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tfBIJSHED XVIBY FbIDAY BT
YATES .& STRONG.
l-One Dollar and Fifty Cents for 1 year.
One Dollar for 6 months,
bscription price due in advance.
red at the Post Office in Charlotte, N
cond class matter," according to the
ClIAlaXOTTJB, Jf. C.
lest and most centrally located Hotel in
painted and refurnished. Electric
bd Electric Lights. The Central and
EUCLES & BRYAN,
5, 1887. iropnetors.
P. McCOMBS, M. D.,
professional services to the citizens of
and surrounding country. All calls.
lit and day, promptly attended to.
n Brown's building, up stairs, opposite
Jr. Annie L. Alexander,
CIIARLOTTE, N. C.
ice limited to diseases of WOMEN and
)HEN, and attention to Female patients.
pe, ai airs uaiunm s, si oouin l ryon
Eiearly opposite the Post Office.
lotte, May 27, 1887. tf
F. D. WALKKB.
ITRWELL & WALKER,
Attorneys at Law,
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
ictice in the State and Federal Courts
Jffice in Law Building.
faUGH W. HARRIS,
rney and Counsellor at Law,
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
actice in the State and Federal Courts.
', First door west of Court House,
t. 17. 1885.
CHARLOTTE. N. C.
ractice in all the Courts of this State
rompt attention given to collections.
7, 1885. tf
W. C. MAXWELL.
BORNE & MAXWELL,
Attorneys at Law,
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
iractice in the State and Federal Courts.
Offices 1 and 3 Law Building.
3, 1886. y
TON C. JONES.
CHARLES W. TILLETT.
JONES & TILLETT.
Attorneys at Law.
fctice in the Courts of this District and in
iond county. Also, in the Federal Courts
. 12, 1887.
G. P. BASON,
Attorney at Law,
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
Will practice in the State and Federal
. Office No. 10, Law Building.
14, 1887. y
DR. M. A. BLAND.
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
Ice in Brown's building, opposite Charlotte
s used for the painless extraction of teeth.
DR. GEO. W. GRAHAM.
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
raotioe Limit, ed to the
E, EAR AND THROAT.
OPPMAN & ALEXANDER.
CHARLOTTE, N . C .
Iflce over A,
It. Nisbct & Bro's store.
M. to 5 P. M.
s from 8 A
SPRINGS. K. S. BCRWELL.
ISPRINGS & BURWELL,
beers & Commission Merchants.
Con. College and 4th Sts.,
CIIARLOTTE, N. C.
n. l, 1SS7.
3, Tryon street, near WrUtorCt Drug Store;
Charlotte, N. C.
Practical Watch-Maker and Jeweler.
eeps a full stock
of handsome Jewelry
Icks, Spectacles, &c.
which be will sell at a
Dealer in Diamonds, Watches, Clocks, Jewelry
icruu snver-x-iaiea ware, &c.
Repairing of Jewelry. Watches. Clocks. Ac.
feproniptly, and satisfaction assured
isr m special attention given to fine Watch
Aug. 19. 1887.
f mplete Stock and Lowest Prices
Shoes, Trunks and Valises.
PEGRAM & CO
ruuc". oo. 16 South Trvon street
THE BEST STOCK
eavy ana Fancy Groceries
Goods, etc, can be found
A. R. & W. B. NISBET
Road-builidng and road-reoairiner
are a science, and an important science,
loo; and it is ridiculous that work of each
practical importance should be so largely
intrusted to men who, however skilled
and successful they may be in their own
department of industry, know little of the
principles of surveying or scientific road-
l! 1 ... . ..
mating, ana wnose only idea of repairing
a roadway until it becomes a ridge of soil,
along the narrow surface of which teams
have to pick their way.
IST" It is with glory as with beaut j;
a eiugie iiue lineament cannot make a
handsome face, neither can a single good
quality render a man accomplished, but a
concurrence of many fine features and
good qualities makes true beauty and
MORTGAGE SALE. ?
Jjy virtue of a power contained in a Mortgage
made to me by W. F. Cuthbertson and wife J.
M. Cuthbertson. on the 21st day of March, 1885,
and duly recorded in Book 43, page 168, in the
registers omce in Charlotte, N. C, I will sell
at public auction, at the Court House door in
Charlotte, on Monday, the 5th day of September,
1887, a valuable HOUSE and LOT in the city
of Charlotte. B;tuated on Fifth street in Square
90 and Ward 1, adjoining the property of Mrs
C. A. Klueppelberg, Mrs M. E. Farrow and
others. Terms Cash.
