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TRI-WEEKLY EDITION. WINNSBORO, S. C., MAY 19, 1881. ESTABLISHED 1865.
Think gently of the erring I
Yo know not of the power
With which the dark temptation came.
In somo unguarded hour,
Yo may not know how earnestly t
TIhoy struggled, or how well,
Until tbe hour of weakness came,
And sadly thus they foll.
Deal gently with the erring!
Oh, do not thou forget,
However darkly stained by slu,
He is thy brtthor yc t.
HeIr of the solf-same heritage I
Child of the self-same God I
Hle hath but stumbled in the path,
Thou hast in weakness trod.
Speak gently to tho erring I
For is it not enough
That Innoceneo and peaco havo gone,
Without thy consuro rough ?
It suro must be a weary lot
That sin-orushod heart to bear,
And they who share a happier fate
Their chidings well may spare.
8peak gently to the erring I
Thou yet may'st win them back,
With holy words and tones of love,
From mieory's thorny track.
Forgot not thou hast often sinned,
And sinful yet must be
Deal gently with the erring one,
As God has dealt with thoo!
Miss LaWson' Mlt .
'Clark, there's been a robbery at 84
0-, street,' said my chief, one morning
June, 1872, as I entered the office. "I
want you to go there and see about it at 1
once. There's a reward of $1000 offered.'
Of course I lost time in starting for 84 G
- . street, whIch I found to be an un
pretentious.looking little cottage, standing
in the midst of quite a large and unculti
vated garden. I was shown into the par
lor, and a minute later was joined by a
short, stout, elderly lady, who Introduced
herself as follows:
'Mr. Clarke, the detective, I presume.
I am Miss Harriet Lawson, the owner of
the house, and the person who sent for
you. Suppose we proceed to business at
I signified that such was my desire, and
the old lady proceeded in her abrupt man
'Of course you want to know all I can
tell you about the robbery. Well, it is not
much that I know-it's all a mystery to
me. Yesterday afternoon I drew the sum
of six thousand dollars from the savings
bank. I locked it up iii my safe, and when
I went to get it this morning, for the pur
pose of paying a note which fell due to.day,
it was gone. That's all I know about
'What sort of a safe have you got?' I
'You can see for yourself,' replied the
lady. 'Step this way.'
I followed her to an apartment on the I
'That is my room,' she said, as she
oponened the door, 'and there is my safe
in the corner.'
'It has a patent combination lock,' I
said, 'and bears no marks of violence.'
'Just so,' interposed Miss Lawson, 'and
that's what puzzles me. Last uight I set
the lock at a new combination, and I
slept is that bed, right in sight of these all
all night, with the key under my pillow.
1 am a very light sleeper, and I don't see
how any one could have possibly removed
the key and opened the safe without
.'id any one beside yourself know the
'No; but-well, I hate to confess I was
such a fool-but the truta is, I was afraid
I might, forget the combination, and so 1
wrote it on a slip of paper, which I put in
my top) bureau drawer.'
'Unfortunate. Well, Miss Lawson,who
lives in .the house besides yourself ?' I
The old lady looked me steadily in the
'.Nobody in the house took the money.
'htis no nanswer to my question,
'Mr. Clark,' saidl the 01ld lady, ''but two
persons besides myself slept in the house
last niight. 'Ihey are my servant, Bar
bara, aad my companion, Miss Alice
T rafton. Neither of thienm knows anything
of the matter.'
'8till I would like to examlne both,' 1
'I will not allow It I' exelainedl the old
lady, angrily. 'Barbara Iheath is an old,
trusted servant, whom I have had for
manny years, and Alice Trraflon Is the
dla'.igliuer of a dear, deceased friend, has
been my comp~anion for two years past, and
wvili be my heiress. 'They are bo0th above
suspicion. I wviil not pernnt you to ques
tineither of them.'
'Then, madame, I throw up the case.
I will bid you good morning.'
Stop!l' she cried, as 1 was leaving the
room, 'what do you meani'
'1 '1 must conduct the case in my own
way, or not at all.'
Miss Lawson reflected.
'I suppose you must have your way,'
she said, 'but (10 not lot either of them
think they are suspected for a moment. If
you will step down to the parlor I will call
'Two minutes later Miss Alice Trafton
and the servant, iarbara, stood in my pro
sence. The former was without exception
the imost beautiful girl I had ever seen-a
blonde, with a wealth of shining, golden
hair', and a pair of glorious blue cyes that
sent an electric thrill through my frame as
Ilooked into thienm, .11cr companien was
tail angular, mIddle-aged woman, who
ared at mec with manifest displeasure.
cou I f',rst questioned the servant, who an
ku swered my inquires with great proniptness.
She heardl no noise (luring the night, and
p know n~Jhing of time affair except what
c Miss La~son told her that, mornmng. This
was her (esthnony, after hearing which I
dismissed her, and turned my attention to
Miss Trafton, who semed to be laboring
undler great embarrassment. The color
\came and wvent on her beautiful face us I
'%&estioned her, and several times she
imned on thme point of bursting Into tears.
