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Vol_ 5-__- PICKENS, 8. C., THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1895.No9
'Ul CAT .
He looked up at the woman, wl
save for the pallor occasioned by ho
fall from the collapsed buggy, stood al
parently unmoved. Thoro was adnilri
tion in tho eye of the man who gazed i
her. He was astonished at the coolne
with which she handed him documen
that would warrant his hanging her i
Two pairs of Ce8 met and clashed.
a troo without a moment's delay, an
above all there was about her a divir
consciousnoss of having done a duty,
look of triumph under defeat, that con
polled his reverenco as well as his a(
miration.
"Are you aware," he said, "thi
with these dispatches in your posse
sion, and beyond our lines, you woul
hold this army at your mercy?"
"I am. "
"And that captured with them o
your person your life is forfeited?"
"Cortainly. "
There are people who cannot brook
steady stand in one who may be natt
rally expected to break down in thei
presence. The general was one of thes
In proportion as ho admired her flrn
ness was his desire to force her to sho,
somo giving way. Ho did not analyv
his feelings and attributo his desire I
any such cause. He yielded to it withot
realizing that the cause existed.
"The natural method of procedui
in this case," he said, looking at hb
sternly, "is for me to report your oal
ture and the circumstances attending
to headquarters. Word comes baok I
try you by 'drumboad' court martil
and hang you to tomorrow morning."
"Well?"
"Well, that is the end of the story.
Thero was silence for a few moment
while they regarded each other.
"It is not the end of the story, ger
eral. The story of a life has no oni
Death is but a transition. It pleases t
Great Commander to assign me a frut
less task. It is not for me to ask wh]
I am but one of his soldiers, fightin
with my brothers for my people."
She had conquered. There was sem
thing so forcible in her words, some
thing so truly grand in her manne:
that the man who would break hi
spirit desisted. Ho regarded her admhu
ingly and was silent.
"All I ask, general, " she said preo
*ently, seeing that ho did not speak, "
that there be no greater delay than no<
essary. .Now I have a strength whio
may be worn away by long waitini
with death staring me in the face."
Still the ofilcor did not speak. B
was thinking-thinking how he coul
get rid of so unpleasant a duty as thi
trial and execution of this splondi
wonmau. Hi feared that should he rt
port her capture to headquarters hi
would get the samto reply as ini the cas
he had cited.
"I will not hmarum .gou, '' ho said proa
ontly. "'Soime one ( ,iso must take thi
responsibility of this complicationc
death and a woman. "
"'It does net matter who (lees thm
work, so long as it must be dlono."
"Perhaps noct to you. It matters
great deal to moc. My hands are cloni>
X don't care to stain thom."
While this conversation was going o
Corporal R~atigan was listening anud o1:
serying the speakers with a palpitatin
heart. There was something so eel
cut in the general's tones that the coi
poral felt a repugnance fit his prisont
b)eing in his especial kcoping. Ho pri
forred that she should hoe sent to son
one else and was relieved wvhen ho am
nun~iiced his intent ion to shift the ri
sponsibility. B~esides the corpor:
hoped that 1h0 would himsolf bo intrus
ed with hmer keeping until she shouli
arrive at sonme camp wvhero the con
mandor would ho willing to receive hoi
''Shall Oh take her to headquarter
general?" he asked.
"'Ah, my manm I"' said the general,
though awakened from a reverie, "a
you hero? I had forgottu~ you."
''0 oan conduct her to hcadquartc
if you desire it, general. "
"I am niot in the habit of receivir
suggestions from my brigade or reo
mental commanders, muchlssao
poral."lsac
Ratlgan saw that he had made a mi
take and said nothing. The general r
garded him with his shrewd eyes.
was plain to him that the man was i:
terested in his prisoner.
"Corporal, you may go to your camp.
"Yes, sir."
"Orderly, " ealled the general to
man standing near, "take this womi
to the ambulance. "
As Miss B~aggs passa not the eyes
the two were fixed again on OaOh-othe
,While the general did noes use wort
b'e could net resist a last attempt wil
is presence, his masterful counteanoc
h$is pierolhig eyes, to overawe his pri
oner. She met that gaze firmly, a
fbuchingly, till she was without ti
t43t; theon With e A~nr1 I~ gl o oo
hot
her
up(
gle
TV .19hol
"Yud7nt emwl ats0dwt pt
mystatmnt- f yu,."he aid n aof
Col
awl
, 5 YAMftRtA Jors&*Q~1f. gle
sarcamz -"e turnea ust w dozec ourdu r
Sthe abulance.
Th genotal called hir back.
