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11, .DRIETEK'S TWO SUN PLAYS.
lisfe BOJtz aaooxisa scrapes ur xzxAa
1M INTEREST OVIBtDBltB.
SJF I I""1" . ! or teattarlna-
H&ttr'' C ' nltlee-aJame Taaaa 4mUo- " '
BTtjfk i '. .Birmm-OK B1T IImwU ' Hl '
h! ft -Ron HI. Oxee Proud Spirit Was Humbled.
Ik&s t 'wldle ,n Texaa." aild Drifter to nfrlend -who
MV' s j , wanted aomo polntere on ranch, llfo In tho Pan-
WM (handle country. '!but at this dlataneo I feel lafo
B$ In liylng that not all Toxane aro crack shots.
Hf ' "There U a free-and-oasy style tbout the
Hi I .Texaa gun play, however, that keepe an outsldor
Wf"&; t ilnteretted from aiart to finish. For Instance,
MW- i 'whllo In Alderman IMIjr Ward's Elephant
fljftf' I Saloon at Fort Worth ono orcnlng, I saw two
Wkt' X Texaa gentlemen aettle a dispute In a way that
&I ' challenged my admiration. A gambler from
Mf,? Mineral Bpringa had been up against Luke
H'tf i iChort'a faro game on Main street and bad in-
Wam- .curred the dlapleaauro of a eport from Waco.
Kit' l Both men knew that Luke was quicker and a
WBM i eurer bot with a revolver than any other man
HI- (ln.theBtate. Although Luke had killed several
H$ t men he objocted to disorder in hla placo, where.
mWr! 1 ,M he aald, he ran a gontlcman'a gamo. 8otho
B&f'- Waco chap simply cashed in his chips and
l ; quietly aald to the sporting man who hnd
t i offended him. "You're about fnt enough to kill.'
LRw ' ThenhelefU,
Kft "About an hour later, aa I stood chatting
pfl, 'with the live atock agent of tho Katy road in
KJf' t 'front of the bar at tho Elephant, tho Mineral
, I , Bpringa gambler came in ordered a drink and
$$, . had a little confab with the barkeeper. Thero
Kffifi .were about twenty, pustomera In the place.
I'lJ ! i Suddenly the awlnglng blind doora opened and
aUffiP 1 the chap from Waco stood on the threshold
Braf 'with a revolver in hla hand and trouble in hla
K$fc i manner. '
Bft J " Come out here, nobertaon,' ho aald, 1 dont
M'fflt t Want to musaBllly'a place.'
ill"" ' "Th8 Bmbler turned carelessly, eyed the
2p ' Ban. at the door and renlled:
"Tffi- If" '0o to tbunder. I'm busy.'
uVrm' ' ' "n oout second ho was exceedingly busy.
tf' Bo. waa the gentleman from Waoo. Strangely
fift1 ' enough none.of the customora or employees in
I'M. K ' terfered with tho principals In that gun play.
& 1 The barkeeper maythave gone down through a
W&i i trap door behind tho bar. At any rate ho know
la e waan't needed and disappeared. My friend,
KM' ' ' tho live atock agent, left hla liquor in tho glass
feW; and I followed hla example. 1 also followed
Hffi' ( him very quickly to a convenient shelter be-
nil Wnd Ul orBter counter. I had aeon the
mW '- Bambler produco a alx-shooter from under his
HsF. coat tails and I felt certain that I could do noth-Hj$-
lug better than to withdraw.
Bkfc "No time was wasted in preliminaries. Those
KSk 'two Texans Juat fell to ahootlng in tho most off-
B .hand manner Imaginable. Business in the
Hr" '" obmn line waa certainly looking up. It was
EJrT. Ill over before I could count ten. From tho
WWfi ' .SbUe of shuffling feet and the clinking of Blasnea
MWSty I knew thatlt -was aafo to venture ouu Be-
' fieTe me. the gambler waa leaning against the
taWh barapparenUy unhurt. The fellow from Waco
mWX wae' standing In the doorway examining a hole
H- . In his slouch hat. The City Marshal rode up
K?" just then, dismounted and came In.
ift witiL' he said, after taklnic In the situation.
C' ' -T3oth of you wasted your ca'tridges. didn't
BiS,' ' "Sure enough, they had. Out of , a dozen
Jf ahota tho one that pinged through tho Anco
mtlMi man's hat waa the only one that had carried
Hs . anything like danger to the two shooters. Thoro
Bai was considerable broken glasswaro on and bo-
umWri' -hind the bar. One shot had spoiled Billy e bis-
gl;. Bcsfmlrror. and the customers, who wuro grad-
MmW'' unlly picking themselves out from under tables.
; congratulated each other upon having escaped
"Jim, tho Marshal, confiscated tho revolvers.
took a drink with eacn of the participants in
f" the (run play, and then said:
S - -Better step up and see tho Judge unless
X you'd rather sleep in the calaboose all night.
Wv$& Bind for hlral 8ho' now. He's a gentleman.
G.g and we'll lust go out together and hunt him up.
J3W r 'Come along, boys.'
tk , " I was interested," said Drifter, "to watch
K'K ' 'tho course ot Justlco in a case where two men,
&Si, , on tho pretext ot settling a auarrol, bad so scat-
vSJg; .tered tfielr fire aa to Interrupt business in a pop-
K7 ultr saloon, to say nothing ot endangering tho
ID lives ot twenty of Alderman Billy's best cus-
. timers. Bo 1 trailed along with the others.
kJV 'We found the City Judge playlnir cards with a
,' few cronies at the englno house, ncixt door to the
A'fti i1 calaboose; Ho opened court thun and there.
trSi , The Marshal was the complainant. Said bo:
RJS " 'Hen, both our friends here had a gun play
MmHAy- down to Bllly'a place and shot the catsup bot-
;'), ' ties off the tables. Mighty poor shots, I call
Mmtt' 'em both. Tho biggest gun I took from the
P.jS' Waco man, the other slx-shootor belongs, or did
B?;' -belong, to the storty boy from Mineral Springs.
BfS- I charge both prisoners with carrying concealed
BS5 deadly weappns.'
Vj;' "That young' Judge dldnt waste any tlmn,
B.- cor did he deem It necessary to call any wlt-
Krt& neases. .
K( "Weapons confiscated, he said sternly.
R';;; Then, with a smile, to the W co man, ho said,
mm-ji, 'You'd "bettor seo Billy Ward and go halves on
Hex?, the broken gloss. It 11 cost you $25 for your
BV, gun play.-
B-sT-' "Toe Mineral. Springs patron of Luke Short's
H?H faro bank seemed a trifle nervous at this ad-
MmSf- Justment. 'Say, Jim,' ho drawled to the Mar-
MkAl. ahai, 'It's the calaboose for mo, I reckon. I've
RSs only got a ten-spot In my clothes.'
ST " 'iToduce that ten,' ejaculated the Judge,
w$ who delivered himself further. 'I know that
ISfi 7ou spend your money and most of your tlmo
mfiiSi' In this city. Iguess we'll got you up here again
&- before long. Then we'll make it $'J5. Court's
ESf; 'The city treasury was $35 richer, Justlco
KvW was appeased. The Waco man said he'd get
WtiM hunk on tho first Fort Worthlto that came to
nS: his town, and all hands returned to Billy's,
fftf whero I was regaled with talcs of wonderful
ftlR (hooting scrapes, and of the daring of the cltr
Wft'JE - taarsnal in quelling gun ploys.
mgSt' "shortly after my introduction to Fort Worth
JSfe as working editor of a brave llttlo Populist af-
Eigg ternoon paper I was warned not to antagonize
H$t' old man Utoneall, the President of one of the
S4. " 'Ho's the real thing when it comes to a show
KJK down.' said young SIcAdain, tho reporter.
KS. 'Whatever you do, as long as you llvo hero or
Kfc& wish to llvo in Texas, don't clear your throat
:iNi If old Btoneall is within hearing. If bo hears
WSh you let out even one little hawk you're as good
rpjf as dead. Ob, yos, everybody from Toxarkana
wLfi, to Santone knows Stoneall and nobody but a
Kt$r Innatlc or n stranger would insult hint. If he
Eiffe draws his gun then take to tho woods and don't
Kifc atop till you're out of Texan.'
Mf.'Wt'' "1 had great respect for Mao's knowlodgo of
Hm men and things In Texan. Ho hnd an Intlmato
KjsE acquaintance with such killers as tho cream ot
BXV the State Hangers; bo had been In on several
Bm, lynching bee and wan tho bosom friend of the
KJ2i Deputy City Marshal. However, I ventured
Bi' to ask:
pSt' " 'How many mon lia? Stoneall killed since
Sfit" ho came hero from Oalrcslonl'
j5.f "Mac, strangely enough, ovaded my Question.
3JK 'Don't clear your throat on tho street If the old
Mass man's within a inilo ot you. Thut'H all.'
mWk 'I' w annoyed and soinowhnt alnrmod, X
l-vkT' - must coufess. To leurn that In the llhorty-lov-
lilt ins Lone Htar State a mun shoula ho dehurrod
(.JS' (ram exercising the lnallenahlo right to use his
Wilis: own throat on penalty of sudden death wns
1-jijfj-, trrltuting to uay tho least. Singularly enough
Ejn J seemed poisossoil by a dublro to 1I11 tho very
Kfw thing forbidden by the old bunk President. I
mMm found myself following luui up und down Main
mM, street, my throat growing Urror anil death
'")' otarer every minute. Ono day I broke tho spell.