1sentiy I asked her:
'ou were In the house all night, wore
e 'iot, Miss TIrafton t'
'er a moment'. hesitation, shean
wered in an almost inaudible tone of
'1 was not, sir '
'Why, Alice, exclaimed Sliss Lawson,
tarting to her feet, what do you mean ?'
'1 will not attempt to deceive you,' said
he young girl: 'I was absent from the
iouse between the hours of ten and twelve
'After I supposed you were abed and
.eep I myself I' exclaimed the old lady.
Where were you?'
'That,' said Miss Traf ton, 'I cannot toll
'Cannot tell me ' gasped Miss Lawson.
'And you willnot tell me I' I asked.
No, sir:' was the gentle but firm re
'That will do, Miss Trafton,' 1 said
'You may go.'
When she was gone, I turned to Miss
vawson and asked:
'Was Miss Trafton aware of that mom
trandum in your bureau drawer '
'Yes, sir, she was,' replied the old lady;
but do not, I beg of you, think of suspect
ug her. 15he Is incapable of such a crime.
,est assured she has some good reason for
efusing to tell me where she was last night
-some reason which she will divulge to
no when we are alone.I
I made no reply, but as I arose to take
ny leave I said:
'1 will commence work at once, and
vill communicate with you immediately
vhen I succeed In making any discovery.'
*No matter what your suspicious may
)e, promise me that you will not let hilis
'rafton know them until you are abso.
utely certain of her guilt,' pleaded Miss
'She shall suspect nothing if I can help
t,' I said.
All that day, while I was at work on
he case, MIss Trafton's beautiful face
kaunted me. Do what I would, I could
tot drive the thought of her from my mind.
,n all my life I had never seen a woman to
Yhom I felt so strongly attracted. But I
csolutely steeled my heart against the
of tening influence of her lovely face, and
letermined not to let it stand between me
nd the conscientious performance of my
luty as anoilicer.
Three days passed, and the afternoon of
he third day, as I sat in my oflice sum
ling up the results of my investigations,
Yho should rush in but Miss Lawson.
'Mr. Clark,' she said, dropping into a
-hair and beginning to fan herself violent
y, 'I could not wait for you any longerso
icre I am. llave you discovered any
'Yes, madam,' 1 replied, 'I have dis
.overed where Miss Trafton went between
he hours of eleven and twelve that night.
She has not told you yet, I presume ?'
'No, sir; deepite my pleading, nay, my
:oinmands, she has refused to tell me.
Yhere did she go?'
'She went to the corner of Broad way and
Eighteenth street, where she met a man to
bvhoin, under the light of a street lamp,
dhe paid a sum of money.'
'Good heavens I are you certain of
'I have it from the lips of an eye-wit
-And who was the man '
'I don't know, Miss Lawson. That's
rhat I am trying to find out.'
'Have you a description of him '
'A rather vague one. lie was describecd
o me as tall, slim, and wearing a black
noustache. Have you any idea who it
'Not the slightest. Oh, this is terrible I
ffr. Clark, I would have staked my life on
he virtue and integrity of that girl. And
,von now I will not believe her guilty. Per
laps she can explain it all. But, sir, I
ave news Mr you. I've had more money
'More, madam ? When ?'
'Two hundred dollars last night and
he same amount the night before.
loth sums were taken as before, from my
afe. Nlow, Mr. Clark, I have a proposi
ion to make to you. I want you to keep
twatch on my house to-night. At eight
clock thuis evening I will send both Alice
nd Barbara out upon errands, and while
ahey are gone you can como. I will con
ceal you in the spare room, which is di
ectly opposite my apartment. You can
it there in the dark, unseen and unsus
>ected, 'and watch, and I am confident that
your vigilance will be rewarded by some
iiscovery of importance.'
At the appointed hour that evening ~.
-esentedl myself at Miss Lawson's cottage.
wasat once ushered into th< sparcroomi. At
dine o'clock Miss Trrafton an I the servant
eturned. Ilulf an hour latt '- the entire
otusehokl was in bed.
The place was still as do"' ias -I sai,
nhere, a dark lantern by my side. watching
mnd waiting. The c!ock struck ten, and .
md soon or heard nothing to excite my
uspicionis. At eleven my watch was still
mrewarded. I had but little faith In any
lesirablo result from my vigil, and looked
orwardl to tile long, dreary nighlt which
was before ine with anything but pheasur
~ble emotions. Blut 1 was destined to be
happpiy disappointed. As the halt hour
ifter eleven struck 1 heard a saight noise,
nd a moment later Miss Lawson's door
.pent d and the old lady appeared a loose
wrapper thrown over her, a lamp in her
Hecr eyes w*" 3 a strange meaningless
itare. 8lhe (1k( not, as I at first expected,
enter my room, but proceeded with noise.
less tread along the passage-way. In
itantly, a suspicion of the truth entered
ny mind, and I arose and followed her.