"You d not seem well satisfied with o ,
I mYitrstme t of you.." he said i on ath
Atico in thieh there was something of
sarcasm. We soldir must do our du ao
*0 ty. th
"'It if; not your doing your duty, gen- wh
eralt, that fails to win any respect. It is
that yodi havo not the rnauline~s to do
it yourself, but must needs put it upo the
some one else.,
Again the two pairs of eyes met and
clashed. The victory was with the we
man. The general lowered his to the wa
ground. f,
"You may go, " he said. nel
As soon as she.was gone he went to a hal
tent where there wore writing materials and
and wrote a note, which he sealed and auf
addressed. Giving it to the little captain, to
he directed him to send it, with the pris- far3
oner and the dispatches captured on sitt
her, to the offloor whose name was on Col
the envelope. stri
the
CHAPTER XIV.
AN UNwELCOMn PIUSONER.
It was 8 o'clock in the morning. sido
Colonel Maynard pushed back the tent to I
d flap, intending to step outside and go to A0
o the moss tent for breakfast. The bright- at I
ness of the morning seemed reflected in gaz
his countenanco. His step was firm, his me]
. bearing full of youthful, manly vigor. tie,
He had been rapidly gaining the confi
it dence of his offloers and was coming to boa
1. be admired and beloved by his men. All tyr
d misgivings as to his fitness for his re- ing
sponsiblo position had mdlted away. infi
Colonel Mark Maynard was the man sunl
most to be envied of those no older than co1
himself in the Army of the Cumber
land. liki
a He had scarcely passod from his tent lik
. when, glanciny down the road beside bin
r which his camp was located, his atton
tion was arrested by an ambulance com- ge
ing slowly along driven by a man in a
y soldier's blouse and smoking a short sup
,O clay pipe. On either side rodo a cav- E
,o alryman. The colonel paused to watch not
i the coming vehiole and its attendants. tw
Had it not been guarded he would havo we
e supposed it to contain a sick soldier go- tOl
)r ing to hospital. As it was, it must ei- S
ther hold an officer of high rank or a sick tha
t or wounded prisoner. Whatever it con- Sh
0 tained, there came to the man watching tie,
k it an uncomfortable feeling that it was
in some way a link between himself and tha
misfortune. The bright, happy look of tha
, a moment before disappeared, to be re- wir
; placed by a troubled expression, though dos
he could not have given a reason for to
foreboding. When the ambulance stop- Shc
1. ped opposite his tent, he muttered with yet
Le a knitted brow:
. "What does this mean?"
Ono of the attendants dismounted, ba&
g wont to the door of the ambulance, the
opened it and handed out a woman,who wai
. descended to the ground with some dit
-. flenlty, as though in a weakened condi
.tion. The two then came directly to the
ir where Colonel Maynard was standing..
.. The woman was attired in a striped did
calico dress. Her head and face were j
,- bare. The colonel knew at a glance that mal
s he had seen her before, but ould not oup
,. tell where. She walked slowly, for she tiet
hl seemed scarcely able to drag herself out
~, along, and ho had time to study her bao:
features as she came on. The two step- copi
e pod before him. The soldier saluted, and of
ci drawing an envelope from his belt hand -_._
e ed it to Colonel Maynard. The colonel 'y
d took it without looking at it. He was dist
.still studying the features of the worn- the:
e an. I
o "A communication from General ann
--, colonel, " said the man who hand- rodi
. (d him tile paper. As the soldier spoke
e Colonel Maynard recognized the woman
f he had met at Mrs. Fain's. His hand
trembled as ho grasped the envelope
e and tore it open.
HEA nQUAnTunIa -- DivistoN,
ARuMY 0F THES CTUIRAND,?
IN T Un FILura Sept. -, 18d2.
Colonel Mark Maynart1, Commanding the -th
Cavalry Brigade:
Corzoxarr-I send you a woman who this .
moringwa caghttaperngwith tee
graph line, and who has evidently been talk- -
Sing off our dispatches. Doing in transit and
about to move on this morning, I take the lib
-erty to send her to you under guard, with the
suggestion that you do with her a. seem. best
r to you. I have use for the limited number of
. en present for duty on my escort, and this
is my apology for troubling you. Years Is the
nearest conmmanid to which I can send her. I
' am very respectfully your obedient servant,
ciBrigadier General.
~. Colonel Maynard read the mnissivo
d ever twvice, slowly, without looking up.
.- Ho had not read a dozen words before or
ho know that ho held in his possessionte
,one whose life was forfeited as his own
life had been forfeited to the Confeder-th
e ates a year before. Is keeping his ('yes
o:on the paper was to gain time, to avoid tl
speaking when Is uttorance was clhok
s'ed with a strange omnot ion. His thoughtsor
were far away. He stood on the blank or
ig the Tennessee river below Chattanooga. ""
i. It was 'ithe gray of the morning. Hoov
r- saw a ewiff tied to the shore. Ho jump
Sed down to seize it and found himself,
.jamong a group of Confederate soldiers.
