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Tho applo of the Widow Stubb's eye
was her boy Sum, a lean, freckled
youngster. Perceiving this, Peter
Blowsy and Silas Bliggs, captain and
mate, respectively, of tho "Salmouth
Siron," vied with 011H1 other iu making
much of him. Over tho bur of her tuv
crn, "Tho jUarinors' Kest," the widow
remarked to the two that she was wor
ried about Sam's health, whereupon
tho captain responded quickly that It
vvns a shamo to see such a bright,
handsomo faco looking so peakish.
Tho mate, outdone, energetically nod
ded his sympathy with this view. The
captain, following up his advantage,
recommended a certain tonic. Then
the mate was seized by a great idea.
"What this dear little feller needs
is an ocean trip!" ho said, impressive
ly. "I'll take him on our next un',
Captain Blowsy willin', and I'll give
him a father's care and bring him
back with roses in his cheeks!"
"Delighted tor hev him!" the cap
lain immediately responded, slapping
his kneo to show his appreciation of
the plan, although ho scowled darkly
at his mate when that gentleman's
back was towards him. M-s. Stubbs,
after hesitating long, consented, and
the many warm glances she bestowed
upon Silas convinced him that ho had
made a ton-strike.
As was their custom, the rival suit
ors met in the widow's parlor upon
tho Sunday evening following. Their
vessel was to set sail the next morn
ing, so each was anxious to unburden
his heart to his hostess. When the
clock's hands ncared eleven, Silas, see
ing that tho captain had determined to
sit him out, nrose. With a malicious
glance at his rival, lie excused himself
for not stuying later. Sinco Samuel j
whom ho was to assumo charge of
that evening was used to retiring
early, ho announced, ho meant him
while in his care to continue in the
wise habit his good mother had taught
hla As tho wily mate had counted
upofj, tho opportunity came while he j
was waiting at tho door for the boy. !
Mrs. Stubbs was quite overcome when j
he stammered his petition, a condition j
which, while lamentable at the time,
gave Silas blissful memories to carry
with him, since during the moment of
collapse the widow's plump form re
posed In his arms. Recovering, she
told Silas coyly that tho memory of
her dear Stubbs had not allowed her
to contemplate a successor to him, but
that she felt indeed honored at such
an. offer from such a person, and that
sh "fculd tr to eo Aether Stubbs'
placa ip. fcs'r hisart c!?ht nc: fc'& sparer.
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Silas, who bad not expected a more
favorable answer at that time, bade
her adieu contentedly, feeling that the
captain's persuasive powers could
earn him no better answer than tho
one he secured, and that If he could
retain posM'ssion of his trump card- -Ham
he would have nothing to fear
from the captain upon their return.
Tho surly greeting he received from
that gentleman the next morning went
to confirm his belief.
Tho "Salmouth Siren" sailed, and
after an uneventful voyage reached
her destination and discharged her
cargo. As they were about to weigh
anchor for the return trip a boat
rowed hastily out to the ship. A
rough-looking fellow came aboard and
was ushered into tho cabin. Tho cur
ious Silas took his stand a few feet
away from the open cabin skylight.
Tho stranger was speaking. "My
boat's off Bllmley Cove!" were the
first words Silas heard.
"A day's trip this side o' Salmouth!
Then you t an look for us about the
first o' next week," tho captain replied.
"I don't want tor run agin' tho law!"
said the stranger, dubltably.
"Hot!" camo from the captain. 'Toi
ler my directions an' you'll come out
all right: The night after we reaches
Bllmley Cove I comes ashore with t he
mate and the kid. You foller us. The
mato an' 1 goes iu for a drink at some
'longshore tavern, leavin' the kid out
side, tho company inside not being lit
for one of his inncrcense to 'sociate
with. The place I picks out tor leave
him is a lonely un', so you comes along
an' nips him. You keeps him on your
boat till I toils you when an' whar' tor
land him. When you brings him .".shore
I happens alon;. huntin' for the lost
Sammy! Wo has a leetle set-to an' I
rescues tho kid! It's simple!"
"I'm blowed if 1 likes the job!" the
"Pshaw!" responded the captain.
"Taint nothin' but a leetle joke, an'
I'm goin' tor pay you well for it!"
