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THE DIRTIER HAND.
The bovs stood-on the school-room floovt
It waa lnaDeationdavi i
; The teacher, be surveyed thorn o'er
To note their diiarray. i
As timidly they marohed around ''- '
Before Mi searching glanoe, ,
, Woe to the little lad he found
With laolMt torn or "nants."
1 Woe to the boy whose dirty ears
Or hands or face were spied ;
For he, In spite of kicks and tears,
Wu soaped and scrubbed and dried.
At last the teaoher flxod his eye t
On one small boy Inclined
To pass his stern Inspector by.
Hiding his hands behind.
" Ah, ha I" the teacher erled with glee,
A-reaehlng for his switch;
Those hands, my son, I want to see."
Young Innocenoe asked: "Whlchr"
Be quick before I give a whack,"
Replied the man of might;
Then one wee fist, begrimed and black,
uame siowiy ww biu,.
The teacher eyed the dirty hand
And then the trembling kid;
Oh, hoi" he scowled, "I understand
Now why those paws were hid.
" But I won't hoist yon on my stool
(A Joy you shouldn't miss)
If I can find to-day In school
A dirtier hand than this."
At once the other band flashed out;
It made the first, alaok I
Look white beside it. 'Twos about
. A doion times as black.
The teacher, caught by one so small.
In sllenoe laid sway .
HI s switch to mako it hot for all
On next Inspection day.
s -H. C. Dodge, In Goodall's Sun.
A Story of the Late War.
BV BHBNHBD BICSBY.
Author of "Xoral at Last," " Mr Idr yantas
tto," "Xllra's Qnat oret," "FU
Aaonc Thlevas," Xto.
. Copyright, iloi, by A N. Kellogg Newspaper Co.
CHAPTER II. Continued.
"And I thought that may be," her
proteffe unblushingly continued, "you'd
be willing under the circumstances to
give me a helping hand to start with."
"Money?" Grace Baked, sharply.
"Yes, money," was the surly re
sponse. "I must have moans to get to
headquarters, and I've a few debts
round here, which ought to be paid, or
they'll say I ran away to get rid of
them."
"That they will, I am certain," Miss
Euth declared, with an air of eonvio
tion; "and, besides, Grace, the poor
boy can not start with empty pockets."
Grace confessed that it would be very
disagreeable to do so, but offered no
suswesMon out 01 tne amicuity.
. "It would only cost a matter of forty
ooiiarg, ana i minx, uraoe, you wouiu
say you were cheaply rid of me at that
price. Why, the old gent himself would
jump at the chance if yon would only
ask him."
Grace shook her head despondently.
"Forty dollars!" Miss Ruth ejaculated.
"I have not five available dollars in the
world. What can the poor boy do,
Grace? You sit there like a wooden
doll, and say nothing."
"What can I say?" the girl asked.
- Now, Miss Euth knew quite well that
her grand-niece possessed a little store
that she had been accumulating for
months, with the Idea of surprising the
minister with the present of a new
heavy overcoat for the winter, and she
was Justly Indignant at the young lady's
so obtusely refusing to see the necessity
of devoting this sum to the exigencies
of James Lawson.
' She was obliged to be more outspoken.
. "Can't we borrow from that little
fund you have been hoarding away all
these weeks?" she asked, plumply.
Grace' colored scarlet. -
"If I was only sure he was really
going to enlist" she said, with hesi
tation. Lawson saw that the battle was half
won. . '
' "Wish I may dio If I'm not, Grace,"
he Interrupted, greedily. "You ask
Frank Itesant if it ain't all gospel
truth."
- "Woll," she said, reluctantly, "I sup
pose you must have , it," and as she :
opened a desk and handed him a silk ;
purse, she continued: "There are only
thirty-two dollars; but It is all I have."
She gave it to him as ungraciously as
it was possible for her to do any thing,
but he was not easily offended and took
It from her with many expressions of
thankfulness. ,
Hut did Mis. Besant, in her One brick
house beyond the walnut grove, sleep
that night? Not much, you may be
sure. But wakeful as the midnight
hour were to her, she fell into a fever
ish slumber towards morning, only
arousing to find the sun streaming into
her casement.
With hurrying footsteps she sought
her boy's chamber, hoping aguinst hope
that in the lone hours of the night he
had changed his mind and was not
after all going to leave her.
One peep into the bright little bedroom
and the fearful truth burst upon her.
Her boy was gone.
There was the chamber she had taken
such pleasurable trouble over every
little nlok-nack in Its place, except a
cabinet portrait of herself, which was
taken from its frame the snowy coun
terpane unrumpled, and on the bureau
a letter simply addressed "To Mother."
