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fiiiii HENRY A. PARSONS, Jr., Editor and Publisher. NIL. DESPERANDUM. Two Dollars per Annum. -VOL. XII. IlIDGrWAY, ELK COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY. JUNE 8. 1882 NO. 16. A Ballade or Toll. Not for tlie world, but all for pain, I sing this song of sore dismay, Wherein is neither hope nor gain, Nor j".r that groweth day by day, Nor love, for love's delight the py; Only a moan that toil must be, And Borrow, come like storms that stray, jiiunu iar aiong a irouung sea. Swept Herce'y down a gloomy plain, The clouds of winter, dim and gray, Against the mountains toe in vain, And tnrn, and seek that endless way Wherein they miiBt forevorstay; 80 toil, reenrriug, comos to me, And life grows like the bitter spray Blown far along a frothing sea. Ah now the Ices of wine we drain With hearts that are not lWht nor gay; No subtle warmth thrills soul or braia. We hear no glad, sweet roundelay, Amid the growing shadows piny, For toil claims from each life a fue; Fled is the beauty of our May, Blown far along a frothing sea. ENVOI, No rest we win by noble fray, Only long-toiling waifs aro we, Bad wrecks, who for death's darkness pray, Blown far along a frothing sea. Thomas 8. Collier, A WOMAN'S MISTAKE. Mis Miii f ha Bailey luiownfhrough ont Rosei le fimulj as "Miss Ma it ha'' eat by one of tho windows of her cozy sittinp-rooni, putting the last stitches into a flanDel skirt for old Mrs. Bo lley, wl o suffered terribly with the rhi-um tiBW, wb:ch was not improve 1 by thp wreniy si-ruDtiings sue gave the office.- in the buck block on Main street. Miss Martha hud just Rewed a stcrr horn button on the waist belt, and wa about to fold the skirt np, smiline a the thought of tho ol 1 woman's dn'iirht when she should receive tho gift, wh -i. me saw ooor op tied without the cere monvcf a preceding nock, anda neigh bor, Mm Maish, came in. " You -.n .lit not t sew by twilielit M n Martha," she said, as she eater, d the roc -m; "you'll ruin your eyss. Bi that's not wlat I came here to sy: Mrs. Norrro" Hied an honrao." The smile fad.'d fiooi Msi Martha's face, and ln-r e;es grew hnm'd. 'Poor woman I" she Paid, in her low sw et voi.-e. "So i he has gnue. at las She rmllv stiff n A a reat deal.'' "Yes, and nue wa gial to go. Bit she h d i very atten'ion in sp'te of he: bein a Mr ng r here. Dr Etgeconr visited iei ev. ry dv, and never h .re. aenn', ( til(,w; aid hll ih.i neitb us ssnt tln'm Rto eat. Cat cor are terull thin s. Slia wah a mighty pa'ienr, wo war! P. or son l I But now." will sudile i eh .r a. of to .o, "what's to b done wi'b Ev.i ?' " Ha s'm n r- luives at a'l ?'' " N'o ot e S e is toi rprned anc pretty to do lmuewrrk, ev n if she a st nnij enm h, which sho isn't. SU can't po to the pooihonse. of ciuvse and she hasn't a dollar - thorp's to be i subscriotion to pay the burial ex penses." Mns Marthn stro.l smoothing tin flan e' svirt wi h Iit white, thin hand-, her f ci wearing an xp'es ion of 'e- p thoni'lit lr.icpbd with snu'ey. O ic she onened her lips as if to Rpeitk, th n be-itated nnd closed thim sprain. Outfh shi to rrake this sacrifics v'hich fieniei urgd u on be ? It. would be selfish nor, to d i so. S'ie raited her head, and said 'n a fiim, set voice: "The girl m et como to me, sincp theieis nonce e'se to take her. I hv. ! plenty f ir one I c n make it enough far two by exercising eonomy." " That's j sMi e you, MUs Martha I l tuew youM m ke the offer. The gir has g it a tiist raie education, and sh can stud r up enomh to take a schi o by next fall. Of couise. you won't want ner round niter you are married. A de -p flush came into M ss Martha's naturally pale face, she dropped her eyes, tnd iumd away from Mrs. Ma-sb, with some mutm irel exense bb mt makin the flannel skirt she heldinta a bur die to be sent awav. Th nichl ors agreed that Eva Nor oross could r.ot have fnund a bet'er homo than she had at Miss Mar. ha s. The little c va?e stood in a lare pa--dei, well tilla.i with fruit treei and shrubs. In tho fuimatr it was gay with flowers nt Vf rv many varietii a. an 1 swdet-sm' 11 n? hnneysuckle wan dered over and neirly concealed tho fence and front piaz?a. Miss M irtbahnd lued in the cottiRe ith eld Hannah for twelve years. For hree of th' se .leaf the Lad been en gig dtD Dr. Tom Eigecjurt, whose practice was ai yet too small to enable him to nurry. lie was a Tear younwr than Miss Martha, ajd this fact often stung htr very keenly. She nomn times etond before hfr looking-frlass aud attentively studied her face, wish ing t-he was twenty intread of thirty, and had the bloom of ten years before. Her hair w.s still glossy and abundant, her e?es t-t'U bright; but the plump, nesssnd bloom cf early girlhood had fled forever. Occasionally she wondered if Tom would always love her, arid tortured herself with imagining it a sacrifice for him to mrry her. Would not a youcg girl suit biru better? S'ie started like a guilty thin? when Hannah's tap at the dorr or call from