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JEWS OF JERUSALEM.
The Chosen People Eeturning to Pal estine and the Holy City. BTRAKGB DRESSES AM) CUSTOMS. A Colony of Americans Who Live on the Walls of Zion. WEEPING BEFORE SOLOMON'S TEMPLE IFBOX OCB TEATELIXO COMMISSIOXEE.1 EEUSALEM, July 12 Thirty thousand out of the 40,000 people in Jerusalem are Jews, and the Israelites bid fair to become the predomi nant people in Pales, tine. The Turkish Government, which has for ages pro hibited them for liv inglonger than three weeks at a time in the Holy Land, is under the influence of the foreign govern ment relaxing its restrictions and at present the Jews are coming here by the hundreds. They are engaging in business and they now control n great part of the trade of Jeru salem. Some of them feel that the day when the prophecy of the Bible that they shall again inhabit their land shall be ful- R9SRfliSl. " given their business over to their sons anda who live here upon an allowance Irom them.' The Jews of Jerusalem have some poor among them, and their condition is worse than that of any of their race the world over. The numbers who have been forced here by persecution are supported almost entirely by the different Jewish churches over the world,and the numbers of different denominations of Christians also who are so supported, have made Jerusalem a city of mendicants. At certain hours of the day bread is given away at certain places and the people come to these in crowds. The Jews themselves in the fewest of cases change their religion, bnt the dif ferent denominations of begging Christians move about from church to church as the supplies rise or fall, just as the bad boy changes his Sunday school according to the prospects of presents at time of Christmas. Such giving has made Jernsalen a hot-bed for the propagation of beggars; and this is true of other people than the Jews. THE WAILING PLACE. One of the great sights of Jerusalem is the Jew's wailing place where every Fri day certain sects meet on the outside of the walls of the Mosque of Omar which occu pies the site of Solomon's temple, and with their heads bent against tho stones sorrow over the loss of Jerusalem and pray God to give the land back to His chosen people. This custom has been observed since the days of the middle ages, and it is one of the saddest sights. I visited it last week. In a narrow alley surrounded by miserable houses on stone flags which have been worn with the bare ieet of thousands of Jews against a wall of great blocks of marble, which reached for 60 or more feet above them, a long line of men in long gowns and of women with shawls over their heads stood with their heads bowed praying and weenintr. Many of the men had white beards, and the long curly locks which fell down in front of their ears were of silver. t, i ii MB ssssssw ai isst i ii T - r- . ? ftffS A OHV " I ' -tJ. I TOE JEWS' TVAILINO PLACE. filled is at hand, and one curious tribe from Southern Arabia claims to have received a revelation that thev must leave their desert country and come back to Palestine. These Jews have lived in Yemen Arabia for the rtast 2,500 years. They are of the tribe of (fad and they left Palestine 700 years before Qhrist was born. They are bringing with t&em many valuable old documents which prove their origin and not a few of them are e imaged inagriculture near Jerusalem. The ) secution of the Jews in Bussi a and Austria is driving many of them here and there are large numbers of Polish and Span ish Jews in Jerusalem. THE A3IEEICAN eagle's yictoby. Our American Consul. Mr. Gilman. tells me that there are about 200 American Jews in Jernerffom, nil J mmjrm .that the great number of Jewish immigrants is the wonder of the people of this part of the East. He says that the removal of the restrictions on Jewish immigration has taken place during the past three or four years, and that when he came here it was the policy of the foreign governments represented at Jerusalem to aid the Turks in expelling the Jews. He was advised shortly after his arrival that some American Jews were overstaying their three weeks' time in Palestine and was re quested to direct them to leave. He re plied that such action was entirely contrary Others were just in their crime, and I could not but wonder when I saw the forms of these at times almost- convulsed with emo tion. Eachhadawell-thumbedHebrew,Bible in his hand, and from time to time the party broke out into a kind of chant, an old gray-haired man acting as leader, and the rest coming in on the refrain. The chant was in a strange tongue, but as translated it is as follows: Leader For the palace that lies desolate. Response We sit in solitude and mourn. Leader For the walls' that are destroyed. Response We sit in solitude and mourn. Leader For our Majesty that is departed. Response We sit In solitude and mourn. Leader For our ereat men who lie dead. Response We sit In solitude and mourn. Leader For our priests who have stumbled. Response We sit in solitude and mourn. Leader For our kings who have despised him. Response We sit In solitude and mourn. The effect of this chant cannot be appre ciated without hearing it. The old men, the weeping women who kiss the stones of the wall that separates them from what was once the site of Solomon's temple, and which is even now the holiest part on the earth to the Jew, the genuine feeling ex pressed by all and the faith that they show in thus cominc here week after week and J year after year Is woDorfi!I)-1mpressive. it is indeed one of the strange sights of this strangest of cities. BECOMING 0T7NEES OF THE BOIL. There are anumberof agricultural colonies in different parts of Palestine. There is an agricultural school near Jaffa. which tin more than 700 pupils, and there are eight of dition of the city has been greatly