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PART 2 1 PAGES 9-12
VOL. XXX11.-NO 139. HELENA. MONTANA. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 21, 1891. PRICE FIVE CENTS
THE FIRE-WORSHIPPER'S SECRET.
WRITTEN FOR THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT.
BY ANDRIE LAURIE. TRANSLATED BY A. C. TOWNSEND.
CHAPTER 11. T
A 15512 20o 2512 limi-woasmlPI 52
HE young girl,
Goncha -- Nichin's i
granddaughter,
was standing
ready to receive
the visitors, as if
forewarned of
their arrival. Her
extreme beauty
and her presende
among such sur
roundings formed
another surprise
for the young
Frenchman and
his sister, and,
indeed,there could
have been no greater contrast than that be
tween the stern old patriarch and this
lovely fair-haired girl.
"Leila, my child, bid welcome to our
guests, of whose coming I have told you."
The girl advanced, and with perfect grace
and ease spoke a few words of welcome in
the sweet tones of her oriental tongue.
Another and still more surprising intro- I
duction was to come, however. The white
panther, which must have been lying in
some corner of the cave, arose, and with
one graceful bound was at the feet of the
group. Catherine could not restrain her
self from uttering a little cry, and starting
back in pardonable fear, while Maurice
quickly drew his revolver, ready to protect
his sister from the beast.
"Fear nothing, young lady," said Goncha
Nichin quietly. "Animals can recognize
those who are friendly and pure of heart.
My panther will not hurt you. Caress him, 1
I beg of you, and seal the compact of
friendship between you."
Catherine, though still considerably
frightened, held out a timid hand toward 1
the magnificent brute at her feet. The
panther, with a movement full of grace,
rose on his hind legs and bent his head
toward the young girl's shoulder. Buddenly
relieved from all fear she leant forward
and lightly kissed the forehead of the af.
fectionate creature, who then sank to his
feet and frisked around as if to bid further
welcome to his master's guests.
The incident, however, and the strange
ness of the spot to which he had brought
his sister and himself, had caused a feeling
of distrust to enter Maurice's mind. He
was fast commencing to regret his coming,
and especially his sister's presence, and was
about to frame some excuse for returning
to the open air when the lire-worshipper, as
if in answer to his unspoken thoughts, said:
"Be not impatient, young Feraughi. The
business which brings you hither shall be
dealt with when you are rested and have
refreshed yourselves. Permit a poor man
to exercise the noblest heritage of his
fathers, hospitality toward strangers."
Maurice bowed courteously and the old
man, motioning to his guests to seat them
selves upon the laxarionscushions, clapped
his hands together.
A curtain which hung before the entrance
to an inner room was withdrawn and a
handsome lad, whom Leila and her grand
father addressed as Hassan, entered. In
his hands he bore a bowl of clear. cold
water which he placed before the visitors
that they might rinse their hands. Then,
to each of them, Leila offered one of those
wooden spoons with marvellously carved
handles, which are only seen in certain
parts of Persia, and with which they wois
soon enjoying a most delicious conserve of
pomegranate, oranges and lemons cooled
by the purest snow from the summit of
lofty Mount Elvend.
When the travelers had refreshed them
selves Leila seated herself beside Catherine,
whom she regarded with a naive but by no
meass unpleasing ouriosity, and before long
the two girls were chatting togethiir and
commencing an acquaintance which was to
ripen into the firmest friendship. The boy,
Hassan, lay at their feet, teasing and play
ing with the panther, who seamed to enjoy
'the sport as if he were some gigantic kitten.
The fire-worshipper had with
drawn with Maurice to another part
of the chamber -cud the two w-re
in the midst of a long and eager discussion
on the subject in which both, though from
different motives, were equally interested,
After Maurice had again recounted the dif
ficulties lie had met with and the obstacles
which had been placed in his way through
what was evidently the jealousy and schem
ing of Professor Haseelfratz, the German
savant, he explained more fully to Gouch,
Nichin the mission which his friends, Lieut.
Guyon and Dr. Hardy had undertaken for
him at the court of Teheran.
His tone, however, did not imply much
confidence in the probable result, and the
old fire-worshipper at last interrupted him.
"Young man," he said, "1 can read your
real and inner thoughts. You have little
faith in the success of your friend's efforts
with his majesty the shah. You think they
will be as finitless as your own remon
etiances with the governor of Hamadan.
Perhaps 1 am of the same opinion, though I I
express' it not. You would rather that I
counselled resistance against this gov- I
cinor's tyranny and abuse of his s ower.
