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THE MORNTKTGr TIMES, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, , 1896.
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(Continued From Last Sunday.)
SYNOPSIS.
The .story, as Cold by the author, is the
result of conversations ivitli Thomas A.
Edison, the hubstanci or -which Air. Edison
afterwards put into the form of notes writ
ion for the author', use. -Mr. Edison's
KupseMions as to inventions, etc., are un
derstood to be hhnply hints as to what
jiiiiI" iomjij '- i"-.Uii.nhiieu. Kii loc
story itself ili author is responsible.
Gerald Bemis, at the end of the nine
teenth century, having; been unsuecessfuT
in hK suit for the hand of Eva Pryor, al
lows liunseir U be "viviricated" by the So
cicty of Futurity. By a newly-discovered
process, animation is suspended, and liemis
is placed in t hermetically sealed cylinder.
Three centuries later the cylinder is opened
by the chiefh of the society then in con
trol, and liL'inls is levivcd. Among many
wonderful discoveries, he finds that tele
graphic cwiiiminicaiiou witii the pla'iet
-Mar- lias been established. Woul comes
from Mars that one liioiisou, who had
started for that planet in au anti-sravity
mitehine, has no- rnved there, ami later
ihat a iiiesiiip.r from Mars Is on his way
to the earth. Meanwhile Bemis discovers
thnt Eva 1'ryor, who really loved him, was
alo "vivirieated." He meets her and
funis ihat ins hive for her has vanished.
He rails in love with Electra. a beautiful
twenty-fecund century jnrl. who is in turn
loved by Hammerfleet, a man of her own
pened.
TART II.
CHAI'TEK III. (Continued.)
Itsecmed no tune at all before there was
A rush anil a thud outside the station, and
Glissmnu announced that these sounds
meant the antral of a stellar tar on the
receiving platform.
He wa ngut.. A-, wethrewopenthedoor
two strange figures came staggering in.
One was a sinewy, blonde fellow, limp and
tired a-, though tie uad passed ihiougti
;i)KHit thirty-live thunder storms. Ilr.n
son?" exclaimed my friend, astounded.
" Yes, I'm here," he affirmed. "And this
is Zorlin."
He pointed to his companion, the strang
est semblance of a man I had ever seen;
of giant form and with a lace of ver
. powenng intelligence, bat at this instant
crouching to the floor on hands and knees,
half helpless. "Your atmosphere is so
heavy. he said, in fairly good English.
"I can hardly bear it yet. Hut I will
soihi .stand up." He shoot; his vast head
of hair and beard; then heaved a mighty
Drouth, struggled to rise, and sank into a
chair.
This -was our missionary.
CHAPTER IV.
THE SEW EAltTH.
When tlio travelers had been refreshed
And revived we drew from Bronson an
account r his interstellar adventures.
"As I tstine near Mars," he said, alter
nately twirling and biting the ends of his
long and warlike yellow mustache, "I was
aware of stiange rubbings alongside the
car, and occasional shocks a of hammer
blows. Satan. I suppose, is called 'the Old
Bo because a boy is the personification of
iirtsclnef and second only to. Eve in making
trouble. My first idea was thattheold tniy
was having fun with me bj throwing
stoi.es. A rapid survey through my peep
holes showed me I was so far right. I was
caught in a meteor stoim. Fortunatelx,
though, the meteors over there do not shoot
so icckhsslj as those that come near
earth. TJiey move with a velocity in ac
cord with that or Mars, so that thej drop
through its atmosphere "as the gi'iitlc ram
from heaven " But Uie gave me a pretty
hard time or it steering clear of them:
and there ma have been some magnetic
sticss accompanying their flight that car
ried me out of the way. At any rate, it
"was a long time before I could make a
landing. But, with mj automatic drag
net lowcicd from the bottom of the car,
1 managed to catch two small meteors,
which 1 used as a combined anchor and
rudder in conjunction with the adjusted
Helium screen, and finally reached terra
mariis long alter the observers there had
given me up. Once safely aground on the
)Hanet, 1 found Zorlin all ready to embark;
and wc decided to come right back."
"But they had promised he would come
without you."
StanifCK interposed: "How could he ever
have done that'.'"
