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All liBiiuess promptly ntteuded to. In vestigation ofLand Titles a specialty. W. 0. BENNETT, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Weston, W. Va. Will pracliccia L?wis and adjoining coud tits. *ni in the Court'of Appearand U. S. Courts. R. J.SIlltSON, attorney at law, and commioxEB or tue COUNTY UOURi1, Weston, W. Va. Will praotica in tbo Courts of Lewis and ?diolniag counties. /ir All business entrusted to nira will it promptly attended to anSkkW EuiitsiurJ. attorney at law, Weston, W. Vn. Will practice in tbo Circuit and County Courts of Lewis and adjacent counties., anil no th* Court of ApictIs. 1?TTknWbiiannO:). attorney at law, Weston, W. Va. Will pricllco in tlie Circuit and County CourU of Uvnti, Upshur, Oiltner, Hrnslon lull BmudolpU; tile Couit of Appeals nud b. V. Courta. J. M. BKNiNHTl', ATTORNEY AT LAff, Weston, W. Va. ?Will practice in tlie Circuit and County Courts of Lewis and adjacent counties, and Court of Appeals aud U ? 3. Courts. WlLTlASl Ji. LlVKl.l". attorney at law, Weston, W. Va. Will Praotico in tlit Circuit and Countr Courts of Lowii and adjacent counties, and tlw Court of Appeals and U. a. Lonrts. 4 U)Cl8 1JENNKTT, attorney at law, a id comissioner of the COUNTY COURT, ! Weston, W. Va. ) Will prncticu in tlie Circuit anil Coifcty Courts ut Lewis and adjacent counties. \VM H. AROTIiP, ATTORNEY A'IMj.VYV, ? Weston, W. Va. , Practices in the Courta of Lewis and ail-1 jawut counties, and the Court of Appeals , nud U. 8. Courts. hT7. VI.HUtXU. s- Jl "KNXCTT. VLKM1NG.& BENNETT, attorneys AT LAW, ; tflonville, W. Va. Practice in tl><> Circuit and Countr Courts of Gilmer, Calhoun, BrJ*,olJ' J1? ' btM- and LeVlH; and in the Court of Ap jjcnls aud United State* Couris C.J. ARNOLD attorney at law, Weston, W. Va. Practice in the Circuit aud.Count' Court, tl l.,?ls und adjoining '?*'? ? Curt of A Pi'?ls a'"1 United States Courts \V)I. W. BltANNON, ATTORNEY at I.aw <""l M taryvubUc, Weston, W. Va. Will practice in the Circuit anil County Courts SfLewls and adjacent ???"?? I'ronip; aud special utloation to tlie tak.nfc of depositions nod oilier parts of Uwis county ; and also Ito business Wore the Justices of m?d comity. MNN i HAMILTON, ATTORNEYSS' REAL ESTATE agents, Grtunllla, W. Vt. Ilr. Hatulltuu will practice in llio courts of Lenis county. A. M. DENT, M. D., Physician and Surgeon. Weston, W. Va 0?i? and .residence opposite tlie Court llonso, ori C?'U?re Slreot. AK culls?tiifsbt *nd day?promptly U'llded to. ___ t;. li. biMrsON, aT U.. Physician and Surgeon. Weston. W. Va. Can ho found at hi- DrnK Store, cornelrot Main and Second Street, or at his ro'*^mo on Main Jftreot. All calls-night and da) promptly attended tc W. J. BLAND, M. D , Physician and Surgeon. Weston; W. Vu. UfVee on Main Street,two doors Wow tile postullico. All calls promptly attended to M. 3. ROI.T. M. D., Physician and Surgeon, Weston, W. Vn. OlHeo on Main Streot, one iloor below tlie postoilice. Culls?night and ilny-pronipt ly attendod to T.G. KM I STUN, M. D. Physician and Surgeon Weston, W. Va. Offiw on Hank AJIsy. Wlow.Jami* IlurnN" hoH. DOT\TT Iiauli-N'Rin; Physician and Surgeon, Salt Jjicli, W. Va. Tenders his professional services to th fpfrplo of Salt Lick and viinity. juTTn K. II a vs. ATTOUNEV AT LAW, Olenvilic, W. Va. M ill practice in the Circuit ami Comity Courta of Jiilmt'r ami udjai-ent ??ou??ti? < Local Dircctoy. COUNTY OFFICERS Judgo Circuit Court?J. BRANNON. Clerk W. G. I1ARRRISON. l'rcs't County Court?J. PETKUSON. Clork ?? J. WOOFTElt. I'robccutiug Att'y?A. EDJ1ISTON Sheriff J. G. VANDKKVOTlt Sup't. Froo ScUoolti G. W. CROOK Oouuty Survoyor D. T. PETERSON. Awessor 1st District JOHN KEE. ? 