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CHAP. I—The Sirdar, having among
her passengers IriB Deane, daughter of
the owner of the ship, and ltobert Jenks,
who is working as a waiter. Is wrecked,
•T II—All are lost save Miss Deane and
Jenks, who are cast ashore on an islet
In the JPaolflc. ILL—Jenks recovers
stores and weapons from the wrecked
vessel. He finds the skeleton of a Eu
ropean on tbe island.
"What a beautiful place!" murmured
slrifl. "I wonder what It is called."
"Suppose we christen it llainbow is
"Why 'Rainbow?*"
"That is tbe English meaning of
'Iris* in Latin, you know."
•J "So it Is. How clever of you to think
Of it! Tell mo, what is the meaning of
'Robert' in Greek?"
He turned to survey the northwest
Bide of the island. "I do not know," he
nnswered. "It might not be fai'fetched
to translate is as 'a ship's steward, a
Miss Iris had meant lier playful re
tort as a mere light hearted quibble. It
annoyed her, a young person of much
consequence, to lmve her kindly con
descension repelled.
"I suppose so," she agreed, "but I
have gone through SD much in a few
hours that I am bewildered, apt to for
iw get these nice distinctions."
Jenks was closely examining the reef
on which the Sirdar struck. Some
square objects were visible near the
palm tree. The sun. glinting on the
waves, rendered it difficult to discern
$ their significance.
"What do you make of those?" he in-
quired, handing the glasses and bland
ly ignoring Miss Deane's petulance.
Her brain was busy with other things
while she twisted the binoculars to
suit her vision. Rainbow island—Iris
it was a nice conceit, but "menhir
struck a discordant note. This man
was no menial in appearance orspccch.
Why was he so deliberately rude?
"1 think they are boxes or packing
cases," she announced.
"Ah, that was my own idea! I must
visit that locality."
"How? Will you swim?"
"No," he said, his stern lips relaxing
In a smile will not swim, and, by
the way, Miss Deane, be careful when
you are near the water. The lagoon
Is swarming with sharks at present
I feel tolerably assured that at low
tide, when the remnants of the gale
have vanished, I will bo able to walk
there along the reef."
"Sharks!" she cried. "In there!
What horrible surprises this speck of
land contains! I should not have im
agincd that sharks and seals could
live together!"
"You are quite right," he explained,
r^lth becoming gravity. "As a rule,
sha?"^ infest only the Jeeward side of
these isTnTuJsT"" JuSt now they are at
tracted in shoals by the wreck."
"Oh!" Iris shivered slightly.
"We had better go back now. The
wind Is keen here, Miss Deane."
She knew that he purposely misun
derstood her gesture. His attitude con
veyed a rebuke. There was no further
room for sentiment in their present ex
istence. Tlicy had to deal with chill
necessities. As for the sailor, ho was
glad that the chance turn of their con
versation enabled him to warn her
against the lurking dangers of the la
goon. There was no need to mention
the devilfish now. He must spare her
oil avoidable thrills.
They gathered the stores from the
first dining room and reached the cave
without incident. Another fire was
lighted, and while Iris attended to the
kitchen the sailor felled several young
trees. He wanted poles, and these
were the right size anil shape. lie
soon cleared a considerable space. The
timber was soft and so small in girth
that three cuts with the ax usually
sufficed. He dragged from the bench
the smallest tarpaulin he couid find
and propped it against the rock in
such manner that it effectually screen
ed the mouth of the cave, though ad
mitting light and air.
He was so busy that he paid little
heed to Iris. But the odor of fried
ham was wafted to liJin. lie was
lifting a couple of heavy stones to stay
the canvas and keep it from Happing
In the wind when the girl called out:
"Wouldu't you like to have a wash
before dinner?"
He straightened himself and looked
at her. Her face and hands wore
shining, spotless. The change was so
great that his brow wrinkled with per
"I am a good pupil," she cried. "You
see I am already learning to help my
self. I made a bucket out of one of
the dish covers by slinging it in two
ropes. Another dish cover, some sand
aud leaves supplied basin, soap and
towel. I have cleaned the tin cups and
the knives, and, see, here is my great
est treasure."
6he held up a small metal lamp.
"Where in the world did you find
that?" ho exclalmcd.
Buried In the sand inside the cave."
"Anything else?"
His tone was abrupt. She was so dis
appointed by .the seeming want of ap
preciation of her industry that a gleam
of amusement died from her eyes, and
she shook her head, stooping at onc? to
attend to the toasting of some biscuits.
This time lie was genuinely sorry.
"Forgive me, Miss Deane," lie said
penitently. "My words are dictated by
anxiety. I do not wish you to make
discoveries on your own account. This
is a strange place, you know—an un
pleasant one in some respects."
"Surely I can rummage about my
own cave?"
"Most certainly. It was careless of
me not to have examined its interior
more thoroughly."
"Then why do you grumble because I
found the lamp?"
"I did not mean any such tiling. 1
am sorry."
"I think you are horrid. If you want
to wash you will find the water over
there. Don't wait. The ham will bo
frizzled to a cinder."
Unlucky Jenks! Was ever man fated
to Incur such unmerited odium? lie
savagely laved his face and nock. The
fresh, cool water was delightful at
first, but when he drew near to the
fire he experienced an unaccountable
sensation of weakness. Could it be
possible that he was going to faint?
