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Love's First Sunburst I feared at" first 'twas a dlresome spell Of chills and fever upon me creepi. s. My breast in Its corsage rose and fell And the blood through my veins went hotly leaping. My brain was athrob with a strange de light. A sweetly delirious sort of feeling; My step was so rubbery and so light It seemed that my bead would bump the celling. And songs arose In this soul of mine As rich and ruddy as old port wine. . Then flashed a picture upon my brain In clear-cut lines of a handsome fellow Whose arms seemed strong as a golden chain. Whose voice, full ripened, was soft and mellow; And came a mem'ry of how last night lie sat with me as the hours went fleeting. Till pa appeared in a gown of white And said 'twas time to adjourn the meeting; " Then a whispering angel put me on "Twas the glad sunburst of my love's first dawn. Denver Post. : I : i Ttie Moment cf Vision. EY WILLIAM MXEOD RAINE. CCopyrlght, 1902. by Daily Story Pub. Co.) She held out the ring to him, smil ing in rather uncertain fashion, but Esterley noticed that she was very whit. He was savagely glad of it, for at the tims he was cold as ice and hard as iron. "Has the last word been said?" he asked without a trace of emotion in his voice. "Are you going to turn me away on account of a little thing like this?" "You may call it a little thing if you like. I don't. When one finds the man she is engaged to marry flirting with " "I wasn't flirting. I have told you that before," he answered doggedly. Eut of one thing you may be sure, Klise. If you send me away now I shall not return to you." "Ycu flatter yourself, sir, in think ing I shall want you back," she re torted. "Shall I lay the ring on the table, or will you take it?" He dropped the ring into his vest pocket, bowed coldly, and turned on his heel. Next moment the street door had clanged behind him. The girl sink into a chair and covered her face with her hands. Presently deep sobs began to shake her. Meanwhile Ned Esterley, in a moody, frowning silence, strode down to the Union Depot' with his suitcase in his hand. Fifteen min utes later he was on a train bound for Cripple Creek. He gazed out of the window without seeing any of the glory cf the winter sunshine, which fell in a sheen of splendor on the white-blue range of peaks in the dis tance. He was sick at heart, and bit ter against the girl who had misjudged him. What right had she to sen tence him before she had heard his vindication? What right to vote him guilty of disloyalty because she had found hfm with Kate Sanford's hand In his, her eyes swimming in tears? An hour passed, two hours; but Esterley took no thought of the flight of time. It might be five minutes since he had entered the train, or it might be five hours. He neither knew nor cared. His personal problem drove frcm his mind other considera tions. If Elise were going to believe There came a sudden Jar, which threw Esterley forward against the seat in front of him. He did not need to be told that the engine had been reversed, and the airbrakes set. There came to him the sharp grinding of wheels on the track, and with it the gradual lessening of speed. A moment later there was a horrible crash. The floor of the car rose to meet the roof. The last that Esterley remembered was plunging forward through the air. When he came to himself, he found about him a great pile of debris. He was deep hidden in what remained of the car a mass of broken timbers, of torn iron and of wrenched steel rods "Has the last word been said?" and some ten feet above him was the open air. A white dead fs.ce stared at him through the broken wreckage. Gingerly Esterley moved first one arm and then the other. They were free, and be went over himself coolly to es timate the damage. Except tor a cut In the bead he was quite unhurt, but 1 ! ... ; ! his legs were pinned down between two great timbers beyond the hope of ex trication. He tied a handkerchief around his cut bead, and began his attempt to free himself. Had the timbers come two inches nearer to gether, his ankles would nave been snapped like pipestems; had they been two inches farther apart, he would have been free. Esterley called to a passing brake man. The man stopped, looked around, and caught sight of him. He called to another man. "There's a fellow pinned down in "You, Elise? What are you doing here?" tjis second car, Norton. Send the gang here." Presently Esterley could see that men were at work with axes, saw3, and crowbars to rescue him. He had been conscious without thinking of it that the air was hazy with smoke, but his mind had taken no account of the fact. Now he heard a persistent, faint crackling sound. A horrible fear hashed through his brain, and he sleved his head round. The car behind him had