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ISSUED TWIOE-A-WEEK?WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.
lewis >r. grist, proprietor. | 3. jfantiln jfteirspaper: JT'ot the {promotion of the {political, Social, Agricultural and (Commercial Interests of the South. [ TKRsin<1e'c(ipt thkke cksts! E'
"VOLUME 41. YOEKVILLE, 8. C., FRIDAY, APRIL -20, 1SQ5. NUMBEK 2-2.
BY LUCIE g
[Copyrighted ISM, by American Press Assoclatior
CHAPTER IV.
Jnst as I was entering the Windsor
house a carriage halted in front of the
family entrance, and a lady stopped out
and passed into the hotei. One glance
showed that she was the-young woman
who left my store an hour or two before
after her purchase of the small rub> and
her expression of admiration of the
larger gem.
She 63W me and bowed. The action
was so unexpected that I hurriedly lifted
my hat, and I suppose would have
made a graceful response, but in my
I ofi-istir f lm fno nf mtr font:
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against the step and almost fell ou my
bands and knees, my bat rolling several
feet away. I didn't dare look at her,
but she must have laughed heartily,
while I never came 60 near profanity in
my life.
It took some minutes to pull myself
together, and then my curiosity regarding
the mysterious beauty led me to
make inquiries of tho clerk. He smiled
significantly at my assumed matter of
fact manner, as if to let me know he
understood that I was another of the
many that bad been hit hard, but whatever
he thought he was a gentleman.
"I would know whom you meant if
you had usod only half the words. Isn't
she a beauty? Her name is Mrs. Darius
C. Howard, and she hails from Vienna."
You could have knocked me down
with a feather. The name precisely?
except as to the sex?of the man who
had placed Nana Sahib's ruby in my
hands to be sold. The mystery was
deeper than ever. Could it be?but
what was the use? Any attempt at theorizing,
as Wittner had said, could end
only in becoming hopelessly befogged.
"Be good enough to send my card to
Mr. Saudbusen's room."
Three minutes later word came that
my friend was in his apartments and
would be glad to see me. I lost no time
in entering, shaking hands and telling
my story.
Sandhusen was a millionaire, and we
had been schoolboys. Having plenty of
leisure on his hands, he expressed his
pleasure that I had come to him with
such an interesting yarn.
"I'll go down with you and look at
the stone," he said.
"I have brought it with me," and I
opened tho box and placed the gem in
the palm of the astounded gentleman.
His wonder and delight may be imagined.
He fondled it as if the simple
touch gave him pleasure. He stepped to
the window in the glare of the sunSite
saw me and bowed.
light and seemed hardly to breathe
while he drank in its marvelous beauties.
Finally he resumed his seat in
front of me.
"It surpasses anything I ever saw, "
he said, with flushed face, "and he asks
only $50,000?"
"That is all."
"It appears genuine."
"It is genuine. I have submitted it
every test, and the fact is established."
"Brown, I'll buy itl I'll give you a
check now."
"Hold on, Geoffrey," I protested.
"Don't be in a hurry. Take time to oon ider
the matter."
"But why should I take time?" be
asked impatiently. "Some one else is
liable to secure it. Have you offered it
to any one?"
"No; I forget. I offered it to Mrs.
Howard tnis atterncon."
"Who's Mrs. Howard?"
"That East Indian woman stopping
at this hotel."
"I have seen her. She is rich enough
to buy a dozen of them at that price."
My friend seemed to think he had
made a slip, and with just the faintest
trace of confusion corrected himself:
"I should say from I er dress, looks
and manner that she was overburdened
with wealth, but then one can't know.
Why didn't 6he buy it?"
"She said she was too poor. I have
offered it to no 0110 else besides yourself
and will not do so until you have made
up your mind."
"I have made up my mind, confound
it! That fellow may chango his and
take tho thing away. That's what I
want to guard against. Tho only way
to prevent it is to close the bargain
now, and that's what I will do."
