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THE HOUSE or I68TEN8.
By Sir E?Artagan Isstens, Cadet of a Oreat House, Knight of the
Royal Order of 1
Vassmark and One Time Embassador
to the Court of Charles I of England.
WADE INTO A ROMANCE BY THEODORE ROBERTS*
Copyright, I89B, by American Press Association.
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CHAPTER I
THE TALL ROBBER AT I88TRNB.
For a few seconds I was totally at a
Ian to know why I was sitting in the
ditch with torn garments and bloody
hands. Then I remembered the skir
mish with the robbers, the hot chase
and the stumble. That had al'i happened
by starlight. It was bright morning
now.
The ditch in which I fonnd 'myself
waa one my father's men bad finished
digging a few days before to drain off
the great swamp of Isstens. There was
enough water in the bottom of it to
make the seat of my riding breeches
decidedly.damp and to completely cool
my spleen. I crawled stiffly out into
the grass, and there to my vast satis
.faction fonnd my sword. I took it up,
Wiped the innocent moistnre of dew
from the blade and turned to my left
toward the great honse of Isstens.
It waa here in the same honse and
eonrts that my ancestors bad lived since
the very beginning of the kingdom of
Wassmark.
All the land, meadow and swamp,
Wek aad forest, to the amonnt of ten
square miles, had been given to one
(flare the fastens by the first king of the
eonntry. The word Isstens. a learned
doctor once told me, stood in some crazy
and forgotten language for aworder or
swordsman.
Clare the Isstens, with rock from his
own quarries, built the honse, and from
that day to this whereon I write his
descendants have lived in it
I brake through a shaggy hedge of fir
•ad went np the wide avenue of beeches.
Pgsring a great gate, all ribbed with
mn and pierced with musket holes, I
entered the courtyard. The main door
of the house stood before me ten paces
with three shields above it.
The oldest and least skillfully exe
cuted of these shields bore a long on
wieldly sword and underneath strange
lettsia and marks partly obliterated by
rain and son. The next, which was
larger than either of the others and only
two centuries old, bore a coat of eight
qnarterings with the old two handed
•word for crest set up on my parents'
wedding day. Its gold was hardly tar
niahed, and its gules and azure biased
bravely. It bore the arms of my moth
er's family, the great D'Artagans of
Normandy.
Can yon wonder that Harry, my eld
er brother, and I were aB proud as the
vary devil
But have given the slip to my story,
telling all the arms and family history
wtih too much of my native pride. Par
dons I am not yet old enough to be
modest
Upon entering the dining hall I
fonnd Barry, Viscount Isstens, in my
father's great chair with his head
•wathed in bandages.
"Hello, Dartl" he cried, speaking as
well as he conld through .the rags.
"Half the household is out hunting for
yon."
I embraced him and sat down to a
meat pie that invited me from the
table.
"Where have yon been, old hot
hMdl" asked Harry.
"I spent the night in the ditch and
got out of it about 19 minutes ago," I
answered, hunting about fora decanter.
He langhed as loudly as he could
considering his headgear.
"Ton made a longer run than I did,
and it is a pity yon did not catch your
man. Fact is"—be sighed and robbed
hU head—"one of the rascals clubbed
me in the avenue."
I am not a man to talk much when I
am hnngry, but I paused with the wine
glass half way to my lips and asked
what the
clubbing amounted to. 'Noth
ing bnt a swollen head and a loose
tooth," he answered.
There was silence after that until 1
pushed my plate away and shoved back
my chair.
"We will go out and see the prisoner
now she is down in the cellar," said
my brother. I noticed my sword, and
as I always like to have it in my room
I put it under my arm, so that I might
tsie it np with me after inspecting the
captured robber. AB we went along
Harry talked about the fight He told
how oar father had run one of them
through behind the stables how old
Pierre had shot another he wounded
one, and Pnl and Red Harding canght
their leader.'
"And the three you went after got
away," he said. I grinned soberly at
this. "Two of them are bagged sure
enough, my Lord Harry," I answered.
"The first is in the end of the great
ditch, with a sword out to sleep with,
and the second got in the way of a
pistol ball at the end of the patch they
are plowing up in the swamp."
Harry clapped me on my mud stained
back. "You old fire eating cadet 1" he
cried, his gray eyes dancing. We felt
very well satisfied with ourselves, for
these robbers were one of the crnelest
and boldest bands in the northern
mountains, bnt when we arrived at
thafc part of,the cellar in which the
prisoner had been bound onr joy turned
to chagrin. The man had gone—clean
as a gray wolf out of a pit
"Dart, this is a frightful mess we
aae in," muttered the viscount, "for
as sure as death he will have his whole
tribe on us hot foot"
"Perhaps he is still near," I ven
tured. "Let ns hunt for him. I will
stay here while you get yonr sword
and pistols."
