OCR Interpretation


The sun. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, June 19, 1898, 2, Image 19

Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1898-06-19/ed-1/seq-19/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for 7

rSSflPMffHrWS8rfllSS
H I ' w. , 7 vaj . ., ', t v
I j . THE SUW, SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 1898.
j ! ASHES OF EMPIRE.
M By nonERT w. cnABinKna.
II I .
I (Cayr-rrtalt'i lets, by Irobtrt iy. CA-mbrrt.)
tW I CTIAPTEn XVI. Coktihoed.
Ih ' Ilarewood went to the bed and sat down"; and,
u on hoar later, when Dourko knocked, he opened
IWt i the door and took his comrade's hands nffec
UM tlonately in his, sarins that he would go with
Hu the troops; that he was glad and proud that
jH ( ' Bourke had chosen Yolette (or the woman he
Ut 'N Would marry, wishing him luck and happt
H. iA I , . He spoke lightly of the sortie, expressing
H!'l Ills' satisfaction at a chance tor action and a
H , certainty that all would go well. Ho spnko of
Hs I an easy return to Paris, once tho German lines
IB 'i:ll were rupturod and a free passago established;
Hi fB ho prophesied his own oarlyreturn, smiling care
MV IB letif when nourke stammered his thanks and
ffvit 1 Wishes and fears. They sat together consulting
Hi f I Snaps, sketching routes and probable lines of in
lilll J Vestment, until tho late sunlight sent its level
Hp) 9 crimson shafts far down tho carpetlcss hall-
aSi Way, and the shadows reddened in overy corner.
I try Before Bourke left he spoko again of
' danger, but Hare wood smiled and foiled up his
! , naps gayly.
C "Yon had better look to yourself," he said.
1, t)ld you notlco the crowds around-the bakeries
if . i and butcher shops to-day!"
1' ! i '"Yoi" replied Bourke. "Yolette says that
In i J prices are going up, and many people or buy
1 l ins supplies for months ht-d. I think 111 lay
jj j 7 in a store of tinned staff, vegetables and meats,
I you know. If there Bhould be a famine things
i Bight no badlr with us."
li I '"And if Speyer troubles you, what will rou
ft I' -olid
, "I don't know." said Bourke. "If it would
fllV 1 1 safer for Yolctto and Hlldo, I Bupposo we
l would be obliged to movo. But it won't come
1 1 to that. Jim; they can't turn us out, and, as for
Iff ft their blackguardly threats about Yolette and
if yi Illde, it's too lato now to carry them out. The
I iV l Prussians are here, and nobody can leave the
1 ft V'l cl-r' wI1Iln-IJr or unwillingly."
I II 7 1 1 jlarcwood lingered restlessly nt the door, as
I j J though l'P wished to say something more.
;J j Bourke understood nnt nodded gravely.
41 J f "I needn't sy, Jim. that I'll do all I can."
if I1 "All I can" meant, for Dourko. devotion while
if ) IJ life lasted. Harowood knew this.
II "Nothing could happen In Uio few days I'll be
H away, and If I can'tfget back as soon as I ox-
Js i poet "
tin , 'I will do what I can," repeated Bourke.
91 j (After a silence thoy shook hands. Hare
Si. I wood rotumed to his room, closed the door,
III I locked it, and flung himself faco downward
W.J y on tho bed. But he could not even close his
' I ); eyes, and whon Rod Hiding Hood knocked ho
1 I spVang up and unlocked his door with tho re
lr N. lief of a half stifled man. They exchanged
1 (I ' their kiss solemnly. He sat down again on
1 111 tho bedside and took tho child in his arttB. For
laar" "V an hour ho told her stories, wonderful tales of
H X j the East and West, legends nt North and South,
NJ chronicles of saints and martyrs and those well
if N loved of God. And tho burdon of every talo
n was honor.
H Twilight spun its gray web over all, sounds
grewsoftor, 'tbo-chlld slept in his nrnis. He laid
H her among his pillows llglitly, then went his
H way down the dim stairs, flight after flight,
B until he came to the closed door. Again it
fl opened for him, as it had opened onco be
if fore, noiselessly, and ho entered. On the niche
IS In the wall Salnto Hlldo of Carhalx stood, lean
J Ing" nt an angle, for when she had fallen, feet
j and pedestal hud been shattored on the tiles.
,i Under her hung a rosary. Ho looked around
, (lowly. Behind tho curtain bylthe dim window
)'. something moved.
I "Hllde," ho' said, aloud. Ho scarcely knew
ft the voice for his own. But she knew It. What
' ft else should she hear hear all day, all night, but
A ' i U voice always bis voice Sho camo to him
Jt ' K through tho twilight and laid both-hands in his.
m m "You are going awayl" she said.
jl . At She bad not beard him say so, there in tho
'SJirJs hall. She knew It as women know such things.
, m "Yes," he said, "I am going away."
m "To-morrowl" "
I I "Yes."
1 ff Sho waited for him to speak again. Sho
1 I waited in a terror that dried lip and eye. Her
I knees trembled. A chill crept to her breast.
i She waited for a word a single word, that
,1 meant salvation. She shrank beforo sllenco,
1 for silence was her sentence a sentence without
fl hope, without appeal.
M After n long while hor hands foil from his.
H She moved backward a step. Her head brushed
I the hanging rosary and set tho brass cross
H swinging like a pendulum, timing the sands of
H life. Tbo rands of ber llfo were running quickly
f , now-too qulcky.
HI "You heardl" he asked. "It was you on tho
!K stairs thorel"
W "Yes."
fl "That Bourke loves Yolettet"
"Yes."
Hi Sho reached out in tho darkness, nsedlng sup-
port. The white wall scorned to iraver and re-
H certe under hor hsnd.
H "And Yolette, whispered Harowood with
ffl tight lips. i,i. , i
Thero was a crash, a tlnklo of porcelain on
H, thn tiles. Sainte nilde of Carhalx had fallen
again at his feet. Thero was something else
ffll breaking, too close beside him a woman's
heart lu the twilight.
! "And Yoletto." ho repeated,
t , Sho said: "Do you love Yolettel '
Ills hot bead swum; ho groped for a chair
I and leaned on It heavily. Then ho sat down,
1 his clenched hands over his oyos, knowing noth-
Jng, hearing nothing, not the quiet sob in the
I darkness, not tho faltering footsteps, not tho
rustlo of her knees on tho tllOH brstde him.
Two hands drew his hands from his eyes, a
silken head rested on bis knees.
"W hatever Is foryour happiness," she (rasped.
i "but bo honorable; It Is my sister." And
I again sho whispered: "Your happiness that is
B nil my love for you has meant."
I He looked up slowly, trying to understand tho
JU question that at last had necn answered for
K ' im. It wns soslmnls, so clear now; had he
H ever doubted It; doubted that he lovsdt And
fm wbero was fear now whore was self-distrust
H despair! They bad vnnlshed utterly. If they
bad ever existed. Ab yet tho awakening to un
B demanding had not touched him with tho sub
m tier passion that should enduro while life en
9 i dured; ho was so sure, son ulotly happy. Then.
when his hand fell lightly on ber head, and
When her faco wns raised to his, and when she
H jaw at last In his eyes that his body and eoul
n I were hers ab, then h know the mystery and
I meaning of eternity, which Is shorter than the
H , shortest.' atom of a second, and longer than the
LWj 1 deep ot death. ,.,...,.
There was n snot of moonlight In the room;
VJ ber ti.ee was paler. Ills Upb touched the ex-
j quislte contour ot cheek and brow; he scarcoly
J i dared to touch her mouth, the mouth that had
1 been Ills for the asking, for his pleasure, for an
BJ Idle smile. The divine curve of tbo parted lips,
J the shadowed lashes on the cheek, troubled him.
H tier eyes unclosed; sho looked at him Hat-
lesslv. crushed to his breast, ntunned by!her
own'great hnpplnois. sliellstnned to the words,
J so long awaited, so long despaired; the words
J tbat told her bis love was to be forever and for
J ' ever: this love she lived for. She scarcely com-
r rrehended; she seemed awake, yet swooning,
F llrr head bad fallen back a little, lips psrted,
( eyes never moving from his own.
f "Forever and forever, together, nlways to-
jS?. V pother, to love, to hold, to '.cherish, to
IH Ah, Hilda "to honor" that Is what hols
laying; can you not hear! . ......
