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THE DOCTOR'S RUSE.
HERE was a wild scene that May morning about th old mansion tha. had been for years the home of the Nott»n family. Vo der the great elms shading the lawn which sloped to the golden willows by the busy brook at Its foot, farmers were talking excitedly While brandishing pitchforks, corn kalTeB and an occasional rifle handed lawn from a pioneer ancestry. At in tervals a more distant neighbor would •one lumbering to the rendezvous on It plow horse or arrive puffing and pcr (plring by some cross-cut footpath. While they were approaching organisa Uon ths young doctor from the village five miles down the valley came swlng e g around the curve from the wood low, urged his gallant mare at the fenlsh of a hard run and alighted at (he broad front steps where he was met hjr Florence Motten. From the summit crowned by the ■utnslon the pretty country side seemed •n Arcadia uncontaminated by the out m world. Its people were a simple trusting folk who lived In peace and thought no wrong. They never so much M locked the doors or windows; yet •t the Nottens the night before there had been a murder and a burglary. The father, mother and daughter had been bound and gagged. The house Was stripped of money, Jewels and (late. It wus Florence who first work ed her wrists from the ropes that con fined them. She freed herself, re teased her parents and then rushed to the den which faithful old Tom had Itted up over the horse ham and would •ot have exchanged for the guest cham ber. He was gone. Then she rang Um big dinner bell as an alarm and the nearest neighbors came running In peaponse. One of them approaching by the hedges beyond the barn had come ■pon the body of Tom, who had been killed by a cruel blow upon the head. A messenger had been sent for the •octor, mounted men carried the start ling news to the entire community and the rnlly on the lawn was to send out Marching parties; a useless but well ■aennt plan. Mrs. Notten had been nn Invalid receiving daily calls from the foung physician during the three year? M had been In the village. The shock teul been too much for her and within an hour of his arrival that eventful morning she was past all human aid. The doctor had been In love with the beautiful daughter for months r.nd. With professional egotism, thought that ba had learned her every mood. He knew that, though stately and mature, ■he had not lost the flush of youth, and that behind her self-reliance there was the susceptible tenderness of girlhood. But now she appeared to him In a new and puzzling light. Her face was white but Arm and set. In her great brown ayes there was a flame that would have tneuched every token of a tear. She declared that life would be worthless to her until she knew who lmd robbed her of a mother, and they had been brought to justice. More than this. It was conveyed to the knowledge of the ■'A KILLED BY A CRUEL BLOW. Aoctor by some occult subtlety that so long as the tragedy of the mansion re gained unexplained his suit would be a hopeless one. Promptly he went at the task thus Mglgned Jjlm. The two burglars had tone their work In the dark and with out noise save muttered cursea when eld Mr. Notten made a vigorous resist an ce. Two women servants who had Been with the family for years slept In (he wing and heard nothing. Henry Wirt, a college friend of her brother Bob, now completing In Europe, had arrived the day before on his wheel, la he was riding over the country for his health. He had been shown to his room at 10 o'clock the night previous, hot his bed had not been occupied, and nothing had been learned of him since. "1 saw the young man when calling Ml your mother yesterday," interrupted the doctor, "and did not like his looks. There was certainly something wrong wttli his mind or his conscience, and he nay have been an Impostor. "That Is not possible. I know him at •nee from Bob's frequent descriptions. You will be wise to leave him out of Four calculations. But there Is one thing that may help in this search When one of the men was trying to ••cure my wrists I bit him In the hand and am confident I left a mark." Aa the doctor walked to the barn for hla horse he found under the bushes a handkerchief that had evidently been naed as a mask, for It was knotted at the corners and silts had been cut for tho eyes. There were no Initials or other distinguishing marks, but he C bed It In his pocket, and was soon rylng homeward almost as fast as M had dashed over the same road a |ow hours before. His haste was due to the fact that late the night previous ho had dressed tho hand ot a