tho hall below in terrupted these meditations. She was provoked with herself that she thought so much of departel pettiness and the diflerenca between Ler age and Tom's. Yet she could not drive away her harassing doubts, nor wonld the try to set them at reht by speaking to Tom. She was shy and sensitive and so was he. and they were both very proud. Eva Nororohs fonud her new home a very quiet but, not unhappy one. She was gentle and timid, aud did not care for the society of i)ls of her own age She liked nothing better than to lie in an easy-chair all day with a book or some embroidery in her white pretty bands, which Miss Martha was never weary of admiring. The dead mother bad indulged her child, and never taught her to make herself useful. There was no need for ber to be active in the oot- tago. At the outset Miss Martha had told her that she would be required to do nothing but study, Hannah being fully competent to do the entiro work ol the smal. establishment. 'Y u mnsteduoateyour-elf to leash. Mr. Marh si d, ore mornin r, at nl e entered the cottage in h-r abrupt wnv. and found Eva embroidering a cushion. "You onu't live on Miss Martha all your U!e. .Next fail we will try to get you into the district school at Dodd's 0rner." E a - huddered and grew a little pale, while me wniK feu from her band 'I have hard that the children at Dodd's Corner were very rough With the last master," tho said, in her low, sofr, voice. "A woman ii)ifh. hove more inflnenre with em than a man, said Mrs. Marsh "Amh.iw, it won't hurt von to try it s pell. Hiss Mavtha,' as that, lady came tu fiom the kitchen, where she had been making "quaker" for old Mr. Green's "Id, "you nU"t get the doctor to give hia some strengthening medicine. Vellow dock tea would put new life into her." Dr, Edgecourt cslled that afternoon f r u moment, on Lis way to make a professional visit and Mi-s Martha told tiitn what Mrs. Mar.h had said. The young man sat down hy Eva and took ler hand in his. Mis MartLa watched him closely, wondi r ng if he uot iced how round and whi e was the wrist on wLich he pressed his fingt r, ' She is not sick," he said, "all she of e In is fie-h a'r anJ exeme;" aud .hen h - propose 1 that she s'iruld wrap np and get into his sle ghat the donr uid diive with him to the house of his tjatient, two miles away. "Ctu't tou po too, Martha?" he isk6d. "We will crowd you ia some where." "I do not care to go," she said J and rum thontht her manner lather ct 1J ind dcpteH'ng. ne did not nrsre the ina'ter, for he was easily wnuiidd. ond uever tisSed her a secoud time to grant mui a luvo?. lie was not a demouhtra- .vh ljvcr, pcrh ips because Miss Martha lever ereouraged caresses. Sae did io. think it modest or woreanly to do o, yet sho ofien caught herself wishing hit Tom would be more BllVctionate. i'liey had bc u engage 1 for three je;rs. i) it ha.t seen couij aafivtly little cf m m oh r, owina to lum s studies and oor patients of which there were nauy and thty had never grown fa uiliar, as is the case with niont lvets. Miss Martha watched tho couple drive i way. lom b-n' to arran'o the buffilo note closely ubont his companion, mid a d soniHirj ng wl ich made them both a-ith. and 318 Martha turned auieklv iom th" winilow with a pain at hii art. Thegiili-h fiica framed ia the e cy voul of tho blak he o.l was so 'cry Jovtlv 1 Would ho inariitbe didftr- arjce, aud re.ret " Sho t ok xi ) her work and began to urn down a liem : but she c iuld not five away the haunting thoughts which riijented ner. " Ihroe years !" sho murmured. " It a long engagement ; and 1 havo heard r. said that m' n lire not uatient waiters. I wonder if he Las ever wished to be i'o a?ain V X he ride proved of much benefit to Ea, who was briah'er and cavf r for iays aftir. Seeing this, Tom took hor th him froqunitlv, never thinkine hut he was CAii-inir his betrothed paiu iv so doinir. He came oftener than ver to the ottae, playinit chess am rtbbago with En at ihe oenter-tabln ia he evening, wtnle Miss Mirtha sat. with ler sewing, and wished sho wtro Eva' igo. uo vou tmnK l win stand anv hnncH of CMttintr the school at Dodd O irner next fj.ll. Dr. EJeeconr;?'' asued luv i one evening. . ...... . -- iou sureiy don t ti.mtt ol applying tor it y cried iom. Why, the children are nine neaiuens. rney throw ink bottles and spit balls at the teacher, and swear like troopers. No, no, wo must not let you go there." " I must wort for myself," the pirl said. " 1 cannot, consent to remain de pendent on any one." " Waif, till next fall comes before you begin to wur y," Tom s lid. " It is only Much now, and something better may turn up jor us an in tne next tu mouths " Eva, as was her custom, left the room as soon a) the pamo of chess was over Turn always had a few minutes alone with his betro hed beforo leaving tho cottage. "1 am so tired of baarding," he said when, after some u important conver sation, he rose to go. "I wish I had a home," acd he sight d. Now was Miss Martha's chance to say something te der