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I could decide upon
a night favorable for
a visit to Dr. Squires.
It 1B a poor burglar
who fulls to make
careful preparations before attempting
to enter a house, and long experience
In my business has made, me extremely
cautious. I never undertake a Job with
out due consideration of all details. A
sneak thief may go around from house
to house In an nliuless sort of manner
and enter the Ilrst one that Is not prop
erly barred, but not so with a pro
John always sent me off to exercise
the horses on the few days when Mr.
Goddard did not use them, and I em
ployed these spare moments to no-"
quaint myself with the surrounding
country. I passed Dr. Squires' houso
several times In the course of the next
tew days, examining the premises with
a critical eye.
I found that the house was located
some distance back from the main
highway and that it was nearly con
cealed fronl view by shade and fruit
trees. A small grove of woods backed
up to it on one side and an open pas
ture field bordered it on two other
sides. The easiest and safest approach
to It, I conceived, was from the wood
The house itself was an old fashioned
flat roofed mansion sadly in need of
paint and general repairs. It was
gloomy enough to drive almost any
body away from it after dusk, and I
did not wonder that strange stories of
ghosts and Bpirits had been gossiped
around by the country people. If I had
been a superstitious person, I should
have selected the house as the last one
to rob. It was probably this Idea that
had Influenced the doctor in taking it
for his workshop. He was pretty safe
in assuming that nobody would disturb
him in that lonely retreat.
I obtained leave to go to the city on
Friday afternoon, and I told John not
to worry It I did not appear until the
following morning. I had friends in
the city who might detain me over
About 4 o'clock I left the barn and
started presumably to walk to the city.
John offered to drive me half way
down if I would wait until after sup
per, but the afternoon was so fine I
preferred the walk.
Two ml(es down the road I found
that I was perfectly concealed from
view of every house, and I quietly slip
ped over the fence into the woods. This
piece of woods I knew backed up to
Dr. Squires' house. I concealed the
bundle, which I pretended that I want
ed to take to the city with me, taking
enough tools from it first to answer all
•sue" present purposes.
7 As I approached the edge of the
woods I moved with great caution. I
did not know liow many" servants the
doctor had, although John had assured
,e that he had only one, a copper col-
Indian who was more foreign
looking than bis master. This servant
never associated with anybody else
and was either deaf and dumb or un
able to speak English.
He was a sort of faithful watchdog,
I judged, whom the doctor had be
friended and who would in conse
quence give up his life for him if nec
essary. I had met such zealous man
servants before, and my experience
had always been that they are exceed
ingly troublesome. I therefore used
extra precaution.
While yet some distance from the
house I climbed up into the leafy
branches of one of the large trees and,
pulling the foliage to one side, scanned
the houso intently through a pair of
strong fieldglasses. By their aid I
could note everything that was going
on outside the house and could almost
see objectB inside the windows.
The only advantage I obtained from
this was a clearer Idea of the most
vulnerable points of the house and also
the way to escape from the premises in
the event of an alarm. I saw the serv
ant go about his duties, and later I se
cured my first glimpse of the doctor.
He was a dark bearded, thickset, well
proportioned man, and one who would
prove a bold and powerful antagonist.
More than this I could not say until I
found myself at closer quarters with
I remained in my treetop position
until well after dark, watching every
thing that occurred around the house.
Then I descended to the ground, ate a
few pieces of cold meat and bread,
drank a little wine and threw myself
on the dry leaves to sleep. There was
no danger of being discovered in the
woods, and I needed the rest and sleep
to prepare me for the night's work.
It was shortly after midnight when I
opened my eyes again. Habit had made
it a second nature with me to awaken
at this hour, and I had no fear of over
sleeping myself when I first closed my
eyes. I crawled through the under
brush toward the fence which divided
the doctor's land from the grove, and
then waited and listened. The house
was perfectly dark, and everything
was calm and peaceful.
I had thought of dogs, but had failed
to see any around in the afternoon
through my glasses. However, to make
sure of it I imitated the cry and snarl
of a cat—a noise that always brings
watchdogs away from their post of
duty.' If the dogs were inside the
house, I would find that out later. But
I really saw no reason why dogs
should be kept on the place.
Satisfied that the coast was clear, 1
made my way toward the house, keep
ing well in the shadow of the trees.
