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Miss Tompkins' Mystery.
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i r- I V 1 1 li i inim li-.i' ji iiii'M I 'uno
V 1 charging tliroimli the darkness
llllin WJWlill Jl lew K'l'l OI IIU
going bu-iry. Then the
"Halt, or Ave Hlmot!"
The buggy halted with n jerk, nnd
a two occupants nerved themselves
r what they knew was coining. Al
tost instantly lanterns were flashing
i their faces, other faces peering at
torn. The vad was such that the
or.senien could not surround the bug
y, and several, half drunk, and hold-
ig pistols, had dismounted to make
rispectlon of the buggy's occupants.
"What namcV" asked the loader, h!s
one Itself showing surprised disap
(ointinent. "Horace Tilly and mother," the man
tnswerod. "What's the trouble?"
"Trouble be hanged! We are after
d Tompkins, the murderer, blast
dm!" swore the fellow, satisfied that
neither of the parties before him could
he that much hunted person. With less
jnf whisky in him he might have been
jharder to satisfy. . Lowering his
lantern, he started to 1he rear of the
vehicle," calling out, "No go, boys!
iJjci s pass cm.
I Yelling and cursing the men managed
'to remount their horses, nnd the small
Iman in the buggy trembled more vio
lently than his mother did when shouts,
of, "Pass 'em! Jump the buggy!" split
The two parties were oh a most dan
gerous piece of road, one side skirting
an abrupt hill, the other side but a foot
or two from a poorly guarded cliff
edge, rocks and river far below.
"They are just drunk enough to
try to jump us," quavered the small
man, peering back of the buggy.
His companion quietly took the reins
!n her large hands, and turning the
horse as close to the hill as possible,
held him there. With yells that seemed
to some from demons rather than men,
the horsemen made a mad rush on
the backward track to gain space, the
leader whirling about first, and making
a rusn directly at tne buggy, in a
moment there was a fine fanning of air
about that vehicle, and then a noble
horse scrambled wildly, close to the
right forwheel of the buggy, balanced
himself, and dashed on. Another
splendid animal immediately followed
suit, and a third, their riders cursin
and cheering by turns, the lady in the
buggy holding her astonished steed
as best she could, her son fairly coVer
Ing from fright.
The two remaining horsemen do
clined to make the leap.
"Drive on there, you road blockers,
and be quick about it!" they shouted.
And the road blockers drove on, their
horse not refusing to be quick, the
lines managed by the woman, while
her sou, no doubt, thanked God for the
Some two hours later Mr. Horace
Tilly purchased a railroad ticket for
his mother at a. country station, saw
her comfortably seated in a coach,
kissed her with a really manly effort
to conceal his tears, and again sought
his buggy. The same terrible piece of
road was to be re-traveled, this time
alone, and a fear almost beyond con
trol set his body to trembling. 'But
the entire drive was accomplished in
safety, and at about three o'clock in
the morning the horse was laboriously
unharnessed and put .in a stall. Then,
mud spattered, tear spattered, and ut
terly weary, the alleged Horace Tilly
climbed none other than the back steps
of Mr. Ed Tompkins' home, let him
Kdf in with a latch Key, and in five
minutes became Miss Tompkins
maiden ladv. and row the only occu
paut of the house.
Where her brother had hidden the three
days and nights since the murder, not
even Miss Tompkins knew. He had
stealthily let himself in the very night
that the officers grew careless in watch
Ing his house, and had made good his
escape as described. Had the buggy
and horse belonged to him he would
doubtless have been captured. They
belonged, however, to an old farmer
who had for vears been allowed to
put them in the Tompkins" barn when
Le stayed overnight in town.
That Miss Tompkins would or could
sustain her nart of the escape would
have been almost impossible of be
lief to the townspeople, to all of whom
she was well known. She was a teach
er and had taught the alphabet to the
parents of many of her present pupils
Tossiblv there was not a man, woman
or child in the place who did not sin
c-erely admire the timid, exceedingly
faithful little woman who at
fiftt was as patient as she had been
at twenty. Some people said that h
lmoi-t had been broken and thrown
away in her youth. If so, she had re
revered the largest fragment and it had
never failed her. It came nearest to
.inin" so when she sat in the quiet
t.J,-, nr.t realized that her brother
bad tr.keii with him every cent of th
luoi'.-y which she had laid away yen
7 f v '-' yf'r ;?y
fter year. The old ago which she
knew was upon her made her very
iiv or i in
lonely future-no brother,
So she began to borrow
daily pap; r from a neighbor, and
watch the want column, thinking to
see something by which she could add
to her earnings. One day she gazed
In great excitement at the following
Any person wishing to sell the use
of his brains at the rate of seven
thousand dollars per annum, will
please I'pply at IVrrlwlnk Home Place,
near Fettersburg. Pa., on Thursday
morning, ninth instant, between the
hours ten and twelve."
