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ISSUED TWIOE-A-WEEK?WEDNESDAY AX33 FRIDAY.
lewis m. grist, proprietor, j % ^amitg ftcrsgnper: jfor 'M promotion of the goltttcnl, Social, Ssricultui;al ami Commercial Interests of the South. te,1^^coplthreecI"ts!ce' "\7"AT .TT~iVf~F! 4-1. YORKVILi7e, S. <C^WEDNESDAyTmAY 1,'!Silo. XUMBER '23. IWCTori BY LUCIE ! [Copyrighted 1894, b.vAmerican Press Associatioi CHAPTER VL I was astounded. "Not only that," continued Detective Wittner ic that slow, exasperating way of his, "fcut Mrs. Howard is still beyond the confines of the state, unless Ehe has returned this afternoon." "How can you know that?" I demanded. "Let it suffice for the present that I do know it" "Then it was Howard who stole the ruby?" Wittner without removing his cigar slowly swayed his head and smiled as before. "It couldn't have been he, for he was with Mrs. Howard. Neither of them was in the oity after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. They went away together, and I think she is still across the river in the sovereign state of New Jersey. " My friend doubtless enjoyed the wonderment his words oaused, and perhaps he waB not censurable for wishing to extract some entertainment at my expense. He crossed his legs, and through the smoke of his oigar looked at me with that chronio smile which it Beemed would never leave his face. I was annoyed that he should be so cool and seemingly indifferent. I waited a minute or two for him to ?3J tu: auu bUUJtJLXJiu^ iu iuv v> ay ui cApjouation, but he did not, and I continued: "Mr. Howard oalled this morning, and I paid him the prioe, $50,000, for the ruby"? "Exaotly. He offered you $10,000 aa >, your oommission. but you refused and took only $5,000, which isn't a bonus to be desired. You spoke of paying him with a check, but he preferred the funds themselves, and you let him havothem." "Did ho tell you this?" I asked in astonishment. "Mr. Darius C. Howard of London and I have never exchanged a word." "Then it is impossible"? v "Faugh! Brown, don't make an ass of yourself. I walked by the store three times this morning while the transaction was going on." "But you couldn't have heard a word that passed." "My eyes were my ears, as they would have been with any one. You had told me the price ho asked for the ruby. T Raw him nrnffer von something. You > ehook your head and returned him part of the bills. That, of course, was because your sense of honor would not let you accept the fee he offered. Ten thousand dollars is about the sum a grateful man would offer you for such a favor as you had done him. Half of that was what you would accept Which is all there is in that " "But?but how came you to be in front of my store at the time?" "I was satisfied that Mr. Howard would not wait till the end of the week before calling to learn about the sale of the ruby. I was on the other side of the street an hour before he showed up. Had he not done so I would have 6taid in the neighborhood all day and would have been 011 hand tomorrow and so on until he did appear. Fortunately I was not kept waiting long." I was still mystified. "I received word from your homo and I from headquarters that you were ab- | sent and vour familv did not know ! when you would return." "They never do, because I don't know myself. It wasn't necessary to let any one, not even you, know that the business which took me away was that w which related to the Nana Sahib's ruby. Nevertheless it was the fact" "Ah, then, you took hold of this matter from the first without consulting me or any one?" Wittner, who had done so much swaying of his head, now gave it a single inclination. He had been "in it" from the first. \ "Then you suspected something wrong?" "Well," he replied more thoughtfully, "the histories of all great gems like the Kohinoor, the Pitt diamond, Nana Sahib's ruby and others are tragedies. Whenever you see a man in the possession of such a prize you may make up your mind that beyond and behind his possession are crime, murder and rob bery. Such is the fact regarding this ruby, for the man who fled to the Himalayas a generation ago with it in his turban was one of the fiercest fiends that over lived. "When therefore this ruby?for I still believe it is the same?turns up in your store in the possession of an East Indian, it is proof that the gem has resumed its course of inciting to orime. I set out to learn what I could about it and so far have learned nothing." "But you have ascertained something about the two persons concerned with it?" "Precioas little. I believe that the handsomo man and the beautiful woman are husband and wife, though why they should go to different hotels and hail from widely separated points of Europe is beyond my comprehension. After the husband called yesterday to inquire about the ruby ho walked up Maiden lane to Broadway and then to the Astor House, where he went to his room on the third floor. At 1 o'clock he came down to the lunch counter carrying a valise and fall overcoat. He did not pay his bill in the office of the hotel, so it was clear that he did not exv peot to be gone long. Of course he left some baggage in his room. "His lunch finished, he lit an e*pen 5 SRgftf fffll ST. DEAXE. 