A Summary of the Important Events
of the Week in the Northwestern
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North
and South Dakota News in a
M». Hedenberg, an old resident of Red
Tng, died after along illness.
Bobert Stickland, postmaster at Flood
'wood, shot and fatally wounded John E.
Darby, during altercation in the postoffice.
The last will and statement of the late
secretary of thetreasury, William Windom,
l^as filed in probate court at Winona.
^Mrs. Patrick Burns Sr., of Erintown, died
the advauced age of fifty-nine years.
e, together with her husband, settled in
Bice county in the early days.
Secretary of State P. P. Brown filed his
official oath of office in his own depart
ment, having previously been sworn by the
clerk of the supreme court.
5 f. The Massachusetts investment company
4 Will erect three large stores and tenement
fiats at Duluth to cost $200,000. Work will
begin in the spring.
Ed. Mahan, contractor, was caught in the
hiacliinery of the roller mill at Little Falls
and seriously injured. Ho was making
tome repairs at the ti me.
of plans for the new high bridge.
John Youngstown', an old resident oi
Litchfield and quite wealthy, committed
suicide by shooting himself with a shot
gun. The cause is not known.
Airs. Gorman, wife of ex-receiver P. B.
Gorman of tlic St. Cloud land office, diea
recently. She leaves five children, the eld
est twelve years old and the youngest an in
j£f'*fcnt a week old.
Charles Engdal, who was working for C.
Nelson, of Mansfield, after unhitching his
team, was kicked in the stomach by one of
•k the horses and internally injured. He was
taken to Taylors Falls lor treatment.
The funeral of Alfred Anderson, an cm
ploye of the lied Wins manufacturing com
pany, who died suddenly was held the
other day. Mr. Anderson wits 25 years of
age and had resided there about a year.
Harry Ilackett, for six years manager of
the 11. G. Dun & Co.'s commercial agcncy
iY in Winona, has accepted a position in the
service of tlve company, with headquarters
at St. Paul.
Parties were at Albert Lea from Owa
/TOimaand Austin .to endeavor to secure
this city for the Southern Minnesota trot
ting circuit, composed of the two towns
above mentioned with Winona, Rochester
The old settlers held their annual reunion
and celebration at •Northlield. Over 200
old-timers were present and tilled up with
the good things of the earth. Among those
who spoke in the afternoon was Prof. Maria
Sanford, of the state university.
C. C. Keepers, engineer of the Clinton
Iron and Bridge'*coinpany, addressed the
Winona council relative to the preparation! etl by Marshal Fry, charged with forcibly
A large two-story frame building, with
contents, was destroyed by fire at Norris
0 town. The building was owned by Edgar
Denny and was occupied by hiin with a
-1 grocery store. The loss is estimated at
about $3,000, with no insurance.
The senate and house committee on nor
mal schools were in St. Cloud inspecting
.jpthe Normal and finding out its needs for the
coming year. They werebanquetted at the
West hotel by President Director W. B.
'The anti-horse thief society, of Waseca
county held its twenty-seventh annual
meeting at Waseca. The report of the year
Bhowed the fund on hand to be $455.02.
Not a member of the society has had a
horse stolen this year.
A bold robbery took place at Hastings,
the stores of Michael Graus and Patrick Grif
fin and the saloon of Christ Otto being en
tered by prying open the rear windows.
The burglars only obtained asmall amount
of money and goods.
The question has been raised whether or
not the commissioners of Goodhue county
can issue bonds to build anew poor houss
without a vote of the people. The county
jv:'' attorney and attorney general decide that
John Mcllale, Bernard Sclimaller and
5^^-:Henry Howe were arrested in St. Cloud up
fe.'t.v. on a warrant sworn out by Edward Bo
4,. gart of Forest City.. Bogart claims these
men robbed him while he was under the
influence of liquor.
jf J. C. Taylor of Kidder county, has 6,000
sheep, and has lost but three during the
winter—and they were killed by wolves,
•if A well known East Grand Forks hack
man and a demimonde,named FrankHeath,
were arrested, charged with robbing a pas
senger in the hack. The hack man was
if bound over for conspiring to rob, and the
woman Heath for committing the robbery.
A meeting ot representative citizens of
Fargo adopted resolutions against the re
peal of any portion of the prohibition law
as proposed in the legislature and urged
upon citizens in general over the state to
call meetings and forward petitions and re
solutions to Bismarck immediately.
A special from Fargo says: Injunctions
are being served against all persons suspect
ed of selling liquor in this county, and the
contents of the building, whether liquor is
found or not, are being seized and the sa
loons closed awaiting the order
of the court.
No liquor has thus far been found.
A meeting of the representatives ol the
several local formers' Alliances in Sargent
county was held a few days since to take a
vote on the question of the county issuing
bonds to furnish seed wheat to the farmers.
