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I Tbe Special Correspondent ;
I will go back to Popof. Impossible.
I seem to be nailed to the floor of the
Tan. My hend swims.
It is true we nre running toward the
abys? No; I am mud. Parttskiar and
his accomplices would be hurled over
so well. They Would share our fnte.
They would perish with us.
Hut there are shouts In front of the
train. The screams of people being kill
cd. There is no doubt BOW. The driver
and the stoker nre being Strangled. I
feel the speed of the train be^'in to
I understand. One of the nifflnns
knows how to work the trnin, nnd he is
■lowing it to enable them to jump off
and nvoid the catastrophe.
I begin to mnster my torpor. Stnjfßer-
Int like n drunken man, I crawl to
Klnko's ense. There, in a few words. 1
tell him what hns passed, mid 1 exclaim:
'•We nre lost!"
MNo—perhaps " he replies.
Before I enn move, Kinko is out of
his DOX. Hi' rushes toward the front
door; he climbs on the tender.
"Gome along! Come alOQgi" lie shouts.
I do not know how I have done It, luit
here I am nt his Ride on the fool plate,
tny feet in the blo.nl of the driver and
Stoker, who have been thrown uIT on to
Faruiklar nnd his companions are no
longer here. Hut before they went one
of them has taken off the brakes, Jammed
down the regulator to full speed, thrown
fresh coals into the fire box, and the
train is running with frightful velocity.
In a few minutes we Bhall reach the
Kinko, energetic and resolute, Is ns
cooi as a cucumber. Hut in vain he
tries to move the regulntnr, to shut oil
the steam, to put on the brake. These
Tnlves ami levers, what shall we do with
"I must tell Popof:" I shout
"And what can he do? No, there Is
only one way."
"And what is that?"
"House up the fire," sars Kinko, calm
ly; "shut down the safety valves, and
blow up the engine."
And was tlint the only way—a des
perate way—nf stopping the train be
fore it reached the viaduct?
Kinko scattered the coal on to the fire
bars. He turned on the greatest possi
ble draught, the air roared across the
furnace, the pressure goes up, up. amid
the heaving of the motion, the bellowing
ol the boiler, the bent ing of the pistons.
We art; going a hundred kilometers an
"Get back!" shouts Kinko, above the
roar. "Get back into the van!"
"And you, Kinko?"
"Get buck. 1 tell you!"
I see him hang on to the valves and
put his whole weight on the levers.
"Go!" he shouts.
I am off over the tender. I am through
the van. I awake Popof, shouting with
til my strength:
"Get back I (Jet backl"
A few passengers suddenly waking
from sleep begin to ruu from the front
Suddenly there Is an explosion and n
shock. The train nt first jumps back.
Then It continues to move for about half
Popof, the major, Ootprna, most of the
passengers are out on the line in an ln
A network of scaffolding appears con
fusedly in the darkness above the piers
Which were to carry the viaduct across
the Tjon valley.
Two hundred yards further the train
Would have been lost in the abyss.
And I, who wanted "Incident," who
feared the weariness of n monotonoui
voyage of six thousand kilometer*, in the
course (if which I should not inert with
an impression or emotion worth clothing
I have made another muddle of It, I
admit. My lord Faruskiar, of whoa 1
had made n hero— l»y telegraph—for the
readers of the Twentieth Century.
We nro, as I have said, two hundred
jrnrds from the valley of the Tjon, ko
deep and wide as to require a viaduct
from throe hundred and fifty to four
hundred feet long. The floor of the
Talley is scattered over with rocks mid
a hundred feel down. If the tram had
been hurled to the bottom of thai chasm
not one of us would have escaped alive.
This memorable catastrophe—most Inter
acting from a reporter*! point of view—
would have claimed a hundred victims.
But thanks to the coolneu, energy and
devotion of the young Roumanian, we
hare escaped this terrible disaster.
All? No! Klnko hns paid with his
life for the safety of his fellow passen
Amid the confusion my first cure was
to visit the luggage vnn, which had re
mained uninjured. Evidently, if Klnko
had survived the explosion, ho would
have got back Into his box and waited
till I put myself in communication with
Alan! The coffer Is empty--empty ns
thnt of a company which htm impended
payment. Kinko has been the victim of
And bo there has been a hero among
our traveling companions, and he wna
Dot Farusklar, this abominable bandit
hidden beneath the «kln of a manager,
whose name I hare so stupidly publish
•d over the four corners of the globe.
