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Capt, Morton shook both fl.it a at the
tranquil thy nutl growled long anl ve
hemently. F company had marched
LO rnSUa under a blading nin for tho
fpoclal purpose of surprising the Ne
gros Island branch of Insurgents In
their mountain stronghold, randan,
but tho insurgenta were not at home.
They were grouped about tho Eur
rounding hllla, literally kicking vp
their huda in Rico at the dlscomfort
ure of tho Americans. A few of thrra
were shooting in the general direction
of the town.
With a final malediction of much
potency and originality, the cap'.aln
turned to his men, who were casting
furtive glance at tho town and im
patiently' waiting permission to forage.
"Second and fourth squads remain
here," ho ordered. "Tho re.it of you
pet into the town and see what's there.
Bring n.e a chicken, some one."
The men granted the permission
discapearcd through the bamboo
hedge that bordered th? town as quick
ly as a startled covey of quail scurry
into the brush. The members of tho
two disappointed Fquadi set about
helping tho company cook to estab
lish a tompcrary kitchen.
One of the bandita left his hilltop
and moved down toward the Ameri
cans, lie appeared presently on a lit
tle knoll a few hundred yards away.
The sound of his voice came faintly
but distinctly to the soldiers. "Vamcs
The captain mad 3 a megaphone of
his hands and retorted in Tagala with
tho affirmation that the insurrectcs
were all persons unmentionable. Then
"Dcu't shoot," he admonished the
men; "I like that fellow's gali."
The foraging party began to return
straggling, with banana3. chickens and
miscellaneous articles of dress, musi
cal instruments, knives and the like.
"Gee, Cap!" cried a little corporal,
"here comes Jim Ragan with a prize
package of loot Blest if it isn't a
"Well, I'll be blamed," said the cap
A tall khaki-clad private stepped out
from between the bamboo clumps,
holding his Springfield lightly tucked
under cce arm, on th3 other an ex
ceedingly pretty mestiza girl, clung
rather confidingly, it seemed. The sol
dier gently withdrew his arm and came
to the rifle salute.
"President Socsin's daughter, sir,"
he reported. "Found her locked up
In one of the shacks."
The daughter of Presidente Junipe
ro Socsin of La Carlota, had been ab
ducted a few weeks previous by the
bandits, because that ofilcial had wel
comed the advent of the Americans to
NeKros. F company had been on the
trail of the abductors ever sine?.
"Cr-Buenas dias," said the captain,
removing his hat. "That's all the
Spanish I know. ' Tell her it's all right,
"Buenas dias, senor," replied the
girl in a startled little voice, resuming
hold cf the private's arm as soon as it
"H'm," said tin captain, noticing
this movement with a slight smile
"Guess you had better act as special
escort, Jim. Here, you dirty ragamuf
fins!" he shouted to tho remainder of
the company, " get out of sight. Can't
you see that you frighten the lady?"
V company wa3 certainly not dressed
for parade. Two weeks on the trail
through jungles, crossing several riv
ers and rolling down mountain paths
had wrought havoc with their khaki
clothing. The "kid-glove" company
resembled a gathering of scarecrows
and was bitterly conscious of the fact;
oonseaucntly it withdrew much
"Get her something to eat, Jim," or
tiered the captain. "She can have my
Ragan bustled over to the extern
porized kitchen, and appropriating the
cleanest tin cup and plate, returned
with food enough for several strong
men. For the first time in its history
F company almost forgot to eat. Some
of the men had procured a cart and
carabo, and a heated discusion ensued
an to the best means of making a ride
In that jolting, lumbering vehicle en
durable for "The Loot."
"She'll be shaken to pieces in that
thing," insisted one. "The only thing
to do is to make a litter."
"Who in blazes is going to carry
. It?" aueried anotner. "We're ail half
"Pity soma. of us aren't entirely
dead. Tho government is losing
money on you."
Here the captain interrupted. The
blanket rolls were piled into ths cart
and tho men scurried through the
town to apply lighted matches to the
"Now will you be good?" inquired
the captain, looking toward the watch
ers on the hillsid The solitary cno
on the knoll danced up and down in
"Fall in! Four3 right! Forward,
Thrcned on- a high pile of govern
ment blankets, Consuelo Socsin was cz-
P AND AN.
orted to La Carlota in triumph. When
Ragan handed her down to 1'rrsldento
Socsin, in full view of half tho resi
lient and the colonel, the triumph was
omplote. The men Finllrl placidly,
as If to say, "F compiny did this."
