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Author of The
Sweetwater, witli quiet smllp cal
Culoted to hide Ills (llsnppoliitinent,
Went on as
If perfectly satisfied.
"Meanwhile John nwukc-R, sees tlie
.dagger and thinks to eml his misery
rwlth. It, but finds himself too feeble.
The cut In his vest, the dent in the
floor, prove this, but If you call for fur
ther proof, a little fact, whlcli some If
not all of you seem to have overlooked,
will amply satisfy you that this one at
least of my conclusions is correct. Open
the Bible, Abel open It uot to shake It
for what will never fall out from be
tween Its leaves, but to UnO in the Bi
ble ltaelf the lines I have declared to
you'he wrote as a dying legacy with
that tightly clutched pencil. Have you
found them?"
"No," was Abel's perplexed retort.
"I cannot see any sign of writing on
-fly leaf or margin."
"Are those the only blank places in
the sacred book? Search the leaves
devoted to the family record. Now,
what do you find there?"
Knapp, who was losing some of his
Indifference, drew nearer and read for
Umself the scrawl which now appear
ed to every eye on the discolored page
which Abel here turned uppermost.
"Almoat Illegible," he said. "One can
lost make out these words: 'Forgive
me,' James—tried to use dagger—found
lying—but hand wouldn't—dying with
out—don't grieve—true men—haven't
disgraced ourselves—God bless'— That
to all."
"The effort must have overcome him,"
resumed Sweetwater in a voice from
which he carefully excluded all signs
of secret triumph, "and when James
returned, as he did a few minutes lat
er, be waB evidently unable to answer
questions even if James was In a con
dition to ask them. But the fallen dag
ger told its own story, for James pick
ed it up and put It back on the table,
and It was at this minute he saw, what
John had not, the $20 bill lying there
with its promise of life and comfort
Hope revives. He catches up this bill,
flies down to Loton's, procures a loaf
of bread and comes frantically back,
gnawing It as he runs, for his own hun
ger Is more than he can endure. Re
entering his brother's presence, he
rushes forward with the bread. But,
the relief-has come too late.. John has
died In his absence, and James, dizzy
wltii the shock, reels back and' suc
cumbs to his own misery. Gentlemen,
have you anything to say In contradlc
tlon of these various suppositions?"
For a moment Dr. Talbot, Mr. Fen
ton and even Knapp stood silent' then
the latter said, with pardonable dry
jtess:
"All this Is ingenious but, unfortu
nately, It is upset by a little fact which
you yourself have overlooked. Have
you examined attentively the dagger of
.wlUch yon" have so often spoken, Mr.
Sweetwater?"
"Not as 1 would like to, but I noticed
it had blood on Its edge and was of the
shape and size necessary to inflict the
wound from which -Mrs. Webb died."
"Very good, but there Is something
•else of Interest to be observed on it
fetch It, Abel."
Abel, hurrying from the room, soon
brought back the weapon In question.
Sweetwater, with a vague sense of dis
appointment disturbing him, took it
eagerly and studied it very closely.
But he only shook his bead.
"Bring It nearer to the light," sug
gested Knapp, "and examine the little
scroll near the top of the handle."
Sweetwater did so and at once chang
ed color. In the midst of the scroll
were two very small but yet perfectly
distinct letters. They were "J. Z."
"How did Amabel Page come by a
dagger mat'ked with the Zabel ini
tials?" questioned Knapp. "Do you
think her foresight went so far as to
provide herself with a dagger ostensi
bly belonging to one of these brothers?
And then have you forgotten that when
Mr. Crane met the old man at Mrs.
Webb's gateway he saw In his hand
something that glistened? Now, what
was that if not this dagger?"
Sweetwater was more disturbed than
Ibe cared to acknowledge.
"That Just shows my lack of experi
ence," he grumbled. "I thought 1 had
turned this subject so thoroughly over
In my mind that no one could bring an
objection ngalnst it."
Knapp shook his head and smiled.
"Young enthusiasts like yourself are
great at forming theories which well
seasoned men like myself must regard
as fantastical. However," he went on,
"there Is no doubt that Miss Page was
a witness to,.even If she has not profit
ed by, the murder we have been consid
ering. But with this palpable proof of
the Zabels' direct connection with the
affair I would not recommend her ar
rest as yet."