Believe me, if 1 allowed myself to
follow my own inclinations, it is not
submission that I should preach or that I
should practicse"-and the old man's eyes
shone for a moment with a strance, fierce
light-"no! but I have learnt, and in a hard
school, that the silence of scorn is the best
shield with which to oppose unjust and
brutal force. What I now advise is this:
Feign acquiescence with the governor's or
ders. Let your friends proceed to Teheran
-and further, do you yourself make believe
that you are bound upon a similar errand.
If necessary abandon the work you have
begun. Let the grass grow again upon the
ezeavationf."
"And what then," asked Maurice impa
tiently.
Saolve the difficulty, as long ages of op
pression have taught my race to do. Fight
the enelcy with his own weapon; guile sins
deceit! He will not allow you to work by
day-then wmirk by night and secretly. At
the foot of Mount Elvend there is a shaft
running deep iiito the bowels of the earth.
It is the Gol-Hiek, and the spot is lrnowii
to none save myself, If we extend
the opening according to plans which
I can furnish, we shall arrive at
a branch which will lead us to the goal we
both desire. Do you yourself come with me
to-night and explore this Gonl-Hek, thongh
I warn you it is an enterprise by no means
free from danger."
"Danger?" cried Maurice: "what care I
for thet? Tell me, at what hour will you
start?"
"To-night when the moon has set."
"Agreed I"
"So he is. At midnight I will meet yon
at the foot of Monut Elvend, near the pillar
which marks the spot of smaie muassacre
done long years sago. I shall he there, and
together we will descend lino Gonu-lek."
All exE~itement at the prospect of the pro
jected expeditlon, and of a seasestlon to his
present enforced idleness, Maurice was now
eager to return to his own camp and pre
are for the night's work. Having taken
leave of Leila and the bo~y Hesen. Cathber
ine and her brother, followed by Gargari4i,
who had been alumbering peacefullf in' a
corner, on a huge pile of cushions, were
conducted by the fire-worshipper to the
outside of the grotto.
The horses were still there. Gargaidi,
hurrying forward, endeavored to make
them rise to their feet. They would not
move, spite of his vigorous eforts and an
occasional kick, but remained as motion
less as statnes. He was rapidly losing all
patienee, and to indulge in smothered ab
jurgations, when Gouoha-Nichin advanced
with a ourioue smile upon his face. Placing
the palm of his hand upon the forehead of
each of the horses in turn, he spoke some
word in a strange language. Immediately
whinnying as if from pure joy, the animals
jumped to their feet and impatiently pawed
the ground, full of life and spirit as a mo
ment before they had been immovable and
inert.
"So do our four-footed friends," said the
old man, "who are considered ignorant by
those themselves ignorant, recognize their
true friends and understand things that are
hidden from most mortals. May the divine
fire protect you, friends, and the sun be
ever with you."
He re-entered the grotto and the young
people rode rapidly away toward their
camp.
CHAPTER III.
couL-sEE.
Punctually at midnight, as the moon sank
slowly below the horizon, Maurice arrived
at the ruined monument which had been
made the meeting place. As he approached,
a figure, which had been seated a few paces
from the pillar, arose and saluted him. It
was (ioucha-Nichin. With one hand he
leant upon a long bar of iron, in the other
he carried a ladder of stout rope. Maurice
would have relieved him of his burden, but
the old man refused.
They set out upon their way. It was a
beautiful, calm night; since the disappear.
ance of the moon, the stars seemed to shine
with redoubled brillianey, and furnished all
the light the explorers required. The fire
worshipper walked in front with a firm and
steady tread, his white robes showing
clearly through the gloom. Maurice fol
lowed, silent and wrapt in far from cheer
ful thoughts. The hindrance placed upon
his work grievously troubled the young
savant, and the whole day had been one of
excitement and fatigue.
From time to time the fire-worshipper
would come to a halt and look upward as if
determining his whereabouts. Strange
words would fall from his lips, which his
companion could only conjecture to be
some unknown tongue. Evidently they
were incantations, as the old man would
raise both arms above his hand as he spoke,
letting them fall slowly down again to his
side; his face, turned toward the heavens,
bore the expression of one waiting for some
supernatural sign. He appeared oblivious
of the young Frenchman's presence.