He was used to being treated in this
manner, and with a grunt sped off to
arm himself. He had hardly left the
oellar when the tallest man I ever saw
leaped at me over a bundle of fagots.
I gave way sharply, for a boy of 20
yaars is not as cool as a soldier of 20
fights. He ont at me with a club made
from one of our own fagots. I ducked
my head, slipped and sprawled forward
between his legs, at the same time
dropplng my rapier. The robber tried
to spring away toward the passage lead
ing to tUff courtyard, but I caught his
ankle and held on. Down he came on
top of me with all his weight
Things looked very bad for the
sprightly D'Artagan of Isstens. But as
he stared at me as if not knowing what
to do, Harry returned and smote him
across the poll with the butt of a pistol.
Giving vent to a bull-like roar, the tall,
man arose, knocked Harry spinning
with his fist and escaped into the
courtyard.
CHAPTER n.
TOE NIGHT ATTACK.
What a rumpus there was when
Baron Isstens, the baroness and the
sartaata returned aod found us shaken
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to order "boot and saddle." Thogaping
menservants followed him, and Harry
started np.
"My boy, you cannot gol" cried onr
beautiful mother, her face stained with
blood from bis bruised lipa
"I have to go, lady mother. Iam not
hurt," he answered over his shoulder
as he ran from the room.
I buckled on my sword belt and
clashed home my good blade. "You
toot" she moaned. But there was a
flash of pride in her eyes that we were
both true sons.
"I must, mother, to look after our
gentlemen of title, to see that they
come to no harm," I laughingly re
plied. Then I bent (I went a little over
six feet even at that age) and kissed
the pale upturned face. In another
minute I was climbing into the saddle
and straightening my pistol holsters.
Six of us clattered out and down the
long avenue. The afternoon was well
begun and the air was warm. We saw
two of our men carrying a body out of
the ditch. It was the robber I had run
through on the previous night. We
could see agleam of red sash and metal
belt where another lay on the fresh
turned furrows. Spreading out into the
fields that bordered the road we beat
every cover, bnt no giant mountaineer
could we find.
Harry, because of the heat, had
pulled the bandages from his face, leav
ing the blue lump on bis forehead and
the swollen jaw exposed to view.
When the'Snsk of evening and the
chill mist from the swamp had over
taken us—and not until then did my fa
ther order a return—we wheeled silent
ly on the wide road and cantered back
toward the house of Isstens.
"We will break np their nest, Dart,
boy, as soon.as the crops are in," said
my father, laying his band, on my knee
as we swung along.
"I only want the chance to charge
into them, I answered, "but the peas
ants Bay that they are many and well
armed."
"Yes, and every man of them has
innocent blood on his handa and is an
outlaw from his country, whatever land
that may be, for they come from every
where, but we are true subjects of onr
king and. noblemen of Wassmark. I
think if we call in the foresters we will
break them."
He put out his other hand and pressed
Harry's shoulder.
Little things like this meant much
from the Baron Isstens.
When we gained the courtyard, they
were awaiting us anxiously with lan
terns and candles. In the hall our
mother unbuckled our sword belts.
First her husband's, then Hurry's, then
mine. It was queer to see her pull loose
the great buckles and drag the clanging
scabbards aside. She was smiling all
the while with the joy of our return,
and the father stood with a broad grin
on his shaven lips: and his eyes follow
ing every move she made.
That night we had supper in the lit
tle tapestried parlor oS the dining hdU.
There were six of us around the table.
My mother sat at the tea' urn (rather
an nncommon piece of table plate in
those days) and my father at the round
of beef at the other end. Mistress Sarah
Lyons, the widow of an English officer
who bad been slain in Wassmark, and
my mother's right band in all house
keeping matters, sat beside Hnn-y, and
opposite them scarred, old Lieutenant
Red Harding and your humble cadet.
Red Harding was a peasant by birth,
bnt bad done such good service aB a
soldier to the house of Isstens that he
bad long ago been dubbed gentleman
and treated as one.
Though a raid from the mountain
outlaws hung over us, we formed a
merry party, the baron drawing ont
Red Harding to tell stories of the woods
and people, and the baroness saying all
manner ol witty things. Mistress
Lyons told us tales of England, from
which we gathered that the people
there are very strong and brave, eat as
«oJ:h as Is good for them, drink lika
Germans and go to church regularly.