and cheeiful; but the Wor.is refused to form themselves on her Jipi. bhe whs very shy, aud lately she and Tom hud seemed to be drifting very far apart. Tom locked at her a moment as if ex pecting her to speik; bnt as she did not do so, he turned almost angrily from her, a dark red flush of wounded prid.i dyi ing his frank, fair face. Ho wished he had not uttered tuat longing for a home. Oh, I forgot to tell vou." he said. as he reached tho hall door, " that my brof er Arnt 11 is coming to Rosevill to morrow. He has sotno affection of the head and wants to put hiu.Sblf un drfr ray care for a mouth or two. Be will leave his law business entirely in his partner's hands. Poor Arnold I He has other than physical troubles ! There's an old saying that women are at the bottom of all mi-chief, and men are such fools sometimes ! Good-night, Mirth a;" and the hill door closed londly. For some minutes Miss Martha stood where he had left her, one hand bear ing rattier heavily on the small hull table. 0. u!d he on'y have known what stress she la d upon hii carele-s words I Sho mochantciliy repeated over and over the last sentence he had uttered, and remembered th bitterness of bis tone. Tien she walked slovtlv into tin small pailor aaaiu, and dtopped on her knees by an ea-y chair, baiying her face in the sjtt ca-hiom " 1 am io long r ycuog," she said, in a hojr .o vo ce. "be seei hU mistake, no that Eva is here to point out a comparison. And yet how can I give him up I How can I offer him his free dom? Conld 1 live on without the hopi that I held so cloe to my heart lor three years ? But I must decide. Not n jw. I will wait, just a little while, to b s-ure he has ceased to love me. Eva noticed tht Miss Martha was verv pale and distrait the following day. and was not looking her best when Arnold Edgecourt came with Tom ca 1. She had never seen this brother before, but he was so like Tern ia every way that she LkeJ him at once. H was, however, more a man of the world than Tom, and wh'le Tom s face wore look of frank good nature, Arnold's was clouded by an expression of melanoholy and diBCODtent. This Miss Martha as cribed to those secret troubles of which Tom had spoken, and she wondered if some woman had jil;ed the handsome lawyer. Several weeks passed by, and Miss Martha was no longer her former bright, cheerful self. She did not know what it was to be without that sharp pain at heart, and the estrangement between herself and Tom seeme 1 to grow greater every day. He withdrew more and more into himself, and she made no effort to restore the pleasan re.utions between them. She watched him closely, ond saw that he seemed annoyed aud distressed at Arnold's de cided attentions to Eva. Once she heard him remonstrate with his brother, but Eva s name was the only word she caught distinctly. She thought Tom jealous, and atraid that the girl's heart wonld be won from himself. "It must come," Miss Martha would murmur to herself. " I must offer him his freedom. Why cannot I be brave and do it at once? He loves Eva, bnt he is not free to win her, and Arnold's attentions pain and trouble him. But how can I give him up ? I will wait just a little longer. Thus from day to day she put off the pvil hour in which she was to see her dearest hopes crumble to deal ashes. Sbe shuddered when she thought of spending the rest of her life without Tom's love. One evening the two young men came nv invitation to the cottage to supper. .Uisri .Martha sent them into the gaiden co smoke, while she, with Eva's assist ance, was busy la.unur the table with 'he best damask and china. Presently. fhe went into the parlor to get from the 1 1 cabinet which stood between the windjws some silver spoons which hid belot'srsd to her grandmother. The shutters were closed, but the windows were open, and the low murmur of voicas came to her ears. She knew the rotherj were just outside on the rustic bench, and she was about to close the abinet and speak to them when sho iieard Tom s voice uttering words which seemed to fall on her heart like drops ui molten lead. "It is a great mistake for a man to engage himself to a woman older than iiimsclf. He i snra to repent soon or lute. 1 was a fool, and now that love Eva with all my heart, as I have con fessed to you, I wish the other was in Guinea. And what am I to do? My hooor binds me to her confound it all!" Miss Martha did not wait t'j hear Arnold's answer. She walked slowly and faltering ly from the room, and went upstairs to the spare chamber, where she locked herself in. The young men wondered why sup per was bo late, but juat as tueir pa tience was cntirdy exhausted, Eva came to call them, aad then went in to find Miss M irtha alieady sealed at the ha i or the small table laid for four. Sat mad3 no excuse for delay, and the sup per was so excellent that the young men (O'-i-'ot all about tuoir vexation The evening passed very quietly, Miss Maitha evidently making an tffort to be entertiniDg; and seeiug this, Tom and Arno'd lefi very early, the