Gradually the latter became imbued with a
feeling of distrust. The thought suddenly
struck him that these mummeries-as he
described them to himself-of Goncha-Ni
chin were indulged in solely for the sake of
impressing himself. He quickened his
steps, and laying his hand upon the old
man's arm, said in a suspicious tone, "What
THE SAGE EXTENDED HIS ARMS.
are you seeking, Gauoha-Nichin? Did you
not tell me that you know where Goul-Hek
lies?"
"1 do, young man."
"Then why not go straight there, without
these stoppages?"
"Stranger, I am questioning the stars,
seeking to ascertain whether I am com
mitting sacrilege in allowing a feraughi
and unbeliever to penetrate a apot which
has never yet been soiled by infidel feet.
May Mithra keep me from any impious
crime, even if it is done in his divine in
terests!"
Hie stopped short.
"What interests?" asked Maurice, ab
ruptly.
The fire-worshipper folded his arms upon
his breast and, with head bent down, stood
quite silent.
"Answer me!" cried Maurice angrily.
The old man still remained dumb, but
suddenly lifting his head and raising both
hands to heaven, he cried:
"Enlighten mee. Mithra! Atft! you, stars
of the night, immortal planets, deign to
have pity on the humblest of your servants!
Let the mysteries of prophecy be revealed
to sue! (live me power to correctly
interpret the mystic words! Through
fasting and prayer have I pre
pared myself! With tears have I ho
sought the light of understanding! May
all evil come upon me if, in imprudence
and impiety, I have falsely assumed this
young stranger to be the one of whom The
Book has spoken: He who will come from
out the west to arise again the glories which
are past and gone."
"What on earth are yon talking about?"
asked Maurice, as the fire-worshipper
paused and heaved a deep sigh.
Suddenly an access of frenzy seemed to
seize him.
"Enough!" he cried. "Ask me no more,
rash youth! Forward, where the stars load
thee! Follow thy destiny! Fulfill the proph
coloe! And rejoice, oh son of a young and
ignorant race, that it is thy hand which
Mithra has selected to execute his Saurets.
Forward! The stare have so ordained!"
With frenzied manner the old man re
sumed his march. and Maurice, his curiosi
ty more than ever aroused, followed be
hind. Their way lay along an almost
invisible path, skirting the foot of the
mountain. Often they were forced to eat y
down the bushes and thorny briars ith ii
which the plain was covered; the gr nd b
was thickly strewn with sharp-edged oks v
which out and tore the fire-worship re's u
bare feet. But, heeding nothing, he hu red t
on as if pursued with wings and, spi of f
his youth and strong limbs, Maurice ad f
no little diliteulty in keeping pace with Ito. a
After about an hoar of this hard t vel, c
Goucha-Nichin stopped short and t ned t
his face towards the city.
"Behold us at our journey's end," h said
in a quiet voice. "The destinies are )out r
to be fulfilled. Wait! and when Fr yon I
shall have gone to reat and Altair she ap- t
pear above the horizon I will lead u to F
the depths of the mystic well. Evil, rice I
evil, fall on thy head, stranger, if ev the I
secret is betrayed!"
"It is useless endeavoring to fri ten
me." said Maurice, quite unmoved. ' am i
not a child, and believe moe, it is quite lain I
to me that you are salving your owaods
in revealing the secret to me. Youn own
words have shown it. Let us move fo ward I
then. All the stars of the universihave
nothing to do with us or our work, a d we i
are losing valuable rime."
In spite of the gloom Maurice conkl see
the fierce look the old man cast upoghim.
Barely, however, had a few seconds iased
when Goucha-Nichin cried:
"Altair appeara! The stars have spiken!
Forward!"
He hurried, with sure footsteps, to rd a
low-growing :bush. He tore acid its
branches and through their net-work au
rice could see, wish the aid of the lainern
which the old man had lighted, a large lat
white stone.
"Behold the entrance," said Go ha
Nichin in a solemn Voice; "abandoned ong
years ago, this well has never been k
to the common herd; only the priests n
those initiated have penetrated here. :
amine your inner self, Feranghi. Rteoad
own heart! If it contains a single blao or
evil thought, if there is within you the
slightest lust for wealth or power, if por
intentions have the least stain of selfh
nees, if, in a word, your soul is not as pre
as that of a babe who first sees the lighliof
day, beware of entering this sanctualy!
There is yet time to draw back. Reflict
well, and be sure that the ruler of the hedr
ens can read every thought within yon!" |
"And do you, on your part, examine yo~r
own soul," said Maurice, somewhat nettldl,
"and if you consider yourself pure enouo
to enter there, proceed. I will follow you'
The fire-worshipper stepped back a pa
and drew a deep sigh. After a pause, ho
ever, he advanced again and handed
Maurice the heavy iron bar.
