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THE HEROISM OF MICHAEL MCMILLAN.
Michael McMllian'H bent was heavy
nnd It was all on acount of Hhoda.
Rhoda was a pro'ty, brown eyed, light
haired ulrl, whoso mission it was to
iron shirts in a downtown laundry,
and Mkliuvl was her anient suitor.
Ardent, but net fuc c.-;-.ful. In fact,
on this very day In which our fctory
opens he. had presumed to toll her of
JJs low, af'cr many attcmptB, in all
of whic h his heart had Tailed him at
the critical moment. The hceret out
at !a: t Ihj f.tood bdoro her blushing
nnd nl. iftinK from one foot, to tho oher
liko aa awkward schoolboy. Rhoda
loci. el at him kindly from under her
long hi Mies there were no sucdi eyes
as her3 and replied:
"Michael, you know I like you well.
1 do r,t l.r.ow of any young man Mike
tetter; but I cannot say that I love
you. You're a very good fellow Mike,
but the man whoso wife I become
must lie mere than that. I want him to
bo brave and able to show by v.omo
great sacrifice or the performance of
a deed of merit that his love does not
lie In worda alone. Don't think me
selfish cr that I dcu'L believe you. I
do, but if I said 'yes' to you I should
not only bo acting a falsehood but
untrue to my ideals as well."
Poor Mike! He was speedily made
to seo that Ilhoda'a determination was
adamant and he left her with mourn
ful steps. As he went he wondered
what had made her so romantic of late
r.o set on what Michael termed
strange ideas. Most young girls were
romantic, he knew, at a certain age,
but Rhoua should have passed that
"pericd in the natural order of things.
She should have been more practical
satisfied, according to Michael's view,
"with a good husband, who would pro
vide her a comfortable home, and not
gone gallivanting around after heroes.
This was no longor an age of knight
hood tho days when a lover rode
out with his lady's favor on his sleevo
to fight for her In valiant combat. Mi
chael laid it all to the books she had
rend the ones he had seen her pour
in,; over of late at the laundry. No
doubt the germ of her fancy originat
ed in them.
Now, if Michael had been like cer
tain other young men the prospect
would have discouraged him. But his
love for Ithoda was founded strongly
After the .first bitterness of his dis
appointment he took his rebuff philo
Eophically and made up his mind that
he would win Rhoda in spite of her
whims. His chance was not long in
Michael had always wished to be a
f.'eman and had accepted a more pro
saic occupation only until he saw his
way clear to take the civil service
examination for a fireman's place.
"Kow that Rhoda had refused him the
uneventful routine of a letter-carrier's
life was more than ever distasteful to
him. He wanted some excitement to
take his mind, off his trouble, so he
buckled down to the preliminary prep
eraticn for the examination
with vigor. He came through
the test with flying colors and
the day when he donned the blue uni
form of an engine driver was one of the
proudest moments of his life. Rhoda
learned of his new employment with
out any comment. Often after that,
when the gong rang in engine . 24's
quarters, striking out the signal which
meant a fire in the home district, she
looked up from her ironing in time to
see Michael guide the three splendid
ifcays around the corner. As the heavy
engine rumbled past, Michael shot a
quick glance in her direction and nod
ded, then gathered up the reins, while
he devoted his entire attention to mak
ing the turn without accident. He
soon became one of the most skillful
drivers in the department.
The city long remembered that fate
ful Saturday afternoon when the peace
of an unusually dull day was broken
by an alarm calling the firemen to a
fierce blaze in a downtown office build
ing. The newspaper reporters in the
'bu.?y hives on Mulberry street counted
the strokes, and when the first alarm
-was followed in quick succession by
a second, third and fourth, seized their
coats to rush to the fray. Th-sy knew
the seriousness of It all. So did the
. -watchful operators in police head
quarters over the way. Soon they
-were busy sending in telephone mes
sages to half a dozen precincts to or
der out the reserves that the scene of
the fire might be properly policed.
Engine 24 went out on the first alarm
The last stroke of the gong was still
f.hnin2 behind him as Michael se-
v l w ' c"J
curely strapped in his seat, bent low
over the horsc-3, urging them to their
test speed. How they did fly through
the crowded streets! Through all the
bustle and turmoil, the tangle of carts
and cars, Michael steered them safely,
cool and vigilant. Turning out of a
narrow side street into Broadway the
extent of the fire burnt full on him.
Twenty-four engine was the first on
the spot, but already clouds of smoke
were billowing from tho upr-T ?.ecr3.