latter, as Hi-s .Martha uo'iceu, having hardly spoken to Eva since supper. Shethought this was out of respeet for his brother's feelings, which hud sj lately been re vealed to mm. Th next day Tom was surprised in uts finoe by tue appearance of old Han nah, who quietly laid a letter on his de-k and went out again, The young doctor's face grew very wnite asne reaa wnac jiiss -Hiitna liad wri ten. Without explanation or ex cuse, sb.9 requ .sted that their engage meat niipht be at an end; and said that as it would bo better that they should uot meet for a while at least, she was oing to an aunt's in another town, to stay Beveral months. Eva would re main at the cottage with old Hannah. For some time Tom sat gazing at the letter, Q3 if turned to stone. Then he touched a lighted match to it, and wa'ched it burn away to ashes. " That is over," he said aloud. "I have been expecting it. I have seen it iu her face, and yet I had not the cour age to ask her abuut it." It was a sultry July day, the railroad journey dusty and fatiguing, and Miss .Maitha was very glad to step out of the cars at Iioseville. She walked slowly up the dusty road leading to her cot tage. It was nearly three months since she had left home, and during that time she had neither written nor received a single letter. Sao had not given Eva her address, and no one knew where she had gone. She had wished to cat her self loose from the past, hoping to for get it, but she had not forgotten, and her heat t had not lost its dull pain. Recollections of Tom stun? her as she saw tne familiar streets and stores. Per haps he and Eva were married. " You don't mean to say that s vou. Miss M irtha," cried a familiar voioe, and Miss Martha paused beneath the shale c f a spreading elm as Mrs. Marsh came hurrying toward her, Well, you've cjme too late. Love laughs at lock smiths, you know. It's all ever Eva's gone ou with htm, and thoy ro married by this time, I haven't a doubt Miss Martha staggered back and pat her hand over her eyes. The shook it waitoher to hear of Tom's marriage showed her, to her mortification, that all hope had not been crashed from her heart, as the bad thought. "I 1 ex i eoted it, she stammered. "Well, it's morethau any one else did. He went off soon after yon left. and no one thought to see him again, But baok he came again yesterday and eiopca witn uva late last evening, ub, it was wicked; it was scandalous; and the whole story is all over town. wonder now if you know about Miss SomerbA?" "No," said 5Iis Martha, white to the lips. "Well, it seems as if he was engaged to this Miss Somerby, a rich old maid. She is mad e iongh at being jilted. Somebody telegraphed to her father, and be was here this morning to asotr tain the facts of the case." "What! Tom engaged?" cried Martha, in amazement. "Who said anything about Tom? You must be wandering in your mind. It is Arnold EJgejoutt I am talking about." Without another word, without tho slightest excuse, Miss Martha broke away from the hand of the friendly eos sip, and almost ran down the street. When nearly at her own gate she rushed blindly against somebody, and loosing up witn a named excuse, saw Tom. "Martha," he gasped.forgettingfor the moment in his excitement the gulf be tween them. "You have heard it all; i see it in your taca uome right in; you look really ill. I did not know vou cared so much for Eva. Bat the scan dal will die out, and I know Arnold will be good to her. He sent me a telegram saying they were married at Brierly early this morning. He was to marry Miss Somerby next month, but ne never loved ner; fie was tempted by ner enormous weaitn. By this time they had reached the cottage and gone into the little dark ened parlor, where the shutters had been carefully closed by old Hannah to keep out dust and flies. "Tom," said Miss Martha, laying her uuuu on uis sieeve; "can you ever lor- give me ? I see everything very plainly now. It was not you I heard say a man wus a iooi io engage nimseii to a woman old r than himself. Your voice and Arnold s are so much alike, and I did not know of his engagement." lhen she told him all she had heard when she had gone to the old cabin for the spoons the evening of the supper. "Maitha," said Tom, iu his iLanly way, " I never loved any woman but. you. I did not know you were oiler than I, for you never spoke of your age, and it would have made no difTerer.ee to me anyhow I thought of Eva only a a child, and knowing of his engage ment, of whioh he bad forbidden me to epoak, it distressed me to see his atten tions to her, for I saw that sha was learning to love him. That evening in the garden I gave him a long lecture, and pointed out to him the harm he was doing the cirl. . He promised to see her no mora; but though he went home a few dav later, he corresponded with hoi and ended by eloping with her yester cay evening. 