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The Resident Portion of Goliad
Devastated by a Storm.
Many Other Portions of Tmi Said to
Have Suffered Also Id Losi of
Life and l)entruction of
Goliad, Tex,May 19.-At 3:45
yesterday afternoon a tornado struck
the town of Goliad and left death
and desolation In Us pathway be
yond the power of pen to portray.
A correspondent reached the scene
at seven o'clock on a special train
from Victoria, Tex., bearing doctors,
nurses and medicines, friends and
relatives of Goliad people and the
O'Connor guards.
The scene which met tho eye on
reaching the scene of destruction,
which was in the wes tern part of the
city, was appalling. Between Church
and Patrice streets, which ran north
and south a distance of a mile ia
length, only o:ie house was left
standing and scarcely a vestige of
man could be seen. Very little dam
age was done except within these
boundaries, a width of 2M yards,
The tornado was preceded a few
moments by a heavy hailstorm and
a deep rumbling Hound, but no one
had any premonition of the disaster
and there was no opportunity for es
eape for refugees, as the tornado,
dealing death and disaster, was all
over In a few minutes.
The section which has most suf
fered was the residence portion, the
lower part being the negro settle
ment, while the upper part contained
many residences, The Methodist
and Baptist churches and the Daptist
parsonage, both just completed, and
the negro Methodist church were
destroyed. The Episcopal church was
badly damaged and fully 100 houses
were totally destroyed.
The atone residence of D. T. Davis,
of the Oollad guard, was the only
building in the pathway of the storm
not demolished and it Is a wreck.
The people of Oollad, realising at
once the stupendous nature of the
calamity, and tho terrible loss of life
and Injured, telephoned to their sis
ter cities of Cuero and Victoria for
assistance, which was responded to
General Superintendent Forbes
stnped the regular lleevllle train at
Goliad and turned It back to Victorln,
bringing on the return trip six doc
tors from there and en abundance
of medicines and surgical appliances,
Another train came later from Cuero
with a number of physicians anil doz
ens of nurses and many citizens.
Many Portloni nf Teiai suffer.
Dallas, Tex., May 19. The South
western Telegraph and Telephone
company, of this city, had informa
tion hist tii Lrlit Unit a tornado caused
the loss of about 100 lives mid the
destruction of much property at the
town of (ioliad yesterday. 'The In
formation came direct from the com
pany's operator at Goliad, who man
aged to send a message to Houston
before the wires were rendered use
less by the noise of the wind.
At Corsica tin three or four houses
were blown down, and at Dublin two
or three bridges were washed away.
The Mineoln operator for the
TexoR & l'neifle railroad ssid that he
had been Informed that nt the little
town of Alba, 12 miles north of here,
on a branch of the Missouri, Kansas
k Texas, a terrible storm prevailed,
Twenty-live or .'10 buildings were
wrecked, It is not known whether
or not there were any fatalities,
Advices from nil available sources
here hist night were that a disastrous
tornado swept across Texas yester
day, causing loss of lifo nnd almost
Incalculable damage to property,
At ten o'clock last night there were
two reports current concerning the
fate of the historic town of Oollad.
Both of them were sufficiently dis
tressing, One was that 50 lives were
lost and much of the town destroyed,
The other was not less than 200 per
ions were killed and thnt nearly
every structure there was demol
Oat TaublM Off a Boat on tha Kaw and
tha Other (Jot Beyond Hit Depth
. In Swimming.
Kansas City, Kan., May 10. Two
boys were drowned yesterday In the
Kansas river near Armourdale. The
first victim was James Inskepp, eight
fears old, who, with several other
noys, was on a sand barge In the Kan
lai river near Toud-a-Loup playing
it sailing boats. He fell Into the
river and was carried down stream.
Robert DeOraw, 15 yeara old, was
the second victim, lie wni drowned
while bathing In the river at Cedar
end, a point half a mile northwest
if Armourdale. DeGraw had gone
Into the water with several other
boys, but got beyond his depth and
ivas carried away by the swift current.
OatUaa Erldeno Afalnet tha Beef Trait.
