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THE THIEF ON THE SHIP.
"Mrs. Melhurst's compliments, sir,
and would you please comedown tol er
I Lad just sliut myself into my little
office on deek, having1 run through the
fhip's accounts before turning in that
niffht. Jt is quite a mistake, by the
vay, to think that we pursers have no
more onerous duties to perform when
at sea than to watch over the passen
gers comfort, read papers on Sunday
and keep a store of nautical informa
tion at our finger ends for the benefit of
every curious voyagvr. Nowadays the
purser of a crack American liner mak
ing', perhaps, a record passage of six
Says or so has his work pretty well cut
out for him during theeiitire voyage.
On the present occasion I had scarce
ly got my accounts fairly in hand when
1 was interrupted by a slight tap at the
door. I arose at once ar.d t.p: lied it,
and there stood Mrs. Melhursl's Cana
dian maid, with flushed face and nerv
ous, agitated manner.
"Is there anything wrong?" I asked,
with some surprise, when she had deliv
ered her message.
"There is, sir," she replied, hastily.
"All I know"
She was alout to make some other
statement, but pulled herself up sud
denly and tripped along the deek with
out another word.
I switched off theelectriclight. locked
the door and hurried away after her.
AVhen I got to Mrs. Melhurst's state
room I saw at once that something had
occurred to cause her serious anxiety.
The berths, the couch and even the
floors were littered with the contents
of cabin trunks and hand-bags. In the
midst of the confusion stood the lady
herself, looking decidedly perplexed
"This is very singular, Mr. Morse,"
Bhe said, pointing to an empty jewel
ense which lay open on the upper berth.
"My diamond ornaments are missing."
"You don't say so!" I exclaimed, in
"I do say so!" she replied, sharply.
"You can see for yourself that they are
"How did it happen?"
"I cannot possibly tell yon. At din
ner this evening I happened to ment ion
to Mrs. Latimer that I had picked up a
certain crescent-shaped brooch on the
continent. She expressed a wish to see
it. When the tables were cleared I
came in here, took out the brooch and
left the jewel case lying on the berth,
but when I got back the case was
"liow long were you abs'-nt?"
"Xot more than half an hour."
I was totally staggered. I examined
the lock carefully, but there was ab
solutely nothing to show that it ha 1
been tampered with. I could hit upon
jdo better suggestion than that Mrs.
Melhurst might possibly have mislaid
the jewels somewhere. This had the
t-ole elTrct of exasperating the lady to
such a degree for it seems that she had
already searched every nook and corner
in the cabin that I was glad to b'-at n
retreat in order to lay the matter be
fore the captain.
I had just got to the head of the sa
loon stairs when I heard some one
bounding up after me, three or four
Heps at a time, I turned and saw Mr.
Carter who, by the way, had made sev
eral voyages with us on previous occa
sions. "I say, Mr. Moree," he said, taking me
confidentially by the arm, "you've got
borne queer customers on board this
) "Why, some one's gone and walked
off with my silver cigarette case, a
couple of riiiL's and a pair of gold "
"Well, it. looks uncommonly like as
!f the individual you refer to had a
hand in the business, for I don't see
hVw any ordinary mortal could get into
oneTs cabin, with the door bolted on
the inside, unless he managed to
Kltieefe through the porthole."
Ton'-my word, things were beginning
to look serious and no mistake! I lost
no t ime rn hunting up the captain and
made him acquainted with the state of
affairs. He was just as much puzzled
:.s I was myself. The first thing next
morning he smt a message to Mrs. Mel
hurst, request ing a private interview in
his cabin on deck. He also signified his
wish that I should be present. We both
questioned the lady closely, but her re
plies did not tend to throw any light
upon the singularoecurrence.
Nevertheless, we determined to keep
a close watch upon the stateroom in fu
ture. It was pretty evident we had a
"black sheep" on board probably an
old hand at the business. For the next
few days we had no further complaints.
