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THE CHIOAOO EjAlO-LE.
Hn Ha R3 Old Blazer's Hero By DAVID CHRISTIE MURRAY, mm rat1 raj ffi i ifflLfflffll c; CHAPTKtl XX. (Continued. "lilt oit." he niiswcml wllli fclirn- 1 contempt. "WIio'h pihiB to lilt you? Whnt'a net ymi on tliN tnrkV" "Ah If oiio of yoil wasn't rnmiliV" crleil IfmrU-nli. KtriieulliiK with n tiuw burnt of tour. "Tliero'n Hliiulriu-li mint" tihc to It. It's nil jour fmilt. mnl I 11 tell yon the ttntli, If you Utltcil mo tliu next minute. The pour mIII.v I'lveliif'n tied to mi, mill .urn hrenk my henit, nml It liivitkN liNn to hvc It. ninl lio'n took your tiiuil vn.n out of tnmlilr." "Mum IicV" siihl Neil rouyhly. mnl niiiijj Into the kmi-iIcii, wlieiu liu luiioil jloi nu ll)' up mnl ilown. llep.lhith emiii- to hltn n Tew niinulet Inter with nn upoto'.'etle nuil leinler milli ner, mnl told lillil tlnit ten Wiih li'snly. "Never mllnl thu tea, il ." Ned mi nwered. Ho hnd not kIvoii her u word of nfl'oetloti for mouth, mnl the phrua hnlf filchteneil her, bho eouhl huchm mi little what It meant. ' lip walked nhout tin Kitnlen for an hour, nml nt hut euteilua thu kitchen stood there Irresolutely for a while, and then, ii n If with n million InipuNe. iiiuile for the hull mnl kcIimI Ids hat. lle'ir.1 linh ran after him. "Don't he nfrald." ho snM. turnliiK round upon her. "1 am jxolini to put an end to thK" "No, no. Ned," nho licsutiulit him, clliik'lnff tu llllll. "Uon't he ii f rnld," lie wild mraln. "I Hindi he hitek when I've found Shadraeh nml Keen him home. I'm koIiik to liaxu u word with him. Let me pi." lie was very iiruvi mnl milenin. mid tnoiv was a look on his faeo which idle had never fpcn heforo. She idenscd hliu, mid Mood In the doorway IihiMiij nfter hliu as lie walked toward the .Min ers' Kest. He disappeared III the with erlnj dusk, mid llep.lhah went within. wondering and fentln. There was a side room nt the .Miners' Itcst which irave upou.ii hy-street, mid this rhamher was freiiueuti'il hy the rouuher fort. Ned walked Into II. Illuit ltilt the door nshle and khxIiii: iihoiil hliu. Hhadrach was theie, with the shlulin; hut hrushed the wron; way In half a Kcorc, of places, mid tipped over one eye. He was ellnuliiK to the counter with one hand, mid ueutly ami ihythmlcally wuv llif the other, whilst ho miiiIIIii; spouted Koine sieclnlly prized vcres of his whleh no man listened to. Ned laid a hand upon hN shoulder. "Shadrnch uie with me." "That you, Ned?'' said Shadraeh. "W pitched Into me oneo liccmtsc I'd nlver Htood a di Ink after yo' wived my life. This is Jlr. nitiuc, lads, the ireutlemmi us sacd my life In th' Old ltlurcr. Old Itlaxer's Hero, this Is. He's the hest gvutlemmi I' the wide world, let the next come fioui wheer he wool." lllaiie loot; the class from Shadrach's lut ltd and poured Its i-outclils on the Uoor. "Come with me," ho s.ild. "You don't Keem to know when jihi'vo had as much as Is piod for .miii. you'll drink iiimlu when you see me drink npilu. mid that, my liul, shall he never. And mark mo. Shadraeh, If you drink heforo I do, I'll break every hone In jnnr hody." And the two men kept this strangely ninth) ncreeinciit. Never iikiiIii wiih cltli r of them iiudor the lullueiiuu of liipiur. rilAl'THU XXI. There was a horrihle, frowsy portion of the town Into whleh people of llie respcotahle classes rarely ventured. l'nili nhly the doctor mid tho rent collector woro the only men who with any ap proach to frciueney carried a decent coat Into thnt squalid iuarter. Tho spot was vile ciidukIi to m-iiro away nnyhody mi toushriied hy custom