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I ASHES OF EMPIRE.
oy iiounttT w, cnAJHBEns.
cnAPTEn xxvi.
ins BOMitinDMJnrr.
n. ih flth of January, at seven minutes after
i.h. afternoon, tho first shell follln Parte.
fri.nro'Mtlic entered the city a little north-
., ,-m the fort of Yanvos. and plunged Into
E street, exploding with frightful foroe. A
.-.nt later tho ominous qunvor of anothor
Xwa heard from tho Porto Bouse. Tho
r ? , ' projectile seemed to hnng nbove Uio rao
f JvTmm arrowing largor nnd largor as It nearod
Mi street Suddenly It exploded, sweeping
)l, moftorn with a hall of Iron fragments.
IwrtcVInK chimneys and fill's, and showorlog
the street with shattered slates.
An old woman ran shrieking along the alde
"1V n,rl!ray hair dripping with blood. Aoan
tumeer on tho ramparts lay writhing beside the
jvophct Ths artillerymen recovered from
iMr amazement and swung tho groat gun
iouthwe't A clap of thundor shook tho bas
tions a white cloud, over spreading, wrapped
the frorhet Hut ngnln enmo tho terrifying
hrlf k of a shell, nea rer. nearer then tho street
trembled with It Impact and the houses rocked
end reeled to their foundations as tho Prophet
thundered Its reply.
The forts of the south wcro flaming and blaz
!nc from even' embrasure: tho batteries, tho
redoubt", the southern bastions of tho fortifica
tions nere'-overed with smoko; but still Into
the city plunced the Prussian shells, blowing
house to ruins, selling (lro to roofs, exploding
In th streets, on the sidewalks, on bridges and
oust", squares "nil boulovanls. hurling death
tnd destruction to the four quarters of the city.
Three little ehlldren crossing tho Rue Malaise
vore Mown to atoms: a woman running for
Handler to tho rrlncnMurat barracks was dls-
,mbowelled in tho run d'Ypres. A eonvont was
i 'struck repeatedly: two shells entered a hospital
nnd tore tho helpless wounded to shrods. an
other killed a poor American student In his
room In the rue do Seine Faster and
faster fame the shells: night added to
the horror of the scone: the darkness
w lighted with tho flames of burning houses.
Th" uproar of the forts, the Bcream nnd hiss of
atiells. the deafening explosions of tho cannon
blended In a tumult Indescribably frightful,
t moments. In the brief lulls of the uproar,
the Iron knelling of tho tocsin was heard, the
fainter booming of drums calling to arms, tho
tiistnnt ruh of artillery, galloping pellmell to
the bastions.
In the rue Berpento. nilde and Tolette
Crouched, half dead with terror. A shell had
fallen at the corner of the street and had torn a
fcaM to pieces Bourke had been away since
f arly noon, and Yolotto's fright and nnxlety for
Jiim drove Hllde to forget herown fear,
j In that dark, narrow street, with Its rows 'of
pnelent houses, women and children. franMo,
Shrieking, dlshovcllod, ran hither and thither
la escape the shells. Some shouted. "The
ether side of tho rlverl Save yourselvesl"
Others ran back Into the tall crumbling houses
(o eowor on the worm-aten stairs or crawl Into
the cellars.
"We must go to the cellar.' repeated Hilda
with white lips. "Yolotto. everybody Is going
to the cellar."
"I cannot I will not stir until he comes
back," whispered Yolette. "Go to the cellar If
T ou wish."
Shell after shell, moaning, whistling, flow
filgh overhead. Tho air hummed with tbo
.quaver, the windows vibrated. There came a
terrlflo report from tho comer of tho street: a
uouse bulged outward, foiling slowly amid tho
crash and crackle cf wooden beams. A heap ot
piaster choked the street; some woodwork
Afire lighted up ths mass of lime and bricks,
tander wliloh something writhed feebly a man,
perhaps.
)He& Hldlne Hood knelt clinging to Hlldn's
klrtlnan agony of fright The rUH was still
'In her night gown, and tier luuo limbs, nam b
Wlth cold, quivered.
Somebody on the stairs oried out "The roof
s on fire!" Another rushed eoreamlng to the
Cellar.
"Comel" murmured Hllde, "we cannot stay.
IYolette-we shall be burned If we stay O.oome.
cornel"
" Not to the cellarf" cried Yolette. "What are
Jrou doing tho house will burn over you I"
They were on the stairs now. Hilda dragging
the child by the hand. Yolette following and
trying to make herself heard In tho din.
"Don't go Into the street I" she cried again.
"We can't stay In the house!" panted Hllde.
desperately.
"Go back I Go backl" shouted a crowd of
poldlers. who came stampeding through the
street and poured Into tho houses. "Thecol
f jars are safe. Go to the cellars I"
They pushed past the doorway, motioning
j Hilde to follow. Sho shrank against thedoor-
1 post, holding tight to Yolotto and Bed Riding
JL Hood.
I The street outside was ruddy with the glare
cf burning houses: the shells streamed high
I overhead toward the Fnntheon now, falling bo
il frond the rue Berpento, some In the boulevard
Bt. Michel, somo on the Sorbonne. many on the
HI val de Orace and a fow even In tho river. The
H fire of the Prussian guns shifted capriciously:
I fcSX tno Montparnasso quarter was covered
with projectiles, now tho Luxembourg, now
tho Latin Quarter But always the sholls
streamed thickest toward the hospitals, tho
jj"ftcks. tho churches, palaces and great pub-
? "i? shells ceased falling in tho rue Ser
rente. the people crept from the collars, the
Midlers of thoUardo Mobile slunk off and a
company of firemen came up on a run, drng
f Ins their hand machine. Bands of skulking
l?fa.nu,itOTled through the streot. half bold.
?ii. '. .I Peering Into doorways, hanging
f,y0,"1',lliell-wreoked houses, shoving, prying,
lusultlngwoinon
i " t fh09e ruffians entered tho hallway
where Hllde stood, nnd started to ascond the
eta re. but. evidently considering the shabby
i2J?knoit. worth hU attention, turned and
I tood hesitatingly In the full glare of a burning
..T'Mt ,Hllde,-" whlsperod Red Riding Hood.
mVi?,r.Ix)S.1i i At tho same moment tho vac
5!u"1t?w H'de nnd shrank back against the
h.i;.f.t.wa8,n? blouse, llildo sprang to tho
SiAiI'ri8 f"(1 scl.!,ei1 tno MoUBe ',T rageod
Kim.Si..i1i?t,st,irtl,l1 young rufflan suffered
piraseir to be dragged up tho stairs nnd Into the
tl flSart.ment'."ow' "rightly lllumlnntod by
ine names from tlio burning house on the cor
v -ffcX0 ftte a"a 1ei1 Hiding Hood folldwed.
-V whiiST". PWITF'1 lme- broathloss, "toll me
Bhn 2ei'S?, Wl,at 'pvo you done wfth him 7"
V End We'oro t ho Mouse with flashing eyes
ftYnii'.US fl?u cinched, repeating harshly:
till? .ore t0, ,.1"! ,lll,t volJ would 'wlt, "'"
Slunk nm i11''! 1"0" ,llra ,rom httrml You
- S.i yV.0' ,l10 nolJo with that promise to mo
to Stl i. ,h y,JU Wrl fomlsod to say nothing
iT?.,hf " ''t fiavo you dono with hlm?tt
Wns"-i oen 8hot' Basiwd the Mouse. " he
"ill i .whispered Hllde,
came J Jrii ie'i?" .Browlod the Mouse. " I
ru d'V,!0;1 il J,?,,Lrk?-,""' when I went to the
Ti.V,r?MT0U all,h,'(1 decampod."
tuw "I'd ' Mitlr-uoU. with a orlnglng ges-wid"-!!,.
I'r1' d ' '' 'k-an.l quite by accident,
not SVr.""ft1.n,ct.'',:no frlonds-but I, was
"und D,g: ''ic ".hi?", .glancing furtively
ot p?,H,i"olu'l(,0;t 3tl nothing, as the
will f"i ill ou, w ' '"'I M. Bourkothatl You
' Ml .i lr.k." J "ns "(,t Pillaging houses."
" ,,?'8',,M' llaiujuood?" nkwiptod Ulldo.
- . o t.V, llu,,,,aruw'Hdlsrn thecasemutoa
a the ,u!i?i .n? "".-very sick since thoy out
1 i'lln'i "1 , An.l It is .itilto truo I was not
' i tf.Ienain my vv'tos, J ,,avo novor
tl'I!itei,'i0i,,1!,,uo1'' nt Yolotte. ehlvollod n llt-
K im'i 'ls F,t,or"11 trousers, and eiilffed.
lll'i ilnii t fitrove ', H'.-but hor colorless
roand ?,?,'? , moved. Yolette put onu nrm
"li ,r,1""1 t,ln;"d to the ilousc,
nt'ii " 'd " Harewood not serd a mea-
hlin '"t'n.L11 th9 3I'6e. "He wants to see
ffinedP",! i10' u"1" last nll?ht tllat th08e
i thefSrt w" .BaTO'eo tt clinneo to leave
whVr, i Mni..iS,'"" ,"rB lliero '"ca V Bourget.
