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ABILINt WEEKLY REFLECTOR, ABILENE, NANSAS, JANUARY 16, 1902 -TWELVE PASES.
REAR-END COLLISION. I Two Crowded Trains Come To gether in a New York Tuonel. FIFTEEN PERSONS KILLED OUTRIGHT. IfanyOtheriSeriouily Hart, gome of Whoaa Will Die of Their lujorlea - Cornellee Vanderlillt Denied AdmlHlon to tin Tunnel by the Folic. New York, Jan. 9. In the New York Central railroad tunnel that burrows tinder Park avenue, this city, two local trains collided yester day. Fifteen passengers were killed nd twice that number were Injured. A. dozen of the hitter were seriously hurt, and the roster of the dead may be extended. It was a rear-end colli-sion-Jjetween a South Norwalk local that ran in over the New York, New Haven A Hartford railroad and wns halted by block signals at the south ern entrance of the tunnel, and a While Plains local that came by the Harlem branch of the New York Central, 'he wreck occurred at 8:17 a. m., at which hour the trains were crowded by suburbanites. Most of the deaths, Injury and damage waB wrought by the engine, of the While Plains train which plunged into the rear car of the motionless train and was driven through to the middle of the car, smashing Hie scats nnrt split ting the sides lis it moved forward, the victims cither wcro maucrlcd In the mass of wreckage carried at the pilot, crushed in the space between the boiler and ear sides, or scalded by steam which canio hissing from broken pipes and cylinders. The en gine, in its final plungo of 40 feet, cur. ried the rear ear forward and sent twisted iron, broken timbers and splinters crashing into the coach ahead. Lights were extinguished and from the wreckage and darkness (ranu; the cries of the injured nnd calls for assistance by those who es caped. Within n few minutes the work of rescue, marked by heroism Snd sacrifice, began. Alarms that brought every available ambulance- in the cily, the police reserve of live precincts and Hie firemen of the Central Eastern district of Manhat tan were sounded at once. Willi po lice, firemen and surgeons, enme a score of volunteer physician and half a d'l.cn 1 1 rgyinen. Ladders were run down the tunnel nil- sliafls and the lircmcn and police Attacked Hi" debris with ropes and axes. Piis u'.'-rs already Inul ral lied and we' Iry'n" In iv v,, those liimi ' -i li'vl :n th it In ' ln'u"'d pn-iius in n-'wl of inline clinic ii'lciilM'ii were triten icniinrarv dr.'nsin:.' by the ambulance niel Volun teer surgeons and then hnial"d to the si reel. Many I'ark avenue man sions were thrown open to the suf fering, but most (if the Injured were nt once taken fo hospitals. The dead were carried fo morgues nnd police stations, An immense crowd, heed less of the snow which swirled through the street, gathered about tho tunnel enlrnnce nnd shafts and watched the rescue work. Cornelius Vandcrbilt was among those who came to the tunnel, but the police denied him admission, de spite the fact that his family con trols the railway. , Responsibility fur the disaster is unfixed, but Superintendent Frank lin said that so far as he had been able to discover John Wischo, en gineer of the White i'lains train, is to blame. It is declared that when the South N'orwnlk train mopped a flagman ran buck Into the tunnel and, besides placing a torpedo on the track, endeavored to Hag the on-coming train. The tunnel was beclouded with steam and smoke, while the snow which fell through the alt shafts tended to obscure die view. Engineer Wischo and Fireman Chris Flvnn were arrested. MISS FORAKER MARRIED. The Ymingcnt Daughter of tb Senator foi Ohio la Npllred In Francis K. Walnwrlght. Wii.shiuglon, .Tun. 9. Miss .lulia Foraker, youngest daughter of Sena tor Foraker, was married at her parents' residence here yesterday to Francis King Wainwrlght, of Phila delphia. The ceremony vnR per formed by Jicv. Dr. Mnckny Smith (Episcopal) and was followed by a reception at which 40() gucsls were present. President, and Mrs. Hooso velt arrived nt the house shortly be fore the wedding and were among the first to extend their congratula tions to the newly married couple The jewels worn by the bride, wort gifts a crescent of diamonds from her father and a dog collar of pearli from the groom. Selected fur Vnltt'il Statu Senator. Annapolis, Md., Jan. !). Arthui Puc Gorman wns unanimously se lected as the democratic nominee foi United States senntor