It wan this Roumanian, tuis humble, this
little, this poor fellow, whose sweetheart
will wait for him in vain, and whom she
will never again see. Well, I will do him
Justice. I will tell what he has done. As
to hi» secret, I shall be sorry if I keep
It. If he defrauded the Grand Trans
ulatic it is thanks to that fraud that
. whole train has been saved. We were
lost; we should have perished in the most
horrible of deaths if Kluto had not been
I went beck to the line, my heart
heavy, my eye* full of tear*.
Assuredly Karunktar*! scheme. In the
execution of which he had executed hie
rival, Kl-Tung, had been cleverly con
trived in utilizing thla branch line leading
to the unfinUhed viaduct Nothing waa
easier than to ewlteh off th* train ii an
accomplice WU at the points. And ns
8000 ns the sitrnni was given that we
were on the branch all ha hud to do was
to gain the footplate, kill the drher
and stoker, slow the trnin and pet off,
tearing the steam on full to work up to
And now there could be no doubt that
the scoundrels, worthy the most refined
tortures that Chinese practice could de
vise, were hastening down into the Tjon
valley. There, amid the wreck of the
train, they expected to find the fifteen
millions of gold and precious stones, and
this treasure they could carry off with
out fear of surprise when the night en
abled them to consummate this fearful
crime. Well, they have been robbed,
these robbers, and I hope they will pay
for their crime with their lives, nt the
least, I alone know what has passed,
but I will tell the story, for poor Kinko
is no more.
Yes, my mind is made up. I will
speak as soon as I have seen Zincu
Klork. The poor girl must bo told with
consideration. The death of her be
trothed must not come upon her like a
thunderclap. Yes, to-morrow, as soon as
we are at Pekin.
After nil, if I do riot say anything
about Kinko, I may at least denounce
Farunkiar ami Ghangir and the four
Mongol*. I can say that I saw them go
through the van, that I followed them,
that I found they were talking on the
gangway, that I heard the screams of
the driver and stoker as they were
strangled on the footplate, and that I
then returned to the cars, shouting,
"Hack! Hack!" or whatever it was.
We are now standing at the head of
the train, Major Noltltß, the German
baron, Caterna, Bphrinell, Tan Chao,
I'opof—about twenty travelers In all.
The Chinese guard, faithful to their
trust, are still near the treasure, which
not one of them has abandoned. The
rear gunrd has brought along the tail
lamps, and by their powerful light we
can see in what a state the engine is.
If the train, which was then running
at an enormous velocity, had not stopped
suddenly and thus brought about its de
struction it was because the boiler had
exploded at the top and on the side.
The wheels being undamaged, the engine
had run far enough to come gradually
to a standstill of itself, and thus the
passengers had been saved a violent
Of the boiler and its accessories only n
few shapeless fragments remained. Tin'
funnel hnd gone, the dome, the Steam
chest; nothing but torn plates, broken.
twisted tubes, split cylinders, find loose
connecting rods—gaping wounds in the
corpse of steel.
And not only had the engine bfen de
stroyed, but the tender had been ren
dered useless. Its tnnk had boon cracked
and Hb load of coals scattered over the
line. The luggage vnn, curious to re
lnte, had miraculously escaped without
"It is only too evident," said one of
the passengers, "that our driver and
stoker have perished In the explosion."
"Poor fellows'" said Popof. "But I
wonder how the train could have got
on the Nankin branch without being no
"The night wns very dark," said Eph
rlnell, "and the driver could not see
"That is the only explanation possi
ble," said Popof, "for he would have
tried to stop the train, and, on the con
trary, we were traveling at tremendous
"But," wald Pan Chno, "how does it
happen the Nankin branch was open
when the Tjon viaduct is not finishedV
Hud the switch been*interfered with?"
"Undoubtedly," said Popof, "and prob
nbly OUt of carelessness."
Up to now Major Noltita had taken
no part in the discussion. Now he in
terrupted Popof, and in a voice heard
by all, he asked:
"Where is Faruskiar?"
