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THE SITW, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1808.
' i i i ii ii i ii i . . i a I A JAY BOY FROM THE EAST. CREEDE THOUGHT HIM EAST WHE.S BE CAME TO THE CAMV. It Refrained from rtesrnllng Hit Talk About HI Pertlgre e and Hold Him Mind -Then the Day After He Left Il Discov ered th Cnliwnl Wonder II Rail Mnde. SAMIIwnTOX. Oct. S "I don'l suppose that nr man who-ever lilt up Creede when that amp was booming along Ilk a Wisconsin lumber drlvl going to stand up and .v that C'rede was anything like a dead easy lark or a nutty proposition for tendsrfeet." aid Tom Wilkinson, now of thin town, who used lo bo Sheriff of Creed.. "When you (rot down to l. aJt th hor In thn day worn .rafter, more or lns, and I gnes I just as much of a grafter a nriT of "em, even if thy did elect me Sheriff and refrnln from shooting hole In the pint hat that I wore all the lime I wa Sheriff. The Creed push, when Creede tn llrelr. waa surely made np of amooth peo ple, and when It came to nibbling at foxv came there wasn't a man of 'em that wouldn't make a souole of side ateps and then ahoot awlft and straight. But I've often observed in the course of a hap of piking around the big eampa that It'a just these wise, crafty eamp that are bound. eTerr one in while. to get it paated on them the hardest and tn an ggravatlngly eaar war. "A bl goaaoon of tnderfoot-lookln young fellow he waen't more than 23 or 24 tamed up in Creede one afternoon In Auguat. 1863. When I was turning the day trick In keeping the camp aa orderly as It could be kept. I call him tenderfoot-looking because he waa togged out that way frock coat, light striped trousers, patent leather ahoe and that kind of rig. He didn't try to saw off a plug hat on u with that make-up for ome reason or other I wa the only man that could wear plug hat In Creed with Impunlty-and the little plaid fore-and-aft can that he wore with that long frock thing made him look even more bf a yap than his actiona mad him ap pear to b. The young fellow didn't do any swaggering or hutting Into anybody, hut he eeemed to be just naturally soft. He had a big moon face, with pink cheeks, and his light early hair and white eyebrows made him look lily-livered. H put ui at old Mrs. Rpagan's boarding house and thn hov there sized him np as too much o? n jellyfish to be worth rick ing on. He Trent around grinning, with his hands in hla pockets, and when any of the bora happened to drop him a word just to draw him out and see what his lay was. he hot off the eonceltedest messV.f talk you ever heard. The hoys out In Creed weren't In the habit, aa you may supiiose, of making anv brags about their fnmily trees, but you only had to toss a word at this cub to set him to rattling about who and what lie was and who and what his people were. He took a lone chance In doing that, but the talk just made the boys so tired that thev didn't have the energy to souse him In the creek or chuck him under a stamp mill. I ran into him myself the day after he stnick the camp and I hadn't nr more'n given him the civil greet than h began to put m next to his whole business. "'My name's Harvey Gaddis the Onddises of Delnware. y' know.' says he to me, 'and p8 I'm out here looking for nn investment for my father. Harvey Gaddis of Washington, D. C. Must ha' heard of him. haven't yon?' " 'No,' said I, 'I haven't heard of him. But I want to tell you something, son. Cut out the pedigree talk around here. The boys might kind o' take it as a kind of reflection upon them. Fact is. there's some of them that might hove mude you feci small already if it wasn't for what you say about looking for an investment. They've all got n hole or two in the ground to unload, and that's largely the reason why they're standing for this chin music of yours about what a warm tribe you've renegaded from. If you're going to invest in Creede dirt, you'll get all he show Pin the world to do it. But cut out the fam ily tree guff. It won't help you n little hit, if you want to get all that s coming to you, a to any stranger, in this camp.' .V'The young jay seemed to lmproe some after this talk I gave him. and he did let up cm the Gaddlses-nf-Oolaware Mow. But he re mained a pretty weak kind of a pollvwog, for all that. The boys let him alone because they figured him as a pretty sure investor, and thev didn't want to chase capital out of the camp. ao they let him blow himself for nil the drinks he wanted to buy for them, which was a good many, although they couldn't get out of the habit of siring him up out of the tails of their yes. He had a steady jag for the first week he hit the camp, and on a couple of occasions mv night, marshal had to lead him to old Mrs. Iteagan's. I have sin -e had occasion to believe that the tenderfoot never was drunk nt all while he was In the camp, but that he assumed all o' this calluw. college -boy festivity just in the line of working up his par; . "This Harvey Gaddis boy hadn't been in the eamp for more than ten days before all of the boys that had disappointing, no-pay shafts in the rock began to get around him for a deal. They took him out. one by one,, to look over their claims and tho whelp tried to loot wise When he inspected them and talked stuff about strata and ledges and leads that sounded like pe might have picked it out of his geology book at school. Somehow or other lie didn't seem to be very keen on the buy until Buck Wlngat". one of the sharpest mine saltern that ever stuffed a shotgun full of yellow slugs, got hold of him and took him nut to one of his holes. Buck's rock was beautifully fixed Book spent three hard days and nights at the job and It appeared to strike the tenderfoot's ere. He asked Buck how much he wanted for the claim. " 'Well.' said Bu?k. 'I've got so derned many claims around here, or am podners in so niHiiy. that I haven't got the time to go ahead with this one. although I'm dead sure it's a Com atocker. I'll let you have it for $25.(101).' 'Well,' said the voung fellow, 'while 1 guess I know just as much about a mino as any of you and this looks good to me I'm not going to think of taking it until I have a regular mining engineer look at it and report upon it. 1 11 have a man come down from Denver and tall me what he thinks of it.' Buck sort of screwed sideways at this, for he knew that it's no easy thing to put up a job f aalt on a Denver mining engineer. He bad to stand for the tenderfoot's proposition, how ever, and sure enough, three days later, the mining engineer from Denver showed up Hone of the boys in camp had ever seen or heard of this Denver mining engineer tiefore and they had a great laugh, even If they were a bit surprised, when he inspected Buck's put up job and pronounced it 0. K promising, and worth about $1.1.000 on its present show ing. The boys said among themselves that the mining engineer was probably just out of some mining institute in Boston or somewhere, he looked so voung and green and his ap praisal of Buck's fixed hole was so funny. "Buck demurred a good deal when the Har vey Gaddis boy said that he would only pay Urt.Omi. but nt length, after a day of hemming and hawing, he consented to accept the terms. which were to be cash. "I'll telegraph to my father. Harvey Gad dis of Washington, D. C. to send me the money right away.' said the tenderfoot when the bar gain was struck, and he walked right down to the telegraph office with Buck and sent this despatch: 'Harvey Gaddis. such-and-such a number on Massachusetts avenue, Washing ton. D. ('.: Express fl.'i.liOO currency imme diately. Have found big bargain.' The rumor of the success of Buck's deal with the jay boy from;back Kasl got around the amp in no time and a lot of the boys mat lay On the floors oftths rum factories and dancing tents and hollered over it. But they were careful not to sav anything that could cop Buck's game with the tenderfoot. They knew that Buck didn't let people monkey with him that way. ' While he waited for the arrival of the cur rency from Washiugton, the boy with the pedigree started off on another whirl, and on the first night he stacked up against Con Dins more s stud poker game. He took about 400 away from Con the first night, $7uo the next night. $lx the third night, and on the fourth day he sloughed it all back at Con's table and went broke besides. lie knew as much about the game of stud poker aa I do of Yiddish, hut he just played in luck for the first three goes tit Con's game, and when his luck shook him on the fourth dav I ; sent under tn a heap. ' " "1 don't care.' said the jay. trying to look game, after he went broke, 'I've got $15.imki coming to-day or to-morrow, and rll see what I ran Do with that. " "How about that mine o' buck Wingate'a'r' asked one of the boys who heard him make this bieuk ""Oh I'll pay for that out of what I win.' was the cub's reply. "Buck had been called lo Denver on some Una of a phony deal or other on the day 'icfure or else he might hate worrird a good deal about the course hla tenderfoot customer took when hie 15.iki arrived at the camp. My self and a couple of the boys were with the White- browed capitalist when be went i down to th ipres offlee, In irsrpoo tn th ' notification, to get hla big bundle of money , from Harry Osddls. Washington. D. t . H I opend the big brown, carefully sealed en - elope before us, snd eountd the flfi.OiiO in absolutely new crisp $50 and IOti bills on ' th xnrss office counter. we all had a close look and a feel of the bills, for that kind of : inonev wnsn't common In Creede. Gold was th circulating medium, and what, paper money turned np in the camp wa always greasy and worn. . , .. . . . " 1xiks nice, her?' inquired the tenderfoot. Father must have gotten these Treasury notes right fresh from th Treasury." "I told the cub. in a good-natured way. that : Jl.'