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A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE CHAPTER XlV.—(Continued.) “A clercyman has been here to see you, sir.’’ she said, ‘and left this packet for you.” I took it from her hands, and would have passed on, but there was something in her face which awoke within me in fullest force the feelings of disapproval I had long entertained toward her. “Mile. Rosalie,” I said, "I am about to exercise an authority which properly belongs to my wife. It will be agreeable to me, mademoiselle, if you will regard your service in my establishment at an end.” "Do you discharge me, sir?” she ask ed. with a placid smile. If it was her purpose to anger me, she succeeded. "I discharge you,” I said, with a wrathful look. “Xot suddenly and immediately, sir? It is almost dark, sir. and to be thrust from your house so abruptly would ruin my reputation.” “You shall leave my house to-morrow.” I said. “After to-morrow you shall Dot sicH?p in it another night.” ‘ I)o you forget, sir, that lain to be one of your daughter’) bridesmaids?” “I forget nothing that has occurred. It. is iny opinion that you are not a fit associate for my wife or my daughter.” “That is a shocking thing to say,” she I said, slowly and with marked emphasis. ; “But I wonder who will be the first to j leave this house—you or I?” She glided away, leaving me in a state ; of bitterest resentment against her for j her impudent words. But I would not i waste further time upon her. It was necessary that I should ascertain with out delay what the packet contained which the clergyman had left for me. I went to my study, lit the gas and open ed the packet. CHAPTER XV. The first thing which attracted me j was an unsealed letter from the clergy- j man. which I proceeded to read: "My Dear Sir—l write this at the bedside of Samuel Fleetwood, whose con- I fessioii I have taken down from his own lips. The original of this confession, duly signed by Samuel Fleetwood, and witnessed by me, I retain, to deliver to the authorities. The document you will find herein is a faithful copy of the same, which I made at the unhappy man’s ur gent request, who extracted from me the promise that I would deliver it to you as soon as he was dead. I cannot say that I am entirely satisfied with the confes siou, clear and explicit as it must be to all who read it. Mj reason for di: satis faction lies in the fact that, aft< r the confession was drawn out, l ask id the dying criminal to swear to its truth, and that he lightly refused, saying that sure ly the words of a dying man would suf fice. There must he strange contradic tions in his nature. As one who has sat at many deathbeds I should have expect ed that, having committed a crime so horrible, Samuel Fleetwood would have been afraid to meet his Maker. It is not so. Unless I have gathered a false im- ; pression from his utterances, he goes to uis account in a calm, reliant spirit, weighed down by no fears of the judg ment of the Eternal Lord. You will find also in the packet I leave for you a seal ed letter from the criminal which he must have already prepared before he gave himself up to human justice, and successfully concealed from those who searched him in prison. It is, he says, fl>r your eyes alone, and I have faithfully carried out his most earnest, nay, his solemn desire, by inclosing it herewith. H eaven have mercy upon ail sinners!” This letter led me to expect that I should find two inclosures in the packet. There was. however, but one. the heading of which was, “Copy of Samuel Fleet wood’s Confession.” The sealed letter was missing! Had the clergyman forgotten to put it in the pueket, or had 1 dropped it on ! the lawn? No, not the latter, because the packet was firmly tied round with string, which I had to cut before I could open it. However. I went out and look ed, but did not find it. There was an other possible explanation; that Mile. Rosalie had extracted it, with the idea that it contained some information which would he of value to her. Should I go to her ami accuse her of the theft? No, it would be useless; she would deny it. I decided, after a little reflection, to rend the confession .first, and then to hasten to the clergyman's house and ask him for the missing document. I should have gone immediately had it not ! been that 1 was tpo anxious to read j Samuel Fleetwood's confession. It ran j as follows: “I, Samuel Fleetwood, lately and for : many years in the service of Richard Pardon, Esq., being on the point of death ] and knowing that 1 have but a few hours to live, hereby confess that I, nud 1 alone, murdered my master's uncle, Mr. Wilmot, who had come to pay my mas ter a visit at Boscombe Lodge. No per son but 1 am implicated in the dreadful deed, no person urged me to it, no per son but I am responsible for it. “I awoke in the middle of the night with the awful purpose in my mind. A voice whispered to me: ’Kill him! He has five thousand pounds in a dispatch box. The box lies at the head of his bed. The key is in his pocket, lie is an infirm man and the deed can be easily ! and swiftly done. Then, take the money and fly!* *Y will make no pretense to account for this prompting. Mr. Wilmot had j done me no wrong. I was not laboriug under any sense of injustice from his hauds. 1 had hitherto enjoyed a good character. My master was a good mas ter; my mistress was the sweetest lady on earth. Cheerfully, had 1 been asked, would I have lain down my life for her. All that I can advance is that there are times in the lives of the best and noblest of men when they are afflicted and over come by wick.. . temptation. “He lay asleep in his bed. I had in my pocket a tii’n piece of whipcord. Without arousing him from his slumbers. 