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JAPANESE FORCING THE RUSSIAN
ARMY BACK FROM CITY.
Japs Fought Marvelously—RuMiin
Communication Still Open—Japan
ese Prisoner* So Tired They Could
Not Move General Nogi's Great
St Petersburg. March C. 3:23 a. m.
—The fate of General Kuropatkln and
his army hangs In the balance today,
depending on the result of the fight
ing almost in the outskirts of Mukden.
According to latent reports this morn
ing the fighting went well for the Rus
sians, who beat back the wave that
threatened to roll over Mukdrn as it
had over the fortifications of Port
Arthur, but nothing is known as to
what is going on beyond the line "1
breakers; whether part of »,<'tierai
Nogi'i force, is in full career for Tie
pass or whether the Japanese have
stake.l all in a cast acalnst Mukden.
The imminence of the peril on the
west Ing has withdrawn attention
from the operations on the center and
left where the lighting has been ex
tremely heavy, ami on the left, es
pecially, here the Japanese k;u:ih are
sufficiently great to cause apprehen
in other respecti the situation ■
r emblei that :it Ltaoyang, the Japan
eae making a costly demonstration to
hold the Russians in their fortilica
Uons on the center and throwing away
the lives of thOUSandl in older lii give
the Hanking forces an opportunity to
administer a telling blow.
A feature of all accounts of the fig...
ing reaching St. 1 . u-rsburg is the
emphasis laid on the awful carnage.
There is reference after reference to
dead, piled high on the ground over
which an attack was delivered, strew
ing breastworks, almost hiding abat
tis from sight and even being used by
Japanese to construct hasty entrench
ments. The Russian losses on both
flanks are conceded to be enormous,
but it is claimed that the defenders of
the center suffered comparatively lit
tle by the Japanese bombardment and
beating off the Japanese attack.
The attacks delivered by General
Nogi's Boldiers were marvelous in view
of the forced marches which they made
for five or six days, recalling the-rec
ords of Stonewall Jackson's "foot cav
alry." They entered the battle with
the greatest dash and fought day after
day with vigor, but those of them who
were taken prisoners dropped to the
ground utterly exhausted and hardly
able to speak. They had not eaten
for two days which accounts in part
lor their utter fatigue.
General Kuropatkin's line of com
munications has not been touched,
though it is in extreme jeopardy.
At the close of yesterday's battle on
the west front the Japanese who were
taken prisoners were unable to walk
or remain awake on account of ex
haustion, and lay like dead under the
guard. This incident shows the tre
mendous effort back of General Nogi's
ROOSEVELT HOME SUNDAY.
Thousands cf People Peer Into White
President Roosevelt passed the flr t
Sunday after his inauguration quietly
at the White House, Surrounded by
the members (if his family and his
house guests, he spent the day in re
cuperation from tho fatigue incident
to the heavy mental and physical
strain which he underwent during the
It was expected that tho president
would attend religious services and in
anticipation of his leaving the White
House thousands of people gathered
in and about the White House grounds
as early as 9:30 o'clock.
No restrictions were placed on en
trances to the grounds, and throughout
the day innumerable thousands of peo
ple wandered near the historic man
sion. They swarmed about the main
entrance and peered through the
Closed Blan doort and windows.
The White House, of course, was
closed to all visitors except the per
sonal friends and relatives of the
Roosevelt family. During the day the
president and Mrs. Roosevelt received
informal calls from many of such
friends and at both luncheon and din
ner large companies were entertained.
Denver, Col., March. 7. —A commit
tee has been appninteud by ths general
assembly of Colorado to investigate
charges of bribery in the contest for
the governorship. Charges hsve been
made and pubished in the local papers
to the effect that a fund had been rais
ed by the corporations and was being
used to purchase viotes for James A.
Peabody, who eeks the office held by
Alva Adams, but no notice of them
was taken by the general assembly.
Amiability may exasperate.
AT THE INAUGURAL tALL.
Thousands of People Enjoy the Ecen«
The Inaugural f- < !<>*. <i at
nudtiiKht »ith a hall that in splendor.
atte: md ariiittir effe. t fittingly
<>ut a brilliant day Thousands
«>f handiMimel) fDWMd «orneti, with
1 escort*, from • very state in the Union
and nearly every civilized country, in
the grand illuminated court of the
pension building paid their social de
voirs to the nation i chief executive
fur the next four years. The Betting
for the ball wan beautiful, with a
wealth at various colors in evergreen,
palms and (lowers.