.mio waa a pretty olg wad for a young I tellow to h packing around with him In ( reede. and that It would lie a good scheme for him to place It In Joe Cooley s hotel safe I oyer night, and take a receipt for It. " 'Oh, I'm going to win back what I lost st stud poker first. ' said he 'Then I'll put It all In the safe.' "I didn't want lo wast any more breath on such a chucklehead. and so I let him go on about his business He mad for Con Dlns more's stud poker layout right off. He bought Sl.ntK) worth of chips at the go-off. nnd his fine. nee-, crisp Treasury f 100 bills made a hit with Oon. . ..... . " "If you win out.' said Con. I II just cash you with the yellow boys, and hang on to (his green stuff myself for luck, if you don't mind.' "The Harvey Oaddla boy said something about the heftlnee of gold to carry around, but If Dlnamore really wanted the paper, why. he'd leave It there, of course. Then he waltzed in and socked It to Con's game for $l.7ixr within an hour. Although there were four other men In the game not another one of 'em had a thimbleful of luck except the ten derfoot. Within half an hour he had put Con nn even S2.000 up against It. and then hr said he'd cash in and drop down to Bird Manley's for a bit of faro. " "All right.' said Con. come back when you amaah Bird's layout.' and Dlnsmore cashed the tenderfoot's chips in double eagles, hold ing on to the $1,000 In Treasury notes, aa he ssld he wss going to do. "The cub went over to Joe Conler s and put the big bag of gold coin In the safe. Then he went lo Bird Manley's faro layout, and made a hit with Bird. too. by plunking down $1,000 In crisp $o0 and $100 notes Tor his stacks nf blues and yellows. Bird fingered the bills admiringly. " "Don't get that kind of money often out here, do you?' the tenderfoot aaked him with " 'No. Bird replied, 'and I'd juat aa lief you'd leave it here if you get into me. It's easy to count out. and I haven't seen any of It in so long that I'm lonesome. It you rap me. I'll square with you in gold.' Again the tenderfoot, who seemed to be rather maudlin with drink by this tiro, was agreeable, and he pitched in and walloped Bird's game almost to a standstill. He played bank like a Digger Injun 'ud 'lav th piano, keeping no eases st ail, but just hanging and slobbering over the table and slapping down a stack here and a copper there with no more idea of the cards that were out or in th box. apparently, than a tiddler In a dance tent a mile off. But. all the name, he was Into Man ley to the tune of $.'l.HOO after he had been playing for a couple of hours, and then he seemed to have too much of a jag to go on. He mumbled that he thought he'd cash In for the uight. Bird counted out $4,000 In double eagles the amount of the tenderfoot's or.gi naTstake and his winnings and the night marshal and a couple of other boys helped th cub pack the coin over to Joe tonley's safe and then put the apparently jagged descendant of the Onddlses to bed. in ail. Jo Conlev's Bafc contained $7,000 of his money in gold. "The Harvey Gaddis hov looked a bit rocky when he showed up the next morning. " 'Say. what did you let me gamble for Inst night?' he asked me when he met me down town. 'Didn't you know that that $l,r..iSMi I received from father was to pay for the mine?' " 'Son,' said I, 'I'm not the skv pilot of this camp. Moreover, you don't know the differ ence between advice and a ton of coal.' "'Why. it was awful:' the cub went on. Must think of it I might have lost! I'm going to follow Buck Wingate right up to Den ver to-dav and pay him that $I. ikmi " 'That's n gjod scheme. said I. thinking that Buck might as well have the bundle a the tiger layouts, and 1 went with him when he made for the express office to order the ex press people to box. up the $7.61 K) in gold at Joe Conley's safe. " 'Why don't you trade back some of that gold for the parjer monoy you gave to Con Dinsmoro and Bird Manley?' I asked him. " 'Oh.' said he, 'they like the stuff and I don't want to take It awav from them.' "He was out of the camp nnd hound f. ir Denver with his $7,000 box of gold coin be fore noon and before more than half a dozen of the boys in camp kusw he was going after Wingate to pay him for the mine. Dinsmore and Manley. when they heard of It. expressed natural regret that he hadn't stayed on long enough to give them a chance to get even, but thev consoled themselves with the reflection that he would I back in a couple of days. "Buck Wingate got back from Denver the next morning The first question the boys asked him was If he had met his tenderfoot mine customer in Denver, nnd got the $15, ui'ii bundle. " 'Why, no.' said Buck, with a look of sur prise on hla face. "Has he left the camp? " 'Went up to Denver yesterday to pay vou for your hole in the ground half in gold and half in new bills.' "Bird Manley was the first to smell a rat. He took the $50 and $100 bills that the Harvey Gaddis boy had given him down to the oaah I icr of the bank. The cashier smiled when he I lixikcd at one of the bills. He only gave one little feel of one of the bills between his thuinh I mid middle finger, and then he tossed the mess I of fl.ooo out through his little window to I Mauley. " 'I'hony stuff,' sold the cashier, 'and a poor ; article at that. How long have you been a giod thing. Manley?' "Manley dropped by Con Dinamore's place and told Con o( the thing. They were a very tired-1'.oking pair. The Secret Bervlce man from the Treasury Department who arrived In Creede about a week later had us describe the tenderfoot. Then he grinned " 'Tenderfoot?' said he. "That fellow was Hiram Blundell. who's been one of the clever est queer-shovers on thia continent ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Plnkey lllnndell. we call him.' "Then we told him about that mining ex pert from Denver, and described him. '"That was: Sassafras John Hitdnut.' said the Secret Service man. 'and he. too. has been shoving It all his life. But he's not as good as l'lnkey.' "A couple of days ago." concluded the ex Sheriff of Creede. "I read that Plnkey Blun dell had Keen gathered in down In Little Rock for distributing some very tasty $2 sliver cer tificates of the series of 1800." THB TVRTJ.K AND XHK BVPEKSTITIOS. A Matter of Theology Involved In an Inter esting Samoan Experiment. The South Sea turtle, though smaller, is just as rich an article of diet as the green turtle of the West Indies. The ocean about Samoa swarms with turtles, and on certain of the islands there are beadles much frequented by them in the season of laying their eggs. From one of theae beaches a resident of Apia ob tained half a dozen turtles alive. He had some sort of an idea that by keeping them for a while and then turning them loose they would estab lish themselvea on hia beach and return regu larly In thn egg season. It was a taking theory ; It had been proved to work in the case of brook trout and codfish, and it should succeed In the case of turtle. He built a large pen on his beach In the suburb of Yaiala. Its walls were guaranteed turtle proof, they Included a nice, sunny beach, a shady stretch of trees, a pool which the tide never emptied. livery precaution was taken that the turtles should not escape and by their escape spoil the experiment. Every provision was made lor tho comfort of the captives and