.JSf, I took u holiday of twenty-four hours, went over
KtM ' to Dallas, got well primed and lot my throat
?X- bare, froo and umlisputod sway in all Its funo
ilffc "I lived in Fort Worth long enough to sco old
fti. Btoneall'a power wrested from him. His bnnk
B?' fOt into difficulties and there wcro rumors thut
Kg It would not ho safo for tho cashier to show up
tn at-the bank when tho old man was awake. My,
m'.fi put that cashier must havo had 11 grudgo against
3k himself. Ho Invited swift death on ono sum-
raF mer afternoon by vltltlng tho bank for tho
Jsp avowed purpose of having It out with the Bro.
IS aatlng President. Our llttlo Pop ilnlly was
Kfljf about going to press. Ileiiortcr McAdi.m had
W&eT- turned in bis last Item when suddenly two
,&' ahots In rapid succession were hcurd.
HL .," They're olT,' shouted .Mac. 'Old Stone-
akm fll e at it. Thoro's a gun play over nt tho
JVn, bank. Come on.'
i"Aa wo dusted up tho street I felt that gory
rvewu stared at mo In my capacity as editor
' and that u genulno Texas shooting two was on
the carpet, A fusillade greeted my oar as
wo nearod tho cntrunca to Htancull's bank,
: Just then the negro bootblack, who could sleen
,.,'. peacefully through 1111 earthquake, droppml
xjr bom his stool at the bank door, und, on all
7fT fours, scrambled ucross thu street jelling:
L(R . ," 'Ahm dun fob, sbuuhl Cup Stonnull'a
r,!k . . killed mel'
liB:- "Of course he wasn't seriously hurt, A
mU'i atray bullet, winging its way through thu glass
!'.. panel, hod struck that dozing durky on top of
1 the bead and had ploughed u furrow along his
gK "Surely I knew that shrinking llgure, drawn
mm rip in the shadow of the doorwuy, with hands
. pl0, hli dee und head jammed tightly in
Em t0,cor5eri X,c' A1 w:,8" valiant Cfty Mar-
WM hal- Evidently tho bloodshed Insldo was not
Km, . over, for again nnd again shots rang out. Tiien
Km quiet reigned. The Marshal reluxed from hi(
K atlltudo of rigidity, his paunch und his valor
),' became apparent once more, und as ho opened
i- the door und entered tho hank Mao and I fol-
ML&r lowed. The gun play was over."
ft "And old Stoneall and tho cashier bad shot
B& 2. . e1 lR t'eVS8'" a'ikc(1 tho inquirer for
Bi'fN, 'ac" about llfo In Texas.
mm w '"iWolli not .r''r"'" ropHod Drifter. "They
Bffi bausedupalitnjfrBmmunU,on oidStone-
BMBBBBBBaiaMiiN '" '"-s'-,'lh"i '- - r
' i - -.- I
about aa eighth of on inch bft the Up o ot
ear. Tba furniture waa wettyiwell shot up.
to be anro, thedatkr bootblaok didn't get oyer
hia fright for a week, and I 'bare alway har
bored tho suspicion that tho Marshal waa
rather scared hlmsolt that day, but thy prin
cipals, as in the other gunplay I told of, wore)
nono tho worso for tholr llttlo shooting match.
"Mao wrote the story of tho shooting. We
published It, and tho next time I met old Stone
all on tho atreet I took chancoa. I deliberately
cleared my, throat. I had made tip my mind
that before ho could kill me he would hayeusod
up more cartridges than a man ordinarily, car
ries in Texas. Yea, I escapod." conoiudod
Drifter. "I-think old 8toneaH'a spirit' was
broken. He didn't kill anybody while I was In
Texaa, and never mixed In any more gun piaya
after the ono at tho bank,"
CUA&IELEOX CHANGES OF TINT.
An Attempt ta Tell Hew They Aro rroflaeed
Tbreaih tho Sene eT Slant,
from th ScltnUflo American.
These little crooturca were about Ave Inches
in length, of a general dark green hue ahading
to gray, assimilating tho various objects upon
which they rested slowly but very decidedly.
I arrangod aovoral llttlo corrals, ono with a
whlto boso, another with a gray, another with
a green, and changed tho occupants about. In
ten or fifteen minutes they very materially
would adapt thomselvos to the very tint,
though they never became white, tho chango
then being merely n fading out of all lines, leav
ing tho body a faint gray. At night thoy bo
came a beautiful green, which may be consid
ered their normal color. Tho changes mado in
confinement, I am confident, were not ao rapid
as thoso when lizards were in their native
Florida, where moisture and hot days and
ldgbts gavo them tho exact temperature nec
essary for their best displays.
Thoro Is something mysterious and even
uncanny In watching tho change of color.
When placed upon n green twig the little crea
ture would Immediately draw itself out, ex
tond Its front and hind legs at full length, and
become to all intents a part of tho twig or
branch, so that it was difficult to distinguish
It, Mcnnwhllo tho mystorlous blush or green
was deoronlng and Btcallng over Its back and
sides, making tho resemblanco still mora
striking. Tho natural assumption of ono who
had given tbo subject no oipeclnl attention
might bo that tho anolls had glanced around,
anil, perceiving that it was presenting n con-,
trast not fnvorablo to Its porsonal safety,
hnd assumed a color rooro protective. In
other words, that thoro waa some Intelligent
net associated with tho change. When tho
llttlo creature was blindfolded It assumed tho
samo tint as at night, and did not chango when
placed upon tho most striklng.colors, showing
that tho cyo was tho Involuntary medium by
which tho different tints wcro obtained. The
act of adaptation Is perfectly Involuntary, or
mode without tho knowledge of tho animal,
being tho effect which certain colors havo upon
tho pigment cells of the animal. At least this
is tho generally acccptod explanation, and the
experiments which havo beon mado with blind
animals seem to show beyond question that
tho eye is tho medium.
Tlicso peculiar changes, which are so well
known In flsl os and reptiles, can bo understood
by glancing nt tho pigment cells of a frog. Tho
skin Is seen to consist of two portions, the
cutis and epidermis, tho latter , apparently
being mado up of cells. Tbe cutis has largo
cavities among tho nervos, which are com
monly filled with pigment nnd ore very sensi
tive, contracting and expanding In a remarxablo
way. The plgmont cells ore called chroma
tophorcs. and vary in color in different animals
and in the parts of each animal, and may be
red, brown, green, yellow, black, or various
shades. Tho color of tho chromatophoros ap
pears to change during contraction or expan
sion, and constitutes a most complicated and
dcllcato study. Thus In a llttlo fish (Woofu
Jiuthensnarri) Holncko, the German natural
ist, while watching its yellow pigment cells,
saw them gradually expand and become black.
These cells are distributed all over tho body
with more or less regularity, and upon their
contraction and expnnalon depends the pre
vailing color of tbo animal. Thus, If tho pig
ment colls or chromatophores expand, the pre
vailing color will become black, and tho vpry
light snots in tho animal dull. On the other
hand, if they contract, n reverse effect obtains.
Exactly how those wondorful changes in all
animals which adapt themselves to their en
vironments are produced is not known, but
it Is assumed that cortaln colore through the
medium of the optlo nerve produce a contrac
tion or expansion, nnd tho result la a proteo
tlvo tint or ono which assimilates that upon
which the animal is resting. The eye receives
tbe stimulus or impression, which passes from
tho optlo nerves to the sympathetic nerve, so
reaching the various Beries ot chromatophores.
me Burrow JCseapea and' Bonis Cans That
JVom the Hartford Covrant.
The' mention of a sleep-walker standing upon
the street railway track tho other night and
barely escaping being run down haa brought to
tho minds of many peoplo incidents in this line
that havo como undor their observation, and it is
simply astonishing how general la this habit.;
One person mentions tho case ot a member of
the housohold who waa found wandering about
on the housetop, all unmindful ot his danger,
while the observer was at hla wits' end to know
how to get him in before ho should make a mis
step and fall to tho ground. Usually tho eyes
of tho somnambulist are wide open, and now
nnd then a story Indicates that tho vision must
be fairly good at times.
For instance a gentleman remembers that
when he was a young man an acquaintance was
badly given to tho habit, and he would often go
out into tbo yard and wander about. Ono night
a number of thorn lay in ambush for him just to
watch his operations. By and by tbe door
opened in a buslness-llko way and out camo tho
young man. He went straightway across the
street Into a lot whero there was a nut treo and
proceeded to pick up nuts and put thorn in a
pile. A fow moments at this task, then ho
started townrd the houBO. In spanning tho
fence he mado a misstep and fell. This awak
ened him, and while ho was In the first act ot
collecting his thoughts he saw in tho darkness
the young men who wcro watching him. Just
nt that tlmo their appearance en startled him
that ho fled like a deer. Tho clrcumstanco was
so Impressed upon his mind that bono ver after
ward indulged in tho habit.