"Your arm is young and strong, Ferang
hi," ihe said. "Raise the stone, and maj
Mithra protect us!"
Maurice seized the bar and carefully in'
sorted one end under a corner of the stone
With a vigorous effort he succeeded in rail-,
ing and overturning it upon the ground.
Before their eyes was a black and yawning
hole.
The fire-worshipper extended his arms
and in a loud voice once more pronounced
an incantation in the same unknown tongue.
Then taking the rope ladder which Maurice
had thrown down when using the lever, he
fastened its iron clamps securely to the
edge of the well, down which he dropped
the ladder,
"Follow me," he directed; and descended
into the blackness of the hole. Maurice
followed him and on reaching the end of
the ladder-some dozen yards, perhaps
found that he was within easy reach of the
ground beneath him. Jumping from the
ladder he saw that he was upon the topmost
of a flight, of broad stone steps. These the
old man had already commenced to
descend, carrying the lantern in his
hand. Maurice proceeded in his wake,
down what seemed an interminable
number of steps, but which finally came to
an end at the same time that the light grew
slearer and much brighter. The fire-wor
shipper was waiting for him at the entrance
to a narrow, windiogpassagewhichbrought
him to a circolar, or rather hemispherical,
chamber, for the rock had been hollowed
out so as to form a dome of perfect round
ness, and of about twenty meters in dia
meter.
"And now," said Goucha-Nichin, stand
ing before Maurice and holding his lamp so
that its rays fell upon the latter's face,
"everythinu depends on one thing-your
ability as a man of science to determine for
coetain in this place the various quarters,
north, west, east and south."
"Nothing more simple," answered the
archicologist, drawing from his pocket a
well tested compass. "This will tell us all
we wish to- know in that respect."
"1 have already watched you while you
made use of it. But can you, by its aid,
discover which is the north, down here, be
low the earth and with nostars to help you?
Is it true that you can correct the slightest
imperfections in its indications and adapt
them to the annual change in the exact and
true northern point?"
"Certainly."
"So 1 heard," said Gouoha-Nichin, "but I
would wish to verify it. And if it is re
quired to indicate the east, is your instru
ment equally infallible?"
"It will point it out for me without a
doubt. 1 have but to take a perpendicular
line from the center on the right side of the
needle, and this line will indicate the east
as surely as the needle itself pointa to
wards the north."
"And suppose that one found oneself in a
gallery north and that it was necessary,
having excavated in that direction, to
branch off towards the west, would your
compass still furnish correct indications?"
"Yes, yes, yes," cried Maurice, impa
patiently. "I am surprised at a man of
learning such as you are asking we such
childish questions."
"Well, if it is really so," said the fire
worshipper, ignoring Miauriee's abruptness.
"1 will undertake teat we sans dnd a subtes
ranean passage which shall load us to the
wall of Ekbataun. We must first dig due
north a distance of five score and seven
cubits, then to the west for a distance of
nine and forty oubits, keeping on an exact
level with the chamber in which we now
stand. 1 will be responsible for what than
remains. I)o you, Foermnghi, feel confident
that you can solve the problem of measure
ment?"
"I have no doubt of it whatever. But tell
me, what measures we can take to avoid
being observed at our work. I would not
on any account expose our laborers to the
vengeance of the governor.
"If my aged arms were but as stronra as 0
yours, we would ask for no assistance. But h
it is necessary. Those laborers, those gue- Vl
bars that I have secured, for you are trust- ti
worthy; they dare not but obey me, their e
mobor, and I will explain their duties to g
them. Work is now abandoned on your p
former excavations, but each night a small
force of my men shall come here and dig b
according to our orders. They' will ask no
questions, nor will they open their mouths p
to others. As for your sister, whom it .
would not be safe to leave in your camp f
during your absence, Leila shall receive A
and care for her in my habitation. During
the day you can resume your usual life,
taking care that all your words and doingse
shall be reported to the governor by his t
hirelings; so you will deceive him during -
the day, while at night you take your re
venge and prosecute your work."
"Agreed,' said Maurice. "If you wish to
commence to-morrowyon will find me fully
prepared."
"Lot us ascend," said Gonoha-Nichin.
They retraced their steps and mounted the
ladder to the open air. Drawing it after
them, they then replaced the large stone in
its original position and set out upon their
homeward journey.
CHAPTER IV.
TuE BUIsrERiRANEAN JOURNEY.
