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IU II. AMAHS. Fnbllaher.
COMING OF HIS SWEETHEART.
De Daisies spread a carpet fer de fallin' er
My honey, my honey, my sweet;
En de Red Rose know de way
Dat the walkin' ever' day.
My honey, my honey, my sweet!
De River stop en say:
"She's a-coailn' dis a-way!"
i.n de W ater-Lily dancin' lak he had a
En de l inter say: "I reckon I mus" look
oi" ier ae May.
My honey, my honey, my sweet
De Sunflower tu"n ter meet her in de medder
tn ae street
My honey, my honey, my sweet;
En de Mockin' Bird he say:
"I mus' yintj my beg" to-day
Fer my honey, my honey, my sweet!"
De Wir.'s dey runs a race
Dos a-rompin' -roun' de place.
En blow de in stars out caze dey peepln'
in her face;
En de Honeysuckle tell her dat her lips is
My hor.ey, my honey, my sweet:
I heah le bells a-rir.gin' cross de clover en
My hoey, my honey, my sweet;
En de Sun riz up en say
He a-Hshtin' her my way.
My honey, my honey, my sweet!
I heahs her footsteps plain
In de pathur er de rain-
In de drappin- er de blossoms In de med-
aer en ae lane.
lun my neart Is des a-gwlne lak' a silver
Fer my honey, my honey, mv sweet!
Frank L. Stanton, in Saturday Evening
By Andrew Balfour.
'lie. lieutenant was out a Doy, a
product of the English public
school and of Sandhurst, with an in
cipient mustache and a lace which
six months before had been fresh and
ruddy as a fox hunter's at Christmas
tide. But the dreaded west coast had
done its work, in part at least; and
it was a Lag-gard, weary, yellow vis
age which, with a pair of field glasses,
swept the dull green fringe of the re
lentless bush, and then turned to the
little garrison. The lieutenant gave
an or'Icr, pointed with his linger, and
from a loophole in the stockade came
a flash, a sharp report. As if in an
swer to .. summons, a black shape
sprang up from the edge of the for
est cover, screamed wildly, and with
convulsive twitchings pitched out
into the open, rolled over and over,
and lay still.
"Ready, lads," sang out their offi
cer; and the men of the frontier po
lice prepared to do as they had done
every day and many a night for the
past six weeks.
They were a dusky lot, in ragged
uniforms, with cheek bones which
told a tale of want of food, parched
lips which were evidence of the mud
dy, brackish water that could scarce
ly moisten them and yet was all their
comfort, and fierce, wild eyes which
spoke to wakeful nights and dread
uncertainty. Day and night, night
and day. had they watched and fought
and suffered, and still the old flag
drooped idly from its post in the
simmering heat, and still they waited
for relief with a hope which waned
The lieutenant looked to his re
volver, and with fingers which trem
bled a !! tie rolled a thin cigarette
and tr'rd hard to muster up a cheery
smiV. It was a sorry attempt, for his
nerves were giving way, and there
was that in his blood which saps all
joviality and makes the liver in very
truth a seat cf melancholy. There
had been little loss in men, for the
stockade was strong and high, and
lead-coated stones and pot-le:
though ugly missiles, are none too
efficient as regards the searching of
loopholes at SO and 100 yards; but to
the lieutenant the scorching sun s
rays, the empty stomach, tie dry and
burning throat, the want of sleep,
and the utter loneliness were as bad
nay, worse than the loss of half a
dozen black fellows, faithful to the
death though these might be.
It was his first experience of war,
and there was no glory in the busi
ness. If he failed, few would ever
learn that Fort Muti had held out to
the bitter end against terrible odds,
and fewer still would care. Men's
minds were busy elsewhere, for the
west coast was not all Africa, and
trouble was brewing with men of an
other color and another clime. For
all that, -the lieutenant had done his
duty, and much more than he imag
ined, for many things unknown to
him depended on the safety of his
"Here they come!" he cried sud
denly, and from every quarter of the
encircling forest darted white puffs of
smoke, and noises innumerable filled
the air the sharp rine crack, the
heavy boom of the elephant gun, the
bang, bang, of flintlock musgets, and
then the battle yell of a savage foe.
There was no answer from Fort Muti.
Its defenders could not afford to
waste powder on the scrub; but now
came the rush. A horde of savages,
their hair frizzed out into fantastic
patterns, their bodies naked save for
the loin cloth, bounded into the open
nd raced towards the palisades.
"Give it them, men!" yelled the
lieutenant, and they got it. It was
the old Martini which served the
black police, and the Martini bullet
lias driving power. At such, a range,
in such a mass of humanity, each
leaden messenger found a plethora
of billets both temporary and perma
nent, a ad tlu assailants found things
too hot for t'jem. A few, fanatics all,
escaped the deadly hail ana sprang at
the defenses, only to be dashed to
earth with the butt or run through
with the bayonet.