The president, Irreverently known to
tho regiment as Jumping Juninero.
would have embraced each man sue-
fvisivcly, but on fir?t attempt he ro
rived a rudo rebuff of "Get out of
here!" The company dispersed to ita
barracks to seek rest.
Three weeks later Jim Ha ran entered
tho captain's room and, saluting, wait
ed for permission to speak.
"Fire away," said Capt. Morton,
"I want to a;k a favor," hesitated
Ragan. "I want to talk to you as man
to man for a few minutes."
"All right, Jim," said the captain,
consider me temporarily reduced to
Ragan spoke In an cmbarrased man
ner, lookingly fixedly at the floor.
"Well," he gulped, "I am very fond of
Socsin's daughter, and Eho is er
rather fond of me."
"Ye-cs," said Capt. Morton quietly.
"Quite natural. What next?"
The soldier was at easo immediately.
"Socsin don't like tho idea. He has it
11 arranged to marry Consuelo to
some damned dago. In a few days ho
will speak to the colonel and I will
uddenly discover that I am detailed
Eomewhere on tho other side of the
kland. You know that the colonel
and Jumping Junipero are thick as the
chum3. Or else Consuelo will be sent
back to tho convent at Manila."
"I'd like to help you, Jim," said tho
captain. "But what can I do? Wo are
both in the servic?, remember."
"Oh, cap, you. ought to know some
way," insisted the private. "You got
U3 through that slough at Santa Ana,
and well, I'd rather have stayed there
than lose her."
The captain chewed reflectively on
an unlighted cigar. "When I wanted
to marry," ho remarked absently,
"there were objections and obstacles.
We ran away. Of course, you couldn't
do anything of that sort."
"No," said Ragan, watching the cap
tain's face intently.
Well, let's change the cubject," said
tho officer, abruptly. "Those are fine
horses of the colonel's." He pointed
to the open window, through which
could bo seen the colonel's carriage,
presented to him by Presldento Soc
sin. The horses could hardly be still
for an instant.
"Those horses," continued the cap
tain, watching with much interest a
big lizard on the ceiling, "can beat
any horses in Negros.
"Oh ," cried the captain sud
denly, "regarding that matter, you see
that I can do nothing."
"I understand," replied Ragan. Hi3
spirits seemed to have revived. "Thank
you, captain." He saluted and left, with
a trace of a smile on his face.
Col. Jones, U. S. V., never forgot
his dignity, Even in a blue shirt,
splashed with mud from head to foot,
in the trench.es, he had preserved his
dignity. When on the skirmish lino
it had been necessary to sprawl on
his stomach he did so in a dignified
manner. He was dignity personified
that afternoon, as he stepped down the
stairs to enter the carriage
Tirt ( ... . ,1 .j i ,1 r-i ."' in rrb.
u T mamvi11- ??ew to the
thought, Lis eyes were pldtion on the
ji ; .a .1 1. o .. .
tricks. vtnal life, s-
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Tn the urr
Tho Filipino coachman was Ytvjyfk
from his seat and struck the ground
with a distinct grunt. A mestiza girl
in white leaped lightly into the car
riage, and a soldier mounted the driv
er's seat. The vehicle disappeared in
a cloud of dust.
An excited sentry discharged hi3
piece into the air, which brought most
of the regiment and all the idle popu
lation of the town to headquarters in
a very few minutes.
"What is the matter, colonel?" in
quired Capt. Morton, appearing in his
shirtsleeves, with a cigar in his mouth.
"The matter, sir?" replied the col
onel, v.'ith dignified Indignation. "The
matter '.3 that one of your guttersnipes
has stolen my carriage and run off
with the presidente's daughter."
"The case of Young Lochinvar "
began the captain.
"Confound it, sir!" stormed the col
onel, "your joke is ill-timed. I'll Young
Lochinvar him. Sergeant Allen, take
your detail in pursuit instantly."
Fifteen men who had been impro
vised as "rough riders" galloped out of
tho town at breakneck speed. But
when they had proceeded a little dis
tance I regret to say that sergeant or
"We are in no hurry," he remarked
"But tho colonel said ," began
one of the men.
"You take a running jump at your
self, Hungry Hogan," said the ser
geant sharply. "What has the colonel
got. to do with 'Negros Light Cav
alry?' My horse is lame. There is a
padro at Pontiverira. L-t Jim have
time to be hitched, Feeing that he is
fool enough to want to. Precious lit-
tlo nmurrmont ho will pet afterward.
It's ISillibid i-Tlson for l.rcp.4 to Llm, I
'It's a fhame," Raid another of the
men. "If a man can't hce; 1.1 3 loot,
what did wo voltu.teer fur?''
