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mm i II Hi tin it fff if t: ".Is .1 fj rvn vj KiJ i. i ii - i i s -i ir a r a i.-. rn i a ..J NX' Fit A XK M OUT I ME It, ) Editor and Proprietor. AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY NEWSPAPER. yiertus: IX ADVAXCE. I One Dollar per Year. Vol. XV The Eloomfield Times is I'libllslied Weekly, At New Bloomficld, renn'a. FRANK JIORTISER. RUllSrUIl'TION Tr.KMS. OXE DOLL Alt 1'ER YEAR! IN ADVANCE. ADYKUTIHINO HATES. Transient H Cents per line for one Insertion. 13 " " " two insertions. 15 " " " tlirco Insertions. Business Notices in Local Column 10 Cents per line. Notices of Marriages or Deaths inserted free. Tributes of Respect, &c, Ten cents per line. TEAHTjY AnVKmTSKMENTH. One Squaro per year, ineluilini; pnper, t 8 00 Two Squares per yeur, including paper, 13 00 Three Squares " " " 10 00 Four Squares " " 20 00 Ten Lines Nonpareil or one Inch, is ono square. THE NARROW ESCAPE! A DETECTIVE STORY. IT was a closo and sultry afternoon to wards tho end of July. The Dover ex press was about to start from tlio London Bridge terminus of the Ron the astern Rail way, and there was tho usual bustle and clatter attendant upon such an occurrence. f Amongst the intending passengers might ho seen on the platform a stout, silver-haired theory-looking, elderly gentleman, whose spotless broadcloth anjl massive gold chain (to which was attached a valuable repeater) and, above all whoso conscious air of re sponsibility proclaimed tho man of sub stance, lie was, in fact, tho senior part ner of a wealthy and wollknown firm of Kentish brewers, and was taking with him to Sandwich a largo sum of money, which ho had come to London on purposo to col lect. This passenger appeared to possess that sort of amiablo inquisitivencss and restlessness which is a not uncommon attri bute of gentlemen who havo passed the Rubicon of a certain age. His llrst care was to secure a copy of the latest edition of tho Time, his next to recruit himself with a biscuit and a glass of old sherry at tho re freshment bar, and finally to walk up and down the platform, at a somewhat brisk pace, being evidently unwilling to sit down within the narrow limits of a railway car riage until it becamo a matter of positive necessity that ho should do so. While he thus exercised himself, tho eye of the worthy old gontloman was suddenly caught by a largo staring printed bill on the wall, and adjusting his gold-rimmed fsDectacles. ho nroceeded to peruse it. It ran thus : "Murder! 2000 Reward! The above is hereby ottered by Her Majesty's Govern ment to any person or persons who shall give such information as may lead to tho apprehension and conviction of Charles Wintringham (alia Carlo Bortolaoci), sus pected and accused of committing divers barbarous murders, for the purpose of com mitting robbery, on the various lines of railway throughout tho United Kingdom The said Charles W. (alia Carlo B.) is 23 years of age, and is short of stature, of fair complexion, has blue eyes, and good tooth His bands and feet are remarkably small and well shaped, and his manner winning, persuasive, and courteous. Whoever will give such information as may lead to the apprehension, will receive the full reward.' It was also particularly statod thatC. W bad a mole beneath bis chin. " Bless mo !" ejaculated the brewer ; "what an Adonis ! But, dear me, murder ing people in railroad carriages how re markably nervoiiB I feel, to bo sine. Here, guard !" A guard who happened to be near, scen ting a probable half-crown, immediately ad . vauccd. IVov XSloomfiold, Xxi. TsiiLiisu " Guard, I must havo a carriage to niy- self.