-1Personating a membelr of onoral
It Bragg's staff, ho conmmanded thlem to
1- | ow him across tile river. They started
Ito obey. As they left the shore suddenly int
"Ia boat swung around Mocoasin point. m
IIt was full of armed men. He was tak
a en back to Chattanooga, tried and con- t
n deWned to be hanged for a spy.
,All this passed before his mind's eyedu
t'as he stood pretending to study the om
r, .mu~tbai on- before him, net this bareth
le statement et it, but each detail, each t
h feeling of hope, fear, des pair, as they
,rapidly succeeded each other from the 49
- . moment of his capture tI 11 his escapere
-and safe return to the Union liues re
seLooking uipat last with an expression
i- of com miseration which surprised th
fro
ioner, no Sam:
'Madam, will you please acept my
rtfelt sympathies?"
liaa Baggs, who had already reoog.
ad Colonel Maynard, simply bowed
head in acknowledgment without
aking, but fixing her large dark eyes
Pn his. When placed in a eimilar
ition, Maynard had met his onemy's
uco with affected coolness in a vain
*e of deception. Not so the woman
oro him. The time for deception had
sod with her. She was a Charlotte
'day, knowing that the guillotine
ited her, a martyr in whose eyes
%med the divine light of a willing
rfloo to a cause she believed to be
red.
'he colonel spoke again:
;Madam," ho said, "it is my duty
eport your case to my commanding
oer for transmission to the headquar
i of this arrny. There is a little house
s the road. If you are able to go
re, you will be more comfortable
llo we are awaiting the reply."
'As you like, colonel. "
'Perhaps it would be better to r:i.
ambulance."
'I can walk. I would prefer it."
'Will you accept miy assistance?"
1ho took his offorod arm, and the two
Iked slowly toward a farmhouse a
hundred yards distant. As the colo
passed a sentry he directed him to
ro the oicer of the guard summoned
sent to him. On reaching the house
i mounting the few stops that led up
the door, they wore received by a
iner's wife and ushered into a small
Ing roomu. Bowing to the prisoner,
onel Maynard stepped outside to in
tot the guard. It was not essential
t he should haston, but he did not
t equal to an interview.
Lifter seeing a sentinel posted on each
) of the house Maynard turned to go
is tont. He was drawn by some un
untable instinct to look once more
he abode of his prisoner. She was
Ing out at him with a pair of eyes
ancholy, unresisting, full of resigna
1.
Vhat fiend had suddenly thrown this
utiful woman, this queen of mar
, into his keeping, with death star
her in the face, and he perhaps to
ict the penalty? Why, if he must
'or this turning of the tables by fate,
ld not the victim have been a man,
to coarso creature who would die
a brute? And why had it not come
n him before love had introduced
i to that instinctive delicacy, that
tleness, those finer heart impulses of
nan?
0 God I" ho murmured, "suppose
pose she were-Laura?"
[o could not bear to look and could
turn away. For a few moments the
> gazed upon each other, while the
paan's natural feminine discernment
I her that she was pitied; told her
iething of what Maynard suffered;
t her enemy was really her friend.
gave him a faint smile in recogni
'here was something in the smile
t was even harder for him to endure
n had she shed a tear. Hers was a
ining smile, and her position was so
perato. She was so bravo, so ready
norifico for her struggling people.
bore her trial with such gentleness,
with such firmness.
he was a woman, and she must die.
Io turned almost fiercely and strode
k to his tent. Reaching it, lie found
man who had brought the prisoner
ting for him. The soldier saluted
handed him another envelope.
'Why did you not give me this with
other?" asked Maynard, surprised.
'I handed It to you, colonel, but you
not see it."
faynard stared at the man without
king any reply. He had been preoo
led, deprived of his ordinary facul
.Opening the envelope, he took
a small bundle of papers, on the
kc of which was indorsod, "Inter
bed dispatches found on the person
Elizabeth Baggs, captured Sept.
186."
7ithout looking at their contents he
Lissed the man wvho had brought
n, and turning wont into his tent.
was noon: before the courier sent to
ounco the capture of Miss Bagga
up to Colonel Maynar d's headquar
I I
I ookcIng at hi prflisoner.
and handed himi a dispatch. It was
layniard feared, Hoe was informod
in the pr1osenJt exigency the matter
Ld not bo giveu attention: at general
hIuaI1rters, but it was dooedc~ impor
to doeal summanri ly with spies, be
e male or femualo, lie was therefore
3rodl to conivenoe a "drumbouad''
rt nmartial, try the prisoner, and If
id guilty excute the sontoneo,wvhat
it might be, wvithomut dlelay.
