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lewis m. grist, proprietor. J gin Jndtprndciit Jitmilj Hcwspapcr: <J,or the fromotioit ojf the |olitital, Social, Agricultural and Commercial Jjntrets of the $outh. |terms?$2.00 a year in advance. vol. 36 yorkville, s. c., wednesday, may 7, 1890. n019. By Capt,' [Copyright, by J. I published CHAPTER II Their fellow traveler on the Pullman. Even in the excitement attendant upon their reception at the station neither Mra. R&yner nor her sister could entirely recover from the surprise and pain which the stranger's singular words had caused. OU lax liuixi ICCUUg 111 bUC iCOOK ACULLLACVl, j Mrs. Rayner well understood from his manner that not the faintest discourtesy was intended. There was not a symptom of rudeness, not a vestige of irritation or haste, in bis tone. Deep embarrassment, inexpressible sadness even, she read in the brief glimpse she had of his paling face. It was all a mystery to her and to the girl seated in silence by her side. Both followed him with their eyes as he hurried away to the rear of the car, and then, with joyous shouts, three or four burly, fur enveloped men came bursting in the front door, and the two ladies, the baby, and the kitten were pounced upon and surrounded by a group that grew larger every minute. Released finally from the welcoming embrace of her stalwart husband, Mrs. Rayner found time to present the other and younger officers to her sister. Aj many as half a dozen had followed the captain in his wild rush upon the car, and, while he and his baby boy were resuming acquaintanceship after a separation of many long months, Miss Travers found herself the center of a circle of young officers who had braved the wintry blizzard in their eagerness to do her proper homage. Her cheeks were aflame with excitement and pleasure, her eyes dancing, and despite the fatigue of her long journey she was looking dangerously pretty, as Capt. Ravuer glanced for a : moment from the baby's wondering ' eyes, took in the picture like an instan- j taneous photograph, and then looked again into Mrs. Rayner's smiling face. "You were wise in providing against possibilities as you did, Kate," ho said, with a significant nod of the head. "There are as many as a dozen of them, or least there will be when the ?th gets''back from the field. Stannard is out yet with his battalion." "Oh, yes; we saw them at a station , east of here. They looked frozen to ! death; and there are ever so many of the soldiers frozen. The baggage car is full of them. Didn't you know it?" "Not a word of it. We have been here for three mortal hours waiting at , the station, and any telegrams must have been sent right out to the fort, j The colonel is there, and he would have ; all arrangements made. Here, Graham! Foster! Mrs. Rayner says there are a . lot of frozen cavalrymen forward in the baggage car. Run ahead and see what 1 is necessary, will you? I'll bo there in a minute, as soon as we've got these ladies off the train." Two of the young gentlemen who had been hovering around Miss Travers took themselves off without a moment's delay. The others remained to help their senior officer. Out into the whirling eddies of snow, bundling them up in the big, ! warm capes of their regulation over- ! coats, the officers half led, half carried their precious charges. The captain bore j his son and heir; Lieut. Ross escorted ' Mrs. Rayner; two others devoted them- j selves exclusively to Miss Travers; a ' fourth picked up the Maltese kitten. ! Two or three smart, .trim looking in- ; fan try soldiers cleared the section of bags and bundles of shawls, and the entire party was soon within the doorway of the waiting room, where a red hot coal stove glowed fierce welcome. Here the ladies were left for a moment, while all the officers again bustled out into the i storm and fought their way against the ' northwest gale until they reached the little crowd gathered about the doorway of the freight sheds. A stout, short, burly man "in beaver overcoat and cap pushed through the knot of half numbed spectators and approached their leader: "We have only two ambulances, captain?that i3 all there was at the post when the dispatch came?and there are j a dozen of these men, besides Dr. Grimes, ' all more or less crippled, and Grimes j has both hands frozen. Wo must get \ them out at once. Can wo take y?ur ! wagon?" "Certainly, doctor. Take anything we | hava If the storm holds, tell the driver j not to try to come back for us. We can j make the ladies comfortable here at the j hotel for the night. Some of the officers i have to get back for duties this evening. The rest will have to stay. How did they happen to get caught in such a freeze?" "Thev couldn't help it. Stannard had chased the Cheyennes across tho range, and was ordered to get back to the railway. It was twenty below when they started, and they made three days' chase in that weather; but no one seemed tc care so long as they were on the trail. Then came the change of wind, and a driving snow 6torm, in which they lost the trail as a matter of course; and then this blizzard struck them on the back track. Grimes is so exhausted that lie could barely hold out until he got here. He says he never could have brought them through from Buff Siding but foi Mr. Hayne: he did everything." "Mr. Hayne! Was he with them?" "Ho was on the train, and came in at once to offer ins services. Grimes says he was invaluable." "But Mr. Hayne was east on leave; 1 know he was. lie was promoted to my company last month?confound the luck ^-and was to have six months' leavo before joining. I wish it was six years. Where is he now?" And the captain peered excitedly around from under his shaggy cap. Oddly, too, his face was paling. "He left as soon as I took charge. 1 don't know where he's gone; but it's God's mercy he was with these poor fellows. His skill and care have done everything for them. Where did he get his knowledge?" "I have no idea," said Capt. Rayner, gruffly, and in evident ill humor. "lie is the last man I expected to see this day or for days to come. Is there anything else I can do, doctor?" "Nothing, thank you, captain." And the little surgeon hastened back to his charges, followed by some of the younger officers, eager to be of assistance in caring for their disabled comrades. Rayner himself hesitated a moment, then turned about and trudged heavily back along the wind swept platform. Charles King, U.S. A. unravex Ranch," "The Colonel's er," "Marion's Faith," Etc. 1. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, and by special arrangement with them.] ! The train Cad pulled away "anil was out ! of sight in the whirl of snow over the | western prairies. He went to his own j substantial wagon and shouted to the j driver, who sat muffled in buffalo fur on I the box: "Get around there to the freight house : and report to the doctor. There is a lot of frozen cavalrymen to be taken out to the hospital. Don't try to come back for us to-night; we'll stay here in town. Send the quartermaster's team in for the trunks as soon as the storm is over and the road clear. That's all." Then ho rejoined the party at the waiting room of the station, and Mrs. Raynei noted instantly that all the cbeeriness had gone and that a cloud had settled on his face. She was a shrewd observer, and she knew him well. Something more serious than a mishap to a squad of solnlvuif ikft on/l/lnn UlCIa 'JUU uiuugub awui UJC OUUU^U change. He was all gladness, all rejoicing and delight, when he clasped her and his baby boy in his arms but ten minutes before, and now?something had occurred to bring him serious discomfort. She rested her hand on his arm and looked questioningly in his face. He avoided her glance and quickly began to talk. She saw that he desired to answer no questions just then, and wisely refrained. Meantime, Miss Travers was chatting blithely with two young gallants, who had returned to her side, and who had thrown off their heavy furs and stood revealed in their becoming undress uniforms. Mr. Ross had gone to look