At half past v the president and
rice presidential party arrived. As
the president and Mrs. Roosevelt
reached the grotto Ml the ' 'liter of
the ballroom they paused, and, facing
their box, raw beaming upon them
their children. Miss Alice Roosevelt,
Theodore Jr., Ethel, Archie and Ker
\ - the pai tj I nlowij
th«- hall niiuiy frteadl Kltil
1 . thi ii promenade, the
presidential pat ■ I th*«
t<. the ti: erj win re the
pi esidci • • pi ion ! Miai
• ■'I in lead of unit inn iiiti ii i,. bad
entered hi.- box, p vited
guest ■ red the room and. a i
lion «:is held in advance oi ih< hour
■.iii' i im this fuiii tion.
It i i hi o < lock the
lent an.l Mrt Ri < nterrd
i hen- txiv A bout '."•'" pei one w• r>
in the Improvised Italian garden and
ed t"i ••• vera) minutes. Their
ting wai supplemented b) the stir
ring music of t he band
At 1" 30 tin president am! his part)
and the vie.' president and the mem
tiers of iiis party were escorted to the
After supper, which was flnishe i at
about 11 o'clock, tin- president and
Mis. Roosevelt, the vice president and
Mrs. Fairbanks again entered their
box. As soon as they were sighted
by the Huongs below a mighty shout
went up. and the president responded
four times to the prolonged cheering
I'm.illy he turned and escorted Mrs
Roosevelt to the railing of his box.
and they stood for several mlnutei
bowing to the crowd. Following a eon
ference with members of his party,
the president again went to tin* edge
of his box, and. motioning to the band
at the opposite end of the hall, clap
ped his hands, indicating the pleasure
their music had given him. This
again called forth tremendous ap
Finally, the president and Mrs
Roosevelt appeared at the edge of
their box for the last time and stood
for several minutes bowing their fave
wells. They left the box, followed by
members of their parties and after
about live minutes spent in the presi
dent's reception room, departed from
LOCK OF LINCOLN'S HAIR.
In Ring Worn by Roosevelt at Inau-
On the third finger of President
Roosevelt's left hand during the inau
gural ceremonies was a heavily em
bossed gold seal ring. The ring was a
present to Mr. Roosevelt from Sec re
tary John Hay. Instead of a seal on
the oval flat surface of the ring is a
receptacle with a glass face. I'r.der
the glass is the lock or hair cut from
the head of Abraham Lincoln just af
ter his assassination and before his
death. While in his room and wait
ing for the ceremonies in Hie Benate
chamber to begin, the president c
attention to the ring. Secretary Hay.
he said, had given it to him with the
expressed wish that it should be worn
during his inauguration.
"I am very glad to wear it," added
the president, "and shall always value
it very highly."
The ring is very like in pattern to
the one which Mr. Roosevelt wears on
the little finger of the same hand.
STREETCAR VS. AUTOMOBILE.
Six People Badly Injured by a Col
New York. —In a collision between
an Eighth avenue trolley car and an
automobile, at One Hundred and
Thirty-fifth street, four men and two
women were badly cut and bruised.
The automobile, valued at $10,000, was
completely wrecked and the streetcar
badly battered up.
There were three men and two wo
men in the automobile which was own
ed by Edward Waserman. a broker.
The latter was not of the party, which
consisted of the chauffeur and friends
he was taking for a spin.
Coe Commission Fails.
Minneapolis, Minn., March H. —The
Coe Commission company of this city,
which did a business of $3,000,000 last
year, is ont of business. So also are
the numerous branches in the Pacific
northwest, including those at Spokane,
Wash., and Wallace, Idaho Six hun
dred employes are out of work.
godnd by a Spell
After 1 hud nut thus meditating for
abcut ten minutes, I began my work. 1
wrote very quickly, and in less than an
hour 1 bad finished my task. 1 opened
my door and mn quietly as I could, with
out an appearance of stealth, descended
the stair*, hoping to reach the kitchen
uii'iti^crTfxi. Hut my ina»tcr WM watch
lag too vigilantly; )\t- CaUDa out of the
purler as I r»-a<-he<l the landing place.
"What do you want c reaping about
the hous« nt thin time of Bight?" ha
"I was (filing down into the kitchen
ti get a glass of water,* 1 1 answered.
'! have finished my work."
"You can't go into the kitchen; Mar
tlin lias gone to bed. You can go into
i!<v room and get water, and then go to
Without answering him. I remounted
the btnirs nnd heard him following me. I
wei,t into his room and drank a glass
of water, for I was really parched with
thirst. While 1 Wai there 1 heard him
avoid the second flight of stain and
Co into my room. As I readied the door
1 met him coming out, with the envel
ope* in his hand. 1 wished him good
night, but he did not answer me. 1
watched him over the bannisters, heard
him puss along the passage, lock the
Street door, take out the key, and then
re enter the parlor.
