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"I don't know."
"This community won't Btar.3
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t!l in th l:hrnrv of :l oM , .rn-oi;t
tmT. 1 h flam Ik ii b ,,). ar.1 !i
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Jfn-iti'wo Orfnsiiaw. a b'ttnMl man.
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Vtir v. farmer. wbn i i -inalbAl Wayne
ir1. rr.vrtvrt.xi h.i.l of th o'J
ou'.hrrn fn.flr. m"Hi !;! pirar.
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frr bu- It Iir.;Tv. ll'ft I-1
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1t-T. V ncv ( K-o 1"niii'-w. f'spt '
Hiflfli, f-I-ria of h yiilntarclf , "P-
enjr. Trvu'..i at ij-t.au-!: Hi. I. when Hm-
I in kl'lna4 t.y t)ava Diuunt. Ca
1fn MurTii m Mcent. Yn-y overtKK-
t iount, giv li!m thrashing and ---ur
htltim, nj i!. ia.-(.rifKt with -'. for
r piaJTtiT. Btuy M.ili-iiy. a fridid of
hff irT'.Jws. h an roJntrr U'i t'AT
am .v-jrr-H who fr.-cs t.! atter.:).-.na cn
her. ana U rehrufd by Pru- Carrti-trton.
liesty a-U ojt fur her Tni".v-e home
CarriTsfton tjitien th iun aifle, Tftnoy
nl iin.'irJb.! l;s;.var. wttn iiurrcil on
tiiflr irail. Iffliid, i 1 airivta at ha honia
ct Jur!-e Ftocum l rip. The Judke recoe-rt-
m the b-.-v. the rrandii of an o)4
(.una friend M jrril irriitt at Judae a
fion, Cavc-rtdijj family on raft re' u
Varicy, who is Jirvre1'11 dead. - I'r-a
freaisa Ja'l. l;iy .nd Carrlmton arriva
aU iteil I'ialn. Hannibal'a rule dols
om atarlitMjr things to the Jurt?e. Hnn
niba.1 and Btty m?et autn. Murrell ar-
fKea In Bslie I'lam Is ciaylns frr big I
atakea. Yanry amakea fro;a ionnc dreAm
ls sieep n btrd ti raft. JUiJe Price
rnaHf; atartlir discoveries In liokJn up
lund tuiva. Charley Norton, a young
fUtnter. whr apsfets the Jiitiern, Is mya
enousiy aasauit-L Noiton Informs Car
rlneum that iittty haa promised to mrry
rim. Norton Is myBienousiy ahoL W(re
I g!:t on alurrc.l a piot. He; p.aiia upra
l. of teroea. JudVe Price, wtiti Hfinnl
liai. vi!i B'tty. and ane ke-;. the boy
a. iympnlon. la a atroll Hetty tp.kea
with Kanr.it-a) hey rr.e?t Bsa Hlrka.
5ughiT cf the overseer, who warns
i-x-uy of dinwcr and couneia her to
Mv fcelle Fmln at once. Betty, terri
fied, acta on Bea' advice, aod on their
w-ay tftelr CArrlage It atoi ped by fclosuon.
the tavern keerr, and a confdrate. and
X'etty an.1 Hannibal are md priaonera.
T'ie pair are taien to HLcka' cabin. In an
..inot lna t j-5ibie spot, and there Mur
reii v'isita Betty and reveals hia part In
the plot and his til JecC
ii T'Ot and hia object.
' CHAPTER XX (Continued).
"Let me go!" she panted. He
Uugiied lis cool laugh of triumpb.
"Let jtju go- nsk me any-Using but
dat, Bity! Have you no reward tor
patience such as mine? A whole sum
mer haj passed since I saw you
There was the oolsy shuffiing or
feet on tie stairs, and releasing Bet
ty, Murrell swung about on hia heel
jad facl the door. It was pushed
opezi an. Inch at a time by a not too
confident hand and Mr. Elosson thus
apjardediy presetted himself to the
y ct his chief, whom he beckoned
from the room.
"Wear 6aid MurreU, when they
stood together on the landing.
"Just come across to the keel
boat!" aad Slosson led the way down
.atsJrs and from the house.