the supply was generous of such articles as It was supposed that the turtles fed upon. The new prnprletor of tills acclimation atation set before him tho task of habituating his turtles by kind treat ment and abundance of food to his particular beach. But there were others who saw In It nothing but a turtle farm, and at the same time that the experimenter was making a vain effort to get his pets to come at a whistle these others were Watching with watering mouths the fattening of the turtles. One fine morning there was a break in th fence of the turtle pen. In the darkness the wall had been thrown down, and tho captives had vanished. The experiment In acclimation of sea turtles was at an end. Very naturally suspicion fell on thn Hamoan population of Vaiala. It hardly seemed possible that the turtles could destroy the wall after It had stood against them ao long. But Vaiala as a community was shocked at the suspicion that it would commit theft and iuterfere with an experiment which would result so much to the advantage of the village. And there was an other reason why the village could not have done the foul deed. It was not a thing to apeak of in public, but tie. chief of the town came privately anu divulged it. In the old days of heathendom the Vaiala god inhabited the tur tle, it would have been death to any Yaiala man to eat turtle meat. Now they were all Christians, but the people were superstitious and would not have anythlug to do with turtle. With equal privacy the native pastor called and rehearsed the aiitne sad showing as to thn efficacy of his ministry, converted though they might be from their old paganism Vaiala was yet loo superstitious to have anything to do with the missing turtles. Elders of the town council, maids of the village, ancient crones who were supposed lo be as wise us witches, each came under the vail of secrecy and confl uence with a full confession of the po-i'.ivc sanctity of turtles in Valaln. ami as a result of thai superstition the certainty that tho pre served animals hud escaped und had not been eaten by the neighbors. It is a problem In ethic-. The pen was surely strong enough to hold the turtles The tiirllo was reallv the ancestral god of Vaiala, and hm such not to be eaten when they were yet in heathendom. Yet Vaiala smiled as those smile who hare eaten turtle with no qualms ol theology. AN ARIZONA MAIL ROUTE. BAititBit'B itAin-nATaiJHi sionr ntnr. IH APACHET.AXn. Midnight Rnrnnntr with a Victim of Sav ages on a Lonely Trull Whole Family Bntrhered Narrow Escape from nn Indian Bnnd-The Southwest In 1B7S. At.BtrQCtCftQVE. N. M.. Oct. lO.-Mnjor Elliott N. Barber, who lives on nn alfalfa ranch five miles northwest of this city. Is one of the dis appointed people In this locality, nnd the rea son is that an old gunshot wound incapaci tated him from stvIc with Hooscvelt's rough riders in the Cuban campaign. "I feel." says he. "that if I could have been with the boy down titere at Santiago. I might have roccied out a career of adventure that is somewhat un usual even in the West." Major Barber Is one of th best known men in Arizona and New Mxleo. Hlsexperiencns twenty-five years ago are among the most thrilling that have come Into the life of any one in this region. "I had my liveliest experiences In south western New Mexico and southeastern Ari zona in 1H7R and 1870." h said. "I had been In the Deadwood and Iadvllle mining ex citements when I heard at the latter camp that wonderful gold finds hnd been made by cow boys in the region of Tucson. Ariz. The re ports thst came to me secretly were to the ef fect that gold nuggets worth $2 and $3 were as plentiful as cockleburs down there; that some of the boys were just'shovelllng up gold dust, and one of our former partners there was already worth his thousands. Three of us besides myself went crazy nt the news. Keep. Ing our Information secret, we sold our camp outfits and prepared at once to go to the para dise for poor gold miners. Wo got a man to buy two of our prospect holes at Leadvllle. We eet out for Arizona with exactly $1.4iXl In our common purse. "We tramped all the way from Leadvllle across the Bockles and down through the San Juan range, past old Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Tucson a distance of 1.200 miles of the hardest, roughest desert mountain trails, aa we followed them. For dnys we saw no paleface, nnd once we lost the trsll and fol lowed It 100 miles Into the Navajo Indian res ervation. On July 10 we reached Alamo Crk. seventy miles east of Tucson. There we be gan panning for gold along with 300 other men. We worked like beavers, and when w reached bedrock beneath we panned gold that ran 40 nnd 50 cents to the pan. We were all terribly excited, nnd forgot all the pain and hardships of our tramp to get there. We bought a claim adjacent to ours for $500. and dreamed of the millions w were soon to possess. Panning was too slow. and. also, the mines did not yield so plentifully after the first few days. We saw thnt the way to develop our two claims was to run a sluice from the tiny creek and sluice the pay dirt. All the other miners said we were lucky dog", and thnt we had fallen Into a fortune if we only managed tho property right. To do sluicing on our claims wn had to buy a slender water right Tor $300 and build a pine board flume about 250 feet long. Lumber and labor cost five times then what they do now. The flume alon cost $400. "When wp got to sluicing and hnd our sluice boxes In order, we began operations with great gusto. For a week we sluiced, hardly storplng to oat or sleep, so excited were we at the for tune we were sure was right in our grasp. We had put all but $40 of our money Into our min ing operations, nnd we reckoned on having nbout $2,000 returned to us in pure gold when tho week's sluicing wen finished. I can't tell you with what anxious, hungry eyes we dived into the sluice boxes when we turned the water off and began the clean-up. Neither have I words that can describe our feelings : when we ecoojied up all the gold there in a ten spoon. Altogether there was less than $5 worth. We knew that some one had salted our claims nnd that we had been duped out of about $1,:I00. We knew there wns no redress, nnd, moreover, we would have died rather thnn let auy one know that four miners from Colo rado could be swindled on any gold proposition by cowpoys. "Heartsick nt the sudden vanishing of all mv beautiful plans of what 1 would do with mv j fortune from the mining claim. I slung my bundle of blankets across my shoulder and started to tramp to Tombstone 1 had exactly $0 left as mv share of the inonev we brought to the Territory. Tombstone was eighty miles I dUtiuit ami there were rumors that the newly found quartz mines there were turning out I well. I reached the settlement now known I ns the railroad town of Benson. 1 was then atiout the bluest 1 ever was, nnd I did not care what fate befell me. "While I was sitting on my blankets in the adobe Mexican store nt the settlement, a man from California came up. He introduced himself as James Nixon and said he was con nected with the I'niteu States Post Office De , pnrtraent. He had great trouble in getting I men tocarry the mails in that part of the 'fern I tories because of the risk of life there wns In ! the work. Several mail carriers had been killed by Apaches and Maricopa in that re I gion in (he previous two years, imd this fi ight I ened other men from succeeding to the jobs as mail carriers. He added that the opening of the Tombstone mines had made the mail routes In that region more important, and that lie had been authorized by GlrJ and the Sehaefellln brothers, who owned the Tomb stone properties, to offer $25 a trip over and I alwoe the (!oernment price to any ruler who I would carry mail from ltlneon, N. M.. to Tomb ; stone, a distance across the country of about 150 miles. "In a minute I accepted thn job. Before nirht 1 hod signed piuers for a year at mail cnrrylng. The pay for the year's service was to be about S'.'