nt Hie demo cratic caucus held Inst night. Th republicans held their caucus in tht afternoon nnd nominated Congress man William II. Jackson, of Wlconv oco county, for United States sen l-enheil In n Hotel Fin. Brinckley, Ark., Jan, 13. Fire de etroyed several buildings here, in cluding the Arlington hotel, entail ing a loss estimated nt from $.10,000 to $75,000. Charles Starkey, of Stutt gart, Ark., perished In the hotel. Killed by railing Male la a Mine, Zanesville, O., Jan. 13. Ferd Krous koupf was killed and ltobert Maxwell fatally Injured In Maynnrd's mine jeer Cannelltville yesterday by fall lag slate. SAILORS FIGHT. taerloao and HiitUh He.men Yoond Ho Ian Sallon and Caoee Strained Keuv tone at New Chwang. Pekin, Jan. 0. While the actual casualties during the recent fighting at New Chwang between American sailors belonging to the United States gunboat Vleksburg, which il wintering there, nnd Russian soldiers attached to the gnrrison of that port are trifling up to date, the matter baa resulted in unpleasantly strained re lations between the American, Rus sian nnd British authorities there. The Washington nnd St. Petersburg governments are now endeavoring to arrange matters so that there may be no further friction. The trouble originated in the ac tion of some sailors bejonging to the liritish sloop of war Algerinc, also in winter qnnrtcrs at New Chwang, in carrying ashore six rifles for use In a theatrical performance. The Rus sian administration sent a force of men to arrest the liritish sailors. The Russians, however, by mistake, broke into a reading room where a parly of the Viekslmrg's men were seated and tried to arrest them. The Americans resisted, defending themselves with chairs. They were overpowered after n sharp fight, how ever, and handed over "to the United Stales consul, who sent them on board the Vickshitrg. The bad feel ing which arose from the incident resu!!"d in several tights whenever American or liritish sailors met Rus sian soldiers, and the hitler, not be ing iiecuitomeil to fit lights, were, usually badly worsted. This condi tion nf nffniis culminated on New Year's day in a muni serious a IT ray, nnd I he Russian minister, M. Paul I.rssnn, complained to Minister Con ger thai two members of the Vicks burg's crew hail fired a revolver at an unoffending Russian soldier, wounding him in the arm. Relations bclwecn the American and liritish consuls and nnvnl com ninnilers nnd the Russian tidmlnistrn Hon al New Cliwar arc strained, which makes a frieiidlv selllcment of the n fTiiir difficult. The administra tor attempted to enforce a social code which the furci'm officials re fused to recognize anil, consequently, their relations have been limited to si Hotly ollieial interviews, and these have not been amiable. Itnirimd I'niprrlli-H l.etixeri. .Icfl'erson City. Mo,, Jan. SI. Col. John II. Carroll, general attorney for Ihe Chicago, lliirlliigtou &. IJuincy railway of Iowa, which was licensed by Secretary of Slate Cook in last October to do business in Missouri with $l,000,lHll of its capital, yester day tiled no nllldiivit with the secre tary of stale to the effect that the railway company has leased all of the properties of the Chicago, llurling ton & (Juincy Railway company in the stale of Missouri fur a period of years, amonnling to $i:.,,niiii,iiiio. Tho secretary of slate Issued the corn puny an amended certificate to that effect, for which the company paid a fee of $ii,127..1i). The general offices of the company in this stale are In Rt, Louis. I'anle til il Fire Methodliit Meeting. Kingston, (Int., Jan. 9. At, n meet ing of Free Methodists at Verona, one of the lire! hern declared he oould fly and proceeded to demon strate his power. 11b launched into space and his head enme In contact with a large eoul-oil lump. The lamp fell to the floor nnd the oil Ignited. At one time five men and three wo men were on fire and five out of the eight were seriously burned. The flames iprend and caused a panic. Many were injured in the stampede. Farmers Holding on to Their Wheat. Wichita, Kan., Jan. 0.With 40, 000,000 bushels of wheat In the 20 counties surrounding Wichita the mills of this city are now idle. The fanners will not sell a pound of their wheat at any price and are de termined to keep It for six weeks longer, or until the prospects of the growing crop nre fetter determined. Practically all the mills In southern Kansas nre