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She Hits, lmt o'er, with wrinkled (ace, looranuioriorniymi; no enii-e miioottii tu sharp miikI "f her form, I-on; ImCrtrd hr life -"low i-tonn. Alleb around ( tltx and fair, Tbj itUlnril Htfht full-, a cold- n Rlan. In wHMiiing mocker on her Ion-, gray hair. Th jin-aUKr, faultl'-ly Hrnijfl, Tell how-our h-ii-tafr hate Jtrajrdt And how all rtiuN wliouid he content With tho- xjiiod ljlciin .od hai hent. And om o alltliti-lf ioied throng, ilangoim lili word, norde tnthem ions. And humhl thlulkj only her heart is w ron. She nioeVly mumble o'er tli liyxnn, Herrjcs with utfe and tear drop- dun; W hnt cm their gay wot Id hold lor her This worn and wear) wonddptr ow. ru-tlln down the nl!.- in pride, Tn toa hricht Miiik"oiierr id Nordofiieknuu the hurls tutu lair look hide. And -.till h rtt, w fth tear wet taee. As loath to Jente that (-acred plw; The orpin, with jiiiek thundir ritn. Lilts h rud,treihllnjrMul tolieuttii; She lit Nhm ih" of Mif ful rest. Her bony hands .u n her hreast She !ap and Iowl Uh-i; (.od knoweth be I !" One dat , within some grander pat' Where klnffi and minUter tmit wait, U hil she hoK liuutlil for low place I- ar from the dar I-ord's alifnins face, Aboe; the chant of lit at i n'y choir Tho-e words n.at Miund. with Krarimi- Are Well don I, jood, f-dthlul acnant, como up hiHr" Gotxl Company. JOE, THE 110LF. licen shot and cut him-clf several times, shooting Joe plump through the heart. I Ho invariably preceded an imitation to He fell on one knee, and lor a second imhilie or the shooting of a man. by the j expression : "It's fourteen inches be ' tween im eyes, and I smell like a wolf." j From thfs i'diosj ncra-y and his blood j thirst v disposition he was known and dreaded as " The Wolf." Prudent peo ple, however, addressed him as Joe. The Wolf returned to town the next I day, and on entering the saloon from I which lie had made lib hurried exit ' quietly asked : I " Has tnat ar woman gone?" He was told that she was sick and" could lite but a very short time. A great change e.ime o vcr his face ; the hard furrows of dissipation and crime were transformed to the pitiable lines of sorrow. Xot noticing the dram prof fered by the bar-keeper, he hastened to the hotel and made his way to the bed side of the dving woman. 'Abruptly he questioned : " Was vcr fullering him?" Xo, Joe ; I was hunting him." "Sure?" "So help me God!" The poor, white face, scarred and j deep-seamed by excesses and sin, grew ' radiant with gladness as Joe kneeled down and kissed her. With a seal of i forgiveness, with the pre urc of his lips but half returned, she sank back dead. Through the sen ice at the simple l r.i.i.. n ; .1 t- ... 1 ..11. uunai me iouuw iii; tiu tiuu sitmu twin swa cd like a reed before the storm. (rand 'n his phv-ical strength, in the pou er of his hate, he recovered himself. Little Ked Xoses. How that north wind whistled and tung the other day! it was the first signal of a long," drearv winter, am! As from his ashen lips rang the old cry, ev en men in ov ercoats turned sharp cor 'It's 14 inches between my eves, and 1 ners to get out of the biting blat. Two smell like a wolf!' he lired, killing Arm- children, a bov and a girl, neither ovit strong instantly, and fell upon his face nine years old", stood shivering in a door dead, wjy on Jlonroo Avenue, wishing to go Thoughtfully, to-day, I sought the on 'to their lowly home, but dreading pauper's field, and stood before the the wind. They crept clo-ennd closer rude pine headboml which bore the to each other, and their chins quivered mine of her whose weakness had de- and their no-es grew red as they grew stroved three lives, it was almost nui- comer, liimureusot men ami women den by clumps of sage-bnish, which. unsightlyand pallid green, were fitting grow ths of unhallovv ed ground. i The old story of shame and sorrow, I common in all'thc epochs of the world as the grains, of sand that drifted over her lonely, uncared-for grave. Yet rarely is the recompense for sin so ter- passiii up and down without care, but by and by along camca whittling, jovial lad of fourteen, who was swinging his bootblack's kit by a strap and picking up the steps of sume clog-dance. He saw the shivering