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EXCELSIOR M'F'G CO.
Great Closing Out Kale 1 air • Tn.rjTTtmr, 3 AT AND IiKLOW COST. THE ENTIRE STOCK MI'ST HE .SO/./' HE OA HDL ESS OF COST TO VHIT HLSI.\ESS. Big Bargains in Suits! FOR ME If FROM s:>■. M CI'WARDS. HOTS AND VOCTH'S SI ITS A!.MOST GIVEN AWAY. CHILDREN'S CLOT HI NO H.l)' DOWN 0"V RCOATS FROM sn.oo CP WARDS, ALL WOOL MENS I'A\TS FROM ll'. WARDS. THIS STOCK OF CLOTH ISO MIST COSJTIVEI > 10 SOLD REGARDLESS OF COST. ) TAKE NOTICE, Every $l,OO invented in purchases at our Store will la- entitled t<> a, CHANCE TICKET to win either of the two handsome GIFTS to In drawn by the lucky numbers which ONE AND ALL have tin- fame chance to possess. Ist. Prize. One Handsome Bedstead, poplar wood,, beautifully finished; Double Euclosed Wash Stand; Teapoy Table; one beautiful French Drt>.> r Oerman Plate Class 17*30; three Cane Sent Chairs; one Cane Sent Rocking Chair; one Towel Rack. (Top of Da- r, Wash Stand, Tea poy Stand, imitation Tennessee Marble.) 2<l Prize. Our beiiutiju! llrusneh covrred Walnut I rani- I ■ ttngr. T KEYSTONE CLOTHING HOUSE, djMjc Flag. ]tellefante, I'a. S ECU I.Eli l' CO., Groerrn, Hush lli/imr Illock, ISrllrfonlr, I'n. • NEW GOODS —FOR THE— SPRING ami SUMMER TRADE!! We have eudcavo(ed to get the very best of every thing in our line, and now hav<*some really CHOICE 000 DS. FINE CHE AM CHEESE, Extra Urge FRENCH I'll IN FS, * SELECT OYSTERS, SWEET POTATOES, WMIRGE RIPE CRANBERRIES, PRC SELLER, IMPERIAL Fl (IS, I BRIGHT-NEW LEMONS, FLORIDA ORANGES, * Priitrcws Pjijer-She!l A Into mis, Evaporated DRIF.D PEACHES A FULL LINE OF CHOICE CANNED FRUITS. PRESERVED PEARS, PEACHES, PL CMS and PRCNEI.I.FS. PLAIN CANDIES, FINE CONFECTION Ell V, —AND— GOODIES of all Sorts and Kinds •wrWc invite the people of Centre county to call and inspect our NICK GOODS, which cannot fail to picture. SECHLER CO. 1 toll ,r Mingle—•Hootn P i hoe*. TDSiUIDvDD t Boot or Shoe TRY —| IKJLI A >1 USr<gjLHl 6 | — FOR Style, Quality and Cheapness. We defy all competition. We have tho largest xtock —and bought for cash, and well 10 per cent, cheaper than any store in the county. tur OCR SPE CIALTIFS.-m REYNOLDS BRO S., Utica an;! D. ARMSTRONG'S liochcater shoe* for Ladies, Mixaea and Children. Hathawny Houle ami Harrington a Fine Shoes for Men. HEISITIEIRI IBIOIOITIS, . THE KING OF THE M ARKET. *We have a Shoe Polish which will not crack the Leather, cood as the best and only 15c. IX)LL % MINGLE. 4 Bcllefonle, Pa. ' < We Ilia Christmas Kiss ! CUm* to tl* lioarfli hung two Mill* | 01 two chubby bo|i, with curly biowo luck*. Who liutl Jiiat crept Into lirlr W. Tltoy ami lumul ami prattled Ilk* lxy, ttf to|MHad •litta ami t Ml lUb Uy, A•! Thou th*v ctitefH tliHr lirml-. ino havtwttfi! on to ilia City >f Nod, Wi* ro father Time, with hi* magical rial, >!• on hia kingly tltroftr. ( Tk* oth*r <# wtillrd, with wbl*-op*a • •*, Tho i out of !>rd in glad Mirpi ,'m , To flml h* wiii all alonr. , Two littl* ban* frrt marched oirr fh* floor. Ami tUlr owuet gUn-l ut Ihaoptio loor, J'hrn a tiny sock pinned to tha wall. • • This otir'a for toaiuitia thr clock •tru k tlevoii 44 And gtv* hi r Ilalw klat; you'll flu.l liar in tiratau, No nwth r how laic yon call." If old Hi. Prter Would tr|| all br kit** ( Il would •*> that nil angrl hit *!<■ pai| thtough, Ai.d I*ft a hnv*n of Idiw. To go hi that room, that rbubb* • fared chlhl, 1 Ami lik in hi* tandar ami wild. Ami hr look for lourll ilwl kl*. TIIKTRI K IK IK ND LUST. I )i:• 1 be,-ii foolish mid weuk, but not wicked, in my innocent eoc|uctery with 1 Letting Lake. I say innocent because I ! bad imagined it sport to him as well us to myself. He bud the reputation of i being not only the handsomest man in his regiment, but the greatest flirt, and I laughed when be bad born presented to me, and said to myself. '-It should in this case be diamond cut diamond.'' Somehow mv eyes ha I full, n under his first admiring glanee; but I fortified myself with tlie thought : "S i he always looks. It i* the fust move in bis uttie k." f met glance with glanee, smile with smile, and pretty Speech with saury te tort, or sentimental repartee, according is one or the other could f.e delivered with timre telling i ih-rt. •'Are you sine. r<- ' ho i,uestioned, one evening. "Answer tne frankly. If you are not. tell me so now. - ' '•ln other word'. I answered." "throw down my weapon. n> knowledge my tin armed condition, and smiling!) invite you to ad vane.