Idle. Offers of 77 cents were mndo In vain here yesterday. Many t'lalnu Will Not He Proved Up. ' Onthrie, Ok., Jan. ".Although only .10 days remain in which orig inal homesteaders may file on the claims drawn In the recent govern ment land lottery, there are still hundreds of claims without visible habitation or any other sign of Im provement. This shows that parties who drew the claims are not going to Die and prove up, thus leaving the lands for other settlers. A Couttnble Fatally Shot, Oniiiha, Neb., Jan, 9. Constable Hans Timme was fatally shot late yesterday by John Talsfa. a Ger man, on whom he was trying to serra a writ of restitution, Talsfa says Timme thrust a revolver into hie face and demanded him to move hie effects from the bouse in which he was living. Timme hna been an offi cer in this city 14 years. Packlna-Hoime Kmployee Strike. Nebraska City, Neb, Jan. 9. The skilled employes and laborers em ployed by the Norton-Grcgson Pack ing company went on strike at noon yesterday for higher wages. About 190 men walked out and the plant will probably be tied up, throwing 150 others out of employment. The Increase of wages has been refused. "Crlmelng" of Preach Kellers, Paris, Jan. (.According to the Courier dtt Bolr, M. de la Lessan, the French minister of marine, has ap pointed a commission to Inquire in to the reports of the "crimping" of tateeh sailors at Portland, Ore, PRIVATE PENSIOSS. Bills Introduced io the Senate Close ly Scrutinized by Committee. NICARAGUA CANAL BILL IS HOUSE, General Debate oa the Meainre to Cloet To-Day and Perhape the Vote on the Hill Nay He Taken-The Perma nent tenuis Hill. Washington, Jnn. 9 During con sideration by the sennte yesterday of private pension legislation some importnnt statements were made by Senator Gallinger, chairman of the committee on pensions, in respect to regulations adopted by the commit tee to govern it in consideration of private pension bills. He announced that none but absolutely meritorious' eases would be presented to the sen nte for Its consideration nnd that the closest, scrutiny would be given by the committee to every bill intro duced. He said that no pension ex ceeding tf.'iO a month would he recom mended by the committee for the widow of a general officer and that pensions for the widows of other ofli cers would be scaled down propor tionately, Tho interesting case of Dr, Luzeare, who, at the instance of Johns Hop kins university and of the govern ment, went to Cuba and submitted himself to inoculation with yellow fever through mosifuito bites nnd died from the disease Ihus contract ed, was brought to the senate's at tention by Senntor McComns, who Inquired whether Dr. Lnzenre's wid ow would bn cntilh'd to a p-nsion. No decision was reached, but It. was the opinion of Senators (inllinger and Coekrell that the ense had no pen sionable status. Senator Rawlins Inl reduced a reso lution in the senate directing Ihe sen ate committee on Indian nlTiiirs to investigate the qni'-dion of the leas ing of mineral hinds owned 'by In dians. The dcbnle on lb" .Nicaragua canal bill in Ihe house yesterday devrlooed senliinent in favor of !iv:ug consider ation to the recent, offer of the Pan limn company to sell its franchises nnd property for $ lo.fmo.nnn. this sen timent taking the form of advocating the Morris amendment to empower the president to select Ihe latter roule if the canal commission, upon considering the company's offer, rec ommends it, nnd the required conces sions can be obtained from Colom bia. Of 10 members who spoke yes terday nine favored the Morris amendment. It was agreed that gen eral debate should close to-duy nt two o'clock, after which the bill will be open to amendment under,the five minute rule. The final vote probably will be taken to-day. The speakers yesterday were Messrs. Shacldeford, of Missouri; Parker, of New Jersey; T.overing, of Massachusetts; Morris, of Minnesota; Burton, of Ohio; TTill, of Connecticut; Bromwell, of Ohio; (lillett, of Massachusetts, and Little field, of Maine, in favor of the Mor ris amendment, nnd Messrs. Burgess, of Texas; Bell, of Colorado; Cooney, of Missouri; Cummings, of New York; Gibson, of Tennessee, and I.neey, of Iown, for the bill in its present form. Mr. Hopkins, of Illinois, secured unanimous consent that the bill to establish a permanent census bureau be made a continuing order until dis posed of, after the Nienrnguiin bill is