A gentleman told an amusing incident that
happened in his early llfo. Ho was sure that
he could not have been moro than 5 or 0 years
old at the time. Ho often found himself at tho
far end of tbo long, unfinished chnmbcr whero
he slept, and usually could not nwnko suffi
ciently totlnd his way to bed again, so one or
tbe other of his parents would hoar him crying
nnd come to his rescue. Naturally they got a
llttlo tired of tho bother and no ono should be
blamed for what followed. As stated, tho cham
ber was an untlni.shod ono, and in placo of tbo
guard rail nt tho danger end of tho stairway a
number of barrels hod been placed. When the
night's somnambulistic tour culminated that
left n lasting impression on his mind, as well as
Ills body ho was near thoso barrels and It
scptnod had been struggling to get through be
tween thorn when be must surely have bean
killed by falling down tho stnlrs. Tho noise
arouxod the parents, and on this memorable
occasion tbo father visited the chamber and just
In time to save tho lad from getting through.
He was on bis hands and kno s pushing through
and the opportunity for administering tho usual
punishment of thoso days could not havo been
better nrranged to order. "Talk about spank
ings," said tho relator; "why, that mutt have
boen forty years and more ago, but 1 can feel the
sting as If it was last night I But it cured me,
you may be sure."
CANADA'S. JfATAT, JtESERFB BIIIPB.
No neaattlllon Iteerlvrd for tbe Vessels or the
Vancouver, Doc. SI, The Canadian Paclflo
Trans-PaclQo Steamship line has not received
any notice of tho calling out of the naval re
serve. Officers ot tbo steamship Empress of
Japan, now in port, said this morning that,
should war break out, they would be ready,
Knch ot tbo thrco steamers has a complement of
fifty whlto men nnd officers besides the Chinese
stokers. Tho first officer aald :
"Wo aro supposed to bo all naval reserve
men, but thero are a fow exceptions in each
Bteuincr. At tho call for action we would be
ready In twenty-four hours. All the guns are
supposed to be at Esqulmalt; but as a m itter ot
fact half ra hero and half in Hong Kong.
When word camo to prepare we would steam to
Esquimau, placo the guns on the mounts al
ready established and stenni uwuy for thu seat
of wur before the next sun wus down. Wo
would put six qulck'llrlng Maxim guns on the
upper promenado decks, foro and aft, nnd In
other parts of the ship we would mount eight
sluw-llring live-inch guns. Wo can carry two,
and probably three, battalions of 1.000 men
each, with all their accoutrements and horses,"
On tho trial trips of tho Empresses they wore
pushed to a speed ot 11). 05 knots, but for mer
cantile purposes they nro required to go only
16.60 knots, Tbo Empress of Japan showed un
der pressure an average speed across the Paclflo
of 17,15 knots.
One Thlnr Xredrd.
From tht notion TravtUr.
"My friends," said tbe eloquent minister,
" were the averngo man to turn and look at biin
self Bquarely In tho eyes and ask hlraielf what
bo really ntoded most, whut would bo the first
reply suggested to bis mind I"
"A rubber ueck." shouted the precocious
urchin In tbe rear of tbe room, and in the con
fusion which followed tbe good man lost hia
place in his manuscript and began over again.
.PARTED BY A CAKrWAIKa
A.W AOTOWa T.ABT MEETING frjTXT
, AN ACCOitFLianEl) DllESBEll.
Ha ad Hla wnr rrlenda Consented to Be the
Jm4(M at a Cake Walk, and Their Good
Intaallona BUrtea a niot. Caused fUior
to ltb, and xd to a ttuth tor Idle.
"If it were not for my dresser, Dave Whlto, I
don't bellevo that I would havo halt as many
calls in ray dressing room," Joo Belgium ueod
to say frequently. Bolglum haa played leads
and star parts for a dotcn years. Belgium Is
not tho name by which ho is advertisod on tho
three-sheet posters, but it is geographically
near it, and aa Davo Whlto Is presumably still
alive it would be unfair to the actor to giro
him a clue.
"Whlto Is the blackest whlto man and the
whitest black man that evor lived," was tho ox
pressed sentiment ot Belgium's friends after
they had tasted ono ot his celebrated cocktails.
Dave was an expert dresser, nnd ho could
pack a trunk bo that not n single garment
wonld bo wrinkled. Ho hnd beon with Bolglum
for soveral years when tho break camo, tho
memory ot wbtch hangs over Belgium like a
bad dream. To this day tho announcement
that a colored man wants to soo him In his dress
ing room is tho. signal for Bolglum to tnko n
strategic position where ho may act on tho
dofcnslvc. Whlto's admiration for tho actor
whom he served was equalled only by tho hos
pitality with which ho served Belgium's liquors
to the thirsty who called. Belgium himself is
an abstemious man, but ho found it convenient
for his friends to havo something for tholr re
freshment when they happened to call on him
In his! dressing room at tho theatre, and Dnvo
White dispensed the refreshments with tho
air of one .who had como into hla own and
wanted all his Irionda to share it. Bolglum
la a big, athlotto follow, and Davo frequently
asserted, when in the company of other dress
ers, that hla gentleman could whip Corbett In
two rounds, and bolng something ot a scrapper
himself, ho carried conviction with his asser
tion on soveral notnblo occasions. Dnvo's
good humor, howover, was bo inexhaustible
that all.of Belgium's friends liked him, and
when, ono night, after Bolglum hnd mndo his
lost chango and waa waiting with several
frionds for his call to go on in tho last act,
Whlto said that ho had a llttlo favor to ask, tho
visitors told him to ask and it should be granted.
"You are all very kind." said Davo, "an' I
Jcs' wnnt to extend to you all a respoctful In
vitation to attend tho annual ball un" cake
walk of the Stage Dressers' AM Society this
evening at 12 In our hall in West Twenty-seventh
"Your respectful invitation la unanimously
accepted." said Bolglum, very politely.
"Yes,: Blr, thank you, sir, said Dave, "an'
the tickets admitting gent an' ladlos is 50 cents
including hat chock."
"We will take five, Dave, at tho regular rate,"
'aald Belgium, and that waa how tho trouble
when Belgium and his friends. Including In
tho party a young man who has slnco mado his
name as a playwright, react od tho address given
by tho dresser, they found n narrow, dark hall
way through which n pushing crowd of colored
peoplo was struggling to roach a (tight of stairs
that ran up to tho danoo hall on tbo second Moor.
"Mako way for Davo Whlto's gemmen frons,"
shouted a man nt tho foot ot tho Btui w ho had
boon stationed there to net as a picket, and as
tbo crowd separated Belgium and his friends
worked their way upstairs. They found them
selves in a long, narrow danee hall which bad n
low stage railed oS at ono end nnd a llttlo box for
tho musicians at tho other end. In tho latter
lnclosuro n colored orchestra wus playing senti
mental airs and around the sides of the room
stood colored men and women four deep. Tho
centre of tho floor was clear. Most of the wo
men present wore in fancy costumes and tho
mon wore cither regulation evening clothes or
grotosquo costumes. Conspicuous ubovo tho
crowd wus it colored man, fully soven feet nigh,
wearing a drnb livery.
Davo Whlto Wore un old evening suit of Bel-
f turn's which lit ted htm loosely, nnd across tho
rent of hlObirt was a broad, bright red ribbon
with "Floor Munugcr" stumped on It In black
letters. Whlto led his guests Into tho lnclosuro
opposite tho band, and, stops Ing tho musicians
in tho middlo of a piece, he mado this announce
ment: "Ladlos an' gentlemen an' friends, it gives
me great pleasure to present to you your judges
tor this evening, Mr. Josoph Belgium, tho dis
tinguished character actor, and his four friends."
Belgium and bits friends were flabbergasted
at this announcement.
"To think that I should end my young career
on a razor," said tho playwright dramatically.
"Wo would neyor get out of this placo alive if
we nctod us judges," said another.
Davo was summoned to tho lnclosuro to ox
plain. Ho assured Belgium thut there wasn't
a razor In tho crowd, and thut no matter what
tho decision might bo no troublo would follow.
Ho begged his guests to act as Judges becuuso
he had udvortlsod them In advance. Ho was to
urgent in bis request that Dually they yielded.
Davo explained that all tho candidates for thu
cake would walk around tho hall to music until
the finish. It was tba. duty of tho judges, to
weed out tho unlikely candidates nnd tell them
to drop out of the march. By this process of
weeding only the stars would be left in tho ring.
This looked like dangerous work, but thu Judges
were in tor it und they gavo tho signal.
The band started a march with a tremen
dous crash. Mr. Davo Y hlto led oil with illss
Patty Willow, u vorv Btout colored woman 111 a
ballet dancer's costumo made from yellow
calico, and behind them camo tcventy-flve uioro
couples. From tho judge' btuml It was a
whirling ring ot colors, kaleidoscopic in lis
changos, accompanied by tho shunting of many
feet In time to the music, Thero ncro long
men mated with short women, and short men
mated with long women, and hart thoy
boen automatons moved by wires their
movements would not havo been in mora per
fect time to tho music. Tho friends ot tho walk
ers stood around tho outside edge ot tho ring
a solid black, howling muss, 'lhcy yelled en
couragement to tho candidates, and ns tho
muslo got Into full swing mid quickened its
time n bit they began to bhufllo and sway In
rhythm with it. Every wulkor strained his or
her muscles to put In extra step., und us tho
E recession swung around the corners eacli ono
ad his or hor own way ot making tho turn.