She went down to the lower floor, then
urned into a passage-way, walked the
wholhe length of that, opened a door and
lescend a ilight of stairs into the e1lar.
&rrived at this apartment, she proceeded
to onei corner where a number of boxe
nd barrels were stored, and knelt upon
Lhe ground. She then drew from her pocket
roll of bills, which she placed in one o1
he boxes. Then rising to her feet, sue
began to retraice her steps.
Of course the reader understands by this
imo as clearly as I then understood, that
Miss Lawson was a somnambulisy.
As sihe reached the foot of the cellar
utairs, I stepp~ed forward and awoke her.
For a few moments she seemed at a loss
to comprehend her position, then. as she
radually recovered the uso of her facul
tes, she said:
'Why!I have I been, walking in niy sleep:
ugain ? I thought I was cured of that trick
'That's just what you've been doing,
adam,' I said. 'But don't go up stairs
et. Look here,' and I stepped to the
orner, where she had knelt, direv'dlortil
the box and displayed the contents before
'Why here Is every penny of the missing
money I' she exclaimed. 'How came it
'You put it there, Miss Lawson. You
have been robbing yourself all this !line.'
For a moment the old lady stood trans
fixed, then she cried :
'Exactly I I see It all n'w I' I have been
so worried about the safety of my money,
that the idea has preyedupon my mind while
I slept, and this is the result. Well, thank
heaven it is all explained now. I knew
Alice could not have had anythmng to do
with it. And now she must explain about
that man. I'll have her up at once and
make her tell me all about it. I cannot
sleep until 1 know all.'
Despite my remonustrances, Miss Lawson
rushed up stairs and knocked at Miss
Trafton's door crying:
'Alice-Alice, put on your wrapper and
conic out here at once. I want to see
'In a moment, aunt,' said the wonderful
voice of the young girl.
I would have withdrawn, but Miss Law
son bade me remain.
'I want you to be convinced, as I am cer
tain you will be when the truth is known,
of my poor Alice's innocence," she said.
In less than a minute Miss Trafton emer
ged from her room, wearing a loose cash
mere wrapper, and looking more beautiful
In a few moments Miss Lawson expla'n
ed the situation to her, and then asked.
'Now, Alice, who was that man you
met that night 1'
'I would giadly have kept the truth
from you, dear aunt,' said the young girl,
her voice trembling with emotion; 'but as
you know so much now, it Is better I should
tell you all. When, at the death of my
mother, you rescued me from pQverty and
misery, and gave me a home in your house,
I did not tell you that I had a brother who
had gone astray- who was even then an
inmate of the state prison. You were so
good yourself,and your ideas on such mat
ters were so strict, that I thought it best to
keep this a secret. But I have from time
to time secretly communicated with my
brother, and last week, upon his release
from prison, I had an interview with him, at
which he told me, to my horror, that an
other warrant was out for his arrest on a
charge of which he swore was innocept.
lie begged ot me to raise him some money
so that lie could leave the eountry, and be
gin life anew in a foreign land. I had
saved nearly three hundred dollars from
your generous allcwance, dear aunt aunt,
and this I promised to give to him on the
night that your money disappeared. lie
was the man that I met on the corner of
Eighteenti street and Broadway. l1e is
now far away from New 1 ork. Now you
know my secret. Can you forgive me?'
For answer, the old lady clasped Alicc
to her breast, flow I envied her I I now
took my departure, first receiving a cordial
invitation from the old lady to call again.
I did call again, and-well, Alice and
I were married six months from that night,
CoaL Fioiia of the world.
The coal fields of the world, so far from
being in danger of exhaustion, as alarmists
are fond of asserting, have in fact as yet
barely been touched. The South Waice
coal field is, after that of the Clyde Basin,
the largest field in Britain, and conl4ins
almost as great a vertical thickness of
strata as any coal field in the world.amount
Ing to upwards of 10,000 feet. Of this to
tal depth only 120 feet are pure coal. As
the lowest coal bed must have at one time
been exposed to air or water for the growth
of the plants which formed the coal in their
decay, the South Wales coal field testifies
to a subsidence of the earth sufficient tc
have brought rome of the highest of the
Alps to the sea level. The time required
for so great a transformation is estimated as
040,000 years. It is only, however, to a
depth of 4,000 feet that, having regard tc
the Increased heat of the earth as we de
scend, coal can be obtaIned; but, even with:
this limitation, the supp~ly left in the veins
of the district is suicienit to sulpply con
sumption at its p~resent rate for 1,800 yeare.