I am a prisoner." I thought; "and he
will take good care that I have no com
municution with Martha."
Suddenly 1 remembered the way I
got out of the house on that memorable
October night As soon as all were abed,
I would creep up to the boys' 100m —
they might all be asleep, and not hear
me and if they should. I did not be
lieve that they would helray me; 1 had
always bi en as kind to them us 1 had
dared, shielded them from punishment
when 1 was able, and 1 believed that
they liked me.
1 felt renewed confidence after this
thought. "I had better lock my door."
1 thought, "in case he should comt up,
and find me not in bed."
The key was not in the lock! It must
have been taken out while 1 was getting
that glass of water. This last incident
shook my courage severely. "Perhaps
they want to enter my room, nnd smoth
er me in my sleep!" was my first thought.
Then I remembered that 1 had heard my
master say that he should not resolve
upon any course Of action until he had
satisfied himself of what I knew.
While 1 was thus revolving in my
mind every Imaginable horror, 1 beard
footsteps ascending the stairs. I put out
my litfht. and tore off my boots and coat,
mill ilien jumped into bed. The loot
steps Stopped outside my door, paused
for several seconds, then 1 heard the
handle cautiously turned, and a light
be^an to creep through the slowly open
inj,' door. The agony I endured at that
moment I shall never forget I could
not move nor speak, but lay watching
the stream of light gradually broaden,
until it was darkened by the figun of
Mr. Porter standing upon the threshold.
The rays of the candle fell upon his face:
it-* blotches were inflamed with drink.
but otherwise it was very pale, and
there was a haggard look upon it. As
he caught the expression of my face, be
started back. 1 am certain it must have
been very ghastly. As he stood thus, I
fancied 1 saw a black shadow flit sud
denly behind him.
"Ain't you asleep?" he said, in a thick
"No, sir. Oh, how you frightened
me!" 1 cried. I could not help it.
"That shows you have a sinful con
science; tie righteous are never fright
ened. I am never frightened. Pt;:y—
pray, and then no to sleep."
lie was more intoxicated than I had
ever seen him before. He closed the
door: then 1 heard him put the key in
the lock; then, click! The key was
My last hope was gone. 1 was power
less, helpless; a prisoner, utterly at the
mercy of this man. I sprang out of
bed; I searched for a mateh —there \\nn
not one in the room. I drew up my
blind, but the night was moonless and
cloudy. I opened my window, and look
ed out. All was deathly still; not a
leaf rustled; not a ray of light any
where; naught but black shadows. I
was looking down upon a gulf to which
there seemed no bottom.
Once, in my desperation, I half resolv
ed to cast myself out, but the depths
looked too awful. I closed the window
again, lest the temptation should be too
powerful to resist. Bathed In perspira
tion, yet shivering with cold, utterly
prostrated by the brooding horror that
was upon me, I threw myself upon the
bed, and waited my fate.
Mow or when I fell asleep I could
never remember. But I did fall asleep.
Neither can I remember how long I
slept. From the time that I threw my
self despairingly upon my bed, all is
hazy. 1 can never precisely separate the
vision from the reality.
First, the dream. I was living back
In the past It wa« the very October
night that I have so minutely described.
I was standing at the window of the
boys' bedroom; I was surrounded by the
old faces that had departed long ago;
the moon was shining brightly, as it did
on that night I thought that I had
just shaken hands all round, and was
looking below, haif fearful of the peril
ous descent I was about to make. Stand
ing out clearly In the broad light, with
her face upturned towards mine, was the
child of the Nnnnnn gate, her face color
less and statuesque, her hair glistening
in the moon's rays, just as I had seen
it once before. She was waiting for me.
We were going to fly together, whither I
know not. I had begun my descent, and
win rapidly Hearing the bottom, when
my steps were suddenly arrested. .lust
on a level with my head, writhing nod
twisting its coils round one of the pro
tuberant branches of the pe:ir tree, was
a red snake; but although its body wan
a muss of moving coils, its head was
perfectly motionless; and out of it glared
a pair of codl, stony eyes that held mine
a pair of cold, stony eyes that held mine
take away my gaze from them, but they
hold me with a resist leas power. All
strength deserted me; my hands relaxed
their grasp of the bong!is, my feet slid
powerlcssly from their hold, and I fell
The reality. I awoke iot with a
start, but 1 slowly rose up into a sit
ting posture, as though an iron le\cr.
worked by some hiddenu power, had
piessed me upwards. 1 could feel that
my eyes were wide open nnd ktaring —
my whole body locked and risid.