Homo of them did it with military precision.
Others executed u fow steps from u wlmr dunce,
and then us they woro around settled down
into tbo steady nhulllo that would bring them
to tbo next turn, Tho dust arose from tho
floor, and the booming of thu bund nnd I no
shouts of tbo on-luokcrs mado a big noise.
Davo White was not tho samo man. Ho nnd
Miss Patty Willow hud won the previous cako
walk, and they wero bound to win this "lie.
Tho muscles in their facos twitched and their
eyes scorned to be, popping out of their bends.
Davo hod tho expression of n man wnu wus
hypnotized, and ho sprang into tho air auto
matically whenever thu cymbals clashed. The
novelty and nolso of tbo show stnggerod tho
judgoe, and It was not until tho walkers begun
to glare nt them expectantly that thoy awoke
to their dutlos.
"Let's wood out a few and settlo tho diut,"
said Belgium, and tho other judges ugroolug, ho
called ton couples otf tho floor.
Tbo disappointed onos yielded to tho decision
reluctantly, und when their friends who hud
been rooting for them realized what hud hap
pened thoy raised an nngry protest. Tho
shouts ot approval of thoso still in tho ring
drowned tbo sounds of dissent. Thero wus u
little more spaco between tho couple!, nnd thoso
who woro left began to inject more fancy steps
into their walk. Tho walkers had been ut it
for halt an hour, but nono of them showed
signs of futlguo. Tba band playud ono inarch
over and over, but it had lots of action In it.
Billy ilcGlnry'o lust cako walk in his old Hester
street hall had been walked to this sumo music,
until a Western man shot out tho lights at day
break and tho police entered without tho
formality of buying hat chocks. Around und
around the ring sbufllad tho dancers, and from
tlmo to tlmo tho judges plucked up courage
to tell a couple to drop out. As tho wnlkors
becamo fewer tbo excllemont ot the spectators
"I think that there is going to bo troublo
here." said one of the Judge, "and I have for
tunately found right buck of us the gas stiut-oir.
If a single razor Is pulled I'm going to turn It,
and we can dlro for tho door before tho crowd,"
"In that cuso," said Belgium, "I think that I
had bettor call off my d rosier after this turn so
that wo can havo his support,"
That was tho fatal mlttuko of the ovonlng
that brought disaster, Whlto was tho favorite
for the cake, and lie carried many bets, some of
them his own. As ho passed tba Judges' stand
Belgium culled out:
"Drop out, Dave, nt tho next turn."
A look of Intense disgust spread over Mr.
White's faco ns he said:
"Yes, you," answered Belgium.
Before Whlto bad finished his turn ovory ono
in tbo hall know that lie bad been turned down.
Tho angor of his friends Infected Whlto und
Miss Willow. With a yell lie hroko out of tho
line nnd started down toward thu Judges' stand
with a constantly Increasing crowd of frlende.
Uclglum saw two razors nnd n club In tbo crowd,
and" recognized the fact that for tho moment
V hue wna u maniac.
"Out with tho lights," ho shouted.
In an instant tho hall was in darkness. Tho
judges, being near tho door, mado It success
fully and reached tho bottom of tho stairs In
two jumps. Ah thoy ttod up tho stroot n chorus
of curses and yells tilled tho air and down tho
block a policeman began to raj) for assistance.
It took u scoro of bluecoutB to round up tho
lighters in tho hall, aud at tbo bottom of tbo
beep was Dave Whlto, "Floor Manager."
When White was arraigned in tho pollco
court Bolglum sent him some money and hla
"I'd novor dare to have him act aa my dresser
' " ' j " ' ' ' ' '
again," ha aald. 'He'd .be urb to remember
the fact that I lost him tho cake some tlmo and
then I'd ho cut up." .......
Whlto knew that he had precipitated .the
row, and ho mado no effort to be reinstated. Bel
gium's frienda havo missed Whlto'a cocktails
when they havo dropped in to aco tho actor In
his dressing room, nnd they havo consoled
themtelvoa by forming tho "Antl-Coko Walk
Association. Limited." If Davo Wblto'a namo
ahould be'pToposcd, ho wouldlbo blackballed.
WHEN ZI.SCOT.N IT A 8 KILZED.
Oalr Vive of the Cempaa Playlnsr at Ford's
Theatre Mow Living,
BmotMMTOx, Doc. 30. Among the membera
of a theatrical company playing a week'a en
gagement In this city is Mrs. Katheryn M.
Evans, who was ono of tho mombors of tho com
pany nt Ford's Theatre, Washington, when
President Lincoln was assassinated. Mrs.
Evans's husband was arrested on suspicion nftor
tho nssasslnatlon, but was soon roloascd. Mrs.
Evans said to-day:
"Thero wero twenty members of tbe company,
only four of whom aro now living besides my
solf. They aro Harry Hawk, who is still upon
tho stago, but where I do not know; W. J.
Ferguson, now playing with Froh man's Empire
Theatre stock company; M. A. Konnedy and
Jcnnlu Courier, who haa retired from tbo stage
and lives in Brooklyn. I waa living in Wash
ington upon E street nt the tlmo with my hus
band nnd Harry Hawk, who roomed at our
house, which was only a fow doora from
Ford's Thoatre. My character tho night of that
uwf ul tragody was Mrs. Sharp, a housekoepor.
Upon tbo tragic night of tho assassination we
had not Been Booth around tho theatre, and
nono of us know or thought anything about him '
until during the third act, whllo Harry Hawk
waa alone on tho stage.
" Wo wero all in our dressing rooms when the
pistol shot was heard. We rushed upon tho
stago and saw Mrs. Lincoln holding tho head
ot her husband between hor hands and hoard
hor calling for help. Wo did not soe Booth loap
upon the stago, nor did wo seo htm afterward.
"Harry Hawk looked up toward the box which
contained the Presidential party and he saw
Booth spring upon tho odgo of tho box and loap
down upon tho Btngc, with n knlfo In his hand.
Two or thrco days boforo tho tragody Hawk and
Booth, who had always been almost insepara
ble, had a quarrel ovorn young woman upon
whom they wcro both calling, and Booth told
Hawk that if ho evor called upon her again ho
would run a knlfo through him. Hawk had
colled upon tho young woman tho previous
evening, and when ho saw Booth standing on
tho edgo of tho box with a knlfo In his hand and
Jump toward him, ho naturally foared for his
llfo and run.
"As Hawk ran from tho stage Booth Jumped
up from where ho had fallen nnd llmpedoff with
his leg broken. It was Hawk's running from tho
Btngo and concealing himself in bis dressing
room that confutod people as to whero Booth
had gone, nnd Hawk's dressing room was
searched boforo they got on tho right track.
Mean tlmo Booth hnd secured a good start on
his horse, which was waiting for him at tho
stage door. Hawk was accused of bolng a con
spirator In tho plot and camo near being mur
dered a dozon times.
"My husband, J, 1L Evans, wns well ac
quainted with Booth, nnd on tho same evening
that tho shooting occurred wna with him for a
short time. On account of this fact ho was
placed under arrest, but was released shortly
afterward. Ho noticed nothing wrong with
Booth at tho time. Ho was lively, and a social
glass mis tnken by them boforo they separated.
"As Hank, who was nupposcd at first to bo
an accomplice, had his room at our houso, it
wns Bcarchcd from garret to cellar, upon tbo re
mote possibility that Booth wns concealed some
where undor tho roof. Walls wero sounded,
beds piertod through and through with swords
and bayonoU, the trunks and wardrobes broken
open and searched, and every possible place of
concealment pried Into, The sound ot galloping
hoofs outsldo tho door, ns messengers rushed to
und fro. was almost deafening, and it was not
for weeks afterward thut any degreo ot quiet
and order wns restored.
"I remember poor Spanglor, whom I know
well nnd who was Btago carpenter near tho thea
tre. Ho happened to be standing at tho outer
stago door as Booth ran townrd him aftor tho
hhot, and in his confusion opened tho door for
Booth to escape. Ho was entirely Innocent ot
any criminal intont. but was Imprisoned for six
years and camo near losing his life. W. J. For
guson was call boy at the theatre."
.Mrs. Evans savB that the discussion which the
death "f George A. Parkburst In New York In
July. 1800. caused as to whether he was the last
survlvlnir memhor of Laura Keene's company,
enabled her to learn tho whereabouts and sub
sequent history of tho membera of the company.
"Z1ICE BILLY ItOOD'S &A.R2I."
The Colloquialism Some Country maidens Csed
on a CUT Youth.
A young man of this city, who waa visiting
frienda in the southern part of the State last
summer, discovered that tho young women in
tho placo had a slang expression which ho could
"Llko Billy Rood's farm," said the young
women when they wanted to cast doubt on
something that had been said. With metropoli
tan conceit tho young man attributed tho ex
pression to tho silliness ot country girls, and for
a time made no Inquiries. His curiosity got the
better ot him ono night, however, when, after
telling a damsel, with whom he had beon coquet
ting for a week, that he loved hor, sbo lookod
him ovor from head to foot, then smiled, and
" Like Billy Rood's farm."