We could hear now and then a shout
of langhter or a burst of song from the
men in the outer balL Foresters and
keepers, shepherds and plowmen had
been called in to form a garrison.
We did not tarry over the fire after
supper, but retired to our chambers.
Harry and I slept in a turret room that
overlooked the rear walls and a wide
field lying ready for the sowing of the
grain. Bare and chill it looked under
the white stars.
We were tired and soro, but after
throwing off our stiff skirted coats, in
which it was our habit to sup, and
putting aside our lace collars, we
sprawled in the window seat and,gazed
out
Here and there glimmered the light
of a cottage window. Unlike some laud
holders, the Isstens gave their people
cottages instead of huts and kind wordB
instead of kicks. This was much to our
advantage, as you will presently see.
We had no light in the room, and
Harry, who was three years my senior
and bad been several times at Blaten
burg, the king's city, began talking
softly of a court ludy he had danced
with. I thought this mighty fine, and
listened with all my ears. He cam* to
IFe sprawled in the window seat,
a very touching part. He was saying,
"She gave me a little strand of hat
hair leaning from the coach window,
and I kissed her hand three times and
swore".—and at that moment we heard
a hoiie that would main the starkest
bm KMfe* "Mi» It w«l
Tou9 roaring of pistols and muaketi and
the tierce shouts of men.
We took our swords from their scab
bards and a pistol in each left hand and
fled down the stairs. The men were
arming and rushing forth to support
the guards, and my father was tearing
about in search of his new horse pistols.
Upon entering the courtyard we found
Red Harding and a handful of men at
the grerft gate and a few stout foresters
with boar spears, thrusting the enemy
back from the top of the wall where it
ia lowest
"At them I" I shoated, and just then
the baron passed me with his dags and
two handed sword. We three opened
fire on the black heads bobbing over the
wall, and then turned to see how things
were shaping. The noise of bellowing
men and crashing guns was fearful.
"I am glad we have a garrison,'
said Harry, "and lots of half pikes and
boar spears for the plowmen."
I did not answer, for at that moment
the great gate was smashed in and a
body of burly ruffians plunged through.
Without turning to look at them, Red
Harding and his men cut and thrust at
the onss trying to follow, so wrathfnlly
that they gave way, and up went the
oak again with a mighty grindstone
anda keg of iron bolts to hold it Eight
fellows had entered, however, and these
fought with a dash and fierceness like
mountain wolves at bay—with a very
good chance for life, too, for our gar
rison could not spare its numbers from
the gates and walla
Harry raised the family warcry:
"The Long sword 1 The long sword 1"
and followed by me and a half dozen
old retainers rushed at them. There was
no loading of pieces in that tussle. It
was cut and thrust, dodge and strike,
give and take, with hissing breath and
muffled curses. I have never been more
proud of my brother than I was then.
Though pale of faoe, like a bookman,
and more given to writing ballads than
bouts with single sticks, he played his
lithe rapier blade against their Bwords
and pikes like white lightning. For
awhile we stood abreast with our men
on either side. The invaders marked
our fine linen shirts and powdered hair
and yelled: "Down with the fine gen
tlemen I Down \4th the fat landhold
ers!" By this hoping to win our peas
ants.
"And, thank Qod, they held the
land I" cried an old herder.
I got my point into a fellow, drop
ping him so that the next conld get at
me. By the saints, the man who took
bis place was the giant of the cellar.
He carried a rapier, and with it in his
grip wore the air of a man of breeding.
We worked back from the others, we
two. He fenced like a master, but hap
pily for me he bad been pricked slightly
in the right shoulder.
"I have the honor of crossing swords
with D'Artagan, cadet of Isstens?" be
asked.
"The same,".I grunted, parrying a
thrust in quarte.
I backed slowly. He was certainly
my master in skill.
Presently I gained a little. "The
chief of robbers. I believe?" I queried
with fine ecorn.
"Sir Cadet, you are very young and
very proud," he said quietly. "I was
once a very devil at counting quarter
tugs and riding to hounds myself."
I was filled with surprise at the tone
of his voice more than at what he said,
for any base born fool can lie about his
breeding.
My wrist was tiring when I saw
with relief that the members of the at
tacking party inside the walls were all
killed or captured.
"Pray surrender, sir your men are
iown," I panted.
He lowered the point of bis sword.
"I surrender to as brave a gentleman,
tir, as ever clapped band to hilt," and
bowing like a dancing master he pre
lented his rapier. Harry and his men
came running toward us.