- to victory." "No." he - lid. "At your hand 1 pre fer def. il. You acknowledge, however, that you hold w. ijm.ii ,n oth r word-, tli it you wear n mask.'' "No." I replied, "I wear no mask. I ' . nrry no weapon, lie ntereiful. < olonel Lake." He grew pale, and opened hit lipa as - if to speak, then hastily rising, and making .1 brief adieus, lie left me. For the first time I a a little frightened, a little in doubt as to its being wholly a matter of amusement to him—A little dubious as to h<>w Roger would re >rd mv conduct in the matt, r for Roger played av<ry mi |-ortant part in my life, even then, since -though in.lew away -he had mv pr.mise that n his return 1 would ls-nmc h: wife, and I determined ,n tii- .! -I - next vt.t I would turn the cinversatiQu ,nto other • haonels. , I'.ut 1 I.ud no opportunity t>• >rrv my g.wel intentions intoetfcet. The first act when he entered the room next. veiling * here I s.,t alone, wa* to . m< directly in front < ' me, then atoop and take both my hands in his. "You aakcl me last tugl.t to !• nier ciful," he began, "(iod help you if Jotl do not mean those words. They have been ringing in my • .r* ••! a me. (.'hihl, d. v..ii kn -.i -do y<.it dream how I love you? Yotl have ia:e<| in me the first ] ion o| my fife, though lam to-day thirty three y.- irs of .ig<\ What a little, frail thing you are, and yet x< u hold in tln-se litt b- liar.ds a strong niuti'a destiny. "s|H-ak to me. lov,-! Tell me t .at my wife is fu-fi.re m>- In tliut moment my erejuetrv to. k wings and tied awny, and m it *!e "1 came a dull reali/.ation of what I hud i done. I strov- to draw my hands from hi , As w.-ll might I have tried to dislodge a stone imbedded for centuries in the mountain side. My self possession for wok me. In my fright I blundered out the worst posihle thing 1 could have a lid. "I cannot do that. I cannot be the wife of two men ' I thought you knew I was engaged." A look of steely, icy contempt flashed int > his eyes. He wrung my fingera an instant until I cried out with pain, then threw them from me and folded hit arma across his breast, j "You dare tell me this," he said in low, concentrated tones. "Answer tne one .piestion. H'bat mean, pitiful mo. tire hn made you do this thing?'' "1 did not know you were in earnest," 1 replied, remembering as I spoke how hard I had tried to make him think so— , though never in my innermost thoughts to this extent as'the great Father 1* my judge, to blast hi* future, or to bring about his mouth the white lines of ag ony now drawn there. "I thought a moment ago," he an swered then, very slowly, "that in my life I had no other prayer to make to heaven. 1 make it now, and that W that I may live to see you sutler through your love as you have dealt mffering to me through life." Hta words seemed like a curse Thejr S filled the rcoat. and oppressed ny* very soul with it nameless dread mid haunt ing prescience of the future. Shivering, ! buried my faeo in rny bunds. When I lifted it I wan alone. Colonel Lake hud left me. "When Roger comes home I will toll him uljout it," 1 whispered to myaelf. Hut somehow, when three months Inter Roger on mo home 1 had so much else to think of in thMuisy preparation* for my marriage, mid rny sky wan so blue that I could not hear to rink upon it a single cloud. 'I lie Colonel's words were idle now. Ah though uny misery could grow ou' ol the deep heart love linger and 1 felt for each other. Mow small, how un worthy of him and of myself hud been my idle coquetries of thopust Never mind, I hud all my future to atone. Then enme my wedding day. when the outer world gave me its smiling hen sinn, in bright sunshine and balmy breezes. I was Roger's now bis very own— and could have defied the universe in my ex<|uisitc happiness. Six month's later mv husband enter ed our little sitting room, one morning, : baring in bis baud a letter stuupt"* with an olliciul seal. "lie,'' ho said—my name was Heat rice, but I was too dignified for its jo -se*ion, and so they -borlenod it to lie —and hi* voice trembled a little—"it is very soon, darling, to remind you that you are a soldier's wife; but I am order ed to report at once at I'ort H ,un ; d<-r Colonel Lake's < rnunand. They an I ticipate trouble with the Indinp*. Cod 1 known how I hale to leave you, my precious little wife, but there is no at lernalive. I must-tart within twenty ! four hours." "Leave me V I cried, starting to my feet iiui throwing lII\ -ell sobbing U|>on his breast. ou -ball not leave me ! 