Aug. 5, 1887. 5w Mortgagee.
NEW GOODS ARRIVING.
CALL AND SEE THEM.
New lot of Navy Blue Twilled Flannel for
Boys' Suits at 37, 50 and 60 cents.
One lot of Towels, extra nice quality, at 2.75
a aozen. ue sure to see them. Kew lot of
T" 1 ft 1 k
oiacK uasameres, wnicn win oe sola at very
.11 TtT 1 T-fl-r.kYnT-n.MM. n ...
.a.u-wooi u XiiM itiii 1 1 ao sometning new.
Ask to see them. Also, our new line of Black
Camel a Hair. Our line of Blacks is very attrac-
uve inrougnoui, ana every laay matting pur-
cuases in mourning uooas win ao well to ex
amine our stock.
It remains a fact that we are selling the cheap
est line ot Hosiery that has ever been on the
The Goods are all new, bought at close figures,
anu soiu ai unusuauy close pronts.
T. L SEIGLE & CO..
Aug. 19, 1887. 11 West Trads etreet
The Victor Clover Huller will thresh Clover
ior me puouc ana is ready to start out at any
ime. Parties wanting to make en trace men t
will please call on
Aug. 19, 1887.
We are headquarters for these Goods. Have
just opened up the finest and most complete line
oi sporting uooas ever brought to this market.
Double and Single Breech Loading Shot Guns
all grades. London Fine Twist Muzzle Load
ing uuns. Breech .Loading Kines, all grades-
raper and mass shells, Ureech Loading Imple
ments, Shot Pouches and Belts, Powder Flasks,
W e guarantee our retail prices on these Goods
against New York or Baltimore. Call and be
HAMMOND & JUSTICE
Rubber and Leather Belting.
Just received, a large lot of Rubber Belting of
all sizes. We warrant every foot we sell and
guarantee our prices against any house south of
HAMMOND & JUSTICE.
Oct. 29 ..1886.
Paid in Cash or Trade, at
ROSS & ADAMS'
Book and Stationery Store, No. 17 8. Tryon St.
New Stock, Low Prices.
We are rapidly filling our large and handsome
New Store with New Goods to replace Stock
destroyed by the fall of our building 14th May
The Merchants of the surrounding country
have only to give us a trial to be convinced that
we are selling Hardware as low as any house in
HAMMOND & JUSTICE.
Oct. 9. 1886.
A. R. & W. B. NISBET.
Wholesale and Retail
Grocers and Confectioners,
Tobacco, Cigars, Musical Instruments, &c
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
The best stock of Groceries, Confectioneries
Prize Candies. Toys, Musical Instruments.
Strings, Tobacco, Cigars, Snuff, Wooden-Ware
1'aper liags, canned Goods, Glass Jellies. Uracfe-
ers. Powder, Shot. Salt. &c. in the city, will be
found at our
Wholesale and Retail Store.
Call and sec us before buying.
A. R. & W. B. NISBET
We have the Improved Tubular Lantern : also
the Buckeye, with Double Globes.
Dr. Scott's Electric Hair Curler
immediately crimps, banirs or curls the Hair to
any desired shape. For sale by
CHICKEN CHOLERA CURE.
A rftrtain Cure for Cholera, for sale by
VV. M. W1L.SUP W.,
Charlotte. N. C.
Emulsion Cod Liver Oil at
W. M. WlLSUr
For making Yellow Butter.
W. M. WILSON & CO.,
March 18, 1887. Druggists
Water Closet Seat, a new and valuable device
for the cure and prevention of Piles. No cure
For further information apply to
E. NYE HUTCHISON, M. D.,
Charlotte, July 22, 1887. Agt. for Patentee.
Pretty is that Pretty Does.
The spider wears a plain brown dress,
And she is a steady spinner;
To see her, quiet as a mouse,
Lioing about her silver bouse.
You would never. Dever. never sues
The way she gets, her dinner.
She looks as if no thought of ill
Io all tier life had stirred her;
But while she moves with careful tread.
And while she pins her silken thread.
She is planning, planning, planning still.
I he way to do some murder!
My child, who reads this simple lay
With eyes down-dropt and tender.