The next exening Maurice and Goucha
Nichin were again at Goul-Hek, but this
time with a force of a score of laborers who
had arrived one by one, silently and like so
many shadows in the deepening gloom!
Leila and Catherine were together in the
fire-worshipper's cavern, guarded by young
Hassan and the panther.
The men at once set to work in the direo
tion which Maurice indicated to them, and
it was soon apparent to him that the old
man's boast concerning the fidelity of his
gueber followers was well founded. At
sunrise all ceased from work and having
mounted to the upper ground quietly dis
persed in different directions, Maurice
eventually returning to the camp in com
pany with his sister Catherine. So it went
on for several days. At first the work of
excavation was most difficult, the rock
through which they had to cut their way be
ing of the hardest description. Neverthe
less the guebers, encouraged by their leader,
were untiring in their labor, and steadily
pierced through the rook in the direction of
the north. After a time the rocky forma
tion came to an end, and they struck into a
bed of soft, decomposed soil, and it now
became apparent to Maurice's practiced
eye, that in some previous age, the passage
had been filled with earth by human hands.
By the seventh day they had completed
the hundred and seven cubits of which
Goubha-Nichin had spoken, and they then
turned westward at an exact right angle.
The soil was still soft and easy to penetrate,
and at the end of another three days their
spades struck against a wall of brick in
which was an open doorway formed of
massive slabs of granite.
The watchman at the mount of the well
t ow signalled to them that day was break
e ng, and, impatient as Maurice was to ex
)lore the open passage before them, it was
I tought best to cease their work as usual.
On their homeward way Goucha-Nichin
rpd the young archbeologist talked long
a acd earnestly. The past night's work had
Scinvinced them that the way to the buried
cty was now open to them. To
e ti$ minds of both it had occurred
a thtt, for the present at least, it would be
w erto dispense with the services and
prsence of the workmen and to confine
0 fu er exploration to themselves. Maur
Aice frst thought was of his sister and of
thedelight it would be to her to accompany
a then on their secret journeys. On suggest
e ing this, however, to the fire-worshipper,
his proposition was met by such strong, and
it nnot ho owned, well-founded objections
-on the old man's part that he finally con
sented to abandon the idea. His next pro
posal was more favorably received. As the
length of time for which they would be ab
sent was uncertain, and as the fatigues of
such a journey would certainly be great,
they must of necessity carry provisions and
other stores with them. For this a third
p party would be necessary, and Maurice at
ornce decided that his servant Aristomene
should complete the trio. The fire-wor
shipper assented, and as the discussion of
their plans caine to an end they reached
their destination.
Catherine's joy on nearing or toe 01s
covery was as great as her disappointment
at having to remain behind and have no
active share in the venture which was be
fore her brother. Her good sense and unsel
fishness, however, soon reasserted them
selves and she cheerfully acquiesced to the
should remain in her new friend's com
As there was little use in the brother and
sister returning to their camp, Hassan was
depatched with a note to Gargaridi in
structing him to make thenecessary prepar
ations and to join his master during the
day at Goocha-Nichin's cave. This being
done, the two men indulged in some much
needed rest, and awaited the coming of the
evening. To Maurice, especially, the day
seemed to drag slowly on. The pmospeot
before him, with its possible adventures
and discoveries, was most exciting, and his
pleasure was only marred by one thing; the
necessity for leaving his sister behind.
Evening came at last, and with it the
faithful Aiistomene. As soon as it was
fully dark Maurice and the fire-worshipper
bade farewell to the two young girls, cau
tioned Hassan as to the care of them, and
together they set out for Gaul-Hek, fol
lowed by Gargaridi, whostruggled manfully
under the weight of a huge basket of pro
visions.
"It is not for myself," he said with an in
jured air when Maurice remarked upon the
quantity of eatables. "I need nothing, and
could go for twenty-four, yes, for forty
eight hours even, without eating a mouth
ful; but monsieur himself plays no mean
knife and fork, and as for the old man
there, he doesn't look as if he lived upon
air."
"As you please, but, mind you, we have a
lang way to go, and you will find it no easy
task to carry that burden."
