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THE IIOKNTO T-lliES, SUNDAY, JATSTUAHY 3, 189T. fB Copyngtit, lsgc, by tiie Eachellcr Syndicate 's "cisoi'Sts. The story, ah told t.y the autlior, Is the result or conversation with 'J hoiuus A. Jirtison, the Mihstancc or which Mr. Edison afterwards pud Into the form or notes wniien (or lite author's use. Mr. Edison's niggesiiiHis a to inventions, etc, aie uu dersUioJ to te simply hints as to wliac might jhissiiiiy tc accomplished. For the story itself the author is responsible. Uerald lieiius, at the end of the nine teenth cenliirv. li.iving iveil unsuccessful in his suit for the haml or Eva Pryor, al lows himself to be " juficated ' hy the So ciety or i-uturity. liy a newly-discovered process, animation is M'spendcu. and Ueiuls is placed m a hermetically .sealed cylinder. Three centuries later the cylinder is opened iy the cliiers or the society then in con trol and fcnils is revived. Among ninny wonderrul discoveries he finds that tele graphic communication with tlie planet .Mar iias been established. Word conies lrom jiinrs mit one Branson, who had started for that plant! m an antl-grnvitv innchine. has not nrriveil there, and later that a messenger from .Mars is on his wav to the earth. .Meanwhile Betins discovers tliat Eva l'ryor, who really ioed liim, was also "viviricated. He meets her and finds that his love Tor her has vanished. Jie falls in love with Electra, a beautiful twen!-ciiiid century giil, who is in tuni Joved ity Haiiimerrieet, i 111:111 or her own period. The messenger from .Mars, Zorlin, ariivos with Uronsoti. and all travel in an airMiip to Chicago. '1 here ltcmis propo-es to IClcctra. She explains tlut she is a child or the Mate, ' and has lieen arfi-atii-cd to H-iinnierricet. 1 he latter oer hears tlie conversation, but represses. Ins Jealousy. lie unites lJomis to make an excursion Willi him to see tlie count rv, and Jtircs mm into a -vast punt or moving machinery near Buffalo. Hammcrfleet then escapes, leaving IJemis m great danger 111 the mmst of a. nctw. rk ofv heels, Ieers and cranks. Uemls is rescue 1 hv Zorlin and Electra, who stop the iuchinerv;and Jlammerrieet is banished from Klectras presence. Uei.ns again urges Electra to marry hun. She Will not consent to this, luir agrees to take a trip with Zorlin and J. -",N ,n a" rii around the world. After they lim-e staitcd from Fire Island. Hern's d'M-overs that Ex- I'rvor has been muigglod atx-ard by Electra. - 1 I'AltT IV. CHAPTER VII.-CUncd. It ww; a liMgniTteettt and J-Mprs-Ve eight; and so Hhsoricd were we in gating at it that only at the moment wlien rt wen escaping the tail of the cyclone did wc observe that llatiuiHrricel't airship Iwid called into tlie main txHiy of it, was. siwn around like a ton in the swirl of -mist nd wind, and then was broken and thrown down, a wreck, to theoocau below. AltltoHgh I Mas rather exultant over ins disaster, I made a prayer for him; for I did not Uank that he coukl come out from tlie ruin alive, and certainly did not wish Jiim any evil cither in this life or be yond it. It turned out that lie did escape wlioJe; but we did not know or tills until long afterwards. At Cuba we stopped to renew our batter ies, take in provisions, and rest. We found the island peaceful, happy and prosperous tinder a limited republican government, and free from all nightmares of tyranny, either white or black. From there believing that we were now quit of Hammerrieet, and having decided to convert our journey for a while into a tour of observation we started over sea and land down to tlie Amazon country. We were received at Para by a branch of the Darwinian Society, and, on their extensive plantations, were attended by apes whom they had developed to an extraordinary degree. These apes had arrived at a fair imitative proficiency in human language, were skillful in agri culture, under pioper direction, and made very good servants for the rougher and simpler kinds of housework, or for carrying baggage and the like. One of the most interesting tilings in the Amazon reg.on was the fact that large tracts of country had been sterilized bj saturation with peti oleum. This prevented excessive vegetable growth, and enabled the inhabitants, with the aid of great syn dicates, to carry on a formal and hlglilj profitable pi oduction of rubLer trees and of forests, tlie wood fiber fr m which was turned into food and various useful tissues. All sorts or food were manufactured here from wood and cellulose, with tlie inor ganic salts of loiush and 6ulphunc acid, and by tlie action of bacterial ferments. Here at Para, also, is made a large part of the world's supply of artificial silk. Tlie disintegrated cellulose of the food factories, after being tt oioughly bleached to dazzling whiteness, is distolvtd in tne of tlie chlorinated alooltols, under pres sure, to a slosy ma?. This is afterward put twto a cylindrical hdrawlic pres and forced tl. tough jitate. filled wKh in liMmeratte stuaH ditto of rct'tphtrc. Uitoagn cvry owe or wlittit a UJcoiie tiufawUh of am inch ha Waim-Vr t I oral by ltomoud dim. TUe filter, wto it rx bit. tite i.t air r t r.48 in wWth tin pni i 4t--it4. abrtoiU tt&MdiatHy b the xp ra XUm or the AlcotoolK' Hivvut and I pt at mcr ah t jwh Tiie fOUnrty aiuortwHt t-hmritcut f Um Hts(vMi, at4 (Ih p-rfpft mtBc? Utf innptiir. dh-1 lodooe a tmUic far n..c 4Unltar awl U-HutafHl tlu tb- forttywi) At4aiiMd ni, tl wjfc ironn lUMrartaK "wto-U had hronnc of Gra tnmmkf, wbom wr tva4 ot sictit 4f -wh.