man who represented that it had been bitten In n light. A circus had been showing there, and this fellow said he was oanvasman. The doctor at once tele' gmphed the shrewdest detective in the ■Uto to meet him at the town where ■Bo ohow next appeared. There was BO trouble In finding the wounded man tot tho evidence was overwhelming al that his injury was received Just as he saJd it was. The officer then want to the Notten home, and for days sought in vain for some clue. Thence he went on a fruitless search for young Wirt, and after months of work abandoned the, case a® a hopeless one. Bob came home and acted with the doctor, to whom he took a great liking, but at leng'h yielded to discouragement. All at once the young friends of the doctor who called at his office were surprised to find him a votary of spir itualism. He talked persistently of the wonderful phenomena proving Individ ual spirit presence and communication; of a modern mediumship having com munion with the departed, lifting the mist of obscurity to expose alike the motives and hidden deeds of men. When the doctor went so far as to arrange for a seance there was a gen eral suspicion that his mental powers , had succumbed to some weakening in- ; flucnce, but curiosity was sufficient to secure as large an attendance as he de sired. He insisted on the presence of Eph, his surly man of all work, for whom the black drapings and darken ed room had a fascination as well as terror. After there had been softened j strains of music, weird sounds as of passing wings and unaccountable rap pings, the doctor had a pretended con- ; versation with the Bhades of departed 1 relatives and then notified Eph that his former master from Alabama wanted to talk with him. With chattering I teeth Eph stood up to receive a clam- | my hand ln bis and then went down ' upon his knees. In a deep voice the "spiritual pres- ( ence" recalled some of the memories j of other days and then In tearful tones ' said: "But, Eph, you've gone wrong j since we parted. You're a thief and a : murderer." "Not dat, massa, not dat. It was Johnson done kill ole Tom when he tried to stop us. It was dat rapscallion Johnson dat got me Into It. I'se gwlne to 'fess It all, massa, an' get forgib ness." And he did, even to where the plun der and Johnson were to bo found. Then the doctor ceased to be a spirit ualist and told his story. Examining the handkerchief mask months after the tragedy he had found in it a few hairs front some one's mustache or beard. Eph being present, the doctor amused himself by telling how with the aid of a microscope he could examlno the roots of the hair, compare them with those taken from the faces of sus pected persons and thus run down the murderer. Eph did not show up about the office that day, and next appeared with a cleanly shaven face, giving reasons for this remarkable change so frequently that a light suddenly dawn ed upon the doctor. It was useless to accuse upon such evidence and the doc tor, knowing the dense superstition of the old darkey, played upon It with the result noted. Wirt was at last found In a lunatic asylum, a fact not surprising to those who knew him well, for his mental and nervous condition had deprived him of all ability to work and sent him out in search of health. The culprits were convicted and the next great event at the mansion was a wedding. Dlad a* H* Lived. The machinery of the big mill stop ped with a sudden and horrible Jar and Jerk and the workmen pulled out the crushed and bleeding form of one who was a stranger to them all. "Are you badly hurt?" inquired one. "I fear I am," groaned the unknown. I am dying." Shall we send for your friends? Quick, tell us your name." 'Oh, never mind," he answered. "I am all alone in the world and my name doesn't matter. Just say that I died Incog." And a grim smile Illumined his face as the spirit of the profession al humorist took Us flight with his last supreme effort.—Judge. a Not to Walk In. An American in England, who had bought a pair of shoes of a fashionable dealer, carried them back soon with a protest Look here!" he said, "I've had these shoes only two weeks and they are completely out^of shape^andJbe j ... < *" leather Is giving away In two places. The Englishman looked at the shoes an Instant. "Dear me! dear me!" ho said, "you have been walking In those shoes? That's It, sir! Our shoes are made only for carriage people, sir!" And the dealer loftily mowed the American out of the shop.—Canadian Shoe and Leather Journal. Both. He—"Then you can never be mine?