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CHAPTER XIII Continued.
At the sight of the ore, and of the
dull plr.au of the nugget, ft wonderful
transformation took place In John
Hawkins. He gaied at the ore with
the rapt look cf en enthusiast The
weight of ihe nugget told Its own
"Go ahead and tell me about this."
he said abruptly. "You look like an
honest man, and it's ft waste of time
to lie to me. What have yon got,
and tow did you pot It?"
In a matter of fact way John Burt
related the story of the discovery and
development or the Sailor Mine.
-This may be worth looking Into,"
aid the capitalist. "111 send an ex
pert to Investigate It and make a re
pott" He rang ft bell and ft boy re
sponded. "Go and tell ravld Parker
I want him," he ordered.
"Until we hare arrived t some ten
tative agreement or understanding, I
dont care to have your expert exam
ine thia property," aald John Burt,
when the boy had closed the door.
"Your expert will Ond one of two
things either that my estimate of
these claims Is accurate, or that It la
not In the latter event you would
drop the matter. If, on the contrary,
your expert confirms my estimate aa
he will it then becomes necessary to
act under a definite understanding. In
brief, the question Is this. What
agreement will you make, assuming:
that your expert confirms my state
ments?" "That sounds like business." roared
John Hawkins, ft gleam of admiration
for an opponent worthy of his atten
tion showing in fc!s eyes. "Make
your proposition. You're spiling; I'm
buying. What'a your terms?"
"You will assume the payments on
the Blake option, which amount to
three hundred thousand dollars," said
John. "In addition to that, you will
advance the money necessary for the
'I KQ.VT &DT''
development of the property and for '
the handling of the ore. Fltty per
cent of the net profits will revert to
yon until the money paid to Blake is
refunded. In consideration of the
capital thus advanced, your Interest
In the property will amount to forty
per cent and mine to sixty per sent"
i "I wont do It!" thundered John
Hawkins, slamming down the cover
of his desk. "I must have control
when I invest Make my Interest Bf
tyone per cent and I will talk to you.
Fifty-one per cent or nothing."
"Very well," said John Burt, rising;
"It la impossible for ua to agree, and
well w should know It in advance.
Good-day, Mr. Hawkins. I am stop
ping at th Palace Hotel, and. letters
sent there will be forwarded when I
leave the city. Good day. sir."
Two daya later John Hurl received
message from David Parker, asking
him to call at Ills ufTuw. ScltiiUSc
testa had shown ft rum u higher per
centage of gold than those indicated
by the crude experiments made In th
cabin by John Burt.
"I had an Interview with Mr. Haw
kins this morning," aald David Bark
er, after greeting hi vltltor. "Mr.
Hawkins I very peculiar man very
peculiar as I have told you. He
aav you are the hardest man to deal
with he ever saw a great compliment
for you, Mr. Burton, I assure you. He
has had his lawyer draw up provis
ional agreement In conformity to your
terms as he uuderatood them and
instructs uie to Bay to you that we are
invited to dine with him at bis club
thia afternoon, when the matter may
be finally arrauged. If ao. I am to ac
company you to the mlu'-jj to-morrow."
John thanked Parker, and arranged
to meet Mm with Mr. Hawkins at a
later hour. Htt then called on an at
torney and submitted the agreement
to his Inspection. Aft-r making a
few minor alterations, the lawyer a
a ii red John that the agreement fully
protected his interest.
Over a dinner fcuch as Is possible
only In San Francisco the agreement
6uccess and Failure.
David Purser's reMrt on the Sailor
Mine submitted to Mr. Hawkilt
ten day luter. and It more than con
firmed the statement made by Jonn
Burt. I'pon receipt of It. the mag
liat proceeded to the wine with Burt
and Parker, taking several uilueia iu
whom be had absolute confidence.
New claim wire located on tb njouu-
1 V 1
taln-s'dc, and in tho valley below In
anticipation of possible placer do
pus II s.
-Iin Blake was delighted when In
formed of John's progress. "Hopo
you make millions, and am betting;
you will," said Jim as they shook
hands and separated.
