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THE HOUSE AND
The limine h old-iin nil). lows raihcd;
Its door arc falht down;
ot o once the dainty tmttnys were.
In now n faded brown.
The Bt-iM ure rotting; in the ponh
( Gnat ppmx holcn arc wen;
Fhe KKif tree's Ijiukrn; with thick mold
'llic boards ore (airly green.
Th yard is filled v. iih weeds ami trash;
The walk in cmmblini; ffft ;
Th- trees ami idirubH are broken all
Their beauty days are past.
The Kit?in rails tug at their post
A though tliey fain would drop.
Ave. nil in drear nnd deo!ate
r'roia floor to chinuiey top.
1'EAKIXG of police stupld-
nud queer crimes,"
the captain musingly,
'reminds me of in v first
1)1?; case, how cutely I worked It and
what a failure It turned out to bo from
the public point of view. I was a
green band, but I had risen to the
degree of 'plain clothes, and was be
ginning to get a reputation with the
department and the newspapers when
the Kaufman case came up and put
me to the bad for keeps, especially
with the police reporters.
"Old man Kaufman was cashier of
the Dexter National Bank and lived
In Cedar Grove, a suburb chiefly noted
for 'exclusive society.' Half the popul
ation kept poor trying to cut a wide
social swath, and the other half lived
in misery from envying their neigh
bors. Nobody was very rich, and
nobody was Very poor, and It was one
of those places where the people are
always talking about 'our, first famil
ies,' pulling off 'functions' and pitying
the 'plain people.' Of course I didn't
class up very well, being a detective,
but 'old man Kaufman overlooked that
and was the best, perhaps the only
friend I had among the swells.
"He had a big family, about seven
children all grown young women of
the 'high-society' kind and they did
n't do a thing to the old man's finances.
What with summer tours and winter
gayeties, pink teas, soirees, theatre
parties and all that sort of doings,
they kept the old fellow's nose to the
grindstone for true. He didn't have
a thing in tne world but his home and
his salary, and i don't think that was
over three or four thousand. I used
to sit with him in the train pretty of
ten, and as he was stuck on talking
and I wasn't, I came to know a good
deal about his affairs. I don't think he
was very strong at the loclety game
himself, but he waa all wrapped up
in his family dud let them work him to
"The 'black sheep' of Cedar Grove
owned the house nert door to Kauf
man's, and the chief ambition of the
cashier was to buy out his objection
able neighbor. Ills name was Heck
burg; he was a professional gambler,
r.nd his wife was what the suburban
ites call 'vulgar.' Once about every
month the Ilcckburgs would have
what they called a 'house party, but
ccbedy ever came to It except a lot
of Las'li looking euys frcm town. That
ME HE VANTED TO KILL A
And yet about the crazy doop
And round the totU ruitf Moon
Cl.itu'ocr and rlins n tendii'ed Vine
Jn many a verdant loop;
And on that vine bright liloMsntna glow
And smile through ail the day;
From every dainty Mow'r the bees
Sweet burden bear away.
The broken house a ruined man
With blwhted life and fame;
Sonl-winduwa dimmed, n tarnitdirj coat
A more than tnrnihhed name.
The clinging vine, a woman' love
Pen: banco a r.iem'ry dear
Whote fragrant blossom bleag tlie world
through all the changing yearn.
S. W. Ciliiiun, hi Lo Angck-a Herald.
made the Kaufman ladies wild, and as
Ileckburg's was a dingy sort of a cot
tage, built right up against Kaufman's
lot, the old fellow, hies wife r.nd his
high-toned daughters had their hearts
set on buying It '
"'It nln't worth more th. n $3000,'
Kaufman explained torn? one night, 'and
I could have had I'; for $2."(K) last sum
mer when lleck'yurg went broke on
the races. I'll get him in the same fix
again, I hope. He won't sell now
Never will sell so long as -he's flush,
but the first time he goes broke I'll
get the place. Last time 1 didn't have
ihe cash, and, gambler-like, he wanted
It right off wouldn't wait a day. I'm
ready for him now, though.'
And Kaufman tapped his breast and
whispered, 'I got $3000 in my inside
pocket. Carry it there all the time,
ready for Heckburg to go broke.' I
told the old man that he was foolish
to carry so much cash around with
him, but he said Heckburg was on? of
those men that couldn't be induced to
let go for anything but ready money.
4I carry It In my inside vest pocket,
and nobody knows it but you and me,'
he said. I was a little surprised to
know that he had so much cash of his
own, but I didn't think much abcut It
till a few days later, when, as I said
I got my first big case.