** She (Impatient for him to go)—"Have I not refused you a sufficient number of times?" He—"But you will at lea3t take an Interest In my welfare?" She (losing her temper)—"Yes, and In your welfare, too."—Cleveland Leader. As HoihI Girl. "The butcher offered me his hand this morning," said the hired girl. "Indeed?" "Yes'm. He tried to sell it to me with the steak, but I made him take It off the scales."—Cincinnati Enquirer. Mo* Wlel^d. Cholly—"Do you think it la very wicked ln m« to bet on the races?" Ethel—"No; not If you patronix# some poor bookmaker who really needs the money.''—Puck. Te b* ■■*•. She—Young Spllkins appears to be ! a man of extensive views. He—To be sure. He'a Free Press. kodak fiend.—Detroit -- A Boy'* id**. "Mamma," asked the little boy, "what does this story mean by talking about a great-grandmother? Ain't all grand mother* great?"—-Cincinnati Enquirer. , ; j ; 1 I | ' ( j ' j : X-RAY S DETECTDE ATH DR. CARL L. BARNES MAKES A STARTLING DISCOVERY. New Light Sent Through a Corp«e— The Picture Made In Darker Than That Made From a Living Hod y — A Marvellonn Discovery. ~HYSICIANS are no longer to he puz zled to determine whether a patient is dead. The pro fessional man who has put a kink in hi3 neck holding his left ear under | fifth rib of the left j „; r i Ä „ oimnftBOfi I side of a supposed corpse to make half-way sure that life was extinct can now have relief. Dr. Carl L. Barnes of Chicago has made a discovery—an X-ray discovery —by which the presence of death can be readily detected, says Chicago News. Dr. Barnes based his experiments on the fact that a dead hand held before a lamp does not transmit ordinary rays of light, though they readily pass throygh the hand of the living. The latter is luminously red, the former dark and opaque. This radiation is scientifically explained on the theory of refraction and the blood corpuscles. The red corpuscles are bi-concave disks which have highly refractory powers in life, rendering it possible for light to penetrate the structure. Acting upon this theory he made a practical demon stration a few weeks ago In his labora tory in this city. A sciagraph of a dead hand and a living hand was taken on tile same plate. The two hands, that A COW WITH HORNS ON HER FEET. uir-i kC & ^ Hk; This cow was most liberally endowed by nature in the matter of horns. In a freakish mood Dame Nature not only gave her the usual number of horns on the head, but also one on each hoof besides. ly The cow had no particular use for horns on its hoofs. They are of no service to her, and rather impede loco motion. She cannot use them for toss- at of Dr. Barnes and one where the arm had been amputated at the elbow, were laid side by side on a plateholder which hold the sensitized bit of glass. The marvelous mechanism was aet In motion and the powerful light focused full on the two objects. After an ex posure of fifteen minutes the plate was carefully developed and the result proved to the doctor's profound satis faction the unmistakable difference be lt cen dead and living flesh. The bones j ^both "hands~were^about equally well defined, but the soft parts of the dead hand were noticeably darker, which mai ks the difference between dead Us ines and living tissues. Even under the present crude conditions the expert ran readily distinguish between the two. However, the sciagraph does not give as good results as the Horoscope md other instruments recently In vented to examine tissues with the naked eye unless the subject has been (lead for several hours. If the sciagraph Is taken within a few hour« after death the hands will be alike, but as the change in the tissues begins to take place then the X-rays will show a de cided difference In penetration. •One of the first constituents of the human body to undergo decomposition, after death," said the doctor, "is the blood, then follows the intestines, trachea, brain, muscles, etc. All of this will take place in many cases within a few hours after death. The natural ten dency of all this decomposition is to liquify the tissues, thus permitting the X-rays to penetrate them more readily than in a subject more recently dead menced. But the experiment is a dis tinct success and is of vital Importance not only to physicians and undertakers but to humanity in general, for in grained In every soul Is a latent horror ! of being buried alive. Hitherto all signs of death have their exceptions, where such decomposition has not com Even putrefaction often appears in liv- I ing bodies, and in order to he regarded ■ as an Infallible sign of death It must be I general, owing to the difference In the chemical composition of bodies. The latest theories regarding positive signs j of death have been