He did .""T". B,'l m he left die church.''
dragged lff,ai'U,,lat ,19 had half carried, halt
IfreiSid i . .ffuSoJ.a,'roM 10 Mo lotto under a
llo was M 'ado, ,ro"i tho Prussian plekeU.
rwltri?rm,i v.ar'l'l.C0JVrils : his very fe
" 11 1 J ew ,m ' L i U'Uw. ,in,d ' nstinetivoly clung
knoekedi 5v,""''i,a I'1' ot through the log
& pi thi. i'r iw.f,,rSw""B; ho had hanlod himout
i lt V hi JV;'1!11 ""' '"! s a panther hauls
r, f ., tMhom tStuih. n. t"'u '?' "llnds oould
i f cimIii ti, '. l""",."l,,H 'hat he deserved
thiuiU u ,",.,"""", '""' riwehed Harowood's
! Wiirr."", '' '"'iH'Hplelon.uudiiow It
r vvurreu u. )i,,;l tu SUJ tiat )i0 bod sa'vtnl
i '
MMBMliimn fsusiili ilsTtstsliigii
Tlarewood's life, although, like most criminals,
ho was a keen appreolator of the dmmatio.
No what occnpled the mcagro brain of the1
Mousowas the fear that Donrko might return
and learn from Hlldo and Yolotto that ho, the
Mpuno, had been looting. .
. He looked sideways at Yolotte, who Traa lead
ing Hilda to the bedroom, tie listened stupidly
to the paroxysms of grief when Iltldo flung
herself on the bed. That was all vqryconfus
inb hut what would Bourko say? lie looked
down at his blackened hands, at the bludgeon
still gripped In ono bleeding fist, evldoncos ot
bis snnro in the riotous night's work.
"Helll I'm going to sbto my sklnl" he blur
ted out, nnd nt tho enmo moment he saw Rod
Riding flood otn ring at him from tho sofa,
"What are yon making. eyos at helnt" he
demanded, sullenly. "Perhaps you nro going
to say I wan pillaging houses "
Tho child, seized with a fit of shivering, cow
ered ncnlnst tho wall, drawing her feet in under
her nightdress.
The Mouse regarded her fiercely, twirling
his bludgeon between his blackened fingers.
Then, npparontly satisfied that she was too
torrlfled to understand, he pulled his cap over
his sightless oyo, put the bludgeon In his pocket
and started toward tho door. Uoforo ho went
out lio hesitated. The sight of tho frlghtenod
child seemed to exercise a certain fascination
for him. lie looked back, frowning, just to see
whether It would frighten her a llttlo more. It
did: but. strangely enough, hor fear gave htm
no gratification.
Bay, you brat, do I scare you?" ho asked
" Yon.' whispered tho child. A ourlous sensa
tion, nn unncoustomod thrill, something that
had novor oomo over him before, sontthe Dlood
tingling in tho Mouso's largo oars. He poorod
at tho child narrowly.
"Don't look like that," ho said, "for I ain't
going to hurt you."
Tho child wns silent.
"You're cold," said tho Mouse, awkwardly.
"Go to bed."
"I'm afraid," sho whispered.
"Of mo?" asked tho Mouso. with a strange
sinking of tho heart.
"Yes: nnd tho shells."
"I'll knock the head off any Pig of a Pros
Rlanwho liarms you," said the Mouse, waving
his club. "You novor mind tho shells; they
won't hurt you. Now nro you nfrald of mo,
llttlo one?"
"No," sighed tho child. A glow ot pleasure
snffusod tho Mouse's ears again. Then ho felt
ashamed, than he looked at tho child, then ho
wondered why ho should take pleasure In telling
the llttlo thing not to be afraid. For a while
thoy contemplated each other insllonce: then
tho child said: W'hon you wore In tho ruo
d'Ypres I used to mako you split wood. Do you
remember?"
"Yes." said tho Mouse, much gratified.
"And you wero afraid of the lion," pursued
lied Hiding Hood.
" Humph." muttered the Mouse. " I am afraid
yet."
Tho child laughod-suoh a sad, thin little
laugh. Tho Mouso. to ploaso her. made a
Ktimneo and winked vth his sightless oyo.
"Will you stay with us now?" asked the
child.
Thoinnocont question completely upset the
Mouse : tho idea that he was wnntod anywhere,
tho sonsatlon of protecting anything wan so
new. so utterly astonishing that oven his
habitual suspicion was carried away In the
overwholmingnovclty of tho proposition.
Red Riding Hood roso from tho sofa, wont to
the bed and climbed In. then turned gravely to
tho Mouse.
"Don't let anything harm us," sho said.
"Good night."
Tor a long time the Mouso stood nnd stared
at tho palo little face on tho pillow. There wore
bluo circles undor tho closed eyes; the cluster
ing black hair cast shadows over tho hollow
templos. Tho exhaustion from hunger, fatiguo
nnd fright brought sloop to tired lids. Even
when Yoletto and Hildo came In tho child did
not wako.
" I'm going to stay," said the Mouse sullonly.
"If tho sholls come the llttlo girl will be fright
ened." As he spoko ho furtively felt for some pur
lolnod silver forks that filled one pocket, found
them still there, glanced maliciously nt Yoletto
and coughed gently.
"Whore is tho Nantorro fort V asked Hllde.
faintly.
Tho Mouso oxplnlnod in a weird whisper, ap
parently much rollovod that nobody offored to
examine his pockets.
" Is lie all alone ?" said Hllde.
" Graolous I There's not muoh society In tho
casemates," observed tho Mouse "no, nor
many surgoons to spare. I'm going back to
him to-morrow." He said tt indifferently; he
might have added that ho was going at tho risk
ot his life, but risks wcro too common at that
time to ocoupy the attention of evon suoh a
coward ns tho Mouse. Wherevor ho went there
wore shells and bullets and bayonets now, nnd
It mattered llttlo whether they woro French or
Prussian.
He boldly rattled the silver forks In his
pocket, leered, pulled his cap lower, for tho
reflection ot the tinmen annoyed him. and said:
" War's war, ladies."
At the samo moment hurried steps, sounded
on tho landing. Yolotto opened tho door and
Bonrfce entered.
When he saw Yolotte and Hlldo he could not
speak nt first.
"Don't, don V' sobbed Yolotte: we are nil
safe all of us. It was you that I feared for. Ob.
If you knew, if you know." i
I was In the rue d'Ynres," stammered
Bourko. "The shells rained on the ramparts,
and X ran to tho Prince Murat Barracks. I
never dreamed they were shelling this part of
tho city until somoboay said the Luxembourg
had been struck. Then I come. Yolette, look
atmol Good God. what a fool I was 1"
Bho clung around his neck. smlllngand weep
ing, tclllnghlm she should never again let him
go away. Hllde was silent. Tho Mouse fldgoted
by tho door. Tho child slept.
Then Hlldo spoko ot Harewood. of his mes
sage sent by tho Mouse, Yolette cried out that
sho could not lot Cecil go away again, and
Bourko. devoured by anxiety. Questioned the
Mouse until that young bandit's mind waaa
hopeless chaos.
You can't nsk him to f. Hllde," Implored
her sister. "Oh. how can )ouusk Cecil to go to
the forts, when you know what they are doing
out there ? I can't let him go I cannot 1"
" If Jim Is not In danger. I can go out with the
next escort." said Bourko gravely. "If ho is.
then I must go at onco."
The Mouse was vacuo ; ho didn't know what
might happen slnco they cut out tho bullet. His
habitual distrust of doctors, of science In all its
branches, made it plain to Bourko that there
was nothing occurato to be learned from him.
The Mouso lingered a minute or two, watch
ing the sleeping child In the bed. Bourke told
him ho might go and he wont as a dismissed
dog goes, apologetically, half resentful, half
conciliatory, clutching tho forks in his pocket
with dirty Angers. Hlldo turnod and wont into
her room, closing tho door behind hor.
"I must sleep with tho child." said Tolette:
"she wakes In tho night and trembles so I al
most tear sho may dloof fright. Cecil, Is there
any dp.nger now from tho shells ?"
"I don't know," ho said. " I will He down In
the kitchen. If they bombard the auartor
again wo must go to tho collar. To-morrow I
am going to take you and Hlldo and Red Rid
ing Hood to the American Minister's. And. my
darling, before we go. you muBt marry me."
" Marry now I" faltered Yoletto.
"Otherwise the American Minister cannot
Srotect you. It you are ray wife ho Is bound to
o so. I can't stand this sort of thing; tho city
hangono distracted, nobody Is safe outsldo an
embassy. Tho Prussians must respect our flag,
dear, nndanarchlstA and kindred rufllans dare
not enter the embassy. Shnll I tell you what
haslmrpened in tho Huod'Ypros? A gang of
communists, cutthroats and thlovon have
broken open our house and are carousing In
tho collar with our rod wine. Btanffer. Mor
tler and Buckhurst are there, and they will do
us mischief If they have a chance."
