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-THi-. I OLA REGISTER.
I'UHUHHMD KVKUY FRIDAY. O A. S. BOOTT. V Hntorod in thu roMnUloe nit lolu, Ktina, no Hi'oonil Glum Matter. st'llsoKU'riON I'M UK, Onoyear, In advnnco Six motitln, In Hilvntiro Thrco mouths. In mlvnuco AIlVKItTISINO RTr.S Mmlo known on application, ... Jl 60 7J so OKFICLAIjl'Al'HKlOKAIiIiHX COUNTY S.1 aM.nl Tfil.i M.....,l1iwi f.,,1,...,,,,. M.-t.,. xiili j.uiii' liiiii niun vv tviuaiui VIII it'll. mas KvoniiiRr For the llcnollt of thu Iiittlc FoIkH Whllo tho Christmas spirit is inoro br less omnipresent at this hciisou tho jyery licart of good fellowship und kindliness is found In thu Subbuth Schools, where tho hundreds of littlo (children, eager eyed mid treinuously Rsxpcotnnt, ttwitlt with a bountiful trust who certain coming of Santa Clans, tho friend ol tho child. Older folk iiavo lust tin.- ability to thrill at tho thought of Chris Cringle, but the memory of that memorable day in Bethlehem tills their hearts with as near the feeling of hope that inspires tho children us anything can. So the Christmas cheer on Christmas Kvo is practically universal throughout this grout Christian nation, and in all of Jolu's churches that night thero were 'gatherings of old and young people who imitated in an humble way that ,'5rcatest example of giving, tho gift ilhy tho Almightj of u Salor of the ,'worlil. at this itnronMi'.n unuitcii. Mr. II. Klaumann, us usual, .viis f 'chairman of the committee on decora- V tion, and the rosttlt Is that tho He- formed church presented a most beautiful appearance when tho happy children and tho no less happy grown , ups assembled thero to get their presents and to listen to u pleasing program. Tho trco was in tho middle of tho room with arches of evergreens extending from it to tho four walls, ranking a very striking and beautiful picture. THU CHRISTIAN CIIU1ICII. o most elaborate preparations TVvcro mado by tho Christian church people, tho music and drilling of tho children being in chargo of Miss Mil AID Tf CHILDREN &' Annio Laurie Norris, who is peculiarly ISfe fitted for tho task as it is in lino with i$ "be profession. A cantata, "How we 155 Vaited for Santa Claus," was given ' by tho choir and school children. 'fij The ourtain rose on it homo scene with ., alx small Misses arrayed as old dames, -$ knitting. Then a brigade- of boys jt entered and drilled) after which Miss Nellio Reed, as nurse sang a lullaby, 'ft. rocking a baby, tiny Kuth McDowell, i in her arms. It was verv prettv. While tho gathering awaited tho com ing of Santa Claus Jack I'rost entered and put them all to sleep, when Miss Ollio Jones sang a solo. Santa en tered and awoke tho children with a ?ong and distributed tho presents and treats. Numerous well drilled chor uses and songs mado tho program si musical treat. AT THK HAITIST (MIlTltUH. A largo Christmas treout tho Huptist church was loaded down with pres ents und an abundance of candles, pop corn anil nuts was provided to servo those who received presents and those who do not. Tho children gave u program of recitations and solo-. :-nnd choruses, Miss Clara Harris ipre- siding at the organ. at thi: mi:tiioihst church. A literary program was rendered by tho children of tho Sunday School at tho Methodist church, tho choir assist- ing with several numbers. A platform was orccted for tho choruses und drills to be given on and evergreen decora tions wcro lavishly scattered about. i All present wero remembered with a slicht remembratico nnd tho ovenlm? .was onjoyubly spent by a crowded bouse. TUB IMinSllVrKUIAN CHURCH. Tho windows und ovcry nvullablo Horncr of tho Presbyterian church were Hastily decorated, tho front boing adorned ly two' graceful Christmas rcos. Tlio scholars gave a dainty .little progam of songs and recitation-. vhlch they had learned and It was a'l very pleasing. Santa Claus mtinugi'd ito got around during tho livening do 6pito numerous engagements olsewhcre limd ho did the very proper thing by routing the entire crowd. AT Till-: V. II. CHURCH. At tho Uultid llrethren tchurch u llnuso took tho place of a treo. In tho MOrnor