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The Truth ajt Iione Star. :
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VY quainted. Jerry, who if nr-
named has never wasted time telling
the news, settled himself on his pine
needle couch, tipped his hat a little fur
ther forward so that the sun but gilded
the tip of his nose, and delivered his in
trcductory remarks. When the light
liad hitered its way into the under
standing, we knew that he was of more
than ordinary importance and his
roughing it but the result of a whim;
till, nothing but his truthful counte
nance kept us from salting the tale
about the authorities tying down tlu
Atlantic coast to keep it from tipping
up when he came west of the Rockies.
Hilly Edgerton yawned slightly and
diew up his knees. lie said he believed
it was in poor taste to use titles either
before or after a name, even if you did
have a right to lean em up against both
nds, and that was why he was known
simply as Billy Edgerton. Incidental
ly, he informed us that a hundred thou
sand rubles wasn't such a very large re
ward for the Russian government to
offer for a political offender; but he
preferred to take no chances, and there
fore came up to Lone Star after he had
met and circumvented in San Francisco
the fourth detective of the imperial
Then Johnson, of Colusa, straight
ened himself up, as if he had just awak
ened from a sweet dream of peace. "I've
an uncle," said he, "who is worth $300.-
00, and I'm his only heir. I'd think a
great deal more of him, though, if it
wasn't for my aunt, who don't like
him." Here he paused and blew a few
rings from his old cob pipe, but th
question didn't come. "You see," he
added, "my aunt is worth $1,000,000, and
I'm her only heir also."
After that there was more silence, and
albeit we sprawled lazily in front of the
cookhouse. I felt that my autobiog
raphy was becoming overdue. As my
worldly effects would scarcely com
fortably clothe a scarecrow, and noth
ing short of morocco binding would
make my personal history attractive, I
looked up at the stranger who through
it all had sat quietly on his dejected
tuule. hoping for a diversion.
"Howdy, gentlemen," he said, turn
ing large and solemn eyes upon us and
disclosing a countenance of philosoph
ical graviey. Each of us acknowl
edged the salutation by slightly shift
ing his position, and Jerry, whose
tcngue is that of a multitude, answered
The newcomer removed his sombrero,
end his hair fell about his head like a
fhock of overripe wheat. Then he gen
tly laid his fiddle case across the pom
mel of his saddle and asked: "Is this
a purty good place to stop?"
"We stop here?" answered Jerry,
"Live tol-bly high?"
"Six thousand feet."
The late addition straightened up.
shook his threadbare coat and lifted
out oovyhide boot, dust-whitened in the
crinkles, from the stirrup, and reaching
down, softly tapped the earth with it
to make sure he was on solid ground.
Then he cautiously dismounted.
Jerry, who is inclined to be critical,
regarded the mule with disfavor. His
owner, noting the glance, remarked:
"Jeremiah ain't the linest-lookin mule
in the world, but I couldn't steal a bet
ter. I had a sight finer one in Tunis,"
lie added, dcprecatingly.
"In Tunis!" echoed Johnson. "Where
linve you been?"
"In Nnshuay, n Tunis, 'n Cape Cod,
n Lisbon some time back. That was
before I went to Kobe went thar from
Paris, which is a fair sort of a place. I
bated to leave."
Johnson drew his breath and de
manded: "Why did you?"
"Mutual objections between me n
the gov'ment. Two days war all they j
irive me to take say last farewell, ne
said, slowly rosining his bow.
"What did you come up here for?"
"To git out of civilization," responded
the stranger. "I'm disgusted. People
lie so thar's trouble everywhere, 'n' the
only man vou're sure is anywharnear
square with the law is the feller jest
There didn't seem to be any use of
asking further questions of the new
comer, but I think the opinion was
general that to him truth was stranger
than fiction. He laid his fiddle on the
log and looked attentively at his mule.
"If it wasn't for bein' so oneasy about
Jeremiah, who needs a drink, I might
play a little tune on the fiddle," he said.
Edgerton took the hint and a bucket
went down to the creek.
A trifle of a glow in the western sky
was all that was left of the day when
"Home, Sweet Home" rounded up the
performance. I looked at Edgerton,
who was lying with his hands clasped
behind his head, and thought I saw a
tear in his eye; seeing but dimly myself,
I wasn't certain. But, then and there.