"The children of the white devil"
had conquered once again. It could
not last, however. The enemy had
shown more boldness than hitherto,
the ec. vges were woefully less, and
a frcl attack was clearly impend
ing. The lieutenant's heart sank within
him, and -et he spoke a few words
! of praise and encouragement to his
men. His speech was never ended.
Distant but distinct there rang out
a bugk-call, and then from the green
depths around came the rattling
crash of a fusillade and the constant
pop. pop, pop of the ubiquitous
Fort Muti was relieved.
"Splendid, my dear boy!" said a
major of the line 20 minutes later.
"You have done capitally, and if I
can manage :: jcti'll have the D.S.O.,
for you desene it if anyone does.
Now take a pull at this."
Perhaps he guessed that the lieu
tenant was on the verge of disgracing
Three weeks had come and gone,
just half as long as the ordeal at
Fort Muti had lasted, and the reliev
ing column was cutting its arduous
way through the dense bush to yet
another isolated post whose fate
hung in the balance.
The lieutenant had been offerrd his
chance to return to the coast or to
accompany the expedition, and, like
a boy, he had chosen the latter
alternative. His feeling of malaise
those shivers down his spine, that
dragging pain, slight, but never ab
sent from his left side should have
warned him. The surgeon did so;
but the lieutenant merely laughed
and lied to him, and threw dust in
his eyes, for the surgeon was wound
ed and scarcely so keen at a diagno
sis as was his wont. So the lieuten
ant journeyed with the rest, and was
wild with delight at having four
white men to talk to and something
decent to eat. while the fizz of soda
water was as the plashing of foun
tains in his ears. His spirits were
high, and his head just a little
he was a coward, and spoke low, for
it was not a pleasant subject. They
whispered that he was all right when
behind a stockade, but no earthly use
in a good-going tussle.
The parasite of malaria, the
stealthy - Plasmodium, knew better.
It alone could tell what become of
the boy. No coward chooses to die
as the lieutenant chose within a year
of the relieving of Fort Muti.
Since early morn the thundering
roar of cannon had echoed from
kopje to kopje, mingling with the
shriek of flying shells and the heavy
rumble of field artillery and am
munition wagons. The naval brigade
had shelled the Hour position and
been shelled in its turn. The deep
Tugela, where of yore the river-horse
had gamboled in ungainly play, on
whose banks vast herds of antelope
had roamed, in whose rapid waters
the lion had ofttimes quenched his
thirst, now swept as a dividing-line
between the invader and the advanc
The low hills were full of armed
I'oers. the intersecting valleys pa
trolled by their horse, every point
of vantage crowned by their heavy
Krupps and far-reaching Creusots.
Thousands of Mauser riflemen lay
biding their time rude, rough dwell
ers on the veldt, but stubborn foes
and deadly marksmen. With keen
eyes they watched the preparations
for the British infantry attack, and
marveled at the courageous folly of
the hated "rooineks."
To the south of the river the brown
battalions were mustering, every
man keen to get to close quarters
with an enemy which loved cover as
the prowling beast of prey loves the
shade of rock and bush and scrub.
Bugles and cavalry trumpets sound
ed loud and mellow, company after
company stood to arms, troop after
troop clattered joyfully to their ap
pointed posts; while the eager artil
lerymen, brave to rashness, whirled,
bounding and bumping, to the front,
their teams straining at the harness,
the white dust whirling from beneath
the wheels of the gun-cariages.
A mounted officer spurred quickly
to where the imperial scouts were
drawn up in a long double line, two
- umrr ii
taiK Dig, anil was somewhat of a
nuisance with his tales of how "I
thought this" and how "I did that;"
but his fellow-officers pardoned much
and smiled grimly. It was one thing,
they told him, to fight from cover,
and quite another to face death in
the open; and the lieutenant was of
fended and sulked, and wondered whv
his head swam, and why he started
at every sudden noise from beyond
the double wall of creeper-clad trees
which hemmed in the long, snake
like, crawling column.
He grew snappish and irritable, and
was no pleasant companion. The
oters, who did not know him well.
put him down as a conceited young
ass, for their test of illness was ap
petite, and the lieutenant ate like
horse. They did not know that
after each meal he was sick as a
dog. The malaria, a peculiar and in
sidious form, fastened upon him slow
ly; for his body had been healthy,
and he was young and sober, but its
grip was none the less sure. His
poisoned blood reacted on his brain.
and as he stumbled forward he would
start at the sight of a snake, and
peer fearfully into the green screen
behind him. where, had he but known
it. glided the naked foe. At last the
column received a sudden check.