Remember the old proverb says
lbat pretty is, which pretty does,
And that work does not go nor stay
t or poverty nor splendor.
Tis not the house, and not the dress
That makes the saint or sinner.
To see the spider sit and spin,
obut with her web of silver in.
You would never, never, never guess
lhe way she gets her dinner.
A Word to the Wise.
There is a growing tendency among
thinking physicians toward the study of
diet and its effects, and the summing up
of much observation seems to bear out the
statement that, as a people, we eat far too
much meat. Even English authorities
and an Englishmen and roast beef have
come to be nearly synonymous accept
the conclusion, sometimes reluctantly and
with reservations: but more often hesita
tingly, and with a demand upon their pa
tients for a consideration of the new theory;
and this, quite apart from the vegetarian
theories. More and more it seems to be
recognized that meat comes under the
head of stimulant rather than nourishment,
and that strength of muscle is much more
dependent on the cereals and other vege
table food than upon flesh. The French
peasantry, the better class ot which are
probably the best fed people in the world,
recognize this fact instinctively, making a
small portion of meet flavor a large por
Mon of vegetables, and using it but
once a day. With us. the test of pros
perity for the average working-man Beems
to be meat three times a day. lhe
result has been a series bf diseases rheu
matism in all its forms, kidney difficulties
and obscure nervous troubles, owing their
rise to the overstimulation of the nervous
system by too much meat, and
or overcome only by the partial
cessation from this form of food.
It is almost impossible to convince a
business man or worker ol any type that
he has really breakfasted unless the meal
has included meat in some form, prefera
bly that ot steak or chop. Yet the same
man would do nis day a work: wuu less
wear and tear; his nerves would be belter
cushioned and protected from shock if be
would allow fruit, grains, eggs and fish to
take the place of the steak.
J rom these prominent facts in the his
torv of our own country, we may learn
the valuable or ruinous reaction of results,
and how the character of those who
achieved them, is often stamped with
greatness or with meanness; with wisdom
orwithfollv: whatever may have beeu
their motives or real incentives to action
loungman think seriously ot the reac
tive influence of results on moral charac
ter, before you engage in any important
NEW GROCERY STORE.
W. M. LTLES & CO.,
Chaklotte, N. C,
Trade Street, Central Hotel Building.
We keep a supply of Heavy and Fancy Gro
ceries of the best grade, such as Coffee, Teas,
Sugar, Syrups, Bacon, Hams, best grade of Flour,
Canned Goods, Sc.
One car load of SALT just received.
We do a cash business, and therefore sell Goods
at the lowest market rates.
We buy all kinds of
Such as Wheat, Corn, Oats, Rye,
Dried Fruit of all Kinds,
Butter, Eggs, Chickens, &c.
We pay cash for country Produce, and invite
a share of patronage.
W. M. LYLES & CO.
Aug. 19, 1887. 6m
North Carolina Railroad Company,
Secretary and Treasurer' Office,
Burlington, N. C, Aug. 4th, 1887.
The second payment of 3 per cent on Divi
dend No. 25 will be due on September 1st to
Stockholders of record at 12 o'clock, M.. on
August 10th. The transfer Books will be closed
at 12 o'clock M., August 10th, until September
P. B. RUFFIN,
Aug. 12, 1887. 4w Secretary,
Blood and Liver Pills.
Kine's Pills are peculiarly adapted to the fol
lowing Diseases: Bilious, Intermittent and Re
I mittent Fevers, Sick Headache, Piles, Indiges
tion, Costlveness, Colic. Jaundice, Dropsy,
Dysentery, Heartburn, Loss of Appetite, Dys
pepsia, Diseases or tne Liiver, jianeys ana
Bladder, Eruptions ot the ttkin, nervousness,
and all Disorders that arise from a Diseased
Liver or Impure Blood. For sale by
BUKWELJL. ib DUKJM.Liruggists,
April 15, 1887. Charlotte, N. C.
Having secured the services of one of the very
j best of Bakers, I am prepared to furnish Bread,
Cakes, and everything in the Bakery line.
S. Al. UUWJS.LiLt,
Feb. 11, 1887. East Trade Street
Dr. Brasg's Lifer Pills.