im proved. There is" still room, howeVer, for further advance in this direction, and the side streets are filled with garbage and slops, and you now and then find a dead dog or cat in a state of putrid decompo sition. The Jerusalem outside the walls is now almost as large as the city within, and I am told that land has risen to such an extent that the holy city may be said to have a real estate boom. In the Medi terranean Hotel where I am stopping, there is a card advertising a fine farm lor sale between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and I learn that along the Jaffa road, just out side of the gate, property has gone up within a year or so several hundred per cent. One piece which belongs to a charitable institution was bought a short time ago for J500. It Is now worth 180,000 and cannot be bought for that amount A telegraph line now runs from here to the sea coast and a railroad company has been organized to build a line from Jaffa to Jerusalem. I drove out to Bethlehem, which lies an hour's ride from here, yesterday, and I found telegraph poles planted on the plains where King David fought the Philistines, and running up the hills where the shep herds watched their flocks when they saw the wonderful star. On the same eround to-day the turbaned Bethlehem shepherds of the nineteenth century are minding their sheep; and as I looked at their rough forms clad in sheepskin coats, I wondered whether the bright star of the electric light might not some time appear in their own little town and on the tower of David, which looks down upon them from the Jerusalem of to-day. Bethlehem has many new houses,. There is a good road now to Hebron, and the day will probably soon be when you can travel over the Holy Land in a carriage. Jerusalem, for the first time in its history, has a police force, and its order is now as good as that of New York. It has fairly good hotels, and the town is awakened every morning by the bugle call of the modern "Turkish band. The Ameri can flag floats from the roof of the Consular buildinc on the top of Mount Zion, and vou find on its streets travelers from all parts of the world. Ebank G. Cabfenteb. Puzzling the British Tourist by a Multiplicity of Names. GORGEOUS GAMBLING HOUSES. A Scheme to Counterbalance the Effects of Heavy Losses. PARASOL FLIRTATION ON THE BEACH these agricultural colonies. One of their nhnkM. ..'. SSS rr5n.2K S ?-r,one of the brightest newspaper x A GHOST WORRIES AN EDITOR. Mysterious Sounds That Scared a News paper Man Into Illness. Atlanta Journal. 3 t Augusta has an editor who was scared into several weeks' illness by a ghost. One of the reporters on the paper tells of it in print. The sickness is over with now, and the cause of it has just leaked out. The name of the editor who suffered himself to be so badly frightened is not given, but it is a pretty good ghost story and is given for what it is worth. During reconstruction times a resident of Augusta was arrested by the military au thority, and put under guard in the Pal metto House, which stood then where the Chronicle office now is. One guard kept an eye upon the imprisoned citizen. During the night the muffled tread of the sentry was brought to halt by a fatal knife thrust. After a brief struggle the guard was dead and the prisoner liberated. To this day it has never been learned who did the killinc-. It happened one nicht some eiuht week ago that one of the Chronicle editors found it necessary to remain at his desk after the rest of the force had gone home. He was engaged busily writing, when he heard a low muffled noise. Thoughts of the story of the Yankee's murder came back to him. He listened intently. He heard the almost noiseless steps of the avenger. Then he heard the noise as the guard was borne down, the death cry as the knife blade reached a vital part, the hurried steps of tne neemg liberator and lioerated the edi tor was in a delirium. It was more than the ooor newspaper fel low could stand. Weary with work, frail in mind and body after hours of labor, he gave completely away. In his" helpless condition visions of his high tariff articles, of his pilfered leading essays, of his whole life, came up before him. ' He reached home, but was thrown into bed, where he remained for weeks. The incident had The story is told in tha overtae signature of Mr. W. C, rcoaaxsroNDEscE or thb dispatch. Long Branch. August 9. LL that is Long fT Branch is not so n "called. Theexten- . vision of the im- y," mensesummerpop- (J ulation has gone so lar Deyona tne limits of the orig inal Long Branch that no less than 16 distinct names for railway sta tions, and post offices are in use """ between Sandy Hook and Key East. Changes are frequentj ly made in them, at that, and it is only this season that Avon-by-the-Sea is substituted for the old-fashioned Key East Wealth and fashion are whimsical, yon know, and will not tolerate the commonplace in nomenclature any more than in other things. So uniform is the pretentiousness at Long Branch that the sight of a tatter demalion girl playing in the water from a hydrant with her bare 'feet was a sight to make me stop and look. The modish chil dren may take off their shoes and stockings for the surf, but the line for such indul gence is drawn for them at the bluff, and a dozen of them were watching this unconven tional youngster with positive envy. A PUZZLED BBIXISHTOUBI3T. But I was writing about the fitfnl and sometimes foolish names of the differ ent portions of Long Branch. Just now there is something of a controversy over two them while the" fate of their dollars is being dec.ded. Others are open and above board, making no effort to conceal either their tx citement or the other evidences ot their in digence in wagers. On my last visit to the track I saw a care fully reared and in no wise reprehensible