1 did not imagine'for an instant that you thought me in love with ISva, We both labo'el under a mis take. Martha. I notioed vour crowine coldness, and thought yju were becom ing weary or your engagement to a poor village doctor. You did not seom ti.' care for lovemaking or caresses, and 1 could not, of course, wish to force my affection upon you." " I was wrong, Tom, for I do love you dearly," and then, as he took her in his arms and pressed her to his heart, kiss ing repeatedly the soft cheek ou which thero was now no lack of color, she added softly, "and our eneraeemeui need not be of longer dnration, Tom. Ion hesit.tted to murrv mo while I had so little and you nothiu.? ; but you wib not hesitate now that I am rich. Yes'' as he glanced at her bl.u-k aies "mv aunt U dead, aud she left ine forty thou sand dollars. 1 have suffered enough for my mistake, aud what is mine is yours, dear Tom." And lorn s tender kiss gave cheerful absent to all she said. Arctic Exploraiioti. Arctic exploration is not a new thin sr. Jt begins with Sebastian Cabot, who discovered Newfoundland and landed at Labrador. Henry Hudson f nnd and gave his name to the great bay which is one of the most striking features of British America. There a mutinous crew put him in au opeu boat with a few faithful adherents and loft him to his fate. Vitus Behrmg, the Danish explorer, who found that Kamschatka did not connect with Japan, succeeded one hundred years ago in pushing his ship through the straits that bears his name ; but his vest el was wrecked, and he died on a desolate island. Captain Cook reached these straits thirty-three vears afterward, but was forced biok by the ice to die on the Sandwich Islands. Boss and Parry made a few discoveries, but at a terrible expense of suffering and ribk of life. The story of Sir John Franklin is a familiar household tale how he set out in the Erebus and the Terror with 138 picked men, and all eprished; and eight expeditions wtre sent out to find and relieve him at great cost, but no roturns. The Grinnell ex pedition, sent out by Henry Grinnell and George Peabody in 1853, under the heroic Kane, was more fortunate thau its predecessors, and brought back the ac counts of the Open Polar sea which have stimulated the ambition and curi osity of hundreds of navigators since. But, though Kane lived to return, he died of the effects of the exposure. Sir Hugh Willoughby and his crew starved to death, and Barentz, the Dutch ex plorer, perished in the same way. These are only a small fraotiou of the human sacrifices to that Arctic idol whose icy altars are covered with the debris of wrecked ships and the bmched bones of brave and devoted men, sent up into the jaws of destruction to discover noth-' ing. Mnch elonnnnnA h&4 been YnAni'ai' noon thA mineral wealth of fVlifnvniti bat, after all, her golden grain i her reai weaun. According to omoiai fig ures the cold and silver mines of that State during ten years, commencing hu ioa, produced io ouo.zi'j, Dur. the wheat fields during the same period produced 278.908,000 bushels, the market value of whioh amounted to 1318.231,036. Wheat, nd not gold, is king in California. A WATCH WORN BY JESSE JAMES. How It was Tnkrn frmn Its OwuerIt. Uoatornl. There was recently on exhibition in St. Louis the watch worn by the late Jeat-e .lames for nearly ciuht years and taken by him from i(s owner, Hon. John A. Burbank, of Richmond, Ind., at Malvern Junction, Ark. After the no torious robber's death the watch was fount' among his effects and returned to itt owner. The story of the robbery as told by Governor Burbank is as fol lows: "In the spring of 1874 1 was going to Hot Springs, Ark. At that time per sons going to the Springs left the rail road at Malvern Junction and travel, d acros the country by stage. We reached Malvern in the morning and left there eatly in the forenoon. There were fifteen or sixteen persons going over, one lady and the rest gentlemen. Most of the passengers, some ten or twelve, were placed in a six-horse stage coach. I and a gentle man named Taylor, from Connecticut, and a sick man whose name I do not know, were in a hack together, while the lady occupied a third hack by her self. The distance to Hot Springs was about twenty miles. The stage coach led the way, our hack followed and the lady came last. The road was rouh and we made rather Blow progress, the vehicles being several hundred yards apart. Between 3 and 4 o'clock in the after noon, when we were within about five miles of Hot Springs, and just after crossing a little stream where the horses were watered, five men on horseback rode up from the front and passed ns to the rear. They were all well mounted; two or three had on long overcoats and perhaps one or two had shotguns, bull there was nothing sus picious or remarkable in their appear ance. I thought there might bo a shooting-match or something of that kind in the neighborhood. In a very short time the same nieu rode back again past our hack to the front. We paid no particular attention to this. In a few minutes we heard great shouting, cursing, etc, and look ing out saw the coach had been stopped a short distance