for tli eiiduraiico of its horror. I-'psterlm; imnln of weedy water lay at tho very doors of the ram shackle, iiKcd-tiluckeilvd houses. The buildings lliemsolveN had sunk hodily into the sllmo of their fnuudntloiis, until tho ground without was a foot liluhor than the floor within, and In sliikiui; they hnd canted helplessly over to he propped up on either side by hIiiiiiIiij fieanis of timber. The supporting baulks were rotteu with ntffl nnd moisture, and tntiiht bo carved with tho thumb null. Vile as tho place was. It was IiIkIiI)' prlr.ed by Mr. Horatio I.owther mid by Mr. Jnliii Howarth, who between them owned tho whole abomliiable plot of laud and all the tumble-down bricks and mor tar on it, Until weru keen hands nt a biiruain, and both weru dearly fond of n kooiI investment. Holly Itow hud prv ed a nohlo Investment for each of them. The wretched tenements were let out In rooms, and brouuht In a fjir higher rent than wholesome houses of the snuie class, let in tho ordluury fuslilou, would havo done. There was a Hoard of Commix donoro in tho town, whose ohloiis duty it was to seo that this rookery was clear ed; but It wus not held fair or neighbor )y for tho hoard to pi puking its noso too closely Into people's private busi ness. Mr. I.owther wiih not only a prl vato cltlen of lepute, hut a pei-MintiKfl renowned in relh-lous circles, nnd so good a man was safely to ho left to Ids own way of business; Howaitli was known to bo warm, and was naturally respected on thnt nccnunt. Nobody knew much nhout tho linnrd, except that II was elect ed nt stated intervals and without excite ment of any kind, and Mr. I.owther, who wns nrtlve In cood works, was a mom ber of It, year in and year out. Now It befell whilst Will Ilackett wns nway nnd his deserted wife was patient Jy tenchlm,' her Infant scholars and niirs liu,' her own heartdiienk, that a clerk of flnhu Ilowni th's who had heeu woul, in tho pursuaiieo of Ids rojjuhir weekly round of duties, to collect his employer's rents, fell ill, and for a while tho task fell upon tho builder's shoulders. It chanced further that ono of How nrtli's tenants, who of course could nev er have dwelt In Holly Itow lit all mi icw lift had been in a state of abject pov erty, Hlekeued at tho hckiuulu:; of tho lint wnther and discovered thnt even lie thnt Is down may havo n fall In four. Ho had been slack In payment alwuys, being of a feeblu and sickly constitution, mid now tho payments stopped altogotli ,r. lfowarth was not tho man to ntnud this Mirt of nonsense, nml having never been Blothful hi business, wont in person to superintend tho non-pnyliit: tenant's eviction. The non-piiyinir tenant lay on n dirty mattress on the floor, and tlioiiidi the day wus swelterlmr hot, mid hotter In that dump and breathless shelter than In most places, lie was shivering under a foul nd mined blanket. Mr. Howarth dis gustedly remarked within himself that there was no stick of furniture about the place wltlch could bavt rcullted a six police. He fingered his peals and stroked Ids chin between his thumb and forciin gcr.'mnl looked extremely huge and Im portant. "About that there rent, Millard? Kli? Come now. About that there lout?" "1 ain't got as much as a single pen l iv." said the defaulting tenant. "Oh!" mild llnwni'lli. "Thai belli' tho can-, you'll hive to get out o' this." "Wh." ictutncil the defaulting ei ed itor, shlveiiug, and staling at him with uulliterestid e.es. "1 can't move a foot, nor jet hardly a linger." "You'll have to move foot mid linger." said the hiudtniil, miigl-terially, "Out J on go." lie had