They nil looked about and tried to dis
cover what had become of the manager
of the Transasiatie.
"And where is his friend Qhangir?"
asked the major. There was no reply.
"And where are the four Mongols who
were in the reur van?" asked Major
And none of them presented them
"Well, then," said Major Noljtitl, "the
rascal who sent us on to the Nankin
line, who would have hurled us into the
Tjon ralley, to walk off with the impe
rial treasure, is Faruskiar."
"What!" said Popof. "The manager
of the company, who bo courageously
drove off the bandits and killed their
chief, Ki-Tsang, with his own hand'/"
Then I entered on the scene.
"The inajiir is not mistaken. It was
Faruskiar who laid ihis trap for us."
And amid the general stupefaction 1
told them what 1 knew, and what X'"»!
fortune had enabled me to ascertain.
1 told them how I had overheard the
plan of Farusklar nml his Mongols,
when it waa too late (» Ki'>p it, but I
was silent regarding the Intervention of
Kinko. The moment had not come, nnd
1 would il" him justice in due time.
Now that all danger had disappeared,
wo must take Immediate measure* for
running back the curs on to the l'ekin
"The best thing to do is to go to the
r.enreHt station, that of l'uen-t'hoo, ami
telegraph to Tai-Youan for them to M&d
on a relief engine," 1 auggeated.
Twelve of us. Including lan Chao,
Catena and myself, volunteered to ac
company Major Noltits. But by com
accord we adviaed Popof not to
abandon the train. Maturing him that we
would do all that was necessary at
Then, armed with daggers and revolv
ers —it was one o'clock in the morning—
we went along the line to the junction,
walking as fast as the very dark night
In less than two hours we arrived at
Fuen-Choo station without adventure.
Evidently Farusklar had cleared off. The
Chinese police would have to deal with
the bandit and his accomplices. Would
they catch him 1 I hoped so, but I doubt
M tfce station Pan Chao explained
matter* to the station master, who tele
graphed for an engine to be sent from
Tai-Youan to the Nankin line.
At three o'clock, Just at daybreak, we
returned to wnlt for the engine at the
junction. Three-quarters of an hour af
terward its whistle announced it« np
proach and it stopped at the bifurcation
Of the lines. We climbed up '>n to the
tender, nnd half an hour later had re
joined the train.
The dawn lih«i come on sufficiently for
us to he able to see over a considerable
distance. Without saying anything to
anybody, I went in search of the body
of my poor Kinko. And I could not find
it nmong the wreck.
As tin' engine could not reach the
front of the train, owing to there being
only n tingle line, nnd no laming table,
it was decided to couple it on in the rear
imil run backward t«> the Junction. In
this way the box, nlas! without the Rou
manian in it, was in the lust carriage.
We started, and In half an hour we were
on the main line again.
I'.vitvlliiiig ends in this World below,
pvt'M n voyage of six thousand kilometers
on the Grand Transasiatic; nml after a
run of thirteen days, hour after hour,
our train stopped nt the gates of the
capital of the Celestial Empire.
"Ppkiu!" shouted Popof, "All change
It wns four o'clock in the afternoon.
For people fatigued with three hundred
nnd twelve hours of traveling, it was no
time for running about the town —what
do I say?—the four towns, inclosed one
within the other. Besides I had plenty
of time. I was going to stop some weeks
in this capital.
Tlie Important thins was to find n ho
tel in which one could live passably.
From Information received I was led to
believe that the Hotel of Ten Thousand
Dreams, near the railway station, might
be sufficiently in accord with western no
As to Mademoiselle Klork, I will post
pone my visit till to-morrow. I will
call on her before the box arrives, and
evrn then I shall be too soon, for I shall
take her the news of Kinko's death.
Half an hour nftcrwnrd we are In
stalled Ht the Hotel of Ten Thousand
breams. There we are served with a
dinner in Chinese style. The repast be
ing over —toward the second watch—wo
lny ourselves on beds that are too nar-
>w, in rooms with little comfort, and
sleep not the Bleep of the just, but the
sleep of the exhausted—and that is just
I did not wake before ten o'clock, and
[ might have slept all the morning if
he thought had not occurred to me that
I had a duty to fulfill. And what a
duty. To call in the Avenue ('ha-Coua
before the delivery of the unhappy case
to Mademoiselle Zlnco Klork.
