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TRI-WEEKLY EDITION. WINNSBORO, S. C., AUG IST 14, 1879. VOL. 1I1.-NO. 84.
A PRAIRIE RIDE.
Across the prairie, towards the west,
We rode at day's declining ;
What radiant pictures we beheld.
In heavenly other shining I
How blends the purple, rosy light
And melts into the golden.
Across the azure, crimson bars.
Like some escutcheon golden.
The prairie seems a grassy lake
Where countless Islets cluster;
Groen sumao clumps, that wear not yet
The autumn's scarlet luster.
Across the billows swift we float,
Across the flower-dooked grasses.
While "Bob White" and his frightened mate
Hide till the wonder passes.
The varied tints of budding leaves.
The long, cool shadow lying
Acroa the grass, weird shapes of cloud
Before the breezes flying ;
The plaintive call of whip-poor-will,
The mourning dove's complaining,
The doleful tale the "katy-did"
Repeats, no answer gaining;
Each sight, each sound our souls possess
With sense of summer's being ;
And Nature weprs her choicest dress
For those with eyes for seeing !
The splendor fades, the amber pales
To neutral tint uncertain,
And swiftly, fold on fold, descends
The evening's somber curtain.
But still our good steeds gallop on
O'er phloxes and verbenas;
The quiet holds us like a charm,
No word is said between us.
Sweet stars above, sweet flowers beneath,
Shine in the twilight faintly.
While rising in the dusky East
The moon grows white and saintly.
We turn our horses' heads for home,
Beneath the wind's cool kisses;
Will life or earth o'er yield again
A joy as pure as this in P
The Lost Found,
$he saw David gazing intently at her
hand. The color flashed into lier cheek;
the hand was whirled on its back, and the
fingers trembled In haste on the palm.
"Whose ring are you wearing now?"
She answered lightly, trying to disarm
his disapproval: "It's not an engagement
But the brother's grave face did not
"It belongs to Mollie Bond, one of the
"I have asked you not to wear borrowed
ornaments," said David. "Your own sense
of propriety should keep you from It To
me it is unseemly-vulgar indeed. You
force me to use strong words. Wearing
"I have to wear borrowed finery, if I
wear.any," Edith said hotly. " You never
bought me a piece of jewelry In your life."
"Why haven't I 1 " asked David, with a
slight twitching at the corners of the
Edith cast down her eyes to hide the
shame in them, and answered, with a soft
ened voice, " Because you could not afford
How mean it was to taunt David, the
patlent, steadfast soul, that from boyheod
had taken the battle-brunt of life.
"Then why not acquiesce in the fact
that you- cannot have such things, at least
for the present I Why will you saciifice
your self-respect, and really demean your
self, by incurring obligatlons ?"
" But you don't know how hard it ia to
see all the other girls with rings, and
watches, and chatelaines, while you arc as
plain as a lead pencil, without even~ an
"Do you think I don't know it's hardi
Do you think I have not suffered to be poor
and to see you poor?"
Edith wondered If 'he had really suffered
he seemed always so self-contained.
"You surely would not choose rings and
necklaces to the thorough course of music
you are having."
"I didn't really want- to put on the ring,
but Mollie Bond Insisted that I should. She
put it on with a wish. I believe she does
it to show off her rings. She's always
wishing her rings on somebody's fingers."
"Well, I wish her t-inge off your fin
gers," he said quietly.
"Well, don't scold any more, Davy, and
I will never allow-another girl to put a ring
on my finger, though I can't see what harm
can come off it."
"Can't you see that you might lose the
ringi At the best, it pains me and shames
me to see you in borrowed plumage."
He was six years older than Edith, and,
since the father's and mother's death, he
had eared for her, worked for her, over
looking her education, keeping a lovIng
watch ever her conduct, standing, indeed,
as well as he conceived, in the stead of
father and mother to her.
Edith doubtless missed her mother's care
and a mother's sympathy, and she may have
felt at times that David's pure and con
selentiois nature made him exacting, .but
he was faithful "ae/the suit, moon and
stars put together." she used to say.
A few evenings aft'er their conversation,
J~dith's 'music teacher, Prof. PIpp, gave a
parlor concert. Each pupil had permission
to invite one friend.
"Of course I must invite Davill," Edith
th~lthoping in her heart that hie would
d~hethe invitation,' so that she might in
Harvey. But David did not dec
B0 had a piano solo. As this was an
n~4,E~Ith gienced with complacent
AA4.~t~otid;l~ flashings starlike, on
~ lHarvey-invited by one
Us.-as statading near the
ies~uplbShd ould be sure to mark the
4, and wak waiting
be ~ ~~O ~themusre before
~ Jj 0ly4~IptoahIng
wounded way. At last there was a com
plete breakdown, and Edith left the piano,
her face blazing, her head reeling.
The ring was forgotten; Len Harvey was
forgotten. She thought of nothing, re
membered nothing but David's disappoint
ment, his grave face, his dlowncast eyes.