no Idea he was brutal. It nev er entered Into hN mind to ask himself whether he weie acting well ill the mat ter or not. The loom In which the de faulting' teiriiii lay was John Howarth's limpet ty. If the tenant could 'not find I lie weekly rent ho had no right to slay theie. Nothing could lie Inure obvious, ami the advancement of any considera tion outside the plain facts of tho case would have looked like an absurdity. "I ought to liu gone to the workus." said tlie shlveiiug creature on the floor! "hut the new one ain't litiMiod building yet. an' the old un's full." "Well," returned Howarth, "tint's no affair o' mine. Out you go." "Wheer?" aked the leiinnt. Howarth looked at him In a little gen uine surprise. "Why, what affair l that o mine?" The man rolled over as If tho illeu -.Ion bored him, as perhaps it did. mid drew the tntteied blanket a little higher. Howmih stooped and pulled It off hliu not violently, lijil businesslike, as If there hnd been nothing at all there but tho blanket. "Come along!" ".Mister," said the tenant, shivering r.itlier more violently than befoie, "1 emi't set one foot aforo another." The landlord rolled up tho blanket In to mi untidy bundle and tluew It down stairs. "Come along!" he said again. He was not violent or harsh in milli ner, but simply and purely businesslike. He was looking nfter his own Interests, mid that is a thing which every man has an undoubted light to do. He got his arms around tho man, and being him self sillily built ami sturdy, lifted the skeleton frame easily enough to Its feet. Then ho helped hliu. neither kindly lior uiikluilly, but as If he were deporting a crate or an armchair, out of the loom mid down the stairs mid et hliu outside the Iioum, where he sat mi the ground with his hack against tho wall, shivering in the hot sunlight. "Now." wiid Hovvurtli. mopping nt his forehead, "I'll speak a word to the re lieving otllcer as I chaiu'o to he passln' this afternoon. I've got two application for that room, and one on 'cm 'II be lu thl'i afleriioou." "(!!' me my blanket; I've got tho shiv ers deadly." HoCvartli gave the man his blanket and marched In the next house. A dozen slat ternly women stood with hands under their aprons, or tying up wisps of dis ordered hair, while ttiey looked on at such part of this scene as was enacted In tho open air, but no one of them said anything, or seemed to think anything, and Howarth himself, having with Ills own hands secured his own rights, went from house to house, mid chamber to chamber, looking bigger mid more magis terial Hum common. It reached his cars casually, a 'day or two Inter, that there were two or three eases of typhoid In Holly Itow, mid one of two in the workhouse Infirmary, and ho was aware, without associating the farts together, that ho himself was feel lug' very strange mid ipieer. Ho thought lie woidd go homo and hnro u eup of ten and go to bed. His wife was n little nlarmed for him, but not much. She her M'lf was suffering from the same symp toms, though apparent In a slighter de gree, nml wns sMlslicd to nttiihiito them to the unusual heat of the weather. Hut next day neither of them wns able to rise, mid the doetor being called In had looked grave nnd shook his head. Ty phoid fever, llotli onsen very bud. Ho took tho news to Mary, who re ceived it as if 1) had been a punishment for her own hardness to her parents. Sho hardly knew of what to accuse herself, and yet an inward voice of accusation seemed to speak, She might havo been pioro yielding, more submissive, less bit ter In her thoughts. Ami now her father