The proposition was defeated by a vote ol
6 to 22. They desire the state to help them
Chief Hennessey, of Grand Forks, at the
instance of Detective Black ot the Great
Northern railway company, arrested two
young men giving the names of Ryan and
Johnson, charged with the lareny of a
quantity of beer in transit over the road at
sundry times*. They were held for exam
A committee of the Methodist conference
to choose a site for a college decided on ac
cepting the offer of 40 acres in MaGoffin's
addition in Walipeton. Trustees elected
were Rev. D. C. Plannette and W. H.
White, Fargo W. ft. Adams, T. L. French,
H. J. McCumber and J. H. Keeley, Walipe
ton E. T. Foster, Grand Forks R. B. Rich
ardson, Drayton J. A. Hovis, Devils Lake
N. G. Larimore, Larimore, and S. E. Ryan'
A petition containing several hundred
signatures, representing the official and
business interests of Devils Lake and near
ly all the towns in this land district, pray
ing for the re-establishment of a military
post at I^ort Totten, has been forwarded
from here to Congressman Hansbrough.
3— It recites the general uneasiness on account
ofthe possibility of danger from Indians
and its effect upon business and immigra
The heaviest snow storm that Michigan
City has had this season feU recently and it
makes thefarmers confident of a good crop
the coming season. We have had very lit
tle snow so fiur this season, only about six
inches, but this storm gives plenty to in-
sue crops the coming season, and if wed
can be procured for all the ground now
ready for crop, thiseection of country will
come to the front again, for when we can
get moisture we beat the world for quality
and quantity in wheat.
The business men of Carthage have or*
ganized a board of trade, R. F. Lyons was
chosen president and F. M. Brown accro
A Pierre dispatch says that all the origin
al package joints at Pierre have been closed
upon the information of J. F. Haber, of
A passenger train on the Deadwood Cen
tral collided with a switch engine, two
coaches being wrecked. Three persons
were hurt, one fataily.
The new fence law was signed by the gov
ernor. It provides that all unorganized
counties of the state and all counties here
after to be organized shall allow stock to
run at large until decided otherwise by a
majority of the people.
Annuity goods, consisting of fine wagons,
modern iron bedsteads with patent woven
wire bottoms and fine hair mattresses and
pillows to match, and an endless variety of
everything, are now being issued to the
Sioux Indians at Lower Brule agency.
The building occupied by the .Marion
Sentinel was discovered to be on fire, the
otlicr day, but timely discovery saved the
bunnng, and* the contents, presses, type,
etc., were removed without much damage,
another paper is-no quartered in the build
with the postoflice.
Upon complaint made upon oath of E. C.
Clement a postoifice inspector, County
Commissioner John Vaaler, of Gem town
ship, and one Clias. Anderson were arrest-
breaking into the Gem postoflice and tak
ing certain letters withqjjt the consent or
knowledge of the postmaster.
A Yankton special says: James Snow,
aged twenty-two, and Nettie Cross, aged
thirteen, ran away from their home in the
eastern part of tlic county, leaving a note
in which they stated that they were going
to be married, and would return in a week.
Thcgirl still wears short dresses, and is only
The new Masonic hall at llnron was ded
icated with appropriate ceremonies. An
elegant banquet was served, and an address
was delivered by Mayor II. J. Rice, fol
lowed with dancing. Four hundred peo
ple were present, including a number of
Masons from abroad. The hall is the finest
in,this part of ths Northwest, and is hand
Col. II. J. Jlinlon, special agent for the
agriculture department at Washington, has
notified State Engineer Coffin that lie will
make a tour of inspection of North and
South Dakota in March in the interests of
irrigation. lie has signified his willing
ness to address meetings on this important
question at such points as Maj. Coffin shall
C. H. Walworth, of Omaha, of the firm
of Walworth & Walker, stock dealers, ar
rived at 1'ierre with a special train contain
ing about fifteen hundred sheep. These
sheep came from Wyoming and Idaho and
are shipped here for the purpose of letting
them out to small stock men in this vicinity
and west of the river. Walworth &
Walker own a large
cattle ranch with sever
al thousand head of stock out on the reser
vation country. They have great faith in
this country and are confident that the
sheep business is one of the most profitable
and successful industries which the farmer
can engage in. This is only a commence
ment of the stock which will be shipped in
here during the next few months. It is
understood that several thousand head of
sheep are to be consigned to C. C. Bennett
at an early day.
Three young sons of Andrew Gilbertson
were buried at Hudson. They all died of
diphtheria within thirty-two hours.
Morill Mott has sued the Valley Lumber
Company for $10,000 injury to his foot
which was caught in a log chain last sum
mer in the saw mill in Eau Claire.
