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CHAPTER XI. -(Continued.)
I l""rj;e.l her to Id me know what it
wns, as | was so anxious for liny sugges
tion that might help mi-.
"Well, there's no harm in telling > on,
at all < vents. You saw that Mr. Mont
gomery. Well, you ice, although he's
much broken dow n, he's a wonderful
cle\ cr man, with heaps of learning)
knows everything, and was once, tin",
»ny, a rich gentleman. Well, now, I was
thinkii .- Unit if you could make up your
mind to tell him a certain portion of
your history, he would he the very man
to advise you and belp you."
No, 1 did not like the thought Of tak
ing; Mr. Montgomery Into my confidence.
I could nol tell why, but 1 was not
agreeably impressed with him. Another
of my bI range Instln 'ts,
"Well, perhaps you're ri;,rht, Master
Bliss, Tor he's a Strange man. 1 can't
make him out at all. lie's the quietexi
man that, ever breathed when sober; but
he drinks hard, and then he mutters
to himself, and tells stories about him
fielf that mal.es four flesh creep. That
youug man, Pltswalton, Is regularly
frightened at him when he's got one of
them lit-: on him. He's come down here
after they've gone to bed shaking with
fright, saying that lie could not Stop in
the room with him."
No; I was determined I would put no
Confidence in Mr. Montgomery. Martha
now pressed upon me tin- ueceuity of
making some change in my attire.
She took me to a second-hand clothes
•hop, where, for a few dollars and my
old coat to boot, I procured one '"like
what civilised people wore," as Martha
phrased it. 1 bought a hat and necktie
at the s.nne place. Then nbe took me to
When I looked in the glass I found
myself completely metamorphosed. I
COUld scarcely nvuguizo my own face
and figure. The kind-hearted girl was in
"There! I don't believe old Porter
himself would know you!" she cried.
While my money lasted 1 insisted upon
paying so much for my board. Day by
day my money dwindled down, until I
had not a penny left. Martha tried to
cheer me with the assurance that some
tiling would '•turn up" soon, and that
when things came to the worst they
were sure to mend, and such like bits
of homely wisdom; but I was almost
At one time I thought of writing to
Mr. Jonathan Rodwell, to ask him if he
could assist me in any way; he had told
me to do so if all else failed; but, then,
he had made an express stipulation that
I was to tell him everything. How little
did I know myself! And even of that
little there was much that I dared not
reveal. Besides which, the nearness of
his neighborhood to I'.ury St. Edmund's
■would make any confidence dangerous,
for what was more probable than that
he would apply to the Rev. Mr. Porter
for a verification of my statements, and
thus give that contemptible man v clue
to my recapture 7
Day after day I walked through the
streets, seeking employment. I applied
for a clerkship, for the situation of light
porter, for that of messenger, or even
errand boy; but no person would en
gage me without reference, even in the
humblest capacity. At times, I almost
ffiinlt'il with heat and lack of food. I
felt such a poor, wretched waif among
all that busj life, that eager crowd; ev
ery one seemed to have a purpose, work,
except myself; I seemed only tit to creep
into a corner nnd die—a mere useless
incubus upon the world. I have stood
upon the bridges, as many poor wretches
have done before me, and will continue
to do while this stony-hearted city ex
ists, and looked down upon the turbid
stream that Hows beneath; while a voice
whispered in my heart, "There you may
find peace! Why do you hesitate? You
have neither father, mother, nor friend
to weep for you. Death will give r.'st
to you, and do uo wrong to any living
Thus did the tempter tempt me, and
only by prayer could I subdue the temp
tation. At length I avoided tiie neigh
borhood of the river, which began to ex
ert such an irresistible fascination over
me a fascination that I felt must oxer
power m« at last, if 1 did not fly from it.
I now t<x»k to wandering about the
parks. It was there that an incident
occurred to me that changed the whole
current of my thoughts and actions.
Tt was about 6 o'clock on a fine bright
f. ening. at the latter end of September;
I had been walking the streets biuce
10 that morning, making n last effort to
obtain employment. I might as well
hnve asked thoso I applied to for their
parses. Where had I been last? To
wlitun could 1 refer for a character. 1
had never worked before —I knew no one
who could give me a character. Their
manner changed; they looked upon me
as a suspicious Individual, and I could
perceive that watchful eyes followed me
until I was clear of the premises. I had
made up my mind that I would return
to Martha's no more. I could uo longer
endure being a burden upon a stranger.