.iioo, I believe. A dozen cow punchers about Benson said I was the biggest chump a-going and that 1 never would make three trips; thut the Apnehes'were thicit In the very region through which I must travel to make good time to und from Tombstone. I confess I was pretty sure, when I went to Tombstone in the following three days lo get my horse and to take final instructions and credentials as a uiuil currier, that I was to die by the hands of the most frightful ha ages on the continent. But 1 hud signed a contract and I bad to go. "Because of the hot weather it was thought best that 1 should ride as much ns possible at night. Besides, there was less danger from bunds of Apaches and Mini -.pus in the night. Imagine my feelings when I started on a flerv bronco from the mining camp of Tombstone one evening in August on my llrst ride over my mail route. I had food enough for three days and was armed with a carbine and two pistols. I left letters in the care of a friend at Tombs'one to be sent to my Massachusetts relatives If I never came back, nnd I even hnd my hair clipped to muke sure that I should not be sculped anyhow. With u leathern pouch at the back of my saddle I rode away over the sunburned hills. I put my spurs to my horse and resohod to mako the most of the cover of darkness on my trip. I shall never forget that night. It wns a soft, calm night. The stars never seemed quite so bright and cheerful le fpre, 1 peered about mo for the 'cast Indica tion of Indian signals. I never heard sounds ! so acutely. 1 felt for my pistols times with out number. 1 fancied time und again that I hoard some one rustling in the pnrched grass along the trail, and I started when my horse brushed against chaparral. Everything I hod ever heard about the secret approach of In dians upon their victims came to mind as my horse galloped or loped along, but there was not an Incident the whole night. "The next morning I stopped at a Mexican camp, where I had an order from the Govern ment officials for a fresh horse. I rested un til early afternoon, and after being warned to be constantly on mv guard lest 1 be pounced upon by the Apaches that then Infested tha country roundabout, 1 started out. I passed Fort Bowie off lit the south about twenty miles and followed the trull northward toward the New Mexico territorial line. All went well until late that evening. It was very dark, but I had become used to that. I could not see ten feet from me. "Suddenly my horse stopped. I almost pitched forward off the beast. Then the ani mal snorted and pawed. I clutched my pistol and a thousand and one thoughts darted through my mind. In vain I -tick my spurs into the horse's flanks and tried to urge him on. It was no use. 1 looked about carefully. I descried something gray lying close to the trail. I leaned forward to see what it was und I could only see something gray and oval In form. There was nothing to tie done but lead my horse around it I dured not leave the uncertain trail in that darkness and in u country I knew iioIIiIiil' about I dismounted and, holding the horse's bridle tc one bund and a pistol in the other. 1 felt about the ground with my fit it for what I had seen there Horrors! Melt the hard, slllf body of a dead man. In nil my experiences in the sun guinarv days of the Colorado mining en mis I never had lbs sensutl uof thut stumbling 011 a dead body in that lonely, lb .d-foisuken Mt in Aim belaud that dark night. 1 ten the body aver and lighted matches to see it. I heard nn heart thuuiplng ns It never thumped beiore. 1 .iv ihc body had ietidentlv been there r vera I day- In that dry. hot climate l had Iwgun io hhiiwl in a natural mummify ing "r'es. By the bickering light of the matches I held over til dead muni. fac I saw that he was u Mexican and thst he had Iweu I shot iu the ueck uud cheek. He had evident- -.TsmmntlsmTI I I ilam. ly been killed while on a horsa. for his body i had been dragged on the ground. It was tha work of Indians. Ther wa whr the seals had been llftd from the crown of the head, and the telltale Apache marks of slashing knives were on th chest and shoulder. "I remounted the horse and started off at a lively gait. Two hour latr I was st th little Mormon sltlemnf, now abandoned, of May field. Ther I told of mv dioeoverv. The ranchmen pnld no attention to n. They nld that none of them had dared lo go alone out in th country for weks. and thnt tho Apaches miller ohl Cochise hnd held th rgl"n In terror for nearly a vear. Only a month before two Mormon ranchmen hail been killed while re turning from Fort Bowl, snd their bodies robbed nnd hacked to piece. If evr n horse 1 travelled mine dl.t that night. Mszeppa wns no comparison. I saw two campllres away off twenty miles distant in the foothills of the Mescnllero Mountain, and knew them to be in the camps of Apaches, i "At nbo"t dawn I came upon n pack train of Vnlted States cavtilrvtin the wavtoFortOrant. I rested there a few hour', and with mv sad dle for a pillow I. slept hard. At early evening 1 started on toward ltlneon. I reached ther thnt evening. I turned mv mall pouoh over to the IVwtmnKiorand was told that a return mall would be ready for me In twenty-four hour, tin the way back to Tombstone I passed within : two miles of a band of painted Apaches, but I i was within ten miles then of Fort Bowie, and I think I did not look then like a promising vlc ' tlm for their nttack. " those day were the bloodiest we have , evtr had In the Southwest. It took a stout heart and a heap of hard work to make on' 1 wnv across the trails In Apscheland everv ; week. Thnt was before Gen. Miles and Gen. Crook nettled the Indian question in Arizona i and New Mexico. There were reports almost ' weekly of some murderous foray hy the In- I dlnnn. Thousands of nettlers ahanlcned their holdingsjn southern. New Mexico and Arizona and fled for their lives to Texas or the North. There must have been 500 white people killed by the Apaches "Once when I was going along near where thn town of Lordsburg. Ariz., has since sprung np. I was met by n man with his head bound about with bandages red with blood, and his hoard and shirt matted with drv blood. H bad seen me In the distance coming, and be hnd crawled over a mile to stop me. He could hardl" speak from weakness. He told m that Apaches hnd raided his cabin home tho day tiefore nnd murdered his wife and two girls; that ho wn nt work a mile away among hi sheep nnd hnd seen them going like the wind on their horses over the crest of tne hill near his home. Hastening home, ho had found his family dead and their wait taken. While he was alone there withlhls sorrow two of the savages stealthily returned and shot him. Then they left him on the cabin floor with n wound across his forehead and n bnll In his shoulder. They probably thought him dead. 1 had become used to the Indian country by that lime. Therefore I left the trail and went over to the man's home. I found the lsjdles of the wife nnd tho two girls where they hnd fVlen. It was a horrible sight. The man's two horse and his rifle had been stolen, an attempt had been mad to burn the barn, and the sav nges had snntched f"od from the table that the wife was preparing for the mon meal, and had fled. I dressed the poor fellow's wounds ns best I could, nnd. lenving him alone with his dead family. I rode twenty-five miles on to a Mexican village. Bostta. where I sent a dozen fellows back f take food and help to the suf fering man. The United States troops had mnny case of murderous Apaches like thnt to deal with every year in those days. A few weeks later I learned that the wounded mnn hnd been taken to Fort Grant and had died there of a broken heart and his wounds. "The liveliest exiierienee I had with Indians wn in" April. 1H70. I was out about forty miles from Fort Bowie, on the way townrd Tomb stone. I had been warned that, tho Apaches were more restless than usual In fact, they were always fiercest in the spring months but I wns younger then and I thought that sav ages would not nttack nnyone but unprotect ed homestenders whom they could rob. It wns about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. My horse was going slowly along the bank of a dry stream. I heard the report of a gun and. looking up. saw seven Indians on their horses taking shots nt me. I snatched my carbine from the strap at the rearof my saddle and turning my horse ,o that it'would .not pre sent its flank to the savages I dug my spurs Into the animal's sides quicker than it takes to tell It. 1 knew that I had a race for my life. All that I had been told hy Indian fighters nbout how best toescape savages went through my brain. The Indians came diagonally after , me across th mesa. I heard their shooting at me ami several bullets whistled over my head. Fortunately there was an embank ment along the td of the stream that pro tected me from the Apache shot for some sea ! onds. Then I had a chance to think whnt to do to save mv carcass. When I came Into view of the pursuing Indians again more bul lets went past me. I was hit by one in the back. I saw thnt It wns a hard raceifor me. and I. wns once on the point of shooting