"This is my prisoner," I cried
through the clatter and din, "and the
man that harms him answers the
•word of the cadet."
The men turned off to help at the
gates, and Harry said. "Well done,
brother," and followed them.
"Where can I leave you 11 must back
to the fight," I said hurriedly.
"Though I am a man of honor, I beg
yon to turn a key on me, for form's
•ake," he replied.
He seemed to take his capture cheer
fully. We entered the house and I in
troduced him to one of the larders and
bolted the door on the outside.
Half an hour later the enemy with
drew, leaving the courtyard a ghastly
place of blood, silent bodies and broken
bill, and the soft dawn showing under
the stars. The baron, covered with
blood from wounds on his cheek and
shoulder, came into the great hall,
where our wounded lay moaning and
the others rested. He doffed his hat and
in his clear voice cried: "Men, I must
thank you from my heart. You have
stood tonight where the best trained
troops in Europe would falter. May
Qod give to all the king's peers as brave
a following as he has to me and my
house."
He went through the door to the in
ner rooms amid the loyal cheers of the
garrison, and Harry and I turned to
follow him.
"Qod keep the viscount," cried a big
plowman.
"And the cadet," sounded a muffled
voice from the larder.
CHAPTER HI
THE BOBBBI1 CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER.
In a few days things had taken on
very much their old facea Five pris
oners, being robbers and murderers,
were hung, but out of Bight of the
house. My prisoner, whom we called
"the captain," was kept for ransom.
So I told the men, but I doubt if 1
would have let him bang under any
circumstances, for be fascinated me
strangely. He was prisoned in my
chamber and fed from our own table.
We took him all manner of books,
which he read with pleasure Harry,
who was a wonderful scholar, far be
yond anything I could hope for, used to
argue with him over Homer and Cesar,
and sometimes they wrote songa to
gether. Then tbey would have me in
to hear the songs, which, I must say,
were very learned and not a little un-.
common.
The crops were put in and life went
on in the cottages and fields, as well as
in the house, very much as it had ba^
fore the great robber raid.
One morning I was seated on a stone
bench half way down the avenue of
beecheB, dreaming of things which the
oaptain's songs bad started in my
brain, when on raising "my head I saw
a lass tripping toward me up the road.
She was robed in all manner of fine
silks, like my mother on occasions, and
had white gloves on her whiter arms
Mbrry golden curls fell down from un
der the great featherbd bat.
"By the long sword, here comes that
court lady after Harry," I muttered
to myself, and straightway rose and
bowed, band on heart in the latest mode
She answered with a line courtesy.
"Are yon the lord cadet of lestens.
sir?" she Uhked, gazing
fweetly.
I could nuw that her face was
wun ami her eyes red from weeping.
"I urn the cadet the hoQM, ina
dame, but without a title. Perhaps His
my brother, the viscount, you would
see?" I bowed low after each word.
"Nay, sir, it is the brave cadet I
bear he captured my father with his
single sword, and took him into the
house kindly, as became a gentleman,"
she said very softly, looking at me with
wonderful eyes all the while.
"What!" I cried. "Are you the rob
bercaptain's daughter, madame?" And
I fell to staring at her like a great frog.
She flushed haughtily at that
"I am Captain Castletree'a daughter
—yea Does it offend your ears, my
lord
I was confuBed woefully. "Do you
want to take him away, madame? He
is very quiet and is helping my brother
write verses," I gasped.
The lady laughed merrily at my
speech and faca
"I would like to have him, Sir Cadet,
but I do not want to spoil yonr broth
er's rhymea"
I recovered from my confusion.
"Let us talk it over. You know ha
is a prisoner of war." I said, bowing
She answered with a fine courtesy.
her to the seat. I thought to imprsn
her with the greatness of the favor she
asked, so continued, "The four other
captives were hung."
She flashed her eyes at me.
"Because they were common scum,"
•he cried, "do you think tbey had no
•ouls?"
"I don't think they had, madame, foi
they were the foulest rogues and mur
derers under heaven. The captain ia a
man of breeding and may not be a ras
cal, after all. At any rate I have kept
him safe, and we are fond of him now."
Her eyes filled with teara
"Ob, forgive me!" shecried. "Ihave
sinned in speaking
BO
to you. May God
bleas yon for your sparing hand."
The tears sprang to my own eyea at
words of her forgiveness.