advanced by for- I 1 signers and Mlate chiefly to the tern-1 perature of the body after death and also to ocular tension. The gradual cooling of the body is considered one of the surest signs of death, and yet the coldness of collapse that fol lows supposed drowning is frequently mistaken for the post-mortem cooling. Ocular tension has been regarded as a certain test, but in cases of glaucoma the tension during life is very great, consequently after death when the ten sion naturally relaxes a glaucomatous eye assumes the tension of a normal eye. Absence of circulation is a good test, j but instances are on record where peo- ] ple have been restored when there was i neither pulse heat nor heart-sound and the rClS P irator - v function almost jus- 1 P rndetl hy narcotlc Poisoning. Even Post-mortero discoloration cannot he ac- j cepted as an indication ot death, as the ! same staining is frequently seen in life. Neither can muscular contractility be relied on, as after death from Asiatic cholera the contraction often appears in the muscles of the lower Jaw and flexor muscles of the forearm. Rigor mortis is not infallible, as this rigidity is often assumed by cataleptics and those half-drowned or frozen." lie Felt Indignant. The sidewalk debater had gathered a very considerable crowd and had brought all his powers of eloquence to bear on the financial question. He was a man of extreme ideas, and Farmer Corntossel wiped the perspiration from his brow, cleared his throat and said: "Mister, would yer mind kiner sayin' somethin' right slow so's my intelleck kin grab hold, so ter speak?" "On what peint?" "Do I understand you ter say that the guvment kin, by merely puttin' ing purposes, and they are of no earth ly value to any one except to the cow's owner, who places a large additional value on her because of them. Tho cow is a Texas product, owner, knowing the predilection of Mr. Hannaman, of St. Louis, for freaks, wanted him to buy her, but the price was too high. She is held by the owner at 1500. its stamp onter any ole thing at all make money of it?" "Yea." "An* that'll give It value?" "Certainly." "Wall, then, it'B a durn shame, an 1 I'm goin' right over ter Seckretary Morton an' enter protest Ef the gov ernment kin perduce value by Jest wrltin' on a piece o' paper they ain' no reason under the sun, ez I kin see, why It shouldn' perduce cold weather by hangln' out the blizzard flag. The principle is exackly the same, an' the fack thet It ain't been done is only another reminder of the reckless way this country wastes its opportunities. —Washington Star. No Wondor Ho .lumped, A man was standing quietly at 33d street and Broadway the other day ob serving the passing throng. Sudden ly he gave a yell of pain and began hop ping about in a wild manner. The man quickly pulled off his coat and cried: "A piece of hot coal has fallen down my back." Several persons came to his assistance and after they got off his collar pulled out a burning cigarette stump from underneath his shirt. Some one had thrown it from the elevated railroad station. New York Exchange. Blind Candidat« for «ladet. Walter L. Campbell, nominee for probate judge of Mahoning county. Ohio, is totally blind and has been so since boyhood, when his eyes were destroyed by sand thrown into them by playmates. He is an accomplished lawyer, a fine musician, an eloquent I The smaller the soul the bigger dollar looks. orator and was formerly a successful newspaper man. 14 Acnrdl*| to th* P.olm* First Government Clerk—"I am al ways glad when my superior in office is from the north." Second Government Clerk—"Why is that?" First Govern ment Clerk—"Because the Psalmist says: 'Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.' ''—Washington Times. FAIR C HINESE M. D.'S. Two of Them Among tho Graduate* the I'nlvernltjr of Michigan. While tome of the Americans In the senior medical class have been com pelled to appeal to the faculty and get special examinations at the last mo ment in order to get through, two Chin ese girls in the class have finished with a splendid record in scholarship both with the faculty and with their fellow students, says the Detroit Free l'ress. They are Meiyle Shie and Ida Kahn, two girl« who registered from Kin Kiang China, and are the first Chin ese girls t0 graduate from the Unlversi ty 0 j Michigan and almost the first In the fall of Chinese in this country. 