-i we vr 4od)-fcNK Uh- fi4f.rae. and not -MM-. to bovrruiktiMid ttrrterv wltii by Mm, wr b4 to burr wt rr.tu Para h4 tte Amwbmh. TrarHag moU m the fMrlr rxtttmt or itw rBH- im,n.i.. .... to -wN-re lw Hkj to in; ooMHred Ori foliowM, ire riK-ce.-d u.roagh the airj "isi im, vromK Uie Andes two or Uir tlmm. from s to west and ladk. and Amm Ueartwg' down to Chill and the AnaMtM IteiMttiNC. Everywhere in tlioie reom found tiio same system of bminB in use wlrtcli had aroused my adinira-jun in the riiitid States. Tills Is the -'plastic" bystem of moulding edi- j rvvxx&JL pczP- - . n r 5s - X fK jfA o " fe-o Facsimile of One of 1 y-uOUUJ - rices, still more effective than the fusing of bricks into solid masses, which I have mentioned before. Uy tlie plastic method, immense palace? are reared for the ordinary dwellings of the rich, with miles of terraces and raised gardens, towers, domes, and long vistas of pillars,. surpassing in grandeur even the imaginative conception or ancient Carth age, as depicted by the old English painter. Turner. State capitals and all government or municipal buildings and numerous vast churches filled with gorgeous chapels are built on even a greater scale of magnifi cence and massive proportions, in designs of exquisite beauty. Large corporations erect these structures, by means of ircn moulds of every variety, all capable of be ing assembled like parts of a machitic.and producing unitedly the tUnl architectural effect desired. These moulds nie set up in position to rorm the whole house the walls, doors, partitions, pillars, ceiling, and With the aid or iron beams the roof. The moulds are faced with K'autiful figmes and aKo, where appropriate, with sculptme in bas-relief. They are made from m dels supplied by the very best artists, working in hnnnony to secure the finest result; and therefore the effect of the building, when created, has' nothing cheap or mechanical about it. "When the moulds- arc all in place gi eat iron tanks are brought to the spot, containing a stone-like semi fluid mixture, which is pumped through pipes into the moulds In three days this mix ture becomes perfectly hard; the moulds are taken a way, and a complete house or immense palace or cathedral stands re vealed. Whole mountains are crushed to powtler by gi gatiticmaihlnes, to furnisii ma terial for the plastic mixture; and many of the superfluous buildings in the formerly overcrowded cities have been ground up for the same purpesc. A palate, which would formerly ha.e bankrupted the rich est of men, or even a prosperous State, is now put up and finished except ror the interior decorations, which must be done by hand at an expense which among the ancients (of whom I was formerly one) would hardly have paid for the modeling and chlclliig of a single great statue. We extended our Journey, with various pauses for rest, and frequent trips by elec tric trains on land, and then by ocean shutter-xcsscls to the Antarctic continent, where tlie greatest surprise of all awaited me. in tbe large and flourishing commu nity of two or three million beings inhab iting thelntoriorof that ice-girt region and rejoicing fn the genial warmth diffused by its central volcanoes. But now I must speak of a tiling which had worried us more or less all along, and eventually brought our curious escapades to an end. CHAPTER VIII. SEA SIGNALING THE FINAL FLIGHT. We had noticed at times when the sky was cloudy, both by day and by night, cer tain periodic flashes of light appearing on the clouds in quick succession Electra told me that these weie caused by the system of cloud-tclegiaphy now in use, and to any one familiar with the Morse alphabet, as I was, it was easy to read the messages so flashed about the heavens, though I could not understand those which were in cipher. Most of them were of a general nature, and had nothing to do with us. But at inter vals we observed that tclegiaphlc inquiries were being made on the clouds about our party, and that certain persons whom we were not able to identify most of them signing their communications vitb numer als instead of names were answering those inquiries I may as well Jot down in this place the information Ljrathcred as to the n.cde of signaling by cloud-flash and by other new methods. Powerful electric raj s arc, bj means of lenses, brought to thin pencils of intense light, A single one of these is then pro jected upward against a cloud. A con trolling shutter in the path of the beam of light interrupts it at will, so that it may be made to show long or short flashes on the clouds. Words are thus Illuminated in the bky, and made to shine " the zenith repeatedly, until an answering reflctir'n is obtained. The chief use of tins cloud telegraph is, of course, on tlie tea, between ships and "steamers" as they are still called, notwithstanding tat they do rot use etcam or