On either side, tho building was flank
ed by Iran sky-scrapers, which woro
in Imminent danger. Aa Michael
sprang from hb seat he saw this and
then, in ono of tho upper windows.
s'jmethlng chso which made his heart
leap into hi3 throat. Now hidden by
tho swirling and ever thickening
smoke, now revealed as tho wind car
ried the cloud away, Michael made out
tho agonized features of a man plain
ly bewildered by Lbs peril. The flames
licked tho hnteln of tho floor below
and stretched out hungrily toward
him. Tho danger grew momentarily
moro grave. If ho was to bo saved it
must be at once. Michael took in the
situation at a glance. Then ho ran
into tho building. Ho took the stair
ways to the third floor three steps at
a time, but (here his further progress
was barred. Tho air wa3 suffocating.
Ho groped blindly through it for the
stairway to the fourth floor. It wa3
liko twilight In tho hall, although it
lacked still sometime of sunset. Over
head ho heard faintly tho crackle of
burning wood and tho far-off roar of
tho flames. To advance was Impossi
ble. He began to retreat, his rubber
coat wrapped tightly about his head
and his arms ever extended in front
of him, feeling the way. At last he
found tho stairway and rushed down
Once In the street Michael took a
deep breath of fresh air, noticed the
location of the white face in the win
dow, and tried again. Entering the
adjoining building ho found the elevat
or boy, shook him roughly by the arm
and bade him take his car to the sixth
floor at top speed. The frightened
boy obeyed readily. There, michael
made his way to the front window and
looked out. Far below him No. 24
throbbed and panted with its efforts
to pump a sufficient stream through
tho hose already leveled at the build
ing. Other engines were just arriving
and preparing to take up positions at
neighboring hydrants. A pygmy crowd
watched tim intently, their anxious
faces upturned to the spot where he
stood. By leaning far out Michael
could see the man in the adjoining
window. Cautioning him to keep still
he mentally figured the distance be
tween them. Inen he crawled out on
Between Michael and the window
of the burning house was a space of
some six feet. It was too far to jump
but midway a narrow ledge jutted out
from the building. So narrow was it
that Michael would not have been able
to stand on it without some assistance.
lie looked around for something, to
hold cn to and found it in a tangle of
electric light wires stretching along
the wall at his hand. Seizing these he
swung one foot over on the ledge and
held out his right hand to the man in
the window leaning over as far as he
could without letting go of the wires.
Obeying directions, the man stepped
timidly out, clutching Michael's hand,
which held him to the side of the
building like a vise. Thea, as the driv-
er commanded, he inched along the
ledge till he reached the end. The hot
breath of the flames fanned his face
and the smoke nearly sh." . his
breathing. To the man, f j is
sue of life and death. t im
stone support 100 feet the
street, the time during fovSiX' he
Inched along the ledge seemed inter
minable. It seemed ages longer be
fore the fireman had slipped back his
foot to the other Bill. Standing there
by almost snuperhuman strength, he
half swung half lifted the man to a
place beside him and then in through
the window. It was done at last and;
a mighty cheer greeted the act. Fire
men mounting on scaling ladders ar
rived just in time to pull the exhaust
ed Michael and his trembling burden
out and take them down. The man had
swooned, but he soon recovered in the
fresh air. As for Michael, he- was a
Of the great destruction wrought by
the fire, and the space in the newspa
pers devoted to the "Rescue by Fire
man McMillan," it is not necessary
to tell. The town raving with the
news. Michael took it all calmly and
modestly, as brave firemen should do.
In quarters that evening he was con
gratulated by his comrades and patted
on the back by his captain.
That evening a woman, closely muf
fled up, came to the firehouse inquir
ing for Mr. McMillan. Under ordinary
circumstances visitors are not allowed
to disturb the firemen, but the captain,
who knew the woman .winked at a
Iveach of discipline for once. Micha
el rung back at first, refusing to see
her, but big Jack Rainey pushed him
forward with a laugh at his fear of
"the women folks."
Thu3 adjured, Michael faced the
caller. For the moment there was si
lence, then she spoke. The first words
sent a thrill through Michael for it
wa3 a voice he well knew and loved.
"I saw the fire this afteraooa,
Mike," she began
"fill yoti Ithoda?" w.n tr. re;p
in nri ntim-st InaulILl.' voice.
"Yes, nnd I want to fell you, Mlko
McMillan, that I nm proud of you!"
idio went on quickly, "It wr.3 grand!"
"Aw," replied Mile, rdilftln;? awk
wardly froin one foot to the other nnd
blushing like a Mhuolhoy analn. "I
didn't do not bin'." Mike's grammar
was net faultier, but Rhoda didn't
seem to mind, She lowered her head
and picked for a moment at her shawl.
Then tho lifted it again and looked
straight Into his eyes with a laugh.