young daughter of a New York millionaire seated at the front of the dub house stand, making her bets through the medium of a well-known bookmaker's employe a tough-ldoking fellow, who of course could not spproach her socially, but who for this occasion was a familiar' and confidential agent. She displayed conspicuously, before thousands of observers, the tickets repre senting her bets, 'and her consultations with the bookmaker's man, as well as her orders to him, were in ordinary conversational tones overheard by everybody within a doz en fset They were informed, too, by her raptarous ana mathematical exclamation at the dose of theay's racing, that she was a winaer to the extent of $240. Besides the public methods of gambling, quite secluded games of poker were never mora numerous at Long Branch than they are this season. SQUARES GAMES. A question commonly discussed hers Is whether the games at the two great club houses aro "square." You would be sur prised and amused by the partisanism arts' ing sometimes to rancor over this seemingly inconsequential point My own impression is that the, club proprietors are' content, as they really ought to be, with the regular percentage in their favdr. Still the mag- muuence ot the establishments, and the im- By FRANKLIN FILE, WBITTEN FOB THE DISPATCH. jflk JpisHSr Watwif If && le?TVissi".'l U 1 IK 9MmWl The Parasol Flirtation. Natives of Jerusalem. to the spirit of our government which is founded on religious and race freedom, and after some negotiations the American Jews -were allowed to remain. Shortly after this the British Consul, under instructions from the British Minister at Constantinople, took the same grounds, and I am told that the German and the French Governments have followed suit. The time of Jews remaining in Palestine has been extended and the re strictions upon their residence. "In Jerusalem have been practically removed. A half century ago there were only 32 Jewish fam ilies in all Jerusalem and the number in Palestine was only 3,000. Now there are nearly 50,000 in the Holy .Land, and three fourths of the population of Jerusalem is made up of. them. . A curious people thev are! Like no other Jews on the lace of 'the earth. Thev are nearer the type which existed here in the past and they have a prescribed dress and their appearance is like that of no other people of the Orient. The boys and men wear long coat-like gowns which reach with out belts from "the neck to the feet and which show other gowns beneath them at the front Their heads are covered with cloth or velvet caps bordered with long brown fur which stands straight out, form ing a wide fringe about the head. HANDSOME HEBEEWS. None shave and all who can wear beards. Each face is framed in two long curly locks of hair which come out just in front of the ears and in many cases reach down to the breasts, in accordance with an injunction of the Scriptures stating that "thou must not mar the corners of thy beard." The Jews here never cut their hair in Jront of the ears, and I have seen boys with the whole of the rest of the head shaved and these two locks left These Jerusalem Jews have fine faces with the olive complexion, which are com mon to their race the world over. They have hair of all colors from black and white to a fiery red, and there are men among them with btards of silvery whiteness. Jerusalem is to the elderly Jew of Europe what Benares is to the Hindoo. He hopes to come here to die, and I am told that some of the race have a belief that if they die in other lands they will be dragged under the earth through the globe from whence they are laid until they come out upon the Mount of Olives. The side ot this mountain is covered with Jewish tombstones, and soil from it is sent to Jews in many parts of the world in order that it may be put into their coffins at burial. Quite a number of the American Jews here are old men. few of them, however, are of American birth and rerr few sDcakEnelish. Therhare mvinirorl in some way a citizenship in America, .But they are not of the high class of their race in our country. Philistines lived, and it has tens of thous ands of vines.and olive trees. The Turks are very much averse to selling land to the Jews, but the latter show themselves to be as good farmers' as they are business men, and the terraced condition of the hills about Jerusalem shows that the Holy Land was far better cultivated under them than it has been under their conquerors. A large amount of land just outside of the city of Jerusalem is now either in the hands 6f the Jews or of their charitable in stitutions. Mr. Behar, the head of the Bothschild schools, tells me they have just bought the Jerusalem Hotel and'will add it to their school. Sir Moses de Mont-fior who managed the fund left by a rich New Orleans Israelite, built many good houses for Jews on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and there are a number xf Jewish hospitals. r Amone the people who confidently be lieve that the Jews will soon again own Palestine is a colony of IS persons who live in a fine house built on the' very walls of Jerusalem and who are known as "the Americans." These neoDle are not Jews vW&tt&y 'milk raw' j?v X fcl OWlGEBtssssssssssssssssVC. "Si V- gj VssssssWliliHissssssssssssssm V! nfieW porters on the Georgia press. A COSTLY CHRONOMETER. Sixty Thousand Dollars the Sum Mr. Astor Paid for tho Instrument. From the Ucean.t In the early days of the direct tea trade with China importers were anxious to se cure the earliest cargoes of a new crop. The fastest clipper ships were engaged in the trade. Great haste in loading them was followed by a hot race to reach New York first The first cargo brought the best price and large profits. The successful captain was always rewarded, so every known aid to navigation was adopted. The vountr Caritain of one or tv a .. clippers bought, on one of his trips, a new chronometer, and with its aid made a quick passage and arrived first. He put the price of it into the expense account of tho trip but Mr. Astor threw it out, insistine that such items of expense for new fangled no tions could not be allowed. The Captain thereupon resigned and took service with a rival line. TJie next year he reached port long before any competitor, to the great de light and profit of his employers and the chagrin of Mr. Astor. Not long after they chanced to meet, ami Mr. Astor inquired: "By the way, Captain, how much did that chronometer cost vou?" "Six hundred dollars; and may I inquire Mr. Astor, how much it has cost you?" ' "Sixty thousand dollars." The moral is plain. Im ?'