Topeka, Kan., May 18. Assistant
United States Attorney McKeaver
yeaterday began taking affidavits
from partial who Lav knowledge of
the operations of the beef combine.
The proceedings are conducted un
let order from Atteriey General
Am end tho effldavite take here,
re la lupport of the petition filed by
rjnltal Itatei Attorney Bathe lor
Utf Nertaern dlitriot of Xlllaei lor
(t teaiteriry reitralnlaf order
tri! ftdfa
Tho Tonne Klac Swean to Obierra the
Dpanlah Conetttutlon An AnarchUt Plot
Agaluit Hit Life UUcottered.
Madrid, May 10,-Alfonso XIII.,
"King of Gibraltar, of the Kast and
West Indies and of the Continent of
Oceania," was made reigning sover
eign of bis monarchy Saturday aft
ernoon in the Madrid chamber of
deputies. One thousand persons, In
cluding all the members of the
cortes, the pnuidees of Spain and
the representatives of foreign gov
ernments wire present at the cere
mony. The act of transforming a
boy who .Saturday reached his six
teenth birthday into the responsible
ruler of 18,000,000 people took less
than ten minutes. An oath to ob
serve the Spanish constitution was
administered to the young monarch.
who swore on a crucifix and tne lour
e angels and the ceremony was over.
An anarchist plot against Ring
Alfonso has been discovered and six
arrests, including that of Gabriel
Lopez, an employe of an Insurance
company, have been made. Dyna
mite cartridges were found on tne
premises where Lopez was arrested.
Lopez says he received a package of
cartridges from another anarchist,
with Instructions to throw them at
t lie moment of the passage of the
royal carriage in Saturday's proces
sion. Charged with Attempted Auaolt.
Scdalia, Mo., May 19,-A warrant
was issued lust niirht for the arrest
of Albert Trice, a young railroad
shopman, charging him with a crim
inal assault upon the person of Miss
Mable Volght, the daughter of ft
hlclilv respectable family. The
young woman came in from Forest
nark on a bile car In a hysterical
condition ami went at once to police
headquarters. She said that she had
met Price and. as she had known him
all her life, went with him to the
park, where he attempted to assault
her. In the strucffle which followed
her shirtwaist was torn partially
from her person, her hair came down
and she possessed a wild appearance
when talking to the officers,
Damaf e Done hy Clnndbunt In Wliconiln.
Sparta, Wis., May 10. A cloud
burst occurred in the eastern part
of this county Saturday night, doing
much damage to farmers and rail
road companies. Three long bridges
on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
near Onkdule were carried away and
the track washed out in several
places. Over 200 feet of the Chicago
& Northwestern road was washed
completely away ten miles south of
here, Many hogs ami sheep were
drowned and much damage done to
crops, highways and bridges. A num
ber of small outbililings were ulso
curried awny. Lightning caused con
siderable duiuage in Monroe, Juneau
and Vernon counties.
The "War Claim" to Come Dp Again.
Dallas, Tex., May 19. The work of
the Southern Methodist Episcopal
church conference was not as pro
ductive of results during the past
week ns had been hoped for by the
delegates, but the coming week
promises to bring about the settle
ment of several of the mest Impor
tant questions. Excitement in the
conference Saturday was at fever
heat over the discussion of the "war
claim" nnd it was finally decided to
bring the matter up at ten o'clock
to-morrow and give it the right of
way until a settlement of some kind
Is reached.
Meeting of Noldlen of the I'hlllpplnet.
Council llluffs, Ia May l!J.-Camp
John L. Moore, National Society of
the Army of the Philippines, of this
city, has commenced to make nr-
rancements for the Becond national
encampment to be held here August
13, 14 und 15. H is expected fully
10,000 of those who took part in the
Philippine campaign will be here at
that line. A meeting of the entire
society Is called for May 30 In this
city and It Is expected all arrange
ments will be completed and the
work given Into hands Of special com
Hone Thevet Make a Raid.
