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- ?i By WILLIS BOYD ALLEN. ? >f; X WAS a bright, cool afternoon in early September, when a dozen or more high schoolboys were gathered on Readville common, eagerly discussing a subject which was interesting enough j to make their eyes sparkle and theii j voices all chime in together as the\ talked. "Now, hold on. fellows," said one of the tallest, raising his hand for si? lence. "We may as well do this bnsi ness up squarely on the spot. I'll read the challenge, if you'll nil keep still." The boys threw themselves on tin ground, and in various attitudes pre? pared to listen. Harry Hunter, the tall speaker, re? mained standing, and drawing a paper from his pocket, read us follows: "Jamestown. Sept. 1. 1S97. "The Jamestown High School Nino here? by challenge the ReadvlUe High School Nine to a game of baseball, to be played un Readville Common, on the afternoon of September 4, at three o'clock. "League rules to be followed. "HIRAM BLACK. "Captain Jamestown B. B. Nine." A chorus of cheers and cat calls broke out immediately on the conclusion of the challenge; but Harry raised his hand once more. "The question is. Shall we accept V Those in favor say 'Aye'.' " A tremendous shout rent the air. "Those opposed, 'No!" Head silence. "It is a vote. Now for positions and players." It should be explained that Harry was the captain of the Readville club; so there was no dispute as to bis au? thority thus fnr. When they came to choice of posi? tions, however, there was u little more feeling. As to first, second and third base, the matter was easy enough. There were two fellows who played short-stop well, but they were warm friends, and ench was ready to yield to the other. Dick Manning was acknowledged to be the best pitcher in town, having a "drop twist" which he hail gained by days of practice, at odd moments, be? hind bis father's barn, and upon which he greatly prided himself in a modest way. , Up to this point all went smoothly. "Now. as to catcher," said Harry. "1 know it's a show place, and I don't . want to put myself forward. Hut it's an important game, and I think I un? derstand Dick's delivery better than the rest of you. Hod Farnnm is a lip top hand behind the bat, I know; but?" Harry hesitated ns he saw Itoducy look down and dig his heel into the ground, half sullenly. Rodney was a graceful player, a strong hitter and swift thrower. Iii.? chief trouble was uncertainty. Yoi couldn't depend either on his tenipei or his nerve in a closely-contested game. Harry knew this, ami now en? deavored to smooth over matters by suggesting that Rod should play cen? ter field at first, and come in for change a the. close of the game, if nee fgpgB^&Bemmi^tvmemf'^Trrrr-rn? iy appointed, and the boys seized their bats and balls for a couple of hours' practice. Rod excused himself gruftly. and wan? dered down by the river alone. He wanted catcher's position for that game, and felt defrauded by hisenptnin All the girls from the instil ute would be sure to come and cluster around the in-field, while the center fielder would be stationed away oil' by himself, with, perhaps, not a single chance lo win ap? plause: Hod's father wasoneof tin- wealthiest men in town, and the boy was used to having his own way. Only yesterday, a fine new catcher's mask had come up from the city, (if eourse, he had meant to lend it freely to the nine in all their games; but now he resolved he would say not hing about It. The old mask was nearly worn out, and, if struck at certain points, was sure to hurt the wearer. If Harry Hunter was so particular ubout catching, he could wear tin- old thing, for all Hod cared. Having gone so fnr as this, tin- un? happy boy suddenly hit upon another scheine to obtain his revenge. lie Mopped short and scowled darkly . "J'll do it," he said, to himself: then turned and walked homeward;meditat? ing' all the way on the surest means lo accomplish his purpose. It was no less than to bring about flu defeat of his own companions. How he succeeded will be seen. At two o'clock on Saturday after noon .parties of young people, in twos ami threes, began to stroll toward the com mon. Already a number of players were on hand engaged in vigorous practice, their jaunty uniforms showing prettily against the green, closelv-cropped liali heid. The Jamestown nine wore blue stock? ings and gray suits; the "Headvilles." white, with red stockings. The crowd increased. At about a quarter before three, two of the play? ers, one from each nine, separated at a distance from the common, and came to it from different directions. One of them was the captain of the "Jamestowns," a rough, black .