'A"5k hln,' Bronson suggested, pulling
his mustache wide at both sides defiantly.
"And can we talk English tohlm? Does
he understand'."" Electra asked.
"He has the most rapid intelligence I
"ever met, answered Bronson. "I had to
each him mon of the English language
on the eight hours' home trip; and he took
it all in like water, as fast as I could pour
That is what has fagged me out so." And
the slellar aeronaut helped himself to a
vegetable chicken breast and swallowed a
draught or "lire-brew" at a gulp.
By this time Zorlin had strnighteii'Nl
himself up and seemed lo have grown per
ceptibly in height and breadth. He was
fomiuering the atmosphere of earth; and,
after a single sip or sparkliugtinted water,
he spoke.
"I would have round a -way to come," he
said easily, yet with a strange accent;
somewhat as though his words were snow
flake crystals, cold at first, but .melting as
they fell. "We had not thought it worth
v.-hile; but you have made so much advance
lately that it seemed best to help you. We
Kurols move by willpower. Ills said many
of our people have come to you secretly
lierore. We know a great deal about your
lire. But until just now it wasagainstthe
law j"or nur people to visit earth: it low
ercd'them, and always did you harm, and
caused wars among you, much against our
"Hut r "Wni Soon Stand TJp."
will and desire E-cn now, I fear, my
coming will make disturbance."
ne was like a man, but endowed much
above a man, and with something -weird
and incomprehensible about him.
vWill you r.ot tell us tcmethiiig about
KuroV" asked Gracmantle serenely. He
was the only one or our group who seemed
anywhere near enpal to Zorlin. "Or would
you prefer to rest?"
"The rirst duty o a missionar., Zorlln
made answer, "is to leani about the coun
try or the world he comes to. -After that.
In: can tell things. Not now. I learm-d
much of your speech from our star-talk:
ttie rest from Hionson But now let us
wait."
We "waited" accordtafely; for the hour
rCE0RCL PARSONS LATHROP
jhomasa-edjson;
was near dawn, and streams of mornlnp:
weie faintly hintliur at daj in the ast,
through the windows, and even Gli.sS.'iinn's
t-pectacular eyes koked a trifle dim and
weary.
When we rose tome tlnee haurslatr n
the glory of a crifp and (xol foienoon of
autumn, it was decided that we should be
gin a Jaunt of otu-eivatlnn through the
country, back to New York. This was
partly ror-Zorlin's benefit, but it suited me
equally well, since 1 was almost as much
a stranger as he. For c onvenlence we took
the walking ballcon down the mountains,
as this was the pleasantcst conveyance
over rough ground, when there were no
large air ships handy.
This vehicle is a shallow car, with small
hollow sails or silk above it, containing
just enough ras to keep it about thirty feel
above ground, assisted by a small electric
engine In the center. From the bottom of
the car two long rods, or mechanical legs
made of aluminum the lightest; known
At tlio Foot of the Mountain We
nges.
metal extended down totheground, where
they are reciprocated at regular intervals
by an electromotor, which enables them
to imitate the motion of walking and carry
the balloon along at the rate of some fif
teen miles ;rn hour They are not meant
for high speed, and can travel only, of
our.-e, on prepared routes, but aie very
convenient in certain j)lace.
Air cutters and the larger air ships are
employed for flying in any direction and
with much greater velocity. They are on
an entirely different plan from the Hying
machines which were announced but had
not yet come into use when I was last
alive. The present air hip- -apply the
principle shown, for example in the rapid
flutter of the bumble-bee's wing. This, is
the "shutter" principle. The ship itself
is built of latticed aluminum strengthened
with a small amount of copper, and en
closed with transparent celluloid for pro
tection against weather (celluloid now
being generally used in place of glass.)