over the rooms which the host of the railway hotel had offered for the use of the party; the baby was yielding to the inevitable and gradually condescending to notice the efforts of Mr. Foster to scrape acquaintance; the kitten, with dainty step, and ears and tail erect, was making a leisurely inspection of the premises, sniffing about the few benches and chairs with which the bare room was burdened, and reconnoitering the door'leading to the hallway with evident desire to extend her researches in that direction. Presently that very door opened, and in came two or three bundles of fur in masculine shape, and with them two shaggy deer hounds, who darted straight at the kitten. There was a sudden flurry and scatter, a fury of spits aud scratching, a yelp of pain from one brute with lacerated nose, a sudden recoil of both hounds, and then a fiery rush through the open doorway in pursuit of puss. After the first gallant instinct of battle her nerve had given out, and she had sought safety in flight. "Oh, don't let them hurt her!" cried Miss Travers, as she darted into the hall and gazed desparinglv up the stairway to the second story, whither the dogs had vanished like a flash. Two of the young omcers sped to the rescue and turned the wrong way. Mrs. Rayner and the captain followed her into the hall. A rush of canine feet and an excited chorus of barks and yelps were heard aloft; then a 6tern voice ordering, "Down, you brutes!" a sudden howl as though in response to a vigorous kick, and an instant later, bearing the kitten, ruffled, terrified and wildly excited, yet unharmed, there came springing lightly down the steps the young man in civilian dress who was their fellow traveler on the Pullman. Without a word he gave his prize into the dainty hands outstretched to receive it, and never stopping an instant, never listening to the eager words of thanks from her pretty lips, lie darted back as quickly as he came, leaving Miss Travers suddenly stricken dumb. Capt. Rayner turned sharply on his heel and stepped back into the waiting room. Mr. Ross nudged a brother lieutenant and whispered: "By gadl that's awkward for Midas!" The two subalterns who had taken the wrong turn at the top of the stairs reappeared there just as the rescuer 6hot past them on his way back, and stood staring, first after his disappearing form, and then at each other. Miss Travers, with wonder and relief curiously mingled in her sweet face, clung to her restored kitten and gazed vacantly up the stairs. Mrs. Rayner looked confusedly from one to the other, quickly noting the constraint in the manner of every officer present and the sudden disappearance of her husband. There was an odd silence for a moment; then she spoke: "Mr. Ross, do you know that gentleman?" "I know who he is. Yes." "Who is he, then?" "lie is your husband's now first lieutenant, Mi's. Rayner. Thpt is Mr. llayne." "That!?Mr. llayne?" she exclaimed, growing suddenly pale. "Certainly, madam. Had you never seen him before?" "Never; and I expected?I didn't expect to see such a"? And she broke short off, confused and plainly distressed, turned abruptly, and left the hall as had her husband. CHAPTER III. png ' jfill , Alone in the colonel's presence. The officers of Fort Warrener were assembled, as was the daily morning custom, in the presence of the colonel commanding. It had long been tho practice of that veteran soldier to require all his commissioned subordinates to put in an appearance at his office immediately after the ceremony of guard mounting. lie might have nothing to say to them, or he might have a good \ deal; and he was a man capable of saying a good deal in very few words and meaning exactly what he said. It was his custom to look up from his writing i as each officer entered and respond to the respectful salutation tendered him with an equally punctilious "Good mornC'lnf (Iri'trcr " nr "flood mnrninp' ***?? v,%OOi "" ? cr>? Mr. Blake," never omitting the mention of the name, unless, as was sometimes tried, a squad of them came in together and made their obeisance as a body. In this event the colonel simply looked each man in the face, as though taking mental note of the individual constituents of the group, and contented himself with a "Good morning, gentlemen." When in addition to six troops of his own regiment of cavalry there were sent to the post a major and four companies of infantry, some of the junior officers of the latter organization had snirsreetod to their comrades of the yellow stripes that ;is the colonel had no roll call it might Ix; a matter of no great risk to "cut the matinee" on some of the fiendishly cold mornings that soon set in; but the experiment was never designedly ? ? ?? tried, tlianks, possibly, to the frank oxposition of his personal views as expressed by Lieut. Blake, of the cavalry, who said, "Try it if you are stagnating for want of a sensation, my genial plodder, but not if you value the advice of one who has been there, so to speak. The chief will spot you quicker than he can a missing shoe?a missing horseshoe, Johnny, let me elaborate for your comprehension?and the next question will be, 'Mr. Bluest rap, did you intentionally absent yourself?' and then how will you get out of it?" The matinees, so called, were by no means unpopular features of the daily routine. The officers were permitted to bring their pipes or cigars and take their after breakfast smoke in the big, roomy office of the commander, just as they were permitted to enjoy the post-prandial whiff when at evening recitation in ' ro -1 ..i. I me Bame omce mey sai niounu tne room, chatting in low tones, for half an hour, while the colonel received the reports of hisjadjutant, the surgeon and the old and the new officer of the day. Then any matters affecting the discipline or instruction or general interests of the command were brought up; loth sides of the question were presented, if question arose; the decision was rendered then and there, and the officers were dismissed for the day with the customary "That's all, gentlemen.'' They left the office well knowingthatonly in the event of some sudden emergency would they be called thither again or disturbed in their daily vocations until the same hour on the following morning. Meantime, they must be about their work?drills, if weather permitted; stable duty, no matter what the weather; garrison courts, boards of survey, the big general court that was perennially dispensing justice at the post, and the long list of minor but none the less exacting demands on the time and attention of the subalterns and company commanders. The colonel was a strict, even severe, disciplinarian, but he was cool, deliberate. and just. He "worked" his officers, and thereby incurred the criticism of a few, but held the respect of all. He had been a splendid cavalry commander in the field of all others where his sterling qualities were sure to find responsive appreciation in his officers and men?on active aud stirring campaigns against the Indians?and among his own regiment he knew that deep in their hearts the ?th respected and believed in him, even when they growled at garrison exactions which seemed uncalled for. The infantry officers knew less of him as a sterling campaigner, and were not 60 well pleased with his discipline. It was all right for him to "rout out" every mother's son in the cavalry at reveille, because all the cavalry officers had to go to stables soon afterward?that was all they were fit for?but what on earth was the use of getting them?the infantry?out of their KnHo hr*fnrn cunrico nn ft tcinfrv; morning and having no end of roll calls and such things through the day, "just to keep them busy?" The real objection ?the main objection?to the colonel's system was that it kept a large number of officers, most of whom were educated gentlemen, hammering all day long at an endless routine of trivial duties, allowing actually no time in which they could read, study, or improve their minds; but, as ill luck would have it, the three young gentlemen who decided to present to the colonel this