Then I made a close examination of
the windows and doors. They were
locked with old fashioned catches and
re-enforced with nails. I selected the
doctor's study as the place least likely
to bo occupied.
With a diamond cutter I took a piece
of the glass pane out, making an open
lug large enough to insert the hand. I
worked so carefully that the diamond
point scarcely made any of the grating
nolso so common when one operates
Willi cheap cutters. This one had been
made specially for me, and it was per
fect in every detail.
As I took the piece of glass out and
deposited it on the lloor of the piazza
I listened intently for a few moments
to see if my operations had disturbed
anybody. Then I applied my ear to the
hole in the Dfloe to catch' the breathing
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of any watelulog.
Nothing could be heard of an alarm
ing character, and so I proceeded to
unfasten the window and to open it.
Now, if 1 had been in the city or the
house had been a modern one, I should
never have thought of opening that
window without searching for a bur
glar -alarm, but out in the country,
miles away from any assistance and
In such au antique house, I did not see
the value of a burglar alarm and con
sequently never once gave It consider
I discovered my mistake In an in
stant, however. I had not raised the
window half an inch when there were
a ringing of bells and an electric buzz
ing all through the house that made
me turn pale. An amateur might have
thought that all tlie-ghosts and spirits
of the dead had suddenly come to life
again, but I was too familiar with that
sound to be deceived.
I was off the piazza in half a minute.
Quick as I was, however, a flash of
light in the windows of the house Tfeat
me. The alarm had lighted every elec
tric light in the rooms, and the old
mansion was in a brilliant blaze.
Even at this critical moment, when
all my faculties should have been alert,
I made another mistake. Instead of
seeking safety in the woods as fast as
my legs would carry me I waited to see
further developments. Would the doc
tor and his servant come out and
search for me? I laughed softly to
myself at the Idea. Certainly they
could not expect assistance from an
other house Inside of half an hour.
Then what was the burglar alarm for?
To frighten robbers away that was
all, I concluded.
But I changed my mind a moment
later when I heard the quick patter of
steps that I knew did not belong to
human beings. Two black objects
came rushing down the lawn from the
barn, and In the semldarkncss I made
out two enormous Dane hounds. The
object of the burglar alarm flashed
across my mind in an instant.
The electric wire that had started the
bells to ringing had also released the
watchdogs, and they were now upon
As if by Instinct they rushed upon
the piazza, catching the scent almost
immediately. But in that instant I had
turned and fled toward the woods, my
only place of safety. Could I reach
the woods and climb a tree before they
caught up to mo?
This question flashed through my
mind, but I could not answer It. I al
ready, heard their feet behind me, strik
ing the ground with heavy patters as
thoy loped rapidly across tho interven
ing space.
The blood seemed to rush to my head,
and for an Instant I thought of death.
I had never been cornered quite so
completely before. I gathered up my
strength for a final effort and cl Ted
tho fence with a bound, but as
upward the foremost Dane made'
a tre
mendous lope and cleared the top rail
of the fence in flne style.
Wo both landed on the other side, but
tho force of tho hound's leap carried
him several feet over my head. Be
fore he could turn upon me I had
cocked my revolver, and as he made a
savage dive toward me I exploded it
full in his face. The range was so
short that the explosion must have
partly stunned him, for he rolled over
and kicked a few times and then lay
quite still.
But I had no time to prepare"for the
second one. As if angered by the sight
Be sprang upon me with a snarl.
of his dead mate he sprang upon me
with a snarl that I can remember to
this day. The great red, foam flecked
Jaws were close to my face, and I
drew back with a helpless shudder. 1
could hava yelled in fear then if pro
fessional pride had not tied my tongue.
I bowed to receive my fate, deter
mined, however, to sell my life dearly.
But before the white teeth could
close upon me I saw a flash of some
thing over the hound's head it seemed
to my dazed mind like a fork of light
ning. It made a curve downward and
then disappeared, but it had left its
mark behind. I felt great "spurts of
hot blood pouring from the Dane's
throat on my hands and face, while
the brute rolled over with an angry
I Jumped to my feet and saw facing
me, with the bloody knife in his hand,
Mr. Goddard. For an instant I was
speechless and almost helpless, but his
warning voico brought me to my
"You have only a few minutes to es
cape. They arc coming. Run!"