glowed a 11 ro place and the fsuhool children recited and sting be- JHoro tho house. At the proper time u jfiolophonewas rung anil a miHsago sent Junta Claus to come and ho dropped )ftsn tho chimney and appeared p'Oitgh the lire pluco, bringing a loud ' prosonts. During all this a lurlous low storm raged In front of th'j 3u su. Opera IIoiibu Prospects. Can It roally bo possible that tho dream of years Is to bo realized, and an opera hottso built hero 1 Not a "Now opera house" for that pro-supposes that thero was an old ouo but tin opera house. Tho cry has been raised repeated that ono was in contempla tion, but the echo of tho cry did not die sooner than the agitation. Col. W. D. Snphur in his travels has been spreading tho news of u town of 7,000 well-to-do people living with out an opera house. At lust ho bus interested V. TI. Wigton, of Hulls City Nob., and that gentleman writes favor ably. He says: "I cannot come for at least thirty days, but I feel conlldcnt that If tho peoplo of tola want a good opera houso wo can uccommoduto them. Speak a good word for mo and In thirty days or so I will come down and look tho ground over." Tho chances aro that some local stock must be taken, but tho ltlXilSTl'l. has overheard several men deolaro their willingness to invest $100 In such an enterprise. So hero's hoping. Hoy West is Alive mill Well. Hoy West, tho nephew of Homer Fowler who disappeared ono morning early in December without sayli-r a word as to his plans or Intention f leaving, thus allowing the famil, ' fret ami worry for fear ho had liec.i killed or had commltteil stilelcidi n well and nlive. Mr. Fowler mem.l u letter from him Christmas mori uy dated at Hutler Missouri. Theli'tir Is short and unsatisfactory, t. hs nothing and is loosely put together, lie hud evidently heard of the woirj he caused hero for he begs pardon rather incoherently for "It" as he culls his disappearance, says he bus u job at $14 u month and want-, his clothes sent to him. Mr. Fowler, 'while deeply relieved to know that tho joung munis not murdorot' or dead by his own hand, feels indignant at Ills thoughtless course and promised to write tho youth a letter that will mako him wish for a second or two that he hud never been born, it was u thoitgt less trick of n cureless j oitng man and should be a warning to other boys woo think nothing of disappearing without notice. For Sale. Bourbon county Kansas farms. Southeast 1 of section 0123 '.12, 100 acres, all in grass, about 10 acres good farm land. 40 acres fair, balance pasture or meadow. West i of section 52522 320 acres. 180 acres good farm land, 140 acres under cultivation, balance good pasturo and meadow land, new four room house, barn, well etc. North i of section 72.522 320 acres. 80 acres under cultivation, balance iu grass, considerable of which can be funned, sis room house, good barn, cribs for 5000 bushels of corn, orchard and very llne'stock water Souin i of section 7 25 22, 320 acres. 160 acres under cultivation, balanco meadow and pasture land. North i of section 21-25-21, 320 acres. 120 acres under cultivation, balance pasture. 5 room bouse, cel lar, well, barn, corn-cribs, orchard etc. Good stock water. South J. of section 24-25-21, 320 acres. SO ucres under cultivation, balance pasture. Hood water. The above land is from li to 21 miles from Hronson on tho Missouri Pacific Hailrottd. For prices and terms write to II. A. Mulvane, Topeka, Kansas or sec 1). K. Karl at Hronson Kansas. I). A. Mur.v.vNi:. I. Ilohiu-t litings Suit L. Hobtirt has stopped work on the building which hointended erecting on the site of tho burned Alhumhra res taurant and has brought suit against 11. Klaui'iau and A. W. Heck because ho says their buildings overlap his land. His petition says tho Heck building is erected light on tho line, is con structed of poo. mortar und rock, is damaged by tho lire and bulges out some nine inches over onto his lot, be ing dangerous and asking to huvo it ubutod. Tho Kluumun building ho says is built trout ten to twelve Inches over on his lot und is also faultily constructed and dangerous owing to the etl'ects of the lire. Ho