It was too absurd. He sank to the
ground. Trees, rocks and sand strewn
«arth indulged lir a mad dance. Iris'
voice sounded weak and indistinct. It
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seemed to travel in waves from a great
distance. lie tried to brush away
from his brain these dim fancies, but
ills iron will for once failed, and he
pitched headlong downward into dark
When lie recovered, the girl's left
arm was around his neck. For one.
blissful instant he nestled there con
tentedly. He looked iuto her eyes and
saw that she was crying. A gust of
anger rose within him that he should
be the cause of those tears.
He tried to rise.
"Oh! Are you better?" Her lips
quivered pitifully.
"Yes. What happened? Did I faint?"
"Drink this."
She held a cup to his mouth, and he
obediently sU'ove «to swallow the con
tents. It was champagne. After the
first spasm of terror and when the ap
plication of water to his face failed to
restore consciousness Iris had kuocked
the head off the bottle of cliampagne.
He quickly revived. Nature had only
given him a warning that he was over
drawing his resources. He was deep
ly humiliated. He did not conceive the
truth, that only a strong man could
do.all that he had done and live. For
thirty-six hours he had not slept. Dur
ing part of the time he fought with
wilder beasts than they knew at Eplie
sus. The long exposure to the sun, the
mental strain of his foreboding that
the charming girl whose life depended
upon him might be exposed to eveu
worse dangers than any yet encounter
ed, the physical labor he had under
gone, the irksome restraint he strove to
place upon his conduct and utterances
—all these things culminated in utter
relaxation when the water touched his
heated skin.
"How could you frighten me so?" de
manded Iris hysterically. "You must
have felt that you wore working too
hard. You made me rest. Why didn't
you rest yourself?"
He looked at her wistfully. This col
lapse must not happen again for her
sake. These two said more with eyes
than Hps. She withdraw her arm. Iler
faco and neck crimsoned.
"Good gracious!" she cried. "The
ham is ruined!"
It was burnt black. She prepared a
fresh supply. When it was ready
Jenks was himself again. They ate in
silence and shared the remains of the
bottle. A smile illumined his tired
Iris was watchful. She had never
in her life cooked even a potato or
boiled an egg. The ham was her first
"My cooking amuses you?" she de
manded suspiciously.
"It gratifies every sense," he mur
mured. "There Is but one thing need
ful to complete my happiness."
"And that is?"
"Permission to smoke." S
"Smoke what?"
He produced steel bos tightly
closed and a pipe.
"Your pockets nre absolute shops,"
said the girl, delighted that his temper
had improved. "What other stores do
you carry about with you?"
Ho lit his pipe and solemnly gave an
•inventory of his worldly goods. Be
yond the items she had previously seen
he could only enumerate a silver dol
lar, a very soiled and crumpled hand
kerchief and a bit of tin. A box of
Norwegian matches lie threw away as
useless, but Iris recovered them.
"You never know what purpose they
may serve," she said. In after days a
weird significance was attached to this
simple phrase.
"Why do you carry about a bit of
tin?" she went on.
"I found it here. Miss Deane," he
Luckily she interpreted "here" as
applying to the cave.
"Let nie see it. May I?"
He hande- it to her. She could make
nothing of it. so together they puzzled
over it. The sailor nibbed It with a
mixture of kerosene and sand. Then
figures and letters and a sort of dia
gram were revealed. At last they be
came decipherable. By exercising pa
tient Ingenuity some one had indented
the metal with a sharp punch until the
marks assumed this aspect:
Iris was quick witted. "It is a plan
of the island," she cried.
"Also the latitude and the longitude."
"What does 'J. S.' menu?"
"Probably the initials of a man's
name. Let us say John Smith, for in
"And the liguiiC3 on the Island, with
aud the dot?"
"I cannot tell you at present," ho
said. "I take it that the line across the
Island signifies this gap or canyon, and
the small Intersecting line the cave.
But 32 divided by 1 and an 'X' sur
mounted by a dot are cabalistic. They
would cause even Sherlock Holmes to
smoke at least two pipes. I have bare
ly started one."
"It looks quite mysterious, like the
things you read of in stories of pirates
and buried treasure."
"Yes," he admitted. "It Is unques
tionably a plan, a guidance, given to a
person not previously acquainted with
the Island, but cognizant of some fact
connected with It. Unfortunately none
of the buccaneers 1 can bring to mind
frequento.l lh(.-c MV.-. 'Il.e poor beg
gar who lefi. it here iml have had
some other motive than searching for
"Did he dig the cave and the well, I
"lVobably the former, but not the
well. No man could do it unaided."
"Why do you ussume lie was alone?"
I.le strolled toward tiie fire to kick a
stray log. "It Is only idle speculation
at the best, Miss Deane," he replied.
"Would you like to help me to drag
some timber up from the beach? If we
get a few big planks we can build a
fire llmt will last for hours. We want
some extra clothes, too, and It will soon
The request for co-operation gratified
her. She complied eagerly, and with
out much exertion they hauled a re
spectable load of firewood to their new
camping ground. They also brought a
number of coats to serve as coverings.
Then Jenks tacklcd the lamp. It was a
most difficult operation to open it
Before the sun went down he suc
ceeded and made a wick by unraveling
a few strands of wool from his jersey.