my horse, and with the animal as a breastwork to lie there and sell my llf as dearly o possible bv shooting the Apaches before they despatched I me. But I resolved to flee if possible, and i then to kill myself when I saw that I might be captured and slaughtered. "I plunged the spurs again and again Into my horse, whlchlwns'a fin one. and while he bounded over tho uneven ground I henrd 1 more bullet go about me. The uneven ride of th Indians gave them trouble to get good aim at mo. andmy own bounding horse pre sented n hnrd mark for the snvoges. One ball struck my horse in the hip and-made a smarting flesh wound. The animal went for xvard like mad. I must have been carried out of range of the Indians. I looked back a mo ment later and I saw that tho Aoaehes hnd turned nwny and were making for the hills. They knew that I would report their attack nt the next settlement, some twenty miles nwny. and that n posse might be sent out. "When the I'nited States soldiers took the Apaches in hand in 1SKO and nt last began a 'nuipaign against them. It changed the history of that region. The Apaches hnvo been cowed into peaceful ways in the last fifteen years, and except Apache Kid's maraudings, there has been no human butchery by Indians In southern Arizona and New Mexico since 1884." METALS THAT ARK PRKCIOVS. Compared with Tbrin, Oold Belongs to Those ot the Baser Kind. from th' Washington Evening Star. "The majority of people when asked to name the most precious metals usually mention gold as first, platinum as second and silver as third." said the proprietor of a large assay and refining establishment. "If asked to name others some might add nickel and a few alum inum to the list. Now. let us see how near the truth they would be. Gold is worth about $250 per pound troy, platinum $130 and silver about $12. Nickel Is worth about 00 cents and pure aluminum from 50 cents to $2, " We will now compare these prices with those of the rarer and less well-known metals. To take them in alphabetical order, barium, the metal which Davy Isolated from Us ore, boryte. in IrtoH, sells for $050 a pound, when it is sold at all, and calcium is worth $l,80o a pound. Ciritim is a shade higher; its cost in elOoan ounce, or $1,020 per pound. These be gin lo look like fabulous prices, but they do not reach the highest point. chromium being $200. Cobalt falls io about half the price of silver, while didymlum. the metal Isolated by Ma sunder. Is the same price as calcium. Then comes gallium, which is worth $3,250 an ounce. With this metal the highest price Is reached, aud It may well be called the rarest and most precious of metals. "Gluclum Is worth $250 per ounce. Indium $150. Iridium $058 a pound, jantbanium $175. and lithium $100 per ounce. Nullum costs $128 per ounce, osmium, palladium, platinum, potassium and rhodium bring, respectively, $0411. $too. $130. $32 and $512 per pound. Strontium costs $128 an ounce, tantaum $144. tllurluin $0. thorium $272. vanadium $320, yttrium $144 and ziiicopium $250 an ounce. "Thus wn see that the commonly received opinion as to what are the most precious metals Is uulte erroneous. Barium Is more than four times as valuable as gold, and gal lium more than 102 times as costly, while many of the other metals mentioned are twice and thrice as valuable. Aluminum, which cost $8 and $0 a pound in 1800. Is now produced as cheaply as are iron, zinc, lead snd ooppar." MOSQUITO KII.I.EII OF MEXICO. Wow Official of a Mexican Hallway Who Will Exterminate th Pestiferous Inseot. From the Ventiutlan Htmld. The Mexican Central Railway Company Is en gaged in a new experiment whloh. If It Is all that is claimed for It. will be of Inestimable value to the residents of this city. To show how earnest they are In the matter, they have created a new off! oe that of Mosquito Commis sioner snd the portfolio was awarded to Oapt. George C. Sperry. superintendent of telegraphs for the company. Experiments In different parts of th United States, and In New Jersey lo particular, havs demonstrated thn fact that the extermination of the mosquito can be accomplished. An exchange, tn discussing the matter, said: "Scientific investigation has disclosed the fact that a few grains of permanganato of iHitash will destroy all the embryo mosquitoes In a very large area of mosquito swamp At 2 cent an acre all th m-quitoe can be killed off fur a mine of thirty days, und as the breeding time in but two mouths 4 cents will nsurc protection for Hie entire year. This places it wilhiu the iHwsibillt) of a Stale, and certainly a city, to entirely rid Itself ol a great nuisance.' April Slid Ua vara Hie two months in which mosquitoes ir i Thev are purely IksI In their habits, nud not migratory, sh some supiHise. and thev sellout move more than a bundled iet from the place of ilmi birth, Hence, to exterminate Ihe breed in n ceriaiu locality would rid Ibnt locality ol the pest for Hint season nt least, and the method of exter mination i mo inetrisoisivo that au entire com munity may be nd of them at a very small ei'.H.,ne. stntoxl an -at., . SAM CLEMENS'S OLD DAYS. ronmmn kictada cbvm or mark TWAIN etrKB RKMIMSrKM'KH. Clomens's Powerful Pen on a Meagre Sal ary, Jnst After He Had Bought Oold Mine for Two Dollars and a Bam His Olseovory of a I.ove Agnlr of l.nng Ago. KtsosTO. Sierra County. N. M., Oct. ft. Old ! Man Hearst, the vtrnn prospector who was ' Mark Twain's partner In the days of long ago I when the material of "Roughing It" was gath I ered, came into this broken silver camp last week. He was Immediately and hastily pre ceded hv "Johnny Corkscrew." ao-od 30 years, the most dishonest burro that ever wore a pack saddle. Old Man Hearst Is working a claim on the other side ot the Black Range in the Carpenter district, where he says he hat a fortune waiting for "some Eastern gent with a few thousands to open the richest proposition that was ever staked out with rock piles and recorded tn tomato can." A usual, the old man announced his shams it having to mingle with "busted hold-uns and tin-horn gamblers." who now make up the chief part of this ruined eamp, announcing profanely and boldly that an empty grub box was ths sols justification he could plead for the presence of Johnny Corkscrew and him self. It Is this prospector's habit to take up a brief residence In one of the deserted houses, start a dignified drunk, pack Johnnv with bacon, flour and baking powder and depart at the end of one week to the exact hour, return ing to the tunnel he is running to display ths glories of hi vein to soma "Eastern gent" with thousands. Hearst marched Into the Holc-tn-the-Wall saloon nnd called for a drink, while the burro failed in his attempt to chew a silver-mounted sombrero from the head of a sleeping Mexican and wandered to "the store" to sec If he could pick up a stray bacon rind. "Out of which bottle?" asked Bud Goings. the barkeeper, turning toward a row of old bottles with well-known labels on them. "Don't throw any such bluff at me. Bud," replied the old man reproachfully. "It all comes from the same barrel of vitriol. Keep your labels for the greasers." He turned to survey the poker game that was going on as usual In the back part of the saloon. "Bud." he remarked. "I don't seem to savvy the gent who has just told Terrible Watson he will chaw his heart out. It sounds all right, but that young man don't look like a citizen of this rotten camp." "That's only his trying to talk fashionable." replied the barkeep. "He's a newspaper man from back East and he's got lungs." Old Man Hearst began to smile and beam. "Don't shout no such shout at me. Bud," h whispered, hoarsely. "If he's a newspaper roan it's drink that's the matter, I know, for the best pardner I ever had was a newspaper roan, and I've warmed to the breed ever since, though I've never seen Sam's like again." He strode to the table, leaned over the strange young man, and said cordially: "Don't never get discouraged, but put water in It and you'll get all right. I naturally loves you because years ago back In Nevada my side pardner was a newspaper man. Sam was his name. Sam I.. Clemens. You In the East all call him Mark Twain, but when I aw him In Frisco four years ago he rared because I called him Mr. Twain. " 'Hell, George,' he says, quick, 'what sort ot a play do you call that to make on a man who has chewed your bacon and slept In your blan kets? I'm Sam Clemens yet. though I wear a boiled shirt solely out of deference to an effete public opinion.'" "Where did you know Mark Twain?" asked the newspaperman, deserting the game for what promised to lie an interesting chat. "It was years ago. when Sam and I were pardnersin prospecting back in Virginia City, Nev. Sam also acted as eorrcepondent for the old Sacrnmrntn tlnion nud for a daily in San Francisco. I forget its name. He had drifted into Nevada with the idea some one might. lake him for the Almighty, but they didn't. o he divided his time between mines and writing tor tho papers. Mines were boomiug then. and the papers gave Nevada most an much j attention as they now give to these mushv ' Klondike yarns. On paper we all were richer ! thnn rustler, but we most generally owed for our grub. There were two other newspaper men in camp besides Sam Clemens Fetey Dickenson, now an editor in Sew York, aud Dan de Wuill. whose real name was Brown. The last yell 1 heard from Dan he was editor of a paper in Salt Lake City. "Thoy were grand linrs. nil of 'em. butlSnm wns lead hoss. They used to get together and I lay for returning protpeetors In Billy Fair's ; saloon. Here they three would sort of aassy up tho tins the prospectors gave them and stake It out so that oach patr could prove up I by tho others. It was beautiful to see how 1 loynl they were to each other in distributing ! Ideas. Fncts might be few. but, ns Sam would say. 