Miss Gertrude Hickox, a prominent
young society lady, of Milwaukee, drown
ed herself in the lake. Her body was found
at the head of Wisconsin street. Disap
pointment in love was the cause of the
Charles Maloney, living near Eau Claire,
took a dose of aconite in mistake for cough
cure, and his death followed in two hours,
lie was employed by the Tomahawk Lum
ber company. His remains were interred
in this city.
About 100 additional fillings were made
at Ashland, thus taking nearly all" the land
available except a few tracts of worthless
acres which have been burned over. Every
thing has quieted down until April 17,
when the Omaha lands come into market.
At that time over 3,000 fillings will be
With the opening of navigation Capt.
Volney Bigelow's new ratter now on the
ways at Eagle Point near La Crosse will be
ready for business. She is to be 120 feet
long, 22 feet wide, 3 feet 8 inches hold, and
will take the Natrona's machinery. Capt.
Bigelow has sought to make her plain,
strong and serviceable.
Dick Pitts, who was foreman at the gas
works at Eau Claire at the time of the ex
plosion, has sued the gas company for $10,
000 damages for injuries said to have been
received. The gas company claims it will
be able to prove that Pitts was asleep on
duty, and his own negligence caused the
Andrew Ellsworth, a 7-year old boy, was
run over and crushed to death by an elec
tric motor train at Council Bluffs.
A little son of Postmaster Loes, of Rock
dale, was fatally hurt while sliding down
hill. He ran into a team, and one of the
horses stepped on him, fracturing his skull.
The government ice house at the middle
lock has been filled with a fairly
ity of ice, and the canal employes will be
able to keep cool next summer.
The Mason Daily Times is anew venture
in the uewspaper world with R. Stanberry
as editor and proprietor. It will be inde
pendent in politfcs. It will be the first
daily paper published in this city.
The large ice house of the Atchison, To
peka and Santa Fe railroad at Fort Madi
son was almost totally destroyed by fire.
The building was about two-thirds full of
The Sioux City Volksfreund, a German
paper edited by E. W. Hoffman, was ex
cluded from the mails because of obscene
editorial articles, and prosecutions were is
stituted against the editor.
The preliminary contract has been sign
ed for an $800,000 packing plant to be lo
cated at Sioux City, the major portion of
the capital being furnished by Chicago and
Boston parties, and the plant to be erected
by a Chicago packer.
An attempt was made to blow up a car on
the Eight street motor line at Dubuque.
The conductor saw an obstruction on the
track placed in the switch and stopped his
car. It proved to be a dynamite stick eight
inches long, such as miners use in blasting.
The car was filled with passengers.
Four mail bags were stolen from a truck
in the union depot at Burlington. Only
one pouch contained letters. The theft
was not discovered for several minutes,
durlqg which time the robber made his
way to a yard in the rear of the depot
where he cut open the sacks. He then es
caped in the darkness. The amount stolen
ia not known. '.
THE FALSE HEIR.
WHY DID HE MARRY
THE FALSE HEIR.
In a large, dim room, fronting the
Park, sat two gentlemen, awaiting
the arrival of the pseudo Alfred Lum
ley. One of them was dainty, dapper,
and well preserved the other was
thin, wiry, and brown as his own
parchment, with the eye of a hawk,
and the suspicious expression of one
habituated to detect frauds and deal
with the darker side of human life.
One was the uncle and guardian of
Clara Euston, the other a distinguish
ed lawyer, widely celebrated for his
acuteness and success in his profes
"And now, Mr. Spring, what do you
think will be the best course to pur
"Contest every inch of the ground,
of course. I have little faith in the
validity of this man's title for, if it
was genuine, it would scarcely have
lain abeyance so long."
"Very right we must guard Miss
Euston's interests with jealous care
and it is strange, I must say, that,
after twenty-one years absence from
his native land, Albert Lumley should
arise like one from the grave. It is
very suspicious though, after all, the
man may not be an impostor. What
means can we have of identifying
him? Is there a protrait of him as a
youth in your possession? I believe
his uncle's effects fell into the hands of
"Among tliem was a pencil sketch,
taken of him by a young girl of ob
scure origin, but great talent,who lived
near Roselands. At the time young
Lumley ran away from liis father and
went to sea, it was said that the old
gentleman's opposition to this at
tachment was the cause of the rupture
between them. It occurred to me that
we might compare this with the person
who willcome here to-day, and see if
any of his.features aresiniilar to those
of the picture. I placed it on Mr.
"We will examine it before he ar
rives. Though lie is probably little
like it now, yet it may furnish some
evidence either for or against him."