Upon the desk at the loot ot the bed
Stood a lamp, the light of which was
strongly intensified by a reflector. Its
glare fell full upon a woman's face. In
an instant I recognized Judith Porter.
She was attired in a dress of black v I
vet, made high up to her throat; drnpetl
behind her head was a curtain oJ black
velvet, upon which was. as it were,
thrown in powerful relief her pale coun
tenance and red hair. Her eyes were
unnaturally dilated and fixed. They
seemed drawing my soul out of my body,
and absorbing it in themselves.
.My next sensation was that I Mas
speaking —answ ering questions, of what
nature 1 oould not tell, for the answers
were made without any volition on my
part; they seemed drawn by come occult
influence from the most secret recesses
of my memory.
By and by all consciousness deserted
me, and I became motionless. When I
awol-e I whs lying ju>t as 1 had thrown
m.\self, half dressed, upon the bed. The
dull light of a lowering sky, out of which
the rain whs descending in torrents, was
upon me. My visitant had left no trace
behind her; every article was precisely
in i lie same condition, as far ns I could
rt number, as when I retired to rest.
1 got off the bed and bathed my head
and (ace with cold water. This revived
me: but there was a dullness about the
brain that I could not clear away. As
my faculties resumed their functions, I
became conscious of sensation*! yet more
strange. There was a feeling of void
ness, as though some vital principle had
been drawn from me; but, above nil,
Ih'Te was an intense longing to be again
within the influence of those eyes— yet 1
shuddered at the thought. There was a
spell upon me —a spell that drew me
irresistibly towards Judith Porter.
Mr. Porter's threat was no idle one.
Body and soul was, through his daugh
ter, utterly subdued to his will. Out
of her presence, I felt that I could not
exist. 1 followed her about like a
spaniel doe. 1 was ever trying to catch
her Raze; a few seconds beneath its In
fluence reduced me to a trance-like state,
in which my soul seemed to pass from
my keeping into hers. My sleep—when
I could sleep, which was seldom — was
hi'iinted by the wildest fantasies. My
health soon began to suffer; my cheeks
became hollow, my looks emaciated. It
was as though a vampire was preying
upon my life. It was not love that
she inspired me with, but a fearful fasci
nation; while I lay at her feet, passion
ately imploring her to take pity upon me,
to Live me lier love, to become my wife,
1 would have given the worid to have
possessed the power to fly from her to
the furthermost extremity of the enrth.
I was her slave -bound to her by chains
stronger than were ever forged by hu
Ami she was merciless in her power.
She hated me, loathed me, despised me!
She did not tell me so, but my Instincts,
now preternntunilly sensitive, needed no
words to divine her thoughts. While a
free agent, I had refused, shrunk from
an alliance with her, and she was now
enjoying her vengeance.
"You should have taken me whfn 1
was offered to you." she said, mocking
ly, "now it is too late!"
I knew she did not mean the hitter
pnrt of her sentence. I knew that alter
she had glutted herself with my torture,
she would become my wife. 1 could read
it as plainly as though hor mind had
been a printed book open before me.
I still went through the form of .super
intending the boys, but 1 was very liitle
use ill this pitiable condition, nnd Mr.
Porter himself was oftener in the school
room than I had ever known him before.
He treated me the same as usual, but he
never regarded me without a cunning
leer of triumph. Except during the
school hours I was never suffered to
enter the kitchen, or to exchange a
word with Martha. I afterwards leant*
ed that she made several attempts to get
to me, but all these efforts were balked
by the vigilance of her master or mis
As for me, I made no effort to see her,
neither had 1 any desire; I was alieiiHted
from e\ery object in life save one. One
night, as I was going to bed, I found
her standing close against the wall upon
the rirst landing. She laid her band
upon my arm, and said, in a whispvr,
"What lire they doing to yon, Master
Silas? What has so awfully changed
you? You don't look like a creature of
this* world. Can I do auythLag for you?
"Yon can't do anything for me, Mar
tha. Thank you for your offer," 1 said,
pronging her baud.
"l» it true that you are going to mar
ry Mis Judith?"
"1 hope so," I answered: and yet I
Mmddired as I spoke.
"Poor boy! Whatever can it be that
nils you? I do believe that woman has
I bewitched you!"
Before 1 could answer, the kouh] of
footsteps in the passage, warned us that
■plea were nt hand. I blew out my
cm.die and crept upstairs; and Martha
disappeared in another direction.
