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y St " i JS?Si Br " KfltfflBS&B 1 v P flB 9 B a 1m BvSi vi BvJ H k. Bvfl Vi B mmLmmf u vAvl va H Br Bfll i B3?MSHrJuff3k. &k kVi BB IBBn fl Bf vBvfl IH a vBBx s BBvJ WAva r BBVj R BBVH B 'BBB ITssLrly Sntosoriptiorx FOURTEENTH YEAR. BOYHOOD DAYS. S C BENJ. HOPKINS, 'Oft In boyhood days I -wandered 'Bound our bright and happy home ; , Jn tho meadows, through the woodland ' It "was my delight to roam. I knew -where the brightest flowers "8ent their fragrance through the air, ! "Where the squirrels were the thickest, And the gray fox had his lair. "Where the beo itB sweetest honey i In the hollow tree had stored, i Whore the prairie dogs and gophers, k In the ground their holes had bored ; ' 'Where the sweetest berries rippened, Just across the little rill, , 'Where to catch the trout and pick'rel ilt required the greatest skill. Then at night when play was over ' J Mower iuiiea me to my sleep, Ab4 prayed God that ever o'er me Me would watchful vigil keep: Prayed that He would keep her darling Ever co Oenoath Hia care - V Ifkat through life, Ha cares and trouble, He might never navo to share. Years have flown, I now am aged. Mother's voice is he-ird no more, But I know she waits to greet me When I reach that other shore. Boyhood's days aro long since over, All their Borrows, all their joy, But I'll ne'er forgot the pleasure That I hod when but a boy. BOTH LOST. Xrre and Death on Snowtop Mountain. BY GILBERT HOLMAN. CHAPTER L The sun was setting in a burst of lal glory after the sudden shower, EwttiinK the raindrops on every leaf jHbladc of grass into scintillating, rflSescent globules of light His anting rays falling on Snowtop, its roud head reared far above its sister 'lountains, lent its cola granaeur an iwonted rosy wai mth, In the valley, it below, the mists were beginning rise in vague, uncertain shapes, be reen which, when parted by the find, one caught the green gleam of A field in the almost unbroken ster- pn the outskirts of one of these labile spots stqod;VSo' cabin, a jriath of smoke-circling airily from js vstone chimney, suggesting, no J)ubt, a hearty supper to the "men ilks" as they trudged wearily in from be Held. which faced the "garbjen patch," tgerlv awaiting their coming, was a young girl, a half-dozen or more lazy dogs grouped fantastically around her. "Have ye heard the news!" she t asked turning her sparkling eyes on the group as t.hey came up, tall, sun- V. Xrarnt, uncouth creatures. They looked up with sudden interest "News" was to them, in their monotonous, nneventtui lives, a thing not to be ignored or despised. "What air that, Lucindy?" queried her brother Lon. Her eyes grew brighter, her dim ptecl face shone wita delight at pos wtsion of this bit of feminine gossip: Sophy Taggett war here this after noon, and she &aid that Eph Green had told the word down to the settle ment that he war a-goin' to marry Handy Fleer up to tiie meetin' house oa Saturday night. That's news for ye, now; ain't it?" She paused to hear their expres sions of suprise at this unlooked-for kappening. "And she ses to me, se' pphy, 4I saw Elmiry Green as I came Jp here, and she ses to me, se' she: 4f brother Eph air a goin' to get an ther housekeeper I4eave his house, ao, for I won't play second fiddle to v Jbody; I 'low that I can find another ,Jwne pretty speedy." ' And you aow what that means," added the Jfirl significantly, giving her pert, wrenlike head a toss. J She did not note how Lon's face kened, how he clutched suddenly the post a$rainst which' he was ning. "What do ye mean?" drawled her ng brother. Reub, interestedly. She glanced at him in disdain. UL-la, Beub Taylor! If I war so 1 blind as nnr, tn spr hnw T.nl'o pfaeetum has been traipsin' along of imiry breen as if he war her own cmer, ra quit," she asseverated. e'll marry Luke as sure as as" paused for a fitting "as moon- e." n had taken a step forward, his bed hands pressed close to b Lfahfc dTOU ' x wr 'i' 1 . 