Lone Star adopted Ezekiel and Jere
miah. We told him of a deserted corral a
mile up the road, and he became one of
us Some days, when he felt unusually
enMgetic, he would run a rocker down
by the creek for a time, but he pre
ferred to play or sing, and the camp ap
proved of his judgment.
I think that Scroggins was the most
unpleasant man who ever saw the sun
6et in the Pacific. He was so mean that
lie would quarrel with himself when no
one else was around, and strangers
passing by the cabin used to pause and
wonder at the one-roiced row within.
He married a Castillan. who was very
fortunate and died a few years after the
wedding, leaving their daughter "ita
alone with the old scoundrel. The black
est pirate always has the greatest treas
ure, and Nita was as pretty as her fa
ther was ugly, as good as he was bad,
On a claim adjoining Scroggins' lived
Atkinson, who was a hard-working
young fellow with a title to plenty of
pay dirt. Of course there was a new
edition of the old yarn of the fervent
youth and the lovely maid. As soon as
Scroggins suspected the attachment he
began to concentrate his enmity, which
he had hitherto directed impartially
against all men, in Atkinson's direc
tion. After he found other plans in
effective he began seeking a wav to re
duce Atkinson's earthly necessities to
a pine board coffin.
Adjoining claims furnished a pretext
for a quarrel. One morning Scroggins
eased his revolver in its holster, shoul
dered his shovel and went out. Instead
of stopping on his own property, he de
liberately walked some 20 feet over the
line and went to work in Atkinson's ter
ritory. Atkinson looked at him in
amazement, and Scroggins stopped
shoveling to return the gaze.
"Ef yer think. Bob Atkinson, that a
sbadder of a skeleton like yerself hez
a patent ter all the pay-dirt in these
diggin's, ye're. 'way off yer level. Jest
take up this trail, ef ye'r lookiu' fer
trouble. All we want of you aroun'
hyar ez yer tracks. Sabe?"
Scroggins made a mistake. His tem
per was quicker than his hand, and he
opened the battle before he brought up
his artillery; for as the sight of his re
volver left the holster, he heard a lit
tle click and raised his eyes to look into
the mouth of Atkinson's weapon.
Edgerton, coming down the trail, heard
Bob speak sharply: "Git! Andif you ever
set foot on my place again, you'll have
to be carried off:" Scroggins looked
into his eyes, and then backed slowly
and sullenly away.
That afternoon Jerry and Johnson,
on their way up from the valley,
stopped to rest at Cayuse Bend. As
they stood, the silence was broken by
the clatter of hoofs, and around the
bend, side by side, came two horses.
The riders were Bob and Nita.
"Good-by, boys," said the former, as
he reined up. "N'ita and I are on our
wedding journey to happier times, we
hope. May we ask that you say noth
ing of having met us? Luck go with
The mist crawled upward through
the mnnzanita and mesquite and hov
ered over the trail. Bob and Nita
slackened their pace and went forward
cautiously. It was when the fog was
at its thickest that they heard the beat
ing of reckless hoofs behind them. Bob
turned his horse's head and grasped his
revolver. A dozen gigantic forms
loomed indistinctly into view throusrh
the fog. As he raised his arm, Nita
seized it, crying: "Don't shoot! Surely
my father "
"Hands up!" rang out the command.
and half a dozen weapons were leveled
What kind of an outrage is this?"
he demanded, recognizing familiar
Well, you are a cool one:" said
Edgerton. "Kill a man and run away
with his darter, and then call it an out
rage when you are follered up! Reckon
you thought it was a jersonal matter,
leavin' old man Scroggins up there in
Dead!" exclaimed Atkinson. "Why,
I hadn't even heard of it! Why, am I
"You'll find out soon enough. You
come with us."
Atkinson's horses stood quietly, head
ind head together. Nita had fainted,
and for a moment Bob glanced tenderly
down at the white face on his shoulder.
Then he looked at the circle, of unre
lenting faces and said, quietly: "lam
innocent. 1 11 go back and prove it.