"She should be under surveillance,
-.though," Intimated the coroner.
"Most certainly," acquiesced Knapp.
As for Sweetwater, he remained si
lent till the opportunity came for him
to whisper apart to Dr. Talbot, when
ihe said
"For all the palpable proof of which
Mr. Knapp speaks—the 9. Z.' on the
•dagger and the possibility of this being
ithe object he was seen carrying out of
Philemon Webb's gate—I maintain that
this old man In his moribund condition
.never struck the "blow that killed
.Agatha Webb. He hadn't strength
•enough even If bis lifelong love.for her
lhad not been sufficient to prevent him."
The coroner looked thoughtful.
"You are right"
Bald
but
$ $ I I 1
Leavoaworth Case,"
"Last
Frederick staggered away. Ho had
never In his life been so near mental
and physical-collapse. At tlie thresh
old of the sitting room door he met his
father. Mr. Sutherland was looking
both troubled and anxious—more so,
Frederick thought, than when he sign
ed the check for him on the previous
nlglit As their eyes met both showed
embarrassment, but Frederick, whose
nerves had been highly strung up by
what he had just heard, soon control
led himself and, surveying his father
with forced calmness, began:
"This Is dreadful news, sir."
But his father, intent on his own
thought, hurriedly interrupted him.
"You told mo yesterday that every
thing was broken off between you and
Miss Page, yet I saw you re-enter the
house together last night a little while
after 1 gave you the money you asked
for."
"I know, and it must have had a bad
appearance. 1 entreat you, however, to
"The dagger has
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The Mystery of Agatha Webb.
By Anna Katharine Green.
Kan'sXuas,"
been found
in their
and most of the money."
believe that this meeting between Miss
Page and myself was against my wish
and that the relations between us have
not been affected by anything that
passed between us."
"I am glad to hear it my son. You
could not do worse by yourself than to
return to your old devotion."
"I agree with you, sir." And then,
because he could not help It, Frederick
Inquired If he had heard the news.
5fr. Sutherland, evidently startled,
asked what news, to which Frederick
replied:
"The news about the Zabels. They
are both dead, sir—dead from hunger.
Can you imagine It?"
This was something so different from
what his father had expected to hear
that he did not take It In at first When
he did, his surprise and grief were even
greater than Frederick bad anticipated.
Seeing him so affected, Frederick, who
thought that the whole truth would be
no harder to bear than the half, added
the suspicion which had been attached
to the younger one's name and then
stood back, scarcely daring to be a wit
ness to the outraged feelingB which
such a communication could not fail to
awaken in one of his father's tempera
ment.
For some reason Frederick experi
enced great relief at this and was brac
ing himself to meet the fire of ques
tions which his statement must neces
sarily call forth when the sound of ap
proaching steps drew the attention of
both toward a party of men coming up
the hillside.
Among them was Mr. Courtney, pros
ecuting attorney for this district, and
as Mr.' Sutherland recognized him he
sprang forward, saying, "There's Court
ney he will explain this."
Frederick followed, anxious and be
wildered, and soon had the doubtful
pleasure of seeing his father enter his
study In company with the four men
considered to be most Interested In the
elucidation of the Webb mystery.
As he was lingering In an undecided
mood In the
Bmall
passageway leading
up stairs he felt the pressure of a fin
ger on his shoulder. Looking up, he
met tho eyes of Amnbel, who was lean
ing toward him over the banisters. She
was
Bmlllng,
he. "He hadn't
strength enough. But don't expend too
much energy in talk. Walt and
Blept
little. The words he had overheard
.at the end of the lot the night before
were still ringing In his ears. Uoincr
'down the back stairs In bis anxiety to
-avoid Amabel, he came upon one of the
-stablemen.
"Been to the village this morning?"
he asked.
"No, sir, but Leni has. There's great
news there. I wonder If any one has
told Mr. Sutherland?"