Ah, how her heart beat as she tore the
envelope open and read the contents.
Could woman want more loving words
or dearer comfort than those precious
lines contained! Even her hopeless
spirit rose as she read and re-read the
sweet message nay, she even shared
his anticipation of a happy, though per
haps distant renalon. The pang of
parting was over, and from that hour
he was another woman. Why, even a
smile played upon her lips as she
perused the oft-repeated injunctions to
be kind to Grace Brentwood in his ab
sence as if she could be any thing but
kind to the sweet irirl.
It was not rcmarkablo, then, when
an hour or two later that young lady
tripped from the parson's house down
the shady lano to Brake her peace with
the widow, that she found herself re-
eelved with open arms, even before she
could utter her tromulous plea for recon
ciliation, for the poor child's patriotism
had been put to a fearful strain during
the hours of darkness, and with the
dawn she had arrived at the conclusion
that she could not give Frank to her
country after all; though all the while
she knew she was weak and selfish. So
she was half-glad when she learned
that the temptation of wooing him from
his duty was taken away.
And, while these two tender women
were mingling their tears and giving
each other consolation, Frank Besant,
in company with James Lawson and
two young farmers from the neighbor
hood, was hieing away as fast as
local freight train would carry him to
Columbus. -
Three of the little party were miser
able enough, for there hud been home
wrenching, which had played havoc
with the emotions ot the honest lads,
but Mr. Lawson was in exuberant
spirits, as he had thirty dollars and a
bottle of whisky in his pocket, and
was cutting adrift from many un-
pleasant reminiscences. As for paying
his debts such a piece of extravagant
folly had -never entered Into his head,
and he grinned to think of Miss Buth'a
innocence in supposing him capable of
such a waste of money. The caboose
was full of country-folk going to
market, and, if you had asked the
rosy-cheeked farmers' daughters which
they thought the bravest of the little
band of raw-recruits, they would have
unhesitatingly given him the palm.
Not so the officer m command of the
military depot at Camp Chase, near
Columbus, who was so offensively per
sonal and rude in his remarks to him,
that he was disgusted with soldiering
before he had even donned bis uniform.
Thirty days of severe drill and dis
cipline did not tend to improve James
days in humblo submission to "his pas
tors and masters," loved, now that he
was clothed with a little authority, to
tyrannize over one bettor bred than
himself, especially whon the object of
his animadversion obstinately refused
to observe the details of military
etiquette in remembering that they
kept very fair whisky at the canteen and
that a sergeant's throat was naturauy
or7' . ,.
Thus It fell out one aay wnen oer-
geant Briggs was more than ordinarily
abusive, that Frank's patience nearly
gave way. : ' '
"Knees and heels togeuier ana ncwi
. . ,i
np, you long-ieggea counter-BKipiiuri
the sergeant yelled, giving tne young
soldier a thrust In the side that nearly
took his breath away.
Frank bit his Hps and did his best to
keep his temper.
"Don't look at me like that, sir!" the
petty tyrant roared, "or I'll trot you
out to the guard-houso. Now, stand;
attention! if you've brains enough In
your thick head to know what I mean."
Frank's blood was boiling, but ho did
his best to be obedient
"Fall out of the ranks!" was the next
command, given in a voice hoarse with
passion.
Neither the sergeant nor the cuiprn
had noticed the approach of a tall,
soldierly, middle-aged man who was
now standing close besido them, gazing
with interest on the scene.
Briggs colored crimson and saluted
with an air of great deference.
"Dismiss the sound and report at
once in my oillce," was the stern order,
which the discomfited sergeant lortn-
with proceeded to do, not, however, be
fore he hud hissed in the young soldier's
ear a promise of bitter retribution if he
irot into trouble through him.
Next day another non-commissioned
officer took charge of the recruits and
Frank did not seo his persecutor any
more during his brief stay in Camp
Chase, though several of "the boys"
told him that Briggs was "on to him,"
and sooner or later would find a chance
to get even with him. ,
geon of a brawny ruffian, the paltry
blade snapped at the hilt.
Aye, I know muny rich ladies nowa
days, dressed in silks and seal-skins,
whose fathers made their money by
selling Just such murderous trash to
their country's defenders, and who have
not even a blush for the blood that
stains their finery. , ,
Fighting to the last,' Frank braced
.himself against the door and did his
best. , There was not a hope for him, for
the mob was wild with rage at his de
termined resistance.
