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cv> » TOPOTu'SOT mw PM- ■••'f.'i.V.-î IN1HE WmUM YDIHMV , 8 « / & « n rm ip < I ✓ TMOHA5 HERNDON <2 m **V 7 * DfCK ÆEA L^i On a frozen trail of the north Dick Beals was shot to death by Mrs. Thomas ■Herdon while her husband r.tood by and ■Herdon while her husband r.tood by and prayed that her woman's hand woulu not fail at the trigger. The tragic tale has just come out of the ice-clad Yukon basin. It is the story of a husband who for three years tire lessly searched the highways and by ways of the continent, louking for the man who had roubed him of his wife. A chance clew led him over the ice and snow into the Klondike. There at last Herndon ran down the couple and discovered the extent of Dick Beals' duplicity. He found his broken hearted wife in the cabin of friends, and from her own lips the forgiving husband heard that it was only after Beals had Iby false proof convinced her that her absent husband was dead that she had consented to marry him and travel with him to a promised new home in the ■west. It was not the kind of meeting, nor the end that Herndon had planned. For years he had persistently searched for the couple, grimly determined that they should pay the penalty of their deceit and his dishonor. The discovery that his wife was guiltless only turned his thoughts with redoubled fury to the man who had wrecked both their lives. From all sides Herndon heard stories of Beals' brutality and .shameless pro fligacy, that fired his wrath. Long be fore Beals brought her to the Klondike he had tired of the woman whom he had schemed so hard to possess. In that far country, away from all restraining Influences, Beals flaunted his bold acts flagrantly and resorted to all sorts of fiendish devices to torture her. She stood it all until the drink-crazed man told her that Herndon was not dead, and that his own marriage to her was mere ly a mock ceremonv. Hal- stunned she had staggered to the Peterson cabin near oy and there Hern dan found her and together they deter mined to make Beals suffer a double meed of vengeance. After confessing his deceit to Mrs. Herndon Beals had gone to the cabin of his partner, Jeff Alexander, and de manded his share of the clean-up from their claim. Alexander tried to argue with the liquor-.renzied man, and re fused to give him anything until he was sober. In the heat of the dispute, Beals drew his revolver and shot 'his partner. /Without stopping to see how badly Alex ander was hurt, he seized their whole Store of dust from the cache under one corner of the cabin, jammed It into the wallet about his waist and started for town. He had a vague idea that he must flee the country in order to escape tin penalty for the murder and robbery. This idea took definite shape when, pass ing up one of the streets, he saw Joe Andrews' dog team drawn up before the North Star saloon. The sled was loaded with provisions; evidently Andrews had came down town to replenish his cabin stock, and was inside "pegging up" be fore he started on his homeward trip. Beals knew the merits of the team; he INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BOOKS AND BOOK LOVERS. 1 "ome one has collected for the St. Cames Gazette, London, a number of lit erary records that are worth while re peating. "The Rev. S. 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He coolly swung the leader into the traces, got the "barkies" moving and was soon making his way with them through the out skirts of the town. Several men saw him handling the team, but conclude., that he had rented it from Andrews. Andrews ran upon one of these men when, some two hours later, he stum bled out of the North Star, whip in hand, ready to journey home. An active search through the Beals' haunts revealed that he had robbed and only slightly wound ed his partner. It didn't take those hard-headed miners long to put two and two together. But Beals had now five •hours' start, and one of the best dog teams in the country to boot. They rea soned that he was striking for either St. Michael or Nome. Andrews started in pursuit. Matters were in this condition when the Herndons were ready for the man hunt. A few hours later after Andrews left they too were headed over the snow and ice to reach Beals. At Anvil they over took Andrews, who had broken his leg. Before the accident, however, Andrews; had followed Beals far enough on the St. Michael trail to discover the point where Beals swung off in the direction of the "eighty mile cut off" to save 300 miles on the trail up the coast to Nome. Beals had used every article at his command to hide his tracks, and leave the impression that he had crossed the ice on the river and continued down stream, but hawk-eyed Andrews, was too crafty a snow-tracker to be caught by 100.000 pounds. The most voluminous living novelist Is Miss Braddon, who has published over fifty novels and in numerable stories, and whose pen is said to have been worth to her more than 100,000 pounds. Now let us make some American com parisons. "Ben Hur" has exceeded 500, 000 copies some time ago, and "David Harum" is now in its 505th thousand. The largest sum ever paid by an Ameri can publisher for a serial story was 5.000 pounds, the price of Kipling's last story, "Kim." The largest volume pub lished in this country is the last vol ume of the "Publishers' Annual Trade List," which is 9 inches across the back. The smallest volume has recently been issued by a Cleveland publisher. The book is three-eights of an inch by five eights of an inch in size and about one-fourth of an inch thick. The print can not be read without the use of a powerfu magnifying glass. During the Z_X pT|f i «■ : BJ X , ■6** / ms Ok <A' lift m I I LQ IS tD u/ --— for you. There, there, my dear, be calm! I know you do the best you can, but really making biscuits is too heavy woi k ou, so I'll hire a cook tomorrow!'' 