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clmrgcil for iinnonncluc cnndi<lnt?i for
County,tint] $10 for Stiito and r. S. oflicwi
L?*ngthy Obituary Noli?* must be paid for
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Ktorncr printing them.
Neatly and promptly executed
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NO. 14
Professional Cards.
Weston, W. Va.
All liBiiuess promptly ntteuded to. In
vestigation ofLand Titles a specialty.
Weston, W. Va.
Will pracliccia L?wis and adjoining coud
tits. *ni in the Court'of Appearand U. S.
R. J.SIlltSON,
attorney at law,
and commioxEB or tue
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.
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',
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.
attorney at law,
a id comissioner of the
Weston, W. Va. )
Will prncticu in tlie Circuit anil Coifcty
Courts ut Lewis and adjacent counties.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Physician and Surgeon
Weston, W. Va.
Offiw on Hank AJIsy. Wlow.Jami* IlurnN"
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.
Olenvilic, W. Va.
M ill practice in the Circuit ami Comity
Courta of Jiilmt'r ami udjai-ent ??ou??ti? <
Local Dircctoy.
Judgo Circuit Court?J. BRANNON.
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
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
Giluior ?Second Monday in February
April. Juno, August, Octobcr and
Upshur.?Second Monday in Fobruary
April, Juno, August, Octobor and
Braxton.?First Tuesday in January
March, May, July, September and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Discount Day?Wednesday.
Directors ?
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
Head of Main Street, Weston,
I. C. WALDO Proprietor
Stmiplo rooms and good
stabling attached.
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.
Weston, Sopt. 11.
E. it. TUXSTir.V, Proprietor,
_csw, '/r>. w..
The Tierncy Hotel,
V. TIERNBY, - ? Proprietor.
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. <>?'
(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". .
THE BAUatmy houw is nlwnyesup
j.lied with pure liquors, of oil kinds.
Come nnd bco me.
Commercial iloteT,
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
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
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
SAVE FKO? S?<> 10 *SW
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
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.
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
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
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
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
"Chester!'' I cried out in my
"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
"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."?

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