caught fire. His heart con tracted and stood for a moment with a ghastly horror. Good heavens, he would be roasted alive, unless the res cuing party reached him in time! It was a race for his life. He could see that they were working desperately, but he could not help calling out to hurry for God's sake. He tried franti cally to draw his feet from the trap which pinioned them, but he only suc ceeded in cutting them against the timbers till the blood streamed from his raw ankles. Then he fell quiet, saying to himself over and over again, "Keep cool, Ned Esterley. Keep ccol. There must be some way out of this thing. Good God, there MUST." The sweat of agony poured from his face. How slow the rescuers were, and how fast the flames leaped toward him! He wanted to keep crying out to the men to hurry, but he bit back the words. They were doing all that mortal men could do. Gradually it dawned upon him that he was lost. Great volumes of smoke rolled between him the rescuers, -i-ell-icg him that they could not reach him in time. With the assurance after the first frantic rush of fear there came to Esterley a singular coolness. He drew his revolver frcm his hip pocket, and laid it on the crook of a bent red near hi3 hand, where it would be ready for emergencies. Then he got frcm his ccat pocket a note book, and from his vest a lead pencil. Org c- the brakemen above, hewing away at a cross timber, which barred their way. muttered to the engineer: "Good Lord, Norton. He's writing. Saying that we ain't likely going to reach him. Ain't he got the bully nerve? Esterley first carefully noted down the address to which he wanted his letter forwarded, then wrote bis let ter. Dear Elise: Our train bas just col lided with another, and I am pinned down in the wreckage. The train crew are working to get me out, but they will not succeed, for the wreck is on fire, and the flames rapidly spreading this way. I write this note as my last word to you, and after writing it, 1 shall throw the note book to the men outside. The crew have already been driven back from rescuing me by th j smoae ana names. io, tney .are DacK at 'it again almost within reach of me. but the smoke and heat are fearful. "Oh, Elise, girl, our quarrel was all a mistake. It was my fault for 1 should have insisted on explaining that I was interceding with Kate for young Dick Hazle. You know they were engaged, but bad bad a lover's quarrel. Good-bye, sweetheart. I have never loved any but you. Forgle my obstinate anger. I can write no more. The flames are all about me. Good bye till " The smoke strangled blm. Ester ley handed his notebook to the con ductor . with the request that it be forwarded. With singed hair and eye brows the trainmen pried at the tim bers which held him. The heat was unendurable, and Esterley fell back unconscious just as grimy bands reached for bim. Pata,lav low Xiiwim 1 -. 1 ccmatcse condition. He had an im-1 . t , " J pression that Elise was hovering about ! . , . .. ,. ' : the room, and he was told afterward . . ' . . it ,, , . "' j that be called continually for her. The m,iwi , .. third morning after the accident he opened his eyes to an understanding I . . tt.i!d .! him, smiling happily. The doctors had just told her that Ned would get well. "You, Elise? What are you doing here?" "Taking care of you." "Of me? What's the matter with Oh, there was an accident, wasn't 'there? How did you know of it?" "The conductor sent me your note book." "And about Kate ?" "It's all right, Ned. She came and told me all about it after you left. Will you forgive me, dear?" He nodded, eyes shining with joy. A PROFESSIONAL. PRAYER. The Odd Business of an old Negress in New Orleans. I "In one of the more unique quar-! ters nf "Mw nHpnnv T hftrii fnund nn t ' of the most unique characters I ever say in an old negro washerwoman," said a man who has lately taken up his residence in one of the more pop ular avenues of the city, "and she seems to be proceeding alone original lines in the main purpose of her life. wD,ir nikM D 1 incident to the general plan she car-1 ries out. She is an interesting old character and can quote copiously from the bible. This seems to be a hobby with her. She has some kind of construction to put on every line she quotes, too. She can tell you just exactly what it means from her way of looking at it. But this is not the point I had in mind. "Several days ago I got into con versation with the old woman, and she asked me if I didn't have some family washing to give her. I told her I did not. but encouraged the con versation, as I have a fondness for the negro of the ante-bellum type, finding them always very interesting. She finally threw a auotation from the bible at me, and it was followed byshe said: "I can recommend them to another, and still another, and so on. ' your royal highness, for I know your 'Say, boss,' she said after a while, ; excellency has never tasted better 'does yo' ever have anybody to do any pravin fo' yo'?' I told her I did not, and, becoming more interested in the old woman, I got her to unfold her scheme to me. She did it with- out any sort of hesitation. "She is a professional prayer, and makes no small sum out of it from what she told ma. She told me she was nravine once a week for the lady next door, who had employed her to pray for her husband to quit drinking, Yankee's fondness for whittling with althougn he is a very light drinker, to his jackknife, and on one trip buc my own knowledge. 