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| gound by CHAPTER XV. Mr. Montgomery xvns particularly fond of telling stories of his own adventures. He was never known, however, at such times to give any cine to his family or connections. All the stories were eon fined to his vagabond days, lie never allowed any person to interrupt his nar ratives by remarks; any such must be reserved until they were concluded. "Of all the vagabond specs I ever launched into, none ever brought me in go much cash as the mesmerism dodge, he began. 1 started at those words, and from that moment became an eager and at tentive listener. "When 1 first started in it, I thought 'it was all humbug. 1 got hold of a sharp, clever girl, who pretended to mesmerize the accomplices I carried about with me. Well, one tine morning, this girl bolted off with one of the accomplices, and I was left in the lurch, with my bills out, announcing a performance for the m xt night. 1 walked gloomily about the town. Turning down a back street, 1 went into a public house. 1 here v as only one other person in the room besides "'myself—a sottish looking fellow, who bore upon him the unmistakable marks of a follower of St. Crispin, lie was in clined to be talkative. At first 1 was ijoo moody to bestow upon him any reply. Put he was not to he snubbed; and. at last, the i low entitling, and coarse, hu morous shrewdness of his remarks, be gun, to.amuse me, lie invited me home to dinner with him. 1 accepted liis in vitation. "lie lived in a squalid court, a hid eous looking place, and the home he led me into was in keeping with its sur roundings. 1 began to wish myselt out of thi' adventure; witli all my love of ^ vagabond ism. this was a little beyond \ nie. tTouching over a handln! ot fire : was a girl about thirteen or fourteen j years of age. with fiery red hair and a [ pale, sullen face, every hone ot her thin, j angular body showing through the rag god, scanty clothing that barely covered lire. She rose from her seat wilh a scowling look of disdain, which changed to one of astonishment at the sight ot a well-dressed stranger. She fixed her eyes upon me with an inquiring stare. There was something in those eyes that strangely affected me. "Her father ordered her about with thieats, and would have used blows, 1 believe, had 1 not been there. The girl regarded him much in the manner of a caged tigress, who would like to lasten upon her keeper, lmt dare not. 1 kept watching her as she moved about, and suddenly a strange idea struck me. < oitld 1 get this girl lo play the clairvoyant the next night V 1 at once put it to her father. Seizing upon the dilemma in which I was placed, and which 1 had somewhat incautiously laid bare to him, he tried to drive an extortionate bargain. While we were speaking, the girl stop ped her work, and leaning over the hack of a chair facing us, listened eagerly to m> proposition. m> "Do you think you can do it V" I said, turning to her. "1 can do anything that you show me and teach me," she answered confidently. "The night came, and when she was clean, her hair dressed and she was clothed in the black velvet dress that 1 carried about witli me, she bad a for more sybilline appearance than her pred ecessor. 1 bad drilled lier well into her task, at which 1 found her wonderfully apt; and, although l anticipated a few blunders. 1 bud every hope of success. "Although she hml never faced an an dteneo before, and we bad a large one that night, she was as fearless and self possessed as though she had been need to it for years. "One of the principal points of the performance was to select a man from the crowd, bring him on to the platform, put him into a mesmeric sleep, and then cause him to answer any questions that the clairvoyant might choose to put to him; added to which, he was made to promise to do certain things when he awoke. Hitherto we had used an ac complice for the purpose. Whether she was confused by the sight of so many faces, or deceived by a resemblance, 1 do not know; but what was my dismay to see her select an entire stranger for the experiment! In sheer desperation, 1 tried to cover the blunder by saying that the party selected was not a tit sub ject, from a certain similarity in the color of the hair and eyes to those of the girl. The audience grew suspicious, and insisted that there should be no change. "With the perspiration starting from every pore, 1 watted for what 1 firmly believed would be an ignominious expos tire. Conceive my astonishment, then, when, after being submitted to the mes