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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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;
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Well, I always find plenty to keep
me busy," sne replied, smiling at the
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
A dnrk purple bruise extended across
"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
"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!
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
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
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