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wreck," began the man "ti the shore, stepping into the small boat :tti« 1 settling himself upon a thwart, "an 1 a lot of loose gear that could be sold if anyone wants to take the trouble to get it oat." He was a stocky built fellow with a red face and black mus tache, his eyes small and shifty. His companion was evidently a Cuban, who spoke Spanish well enough, but indifferent English. lit- had lar^ r e dark eyes and an olive complexion, his close cropped Mark hair and beard giving him a somewhat di.-, tinguished appearance. "Well," said Smoot, "we haven't much time to talk business; but if you want to trade you might <_>• i around with us to Havana. Were going back and want to get in before dark." "Yes," said Gates, "you can sail around with us. I'm not in the wrecking business; t>ut I don't mind trying a venture if there's anything to make at it." "I bought her up to make a try at it." said the stout man; "but 1 don't believe I'm buili on wreck ing lines Here's her papers all ri^ht " And he handed the 1-ill of sale Of the Steamer to dales, while Smoot hoi, ted the Kit of canvas and made ready to shove off. The Cuban climbed aboard, and they wire soon under way for the harbor with a tair wind. They talked for an hour or more before «,'ettmg down to business, and then dales asked the price. "Oh, about a thousand dollars; el;. Jo,.'-". asked the stout, man, glancing at in- i «n« panion. "' Yes, one thousand dollars i:, link — a very small I>it." said the Cuban. It was growing dark when they reached the Admiral, out Smoot ur^'ed the men aboard. Then, letting the Captain escort them aft, he gathered the treasure from its hiding place and came into the cabin where the three were discussing matter.-,. He deftly handed the bag of gold pieces to the skipper, who promptly hid them in his state room while excusing him self looking for cigars. It was gloomy in the cabin : for it was now nearly dark on del k. and Smoot su^'ested that he get alight. "It's not necessary," said dales, coming forth w-.th the t i;-,'ar>. "It'll only draw the mosquitoes. However, you might light the cabin lamp and turn it down low. Now about that -.\ ro k . " he said. "I'll go you the tl ■ > sand dollars. Draw up your bill of sale, and I'll get the money from m\ safe." Tin- stout man drew up his chair under tin- light, ainl with paper anil ink n > i ■■ the paper out in a clerky hand. Jose signed it. and it stood that the two "men. Jose Blanco and Patrick Farrell, transferred I ■ r rights in the San Rafael to the skipper for the sum i >f one dollar, "and ot her considerate >n, " It was no' necessary to let anyone know tl c exact price paid, and all agreed to this pr - ceeding. Smoot witnessed the do, <:• •• • Nothing was to be said about the transac tion by either party, for various reasons The Captain did not wish it to Ik- known that :.•■ v. a- interested in wrecks while master of a vessel This was also agreed to. The light \\.i, bad, but they managed to sign their names respectively to the paper. Then dale, turned down the lamp to prevent the mosquitoes from annoying, and deliberately went into hi, state room for the money. He had just disappeared inside the door, when he thought it i army to take a lasi look at his He always had .i feeling that in a business transaction, the faces ■■• 'lie parties interested indicated their thoughts better than words, especially if they were unobserved He paused inside the door and turned back, peeping through the crack. Smoot w..s gesticulating vociferously at the Stout man, vho glared at him from where he sat. ANTS AT CLOSE RANGE ANEW YORK naturalist, Bliss Fielde, has in vented t portable ant nest in which one : : tl-"t 1 -" keep ants in his own house and observe them whenever he likes. Bliss Fielde herself has kept ants thus for years, and in this wav has found out many strange things which nobody knew certainly before. She discovered among other things that, although ants are able to see fairly well, they depend for the most part on their sense of smell; sint c. of course, in the darkness of their underground nests where they spend most of their time, si^ht is of no use to them. Even above ground also they rely largely on smell, and find their way back to the nest by the scent of their own tracks, as a dog might do. Ants, however, do not smell with their noses — because they haven't any — but with the feelers or antennae which projeel from the front of the head. When, therefore, two ants meet the) at once begin to smell one another with their antenna-, waving them aboul and touching them here and there. Some people think when the\ do this they are only talking or a 1 least making signs, but really they are only smelling, alth >uj»h perhaps each may be able to tell by the other's odor something about where it his been. 1: die-, not appear, however, that ants really know one another .t> we know ;i!- friends. The SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR DECEMBER 23. 1906 The Cuban had his hand upon the buti ol a revolver he had partly concealed under his • and his dark eyes were full ol wrath. Finally the stout man rose with a gesture oi disgust, and left the table. Gales thought ; >est to see no move, bat went for the money lie came l«a<.k into the cabin presently with several rolls ol bills neatly made v] inti ■ packages. "It is not necessary to hreak the scab oi these pai kages there's twenty ten dollar bills in ea count 'em," said he, handing the money to the stout man, who quickly skimmed their edges, I - cards, under bis finger. "They're aU there," said he, placing then in his pocket, at the same time meeting the K ;tZt ' ot "And now," said Gales, "I nave to go up I >wn to see the agents; so you'll excuse me." "Good night," said the stout man, '"and 'j, ■ i luck to you. I hope you will make out all right w ith that wreck." •■ 1 ■-•. ill; no fear. Good night." said Gales andi ■■ two men departed, Smoot going on deck with then Captain Gales »1 od silently near the table. In i short time the sounds ol their footsteps died away. and he turned up the cabin lamp. Then he !