( Then.' as a crauhlnir blow from an
axe-handlc fcll'on his uplifted arm, the
door suddenly opened and he tumbled
headlong into the hall-way. Luckily,
too, at that moment the mob behind,
Impelled by the false alarm of soldiers
advancing in the rear, hurled his assail
ants forward, and he had time to rccov-
Lawson's appreciation of a military
sn MAD
and sa-naAD
MHM10E.
THK SWEET
She stayed his protestations with an
, "I suppose," she said, 'It Is Just pos-., strewn wKh flows,
.11.1 t..f w. K fflit!ntiir OT-ntA. twecn the quiot be
i a-.iL .hin. n r.fnm . and the rough and tumble barrack life
for this?" WM evere trans upon him, but his
"Tnr me Grace " ! ken eMe datT " Innate oourage
career, nor did frecrtwnt confinement in
the guard-house and extra fatigue duty
lend a rosier hoe to his surroundings.
Not that he had not hja awn circle of
bosom friends and sympathizers, jolly
good fellows like hjjsself, who scorned
hard work and fretted under the Igno
ble strains of military 4iaolplIne.
Nor was Frank Besant's path entirely
The contrast be
at Melkmburg
"IwilL If It eves, lies In your power
to serve Frank Besant, remember that I
should consider this money well spent,
If you did your best for him. And, If
you will sometimes write me a letter to
tell me how he is prospering, I shall be
In your debt" '
"So help me Heaven," replied the
young man, solemnly, "I will do all yo)
ask of mo and more, too, if the chance
occurs," and ha said It so heartily that
Grace forgot her prejudices sufficiently
to shake hands with him; for, having se
cured all be wanted, be was already
preparing to make a hasty retreat. '
Not one moment too soon, for,contrary
to all precedent, the minister came out
' of his room and peremptorily ordered his
women folk to bed In a tone that
brooked no remonstrance.
"The idea of the thing!" sniffed Miss
Euth, but nevertheless preparing to
obey the summons. "A if we were a
couple of naughty school children. I do
believe Joslah Is taking leave of his
sewws."
Then presently the lights were ex
tinguished in the parson's home and ap
parent rest settled over the household.
oarrled him through the worst of it. lie
had come from a different home than
any of his companions; for the Widow
Besant was weu-t-4o in the world.
having been left twenty thousand do!
lars and the homestead by her husband,
a physician In largo practice, and, being
a woman of broad aMosaslishments and I
exquisite taste, aJwhsM brought her
boy upln an atmosphere of refinement
his present comrades had never enjoyed,
This to a degree MMiated him for a
time from congenial companionship,
and even lead to a decided unpopularity;
so that when the eomany elected of
ficers his name was never even offered L yomd hope of rescue.
ror consideration.
"Never mind, old ehap; they don't
know liow to appreciate merit, but we'll
show them when we get to the front,
who's who," Lawsnsi said, familiarly
slapping him on the shoulder, a piece
of sympathy which tlae poor lad did not
very heartily enjoy."
Then he got Inte trouble with the
drill sergeant, an Eattsaman, who had
been drafted frost the regular army
to teach the new veertdte the noble art
of war, and who, hewfctf spen$ bis early
CHAPTER IIL
OH TBS BOAI) TO OLOBT.
The order to march had come. Uncle
Sam la those days did not waste much
time in turning his citizens- Into sol
diersperhaps not as many days as the
German or English Governments would
have demanded months but when
Frank's regiment, together with the
Twenty-seventh and Thirty-ninth Ohio
Infantry, turned out of barracks they
presented a very imposing martial ar
rayat least so thought the country
people, through whose villages they
passed, and who were at that time In
mortal dread of a raid by the enemy
from Kentucky. So they cheered the
bold boys as they went along and snow
ered blessings on their heads, not for
getting, too, the more substantial com
forts of hot coffee and cold lemonade
brought In buckets by grateful women.
With banners flying and drums Mating
his must have been a cold nature In
deed whose enthusiasm was not kindled
bv this fluttering panoply of war.
Their objective point was the Ohio
river, which they reached In flue time,
when they were transported by boats
down the muddy but majestic stream
to St Louis. .
Here their first real trouble befell
them. The boys got news of the gath
ering storm, even before they made the
city, when on stopping to "wood-up" at
a lone landing, a grinning countryman
yelled leerlngly at them.
"IIullo, Yanks, you "una 'nil get It
almighty hot down at the city. The
Seoeshes is swarmin' over the hull
place, an' they're a-goin' to give yer a
reir'lar hooroar on landin'. I allow
yer'd better turn roun' an' go home,
while yer skins be tol'ble whole."
