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A Poverty-stricken Millionaire !
This seems a paradox, but it is ex
plained by one of New York's richest
men. "I don't count my wealth in.
dollars," he said. "What are nil my
possessions to me, since I am a victim
of consumption ? Mr doctor tell3 me
that I have but a few montli3 to 1 ve
for the disease is incurable. I am poor!
vr than that bejrear yonder." "Bat,"
iuterupted the friend to whom he spoke,
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and to-day there is not a healthier!
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lhe "Discovery" strikes at the seat of
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PrWt A Qn'l Rapt. Cton1Tkt.A faa.Kt
THE DESERTED HOUSE.
Back from, the road, up the old path.
Unmindful of harvest and aftermath,
V 1th empty casements, drear and gray.
The house stands, facing down the bay
And either side the slanting gate
The faithful sentinel lilacs wait.
Deep tangling vines with close embrace
The porch's fluted columns trace.
And busy swallows dart and call
From out the rain stained, sagging wall
And longing, watching, desolate,
Tuo faithful sentinel lilacs wait.
At dusk. In the old house I see
A dancing light's weird mystery.
Is it a firefly's fitful gleam.
Or some ghost candle's flickering beam?
Is it for this, when the hour grows late.
The faithful sentinel lilacs wait?
Mary Fisher Bosson in Boston Transcript
THE STORY OF A GHOST.
It was a queer, rambling, old fashioned
red brick house, with high peaked Rabies,
overlooking the sea, that Mr. Leonard
Rivers had purchased as a summer resi
dence. His wife had been dead many years.
His family consisted of a son and daugh
ter, a housekeeper and two other servants.
The place he had selected was somewhat
dilapidated and altogether isolated, which
exactly suited his taciturn nature, espe
cially as the greater part of the year he was
engaged in mercantile business in London,
and this afforded him the quiet he needed.
Mr. Rivers had the old place repaired
without changing its antique appearance
had it partly refurnished, and on a bright
day in June moved his family thither.
Laura, his daughter, was in ccstacy, and
declared again and again that she would
never more think of Brightou and Scar
borough: for here she was nt the seaside
with home and its comforts.
One room attracted her more than all the
others. It was large, square, with a bay
window comraanding altogether the finest
view of the sea. The walls were wains
coted, of a pale blue tint, and the furni
ture, even to the window drapery of the
same shade, was old fashioned and com
fortable, and the owner had decided to
leave everything unchanged.
The Rivers had been domiciled for about
a week in the old mansion, when one night
a most uncomfortable noise aroused the
entire household. It was bke the moving
of heavy furniture, which created a queer
rumbling noise, and actually shook the
house. Laura appeared in her dressing
gown in the hall simultaneously with her
father and brother, and very soon after the
housekeeper, with the terrified Jane and
another girl clinging to her for protection,
pale and speechless.
"What the dickens, Arthur, can this
mean?" questioned the old gentleman,
holding up his night lamp so as to com
mand the entire croup.
"I cannot say, father, unless some of the
crumbling walls have fallen."
At that moment the silence was again
broken by a renewal of the strange sounds.
"Ghosts! Oh, Lord:"' gasped Jane, cling
ing still more closely to the trembling
Mr. Rivers commanded her harshly to
be silent, and requested his daughter to
take the frightened women to her own
room and endeavor to get them to listen
to common sense, while he and his son ex
plored the grounds nnd house to ascertain
the cause of the disturbance.
After a half hour of watching and fruit
less endeavor to quiet the fears of the
housekeeper and maids Laura hailed the
return of her father and brother, who de
clared themselves at a loss to know what
could Jiave occasioned the weird noises.
They had found every room perfectly quiet
and in their wonted order; had also ex
plored the garret and ruined wings of the
building, but nothing unusual had oc
curred. At last ail appeared unchanged.
Dismissing t he housekeeper and maids and
inducing Laura to retire, the father and
son went Uj their respective rooms, and
were not disturbed again during the night.
At the breakfast table the subject was
discussed, and Mr. Rivers declared his in
tention of spending the night ia the mys
terious blue room.