She sat, possessed by her humiliation,
until the next performer had left the piano
amid rapturous applause. Then, with a
throb of dismay, she rememnbered the ring.
Of course It had fallen to the ground.
What if it should be trodden upon I
. When the concert was ended, Edith tried
to avold David by mingling with the
crowd. She saw him exchanging words
with her teacher, and took the opportunity
to dodge in and out among the people until
the piano was reached. Stooping she has
tily passed her hand over the carpet, under
the piano, once, twice, three times. One
and another person asked what she was
''Oh, something," said Edith. The pub
lishing of the loss would reveal her to
At length she heard a voice questioning
which made her heart leap-her brother's
voice. She sent a quick, startled glance to
his calm face. She said the first thing that
came Into her thought whlich would divet-t
" My writing-desk key," she answered;
but perhaps I did not bring it here," she
added, getting to her feet. " I must take
leave of Mrs. Pipp," she aid. hurrying
away to tell her hostess of her loss.
"I haven't time to look for it to-night.
I will come around early in the morning and
make a thorough search " Edith said.
Mrs. Pipp promised that she would her
self search for the ring aftei the guests had
left the house. With this assurance, Edith
was turning, with some feeling of relief, to
rejoin her brother, when she perceived him
by her side. Her heart jumped with a niw
fear. How much had lie heard of what
she had said?
When they were In the street, and Edith
felt David's warm hand get hold of hers,
and felt hers tucked away under his arm,
close to the warm heart, she was melted to
"David," she said, with quick Iipet
unosIty, "I told you a story about looking
for my key. It is at home In the lock. I
was looking for something else."
"I knew you were," said David; but lie
did not ask her what that something was.
When they reached home, they went to
the sitting-room. Edith turned Ui) the low
birning lamp. There, in the full blaze,
was her desk, and in the lock was the key.
"Just suppose that I hadn't told David
the truth I " was the thought that went
flashing through her mind.
Tne next morning, early, she left the
house to go to MIrs. Pipp's to look for the
ring. Bhe was hastening by Mollie Bond's
dwelling without looking up, for she feared
to meet Mollie. Just then she heard a win
dow thrown tip. She had a feeling as if
she were about to be shot at.
"Ede," Mollie called ; "please let me
have my ring. I'm going with mamma to
lunch at Judge Hart's this morning, I want
to wear it.'
"I think it nicer not to wear diamonds
at lunch," Edith said, trying to pass on.
" But I want to wear It," Mollie persist
ed. "Walt, I'll come down to the gate
and get it."
"I haven't it with mie. I'll bring it
around before lunch-time," said Edith hur
" Well, be sure you do," screamed Mol
lie. " I'll never lend you another."
"I just wish you wouldn't," thought
Edith, with a mental pout.
" We've looked all over the room for the
ring," said Pipp.
"And haven't you found it ? " Edith
"No, and I've hiad the carpet swept
twice very carefully. I think the ring
must have been picked up."
" Let me look ; I know just where it
must have fallen."
Over and over, downi on her knees, with
a solicitude piteous to see, Edith searched
the floor ; felt under the piano ; felt along
the edges of the carpet ; looked In all
probable places, and as many improbable
ones, as, for instance, in the mocking-bird's
At length, sick at heart, full of fear and
dismay, she started for home, taking care
not to return to Mollie Boad's house. The
ring must have been pilcked uip by some
one. She would advertise it In the evening
paper. Stopping in the Gazette office, she
prepared an advertisement, carefully word
ed, so that a reader could not know who
had lost the ring.
That evening she was crocheting while
David read the paper to nor. She had
nerved herself to hear hinm read her adver
tisement, yet when lie did conie to it the
effect wvas like scaldine: water to heri face.
" You would feel very unhappy," David
commented, "if you had borrowed a ring
and lost It."
"Yes," she said, hiarly able to steady
her voice, and turning quickly to hide1 the
tears that would come to her eyes...
" But this acivertissment will hardly ac
complishi Its purpose," David said. " The
fact that the person wiho picked uip the ring
did not mention the fact to Mrs. Pipp
shows an intention to keep it."
At this Edith's heart sank within her.
Abouit ailht o'clock thme door-bell rang.
Edith jumped as at a musket-shot. She
felt sure .it was Mollte who had come for
the ring. Site rushed to the door, intent
upon preventing an interview between her
friend and David.
The visitor was Mollie. "1I have come
for my ring," she said. "I want to wear
it to church to-morrow; I am going to 1be
confirmed, you know."
"Conic into the parlor," Edith stain
nmered, fearing David would hear what was
" No, I'll just take the ring, and will not
" Don't speak so loud." Edith implored,
in a hoarse whisper. "I haven't the ring
wIth me. It's-it's at-I left it at Mrs.
Pipp's. I'm sorry."
'Oh, wel), it doesn't matter said Mol
lie. ."I'll run around to Mrs. iEipp's and
get It. I don't mind the walk at all."
She 'tirned and was almost gone before
Edith could arrest her.