-' " Train will bo very full, sir. Where are you for, sir?" "Sandwich," was the reply. " Change at Minster for Sandwich and Deal," said the guard, instinctively repeat ing tho well-known formula. "Yes, yes, I know about that, I should think, by this time," interrupted the old gentleman, impatiently. "The question is, can I have a carriage, or not?" said ho, producing a sovereign from his pocket, and showing it surreptitiously to tho guard. The eyes of tho official brightened up amazingly. "Follow mo sir," said he, "and I'll see what can bo done." Tho old gentleman followed his conduc tor, and tho result was, as it usually is, that tho golden key, which unlocks every door, unlocked for the brewer tho door of the reserved first-class carriage. "There, sir," said the guard, locking him in ; " now you're all right. But I forgot ; you must chango at Ash ford for Minster, as this is a Dover carriage." "Oh, I know that, "said tho old gontlo man. " I know tho line well." "All right, sir," said tho guard. "No offence?" "Oh, certainly not," said tho other, "Much obliged to you." Putting his hand to his cap, tho guard then departed. Tho old gentleman unfolded his Time, and began to look through tho latest doings on tho stock exchange and in tho hop mar ket. The moment for the departure of tho train had almost arrived ; tho noise from tho engine getting up its steam was almost deafening ; late passengers rushed to and fro, and bewildered porters strove in vain to satisfy their demands. Suddenly the smil ing, obsequious face of tho guard appeared at tho window of tho carriage in which the brewer sat alone in bis glory. " Oh, I beg pardon, sir," said he. "I really beg pardon ; but could you allow one person in there with you?" "Certainly not," said the old gentleman, looking up testily from his paper. " What did I pay my sovereign for?" "But you sec, sir," said tho guard, dep- recatingly, "this is a lady who Oh, a lady ! Well in that case" began the old man, somewhat mollified. 1 would not intrude upon the gentleman against his will," said a low sweet voico. " I would rather lose tho train." "Indeed, madame," said tho brewer, looking at the lovely fare before him, "I shall be honored. Open the door, guard." Tho triumphant guard unlocked the door and tho fair visitor, with a gracious bow to her elderly companion, took her seat. In another instant tho official had received a second golden douceur, doors slammed to with a crash, tho engine, released from its enforced restraint, gave a shriek, and the train dashed out of tho station on its mis sion across the lovely county of Kent. Involuntarily the brewer stole a glance at bis beautiful companion, bhe was dressed in a costly toilet, which set off her slight and elegant figure to great advan tage. Her features were singularly lovely, and her divrk hair formed an exquisito con trast to horblue eyes and fair complexion, "If we were 30 years younger," thought the brewer, "I should wheugh !" Presently, after those numberless and nameless civilities had been exchanged be tween the lady and hor companion which are almost inevitable when well-bred per sons are travelling together, they com menced conversing together like old ac quaintances. The gentleman appeared much pleased and gratified with the atten tion which bis companion paid to all ho said whilst the lady on her part threw off the air of timidity and distrust which had at first sat so well upon her. " It is very pleasant traveling by the ex press ;" remarked the brewer; "ono is not jolted as by the ordinary trains." "No, it is as you say, extremely pleas ant," said his companion. "Besides, an accident rarely happens to the express." " Oh, madam, pray do not speak of acci dents," said the brewer. " You are nervous, sir?" said the lady. 'Somewhat so, I confess, and besides "Besides? " sho said inturrupting. " Well, there are other accidents besides thoso which may happen to the train itself," he added. "What accidents, sir?" asked the lady, with an air of interest. " Well, madam, since tho affair of Mul ler and Mr. Briggs " 'Oh, I understand," said the lady, with a light and musical laugh ; you are afraid of being murdered, sir." "Il'm well " "Oh, pray do not make excuses, sir," said the lady ; I can understand that per sons may bo cowardly, when " " Cowardly, madam !" said tho poor old gentleman, somewhat disconcerted. " Certainly," she replied, laughing more than ever ; " is it not so, to fear that you are to become a second Mr. Briggs ? Such occurrences do not take placo now." " Not take placo !" cried tho brewer, opening his eyes ; "why on that very plat form I was reading " "Oh, oh ! yes, I read it myself," said tho lady. 