Great Briain will mioro and more cease tc
supp~ly an extraneous demand in addition
to that of her own manufactuses. Not only
has the splendid mining region of Pennsyl.
vanma been developecd, but in India, in Cai.
na, in Australasia, and at the Cape vast
supplies of fossil fuel have. been dliscover.
edl. Economics in manufacture or dimin.
ishing the rate of growth in coal consump.
tion, and any Increased use of electricity
as a motive force tends to make the same
quantity of carbon go much further in ef
fecting mechanical results. Steam coal
set to drive an engine which produces the
electrIc light will result In illuminating
power wvhich exceeds a hundred fold that
p~roducedl by a line amount of gas coal
heated in retorts. The thickest ned of
mineral fuel is In Russian Poland, and coal
of various qualities-black, brown, anthra
cite, etc.-crops up not only in Belgimm
and the north of France, and along the
Prussian Rhine, but In Saxony, where it Is
the foundation of the wealth of Chemnitz,
in Westphalia, Hanover, Bohemia, Siles,
Moravia, in the Asturias and elsewhere in:
Spain, in several governments of Russia,
andl in Nova Scotia, Brazil and Chihi,while
native anthracite Is worked as railway fuel
in Swiitzerland, Savoy anid Italy. 'rho an
nual produce of the world Is 289,000,000
tons, of which the British Isles furnish
184,000,000, the United States and Ger.
many coming next with 50,000,000 tonE
apiece. The production of Benigal In 187l0
was 623,097, that of I'ow South Walge
was 1,444,271 In 1877; but, in each cast
the merest, fringe of the coal district hs
been reached; vast accumulations, readily
accessible, remain behind.
When Demades, the orator, remarked]
that the swordls of the Spartans were ac
short that they could be swallowed by oon
jurors, Agis, the young king of that name,
replied: "We find them quite long enough
to reach the enemy." Th'iis Is attributed by
him to Leotychidas, son of Aristo: "A
snake having twined Itself around a key,
which was declared by the years to be u
portent, Leotychidas remarked: 'It would
have been more of a potent If the key had
twined itself round a snake.''" In passing
sentence on two rogues, Philip of Mace.
don ordered one to leave Macedonia with~
all speed, and the other to try to catch him.
No less astute was his query as to a strong
position he wished to occupy, which was
reported by the scouts to be almost impreg.
nable. 4.Is there not," lie asied, "ev n a
pathway to it wIde otough for a ass lades
with gal d?&
THE QOLEEN LINING.
Lite to-day Is dark and draary,
Badly we sit repining,
But the clouds will roll away
And show a golden lining.
Though they now obscure the sky
And sadly drops the rain,
If our faith is placod on high
The sun will shino again.
lad misfortunes and great losses
Hido the sun, behind them shining,
But oro long they'll roll away
And show a glorious, golden lining.
They are for the best, you'll find ;
God has caused them for a warning;
They make up the nights in life
Every night must have its morning.
Itich For One Day.
Charles Jones lived in Bunkersville. lie
was strictly honest, and lie was poor. Jones
had, s many poor men have, a large fam
ily, and when winter arrived it found him
out of employment and almost out of
bread. By doing odd jobs, however, lie
managed to keep body and soul together.
One morning he arose in very low spirits ;'
he was to eat his last crumb of bread for
"What must I do ?" lie cried.
"Trust in Providence," answered his
faithful wile, breaking in upon his solilo
"Well, I will. I'll go down the street
and see if I can get an odd job or two "
He had scarcely gone a square when an
acquaintance coming toward himl said:
"Ilallo I Jones, Inoking better than
usual this morning ; no wonder, though ;
I believe I would feel jolly, too, were I in
your place. Allow me to congratulate you,
Poor Jones was completely staggered.
Formerly lie had received only a cool nod
of recognition from Mr. Williams; now it
was a kind word and a hand offered to
shake, and congratulated, too I And for
what? Ile could only stanner;
"Mr. Williams, I-1-really--what
do you mean ?"
"Oh, of course I Expected you would
be proud and stuck up," explained Mr.
William; adding, "Give you two weeks
to get over that."
And with this lucid explanation of his
conduct, Mr. Williams passed on.
"le is crazy I" exclaimed Jones.
While looking in amazement at the re
treating form of the supposed maniac, a
hand lightly touched his shoulder which
caused him to turn and face Mr. Graball.
'llow are you, Jones? Glad to see you,'
said Graball ex'ending his hand.
'I-am pret-pretty we-well,' essayed
the astonished Jones.
'Of course you are,' continued Uraball.
'And how modestly you assume your rew
role I I'll tell you, Jones, you know you
wanted to borrow (wenty-five dollars of
me the other day: L didn't happen to have
it just then, but yesterday I collected my
rents; so this morning, when I sat down
to make out, your cheek, I thought I might
as well make it fifty instead of twenty five.'
Thrusting the check into Jones' hand,he
was about to depart, when he added.
'I forgot, Jones; my wife says you must
dine with us next Sunday. Be sure to
come and bring your wife and children.'
As Graball whisked out of sight, Jones
tried to collect his thoughts. After a mis
erable attempt, he determined to go home
and consult his wife; she might solve the
riddle that puzzled him.