view of the case had been devoting what spare time they could find to a lively game of poker | down at "the 6tore," and their petition for "more time to themselves" brought 4own a reply from the oracular lips of the commander that became immortal on the frontier and niado the petitioners nearly frantic. For a week the trio was the butt of all the wits at Fort Warrener. And yet the entire commissioned force felt that they were being kept at the grindstone because of the frivolity of these youngsters, and they did not like it. All the same the cavalrymen stuck up for their colonel and the infantrymen respected him, and the matinees were business like and profitable. They were rarely unpleasant in any feature, but this particular morning?two days after the arrival of Mrs. Rayner and her sister?there had been a scene of somewhat dramatic interest, and the groups of officers in breaking up and going away could discuss nothing else. The colonel had requested one of their number to remain, as he wished to speak to him further, and that man was Lieut. Hayne. Seven years had that young gentleman been a second lieutenant of the regiment of infantry, a detachment of which was now stationed at Warrener. Only this very winter had promotion come to him, and, of all companies in the regiment, he was gazetted to the first lieutenancy of Capt. Rayner's. For a while the regiment when by itself could talk of little else. Mr. Hayne had spent three or four years in the exile of a little "two company post" far up in the mountains. Except the officers there stationed, none of his comrades had seen him during that time. No one of them would like to admit that he would care to see him. And yet, when once in a while they got to talking among themselves about him, and the question was sometimes confidentially asked of comrades who came down on leave from that isolated station, "How is Hayne doing?" or "What is Ilavne doing?" the language in which he was referred to grew by degrees far less truculent and confident than it had been when he first went thither. Officers of other regiments rarely spoke to the "Riflers" of Mr. Hayne. Unlike one or two others of their arm of the service, this particular regiment of foot held the affairs of its officers as regimental property in which outsiders had no concern. If they had disagreements they were kept to themselves; and even in a case which in its day had attracted widespread attention the Riflers had long since learned to shun all talk outside. It \va? ?mh'.1.i>i4 4^ *! -wmixioiiau >*...>? . thellayne affair was a sore point and one on which they preferred silence. And yst it was getting to be whispered around that the Riflers were by no means so unanimous as they had been in their opinion of this very officer. They were becoming divided among themselves; and what complicated matters was the fact that those who felt their views undergoing a reconstruction were compelled to admit that just in proportion us the case of Mr. Hayne rose in their estimation the reputation of another officer was bound to suffer, and that officer was Capt. Rayner. Between these two men not a word had been exchanged for five years?not a single word since the day when, with ashen face and broken accents, but with stern purpose in every syllable, Lieut. Hayne, standing in the presence of nearly all the officers of his regiment, had hurled this prophecy in liis adversary's teeth: "Though it take ine years, I will live it down despite you; and you will wish to God you had bitten out your j perjured tongue before ever you told the ' lio that wrecked me." No wonder there w:is talk, and lots of it, in the "Killers" and all through the garrison when Kayner's lirst lieutenant suddenly threw up his commission and retired to the mines lie had loouted in Montana, and I layne,the "senior second," was promoted to the vacancy. Speculation as to what would be the result was given a temporary rest by the news that I war department orders had granted the subaltern six months' leave?the lirst he had sought in as many years. It was ' known that he had gone east; but hardly had he been awu\ a fortnight when there J camo the trouble with the Cheyennes at : the reservation?a leap for lilierty by some fifty of the band, and an immediate rush of the cavalry in pursuit. There were some bloody atrocities, as there always are. All the troops in the department were ordered to lie in readiness for instant service, while the officials eagerly watched the reports to see which way the desperate band would turn; and the next heard of Mr. Ilayne was the news that he had thrown up his leave and had hurried out to join his company the moment the eastern papers told of the trouble. It was all practically settled by the time he reached the department; but the spirit and intent of his action could not bo doubted. And now hero he was at Warrecer. That very morning during the matinee ho had entered the oflice unannounced, walked up to the desk of the commander, and, while every voice but his in the room was stilled, he quietly spoke: "Permit me to introduce myself, colonel?Mr. ilayne. I desire to relinquish my leave of absence and report for duty." The colonel quickly arose and extended his hand: "Mr. Ilayne, I am especially glad to see you and to thank you hero for all your care and kindness to our men. The doctor tells mo that many of them would have had to suiter the loss of noses and ears, even of hands and feet in some cases, but for your attention. Maj. Stannard will add his thank3 to mine when ho returns. Take a seat, sir, for the present. You are acquainted with the officers of your own regiment, doubtless. Mr. Billings, introduce Mr. Hayne to ours." Whereat the adjutant courteously greeted the newcomer, presented a small party of yellow strapped shoulders, and then drew him into earnest talk about the adventure of the train. It was noticed that Mr. Ilayne neither by word nor glance gave the slightest recognition of the presence of the officers of his own regiment, and that they as studiously avoided him. One or two of their number had indeed risen and stepped forward, as though to offer him the civil greeting due to one of their own cloth; but it was with evident doubt of the result. They reddened when he met their tentative?which was that of a gentleman?with a cold look of utter repudiation. Ho did not choose to seo them, and, of course, that ended it. Nor was his greeting hearty among the cavalrymen. There were only a few present, as most of the ?th were still out in the field and marching slowly homeward. The introductions were courteous and formal, there was even constraint among two or three, but there was civility and an evident desire to refer to his services in behalf of their men. All such attempts, however, Mr. Hayne waved aside by an immediate change of the subject It was plain that to them, too, ho had the manner of a man who was at odds with the world and desired to make no friends. The colonel quickly noted the general silence and constraint, and resolved to Bhorten it as much as possible. Dropping his pen, he wheeled around in his chair with determined cheerfulness: "Mr. Hayne, you will need a day or two to look about and select quarters and get ready for work, I presume." "Thank you, colonel. No, sir. I shall move in this afternoon and be on duty to-morrow morning," was the calm reply. There was an awkward pause for a moment The officers looked blankly from one to another, and then began craning their necks to search for the post quartermaster, who sat an absorbed listener. Then the colonel spoke again: "I appreciate your promptness, Mr. j Hayne; but have you considered that in choosing quarters according to your rank | you will necessarily move somebody out? IVe are crowded now, and many of your juniors are married, and the ladies will want time to pack." An anvinna gilpnro nrrnin. Pant. RilV ner was gazing at his boot toes and trying to appear utterly indifferent; others loaned forward, no though eaeer to hear the answer. A faint smile crossed Mr. Hayne's features; ho seemed