Ashton brought forward the picture,
and laid it upon the table. It was
only a crayon drawing, representing a
well-developed youth of sixteen. The
acute lawyer examined the features,
and then said—
"There is nothing in this face to pre
vent him from pushing his claims to
the very extent the law will allow.
What is your opinion, Mr. Ashton?"
"That a hard, selfish nature gleams
through it. If the original of that
has an advantage, he will surely keep
it," replied Ashton, surveying the
sketch, with & vague desire to dash
his hand against the insensible card
board on which it was delineated.
"Even the magic touch of affection
could not soften or idealize the repul
sive traits there represented."
At that moment an imperious
knock was struck upon the door, and
in another instant it opened to admit
the stalwart form of Lumley, wearing
an air of confident success and una
"Good morning, gents. Glad to
meet you. Mr. Euston, I remember
you, though it is so many years since
I had the pleasure of meeting you.
You can scarcely recognize the strip
ling, Albert Lumley, in the world
hardened man before you."
Mr. Euston barely touched the hand
which the other extended, and stiffly
"You have quite the advantage of
me, Mr. Lumley, for I am sure I
should never have remembered you as
the lad I once knew."
"Especially as it is not to your in
terest to do so, ha? Sorry to interfere
with the brilliant prospects of so pret
ty a creature as Miss Euston but right
is right, you know and my father's
son has the best title to enjoy the for
tune he left."
"Certainly—when he has established
his title to it," remarked Mr. Spring,
drily. "We have met here, I believe,
Mr. Lumley, to judge of the validity of
your claims, before extreme steps are
taken on either side to adjudicate them
at law. Permit me to present to you
my partner, Mr. Ashton."
Lumley nodded, and without fur
ther ceremony, threw himself upon the
chair which was offered him. Having
tilted it back until it rested on two
legs, he placed his feet upon the edge of
the table, and coolly said—
"lam goingto make myself comfort
able^ old gents, before we begin this
stupid investigation. Itliink it doesn't
eay much for the honesty of some peo
ple, that a man has to prove himself
his father's son to a couple of old
fogies, who are determined beforehand
that he shan't come in for his own, if
they can help it."
At this rude address, Mr. Euston
grew very red, and Mr. Spring pushed
back his spectacles, and regarded
Lumley with an expression of mute
amazement which seemed to afford
that person the most intense satisfac
tion. He.returned the stare with a
coarse laugh, and then said—
"Am I as curious a specimen of
natural history as the horned owl, or
the polar bear, old iile? Come give us
your opinion now. I am anxious to
"It will not flatter your vanity
much, sir nor will it materially ad
vance your interests. If you wish to
impress me with the belief that you
are the son of my old friend, Thomas
Lumly, you should at least assume
the appearance of possessing some of
the instincts of a gentleman."
At this sevi'u speech Lumley colour
ed and affected to laugh. He roughly
"You'll find out soon enough that I
can prove my paternity beyond a
doubt. I should not have come here
at all, if I had not felt sure of that."
"The soonerthose proofs arelaidbe
fore us the better for all concerned,"
said Mr. Spring in his driest manner.
"We have not met here to bandy
words, nor to listen to ill-bred speech
es, but to transact an important busi
ness. Proceed in your developments
at once, if you please, Mr. Lumley."
Thus admonished, Lumley drew from
the breast of his coat a flat tin case
secured by clasps, which ue loosened
with the point of a snin (1 dagger he
wore npon his person. It opened and
revealed several papers stained and
yellow with time laying his hand on
them, he said—
"Before starting on my long cruise
around the world I made a short trip
to the West Indies. When I came
back my father showed me this case,
and said to me—'Albert, I see with
grief that you have a roving disposi
tion, which will never permit you to
remain contented at home. I am an
old man now, and may die any day.
Executors are not always to be trust
ed, and I have prepared this case in
are the memorials that
are infinitely precious to me in
it. I shall also place my will. Un
der the floor of the summer-house
at Roselands in an iron chest which
my grandfather placed there years
ago the wars of the Revolution for
the concealment of important family
documents. It has never been remov
ed, and will again serve the same pur
pose.' You follow me, gents?"
"We do your story is got up with
minuteness, I perceive," remarked Mr.
Lumley's intense eye flashed, but he
calmly went on. "My father proceed
ed to state, that if lie should die in
my absence, and he wrought on to
dispose of his property to another
person, there I would find the means
to claim my inheritance to baffle any
"What do you mean to insinuate,
sir?" asked Mr. Euston with much
"Nothing—nothing—since there is a
lady in the case," said Lumley, with
an offensive leer. "Of course, all has
been fair and above-board up to this
time but it seems to me now that if
fair means fail, foul ones will be re
sorted to, to keep me out of the en
joyment of my property."
"You are mistaken, sir. Prove
your right to it, and my niece would
disdain to keep any portion of it.