(.? 'K'JvmyJilBflkiM jMiwA'YM II mi im '&tff&fA2AA'.' i I'.iBljnilLlil Mai )&2&2!??- - V.'HiH Hil im ?- The TburitW Perplexity. Eelhlehem Shepherd in 1SS3. at all. They are Christians who have come here from different parts of the "United States, and more especially from Chicago, to await the fulfilment of the prophecy that God will regenerate the world, beginning at Jerusalem. They be lieve that this day is close at hand, and they say that it has begun in the Jews com ing back to Palestine. They see its fulfil ment in the improvements that are going on in Jerusalem, and cite the new roads that have been built over the country as one of the evidences of it They are evi dently people of means as well as of refine ment and culture. "When L. visited them the other day I talked with several of them and found them intelligent and well edu cated. I asked one as to, their belief, una was answered that they took the Bible as TWO HOODOOED WATCHES. Timepiece That Break Their Springs With Astonishing Regularity. Levlston Journal.! Jeweler Doten, of Auburn, tells the latest story about the curious' breaking of main springs in watches. Friday a man came in with a watch to have the spring replaced. The jeweler put in a new one and hune the watch up. No sooner had he done so than along came another man with a watch whose mainspring was broken and which was of the same firm's make as the first one. He put a good mainspring in this, as he had in the other, and hung'the watch up beside it It was but a few minutes Wore the main springs in both watches broke, one of then in 19 pieces and the other in 13. They had broken within two seconds of each other. He took them down and put in them two of the best mainsprings he had in the shop, but in less than 12 minutes one of them broke, and during the night the other did likewise, each'beinc in many nieces. Thi morning he was wondering whether .to try it again or furnish the owners with new watches, thinking it might be cheaper, EESERTED FOR THE KEPHEW. A Remark Thnt Was Neatly Turned by Gen eral Bam Houston. Atlanta Joarnal.l names for one railroad station. Some bother for new visitors is caused thereby. It was only last "evening that I saw a British tourist and his daughter interestedly viewing the prismatic fountain in the grounds of the Pennsylvania Club. "And what place might this be?" the man asked of one of the policemen whom the authorities assign to friendly dnty arbund this famous gambling house. This is the West End, sir," was the re ply, "and that building is the Pennsylvania Club." "But is the Pennsylvania Clnb at the West End, and are there two of them? Halt an hour ago we saw a Pennsylvania Club at Hollywood." It was the same establishment He had approached it from the other side. There was a time when the West End Hotel was in Long Branch, but the proprietors secured a postoffice and railway station there, nam ing both West End. Later, John Hoey made his enormous investment in Holly wood, an adjacent park, and by donating the ground and edifice for a new station, he has induced the railway people toall it Holly wood and West End. He is now nushinir hard for a separate postoffice, to be called Hollywood. GAMBLING AT THE BRANCH. It would be unsuitable to write a column about a Long Branch without paving some attention to the gambling, which remains a foremost, assertive and characteristic feature othe place. A portly, middle-aged man, broken in health and impaired in mind, is seen mingling in the chance assemblages. That is the notorious "Phil Daly, the propri etor of the Pennsylvania Club, and for years so dominant in local politics that the police and other officials were servile in the inter est of his law breakage. In those days he Watching Their Dollars Come and Go. At a banquet General Sam Houston was men Kuiuc, uu wuir uuc; iuu cume to jeru naming tne .rresiaenu unu mcir cnaracter- eaiem to cnueavor w joiiow its precepts while living upon its walls. They have no particular creed, and one of them said, when asked as to this, that there is too much preaching and too little good living. They do no missionary work, and say they have not yet felt called upon to preach. They spend much ot their' time in Bible study and singing, and are much respected among the foreigners who reside in Jerusalem. A BEAT, ESTATE BOOST. 