rather to enjoy the situation: "I have considered, colonel. I shall turn nobody out, and nobody need be incommoded in the least." "Oh! then you will share quarters with some of the bachelors?" asked the colonel, with evident relief. "No, sir;" and the answer was 6tern in tone, though perfectly respectful; "I shall live as I have lived for years?utterly alone." One could havehcard a pin drop in the office?even on the matted floor. The colonel half arose: "Why, Mr. Ilaync, there is not a vacant set of quarters in the garrison. You will have to rnovo some one out if you decide to live alone." "There may bo no quarters in the post, sir, but, if you will permit me, I can live near my company and yet in officers' quarters.'' "How so, sir?" "In the house out there on the edgo of the garrison, facing the prairie. It is within stone's throjv of the barracks of Company B, and is exactly like those built for the officers in hero along the parade." "Why, Mr. Ilayne, no officers ever lived there. It is utterly out of the way and isolated. I believe it was built for the sutler years ago, but was bought in by the government afterwards. Who lives there now, Mr. Quartermaster?" "No one, sir. It is being used as a tailors' shop; half a dozen of the company tailors work there; but I can send them back to their own barracks. The house is in good repair, and, as Mr. Ilayne says, exactly like those built for officers' use." "And you mean you want to live there alone, Mr. Hayne?" "I do, sir, exactly." The colonel turned sharply to his desk once more. The strained silence continued a moment. Then ho faced his officers. "Mr. Iluyne, will you remain a few moments? I wish to speak with you. Gentlemen, that is all this morning." And 60 the meeting adjourned. While many of the cavalry officers strolled into the neighboring club and reading room it was noticed that their comrades of the infantry lost no timo at intermediate points, but took the shortest road to the row of brown cottages Im n ? 1 ? feeling of constraint that had settled upon all was still apparent in the group that entered the club room, and for a moment no one spoke. There was a general settling into easy chairs and picking up of newspapers without reference to age or date. No one seemed to want to say anything, and yet every one felt it necessary to have some apparent cxcuso for becoming absorbed in other matters. This was ho evident to Lieut. Blake that he speedily burst into a laugh ?the first that had been heard?and when two or three heads popped out from behind their printed screens to inquire into the cause of his mirth that light hearted gentleman was seen sprawling his long legs apart and gazing out of the window after the groups of infantrymen. "What do you see that's so intensely funny?" growled one of the elders among the dragoons. "Nothing, old mole ? nothing," said Blake, turning suddenly about. "It looks too much like a funeral procession for fun. What I'm chuckling at is the absurdity of our coming in hero like so many mutes in weepers. It's none of our funeral." "Strikes me the situation is damned awkward," growled "tho mole" again. I "Here's a fellow conies in who's cut by his regiment and h:is placed ours under lasting obligation before ho gets inside tho post." "Well, does any man hero linov the rights and wrongs of the case, anyhow?" said a tall, lieardod captain as ho threw aside the paper which ho liad not been reading, and rose impatiently to his feet. "It seems to mo from tho little I've heard of Mr. Havno and tho little I'veseen, that there is a broad variation between facts and appearances. Tie looks like a gentleman." "No one does know anything moro of tho matter than was known at tho timo of tho court martial five years ago," answered "the mole." "Of course you have heard all about that, and my experience i9 that when a body of officers and gentlemen find, after due deliberation on the evidence, that another has been guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, the chances are a lmudred to one he has been doing something disreputable, to say the least." "Then why wasn't he dismissed?" queried a young lieutenant "The law says ho must be." "That's right, Doily; pull your Ives and Benet on 'em and show you know all about military law and courts martial," said the captain, crushingly. "It's one thing for a court to sentence and another for the president to approve. Hayno was dismissed, so far as a court could do it, but the president remitted the whole thing." "There was more to it than that, though, and you know it, Buxton," said Blake. "Neither the department commander nor Gen. Sherman thought the evidenco ^conclusive, and they said so, especially old Gray Fox. And you ask any of these fellows here now whether they believe Hayne was really guilty, and I'll bet you that eight out of ten will flunk at the question." "And yet they all cut him dead. That's prima facie evidence of what they think." "Cut be blowedtj By gad, if any man asked me to testify on oath as to where the cut lay, I should say he had cut them. Did you see how he ignored Foster and Graham this morning?" "I did, and I thought it damned un ,.?i? geuwemouijr in mm. xnuao icnuwo uiu the proper thing, and he ought to have acknowledged it," broke in athird officer. "I'm not defending that point; the LoYd knows lie has done nothing to encourage civility with his own people; but there are two sides to every story, and I asked their adjutant last fall, when there was some talk of his company's being sent here, what Hayne's status was, and he told me. There isil't a squarer man or sounder soldier in the army than the adjutant of the Riflers; and he said that it was Hayne's stubborn pride that more than anything else stood in the way of his restoration to social standing. He had made it a rule that every one who was not for him was against him, and refused to admit any man to his society who would not first come to him of his own volition and say he believed him utterly innocent. As that involved the necessity of their looking upon Rayner as either perjured or grossly and persistently mistaken, no one felt called upon to do it. Guilty or innocent, Lo has lived the life of a Pariah ever since." "I wanted to open out to him, today," said Capt. Gregg, "bu> the moment I began to apeak of his great kindness to our men he froze as stiff as Mulligan's ear. What was tho use? I simply couldn't thaw an icicle. What made him so effective in getting the frost out of them was his capacity for absorbing it into his own system." "Well, here, gentlemen," said Buxton, impatiently, "we've got to face this thing sooner or later, and may as well do it now. I know Rayner and like him, and don't believe he's the kind of man to wilfully wrong another. I don't know Mr. Hayne, and Mr. Ilayno apparently don't want to know me. 1 think that where a man has been convicted of dishonorable?disgraceful conduct and is cut by his whole regiment it is our business to back the regiment, not the man. Now tho question is, where shall we draw tho line in this case? It's none of our funeral, as Blake says, but ordinarily it would bo our duty to call upon this flp C11..11 A ~ .'i ?.!?1,^ Zr, omcer. ouuu ntjuuik, jju?v uwi nu xo in Coventry, or shall we leave him to his own devices?" "I'll answer for .myself, Buxton," said Blake, "and you Can <10 ug you please Except that one thing, and the not unusual frivolties of a youngster that occurred previous to this trial, I understand that his character has been above reproach, So far as I can learn, he is a far more reputable character than I am, and a better officer than most of us. Growl all you want to, comrades mine; 'it's a way we have in the army,' and I like it. So long as I include myself in these malodorous comparisons, you needn't swear. It is my conviction that the Riflers wouldn't say he was guilty today if they hadn't said so live years ago. It is my information that he has paid every cent of the damages, whether he caused them or not, and it is my intention to go and call upon Mr. Hayne as soon as he's