"The strange noise," he said, "I am cer
tain, came from that quarter. Anyhow, I
intend to sift it to the bottom; for, to tell
yoft the truth, I was friendly informed by
the agent before I purchased the house
that it had the reputation of being haunted,
and no tenant could be induced to remain
for any length of time. Of course I laughed
at the idea, as I do now.
"That some human agency is at work to
drive us away I am fully convinced; and
that the little old man who had charge of
the place, and who is still in my employ,
is at the bottom of it I do not doubt.
Therefore I wish you both to keep my in
tention a profound secret. But when you
retire, Arthur, you send for the old man
and keep him in your room all night."
The next morning Laura hastily dressed
herself and went down to breakfast, to
find her brother alone and waiting for her.
"Arthur, where is papa?" was her first
"He has not come down yet, and I have
just sent up to tell him that breakfast is
At that moment the housekeeper ap
peared at the door nud said: "Jane daren't
go up to the blue room, sir, so I went my
self. The door was locked, and I called to
master, and rapped my knuckles nearly
oX, but couldn't get an answer, sir."
Without a word Arthur sprang up the
stairs, followed by his sister and the
housekeeper, whose faces vied with each
other in whiteness. At the door of the
mysterious room all paused and waited
for an answer to Arthur's summons. The
silence which followed was oppressive. Not
a sound came from the closed apartment.
Arthur was obliged to force the door. It
yielded at last to his strength, and he saw
his father, apparently asleep in an easy
chair, with his head thrown back in au
uncomfortable position. Laura stepped
forward, stretched out her hand, touched
her father and called him by name.
"Papa, dear papa," she said, "wake up!
How still and cold he is! Oh, Arthur, he
She had spoken the truth. Death had
overtaken him in the haunted chamber.
Arthur carried the fainting form of his
sister to ber own apartment, and dispatched
a messenger to the nearest town to procure
proper assistance. The face of the dead
man was calm,-uncouvulsed, showed no
Eign of either alarm or pain, and the post
mortem examination showed that he had
died of heart disease. '
It was a heavy blow to his children, and
when the inanimate form of their parent
had been consigned to its last earthly rest
ing place they sat long and late talking
sadly over the future, when suddenly the
peculiar rumbling sound grated again upon
their ears, starting them from their sor
row. It increased in Intensity until every
window and door in the house rattled.
Arthur and his sister had been sitting
by an open window with only the light of
the moon, and at the first sound he sprang
to bis feet, while Laura clung to him in
THE AltGUB, WEDNESDAY. ; ' APBIL 22, 1891. 3
iaura," tut whispered, "you tom-A ticf
yourself to remain here alone, for I am de
termined to fathom this matter beyond all
question. Listen to me, Laura. That our
dear father had disease of the heart I have
long known. But I firmly believe he re
ceived some horrible shock while alone in
the blue room that (was the immediate
cause of his death. Consequently I am de
termined to ascertain the fact, and punish
His voice was low, but there was a ring
of determination in it that carried with.it
conviction to face any danger to do or die
and his sister ceased her endeavors to de
tain him. The words of entreaty died on
her lips, and she only whispered: "Take
me with you, dear Arthur. Let rae share
with you any danger or mystery. I will
show you that I am my father's child,
brave and strong."
"Can I trust you. Laura? Think well be
fore you decide."
"Try me only try me."
"Come, then; but remember what I tell
you. No matter what you may see or hear,
you must neither move nor speak. Will
yon promise that?"
Taking her hand, they threaded the dark
passages leading to the blue room without
even so much of noise as the echo of their
footsteps. At the door they paused for a
moment. Then Arthur gently opened it
and led his sister within. The curtains
were looped back, and emitted enough of
moonlight to render every object dimly
visible. Everything remained as it had
leen left upon the morning of their father's
Arthur crossed the room with his sister,
and they took their places behind the heavy
damask curtains which hung from the old
fashioned high post bedstead. For at least
a quarter of an hour they watched, and
sileuce reigned supreme about the house
so much so, that the beating of their own
hearts appeared audible as they crouched
iu their place of concealment.