' Her eyes enthralled him; her closing lids hid
their heavenly sweetnoss. Ho kissed her
HJ tnouth.
HB "Life of my life, heart of my heart, breath ot
H my breath, forever and forevor, to love, to hold,
to cborlsh, to honor."
Her cyoe unclosed.
"All that was yours at our first kiss," she
0"1'
1 Thoy wero standing by tho window, where
Ul tho moonlight barred her body and transfigured
9BI a face so pur, so exquisite tbat the hot tears
MB ' of rrpontnnce blinded hlra and he could not see
H until sho dried them, grieving at his grief, wills-
poring consolation, forgiving with a carets, a
bile smile, that mlrrorod the adoration In his
HH1 Viti. U nen two souls meet the purer absorbs
HH the other and stains of llfo are washed away.
MH Into her spirit h(" como tho strength and
H knowledge that Is needed to lwr the burden of
a lesser spirit; she It was who was to lead,
Bam henceforth, and be knew It. Young, yet world-
! worn, be sought her guidance, he craved her
J . spiritual purity. Hhft wept a little, standing
J very still, when he told her that be must go with
RBAv t the troops that either he or his comrade mutt
J act av broadwlnmr for them both. He made it
l dear to her that It would not bo honorable to
IbbWJI I accept money and make no effort. He told her
BbsbVJI ' that lie wished lo do this for tils comrade he.
WBJI ' causo tho hacrlflce was necessary. As bespoke
, he longed lo believe that bis uuselnsbneis might
W make him more worthr of her, and she divined
faH his thouehl and smiled through her tears, say
I Ingtio was all her life and hope and happiness,
I i saying bo was brave and noble and good. Ho
UH ' tiU tbat his oomrado was all that. He mado
her pronilte not to tell Yolette until he returned
becanso if Yoletto and Bourke knew that they
were betrothed Bourke would Insist on sicri
flclng himself. .
"He wouldn't let me rfo: ho Is so generous.
Hlldo, my darling. I must do this thing for his
sake for Yolette a sake."
"Yes, I shall weep no more."
He smiled with that perfect happiness that
self-sacrifice briefs.
"Boss Yolette love hlml"
"I don't know.'-
"And did you think I loved Yolette, sweet
heart!" "Yes, did yout"
"No' he said.
"And now!"
Their eyes met.
"And now," sho sighed, trembling with hap
plncts.
His arms encircled her slender body. Ho
whispered, "My Hllde " then stopped.
For there came a tapping at tho open window.
Ho tuined his bead slowly. The window
opened, a fnco looked In. It wns tho Mouse,
haggard, bloody, blinking at tbem with his
blind eyo.
CHAPTEIl XVII.
a nscnuiT foii the novEnmntNT.
When Hilda saw the Mouse she uttered a err
of fright. Harowood stared at the tattered
creature with disgust. "Get out." he said.
"Let me como In, monsieur, whined the
Mouse. "They are following me."
"Following rout"
Harowood Stepped to the window.
"Who! Tho police!"
"Tho troops,'r muttered tbo Mouse, under his
breath. "Hark! You can hear tbem-ln tho
Hue Malalso."
Harewood listened.
"I hear them. Como In."
He opened the side door of the garden, mo
tioned the Mouso Into the empty bint store,
and followed, calling back to Hlldo to bring a
lamp. Wheu Hlliie entered a moment later
the lamp lit up a ragged figure, lying flung
across tbo floor. There was blood on his
cropped head, on his fist and wrist.
Harewood took tho lamp and knelt beside
the Inert mass. Tho yellow light fell on one
unclosed eye. ivory white,, sunkon, sightless.
"Ho's beeu pricked by a bayonet; boa been
running bard. Ask Bourko to come," whis
pered Harewood.
He set the lamp on tbo floor and lifted the
Mouse's arm.
"Ugh! He's been shot, too." ho added.
"Poor thing-poor thing,'1 faltered Hllde,
standing with, small hands tightly clasped.
"Shall I bring wntcrl"
"Yes, and call Bourke.".
A moment later Bourke entered, carrying a
pitcher ot water. Hllde and Yoletto followed
with some cloth for bandagos, a bowl, and an
othor lamp.
The Mouse was sitting up supported by Hare
wood, hls'ragged bactc. resting agnlnBt tbo shop
counter, his legs thrust out on the floor. He
swallowed all .tho. oognao Bourke gnvo him
without comment, winked solemnly with bis
sound oye, gasped, and looked up. He recog
nlrcd Hllde and Yolette at once, and a flicker ot
amused malice came, into bis fare, which
ohanged, howovor, so suddenly tbat Harewood
thought he was about to faint again.
"Tho llonl" gasped tho Mouse. "I don't
want to soe It,"
It was difficult to qulot him. Tho horror of
his previous Introduction to Scheherazade had
left an Impression never to be obliterated.
However, no was in no condition for further
fright, and at last HUde's pity and Uarowood's
amusement reassured him.
"Thoy punched mo full of holes," ho ex
plained. "The soldlors of Vlnoy and tbo Gardo
Mobile. For what! God knows," he added pi
ously. "Have I been shot, monslourl"
"(razed; it Is nothing, replied Harewood,
Ho looked anxiously at llllde; she understood,
and drew Yoletto toward the door.
"Are you hungry!" she asked, shaking her
head gravely at the Mouse.
"Mademoiselle," replied tho Mouso, with an
approach to enthusiasm, "I am always hungry.
rufllan'a wounds; they wero slight, perhaps
painful; but in tha lower organisms sensibility
to pain Is at a minimum. It Is exhaustion that
tells most heavily upou creatures ot the Mouse's
species; the finer tortures, mental nt.d physical,
need norvei for appreciation, and the Mouso
hud none, llourke brought htm a chair; Hare
wood set the two lamps on the counter; tho
Mouse was supplied with a cigar.
"Now," said Harewood. "go on."
Tho Mouso leaned back luxuriously; a placid
sense of well being and security filled his body
and soothed blm to the onds of his toci.
"Messloiirs'hosaid, "it was Major Flourens.
I was at the Undertakers'. We were all there
peaceably, llko gentlemen at our wine de
nouncing the Government. Then comos your
Amorlean, Buckhurst. who whispers to one to
another ma foil wbot!" He shrugged his
Bboulders and Bblfted the cigar In his thin lips.
"Then," he resumed, "your Americans, Spoyor
and Stauffer. began to shout, 'To tho Hotel do
Vlllol Vive la commune!' nnd our Major
Flourens falls for tbo drummers of tho car
bincors to beat tho generate through Belleville.
Messieurs, in a moraont wo were marching
ull marching and singing tho 'Marseillaise.'
You understand that our heads wero warmod
a llttlo! I don't oxclto myself for nothing."
"Goon," said Bom-lie, sharply.
The Mouse examined his bandsged arm, blew
a disgusted cloud ot smoko from his lips,
shrugged, and continued:
"our American, Buckhurst, said It would bo
easy. Everybody said so. nothing to do but
march into the Hotel do Vllle, niako a now Gov
ernment, nnd becomo rich. I went, meBBleurs
it was quite natural, was it not! Whewl
They arrived, too, the fantnsslnt of Vlnoy and
the Garde Mobile. I ran. It waB natural."
"Very." said Harewood, gravely.
"wasntitl none I ran. So ran the car
blncors of Flourens. HI! Thoy tho others
ran after us the lino and tho Garde Mobllo,
and I nm here."
Harewood laughed outright. Bourke looked
seriously at the Mouse.
So there bad been a rovolt in Bollovllle.
Flourens and his "legion," now known as tho
"carbineers" had. at the instigation of Buck
hurst, Speyer and Hrauff er.descended from Bcllo
vllle to selzo the Hotel de VIII nnd proclaim
the commune. Why bad Buckhurst done this!
For plunder. Why had Speyer urged it! Bis
marck's spies wero paid to foment disorder.
Was this tho first sample! Did tho pockets of
the Undertakers hulgo with Prussian gold!
"Who boat tho generate in Belleville!" de
manded Bourke suddenly.
"Tbe drummers of the carbineers," replied
the Mouse, with a wink.
"By whoso ordcrsl"
"why tho orderB of Major Flourens, mon
sieur." "Did tho carbineers march!
"Yes, and 2,000 of tho Belloville aristocracy,"
said tbo Mouie, impudently.
"Oh. like yourself!"
"Certainly, monslour."
