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THE LION -TAMER.
A STORY.
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BY LADY MARGARET MAJENDIE,
AUTHOR OF "ON THE SCENT," " DITA." ETC.
'"■■■^llE trumpets peeled shrilly through the
/J 5^ streets ol Middleton; every soul rushed
'*_.■?■'. ,0 ie window, every passerby stopped in
eager curiosity, little toys sprang up the
lamp-posts, carts and vans cleared out of the
way. A magnificent procession— cli ens, whose
renown had long preceded Its advent, was lv tbe
act of anivlug.
A golden car came first, very brilliant, drawn
by a pair of cieam-eolored horses decked with
scarlet trappings. Un the coachman's scat,
which was transformed into a gorgeous throne,
sat a fairy.
tin ber throne, high above the vulgar herd, she
looked lair enough, so lair lhat tlie little boys
clapped their hands iv ecstaclic admiration.
She had a small pathetic face, with great big
b)ue eyes, the carefully darkened lines aiound
them making them shine. She had a huge mass
of golden flnily hair. blowing bark aud around
her face in a cloudy bush. All her own. Elsie
Condor had such splendid hair that 11 was tlie
envy of all her companions.
Th- fairy, with a star on Her brow and long,
floating silver-flecked robes, bint affably from
her throne, and with a little fanciful salute of
both bands, flung perfumed programmes right
and left, as triumphal car slowly passed ou its
way.
All those who were lucky enough to see one of
the pi ogranmics hardly glanced at tbem before
pressing to see what was to follow. This was
the exciting announcement:
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.Signer Cugllelmo Condovlno, the famous llon
tamer, will perform to-night among six savage
lions.
A great barred cage on wheels was passing
now; n strange wild-beast odor followed its
j. i ogress. On one side rolled and tumbled a
clown. lie was quoting nonsense, grotesquely
pretending terror at the contents of the huge
cages, ..lieu a low, sullen ioar was heard and lie
ci unterfeitel a swoon of fear. The crowd raised
lilm up and be went oh* out of tbelr bauds, turn
ing 'head and heels like an India rubber ball.
followed hy ruais of laughter.
Tlie excitement increased. A shout ran down
the street: "Here lie is! The lion-tamer. Bravo!
i vie fellow! Hurrah!"
They cheered htm lustily. He was a line-look
ing man, Hits Signer Cugllelmo Coudovlno. alias
will Condor, the husband ol pieliy Elsie, llie
tlyiug [airy. Tall, powerfully made, Willi appar
ently a magnificent chest, in his close-fitting vel
vet tuuic tie appeared the lection of strength
nud symmetry. His features also were regular
and very handsome.
Two gentlemen stood together on the pave
ment. At first slightly annoyed by the crowd,
i hey also became interested. One of them was
a surgeon of gieat eminence, Sir Maxwell Beue.
ii.- in bis hand on bis friend's aim and said:
"What a powerful man !"
i 'es, lt must be the lion-tamer. A well-made
fellow. 1 have heard of his feats. He goes
among the lions as ii they were bo many dugs,
and lies down among ih*-m."
"He may do that once too often."
ih liiiii-tauii-r, bowing his acknowledgments,
had turned aside and was coughing— a tittle uicl
deul, but Sir Maxwell bede was curiously quick
of obsei ration— M saw it and very slightly shook
bis head.
"l should like to see the peiforniauce, Bran
i,.i*:,."
■•Noihing no easy. There is a petfoi mance to
morrow ulght at 8 I see," glancing at the pro
. limine. *• You woul expect me to accompany
you, I suppose?"
"No. iv, 1 am no tyrant. I wont stay long.
i only waut to see the lions."
The recession moved on; the usual thing; two
meek ilMemperetf camels, a patient elephant, a
noisy sarcastic hyena, shrieking its hideous
mocking laugh.
The iwo filends walked on.
Braodi etb Court was but a mile from Middle
ton, .i chaimiug houseslanding In beautiful care
fully cultivated guldens. Colonel Brandrelh's
. youug wife was waiting for them. She was a
pretty, spoilt beauty, very winning, a little lyran
ulcal, bul iv. mug the kindest heart In the world.
She i.i- .ml the story, and was seized with a long
ing to go aud see the perlormance herself. She
made hot nusoand send out to secure at once the
best place in the circus.
The day came. According io the place held
by the lion-tamer In the programme, be
v.. aid not be likely lo appear belore 9 o'clock.
They dawdled over dinner. Lucy Brandreth en
veloped herself lv solt furs, the snowy whiteness
round her little throat made her unusually
pi etty. She drank her coffee standing by lbe
me until the moment of their start.
CHAPTER 11.
The circus was crowded and the audience was
easily pleased and very enthusiastic, the place
resounded with the clapping of hands. It was
nut a very grand circus, lbe velvet aud gold and
spangles had seen belter days; tbe clown was
uot so young as lie had been, but the good-na
tured world received his lime-honored jokes with
applause. Elsie Condor was always popular.
She bounded in with her Utile circus- rider court
esy, kissing the lips of her lingers. One light
spnng ou the bioad saddle vi old .Sam bo, Ihe
gray noise, and away sbe went round the arena
up, down, flying through the hoops, uttering lit
iii slit til cries, all in exact time and with great
spirit, her great bush of golden hair flying out ail
round her. No wonder that when she stopped,
- slipped down oil bid Sambo's back and couilesied
.herself out Ihey all applauded madly.
Aid now the clown began tumbling about, fill
ing up the time joking endlessly— the moment
bad armed for tbe event of the uigbt.
In the slate box, radiant in her pearls ml
showy furs, Lucy BrandieUi sat, the bright flush
of mingled excitement and tear on her cheek.
Sir Maxwell Bede, with his thin hatchet face and
curiously keen eyes, was stroxiug bis chin
thoughtfully and waiting for the gieat Interest
ol iiie whole performance.
Did lie fancy there was some unwonted delay,
thai the clown's jokes were becoming exhausted
—at all events tbe people's feet were beginning
to stamp impatiently on the floor, and the clown
pretended that the lion was earning, and got up
ii semblance of terror which made them all
laugh. There was a tent in the rear of the cir
cus in which the riders dressed, and here, diessed
lv his close-lilting tunic and spangles, the lion
tamer sat. He was coughing, a low cough
which seemed to rack bim through and through.
lie laid bis haud on bis chest, lie drew deep
" breaths, Ibe paiu of which Drought thickheads
of perspiration on bis brow, one nerveless hand
■ rested un his wile's shoulder. Elsie knelt beside
In ii: in the sawdust, her golden hair pushed back,
ber arms twined around him. ber great blue
eyes looking at him, full of the yearning anxiety
of her passionate love- Tenderly she smoothed
back the thick hair, damp and glued together,
from bis brow.
" My darling, my darling, you cannot do it!
Oh, heaven! must It go on like this?"
■• Wall," he said, " wait, my bream Is coming
back."
It was coming back; the paroxysm of coughing
was over.
"I am better," he said. He leaned bis head
back against one of the tent supports, his breath
ing became easier, bis eyes closed, be bad a look
. ol great exhaustion.
Elsie rose to her feet and brought bim a small
flask containing brandy, aud he swallowed It
v.iih gieat difficulty. .
On. ide rose up a roar of impatience, a storm
of hissing and rattling on the ground.
" I must go," he said, rising to his feet.
.sue lluew ber arms round him, she clung ot
• i..ni lovingly.
'" The cm lain was pushed aside, and the clown
came in.
" 1 can't keep it going any longer, old chap.
he governor bas gone toask for silence, aud the
men began to roll up the cages. Don't lake on
so, dear," he said to Elsie as a sharp shudder
went rough her. "Look how ranch better ho
•looks novr. iiei<\ Will," he added anxiously.
'I borrowed Jenny's rouge. Give him a touch.
Bee, Elsie, you understand these things better
than 1 do; touch him up. Do you remember lbe
notice iv the Bessborough Journal; il said he
was as white as sheet, and the governor did
not like lt."-J«cia»iiri r
"Stoop down, my darling," murmured Elsie.
"I will give you a color, so. Now don't forget.
Will! Willi keep your eye on Dion, he is grow
ing deice."
"1 must go," said Will, bis death-like pallor
showing even through bis rouge.
'Stop!" exclaimed the clown, looking at blm
nxediy. "Siou! you ate not lit logo. Give over
to-uigiit, auu I'll go on and play the fool, and get
the governor to get you off."