"Say, Mil;e," she said, and for somo
reason tho poor boy turned red as a
peony, "I guess I didn't mean what
I t,ald the other afternoon." Then nho
dropped her eyes to tho shawl again.
It took Mike sometime to grasp tho
situation, but he met it at last like
a man. What then? There were none
of Lis comrades there to see, but he
would not have cared had the wholo
world looked on. He was lthoda'a
NOVEL INVENTION FOR TELEGRA.
Makes Individuality of Touch Impossi
ble and Is Not Liked.
Thero is a chance for u psychologist
to get good material in studying the ef
fects of a now device that ha3 come
into some favor with the telegraph
operators of the country. Jt threatens
all kind3 of disruptions amoung the
friends who have been sccustomed to
saying "Heiio, Tom," across hundreds
of mile? of land to men whom they
have never seen, but whom they know
as woll as tnough they had been
chuma in person for years. The old
telegraph operator vvlll tell you he can
read character over the wire, that he
can tell whether a man H a "good fel
low" whom he would trust or a de
ceitful one whom he would avoid.
The Invention 13 a sender, which
takes away tho labor and strain cn
tho wrist that sometimes brings "op
erators' paralysis." It i3 adjusted so
that when tho thumb presses the key
back it will register a dash, and when
he index finger presses it forward it
will make dots until tho key is re
leased. One operator wro works in a news
paper office and nightly sends thou
sands of words over wire3 which take
the news out of New York, bought
one of these senders recently. He did
not think of the personality in hi3
touch, but only of the saving of labor.
The first night he coupled it up on
his wire and set it going at his usual
speed. Soon the receiving operator
broke in and asked for a few words to
be repeated. So it continued for
half an hour, the receiver constantly
breaking in. Finanlly there came a
sharp break in the middle of a word.
"Who in mischief is sending this
stuff?" came a message clicked as
angrily aa a telegraph wire coudd car
"Tom," was the reply.
"Well, what in the name of crea
tion is the matter?" came the anxious
He was told about the new sender.
He agreed to do the best he could
with it. At the end of the week his
ultimatum came. That key must be
abandoned or ho would giv up hi3
place. "I've heard something about
that device of Satan," he sent word.
"There's a man up in Massachusetts
who wenticrazy trying 'to get next.'
He said he felt like a machine, and
that's the way I feel. It's off with, that
key or me to the woods."
So science has had a setback so far
as the use of the new device in on
office is concerned. It is only used oc
casionally when the operator's, wrist
is tired. New York Times..
Sydney Smith and His Servants..
Have you ever observed, writes Sydl
ney Smith, what a dislike servants
have to anything cheap? They hate
saving the master's money. I tried; uie
experiment with great success tbe
other day. Finding we consumed a
great deal of soap, I sat dowa in. my
thinking chair and took the' soap
question into consideration, and1 I
found reason to suspect that, we- were
using a very expeusive article, when
a much cheaper one would serve the
purpose better. I ordered half a doz
en pounds of both sorts, but with; the
precaution of changing the- papers on
which the prices were marked before
giving them, inlo the hands of Betty.
"Well, Betty, which soap do- yon find
washes best?" "Oh, please, sir, the
dearest in the blue paper; it makes a
lather as well again as the other."
"Well, Betty, you shall always have it
then." And thus the unsuspecting Bet
ty saved me some pounds a year, and
washed the clothes better.
The- Last Dueling Clergymen.
"When did clergymen cease to fight
duels?" is the most startling inquiry
in Note3 and Queries. It will be news;
to many of us that they were eves
fond of that exhilarating pastime. But,
a3 a matter of fact, the Rev. Mr. Allan
fought a duel with Lloyd Delany, Esq.,
and killed him In Hyde Fark in 1782.
He was convicted of manslaughter,
and fined one shilling, plus six months
in Newgate Philadelphia Enquirer.
Venezuela has not a single harbor
worthy of the 'name on its entire
coast; ships He in open roadst&td,
leaving u?33 the crownd tel1..
Clack 33 Night
Tbrfo 1 ttln klitwu1, out at lay,
Si'ainj rlng nlmi.t ttie inwn in" 1 T,
'1 tirrt Iiiuh kittTii n white n Hti'.,
Hunting for u.lri -tiif. hih and it).
A jleti f nt'Hi 1 tntf Ufar,
lroji.ed Ly th'j ruM'lnli man, I b-r.T.
'Jlirm HUIb kiltHut. with miow- lil: fur,
're pt hi t one uii wita coiit-Lled purr,
'lliea a ftiui'tf ttillitf liHi.peui'd, M X5'J'"
And wotid-r how mrh a Iblu could
For out ot tli't othfT rnd into the liut.