for air Imats Conversation may be carried on in this way lietwecn vessels nianj miles apart, and a message r'-ccived by one can be transmitted to otheis, fo that inquiries awl replies fly all around the globe and to remote parts of the oe can. The system was found useful In tl 0 e later voyages to the North Pole, which have not been fof'.on-d up since a general exploration of the .jM-n Arctic Sec was effected. It has also saved many live, prevented collisions awl caught many rugitive criminals. Sail lug vcsk1s are provided with a water paddle to drive the neesnry electric gen eratwic mechanism ror signaling when the sWp is in mot on. In Kiinc or the much traveled sea re ckons anollter method of communication is used. Tor the daytime. A sail cloth woven witli metallic wires is hung between the tips or two masts, and is connected to a sjiccial electric generating apparatus pro dncintr waves of extreme sharpness and great Intensity, that follow each other at the rate or 70(j per second. An electric stress thus -propa" gated to infinite distance is, at moderate distances, strong enough to be collected by the metalized sail of an-c.therv(jcl.-Onefiliip,forexampie, wishes to know jwhethcr there Is another within the area of signaling, but out of sight. The musical, note rormed by electric in ductive waves isset going, and by means of -a key.is sfoiipcd and started again at eLr. .jo ftcKrCc ctwsj 6 CKcZZj fo tc..-cxv-a-5 u v 2S-. aJCt. -, A -?:fc 1 - - -A----C--ft-?. 2lr. ZEdisoti'd Xotesf will. Other vessels In the area have watchers, who, at Intervals, listen to ati exquisitely sensitive telephone made select ively sensitive to waves of exactly 700 per second. This is brought about by a tuning rork attachment to the diaphragm, tuned exactly to respond to waves at that rate; hence, although the part of the waves collected by the sail clotti is many million times less than could be gathered if it were close to the signaling ship, yet the tuning fork collects successive waves until the amplitude of-vibration is sufficient to cause audibility. The signaling current is continuous for sev eral seconds. Then the transmitting vessel slops it and connects the .sail with its receiving apparatus, to 'listen for a return wave. After the preliminary sig nals have been exchanged, conversation is carried on in the usual way. It is slow, or course, owing to the time necessary for the successive impulses to rise to the point of audibility; but the method is very accurate and reliable in all but foggy or rainy weather. For ropgy weather signaling, there la still another ingenious device. A circular hole is cut in the vesel belo.v the water line, about t o feet in diameter and closed by a circular steel plate or diaphragm one eighth of an inch thick. On the inner side there is a thick inn chamber, com pletely inclosing the space behind the diaphragm, and here is pried a hi all, shrill whistle worked by compressed air or steam and controllable by a Anlvc or key. Alongside of this apparatus is an other diaphragm made like the rirst, but there extends from the center of it a tery short, fine steel wire, highly stretched, the other end of which is connected to a sn sitive diaphragm fiom which tubes lead to I oth ears of the signalman. By an ad justable attachment; this steel wire can be regulated to greater oV le-s tension, as .1 violin Firing is, and it is trixd to respond to the note given out by the wii'stlcs on other steamers, which nie all ofprtcisely the same pitch. In fogs, the- signalman alternately sounds the whistle and listens for a return; ids leceiving apparatus not being responsive to any other sound than that to which it is tuned beyond the rippling or dashing of water on the sides of the vessel, and the movement of the . propelling shutter machinery, which are continuo'is. and do not interfere with tlie signalman's hearing a peiicdic musical sound. The so ind waves or the whistle arc communicatee! to the water -by the steel diaphragm in Trent, and travelthroiigh the sea Just as in air, but much farther, since tlie cr nductlvlty of water for sour.d is greater than that of air. One of the most important uses of this machine on large passenger ships Is to a-certaln the direr tlcn of approaching vessels with ex actness, and for this pun on they have Made Very two sets of diaphragms on opposite sides of the ship, connected telephonically. Still another contrivance ror preventing collisions, or giving notice or tlie nearness or Icebergs or ot derelicts, impresses me. This Is "the automatic pilot," a small cigar-shaped copper ve-el ome fifteen feet long and twenty-four Indies at Its great est diameter, having within it an electric motor which drives a screw propeller at its end. From tlie masthead a reel pas-es two Insulated wires, which run from the ship's dynamo electric engine down to the cigar-shapped "pilot," to which they are jotned side by side, about two reet apart. They not only carry electricity to the mo tor or the pilot, but also cause the pilot to move In harmony with the steamer's course. 