"What news, Jake? I don't think my
-father Is up yet"
"Why, Blr, there were two more deaths
in town last night—the brothers Zabel
—and folks do say (Lein heard It a doz
•en times between the grocery and tho
fish market) that It was one of these
•old men who killed Mrs. Webb. The
-dagger has been found In their house
jand most of the money. Why, sir,
—n*.--
and. though her face was
not witliout'cvUlences of physical lan
guor, there was a charm about her per
son which would have been sufficiently
enthralling to him 24 bours before, but
which now caused him such a physical
repulsion that he started back In tho
effort to rid his shoulder from her dis
turbing touch.
She frowned. It was an Instantane
ous expression of displeasure which
was soon lost In one of her gurgling
laughs.
"Is my touch so burdensome?" she
demanded. "If the pressure of one fin
ger Is so unbearable to your sensitive
nerves, how will you -eelisli the weight
of my whole hand?"
Bee
what a few direct questions will elicit
.from Miss Page."
CHAPTER XVIII.
A WILY WITNESS.
Frederick. rose early. He bad
There was a fierceness in her tone, a
purpose In her look that for the first
time in his struggle with her revealed
the full depth of her dark nature.
Shrinking from her nppalled, he put up
his hand In protest, at which she
chunged again in a twinkllug, and with
a cautious gesture toward the room In
to which Mr. Sutherland and hit)
friends had disappeared, sho whisper
ed significantly:
"We may not have another chance to
coufcr tospthor. Understand, then, that
It will uot be necessary for you to tell
me, In so many words, that you are
ready to link your fortunes to mine
the taking off of the ring you wear and
your slow putting of It on again, in my
presence, will be understood by me as
a token that you have reconsidered
your present attitude and desire my si
lence and—myself."
Frederick could not repress a shud­
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Freilerlck made an effort and stood
upright. He had nearly fallen.
"No—that Is, I am not quite myself.
So many horrors, Jake."
"What did tlicy die of? You say they
are both dead—both?"
"Yes, sir, and It's dreadful to think
of, but It was hunger, sir. Bread came
too late. Both men are mere skeletons
to look at. They have kept themselves
close for weeks now, and nobody knew
how bad off they were. I don't won
der It upset you, sir. We all feel It a
bit. and I just dread to tell Mr. Suther
land."
der.
For an Instant he was tempted to
tuccumb on Ihe spot and have the long
agony over. Then Ills horror of the wo
man rose to such a pitch that ho utter
ed an execration, and, turning away
from her face, which was rapidly grow
ing loathsome to him, be ran out of the
passageway Into the garden, seeing as
ho ran a persistent vision of himself
pulling off the ring and putting it back
again, under the spell of a look he re
belled agalnBt even while he yielded to
Its Influence.
I will not wear a ring. I will not
subject myself to the possibility of
obeying her behest under a sudden
stress of fear or fascination," he ex
claimed, pausing by the well curb and
looking over It at his reflection In the
water beneath. "If I drop It here, I
at least lose the horror of doing what
she suggests under some Involuntary
Impulse." But the thought that the
mere absence of the ring from his fin
ger would not stand In tbe way of his
going through the motions to which
she had
juBt
given such significance
deterred him from the sacrifice of a
valuable family jewel, and he left the
spot with an air of frenzy such as a
man displays when he feels himself
on the verge of a doom he con neither
meet nor avert
,As he re-entered the house he felt
himself enveloped In the atmosphere
of a coming crisis. He could hear
voices In tho upper ball, and among
them he caught the accents of her he
had learned so lately to fear. Impelled
by something deeper than curiosity
and more potent even than dread, he
hastened toward the stairs. When
half way up them, be caught sight of
Amabel. She was leaning back against
the balustrade that ran across the up
per hall, with her handB gripping the
rail on either side of her and her face
turned toward the five men who had
evidently Issued from Mr. Sutherland's
study to Interview her.
As her back was to Frederick, be
could not judge of the expression of
that face save by the effect It had upon
the different men confronting her. But
to see them was enough. From their
looks he could perceive that this young
girl was In one of her baffling moods
and that from his father down, not
one of the men present knew what to
make of her.
house
At the sound his feet made, a relaxa
tion took place In her body, and she
lost something of the defiant attitude
she bad before maintained. Presently
he heard her voice:
"I am willing to answer any ques
tions you may choose to put me here,
but I cannot consent to shut myself In
with you in that small study. I should
suffocate."
