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BE OF GOOD CHEER.
ThsrtssmwusdiySolonc .' 1 did sol have sa tnd ' . ' There oerer tut man so poor Ht did sot bv a friend t And when the lonj day flndt an end ... . It bring! the tlate of reat, And he who hai one iteadfait Mend Should oount himself as blest There never was a oloud that bid The sunlight all from sight; There never was a life so sad It bad not some delight. Perchance for us the sun at last f Ma; break the dark oloud through, ' And lit mar hold a happiness , That never yet it knew. Bo let's not be discouraged, Mend, When shadows eross our way. Of trust and hope I've some to lend; So borrow from me, pray. Good friends are we, therefore not poor, Though worldly wealth we lack. Behold, the sun shines forth at last, . , - And drives the dark elouds backl : Ebon E. Roiford, In N. Y. Ledger, THE STRANGE STORY OF Allan ftuatermain's Wife BT H. BIDEK HAGGARD, Aumon or "She," "Kino Solomon's Mjnes," "Jess," "Clko patra," Etc. ''- AN AFRICAN ROMANCE. CHAPTER n CoimjrtnD. "Greater or not, thou dog, be shall die," he cried, "and to shalt thou If thou aingost his praises to loudly." I said nothing, but thinking it proba ble) that Indaba-ilmbi bad shared the fate ot bis enemy, went to look. But I could see nothing of him; and at length, being thoroughly obllled v ltb the wet, started back to my wagon to get sohange of clothes. On reaching It I was rather surprised to see s strange Kaffir seated on the driving box wrapped up in blanket "Ilullot come out of that," I said. The figure on the box slowly unrolled the blanket, and with great deliberation took a pinch of snuff. "It was s good flre-flght, white man, was It not?" said Indaba-ilmbl, In his blgh, cracked voice. "Hut be never bad chance against mo, poor boy. lie know nothing about it See, white man, what comes of presumption In the young. It is sad, very sad, but I mado the flashes fly, didn't IT" "You old humbug," I said, "unless you are careful you will soon learn what comes ot presumption in the old, for your chlof Is aftor you with an assegai, and It will take all your maglo to dodge that" "Now, you don't say so," said Indaba- xlmbl, clambering off the wagon with, rapidity; "and all because or this wretched upstart There's gratitude for you, white man. I expose him, and they want to kill me. Well, I thank you for the bint We shall meet again bo fore long." And he was gone like a shot, and not too soon, for just then somo men came up to the wagon. On . the following morning I started homeward. The first face I saw on ar riving at the station was that of Indaba tlmbl. "How do you do, Macumazahnl bo said, holding his head on one side and nodding bis white lock. "I bear you are Christians here, and I want to try a new religion. Mine must be a bad one, seeing that my people wanted to kill me for exposing an impostor." CHAPTER III. I make no apology to myself, or to anybody who may happen to read this narrative in future, for having set out the manner of my meeting with Indaba slmbl; first because It was curious, and secondly, because he takes so 0i band in the subsequent events. If that old man was a humbug, he was a very clever one. What amount of truth there was in hit pretensions ot supernatural powers It is notformetodetermino, though I mat have my own opinion on the subject But there wsa no mistake as to the ex traordinary lnfluenoe be exercised ovei bis fellow natives. Also be got quits round my poor father. At first the old (entleman declined to b-wi him at the station, lor be Baa a great norror 01 those Kaffir wizards or witch-finders. But Indaba-slmbl persuaded blmthat hi was anxious to investigate the truths ol Christianity and challenged him to dis cussion. The argumont lasted for tw years to the time of my father s death, Indoed. At the conclusion of each stags Indaba-tlmbl would remark, in tin words ot the Eoman Govornor. "Almost praying, white man, thou persuades) me to become a Christian," but be nevet quite became one Indeed, I do no! think he ever meant to. It was to him that my father addressed his "Lcttors U a Native Doubter " This work, which, unfortunately, remains in manuscript Is full of wis) saws and learned in stances. It ought to be published to gothor with a precis of tho doubter's an swers, which were verbal. So the talk wont on. If my fathei had lived I believe it would be going on now, for