'As soon as a Tog appears the "pilot ' is launched; and the current passing to it through the wires rrom the masthead re volves the motor in the little pilot-craft and sends her shooting ahead of the ship or steamer. If the pilot tends to veer from a straight line one of the wires becomes more taut tiian the other and so affects the steering apparatus as to bring tlie copper boat back to the right course. I forgot to say that these wires or cables, although having only about the thickness or a knitting-needle, are twisted together from a number ot very Tine steel wire; and, as the speed or tlie pilot is greater than the ship's and keeps her about half a mile ahead of the latter, the wires al ways tend to become taut. If the pilot strikes any obstacle, the fact becomes known at once to tlie man at the dynamo, and the engine is stopped and reversed without loss of time. Many serious acci dents have been avoided by this precau tion. The automatic pilot boat is taken on board again, of course, when the fog clears. It will be evident to anyone who reads this little sketch of my first experiences and impressions that, with such means of cloud flashes and sea signaling be sides, which, it must be mentioned, the construction of ocean cables was now very. cheap and great numbeVs'of piivate cable lines were in use it would i.ot be pos sible for our party to ese-ape indefinitely from vigilant and determined pursuers. A goo J pursuer, by means of the .omni present telegraph wires and signal sys tems, could tap the whole earth as a wjed pecker taps a tree for his prey; and, more over the French Submarine Society for mapping the bottom of the sea heel its en-der-water boats and obsetveifi in all parts of the world, liable to bob up to the surface of the deep anywhere, so that, if these were to be utilized, one of them might locate our position en or dYer the ocean at any instant. However, we led our friends and one--mles a pretty good chase, and kept it up many weeks. On our return from the Antarctic Co'nimonwealth to Patagonia (now an iniportantmnnufnctrhigcyiintry), wo ascertained that Hammerfleet luuluur viv'dd Ills' Cyclone wreck1 having, in feet, been picked up by a submarine geograph ical boat and that he was using the wires, the -cloud-) anddnetalized sail tele graph to trace us. We therefore con cluded to run quickly over to China and Japan, and were well repaid, by the evi dences of immense progress which we saw there; tlie same improvements that I have already described having bepn introduced in those countries. English, now the uni versal language, has been pretty well domesticated in China, though it btlll. cuts some pigeon wings in the dance of rustic lips. Wh'UtluterestedBva and'ine greatly, among other things, was the sijnple plan of making ice here, as in India and all hot countries by -hoisting. halloous which carry water-tanks 20,000 feet into tlie air, freeze the water and bring it down again; a constautrclayof balloons steadily renewing the supply. Ah we' passed on thiough Turkey, a peaceful, flourishing Christian cqnutry, through strong and rehabilitated Greece and Italy, to German Jv France and Eng land, we were pleased to observe the won deiful effects obtained by the particular societies, each devoted to n specific fruit or flower, whiclmow produced fruits of a Iuselousness beyond belief, and had so changed flowers that the wyKer'oiifi some thing in them called harmonic grouping gave ufcan Jndiscribablo sensation of beauty totally wanting, in thq flowers known to the ancients. In nit, also, the Society of Harmonic Curves has In ought aboutgre.it changes. The human foim, in this day, is through wise cultivat.on much more beautiful than the average ur old. times, besides which, paintersand sculptoi s, owing to an Improved knowledge or curve har mony, develop from the living model an flilpii of loveliness and perfection formerly approached only by the Gieeksaud isven bv them approached but partially. This development of beauty seems to have come from a radically altered, more restrul mode of life, a purer application of supernatural religion to existence, and a better realization of the laws of natural science as in accord with religion. So, too, and from similar causes, the great changes in manufacturing systems have benefited the race. O wing to systems for the electric distribution of power over great area, the industrial economy of very early times has been restored. Js'ow among the countless homes of the people, those or the mechanics arc each provided with" its little workshop where only one operation In any particular manufacture Is carried out. A single part of any ma chine Is paved from house to house until finished, nnd is then returned to tlie great assembling shop to be gathered into the Good Servants, complete machine. The profoundchangein the moral, mental, and social condition of the working people erfected by a return once more to occupation in the home, in stead of the promiscuous association in lurge factories, lias been one of the most lKitcnt agents in improving the state of the imputation, lessening crime, drunken ness, and other evils; stimulating true education, and restoring to labor its natural poetry and Idyllic character. Thanks to the plastic process of build ing, even tlie poorest worker has his own