Crept ttirso ltttlo klttfDi Muck us nUjtit.
Cat Runs a Grocery Store.
Dickey Cat Is proprietor of a grocery
Btoro In Washington,, says tho Star.
He is a remarkable cat of pronounced
characteristics. IIo i.3 pure white, of
majestic mien, dignified and self-as-Eured
In manner, and seven years old.
Dickfy attends closely to business,
never leaving the store except to sit
on the steps or pavement in front. In
the early morn ho may bo seen there
watching the baker leave the regular
supply of bread in tho box,, the milk
man leaving the cans of milk, and the
iceman he has a watchful eye on
them all. Friend Dickey never indulg
es in frivolity, but appears to enjoy
watching the gambols of a little white
kitten that is his guest.. IIo la never
known to leave his own pavement, docs
not Trisit his next door neighbor nor
cror.8 the street. It would' seem that
he has a sort of Monroe doctrine in
this respect keeping to his own side
and allowing no encroachments. He
needs no army or navy, being himself
able to attend to any belligerent spir
its that offend. None but white cats
may pass his door unchallenged he
will not associate intimately with cats
Grocer Dickey has two assistants in
business, a pretty black and tan fox
terrier, who watches the premises in
Dickey's absence, and a lady manager.
He reposes great confidence in. tho
lady manager, and allow's her to at
tend to all financial transactions and
keep tho money box. But she is giv
en to understand that he is sole pro
prietor. Dickey does not like to talk
much of himself, but the lady gives
many interesting accounts of his ways
and doing3, causing nearly every one.
to desire an acquaintance with him..
What the Little Seminoles Play;
After the Seminole wrar, in which the
brave Chief Osceola was defeated, the
government ordered all the Indians in
Florida to remove to a reservation- in
the west. Most of them went, but a
few took refuge in the regions lying
among the big Florida swamps, where1
their descendants live to this day.
As soon as the Seminole child, is
four years old, he i3 set to work, at
some light task about the house. He
stirs the boiling soup,i. watche3 the1
fire and replenishes it with sticks- of
wood, aids in kneading the dough for
bread, washes and pounds the "koon
ti" root, a sort of potato, and contrib
utes in many other ways to help his
mother in her world.
But the children have plenty of"
time for play, toe. The little girls
have dolls made of . sticks, with pieces
of rag wrapped around them, and they
are as fond of them as white girls are
of their wax dolls with winking eyeBi.
Tho Indian children build little-
houses for their dolls and call them
"camps," while the boys take-little-bows
and arrows; and go into the
woods to shoot small birds, saying
when they return; ."-We have been tur
Boys arid girls sit- around a piece? of
earth, into which 'thoy stick blades; taT
grass and call it ai corn field.
Orie amusement of which the1 little
Seminole Indians are- fond is playing
with teetotums. They taW ar. dried
deer skin and peg it out tight1 on the
ground. Then tait the round: roots
of a peculiar grass called "deer foot."
and, thrusting- through them little
sticks about as-: thick as a match and
twice as long, thy set them whirling
on the deer skin by rubbing-; tlm upper
end1 or tne sncK quickly with the
palra3 of their hands. This they call
"having dar.L'e-."' They also play at
leap frog, use- the skipping rope and
bmild "see-saw." One traveler who
penetrated! to the remote- district of
Florida iu which the Seminoles live,
saw a vrry well-built merry-go-round!
which tin little Indirui children had!
They must have originated the ida
of thi merry-go-round themselves, for
none f the children had eve? been
away from home and the gro-en up
people of tho tribo had never been
further than the nearest white man's
settlement, and In that place there
are no such contrivances for the
amusement of children. Nor could it
be learned that any pictures of a merry-go-round
had ever found its way la
to the Seminole country.
Tne little beys of this tribe do not
play at tcins sclCicrs, but they a phy
:.r ! hilfU.-M. iit, y thr.j-.v juv.-f
i.tlrks over t!. lr t!..ul b ami fa"
they Lav., a rl:'.. Th'ii tiny y :
tlit iod,i na I make bvllevo to r' ,.,
nam with tho tl-k. '
Th Sriiihtuk boys nnd chin b;r.
bad habit of eating between ni ;i 1 4. A
bh; k.'ttle filled with BtevK d i l ntiJ
v;;eta!ileH always stand. ready with a
big fpoon in it for any onu who hap
pr.H t feel hungry, and they will
f.omoUiiuM K"t up ct'u in tho middle
of th uUht to tnkt a spoonful of Blew,
Tii"- rtreams l;i tin .Seminole coun
ry abound in fl.sh' an 1 the little In
dians FO'io become good flsherme!