A bullet from an officer's pistol fired
to frighten, not to kill cot the joker's
facettousness short and caused him to
retire with more expeditlousness than
dimity, but the result of his pleasantry
was observable in the serious faces of
many especially of those who had been
most expressive of their desire to meet
the enemy. The trouble was whether
by design, or because some one .had
blundered there was no ammunition.
The brilliant pageant after all was but
like a painted picture of war s alarms.
When, however, they reached the
docks, and found the broad wooden
quays deserted, the laugh went round,
and the men "foil In" with many a sim
ple leer at each other's nervousness.
It was not till they reached the streets
that the storm burst upon them. A
cloud of dust It seemed to them at first
Then out of It crashed the roaring din
of a frenzied mob shrieking vengeance.
For a moment the ranks halted.
Then, loud and clear as a trumpet came
the command:
"Fix bayonete! Charge!", '
And, with a steady step, as though on
parade, those gallant lads marched in
solid phalanx sweeping the howling
crowd before them, i - .:, ;
Frank Besant was in the rear rank
of the lost company, and as the rioter
rallied round by-streets and 'massed
behind the soldiers, the hardest brunt
of fighting was Immediately around
Mm. As yet no serious wounds bad
been received by the soldiery, though
many were cut and bleeding, when
suddenly Frank saw his Captain,
Charles Fulton, the gallant young son
of his Colonel, reel and fall prostrate
on the sidewalk, struck on the temple
by a rock hurled from a neighboring
window. In a moment he sprang to the
side of the insensible man, and ere
the mob was upon him, managed to
drag his body to the shelter of the door
way of a handsome residence. In the
turmoil the incident was unnoticed by
his comrades, who marched away be-
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The mob was on him. 'In the strength
of desperation he clubbed the foremost,
not in his inexperience daring to trust to
the bayonet; but do all he could it
seemed hopeless, for as one of the
crowd fell another was upon him.
Then his musket was wrenched from
his hands and he waa defenseless but
only for an Instant for his eye fell on
his officer's sword, and he snatched it
from his scabbard and turned once more
upon his foe. But at the first blow,
which waa fended by the upraised blud-
cr&bhtno blow roost as jlx-ha.ndi.k
FELL ON BIS ABM.
er himself and drag his wounded Captain
inside the house. The heavy door was
slammed and bolted, and for the time he
was safe.
Well might he stare around him with
wondering eyes. Before him stood
young girl, pale as a sheet with excite
ment but beautiful beyond bis dreams
of woman's loveliness. lie had never
seen that peculiar type of feminine per
fection found only among the (southern
ladies, which combines the flashing
beauty of the daughter of Italy with
the healthy vigor of tho Saxon maiden.
Somehow or other he had got it into
his head that all the young women
south of Mason and Dixon's line were
sallow specimens of humanity with
lackadaisical manners and fceblo con
stitutions; so this glorious young creat
ure was a revelation to him.
She blushed under his ardent gase,
and said, demurely:
'I was watching your unequal strug
gle through the window-blinds, and at
last summoned up courage enough to
unbar the door and give you shelter
Ills eyes alone thanked her.
"But come," she added impatiently,
this is no time for explanations.
Baise your friend's head while I sum
mon assistance, for we are only women
In the house as the domestics have fled
In terror td their quarters."
Even as she spoke she left him.
Presently, however, she returned, so
eompanied by a sweet old lady who
silver hair, and a bevy of oolored wom
en, whose neat white caps and aprons
showed a steaming contrast to their
ebon skins.
At once the elderly lady took com
mand of affairs.
TO BR COSTISUIED.
COURTESY'S PEDIGREE.
Orlfla t Soma of th Social Customs of
CitrUitatloa.
now came the people of civilized
countries to acquire the habit of shak
Ing hands, of bowing, of saying "you
are welcome." and "thank you," of
touching or taking off the hat to a lady,
of going through movements which are
considered acts of courtesy ana gooa
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oourteslos and consideration for con
ventional forms distinguishing marks
between a rude state of society and a
refined one, -between barbarians and
persons of gentle breeding? Ho traoes
some of tho forms mentioned to "the
signals of peace manifest among the
savage tribes," For instance, when
they would have said to an enemy
"Your life Is safe," tne usage oi years
might have wrought such a change
that they said instead "You are wel
come." He thinks the present form of
-raising the hat" originated In the cus
tom of removing the helmet before a
superior or conqueror. And in account
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that one who came into a hostile tribe
showed his peaceful intentions by hold-
lnir out hi empty bands; mat. is, wiin-
ont wcsDona. The chief, or those In
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of good-will was reciprocated. Best
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