Of course Col. Ike Stebbins. as the
mainspring of the social machinery of
Lone Star, presided at the trial. It was
always he who stood at the head of the
new-made grave, with reverent face and
upraised hand, w hile the clods fell dully
on the pine coffin; he it was who sat
wiih ease and dignity in the chairman's
place at public meetings; a baile with
out the colonel to lead was like the play
of "Hamlet" with that gentleman repre
sented only by his regrets; and it was
admitted without discussion that no
one but Col. Stebbins could properly
impersonate the austerity of Judgy
From the beginning there seemed no
doubt of Atkinson's guilt. Edgerton
testified to the quarrel of the morning,
and Bill Simpson loquaciously related
how he thought something was up
when Bob sold his claim to him at half
its value, explaining that he was in
a hurry to leave. Then Jerry and John
son told oi the meeting on tne Hill
side, and each of the posse swore, with
due appreciation of his own impor
tance, to Atkinson's guilty actions
when they came upon him in the fog.
Hezekiah Smith, of the hill-top, clinched
the evidence by testifying that he saw
the prisoner standing before Scrog
gins' door at noon.
The jurors bad ceased whittling
toothpicks and exchanging jokes; tTieir
growing solemnity foreshadowed the
verdict. Col. Stebbins hod with a sigh
dismissed uhe last witness, when Eze
kiel strolled calmly in through the
open door. He nodded familiarly to
two or three acquaintances, and then
addressed the judge.
"Colonel," he said, easily, "guess I'd
better straighten this thing out a
little. Where d'ye plant the wit
Col. Ike, surprised, looked at him.
"Let the witness be sworn," he said.
"Well, what do you know about this?"
"I know all afbout it."
"Who killed Scroggins?"
"I did," said Ezekiel, calmly.
For ten seconds there was silence.
and then a smile that broke into a
ripple of laughter ran around the room.
Ezekiel was main!taningiiis reputation.
The co km el rapped angrily far orda
with the muzzle of his revolver upon
the head of the sugar barrel. "If yon
are triflings "
"I ain't trifiinY protested Ezekiel,
earnestly. "I never told a lie in my
life. It was jest after dinner, an' I was
lookin for Jeremiah. As I went by
Scroggins' door, he came out, lookin' es
smilin' ez an undertaker with the
toothache. 'Seed my gal lately?" says
he, foolin with his gun- I didn't want
to hurt his feelin's by tellin him I'd
seen her ten minutes before with Bob,
so I sez, polite-like: 'Sartinly, saw her
last week. Lookin' well, ain't she?
'Stid of bein' pleased, the old man was
riled and used language that would
have shocked wheat in a harvest field.
But I didn't care until he said he could
git more music out'n a weather-boarded
house with a club'n I could out'n my
fiddle' n' bow. Then I was mad 'n' talked
back. After assurin' me that I'd dis
figgered the lan'scape long enough,
only addin' to them plain words some
onnecessary trimmin's, he shot at me
'n I shot back, 'n' this is what I killed
Ezekiel drew out an old horse pistol
and handed it to the foreman of the
jury. A murmur of interest ran through
the crowd, and the jurors whispered
Just then a little red-faced man
pushed his way through the crowd at
the door. "There he is!" he shouted,
excitedly. "There's the man that stole
We followed his finger with our eyes.
He was pointing- at Ezekiel, who re
garded him philosophically. "Well, I
didn't say I didn't, did I?" he asked,
The newcomer threw his hat in the
corner and dancea wun excitement.
"It was this way, jedge. T'other day I
tied my mule down at Ransome's Ferry
while I went into Pike's place to git
some refreshments. When I come out,
a little later, the mule wuz gone, an'
I never seed him again ontil to-day,
when I stumbled on him, accidental
like, at this feller's place up the trail.
I want him 'rested, quick!"
We were too much astonished to say
anything, but finally Ezekiel broke the
"Don't be too hasty," he said. "I stole
the mule, yes. The chap left him tied
out thar all day while he was doin the
anaconda act in at Pike's, an' jest out
of pity for Jeremiah I rode him off. But
that's enough on that subject," as the
undertaker remarked when he saw a
ten-foot tombstone over the grave of
a debtor of his'n; we're considerin an
other matter. I didn't say nothin' about
Scroggins' death for two reasons; I
wanted Nita to leave 'thout hearin
about it, an Jeremiah had strayed off
an it s a long ways to ten news inai. u
keep an hour or so."