"Wait a moment," Edith said ; "I (lid
not fipish telling. F-I--I dropped the
ring On the floor, tconcert night, and codd
iot find It ; but-"
"Why Edith I'
Bfut i've advertisedl it, and miaybe-"
" The ring coet a hundred doliars i"
;' if Ishotild 'have to rlace itt.?
thtuhin i tertr;r "We ul .e'r
~ O~~dtt 1ave that rinhur tfo anY.
" Maybe I Shall hear from It to-ior
"My brother that's gone to sea gave it to
me," continued Mollie, "and he may be
dead. We haven't heard from hin for a
" What (lid you put It on my finger for?"
Edith cried, bursting Into tears. "You'd
no business to lend me a valuable ring that
you prized. It was mean In you, and I will
never forgive you for it. Perhaps I shall
never find the ring, and then I could never
be happy again. I wish I were dead this
minute I "
"Why, don't go on so," said Mollie,
moved by Edith's wordS. "I don't care so
much about the ring as all that. My
brother did give it to me to remember him
by, but I have plenty of other things I can
remember him by. As for the worth of the
ring, I don't mind that. Pa's wells have
run oil enough while we have been talking
to buy a ring like that for every finger I
have got on my hands. But I gess inia'll
mi-Ae a fuss. You know she was taught to
be very economical when she was a girl and
so she's stingy, and can't bear to lose any
thing; so) guess she'll make you pay for
it. But I'm not going to be angry with
you. I can't ever forget the hard rpaces in
algebra you've helped me over. D'..'t cry
On ner way to school, Monday morning,
Edith stopped at the Gazette building. In
a dispirited way she climbed the Ulirty steps
to thd office. She opened the door and
stood without speaking. There was no
eagerness, no hope in her face-not even a
question upon her lips.
'' Well," said the editor, running his [lin
ger and thumb into his vest pocket, "I've
got the ring. It was picked up by a young
man at Prof. Pipp's concert."
Edith suddenly clutched at her veil to
get it over her face, snatched the ring, and
hurried. away crying. What a bulrden had
dropped from her heart! The relief of
that moment she will never forget.
The dreadful matter had come to such a
pleasant ending. Mollie and Mrs. Pipp
could be pledged to secrecy, and David
need never be wounded by learning that she
had broken her promise and had been hid
Ing something from hiin. This was the
happy thought that kept coming to her
mind all through that school (lay.
But when she went, home at night and
me*, the level glance of David's frank,
honest eyes, her conscience stung her un
" I'm a. mean and wicked as I can be I
she exclained with sudden impetuosity.
" I horrowed a diamond ring to wear to the
concert ; it was worth a hundred dollars,
and I lost it, and it was that I was looking
for after the concert, and I put that adver
tisement-in the paper. I just hid every
thing from you, you darling, good, hon
" Well, there, that will do," said David,
ready'to smile. '- You might have saved
yourself much suffering if you had confilded
your trouble to me at the start.. I knew all
about It, for I saw you take the ring from
your finger, saw it drop on the floor, and
then I picked it up."
" And you answered the advertisemient ?"
"Yes; I didn't want to force your confi
den1cc. I felt that you would tell mIe, and
I'm not going to lecture you. There Is no
need of my pointing out, the lessons, is
"No," said Edith. " They have been
burned into my heart. Shall I tell them
to you? I iust not break good promises;
I must not tell stories, or try to keel) a
guilty secret from one to whom I oN'e so
much. Don't I ktiow the lesson "
I think you do," said David.
A Duck Hiunt in an Indian Cantoe.
The country around Fort Ripley, Minn.,
Is full of lakes of various sizes, and the
Indians, soldiers and settlers are fond of
going to thleni to fish -and hunt ducks.
Nearly op~posite Fort, Ripley is a small
stream, called by the Indians "No-ka-se
be," whlich connects a beautiful lake with
the Mississippi River. One day Gen. Hunt
said he would like to go to that lake for
ducks; so Eddie's papa got out his skiff
and canoe; and with guns and ammunition
and a soldier to help row the skiff, they
started up the No-ka-se-be In the skiff, tow
ing the canoe behind It. Tall weeds and
grass, and wild rice, grew high and thlick
on the sides of the stream, and som,' tinics
across It ; so thlat to manage the skiff and
canoe wvas no easy matter. However, they
got to thle lake at last, and rowed out to the
middle of It, where it 'was thoughlt best that
E'ddle's papa should take the canoe and go
In one direction, leaving Gen. Hunt and the
soldier In the skiff, to seek their game In
another direction. Trho canoe was made of
birch-hark. It was about twelve feet long,
and not more than thirty Inches wide at the
widest part, and so frail and light that great
care was required to avoid capsizing It.