"Well, it would seem that I am not
the one to find fault; but, Sandhusen, I
am oonviuced that there is crooked business
in this thing. Tho man can give
no reasonable pretext for passing Europe
and bringing that ruby to this
country to sell."
SJIifff RUfif,
>T. DEAXE.
'.]
""Who wants him to givo a iaasonable
pretext? 1 am willing to take the
chances. I'll pay you now. "
I said no more. He walked over to
his desk, for his rooms were befittiugly
furnished, drew out his checkbook,
wrote me an order for $50,000, handed
it to mo and said:
"Now, old tellow, give me the quid
pro quo."
"There! That's mine," he added,
with glowing face, "and it will take a
writ of certiorari from the supreme
court to draw it from me."
"Where will you keep it?"
"I would let you have it until I
moved into the house, but for fear that
Mr. Jloward may come back and change
his mind, i may put it iu wu saiu
down stairs or take it to the bank or the
trust company, but since no one besides
yourself knows that I have it I will retain
it in my room for a day or two, so
as to have all the enjoyment with it I
can."
I shook my head.
"Bad business. There's no saying
who may know or suspect the truth.
Remember that the man who put it in
my hands and a certain woman stopping
at this house bear the same name."
"Nonsense!" exclaimed my friend.
"There are 500 John Smiths in this city,
and yet not a tenth of thorn are aware
of the others' existence. Simply a coincidence,
that's all. It signifies nothing."
It was a wasto of time to discuss the
matter, and bidding my friend good
day I went down town to my store.
Mr. Darius C. Howard was there. He
was the same well dressed gentleman
as before and as smiling and suave in
his manner.
"I thought I would not wait quite as
long as I intended," he explained, "and
dropped in to hear whether you had any
news for me."
"The ruby has been sold for the price
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Ho (lid not show the pleasare I expected,
but acted as if he regretted what
had been done. He sighed and said, still
smiling:
"I thought of recalling my offer, the
price is so absurdly low, but the thing
having been done it must go at that.
I will call tomorrow and settle with
you."
"I can give you a check now."
"It is not worth while. Suppose I
drop in at 10. Will that suit you?"
' 'Perfectly. How do you pr~far your
money?in bills or a check?"
"It will perhaps bo better ir. money.
I have few acquaintances, and there
might be delay in obtaining the funds."
"It shall be as you wish."
"Thanks. Good day."
I determined to have Carl Wittner in
the vicinity next day, for I was sure
there was need of his services. To my
disappointment, however, word came
from his homo that evening that he was
ont of town and there was no saying
when he would be back. A similar reply
was returned from the central office.
Punctual to the minute my handsome,
well dressed East Indian presented himself
at the store the following day. I
had the money ready, done up in neat
packages, and counted it out to him.
At my request he recounted it and pronounced
it right to a dollar. Then he
handed one fifth of the amount back to
me. I protested.
"Ten per cent is all I can accept."
"But I insist. You have been so
prompt and businesslike that I hope you
will not persist in refusing."
"But I must. I will retain $5,000,
ai^i now if you will oblige me by signing
this paper the account will be
?>
uiuacu.
He put on his eyeglasses and examined
the receipt with much care. It
was simple, and no fault could be found
with it Ho took the pen held out and
wrote in a clear, flowing script his name
at the bottom, "Darius C. Howard."
Then he offered his hand, repeated his
thanks, bowed and passed out.
I would have triven half mv fee had
Wittner been within call that ho might
bavo shadowed the man. Something
told me that trouble was coming, and
there was no one upon whom I could
lean like my cool headed friend, the detective.
But for the moment he was beyond
reach?that is, I supposed so, but
such was not the fact.
That afternoon, immediately after
my xeturn from my lunch, thcro was a
call at the telephone. I answered, and
the response was:
"I want John R. Brown, jeweler, of
? Maiden lane."