Through tnc center of the lloor are thrust
four short aluminum tubes three feet In
diamctei with three feet of length below;
and these are each filled with 2,000 very
thin celluloid shutters, so arranged that
they can be thrown upward, preaeniingonly
their thin edges to the air, offering no re
sistance to it. The instant they are turned
down flat, they prevent the passage or air
from below, and so compress it into gi':at
density. "The inertia of the air
in the lubes, you see," Haiiimerfleet re
marked, "makes It like a rigid column
more rigid than steel This forces the car
upward, wticn it. starts; and It ascends on
the top of a continually heightening pillar
oTair which holds it up buoyantly and firm
ly. The 2,000 shutters in each lube work
between balanced springs and reciprocate
at the rate of 15,000 strokes a minute
that is, they open and shut 250 times every
second."
The motor by which tl.cv weie woiked
was, I thought, very irgenious. It is a
small electric engine or eleven horsepower,
set between the t ubes, and has an annatui e
of the finest chemically pure it on wife,
wound wuh silver and insulated with col
lodion reduced by chi mica means to cel
lulose. The armature, by an automatic
device. Is balanced to suit all degrees of
speed, and has 'a revel at on or 15.C0O per
minute. The reciprocating parts are of
aluminum; the bearings are compressed
graphite, lubricated with a volatile oil
kept viscous by tolid carbonic acid held
in a box on the bearings. The motor and
mechanism weigh enly 120 rounds, and
the electricity is generated bj oxidizing
gas-retort carl on in rrtcd soda, with oxide
. or c oppcr as a reducer.
The idea or the ship is radically unlike
former machines, which eitherdepended on
disturbing and churning up the air, or le
lied t n neioplanesor the lush of air under
an upward slant.
This later and successful contrivance
rests on the tolid building up of a com
pressed air foundation beneath it, fo that
it cannot possibly fall. The direction is
conti oiled in two or three ways; the usual
one being by oidinary aitificial silk tails,
together with a laige l udder or stretched
silk for tacking and steering, as on the
water. By using an aluminum scicw, with
an auxiliary engine, instead of the silk
rudder, iviie is independent or the wind,
and can raise the speed or the air ship to
between sixty and eightj milr s an hour.
At the foot or the mountain we changed
to one or these enuipagorand, as wc new
along, we saw many -other:, scudding by In
all quarters, far and near. The notation
sail that is, the hollow silk sail inflated
with gas I learned had come into univer
sal use for water vessels as well, and had
added immensely to the speed and excite
ment of yacht racing. In fact, as we
skirted the great lakes and passed over
rivers and ponds, I had a chance to ob
serve craft of all sorts and sizes with
thpso sails, whizzing like arrows berore the
wind or leaiiinggracefully away rromitand
skimming the liquid surface as lightly
as waterbugs, but much more beautiful
and useful id their movements.
The thutter principle, also, Graemantie
told me, had been adapted to steamships,
or, rather, electric ocea nliners and freight
ers, by using several hundred thin blades
at tile stern, in lieu of the old propeller,
and also on the sides, which by direct
thrust when turned flat against the water
utilized the motion of the waves to con
dense air, and drove the vessel forwird.
Sun engines, which derived electricity di
rectly from sunlight, and another process
that extricated it from coal in cloudy
weather, supplied the motive power, and
electrolysis along the sides of the ehip xe-
-
duced the skin friction of her passage
through the deep.
Hens and there Eva and I notfeed, with
curiosity and Zorlln was with us in this
' certain little air packets that were flying
around "all by their lonesome," as Eva
said always north and eouth and cast
and west. They were loo 6inall for any
one but a pigmy to hide in, and, In fact,
there wits no one in them. They went
automatically. Zorlln at last was unable
to maintain his reserve any longer. 'What
are they?' ' he asked.
Ilanmierneet came to the fore with:
"Merely express and mail canlers. "We
have any quantity of them, all over the
country and the world. The magnetic
lines generally keep them straight on their
course; but if they are blown aside, n,
current is generated by their mechanism,'
which puts them in line again. An auto
matic aneroid barometer, woiking a valve,
kcepts them at the right altitude."
"But where do they go'.'" asked Eva.
"Look now, this minute, and you will see.
Watch that one. You notice it Is driving
straight Tor that tall skeleton wooden tower
yonder." '
"Yes."
Wc fixed pur gaze upon the tower. The
little express carrier drew near; and, as
it touched the top of the tower, was
clutched and hold firm by an iron frame
which caught its sails and stopped it.