'fry*? 8 R> THREE QUICK RLROKTU an? bEAL!) TOPPLED OVER such tricks, and he hurried back -to An vil to outfit for swifter pursuit,,. ,, Here the Herndons found him, chaf ing under delay, and he joyfully turned over his fresh team and outfit to these new pursuers. Herndon and Andrews both tried to make Mrs. Herndon give up the chase, but she was obdurate and nerved with the strength of outraged womanhood. So the Herndons set out again, and in order to avoid carrying too heavy a pack, they took only enough provisions to carry them to the cabin of Charley McKeon, where they could outfit again for Stuart's place on the coast. Seven teen miles out of Anvil they came to the place where Beals had swung into the "eighty mile cut off" trail. There were no turn offs on that lonely trail; to turn off meant to get lost, to court death. There were only two ways to travel It, to go forward or to turn back. If his enemy's heart failed him, and he turn ed back, Herndon was there to confront him and take his revenge. If he pressed forward Herndon knew he could over take him, for his team was the fresher. The Herndons made rapid headway over the snowfields. Their first setback rl year 1899-1900 there were printed and sold 2,500,000 copies of but ten different books, an average of 250,000 for each book. It was an American who not long ago paid $50,000 for a single volume, the highest price ever paid for one book. SHALL CHURCH LAW OR CIVIL LAW PREVAIIP The supicme court of Queens county, New York, in the suit brought by Jose phine Breuer, of Bay Side, for the an nu'ment of her marriage to Charles Breu er of Great Neck, L. I., must decide whether a violation, of the canonical law of the Carbolic church which is not a violation of the civil law of the land shall be accepted as a valid reason foi dissolving the marriage tie. Mrs. Breuer's maiden name was MI iang. Her home in Bayside and her fam ily is well-to-do and eminently respecta ble. She is a devout Catholic. When fe.TjsWii S! WE »! rj>* P* rmroos was when they came to tne giant boulder, which Anderson warned them riJrt up sheêT' 300 feet, just off the trail, and for miles around was the landmark of McKeon's cabin. But search as they might . icy could discover no cabin, j Tueir provisions were almost gone, and with no chance to replenish their store tney could not continue the pursuit. Without provisions, it was almost hope less for them to try to return to Anvil, in vain Herndon's eyes roved over the surrounding leagues of snow, eagerly hoping for some sign of the cabin. It was Mrs. -.erndon who finally suggested that the cabin might be buried in one of the g.ar.t hummocks of snow. Herndon started to dig on the spot where Andrews had described the loca tio nof the cabin. Presently „is heart gave a thumb. He had struca a log, and a little later he had broken into the door of the cabin. , McKeon was huddled up in his hunk— dead. His, pitiful story was only too 'plainly written in his surroundings. He rl had fallen sick and had reacheu a stage jwhere he was too weak to help himselr. .Then the blizzard had raged anout his 'cabin, had frozen the impoverished blood weàlthy Mr. Breuer came a-courling her ^slio objected to him on the ground that was a divorced man whose former wife J whs still living. Mr. Breuer did not accept his rejection as final. He became more ardent and at tractive than ever, and after a time pro posed again, alleging, so Mrs. Breuer now states in the complaint in her suit, that the insuperable obstacle had been removed by the death of his first wife. Miss Milang, acceptiing this statement as true, yielded to the persuasions of her family, and consented to marry the rich suitor. She stipulated, however, that there should be a civil as well as a relig ious ceremony, and that each should be con lucted quietly and without display. On June 23, 1900, the couple accom panied by a few friends, went to New York, and the civil marriage was per formed by Alderman Bothman in the city hall. On their-way to Great Neck, where the o*r. ^ and had finally entombeu him in the snow-buried cabin. Herndon could do nothing but leave a note for chance travelers in the spring who couid bury the bones when the ground was thawed. He hurriedly made up his provision pack anti with re doubled energy he and his wife started a;rain in pusuit. The next afternoon his roving eyes discovered the signs where Beals had swung off the trail to the northeast, evi dently aiming to strike the coast above 'Stuart's. The crafty man was taking no chances of being caught at .