1 Take me with you or voti will bt< .ik rny I heart." "Child, it would Im- madness for you to undertake the hardshii of frontier life. I cannot consent." Rut I pleaded s<> pitifully that at last In reluctantly yet gladly promise <1 we j slc-.il i start on the i-t • ning ol the next ' day. WI ■ n f ha'l time to think it over Ire meiul • red he -aid the post was under ''■-•lonel latke's command. I shuddered. He it was, douhtle-*. whose influence , had ordered mv husband from my side ■ nre ho h <1 not dreamed of my a. corn , p.m\:ng him. r what further evil might he not work him .' Was it not my duty to tell Roger all. and warn him? IMy murage faile d me-—I would wait and watch. At least he could only strike at . him through me. <fiir joinney l-t<-d three w.--k. 1 wa I worn and cxhausti-d at Its cl-00. The ! •' done) hiiii-c-if met our ambulance on . its arrived. "Vote have brought your wife?" I , h -a;-I him say ii amazed tones, in an ] -w i to >■ me rcinath- of Roger's, after j the fir*' greeting. We will c(o All we j ca-1 to make her eomfortable, but it is very little. Resides—" lie ncble 1 something in a voice so low that I tailed to catch it. \ mo re nt Inter I caught sight of his fi a> Roger lifted me down in hi* !.c n I almost cried out in my sui prise, lib hair, which had been black a- irw . n' wing, one short year ago. wa almccst white, lie looked fully fifty years of age. The *igbt caused my fear , nltd resentment to \anisb. and I held out my hand. "Won't you welcome me. Colonel ?" ! i I aked. lie bowed, without seeming to notice ' iu. outstretched hand, murmured mine courteous words of greeting, and then turned away to give a command to an ord rly standing near. I saw v> ry little of him in the week* that followed. They were week-of ex citemcnt, for the Indian* were con stantly molesting us, and fear- were en tertained that they meditated an attack. Indeed, they gx|wcted one on the night of our arrival, and this is what the Colo nel had confided to my husband. .Still, in spite of all, I was glad to be here. Away from Roger I should have sickened of suspense. Now I washy hi, side to meet and know the worst. "Why are not you and Ijtke better friends 7*' ho said to me one day. "I can't understand it." Nor could I explain, now that 1 had kept silent so long; besides, the distrust was searing away. Although distant and reserved, quietly repulsing all my advances, 1 frit that Colonel 1-ake would work Itoger no wrong. I'ntil one morning my sophistries fled. The Indians had made a sortie. No one knew their numbers or their strength. 11 was necessary to send ont an advance guard from our little garrison, though each man who went well knew that he might never return. At 11 o'oloek my liuslsand, to my amaxement, entered my room in ftill uniform. "Good bye, little Be!" he said. "Pray for my safe return, dear. lam ordered to command the advance." "You shall not go'" 1, crick nihil v. If* ft ? \ . I. "It is his revenge! Fool that I have been to have trusted him." "My dulling, calm yourself- What do you mean ?" "Wait here a moment," I exclaimed. 1 Leaving him transfixed with astonish. 