home. With the children of mechanics learning their trade at home from the earliest years, highly trained workmen have been developed, who produce mechan isms and fabrics once thought to be im possible and of a cheapness that is sur prising. In those branches of the mechanic arts where labor cannot be subdivided, great factories still hold their place. But they are automatic like that in which Hammer fleet had tried to entrap me and need the attendance of only one watcher; so per fected are the science and art of automatic action, by the higher type of intellect of the modern mechanic anil artisan. There are many other things of which I would like to speak, but I must bring this mcmorjirf"rrhi to a close before leaving enrth, as 1' am about to do, for n voyage and an absence which may be permanent. With all the improvements in machinery, inventions and modes of life; human nature, also, lias somewhat improved, but it has not radically altered. Its passions, good and bad, Teuiain much the same, together with its weakness, fickleness and treachery, Noting this, and havirg seen to much of the world even in our rapid Journeys, I began to grow a trifle tircel of it all and to yearn for something new and for a rest. Moreover, Zorlin had still cd up so much contioversy by his private and public talks wherever he- went, regarding- his large cosmic views in religion, philosophy and science, that he, also, longed for re turn to his native planet. It was when we had arrived at this state ot mind that Graernantle suddensy came,up with u. Just as we alighted from an airship in Norway. After getting us under thorough' observation by a number of emissaries, he had obtained from the World Committee of Twenty an order for Electra, as an American "Child- of the State," to return with him; and he now put her under a mildly paternal sort of arrcsU' Ar day or two later Hammerfleet arrived; surprising mo while I was taking a walk in aquiet spot outside of Christl anla. He looked haggard, vindictive and terrible. I ncirved myself to resist what ever attack he might make; but I was not prepared .foe the particular weapon ho produced. He unrolled in front of me a peculiar glitteruig curtain that uncurled from a. rod in his hand, dropping thence to the ground ;tind in a. moment; J le'cog- nized that it was something I hud heard of but had not seen before nothing less than a hypqnotizing machine! These machines are used medically, for the Investigation of nervous disorders and weak organisms; and they are also applied officially to the examination of candidates for the civil service and for high orfice; but the laws of the world and all tlie nations forbid their use in any other way. I gazed helplessly at the glittering thing; and it was evident that my enemy was ptting it iii operation. Tlie next moment I lost all consciousness of myself, as my self. What would have happened, I do not know; for I came almost Immediately back to myself ,uud found that Graemantlo, Zorlin, and Electra had come to my rescue In the nick of time; having been guided by Zorlin, whose Kuroi mind had enabled him to divine from a little distance what was going on. This episode settled Hammerfleet'sate. He was promptly sent back to the United States in irons, and.iEolnted in one or the penal districts. His mere using the hypno tizing machine was surricient reason lor this, and when he saw tlie game was up he confessed that his object had been to hypnotize me back into tlie nineteenth century, into my glass chrysalis in Glad win's laboratoiy, then seclude me perton ailyand keep me pcimnnentl hypnotized under this delusion, which would have lie en practically the same as death, for this world. All through our journeyings, I had been more and more impressed with Eva Pry or's gentleness and winning qualities; and, Iroin wondering at first whether I had not made a mistake as to my real feeling toward her, I came to tlie positive conclu sion thut I had done so. Now that wo had completed our globe voyage, and Zorlin was pining for his home 011 Kuro, or liars, I had u candid little conversation with her and wound up by asking her: "How would you like to carry out actu ally what you once said you would do go to Mars with me? The Kurols don't marry; and we can act with entire con sistency, by being "brother and sister, up tnero." Oelightrul." she eried, grasping my hand. "Will Zorlin take us?" A Stellur express car was ordered imme diately; and I have barely time now to Jot down here that we are about to depart. Whether I shall ever, come back I do not. know; but my mind is quite made up that I will not come back alone. POSTSCRIPT BV THE EDITOR. A. D. 2201. Bemis has returned to earth, and mar ried Eva. "It is worth while," he says, "to have been viviffcated for three hundred years and to have gone to Mars, In order to Iind out a woman's mind and my own." (Tlie End.) - OLETTE. v (Copyright, 1S9G.) One summer's evening, artei f,per, Monsieur La Rose, the village notai j . e-ame out upon the cranda of the Hotel Castor, hish.itinliishand, hissmooihiy shaven face ruddy and pleasant to Itok upon. Brabon. the drummer, Avho came up rrom Montreal to Saint Pyx occasionally on