All! if Kinko had not succumbed, I
should have returned to the railway sta
tion —I should have assisted in the un
loading of the precious package. I would
have watched it on the cart, and I would
have accompanied it to the Avenue Cha-
Coua; I would even have helped in car
rying him up to Mademoiselle Zinca
Klork. And what a double explosion of
joy there would have been, when Kinko '
Jumped through the panel to fall Into
the arms of the fair Roumanian! Rut
no! When the box arrives it will be
empty —empty as a heart from which al!
the blood has escaped.
(To lie continued.)
Liskum was the "butt" of the "lo
cal" room of the daily on which h«
worked, says the Brooklyn Eagle. He
was a drh'd-up, wrinkled little chap,
who might have been either MO or 60
yoars of age. Whatever wont wrong
about the olllce was laid to Liskum, ;
and whatever was attributed tx> him !
he accepted without a murmur, only j
smiling a crinkly little smile that won '
the hearts of the whole staff. For, '
joke him as they might, every reporter:
on the paper had a tender spot fur'
One day Tompkins, the "nfrir" re
porter, came in to find the group about
the big stove In the local room indig
nantly discussing something.
"Liskum bad been fired," some one
told him. "There was a great fuss
about the third ward story in this
'■Why, I wrote that myself," R;l id
Tompkins. "Liskum had nothing to
do With it." And with that he started
for the managing editor's nmm.
Mr. Rockman sat by his flat-topped
desk; Liskum KtiKxl opposite him.
Tompkins slowed down in an apolo
getic way, for he remembered that he
bed Violated precedent by entering the
editor's room without knocking.
"Come In, Tompkins," said Mr.
Rockman. "You are Just the man I
want to see.'
Liskum turned his crinkly smile on
Totnpkins but spoke not a word,
"I neve just dismissed Mr. Liskum
for that third ward story," said the
"1 heard bo." replied Tompkins, "but
I wrote thai story myself. Ho had
nothing to do with it."
"1 know that," said the editor. "That
is why I dismissed him. a formid
able delegation of third-ward people
came here this morning, and made it
very plain to m« that something must
be done to soothe them, I knew you
w..-iv such a fiery chap it would never
d-> t<> let you face them, so I brought
Uskum in and Indignantly dismissed
him from the reiK>rtorlal staff, i am
Just now engaging him na assistant
Liskum turned another crinkly smile
on Tompkins, and the star reporter
went buck to the big stove In the city
"lioyfl." he said, "the old man is all
Up In the Air.
-Why don't you turn your pen to
higher themes?" asked the well-mean
"I'd like to." replied the funny man,
"but there doesn't seem to b. any del
maud for skyscraper jokes at mmmmmL"
ONE OF THIS SUMMER'S MOST PICTURESQUE CREATIONS.
"In the good, old summer time" the mighty problem of how to look cool
and dainty Is studied by fair women day and night. This year the summer
fabrics seem more sheer and colorings more, satisfying to "the eye and the
styles more charming than during any previous hot season. My lady may,
for very reasonable prices, revel in the most artistic creations, If she be handy
with her needle—and, by the way, has nothing else to do, for these appar
ently simple, clinging little gowns represent whole days of steady work.
In our Illustration Is shown a pretty girl from gay Paris, who certainly
appears cool and comfortable, whether she feels that way or not. All over
embroidery forms the chief parts of her costume, which is a marvel of style
and certainly lovely enough to delight the heart of the most fastidious
woman. The soft silk girdle Is a feature not to be forgotten and lends char
acter to the make-up of the gown. Hoses and foliage iorm the decorations for
the pretty hat and for a girlish face no style in headgear could be more
LAST OF THE WAR GOVERNO-fS.
Hon. William SpruKiie, of Rhode
Island, llu-t This Distinction.
The death of Francis R. Lubbock In
Austin, recently, removed the last of
the Civil War Governors of the Con
federate States, ho having presided
over the commonwealth of Texas dur
ing two years of the conflict of the
'GO'S. He also served in the army, was
a member of Jefferson Davis' staff and
was by his side when he was taken
prisoner In 1805. The Governor was
born in Beaufort, S. C, and was U0
The passing of Gov. Lubbock leaves
among us only one of all the men who
served as head of their respective com
monwealths during this trying period
HOW. WILLIAM bi'UAul h.
of the country's history. He Is Hon.