asks to have ltcondemned and abated so he can proceed with his building, tho delay laying him llublo to loss from breath of contract with his builder.. Death ot William Preston. William Preston, who for several years has been an Invalid and us made his home with his sou, Marlon Preston, west of tho river, died Christ nius day. Mr. Preston was well along In years and was widely known us ho had lived In tho county for a long time, winning friends by tho virtue that was In him. Tho funeral was held Iroin the son's tosidenco Thurs du at eleven o'clock. Paid Dear lor his Leg. 11. D. Hlanton of ThackorvUloTox., In two jours paid over $.'!0().O0 to iloctors to euro a Humiing Soru on his log. Then thoy wuntod to out It off, but ho cured It with ono box of HtiL'klun'b Arnica Sulvo. Guaranteed euro for Piles. 25cts. a box. Sold by ICvuns lira's Druggist. MR. i I HE One of loin's IM'ogiTssr.p und t'p to- Ditle llnsiuesj Men Soiiiethliiff of ills bile anil llusiness. There Is much in the plumbing line that is yet in its inelpieticy In tola. Hut with the mine enlarged Ideas of our citizens with reference to their homes, which arc not only hoing built as sneltes for themselves but for tho generations tofollows.they are adopt ing the services of the plumber more generally, ''specially is this the case since nuturul gus has ben used in our city and since we wero assured of water work-.. Our citizens recognize thel wisdom of the plumber'shundlwork, not only as rcl litis to cleanliness und comfoit bu u.-..) , is to i'. humi g up on the heullli ol the iiimilj. As these ideas have udviim ed with the people there comes a demand for line, aitistic work In this linn that must be me'. The plumber of toduj, if he would be .successful, must be u thorougly prac tical man tit tho business, one who un derstands it in its t-vorydottills and he must be an honest man us well. That loin bus such u plumber in tho person of Ira K Patterson there can be no question. This gentleman bus been a resident of lolu for so long u time that the greater part of our peoplo know him they know him us an honest and straightforward man, one who takes great pride In his work. He enjoys tho reputation of turning out llrst class work; work which Is done upon honor; work which Is fully guaranteed and forwhichonlyaillvlng protltis charged. Mr. Patterson's motto Is to excell. His endcuvor Is to mako every job of better than tho previous ono, nnd tho qualltyof tho materials used Is of such a character that bis conscience doos not troublo him. Holms done u great sharo of tho tine work In lolu ono of his best sales being tho plumbing and gus fitting for tho new Northrup block. Hosldc,s doing all kinds of plumbing, gas, water und stcum fitting, ho does hot air, hot water and steam heating, furnace und ventilutlng work. His work is all done upon the best nnd most approved scientific sunltary principles, itud is fully guaranteed Mr. Patterson also maiiufacturcs gal vanized Iron store fronts, cornices, crestlngs, llnlal sky lights, street lamps, roofing, guttering, spouth.g and other sheet metal work. He dealt; In hardwnre, bullder'ssupplles, lumps, fixtures, plumbing goods, wind mills und pumps und hot air furnaces. He keeps his stock up to the fullest ie quiretuents of the trade, and always makes his juices very leasontihlc. He bus u well uppolutcd und equipped work shop, und emploj none but thoroughlj proficient workim n. fie has built up u large patronage, and us ho is .trictly straight and honest has no trouble in retaining his customers. Iru K. Patterson Is a native of Hen ry county, Illinois, where he was born Murch 30, 1805. He wus rtil-cd on u farm and early in life learned the carpenter trade. Ho became a resi dent of lolu eighteen years ago, His llrst avocation In our city wus thut of a clerk in a grocery. Hethcn engaged in tho mercantile business on bis own uccouut. In 18i5 ho begun working tit his trade, in connection with which he did contracting und building. In 1805 ho engaged in the present business, which ho has sluco conducted with marked success. InOctobor, 1SS8, Mr. Patterson was married to Miss Susio