"Dainn you, Joe, you might have
Keaited!" observed th outlaw. SIob
oq gave tim a hardened grin. They
-crossed (.he clearing and boarded the
- keel t-oftt which rested against the
tun'i. as they did so the cabin In
rthe stem gave up a snattered pres
cce In the thap of Tom Ware. Mur
irell started violently. "1 thought you
"were hanging out In Memphis, Tom?"
Tfee) said, and his brow darkened, as,
Inlster and forbidding, ne utepped
closer to the planter. Ware did not
Answer t once, but looked at Mur
rell out of heavy bloodshot eyes, his
Xace pinched and ghantly. At last be
wa!d, speaking with visible eSort.
"1 stayed in Memphis until Hve
O'clock this morning."
"Damn your early hours:" roared
Jdurrell. "What are you doing here?
f suppose you've been 6howlng that
. 4c&d face of yours about the neigh
borhood by didn't you stay at Belie
Plain, since you couldn't keep away?"
"I haven't been near Belle I'ialn; 1
a me here instead. How am I going
Co meet people and answer ques
tions?" Hia teeth were chattering.
I It Known she's missing?" be
"Hlcis raised the alarm the Erst
tMDg this morning, according to the
Iniuructlous I'd given him."
"Yes?" gasped Ware.' He was drtp
pli:g from every pore and the sickly
oolor came and went oit Ms unshaven
cheeks. Murrell dropped a heavy
liand on tls thoulder.
"You haven't been at Belle Plain,
jou say, hut has any cne seea you on
he road this morning?"
"No one, John," cried Ware, pant
ing betweeu each word. There was a
nioiaei-t'b pause and Ware spoke
stgaln. "vVhut are they doing at Beile
i'ialn?" ha demanded in a whisper.
Murrell's J!ps curled.
"I unueMan.l there Is talk of sul
vldi," he ld.
"Gocd'." cril Ware.
"Thfly sr dragging the bayou down
below thf boufce. It looks as though
you were going to rtnp the reward!)
of the escellont management you
fcave rfvo ber estate. They have
been Hying to find jou In Memphis,
thij pooiht you show yourself the
teltor." l-e concluded signiUcantJy.
"Yc i cro sure you have her safe,
Joo, r.n chance of discovery? Kor
-Gttft r,-k, get hor a ay from here
4 tf-ri aa )cj can; It's a awful rlbX
A. s- J,
iff - - "f'"'T.v i
j r'-.'V'ST' , H
'h'! be scr:l down river tonlgUt,"
"Cnptalii," t .pari SIoi Hon. wtio up
to ii;;s hsd taken no part In the con
vcrsntlon, "when are ou going to
ci"-s to t'other side of the bayou?"
"Soon," repilej Murreil. ijiosyon
"1 didn't know but you'd clean tor
got Itn Clan's buUes I want to
a'X acother Quc&tloa but f.rat 1 want
to say tiiat no one thinks higher or
more frequent of the ladies than Jut.t
ne; I'm genuinely fond of 'cm, and
I've never lifted my hand eg'tn 'em
except In klr.dnets." Mr. Slosson
looked st Ware with an exceedingly
virtuous expression of countenance.
He continued : "Yo' crders are that
we're to slip out cf this a little afore
midnight, but suppose there's a hitch
here's the lady knowing what she
knows and here's the boy knowing
what he knows."
"There can b no hitch," rasped out
"I never knew a speculation that
couldn't go wrong; and by rights we
mculd have got away last nlghu"
"Well, whose fault U It you didn't?"
"In a manner It were mine, but the
ark got on a sandbank as we were
fetching It In ard It took: us the whole
damn night to get clear."
"Well?" prompted Murrell, with
"Suppose they get shut or that no
tion of theirs that the lady's done
drowned herself; suppose they take to
watching the river? Or suppose the
whole damn bottom drops out of this
deal? What then? The lady, good
looking as she Is, knows enough to
make west Tennessee mighty on
healthy for some of us. I say, sup
pose It's a Cash la the pan and you
have to .crowd th distance in be
tween you and this part of the world,
you can't tell me you'll have say use
for her then." Slosson paused Im
pressively. "And here's Mr. Ware
feeling bad, feeling' like hell," he re
sumed. "Him and me don't want to
be left la no trap with you gone God
only knows where."