When night fell, with the suddenness
of the tropics, Iris was able to illumi
nate her small domain.
They were both utterly tired and
ready to drop with fatigue. The girl
said "good night," but instantly re
appeared from behind the tarpaullu.
"Am 1 to keep the lamp alight?" she
"Please yourself, Miss Deane. Bet
ter not, perhaps. It will only burn
four or five hours anyway."
Soon the light vanished, and he lay
down, his pipe between his teeth, closc
to the cave's entrance. Weary though
he was he could not sleep forthwith.
His mind was occupied with the signs
on the canister head.
"82 divided by 1 an and a dot,'
he repeated several times. "What do
they signify?"
Suddenly he sat up, with every sense
alert, and grabbed his revolver. Some
thing impelled him to look toward the
spot, a few feet away, where the skele
ton was hidden. It was the rustling of
a bird amoug the trees that had caught
his ear.
He thought of the white framework
of a once powerful mau, lying there
among the bushes, abandoned, forgot
ten, horrific. Then he smothered a
ciy of surprise.
"By Jove!" he muttered. "There Is
and dot. That sign is meant
for a skull and crossbones. It lies
exactly on the part of the island where
we saw that queer looking bald patch
today. First thing tomorrow before
the girl awakes I must examine thaT
He resolutely stretched himself on
his share of the spread out coats, now
thoroughly dried by sun and fire. In
a minute he was sound asleep.
E awoke to find the sun high ID
the heavens. Iris was prepar
ing breakfast a fine fire was
crackling cheerfully, and the
presiding goddess had so altered her
appearance that the sailor surveyed
her with astonishment.
He noiselessly assumed a sitting pos
ture, tucked his feet beneath him and
blinked. The girl's face was uot visi
ble from where he sat, and for a few
seconds he thought he must surely bf
dreaming. She was attired in a neat
navy blue dress and smart blouse. HCJ
white canvas shoes were replaced by
strong leather boots. She was qult
spick and span, this island nobe.
So soundly had he slept that his
senses returned but slowly. At last
he guessed what had happened. Slu
had risen with the dawn and, conquer
Ing her natural feeling of repulsion
selected from the store he accumu
lated yesterday' some more sultabh
garments than those in which she es
caped from the wreck.
He quietly took stock of his own
tattered eoudition and passed a re
fiectlve hand over the stubble on bit
chin. In a few days his face would
resemble a scrubbing brush. In thai
mournful moment he would have ex
changed even his pipe and tobacco box
worth untold gold, for shaving tackle
Who can say why his thoughts tool
such trend? Twenty-four hours caj
effect great chaqgea in the humat
mind If controlling influences are ac
Then came a sharp revulsion of feel
ing. His name was Robert—a menial
He reached for his boots, and Irif
heard him.
"Good morning!" she cried, smllinj.
sweetly. "I thought you would neve
awake. I suppose you were very, very
tired. Please wash quickly. Theeggf
will bo hard."
"Yes. I made a collection among the
trees. I tasted one of a lot that looked
good. It was first rate."
He had not the moral courage to be
gin the day with a rebuke. She wa*
irrepressible, but she really must no'
do these things. He smothered a slgl
in the improvised -basin which wa
placed ready for him.
Miss Deane had prepared a capita
meal. Of course the ham and biscuit
still bulked large in the bill of fare
but there were boiled eggs, fried ba
nanas and an elderly cocoanut. Thcs:
things, supplemented by clear, cold wa
tor, were not so bad for a couple o
castaways hundreds of miles frot
For the life of him the man coul
not refrain from displaying the con
versational art in which he excelled
Their talk dealt with Italy, Egypt. In
dla. He spoke with the ease of culture
and enthusiasm. Once he slipped intr.
anecdote apropos of the helplessnes
of British soldiers In any matter out
side the scope of the king's regulations
"I remember," he said, "seeing a cav
alry subaltern and the members of an
escort sitting half starved on a numbc
of bags piled up In the Suakln desert
And what do you think were in the
"I don't know," said Iris, keenly
alert for deductions.
"Biscuits! They thought the bags
contained patent fodder until I enlight
ened them."
It was on the tip of hor tongue to
pounce on him with the comment,
"Theu you have been an oflicor in the
army." But she forbore. She had
guessed this earlier. Yet the mischie
vous light In her eyes defied control.
He was warned in time aud pulled
himself up short.
"You read my faco like a book," she
"No printed page was ever so—legi
ble. Now, Miss Deane, we have gos
siped too long. I am a laggard this
morning, but before starting work 1
have a few serious remarks to make.1
"More digs?" she Inquired saucily.
"I repudiate 'digs.' In the first place,
you must not make any more experi
ments In the matter of food. The eggs
were a wonderful effort but, flattered
by success, you may poison yourself."
"You must never pass out of my
sight without carrying a revolver, not
so much for defense, but as a signal.
Did you take oue when you went bird's
"No. Why?"
There was a troubled look in his eyes
when he answered:
"It is best to tell you at once that
before help reaches us we may be vis
ited by cruel and bloodthirsty sav
ages. I would not even mention this
if it were a remote contingency. As
matters stand, you ought to know that
such a thing may happen. Let UB
trust In God's goodness that assist
ance may come soon. The Island has
seemingly been deserted for many
months, and therein lies our best
ehaneo of escape. But I am obliged to
warn you lest you should be taken
Iris was serious enough now.