Guthrie, Ok., May 19. The bandits
who recently crossed the Oklahoma
Texas line with 40 stolen hones, un
der the alleged leadership of the out
law Bert Casey, have again mala
raid into Oklahoma, securing a big
herd of horses, 27 being stolen from
VV. A. Hardin, of near Mountain Park.
Officers have discovered the rendes
vous, 80 miles south of Mountain
Park, but have been unable to cap
ture the bandits, as they ar strong:
In numbers and well acquainted with
the mountain hiding places,
A corneitfbn Laid.
Washington, May 15. In the pres
ence of a large audience President
Koosevelt yesterday laid the corner
stone of the McKinley Memorial Ohio
College of Government of the Amer
ican university, located a few miles
outside of this city In the nothwest
ern part of the District of Columbia,
When completed the building will
be devoted to studies embracing di
plomacy, municipal government, ar
bitration, civics and international
law. Senators Banna and Dolliver
and others made short addresses.
Tardlet la Bar, Mr. PoUett'l Can,
Emporia, Kan., May 15. The Jury
trying the case of Eev. Mr. Pollett,
th negro preacher who killed Mr.
Edmonson, member of his flock,
returned verdict of second-degree
manslaughter. Pollett proved undn
Intimacy between his wit and Edmonson.
Somewhere About 200 Persons
Killed ia Fraterville Mine.
A Itenrue Party Tolled at a Slate Obetrao
tlon and When They Forced It They
Entered One Conttnaoni Tunib
of Death,
Coal Creek, Tenn., May 20. The
worst disaster In the history of Ten
nessee mining occurred at 7:30
o'clock yesterday morning, when be
tween 175 and 2i!5 men and boys met
Instant death at the Fraterville coal
mine, located two miles west of this
town, A gas explosion was the cause
of the disaster.
Out of the large number of men
and boys who went to work yester
day morning only one is alive and be
is so badly Injured that he cannot
live. This man Is William Morgan,
roadman In the mine. lie was blown
out of the entrance by the force of
the explosion. One hundred and seventy-five
miners were checked In for
work yesterday morning by the mine
boss. In addition to these there
were boys who acted as helpers and
drivers and roadmen and others to
the number of perhapa 50.
Fraterville mine is the oldest mine
in the Coal Creek district, having
been opened In 1870. It is fully three
miles from the opening of the mine
to the point where the men were at
work. They had aot been at work
long before the terrible explosion
occurred. There was a fearful roar
and then flames shot from the en
trance and the air shafts. As soon
as order could be brought out of
chaos two rescuing parties were
started in, one at the main entrance,
the other through Thistle mine,
which adjoins and in which no men
were at work. The Thistle party was
unable to make any headway, as the
gas stifled the workers. The Frater
ville party went fully two miles un
der the earth until a heavy full of
slate was encountered. At this bar
rier men worked like demons, hop
ing against hope that those beyond
might be safe.
The news of the disaster spread
quickly and the scenes nt the mouth
of the mine while the workers were
within were beyond description.
Business was suspended in Coal
Creek and all its mines as soon as
the news became known nnd men,
women und children gathered nround
the Fraterville entrance. Women
whose husbands nnd sons were with
in were wild with grief.
All day long the rescuers tolled at
the shite obstruction and not until
five o'clock did they force an en
trance through It. Up to that hour
only five dead bodies hud been recov
ered anil hope was still high that
tinny williin were safe. The hopes
of the Ihing were doomed, however,
for when once the rescuers could
enter ami proceeded they walked
along one continuous tomb of death.
There was not a sign of life. Every
man had perislied, I hey believed, al
though It will be some time before
nil the rooms can lie entered.
Kight dead bodies were first recov
ered and these were sent to Coal
Creek. Twenty-six were soon found.
They were not disfigured beyond
identification nnd each corpse as it
was borne from the mouth of t he
grent tomb was surrounded by eager
rowds of relatives of the men who
had been stricken down. The mine
y-iiH not on fire except In remote
The Journal and Tribune opened a
relief fund for the families of the
miners, The list is headed by a sub
scription from the Coal Creek Mining
and Manufacturing company for $5,
000. This company's headquarters
are In New York. It owns all the
mine property of the Conl Creek dis
trict. In addition to tills $300 has
been raised locally,
The Junior Order United Ameri
can Mechanics will send $1,000 to
Coul Creek, 20 members of their or
der having met death in the mine.
