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him to a refuge behind the thick walls of a castle. Now, unknown to him. this was the House of Tusmore. and the hiding place was just off the room occupied by the Lady Mary. What was his surprise as he sat in his cramped quarter^ to hear his love talking to herself. " Alack-a-day! I would that I were dead!" Whereupon the cavalier called her name through the wall, and straightway the woman fell upon her knees to pray. "I am no spirit," whispered the cavalier through a niche; "though in faith if I remain here much longer I shall lie." Whereupon the maid gained courage and con versed with him, though still greatly in fear. And she contrived to bring him food, and alter awhile to see him. Now, one day Little John, who had been away ujxin some other venture, returned greatly in fear. But when he learned the facts he contrived an escape for both the man and the maid and mar ried them at once. They lied to France, to return Liter to receive the parental blessing. Captain Jones's Escape *\/f ANY are the exciting stories related of the de *■**■ feated Royalists and their adventures after the Worcester fight. These secret chambers saved the lives of many of them as well as of Bonnie Prince Charlie. There is an old Jacobean mansion of Chastleton which still preserves the sword of Cap tain Arthur Jones and the secret room which saved his life. The room is located in the front of the building and is behind a solid oak paneling which opens at the touch of a spring in one corner. It was to this place that the gallant Captain speeded with a whole crew of Cromwell's soldiers at his heels. He galloped to the <}> >• >r where his lady was waiting for him, and hid himself behind the walls. In a few minutes up rode the Roundheads and ordered a search of the house to be made. But the men were not satisfied, and resolved to sj>end the night there. Milady prepared for them an ample repast. She went down into the wine cellar and brought up a good store of wine, which, however. she had drugged. One by one the soldiers fell off into a stupor. It was then that Mrs. Arthur Jones showed of what stuff she was made, for. raising her dainty skirts, she picked her way over the bodies of the sleeping Roundhead-, released her husband, and, a fresh horse being in readiness, bade him God speed, and then hurried to the house of a neighl •< >r. For long there stood an old house at Hinton- Ampner, Hampshire, which rivaled m the super natural even the house which plays so important a part in Woodstock. Aboul the middle of the eigh teenth century the house passed oui of the hai its old possessors, the Steklevs. and shortly afterward became notorious. The new tenants were disi ; . in their sleep by all sorts of unaccountable noises. Not only were there violent knocks and hamm I AMERICA TRIUMPHANT AMERICA holds the record, in many natural wonders and artificial triumphs. The great est waterfall, the largest natural park, the biggest lake, the finest cave, anil the only natural bridge in the world, are al! to be found within the borders of the United Si ites. And here, too, the most gigantic commercial enterprises are under taken and the greatest I >rtunes accumulated; the biggest deals in every line of business are made; the country produces a greater quantity of raw material than any other; and the most wonderful inventions are perfected. The largest farm in the world is situated in the Si ite of Louisiana. Its area comprises a:; and a half acres, and it :s equipped with its private : id, steamship, and telegraph lines. Patron of Arts and Sciences VT7H I LE America can be termed only in fancy, her generous patronage of all arts and sciences can be favorably compared with, other countries. Musicians, artists, and other celebrities when touring in this country find such, fin success awaiting them that they regard it as a playground of delight. She also is one of the greatest of promoters of science. The Lack Observatory, located on Mount Hamilton, California, contains the largest tel in tiie world, with its lens of three feet in dial and a focal length of fifty-six feet. The private scientific laboratory of Thomas A. Edison is the finest one of its kind in the world. I: consists of five buildings, in which experiments can be made with speed and precision. In the room, which contains shelves and drawers without number, nearly every important article known to science may be had. Not only are there jugs and bottles and kegs of molasses, coal ■■:'., tar, and quicksilver, but nearly every grade of every known material in animal, mineral, or vegetable kingdom. The man in charge has a mental index of this great provision bureau, winch is si I with sufficient material to Mipi>'v three years' ex perimentation. When Mr. Edison is at work and needs a turnip or a mushroom or a piece of some kind of mineral, he writes everything <>:\ a list and sends it to trie storeroom, where the <>r icr SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR DECEMBER 30. 