II. Waters, la most estlmablo lady, tills union being blessed with threo bright and intelligent children, Hoth Mr. und Mrs. Patterson uroconsistent members of tho M. K. Church. Thoy tire ulso members of thu Knights and Ladies of Security, while Mr. Patter son bolongsto tho Sons and Daughters ol Justice, and to tho A. O. U. W. and Odd Fellows orders. He is a .straight forward and honortiblo citizen nnd business man und a credit to our city. New Songs Not (,'atcliy ? New IMuy Too Droll V New Opera Too bong V Why, what on ourth tills you y Is It Indigestion ' Cot u bottle of Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin. it keeps von straight tno your around. I buy It tit Clius. II tj,. uc r lolu tinil Kluiie Son, Moruti. HUE II IB HE. Display in Window ('might mid Wus Cflinplelfly Hunted Flic Wits Confined There. About 11 o'clock Saturday night, after the most of the shoppers had left the street, the lire bell souiM-led un alarm nnd there was great consterna tion when It was learned that the lire was in the Hub ciolhinjr store on the south sldo of tho square In the honrt of tho business district. It seems thitt some of the display in the west window had caught from the gas jet und the dry clothing Unshed up lclously, the smoko rolling darkly, and the entire conllagratlon showing clearly from tho front. The llro de partment responded quickly, having but a litilf u block to go und the hoso was carried Insido tho store and play ed toward tho front. The Humes wero thus confined to tho window, but every thing in it, vulucd nt about $150, was destroyed. Tho smoko und chemicals diimuge the other goods near tho front to un extent which Mr. T. W. Kitchen, he proprietor, estimates ut uhoutSlOO. i'i curries 50,00(1 insurunce und so ill recover his entire loss. SI reel Kitihv.iy ilen Here. The old project of building tin i ii i-ti'ic street rullwtiy in lolu which .is born something like two years n. has not been allowed to drop it of slglit. A number of nien in- 1 1 -ted in that business have written .'ii from time to time Inquiring into !' progress of loliu und the udjoin , j towns. Among these was Mr. F. 1 Crouch, of Currolton. Missouri, . a. il today he und Mi L. Lludsuy, of I. os Angeles, Culiforniu, Hie here, looking I lie prospect over uguin. Lute Northrup took them out over the country, showing them loin, Gus City. HunyonvUle nnd Lnlhirpe. all scattered along six nillos of country, till growing und destined to double and treble in population. Mr. ('rough hits already expressed himself us favoring the road, but ho thinks the time hasn't come for it, as there are not enough peoplo to make the road pay. Their visit here, however, is promising and a frequent Inspection of this neck of the woods will do no harm. KANSAS UIjII'S AND COMMENTS Even the Prohibitionists can see no evil consequences in liquid air. Tho Fin do Sleclo club of Chanute has but a few days in which to rustle up u new name. Eldorado society promises to bo in teresting. Tho Times advises all tho girls to carry razors. Full pago adds aro thicker in Kan sas papers now than two line locals were a few years ago. Instead of looking up In religious fervor on Christmas Sahnu peoplo will look for downs at a foot ball game. ElDorado people aro letting Miss Morrison rest while thoy decide whothcr or not Judge Shinn who tried her was once tried for murder. Ju il how easy tho Into election was Is Illustrated at Osborne where Alvin William, tho Hopubllcau nominee for county commissioner, died at noon on election day, but beat his opponent out just tho same. The Atchison Champion figures it out that tho way women manage to wear such big hats nowadays is be cause thej hud unccstoi's who carried ubs on their hoads. Abilene1 joints are closed und tho citj duds are wondering if the hiatus iu the stream ot drinks down the guzzler's throats isn't going to shut oil the electric light current. While A W Chlckadonz of Thayer, und his dog wcro chusing u chicken they both grubbed ut the sutne time, but the dog grubbed Chickudunz in steud of tho chicken. Tho name did il doubtless. An Atchison man who bus "sworn oil" sturtles