'It was very little to do. It waa a
pleasure," I stammered. Then, "MayI
take you to your father, Mistress Cas
tletree'i"
She accepted my proffered hand, and
together we went up the avenue and
through the great gate of the house of
Isstena
CHAPTER IV.
"DO TOD LOVE HER, VI8COONT?"
Can you imagine the stir all through
the house when I ushered in the cap1
tain's daughter, splendid -in her silks
and sunny smiles? Out came my father
and bowed like a gallant of 20. Ont
came my mother and swept the floor
with a grand courtesy. Mistress Lyons
cried, "Bless her dear English facsl"
and kissed her.
Ah, thought I, Castletree is an Eng
lish name, is it, and I gracefully pre
sented Harry, who could not have come
faster to meet the court lady whoa*
hand he had kissed.
I ran and released my prisoner, who
came down and received that little1
form—silks and curls, great hat and all
—into bis arms with a cry of joy. Ha
told her bow kind we had all been to
him—a foreign outlaw, a leader of rob
bers—and we blushed and wished we
had been 20 times kinder.
Then the maiden was taken off under
my mother's wing, and we men held
counsel in the little dining pqrlor.
"I am clear of the robbers," said the
big captain, "and I swear"—he did in
English—"that I would plow like a
peasant sooner than return to them."
"You area worthy gentleman, sir,'
said the baron, "and how you came to
mix and fight with such dogs I cannot
see."
"That—my reason for it is a closed
page of my life," answered the Eng
lishman. "Enough, my lord, that I
was once happy in my own castle in
Devon, with a sweet wife, honor and
wealth, and now''— And he burst into
tears.
The sight of a strong man in the
agony of weeping is ever a pain to me.
When he recovered himself, my
father offered him a position in the
household, to make him and Mistress
Caetletree of the family. My heart rose
at that.
The captain looked up proudly. "Can
learn onr bread,,
my lord? Is there
work for me to do?"
The baron, who was slightly the
elder of the two, took his hand.
"There is work, my friend, for a true
gentleman with a true sword in the
house of Isstens. Will you swear to be
loyal to this family until this family
or some member of it is disloyal to
you?"
"I swear it. on my honor," said the
captain.
I slipped out and getting his surren
dered sword from my room returned
and placed it in his handa
"Not this sword," he said. "I will
purchase a new one from the bouse of
Isstens." And he broke the lithe blade
across bis knee and handed me back
the two piecea
"It was not the sword I used in the
service of my old king. Neither will I
use it in the service of my new lord,
the Baron Isstena" he said, amiling
sadly.
And thus the houBe of Isstens was
increased, and life seemed to be mer
rier and more worth the trouble inBide
the gray old walla
The captain knew a great deal about
farming and even more about weapons
and the drilling of men. Soon all the
people on the estate, including old Red
Harding, looked up to him with love
and respect, and Bome of them whis
pered that he had been a~~prince in his
own country.
Blithely, like red petals blowing from
a bash, went the days through May
and Jane. The brigands lay close in
their mountain fastnesses, evidently
crushed by our brave defense, the
slaughter at the gates and the hanging
of the captivea
The peasants returned to their work,
the foresters and keepers to the woods,
the plowmen and sowers to the fields,
and the young grain was green over
the uplanda Captain Castletree was
everywhere. For three days he tramped
about in the forests with a squad of
axmen marking the lumber to be cut
for building and where the underbrush
was to be cleared out for firewood. I
wondered if be ever thought of the
lestenB fagot he had tried so heartily
to use over my head.
There was a second ditch to be run
through the swamp, and the captain
marked the best course for it, and even
helped ut the blasting out of rocks with
his own bands. And yet a finer and
prouder gentleman could not be found
to Wassmark, s?h»r« ig said the Mo­
bility cannot bend to pick up their
gloves should they happen to fall.
It did not take me many weeks to
discover that I was deeply in love with
Mistress Castletree. Her other name
was Marion, which both Harry and I
thought very pretty. My brother made
verses nhout it and read them tons on
the south terrace. Sometimes my heart
ached that I. too. cnuld not writo danc
ing rhymes to bring smileB to her lipa
I looked at Harry through a green light
and said all manner of unpleasant thinga
to him. and for answer he would only
eye me and smile.
One day I canght him by the shoul
der—we were alone—and cried. "Do
you love her, viscount?"
At first I thought he was about to
say "Nol" but his face changed and
he cried: "Fie, fie, my dear cadet I
And what if I do?"
"Yes, poor cadet," I hissed. "Oh.
but th« cadet hus a sword, and by all
the devils it is not a?i one to get
beyond!" With horror at my words I
tnrned away. Quick as a flash he was
at
m.v
shoulder.