"How do you know that such dan
ger threatens us?" .she demanded.
He couutered readily." "Because I
happen to have road a good deal about
the China sea and its frequenters," he
said. "I am the last man in the world
to alarm you needlessly. All I mean
to convey is that certain precautions
should be taken agajnst a risk that is
possible, not probable. No more."
She could not repress a shudder. The
sailor wanted to tell her that he would
defend her against a host of savages
if he were endowed with many lives,
but he was perforce tougued tied. He
even reviled himself for having spo
ken, but she saw the anguish in his
face, and her woman's heart acknowl
edged him as her protector, her shield.
"Mr. Jenks," she said simply, "wo
are in God's hands. I put my trust in
him and in you. I am hopeful—nay,
more, confident. I thank you for what
you have done, for all that you will do.
If you cannot preserve me from threat
ening perils no man could, for you are
as brave and gallant a gentleman as
lives on the earth today."
Now, the strange feature of this ex*
traordlnary and unexpected outburst
of pent up emotion was that the girl
pronounced his name with the slightly
emphasized accentuation of one who
knew it to bo a mere disguise. The
man was so taken aback by her dec
laration of faith that tbe minor inci
dent, though it did not escape him, was
smothered in a tumult of feeling.
He could not trust himself to speak.
He rose hastily and seized the ax to
deliver a murderous assault upon a
sago palm that stood close at hand.'
Iris was the first to recover a degree
of self possession. For a moment she
had bared her soul. With reaction
came a sensitive shrinking. Her deli
cate nature disapproved* these senti
mental displays. She wanted to box
her own ears.
With innate tact she took a keen in
terest in the felling of tho tree.
"What do you want it for?" she in
quired when the sturdy trunk creaked
and fell.
Jenks felt better now.
"This is a change of diet," he ex
plained. "No we don't boil the leaves
or nibble the bark. When I split this
palm open you will find that the in
terior is full of pith. I will cut it out
for you, and then it. will be your task
to knead it with water after well wash
ing it, pick out all the fiber and finally
permit the water to evaporate. In a
couple of days the residuum will be
come a white powder, which, when
boiled, is 6ago."
"Good gracious!" said Iris.
"The story sounds unconvincing, but
I believe I am correct. It is worth a
"I should have imagined that sago
grew on a stalk like rice or wheat"
"Or Topsy!"
She laughed. A difficult situation
had passed without undue effort. Un
happily the man reopened it. While
using a crowbar as a wedge he en
deavored to put matters on a straight
forward footing.
"A little while ago," he said, "you
seemed to imply that I had assumed
the name of Jenks."
But Miss Deane's confidential mood
bad gone. "Nothing of the kind," she
said coldly. "I think Jenks is an ex
cellent name."
She regretted the words even as they
fell from her. lips. The sailor gave
mighty wrench with the bar, splitting
the log to its clustering leaves.
"You are right," he said. "It is dis
tinctive, brief, dogmatic. I cling to it
Soon afterward, leaving Iris to the
manufacture of sago, he went to the
leeward side of the island, a search for
turtles being his ostensible object.
When tbe trees hid him he quickened
his pace and turned to the left In or
der to explore the cavity marked on
the tin with a skull and crossbones.
To his surprise he hit upon the rem
nants of a roadway—that is, a line
through the wood where there were no
Liberty Halla.
"This Is Liberty hall, and you may
smoke in the garden," is a maxim
which has become typical of one sort
of hospitality. Another version has
just been perpetrated by a member of
the early rising fraternity.
"I wish," said the host, "every one
to do as he likes In my house."
It sounded very friendly, but on go
ing to his bedroom the guest found a
little card stating the times of meals.
"Breakfast at 730," and In an N. B.
was added, "It will be cleared away
at 8:30."
London In Klngr James* Time
King James I., in a letter to the lord
mayor of London wroto as follows:
"You will see to two things—that Is to
say, to the great devils and the little
devils. By the great ones I mean the
waggons, which, when they meet the
coaches of the gentry, refuse to give
way and yield as due. The little devils
are the apprentices, who on two days
of the year, which prove fatal to them,
Shrove Tuesday and the 1st of May,
are so riotous and outrageous that in a
body three or four score thousand
strong they go committing excesses in
every direction, killing human beings
and demolishing houses."
Tbe Human Ere.
A novel theory has been advanced
with regard to the human eye. It is
that in the color of people's eyes Is a
protective adaptation to surroundings.
Natives of regions where blue light is
predominant—Swedes, Norwegians and
sailors, for instance—have blue eyes,
while near the equator or in sandy
lands like South Africa, whero intense
yellow light is experienced, the eyes
take a rich, dark, yellow hue, as those
of Kaffirs and Malays, Italians and
Tempering Tools. :.
Heat the tool to blood red and
quench in a mixture of one ounce of
white nrsenic,. one ounce of spirits of
salts, one ounce salammonlas, dis
solved in four gallons spring water.
Draw gently over clean fire until spit
tle flashes off, then let it cool. Keep
the mixture in an iron receptacle for
use.—Blacksmith and Wheelwright
Keats' Opinion of IXamlet.