William Bprague, of Rhode Island, one
of the most famous of the war Gov
ernors and one of the ablest. He
comes of distinguished ancestry. His
uncle, William Sprague, served as Gov
ernor of Rhode Island as a Democrat
in 18.'',s 30 and later was United States
Senator. The family name for a cen
tury has been prominent and, more
than any other In the State, Is known
beyond Its borders. The BpragUfl
have contributed handsomely to the
industrial and political life of thli
sturdy little subdivision of the Union
and have a pardonable pride in its ad
vancement and enrichment.
The ex-Governor is remarkably ac
tive and keen of Intellect fur one who
stands alone of a class who distin
guished themselves in the '<;<»'*. He is
iii his 75th year, but as agile as the
well-preserved man of DO. In 1860 he
was elected Governor and was, when
Sumter fell, the largest manufacturer
In tlie country. He cheerfully relin
quished the supervision of his numer
ous factories null foundries to fight in
the ranks of the nation's defenders. Wv
raised a regiment, the First Rhode Isl
and Volunteers, and a battery of arti'
lery, uniformed and equipped them at
Ids own expense and in other ways
testified to his splendid devotion to his
imperiled country. He hurried his men
to the defense of Washington and his
regiment was one of the earliest com
mands to re^fh the papltal. In the first
forward movement In Virginia the reg
iment was assigned pince and In the
fighting at Bull Run suffered severely
but bore Itself with the greatest gal
lantry. Its intrepid commander won
his spurs that day by the courage,
coolness and indifference to danger he
displayed on that fateful field and
which made him the idol of bis mm.
He had bis horse shot from under him
and had narrow escapes in plenty. For
his heroic conduct he wag offered a
brigadier general's commission, which
he declined. He was the only Govern
or in the battle and Rhode Island re
elected him to the position twice after
he had taken the field. During the
Peninsular campaign and the siege of
York town he also took part and added
to his reputation as a fearless and able
officer. lie served In the United States
Senate after the war and is now pass-
Ing the evening of ids days at Narra
gansett Tier in his native State, winch
he has served In so many ways and al
ways to Its honor and glory.
ODD TRAIT OF MANKIND.
Human Nature Kver Prone to Get
Something for Nothing;.
Human nature may bo more pro
ductively worked than a gold mine If
you know a right method.
General Manager Chlpman, of the
Indianapolis nnd Eastern Electric
Railway, recently utilized his knowl
edge of human nature In a novel way.
His company had a park, the soil of
whirh it wanted to plow up and pul
verize thoroughly at small cost, at the
same time attracting some truffle to
the park. It therefore buried $500 in
gold coin In various parts of the park
and threw the place open to any pat
ron of the street cars that wished to
dig, prescribing only that none but
small hand implements should be used.
The plan worked admirably. The
cars were thronged with amateur min
ers and by the time ail the coin was
found the entire surface of the park
had been loosened up and reduced to
powder to an extent that no landscape
gardener ever saw equaled. The street
car company got Its $."00 back tn fares
and at the same time got Its park
thoroughly plowed for nothing.
Mnny will tenderly recall the old
school reader story of the dying father
who called his sons to his bedside and
Informed them that, though the old
farm he was about to leave them was
worn out and had become unproduct
ive, there was burled somewhere upon
it a great treasure and If they would
persistently dig for It they would sure
ly nnd rich reward. The sons digged
and digged and digged, turning the
old farm upside down and inside out,
and, though they found no sign of the
gold they expected, their harvests of
grain became enormous and their re
ward was richer than they knew.
Through some peculiarity In our con
struction we are willing to work ten
times as hard "to get something for
nothing" as to earn It In ordinary
A Ut\ Cleveland.
"There tire two new peculiarities I
have noticed In you of late. You use
extraordinarily long words and you
profess a fondness for flshUig. What
Is the meaning of this?"
"Oh- I have hopes of being made
a trustee of the next life insurance
company that gets Involved In a scan
dal." —Tacoma Dally News.
A True Genius.
"Failed, did her
"Yes. Liabilities were half a mil
"Goodn«ssl What are his assets?'