'Ftiavsft trt iJwiTif dntsBiiAB Al-.A T "AmI"!.,-0I"?JlemislB'Pi. D o,t of iU. Sets whahate pme out of busineM. or ban ' we now nell iayVd tto'iS bSe? istlcs, and omitted Monroes name. A nephew of Monroe asked: "General, what have you to Bay of my ancle?" General H. O, Mr.' Monroe was a very agreeable companion." Monroe Why, General, yon might as well call him a fool, and be done with it General H. No, I reserve that compli- Tke above was told bv Dr. Martn.m Hnntsville, Tex..here General Houston was an aggressive and stalwart Individual. But never since the assault made on him by a conspiring gang of men and women in New Yort, last winter, has he been his old self. The Pennsylvania Clnb is open as re splendently os ever, and so is its equally gorgeous rival, the Long Branch Club. This season there is not even any talk of en forcing the law against them. Indeed, it is dopbtful whether a vote of all the residents of the West End and Long Branch proper, temporary and permanent, wonld count up against these gaming houses. The villagers ? uci Hcutu bu lose any money in them, and many of them benefit by the em ployments afforded in one way or another by the clubs. The summer visitors are so largely Wall street men, turf speratora and others accustomed to taking chances, that the faro and roulette tables would be re gretfully missed by something like a majority. That may be wicked, but it is true. BETTING OIT THE TBACK. Go to Monmouth Park race course any day when the grand stand and club house re brilliantly crowded, and you will have to look about you very closely to find a per son wuo u uut Kimuuuj,. J-ne women are mense cost of their-maintenance, to say nothing of the admitted princely profits, are to a certainty paid'for by the visitors. That should be enough to deter anybody from playing with a view to escape the almost inevitable expenses of the diversion. The club managers do at least indulge In one periodical exploit of humbuggery. Whenever an inordinately heavy loss is sustained by a guest, it is followed by a fictitious instance of heavy winning by a mythical outsider. That has happened every year or two ' since the clubs were opened. The latest of these occurrences was last month when the recklessly profligate Geoige Law lost over $30,000 in a single night at the Pennsylvania Clnb, and that was followed within a few days by an al together fanolful account ot almost equal winnings by "millionaire Jim Beschler, of Denver, ex-Senator Tabor's old partner in ijine xiiitie jrittsourg mine." A lemlnino rLong Branch correspondent who' -nossiblv may have believed what she wrote, gave this pieoe of fiction to the world. The club men declare its truthfulness, but I have found upon Investigation no shadow of sub stantiality in it Senator Tabor writes to me that there is no Jim Besohler, so far as he knows. A persistent search of hotel registers at Long Branch reveals no such nameia trustworthy witness of the alleged play pannot be found, and the whole matter .waM concoction intended to offset George Law's losses in public attention. PAEASOL PLIBTATIONS. The girls at Long Branch average well to the eve in dress and deportment They are not displaying themselves in the surf as much as hitherto," and instances of in decorous bathing costumes have become scarce. Equestrianism 'is their favorite sport What is called parasol flirtation is a new indulgence, and it consists of holding their gay sunshades thus, or twirling them so, with intricate meanings for flirtation in each movement A more or less well de fined code of signals is in nte, just as fans and handkerchiefs have been employed in that way. "Dancing "in the barn" is the season's terpsichorean innovation here, as at other watering places. It is a quite ballet like departure in round dancing, and, for a display of grace or awkwardness, as the case may be, it has never been surpassed in summer notei parlors. , For the dandies it is to be said that they are truly sweeter than the girls in the matter of costumes. They have taken to nrfvycaps and white flannel suits, with colored sashes and canvas shoes brilliantly dyed. They are simply gorgeous. Kaiieba, TRAPPING MOSQUITOES. They Catraot Get Their Bills Oat While You Hold Yoar Breath. Three or four men were sitting on the piazza of a seaside cottage smoking. It was evening. The stars were as thick in the sky as freckles on a red-headed girl's face. The waves came in, on the beach with a swish-swash-swosh just as they have done- ever since the second day of the creation. More piercing than the song of the waves were the notes and more multitudinous than the stars of heaven the number of the mos quitoes that haunted that piazza, and every one of them was "looking for blood." The men had ceased smoking for fun. They now- punea tneir pipes ana cigars to Keep the mosquitoes away. "Something funny about mosquitoes," said one rather absent mindedly. "Yes, rather," was the drawling replv. "Funny how much blood it takes to fill one of them up." "No, but honest now; do you know that if a mosquito 'd get his bill down into your hand he can't pull it out while you -hold your breath?" "Don't believe it" "It Is true, however, for I have tried it." "Bet you the cigars a mosquito can take his bill out at any time he wants to do it, and we will trv it right here. It is a go?" "It is, and I'll let them try." A lamp was lighted and the cigars put out, and all waited. In less than a minute a mosquito had placed himself on Tom's hand and began operations. . "Now," said Tom, and placed the fore finger of his other hand down close to the mosquito. It did not budge. He placed his nail against the abdomen of the -insect and whirled it around. StUl it remained fixed. "You can do it every time," said Tom as he killed the mosquito and drew a long breath. It is a fact Go and try it She Can Oatrlde a Comanche Virginia City Enterprise.! Miss Johanna Kemler, a belle of Para dise Valley, Nevada, has set out for Paris. She rides any animal that wears hair, and hoofs, and cares no more for a saddle than does a wild Indian. She is as much at home on the side of a galloping steed as on his back. With her horse at full speed she can pass under his neck and come up on the other side, a feat that few Comancb.es care to undertake. The Itter of the Law. Now Haven PaUadlnm.1 As the city ordinance reads, every dog shall wear a muzzle between the 1st of June and the 1st of August A muzzle can be ut onto a dog as the owner likes and yet within the letter of the law. A. muzzle N . .u - . -Ufc. iua wuiucu re i us wuiiu lueicueroi tne taw. -a muzzle , at no exception. f Some of them do their bet- . can be put jupoa tha tail .of a canine; and stoa ting very quietly, through their escorts, and if it can only be made to aUyJhfLdozia allj CHAPTER L TWO TATTEBDEMAIiIOJfS. 