2d ? GEO. FISHER. cOoassaac?? S3 a Court House District. G. W. Turner nnd P. Dargan. Freeman's Creek District. Win. Hall and W. V. Wood Hacker's Creek District. M. McW'norter and D. K. Swisher. Collin's Settlement District. S. B. Smith and W. K. Wilson. Skin Creek District. W.V. Chidc8tcr and.W .G. MoWborter HOLDIN OF COURTS. C\vcuv\ Court* ? Lowis, 20th of February and Augufit Gilmer, 11th of March and 20th Sept. Upshur, 25th of May and oth |Dcc. Preston, 22d of March and 3i Octobcr Randolph, 11th of May and 23d Nov. Tucker, 10th of April and Oct. 21. Barbour, April 20 and Novoraber 2d. Webster, lUth of Juno and 0th Sept. Braxton, 18th March and 18th August Harrison, 30th May and 8Qth Octobcr Calhoun, 29th of May and 10th of Oct. Cio\xw\vj Courts^ .. Lewi?.?First Monday* !Jn February, April, Juno, August,'October and December?tho J11110 and October tornu for fiscal aud polico business only. Giluior ?Second Monday in February April. Juno, August, Octobcr and Dcoember. Upshur.?Second Monday in Fobruary April, Juno, August, Octobor and December. Braxton.?First Tuesday in January March, May, July, September and Noverabor. Wobstor.?Fourth Tuesday in Fobrua ry, April, Juno, August, Octobor and Docotnbcr. dlhoun.?Fourth Monday in Fobrua ry, March, June, August, Scptem Jjor'qwl November. */??? TOWN OFFICERS, ijmuynr?0. A. Jackson. Recorder?h. II. Wood. Aldermen?Ut Ward? John Shea. "id Ward?Win. McBrido. 8(/ ward?Jacob Schmitt. 4th WVmi?Joseph A. Watson. Sergeant.?J. S. Wilkinson. sasmm. A. P. A A. M.?Stated coinrannlnttons of Weston Lodge No 10, A. F. and A. M., wifl In held on the First and Third Mon days of #very month. } W. G. BENNETT, 11*. m. J. J. Prtbusok, Sec JANE LEW.?Stated communications of Jackson Lodge No. 35, A. F. and A. M . Will U lictd la their Hall, in Jane Lew, on tho weondSatu relay in each month. ISAAC JACKSON, IK. JA W. D. Gawkr, Sec St. Jowph'aO. T. A. B. Sonet v.?Stated meetings are held on the firtt Sabbath in ev ery month. FATHER TRACY, Prci't. "it. J. Sijiiwv, Secretary. CHURCHES M. B. Church, Rev. S. B. Jotiw, Tay lor. Preaching overy Sabbnth. Prayer meeting Wednesday night. Sunday School ?J. A. Barnes, Superintendent?orery Sun duv at 2 o'clock, P. M. t'rMbytorlan Church, Rev. George M. Fleming, Pastor. Services every alternate Sunday. Sabbath School?Win L. Dun uitigton, Superintendent?every Sunday at 0 o'clock, A. M. Catholic Church, Rev J. A. Tracy, Pas tor. Services every first and third Sundays At 71 Hint 10 A. M.', aud 7 P. II. Sabbath School?Jacob Schmitt, Superintendent? every Sunday at 2 o'clock, P. M. Episcopal Church?attendwl occasionally by the Rev. Mr. Wood, of Clarksburg. Baptist Clittrcli, Rev. John S. Fisher, Paf tor. Pleaching crcl7 second Sibbath in each month, Prayer meeting every Tucs ^AfricanM. E. Church, Rev. T. If. Cyril, Pastor. Services every Sunday at 10 o'clock Sunday School-George T. Jones, Superiu tendent?every Sunday ut q o'clock. Colored M. R. Church, Rev. John Hughes, Pits lor. Services every Sunday at 11 o'clock. Sunday School?Charles Lcc, Su perintendent?every Snnduy at 2 o'clock, P. M. arrival and departure OF TI1E MAILS. Clarksburg-daily except Sundays?leaves Wes'on at s A. 51.?arrives at 4 P. M. Braxton Court House?daily except Sun days?arrives at lleston by 5:flrt P. M., aud leaves Weston same day at 0:30 P. M. (Henville?leaves lleston ut 7 A. 11.. oa ?Mondavs, Wednesday* ami Fridays?arrives nt r. P M Tuesdays, Thursdays aud Satur day's. ... ., ? ilnckhannon?nrrires at Wtston 13 M. Tuidnvs, Thutsdays and Saturdays?leaves Weston 2 P If. same days. IMiillpld?arrives at Weston Tuesdav* nad Fridays at 0 P. M?leaves Weston ll cdnes duv and SlUurduys at 7 A. If. Mount Pleasant?leaves Weston Mondays and Thursdays ut 7 A. If.?arrives Tuesdays nmi Fridays by ft P. XI. West Union?arrives Mondays at ft I ? M ?leaves Weston Tuesdays at 7 A. M. _ Sand Fork?oncc a week?leaves Weston Mondays at C