Ho wont up to hor and drew her head down
to his shoulder. , .. ...
"Will you marry mo to-morrow, Yolette?"
he asked, " so that I can leave you safe at the
embassy and go to my friend ?", ...
"Yes,"' sho whispered, then threw both arms
about him in a passion ot tenderness and fear.
CHAPTER XXVII.
AN UNDEROnOUND ArVAIB.
When tho Mouso left the Rue Berpento the
bombardment had shifted to the southern forts,
and tho southoast sectours of tho fortifications
wero oovcrod with oxplodlng sholls. As he
slunk across tho city he could hear tho fracas
of the distant bombardment, nnd ho gavo tho
danger zono wide berth. His mind was pre
occupied by two problems how to conceal his
silver forks end now to get back to tbo Nan
terre fort.
Tho second problem could wait till morning,
tho first needed snrlous study. lie already pos
sessed ono burrow. It was in th opljar of the
houso In the rue d'Ypres. For. while doing no
nlal service for Bourko and Harewood, he had
managed to nbstrnet booty from neighboring
wlndowa-a spoon hero, a silk handkorchjof
there-nothing much, but still a modest llttlo
hoap of plunder, which he had eonnonlod In tho
cellar of the house on tho ramparts. There
fore, his llret liiBtinet led him back to tho ruo
d'Ypres. where. If the caohetto in tho cellar re
mained undisturbed, ho could further avail
himself of it by depositing the forks with the
rest of the loot. , .. ., . .
"Thrift." muttered the Mouse, "can not be.
tooearlr acquired. One must llvo in this world
of bandits I" .... , .
As ho crossod the boulevard Montparnasso
he snw that tho railroad, station was on Arc.
For u moment ho hcsltatod-thero might bp
line pickings vendor but prudence prevailed,
and ho shambled on, scanning tho passersby
with crafty face hall aerted. bludgeon swing
ing, cap over one oyo. tho Incarnation of com
munism militant. Affrighted eltlnons gave him
room. turned and lookod after hlnias tlunigli
in him they saw the symbol of all that was
secret and dreadful In tho elty-the embodied
shspo of anarchy the ominous prophet of rev
ile passed on. swaggering, whon prudent,
cringing when the sontrlos of the guard, pac ng
the devastated streets, halted to look nfter hire,
lanterns raised. At suoh momonts he cursed
them as loud as he dared: sometimes whop
far enough away, ho would. Insult them with
gestures and oplthets. gratifying to his vanity
because of tho slight risk : suoh nmusomenten
tnllod. Ho rattlodthe forks In his pocket as he
walked: once or twleo lio broke Into sopp-a
doggerel vorw) or two of. some sontlmnntal bar
ter" ditty tlmt attracted hlrn because, like crlra
nals of his typojie adored sentlraent-ln song.
Ho thought of Harewood. lying n "w caso.
I mates of the KauUrre fort. Would ho live or
dlef His wound bad turned so bad that tho
surgeons began to look at him In that musing
way that even the dying understand.
Tho Mouse scratched his ear idoad or alive
ho must find hls.wny baok to Harewood; for
the necessity that ha felt for Harowood's com
pany loft him restless ns a lost our. ..
lie thought often ot Red Riding Hood. Bho
was so small and thin nnd so afraid ot him that
ho wondorod why ho thought of her at all. In
hln.burrow ho had burled an Infant's silver pvp,
This he decided to present to Red Riding Hood
when ho could do so without fear of aspersions
on his honesty. Ho chuckled as ho thought
how.it would ploaso that child sho would look
at him with those big oyos she would perhaps
smllo what a di-oll young onol And so ho
came to ths houso on tho ramparts in tho rue
d'Ypres.
Tho cellar of the house was reached from the
ranlen. through. a flight ot stone stops. Tho
leavy slab that closed the manholo had no pad
ock. The Mouso, on his hands and knees, groped
about In tho dark, stumbling among dead
woods and broken cuoumber frames, pufflng
and ournlng, until, without any warning, ho
almost fell into tho manholo Itself. . Hurtled,
alort. ho crouched breathless by tho slab on the
grans. Bomebody had romovod Hi somebody
then was In tho collar!
Btealthily he crawled Into tho manholo and
descended tho first three steps. His worn shoos
mado no noise: ho crept throo stops farther.
At tho end of tho collar. In tho full light ot a
lantorn on the floor, sat three men. Twoot
thorn wore the uniforms of ofllcors of tho car
bineers: the third was In civilian dress. Tholr
voicos wore Indistinct, but their features woro
not. and tho Mouse fairly bristled as he rocog-
61 red thorn. Thoy woro Btauffor, Mortlor, and
nckhurst.
, Tho first thought of tho Mouse was Instinct
lvoly personal. Thoy had oomo to rob him of
his plunder) It was that, rathor than curios
ity that led him to oreop toward thorn, nearer,
nearer, wriggle behind a bnrrol. and crawl so
oloeo that, with outstretched arm, ho could
havo stabbed Mortlor If Mortlcr had been
alone.
Buckhurst, pale-faced, calm, bont his eolor
loss oyes on Mortlor. and spoko in tho passion
loss volco that always struck a chill to the
Mouso's marrow:
"M. Mortier, you misunderstand mo, I am
not In this city for my health, nor am I hero to
!rcaoh tho communo. There Is but one thing
. arn looking for monoy and I don't care
iow I get it or whore I get It. Prussian thalors
or French francs it's all ono to me."
Mortlor raised his hideous head nnd fixed his
green eyes on tho bloodless fnce before htm.
"One minute," said Buckhurst," then Ivo
finished. Not to waste words, the situation Is
this: Capt Btauffor hnsarrnnged to opon tho
Nantorro fort to tho Prussians: I havo agreed
to run a tunnel from this collar under the
street to tho bastion whore tho Prophet is I
think It's bastion No 73. Powder oxploded In
tho tunnel opens n breach In tho ramparts
dlrootly behind tho Nantorre fort. Do you com
prehend ?"
Ho paused a moment, thon added : " For this
wo divide 000.000 thalors."
Btauffor began to sneak cagorlr. his weak face
lighting up as ho proceeded.
m "It wasBpcyor'splan.jhohadlt In view bo
fore war was declared last July, no and I
lodged In this houso and planned tt all out
even to excavating the tunnel to bastion No.
73 d n the mnn who knocked him on tho
head! But wo can do It alone all wo wantot
you Is to help with tho tunnol. It will bo worth
your while really It will I"
Mortlcr's oyes secmod to grow Incandescent:
the great volns swelled out on his bald dome
shnped head, his throat, undor the rod flannel
rags, movod convulsively.
Ashe spoke he rose. Buokhurst. with the
easy grnco of a panthor. rose too. Stauffer
lumbered to his feet and liegan to speak again,
but Mortier silencod him and turned on Buck
hurst llkon. wild beast.
" I ref uso I" he shouted. " I am an Anarchist,
nota traitor! I kill, I destroy, I burn, Imurder
if necessary; but I will not betray no, not for
all tho tbalers In tho kingdom of Prusslal"
His eyes glittered with tho light of insanity.
His misshapen hands menaced Buckhurst.
" Judas I" ho shriekod. "Tho commune shall
rise and live to judge you 1 Cursed son of a free
pooplel Renegade! Thief I"
Thero wns a flash, n report, and Mortier
clapped his hands to his face, which the blood
suddenly covered. The next moment ho wns
nt Buck hurst's throat, boro him down, twined
him clqsor in his long, misshapen arms and
fast on od his teeth in his throat, and Biickhuret
shot him again and again through tho body.
They swayed and fell together, the deadly illght
died in Buckhurst's glazing eyes. After a min
ute neither moved ugaln.
Ktaufter hnd gone. Ileclng like ono distracted,
when tho Mouso crawled out into tho lantern
light and agzod down nt the dead.
Presently ho picked up tho lantern, grubbed
a hole In tho ground, deposited his forks with
the rest of ills booty, rose, glanced nt tho doad
again, and picked up tho lantorn. He spat on
tbo ground for Buckhurst had tricked him
once so ho insultod tho corpse with a con
temptuous gesture, and went out, swinging
his lantern and sneering.
" Glvo up the Nantorro fort, eh?" ho repeat
ed, mimicking BfauITer's effeminate voice: " O,
my sistcrl 0. la. la I You'll settle with me,
master Janitor byo byel"
The Prophot was firing as he left tho city by
the Porto Rouge: he lookod up at the great
cannon nnd mocked it: "Ah I bourn 1 bourn 1
O, la. la! O. Lord I How funny war Is.anywav!"
CHAPTER JLX.V1II.
the mom or atonemkxt.
That night, the Bono of bombardment having
been shifted far to the southwest. Bourke went
to tho American legation. It was 11 o'clock
when he returned, thoroughly discouraged.
Ho had seen the Minister, but that official
could do nothing to protect Yoletto and Hilde
against the shell flro. There was no room at
tho legation. It was not evon certain that tho
embassy itself would be safe, although tho
Minister, in some heat, denounced those re
sponsible for tho bombardment, and promised
to protest against tho destruction or foreign
consulates and embassies. Bo Bourko camo
baok to the Rue Berponte, worried and anxious,
for It was. not possible for him to go to the Nan
torro fort and leavo Yolotte and Hllde alouo,
without the protection of responsible pooplo.