11.] sive cigar and sauntered down Broadway to Cortlandt street and thence crossed over to the railway station at Jersey City. There in the waiting rooms of the Pennsylvania railroad he allowed pawomI ffaina fn Anl- tpllllft hft IfAflt Ogi^lUi W gv vw?| ?? MW ? -J- his seat or walked up and down, watching the arrivals from New York. Nothing was clearer than that he was expecting some one and did not intend to leave until ho or she appeared. "A little before 4 o'clock she came from the ferrybouse. Truly, she is the most beautiful woman on which I ever looked. She was elegantly dressed and carried a small alligator handbag. Her walk was the perfection of grace. She must have been a little late, for she was flurried just enough to give a glow to that dusky complexion of hers whioh intensified its Deauty. "As she entered the waiting room she glanced around; as if she, too, was expecting to see someone. Howard was there, standing near the door leading to the trains. They did not approach each other, but I noted the quick, lightninglike look of recognition shot between them. She purchased a ticket to Rahway, and he had done the same half an hour before, passed through the door and boarded a train which left five minutes later. He followed at a leisurely pace and entered the smoking car. "While Mr. Howard was waiting at the station be scrutinized in his sharp manner every man and woman in it and who passed through in either direction. His black eyes darted a look at me several times, and it was evident that he was on his guard against men of my profession." "You don't think ho suspected you?" "I have no reason to believe he did." "Well, what occurred after they left Jersey City?" "Of course I had business also in Rahway. Had the town been smaller I might have hesitated about leaving the " xt ?a. -*i. 1.1 cars wan mem. dui il was me ume iu the afternoon when a good many commuters are returning to their homes, and more than 20 people left the train at that point, so I was quite sure that neither of my friends would scrutinize me too sharply. "At the station they seemed to think it useless to keep up their caution any longer. The man engaged a carriage, helped her into it, and they drove out into the country." "But whither?" "I cannot tell you." "Didn't you follow them?" "Not by a largo majority." "What an oversight! How roach you missed!" "I could not havo followed them wthout awakening suspicion, which would have spoiled everything. That investigation remains to be made. I waited at the station until the last train for New York had passed and then went to the hotel. I managed to be thoro early this morning and finally came away without seeing either." "But Howard was in this store at 10 o'clock this morning!" "I have just told you I saw him. He must- havo followed me closely, and of course I do not know whether she was with him or whether ho came alone. That neither was in the city last night was established. You said Sandhusen wished to see me?" "Yes. He is as anxious as I that you should undertake this case." "I'll on nr? tlioro nnm f?nnd dav till - " b? "l' " j I see you again." Aud ho was off. CHAPTER VII. The day was. pleasant, and I did net leave my storo until it was growing dusk. I live in a modest section of Fifth avenue and generally mako use of the cable cars, sometimes walking a portion of the way when the weather is favorable. I had so much on my mind that I decided to walk the entiro distance this afternoon. It was fortunate that I did so, at least for a part of tho way, for just beforo reaching the Astor House whom should I see sauntering in front of me but Mr. Darius C. Howard? I knew him at a glance in his brown fashionable fall overcoat, his glossy silk hat, with his small valise, his graceful crait and handsome nrofile. which show ed when he looked to the right at tho postoffice building. Tho sight of the man who, I was convinced, was concerned in tho unaccountable disappearance of Nana SoI knew htm at a glance. hib's ruby agitated me more than I would have thought. Tho first feeling was that fate had thrown into my path the means of helping in the solution of the mystery. I would shadow the individual, jaiok up .what information I could, ami wbo could say that It would not bo miuo to unravel thewholo skein? But this ambition remained but a few minutes with me. I have not tbo first qualification of a detective and was certain if I undertook the role to make an egregious blunder at the beginning and most likely block the efforts of those who might succeed if left alone. I decided to proceed on my way without noticing Mr. Howard, but I was close to him, and as he turned to enter the hotel he saw me. Instantly he held out his band. "I am