Arriving at home, amazement was only
to be suceeeded by wonder and surprisc,
for, in passing through the hall into the
kitchen, he found his wife unheading a
barrel of flour, and his daughter putting
away a lot of beef.
'Is it you Charles?' said his wvite.
'1 don't know, Mary; just stick me with
a pin, till I see.'
'No, indeed, 1 shall noti But just think
of it, Charles! The grocer sent up this
barrel of flour this morning that, he refused
to trust you for last weeKc,and the butcher's
boy stopped with some meat, when you
know lie has refused us all along. When 1
asked him what was the matter, lie only
winked and said we could settle at tbe end
of the month. AMrs. Stingy, our neighbor,
sent in two pounds of butter, saying she
was sorry she didn't have it yesterday when
we wanted to borrow a cupful, but as her
butter man had just come, she could spare
us two pounds.'
'And I've got a check for fifty dollars!'
And Jones, overcome by such muni
ficence, sat down and gasped for breath.
'I wonder what it means?' faintly in
quired Mrs. Jones.
'Give it up!' shouted Jones, despairing
of ever solving the riuidhe.
Suddenly a 10ou( knock was heard at the
'If that is any person with a corner house
and lot, refuse intl Tell them we won't
have it!' yelled Mr. Jones at his wife, as
she rushed to see who it was. 'Oh, it is
you, Is it?' lie said, in a relieved tone, as
Miss Tellall, the village gossip, was ushered
'Of course it is! But, law mel I won't
get mnadh at that, I toldi brother James that
I expected you would be kind of fussy like
and excited; almost every one is that has
a fortune left them.'
'What fortune, madam?' demanded
'Yes, what fortune?' added Mrs. Jones.
'You don't mean to tell me you don't
know that a fortune has been left you?
Well, I'll read it to you."
Miss Tlellall then pulled out the "Bunk
ersville iBcacon," andl read sq follows :
"We are glad to know that our friend,
Charles Jones, has come into a handsome
fortune, left him by an uncle who recently
died In England. Good luck could not have
fallen upon a more worthier man. We
"That 'was what Williams wanted to
do, but I thought he wos crazy," moaned
"ThIs accounts for It all, then," exclaim
ed the practical Mrs. Jone.
"Miss Trellali this is a great mistake ; I
have had no fortune left me," sald Jones.
"And further, I never had an uncle in
England ; it's some other Jones."
"Law me I do tell I Well, I'll go home
and tell the folks, so they won't worry
about you. You see they thought you
might be sick, and would need careful
nursir~g. But if you haven't got a fortune
-you are not sick, are you? I'o? Well,
then, good-by !"
"I knew it," Isoonloally exclaimed
Jones, as Mliss Tellall departed.
"Know what ?" asked his wife.
"That there was a power behind the
"Charles," said Mrs. Jones, "badu't you
better go down and see tae editor of that
paper? Perhaps lie can explain."
-A wise suggestion, ny dear, and one
which I will immediately improve."
The next morning the Bunkersville
lkucon contained the following correc
"In yesterday's issue, we said Charles
Jones had coie into a fortune. That gen
dleman called upon us and wanted to know
when it was. We told him it was a mis
take-a typographical error-that was all.
It should have been Jancs. We appeased
Ar. Jones' disappointment by giving him
the paper free for one year, but would say
this is the only case inl which we shall (e
viate from our rule of two dollars a year in
"Ile needn't have spoken of his charity
so prominently," commented Jones, after
reading the paragraph.
"Certaily he shouldn't," replied Mrs.
-Jones. "But then we can't help It now.
Well, I'll send that batter of Mrs. 8tingy's
"Yes; and you had better tell her that
we appreciate- "
"What I The butter? No, Charles, its
altogether too strong."
"If you would have allowed me to finish,
I would Iave added that we appreciated
the motive which prompted her to be so
"Law me I" interrupted Mrs. Jones.
"You can take it yourself If you want a
person to be so very line."
"Never mind ; we won't qurrel about
Jmnes, after he found out the reason of
all his excessive kindness, went to Graball
and offered up the check 'which had been
given him. But Graball saw that lie had
been caught by his own cupidity, and
thought. the best way to get out of it with
grace to himself was to make a present of
tihe money to Jones. But Jones wouldn't
listen to that; fo it was settled that the
money wias to be loaned, and Jes was to
take his own time to pay it. After paying
the butcher and grccer, lie had a neat sum
left which served for all present necessi
ties; and Eoon after business picked up,
and Jones obtained a permanent situation.
lie and his wife often laugh over the
time when lie was rich for a day.
Ionaeo and the Baby.I
'It seems to me,' said Jones to his wife,
who was walking around the room, with
the baby in her arms, 'that woman makes
a great deal of unnecessary fuss about put
ting a child to sleep. Now, I would chuck
hin into bed, and let him squall it out.'