1900 groanrngs, and sounds ol footsteps in the wall there were strange sights. "Upon one night," runs the chronicle, "we were all in our beds, when, as it were from the walls, we heard the sound of awful groans. My wife being scared out of her wits. I arose and lighted a taper. 1 could find nothing about the room, and so returned to my bed, in no easy frame of mind myself. It was then that, as I looked out of the d- ">r tni hall. I saw distinctly a lady dressed in gray pass noiselessly by. I resolved to have an end oi nonsense, it nonsense it was, and so rushed • I saw a shadow in the room beyond; but as i entered the door it vanished with a most blood curdling sigh, as of one in mortal pain. "Upon another night (heard distil tl - lank ing of chains in the room beyond. When I enter taper was blown out, and 1 stood there in great tear. I she >uted, th< 'ugh my thr >a* w .1- -lr\ ; but myonl swer was another groan. We nearly died i sleep, when 1 resolved to leave this pla c A hundred pounds was offered to ai should run the ghosts to earth, but tl years many attempted the ta--k, they were in the end frightened away. Finally the house was torn to the ground, and within the wall were discovered all manner of passages and concealed rooi 5. Ii some human bones were found in the 1 lii A remarkable discovery was he old Elizabethan manor house of B the-Water, Gloucestershire, was torn down. Ujh.-i removing some of the wall paper on the second floor, the entrance to a room hitherto unknown was L»: i It was a small apartment about eight feet square, and looked as though an occupant might h.r. quitted it. A chair and a table within bore evidence of the last inmate. Over the back of 1 1 rhung a priest's black cassock, carelessly rl'ing there over a century before, while on tl tab! I I an antique tea pot. cup. and silver spoon, the very tea leaves still there, although crumbled with a^ r e. Deceptive Family Shields TN the state room of another English house the ■* family shields are upon the wall. It is an . ently innocent looking ornament such as is coa enough in English houses, but upon touching a. certain sjx>t it revolves and reveals .1 fh'ghi Tiie !ir»r. third, fifth, and all odd steps are trusted, but to tread upon any of the Others :::eai:s certain death; for concealed machinery is then set in motion which causes the staircase to collapse, disclosing a vault some seventy feet in depth, into which the unwary are precipitated. And so it was that the mystic phrase. "The odd number." was used as a password for the friends of the house. It was an unlucky man who. having discovered the mystery of the shield, thought all was solved. The even numliers were still in wait I 1 A few years ago at Minster Lov( I 1 i-hire a gruesome 1 I 1 was '--r■■•:.::-.■r ■■•:.::-.■ • In re is filled by expert attendants t tl rtesi :: »tice. The Czar of Russia possesses an • dred million acres of land, whi h tact pi him the greatest landowner of all the countries; the largest landowner ol Greal Brit tin is the Duke of Sutherland, who owns one n lion 1 ree hundred and sixty thousand acres; andl was built by the Marquis of Bute, who expended more than eight million dollars upon ii The larg est deer park, an area of forty-1 '■ I icres, is in Copenhagen; and in thai city is preserved the heaviest aerolite, which tell in Greenland in IS7O, Its weight is forty-nine thousand pounds. The largest heathen temple in the world is located in India: but Rome boasts of the largest church, St. Peter's, which will hold fifty-five thousand people. New York, however, claims the tallest tenement in the world, which is fourteen stories i-.ig'.. China's Lon^i Canal r PHK longest canal in the world is i:i China. Its •*• course may be traced for a distance of one sand miles. The longest wall is also there, cxi twelve hundred and fifty miles. The longest 1 ■ bridge is likewise situated in the Celestial .. This bridge is known as the Lion Bri Ige 1' tinues for five miles over an area ■: the \ Sea and is supported by three hundred huge arches. The roadway is seventy feet ..'