glad to seo you, Air. Brown. Will you join me?" "Thank you, I never indulge," I replied, so flurried that I was in doubt whether to enter the building or leave him at once. "By the way,"he added, stepping back on the pavement and lowering his voice, "do you think that friend of yours who purchased"?here be glanced apprehensively aronnd and lowered his voice still more?"tnat property ot 1111110 would be williug to return it for the price given, you retaining, of course, your commission?" I was satisfied that he was trying to sound me for some other purpose. "Well, he was so pleased with his bargain that I doubt it?in fact, you might just as well have received double the price you asked." "Suppose you make him the proposition?" "I will mention it the next time I see him. Have you a chance to do better with it elsewhere?" "It is not precisely that, but I am convinced I made a mistake in parting with it in such haste. " "In matters of that kind a seller 6hould change his mind before the transaction is completed." "True, and perhaps it would be unwise to mention it. We'll call it off. Good day." Still in doubt as to the wisdom of my words, I boarded the car, and leaving it at the proper point proceeded straig! t to the Windsor hotel, where I dined with Sandhuseu. "Wittner spent a couple of hours with me," he 6aid, "and I gave him all tho information I could, which w .s what you received, and that is nothing." "What did he say?" "Very little. You know he is a man of few words, except when the opposite mooci taxes mm. tie acimiuea tuai me only explanation which suggested itself was the one you spoke of?somnambulism?that is, that I rose in my sleep and removed the ruby, and that it is somewhere in my apartments. I made a thorough search agein after you left, and he and I repeated it Result, nil." "Whother Wittner formed any theory or not which can explain that which seems inexplainable oaunot be guessed until he chooses to speak. Somehow or other, however, I believe he will reach the truth." _ . . "1 hope so, for, though 1 grieve over the loss of my prize, it is the strange way in which it vanished that puzzles me." "You will employ no one besides Wittner?" "No; tho more detectives you have in a matter of this kind the less likely you are to bo successful. No persons aro moro jealous, and they often block each other's efforts. But for this feeling lit' * /~?i 1 T? 1J1 U~?? Cie \_naney rtoss wuum nave ueeu nr Btored to his parents years ago. " "Is Wittner to report to yon?" "Not until be obtains something definito. I have promised him one-fifth of the price paid for the ruby if he recovers it." "Enough to spur the best detective. " It is useless to give our conversation, for wo could only travel in a circle and como back to the point whence we started. The business was now in the hands of one of the most skillful detectives of tho day, and what he could not do was certainly beyond our powers. We decided tcbawait events with the best patience possible, but my part in the drama was not yet finished. The following morning I rodo down town with my old acquaintance, Joseph Burling, of the well known firm of Burling Bros, of Maiden lane, who have been in the same business as I for nearly as many years. "Brown,"said my companion after a few incidental remarks, "step into our store, and I will show you something that will make your eyes 6parkla I venture that you have never looked on anything of the kind, long as you have been handling precious stones." "Havo some of Eugenie's diamonds come into your possession, or is it the Orloff, or that monster that used to belong to Doin Pedro, and which they won't let be tested for fear itwillprovo to be not a diamond?" "This is not a diamond. It's a ruby, t-ha f*r?nnt:rr " vug uuuov iu wiiu . "What!" I exclaimed, with a start "A ruby, the biggest, finest and most valuable of which I havo ever heard." Repressing my agitation, I asked: "Where did you get it?" "I bought it of an East Indian, a Mr. Howard, last hailing from Loudon." A thrill passed through mo. I was on the track of Nana Sahib's ruby at last and when I had not the remotest suspicion of hearing anything of it Burling was an honorable man, but I did not intend to make a confidant of him. I was too much of a detective for that "When did you secure it?" ' ' tJ ? 