Mr. Hawkins, David Parker and
John Burt spent throe nights In the
cramped quarters of the log cabin,
and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
On their return to San Francisco ft
formal agreement was signed, and
John Burt and John Hawkins became
partners la the Sailor Mine and In
the scores of claims surronndlnc It
For eighteen months John directed
the efforts of an army of men, awarm
Ing like ants on the mountain side. A
village sprang up In the valley and
clustered about the stamp mills of
Hawkins 4 Company. Churches,
gambling houses, stores and saloons
contended for patronage. Thousands
of claims were staked out; but nature
had ceased from her gold aowtng
when aha finished the broad layers of
the Sailor Mine and lta outcropping.
The mines produced eight hundred
thousand dollar tn gold the first year.
After deducting Blake's price, John'
share In the profits waa more than ft
hundred thousand. His dividends In
the following six months were three
hundred thousand. Following Mr.
Hawkins advice, he so Invested his
profits as to become a millionaire be
fore ha had been In California two
Having placed the mining property
on a permanent footing, and in charge
of competent managers and superin
tendents, be transferred his head
quarters to San Francisco. He still
made periodical visits to the mines,
where he had an office in the old log
cabin; orders having been issued not
to destroy it under any circumstances.
When Jim Biaka received his first
Instalmcnt of ft hnndred thousand dol
lars, he gave ft dinner In John Burt's
honor in the Occidental Hotel. Twen
ty guests were present This social
function cost Blake a thousand dol
lars, and ten days after the feast he
waa without a dollar.
' Mining stocks," Jie explained to
John Burt "I plunged on Kobert Em
m4. and they trimmed me."
John advanced Jim ten thousand
dollars, an? gave him advice which
waa worth more than the money.
Blair followed the advice for
month. When hi second Instalment
waa due, he had drawn bo heavily
against John that he bad a balance of
only forty dvo thousand. Two months
after he had received a check for the
final payment, which terminated his
original property rtghta In the mine,
he admitted to John Burt that hi to
tal assets did not exceed Ove thou
"I have a plan." aald John, "one
which will give full scope for your
talents. I've been thinking for some
time, Jim. of making a proposition to
you. I recently purchased seata on
the mining and Block exchanges, and
.i to become a silent partner In an
Inventing and brokerage firm. I tIM
furiiUh wont of the capital; but for
reibous that you will appreciate. I
prefer to remain In the background
How would you like to become the
nominal h. ad of such a concern, on
d-r the title, w will aay, of 'James
B!ake Company'? In order that
you may have a iiltnntlal Interest In
the Crm, I will advauco you a huu
dreil thousand dollars on your future
pr fit from the pallor Mine, and In
vent with the firm four hundred thou
sand of my own money. What do you
think of my proposition?"
"Nothing would suit me better, but
I'm afraid I'm not qualified for such
a pimltton," said Blake, delighted be'
yond ueaaure. Once more the path
to wealth opened out before him.
"I know your qualifications," aald
John. "You will become the most
popular and capable broker in Ban
Announcement of the establishment
of the new firm was made the follow
lug week. Mr. Hawkins refused to
confirm or deny the popular rumor
that he was tho banker of the con
ceru; and no one suxpected that John
Burt bad " any Duaueial luteroal
Blake Company first attracted
speculative attention by it masterly
handling of th corner in the Btock of
lxn Pedro Hineltlug and Mining Com
pany. The profit of the fru wer
estimated at million and ft halt
John TTswklna r-jWIcly inniel an
HIT lSlf1l!il'.1lt'l pirn .mn i ni " ,
but Jnmcs Blake was hailed as the
daring operator whoso brilliant gen
eralship had crowned Ih success of
the deAl. In th speculative Anna
ment he suddenly binned forth as a
star of the first magnitude.
James Plnke suddenly developed
traits which bewildeted his friends
and surprised himself. Vnder the
guidance of John Burt he mastered
the details of the business, displaying
ahlllty In dealing with the Intricacies
which funned the daily routine. In
capable, of acting for himself, he could
follow a chartered course with th
precision of ft pilot
Nature had denied to James Blake i
that spark of genius which inspires
the leader, but he possessed In ft high
deeree those traits which leadership
attracts and Invests with power. He
grasped Burt's plans of campaign with
the Intuition of ft Bernadotte, and ex
ecuted them with the dash and skill
of Murat. In the two yeara which
followed, wealth poured Into the cof
fers of James Blake & Company.