Vhen Colonel M~aynaurd road this or
cvery vustige of color left his face.
could not bolieve the evidence of his
mos. Wais it possible that ho0, Mark
ynard, onco conidciuon to be execut
or a spy, was called upon to super
mud the trial and the execution which
ild doubtless follow of another for
same offense, and that other a womn
Yet there were the instructions
y signed "fly order," and only one
iming could be attached. Hie held it
lessly in his hand for awhile and
n handed it to his chief of staff.
'At what hour shall the court come
ether, colonel?''
'I presume at once. The order so di
te, doesn't It?"'
'flew about the witnesses?"
'Yen will have to sgud( to the source
mi which the prisoner came to us."
''An naX event I will 311 191 flour ior
8 o'clock this afternoon.. The judge ad.
vocate will require a little time to pre
pare the charges and specifications." t
"As you think beet" t
Colonel Maynard turned anid went 6
into his tent. Hours passed, and he did
not coio out. "The colonel is in trou- 11
blo, " said ono. "They say he was once c
in the sccroc service himself," said an- 0
other. "Thou he knows how it is to be
in snch a fix as the woman up in that P
house." "Ho's been there." "It was at -
Chattanooga a year ago. They say he b
brought the news of Bragg's advance
into Kentucky." "Well, if he has to t'
execute a sentence of death on a spy, N
and that spy a woman, I wouldn't be in C
his boots for the shoulder straps of a 9
major general. "
And so the comments wont on while e
the colonel kept his tent and Miss Baggs
peered dreamily out of the window, A
watched by guards. ft
CHAPTER XV. si
TRIED. ti
When Corporal Ratigan left Miss a
Baggs with the general, to whom he n
had unwillingly conducted her, ho was
in such a condition of mind that he for- u
got all about his horse and started to If
walk toward his camp. When a cavalry- A
man shows such evidence of absence of I"
mind, it is a sure sign tha6 he is in a t(
condition bordering on insanity. Rati.
gan walked some distance before it cc
ourred to him that he was pursuing an
unusual moans of locomotion; then he a
turned back to got his horso. When he b
arrived at the place from which he had
departed, Miss Baggs had gone. Mount- f
ing, he rodo to his own camp, and upon c<
reaching there ho first went directly to
his tent; then, shunning his comrades, u'
stole away to a wood and threw himself u(
on his face in the shade of a largo troo
and gave himself up to grief. [I
"0 Lord, 0 Lord," he moaned, "if
they'd organized corps of lovely women
to be attached to each division of the
army and the enemy, there'd be no muore
fightin for either cause. Each would
fight the other about the women and the e
causo would hev to take care of itself. 01
"Corporal RatiganI"
The corporal put his hands to his ears LI
and groaned. TU
"Corporal Ratigan, I say."
Still the corporal would not hoar. He a
knew that sone one was approaching, p
for whether he would or. not he could ti
not help hearing his name called, each c
time more distinotly. Presently a sol- c<
dier stood looking down at him. a]
"Corporal Ratigan, " he said, "yor 13
wanted at the headquarters of Colonel c
Maynard, commanding the -th bri- so
gade." It
"What's that for?" asked the cor- n,
poral without changing his position. W
" Witness for court martial. " 0
Why will people ask questions ex- Li
planatory of disagreeable events or mis- U
fortunes, the answers to which they
know well enough already? And why, '
when the information comes, will they r
deny its truth? n
"If ye say that again, Conover, Oi'll
break every bone in yer body."
"What's the mather wid ye, cor
poral?"
Ratigan by this time had got up from
the ground, where he was lying, and
approached his tormontor. d
"Don't ask me, Conover, me boy." p
"Why, Rats, yor lookin as if yo were t
goin to be tried yorself. " t
"Tried? Oi'm to suffer on the raok a
as one of imn ancestors did once in the t
old Tower in Lunnon. " r
"How's that?"
"Oh, don't ask mue, don't ask me. 01
canj ;iver endure this trial. Oi'll doi, A
Oi'll dol."
"Come, brace yerself, me boy. Yer
in no condition to be goin before a M
court. What is it all anyway?" i
"What is it all? A woman to be0 tried W
for her life. And I caught her. Oi'm ni
to bear witness against her. 0 God, 6
if they'd let mue off by tyin me up by bi
the thumbs, buckin and gaggin, car- 01
ryin a log on me shoulders, drummed P1
out of camp with shaved head and feath- O
ers behind me cars. 0 Lord, 0 Lord. g
Oi'll doi, 0i'1l dloll"'
The corporal mounted his horse and
was soon jogging along at asnail's paceoi
toward Colonel Maynard's headquar- *
ters. There lhe was directed to whore
the court was sitting.
"Corporal Ratigan, you're late, " said b
the president sternly.