1 mint, 1 Ib-w across to tho Colonel's ' room. lie was buckling oil lm sword as I entered. ] "You have done this thing," I began; i "you have seen how happy I urn, and I you must convert it into ugony. Re- I scind your orders—leave mo to my bus hand ! I throw myself at your feet, at your mercy I" "1 would have spared him if I could, lie is the only officer at the post capa ble of just this uttiu-k. I accompany him, Mrs, Leo, Tho danger i* divided, and equal for both." "Go, if it must be, to your death!" I answered, cruelly. "You have no right to drag my hu-lmnd with yon. He shall not go!" Words were usoles*, though I funded, as ho turned away, 1 saw a tear glim mering in his eye. Still I pleaded, clinging to Roger's neck, when he crossed in send) of me. At last they tore him from my sense I less form, and when I recovered con j sciuuanes* they were fur beyond the reach of my entreaties, but not my prayers sent to a higher throne. "Punish him. oh God !" I cried, in my agony, 'but spare my husband and bring him back to me. Ho said I should suiter. Ah, what wa his suffering to this intolerable torture and suspense?'' The iluv wore slowly on. At night fall, when my brain wh bursting, we heard the n<>tcof a distant bugle. J* uno, at least, of the little band had returned. Like a white statue I went forth to meet them. They came slowly, bring I ing with them some shrouded form*. I Among the latter I knew that 1 should find my hu-band. even a.* finding him. , I knew I -hould go mad. | Rut no! Leading tin van became ! •itting on his horse, though in his eyes j there smiled no w< borne, and on hi- ! fare u a ghastly j-ajor : but I was nt a widowed wife. I threw myself on the nok of the ' h"re : I kis-ed his niatie, hi* forehead. ! 1 i lung to Roger .ii mv w Id jo* at >e< ing him iigr.n. "You are alive you are alive, ' I -aid over uiid over. "Y he atuwend, "but at what a co-t! Anm to-day has given up hi* I life for me." lie sprang from hi- lior*e then, sn 1 led me to the litter ,n the r-r. The , : while, dead farecif Colonel Luke lev kid 1 : up at ii* lioth. "We have killed him. lie you and !l." my husband said. "He was the no blest man that ever lived." And then be told nie all the story. 1 He had ridden on .i little- in adinnec of j the command, when he suddenly had | been surrounded by tin foe. Fight d<- pcrntely a* he would, lie would soon have b'-en overpowered, but the Colonel i had een hi* danger. Spurring hi* horse ahead of his men. . he had flown to hi* rescue, charging j down in the very midst of a shower of j arrows. "It was a deed worthy of a god," my husband continued. "Though we were , both unhurt, almost miraculously so. 1 We were brating a retreat to our com 1 i mand, when one of the wily savages j launched his tomahawk at my brea*t. j : The Colonel aw it glittering in the air, ' and throwing himself before me caught I ! the blow. The next minute we were in j ' safety, but safety gained too late. 'Han't ( regret it,' be said, pressing my hand .- 'Tell her I did it for her sake. I loved : her R iger. my lny. I have not cured much for living since; and now—now ( that I have spared her the suffering I ( would once have wished her —I am glad | to die, Ask her to forgive me those i rssh words—l never meant them—and , jet her future happiness buy my attone ment." I have been Roger's wife many happy years now. Ha was too noble to re prosch me, though I told him all; but though my hsppine*s mingles ever my heart's self reproach, and the wonder ' if, at the judgment bar of God Cain's brand.will not be upon my brow. From a large number of experiments J with the antennas of inaocts, Mr. C. J ( A. Porter it led to conclude (1) that the ( antenna- are not the organ of any one ( or of any combination of what we call , the five eeosee—bearing, eaeing, smell ing, touching and tasting: (2) that the ( power of direction doe* not lia in the antennae, and (3) that the antennae are . the organ of some sense not possessed by uk. In Denmark farmers are compelled to dealroy all weeds on their farms; and in France a man who permit! weode to go to seed that may endan ger the land of hie neighbor can be proaccntod. Scaei xisi for the Cxvrat Diiwtif. Scientific. A i/ondon steaui boiler com pun v lights up the interior of boilers in *ui h away that the little casrids*. current*. and whirlpool* in (be waU-rin the tour re of (tram formation rnay be all okerrrd. During the night of Nor 17 the snow D tbo valley of K tor el Vila I, in ONIM! Norway, between 61 and 62 *i-|rt north Utiludo, wan covered wr.tb a layer of black and gray du*t of proba ble volcanic origin. The lliuUmj ,V. U)l, ape:.king of 1 lie