"I'll send a man to take charge of
the keel boat I can't risk any more
of your bungling, Joe."
"That's all right, but you don't an
swer my question, persisted Slosson,
with admirable tenacity of purpose.
"What Is your question, Joe?"
"A lot can happen between this and
"If thlr.gs go wrong with us there'll
be a blaze at the head of the bayou;
Does that satisfy you?"
"And what then?"
"What about the girl?" Insisted
Slosson, dragging him back to the
point at issue between them. "As a
man I wouldn't lift my hand agio no
good looking woman except, like 1
said. In kindness; but she can't be
turned loose; she knows too much.
What's the word. Captain you say
It!" he urged. He made a gesture of
arpeal to Ware.
"Look for the light; better still,
lock for the man I'll send." And with
this Murrell would have turned away,
but Slosson detalued him.
"Who'll te be?"
"Some fellow who knows the river."
"And if it's the light?" asked the
tavern-keeper in a hoarse undertone.
Again he looked toward Ware, who,
dry-lipped and asben, was regarding
him steadfastly. Glance met glance,
for a brief Instant they looked into
each other's eyes and then the hana
Slosson had rested on Murrell'i
shoulder dropped at his side.
The Judge Meets the Situation.
The Judge's and Mr. MahaJfy'a cele
bration of the former's rehabilitated
credit had occupied the shank of the
evening, the small hours of the night,
and that part of the succeeding day
which the southwest described as soon
In the morning; and as the stone Jug,
In which were garnered the spoils or
the highly confidential but entirely
misleading conversation which the
judge had held with Mr. Pegloe after
his return from Belle Plain, lost In
weight, it might have been observed
that he and Mr. MahaBy seemed to
gain In that nice sense of equity which
should form the basis of all human re
lations. The Judge watched Mr. Ma
hafly, and Mr. Mahaffy watched the
Judi;e, each trustfully placing the reg
ulation of his private conduct in the
hands of bis friend, aa the one most
likely to be affected by the rectitude
of his acts.
Probably so eitL-tislve a consump
tion of Mr. Pegioe's com whisky bad
never teen accomplished with great
er hlghmlndedness. They honorably
split the last glass.
The Judge sighed deeply. He took
up the Jug and Inverted it. A stray
drop or 60 fell languidly into his glass.
"Try squeezing it. Price," said Ma
haffy. Tn judge shook the Jug, it gar
. f ?
icrtu an empty sound, and he sighed
sgBln; he attempted to peer into if,
closing oe watery eye us he tilted It
toward the light.
"I wender no Yankee has ever
thciicV. to Invent a Ji;g v. 1th a glass
rotu.m," he cbsorved.
"W hat for?" apked Mahaffy.
"Yea astor.Uh n.e, Solomon," ex
claimed the Judgp. "Coming as jou
do from that section which Invented
the wooden nutmeg, and an elgtit-day
clock that has been known to run
as nmch ns four or Eve hours at a
stretch. I am aware the Yankees are
an ingeLious people; I wonder none
of 'cm ever thought or a Jug with a
glass fccttoia, so that when a body
holds It up to the light he can see at
a glance whether It is empty or not.
Do you reckon Petooe has sufficient
confidence to fill the Jug again for
But Mahaffy's expression Indicated
no great confidence In Mr. Peg'oe's
"Credit," began the Judge, "Is pro
verbially shy; still it may sometimes
be increased, like the muscles of the
body and the mental faculties, by Ju
Ciclous use. I've always regarded
Pegloe'a ta a cheap mind. I hope 1
have done him an Injustice." He put
on his bat, and tucking the Jug under
hia arm went from th house.
Ten or fifteen minutes elapsed. Ma
haffy considered this a good sign; it
didn't take long to 6ay no, he resect
ed. Another ten or fifteen elapsed.
Mahaffy lost heart. Then there came
a hasty step beyond the door, it was
thrown violently open, and the Judge
precipitated himself into the room. A
glance showed Mahaffy that he wag
laboring under Intense excitement.
j "Solomon, I bring shocking news.
God knows what the next few hours
may reveal!" cried the Judge, mop
ping his brow. "Miss Malroy hia dis
appeared from Belie Plain, and Han
nibal has gone with her!"
"Where have they goue?" asked Ma
haffy, and his long Jaw dropped.