I heard footsteps on the lawn back
of us, and, remembering the athletic
form of the doctor and his -faithful
bodyguard, I obeyed the words of my
master and hurried from tho spot, but
when I turned to look for my deliverer
I found that he had disappeared too.
was daybreak before
I recovered from my
fright, cleaned my
clothes of tho blood
and dirt and returned
to my quarters In the
barn. John was not
up yet, and when he finally came down
to the stable I was busily engaged in
grooming tho horses. The experience
of tho night had left me a trifle pale
and agitated, for in all my experience
I had never been quite so near death's
door. But John's was an unsuspect
ing nature, and I had nothing to feac
from him.
"You'ro an early bird to get back so
soon in the mornin'," he said, "an'
your work half done, too, before break
'fceot a lift most of the (way, out^"
nnswereQ. "I cauglit a milk waguu
coming this way."
"You're always lucky. Now, if that
had been mo I'd tramped all tho way
an* never met a soul unless it was
somebody to hold me up."
"Hold you up!" I said disdainfully.
A man of your size and age afraid of
being held up by highwaymen?"
'I never have been, but there are so
many burglaries goln* 011 roun' here
that it makes me feel crcepylike when
I'm out 011 the road after dark."
'I hadn't heard of many robberies,"
replied "none except that of the
Stetson mansion the day before Mr.
Goddard engaged me."
"Well, you haven't heard everything
then. That was the fifth or sixth in
four weeks, an* they have had four
more houses entered since then."
This was genuine news to me, and I
was Interested. John contiuucd:
"They are slick ones, too, for they
never leave any trace behind them.
Them detectives from the city don't
seem to be able to do anything. They
must come from tho city over night an'
get back again afore mornin*. But
they can't find any of the stolen goods
—not in any of the pawnshops. It's
fine mystery to be a-hangln' over
the place. You can't tell-which house
will be robbed next. The servants aro
all talkin' about lenvin', an' nobody
feels safe. I ain't sayin' that I'm not
glad that I'm livin' out hero over the
barn instead of in the house. They
never bother fEe stables, an' I suppose
I'm all right"
'But you'd go to Mr. Goddard's as
sistance if an alarm Was given at
night?" I said.
I ain't employed for that," John re
plied evasively, shifting his eyes from
object to object "I've got a wife an'
child to look after, an' there ain't no
reason why I should get killed to save
my master a few dollars."
"No? Well, I'd go as soon as I found
he was in trouble."
Well, you haven't anybody depend
ent upon you," he answered.
"That's true." Then I added: "Tou
say most of the houses around here
have been entered In tho last month or
two. Has Mr. Goddard's been rob
"No his an' Dr. Squires* are 'bout
the only ones that haven*t been rob
"That's curious," I reflected aloud.
"Not at all. We expect the robbers
any night here, an* that's why the serv
ants all threaten to leave. The rob*
bers wouldn't take the trouble to break
Into Dr. Squires', fur there ain't nothin'
in that old place to take. He's too j)oor
to have anything valuable aroun'."
Breakfast at this juncture inter
rupted John's talk, and we had no
chance to renew it that morning. But
about noon the subject was recalled to
me rather forcibly by the appearance
of Mr. Goddard. He looked troubled
and dissatisfied. He came into the
barn dressed In his ordinary morning
smoking jacket
John, I've got to make some change
here," he said. "My butler has be
come frightened over the recent rob
beries and won't stay, and the rest of
the servants are up in arms too. They
all talk of leaving. I must have some
manservant in the house who isn't
afraid of every little sound and ready
to jump at his own shadow. Now the
question is, Who shall I install there
I did not let him finish, for I kuew
that he would only get himself into
deeper water by displaying his coward
ice. As a good, faithful coachman and
kindly husband John was a success,
but as a man of courage he was a total
'If you have uo objections, sir, 1
would like to offer myself as one will
ing to live in the house and look after
things," I said modestly. "I don't
think you will find me afraid of any
thing or anybody that may attempt
to enter your house."
I could not help noticing a pleased
expression on his face, although at
first* I expected he would resent my
intrusion. I recalled the old, but some
times erroneous, saying that "there's
honor even among thieves," for in spito
of what be knew about me he was will
ing to trust me. There was certainly
a very peculiar relationship springing
up between us.
"Thank you, William," he answered.
'The change will be agreeable to me.