"That is my name. Who are you?"
"Geoffrey Sandhusen, Windsor hotel."
"All right. What can I do for you?"
"You remember the article I purchased
of you yesterday?"
"Of course."
"It was stolen from my room last
nicht."
CHAPTER V.
Within the samo hour that I received
tho startling message over the telephone
from Geoffrey Sandhusen that he had
been robbed of Nana Sahib's ruby I
was in his apartments at tho Windsor.
I found him cool, but disturbed over
the occurrence.
"Tho loss of tho gem is irreparable,"
he remarked, puffing at his cigar and
walking slowly up and down tho room
while I sat in an easy chair watching
and listening, "but the mystery of the
wholo thing is beyond my comprehension.
I have been robbed before, as possibly
you know^but in every caso tluro
was a clew. fclei*Q tliero is absoiutwy " i
none." i
"Give me the particulars."
"There are blessed few to give. The j
rubby is missing, that's all."
"Not by any means. Tell mo what
took place after I left you yesterday
afternoon." ]
"I spout an hour or so in feasting j
upon the prize. I laid it away in the
secret drawer there (ho showed me) of j
my desk when I went down to dinner. (
It was thero when I returned from tbo i
theater about 11 o'clock, for I took it j
out and spent another half hour with it ]
before I went to bed."
"What next?" t
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the small pasteboard box, having made 1
up my raimi that I would take it dowu j
to the trust company tomorrow. I tied (
it around with a bit of red twine, the ]
knot being a peculiar one which I have
never seen any ono else use. I slept late l
and merely looked at the box without t
opening it this morning. It was there l
just as I had tied and left it. After (
breakfast I settled down for another (
treat before placing it in the vaults. I s
took out the little box, untied the s
string, which was precisely as I had left i
it, opened the hox, and it was empty."
He paused in his walk and looked (
with a smile at me, as if to ask what I t
had to say a'rout it. I (fidn't speak. He (
opened the secret drawer, took out the 1
small box again, lifted the lid and held [
it so that I emld see the interior. Thero c
was the tuft of tine pink cotton, but j
nothing else, save a few particles and a
trifle of dust. <
"Are you satisfied," he asked, "that \
it is not there?" c
"There couldn't be a piuheadin that ]
without its showing." 1
Ho drew out the cotton, pinched it
and put it ba-:k, tossing the box on his ]
desk. ]
"Where's ,Vittner?" abruptly asked i
Sandhnsen. j
"I don't know. I sent for him last j
night, hut he couldn't bo found. " i
"Get him here as soon as you can." )
"No one ever accused me of being a j
detective, but will you answer me a
few questions?" i
"Certainly." <
"Have you told any one of the rob- (
bery?" ]
"Not a soul except you. My message ]
over the phono was so worded that no ]
ono else hearing me would have known ]
to what I referred. " i
I rose and looked at the door. He
laughed. I
""NTnthiiif/ there. It was secnrelv (
locked and the bolt slid in place this i
morning when I examined it precisely
as I left it when I went asleep."
"Then no one could have entered that (
way. What of the windows?"
"Equally impossible. Look for your- i
self."
I did so. His apartments were on the j
fourth floor, and to reach his rooms (
through any of the windows n person ]
would have ta climb a sheer wall of
great height. 1
"Entrance by that means is out of
the question."
"So it is. Could any one have been i
concealed in your rooms?" ]
"If so, ho must have left by the window,
which is impossible. Had he gone
out by the door he could not have left i
the bolt in place, not to mention the
key of the lock being turned."
I glanced at the transom. Sandhusen
explained chat he fastened it before retiring
and found it undisturbed in the !
morning.
Leaning back in my chair, I tried to 1
think. He resumed his pacing up and 1
down the floor. After two or three turns
he stopped in front of mo and said: 1
"That won't answer, Brown." 1
"I do not understand you."