[CONTINUED.]
Grain-0 Brings Belief.
to
the coffee drinker. Coffee drinking
is a babit that is universally indulged in
and almost as universally injurious.
Have you tried Grain-0 It is almost
like coffee but the effects are just the
opposite. Coffee upsets the
Btomach,
ruins the digestion, effects the
A Spoiled Child.
'Whataro you crying about limv,
dearie?" asked the fond mother. "Is
there something mamma's
Bweetest
wants?"
"Yea" -V
"What is it?"
"I—I don't know I That'B what I'm
crying about!"—Indianapolis Journal.
To Oonaumptives.
As an honeet remedy, Foley's Honey
and Tar does not hold out false hopes
in advanced stages, but truthfully
claimB to give comfort and relief In tbe
very worst cases, and in the early stages
to effect a core.—Gregg & Ward.
Tne maunnce mtn'N (MIMB.
"He is the stupidest man—he never
opens his mouth without putting his
foot in it," said the young girl of tbe
clerk who had taken her to tho nata
toriuui.
"Perhaps that is the only way he can
niuke both ends meet on his small sal
ary," remarked the insurance man.—
Spokane Spokesman-Review
VOII ought to know that when suf
fering from any kidney trouble
that a safe, sure remedy is Foley's Kid
ney Cure. Guaranteed or money re
funded—Gregg & Ward.
His Style of Rldtav*
Gambrel—Oh, I've seen worse riders
Ihnn you, but why do you jump up and
let in daylight between yourself and
the horse at every step?
Snaffle—That's all you know about
it. I don't rise from tho horse. He
drops down from me. I keep right in
the same position all the time.—Boston
Transcript
The Host Fatal Disease.
More adults die of Kidney trouble
than of any other disease. When the
first symptonB of this disease appear,
no time should be lost in taking Foley's
Kidney Cure, which is guaranteed or
money refunded. 50-81.00—Gregg &
Ward.
Boxing Bride's Bar.
InXithuuuift, proviuce of Rabsin, it
is oastomary that the bride's
oars should
be boxed before tbe
mur:Ti"0(\T'j
No matter how tender
heurced
the moth­
er may be ebe always
iimkos
it a
point
of administering a hearty smack to her
daughter in the presence of witnesses,
and a note is made of the faet. The
mother's intention is a kind one, though
the custom itself is bad. The reason for
it is to protect the bride should hor mar
riage prove an unhappy one. Iu that
ease she will sue for a divorce, and her
plea will be that she was forced iuto the
marriage against her will, and on that
score the verdict of the jndge will bo in
hs* favor.
'Foley's Kidney Cure has been tested
and found to be all you claim for it. 1
have been giving it to my father and it
is the only thing that oyer helped him,"
writes GEO. C. HICKOCK, CurtiBS, Wis.
—Gregg & Ward.
An Im »ce.
"Speaking of gei,i..g a tooth pulled,"
said the com fed philosopher—"that is
one instance wbore a man is bound to
stay and see the thing out."—Indian
apolis Journal.
Piles! Piles!
Why be bothered with this annoying
complaint when Banner Salve will cure
you. 25c.—Gregg & Ward.
Oranges, limes, bananas' and cocoa
nuts grow wild in Costa Rica.
Tetter, Eczema and Skin Diseases
yield quickly to the marvelous healing
qualities of Banner Salve made from a
prescription of a skin specialist of
world wide fame. 86c.—Gregg & Ward.
ILLINOIS CENTRAL R. R.
H0ME8EEKERS'
EXCURSIONS
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST,
SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER
The Illinois Central will ruu
Homeseekers' Excursions to eer
tala points in the South on the
lines of the Illinois Central rail
road and Yazoo & Mississippi
Valley K&Hrnads from all
stations
west of and Including Alden and from all points
on the Lyle and Cedar Rapids branches on June
19th. July ard 17th and aist, August
14th.
HOUSE TO KENT.
Tli'1 Denton residence property near the High
Sob'-M building Is for reut. Inquire of
l.-'f K. W.TlRltn.L.
HOMESEEKERS' EXOTJR8ION8
V!a the B., O. R. & N. By., June 20,
July 4 and 18, Aug. 1 and 15,
Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 3 and 17.
On these dates round trip tickets,
§inu
oi«i 21 days will be sold at tbe rate of
Fare, plus $2, to all points on this
line in Iowa, Minnesota and South Da
kota, north of and including Shell Rock
and Abbott Grossing and to Waverly.