Bourko walked over to him and before the
Mouse could protest he bad wblppod a handful
of coins out of his pocket. Anions thorn was a
Sold piece bearing on one sldo tho Prusxlan
ouble eaglo. on the other tho portrait ot Wll
helm, Koonlg.
"Where did you got that!" demanded Bourko.
Tbe Mouse seemed genuinely surprised.
"Cpt. Speyer gave It to mo, he replied plac
idly; "all gold Is good now. It cost two llko
that to start me marching for tbo Hotel do
Vllle; it will cost twenty in future," hendded.
Bourke looked at him intently, then, patient
ly, he began to point out what tho prcsenco of
'Gorman gold meant among the people ho
spoke simply and slowly, explaining to an un
developed Intelligence.
"It is distributed by German spies," ho said,
"Bismarck pays them to weaken Paris by turn
ing Frenchmen against the Frenchmen."
"What's tbat to me!" roplled the Mouse'sul
lenly. All the hatred of the rich flamed up In
bis single oye; ho set bis lips und sneered at
Bourke.
"Frenchman against Frenchman. What is
that to me! His what I want. I, tho Mouse!"
Harewood shot a disgusted glance nt blm, but
Bourke, subtler in bis appreciation ot men,
spoke again patiently.
"Very well; Frenchman against Frenchman,
rich against poor. If you will: but not now."
"It Is none too soon," growled the Mouse,
with on evil light in his single eyo.
"Then," said Bourke. "If you are in such haste
for money, go out to the Prussian lines. They
will pny you well for a package of to-day's newspapers."
"For God's sakor shouted the Mouse, red
with rage; "do you take me for a spy!"
"No, said Bourke, with a sigh ot relief.
Harowood rose and gravely took the Mouse's
uninjured hand.
" ou'ro a decent sort of soakor.'af ter all," be
said; "listen to M. Hourko."
An hour later tbe vacuo intelligence ot the
Mouso, deformed and crippled from his birth,
was enlightened enough tor him to see that he
had been tbo very thing thathlsdlstortod nature
shrank from a paid traitor to bis own land.
Then fury seized him and he cursed until
Harewood threatened him savagely. He under
stood but ono thing lis bad been duped ny
some one he bad been played, Imposed upon,
perhaps mocked. And ibis a criminal never
forgives. There was no righteousness in his
rury -unless tno uium instinct that corcos u
man to snaro his own land rnn be called such.
He abstnlnod from treason as ho ubstalnod from
cannibalism. If he bad owned a square Inch ot
Frenrh soil ho would doubtless have fought for
it tooth and nail; but there was no broader Im
pulse to make him fight for the land tbat others
owned the land ownod by Kmperors and
Princes and tho rich. Yet even lie would net
sell It, though be did not even know why.
What stung him was that somebody had
tricked him into doing something. This roused
the sullen rage that never dies in men of his
type, a rage that needs to bo glutted with ven
granco a sombre bate that must be bugred and
cherished and brooded on until tho red day of
reckoning.
That day was to dawn bo scented it as buz
zards scant a thing far offthe dny when tho
speotre of tbe red republic should rise and stalk
through Parle, until tbe palaces sank In ashes
and the gutters marked high tldo for tho crim
son flood.
But there were others first to reckon with;
those others, whoererlther were wherever
tbey were, who bad duped and mocked and
bought and sold and tricked and flouted him.
And yet he was patient by nature when ven
geance needed patience, lie was sly and, when
it served his ends, cowardly, like a wolf In a pit.
Bourko'a brutal solution of the problem needed
narewood's finer hand to prove It, and he did,
molding the Mouse at his will tempting blm
with the bait of satlsflod revenge, enslaving
him with tho oppwsslvo conviction of a, know!-
edge superior and rooro materially powerful
than his own. 1 . .. . . . .
Tbe Mouse understood that he bad been used
for tho pleasure and profit of other men; that
he had been trlckod inx tronsnn. Ho also un
derstood that Harewood knew how to help him
to revongo. and that made him docllo. Ho
comprehended that a knlfo stuck Into Speyor's
back was poor vengeance compared to the ulti
mate confusion ot tno whole spy system, tho an
nihilation of Flourens, Uuokhurst, and Mortler,
and the wholesale orecutlon of tho Undertakers.
Therefore, he was willing to bo guided, and
Harowood, without scruple, brought tho Gov
ernment n recruit.
Tborowas another feature that Harewood
had neglected to count on tho curious, uncon
scious attachment ot tho Mouse to himself.
Was' It grntltudo for aid when tho poltco ran
him through the Passago do l'Ombro! Was It
an Instinct that moves llvo things to contlnuo to
protect whatever thoy save from destruction!
Each hsd saved the other In sorest need; and
now tho Mouse's Inclination moved blm to
movo when and where Harewood moved.
Thero wns n tub in the bird storo mid hero
ibo Mouso was ordered to batho In tho hot wa
ter that Bourke brougbt laughing. Later, his
wounds redressed, tho Mouso sal down to bo
fed. Ho woro an old suit of Bourke's clothes,
his clean shirt mado blm shy and suspicious,
but a heavy dinner dissipated suspicions, and,
later, a mattress and blankets In tbo corner ot
the bird storo aided the Mouso to slep a sleep
of repletion pleasantly tinctured with dreams
of carnsgo.
CHAPTKR XVIII.
THE WOMAN WHO WAITS.
That very night, unknown to Harowood, a
Bortlo was attempted from tho gates ot tho
south a sortto, as usual. Inadequately support
ed by artillery. About midnight the cannon on
tbo southorn forts aroused him. Bourko oaine
into his room, and together tbey looked out into
tbo night, whero, ubuvo tho lssy fort, the sky
refloctod dull crimson Hashes as gun aft?r gun
boomed through the darkness.
After a while Hourko went back to bed. Hare
wood, too, slept soundlr, lulled by tho swelling
harmony of tho cannonade The grumblo of tho
guns ceased with tbe night. In tho morning
they knew tno troops nan inuea at innuiion.
They know also that tho raid on the Hotel do
Vllle had proved a ridiculous fiasco, so ridlou
lous that the Government allowed Flourens to
retlro to bis Belleville fastness undisturbed,
and drink mournfully to the commune with
his carbineers. It Is probable that the Govern
ment believed it hud Its hands full without in
augurating civil strife in Bellevtllo under tho
muizlcs ot tho Prussian guns. This inertia or
cowardice ot tho Uovnrnment was tho begin
ning of tbat disastrous temporizing later
criminally indulged in by Thiers, which cost
Paris tho commune
So Major Flourens flourished his heels In se
curity, und Buckhurst. omboldoned by the Gov
ernment's apathy, refined admittance at the
Undertakers to reporters or Government offi
cers while Spoyor and Stauffer whispered dis
content and treason among the carbineers.
The week passed slowly for tbo Mouse. He
was watting for rovenge. It passed more swift
ly for Bourko; ho was in lovo. As for Hllde
and Harewood, tbo days appeared and van
ished llko April rainbows. Ho n-as with her In
tho evenings. In the mornings ho haunted tho
War Ofllce. ears open, for any bit of gossip tbat
might lni'cato tho date of the noxt sortie.
Tho War Ofllce remained In a stato of Inde
scribable confusion. Everything lay nt looso
ends. Thero appeared to bo no system, no or
der. Tho place was thronged by trresponslblo
young officers who know everything and noth
ing, and who talked, talked, talked. Surely It
needed no oxtrocrdlnary spy system on the Gor
mnn sldo to keep M. Bismarck au courant with
the dally life In Paris, with the physical and
moral conditions of tbo French Army. Evory
movement contemplated was discussed with
unheard-of carelessness, every secret project
aired, every plan shouted aloud to anybody who
cared to listen. Tho vital necessity of secret
in arranging for a sortto was absolutely Ignored.
Is It 'then, any wonder that hours before a sortie
the Germans knew of it and wero already mass
ing in luo uiruuiuiiuu uuui
Harowood. always welcomed among mon whor
aver be went, found no dlfllculty In learning
whatever he wished to learn.
This knowledge housed; he bought hundrods
of tins of meat and vegetables, all the flour bo
could get, all tho biscuits and preserves. He
had heard things from high sources that ap
palled him, and no looked fearfully at the lines
of people beginning to gather in front of tbo
provision dcpAts.
Fuel and candles ho bought, too, but ho could
purchase no oil, although petroleum wns cheap.