The soldiers used to say that Indians parted
their hair in the middle so thlat they would
not upset their canoe by having too much
hair on one side ; but tis was onily one of
the soldiler's jokes. Well, Eddie's papa
took oft his boots, and placed them, wilth
his gun, shot-pouch, and powder-flask, in
one end of the canoe; then lie carefully
stepped Iito other end, sat down in the bot
tomn of the canoe, and paddled off toward
a little bay, whlere several large ducks were
swImming about. For a while Eddie's
papa kept the front end of tihe canoe towards
the (lucks; for he knew that was the only
safe way to shoot out of a canoe. After a
while he( saw a fine large duck flying to
wards him. Pointing his gun at the duck
lie followed Its fliht as it drew nearer, un
til the duick was in good range on one aide
of the canoe, when, forgetting where he
was, he fired--bang-and got a duck. But
It was not the duck lhe was after ; for that
duck flew away faster than over, while lie
and his gun flew the other way.. The gun
had kicked him over, and the canoe turned
bottom up, letting gun, boots, powder-flask,
shot-pouch and Eddie's papa go into the
lake. Fortunately the water was' oniy
waist deep at that point; so hle soon got the
canoe right-side up, and balled the water
out with his hat. . Thich he fished up the
boots, gimn and other things, and put them
in the canoe. An Indian couid have got
Into the canoe from the water ; but Eddie's
papa had to wade to the shore (pulling the
canoe along with him), where, in a short
time he was joined by Geni. Hiuut and the
soldier, who had seen the acciderit. Tjat
ended tht duck hunt' for that day; 'for
hunting ducks in. wet 'clo isn't )nuch
fun, especially whei he weat er ia ooo
Netnege lhad mnice possess1 hirO~
opiootta ndan4IA .
An Adirondack Adventure.
Thc party consisted of seven men, all ex
perienced in wood life, and members of the
"Norway Foresters," as follows: Charles
Hall, M. D., Hiram Austin, Walter Servis,
Zenas Smith, and Willis Kelley, of Norway,
and Jay Delevan and Gcorge 11. Worden,
of Prospect. The party met and organized
at the house of Ed. Wilkinson, at Wilmurt,
and proceeded to the mouth of Indian
river, which makes into the west branch of
the West Canada creek, ab6ut fifteen miles
above Ed. Wilkinsonl', on the cast slide.
Here we went Into camp and staid until
after dinner, when Smith's adventure com
menced. Zenas Smith is rather below
Imediunm height, sandy complexion, clear
gray eyes, and, withal, a fine looking,
frank, easy appearing young man of
twenty-five years. Ile and myself were to
take our rods and baskets and go to "Four
Mile Stillwater," on the West branch, and
if we found the fishing good, were to camp
there and fish the next day, a distance of
about filve miles from wliere we were. We
left camp about 12 M., and kept along the
creek trail for over a mile, when we came
to the marked birch fMr the cut off saving
about a mile's tramp from the bend of the
creek. Taking, as we ul)posed tihe right
direction, we traveled for three hours, and
not reaching our destination concluded we
had been bearing too Much west, so made
a sharp turn to the right expecting to strike
the stream in half an hour at most. While
we were clambering along in this manner
we were suddenly startled by the appear
ance directly in front of us. and not more
than twenty rods distait (if a large moose,
probably eighteen hands high, or more,
and making directly for us. In the same
breath Smith caught ine by the shoulder
and pointed to a tree near the moose, where
I beheld the glittering eyes of a panther.
The reader will remember that we were
without arms or ammunition of any kind,
the only offensive or defensive weapons we
possessed being our pocket-knives. I con
fess to being more- than frightened at the
time, but seeing the coolness of Smith I de
termined not to let him see my knees rattle.
By this time the moose was upon us ; at a
glance we knew he came for protection,
but tihe huge panther still loomed upon us,
but had stopped in his headlong course.
'"Smith," said 1, 'how is this ?"
"I believe we are all right," said Smith.
"The moose has conic to us for protec
tion, consequently he is not belligerent;
the panther is undoubtedly cowed by our
numbers, or dare not tackle a man. Let
us build a fire and I will stay here while
you go back to camp and bring the rille,
and have one of the other boys come back
To this I demurred for a long time, bul.1
finally concluded to go, leaving all my traps
-with Smith, to make the more rapid pro
gress. This part of the story can be told I
very shortly. I got lost, wandered until
after dark, built a fire, slept some. got up
next day and traveled till dark again, built
a fire, and started, next morning an'd
tramped until about 19 A. M., when I
came to a stream, and following it down
caine to Jock's Lakc outlet shanty, and
from there went back to the Indian river
shanty, where the first man to greet me wvas
Smith, whom I supposed had been con
verted into panther a meat before this time.
I was nearly starved, but asked "Smith
how was it f"
"After you left," said Smith, "II got all
the wood together I could and kept up the
fire, the moose standing back a little, but
keeping me between itself and the panther,
which kept his position in the tree. We
kept this up all night, the moose one side
of me, the panther glaring with his eye
balls of fire upon the other, and you may
imagine I actedl mypart as middleman
without getting very sleepy. About sun
rise Thursday morning, the panther gave a I
terrific growl, sprang from the tree and I
rapidly disappeared In the forest. While I
wvas watching the panther I had not
thought anything about the moose, and
finally, when I turned my head, he was
gone. I Immediately came to camp and
found you gone. Somne wvent to look for
you, somne wvent back with me, but we1
found no further trace of either the moose
A Brace of Iheroes.