"No. no, friend." said Will. "Nonsense! the
cages arc on. (. nod-by, sweet love."
lie stooped and kissed her lightly. She put
Jl 11 -"' 10 X** I* 11 -*' be must not be topped
• now. he in omen had come. Ue went out
Elsie flung berself on her knees by the bench;
she ibtust her hands into her balr in wild abati
* donmeni, twisting It round and round
" Heaven help us, child, what is It?" -aid the
old clown, seating himself by her, '• is It always
like I his." '
slie nodded; ber whole brain was absorbed In
au agony ol listening. She could hear every far
off toll footfall of her husband's feet as he
crossed Into Ihe arena.
The old clown bent down and spoke In a whis
per: "Elsie! has be lost his nerve?"
She turned her ashen face io ins and nodded
again, then returned to her absorbed feaiful
listening. .-■-' -..--. j- ..._-..
The manage! of the circus bad. as usual, paved
the way.for Condor's appearance. " Ladies and
genil:men: To you who have honored us by
your presence here to-night we appeal to ask of
your kindness a great, favor. The renowned
Slgnor (iiiglielmo Cordorliio will now go through
his unique perlormance In the lions' den. Ills
1 o'.vei over tliem Is such that he cau go iv, handle
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them like dogs, lie down with his head on
Uie shoulder of the gigantic African mon
arch Dion. But I must venture to point out
to you that to Insure the absolute safely
of our famous performer a profound silence on
the pan of the audience is not only desirable
but essential. Ladies and gentlemen, deeply as
we value your applause, mull this performance
Is at an end we beg that yuu will manifest no
sign of feeling, In some cases where the linns
are miseiable, cowed brutes, this precaution
may not be necessary, but It is not so with our
lions. Tliey are the veritable desert monarch;,
the mighty kings <v the lores); they are powerful
as in their native freedom— in their mightiness
only to be constrained by the superior will of
man."
With a profound bow Ihe manager withdrew,
and a breathless silence reigned in the whole
vast arena.
The huge cages filled the space. The audi
ence were faithful: With bated breath they stared
and made no sign ol applause. There were live
lions altogether. Two of ihem seemed asleep,
two restlessly roamed irom side '0 side, back
ward and forwaid, with v well-learned experi
ence, of Uie limits of llieir space, and llie spot ou
which i: behooved them to turn. line huge fel
low lay close to Uie bars, his great head beiween
hi- paws, the only sign ol life about him being iv
the gleam of his eye.
Lucy 1 handle: li shrank closer to her husband,
1 lieie was no one to see, so be put bis arm
round her aud held her hand fast, for she was
trembling.
Sir Maxwell Bede was leaning ward, bis
eyes fixed on the opening tbiuugb which the lion
tiimei must come
All eyes were strained on the same spot, when
lightly, easily, moving wuh the grace of perfect
form and proportion, Will Condor appeared. He
noticed do one, made no bow to Ihe audi nee,
only walked quickly to the cage, opened the door
aud walked in.
Tbete was a breathless hush, not a sound was
heard, but a kind of snorting ana purring as the
lions ended around him, pushing against lum as
they passed iv ihelr swinging walk to aud fro.
Backward and forward lie walked annum ihem,
stepping carefully from place to place; then ad
vancing to old Dion he lay quietly down and put
his head ou his shoulder. Old Dion was still
sleepy, be did not move; the others went rub
bing past him, uttering snarling noises.
li was perhaps not three whole minutes that
he lay there, hut to the audience it seemed an
eieruity, an awful eternity, and a thrill of horror
rushed through them when Condor rose In his
feet, tor oid Dion rose also with a bound, out
Condor was outside aad faslenluc Ihe great iron
bolts, and Dion looked alter hiiu wiih a low, dull
I oar.
The workmen lushed in, the machinery acted
well, lie cages weie rolled away, aud Will
Condor stood alone hi the midst of the arena.
The applause began slowly, lilt nil v ; ibe people
were not sure yet that Ihey could clap; tie it
came wiih a rush, The clown tumbled iv again,
making fun. causing the excited audience to roar
wnli wild laughter, and iv the middle of lt the
riders poured in.
Mrs. i'.i.iucieih lose and prepared to go; she
was as wiilie as a sheet. Sir Maxwell cave her
his aim; ihey went out together without speak
ing.
CHAPTER ill.
Tbe rain was falling now iv torrents; tiie riders
were swarming in aim out of llieir dressing-room,
so it was no place for ihe pool laliy.
Condor was warned here; he could seldom go
home belore the whole performance was at an
end; he might be called lor; he was always
ready to make himself useful; the gentlemen
used to me round and ask in see him; and last
oi all, Ire must give tlie lions some entities, some
scraps ol meat as a reward and bribe.
Elsie had gone into the women's partition; she
looked very white, but there was a sliange look
of determination on her face. Oi- of ute female
riders, a tail, baudsouie girl m Amazon costume,
asked her if she was tired.
"You have lost your color, my dear," she
said. *' 1 used io lose my color once; it is all _
matter of feeling; it you care much fur any one
employed at our game It is all up wiib you.
Look how much belter I work now. lam twice
as good as 1 was sinee — "
Slie turned away. Elsie's eyes followed her
wistfully— the summons bad come; the girl ran
off on to ibe arena, malting; a quicker, more
brilliant entree than usual.
She and her brother Tom used to do wonderful
thing, on the trapeze years ago. Her loot slipped,
she tailed him once. There was a tragedy col
umn in the Times the next day. Foot Tom died
that night, I:. riding her baud fast, and alter that
the q neeu of Hie Amazons disappeared. The
company paid lor her sojourn In bedlam for a
lime, and welcomed lier when she came back.
She worked all the better for having no one to
care lor, ai least so she said.
Elsie put on her big waterproof cloak, drawing
the nood over her heat. Tho women were all
busy, and she stole out -veil. On one side
oi the inclosuie occupied by the circus the lion's
cage bad been placed, a great wooden and tar
paulin shed sheltered them, and lv oue corner ol
llie shed buined a small fire, over which two of
the keepets crouched, their blankets drawn
round them.
Elsie came sv.iltiy up to tbem. 'T am ready!"
she said. "See, here is your money."
One of the keepers rose heavily to his feel.
"You know your own business, missus," lie
said. "Slay, I'll light the lamps, li ain't no i
business of mine," be giumbled, 'and if harm
come of it, Dick there must bear me witness- ,
Dion ain't iv iiie best of humors to-night."
'• I can manage blm," said Elsie, leai lessly.
The man lighted two or three lamps hanging
round lie shed. It was an Imperfect llgut at
besl. The lions were moving restlessly about, ■
except old Dion, who lay as usual close to the !
bars.
Ihe keeper held out a key to Elsie. She paused i
a moment, threw off her walerprool cloak and i
siood there in her brilliant fairy dress, with a
little pointed white wand in her hand, the masses !
of her golden hair sireamlng ronuo her auo the '
light gleaming strangely on tbe star on her
brow.
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Wiib a quick movement she opened the door
and walked In among tlie lions, She went from
one to another, shining, sparkling nnd glittering,
touching their great heads with her little wand,
even slicking and patting old Dion, uttering
-those strange sharp little circus cries with which
the riders euconrage their liorses as slie went.
They seemed quite at home Willi her, and alter a
moment or two she. came out, locked the door be
hind her, and returned the key.
' hey are quite friendly with me now, are not
they 7" she said to the keeper.
11- nodded surlily, "Aye." be said, 'but It
ain't nature— l don't like It."
She laughed lightly, "Good night." she said.
She was going, wrapping herself In her cloak,
when the keeper who had been silling all the
time over the lire, raised Ills suily head and said
gruffly: "I say, Missus, you tell your man to
trust old Dion no further than lie can sec linn.
That was an ugiy jump he made at the last to
day."
The color forsook Elsie's face; her knees
shook.
"Dion jumped?" she said.
"He did: ihe ladies and gentlemen thought It
was all part of the job; but Dion didn't ought to
have done it. Tell Bill so." -
" 1 will," she said hoarsely.
She went out into the darkness; the rain was
pouring, lire ground one mass ol mud and water.
Elsie was glad when sue got back lulu shelter.
Tlie Amazon had just come oS the arena, her
eyes shining.
"I took the great jump, Elsie, I did,'' she ex
claimed. " Listen, child I Listen to lbe house I"
" 'They want an encore." said Elsie.
B" And ihey may want it," said the girl fiercely.
" It's the encores thai do the mischief. Hark I"
The manager appeared. Jenny must go on to
acknowledge ihe applause.