The oil was used to Innate balloons; tho petro
leum could not he burned In lamps.-
Hllde and Yoletto were ve.-y busy storing
provisions in the cellar and bottling red wino,
aided by Bed Hiding Hood and the Mouse.
Tho Mouse, cleaned and chastened and warm
ly clothed, worked as he was bidden to work not
because he wished io, but becauso Harewood
told blm to do so or get out. To find himself
working was an endless sourco of painful
amazement to the Mouse.
"Oh, what a pity It all isl" ho would ex
claim, regarding his apron and sabots with un
felgnod astonishment. But he curried and
fetched and scrubbed and rubbed, living half In
a daze, half In a nightmare. Ho was not resent
ful, however; he knew bis skin wns safer thero
than In Belleville. But the -degradation of
manual toll crushed him to a stale' ot gloom
only lighted by thrro full menls a day and
Harsuood's Judiciously doled out cigars. Ho
cared nothing for Yoletto or Hllde, be Ignored
Mehemet li. be toltratcd Bed Hiding Hood,
bo loathed Hchohcrazado with a loathing that
turned his blood to water. Bourke he rovcrcd
because tbat young man had mastered him;
Hurowood ho'followcd. hen Harewood did not
drive him off about his business.
All day long.tbelfortB of tho south pounded
away at tho wooded heights beyond, nil day
long tho boulevards in the interior of tho city
echoed with the rnttlo of drums. Thero wero
fewer cabs and omnibuses now; tho Govern
ment was constantly Bclzlng horses for artillery
and train service. Horse meat, ton, began to
appear in tho markets, but tho Government at
first restricted Its ualo to certain designated
shops.
Toward tho mlddlo of tho week tho Govern
ment published an order in the Official ration
ing the inhabitants of Paris, and assuming con
trol of every butcher shop In tho city. Bourko
returned that night, bringing- with him a print
ed card, showing tho number of people in their
hoUBC. their natnos, and tbe amount of meat al
lowed each 100 grammes dally.
"It looks serious," ho Buiil, bunding tho cord
to Yolette. "Wo nro also obllged;to secure tbreo
days' ratlouB at a time."
The name of tho Mouse did not appear on the
card. They invented a namo for him that
served Its purpose But tho alarming part
was that the Govcrnmont flatly refused to
nourish Scheherazade at its oxpeuse, and even
suggested sending ber to tho Zoo In tho Jnrdln
des Plantes.
"Never!" cried llllde, putting noth arms
around Scheherazade's nock; but the llonessjno
longer responded, and Hlldo looked at her sor
rowfully, mourning the chnr.uro In her favorite.
It was 'i imrnlny. not. 'n, llnrewood hnd
gone as usual to the War Otllce. llourke and
Yolett sut In the dinfng room examining the
week's accounts. Hlldo moved about her own
little chamber, bumming her Breton songs.
Through tho window abo could see the Mouse
splitting firewood unoer tho uncompromising
superintend enco of Hed Hiding Hood.
""You Bpllt too large," said tno child. "Don't
you know howl"
"No," said tho Mouse, sulkily.
"Then here glvo mo tho hatchet. There.
That's how wood should be split."
"Don't lot mo deprive you of the pleasure."
sneerrd the Mouse, as she handed blm tho
hatchet again, but tbo child disdained to answer.
"Whcwl" observed tho Mouse; "do tbey want
wood for n month!"
Hed Hiding Hood turned up ber nose.
"Good," ssld the Mouse, "I'll die of fatigue,
but thero Is nobody to weep." He shrugged his
shoulders, picked up another log, ami chopped
on. Hlldo smiled to herself watching tbe
comedy from Her curtulncd window. The
happy light In her eyes, the song on her lips
the song that her heart was singing, tootrans
flgursd and glorified tier faco. In It the child
ish sweetness had changed to something moro
delicate and subtle, the purity ot contour wns
almost spiritual, tbo curvo of the Bcarlet lips
grow finer anil more exquisite. Strength, too,
bad shallowed the dlninlo that nestled In soft
comers: tho bounty of hor eyes was Inde
scribable, her every gesture a caress.
There were moments when, as sho sut think
ing In her chnmbor, tbo swift team filled her
eyes and her heart failed. At such moments
terror of death- his death- brought her to her
knees at the bedside. Hut tho rosary was near
and so was Sainto Hllde ot farhslx, mended
with glue, azuro-mnntled, serene, still smiling
In spite of a missing nose.
llllde sewed nt times- not In tho dining room
where Yolette. demuro and silent, listened to
Bourke's opinion of everything under tho sun.
He discussed ethics and morals nnd human hap
piness: ho touched on trunBtibBtnntiutlon, on
sgrlculturo, on logic. Hut he net or spoko of
lovo. Possibly his opinions wero valuable;
probably not, for ho had little imagination.
"Do you think," suid Yolette, "that it Is going
to rain!"
"Ivo, ho replied.
A sllenco ensued, There seemed to bo no
further exciibo for lingering; hero to umvilllngly
and picked up his accounts.
"Must you gal" anted Yolette Innocently.
It was tbo 11 rut tlmo she hnd everaskid him
to stay. He sat down hastily nnd realized it.
Sho went to a table, sorted somo silks, choso a
needle or two and presently looked at him over
her shoulder as If surprised to see him there
yet. He full this; it confused and pnlned him.
"Perhaps I hud better go," he snld, Sho ap
parently did not hear him, nnd, after moment,
fie decided not to repent the remark. Presently
ho returned to her chair, seated herself, thread
ed some needles and Iwgan to smooth nut the
embroidery on ber kneo. He could not with
draw bis eyes: her ftngerr fascinated him,
"One, two, three, four, and one, two, and one,
two, threo," said olette, counting ber Btltches,
He felt himself excluded from the conversation:
ho looked out ot tbe window and etinfed. Had
ho ceen the glance thut Yolette stole nt him
tho Instant dropping of the blue eyes when he
moved- perhaps bo might have felt less injured,
He did not; he listened in silence as sho began
again. "One, two, three, four, and one. two, and
one, two, three," He watched ber slriuler fin
gers tuiding the flying needle; those slim lin
gers were in her confidence; sho seemed to be
gossiping with every rosy tip. every poliihed
nail. Her head was tbe slightest bit averted;
the, whiteness of her neck dazzled blm.
After a while Yoletto dropped the embroidery
into her lap nnd stgbed. Iter arms rested on
tho arms of her chair. One band dropped quite
close to his shoulder. Ho regnrdcd'lt' wlUr
rising interest. It was white and delicately
veined with blue; it looked very smooth and
young and helpless. After a moment ho took It
nalvslr. It was then that a serlos ot thrills
shot through bis limbs, depriving him of sight,
hearing and a portion of his other senses. Ho
was vaguely awaro tbat the band ho bold was
responsible for this; ho held It tighter. Yoletto,
peril ops, was asloen. "Are you!" he Inquired
aloud. "What!" asked Yolotto, amazod.
Bourko only stared at her until again she
turned her head to the window. Tbey sat thorn
in absolute sllenco. A lethargy, a dellclouB
numbness Bottled over Hourko. Ho would hnvo
been contented to sit thero for centuries.
Prosontly Yolotto tried to withdraw her hand,
failed, trlod again, fnllod, and resigned horsolf
not unwillingly. 8ho was very young.
"Wo will llvo in Now ork." said Bourke,
speaking In a trance. After n silence ho added.
"In a browustono houso. Wo will bo very, very
h''v?nor said Yolette, folntlr.
"Whol why. you-you and 1 "
Yolotto turned quickly: hor cheeks were
nflauio. "What do you mean!" sho demanded
breathlessly. ... .. ,
"Aro you you not going to marry mo!" fal
tered Bourke. His oxpresslon was absurd.
Thoy had both risen; sho stood, loaning a llttlo
forward, one hand resting on ber chair. The
sllenco was absolute. After a little sho swayed
almost Imperceptibly, toward htm; be toward
her. He dared not touch hor again yet now
ho found his arms around hor waist, hor hond
close to his. It frightened him Into speech a
stammering, pleading speech that had n burden
not nt a 1 complicated: "1 lovo youl I love you.
When ho kissed hor she rotumed him his kiss
Innocently. His courago rovlved, and ho told
her things that only she had a right to boar.