business, sat smoking quietly in a chair that was tilted against the wall. "Good evening," said M. La Rose. "Good evening, Monsieur le Notaire," an swered Brabon, indolently. Then there followed a little spell of silence that was intensified by the clatter of distant cow bells. Presently there appeared in the street -immediately before the hotel, a sort of living fantasy -a singular, dark-raced old man, whostrode-slowly past clad in a loose robe of many bright colors. His eyes had the unmistakable and restless look of the daft. On his head was a crown of buttons; brass, sliver, bone, pearl, presumably sewn together on ca rd board, and making a head gear of remarkable brilliancy. Behind him walked a gray-haired, gray-eyed woman in ordinary garb. Her ieok was clear and steady; her demeanor in every way sane. Yet though it was plain to see she was a commonplace, rustic woman, there was something august in her carriage, unac countably so, perhaps, but as natural as the studied pose of the other was con strained and unnatural. Her eyes were set fairly up;n the fantastical figure te Tore her with a meek, patient look and an evident interest beyond his ludicrous pomp and preoccupation. It was not surprising then to the notary that this apparition, emphasized in the magic atmosphere of the summer twilight, should have made Brabon to cry out with astonishment: "Allons! What Is this, monsieur? I have been in Saint Pyx many times be rore: but. I declare, this is new." "A very pathetic arruir it is, Brabon," said the notary, taking a chair and looking at his watch, to be assured he had time to tell the tale herore going ror his customary evening chat with M. Le Cure in the pres bytery rose garden. "There is a talc?" "Well, as you will; a history, nothing absorbing, but very human, very touch ing. Old Ccsaire Moisson a man with a large family, a thrifty, sober, God-fearing man once owned the mill by the River or Angels " "Yes. I see it from here; the squat white buildingnear the cluster of willows yonder." "Exactly. Well. He was a man with a considerable family I said, did I not? And when the epidemic of smallpox, occurred in the village that was many years ago, monsieur poor Moisson's family was at tacked and one after another his wife and children passed away, and he himself in deed, till there was only left hii son Zephrin whom you saw go by amomentsince " "It left him so the smallpox?" "No. He was not at home when the epi demic occurred; he was at college. Old Ccsaire managed to put up enough silver to edii--ii" t-" Iji't Mir brightest or his lrod and M. Lc Cure also contributed; Tor he had hopes that Zephrin would become a priest." "Then, I presume, the shock of this great calamityunbalancedtheyoungman'smind.'' "That may be pretty true, monsieur, though for a long time after the affair he was thought to be perfectly sound mentally. Well, Zephrin was obliged to leave college and take up the business of tlie mill a lonely task it must have been for one who had but Just tasted the sweets of knowledge. Then every dusty timber of the mill must haveseemed to hiin like a ghostor the happy days when the place wa& bjimming with laughter and good cheer. "He was not liked by the villagers on account of his silent and arrogant man ner. He was anlike any miller who had ever been known. When the inhabitants came with their grist he received them with the grand air of a seigneur ot the old days who, amid his courtly entourage, received tiie fiefs of his dependents. 'It's like that always,' grumbled the crones, 'poor parents rill their children's minds with foolish notions of greatness! Poor old Ccsaire himself rest to his bones was not like this peacock- Cesaire knew hir place bon vieux! A. miller Is a miller If Ids head be crammed with Latin or flour dust'. "Everyone piticil Zephrin, of course, on account of his great bereavement and the business of the mill suffered no seri ous retrogression in consequence of his sin gular demeanor. This excluslvencss, this hauteur, however, was taken lightly by the young folk ot the village and of ten of a summer's evening, like this one for instance, they passed up the mill cry ing up at Zephrin, who Invariably pored over nis books in the little dormer-window: 'Behold the king of the mill!' Tticn with gestures of mock gravity, Think of his mighty empire of ratsl " "Quite so." said Brabon. "They taunted him into insanity with these gibes. The crown! the robes'. I see now how they came!" "Indirectly these taunts mayhave haveaf fected his mind, monsieur. His curious attire and mien are obviously suggestive of the fact; but It is my opinion his sad derangement is only partly due to them. "Night after night the little dormer window of the mill was light till duwnr; yet the earliest coiner did not fail to find Zephrlu up and ubout. No one could un derstand, for noti another light save the miller's might, be round in all Saint Pyx, not even at the presbytery, after 10 o'clock. At length the tongues of the gossips began to tfag. It went abroad that he was closeted each ulght with the Old Man the evil one-debuting upon the sale of his soul -for riches and power to satisfy his sluful rriderttIo..othcrs said it