Pray, how have you recovered these
ong-buried doc ti men ts?"
"Simply by looking for them where
they were deposited,"
"They lie before you, gents, examine
for yourselves. Their gcuuiness is in
Mr. Spring put forth his hand slowly
and composedly, for lie did not choose
to betray t.he eagerness he really felt
to examine the contents of the box.
The first paper he drew forth was the
will he opened it, glanced down the
page and saw that it was a fnc-simile
of the one which bequeathed to Clara,
Euston, with two very important ex
cept ions. This one was of later da e,
and the revenue arising from the prop
erty was to belong to his son a be
quest of ten thousand dollars being left
to his god-daugliter.
Then came a package of letters writ
ten by Thomas Luinlev and his wife
before their marriage, a lock of black
lustrous hair, and a bunch of faded
flowers now crumbling into dust.
There was also a few articles of jewel
ry a massive wedding ring with the
initials of Mr. and Mrs. Lumley on the
inside an old-fashioned breast-pin
with a landscape worked in hair on a
white ground, and the family seal—a
crest of heron's plumes sharply cut on
the face of a Scotch pebble set in gold.
In the bottom oi the box was a strip
of paper, on which was written in the
hand of the elder Lumley—
"These family relics were deposited
by my own hand in this box on the
7th of April, 1834, for the benefit of
my beloved and only son, Albert
Lumley, who, by the will I shall here
after deposit with them, will be de
clared sole heir to all the property I
may die possessed of and may evil
come to him who seeks tokeep him out
of the same. "THOMAS LUMLEY."
On the other side of the paper was a
"This is to be sealed in the box with
the letters that passed between myself
and my deceased wife before our mar
riage, together with a few family relics
of interest to my son the box itself to
be placed under the floor of the pavil
ion in the garden of my place on the
Hudson, known as Roselands. Of
this deposit^Albert Lumley alone will
know, and if Providence should cast
him on unknown shores, and detain
him from his home for many years,his
knowledge of the spot in which these
family papers are to be found will en
able him to establish his identity, and
claim his own." "T. Lumley."
"The two lawyers read over these
words with great care, and the glance
that passed between them showed that
their belief in the falsity of the claim
set up was at least staggered but Mr.
Spring was too experienced in liiscraft
to permit his antagonist to suspect
this. He drily said—
"It seems a great pity, Mr. Lumley,
that you had not permitted this case
to remain where your father placed it
for safe keeping, until you had stated
the fact of its concealment before re
spectable witnesses, and had it re
moved from the iron safe before them.
It is a misfortune for the success of
your cause that doubt can be thrown
on the manner in which these things
came into your possession."
"If lam not the son ofThomas Lum
ley, how should I have known whero
to find these papers? There are proofs
that I feel assured will be convincing
to any jury yet you dare to express a
doubt as to my right to their posses
sion. I won't stand this sir," said
"My dear sir, how can you help your
self? Lawyers do not light about their
client's claims with any other weapons
than those furnighed by their profes
sion. We area peaceful race,though we
profit by lack ofpeace among others.
Keep cool, Mr. Lumley you will gain
nothing by getting in a passion here."
This quiet admonition exasperated
Lumley into .a blind fury. He jumped
up, kicked away the chair on which he
had been sitting, and clenched his
hands in a violent manner.
"You old brown mummy, I won't
keep cool when am insulted. How
dare you attempt to exasperate me to
this degree, when your client is so en
tirely in my power? How should I
have come in possesion of the proofs
before you, if I am not really tlic son
of Thomas Lumley? Answer me that,
if you can?"
"Certainly,"replied the imperturable
lawyer. "I am ready to reply to any
reasonable question. There are sever
always by which this case may have
found its way into your hands. You
may have been a shipmate of Albert
Lumley may have seen him die, and
possesed yourself of such information
as would enable you to set up a claim
to his estate, which would give you
the power to exhort money, by way of
compromise, from its lawful posses
As Mr. Spring thus spoke, he fixed
his penetrating glance upon the face
of Lumley, and watched every change
in it with the astute
formed the basis of his character. As
he proceeded, he detected a slight
paleness creeping over tha angry face
that confronted him a sudden twitch
ing of the eyelids and compression of
the lips, which went far towards es
tablishing the conviction in his own
mind that the man was an impostor.
His words had the effect of restoring
calmness to Lumley, who courteously
"All these objections can be answer
ed in the proper time and place,
came hither in the hope that this in
vestigation would be conducted in the
spirit of fairness, but I find that snch
is not your intention. War to the
knife is, I suppose, your unalterable
"If by that you mean that I will
defend the interests of my client to
the utmost, you are right. It. rests
with you to prove the validity of your
claim, and dispossess Miss Euston of
the estate, It is clearly my duty to
act as if you were not the person you
assert yourself to be, until you have
proved to the satisfaction of a jury
that you are the veritable Albert
Lumley again sat down, looking much
disturbed, He leaned his head for
ward and reflected a few moments be
fore speaking then he asked—
"Are you really in earnest in your
intention to carry so plain a case as
tbis into court?"