Without warning, just as its head
debouched from the long gloomy
lane into an open space leading to
a sluggish stream crossed by a nar
row bridge, a heavy fire wns opened
upon it both in front and on the
flanks. Men fell rapidly, but there
was no grappling with the enemy
n their beloved jungle. The bridge
must be carried and the cluster of
mid huts beyond it captured. The
rn:-jor glanced about him. His senior
officer was down, shot in the leg,
and the. surgeon was already getting
a tourniquet upon his femoral. The
next in command was far in the
rear; but the lieutenant was close
"Take a couple of loz?n men and
clear the bridge," shouted the major.
The lieutenant looked at him and
looked at the bridge, a flimsy thing
of cane and creepers, swept by a
hot fire from the low mud wall, above
which cropped up the domed roofs
of the native huts. The brown river
drilled sullenly beneath it. The air
was full of death: men were becom
ing confused; it was no time to lin
ger. Mechanically the lieutenant sa
luted; but he made no move, he is
sued no order.
Instead he crouched a little, and his
hands shook, while his yellow lips
"Do you hear me, lieutenant?"
roared his commanding officer.
"Take that bridge, and at once, sir!"
Still the ping ping went on, min
gled now and then with dull, sicken
ing thuds and the cry of men in pain,
or the horrid gurgle which blood
makes in the throats of those who
The lieutenant looked behind him.
There was no way of escape.
"Lieutenant . for the last time
I order you to take the bridge." The
major's voice was harsh yet trem
ulous with passion. His sword point
ed the way.
"Men of the police, I myself will
lead you! Follow me!" he cried, and
with a wild cheer the men of the
leading company dashed at the hid
den enemy, swarmed across the
bridge and took the village without
the loss of a single file; and all the
time the lieutenant lay and groveled
on the ground.
There was no D.S.O. for him: the
service knew him no more. Men said
nes of restless horses which
smelt the battle from afar. He was
met by their commander: a few brief
words passed between them, and the
cavalry were at once put in motion
and trotted towards the river's brink.
Halting where they escaped the
fire, they learned that a chance had
been vouchsafed to thera. The ford
had to be tested, for the gallant
Irish brigade had been ordered to
cross the Tugela and storm the
kopjes. There was a call for vol
unteers; hut every man was willing.
A half-dozen, envied by their com
rades, received the order, and
amongst them was a young trooper
who had found it hard to pass the
doctors, and yet had managed to en
list, for men were wanted who could
ride well and shoot straight, and he
had given ample evidence that he pos
sessed both accomplishments. His
sallow face was lined and wearj-;
trouble was marked upon his brow;
he was old for his years; but in his
eyes was a fiery glitter and his teeth
were set. This time he would not
fail his country.
"You are to search the ford, cross
if possible, and return and report,"
was the command, with an addition
al: "Rood luck to you, my lads."
It had to be a dash, and a dash it
was. Into the level raced the troop,
and a hail of bullets came swishing
past their ears, furrowed the earth
about them, scattering the dust
which rose like wati-jets on a pond
when a thundershower pits its sur
face. Thud! crash! One was down: but
on they galloped. It was a marvel
they were not swept away by such
a storm of lead. Another horse
plunged and shrieked in agony; an
other man pitched backwards and
trailed one foot in stirrup upon the
It could not be done; every man
of them was woutuied, and every
horse but one. Its rider, a mere boy,
shot in the shoulder, with a useless
left arm. careered forward alone. He
reached the water; with reddened
spurs he forced his maddened steed
into the stream. On and on they
pressed; the river swirled about
them. It was the ford, but now
could scarce be so called, for the wily
foe had dammed buck the waters,
which rose to the horse's withers and
threatened to sweep the hoofs from un
der him. The drift deepened there
was a desperate struggle; then it
Those who watched shouted aloud in
admiration. Although they knew he
could not hear, they now cried upon
the venturesome trooper to return.
He had crossed the first man to cross
and the brigade was to follow him,
to the death if need be; but it were
a pity if he should now fall.
"Heavens; he must be n:ad!" ex
claimed a staff-officer, as through his
binoculars he saw the horseman force
his jaded beast to take the flope saw
him, alone and unprotected, face the
impregnable position. 'Come back.
you fool!" he cried; and suddenly the
horse came, and its rider with it.
Struck on the neck, the dripping
charger wheeled in fright and clashed
back upon its trail. Struck in a dozen
places, the trooper reeled, clutched at
its mane, and then, as they floundered
from ford to pool and from pool to deep
and rushing current, he lost his hole
and was swept away.