Miss Tompkins kept her own counsel,
but a substitute was in her place at the
school the following Thursday morn-
About eleven of the clock on that
day, there were hitched in front of
lVriiwink's line house a buggy, a close
arrlage, and a saddle horse. A young
lawyer had ridden the horse, a
preacher and a commercial traveler
had come in the buggy, and Miss
Tompkins had Hopped from the car
riage. 1 lie lour were ushered into a
uulsome room, whore they sat in
stony silence, taking stolen glances at
ach other, calculating, no doubt, as
to the excellence of the several lots
of brains represented. The lips of the
commercial traveler several times
showed symptoms of a smile, and he
dared look nowhere but at the centre
They were not'kopt waiting long. A
most gracious, line looking old gentle
man entered, bowed nnd seated him
self so as to command the face.? of the
four. Few words were wasted, and
it was soon clearly understood what
was wanted: a person of education and
high morality, who would at once take
up residence at ne farm, and assume
entire charge of a half witted son and
"In short," said the gentleman, "I
ant to provide ease and satisfaction
for myself the few more years I may
live, and brains for my sou against the
time when I shall not be here to guard
The preacher could not accept be
cause of his calling; the lawyer be
cause of family tics; I he traveler be
cause of disinclination; and Miss Tomp
kins because she had enough brain
to see that a man was required to fill
the position. At least that is what she
said. But there was a queer flutter in
the fragment she used as a heart, her
face being so much colored thereby
that she looked more like her girlhood
self than she had in many a day be
fore. The old gentleman gave her more
than the fourth of his attention, and
when the conference was ended es
cor ted her to her carriage. When he
should have bid her good-bye he hesi-1
tated, stammered, colorcu, and then
managed to ask:
"Did I understand you to say you are
Miss Linda Tompkins?"
A really natural, merry ripple of
laughter sounded in the carriage, and
Miss Tompkins said:
"No, you did not so understand, for
did not say it. But that's who I am
nevertheless. Howd'y' do, Philip?"
With that she put her hand in his as
if just meeting him. "I knew you the
moment you entered th? room," she
added, laughing again.
The Mr. Philip Passmore upon whom
Miss Tompkins had so unwittingly
called was the heart-breaker, accord
ing to the public, of Miss Tompkins'
youth, and after many years resi
dence elsewhere, he had returned "to
die," he said, near his boyhood home.
But after this meeting with his old
friend, and after meetings with va
rious other old friends at Fettersburg,
he decided that he would live some
years yet. His advertisement did not
reappear, and in a short while the Fet
tersburg people had a sweet morsel to
roll under their tongues: Miss Tomp
kins had an almost constant visitor,
and seemed ridiculously happy, despite
the shadow resting on the family name.
That her visitor had addressed her in
her teens, and was now a wealthy
widower, g!orified both of them la the
eyes of onlooking young people.
Miss Tompkins Veased to borrow' the
daily. Then it was rumored that she
was buying her wedding outfit. And
But all in an evening the engage
ment was broken. That no one knew
why but added to the interest, and Mr.
Passmore affirmed that the cause ot
Miss Tompkins' unusual behavior was
no better known to him than to the
public. He looked very dejected, and
once more began to think of the time
when his son would be, without a pro
tector. Teople gave him all their sym
pathy, and called Miss Tompkins heart
But by-and-by that lady lost the
cheerful demeanor she had kept up
immediately after the. storm broke, and
ne seemed humble, even meek, join
ing in conversation as if it were an
honor tn be allowed to do ro. .re
again lie;. ;iti io waicn me wain cm
iit.l to ask for Utile J. ibs of sew
Then sympathy began to veer In
(i;it c.ou. l th 'ic Mini men
something voMcn in Penman;, urn
Jo nose It out would have been their
dearest d light. Soon tin y were pet
ling Miss Tonipk'ns as In the days be
fore Mr. Passiiiore re. ppeared in her
life, and were really grieved that she
lid not brighten. The change In the
public extended even to Mr. Pass-
more, and he again called on Miss
Tompkins, the net creating quite a
ripple. No other love affair had ever
caused suelt interest in i oiterxuurg.
liven the school children talked about
it. And they talked long, for weeks
went by, and months, the two parties
concerned changing not on any respect.