50. sides. "It's a lie!" he cried, his danr, angry eyes blazing into hers. "Ye have no call to couple her name with his. It's a lie!" he reiterated, his bosom heaving with wrath. The girl was so startled by this sud den outburst that for a moment she was speechless. Then, quickly re gaining her momentarily escaped con versational powers, she cried out an grily: "Did ye ever! Be ye turned a stark, starin' lajit, Lon? To hear ye a-jawin' there folks'd feel obligated to think ye loved the girl yerself." "And if I did or not" he respond ed, scowling at her from under his knitted brows, "ye had no call to speak their two names together as brash as if they war already mated." "Oh, hesh up, "harshly admonished their father. "There's many as well favored a girl as Elmiry Green in these hyar mountings, to my thinkin', and for -why ye go ravin' and ran tin' around about her 1 can't see." Suddenly round the corner of the house dashed one of the many dogs belonging to the placb,,jbearing a bone in his mouth, anotfierdog in close pursuit Beub, who, with lcp-s apart, stood gazing dreamily into space, was directly in their path. The fleeing animal, turning his head as he ran to look at his pursuer, ran full into the boy, sending him sprawl ing to the ground. The fair Lucinda became convulsed with laughter; she sank back upon a bench which stood on the porch, completely overcome; while Beub picked himself ruefully from the ground with many a sheep ish glance about him. "Mercy sakes! Do quit your noise and come in; the supper-air a-spiiin' on the table," came in querulous tones from inside the cabin, followed by the speaker herself. Grandmam Taylor pointed through-the open door with wrathful mien. "For the land of love," she cried, "if ever I see sich folks! Go in, all of ye." The men shuffled stolidly in and seated themselves, their habitually grave faces as impressive as though nothing of a disturbing nature had occurred; but during the meal, the less-staid Lucinda now and then broke into an explosive fit of mirth at remembrance of Beub's ludicrous downfall. But, though Lon had outwardly checked the anger which had so startled his hearers, his bosom was rent with a storm that was so fierce that, as he ate, it threatened every moment to choke him. He loved El mira with all the strength of his be ing, and the mere thought of losing I her awakened in him feelings which he himself had not dreamed of pos sessing. He had been blind, he told himself. A wealth of incident un marked at the time, flooded his brain, and he saw now, that although he had taken for granted Elmira's re ciprocation of his love, there was in reality no such feeling in her, bosom. Faintly through the distance there came to him a whippoorwill's mourn ful call, and its sadness seemed a fit echo to the sorrow in his rudely awakened heart CHAPTER IL Night was fast falling o'er the val- ley. The opalescent-gleaming mists ad vanced and fell back with the wind, now swirling downward, now rising in eddying columns up the rugged bluffs. Myriads of insects were screeching, croaking, scraping on every bush and tree. The mellow tones ot a cow bell were heard far up the mist-dimmed mountain path, growing momentari ly more distinct Presently a cow came shambling along the uneven way, followed by a rosy-cheeked, handsome girl. She was humming a blithe little song, its- measures timed to the pokes which slie was forced to give with her stick to the loitering cow, which paused every moment to take a surreptitious nibble at some un usually tempting bit of herbage. Suddenly the song broke off. A man had risen from the deep shadow of a rock and confronted the singer. A half-uttered scream escaped her lips. "A-la, Lon Taylor," shegasped in soic, coniraito tones: "now ye scairt me! I thought it war a ghost." ! She was laughing now and looking at ""H,,. .v. -sjft6..ar - -"v. J TV "" STOCK IPAJrNCa- THE BASIS OP1 OXJI2, INDXJSTie.lSS. ", s WA-KEENEY, KANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 him with swimming, loDg-lashed brown eyes. "Ye ain't afraid of ghosts, air ye, Elmiry?" he asked. "At this time of day ye can't tell what ye'll see," she replied, nodding her brown head sagely. "Just look at that," with a quick change of tone, as the cow, which, taking advantage of this brief respite from the prod dings of her enemy the stick, had been blissfully grazing, shied sud denly and fled precipitately down the path. "I must be after her. " He laid a detaining hand on her arm. "Let the cow-critter be; she'll find her way home. I want to talk with ye, Elmiry," he said, meeting her startled glance with beseeching gaze. "Let's go back the way ye came; it's pleasant there. " "I'm afraid," she demurred, with a little shudder; "it's so dark and lonesome." "There won't nothin' hurt ye," he responded, ' 'athout it's some qt them ghosts ye know so much about," chidingly. "Come along." She complied, with a coquettish toss of her head, and soon they were fcrudgink far ud thv mountain, en gaged in rustic badinage. Up and on they weuT a ao ea. grossed was shp in 9 - were raying that) tie- -sCdrc.j 