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The Great Dea '
wood Mystery. BY BHET IIAKTU. Copyrighted, 1880, by Houghton, Miff lln & Co., and publlbhed by arrangement with them. Miss AHee deigned no reply, but drew the loop of tha liwso over her shoulders, and let it drop to her round waist Then she essayed to throw the other end to Iht guide. Manial failure! The first lling nenrly knocked Lor oir tlio Utlge; tho second went nil wild npiiiut the nx ky wall; the third cau'lit in a thoru ttiuih, twenty feet Wlowlior cnuipuuioii'N fot. Mum Alice unn sunk helpli-sr-ly to bi-r aido, at whii h hi'iiul of unqualified mirender, the youn;;r uido threw himsi lf half way down the tl; worked his way t tl.t thorn bunh, huiij; tr a moment jei Hourly ovr the pui-fir pet, wvtir-d the lasso, and th'-ii liejjnn to pull away at hia lowly lur.l-n. .Mi Alice- wa no ilfji'l Wright. Ii.mvwr, but. steadily half rai:il.!.l on her li'inds and l.im-s to within 1 foot or two of inr rescuer. At this too familiar i-oiniity. she stoo.l nji, and leaned ii sillily iitiiist the In". ciniMiitf the ;ui'!f ! ; ive an extm pull, which had tli" laiiit-iilaMi! ci'.'. i l or landiiiK h'-r almost in lm nriuN As it was, In T inti ili.'.' iil fop'h'-ad si j ii i. Ii. nosi' sliai ply, and 1 r".:n-t toa'ld, ticatiir-,' of a i-oiiiaiitii' sil nation, caused that Ko:iif li.il. iro!iiii.i'iil M,;u and t"l;en of a hero to llcil l'r-lv. Mi Alice instantly tl,il H d a liandl'iil ol miow is-. r las ii..stnU ".Nu-.v .- ;! onr i i,;!it arm," sle- .said i-onun.iii .'nilv, II ill I ils li.- iv.i,l,M.I.n, l.ul -n'.l.ily. "T!ia! coiiil.rcs.-. the artery." No n. an, with a pivtty v.oio.in's hand and I a hnudi'ul of snow oV' r his mouMi and lew, , nor, could i '" ( tiM-ly u-.i r a I. wi:!i Lis arm l .'it.t t a.viiine u lu r. ii atti'u If, lilolitll v.'as fre.) a:lill, he .it'IUS '.'I r hi i when las ili'-iuil:ily, .id 1 h.nf n; '..getically . J n.i lit kau I;:, nvn a gii 1 iildn't throw woi '.li a cent." -U hy?" delnaii I,s Miss Alice -harply. l;e. .iust uh 'its aue you hi- they havt n't got the c;k 1 1. in e," he stainm-rcd feliiy. Noiisi'iisi-: tin y Ii iven't tliei lavii 1 that'ti nil! Il s Ihs-uih. I in a woman, and smaller in the collar l-oiie, that 1 haven't the play of tin: fi.itarm whi.h you hiv btJMUi l her shoulders slight! tJi..' I l.le of her il ll li eves full r. Sv!'1 She y, and turned on his. ' i;.x- p liili.T, indeed' X girl can 1 arn anything u U.y . an." A; pivlieii-i'in t'ik Hie pla.-e of ill humor in hi r hearer. He turned his eyes hastily a way, and iiinciil a!ov. him. Tl:- elder uid.i had C'i.,t forward to catch Miss Aliiv's horse, wLl b, relievisj of his ridi r, was flounder ing toward th.f trail. Mrs. flight boily wan nowhere to ! st-n. And these two wero wtill twenty ftS't l low the trail! There wns an awkward piiuv. Shall I pull ou up the same wayf ho qucritsl. Miss Alice lookml at his nose, and henitatetl. ''Or will you take my hand " ho ailtled, in surly impatience. To his surprise, Mii.s Alice tjk his hand, and they legaii tho ascent together. But tho way wxs dillicult and dangerous. Once or twice her ftsetslippsl on the smoothly worn Mx-k iK'neath; and hho confesstsl to an inward thankfulness w hen her uncertain fomi nine handgrip wu. oxchungeil for Iim strong arm around her waist Not that bo was un gentle; hut Miss Alieo angrily felt that ho bad once or twicn oxorcised his suM'rior mas culine limctioas in u rough way; and yet the next moment sho would have probably ro jceted tho idea that sho had even liotictl it. There was no doubt., however, that bo was a little surly. A fierce scramMo finally brought them back in safety to tho trail; hut in the ad ion Mi.