When winter was well advanced.
It was whispered about that the old
Tompkins place was haunted. Nome
to'.d of unaccountable noises In the
basement when Miss Tompkins was
known to be at school; and others of
hearing a sopulchn.l cough In the back
of the house, a cough that sounded
exactly like that of old Mrs. Tompkins.
Perhaps these reports made Miss
Tompkins more nervous than she had
been. She tried to laugh at them, even
going to far as to tell her neighbors
that if they should sett a thin coil of
smoke from her chimney during her
absence, they might know the ghost
was warming himself at her bauk'ed
lire. The thin coil of smoke had al
ready been noticed, making cold clubs
creep up the spine of the superstitious,
who looked upon Miss Tompkins as
the bravest Avouian in the town.
Put by-and-by when several more
winters had passed and tne con or
smoke continued to be reon. it ceased
o Do taiuoii or except among a lev..
Mr. Passmore continued his visits at
intervals, and people were forced to be
reconciled to the course ol events.
Thou came a winter so cold that the
oldest inhabitants said they had never
seen its like. And the cold was re
sponsible for the renewal of the talk
concerning a ghost at the Tompkins
house. A light began to be burned all
night in a back room which some said
v;i Miss Tomnkiii;;-bedroom. It was
known that she had become almo
stingy of late years, and nothing but
fear of the ghost could make her burn
a light all night and every night. More
over, the lauy was growing none, auu
paler and thinner and very sad.
Next door to Miss Tompkins lived a
prencner, ami away in one nigat Avueii
things were in stiff freeze, the preach
er's door bell jangled most urgently
"What's wanted?" he called from the
rear of the hall, its he stood shivering
in his night dress.
"It is I. Miss Tompkins," came from
outside. "Please Mr. Myers, go tor
Doctor Tarkcr as fast as you can, and
bring him to me."
That I will. I'll send my wife to
wait on you till he gets there," was the
But Miss. Tompkins was half way
across tne yard ueiore no nuisneu
speaking, and evidently it was not she
who required the doctor's aid. Some-
w'hat later four people stood by a bed
in a back room of the Tompkins house.
On the bed was an emaciated, suffer
ing, most wretched looking consump
tiveEd Tompkins. His sister was
too excited to know or to care that her
face was wet where unheeded tears
"I'll help you, old fellow," said the
doctor, bending over the thin body, ex
amining it critically with eyes and
hands, only to gain time to recover
himself, somewhat "How long has he
been here?" he asked, straightening
himself, and looking at "Miss Tompkins.
"Five years," she answered tremu
The preacher and his wife started
perceptibly, and stared in silence at
the little lady, while the doctor cleared
his throat and looked away. All three
began to understand many things. The
doctor busied himself with his patient,
though he knew there was no shadow
of use in his ministrations.
As for Ed Tompkins, he had known
that Death was at his side when his
sister left him to call aid, and now he
seemed to be conscious of her presence
alone: this kind sister, who all his
life had given him blessing for blight,
blessing lor bligi. lie did not even
glance at the unaccustomed faces look
ing so pityingly at him. Seeing how
he watched her, Miss Tompkins
"What is it, Ed?" " """
"Just thinking," ho answered.
"Thank you for all-all."
She bent close to his head and whisp
ered to him, weeping.
At dawn a corpse was In th? par
lor, and by breakfast time the whole
Fettersburg Avas agog Avith comment
Of course Miss Tompkins had shield
ed a murderer in her house for -five
years. But then he was her brother.
and had been sick all that time. Wo
men said they were proud of Miss
Tompkins; men said she was grand
and young people gazed at her house
in speechless awe. And Mr. Passmore
declared that a more perfect character
than Miss Tompkins' had never graced
the town. He couldn't have looked
happier if all Fetiersberg had been
admiring him Instead of Miss Tomp
About six iimiitlm later, tin ninth
lauded lady Willi (ilite inure to l'tlll
nv Ink Home Place, thi-i time in t to
answer an advertisement. Mi. went.
lit her own carriage and was greeted
Passinoie. Wa vei by Maga-
DIG DEAL IN
llllnnU Itittlrfiitil to 1'litiit
Mllc of Tliem
Within five or six years there will
probably be several rows of catalpa
trees stretching from Chicago to New
Orleans, a distance of about Ut) miles.