"You are asking yourself whether I '
am a somnambulist and whether with
the thought of the ruby ringing through i
my brain I did not get up and hide the 1
gem somewhere in the room. I did not." 1
"Can you be certain?" !
"Never in all my life did I walk in '
my sleep, not even when my mental ]
trouble was tenfold as great. Besides,
conceiving such a thing possible, I must
have left the ruby somewhere in my i
rooms. I have searched every nook and <
n.nrnnr whnro it onnlrl oonftftalfid. arid
it isn't in any one of them."
There was one subject in my mind to
which I did not dare refer. On the day
previous Sandhu6en had made a reference
to Mrs. Howard, in which an unoharitable
mind would have seen evidence
that he was not a stranger to her.
I wanted to ask him whether he had exchanced
a word with her or seen her
after I left hin\ but ho was a man of
family, of the highest character, and
likely he would have considered the
question an insult. No hint of the kind
passed my lips.
"My good fellow," I said after a
minute or two of meditation, "you must
have formed some explanation, some
theory of this strange business."
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it up. It is simply one of those things
that are beyoiul my comprehension aud
yours, too, I judge."
"Yes, and I wonder whether Wittner
will bo able"?
"Have you seen anything of the man
Howard?" broko in my friend.
"I paid him for the ruby this forenoon."
]
"I thought he was to wait till the ]
latter part of the week."
"Such was the understanding, and he
explained that ho merely called to learn (
whether I had any news for him." .
"I wonder whether there could be
anything in that?" remarked Saudhu- *
sen, running his hand through bis hair
and resuming his walk more thoughtfully.
"It would have made no difference
in the payment, though. He left
the gem with you, and you delivered
the goods as per contract. He has done
uis part and was entitled to tlio payment."
"Unless he happens to have the goods
in his possession."
"How can that bo?"
I shrugged my shoulders.
"It is beyond my ken. Nevertheless
[ believe be either has Nana Sahib's
ruby or knows where it is."
"Huw would it do," asked Snndhu>en,
as if the thought was a brilliant
me, "to offer to give him the price to
restore it to me? I would bo paying
twice for the thing, but even that would
do less than it is worth."
I saw the absurdity of this suggestion.
"If he is the man I take him to be,
le would not admit his criminality, for
t would bo nothing less, for three
times the sum. Besides how can be
iuow anything about this robbery?"
In my fancy a figure assumed form
setween my friend and myself. It was
;bat of the dark eyed woman, the most
Deautiful of her sex. I could not shake
3ff the belfef that hers was the brain
that had played all this mischief, but I
ihrauk from hinting my thoughts. If
the had pitted her mind against ours,
Nbat a triumph it was for herl
"Well, Geoffrey," I remarkod, rising
uid taking up my hat, "the fog just
low is impenetrable. Neither you nor I
:an see our way out. Perhaps after we
nave spout a night over it and made
;ome investigations we may bit upon a
slew. Como down to the store tomorrow,
and we'll see what we'll see."
My yearning was to find Wittner. He
Jelightod in such intricate problems as
;be one which confronted us and had
lone several things so creditable in his
lino that I was hopeful that he would
aelp us in our present dilemma.
I sent a special messenger to his
iome up town, but his wife replied that
ie was abseut and she could not say
ivhen he would return. Tbo message
from headquarters was less definite, being
simply that he was not there. They
tvere too prudent to give oven his
friends an intimation of what he was
about
To my delight, however, the follow
sauntered into the store that same afternoon,
smoking his cigar and as nonchalant
as asual. He had been to his
Qome ana learnea 01 my message u iew
minutes after it "was received and took
bis own timo in answering it. He had
not visited headquarters, for he did
about as he pleased in reporting there.
I took him back into my office, closed
the door and told him the whole astounding
story, feeling some impatience
that ho showed so littlo interest in my
words. Eut that was his way.