This was where tbo young man began to In
vestigate. Ho lcarnod that Billy Rood waa tho
owner of a big stock farm a few miles down tbo
river, and that running through tho farm was a
trout stream. Adjoining It were heavy woods,
where tbo shooting was excellent.
Down to Billy Rood's farm all through tho
summer and a part of tho winter peoplo used to
go to llohnnd shoot. When thoy wore thirsty
they would visit Billy's creamery and help
themselves to milk and cream. When they
wcro hungry they thought nothing ot going up
to tho houso nnd asking for food. They tramplod
duwn Billy's lino farm land, omntlcd bis trout
stream, shot his cattle by accident, and con
suuicd hundreds of dollars' worth of his eatables
und drinkables each year.
Billy Hood was n patient man. Foryoarahe
welcomed tho visitors and wns glad to entertain
them. It got to 00 too much of a good thing
after a while, though, and Billy revolted. He
didn't up ami pitch somebody off tho farm; nor
did he have any wordy arguments over tho mut
ter. Ho Just inarched Into town onednynnd
posted up tho following sign in tbe lobby ot the
Everybody In this tonn Is Invited to Tlilt my farm
whenever they pteeso.
Their friends may come too.
Jly milk and cream Is to be drunki come and help
me get rid uf It.
If you want anything to eat day or night wak up
my servants and ask thorn for It.
1 Mucked my trout stream for the puello.
3Iy woods an- opeu to all.
You're welcome to shoot my Jerseys whsn yon can't
find anything else In lb woods.
There's nothing I'm so fond of as plenty ot company.
Everybody's welcome to do lint what they want to
on my farm,
The next tlmo a girl said "Llko Billy Rood's
faun "to that young man he knew what waa
A Clever Trlcb Done by tho Aid or Rbosmakari'
Wax nnd a tlullon.
There are fakirs going about this town pre
tending to havo tho ability to mngnctlza a pack
of cards, and In tint way to bo able to hold a
whole pack suspo tided from the palm of tho hand
with apparently noothoreupport, Thofakirflrst
Bbows n pack of playing cards of tho ordinary
typo and Invites the bystanders to examine
them. After tho examination has been com
pleted, tho fakir lays tbe pack down lu front of
him, and placing his left hand palm downward
on a table, takes up tho cards, 0110 by one, und
tuiks them under his hand, Tho first card Is
put in undor his lingers, tho noxt ono parallel
with this, under tho main part of tho palm, and
tbo next two are tucked under tho sides of his
hand, but on ton of the ends of tbo first two,
Thun In order, all tho others am tucked in, be
tween these four und tho hand. When they nro
all In place, tho fakir draws bis hand carefully
to tho odgo of tho table and then clear of it,
and tho cards all remain suspended. When a
sufficient amount ut wonder has been produced
by tho trick, tho fakir offers to sell the secret of
it to any ono for M cents.
Tbo trick is clever, but it con be done without
buying) the secret from the fakir. The secret
lies In having a button concealed In the hand,
which has a bit of shoemakers' wax stuck to tbe
centre o( It. Just before beginning to place tbe
cards undor tho loft hand, the button is stuck
fast to tbo palm of that hand, n llttlo way back
from tbo lingers. Tho llrst two cards ure so
placed that their inner edges are lucked undor
this button. The button holds those cards In
Elaoo, and thoy hold all the others. Closing tho
and will cause tbo cards to drop, and nt tho
same tlmo loosen tho button from tbo palm so
that it can be got out ot sight.
STRAN6E JOHN CAltLEKN.
a enmsvn and cojz-oin jtounnt
OF THE TEXAS JMONTIBll.
Nobody Knew TChcr Me Came from or Tfhlth.
er lie Trent, Itut lie Knew All About
inmiderln Mono lomo or Ilia Wnia
or teparatlng lltmteirrrem It.
Trom tht St. Loutt Oobe-fJemocraf.
Six Sada, Tex., Doc 17. In the mountains
on tho frontlor ot Toxas ono hears of strango
characters. Bold and daring mon como horo to
make fortunos, others como to cscapo from tho
memory of their misfortunes, nnd others in
search of Adventure. No ono ever know whnt
brought tho man Carlccn to tho San Haba. He
was a mystery, and almost his every net wns
clouded in mystery from the hour Hint ha set
his brogan Bhocs Into tho black mud of Mo
nnidvlllo until ono fluo day ton years liter when
he bid his cowboys farewell, nnd they said as tho
stago disappeared over tho hills townrd San
Antonio: "There goes tho strangest character
that ovor struck Toxas."
Mr. Carleon was a Fronchmnn, botraylng his
nationality in tho pronunciation ot n scoro or
moro English words ho bad picked up on tho
road from Now Orloins to the prairies of tho
Lone Star tato. When ho appeared for tho
first tlmo in tho streets of tho llttlo frontier vll
logo whero ha afterward becamo so well known,
ho was dressed ns a common laborer, rniukod u
short plpo, and carried a stout stick. Tbo
cowboys lounging about Iho Brlndlo Stcor en
loon sized him up and rendered n verdict that a
good average job ot sheep herding would Just
about fit tho dogrco ot tendcrfootcdnoss that
was manifested in hla langungo, manner, and
carriage Aftor a fow moments' conversation
tho winks that wcro exchangod bctweon tho
loungers lndicatod tho superior satisfaction
that thov experienced over tho correctness of
their Judgment, but tholr organs of vision wcro
suddenly oxpandod boyond nil capacity of clos
ing without nn extraordinary oftort when tho
nowcomor, with llttlo ceremony and fow words,
Invited tho whole crowd to refresh themselves
nt tho bar of tho Brlndlc Steer. Ho did want a
job of hording sheep, and ho began to ask ques
tions as to wages, and about tbo prico ot lambs
nnd owos and rams whllo tho barkeeper was
giving him chango for tho big yellow doubloon
that ho had seloctcd from tbo handful of loose
coins to pay for tho drinks. Something llko re
spectfulness on ths part ot tho crowd toward
tho stranger, which had succeeded tho curlositv
ho hod aroused, grew into admiration when Sir.
Cnrlocn accidentally dropped a silver-mounted
revolver from tils coat pocket and curolosly
picked it up with tho Indlfferenco of an old
plainsman. All were apparently ongcr to an
swer bis questions nnd grant him Information
upon every subject with such promptness nnd
pleasure as to plcaso tbo Frenchman immensely.
Carlcen lounged about! tho hotel for soveral days,
getting acquainted with tho peoplo nnd mak
ing himself immensely popular by his liberality.
Peoplo thought it rather strango that such a
man would go oil into tho mountains to herd
sheep for $40 n month, but thoso who wcro
most intlmato with tho stranger suld that they
thought ho simply wantod to learn tho business.
There wero others, however, who did not hesi
tate to express tho opinion that tho Frenchman
wus n stngo robber and thut bo had como out
Into the mountains to hide.
Mr. Carlecn soon demonstrated that ho was
not n slow man. Ho developed nnd oxocuted
his plans with tho rapidity that distinguished
tho greatest of nil of his countrymon. Whllo
everything about him appeared to bo shrouded
in mystery, bo acted as if ho had nothing 10
conceal. Ho appeared to live for tho purposo
of astounding and mystifying those who were
watching him. In tho course of eight or ten
days tho news camo to town that tho mysteri
ous Frenchman, nfter n few days' hording, had
expressed himself as being tired of following
tho flock for wngcB. Ho had purchased 10,000
hoad ot sheep and paid for them in good San
Antonio paper, so tho fctoty run. Next ho
bought the famous Los Florotu3 grant, con
taining 100 sections of grazing lands, nnd soon
afterward Mr. Carlecn camo to town, conllrm
ing nil these stories und making nrrangoments
to put a barbcd-wlro fonco around ono of tho
largest pastures in western Texas. Could it bo
possible that tbo man was going actually to
ienco in (14,000 acres of lnndl This happened
buck In tho early 70s, before tho cnttlu kings
nnd big syndicates begun to btring barbed wlro
around wholo counties. Tbo Frenchman spent
tbo night In Monardvillo, and long before sun
rise, on tho ncxt.mornlng he wns on Ida road to
Fan Antonio, accompanied by half a dozon cow
bovs, driving a herd of ponies In front of them.
Ton days ufterward a travcllor reported on
tho San Saba that an army was moving ncross
tho prairies ot western Texas, It was an army,
but nn army of laborers, stonemasons, carpen
ters, painters, machinists, and tcumstcrs, Tho
Frenchman wns ro'urnlng with -00 to.uusand
moro than 000 people. Mcnnrdvillo went on a
boom, and tho Los Florctns ranch, only tan
miles away, presented a Bcono of bustlu and
nctlvity which mado tho natives stare In won
der nnd amazement. Mr. Carlcen had leased
hundreds nnd thousands af square miles of
grazing lands, and around all this vant.scoiio
of country ho began to erect a wire fonco. Ho
Instantly hroko ground for tho purposo of es
tablishing a homo placo on tho banks of the San
Sana, Hundreds uf laborers wero set tn work
quarrying rock, whllo other hundreds wcro en
gagud lu digging tor tho foundation uf his
house. It tool: him two yenrs to comploto
this lmmcnso structure. It covers at least half
nn acre of ground, and is llvo stories high, aud
nl ngethcr ono of tho most beautiful und as
tounding pieces of architecture in America io
dny. Tno walls uro ot pure whlto marble,
whllo great columns of bluish gramto support a
inuornllicent porch extending around two sides
of tho entire structure. Artists camo from
Paris toexert thelrcklllontho colling nnd wnlls.