was ndt ZcpIirJn's-JljrKairrbotfenly tlie glowing ot the ehiitof,hri fnmiu- ,, came to eutertaiiialnlfeed. taken all 0 all. the miller ync a. fearsome individual am, tjio'i a'placetobeshuim jbrhuud of the mill er-jifarkiunless one had no fear In bis"! ft jr uy any un- fortunate conciirrence'dr'sorccrie'ra person should chance to meet a fire-fly while pars ing the mill, no plunglnkof steel into wood might save him from the evil spirits. Even to bless himself and utter a pious invocation, perhaps, might not avail! - 'In the midst ot Zephrin's ill-repute a singular thing occurred. He was known to have fallen Into conversation with a customer. It was this way: Colette Dion came orten to the mill with the grist or her mother a poor widow with thirteen children, or whom Colette was the eldest One day when she came down along the dandelion-Jutted pathway leading to the nun, witii ner moiners grist hi a bag up n her head, Zephrin watched her with much interest, ircommt.nreportniaybebelieved, site was certainly, in those days, a picture not to lie blinked at casually. She had the figure of-a nymph, and a face, for all it was commonplace at points, something un usually fine for a villager. But the step, the carriage; It remain: to this day, as wo havcsecuinoiis'eur,diguirUd,!tstlnguIhbed. majestic! At rirst glance. It fcj said, there wa some remarkable revmblanec between Colette and Zephrin and who can tell? it may have leeu some vague suggestion of congeniality some thin ray, as rrm one distant planet to another, which inspired the miller'n interest. "When at length she arrived at tb door or the mill and deposited her burdeu beside it, he said: "You have a- meaning step p'tlte and a pretty one.' " 'True?' questioned Colette, with some thing finely scornful In her eloquent lips. She was piqned. let us believe, since he had not noticed her pretty race; fur, though a woman may be conscious of her subtlest grace and charm, iiofnugc to the reatures Is the thlng-the real joy. Isn't it so, Brabon? Well,' said the miller. I doubt not there Is more In your mind than the mere grinding of yonder gilst, eh? " It Is my mind now, said she. It was my step lately!' " 'It Is the min 1 which regulates the step p'tlte. I always watch the step when J would know the mind, he responded, " 'Now. there Is much in these fragments which reveals the clearness or Zephrin's mind at that period and also the real character of the man and the bent of his spirit. You see, it was the gesture, the carriage, the aspect that interested him most. Why? We shall see. Though Co lette. It may be presumed, did not realize the true significauc of his words, she re membered them every one -and repeated them to her mother, who in turn told everythingtothe cure, Langlois. from whom I have tlie story. The girl confessed al to her mother that she was much sur prised regarding theill-reputed miller. 'Mon sieur Moi-son Zephrin, she declared waa not at all a weird man, but. on the con trary, very sensible and good natured. Yet her mother warned her she must be wary; sucli fine qualities oftentimes screened tlie worst souls. Colette, how ever, maintained stolidly not a word of tlie village gossip was true. 'Indeed,' said she, "they say almost as naughty things of me, because they think I am proud. And you know maman I am not proud nor wick ed.' So every time Colette fetched the grist to the mill, she returned radiant and full of praise of the miller. At length one day said he to her, so she reported: "Colette, ram goingtoask you something.' " 'If it is one thing I know what my an swer will be," she responds, with much piquancy. "Well, if I should ask you to marry me?" " 'Then I should answer: 'no! " ".Why?" says the miller, his heart sinking to his boots, no doubt; but rising again very quickly when he catches the twinkling of mischief In her eyes. " 'Because a common miller could never win my heart,' says she coquc-ttlshly, yet with something truly drama ticin her pose 'That is only for a great man. " A seigneur?' ventured the miller. " 'Higher.' ; " 'A governor?' " 'Nay, higher. " 'A prince?' " 'Even hi cher. " 'A .king?' " 'Yes. a king.' men. nrtcr a pretty pause: 'And that is thou, my dear king or the mill! "Now he draws her hands across the door or the mill and kUses her fair head that Is fallen against his breast and that Is all. Let us suppose they simply looked out in a day-dream, across the little River oT Ange'ls.to theplea-jniit daisied meadows and green fields about her. " 'Well,' says Zephrin to her. very gravely and with a new, strange look in his eyes a look that frightens her not a little. "They call me. In contempt. "The King ot the Mill." butthey shall bow before me yet us before a king. And indeed I shall wear the robes of a king and speak the noble words of a king, which I am getting by rote each night where they seemy lamp burning in the dormer-window. Hein! Tbt-y shall sit like rats, the nm whose emperor they say I am now, while I hold them in my spell with the brave lines of Moliere! Of Corneille: Or Racine! " 'The good Saint Ann protect us! 