remit* of the reaearchea of iichlu mmri. say* tliwt the Greek atory of llion a cord* willi the discoveria at lli**rlik. and the conclusion is inevitable th >1 the Homeric Troy could have been on no other site. Dr. 11. Vulvington a*erts that the . copperheid never bites when coiled up. but will throw the middle of Lu body into long, almoit rectangular, curve*, and with bin bead and an inch or *o of the ticcL slightly elevated above the ground i* ready to defend bim*tlf. A* an inducement to the gtfaler utilization of buttermilk in bread leak ing, it i* dated that it coniairik four t five per cent, of milk sugar and one half per cent, of mineral sail*, and that after nettling for cheese making it tl.. contain* one per cent, of nitrogerieoua matter and nearly ar much of but rr fat. At the last meelirg of the P*i* Academy of Sciences it vu ts'el iha < a perron who for the past two ye,r n been exi*-rimenting near Nioe with aulpbo carbonates and ulpbut. a u remedy against tbo phyUoxt-i*. Stairs that ID five hectare* of infect* d win. - it is no longer possible to find any phylloxera. In an article on the protection of iron from rust J'J* Xi<stratuT• *; a that iron to In* buried in damp e rt < may be coated with a mixture of l(ni parts of resin, 'colophony.) 27 pari* oi gutta percha, and .70 pari* of parifline. to which 2(1 part* of magnesia and >oin*- inineral oil have be*n added. M. Ilecud, of tb<- Royal Academy o' I'ru--el*. baa made a minute exau, n* tion of the ashes of the great eruption of Krakateo, which fell at Batavia on the 27ih of lust August. Ttiey en ii for the most part of g)a*v parltr'e* The rock which had b* en blown into mi* voic.ii.ic dust contained a ry Urge proportion of silica. A writer of matbrmaiical beni, av the A-iV • .1 i . an, find* fr'in 'be cn*us return* tiiat tlieie uc at*,ui 17. 000 dent t in tlie United > k ti , |iu. he cstitn t<. pack into the teeih of ib* \mer;cen j-eople a too of pure g. Id an nually. Continuing Li* speculate ia. be predicts that in the twenty firt <ei. tury all the gold w.ll be buried in th graveyard*. From the observations taken t (' lon by the engineers engaged on the fun* ma Jnteroceanir final, M. de * finila, according lo his | B|*er r<-*d hefore the Academy of Science*. I'ans, on N v. 26, that the ptcat • srtb jt.ak*- ***•■ caused by the recent disturbance* a •lava would appear lo ban ma <• it* w y across th<* Indian and Atlantic Oceana, round the cape of Good Mope, in tl e east coast of Central America in about 30 hour*. "Science." aya ihe editor of the Amr n-.m .Vu rani/at, "is Iwoofl.ing wideiv popularized in the present generation, and the fruits will be seen in the Dell. Rut iti a country like our*, tbe Govern ment alone need not undertake tbe task of creating a body of sciential*; thai work should be don!- by the |*eople and for the people. The time i com ing when our people will be leas me terialistic, ami when those who are w< I oil already will cease trying to acrutnu late more wealth, but turn Ibeir attet • tion to 'rolling up' tbe intellectual and scientific capital of our domain." "If," *ays W. Mattieu William*. "1 were living in the midst of Ikrmingham, Manc-beaU r, or any otb r large city, I would recklessly diafgu my pre in ie* by removing a pane ot glass froru the window of evwry room, or knocking a hole through the outer wall, and placing in the opening there created a frame of aerim gauze, with a gins* door for closing, or part a'ly clo* ing, it in extiemely cold weather, and 1 belief# that all the inma'w would thereby escape some of tbe rperial ilia lo wbioh resident* in large town* are liable. To make plastic carious for batterioa tbe following receipt is recommended by M. Max Niteche Nieaky : Good ooko is ground and mixed with ooal tar to n •tiff dough and pressed into molds made of iron and brass. After drying for s few days in n dosed pi see it is beated in a furnace, where it is protected from tbe direct flames and burned feebly at Brat, then strongly, the Are being gradually raised to a whita haat, which is nuin taiaed for six or eight hours. The Arc Is then permitted to slowly go down, and when perfectly cold the oarbvo taken tut of tbe furnace.