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Story of the Wedding Ring.
By BERTHA M. CLAY. Continued. “Decidedly," replied Mr. Ford. “lean act more quickly, more promptly, and more energetically it I alone. He went that same day, and the re sult of his journey was more satis factory than he had ventured to hope it would he. He took up his residence not at the principal hotel —that was not a likely place to obtain such infor mation as he sought—but at an old fashioned inn; and at night, when he had iuvited the landlord to Join him over a glass of wine, he cleverly turn ed the conversation on the subject of strange and sudden deaths. Then he heard the whole story—how ■'a certain poor lady that had come to Ahe town had died without telling her m*me, or saying to whom she belonged, ■or anything that could throw any light 'ipo%her history. “She really died in that strange way?” questioned Mr. Ford, breath lessly; end the landlord, all uncon scious of the great interest at stake, answered, “yes—that was how she died.” “And the child,” pursued the law yer, “what became of the child?” He could hardly bear the moments of suspense before the landlord answered him. “The Hopes adopted her; and she is the prettiest girl in the whole country side. Ismay Hope they called her.” The lawyer started as the familiar name fell upon his ear. “Ismay.” he repeated—“that Is a strange name*” “Her mother called her by it before she died, and she has kept it ever since.” “She is beautiful, you say; and what age may she be?” '“That I cannot tell —she was quite young when she married.” Mr. Ford interrupted him somewhat •rudely. “When she married—whom did she marry?’ “Paul Waldron, who is the steward of Squire Schofield; hut if the matter Interests you, sir you can see Mrs. Hope. She is a great friend of my wife’s and she Is never tired of telling the story.” It so happened that on this very evening Mrs. Hope came to take tea with the landlord’s wife, and Mr. Ford although a bachelor hlmseir, un derstood the fair sex sufficiently to feel sure that, if a woman was more com municative at one time than another, it was during the time spent over a dish of tea. . Me asked permission of the landlord to join the little party—a favor which was most willingly accorded him, al though the landlady felt some slight embarrassment. The landlord smiled to himself, as though he would have said. "There Is some deeper motive here than appears on the surface.” Mr. Ford was hown into the little parlor where the tea-drinking was to take place. He could not help think ing of the strange aspects of life. Who would have thought the interests of the noble house of Carlswood would bring him to the quiet, humble village inn? Who would have dreamed that the fortunes of the only daughter of that illustrious race were to be discussed there? He spent the evening in conver sation: and that was how Mr. Ford ratne to know the history so well. CHAPTi... IX. It seemed almost incredible to Mr. Ford that such wonderful success should have attended him. True Lord Carlawood's daughter was dead, but his granddaughter was living. The love lie would not give to Katrine might, and in a probability would, go ■'o Is.nay; he would he willing to do tor his grandchild that which pride and linger would not allow him to do for his daughter. Mr. Ford lamented that lsmay was married- that was the only drawback to his content: yet much of course, would depend on (lie man she had mar ried. The lawyer sighed as he thought of the great gulf between Squire Scho field's steward and the proud laird Carlswood a gulf that it seemed im possible to bridge. He could form no Ijujoper estimate until he had seen Is she was hopeless!) vulgar, it' HjHpc ;n(. w ,;!i nu . jHR. then he must leave the matter ffitlroly to Lord Carlawood's discre tion—he would not urge him to adopt her. He must see her. and then form his Judgment; it would be more prudent to see her ns a stranger, and not to jjive her the least idea of what errand he had come upon. He had taken a cup of tea with Mrs. Hope, who im plicitly believed that he was what he represented himself to be, a traveling artist; at the same time she thought him a very curious gentleman, he asked so many questions, and he seemed so deeply Interested in what she had to say of that unfortunate woman. He cleverly drew from her a descrip tion of Isntay's home, and then said he should like to make a drawing of it. “Nothing can be easier.” she told him. “Mrs. Waldron is very amiable and sweet-tempered: she will be pleased to give you permission." Ho went and was .more charmed with Ismay than he con hi have anticipated; her wondrous boa ut y. her grace, her charming manner, all delighted him. And then, too, she had a son the lovely laughing boy he had held in his arms, a child of whom even the proud Lord Carlswood might be proud. He was surprised as well as delighted. She spoke with some refinement, where was no vulgarity in her accent; and yet, despite the presence of the beautiful hoy, he was tempted to wish again and again that she had not been married. , ?; . "What a sensation she would have created! She would have made one of the best matches in England; with that face and figure, she would have created a perfect furore.” Still, though he was so marvelously impressed ly her, he could not tell how the Master Of Bralyn would re ceive the news of her marriage. He decided that he would trust to no let ter, but would go to