his bibulous friends when asked by them to take a drink by siijtng that he will "tuko u cake (if .soup." Wouldn't that quench our thirsty 'May I print ukissuponyourcheek?" Sho nodded sweet permission. Thoy went to press And I ra'hi'i guess They printed u lu-ge uiiiiiou. K. U. Weekly. So undulutlng is the mucadam on Muin street, Ottawa, that a boy and sowing machine wero Jolted 'from a wagon jogging along. Tho father "tool, a few stitches" in the boy on tho machine and drove on TheOlatho puporshavou jolly time. No sooner were thoy through booming tho street car connection with Kansas City than it wus time to warn the pub lic not to run to the city to buy things, but to putroillze homo merchants. Since lis lutest drubbing Democra cy is so shriveled that It is on the point of crawling into grandfather's hat, Hen Harrison having recently ditlei-'il from President McKlnley on a point of law. Hut the Emporia Ito publlcun is watching ami noting tl o scheme. A show entitled "Two Married Women" Is scoring In western Kunsus. The inunnger of tho Sullna opera houso wired his fellow nianugor at McPherson: "I played Two Murrled Women lust, night. Grout fun. Heeoinmenil heartily." And If tho message bud gone astray what trouble it might havo caused in a Sallnit houso. 4W& yrrrtrt- "ila signature is on every box ot tho gcnulna '.axativc Bromo-Quininc Twt, mn.l" lli.it cures n colli In nno ilnj jrivnn- Lll . jij . 80ME OF THE THINGS CONGRESS 18 DOING IN THE SHORT 8ES8ION. Sim i'n I I in Mi rlii nt 'lenxmes Wlill'li An- Vm ( inler ('iiNlilcriti'liiii I tint Slll'llll St'llMII'l IIM Wcf'i UN II litis Time nl tin- Cnpltul. ISfipHal Cnrrenpnnrlenci. 1 Wasiikoton-. Dec. "i'.'. It would seem that the closing Mill he us Important und liitcicstlng us were the opening dujHof I'tCbldciitMcKlnlcy's first term nt the White House. When President McKlnley was iimiigiuutcil Match -I, 1SII7, Hie country was In a condition of commercial paralysis, and the people threatened a revolutionary movement against Spain. After tho work of tho extraordinary session of congress call ed by 1'iesldcnt McKlnley for the en actment of a new tariff law nnd tho authority which brought us war with .Spain and the long train of exciting events which gave to our country the greatest prosperity ever enjoyed by any people iu the world and within 1)0 days of actual lighting brought us per-1 feet success In arms nnd the acqulsl- I tion of Porto Itico, Culm and the l'hll- j Ipplnes. It would seem that there was little more for un iiilmlulstnitlou to do Iu order that It might be crowned with ' the greatest possible success. Hut it nppeuis that 1'iesldcnt McKlnley.'s first four jenrs of administration have much mure In slute. ' The secoi.d term of a congress l al ways brief. It opens on the first Men-1 day In December, takes ten duj of holiday recess ami must, by limitation of the constitution, expire ut nooli on the -Ith of Mutch. This gives only about ten weeks for actual work. There ' are all the great appropriation bills to be pnsed yet and some of Nthe most Im portant legislation that has been pro- j posed since the advent of President McKlnley. Tho great tat UT law of MI7 has pet formed wonders In bring- ' Ing prosperity it secured protection to home Industries, and the commer cial leelpriw'ty provisions nitide It pos sible for the president to find many new markets for American products. The citriency bill fixed the gold stand aril and placed us among the foremost of the chlllzed cottutiies. The national bunking uct perfected our financial sys tem and refunded the government debt on the lowest Inteiest basis enjoyed by any people on the face of the globe - per cent. And now there are before congress two of the next greatest meu- tires for the future prosperity of our country ever proposed the mrrc'cint marine unit the Nicaragua canal hills. If the government will only ecure th estab lishment of a number of new steam ship Hues to out old and all of our new markets, securing steady and reliable sailings and low freight rates, we will not only hold nil of the markets we now have, but .will b able to enlarge them and Increase