They are to be planted by the Illinois
Central Railroad to provide the com
pany with lumber for cross ties la the
future. Over 'JUO.OOO of the trees will
At first It was thought to set aside
one or two tracts on which to plant the
trees, but It has now been decided to
string the torest over the entire system,
placing hundreds of trees on every
spot where there Is any considerable
room. They will not be set out after
any pattern er design, but will be
dropped into the ground around sta
tions, along the right of way in the
country, around warehouses, and every
place where they may grow and at the
same time add to the surroundings
wiih their shade.
The contract for planting this im
mense longitudinal forest has been let
to ii private linn. Agents of this com
pany are now in the field locating the
places where the larger number of trees
.are to be planted.
Scarcity of timber for ties is the
cause of the planting of these trees
by the railroad. During the last two or
three years much dillicully has been
exp.eriv.uced Ly railror.d officials ill ob
taining the proper timber for tics. Chi
"Eticeye" liny Craft.
A Crlsficld, Md., coiTcspor.dent writes
to the Baltimore Sou: Stephen C Mc
Cready, of Cristield, gives the. follow
ing history of the boat known as the
bugeye. He has ucqur.iutance with all
kinds of Chesapeake Bay craft for the
past fifty years, and say.-: "Captain
Clement K. Sterling built the first bug-
ye that s.'uod on the lhes:i;cai:e r.aj.
Captain Sterling was building a canoe,
from three logs, and as he had plenty
of time, it occurred to him to use two
ore logs and put on a deck. On li s
first trip to "Baltimore with this pecu
liar craft he was hailed many times by
passing vessels, whose captains invari-
ibly asked what was the name of the
queer vessel, lo eacn inquiry captain
Sterling replied: 'It's a bug's eye.' If
Captain Sterling were living at the
present time it is doubtful if he could
give an explanation of his answer, be
yong saying that it was pleasantry.
The name stuck to the craft, and it
has been known ever since as the bug
eye. The first vessel of this class was
called a punt, and was made from one
og hollowed out; then came the canoe,
and, finally, the most complete vessel
of all tne bugeye.
"The bugeye is now the most popular
vessel among oysterinen in, Somerset
County, and at least 100 new vessels
of this type are built every year. Some
of them are of at least ten feet beam,
and cost $1200. They are very stron
being built of the best logs."
loves Ills Fellow Men.
"Along with 'Fencils,' 'Evening Star
Mary' and the other street characters
noted in your paper recently," said a
gentleman the other day, "you should
have spoken of a man over six feet
tall, with a long, full-grown beard.
large, kind, blue eyes and a-still larger
pair of spectacles who can be found
on the streets every nignt. ire tic
served particular mention because he
isn't grinding his own axe. From
about 10 o'clock until after 1 he moves
about down town here looking watch
fully after unfortunates under the in
fluence of liquor or homeless chaps
with no place to sleep. When he
finds them he feeds them, takes them
to his room at the Central Union Mis
sion, cares for them and helps them
find work. His name is Carl Herman
Braatz, but his proteges e.ll him the
'Goal Samaritan.' For nearly twenty
years he was George Bancroft's but
ler. When the historian died he re
membered the old man with an an
nuity of about S4.00, I believe, and fully
half of that sum goes every year to
help the poor. Braatz is a German.
He fought bravely in " the Franco
rrnssian Avar. To-day he continues
his Avar customs by sleeping on the
floor in order that some one else may
have, a comfortable night's rest."
Docklnc the Tails of Horses.
It is a pity that docking horses is a
practice which needs legislative inter
ference. Its cruelty and absurdity
ought to be patent enough to ordinary
humanity and common seneo to bring
about its abolition. Why the unneces
sary suffering entailed by this practice
should be inflicted on so useful and
willing a servant of man as the horse
is a mystery no one has yet succeeded
in elucidating. The mere plea of fash
ion is pitifully insufficient, as even
fashion sbouiti hesitate to put a horse
docked for the tainting field in England
in the shafts of a carriage in America.
TH UiD OF THE WAP!.
(A it l'li'lv - 1 I i 1 H t ! ' r H -. I
Ten slm .iy billed, cm st .1 in'n. in a
I retail M t uliliiiii Ciji' ill 1 I '
ti. ., tVro
vu-ie tn hf.