These Pills are peculiarly adapted to the fol
Bilious, Intermittent and Remittent Fevers,
Sick Headache, Piles, Indigestion, Costireness,
Colic, Jaundice, Dropsy, Dysentery, Heartburn,
Loss of Appetite, Dyspepsia, Diseases of the
Liver, Kidneys and Bladder, Eruptions of the
Skin, Nervousness, and all Disorders that arise
from a diseased Liver or impure Blood.
r" Prepared only at the Laboratory of
W. M. WILSON & CO.,
Trade St., Charlotte, N. C.
Feb. 11, 1887.
The .Art of Conversation. 4r? ;
Among many admirable suggestions
given by Annid H. Ryder' in, tier recent
book, entitled "Hold up your heads.
Girls?" we find the following, in a chapter
on conversation : a ;' '"-i!,"-
"Conversation does not demand that we
should - always be vivacious, sparkling.
ritty, fanciful, or even that we should
use beautiful language; but good' talk
does ask for heart and interest. Put your
heart into what you have to say; put your
mterest into it, and your conscience will
be awakened, your zeal wilt be' aroused ;
then you will compel attention, and aet
others thinking also. These things "being
true, it seems to me that character is 'the:
first requirement in the art of conversa
tion. 1 take it for granted that every girl
can,with perseverance, acquire a fluent use
of words; for this depends mainly on
practice; so I shall try to indicate those
qualities which lie back of the words,
and which give life to them. Even the
nature of a talk will have its source in
character, and to character it will return.
Whatever chance or circumstance brings
about a conversation, it will generally
lead to such expressions of ideas as will
show the disposition of the conversers.
Just here girls, let me remark, that if by
any slang or catch words you thoughtlessly
express yourselves, the danger is, your
character will be misunderstood, and
your pure hearts, but merry minds, will
be centured for what is not in them. De
pend upon it, your own personality will
be ioferred from what you say ; hence
the value of utter sincerity in what you
talk. Naturally, we are led to think
about courtesy and gool manners as re
quirements in the art of talking. Have
you not met certain men and women who,
when they opened their mouths to speak
to you, conferred a favor on yout" and
when they spoke, have you not felt the
benediction decending on your heads? I
have. They were not always scholars,
nor were they great people, nor rich peo
ple, but mannered people.
We imagine, says Flammarion, that we
ascend very high into the past when we
behold the ancient pyramids still stand
ing on the plains ot Egypt, the obelisks
covered with mysterious hieroglyphics,
the silent temples of Asia, the antique
pagodas of India, the idols of Mexico and
Peru, the secular traditions ot Asia and
of our Aryan ancestors, the instruments
of the age of stone, the arms cut from
silex, the arrows, the spears, the knives,
the rasps and the stone slings of our
primitive barbarism. We hardly dare to
speak of 10,000 or 20,000 years. But
even if we should admit 100,000 years as
the age of our species so slowly pro-
greamve, what wouia. mat oe at ine siae
of the apparently fabulous accumulations
ot ceuturies which have preceded us in
the history of the planet ? Allowing but
100,000 years to the quaternary age (.the
existing age,) we see that the tertiary
period must have lasted 300,000 years,
the secondary 1,200,000 years, the primary
nearly 3,000,000, and the primordial more
than 5,000,000 years. What is this his
tory of life to the total history of the
globe, which has required 300,000,000
years tor the earth to solidify, while its
exterior temperature was descending to
200 degrees? And how many millions
shall we Deed to add, to represent the
time whiob has elapsed between the tem
perature of 200 degrees and that of 70
degrees, the probable maximum of organic
life? The study of worlds opens to us in
the order of lime horizons as immense as
those which open to us in the . order of
space; it causes us to think of eternity as
we think of the infinite.
A Notorious Horse-Thief.
Some weeks ago a requisition was
made by the Governor of South Carolina
on Gov. ScaleB of North Carolina, for one
Owen Manning, alias Obed Maredy, a no
torious horBe-thief. It was found that he
had stolen a great deal of property of that
sort in this State, and so the Governor,
when Manning was arrested, refused to
give him up. He was arreBted in a swamp
in Beaufort county after many shots bad
been fired and after he had been wounded
severely. Manning's track across the State
from Kobeson county to iieaufort, was
marked by horse-stesling.while other kinds
of property were also bagged. Tuesday he
was tried at Lumberton, in Kobeson
county, speedily convicted, and sentenced
to ten years imprisonment in the peniten
tiary. He said, on being granted permis-
sion to speak, that ne was tnirty-nve
years old, and that up to two years ago
he had lived a good life. He began his
crime by taking stolen goods, and later,
horse-stealing became a passion with him.