Hector Blanefoic and Leonidas Hlornilint
milhtia colonels both, were the two bravest
men in Chineapin-at least we had their
several words for it.
The Blancfoles, so their latest scion told
us, had fought under Charlemagne-the
last fighting, Ned Preston used to say with
a wink, any of them had been known to
do. As for the Hlornflints, their family
prowess dated so far back that It was lost
in the midnight of time.
When Col. Blancfoic paraded at. the head
of lis men on training day', there was some
thing so fierce andl terrible In his aspiect
that Mars himself would have passed for a
Hicksite Quaker by the side of him; aind
still fiercer and more terrible, if possible,
lonke'd Col. Hlornflint, his military rival.
Nor was it alone on the Sibloy-tented
field that the two chieftains were rivals.
Both aspired to the hand of Lucy Hunter,
'Squire Hunter's pretty daughter, the hand
somest girl, and the best match in thme
The squire was a pionem settler who had
grown up with the country, and was now
in the decline of life, rich and well to oo
Hie hmad fought the Indians In his youth,
and the British in 1812, and If there was
anything lie thoroughly detested It was a
An out-and-oumt honest, man hImself, it
was past lisa comprehension that any one1
should set up a title to courage based on
false pretonses, Accordingly he took the
two colonels at their own estimate, firmly
believing that both would cover themselves
with glory the first opportunity that of
fered. Ho would have been proud to ac
cept either as a son-in-law, bumt was sorely
puzzled to choose between thoem. Lucy
was equally at a loss to toll which of thme
two she despised the most. 'Thie truth is,
she woulda't have given Ned Preston's lit
tle finger for the pair of thm..
It was not in two such fiery natures long
to bear rivalry without chafin, or to chafe
In silence. They bmsekbit oele tother farl
oimsly, and Ned Preston took precious good
cjare that fither should rompain In ignor
ancof the objurgations of the other.
Their feelings were intenifld when they
becaimo rivals, not alone In war. and love,
butt in polities. .As oppositg cindltates for
Co herbitterness fio~,so 1bounds.
alstmlse they cameo. tih t-4 ld
4866 other's backs, of u'ebi
'while - uo the ~ndotoante
ob, If not two of them, in the near
" Have yoi seenl illanefoie latelv ? " in
uired Ned Preston, conidentially biltoni.
ioling llorntlint oil the street corner.
''No; but I'll settle with him when I
->!" bristled up the other.
"Take a friend's advice anl be on your
ruard," returned Ned in a stage whisper.
' Blancfoic is In a fearful state. Ile has
rmed himself with a bowie-knife as big as
Ibroadsword. lie carries it down his
lack, and it reaches from the nape of his
eck to the seat of his pantaloons. He's
en hunting you all day, and swears he'll
iiakc 1h1ah of you on sight.
1lornlint's cheek blanched with anger,
Is knees smote together with fury, and
is teeth fairly chattered with passion as
e0 exclaimed in at Voice treiulious witis
"1 L-Ict tile (astardly Villain colie! I-Ii
cady for him "
Half an hour later a similar interview
ok place on another street corner, tile
artles, this time, being Ned Preston and
'Colonel! " spoke the former, lowly and
'Well, sir? "
Do you know Ilornilint's looking for
"I neither know nor care," swaggered
le colonel, tnrning - trifle whiter, the ef
ct, 110 doubt, of concentrated ire.
"But he's got a pistol buckled o1 1ImIn,"
aild Ned-"a navy revolver so long that
le muzzle sticks out an inch below his
Oat tail, and hle vows 1 he'll make a sieve
if your carcass the moment he lays eyes on
The colonel's Indignation added another
bade to his pallor. It was evident that.
's feclings were fast getting the better of
"If the scoundrel comes in my way Il
iew hih to pieces finer than the prophet
id Agag I " was the colonel'a fierce reply,
3, looking nervously over his shoulder, lie
That afternoon Col. Hornflint took the
ary stage (there were no railroads then)
or a town a dozen miles off. I lalf an
lour later Col. Blanofole took a private
onveyance for the same place. Ned
reston fell in with him just as he was
tarting, said that urgent. business called
ifin in tha saie direction, and offered, if
lie colonel would take him in, to bear half
The colonel cieerfully consented ; and
lie two set out at i brisk trot, the military
rentleman taking the reins and, plying the
-hip smartly, anxiously glancing back
very time lIe heard tIe rattle of wheels
"'They're going away to fight I " wits in
verybody's mouth; for the two sudden de
)artures were soon known to every man,
vonan and child in Chincapn. There is a
ort of local omniscience in country vil
ages, you know, which makes a secret a
As Colonel Blancfoie and his companion
Irove up to the tavern at their place of
lestination, whom should they see on tile
'eranda but Squire Hunter and his daugh
cr. Facing these with his back toward
ie newcomers, was a gentleman of military
iort, engaged in auimated conversation.