Tickets at this rate will also be sold to
a large number of
citieB
and towns in
Northern, Western and Southern states.
For further information call on 1!., C.
R. & N. Agents or address
J. MORTON, G. P. & T. A.,
25w17 Cedar Rapids, la.
Dixie Flyer to Florida
DAILY TO ST. LOUIS
ins niL it'
TO TI1E
heart
and diBturbs tbe whole nervous system.
Grain-O tones up the stomach, aids di
gestion and strengthens the nerves.
There is nothing but nourishment in
Grain-O. It can be otherwise. 15 and
25c per package
and connecting lines by way of
Nashville,
Chattanooga,
I Atlanta
I.oavos St. Louis every evenlut:, Is solid train
to NashviUe, and carries a
Through Sleeoing Car
St. Louis to Jacksonville, Fla.
Day Express also leaves St. Louis every
morning ana carries a through sleeping car, St.
Louis to Nashville and Chattanooga, connecting
with through sleeping car to Augusta. Through
coach St. Louis to Nashville, thus giving
DOUBLE iDAILY SERVICE
to Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta and Jackson
ville, connecting all principal points in tliesouth
east, such as Charleston, WiUmlngton, Aiken
and Savannah for all points jU Florida.
Tickets and full information concerning the
above can be had of agents of the "CentraT'and
connectlngllnes,
0. C. McGABTY, D. 1*. A., St Louis, Mo.
A. n. HANSON, O. P. A. J. V. MKRIIY. A. O.l'A,
Chicago, 50tf Dubuque. Iowa.
R. W. TIRRILL
Is Loaning Honey as cheap
as any person or Corpor
ation.
a^HESNER
Blacksmith
Does a general line of blacksmith
ing
HORSESHOEING and
PLOW WORK,
All work done in first-class order
and guaranteed. Prices reason
able
SHOP, WEST SIDE OFRIVER
Near tb ige.
Good Advice.
When you want anything in the line of
Furniture
do not torget to write us or examine
our stock and prices. We have no
for shodih goods, but with forty
years of experience can guarantee you
honest goods at fair prices. Remem
ber this and you vftll profit by it.
F. Werkmeister,
3-91
Earlville. Iowa.
A FREE PATTERN
Sep­
tember 4th and 18th and October
2d
Skene, Land Commisslonerl. C. K. It., at
Chicago.
llirnTI Home-seekers' Excursion tickets
UILVII
will also be sold from stations in
Wr 11
Iowa east of and including Cedar
•11(11! Falls, and from poiuts on tho Lyle
IIIA/I* and Cedar Kaplds branches, June
20th. July 4th and isth, August 1st
and irth, September 5 and 19th and Octobor
3d aud 17th to points on the Illinois (-eutral rail
road to which the one way rate Is $7.00 or over
in South Dakota. Minnesola and
ID
Lines of Railroarirt
The IlRuois Central will also sell on the tirst
and third Tuesdays In June, Julv. August Sep
tember and Ootober Homeseekers' excursion
tickets to points on foreign lines of railroads lu
many of the Western, Southwestern and South*
era states.
For rates, routes, etc.. Inquire of your nearest
ILLINOIS CENTKAL TICKET AGENT. 1
All Home-Seekers' Excursion Tickets are sold
at a rate of
3
(yonr own selection) to every
sab-1
scriber. Only 50 cents a year.
MS CALL'S
MAGAZINE
A LAMES' MAGAZINE.
ft
bf"tMol colore* phte. Uin,
fuBioai drusnuikinc ocononies fmcr
wo^»household
biou fiction, ete. Sub-
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agent* wutcd. Scad for IMM
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S TMLN'WBT •™T
THE McCALL CO.,
118-148 WMt Utk St., Mm Tark.
trt/iffm/HmtfimmmiNWii
Subscriptions receiveu ai tho Demo
crat otiice. We will furnish McGall'B
Magazine and The Democrat one year
for $1.80. lltf
ii/1^/ il/ U/ \^i 11/ \i/
m.d ictli,
and from all points east of »nd including Wil
liams ONE DAY T4ATEU than the dates named.
The new "Southern Homeseekers" Guide de
scribes in detail the agricultural advantages, the
soil and products at all points south of tho Ohio
ltlver on the lines of the above-mentioned roads.
Por a copy address the undersigned.
For Information concerning railroad land In
the fertile Yazoo Valley of Mississippi address
E. P.
Lite the Pyramids
Iowa to
points west of Ackley, Inclusive, except points
west of LeMars.