"Hecauso we were born fooltoh, I
guess," replied the sergeant.
Meanwhllo Capt. Morton had Fought
out "Jumping Junipero" and explained
to him with much dlffculty, through nn
Interpreter, that in America Srnor Di
ego Ragan'B so'dal standing was high
ns tho colonel's. By riegncs tho pres
idente began to be consoled. In ihe end
ho seemed quite happy. Ho desired to
cmbraco his now son-in-law with all
possible speed. There lrmalned only
the c-lt ncl to bo reckoned with, but
tho captain chewed hia cigar dubiously.
Just as tho last rays of tho setting
run tintrd fcafTron ami crimson tho
west side of tho volcano Malaspinas,
tho rough riders escorted the carriage
ontainlng the two offenders into town.
Theoretically they came in disgrace,
but from all appearances their return
was an event to bo celebrated. Tho
soldiers cheered noisily and tao nat
ives, catching the spirit o! tho thing,
But suddenly all tho clamcr ceased.
The colonel stood on tho summit cf
his stairs, awful in his dignity.
The carriage was driven up to head
quarters, and Ragan assisted Mrs.
Ja.'ies Ragan (neo Soc3in) to alight.
Together they slowly ascended tho
stairs, closely followed by tho sergeant.
The sergeant saluted. "Tho prisoner,
sir," ho reported.
"Very well," said the colonel. "Wait,
An audible chorus of growls broka
the silence, lev, ominous growls. A
volunteer regiment never learns to re
press its feelings. It will achieve tho
alleged impossible, and it will under
go anything, but it maintains the right
Regular army officers had dubbed
thi3 regiment "Lawyer Jones' Hood
lums," and pitied its colonel. Yet it
was a reasonable regiment, and far
tetter behaved than a regular army
cr.e. The colonel wanted theSo men
to preserve the esteem for him which
he believed them to hold, therefore
these growl3 disturbed him. But they
did not unbend his dignity.
"My man" he began sternly. Tho
listeners did not even breawe. "Tho
next timo ycu desire to borrow my
carriage, remember to obtain my per
mission through the proper channels."
Gently, but still .n a dignified fash
ion, ho bent and kissed the startled
girl on the forehead. "Con permisso
di usted, senora," ho said.
Then pandemonium broke loose in
three languages, English, Spanish and
Tagalo. The band, which had been
waiting with It3 Instruments lor the
coming concert, struck up "There'll be
a Hot Time,' tho anthem cf the Eighth
"And to think that we've been blam
ing the cwlonel because tho corned
beef we got was rotten, and the regu
lars got good stuff," said one of tho
men. "Ho's tho only colonel ia tho
And he was to that regiment San
Municipal Works In England.
A Parliamentary report gives the fig
ures of municipal works in England up
to one year ago. It appears that 299
corporations with a population of 13,
093,870 persons had gone into munici
pal trading with $600,000,000 of invest
ment. This money wa3 borrowed upon
- epald, and some $10,000,000 more
Mn nnt ., c,n,.,ncr flIH,
. r"- -""--n -
The average income was $05,000,000,
the average cost of operation $40,000,
000, the surplus of incomo over ex
penditure being more than 4 percent.
But somo of the corporations neglect
to include in receipts the value of ser
vice furnished and municipality, such
as street lights, water for public parks
and buildings, etc. If these were in
cluded tho returns would be higher.
The average interest payments were
$14,500,000, tho averag3 annual "write
off" for depreciation $950,000 consid
erably tot) small, but more than Ameri
can trust3 have has yet usually al
lowed. The annual principal repaid was
The principal works included in the
statement were markets, etc., 22S bor
oughs; water work3,. 193; burial
grounds, 143; baths and wash-houses,
13S; electricity, 102; gas works, 97;
tramways, 43; harbors, etc., 43. New
Married a Century Ago.
At Bnrijlnka, in Bosnia, I've"! a man
born to long ago that his birthday has
been forgotten, but in the year 1802
ho was married and was, as his certi
ficate proves ever 20 years cf ago.
He is supposed to bo at least 122 years
old. His father, ho says, died at '.-C
and his mother at 125. Tho old nvtn
is still active, possesses an unimpaii Jd
set of teeth and has smoked fcr me
last hundred years, but only a tnl
bouquo. Cigarettes he considers
harmful and refuses to accept them.
New York Commercial Advertiser.