1 he old woman ' ceeded in getting away with a large seemed to be very proud of her call- ine. and whatever other Deople mar sav about it she is an enthusiastic be-1 liever in the efficacy of her own nravers " New Orleans Times - Demo - craL Litigious JOHn Bull. As a race the English people must be very litigious, for judicial figures given out in a recent parliamentary return show that on the average, in 1900, one person, in every twenty-five in England and Wales . went to law during the course of the year. These are, of course, average figures, based on the fact that there were 1.310,680 civil cases begun during that year. i ne LflBoon wp P'""s these figures declares that 'the i can - tankerously litigious person and the tradesman who is unfortunate in the number of customers who will not .pay their debts bring up Lie average." Made Senator Kittredge Talk. Senator Kittredge of South Dakota takes pride in never saying more than 'Yes" or "No" to newspaper men. One day recently a correspondent in terviewed him, but was unable to get more than the monosyllables named in reply. Finally he asked: "What is the largest city in South Dakota?" Tie senator looked his surprise as he answered: "Sioux Falls. The cor - respondent bowed and left. Meeting an important eyewitness of the acci a friend a few moments later he said: j dent took the stand in the person of I have all you fellows beaten now. I have just added the words 'Sioux Falls' to Senator Kittxedge's vocabu lary." Modern Necessities. "What would you rather have," said the young woman who asks abrupt questions, "money or brains?" "Well," answered Senator Sorghum, "there used to be a time when wa were a simple and unpretentious peo ple, when mere money would suffice to win success. But now politicians have become so wicked and alert that you've got to keep your eyes open all the time to spend your money so that It will do yon some good- Take my word for It, you've got to have money and brains, too " iiuncs uirLunni ik amdi i iun. A Short Term l.i the Zanzibar Con sulship Generally Sufficient. Undesirable consulships have long given rise to humorous Incidents. Bir Zanzibar, to which the President haf appointed Mason Mitchell, a rough rider, seems to .be in the lead in un attractiveness, if the length of con sular terms proves any test, says th Washington correspondent of the Ne York Evening Post. Indiana bas usu ally claimed the honor of furnishing candidates for this place, but aftei the resignation of a man named Rog ers of Shoales, the Indiana senators notified the President that they were through with it. They had constitu ents who were willing to tak chances, but the senators were nol prepared to promise that these ven turesome individuals would stay more than a month. Before Rogers toofe the place it was held for nearly a yeai . ' . . . vate secretary to Senator Beveridge j , .. ,, , . and now consul at Valparaiso. Man . T ,, field came back, according to Indians , . . . . ' ... . -i.ti, descriptions, 'as thin as a toothpich - yellow as June butter " H ? i , 1 ,u ' .! said he had stuck it out as long as the insurance company would let him and that he returned to save his pre miums. Before Mansfield, there was an Indianian named Billheimer, de scribed as a husky Hoosier, with a large nose and frame pickeled iu materia. He was cured of diplomatic ambition in about two months, and has never asked for a place since. Before Billheimer, Judge Riley of Vir ginia served; he remained as long as his aversion to the negroes would permit. Finally, he is said to have taken a gun and emptied a load of fine birdshot Into the dusky natives who persisted in taking a daily bath in front of the American consulate, which, the Judge "allowed," was in indignity to be resented by this gov ernment's representative. HE LIKES FRIED POTATOES. Grand Duke Alexis Has a Favorite Dish, So They Say. Grand Duke Alexis of Russia is very fond of fried potatoes, and dur ing his recent visit to Paris he was wont lo ouy a lew every ua "uul woman in the street ana to eat them bee her sta11- The woman did not know him, but as he paid her in princely fashion she was very anxious to find out who he was. I can tell you who he is, said a neighbor one day. "He is Grand Duke Alexis, uncle of the czar and one of the greatest men in Russia." Utterly amazed, the woman asked: "In heaven's name, how should I ad dress him?" "Oh, call him 'Your Excellency, or 'Your Royal Highness, " was the an swer. The woman resolved to do so, and the next day, as she was sprinkling some salt over the smoking potatoes wnicn tne grana aue naa Dougnt, potatoes. i The grand duke burst out laughing, and Paid more for the potatoes than ne had ever Patd before, but he was annoyed at finding himself recognized and never returned to buy another potato, ! Girard Was Considerate. 