The corporal saluted, but said noth-t
ing. Ho was directed to wait till some lb
preliminaries had been disposed of, and e.
he took position in a corner. It needed y
all the strength of which he was pos- t~
sossod to maintain himself on his logs, n
and lhe tried to keep his eyes from look- n
ing about the courtroom. He feared t:
that if they rested on the prisonoi', even h
for a moment, lie wvould sink downt on s:
the floor, a heap of blue uniform and c
boots. Nevertheless the eyes will not al- t1
ways be controlled. Despite his efforts, e
Ratigan 's gave involuntary glances here
and thore unxtil suddenly ffhoy rested b 1
on the object they wore expeted to d.
avoid, sitting opposite, surroundied by ja
guards, pale, but self possessedl, and a
pair of glorious eyes looking at. him r,
wvith such sympathy and (ncourag~een h
that the poor man felt as if the wvin- I
dows of hoayon had booni opened anid an hi
angol was looking out to give him
strength. Once his eyes wore rivated on"
hors thore was no getting thomn away"
until ho was suddenly aroused by a
voice. I
"Corporal Rtatigan I"
Mechanically ho staggered to a place
designated as a witness standl, and hold
ing on to the back of a chair steadied
himself to give his testimony.
"Rt t u how you first saw the prisoner ba
tampering with the telegraph line on
yesterday morning, Sept. -~," said the
judge advocate, an oficer very tall, very
slender and very serious looking. |SC
"Oi didn't ace her at all."
"It was too dark to see anything. " O'1
"WolJ, state what you did see. "
"I only thought I saw something. " w
"Come, come," said the president bi
sternly, "we have no time to waste.
Toll the story of the capture."
Thus commanded, the corporal ibraced ~,
himself to grive tile desired account-.t
(TO BE CONMf'amD.]
h
PITH AND POINT.
-Modern education too often ectere
lie fingers with rings, and at the same
iine cuts the sinews at the wrists.
torling.
-"Ie Gcorge getting on vell with
is French?" "Yes, indeed. Why ho
n translate -the most ditlicult parts
f 'Trilby.' "-Judge.
-Figg-"Suffrage is the shield that
rotects the American people." Fogg
-"Yes; but a shield with too many
oasts."-lhoston Transcript.
-"Ilow could you conscientiously
-1i Miss IElder that she is the only
oman you ever loved?" "It is a fact.
ompared to ler the others were mucre
irls."-Boston Budget.
-"So Rusher has got a job at last.,
7i? I wonder if it is thit one with the
ooping-car company?" "I guess not.
t least he told ine he'd strucc a coin
>rtable berth?"-Buffalo Courier.
-Nervous Old Lady (to deck-hand on
,eamboat-'Mr. Steamboat Man, is
icre any fear of danger?" Deck
Dind (carelessly)-" l enty of fear,
.a'am, but no danger."-Deiorcst.
-Mrs. Houser-"Hlave you any idea
hat 'speaking terms' means, Mr.
ouser?" Houser-"Certainly, madam.
nywhere from fifty dollars to two
tindred dollars per night, according
> the prominence of the lecturer."
uffalo Courier.
-An E'asy Way Out of It.-Father
lie says that. lie loves you, but can he
ipport you in the style that you have
!en aceust onied to?" Da ughter
iven better, father, dear, if you will
irnish the money; that is all that dis
iurages him."-Chicago Inter-Ocean.
-'I hope you don't find the amiount
ircasoniable," salid the landlord. "Ol
>, was the reply, the amount Is very
asonable. What I want to know Is
>w many months (o you give me pay
in? Of course, I want a reasonn ble
me to pay a reasonalle bill."-Texas
ftings.
-E'asily Remedied.-lita-dy Upton
say, Mrs. Skinner, it's awful, these
Id nights, to lie on this mattress with
ily a sheet over one. Can't. you ar
.nge it differently?" Mrs. Skintner
,ertainly! Lie on the sheet amd puill
ic mattress over you."-Portland
ranscript.
-Abraham, the wine merchant, called
the advertising oflice of a leading
tper and Inquired if tle )ig (dver
sement of Traubel, the I iquor Imer
mut., which that day figured ill tibe
>lumns of said paper, was going to
>pear again. "Oh, yes!" uithinkiig
replied the clerk. "It has to be
'pt in for a mon ih." "In that case,"
id Abraham. "will you please insert
imediately below it the following an
>uncement: "Airaliam Isiae .lacob,
ie and li(iqlor illereha nt, supplies all
ie wines namnted in the above adver
sement 10 per cent. cheaper."
aulois.
--Lord Aberdeen tells the following
tory of iiself: lie left London at
iidnight in a sleeping-car for the
orth. In the morning when he was
wakened lie saw a stranger opposite
im. "Excuse me," said the stranger,
maiy I ask if you are rich?" Some
,hat surprised, his lordship replied
hat lie -was tolerably well-to-do..