'f4ji wnitner ineir steps were teujr g. Suddenly she paused wi,Ui a fright ened glance around. vL'on Taylor," she cried out sbriilyr "where have ye took mjPtor "We air on Spirit Bock!" Fearful, indeed, was the spot she found herself upon. From the nar row ledge on which they stood the mountain descended in a sheer, un broken fall. Far, far below, in the dim, peaceful valley, great cruel rocks gleamed whitely. A sudden wind sprang up; so fierce it seemed to the shrinking, terrified girl that she fell on her knees, clutch ing frantically the cold, unyielding rocks at her feet "O take me back," she implored him at last, when her first fright had passed. "Ye can't go back, Elmiry." he an swered, and his voice was so changed that she looked at him in quick alarm. "Ye can't take a step forward nor back. " His tones were full of resolve: there was now no beseeching look in his. eyes, for a fierce glow was in them. He stood regarding her, his arm folded across his breast "What do ye mean!" she faltered. "I mean that we must have an un derstanding right here and now," he replied. "Tell me, air ye a-goin' to marry Luke Cheetum? T ain't loved ye for nothin', girl, and I giye ye right here to choose between us. If ye won't marry me ye shant him, for I'll fling ye down the bluffs first" His voice was hoarse with feeling when he said tnis, and his eyes never left the startled beauty of the girl's face. "Just say ye'li marry me stiddier him, and I'll take ye back athout another word. Look down," he added, "and mark wfat's before ye; and remember ye hold yer life in yer own hands to-night, Elmiry." She dared not turn her eyes on the fascinating dimness of the valley be neath, lest, impelled by the awful grandeur . of the scene, she should lose her senses and be drawn down to certain death. She was at his mercy, for he com pletely barred the path by which they had come, and escape by any other means seemed impossible. Suddenly she sprang to her .feet unmindful of her proximity to that awful chasm. "Ye coward, " she cried out, disdainfully, a vivid spot of eclor ; on either cheek; "to threaten a girl like that! Let me back!" Her thick ! glossy brown hair had escaped its fastenings and swirled around her in the wind. One round arm, from which the sleeve had fallen back as she steadied herself against the wall j of rock, shone against its background like Parian marble. She looked litfe j an outraged goddess of the mountains, I whose wrath had been kindled by the folly of some weak mortal. "Don't fool with me," he said, scowl ingly. "Once for all ye must make up yer mind." He had taken a step nearer, and the blaze of their eyes met in a flash like lightning. A stone loosened by his foot roiled and Wly I r-' - --fr v ' 3? 'aSBBW'STF 5SSSTC& y -- , ' -' , - - 1 -s.- r - fell from the Jedge. He seized her wrist "Listen," he cried. They held their breaths. At last far, far below, it struck the rocks, tie echo of its fall ringing back and forth. She was white and trembling now, words of entreaty falling from her lips. Then, with the energy of de spair, snatching her wrist from his grasp: "Let me be," she cried. "I won't give Luke Cheetum up!" She turned as though to flee. To aer right stood Lon, a picture of fury; to the left she caught her breath with a little gasp of hope was a wide fissure in the rock on which they stood; safe on the other side she could hope to defy him until help should come. Coujd she reach it? she asked ' her self. A leap one hair's breath too short meant certain death on the rocks be low; yet, on the other hand, what more dare she hope to receive at the hands of the man at her side. Like a flash she turned and sped along tne narrow ledge; one quick spring and she had cleared the yawn ing space. Pebbles and sand rolled from her feet and sifted down the mountain side with a horrible sound. Lon, his face white with passion, stooi gazing across. "Ye shan't es cape me," he cried, taking a step -towarder. . Pale and defiant she faced him. 