He bad stolen horses iu a dozen counties.
He is by birth a South Carolinian. Thus
ends, for a time, the career of the most no
torious horse-thief in this State for many
Tub Advantage of a Liberal Edu
cation. Proud father Welcome back to
the old farm my boy. So yoa got
through college all right?
Farmer's son Yes father.
P. F. Ye know I told yon to study np
on chemistry and things so you'd know
best what to do with different kinds of
land. What do you think of that flat
medder there, for instance?
F. tf. Cranky, what a poor place for a
PEGRAH & CO.,
Boots, Shoes, Rubbers, Trunks
(First National Bank Building.)
South Tbtox St., Chaklottk, N. O.
Specialties in Hats.
The "Boss Raw Edge" Soft Hats, the "Light
Weight" tiilk Hats, most approved style.
Trunks and Valises, very superior line.
Ladies' High Button Boots, Misses' High But
ton Boots, Children's High Button Boots.
Leather Back Bound Slipper Soles, Lamb's
Bound Slipper Soles, Porpoise Laces, Alma
Polish, Fine Button Hooks, Stocking Heel Pro
tectors. Aug, 26, 1887.
V flow, to Bead.'
--1 Nobody eao be sore . that, he : has got
clear. ideas n a sabject unless he has tried
to pall them down en piece - of . paper in
independent words of his own, -It.is an
excellent plan, toe, when yoa have read a
good book, t sit down and write a " short
abstraotof what you can remember of-it.
It is a still better plan, if you can make
up your' minds to a alight extra labor, io
do what Lords Stafford : and Gibbon and
Daniel .Webster did. After glancing over
the title, subject or design of a book, these
emiuent men would take a pen and write
roughly what questions they expected to
find answered in it, what difficulties solved
what kind of information imparted.' Such
practice keep us from reading with the
eye only, gliding vaguely over the page;
and they help us to place our new - acqui
sitions in relation with what we knew : be
fore. It is almost worth while to read . a
thing twice, to make sure that nothing
has been missed or dropped on the way, or
wrongly conoeived or interpreted. And
if the subject be serious, it is often well to
let an interval elapse.
Ideas, relations, statements of fact, are
not to be taken by storm. We have to
steep them in the mind, in the hope of
thus extracting their innermost essence
and significance. It one lets an interval
pass, and then -returns, it is surprising
how clear and ripe that has become which,
when we left it, seemed crnde, obscure,
full of perplexity. All this takes trouble,
no doubt; but then it will not do to deal
with ideas that we find in books or else
where; as a certain bird does with its eggs
leave them in sand for the sun to hatch
and chance to rear. People who follow
this plan possess-nothing better than ideas
half-hatched and convictions reared by
accident. . They are like a man who
should pace up and down the world in
the delusion that he is clad in sumptuous
robes of purple and velvet, when, in truth,
he is only half covered by the rags and
tatters of other people's cast off clothes.
"If ever I get married in a church again
you may call me a goat," said a bashful
man the other day
"What's the matter now?"
"Matter enough," be retorted, and
seemed mad as he thought ot it. l was
married not, long ago, and as my wife's
parents were pillars of the church, it had
to come off there, so they thought. Well,
some repairs were being made in the
church, so the marriage took place in the
Sunday-School room. There's where the
trouble came in. We stood up near the
platform where the superintendent's desk
stood, and before the minister got started
1 noticed a great many people smiling in
the audience. I didn't know what to
make of it. They all seemed to be look
ing over my head. I never eaid anything
till the thing was done, then I turned
around and looked up. What do yoa
think I saw? One of those confounded
mottoes hangiug over our head, and it
said: 'Suffer little children to come unto
me.' Isn't that enough to make a man
Carbolic Acid fob Indigestion.
Of late cases of indigestion have been
treated with carbolio acid, its employ
ment being found very satisfactory in that
form oi dyspepsia known as fermentative.
accompanied by constant sour risings and
eructations of gas, with pains alter meals
and discomfort even after drinking milk
or cocoa. It has proved , useful io the
form of glyceriue of oarbolio acid; that is,
one part of crystallized carboliq acid to
four parts of glycerine, the dose being
from five to ten minims in mint water, or
other convenient vehicle. In case-of much
pain of the stomach after food, it has been
found useful to add nve or six minims ot
the liquor opii sedativus to each dose,
and, when there is want of tone in the seat
of indigestion and bad appetite, five or ten
minims of the tincture of nux vomica have
proved serviceable. It is an interesting
sabject of inquiry whether the carbolio
acid, in this application, acts by arresting
fermentative changes in the stomach, or
by its well know anaesthetic influence on
mucous membranes. N. O. 'Democrat.