A Lover of a Olrl Kills Her and roar
Other Penont and Then Com
mits Snlclde.
St. Augustine, Fla., May 20. Crazed
by his infatuation for little Abitha
McCullough, a 13-year-old girl, Wil
liam Austin, a young man, killed the
girl and four other persons and then
committed suicide in the lonely farm
house of William Wilkinson, near
Hastings, 18 miles from this city.
The crime was first discovered by
John Keller, who visited the Wilkin
son house. There he found six
corpses scarcely cold and but one liv
ing witness to the tragedy a helpless
Infant. Austin had been madly In
fatuated with the McCullough girl
and It Is claimed that he killed the
entire family because his advances
were rejected and his desire to wed
the girl was opposed.
A Hoy Drowned Near Boonvlli.
Boonvllle, Mo., May 20. Robert
Iiaker, aged 13 years, who lived just
across the river near Boonsboro,
was accidentally drowned yesterday
while bathing ia a creek near his
Another very heavy rain fell over
northern Missouri, sections of north
ern Kansas and southern Nebraska
American occupation of Cuba ends
to-day and tho republic will bo in
KANSAS, MAY 22, 1902.
Mean. Gayaor aad Ones, Wanted for Al
leged Codi piracy to Defraod tha United
State, Smnf (led Oat of Canada.
Washington, May I6.-C0I. John F.
Gaynor, who forfeited his bail of $40,-
000 because of his disappearance
from Savannah, where he was indict
ed on b charge of conspiracy to de
fraud the United States government,
and his partner, Capt. W. D. Green,
were smuggled out of Quebec, Can.,
yesterday by an American detective
named Ilennett and five assistants.
The kidnaping and subsequent ar
rest of Gaynor and Green was the
result of a carefully laid plan of
Chief Wilkie, of the secret service.
The capture was planned to come
08 Wednesday and the department
had been looking for news of their
arrest. Even now the Becret service
officials will not admit the receipt
of any advices, but it is known that
the whole arrangements were per
fectly carried out.
Advices from Quebec state that a
special train was engaged by Gay
nor s counsel, which started in pur
suit of the tug Spray, which had the
party on board, and a message from
Three Hi vers stated that the train
arrived there in odvance of the tug
and an attempt was made to inter
cept the tug with Gaynor and Grean
on board, but it fuiled.
mvlv dUl SAVE HER.
The Daughter ol "Dr." Aleiander Dowl
Dlei of Her Borne Deeplte th Dl
ilne Healer's Prayer.
Chicago, May 16. Esther Dowie,
daughter of "Dr." Alexander Dowie,
proprietor of "Zion," died yesterday
of burns while "Elijah II." prayed
over her. Miss Dowie was 23 years
old and a Btudent at the university
of Chicago. Wednesday morning her
hair caught fire from a gas jet and
her heud and face were horribly
burned. Nurses placed a salve on
the patient's wounds, as the Dowie
doctors allow the use of medicine
externally. Meanwhile the "divine
healer" was hurrying to the bedside
from his "city of Zion" at Wauke
gan. Upon his arrival the attendants
were excluded from the room and
Dowie sunk to his knees in prayer.
His supplications lasted all day, but
the patient died at night in great
At the inquest "Dr." Dowie was
the first witness. He frequently
broke down under his grief. He de
clared that his daughter's night robe
had been burned from her body and
that vaseline had been rubbed on
her by Deacon Speicher's orders.
Speicher has a license to practice
medicine. He declared that during
the afternoon the patient's condition
had become very serious and that
Dr. Campbell, a medical practitioner,
had been sent for to consult with
Dr. Speicher. Campbell, the witness
said, had said there was little hope.
Dowie declared that when Esther re
gained consciousness she asked him
to pray for her. At no time, he said,
had she asked for medical attend
ance. Tho jury then returned a ver
dict that death was due to burns
accidentally received.
The itenernl Auemby Will Lent Fifteen
Days The Kevlslon of the Con
feailon of Faith.