Forgetting his previous warning
against "theorizing," I added:
"Now, I can't help believing that
that Mrs. Howard had something to do
with the robbery?that, in 6hort, it was
ihe? What's the matter?" I demanded,
observing his smile and shake of the
bead.
"There is one fatal objection to that
theory."
"I shouid like to know what it is."
"If your theory is correct, Mrs. Howard
must have been at the Windsor
Snfnl Isisf: tiii/hf; "
"Of course."
"Well, she was not in the city or
statu of New York at the time."
TO KB CONTINUED NEXT WEDNESDAY.
Pidgin English.?The phrase "pidgin
English," means "business English,"
the word "pidgin" being the
Chinaman's pronunciation of "business."
It is the jargon by means of
which nine-tenths of the business between
Chinese and foreigners is transacted.
Here is an example of it. taken
from Chester Holcoiube's recent work
on China :
A young man who called upon two
young ladies was gravely informed by
the Chinese servant who opened the
floor that "two piecey girlee no can
X'ntnhpr nnf> niocev ton side
makee washee, washee. Number two
pieeey go outside, makee walkee, walk?e."
By which means he meuut to
say that the elder of the two was taking
a bath upstairs, and the younger
3ne had gone out.
Dog Dentistry.?Dog dentists are
multiplying. While it is a comparatively
young profession here, the success
attending the efforts of its pioneer
to minister to the needs of the pampered
puppies who get more than their
share of teeth-destroying sweets has
led others to enter its ranks, until
there are over half a dozen such dentists
doing a good business. One of
the canine tooth carpenters says he
?Ot SGoO for making a false set of teeth
for an aristocratic pup whose jaws
trifled with the hoof ofahorse. Teeth
ire puilea, mien aim uieu, as requireu,
ind as the owners of the dogs are usuilly
women of wealth, the prices paid
for the work are decidedly high.
A Complimentary Husband.?
Here is a bit of repartee from Lawyer
Joseph H. Choate, of New York, At
i dinner, when Mr. and Mrs. Choate
at at the same table. Mr. Choate was
isked who he would prefer to be if he
wouldn't be himself. He hesitated for
i moment, apparently running over in
his mind the great ones of earth, when
his eye fell on Mrs. Choate, who was
it the other end of the table, looking
it him with intense humor and interest
depicted in her face, and he suddenly
replied. "If I could not be myself,
I would like to he Mrs. Choate's
second husbaud.
8ST The Electrical Review says the
Western Union telegraph company
sollected about $15,000,000 last year
for telling the time of day.
ItUscrllanrous jtlcadinq.
THESE AHE THE QUESTIONS.
Information that Jiulge Gofl Requires of
Governor Kvann.
Following are the questions propounded
to Governor Evans in the
Caldwell-Pope injunction suit and
which.must he answered before Judge
GolTon May 2.
1 TC ?i/\n ka1/1 an nfTino in lio .QfoTo
1. II JUU IIUIll 4411 UlJll/Vs 111 HIV HVMVV
of South Carolina, what office is it aud
when did your term of office begin, and
when, under the constitution and laws
of said State, will it teruiiuate ?
2. Did you hold a conferecce on or
about the 18th day of February, 1895,
in the city of Columbia, relating to the
composition of a convention for the
alteration, revision or amendment of
the constitution of the said State of
South Carolina, provided for by an
act of the legislature of that State, approved
on the 24th day of December,
1894?
3. Did you hold such a conference
as is referred to in interrogatory 2
with Benjamin R. Tillman, J. C. Hemphill,
Joseph \V. Barnwell, John T.
Sloan, Jr., George S. Mower, Ira B.
Jones, William C. McGowan, C. A.
Efied and Altamont Moses, or any one
or more of them, and if so, with which
ones of them ?
4. Did you, on the said 18th day of
February, A. D. 1895, or at any time
thereafter, agree to the plans, propositions
and suggestions set forth in the
writiug set forth in paragraph 22 of
this bill herein? And if you did so
agree, state in wnai manner you expressed
your agreement?