18 <, 2 f our Chinese students came to Ann Arbori all of them proteges of the well known American missionary. Miss charlotte Hawe, in her mission school at Kin-Kiang, in the province of lviang-Si, China. Two of them were the girls above named and the other two were hoys—Taiyen Cheo, now a sophomore lit, and Yung Ping Cheng, a sophomore medic. The girls had been prepared by Miss Hawe, beginning be fore the boys did, and were ready to enter the medical department at once even to the Latin requirements, while j the hoys went back and took two years , of preparatory work in the Ann Arbor j high school. Taiyen Cheo graduating j from the Latin course and Ÿung Ping Cheng from the scientific course in j 1S94. The history of these four is very j interesting, though rather hard to ob tain, as they live by themselves and have few close friends among the stu dents, though they are on intimate terms in many households of church people in this city. Yung Ping Cheng and Meiyie Shie are orphans, the latter coming from the province of Canton, while the three other« are from Kiang-Si. Miss Hawe found in them her most apt pupils and determined to fit them in the best possible manner to j i aid their countrymen, eo she has main- | tained them here by her own means in ; order to educate them to be medical missionaries. The two girls will re turn to China vepy soon now and take up this work among their own people as workers with the Methodist Episco pal missionary forces. In two years, too, Yung Fing Cheng will be ready to follow this field of work, but Taiyen Cheo lias changed his plans since com ing to this country. He wants to be a Chinese professor some day and this is what made him enter the literary in teed of the medical department. WHAT IS FATIGUE? There I* a Degree of I'liyaloal Wearlnet« Which In Dangerous. Fatigue is the natural result of labor and as such is a perio lie symptom with which every healthy person is familiar, says the Youth's Companion. It is one of the laws of organic life that periods of relaxation shajl succeed periods of activity. The heart itself is normally In repose for about one-third of the time consumed by each beat—a fact in which there is something particularly suggestive and interesting, since physi ologists agree that about one-third of the twenty-four should be devoted to sleep. Life is made up of a series of vibrations in which tension and rest succeed each other. The heart vibrates about seventy time« a minute; the vi brations of the respiratory organs oc cur about sixteen times in the same period; while the vibrations of the whole organism may be said to com plete their circle once in twenty-four hours. Abnormal fatigue, a state ap proaching exhaustion, occurs when one attempts to alter nature's rhythm, when the hours of tension are made to encroach upon those which should be devoted to rest, when muscle and nerve already fatigued are driven to further exertion. Fatigue of a kind known as overtraining results, in the case of the athlete, in heart weakness and short ness of breath—"loss of wind," as it is called; while the long-continued fatigue occasioned by excessive application to professional or business pursuits re sults in nervous prostration or even in paralysis. While excessive fatigue is in itself unwise, one of the chief dan gers which result from it is that com monly indicated by the term "catching cold." Thus the danger of sitting in a draft or on the damp ground is many times doubled after great exertion. The application of heat to the surface ie a more logical procedure after extreme fatigue. Loss of sleep is one of the first symptoms of abnormal fatigue. Ha bitual insomnia from this cause is to be treated in only one way, by absolute rest. WISE SAYINGS. The widow is not always as mournful as she is dressed. Like a great many thieves, "Time steuls on," and cannot be arrested. When the office seeks the man it is seldom his fault if it does not find him. Nothing pleases a man so well as to be asked if his eldest daughter isn't his wife. The slander of some people Is as great a recommendation as the praise of others. You can always please a good man by telling him he has a devilish twinkle in his eye. A married woman's description of an ideal man is a picture ot the kind she didn't get. The man who repents on a sickbed and gets well generally backslides be fore he pays his doctor. After a man is married, he stops wearing button-hole bouquets and be gins to wear stains on his clothes. The second baby may weigh three pounds more than the first without ........ —"*"* causing half as much excitement. From th* Ensign, Indianapolis. The English BETRAYED CY P LUM PUD3lN<J Bnrg'ar Who Fo .