEARD.
Frank Busch Looks the Part of Noto-
Chicago.—Johann Hoch has a double
in Frank Busch. Saturday at a police
station where Hoch once received wo
men whom he married, Busch, who al
so is a prisoner, looked the part of
Hoch in every respect and talked with
the German accent, as does Hoch. In
fact Busch looks so much like the man
who lias confessed to marrying 11 wo
men that the victims whom Busch, it
is alleged, had robbed and who had
identified Hoch as the swindler, admit
ted they had made a mistake in Iden
tifying Hoch and picked out Busch as
the right man.
Busch. like Hoch, was not moved by
the identification. He would smile, like
Hoch, and at times utter witty expres
sions. Busch, it is alleged, preyed on
women, but did not bar the men.
More Strikes Occur.
Moscow. —The telegraph operators
of the Moscow-Russian railroad have
struck, demanding a minimum wage of
$20 and an eight hour day instead of
12. The telegraph operators of the
Moscow-Windau road have also walk
ed out, necessitating a suspension of
At Voronezh the telegraph operators
and other employes of the Southwest
ern railroad and 3000 men employed
in the railroad workshops have struck
for an increase of wages and shorter
OLDEST OF ALL TIN MINE&
Deposits of Cornwall and Method of
Kcdiuiiiji the Ore Described.
An Interesting description of the tin
mines of Cornwall is given by I. C.
Fuller, n mining engineer who is thor
oughly familiar with the deposits and
: -~ dow In this country. These mines
nre among the oldest In the world. The
rhoenlelans as ejirly us 800 B, C. had
made their way to the southwest part
of Rrltuln and discovered tin mine*
there. Although the mines have been
worked almost continuously since that
time thexo is no Immediate sign of
their giving out.
'"Jin Is the rarest of the so-called
common metals," declared Mr,. Fuller.
"The annual output of the world at
present Is 76,000 tons, of which 5,000
cornea from Cornwall. Prior to 1875
the uumber of tons raised at Cornwall
Wai about twlee as large and formed
about one-fourth of the world's output,
vmt since that year there has been an
enormous expansion in the production
as well as in the consumption of tin.
Tin Is now found on almost every con
tinent. There are large deposit! in the
Malay peninsula, in a few of the Pa
cific islands and In South America.
"More than five-sixths of the out
put of tin Is derived from secondary
alluvial deposits, but all from Corn
vail is from vein mining. The vein
stuff is broken either by hand or in
rock breakers and stamped to fine
powder in stump mills. These mills
are practically large mechanically
worked pestles and tnortars, the stamp
proper weighing from 500 to 1,000
"After the mineral has Imkui crushed
small enough to pass through a sieve
with perforations one-twentieth of an
inch In diameter it is carried from the
stamp in suspension in water by mean*
of a series of troughs in which the
heavier mineral is collected.
"This mixture then passes through
a series of washes which reduces its
component parts to tinstone and ar
senical pyrites. Refined thus far, it is
submitted to a Calcining process and
re washed, until finally black tin con
taining from 00 to GO per cent of
metal Is left. The dressed ore is then
"The mines are usually very hot
owing to the lack of adequate ventila
tion, and some of them are over 400
fathoms deep and extend one or two
milt's under the sea. The chief source
of danger is the sea water, which
sometimes completely submerges tha
mines, often drowning the workers.
'The minors of Cornwall when
working on wages make about 18 shil
lings n week, but the majority work
on the contract system, or, as you
would say, by piece, work, and of
course their compensation varies. They
live very comfortably and neem eoi*
tented, being as a whole more conser
vative than the better classes. They
do not accept Joseph Chamberlain'■
fiscal policy as readily as the better
educated people, who are almost uni
versally in favor of it For some rea«
son or other this seems to be a rever*
sal of the ordinary status of society.
Those mast eager to grasp at innova
tlons are usually the laboring class
WHAT IS READ IN GERMANY.
How the Literature Differs from that
The Germans are essentially a read
ing people—as much as, if not more so
than) any other in the world, says the
Review of Reviews. The periodical
literature, however, extensive and
high-class as It is, is very different
from that of England or the United
Suites, and even from that of other
continental European countries. In
the first place, it Is a fact that the
farther sonth and east one goes in Eu
rope, the less Influential does he find
public opinion and the more servile
The French press has less freedom
than that of England, and the German
less than that of France. German pe
riodicals differ from those of the Unit
ed Htates and England in another re-
Hpcct—they are more minutely differ
entiated. The Germans have month
lies, weeklies and dailies, and these
are usually devoted to some, particu
lar branch of literature, art, education
or industry, and there is no publica
tion combining fact and fiction, illus
tration, poetry, history and humor, in
all Germany, such as we find so many
examples of in this country and in En
If the English and American press
Is commercial, and the French artistic,
the German may be said to be techni
cal. There Is an Immense number of
periodicals devoted to technical Indus
tries and handicrafts. The literary
style of German periodicals Is not so
polished as that of the French, nor are
these periodicals so attractive mechan
ically as a general thing, but they are
more honest and reliable than the
French; and. Instead of being concen
trated in the capital or In any other
one large city, they are published at
widely scattered points.
He (at the reception)— That girl
standing under the arch makes a pret
She—Yea, the painting Is excellent