The middle age of Shakespeare was
all covered over. His dayB were not
more happy than Hamlet's, who is
perhaps more like Shakespeare him
self in his common everyday life than
any other of his characters.—From a
Keats Autograph Letter.
Easy Money.
Teacher—Johnny, write on this black
board the sentence, "Two heads are
better than oue." Now, Johnny, do you
believe that? Johnny—Yes'm, 'cause
then you kin get a Job in a dime mu
seum and mako lots of money.—Youth.
Mnklnir IfltiiKclf Solid*
Miss Hint—Every one says I'm the
picture of mamma. Do you think so?
Mr. Wise—Yes, but a very flattering
picture.—Milwaukee Wisconsin*
Vfl*"p V'J« 1»— '1-V»
The Way Tlicy Are liaised and How
Tliey .^re Got to Mnrkct.
What would an American duck farm
er think of swimming his flock to mar
ket? That is the regular method cm
ployed by the poultrymen who live
along the great waterways of China.
The Chinese are very fond of duck.
Nearly every farmer keeps a few for
his own use. but along tho rivers rais
ing tliom for market is a profitable
In American ducks raised for market
have very little water in which to
swim and play. The poultrymen do
not think it is good for them to have
much exercise, it hardens their mus
cles and makes their flesh tough and
not so good to eat.
So Instead of swimming all day In
ponds or lakes or streams the ducks are
kept shut up In small pens, where they
have no room to waddle about and can
only stand still and eat and grow fat.
Then, when they aro in prime condi
tion, tlicy are killed and dressed and
shipped to market in barrels, and their
feathers make an additional source of
income to tho poultryman.
The Chinaman, however, is quite con
tent to let his ducks have as much ex
ercise as they like, and they get a great
deal hunting for their food, of which
they receive only small supplies from
the poultryman.
One result Is that tho Chinese duck
Is a good, strong swimmer, and that is
a fortunate circumstance for the poul
tryman when it comes time to go to
lie does not live on a railroad. If he
did, he would not be likely to use It,
for to him it is a newfangled device for
the spread of evil. He knows, too, a
more economical method than putting
his ducks in crates and paying freight
on one of the river boats. Time does
not mean much to him, and he can af
ford to spend a few days, if necessary,
In going to market.
When he picks out the ducks he
means to sell, the Chinese farmer ties
the leg of one to that of another with a
stout cord and continues the process
until the whole lot is bound together.
Sometimes there are hundreds thus
fastened in one flock.
It is not easy to make such a flock
swim together or follow tho direction
desired. The farmer takes his boat
and starts to drive them, sculling be
hind or drifting on the current and
beating the water with long bamboo
poles to make them swim along and go
the right way. If the ftrmer has a
large family aud two or three boats,
so that his sons can help, he can usual
ly manage to get his ducks to market
without outside aid, but If he Is not so
fortunate he will join with other duck
raisers and herd the flocks in combina
Thus it not infrequently happens that
thousands of ducks will bo swimming
along down the Yangtse, apparently In
one flock, with a dozen or more sam
pans drifting behind them, filled with
men, women and boys, thrashing the
water with bamboos to hurry on the
It is hard enough to make a flock of
hungry, foolish ducks swim on about
their business when there is plenty of
room and no interference, but that sel
dom happens on a Chinese river. Usual
ly those streams swarm with clumsy,
unwieldy Junks, and on the Yangtse
there is a great deal of steamer traffic.
The friendly junkmen will almost al
ways help the duck herders to keep the
flocks clear of the boats by heating the
water with bamboos, but steamers
have neither time mr Inclination for
such bother, and so It sometimes hap
pens that a llock IJ E :t hi two by a
steamer. Then there is a great deal of
trouble and excited talk before the flock
can be reunited and got peacefully on
its way again.
Sometimes also It happens that ducks
of one flock get rnxed up with those of
another, and then there Is a dreadful
tangle and snarl. But tho patient Chi
nese get them separated into tho proper
flocks again at last, and all go cheer
fully together to market.—Youth's Com
The Baccancers.
Originally buccaneers were peaceful
English, French and Dutch settlers in
the Spanish Wost Indies, and they re
ceived their name on account of their
custom of drying their meat, in the In
dian fashion, on a buccan, or hurdle.
The Spaniards resented strongly the
Intrusion of these foreigners and made
many attempts to oust them, but the
buccaneers were a hardy set of men
and crack shots with the musket, so
they successfully resisted all the Span
lards' attacks and obstinately remained
in the islands. What it was that caus
ed the buccaneers to abandon their
comparatively peaceful mode of living
and take to piracy it Is hard to say.
Possibly the constant harrying to
which they were subjected by the
Spaniards prompted them to retaliate
but, whatever the reason, their depre
dations soon rendered the passage of
the Caribbean sea an undertaking of
extreme danger to merchantmen, and
the word buccaneer has come down as
a synonym for robbery, murder and all
the vices.
The Pine Woods.
The pine stands In tho woods like &n
Indian, untamed, with a fautlstic wlld
ne$s about it even In the clearings. If
an Indian warrior were well painted,
with pines in the background, he would
seem to blend with the trees and make
a harmonious expression. The pitch
pines nre the ghosts of Philip and Mas
sasolt. The white pine has the smooth
er features of the squaw.
The distant woods are but the tassels
of my eye.