During tho tlmo that ho was building thlspalaco
away out bore on tho frontlor of Texas Carlcen
never fcnld a word of his family, or. for that mat
ter, a word of Ids own history. His tongue ran
llko a bell clapper on all subjects but one, nnd
that ono wns Carlecn. His agents had pur
chased cattlo all over eastern Texas, nnd as a
conscqucnco at tho end of a year or inn'o hla
mlmonso estate was well stocked. At that
tlmo ho was regarded as ono of the greatest
catllcmon on tho frontier.
Tho strango mnn did not limit his extraor
dinary improvements to tho palaco that ho
erected, lie kept n largo force In his quar
ries, nnd n llttlo army of masons w as cmploj'cd
for soveral years in building Ion; lines of stone
Fence?. Theso itructiires woro not erected
after tho mannor of Buch old tumblo-donn nf
fairs as ono often sees In some of tho older
Htntcs. Tho walls wcro of c did dressed stono.
and there wcro great stono pillars around tho
entablature of which were trailing vines, clus
ters of grapes nnd festoons of flowers, exhibit
ing In tho highest stylo of art tho skill of tho
sculptor. Bol ween tin so pillars swung mnsslvo
Iron gates. Theso nro not yet rulni. hut hero
nn tho wild hills of tho Han Saba, whero wolves
howl nt night and dicr sleep bonoith tho shade
of tho oaks, miles and miles of theso lnugnlll
cent w Us mny bo scon winding over the undu
lating prairies und through tho green valloys,
whllo up thcio on the mountain Htands whlto
against the western sky that glgimtic pilo nf
stono nnd morlnr of vhich nn man can ray
whether It Is 11 monument to tho genius or folly
of tho Frenchman Curleen, Ho wns certainly
of irrent ndvuntngi to this particular pnvt of
Texas. Ho brought un nhumlanco of money
into tho country, and ho gavo thousands of
people employment. As long ns ho prosecuted
Ids gigantic schemes this wiib tho limit pros
perous portion of tho H (e. At 0110 tlmo moro
than 1,000 peoplo wcro employed on tho ranch,
Ho kept tho road upon to Han Antonio, 11 dU
tanco of nearly 1100 miles, and relays of burses
wcro established every tun or (If icon miles.
Ho had n dally mall, nnd tho rn.id was lined
with tenuis huu'.lng supplies and machinery to
tho famous ranch, Carlecn was very fond of
tho society of educated men and accomplished
women, und torn long tlmo Iho big ranch hoino,
which he culled tho palaco of St. Cloud, was
crowded with peoplo who appeared tn ho there
In search of plonsure to the exclusion of every
Tho Fronchmnn llkqd San Antonio, dollght
ing to cull It "Old'Sanantune." and ho wont
thoro very frequently. Ho pnlntod tho placo
cnrmlno when ho got there, nnd It Is well re
membered thu'. ho nover luckod for friends to
help him. Ono tlmo wn hoard that ho dropped
Dllfo.nOO In gold nt tho EI Moro, hut If It was
truo It nover cnusod him to eliuugo Iho expres
sion nt his features, s-'omi'llmes houxlunded
his trips to Old Mexico, and oncn It was ri
inored that ha went tn (union and Paris,
Ho hnd been pursuing his strango career
about soven yoars, living llkn n Monto Ciisto
and exilllng Iho wonder of all western Texas,
as if ho woro a Cnglioitrn in league with tho
devil, when ono rnlny ovenlng, just before
Christmas, a lady descended from thoovcvlind
stugo In Mennrdvllle, This woman carried u
crucifix In ono hnud and a Illblu In thu other.
Sho Inquired for Carlcen and then nskrd torn
room in which sho might nppcnl t (iod undis
turbed. On tho next day she went In tho palaco
of St. Cloud, and as sho entered ut ono gittu
Carlcen wont out at tho other. Ilo never
topped until ho was safely ensconced insldo uf
tba Whlto Elephant In. Sin Antonio. Ho never
denied that tho llttlo woman was his wife, but
that thoro was hoiho tcrrlhlu hecrot lictwccn
them which nearly conguale' tho man s bhmd
every tlmo ho thought uf It. and iiiudo Iho wo
man s faco rcpulslvo to him, was beyond ques
tion. He nt onco plunged Into tho wlldo.it kind
of dissipation, nnd bis host riders nnd fnslest
ponies wero kept busy for two weeks bearing
messages between Han Antonio und tho ranch.
At lougth such mysterious affairs us existed be
tween tho two peoplo wcro nrranged In some
wuv, nnd tho llttlo woman returned tn (iulvcs
ton und Balled for Europe, atill muttering pray,
era and carrying her crucifix in 0110 bund and
her Biblo In tho othor. From this tlmo on to
the end of hla career in Texas Carlcen waa nover
the aamo man. Uo evidently labored day and
.Mi'ii''!.''.ii-tt ",y.- .-v-,-i')Mt. Ai-i
1 . 1 T, 1
night' to drive something from hi mind. The
preathouso wa crowded with people who were
bent upon pleasure alone, rnd atrange rumors
circulated as to games of carda where not-only
millions but beautiful women were, lost und
won. Carlcen began totrive- away money.
Ho made one ot bis nolghoora a present of. a
largo pasture nnd a fine herd of cows. To an
other bo gave n largo band of graded polled
Angus steers. To n favorlto cowboy ho gnvoa
whole drove of fine horses, and nt tho feet of a
beautiful singer from San Antonio ho throw, n
check for $100,000 In gold. Tho daughter of a
gamekeeper who handed him a cup of cold
water from ono of his own springs was re
warded with a band of shocp. Ho attended a
school exhibition, und nt tho close of tho exer
cises ho prosontcd onch and ovory ono of tho
llttlo boys and glrle with a check for W.000. .
During tho flood tldo of his prosperity ho had
stocked a lino park of several bund rod acres
with tho arrest specimens of wild animals from
ovory known nook and corner ot tho globe.
One day, Just liefnro tho llnal crash, when tho
Frenchman wns In a particularly hilarious
mood, ho mounted his hnrso and Invited ovory
ono nbotit his houso nnd In the country to help
him slay theso zoological speclmem. His guest,
boated with wine, nud hit cowlwys, nlwnya
oupor for n fro.lc, wcro. of course, ready for 1
such flno sport. Tho slaughter lotted threo
wholo days. Elephants, lions, tigers, nnd leop
ards woro hunted down and shot with Winches
tors to tho musk) of hounds nnd tho blast ot
horns. Deer, nntolope, nnd rare birds wrro
Bpared, and after tbo royal sport was ended tho
gates of tho park wero thrown open nnd theso
nllowcd to run wild. There were plenty of 1
poonlo who bellovod that tho mysterious spend
thrift hail found Hondo's famous lost sliver
mines of the San Rabn. Others thought ho was
soiiio European 1'rlnco who had Inherited a
limitless fortuno, nnd there were others who In
sisted that tho man was either capablo of con
verting tho baser mo'-nls into gold or else ho had
been a groat plrnto or an Old World bnnk rob
bor. Townrd tho end pooplo did not care to ho
intlmato with tho strango man. though hun
dreds wero indobtcd to hla liberality for tholr
fortunes. Carleon ronllzod tho situation, nnd
ono flno day ho wulkcd out of tho groat palaco ot
St. Cloud and turned his back upon tho coun
try with bo llttlo ceremony that .thorp who
know him host woro most astonished. Ho
stopped In San Antonio long enough to mako u
Arm of lawyers familiar with his nffnlrs.
Ho was noxt hoard from In London lncomnnny
with a woman of groat benuty, and Bhortlv
afterward a fow linos floating about In tho
nowsoaticrs told Iho Btory of tho sulcldo in tho
great English metropolis of n rich Texnn who
had left a million on deposit In Iho Hank of Eng
land. It was Corloon-Jolin Carlcen-and ho
dlod as ho hud lived n mystery. And so end
ed tho groutost of nil Texas mystorios. Ho
enmo n mystery, lived ten years In a cloud of
mystery, nnd disappeared In mystery.
THAT WA8 A STAMPEDE.
A Herd or IB, 000 Cuttle Ilroke for a Onller
and 9,700 Were Lost.
From tht It'aoo Independent.
One of tho most despcrato stnmpedos of cattlo
ever witnessed by n Texas cowboy.says tho Rov.
J. II. Cranflll of Waco, occurrcd.in 1878, on tbo
pratrio in tho ccntro of which now stands tho
town of McGregor. Fifteen thousand cattlo
nnd twenty-flvo cowboys participated in tho
exciting event. Mr. Cranflll was not a partici
pant, but ho tells tbo Btory as ho got it from an
eyewitness. Lato in tho aftornoon of July 4
there had been a lively thunder storm that
mado tho cattlo nervous. At 10 o'clock nt
night, however, they scorned to bo Bleeping pro
foundly. Tho narrative proceeds as follows:
"Tho stars wcro all shining and thoro was no
onuso at all for tbo arousing of the hord. Thoy
nppoarod to got up all at onco, with a elnglo
purposo, nnd tho roar that was hoard acemod to
como from n slnglo throat. The Wilson brothers
and tholr cowboys, who wore sleeping in tholr
camp, rushod to their ponies, which wcro graz
ing with their Baddies and bridles on, and us
fast as thu bits could bo replaced in their
mouths they mounted nnd galloped to tho
flanks ot tho now disappearing mass, headed
in tho direction of tho Brazos Ulver.