"Would to God I had an answer
ready for that question, Solomon:"
answered the Judge, with a melan
choly 6hake of the nead. He gazed
dow-u on his friend v.ith an air of
large tolerance. "I am going to Bella
Plain, but you are too drunk. Sleep
It off. Solomon, and Join me when
"Try Squeezing It,
your brain Is clear and your legs
Mahaffy Jerked cut an cath,
lilting himself off bio chair, etood
erect. He (matched up his hat
"Stuff your pistols Into your pock
ets, and como on, Prlcef" he said,
and stalked toward the door.
He flitted up the street, and the
judge puffed and panted in his wake.
They gained the edge of the village
"There is mystery and rascality
here!" aald the jdge.
"What do you know. Price, and
where did you hear this?" MahaSy
shrA the question back over hU shoul
der. "At ft floe's; the Belle Plats Oper
seer had Inst ft ?::! the news lnta
Afciin they were slient, all their
eneTg;es belr.g absorbed by the physi
cal exertion they were making. The
road danced before their burning
eyes, It seemed to be uncoiling Itself
serj-cr.t-wlse with hideous undulation.
Mr. Mahaffy waa conscious that the
jiu're. of whom be caught a Murrcd
vision now at tls right slle, cow at
hU left, wg laboring painfully In ttie
Lett and dust, the breath whistling
from between hU parched lips.
"You're Just ripe fcr opopiery,
Prlcef" he snarlod, moderating h!
'Go on." raid the Judge, with stolid
Two mlies out of the village they
came to a roadside spring; here they
paused for an instant. Mahaffy
scooped tandfuls of the ciear wa
ter and sucked it greedily. The Judge
dropped on his stomach and burled
bis face in the t'ny pool, gulping
up great thirsty swallows.
"If anything happens to the child,
the man responsible for It would bet
ter' never been born I'll pursue him
with undiminished energy from thit
moment forth!" he panted.
"What could happen to him. Price?
"God knows, poor little lad!"
"Will you shut up!" cried Mahaffy
"Why do you go building, ca that
Idea? Why should any one harm him
what earthly purpose "
"I tell you, Solomon, we are the
pivotal point in a vast circle of crime.
This Is a blow at me this Is revenge,
sir, neither more nor less! They have
struck at me through the boy. It is at
plain aa day."
"What did the overseer say?"
"Just that they found Miss Malroy
gone from Belle Plain this morning,
and the boy with her."
"This is like you. Price! How do
you know they haven't spent the night
at some neighbor's?"
"The nearest neighbor is five or six
miles distant. Miss Malroy and Han
nibal were seen along about dusk la
the grounds at Belle Plain; do ycu
mean to tall me you consider It likely
that tney set cut on foot at that hour.
PrrcV Said Mahaffy.
and without a word to any one, to
make a visit?" inquired the Judge; but
Mahaffy did cot contcLd' tur tal
"What are you going to do first.
"Have a look over the grounds, an
talk with the slaves."
"Where's the brother wasn't he at
Belle Plain last night ?'.
"It seoms he wont to Memphis yes
terday." They plodded forward in silence;
now and again they were passd by
some man on horseback vbobe !(
tlnatloa was the same as their own,
and then at last they caught slgat 4
Belie Plain la its grove of trees.
Hew Cna YoLir.g Physician Lit
eracy Fought His Way Into
Fame, and Fractice.
BY JOHN PHIUP ORTH.
When a medim! student has r-ceivt-d
hi i!;;-'o;r. and Is lurr.fd
aJrift to succeed or fail it Is the criMs
of Ms life. Not o:ie In ten can flguro
out how hf. Is going to support h'.siiM'lf
until be can g.-t a foothold. When ho
bag st-Kcted bis town and his officii
ani bis homo lie must wail for p;t-
j tii-nfs, and weeks end otmths may go
hy br-fcfw his prescriptions begin to be
handed in to lh drug store.
When Dr. Charles Chlsbolm made
his advent at Ianting he found seven
M. D.'s for a population of 3,500. That
ws 5 tut each. In the courso r f ye?.r,
as doctors fipurc, ten people out of
every SCO wiil need tho service of a
physician. That is tho average, out
side of epidemics. Taking the doctors'
figures asain, the charge to the ten pa
tients wiil not average over ,15 each.