and mother were dangerously III, and might bo dying, and though, had they lived In health, tho feud could hardly have known any healing, nature spoke out and would have way. How desoiato uud lonely llfo would seem If this nn fatherly father and iiumolheily mother dled and left her alone In the world! Their very living, even though they wero alienated fioui her mnl she from them, had been a somcihiug after all. Sho broke up th" school ami hastened home. "Ah!" said her mother, iccogulzlng her, feebly mid Iretfully, "you'vu coiuo at last!" Mniy klsed her for solo answer, and nt oiico assumed ilu charge of tho two sick rooms, Whllu tho pair weiu con scious they wero harsh with her, but when delirium came tho memory nf lato days M'einsd blotted out of It, and their daughter's voice and hand could sootho tliem when every other sound mid touch seemed to wound bruised brain and suf feting body. They wero blinded inercl fully from their own anger, and reineiu hered her only hy a kindly instinct. Tho fever ran much the same course with Ilowmth ami his wife, mid so since It had touched him eailler ho camo out of Hie delirium and found himself upon tho fatal plain of calm the sooiier. Tho room was dim mid cool, and Mary was moving noiselessly about tho place. A hollow voice (ho inero specter of a voice addressed her. "That you. Polly V" Sho hastened to tho bedside, and smoothed tho clothes and pillows with a hand that trembled. It ucaicd his cheek mid ho nestled upon It, rolling his head over to ono side and holding tho cool hand prisoner there liko a child. Sho let It stay. It was the first caress ho hnd olTered her for tunny mid many n day which hud not seemed purely me chanical. A tear started nt either eyo and dropped heavily upon his faro. Ho looked up nt her with eyes like u bird 'a so largo and bright. "Art a good wench," lis sold. He nestled down upon the hand again, and seemed to fall asloep. She watched him long, whllo iu the unnatural attitude iu which she stood cramps began to rack and twist her, hut she would not mora whilst there" seemed nny dnnger of dis turbing hltn, At length, little by little, sho withdrew nnd left him In unehnnged attitude. Then creeping to her own room oho let her henrt hnvc vent Iu nnturnl tears. I.ovo was back ngaln. There was something left to live for. but It seemed for n time ns If tho pain of It wero gi enter thnli the Joy. And John Howarth slept with Ids fath ers, and for nn hour or two no ono dis covered thnt he was gone. Thru little more than u day Infer his wife followed him without knowing of It, mid the girl was alone ngnln. Everything they had owned mine to their daughter, ami for a while Mary left the place, nnd then coming back tesiimeil her school, though she no longer had need of It, except for heart's food. She lnut have t-omebody to care for. so she cared for her children, and but for their society led n llfo i,ery solitary and iillot. She bought Mr, l.owther's shnre of Holly Itow, uud pulled tho old place down, and took advice about draining the land uud building ilecont cottages there. Winter wus coining by this time, and the weather was unseasonable for the nut of operations which weiu contemplated, hut ho walked one evening with a con tractor who had' In early days been Iu pallueivlilp with her father to look at the place, and to hear his proposals, ills business carried him further, mid when he had his tall: out ho bade tier good-by ami left her. Sho stood a while In the mliNt of the ruins which as jet weie but half remov ed . and then set out to walk through tho wintry twilight