acted upon. Mr. Sulzer, of New York, intro duced a resolution, stating that as the absorption of money by the United States treasury was detri mental to business interests of the country, that the secretary of the treasury be directed to deposit all surplus belonging to the United Stntes government with national ! banks having a 'capital of not less than $500,000 and u surplus of not less than $500,000 and that such de posits shall be a first lien on the as sets of the bank. Mr. Klebergc, of Texas, introduced a bill for an international board of engineers to adopt a plan for irriga tion in the Rio Grande valley. P. re In an Klevator. Chicago, Jan. 13. Fire which broke out about 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning in the elevator of the Amer ican Malting company in Fifty-first street, near the Panhandle railroad tracks, threatened the destruction of the company's entire plant. The elc vator, in which was stored 300,000 bushels of barley, was destroyed with its contents. The loss, It is said, will he near $500,000. They Investigated a Blunt. I.ehigh, la., Jan, 13. James Bur gess was killed and two men injured by the explosion of a blast in the mines of the Webster County Coal and Land company. The men placed the blast, which did not explode at once, and they started to ascertain the trouble, reaching it just as the ex plosion occurred. Mother and Son Killed by a Tra n. Garnett, Kan., Jan. 13. Mrs. Henry Moberly, 55 years old, while driving in a farm wagon with her 13-year-old son, was run down and both were killed by a Missouri Pacific passen ger train at a crossing east of the city. The team became unmanage able and ran in front of the train, (tabbed Him la a Qaarrel. Bellamy, Mo., Jan. 13. John Keith ley, IT years old, stabbed Charles Sheppard, 10 years old, in a quarrel, severing an artery la the neck. Sheppard will probably die. Keltalej was arrested. THE CENSUS BUREAU, The Bill to MakdIt Permanent Re committed in the House. A BIG SALARY FOR EX-PRESIDENTS. I he Hill to Give Mr i. MrKrnley the Free Mailing Privilege Unauliuonily Paaiied Hearing to U Given on Statehood Billa. Washington, Jan. 11. The house spent yesterday considering the Hop kins bill to create a permanent cen sus bureau. While the general senti ment was in favor of a permanent bu reau, there was strong opposition to the bill as drawn, on the ground that it was not well matured. There also was on overwhelming demand for a provision to place the present em ployes of the census bureau under the protection of the civil service law, and the bill finally was recom- tnilted with instructions to report buck a bill containing a plan for a detailed organization of a perma nent census bureau, to include also a provision to plain the present em ployes under the civil service. The fi'dit to recommit was made under the leadership of Mr. liurkelf, of Xc-bra.-;l;:i, (he. new member of the ap propriations cominii lee. Mr. Shennnii, of New York, intro duced a hill eont inning' in force all laws prohibiting the coning of Chi nese. Mr. LoverlnT, of Massachusetts, in troduced a bill providing a salary for ex-presidents of the United States at tilt! rstn f WW annually from the dale of retirement from the presi dency. The bill is to apply to any cx-p resident living nt. the lime the law is enacted. The p"Vi:ifn appropriation bill wns reported by the committee. Tt car ries til. ;'),'-! :;,'':'i, exactly the amount, of the estimates, as against $ M 1,24.", ;:it: nnproiirinlcd last year. . A bill passed iiii-'iiimously to give Mrs. McK'tnley the free mailing privi lege during the remainder of her life. The house then adjourned until Mon day. The house committee on territories yesterday fixed the 23d instant for hearings on the Oklahoma statehood bill, the 31st for the Arizona stnte hood bill and February 7 for the New Mexico statehood bill. The bill to create the territory of .TcfTersnn out of the Indian territory wns referred to a sub-committee headed by Mr. Knox, of Massachu setts, and including Mr. Flynn, the delegate from Oklahoma. Washington, Jan. 14. The director of the census announced yesterday the percentage of increase of popu lation in different parts of the coun try, showing for the last decade a rapid decrease from previous rate of growth of population in the west, a leBs marked but decided decrease in the north and a slight increase in the south. For the first, time in the