Blanefoic hurried Ip the steps.
"' Why, Squire, is tilhit you ?" lie cried,
inastening forward, and clasping the ((old
Turning about to pay his respects to
Acy, lie found himself face to face with
hom do you suppose ? The moment of
rengeance hild come! The hated Ilorntlint
tood before hhn.
For an instant-the briefest of instants
heir eyes glared annihilation. Then back
o back they wheeled, with heads down
Ike a couple of scared buffaloes, and ran
or dear life, neither doubting but his enc
ly was In swift pursuit.
Blancfole pitched, head( first, into thle
quire's stomach, then clearing his prostrate
vorshlip ait a bounmd, he0 tulrned~ a somlerset
ver the westerni railing, into a neighboring
Hlornflint's flighlt was tawards the East.
leneathi his hlorizonital coat-skirts could be
en the hluge revolver dancing like a piece
f stovepipe tied to the tail of a frightened
ur. Dashing thlroughl all obstacles, h~e
anded in a ditch, wvelcomned by a.chorus of
Quick as lIghtning Ned Preston was on1
lie scene, and picking up tile squire.
"I hlope you're not hlurt," lie said.
"Whlat thec-the mIschief does it mean? "
miquired thle sqjuire.
''Yes, what does It meanI1 Ned ?" joied
Ned, as soon as 110 cotuld for laulghlug,
xplained all. Tile two doughty champIons
a seeking to avoid a meeting, had both
olughit the same retreat, where, uinexpect
iy encounterIng, a mutuial panic was tho
Neither of the colonels t~as sent to C'on
ress, and neltlier married Lucy Hlunter,
'hlo became Mrs. Ned Preston not long
Thle Utilisation of Weeds1.
Ralhph Waldo Emersoni has describled
~-eeds as laniuts whose use0 has not been
hhscovered. TIoo often meni are con
ent to call a pllanit a weed, and then
roceed to extermInate it without
islking any at tempt to 11lnd out Its pos
ible uses. Anl Indian wvrIter, Mr.
eorge W. Strettell, conaiders from his
xperienice gained ini the Indian forests
lenart..Ient that a large revenate might,
en derived from such11 plants, especlally
hose yumbling fibre-plants wvhich re
humr care In enltivation, whleh grow
a land utterly unisulted to any othler
~rops, and which yield fibre practical
*y proved to be well ada pted to the
aiufaceture of paper andl textile fa
rics. le advocates the cultIvation at
lrt, if neced be, experlmentaliy and or.
small scale of severaldfernpat,
nd1( esPeclalfrof one, h uorysgy
nimca. The reof this plant has been
)ronoumnced by papeor makers and'man
ufactureis of tex tlie fabrics as excellent
uid lhe shows- cotvicingly that after
iowing for the fibre, tihe raw tnateral
night be sold at such a price as to add
~onsiderably to thme imperial revenue.
Text to the discovery of plants'yield..
ig products now In demand foiIndlus
rial or muedical purposes, we maky rank
no havention .of new uses for tho pro
ueits of plants now (tonsidered useless.
But a sainall potion ,of tbp10eale
worldihaq y len mi:do Ii~ry $t
1An 0Ancd folptst ezof i aq
isret rt tt~ oveh
iS yet prvoftoO4
THE MILL MAY GRIND AGAIN.
Down by the Clacking mill danced the water
Over pebbles, over aills, singing out of sight.
8'eady, swiftly onward, past wueadows and fair
Never stepping, n ver failing till it reached
the aCA ;
And the proverb deep improssed mne, weaving
"The mini will never giind again with wator
that Is pimse5d."
Long I mused upon the proverb, thought I
could not be
Thon I heard the cloudlets call the water from
Softly ro_.o the vapors to their azuro homo
Bailed with graceful beauty back, back from
whence they colie,
Soon the water fal.iig gently. 'stilled in velvet
With the water onco gone by the mill may
Take the lesson, thon, to heart, moments
spent in vain
Possibly may come to us like the velvet ran ;
Golden hours vanished, loves slighted oice
May glow again with einison, blush as In days
ariovo not o'er a wounded past, with its allont
With the water which has passed the mill may
'uttlaig on a onalir.