'Who are they all?' cries Colette, now much perturbed. But the miller continues with out noticing the interruption. " 'And I shall come to you then with my triumphs; in my rine royal robes or purple and gold and ermine: with my glorious jewellcd crown. And I spall kiss your handinhomagetoyourbeautyandlaythe.se laiirels. th"s triurrnhs at your feet, my queen! my Colette!' ".lust then appears a farmer with his grist and the happy, frightened girl flits away like a startled bird "Bon Dieu!" said Brabon. "I see the stage was his vagary!" ""tcs!" said tlie notary, bowing hishcatl as before some great mystery-. "At the college entertainments, while strutting through the plays of these great master in the little hall, with its small stage and Notliinc "Less Than a """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""a"""r !SlaJ5JJ CIond-Telesrraphy. crude sceuery; U rre the common village audiences, he first heard the siren voice of Art. And a is as a siren's vohe, to some, you know, Urutjon. Lhblen!! What is the difference? He H payiag a new role now how- trash a rule' " ., "But about Colette?" interrupted Brabon. with some impatience. The gentle sent-' ttmentaiity or the notary escaped, to an extent, the blurr, practical drummer. "Ah , there 1 the rolet-the role of beauty and dlsUiKtion" Think or it! All along she has believed In him vaguely. From the day he had frightened her with hli strange talk .seemingly so irrelevant to her happiness, her poor, small mind was filled with visions or mysteriom greatness and Joys to be in the future much as are our visions of lire to come. He asked her to to wait. She must never be the wife ota common miller, but of a great man, whom the whole world applauded. And so she waned; trusting, loving, be lieving In him infinitely; and even when her reason is fallen into decay see the devotion! "Each Iay all these years she goes to tho mill and attends upon him. performing the household duties, conducting the business or the null, detailing tlie work and in structing the men lured to do the milling. Thus has she cared for hun as no one would' care for a child and. In all. save the matter of this vagary, he Is obcdlcnttoherslightes0 whim." liarbon touched tic notary's arm. z "See! They come again"" " Once more the bizarrefigure strolled past, toilowed by the woman. They had walked to the church where Colette was inakln-; a novena for Zephrin's recovery. To look upon the notary one would sup pose an angel passed, but there was on. the race or the drummer only the look of perplexed incredulity. When they had gone a little way the notary arose. looked at his watch and made as to setforth. Barbon detained him. "One word, monsieur. They are married now?" "Oh.no! Thatcoaldnotbe'heanswered, with something like a sigh. "They aro still courting and looking forward to a day of greatness and making ready for the wedding. Mon Dieu,' Brabon! That la love, eh?" , TPS HOKACK ELLiariS WATCH. Ybnng Reporter Gives tlieTJetectiva Claief a Rnde Shodr. J Chicago Chronicle. Capt. Horace Eiliott, chief of the Chicago detective force, is the owner of an un usually fine and valuable gold watch, which was presented to him some years ago by a little group of admiripg rriemls. The veteran thief taker is justly proud o the timepiece, which he exhibits to all in quirers, coupled with the information that he would about as 6oon have bis good right arm cut otf as to lose it. Knowing the hard company into v.-.'uch his busirwsd throws him at times some ot Capt. El liott's intimates hav volunteered the advice that he should take precaution against the vatch being stolen, but it has always been ipiored. Last week, how ever, a little incident cccurreel at the central station, as an outcome of which, the captain now wears a steel s&fesyeltain attached to the wath, passing through an opening In the vest lining and then around his neck. Elliott had been stoowing tlie watch to a young newspaper man iimltae latter said: "You're stacking up against alt kinds sf tough people, captain, and you're HaWa to lose that watch one ot these elays." "Not on yoar Mfe." replml the captain, confidently. "I'd like to see tke ip tbat cotitd touch ree for it under any oriHaary conditions." "Well, I'd he careful, all the same, if I were In your place." retorted else scnae, as he walked away. Five minutes later Inspector Fltzpatriclc bad cccsion to call Elliott into his office, and thefirst thing hesaw was the head de tective's watch chain swinging loosely from the vest buttonhole. "Where's your watch?" was the Inspec tor's first query. Elliott Jammed his left band Into hti watch pocket, and. sure enough, the time piece was gone- Withflusheelface he rushed into the sqimdroom to put the fly coppers on the trail, and there was the newspaper man exhibitingthe watch tothc crowd and elling how he had "touched a sucker" for it. Elliott recovered the treasure, and now whenever the young reporter visits the station two detectives follow him around to Pttthat he doesn't steal the of f ico safe. t . . , A Deferretl Wash Day. "They must have had a great Christm-.. at the Splurges'." , "What makes you think so?" H "I saw twelve pairs of stockings hanging- on the line Saturday morning." Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hypnotizing "Machine!