his tory of this country the population of the south has increased somewhat more rapidly than that of the north. The east geographically is included in the term north. The rate of the growth in the north, west and south is far more nearly the same than it eer has been, The official announcement divides the country as follows: West, from the Pacific to the eastern boundary of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico; north and south, tho respective sides of a line formed by the Potomac and Ohio rivers and the southern boundaries of Missouri and Kansas. The percentage of increase from I860 to 1380 was 01.9 in the north; 4S.4 in the smith and 185.8 in the west, while in the last 20 years, 1880-1000, it was 48.7 in the north, 48.5 south and 131.5 west. Prior to the civil war the northern states nearly doubled in population with .ench 20 years, while in the southern Btates the increase of popu lation was only about two-thirds as great. Since 1800 the rate of growth In both parts of the country has been much less, but while the rate of growth in the north has decreased steadily, that In the south during the 20 years from 1800 to 1880 has been slightly less. During tht; last 20 years there has been no substantial difference in the rate of growth of the two sections. The per cent, of increase of growth of these regions during ench of the last two ten-year periods follows: 1880-90 North, 24.8; south, 20.1; west, 71.3. 1890-1900 North, 19; south, 22.4; west, 31.9. If the comparison is limited to the slates east of the Mississippi river classing Minnesota and Louisiana with the western slates, the result is slightly different. It would show the Increase to be: 1880-90 North, 20.1; south. 10. 1890-1900 North, 19.9; south, 17.7. When the transmlssissippi states are omitted the rate of growth in the north is slightly greater than that In the south, hut the present dif ference between the two sections in this respect is about half what It was between 1830 and 18G0. The frontier, as a large area of rapid but intermittent growth, is no longer an important factor in the progress of American population and Ihe rate of growth in the several great areas of the United States is now nearly the same. Denver, Col., Jan. 14. About 1,000 members of the recently organized committee of safety Inst night be gan pntrolling the residence portions of the city. It Is hoped this will re sult in the detection ot thuge whose outrages have caused reign ot ter ror in the city for several months. The Two Villus?, Over the river oft the hill Lleth a village whin- anil mill; All around It the forest trees Shiver and whisper In the brecie; Over It sailing shadows go Of soaring bawk and scienuilng crow, And mountain grassea, low ai.d sweet, (irow la the middle of every street. Over the river under the bill Another village lieth ittlll; There I see la the cloudy nf elit Twinkling stars of household lleht. Fires that gleam from-the smithy's door, Mints that curl on the river's shore; Aud In the roads no grasses grow, For the wheeU that hasten to nnd fro. In that village on the hill Never a sound of smithy or mill, The houses nre thatched with grass sad flowers; Never a clock to tell the hours; The marble doors are always shut; You may not enter nt hall or hut; All the village He asleep; Never s grain to sow or reap; Never In dreams to moan or sigh, Silent, and Idle, and low they lie. In that village under the hill, When the night Is starry and still, Many n weary soul I it prayer books at the oilier village there. And weeping nnd slgliUig. lent's lo go l.'p to that home, from litis below; Loncs to loep liy Ihe fr.rest wild, Whither have vanished wife and child, And hearelh. praying, this answer fall "I'litlcneel that village ahull lio'.d ye nil!" Rose Terry Cooke. Mrs. Turker, the blacksmith's wife, was hurrying along the street toward her husband's shop. It had been her (billy custom for years to carry him his noonday meal, ns Parker declared too much time was consumed in going to nnd from his simp. lie was n big', burly fellow with a scowling countenance and a right arm strong enough to fell nu ox, and an his disposition was none of the best pno uln were careful not to provoke him to anger. His wife was his opposite In every particular, she being a tiny, timid crea ture of a mild nature and, like "Alice" of "lieu F.ult" fame, "trembled with fear nt his frown Why she ever chose