New York. May 15. The peneral
assembly of the Presbyterian church
will be begun at the Fifth Avenue
Presbyterian church, this city, to
day. The session will continue dur
ing 15 days. The greatest interest in
this assembly centers about the re
port to be made by the committee on
the revision of the confession of
faith. This report is to be the final
one made by the committee and while
in many Quarters revision is regard
ed as necessary, there Is also a
strong feeling against action on the
subject. It is hoped by the advo
cates of revision that the election of
a new ntenibei' to the faculty of the
MeCormiek theological seminary, of
Chicago, will force the Issue, even if
the report of the committee does
Th Public Health Service
Washington, May 15. Senator
Spooner, from the committee on pub
lic health, yesterday reported the
compromise bill agreed on by tne
marine hospital service and the
health authorities of the states. The
name of the servico is changed to
the public health nnd marine hos
pital service.
A Boy Accidentally Shot
Osweiro. Kan.. May 15. Glenn Dud
geon, a small boy, aged ten years,
was shot and almost instantly killed
yesterday afternoon while playing
with Tommy Sturgeon, a neighbor,
of the same size. They were shoot
lng birds with a small target gun
when the gun was discharged acci
Ralni Very Welcome la th Weit,
Denver. Col.. May 15. Specials in
dicate that Yesterday's rains have
been general, extending from the
Wyoming line to southern Sew itex
ten. The irreat shnrtare of water
for irrigation has been regarded as
a serious matter ano me prreenv
rains are consequently very wel
track by Llf htalaf.
Chandler, Ok., May U.-J. A. Mo
Una waa struck hy lightning and in
stantly killed during a thunderstorm
yesterday afternoon, tho Volt strik
inf on his head and burning his
hraast, the eoing down tie right
leg pass out at hts foot, bursting
Oo too ft Us tho OQi
If Molly's eyes would thine for m
I'd give the sun fair warnin'
He needn't rise to light my skies
For just the beam of Molly's eyts
Would make my mornin'!
If Molly's lips were red for me
In weather sad or sunny,
I'd say to every golden bee:
"You needn't rob the rose for me
Her lips are honey!"
If Molly's heart would beat for me
So low I just could hear it,
I'd give the world, at least, my part
For Just the beat of Molly's heart,
And my heart near it!
Frank L. Stanton.
Mr. Randolph Cummiugs turned un
easily in bis bed and groaned. The
trained nurse came and stood beside
"Is there anything I can do?" he
"What time is it?"
"Half-past twelve."
"And we've got to be at the wharf at
wnat made you let me sleep so
long.'" the sick man demanded irrita
bly. "Prop me up In bed and bring me
writing materials. Didn't you know
I'd got to write a letter before we
start? And see that there is ink in the
Slowly and carefully the nurse raised
the invalid to a sitting position and
brought him the things he had asked
"Now you can go out and leave me
(or an hour. '
The man left the room quietly and
Mr. Cummiugs took up his fountain
pen with trembling fingers. Slowly
and painfully he wrote:
Mrs. Eliza Cummings.
Dear Sister: I should have written
to you before this, but have been too
111. Now, I take this last opportunity
to send you a few words. I do not
wish to startle you, but time is short
and my strength is failing. I am at
Death's door. You know of my abhor
rence of post mortem ceremonies and
burial and that I always wanted to die
at sea. I start for Europe this after
noon and expect to die about mid
ocean and be dropped quietly over
board without any fuss. I have made
my will and arranged all my affairs.
You, as my only brother's widow, I
have made my chief legatee. When you
bear of my death, your lawyer can
communicate with mine. My strength
is ebbing fast Farewell.
He was breathing hard, but he ad
dressed his letter, sealed and stamped
It, then sank back with closed eyes. In
a few minutes the nurse came In and
after going out again to post the letter,
be began the final preparations for de
parture. At half-past one a closed carriage
drew up at the. door, and in a few min
utes the sick man was brought down
and he and the nurse were shut inside
and driven to the wharf.
The next morning the letter reached
Its destination. Rachel Cummings
came Into the living room to find her
mother and older sisters with strange
expressions on their faces.