Nino iviinilv lmr,lnM, roil.!' 4 of tleir
Oi;uiiel a little Taul; then there MTQ
Cl ! lit.
J IikI" t t-tuidy lnirj;!ie!4-nn hojn? t,;i.!tr
Tried to ntnrin a Mm khmino; tle'n thcrr
were ncvt n.
Seven sturdy tmrgliiTH pl.iycd ..n, httln
On a llritin't nrtnnrcil train; tin 11 tlicra
V ere hi:;.
Six xtiti'dy burglar imv.' renin itieil ri:ye;
I'.i lili.int sttali i'V sunn made them live,
l-'ivc xtiirtly burlicr- imt a burln r ir.i.if
Tru-d to capture Kitt lieiier; then there
l-'mir eturdy bui-glior, tdiipper a could bo,
Woiiiibi't hear of tenon of peace; moh
there were three,
Throe Murdv burgherst-a cordon to cut
Sure e-tioiisih tlioy did it, but then t!i"re
Two sturdy buiiicM had a little fun
With a trooj) of yeomanry; then there was
Then the British Army bagged the Only
And lie was oLnning raids nnd trap.; until
tin v got liin nam !
William E. McKenna, in l'u.k.
One touch of humor makes the whole
world chin. Schoolmaster.
Ethel "Were you very much sur
prised to meet her?" Blanche "Sur
prised? Why, I didn't notice whr.t she
had one!" Judge.
"Did you see these two Avonun ex
change looks'.'" "Y-ycs; but, somehow,
that dark one in red is still the better
looking." Philadelphia Bulletin.
Tess "She's very mannish, isn't
she?" Jess "Awfully so. She can't
force her way through a crowd of
women at all." Philadelphia Press.
Cclebvitio? are lot of fun;
At least, I've heard it raid.
The trouble is you're never one
Till after yon are dead!
1' h i 1 a ti el 1 1 1 i a Record.
"I understand, Mrs. Grassey, that
your son has become quite an eminent
lepidopterist." "Mercy on us! It ain't
nothing like a kleptomaniac, Is it?"
Miss Singleton "Sccicty is ail well
enough for those avIio are single and
want to marry." Mrs. Wedelerly
"Yes, and for those avLo are married
and Avant to forget it." Chicago News.
He forced her pa to toe the marL;
'Twas quite a hit.
Alas! her pa did toe the nark,
But he was it.
Her Father "No, sir; you can't have
her. I Avou't have a son-in-law Avho
has no more brains than to want to
marry a girl Avith no more sense than
my daughter lias shown in allowing
you to think you could have her." Chi
Claribel "I wonder what that crea
ture meant!" Lizzie "What creature?"
Claribel "Why, Tentworth, of course.
When I told him everybody said I Avas
improving in my singing, he said he
was delighted to hear it. The idsa!"
"First of all," said the merchant to
the j'outhful replicant, "we'll have
to test your ability as a whistler. Sup
pose you try." "I am sorry, sir, but I
can't Avhistle at all." "Hang up your
hat!" cried the merchant, promptly.
"Y'ou're the boy Ave're looking for."
"Laura, these biscuits of yours are
unusually line this morning. I think
I never tasted better." "George Fer
guson!" here she looked at him sus
piciously "what are you up to now?
Are you going to tell me you ean'C
spare the money for those rugs I.
wanted to buy to-day "" Chicago
"They say," remarked the sAveet
young thing, "that you Avere never
really frightened." "Nonsense!" re
turnee! the man Avho Avas honest, as
well as more than ordinarily brave.
"They forget that I Avas once one of
the principals in a " "Duel?" "No
in a swell church Avcdding." Chi
Have No Use For Cloekn.
"No human being can know the time
of day as well as the suu, since with
out him there would be no time, and
that is Avhy Ave look to him whenever
we desire to know what o'clock it is."
That is what the shepherds of Beam
say to tourists and others Avheu they
ask them Avhy they still use the anti
quated timepiece of their forefathers
and never think of buying an up-to-date
Avatch or (lock.
Each of these primitive timepieces
consists manily of a pillar, in Avhicu
the various hours of the day are
marked by grooves. The sun, as it
ascends and descends in the heavens,
casts a shadow on one division after
another, and thus these simple rustics
are always able to form an approxi
mate idea as to the time of day. They
admit themselves that they are unable
to tell it to the minute or second, but
they claim that for all practical pur
poses their solar clocks are ad that