meric influence of her eyes for three minutes, 1 saw him grow rigid, his t yes fixed, and his whole body drawn irresist ibly towards her. just as 1 hail so often of by j mi feigned by my assistants. Not only j that, but lie answered every question put . to him, some of a very awkward natnr with tlie air of a man irresb pelted against bis will. Slu of influence off bint, lie si chandelier in tbe niidd! and burn his bat. And 1 I bad to buy him a new one: but what did 1 eure for that? 1 had discovered a fortune! At last, I was half-inclined to belh vo that she had planted some friend of Iter own to humbug me, and raise the terms; but 1 was soon convinced that such sus picions were groundless: and, imlei d, from the first, tbe whole thing was too real to be doubted. Everywhere our success was enormous —crowded houses, no more accomplices, all genuine, except the clairvoyance, in which there was still a good deal of humbug; but that humbug she and 1 could manage together witliAut other as sistance than that of a pianist. Never was such a change seen ns I wrought in less than a week in both father and daughter. A good suit of clothes gave him quite an air of respec tability, and taken away from old asso ciations, he became comparatively re formed in his habits. In the girl, tlie tiblv i oui t hen do il take Uie go to the the room. Jo it ; Mild change was still more remarkable. No could possibly- have recognized in . iA-atly dressed, scrupulously clean Signora Zenobia the ragged, slovenly Ju dith Stokes of a few days back. For my part, 1 stood in awe of those terrible eyes, and she grew as proud and hatigli- j as a duchess. "For two years we traveled the conn- ; pretty comfortably together, and dur- j all tint time Judith scarcely ever made a failure. In the meantime, old | Stokes was growing discontented-—he | considered that he was too much kept | the background. Tlie strangest thing all was that he took to religious j hooks, and to attending the meeting | houses. Ity and by he used to disap- j pear regularly every Sunday for the whole day. At last I discovered his se- j cret. He wophl go a few miles away from the town where we were exhibit- j ing, and do a little open-air preaching j the rustics. Things were becoming ; very unsatisfactory; even the girl seem- j getting weary of her work, and I was i beginning to think that it would be bet- j to turn the whole affair up and start something else, than to put up with the j airs of people whom 1 had picked out the gutter, when my thought was an- j ticipated sooner than 1 counted upon. | "We were exhibiting at Spalding one [ night to a very had house, and just as i Judith was in the middle of her perform ance—a young fellow was upon the pnt t'orm, answering questions in the mes meric sleep—two or three swells strolled into the front seats. They were highly amused at the manner in which the fel low seemed compelled to answer all kinds I the me his 1 in me absurd questions; evidently regarding j to 1 the whole thing, however, us n sell. As sunn ns the yokel was dismissed, one of the party, in spite of the remon strances of li is companions, rose from his seat, ami hounding upon the platform, expressed a wish to be mesmerized. The event caused a great commotion in the room, as he and his companions were known to he gentlemen of position. At the first glance Judith could pensive that he was one of those strong-willed beings over whom she could exercise no influence. She declined. Ho insisted, and declared the whole thing was a swindle. The people began to hiss, not him. lmt us. " '1 cannot mesmerize you, but I can your friend there,' said Judith, point ing to the dark-eyed, wcak-looking young man who had accompanied him. "He objected; but his companion cried out. 'But you shall, Jack. No, hang it! fair play for Zenobia! Wo have called her an impostor, and we will give her a chance.' "He jumped down off the platform, and whispered to 'Jack,' as he called him, lmt not in so low a tone but wliut 1 could catch tlie words, '(So up—don't be a fool; she can no more mesmerize you than she can me. It is only a put off, thinking the challenge won't be ac cepted.' "Very reluctantly the young mini mounted the platform and took the elitiir indicated bv Zenobia, very much to the delight of Ids friends, who clapped their hands, shouted 'Bravo!' and laughed up roariously. "Judith, who always had the temper of a fiend, was boiling with passion at the ridicule cast upon her; but her rage was manifested by no word or sign, only by her livid face, and by those awful eyes, that