A Cuek fob Rheumatism. A
respondent of the Eoglish Mechanic says:
Let all of "ours" know the following:
My wife has suffered occasionally with
accute rheumatism in her feet, with pain
ful swelling, completely taking her off ber
feet for many days at a time. The follow
ing remedy was recomended recently and
tried, and took away the agonizing pain
in less than fifteen minutes, and she can
now walk very firmly, and in a couple of
days she will be able to button her boots,
and walk without a stick or crutch: One
auari of milk. Quite hot. into which stir
one ounce of alum; this makes cards and
whey. Bathe the part affeoted with the
whev until too cold. In the mean time
keep the curds hot, and after bathing,
put them on as a poultice, wrap in flannel,
and go to sleep (yoa can.) Three appli
cations should be a perfect cure even in
t3!r" Take a large sheet of paper and a
pen, and write out a list of all the persons
yoa dislike, adding a brief statement of the
reasons why yoa dislike each of them.
Having written accordingly, ask yourself
this question: Am 1 doing wen to De
anerrv with these persons? Have they
j given me offense to justify the dislike ?
And now listen to tnis propnecy: xou
will be obliged to confess that yoa have
not. You will feel ashamed of your dis
like for them. Yoa will resolve to cease
j disliking them.
Z3?f A recent observer of sunflower at
tributes their antimalarial action to their
absomtion of water from the soil, as well
as to their accrediated properties of ab
sorbing malarial germs, and emitting
much oxygen. JJuring June, loss, a
quarter of an acre of sunflowers exhaled
in the form of vapor an average of sixty
five gallons of water daily.
gST As from t-he smallest seeds germi
nate the noblest trees of the forest, as
from the lowest rounds of toil, rise men,
whose influence is as world-wide as the
paths of commerce.
Victims of Cbuce.
Hovs innocent people are tometimea Con
victed and Imprisoned.
. Since the creation, of the world there
baa , hardly been a crime committed in
bicn oircumstaqtial evidence has not
played a more or less important part in
the detection of its author. That in many
oases itbas later been discovered innocent
people have been made to suffer for the
wrong doing of othera is well known and
occasionally persons are found who insist
that they would, not vote to convict a
prisonei even if the ciroamstautial evidence
was very strong. A lawyer and a doctor
were discussing the sabject a few even
ings ago, and three illustrations were
given in which grave mistakes had been
made. . lhe first will perhaps be remem-
oerea dj old residents of Chicago, owing
to the wide publicity which, the case ob
tainea. uariy one morning a young man.
crossed the Madison street bridge coming
tornis work id the business part of the
city.. At that hoar comparatively few
persons were astir, and there was probably
no one within a half blook of him in either
direotion. Near the bridge there was a
vacant space whioh led back to the river.
The young man saw lying there, near the
sidewalk, a pocketbook and pioked it np.
At that instant he heard a pistol shot.
While he was standing there, with the
pocketbook in his hand, an officer and a
number of citizens gathered around him,
having heard the report. Back near the riv
er they found a man in the throes of death,
with a bullet hole in bis head. On his
person were found letters bearing his name
and address. The young man was asked
to show the pocketbook seen in his hand,
and to his horror it contained cards bear
ing the same inscription as the letters.
He endeavored to explain how the prop
erty of the dead man came into his pos
session, bat he was not believed, and wai
locked up charged with murder and robbery
In a few weeks the case came to trial
and the young man told his story; but it
had no weight against the damaging tea
timony of half a dozen witnesses for the
prosecution, who had seen the pocketbook
in his possession the morning of the mar
der. There was not a doubt entertained
by any person in the oourt room as to the
prisoners guilt, and all that seemed yet
to be done was for the lawyers to make
their arguments, the jury to conviot, and
the judge to impose sentence. But there
was one witness yet to be heard who
was not expected by either side. A
stranger who had hastily entered the
room announced that he had just arrived
in the city and had sometning to say
which must be heard, as it was of the
greatest importance. He was shown into
the witness box. He said he was a broth
er of the dead man and that he lived in
Iowa. He feared that a great wrong was
about to be done to an innooent man, and
had oome to prevent it. What he wished
to do was to present in evidence a letter
he had received from his brother, written
the evening before his body had been
found. A breathless sileoce ensued, as in
a clear voice he read how the whole af
fair had been planned by the one who
was now dead; how he had deoided to
end his existence in such a manner that
the insurance companies would raise no
objection to paying the full amount of the
risks on bis life to his family and brother;
how he was to place his pocketbook in
the alley designated, where he could lie
down some distance away, and when he
should see it picked np that would be the
signal for firing the fatal shot; bow a
stout cord would be tied to the revolver.