"What is it?" she asked, pausing to
look at them curiously. "I should say
from your faces that you were perfect
ly delighted over something, but were
trying very hard to conceal your satis
faction. Do tell me; I am consumed
with curiosity."
"Oh, Rachel! What a dreadful way
you have of putting things," exclaimed
her mother, and she began to cry weak
ly. Rachel took the letter which Dora
handed her and read it through quick
ly. Her face grew pale and when she
raised her eyes they were guttering
'1 don t wonder that you are
ashamed," she said sternly. "You can't
helD showing that you are glad. I
think you are just as horrid as you can
She walked out of the room, her
head very erect, ran hastily upstairs,
threw herself on her bed and cried bit
terly. ....
After a time Mrs. Eliza tinea ner
eyes and loonea ai ner iwu emor
daughters. Before Rachel came In she
had been feeling a little depressed be
cause she had not cried. But now that
ah had really shed tears and made
her handkerchief quite damp, she felt
better, and as It she could face the sit
uation calmly.
"I did not think she would take It
that way," she said In a subdued voice.
But then, she was always nis tavo-
rlte among you. And she icoks line
him. Yes," with a little sniff, "she Is
all Cummings and bears a very strong
resemblance to your poor Uncle Ran
dolph." , t
"Well, mother," saw sopnie, "wnai
are you going to do? Shall we keep
on just the same as we have been do
ing?" "Why, I don't know. It does not
seem as if you need to continue work
ing so hard. You have both looked
rather pale this spring, and I have wor,
rled about you, poor dears. On the
whole I think you might give up your
positions." . ,
"Good!" cried both girls. "We'll
get through Saturday night And can't
we have a piano and take lessons?"
Their mother smiled at inetr eager-
neSS. We II see, sne anm, muuiacui
IT. 80 it haowned that there were two
vacancies in Tillman's dry goods store
on Saturday nlg'ht, one at the ribbon
counter and one at the glove counter.
But the cashier and bookkeeper, who
was a sister of the absent ones, re
tained her place.
Rachel had tried hard, to make her
sisters stay. "Weve had hard work
to get along with what money we could
all earn. Now we shall begin to get In
debt right straight off. I can't pay all
the bills, even If I do have as much as
both of you." Argument was useless.
We don t care for debt lor a mue
while," they said, "and you are a goose
to keep drudging away in that old
Ons night Rachel came home from
work and half way up the walk she
paused and listened. She went direct
ly to the parlor and stood in the door
confronting her mother and sisters.
They looked at her guiltily. Dora ner
vously fingering the keys of t shining
sew piano. -
"Have you bought that thing?" Ra
chel asked. oi.i
"Yes, ma'am, we have," said Sophie
pertly, "and what's more we have
made one payment on It"
Rachel made a gesture of despair. I
can't do anything with you," she cried.
"Here it is less than three weeks since
you le.'t the store, and you have had
new dresses, have bought a piano on
installments, and I have had to pay out
to much for running expenses that the
next time I have to go to the city for
Mr. Tillman I shall have barely money
enough to pay my car fare and get
lunch." ,
Rachel was the one who looked pale
these davs. Her pay had been in
creased and she had been given extra
worn. She had shown such good judg
ment and taste that Mr. Tillman had
intrusted her with some of his buying,
and it was on this erraud that she went
to the city a few days after the pur
chasing of the piano.
On this occasion, when she returned,
instead of going home she went to the
store and had an interview with the
proprietor in his private office. When
she came away she walked briskly and
looked so cheerful that people turned
to look after her. All during tea she
was gay and talkative, and the others
thought that Rachel was growing more
and more good natured.
When they left the table Bhe said:
"Girls, aud mother, I want to say some
thing to you before any of you go out
this evening." They went Into the
parlor and Rachel made herself com
fortable In a wicker rocker beside an
open window. The others settled down
and looked toward her expectantly.
"In the first place, Dora," Rachel be
gan cheerfully, "I had a talk with Mr.
Tillman and he says he can find some
thing for you to do In the store. Miss
Rurgin is to be married before long
and you can have her place when she
goes. In the meantime there are things
you can do, so you will go to work on
Dora looked amazed. "I won't go to
work Monday," she exploded, finally.