A. M.?arrives Mondays at f p. M.' pit* Pat tie* having mail toco should bring It to the office half an hour before the departure of the malls. NATIONAL KXHANG 10 HANK OF WKSTON. Discount Day?Wednesday. Directors ? K J McCANDLISH, M W HARBISON, T B CAMDEN, A II KUNST, A. A. I.EU'IS. It J. Mi I'A.NI'LISII, Pre* t. M. W II;\B':IS'?' ViflVs'l. f> M. PAII.E1 C? ? -r Hotels. TH W\. LDO HOUSE, Head of Main Street, Weston, I. C. WALDO Proprietor Stmiplo rooms and good stabling attached. TERMS MODERATE. Haydcit House, ? Second Street Weston Conveniently located in tlio central por tion of the town. Good rooms good table nnd excellent stabling. Charget Very Moderate. JAS. N. IIAVDEN. Weston, Sopt. 11. BAILEY HOUSE, E. it. TUXSTir.V, Proprietor, _csw, '/r>. w.. The Tierncy Hotel, V. TIERNBY, - ? Proprietor. OW. Also deal cr in fin* groceries, fish, tobacco igars, confectioneries, Ac . JT33" Also denier in pure Whiskies, Bran dice, 4c. Wal&er Hotel, SASl'L WAlKEll, Proprietor.< W. <>?' THESHAMROCK HOUSE, (nearly opposite) tlio Court IIouso,) IP. <&"?> JAMES DUIiNS, Proprietor Having refitted and rclnrnished this es tablishment, I am prepared tooSer the host of accommodations to tho public. Good stabling on tbo pronto". . par- CHARGES VERY MODERATE "0* THE BAUatmy houw is nlwnyesup j.lied with pure liquors, of oil kinds. Come nnd bco me. Commercial iloteT, (KOIOIHWA- BAKTLETT HOU&) I'KltKY CASH', . :<r Z' .l/,ii? Stmt, odjomng Court flow, CLAliKSllb'M. If. V.l. Fine Sample'Booms. Telegraph of a?, excellent Stalling, lius to.ril Train?. May 4, 1878. _ "lHwfiV'u'li ISOTEIj. Rusliville, Lowis Co., W. Va. WM. L. WHITE, - Proprietor Tlio undersigned desires to inform the Mititic Hint ho Ims leased the ?bov? and has refurnished and reStKd tbe .am. lie offers the Iwt ot accommodations to the traveling public. Co,I Stubtlng and eed on tha premises. Ua Us nude apsw arrangements for travellers and teamsters. Ue respectfully invites a oil trom hia old f,i,?d,..dtrav.l.r,^ii^yHiTB C\w?tj -VtAUvj \Wt, Scar AUlftSON, Wtttator county, Will furnish Hrst-cluts accommoda tions ami lioartl at Four Dollars Per Week. T. It. CHKBKYt ''"'l1 Educational. SAVE FKO? S?<> 10 *SW A YKJtn 11V 4TMSWH0 THE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, Gl.EXULLE. Gilmer Co.. W. I'd.. which lms a fnll Normal Course ?? ?d vanced course, and a department ot music. In ever, study tbe most careful aad thorough work la always done. Fall Term begins September Otli, 1878, Winter Term begins January OOx, 18,0. Spring Term bsglus April 7th, 18,0. Much Ailvantngo is Gained those wboteacl. during theye.tr, by at lending two month. In the fall, g?t??8 ,-leave of absence," from November March, nnd returning In the spring. Engagements to b.gin teaching a tho middle ofNoveniber can be made In Ollmer or other counties now. For catalog"" audtpnrtirulnra regarding FllKB TUITION see tho County bupenn* ^ tondent, or write to i T. JlAltCULI.ua MARSHALL. Principal wet" vaTunivetr 1 Y Nine departments of study i text-hooka furnished at cost; calendar arranged^ suit teachers; expense, for one year Horn St! to ?200 uon-Bi'Ctnrii?ti| liberal, thorough. Fall Term begins &ptcmbor 3d, 1879. Vc.For catalogue auil other information, apply 'o the President, .1. R. Thompson, Morgantown, W. Va. |).T. PKTKhSON 6 ti 11 V K Y 0 It, Weston, W. Va (Countii Surveyor Uvit l'"'"1) ) 1'trti.s dv'Siring niy (er ires fan address \\y.l?n II- " t? 1 A Young Sailor's Story Threo years ago I shipped on board the Niger, Captain Phillips. Our voyage was to Iiilo, Sandwich Islands, and baok to Pugct Sound, whence wo sailed. The captain, ollicors and crew were, when i joined, Americans and West India men; but as another hand was | wanted besides myself, I persuaded | Jack Chester, an Englishman with I whom I had bocomo friendly, to fill up the