Elsie stoic away.
Ii was very late before Will was ready. Among
the geinlf men who had come to see film was Sir
Wax well Bede. He sooke very kindly to Ihe man,
so kindly thai he looked uu at him with a suddeu
gleam in bis great eyes ol gratitude.
"You have a bad cold, my friend?" said the
doctor.
"Yes, sir; I have had It some time, and cannot
spare the time to nurse it. We have one more
exhibition here, and after that I think I'll lay up
a bit and let my wife look alter mo."
"When is the next performance?" said Sir
Moxwell Bede, taking lie man's hand and let
ting bis linger fall carelessly on the throbbing
pulse. The surgeon felt the pulse bound as the
man answered: •'Tomorrow, sir, the same
hour. We do very well if the public mind the
governor and don'; applaud, and first night they
generally do, but when they get used to the
tiling ihey forget. For God's sake, sir, keep 'em
quiet!" . • >■„.;,. -.
. The drops gathered on his brow.
"You must appear to-morrow, then?" said the
surgeon, quietly.
"Musi?' Poor Will laugh, d drearily. "Why,
what would you gentlemeu say II we broke our
engagement. Alter that, as 1 say. the governor
premises me a week— a ween in bed !"
"I am glad. I will see you agaiu. Good-night,
my friend."
Five minutes later Elsie and Will trudged home.
He coughed incessantly, and sometimes was
obliged to stand still and bold ou lo a lamp-post
till his breathing became easier.
"Youarewoise to-night, darling." said Elsie,
anxiously. "It is this damp night."
He nodded, and leaif.ug on her arm they went
on again.
i Somebody came up behind and drew Will's arm
aoifped whit-- 'hair!'" a Ci ' rcworu race a " a close
"Lean „ me ' old chap," be said, "Here we
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'Elsie cast a grateful look at friend. Albert
Moore, whom no oue else would have recognized
ai the clown. Hie left her husband ln bis care.
THE MORNING CALL, SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, JULY 20. 1890-FOURTEEN PAGES.
while she went forwaid, opening the door with a
latch-key, and leading the way up the stair
case lo ibe room sin- had taken. ■
"Now, ibat Is what I call a kind landlady!"
she exclaimed, as she went lv. A lire was laid In
the scleuillic way, which causes It to smolder
until broken up. A touch produced a comlort
able blaze, and poor Will sat down, cowering
over It. with chattering teeth. A cold supper
was on llie table, bread and cheese and bacon.
In a moment a kettle was ou the lire aud Elsie
was preparing lea.
"You will eat with us, Albeit?"
lie accepted with alacrity, owning that la his
garret on the upper floor ha would lind no such
comfort.
*• This Is what I call real luxury," lie said,
rubbing his bauds. " Why, cheer up. Will; you
look belter already."
The sofieued air did hint good, be ceased to
cough, and lay back ou the pillow that Elsie
placed behind blm, with a look of placid enjoy
ment.
Elsie disappeared Into the tiny closet she called
her bed-room for live minutes, and returned with
out finery, iv a blue-serge gown, which enhanced
the beauty of her delicate coloring. Albert sat
there lv his motley dress, and poor Will was too
languid to change. She went from one 10 an
other, coaxing her husband to eat, a blight
sweet presence. Willi woman's fortitude hiding
Uie cold shivers of terror, which passed through
her when she looked at him, and thought that
to-morrow lie must ouce more brave what she
knew to be a fearful danger.
lillheito be had never coughed during the per
loimance, but what If one of those sudden par
oxysms of coughing were to come on wheu he
was iv the midst ol the lions— that prostrating,
agonizing cough. Elsie did mil know* much of
God, but she had seen Albert's eyes when her
husband weul on, his eyes lv strong yearning
contrast to his painted daubed clown's lace, and
she had heard him mutter, " God help him," and
she had caught vie trick of the prayer. If the
cough came on then, God help him! Ob, God
help hiiu! XX
CHAPTER IV.
•'You are not going to light a duel, Bede?" said
Colonel Brandrelb, the next morulug, '-or else
why have you have yon carried off the case of
pistols from the smoking-room? 1 warn you
ihey have not been Used for years, not since we
used to practice in tbe shooting gallery at Men
lone ill the beginning of the world."
"I am very fond of hreaims," said llie surgeon,
briefly, "and have not dropped my pistol prac
tice as you seem to bave done— it amuses me."
"As you will, piovided you do not call lue out
by way of practice," said the Colonel laughing,
"By vie way, shall you go and see the circus pet
' loi m., nee again to-night, Uede?"
"If uot inconvenient to you ami Mrs. Pi ami
i elli," said the surgeon, "1 should like logo so
much."
"rah I 1 caunot see the charm of it— to me it is
a ghastly spectacle. Did you see the sort of
bound llie lieu gave just as the fellow came out ?
lt was sickening and brutalizing to the masses?"
"There 1 agree with you," said Sir Maxwell.
"But nevertheless, to the scientific eye It is a
fine study."
"Study of what ." said Mrs. Uranilreili, "not
of anatomy. Those wretched lions have scarcely
room to move their cramped limbs, lf you saw
ii on a grand scale, where every movement of tho
grand beasts could be seen as you can see them
in Ihe new o* n.i at the Zoo, then I could under
stand the pleasure or llie sludy."
"1 was not thinking ot the lions," be said,
quietly.
"Oh! of the man himself?"
'• Vis. it is a tine sludy ol the triumph of spirit
over matter. The mau is the most splendid fel
low I ever saw."
Lucy looked up at him earneslly, "It must re
quire great courage." she said.
".Magnificent courage," lie answered. "The
finest courage of all, conquest of his own terror,"
and, moved by ihe strength of ins own woids, Sir
Maxwell Bede walked to I lie window.
"Arthur." said Mrs. Brandrelb, alter a mo
ment's pause, "will you lake me to see it again
to-night?"
'•Belter not," muttered the surgeon from the
window.
But Lucy was accustomed to having her own
way. "I want to go," she said. "Arthur, will
you please take me."
Colonel Brandrelb thought It all rather a bore.
He liked his quiet, lazy evenings loading the
paper over a comfortable lire, listening loins
wife's charming music, comfortably smoking In
the smoking-room later on, as he lazily talked
over old limes with his dearly loved fiiend.
But Lucy's will was law, aud he did as she re
quested.
The circus was crowded that night. All day
huge playbills appearing on every available spot
announced thai It was to be the posh lvely last
appearance of the celebrated lamer before
bis temporary retirement Irom public life. The
excitement has been increased greatly by old
Dion's plunge on the previous nigln. It had ilsen
to such a height that the audience was um uiy
and difficult lo manage; they whistled aud
stamped aud applauded recklessly.
. The manager was uneasy; he kept coming Into
the arena during all iho usual routine, looking
anxiously about him, watching the temper ol I, is
audience. lie was a humane mau, aud as be
went out for the sixth or seveuth time he touched
the clown on tin* shoulder aud whispered: "II
they cau't behave themselves 1 shall not scud
Condor on."
Elsie rode beautifully; she sprang, she leaped
through hall a dozeu hoops, she exceeded her
self so that the Amazon Jenny, watching in a
safe position, nodded and said to herself: "Poor
soul, she is riding for an encore to put off the
evil ntent. I'oor Elsie, it will be better lor her
when it Is over. 1 wonder how she will like Bed
lam?"
They encored Elsie.
Colonel Braudreth was not the only one who
looked at bis watch impalieutly. -
it was over at last. The clown began bis
usual byplay to fill up the time. The riders
trooped lv aud cleared the space lor the lion s'
cage.
The manager appeared, sleek and good looking
in ids small evening clothes, but singularly
pule. He made bis speech more earnestly iban
usual, but the excitement of the people was un
controllable, x
Outside Condor stood ready, Elsie by his side.
The clown roiled out, turning over-heels as
he went, and joined tbem.
A heavy rolling and clanking of bars and
chains, a dull marling aud Humping seemed io
fill the air, the wild beasts being rolled in.
"Do it quickly to-day. Condor," said Albert,
earnestly. Aud if theie is any difficulty, don't
lie down."
" What would the audience say to that? " said
Will, grasping his band. " Nonsense! It is not
worse io-uight than auy other night. Now El
sie"'
She was looking up at blm, a burden of in
describable angui-b In her eyes. She gave bim a
quick short kiss, then, regardless of her circus
dress, lollowed in Ihe gate and stood watching,
Will Connor came forward, and at the sight of
blm a burst or applause broke out. The lions in
their cage moved resl lessly, reared themselves
up and burst into a roar; eveu old Dion rose,
slowly walked to the bars with a snarling sound
and flung himself down again.