"Tho usual courso on such occasions is to pot
in front ot tho herd a risky plcco of work
nnd start It to running in a circle. This nt
tempt wus mado in this enso. Somo cattlo can
outrun others, nnd In this caso thero was a
buuch of about llfty fully twenty yards in ad
vance, and townrd tho leading group the two
rescuers rodo. Ot tho loading group also somo
were luster than otters, and thiB group ran in
n diamond shape, with two lmmcnso stcors
leading nil. When Mr. Wilson nnd his com
panion reached tho two leading Btucra they be
gan shooting their revolvers closo to them, and
in that way tbo buuch was mado to oblique,
and as tho leading bunch of cattlo obliqued,
tbo main Btnmpedo obliquod, and tho first Btcp
in 'milling' hnd been taken. By this tlmo tho
cnttlo were trotting tired. Nearly llvo mllos
hud been covered, nnd tho breath of tho lenders
was coming short and painfully; but they wcro
nibbing on, becauso tho front cattlo at this
tlmo know as a mattor of fact tholr only safety
wus In keeping up tbo run. Thoso behind were
coming, nnd they wcro in tho majority, and tho
lenders wero compelled to run. Thoro was aan
ger for the forward membors ot the stampede.
"In tho invoiced articles contained in tho
regulation 'outfit' thoro is always some kind of
atlmulunta. and but for tho stimulants con
tained in Mr. Wilson's outfit, it Is possible that
tho stampede wonld havo boon halted without
disaster. Ho had n Mexican along, ono ot
the best cowboys In the Southweot, This
Mexican nnd his horso always reminded thoso
who saw him rldo of tho fabled Centaur. Ho
rodo far forward und bent over, so that ho and
his horso appeared to bo ono animal. No
horse, however ruggod, 'wild, and woolly,' bad
ever been nblu to unseat him. This Aztec had
been to tho llttlo brandy runlet too otton. and
had filled and emptied his tin cup with surrep
titious Intoxicants, so that his usual oxcollont
Judgment went uwry. Whon ho succeeded in
getting mounted, after having fumbled with his
lirldlo n good deal, ho was far in the rear, and
tho stampt-do hud gone past blm, so that when
he overtook tho roar end bo passed to tho front
on the other Bido and rode on tho wrong flank.
When ho reached tho head ot tho herd be wus
just in timo to dofcat tho innncouvro then undor
execution of bending tho moving mas from a
straight line to a semicircle. Rovolvcr lu
band, disregarding tho other men, he began
shooting In tho fuces ot the wild i-tcer . nnd
tho cRcct of this was to straighten tho run and
bring tho advunco straight townrd a precipice.
This preclplco was u woali In the prairie, form
ing n deep ravine fully thirty yards wide, and
in n Bhortcr tlmo than It takos to tell of this
contretemps, the head of tho column was pour.
Ing over, 11 horrible cascado of bocf, plunging
madly to destruction, while fleeing from an
"When Mr. Wilson nnd ids lieutenants saw
that It was lmpossiblo to snvo their cnttlo,
thoy eavod thomsclvcs by doxtcrously turn
ing nt right nn-rles ut full speed nnd riding out
of tho way. They n xt returned to tho flunk
nnd hold u council of war. A tow seconds do
cidod them, ami all hands commonood firing
Into tho herd, tho object now being to build a
breastwork of carcasses anil savo tho rear end
from destruction that had overtakon tho front.
Tho gully was nearly full of cattle by this
time. Thoy wero snorting and hollowing,
crashing und tearing, nnd still hooping up, and
when tho llrlng began tho wounded ones tum
bled over nn tho others, nnd in a short timo tho
gully, llko n sunken road at Waterloo, wns
bridged by curcusscs. Thu herd surcod up In
billows llko an ocean, nnd bent now becauso It
could not do otherwise. Tbo scml-circlo wns
formed, and Wilson mid his men crossed the
gully below nnd rudo around tho opposite side
and rccrof.sed, aud In a short tlmo they had the
cn".lo hulled, forming an incomplete letter O,
n- .1 there thoy stood, blowing, bellowing, shiv
ering. All hands remained on watch all night,
and in tho morning, when n count wns made. It
was ascertained that 1!,700 head wero missing,
Thero wcro afterward i!,7O0 pairs of horns taken
from that gully. It wus called Htamncdo
Gully lor many years afterward, and perhaps
will ulways with somo peoplo bo remombered
by that name."
nun' A iijiooicltn MAN made $7,000.
The Chap Who Lost II Told Ilia Daalneta la a
"Don't discuss your prlvato buslnoss affairs
in n publlo placo," said an old Braoklynlto to
tho Ncv Yorker who approached him In a cafd
near tho City Hall. Then tho Brooklyn man.
pointing nut u real est at 0 dcalor, said:
"Talking nbout a business deal in this very
cafe cost that mun $7,000, and tho money went
into my pocket, too. You s e, he represented
a syndicate that wantod to build on somo prop
erty in -vlilcli I wns Interctted as tho owner of
ono houso und city lot. Tho agent didn't know
1110 from a Cnnnrslo clammer. Well, ho camo
In hero with a friend ono ot tho syndlcato lor
luncheon nn nn afternoon In last July, They
took sats at this tublo. I Eat at tho next one.
"1 began to 'tako notice,' as grandmas say,
when I hoard the strangers nt tho next table
dlsCiHs quite loudly a deal in relation to the
property adjoining mine. Tho agonl had or
dered it fluo layout for luncheon aud was evi
dently well plouscd with his deal. Ho said to
"Well, I pulled oft tho trick for that property
nt Ulll Choup street vo-day. Tho owner thought I
wns doing him a favor. I started In at $15,
O'.MI and flnnlly closed with him fjr 1818,000.
Ho bit In n hurry. Why, tho property Is worth
ip'JA.ooo if It'o worth a dollar to us. Now I
must look for tho chap that owns ii'Jl. He'll be
eliul to. get $18,000 for ills house. It's luoky
for 11s they're not onto the fact that wo want to
buy that entire block,'
"I ilidn't, niiod to do any eavesdropping, you
boc, .Thut llttlo speech of tho agont cost him
exactly .7,00O. You can readily guess that I,
us the owner of 'Jul Cheap street, was not espe
cially anxious to sell nftor that. I kept Mr. ltenl
Ksluto mun 011 tho jump for neurly live months,
anil whon I let up 011 him I got my price, ex.
nelly .i!5,O00. A. nout little protlt of $7,000
ubovo what I would havo gladly accepted. Bo
you sco the point of my remark to you, "Don't
discuss private business atfulra in a publlo
place.' Now. we'll go to my office, and I'll Ba
ton to your proposition."
SILVKIt COLLARS OF 1804.
WERE THERE ANT COINED IN THAT
TEAR IN THE MINTS?
Doubt, on Thl. Paint Held by MnmUnallsta j
nnd Mint omrl.l". Who any That the Die ',
!t1xrt for That Year Wa Xot t'.ed Thea.
From tht rhtladetphta Errntna Telegraph, J
Coin collectors, experts, and curio hunter fl
throughout tho country nro much Interested in J
a story from Great Falls, Mon., that a bartend- I
cr at Cholcnu, Mon., nnd taken tn over the I
cauntor for drinks nn 1801 silver dollar, said to M
bo genulno. In this city tbo better Informed H
numismatists place llttlo faith in tho dollar
being tho real thing. Tbcy can. However, but fl
thcorlzo on that point nt this dlstnnco, but if fl
any ono has faith in tho find, thoy havo been MW
very careful to hold tholr tonguos when dlt- fl
cussing tho Incident. H
In this connection it Is Important to mention H
n fact that Is probably not known to tho general Hj
Eubllc, nnd that Is tho doubt, now generally H
eld by men who make old coins a study, na to MM.
whether there wcro over any silver oollara H
coined by tho United States mints In 1801. JmV
This doubt Is alio held by many of tho mint offl- H
clals who havu been connected with Hint In-
stltutlon for yoars. and it gocn far to explode
tho old Btory told In nhool books that nearly
JO.000 of thoso dollars wore uoino 1 in that year. H
and wcro shlpp-d lu Tripoli to par tho Unltod H
States troops In service thero, nnd of iholr use
to purchase tho trcodoin uf Americans enslaved '
by tho barbarians of northern Alriiu.
Whclhor there wore, ns tho mint records pro-
tend to show, nearly 'JO.OUO ut tho.e oolus struck
off In 1P01 or not, so much doubt exists con-
ccrnlng their history that no well-informed coin H
dealer would guarantco that any specimen, no B
matter how nearly perfect, v.ns not u ro-trlko H
or win nnl struck orf after tho year 1804. do
ipltn tho fact tint tbo coin may bear that date.