looked for all the world like some brilliant metallic surface, upon which a strong light was shining. She cast one disdainful glance round tin room, which had the effect of partly sub doing the uproar, and set herself to her task. "In two minutes he was as rigid as a j corpse and as helpless as a child. Tht ''expression of lier eyes was something fearful: the whole audience, including own Ids companions, were hushed inti silence; even 1 shuddered as 1 looked a her. She used her power mercilessly asking him questions of the most sacred nature, to all of which he replied midis guiscdly. The moment her eyes were off him, the young fellow fell down In strong convulsions. "There was an awful consternation in the room. People rushed upon the plat form to tender their assistance. Judith stood aloof, leaning upon the piano gloating malignantly over her work Well, as soon as he recovered, they put him into a cub and sent him home, inn bis companions accompanying. But tlie challenger, who bail caused the comme tien, remained behind until all the pen pie wore dispersed, and then walked home to our hotel with us. He not only confessed that no blame could be all,al li ed to the young lady for what bail or currcd, but very handsomely apologized for his rudeness in doubting her power. "He came into our private room and supped with us. lie was remarkably curious about mesmerism, and asked us an infinity of questions concerning its powers and effects. It struck me that j j,,, bad some motive underneath these in . terrogatious beyond mere idle iiiriosity. for lie in of 1 I of Kwors ntnl revu •w ell. ot co tow n was sole wool; WO t Ill'll! doors nightly. tr til vlio bail mod to ponder over our an Ive them in li is mind, iirse the sensation in the thing marvelous. For a d crowds away from the Strange to say. the young mused tbe sensation canto every night, and persisted in desiring to be again mesmerized, although he still looked shaken and pale from the ef feets of the first experiment. This, hew ever, I would not permit. Judith seemed to have acquired some strange fasci nation over him; lie followed her like a shadow. But she would scarcely deign to look upon him: she seemed always to feel a great contempt for those who were amenable to the mesmeric influence. To our other friend, lier behavior was very different. He came pretty often to the Intel, and 1 frequently found them in private confab together. I could not un derstand what a handsome swell like that could find to admire in bony, red haired Judith. "Well, the last night came. I had left the hotel about 5 o'clock in the after noon to walk round the town with our bill poster. When the time came to open the doors, the checkers came to me to say that Mr. Stokes, who was money . j ; j | | | j | j j j j ; j i j j j | [ i taker, had not arrived. I knocked at Judith's dressing room door. She was not there, lu an instant it darted upon my mind that 1 was sold—that they had bolted! "I went off to the hotel. My suspi cions were verified. They had left, hag and baggage, immediately lifter 1 hud gone out. 1 went to the station, and found they had booked for Peterborough; but there all traces ceased, and from that time to this 1 have never heard of thtm. It will be warm for them if ever I I do, for they completely broke me up —after saving them from starvation, tool "Mr. Rodwell—that was the swell's I nilIne _ am l ids friends disappeared at the same time. Then 1 discovered that thev were strung' rs in the town hud only come down for the shooting season. Tlie only person who could have gix en me any information—tlie landlord of the hotel where they put up—had received his caution, and pretended to know nothing. "But the strangest bit of tlie whole story is jet to come. This verj- night, just as 1 was going down to the prompt wing, during the third act of the play, 1 saw a swell talking to Miss Hibson, in the third entrance. His face struck me in an instant as being familiar, but tlie moment 1 heard bis voice all doubts vanished. It's some years since we met, and he was not more than two or three and twenty at tlie time; hut I recognized Mr. Rod well in a moment. Me had a little private chat together, and he slip ped a couple of sovereigns into my hand; but I couldn't get anything out of him about the Stokeses. He pretended to know nothing of their disappearance that night, and never to have seen them since, which 1 know to be a lie. However. 