It seems to me,'said Mrs. Jones, quietly,
'that all men are born idiots.'
Jones couldn't, for the life of him, see
what the fact had to do with putting the
baby to sleep, but he wisely held his
The next evening, Mrs. Jones camie
Into the sitting-room, where Jones was
reading the market reports, and said:
'1 am going down to mother's after that
recipe for yeast. Baby Is asleep, but, If
lie should wake, I presume you could put
hint to sleep again-nen are so handy with
'All right ! I'll put him to sleep in less
than no time; run along, my dear,' said
Mrs. .Jones vanished, and Joncg resumed
Soon after his wife's departure, Jones
heard a little premonitory grunt from the
vicinty of the bedroom.
'llullo I what's that ?' exclaimed, Jones,
as lie assumed a listening attitude.
Ile soon found out,for the juvenile mem
ber of the Joncs family set up a series of
yells that would have done credit to a
Jones dIroppe~d his paper, rushed Into
the bedioomn, seized his offspring, and car
il him wrong end up iback into the sit
Theli suddenness of the attack, and the
unusual position, so astonisheod his baby
ship that lie forgot to scream for a few
seconds, but when Jones righted him up,
and1 offered him a pair of sleeve-buttons for
playthings, .J'hnny shut his eyes, opened
his mouth, and began again with renewed
vigor and dletcrinnation.
Jones abaiadoned the sleeve-buttons, and
tridl to "'cudle" the baby uip after
the maternal fashion, buat baby sternly re
fused to "cuiddle;'' andl, with a degree of
energy for which Jones was wholly uin
prepared, and~ which ovinced a, total lack
of respect for the "'author of hIs being"
Johnny grabbed the paternal whiskers wvith
both hanads and how led loudeir thart ever.
Jones released himself, smoothed his
cherished whiskers, deposited his heir on
the sofa, retreated to a safe dlistanice. rub
bed his face carefully, smiled In a vague
kind of a way, as If he dlidn't kitow ex
actly where the fun caime in, andl wonder
edl "what the dickens Alaria would (10 tin
der similar circumstances.'
Baby put his flst into his mouth, and
looked as If lie wondered what his paternal
ancestor would (do next.
Theare, niow,' exclaimed Jones, Im
miensely relieved, 'lie is papa's pitty ittle
sonny, so lbe Is.'
'So)nny,'pr)omptly resented this by a
long drawn yell that struck terror to the
soul of lis dismayed parenit.
Jones was at lisa wit's end; ie grow
reckless, lie whistled to that baby; Ite
sang; he matude faces; lie cut a series of an
tics that would have driven a bahlet-dancer
mad withenvy; but all tono purpose.Baby
had eyidently taken a contract to furnlssh
so mucb yell ini a givent tinme, and( was
bound to do the square thling.
When Mrs. Jones returned, she found a
demoralized-looking iauan wandering
around thie house. with a baby On oneo
arm, while wIth his disaengatged
htand lie wVipd the perspiration from his
manly brow with the tall end of thme baby's
'It seems to me.' remarked Mis. Jones,
as shec took the baby, 'that muon make a
great deail of unnecessary fuss about put
ting a baby to sleep. Now, I--'
'ThIe front dloor closed with a bang
,Jones was on lis way down the street to
'see a man.'
Thec amount of Iosse.s irn the UnIted
Stastes by lire duinug 1879 as reported
to litsurancee Comptales, was $77 703,.
709; add to thmis the untnsured josses
that are rep~orte.1, and it will fall but
littleo short of the $100,000,000 claImed
as the ananual loss lb this country.
Canada is Dot Included in3 these renort..
1"our years ago, said Henry Norton, I
was in Deadwood. I had returned from
an expedition up the Yellowstone river and
published a book on my research. Dead
wood was at that (lay what Leadville is at
the present time-all life and fire, glitter
and riches. There were no beggars in the
streets and every man was the possessor of
gold, mining stock or unlimited credit. I
was at the Dakota House and passed my
evenings, in the main, at the theatres. At
one of the theatres a woman whom I had
known in Detroit three years hefore was
singing ballads. Shte was too noble a
woman to tread the boards of any stage,
but, like many others, gifted with a sweet
mezzo-soprano voice, she found in the
variety stage an easy avenue to a livelihood.
She was a woman, every inch, and was
always accompanied by a young sister to
and from cities and their Michigon home.
Being an old friend, she felt perfectly at
home m my company, and we were to
,ether much- of the time. No man in
Deadwood, except myself, would she per
aiit to act as her escort, and the conse
,iuence was that it was not many weeks
until I was envied by half the men in the
"amp. On one night I refer to, after the
hicatre, I went down to the barroom of my
tiotel for the purpose of taking a drink be
fore retiring. While pouring out a glass of
whisky a stranger walked up and acco3ted
" You arc Mr. Norton, I believe?'