Blake's name figured in great finan
cial transactions, and his opinion was
eagerly sought In matters of commer
cial moment. Handsome ft Apollo,
and the reputed possessor of ft large
fortune, he became ft society lion, ft
popular club man and the target fo
Blake accepted hli honors with dig-
nliy and modesty. He was willing
and proud to shine in the reflected
light of John Burt. He would have
endured unmerited disgrace aa ae
rcnely as he wore nnwon honors.
From the moment when Peter Burt
stood with uplifted arms la the light
ning's glare and gave him ft blessing,
John Burt had no doubt of hla finan
cial future. With his eyes fixed un
waveringly on an Immediate purpose.
he had boldly commanded fortune to
do his bidding.
A profile portrait of Jessie Carden
rpRted on an easel which stood near
the desk In his library. It was the
work of an artist of local fame, drawn
from a tintype photograph his sole
memento of the women he loved. The
pink paper frame, with ft design in
hearts and roses, which sarrounded
the photograph, was frayed and torn.
but Jessie's sweet face waa revealed
on the glossy surface of the metal
th face which had looked Into his one
summer day when they rode to HIng
ham, and Jessie proposed they should
have their tintypes taken."
Jessie was In ber sixteenth year
when the picture was taken, but the
long riding-habit and the queenly pose
of her head against the plain back
ground added dignity to the nascent
charms of face and figure. John
would sit for hours during the long
evenings and gaxe at this portrait It
was the one visible connecting link
between tbe past and the present, th
ocular inspiration for his future.
Again and again he attempted to pic
ture tho Jessie Carden of the pre
ent. With his eyca fixed on the por
trait, and his mind centered on Its
original, he struggled to span th void
of miles and years which parted them.
and to hold communion with her. At
tlmea he imagined the message was
received, and that s loving answer
came, bidding blm to have faith and
to persevere. Surely such correspon
dence was not In violation of his
promise to Peter Burt! Then h
would turn to bis books, and with ft
light heart toll far into the night In
this room be mantered the secrets of
finance and of commerce. With him
self as tutor, he took ft postgraduate
course in buslnes. No detail was
too slight, no problem too Intricate, to
escape his attention. Tho world was
the chessboard of bis future opera
tions, and he explored Its past and
studied Its present with seal ucfiag
ging and faith unltounded.
But when slumber fell upon him.
and his soul wandered Into unknown
regions, ho dreamed dreamed hut of
million nor of triumphs over master
minds. He dreamed of Jessie Car
(To be continued.)
UMBRELLAS OLD AS MAN.
Though Rain Shield Ar 10.000
Yr Old Thsy Ntsd Improving.
"How rich I'd be," said an umbrella
salesman, "if I had patented th um
The floorwalker smiled.
"You might a well talk," aald he.
of a patent on swimming or cooking.
Umbrellas appear to have existed
always. Wherever we excavate
Babylon. Mncvah, Nippur traces of
the umbrella are found. This Instru
ment Is coeval with mankind.
"It Is of oriental origin. The Eng
lish di-ln't bexln to use it until 17'M.
Hliakerpeare, with all hi genius, had
no umbrella to protect htm from tho
rain. Jonas Hanway waa tbe first
Kngllxh umbrella maker."
The floorwalker paused to brush ft
white thread from hla loug black coat.
Then he resumed:
"Now. what you might do would be
to patent some new sort of umbrella
some rain shield built on better lines.
We have proof that the umbrella has
existed for 10,000 years, aud yet In all
that time It has not once been Improv
ed. Consider It It Is by no means
perfect. It turns Inside out readily.
and It only protect th bead aud
houMi-rs from the rain. Chang all
that. Civ us an umbrella that Is ft
complete rain shield. Then yoo will
"Iioctor. you are the moat Jovlil.
even tampered man I ever met do
tuu rever get out of temper?
"One has to get out of patience to
lose one's temper, and, as I am never
out of pallcuts, I sua never out bf pay
Refused to Listen.