ahead of us. We drove up as fast as we could, supposing that a sheriff's posse had stopped the coach to make an arrest or something of that sort. The coaoh was stopped while ascending a little hill, and where the road was quite nariow. Wlieu we not there wo found it surrounded by five men on horseback, the same who had passed us, all h avily armea and with revolvers leveled m the coach. One had a Win chester riflo aud the other four each had a seven-shooter in his hand and r,wo in his belt, making twenty-one ihot.s in sight to each man. When we iot up they ordered us all to get out and form in line. I was at the head of .be lino. As it turned out there was jut one weapon iu our paitv. and this i small pocket pistol. Another was in a hand bag, but was unavailable. When ve were in line Jesse James, the cap tain of the gang, said 'hands up.' We out up our hands Then one of the men d .smounted,and while the other four kept us covered witn tueir revolvers he went hrough ua. Coming to me first he said, Til take wuat you've got.' Ob -.oiving my diamond pin, he went for it without ceremony. While doing that. ue.ciisijovered my watch chain, a very heavy one, which I woro under mv vest. and jerking it out threw it over mv i. ail and then pulled out the watch. Ha then went in my pantbloons pocket ud goi my poauetbooli, which oon 'ained about SGO The diamond pin -vas worth from $250 to $300, uud tUo walch and chain 45u0. All this time wo werecovured by the revolvers, aud beint? unarmed had no choice but to submit. Oar handu were still np. I had on a heavy seal ling, aud the follow said: xoud: better put your gloves oil or I'll take that ring. I put mv hands down long enough to put my gloves on, and ho kiud.y overlooked the ring. When tie got through with me he took the next in order, and so on through the lino. From my Connecticut frien I they got an old-fashioned watch, which was an heirloom iu the family, and $500 in money. Me otldi ed a big ransom for the wutch, but they refused to nego tiate. Fiona the rest they only got small amounts. When they got through witn us Jesse James called ont to the driver: 'Throw down that mail baa.' The driver made no motion at first, and James leveled hh pistol at him and eald affain: Throw down that mail bag.' The driver obeyed. The pouch was cut open, the contents poured out on the ground, and the man who was on foot began to fumble over the mail. He first tore open a large official envelope, which had notmng but olhcial papers m it. See ing there was no monev, Jesse James called from his horse, Put that letter back,' and the man obeyed without a word, rney found no money in the mail and soon stopped opening the letters. They then broke open the ex- pre is trunk and found two packages of greenbacks, amounting to about 5500. ill the time the sick man and 'the Jadv remained in their seats. W hen the man who went through us looked inside the hack and reported a sick man, James called ont, We don't disturb sick men!' and when they came to the lady he said, vve ciont disturb ladies sit still raadame.' While this was going on one of the mounted men rode around the coach onoe or twice and examined one of the wheel horses verv closely. It was a fine sorrel horse. Af er eyeing the horse all over he called out to the driver, who was still holding the lines, 'Get down and uo tarness that off horse. The driver was slw about moving, and the fellow leveled his pistol at him and said : I say, get down and unharness that off horse.' The driver did as he was ordered. When the hoisa was un harnessed the robber dismounted and. placing his own saddle and bridle on the staie-horse rod) him up the tojd a few hundred yards and back at a rapid gait. Coming back to the coach, he said : ' You can hitch up that other horse,' and the driver piooeeded to do so. That was an Arkansas horse trade. I forgot to say that the man who went through ns took r. fancy to my fur overcoat, and told me to hanl it off, bnt Jesse James heard him and said 1 'No yon don't ; that would lead to our detection sure.' l this occupied about hlf an hour. When the robbers not throne h thev told us we could wo, and they roe off together, We afterward heard of them in the direction of Texas. They looked like sturdy younn formers and were not masked beyond wearing slouch hats well pulled down, and Jesse James had a woolen oomforter wound round the lower part of his face. During the entire per formance they affected a kind of polite ness with all their roughness, and tried to create the impression that they were gentlemanly highwaymen. After they left we gathered up the mail and scat tered baggage and continued on to Hot Springs. The news of the robbery created intense excitement there and the whole population turned out to pur sue the robbers, but nothing ever came of it." Governor Bnrbank has placed the watch with the Eugene Jaccard Jewelry company for exhibition, and it will doubtless be inspected by hundreds of curious ones. A replevin bond had to be given the