Books are to be attended to as new
sounds merely. Most would be put to a
sore trial if the reader should assume
the attitude of a listener. They are but
anew note in the forest. To our lonely,
sober thought the earth is a wild unex
plored WHdness as of the jay and
muskrat reigns over the great part of
nature. The ovenbird and plover are
heard in the horizon. Here Is a new
book of heroes come to me like the noto
of the ehewlnk from over tbe fen, only
over a deeper and wider fen. The pines
are uurelenting sifters of thought
nothing petty leaks through them. Let
me put my ear close and hear the
sough of this book, that I may know If
any Inspiration yet haunts It. There Is
ulways later edition of every book
than the printer wots of, no matter
how recently it was published. All na
ture is a new Impression every instant.
—H. D. Thoreau in Atlantic.
The Fie Libel.
A piece of pie is not necessarily a
death warrant. It depends on what it
is made of and how It is made. Pie
proper should represent an unobjec
tionable combination of fruit and
The word "pastry," however, covers
a multitudo of dietetic sins. Flour and
fat rolled into a couple of soggy layers,
between which spiced meats, chopped
with more fat, mingled with raisins
and other fruits and moistened with
cognacs—this may be pastry, but it 1B
a libel on Die.
A crust made reasonably tender with
sweet cream, olive oil or fresh butter
or with half butter and half beef suet
(the soft varlctyi. with sufficient bak
ing powder or cream of tartar and
soda to make it light and porous, filled
with wholesome fruit or berries—this
is pie, and it is quite as digestllfie aud
harmless as the ordinary baker's loaf.
It is about time the pie libel was
relegated to the limbo of other lies.—
Dietetic aud Hygienic Gazette.
Divorce In Turkey,
A woman in the sultan's realm when
divorced from her husband Is not
treated with contumely and often mar
ries again. A husband simply says to
his wife, "I have divorced you." She
loaves him, and he tells the same to
the cadi, who gives to him a paper of
written divorcement. If it Is tho first
or second time that this has occurred
he may take her back again without
any formality ensuing, but after a
third divorce she will be lost to him
forever. Men abuse this license aud
sometimes divorce their wives for a
very small fault, like a bad dinner or
a button unscwed, each knowing that
If he repents he can have his wife back
before evening. It is n9t uncommon
that a wife is divorced from five hus
bauds and lives with a sixth.
Cookery and Government.
Rossini, the Italian composer, Is re
ported to have said a droll thing on
the unification of Italy when some one
asked his opinion on this matter. He
replied that he thought it very difficult
if not impossible to effect It for the
simple reason that the Neapolitans eat
nothiug but macaroni, the Florentines
nothing but fagluoli aud the Lombards
only polenta, while the Pledmoutese
swallow all they can get. "It It clear,"
he said, "that uniformity of cookery
must precede unity of government."
Marriage is not the church, the ritual,
the blessing of clergymen or the rati
fying and approving presence
A Doable Bequest.
"Are you the 'answers to correspond
ents' man?" inquired the dyspeptic
looking caller.
"1 am," replied the gentleman ad«
dressed. "What can I do for you?"
"Firstly, what will dissolve a chunk
of lead in the human stomach? Sec
ondly, won't you please refrain from
publishing recipes for plum pudding
hereafter?"—Philadelphia Press.
Lucky Boy.
Farmer Foddershueks was angry
with his scapegrace of a son. "Young
man," lie thundered, "ye're a disgrace
to this here fambly! It's a mighty good
thing for you tliet I hain't rich."
''Why, dad?" asked his son sheep
"Becus if I was I'd disinherit ye—
that's why!"—Cleveland Leader.
Reason For Worry.
Baity Moore—Oh, pshaw, old man. I
wouldn't worry about Blownard's opin
ion of mo If I were you! Calvert, Jr.
It isn't his opinion I'm worrying about
It's the grounds I happen to know he
lias for that opinion.—Baltimore Amer
Thoughts Supplied.
"Now," said the inquisitive bachelor,
•-'I want to ask you a question. Do
you think in tho married state"—
"No," replied Ilenpeck promptly.
•'I ain't allowed to."—Exchange.
The school of experience Is open 365
ilays In a year and has no living gradu
ates.—Detroit News.
Trojilcal Couiitrien iintl Spleen.
In tropical countries, between lati
tudes 23 degrees south and 23 degrees
north of the eijuator, the Inhabitants
use spices with their food as we use
pepper. A certain beneficial effect is
caused to the digestion—namely, stim
ulant aud carminative. But there is a
secondary effect, which is perhaps
even more bcuclicial, seen in the fact
that the volatile oil passes out from
the body mostly unchanged through
various channels, but chiefly through
the lungs and skin. So that in the
tropics uature has provided antisep
tics which in passing out by the lungs
and skin kill the hurtful microbes
which might be breathed In and also
prevent to a great extent the attack
of mosquitoes. It is a well known fact
that insects. Including mosquitoes, dis
like volatile oils and will probably not
attack an individual using spices as a
food adjunct. It Is interesting to note
that spices grow where there Is a high
rainfall combined with much heat,
conditions under which malarial influ
ences prevail. The author quotes vari
ous authorities in regard to the anti
septic, antipyretic and other properties
of aromatics.—Journal of Tropical Med
Bfun Who Did Too Well.