"Pardon me, air," hcan.the femi
nine victim of hard luck, who was
forced to solicit alms, a she ap
proached the crusty old bachelor's
dck, "but I am a poor lone widow,
"You may as well break It oft light
there," Interrupted the heartless o. b.
"I can't use any leap year proposals
la my business."
No, He Wnt Henpecked.
Mr. Scrapper1 Maria, I I
Mrs. Scrapper Take that, yon
brute, and don't let me ever bear you
vou henpecked again.
A Different Kind.
Johnny What does conscience
Teacher It is something Inside ot
you that tells you when you bav
Johnny Ma said I didn't have no
conscience. But I knew 1 had. Only,
when I felt that way the other day.
doctor said it waa green apples.
One Man's Crlef.
SmUhklns I met Enpeck down
town to-day. He told me his wife bad
left him last week.
Mrs. Smithklns Poor man! I sup
pose be'a ail broke up over it, isn't
Smlthk'ns I guess so. When I con
gratulated him he insisted on opening
a small bottle.
Cause and Effect
Wife John, do you know that yoa
swore in your sleep last night?
Husband Did I? It must have
been when I bad that horrid dream.
Wl.'e What did you dream?
Husband I dreamt I was smoking
one of those cigar you gave me on
"Don't you know that It doesn't da
the least good to apply abuslv
epithet to ft political opponent"
"Of course." answered Senator Sorg
hum, "It doesn't do any good. But it
assures your constituents that you ar
trying to do something to earn your
salary." Washington Star.
L:,i.,-.;!;!.'l-i 4 .-.i
nime I!, Zft
1 . ' . , ...
Mr. Koox (J ft. tn ) My dearsh hlo-
don't be hlur.s. I've had bard tug
Mrs. Knox- I should think It would
be a bard tug to carry th load you've
Edna And after our marriage I an
going to keep a cook.
Belle You are too reckless, my
Belle Yes. You should say you ftrs
going to try to keep cook.
Practice Makes Perfect
Shoe Clerk I'm afraid you can't get
these shoes on. madam. Suppose you
try ft size larger.
Mrs. O'Klley Nlver do yes nioind
young man. Olil be able I git ttiim
on ftfther OI wear thim a tulm or two.
Myer Who was It that originated
the saying "the unexpected always
Oyer Iu't know. Borne fellow con
nected with tbe weather bureau,
"But you Americans," protested th
Englishman, "have no anreatora to
whom you ran point with prhle."
"Well, that Is our mlafortune rather
than our fault," replied lb Americas
glrL "Mont of our ancestors cam
from England, you know."
6h Waa O. K.
1 f .
Th Other 6id.-.
CllmMrg tti mmint'iln' sliRHi-y cr-it.
1 .I,.!rlt4 lllll. Ii !..! nt ii'i 't'l
Vy muir riw whnVr my ft
I'pun l'.pin..t txleiit ..liUt rest,
'i othr iM'lt w nil unknown:
)ti)t. m 1 slowly t'.lltnt uionrf.
Hwlf-r to me than Buy souk
My lircumi ot vUUmis to b stiown.
Meanwhile th mountain str-ubs dis
tills.) Their wtBM all along my way.
And tlie delirious sumuifr dny
My heart with rapture overfille.1.
At length the Mimint holsht waa gained:
The ithr alile waa full In view;
My dreaina nut one of them was true.
But better far had I attained.
Fr.r far and H on either hani
There stretched a valley broad
With greennea flaahtng everywhere-
A pleaes.nl. anilllna. nmeiia lano
Who knows. I thuuaht. but so
I'pon that mountain top of death.
Wherw we shall draw diviner breath.
And mvm th K-ng lat frieads w laveT
It may not ha aa we have dreamed.
Not half an awful, stranae anil rna;
A quiet, peaceful, homelike land.
Tetter than in our vlatona gleamed,
But now alona: our upward way .
What tvautlvs lutk. what splendors
Whatever shall be. thia we know
la better than cur liia ran say.
John White chadwlcft.
Why He Disliked "Dial."