4 4- f Un ffrtrn rncford UTT li<J UlUUgiil Lb LU VUO ObULO J vjuu*um^ afternoon. I examined it minutely and found it a genuine pigeon's blood." "Of how many carnts?" "I did not ascertain that, but it is enormous. I should say over 80 carats." "Such gems generally have a history. I suppose he gave the one belonging to your specimen?" "Yes, but it had no special interest. He said it came from the mines of Bur ma, where, you know, the tluest iu tho world are found. It was purchased by his father after the British secured possession of tho country, and when his parent dipd he gavo it to his son, who sells it bocause ho needs the money." "Ho ought to obtain a fortune for a gem like that." Burling responded to tho feeler thus thrown out: "That'6 one of the strangest facts connected with the business. I supposed he would want mo to hunt ud a buyer for $100,000 or so, but instead he offered it to me for $15,000." "You did not let such a chance slip." "You may be sure I did not." "And gave him your check on the spot?" "I proposed that, but he preferred the money, and I sent out and obtained it" "Burling," I remarked gravely, "are you not afraid that there is something wrong about this?" "The thought occurred to me, and possibly I have assumed some risk in buying the jewel, but the bargain was tempting, and bis story was a straight one.'' * "All great swindlors are masters of fiotion. No dependence is to bo placed upon the stuff they tell you. Now, if this ruby is worth, say, $50,000, why did he offer it to you for less than onethird of that sum?" "He may not have known its real value." "Incredible, since, according to bis own story, it has been in the possession of his family for a number of years. In no other places in the world do they know the value of precious stones more accurately than in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay. Then, too, he has passed life * "What do you ecvy to that, DrovmV' by London, Paris, Amsterdam and all the capitals of Europe to come to Maiden lane, New York, to sell you the stone for a tenth of its value." "All that seems to be true, but the fact remainB that I have bought it and it is mine." This was said with almost boyish exultation. Burling was delighted over the purchase be had made and did not mean that anything that I oould say should lessen his pleasure. Of course I knew that in some mysterious way Nana Sahib's ruby had been extracted from Sandhusen's room at the Windsor and sold again to my friend. How that was done was as impenetrable a mysterv as ever, but there could bo little doubt that wo were upon tho track and tho whole thing would soon bo cleared up. How Burling would open his eyes when, after examining his- purchase, I should quietly inform him that it was the property of our mutual friend, Geoffrey Saudhusen, who had had it in his bands, within tho 24 hours which saw its sale to Burling himsolf. Of courso, much as it would grieve him, ho would turn it over to the rightful owner, who would see that he suffered no loss. But Mr. Darius C. Howard would now bo brought to book. I could identify the ruby and with Saudhusen give such testimony as would inevitably convict the audacious thief and compel him to tell a story of surpassing interest. I walked past my store to the establishment of Burling Bros., my companion striding into the place with the triumphant step of a schoolboy who has just won first prize. His clerks had proceded him, and everything was in order. The ruby was still in the safe, and he brought it with his own hands and displayed it before mo with the proud question: "What do you say to that, Brown?" What could I say when the first glanco showed mo that it was not Nana Sahib's ruby? TO BE CONTINUED NEXT FRIDAY. The Way We Write.?About the year 450 B. C., the Ionians introduced the present system of writing from left to right. Previous to that date the custom was to run from right to to left. At the same time the method known as the boustrophedon, (that is alternately from right to left and from left to right) was somewhat extensively practiced. The ancient Hebrew and Greek languages were written from right to left until the year about 480 B. C., when the forms of the Greek letters were changed from uucial to cursive, and the mauner of writing was changed from right to left to left to right. fiST Dr. R. W. Dashiell, of Princess Anne, Md., has a curiosity in the shape of a double pig. The little animal is joined at the stomach between the fore and hind legs. It has but one head, yet four ears, three eyes, two tails, eight legs, and two perfectly formed bodies, one directly following the other. 9?* The deepest running stream in the world is said to be the Niagara river ju3t under the suspension bridge. ittiscrUaucous grading. Written for The Yorkville Enquirer. THE FIRST OF MAY AT POST OAK. Beautiful Spring with its balmy showers, Humming bees and fragrant flowers Now makes glad this land of ours. The Jaybird is building ids nest in the pine, And the catbird has come to his favorite vine, Making it ring with notes divine. The brown thrush is back at the old fence row, In the hawthorn bush who's sweet blossoms blow Above the blue violets blooming below. The Jenny wren, happy as a bird can be, Sings to its mate in the crab apple tree, Who's red and white blossoms scent the lea. The bluebird sits on a post near the gate, Like a soldier on guard erect and sedate; Just below him, on four blue eggs sets his mate. The bee martin, perched on the top of a gum, Cocks his heads slyly as he lists for the num Of the bee that he is wishing may come. In the wheat field hardby may be heard "Bob White" Asking his neighbor if wheat is yet ripe; And sorrows to hear the answer "not quite." The air seems alive wi'h music and song, While linnets and finches the bushes among, Chatter and whistle the whole day long. The mockingbird, sitting near a rose bush Who's buds are Just beginning to blush, ^oome ir\ Kn Ti-nitintr few thr? nthpr? t-A hn<ih. He knows, this king of song, that be Can mock them all, from the jay in the tree To the tlnch that calls its mate on the lea. See him rise! how gracefully he hangs over the bush. While from his throat the song of the thrush, The linnet, the lark, the catbird, the wren, Burst forth. 