home. The gas-lit town glimmered before her. mnl the keen fros ty air made motion a pleasure. She was iu a state of unusual hopefulness and brightness. Duty done mid being done, and all tho little cares mid tender Inter ests of dally life were drawing her bnek to the Interest lu life which Is natural to joiilh. She thought of these things, ami siiriemlered herself to the new Influ ences half gladly mid half regretfully. Sho reached her own door and rang there. The rosy maid was taken Into service again, nnd opened the door to her. Mary was passing upstairs with a cheer ful "Thiink you" when the maid touched her tleiilbllligl.v. "What Is It?" Mnry nsked her. "If joii please, ma'am," said tho tnalil, "Mr. Ilackctt's here. He's asleep, ina'iitn." (To be continued. 1. R. CARTER. J. B. CARTER. Z. R. CARTER & BRO., Wholesale Dealers in Grain and Hay Halsted and 16th Sts., AMER CAN LUMBER SUPPLY. Protllgnl Use Americans Make of Tim-tier-Tho Hud in tslrlit. It Is not strange that trees were otiw objects of worship, and forests considered holy plnecs. Tires art lieno factors lu more wiiyw than onu coin menially valuable, uud they lmvc u still greater value for climate, iindiiro by no ineaiw nellgllilo tin a satlsfuc tlnti to tin- iif-stlictlt' imttiiv. One tliliii,' Is ccitalu. coillitlii's that had laid Minilcglous) bauds on their trees have been cursed with ciulibi'd ago uud bar renness. In speukltiK of our prodigal iii of coniferous timber and the possible end of tlu supply, tho Milwaukee Sentinel su.vm: "The latest estimate wns nn In eltliittnl feature of n paper read by T. it. Walker, of Minneapolis, nt the re cent uicetlnc of the American Forestry Association, from which the Mississip pi Valley Lumberman takes tlgines for Interesting comparisons. Mr. Walker Units that the country still lias a lum ber supply amounting to Miiuctlttng over ii thousand billions of feet. "Figuring on u 'J.'-' per rent, nntiual Increase III the rut, he concludes that the l,(Mi:i,()(JM;tK),('Oi) lu the country at large will last twenty-live yeiiis. but he makes no allowance for the growth of timber lu that length of time, uud nt the end of the itmrtcr century statis ticians doubtless will still be llgutiu; on the rapidly approaching cud. "Hut the end Is eonilni', nevertheless, and In a time exceedingly short lu emu paiisoti with the piobable life of the nation. Kueli suereiillng estimate- tnkes Into account riiiiiIIit timber than was measured In the lust, uud every tree largo enough to make it ocantllng Is now Included. That Is, the explanation of the level mnlutnhied lu tho supply us shown by estlnuitw many yenrn npnrt. Mr. Walker's estimate for tho north western stales Include, lu fact Ik hoc esMirlly nlmost exclusively lumlo up of, trees whleh estimators of thirty years ngo considered worthless. His dnte for the end may have to be set buck n few years, but not u Kreut many. Week's Work. SCOTCH-IRISH ANCESTRY. Telephone Canal 27. C:MICZAGStO M. P. Byrne Construction Co. GENERAL CONTRACTORS ewers. Water Works, Conduits, and Electric Plants a Specialty. ROOM 30, 88 East Washington Street. Muiiy Gencrnl.i Politicians anil Cap to I n of Industry. It lias Ioiik been recofjulzed Hint niiioui; the most vhilu nnd iiKKresslvo ptople who eauie to America In colon ial tlnus and who have contiilnitul a peculiar share to the American char acter are the Scotch-Irish. Their de scendants boast of their uiiceMtry ami cite, lone Hsls of notables as their code ilvntlvis. Yet until recent years it has been the misfortune- of the Scotch Irish to have escaped historical Invest! nation, for