"The idea of your dictating to me!"
Rachel smiled. "Oh, yes, you will,"
she said, imperturbably. "So that is
settled. As for you, Sophie, I tried to
get your old place back, but Mr. Till
man told me quipe frankly that the new
girl does better than you did so he
can't afford to make a change. So you
will stay at home and help mother with
the housework. She will need your
help, for we are going to have two girls
to board. They are friends of mine and
are anxious to make a change, and I
know I can get them, though I have not
spoken to them yet."
"And you needn't bother to,
snapped Sophie, "I don't propose to do
housework for boarders."
"That does not make any difference,
said Rachel calmly, "I have also seen
the man about the piano. He Is com-.
ing for It tomorrow and he will make
it right about that first payment. You
see we cannot possibly pay for It, and
besides you won't have time to prac
tlce" "Are ycu crazy?" demanded Dora,
and the others looked at her blankly.
"Not a bit. Not as near it as I have
been the last three weeks or so. I will
tell you something that happened to
day and then you can see that there is
nothing else to do but what I havo
"Hurry up then," said Sophie. "I
was going down town this evening "
Rachel clasped her hands behind her
head. "I met a friend of mine in the
city today," she said slowly. "I tad
not seen him for some time, he took
me to lunch and we had a t,ood talk,
He had been on a sea voyage and it
had entirely res'ortd his broken health.
Not only this, but in mid-ocean he be
came acquainted with the lady who is
to be his wife. She Is very charming,
of course, and I am to go with him to
call on her next time I am in the city."
Sophie interrupted Impatiently. "I
don't see what all this has to do with
"You don't?" said Rachel in sur
prise. "Then I will tell you. This man
who took me to lunch and whose
Health Is restored and who is to be
married soon, is Uncle Randolph
Cummings." Portland Transcript.
Opponeil to Hall Valve.
"I never had but one prisoner escape
from me," said an old railroad defect
ive, "and that was under very peculiar
circumstances. In 1S82, when I was
working for the Atchison, Topeka aad
Salta Fe road, I captured a fellow
named Jim Lake, who was wanted for
robbing freight cars. I got him near
Trinioad, Ooi., and after securing the
requisition papers started East with
him for Kansas City. Lake was a lit
tle, consumptive chap, as frail as a wo
man, and 1 didn't consider it necessary
to even put tha handcuffs on him.
With one twist I could have broken
him in two. Besides, I didn't care to
cause him needless humiliation by ex
hibiting hlin before the other passen
gers In the role of a prisoner, so we
simply sat side by side, like two fel
low tourists, and nobody in the cart
had any idea he was under arrest
"Naturally we did a great deal of
talking, and at about dusk of the first
evening out Lake turned the conver
sation to curious mechanical contriv
ances, and described several remarka
ble machines he had seen. He had been
a skilled engineer earlier In life, and,
being a good talker, soon got me deep
ly Intersted, Among other things ho
told mo about an air pump with a sin
gular ball valve. "The ball lies in the
socket," he said, "and the greater the
air pressure behind it the tighter it
sticks.' To illustrate, he twisted an
old envelope into a cone, and dropped
a paper wad Into the mouth. 'Now,
when I blow,' he continued, 'you'll seo
that the wad stays right where It Is.'
Like tool, I stared at the thing, and
he blew violently into the little end.
At the same instant I felt as if a rag
ing furnace had suddenly belched Its
flames right Into my face. I couldn't
see, I couldn't breathe, for a moD.ent
or two I couldn't oven move. My
throat and nostrils were on Are, and I
felt sure my eyes had been burned lit
erally out of their sockets.
"What had happened was simply
this: The envelope was full of red pep
per, and I had received the charge,
point blank, at about a six inch range.
White I was gasping the scoundDl ran
to the other end of the car. My
friend has a At!' he shouted; 'I'm go
ing after water!' Of course, ho Jumped
off, and that waa the last ot him.
He was never caught Th other day
mi.u tried to sell me lawn sprink
ler. 'II has a patent ball valve,' be
said. 'I don't want It,' I replied"
New Orleans Picayune.

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