That, perhaps, Is the reason why Mehemet All
withdrew from tho sofa back to tho gloom under
tho sofn. Perhaps, too, that was thu reason
why Hlldo, entering the room from tbe rear,
paused, turned, and glided back to her whlto
bedroom, where, with Sainte Hlldo of Carhalx,
sho began a duet of silence. She hod been
waiting Uierean hour, possibly twoSionrs, be
fore tbo door creaked, swayed, and swung open,
and Yolotte was In hor arms.
"My darling! My darling!" laughed Hlldo,
tearfully, " I am veT, very happy don't cry
whr should we!"
All day long thoy eat thero, arms and fingers
interlaced, and night darkened tho room bo
foro tbev klsscdnnd partod, Yoletto to hor own
room, Hlldo to tho front door, where now sho
always lingered until Harowood camo back
from tho city.
Sho stood tbcro dreaming, ber eyes fixed on
tho rornor by tho Prince Murat barracks. Ho
nlwnj'B camo around that corner.
Ono by ono tho signal lamps broko out along
tho bastions. Tbo stars, at first so brilliant,
faded In tho cloudless sky. She could seo no
haze, no vapor, but the nlr appoared to thicken
around each star till It tarnlBhed, grew dull,
and at last vanished In mldheaven. A sudden
shaft of cold struck through tho street, and now
around each lamo and lantern and flaring gas
Jet a gossamer eclipse began to form that grow
iridescent and more palpablo overy moment.
Onco a patrol pnssed, lanterns swinging a
Bbrouded, cloaked Hie of silent mon, trudging
through tho darkness with never a drum tap
to echo the clump, clump of their clumsy boots.
Yolotte camo to the door nnd waited there a
few moments with her sister. "Como," she
whispered at. lost, "do you not know that din
nor is waiting!" Neither moved to go. Pres
ently Yolette spoke again: "What Is It. little
sister!" Hlldo was Bilent. "I knew It, said
Yolotto, under her breath.
Hlldo' 'turned slowly. ."You knew it!" she
motioned.
"Yos."
To be continued.
DOS JUAN KXiailT.
A ffegra and Horn m Slave, lie Is Said ta Be
the Itlcbrst Man In Guatemala.
From the San PrancUeo Ezamtntr.
A negro, born n slave in Alabama, and bis
master's chattel until early manhood, is the
wealthiest man In Guatemala, and one of tho
muttl-mllllonalres of tho day. Ills name is
Knight, although travellers In Guatemala
would scarcsly know It by tho familiar Spanish
cognomon- Don Juan Knight. The lato Presi
dent Barrios of Guatemala estimated his
friend Knight's riches at over $7,500,000. His
annual Income from bis vast tracts of coffee
tineas, his gold mines, his enormous banana
plantations, and his farms of vanilla beans, his
banking nnd steamboat Btocks, betides tho
debt's Interest on money that Guatemala bor
rowed from him, is over 5100,000. He lives
In a beautiful house In tho!suburhs of Guatemala
City, and Is ceaselessly busy looking after bis
Immense interests.
The life of Juan Knight reads llko a chapter
from tho " Arabian Nights "this tory of how
n poor blnck boy rose step by stop from hu
man slavery to a millionaire is place. Knight
never knew bis father, liocause his parents
wero separated at a sale of slaves several
months before ho was born. His mother was
a'.iiiulatto, the property of a tobacco grower,
Daniel Upton, who lived in Dadeville, Talla
poosa county. Ala. Upton was a schol
arly roan, and his wife wns a former school
teacher. They hsd o half doon slaves, all of
whom they treated wall. Knight was born on
tbe plnntntlon one spring morning in 18-t-l or
1845. Mrs. Upton gavo tho negro child suffi
cient lessons to get him started on childish
studies by himself. Later Mr. I'nton also
beeamo Interested In "llttlo black John," and
provided him with common school books.
At about sixteen John Knight was the most
promising negro in Tallapoosa county. Mr.
Upton dli-d In 1800. and the smart black boy
was auctioned off to u now master, who took
blm to a cotton plantation in centrnl Ala
bama. Tho master entered the Confederate
army." Young Black John became tho over
seer of a part of tho plantation. For four years
he superintended the gathering of the cotton
nnd Its shipment to New Orleans at tho best
msrket prices until tbo close of tho war.
Then ho walked to Now Orleans and worked
as a wharf laborer for a firm which handled
fruits from Central America. He saved his
money. In 1800 he was sent bvbls employer
to Yucatan, In Contral America, to llvo
tbcro, as boss of tho packing nnd shipping of
fruits to Now Orlosn". That was practically
tbe beginning ot John Knight's millions.
A lively, wldo-awnko porson was something
unlquo in thoso days ot siestas and tropical
sunshine. A revolution in Guatemala.ln which
Bamnn 5anchoz hod been deposed, was Just nt
its close. Knight Raw what hard work nnd an
onportunltv to gain tho favor of the new ad
ministration would do for himself. He pro
posed that for a concession of somo 50,000 acres
of land sultnble for plnonpples an 1 bananas be
would go to New- Orleans and get tho wholesale
fruit dealers, who ruled tbo American mnrknts
thirty vcars ago, to ngree to buy 2,000.000 a
year of Ountemala fruits. The Guatemalan
Government gladly accepted the proposition.
In less than threo months the deal was consum
mated at New OrlrttnD. It wns the beginning
of tbo trndo in millions of dollnrs annunllr.
To lunke a long story short. Junn Knlgbtgot
othdr concessions, an be demonstrated tho profit
there was in growing fruit for tho United Htatos
market. Tho shipping business to Nrw York
and Sun Franclsrn wns started and enormously
enlnrred. llr 171 the negro wns the largest
employer of labor In northern Guatemala.
Whero a multitude of white men bad given up
in despair of ever trying to ;rt work out of tbo
lazy. Improvident, nnd cnreloss natives nf tho
rural regions. Knight's experlenco ntiumg tho
slaves stood blm In good strnd. He wns fa
mous for tbe 7cul he Impnrted to all who labored
for him. Ho married a nntlve young woman In
Htapa in 187'., nnd tho union hns been a groat
help to his fortunes. About twentv yenrs ngo
he Induced New Knglnml cnpltnl toemhurkox
tenslvelv In coffee growing in Guatemala, and
Invested his own cnpltnl In the Industry. The
Government gave blm a very advantageous
shlpplnr concession for bis effortB In bringing
capital to tho cnuntrv. Coffee growing provod
wonderfully reuiunerntlvo for n damn years.
Tho negro planter branched out In other direc
tions, lie went to Philadelphia nnd contracted
to furnish many thousands of feet of mahogany
jesrly for ten yenrs.
'lhrro Is nnotber side to this uncommon man.
Ho has been n liberal palrnn of educational
measures. Ho Is wllhnl n nUiu. modest ninn,
who U not known b t-lght very fur from home.
Ho Is tnll nnd slonder and shows tbo effocts of
hard work and ronstnnt rare nnd thought con
cerning bis ouormoUM hiiHlnrts Interests.
There nro seien children m .limn Knight's
home, und nil hsve been educated In tho United
Htntos. Two of tlu loys nr In n military
academy In Mississippi now. Ono daughter Is
nn accomplished portrait painter In Boston,
Onrr a yonr tbe father nnd mother gonna trip
to Now Oilenns and frnin tbcro to New York,
Tbev were In Kumpe In 18'U.
Tlin Influence of Juan Knight, tho nogrn mil
lionaire, Is folt nvrrjwlicrn In tho commercial
end fluunclnl domain (if Guatemala, If not in
ev-ry part of Central America. His ndvloo is
rotirht I" "H financial prnlecls of tho Govern
ment, When n syndlcmc r' capitalist" sends to
Guatemala for an expreia'on of opinion con
cerning a. bond iumh hi Ventral Amorlca. this
wnnderfulVx-slnvo Is cniKii.trd aiinotl first nf
nil. Whon the Guatemalans neurly camo to
nnns Tilth Mexico two yenrs ngo, Juan Knight
wns universally lookod toby tho natives to effect
peace. His bank In Guatemala City Is about
tbe seJldest In tbe country, So great Is the
ronfldrnco In nls Integrity that some of his old
ost laborers draw their pny but onco In a half
year. The millionaire planter and miner of
Guatemala has several times vla'ted the planta
tion In Tnllnpoosn cnuntv, Ala., whero he
was born and raised. Hundreds of people there
know nil about him and remember his child
hood. Inl8H8, when he was In Dadeville, ho
met tho son of bis first master, Daniel Upton.