Then a-man in the tower began to unpack
ttie contents of the carrier, and sent them
down by chute to an enclosed yard below.
"Hut I don't see why you need thec
things, -with all your other facilities for
transportation," 1 objected.
"They save an immense amount of bother
and of surface traffic," said ilaminerfleet;
"besides doing away with hand labor.'
They arc Very swift."
"1 should think, though, they could be
easily robbued by air thieves."
".No. That almost never happens. There
arc too many people watching. A thief
In the air is much easier to deal with
Changed to One o These iEquli'-
than a thief on the ground. He has no
obscure refuge; he is in full view. A
limited number of police air boats can give
all the piotectlonwe need Tor carriers.
They patrol the route- and carry grappling
hooks, with which they can easily arrest
any prowling thief car.'
I seemed to wm the secret, eye-winking
npprova 1 of Stanlrex, theof ficial skeptic, by
asMng somewhat peevishly "viiac is
the me of all this air trartlc, anyl ov?"
1 reel a desire to oinbat Ilnmmeirieet on
an subject that came up: because he was
Jealous of me, or I of li'in I hardly knew
which recannng Electra. It also Iriitnted
mo thathe was so Wejl Informed as to the
details or the twenty-second century, when
I felt that I had Just as gcod a light to
bo in it, as he.
"Why, mj boy," he replied, with a j at
ronizing emphasis on the "boy" word,
"don" i ion see that it Is an immense re
lief to the congestion or surface travel
to have all these means or conveyance?
Civilization and the general occupancy of
land have spread to such an extent, that
we must equalize ground area. Fonuerly
human beings, in their digiaded despera-
-Hon, actually burrowed underground like
moles, to get from one point to another.
Wc rise into the pure air, instead. Land,
and the right in it are enormously valuable.
Air costs nothing. The race claims a cer
tain right in the air, thoegh, and franchise
dues are paid to the people by public
vehicles, while private ones are subject
to a small tax. Air ships are not so re
liableasother modes of locomotion, but they
relieve the railroads and highways, and are
immensely useful in sailing over mount
ains, deserts, foiests, or impassable rivers,
in limes of freshet and flood, besides
their ordinary uses. The airships have
also been of vast service in polar and
African exploration. You ought to realize
that our i opulntion is large and is spread 1
out an tiuough the country. Bo, in older
to accomplish traffic easily. It Is best
to divide it between earth and air. We do
not. live in large cities i ow, and we have
to have plenty or room."
What he said wat entirely justified by
the- landscape beneath us. where wc couid
see the country beautifully laid out in
Small towns, villages and hamlets, -with
perfect roads leading from one to another,
and large groves or tracts of wild wood
land interspersed. Every acre of the open"
The "Impressive Ruins of
H' " 1
ill iff) ," litl I H
ground, exccptWftl.i,J'.,r,tls reserved for
sports and public: meetings', -8 tlioroiurhly
tilled, with electric arrangeinC'1 ttr the
fixture of nitrogen in the soil, sO ?s U
produce vegetables' containing sustenance
like that for meat; and for laislng apples,
pears and peachesra foot In diameter, by
electric light, and other fruits in pi opoi tion
ate sizes.
Our first stoptwas at Chicago, "which wo
found was simplyta vast tradingposc, a
business fort or stronghold like all otlur
cities, now wherein, garrisonof clerks and
other laborers wnsstntlonedin tlfelmmcisii
buildings once teeming with superfluous
people. Tills garrison attended to business
details with military precision, and was re
lieved at intervals by other men and wo
men drafted froni'tlio population for the
same purpose. All around Chicago were the
Impressive ruins of various World's Fa.ira,
i -e iii'-riti.tioM.H having now become" on
solpte. The ruins had been carefully pre
served, and drew many thousand sight-seers
and tourists every year, who paid a small
fee in memorial silver for the privilege of
viewing them.
CHAPTER V.
THE FOREST OF STEEL.
When wc descended from the airship at
Chicago I was horrified to notice that Eva
r-jiiiined the hideous old feminine nine
teenth century habit of grabbing herskirl
violently at the rear with one hand, and
holding it up, ostensibly to prevent its
dragging on the pavement. She did this
only on street crossings or wherever, ac
cording to her theory, there ought to be
dustor dirtor mud or dampness-no matter
how dry and clean he crossing might be.