The thief was evidently "lying low,"
waiting until tranquillity was restored
liefore making a fresh attempt. Mean
while I kept my eyes open. I observed
the little peculiarities of the different
passengers and took particular note of
the manner in which they occupied
On board ship when you find a man
(rho fchows a marked preference for his
own society above that of the loungers
on deck or habitues of the smoke
room one is inclined to jump at the
conclusion that he has some solid rea
sons for his exclusiveness. If, in addi
tion to this, he happens to be of an un
communicative disposition, with black
hair and swarthy complexion, given Vo
wearing a slouch hat and long coat
rightly or wrongly, you put him down
as a decidedly suspicious character.
Now, we happened to have a passen
ger on board a Brazilian named De
Castro who tallied in every way with
this description. But for the fact that
I had conclusive evidence to show he
could not have been directly concerned
In the robiieries for inquiries proved
he had remained on deck the whole
evening he oertainly would have been
treated to a private interview in the
captain's cabin. As it was, I was forced
to conclude that black hair, swarthy
complexion, slouch hat and cloak were
quite compatible with a man's inno
cence. Nothing further occurred to excite
suspicion until the last day or two of
the voyage. Then, one evening after
d inner, word was brought to me that
three other staterooms had been rifled
in the same mysterious manner.
arches, jewelry and even money had
disappeared, though in all three cases
the passengers stoutly declared they
had left their doors locked.
When the alarm reached me I hap
pened to be standing in my deck office.
I had in my hand 20 sovereigns, which
I had just taken in exchange for Ameri
can money to accommodate one of our
passengers. I didn't wait to lock up
the gold; I simply placed iton my desk,
switched off the light and hurried
away. I had no fear for the safety of
the sovereigns, my door hawng a par
ticularly intricate lock, in which I took
good care to turn the key before leaving.
I remained below for an hour or so,
investigating these fresh complaints,
but, as in the other cases, I was utterly
unable to make head or tail of them.
Vexed and bewildered, I went back to
my otlice, unlocked the door, turned on
the light, and mechanically stretched
out my hand to take the sovereigns
from the desk. My hand closed upon
nothing more solid than thin air my
little pile of gold had vanished!
For a r.ioment or two I stood there
gazing blankly before me, so utterly
confused and dismayed that I could
scarcely bring my wits to bear upon
the mysterious affair. Then I managed
to pull myself together, and took a look
around my little cabin. In the course
of my observations my eye happened
ht rest upon the port hole, which stood
wide open, the weather being oppres-si-cly
I regarded the innocent looking port
hole with the air of a veritable Sher
lock Holmes. I went outside and thrust
riy arm in through tiie opening, bnt
my hand did not reach within fully two
yards of the desk. Still, it struck me as
liehig the only way by which the thief
could have got at the money, and I de
termined to put my theory to a practi
I hurried down into the saloon, where
most of the passengers were congre
gated. As yet few of them were aware
of the robberies, for we had kept the
malter as secret as possible. I went
straight tip to a young American gen
tleman who I knew had a great many
trinkets in his stateroom and was
rather careless too in the way he left
tiiem lying about.
"Don't show any surprise," I whis
pered, glancing around at the otheroc
cupants of tiie saloon, "but migbH ask
whether vour stateroom is locked?"
"".Veil, just pass me your key: I want
to try a little experiment. Wait till
I'm gone and then stroll up on deck.
Let yourself 1m- seen on the lowerdeck
particularly but don't pay too close
attention to anyone you may notice
J went and shut myself in the state
room, crouching down so that I could
j".f-t ki-cp an eye on the porthole over
the top of the lower berth. I remained
in that cramped position until my limbs
fairly ached, and I was half inclined to
give it up as a bad job.
But suddenly, as I glanced up at the
porthole, my blood ran cold, and in all
my life I never had such difficulty to
keep clown a yell. In the dim light I
saw a long, thin hairy arm thrust in
through the oening. The next mo
i.'ient a small black hand had fastened
upon a leather case lying close to the
window and withdrew it as quick as
I sprang to my feet and bolted out
side into the passage. I dashed up the
s:;loon stairs and made for the lower
deck. There, just nlxiutthespot where
I judged the stateroom to be situated,
I came face to face with the Brazilian,
De Castro. In spite of the heat he was
wearing his long cloak with the deep
cape, and had his eternal cigarette be
tween his teet h. He looked at me with
an air of frank surprise, and I looked at
him with an air of profound suspicion.