He had not forgotten how Mass'r and Misses
Upton taught him tn rend and write, nnd nil
tho petty privileges tbey bad shown their chat
tel, little Blnck John. So what did tbe ex-slat n
hoy do but omnloy George Upton, a son of
Knight's early master, to go down to Guate
mala and be a superintendent at lbs mines.
Not only that. Tho ex-slave found that the
widow nf his old master was sick and in finan
cial distress In Mobile, and he forthwith in
vested for ber a sum of bis mosey suffloltat to
kst p her comfortable ber remaining days. -
SKULLS OP PDBLIC MEN.
courosirn coxtovna made bt a
irAsnzsQToir nATinn.
The Fresltfenta Ions.neJ Men with Heads
Hack or the Same Sbe Prentlarttlea sT
rerelan Dlslomaiuts, Centrals and Aa
mlrnls A SINr tar n PbreaalscUt.
WABniNQTOK, Juno 18. The chlof Joy and
pride of a Washington hatter Is a sorapbook
whloh contains outlines of many hundrods of
heads taken In the last forty years. Tho shop Is
ono of the oldest and best known In the city and
has enjoyed tho patronngo of nearly evory fa
mous man who has lived at tbe capital since
the civil war.
00
TBOM1SB. HUD. tOWIS X. BTXSTOK.
The volumo Is an old account book of several
hundred loaves, each of which bears careful
traolngs from oonforms taken In the fitting
machines from tho heads of well-known men
tho Presidents since Buchanan, statesmen,
famous Gencrsls and Admirals and foregn
diplomatists. Tho shapes aro placed four on a
page, and in the centre of each Is written tho
name and slzo, together with data for tho hat
man's private Information. In several cases
there are oonforms of the same head taken at
intervals of some years.
00
JOUS O. LOSO. OROTXa clsvelisd.
In making the tracings, which were done as
accurately as possible, tho first marking was
mado on soparato cards for tho Presidents,
statosmen, warriors, and foreigners, so that a
composite was obtained of each group. Tho ro
sults are rather interesting. A phrenologist
might draw deductions from them. The bat
man did. Tbo card of the statesman In com-
00
I'. S. ORUIT. DUTUT DE LOME.
poslto seems the most uniform. Most of tbem
are fairly round and shnpely, with a groater
bulge In the frontal region than tn the occiput.
They aro uniformly long, so thnt the expression
"long-headed statesmen " seems to have n
foundation In fact If not in metaphor.
The longest bonds. In proportion to width,
are those of President McKtnloy, Secretary
of State Day, James G. Blalno, and Ben
jamin Harrison. Prcsidont McKlnley Is
Oo
W. S. 6C11LKV. JArA.E8B ATTACnE.
supposed to bavo n very large head, but he nnd
Judge Day wear bnts of tno ssmc size. The
largest heads arc thoso ot Secretary Long. 7;
Senator Voorhoes, 74. and James A. Garfield,
7s. The smallest heads aro those of Senator
Chandler nnd It. B. Hayos. Tho heads most
nearly sqnnro In form are thoso of Grant, Wood
ford. Gnrfleld, Cleveland, Hendricks, Long, nnd
Field. Tbo heads most uniformly round and
free from bumps uro thoso of Gen. W. T. Sher-
COMCOSITE OK rOKEIOSERS.
man, Hayes, Arthur. Gon. Belknan. Lord Chief
Justice Coleridge of England, nnd lt.T. Lincoln.
The most peculiar heads In point of formation
arc those of Sefior Dupuy de Lome; M. l'ato
notro, the former French Ambassndor; ex-Mln-ister
Mendonca, Senator Ciillom. tbe Hon. T.J.
Csmpbell, Charles Loelller, doorkeeper at the
White House, and somo or the Japunese with
unpronounceable and unspellnblo names.
COMrOklTE 1 WAHMORS,
Indeed, the composite tracings nf tho heads ot
tha foreigners bb compsrod with tho statesmen,
warriors, or Presidents of this country mnke
an Interesting contrast, Tho slmllnrlty of the
headBOf thestntesmen In the general form Is
remarkable, wblla tbe variation of tbo foreign
ers on the other hand Is equnlly noticeable. Tbo
bends of tho foreigners nro sinnller and moro
poculiar in overy oj than uny of the other
fill H
COMI-nsiTI. OK MATT-SMI.,
composites. Thcienrellat foreheads nnd pointed
occiputs, round foreheads, and wide temples
with Jutting domes In tbo most unexpected
1 places. lu tbe composite of tbe statesmen
lbs general form 1 a round, well-sbapad j
&iammmmsuKtammmMBmmmm9mmtsm
.forehead and wide temples, the line gradually
tapering down toward the base of the head. If
warriors are "beetle-browed" the " beetle" part
comes well below tho hatband, for tho com-
coxrosrrs or raxsinam.
fioilte lino appears to bo quite round and regu
ar. Tbe heads of tho Presidents aro long and
free from any startling irrrgularltles In form,
those of President MoKlnley and Abraham Lin
ooln being a trlflo loss regular than tho others.
Tho average alio of tbe heads of all ot the well
known men selected is about seven and three
sixteenths. TUB COLONEL'S TAT.KINQ DOO.
Ills Owner HatlsHeit to Itare II Im Ilead IVben
He Learned What the Animal Said.
This Is the story the Kentucky Colonel told his
friend. It was Proctor Knott's story, ho said.
However that may be, it la told for what it is
worth:
"Theali was nn old man up In tbo Bluo Grass
country," snld tho Colonel. Iverybody tn Ken
tucky lives in the Bluo Grass country, by the
way; nobody halls from the Knobs, where peo
ple huddlo together In huts and live on hard
tack. " An' this old man owned a dog. He was
a sma't dog a very snaa't dog. It you threw a
stick of wood Into tho watab, he would swim
right out aftah it an' bring it back to you
in bis mouth. He would cbaso all the cats
In tbo neighborhood up n trto an' keep
them thenh all day, sottln' nt the foot
of It nn' watchln' 'cm. He would prop blm
se'f on his hawnches neah tho table foah houahs,
waltln' foab you to throw him a bone from
youah plato, almos' aakln' you foah it with his
eyes. Thoy nevah got tlahd of tellln' 'bout the
sma't things that thoah dog could do. at that
theah fa'm. Ho was tho wondab of tho neigh
borhood. He could do everything but talk, sah,
everything but talk.
" Th' old man had a son, too, an' he was
'pretty sma't.- 'Most as sma't as tho dog. Ono
day when the dog had rung tbo doah bell an'
walkod in wlnkin' bis let eye when they opened
tho doah, tho old man sort o' laughed an' said:
" 'Thata thesnia tostdog in tne world, lie
can do everything but talk.'
"Then tho eon Bald, 'Fathah, what's the mat
tab. with havln' him taught to talk! Tbey tell roe
theah's a placo down in Louavllle wbeah thoy
teach dogs to talk. Give me 'bout a hundred
dollahs an' I will tako htm down theah fosh
you an' havo him taught.'
"Tho old man thought an' thought. Aftah a
long while ho mado up his mind to dolt. The
crops wa'n't bo very good, but ho concluded to
apaah the money anyway. Ho could mako it
back on a talkln' dog. Everybody would come
foah miles arouu' to see htm, an' ho would
chargo foah admission. So bo counted out tho
money on' gave It to bis son.
"Tho son took tho money an' the dog an
went on down to Lou avllle. When he had been
gone about a month the old man wroto to ask
how tho dog was gettln' along. His son
answered that he was doln' fine. His teacher
said he nevah saw a sma'tnh dog In his life. Ot
all the dogs ho had taught to talk be was the
sma'test. Ho had alroady learned to say 'Papa'
an' 'Mamma' an' ho could spell r. few Bhortessy
words llko 'cat' an' 'dog.' Hut bo neodod
nioah money. It took a good doal of money to
havo a dog taught to talk, mor'n anybody would
think that had uovab trlod 1L Would ho pleaso
send nnothaU hundred or two!
" The old man grumbled a llttlo. but be sent the
otbab hundred. Than ho waited nnothah month
without bearln' a slnglo word. He wrote again,
wnntin' to know how tho dog woe gottln' along,
an' tellln' hlB Bon to hurry up an' come on homo.
Ho wanted to see the dog foah hlmse'f. an' heah
him say 'Papa.' an' 'Mamma.' lie had nernh
beard a dog talk, an' be wanted lo know what
It was like.