bits of humanity wiicre other were blind, and halting before them vvitha "dig-tigger-rigger" ribly meted out as in the tragic end and of his heels and a toss of Ids bo, lie wavwaru, uiucr lives ui juu ami rtgie t caueii oiu Garland. A Thrilling Mine Adventure. A Tncir Y ptNndf. if tli Snce Itnifcli. ftmuilliBf'itn I ran.i- Argonaut.! Itattlo Mountain, nearly the center of uncoverel head, but "his bronzed and tlii desert btate of rvevada, is not a iar tienlarly attractive village. A railroad oflice ami a freight deHt, a row of bu-inesj houses anil Mdoons, and a clus ter of unpretentious ilivellings comprise its extent. At the time of vv hich I w rite, wmie fire j cars ago, it w as a liv eh burg, however, and a rough one. A small army of teamsters and miners, and a coterie ot tliree-canl monto men who l the rin-ht wav. Thcnast nnde it their headquarters, kept the twenty jcars, fur I ain't the kind to car " Kin I borrv them 'ere chins o yours about an hour.-"' " Yes, ma'am," demurely replied the girl. "I kin, eh? ho! ho! ho! That's a give-away on me! lie von chickens cold?" " Yes. ma'am," he answered again. "Ami that "eie cub is jour brother, I '-po-e? Well, when I'm cold I git v hat do you do freere? Sckaxtov, Pa., Xov. 2. If it were possible to turn gray of terror, the hair of Jlis, Flovd-Jonesof Xcw Yorkshould be as white as snow, in consequence of an awful adv enture vv hich she pas-ed through at the Brijrgs Colliery of the Lackawanna Coal and Iron Company warm. m this city, blie is xisitmjr the family . Ye., ma'am, if von iih-is.-" sli- n. ' . .. S.1- ... c....... .....! ...... ... ... ' iuimovaljle leatures uctraveil no emo- "- ociaiium, guicui 111.1uaut.-1 pnW. tion, nor vouchsafed any clew to the of the iron company, and expressed a .. if i please ha! ha! ha! 'nother mvsterv that enshrouded the coffined desire to visit the mine for the puriio-o giveaway on me! Well, ou autumn outcast and himself. , of witnessing the interesting and peril- leaves come along with me. I hain't Theevenimr of the funeral the Wolf ous process of mining and preparing .,t no intluence nn the weather, but I called on me at mv rooms. Seating him- . antliracite lor use. Accordingly Jir. . j,m smell a hot stove as fur off as the self, without preface he said: 1 Scranton, acting as her escort, took I neU shiner in this town. Come rhrht "As a man of sense an' no coward, ' aIn? "'" Mipenntendent liee-e t.. vcrkin I.wk at a brave man's agony in I Krooks as an extra precaution against "the right way. The past I've hidden for venturing into danger. After nispect- tnc mine and seeing tne men in" the mine and seem" the men at otherwise neaceml village in a ferment n-mv limrt nn im- sWip for il.ivr.sfn work, the tno, guided by their tlicker- of wild excitement. The course of these , peek at. Itut t liar's a feeling as though mg lamps, returned along the subter reckless denbensvvas marked w ith pe- I'd clioke if I didn't talk to someone, rancan halls to the foot of the shaft, for nodical snooting scnipes, irequent nstic The woman buried to-day war my wife. "- purpose oi iiiaitiiig me aseeusiou encounter- and continuous drunken ' Hero's some letters the wimin folks Superintendent ltrooks signaled to tin over to this store." He led the vv ay across the street and into an office where there was a lire. He had placed chairs for them vv lieu a man came in from a back room and said : " What do you children want here?" 41 Want some, o this; waste hotness." e bliitttlv rftiliinl tlu.filiincr. 'This(tVn bouts. found on her an' give to me. Yer look engineer overhead, Albert IiOskclly, and ' cui,j ;, ;, fr,, to death, and I Half-dozing ono day in a saloon, I them ov er w hile I chin, fur I'm slow on told liim the party wanted to be hoistetl brought em here to thaw out." was aroused by the remark mot em- the read. We war married in the States directlyto the tower of the breaker, "And we won't even look at vdii, nor phaticilly delivered: "It's fourteen I w hen she war sixteen an' I just come of which ncs loO feet from the mouth of cough, nor sneeze!" added the little inches K-twecn my eves, and I smell j age. A bit after it I got tho gold fever."10 sll:'ftt and is 450 feet from the bot- prf, as shesawa frown on the mail's like a wolf!" The speaker, a large, an' vv ent to Califomy. In a couple of ft?"