Frederick could perceive the looks
which passed between the five men as
sembled before her and was astonished
to note that the Insignificant fellow
they called Sweetwater was the first
to answer.
"Very well," said he. "If you enjoy
the publicity of tbe open hall, no one
here will object Is not that so, gen
tlemen?"
Her two little fingers, which were
turned toward Frederick, ran up and
down the rail, making a peculiar rasp
ing noise, which for a moment was-tbe
only sound to be heard. Then Mr.
Courtney said:
"How came you to have the handling
of the money taken from Agatha
Webb's private drawer?"
It was a startling question, but It
seemed to affect Amabel less than it
did Frederick. It made him start, but
she only turned her head a trifle aside,
so that the peculiar smile with which
Bhe
But, though he thus escaped the.
shocked look which crossed his father's
countenance, he could not fall to hear
the Indignant exclamation which burst
from his lips or help perceiving thai:
It would take more than the most com
plete circumstantial evidence to con
vince his father-of tbe guilt of men ha
had known and respected for so many
years.
prepared to answer could be seen
by any one standing below.
"Suppose you ask something less lead
ing than that to begin with," she sug
gested in her high, unmusical voice.
"From the searching nature of this in
quiry. you evidently believe I have in
formation of an Important character to
give you concerning Mrs. Webb's un
happy death. Ask me about that The
other question I will answer later."
The aplomb with which this was said,
mixed as It was with a feminine al
lurement of more than ordinary subtle^
ty, made Mr. Sutherland frown and
Dr. Talbot look perplexed, but It did
not embarrass Mr. Courtney, who made
haste to respond In his driest accents.
"Very well, I am not particular as to
what you answer first A flower worn
by you at the dance was found near
Batsy*s skirts before she was lifted up
that morning. Can you explain this,
or, rather, will you?"
"You are not obliged to, you know,"
put In Mr. Sutherland, with his inexo
rable sense of Justice. "Still, If you
would, it might rob these gentlemen oi
suspicions you certainly cannot wish
them to entertain."
"What I say," she remarked slowly,
"will be as true to the facts as if I
stood here on my oath. I can explain
how a flower from my hair came to be
in Mrs. Webb's house, but not how It
came to be found under Batsy's feet
That some one else must clear up."
Her little finger, lifted from the rail,
pointed toward Frederick, but no one
saw this unless it was that gentleman
himself. "I worn this orchid In my
hair that night and there would be
nothing strange in its being afterward
picked up in Mrs. Webb's house, be
cause I was In that house at or near
the time she was murdered."
"You In that house?"
"Yes, as far as the ground floor nc
farther." Here the little finger stopped
pointing. "I am ready to tell you
about It sirs, and only regret I hnye
delayed doing so so long, but I wished
to be sure It was necessary. Your
presence here and your first question
show that It Is."
There was suavity in her tone now,
not unmixed with candor. Sweetwater
did not seem to relish this, for he mov
ed uneaBlly on his feet and loBt a shade
of his self satisfied attitude. He had
still to be made acquainted with all the
ins and outs of the woman's remark
able nature.
"We are waiting," suggested Dr. Tal
bot
She turned to face this new speaker,
and Frederick was relieved from tbe
sight of her tantalizing smile.
"I will tell my story simply," said
(he, "with the simple suggestion that
you believe me otherwise you will
make a mistake. While I was resting
from a dance the other night I heard
two of the young people talking about
the Zabels. One of them was laughing
at the old men, and the other was try
ing to relate some old story of early
love which had been the cause, th»
choiy lives. I was listening To them,
but I did not take In much of what
they were saying till I heard behind
me an irascible voice exclaim lug: 'You
laugh, do .vou? I wonder if ymi would
laugh so easily If you knew that these
two poor old ineu haven't .had a de
cent niral In a fortnight didn't
know the speaker, but I was thrilled
by his words. Not hud a good meal,
these men, for a fortnight! I felt as If
personally guilty of their suffering,
and, happening to raise my eyes at this
minute and seeing1 through an open
door the bountiful refreshments pre
pared Tor us all In the supper room, I
felt guiltier than ever. Suddenly I
took a resolution. It was a queer one
and may servo to show you some of
the oddities of my nature. Though I
was engaged for the next dance, and
though I was dressed In the flimsiest
garments suitable to the occasion, I
decided to leave tlie hall and carry
some sandwiches down- to these old
men In their cottage. Procuring a bit
of paper, I made up a bundle and stole
out. of the house without baring said
a word to anybody of my Intention.