officers at St Josephs, as Mrs, James threatened to sue for its re covery. It is not likely that she will though. The watch is in perfect run ning order and shows good treatment rom its quondam possessor. n rates of the Past. As the archipelago east of Greece had sheltered the hordes of the Turkish corsairs, so the many islands, crooked channels, reefs hidden from all but the looal pilots, small harbors and abund ant food of the Antilles, made the West Indies tho safest place in the world for pirates to pursue their work. To these new and will regions, in the sixteenth century, had flocked bad men and ad venturers from all over the world. When the wars and their chances of plunder died out after the campa-'gas led by Curtez, Pizirro, Balboa and the rest of the Spanish conquistadores, many ruffians seized upon vessels by force, or stole them, and turned into robbers cf the sea. As a lule they had farms aud families on some island, and only Wtnt freebooting aporti m of the year, at first. Tho large island of Hayti, or St. Domingo, was then settled by colonists who were of three distinct classes formers, hunters and cattle men. The last class of men spent their time ia the wild interior of the island, cartuiing, herding or killing wild cattle. They came to the settlements only now and then to get supplies, and then returned to the wilderness for several months of absence again. Final ly, a war having; arisen between this and other islands, the trade of the cattle-men was destroyed, and larg.j numbers of them joined the freebooters, who then became extremely numerous and formidable; and so largely was this due to their new friends that they lost t'jeir old name, und were known by the uamo of the cattle-hunters Buccau neer. St. Domingo became the headquarters of thi buocanners, but several small islands were also owned and controlled by them. They were made up of mon of all nations, but were chiefly Span iards, Dutch and negroes They were thousands in number, possessed large fleets of shios and boats, well armed, and had their regular chief and under oflijei's. The most noted of these cuiofs, perhaps, was Morgan, who was ati Englishman. They had two niellio-ls of work. One was to patrol tho sa in tho track of vessels bound to and from Europe and Brazil or Spanish America, and seize them. Wry often the cicws were will ing, or were compelled to joia the pirates; but sometimes all were killed or carried into slaver. Merchant ships, therefore, all went heavily armed in those waters, and many were the bloody battles fought. This work, however, employed only a portion of the buccauneers, and was too uncertain a means of wealth to suit them. They would, therefore, equip a great fleet, onliut men under ceitaiu strict rules as to sharing the spoils, aad sail away to pillage some coast. There was hardly an island in the West Indies from which, in this way, they did not extort immense sums of money under threat of destruction of the people. The mainland also suffered from the marauders. Great cities, like Carta gena in Venezuela, Panama on the Isthmus, Merida in Yucatan, and Havana, Cuba, were attacked by armies of buocanneers numbering tens of thousands of men. Sometimes their fortifications held good, and the enemy was beaten back; but sooner or later all these cities, and others, smaller, were captured, burned or partially burned, and robbed of everything valuable that they contained. " Why did the citizens not hide their wealth?" They did; but the buocan neers put to the niobt dreadful tortures men, women, children, slaves every body until they would tell where their money and jewels were buried. It is sickening to read of the crimes aud suffering committed by these wickedest of men. For years and years they were the terror of the whole Car ibbean region. Nor did their enormous riches do them a particle of real good, for they wasted it all, the moment they got home, in wild rioting, so that the spoils earned by months of hardship, and exposure, and wounds, and danger of death, would be spent in a week of carousing. Before the end of the cen tury, however, the combined naval forces of all the nations interested in the ommerce ot th-j new world broke the power of the buccanneers. and their depredations ceased. Their story is one of the wildest, most romantic, but most teriiblo pictures in the history of the world. Wida Awake. The next total eclipse of the suu to he seen in this country will be on the 28tli of May. Astronomers say the central line of the totality will be from NowOrliaos to Norfolk. There is no need of hurrying np with that piece of smoked glass. The eclipse will oocur on the 28th of May, 1900. I Plekinff ltirrlp8. Away to ths hillsiiln on swift little feet, Trot quick through the meadows In shadow and sun; Broad hr ids and daep crosvns over brows tha are sweet, And round rosy cheeks that are dimpling with fun. And home from the hillside on slow little feet? With baskets as heavy as faoes are bright;' And who will be first the