May I isk," continued the straiiger,.
how rich you are?" "Well, if it will
o you ainy Kood to know," was the re
ly, "I suppose I have several hunmi-d
imonsand pounds." "Well," went on
ae stranger, "if I were as rich as 3ou
nd snored as loudly as you I should
ike a whole car, so as niot to inter
ipt, the sleep of others."
P'YRAMIDS OF SERPENTS.
Maim of Snakes T'winnel Together Prob
ably for 1)efense~f.
A G~ermnan traveler and naturalist de
ribes a spectacle he once witnessed
the savannahs of Iznenbo, in (Guiana,
hiieh he wvell character-izes as "tihe
ost wonder-ful and terrible" that can
>seen. "We were ten men on hor-se
tek,~ two of whom took the lead, in
der to soumnd the passages, while I
'eferred to skirt the great forecsts.
neeof the blacks wvho formed the van
mard returned full gallop, and called
i me:
" 'Here, sir, come and see ser-pents
a pile!' H~e pointed ouit something
evated in the middle of thme savan
ih, which appear'ed likce a bundle of
emsfl. One of my company then said:
rliis is certainly one of those assem
lages of serpents which heap them
-dves on each other- after- a violent
imp1est. I have heardc of these, but
ave never seen any; let us proceed
ntiously, and not go t.0o near.' When
were witin tweinty paces of it, the
-rror of ouri hior.ses pr1evented our
enrer- approaucht, to which, however,
ime of us were iniclinied. Suddl~enly
1o p)yramidl mass115 b.catmne agitatedi;
nmrrib'le hissings issued from it, thou
mnds of serpents rolled spirally on
melh other-, shot forith out of the circle
weir hideous heads, presenting thleir
ivenoimed darts aind fiery eyes to uis.
"I owin I was one of the first to dr-aw
c; but when I saw that thiis formi
dhle phialanix reimaimied at its post,
idc app~ear-ed to be0 miore disposed to
'fendi~ itself thanii to at-tackc us, I rode
mndiic it, in order to view its order of
it the, facing the enemy on every sidle,
then'i sought what couldc he the de
rgn of thiis iinmerouis assemblage, and
concluded some terrible enemy, which
ighit bd tihe great aeirpent or the cay
aii, anid that thmey reunited them
ives after- hamving seen their enemy,
Iordler to resist or' attack hiimi in a
ass."-St. L~ouis Republic.
Theii filatory of iIittio Tommnny'A Case.
(1:30 a. m. -To'(mmy arises.
4:35-- lie complains of a headache.
7--Quite siok, bnt able to eat a hearty
-enkI fast.
7:30---etting worse very rapidly.
8-le dlevelops signs of fever-.
8:l5---Complications of toothache and
re throat.
8:45-ie fears he will die.
9i (school time)-lHigh fever, aches all
'er, and sobbing with pain.
0:15-Little Tommy is out in the yard
restling merrily with the neighbor's
ay. --Chicago Record.
The Dlfereniee.
Miss do Butant-Do you kcnow, Mr.
m Ribber, that I never dIrank any.
ting but cold water until I was eight
mn?
Von Ribber --And I, Miss de Butant,
ive nevrer d ran l itmi.- ---o
THE SOUTHERN MENU.
Gulai Squash, cora. Pritter., "Hoppiag.
Joh&# and Other Concoctions.
The average northerner who at
tempts to compile a menu to tickle the
southern palate usually makes a mess
of it. Some of the bills of fare from
northern sources that are from time to
thne to be seen in southern publica
tions are well calculated-not designed
ly, however, it is to be hoped-to make
the southern housekeeper drop and ex
pire from "that tired feeling." About
nine times in ten the alleged southern
dishes in the bills are pure fltions, and
almost without a single exception the
menu is unsuited to this latitude and
to the palates of people who know bet
ter.
No southerner in good heal th and in
his right mind ever eats "hominy with
milk and sugar" for brealcfast, not
withstanding the dish is undoubtedly
safer than "salmon, with egg sauce,"
for supper. Hominy in this part of
the country is dressed with butter or a
little of moat gravy, and is eaten with
a chop or beefsteak, or bacon and eggs,
or broiled ham, etc. Homainy thus
served is a standard breakfast dish in
the south, and is fit for a king. Tt needs
no sugar or cream or nutmeg, and to
put either on it is to commit a crime
against gastronomy. The same ob
servations apply to rice, which the
northern menu-makers tell us to serve
with cream and sugar.
The cooking of rice, by the way, is
an art which has not yet been acquired
in the north. Properly cooked, each
grain of rice stands firm, dry and
separate from its follows, yet it is as
soft as a dead-ripe fruit, and the whole
muss as white as snow. In the north
they boil the grains into a glutinous
mass, utterly destroying its beauty
an(d individuality, and then sweeten it.