Bralyn himself, and then he could tell Lord Carls wood all. There was missing only one link in the evidence; he wanted to see the locket and ring. There was no course open to him save to tell the Vicar what was his real errand, and he did so un der promise of secrecy. Then Mr. Kirdell showed him the locket. Al though he was prepared for It, still the sight of Lord Carjswood’s well-known feature# did startle him —it was the sure confirmation of all the other evi dence. Mr. Ford hastened back to Bralyn. Lord Carlswood was greatly agitated. “You say she is beautiful —so like her mother? What were they thinking of to let her marry so young? If that could but be undone! What is her hus band like?” "He is a true - son of the people— handsome, strong, with a fine face and a manly figure—industrious, and very clever, they say, at all kinds of mechanism. His mania In invention. He is a complete radical in politics, believing in the rights of the workman, and is eloquent alter a grand, rugged fashion of his own —for he makes speeches, and is looked upon as a lead er In his own small circle.” Lord Carlswood held up his hands vith a gesture of horror. “Enough!” he cried. “And what do you say his calling is?” Mr. Ford looked half puzzled. “I can hardly tell you," he replied. “Some people called him the Squire's steward, others his gamekeeper—to me he seemed to hold both offices.’ “Does his wife seem warmly attached to him?” was the next question. The lawyer smiled. "1 am a better judge, my lord, of the merits of a law case than of a lady's affection. I suppose she loves him. All wives love their husbands —do they not?” “By no means,” was the cynical re ply. “You say the boy Is healthy and likely to live?" “1 am no judge of children either; but 1 never saw a more beautiful child. He looked strong and well.” Then there was a silence for some minutes; tho old lord seemed en grossed in thought. His brows were knit, his lips firmly closed and his hands tightly clasped. Once a deep sigli came from him. and then he was silent again. He raised his eyes at last, and looked in the lawyer’s face. By the strangeness of the glance. Mr. Ford felt sure that some difficult prop osition was coming. Lord Carlswood rose from his seat. He went over to the mantleptece, above which hung a portrait of Jocelyn, Lord Carlswood, Who fought so bravely for the Stuart king. Charles the Second. He looked long and earnestly at the pictured face —a dark face, full of noble resolve, full of fire and valor—and then he turned slowly and looked at Mr. Ford again. “The Carlswoods have fallen very low during my lifetime,” he said; "their name is sullied, their honor tar nished. But I have not fallen so low as to allow a man of that kind to make his home here. “A man of what kind?" asked Mr. Ford in surprise. “That low-born ill-bred radical. I should expect ail the dead and gone Carlswoods to rise up in wrath against me if 1 even thought of such a tiling.’’ "Then what do you propose?” asked the lawyer. His lordship paused before he re plied. “Perhaps my plans may not meet with your approbation,'' he said, “but 1 may tell you at once that 1 am indif ferent about that. This is my fixed resolve, and neither heaven or earth shall move me from it. 1 will adopt my daughter’s child—this bright, beautiful Ismay. 1 will make her a wealthy heiress. She shall have the large fortune that was to have been divided between nty two younger boys. 1 will adopt her son: he shall be my heir. He shall be l.onl Carlswood of Hralyn after me. Hut—listen to me Ford —I do all this solely on condition that she give up this low-bred husband of hers and consents never to see hint again. If site will i\ot agree, the whole matter must end—she may remain where she is. and 1 will And another heir." There was another long silence, dur ing which the singing of the birds and the whispering of the winds amongst the trees could be plainly heard; and then Mr. Ford’s voice broke the si lence. THE PRINCE OF WALES AT 58. PHMM[M^jnßK3KHlHiKphf£faS|pßy/*s^nMlMp^^Wy?, Y\ I! The 58th birthday of the Prince of Wales was celebrated Nov. 9. St. Paul’s, Westminster and other chitnesof London were pealed, the royal standard was floated over the public buildings, salutes were fired at Windsor, Horse Guards' parade and at the Tower of London. The Prince celebrated his birthday at Sandringham, where he entertained Lord Rosebery and other distinguished gulsts. It has been whispered in uninformed circles that the Queen would surren der her sceptre to her son, and in many parts of England the people were pre pared too shout, “Long live the king!" The prince of Wales, with all his faults, is the Idol of the people of Eng land. He is a liberal—some say demo crat—and he favors the granting of the fullest political liberty to the sub jects of the crown. At the same time he favors the imperial growth and consolidation of Great Britain and the spread of her power and civilization “It is not right, my lord,” he said, abruptly. “Such a separation as that is against all law human and divine — it is against the customs of men and the will of Heaven.’ "Nevertheless it must take place. I will never receive the husband here.” “Yet you would receive his child.” “He is of my own race, but his father is alien to it. He has noble blood in his veins. His father has none. He has no claim on me; nor will l ever acknowledge one.” “My lord,” said the lawyer, “I will go still farther. I will speak even more strongly. What you propose to do is wicked. Pardon the word; it is simply wicked, and 1 will have nothing to do with it.” “That is at your own option.” re turned Lord Carlswood, haughtily, "if you decline to manage my affairs, there are plenty who will gladly under take the office. My resolve is made, and l shall not depart from it. If my grand-daughter will give up her hus band, and promise never to see him again, I will receive her here; if not wc continue strangers. Nothing will induce me to change my resolve.” The two gentlemen were now stand ing facing each other, each one ex cited and eager. “What has the man done, my lord, that you should seek to tempt from him a wife he loves? It is not his fault that she is a Carlswood. He gave her all he had —his love, his heart, his name; he has been proud to work for her; he loves her. Why should you part them? What has he done? Why should he suffer?” ”1 have suffered myself.” said the old lord, tremulously—“every one suf fers.” “How would you have felt, my lord if any one had sought to tempt Lady Carlswood from you?" The Master of Rralyn held up his line white hand with a warning ges ture. "You have the privilege of speaking plainly." he said: “do not abuse it. Do not institute comparisons; there ean be none between such a man and my self. It is absurd to suppose that he would have sensitive or refined feel ings. I have no doubt that a goodly sum of money will make ample amends to him for the loss of his wife. What did you say. Mr. Ford?" ‘ I said, may Heaven pardon you my lord?' “Thank you." was the sarcastic re-. turn. “The honor of my name is dearer to me than anything on earth, besides how dear, even you could not tell. I should sully it If 1 offered that man a homo here." “You sully It far more by seeking to part those whom God has joined. My lord,” continued the lawyer, with pas sionate eloquence. “I no longer wonder throughout the world.' - The~ visit**of | the prince to the United States in 1860 is recalled with undiminished interest by the older residents of the large (cities which he included in his tour. lln the early autumn of that year the prince reached America on the man jof-war, Hope, landing at St. John’s, I Newfoundland. He was accompanied |by the duke of Newcastle, Lord St. I Germans, General Prince and General | Teesdale. There was tremendous en i thusiasm tnroughout Canada. In Quebec 60,000 people met him. He laid corner-stones and was entertained al most to death. President Buchanan invited him to visit the United States. He consented to come as Baron Ren frew. much to the disgust of the ultra democratic Americans. He went to Chicago and shot prairie chickens. He visited Boston. Philadelphia, Rich mond and Washington. He took off his hat beside Washington's tomb and I planted a chestnut tree there. at the French Revolution—l shall won der no more at the revolt of the poor against the rich—if these be the ways in which the great men of the world treat the humbler ones. If you had two doves—two tender birds—you would hesitate before you parted them; but this man, with a man’s soul, keen to suffer, with a man’s heart, full of deep affections, you will torture, and not even own that the torture is pain.” Lord Carlswood smiled and no great anger darkened his face. "I like you none the less Ford, for your frank speaking; there are few who dare say so much to nie. My opinion is still unchanged. I shall receive my grandchild lsmay aid her son only oil those conditions. I will leave you to consider the matter. If you decline the further management of my affairs so be it, —if not, I will authorize you to make all arrangements.” Left by himself, the lawyer thought the matter over. "If 1 refuse, someone else will do it," he said—“some one who has no in lluence over him. and w'ho never can. do anything for their good; I have some little influence, and will use it for their benefit. Let him have lsmay and her son; his heart will soften in time, and then I shall be able to per suade him to receive the husband too.” When, afterwards, laird Carlswood came for his answer, Mr. Ford said — “I will undertake the affair, my lord; out let me tell you first that I do so under protest. In my opinion the whole thing is cruel and wicked.” That same day he returned to Ash burnham. He tried to comfort himself by saying that it would all come right in time: but his heart was heavy with in him, he did not like his commission. "1 must see Mrs. Waldron alone,” he thought; “it will not be fair to her if 1 tell her before her husband. She must have time to think It over alone.” Once more at Ashburnham he watch ed Paul Waldron leave his home, and then he went to the cottage and asked for his wife. She was looking more j beautiful than ever, he thought She j had been out in the garden tying up 'the roses: the perfume of the crimson blossoms seined to linger about her, her face was exquisite in its dainty bloom. She smiled graciously when she saw her visitor. “You have returned to make the sketch." she said; but there was no answering smile on his face. “I have returned,” he replied, “be cause I want to speak to you, Mrs. Waldron. I have something most im portant to say to you. Can you spare me a little time. now. at once?” Her beautiful face grew pale with apprehension. “It is nothing that need frighten you." he said. “Some people would per haps call it good news: I shall leave you to think of it as you will. I should like to see