1 feel a little curious to know who my gentleman himself may be, so I set young Jack Brindle, the call boy, to watch him. and 1 warrant lie won't lose sight of him." I In CHAPTER XVI. It may be imagined with what breath less interest 1 listened to Mr. Mint gomery's story, for it is almost needless j to remark that in Judith Stokes and lie father I recognized the Uev. Mr. Porter and his daughter. The events related could not have occurred very long before 1 was sent as a little child to Tnher haele House. But this early connect ion of Judith with Mr. Rodwell was some what puzzling, for 1 had never seen him come to the house farther back than about eighteen months before 1 left it. Once, while tlie narration was proceed ing, 1 debated within myself whether I should inform Mr. Montgomery of tlie identity of "Bill" Stokes with tnj- late master: but for various and obvious rea sons 1 derided in the negative. But. another was not so reticent. At the mention of the red hair and the strange eyes of the girl. I saw Josiah's At no a not it! a u •e assume interest, v > narrator Stokes' love d not 1 an x pression of more live hieh gradually increased ns proceeded to describe Mr. of open air preaching, lie izard a remark until the story was ended, ns Mr. Montgomery's ruth was a tiling not to be disregard-! 1. But tlie instant the last words were pnken, Jiisiah burst out: forfeit my life. Professor, if I on't know where to lay my bands upon him this moment!" a In in put tlie li or and us its that aw that this discovery would bring 'Wliut! Bill Stokes and his daugh ter?" The very same. Is be a man with stubby black hair, n large mouth, nose twisted on one side, and crooked legs?" That's the man." Then it is no other than Old Snuffles that Silas lias just bolted from. I ree ignized liini in a minute—didn't you, Silas?" 1 was now compelled to confess that I did; but Hindi against my will, as I for to light all that I so ardently desired to ep comealed. (To bo continued.» NO MORE LIGHTNING RODS. Out of «vor. Though Still Credited with Slight Value. Lightning rods have fallen into deep disfavor almost every where nowa days, but they are valued least by the hasty people who once valued them j most, and those who really know the most about them still credit them with a measurable, though small, amount of in an the a the he ef like to were To very the in un like red left after our to me protective power—if properly con structed -and maintained, as they hard ly ever are. For those who consider even a slight diminution of the danger of lighting worth securing at some ex pense in money and a good deal of care, the weather bureau offers infor mation and advice prepared for it by Professor W. S. Franklin, of Lehigh l 'ni versify. The first desideratum is what the electricians call a "good ground" — that is. close and permanent connec tion with a large mass of high elec trical conductivity, like damp soil or an extensive system of metallic pipes. The lightning rod Itself should be a wide hand, a thin-walled tube or a wire cable, rather than a solid wire, for so is the conductivity of a given amount j 1 ; ' j of metal largely increased! And of ! extreme importance is it that the | course of the rod to tlu* ground should lie as short and straight as possible. lf the pathway prov.ued for the ! "bolt" be devious the impatient mes- 1 seuger from—or to the clouds will not follow It. no matter how much is , spent for glass or other insulators. | while if tlie path he straight the insu lators are needless for any charge the rod can carry. What happens when a mhI light ning rod is put to test is thus described by a man who went through the expe rience at a mountain hotel in this State: "l was standing on the piazza when the most tremendous shock or concussion conceivable took place. I had a sudden sun dazzle in the eyes, a I>itter taste in the mouth, a violent singing in the ears, a pungent, sul phurous odor in the nose and a severe headache. Then 1 learned that the house had been struck by lightning; tHat is to say, that the conductors had functioned effectively and nad safely conducted the electricity into the lake, instead of the discharge falling upon the hotel and wrecking it."