settled. I don't propose to influence any man in his action; and excuse me, Buxton, I think you did." The captain looked wrathful. Blake was an oddity of whom he rather stood | in awe, for there was no mistaking the popularity and respect in which he was held in his own regiment. The ?th was somewhat remarkable for being emphatically on "outspoken crowd," and for somc years, thanks to a leaven of strong and truthful men in whom this trait was pronounced and sustained, it had grown tc be the custom of all but a few of the officers to discuss openly and fully all matters of regimental policy and utterly tc discountenance covert action of any kind. Blake was thoroughly popular and generally respected, despite a tendency tc rant and rattle on most occasions. Nevertheless, there were signs of dissent as tc the line of action he proposed, though it were only for his own guidance. "And how do you supposo Rayner and the Riflers generally will regard youi calling on their black sheep?" asked Buxton, after a pause. "I don't know," said Blake, more seriously, and with a tone of concern. "I like Rayner, and have found most of those fellows thorough gentlemen and good friends. This will test the question thoroughly. I believe most of them, except, of course, Rayner, would do the same were they in my place. At all events, I mean to see." "What are you going to do, Gregg?" asked "the mole," wheeling suddenly on his brother troop commander. "I don't know," said Gregg, doubtfully. "I think I'll ask the colonel." j '??- . ? * wv do?" "I don't know again; but I'll bet we all know as soon as ho makes up his mind; and he is making up his mind now?or he's made it up, for there goes Mr. Hayne, and here comes the ordcrly Something's up already. Every head was turned to the doorway as the orderly's step was heard in the outer hall, and every voice stilled to u ~ ^ ffr iir\ nrnicti'il fnr I JL'ai LliU " Mr., wv -v. the commanding officer to send for one of his subordinates after the morning meeting. The soldier tapped at the panel, aud at the prompt "Coino in" pushed it partly open and stood with one white gloved hand resting'hn the knob, the other raised to his cap visor in salute. "Lieut. Blake?" he asked, as hoglanced around. "What is it?" asked Blake, stepping quickly from the window. "Tho commanding officer's compliments, sir, and could he see the lieutenant one minute before the court meets?" "Coming at once," said Blake, as lie pushed his way through the chairs, and tho orderly faced about and disappeared. "I'll bet it's about Ilayne," was the i apparently unanimous sentiment as the cavalry party broke up and scattered for the morning's duties. Some waited purposely to hear. The adjutant alone stood in the colonel's presence as Blake knocked and entered. All others had gone. There was a moment's hesitation, and tho colonel paused and looked his man over befoiv ho spoke: "You will excuse my sending for vou. Mr. Blake, when I tell you that it is a matter that has to be decided at once. In this case you will consider, too, that I wont you to say yes or no exactly as you would to a comrade of your own grade. If you were asked to meet Mr. Ilayno at any other houso in the garrison than mine, would you desiro to accept? You are aware of all the circumstances, tho adjutant tells me." "I am, sir, and have just announced my intention of calling upon kini." "Then will you dine with us this evening to meet Mr. Hayne?" "I will do so with pleasure, sir." It could hardly have been an hour afterwards when Mrs. Rayner entered the library in her cosey home and found Miss Travers entertaining herself with a book. "Have you written to Miss Van Antwerp this morning?" she asked. "I thought that was what you came here for." "I did mean to, but Mrs. Waldron has been here, and I was interrupted." "It is fully fifteen minutes since she left, Nellie. You might have written two or three pages already; and you know that all manner of visitors will becoming in by noon." "I was just thinking over something she told me. I'll write presently." "Mrs. Waldron is a woman who talks alxmt everything and everybody. I advise you to listen to her no more than you can help. Whafc was it sh# told you?" Miss Travers smiled roguishly: "Why should you want to know, Kate, if you disapprove of her revelations?" "Oh," with visible annoyance, "it is to ?I wanted to know so as to let you see that it was something unfounded, as usual." "She said she had just been told that the colonel was going to give a dinner party tliis evening to Mr. Hayne." "What?" "She?said?she?had ? just ? been? told?that?the?colonel?was?going? to give?a dinner party?this evening? to Mr. Hayne." "Who told her?" "Kate, I didn't ask." "Who are invited? None of ours?" "Kate, I don't know." " Where did she say she had heard it?" "She didn't say." Mrs. Rayner paused one moment, irresolute: "Didn't she tell you anything more about it?" "Nothing, sister mine. Why should you feel such an interest in what Mrs. Waldron says, if she's such a gossip?" And Miss Travers was evidently having hard work to keep from laughing outright. "You had better write your letter," said her big sister, and flounced suddenly out of the room and up the stairs. A moment later she was at the parlor door with a wrap thrown over her shoulders. "If Capt Rayner comes in, tell him I want particularly to see him before he goes out again." "Where are you going, Kate?" "Oh, just over to Mrs. Waldron"s a moment " [TO HE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.] TIMELY ANNIVERSARIES. Current Selections from History's Broad Page. May 7. 839 B. C.?Death of Socrates; aged (10. 973?Death of Otto the Great, emperor of Germany; born 012. 1731?Coronation of Catherine, empress of Russia. 1830?Birth of Alexander II. Stephens, vlco president of the Southern Confederacy. 1843? Earthquake at St. Haytien, San Domingo; between four and five thousand lives lost. 1859?Papers found in a cairn, Arctic regions, certifying that Sir John Franklin died June 11, 1817, and that his ships were deserted April SK, 1818. 1804?Gen. Sherman moves from Chattanooga on his "march to the sea," and after a series of battles reaches the coast at Savannah, Ga., Dec. 21. 18M?Butler defeated at Bermuda Hundred, Va. 1873?Death of Chief Justice Chase, U. S. supreme court. May 8. 1205?Birth of Dante; died 1825; ^ "the poet of the religious life \ of the Middle Ages; the -rf* Christian Homer." \oHifQt i\ 1057?Oliver Cromwell declines ' rr the title of king. rK 1GC8?Alain Itelne LeSage born; ^?~WTT died 1747, aged 79; author of "Gil Bias" and many plays. 1814?Steam substituted for ^ horse and other power on the Fulton ferry boats, New j. stuart mill. lUIKj S11U>U1[UCULIJf' liUUIK\UnL*U. 18-10? Battle of Palo Alto. Mexico; Mexicans defeated with loss of 400; Americans, 63. 1801?Secession of Tennessee from.the Union. 18C4?Beginning of series of battles at Spottsylvanla Court House, Va., continuing until the 18th. 1873?Death of John Stuart Mill, English social and political economist; born 1800. 1879?Chinese excluded from citizenship in San Francisco. 1889?S. S. City of Farls makes unequaled time between New York and Queenstown. May 9. 1819?Rivalry between Edwin Forrest, American tragedian, and Macready, an English actor, culminated in the Astor place riot. New York. One hundred and fifty persons wounded and several killed. 1850?Introduction by Henry Clay in the U. S. senate of the "omnibus bill," providing for the formation of the territories of Utah and New Mexico; prohibition of slave trade in the District of Columbia; the return of fugltivo slaves to their masters and the payment of $10,(XX),000 to Texas for claims due by Mexico. These measures subsequently adopted separately. 16G0?Death of Theodore Parker, eminent Unitarian divine of Boston. 1802?Pensacolu occupied by the Federal forces. 1802?Confederate iron clad Virginia burned, it being impossible to move her into the James river. 