"A man may sell too much of the
article which he Is displaying to his
customers, and I know of a case in
point which happened to a friend of
mine," said a commercial man.
"My friend had a lino place offered
him with an organ factory, and he ac
cepted it, the salary being up In the
four figures. lie went out and to his
lirst customer sold the entire output of
the plant. The customer agreed to take
all that the factory could make. Hav
ing nothing more to sell, my friend re
turned to the house well pleased with
his success and for several days sat
around smoking good cigars, while the
firm patted him on the back. One day
he came in, and the boss called him
over, saying in tills fashion:
'I will have to give you the usual
thirty days' notice. You have done so
well that we have no further use for
you or any traveling man. We are sor
ry to lose you, but you sold too much at
the first crack.* "—Louisville Courier-
A Till Tapper.
During luncheon the subject of wid
ows arose, aud on this interesting topic
many original Ideas were expressed*
One of the company said:
"Some widows are to be pitied oth
ers, again, are to be felicitated. My fa
ther used to describe a widow of tho
latter sort. She lived in Maryland and
kept a little village store. Her husband
was a worthless fellow, ne never
worked, aud he drank a great deal. A
worthless fellow, I repeat, but never
theless when he died suddenly many
persons made calls of sympathy aud
condolence on tho widow. My father
did not call, but one day, stopping at
the store to buy some trifle or other, ho
thought it was no more than right to
say In a feeling tone:
'You must miss your husband a
great deal, madam?'
'Well, sir,' said the widow,
seem strauge to come into the shop
and find something in the till.'"
Drlnkliiff Water.
Our physical well being would be
greatly increased if we would drink
a largo glass of water Immediately on
arising and again on retiring. The
morning glass may be of hot water to
advantage. Then take another large
glassful between breakfast and dinner
and another between dinner and sup
per. Encourage the water drinking hab
it In the children as well as In your
self, for thereby the eliminating proc
esses of the body aro satisfactorily car
ried on.
Male and Female Buyers.
Whereas some women will go into a.
vast establishment intent on spending
a certain sum—say. on an article of
dress—and will successively scrutinize
half a dozen things besides what she
originally wanted and retire without
buying any. a man will stray in with
out any fixed plan of purchase and will
sometimes purchase large quantities of
goods that he never dreamed of want
Jng when he entered tho shop.—London
A Mean Iletort.
If you don't stop talking," cautioned
the husband, "I'll not be able to catch
any fish." "That's funny," answered
the wife. "When a girl angles for a
husband she has to talk a great deal."
I know. But there's a difference be
tween fish and lobsters."
The Smart Student.
"Every year," said the professor, "a
sheet of water fourteen feet thick is
raised to the clouds from the sea."
What time of the year does that hap
pen, professor?" asked the freshman.
I should think it would be a sight
worth going to see."
Bucon*N Crime.
Master (to youth being examined in
English history)—With what crime was
Lord Bacon charged? Youth (as if by
an Inspiration)—With writing Shake
speare's plays.
friends and relations at the ceremony.
Still less Is It a matter of settlements
and expensive millinery. It is the tak
ing of a solemn vow before the throne
of the eternal. Nothing can make mar
riage an absolutely sacred thing except
I ho great love, combined with the pure
and faithful Intention of fulfilling the
vow involved.—Marie Corclli.
Clever persons aro always the best
August Flower keeps the children healthy and
Full of vigor and frolic the whole day long,
Bo when Mamma needs more they rush off ia
high glee,
And snout to the druggist: Please give it to
me I"
^flnabilitjr to get up brisk and fresh in
the morning, lack of appetite, pallor,
muddy complexion and poor spiritsy
these all^ indicate a disordered stomach
and bad digestion—in adults and children,
too. They also indicate the urgent need
of taking Green's August Flower regu
larly for a few days.
reliable old remedy for all stomach
troubles, never fails to cure indigestion,
dyspepsia and chronic constipation, and
is a natural tonic for body ana mind, it
4Two sizes, 25c and 75c. All druggists.
For saleby ANDERS
Every woman who
lias a desire to make
the best bread the fam
ily ever ate should send
a postal card for our
new illustrated booklet
"Good Bread How to
Make It."
The Secret is in
the Yeast. V\\
It tells just how to
use YEAST FOAM the
wonderful compressed
hop yeast that took the
First Grand Prize at
the St. Louis Exposi
tion. Makes good bread
from any flour.
New Iowa Olty Line.
l'aBeengere for Iowa City should in
quire of Illinois Central ticket agents
as to connections with the new Inter
burban line from Cedar Rapids to Iowa
City. J.P. MERHY,
36tf A. G. P. A.
Business Opportunities For All.
Locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minne
sota and Missouri on the Chicago Great
Western Hallway tbe very best agri
cultural section of tbe United States
where farmers are prosperous and busi
ness men successful. We have a-demand
for competent men, with the necessary
capital, for all branches of business.
Some special opportunities for creamery
men and millers. Good locations for
general merchandise, hardware, harness,
hotels, banks and stockbuyers. Corres
pondence solicited. Write for Maps and
Maple Leaflets, W. T. Heed, Industrial
Agent, 604 Em'lcott Building, St. Paul,
For your liver ana stom&cb illi.
Take Beacom'i I'luiiu p||l»
They will surely do you (rood •r^.