You will have quite a responsible po
sition, and I will have to trust much
to your honesty and tact until this
burglar scare passes away. It seems
strange that the gang of thieves can
not be caught. I would give consid
erable myself as tTreward just to break
them up, for they are making the life
of our neighbors miserable out here."
"Do you think that there is a gang of
them?" I asked boldly.
"Certainly," he said, without hesita
tion. "How else could the robberies
be committed with such success? Why,
have you any reason to believe other
He looked sharply at me, and my
eyes wandered from his as I answered:
"No, except that I believe a gang
could not operate as successfully as
one good skilled professional robber.
Where there arc too many one or more
will get into trouble 6ooner or later,
aqd thoy will squeal upon the others."
"That's very true, very true," he
said reflectively. "I had never thought
of that, and yet, yes, Jenkins, the de
tective, came to that conclusion some
time ago, but I scouted the idea. May
be there Is more in the idea than I
thought. I will think about it, and if
such a man is really terrorizing the
neighborhood I should like to see him
captured. I believe I will offer a re
ward myself for his capture."
"It would be a good idea," I replied,
"for you would probably never have to
pay the reward."
"Why not?"
"Well, because a man sharp enough
to evade detection all this time is not
likely to,be caught by somebody work
ing to get a reward."
"That may be, but I shall offer the
reward at once. I'll make it a thou
sand dollars for the man's capture and
another thousand for his conviction."
"That ought to be sufficient to tempt
any confederate to squeal and turn
state's evidence."
"It might be, but I should hate to
see the money go to a confederate, for
It is my private opinion that a man
who tells of his comrade in crime for a
reward is worse than the man who is
captured. He is not only a criminal
himself, but a coward and traitor."
Mr. Goddard's eyes flashed sharply
as ho spoke, but I turned away with
out further remark. I know for whose
benefit the words were spoken. Did
he think for an instant that I would
turn traitor and claim the reward
.which he had offered for his own cap
ture and conviction? And yet how eas
ily I could do it? He had placed him
self In my power, and now he seemed
to-challenge me upon my honor to be-
id V^c\
mir, men, he had saved my life once,
ALUL lie undoubtedly knew human ua
ture well efiough to satisfy himself
that there was no danger of my be
traying hlui. lie had in reality made
a coup d'etat in rescuing me from the
fangs of the savage Dane the night be
fore. He could easily have stood aside
and let the hound finish me, placing
me beyond all possibility of ever after
ward annoying him, but his interfer
ence, coupled with my sudden change
of position which brought me dally iu
to closer contact with him, convinced
me that he wanted to use me for some
purpose. Hither he had some object
to attain through me or he wished to
make me his confederate in order to
dispose of the goods he must have col
lected, for I had 110 doubt that the se
ries of robberies in the neighborhood
had'been committed by him.
What his purpose was I felt curious
to know, and I looked forward to fu
ture developments with considerable
FOUND my new posi
tion much more to my
taste than the one I
had been serving in. I
had complete command
of all the silver and
valuables of the house,
and it was a satisfaction to look at all
this wealth even though I had no right
in any of it. The curious circumstance
that I should ever be placed as a guard
over so much treasure amused me and
Induced speculations in my mind about
the uncertainties and inconsistencies
of life. A man of my profession must
of necessity be something of a philos
opher. How else could he accept the
continual risk of capture and convic
tion and silenoe all qualms of fear and
conscience when engaged on delicate
and dangerous jobs*/ There are ups
and downs in every life, I suppose, but
none more so than In that of the pro
fessional burglar.
The second day of my installation as
butler In the house was marked by an
Interesting event. Dr. Squires and
Miss Stetson both appeared at lunch.
This meeting was not premeditated
by my master. It was apparently
purely accidental.
About noon the two visitors appeared
at the house on horseback. My mas
ter did not see them at first. He was
smoking in his dressing room when
tho clatter of horses' hoofs 011 the hard,
gravelly drive attracted his attention. I
was passing through the room at the
time, removing the remnants of a late
"Who's that coming, William?" he
I was near the wludow and, looking
out, replied:
"Miss Stetson, sir, and I think the
mau tliey call Dr. Squires. Tve never
met him, but from what John said I
judge it Is"—
A sudden exclamation from my mas
ter Interrupted me, and I turned in
time to see his face deathly pale. He
recovered himself immediately, how
"Dr. Squires and Miss Stetson, you
"Yes, sir."