"I never was more in earnest in my
"And you, Mr. Euston have you
no voice in this matter? As the rep
resentative of your nieel, you surely
will not subject her to the odium of
defending a claim like this against tho
Mr. Euston frigidly replied—
"I have placed Miss Euston's inter
ests in the hands of her friend and
lawyer, Mr. Spring, What he con
siders honorable and just, can reflect
no stain uion his client."
"But is this acting fairly? Is it just
for Miss Euston to withold from me
what is really my own, because the
quibbles of the law may enabie her to
do so? I am persuaded that neither
the young lady nor her mother would
consent to defend the suit, if they
could examine the contents of this
''Perhaps not." replied the lawyer.
"They are women, and their sympa
thies are easily wrought on but I
have fortunately obtained from Mrs.
Euston a positive pledge that I may
act for my client, as I shall think best.
1 shall delend her cause to the best of
my ability, and save her from utter
ruin. If this will were est a blished, it
would take everything Miss Euston
possesses to pay up the arrears, and
still leave her burdened with a heavy
debt for it bears a later date than
the one which bequeathes the estate
A bright flash of triumph passed
over Lumley's teatures, as he hurried
ly examined the document.
"I had not noticed that—I took it
for granted it was the same will I had
seen. This gives me a double advan
tage, for it is of later date than the
one which bequeathes the estate to
"And the discrepancy between the
date of deposit, and that of the will,
may prove that it is worthless," drily
responded the lawyer.
Lumley mused a* few moments, and
"Is it really your purpose, with
these papers before you, to push this
thing to a law-suit?"
"Undoubtedly—I have already
stated such to be my intention."
"If I hadsupposed you would do so,
I should have employed a lawyer but
I come to you myself in the hope of an
amicable settlement. 'Half a loaf is
better than no bread.'
"Do you apply that proverb to
yourself or my client?" asked Mr.
Spring, looking keenly at him.
Lumley changed color, but he care
"To Miss Euston, of course. It will
be better for her to retain undisputed
possession of half the estate, than to
litigate a- claim which every lionor
ble person will pronounce an odious
assumption of right to the prejudice
of the real heir."
"But if her uncle and guardian, and I
her lawyer do not consider it an as
sumption on her part, what then?"
"Bub you are both too keen-sighted
not to see what is her real interest in
"You are right, sir. Her real in
terests I shall guard faithfully. They
are opposed to yours and I decline all
attempts to compromise them in any
"I warn you that you had better re
consider this decision,"said Lumley,
growing very pale, and seeming to
struggle against another outbreak of
passion. "If you have the well-being
of this young* lady at heart, I earn
estly advise you to accept my offer to
relinquish to her an undisputed title
to half the estate, while I take the re
"Excuse me, sir the very offer of a
compromise only strengthens my con
viction that you are not the person
you assume to be. What is your
opinion, Mr. Euston?"
"I coincide with you in every re
Lumley regarded them defiantly, as
he passionately exclaimed—
"You neither ofyou know what you
are doing, or you would grasp at my
proposal. It is more than air to Miss
Euston, for it gives her a large sum of
money to which she has no legal claim
and you unfairly wish to take advan
tage of the difficulty I may have in
proving my identity, to defraud me of
"There need be no difficulty about
that. You have shipmates who have
sailed with you they can be summon
ed as witnesses. You must have
friends in the various ports to which
you have sailed, who can be brought
forward in your behalf."
"But those persons must be sought
for thousands of miles from here."
"You can take your own time: It
is you who bring the suit. You can
postpone it until the evidence is ready
by which it is to be sustained."
"And in the meantime Mrs. Euston
and her daughter are in the enjoyment
of my fortune.
"In its possession,but no longer in
its einjoyment, for Mrs. Euston has
notified me that until her daughters
right to the property is confirmed,
they will draw nothing from it: Her
own income will suffice for the quiet
way she intends to live this year."
"I am glad that she at least has
some sense of honesty," said Lumley,
insolently "though it is as little as
she can do, to refrain from spending
money to which another has a better
right. Since you refuse all compro
mise, I shall take my measures ac
cordingly, and I warn you that 1 shall
exact my right to the uttermost farth
"Very well you will find us ready
with our defence."
Lumley gathered up his papers, se
cured them in the tin case, and, with
a cool bow, took his departure.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
OSMAN DIO.NA is an improvement on
Sitting Bull as a prophet as far as his
personal safety goes, but his folllowers
fare for worse than did the Sioux.