"I answered him in the afllrmative and
.uvited him to drink. le hesitated a
muoment and then called for a lemonade
with 'a light stick,' and asked me to
iccomnpany him out to the street.
" 'You are a man and a gentleman and
I amn the same. I love .lis - (men
.ioning the name of my actress friend) and
ihe could love me, I am certain, were it
lot for you.'
" I raised my hand to strike him down,
>ut the muzzle of a revolver, the butt of
wich was in his hand, deterred me. I
itepped back a couple of paces.
" 'I have thought this matter over,' lie
iontiiiucd, lowering the revolver, 'and have
letermined that one of us must die. I
3ould have shot you down any night and
mone would have been the wiser, but I am
Crank encugh to make you a proposition.'
" But I shall oiler no objection to your
narrying Miss --," I said hurriedly.
"6he is nothing more than a dear friend to
,1o. Go ahead and win her, man.' I
.iought him crazy and believe to this day
hat he was not in his right mind.
"'No,' said he slowly, with determi
ation, 'this world is not large enough for
is two men. I will kill you before this
aight Is over, or you will have done me the
iame favor. You are armed and shall have
in equal chance for your life; we will go
uip the valley a little ways and there settle
)ur quarrel like men. If I kill you, none
shall ever know whether the cases were
right or wrong, and if I fall it will be with
ao malice toward you.'
" lie took my armi and we walked up
lie street together. It seemed like a duel
W> me, and yet there was the man anxious
o murder me at my side. I began to grow
mttled and was suflicintly reckless before
we reached the Bismarck stage road to have
rought him with bowie knives had lie de
nanded it. Then, too, I was angry at the
iree manner in which he had spoken of
ffiss - . Up the valley we strode.
Presently my strange guide and enemy
alted and said:
"' You will stand here and I will step
,en paces further on.'
"I obeyed the directions
"IIe paced off ten strides and, removing
ils hat, faced me, revolver in hand.
" old on," said 1. " If your mind is
illy made ip to shoot me, at least let me
vow your name.
"I'hat makes no difference to you,' said
1e. 'it's as goodl a one as you can boast
>f. Please be ready to fire when 1 count
"I am a clever shot with thme pistol and
man shoot the spots from the cards at
,wenty yardls, and felt perfectly confident,
2o matter how good a shot was my an
agonist, that I could kill him at ten paces.
[ drew umy derringer andl cocked it care
~ully. I was standing with my back to
he moon and he was a little abmove me, and
he moon shone full oii his broad brow.
lie leveled his weapon and began to cunt,
a the fatal words were slowly pronounced
Iraised my revolver and at the word 'three'
)resse:i tihe trigger. We fired at thme same
netant and I felt the wind of his bullet by
ny head, lie sank to his knees without a
nruggle and fell up-mn his face in time snow.
ily being in the shadow a little below himn
md1( the moon's rays on his pistol barrel
mad, even at so short a dist ance, disturbed
is ahn. I walked forward, turnedl over
,he body, which was still warm, and looked
Iowa into his face. My bullet had sped
,rue. T1here was a small, bluish-looking
mole, from which the blood had not yet
Iprung, ini the centre of his forehead. If
my one0 heard the pistol shots they paid no
ied, andl, not wiimug to be arrestedi andi
:harged with murder, I walked dlown the
ralley over the hard beaten snow and ro
,urnmed to my hotel.
After a minute's pause liarry Norton re
ighted his cigar, emitting a cloud of smoke
,broughm lis nostrils and continued:
" The following afternoon I saw quite a
3rowd assembled at the city undertaker 's.
[ elbowed my way through the crowd and
isked an acquaintance standinug near what
mausedl the commotion..
"'Some cuss got sick of thme camp, went
up the valley last night and committed sum
nide. The wolves were hovering about
mnd picked hIs bones pretty clean before
me of tihe men from the Ilomesmako mine
:amne down town and found him.
"lie might have been inmurdered?" I an
iwered in a questioning tone.
".No, he committed suicide,' was the
reply. Ills revolver was found in time road
and one chamber had been emptied, i~e
just got homesick and went, up there and
' called' himself and the wolves had a good
meal and he can't be Identified, lie was
not murdered, for over $200 in bills were
found scattered around.'
"I walked away and shed no light en
the mystery. In D)eadwood where people
caine In and deparled by hundreds every
dlay, mysterious disappearances were rarely
reported. I aim in Ignorance as to the
name of the man whom I shot down in
that strange duel, and though I remained
in the Black hIllis for some time afterward,
I never paid another visit to the theatre
where my lady acquaintance was playing.
That is all.''
--There are only three tre engines
In all Paris,.
NEWS IN BRIEF.
-There are in Great Britain and Ire.
land 22.936 doctors.
-Gold in the Bank of England
amounts to ?15,500,000.
-Bottles or glass were first made in
England about the year 1658.
-The first United States.Congress
net in New York, March 4, 1789.
-The New York street cars carry
annually a hundied million passenger.