'Don't " she exclaimed: "as sure as ye try to reach me I'll push ye down!" Almost before the words had left her lips, before she tcould nerve herself for his coming, he had sprung across and clasped her in his arms. There was a sound of straining muscles, of labored, gasping breath ing. Two human forms, locked in each other's arms, swayed back and forth in deadly struggle. Nearer and nearer they approached that awful abyss. Back again from its very edge they fought. Fiercer and fiercer the struggle waxed. Would it never end? Ah! He made one last super human effort. Two breathless bodies went hurling down the mountain, struck the rocks, bounded forward, lay still! St Louis Republic. Working for His Former Slave. "What a great old whirligig time is, to be sure, " said G A. Schneider, a native of Louisiana. "There is in New Orleans to-day a man working for a negro he once owned, but lost at a game of cards. Before the war James M. Coleman was a well-to-do Mississippi planter. He owned thirty or forty slaves, had a fine plantation, and was what now would be called a 'high-roller. He spent much of his time at Memphis and New Orleans, and thought nothing of a blowout that cost him a cool thousand. One day he was coming down the river and indulging his weakness for draw poker, he lost his roll. He had a bright mulatto boy with him whose business it was to see that -massa' got safely to bed when he chanced to get an overdose of bourbon. He put the boy up against a thousand and lost Dissipation and the war ruined him in health and fortune, and two years ago he came to New Orleans in search of something to do that would provide him his daily bread. The boy he had sold had become a con tractor and employed several men and teams. He met his old 'massa' and employed him to keep his accounts and that is what he is do ing to-day." St Louis Globe-Democrat Interpreted the Passage Literally. "The beautiful and peaceful picture of the lion and the lamb lying down together is tame and ineffective com pared with the ideal brought home from Sundav-school bv a small oov last week. His mother noticed that he referred often to companionship with the beasts of the field. Inquiry revealed the interesting fact that Johnny had learned a hymn in which he thought he detected allusions to a time when he could play happily with all the animals which now he sees through cage-bars at the circus. The ! lines were: "Betakes the children to his arms and to his bosom bears." New York World. In many cases it is better to have loved andlpst than it would have been J wi nave won. ,"V & WW?n &W!Vfiai4mVr. '-? kj - " okrt-f.0. Tj.TO-f: PIitt " jv. utfuiaovovw " i " --s:VCci 00WIOS: 1893, ENGLISH AS THE JAPS WRITE IT. A. The Curiously wortled Advertisements , They Get Up In San Francisco. The thousands of little brown men from the mikado's kingdom who honor this city with their presence have made advertising an art, says the San Francisco Chronicle. They all want to work, and very few oc them are particular what their labor may be so long as it gives them opportunity to satisfy their only . ap parent ambition to study. Centuries of servility and serfdom have bred in the little men a polite- nfiRS t.hat. is alrin tr nhcpnuimicnode ; and they express it as best they 4 can in the poor English at their -command. One is a "Japanese good schoolboy, who wants a situation to stay a longtime and where he can get school time." He speaks English fluently, at least he tries to say so, . and will give the pleasure of his com pany to whomsoever wishes it at the rate of $2 a week. Like his iellows, he is industrious, studious, and plod-, ding, and will pore over his-books for hours. The "good home" -which he prefers to "high wages" wiH .undoubt edly reap advantages from, his "culti vated mind" and entertaining conn versatioh. i 'Another of his countrymen., lx.t "a gentle and faithful waiter with the best of references, but., will work only in a small family. Still an other is the "Japanese nice boy, ""Who will cook breakfast and lunch, but draws the line at ainner-in view of the fact, probably, that his employer may need him to grace the board, at the evening meal. Then there-is the "Japanese strong boy," who will wash the dishes for a consideration;. and the "Japanese young and' obedi ent boy," who wants a. job anywhere from a ranch to a saloon. There are scores of "Japanese- re liable boys, " who are devoted) exclu sively" to all kinds ot housecleanihg-,. especially washing windows- at 5 cent3 apiece an alarming cat on: currant rates very painful to the other "devotees" in that particular branch of labor. They are honest, Qareful,. unice and hardly without exception offen sively "well educated." They will cook, wash, clean, and do. all the various duties of the- house. They will clean saloons, milk cows, make candy, work as carpenters or on ranches, and one particularly com petent young man. offers his obedience and services as a druggist Work in the laundry- possesses no power to fright them, and many even will fight the temptation to study when they are pressed