Aui'iiicuii history 1ms been written fiddly In New KukIiiihI, whuso colonial puritans forbade, them In their nihlht. In fact, from the earliest settle incut, the Scotch-Irish have been pin neirs ami men i" action. They have contributed to America few wiilns nnd urtlh-ts, but ninny neneruls, politic huts nml captains of Industry. In liter ature they claim two eminent imiiics, Irvlnu- and l'oe; but In the iiriuy, navy, politics iiiiiI business they claim .lolin Paul Jones, Perry, Aiulnw .lackson, Wlnlliiil Scott, Zachary Taylor. riysM S. (iraut. Stonewall .laclxni, (icorj'e 15, Mcl'lellnu, Alexander Hunt lltou, .loliu ('. Calhmiu, .lames (!. Illiilne. .leifeiMiii Davis, Thomas Hen Inn, Hendricks, .fohu (1. Carlisle, Mnrfc llnnmi, William McKlnley, Matthew & Quay, Aiidrcvf!nrneKle,.lohu I). I.Mke I'elUv, Horace tlrreley, Henry Watter snu ami liuudicils alike famous In tho more strciiumm movements of Aniui can life. C'hautiiuiiiian, . l'rnctlcui Itxmuiilv. "Dear," said tho htylisli llttlo wom an, "I had my shoes heeled this morn Inn." "What did they cost?" queried her husband. "Two dollars." "Whew! Now I know what they mean by hlRh French heels." Wbero Ho Was. "la the proprietor In V" asked a stran ger aa ho stepped Insldu tho tonsorlnl parlor. "No, air," replied one of the barbers. "Ho Just went around tut corner t get ihavtvl" J. J. VANDERBILT FRAZER TU- .. & . ... .,. R, . 3T?W BIBDTKlBVIBai ASK FOR THE OLD REUAIUf fa f Vm . 1 4.al.s "Urtfj i Axle Grease mml New York' ""' 1aBs3al Chicago, world. .fXr st- Louis. B. TARE WO OTHER. y AXLE GREASE For Omnibuses, Carriages, Wagons, Drays and Threshing Machines. FRAZER LUBRICATOR CO., MANUFACTURERS TOLI-PHONI! NORTH 270 WILLIAM EISFOJT FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND EMBALMER FINE LIVERY 86-88 RACINE AVENUE CORNER GARFIELD AVE. DEALER IN Hay, Grain and Feed Baled Shavings 4nd 5alt. Washburn-Crosby Go's Gold Medal Flour WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. Corner Michigan Avenue and 112th Place. J. P. SMUL5K1 & CO, 665 NOBLE STREET. PRINTERS, f0i 0. M. rULMER, I'rei. AM. C. Kl'ESTER, V.-Prei. ft Tfe). WH. j. H. SCHRO.DER, Sc. )5 FIILMER, KUESTER, SGHROEDER CO. "v ! MAHPACTUHtRS AND DEALERS IN LATH, SHINGLES AND POSTS Mill-work and Interior Finish. 8PECIALTV A CEDAR P0LE8 AND P03T8 DttANCH YARDS! MORTON OriOVE, ILLINOIS J H ariOVE, ILLINOIS i.,-J X Telephone Lite View SM MIIH: Wellington. Mich. !J g 1458-1478 LINCOLN AVKNUE, CHICAGO. 1 -sCj IN QIKMAM AMD POLISH. "QAZITA KATOLIOKA," the Bett AdreititlgM urn unoaf tht PolUh residents of Chicago sad Amerks. Xj-bt arosi AJK VIENNA. NEW ENGLAND, COUNTY PAIR. DADDY DOLLAR. BREAD. OREAM OF MALT. ANY FROCZEFRV, OH W i fc40& lfi-llft MUImb Ht, tnd 179-181 Iah Rt 11113 busia wiiviinH ness BS THE W. A. HINKINS PROPRIETOR OF THB Erie Livery ana tadi Me, 199 TO 201 ERIE STREET, CHICAGO. Telephone North 1076. Strictly High-grade Carriages, Broughams and Light Livery E. MUELHOEFER & BRO. UNDERTAKERS. .112 and 144 Clybourn Avenue, Tolsphon North 411. CHICAGO. 2! telephone I lias revolutionized trade I methods broadly and brought I to the individual opportuni- 1 ties of business growth never before possible. Why not enjoy the advan tages and profit of the tele phone Yourself ? THE BEST SERVICE AT LOWEST RATES. Chicago Telephone Co. CONTRACT DBP'T ao3 Washington St. VfSOTSSVSMaMfMM ti?Zl!tWf$l,t'''f PURE - h PUREST IS c THESE ;H1 I KKMJIN. emuiHp " ' " u -a NONE BETTER. The J. C. Grant Heal IIO, IIS, II4 VAist Laks ttrsst, CHIOAQO. Compy l,.r .tffxir.ftiBX -t,f4iAg iiysd "iV 4tfcJ3.Vtl i1rA Jj.'tV'iyH-w -n