'What ofitV' 'No. Georze.' Sam ssys to me when I re proached him about their lack of reverence for tho majesty of truth. 'I may not wear the white flower of a blameless life, but I sure send down copy that makes my salary look pltvously smnll and weak and emaciated be side the grandeur of my stories. Were It not that I have just bought what I can prove to be one of the richest gold mines in th world for $2 and a hum. 1 could not ttfTord to let Billy Fair support me thus splendidly.' "One day I came in from a long prospect ing trip to And the boys laying for me at the 'Open Barrel.' 1 had mode no strike and was warming up my brain to recollect something the boys might write about when I remem bered how I had come upon a swnmpdown in a valley where the soil was pure salt and the deer had worn deep hollows by hundreds of years of licking and pawing. Some said it was a cursed small recollect for (he drinks. hut ho "inched his lingers to a pencil at once, having doubt as to his memory under exist ing circumstances, 'I don't want to lose one bare, stern fact of this marvellous story,' says he. 'You are sure you do not magnify ths facts, George? I like to feel I can rely on the integrity of one man In this wicked camp.' "Next week I got Sam's paper from 'Frisco and 1 saw the story. It told how the corre sitondeut of the union had been risking his life scouting in the mountain, that thn Union might warn Its renders if the Injuns were painting themselves. In his wauderlugs the correspondent bad chanced upon a snow white and glistening deer. The buck was standing in a group of does, who were licking the snowy coat with grunts of delight. The story went on to tell how Sam had shot the deer, discovering on closer Inspection that the buck's hide waa coated two inches thick with salt. Sum followed a deeply worn deer trail till he came to the marsh of pure salt, shining In the sun like a Held of snow. From wallows In tho marsh he could see that bucks of that region were in the habit of coating themselves with sail by rolling In the sticky substance, letting It become hard In the sun ami offering themselves to the females as a dude offers a box of candy to the ladles he calls upon. "That wasn't all of Sam's rigid adherence to the truth, for he galloped his pen along to tell how In prodding around he had found three human oodles that had been pickled in the brine of centuries. Sam wrote that they were bodies of members of some dod-rotted race who lived eighty centuries before the Injuns jumped Nevada for their own. Vet.' save Sam. 'so perfect had been the action of the salt that not one line on their noble faces had been effaced by the fingers of ten thousand years.' The bodies Were of two young men and 'a girl of marvellous beauty.' nam always mads his girls pretty, being a little Holt that away. Love had evidently brought about an other' of the tragedies that old Time used so unsuccessfully as examples. The two young rivals hal apears In their necks and glaring hate in their eyes, while the maid had plainly died of a broken heart, clinging to the manly form of the wnrrlor with a wart on his chin. 'Thus does the God of Nature record the sins of past generations, making the simplicity of truth more Impressive than ths most skilful tale of fiction.' Bay. Ham.' says I, 'this Is sure a startler. I thought your system was to play only facta this game.' "'Well.' says Sam. 'those facts were so good that old Bowers gave me double spaas rates. The trouble with vou Is that you don't avoid monotony In your facts. You don't discrimi nate. George. The gray matter in your bead is aa coarss as a gravel bank. As s journalist, George, you wouldn't last any longer than a olean shirt In a fight. What you really need li to have me tell your stories for you. Then yiu'll haves brilliant reputation. old man. Then you'll be a narrator of note.' "Another time Sam and 1 dlsoo-jred a llttt Sold In a place called Law son Flats. The fact was isre was no wood there, not enough to make a riding switch. I told Sam to emphasize the Isck of wood In his article, so as to scare pros pectors away and leave Luwson Flats to us. hut when I saw his pni-er I read as how th" eoltnuwivsl waved their great arms hy ths i i-ippllng brook" ond groves of plflons sighed on I tin Hill- about Laws-m Flats. K the riff-raff of Hie camp made for such an attractive dig gings When I reproached Ham with perfidy, he savs, airily: "'.Now. George, we both may l forced togd ; mil that the Almighty slipped up now nnd then 1 when he made scenery. Imving n, good deal to I make in a free hand, sketch sort of a way. but you can't say that bam Clemens Is baok- ward j hcu be U called upon to piece out a job - - or two thst the Creator left annnUhed. If thfre Is anything I pride myself upon. It Is being neat and thorough. Shame on yon. George Hearst.' say he. reproachful Plenty "Several times the oewsoapor outfit jolnd m in propeelihg, but. we pyr mad no strike. Yet Ham was a keen judge of ore and could tell a heap from th general lav of the land. Sam ued to snv that th reason he did Rot strike it rich wa liecouse he tried to ue Is alleged brains instead of playing lust lm I ul fool luck, a a wlee man should do. One I Fty Dickenson. Brown. Sam snd I were off I with a wagon outfit. W made such a long 1 trip of it that chuck got low. and we were on short rations when w drove up to a stone ranch house kept hy n Missouri fnmllv. When Sam savvied they wa from Missouri, nothing would do but that we foregather with them around the festal tvonrd. " "It only demands six bits each.' savs he. 'and what Is six bits compared with the moral ' uplift of genteel Missouri society, not to men tion the escape from the sorrow of the cooking I of this lleortre Hearst' Let' put up the dust and buy a reminiscence that will wear for yen r.' "So we goes In and Sam. finding two pretty I daughter, gets gar and jovial like th corn fed gent he was. It was a good supter; fried chickens and nsw egg, by thunder! Thnt family never saved no fortune out of our nix bit that trip. Ram Clemens kept throwing bluffs about now he would recognise Missouri cooking If he should meet it at Delmonlco'. until the girls snlckrd and brought In whnt they called Missouri better cakes for Sam. I Snm nearly cried with joy. " 'Gentlemen.' says he 'desr old Missouri may not be the mother of Presidents, but she never has lost the proud title of mother of pan cakes. I'm grieved, gentlemen, that the power of prophecy has been denied me. or I 'd not here rented any of the floors of my stomach to mere chicken when I might have been dickering with Missouri pancakes.' "He reached for n big white cake snd started In. We saw him pause, look sorrowful aplenty nnd leave the table, while the girls near choked with giggle. Thoee cakes were eottonwood chips fried In batter. Sam tried to break even by writing up th ranch and describing the frlrln as cross-eyed, but the last time I saw him n 'Frisco he said he never really got over Ming hungry for what he thought he wns going to get that day. Bam Clemens never forgets a friend, though. I haven't seen Dan or Petev since they pulled out from Nersds. but Sam has sent me his books, and was sure glad to see me four year ago in 'Frisco. "So put water in it and you'll com out all right.' concluded the eld roan a he wont bock to the bar to begin