The sound of hush, hush ! went round and the
people were silent.
For a moment he stood befoie them, handsome
Will Condor, upright, symmetrical, so peifect In
proportion that ihe eve rested on him in keen ad
miration, then lightly, swiftly be walked on,
opened the gate and went in.
lie walked familiarly about among the lions,
touching one and -palling another, pushing one
on one side, always keeping bis eye on old Dion,
who had withdrawn io llie further end of the
cage and lay ihere slowly wagging Ills huge tall.
.Nut a sound; the people weie wrapt In breath
less silence. What was It? Why did uot the
usual rotiline proceed? Will was standing quiie
still, wuii his hand on his chest, not moving from
place to place, as he generally did. What ailed
him. His (yes were fixed on Dion. It was 100
evident. The boi i ihle weakness of humanity
bad come over him, ihe terrible Irrepressible
cough shaking blm from head to foot, taking
from him all power, all dominion, staining the
animals and lousing within them the savage In
stinct that he was no longer master.
A kind ol sob of terror rose from the audience;
Dion was crouching, lashing his tall. There was
a tremendous roar, a leap. From every side
arose wild shrieks.
Condor was down, Dion standing above him,
standing on bis chest, looking rouud on the
spectators with great bloodshot eyes.
A kind of sharp whisper thrilled through the
ciowd; It came from Sir Maxwell Bede, who
was leaning foiw id, his hand In bis breast,
"lor Coo's sake keep silent!" and they obeyed
him.
At this instant suddenly sprang into view llie
glitrerlng fairy clad Elsie— she paused not, but
bounded over the barrier; she knew the trick ol
the iron gates, she opened them and sprang In;
liltle circus cries burst from her lips, with a
slender while wand she pointed nt the animals.
•' Back, .saml ! back. Beamy! now Dion 1 back
Sir! Diou, Dion I" -
Dion moved slowly, lie was still lashing his
tall, but be knew lier, lie knew tbe voice ol au
thority. " Back, sir I back. Dion ! good Dion !"
she cried, and the liou retreated, drawing him
self backwaid.
Klsle stood before ber busband. He rose to bis
feel, and drawing ber wiib bim, slowly backed
toward lbe door, she sill! keeping ber eyes on
Dion, still utteiing the short circus cries.
'1 bey were near the door; wllb dexterous An
gers he had unfastened it. . hot a toot betweeu
lliem and salely, , when I a fearful roar raug
through the arena. All the wild lust for blood
bad leaWrikcncd in lbe savage brute, oveiuius
tciing the superllcial discipline— he sprang—
Bang ! .... --•
The pistol-shot, aimed by the truest band that
ever suigeoii possessed, pieiced ibe brain of the
gnai Aliican iiioiiaicb. With an awlu! yelp he
dioured to the ground, tearing up all the sawdust
lv tlie roll of his death agony.
Will and Klsle were safe, bespattered from
beau to foot v, nu blood and sawdust; they stood,
and all Ihe riders, the clown, the master, were
Clou-ding around them.
Lucy Braudietli hail fainted.
When trie leturued lo consciousness the whole
seem- was changed. Tbe wild beasts were gone,
fresh sawdust was spiiukled, a gay quartet of
pretty people cantered In, and the audience were
recovering from the frlgblful anxiety they bad
been through. > ,-.*.* . ■_■ ■ . . ,
n "Are you belter, Lucy?" asked Colonel Brand
re: tenderly. . ■
'Yes, yes; quite well. Where is Maxwell? Ob,
wheie is ii.t".a!ijv_v_.'_ tfv_i l tiLp__^.i.ji_AaiA-(
■■■■ "lie has gone down to the manager. ; lie must
make good tbe loss of the lion, my dear." - -
She bad grown winter than ever. V :
- " Let me co down," she said " now, at ouce. 1
must see Elsie Condor." ..." i.
" Impossible, my love, among all these people."
"I must. 1 must!-.-- - '■.- -..■•-•-. ' .-■■'■■'
She would not be withheld. So much against
his will, her husband was obliged to take her
down. - I'liTiTiTiii iiiiiiiii i i — nr,r l mitiini.ui ■■ >t
The riders were pleased by the wish of the
prelly and charming lady io see their comrade.
They made way for her, with looks of Interest, as
they went through Ihem. The manager con
ducted them Into one of the dresslug-rooms.
Will Condor was lying on a heap of cushions,
hastily piled together. lie was ghastly white,
there, were blood stains everywhere. Sir Max
well Bede bent over him, his lingers on his pulse
Elsie knelt beside him with her arm supporting
his head. - . .
"is lie hurt?" srasped Lucy. -
B"No, no," said the surgeon. "Th 2 poor fel
low has broken a blood vessel, aud we must
keep him pei fectly quiet."
"Let me send home for whatever Is wanted,"
she said eagerly. And Sir Maxwell took her at
her word, and persuaded her to reiuru Herself to
illake sundry preparations. * —
All night the good surgeon spent with bis
patient, Klsle watching wiih him lv terrible
anxiety. In the morning, as the bleeding Mad
not returned, they ventured to move hiiii on a
stretcher loßrandreih Court, at the owner's
gent request, auii there .-ill that the teudeiest
nursing, - nourishing food, and many couilons
could do fur lilm, were lavished on him.
Very slowly and painfully poor Will atuegled
back to life, and long before he was restored
even to convalescence lha circus must move on,
their time at Middleton could no longer pro
longed.
The manager would accept no compeusailon
for the loss of the lion, although ihe loss not only
ot the valuable beast, but of two of the best mem
bers of his compauy was severe. The riders
made up a utile sum of money between them for
the Condors, and Albeit brought it to tliem wllb
tears in his eyes ou the looming of the day on
which the troop was to leave.
"Don't lorget me, Elsie," lie said, holdiug her
hands fast lv hts.
She could only shake her bead and falter out,
"God bless you for all your goodness to me, Al
bert," aud he went on Ins way.
When poor "A ill began lo creep about again,
and as the summer approached to bask in the
warmth ol tin. sun, a leniblo anxiety began to
seizu upon both linn and Ills wile about the fu
lure. Hal could they do to earn a living? El
sie shrauk Irom the know. edge that sooner or
later, to earn bread to eat, she must return to
tier profession.
But one day their fears were set at rest. Lucy
look Elsie's baud, bade her put aside her lears
and trust to her.
They lived in the lodge. Elsie did a certain
amouui ol needlework, also she was employed la
oilier odds and ends ol ways, as riding mistress
to the Biaiidrelh chlldreu ami to others in the
iiciglibuihond. Besides the small salary aliachcd
to mc lodge menus ot earning more were lound
lor Will himselt Colonel Biaudretli's dogs were
■ut into his charge, the care ol the kennels.
Will Condor, with the tact and bright friendli
ness which bad made him a universal favorite in
the profession, connived to cuuciliaie and make
liieuds witb the game-keepers, after winch his
happiness and that ol his wife seemed io be
complete, especially alter Sir Maxwell Kede tola
Elsie Hint iluiHgli her husband could never again
he strong, yet, with great care and light work,
he might live to be an old man yet.— Xhe .N. X.
Commercial.
LITEIiAKY KOTES.
fIp.HE American rubllc Health Association
rfm '* ot Concord, N. 11., has published in book
XI .violin the l.omb prize essay on "Practical
rXfXy Sanitary and Economic cooking Adapted
lor I'eisons of Moderate and ol Small Means."
This essay was written by Mis. Maiy Ilinmau
Abel, and it gives In detail how persons can pre
pare the most wholesome food at the least possi
ble cost. Ills a booK lhat contains much valu
able inloi nialloii for persons of small means.
Mr. John Mntr, tlie California naturalist, has
couli tbuled In "The Century" two papers on the
region of Ihe Yosemite. These will be Illustrated
and will appear in the August and September
numbers of the magazine. '1 he August paper is
emitted the "Treasures of the Yosemite ' and
deals exclusively with His valley Itself, including
gi mc i pilous of the waterfall;, in each of
which Mr. Mini finds a distinct individuality. A
touch of adventure is Imparled to the article by
the author's account or his observations at the
bum of Die Yosemite Fall and behind It, aud by
his description ol a sublime winter-storm, a
feature ol which was liliy-slx temporary falls In
the upper end of the valley alone — as
Mr. Muit says, "probably tho most glorious
assemblage 'of watei tails ever displayed
from any one standpoint." Mr. Mulr sounds a
warning bote as to the destruction In the Yo
semite region by the ■•sheepmen" aud by the
operations of the laige mills upou lbe trees of
toe lower part of the sequoia belt. He strongly
Indorses Uie project lor llie creation of a na
tional paik about the Yosemite, auu among the
Illustrations ol the article are views of the valley
Itself and a map of the proposed boundary of the
new paik, besides three process reproduction
showing destructive won. In the present Y'o
semile reservation, of the conduct of which Ui-ie
has recently been so much criticism. "The
Century's" settes on "The Gold Hunters of
California," Which will be a lead ing feature of
the seasou ol 1890-01, will he beguu lv the
November number.