That melius an Income of $J50 per
year, and an outgo of $G0Q. Out cf
seven doctors in a town with the popu
lation given, two wiil make a fair in
come. The other five will simply hang
on and wish they had learned the car
Doctor Chisholm had this all figured
out, and yet he decided to take
chances and hope for lack. Another
man might have been kept waiting for
months. He was taking his first drive
Into the country to got the lay of the
land, when luck came galloping up.
Miss Nellie Mayfleld, daughter of the
owner of the big shoe factory, was ta
king a walk In tho suburbs with her
little dog at her beds when she sud
denly found herself face to face with
an evil-faced vagabond. It was her
screams ns he laid hands on her purse
that reached the young doctor's ear
from around a bend In the road and
caused him to apply the whip to his
suiuewhat lethargic horse.
The shindy did not last more than
two minutes. The doctor leaped from
his bufrcy and knocked the fellow
down, but that wasn't the finish. When
the. vagabond scrambled up he drew
a knife and made a siasn that
scratched the doctors' shoulder. Down
he went again, and this time he got
the full dose. His knife was left be
hind, and h had seven different limps
as bo disappeared Into the bushes.
When the victor turned to the girl
she was a quarte. of a mile down the
road and still running. Young Chls
holm drove home without a word to
anyone of the affair, but within a day
he was being congratulated.
Among those who called was Mr.
Mayfield. He w as a man of few words.
"They say he had a knife and used
it," he said as he held out his hand.
"It was only a scratch." was the
"Have you set up nere as a doc
"Think you can make a go of It?"
"I shall try hard."
There werf three bullies in Lansing.
Jake Wolf, the driver of a brewery
wagon, was a bully because h- loved
to fight. A week after the doctor's ad
venture, and right la front of his of
fice. Jake's wagon collided with the ve
nlcle of Mr. Davis, the banker, and
tore off a wheel. It was Jake's bad
driving that caused the accident, but
he jumped down for a scrap.
"Quit that!" commanded the doctor
as he stood in his door.
"If you want to mix In come along!"
Doctor Chisholm threw off his coat
and stepped out. H1b was a strong
prescription. In five minutes he had
the bully licked for the first time in
"You are the new doctor?" queried
tho banker as they shook hands.
"How are you making out?"
"I've licked two men so far!"
"Then you'll get along. Any time
you want a hundred dollars on your
note come and see me."
It went all over town that the new
doctor had g1rrn Jake Wolf hia dose,
Rnd there were more compliments. Mr.
Mayfleld stepped within the door of
the office to nod and say:
"Keep right onl You are doing
Jack Brown, the stone mason, had
the habit of going on a spree every
two weeks. When about half-drunk he
would start In to make Roma howl. it
came hia day, and as he passed the
doctor's office be entered to wrock
things. The only thing wrecked was
the stone mason. He got such a
thumping that tho Temperance union
had to let him sign the pledge In
three places before he wai satisfied. A
boo re of men dropped In to shako
hands with lJoctor Chisholm, and Mr
Mayfleld met him at the post oflico
j:id linked firms with him and raid:
"Come along to dinner with me. I
Irtte a tiRhter."
"Hut I am no man to 'pick a quur
rel," wati the reply.
"No? You Just happen to be on tho
sjxit when the row starts. Well, come
along atid hear what Miss Nellie has
to say about I think most girls like
a strong-armed man."
There were Introductions and a
pleasant evening, and while Doctor
ChUhoim was enjoying himself ue
was being discussed by two doctors
seated la the office of one of them.
-Ho must surely starve out," re
"He can make no headway here"
was the reply.
"But Is lie a pUe fighter or a tioo-
"Bound to go under."
"I have cut him dead fhu fnr.
"We can't recognlzn him."
There v.-as ono more bully, nnd hi
wna a bad temp'Ted man Jim Kctios
Ilo was bsd tempered drunk or sober
When he heard bow Doctor Chlsholu
had served the others he growled:
"Come to run tho lowo ha ho? Well
you wait a bit!"
"Whut are you going to do?" wai
"Hownrn him out of 1 -Busing!"
.Again the doctor sat In bis ofTic
rending a medical work when he had
a caller. It was Jl:n Kerbs, lie was
sober and ho had a Job before him.