-veil fel? low, whom nobody liked, but who was a flue player. The other was l.'odri.-y Furnurn. Three o'clock arrived, and in presence of the umpire the two captains tossed lip a cent. The "Keadvilles" won the toss, and sent their opponents to the bat. ' As the red stockings walked past ?them Into the field, the Jamcstow n cap 'tain winked at Hod. who nodded slight? ly In return, blushing at the same time >ad glancing over his shoulder to see if he was observed. "Play!" called the umpire. Dick Manning drew himself up. looked carelessly about lb.- field; then tucldenly, with a swift movement, sent thewhiteball whizzing directly over I lie plate, about two feet from the ground. "One strike!" shouted the umpire. The Jainestowner looked surprised. _--?bd before he had gathered himself lor the next ball it was past him again and in the hands of Harry, who wailed till tie umpire called "Strike two!" and then ran up behind the bat. adjusting the old mask over his face. The next two bulls delivered were iSES&K Aldo, l he third was just right, ami the Jumestowner iiii with all his force, ^t so.mil far n)> in the air. inward the center field. "Rod! Hod Farnuni!" cried Harry, as wo nr three of the fielders started for the l all. Rodney ran. and stretched out his hands?a littie uwkwtirdly. his friends thought. The next uioi.1 the ball struck the ground six feet away, and the striker was safe on si c.mil base. A prolonged "Oh-h-h!" came involun? tarily from the crowd, und liod re? turned with a sullen air to his station, after ,i. Idillg the ball. Tili- game proceeded, and was con? tested holly at every point. The visitors seemed possessed with but . ambi? tion, ami that was to knock lb.- ball down to cent! r. Time ami again il Started in that direction, lull dropped short, or into the hands of one of the other fielders. At last the ninth inning was reached The si-ore was n tie eight to eight. ??Jamestown" came lo t he bat. a ml two men went out in ipiick succession, oni? on a foal fly . tin- ol her at liest base. The third striker got the ball just where he wauled it. und sent il high up in Hod's direction. Now. liodney had already begun to repent of (lie treacherous part he was play ing. Here was a chance to redeem himself. He made u desperate run backward for the ball, bill tripped and fell jusl as it was coming to Ids hands. Again he heard that long note of .!?> mat from Ins friends. The sound nerved him. Leaping to his reel he .hirlcl aller the ball like a deer, ami picking il up lightly, us it rolled, faced a.i. The runner was mal.ing the round of the bases, amid the shoals and jeers of the .lamestow n people w ho had come over to see (he game. I tod ne V gat he red hiinscl f for a mighty effort, anil draw ing buck his arm. t brew the ball will, all bis strength. Hurry was waiting for it eagerly, with his foot on tin- homepiatc. It seemed impnssi hie that the bull could gel there in time, RODNEY HAN AND STIIF.TC1IED Ou" IIIS IIANDS. and the .Tamcstowners cheered mnr lustily than ever, as the blue stocking went Hying along the base line towur home; bo! slill more swiftly entile 1 h ball, sent with iinei ringtiim from liod' far-away arm. ...?J " f i-io-l ion of jv.vj;vowJ,.beljii: settled into Harry's hands, which swung round like lightning-, and James? town was out sc,ire eight lo eight. On coming in with his side for their last turn at I lie but, liod found himself nil at once a hero "Never was such a throw seen nil the grounds!" they said; ami poor Hod hung Iiis hend, and answered not a word. Harry made a good hit that carried him to second, where he seemed likely lo be left, as th.