you alone,” he con tinued; and Ismay led the way to the pretty seat under the elm-tree. “This is my drawing-room,” she said with a bright smile; “but I do not know that I have received a visitor here before.” CAN THE BOERS DESTROY THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINES? I am asked whether it is possible for the boers to destroy the gold and dia mond mines in their country, and In the event of such destruction of the mines what the effect on values would 'be. The question of values is one to be answered by an economist or a fi nancier. For a century gold has been quoted at $20.67 an ounce. There is a great deal more gold in circulation now than there was eighty or ninetv years ago, yet the value has not changed. However, I would prefer not to pass an opinion on this branch of the subject. As to the possibilities of the boers destroying the mines, as they threaten, I can only say that complete destruction is not within the scope of possibility. A portion of either the gold or diamond mines could be ren dered inoperative, but not the whole. The total length of ground occupied by the gold mines in the Johannesburg district, for instance, is a number of miles —thirty or forty perhaps. All me mines in this territory are not oper ated of course, but there are at least enough working mines to preclude the possibility of the boers putting the en tire section of country, as it were, out of commission. The mines are scat tered over so much ground that It would be impossible for any number of men short of a vast army to destroy all. Such an army no doubt could do damage to the extent of thousands and perhaps millions of pounds sterling, and could incapacitate portions of j mines for years to come; but even then I the mines of south Africa will still be able to continue supplying nearly one third of the world’s gold product. To destroy or damage a mine you must burn it, or flood it, or blow it up, or render its machinery use less. These methods of destruction would be easy in almost any other part of the mining world, but in south Africa they would not so easily avail. For example, pumps, boiler plants, and engines could be destroyed, yet the mines in question would not be seri ously aflood. More fortunate than other mines the flow of water into these is slight. Hence, the inflow cf water would be so small that before it could amount to a flood new pumps could be put to work. To fire the south African mines would be possible only so far as the shafts are concerned. For only in the shafts is timber used. There is little or no timber in the boer country. What timber there is is pre cious. The great expense of support ing the roofs of the excavated parts, therefore, is overcome by making the mines self-supporting—that is. by sup porting the roofs by columns of ore, instead of a labyrinth of timFers. Hence, the only way the boers can even hope to damage the mines is to attempt to fire the timbered shafts or to destroy the hoisting machinery. I have al ready Intimated that because of the vast area covered the blowing-up pro cess would only be like the flea biting the lion. Meanwhile, the mines are owned and managed principally by Englishmen, Americans and Germans. The white men. the skilled laborers employed by these companies, will be loyar to their employers and will de fend their property. The Kaffirs, of course, could not be depended upon. At the first sign of the hostile boers’ approach they would scurry off. To sum up. when the borrs set about de vising ways and means for carrying out their intentions of destroying the greatest gold mines in the world they will find they are attempting the im possible. SOME ROTUND GENIUSES. Theophile Gautier remarked that Victor Hugo, in his quality of the sov ereign prince of French romantic po etry, should be (if the ordinary opin ion as to poets were correct) angular, with light or dark hair, and pink com plexion. The world and an overcoat could hardly contain the glory of Vic tor Hugo’s stomach. He burst his but ton hand every day, and as for buttons in front they were snapped off contin ually. Victor Hugo’s embonpoint was most richly deserved, for his plate was a maximum compositum of veal cut lets. lima beans and oil, roast beef and tomato sauce, omelets, milk and vine gar. mustard and cheese, which no swallowed rapidly and in immense amounts while drinking coffee. Rossini had not been able to see his feet over his abdomen for six years ere his death. He was a hippopotamus in trousers. Jules Janin would break down an lsth century sofa on which he might happen to sit. The African ism of Alexandre Dumas’ passions did not prevent the author of “The Three Guardsmen" from being very plump. He ate three beefsteaks where any other fat man ate one Sainte-Renv saw his abdomen bulge out under his goatee. The most fertile of all French romancers. Balzac, looked more like a hogshead than a man. Three ordinary persons stretching hands could not reach around his waist. Dr. Eugene Sue. author of the “Mysteries of Paris," was greatly grieved when he could no longer see over his stomach. Theoph’l Gautier also merited a place among obese literary gods; Renan, Maupas sant. Flaubert and Sarcev were also to be there classed.