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EAR by was a monstrous church that sent a sharp steeple
far into the air. Rob examined this spire and saw a
narrow opering in the masonry that led to a small room
where a chime of bells hung. He crept through the open
ing and, finding a ladder that connected the belfry with a
platform below, began to descend, and at length he walked
into the street as composedly as if he had lived all his life
There were plenty of sights to see, you may be sure,
and Rob walked around unti- he w as so tired that he was
glad to rest upon one of the benches in a beautiful park.
Here, half hidden by the trees, he amused himself by look
ing at the Records of Events. -
"London's a great town, and no mistake," he said to
himself "but let's see what the British are doing in South
He turned the cylinder to "South Africa," and, opening
the lid, at once became interested. An English column, com
manded by a brave but stubborn officer, w as surrounded by
the Boer forces and fighting desperately to avoid capture
"This would be interesting to King Edward," thought
the boy. "Guess I'll hunt him up and tell him about it."
A few steps aw ay stood a policeman. Rob approached
him and asked:
"Where is the king to-day?"
The officer looked at him with mingled surprise and sus
"'Is majesty is sojournin' at Marlb'ro 'Ouse, just now,"
was the reply. "Per'aps you wants to make 'im a wissit,"
he continued, with lofty sarcasm.
"That's it, exactly," said Rob. "I'm an American, and
thought while I w as in London I'd drop in on his (royal
highness and say 'hello' to him."
The officer chuckled as if much amused.
"Hamericans is bloomin' .green," be remarked, "so youse
fcai} stand for Hamerican. right enough. No other wissitors
Is such blarsted fools. But yon s the palace, an' I s'pose 'is
majesty'll give ye a 'ot reception."
"Thanks I'll look him up," said the boy, and left the
officer convulsed with laughter.
He soon knew why. The palace was surrounded by a
cordon of the king's own life guards, who admitted no one
save those who presented proper credentials.
A s he reached the entrance of the palace he came face
to face with a group of guardsmen and an order to halt,
and as these soldiers were over six feet tall and stood
shoulder to shoulder, Rob saw that he could not hope to
pass them without using his electric tube.
"Stand aside, you fellows!" he ordered.
There w as no response. H e extended the tube, and, as
he pressed the button, described a semicircle with the in
strument. Immediately the tall .guardsmen toppled over
like so many tenpins, and Rob stepped across their bodies
and penetrated to the reception room, where a brilliant as
semblage awaited, in hushed and anxious groups, for op
portunity to obtain audience with the king.
"I hope his majesty isn't busy," said Rob to a solemn
visaged official who confronted him. "I want to have a
little talk with him."
1Iahbeg pardon!" exclaimed the astounded master
of ceremonies. "What name, please?"
Oh, never mind my name," replied Rob, and pushing
the gentleman aside he entered the audience chamber of
the great king.
King Edward was engaged in earnest consultation with
one of his ministers, and after a look of surprise in Rob's
direction and a grave bow he bestowed no further attention
upon the intruder.
But Rob was not to be baffled now, -
"Your majesty," he interrupted, "I've Important news for
you. A big fight Is taking place in South Africa and your
soldiers, will probably be cut into mince meat."
The minister strode towards the boy angrily.
"Explain this Intrusion!" he cried.
-"I have -explained. The Boers are having a regular
killing-bee. Here! take a look at it yourselves."
H e drew the Record from his pocket, and at the move
ment the minister shrank back as if he suspected it was
an Infernal machine and might blow his head off but the
king stepped quietly to the boy's side and looked Into the
box when Rob threw open the lid.
As he comprehended the full wonder of the phenomenon
he was observing, Edward uttered a low cry of amazement,
but thereafter he silently gazed upon the fierce battle that
still raged tar aw ay upon the African veld. Before long
h is keen eye recognized the troops engaged and realized
their imminent danger.
"They'll be utterly annihilated!" he gasped. "What shall
Oh, we can't do anything just now," answered Rob.
"But it's curious to watch how bravely the poor fellows
light for their lives."
The minister, who by this time w as also peering into
the box, groaned aloud, and then all three forgot their sur
roundings in the tragedy they were beholding.
Hemmed In by vastly superior numbers, the English
Rob walked calmly from the palace.
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were calmly and stubbornly resisting every inch of advance
and selling their lives as dearly as possible. Their leader
fell pierced by a hundred bullets, and the king, who had
known him from bo hood, passed his hand across his eyes
as If to shut out the awful sight. But the fascination of
the battle forced him to look again, and the next moment
he cried aloud:
"Look there! Look there!"
Over the edge of a line of hills appeared the helmets
of a file of English soldiers. They reached the summit,
followed by rank after rank, until the hillside was alive with
them. And then, with a ringing cheer that came like a
I faint echo to the ears of the three watchers, they broke
into a run and dashed forward to the rescue of their brave
comrades. The Boers faltered, gave back, and the next
moment fled precipitately, while the exhausted survivors of
the courageous band fell sobbing into the arms of their
Rob closed the lid of the Record with a sudden snap
that betrayed his deep feeling, and the king pretended to
cough behind his handkerchief and stealthily wiped his eyes.