I dragged my weary limha along a
road, meeting happy looking couples and
Well-dresKed people nt every step, but
Do one like myself. It seemed as though
•11 the misery had been swept off the
face of the earth, and I alone had been
forgotten. 1 passed a first bridge, and a
second; just beyond a portion of the
hoarding that separates a park from the
banks of a canal was broken away.
Upon that spot I threw myself down and
gaied npon the dark, sluggish waters,
I began to picture in my mind die
, finding of my body the next morning;
how it would he dropped OUt of the
water by books; how they would search
it for papers, or other menus of ideniiu
catlon. The tears wen streaming down
my face, and, Unconsciously, I was sob
bing aloud. Suddenly 1 was startled by
a light touch upon my shoulder, and a
soft, Woman's voice Bounding In my ears.
"What is the matter—are you ill?"' it
I turned round and half rose from my
prostrate position. The sun had sot, and
gray shadows were veiling the daylight;
the thick, heavy trees darkening it yet
more where 1 lay. My eyes were blur-
red with tears, ninl I could not see dis-
tinetly; hut I was sensible that a wom
an dressed in black was kneeling behind
me. She started back, half fearfully,
as I moved; but something in ay face
seemed to reassure her, for the next mo
m<nt she again advanced. I brushed
nwaj my tears, rose to my feet and look
ed nt her.
Shu seemed about twenty; her figure
very slight; a sweet, pale, melancholy
face; mid light, golden hair, that fell in
natural ringlets down upon her shoul
ders. While I looked, a thrill ran
through me. Was I dreaming?—had my
troubles affected my brain? No, it was
nIi"! .My eager looks again frightened
"I heard you sobbing, and I thought
you were ill." she said, timidly. "1h
there anything I can do for you? If
not, pray pardon my intrusion."
She drew further away from me as
she spoke. No; I could doubt no more.
That sort, musical voice, that hud haunt
ed me in my sleep—whose tones had nev
er ceased reverberating in my soul, from
the hour in which I had first heard them
—wuh still the same, although the lace
and form hail grown older.
"Do you iu>t remember me?"' I cried,
in n trembling, eager voice.
She thought 1 was mad, and a look of
fear crept over her, but no sign of rec
"Do you not remember Bury St. Ed
mund's —the night I met you under the
old gateway —-five years next mouth'"
At ilio mention <>r Bury St. Edmund's
I could see her face quiver. She paused
for a moment after I had finished speak
ing; then she Came close to me and look
ed steadfastly into my face.
""Yes; it is the same," she said, in a
low voice. "How strange that we should
meet again! 1 have, often thought of
"I have never ceased thinking of you!"
I answered. And I could not help my
tone being a passionate one.
She did not appear to remark my
manner, but seemed half lost in reverie.
We were now walking away from that
dismal spot; the keepers were clearing
"Do you know," she said, speaking
suddenly, "that 1 thought you were go
ing to in low yourself into the canal, and
that was why I spoke to you? Your
eyes were fixed with such a strange look
upon the water, and you were moauing
I shuddered. Already, the thought of
my meditated crime terrified me. The
despair was lifted off my heart in the
last few moments, and lite seemed worth
preserving, after all.
S!n> seemed to read my guilt in my
toll tale looks.
"But f»r you, I should now be lying
at the bottom of that canal!" I answer
ed, In a low tone, ami my tears fell fust.
They relieved my tuddea revulsion of
"And I have saved you from such n
wicked deed! It makes me so happy to
think so!" she murmured. But why did
you wish to drown yourself?" she asked.
"Because my life was so wretched, so
unendurable—because I have no friends,
no employment, no hope!" I answered.
"I have no friends," she answered, in
a sad voice; "but I have never wished
to destroj myself; it would be so wick
"Oh, I will never think of it again!"
I said, eagerly.
"But if you have uo friends nnd no
employment, you must want money. I
can spare it; Indeed 1 car. I give away
a good deal. It will please me so much
if you take it."
This was said in such a simple plead
ing tone, so unconscious of offense, that
it could not have mortified the most sen
sitive delicacy. Hut I could uot accept.
"Please not to ask mo; I cunnot take
it," 1 said.
We walked on until we came to a
street of imaM, pretty houses.
"I live there,'"' she said, pointing to
one which appeared to hnve been re
cently built. "I am late tot night; Mrs.