1 ne of 8ea captains in the em- Plev of Stephen Girard had a rural Part oI the although, feeling that n was no1 witnout tno artistic sense, h really regarded the rail as greatly improved in appearance. When the 1 vessel came to Philadelphia Girard went aooara, maae a general inspec tion in the captain's absence, and, as be was about to return to shore, aslced I of th seamen who bad hopn eht. the rail The Beaman told nlm the captain, and then, afraid his tell ing mighi have unpleasant conse quences were the captain to learn of it in a roundabout way, informed that official of the interview with Girard. The captain was in terror of a repri mand, but, hearing nothing from his employer, supposed the incident eiosed. 3 n was about weiehlnsr anchor ready to leave port, a dray , ioaaed with 8hingles drove down to the wharf, and the driver hailed the vessel. "There must be some mistake shouted the captain. "Our bill of lading doesn't mention shingles!" This is where they belong! sung back the driver. "Mr. Girard, him self, told me to deliver them! He said they're for the captain to whit tle! " Standing on the Bias. During the trial of a street railway damage suit in one of the circuit branches of the sunreme court of the 1 District of Columbia a few days ago an elderly colored man. The plaintiff had been injured while the car was at a street crossing, and one of the at torneys was endeavoring to elicit-from the witness just where the latter was standing at the moment the plaintiff was struck by the car. "As I understand you," remarked the attorney, after a number of questions had been asked, "you were standing at the street corner diagonally oppo site the point where the accident oc curred." "No, sir, I wasnt, declared the wit ness. "I guess I was standing kinder sort er on the bias from the spot.- Wild Animals Kill Many. . Tigers killed 357 persons and pan- j thers 295 last year In the Indian cen AUDITORIUM STOCK . CONTEST. Number of Tickets Sold and Interest in It Increasing Every Day. Interest in tne Auditorium Stock Contest, which was opened in Omaha July 1, has increased steadily every day since that time ' and the project promises to be a great success in ev- ;ry way. The pan adopted for dispos ing of a sufficient amount of the com mon stock of the Omaha Auditorium Company to comp--te and furnish what will be the largest and handsom est building of its kind in the north west, is very simple. The common stock has been divided into shares of twenty-five cents each, and with each inare the purchaser is given two guesses, one on a special prize and one on a list of 1,001 prizes.' The capital prize of $5,000 in gold. contributed by the Defiance Starch Co. of Omaha, Neb., and 1,000 other prizes, ranging in value from $2.50 up to $3,500. contributed by the business men of Omaha, will be awarded im mediately after the election next No vember, but the contest for them has already opened, and will close Octo ber 28, or as much sooner as the shares of stock are sold. The capital prize will be awarded to ' the person guessing closest to the total vote which will be cast for governor of New York, November 4, 1902, and the other prizes to the 1,000 persons mak ing the next closest guesses. The total vote at the last five elections was: 1891. 1,165,085; 1894, 1,275.671; 1896, 1,434,046; 1S98, 1,359,190; 1900. 1,556, 520. There will be seven more special cash prizes, to be awarded the first and fifteenth of each month until .Novem ber, and persons buying tickets now have one guess with each share of stock on them as well as on the other prizes. Each special prize will be in cash, and not less than $50 nor more than $500. The prize, divided into small bills and "change" will be di vided and put into two sacks without being counted, and the person gues sing nearest the amount in the larger sack will be given the contents of both sacks. The contest is not confined to residents of Omaha or limited to any number of tickets. Anyone desiring further information or tickets should address Omaha Auditorium Co.. Omaha. N"K Salt Lake Still Falling. Salt Lake people, and especially the summer colony, are commenting anew this summer on the fact that the lake has been receding continu ously since 186S. I MUM 'S THE BUT SOME HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WILL BE GLAD When the Prizes are Awarded In trie V r v v , . Aiaditori-iroL Stock Contest TWENTY THOUSAND TO ONE the rafio of the Capital Prize to the Cost of an X X X You Don't Know About it. Write to The Omaha Auditorium Co Omaha, Capita! Prize $5,000.00 v 1,000 Other PrtzM Omaba. Hundrstls fi-izoa ? 