>r •".j.'r out the bag of gold pieces and scattered them upon "Draw Up Your Bill of Si!e." He Said. the table. The} •• -: kit dully, and made no ringing sound He :• ■ ■ forth his knife and chipped the c ige ■:' one. Ii <at easOy, lot it w.ts as soft as the softest lead. '"I thought so." he muttered, raking the bunch together and replacing then: in the bag. Then he smiled an I put them away. After ward he tailed the steward to i, r <-'t the supper re i hr. "Is Smoot aboard?!! he asked a. couple of h «urs later. " \ ■. sir. he wen: ash >re with all his things right after those men left." said the steward "Well, I reckon he won't be back soon.* 1 said By E. T. BREWSTER inhabitants of each nest have their own smell, and by this each ant distinguishes its kindred bom strangers. Miss Fielde found that if she took an ant from a Colony and kept it apart for two or three year-, the other ants oi the nest would welcome it back again. But n she took away a single ant and smeared it with the bl ■i oi another kind, so as |0 change its smell, and unme harely put it back, the others mistook it tor a stranger, and killed i: at once. Ants, indeed, always try to kill a stranger which enters their nest, especially it they have young in their care, and fot them any ant with an unfamiliar odor is an enemy. That this is all a matter of smell and not oi sight is shown by such facts as these. Miss Fielde took baby ants away from the nest before thej had left the chn salis an 1 kept them until they were sever •.'. weeks old They had, ol course, never seen their mother, nor she them. When, however, they were tested the) were .i : '"c to pi< k out their own mother from among : c other queen ants, and she on her side knew them i r some of her hundreds of child i Besides, ants t.:'.e:; from the nest when youi _ . . | i : compl ently Kg! ting - Ic_■ - 'V •! ■ . • • ■ en !"r-.v.,r i • . •■• taking mone] n the - ••■■■ toi .- ■ ■ ':' ■ _ Bg II ' '. ' • ■ ■' . Ye - .;■." said the ste ' An i if you happen to meet Smoot up the • - ••■• just leO him that I'm obliged tor the favor he did me — thai 1 like gratitude. Also re him that I think he's the best diver I've seen for a long time. and that if he will come back and do a little work on the wood locks of our rudder 111 pay him good wages." " Yes. sir," said the steward in astonishment "Anything more, sir?" "So, that's all. Tell the watchman to '.:■■■■■ a good '.'■.'■■• on deck a night while we are in port, and not allow anyone aboard after dark." • AD right sir.* 1 A:. : say. .-••• ■ .- : is there anything peculiar .'■■■• — my looks, you know. Do I look par ticularly green? Do I look like I'm making my first ■ kge." "■ Hardly, sir." said the steward, grinning. "Well. '!_ reckon that's all. Breakfast a: eight in t! ■ -:. : -_r " Up the street in a small saloon three men were quarreling. A white faced man, with a peculiar hard glint in his eye. and a goo i I- •■'-::.' Cuban were furious at a short, stout, red faced fellow. '"Why didn't you ask more, hey?" growlei the two for the twentieth tim« as they seated themselves at a table. "He had a lot ot money in that safe l saw it myself — .in i he would have stood for five times the raise What do you take me for. diving all the afternoon, making a voyage clear down to this forsaken place, and only three hundred dollars for ii all?" went on smoot. "Aw. he wouldn't have stood fee another cent," said the stout man. *.' Let's divvy up and try a new lay. Here's the wad." Ana he drew forth the package of bills. There was a strong light in the place, the table had a white cloth upon it, and everything was favorable for a close examina tion of the haul. Smoot tore open a package and began to count he bills. Suddenly he sprang to his feet with an oath. "Look — look at them! " he -.:.:-.■ panions grasped a note apiece and examined them closely. There was a moment's silence. Then the stout man spoke. "Hang me ii it aint Red Learv's stuff — the stun he's passing now. Lord! how nd the old duffer get it? Must have got soakeJ bel >re bey? " Smoot sank into a chair and rested hi> head in his hands: the Cuban swore soft] in excellent Spanish and glared at the ■>* m" man. Then he made a pass as if to dra-.v his pistol. Hold on. none of that!" said the it Kit man. suddenly whipping out a !>ng blue barreled revolver and covering him. "I've played fair — we all stand to lose together — this is not my graft." "No. that's straight enough." kid Smoo* looking •:•■ at the Cuban. "" I recognise the ,• -.': plain enough now. It's Leary's all right; but how the deuce we could have played ii like this beats me. All the trouble, all the salting of that wreck, all those gold pieces made o: good lead, an I the cost of plating them — Put m the guns: it's no use fighting about ::. Let's have a drink around and get out: I'm tired. It's a case of dog eat dog: all right, and. come to think of it. those are the very words the old fellow said our business was before we started. I ought to have been wiser." Ice] I .. ■• ay until they were ten months old. when returned, began at once to make up to their younger sisters, which they could not have known even in the form of e^s. j Miss Fie! Ie has succeeded in making as many as eight or ten different kinds of ants peaceably together in a single nest. One way is to cut o:: the antenna?. Then they cannot smell one another and do not know their enemies when they meet them. A better way. however, is to take an:s only a lew hours old, of as many different sorts as one "wishes. and let them live for three, i ■■:.-. or rive days in a very small nest where they cannot keep out of on? another's way. When ants are less than three day* old they do not fight with other ants. If. therefore, they become used to many different sorts of .-..' smell luring these few days, for the rest of their lives they think that these" particular smells are all r-^'. - ax i lo n " nta . a By this method Miss V d k has made many different kind& of ants live together in the same nest — big black fellows nearly an inch long and little yell chaps hardly a tenth p.irt as large- — all taking care of each other's eggs. But w>»e to any ant of a ••• •-,■•■• sort which entered the nest! It w.is made way wit and thrown out on ;':t.- w.i>te heap outside the ne>t before it knew what \\.ls happening.