., whero they were standing at the tace. inairilificeiltlv linilKlrtlonttl rufltail. SUO- ' vnfs2 T nifiilo nnito ;i"Tiil( in' tnt bnmo ' time. The Object Of a-sCendiniT tO the ttThnt's-riflinOs4-tlinn'4tminitirsA" lilcmcnted the peculiar description of fur her. She war changed, an' it wurn't ' tower was to make an examination of langhd the shiner, and the man's face liimselfwith: " Panls.come and drink." ' long before I heard the stories, an' found the screen rooms, rollers, and I other de- cleared and he poked up the lire and vv itli the exception of myself every man i thelruth, that she had gone wrong. He partments where the work of breaking said thev could sit nearer. , i war a line-haired chap who had come a- cleaning coal was going on. The i "S'pose me'n jou chip .... 1 - ' ... I..n.. ...... n...l .1.... .. .l......l. .I.n . ... " .. in and buy in the nxim gathered around the bar. iil. Iwentfurhim. their places on the platform of the vihAi hat. some of the children in this I aw the quick, wicked Ills! of anger , l,ui ho heard of it an' "did out for Cali- carnage, were hoisted swiftly up out town don't have a snuaru meal anv :iddrcssu,gthepocrfultamleroftrcats into town u hile I war away. I war a , engineer answered down through the 'em sumthin' to staytheir stomachs?" as Joe. The glasses were filled and likely xoung fellow then, but the blow tube, "All nght;" and the trio, taking i .snowed Shiner all of a sudden. "Tell iippeti, vviien ne uinieuaim iioiieeti inc. j turned me intoa devil. in his eves. After a momentary survey fornv. I followed him. an' fur twenty he broke the silence, and this ter-e dia- jears I've bin hunting him all over tin's logufioiiovveu: coa-t. A voice ot hell hasui-2ed meon. " ierfromthecity,am't3cr?" :m' I've killed men that the taste of " I am." blood might keep iieree my hope of re- " Yer don't know me, do v er?" engc. I've never found him. During "I don't." tlie-e years I've heard about her once "Take a drink and git acquainted, i in a while. an' how si ewardriukingand then." going to the dogs. I'd alius meant to " Don't drink." ee her when I'd settled witli him. His of the mine into the shaft of the tower. Upon the carriage approaching the heav e-w heel at the top, Knginecr I.os kellv lost control of his engine, ami the party was hurled agrinst the heavy tim bers of the roof, "snapping the wire hoisting-rope asunder, with the visitors, ov er an abv ss 4 50 feet deep. It was a moment of a terrible fear. They ex pected to be dashed to the bottom. a halt, and they were standingstill. The safety catches, which are generally more ornamental than useful, sprang to their places and held the carriage there. Kveii then the situation was painfully perilouf. The slightest movement might cause ismoki-, then." name war Hill Ann-tron " Don't smoke." The letters taken from the dead " Do v er shoot?" woman, w hich I had been looking over, "Not worth a continental." were mostly answers to inquiries re- My jears of assuraiuo acquired asa garding the w herealiouts of her hus-corre-i)ondent, and my knowledge of (band. An unfinished letter of her own aggressive characters, did tut prevent to some friend in the East, and diteda tin. iniTti itS'imc slum iiiiimmiii1.. Ms ii'tvii:tvs iiri'v mils ill nr :I snntt.Mi . .u -.r- obstrvHl my iiucrro!tor'.s dexterous ' that to"this jvoor. lost creature, with the the catcOies to slip ag-ain, and every lody lingers slide to his belt and grasp the grasp of death upon her, there had come hilt of his "whistler." An unpleasant back to her the glory of her first and tennination of the conversation was "'" mire love, ami the unconquerable nviiided by the strange appearance of a desire to die at his feet, freed from the woman who stepped from the overland burJen of his curse. Strangely enough, train, just then arrivetl.and directetl her. an ither letter gave information of Hill .steps towards the saloon. She was ' Armstrong, and stated that he w a liv rather a comely looking female of 3S or ing near lioisc City, in Idaho. Thc-o more, and evidently ill and suffering, two I read to the desperate man who sat from the effects of an extended debauch, before me, his burning eves