Swinging upon the bosom of the Tu
gela. sweeping to join the buffalo and
the sea. wild-eyed and blood-stained.
drifted the shot-riddled corpse of
Trooper . whom none kne w to be an
ex-Iientencnt. Chambers JouraaL
Sister-in-Law "How like his father
the baby is!" Mother "He's certain
ly like him in some way. He generally
keeps me up half the night!" Punch.
Old Lady (sternly) "la there a bar
attached to this hotel, young man?
Summer Hotel Clerk "No, ma'am;
but we can send out and get anything
you want." Philadelphia Press.
First Tramp "Why don't you gt
in? E's ail right. Don't you see im
a-waggin' his tail? Second Tramp
"Yus; an' don't you see "itn a-growlin'?
I dunno which end to believe!"
Mr. Sappeigh "I won't ir.srry thai
Miss Gabby. She is terribly set in her
ways." Mr. Softle-gh "Is that so?"
Mr. Softeigh "Yes, indeed. Why. she
has refu.-e"i me nine times'." Balti
Tom "'The ichneumon flv' that is
a new cne on me." Jerry "Y'ou wil
find it rexeribed in any text-book on
insects." Tom "Yes; but the paper
avs that it bores into old woods ace
barkw!" Town Topics.
.Tohnnv White "D:: yer t,!e man
make a holler when he found that you
had been f inoking cigars?" Billy Biack
"You bet he tiid." "Wlat did he
sav?" "Diiia't have to say nothin
He got the holier out o' me." Detroit
First Camper "Here, what's become
of ail our whisky?" Seccnci Cair.pe
"I've drunk it." First Camper "Why
did you do that?" Second Camper
"Had to. oid chap. I was writing home,
telling- the folks- what a good time
Bftif having." Boston Courier.
In the very vortex of the bargain rush
a man was struggling. "Mercy." he
shrieked. But the women bore him
down and. trampled him under foot
"The nerve of him." sneered they, one
to another, "to wear a shirt waist and
then ask special consideration by
reason of his1 sex!" Detroit Journal,
CAPE GIEAEDEAU, MO.
HOMES SWEPT FROM SIGHT,
Slaa-mlar Pteioam I. ri.gr tht
Eartb.aake of July 13, 1MW7,
The Indian government has only
just published the report of the geo
logical survey on the great earth
quake of July 12, JS97, which devas
tated the entire western portion of
Assam. The renort makes a volume
of more than 430 large pages, with
many plates. It contains several il
lustrations of disasters similar to
that in the Xeo valley, Japan, in tire
earthquake of 1891, when the earth
opened and swallowed whole houses
and then closed again, leaving no
trace except that the roofs projecting
beyond the walls of the building were
too wide to fall into the rift and
were left on the surface.
The same explanation of this phe
nomenon. says the New York Sun
is made in India as in Japan. The
houses had been built along a straight
line and under them the earth had
opened and the houses had fallen into
the chasm. Then the opening had
closed and all persons who were in
the houses at the time were buried
in the houses, no one knows how
deep. No attempt was made to re
cover their bodies, for there were
many hundreds of wounded who re
quired attention and the living had
to be thought of before the dead.
Only the roofs- were to be seen, and
on looking under them instead of the
confused heap of rubbish found under
the other wrecked buildings there
was merely the surface of the ground
on the same level inside as outside.
This great Indian earthquake has
been the occasion of other expensive
publications, chiefly by the Japanese
government. Japan is keenly alive
to the necessity of adopting methods
of building houses and engineering
constructions that will best with
stand the effects of earthquake
shocks. All investigations on this
subject are in the hands of the earth
quake investigating committee of Ja
pan. As soon as the serious nature of the
catastrophe that had overtaken
northeast India was understood a
part of the Japanese committee was
at once dispatched to the scene and
the reports they wrote form two
volumes of the committee's publica
tions. Their researches have proved
to be particularly instructive and im
portant for earthquake countries.
The volumes, for example, contain
many pictures and plans, as well as
much letterpress, contrasting differ
ent frfrms of concrete flooring, roof
and other timber work, varieties oi
joints, types of archway and the like,
which failed, with corresponding con
structions which successfully resist
ed the destructive forces. The text
is in Chinese characters, but many
of the pictures show at a glance that
while certain forms of structures
withstood or were only slightly af
fected by the shocks others entirely
One interesting fact observed wa
that buildings resting upon the earth
or upon stones flush with the earth,
escaped with little damage, while
others near them that were raised
on foundations above the surface
were destroyed .or badly damaged.
The general conclusion reached by
the Japanese investigators was that
a building with a light roof and con
structed entirely of timber, in which
the joints are replaced by iron straps
and cast iron shoes, may be made
as capable of withstanding a violent
racking as a wicker basket.
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