"Oh, monsieur," cried Gargaridi, his
good humor returning. "I wager we shall
soon find a means of lightening it. Take
my word for it, we shall have none too
much," and he pressed the basket to his
side as if fearful of its safety. The three
explorers soon crme to the bottom of the
incline. The gallery, which thoe entered
by a door over which was an inscription in
some unknown language, was quite spa
cions, and decorated with a certain degree
of magnilfcence. Thick pillars had been
carved from the solid rook, represonting
sheaven of reeds, their capitals being fash
ioned like a half-cloaed lotus-flower. Or
namentations, rhnste and graceful era
besques, ineer iptirns in the saine straing
tongue is that above the entrance, formed
a frieze around the long passage. 'L'he
ground rose with a geitli slope, and the ex
plorers, even tiarpriridi, burdened with his
large basket, traversed the gallery without
fatigue.
After half in hour of walking Maurice,
who wiis in front. moving his lantern so as
to illuniine both roof and ground, noticed
the surroundings suddenly change. The
passge ansrddenly widened out, and they
found thisielvres in a lofty cavern. hero
and there brilliant stalactites shone like
diamonds in the lantern's light. The roof
was supported iv natural pillars, and the
moos which covered the sides of the grotto
seemed like a covering of soft green velvet.
For some time they sought no exit from the
civern. At first it nesumed an if they had
reached the very end of the subterranean
gallery, but at last, to his great joy. behind
an enormous boulder, Maurice discovered a
door similar to the one by which they had
entered the gallery.
At the same moment Gargaridi uttered a
cry.
o" Sel hars, monsieur! An opening :imue
diately opposite yours. How will you de
oide which is the right one?"
Maurice and the t1'e-worshipper hastened
to the spot and found themselves in front
of the opening to a new gallery. Raising
his intern the latter endeavored to decipher
the inscription which as before, ran arroes
the top of the door, but (largaridi. in his
excitement, stepped boldly into the new
gallery. Huddenly the others a heard a
piercing cry:
"Help! help! I am falling! my basket! my
bask-,"
His voice was silent. His companions
peered through the darkness where the
poor fellow had disappeared. For a few
feet the new gallery had a gentle slope of
ground, then of a sudden it ended in a
dee hole.
"Ho," said the old man with a sarcastic
smile, "so did my ancestors know how to
baffle the curiosity of those bold enough to
it 1
I ýI
nr `rci 01 AIIr~T
THE REACUE OF GARGARETr.
! penetrate their dwellings. If this foolish
man had waited until I hail read the in
scriotion-"
"All very well, but in the meantime we
must get him out of there," interrupted j
Maurice. "Luckily we have some rope."
He advanced cautiously to the edge of the
- precipice and lay down upon the ground,
instructing his companion to hold his feet
securely, and thrust his lantern over the
I dark hole.
"Ho. there! Gargaridi! Aristomene! Are
you there?
At first his calls were unanswered save by
I the echo from the walls, but at length a
r muffled voice was heard at the bottom of
the abyss.
"Monsieur! Yes, monsieur, I am here."
r came from poor Aristomene, "but in a sad
r plight-the deuce! I must be blind; I can
f see nothing which ever way I turn my head.
Nothing but darkness. Have you your lan
1 tern, sir?"
"Yes; I am holding it above you," an
- swered Maurice. anxiously. "I am going to
throw you a rope. Can you catch it?"
"I will try, monsieur; but I am sadly
n afraid my basket has suffered."
R "Bother your basket," cried Maurice;
a "look out for the rope! One! two!"
3 To Be Continued.]
PAY OF THE PEN.
Large Sums Received by Men Known to
Fame in Literature.
William Shepard makes the followihg
statements in regard to "The Rewards of
Literature:"
Tennyson receives from his publishers an
annual income of about $20,000. The verses
beginning:
What doe; little birdie say
In her bed at peep of day'
were bought by a periodical for $40 a line.
The Nineteenth Century gave £300 for "The
Ballad of the Revenge." Robert Bonner,
of the Ledger, paid $6,000 for "The May
Queen."
The publishers of the Cornhill Magazine
gave George Eliot $75,000 for "Romola."
More than twice that amount was paid for
"Middlemarch"-Hl rper & Bros. them.
selves are reported to have given $40,000 for
the American priority-and that book coin
ed money for all concerned in its publica
tion.
Both Scott and Dickens won for them
selves a grand total of something like
$1,000,000 with no other capital to start on
than an ink bottle and pen. The first check
which the Longmans handed over to
Macaulay on account of copyright for the
"History of England" was for £20,000.
The check is preserved as a curiosity
among the archives of the Long
man's firm. And the history is
still selling-at the rate, it is said,
of some seventy copies a week-and copy
right money is still pouring into the coffers
of Macaulay's heir. Victor Hugo received
$80,000 for "Les Miserables" and corres
ponding sums for his other works. Eugene
Scribe is said to have left an estate of near
ly $1,000,000. France, indeed, is the El
Dorado of writers. George Sand, Alexan
der Dumas, nearly all of the leading writers
of fiction amassed wealth by their labors.