- next two at 1 he bat struck easy Hies, and went out. It was liod's turn. Heretofore he I,a.I purpose? ly si ruck out i very time he came lo the oat. Now his hands clenched the stick firmly, and he braced his feet :.s it he meant business. The crowd saw the slight movement, ami cheered to en? courage him. "Strike one!" called the umpire, as Ihe ball Mew over the pi. a little higher than Hod wanted it. "Strike two!" Slill not jusl right. liod waited calmly. The crowd were silent, ami looked dov neust. Suddenly thevgnve a wild cheer. Hats were flung into the air. and handkerchiefs waved, liodney hud made a lerrillc hit. sending t he bail tar beyond the right Hehler. In au? nt her moment Harry had reached home, ami scored the winning run score, lictidvilles, nine; .laliicslowns. eight. lh.it night liodney drew Hurry lo one side, and had u long talk with him. Whatever its nature was. it is certain that tin- boys wriingrtich other's hands parting, and have been like brothers ever since. As for Rodney, he will not soon forget the match, ami Ihe two parts he took in it. and a manlier, hum bier, nobler fellow doesn't live, to-dn v in lieuilvillc?Golden Days. Sollluile'a Solace. "Yes. there's some consolation in everything!" remarked Robinson Cru uoe to the brisk young reporter along "'e res. party.' "You see. I had ?Obody mi the island lo sav 'I told von to!'"?N. Y. ICvcning .lournnl IV? Ii Ull.'wlll Kerl" HIkIi. The !L II. r'ldredge geological sur ?cy party, which has just returned from the Cook's Inlet country, issnid :-j have discovered the highest tnouti tain in North America. The peak, wiiieli 11 rs fur above Mount St. K'i;i>. is situated in Alaska to the right or tin- Stishitiia riicr. The government topographer took t riatigululiotis of Ihe elevations, nseertniuing by scientific calculations the exact height of tin peak, whic-li lie declared to bp inor> than ?O.Oufl fei:. The mountain was named liuHsliae, a word spoken ir. exclamation by the Indian guide of t he party upon first behniding I h. won dcrfui peak. The me ill hers of the sur vey are reported to have expressed the opinion that an ascent of Hulls-hoc would be almost impossible, so pr? ft pilous ar<> Its Hides. Khori.l.l vetl. "When we were married," sobbed the young wife, "he said he loved me with a love more enduring than the ever? lasting granite!" "And it didn't last?" queried the Fry m pa I hi/.ing friend. "Lust!" echoed the young wife, dry? ing her tears.. "It didn't lust us lotig us a cedar block pavement!"?Chicago Tribune. ?HIS WIFE, BEING A WOMAN." Strunice Soundln? l'hrnne Wtilcii Startled the Ijluconcerted Ut terer Thereof. If you are a woman, a timid one at Unit, but imbued with u strong beliet that the timidity : hould lie routed out oi your eliaraeter and if possessing that character uud 1 hat determination ;.ou belong to a woman"** literary club juu kliow what it is. says the Chicago Chronicle, to be called upon suddenly to assist in a discussion. Your lach Ol courage makes you cling to your chaii and prepare to shake your bead in re? fusal, but your emphatic effurt at self eon<|iicst forces you to your feel and you hear your voice start a sentence li cbly ami you realize, yell arc talking and must say something, not so much in order to be impressive as to be able t r> ijuiet your chattering 'cet h and seek the seclusion of your scat. Sonic such experience ;.s this.i wom? an went through recently. She is a member of a literary association of the West Side, one of the most faithful in attendance and valued for her sound knowledge of nuinlii rless subjects, nol as tieorge ICliot would protest, "know in};- many things badly," but accurately and positively. At one of the sessions of the club a which she was expected to speak she was suddenly called upon by the presi? ded I to tell I he story of t he com|mukin? ship of Kobcrl and Kliznbeth Drowning. Nothing was simpler nor more to her mind. lint the sudden attack discern evrlcd the timid speaker. She tried it. though, and began bravely enough. .Ml at one,', she heard her" voice say: "Iiis wife, being a woman?" and stopped immediately, horrified at her <.vv ii s! upidity. The members' smile be cauic contagions and she laughed en joyably at her own expense. Kvet sii.ee "his wife being a woman" is n phrase that quickly controls her scat j tend senses. NATURE'S SCAVENGERS. In Systematic Wny Sin- Keep* llei t'liri'i-a ll> Itcudillc xn Where They Are Needed. Nature, not being a Kuropcau cow er. keeps her forces in readiness when I t hey are needed, in consei|iiuei u. wliiel 1 the scavengers muster in strength ii 'hot countries, says the Saturduy lie 'view. Vultures wander but rarely ti j arc, with few exceptions, but minnow; j of liicii race. Yet we have even iu I lies, i islands humbler puriliers at work, tad ' i. s ami burying beetles, ami