■'The Lobe ot Nessus," an historical novel, has
been Issued by llie Belford Company of New
Yon;, It Is written by Dufileld Osborne, author
ol "The Spell ol Ashtarolh," and is a narration
of events, piesented In a very interesting inau
llier, : I. ai occurred in Greece at the beginning of
the relopouuesiau War, and about a year belore
ihe oealb of l'erlclas. Most of the charac
ters, snob as Pericles, Sadocus, etc., are taken
directly fiom history, and, unlike lbe walking
automatons that appear Iv most historical
novels, may be said to actually live again in tliese
vivid pages. They are men and women like our
selves, only the tune and place ol living are
changed. Creek llie— not the life of philosophic
discussion of which so much has been written,
but the life of action, of intrigue, of conspiracy,
and ol war— stands out before us, drawn with a
spirit aud, at the same time, with an unswerving
lull I. fulness of detail winch show deep study and
knowledge of antiquity, and make the book as
valuable as II is luteiesllug.
"Sketches of War History, 18C1-G5," edited
by Kobtrt Hunter, late Captain IT. S. V., lias
been published by Kobeit Clarke & Co. of Cin
cinnati, lt ls a handsomely bound volume of
-loli pages, and ls the third ol a series gut up un
der the auspices of the Ohio Commander)' ol the
Military Order of the Loyal Legion oi the United
Stales. ibe volume contains twenty sketches of
bailies aud reminiscences or lue war for the
preservation of the Union. They were wiitteu
uy companions ol the commandery in conformity
with a rule which provides that the Ilccoider
shall solicit companions to prepare papers for
tho commandery relating to their experiences
and observations in the ball and campaigns of
Ihe late War of the Kebellion, one ol winch Is
load at each stated meeliug, and when a suffi
cient number is collected they are printed and
made up iv a volume of uniform size. These
sketches are very interesting and a valuable con
tribution to the history of the great snuggle.
a. Knollach of New York, well known as the
author of a simple system of leaching foreign
languages, has Issued a booklet entitled " Sound
English." This is a system which ihe author
In. I es will bring about a change iv the English
language uud make ll the universal language. "At
the lime that \ olnpuk began to attract attention
In the United states" the author of nils llllle work
olten said 10 himself, " hat do English-speak
ing people want a new language Ior? Let tbem
amend the spelling of llieir vernacular and they
will have a win hiuguace, a simpler than which
cannot be desired, aud one thai is already spoken
by over a hundred millions of the most civilized
peop le ou earth.'' The work is for sale by O. E.
Slechcit, New York.
"Outing" conies this month in the handsome
gr.i 1. of midsummer, breathing the breath of field
and forest, not only through lis usual ninety six
pages, but an additional full form ot sixteen
pages, the whole book— enlarged, and
flinched by at least twice [he Banal uumber of j
Illustrations. Among the many articles Is one on
"Fair Skippers at the Helm," oue on •'North
western Fields of spun," and one on "Veiuioul's
National Uuard."
" Kathleen Douglass," a novel by Jftlla Trullt
Bishop, has just been published by Stieet &
Smith of New York. It is No. iof the Primrose
series uf fust-class novels which this firm lias re
cently commenced llie publication of. The plot
oi Hie stmy is good, lbe dialogue entertaining,
aud it is one of those wotks of fiction that read
ers take up with pleasure and leel a satisfaction
in following the several persons named lv the
story.
In the "Oveiland Monthly" for July the lead
ing article is "Cherokee Bob," the original of
Jack Hamlin, by .'•!. W. Slnnii. Tins is tullowed
by a timely article on "Concealed Weapons and
Crimes," by James O'Meura. "Hypnotism" is
ireaied by J. Preston Moore, anil Henry M.
Prentiss presents an interesting article on "ibe
North aud Souib Poles."
In response to a very general demand for a
popular edition of Waller Besanl's well-known
novel, "All Sons and conditions of Men," Messrs.
Harper & Brothers announce the immediate
Issue of thai work as the next addition to their
"Franklin Square Library."
In a recent Issue ot " Garden and Forest "
there is published an Interesting article on the
use ut water In landscape gardening, and many
paragraphs relating to Hie lawn, the llower-bor
der and the green-house.
The supplement io "Harper's Weekly" con
talus au elaborate paper by George W. Aosuier,
M.D.. on "Sewage, and what shall be done with
ii," Illustrated by drawings and diagrams.
Hjalmar Hjorth • lioycgen contributes to
"Harper's Young People" for July lfiili a story
narrating "The Adventures of a 'Dig.'" The
story will be illustrated by W. A. Snyder.
In "La Kevue Francaise" for July are a num
ber of very Inleresiiiig articles by prominent
French writers which will prove exceedingly val
uable to studeuts of the French language.
Mighty Mmniili io Africa.
"Lion hunting made easy" might be the
motto employed by M. fattier, a bold
colonist of Algeria. : He has taken up the
succession of the late M. Bombonnol, who
died it few days ago in Dijon, after having
been for the greater part of his existence a
mighty Ninirod in the North African jungles
and deserts. If we are to credit tlie testi
mony of those who know the colony well,
it is an error to suppose that there are no
lions in Algeria. On the contrary, tho
"nionarchs of the desert" abound in the ;
forests ■of Bona and in the gorges ' of
Palestro. M. fattier is "running" his lion
hiiutine business at Palestro, aud is doing
his best to work up a connection, not only
among gentlemen who may wish to accom
pany him in his expeditions, but also among
ladies. Here is a splendid opening at once
for ' the "modern woman" who dares do all
that man does. M. fattier has inscribed his
business cards with a notice to the effect
that in his hunting rendezvous are to be
found lions ... of . the : Atlas Mountains,
panthers, jackals, and other wild beasts,
ana that his establishment is provided with
a special refuge or shelter for the weaker
sex. The property on which M. fattier has
organized his happy hunting ground was
bequeathed to him— far as the rights of
chase i ; are i concerned— by his friend Bom
bonnel, at whose disposal it was placed by
the Government in order, to facilitate his
zoological researches-or, rather, what may
literally be called "piirsiiits."-__*aris dis
patch to London Telegraph. *
The Invention of two new musical Instruments
ls announced. One is a bass fiddle big enonS
to make a little caiboat-fouiteen and a half feet
over all and eight _ and a ball beam. T artist
that plays it must use a stepladdei* '
THE COTTON
CROP OF EGYPT.
One of lbe Staple Products of
the Land of tbe
Pharoahs.
FERTILE BANKS OF THE NILE
Five and Six Successive Crops With
*-■'■■
out Replanting— How the Product
Reaches a Market— The River
Voyage — Cotton Exchange of
Alexandria Shipments Abroad.
(51-^HE land of the Pharoahs is curious in
K'l'iv many particulars, writes a corre
ct*?.? spondent of the St. Louis Globe-Dem
ocrat, but in none more so than in the meth
ods employed to produce certain crops,
which are well known elsewhere, but
grown in Egypt in a manner to which the
agriculturist of any other country is a
stranger. The conditions of agriculture iv
Egypt are so widely different from those
which : prevail in any other part of
the world that in the cultivation of
certain kinds of plants the Egyp
tian uses methods whicli elsewhere would
not only prove Ineffective, but result
is certain loss. The modes of cultivation
in Egypt are exceeding crude. For in
stance, after the annual inundation, caused
by the overflowing of the Nile, the peas
antry sow their grain while the water still
remains an inch or so deep upon the fields.
While they await tho total subsidence of
the Hood, rice nnd paddy * are sown broad
cast in the mini, and a flock of gnats or
herd of cattle turned into the field and
driven to and fro for the purpose of tramp
ling the ground and thus covering the seed.
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Th. Cairo Cotton street.
Thn conditions of labor in Egypt also
differ from those prevailing in most other
countries. The Egyptian peasantry are
practically slaves, nnil their labor is
as wasteful as slave labor generally is.