'GUST of March wind caught up a bushel of dust from an Arkansas road, threw it into the air, kept it whirl ing high for a minute, and then let it settle to the ground. As this dense clouding of the highway slowly ceased, two pedes trians developed into view, as though materialized on the spot, by some whimsi cal phenomenon, from that which the Bible says we all ore and shall return tp. That the dust was a cor poral part of these persons was not hard to believe, for the new deposit merely mixed itself with that which had previously whitened their heads, shoulders and other places of chance lodgement They did not take the trouble to brush any of it off- their clothes. They clapped their hands together, and, having thus shaken it from those mem bers, they rubbed it from their faces. One of them was a man who strutted so pompously that more of the dust remained on his breast .than on his back; but if his over-erect posture came of personal pride it must have been accomnanied by abundant mortifica tion, for dilapidation wasdisclosed wherever the dust did not hide' his frayed and dis colored suit But the frock coat was closely buttoned over a figure which it fitted by original design, not by second-hand chance, and the trousers, although they had not re tained their shapeliness equally well, had been made from a measurement of the same legs which they had too long inclosed. The decay was not careless; it was unavoidable. The prosperity of the man the endurance of his clothes had evidently passed away to gether, and only the length of time that had sufficed' to bring the wearer and the worn to a state of harmonious ill-fortune remained a matter of estimate. In one particular, how ever, his asnect did not show anv unsiirhtli- ness. Scissors and razor were still his to us'e. His hair was cropped neatly close, his mustache drooped gracefully at the sides of a smoothly shaven chin, and the gray of both was in an effective contrast with the redly sunburned complexion. i The companion of this unrelaxed effigy of dignity was a contrastingly lissome girl, 16 years old, if judged by her face, but less if measured by her rmall stature", on which the tatters of a once jaunty jacket and gown were no disfigurement; whose countenance was not a loser of prettiness through tan orfrickles; whose hair wrapped her head with brown, and was powdered like a court beauty's , with the dust; and whose feet stepped as lightly in a pair of shattered shoes as though newly slippered. She was the fairest of tatterdemalions. "Dad," she said, and then stopped to fleck a grain- or two of the small cyclone's deposit from her lips. "Dad, this eight mile tramp's just about six miles too long." "Daughter," he "responded, as he shifted the strap of a shabby leather bag from one shoulder to the other, "don't say 'tramp' please to don't say 'tramp. Say trudge, if you ob ject to'calling it a Talk, or mention it as a saunter a stroll anything ths,t, doesn't make us out vagabonds. We mustn't con fess before we're convicted." "Whatever 'tis, tramp or trudge," the girl retorted, "it's something we've got to do; so let's jog along." The father's tone was a little querulous, although he tried to speak jocosely, and the daughter's smile was something like a peev ish grimace: but as they walked alone the girl took hold of the bag, to relieve the man oi some ot its weight, whereupon he gently removed her hand and'held it in his own. Telegraph poles made 100-yard measure ments along the road, with their still sappy surfaces of hemlock from which the barK had lately been removed, and the small rounds of freshly-pounded earth at their bases outlined sharply by the surrounding turf, showing that the work had.net been done long. The evidences of newness in creased steadily, and when the pedestrians had cone a. mile further thev came to the men who were making this line of telegraph from civilization across the boundary into the transitional territory of Oklahoma. There were several canvas-topped prairie wagons standing in a row, and the horses belonging to them, unhitched but still har nessed, were nibbling the grass near by. Other vehicles consisted merely of heavy running gear on which lay loads of the barked trunks of tall, straight trees, ready to be set up, and still others were freighted with wire and the appliances for stretching it from pole to pole. Two tents ot the army pattern had been pitched where a big old tree overhung them, and close to a brook which seemed to 'be constantly washing itself, so clean did the water look with its underlay of white pebbles and its border ings of vejy green grass. A roof of canvas was over along table of adjustable boards, on which tin plates and cups were ready for tne meat wnicu iwo men were cooKing at a portable stove. Some tethered cows and sheep and a stock of canned eatables in a box wagon, showed "how little dependence lor iooa was piacea on tne route. This movable encampment had been located for the night, and the sun had already sunk into the distant edge of rank grass. Not a sign of cultivation or permanent habitation was in sight, and the unfenced roadway was no more than a wide abrasion in the prairie where the "boomers" had dragged their way toward the land of vague promise. This was the nineteenth nightly place of stop, and therefore was called Camp Nine teen. The last one had been named Eight een, and the next would be Camp Twenty. Halt a hundred men were erecting poles, a shortgdistance further along, but the wire had not been carried beyond the spot where the night's camp was fixed, and there the Only person beside