The two arose, haggling over a price
for the job. Silas walked away. Tho
mato was aghast at his rival's cun
ning plot. He trembled when he
thought of tho pinnacle the captain
would roach and tho depth to which
he would sink in tho widow's estima
tion if tho plotters succeeded. He
was seized with a wild desire to Hoc
the vessel with Sam, but his charge
was nowhere iu sight and the sailors,
the stranger having pulled off, were
weighing the ancho . When lie grew
calm he set himself to plan a way to
frustrate the rascahy scheme, but al
though ho spent many an hour in
thinking over tiio situation, the only
determination ho arrived at was that
when the "Salmouth Siren" reached
Bllmley Cove ho would slick to Sam
like a leech.
The boat was within a day's sail of
Bllmley Cove when a severe storm
arose. In tho evening, as great wind
driven sheets of rain beat the deck
and vivid Hashes of lightning lit up
the plunging bark weirdly, the captain
sought his mate's company for the lirst
time during tho trip. Silas, occupied
by his troubles, seeing that the cap
tain had been drinking, paid little heed
to his maudlin talk. But as the cap
tain, growing superstitious under the
combined Influences of the liquor anil
the s-torm. unfolded his pet belief t hot
the destiniCb of c-hips were controlled
by strange sea folk, Silas grew in
terested and then agreed heartily with
tho captain. When they separated Si
las was deep in thought
About midnight, sobered by ths
storm, the captain had taken the
wheel. Suddenly, above the noise of
the galo, he heard a strange voice call
ing him. B the fV.nt light from '.he
cJbla. air-crti is 2iaac- out. forv'ard
j.3 Tie?, i rSit'ito ?urc X
ho peered a continued flash of light- j
nlng disclosed a mermaid. A mass of
long yellow hair half veiled her face i
and streamed over her shoulders and 1
from her neck to the end of her long,
flsh-llko tall, phosphorous radiated.
The captain shivered, "Who air'
you?' ho gasped.
"The mermaid what looks after this
here craft's fortune!" t)te creature .
hoarsely answered. "I hev come to
warn ye. Peter Blowsy, that destruc
tion waits the "Siren" at Bllmley i
Cove! It air r. puuishniont for yore
evil doings !''
"1 jest meant to hev a leetle Joke,
good mermaid!" bawled tho captain. ;
In his excitement, lotting tho mer
:)..' '.' peculiar pronunciation escape
uti.. Xo answer came 'J hi mermaid'
was vanishing. Tho skipper remained
trunstixod with terror until the gleams !
of phosphorous shone no longer. Then '
ho staggered to the companlonway and j
bawled for the mate. When, after an
exasperating delay, Silas appeared, tho j
skipper with an oath instructed lm !
to sot a straight course for Salmouth 1
and went below. '
Two evenings later, shortly after his
mate had gone ashore, Captain Blowsy
entered his cabin, intending to don
his shore clothes. Ho found upon tho I
cabin table a huge bundle. Opening j
it curiously, he discovered a mass of
unraveled hemp, fashioned into the
shape of a woman's wig; a huge fish
tail, made from two pieces of old can
vp.3 cut to the required shape and
busted together, with an opening at
itn largest end largo enough to admit
a ra.ins body, and a box of wet Mil
plnr matches, labeled "The fosforous
yo'j seed!" With those articles it as
onv'.osed a note stating that the re
mainder of tho "mermaid what looaed
af'.'i' the 'Siren's' fortunes" could bo
foif id t hut evening at tho "Marinir's
Res-''," where a full account of why
an 1 how she appeared could be heard.
!$iluK had conquered; his discomfit
ed lival sought liquid solaco that een- t
inji in a strango tavern.
:S.'las, when Sam had been sent to
ho'l. seeing that his highly-colored
story of his rival's dastardly plot s-nd
its frustration had cauid favoring
winds, set sail for and reached iho
Port o' Love.
An Atchison Welcome.
An Atchison woman went to call
on a friend. The friend opened tho
door to greet her, but suddenly nn rw
ful glare was seen In tho eyes of the
hostess. Instead of asking her frlovd
to t.'ike a scat she made a leap into
tho air. with both hands clapping.
Th'.-M she made a frantic plunge to the
fUv.r. followed by a frenzied jump to
the lounge, and another throwing up
of buth hands into the nlr.
This was followed by a wild chr.se
arou id and around the room oi er
elnlfs and tables with both harl"
clapping the air The guesi v as
dazed with fright, when suddeuly
there was a climax. Tho hostfss
brought her hands violently together.
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