Then she would com plncently let the skirt
Tall again, and trail at will as a sidewalk
sweeper, with the proud consciousness tliat
she had done her whole duty. I wondered
whether our vanished sisters of the pa3t
had ever realized how objectionable they
made- themselves appear by this ugly trick,
and what would have been thought of men
ir they had adopted the custom of hoisting
their trousers by such a rearward seizure.
There was notmiich to beseen at Chicago
beyond the big garrison buildings, from
filtceu to twenty stories in height, and the
descried streets shaded by these niles of
stone. No one lived In the city now, unless
(iraited by government and compelled to
do so. There were even pleasant little
borders of grass and flowering weeds along
the once tumultuous thoroughfares, which
-were now covered with nolsless asphalt or
giitta-iiercha pavement; and some of the
unnecessary great buildings had been al
lowed to crumble Into mounds or hllte,
Which were planted with trees and shnibs
and laid out. as pleasure grounds, giving a
variety to the topography and landscaoe.
which w8 sadly lacking in the old times.
On the whole, we were much refreshed by
the ruralization and the quietness of Chi
cago, and I enjoyed some delightful strolls
with Electra over the crumbled buildings
and among the rulnsof the ancient World's
Fair.
I could more than fanov that namm-r-fleet
did not approve or these excursions.
He made his distaste ror them very clear,
in his solemn, undemonstrative way. But
1 took the opportunity to have one or two
frank conversations with Electra. Briefly,
1 made, love to her.'in a strictly honorable,
above-board way. Thatis. I explained that
I had been in love with Eva Prvor three
hundred years and more ago: that Eva had
then rejected me, and that I had since un
dergone some change or feeling mvsclf.
We were standing on the molderiiig crest
of the old Auditorium, the slope of which
went down toward tlieshorc or LakeMichi
gan in charmingly' broken terraces or ver-
itiro aim oiossom and gurgling fountains.
Electra. had been recalling to me how,
when women first entered politics, they
had swayed largocon ventionsor Intelligent,
reasoning men, by swinging a parasol or
ft riag and raising -some wild shout ror a
candidate. Hut this was a so much greater
tribute to the bllmMnteiligenee or women,
than it was to that of men. that the women
decided it would be more convenient to
sway a small group of men than to excite
a mob of scleral hundred or -a couple of
thousand male creatures calling themselves
delegates. So the women had reduced the
membership of political conventions to a
Tew dozen; every man being carerullv se
lected Tor his-sensltlveness to parasolsand,
reminlne influence and outcry. The lessen
ing or the.numher oPtlelegutes had been a
grent advantage to the women, ror it saved
them effort;-and, incidentally, it was good
Tor the country. Hence, there was no more
need ror auditoriums, colosseums or large
halls. A convention could now be held
anywhere, and quite inexpensively, under
the spread qf a few Japanese umbrell.is
held by women and judiciously waved by
them at the proper moment.
"Well, Electra." I asked, "why should
not women rule the world?"
"Ah, ir the world is willing" she said
soMy, deprer-atingly.
"It musr be willing." I responded, "since
every man Is ruled by a woman."
"But how is that?" she inquired.
"By his love ror her," said I. "You,
Electra, can rule me, aud precisely by that
means -I love you." .
She smiled with clear, pure, genial amuse
ment. Then suddenly she wept ; and there
was the light of a rainbow en her face
the mingling or sunshiny mirth and or tear
ful sorrow -such a thing as I never beheld
In anyother woman, and donot expect ever
to see again.
"Why," she exclaimed, "it gives me
great happiness to hear you say so."
Then, with a cadence as or a rorest rill
dropping plaintively into some rocky pool
"You must know that nothing can come or
this. Dear Gerald Bemis, it is hopeles. I
am pledged, I am bound to some one else
1 am what they call a 'Child of the State,'
and the government has promised me to an
other man."
"Who Is he?" I asked, thrilled with a
sudden, fierce defiance of the State and of
the man.
As I spoke Ilaminerfleet came up behind
us, over the crest of the Auditoiium Hill
Electra moved one hand, indicating him.
silently.