5. Is the said agreement as set forth
in paragraph 22 of the bill herein a
correct copy of au instrument of writing
whereto you assented on the said
18th day of February, A. 1). 1895, or
thereafter, and if so, did you express
your concurrence in the plans, announcements
and principles of action
therein set forth by signing your name
as appended to that writing?
6. Have you personal knowledge
or information which causes you to
believe that a majority of the male
citizens of South Carolina above the
age of 21 years, who have resided in
that State for more than 12 months
before the first Monday in March,J1895,
and have not been convicted of any of
the crimes of treason, murder, robbery
or dueling and are not confined in a
prison, almshouse or asylum, and are
not of unsound mind in u legal sense,
are white men?
7. Have you personal knowledge or
information which causes you to believe
that the white meu of the State
of South Carolina coming within the
description set forth in interrogatory
6 are a majority of persons of such description
in a majority of the counties of
the said State, or in half of the counties
of said State, or iu one-third of the
counties of the said State, or that they
constitute a majority in a sufficient
number of the couuties iu said State
to elect a majority of the whole number
of delegates to the State constitutional
convention, provided for by the
act of the legislature, approved on the
24th day of December, A. D. 1S94?
HOW ORAM "LEFT THE ARMY.
The majority of people who know
much about the life ofGrant are aware
that he graduated from the Military
Academy at West Point, and remained
in the army for some years, when
he left the service, to enter it again at
the commencement of the civil war.
General Grant was a captaiu in the
Fourth infantry at the time of his resignation,
and his regiment was stationed
in Oregon. Major K. C. Buchauan,
also a graduate of the academy, who
was a fine type of the old-time soldier,
was in command of the battalion
to which Captain Grant's company
was attached.
"Old Buck," as Major Buchanan
was generally called in the army, was
rigid and unbending iu his ulanuer,
and the sternest of disciplinarians. He
took it into his head that Captain
Grant was drinking too much, and
said so to him. At that time there
wns n r>r>nd deal of drinkine ill the
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army. Finally, iu the spring of 1So4,
"Old Buck" made Grantsign a pledge,
which, with his resignation, he placed
in Major Buchanan's hands. Grant
meant to keep his word, but one cold
morning he called upon a brother
officer, who had just brought his wife
to the post. Of course there were
refreshments, and among them eggnog,
and Grant was invited bj* the bride
to join her in a glass of this delicious
drink, little thinking of the consequences,
as she did not know of the captain's
pledge, and he took one. "What
possessed me I never could tell," Grant
said, brokenly, to a brother officer, as
he told him the story, "but the first
thing I kuew I had broken my pledge."
A few days after this Captain Grant
was sent for by Major Buchanan. Poor
Grant knew what was coming as he
walked across the parade ground to
the office of the commanding officer,
and when he entered the office several
brother officers left. Major Buchanan
nodded to his adjutant who also left the
office, leaving the poor captain to ''face
the music alone. Holding two pepers
in his hand, Major Buchanan said, in
his sternest manner:
"Captain Grant, here are two papers
you signed two months ago. One is
your pledge, the other your resignation.
Is it true that you have broken the
former ?"
Grant met his commanding officer's
eye fearlessly. "Yes, sir, it is true,"
he said.
"What do you deem my duty iu the
matter of your resignation ?" was the
major's next question.
There was a moment's silence. Then
Grant spoke : "You are an old soldier,
Major Buchanan. You do not need
instructions from me. But, since you
have asked me the question, I will answer
it. It is your duty to send in the
resignation of any officer who breaks
his pledge, and I know of no reason
why an exception should he made in
the case before you."
"That is all, sir," answered i'Old
Buck," as he arose and bowed poor
Grant out.
Two mouths later, an official communication
reached the post. It informed
Captain U. S. Grant that his
resignation had been accepted, to take
effect July 14, 1854. This was the
end of it, and Captain Grant ceased to
be an army officer from that difte. He
packed up his goods and early one
morning left for the East. This is
how Grant left the army the first time.