'You did?" said the old gentleman'. " Assuredly," was tho reply ; " why not ?" " You see, then, that such things do take place, madam." " AY ell, perhaps so," sho admitted ; " but they are exceptional, sir." " I might prove one of tho exceptions," said he. "So you might, sir," returned the lady, with a faintly ironical smile. " You see, then, that there is ground for nervousness, on the part of an old man," said tho brewer. " Ah that is why you wore locked in this carriage," said tho lady. "Exactly," ho replied. "Oh, I comprehend," sho continued. "On my part, I am not nervous at all." "You are not?" he cried. " No. Why should I bo so, when I have you to protect me ! bne smiled again ironically, and the old gentleman bowed. Tho conversation then turned on differ ent subjects. Presently, December and May partook of tho sandwich together, and by-and-by, tho train stopped at Tunbridge Here a tall, military-looking, and rather a handsome man was seeking to find a place in tho train, llo must proceed, bo said, at once, on business of great impor tance, for ho was already late, having come thus far on his way to Dover by a previous train, which had unfortunately gone with out him,whilst ho had been taking a hasty meal at the refreshment bar. "I must and will proceed," he said calm ly, but firmly, to the guard, who in vain protosted that tho train was already quite full. " The company are bound to take me on !" be cried. "There's no room, sir," said the guard. "We will see. Ha !" he ejaculated, look ing into the carriage in which-sat the brew er and his companion, "here is room," he added ; and lie frowned at the guard. " You cannot go in there, sir !" said the latter in great confusion. ," Not go in! Well, we will see," said he ; and ho coolly took a key from his pocket, and u nloeked the door of the car riage stepping briskly in. The guard stared in amazement. "He has got a key!" he ejaculated to himself. "Oh, he must be a director 1 Beg pardon, sir !" But there was no time for explanation, for the train was already on its way. The brewer frowned, andlookod cross at - jy 18, 1870. this fresh addition to tho company. Not so the lady, who at tho voice and sight of the new-comer had at first turned slightly pale. She merely gave a passing glance at him, and recommenced the perusal of Hen ry Danton. As for tho stranger, ho settled himself down in the opposite seat to her, and taking from his pocket a late edition of the Standard, became apparently absorbed in the columns. It may hero be mentioned that the brew er, who had at first been seated opposite to his fair traveling companion, had latterly, for tho purpose of indulging in his usual afternoon nap. changed his seat to tho fur ther corner of tho carriage. His first seat, then, being vacant, was appropriated by the new-comer. On, on rushed tho train, through corn fields and hop grounds, at a steady, even pace, which prevented its rapidity from be ing felt. Now somo open-mouthed rustic stood at a half-opened gate staring after the smoking, puffing engine as it tore along ; now somo covey of frightened partridges rose from tho edge of the embankment, or a startled colt galloped away from the vi cinity of the (in its eyes) resistless monster that appeared to bo approaching him. And still on, steadily on, without oscillation or curve, sped tho Dover express. The military man, or at least ho -who ap peared to bo such, was steadily regarding his opposite neighbor over the top of his newspaper, while apparently engaged in reading. Sho, unconscious of tho scrutiny, was absorbed in the fortunes of tho scoundrel-hero of her novel ; and tho old brewer snored audibly in the further corner. The face of tho military looking man ex pressed perplexity and doubt. Ho was a personage from fiO to 00 years of age, with an upright carriage, crisp, short, curling black hair, intermixed with gray, and pecu liarly intelligent and piercing black eyes. For some miles ho appeared to bo debating with himself, and occasionally, with an air of indecision put his hand into his coat-tail pocket. "The opportunity is good," he muttered ; "and yet " At last, when tho train was within a few miles of Ashford, ho appeared to have made up his mind. "I will risk it," ho said to himself; "yes, I will risk it." Click, click ! The military man had suddenly with drawn his hand from his pocket, in which it had so long been fumbling, and the old brewer woke up with a terrified start. Tho fair lady of