dear mother to greet And see her surprise and her look ot delight But she never will dream, by the berries they bring, Of the millions thoy left where the sweet berries grow, Away on the hills where the merry birds sing, And tho brook dances down to the valley below. Hargaret SangUtr. HUMOR O THE DAY. Underground work An earthquake Can a shepherd's crook be termed a ram rod. The strongest men is rarely strong enough to hold his tongue at the right time. " Hard-np " asks : "How can I tnrn an honest penny ?" Suppose yon try putting the other side up ? There is a complaint from England that leather is found in American sausages. Good gracious, do they think we can stop to take the collars off the dogs? Kmpp, the cannon maker, now em ploys 13.000 men, and yet complains that he is behind his orders. Ho is safer behind his orders than in front of his cannon. " Yon are as full of airs as a musio box," is what a young man said to a girl who refused to let him see her home. " That may be," was the reply, " but I don't go with a crank." SECOND-HAND OIItLS. "I want one servant cirl," he said, " One maid, to onlor, so to speak." The employment ageut scratched his head. And told the muuto call next week. Next week he came as per request The clerk could furnish no such grade, But quickly put In- niiinl at rest, By giving him ouo ready maid. " Lend me five dollors. Joe ?" ' Can't do it; in fact, I am just going over to try and borrow five from the doctor." " Well, then, you might as well make it ten and I'll take five of it. It will make it easiei to pay, you know, if it is divided np between us." Professor to classical stndent: " If Atlas supported the world, who. sup ported Atlas? ' Student: " The ques tion, sir, has often been asked, but never, so far as I am aware, satisfactorily answered. I have ulways been of the opinion that Atlas must have married a ricli wife, and got his support from her father." The Cow Was Tteated Like a Lady. A man came into the office on Thurs day with a black eye, a strip of court plaster across his cheek, one arm in a sling, and, as he loaned on a crutch and wiped the perspiration away from around a lump on his forehead with a red cotton handkerchief, he asked if the editor was in. Bjing ansivered in the affirmative, he said: "Well, I want to stop my paper;" and he eut down on the edge of a chair as thouph it miht hurt it. " Scratch my name liht t ff. You are responsible for my condition." Can it be possible?" we inquired. " Yea," said ho. ' I'm a farmer, and keep cows. I recently read an article in your pnpoi! about a daiiymeu's con tention, whore one of the mottoes over tho door was, 'Treat your cow ns you would a lady;' and the article said it was coiitended by our best dainmen that a cow treated in a po.ite, gentle manly manner, as though she was a companion, would give twice as much milk. The plan seemed feasible to me. I had been a hard man with my stock, and thought maybe that was one reason my cows always dried up when butter was forty cents a pound, and gave plenty of milk when but'er was only fifteen cents a pound. I decided to adopt your plan and treat a cow us I would a lady. I had abrindle cow that never hnd been very mu:h mashed ou me, and I decided to commeuce on her; and the next morning afcer I read your fiendish paper, I put cn my Sunday suit and a white plu hat I bjught the year Greely ran for President, nnd went to the barn to milk. I noticid the old cow seemed to be bashful and fright ened, but, taking off my hat aud bow ing politely, I said: ' Madame, excuse the seeming impropriety of the request, but will you do me the lavor to hoist ?' At the same time I tapped her gently on the flank with my plug hat; put ting the tin pale unJer her I sat down on the milking stool." "Did she hoist?'' said we, rather anxious to know how the advice of President Smith, of Saeboygan, the great dairyman, worked. "Did the hoist I Well, look at me, and see if you think she hoisted. The cow raised right up, and kicked me with all four feet, switched me with her tail, aud hooked me with her horns at once ; and when I got up out of the bedding in the stall, and dug my hat out of the manger, and the uiilking- stool ftom under me, and begun to maul that cow, I forgot all about the treat ment oi horned cattltf. Why, she fairly galloped over me, and 1 never want to read your paper again." We tried to explain to him that the advice did not apply to briudle cows at all ; bnt he hobbled out the maddest man that ever asked a cow to hoist in diplomatio language. Chicaqo Tribune. Charged Up to liOiigfellow. Blanche Roosevelt, iu her new book, " Longfellow's Home Lie," gives a bit of information not generally known when she asserts that the little absurd nnrsery rhtme, beginning: There was a li'tle irl Who had a little ourl That hung rilit dowu on her forehead; Aud when she ws good, Bhe was very, very good, J And when she was had she was horrid was written by Longfellow, lhe gonial poet wrote, it for his little daughter Edith.