the business of the week. LAST AJIFT OJtX&M.Vg COCKPIT. Demolition of the Only Remaining Testlge F Spanish Dominion. Nw OxtLiiHS. Oct. 18. One of the land marks of New Orleans the New Louisiana cockpit at the corner of Roman and Dumaine streets Is now being torn down to make room for residences. Its destruction is evidence of the passing of the old days when oockflght tng was a sport which gentlemen delighted In. and was considered fully as reputable as racing horses. There have been! cock fights here even of recent years, and the sport Is still carried on In some out-of-the-way parts ot the State, but with none of Its former splen dor. A single room will suffice to-day for all who care to eee the fight, whereas of old ths cockpits were as large as the average theatre and built in amphitheatre form. There were several rival concerns competing for the large patronage which the sport then commanded. Nor was this so very long ago. for the build ing now being destroyed was erected as late as lH70.:,when there was s revival of cock fight ing. It flourished for a few years, but sank dally In social estimation, and collapsed. Cooktlghtlng came Into Louisiana with the Spaniards, and its best patrons have always been people of Spanish race or descent or the mixed breeds from the Spanish possessions. There are a number ot Filipinos in Louisi ana; the colony is more than half a century old. and cockflghting mong them Is. as of yore, their national sport. Down in St. Ber nard, where they live and where a majority of the people are of Spanish descent, cockflght ing in still popular. It found favor among the Creoles and half-breeds of St. Tammany, where game cocks hare always been raised in abundance and of the best breeds. Intro duced by the Spaniards. It became popular among the Creoles In the early days of Louis iana, but the Americans who poured Into Louisiana never took to it, and preferred the fights between hulls and bears and other larger animals bred of old In Congo Square. The old Spanish cockpit was operated byla Spaniard named Maurice Martinez, and was situated In Columbus street between St. Claude and Rampart. It waa a popular place long liefore the "Iril war. esnee'nlly on Sunday, when the biggest mains were fought. The fighting nnd probably the betting, for betting was an important incident of the fight lasted all the afternoon. The patrons of the sport were of all colors, but the whites were, of course, separated from the negroes. The front .-eats were reserved for those anxious to bet on lb 'lartlee. and tho betting was kept up until the cock was officially declared to be dead. Although the social usage of the"time re quired the absolute separation of the whites and blacks, there was a very hrond spirit of fellowship observed In the betting arena, and a white man never hesitated to bet with a negro. Bets were paid with a great regard for honor, and any welching would have had serious re sults for the man guilty of it. Of course, the spectators were allmen. In those days the best people In New Orleans visited the cockpit, and It was one of the sights of the city to which all strangers were treated, as showing a 'side ot life not to be seen else where. The old Spanish cockpit, the pride of ante-bellum days, fell Into disfavor with the freedom of the negroes. The'miilatto and ne gro element In attendance grew larger and crowded out the white., aud the place sank in the social scale. In 1S70 a man who wa recog nized as the most devoted patron of the game cock In Louisiana, who was of the highest so cial standing and a son of the most illustrious Governor of Louisiana, determined to estab lish a new cockpit. He bad expended thous sands of dollars In Improving the breed of gamecocks. Cock fighting was a mania with him. He was always on the lookout for fresh breeds with which to Improve his chickens, and he was as careful of them on his cock farm near MauJevllle as a horse' raiser would be of his horses. The building erected by him. and known as the New Louisiana cockpit, is the one now In the course of demolition. It was a large and handsome building, with n bar room, restaurant, and oyster saloon attached. The reputation of that restaurant for Span ish dishes of the old cuisine, especially meat patties and oysters, extended not oyer New Orleans alone, but throughout the South. The Spanish cockpit, which was managed by a Spaniard named Percay after the death of its founder Martinez, and the New Louielana cockpit were rival concerns for many yearn; and there was patronage enough for both. but the sport was decadent, and Percay finally gave up the business. There was a slight re. vlvol In the early seventies, and many lealing citizens of New Orleans, lawyers, merchants, and even Judges on the benoh. could be seen regularly of aSunday watching a main between Kentucky snd Louisiana chickens. As the interest In cook fights declined, other snorts were Introduced Tn the arena dog fights and finally wrestling matches. Ten years ago the Ixmislana pit ceased to be sn active one. It was open occasionally for pri vate mains, but not as a public Institution, latterly It ho oeen used altogether for politi cal meetings. The days of conk fighting are over In Loui siana, but many of the patrons still survive. Tbev have lost their relish for the sport. It was the fashion of the old days, they nay, and no one saw the slightest harm or impropriety In It, but those who enjoyed It now see its bar barity. It is an amusement left behind with the progress of public sentiment In Louisiana. and is as impossible of revival to-day a thn old bull fights of Congo Square. As for the various kind of game chickens that flour ished in Louisiana, they have all disappeared or melted away Into the general poultry The snort In Louisiana, as In the Philip pines and Cuba, waa distinctively Spanish, nnd all; the terms as to the fighting, the breeding, and the cocks themselves were Caatllian. Thn cockpit was the last relic of the thirty-five iears of Spanish dominion In Louisiana It t now gone, and the demolition of the New .oulnlana Arena removes the last vestige of It. TUB BOr, AMD MI CAP. Being a Brief Account of a Femlllar House held Incident. "I ean't find my cap anywhere." Is a sen tence more or less femlllar In the household, that being what the boy says, looking for his eap, when he wants to go out to play. Early in the search he enlists his mother, and that may make a serious business of it. She baa to drop ber dusting or whatever household work she may lie engaged In, and the starch may take a long time. "Where did you put It when you came In." is a question sure to be asked, sooner or later, but all the hoy can answer is: ' I don't know." And then the search goea on. Everywhere, over and under. Iu all sorts of places, all at a great loss of time, if not of temper. It In round at last, aa most things are. In time, and Iu some simple easy place, whloh makes the finding of it all the more exasperating The boy takea It and goea out to play and straightway forgets all about It: but it may take quite a little time to restore the normal calm in toe house. It is a mystery how the boy mansges to lose Ins csu as often as he does, but It appears to be a boy a way, and common to simoeemU. S-ffliaaaWlh'klll BATTLE ROYAL IN TEXAS. PECCAMIRS MATCH Ell AQAIXST A l.lOTt ANI TBRKE BEARS. Furious Attack Mad hy th T.lttle Men. ran Wild Hogs on Their nig. Tower, fnl Foes-Many of Them ftlnln and More Wonnded Thlr Final Victory. Jos BrAiroxc Bswm. Teg.. Oct. 10." About as exciting a battle as wan ever witnessed ,-?. eurred on th ranch a fw days sgo. The c. ,w. boys of Spnngler ranch had three full grows. bears, captured atone tlmeor other in the San tlago Mountains. The bears wandered atwit the ranch and stable, eternally In som mis. chief, but nobody feared them, ns they wr always good humored and playful. Over at Tom Bay ranch, near I.O Chinos, th bnrs, owned a two-year-old Mexican lion, or pnti thr. That sort of pt will always hcom dun gerous by the time it Is two years old, and this particular one was about the meanest Hon vr caught In that section, and the boys of Tnts. Ray concluded to fight him. if a battle could t arranged, with the bears of Spangler. Before arrangements could be made Mexican Pepe, a hunter for Spangler ranch, discovered a den ot peccaries, or wild Mexican hngn, M they are called in Texas. There's no anlrnsl on top of ground more unconquerable than a peccary. They are small, round-bodied. y. lowlsh-brown animals about the size of a qunr ter-grown hog. They are covered with cosr bristles, the ridge down the back and nlong the neck being often five or six Inches lent. They sport long, curved. soimstar-lik tusks. sharp as knlfoblades. and their disposition re devilish. They are tailless. Them's no animal known which will face them voluntarily. The band discovered by Tepe had for Its head. quarters a cave In a foothill of the mountain. 