Heand Yolette sat up late Into tho night dis
oussing the situation. Hllde lay on tho hod,
listening, perhaps, but she offered no sugges
tions. About midnight Red Riding Hood
awoke, sobbing from hunger, nnd Yoletto
comforted the child, saying good-night to
Bourke, and kissing hor sister tenderly.
" Listen. Hlldo," she snld. "Cecil Is going to
the Nantorre fort, so you must not bo so sad,
my darling. Look up at mo. llttlo sister. I am
not selfish and heartless, after all. Cecil must
go."
'Twill go as soon as you nnd nildoareln
safo quarters." began Bourko, but Ulldo snt up
on tho bed and forbade him to go. "It Is
enough that ono life Is in danger," she said.
"Yourplaooin hero, with Yoletto. You can do
nothing for him. He is In tho Casemates and
under medical attendance. What could you
do?ri '
"I shall go whefi I see you and Yolotte
secure." repeated Bourke,
,TBocuro? How?" askod Hlldo. bitterly.
"Your legation has no room for us; and do
you think M. Bismarck will order his connon
ers to respect any part of the city ? The people
In the streot say that convents nnd hospitals
havo boon struck repeatedly, navo tho Prus
sians not sent their shell1) Into tho crowded
streets of tho poor?"
It was tho first time that Yolotto had over
heard Hlldo speak with bitterness. Bourke,
too, lookod nt her sharply, wondering at the
chango in tho gentlo, reserved girl he had
known.
" No," continued Hlldo rapidly, "no! no! nol
tho Prussians snare neither young nor old,
mnn nor womnn 1 You cannot go, Ceoil ; Yoletto
needs you now If over."
She rose, putting her arms around Yolotte,
saying, "Dearest, ho must not go to tho Nan
torro Tort. It Is wrong for him to loavo you ; It
is wrong for him to oxposo his llfo."
" Confound Itl" said Bourko holplossly, "I'd
go to him If It wero at the south pole, but I
can't leave Yolotto in danger; my skin Is no
longer my own to risk,"
"Nor was his," said Hllde gravoly;nnd she
went Into hor own room nnd closed tho door.
The night was bitter cold: tho frost covered
tho window panes with mossllko trncory, sil
vered by ia palo radlanco from without. And
Hlldo. opening tho window, looked off over tho
dark city nnd Baw tho midnight heavens blaz
ing with stars. Her chcoks woro burning now :
tho Icy nlr soemed grateful, After a little sho
closed tho window, fearing the cold might harm
tho othors. But there was a short ladder in tho
hallwuy. lending to tho scuttlo, and sho found
it nnd climbed up and out onto tho roof. Her
hot cheeks and aching oyes grew no cooler in
tho freezing wind. Bhe oven throw back hor
shawl and Darod hor white throat. .
The heavens wero resplendent: the tremen
dous sky-vault, far reaching, fathomloss, wns
dusted with myriads of stars, among wliloh,
deep net, the splendid planets sparkled, and tho
glgnntleconstellntlons traced tholrslgnsin arcs
and angles nnd gem-sot circles that spannod
th diamond-showered heavens from horizon
to horizon.
Hpiro on spire tho city towered, domed, bnt
tlonmnted, mngnlllcont In tho starlight tho
beautiful, sinful city, whoso lacollke spires nnd
nnd slender pinnacles roso from squares nnd
streets where men lay dying by the score from
lack of bread. Thoro was starlight on tho
bridges, on the quays, on tho e.irved facades of
palaces, on the strango towers of Bt Hulnlce.
Tho Jowellod spire of the Bt. Chapolle. the
silvery dome of the Invalldes, tho grotesque
?othio tower of Bt. Jacques lonmod distinctly
rom the endless mass of houso and palace,
monument and chureh. In the east nn enor
mous bulk dctaohed Itself ngalnst tho sky the
Pantheon I In the north tho stupendous twin
toworsof Notre Dame dominated the shadow
shapes ot roof and chimney. And through the
world of shade nnd shadowy silhouette wound
tho stnr-tlntod. ghostly river a phantom tide,
spanned by a , scoreof , fairy bridges. Impalpable
vague, ghostly as tlmlr own reflections hi tho
frozen, lee-bound stream.
And now, far" boyond the walls, Hllde could
soe the forts. The tiny flashes ran from oast to
west, then south, then back ngnln, q running
ohulnof sparks. The cannon's solid thunder
rolled nnd surged majostlcally,wavoaftorwao.
tmrnioniouH. Interminable, On tho heights of
Meiidon, Clamnrt. and Chattljnn the llh'korof
tint Prussian guns ran parallel to tho flashes
from the forts ot the south nnd west; tholr
sIipIIb were falling on tho Point ilu Jour.
. Hlldo could ttve the bright reflections ot fires
along the frozen rlvtr. the red smoke, tho
nearer blast from tho great guns on tho ram
parts. . Overhead raced the shells, streaming
by with kindling wakes ot sparks dropping and
fading one by ono. Thon. from , Mont vaUjrlon
tho rockets towered to tho zenith, nnd drifted
and faded while tho Point du Jour answered,
rockst on rocket, and tho bastions rooohood
with tho doublo thunder of tlio shottod guns.
Oould that bo real warf This Venetlon fdto
of oolored fires, rockets. Illuminations, dull re
ports? Hark I Thsjarof agreatlron bellcame
3 navcrlng over tho city, Tho faint rattlo of
rums broke out norojs the river tho tocsin
and the alarm I Hlldo did not henr thorn. Bhe
was talking to hqrsclf.under her breath, count
ing the forts on tier slender lingers, Issy, Van
ves. Mont Yalcrien. fit. Denis. 0, then there
must lie the Nantorro fort-there where tho
dorknoss Is shot with streak after streak of
.flamol At last sho know. . .... .
Tho fort was sllont now, but within hor breast
a volco spoke, And she llstonod, leaning from
tho Iron railing. Bho know that God sjustlco
was passing passing In flro through the heav
ens above the elty tho fair city, brought low In
Shame. For tho night of atonement was at
"""l- . ...
To be concluded.
XOTEB CUT BCIESCJS ASD tJiDVBTllT.
As Illustrating the triumphs ot modem science In
ths construction of Instruments of preolilon, th
Scientific JLmeriem InsUaees a chronograph for re
cording Infinitesimal Intervals of time, such aa a mil.
llonth of t second or leu, which it staled to have
been used to record, antographtcallr the compre stlon
by a blow of a cylindrical piece of copper. In one
e a thirty-three pound weight fell fifteen Inches
and produced a permanent comproiton of 0.16S8
Inch In a copper ejllnler, the time consumed In pro
ducing this eomprenlon being 0.0030317 of a sec
ond. The machine produces by means of photog
raphy a curve showing the precise progress of this
oompreaidon. The chronograph which reaches such
remarkable results consists of s routing cylinder,
with a surface velocity of 100 feet a second, on which
1 photographed a pencil of light, which Is passed
through hole In the end of a rapidly vibrating tun
ing fork. Ths delicacy of this instrument is far
greater thui that of the ordinary tuning fork chrono
graph recording on a surface blackened by smokt.
There seems to be ns doubt that the tunnelling of
ths Blmplon Pais, orer the Alps Into Italy, by the
Swiss Government, will be the next great engineering
project to bo accomplished In Europe. The new tun
nel will be longer by nearly four miles than the
MontCenls and St. Gothard, though In the opinion
of engineers the building ot It will be lees costly
and not ao difficult, and the work Is llkelr to con
sume only six or seven years. Already a railway has
been carried to Uriel, at the foot of the Slmploa
Pus, and thence, according to the plan as laid out,
the tunnel will follow the windings of ths present
rosd, ending near the Italian border, but still on
Swiss territory. There the work of construction. It
Is expectedwiU bo most dlfficnlt, taxing largely the
reaourcca of engineering aklll, now, of course, muoh
greater and more varied than when the exlatlng tun
nels wen built. In ths case of former tunnels, as Is
well known, compressed sir was freely used for
driving power, and now eleotrlclty 1 to be added
electrteitj generated on the spot by ths abundant
Swiss waterfalls,
An interesting method of applying the electro
nlcxel prooees to wood la described In It Qlnit CinU
It Is neooasary to oost it prerioualy vlth a thin layer
of roetal, and the following three aolutlons are to
be prepared, namely: In ten grams of carbon sul
phide, one and a half grama of caoutchouo ia dis
solved, adding fonr grains of melted wax, and In
another Cask la contained a mixture of five grama of
phosphorus, sixty of carbon sulphide, live of oil
of turpentine, with four of aaphalt powder, this
solution being added to the first one while stir
ring; there is also to be prepsred a mixture of two
gram ot silver nitrate In six hundred grams ot water,
likewise one of 10 gnms of gold chloride la 000 of
water. The material to be ntckelled, to which
the conducting wires have been attached, la now In
troduced into the flrit solution and the whole dried
on taking out. The aocond solution la next poured
over It until the surface baa assumed a dark metalllo
appearance, afterward being rlnaed off with water
and treated lu tho same manner with the third solu
tion. Through this preliminary treatment the wood
attains a yellowish color and is ready for nlckelllng.