Japan has a greater variety of name!
for girls than we have. Most cf then:
are in two syllables, and the giver
name is placed after the family ram
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ft 't , -
Ttiro l-t a tmy In vir town,
You'll Ami him if yiu try,
'CftusH -vHr) thing yuu n;iy him,
JIo's uru to answer "V liy'"
And lf "Why, futher?" "Why, mother?"
"Won't '( u t-l 1110 vvh)?
1 tl.lrst fur Inf'irtmtUon,
Aui you nil know mora than I.
I'm bound to lenrn tho reason,
And I nienn to 'fore I iti'n
Ko 1 you now to an.ier mo thi
As everybody knows, Joseph Addison
Was a celebrated English essayist, pre
eminent among English writers for tho
purity and elegance of his style. He had
an abiding, refining and elevating in
fluence on the literature of tho coun
try; his name 13 aswx-iatul with the
Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, as
well as with a number of beautiful
Worth a Fall.
A polite young lady, in hastily turn
ing tho corner of a street In London,
accidentally ran with great force
against a ragged boy and nearly
knocked him over. Stopping as soon
as she could, sho retraced hor steps and
said very kindly, "I beg your pardon,
my little fellow. I am very sorry that
I ran against you."
The boy was wholly amazed; te
looked at tho lady ono moment, and
then, taking off a tattered cap, made a
graceful bow and Eaid, while his face
lit up with a smile, "You have my
parding, Miss, and y're welcome to it.
And say, the next time you run ag'in
me, you can knock mo clean down and
I won't say a word." After the lady
had passed on, the boy said to a com
panion, "I say, Jim, it's fine to have
somebody asking your parding, isn't
In the Wrong Place.
Little Josephine gathered up her doll
and playthings one day, and told her
mother that she was going to visit her
best friend, a dear old lady who dearly
loved to see hor. The mother enly had
time to call after her. "Bo quiet and
don't forget what you should say wh?n
"No, mamma," came a voice from the
other side of the street, as the little fig
ure with doll's leg3 hanging from the
arms ran up to a big front door, and
on tiptoo reached up to the big braes
The friend opened tho door, and lit
tle Josephine, anxious to do her mam
ma's bidding, stepped in and eaid,
"Good afternoon, Mrs. Adams! I have
had a very pleasant visit, thank you."
Then her mind was free, and Josephine
and her hostess had a delightful time.
Spell eye water with four letters.
Wrhat has a bed and never sleeps,
has a mouth and never 6ats, and al
ways keeps a moving? A river.
What's tho oldest tree ia America?
The elder troa.
Why is a bald head like the north
pole? A great bear place.
Why ia a very old man like a dog's
Why do old maids wear mittens?- To
keep off the chaps.
Why is an old maid like a wilted ap
ple? Because she is hard to pair.
When may a man he said to break
fast before he gets up? When he takes
a roll In bed.
When is a nose not a nose? When it
13 a little reddish (radish)..
How does a boy lock if you hurt him?
It makes him yell "O" (yellow).
What grows bigger as you contract
Why is "I" the happiest of vowels?
Because it is in the midst of bliss.
Why is 1SG0 like 1S62? B:cause the
one is 1S00 and tho other i3 186(2) too.
Why ia tho redbreast the greatest
thief among birds? Because he is al
To the Rescue of Sprigs.
Back of the home of tho North Wind,
where old Father Winter has his icicle
f-hop and snowflake m:ll, and sit3 tho
whole year round thinking up storms
for his three months' reign, there was a
tiny crack in the sky of ice where a
sunbeam enco struggled through.
It is the special business of , sun
beams, you know, to hunt cut dark cor
ners and cold places, and this advent
urous small Sunbeam had fo-ahd It3
way at last to the very heart of the
coldest, darkest spot in all the world.
What it saw there mado it tremble,
Sunbeam as it was, and it flashed
quickly back to the home of the sun to
tell of the terrible sight. For, wrapped
in snowf!ake3, with her head on a heap
of icicles, fast in a fro::en sleep, iay
Spring, tender, beautiful Spring, that
the Sun himself had to put to sle.p the
June before under a cLower cf ro:;c
i-'avc-.i, r.r.d ;u Li-en h arching f.r
ngrUn thci o many vve ka. It ai hi
first of March, and the enow win v'
lng from tho meadows and tt " '
buds were growing nv-.tlciu !
furry trea crudh-n, but nothing
done for them until Spring could to
found and brought back t-j rulo her
When tho great Sun heard tho lltth
Sunbeam's tale ho pet about, nt one
devising si. me rneanj to rescue h$ poor
frozen Queen from old Father Winter's)
clutrhefl. No number of ordinary Sun- .
beams wero enough to rouse her, t!r-
ho knew well, so at last bo deride
put all tho love and warmth of
great glowing heart into a single bha.
piercing ray or light, no bigger than ,
trie of h!a own Sunbeam nervpnts, and
go hln:F.'lf on tho dangerous que.u. For
dangerous it indeed wan, because old
cold hearted Father Winter could send
storm clouds to darken the Suns faro
for a long time, and even d-j " nows
to quite smother poor Spring r; elf, .
if ho got. word of the Sun's coix,-.g.