A distinguished retired general of
the regular army, whose civil war
service was brilliant, was sealed on
lb lawn In front of hia Rhode Ia'and
avnue home at Washington the other
evening, says the New York Sun. In
conversation with crony, when an
!til:tn with ft street piano stopp J
is frr.nt of the house. It waa ft woi!
tt-!;ed street piano of the better virt.
and the old general enjoyed the mu
sic to much that when, at the wind
up ot the second tune, the Italian en
tered the yard, smlrklr.g and holding
,itt Lis hat, the veteran officer toscu
him "- quarter.
Tho Italian went back to the tune
machine and began to grind out
Befor half of the first measure of
Dixie" had been played the retired
(oneral rose from his bench, and.
without a word to his Crony, walked
Into h'.s houae, through the hall aud
to the backyard.
He did oot return to the benca
seat beside bis friend until the street
piano man had gone away down the
avenue, out of hearing. He didn't
make any explanation when he r.
sumed hi lawn seat, either. But hla
crony was curious.
Old man," he aald to the rettrea
general. "1 never knew before that
yi.ti were narrow and prejudiced.
There's none of the olj soreness left
In you. Is there, that you run away
from Dixie?" Ian't you know that
Dixie' 1 tumultously applauded by
a'.; hands nowadaj when It played
fv theater orchestras In New lurk.
snd even In Boston?"
'That all rtgbl." calmly replied
the old officer. "Ira neither preju
diced nor narrow nobody less so.
But I sot th worst of the 'Dixie
tune a little matter of forty and odd
years ago. so that I'vo never been
aMe to listen to 'Dixie' since without
becoming sort f restless.
"When Gen. Kllpatrtck wa operat
ing down around Macon, tearing up
railroads and such like, I was witn
him. I bad charge of destroying tbe
Tho Johnnies were In front of us.
In plain sight but they didn't bother
tis any. They contented themselves
with falling back as we progressed
with the pulling P of tho rails and
They merely watched n across
the clearings and through tho trees,
and never even popped "at ua. They
probably llcnred that It would be no
use, seeing how greatly w outnuni
"One morning fien. Kllpatrlck Bent
for m to learn how I was making
out with tho destruction of the rail
road. Ho wanted the work pushed
- 'i ll tell you what you do," Oen.
KllpatrUk said to me. The boys al
ways work faster and with ft better
will when there's music around. You
take one of the mounted bands down
to where tho gang's working and
give 'era aome mule. That'll chirk
them up and we can got this Job done
"Ho I took mounted band to th
point which we bad reached In the
tearing up of the railroad, and U.ld
the leader to go ahead and pump
some of the patriotic airs.
"The music had the effect On.
Kllpatrlck had predicted. The boys
did twice as much work und-r the In
spiring strains of 'Hall. Columbia,"
The Star Spangled Banner." 'My
Country.' and so on, and the Johnnie
In front of us had to fall back good
dotl more rapidly than they had be
fore the enthusiasm of the boys bad
been limited by the band music.
"When the band bad run out of
patriotic airs tbe leader approached
tne and aked for suggestions a to
whut the musicians should play then.
"Well." I said to the leader, 'thoas
poor devil of relia In front of ua
have behaved pretty well. They
haven't even turned their Bharpshia t
era loose iitx.n us. They ought to be
lewatded. Fuppos you Just give
them 'Dixie' for good luck?'"
At this point In his narrative the
old retired gi tieral paused for ft mln
utc or mi. and looked thiMigbtful.
"Well?" said tils crony.
"Well." went on the veteran, "the
band radn't wrung out mote than six
bars of that 'Dixie' tune before our
1 L; iijALiATW
.i.i were numbed by the roptoundeat
rebel yell you ever llhtened to In all
owr born tlaya, aud luaiiiu of two
ntlfiulfa IhOKe Johnnies In front were
on top of us aud trouncing hell out
Sutler Waa Wily.
"I am all tho time wondering," aald
the sergeant "If the Japanese and
Russian soldiers. In their strenuous
campaigns have any time for frolic
and fun. If not I don't see how they
can stand the wear and tear. In the
old army we bad our forced marches,
sklrmls:iej and battles, but we had ft
good deal of spare time for what the
commanding general called deviltry.
Including raids on sutler's supplies
and ft pood deal of horse play gener
ally. "We could tell when ft general ftd
snce was impeudisg by tbe willing
ness of sutlers to dispose of certain
supplies et bsrgaln counter figures.