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
The following interesting anecdote is
told of Mr. Booth, the American tragedian
: Booth and several frieuds had
been invited to dine with an old gentleman
in Baltimore, of distinguished
kindness, urbanity and piety. The
host though disapproving of theatres,
and theatre-going, had heard so much
of Booth's remarkable powers that curiosity
to see the man had, in this instance,
overcome all his scruples. After
dinner was over, lamps lighted, and
the company reseated in the drawingroom,
someone requested Booth as a
particular favor, and one which all
present would, doubtless appreciate, to
read aloud "The Lord's Prayer." Booth
expressed his ready willingness to afford
them this gratification, and all
eyes were turned expectantly upon
him. Booth rose slowly and reverently
from his chair. It was wonderful to
watch the play of emotion that convulsed
his countenance. He became
deathly pale, and his eyes, turned
tremblingly upwards, were wet with
tears. As yet ne nau not sponen.
The silence could be felt. It became
absolutely painful, until at last the
spell was broken as if by an electric
shock, as the rich-toued voice, from
white lips, syllabled forth, "Our Father
which art in Heaven," etc., with a
pathos and fervid solemnity that thrilled
all hearts. He finished. The silence
continued. Not a voice was
heard nor a muscle moved iu his astonished
audience, until, from the corner
of the room a subdued sob was
heard, and the old gentleman (their
host) stepped forth with streaming
eyes and tottering frame, and seizing
Booth by the hand, "Sir," said he, in
broken accents, "you have afforded me
a pleasure for which my whole future
life will feel grateful. I am an old
man, and every day from boyhood to
the present time, I thought I had
repeated the Lord's Prayer; but I
never heard it before?never !"
A Pneumatic House Collar.?
Horses with sore shoulders will be a
rarity, it is said, when the pneumatic
horse collar comes into general use.
It has been invented by a Londoner,
and is being introduced in the leading
European cities. The patent consists
of the usual leather casing, but instead
of being packed with a hard, nonyieldiug
substance, the pneumatic principle
is applied, a rubber air chamber
being substituted for the packing, this
in turn, being covered with leather,
and when the collar proper is inflated
a flexible and yielding surface is presented
to the horse's shoulders. It
must be apparent to the most casual
observer that the collar iu present use
must cause and give man's noble com
panion au immense amount of pain.
Owing to the harsh padding it is impossible
for the collar to adapt itself to
the animal's shoulders, and, therefore,
chafing and sundry other ills ensue.
With the pneumatic collar, as before
stated, chafing is impossible, as, instead
of the horse having to adapt itself
to its collar, the collar adapts itself
to the horse the moment it is put
on.?Philadelphia Bulletin.
Friday?Lucky or Unlucky??
Lee surrendered on Friday. Moscow
was burned on Friday. Washington
was born ou Friday. Shakespeare was
born on Friday. America was dicovered
on Friday. Richmond was evacuated
on Friday. The Bastile was
destroyed on Friday. The Mayflower
landed on Friday. Queen Victoria
was married on Friday. Fort Sumter
was bombarded on Friday. King
Charles I was beheaded on Friday.
Julius Ciesar was assassinated ou
Friday Napoleon Bonapart was born
on Friday. The battle of Marengo was
fought on Friday. The battle of
Bunker Hill was fought on Friday.
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake
on Friday. The battle of New Orleans
was fought on Friday. The
Declaration of Independence was signed
on Friday.
The meanest man on record is
said to live in Center county, Fa. He
sold his son-in-law one-half interest in
a cow, and then refused to divide the
milk, maintaining that he sold only
the front half. The buyer was also
required to provide the feed the cow
consumed, and was compelled to carry
water to her three times a day. Keceutly
the cow hooked the old man,
and he is suing the son-in-law for damages.

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