11 bus been claimed that nut nt tho whole
number coined bearing ditto 1801 thero are only .
four which woro really Kruck oir In that ,
ycur. Two of thoso are said to be held In New f
York, another In thin Htato, and If tho Mon
tana dollar can bo considered seriously. It Is
supposed that that Is tho fourth. Wltn nil of
tbo uncertainly concerning tho hlsiorv of tho
coin, thoy nro quoted tu-dny at from if'J.OOO to
10,000, although tho highost prico ever given
for ono. ns far as known, wiwiDl.'JOO,
Tho Montana find was called to tho attention
of J. Col v In Uuudnll ut 1005 Chest nut street,
ono of tho most noted mtmlsmntihts In this
country. Ho snld that hu did not l.cllovo tho I
colli was gotmlnc. and r.ddod: "And us far us I
that Is concerned, I believe tho 1801 dollar ia f
always a good thing to steer clear nf. 1 hnvo '
my doubts, und they nro Rupported by many
others. In and outsldo uf the mint, who havo "
tried to Investigate tho mattor, If there Is now, Iv
or over was n gonulno 1801 dollar that Is, ono VI
that waa not a ro-strlkc. Wo nil know that Vr
thoro was a dlo mado for uxo in Hint year, but 1
there aro good reasons to hcllovo that it was
not UBod for years afterword. I know Hint tho
mint reports sny that nearly iiO.000 silver i
dollars woro coined In 1801. but investigation '
has proved tlmo and tlmo again that tho mint
records of the early days havo beon absolutely
unreliable. They wcro mndo frequently to
eorvo tho purposos ot men who hnvo ot differ
ent times not only trlod In rob Iho Govern
ment, but havo also swindled tho cltizons.
"It has always beon n criminal offenco to
mako re-strikes without tho nuthortty of Con
gress: but It has been this character ot violation
of law that has figured most prominently In tho
history of this romnrknblo coin, for spoclin:is
of which more money has boen paid than for
nny other old coins of this country. 'Iho men
who worked this gnmo either did not fear tho
law or they felt safo In thu protection of men
higher up on tho ladder of authority. During
tho 50s n man employed in tho mint made a re
Btrlko of twclvo or fifteen of theso coins for
speculative purposes, nnd succeeded In putting
them on tho market. This happened again dur
ing tho latter part of tho 50s or durlng.thoflOa,
when there was a ro-strlko of mora than 100.
All nf theso brought high prices nnd flnnlly
found their wny to thu treasuries of the curio i
hunters. Tho suoposod real dollar of 1804 had '
stamped on Its edgo tho words '100 cents-ono
dollar or unit,' but thoso coined during tbo 50s
had smooth edges, and attempts wcro made to
stamp tho lottcrs on nfterward. Thoy can
caBlly be detected by tho Irregular appearance
of tho line.
"Ono of the employees of tho mint, who after
ward became u well-known ward politician, but 1
now dead, camo to mo ono day In 1873 nnd of
fered to sell ono of tho coins of tho last re-striko.
Ho pretended that it was tho real thing nnd said
ho would eoll it for $000. although thoy wore
quotod at that tlmo at $800. He told a story of
having obtained It from an old woman who had
received it from her father. Soma timo before
that ono was offered to mo for $300. Jt Is nood
lcss tn say that 1 did not buy oltbcr of tho coins.
"When tho last strike was made tho scandal
got out In somo way, and a resolution passed by
Congress required all dies for coining money to
bo destroyed nt tho end of the year. This is
the cuetoni nt prosont,and rc-strikescan scarcoly
occur in tho future. Uit-s of tho dollars of
1801-2-3 were destroyed with that of 1804.
"There hnvo been other fraudulent dealings
in connection with this coin in tho sbapo ot al
terations, and there are a groat many people
who have them in tholr possession to-day. Fa
vorlto rolns for this purposo wcro the dollars of
1801-2-3, which woro oasily changed by Blmply
scraping oft the lust llgure and placing upon the
Coin tho figure '4.' This could bo soldered on bo
neatly ns to escape tbo eye of an export, und the
only way to discover tho fraud was to heat tho
coin, 'fills would cause tho figure to drop off.
"Tho highost price, to my knowledge, ovor
Said for an 1804 dollar wus $1,200, and that)
ollar was sold to n Now York man by a drug
gist who resldod In tho Ninth ward. It wna
known ar tho David dollar, and was bought by
tho druggist from John Hazaltlno. Samo tlmo
after Its salo tho druggist wanted mo to buy It
'jack, and I secured Ut for ;hlm for $0110. 1 told
my client that It was n ro-Btrlko dollar, nnd I
advised him not to take It. but ho Insisted upon
my buying it fur him. A number otyo.rs niter
thnt a lawyer namod John M. Halo of Phillips
burg. Centre county. Pa., gavo mo $000 for It.
I refused to guarantee tho coin, and before pur
chasing it ho took it to tho mint, nnd somo one
thoro told him that, the coin wus struck olf dur
ing 1804. . ; . . , ,
"A favorlto scheme used frequently by deal
ers who hnvo no principle Is to secretly Bend bo
pus colnB to Europe, where they ulipeur strange
ly in nn uuctlon room nnd nro soid nt any price
that thoy will bring. 1 rcmombcr there wus a
wealthy man from thu West who bought un al
leged 1801 dollar through n Now ork coin
dealer from a numismatist in this city. Tho
doalcrn hero had purchased it in Gcrmnny fur
$200. und thoy Bold It for $1,000, guaranteeing
it to bo genulno. This coin was onorwurd tho
couso of considerable contention, the purchaser
having suspected thnt ho had been duped.
"Ono of theso 1801 dollars Is now owned by
L. E. Altwelnof St. Joseph. Mu., wlu, uftcr
long negotiations, bought It fiom un Illinois
man for $1,000. That was several ycare ago.
Tho other was In thu collcctjuii of Puriiilvo, the
anted Boston numismatist and collector. Ho
paid $750 fur it some time in thu 70'f. but could
undoubtedly havo sold It lor moro than thrco
times that amount. At ono time, it Is suld, the
Government was In negotiation for It, but the
negotiations fell through, Wncn tho I'uruiloe
collection wns fcold at miction In this city sev
eral years ago tba famous dol.ar was not a part
ot It, From tlmo to tlmo reports of other 1804
dollars havo been circulated, but they Invuriu
bly turned out lu bo cither without, luuiidallun
or to refer to bud counterfeits."
Ono of tho ufllcinls of tho in.nt snld to-day: "I
do not bollovo that there ever wus u silver dol
lar coined In tho mint lu lb04. I know tho reo
ords saj- that thcio woru iM,ft70 coined, but I
doubt that, becamo there Is nothing to show ,
that wo hnd thu silver to coin. Tnesu dollar ajj
aro, therefore. In my opinion, all re-strike.-., and
wcro made by persons employed by uiu liovuru- H
mont here, for i-pccululivo purposes. Tuny (H
pocketed tho profits, anil In m.iii.n-,' tho lu- Mm
strikes woro violating tho law. Somu of tho MMM
portons concerned In this work were ollliliils of M
very high standing." . , , .,..,,,. H c
Tho stories of tho colnngo of tho IPO I dollar n
nnd tho rcn&on thorelor nru as fnllnv : A H
that tlmo wo wero engaged In a wnr won l"P- jM
oil, and our marines cruising about toe imlii-m
cm coast of Africa hud to bo paid. ' '"" H
member of Congress luatlu Minted in i "".,'T.MM
by suggesting that nccooblty lu a vr .urii-iiii
manner, for funds were scurcu at that limn-M
Thu objection at onco met him: saw
"Thoro U no monoy to pay iiicni with. ..HI ,
"In tho mint are 20.000 hilvcr ."'l.ir-. not jei
Issued." ho replied. "Why not no Hm-ci m
Accordingly tho silver dollars "!' "'"' M
to gladden tho hearts of tho mui'.ni 11 na W
penod that about thut time tribe men from hu w
intoriorrhad como foraging to the 011-1 . ii
they loll Iri with our iii.rinc-. I H' -; ' "" Ti
men, It is said, took n violent ihiu; to M , tr ?U
dollars. No other iiionoj would lac: ,""1,,'; !. VX
for theso coins they wmnd inner .lie r 11 IM
precious pososiiuis. The "'"i"' "''.,,' .. 11
marines Bulled awuy. l-;- ''d or n tea 1
uro of tho Orient, while the nam c;. "''"' Sl
clanking chulns of 1WU 1I0II..H. da ; ' " mf
ously upon tho sands. All Hid" ' "'"- "" .'V0'
possessors punched to "I,""-'"-'"'" ,. ", the W
wulstbnnds. und tool; hack with "o " " J VU
interior, whero thoy wcie losi. hu ' ' WJ
owners, or bcattcred. inn ';,'"', , ., Yk
which most of thp collectors 1 ' . ;' ' l-jr
hypothetical!)- snbstnutn ; I ' I ,'url It
Bcvcro! years ngo twc. old m " '.' tt fl
with holes punched nh.-rc In nine li.d uteu
turned up in nn Algerian i- ' . .. m.
Another theory, 1 more r '';"' ' ' . ',', ,' B
there was trouble bctne; 11 h '" m J H
M'wns PrSir- n'as mf?
mi ngroum an; . i.' , , .' l ? Sdcd"
an'd.u1r!:?dff,f.ho Auicruan-: but the money