Suddenly a happy thought flashed
through my mind. I turned round and
sprang down the saloon stairs, running
full tilt against the chief Stewart, who
was standing at the bottom.
"Get me a handful of nuts quick!"
When he brought them I hurried
back on deck. The Brazilian had moved
away a little toward the stern. I went
close up, stood right in front of him,
and then began deliberately to crack
He regarded me with a pitying sort of
look but I paid little attention to him.
Presently I saw a corner of the cape
drawn aside and behind a pair of small,
gleaming eyes fixed greedily upon me.
It was enough. My suspicions were
confirmed. I flung the rest of the nuts
in the sea, and walking straight up to
De Castro, said:
"I must ask you to accompany me to
the captain's cabin.
"Yot you mean? -he asked, drawing
I was determined to stand no non
sense, and straightway took him by
the shoulders. The moment I laid my
hands upon him I heard a vicious snarl
under his cape; it was pulled suddenly
aside and out flew a monkey.
The little brute went at me tooth and
nail. I saw the gleam of a knifo, too,
in the Brazilian's hand, but I let him
have my fist straight between the eyes
before he could use it, and he measured
his length upon the deck.
The quartermaster came running np
and the rascal was dragged off to the
captain's cabin. When searched there
Mrs. Melhurst's diamonds, Mr. Carter's
cigarette case and rings and a miscel
laneous collection of other valuables
were found upon him. In his stateroom
we discovered a perforated box. appar
ently intended for the use of the mon
key, who was evidently quite as accom
plished as bis master. Cassell's Journal.
FARM AND GARDEN.
TYPICAL FRENCH ROAD.
A Thing of Beauty and a Joy to Traveler
The illustration accompanying this
article is one that shows the admirable
qualities of the average public hif'iway
The picture from which this cut was
made is a photograph taken by th:' vet
eran wheel tourist, Marriott C. Morris,
of Philadelphia, and shows a bit of
road between Tours and Vichy, near
At the roadside is a heap of stone
ready to be used for instantly repair
ing any defect in the road, for the
French have learned the inijiortant
lesson that the way to have good i oads
is to keep the roads good. "A stiich in
time saves nine,"' and the cost of keeping
.. if .
t j . i. i
TTPICAX FKEXCH liOAD.
a road in repair is not nearly so great as
the expense of rebuilding a road that
neglect has allowed to sink into a ttate
The poplars along these French roads
are trimmed to a certain height so that
sun and air can dry the surface, which
is high in the center, thus allowing wa
ter to How off at once, after a shower.
This is then conducted by channelp cut
through the turf at each side, into the
deep ditches outside of the row of
trees at the side of the roadway.
All in all the French roadways have
much to recommend them to the care
ful study of Americans who a-e so
much interested in the subject Of im
proving our highways. Good Boads.
WIDE TIRES AGAIN.
For Many Farm Purposes They Are of
A fen days ago 1 was talking with a
man who hud given wide tires a thor
ough trial, i:nd he was loud in their
praise, though he did not claim as
much for them as some jieople do. Be
said that he loumi them of no advan
tage in time of very soft roads, as the
wheels would sink into the road at such
t inies if they were a foot wide, and the
larger amount of mini they wouid
carry would make up for any difference
iu the depth they would cut.
When the weather :s very dry and
the ground hard, they are of no par
ticular benefit, either; but at all other
times they save horse-fiesh and time,
by allowing heavier loads and requ.-r-ing
This man told me that for n!ne
months in the year he finds the wide
tire a positive benefit, and for the other
three it is about an even thing. For
hauling over meadows and corn fields
the wide tire is very much superior
to narrow ones; and at times wh"n
the roads an? soft enough for the or
dinary tire to sink from six to eight
inches into the road-bed, he can go
along easily with his wide tires.