the busy cooks immedi ately discernable when the pedestrians ar rived was a young man busy at a telegraphic instrument A tripod made the legs of a small table, and on it was the apparatus lor senaing ana receiving messages over the wire, .which was brought down ftom tha last pole to which it had been adjusted. The operator's name was William Brown, and it goes far toward describing him to tell that in the rough and impolito com pany ' of telegraph constructors, he was called Will Brown and not Bill Brown. No doubt some of this consideration on the part of the men given to hard nicknaming was due to young Brown being the elec trician oi the expedition, and therefore a scientific mystery to most of them; but more than that, his unvarying suavity of manner, modesty of speech and careful re tention of Eastern deportment character ized him so markedly as'to make "BU1"h misnomer and "Will" appropriate. "Look, Dad," the dusty girl whispered to her companion, as her eyes fell on Will Brown; "we haven't seen a thing like that since we quit railroad tracks and took to footprints., Isn't he pretty?" "He glads my eyes, daughter he glads my very gaze,' the man returned, eyeing the busy operator, who had not yet sees tnem. ness jras understood by the girl when she saw him advance with an enlivened stride, and heard him say briskly: Ah I a tele graph station, eh? That is fortunate. Is this 'a money order office, my young friend? I would like to send a message to Fort Smith at once for a transfer ot funds." Will Brown straightened up from his bent posture over the instrument, looked at the exaggerated dignity of the enquirer with a twinkle of merriment in his honest blue eyes, and urbanely replied: "This isn't a money order station; it isn't any sort of a station; it's just the temporary end of the line, and doesn't take any business." "Oh, don't say that pray don't say that," and the disappointment of the applicant looked like genuine anguish; "I shall be distressed we shall be distressed daugh ter and I if we can't get a remittance by wire." Will Brown's eyes turned to the girl, and saw in her face as woe-begone an expression as she could command without hurting her prettiness. After a pause to let the young man appreciate the comeliness of the maiden in spite of her bad attire, the father continued: "We have walked six miles this afternoon, and intended to go as far as Wealth City." "Wealth City?" came in a guttural voice from the center of a clump of low bushes; and then a red face, fringed with whiskers from one side of a straw hatbrim around to the other, and stubbled over with an un shaven week's beard, lifted into view. "What'n t-h-u-n-der's Wealth City?" the grim voice demanded, spelling out the first syllable phonetically, with heavy emphasis on each letter and an equal stress on the rest oi me word. as no man other than a practiced handler of gambling chips would be likely to. He seemed about to toss it back to the lender, or donor, but slipped it into a vest pocket instead, and blithsomely said: "My daugh ter is a genius sir a genius. She sings she dances she will go into Oklahoma, my young friend, like a revelation of melody and a disclosure of grace. It may be that her talent must submit to ofiensive environ ment for awhile, and, indeed, I may confess that our immediate expectations as to Wealth City are centered in a concert hall said to have just been opened there; but all Oklahoma is oars, and we shall, speedily possess it Jack High, sir, and and " "Call her Deuce Low," was the sleepy suggestion from Old Jugg Brown in the bushes. "Jack High and Deuce Low," cried the shabby adventurer, exhilarated by the pos session of an unearned dollar, and he was about to impulsively declare that the card named couple would win the game, but he checked himself, and chose other Ian cuace. "They will conquer prosperity in Oklaho mawill Jack High and Deuce Low Oh, yes." The appetizing fragrance of coffee came from the opened kettle on the stove, and the two cooks were seen to be active in putting the meal on the table. . "Will they sell two suppers for a dollar?'." Deuce Low asked, raising her eyes to Will Brown; and when he did not answer in s'tantly, she eagerly suggested: "Well, then, say one supper and a half?" She rolled partly over and rested her chin in her palms('while her elbows settled into the) turf. "I'd rather get half a supper than none." -Will Brown felt like a boyish playfelllow of this coaxing little creature, notwith standing his 22 years, and he stood with arms akimbo, looking down into her wist-, ful face, with a juvenile impulse to sharsl with her whatever he had to eat 'I don't think you can buy any sappers here," he said, "because we don't make a business of sellinir them. But we'll feed you for nothing." His glance turned to Jack High, and he less hospitably added: "And you, too. But in that case what use is my dollar to you? You' might pay it baok now, you know, and-get it off your mind." Adrouieer preiaceu jacc xugn s repiy. The rise of this individual was so much ' "You're right as can be. I'll satisfy tho bbBco t'!)tv!&&-':je7 "ssft J!a '!? V3v:... p jfafc Aj' THE COUNTEBTEIT BILLS ABE FOUND. like that of jack-in-a-box caricature that the girl exclaimed, like a surprised child, "Oh, that's tunny!" aud one of her feet leaped clear off the ground in a little caper of mer riment The object of her glee displayed no resentment Ho was amiably drunk, and disposed to gratify, with all particulars about himself, the curiosity which he had aroused. "My name's Old Jugg Brown," he sen tentiously said, addressing himself directly to the girl, and speaking as a human ex hibit in a museum migfet in lecturing on it self. "I was born Brown, and now they call me Old Jugg because I'm such an al mighty hard drinker. Yes, I'm Old Jugg Brown, and this young gentleman is my son. I'm proud of my son, and he ain't proud of me. He's a reformin' me Will is but I got hold of a bottle o whisky, and I've-been drinkin' here in the brush." He told this assomethingthathad casually a JvvM""'jT -r sisr lii -Lir" -Gnrr. iy Two Quests for Camp Nineteen. J&!