oil,en suitable to the comparatively easy worl that falls to them, tine of these days v hen mil m al history is taught in ; rational manner in our schools, whei the rising generations learn in appre? ciate the living world around insicni ! of banging pianos and splashing pig ! im ms wo shall hove a recantation o I the modern zoological faiih ami a bet ter upprceiali.I't lie beasts ami birth i We shall lind nothing lo slim!,I. r a ! in the meal of the vulture, but we may j en Ihc contrary, even learn lo pfjlcc ; i hat remarkable bird and its fellow I scavengers as among the worthiest o j , nrth's children. To Ihc last the vii! t ure is active in its allot ted mission, an, _ I when at length it falls no living bras I a'..-.bit must crumliTe rpTTetTy to dust, a. lasting? somewha I ion last i ng. as ? !::>sc know who have c:uii]ied too near an un? covered dead vulture for some days ? nioi.nt to the usefulness of tliegreat scavenging anuy of which it was: onci s-: aelive a member. HE IS A FINDER. The t' 11 r I ti 11 n Wny nil VZx.?( IMelt inickel Uns ?1 Uiimiiiu " Liveli? hood In London. I',, anyone unacquainted with ike l omplex characteristics of London life i> would appear almost incredible that a man could make a living as a pick? pocket by immediately restoring what he has stolen to its original ow ner. A ,1,-lcclive olliccr, however, has re? el ally in formed a writer in Tit Hits i hat such, indeed, is the cum-. For sonic time past an ingenious individu. i has made ii his business to wai: upon ladies as they leave theaters, calling their carriages ami aiding ilicin lo en? ter, lie is decently dressed, very po? lite, ami has a wuv of holding up the ladies' dress, s behind especially if I he weather is wet - which is particularly pleasing to his patronesses. Hut it seems that his aci'.on in this icspccl is not nearly so-distliigiiivhed as it might appeal, for he makes this I:tlle courtesy a subterfuge for nick? ing their pocket s or removin g a ny a r?? de of value within reach. Ilm nie; boils., however, arc not those of a common l hief. for he persistently proceeds lo the police station nearest a! hand and there deliv ers up his spoil, coolly stating I hat In has found it outside a certain the? ater. lie. of course, furnishes also his inline ami address, ami in d ue ! i nu- his "hon? est" action receives its reward. II.' Inn "found" so many things recently thai :he police arc anxious to lind him Shah Ix Hie "lied Klnir." The shah of Persia is sty id the "red king-," because he weal's a red tur? ban. There have bc-n three European rulers upon whom that title has been bestowed?namely: Amadeus VII. ol J Savoy. Otto II. of Germany, and Wil? liam I I. t Uufus) of England" Llanum um I reltln Cnrrlerx. I.lamas arc the chief freight carriers in central Peru. The usual load for an animal is about 100 pounds If you put upon his back more than he can ens i'y carry he quietly kneels and will noi budge until the load is reduced. llnndx Displaced !>>? tin eh lurry. A writer declares that fVflO.OOO men now d,. llu work, with (lie aid of ma? chinery, which needed 10,000,000 per? sons a few years ago. A Itemed y. Anxious Parent?Doctor, my daugh? ter appears to be going blind, and shf is about to be married. Doctor- Let her go right on with Hit wedding; if anything can open hei eyes, marriage will.?N. O. Times Democrat. A tliixciillne View of It. "Isn't my new dress becoming tc me?" asked the delighted wife. "Yes." replied the head of the estab? lishment; "and I suppose the bill foril will soon be coming to me."?Chicago Daily KeeQrjl. Notice. To the tax payers of the county of i 'Warwick: I am ready to receive taxes for the [year ls'JS. and will be at the following ? places for that purpose. STANLEY DISTRICT: I' ll. Wright's store. Nov. 14th I.. .? Mall. Nov. 19 and 26. DEN BY DISTRICT: Menches store. Nov. IB and IT. I Courthouse. Nov. 2S and 29. NEWPORT DISTRICT: ' Morrison's station. Nov. IS. ? H. 1-'. Junes' office, Ivy avenue, Nov. i 21 and 22. from 11 to 4. i .". per cent, added to all taxes not paid [ prior to Dec. 1st. S. R. CURTIS. Deputy Treasurer or Warwick County, j iiov-ll-10t. Wanted-Boarders BY MRS, M. E. DOS WEIL, No. 105 271,11 Stre-t. First class table and pleasant rooms. Terms reasonable ll-25tf. madam Mmae?, The celebrated Spiritual. Trance and business Medium. 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