-s Alice's shoiddcr, striking a projecting bowlder, wrung from her a femiuiun cry of jiain, her lirst -.igu of womanly weancsj,. The euide stopp'd instantly. '1 imii afrai i I hart you.'" Hie raised her hrown la hes, a tritl tuofst from sulTei ing, ! inked in his eyes, and dropKi'l her own. U hy, she could not tell. And yet lie Lad certainly a kind face, despite its seri ousness; and a lino face, alU it unshorn and weather lieateii. Ifer own eyes had never been so near I) 'lay man's ln'foix, savo her lover's; and yet slm had never seen so much ill even his. Sho slipped her hand away, not with any referviico to him, hut rather to ponder over this singular expcrieiitv, and, somehow, felt iiucoinfortalilo thereat. Nor was hn 1-s.s v. It wns hut a few days ago that he had accepts! tho chargo .f ,i young woman from tho elder guide, w ho was Hie recogni,sd escort of the Itighthmly parl y, having Im-ii a former corresMiiideiit, ,,f hi r lather's. He had lnvn hinsl liko any odi. r uuie, nut n i l uihiertaueii iim taslt w ill, i;u chivalrous eiithiisinsm which t!i avii.i-t ('alitorniaii uhva) s extends to the sex vnaiu to him. Hut the illusion had Ktss. d , and ho bad droppttl into a sulky, practical seiiso of bis situation, iM-rhaps fraught with less longer to hinwlf. Oaly, when apald t) by his manhood or her weakness, bo had for futten his woun vanity. lie strotle mouldy ahead, dutifully lircak Jag the path for her in tho direction of tlJO distant canyon, whom Mrs. HightlHly and her friend awaited them. Miss Aliisj was first to s;-ak. In this trackless, uu. hart-sl U rra imignita of tho passions, it ii always tho woman who steps out to lead the way. ' You know this place, very well. I sujposi you have livetl ueiv longi" "Y(!S." "You were not bum here no?" A long pause. "I olworvo they tall you 'StonuLma Joh.' Of course that is not your real numef" (Mem. Miss Alieo had in-ver culled liini anything, usually pit-facing any mjuest with a languiil, '(-cr er, plea', m storr-a!" exjlicit enough Pr bis station.) So." MLss Alice (trotting af Ut him, tjid bawl ing iu his ear) i:V,t name did you sayl Tho ruan (doggedly) I don't know. NcvertbeleNH, when they reached tho cabin, after a half-Lour's bulTeting with tho rtonn, Hias Alice appliod bwself to hor inotbor's t& cort, Mr. Ryder. "What's tlw t:.w of Via mvi who Ukr eaxi of my hor;" . v "Rtantslnuft Joe," responded Mr. J'.yder. "U that nllf" 'X. Sometimes he's called Joe Stanis laus." Miss Alice (satirically) I supHwe It's the cu.st.m hero to send young Indie out with gentlemen who hlilo their names under on alias? Mr. Ryder fereatly perplexed) Why, dear mo, Miw Alice, you nlli in 'iK-artnl to me as a gnl iw wns iible to take Leer .MissAliew (iiitcrniplintf with n wounded, dove-like timidity) Oh, never trii.id, plea.se! The cabin offered but want y accommoda tion to tho tourists; which fact, when in dignantly prten-uted to Mr rdgbtliody. was explained by the j;ol humored Kyder from tho clrrumstancH that the URiiid hobd was only n slight affair of hoards, cloth and wiper, put up during the season, and partJy di niunthid in tho fall. "You couldn't he kept warm enough there," bo added. Nuverthe-l-.ss Mi-si Alien tioticixl that lth Mr. Hydix and NtaiiUluus Joen-tiitxt there with their jiijH-H, afNT having prewired the ladW sujipcr, wimi inn assistanco or an iiunau woman, who apparently eiiMTgwl from tho earth at the coming of tho party, and di npjx'Mvd a.s myHleriotisly. Th vt ij-M came out brightly l.r foro they .lept ; and tho next morning n clear, unwink- lnjKilii lieninel with almost Mimmcr jiowor through tho hhuttcrlcsM window of their cahin, and ironically diwloseil the details of rude int.'i'ior. Two or thri'c nuni 'v, half- tut, 'ii liuflalo rolics, a lieniNkm, komid sus- pirjou-i liHikin' l.lankets, rifles mi I saddles, deal t.'ihles and barnds m.'nle up ils scant in veutorv. A strip of faded ealii o hung !v f ore a n'C"-is near the chimney, but so hlack- c 1 l.y mi'.lie and n;;i that cu-n femiiiiuo iiu!oitv n -peeted its wcivt. Mrs. Iliht hmly wn in hi;;h spirits, and iiiformetl her il hi, 111- rthat sh: was at hist on tli track of her hiisli.ind s unknown conespond' iit. "Sev i nt v four and Seventy live re; resent two 'iiiiid'eiK if tho viilauco rommittce, my i.Mr, aad Mr. Kyder will aM.-t ino tolind th.in." 'Mr. Ilyd.r!" cjaculat .-d Mi.- Alice, iji s 'orr'ul ii'.toaishmeiit. '.Mice," .