&&&&im$S& &i'A jtjPiW dtfiWn ajdat bgJwtM j fog, J happened to him something regretable.and yet nothing that he could have been ex pected to prevent. He held up the half emptied bottle, and swayed with it to and fro, until the son took it from him and smashed it on a stone. He regarded this summary action apathetically until the aroma of the, spilled whisky reached his nose, and then he sniffed feebly, his bland smile changed to a erotesque pout, and he sank slowly down into the bushes as though an invisible hand was shutting him down into his box. "X was saying that we meant to get to Wealth City before night" the strutting stranger resumed. "We understand that Wealth City is a new name for a sudden place the name about a day old, and the place some thing like a week. I will not conceal the fact that we are in a sense well, call "us fortune seekers and we haven't yet found it May be it is in Oklahoma, and what we wish is to cet there. At this moment" and here he snapped a thumb and finger of each hand airily, "we are tired, we are hungry, and we are penniless:" Will Brown was not unaccustomed to wandering adventures in a similar plight, and he would have repulsed this man, doing it not the less decidedly because politely; but at that instant the girl settled to the ground, very limp and prone, but falling into far too graceful a pose to make it possible'that she was careless about it Her fatigue was pitifully genuine, however, and the sight of beauty in distress although also in racs was an appeal which Will made no effort to resist "You're welcome to a dollar," he said, holding forth a coin instinctively toward debt, and give you likely's not your money over again for interest" Deuce Low rolled over on her back, and gazed idly skyward, like one for whom the proceedings had taken an uninterestingly usual turn. "That's generous," and Will Brown laughed. "I will shift the dollar from one hand to the other thus," and" Jack High slowly' transferred the silver coin from palm to palm; "and you can easily follow it with your eyes as you see. Here it is, and', there it is here it is, and there it is and where is it now?" He closed both hands and held them forward. "Choose, and if you're wrong I owe you nothing. If you're right, you get $2." "One now and the other when?" "One now, and my word of honor, sir, for the other." ' Will Brown laughed again, and clasped one of the fiats in his own. "The dollar's ia this one, of course," he confidently de clared. But it was not The opened hand was empty, and from the other the dollar slipped into the deftpalmers pocket Will Brown had obtained, at the cost of only a dollar, the information that Jack High was a professional rogue. The young gentleman's habitual politeness was in stantly at a strain nnder which it was ia danger of giving way, and thereupon, if the job of kicking the rascal out of the camp seemed repulsively rude, he might request the less heedful workmen to perform it ia his stead. The company of linemen, team sters and diggers were just then coming from the point where their day's work had ended. Dence Low arose as she saw them approach ing, and the- movement drew Will's eyes away from the object of irritation to one of admiration. "Supper's ready," he quietly said: "step this way." CHAPTER H. THINGS THAT THE JIOON SHONE ON. The, viands of the supper at Camp Nine teen differed hardly any from those of its 18 predecessors, and the sameness of the fare had begun to offend those of the party ac customed to any degree of luxurious variety; but this time there was one feminine eater, and her presence made the occasion almost a convivial banquet Deuce Low had a seat on thorough bench at the end of the table with the magnates of the camp. She was at the right hand of Boss Donald, the chief of the party. Next to her on the other side was Will Brown, who regarded her as his own guest, and his courtesies kept Donald, who was not a smooth man, thegirl, but relinquishing it to the ready hand of her less charming parent "If you'll give me your name," he added, in a sudden attempt to give to his sentimen- -, tanty a strictly commercial turn, "I'll make a memorandum of the loan,'' and ex pect you to pay it sooner or later." "My name?" was the forcedly glib re- sponse, "O, yes, my name. Well, yon see. we are traveling- incognito. Poverty is ever sensitive, yon know ever sensitive. In the last shuffling ot the cards, somehow, we've been dealt clear 'out of the game. I ought to be a winner, but heighot Well, call me by what name yon please " "Call him Jack Higb,"-came drowsily from the bush. "I'll call you Jack High." assented Will Brown, making an entry in a notebook, '-'and, Jack High, you owe me one dollar." j aox.JU.ign twined the- dollar, and made 'R!f futiuSL cL. "T35$3"b!&i Binqing fa the Moonlight. from treating her with a flippancy which her worn clothes and battered father would otherwise have incited. Directly across the table was Jack High at elbows with a blackly whiskered foreman, or contractor, named. Aleck Wiams whose part in the expedi tion was to provide workmen and convey, anees for transporting and planting the tel egraph poles. Jack was loquacious and Wiams was reticent, so they were paired happily for snpper conversation, because nearly all the speech was br one and the listening almost' wholly by the other. From further ddwn the long table, even from" where the merest manual laborers sat at the other end, came glances of curiosity and the sounds of uncommon vlvaeit-r. all jused. Jjy the. frtterep, gfrljto ytoiaWIll