"You!" I exclaimed, turning suddenly to
Hammerfleet.
"lie is the man," Electra. whispered.
"I have heard your conversation unwill
ingly," Ilammerrieet observed to me. un
moved. "Out we will not discuss it. I
came up hero to look for you. and to say
that it has been arranged that von and I
sh;;i; Start tonight by train for New York
and make some little side excursions on
the way so that you may see more nf tin.
country."
This announcement I recognized as a
challenge and a threat, united; but I was
Various World's Fairs,
t&. e
I A CHRISTMAS DRESS GOODS OPPORTUNITY.
W If you've deferred the buying of your dress until now you've been the gainer
H) pecuniarily and in point of better styles to be concise, we tell the story thus
( what we thought excellent value a few days ago at One Dollar ve offer tomor-
row at Seventy-five cents only fifteen pieces. The fabric is an English Boucle,
44 inches wide Arabesque designs, good weight and firmly woven in color
1& r combinations of blue and b!ackred and black olive and black myrtle and
"II r black brown and black heliotrope and black and old blue and black.
2?- You husbands that want to make a presentable gift to your wives want to hurry for these
H ABOUT THE GAS LIGHT WOOLENS.
All-wool Cashmeres in pink cream lig-ht blue cardinal
All-wool cream Albatross and Batiste
All-wool 45-inch silk-finished Henrietta in cream lig-ht
cardinal, pearl gray, nile pink and old rose
The Beautiful Landsdowne
In cream white pink nile light blue dove gray and heliotrope,
40 inches wirfe, $i.oo yd
We'll be open every night this week late.
resolved to meet whatever it might imply,
unflinchingly. "Very well," I answered;
"ir Giaemantle approves, 1 will accept his
decision."
We three then went down the hillside,
not speaking further, and Joined the rest
of our party. Whether GraemanUe suspect
ed anything sinister in Uainiuerfleet's plan
or not I could not guess; bat I was reas-
sured by his approving it, since it was cer
tain that he could not wish me any ill.
I set out that night with Hamnierfleet,
as a sort or advance guard. Our first
stop, early in the morning, was somewhere
near Buffalo, when we got out and walked
for a while along the highways. Here 1
noticed the method ol getting on and off
trains. The cars never stopped. A spring
platform bounced passengers from Uie sta
tion or. to the end platform of the cars,
v. here they were received on spring cush
ions. Ir. the case of iiuiek express trains, a
parallel train was run at a swifter rate
along a neighboring track for a. short dis
tnnoe.and the passengers were hurled fioui
this, lightly and upright, into the express.
Bicycles, I round, were no longer a rad
or a nuisance. Separate paths were pro
vided for them, and on these electric bicy
cles.trjcycles and carriages were run, with
power supplied from stations, at regular
intervals, and at all hotels, by recharging
the storage batteries.
Horses were but little used fcr travel,
and existed mainly as a form ofiireserved
life, like deer, in parks, or for racing
purposes; although, even in racing, their
speed was so greatly surpassed by that of
flotation sails and rubber-oared boats and
various mechanical four-legged machines
for running, that they were now not much
more than domestic pets, like cats and
dogs. However, although mowing was
done chiefly by electric trolley mower.,
we saw some draught horses and carriage
horses in use on farms, or on the road we
were traveling afoot. In sandy regions
the wheel", of the horse-wagons had out
ward curving flanges, which prevented
the sinking of sand into the wheel ruts
and did away with friction and the Ios of
power by displacement of the sand. Many
wagon wheels, also, were coated with
naphthaline, to counteract the friction aud
the retarding uffectof mud in theroad.
Tart of the way we traveled in horse
less electric carriages, alter we grew tired
of walking. Then again we took to our
feet, and after a time halted berore a vat
expanse or machinery installed under a
seemingly illimitable shed. Itlooked likeau
enormous jungle or metal mechanism.
"What is this?" I asked of Hammerfleet.
"It resembles a rorest, but a Torest or iron
and steel."
"That's precisely what It is," he answer
ed. "And we're now going to stroll
thioughit."