Then with admirable coniposure and
with great tact he said:
"Oh, yes I forgot to tell you, Wil
liam, that they were coming here to
lunch today. Have a good lunch for
them at 2."
He looked significantly from John to
"I have a family to look after," Johu
began to stammer, and as he spoke a
look of annoyance swept across Mr.
Goddard's face.
Then he hurriedly changed his coat
and appeared in the courtyard In tlmo
to greet the guests. Through the open
doors I could hear their voices.
IIow do you do, Charles? Heady
tor early visitors? I didn't believe you
were up yet?"
It was the loud, gruff voice of the,
doctor. Then a feminine voice said'
apologetically, I thought:
"fjooa morning, uuarics: was out
riding this morning with my man, and
we met Dr. Squires. He insisted that
we should come around here. So I
consented provided he would promise
to make you go off for a ride with us."
"Yes, that was the agreement, and to
make my word good you must get
ready and go."
Well, I hadn't thought of going out
this morning, but I will accompany
you if you will both agree to come
back here aud take lunch."
"That's the man of business,"
laughed the doctor. "He c.uctd a fee
for everything ho gives. He won't even
ride with us, Miss Belle, unless we
swear to return aud luuch with him.
Well, as for my part I agree to it, for
Charles always tempts me with his
good luuches."
1 could not hear the replies as they
moved into the parlor, but I knew
enough to convince me that my master
was very sensitive about his jealousy
of the doctor, and that not even to me
would he admit it.
A few minutes later I "saw them
going off together, Miss Stetson riding
a fine roan, with the doctor mounted
"Good morning, Charles." /?'.
on a iiery, coal black steed on her right
and my master on her left with his
flue white Arabian mare. It was
sp?etacular sight to watch them, know
ing as 1 did something of their lives. 1
wondered which she would select in
the end—the black or tho white?
Promptly at 2 tliey returned, little
fatigued by the ride, but jovial and In
excellent spirits.
When the doctor came into the dining
room, I scrutinized him carefully. lie
gave mo no particular notice, and this
left mo to myself to examine him. My
distant view through the floldglnsses
had been pretty correct, but on closer
examination he revealed tho most dis
tinct features of his face—his coal
black, brilliant aud restless eyes. These
eyes never laughed, not oven when he
was convulsed with merriment. Tliey
were always cold, penetrating and, as I
thought, sardonic. They seemed to
repel and fascinate at once. Tliey eas
ily dominated everything that came
under their sway.
lie was talkative aud lively to a de
gree, forming tho life of the i«irty, but
the eyes that so attracted seldom took
notice of me. An uncontrollable desire
to have them centered on uie for an In
stant to fathom their meaning seized
me. To accomplish this I spilled some
of the salad dressing on his coat sleeve.
He turned a wrathful look at me, and
had one lone, steady caze into those
eyes. So intent was 1 that I forgot to
be confused at my mishap. The inci
dent occupied only a minute, but in
that short space I had read the char
acter of the inau.
"What sort of servants do you have
here, Charles?" he broke out savagely
when the dressing filtered down from
his coat sleeve to the floor.
.My master looked annoyed and quick
ly apologized.
"lie is a new man, doctor, and you
must overlook this accident."
The conversation flowed on freely
after that, and the mishap was soon
When tho wine and cigars were
brought, they retired to an open bal
cony just off the dining room. Through
the open window I could still hear
their talk. Most of it was of little
consequence to me, but finally the
words of the doctor made me prick up
my ears.
"By the way, Charles, you spoke of a
friend of yours having a couple of
Dane hounds for sale. Can I secure
them for a nominal price?"
"Yes, I can get them and make you
a present of them. But why do you
want two more? You have two of the
finest Danes I ever saw."
"No, I haven't any."
"Haven't any?" ejaculated both my
master and Miss Stetson.
"No they are both dead," replied the
doctor slowly.
"Why, how Is that? What killed
"They simply died. My man over
fed them, I Imagine, and they both
died yesterday of convulsions."
"How strange!"
"No, not strange at nil. 1 told ray
man that he would kill them if he fed
them too freely while they got 110 ex
"You don't think he poisoned them?"
nsked Miss Stetson.