1 The mouth of the cave was less than two ri In diameter, but the cave Itself was fullr fry feet wide and sixty feet long. Peps was hunt' Ing at the time, and the musky odorot th pec carles betrayed them. Luckily for rpn th band must have juat returned from some ex. curslon. as they were asleep at the tlm. and before they woke up Pepe hnd corked up ths entrance to the cave with rocks, which were thickly strewn about. When Pepe returned to the ranch and told his story, the cowboys proposed a battle rovnl. They sent word to Tom Bay ranch and th cowboys of that ranch brought over their Mex ican lion. Meanwhile the boys hnd built a heavy rail fence about 100 feet square and Id feet high about the cave. The next morning there were fifty cowboys of Tom Rav ranch ns many or more from the Bockett ranch, and nearly 100 of the Spangler ranch boys gath ered together. The ground within the railed Inelosure was cleared of every obstacle except four good-sized stumps, to each of which a bear or panther was chained with a twenty foot chnin. Each of the stumps had been squared off three feet above the ground. At 1 o'clock all was ready for the bnttl except the peccaries. This part of the work wns delegated to Red Jim. sn Indian cowboy .; Spangler. with the betting at 2 to 1 that Jim would get nipped before he could get out nf reach of the Infuriated peccaries. But Jim knew his business. He first rolled stones and placed them several feet from the mouth nf the cavo to Impede the brutes should thev get out too quick for him. Then he slipped a lariat around the big stone which corked up the mouth of the cave. Retreating fifteen nr twenty feet he gave the lariat a strong pull and out came a stream of raging wild nogs. They didn't catch Jim. but 'hey came close enough to spring at his heels as he scaled the fence. Then fully one hundred mad and snapping peccaries stood a minute and looked around. In front, forty or fifty feet away, were three big boars and a Mexican lion. Most people would think that such a sight would have scared th peccaries, but It did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, the bears and the lion began to display signs of unensi ness. The bears quickly climbed to the top of the tree stump to which they were chained and the Hon squatted and showed its teeth. Betting was about even. Broncos, saddles, bridles. Winchesters, and eowlsiy possossioni of all sorts went up on the result, until ths ground wss covered with piles of traps. Ths peccaries didn't wait, but with a general squeak of rage charged their adversaries. Squads ef something like equal number attacked each bear nnd the Hon. and then followed a light to the death. Thn bears stood with all four feet on esch stump, and on the peccaries sprang at them they struck right nnd left, knocking ths pugnacious brutes yards away. Half a dozen peccaries had received severe injuries from the claws and blows, and it began to look like a win-out for the bears, when suddenly two of the wild hogs sprang up behind one of ths bears while his attontlon was attracted in front, and In a second they had severely nipped him in the rear. Turning tooquicklr the bear slipped and fell from his pedestal In a second there was a mass of reddish brown bristles; nnd boar fur mixed inextricably at ths foot of the stump, rolling, tumbling, grunting aud squeaking with, rage and pain. Bruin managed to regain his feet once and endeav ored to get back on the stump, but the pec. earles would have none of It. They charged him in front, ripped him in the aides and rear. and he tell back into the writhing mass. A minute more and one bear was a lifeless, shspeless mass, with the yellow-brown Hen If ripping his hide into ribbons snd cracking hit bones Tike pieces of glass. While this was going on the remaining bears i nd the Hon hnd their paws and jaws full ot business. The bears still safely perched oa their respective stumps, but were kert busy knocking off the peccaries which were doing their level best to dislodge them. Half a dozen were lying on their backs, dead, while others were jumplngabout wounded, yet mnd and un conquerable an ever: while the bears them selves had not escaped soot free., A number of scarlet spots on their black hair showed where the peccaries had left imprints of their scim etsrlike tusks. One ot ths peccaries caught a grip on the hindquarters of one of the beats and hung on like grim death. Tho bear's foot hold was lost and tie fell squarely Into the jaws of the snapping mob below. Then followed another battle on the ground, with thn bear underneath and the wild hogs. In a yellow hank above, snapping and struggling to get at their enemy. The bear began to work his hind feet and bodies of wild hogs began to flyui.wsrl and outward, ripped from end to end nr thn claws of the benr. The bear at last got on In feet and backed, up against the stump. He sat there and lieat the peccaries iiwa;, knocking fully a dozen into kingdom come before the hogs succeeded in overcoming him. The last living liear was now attacked by redoubled fiirvandan increased force of pec caries. For fully live minutes the battle mged. and the bear succeeded in wiping out at leat half a dozen peccaries. He had no chance ot escape, however, and was in the end literally torn to shreds by the enraged peccaries Meanwhile thirty or more of the peccaries not mixed up iu the fight with the bears were either strung out over the field trying to get at the cowboys on the fenoe or attacking the Mexican Hon. The long, lithe body of the lion had thus far escaped serious injury, having re ceived only a few gashes from the tusks of hi enemies. oj,,. four or five of the wild hogs were lying at the foot of the stump on which the panther very early In the fight found It necessary to take refuge. But as the rnguig Peccaries drew off from the dead bears they ii rued their attention to tho Hon, swarming atiout the stump four or live deep. The lion soon saw that with enemies jumping st him from all ldes he could not much longer retain his position. Suddenly, with an ear-piercing scream, he sprang out and Into tho midst of the swarm or hogs, where, slashing right and left, he cut a awath, ripping open and killings number before they recovered from their sur prise. In a second thn linn was out of the mats and back on the stump. Twice wss 'h same feat erforraed. Each time the lion dashed downward, knocking snd slashing the life out of a number, and then lumping over their backs out of reach, and It began to look as though it would end In his whipping the lot and getting away without great o am -age; but when he sprang down the third time hla chain became entangled In the lody of a dead peccary, and when he eprang up to regiini the stump the weight of the peccary cheeked hia leap, and hn fell in the very centre of th yellow mass. The peccaries completely eov ered overy Inch of the Hon In asecond.nnd in hnlf a minute they had torn him 111 to pieces It had been a tremendous battle. Th ground was strewn with bits of bears and lion, while dead and wounded iieccarles to the num ber of at least sixty lay on the battlefield. The wild hogs that escaped fatal Injury were ttl I raging for battle. The cowl .ye. for once, ..' least, had seen as much fight as they care. I for. but they didn't propose to let the peccaries escape. They were dangerous customers Th boys opened Are with their six-shooters si I didn't stop until the last peccary fell with Its vlolous snout snapping between the rail at the legs of the men. Satchel for Traveller's Tombstone. Prom tkt Vki'ago InUr Oftan. Henry Jacobs, an eccentric citizen of Lincoln, neb., has what may he called original mortuary Idea. The tombstone which he has reeent'r erected to the memory of his son. James .Is -cobs, who died In lnnl.i-.of white marble. -t on a sandstone base. It is cut n. il vi ' shape of au old-fashioned travelling satidu Jacobs's son was of nn unsettlcM dist -n i.. and travelled a great deal. The old gent man's idea was to commemorate the fact in the tombstone. On the plat, carved In the centre nf each side of the slope. Is Hie nam J S. Jacobs. ' The inscription above the uaiue rend-: Here Is Where He Stopped Last " I nder neatb the nam Is th date of death and age. f J