Wilson will wonder whore I am."
"la she your sister?" I asked, haz
arding a guess.
"Oh, no —my landlady. As I told you,
I hare no friends."
"How very remarkable the coincidence
haj» been!" I said, after an awkward
pause. "Do you remember when first
we met?" ,
"You must not talk of that, please,"
she interrupted, hastily, with a shud
der; "nor set me thinking of that time,
or I shall see them all night In my sleep.
Bat 1 must wish you good night"
"And shall I uot see you again?" I
"You shall come and se« me, If you
like," she said. Innocently; but added,
next moment, in a doubtful tone, "1 do
BOt know what Mrs. Wilson will say
about It Perhaps it Lm wrong. She
knows all chest things so much better
than I do."
| My countenance fell, and she observ
ed it, for she west on In a compassion
ate tone: "But it is M hard to have no
friend —no one to speak to, uud no em
ployment! I am so much better off than
you! I have a good, kind friend to talk
to, and to be good to me. in Mrs. Wil
son; and then I have plenty of work.
You shall come and see me, and I'll coax
her to be gOOd to you."
It was now quite dark. I could have
lingered there nil night listening to her
voice, gazing upon her face. But she
hold out her hand. I pressed it, and
But I could not quit the street. I lin-
I gered about a long time, until lights be
j nan to appear in the bedrooms of the
! bouses. I arrived at Rackstraw's build-
Ings a lilt. before eleven. Martha was
quite ni)!\!sy, for I had never before
i been later than 10 o'clock. I told her
that I had lo.st my way. i
"Why, you don't mean to say you've
been wandering about ever since? Where
ever could you have got to? How flush
ed you look! Whatever have you been
doing? 1 never saw you look like it be
I tried to eat, but the food was dry
nnd tasteless in my mouth. 1 was over
excited, I was conscious, however, that
Mr. Montgomery had again scanned me
with the same scrutinizing gaze that had
made me so uncomfortable the first
morning I met him. I had scarcely seen
him or Josiah since. I was usually out
before they were up in the morning, and
in bed before they returned from the
theater at night. They were unusually
early that evening, and 1 was unusual
"You can write n round, plain hand,
can't you, Mr. Carstou?" at length said
Mr. Montgomery, "Then you're just
the man I want. I can give you some
copying to do. The pay is small, but
ii little, perhaps, may be better than
nothing, until you get something more
profitable to do."
I need not say how eagerly I jumped
at the unexpected offer. The nature of
the work was to copy some ports from
a manuscript drama.
1 went to bed that night with a light
heart. I should rise the next morning
to earn my first money. She was the
good angel of my destiny; she had saved
my life, and hope had nt last dawned
upon me, I fell asleep thinking of her,
and her image followed me throughout
the night. Eagerly did I await the ris
ing of Mr. Montgomery next morning.
"He takes a great interest in you,"
said Martha. "He's always asking me
if you've got anything to do yet. or any
prospect, and he drops in other sly ques
tions now and then. Mr. Fitzwalton
seems to have told him all he knows."
It was 11 o'clock before I sat down
to my work. I soon understood what I
had to do, and set about it with a hearty
"There! didn't I tell you, Master Silas,
that when things come to the worst
they're sure to .mend cried Martha.
"You did," I said, pressing her hand.
"I was a heathen to doubt it."
She little knew how fatal that doubt
had like to ha\*e become. When Josiah
and Mr. Montgomery returned at night
my task was completed.
(To be continued.)
BUYING RUBIES IN BURMA.
A Peculiar Method of Bargaining for
the Precious Stones'.
The peculiar business methods of
oriental merchants are illustrated by
the manner of buying rubies In Bur
ma, In the examination of rubies ar
tificial light is not used, the mer
chants holding that full sunlight
alone can bring out the color and bril
liancy of the gems. Bales must, there
fore, take place between 9 a. m, and
'.', p. m., and the sky must be clear.
The purchaser, placed near a win
dow, has before him a large copper
plate. The sellers gome 10 him one by
one, and each empties upon this plate
his little nag of rubles. The purchaser
proceeds to arrange them for valua
tion in a number of small heaps. The
first division is into three grades, ac
cording to size; each of those groups
is again divided into three piles, ac
cording to color, and each of these
piles, in turn, Is again divided into
three groups, according to shape. The
bright copper plate has a curious use.