"Skate!" llU Said ho juli,lid U
"Why?" was quietly risked.
"BecauHn I tell you to!"
"You aru Jim Eecles, the bad man?"
"Bad nil the way through, and I
don't genenilly hold' my temper as
Jor.g as this."
"Your blood Is out of order Mr. Kc
cles, and I'll give you a prescription
The scrap took placo out Of doors,
ami the audience ld It was Jvist the
neatest .little affair the town of Lan
sing had ever been treated to. When
it was over tho doctor had a black eye
and Mr. Jim Kcch'S 6aid ho was golnp
to California to take on an earth
quake or. some other enBy mark
Three of the doctors In the towjii wit
nessed tho affjlr, (mil as they walked
away they were agreed that It was the
finish of the new comer. Doctor Chin
holm was bathing his eye when Mr
Mayfleld entered tho office to say:
"So you got around to Kcclc-s, ehl
Come to dinner with me."
"Cun't. See this black eye?"
"All the better. Miss Nellie tins a!
ways wanted to see one close at hand
No cause for embarrassment not lr.
And the doctor went, and thlngi
were made very nice for Mm. As he
left the bouse it was Miss Nellio whe
"Father thinks you will succeed."
"Oh, I've got to," ho laughed.
At the door of his office a woman
waited to ask:
"Are you the fighting doctor?"
"Well, I've had a few scraps."
"Then corno and see my sick child."
Th next morning It was a woman
with an ailing husband, and there were
six calls before night. In each and
every caBe the caller made sure that
he or she was addressing the fighting
And next day what happened but
that the banker's wife got a chicken
bone In her throat and Miss Nellie
Mayfield had a sudden pain In her side
and wanted niedicul attendance.
"Go ahead and treat us all for any
thing you wish!" laughed Mr. May
field; and the fighting doctor knew
that his practice was aa assured
"Did you ever!" exclaimed the doc
tors to each other.
They never did. When they woks
up they found a new doctor at the
head of tho processiou and the town
predicting a sor.-in-law for Mr. May
field. For once the gossips hit II
right. It was the fighting doctor that
left his many patients long enough
ono day to get married and It was
Mrs. Nellis Chisholm who said:
"Never mind tho bridal tour untl'
we are worth a million dollars and car
hire special trains."
(Copyright. 1912. by the M.'Clure News
Appreciated, but Costly Honor.
On one occasion, when a public
reception was given to Mr. Gladstone
a particularly obsequious old gentle
mnn was introduced to hl.n and forth
with commenced flattering him to
Biich an extent that the late premier
grew weary of him, so, bidding the
man good day, he sett'ed down heavily
into the nearest chair. The bore. In
stead of passing on, lingered near and
seemed to have somthiiin still In hi
mind, though he lookel blissful. Mr
Gladstone ol served thi:-, and said, not
sweetly, "May 1 ask you, sir. If ' you
want anything more of me?"
"Oh oh, no," said the man. smirk
ing; "only perhaps I may be permitted
to remark that I am proud to say
that hat is having the inestimable
honor to occupy tho same chair with
W. E. Gladstone." Weekly Telegraph
The families of two neighboring
flats wen pluying 10-cent limit poker
together. After the busting of a pot
the opener drew one card and the
mistress of tho flat where the game
was played also drew one. She held
to start with the deuce, trey, four and
five of diamonds, and acquired the
six of the same suit
The opener bet a dime and the
woman merely cnllnd. Whon tho cards
were spread her husband went up In
"Why didn't you raise-with that
hand?" he exclaimed ; "didn't you
Know it was worth It?"
"Yes," answered the wife, "but I
didn't want to break a quarter."
A trolley car In Uuinsey. N. J., killed
a -leer Just as the other trolley ar
did out west, as you read in thl
column n little while ago. Tho d
about lUuisey are bocoiulng bold and
brazen. Vhe tow n Is only twenty Ove
rnlleu from New York city, but never-llul.-ss
the wild animals are not awed
by tho approach of civilisation. The
Uamsey p.n.pi , Buy lwo tura
atjo five deer walked down Miin stre,t
n tho middle of tho day, as Inters,,
in proceeding, us country people In
big city. It U said that they even
-nt so far as to eat the oats that had