'Tis over. Now then, Noislessly, he floats to his perch again. The farmer who stopped to listen awhile, His sunburnt face wreathed with a smile, With a "jee, woa, haw," goes on his way, Smilling still at the rounddclay The bird sang for him the First day of May. ?x. THE POWER'OF SILVER. Francis G. Newlands Has Some Very Novel Theories. Frauds G. Newlands, member of congress from Nevada, has added a story to the history of the JapaneseChinese war that is interesting. Mr. Newlands is at the Holland House, New York. He is an ardeut silver advocate, and his story is in support of the assertion that silver is the greatest of money melals. He said yesterday : "It was during the time that James G. Blaine was secretary of state, I received a letter from the state department. introducing to me a number of Japanese, comprising a commission who were in this country to investigate our money system. They told me that an agent from England had beeu in Japan tryiug to get their government to demonetize silver. They talked with Senators Stewart, Jones, Teller, Sherman and others. They were warned uot to think of allowiug silver to be discarded as a money metal. The result of this investigation is that today Japan is the greatest power of the orient. "What would have been the result had Japan done as England wished ? When this question of a war with China arose, Japan could not have carried on the war had she been upon a gold basis without first consulting England. A gold loan would have resulted, and England would have Japan by the throat, even as she has us today. "England fears Japan more today tnan sne noes any oiner nuuuu uu earth. Japan has beeu successful in her war with Chiua. She has gained the concession of entrance to certain ports, and the right of commerce with certain districts is open to her. England views this with alarm. She would crush Japan in an instant if she dared, but the combined powers of the world will not permit it. England has no hold on her from a money point of view, and Japan standing free and untrammeled, she will come out from the era of ignorance into the age of progress as the mightiest power of the orient. England is helpless. She cannot crush her as she did Chiua, when that nation tried to close its ports to the Indian opium. England closed her silver mints in India, but Japan held out. Today Japan is go ^ 1 ?-* i L - lUnt- ^ r? lug i or warn wiiu a smuc ium jo surprising. There have been as many spindles put up in Japan in the last two years as there has been in England in the last five years. How England will try to crush Japan is not kuowu, but she will do all in her power to stop her growth, as she foresees that an empire is building up in the East, that is directly antagonistic to her, so far as a money basis is concerned. It will be the orient against the Occident?silver against gold; and the practical demonstration, even for this short time, shows the great value of silver as a money metal. "Englaud does not fear us today. She can drain or fill our national treasury at a word. We are helplessly in her grip. We had the chauce iu 1S73 to become the great silver country of the world, but we cast the opportunity aside, demonetized silver, and today England controls us more absolutely than if she had left her troops and governors here since 177G." 3Ir. Newlauds is much pleased with the outlook ol the silver element iu this country. He said, in a contented sort of way: "We have got a silver party and are now well under way. Mr. Sibley is the logical candidate of the silverites for president if a campaign is made on that issue. The bimetallic party is the neuclus of a great party. It depends upon the old parties whether it ever attains its natural strength. If the old parties ignore silver, the new party will pull from both of them and grow into an organization more powerful than even the Republican party, which sprang from the Democratic and the Whig ranks. As slavery was the issue that led to the formation of the Republican party, so silver is the issue that may lead to a great bimetallic party. It is a more absorbing question than slav ery, because it involves more people." 