The jury had been examining the pis
tol, and Ezekiel's statement was so ap
parently sincere that their minds began
to waver. They looked at Atkinson,
then at the stranger, and then at Eze
kiel. serenely confident. For a moment
they buzzed together, then the fore
man, closely followed by the other
11, walked over and held out his
hand to Atkinson. In another second
Jerry was on a box, cheering frantical
ly. The crowd joined in. and theexcite
ment grew until the hilltop man fell
out of the window backward. After
awhile the colonel made himself heard:
"The prisoner's discharged. But
there's another case to be considered.
"She's waitin' up thar for you," whis
pered Ezekiel. and Atkinson stayed just
long enough to wring a dozen out
stretched hands and give his choking
thanks to Ezekiel.
Col. Ike rose in his place and the hum
of conversation was stilled.
"The death of this man Scrogginsap
pears to have happened in a proper
manner, but the mule stealing is more
serious. And w hile in the first instance
you are entitled to the thanks of Lone
Star, because of the second it is the
opinion of the court you'd better leave
in three hours. Ezekiel."
"I'll go." said Ezekiel, "but not 'less
I can take Jeremiah. I ain't agoin'to
Col. Ike was a man of resources, ne
dropped a dollar in his sombrero and
then passed it among the boys. When
he had counted its contents he ad
dressed the owner of the mule. "Your
mule is worth just SIS, a plugged half
and two Mexican dobies, and we've de
cided to buy htm." Then he turned to
Ezekiel. "With the compliments of
Lone Star camp," he said, smiling.
Ezekiel bowed his thanks, shook
hands all around and passed through
the door. He unhitched Jeremiah from
where his late owner had tied him and
clambered into the saddle, with his
fiddle under his left arm. Something I
saw in his face made me walk along
side to the top of the grade. He looked
at me for a moment, quizzically.
"Does what you hear go in at one ear
'n' out t'other, "stid of your mouth?"
"Secrets that travel take that trail.
"Well, then, I didn't steal Jeremiah.
I saw him at the ferry, tuk a fancy to
him, an', when the chance offered next
day, dickered for him with a man who
'peared to be his owner. But I saw
that my reputation needed a smudge to
make 'em b'lieve me about Scroggins."
"Then you didn't " began I, catching
"Sartinly not." he said, coolly. "I
didn't kill him, and I don't know who
did probably some one he did up. set
tlin' an old score. Tin sure Bob didn't
do it, but I couldn't prove It any other
way. And he's a mighty nice feller, an"
Nita, bless her little heart Git up,
Jeremiah." San Francisco Argonaut.
Saved In Time.
"Isabel says she has never been in
"Is that so?"
"Yes; she was threatened with it
once, but a bottle of spring bitten
taken in time brought her out ml
right." Cleveland Record.
More men have been self-undone:
than have been self-made. Chicago
ON A RUSSIAN CONVICT SHIP.
Bow the Time la Spent on the Way to
the Island of Sag-halien.
The sailing of a Russian convict ship
Jrom Odessa for the island of Saghalien,
In the Japan sea, is always an impress
ive sight-. The motley crowd, indigen
ous to all countries, is of course pres
ent, but there are in addition many
government officials, full of importance
in their emblazoned uniforms, and
more numerous members of the clergy
attending to perform the ceremony of
sprinkling the ship with holy water and
to give the inmates a parting blessing
and a God-speed. Nothing is done in
holy Russia without the help of the
priests, and a Russian is bathed in holy
water from the cradle to the grave.
The religious ceremony over, it is
with a cargo of heavy hearts that the
convict ship usually built at Glasgow,
by the way weighs anchor and de
parts, for even, a hardened convict
would prefer serving his sentence on his
native soil to draggingout his existence
in a distant foreign land. But, however
that may be, the accommodation for
the thousand or more convicts on board
is ample, and the arrangements for
their well-being complete. The food
provided is good and wholesome, and it
is not an infrequent thing for people in.
the saloon the convict ship carries
ordinary passengers as well as state
prisoners to ask for' convict soup and
All the convicts are in fetters, wrist
and ankle bracelets with a connecting?
chain, this and their half-shaved heads
presenting a most hideous appearance.
The daily routine on (board is unvary
ing; therefore, to change the montony,
the prisoners have resorted to all kinds
of devices to make the time pass away
as pleasantly as the circumstances will
allow. Most lower class Russians are
born, card players, so the convicts col
lect all the odd scraps of paper they can
lay their hands on. Clubs and spades
are roughly scribbled on. these slips
with the ink supplied for letter-writing
purposes, while to provide hearts and
diamonds of the requisite color one or
more of the company consents to have a
vein opened. This delicate operation is
performed with the aid of the tin spout
of a tea can, ground to a sharp edge on
the iron deck. This improvised lancet
also does duty as a razor, serving to re
move the remaining hair from the
head of some devout follower of Islam.