-.aid Mrs. 1 li;:lit ImmIv, with a ftis pi. ioi:.. ii siiinplioii of Midtlen (iel'ence, "you injure yourself, you injure me, hy this e.tclu s:vo attitude. Mr. llyder is a friend of ymr father's, an exeiss:lingly well informed gentle man. I have not, of course, imparted to him t he extent of my suspicious. J its t he can help mo to what I must and will know. You might treat him a little more civilly or, at Hist, n littlu defter limn you do his servant, your guid". Mr. llyder is a gentleman, und not a paid courier." Miss Alio was suddenly nt cntive. When sho spolie again, she asked, "Why do you not lii -1 something ubout this Silshie who died or was hung or something of that kiudf" '('liild'" said Mrs. Uiglitho.fy, "don't yon soo then- w:ls no Silsbie, or, if there was, lm w:u simply tho coiilldant of that woman r'' A knock nt tho diwir, announcing tho pres ence of Mr. llyder and Stanislaus Joo with the horses, checked Mi's. Itighllmdy's sikss-cIi. As tho animals were Ising packed, Mrs. Highthixly for a moment withdrew in confi dential conversation with Mr. Kyder, and, to tho young lady's still greater annoyance, left her alono with Stanislaus Joe. Msss Alice was not in gooil U'inNr, but bhe felt it iiecoa ary to say something. "1 hope tho hotel otTers letter quarters for travelers than this in summer," she began. "It does." "Then this din's not belong to iti" "No, ma'am." "Who lives here, then?" 'I do." "I lieg your pardon," stammered Miss Alice, 'T thought you lived where we hired where we met you in in You must ex cuse 1110." "I'm not a regular guide; hut as times were hard, and I was out of grub, I took tho job." "Out of grub!" "joh!" And she was the "Joh." What would Henry Marvin sayf It would nearly kill him. She began herself to feel a little frightened, und walked towards tho door. "One moment, miss!" The young girl hesitatsl. Tho man's tone was surly, ami yet indicated a certain kind of half-pathetic grievance. Her curiosity got the iM ttor of her prudence, und sho turned back. 'This morning," ho began hastily, "when wo were coming down the valley, you picked mo up twice." 'I picked ion up?" rejicated tho astonished Alice. "Yes, cnntrtulMftl me; ihat's what I mean; once when you said those rocks were volcanic, oi when you said the flower you picked was a iMippy. I didn't let on nt the time, for it wasn't my say; hut all the while you were talking I might have laid for 'you " "I don't understand you." said Alica haughtily. "I might have entrapped you lieforo folks. ISut I only want you to know that m right, ami here lire the Issiks to show it." Ilo drew aside the dingy calico curtain, nv wiled a small shelf of bulky Intuits, took duwn too large volumes me of botany, one of gcology-nervously sought bis text, and pit them in Alice's outstretched hands. "I had no intention," she begun, half proudly, half cmliarrasscdly. "Am I right, miss?" he interrupted. 'I presume you are, if you say so." "That's all, ma'am. Thank you!" Ileforo the gb l had time to reply he was gonn. When he again returned it was with her horse,- and Mrs. Klghtbody and llyder were awaiting her. But Miss Alieo noticed that his own horse was mining. "Aro you not going w ith iim" she ask.xL "No, ma'am." "Oh, indeed!" Mlss Alice felt her sjioech was a feeblo con ventionalism, but it was nil sho could say. She, however, did something. Hitherto it bail Us n ber habit to systematically reject his assistance in mounting to her sent Now sho awaited him. As he approached she smiled and put out her little foot He instantly stoojied, bhe plai-ed it in his hand, roue with a rpring and for one supreme moment Stanis laus Joe held her unresistingly in his arms. The next moment she was in the saiMle, but in that brief interval of sixty kocondssha bad uttered a volume lu a single sentence: "I bojie you will forgive me!" Ilo muttered a reply, and turned bis fac ts.de quickly us if to bide it Ml All-a cantered forward with a smile, but pulled ber hat dowu vcr Ltr eyes r.s she Jjai br mother. She mu Lluihin. PART IIL It Ryder was as good as his word. A day or two later entered Mrs. W U'nhtlsHly's parlor H . -s a V JSnt, the L'hrvsolttlis f---"f; -J.i -liotel, in Stockton, t'Vr wilh ho i"f"rma" tion thai no mm "tjV y seen the mysterious ' senders of tho ilis- miH. i;iii:!TDOpy. j,at h, and that they were now in the oflleo of the hotel, wait ing her pleasure. Mr. Ryder further in formed her that these geiitloiiHill