gleaming Joe Marttl at her as ono looks at the with liainandhislinsinutewithangmsh. arisen dead for a moment, and then When I ceased, he grasjied my hand any more n v on n me wear diamonds. Lit tle gal, are je hungry?" ' Yes, ma'am, if jou won't be mad at us," -he replied. The man stood irresolute, but Shiner went down into Ids pocket, rattled around and said : " Here's ten cents that says they are hungry!" en, l ii givoasmucn, repueu me 1 hey felt the carnage slip .nanny down liwn. .. you alul IUV -,omttIiinS ami a few inches; then came a sudden jolt, ny can sit here and eat it." Shiner bought crackers and cheese. and the children ate until he felt obliged to -ay: " Xovv, you cubs go a lectio bit slow and save the rest for supper. Kinje find the wav home alone?" "Yes. m-t'.iin." seemed afraid to breathe. The position " Amhlrnin fwl mrm it 'tiivr in which the halt was made was not bii"s rolletl Tip in wool?" within easy access of any landing, and i "Ye-, ma'am." the naity was forced to remain there) "All 'right, then. We're dead to until the workmen came with ladders to rights bliged to this man, and I'll black their relief. This took but a very few hi, boots besides. You'd better run minutes, yet it seemed an eternity, and along home now. What ye goin' to tell it was vv ith feelings of deep and heart- ver mother5" felt thanks that they touched a firm'- ni-n tejj her we come awful near landing once more. The only bodily going to heaven, and my little brother lnjuncs inflicted by the shock were J l,e thanks vou, too, and now we'll go slight cut which Miss Jones sustained on I ., d an.! thank vou ma'am, ever m. walked quietly to the door, threw him- I vv ith, " Thank er, stranger," and left 1 Jhe side of the head when the rope ' ma v tjmes ; good" bye!" ... .-... . . . .. . . . . P ' .l l.l .. !,.!. .. I.r.l, .1a..... ml wmi. .1... I - ' C7 . self into the saddle and rode avw. As the room. I watched him mount his he passed the woman she lifted her i horse and ride out into the black night, hands imploringly towards him and fell The Wolf was again on the trail. , to the earth unconscious, bhe was borne i The circumstances 1 have related were to the hotel, and the kind woman of the vividlv recalled to my mind during mv village did vv hat they could for her. She present vi-it to Battle'Mouutain bv casu .spoke no vv ord vv hen she reeov cretl from ally ov erliearing an account of a fatal ' her svkkiii, but lay quietly, unmindful of shooting affair between Hill Armstrong, her life fast ebbing awav '. i a mining speculator, and Joe the Wolf, During the dav I inquired of Broken- at Hoi-e City, in lbTti. T he details of no-otl Charley, who knew every body ' the rencounter I give in the words of and every thing about the fann, regard- , the narrator, who was an eve-witness: ing the man Joe. Charley said that lit- ",loc met Armstrong on the street, tie was known of him, except that he I and with the single exclamation, 'I'm mined some, gambled some, drank like Aggie's husband!' pulled and fired, mad, and altogether was a bad lot. He Kroni some unaccountable reason he had killed two or three men, and had . missed. Aniistrong returned the fire, oroKe, euinga oou ue-ce.m iroin me The man looked after them through top of the carriage where it vv as attached, I , ino,v ith iter iincs in his . . -,i "n"'"', U1 "J " "i LU"; than hid been there for months. The tact with the post. Theyaremnoway lwy stood oute.(,e )n ,he walk al.a senous. , . , wa'tehed until they had turned a corner. Sir Garnet WoLclev is. to be ere- ' anil then exclaimed: ated, on his return, Lord Wolseley of Ulundi. So far the General is following pretty well the path of Sir Arthur Welleslev. He, too, has oneaed the big oyster with his sword, and needs only further opportunity to go further. Phew! but I most feel that I was engagid to that gal!" Detroit Free 1'rets. The fact that a man is a member of an anti-nrof.initv society which fines its member for Using bad language, will The richest toilets areot black satin i have no weight with him when he finds and silk profusely-decorated with jet that the cat curled up and went to sleep embroideries, fringes and passemente- j in his new silk hat and on waking ries. i v avvned and stretched.