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o theOPole. 0 By Herbert D.'Ard.. ,WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR THE HELENA INDEPENDENT. CHAPTER XL HAT A FOOLP' HE GABPED AS he tfeverihly wrote down crooked i.uree that would rank him with Sgeatest discovers of the world. His *Woo came in hoarse whispers. The Ner l spPoprted him as he spoke. *?That barometer is all right. The air ratified, as if we were on a great height, Seaue--+" he ceughed as he went on, "be lao we are in a partial vacuum caused by the tp.ttion of the ellipsoid at the pole. You see, the currents of the air rise from th shoulders of the earth, tangent to the Nelh'e surface. Yet, the wind blows." Shue slience and feeling had the usual icolateet even here. "You're right ! You're right ! That's 'v orth coming up for 1 That's one problem s oied." The sergeant tasted the point of hieail, and was jubilant for the mo Ww the tutor calculated eagerly, as if he Mere afraid that his strength would not hold out. As it was, he eould hardly drag one foot before the other. Read what be fell the crew of the Jeannette after the ship was nipped and sunk, and yen will under 1 of the tutor's condition. At l up with a wan smile. m i Just 876 feet west-north-west Swori feiit. I think I will be able to get there." With infinite care they measured the WU10V AM 'tJhem and the mystie goal of their journey. With exasperating slowness the tutor(c wled. He stopped at least fifty tid~sty the way and piteously begged his companion to go on and let him crawl aloet His reindeer garments, not dry for se lJaysa, clung to him clammily. The air, regastering sixty-two below zero, fell -uon the face deserted by blood, and left , hite blotches here and there, A strange exhUQ.Ation animated the tutor. He tried to burst into a college song, but his vocal _Monly uttered wheezes. mnly a hundred feet more! T rgeant took from his breast, with t l that was not supporting his com , a United States lag, and solemnly Sit. F ifeet more! They halted. Even in that dreadful temperature perspiration oozed from the faces of both. "My country, 'tie of thee," sang the to tol. At the end of the first line his voice hus ed into a sob. Ten feet morel Before them was the pole. They stopped had stared. The first human eyes that ever looked upon the dream, the despair and the murderer of thousands gazed at It sternly, and then at each other. The tutor would have fallen had he not been held in strong and tender arms. Beyond them lay the north pole! What was that glistening there? lee? Yes, the same terrible .ice. Not different by a jot from that which they stood upon. Before them lay the same broken, jagged plane. No mound, no higher elevation, no depres aion, marked the spot. The Circe of the north did not squat there. Her power was henceforth broken. Her empire had crum 'bled. Man was now master of the utter most parts of the earth. They advanced four steps and stopped. They had clambered over crervasse, but the exact spot was as smooth as ice is in the far north, for a radius of ten or fifteen feet around them. The tutor sank to the ground. Far a moment his eyes closed, and the sergeant jumped to him. 'IThen they opened. They fell upon the staff that the sergeant carried. The young man nod ad at it, and the leader understood. The utor looked on happily. Then the commander of the polar expe ition took the flag and fastened it to the end of the staff. He took from his belt is ice-pick to make a hole and cut blocks of ice and snow to prop the pole up. For ten minutes he dug powoifully. The tutor, leaning upon one arm, watched him as if hypnotized. With the other hand he fum bled beneath folds of fur. After several fu tile attempts he brought out a book. "What's that?" asked the digger, resting. "It's only a prayer book-one I happened to have. Put it under the flag staff when you plant it. It'll make a good foundation for it, if you don't mind." The young man fell back exhausted. "All right!" said the sergeant. He could find no more words. He bent to his work, to bide the fact that he was unmanned. "Good Gud!" cried the sergeant, sudden ly starting back. "What's this?" he A STARTLING DIRCOVILRY. shrieked. His eyes glared with terror, and with the fear of his being suddenly stricken mad, he souht the tutor-for confirmation? nay, for denial. 