The bath consists of 500 grams of nickel smxnonlum
aulpliate, GO of ammonium aulpUate. and 10 litres of
water the liquid to be neutral, which is to be at
tained. If necessary, by adding ammonium chloride
until litmus paper Is very slightly reddened.
From measurements of the mean parallaxes of the
stars Beta, Gamma. Epallon, and Zeta, In the Great
Bear five of the seven stars whleh form, the Great
Dipper astronomers now obtain values so small as
to indicate that the system formed by these atars la
separated from the earth by suoh a dtstanoe that it ia
no random assertion to say that 300 years must be
required for the light to reach us. The distance of
Beta and Zeta la found to beat least four million times
greater than that which separate the earth from the
sun, and from calculations mads by il. Hoffler the
starKpsllonof this group Is calculated to be forty
timea brighter than Slrlua. A few years ago Prof.
Pickering of the Harvard College observatory de
duced from spectroscopy observations of the star
Eta Ursa Majorta Hilar, th middle star In the
handle of th Dipper that Its distance 1 about 160
light years, an eetlmate with which these later de
terminations of the distances of th other Dipper
stars accord fairly well.
Some very attractive prlr.es are offered by the Ger
man Railroad Union, published In th Railmtv Go
(, for Important Invention and Improvements In
railroad construction, machinery and management.
The range of matters Indicated bythe union Includes
Improvements In the construction of locomotive boil
ers, especially auch M, without Increasing weight ma
terially, secure th most complete consumption of
smoke poailble, economy lu fuel, the prevention
of epaxks, and th reduction of the coat of main
tenance; an arrangement by which the coupling
of cars with automatio American couplers and
those with the standard couplers of th times may
be made without danger; weighing apparatus by
which separate cars while moving, or loosely coupled
cars of a whole train, may be weighed with sufficient
accuracy: also some means of protecting a train that
has come to a stop, or la threatened with delays in
bad weather and at night, which will work better
thanthe track torpedoes and the hand algcals of
track and train men. The time limit for the prises Is
the middle of Jnly, 189P, and an important condition
in alt cases is that the Invention, or method, must be
Introduced on some railroad In the Ilallroad Union
before application is made to compete, and ita appli
cation muat b supported by the railroad trying It,
Ref erring to th many Ingenious and interesting
theories which hare been adranoed regarding the
generation and origin ot natural gas accounting,
too, for the great pressures under which it Is stored
a writer In Castin'i Jiaoarint argues that the dis
tribution and Intimate relation of th carbon com
pounds all favor the theory of their generation by
the decomposition of vegetable and mineral organlo
matter under widely different variations and sur
roundings of temperature, pressure, and other forces
and chemical Influences, from th earliest
developments of organlo life to the present
time; the gaa la, acoordlng to such condi
tions, the product probably of slow primary decom
position, at low temperatures, ot animal and vege
table aubatances contained In natural sediments, as
may be seen, for example. In ths shallow, undis
turbed portions of fresh-water lakea; further, the
deposits ot oil and gas In th peculiar geological
formations from which they are being drawn for
commercial uses are due to the accidental disposi
tion of the antlclinals and synclinals which act as
reservoirs, and do not necessarily indicate tho re
striction of their generation to any particular geo
logical periods. Ths richly productive gas pool Is a
dome or Inverted trough of porous or coarse-grained
aand or limestone geologically called an anticline,
covered by impervious shale or similar formation.
French chemists bare for some time past been ex
perimenting with a new exploalve called promethee,
Invented by T. Jowler, which, according to the Htvut
TVcanfour, posseaaea aome remarkable propertlca pe
culiarly It own. The solid portion Is mads np of
60 percent, patath, 20 per cent, manganese dloxld
and 24 per rent, ferrlo oxide) this ia triturated,
mtsed In a mil and filled into cartridges, a permeable
cartridge being employed to facilitate the penetra
tion of the oil, the latter consisting of no per cent, of
petroleum and 10 per oent. oil of blttor almonds.
This prepared liquid which la not applied to the
cartridges until Juat before use la stored in
metal flasks holding about one-tenth of a
gallon; 2.3 pounds of the explosive contains
l.OS pounds of cartrldg contents and .BS pounds
of th oil, this quantity being aumolent to lm
pregnate th cartridge. Before being steeped in ths
ell the cartridges are non-inflammable and non
explosive, even by ahoek from ateel plate; are un
affected by frost, moisture, or smdden changes in the
surrounding medium, and donotundergoanychang
during storage. The oil Is not readily Inflammable,
It Is claimed that the dlaruptlio force exerted last
least as great as that of dynamite also that it la
directed In ths line of greatest resistance, and acts
with equal efficiency In dense rock, lljbt oaaurtd
rod, and la water.
WIDDIESGOT A KtTTEN.
Asn "nnrinLoosn ixjiiir kitchen,"
ft AID ANNIE.
Remarks by s Carpenter and n Fnrnace
.Mnn Blade In Statistical l'onn-Oriolnnl
Search (or the Kitten by tVlddles's
Mother lively Subsequent Searches.
Wlddlcs said he wanted a eat When he said
It everybody nt tho tablo pretended not to havo
hoard, Big Annie mado undignified haste tor
tho kitchen door. From tho othor side of tho
door camo a wheezy shout of laughter. Wld
dlcs lookod at tho door In dignified surprise.
Everybody about tho tablo began to talk vory
fast about Christmas and tho chances for snow.
By and by they harkod back to clothes and
whether Undo Daniel had any right to leave all
his money to ono child. Annlo camo back and
stood bohlnd Mrs. Loslie. Wtddlos turned and
lookod over tho high back of his chair straight
Into her oyo. Annie's black faco became as
wood. Hor upper Up lengthened marvellously.
Wtddlos smllod to himself nnd turnod baok.
"I said," ho remarked with startling dis
tinctness. " I want a cat 1"
"Po' Gawd. Mis' Leslie." oxclalmod Annlo.
" I ain't said a word." Stricken with horror at
her own spontaneous admission of uninten
tional guilt, sheflod again from tho room. Wld
dlos's aunt talked Christmas again, but his
mothor shook hor hond despairingly.
"It's no uso," sho said, "You may havo a
cat, Wlddlos."
"Whon may " Wlddlos began.
"I will get ono for you to-morrow, my son,"
sho said, " If you will not say anything moro
about It"
Wlddles rubbod his brow with his forefinger
thoughtfully, just as his father always did
when It came to making tho doclslon that a
coachman who was good to his horses ought
not to bo dlschargcdfor drinking hard onco a
month.
" All rlghtt" said Wlddlos. "Tos'ml"
"As I was saying." said Mrs. Lesllo. "If any
body but Morla had Undo Daniel's money "
and tho talk around tho tablo went on as tt had
bogun. Wlddlos did not join In tho conversa
tion, "What aro you thinking about Wlddlos?"
asked his aunt
"Iwas wondorlng," he said, "whether any
body would over glvo mo n a thing with
olaws Crabs hnvo olaws. don't they, mother?
an' whiskers an a tall, that's so big and yellow
an' black an' bravo that It can lick the stuflln'
out of a bull terrier pup five months old."
"Gracious I" said his aunt whllo Wlddles and
his fathor and mother laughed loud and long.
When Wlddles' was out of tho way that night
sleeping the sleep of tho intricately unjust
thero was a serious consultation between tho
twffreoplo who wore responsible for him nnd
his doings.
"I tell you. my dear," said Mr. Leslie, "that
slnco wo aro committed to the cat wo had bet
tor get a good cat, a cat that Is worth having
around tho houso. Wo can get a first-rate,
well-bohavod Angora cat for $20, 1 suppose. I
think It's worth whllo."
"It's tho watch question over again." said
WIddlcs's mother. " I Bald to give him a nlckol
watch, and you woro for giving him a gold
watch. Wo gavo him the nlckol watch and ho
smashed it In three hours just as ho would
smash a cat."
"Just as ho would smash a common cat my
dear. He wouldn't smash a gold watch or a
cnt of high degree. But I'll leave It to you."
Mrs. Leslie decided for a cheap cat No ono
who ha suddenly decided, without a particular
lot of kittens in vtow, to proouro an every-day
common kitten, knows just how hard It Is to
And. Mrs. Leslie thought that she would see
Bomo kittens somewhero on her way to market
In tho morning. But sho did not. Tho butehor
hnd a box of kittens bohlnd the counter the
week before, but thoy had all gone to the placo
whore most kittens go. The grocer's cat was
a tomcat sho learned for the first time, and she
retired from Its presence with a queor feeling
of embarrassment. The delivery boy over
heard her conversation with tho grocer and
suggested that he knew "afellorwho went to
sohool with a Swampoodlo kid who had a lot of
kittens with their eyos just open." She begged
the delivery boy of the grocer and bribed htm
to go with her to hunt down those kittens.