"No, certainly not. I attended them
when they were sick and cut open their
bodies afterward. There was no sign
of poison in their stomachs."
Then he made arrangements with my
juastcr to secure the two hounds from
his friend.
I did not listen to the descriptions of
the new hounds or to the terms of the
agreement. My mind was more con
cerned about the doctor's reasou for
concealing the atU-jr.pted robbery of
his house. Why dvi he lie about the
death of the two l'anes and why did
he not report the facts of the case to
the police? These were questions that
I could not dismiss from my mind, al
though I tried to be convinced that It
was natural for such a man as Dr.
Squires to ausn up anything like a sen
sation. It would only attract people
to his workshop, which he wanted to
keep quiet and exclusive,
A. If It Were PonHlltle.
iHkriuel—1 wonder what that crea
ture lUi.'UHt?
Luilrii—What creature?
Claribcl —Why, Tentworth, of course.
Wbot: 1 told him everybody said I waa
Improving in my singing, lie said ho
was delighted to hear it. The ideal
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and my luugB are now as sound as
bullet. 1 recommend it in advanced
Btages of lung trouble." Sold by Denton
& Ward.
In France it is illegal to catch frogs
at night.
Foley's Kidney Cure makes the dis
eased kidneys sound BO they will elim
inate the poisons from the blood. Sold
by Denton & Ward,
The records left by the rhoenecianB,
Assyrians and ancient Persians show
that among all thote nations the use of
perfumes was very common.
Feet swollen to immense size.
"1 had kidney trouble BO bad," says J.
J. Cox of Valley View, Ky., "that I
could not work my feet were swollen
to immense size and I .was con lined to
my bed and physicians were unable to
give me any relief. My doctor finally
prescribed Foley's Kidney Cure which
made a well man of me." Sold by Den
ton & Ward.
A melou patch in a corulield will
sometimes neutralize the work of the
local Sunday school,
Avoid serious resnltB of kidney or
bladder disorder by taking Foley's kid
ney Cure. Sold by Denton & Ward.
Meat originally meant any kind of
Doctors could not help her.
"I had kidney trouble for years,"
writes Mrs. Raymond Conner of Shel
ton, Wash., "and the doctors could not
help me. I tried Foley's Kidney Cure,
and the very first dose gave me relief
and I am now cured. I cannot say too
much for Foley's Kidney Cure." Sold
by Denton
rfG-G mo.
The largest dome in the world is that
of the Lutheran church at Warsaw.
Its interior diameter is 200 feet. That
of the British museum library is 130
oi S.V- v"
Much Beading* for Little Honey,
The New York World has got the
cost of printing down to a minimum.
Its latest offer of Its monthly newspa
per-magazine is interesting if from no
other cause than it shows the acme of
"how much for how little." The Month
ly World is a 32 page magazine with
colored cover. Its pageB are about the
Bize of the pages of the Ladies Home
Journal, and it 1B copiously illustrated
in half-tone. The illustrations are the
results of the beBt artistic skill, aidod
by all the latest printing-press appli
ances, making a magazine unrivalled in
the quality of its contents and its ap
pearances. Each issue contains stories
of romance, love, adventure, travel
stories of Action and fact stories of
thingB quaint and curious, gathered to
gether from all over the world the re
sults of scientific research, and editor
ial reviews. It numbers among its
contributors the leading literary men
and women of the day. A feature
each month is a full-page portrait of
the most famed man or woman of the
moment in the public eye. In collect
ing aud preparing for publication the
literary matter and art subjects for the
Mouthly World to rxpettse is spared.
The New York World will send BIX
numbers of this newspaper-magazine
on receipt of fifteen cents in stamps.
Address The World, l'ulitzer Building,
New York,
Beware ofthe Knife.
No profession has advanced more
rapidly of late than surgery, but it
should not be used except where absc
lutely necessary. In case of piles for
example, It is seldom needed. DeWitt'6
Witch Ilazel Salve cures quickly and
permanently. Unequalled for cuts,
burns, bruises, wounds and skin dis
eases. Accept no counterfeits, "i was
so troubled with bleediug piles that 1
lost much blood and strength," says J.
C. Phillips, Paris, 111. "De Witt's Witch
Hazel Salve cured me in a short time."
Soothes aud heals.—Smith Bros.
CHEAP—Residence Property in tills clly
Enquire of Bronson & Carr.