Sometimes southern folks sweoten rice
for sicc people or ailing children, and
oall it rice pudding. Again, they
maice a pillau of rice and peas; this
they call "hopping-john," and it is a
food fit for all upright and healthy
men. Othqr pillaus, made of rice and
chicken, or skra and bacon, or birds,
are distinctively southern dishes, and
the lierson who sits down to either dish
with an appetite has reason to thank
Heaven for his good fortuno. Rico is
also used in soups und gumbo. But.
sodden rice dressed with cream and
sugar, for breakfast-bahl Out upon
the infidel who suggests itl
There are dozens and dozens of real
southern dishes that delight the souls
of those who eat them when prepared
properly-sugared sweet potatoes,
guinea squashes, corn fritters, etc.
but the northern-built menus seldom
or never meution them. They tell us
to eat hominy with sugar for breakfast,
and sahnon with egg sauce for supperl
One may well wonder how he would
get through the night and where he
would be the next morning after fol
lowing sudh direction,.
There are In the south, however, peo
ple who pretend to Ilce the northern
bills of fare. It is all pretense. They
affect oatmeal. The northerners eat it
merely because they do not know any
thing about hominy and rice properly
cooked, and their southern mimics eat
it because they think it is more toney.
Such people, we feel constrainod to say,
sacrifice both their brains and their
stomachs to "style. "-bavan ah News.
WHY THE TRAMP WEPT.
But the Lady Who Dropped the Bottle
lald Newer a Worrt.
A largeo crowd of spectators, the ma
jority of whom were women, were
standing in front of a show window on
Broadway one day, says a New York
exchange, watehing the movements of
a muscular young man, who was busily
engaged in demonstrating the useful.
qualities of a new exercising apparatus.
While the eyes of the crowd were
fixed on the graceful bendings and.
twistings of the exhibitor, there was a
sharp report, as though something
fragile had fallen upon the sidewalk.
The woman from whose hand the pack
age had fallen, and who was a picture
of respectability, stooped and picked
up the paper, whlich was dIripping wet,
and, casting one despairing glance at
it, dropped it quietly in the gutter and
hastened up Broadway, as though she'
had an important engagement which
demanded her Immediato attention.
In the meantime the contents of the
package had been spreading over the
sidewalkc, andl as the odor of good old
rye insinuated itself into the nostrils of
the crowvd a broad grin spread over the
faces of everyone except an old tramp,
who sat down on the edge of the gutter
and wept bitterly at the said sight of
such a waste of good material.
Revenge After Twenty Years.
H~e was askcing the 01(d nman for his
daughter in marriage. Ije was talking
tremblingly, hesitatingly, says the
Springfild Union, as you recad of io
story books, and the scene was full of
color, so far as an irate father andl a
nerveless young man could mke it. It
came the old man's turn to spcak, and
as he began his face was white with
passion and his voice shook with ox
citemnent. "You vtant to marry my
daughter?" lie said. "Ahi, now is the
time for my revenge. TJ2s onty years
ago your father crippled mn, in a stock
deal and I swore to be revenged. And
now may time has come." Ic p~aused1 for
breathi, and the aspirant for the
mnaidecn's handl was about to beat a
hasty retreat in the face of supposed
defeat, when the father broke forth
again: "Yes, sir, I swore to be re
vcingcd, and now I'll strike the father
through the son. AVant my daughter,
elh? Well, take her, and may she prove
as expensive to you as she has to me."
The old man dropped Into his chair,
worn out with the excitement of his plot,
and the young man fainted.
A Valued Rluisama Ofmetal.
Count Woronzoff Daehkoff, the lus
sian court minister, who Is one of the
most important offlcials in the state,
was one of those chief friends of the
late czar and the only surviving one,
At the niew ozar's earnest request he
was to remain in office until the cor
onation tooks place to regulate the
ceremonial of that groat event. ie
$ides regulating the court ceremonisX
he has the management of the oar''
private property, which brings in aren
onue of teni unlanx .aa yar.y -
FOUNDED A HAWK COLONY.
A Pet Bird Recomes the Leader of a For
Midable Bos of Ills Kind. -
Old As Horton, a fisherman and
hunter, living near the mouth, of Alto.
way's creek, Salem county, N. J., los
apet fish hawk a little SureQthan a
year ago that he had had .tn"4aptivit
for three years. The bird was a big
fellow, and it never semed to take
kindly to Asa, who, on aCCOUnt of its
vicious nature, kept it" tied tip in the
woodshed. A strong rope fastened
around the bird's leg held it securely
to a ring in the wall.
The old building was infested with
rats, and a strong fridnfship grew up
between the rodents and thQ captivq
bird. Whenever Holton b6rought up a
fIsh from the creek to feed the hawk
the rats would come out and join in the
feast.. This condition of things in Asa's
woodshed pleased the old fellow, and
Io did all he could to help it along.
