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THE IIOKNTO T-lliES, SUNDAY, JATSTUAHY 3, 189T.
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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-
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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
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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.)
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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
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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!

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