1805?Jefferson Davis captured near Irwinville, Ga. 1805?Surrender of Gen. Sam Jones at Tallahassee, Fla. I860?Completion of the Pacific railroad and ceremonious laying of the last rail at Promontory Point, 1' !i. The jxiint of junction is 1,080 miles west of the Missouri river and 090 miles east of .Sacramento City. May 10. 1590?Death of Cardinal do Bourbon; born 1520. 1750?Great Britain declares war against France. 1700?Death of Count Zinzcndorf, founder of the sect of Moravian Brothers. 1775?Ticouderoga surprised by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold. 1805?Death of Frederick Schiller, German poet; Kn..n irrUI 184(V?Buttle of Resaeu de lu Pulma, Mexico. Ainericuns victorious. Gen. La Vega captured by Capt. May. 1800?John Bell, of Tennessee, nominated for presides; by the "Constitutional Union" party. 1801?Gen. Wool occupies Norfolk, Va. 18(12?Gen. Hunter, commanding in South Carolina, issued an order emancipating the uegroes. 18(14? Buttle of Cloyd's Mountain and New River . Bridge, Va. Union loss, 745; Confederate loss, 1801?TwO dilys ugul uu unin uu...i . loss, 41)0; Confederate, 500. 1871?Treaty of i>caeo signed at Frankfort between France and Germany. 1870?Tidal wave at Collao destroys shipping and towns. 1870?International exhibition opened in Philadelphia. 1870?Death of Admiral E. G. Parrott, U. 3. A., aged 79; inventor of Parrott gun. May 11. 1310?Jacques de Molay, grand master of the Templars, born 1647?Arrival of Peter Stuyve- jKa sunt, director general of New ? Amsterdam, now New York; the most jxjpular of colonial ^ governors. 1745?French defeat English at Fontenoy. *-?- ' 1778?Death of William Pitt, earl juitiu'R outon of Chatham, friend of the (.Tichborne.) colonies in the revolution; born 1708. 1810?President Polk sends a message to congress, and war with Mexico is declared formally. Hostilities began in April. 1857?Mutiny of the Sepoys nt Meerut and Delhi, India. 1858? Minnesota admitted Into the Union. 18(41? Passage of the Red river forts by Porter's fleet. 1805 Gen. Jeff Thompson surrenders in Arkansas. 1805?Italian seat of government transferred to Fli trence. 1871 ?Trial of the Tichborne ease in England. Tito court decides against the claiiuaint and he is sent to Newgate. May 1U. 1(411?Execution of Thomas, earl of Strafford, English minis1701?Execution of William Kidd, MB jM 4M the most famous pirate that ^ . \J ever infested the sens. He wius previously a New York TclgRKgS 1175? Crown Point taken from the British by Col. Seth War1780?Siege of Charleston, S. C.. , , ' by the British; the Ameri- 0KNK'<^L,f' E' D' j stl art. cans capitulated. 18(43? Union victory nt Raymond, Miss. Natchez occupied. 18(44?Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, sometimes called the Confederate "Sir Rupert," a distinguished cavalry leader, killed in Virginia; aged 41. 1804?Federal attack on Drury's Bluff, near Richmond, Va., repulsed; Union loss, 3,012; Confederate, 2j500. 1871?Death of Sir John Ilcrschel, astronomer; born 1794 1873?Gen. Ignacio Agramontc, Cuban insurrectionist, killed, aged 32. 1878?Death at Elmira, N. Y., of Catherine Beecher, authoress, aged 71; sister of Henry Ward Beecher. 1883?Death of the mother of President U. S. Grant, aged 84. May 13. 1707?Carl Linnceus, born Sweden, died 1778 j professor of ' otany and medicine; author of many works. 1780? Charleston, S. C., surrenders to the British under Sir Henry Clinton. 1809?Napoleon defeats Austrians and captures Vienna. 1832?Death of George, Baron Cuvier; remarkable naturalist, born 1709. His chief works are "Fossil Bones" and "Animal Kingdom." 18C1?Queen Victoria commands her subjects to be neutral in the ensuing American war. 180-1?Battlo of Drury's Bluff, Va., eight miles from Richmond, on the James. Federals repulsed. Union loss, 3,012; Confederate loss, 4000. 1807?Jefferson Davis released on ball. 1871?Death of Auber, musical coinjioser; born 1781. 1874?Terrible famine in India; nearly 40,000,000 people distressed; $37,500,000 expended in relief measures. ^UsccUancouss j&fading. THE COLORED M. E. CHURCH, SOUTH. For the Yorkville Enquirer. Editor of the Enquirer : I would respectfully ask a short space in your columns to explain the character of the denomination I represent in York county, as a missionary, and my relation toward the people of both races. I am a native of the .grand old Palmetto State, though not a native of York county. I was born and raised in the county of Marlboro, and was raised by one of the best white families of that county. On the death of my mother, when I was but a child, these kind people took me and raised me, giving me some opportunity to improve myself by study. I thank these white people to-day. I have ever found the white people to be my best friends. Towards me they have ever shown such friendship that I am opposed to negro emigration. I believe this to be the best place for the colored people, and invariably so advise them. I came to Clover last January for the purpose of introducing the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of America, known as the C. M. E. church. This church was organized by lawfully authorized men of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 18GG. When the general conference met at New Orleans, April, 18GG, it was seen by the results or the war a change had taken place in our political and social relations which made it necessary that a change should be made in our ecclesiastical relation. Provision was, therefore, made for the organization of the colored people into separate congregations, districts and annual conferences, if we should desire it, and that our preachers should receive ordination as deacons and elders; and that, should the time come when two or more conferences were organized among us, and if it was our wish to have a separate and distinct church, they would assist us in organizing it, provided we should adopt the discipline of the M. E. Church, South. At the general conference of the M. E. Church, South, at Memphis, May, 1870, it was found that five annual conferences had been formed among the colored people, and that it was our unanimous desire to have a distinct church of our own. The same general conference appointed A. L. P. Green, Samuel Matson, Edmund W. Sehan, Thomas Whitehead, R. J. Morgan and Thomas Taylor to aid in organizing our general conference. The general conference of the M. E. Church, South, further agreed that should the time arrive when we should be set apart as a distinct organization all the church property held by trustees of our churches should be transferred to churches appointed by us. This was a more liberal spirit than all the churches of the North have shown towards us. In December, 1870, two colored men, K. H. Nendenhaist, of South Carolina, and AV. H. Miles, of Tennessee, were ordained bishops by Bishop Paine, J). 1)., of the M. E. Church, South. This is the church I represent. I ask the good people of York county, if any of our denomination should nsK ior a pior 01 ground on wmcn to build a church that they will donate or sell. T think, if we am succeed in establishing a church in York county of our principles and tenets, that it will be instrumental in causing the colored people to cherish a kinder feeling towards their white friends. Of course our church differs essentially from the M. E. Church, North. I am as much opposed to the Northern organization as are the white people of the .South. Let us sit under our own vine and tig tree. Respectfully, ?S. A. Adams. Clover, S. C. STORIES ABOUT THIEVES. The proprietor of a large jewelry house in Cincinnati can scarcely have forgotten his experience with an expert knave, says the Chicago InterOcean. It was along toward noon one very hot day in the summer of 187") when a ministerial-appearing fellow in a black suit, with a white tie entered the store. He leisurely walked to the show-case and asked to see some diamond studs. After some hesitation he bought a small stone, for which he paid $3o. He then wished to look at some ringsthought of making his wife a present. As he followed the clerk to the showcase containing the diamond rings he began to eat an apple. Several valuable gems were looked at with