'What is it? Speak?" cried the tutor, starting up like a corpse galvanized. "My Godl I dare not look again. It's a hand!" Fearing that the final excitement had ac tually curdled a steady head into inusanit, the tutor jumped up and bent before the shallow hole. Beneath the translucent ice and snow, embalmed and life-like, a hand stretched itself out to him. A finger al most touched the air. Impossible! Not here! They stared at each other. They laughed hysterically. One of them cursed his senses. Nay, they deceived not. There lay a hand-perhaps attached to a body-to an explorer. Can it be, to another, a previous discoverer of the pole? Yes, even so! Bnman ambition bent before the ghastly remains. '1 here is nothing new; nothing undone under the Two hours of superhuman work laid the chiptped body entirely to view. The life. like, emaciated face of a men mocked at the futility of their achievement. It seemed as if he had breathed only a min- ate before. A sardonlo smile still distorted the month, as if it had predicted this de oonement. He might have lain there ten years, a hundred years, or ten thousand. ten have eaten with relish the meat of a mastodon dead three thousand yeare. Compared with this corpse the mummy of a Pharaoh is a oaricature of the human race. 'I he one is a revolting sketch in tan bark; the other lay before the astounded explorers, almost palpitating in his own eehb and blood. He looked as if a cabal tstie word would raise him to life. But he was as hard as tlnt. That he died of starvation and cold was evideat. His ohoes were only a few tat tred sknas partly gnawed. His attitude indicated a final yielding to a ferlon struggle. One band was bent at his breams and evidently oluathed at somethine. The sergeant tugged at it. It broke of like a stalagnite. Ie drew the arm out any tore open the tattered garments. Ther. came forth a British flag. This was more than the patriot cook bear. The incarnation of Ameriean en durance. doggedness and magnificent puel staggered before the emblem of Britisa plnck.' To and another man before yor was not so bad; but to be superseded by s rival nation-this was not to be endured. The sergeant now acted like a madman. He cursed the flag, the man, his lck and the evil star that presided at his birth, Then. beside himself, forgetting his sense of honor, he began to wrench the flag to pieces. Who knew of it? The only wit ness to his defeat lay frozen before him. None should ever know. But the tutor touched his arm. "No," he said gently. "We must not, we cannot;" and he took the obnoxious flag from the sergeant's tense fingers. As he did so a pa per fell heavily to the snow. It had evi dently been carefully folded in the flan for preservation. It wasthe logof the ill-fated man, written in lead pencil. With tremu lons difficulty the explorers deciphered the tortuous serawl of a numb hand. "1824, September, Am sole survivor of twenty-eight men of Franklin expedition. Franklin died. No hope of rescue. Had to die anyway. We marehed to the north to die as near the pole as possible. Last THIE TUTOR'S LAST EFFORT. observation at eighty-two degrees twenty eight minutes twenty-six days ago. I- Even as he had w.itton, the torpor had reached his arm, and after thrustinr thi. missive of unpa~ alleled heroi m Into thir flag which, as sole survivur, he oarried upol: his heart, he had died. Blut what dinabolical agent brought this man here, then? If the last obsurvation was made at the eighty-second degree, hog could this starved and frozen creature niLak his way from thence, nearly foue 1.,.,... 1i .,,11 , , -,k+ - -1;..? Tr m.,. . ,,.,. streus impourrbihty' auch thoughts demanded an RaswFr; auid the two dumfuandrou m.',n demizrnued a solu tion froml each other. 