9 MENTION $5,000 in Contributed by the DEFIANCE STARCH CO., - of Omaha Nebraska, to The Omaha Auditorium Co. to be given with 1.000 other PRIZES for the best estimate made on the vote to be cast for ALL candidates for Governor of New York aX the lection to be held Nov. 4th, 1902. EIGHT SEMI-MONTHLY CASH PRIZES from S50.00 to S5C0.OO. Free guess as to the amount, also ONE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK of the Omaha Auditorium Company. TICKETS. 25c EACH. A Chance to Win $5,000 for 25c by purchasing an Auditorium Stock Ticket. Write for prize list, or remit direct to V. E. Nettleton. Supt. The Omaha Auditorium Company. Omaha, Neb., giving estimate on the election and amount estimated for the Special Prize, and tickets will be made out and sent you. Here are the votes that have bn cast: 1891. 1.163.0S5; 1831, 1,273.671; UM, 1.424,046; 1S98. 1.359.1SU; lduO, 1,556,520. 1902, WHAT? V Chance for- Everybody. Mention this paper when you write. Address THE AUDITORIUM CO.. Omahn, Neb. $5,000 BIN GOLD-FREE For IS Trade Marks Cut from lOo Packages of DEFIANCE Starch To everyone who will end to the Auditor ium Co. or the De fiance Starch Co., Omaha, Neb., 15 trade marks cut from 10 ct. er II os packages of $6,000 IN GHDIjD or nm one of the 1.000 other prixes, If yen cannot s-et Defiance Starch, of your grocer we will send It to yarn express prepaM Including- one ticket upon receipt of the price t the starch. The Defiance Starch Co.. Omaha, Nebraska Since the awarding on July 16, of the first special semi-monthly prize in the Auditorium stock contest at Omaha, interest in it has been In creasing rapidly. The .prize, wnicn was contributed by the employing printers of Omaha, was $160.50 cash and was won by Ed. J. Hamilton of Wilsonville, Neb. The money form ing the special semi-monthly prizes i3: made up of gold, silver, nickel, copper " and paper money, and then divided and put into two sacks without be ing counted. Mr. Hamilton's guess was $133.33, which was the closest to the amount $132.54 in the larger of the two sacks. August 1 the Commercial prize, contributed by members of the Omaha Commercial club, will we awarded to the person guessing the closest to the amount in the larger of the two sacks into which it bas been divided. Each special prize is not less than $50, nor more than $500, and under the plan adopted there is absolutely no one who can tell what amount is in the larger sack until after it is unsealed. Aside from the special semi-monthly prizes, however, there is a great deal of interest being taken in the Auditorium stock contest This could hardly fail to be the case when there are 1,001 prizes hung up, headed with the $5,000 cash, prize given by the Defiance Starch Co. of Omaha, and the stock tickets are only twenty-five cents. Of course only one person will win the $5,000, and only one person will win a $3,500 house and lot in Omaha, but 939 other persons will also win prizes," every one of whicb will be worth many times the price of a guess. Persons securing tickets cow also have, free; an extra guess on the next special semi-monthly prize. The regular "prizes will be awarded Immediately after the election next November, in the order of their value, to the 1,001 persons guessing closest to the total votes cast for all candi dates for governor in New York state November 4, 1902. The votes for all candidates at the last five elections for governor, from which estimates of the 1902 vote can be made, were:' In 1891, 1,165,085; 1894, 1.275,671:' 1896, 1,434,046; 1898, 1.359,190; 1900. 1,556,520. Stock tickets, entitling the holder to one share of common stock In the Omaha Auditorium company, with two guessing blanks, may be ob tained at twenty-five cent3 each by ad dressing the Omaha Auditorium com pany, Omaha, Neb. In towns in Ne braska and adjoining states arrange ments may be made by responsible persons to represent the Auditorium company. WORD Auditorium Stock TJcJcet Twenty-five Cents - I Offered by THE DRPIAMCB STARCH COMPANY . . . by fctoe Bunlnesw .VI en of of Dollar- in Spcial 5 5 5 5 THIS PAPER Gold - On Sale from July m to UctatHT 8tb Agents wanted In every town. DEFIANCE STARCH will be sent an Adul torium Steele and Guessing ticket which sells tor 23 cts plvlna you a puess In this Teat contest to I tral provinces.