The sunlight reflected from it through
the stones brings out, with true rubies,
a color effect different from that with
red spinels and tourmalines, which are
thus easily separated.
The buyer and seller then go through
a very peculiar method of bargaining
by signs, or rather grips, In perfect si
lence. After agreeing upon the fair
ness of the classification, they Join
their right hands, covered with a hand
kerchief or the flap of a garment, and
by grips and pressures mutually under
stood among all these dealers they
make, modify and accept proposals of
purchase and sale. The hands are
then uncovered and the prices are re
corded. —Jewelers' Circular Weekly.
They Stand Pat.
"Anyway," said the Philadelphia
man, "our ball players are no cow
"Oh, they're not, eh?" sneered the
rude New Yorker.
"No, sir," replied the Quaker. "You
can't make 'em run."
Mrs. Homer—l suppose your daugh
ter is attending cooking school so she
will be able to do her own cooking
after her marriage?
Mrs. UppsonOh, my, not She Is
going to write a cook book.
The amount invested In the Siberian
Hallway Is $401,700,000,
A Oood Kxienwion Ka<l<ler.
A Jointed lalder In three or four
l>:irts, of iis many as desired. The Brat
section or bottom one La made 2 feet »">
indies wide, from outside to outside,
and in feet long; point both ends to
Ipreveni from slipping; rounds !'•_• i('(>|
1 apart; begin to measure from top for
rounds; allow ."! luchw for slot or
■ crotch, then 18 Inches, or as you
please, to the next round; lot top
round project from either side "J'i
'inches for a shoulder for the next edi
tion to ivst on; put a bolt through
h ;ich end, of 2x4, to prevent splitting.
Second part 8 feet long, - fe.'t wide,
I Inside measure, or same width from
inside as the first section is on top
outside, so the second part Can siip
down over the first parr, letting the
bracing part together; the second part
should lie "J feet outside measure, al
lowance to he made at both ends for
crotch, and at either end a projecting
round. The idea of th tupling part
is this -the top section slips down over
the bottom part until the crotch
i v -
I AX EXTENSION I YIMU.H.
leaches the projecting round of the
bottom section; also the bottom part
conies in contact with the tirst round
"f section above, as seen in Illustration
below. You can have a ladder, 10 feet
long, 18 feet long, -4 feet long: or
as long as you may want it, anil be
easily handled. Ten feet, length of
tirst ladder; (a) width at bottom, I l''.,
feet: (In width at top, - feet; (c) slot
to admit bottom round of second part;
(d) distance between slot and round,
16 inches. S feet length of second or
third parts; (a) width at bottom inside,
2 feet; (b) at top, '2 feet outside. —St.
Borne Rules About Incubators,
First comply witli the manufactur
er's directions, as you can be sure that
he will give the best advice possible as
to the running of a machine that he
has probably Studied over for years,
says the Feather.
Then be sure that you have placed
the machine perfectly level.
Keep the lamps well trimmed and
use the best oil you can get.
Remove all infertile eggs on about
the eighth day and on the fifteenth
Commencing with the second day,
turn the eggs night and morning until
the eighteenth day.
I'o not open the machine while the
chicks are hatching.
II is a good thing to let the chicks
remain In the Incubator for a day at
a temperature of about 02 degrees.
(live them their tirst feed when re
moved to the brooders.
Give them for a few days fine
gravel, stale bread crumbs and hard
boiled eggs, after that boiled vege
tables, cracked wheat, meat, bran and
green clover cut tine. As they grow
they can be fed whole meat and oats.
Green cut bone and milk also is good
Never feed wet, sloppy food.
Bulletin arid Mail Ho jr.
I A subscriber of the Farm Journal
sends an illustration of a handy com-
tuned bulletin and
mail box which ex
plains Itself. There
is no kind of adver
tising that can equal
this plan, which ad
vertises things for
sale and for that
which one would buy.
It is a sure sign a
man Is up to date, when a bulletin
board like the one Illustrated la teen
before his door. A board of this kind
also shows the residence of owner
which la desired by passersby.
Keeping KirclH from Cherries.
A Maryland orchardist has found an
effective way of keeping the birds
away from his cherry trees while the
fruit Is attaining that degree of ripe
ness necessary to a profitable market.