"Tbo son wrote back that tho dog was doln
bcttah an' bettnh. Ho was the wondoh of the
dug school. He wus takin' all the prizes foah
spellln' an' everything. He was sayln a good
many words now, an strlnglu em into sen
tences. Tbo tencber bragged about him all tho
time. He said be nevah had u dog learn as quick
as that theah dog. People came from miles
aroun' to henh him talk. It was wondahful I
But, would tho old man please send blm some
nioah money I Nobody knew how much money
It took to have a dog taught to talk until bo
tried It, It looked like it would take 'most a for
tune befo' tbev got through with it, but if he
could heah that dog talk Just once ho wouldn't
begrudge It. He know that. Of co'se, he hated
to be nsklu' foah nioah money, but tbe teucber
wn. always aftah him foah pay, an' what could
he do!
"The old men got mad then, an' sent him
word to come nlong home with that theah dog.
He talked well enough foah blm. He wa'n t
goin' to spend anothnh cent on him. not an
otbnh blamed cent! Ho had spent a darned
sight nioah now than ho oughtcr, with the
crops ho splndlln. Bring blm home on tho next
train, right awny, quick. , . ,
"Theah was nolhln else foah It, so the son
hnd to eta't homo with the dor. Ho wa'n't feel
In' as good ns ho might. Ho wus wonderln
what In tbe name o' thundsu be was roln' to
say when bo got homo on' the old man found
out the dog couldn't tulk; foah, of co'se, the dog
couldn't Buy n single, solitary word.
"Thonuariih be got home, an' the moah he
thought, tbe worse he felt about that theah dog.
Ho wns u good dog, nn' he looked up at him so
lovin' llko with his big sof eyes, be hated to kill
him, but what visa could ho do! He knew if be
told tho old man tho dog hsd sud'nly keen struck
dumb bo wouldn I believe blm, an theah would
be nn everlnsllii' row. Thesh wouldn't bo no
lettln' up to it. He concluded the only thing to
downs to kill him.
"Well, tho upshot of it was that be did kill
him just bofo' l.e got homo. Took out hlB pistol
an' shot him right thenh In his truekn. It was a
cru'l thine la do. He bad to shut his eyes when
ho pulled tho trlggnb, but theah wa'n't no otliah
wny out o' It.
"When tbe old man found out tbo dog was
dead bo was mnddnh than Hah. Aftah all the
money bo bnd spent to have tho dog taught to
talk, thoy go an' kill hlml He strung out n
string ot swenh words a ya'd or two long. Ho
bwo' till he was blnck in the face, because the
ring wus such a good dog an such n sma I dog.
Liyin' aside the question of the money ho lmd
epsuton him. ho bated to think he was dead,
lie lmd hnd him such a lung lime bo had got
kinder fund o' blm, an' usod to seeln' blm
aroun'.
"When he Btopped to tako breath the son
trlod to get in n word edgewas, hut It wa'n't
nn ut,e. Tho old ninn only bwo' nii'swn'thnt
much hiirdnh.
" At las' bo got clenn out o breath, an tbo (ton
took thu fin".
"Falliab,' ho said, 'I know that dog wsb
sma't. He was tho smn'test dog I ovnh saw In
iilliny hu'ndu's. Hut. .to tell tbe truth, he was
u darned sight too hina't, I'll tell yuu why. Of
cose, livlu'itrouu' hush nil his life he couldu t
hrlpscelii' things, things ho hadn't any busiuess
pnyln' any 'tentloii to-doxs musn't have too
much curiosity; tuln't expected of 'cm but bo
bndn't niiy right to blab, He oughtcr kop' his
mouth shut, an' tin would or been llvln'yet.
Tbnt dogs iw mor'n w'KSgiiod foah him, un' he
talked loo much.'
" Ho lookod h11 aroun' tho room to see If any
bodvwus llstcnln', nn' not noeln' unjbody bo
went nu In n whisper:
" Now, vuu wouldn't hnrdly belloro It, fn
tbah, hut tint dog begun tn talk outrageous.
Ho tifg.ni lo tell e coining he fcnow nn' moah.
If you could er hoard Hie scandnlnus things ho
Bold to iiiu nn ihowuy up heah from Inuntille
you'd e relied. I tried to mnko him stop, but I
couldn't. I was afrull tbo nthnh linssrugrrs
would beih, The mush I tried tn mnke him
I stop, the mo.ih he talked. It srcinod Ukehowns
on a high old lark. Just tryln' lilnso'f because he
Bud'nlr found out he could tnlk; tryln' his brtt
to mnke up foah Ids tlmo, I ruvkuii. It made Ills
mad, nn' It woul I criuude you maddab, beiauso
It wis about jaul'
"The old mntihtnrtrd:
'" You remember thnt lilnlul genrl you was
sb In' aroun uftnh not long ngo! Well, what
do you think that dog ssld I'
"The old man sat down by tho table sort of
fnlnt like.
" ' I can't lina line,' ho said,
" ' He said bo suw you klisln' her!'
"The old ninn took on I a hlc snuffy bandana
hnndkrrchief ai' wiped tho perspiration off his
nice. Ho wns trrmbllh' all ovnh.
"'What do you sposo mothati would er enld
to thnt,' tbe son went on, ' If the dog had up nn'
told her! Don't you spns she would erraUed
thu roof plumb off this house! Well. I guess
abe would! Ku whnl else rouhl I do but kill
lilin I 1 tn, wbatelso could I dot'
" The old man hnd liirue 1 unto nliout tho gills.
llo brffught his flat down on the tnble with a big
til unit), and he says, says he:
1"Youdldexactlyrl;litto kill blm, my son;
exactly rhxbtl I'm glad be'adead. tbe ungrate
ful Uog I"
r
in i ulir ii'iirTf'r 'irr'if r-L-"--L --- -
JOE WILLAIWS COMPANY, M
MACTICAL rATItlOXJftat OV TZlt ffl
eiNIA'S RICHEST .VAX. f u
Italian a Fine ndr ar Vaunt Men In till jfisaai
Naltre Cauaty nail Than Declared Tkat al
TtaerSheald Want tar SotnlnglltaBaerMOus iJsai
laoame Can Bur On" la the rklllaplaee. uB
F-AtnFAx Couivr Houhk, Vn., Juno 1ft "Tbs fM
richest man in Virginia" is also ono of tho most r
patrlotto of tho sons ot tho Old Dominion. lilt ilfl
company of volunteers Is probably the mosb f
fortunato In tho entire sorvlco of tho nation., H
Tho men are to havo a place In tho armr that Iip ' iH
to Invado the Philippines, owing to the Infln ITaaai
enceof their captain; thoy hnvo been provided'. .Vifl
with uniforms at tho expenso ot their Captain ' H
their pay Is doublo tbnt of othor volunteers, nnoV""" 'H
they will havo oxtrn care tn tho ovent of wounds m
or sickness. Whon tho flrBt call for troops was "jjfl
made there was no man moro eagor to respond k. 'll
than Joseph Wlllard, a member ot the Virginia-' . iafl
Legislature, a lawyer lnactlro practice nt this" tf'fl
place, and tho son of tho founder of Wlllard's iL'saal
Hotel, for half a century tho lending hostelry ot ll
the national capital. Ho offered hlnisolf for on Msaal
llstment as a private, but so many ot tha young I'l
men of tho neighborhood asked him to be their WmM
leader that ho was Induced to ralso a company. '"I
As soon as it was known throughout the county f'H
that Joseph Wlllard wanted roorults thorowas A'H
a rush of young men to his hcadquartors. His i '''I
only conditions of enlistment wero that tho men U
Bhould bo unmarried, nble-bodiod and citizens ot " H
Fairfax county. When ho had tho required :H
number ho selected a uniform suttablo for a ,-H
campaign In a tropical cllmato and sent k
very man to a tailor to be fitted. He paid ,iH
the bill and was satisfied, whon, on report iH
lng at Richmond, his company received tho H
flattorlng notlco of officials nnd votcrans for Its ,fl
One appearance Tha young men are tall, as :.H
most Virginians are, and show tbe sound boalth . iS
of mon who live In the opon air. They aro ;lH
nearly all farmer boys and tbo sous of veterans ' ;M
of the Contedernto army, reared tn thetradl- f ,H
tlons of a courageous struggle. Next they wsro iH
informed by tho Captnln that ho would pay out hH
ot hla own pocket an additional 31 3, so that their H
pay will bo $10 a month. This is because many IH
of tho famlllos to which tho boys belong have, i H
been partly dependent on them and must find ,B
it hard to carry on the farms in their absence. ,
Since tho war bogan many families that were jH
In comfortable clrcumstnnces hnvo found lb m
difficult to mako a living on iho fow acres they 4 !