our exports, which, remarkable as It may appear, were larger during the pnst three and a half years than during all the previous ex istence of our republic. It has become necessary, however. In order to hold our grout export markets and keep up prices for the products of the factory, the mill and the farm of the United States, to provide for the shipment of our surplus on the bottoms or Ameri can registered steamships. The same Kepulillenn principle that secured the adoption of the present tariff law nnd the tlminehil bill which fixed the cold standard und secured the greatly enlarged ciieuliitliig medium ami brought about the refunding of the national debt ut 1! percent promises to secure the adoption or the iiiercliuut murine bill, which will undoiibtedly open up many new markets und give our funnels and luaiiuructtuers great udviintiiges. The principle Involved In the upbuilding of the merchant marine is Identically the same us that Involved in our American system of tariff pro tection. It N said that from 10 to 20 times more people will be directly In terested Iu the building of new lines of merchant steamships ami their mainte nance than were Interested In eertnln articles protected by the tariff bills of mi. l.vjo and IS!)7. which protected I the "Intuiit Industries." The tin plate, the plate glass and the beet sugar In dustries were established and fostered entirely by the large duties Imposed upon them by Republican tariff laws, and It has been proved by 30 years of experience organized efforts constant ly made ever since the civil war that our own lines of steamships cannot be established or maintained except through government support until there have been found for a period of years steady markets for our products, markets which will give protltahle em ployment to our steamship Hues. After the adoption of the merchant murine and the Nicaragua canal bills the Republican party and the Republic an administration nnd congresses will have faithfully fulfilled all of the prom ises made hi the platforms adopted at St. bouts and riiiladelphla and the sub sequent presidential campaigns, Thero Is little doubt of the curly tiiial adop tion of the merchant murine bill. The adoption of the Nlcuruguu canal bill has till ulong depended upon the rati fication of the treaty with England, piovldlng for the neutral ami peaceful control of the proposed wutorwuj. Washington, will not only be o very busy jiluce until the 4th of Mutch, on account of the very Important measures before congress, but It will be n gay place socially. Lent will make the sen boil short, scarcely tnnre than sl weeks In duration, with the Chi 1st mas holi days deducted, but the iclnatiguratloii of President McKlnlej-. promises to be the most brilliant ami most largely at tended of any ever held. J. It. M. Tfim 10 PROFITS FROM 0TTBHS. Hume l'el( SimmiimmI In Vorllii rutrrn liters llrlnw lf.00 llnpli Sllllnt- inu I In- AmIiiihI. The most beautiful strfteh of oeentt lirneli to be found unywhere on Hie I'nelllu const of the lulled 8tuWs I the wide epnnse of spotless and glit tering timid which Hen iM'twern dray's harbor ami Hie (Jiilnlnult river. There may be seen an unbroken nren of 80 miles in length mid Rt low tide front three to (He miles In width which would ninke a moonlight playing gtoiiml for the houris, says the Port laud Orrgonlnn. Thete ore umnj tower-Ilka struc tures at regular distance, of perhaps a mile emit, which excite the curiosi ty of the iiiunj coast line steamers plying between San Friuuiseo and northern ports. These are the towers or shooting boxes of sea otter hunt ers. Thej are built of tall, sleudcr poles, generally four In number, sunk to a great depth nnd fixed securely in the sand and surrounded liy a small box covered with a roof to protect Its occupants from the burning sun. Cleats securely fnstened to the polefl from bottom to top afford the hunter means of ingress and egress. The hot sun which blazes fiorcely on this wide expanse of white snnd during the months of July nnd An gust bents It nlmont to n burning point, und the waters of the incom ing tide, rolling and curling