Hoiueseekeiw* Exouraious to Point* on Other
1
ONE FARE PLUS
$2.00 1
for the round trip. Tickets limited to 21 days
for return. J. F. MERRY,
A. G. P. A.,
111. Cent. R. It..
tswil Dubuqut, iowa.
The Pyramids are one ol
the wonders of the world
not for beauty or art in de
sign, but simply because
they have lasted so long.
This lumbir stock ol
ours is like the pyramids
because of itslast'ng qual
ities. The lumber we sell
ou is the kind that give*
Compl -te satisfaction.
Stop in here before
you start to do your build
ing and see what we cr.n do
for you in the way of sav
ing you money and giving
you vilue for every cent
you spend with us.
MM* Lute ft
Shop In Masonic Blk,
over C. O. D. Grocery
...You will Find.
Ladies' and gentlemens' fine Summer Underwear, ladies' and
gentlemens' fine Hosiery, Silk Mitts, Gloves, Handkerchiefs,
Neckties, Corsets, Dress j-tays, Laces, Crochet and mending
Cottons, Braid, Elastic Web and Cord, Hair Pins, Hair Nets,
new styles Ladies' waist Sets and Waist Pins, Skirt Pins, Cy
rano Watch Chain and Waist Pins, mounted Side and Pompa
dour Combs, Belts, New styles Belt Buckles, Thread needles
and Pins, Table Linen, Napkins, Towels and Toweling, Table
Oil Cloth, Fancy, Plain and white Men's Unlaundried Shirts,
Men's and Boys' fancy and working Shirts, Overalls and Sus
penders.
SILVERWARE —Knives, Forks and Spoons.
NEW STYLES in fancy Glassware and Water Sets,
Crockery, hinawarc, Granite and Tinware, Doll Cabs, Boys'
Express Wagons and Velocipedes, Child's lancy Chairs,
Rockers and Shoofly's.
ORGANS and Sewing Machines and complete line of
Musical Merchandise and all the latest and popular UP*to
date Sheet Music-
Would be pleased to have you come in, look our goods
over, get acquainted and secure some of the baigains we have
for you. We will always treat you well.
Dealer in all kinds of
Lumber,
Doors, ash,
Blinds, Etc,
HARD and
SOFT COAL.
Yours respectfully, A
W.W.MOORE.
Moore's Dep't Store
MANCHESTER
UMBER CO..
Agents for
ATLAS, PORTLAND
and LOUISVILLE
CEMENT
Maquoketa
LIME
Stucco and
Plastering Hair.
Successor to G. W. Fairchild
West Side of River.
Attention G. A. R!
THE NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT
at PHILADELPHIA, PA., SEPT. 4-9, 1899,
18 oxpectod to be the largest ever held. The veterans and their families
and all who desire to attend the encampment or to visit in the
east should take advantage of the
Extremely Low Rates
to Philadelphia and Return Offered by the
B. C. R. & N. Ry.
Tickets will be Bold by all agents of this line on Sept. X, 2, and 8, for trains
arriving in Chicago Sept. 4th. These tickets will be good returning until
Sept. 13, and may bo extended until Sept. 30 upon payment of 50 cents ad
ditional.
Sid® Trip Tickets will be sold at Philadelphia, at low rates to Baltimore,
Washington, Old Point Comfort, Atlantic City, Valley Forge, Gettysburg,
and other interesting and historio cities.
Special Attractions. The Grand Parade on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. A Great
Naval Review on tho Delaware River, etc. THE PRESIDENT OP THE
UNITED STATES, ADMIRAL DEWEY, OENERAL IIILES and many
other distinguished statesmen and officers are to be present.
The B., C. R. & N. Ry. will offer the best passenger service to the En
campment. Solid trains of Pullman Sleepers and Coaches will be run
through to Philadelphia on fast Schedules via the best eastern routes.
Further announcements of time of Special Trains, etc., will be made later.
Particulars regarding Rates, etc.. may be obtained from B., C. R. & N.
agents or by addressing
E. O. SOULE, G. A. P. D., J. MORTON, G. P. T. A.,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 31-5 .Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Artistic Tailoring!
My Spring Suitings have arrived and those desiring styliBh and
handsome suits should not fail to call and examine my stook. I have
the latest patterns in overcoating and pants that will catch your aye
at a glance. I also have a choice selection of fabric that I am mak
ing up at a reasonable price and I would like to take your order at
once. My high grade custom work speaks for itself. You get the
latest style and fit and best of workmanship at A. L. Severteon, the
artistic tailor.
A. L.®Severtson,
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