vacancy. Jack was a fine looking fellow, a jovial com-1 panion, and had lots of information, | which he .'knew how to use; but, j although ho dressed and talked, like a sailor, ho had not been long ! on board ship beforo it became ) plain that he had not been brought I up a salt. I Our captain was a Tartar and no | mistake; and as ho had the eye of a hawk, no fault committed by man or boy escaped him. This' was especially unfortunato for my ?English shipmate. IIo had ship-1 ped on ablo seaman's wages, but) his de/ieienccs were so many and glaring that our captain, seemed to watch his movements more care fully than those of the rest of the crew,: often iuflicting upon him punishments painful to witness. I had a strong attachment to Ches ter,-and stood his friend whenever I could, by taking somo of his du ties along with my own; but I was not always on hand to help him, so ho fell oftener than others be neath the captain's displeasure. One night, when I was at the wheol, the wind rose into a gale. The captain came on deck and set all hands to roof the topsails. The men: were manning the halyards to hoist away, when poor Chester, instead of lotting go the reef-tackle, ! let go the weather fore-topsail brace, J and away went the yard fore and i aft. My luffiing up smartly, how ovor, wo managed to pnt checked without, carrying anything away.' But Captain Phillips, frothing at the mouth, swore he would tan the foolish lubber's hido who had done I so clumbrta; thing. Saying which, I he rushed at Chester with a piocc I of railing, which ho brought down I upon his neck and shoulders, giv , ing them a fearful cut. He was in the act of raising it again when a voice from aloft roared out: "Hold your hand I" The voice was .wonderfully loud and clear, seemingly coming from the maintop? The captain fall back, .'and, looking up, cried in great rage: "Aloft thero !" "JIalloa 1" was the unswer back. "Como down on deck," was tho captain's imperious order. "Come down, I say, on deck," foamed the captain. "Come up and fetch me," return ed tho voice from aloft. "Who is up there, Mr. Rassom?" cried tho captain, ap]>ealing to the first oflicor. 'No 0110, sir," was tho reply, "so far as I can sec. All present on deck." The captain's rage was now ter rible to witness. "All seem present Mr. Rassom? What do you mean by that, sir? I ask you again, who is up thero?" "No one known to mo," returned tho man. All are present. All are on deck, in sight." Such was the case. Jiut the sec ond mate, without awaiting orders. sprang up tho rigging and looked over the top-rim, then mndo the circuit of it, looking all around the mast-head, and then reported him self alone. "Then tlie ship must be hauntod! cried tho chief mate. J lie captain hereupon dropped the ropo's-end which he held in his had, and went below. It was evi dent that he was strangely affected by what had occurred. And so mv fellow country man escaped fur ther punishment that night. Ihtt, in a few days, our skipper had forgotton his fears, and, look ing out for another object upon which he would vent his spleen, I had the ill-fortune to feel his wrath. Ho ordered me to make a knot in the end of an old fagged rope to be used tor lashing. In a little while I returned, saying th.it I had made' the best job I could of rope which ' was quite fagged out. oil," said he, "if that's your your friend Cheater. But I H dock you both to ordinary shamans wages." 