dissatisfaction. One valued at $500 pleased him, but was not just what lie wanted. At length he saw one in the case that he thought was just the thing. As the clerk reached to get it the parson-like customer pressed was eating and cievem lusseu mmi of the door. The clerk didn't notice the move, but a fellow who was standing on the outside did, and hastily picked up the apple and departed. The diamond purchaser decided not to get his wife a present till another day. He was on the point of leaving when the clerk missed the ring. "Wait a minute, please," called the clerk, who was nervously looking over the tray. "I cannot find that large diamond ring you were looking at." The sanctimonious gentleman in black at once returned and remarked that the clerk must he mistaken. The search continued, but it was fruitless. The proprietor was allied, and in a very austere and blunt way insinuated that it might be found in the folds of the ring buyer's garments. "1 am the Rev. Dr. (i n," said the customer in tones of excited wrath, naming a clergyman who lived in a village about thirty miles distant; and I'll give you to understand that I did not come here to be insulted." Well the proprietor became angry and called a policeman, and the alleged clergyman was removed to a back room, protesting indignantly at the treatment. A short consultation was held, and a telegram was sent to the address given by the prisoner, making inquiry as to his character and whereabouts. The reply was slow in coming, and it was decided to search the prisoner. He was forced to strip, and every fold and crease in his clothes was searched. It is needless to say that the ring was not found. The telegram to the village, thirty miles away, came, saying that Rev. Dr. (J n was one of the most reliable men in the town, and that he was visiting friends in Cincinnati. Up to this time the proprietor had been of the opinion that the customer was a pi ous fraud, but the telegram changed his tune. He wanted to make amends right away. The parson talked heavy damages and law, hut was at length soothed to silence by four ?100 bills. In some way the story of the minister's insult leaked out. His friends heard it and asked him about it. In the end he called at the jewelry store to see about it, and the proprietor was not a little amazed to find he had been duped. Detectives were at once put on the case, and in a few days arrested the bogus clergyman and his confederate trying to pawn the ring. They were the notorious "Frenchy" La Mountain and Cal Duncan. "A night watchman who was employed to protect a jewelry store in Denver against the ravages of thieves was neatly outwitted by the notorious Billy Forrester some years before his death. The firm carried an immense stock of gems and kept them in a large old-fashioned safe. Forrester had by long years of experience become so familiar with safes of that pattern that he could tell when to reverse and when to .turn the knob forward by placing his ear close to the door above the combination, and in this way could open the safe in a short time. By taking a wax impression of the keyhole he made a key for the front door. Having previously located the safe in the store, he was now ready to begin. It was a cold, snowy, stormy night aoout ten o'clock, ana Forrester walked up to the store \Cith an air of ownership and unlocked the door. He carried a small sample case in his hand. Going in, he turned up the gas in the rear of the store and then shook down the stove. He leisurely worked the combination to the safe, and in less than half an hour he had before him thousands of dollars worth of costly jewels and watches. At this very interesting point the night watchman came in. "Good evening," said the cordial burglar, and he continued to remove valuables from the safe to his sample case. "I'm packing up my samples," went on the thief, suavely. "Going out on the road in the morning, and thought I would get ready to-night. There! isn't that a beauty?" he asked, holding out an elegant Jurgensen for the watchman to examine. In this way Forrester packed over $9,000 worth of gems and watches into his sample-case, chatting cheerfully with the night watchman all the while. As he was about to close his sample-case he stopped suddenly, as if struck by a happy thought, and then picked up a very pretty ring. Turning to the watchman, he asked him if he had a wife. The watchman had, and, with a careless laugh, Forrester tossed him the ring, say ing: "Give her that, and tell her it is a mark of appreciation for the faithful services rendered by her husband." The brilliant guardian of other people's property was delighted, and was unusually wide awake all the rest of the night. It was not until the next morning that he became aware of the hoax that had been practiced upon him. Forrester, by that time, was well out of the way, and his connection with the robbery was not discovered till a few days before his death, when* he confessed it. STRIKING BACK. The Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Times says that Congressman Hemphill, of South Carolina, is especially severe in condemning the speech recently made by Speaker Keed, at Pittsburg, in which Reed was not only abusive of the South, but indulged in much misrepresentation and perverson of facts. Speaking of Reeds, vituperative address, Mr. Hemphill said: "It is certainly very unbecoming in a man who is speaker of the house of representatives to go to a social XI 1 XI. ~ O XI. ~ guuieriug una accuse me nouuteni people of lying as Mr. Reed did. "The truth seems to be that the Republican managers know that they bulldoze and bribe their people and that they are trying to divert the public mind from their own iniquity by keeping up a constant fuss about the South. The objection of the South has been to the sending of men there to override and bulldoze the people. Our experience in South Carolina has been that they do not confine themselves to men for Federal officers who actually reside in the precinct or even in the county. They pretend to reside there, but they are roughs and bullies sent there to lead the negroes and get up a row or to override the white people. "If the Republicans nave the right under the constitution to regulate the election of members of congress, they have an equal right to legislate upon the election of senators, because they are both referred to in the same section of the constitution. It is only one step in the general process by which the Republican party proposes to take away from the States every right they have and centre everything in Washington as if the people who came here to represent the constituencies were any more honest or virtuous than the people who repre sent tnem in tne legislature 01 tne several States. "There is more virtue and a deal more politics and partisanship in congress than in the legislatures of the several States. If Mr. Reed and his people are so anxious to have the negroes in congress, why do they not set the South the example by electing at least one from a Northern State ? The negroes have been entitled to vote and hold office for more than twenty years, and they are an absolutely essential part of the Republican party in many of the Northern States. j "The Republicans seem to want to make the South do what they will not J fin tlinnijnpin 1 I* i 'H not in the majority they ought to be . excluded, for. if they are American citizens, and as good as the whites, they certainly ought not to be excluded, because there are not enough in one district to elect one of their own number without assistance from . the white Republicans." YALIIEi UE rai&.iia. A few months ago an inventor of a certain apparatus of a very simple character, which could have been 1 readily duplicated in many different forms, was offered six thousand dol- 1 lars for the right to a certain inland town. He was a poor man and needed the money badly. The reader supposes, of course, that the inventor jumped at the chance, and pocketed the money on the spot. Not he; he told the buyer that the patent was worth one hundred