She found them along toward sundown, and a
eorawny. unkempt lot they woro. She ploked
put tho one that fought hardest whon she put
her hand among them. 8ho put it in the bas
ket she had brought along for the purpose and
took it homo, wlddles wns waiting for her.
Ho was at the door all bundled up In his red
pajamas before she was fairly inside.
lt me see It. ploaso." he demanded.
How do you know sho has It?" asked his
aunt from tho llbrnry door.
" 'Cause." said Wlddles. with a sldo glance of
scorn, " sho said she would got one. Thank
you." and ho took It out of the basket In both
his fat hands nnd looked it over while It twisted
and bit nnd scratched.
"I think." he said, oyolng Its struggles erltl
cnllt' nnd levelling a suspicious glance at her.
" you must have hurt Its feelings."
Of courso he wanted to take It to bed with
him. .He almost decided that his own toolings
wero hurt whon this plan was overruled. In
stead he laid It back In tho basket and handed
tho basket to his mother, saying solemnly:
" Take It and remember I hold you respon
sible." Once ho was In bod the family went to the
kltchon nnd sot the strangor down before a
saucer of milk. It scurried, spitting, for tho
darkest corner. They hauled It forth and
dabbed Its nose In tho milk. It scurried away
again as soon as thoy let It go. Thoy all went
out and peeked through a crack of the door and
saw It crawl up to tho saucer and begin to sniff
and snooze over the milk.
" Let 's leavo It there," said Wlddles's mother.
Thoy did. .
Bright and early the noxt morning Annie
knocked at Mrs. Leslie's door, and Mrs. Leslie
handed the sliver box out to her.
'Mis' Leslie!"
Wlddles's mother was so surprised by the
tone that sho almost dropped the box.
"Devil loose in my kitchen 1" said Annie,
solemnly.
" What do you mean, Annie ? " askedher mis
tress. " No mo', no less! Dovll in my kitchen. Some
kind cr devil cat or I dono what Don't wanter
know."
"Why. Annip." said Mrs. Losllo. laughing.
It's only Ylddles's kitten. You reafly fright
ened mo. 'iou aren't afraid ot a kitten, are
you?"
"Tell you ain't no kitten. Ain't I done
looked ? Ain't nothing in the world but devil.
No'm. and I ain't going In thero till It gets good
and woll out. 'Deed, Mia' Leslie, I n!nTt."
She kept her word and sat on tho front stairs
until the entire family had preceded hor into
the kltchon.
Faint heart-brokon wnlls for help wero
audible from thekitton, but there was no kit
ten in sight. They moved tho coal hods Into
tho middle of the room and upset everything In
the closets and peered Into the oven and undor
tho crate In tho stove. Tho cries did not cease.
Thoy Increased In number and In tholr quality
of wofulness. After each suggestion was fruit
lessly actod upon would come a sullenly trium
phant assertion from the kitchen stairs.
" Ain't no cut. 'Lcss'n It's devil cat I"
"1 liegln to bcllnvo you aro right, Annie,"
said Mr. Leslie, running a bucket out from
under tho sink for tho third tlmo, He dropped
on his hands and knees.
"It's louder over hero." ho said.
From the Mnk throo plpos ran down through
tho kltchon floor, Tho hole in the floor was an
Inch wider thnnft need uavo been. Ho put his
finger In the craok.
"Fff t-mlau I" said a very fonblo cat volco.
"Tho jioor little thing!" Bald Wlddles's
mothorandaunt.
"Tho uugratof ul, wall-eyed beast 1" said Wld
dles's father.
"Dovll anyway 1" said Annie. "Nobody but
dovll going to climb down Hint hole."
"How nre you going to got It out?" asked
Wlddlos. , M m
It took just half a day for a carpenter nnd his
assistant to answer Wlddles's question Dually.
Thoy had to take up a strip of the kitchen floor
running clear across tho room and tno feet
wide.
Wlddlos kept tho eat in tho nursery until
bedtlmu. Ho Invented tho gamo of building a
castle of blocks around it with ono hund, while
he pinned It to the floor with tho other. After
waning it up lie retired to tho end of tho room,
nnd In ecstatic expectancy waited develop
ments, which lie seemed to find rathor moro
satisfactory than. did the cat. Ho also at
tempted to teach the kitten to sleep in n night
gown made of ono of his father's linndKcr
chlofs. Thatnlght.pt dinner his niotliertold
Ids father that sho did wish she had thought ot
L-I-t-t-e-n-s long ago, and sho know. Bho wild,
that If this ono never saw the light of another
day It would go straight to heaven for Its bene
fits to her In the last twenty-four hours.
'Only," said Middles, when sho finished,
"kitty isn't going to die." ,.
"I just want to say ono thing." said Annie,
when the question of bestowing tho cnt for that
night was brought forward, "lie don't stny In
no kitchen of mine. No'm. Iilso It ain't no
kitchen ot mlno. I mean that. Deed 1 do,
much us I thinks of you all."
Ho they put It In the cellar,
" Mis' Leslie." snld Annio the next morning.
, "William iis say tell you ho 'ain't eotu to do
v
nothing with that furnace Ml M. Leslie done
como down and tell, him what to do with that
cat. Ho any ho ain't hired to wait on no rnt
Horses Is plenty for him. llo's right too. Henr
mo. talklnv" and she rumbled away down tho
stnlrfi. .
ThoinrnnoofU-o went out mid two men from
the furnace factory worKoduntlltwIllghtbnforo
they got tho entntit of tlio elbow of the hot ulr
pipe Into which It hnd climbed.
Thoy put It In tho spare room for tho third
night. They shut nil tho windows, nnd fur
nished tt with some milk and with a shallow
boskot of nigs to steep In, and congratulated
themnolves that they had nt Inst learned how to
take enro of u lonely, helpless kitten.
Iddles wns the hcnild of trouble this time.
. Mamma," ho Inquired, whispering gently In
her ear before she wmr half awuko, what did
you do with mr kitty V
; iddles's fnthor burst out laughing from tho
other sldo of the room, bounced out of bed and
took tho young mnn bythe arm nnd led him to
the spare room. The room was a wrock. Tho
Inco bedsprend wns tied In a dirty, torn knot In
ono corner. Tho dovllos from the drover wero
all over tho floor. The glnsa oloek wns In frag
ments on tho hearth. Wlddlcs watched his
father holplossly march around the room nnd
went for his mother. Hho dressed and mnde
Mr. Li'sllo dress. Tho rest of the household
gathered. Thoy stopped guessing ovory fow
minutes nnd joined In sllont listening.
I'm afraid tho cat has really gono," said
Mrs. Islio.
" r.ralso the good Lord I" shouted Annie,
Id rather not any what I feel." snld Mr.
Leslie, with his oyo on tho smashed oloek.
, Jhy don't you look up tlio chtmnoy ?" asked
Wlddles.
Ills fnthor put his hond ns nearly Into tho top
of, tlio flroplaco as ho could.
lies up thero." ho said, whon ho pullod
himself out " But goodnosa knows whore. I
can hear him, but I can't seo nnythlng hutsky."
"Maybe. he's gono to henven.'' snld Wlddlos.
or 'else," ho added cheerfully, "the roof."
Thoy went to tho scuttlo nnd lookod out on
the snow-covered roof. A miserable sopping
wot kitten greeted their nppoarnnco with peni
tent gasps and enmn flounderlng'down to them,
and wns a. rospoetablo. well-regulated cat for
the rest of lt nino lives.
But this Is tho account Mr. Lesllo mado out
and sent to Mrs. Losllo across tho tablo that
night nt dinner,:
To one bribe to'grocer's boy 2S
To purchaso of one kitten.. 2R
To car fares (estimate) BO
To carpenter's bill ttl r0
To furnace men's bill 17 99
To probable doctor's bill for colds (no furnace
heat Tuesday 80 00
Total tSA It)
To estimated cost one clvlllxed Angora est.... $20 00
LONDON'S PETTICOAT CANE.
A Strange Market Ttmt Occupies s fiqnnre
Mile In the Big City.
Jvom tte Protidente Journal, London Letter.
Petticoat lane bents any place ot tho sort I
ever saw for size and swarming humanity, and
for tho reflection or demonstration ot the ex
treme poverty of a multitudinous population.
It Is not a slum so much as It is the rendezvous
and market or oxchango of all the slums. It Is
anoutdoorsecond-handshopof mlnd-bewlldcr-Ing
Immensity. It covers asquaro mile of Lon
don just off Blshopsgato streot In "the city,"
and monopolizes n score of streets within that
area. It exists only on Sunday, and complete
ly blots out ot notice the petty tradesmen
who do business In those Btroots on tho other
days of tho week. It Is Phil May's hnpplest
stamping ground to which he resorts for types
of tho coster, tho fakir, the few Hebrows who
aro not at tho top of high society over here,
and for tho Bill Sykoses, and flowor girls and
street creatures of all the lower orders. It Is
the placo whoro tho Jows of London aro the
merchants and tho very poor aro their custom
ers, whero theatrical plunging careers like that
of Barney Barnato are ofton begun.