both the disputants) were quits Inexhaustible. Meanwhile Indaba-slmbl was allowed to live in the station on condition that be practised no wltohi craft, which my father firmly behoved to be a wile of the devil's. He said thai be would not, but for all that there was sever an ox lost, or a sudden death, bul be was consulted by those interested When ho had been with ns a year a deputation came to him from the tribe be had left asking him to return. Things had not gone well with thorn since he went away, they said, and now the chief, his enemy, was dead. Old Indaba-tlmbl listened to them till thoy bad done, and, as bo listened, rakod sand into a little heap With his toes. Then be spoke, pointing to the little heap. "There is your tribe to-day," ho . Mid. Then ho lifted bis heel and Stamped the heap flat "There la your tribe before three moons are gone. Nothing is left of it Yon drove me away, I will have no more to do with you; but when you are being killed think of my words." The messengers went Throe months afterwards I heard that tbs whole com munity bad been wiped out 1 an Imp! Ot raiding Pondos., ; $ v, i ' . When I was at length ready to atari upon my expedition I went to old Indaba-simbi to say good-bye to him, and was rather surprised to find him engaged in rolling up medlclno, asse gais and other sundries in his blankets. "Good-bye, Indaba-slmbl," I said, "I am going to trek north." "Yes, Mucumazahn," bo answered, with his head on one side; "and so am 1 I want to see that country. We will go together." "Will wo!" I said; "wait till you are asked, you old humbug." . , " "You bad better ask me, then, Mocumazahn, for If you don't yon will never come back alive. Now that the old chief (my father) Is gone to where the storms come from," and he nodded to the sky, "I fool myself getting Into bad habits again. So last night I just threw up the bones and worked out about your journey, and I can toll you this, that if you don't take me you will die, and, what is more, you will lose one who Is doarcr to you than llfo. So just because you gave me that hint a oouple ot years ago, I mado up my mind to come with you." "Don't talk stuff to mo," I said. "Ah, very well, Mocumazahn, very well; but what happened to my own peo ple six months ago, and what did I tell the messengers would happen? They drove me away, and they are gone, all you drive me away you will soon be gone, too," and he. nodded his white lock at me and smiled. Now, I was not more superstitious than other poople, but somehow old In-daba-zlmbl Impressed me. Also I knew bis extraordinary lnfluenoe over every class of native, and bethought me that he might be useful in that way. "All right," I sold, "I appoint you wltch-flnder to the expedition without pay." "First serve, then ask for wages," bo answered. "I am glad to see that you have enough imagination not to be alto- yes. ire ASRWKHF.n, wi will go TOOilUEB," gother a fool, like most whlto men, Mocumazahn. Yes, yes, it is want of Imagination that makos peoplo fools; they won't believe what they can't understand. Yuu can't understand my prophecies any more than the fool at the kraal could understand that I was his master with the lirfhtnlng. Well, it is tlino to trek, but if I were you. Ma ouinazabn, I should take one wagon, not two.' Why?" Issid. "IVoause you will lose) your wagons, and it is bettor to lose on than two." "Oh, nonsense!" I said. "All right, Mocumazahn, live and learn." And without another word he walked to the foremost wagon, put his bundlo into it and climbed into the front seat So having bid an affectionate adion to my while friends, lnoludlng the old Scotchman who got drunk In honor ot the event, and quoted Burns till the tears ran down his face, at length I started and traveled slowly porthward. For the first three weeks nothing very particular befell me. Such Kaffirs -as we came in contact with were friendly, and game literally swarmed. Nobody Irving in those parts of South Africa nowadays can have the remotest Idea of what the veldt was like even thirty years ago. Often and often I bave crept shivering on to my wsgon-box just at the sun rose and looked out At first one would see nothing but a vast field ot white mist suffused towards the east by a tremulous golden glow, through which the tops of stony kopples stood up like gigantic beacons. Through the donm mist would come strange sounds