Not wishing to be seen, I went out by
the garden door, which is at the end of
a dark hall."
"Just as the baud was playing
the 'Harebell Mazourka,' Interpolated
Sweetwater.
Startled for the first time from ber
careless composure by an Interruption
of which it was Impossible for her at
that minute to measure either tho mo
tive or the meaning, she censed to play
with her lingers on the baluster rail
and let her eyes rest for a moment on
the man who had thus spoken, as if
she hesitated between her deslro to an
nihilate him for his impcrtincuce and a
fear of the cold hate she saw actuat
ing his every word and look. Then she
went on, as if no one had spoken:
"I ran down the hill recklessly. I
was bent on my errand and not at all
afraid of the dark. When I reached
that part of the road wliero the streets
branch off, I heard footsteps In front
of me. I had overtaken some oue.
Slackening my pace so that I should
not pass tills person, whom I Instinc
tively knew to be a man, I followed
him till I came to a high board fence.
It was that surrounding Agatha Webb's
house, and when I saw it I could not
help connecting the rather stealthy
gait of the man in front of me with a
story I hud lately heard of the large
sum of money she was known to have
In her house. Whether this was before
or after this persou disappeared round
the corner I eanuot say, but no sooner
had I become ccrtain that he was bent
upon enterlug this house than my im
pulse to follow him became greater
than my precaution, and. turning aside
"A flower worn by vou at the dance was
found-near Batsy's skirts."
from the direct path to tho Zabels', 1
hurried down High street just In time
to sec tbe man enter Mrs. Webb's front
gateway.
"It was a late hour for visiting but,
as the house had lights in both its low
er and upper stories, I should by good
rights have taken it for granted that he
was an expected guest and gone my
own way to the Zabels*. But I did not.
The softness with which this person
stepped and the skulking way In which
ho hesitated at the front gate aroused
my worst fears, aud after lie bad open
ed that gate and slid In I was so pur
saed by the idea that he was there for
no good that I stepped Inside the gate
myself and took my stand In the deep
shadow cast by the old pear tree on
the right baud side of the walk. Did
any one speak?"
There was a unanimous denial from
the five gentlemen before her, yet she
did uot look satisfied.
"1 thought I heard some one mnke a
remark," she said and paused again
for a half.minute, during which her
smile was a study. It was so cold and
In such startling contrast to the vivid
glances she threw everywhere except
behind her on the landing where Fred
erick stood listening to her every word.
"We are very much interested," re
marked Mr. Courtney. "Pray go on."
Drawing her left hand from the bal
ustrade where tt had rested, she looked
at one of hVr Angers with an odd back
ward gesture.
"I will," sho said, and her tone was
hard and threatening. "Five minutes,
no longer, passed when I was startled
by a loud and terrible cry from the
house, and, looklug up at tho second
story window, from which the sound
proceeded, I saw a woman's figure
banging out In a seemingly pulseless
condition. Too terrified to move, I
clung, trembling, to the tree, hearing
and uot hearing tbe shouts and laugh
ter of a dozen or more men who at that
mlnuto passed by the corner on their
way to the wharfs. I was dazed, I
was choking, and only came to myself
when sooner or later, I do not know
how soon or how late, a fresh horror
happened. The woman whom I had
Just seen fall almost from the window
was a serving woman, but when I
heard another scream I knew that the
mistress of the house was being at
tacked, and, riveting my eyes on those
windows, I beheld the shade of one of
them thrown back and a hand appear,
flinging out something which fell In
the grass on the opposite side of the
lawn. Then the shade fell again, and,
hearing nothing further, Iran to where
the object flung out bad fallen and,
feeling for It, found and picked up an
old fashioned dagger, dripping with
blood. Horrlfled beyond all expression,
I dropped tbe weapon and drew back,
trembling, into my former place of con
cealment
"But 1 was not satisfied to remain
there. A curiosity, a determination
even, to see the man who had commit
ted this dastardly deed attacked me
with such force that I was Induced to
leave my hiding place and even to en
ter the houso where In all probability
he was counting the gains he had Just
obtained at the price of such precious
blood. The door, which he had not
perfectly closed behind him, seemed
to Invite me In, and before I had real
ized my own temerity I was standing
In the hall of this 111 fated bouse."