Many cities In Europe have Sunday second
hand fairs of this sort. That at tho Central
Halls In Paris Is woll known, and thero Is a big
one In St. Petersburg, oxcollontly housed in a
sort of doublo arcade In which tho Jows do
business lightly all the week nnd heavily on tho
first day. Tho best and biggest and dirtiest
und most peculiar oxchango of tho sort tlmt I
ever saw.howovor. until lastSunday In London,
is tho "Louse Market" of Moscow. Not a
pretty name, yet ono that must lie written be
cause it Is true, famous, audominently descrip
tive. This market is also perennial, but Is
nt its best on Sundays in the summer.
It Is held besldo tho walls, on their inner
sldo, 'and is such a ragbag and omnium gath
erum ol a place that one may buy thero either
costly jowelry and diamonds or bits of broken
clocks or furs or worn-out boots or beautiful
church ornaments or the sifted emptyings of
ash barrels. Vory polite folks call It tho
" thieves' market but I notice nil such places
are so called all over tho world, also that tho
people who sell goods in them like to be con
sidered as having stolen what they offer, to bo
get the Idea thnt thoy can sell tholr waros for
less than thev arn worth. hnomiRn tlinv nnlrl
nothing for them.
As I turned out of Blshopsgato street around
tho famous barroom known as "Dirty Dick's."
I saw before me the outer edgo of the vast
swarm of poople pressed side to side between
the venders along the curbs for the poor can
not bo choosers, and make no complaint at
having to trade In tho streets, so long ns thoy
can get a great deal ot tho necessaries of life for
o very little of tholr monoy. Along the prin
cipal street of tho district, which has no Petti
coat lane, yet is all known by that name, the
goods on sale were mainly old clothes. In single
coats or pairs of trousers or in complete suits,
bomo were In fairly good condition, others
were stained or shiny or patched, nnd all woro
Indubitably second hand, and, I thought, were
tho cnst-olr raiment of people who hud them
selves been far from woll off. Theso clothes
woro displayed on boards set up on wooden
horseB. or else on flat-topped push carts. Bomo
of them covered with awnings or canopies.
The salesmen woro all Jews, but not such as
woseomanyofin America. Theso woro the off
spring of Jewish families that havo boon estab
lished In the East End tor centuries, and they
seemed even a llttlo moro English In tholr
manners than tho peoplo around them.
Some ot theso merchants mounted ladders,
so as to command the crowd to tho best advan
tage; othors stood on chairs before their soiled
nnd odorous heaps of sartorial refuso. Their
manner of selling goods wns peculiar. They
began to offer them at a high figure and then
ran tho price down thomsolves without waiting
for a word from tho crowd: indeed, I do not re
member hearing any ot tho peoplo before tho
stalls and carts say anything to tho vondors.
They listened with looks of Interest In tho goods
and prices, of amusement at tho profnnltyorob
sccnltyof the merchants, or of curiosity whon
a mnn ventured upon a haranguo that was
Intended to bo either informing or witty.
tuow. thon." a merchant would shout. "I did
not como nway from my Rachel and tho kids
for tho pleasure of being In Potticont lane, and
so 'elp mo I ain't sollln' no goods for a pnrs
tlme, I ain't. Hero's a suit as line as Lord
Iiothschlld would want to wear bofore tho
Prince of Wiles, ain't It? Well, I ofTor tt at
twenty bob. At eightoen, then: no? So 'elp
me. I'll let it go at sixteen and n tnnnor. Who
says he'll 'nvu It nt thirteen mid a tanner? At
ten at eight at six nt live at four bob and a
tannor? There, that's my bottom prolco four
bob and n tannor: 'oo'll 'avo It nt that?" A bob
Is a shilling, of course, and a tuunor Is a six
pence. In London slang.
Believing thu monotony of the heaps of
clothes were rows of second-hand boots, all re
soled nnd Hhined. but generally crooked nnd
warty-looking, desplto the best endeaors of
tho tradesmen. Theso woro always displayed
In linos nlong the ground. Thoro wore nlso
many stands given up to the sa)o of lemonndo
in the hugest Imaginable glass jars, almost big
enough for one of tho forty thloes to get into,
and made deadly looking by the unnatural
colorof tho drink within. There wero Btands
boforo which men orled out, "Hero's yor
nleo cooling cltrio acid and sugar," or
"Who'll buy those sulphur nnu cream
of tartar lorenges. the best regulators of
tho blood a-uning?" Thoro wore tre
mendous and formidable seuh'ii of brass, mndn
llkonpothecarles' lialiinees, hut weighing half
a ton, upon which the public wns naked to
weigh Itself: thoro worn poppy shows and peep
shows and moving pictures, nnd plenty nt men
who buttonholed young lads nhd whispered
tlmt thoy had contraband photographs nnd
I0I0U8 books for sale: but tliny spoko fulsely,
for none dnro to sell those things, Thero was
an extraordinary tnido.lu what the Kngllsh
call " Plck-mo-ujw," or tonics, as we wouhisay.
nnd this u ns curious, because the neighborhood
of the Htoek Exchange Is the only other placo
In which I hnvo seen toniesndvertlsed nnd hav
ing n grout sale In Iituloii,
Tlioio woro other stii'ets In Petticoat Inno
that woro given ovortcithtiMimooddsniiilonds
of tools nnd broken clocks unit old china and
second-hand hardware that I saw in Moscow's
unsavory market, uud, btr.iugn above nil elsu,
was a great building or area of sheds culled tho
"Clothes Exchange." whero other denlors thnn
the ones In the streets rented regular stalls, as
In a meat market, mill traded In discarded gar
ments, with tho oxtra dignity of rent payers
ami the nilnntng of shelter when Itralned.
All tho clothing, except n llttlo shown by u lino
of eight or ten women, who Mood ill 11 gutter
nnd cried out skirtx and petticoat mid colored
undergarments, wuh for the iih'ii, and my com
panion ventured tliebiiiinlso that this was not
IicenuKu tho women did not want clothes ns
much us the men, but huh mom likely to bohe
eniiKii the men consider il Ihelrowu needs first.
Flliull)' I camo iiihiii n rcMnurnnt or dining
stieot off to one side of nil tlio other thoiough
fares, if that Is 11 good name for places so
blocked by crowds ns m lx all but impassable,
lnthisrating street the wures woro not. It is
needles to suy. of tlio geix'rnl second-hand va
riety. They wore vt-ry fresh mid npiietlzlng
looking, though nothing eteept sea food wns
ottered there. Winkles, the favorite food of tho
very Hsir Ijomioiior, because It lBfhecheaust
heenn buy, were in the greatest ntiuudHiiee.
These nre 1'ilwlnUlt'H with their niiniesHlioit
oned by ono hyllnble Oysters were nnxt In
liolnt of plentifiilueas, and crab mid fried eels,
with a sort of mush mado ot boiled peaa, ffere
th othor udlblojoaaais,
1
1
atACniNE-MADE QUIETUDE.
A CO-OPKItATIVE ROCIETT OXTAOAN- ,'j?
TEES I'VACEl'l'T. MOENINGS. M
Operates by Keyboard Connection with "81
Ttmdnfitt Mechanism on the Roofs .;,
liny of Street Ilnwhrr mid Fakir at an
Knd-One Net of Machines Hondy for TJa. J
The Ooopomtlvo Quietus Society In an upper x
street In Now York H now organized nnd wilt .4 I
bo equlppod as soon as artisans can complete H J
tho machinery. - ',y'i
Tlmo, patlonco, experiments, and torn yl
monoy have boon necessary to prepare the so- Tal
ctetyforlts work. Neither tho namos ot tho Sm
ofllcors ot tho socloty nor Us locality can bo -ffl,
given In this nrtlelo for reasons that must ap- j9
poar to pooplo who nro favorably disposed
toward good order. It Is confidently assorted, "B
howovor, by ono of tho oflloors, who talked H
guardedly nltout tho organization, that after 'aj
Its work shall have been dono, the originators Wjas
ot the plan will havo a conspicuous tablet In tho j
temple, ot Immortals. 9j
Tho organization's membership, work and Jl
apparatus nro at present couflnod to two blooks. lS$l
Eooli mombor Is suprllod with a mechanism wlj
which operates on tho snmo prlnclplo as that Ml
used by engineers In charge of electrlo mines.
Tho several plants nro on tho roofs of tha f
houses In tho blocks which nro opposlto. Each m
plant has Its own power, wliloh oporatos In a Wft
different mnnnor from that of tho othors. vPl
The ofllcer of tho society who exhibited soma if I
of tho plants to n Sox reporter rofusod to enter j
Into details, but he snld enough to glvo a skele- '-'-, j
ton Idea of their nature. 1$ J
"This plant, as you soe. Is called Flora, a!