-nt |„ g,^| pruu j watchdogs and it is known that mini farmers rely upon the cackle of th guinea hens for the protection of th* hen roosts, but in addition to all England has just afforded an exan of the safeguarding qualities of pij, pudding, says a London correspond^ of Paris Temps. This unexpected i onstration took place in a house on th*l Portsdown road, in the Maidavalequu ter of London, belonging to Mr. ton, a surgeon in the navy. At ab 9:30 o'clock in the evening a burgh got into the house through the cell by breaking the lock of the kitchei door. This burglar was George Don van. He knew that the house empty. The members of the famil were at the theater and the servant took advantage of their absence to | on a vacation for a few hours. Favored by these circumstances, Donovan littlo trouble in rca hing the dining room. There an enchanting spectacli was presented to his eyes. A Hindi] poet tells us the story of the brigan(fl of ^jj,} wbo> at tbe niomint when was about to cut a hole in the wall i a house to get in and commit a robbery] hesitated whether he would cut it ii| the form of a lyre or of a flower or« a bird. George Donovan was not ab sorbed by any such artistic preoccup* tions. He noticed on the table a splen did plum pudding, something that bt hadn't tasted for a long time, go »I sat down in front of the national di»h, cut a huge slice of it and sailed in. Th* pudding was delicious. Like Ragglei, Donovan struck it rich. He cut slici after slice, but unfortunately for hin a plum pudding is not possessed of th« light quality that belongs to Frenck pastry. Soon the burglar got thirsty and, in search for something to drink he discovered a bottle o? Scotch whi*. j ky, his favorite bever He remained! | at the table enjoying himself thonough.1 ; !y for about an hour. Soon he became oblivious of his prof* s3ional dutisu In fact, he didn't know where he so he threw himself on the luxurijB carpet and went to sleep with an unj ruffled conscience. At about midnight* he van found there and was roused up by a policeman, who had been called in. He admitted without hesitation hi object, but he was loud in his praised that pudding. Addressing Sargeoi Preston, he 6aid he would like to kno* if that pudding was made in the bons» or in some confectionery establishment, because, he said, he never before had tasted anything so delicious and he wanted to taste it again. He was ta ken before a police justice of Mary lebone, who committed him for trial. "All right, judge," he said, "but, all the same, that was a fine pudding and first-rate, whisky." Judge Plowden, who is somewhat ol a humorist, made a funny speech, glo rifying the English plum pudding, which, as he said, not only punishes tho imprudent with indigestion, but alag as this case plainly showed, protec the fireside and knocks out burglars. Not to Be Cheated. Dealer—"I'll sell you that wheel fo» $50. It welghB twenty-two pounds. Rube Scudder (from Cearfoss Croîs roads)—"Why, my boy A'o bought o ' for $25 t'other day that weighed nine pounds. You can't soak me, by gum. —Judge. Th* Fol* Attract*. The Boston girl has reasons For all her freezing acts, Because, from her researches, She knows the pole attracts. —Truth. HERE AND THERE. Brussels contains a clock which wound up by the wind, and never human hands. France has more money in circs»' tlon In proportion to its population any other country. Moscow's calamity will cost the» perlai exchequer 3,500,000 rubles, number of persons killed in the c is said to be 4,500. The expense of heating a Los theater, the Vaudeville, by electric« using storage batteries connected » radiators. Is said to have been » than 70 cents atn hour. Bicycles seem to have taken the P of brass candlesticks for wedding P» ents iu England. Princess Maud • Wales is said to have received » dozen of them already. It Is recommended that every boat carried by ships should be P vided with a bottle of citric ac , precipitates chloride of sodium, an^ is said, converts 6ea water into a stable drink. _■ Berlin, having determined to oecv a seaport like Paris and Manches. • now debating whether Us out ' e ' be Stettin and the Oder, which m the deepening of the Oder-Spree or Hamburg and the Elbe. The Japanese are keeping up the discoveries of science. A serle* 16 reproductions of photegrap tained by means of the Roentgen has been issued by Profs, guchl and T. Mlzuno of Tokio u * l Father Quandel, the new a«* ths great Benedictine monaste. Monte Casino, was formerly an o In the Neapolitan army, having re 1 the rank of colonel at the time siege of Gasta. After the a Bourbons he became a monk. An English bicyclist, hauled W fore the Leeds pUice court for without a light, pleaded that i moonlight and thvre was no one. The magistrate was im » accent the excuse, but final > - ! £ » 2 cenU< deluding «m» w