had only stipulattxl that they should not reveal their real names, and that they should l0 intro riticed tJ her simply as the resjiei tive "Si'veii ty four" uud "Seventy-live" who hml signed the dispatch sent to the laio Mr. Rightlsxly. Mrs. Right Issly at first demurred to this; but, on the assurance from Mr. Ryder that this was tho only condition on which uu interview would lo grunted, llnally coll-M-nteil. "You will find them squuro men, even if they uro a little rough, iiiii'iun. Rut, if you'd liko mo to bo present, I'll stop; though I reel m, if ye'd cnlkikitod on th.it, you'd havo bad me take' care o' your business by proxy, ainl not coiiu yourself three thousuinl mil' to do it." Mrs. Right body iHlievetl it U'tU-r to seo them alone. "All right, ma'am. I'll hang round out here; and i f yo should h.ipis n to hev ati' k lin' in your throat, and a bad sdl o" con gbin', Ml drop in, ear. like, to s.-e if von don't want them dr..;.-,. SaU-f" I And wrh ;ri e. e. di:uly arch wink, and a slight r.iiiiiii.ir tapon Mis. Riht !..ly's h..;il- i d-r. which ini.Jit have caused the late Mr. ' Right Itody to hurst his sepulchre, ho with drew. A v, ry ti'ci 1, b itating tap o:i tie door " was followed by th" intrants' of t vo nun, both of whom, in general si.e, stiviivth. and ' irieoii'hne-v. wire I'.ldi.l'oudv illfoii i t. I.t with th"ir di'Vident nnnoiin-' nviit. They pr,. -ed .1 i i lii li.ia til ' to th- renter of the riH.in. fa 1 Mrs. Rightbody, ifknow lcdg.'d herd 'ep i-mrt -sy by a strong shake of tho hand, and, drawing two chairs opposite to her, s it down id" by side. "I pre-uni" I havo the plea-mro of addross i" ,.'ga:i Mrs. Rightltody. The m in directly opposite Mr. Righlbody turned b the other itupiiringly. Tic otln r man no-Jded his hea l, and re pli.sl: 'Seventy f.Hir." "Scveiity-ltve,'' promptly followeil the other. Mrs. Rightliody paused, a little confused. "I have sent for you," she began again, "to learn something more of the circum stances under which you gentlemen sent a dispatch to my late husband." "The circumstances," replied Seventy-four, quietly, with a side glance at his companion, "panned out nlsnit in this yer stj'lo. Wo hung a man, named .Tosh Silsbie, down at Peadwooil for boss stenlin'. When I say rc, I seak for Seventy-livo yer us is present, ns well as reproscntin ', so to sjienk, seventy- two other gents ns is scattered. We hung Josh Silsbie on stpiar', pretty sipmr', evidence. Afore he was strung up Seventy-five yer axed him, nccordiu' to custom, of ther was enny thing he had to say, or enny request that be allowed to make of us. Ho turns to Seventy tlvo yer, and " Hero ha paused suddenly, looking at his companion. "Ho sez, sez he," began Seventy-five, taking up the narrative "he sez, 'Kin I write a letter, sez he. Sez I, 'Not much, olo man; ye've got no time.' Sez he, 'Kin I send a dis patch by telegraph!' I sez, 'Ilenvo ahead. Ho sez these is Ids dientiknl words 'Send to Adam Rightliody, Roston. Tell him to re oipmbcr his sacred cotnpack with me thirty years ago.' " " 'His sacred compile k with mo thirty years go,'" echoed Seventy-four "his dientikal words. " "What wasthecompact?" nsked Mrs. Ilight bisly anxiously. Seventy-four lottked at Seventy-five, and then both arose and retired to tho corner of tho parlor, w here they engaged in a slow but whispered ileliltcration. Presently they re turned p.1 sat down ngain. 'We allow," said Seventy-four, quietly but decidedly, "that you know what that sacred compact was." Mis. Riglitliodv lost her temtier and her truthfulness together. "Of course," she said hurriedly, "I know. Rut do you mean to say that you gave this pxir man no further chance to explain liefore you murdered him?" Seventy-four and Seventy -tlvo loth rose again slowly and retired. When they re turned again and sat down, Seventy-five, who by this time, through some subtle mag netism, Mrs. Right Id sly Ix'gan to recognize us the suM-rior jMiwer, said gravely: "We wish to say, regarding tin's yer mur der, that Seventy-four and me is equally re sjioasilile; that wo reckon also to represent, so tosjvak, seventy-two other gentlemen us i.i scattered; that we are ready, Seventy-four