Still they remained motionless, and
Laura was fast becoming more composed
and reassured by the perfect quiet, when
suddenly the peculiar rumbling sound be
gan again, and, to the consternation of
the watchers, they saw one of the large
square panels in the wainscoting slide
from it position and reveal a dark cavity
beyond. Scarcely breathing, they awaited
the result, expecting to see some terrible
shape appear. Arthur grasped his revolver
more firmly and his sister clung to him for
But nothing presented itself to their
straiued vision, and in a few moments after
the panel slid back as if over huge rollers,
propelled by an invisible hand, and explain
ing the peculiar sound that had so alarmed
them and which had appeared like the
moving of heavy furniture. The panel
continued to move backward and forward
at-intervals for some time. Then it re
mained motionless, and though the brother
and sister relaxed not their vigilance for
even a single moment nothing came to
alarm them, and now, holding the key of
the mystery, they determined upon an
To all appearances that particular por
tion of the wainscoting was the same as the
rest a solid wall. But upon sounding it
gave forth a hollow noise, and finally, af
ter many attempts with the point of his
knife, Arthur had the satisfaction of see
ing it move so far that he could insert his
lingers. Then he could easily force it far
enough back (and without making any
considerable noise to admit his body, aud
on looking within he distinctly saw a nar
row, dark passage, and rude stone steps
lending to regions below.
They proceeded down a long, winding
stone staircase, that appeared to conduct
them far beneath the old house, and en
tered a passage half choked up by fallen
stones and dirt. Its direction was to the
north for some distance, and then abruptly
turned toward the ea and terminated in a
huue cavern. It was tenantless, though
with plain marks of having been recently
A dirty papk of cards was scattered over
a rude table with several pieces of false
money and the remnauts of a feast. There
were a couple of benches, a few broken
chairs, a pile of casks at one end contain
ing liquors, burglar's instruments, and
dies for casting false coin, scattered in
randon confusion all pointing to the con
clusion that the cave was the haunt of
burglars anil coiners.
Laura clung tremblingly to her brother,
and whiFpcred. with white lips, "Oh, Ar
thur, what a dreadful place! Let us hasten
back liefore the wretches who congregate
here come and surprise us."
"Never fear, sister. It is, as I fancied, the
rendezvous of a gang of outlaws, who only
spend their nights here in riotinir and fol
lowing their unlawful calling. The sliding
panel creating the mysterious sounds they
imagined would 1 attributed to the
supernatural, and so frighten away any
persons who came to occupy the house
and leave them unmolested. But come,
we have seen enough."
The return was swiftly made, the panel
replaced, and Laura retreated to her own
room to obtain the rest she greatly stood
in need of. Her brother rode to the next
town and made arrangements with the
authorities to have a force on hand at
midnight. Long before that hour they ap
peared iu little squads and were silently
admitted and conducted to the blue room,
young Rivers standing in the secret panel
and waiting for it to be moved.
Presently it slid back with a heavy
rumbliug noise and Arthur sprang
through the opening, collared some one
who attempted to give a signal, choked
him into silence, dragged him forth and
revealed the face of the little old gardener!
He was instantly gaaged and bound, and
Arthur, accompanied by the body of armed
jnen. descended to the cavern, surprised
the entire band of desperadoes, and quickly
escorted them to prison through an open
ing by way of the sea.
In due time they were tried and sen
tenced to long years of punishment, tha
old gardener included. The red house was
troubled no more by mysterious sounds,
and even the housekeeper and two maids
had to five up their ideas of ghosts and a
Some years later, and upon her wedding
day, Arthur presented to his sister, the
property, and her honeymoon was passed
there. It is aow au occasional resort for
her London friends; but, notwithstanding
the secret staircase has been walled up and
the sliding panel secured, Laura cannot be
induced to occupy the blue room for a
single night. It contains, as it ever will,
the mystery of her father's death. Courier
Journal. A FwTorable Impression.
Amy Papa, do you know anything of
Mr. Rustle, who has called on me once or
Papa He's a young business man.
Amy Ah! I like a man who means busi
ness. West Shore.
It is a bad habit to threaten children with
sextain punishments contingent on their
disobeying, for it puts us in the Kimwi
of inflicting unwise punishment or of
breaking our word.
We have just
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