Notwithstanding the disadvantages under
which they labor, they nevertheless accom
plish surprising results, and raise an amount
of agricultural products surprising, when
the limited acreage and the methods of cul
tivation are considered.
Among the numerous crops which the
Egyptians grow with success, cotton is Hie
most popular and profitable, and the Fella
heen take more pains with it than with any
other. The cotton plant of Egypt differs
materially, in one respect at least, from
that of other countries. In America it has
been found unprofitable to allow the plants
to continue in the ground longer than one
year. In Egypt, however, the case is dilfer
ent, for the cotton plant yields five, and
sometimes six, consecutive crops before re
planting is fouud to be necessary. This be
ing the case, a cotton held once planted is a
secure investment for at least five years,
and as peasants of the Nile do not love
labor, moro cotton is grown in Egypt in
proportion to the population engaged in
agriculture than in auy other part bf the
world.
In both Upper and Lower Egypt cotton
is therefore the staudard crop, and as it is
not troubled with worms as in America,
and by the method of irrigation ttia farmer
can give it exactly the right portion of
moisture and uo more, the crop is tolerably
reliable. Egypt is a rainless country. An
occasional shower is known in Lower
Egypt, where the north winds from the
Mediterranean sometimes briug the clouds
over the land, but in Upper Egypt, with the
Sahara on the west and the deserts of Ara
bia on the east, rain never fulls. But the
Nile is a source of unceasing supply, and
everywhere in the valley where the fields
lay above the level of the annual inunda
tion artificial irrigation is resorted to.
Sometimes the water is raised by means of
a rude wheel, tbe motive power of which is
a diminutive donkey ; but more frequently
the farmers irrigate their lands by means of
the shadoof, a primitive contrivance consist
ing of a pole resting upon a pivot in the
middle, a weight at one end nnd a bucket
suspended from a rope nt the other. By
means of this barbarous appliance the water
is easily and quickly raised from a lower
level, and the crops in Egypt need never
fail because of a dry season. The fields
being near the river were, however, until
late years subject to intrusions of tho
crocodiles, and when one of these tres
passers is discovered at a distance from tbe
river it becomes a neighborhood duty to
catch him. All bauds turn out with ropes
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A Broker of Cairo.
and stakes and nny weapons that may be
handy, the crocodile is surrounded, lassoed,
tied and put to death with general rejoic
ings as a common enemy. -The Fellaheen
know nothing of machinery beyond the
rudest farm implements; and an ' extra
ordinary circumstance noted in one of Bel
zone's pictures is still characteristic of the
Egyptian peasants to-day. . The picture
represents a peasant farmer being beaten
with rods in the presence of an
official, presumably to make him .pay
his taxes, and lt is characteristic of the
Egyptians of the present day that they are
bitterly opposed to the payment of any
taxes, however small. Ihe Turkish and
Egyptian collectors are compelled to bas
tinado the peasants to make them pay, and
the peasants themselves often make a boast
of : the number ot stripes they have en
dured , rather, than produce the | requisite
funds. Only a few years ago a peasant de
claring that he had no money was bastina
doed so brutally that finally the Governor
relented and ordered the man to be dis
missed. * The unfortunate fellow rose, and,
as ho was leaving - the - presence '- of the
Pasha, one of the attendants struck him on
the mouth, when out flew a gold coin equiv
alent in value to our dollar, exactly the
amount he was expected to contribute to
the Khedive's treasury.* He was evidently
prepared for nny emergency.
The cotton is packed In bags, and it must
be confessed that, whatever .virtue may
inhere in their amulets, they certainly do
not confer the grace of honesty, for when
the bags are examined by the purchasers in
■ Alexandria, almost f every one : contains
stones or gravel placed there to add . to the
weight. .
'-. But the peasant does I not accompany his
product that far. The whole iof Egypt is
patrolled ■ by traveling ■".- merchants with
strings of camels, the halter of one tied to
the tail of his predecessor; the cotton is
purchased I by these merchants, and six to
ten bags are loaded on each camel, while the
drivers, either on foot or on horseback; ac
company their hosts to the river. v.- '.--. -:■ 7.
_•• On the arrival of the cotton-bags at the
river I they ■ are I loaded Into the Nile boats,
■which; while clumsy, slow craft, are espe
cially, adapted to. the navigation of such a
river. They are built for permanence, with
thick boards and high bulwarks, and are,
besides,' easily adapted :to ■■ circumstances,
for should one chance to be overloaded an
artificial addition is made to the sides with
the Nile mud, which, readily drying in the
sun, forms an ; effective barrier to the : in
roads of the water.
. Ihe boats transport the product to Cairo
or to Alexandria, the leading cotton mar
kets. The exchange in the former city is
located on one of .. the principal streets,
while the market proper is in a public
square opposite the great Mosque of , Has
san. The . time of the .. river journey to
Alexandria is from six days to six months,
for, as the Mohammedans say, "God Is
great, and there is no hurry." Upon the
arrival of the cargo at Alexandria it is un
loaded by professional stevedores with
much shouting and profanity, is placed in
one rof the Government warehouses, and
when the Government Inspector finds him
self equal to the exercise he makes a visit
to the warehouse and examines the con
signment. Each bag is ripped open and a
handful of the cotton taken out, and as
the samples constitute the inspector's fee,
the haudfuls are always liberal. I The con
signments are generally accompanied to
Alexandria by the Arab merchant who pur
chased the cotton from the growers, and
this person, after providing himself with
an amulet against the evil eye, undertakes
the work of negot'-.tions with foreign buy
ers, .-t.*-/
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The Market Place and Mosque of Hassan, Cairo.
The Cotton Exchange in Alexandria is a
colonnade around an open square, one side,
however, containing the buildings which
are used for offices by the public officials.
In a corner of the square stands a Moham
medan shrine, the grave of a saint. In the
exchange-room samples are thrown on the
table, and then begins the long, tiresome
process of negotiation between the mer
chant and the would-be foreign purchasers.
Coffee and pipes are an indispensable pre
lude to the negotiations, after which every
bag Is discussed, every sample examined.
Noise and confusion reign supreme; but
the cotton itself is kept securely guarded
from the public gaze for fear of the evil eye,
it being well known that should anybody
envy it the product would thereby become
worthless. The native brokers aud mer
chants are not at all scrupulous as to the
truth of their statements, nor do they even
hesitate at employing the strongest oaths to
attest their own veracity.
In the exchange one room is reserved for
tho sale of the Viceroy's produce, for the
Khedive's rents are paid in kind, and all his
corn, wheal, paddy, rice ami other farm
products are publicly sold for his benefit.
Ihe language used in this auction-room is
practically that of the purchaser, for inter
preters stand ready to translate the auc
tioneer's offers into any of the Continental
languages of Europe, and buyers are present
from Kttssia, Sweden, Denmark, England,
France, Germany, Italy and Greece. Lists
of the produce to he sold are carefully pre
pared beforehand, and handed around by
an i fficial with a plain black frock coat and
red fez. The shouting and shrieking in a
dozen languages at once, the cries of the
auctioneer, the responses of the mob of
buyers, the vociferations of the interpre
ters make the Viceroy's daira a pandemo
nium.
The cotton being sold, is prepared for ex
port. The bags are loaded on camels and
taken to the shina, which is really a cotton
compress. The cotton is carefully exam
ined to extract all stones and gravel it may
contain, and is then packed in bales with
five and one-half cantars to the bale, a nan
tar equaling ninety-four pounds. The bales
are weighed, the weight of the bagging and
of the iron hoops is deducted, and a record
made at each stage of the whole proceed
ing. From the coin press it is taken by
camels to the lighters to be transported to
the steamers in the harbor, and as the first
process after picking wns to obtain its
weight, so the last, before the cotton leaves
the country, is a final weighing on the Gov
ernment scales to ascertain what the ex
port duty gives to the Khedive. After the
last weighing the bales are turned over to
the stevedores, and after much shouting
and yelling in three or four languages, the
cotton finally leaves Egypt for the mills of
Europe.
Always large, the export of colton from
Egypt was the greatest in 18GD, when it
amounted in value to §87,000,000. That was
A File Boat.
during the time of the cotton famine in En
gland, caused by the Civil War in America.
As soon as peace was restored and the
American product came East to market, the
Egyptian export of the staple fell in 1808 to
$29,000,000, but the amount has of late
years increased, until during the last few
years an average of $50,000,000 worth of
cotton has sailed from Alexandria.