I asked him if he thought the roads
would ever get as Viad as they do if
everyone used vil- tires. His reply
was that the roade in the country dis
tricts of Illinois would be bud if vo
one drove over them in soft weather,
but naiiow tires, no doubt, made tln.ni
"They suit me," he said in conclu
sion, "and a good many of my neigh
bors are getting over to my way of
thinking; for I can haul as big loads
as any of them when the roads are at
rheir worst, and much larger ones at
almost any other time." Farm and
Connecticut's Road Law.
Under the road law passed by the
late Connecticut legislature SO towns
have applied to the state highway com
mission for the authorized aid. The
state pays one-third of the cost, the
county one-thisd and the town one
third. The appropriation is not equal
to the demands made on it. The Con
necticut law differs from the New Jer
sey in levying no special assessment on
the abutting property holders, so that
poorer localities which need the bene
fit most will not be deterred from ap
plying for aid. By this legislation
Connecticut is brought into line with
New Jersey in the good-road move
ment, and in advance of New York and
Massachusetts, while Pennsylvania,
says the Philadelphia Press, has no
rating as a good-road state, having not
jet made even a beginning.
Maintaining the Milk Flew.
When cows are given shade and coo.
water in abundance they will require
less food to make the necessary milk
and flesh, hence the great value of a
shady pasture. When the grasses fail
they should be supplemented with fod
der, corn, oats, rye or some other grain,
so that the normal flow of milk may be
maintained. If this be done no com
plaint will be heard about the ingrati
tude of animals, the milk shrinkage
and the losses of dairying. The cows
will not merely respond at once to bet
ter treatment, but they will be in good
condition for the fall campaign, in
stead of requiring till winter to re
cuperate from the summer heat, flies,
scanty pasturage and insufficient wa
My world grows narrow; all its different
Are only one, that leads to where thou
Where thou art not, light dies from all
So take me as I am, and keep sweet
heart! O brave new world, outstretching free and
O wonder that it holds such Jcy for mt!
The glory, and the pity, and the pride
Here am I, dear. What wilt thou have
Anna- C. Brackett, in Harper's Magazine.
The Scriptural Parallel.
"Tor what is your life? It is even a vapor."
"We all do fadu as a leaf."
A vapor breathed on the eternal sky,
A rain upon the parched fainting grass,
A thousand rills that through the mcadrws
To rise a cloud again to change, not die.
A leaf that loosens from the reluctant
And falls to die? Xay, but to feed the
From which It sprung, and rise again as
Or leaf or stem. As leaves do fade, so we.
Gertrude Buck, in Youth's Companion.
Do Too Ever Think?
Do you ever think as the hearse drives by
That It won't be long till you and I
Will both ride out In the bi;, plumed hack
And we'll never, never, never ride back?
Do you ever think as you strive for gold
That a dead man's hand can't a dollar
We may tug and toll and pinch and save
And we'll lose it all when we reach the
Do ever think as you closely clasp
Tour bag of gold with a tirmer grasp.
If the hungry hearts of the world were fed,
Tt might bring peace to your dying bed?
L. A. W. Bulletin.
I Let Her Slide.
I let her slide: I owned a Bled.
Ehe owned a winsome face, instead.
She was my first love, Cupid's toy
Pure gold, thought I, without alloy.
She so completely turned my head.
Her eyes were blue, her cheeks were red.
Her smiles my youthful fancy fed;
To coast with her was such sweet o?,
I let her slide.
Alas! I found I was misled:
Ere long my tender hope was dead.
For when I learned that she was coy
And false, and loved another boy,
I locked my coaster In the shed
I let her slide.
Nixon Waterman, in L. A. W. Bulletin.
A humble s!nger sang a little song
Years, years ago.
Now o'er her lowly grave the bramble
And scant weeds grow.
Her memory in no living heart remains,
Yet her song lives.