'"Twasn't so bad, after all," remarked the boy, with
assumed cheerfulness "but it looked mighty ticklish for
your men at one time."
King Edward regarded the boy curiously, remembering
his abrupt entrance and the marvelous device he had ex
"What do you call that?" he asked, pointing at the
Record with a finger that trembled slightly from excite
"It is a new electrical invention," replied Rob, replac
ing it in his pocket, "and so constructed that events are
reproduced at the exact moment they occur."
"Where can I purchase one?" demanded the king
"They're not for sale," said Rob. "This one of mine -
is the first that ever happened."
"I really think," continued the boy, nodding sagely,
"that it wouldn't be well to have these Records scattered
around. Their use would gi\e some folks unfair advantage
over others, you know."
"Certainly." "I only showed you this battle because I happened to be
in London at the time and thought you'd be Interested."
"It w as very kind of you," said Edward "but how did
you gain admittance?"
"Well, to tell the truth, I was obliged to knock over a
few of your tall lifeguards. They seem to think you're a
good thing and need looking after, like jam in a cupboard."
The king smiled.
"I hope you haven't killed my guards," said he.
"Oh, no they'll come around all right."
"It is necessary," continued Edward, "that public men
be protected from intrusion, no matter how democratic they
may be personally. You would probably find it as difficult
to approach the President of the United States as the King
"You are an American, I suppose," said the minister,
coming close to Rob and staring him in the face.
"Guessed right the first time," answered the boy, and
drawing his Character Marking spectacles from his pocket,
he put them on and stared at the minister in turn.
Upon the man's forehead appeared the letter "E.**
"Your majesty," said Rob, "I have here another queer
Invention. Will you please wear these spectacles for a few
The king at once put them on.
"They are called Character Markers," continued the
boy, "because the lenses catch and concentrate the charac
ter vibrations radiating from every human individual and
reflect the true character of the person upon his forehead.
If the letter 'G' appears, you may be sure his disposition is
good if his forehead is marked with an 'E' his character is
evil, and you must beware of treachery."
The king saw the "E" plainly marked upon his minis
ter's forehead, but he said nothing except "Thank you,"
and returned the spectacles to Rob.
But the minister, who from the first had been ill at
ease, now became positively angry
"Do not believe him, your majesty!" he cried. "It's a
trick, and meant to deceive you."
"I did not accuse you," answered the king, sternly.
Then he added: "I wish to be alone with this young gentle-
The minister left the room with an anxious face and
"Now," said Rob, "let's look over the Record aS. the
past day and see if that fellow has been up to any mis
H e turned the cylinder of the Record to "England,"
and slowly the events of the last twenty-four hours were
reproduced, one after the other, upon the polished plate.
Before long the king uttered an exclamation. The Rec
ord pictured a small room in which were seated three
gentlemen engaged in earnest conversation. One of them
w as the accused minister.
"Those men," said the king in a low voice, while he
pointed out the other two, "are my avowed enemies. This
Is proof that your wonderful spectacles indicated my min
ister's character with perfect truth. I am grateful to you
for thus putting me upon my guard, for I have trusted the
"Oh, don't mention it," replied the boy, lightly "I'm
glad to have been of service to you. But it's time for me
Then he remembered his manners and bowed low be
fore the king, who seemed to him "a fine fellow and not a
bit stuck up." And then he walked calmly from the palace.
T o Be Continued.
Ancient Damascus Hardly Changed and Still a Center of
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A s It was thousands of years ago, so In nearly every
respect Is Damascus, the oldest trade center known to man.
It had a strong mercantile current in the days of Abraham,
and still retains It. To-day it Is a place of trade and travel,
an island of verdure in the desert, a residential capital
through more than thirty centuries. It w as near Damascus
that Saul of Tarsus saw the light of heaven above the light
of the sun, and the street which he called Straight, in which
it is said he prayed, still runs through the city. It is the
city which Mahommed surveyed from a neighboring height
and was afraid to enter because it -was given to men to
have but one paradise, and, for his part, he w as resolved
not to have his in this world. The caravan comes and goes
as it did In those dim old days. The merchants ot the
Euphrates mix with those of the Mediterranean and exchange
their wares. From this age-crowned city comes the damson,
blue plum and the delicious apricot of Portugal Damascus
damask, the beautiful fabric of cotton and silk, with vines
and flowers raised upon a smooth, bright ground the dam
ask rose, introduced into England in the time of Henry VIII.
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edge and wonderful elasticity, the secret of whose manufac
ture was lost when Tamerlane carried off the arts into
Persia, and that beautiful art of wood and steel, with silver
and golda kind of mosaic engraving and sculpture united
called damascening, with which boxes, bureaus, swords and
guns are ornamented.
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acres of land, while the Briton would have to be content wit**
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