The stakes of the card players are
knobs of sugar saved by rigorous
economy at the tea table; when these
fail, bones and other odds and ends arc
On the fifteenth day at sea the fetters
are removed. This is, indeed, a day of
rejoicing, and the most hardened crim
inal gives vent to a sigh of relief at be
ing released from these hateful em
blems of bondage.
The coveted freedom is not, however,
of long duration. A poor inoffensive
Crimean Tartar accidenta!ly treads on
the foot of a regular cut-lhroat villain,
to be seized immediately by the throa.
The cry is instantly raised that the
Mohammedans are killing the Chris
tians. A general melee ensues, in which
racial hatred Is given full play. The
guard is called out, and turning on the
hot water hose pipes which are kept
ready for any emergency, soon cow the
combatants. The ringleader is placed
in irons and put on dry bread and water
for 14 days. The Tartar is carried more
dead than alive to the hospital, and the
rests gui'ty and innocent alike, are
kept in chains and shackles for the rest
of the voyage. London Mail.
OIL ON TRACKS.
Successfully Vsed for l.aylna; Dnst on
wt Jersey Railroad.
Oil for laying dust on track ballasted
with gravel and' cinders is being used
on the West Jersey and Seashore rail
road. J. H. .Nichols, assistant en
gineer, says this plan has passed the
experimental stage, and that they are
only awaiting the completion of a car
for distributing the oil mechanically
to cover all dusty places on the road.
At the present time there are about
four miles of track so treated. The
rails are kept clean by means of a
shield. The result obtained is a com
plete freedom from dust at points
which were formerly the most dusty
on the division. The spraying will be
required but once a season after the
renewal of ties.
When it becomes necessary to dis
turb the track for repairs it will prob
ably be necessary to spray again, but
it is thought that after not more than
three applications the ballast will be
impregnated with oil to a sufficient
depth to render subsequent treatment
unnecessary. The oil is of a special
kind, having two properties fitting it
for this use. First, it Is penetrating
and tenacious, and, second, it 1s not
combustible as used, but can only be
burned by converting it into a spray
almost resembling gas in fineness. It
is almost without volatile ingredients
and has therefore but little odor, and
that not of an unpleasant character,
even when first applied, and this odor
decreases on exposure. The oil can be
distributed in placa at a total cost of
less than $30 per mile of single track.
"Don't you believe all you see in the
funny papers about Bummer girls and
their engagements just for fun," said
the sad-eyed man.
"I thought I had met that kind of
girl last summer; but she married me
good and tight before the year was
out." Philadelphia North American.
How We Walk.
"I know how we walk," said Willie.
"We put one foot down and let it stay
till it gets 'way behind and then do the
same thing with the other, and keep
doing it." Judge.
Perdita So you are really engaged to
him. Where is your engagement ring?
Penelope I haven't got any. I made
htm give me a bicycle inetead. Yellow
BLACK CLOTHES AND HEALTH.
Vhyatelun Arrives at a Sanitary Con
clusion. A physician said recently to a pa
tient of his, a woman of wealth in this
city, that he would refuse to treat her
further if she did not give up wearing
black. It was not, however, until a dis
cussion ensued that he found out how
much he was asking. Not only were
her gowns black, but her underwear
throughout was of the same color, i
The doctor then remarked that he had
considered the alternative he offered
her, to abandon black gowns or find
another physician, an extreme meas
ure, and only justified because of her
peculiarly nervous and neurotic state,
but when it came to discovering that
she had nothing but black clothes upon
her person he "would refuse to treat
anybody so dressed. The "peculiarly
nervous and neurotic state," he con
sidered largely explained by this dress
alone. He succeeded in effecting a
change in his patient's attire through
out, insisting on white all white un
derclothes and as much use of white in
the outer garments as was possible and
There are hundreds of women simi
larly ill and dressed as she was who
have no idea that anything but a ques
tion of taste is involved in the color of
their garments. They would not ex
pect a plant covered up from the sun
by repeated layers of black cloth to
flourish, but they do not seem to know
that light and sunshine are necessary
for their bodies. As this wise physician
told his wealthy patient, the whole
body needs light and sunshine, as both
have healthy and healing properties.