and me, to take and boit that responsibility, now and ut any time, afore, every manor men as kin lw fetched agin us. We wL.Ii to say that this yer say of ours holds good yer in Cnliforny, or in any part of these United States." "Or in Oanndy," suggested Seventy-four. "Or in C'unudy. We wouldn't agree to cross the watr, or go to f urrin jtnrts, unless altso lutely necessary. We leaves tin" chise of wej pings to your principal, ma'am, or lieing a lady, ma'am, and bitervsted, to any ono you may fetch to act for him. An advertisement In any of the Sacramento papers, or a play card or handbill stuck unto a tree near Dead wood, saying that Seventy-four or Seventy five w ill communicate with this yer princi pal or agent of yours, will fetch us oilers." Mrs Rightbody, a Lttlo alarmed and des jvrato, saw her blunder "I mean nothing of the kind," she said hastily. "I only expected that you might have some further details of this interview with Silsbie; that jierhaps you could Ml me" a lld, bright thought crossed Mrs, Rightbody's mind "something more alxmt her." The two men looked at each other. "I mppiwe your society has no objection to giving me information u!xut herV uui Mrs. Rightbody eagerly. Another quiet conversation in the earner, and the return of lioth men. "We want to say that we've no objection." Mr. RightUly' hvart lat high. Her Isjluiiess hJ made ber jrtietiutiou good. Yel !m felt alio must not ahum the men berd Isly. "Will you Infiirm me to what extent Mr. Rtghlliody, my Into husband, was inUrestod in ber" This timo it neenied an ago to Mrs. Right body U.foro the men returned from their sol emn cn.iaultatiou in tho coiner. She could both her and fisd. Unit their discus ion was more uni naUtl thun their previous confer ences, Hlio was a little mortillisl, however, when they sat down, to hear Beventy-four say flowly: "We wish to say that wo dou't allow to say how much." "H'i? .'(! us a ?.." "Do you not think that the 'sacred compact' between Mr. Rightbody und Mr. Silsbie re ferred to her.'" "Wo reckon it do." Mrs. Rightbody, Hushed and nniniated, would have eiven worlds had her daughter been present to hear this undoubted confirm ation of her theory. Yet she felt a little nerv ous Mid uncomfortable ecu on this threshold of discovery. "Is she l.ctv nowr" 'She's iii Tuolumne," said Seventy-four. "A lift!" better looked arter t nan formerly," a. Mi d Seventy live. "1 .see. Then Mr. Silsbie cut iced her away "Well, ma'am, it w:us allowed as she. rumied away. Rut it wasn't proved, nud it generally wasn't her style." Mrs. Rightbody trilled with her next ques tion. "Sho was pretty, of course;" The eyes of both men brightened. "She was that.'" said Seventy-four em phatically. "It would have done you good to see her?" addetl Seventy five. Mrs. Right boily inwardly doubted it; but, lioforo she could ask another question, thetwo men ngain retired to the comer for consulta tion. When they came Lack there was a shade more of kindliness and confidence in their manner, and Seventy -four ojioned his mind more f roely. "Wo wb.li to say, ma'am, looking at the thing, by and largo, in a far-minded way, that, ez you seem interested, and ez Mr. Rightliody was interested, and was, accord to ull accounts, deceived and led away by Silsbie, that wo don't mind listening to any projxisition you might tnnkeas a lady allow in' you was ekally interested." "I understand," said Mi-s. Rightbody quickly. "And you will furnish mo with any papers?" Tho two men again consulted. "We wish to say, ma'am, that we think she's got paiiers, but " "I must havo them, you understand." in terrupted Mrs. Rightbody, "at any price." "We was nlwut to say ma'am," said Sev enty five slowly, "that, consideriu' all things and you being a lady you kin havo her, papers, jicdigroo and guaranty, for $1,200." It has been alleged that Mrs. Rightbody asked only ono question more and then fainted. It is known, however, that by the next day it was understood in Dead wood that Mrs. Ilightbody had confessed to tho vigi lance committee that her husband, ft cele brated Roston millionaire, anxious to gain possession of Aimer Springer's well known sorrel man1, had incited the