attached to the other end would be a stoue
of sufficient weight to drag the weapon
nto the river as Boon as it had done its
atal work and been released from his
grasp, sucn was tne manner ot tnedeatn
of the brother of the stranger, and he
could not be silent without morally being
the -murderer of the young man whom
they were attempting to convict. Then
followed a search in the river at the spot
where the tragedy was enacted, resulting
in tne revolver, string ana stone nemg
nshed up, conhrming the conspiracy
shown in the letter. Of course the pris
oner was released.
The lawyer then told of another case.
An honest old Uhio farmer one morning
Btrolled across his pastures. The spot
was but a short distance from the publio
road. He beard groans, and he harried
forward. JNot iar from the fence lay a
man with a large knife thrust into his
breast. Mechanically he stooped, over
and withdrew the weapon that had dealt
a death wound. As he did so he heard
the sound of wheels on the turnpike. A
carnage stopped ana two men aughtea
and came toward him. lbey bad seen
him remove the knife, and believed they
had detected the dairyman in an awful
crime, rne oia sooicnman was cnargea
mm e a
with murder, was tried, convicted and
hanged. A number of years afterward a
convict in the penitentiary of another
State last before his death confessed to
have committed the deed for which the
other man had suffered. He and
panion bad slept near the old spring the
nigut oeiore, suu iu u
some trivial matter he had stabbed his
friend, seeing some one coming across
the pasture, he had crawled over to the
fence and waited developments. An inno
cent man had been sacrificed.
Up to this time the doctor had been a
silent listener, but as he relighted his
cigar he said: . 1 once bad a little expe
rience that may interest you. When I
was about 17 years old I was appointed
mail agent on a Western road. After I
had been working for Uncle Sam about a
year I was surprised one day to be called
intA th nrivate officfc of the nostmaster
the divuion headquarters. Here I was in
formed that I was suspected of having
robbed tbe mails and told there was very
damaging evidence against me. A list of val
uable letters that bad never reached their
destination was shown me, and the start
ling information that I was about to be
arrested was vouchsafed. I was asked
what I had to say, and,' of course, had
nothing other than it was all a mistake.
Over 100 letters had been reported as lost,
and every one had disappeared on my
run. This looked bad, but I insisted that
they had been taken somewhere else than
on the car. ' Finally I suggested a plan
for locating the thief which seemed to meet
the approval of my accusers. My manner
mast nave satisfied them that j 17 was. not
guilty or they would not have given me
the chance they did.- I proposed that- an
other man be secretly put on my rani that
I keep oat of sight until the following, .af
ternoon, when i would go. to the. station
and come to the postoffice with-' the: mail
just ss though I had madevoy regular
ran. Whoever was working the game on
me would not know of the change and it
might aid in locating, the crooked i work.
This was agreed to, and they - pat me- on
parole not to ran away. I did just as I
had proposed, and came from the train t to
the office the following day with my mail.
I hang aroand for an hour or more,' and
was again called to meet Mr Williams and
the postmaster. - Here I learned that half
a dozen decoy letters had been sent in and
five of them had been taken. . This let me
oat, and I was congratulated. There was
no doubt now that the stealing was being
done in the postoffioe. and that 'whoever
was doing it had deliberately planned to
throw all suspicion on me. For a week I
heard nothing more, until an old ' school
mate of mine was arrested. . .His room cad
been searched and a number of ,' missing
drafts lound.Uiat he had neglected to de
stroy. ' He 'DToke down ancr -confessed.
He was given an eighteen-year sentence,
bat will have served his time and be.' Bet
at liberty in a few months more. -. Cir
cumstantial evidence is good proof, I sap-
pose, but I am afraid of t. iJhicago
Horses sot Fools,
I have seen and heard things of horses
that I think exceed anything yet pal
lisbed in your. "Natural History" columns.