this story, with a palo but reso lute look on her faeo, was sitting hand cuffed. "What what is this?" gasped the brew er, only half awake, and turning in bewil dered amazement to the military stranger. "Who are you, sir?" " Inspector T , of tho detective foree," was the reply. "And that lady," said the old gentle man ; " what has sho done?" " Are you sure sho is a lady?" inquired the inspector, with a quiet smile. "Oh, who could doubt that?" said tho brewer. " I doubt it, sir?" was tho quick reply; "and well for you I did, for I have decided ly saved your life." "Saved my life!" cried the brewer, in extreme astonishment. " Yes," said the detective. " But how," inquired tho brewer. "Look at that lady, as you call her," said the oihecr. " Did you ever see any ono like her?" "I?" stammered the old gontloman. "Oh, never." "Or read of any one liko her," continued tho inspector. "Never," cried tho other. " You have not read those handbills all down the lino, then ?" said Inspector T. "What handbills?" inquired the brewer, "Why, concerning recent murders in railway carriages." "Yes, I have read them," he replied. "Well ?"said the officer. " I cannot seo how that concerns thin lady." Even tho prisoner smiled at such obtitse- ness. "Look, then," said the inspector, remov ing the prisoner's bonnet,, and with a mass of dark braided hair, beneath which showed a curly golden head. " Does a light break in upon you now ?" "Oh, oh I" murmured tho poor brewer growing deadly palo. " So that this lady is, then, it appears " " Charles Wintringdom, alia Carlo Bor tolacci," said the detective. "Good heavens !" exclaimed tho old gen tleman. "You see, then, the danger you have es caped," continued the officer. " You were positively asleep." . "Ah, ah !" said tho brewer, shuddering. " How can I ever repay you?" "Oh, I have only done my duty," return ed tho inspector. "This vouna- rascal (who could ever suppose such a face could cover the heart of a demon ?) was doubtless about to escape to the continent." A slight contraction of the prisoner's face told the detective that ho had surmised correctly. "Which," continued tho inspector, "but for an accident, ho would have done." The criminal elevated his eyebrows ; tho old man looked inquiringly at tho detec tive. " Yes," continued tho latter. I say, but for an accident ; for, in fact, I suspected his design, and had taken tho first train for Dover. By a misapprehension of the time, on my part, I was left behind at Tunbridge, while taking somo refreshments. So that it is a mere chance I encountered my pris oner in this train." Tho young man ground his teeth in des peration. " But how did you know him ?" asked the brewer. "Ah ! you think it was impossible to de tect him in that disguise," said tho officer. " Well, I will admit ho makes as pretty a girl as I ever saw in my life. I will tell how I detected him. In tho first place, 1 was struck by his sweet low voice, too deep for a woman, in my opinion." "Ah!" said tho brewer. "Then I observed other littlo things," continued the other ; " I havo had long ex-, perience in such matters, you know, sir. And at last" "Yes, yes, at last?" interupted tho brewer. " Well, ho untied his bonnetstrings, on account of tho heat, and I saw " "Well, well?" again interrupted tho old gentleman. Tho inspector pointed significantly to tho prisoner's chin. " Ah !,, said tho old gentleman, again turning palo, "the mole?" " Precisely so. You have hit it," said the inspector. "But here wo are." Tho train had stopped at Ashford. Here tho inspector removed his prisoner, to await a return to London. As for the worthy old brewer, after slid ing a 5 note into the detective's band, he changed his carriage to proceed to Minster, feeling himself quite a hero of romance. EST Jimmy M was one of the bright boys, although but seven or eight years old, had evfticed a love of wealth, and looked forward to the time when he should bo a rich man. One morning, at breakfast, his aunt informed him that during tLu night a pair of twins had been added to the family, which already consisted of thret besides Jimmy The boy dropped his kuifo and exclaimed J . " Gracious 1 Ait Mary, if father and mother keeps on at this rate there won't be fifty dollars to divide ariongst us?" ' 1 ' '