Pretty name for a mochlno that has moro kick- $&&
Ing power than n Snntlago mulo I It Is a . 5
shockor. tho dynamic force of which can be In- ';! 1
creased according to tho Infraction In tha '$
streot, or tho condition of tho mombor who has 51
a Flora koyboard In his room. Thoso wires, jS
whloh aro now colled on spools, unroll with tho ,M
rapidity ot lightning whon tho proner koy Is '83
touched, and run nut to tha object to bo at- -, J
tacked. Vou notlootho rango finder. A very T1
delicate but cocksuro Instrument But why 'if Si
Flora? I am coming to that. Ono of tho nul- '
sancesof ourstrootnndldarosay others. Is tho , '
man who sells flowers and plants, the green- ,tJ
house-on-whcols man. Of courso ovory porson ot t
tasto and rcflnomont loves flowors and plants. ,' 2,
" They beautify many a flat and apartment "j!
whloh othorwlso would drlvo occupants to a 'a
roadhouso or a beer saloon. But oup society f f.
, holds that a man or woman who wanta such ,
things should ordor them so that they could bo ,4
delivered tho snmo as yoursteaks.untho chute. &$
These men who hawk flowors and plants aro 0SJ5
tho mildest mannered nnd softest tonguod of W
the street fakirs. A man who sells flowers and 3:9
plants for a livelihood Is not a bad fellow at ,M
heart and there Is hope for him. Hut our bo- th
cloty caunot afford to play any favorites. -,'S
"Now supposo you occupy a room In tho a
apartment ucross tho htreot. Ton may not ob- jsb
ject to flowers, but you don't want to h.ivo your a
morning slumber Invaded by a hawker, though 'Jk
ho hnwketheorsolullably. You roach ovorto 3f
your keyboard when you hear him hawk nnd ,TJ
press tho key marked Flora. It connocts with Js
tho plant hero similarly marked. Tho spools Sf
unroel, out fly tho wires, the rango having oeen 'Iff
found; over falls the hawker, sensolcss, ot si
course, nnd. by a bit of secret nrrangoment
which I cannot glvo nwny, the current enroms 'IZ
on the flowors nnd plants and wlthors them. f
petal and root. It does Beem cruel to kill such 4$
tender things nnd leavo the hawker llvo. But 3?
It Is better that ono cnrtlond of roos and gorn- 51
nlumsand orchids. Ac., should bo shocked to xf
death than that one mnu who noods sloop In 55
the morning should he disturbed. flj
" One application of Flora on a flowor hawker 31
will settle the flower business In any street or sS
we removo your switchboard nnd rofund you 3s
your monoy. or give you a gun, ns you prefer. gjj
"On this roof thev had crossed to tho build- 3
Ing adjoining "Is n plant labeled Paralyzor.
It Is suggestive. It has a rnngo finder and a jfii
tubo. Tho tubo Is filled with a solution which lis
goes to th'o humnn tongue. Won't touch H
any othor part of tho body. Tho I'aralyzer M
puts a quietus on tho chnp who stands In "Sj
tho mlddlo of tho, street and yells. IS
'Cnh for ole elo'C9.' If a man Is so 'jf
unfortunate as to havo old clothes 31
he knows what to do with them without being - 31
aroused from his morning sleep by n hawker, Ja
who would not glvo ono cent on a quarter even J
If you wanted to soil. Tho keyboard In your 9
room finds this plant. The key is Pyz. for short '3K
You press it when the wretch erics his business. J1
the connection is mnde, the tubes go off with e 93
sort of 'pisht' sound, nnd the tongue of the
crier cleaves to the roof of his mouth. Forover II
after ho talks with his fingers.
"I want to call your attention to a complex M)
machine on this other building. It has cost f:
money to construct It and one of the engineers ?-:
who was brought horo and educated for tho aa1
business went orazy before tho machlno was .
half finished. m
" There are several cylinders In this machine. Jb
Some look like snusnge grinders, some like an Ms
nlligntor's mouth, and some llko a case of
hydrophobia. You will notloo a different label -Si
on each. Here is the tooth shaker, tho ear kI
dropper, tho arm breakor, the leg crusher, tho jj
buck sprnlner. tho scalp lifter, tho nose re- '
qulem. nnd horo Is tho ono wo call the Coroner.
"Y'oucan find tho koy for any one of these by t?
referring to tho card which is furnished with "
your koyboard. You can work nny current you
like. All depends upon tho hawker's voice and 3;
what ho has. as well as your own condition. ,k';
You can give any degreo of affliction you llko. ,'a,
Each cylinder has Its own punishment If you '
will allow tho word. Ono throws boiling water: &'
anothor, eggs: another, spirits of assafettda; "M
another, wormwood, and so on. if
"You know host when you nre aroused '3s
in tho morning by a hawker who has '
berries, whatever may bo in season, potatoes, JK
or any vegetable, orwntermelon.whatheneeds, TK
You know best what will mnke you happy. jn.
Find tho button, open up tho connection, and a;
you will very soon understand what Tennyson. if;
meant by the sound of a voice that was still.
If you should mistako and press tho wrong key -iw
or button, don't worry. Each one is warrnntoa
to turn a cylinder In this machlno which will
give ontlro satisfaction, or wo pay your fruit SI
bill for the season, SK
"It is believed that the key marked Coroner ,SJ
will bo the most popular. It connects with tho jrj
cylindor ot tho samo labol. and when that m
cylinder turns onco tho man who has hawked m:
borrlos or potatoes Is lifted and whirled to a a
slab In tho morgue. The turn nlso cleans tho it
streot In front of your house. The uso ot this A
machine comes high, hut we guarantee per- m-
potunl peace. We llrst thought of making this m
cylindor an nnnlhllator. But tho Coroner, who 3
is a stockholder In the company, objected. ft,
"Now, of course: this Is like everything new. jg
Improvements will suggest thomsolvos as nul- M
sauces increase. This Is our first yoar, nnd wo J
nro scarcely undor headway. But by noxt sum- H
mor wo expect to have branches In ovory street 1
In the city, nnd In most of the cities of tho
country. Wo nro horo to stay. To establish
pence. To give rest. To prolong llfo. No eon- J
neetlon with any othor concern." w
Tho reporter snw a plant which looked llko i
an electrlo fan nnd asked the name and mission. $
"That." was the answor, "Is tho Walter. In 8
nearly every houso Is a young woman or man,
either a member of tho family or a visitor. 5,
Somo of these young peoplo think they havo f
voices. Muslo Boothes the savago breast I But 3
supposo you are not a savage; and supposo
there Is no muslo I Mayhap your tympana are
defectlvo. You can't help that ou did not 1
put them In. You aro sleeping in tho rosy '
morn. It Is tho hour whon you nro In touch J
with tho nngols. Suddenly you start. Thero Is
a vibration In tho nlr. Roundt like n cry of de- f
spalr. You listen. It Is tho .young wo- A
man, or the young man, with tho 1ml- 1
tntlon of n voice. You must have sleep. A
you touch the key mnrkod Waftor,' It opens up J
with the machine nbnut which you hnvo asked. vj
An Invisible wno Is created; itundulateslntho J
direction of the Imitation of tho volco and ;.
seizes It nnd carries it uway any placo, out of
Bound! Gtontl And she or ho never knows 1
where It comes from. They slug on, or thoy s
think they do. . . . , . i
"Wo inno In thn factory, and In course of 3
construction, an annex to this Wnftor. to bo '4
used If ueceshnry, which Is warranted to smash 3
tho piano. But wo do not think there will bo
any cull for this. We Minll have trouble and 't,
law suits for awhile, but wo know wolmvohlt 1
the greatest thing of the nge. and wo must win- !
It Is tho grnt huinnnlty stroke. tn shawsooa if
Issuo pamphlets giving nil Infoi motion." '
Did Lightning Strike Through Water T '
yrom the Ililtimore Sun,
WAsniNOTON, July 'JO. Engineer officers of ,
tho nrmy havo recently been advised of the ro- j
marknblo action of lightning In exploding
three submarine mines In tho I'otonino Blver i
without Injury to tho switchlm.ini, cable nr i
electrical connections. These mines woro In a
Held off Fort Washington, whoro tho channel 1
narrow and hi-nvy bum look down from the
masked butteries on thn hillside, llnch mine
seems to hno been exploded Mqinrntoly. 11I
tlinugh nil wore struck within n fow hoeonds of 1
one another, nnd th tutt that none of thlr 1
neighbors was dlsturlioii iiy tho eoneiiRslon Is j
regarded a reiiinikiihle hv thn "(porti who '
hno examined tho remaining mines
tlru. Wilson says It is not Known whethor one
flash fired nil three, or that one mlun wiishlt ,
nnd thnother two wore wtnlTliv I he concussion
caused hv tho explosion nt !u0 itindsnf gnu.
cotton. He knows that tin- mliirwcre iiliouti
thieofeet below water id luwMilnund probably -
flui at hlgli tide, ami Unit m -itn.-i Uio button
ashore lu thiieasemiiii' wn- Iniurcd norjtlio 1 i
Ides eonuei ting the nilnun with It The inhioa
)ii lielleviK. worn undoubted- Mriiek by light
lilug, nnd the fact that tho were below wnfef
seems 10 have afforded no protection. Hltlioitprt
Gen. Wilson snys he Is tumble to stnte ImW th
, Usatalns; entered tii water tad bit Uuta.
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