was In tho little room at the moment
when you entered the house?"
As every one there present realized
the Importance this question, a
general luovciii. in took place, and each
and all drew nearer as she met their
eyes and answered placidly:
"Yes Mr. Webb was sitting In a
chair asleep. He was the only person
I saw."
"Oh, I know he never committed this
crime," gasped his old friend, in a re
lief so great that one and all seemed
to share It.
"Now I have courage for the rest
Go on, Miss Page."
But Miss Tage paused again to look
at her finger and give that sldewlse
toss to her head that seemed so un
called for by the situation to any who
did not know of tho compact between
herself and tlie listening man below.
"I hate to go back to that moment,"
said she, "for when I saw the caudles
burning on the table and the husband
of the woman above sitting there In
unconscious apathy I felt something
rise In my throat that made me death
ly sick for a moment. Then I went
right in where he was nnd was about
to shake his arm and wake him when I
detected a spot of blood on my finger
from the dagger I had handled. That
gave me another turn and led me to
wipe off my linger on Ills sleeve."
"It's a pity you did not wipe off your
slippers, too." murmured Sweetwater.
Again she looked at him again her
eyes opened in terror upon the faco of
this man, once so plain and insignifi
cant In her eyes, but now so filled with
menace she Inwardly quaked before it
for all her apparent scorn. X.urti
To be continued.
Washington, D. C.
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The Interest which up to this moment
had been breathless now expressed It
self In hurried ejaculations gnd broken
words, nnd Mr. Sutherland, who had
listened like one In a dream, exclaimed
eagerly^ and In a tone which proved
that he for the moment at least be
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Ea rlville, Iowa.
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Notice of Incorporation of the Maaon
Yille Savings Bao& ot Mason
ville, Iowa.
Notice Is heroby ctvon that there has been re
corded In the onivo of the recorder of deeds of
Delaware ounty, fow», and In the offlcu of the
Secret try of state at DcS'Molneg. Iowa, articles
of iucorpuratlon of tlie Masonville Savings
Hank,a corporation for pecuniary profit, organ
ized under the lows of the state of Iowa, with
the principal place of busioess at Masonvlllet
Iowa. That the general uature of tho business
of said corporation shall be the transaction of
the usual business of a sav ngs bank under the
provisions of tUle nine (9) of tho code of Iowa,
and of all laws amending and modifying the
same. Tlie amount of capital stock author
ized is Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) In shares
of Oue Hundred Dollars ($100) each, all of which
has been subscribed aud Is now fully paid. That
suld corporation will commence business* on
the receipt of
a certificate from the Auditor of
State, authorizing it to do business, and will
continue for a period of fifty (60) years there
from unless sooner dissolved as provided by law
The affairs of this corporation will be managed
by aboard of five directors elected by the stock
holdors at their annual meeting to be held on
tho first Monday in January of each year. A
prentdont. vice president, cashier and such
other officers as said board shall see fit to pro
vide for shall be elected at a meeting of the
Board of Directors held Immediately
alter the annual meeting. Uutil
such annual meeting in the year 1901 tbe pro
visional hoard of directors snail be Thomas
Rose, W. Turloy, Daniel Fagan and Dennis
McUraw, all of Masonvllle, Iowa, and J. J. Han
ley, of Monti, Iowa, and the provisional officers
until the first annual election thereof shall be:
Thomas Hose, President: Dennis McGraw,
Vice-president, and J. W. Turley, cashier all
of Masonvllle, Iowa. The board of directors
shall fill all vacancies In its membership And in
the odlcets of the bank, between annual elec
tions. The prlvato property of the sxockholders
shall be exempt from liability for corporate
debts except as provided for in section 1883 of
the Code of Iowa.