over this hot sand, become delicloiisly warm. This Is the playing ground of the sea otter, the plnce where thej' eonio to spend their hnlldnjs. Thev leaie their homes In the far off rocky islands, where there are no md benches, and the green waters are cold and deep, and come here like people to a watering place, to spnd the summer months In rolling and ti, milling nbont in this warm water in a perfect ecstasy of delight. They leap and play about In the foaming breakers and polish their beautiful skins by hugging the sandy bottom and allowing the ocean swells to drive and throw them about ns they will. Although sen otters htne the timidi ty which is natural to nil wild nnl-i.-als they are better able to protect IhcinM'lics than any or the other ani mal) which bate their homes in the sen.. The swift liens of their move ments makes It possible for them easi ly to catch iinj kind of small fish, ind thus they can appease their hun ger with the daintiest food. Xo shark can catch them: thej could he 20 feet away while Mr. Shark was turning on bis back, and If the shark were directly beneath them they could throw themselves five feet In the air like a kaleldoscopia ball, while the uglj- monster was snapping- his jaws. The hunter is ra hfs Imx, the tide Is coming In and. with a powerful field glas to assist his practiced eye, he engerly scant each coming roller. Hr bus been her fvrry dny for a week, and his rlfio hns Isin untouched by his side. To day something may happen. Alt at once he starts and mutters a little ejaculation: he sees some thing. He will soou know what it is. for the swells are coming swiftly und the distance between himself and the object he has seen will be quickly lessened. Yes, there it Is again; there Is no mistake. It is an otter, not more than COO yards away. The hunt er Inys down his glass and there is $.-.00 or ffiOO worth of beautiful shin ing fur plainly visible to the naked eye. The man in the tower picks up his Sharp's rifle, inserts a ISO-grain car tridge iu the chamber.-and there is a wicked, wistful gleam in the keen eye of the hunter as he raises ills weapon for the tlrst shot. There Is a flash, a recoil and a renort, which Is srnrrely distinguishable In the roar ing of the breakers to the man who holds the gun. Ammunition Is no oh ject, and. with lightning rapidity, lie loads and fires his piece. The otter will not lie more than ten feet uwuy from where he was when the hunter pulled the trigger when he gets there, and that hunter can hit a bounding deer at :00 yards twice out of live shots. The otter Is enjoying himself In the dangerous company of murder ous bullets, which are doing their best to llnd him. Another huge breaker brings him within 200 yards of the blazing rifle. A quick recoil of the hem y gun turns the hunter half round; there Is an unnutural splash which tells the man something has happened. He strains his eyes; no need of his glass to sen there is blood In the water, and' this tells him that there Is a big hole some where iu that $.100. No need to shoot uguin; no otter could bleed like that und not be washed ashore. The hunter toys down his heated gun; there will bo no more otters In slglit to-day. Ho sees his game almost opposite his tower; it is drifting helplessly toward the shore. That skin is his nnd its possession means that he will huto eterythlng he wants for another year if he does not fire a single shot. With a yell of delight he Hies to ward the shanty on the bluff to tell his mother and the half doen or so of other little half-breeds what has happened, and they all come trooping down the beach lib fust as their !e"s can carry them. The tide lb going out now and thu blood of the otter stains the sand which has lured him to destruction, and the ebbing ripples tenderly caress for the last time the pretty' nnlnial which has been their playmate all iu life, and the sea will moan for the free-born thing which has always had a home in Its bosom. Some way or another the news spreads quickly and other hunters and orowils of Slwtibhes come trooping to ward tho dend otter from all divco- tlOL'B. ty rl r Uc- t 2f -4rr-s