unfortunate Josh Silsbie to steal it; and that finally, failing in this, the widow of tho deceased Roston mil lionaire was now in personal negotiation with the owners. Ilowlioit, Miss Alice, returning homo that afternoon, found her mother with u violent headache. "Wo will leave here by the next steamer," said Mi's. Rightbody languidly. "Mr. Ryder luus promised to accompany us." "Rut, mother " "The climate, Alice, is overrated. My nerves are already suffering from it. The as sociations are unlit for you, and Mr. Marvin is naturally impatient" Miss Alice colored slightly. "Rut your quest, mother" "I've abandoned it" "Rut I have not," said Alice, quietly. "Do you reminilier my guide nt tho Y'osomito Stanislaus Joe? Well, Stanislaus Joo Is who do you think?" Mrs. Rightbody wns languidly indifferent "Well, Stanislaus Joo is tin son of Joshua Silsbie." M rs. Rightbody sat upright in astonish ment ""es. Rut, mother, ho knows nothing of what we know. His father treated him shamefully, and set him cruelly ndrifc years ago; and, when ho was hung, theixxir fellow, in sheer disgrace, changed his name." "Rut, if ho knows nothing of has father s compact, of what interest is this?" "Oh, nothing! Oidy I thought it might lead to something." Mrs. Richtbody suspected that "some- thing," and asked sharply, "And pray how did you llnd it out? You did not speak of tt ti th.i -nllv w "Oh! I didn't And it out till to-day," said MLss Alice, walking to the window. "He happened to bo here, and told me." PART IV. P Mrs. Rightbody's friends had len astounded by her singular and unex pected pilgrimage to Calif omiaso soon after her bus band's decease, they were still more es tonnded by the In formation, a year later, that the was engaged to be mar- riedtoa Mr. Ryder, of whom only the -ant history was known, that be was a falifornlan, and former corn- gpondent of ber buibaud. It was undeniable . tliat th man was wealthy, and o idently no niero adventurer; it was rumored that ho was courageoux and manly; but even those who delighted in his wild humor were shocked at bis grnmnir and slang. If! wai said that Mr. Marvin had but ono interview with his father-in-law elect, and returned so su premely disgusted that the mutch was broken oft. The horse stealing story, more or less garbled, found its way through lips that pro tended to decry it, vet eagerly relented it. Only one member nt .he Rightbody family and a new one save them from utter os tracism. It was ycung Mr. Ryder, tho adopted son of tho prosjioctive bond of tho household, whoso culture, manners and gen eral elegance fascinated and tlirilled Roston with a new sensation. It seemed to many that Miss Alicq should, in the vicinity of this rare exotic, forget her former enthusiasm for a professional life; but tho young man was pitied by society, and various plans for di verting him from any mesalliance wilh the Rightliody family were eoueoctod. It was a wintry night, and tho second an niversary of Mr. Rightbody's death, that a light was burning in his library. Rut tlie dead man's chair was occupied by young Mr. Ryder, adopted son of the new proprietor vt the mansion; and lct'ore him stood Alice, w ith her dark eyes fixed on tho table. "There must have been something in it, Joe, believe me. Did you never hour your futher speak of mine?" "Never." "Rut you say he was college bred, nndls'ru n gentleman, and in bin youth ho must havo bad many friends." "Alice," said the young man gravely, "when I have done something to ivdivin my name and wear it ngain liefore these people, bciore jo, it would l e well to revive the po.st. Rut till then " Rut Alice was not to bo put down. "I re inemlier," she went, on, scarcely heeding him, "that when I came in that night papa was reading a letter mid setaiul to lio discon certed." "A letter:" "Yes; but," lidded Alice, with n sigh, "when we found him here insensible, t lu re was no letter on bis ktsou. lie must have deployed it." "Did you ever look among bis papers? If found it might lie a clew." The young man glanced toward the cabi net. Alice read his eyes and answered: "Oh, dear, no I The cabinet contained only his papers, all perfectly arranged you know how