Parker for a husband or why he selected her for his wife was n malter of comment, ns there seemed to be no love between them. Yet Mrs. Tarker was n faithful spouse, nnd strove to administer to liei husband's comfort, though she never received anything but harsh words and surly looks for her pains. (Ilnnciiig nt n chick In n shop win dow, she perceived II was pant tho din ner hour and her heart sunk within her In anticipation' of the scolding she was sure to receive, as the blacksmith set punctuality above all things. On reaching the shop she wns great ly relieved nt not seeing her husband within. The place, however, bore evi dence of his recent presence, nnd everything Indicated that ho had tnkon a hasty departure. A lire blnzed In the forge nnd n horseshoe, which still retained Its warmth, lay upon nn anvil. Airs, Parker glanced around in hope of finding a suitable spot on which to ulnce tho dinner pall, but, seeing noth ing more convenient thnn the anvil, deposited the pull beside the horseshoe and took her departure. T'pon arriving home, she busied her self with household affairs, as she was i thrifty housewife, despite any other shortcomings That evening, when Tnrker returned from his work, he was In a worse hu mor than usual, and his habitually scowling countenance wns more for bidding than ever. He hung his din ner pall upon the table with a crash which slartled his wife Into a cry of terror. She fully expected the vials of his wrnlh to be poured upon her, as railing nt his wife was Tnrker's chief occupation when at home. But, strange to say, on this occasion he never even glnnccd toward her, but simile across the room and, taking a basin of water, began removing the traces of toll from his hands and face After which he made his wny Into nn ndjoiulng room for the purpose of sub stituting fresh garments for his gfliny ones Mrs. Parker breathed more freely as the door closed sharply behind him, and she picked up the pall and exam, hied It. A sigh escaped her as she discovered n deep dent In the side which hnd come In contact with the table. On removing the lid she per ceived that the nice meal she had pre wired had been Bearccly tasted. An ti. set, escnped her as she emptied l! ntcuts of te pall Into a reccp 'uo near by. Presently a rat-tat-tat sounded upon he door, nnd Mr. Cobb stood without Mr. Cobb was a short, stout individual, with a bald head end rubicund coun tenance. A coroner by occupation, yet, notwithstanding the gloomy nature of his business, he wns a Jolly chap, and frequently dropped In to enjoy a chat v.llh the Pnrkers, with whom he had "truck up a sort of friendship. In hie younger uays he had been something nf n ventriloquist, but this fact wne unknown to mnny of his later acquaint ances "Oh, good evening, Mr. Cobb," Mra. Parker said, as she perceived her vis itor. "Walk right In. James will be here directly. He has gone to-get cleaned up a bit." Cobb entered the kitchen and took a lent. Mrs. Tnrker continued her work. "You nre as Industrious ae ever," he remarked, glancing at the pall she was nibbing. "I don't believe Satan ever finds any mischief for your hands to do." "Well, I always find plenty to keep me busy," sne replied, smiling at the "mulled compliment. The blacksmith's wife was Invaria bly pleased at a tribute to her Indus try. "I believe It," answered Cobb, "ss I never yet have seen yon Idle, Oh, hello, Pnrker"-as the blacksmith appeared. "How are you? I suppose yon have heard of the murder?" "l-no," replied Parker, confusedly. "What murder?' And as he spoke he turned toward the mantel shelf and lie gan filling a pipe with tobacco. "1 supposed every one In town had heard of it by this time," said Cobb. "News travels so fast." "I have 'no time for gossip," said Tnrker, witl a frown. "Certainly not But one cannot al ways avoid hearing of certain happen ings. Well, old man Jenkins waf found dead in his barn this afternoon." Mrs. Parker clasped her bands to gether In speechless horror. "How do you know It was murder?" diierlcd the blacksmith, sitting down near his visitor but not looking at him. "It seems like It" answered Cobb, crossing one leg over the other, as be seated himself more comfortably In his chair. "And there are several wounda on his head, any one of which was aufflcient to cause death." "Poor, poor man!" walled Mrs. Tar ker. rolling her eyes heavenward. "Why did any one do such a cruel thing?" "Robbery