1 I tried to show liim tliut the rope was too much worn to make a neat piece of work of it. ''Indeed, raid, "it's sadly fagged." '?Fagged, is it," cried lie, scorn fully ; "then I'll finish it over your luhharly hack." "So you won't," roared out a voice form behind the long boat. The captain rushed ill the direction of the sound, but he failed to dis cover the speaker. "Who was that?" he cried, in a storm of wrath, adding, "Let me know who it is, and I'll thrash I him within an inch of his life." "Will you? hah! hah! liahl," was the mocking reply, dropping seomingly from the maintop. It was daylight when this took place, so every ono could see that I there was no one up Uiero. ^ I was as much startled and mystified by tho occurrence as was tho captain; but neither he nor I, nor any of tlio crew to whom he applied, could throw light thereon. But whoever or whatover uttered the words, my purpose was served, as was Ches ter's, 011 a previous occasion. The ' irate captain wont bolow filled i more with fear than rage, throwing behind him, as he stopped upon the eabbin ladder, the rope's end which had so vexed him. Sailors ingenoral are supersti tious beings. Whatever cannot be made out or accounted for on nat ural principles, is laid to the ac count of the supernatural. Our captain was no bettor in this res poct than his crew, for he was as illiterate as they, except in the matter of navigation, and as rough mid untutored. He ovidently be lieved that his ship was haunted, and that a spirit from tho vast deep hud a mind to torment him by its interferences. His fears were in creased not many days after. On retiring to rest, at the end of hi." evening's watch, his slumbers were disturbed by a loud and fearful cry, which seemed to enter the cab in by the side-light, which was lea open for ventilation. The cry was heard by the second ollieor, who was on the quarter deck, and by Chester, who was at tho wheel; neither of whom could throw an\ light upon tho incident to the cap tain, who had rushed oil to the deck in a state of terror, and de manded in vain for the production of t he offender. From that day it was clear to all that Captain Phillips was tormen ted by apprehensions of coming disaster. All idea was fixed in his mind that his ship was visited by a spirit from the invisible world, which preferred to mako itself heard rather than scon. And this idea was strengthened by the fact that when he was 011 dock, and be came angry at the conduct of any of his moil, especially when his an ger was made manifest in oaths and blows?the unseen hut ever vigilant visitor, from afar, would? perched apparently on the top of the mainmast?utter tho insolent laugh or the dolorous warning. On those occasions tho poor man would rush off to his cabin with blanched check and tottering limb, and there abide until the gale ill his moral sensibilities should subside. That it was angry with 110 one but the captain was clear, from the fact that it never took notice of the conduct of any other person. The mate or the boatswain might aft as they liked, or the men might jibe ami call each other; 110 matter? the voice was not heard?neither laugh nor moan tell upon our ears. But most of those who lived in the forecastle were far from being hap py; many of tliem shared the fears of the skipper; and 1 saw that they would much rather have brav ed his wrath than to he tormented as tlicy were by the " voices of the night" or the " day." Myself and Chester wore exceptions. What his opinion was he would not say; he met all my questions by adroit evasions,* As for myself, I had 110 explanation to give. Thus matters went on until we were within two days sail of the I islands. All tho while our poor J captain had been kept from tyraii* nvhvliis fears of his voice: but Uowexa.v^ra-.eob: ?no fan!