'I hey glared at the dead face, but it endeeed no account of ith gruesome iresence. Thecn, to crip th, cl max of this day, the se get::t uit down and cried, like a rman shaken with a terrile sor row, o, like a woman relieved from an a-i ful anxiety. "Oh--oh!" he sobbed in broken tones. "iLt' all riLght. Of course he's herr,." "How?" stabnmoje e the tutor, looking for all the world like the dead manl, ll glas'siness of color. '"L'hhark God! Oh--oh--le didn't come! He drifted! H-e just halpuened here!" Thie sclentific ind simple solution re lieved the amou -propre and the m,:dden inc distress of the explorer so suddeul., so utterly, that the great sobs came as a bless ing. The astounding discovery silenced these. They looked unon the human derelict tigair.. By some inbcrutable decree of prov irence this flotsam of a frozen current met his awful anrpointment at the north pole at the day and nour. A month froma now lie would have rassed on. For a brief moment the gallant flag he carried would have dom inated the untraversad country; a hundred years from then it might have been deliv ered from the womb of an iceberg in a southern pee. "It is a lesson on pride!" said the ser geant soberly. "Perhaps t nueled it: 1 guess I (did." He touched the body and the flag reverently. "We can raise oar own flag. anyway." re marked the young man. So geant Willt wig did not notice how feebly the words were spoken. Hie only thought of the honor of taking possession of the land, and of doing it honorably. "When will it emerge between Spitzber gen and Nova Zeembla?" mused the ser genut as he raised the polo. "I think the English flag ought to float there, too," observed the tutor. "It got here first." "But it wasn't its fault." lhe sergeant glanced at the plred;nr eyes of his com pIanion. They looired as if they belonged to a body t anplated. "It sharll fly below," Lre added. H^larctantly he tied the British lag to the L:yalvd and made ready to raise it. 'tIhe tutor struggled to his feet anid stood befo' a tthi flap,. For a moment bothl removed their fur cas anud bowed thrir heads before the euiblem of their nation, rlacod on the pioudest eminence in the world. lThe O ,-antiful stare anti stripes floated fair and free above their heads. "Can't it go a little higher?" urged the tutor in a whisper, nointing to the British liae. "Somehow-I think--it deserves it," faltered the shattered aran. Mumbling a little reluctnrtlr, ie if it detracted fromn his glory, the sergeant rrisedi the under flag thrree inches. "There! that's oenournhl!" Ihe growled. "Oh, my boy! we haven't eaten for five hours. Corlme! lot me ca ry you back. What have I been doini?" Iemorrr smote hrn too late; he saw the anguish of death in the toto 's face. "Not yet," lie br.athed. C(rawling even upon his knees, the gener ous youth, with a last ego t, stood up anrI raised thb' n.de'most en. igi unutl it floated on ani equality with its conquering rival. 'TiLe aergeant looked at hibr holelesely. This act killed the buy. Ili cast into the face of the sergeant an imploring, a conl mandlllg, a loving look, tried to speak again, anld pesred, like hundreds of Arctic heroes, softly into the other world. As he breathed his last. the mnit beauti ful ihoneorseuon of natue sainted hil marching soul. About the sun, two other suns of marvellous radiance were seen to shine. 'Ihey glowed in the culors of the blue, the yellow irand the orange. 'their Ir ridereeut says kissed the face which coon, ill its eternal torul) ,on the neighboring island, would nevir no change and en-cay. With bowed head the bereaved mana, now the loneliest man in the world, set his back upon the dead hero. upon the triumphant flags, his lace against the glitterlng par helion, and sought, with broken steps, his hut of ice. reo 'c couTINrsuN.] rt'opytight, 1f2. by 8. i. McClure. All rights resersa'd. I ARTHUR P. CURTIN'S FURNITURE, CARPET, NEW MUSIC HOUSE. WALL PAPUI AND Hasw - Firlishili Hoofs Bise. PiazLos, ox'gara a, s Orunettes, Guitars, Violins, Accordions, Houa enlarged to four times former capaclty. A. A r mLL LINZ or Fite immeUnse floors etendlgnl throulgh the MUSICAL ME.C.-ANDISE. woesr combined. adl l o .' tti re • O*k. MUSICAL MERCHANDISE. Cash porchamas and straight csrload ship. s ·d5D'5 s.IO~oO. Swiss. IW-Ordert will reoslve prompt attenties. IWLow ptcse sad easy terms. 