One evening, several of the principal
members of the '•ongre^ntion of Little
r.pthlohoni were invited to tea. I was
present, and wus seated next to Judith,
who was kind and almost affectionate in
he] demeanor towards me.
When the meal was over, we went
find sat together nt the window, she
drowing her thnir close to mine, now
pud then laying her hand upon my fchonl
der, Buffering her lons luur to brush
npnlnst my cheek as she pointed out
some object in the garden, and now find
again ranting a furtive glance from be
nenth her drooping lids that shot through
me like n flash of fire.
At ilio other side of the room Mr.
Porter wms talking to his friends in a
siitiliioii voice. 1 and Judith were the
subjects of the conversation. A portion
of it occasionally fell upon my oar.
"Ho dotes on tlie ground sho walks
upon," I heard him say. "H is sinful
tn so love a creature of dust; hut she
is ■ (ren mi re more precious than gold."
"You; slip lims always been a pious,
modestly behaved young woman," <:n
--sv,(it>d one of the tea drinkers, Mrs.
Humphries, in a modifying tone; "but
v.li;it hns become of that Mr. Rodwcll?
1 thought there was going to be v match
'Could I trust my precious Inmh to
thai in:!it ol sin?" ejaculated the rever
end hypocrite, in a voice of piotiH horror.
"I had hoped to turn his heart from the
wiiys of the wicked; bat it was callous
nnd nnrcjrenerate; and finding that, I
bade him go hid ways, and told liini my
child was not for him.''
The party groaned an approval of this
"This young rnnn," he went on, evi
dently referring to me, "has nothing—
neither money, nor birth, nor friends;
but. thanks to me, he has a humble
heart that reverences those who have
been good to him. And is not that far
above the riches of this world, which ore
but as dross?"
"Yet a little worldly wealth is neces
sary to us while we are sojournem in
this vale of tears," remarked Mrs.
By and by the pnrty left, and we were
alone. I and Judith sat still at the v.in
dow, watching the angular, gloomy look
ing figures go down the garden walk,
preceded by their host.
"All. if you would always he to me as
yon have been this evtning!" I said to
her, gently laying my hand upon hers.
"Poor idiot!" she cried, with n mock
ing laugh; "do you think it was for jour
sake that I played he fool to-night?
It was only to throw dust in the eyes
uf those hypocrites, and give a color
to what. I have to do. You see, I have
no secrets from my lover," she went <n,
with momentarily Increasing irony. "You
will not he al'lt* to accuse me hereafter
of having deceived you. My candor
relieves you. too. from the trouble of
eavesdropping. You can learn nothing
fresh from behind the rhododendron
"You know, then, that?" I begin,
'"1 do know that, and every secret
thought of your soul," she Interrupted
fiercely. "There is nothing that you (an
conceal from me. I have hut to ask,
a in! you must answer."
I shuddered, but could not speak,
"N«>w listen to mo, Silas Car.-ton. or
whatever your name may l>e. You hnve
made me drink my degradation to its bit
terest drop. My father asked y<'u to
make me your wife; and yon refused mo
—you. a bflße-hora, pitiful, mean hound
like you, refused me — you. whom i look
upon .-is dirt beneath my feet: Hod you
spared me that degradation—had you
taken me then, I would have fought
against the contempt I felt for you; I
would have done all in my power to
have done my duty. 1 would have oven
been grateful to you. Now I hate you,
I loathe you; and yet I will marry you,
that I may degrade you. make yo,i my
tool, and your life n curse! I tell you
all this boldly and fearlessly, for you
cannot shake off my power. You will he
my slave, as much ns over, and crawl
and fawn upon me and implore my love
as much as you did before."
(To )>• continued.»
Senator Fairbanks in College.
Young Fairbanks, by farm work and
wagon making, bad saved |41 by the
time he reached the aye of is years.
With it and one iult of clothes he
traveled to Delaware, Ohio, wheie he
entered Ohio Wesleyan University. He
turned to account his rudimentary
knowledge of carpentry by working
on Saturdays for a local contractor for
$1.25 a day.
A few week! after young Fairbanks
arrived at college he fell and split his
only trousers beyond immediate repair.
It was necessary for him to borrow a
pair from a fellow student, and the
loan had to be continued, because he
was denied credit, for a new pair at
the stores in the town. He had to
send home for his mother to make hi:u
Working in college during the col
lege year and in the harvest fields in
vacation, he was graduated from the
college and its law course at 20. At
UJ he was admitted to the Supreme
Court of Ohio, and later he went" to
A proud man never shows his pride
so much aa when he Is civil.—Urevillu.