NOT ALL HER FAULT.
EG rnshed out
of tlra hateful
abode whioh had
been her only
home, out into the
evening, and rail
for the river,
stopping once or
twice to listen for sounds of pur
suit but she heard only the moaning
of the gale and the wash of waves up
on the banks below.
In a few moments she reached the
river, and loosed a small boat from,
Dragging it to the water, and wad
ing in knee-deep, she scrambled
aboard, and began to pull with long,
steady strokes down the stream.
The waves were wild but wind and tide
both being in her favor, she made good
headway, heedless of her dripping
skirts and uncovered head, with the
black tresses blown all about it.
Two hours later, wearied by her ex
ertions, she saw a great brig bearing
down toward her.
Fortunately at this moment the
moon rodeclear from the cloud wrack,
and shone full upon the boat.
She shouted with her strong, young
voice, and waved her hands wildly in
Then as the vessel swept cVser a
rope was thrown to her, the boat
drawn alongside the brig,, and she was
soon on deck, uncomfortably conscious
of the curiousgroup of men who stared
at their unexpected visitor.
"Who are you—what brought you
on the river so late?" queried the
The girl hesitated and looked about
A little apart from the group of
sailors stood a young man whom she
rightly guussed to be a passenger.
Her great, wild eyes appealed to
Stepping forward ho spoke gently
"I)o not fear, child. Tell us where
you belong and why you are here."
"I am from up-river," she replied.
"I liave no home. At the place where
I lived the people were wicked and cruel.
I was in fear of my life, and ran away.
I want to go to some city and get
"What is your name?"
"Have you no other?"
She looked at him slyly for a in
stant, and then added:
He did not show his suspicion that
this was but an assumed name.
Her youth (she seemed about 16)
and her friendlessness appealed strong
ly to the tender side ot Richard Win
When he went ashore at he
took the girl with him, and was driven
in a carriage to his mother's home, a
fine old place in the outskirts of the
Mrs. Wintlirop took Meg in rather
doubtfully, and gave her some light
duties to perform about the house.
As the days went by Meg showed
such aptitude, such intelligence, that
lady became greatly attached
to her, and finally proposed that she
should be educated and brought up
like a daughter of the house.
To this Richard heartily agreed.
As for Margaret, she was not wholly
A dark secret lay heavy at her heart,
which she knew should be revealed un
less she chose to exile herself from the
home of her benefactors.
But she had grown to love them
She recalled her old life with a shud
Could she not atone by doing her
noblest now—by a lifetime of devo
tion to the noble hearts who had
taken her into their happy home?
So she hushed the tiny accusing
voice within her.
She was sent to school, and in three
years returned a beautiful, refined,
and intellectual woman, to whom
Richard Wintlirop lost his heart,
She cried like a child when he told
her of his love,
"What am I that I should be so
blessed?" she said.
But her lover laughed in tender
scorn at her tears, and took her to
his mother for a blesssing, which was
For a time life went on like a happy
Margaret had been wedded to Rich
ard Winthrop three months.
They lived still at the old home.
One day she and Richard were sit
ting in the library, the long window's
of which swung outward upon the
It was June, and the apartment
was scented with the fragrance of
roses from the garden.
Meg was busy with some light needle
work, when she became conscious of a
shadow across her lap.
She looked up.
There at one of the windows stood
a lithe, slender, dark-eyed, evil-browed
man watching her with a sneering
With a wild scream she sprung into
the farthest corner of the room, and
stood there trembling in every limb
and staring at him wfth distended eyes.
"So 1 have found you at last, my
little demon," the man said, as he
stepped through the window.
"What do you mean, you insolent
scamp?" shouted Richard, delaying
his progress by a heavy hand upon
his shoulder Get out of my house!"
"Softly, my fine gentleman," returned
the other defiantely. "My wife must
go with me."
The stranger nodded grimly and
pointed to Margaret.
"Yes, my wife, Meg."
Richard lifted his list, but Margaret
screamed and rushed forward to grasp
"It is true Richard—what he says.
I am his wife, God help me! But I
thought he was dead!"
With that she broke out into wild
and pitiful weeping.
The man swore a great oath.
"Yes, she thought she had killed me
—the young wildcat! Get your duds
and come along with me."
Meg dried her tears and turned a
haggard face toward Richard, who
had fallen into a chair and sat with
his head in his hands.
"Try to forgive me," she said, brok
enly. "I could not help loving you,
my life had been so hard and cruel,
and you were so heavenly ki^d.
"I was only a poor waif, as I have
"i grew uptber»i» a den ofontlMr^
They married me to thte maairiMDl
was little more than a child.