But their ambition 1 to bo triihtcu,,
with a khot gun, and as soon as they
r.ro old en.oui-h they ae allowed to
take one and go into t'lo woods to
f-hoot wild turkey. When tho Semi
nole boy is allowed to do this ho
counts himself no longer a child, but
a man. San Francisco Chsoulclo.
Denny's Front Tocth. W
Benny lay in bed and thought about
it. He knew ho couldn't stand it.
Then ho rolled over and burled his
faeo in the pillow and Iu.? his toes In
to tho mattrec.H, and wondered what
lu; could do about it. Mamma had said
firmly that tho tooth must come out.
Such a shame to spend at Saturday
morning In that way, too.
Now it is onlv fair to Bennv to fi
that, when he had to have a toothti
last summer, he was very brave, atd
faced the imudc liko a man. That
tooth had ached and ached, and when
ft was pulled, they found it very bad;
and, even though he bad taken gas, Jt
hurt him cruelly afterward, and he felt
that ho couldn't possibly be brave
again. Bpsides, mamma had said that
this time he couldn't even have gai.
"O, Benny, are you worrying?"
asked mamma, as eho drew away tl.
coverlet from Benny's faco and. sa
two big round tears Just ready to to
boggan over Benny's rosy cheeks.
"Wow, but it hurt. me-last time!"
"Yes, but this is different.. Why,
the tooth is loose already. Come, be
my brave, good boy!" ,
Benny shook his head ' mournfully,
and. he wasn't a bit brave; but he
managed to dress himself and' eatk a.
very, very little breakfast lOa
brother Rob went wdth him .ti.fite derN
Of course, he had to waif. Nobody
ever went to a dent,st and! didn't.
That is always the last screw to be
Rob tried to Do very kind ao-J broth
erly. "Here, Benny," he ; said, "I
know you'd have to wait;; and I
brought some tally and a -story paper
on. purpose. Take a bit to elier vvoij--urb.and
I'll read you a .story.""
"It will take more than candy au-vi
stories to cheer me up," ho said dole
fully; but he took the candy gener
otmly held out to him, and 'bit. into it.
Then he groaned again.:.
"Oh, dear, I can't eat candynow. My
tooth hasn't ached a bit, and:now it's
beginning. Oh, dear!" and h looked
gloomier than ever. "It wiU:rJcl 2iy
teeth all up, too. Maybe I can eat M af
terward." And he dropped UiintoVne
ot the dentist's envelopes, and. slipped
it. in his overcoat pocket.
"Never mind," said':Rob,,citeerfully,
glad that it wasn't he whjo rmist have
a tooth pulled.
Just as Rob was beginning- to retlr,
tSe dentist called I Benny,. BefV?
climbed tremblingly up into the efyau
and the dentist hunted round! among
his instruments, for he knew what
Benny had come fori-. Benny opened
his mouth and held.hi3, breath. Then
the dentist scowled) with, pretended
"What's this, young man?r he
sternly. "Are you; trying to foe e?
This isn't the first of ApriL What do
I vnu pome to me (for whpn, vnn Vulva
pulled your tooth out. yourself?"
Benny gasped.. Ho couldn't believe
his ears. He took. thoj hand-glass, and
gazed with interest- into; the little red
cavern of his mouth.. As true as I'k
alive, the tooth was. gome, and in its
place was the tiniest round bit of a
The dentist l&ughtfd; and Branny
climbed down from th chair, locMiBg
very much surpriscr.1, but alscR very
happy. He went back to the waiting
room, drew the envelope from his over
coat pocket, looked at the taffy h had
savsd for by and by, and therea Jialf
bupied in the dark, soft sweiYiiess,
gbfctmcd the-missing tooth. y
I lew Rob iaughel! "And yojsjrcver
ne11. knew it had been pulled!" hesaid
ntith a sheut. Tben they Stjth ran
iome to tell mamma how br&re Benny
had been. Christian Register.
i Can Shoal.
about a vwraan rvt
mat ei.u saw about a vwrnan cvr
being able to hit anything; i.3 eria-jlly
ir. need of being filed. Otherwise, liow
can we account for tbo 125 dier
shipped through Bangor last fall, kUted
by women hunters? There were about
CO 00 deer in all shipped through that
city, and in proportion to their num
bers the women bnnters rtfibly
brought out more game than the tn.
The fair sex seems to find it eafler
to aim a rifle than to throw a stone,
but seme of the guides look w ise and
discreetly rcjfuFe to be Interviewed
when tho suMect of there women
fcmtere U iiientLuod. Kennebec