"Of course I didn't live in the swell
part of Cedar Grove, but at that my
room wasn't more than six or seven
blocks from Kaufman's. It was abcut
WICIOUS DOG MIT IT.1
three o'clock one winter morning, just
before Christmas, when I was routed
out of bed by Kaufman'a coachman
I lit the gas and let him in, and while
I was dressing he told me that the
old man had just been murdered.
'Taint more'n three days ago he told
me If anything ever happened to call
you, and so I came here first.' I
thanked my stars that I was to have
the first chance, and in five minutes
we were trudging through the snow to
the Kaufman hcuse. From the coach
man's talk I learned that the first In
dication of trouble had come about a
half-hour before, when he and the
family were awakened by the report cf
a shotgun, followed almost Immediate.
ly by a pistol ebor.
"He slept in a room over the tarn,
but had run over to ihe house end
reached the side porch before anyono
in the house had appeared. He found
old Kaufman lying face down, dying,
oa the ccrch fioor. Ills chotgua la7
liih ' f.hUih?
i i i i i i i ( ii. .iii iiiw . tf (irrviiti-
w ufflnwfl ff&wn m$y
l.csViP him, nnd, further away, n pis
tol, whhh ho supposed must have
been d;-opi d by tli burglar. Whe:i I
ot to the huuee It was all lighted u4i,
the woiin-n were upstairs ncreasuins
and goln;; on, and two or three neigh
bor, attracted by the ahotK, were
just i-rrlviug. The poor old barker
was yet where he had fallen, and
nobody seemed to have the nerve to
take even a second look at him. I
;iade everybody stay In the house, got
a lantern and luatiotieu tne oacu-
man at the front gate to keep newcom
ers iroin tracking u: tlie sjow.
Oue of the f'.rst things I did after
making ure that Kaufman waa dead
was to examine pockets. Ills watch.
a good gold one, was In hla vest, which
was unbettoned cs if he might have
hurriedly thrown it and the coat on.
He was fully drecsed even to the lac
ing of his shoes. I remembered about
the ?:1000 which h? was iu the habit
of carrying hi his l:ishb vest pceket
and' looked for It. It was gone. The
pistol ball had entered his forehead,
was powder bvrccd. I leaked foi'
tracks in th? suow r.'.;d fornd only
the single trail cf the coachman as
l.e came from the stable and those of
i fo:: terrier, KauTriau's, which was
now following roe r.bcvt 1m the yard.
As toost of tiio tMowfall had coiuc
since midnight I began to be mystified
about the burglar how ho had come
and how ho had gene. Then I looked
about for signs tf tlie single discharge
of the shotgun, and found the shot
had imbedded Kself i;i the side of
Ileckburg'n house, just acrcss the lawn
from Kaufman's porch.
Well, th town authorities soon ar
rived, and the coroner and all of then
made a thorough examination of the
whole premises. They decided that
Kaufman had frightened the burglar
ftway before the latter had a chance
to rob him. The neighbors began t tell
yarns about 'sus'dchuis-lcokiug trarris'
having been seen, end cf course the
next day's papers played it fcr a mys
terious murder, which was 'baQing the
whole pclico department.' I got char
of the case and was still working c;J
It when the Kaufman family moveJ
away to town. All I found from then
was that 'poor rapa had been late that
night searching the hcuse for some
paper he hr.d loet two days befcre,' tnd
that since his los3 he had becu much
The next day I went to the President
of the Dexter National Eank, and r.ftcr
swearing to keep the secret, learned
that the semi-annual count of the
bank's money made by the directors on
the day after Kaufman's murder dis
closed a shortage. 'How much was
it?' I asked him. 'Three thousand dol
lars,' said he. I may get it back for
you, l told him, only asking tnat he
maintain the same secrecy he had re
quired cf me. Meanwhile the papers
and the people of Cedar Grove were
roasting the police In general ar.d me
in particular for net catching the
burglar and murderer. I got the keys
of the Kaufman house and lived there
alone, searching it for three days before
I got a clew. And what do you cuppose
"I simply 'found a lot of chewed-up
greenbacks in the empty doghouse In
the back yard! Then I knew that
the fox terrier was the burglar. I
sifted the old straw, waited until the
now was gone, and raked over every
Inch of that yard, looking for pieces
of the money. I found nearly a hatful
cf faded, tattered shreds. You can
guess the rest. I took the old pistol
i'cund beside poor Kaufman and
bowed it to every pawnbroker ir.
town. I wanted to find out who bought
it, for I knew that Kaufman never kept
a pistol in the house and never carried
one. At last I landed in an old junk-
shop on the West Side and showed the
pistol. The owner recognized it at once.
Ho knew me and made a straight story
of It He had sold the gun to a fine-
looking old man who wore side whis
kers and was very nervous. 'lie told
me he vanted to kill a wicious dog mit
It,' explained the dealer. But I knew
all I wanted to know.