Especially upon the nervous system do
light and sunshine act, and with es
pecial force in cases of sleeplessness,
nervous headaches, and prostration.
But physical ills can be prevented by
simply wearing light clothing. The
outward dress it may be impracticable
to always govern with an eye single
to this one consideration, but the un
derclothing can and always should be
white. Every instinct to the nicest
taste leads to the came conclusion.
Chicago Tribune. ,
WOMAN IN THE HOME.
The Workers Who Go Sot Out Into the
"It's glorious to be independent,"
"It's grand to be able to stand alone."
"It's worth labor, toil and care to reach
one's hand out and take what one will
from among the gifts for which strong
men are striving. To make one's own
place, to work so well that work brings
recognition and remuneration all that
is good." So say the women who never
tried to do these things by way of en
couragement to those who have been
forced to try. But faint and small the
echo of such words from the ranks o!
the workers themselves. If we could
hear their heartbeats in the stillness
of the night, in their little country
homes from which they take the busi
ness trains for their days of labor in
the city; in their boarding houses; in
their tiny apartments which they try
to make like homes, we should find them
throbbing out a different tale.
They are out in the world, out of theii
homes. Yes, but not of their own wish
or will, driven out by such demons as
intemperance, misfortune, or poverty,
and in nine cases out of ten working
with the heart still clinging to the
home. Then in nine cases out of ten
there's always somebody else for whom
they work. It may be a father, kind
but inefilcient and unfortunate. There
is a mother well stricken in years.
There are invalid relatives to be taken
gently down to the grave side, and
money smooths even that weary way.
There are brothers to be helped through
college. There are sisters to be in
structed and trained, not in order thai
they can go out into the world. Oh!
no, but so that they can do something.
too, to add to the income and yet stay
This is the kind of burden they carry;
these are such utterances as we should
hear if we listened to their heartbeats
in the night. So the noblest class of
working women, even like men, would
keep their little sisters in the home.
Washington Home Magazine.
Reading as a Mental Stimulus.
An eminent French critic said in a
lecture recently in New York that "To
distrust what we like is the first re
quisite of progress in art and in life.
He did not mean tfiat books that are
disagreeable are the only books worth
reading. But he did mean that a book
which opens up a new field of knowl
edge, a new outlook upon literature or
life, is not at first likely to give the
pleasure that comes from one which
simply reflects the old familiar ideas of
which we say complacently: "How
good and true that is, for I've felt it or
said it myself." A book that pats you
on the head or heart all the time is apt
to be little more than a reflection of
your own narrow experience, and you
will not learn anything from it. A book
that makes one feel ignorant is as morti
fying to one's pride as a superior per
eon. Ladies Home Journal.
Choose six large smooth tomatoes.
Cut a slice oft the tk?m end, and care
fully scoop out the seeds. Mix half a
cupful of finely-chopped, cold boiled
ham, two tablespoonf uls of stale bread
crumbs, a tablespoonful of chopped
parsley, half a teaspoonful of salt, and
a dash of cayenne, with a tablespoonful
of melted butter. Fill the tomatoes
with the mixture, heaping it in the cen
ter; sprinkle over the tops with bread
crumbs; put the tomatoes in a granite
baking pan, baste with melted butter,
and bake in a hot oven over 30 minutes.
When done take up and serve hot.
Raw Beef Sandwiches.
Scrape fine two or three tablespoon
Mm of raw, juicy, tender beef, season
lightly with salt and pepper, spread
on thin slioea of bread and put in a
toaster and toast sUghtlj-H&TMrieaA
Entitled to the Name, "Why id
golf called an amusement?" "Becaaae
it is such fun for the jieople who look'
on." Chicago Record.
She "So you don't like the hat
just in front of us? How would you
like it trimmed?" He (savagely)
"With a lawn mower." Tit-Bits.
An Exception. Catesby "All the
world loves a lover." Hawkins (just
rejected) "All but the girl the lover
loves." Philadelphia North American.
"Hit am er unfawchnit fack," said
Uncle Eben, "dat de more reason a man
hab foh indignation de less comfort he'
gwinter git out of it." Washington
The First Fire. "And now, chil
dren, can you tell me how the blazing
sword got there? You may answer,
jWillie." "Please, ma'am, I guess it
caught when Adam got fired." Cleve
land Plain Dealer.