Lingering Summer Colds.
Don't let a cold run at this season.
Summer colds are the hardest kind to
cure, and if neglected may linger along
for monthB. A long Biege like this will
pull down the strongest constitution.
One Minute Cough (Jure will break up
the attack at once. Safe, sure, acts at
once. Cures coughs, colds, croup, bron
chitis and all throat and lung troubles.
The children like it.—Smith Bros.
The David 1). Henderson Library of
Upper Iowa University will be dedicat
ed September 16th at 2 o'clock. Fall
term of school begins the same day.
Young people who are ambitious to
succeed in life Bhould attend. Seven
courses of instruction offered. For
catalogue or information address
J. W. DICKMAN, Vice-l'res.
Fayette, Iowa.
A Sad Disappointment.
Ineffective liver medicine is a disap
pointment, but you don't want to purge,
strain and break the glands of the
stomach and bowels. JL)eWitt's Little
Early IliserB never disappoint. They
cleanse the system of all poison and
putrid matter and do it so gently that
one enjoys the pleasant effects. They
are a tonic to the liver. Cures billious
ness, torpid liver and prevents fever.
Smith BroB.
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Notice in *'Inventive Aye a/J -v*
Book "How to obtain I'ct-.uiU.'' ij
Charges moderate. Nc fu- till imtont'or'jred.
Letters FtricUy confi.lt nt Aidre3B,
E. G. StGGERg. Patoot Lawyer, Washingtor, fa.C
The Regular and Reliable Chi
cngo Specialist will be at Man
chester, Clarence House,
Monday, Sept. 29,
one day only and return once
every 28 days. Office hours 8 a
m. to 6 p. m.
.•anas iJtuuiufionny uio cases no unacriaKc
rani sends 110 Incurable nomo without
fro from them. Tills is why lie continues hli
visits year alter, r, whilo other doctors have
:n ido a few visits mia stopped. Dr. Shallenber
irer Is an eminently successful specialist in all
•hroulo diseases, proven by tho many cures
eiTee'.ed in chronic eases which tvo baffled the
11 of all other physicians. His hospital ox«
perleoco and extonslvo pr-- 'ico have made him
,-io proficient that ho eau name and locate a dls
oaso In ato\/ minutes.
Troats all "-able enses of Catarrh, Xoso,
Throat and Lutig mseasos. Hyo :nd ivur,
Stomach, Liver and Kidneys, Gravel,euma*
tisra, raralysis. Neuralgia, Nervous end Heart
diseases, Blood Skin asos, ll^llepsy,
Blight's Dtscaso I Cot mmptlon In early
»4t iK* illseasesof tbeBladdor and Female Organs.
I.lnuoraud Tobacco habit. Stummorhib cured
and suro methods to prevont Its
recurrence given.
A never-falllnj: remedy fir IMc Neck.
riLES, FISTULAL anu liUPTUlUS Guaran
teed cured without detention from business.
Sptwinl attention ^lvou to all Surgical
caM!N, and all diseases of tlto Eye, Kar,
Knstt unci Throat.
Gluxxt'H ilttml ami guaranteed. Granulated
lids,Cataract, Cross i£yes straightened without
Aro yon nervous and despondent: woalc and
debilitated tired mornings: 110 ambition—life*
less memory poor easily fatigued excitable
and Irritable eyes sunken, red aud blurred
pimples on face dreams aud night losses rest
less, haggard looking: weak back deposit in
urlue aud drains at stool: distrustful* want of
onttdcnce: lack of energy and strength?
Private Diseases a Speo
Blood 1'olson, Nervousness, Dizziness, Do
ectlvo Memory and other ailments which ruin
body and mind positively cured.
Perfected in old cases which have been nee.
lected or unsklllfully treated. 2s'o experiments
or failures, llo undertakes no incurable cases,
but euro thousands given up to dlo.
Consultation Free and Confidential.
145 Oakwood Blvd., Chloaqo.
Droxel state Bank.
A Little Book of Great Importance
Do you ever wish for a book that can
be relied upon to answer correctly all
the little questions and knotty problems
that present themselves day by day—a
book that will quickly decide all argu
ments on all subjects? The 1902 World
Almanac and Encyclopedia, which is
now ready, is exactly this kind of book.
It takes the same position in the world
of facts and figures as does the diction
ary in the world of words.