Tut you haven't explained every
thing?' objected the lock-up man, who
"'lou're a fat-headed Denny,'
sneered the Captain, 'Can't you see the
dog carried off the money? Well, when
the old man couldn't find it and re
membered that next day was 'count'
day at the bank he Just bought the pis
tol, tcok a shot at Ileckburg's house
as a blind, and then killed himself
with tne 'burglar's pistol. And it was
a slick game, too, for it's no disgrace
to be killed by a burglar, but an em
bezzler! Why, the very hint of
would have ruined the social prospects
of the Kaufman ladies forever, and the
poor old cashhu- was all wrapped up In
" 'And what did you get, Cap'n? nar
veled the leck-up.-
"Oh, I got SILO.frcn the bank fcr
turning In the scraps and keeping still
and from everybocy else I got
roasted. To this day the newspaper?
keep talking about hew "he Kaufman
murder was never avenged.' "John "A
lattery, in the Chicago Kccord-IIcrald
A Satisfactory ISreakfatt.
A man 3 idea cf a satisfactory break
fast is tho kind that he cm cat u.inp
only one hnd while tho othor holes tit
newspaper. New York Tress.
An Englishman ban invented a pic
c( hm for treating China grass, which
grows In India and the Straits Settle
ments, K) that it can be used to manu
facture textile fabrics. The doth made
therefrom Is Mid to rcneiuble silk, and
to cost little more than cotton.
While drilling for oil In the Colorado
desert In South California the drilling
tools, which reached n depth of ,VH)
feet, were suddenly thrown out and
the well began to spout hot water and
steam. Volcanic substances were
showered about the surrounding coun
try, says the Railway and Engineering
Review, and the men lot no time In
escaping from the derrick. Some dis
tance from the point whero the well
was drilled is a region where signs of
volcanic conditions underneath fre
quently appear, and it was thought
that the well was drilled down to this
Some enterprising Danes, who es
tablished dairies iu Siberia, have been
met by discouraging conditions on ac
count of the ignorance of the peasants
there. Many dairies have been de
stroyed by mobs, because it was be
lieved that the Danes had been sent
there by the devil to turn milk into
gunpowder for th? Chinese. Things
were made only worse when a drought
came, for the peasants demanded that
the dairymen bring rain by waving
their handkerchiefs, and when this was
not done they becitnie so furious that
the Cossacks had to be called on to
disperse them. Liberia's most frying
need is the establishment of public
Apiculture, far from being a minor
industry in this country, patronized
by a few gentlemen farmers and coun
try housewives, is one of very promis
ing growth. The apieultural produ'-t
of the country at present is estimated
.it $20,000,000 annually, but this is but
a small part of the benefit which the
country derives as a whole from the
industry, since the part the bees play
in the proper cross-fertilization of seed
crops and fruits ! of Inestimable value
At present there Is a demand for infor
mation In regard to the diseases pe
culiar to bees. Whole colonies are
often carried away by contagious dis
eases, and epidemics occasionally oc
cur that sweep whole sections of the
country. A study of bee diseases is t o
be undertaken by the Division of Ento
mology during the coming year.
Mention nougat, or pistache Ice
cream, and immediately the mind wan
ders off to the sunny slopes of the Med
iterranean, the native home of the
pistache nut. It will come as a sur
prise, therefore, to learn that the Bu
reau of riant Industry considers tills
uut suitable for introduction in this
country. Already a few scions have
been imported, and its culture is now
to be vigorously prosecuted. The ex
perts believe that if it does not suc
ceed in this country, it will, at least,
prove a valuable plant for introduction
in Porto Eico, Hawaii r.nd the Philip
pines, and active work in this direction
is being undertaken. Some work has
already also been started on the guava,
one of tho most important of house
hold fruits cf the tropics and sub
tropics. A number cf seedlings are.
being grown, with the main idea of
producing a variety with fewer sed;;
than those now known.
There is a wide spread popular nctlon
that twilight In the tropics is very
bright and that daylight is almost im
mediately cuccceded by night. Twi
light lasts until the cun Is about eish-.
teen degrees below the horizon, and
even in the tropics it requires more
than an hour for the suit to reach this
depression. Pre lessor Bailey, of the
Harvard College Observing Station at
Arequipa, in Peru, has lately printed
observations bearing on the point in
question.as follows: "On Sunday, June
25, 1S00, tho sun set zt 5.30 p. in., local
time. At G he could read .ordinary
print with perfect ease. At G.CO time
cor.ld be told from a watch face. Until
C.53 p. m. (nearly an hour and a half
after sunset), the chadow of an opaque
body oa a whit? surfaco was still visi
ble. Similar o".scrvatkns were made
r.t crother tropical etatio 1 on August
27, with li'tc resv.lt 3. Coarce print
could est 111 Lo read forty-seven minutes
"Antiseptic slates" are the things
that tho careful, gcrrn-fearing mother
buys for her children nowadays. They
aro made of some lightweight ma
terial, papier riache, perhaps, and
there is no temptation to spit on this
slate or even to use a sponge on it.