to go, into the fields as laborers. In various parts of the city they have established bureaus of informa tion and employment offices, where the unemployed congregate and com pare notes on English composition. wjvi a nTvwsvB nn wi rxAnv nwA lrksv enough, judging from their advertise-1 ments, to become particular. A few have the forethought to declare, in addition to their other qualiflc itions, that they have experience and will work only in select families. One of them will take his chances only in a "high-toned" family. He fails to ex plain just what a high-toned family may be, but he announces that he is the happy possessor of a dress coat and good references. Another of his experienced fellows is well educated and will go only into a store or an office, or, by a strong effo:t in the direction of self-sacrifice, into a nice family." The "want" columns are filled with the eurious applications of the little men. Money with them is no object agreeable sur roundings ail, and that is what they try to tell prospective employers who probably have not the slightest in terest in the fact. If it were possible to interpret the language of the butterfly would it probably be found that sho has a great deal to say about what a poor housekeepar the ant is. Neahly eTery man who attends a theatrical performance imagines that f he attracts the attention of the lea, ing lady .Y? 3f S y.aw,r:1rrr v- " & f " 5J -" , K- u paK rfLirA. - &-CR,OOKSr Iiropr. NUMBER 47: FIi:3&ND THISTLES. TTHE storm- ,hJp I to make the oak. If you wantta preach well .lit bright WHER(fiVlX there is i trust ia God thereris ret. THEtKabl!eg. that kili"are the ones wft borrow. The maniwko knowsGod knows how-to watohami wait God never i ailfc the man whaifMth fully speaks Hiss truth. No aiAN who is ruled by hfc-feelSaga can travel-in straight line. . Patience isthe gold we,-, ge&by going-through the fire of trial.! THErjnanriwho tries to deceits- God will not be.truie to anybody The dgvill&ets uneasy the- moment a.raao tladsotiJt he is a singer. THEmaiijwho has Christinas every thing God's-law requires of i hue. The more-mud the devilitbrows at a -Christian the cleaner he looks. The money changers were- in the templewhe-n Christ was micifled. Until we have given, ourselves to God! we have n't given Hi raj anything. About the poorest mani you can find. is.tlua rich man whatever gives. Eyery dollar a worldling makes is an-unanswered prayer for happiness. Ie we had to be judged by one an other nobody could ever-go to Heaven. No man who tries to. accumulate a great fortune has any; mercy on him self. One of the hardest things to do is toalarm.the man who. thinks he is safe. In getting riches .we- get a thou sand other things tfcat we didn't want toget It is only when the- Lord's forces are divided that the devil gains a victory. No man has anj trouble in pleas ing God whp loves his neighbor as. himself. Only about one prayer in a thou sand offered in ch.urch has any real meaning in it The right kind of a good man is all the time telling somebody some thing about Godi Faith can, move mountains, but love only caa make the desert blossom as the rose. The unchajiging decree of GckJ fs that no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. If the whole truth were known, the world would be full of people with banging heads. One tpwsble with the world? is that so many people have monj.rputa-. tion thao character. If ?e were not differestn, char- acterGod would not be abler, to. mani fest m&eb of bis grace. The right kind of a Christian character is something that the der il'smud won't stick to. Goi has filled th wrld with things that we can, see to tell us of things we cannot see,;. The love that men.ihaye. for little sins is the same kipd. of love that devils have for big qness About the mosttfoglish thing that can be done is to,t?y to. live a Chris tian lire witnout,reiigion. If there wei. no .stingy people in the church the devil, ould have b work a great dpal harder. God never ieara. the prayer of a man who looks up fc& money before hefcgets dowftojfc bjs. knees. Jretlgr. Hard. In the matter of picturesque ex pression there is: no one to excel at bright Hibernian. A judge, was questioning an Iriab-. mart, says an. exchange. sHetook sou by the throat and cfooked you, did he?" asked the jade. He didi sor," said Pat vr soor, he sooazed me throat till I thought he would make cikKefca . . f '",V 3 . -. fc 4t'U& wrryB Ml e Aaimt pw .3 r ..-: . . o 4 j c' "W :M s ' , ' Ji) ' r v iT it t.7. i i SPfefi 8 1 j A ff - ft, d.