GEMS IN VERSE.
n Written for The Sunday Cali.
TO WII.BERTINE.
IN the church with head bowed low.
A maiden, winsome and lair.
Through painted window a sunbeam stole
And kissed her beautiful hair.
She knelt In the pew alone.
In her clinging silken gown.
A traveler lingered that Sabbath day
. In the old cathedral town.
He knelt In prayer at her side,
'.With grave and reverent air,
But thought of angels with soft bine eyes
And with waving, golden hair.
When he passed outside the church.
Though bright the morning sun shone,
lie felt he hail left heaven, aud gone
Out into the world alone.
He hoped if never on earth
The violet eyes he should sco,
In the glorious heavenly homo
His angel bride she would be.
July. li'.iO. Grace Hibbabd,

DO NOT_FKKT.
'Tls a very good rule, my man,
As the path of your duty's trod,
That you labor the best you can, . '
And then leave all the rest to God .'
It is useless to fume and fret
And be gnawed by a vain regret,
Till it spoils like a hungry moth
The line web of your Ilie's best cloth !
Do the best you can.
My man, '■:_,".
And do not fret I
You can dig up the sol! and plow .
By the sweat of your earnest brow.
You can harrow and plant and sow,
< But you can never make it grow 1
From the promise within the seed
Yon may reap but an ugly weed.
Yet, you labored the best, my man.
- You can,
. - ..*And must not fret I
You must labor your very best.
Then with God you may leave the rest.
He will prosper the toller's art, ,:
And the work or a willing heart.
When you sow all your daily deeds
As a farmer sows his seeds—
* In the very best way you can, X»X j
■ My man, -
You noed not fret ! .
Oakland, Cut, JI arvLambebt,
■ . v .... ♦ — —
TO l.l. Ml;!;.
.-'■•; O fair little human flower - * '
• That an angel, one day ln May, 7
- Transplanted from Eden's bower
? To blossom by life's highway, ■_-:. \X-S2effiKffi
'_' May bright on thee God's sunshine fall
And the world-winds gently blow;
I To thy full stature, straight and tall,
In radiant beauty grow ! X
. All-father, let thy tender care
This fragile floweret ever guard;
Bid Time this bud of promise spare,
All powers ot evil from it ward! ,-...
A regal flower let it grow. •
.' ' Whose pure, white petals show no staint
Though lire's dust-whirlwinds round lt blow,
Dear Lord, let it unsoiied remain!
1 So may It thrive and day by day
In grace and beauty ever gain.
. That some heart shall In truth then say :
f'-.-f " It M.. v- '.1 not on earth In vain I"
X Thai let It bloom beneath thy eye, .
And thai so straight and tall uptower.
That alt shall speak who come It nigh '
fAf,'' The world ls fairer tor this flower PyJ| fjm
San Franctieo,' July, ISM), ff Sklka bcajJIDT.
MAKGUKItITK.
. -i-X- 7 7 - -
In thoughtful mood a maiden stood,
(A half-sketched picture at her side,
h Her Idle brushes scattered wide),
In Fontainebleau's romantic wood.
11. . . .X-XXX
The reddening leaves were Boating down
From the great arching trees o'erhead;
KSbe turned away and nothing said,
Or gave as much as smile or frown,
111.
To one, who standing patient there, \
Essayed the story old to speak; : .:.'■•
. Whose words brought to her pallid CheeK
No roseato flush to make it lair.
IV.
"Canst thou not love me. Marguerite?
I love thee truly— who so woll V
I She heard a neighboring vesper bell
Whose tones rung mournfully and sweet.
V.
She raised her head— grave bine eyes
Were rilled with tears, her breath came fast—
'•I have uo love to give; tnat'spast -
.nd burled where my dead lore lies.
VI.
lis lowly grave I do not know-
Be fell for Ood and country's sake.
My troth to him I ne'er shall break, .
.'hough long and sad my years below,
VII.
His last farewell— l hear it yet;
His gallant form, I see it now;
: His brave, calm face, his noble brow—
TO.th cannot cause me to forget." _•_.-'■
VIII.
"Then, must I leave thee. .Marguerite,
And never see thee, love, again ?"
Her tear-wet eyes she lilted then—
"Be thou my friend, 'twill be so sweet,"
IX.
"What wilt thou live for, dearest heart ?"
Her color came, bright grew her eyes.
He heard her words with sad surprise—
"I will live henceforth for my art."
• ■
X.
And so amongst the shadows brown
He saw the death of hopes most sweet,
And turned hi grief from Marguerite,
Where the red leaves were drifting down.
Alameda, ad.. July li, ISM. AS---0.
IN EXILE.
[Lines suggested by a southern sunset]
It was near the golden sunset
Of a calm October day;
Mirrored were tbo slanting sunbeams
On the bosom ofa bay ;
Piled all round were purple mountains.
Framed In atmosphere of gold;
Melting in the myriad glories
Which a southern sunset fold.
It was near the blue Pacific-
Main of the enchanted Isles,
Crowned with myrtle, palm and spices,
Decked by Nature's brightest smiles—
That an exile, lonely, weary,
Stood upon the shell-strewn shore.
Little heeding all the beauty
Which the southern landscape wore.
Like the nautilus, fair, frail thing,
That across the ocean wide,
Menaced by ten thousand perils.
Shoreward speeds upon the tide.
So his soul, ou memory's surges. "Jffv
Drifts to a far-distant stand,
Victor over time and distance;
Lo ! be sees bis native laud.
Bold, green headhunts, haunts of sea-birds,
Stand ground a sheltered bay ;
. On whose tranquil shores bis childhood
Spent its brief but blissful day.
There bis blithesome boyhood sported.
There, in youth, be loved to roam,
There romance's fairy vision
Dawned on blm— and there his homo
There, too, 'tis the peaceful warning
Of a still October eve;
Shy-eyed twilight drops the curtain
Which the shadows gray enweave;
Fishing craft are homeward gliding,
Specter-like, at close or day;
/ 11 lies wrapped In stilly slumber
Kound thy coast, sweet Galway Uay!
Dreamy are the low pulsations
of the tide along thy shore !
Fitting clime for love to bloom in.
Fitting time to tell it o'er.
But the clime and time have vanished
From yon dreamer on the strand,
And alone, unloved, he wanders
In a fair hut foreign land.
And the golden, sunny south-laud—
What are all its charms to me ?
Golden lands, but golden dreams are
Fantasies that please the free.
Yon lone exile knows how true 'tis.
That, though round the world be roam,
fce'er shall be find clime as fair as
That which shelters "home, sweet home 1"
austis li. Held.
"OUTTTAKU BOUND."
[Lines suggested by the sight of a class of young
girl-graduates arrayed in their spotless robes of
white.]
Bills crowned with Orient splendor rise,
Tower In grandeur to the skies.
Below the waters of a lovely bay
Smile in the early beams of day,
While rays of light of changing hue
Dance on its wavelets clear and blue.
Eight stately vessels are passing by.
With snowy sails 'neath tbe summer sky.
Just launched free from the master's hand—
They are going to sail to a distant land.
The freight they bear— its worth's untold-
More precious far thaa gems or gold.
For human souls in those vessels abide
That soon will speed o'er the flowing tide.
The master regards them with smiling eyes,
And yet, as he looks, sad thoughts arise.
He thinks of the storm, the angry wave.
The howling tempest, the watery grave.
But then these words he seems to hear:
R"Oh, trembling soul, what dost thou fear?
••The Ruler of All their course will guide,
And he can direct both storm and tide.**
But time ever onward swiftly flows,
And the summer breeze around them blows,
As the light of day begins to fail
And over the "harbor bar" they sail.
Fair barks, our best thoughts follow you,
As we bid you a kind adieu.
From ocean storms may you be clear,
And safely past all dangers steer.
May heaven's sunshine- rest on you.
And your pilots be all good and true.
Till you reach that distant shore,
"Where your wanderings will be o'er—
W here you may rest from trials of old,
Within the shining Gates of Gold. *lt||Wl
San Francisco, July, ISM. Lynx Daek.
"WILL HE ItECEIVE A STONE V
Bending low In tbe great still church
Knelt the sorrow sinner at prayer]
None were the men who saw his face.
Only the angels whose home Is there;
Hnd when he arose and with the throng
.Pushed and hurried along the street,
None were the men who saw his heart,
Only the angels and seraphs sweet :
But that name was Inscribed ln the Book of Lite
And proclaimed from the Father's throne.