Often I've felt a desire , to tell these
things to the children who read yoar 10th
and 11th pages; now 1 ask1 yoa ' please to
publish them for the benefit of the' person
wno tninks norses are loots, ana A nope
the little folks will enjoy them too. I do
not exaggerate any thing will simply state
the occurrences as they took ' place.' ' My
father lived near Cassville, Bartow coun
ty, Ga. He raised his own stock and. cat
tle. Among the horses he raised - were
two of which I wish to speak. ' Harney
and Edna were my father's buggy-horses,
and also brother and sister. Harney was
older than Edna, and lived most of his life
before I can remember. Bat there is one
thing I shall always remember; he coveted
the blue-grass which grew rank and sweet
among my mother's flowers and shrubs in
the front lawn. We children sometimes
led him in there to graze. Once he tasted
that grass, it took constant watching , to
disappoint his many plans getting to, it.
At last we were completely outwitted by
that horse. My mother was sitting on
the front porch, and we children were
playing in the front lawn, on the, coveted
blue-grass, suddenly mamma screamed.
We children came in a body and .found
mamma standing in the front door, wav
ing her cook-apron frantically at Harney,
wno siooa in tne nan, mnaiy ; regaraing
her. When we all rushed up the steps he
lost hope of reaching the grass that
time, and looking for an exit saw. only one
door open, which happened to be the par
lor. He quietly walked in, round the centre
table, and out again the way he came. Sev
eral days after, be was permitted to make
the journey to suit himself. He walked
up the back steps one at a time, but
leaped the front ones, and hastened to the
blue-grass. Older members of my-family
say he knew the Methodist church-bell at
Cassville, and always wanted to take, the
road to the church after he heard it ring.
Edna I know more about. She was a fam
ily buggy horse, and we children drove
her a great deal, bhe was trained to-a
number of little conveniences in I driving,
each as walking through muddy j places
and over bridges. If yoa' desired her- to
go faster, slower, or stop, yoa had only to
give her the proper signal. - She was often
sick, and learned just the- measures - used
in treating her, and went through it with
out any trouble. The cat, dog, . and ' this
horse need to play together all the -.while.
The cat lay down with all feet in the air,
the horse put ber nose down among those
feet, and such scratching;- biting ; and
snorting 1 never saw; suddenly the cat
sprung up, and there was a race for the
nearest tree Kitty always got there hrst.
The dog now sprung from behind the tree,
and oft the two were all over the lawn.
This programme was repeated until the
horse walked on to graze, while cat and
dog lay down to rest. Edna would not
wear a blind bridle; nothing . could . keep
it on her; she must see what, happened
to her, or she was simply not to. be
controlled. When dressed to suit herself,
she was as gentle and sensible as - a horse
can be. I remember two instances, when
any other horse I ever saw j would have
run away. Unoe the collar leil at her
feet; another time both traces: came off
the singletree at once she looked to see
what the trouble was, and then losing all
appearance of fright, quietly waited lor
their readjustment. When crossing a
shallow branoh her check-rain was ' let
down for her to drink; it got bitched on
tbe name some way
and she couldn't
I loosen it sufficiently to allow her to drink.
Finally, after repeated other efforts, she
turned her head, caught tbe rein in her
teeth, and jerked it loose and drank. One
bad habit of hers I must not fail to men
tion. She ate chickens. When the moth
er had been off a day or two, Edna will
follow them, step on one at a time, take, it
up and eat it. She killed them rapidly.
I knew a horse in Cedartown, Folk, coun
ty, Ga., which always carried the , buggy
to the barn, and backed it up under the
shed. Sometimes he had to make repeat
ed efforts before successful, bat he never
I lost patience, nor rested nntil he was suo-
at I cessfnL What is it in that horse s head
that enables him or her to astonish ; us
with at least an appearance of reason -and
intelligence? Some persons dislike own
ing that a horse is like a man -in this re
spect. God has not told us whether or
not animals are intelligent, but I i think
the facts I have stated prove that our
friend and servant, the horse," is not a
"fool." I do not believe any horse 'will
starve with food within reaebjif it is welL
As to winding itself up, and not unwind
ing itself again, many human beings get
themselves in tbe same fix, and are utter
ly unabU to get themselves ut again.
When exceedingly frightened,' man fails
to avail himself of means of ! rescue 'from
danger. Nashville Advocate '