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Western Office, I General Office and Works, No. 4 Lower Main St., Clybourn Av. and Willow St., Helena, Mont. Chicago, Ill. Clarke, Gorrad & GurtiR. HARDWARE. Ranges and Stoves. We are now ready for the Spring, with the very best stock of House Furnishing Goods ever offered to the public. We are head quarters for Lawn Mowers, Lawn Sprinklers, Hose Reels, Brass Nozzles, Rubber Garden Hose, etc. A Carload of Aefrigerators and Ice Cleam Freezers. cOMb&E. ATND SEE US Telephone No. 90. 42 and 44 S. Main St. SUMMON--I TIIE DISRTICT COURT of the First judicial district of the state of Montans, is and for the county of Lewis and Clark:. AL.nie M. Merrtt, plaintiff. vs. Madeline E. Pallard. defendant. Tra state of Montana sends greeting to the above named dlefendant: You are hereby required to appear in an action brought against you by the above named pla-in tiff in thecdietriot court of the First juldicial dis triet of the state of Montana. in and for the county of Lewis and Clarke, and to answer the comp laint iled therein, within tan days (exclusive of the day of service) atter the service on you of this summons, if served within this count); or. if served out of this coutty, Iut within thivdietrlct.within twenty daye: othe-wive within forty days, or judgment by default will be taken against you, according to the prater of said comtl.eint. The said action i| brought to qaint the title of plaintiff to that certain lot of land, .it. ate, ly ing and teiti in the city of Helena. county of Lewis awl (larke. state of Montana, to-wit: I ot fiftton (15). in block three il) of the original townslts of Helena: to obtatu a decore if this court removiung the cloudt from plintiff' title to said land; adjudging and declaring that the defend-.nt lin no interist or istatet whatever in said land arid that one certain detd to detilnd ant is null and void as aginL plainiffti tit e thebreto; and that the title in feot simple to sa:d land iv in thle pjlaintill. si plaidaitilt havini been in the actual nudiettirbei puntaeoion of sidl land for sixteen years last ltal, and havilg hntld povessitonll during said ti in udvtraee]y to tie fendaut: and for soah forthr reliet . nlay. bo lust a·id e1uiitahle: all of whith tVpeart, lvnro fuily in the complaint on file herein to which ej erial reference is hiereby Iltid . Altd you are hereby notified that if you fail to apthar and answer the said complaint, au above requiired. the said plaintif will apply to the court fItr tie reiief demandeutl in the comuplaiolt. riven tunder my b.lnd andt te aeal of the dins trictcrt oful the First jnulicial disttrict of the state of Montana in and for the county of Lowis and I larke this Inth day of 5 Peal )May, in the yiuar of nor ined,. Dietrict one thuisand eight hundred and t('oUart) ninety-twu. -r- JOHN BEAN, Clerk. ldy It. 1t. TItisIuIsauc, DIepOty I:lock. .. L KN w.-, Attorney for plaintiff. NOU'I'Ck --I WILT tI'(ICIVE SFALED I1DH 1 ontil 12 o'clock, June 8. , at toy ofiice. li1,. esu, for t.e grauling of a ratlruloa stur thuttt a otilt in hItigl It. from nit brickoard Ito ortliuru I'acific railroad at Hlloaburg I'roilh of the track can be seen either at nmy toflie. Ilelena. or at my works at iloteohurr IThe right is reserved to reject any and all bitde J. MWITZIalR. liolen. Mont., May t8. .B.2. JOHN A. SCHNEIDER, F RESGO PAINTER. Public Buildings, Churches and Dwellings decorated in the Latest Style. Tinting, Kalsomining, etc. P. (). IOX 78.5, II ELENA. C,. B. LEBKICHER, Seconti Floor, Herald Boilding, BLANK To OOKS Order BOOKS iNATLY RULED AND PRINTED. Room NoI.I, Power lock. Po.toMo.ffl a HELENA. MONTANA. ORIENT/L ART ROOMS " . . or * * * COSTIKYAN & BEDROSIAN. NEW YORK LONDON CONSTANTINOPLE. Turkish Rugs and Carpets. The exhibition of the celebrated "Costikyan" collection of Turk ish Rugs and Carpets will take place Tomorrow and Tuesday, June 6 and 7, at the Electric building, corner Sixth and Park avenues, first floor. The entire collection will be sold at auction for four days only commencing Wednesday next, June 8, daily at 11 a. m. and 2 p. m. This is the largest collection ever displayed in this country, and it affords a great opportunity for residents of Helena to secure these goods from the Orient, for their very handsome houses. Respectfully, H. D. 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