—New York Times. JIM'S SWEETHEART. Mother put on her Sunday best, Her lilac wedding gown, And white straw bonnet neatly tie, With strings of faded brown; We woke before the roosters crowed And started in the dew To see the boat race, for our Jim Was captain of tlie crew. He took it in his curly head To want a college course; I parted with the pasture lot And sold the sorrel horse. We sent him every dollar saved, And made a seedy pair In garments that had long outlived Their days of useful wear. The surging throng closed up in front, We could not see our son, But soon a mighty cheer went up And told us Jim had won. The crowd took up the college yell And sent it to the skies. And college colors everywhere Shook out their brilliant dyes. He stepped ashore, looked up and saw His mother's wrinkled face. And hurried to her through the ranks Of broadcloth, silk, and lace. He never gave a single glance Toward the pretty girls, But kissed her on the withered lips And kissed her silver curls. His sunburnt face was glorified With proud and happy smiles; He did not mind because lrer hat Was years behind the styles. But led lier out before bis friends, A figure quaint and prim In stiff, old-fashioned lilac silk— "My sweetheart, boys," said Jim —Leslie's Weekly. ••h-i'-h-b-ëà'-hv-e-é h H GüîâïiUiw courtship! she ed not the it in a •* * 'i* *5* *5* *1* •% •*« *% «g» *£♦ *£♦ u HATE you!" she said, clenching her small white teeth. Mackenzie, head and shoulders taller than she, looked down and smiled at the vehemence. The laugh irritated her beyond en durance. ".Inst because other people decide to make fools of themselves, we are ex pected to," she went on scathingly. "Of course, the world thinks it an ex- ■ cellent arrangement that we should ; marry each other, divide tue money. ! and say nothing more about it—where as-----" "Whereas-?" Ronald Mackenzie stroked his moustache, and looked in terrogatively at the speaker. "We shall just do nothing of tlie sort!" she finished in decided tones. "The money of father's old friend-——" "Sounds like a Herman grammar bonk, doesn't it?" put in the other coolly. l'hyllis Farrell took no notice of the untimely interruption. "The money of father's old friend can go to---" "To the dogs." Mackenzie was dis I "The money of father's old friend can go to---" "To the dogs." Mackenzie was dis tinctly in a teasing frame of mind to night. "To the poor," corrected Phyllis, with a stamp of her dainty foot. "Perhaps!" Mackenzie's drawl was more than ever apparent. "Perhaps I shall not ask you to marry me. 1 haven't done so as yet. you remember, although you have assured me seveûty seven times, that nothing will induce you to marry me! You hate uie? I don't remember ever having been guil ty of asking you to love me!" Tableau! Phyllis drew herself up to her full height, which wasn't more than five feet at the most. This was turning tables on her with a vengeance! Her cheeks Hooded with an altogether charming color, her eyes shone sus piciously. "1—1-" she began. And then. a red I you j woman like, she tied from the room, leaving himself anathematizing liiin self for a brute and a boor. lay a so "And yet," lie soliloquized with a grim laugh, "if I hadn't said 'some thing of the kind, this state of things would have gone on forever. It's no use. If 1 were to propose she would refuse me; it's just what her contrary nature would prompt her to do. Be cause 1 don't appear to want her at all. she may fall in love with me! But j she will have a hard tignt of it, poor little thing. Why couldn't 'tlie friend of my father' leave the money to tier 1 unconditionally? And yet, I'm glad he ; didn't, for I might never have met ' Phyllis, hut for that will.' j A tender light came into his blue eyes. Phyllis Farrell represented all the world to him just now, though, as he said, it would be simple madness to tell her so. in spite of bis apparent did he of ! coldness, he loved her. from tlm top of | curly, bronze-gold head to the sole ' foot. Ho turned olT to * hp billiard-room, and sought the com ! p»ny of bis genial host, Miss I-anvils 1 B»««» 1 »"', <»id an old college friend of fathers. Mackenzie himself had is , onl >' come hack on long leave from In | diil a '»'">th ago. to find that a bride or I a sul the had and a fortune were awaiting him in the old country. A mutual friend of the young people's fathers had thus arranged matters ere he shuffled off this mortal coil, with an idea of bene fiting both, in more ways than one! Neither of the legatees, however, up to the present had seemed to regard It in that light! Phyllis openly de clared that nothing would induce iter even to see the young man, and was only persuaded into tolerating his pres euce i I ... 