-mart's, or of leaving any tidings to pursuers, that he had lien there and was on his way up the coast. A little later they came upon Beals' camp of the day before. There they found that the rations for his dogs were evidently short, for the hungry animals had eaten most of their walrus-hide harness during the night. Bits of blanket and canvas were strewn about .showing how Beals had contrived to mend it. They knew that Beats was being driven hard, and they realized that he would find no succor in the desolate, lonely country he had elected to cross rather religious ceremony was to have taken j dead. She was still alive, he admitted, place, Mr. Breuer, according to Mrs. Buerer's sworn complaint, believing that the irrevocable step had been taken, con fessed to her that he had deceived her in declaring that his divorced wife was F ainting Spells "When T was 17 year* old I wm nearly nix feet tut), nml 1 evidently outgrew my strength. My health l*eg;tn to fail, and in spite of the lient uiedicul attendance I continued to grow worse, l'imdly I beatme no weak that I could not »rand up alone. My blood was thin, I had no color and no appetite. 1 was subject to fuinting spells which came on nearly every day, ami was as tnisernM*' ns it was possible to be. When it was seen that the puysiclun's treat ment was deiner me no good my parents bought many kinds of medicines for cio, but I con tinued to fail. "One «lay a gentleman told my father of Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pule People and 1 con- \ sented to try them. I was surpris**« l and greatly y pleusod to And that good results followed tne use of the first box. and I continued taking the pills. My appetite Improved at on«» and my ctrengih return«.*«!. I tool; five boxes of the pills and they cured me. My health is now ex cellent, 1 have a good color, anti feel active and strong. ••Both ray mother and T have recommended the pills to others, and some of my friends have been greatly heneiite«l by them. I would rec ommend Dr. Williams' Pink Pills to all who are sick and tu ms*«! of a good uuMlctne." EUNICE BOOTH. 205 Cayuga Street, Syracuse, New York. 'if, *!!H1 it Miu Ivsici Boom. Dr.Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People are sold !«y all druggists or will ba sent post paid on receipt of price, 50 cents a box, or six boxes for 12.50 (they are never sold In bulk or the Address Dr. Williams Medicine Company, Scheuectndy, N.Y. than face the danger of being stopped at Stuart's. Now that their quarry was almost at hand, they pushed on with a reckless impatience that was almost their undo ing. In crossing a small stream Hern don slipped and fell through a hole in the ice into the water. Without thinking oi the consequences, be removed his mittens in order to wring tne water from his clothing. His left hand was frozen stiff in the cold air and the right one was almost useless. But he gritted his teeth and bent to the pursuit more resolutely than ever. Next morning far over a long stretch of snow they caught sight of some mov ing black objects. Presently the objects dropped out of sight behind a ridge o£ hummocks. Another dip in the snow and they loomed into sight again. The man ahead was having trouble with his badly hadnessed dog team. On the next rise the man stopped to mend the weak harness and casually looking back he saw the figures of pur suers, black on the white field. He whip ped out liis revolver and prepared to make his last stand. They came closer—so close that they were within fifty paces. Each knew there must lie no mistake in that first P-stol tire. Then Dick Beals recognized the Hern dons—the man and the woman against whom he had sinned the deadliest sin. He shook like the craven thing lie was at heart, and his bullet hew wiio. Hern don's did not ring much truer, for the half-frozen hand was unsteady. The bul let ploughed through Beals' leg. He swung half around, then caught himself unsteadily, and blazed away, the bullets singing wildly through the air. There were three quick, sharp reports^ Beals toppled over; then Mrs. nerndon dropped a smoking revolver. Her woman's hand had fired the fatal shot. She had audited their account with the brute. Somewhere on the steeps far above the "eight mile cut oft"' they left the body. The Herndons managed to get the stol en dog team to Nome, where some min ers agreed to return it to Andrews at Anvil. They told them how Beals had paid for his crimes with his unworthy life. Since the Herndons, left Nome no word from the; i -ir.s reached the sym pathetic Klondikers, who hold that they were justified in killing Beals. The wronged husband and wife have disap peared. They have probably gone to soma distant land where they can patch to gether their broken lives. and he misled her simply to win her con sent to their union. The complaint recites that Mrs. Breuer horrified by the discovery of his ciupli« city, left him on the spot; that she has never since lived with him, and that the marriage has never been consummated.