Just before the advance on Atlanta
ft sutler had established himself in
one of the gaps to the east of Chat
tanooga, und being well to the front,
did ft land office business. One day
early In May I noticed he waa very
nervous ard kept his eyea on some
kegs of beer stored In the resr of his
tent I told the boys and they organ
ized a raid to relieve the autler's ner
vousness. "They surrounded the sutler's tent
that night, but. much to their surprise,
they foua 1 the sutler awake and very
anxious. They told Mm they came for
the beer, w hich he was not allowed to
sell to enMstr-d men. and again they
were surorise.l when tbe sutler said
that If they Indued u having the
beer at five cents ft g'u, he would
have to let them have it, as he was
not strons: enough to reMM. The boys
were startled, but firm. Word was
passed to the tamps In the rear, and
that night tbe sutler sold all his br,
and a go.Hl many other things.
"The boys Were In prreat glee over
having Intimidated tbe suti.-r. but
w hen forward movement was order
ed next morning they realired that
they bad I een bamboor'ed. aa It were.
and that the sutler, by selling his beer
at ft row iaonal! rate, had sold out
to the beer tirlnker the moat of hi
stock ordered to the rear. They said
nothing but In tho course of the day.
the sutler's wagon wa overturned and
the mule could not be found. He
didn't get away from th gap until the
soldiers had marched to tho front-
Chicago Inter Ocan,
Strang Story of a l?0 Bill.
County Judge W. H. Prewltt. who
now lies critically 111 at his home in
this city, with very little hop of tils
wovery, has In hi poaseeioon a l?
bill which has connected with It pa
thetic atory of our civil war. While
gathering togi-ther and arranging his
personal tffevl. In company with sev
eral friends, on Tueaday, he pulled
from an old box a M bill, yellow
with age. and remarked: "This must
not be spent during m lifetime."
He then related Jhc following story:
"Just after the battle of Perryville I
found two young Confederate soldier
two boys about seventeen or eight
een year of aite lying wounded up
on the field. I took them to my home,
then In the neighborhood of the batt'
flel 1, and took car of them for sev
eral weeks, until they had almost re
covered from thir wounds, tine morn
ing a company of federal soldiers sur
rounded my house and took u pris
oners to DatiWl!. where they kept u
for eerl tlays bef re taking tbe bya
to priaoii. When I lie lad were about
to be taken a aay they gave me this
S?t bill for taking rr.ro of them. I re
futed at rtral, but they insisted that I
take the money, for It would be taken
away from them anyway, and I Would
Jiut as soon bav it as anjlxMly. I
finally consented. They gave m tbe
bill and bade mo gtaid by as they went
to prison. This wa forty two year
ago." said tbe luilge, "and I have
neither heard tior seen anything ot
tbe young soldier since. Many lime
I have been broke and In need of ft
dollar, but I never bad ft desire to
spend the bill. II. re it la; it belongs
to them."--Danvillo correspondence of
I.ouit Die I'ost.
Flesh was Weak.
William II I. Haea, the witty rep
resent 'it Ive from Iowelt. at a recent
gathering of a G. A. It. post had two
good stories concerning a certain offi
cer who waa noted for bis fear of a
battle. On the first cM--alon the cap
tain w aa ordered to hold ft barrb ad
against the charge of an Alabama
brU-mlo and then to fall bark on a
stronger poattion, So be exhorted hi
"Now. fellows, a aooii a the enemy
approaches, we'll have to run. end
r boys, as I'm a llttie lame myself, I
guess I'd better start now."
A few weeks later, In the Wilder
ness, on the HUM before th buttle,
he told tho company to bold their
ground In ft very enthusiastic manlier.
He wound up lu a peroration, recall
ing to the men. the natives of India,
w ho believe before a con flirt that
"whoever falls today, up In Para
dlae." On the following day the rank
wavered, aud the fiikt to fly was the
captain. A sobllcr beid him up aud
asked concerning the piomlaed supper
In Parailue. panting for breath, the
officer gasped :
"I never lake supper on tht kind of
ft dsy." Boston Jourf.