When he went out to the shed one
aorning the hawk was missing. The
rope evidently had been gnawed in two
-y the rats, and the hawk had walked
.ut of the door and disappeared.
Holton was inconsolable over the loss
of his pet, and he lived in the hope
that it would return some day, but
weeks went by and nothing was seen
of the hawk.
Asa got out of bed earlier than usual
one morning, and noticing a large num
bar of hawks circling about over the
pines back of the house, he took his
gun and went over to get a shot at
them. le had hardly got outside the
yard, when, to his aslon1slihment, the
missing pet hawk ivew sereamiung at
him from the top of ii neigh boring tree.
Holton knew it was his former Cptive,
for a fragment of rope Ilut tered from
its leg.
rhe old bird swooped so close to
liolton's head that he only ese p'ed be
Ing struck by quickly dodging. The
hawlc rose in the air, and joining the
others, led them off in the direction of
ie month of the creek. For severn i
weeks Holton employed every artiffle
Lo retake the hawk, but the wily bird
Dvaded him.
Holton noticed that every night the
hawks came from the creek, and after
Mircling around in the air over the
pines for awhile, settled among then
ind in the morning they left together,
ind in their coming and going they
were headed by the old pet hawk. Asa
uande it a point to go to the pines
Lwieo a week and leave a lot of fish
which were devou red by the birds.
The colony of hawks increased and
sow thousands of them roost in the
pines every night. A little while be
fore dark they come in from the water
Pnd hover over the pines, screaming
and whistlinig. The old pet hawk up
pears to be the leader of them, for they
stay in the air until that bird starts
for the pines, then they all drop down.
nud go to roost. Ten minutes after
the last hawk has disappeared in the
foliage of the trees it is as quiet as if
no birds were there.
A hunter invaded the roost one night
recently for the purpose of iuving somo
sport with the birds. lie fired a shot
into the branches of i treo and in less
than a minute he was knockied lit, I
an avalanche of hawks that, rushed
upon him screaming like mad. The
hunter fought the birds desperately
and finally managed to imake his es
cape, but his clothes and flesh showed
siguai of the rough handling lie had re
Trhey had mutual friends, and that
fact emboldened him to spea1k wvithout
-he ceremony of an introductioin.
"Sloppy, isn't it?" lhe remarked, per
uasively.
"R ather," she replied.
A freezing silentee followed, but he
had no intention of lotting the oppor
tunity slip.
"Yeu wer a vewy long hatpin, do
you knowv?" lie said. "~Weally, tho end
reaches out quite far."
"Yes; it's quite a protection."
"But it's all rusty."
"That isn't rust."
"No? Hlow vowy qiueer!"
"It is the blood of chappies who have
spoken to me in the street car wvithout
an introduction."
"That fellow mumst have forgottent
omething," said the conductor, as the
ehappio bounced from the ear without
asking hin to stop."--Detroit Free
?ress.
Hie Roead the WVar News.
A Chinamnan sat~in a llroadwany cable
1ar. He looked dull and dlepressed.
His arms were folded within his vol.
uminous sleeves. A gentlemani read
ing the Herald sat beside him. The
paper was open at the China-Japan
war news, containing an account of
the fall of Port Arthur. The1) China
man suddenly became interested as,
his eye caught the Chinese translation
of the war news. TIhe genmtlenman held
the paper before the Celestial's eyes,
which rapidly flew over thme hiero
glyphics. As the Chinamnan fInished the
lserusal he sighed, looked a t the owner
of the paper and remarkced: "Chtinee
man gottee lickee, elh?''Everybody else
n the car silently sympathized with
his grief.--N. Y. Herald.
lIn Diamio'ni~Dst~a Poison.
Attention hats been drawn lately to
the statement in an official work Is
ued by the government of India that
'diamiond dust is known to be a power
ul mechanical poison." This is ob
looted to with an emphasis that should
,revent the waste of diamonds hereaf
ter by persons desirous of removing
-heir enemies. Mahommedans in the
tar east still entertain 'the belief
trongly, but it is said that investiga
tors have never met anybody who,fromj
his own knowledge, could describe the
visible effects of administered diamond
iust. It may be remembered that the
great trial ini India of the Goikwar
case brouaght out the statemen of the
commissioners who heard the evidence
that the dust had no injurious -efeet
en the human body. Here, then, is an
othet supewstition exploded, although
I still lurks even in official docnments
-W, 0. Sterling & Son, large cedar
pok Iealears at Monroe, Mich., have re
.celvc a order for telegraph poles to
be... , Ped to Buenos Ayres, Sotuth
A.merM This is a trial order, and it
the poles go through safely and are
f5tisfactory, this company is promised
axiae large orders. -

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