could not have been the motive, as Jenkins always boasted that he never carried money on his person. But some one might have had a grudge nirinnst him." "Yes" assented the blacksmith, ap plying n match to his pipe and taking a few preliminary puffs. "Will you smoke, (,'obbV There is an extra pipe here.1' "No thanks, I never indulge," ans wered Cobb, surprised at tho black smith's unusual hospitality. "Oh, by the wny, Parker, I came to summon you,1' The pipe fell from tho blacksmith's nioulh nnd the tobacco wns scattered far and near, while n perceptible term or ran through his massive frame, "What do you mean?" he asked, hoarsely, nnd his face grew nshy white. Cobb stared iu amazement at the effect his words produced. "I mean you must appear at the in quest which takes place tomorrow at 0 o'clock sharp.'- "(h. yes, of course," said Parker, with an iHinatural laugh, as he reached for hU pipe. "Hut, you know, Cobb, 1 never could look at a corpse." "Nonsense," laughed Cobb, derisive ly. "The idea of a big fellow like you Rl'i'.ild of a dead man!" "I am not afraid," protested the oilier, "but I cannot do whnt you nsk." "But you must, ' There is nothing more to he said about It," answered Cobb, decidedly. "A fool made such a custom ns that," muttered the blacksmith, rising to re fill his pipe "Of course," assented Cobb, pleas antly. "Kvery oue Is n fool who dares to differ with ourselves," Tarker con strued the remark as a thrust nt him self nnd his face grew dark with rage. He clinched his fist ns though he would dcnl his visitor n blow. The Instant Cobb's eyes fell upon the hand he cried out; "Why, how did you hurt your band?" Parker, with a hnlf-muttercd curse, nulckty drew the member out of sight, but. the next instant thrust It forward ngnln A dnrk purple bruise extended across the knuckles. "I struck It," he explained, sullenly. "II nniotints to nothing." "It must have been quite a hard crack." said Cobb, lightly. "Well, I must be going. Oood-by, Mrs. Tarker, eood-by, Tnrker; don't forget tomorrow tncin'ng at 9 o'clock," and, with this parting Injunction, he left the house. Ills face wore a thoughtful expres sion as he wended bis wny along. There wns that In the blacksmith's manner which set him to thinking an there dawned In his mind a susplcloa that Parker knew more about the mur der than he cared to tell; and he (Cobb) cudgeled his brains for a plan to foree i, confession from him. At last he hit upon one he deemed expedient, and, forgetting where he was, he faU'ly shouted out: "I'll do It, by Jove! I'll do It. The experiment Is worth trying!" The next morning the coroner and Ms Jury assembled In the barn where 'ay n'l that remained of Samuel Jen kins It was a ghastly looking corpso, with eyes wide open and numerous cuts nnd bruises nhout the head nnd face The blacksmith avoided facing the dead mini, ns he fancied the hitter was looking at him, so he kept near He door, which wns out of the rang of these wild, staring eyes. He trem bled like n person with the ague. But inly one man present observed his un eiiscliiess, and that wns Mr. Cobb, Ho tiiiciicil every movement. As the men diew nenr to examine the body they ill fell back In consternation as a olee proceeded from the deud man saving: "Youder stnuds my murderer! Seize him!" ttitei-ni. vn ilimtrloil linnn ntorv countenance as each individual stared at his neighbor. But the blacksmith with a wild shriek nf terror fell back against the wall Instantly all eyes were riveted upon Mm Then, ns though something Impelled him forward, he staggered to the feet of the corpse. "Yes, I killed you!" he screamed, hie yes 'nstoucd on the dend man. "But you struck the first blow. You dldl", ns though his victim had denied the charge. "You would not pay me, so I followed you here. We had words, and von aimed a heavy blow at my bead with your whip handle. But I warded it off and received It on my hand In stead. You were no match for me," with a horrible laugh. "I bad no weap on, but my fists served me well, and I gave you many blows even after yoi were down. Oh, take your eyea from my face!" he cried, with renewed frenzy. "Take them away, I say! Io will not? Then there la but one way to get rid of them," and before the awe-struck assembly could Interfere be quickly drew a knife from his coat and stabbed himself to the heart. Theav with a low, gasping moan, James Parte. r. the blacksmith, sunk dead upon the loot.