They will stimulate your blood,
Ana make you feel ai happy as a clam,
Try them. eti. All druwUu. MH
Manchester & Oneida Rv.
Train No, 2 leaves Manchester at 5 a. m. ar
rlvosat Oneida atG:U0 a. m. Connects
with west bound C. o. W. No. 5
HeturnlnK loaves Onolda at 5:85 a.
arrive* HI Manclwfltcr at 06 a. m'
Train No. 4. leaves Vanchestor at 7 15 a. m.
arrives at Oneida at 7:45 a. m., con
necis with east bouud 0. O. w. No.
«. Returning leaves Onetda at 7:K
a.m., arrives at Manchester at 8:3C
a. m.
Train No. G. leaves Manchester at 8:45a.m.,ar
rives at Oneida at 0:14 a.m. Con*,
nectswlth the north bound C.M.®
St. P., No, 22. Returning leaves
Oneida at 9:20. arrives at UanchMtei
Train No. 8, leaves Manchester at 2:00 p. m. ar
rives at Oneida at 2:80 p. m. con*
nects with 0. G. W., No. 4, easl
bound, and No. 9, west bound Be-'
turning leaves Oneida at 5:45 p. m.
arrives at Manohester at 5:27 pm.
Train No 10, leaves Manchester at 4:4B p. m.
arrives at Oneida at 5:15 p. m. Con
nects with south bound 0. M. & 81.
P., No. 21. Returning leaves Onetda ,\
at5:80p.m.,arrives at Manchester
1. 6:00 p.m..
Gen. Traflio Manager.
Hi rough tickets for sale at Manchester to aU
points in North America.
Belknaps Crossing. Platform at Quaker Hilt
Switch, Franklin Street Crossing, bly's Cross
ing, Miller's Crossing, Twin Crossing, West
brook's Crossing.
Main Line PasseiigerTralpg.
No 1*12:13
No 8* 2:18 pm.
No 88 *0:05
No 5 t9:00a
No D3t2:00pm.
..Fast Train..
Thro Express..
Local Express
-Way Freight.
No 2* 8:42 a
No4* 8:16pm
No 84t9:00am
Noet 8*40 pm
No94 ii:45am
North Bound 1 Bet Cedar Rpds I South Bound
Arrive—1 and Manchester l*eave—
No.806 6:00p.m
No 884 8.4oa.m
...t passenger.
No.3866:20 p.m
No.860»:80 p.tt
tDatiy JSxceptSuoday.
H. G. PIERCB. SUtton Agt.
No. 6 Runs to Bloux City only.
No. 8 Runs to Omaha only.
No. 1 lias connections to Omaha, Sioux City
and Sioux Falls and No. 2 from same points.
anil Si. Pei
Illinois Central between Omaha and Fort Dodge
In connection with tbe Minneapolis and8k. Louli
between Fort Dodge and Minneapolis and St.
Paul, also to be inaugurated January 88, lvoo
Lv. Omaha
7.85 p. m.
Lv. Bt. Paul
8X0 p. m.
Lv Mlnnoapolli
"THE Ar. Minneapolis
LIMITED" 7.80 a. m.
Ar. St.
Ar. Om
8.15 a. m.
A fast vestibule night train, dally, carrying
througu Punman sleeping car and couches.
Lv. Omaha
7.00 a. m.
Lv. St.Paul
9.00 a.m.
Lv Minneapolis
Ar Minneapolis
EXPKKSS' 7.00 p. m.
Ar. St. Paul
7.80 p. m,
M0 a. m.
9.40 p. m.
Faiit day train, dally except Sunday, earn
tbrougbparlor car and coacnes.
"The Maple Leaf Route."
meoard, Oneida, Iowa.
Chicago Special, Dally,Going East 7:47 am
Day Express dally .8:89om
Way Freight aally ex. Sunday 11:90 am
Gu West, North
and South.
Way Freight, dally ex. Sunday 11
go am
D»y Express dally 8:!6db
St Paul & Kansas City Exp, dally .5:81am
For Information ana tlokets apply to
C. A. Koblnson. Agent, Oneida.
If you want to have a picnic.
Take Beacom's Plcnlo Pills
They will regulate your liver
And drive away your Ills.
Try them. 26 cents. All druggists. 60tf
Such Investments are not speculative. The
South Is not a now country. Market and shipping
facilities are adequate and first class. The
climate Is mild auu favorable. Notwithstanding
these and other advantages, southern lands are
soiling for prices far below their real value, and
at present prices net large returns on the in*
veBlmuut. For a free set of circulars Nos. I to
1(1. IttPlnelvA nnnnnralnn »1.n •.... IKIIl.l Tl
uo-tr (do iiuuois central Kali-
road, for homeseokers and Investors, addresa
the undersigned. J. F. MERHY.
Ass'tUeu'l Pass'r Agent I. C. R. B,
Dubuque, Iowa.
Why do you fret and grumble,
Why don't you take a tumble,
Use Beacom's Picnic Pills.
They will drivo away your Ills.
Try them. 86 cents. All druggists, cotf
are Loaning Money as cheap aa
any person or corporation.
All you have to do is
to put away a little of
what you earn every
week or month.
Most of the rich peo
ple in the country did
not strike oil gushers—
they accumulated their
wealth by systematic
Open an account with
the bank and enjoy the
opportunities it affords
for saving money.

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