-Shoe pegs require annually for
their manufacture 100,000 cords of tim
-It Is said that Col. Thomr.s A. Scott
of Philadelphia Is worth about twenty
-The celebrated Italian embalmer,
Paolo Gorini, lately ded at Lodi, aged
-Canada haq 8,459 sailing vessels
and 918 ateamers,with a gross tonuage
of 190,159 tones.
-About 100,000 bushels of hemp reed
are annually consumed for bird food In
the United States.
-George Aldridge, one of the sur
vivors of the "Light Brigade," is now
running an omnibus.
-St. Louis acknowledes a little
municipal debt of $15.607,000. It was
$12,379,000 In 1874.
-i'le destruction by fires In the city
of -New York last year averaged about
$265,786 per month.
-The first tame sheep in the United
Vtates were brought from England to
Virginia In 1600.
-There was in Germany In 1878 510
paper mills which Ot-ogedier produced
3,600,000 cwt. of paper.
-The number of Roman Vatholies in
England is estimated at one million
in Scotland, at 320,000.
-Thle butter, cheese, egg, and milk
business of this country are estimated
to be worth $840,000,000.
--A city of Lon ldon offlcial estimates
the gross annual income of thatocty's
-The paper wheels ou the new cars
of the New York, New I aven and
Hartford Railroad cost $110.
-The Presbyterian church in Canada
las a mfiembership of 107,971. 'ere
are 1,350 churches and stations.
-According to the late census
California, with a PoPulation o 86u,
680, has only 75,025 Cninee.
-hie Lodo Sunday School Union
liae iStued at call for Iinlver.al prayer
for Sunday schools Oo. 17th and yh.
-The British Governinent spends
$700,000 annually On Its 00 sular ser
vce and the United Statsa only $3e0P
-S witzerland was visited, according
to statistics collected by the Alpine
Club of Italy, by 1,400,0)0 tourists III
-The o'ject of King l alakauaps
visit to Japan is said to be to propose
a scheme of emigration of nasives to
-The total value of metals and min
orals lproducod inI Great Britain and
Ireland in 1870 was slightly over 406,
-The salt used by tle packers and
butchers of San Franlsco is obtained
by solar evaporation from the waters
of the ocean.
-Te annual number of deaths
throughout the wotid is at the rate of
07,700 a day; that of births Is at the
rate of 104,800.
There is a tax uII wedding rings
In England of 17 BihIllings an ounce,
and the revenue therefrom Is about
per year $100,000.
--The National debt reduction dur
ing March was $6,102 819, and the mm.
tage or metal $13,058,161 n.ry i,
000,f00 of which was gold.nay$1,
-rThe tonnage of EnglIsh saIling yes
eels has d4ereased b'y about 500,000 tons
since 1870, but steam tonnage has in
creased by about 1,400,000 tons.
-Vinton County, Ohio, has a family
named Reynolds, whose combined ages
amount to 979 Fears. The father is
ninety-one, the mother eighty-eight.
-The nammer with which John1
Paul Jones uniled the historic flag
to themast of his ship is owned by a
gentleman in Indhiana, Pennsylvania.
-In Thu ngary it Is said fully 000,000
children of school ago do not go to
school at all, while those who do go
frequently stay only three or four
-The English gold coin the guinea,
was so called from the fact that it was
made from gold brought from the coast
of GAuinoa, In 1678, It was then worth
-President Elliot. of Harvard Col
lege, is about to buld a suimmer resi
dlence at Northeast Harbor, Mt. Desert.
Bishtop Doane, of Philadelphia will
also build in the same locality,
-In the last agricultural returns of
Great Britain the growth of woods and
forests is shown to he going on very
fast, and in the last five years has in-.
creased by half a million acres.
-In 1871 the census gave Great
Britain 31,806,083. An estimate based
on births and deaths last June gave a
population of a million more. The pe
sent census will, it Is estimated, give
Great Britain 36,000,000.
-There are now in use in New Zea
land alone over 5,000 reapingmachinas,
from about 40 to 50 steam ploughs, 80
steam-harrows, together with over
1,000 thirashiing-mahine, of which 874
are worked by steam-power,
-Mr. G. Phillips Bevan estimate the
grandl total of gold produced during
the historto ages to be ?3.517,093,o00,
and that of silver, ?2,820,250,000, mak
ing the produce of both the preoious
metals to be worth 20.843,318,500.
-The last religious census in France
shows that there are 85,887,703 Rotaan
Catholics, 467,531 Calvinists, 80,117
Lutherans, and 33,113 of other P~ro-.
testant denominations. The Je ws num
ber about 50,000, and 90,000 are attach
ed to no church.
--The ifth Annual German Turner-,
festival, held at Frankfort on the
Main, from July 25th to 29th, is stated
to have been a great success. Of the
principal prizes, of which there were
twenty-two, eight were carried of
by G*erman-Atnerlean citIzens,. whso
crossed the Atlantlo to participate t