methodical were bis habits ami some old business and private letters, ull carefully put away." "Let us see them," said tho young man, ris ing. They opened drawer after drawer; files upon files of letters and business papers accu rately folded and filed. Suddenly Alice ut tered a little cry and picked upu quaint ivory paper knife lying nt tho bottom of a drawer. "It was missing the next day and never could be found; ho must have mislaid it here. This is tho drawer, said Alice eagerly. Hero wns a clew. Rut tho lower part of tho drawer was filled with old letters not la beled, yet neatly arranged in files. Suddenly ho stopped and said, "Put them back, Alice, ut once." "Why?" "Some of these letters aro in my father's handwriting." "Tho nioro reason w hy should seo them," said the girl inqierativcly. "Hero, you take part and I'll take part and we'll get through quicker." There was a certain decision and independ ence hi her manner which ho had learned to respect. He took the letters and in silence read them with her. They were old college letters, so filled with IioyLsh dreams, ambi tions, aspirations, and Utopian theories, that I fear neither of these young people eveu recognized their parents in tho dead ashes of the past They were loth grave, until Alice uttered a little hysterical cry and dropped her face in her hands. Joo was instantly bo side her. "It's nothing; Joo, nothing. Don't read it, please; please, don't It's so funny! it's so very queer 1" ' n U1C nothing, Joe, nothing. Dorit read if." But Joe bad, after a slight, half-playful struggle, taken the letter from the girl. Then ho read aloud tho words written by his father thirty years ago: "I thank you, dear friend, for all you say about my wife and loy. I thank you for re minding me of our boyish compact. Ho will be ready to fulfill it, I know, if ho loves those his father love?, even u you suould marry years later. I am glad for your sake, for both our sakes, that it is a boy. Heaven send you a good wife, dear Adams, and a daughter, to make my son equally happy." Joe Silsbio looked down, took the half laughing, half-tearf ul face in his hands, kissed ber forehead, and, with tears iu his grave eyes, said, "Amenl" . I am inclined to think that this sentiment was echoed heartily by Mrs. Rightbody's former acquaintances, when, a year later, Miss Alice was united to a professional gen tleman of honor and renown, yet who w as known to bo the son of a conv'cted horse thief. A few remembered the previous Cali foniian story, and found corroborxtion there for; but a majority lielioved it a just reward to Miss Alice for her couducl to Mr. Marvin, and, as ilifs Alice cheerfully accepted it in that liht, I do not see why I may not end my story with happiness to all concerned, THB tsa .WHY IS IT That rheumatntn and neuralgia are to prevalent? This question bos not been satisfactorily answered, but it ii certain that these diseases are not only the most painful but among the mobt common, and some member of nearly every family in th land is the victim of one of these dretd tormentors. Ladies seem to be peculiarly liable to neuralgic attacks, which, in tha form of neuralgic headache, pain in th back, or nervous pains are of constant oc currence. Not until tho discovery of Athlo phoros had any remedy been found for either rheumatism, neuralgia or nervous headache, and they were generally con ceded to be incurable, but Athlopboros has been proved to be not only a certain cure for these diseases, in all their varied forms, but a tne remedy. If, in th us of Athlopboros, the bowels are kept fredy open, its success is certain, and to aid this, Athlophoros Pills are recommended, which, while providing the necessary cathartic, will be found to be a valuable aid to the action of the medicine. Athlo phoros is no experiment, it has been tested and has proved its wonderful efficacy. The Athlophoros Pills were originally prepared as a remedy for use in connection with Athlophoros. for rheumatism and neuralgia and kindred complaints. Used in connection with that remedy, they are a certain cure for either of these very com mon and distressing diseases. They have also been found to bean