We passed in and were soon lost in the
shidows of this wilderness, where the
mighty-trunks and the waving branches of
huge trees were represented by the up
rights, Iieams, levers, cranks and rods of
vast, machinery.
"Allour factory workis done in this way,
now," Hammerfleet courteously explained
to me. "This tangteof mechanism runs for
the most part automatically, and Is gov
erned by one man. Itcovers many acres."
Wheels were spinning round in the most
bewildering manner, huge trip-hammers
were thudding down, with tons of rorce, in
various places: and at intervals, some great
overwhelming bar or metal weighing thou
sandsof pounds would come swinging down
rrom the roof and almost touch the ground,
with a heavy swoop that meant death to
any man who gotinits way.
"Why," I exclaimed, "itislike the maze
or lire. Anyoue who should pass under one
of those swinging beams at the wrong
moment would he crushed out as though
by a blow of doom They seem to exem
plify fate."
"0,uite so," he agreed.
"Let. us go back," I proposed.
"No," he objected; "that would be cow
ardly. Besides, you cannot find your way
back" sarely, now. The same sort of steel
beams- are swinging low behind us as in
front. If you were to turn back you would
have to run the risk of being crushed. I
am your only guide. You must go for
ward with "me, and take your chances."
"Yet," I returned, "you say that this
whole forest of moving machinery is reg
ulated by one man? Suppose anything
should happen to him; that he should die
suddenly, or should be asleep or fainting
and incapable at this very moment. T,he
machinery would go on, and we might,
perhaps, be destroyed under It."
"That Is the situation exactly." an
swered Hammerfleet. "The engineer is
asleep; I had him drugged In advance."
"Then you intend to murder me here In
this forest of steel?" I asked defiantly,
but with a decided inward shudder.
"Oh, no; I didn't say that," he returned
coolly;"but I shall leave you to trace your
own coure; and if anything fatal happens
to you, it will be laid entirely to the
machinery."
"You villain!" I exclaimed. "So this is
your trap for tnc, is it? Well It's a pretty
large one for such small game, and I'll see
whether T can make ruy way through."
I started running and dodging ahead,
nimbly, but warily, through the awful
shadows, the bewildering electric lights
spotted here and there, and the throbbblng.
swinging, whirling, or rising and falling
masses of metal; all of which appeared
to be consciously aimingblows atme.
"Hold on," criejl my enemy. "You will
certainly be killed. Stop! On one conditijn
I will" help you out."
"And that?" I shcutcd back, pausing.
"Is that you never again spcaka word of
love, to Electra, or recur to the wild idea of
marrying her."
'Death, sooner!" r retorted. "I will
"never cons-enHo .such a promise." And
once morel started on my perilous advance
through the forest of steel.
I I was a frightful experience. In all my
former life put together T had net suffered
so much fearful excitement, anxiety and
terror as were crowded into the next few
minutes. A, numbing chill crept up through
me; from my feet to my brain; and it
seemed to mo that I could actually feel my
hair growing white.
(To be continued.)
LANSBURCH AND BROTHER.
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420, 422, 424, 426 Seventh Street.
All the Earth Shall Hear !
And, hearing, believe. If, however, there are any doubtin Thomases
in the ranks we invite them to COME AXD SEE
And with ns abide
Over the festive season of Yuletide.
We will clothe 3-ou properly for this, the greatest of all festivals for
a minor consideration.
FOR MEN.
All-wool Suits from $3.98
All-wool Overcoats from.. $4-98
Pantaloons from $1.50
Furnish in gs.
Kvcrything needful for man or boy. AH
the latet 11 jveltics in Neckwear. All the
newest designs in Mufflers and Silk Hsndker
cbhfs. WE'VE COT CnKISTMAS
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OUTFITTER TO fllEN,
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lasting, useful and worthful a
a presents are the every day
li needs mentioned in this list. 4'
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g Table Linen and Napkins, g
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7 2oc. red taole clnmasK .. .-
g :i9c. table linen
45 l9c bleached German linen
SSc. doylies
?l."o doz. napkins
8 tftlc. chenille covers
49c. chenille covers
? S1.-19 damask covers .. ..