God beard the prayer and granted grace-
Did the sinner receive a stone ?
A poet, passionate, loving and sad.
Wrote the thoughts of his goldea ken;
It seemed bis heart had melted away
And flowed from bis magic pen;
He died iv poverty; but ah! the world
His thought proudly made its own
Till he liv.-d again In a thousand hearts—
Bid the poet receive a stone ? ■
And ever In this world of ours
■ There are troubles for every life,
Some bear them well, but other one,
. Fall In the common strife.
But look in lire-book and read each scon
And turning them one by one,
The leaves will tell when all Is o'er
That no one receives a stove !
Lawrence AbchjcbJs.
Ban Joie, Cal., July, ISSO.
MY * BABY'S PILLOW.
What do I do with all my white rose leaves?
I rise while 'tis early dawn, :
And all the roses scent the lawn,
lief ore the dust laden breeze
And roaming butterflies and bees
Taint the breath of my white rose leaves.
While they are all wet with dew
And their breath fresh and now.
I never permit them to fall apart,
But pluck them tenderly from the heart ;
And spread In tlieir purity my white rose leaves,
In the cool, dark hail to dry, . *
' Secure from ravage of moth or By.
Each morn I toss them up and down
And note the change from white to brown,
. Then this is what I do with my white rose leaves.
: *-,' ?~ When ln a crisp heap tbey lay,
Cured and ready to pack away, -
I make a pillow of the baby's Bed
Like scented down to his tender head.
For I fill it wltb all roy white rose leaves. -
Mhs. E. L, IhllabD,
~ ■ 'X— -♦— — ' 'X-*--, ■
A FLIRTATION IN VACATION.
kA pretty girl,'-'- *
i'A-A'- So sweet. XX f;f
iX And yellow hair, .
So neat.
A proposal,
A kiss!; .'.-...-.
An acceptance,
What bliss!
Vacation M '"
liow sad.
Breach ot promise "„ *
Too bad l ,-D.M.
RAUSCH-STREET
GROWLERS' CLUB.
: — ■
An Interesting Meeting and Elec
tion of Officers.
Arrangements Being Made for a Pncnmitii
Tuba and a Semaphore Signal— Several
Committees Appointed.
7T\fj r MEETING of thellausch-street Im
■■:f7t\ '7 provement Club was held last even
__*{__, ing at the southwest corner of How
ard and Kiusch streets, I'resident E. P.
EDiifiht in the chair. For some weeks past
the club has not been able to hold a meet
ing, owing to a quorum being Inciting.
Most of the members have now returned
from their summer vacation to the springs
and there was a good attendance. Tue
President announced that in future meet
ings would be held regularly semi-monthly.
After the roll had beeu called Secretary
Joseph Enright arose and said that he had
• an affecting announcement to make. Dur
ing the absence of most of the members in
the country, he stated, the club goat that
was used in the initiatory ceremonies had
died. He expressed great regret at the
death of the animal that so many present
had ridden, and moved that a committee oi
three be appointed to go to Telegraph Hill.
and procure another one in time for the
next meeting. Brothers lirannan, Plover
and Coouey were appointed a "Committee
on Goat."
Pecksniff Parsons arose to remark that
in common with the other members, his
heart-strings were touched when he heard
of tho death of the animal that had as
sisted at their initiations and had been the
cause of much innocent, amusement, lie
thought that something should be done to
assuage the grief of those present, and
moved that a committee of one on "Hush
ing the Growler" be appointed. D. Cole
man was appointed by the Chair, and at
once ambled out with a live-gallon can.
HOITOBABX MEMIIEES ELECTED.
In the absence of the Chairman. Morris
Kern of the Committee on New Members
reported that since the beginning of the
year nine new members bad been elected,
He suggested that persons prominent in
military and naval circles or who have ren
dered services to the sciences or art should
be eligible to become honorary members.
The suggestion was favorably received, and
on motion Henry M. Stanley, the exploitr,
Paul __ Vaudor of military renown, Cap
tain Ed Kock of the navy and Mary Walker
were unanimously elected honorary mem
bers.
The President resigned the chair for a
few moments to speak. He said that since
his return from the springs lie had made a
careful canvass of Itausch street, and found
that the number of grass widows was grad
ually growing less. More might come and
settle if things , were made interesting for
them and they could spend a happy ivi-i:-"
ing twice a month and join in the delibera
tions of the club. Ho made a motion that
grass widows living in the district be eligi
ble for membership, that they pay only half
the initiation fee and no monthly dues and
be not compelled to ride the goat when be
iug initiated. The motion was carried.
COMPLAINTS AND GItOWLS.
Chairman I'owderly Packer of the Com
mittee on "Punning this city as it ought to
be run," said that bis committee and the
sub-committee on "Complaints and Growls"
had traveled all over the city investigating
complaints and hoped that citizens who
wanted abuses corrected in their neighbor
hood would write to the Secretary of the
club and they would bo attended to. The
sub-committee reported that tbe man iii
charge of the engine at the cable-car house,
corner of Tenth and Howard streets, who
blows his whistle corresponding to tha
number of taps on the lirebell when there
is a fire, couldn't whistle straight worth a
cent. When he blows, say, seven blasts, it
is impossible to tell if he is announcing a
fire from Box 7, Box 10, Box 25, Box 34 or
any other combination of the number.
It was also reported that on the lloward-
Rtreet cable-line when the cars are approach
ing a point of transter the conductors pass
through, saying distinctly, "Transfers;
change here for ." Thoy also call out
the name of each street. On the North
Beach and Mission line the conductors are
not so attentive to their duties. Late at
night they frequently fail to call out tho -1
names of the itrcets, and when they get to
corner of Market and Stockton and Folsom
and Fourth streets they stand at the rear
end of the car and expect people to come
and ask for transfers. This is a great in
convenience to strangers who do not kiiow
the streets and to many city peple who aro
often carried beyond their destination, and
the committee hopes it will be remedied.
Other complaints will be reported on at the
next meeting.
IMPIIOVEMENTS CONTEMPLATED.
Dr. Carolan of the Committee on Improve
ments reported that plans were being
formulated, and If consummated a pneu
matic tube would be laid along Rauseh
street leading to the nearest letter-box, so
that residents on the street can placa their
mail-matter in slots in the tube and it will
be wafted at once to the box and be taken
out by the carrier.
He also reported that It was designed to
have a semaphore arm at the corner of
Kausch and Howard streets, counected
with a line running along the street, so
that a person going up Kausch, and
wanting to catch a cable-car, instead of
waving his arms and shouting, "Hi, hi!"',
can touch a button provided on the side of
the houses, throw out tlie semaphore and
attract the conductor's attention.
The report was also made that tho con
sumption of the Goat Island herb was on
the increase, but the supply was limited. .
ELECTION OF OliiCElls.
The last business of the evening was the
election of officers for the rustling term.
There were two tickets in the field, the
"Regulars" and the "Anti-Barnacles." The
Mayor headed both tickets and the latter
ticket was elected. There was considerable S
contention over the offices of Musical Di
rector and Chaplain.
Brothers Corey and Tod were proposed
for the former office. H. F. Bismuth in
supporting Tod said that while Jack Corey
was a splendid main-strength singer lie did
not know a note from a slug mark, and
learnt all he knew about music from beat
ing the base-drum in the militia. That
killed his chances, for though another
brother ran down Tod saying he was too
intimate with Johnny Dougherty, Tod was
elected.
CANDIDATES FOR CHAPLAIN.
There wera three candidates for Chao
lain — Edwade, Thompson and Nlcholls.
In nominating Edwade Mr. Branmin said
"He is a eood man and can look solemn
enough to sour new milk without half try
ing. He's a terribly pious mau, and wo
vraut him for Chaplain. Some of the angels
might come to earth and take lessons from
him. He is meek and lowly, and is just the
man we want.
■ "Brother Thompson is a good man, or
would be if he could live in sight of a pulpit.
On Sundays he goes to churcli and weeps
like a horse sweating, but on week dan he
backslides while wrestling with labor items.*- -
"Brother Nicholls is a good church mem
ber and would make a good Chaplain, but
he's too fond of fishing. If fishing is good
and rockcod are biting in the bay he lets
the church go. He's not consistent, so I
think Edwade is the best man."
; The adherents of the other two nominees
made addresses in their behalf, but their
arguments carried no weight, and Edwade
was elected. The meeting then adjourned.
The students at the college for the blind a'
Worcester. Mass., play cricket splendidly with a.
ball In which a bell Is placed. ' ~*>
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