Dated, November 12, 1900.
THOMAS
En
Through Tourist Sleeping Car
Service to Texas, Old Mexico
and California.
Via Chicago Great Western Ry. to Kansas
City, and Missouri Kansas & Texnt. San Anton'
In and Arkansas Pass and Southern Pacific
Pailways through Dallas. San Antonio, Bi Paso
aod Log Anseles to San Francisco. Only
through car line from the Northwest to Texas
points and connecting at Rpnfford Junction for
all point* In Old Mexico. These cars are in
charge of an experienced official and leave Oel
weln every Saturday at 7.00 a. m.. reaching
Dallas the following Sund.y, San Antonio on
Monday. £1 Paso on Tupfday. Los Angles at
noon Wednesday and San Francisco early
Thursday morning. Thes«&re Pullman Tourist
c»rs. Hlmilar to those run on all transcontinental
lines and the charge** for berths are about half
those regularly charged. To persons who have
made the trip to California via other routes,
this Southern route will prove a most delightful
change, and to persons contemplating a trip to
Texas or Mexican points. It furnishes fatuities
hitherto unofTered. Full information furnished
by any Chicago Great Western Agent, or F. II.
Lord, G. P. & T. A., lis Adams St.. Chicago.
46. to Bee. 31.
ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD
HOMESEEKERS'
EXCURSIONS
Twice Each Month During 1900
CAIITUV The Illinois Central will
I I run Homeseekers ex
cursions to certHjc points in the South ou the
llneoofthelltfj Central and Yazoo & Miss
roads frm all points west of
& and from points on the Lyle,
isslppi Valley
anamcluding'rtYa
Uedar RapUU. Ona
Onawa and Sioux Falls branches
on tbe first and third Mondav of each month,
during the year 1900. ai)d from all points east of
and including For Dodge on the first and third
Tuesday of each month.
The new "Southern Homeseeker'sGulde" de
scribes In detail the agricultural advantages, the
soil and products of all points outh of the Ohio
River on the Un»»s of the above mentioned roads.
For a copy address the undersigned.
For Information concerning Kailroad Lands In
the fertile Yazoo Valley of Mississippi address
E P. Skene, Land commissioner 1.0. R. It., at
Chicago.
WEST!
Homeseekers' Excursion
ROSE.
President,
46-4 J. W. TURLEY, Cashier.
For brood sowe Ravens Stock Food
has no equal. Tbe pigs will be atrong
and have plenty of milk. It cures
scours in pigs and lambs, It removes
worms from hogs, cures coldB and
fevers prevents pneumonia and disease,
and makes tbem do well. It aside di
gestion, gives good appetite and makes
rapid and large growth. When freely
fed to hogs and pigs it will surely pre
vent hog cholera.—For sale by W. A.
Abbott, Drugs, Manchester. Iowa.
31-lyr.
NEW SHORT LINE
(Mia ffiie
and Si. Pan
Illinois Central between Omaha and Fort Dodge
In connection with the Minneapolis and St. Louis
between Port Dodge and Minneapolis and St.
Paul, also to be Inaugurated January 88,1900
I Lv. Omaha Lv. St. Paul
I 7.85 p. m. 8.00 p. m.
"THE I Ar. Minneapolis Lv Minneapolis
LIMITED" 7.30 a.m. 8.80 p.m.
I Ar. St. Paul Ar. Omaha
8.00 a.m. 8.15 a.m.
A fast vestibule nlglit train, daily, carrying
through Pullman Bleeping car and couches.
Lv. Omaha
7.00 a. m.
Ar, Minneapolis
7.00 p. m.
Ar. St. Paul
7.90 p.m.
MTHK.
EXPRESS"
Lv. St. Paul
9.00 a. ra
Lv Minneapolis
9,80 a.m.