snorts. BTuntinirs, bellows and the thun der of countless boots. Presently this great curtain would grow thinner, then it would melt as the smoke from a pipe melts into the air, and for miles on miles the wide, rolling country inter spersed with bush opened to the view. But it was not tenantless as it Is now, for as far ss the eye oould reach it would be literally black with game. Here to the right might be a herd of vilder boeste that could not number less than five thousand. Some were grazing, some gamboled, whisking their wnite tails into the air, while all around the old bulls stood upon hillocks snif fing suspiciously at the breeze. There in front s thousand yards away, though to the unprouticed eye they looked muoh closer because ot the dazzling clearness of tho atmosphere, waa a groat herd of springbok trekking .along In single file. Ahl they have come to the wagon track and do not like the look of it What will they do? Go back? Not a bit of It It is nearly thirty foot wide, but that is nothing to a springbok. See, the first of them bounds into the air like a ball. How beautifully the sunshine gleams upon his golden hide. He baa oleared It and the others come after blm in numberless succession, all except the fawns, who oan not jump so far, and have to scamper over the doubtful path with a terrified bah. What is that yon dor, moving over the tops of the mimosa in the little doll at the foot ot the kop ple Glrsffes, by Oeorgel throe ot them; there will be marrow-bones for sapper to-night Hark I the ground shakes be hind us, and over the brow ot the rise rush a vast herd of blesbock. On they come at full gallop, their long heads held low they look like so many bearded goats. I thought so. Behind thorn is a pack of wild dogs, their fur draggled, their tongue lolling. They are In full, cry; the giraffos hear them and are away, rolling round the kopple like a ship in a heavy sea. No marrow bones after all.;J 8oel the foremost dog am .close on a buck. .'. He baa galloped far and is outworn. One springs at his flank and misses him.. The buck gives a kind of groan, looks wildly round and sees the wagon. He seems to hesitate a moment, then in bis dospalr rushes op to it and falls exhausted, among the oxen. The dogs pull up some thirty paces away, panting and snarling. Now, boy, the gun no, not the rifle; the shot gun loaded with loopers. . r. ; Bangl bangl There, my friends, two of you will never hunt buck again. No, don't touch tbo buck, for he has come to ns for shelter, and he shall have it , ; i Ab, how beautiful is nature before mad comes to spoil HI " " " " ' Suob a sight as this have I seen many a hundred times, and I hope to see it again before I die, n,flt ,i ,.n.'r4int.Wnllme On this particular' journey was with ele- phants, which J will . relate beoause of i ita curious terml Uon.,. Just before we ' crossed the Orange river we oame to a atretoh of forest land some twenty miles I broad. The night we entored this forest 1 we camped la lovely open glade. A ' tow yards ahead Uraboukfc grass was , rewind1 to the' helirht ol a man, or j rather it bad been.1 Now, with the ex ception of a few stalks' here and there, it was crushed quite flat It was already dusk when we camped; but after .the mooa got op' I walked from the flr to j see how this had happened. - One glanoe ' was enough for me ,A grest herd of j elephants bad evidently passed over the ; tall grass not many hours before. The j sight of their spoor rejoloed me exoeed- Ingly, for though I had seen wild ele- phants, at that time I had never shot one. Moreover, the sight of elephant 1 t .h African htmtitF U what "color in the nan" Is to the prospector of gold. It is by ivory that be lives, and to shoot it or trade it is his ohief aim in life. My resolution was soon taken. I would camp the wagons for awhile in the forest, and start on horseback after the elephants. 