"That machine, judge," said the
victim of the bicycle thief, "was the:
finest on the market " "Stop!" cried
the judge, "I'll fine you five pound
for contempt. This court rides th
finest wheel on the market." Tit-Bits.
A Medical View. "Physicians, aa a
rule, are bitterly down on the hard
times." "For what special reason?'
"They say people have had to eat such
plain food that they are too healthy
to be interesting." Detroit Free Press.
His Retort. "The apparel oft pro
claims the man," she quoted. "The
lack of it the woman," he added; and as
she happened to be in a ball gown at
the time she naturally considered the
remark personal. Chicago Evening
In Chicago. Insurance Agent
"You want the policy made out in fa
vor of your wife? Her name, please?
The Victim Don't you think we'd bet
ter leave the name out? It will save
so much trouble from time to time, yoa
know." Boston Transcript.
Fuddy "Did you hear of the ter
rible accident that happened toDanby?
His injuries were so serious that his
most intimate friends are unable to
recognize him." Duddy "Terrible ac
cident? Railroad collision? Fall of an
elevator?" Fuddy "Worse, He has
lost all his money." Boston Transcript,
RAILROAD 36 MILES LONG.
It Defies the State of Georgia sad th
Railroad Commission's Order.
There is an obdurate little railroad
in Georgia which has not only shown
disposition to fight all the rest of the
state, but which seems serenely confi
dent that it will win. It is only 36 miles
long and runs from Dublin to Tennille.
Its name is the Wrightsville & Tennille
railroad, and is especially distinguished
for its prosperity and its pugnacious
qualities.- Last year the cotton grow
ers along the line of this read were
compelled to ship their cotton over the
Georgia Central because the road re
fused to issue through bills of lading1
over any other line. Some of the grow
ers wanted to ship their cotton over
the Augusta Southern, but the Wrights
ville & Tennille refused to give them
through bills over that line, and made
no pretense to disguise their prefer
ences. The result was that the Georgia
Central got nearly all the cotton and
the Augusta Southern got left.
The matter was carried before the
railroad commission and that body
handed down a decision ordering the
Wrightsville & Tennille railroad to is
sue through bills of lading over all
railroads and not to play any favorites.
The commission also ordered the attorney-general
of the state to begin
proceedings for damages against the
recalcitrant railroad and to try the
isiiue involved before the state courts.
Attorney-General Terrell has prepared
his case and will go down to Dublin to
try it before Judge Hart. The defense
will be represented by former Senator
A. F. Daly, of Wrightsville. Not only
is the right of the state to manage its
railroads involved in the trial of the
case, but the interstate commerce com
mission is interested as well. The line
of the Georgia Central runs entirely
through the state, while the Augusta
Southern line the destination of both
being Savannah carries the freight
north to Hamburg and then south over
the Port Royal route through South
Carolina. This brings up the inter
state commerce commission question.
and not only the railroad people of
Georgia but the cotton growers as well
are deeply interested in the result oi
the legal contest. Atlanta Constitu
tion. Elephant's Shower Bath.
The elephant, in a wild state, is a noc
turnal animal, rarely if ever stirring
in the daylight from his haunts
in the shady forest, and, when domes
ticated and compelled to work or travel'
in the day time, his enormous size and.
dark color causes him to be a great'
sufferer from heat. To relieve him, the
animal has contracted a habit of with
drawing from his stomach a quantity
of water by means of his trunk, which
he then squirts over his back and sides
in order, by its evaporation, to cool his
skin. As this process is repeated on an
average of once in every five minutes,
and as the elephant's aim is not good,
his efforts to keep cool cause consider
able inconvenience to his riders, who
are frequently sprinkled by the water,
though the fluid is quite clear and hat
no offensive odor. The habit is ac
quired in domestication, for it is not
known to be practiced by elephants
in the wild state, and is altogether one
of the most singular in natural his- .
tory. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Why They Car It Cp.
Mrs. Bradish I thought you were go
ing to spend the summer In your cot
tage, ont on the lake shore?
Mrs. nuntley We did intend to do
so, bat we've had to give it p.
"Why, is it impossible fer your hus
band to attend to business and go so far
oat every night?"
0h. no, he could do it all right; but
eur hired girl's beajt ta Clerelaa