—Humanitarian. Admiral Dewey will transfer to his wife the title to the home given aim by the American people. Admiral and Mrs Dewey returned to Washington. FACTS OUT OF THE ORDINARY. But Highly Interesting Just the Same. The Michigan Central railroad com pany Is improving and strengthening its great cantilever bridge across the Niagara river at Niagara falls, and In order to get at the facts of the river’s depth beneath the bridge Assistant Enginee: W. C. Duncan and F. C. Shen euan, United States engineer in charge of the Niagara river and of the late survey at Buffalo, recently made soundings from the bridge. Those fa miliar with the Niagara locality know that the cantilever bridge is situated just above the whirlpool rapids, and that beneath it the current is very swift. This rapid current made neces sary the use of unusual methods to as certain the depth. In the tests referred to heavy weights were used. These weights were made of cast iron and were shaped something like an egg, supporting a long fin in the rear. This fin was to keep the sinkers or weights from twisting when in the rapid cur rent, and thus breaking the wire. The wire attached to the weights was of the finest tempered steel, and although it was only about an eighth of an inch in diameter it was warranted to sup port a weight of 2,400 pounds. One of the weights used weighed 600 pounds and the other 150 pounds. They were lowered from the bridge at midstream, and, striking bottom, it was ascer tained that the depth of the water was seventy-eight feet. The weights were raised and then lowered again, and they were lost, making in all four such weights at the bottom of the river, for others had been lost in previous test3 in former years. Another weight was attached to the wire and lowered about 100 feet out from the shore, when it was found that the depth of water there is forty-three feet. By means of such soundings the Michigan Central is able to make accurate maps of the river at the point of crossing, and in this case it is especially valuable be cause of the fact that the cantilever bridge abutments are located close to the water’s edge on both sides of the stream. Bacteriology has shown how human ity may count alike upon friends and foes among the myriads of bacteria known to us. Now it has been found that bacteria serve even as engineers who can perform stupendous work when associated in myriads so long as they are placed under a favorable en vironment. The disposal of sewage by purely bacterial agencies, which under suitable conditions convert an offen sive material into simpler and innocu ous materials, is perhaps the best case in point. But the disintegrating action of bacteria, though perhaps an indirect one, must, according to recent obser vations, be reckoned with as a source of mischief. At first sight it would seem hardly possible for bacteria to be concerned in the breaking down of a stone wall, yet this is the ease, accord ing io observations made in studying the cause of the decay of cement. The gradual disintegration of the cement mortar used in water-supply reservoirs is one of the serious troubles met with by water engineers, and a trouble which so far they have not been able to avoid with any measure of practical success. Hitherto this action was sup posed to be the result of the solvent property of carbonic acid and other mineral substances commonly present in a water supply. The cement grad ually disintegrates and becomes a kind of mud. which slowly detaches itself. But now it has been found this strange process is due to the action of none other than that bacterium known as the nitrifying organism. An examina tion of the mud shows it to be teem ing with these organisms. Emperor William of Germany will have a stable for his horses which will cost $2,000,000. It will be the finest in the world. Its length along the Spree river will be three “short blocks” in New York. It will have room for 270 horses, room for 300 vehicles and two great tanbark riding rings. The sta bles will be two stories high, with el evators and inclined planes. The car riage room, of equal height, has a bal cony for visitors at the level of the second story. It will take three vears to build the stable and it will be nner than that of any other reigning mon arch. If the czar of Russia wanted to surpass his dear brother William, he would only need to spend a quarter of his income for one year—sl2,ooo,ooo —to do it. By counting the number of seconds in the interval between lightning and thunder it is possible to figure approx imately how far from the observer is the scene of the storm. Sound travels 1,200 feet a second, so multiply the number of seconds by 1,200, which will give the distance in feet from the point wher the lightning flashed. For ex ample. if ten seconds have elapsed, the distance away will be 12,000 feet, or a little over two miles. It might be added that, as light and lightning travel so much faster than sound, if one survives after hearing the crashing peal he can be sure he is safe. Re membrance of this will dissipate fear. Thunder can be heard a relatively short distance only. Strone cannon ading can be heard as far off as sev enty-five miles, while thunder Is us ually not farther aw r ay than twelve or fifteen miles. In only exceptional instances does the interval between thunder and lightning amount to 100 seconds, so that the extreme distance at which thunder can be heard may be put down as about twenty-one miles. "Trailing gowns should never be worn on the street, my dear; they are intended for women who ride in car riages.” “Well. Jack, you know very well that It isn’t my fault that I haven’t a carriage.”