1 communicated my decision to Indaba- j slmbl and the other Kaffirs. Be latter were not loth, for your Kaffir loves hunt ing, which means plenty of moat and congenial occupation, but Indaba-ztmbi would express no opinion. I saw blm retire to a little fire thut ho had lit for himself and go through Borne mysterious performances with bones and olay mixed with ashes, which wore watched with the greatest Interest by the other ! Kaffirs. At lon,;th be rose, snd, coming j forward, informed me that it was all right and that I did well to go and hunt the elephants, as I should get plenty of Ivory; bia. he advised me to go on foot I said I should do nothing of the sort, but mesnt to ride. I am wiser now; that was the first and last time that I ever attempted to bunt elephants on horse back. Accordingly we started at dawn, I, In-daba-zlmbl and three men; the rest I left with the wagons. I wason horseback, and so wss my driver, a good rldor and a skillful shot tor a Kaffir, but Indaba zlmbl and the others walked. From dawn till midday we followed the troll ot the herd, which was as plain as a high road. Then we off-saddled to let the horses rest and feed, and about throe o'clock started on again. Another hour or so passed, and still there wss no sign of elephants. Evldontly the hord had traveled fast and far, and I began to think that we should have to give it up when suddenly I caught sight of a brown mass moving through the thorn trees on the side of a slope about a quar ter ot a mile away. My heart seemed to jump into my mouth. Where is tho hunter who has not felt like this at the sight of his first elephsnt? I called a halt and then, the wind being right we set to work to stalk the bull. Very quietly I rode down the hither sldo ot the VOW E1S TBUKTC SWX'NO ALOFT ADOVX Wt ' ' BEAB. slope till we came to the bottom, which was densely covered with bush. Here 1 saw the elephant bad boen foedlng, fot broken branches) and upturned trees lay all about I did not take much notice, however, for all my thoughts were fixed upon the bull I was stalking, when sud denly my horse msde a violent start that nearly threw me from my saddle, and there came mighty rush and upheaval of something in front of me. I looked. There was the hinder part of a second bull elephant not four yards off. I could Just catch sight of his outstretched ears projecting on either aide. I had dis turbed it sleeping, and it was running away. Obviously the best thing- to do would have boen to let it run, but I was young in those days and foolish, and in theexltementotths) moment! lifted my "roer" or elephant gun and fired at the brute over my horse's head. The recoil ot the heivy gun nearly knocked me off the horse. I weervered myself, how ever, and as I did so saw the bull lurch forward, for the Impact ot three-onnee bullet . In the Conks, will quicken the movements even of an elephant By this time I had realised the folly of the abot, and devoutly hoped that the bull would take no further notice ot it But he had a different view of the matter. Pulling himself op la aeries ot plunges, he spun round and oame fot me with out stretched ears and uplifted - trunk, creaming terribly. I was quite defense less, for say gnu empty, and my first thought was Of escape. ' t dug my heels into the sides of my horse, but r would not move an inch. The poor ani mal was paralyzed, with terror, and be simply stood still, his fore legs out stretched, and quivering all over like a leaf.' ' ' On rushed the elephant, awful to see; I made one more vain effort to stir the horse. Now the trunk of the graat boll swung aloft above my head. A thought flashed, through my brain. Qulok as light I rolled from the saddle. By the side ot the horse lay a fallen tree, as thick through as a man's body. The tree was lifted a little off the ground by the broken boughs, which took its weight and with a single movement so active is one in such necessities, I flung myself beneath it As I did so I heard the trunk of the elephant descend with a mighty thud on the back of my poor horse, and the next Instant I was almost in darkness, for tho horse, whose back was broken, foil over across tho tree under which I lay ensoonsod. Butbedid n0 .tlJor? oa- J n f600"4! re the bull had got his trunk round 4ead nff' neck. "1. with a mighty effort hurled him clear ot the tree. I wriggled backwards as far as I could towards the roots of the tree, for I knew what he was after. Presently I saw the ra tip oi we ouirs trunk stretcmng itself towards me.. If he could manage to hook it round any part ot me I was lost But In the position I occupied that was just what he oould not do, al- though he knelt down to facilitate his operations. On came the snapping tip Hke a great open-mouthed snake; it closed upon my hat, which vanished, Again it was thrust down, and a scrtara of rage was bellowed through It within four Inches of my head. Now it aeemod