nro nolo to cultivate In this region labor isnoa '
In tho market oxcept for tho large farmers, who ,H
can employ hands by tbo month or year. Tha
gonoroslty of Cnpt. Wlllard has made It easy w
for tho membors of his company to enlist, at- .
though It was not expected when thoy first of H
fered themselves. Then their only lndiioemenb ' -'
for Joining this companvwas thatCapt. Wlllard ; ?
was a daring and ptiBbing mnit. ot a fighting , :
family, who would certainly bo in tho thlcc V
of any fighting that might be going on. ,U
Whnn thav tvnrn tnlrl nf thn nrnmtan fn Mnit -. BBS
tbem to the Philippines Cnpt. Wlllard mado a '
Bhort speech tbat added enormously to the sat- ' :
I stactlon ot tho parents of the boys. Ho said hla '! '
income, aside from the amount thut Is necessary '
to keep up his household and tbo like, in 81,000 '
a day. and tbat as far as this sum would go the "
boys Bhould lack nothing that money could buy J
in evont ot wounds or sickness or to preserve j
their health In a strango climate.
After eeveral weeks ab Hlcbmond the com .H
pany has been ordered to report at Cninn Alger. 'H
where the boys will be visited by relntivos ana ;H
friends for a farewell. It now seems beyond all
doubt that thoy will soon Btart for Manila. fl
Cap, Wlllard himself loaves a wlfo and two '
young children. Ills wife Is not less patrlotto 1
than her husband nnd has taken the utmost in- X
terost and prldo in the company. Capt. Wlllard
told her how eager bo was to go to the seat of "M
war. as his blood has been boiling over the , ,
Spanish cruelty In Cuba; but ho had rosolved to
abide by her decision, as thero would be no lack J '
of men to tako his place. Sho did not hcsltalo,
but told him to go. . ,
Nobody 1b surprised at tho bounding enthu
siasm of Cnpt. Wlllard If thoy happen to know
tho stock ho springs from. Ills rather, for so '
many years tbo bend of Wlllard's Hotel, was an
officer In tbe Union army and ns such wan , j
brought into contact with tno most during and )
efficient of all the Confederate spies in tho civil -war.
This wan Miss Ford, tho daughter of a.
rich citizen of Fairfax Court Houbc. Tho old j
people hero aro full of reminiscences of her ex s
ploltB, some of which wero dangerous nndro .'
quired tho utmost personal courage and dero ; j
tlon to the Confederacy.. She made many Jour i
nays between Washington and Itlehinona when " 1
it was difficult to get through tbo Federal lines. 1
Sometimes she wns disguised and needed all tha 1 ..
talent of an uctress to cludo the sua- 1
plcious officers. At one tlmo the authori
ties at Washington, exasperated by tha ,
dlscovory of somo of their plana by the
Confederates at Hlcbmond, resolvod to deal t
severoly with all spies, regnrdless of sex-ori , S
family influence. Miss Ford's friends attempted '
to persuade hor to abandon her cutcrnrlsa or to
suspend her trips for n time. Even the Con fed- , ;
erate officials who profited by ber work warned I
her that It would bo too hazardous to attempt)
another Journey at thnt time. But It all had no
effect on her purpose, and she continued to , 1
carry Information and moesages from one capl- 1
tnl totheotber. Proud us she wns of being a
rebel. Miss Ford formed n romantic attachment 1, ,
for a Federnl officer who had been kind to ber, ,
and when her work was done sho became bid 1 ;
bride. After living happily with hor husband J
and children for eomn years at Fairfax Court i
House, she died hero. Her hushnnd also Is dead, rf
tbe properly going to Joseph Wlllard. tbe son. k
Cayt. Wlllard was born liore. and after a care I
ful education he took up the study of the law. I
He was admitted to tho bar while aulto young, 1
and went to work as though his dally bread de ' e
ponded on it, Hals bright, well informed, and a '
good speaker. Ho wnseluotod to represent this '
dl.trlct In the Lower House of tbe legislature. ;
and It Is only it question of time when he will . t
occupy a sent in CongrosH. Ho Inherited from. tf ,';
his father tbo Wlllard's Hotel property and tha
Ebbett House, nnd from his mother considerable rf
property In this fjtatc. Although be is com ,
monly referred to ns "tho richest man la Vlr, '
glnla," ho Is unasBiimlng. 1 U,
BPAKItOnS IN (MEAT ZUOK.
Fevered bv ai llappr .CombluatUn of Clrence !
tancea In ITnlon Square. i
People stopped tho other day to look at tho " '
sparrows bathing In the fountain in Union
Square Tbe spraying Jets rleo from pipes that
come through u -roundod polished stone that
stands In tbe centre of tbe ImBln. The sparrows , ,
would fly across tho intervening water and!
stand on the wet, dripping stono and let tbo '
spray from tho fountain Jets fall upon thorn. ,
One sparrow darted headlong through tbe Jets, 1
but protty well up, where tboy begun to spread ,
out well Into spray,
In the basin thero wero three or four scat '
tered patches of t ho loaves of some water plant, '
tho leaves of each bunch lying closo together, '
but each leaf lying flat upon the water. The J
sparrows would stniid upon theso loaves and u
dip tholr bonks down into tho water between t
them to drink. Soma of tbe nparrows were at J
llrst Inclined to doubt whether tlio leavbs would it
hold them un. Tliev swent out from the stone
rlui of tho fountain, clone to I tin surface of the (
water. Intending to allghtona leaf In one of tbe i
leaf IslnmlB, but. Instead. they sw cpt rlirhtonover (
It and nroiinil to tliontone rim iignin. Hut tbey
saw other birda standing on tbo leaves ana
presently tliev tried II thrmsclvrs, and ltmay I
have been a shuck to their vanity, but tho
leaves hold them up cnMlT.
The flowering plants that a little while ago;,
were blooming In the circular garden strip be ,
tween tho Inner nnd outer rim of tbo fountain 1
bad alt been taken up and tlin lawn dugover
and smoothed, and in its powdery, dusty surface
the sparrows would svtlln down ivxl weave
about and ruftlo tholrwltigs with delight. Then '
they would stand on the Inner edge of tho Inner
stone rim nf tho fountain nnd bend over and
tuke a drink out of tbo basin, or fly tn a leaf or
to the stono nt tho centre, under the. Hprny.
And It was all the tallest kind of fun for the
sparrows. '
A MYSTEMIIVS KPltlXa. s
It line Two SurT-cn nml One t'nrteraround fn
lela nml .V Outlet.
"There Isn't much to sny about the little tIV i ' -,
Ingo of Joy, up In Wnyno county," salda citizen j 3
of that qulot hamlet in tbo poppcrinlnt belt, 'L,
"except that Just nulslilo of it Is a spring which
Is undoubtedly unlike any other spring in tha
world. That spring hasn't sny visible outlet
but it has two very vislblo Inlets, thus reversing
the natural order of springs. Springs are usu
ally the sources uf streams This ono Is just tbo ;
opposite, Ono nf the Inlets of thu spring is a
rlverlet that flo-sfrnm tho south, The other ' t
comes from the north. Tho waters that come)
from tho north and empty Into tho spring are
ns ilcnr ns crjstnl. Iho witters of the htrostn
thnt dlerhnrgK from Ilia south nro nlmoit as
blnck an ink Thn noutberu iulot ncrur freozos. t
while the northern 0110 Is tbo first wnter In all I
that region to treoze, 3
"An ther singular thing nbniit i ssprlngia I
Hint although no water flows from ilwutorls 1
ronsti.mly liolllnr un tliinuuli the whltosand n
thill forms its lied. The spring is only two feet I
wide and three feet deep, hut u force pump
worked steadily nnd rapidly In It for hour- has f
felled to ilecrense Its wator supply In the slight- 'J
est degree, Tho nitstrry is. what becomes of J j'
the water ot tho spring! Fed b) two streams. .
nnd from an underground toun c. and with no t
outlet, this spring has been a thing Impossible
to explain from the tlmo the original settlers ,, i
squatted In that partof the Slate and fooudt , ' I
tbero until nw." J i
f ' '1

xml | txt