-'"! iyid being I'"-' worse fur liquor, lie Imrled a belaying pin at him, which struck him on the head. Clapping both hands thereon, with a yell lie rushed into the forecastle. It was evident the skipper expect ed In hear the voice, lor he looked nervously aloft; hut when nil was silent in that direction his courage relumed, and he desired the sec ond olliccr to call Chester hack to the deck, Getting no answer to his call, the mate went below, when lie found the poor fellow delirious. Returning from (lie deck, he repor ted him to be in a dangerous con dition. This filled the captain with fear. He ordered that every attention should he paid him, which was done. That night it bocamo nec essary to have all hands on deck to reef, and wliilo wo were on the yards an awful cry, like that of a maniac, aroso from tho bow of the vessel, and tho next moment sev eral of us saw a human form on tho rail near tho fore-swifter, and then ii loud splash was heard in tho water under our lee. Tho captain and chief officers whowero on tho dock rushed to j tho side. A hat was seen for a I moment bobbing on the crest of a wave; tho maniacal scream was repeated, when Captain Phillips, himself uttering a cry, fell scnslcss on the deck. Tho mate then hail ed us who were on tho topsail yard: "Come down from aloft! Clour away the small boat I We thought ho was as near beside himself as was the captain; and so he was for a moment, for when wo had gained the deck ho was ready to countermand tho order. Everything was awful lioyond expression; the wind and tho wa ter wero raging wild; it was im possible for a small boat to live in so rough a sea, so making a virtue of a necessity, tho search for the poor madened follow was abandon ed, amid vows of vongance against the captain and tears for our lost messmate. Forty-eight hours after this wo entered the port of Hilo. A vast chango had conic over the crew. The captain knowing their peculi arities, had supplied them with money and copious libations of whisky; so, instead of reporting him to the Consul, as they had de clared they would, they wero ready to shout his praises all day long. In this however [ did not agree; hut unable to bring tho tyrant to justico single-handed, I resolved to unit tho Niger. I did so. After hiding in the woods several days, I was caught and brought back to tho ship. As my adventures as a fugitive ure not essential to the unfolding of my story, I pass them by, and tako up the thread of my narativo. We sat sail on our voyago. Cap tain Phillips was an altarcd man. lie abstained from spirits, ho con trolled his temper, and this, with the addition of a fine steady breeze, made our lives on board happy. But alas I we wero doomed to a sad ending of the voyage. Keeping too near the land, and a siptall laying hold on the ship, wo were driven on a loo shore. It was just aftor mid night when wo struck, and the darkness was terrible, and loping out of my hammock, I ran on dock. I could seo nothing save tho wild waters racing over tho deck. 1 cried out to my shipmates, but got no answer. It was not possible to reach the after part of tho vessel where the life hells were kept, so, acting on the impulse of the lini ment, 1 leaped into the sea. Catch ing hold of a friendly rock, I was saved. Daylight came after a weary waiting. The lirst thing I saw was the dead body of poor Captain Phillips, and not far from it that of our Chinese couk. The rest were saved. We made our way to Portland, where we wore paid oil'. Thence 1 proceeded to San Francisco. 1 had often asked myself whence came those strange voices and fearful words which had so alarmed our captain and put most of tho crow in terror, ami had so opportunely on one ocnasoii saved me from the vengence of tho cap tain. lint it was beyond lnv pow er to answer the inquiry; neither could the mate u w any of the sur t!.:-.-iigl.' flier.: .