And. to t'.ie soul that mourns its dear and
New YuKS, January 6. .KA
CATTLR Native steers i 3 7i ((, 4 i
CilTTlWJ-Mitlillllljr tl'e Saj
Hol'li-Winter Wheat 3 io 3 6i
WHKAT-NnS lied. if a R-:,
CtKN--No.i (.;, 31'.
OATS-No. S frf, '.',
i'Oitiv New Mes 0U S i
COTTON-Miildling ff?. S
UKKYK.S Kuii'-.v ieers 3 7 ur. 4 "i
Medium SCO (u, 3 W
IlOtlS Fair to Select. 3 So dr. 3 tint
SHKKP-Fair t.i I'lluice 3 S5 if. SIS
t'LUL'H-Patents 3 3. (,5 X V
Fanrv to Kxtra ito... 2 70 Ot, 30
WliKAT-No. J Ked Winter (a
XKN No.: Mixed -' t
OAT.s No 2 Or. ICit
KYK No. 2 SI Hi 34',
TUUACCO Lairs 3 Oil (ijj in
I-eaf Hurley 4 it) li )
HAY Clear Timothy 10 (t r. H no
HL'TTEK Cli'jice Dairy 14 fx. 1
KGGS l''rtNh 4J Ifi
POKK standard Mess ;New). 9 i5 9 :.7'.:
BACON Clear Kill 64
LAItU I'rinie steam Vi
CATTLE Shipping 3 IS 4 75
IKNIS Kair toClioire 3 S (y, 3 7.i
SHKK1' Kuir to ChiK-; 2 S 65 3 50
1'LOCK Winter Patents 3 40 nv 3t
SpriiiK Patents 3 10 at 3 S
WHKAT No. 2 Spring r,c,
No. lied ;"9V'i ',s
COKX No. S 4 -S i
OATS No. 2 (,(, 17
l'Oltlv Mess (new) 8 t'.i3, 9 UJ
CATTLK Shipoing steers. .. . 3 is r 4 as
HOi is All ' ifades 3 3il an 3 jS
WHKAT- No ited Oi t-t, 1.7
OATS- No. 2 (., 17
COKN-No. 2 22 22'j
FLOCK Hi'li Grade 3 4 3 "
COKN-No. 2 (,r. :C
OATs Western 21 j 21 ,
HAY-Choice 3 OJ '.0 nil
POi;K New Mess 62Cr. V il
MACON -Sides (, h
COTTON Middling 7;,m, 8
WHKAT No. 2 ISml.. fT Ci, (W'4
COKX No. 2 Mixed 2' tfe "4
OATS No. 2 Mixed. 20 & 21 4
POKK New Mess 9 00 Gfr 9 5
HACoN -Clear Kib i'M S
COTTON Middling 8-i
Z Botlinr ao saddealy and completely
X disables taemtiiclee at
I LAME BACK,
Z ud lotUar to yrasptlr 2
f' ST. JACOBS OIL!
and keep it dry. There'll be no danger of its molding.
But moisten the bread with water, and see the result,
in a short time it is covered with mold. It is just so
with consumption. Its germs will not grow in the
lungs unless everything is suitable to them. Weak
ness, poor blood, loss of appetite, coughs and colds
often prepare the ground for the development of the
germs of consumption. To destroy germ-life the sys
tem must be kept in a well-nourished condition. Do
a preventive. It furnishes the reinforcements neces
sary for the body to conquer in the easiest possible
form. The oil is in a state quickly taken up and rap
idly transformed into the organs and tissues.
Wbca yea ask lor Scott' Eaabtoa and voor drvfgM circa
Sa a MlaHMMotorcd packag with the picture st a aim and
a on It jrou caa tract that uaa with your preacriptioul
ko cent and im SCOTT & B0WNE, Chemists, New York
Ghosts Are Pale and Shadowy,
Say those who profess to have iuterviewed
them. Whether Epooks are tailow-faied .or
not, mortals are hose blood is thin and
watery in consequence of imperfect assimi
lation. When in valids resort to Hostetter's
Stomach Bitters, and use that unequalled
tonic persistently, they soon "pick up" in
strength, flesh and color. It should be
used also to prevent malarial, rheumatic
and kidney complaints, and to remedy con
stipation, sick headache and nervousness.