All that he has done has been to plant
a few mulberry trees scatterlngly In
his orchard and as the latter berry
ripens about the same time or a little
earlier than the cherry, and the birds
are more fond of them than of the
stone-hearted fruit, they obligingly
keep away from the farmer's stock.
1 he Wool of the World.
Russia has more sheep than anj
other country in Europe. South Amer
ica has the largest flocks, this tide of
(he Atlantic, Australia has more sheep
than any other country In the world.
The United States hare about m,.
000,000 sheep, Canada and Mexico
about 16,000,000 bead, Australia about
125,000,000, South America something
like 90,000,000, the Central American
Republic 10,000,000, Europe 220,000,
--000, Asia 80,000,000 and Africa about
62,000,000. The world's Bock totals
something like 004,000,000 sheep.
The goats of some countries p> iv as
sheep, .vs statistics are not Infallible,
especially In Asia, this goal fact will
probably not affect the situation. As
these sheep will produce four pounds
«'f wool per bead on the average, the
slice]) of the world shear 2,046,000,000
pounds of scoured wool.
The looms of the United states
need nearly 20 per cent of the total.
The bulk of this is sheared at home,
because our sheep are large and
shear a heavier fleece than the major
ity of the world's sheep.
Great Britain gets most of her wool
from Australia. Britain probably usei
more sheep wool than any Other coun
try in the world, while Belgium uses
the most llama and coarse annual hair,
and Russia more goat tloss than any
Frauds in Groceries.
An Interesting glance at the scope
and extent to which food adulteration
is carried on is obtained from the
monthly reports of the Massachusetts
state Board of Health. The number
of adulterated samples found each
month average from thirty to forty
and include a wide variety of prod
ucts obtained from ston-* in all parts
of tlie State. In the latest report, six
samples of lemon extract were found
with little or no lemon oil in them.
[lone; was found, of which sixty per
cent was glucose and eighteen per
cent sugar, with just enough cheap
honey to give a suspicion of the gen
uine flavor. Samples of cocoa con
tained sugar and starch. Coffee was
mixed with chicory. Five samples of
maple syrup contained a largo propor
tion of ground sugar. Fruit jelly was
found of various names, hut made up
largely of apple stock colored with
Coal tar dye. Four samples of canned
peas had been colored with copper to
a bright hut unwholesome green. Cas
tor oil was found which was half cot
tonseed oil, and olive oil which was
almost wholly a product from petro
leum. Onl\ one sample of renovated
butter sold without mark was ob
Pasting a Chicago moat market re
cently, the writer noticed a sign that
read: "Two Belgian Hares for 25
Cents." it was above a greal pile of
the animals. This points a lesson. A
few years ago the exploiters of the
Belgian bares at fancy prices were de
claring that tin- time would not come
when Belgian hares would not tiring
several dollars each. Multitudes of
people went Into the raising of the ani
mals with the belief that a!! they pro
duced could be sold at Ulgh figures.
In vain their friends warned them that
In the natural course of events Belgian
hare meat would come down to tho
level of other edible meat At that
time no argument was effective. Mil
lions of the animals were raised and
little by little appeared on the mar
kets, where the producers found that
they had to sell them at about the
price of "rabbit."
No boom of any kind of stock can
last Indefinitely. The high prices
themselves stimulate the producing of
enough animals to bring down the
prices to the level prevailing in other
lines. This fact should be remembered
In the producing of any kind of live
Good Money in Sheep.
A flock of Bhropanlre-grade sheep
kept by .1. U. Osbornp. Belkn&p Coun
ty, N. 11., pays its owner $5 to $t> per
head yeiirly. Ho figures the matter
out: $1 per head, cost of pasturage,
4. r p<i pounds of swall hay at $8 per ton,
$1.80. Be reckons that the manure
pays for the care, thus showing a not
profit of $3 or $4 per head. The chief
money product is In the shape of lambs
which are raised in pasture season aud
sold In the fall.
Knortnoua Cherrjr Tree.
A huge black Tartarian cherry trea
near Newcastle, Cal., last year pro
duced 8,100 pounds of salable cherries,
for which the owner received $500.
The tree is over 100 feet high. It«
trunk is 10 feet in circumference.
Across the branches from tip to tip th«
distance is 8, r > feet. Ladders are built
in the tree for the pickers, so that thef
can pick every cherry.
After the chrysanthemum is potted
leave It for a little time In the shade.
Tlit'u give It all the sun that Is possi