Mrs. Stowe received $40,000 for "Uncle
Tom's Cabin," and Mrs. Augusta Evans
Wilson has cleared $100,000 in eight years
out of her novels.
As to Mark Twain, it is well known that
that genial gentliman has found a bonanza
mine in literatnre-$t00,000 has been named
as the sum realized from "T'he Innocents
Abroad"-as well as in the drama.
THE TENNIS QUEEN.
Now the blossoms all are going.
Soon tie' roetre wvil hito Irtewini
indications that the ecrmo er tire is here, here,
hers.
And the wandering wind caresses,
Lover-like, the Iewe, tiews
Of the tennis-phiiing soarcer girlso dear. dear.
dear.
Oh, we all irf us aiorer tre.
W\rerer woli br'rd tie' kerr, tfre hietrr
In loyal admiratior oii h er irare, grace, grace;
For we rivele her, lihe writ liie- emi
if we iidn't ftrl vicrely ririd clap our face~face,
fact..
She ischrtarrirnig ine htt nit te
Tenirris eiiit: all tire trait -
tinlrs seirim weak to that yunrg man on whom
sce errrilies, irrires. enmrilreH.
Stir In liglitri in or iris athlretic.
And nt night ser ortto dances thirty miles,
mille, Rires.
(ile, weatt of ries iririr icr,
Arrd wedii irriri tire k, cii. rfiirr lher,
It we dirnit retl conirinerd that we'd got htrt,
hurt, hurtn
for with tnr ,t'rrairciiug btraity
S8ir bali littlr Nerne of dity -
Sthrs ait rrncenuuucie.ls, uninitigated rlirt, flirt.
- Front thent retirvillr Jenered.
SWILE rHiEA ILT.
'Tietrrcun fades out of the pirile wcet.
Thiteirvpy ronrrstetrs hinert g to roit,
l ht, dew l over the re I brreast,
tro elr bIe stird thie n
Tini cricket, wiistlr a .brill rfain.
had raight ippririarhe ti ith tsirry train,
Ieacr lute grid try
The cold stars tewinkle in yo blue iky,
Miy wiri arn cjitt in t e paln I it orn,
No roiirate eushos the reat tnroir.
tri rimy iniervitthot thrn wail bherli forlorn,
S snettierat furrrwett;
(i blie eyo. wevaver ye in Nerrowfil etiell;
0 red lips, frame ie no sri inrelrtl;
0 true htrart, lovIer swiit stary trll,
Swcrthrart grorlhiy!
Whisper witi lips that i' treiirbling. sweet,
1'rwC thait a lovIr woirri have r ot re0at.
Thou esy fareelt hir tiew torrs irnleretlt,
Serroetrraet. rerund-bm;!
-- Niew Yirrk Independent.
LIVE MONTANA IOWNRS,
Much Delay Caused by a Washout
on the Road to Mon
arch.
Scare on the Steamer Swan, a
Party of Exouraioniate
on Board.
News and Notes From Dllon-Telephone
Line and Electrie Lights-A New
Church Assured.
GOREAT FALLs, June 19.-lSpeoial.I-The
washout on the branch of the Great North
ern to Monarch has caused grevious delay.
A quantity of freight awaits shipment and
the traveling public are seriously incon
venienced. The company is making stren
nous endeavors to remedy matters, a large
gang of men being employed on reconstruc
tion at weak spots along the line. Should
no further damage arise from succeeding
rains the management hopes to run their
regular train on Su.nday.
On Tuesday lost a coroner's inquest was
hold on the body of Joseph Wood, who died
suddenly at the Leland hotel from causes
which at the time were attributer to mush
room poisoning. The post mortem, how
ever, disclosed the real cause of death to
have resulted from chronic ulceration of
the stomach. The remains were interred
on Wednesday.
The Tribune's sixteen-page special edi
i tion, which appeared on Friday morning,
mot with an unprecedented sale. Thous.
a ands of copies of it went east, and no doubt
3 it will be the means of enlightning many
regarding Montana, and especially Great
e Falls.
t All jury cases set down for hearing at the
e present term of the district court having
been disposed of, Judge Benton discharged
e the jurors to their homes on Tuesday.