It is tho sharp North Wind that
prowla about and gets news of what is
going on, to tell old Father Winter.
But tho Sun chose a time when tho j
North Wind wa3 napping, for even
winds, you know, must sleep some
time, and into tho wco crack in the
icy Eky ho slipped while old Winter
was busy in his shop, sharpen", bis
icicle points. There, as the Srfk-am i
told him, he found poor frozen Spring. ?
Tho wonderful scarf, fringed with
crocus blosHoms and golden pollened
catkins that he himself had given her,
was still about her throat. Snowdrcp3
and daffodils, daisies and violets peeped
from the rich lining of her cloak and I
dotted her gown of woven groans. Even t
her great pussy-willow muff lay still j
beside her, but all were coated with i;
clear ice and covered thick witbncw- !'
flakes. Then the Sun breathed hif'all j
about her, and snowflakes scurrFVi' off j
in fear, and the ice ran away in little
streams, and Spring's eyelids quivered
under the Sun's smilo.
But there was no time to waste.
Winter would Eoon be coming to look ,
after his prisoner and then all would j
bo lo3t. When Spring was at last ll
aroused and knew that the Sun sho
loved so well had risked hl3 .vpi and
his kingdom to find her, she woJlvpry,
very happy, for she wa3 terribly turaid
old Father Winter. Her happiness
made her quickly strong, and together
they set off at a great pace over the
wide sweeps of snowbound country that
lie back of the North Wind's home,
and past the frozen forests of ice hung
trees. The Sun drew his cap of mid
night over his head to keep from b
seen and wrapped part of Spring'
cus scarf about him and shar
muff. For so cold is it in the
the icicle shop and the snowf
that even the Sun cannot live
Arm In arm they raced over th? hills
arid down the slopes on their swift
curved snowshoes, the great hearted
Sun and the lovely Spring, toward tho
land where little children waited fo-
me irosi 10 leave me nni ana iut ;
brooks to wake un and sin'l'But be- ' 1 1
fore they had gone very far o'i Winter
missed his stolen Spring and started
in pursuit. Rousing the North Wind
and calling to hia aid all the storms
and hurricanes at his command, he
hastened on their track.
The air about him was in a .-hirl of
blue, cold winds and angry stolVis with
which he planned to overwlnfeim the
runaways. But just as he seeded about
to reach them Sun and Spring together
crossed the line where Summer lives. ;j
and where old Winter can come only,
by permission. Then the Sun threw off h
hi3 cap of midnight and took again hisi S
place in the great blue sk: and the! If
meadows opened their arnj-s to thy' k
Spring with all her half fo?m budj !
and blossoms. And little children
everywhere said: "How good it is to' H
see the Sun onco more. There have
been only gray cloud3 for days and
days and we thought the Winter would f
never end." New York Tribune. lj?
Killing the Kangaroo. (
Somo curious figures come fjra the
ctate of Queensland, doalinr-'fuith the
gradual extinction of the hljnful, un
necessary kangaroo. IhU tie early
days of tettlement in the co!-(
ony tho squatters found that the,'
resident marsuplal3 had an irritating1
way of eating up the grass ajyi indigen
ous herbage required for soefc. So the
government came to theiU' assistance,
and passed a measure callXtJhe mar
supial destruction act, under which re
wards were offered for these animals'
scalps. T-is act has been renewed from
time to time, and is in -force -at tha
present day. For the yeAv wued June.
1901, scalps were trough i h to the
number of 1.295.74S. ThcTalps in
cluded ihuso of kangaroc-r val!abi:-3
and other marsipials, and of dingoes
sons of the primitive "Yellow-Dog
Dingo." who was responsibla (accord
ing to Mr. Kipling) for the develop
ment of the kangaroo's hind legs. Tho
total sum pp.id for thesa..frOl?3 wa$
over $100,000. In
half years no less
were paid for in thi3 one state.
Tho toal earnings per mi's cf road
I for all railrcad3 ia tie rcrntry in If 0 3
! were S7S2C. Cn :h an -inn ,i3
! Line lr.st ror.r they were 1-7.