This little volume contains over GOO
pages of well printed agate type, every
line containing some fact that you will
sooner or later want to look up.
The World Almanac Bhould occupy a
prominent place in every progressive
American household. The 1902 edition is
more complete than any of the former
ones. It contains facts on many sub
jects that have recently been brought to
the public notice and which every up
to-date person should have at his fin
gers ends.
Among the features of the 1902 Al
manac are:
The millionaires ofthe United States,
alistgiving the names of nearly 4,000
Americans who possess overS.1,000,000.
The great American trusts full particu
lars of 1GB leading industrial organiza
tiQ8. Organized labor enlarged sta
tistics of the strength of labor unions
and the present condition of the labor
movement. The Nicaragua Canal and
the llay-I'auncefote treaties with Great
Britain. Progress of aerial navigation
in 1901, Complete United States census.
Anarchist statistics ot the United States
and Europe, etc to the extent of over
1,000 topics.
The 1902 World Almanac and Ency
clopedia is on sale by all newsdealers
throughout the country for 25 cents.
When ordered by mall 10c extra for
postage must be incloBed to the World,
New York.
Masonville, Iowa.
Breeders 01
Cotswold Sheep.
Flock founded in 1S80. A few
choice goats. Inspection invited.
MUNN&Co.36,Bro«hra'' New York
Branch Office. 62S St* Washlugtou, D. C.
we are Head
mid are prepared to offer in
ducements to nny intending
to build or repair.
The lending grades of bard
and soft
always on hand.
Manchester, Iowa.
New Spring Stock.
We can go you
One Better,
on Price and qual
ity. Not just as
good, but
The Bsst $2.00 Shoe
in town.
I. Mi.
iE WspzW^VS"
M. P. LEROY I'roKt. H. A. (iKANGKK Cashier
E. C, HESNER, Asst. Cashier
A. H. BLAKE, 1st. V. President.
H. 0. HAEBEBIiE, 2nd. V. President,
First National
CAPITAL. $50,000
sketch and description miiy
quickly tts«*ertUn our opinion free wuetlior mi
invention la probnbly patcntiible. Communion,
lions strictlycontldcuUnl. Handbook on Patents
sent free. Oldest uiioticy for eeourinj? patentn.
I'fttonts taken tbrouuh Munn & Co. receive
without cbnnre. In tho
Scientific American.
A handsomely Illustrated weekly. Tersest cir
culation of any nelcntliio Journal. Terms. $3 a
year: four months, Sold by all newsdealers.
Also largo lino of Bost Brands of—
DllSlllOSd Transacted.
Interest Paid on Time Deposits.
li. R. Robinson, M. P. LeRov.
E. M.Carr, M.Boohler,
H. A. Granger, A. fi. Blake,
II. A. von Oven,-
O. Haeberle
L. L. Hoyt,
COI^BEBPQira-g 3srTB.
tlrst Notional Bank, Dubuque, Iowa
Central National Bank New York City.
Commorolal National Bank. Chicago. Ills
Is Loaning Honey as chead
as any person or Corpora
Compound Vapor and Sham
poo Baths.
Most all dis
eases are caused
by poisonous sec
rations, which
clog the wheels
to the imperiect action ol the milllf
of pores of the human body. A bat'
accordance with scientific reqau-e*
ments is the bost preventative and
remedy known. The methods employ
ed by me are the most scientific ever
invented or discoveted (or dispelling
disease. Results tell tho story. Give
me a trial. This is the Conant system
of baths. A competent lady attendant
in charge of the ladies department.
Office and bath rooms on Franklin
street, opposite Globe Hotel-
Ladies arid dents dold Watches
in all sizes kinds and styles,
Ladies, Gents and Chrlldrens Rings
Come and seo tho many things we
have not spaco to list.
Manchester, Iowa.
Vice President,
Interest Paid on Time Deposits.
Prompt attention given to all business. Pas
senger tickets from and to all parts ol Eur
opo direct to Manchester, tor sale.
Long Time Mortgage Loans Made
Bought and Sold.
For the storage of valuable papers,
etc. for rent. ?r
When you want
Fine Furniture
Fair Prices
Undertaking Solicited
Earlville, Iowa
The name and
tho symptoms
may be different
but the cause of
disease can ur.
ually be traof

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