A piece of cotton flannel is all that
is necessary for an eraser. New York
A single page of Charles Lamb's
hr.ndAvriting, containing his siter's
poem to Errrna Isola, was sold iu Lon
don rqccntly fcr !?13o.
"Who befriended Vn !e Fam?"
"1," .ud John Hull,
' I tited mv pull.
"I befriended Uncle Snm."
"Who helped him lick Spain?"
"I," aid the KaiKcr.
"I ctood riyht bv, mr.
"I he!;ed him bckSmin."
"Who utood o!T the Powfrs?"
"I," raid the (Var,
"I wan rit'ht thar,
1 utood otr the l'ower.i."
"Who'g hi friend now?''
"f." i-aid they all,
With iinaniiuoin bawl.
"I'm hi real frund now!"
Chicago Tribune. ,
1 ' ,7V
ne"IIe thinks ner complexion Is
genuine." She "Oh, well, love Is some
limes color blind." Judge.
"Oh, John," said the young wife, glee
fully, "baby's got a tooth." "Is ;bat
what he's Irying to tell the neighbors
about?" Brooklyn Life.
He popped, and then it came to pasj
Th.it, having bri'etiy stated
His love, the lass rcfu-'ol. Ala.s!
l!i heart wrri la-s-erated.
Philadelphia lice rd.
La Mont "Science Is trying to prove
that laziness Is a disease." La Moyne
"Great goodness! There are enough
incurable diseases already." Chicago
The Owner "Tho tenants complain
that you are surly and unaccommodat
ing." The Janitor "Well, sir, ain't I
hero to protect your Interests?" In
Tho bore, though scantily admired.
Is none the less a happy elf.
He talks till every one is tired
And thus is never bored himself.
Friend "A scientist needs a great
deal of patience." The Professor
"Yes, Indeed. A man may toil for years
without attracting enough attention to
be denounced as a humbug." Brook
"Hello, Tommy! Net gone back to
school yet?" "No; I'm in luck. Sis
is going In for measlest But Low is
it you haven't gone?" "Oh, I'm In luck,
too! Our baby is having whooping
"What has been the greatest difficul
ty with which you have had to con
tend, Mrs. Kinder, in your struggle
with the servant girl problem?" "Pre
venting the good ones getting mar
ried." Indianapolis News.
Miss Koy (iu street car) "It's really
very kind of you, Mr. Crabbe, to give
me your scat." Mr. Crabbe "Not at
all. We men r.re getting tired of being
accused cf never giving up our se-ats
except to pretty girls." Philadelphia
Husband "I am surprised, Emily,
that you should luve such bad taste
as to wear the hair of another woman
on your head." Wife "And I am sur
prised that ycu should wear the wool
of another sheep on your back." Tit
Eits. Burt "Hendry says he has enlarged
tho circle of his acquaintance very
much tho last year." Styles "What
docs ho mean by that? That ho has
acted so that his acquaintances keep
further away from him?" Boston
Integrity 1 tlie Trico of Promotion.
If those who are not succeeding in
proportion to the amount of el'i'crt
they exert would examino themselves
closely, they would find, as a rule,
that their locomotives are off the
track. Not realizing where or what tha
trouble is, they merely intensify it by
putting on more steam, and, the more
they put on, the dcepv-r they sink into
the mud and the harder it is to move.
If they would stop long enough to
examine their machinery intelligently,
and make a thorough investigation of
the causes that prevent its working
properly, they would probably succeed
in getting their locomotives on the
right track before they waste all their
steam plowing In the sand and mud.
Ever, if they do not discover, until after
ruddle life, the secret of their- failure
to get cn, they may ultimately reach
their destinaticn. Success.
A rar-Keachlng Lighthouse.
A blinding beam of electric light,
thirteen inches wide, is a tew warning
to ships off the dangerous shoals of
Cape llatteras. Diamond Shoal Light
ship, No. 71, has been fitted with a
3CC0 candle-power search light, the
first of its kind ever placed at sea as
a mariner's beacon, and it is expected
to be visible forty miles, twenty-two
miles further than the regular beacon
lights of the lightships can be seen.
The chief element in the effectiveness
cf the new light is found in the fact
that, the lightships never being at rest,
the beam of light will sway iu a vary
ing angle and always be distinguish
able. If expectations are not disap
pointed, Sandy Hook, Fire Island, and
Nantucket Shoab will be equipped
with similar electrical ar paratu.3.