••. v. iter and is inclosed in a;: iron network. A 1 lion ten feet high and twenty feet long resi - ■ column of the bridge. As tine as tins bridge is. it hardly seems as won derful as the Brooklyn, or its nearly completed sister, the Witliamsburg Bridge, each with a main pairing a < ertatß p.trt ol workmen were chiseling a a granite block slid back as thong within, revealing a goodly sized r candles, the U>ldest oJ t:; I stood horror stricken befot eyes. Seated before a small table o] ■ was an ancient tea pot, with a • • his bony tinge* v . •. \ a slight jar, it clattered to the I bone-,. In the Cttp there v. bi fa at a touchci lay a r* - a ehan i though it had only ktteh Even in our en n counti ■ and then come upon. '1 . 1 H' '^ton. Ma isai . . front back toward Copps Hill. \ ■•irage to i ' young men act omp,; hundred feet. Bui out and they retreated A tl tailed their dog ■ It" 1 but sto< id '■ ith bri.- r ::• finally running straij . 1 was the last ever Later 1 nel was c) fied, but I r its maker was by m . ■ ■ ■ 'Id, inscrutable, and with full ot Spanish do- Boston's Man of Mystery •"PHE little that is known of him even now is that •*• one day he appeared in Boston. He seemed to have no particular business; he finally set up a store as a merchant, and ottered many strange and valuable things for sale at an extremely low rate. And where they came from was nobody's business. Gruchy had a way of leaning against his counter and one hand akimbo on his hip and within easy reach of his old horse pistol, of looking at a man who questioned him as to where he secured his goods that was a quick bar to such free and easy questions. He prospered to such an extent that he soon bought the famous house owned by Sir William Phips, and soon after constructed a wharf, which rested on the hulks of two sunken ships lying at right angles near the shore. But there was one odd thing about this wharf — no vessels were ever seen to approach it. There were rumors, to be sure, of strange craft afloat in the harbor at night fall and the sound of muffled oars still later in the evening. Gruchy was a lavish entertainer. His house was the scene of many a good dinner, where he had as his guests not only Colonials but English army officers. No one in all Boston ottered sue:: choice wines or such delicate viands. Practically nothing more is known of him or his end. Old Christ church to-day is indebted to this man for candelabra and various other things of solid goM and silver — not purchased in the Colonies. span sixteen hundred feet long, high above the river. The highest iron bridge on the globe is in France. It is four hundred and fifteen feet in height. But the longest is over Lake Ponehartrain in Louisiana. which is twenty-two miles in length. The highest chimney is in Glasgow. Scotland, and reaches the height of four hundred and seventy four feet. The material used in its. construction was fifteen hundred thousand brick and one hun dred and fifty thousand tuns of stone. But the tallest shaft in the world is the Washington Monu ment, which extends heavenward to the height of rive hundred and fifty-five feet. The longest aque duct ever constructed is three hundred and sixty miles and is in Peru, while the largest one in use supplies water to Ne.\ York city, and is thirty eight miles long. Its projected successor will extend clear to the Catskills. * England Ahead in These •"PHE largest bank is the Bank of England in Lon- A don; the oldest college, in Oxford, founded ::. 1050; the biggest theater is at Paris, as is also the largest library. However, the most beautiful library in the world is the Library of Congress at Washing: >:■ The strongest electric light is at the Sydney light house in Australia, while the largest lighthouse ::: existence is situated at Cape Henry. Virginia. I: is one hundred and sixty-five feet in height, and it walls are eight feet thick. Virginia also boasts of the largest fort in the world." Fortress Monroe; though, of course, Gibraltar eclipses it in mere strength. The most highly valued book in existence is Hebrew Bible, which is in the possession of t". German Government. A few years ago the Pope desired to purchase this ancient volume and ma I the German Emperor an otter of one hundred a: I fifty thousand dollars for it. but it was refuse i Millet's •'Angelas" brought one hundred and ti thousand six hundred dollars, the greatest pric\ ever paid for a modern painting; and this was pai i by an American. The longest telephone line in the world extenl from Bangor, Maine, to Omaha. Still another world's record breaker was the Columbian Ex;h>- - ti 'ii in Chicago.