At this tie of the year almost every
man purchases some new style of Piccadil
ly collar. As the heat has an alarming
tendency to make the average collar wilt
and look mean, he gets some with as
mtiany p!y as aspossible. What lie wants
is a collar about as thick as the wood
which is used for making cigar boxes. lie
succeeds after a diligent search in getting
just what he needs, and in the evening, be
fore calling on his fair one, le thinks lie
will put on a new collar an'd a white neck
tie. Ile goes to his roomi and selects a col
lar, and buttons it. on behind ; then Ie fas
tens one of the ends in front, and in doing
so is compelled to look uip in the air like a
chicken swallowing water, and to make
facial gyrations which would bring him i
fortune if lie could execute thei upon a
pantonimic st age. A fter a sustained effort,
which bring forth tears and perspiration, he
manages to button tlie first end, and takes
a breathing spell before essaying to fasten
the second. IIe is in a stalc of desperation
now, for, unfortuilnately, lie hits but two
hours since cut his nails Fo short that lie
finds it utterly impossible to pinch the but
tonhole around his collar-button, the inside
portion of which occasionally grips him
like a vis(e, aund causes him to pucker up his
lips as though le had just eaten i a green
persihinon, and to close one eye as though
about to glance over a gun-barrel at a de
camping cat. It is a terrible ordeal for
him ; lie turns around oil lils heel, and
sways his left arm to gIve Impetus to hIs
short nails, but It is all in vain that collar
seens more perverse an(] flxed in Its inten
tions every moment ; and the man feels as
though he would like to grasp the unbut
toned end and with one effort yank himself
off his feet.. lie iow grits his teeth and
takes hrol with both hands ; and after a
desperate encounter of three minutes the
collar Is on. After a breathing spell, lie
bends the ends over, and a sort of psycho
logical rainbow enamels his features. The
next thing on the programmie is to get. out
a white necktie, which he does, and soonl
has it around his neck and fastened In a
bow, which lie thinks will find favor it the
critical eyes of Angelina during the even
Ing. By the time he has dolined his coat
and has picked up. lils walking stick and
silk hat to sally forth, lie happens to notice
in tle glass that his cravat bow has p)er
egrinated around to that portioni of his col
lar located diretly uinder his left ear. Ini
sit instant his coat and vest are off, and( lie
puts (lie bOwv in place, andi takes a pin from
lis bureau to fasten his necktie to his col
lar it a manner which will make Its shift
ing from a fixed p~ositioni an uitter hinpossl
bility. So he cranes his neck forward for
the operation. Th'le collar Is so thick (list
(lie feat of penetratinig it with a pin Is no
easy matter. This lie dliscovers5 after lie
has made a few desperate but ineffectual
hinges it vain. Every time lie presses his
thiumb agailnst the pinhead lie imiagines It Is
about to run up Into him aiid shoot out
somewhere between lis wrist and knuckles;
so lie puts the back of lisa brush handle be
tween his thumb and( the pin, and, after
havlug It slip off and( scratch hIs fingers
several times, (lie pin Is finally forced
through with a velocIty that carries it Into
his neck. Then lie whimpers some, and
grasps (te brush again to drive (lie pin from
(lie insid1e to the outside of his collar, andl
thus have everything fixed to his satisfac
tIon. The pin then bends out of shape,
and lie Is compelled to throw It on (lie floor
and jump on It for revenge. Going to (lie
cushion for another pin, lie dlisco'?ers there
Ia not one in it ; so lie picks (lie beinded one
lip off the floor and straightens it out with
his teeth. Ini order to fasten thant necktie
to lis collar without having (lie trouble he
experienced in his first essay, he removes
it from his neck and soon has (lie operation
performed. ie (lien has to button it on his
shirt again. After tugging at (lie back
button for a few nimiutes, (liat valuable
member flies off, andl wIth aii expression
more forcible than elegant, lie comes to the
conclusion thant he will be obliged to put on
a clean shirt. All this (line Ito is boilIng
away like a mental Vesuvius, and after he
donts the fresh shirt, lie glides around to
her house only to discover that thie objcct
of his affectins is laid up with chills and
ca't be seen. At this juncture lis feelings
beggar descrIption, so (lie reader will please
ciendevor to Imagine them.
Canada B3111 was the prince of three card
monte players, and lis great boast was that
lie had beaten a minister. Cicago news
paper reporters of the year 187T4 remember
the excitement the city editors of the pa
pers thero, except one, were thrown into by
(lie exclusive publcation by that one of the
story of a wellt-known mistera~ who became
a victimi to "Canada ill's" wles obi a train
on the Chicago, 1tock Island and Paoific
railroad. ie had lost nearly a thousand
dollars. Canmd4 13111did not beepthe ropit
~tion of-h~ving bgen theo mV togi dealer
liu1 ps i tetof b6
1 , T~
aid Grangers were filling the trains,
homeward bound. 13111, .wearing cowhide
boots and coarse clothes, got into the train
just moving from the station and attracted
attention by saying in a loud tone, "Well,
no farmer has a show with railroads. They
kill Ils stock and laugh at hin when he
wants pay for it." "What's up ?" asked
his clever capper, and Bill related: "I
brought three head of Durham calves down
here from Winnebago county and I got pre.
miums on all of them. I was having then
put on the cars to send hoine"-by thistime
the attention of every Granger in the car
was attracted- 'when the consarned fools
let one of them treak a leg on the bridge
from the cattle pen to the stock car, and
they had to kill it to put it out of misery.
I wouldn't have taken $200 for the calf,
but the railroad tells me I was shipping at
reduced rates and ain't got any claim."