"Not a cent"
"And yet you denied that he pa>
sess«Kl truo financial genius?"— Clove
If yoa would convince others that
you are a tool boast of yow wisdom.
KEGS MADE OF PULP.
Newly Patented Proccaa to Sn pp i llnt
Kackagea of Wood.
One-piece fiber,. of compressed pnln^
packages, have not become us pop,,.;s
lar as was at one time believed they '
were destined to do, owing principally ■
to the difficulty of molding these into
proper liquid proof shapes, except at I
grent expense of time and labor. i a "
their manufacture a pulp, such as pa-*k
per Is made from. Is pumped to a ma" *
chine In which it is compressed into '
the desired shape of the main body
of the package. The ends are subse.
qiiently closed by heads which restidi
upon suitably formed internal flnnges/?
and the body extending beyond these
heads is then bent or crimped down
upon the heads, thus holding them i Q $
place. It is just here that the practical
difficulties of manufacture are encoun *li
tered. In order to effect a binding ( ,r '
cementing, of the several parts into-
, PACRAOE MADE OK ITI.r.
one homogeneous whole, it Is essential
that the main body of the packaga
should not hare lost too much of its
original moisture, yet if it is Dot pret
ty dry It is incapable of Withstanding
the considerable handling Incident to
bending and crimping. A Wilmington
inventor, however, Ims discovered that
kegs and other difficult-shaped [Kirk
ages may be readily made of pulp If a
binder, or cementing material, is added
to the pulp. This binder will set or
knit sufficiently to bind the pulp fibers
together before the water has entirely
passed off. it can, therefore, he work*
ed while still in a moist condition and
will stand the necessary handling of
bonding. Moreover, the moisture re
maining in the pulp enables the head
to be firmly grasped by shrinkage of
the body, which is a large factor in Jl
producing a durable moisture proof
package. It is believed that besides
kegs, boxes, pails and other commercial
packages, that even bathtubs may b»
manufactured of pulp under thu new
WHAT Hid JOITwAS WORTH.
Corporation Official Given Plain Hint* '
!>,>• a Well-Winlu-r.
Some months ago an officer holding
an important executive post in one
of the greater corporations received a'
kindly, almost neighborly, call from
one of Ills fellow directors. This otil
cer had returned from a brief vaca
tion trip. The fellow director said to
him that In view of their long friend
ship and their respect ami admiration
each for the ability and achievements
of the other, he was going to speak
somewhat plainly to that officer, Then
he put this question bluntly to him:
"What would you be willing to pay
to keep your place?"
It seemed a strange question. Th&
executive officer did not know at first
what to make of it. lie saw, of course,
that there was some kindly, although!
hidden, purpose In the question, and '
so he answered in the spirit in whlCO
the inquiry was put. He said thai, of
course, if it were necessary "'"I w:l*
the proper thing to do, he would
rather pay a large sum of money thaa
to lose that office, for it represented
his ambition and was In line with his
achievements.. "But I do not know
what you are driving at," this otllcer
Then the officer was told that while,
of course, It was impossible to tak*
seriously the question, "What money
are you willing to pay to hold tlie
Office?" nevertheless there was a pric»
which he would have to pay, and
that price was this: lie must give 0>
ostentatious living, he must be espe
cially careful to observe local ordi
nances, not driving recklessly with
his automobile, he must be careful to
keep all the appearances of propriety!
he must do all things that a BObef"
minded, self-respecting citizen should
do, and if his disposition led him to
genteel dissipation, riotous living <>r to
ostentation, then the giving "P °'
those things was the price he would
have to pay If he desired to keep his
office. And the reason why that pric« j|
was exacted was that as officer of »
corporation In which the public nns In- ,
V«sted heavily he must necessarily
heed public opinion, even in the con
duct of his prlvnte life.—New York
Letter in Philadelphia Press. ■»
GettirtK Too Near the ll<"«'". i
Cholly— l s-say, guide; I think *•
are following these bear tracks In tb»
Guide —Oh, no. We will soon catc»
up with him. f
Cholly—T-thafs what I m-meant—
Bess—l have the kindest brother o*
earth. He turns aside for a worm.
Teas—That's nothing. My sister re
fuses td boll her drinking water °*
cause it kills the microbes!— DetroU