invaluable remedy for any ami all diseases arising from vitiated blood or general debility. They are es pecially valuable for nervous debility, blood poisoning, dyspepsia, distress after eating, headache, constipation, loss of appetite, and all stomach or liver troubles. For diseases of women thev are invaluable. These pills are perfectly harmless und may be safely used by ndults or children. ( Testimonials of those who have been cured will be sent free on application. Every druggist should keep Athlophoros and Athlophoros Pills, but where they can not be bought of the druggist, the Athlo phoros Co., 1 1 2 Wall St., New York, will send cither (carriage tiaiii) on receipt of I regular price, which is $1.00 per bottle for Athlophoros and 50c. for Pills. cMrf (Y.inrh, Col(K Il'mm'tie, Croup, Anttima, illollt liltK Whool'lnif C'Hltfll. Ineipielit r.lwun- III. II, llllll ITllI'Vt'N I'l.IlMllltllllTt HTHUIIM ill atlVltlK'Oll ftttttft.fl or lie dl-fane. Trifl & rtrt. Olli- tion. Tim (lemiliiP Dr. 1111$ CmifH Sfirup in 8'. til only In irit'itt imi'twr. nnil Itciun oar .-...riwO.t....) t .-...'...Viirbu til 1. if. ! .j7w Art ... . . ... .. . w'fiLrf'WiX yirili 'inifinii-7iVf, anil tho '3T3B,iS tac-simtlu Kiinmlunw utJ'Jtn H'. r.ttll .f- .1. r. Mnirr ,t Co., Sole "uc if i-,.D Ht lialUniorit. Sid.. V. S. A. rhrw l.nnne'H IMinis The (treat Tohareo An Mole! l'rice 10 I U. Sold by ull Drueglsts. PUBLIC SALE On Wednesday. Deo. 8, 1sll. nt llluffdiiln Farm near Ottawa. III., I will otter the f lowing I'uro lirul Muck: '21 head f Mhnrtlioni Cattle, inclnd iiiK U extra Rood Cows and Heifers, Hiid 12 fine yoiint! Hulls, from H nioiiilisto 2 years old, anionic wliicli are sweepstakes mid hrst-pmo winners at (inn of tlm leuduiK fairs in Illinois; 150 Cotswnld Sheen, both sexes, descendants from tlio most noted ducks in Knulund. and inchnliiiK the swHepstakes pen Ht Minnesota State Kuir iu 1886; 25 Shropshire Down Kwes and Hums, all irootl ones. 1 think 1 may candidly say that my flock has won more prizes at lending shows during the imst oiulit years ttiim any other in America. The Clytlesdiilo Htallions Duke of Ottawa, 2. 1 IU, 3 years old, and woiKhinir more than a ton, conceded by ninny to be the largest and le.-1 colt in our state. Jiofty the 4th, 2,0), 5 years old, whoso colts have always boon prite winner wherever shown. Stirling Hoy, 8 years old, win ner of 2d prize at "Tho treat St. Louis Fa-r" in 1HH5. A'so two liili grade yearlings. A raro op tiortunitv is thus otfered thosH ilenirinR some of I the best, stock in the county at their own price. I will also ollor, should n lm Uesired. my no Htock Farm consisting of 32(1 acres, bountifully Mtuiit.'tl oa a tino road, near to markot, under a high Htiile of cultivation, being well drained und watered by an inexhaustible Artesian Wull. Fasy terms, winch will he made known on day of sale. r'P-MWS. PARDREDOE'S mi Offer! We have just inaugurated thegrand est sale of Dry Goods ever known iu the West. ONE MILLION DOLLARS worth of goods to he marked down, in cluding Cloaks, Silks, Dress Goods, Linens, Carpets, Underwear, Flannels and Blankets, Domestics, Hosiery, Fancy Goods, Crockery, and in fact, everything kept by a flrst-class Dry Goods House. SPECIAL OFFER. To prove the value of this paper as an advertising medium, we will give during this sale (which will last one month) to anyone sending or bringing this advertisement, An Extra 6 Discount, Making this positively oneof theujraad est opportunities to liny dry goods ever known. Kemeniber this discount applies to everything in the store. NOTICE! All g'Kds marked in plain figures. Only one price. Money refunded if returned in gefod condition. Look Everywhere Then See Us. Special attention paid to mail orders. C.V.fiE. PARDRIDGE, MAIN STORE, 112, IU and 116 Stale Street, Chicago, III. ON 30 DAYS' TRIAL. ELASTIC TRUSS othrn. U coo hM. with Self. fed turning Hail in rcnicr.aaapM turlf K H pl1on of th Wody while tho ball in thoci? Fin lu ressva oocn imw- ual a person loe ..k.k.ii... With llirti t rracsurr tn nrf Wlin i"w . ... . ,...! r nruin It la r. tfnriW" and f hmn. SenC bT mail. Ol SwkLSsTVS !. Clh. Cktwgw. lib . ctuanirv. m AT -rw