|?UI. Hal wo known wluit ventriloquism was, wo might have had therein n solu tion of the inysterv; hut I had never heard an adept in the art, neither had any of my ship mates. Poor Chester, when with us. our most intelligent shipmate, seemed to Iip tip much in the dark as the rest of us. Strolling nlortg the streets of San Francisco one night, ahout a roar after the wreck, my eye caught a largo poster which announced the wonderful doings of Professor Meredith "the world rcnouncd von triloquist." This, thought I shall be my evening's enjoyment. I I was soon seated in ft snug corner of the building, and was not long in being carried away by the won derful sayings and doings of the professor. At last ho told us that ho would hold an imaginary con versation with a person up the chimney. Whon in the midst of the dialogue the person up the Hue gave a dercsive "Hah, hah 1" I was startled. I sprang from my feat, "Surely," said I, half aloud, that is the voice and tone and words which more than once, came from the maintop of the Niger." And while I was staring at the professor, he came to the front of the stage to perform his part. Then in spite of his flowing heard, T saw in Professor Merdith the indontieal Jack Chester who, over twelve months before, was be lieved to have leaped in a "tit of madness, into the sea and was drowned. "Chester!'' I cried out in my excitement. "Sit down!" Cried one; "put him out?" said some othors. Jn the meanwhile I had come to myself and resumed my seat, but not be fore I had got from the professor a sign of recognition. When tho performance was over, my old shipmate, for it was he, beckoned mo to him, and, taking me to his private room, lie grasped my hand in all tho fervency of ar dent friendship. "Sit down, Henry my boy," he said, "and you shall have a solution of the mystery which hangs ovor meand the past." "How came you to bo saved from a watery gravo on the awful night whon you plunged into the raging sea?" I impatiently asked. "I did not jump overboard," replied Chester, laughing; "neither was I any less sane than I am at this moment. Tho entire atl'air was a trick of my own invention to frighten the Captain and then got awav from his cluthes. My madness was a sham, and the man overboard was simply a bundle of old togs, toj?i)ed by my old hat. which I had just put together. The moment I pitched them over tho rail I slipped down into fore jioak, whero I lay hid until the night after tho ship entered tho port, when I stole out and went on shore. I had takon care to lay up plenty of junk, and I managed to avoid* detection until tho Niger sailod. Tho cries you heard from the maintop, from hohiud the long boat, and in tho cabin, I need not explain.'1 "No," said I; "all is made clear hv the doings of that night." "Ex actly so," said ho. And then he continued : "I had performed as a ventriloquist in most of tho largo cities and towns ot* 'Europe before you know me but becoming some what restless in mv habits, ami having squandered all my earnings, in a tit ot recklessness 1 took to tho sea, and, in the capacity of a sailor, found my way to Pugot Sound. Hut I had not in mo tho stuff of which sailors are made; so, alter mv adventures on board the Niger, 1 wont back to my old pro fession, i?i which I have done well. My wild oats are all sown, I hope, and, having learned wisdom by bit ter experience, I shall stick to,that line t.t my life for which I have capacity?a bettor thing than splic ing old ropes or taking in top-sail reefs on a blowing night." "I should think so," I said. "Hut you nearly killed the captain with fright while you caused us' many a heartache at your suppos ed loss." "For tho latter lam sorry," re turned Chester. "Hut I cannot say I pitied the cantain. His cruelty to me was terriole, and he would' possibly have ended by killing me, but for my fortunat'o gift of ventriloquism. '"All's well that ends woll. "True" I returned. "And I re joice that you are alive to say so. You kept your secret famously, for neither Captain Phillips nor any of his crew ever suspected that in capable .lack Chester was tho J*??.-t tha; Limited the Niger."?