3Ir. Newlauds says that while the questiou may be settled in this country peaceably by ballot, yet ho would not be surprised if it caused a war. He said : "Three-fourths of the railway mileage of this country is in the hands of receivers. Every railroad man in this country knows that his road cannot live as long as the present high standard of wages, under existing money conditions, is maintained, and he is eagerly waiting an opportunity to cut wages but he doesn't dare. Last summer in Chicago we were on tho verge of a civil war. It may come any time, and the lines are very tightly drawn now. In the next election it will be the West and South against the New Euglaud and Middle States. A pretty fight is promised, and silver will be heard from in trumpet tones. "In Eugland Mr. Balfour is makingthe fight, but he cannot succeed, as the banking element opposes him. I mean he cannot become prime minister. In England they have class rule. Years ago it was the lauded gentry that ruled.* Then the merchant secured control. He began to trade and lend money. Finally the banker got the upper hand. There is not a merchant or manufacturer in Euglaud who is not for the free coinage of silver, as he sees the banker is shutting him olF from his trade abroad. In Germany sometime ago we had an uprising and silver seemed paramount, nut tne goiu element throttled the movement. So it is all over the world, except in Japan, aud I look for her to grow mighty and take her stand in the world as having the peerless money system." A WONDERFUL CLOCK. The prize wonder in the shape of a clock is the invention of a Russian Pole named Goldfadon. The inventor is a clockmaker of Warsaw, and boasts that he worked over 2,000, days on this time-keeping oddity. The clock represents a railway station with waitingrooms for travelers, telegraph and ticket offices, and a very pretty and natural platform, well-lighted and having in its center a flower-garden and a spouting fountain. There arc also signal boxes, lights, switches, water tanks; in fact, everything used in conjunction with a well-regulated railway station. There is a dial in the center tower which shows time at New York, Pekin, Warsaw and London. Every quarter of au hour the station begins to show signs of life. First, all of the little figures of telegraph operators begin to work their machines, the head automaton going through the form of sending a dispatch to the effect that "the line is clear." Theu the door opens and upon the platform appears the station master aud his assistants. Next a long line of little figures file up to the miniature ticket ofiice. After this the porters appear carrying luggage, the bell rings, aud instantly a miniature train dashes out of a tunnel and halts before the platform of the stationhouse. While the train is waiting a miniature figure test the wheels and axles with a tiny hammer: another pumps water into nf* pmrinr* wriilo n thirrl busies himself stowing away small lumps of coa! in the silver-plated tender. There is one signal of the bell, whereupon the door of the single coach opens and the little figures ail slide in on an almost invisible wire, the opening closing after them. A second tap of the bell is the signal for the wheel-tester, waterman and fuel-carrier to retire into the stationhouse. After the third signal the whistle gives two toots, and the train quickly disappears in a tunnel opposite to the one from from which it emerged five minutes before. When the train is out of sight the station master and his assistants leave the platform, the doors close behind them, ii -11 ?* ! a.- ? 1. - ^ . 1 .M.. HlHl lliej Uil I'l'lire lU luc iniici amc ui the station bouse, where, at the expiration of 15 minutes, the train again appears, and the passengers lile out and seat themselves in the building preparatory to taking another trip around the station house. Large Land Owners.?Mr. Yanderbilt owns 2,000,000 acres of land in the United States. Mr. Disston, of Pennsylvania owns 4.000,000 acres. The Schlenley estate owns 2,000 acres within the cities of Pittsburg and Alleghany. The California millionaire, Murphy, owns an area of land bigger than the whole State of Massachusetts. Foreign noblemen, who are permanent absentee landlords, and spend all their money abroad, own 21,000.000 acres of land in the United States, or more than the entire area of Ireland. Lord Scully, of Ireland, owns 00,000 acres of farming laud in Illinois, which ho rents out in small parcels to tenantfarmers, and pockets his annual 8200,000 in rents to spend abroad. Tu*; Difference in Days.?A "solar day," is measured by the rotation of the earth upon its axis, and is of different lengths owing to the elliptieity of the earth's orbit, and other causes. An "astronomical day" commences at noon and is counted from the first to the 24 hours. A "civil day" commences at midnight and is counted from the first to the twelfth hour, and then again from the first hour of the day till the twelfth at night. The "nautical day" used by ship captains, explorers, and some few others, is counted as a "civil day," only that the reckoning is begun at noon, as with the "astronomical day."