1 consideration that she would thereby 1 be able to refuse him every day! And refuse him she did—even before the fateful words had passed his lips. It was all the more odious to her be cause Ronald turned out to be hand some and gentlemanly, and under oth er circumstances she might have cast a favorable eye upon him! He was torrid—perfectly horrid and hateful! she told herself viciously, as she gain ed the privacy of her own room, and flung herself on the bed. He had ac tually told her to her face that he was not prepared to carry out his part of the bargain! What if she were to make it difficult for him? The Idea nearly took her breath away, as she dried her pretty eyes and sat up on her bed. She would pretend—merely pretend, of course—to fall in love with him, instead of re pulsing him, and then when she had ; carried him on to propose, she would j refuse him with dignity and decision! Could anything sound more delightful in theory—so promising of fun in prac tice! She carried war into the enemy's camp the very next morning. She could brook no delay, because her guardian was expecting a large house party toward the end of July, and time was short and precious. Instead of covert, angry glances, and sharp re torts, Ronald found himself met with gracious smiles, and low, sweet re sponses—a change for which he was totally unprepared and hardly knew how to take. It never entered his head to think that she was in a con trary fashion playing just as much of a part as he,had taken up toward her Siw One terre, . I self. Instead ot avoiding him as us-j . * * ing of guns. an lon, ports mil, Miss Farrell was pleased to be stow a goodly portion of her time up on him; she rode by his side to the, meets, splendidly mounted, and look ing a perfect picture in her well-fitting j habit; she waltzed with him more than ' she ought to have done at the Hunt j Ball, and thoroughly did her best to, storm his invulnerable heart. And one sweet summer evening, the knowledge was borne in upon l»er that | she had succeeded! It was a perfect 1 at night, and the two were sauntering j along the pergola in the Southern rose I speec gaulen the air was fragrant with the er ( scent of tobacco plants and evening hokl( stock, and away in a distant dark tree j an ov\ 1 whirred softly. Overhead poise hung a motionless canopy of deepest ists sapphire illuminated by thousands of tw inkling stars. A night to stir young j lilood and send it coursing through the veins of youth. A Midsummer Mad- ■ vellt ness night! j on Lm e me! she stammered, as he; poured out bis heart before her. "But ] in What was this pain at her own j heart? Was it possible that his words should thrill her in reality? She had meant nothing—nothing—how could she tell him so? fifty the 'You are—only joking—you do not mean it," she stammered, as he stood: his ground manfully. ",-ain't you mean it?" he asked sud denly, as a horrible thought struck him. "Have you—no, you can't have er one meant to play wilh me all this time? and Answer me, Phyllis, beloved, you have in not been playing with me all thesfe j happy weeks?" i The passionate look in his dark eyes brouglit hers to the ground; her cheeks flushed a deep crimson; she pulled at a rose in her satin belt; an owl whir-1 red just above their heads. "What did you mean?" she asked, slowly, her eyes still bent on tbe I ground. "You—began by bating me— you know you did-" "Suppose I were to tell you that that was all put on?" he asked, tenderly, I catching and imprisoning in his strong all grasp one of her hands. "Let me make to lay confession, here, under the stars, j darling. 1 knew yours Was not the j eharaeter to brook another shaping j your life for you, and so I determined j mine should be a contrary wooing. I pretended that I didn t care—when I ; did all the time. Sometimes, darling heart, it is the only way with you women—half the men in the world are actors because women force them to he so. At first you were unkind, then suddenly you changed—you became sweetness personified, you wrenched my heart out of my keeping, you make me think—what?" His gaze still held hers In thrall. The night, the passion in his voice, the soft, warm, summer wind, all con spired to turn her against herself. "I was playing," she said all at once in a low voice. She felt her hand flung away, she heard him draw a sharp breath; a mo ment later—his footsteps sounded on the gravel path. A bat swept down on her uncovered bead. Site stretched out her arms. "Ronald!" she cried, suddenly. And the figure fast disappearing down the path stopped, turned round, and seeing the outstretched hands made haste to return. "I don't ever want to play again," she whispered, as a few seconds later in of up her pretty head rested on his shoulder. ] and she hid her flushed cheeks and shining eyes, "it was-" He stopped her mouth with kisses. "It was a contrary courtship all round." he said happily. "But it has come right In the end." "We must tell Mr. Desmond," she said presently. And Ronald agreed that they would —later on!