thousand dollars, and he was not going to sell one town in New York State for six thousand dollars. The same inventor was offered a similar sum for another large town in the State, or ten thousand dollars for only two cities in the country, but he refused to take it. We have these facts from the inventor himself, says Engineering, and they are correct. Before it was too late to negotiate we berated the man soundly for his folly, but he was deaf to all our argument. The sequel was the inventor never sold a single right, and has his patent to this day. The fatuity of inventors on this one point, the value of their patents, is wholly uneoinprehensible from a business point of view. If a farmer was offerred ten thousand dollars for ten bushels of potatoes and refused it upon the ground that the bushels would produce tons of potatoes, he would be no more inconsistent than the inventor who refuses a good round sum of money for an unmarketed invention. Yet this is what they do every day in the year. There are men walking the streets in poverty who have devices of more or less value, which in the hands of business men would have commercial value, that they refuse to part with because they are not paid highly enough in their own estimation. The First Clock Turned Back. Standard time, it seems, is not a new thing. In the twentieth chapter of II Kings it was applied with far more facility and variety. Hezekiah, who was a cotemporary of Homer, was sick unto death, and was advised by the Prophet Isaiah to put his house in order. On being thus admonished Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept, then prayed for recovery. Soon afterward he was assured by the prophet that his prayer had been heard, and that fifteen years had been added to his life. Hezekiah asked for a sign that he would be thus happily healed. Isaiah answered that tlie shadow on int; sun ami snouiu De movea iorward or backward ten degrees as the desired sign. And the sacred history continues thus: 10. And Hezckiah answered, "It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; nay, but lot the shadow return backward ten degrees." 11. And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord : and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz. Thus the first known mention of the sun dial, says the Jewelers' Weekly, is coupled with a more difficult problem in time keeping than any that is now agitating the public. Beans and Dollar Bills.? Guessing is always an amusing game for Yankess, and the Canners' and Grocers' Gazette reports a trial of skill in this line which lately occurred in a Boston grocery. Several customers were in the shop chatting together, when the grocer pointed to a lot of pea beans, and asked how many of them it would take to make a bushel. A great variety of estimates was offered. One reckless person said fifty thousand, to the great amsement of the rest of the company, all of whom had guessed a much smaller number. "Well, gentlemen," said the storekeeper, "there are one hundred and nineteen thousand such beans in a bushel." No man was inclined to believe him at first, but he showTed them that it took sixty to weigh half an ounce, and a little calculation convinced them that his large figures must be approximately correct. "Now then," said the grocer, "how many dollar bills will it take to weigh as much as a silver dollar?" One said a hundred: another guessed seventy-five, and one, remembering the beans, put the figures at three hundred. "All wrong," replied the grocer. "It takes just twenty-two," and that also he proved by the scales. Lyman Beecher's Courtship.? A story concerning Rev. Dr. Beecher's courtship of his third wife is now going the rounds, in which Dr. Pond, of Bangor, plays an important part. Dr. Beecher, so the story goes, was on a vacation, and spending a short time with Dr. Pond. One day he remarked that he thought of marrying again, and asked Dr. Pond if he could suggest a good, Christian woman, among his circle of acquaintances, for a wile. Dr. Pond reflected, and then suggested Mrs. Jackson, of Boston, a former parishioner of Dr. B's. That crpnHpmnn vvna fnvnmhlv impressed with the idea, and on his way home called on Mrs. Jackson, and stated his errand. The lady was taken by surprise, and she said she would like to pray over it. "Let us pray over it now," said Dr. Beecher, and he instantly dropped upon his knees and devoted his prayer to the object of his affection, concluding by saying as he tenderly took her hand, "Dearest how do you feel now ?" In less than a month they were united in the bonds of holy wedlock, and it proved a happy marriage. A 'Possum Hunting Hog.?Louis Crawford, an old colored man living on a farm live miles from Birmingham, Ala., has a freak of nature in the shape of a razor-back hog, for which he has refused $100 cash. The hog is a natural-born 'possum hunter, and Uncle Josh has no less than fifty hides this season as evidence of his hog's prowess. He was in Birmingham recently with his skins and razor-back, which follows him round like a dog. The old man tells a very simple story of how he discovered the animal's queer instinct. One night while going through the woods he discovered the hog under a tree grunting furiously and rearing up against the trunk. Approaching the tree and looking up he discovered a big, fat 'possum. Having a similar experience several times, he came to the conclusion that the hog was a natural-born 'possum hog, and, making a pet of it, he took it to the woods frequently, with splendid success.? [Chatham Record. A Wrinkle in Reckoning Dates.?A gentleman was showing a curious thing in the State house recently?showing how to tell the day of the week of any date. He gave the following formula, which can be tried by any one: Take the last two figures of the year, add a quarter of this, disregarding the fraction; add the date of the month, and to this add the figure in the following list, one figure standing for each month, 3-0-6-2-4-0-2-5-1-3-0-1. Divide the sum by 7, and the remainder will give the number of the day in the week, and when there is no remainder the day will be Saturday. As an example, take March 19,1890. Take 90, add 22. add 19, add 6. This gives 137, which divided by 7 leaves a remainder of 4, which is the number of the dav, or Wednesday.? r7i"a')iTOi.fJ.CT-UflfnroiuK-1 should like to ask for a little information, if you please." The speaker was a northern tourist in the Ozark mountains of southwestern Missouri. He had halted near a small, windowless cabin, in front of which a sallow, shrewd native sat smoking a cob pipe. , ml "Wull!" came the slow reply. The A\A nor HIM hp man atu nut mv/tv "v*. v*?v? his pipe from his mouth or his hands from his pockets as he surveyed the elegant young man in corduroys. "I should like to inquire," said the tourist, "if this isn't the region where the clay eaters live ? I was told I should reach it about noon." The Missourian rose slowly, and, advancing his lank figure, a gleam of fun in his eye, asked in his turn: "Clay? Be you hungry for some, young feller ?"-[Youth's Companion. ? > "Great Fish" in the Mediterranean.?It is almost worth a journey to Syria to see one of the specimens in the college collection. It is nothing less than a veritable pair of whale's jaws as wide as an ordinary door, and longer than an ordinary tloor is high. The skeleton was found near Tyre, and put to rest all the doubts which have been raised against the presence of "great fishes" in the Mediterranean. And if any one has any doubt alwut the Hebrew prophet's being able to slip down such a monster's throat without serious abrasion to the skin; a single look at these jaws will satisfy him. l)r. II. H. Jessup told me that he had seen the skeleton of another whale on the coast of Syria, and had also seen modern representatives spouting in the Mediteranean.?[Beirut Letter to the Interview. ? ? 4^* Less than thirty per cent, of the colored children in Alabama were even enrolled in the public schools last year, and only about sixty per cent, of the whites were enrolled.