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
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
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 :
"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
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
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
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.
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.
"Yes'm. He tried to sell it to me
with the steak, but I made him take
It off the scales."—Cincinnati Enquirer.
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
Te b* ■■*•.
She—Young Spllkins appears to be !
a man of extensive views. He—To be
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.
X-RAY S DETECTDE ATH
DR. CARL L. BARNES MAKES A
New Light Sent Through a Corp«e—
The Picture Made In Darker Than
That Made From a Living Hod y — A
~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
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.
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
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
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
its stamp onter any ole thing at all
make money of it?"
"An* that'll give It value?"
"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.
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
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
orator and was formerly a successful
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
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
Nothing pleases a man so well as to
be asked if his eldest daughter isn't his
The slander of some people Is as
great a recommendation as the praise
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.
BETRAYED CY P LUM PUD3lN<J
Bnrg'ar Who Fo .-nt |„ g,^|
watchdogs and it is known that
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
| 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
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.
Th* Fol* Attract*.
The Boston girl has reasons
For all her freezing acts,
Because, from her researches,
She knows the pole attracts.
HERE AND THERE.
Brussels contains a clock which
wound up by the wind, and never
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.
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
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