—Paragon Monthly. Irony of Fate. ''Ah!' sighed the long-haired passen ger with the celluloid collar, how lit i tie we know of the future and what it I has iu store foi 1 us." with the moth-eaten whiskers in the seat opposite. "Little did I think, some forty years ago, when I carved my in itials on the rude desk in the old eoun 1 try s p boolhouse that I would someday 1 up and fail to become famous." , You have said it, rejoined the man ■ be Trouble with Remounts. Lord Kitchener says that most of the trouble with remounts In South Africa was due to the fact that soldiers at tending to them knew nothing of the care of horses. Stiff hats cover a multitude of soft heads. THE WEEKLY Siw I» - - ht) W3S» 111 ikîvt H V One Hundred Years Ago. F""uch troops were ordered into the Neapolitan provinces. The French fleet in the West Indies captured Nevis, the town of Basse terre, in St. Kitts. England ordered that vessels carry . , . , , , ing corn should be allowed in the poits of Spain, provided they carried no guns. The court of Lisbon declared itself an ally of Spain and not of England. The French fleet sailed from Tou lon, with 8,000 troops, to occupy the ports of Sicily and Naples. Seventy-five Years Ago. | The Mormon church was organized 1 at Manchester, N. Y„ by Joseph Smith, j i, anle i Webster made bis great I speec b for the Union, In reply to Rob er (- y. Ilayne, who was a radikal up hokl( , r of State rights, j The Spanish government failed to poise the loan from the French capital ists to fit out an expedition against south America. j Ten thousand Mexicans were or deml to the borders of Texas to pre ■ vellt t h c smuggling so largely carried j on through Texas by Americans. Robert Y. Ilayne, of South Carolina, nuide his famous speech in Congress ] in defense of State rights. j fifty Years Ago. The French spoliation bill passed the House by a vote of 11U to 7ii and went to me Senate. The United States surveying steam er Water Witch, in ascending the Par aguay, wars fired on from the fort and one man killed. The British home ministers resigned and Lord Palmerston later succeeded in forming a new ministry, j The first train passed over the Fan i ama railroad. The chapel and west wing of Rnt ledge College, South Carolina, was de stroyed by fire, _ forty Years Ago. Navigation in tbe Potomac river was blockaded by ice twelve inches thick below Washington. F. P. Blair returned to Washington I from his second trip to Richmond, and all sorts of reports were current as to the bearing of bis visit on the out j come of the war. j The Illinois and Maryland legisla j tures ratified the anti-slaverycoustitu j tional amendment passed by Congress. The constitutional amendment pro hibiting slavery in the United States was passed by the House of Repre sentatives. The military court at Cincinnati sen tenced S. B. Davis to be hanged as a Confederate spy. I I ; to fhirty Years Ago. News of the death of Tsai Shun, Emperor of China, reached London. The constitutional commission of Maine turned down a woman's suf frage plank. Day and night were spent in the national House of Representatives iu repeated roll calls in an effort to take action on the civil rights bill. A lockout in the coal mines of South Wales threw 120,000 men out of work. An attempt to capture the James brothers at their home in Kearney, Mo., resulted in the killing of their young brother and the maiming of their mother, Mrs. Samuels, by a bomb. The court declared his evidence ad missible, and Theodore Tilton told from the witness stand In New York ] his charges against Henry Ward and all has she Beecher. Twenty Years Ago. The big dry goods house of Harry Bros, in New York was wrecked by dynamite, supposedly by striking clerks. John C. Spooner was elected United States Senator by the Wisconsin Legis lature. The Inauguration of Hov. Oglesby, 0 j> un 110 i S( delayed because of the lit- dea t k 0 f k i S sou, took place at Spriug it the in , The New Haven, Conn., Savings man ■ p ank weathered a run in which $200, 000 was paid out to depositors. Fourteen persons were killed at Ivrea, Italy, by a snowslide. Capt. Crouch and his associate Okla homa boomers were arraigned at Wichita, Kan., and held for trial. the at Ten Years Ago. Ward McAllister, society director the and organizer _ of the 4o °* diedat home in New York. Mexico refused the proffer of Sec soft rotary Gresham to mediate iu the Guatemala troubles.