to elongate itself. Oh, heavens! now it o by the hair, which, luckily for myself, wss not very long. Then It was my turn to scream, for next instant half a square inch of hair was dragged from my scalp by the roots. I was be ing plucked alive, as I have seen cruel Kaffir kitchen boys pluck afowL The elephant however, disappointed with the moderate results, changed his tao- He wound his trunk around the fallen tree and lifted it It stirred, but fortunately the broken branches embedded in the spongy soil, and some roots which still held, prevented it from being turned over, though be lifted it so much that hod it occurred to him ho could easily bave fished me out with his trunk. Again he bolstod with all his mighty strength, and I saw that the tree was coming and roared aloud for blp- h we ' 08f J 1.n utlf they hit the bull their only effect was to stir his energies to more active life. In another lew sec onds my Shelter would be torn awsy and I should be done for. A cold per spiration burst over me as I realized that I was lost Then of a sudden I re membered that I had a pistol in my belt which I often used for dispatching wounded game. It was loaded snd capped. By this time the tree was lifted so much that I could easily get my hand down to my middle and draw the pistol from its case. I drew and cocked it See, the treo was coming, and there, within three feet of my head, was the groat brown trunk of the elephant I placed the muzzlo of the pistol within an inch of it and fired. The result was Instantaneous. Down sunk the tree again, giving one of my legs a consider able squeeze, and next instant I heard a crashing sound. The elephant hod bolted. to be continued. EFFECT OF NOVELS. lion. Edward J. Phelps Believes They Polsoa the Mind. The statistics of popular and circula ting libraries show that seventy-five per cent ot all the books taken out sro novels of recent production, writes Ed ward J. Phelps, ex-Mlnister to England, In Scrlbner's. A library for the general publlo that did not furnish them could not besustalnod, whatever real treasures of knowledge and literature it might offer. Probably the most numerous readers of novels are to be found among women, perhaps because tbny have more time and fewer other diversions than men. ' In the large class of them who derive their ideas of lifo and of tho worhi from this source the result is seen in the enormous and increasing business of the divorce courts, of which tbey and their husbands are the princi pal patrons. Aside from the loose and vague no tions Ol morality that become familiar to them, unconsciously, from tho books they read, thoy enter upon married lifo with ideas and expectations so false snd theories so absurd that notMng but disappointment and unhappiness can follow. ' Instead of tho impossible and self-sacrificing heroes of their dreams, they awake to find themselves married only to men, with the imper fections common to humanity. Tbey perceive that the perfection they are in search of it to be found in other women's husbands, not in their own; on which point they would be speedily undeceived if they could exchange situations wlu. their apparently more fortunate sister It is not long before both parties to a union that has proved a disappointment are ready to escape from it; or if not one or the other la determined to break away. It is probable that all other causes put together are not so prolific of divorce among the class In which it commonly takes place as the fact that its women are brought np on novels of a low grade as their habi tual and almost only reading. The I treats mt Paris. Paris keeps the streets clean by not permitting them to get dirty. An Amer ica wrtsusplolously tore a letter la two ari dropped tho pieoea in the gutter re cently, just aa he had doubtless done a hundred times at home. A moment later a policeman invited him to retraoe bis steps and gather np the fragments et Waste paper, on the penalty of being arrested. The American wss a sensible man, and instead of protesting that America wss tbo only free country on sarth, he then and there learned a val uable lesson, and subsequently expressed bis admiration ef a city whloh showed luch respect for itself. San Francisco Argonaut " ' 1864. FIRST -NATIONAL BANK, . , . . w xjiiidiaro-r cost, okcio, capital 100,000.00, , " surplus 7,000.00. 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