The conversation that ensued and the state
ment. that 1ill had made put him on the
best possible terms and in the confidence of
all the Grangers, and so when he presently
spread his overcoat and said first. "I'll sue
the road, anyhow," and then, "I found this
little game that'll be funny for the Winne
bago folks, anyway," he hat no lack of Its
tenlers and interested watchers, and after
that is accoipllishcd the work of the three
card nionte man Is easy. Human nature,
rich with avarice, d6es the rest. Bill drew
out his cards and proceeded to tell how he
had won $850, after losing $00, "Just as
easy," he went on, "as this. Now here's
the money," and lie pulled out a pig-skin
pocketbook tied up with twine, which he
undid and exposed a pli of notes to the
amount of several hundred dollars. "No
discount on that; easier made-than turning
a long furrow." Ills capper asked for ex
planation and Bill told him all there was in
it and lost forthwith $20 to his accomplice.
By th'- t Ie half a dozen pocketbooks were
out ;mo bets caie in freely. In half an
hou. we train reached Tnlono, where pas
sengers change for Chicago, and Bill, about
$200 ahead, got up, remarking: "Well,
gentlemen, I'm going to Chicago to see a
lawyer about recovering for that calf.
Good night." And before the astonished
Grangers could realize the situation he had
disappeared through the door. Half an
hour afterward lie was seen on the north
bound train, dressed in the height of fashion
and looking like anything but the coarsely
clad man on the Wabash road. It is said
that Canada Bill made $100,000 during his
career as a card thrower, but when he died,
in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he left just enough
of money to give hin a decent funeral.
Like niany of his profession, lie found at
the faro table his greatest pleasure, and his
winnings went from hhi uuore easily than
they came. l1o was a great player of
draughts, and won much money that way.
Of his early life not much Is known. Ile
was born and lived for some years at Peeks- -
kill, N. Y., on the Iludson river, just below
Poughkeepale. ie was often arrested, but
never staye( long in prison. After the war
his field of operations was mostly on the
Pacific railroad, weet of Omaha. Himself
a man of daring and personal courage, he
often had to face men more desperate than
himself, but his presence of mind never de
serted him, and when everythingelse failed
he was as ready with a weapon as his ad
versary. Ile never drank to excess and had
no intimate friends. Some years ago he
visited Philadelphia. It was in the days
when faro flourished there and the strict or
ders of the police had not substituted poker
in private for faro in gambling rooms. Bill
came with $5000 in his pocket. lie was
the guest of a well-known Sanson street
sporting man, and Bill remarked to his host;
",i'm only going to lose $500 a night, so I'll
stay ten days." lilo went into a Ninth
street room that evening and left the entire
$5000 on the table in less than two hours.
For a nionth or two lie onerated in that vi
cinIty. Every week he would come back
from his trip with $200 or $800, and at
every visit lie left it all before the box.
One night ho put out $700, and when it
had gone lie turned in his chair and said to
the owner of the house: "Lend me $100;
l'm going to Chicago." lie sent the
money back the next week, with a letter
which read: "Much obliged for the mioney.
Chicngo is goodl enough for Canada Bill."
I A Boy's Lark.
There wams a boy in Evanston, Illinois,
namied D)aley. The boy had a dog, which
he was accustomied to take with hi m-n his
dlaily excursions to suburban pasture-fed
to drive home the cows. Recently young
Dalcy found, on lis way to the pasturi,
something white and ruffled and mysterious.
lie (11( not know wvhat it was, but it was
too beautiful to throwv away, and the happy
thought struck him that it might be intend
ed as an ornamental portable awning for a
dog So lhe called lis dog and tied the gay
(device around~ its body just behind the fete
legs. This held the wavy frills of the
tournurc aloft like a canopy. Thus- ca
parisoned the dlog pranced along gayly in
front of his master to where the cows were
quietly grazing in the field. Immediately
there was wild commotion. The cows
knew In a general way soinething about
(logs, but an animal half dog and half bird
with a towering banner of whalebones and.
wire and( muslin floating in the samnger
wvindl, was to them a new and terrifyng
spectacle. Thiey eyed the approaching er
ror a moment, 'then tossed their- hads,
turned tall and broke in a wild stampe~le
for town. The fratle herd burst from the
end of the lane into the main road just a
grave and serious ox-minister of thie go 1.e
-whose sands of life had nearly run, etc.
-came driving along. imr the cows
heeded not. The dog with his phenomepal
attachment waving up and 'dowi was e
hind, and they cared for n6thing 14 fot.
One Jumped across between the hottl end
the vehicle, two others dashed againie
wheels capsIzed the oldor into a dJitehdoll
of mudy water, and4 loft the buggy a'.ad.
lng on it beam ends with two wheels ,in
the air. Thti the horse caught eigh4 ~of
the dog-and rAn after the cews, Sn~ing
the vehicle to atoms ande distfl butinl
along abotut two miles of the publio h i
way. The cows, reinforced .by the Iyo
steed, carried the vill~ge like .an i~alu
army, and such was the terrdiut)
of the people that -they hav e ii64n
little else but talk about It.. - The'~t4 ti
craw~e4 ouofthe diteh and b
with the bustle saw thiache ha oIdai