"More than once I triad to ran
away, but he always brought
"That night when you befriended
me they were all angry with me be
cause I would not help them to rob
grasping her by the arm.
She turned upon him with a sort of
fury in her eyes, and he shrunk back
half in fear of her.
"Because I refused," she went on
again, addressing herself to Richard,
"this man, my husband, came at me
fiercely with a knife, and caught me
by the throat.
"I struck him with all my strength
upon the temple, and he dropped to
"I had not meant to kill him* but
they said he was dead, and I suppos
ed he was.
"In the confusiorf I escaped un
"I should have confessed all this be
fore—I have been weak and wicked, I
know but I could not bear to see you
shrink from me, and I have tried to
make myself worthy of you."
Her voice faltered and broke.
She took a dark hat and shawl from'
"(Hood-by, Richard," she said—
"good-by, happy home!"
She was gone.
Richard started up and rushed wild
ly after her, calling her name, but she
only turned at the
gate and waved him
back, and then went on down the
road through the June sunshine, with
that swaggering, evil figure beside her.
A year later Richard was riding
through a little country hamlet in an
He looked old and haggard.
His sorrow still lay heavy at his
Suddenly from the open door of a
tiny cottage came the sound of a wom
an's voice, singing an old nursery
How pale she was!
How sweet and womanlyl
And the baby
He looked at it doubtfully as it
slept, with one fat little thumb thurat
contentedly into its mouth.
"He is yours, Richard," she said,
softly yet with some apprehension.
"Have you come to take him from
"Mine!" exclaimed Richard, like one
in a dream.
"Yes do you not see that he has the
Wintlirop features? And see
She drew the man's hand down be
side the baby's.
On each wrist was a tiny red birth
mark, in shape of a cross.
"He is 3 months old. Is he not a
splendid boy, Richard?"
Richard lcnelt by the cradle, his
emotion was too great for words.
Meg went on, gently:
"And, best of all, there is no shadow
upou his birth, for I was truly your
wife. That man, Darke, tried to force
me to return with him, but I would
not. I found employment for my
needle and for my pen, and finally en
gaged a lawyer to look into my alleged
marriage with Darke. It proved to be
a sham ceremony, performed to blind
a poor ignorant girl. But I could
not return to you, Richard, for if
I was not his wife I was worse. Darke
is serving a life sentence in prison for
his evil deeds. I have kind friends
here who were good to me when baby
was born—I am supposed to be a
widow. I can earn enough for my
modest wants with my needle and my
pen. But the baby, Richard you will
not take him from me yet?"
But Richard was upon his feet, and
his arms were about her.
"I shall take him home at once,
Meg," he said. "I shall take my little
son and his mother home!"
She shrunk away.
"Oh, no, Richard. I have wronged
you too deeply already. Think what
my life has been."
But he only folded her the closer.
"But, child, you have been more
sinned against than sinning but you
are my beloved wife, thank God for
HONG KONC AND CHINA.
How the Chinese May Learn to.
Adopt Modern Ideas.'
In the report of the Blue Book of
Hong Kong for 1889 the intimate re
lations that must subsist between
that colony and China are insisted
The future prosperity of Hong
Kong must, it is maintained, in a
great measure depend upon the future
of that great empire to which it be
longs geographically, although not
politically. The more trade with
China is opened up, which can only
be done by an increase in the means
of her internal communication and by
a reduction of her inland taxation,
the more advantageous will it be in
the interest of this colony.
The Chinese are naturally averse to
innovations and tardy in carrying
out changes of any description, but
there are some among them as shrewd
and as intelligent as can be found in
any other nation, and when these per
ceive that the extension of the rail
road system and the introduction of
modern improvements have done for
the neighboring empire of Japan,
where during the last few years the
foreign trade is said to have doubled,
they will scarcely be able to close their
eyes to the expediency of doing what
cannot fail to benefit a country which
possesses the largest population of
any country in the world.
To encourage China in the adoption
of modern ideas, to assist her, in so
far as possible, in opening up her vast
territory, and to facilitate intercourse
between her and other nations should
surely be the duty of a colony whose
interests are interwoven with her in*
terests, and whose prosperity will be
retarded in porportion as hers is held!'
back by a policy of too conservative
a nature,—From tho Lono
was in his mouth. Surely
he knew that voice!
He turned his horse and drove close
up to the door.
"Kock-n-by, baby, upon the tree-top,
When tho wind blows the cradle wiu rock
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
Down will come baby, cradle, and all!"
Yes, it was Meg, sitting there in the
sunlight, and rocking a baby's cradle
while she sewed.
She looked up at the tramp of his
horse's feet, and cried out, in love and
In a moment he was beside her.
"Oh, Meg! Oh, my poor darling!"
And he stood with clinched fists, de«
vouring her with his eyes.
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