Corxn anything be neater than the old
darky's reply to a beautiful younr ladv
whom he oilered to lift over the gutter, anil
who insisted that she was too heavy f "Lor',
missus," said he. "I'se used to lilting bar
reiiof sugar." Exchange.
The influence of custom is Incalculable;
dress a boy as a man, and he will at once
change his conception of himself. B. tL
Business Chanee A Good Income.
We nay vou to sell fruit trees. Stark
Nurseries, Louisiana, Mo. ; Uocaport, III.
"You and your sister are about the same
size, and you look exactlv alike. Twins,
aren't you?" asked the visitor. '"Course
not!" exclaimed Tommv, hiphlv indignant.
"She's a girl 1" Chicago Tribune.
"Brown's RitoxcaiAL Thoches'' are un
rivalled for relicvimr Couirhs. Hoarseness
and all Throat Troubles. iSold only in boxes
A rouR-TEAR-o.r. child aptly described
imagination as looking at thiugsyou cannot
see, Texas Sittings.
Beecham's pills for constipation 10c and
25c. Get the bi:ok (free) at vou: druireist's
and go by it. Annual sales 6.uuu,uu0 boxes.
"Is love? I guess not!" "How do you
know i 'They never sit silent for a min
After physicians had sriveu me un. I was
saved bv l'iso's Cure. Ralpu Euilg, Wil
liamsport, Pa, Nov. 22, lb.93.
AsERUoxover ?0 minutes loag is a cler
ical error. Texas Stltiucs.
and no other fori! is
fi . . . hbbioh Maaaa bbm .
HELD AND HOC FENCE WIRE.
SO, 83, 2, SO, or BS inches high. Quality and workmanship the boat.
Nothing on the market to compare with it. Write for full information,
UNION FENCE COMPANY, DE KALB, IXL.
Brings comfort and improvement and
tend3 to personal enjoyment when
rightly used. The many, who live bet
ter than othera and enjoy life more, with
lass expenditure, by more promptly
adapting iie world's best products to
the needs of physical being, will attest
the value to health of the pure liqnid
laxative principles embraced in tiie
remedy, Syrup of Figs.
It3 excellence is due to its presenting
in the form most acceptable and pleas
ant to the taste, the ref reshiDg and truly
beneficial properties of a perfect lax
ative ; effectually cleansing the system,
dispelling colds, headaches and fevers
and permanently curing constipation.
It. has given satisfaction to millions and
met with the approval of the medical
nrofession, because it acts on the Kid
hcrs, Liver and Bowels without weak
ening them and it is perfectly free from
every objectionable substance.
Syrup of Fies is for sale by all drug
gists in 50c and $1 bottles, but it is man
ufactured by the California Fig Syrup
Co. only, whose name i3 printed on every
package, also the name, Syrup of Figs,
and being well informed, you will not
accept any substitute if offered.
THB AKRMOTOR CO. tfces halt tbe world"
windmill business, became It Las rcauced the eott of
wind power to t 0 wnt It was, Icb8 many braoch
bousrs. and supplies Its zuods ami repair
yoar door. 11 can ana aota lunnsn s
Dettn- article rur less mooer tears
iff Knars. 11 mam ramping ana
ata- Z viVCl 'ir2. steel. umaniiM-aiietv
K)z?At'onipirtlon WlrKtmllla. Tilling
ir"J iT an-1 FliMt Stw! Tof re, stel B-ti saw
. rrimis, btrel Fwl Cutlers and Feed
&t Citnder. on appiicirfloa uwtlt nameooe
lit of tii-sn article iral it will furnish tratll
7urarr 1st at 13 L'k usnal price. It alio makas
Tacks and Puni: f ail kincs. .vrxl for cautosaa.
Fader: Uik. Kuckwcll us FTJaore Streets, Cklcafa.
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