15c
-25c
- 47c
- - 4C
.. 98c
-69C
.. 75c
25c
13c. bleached towels, 3 for
Blankets and Comforts.
75c. double blankets ..
S7c. double blankets ..
S1.4.U double blankets .
OSc. Comforts
$1.25 Comforts
90c.WhiteSpreads .. .
Too. White Spreads .. .
T5c. Lace Curtains .. .
49c
59c
S1.2 5
.--.69c
--9Sc
75C
44C
49c
Driss Goods.
ode. All-wool Dress Goods.. ..JX9C
39c. Mohair, silk finished S5c
So. IMaids, 4'c
"50. yard-wideCnslunere 2.7 c
"c Ginghams, Calicoes, Out-
inRS 5c
12 He. Drapery sc
Sc. Curtain Scrim 4C
25c Infants'
:i9c
Sncques
15c Infants'
Bootees..
9c
Cf c Silk
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Cap Z3U
S1.40 Tn-
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39c. Fascinators ..
2Dc. Fascinators ..
39c. Dolls
39c. Drums
25c
19c
- 25c
.- -25c
oc-Handkerchiefs, colored bor
der, 4 for 5c
10c. Handkerchief, white or
fancy 5c
13c. Silk Handkerchiefs XOc
9 25c. Silk Handkerchiefs, in-
(9 itialcd, 2 for 25c
8 25c. Linen Handkerchiefs, 2
for 25c
rc. Swiss Handkerchiefs, 2
for 25c
a Toe Silk llurriers 49c
8 9Sc. Kid Gloves T3c
SI CO
Dress
Skirt,
S-L98.
S'.50
Dress
Skirt,
$1.39.
Ladies', Men's, and Children's
Seamless Hose, worth 15c.
and 19c XOc
All kinds of Underwear at lowest
prices.
g STERN'S, 904-906 rth St g
(9 43
Behind the Curtain.
"Prof. Glacier's lecture lasted until
-midnight."
"That's the time mine usually com
mences." Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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and canary
-: 25c yd
29c yd
blue cerise heliotrope,
50c yd
FOR BOYS.
Coar. Ve3t and Long Pant. If to 13
ycar, f. am ........................... 82 OO
Two-piece hcits.j to 15 years, from ". S1.7S
All-wool Overcous. 14 to IS years; from S3.93
Reefers, 3 to a vears. Blue Chinchilla,
from 51.15
Hats and Caps.
A bountifnl snpp'y or every shape, shado
ana style in touch wan. the prevailiu-r moJesL
IN OUK COXES ALKhUUr.
St. N. W. HI
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S20 3
and 13
S25 8
The weather has been
responsible for Elow sale
in Overcoats now we are
going: to PCSm First
comers can have their
choice of our finest Ker
sey and Melton Over
coats half-lined with silk
for $15. These coats are
In blue and black and the
body lining is or black Clay
diagonal. No such coats
elsewhere at this price
only a few HERE.
I H. Dyrenforth & Co.,
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621 Pa. Aye. N. W.
Under Metropolitan Hotel.
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stn.lyins: over the question of present
) buying? You are ndt the only onr who
& is short or ready cash t You. caa buy
X all the presents you want here on
I Easy I
I Payments!
Pay tbe bill weekly or monthly.
Ourprices are lower than those of tha a
cash honse?. There art no neater or &
& more deiirable giftj than these t Y
Reception Chairs, &
in Blue and Gold
White and Gold
s
J Cream and Silver, etc. $
Banquet Lamps, and 9
Parlor Lamps with
I beautiful "Silk Shades
I Ladies' Writing Desks
$ Ladies' Dressing Tables
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And a hnnd-cd other articles suit- Jl
able for gift-giving. ,
AH Carpets tc.-ulo. laid and lined &
& FREE no chargtt for waste in matcis-
lug figures. X
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riammoth Credit House,
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Between II and I Sts. 4J
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One of those very
GIFTS
LADIES
LIKE
liaudsojip. rich -looking
Si7. 0 TSolId" Gold
Watches I'm selling
jnstnow for SlaOO as
pretty looking time
pieces as I have accu
rate, and a bhr money's
v nor h.
SPIER, 310 "NINTH."
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