Ar. Omaha
9.40 p.
Fast day train, dally except Sunday, carrying
throughparlor car andcoacnes.
PAKE AND ONE THIRD RATE.
To international Live stock exposition. Chi
cago, Dec. 1-8. An open rate as above bas been
named from all Illinois Central stations. Tick
ets on sale Nov 80th and Dec. 1st. limited to
Dec. 10th for return. J. F. Merry,
Asst. Gen. Pass. Agt-1, u. It. 11.
Dubuque, Iowa.
Personally Conducted Tours to Cali
fornia in Pullman Sleeping Cars
via Chicago Great Western Ry to Kan
sas City and Santa Fe route to LOB An
geles and Southern California. Only
line tuning new Pullman Tourist
sleeper equipped with wide vestibules,
steam heat and gas light. One of these
new sleepers leaves Waterloo at 3:47 p.
m., every Monday, via Chicago Great
Western for Los Angeles and Southern
California via Kansas City and reaches
Los Angeles tbe following Friday
morning. These tours are personally
conducted by an experienced official,
who accompanies the train to its des
tination. The cars are welt equipped
for along journey and are as comfort
able as tbe standard sleepers, while the
price for a double berth is only about
one half.
Full information furnished by any
Chicago Great Western Agent or F. 11
Lordk General PaBs, and Ticket Agent,
113 Adams street, Chicago.
Cotswold Sheep!
Rams and Ewes for sale the
best are none too good for us—
•wenty-three years breeding Cots
wold's flock originated at John
Snell's Sons, Brampton, Canada,
and stand second to none in the
country. Horses for sale. Visit
ors welcome.
W. J. STRAIN & SONS,
Masonville. Ia.
PATENTS-^
FREE
ADVICE AS TO PATENTABILITY
Notice in Inventive Age
Book "How to obtain Paten
ta"
Choree* moderate. No fee till patent ia secured. 1
Letters strictly Confidential. Addren,
E.
6. SIGGERS, Patent Lawyer, Washington/D,C.
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Tho person who pays his money out for
poor lumber is in a worse situation
than the one who hands it over to the
footpad. A graver injury has been
done him than the mere loss of money
represents. Be sure you invest your
money at the right lumber yard. \To
make assurance doubiv sure come to tho
Holter Liier Co.
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All the Little Boys Who
Knock Out Their Clothes
They'll not be able to wear out in a hurry our»pec
ial $3 00. All Wool Knee Pant Suits. They may
jump, kick, climb, slide and throw each other any
where, and everywhere, and these suits will surprise
them every, time by proving they're stronger than
the boys. They're stylish—elegant! Good tailors
made'.hem.
Allen & Storey.
LITTLE QEM. RESTAURANT
Try it under its new management.
BALTIMORE OYSTERS
will be received fresh direct from Baltimore on Mondays
and Fridays. There are none better.-'
Remember the Place.
Little Gem Restaurant
Slain Street, J. T.
There may be flies on you and me.
but keep them off your horse by buying your Nets, Sheets and Sum
mer Stable Blankets out of the largest stock in Delaware connty. I
also have a large line of Light and Heavy Harness at prices that
defy competition. Call and be convinced.
The Maid was in the
GARDEN.
hanging out the clothes and
met with a most unpleasant ac
cident. Why not send your
clothes to the Manchester
Steam Laundry to be laundried
and this save all trouble at
nome? You can get better
work for less money at a first
class laundry than you can in
any other way. Clothes called
for and delivered promptly.
MANCHESTER 5 TEAT! LAUNDRY,
8®rnrrir*^m
wishes to announce!
to his friends that beginning this week
mmm to wiU carry a full line
EfiriONS,
H. R. EATON.
ines Pickles
Sweet Pickles, £our Pickles, Mixed Pickles,
Catsup, Olives, Mustard Dressing,
India Relish, Tomato Soups, Onions,
and Olives Stuffed*
Manchester, Iowa Each Day
No Matter Who
you|are or what your fancy,
you can get suited here as
to perfume. We have just
received a fine line of per
fumes,
yAJ- 1 «,
Prop'r.
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GREGG & WARD,
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