The steamer Swan, having in tow a barge
a filled with pleasure seekers, started up the
f river Wednesday night. Approaching
Myers' mill some floating rope from a boom
d in the stream became entangled in the
a propeller, causing the shaft to break. Dis
I. abled, the steamer was at the mercy of the
L- strong current, and grave fears for a
time were entertained that it and its living
o freight might be drawn over the falls.
Jumping overboard, a man swam to the
y boom, and a rope being thrown to him
everything was soon made fast. What
a might have proved a calamity was thus
averted.
Attracted by the volume of water passing
over Black Eagle, Colter, Rainbow, Horse
Shoe and Big Falls, numerous sight seers
have visited those localities during the past
week.
Major Camp, the temperance lecturer, is
stirxing up church members and temperance
people with a view of securing better or
ganization to cope against the increase of the
liquor traffic in this vicinity and is meeting
with success. The major hits from the
shoulder and with no uncertain sound stig
matizing the lack of activity shown by
those favorable to the cause of temperance.
Building operations, almost suspended
during the recent wet spell, are now in full
swing.
Running to head off horses which were
trying to escape from a corral, James
O'Brinner, a ranehman living in the vicini
ty of Highwood, fell and dislocated his
shoulder. Brought to town in a spring
wagon, he suffered intensely until Dr.
Newman set the bone back in its socket. A
unique feature in connection with the acci
dent is that this is the seventh dislocation
of the shoulder blade O'Brinner has experi
enced in tumbling through life.
Passenger Conductor Stevens, well known
to travelers between here and Butte, left
yesterday on a well earned vacation. His
destination is Winnipeg.
A. Guthrie, arriving from Monarch by
private conveyance on Friday, states that it
rained continuously for twenty days in
that camp.
Charles Graves, colored, implicated in
the recent shooting affray at the Dakota
saloon and tried for assault, was acquitted
by the jury. Richardson, who manipulated
the gun, was also discharged.
DILLON DOINGS.
The Glorious Fourth Will Be Observed
Notes.
DrwtoN, June '0.-[Special.]-The Fourth
of July celebration at this place promises
to be a very successful affair. A novel fea
ture of the celebration will be a cowboy's
tournament, in which prizes will be given
to the best broncho riders.
Judge D. M. Durfee, of Deer Lodge, is
holding court here this week and Judge
Galbraith is superintending the judicial
mill at Deer Lodge. The cause of the ex
change is disqualiflcation in cases in which
they were interested attorneys before their
election.
The Rocky Mountain Telephone company
may build a line from this place to Salmon
City via Bannack. The proposed line will
cost *5,000, and nearly lhalf of that amount
has been subscribed in the three towns.
Salmon has no way of communicating with
the outside world except by mail.
The Dillon Electrio Light and Water
company will begin rctive operations in the
way of building, laying mains, etc., about
July 1. J. ii. Lawrence. manager of the
comupany, was in the city this week, 5Iper
intending the survey, Five acre s of ground
at the spring rnd a right of way twelve
foot wide and 4,iXi) fret long acrnss A. S.
Rife's field frrtr the spring to the lots, on
which the works k ire to be ereoted, were
purchased this week. The electric light
pole rrre bieing plreed in position.
The i'rersyternir tinrien crurmittee air
culateri a subscription list this week, and
enough money Inns been tledged to assure
the erection of r i church, on which work
will ciruirruce shortly.
W. hi. lisnrturir nun Miss Dslla Rich,
both well-known young people of Dllon,
were united in iurriajge Tuesday ai ternirn
lt tho residence of the bride's father, the
Rev. A. 1%. Crawford rfliiinting.
1). It. lieck, of Junction, was visiting in
Dillon diring the week.
Miss inessir Wyne. who has hbin attend
ing the college of Montana at l)eer Lodge,
visited Dillon frindins this wick rind left for
her home fit Junction Wednesday.
Mrs. S. Jacobs, of Helena, is the guest of
Mr. aud Mrs. N. E. Hlnnuaer.
Miss Funny i'oindexter will visit Lima
friends next week.
Joseph it. Poindexter, who has been
studying law at the univirsity of St. Louis,
huts returned to Dillon for vacition.
Ht. J. hhurleigh was in Helenin this week.
Sunday Excursion Rates.
The Montana Central will sell during the
summer tickets from Helena to Alhambra
aind Boulder rind return at one fare for the
round trip. Tickets will be on sale Sator
dinys and Sundays and will be good to re
turn until the following Monday.
B. H. Lnsoa.uv,
General T'icket Agest.

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