1 managed to put t <is cord around his neck. With ail my .’rength 1 pulled it tight and sat upon hia limbs to prevent him from rising. It was soon accom plished. The poor gentleman was dead. “I searched in his pockets for the key of his dispatch box aud found it. I un locked the box, took out the money, lock et! the box again and replaced the key in the dead gentleman’s pocket. Then l observed a ring upon his finger. I drew it off. and with the money and the ring in my possession 1 fled from the house in which 1 had been treated with unvary ing kindness and consideration. "I mcceeiod in escaping unobserved, and before noon l was at a sufficient dis tance from Sevenoaks to believe myself safe. But l k:tew that when the mur der was discovered, and it was found that I had fled, the police would be after nie. I was therefore very careful in my movements, and kept myseif con cealed during the day. and walked from place to place in the night. I managed to get hold of a newspaper in which 1 read an account of the murder and a de scription of my personal appearance. It was a long account and it told every thing about the robbery of the money and the ring. This made me 'earful of keeping these about me. and being one night on a bridge I tied them in a pocket handkerchief, to which I attached Borne heavy stones; then I threw .he treasure ir.o the river. From that night i hiTe no c.ear remembrance of what occurred. I suffered great hardships from hunger and often thought that I should die. At langtb. my life being a torture too great tt bear, 1 determined to go back to Sevenoaks and give myself into the hands of justice.” Straightforward and fatally incrimi nating as this confession could not fail to be to the minds of strangers, it satis fied me less than it had satisfied the clergyman. Certainly that portion of it was false which referred to his drawing the ring off the finger of the dying man, and iiis having thrown it into the river. The ring was in my pocket, and from the moment I found it there, had never left iny possession. I had hoped that the confession would have set my conscience at rest. It had not done so. My thoughts became presently center ed upon the sealed letter which was missing from the packet. It was for my eyes alone, Samuel Fleetwood had de clared. Doubtless the clergyman had it. I would proceed to bis house at once, am} ask him for it. He was at home when I arrived, and did not keep me waiting a moment. I explained the object of my visit. He ex pressed surprise, and said he was posi tive he had placed the sealed letter iu his pocket. “I have the most distinct remem brance,” he said, “of putting it there. The unhappy man set such importance upon its reaching your hands without delay that I was more than ordinarily careful. As you opened the packet it must have dropped out. Most likely you will find it in your house.” I did not prolong the interview. Re turning to my house, I made another search, with the same result. The letter was nowhere to be found. I passed the evening in a miserable frame of mind. I determined to make still another search after all in my household had retired to rest. I did not see Mile. Rosalie, and I inferred that she was in her room, making preparations for her departure on the morrow. To my wife and daughter I said nothing of the confession, deter mining to leave the disclosure till the following day, in the hope that I should succeed in finding the missing document. CHAPTER XVI. It was 1 o'clock in the morning, and I was in my study nlOne. My last search for Samuel Fleetwood’s sealed letter had proved fruitless. I was in despair, and yet I knew not what I had to fear. Ab sorbed in distressful meditation, I did not hear a soft knocking at my study door, which was locked, aud it was not till it was repeated several times that it reached try ears. “It is my wife,” I thought; "she is uneasy that I am not abed.” I opened the door and saw— Mile. Rosalie! Without asking permission, she glided into the room. “llow dare you.” I cried, “intrude up on me at such an hour?” “Speak low.” she said, “for your own sake. I hare knocked at your door sev eral times; you must have been busily engaged not to have heard me.” There was an insolent calmness in her voice; but, troubled as I was, 1 shook off the dread which it inspired, “If you do not instantly leave ihe room,” I said, “I will call my wife, and your shameless character shall be ex posed. “Call her,” said Mile. Rosalie, “and find yourself in prison within an hour, charged with the murder of Mr. Wilmot.” 1 sank speechless into my chair. Mile. Rosalie stepped softly to the door aud turned the key. I gazed at her in silence. "Speak plainly,” I managed to gasp. “I have come here to do so. nud have chosen this hour in order that we shall not be disturbed. After your treatment of me l do not know why I should wish to save you; but it may be made worth my while. Besides, my nature is merci ful. 1 would return good for evil. I gave you a packet this evening which I received from a clergyman.” “You did,” I said, and feared to add that from this packet there was a docu ment missing which might be of impor tance to me. “When I received it,” she continued, “with the injunction to deliver it into your hands directly you came home, I thought I would first see what it con tained.” “You infamous woman!” “I advise you to be polite. Therefore, I went to my room and opened it. Shall I tell you what it contained?” “I am listening to you.” “It is most considerate of you. seeing that your life hangs upon a thread which it is in iny power to cut. It contained a letter addressed to you by the clergyman. 1 read it with great interest. It contain ed also a copy of Samuel Fleetwood's false confession. I read that with great er interest. It contained also a private letter to you from Samuel Fleetwood. I read that with even greater interest—in deed. with so much interest that I re tained it.” “You stole it, then?” “If you choose to put it in those words I nm agreeable. I stole it. Mr. Par don, you are not a young man; you must have had experiences and adventures; you must know something of men and life. 1 am younger than you—much, very much younger—but I have had my experiences and adventures, and I know something, too, of men and life. Just now, judging from your agitation, l am the clearer-headed of the two, and I tell you that never did man stand in such fearful danger as you da at this moment. A disgraceful, an infamous grave is yawning wide for yon. and I alone can iead you from it to safe ground. But you -hall buy your safety upon my terms.” I looked helplessly around; her words carried conviction with them. She will fully misconstrued my distracted gaze. “I know why yon are looking about. You are a strong man. I am a weak woman. Have you any intention of com mitting a second murder? Do not enter tain it. I beg: weak as 1 am, I shall be able to defend myself till I alarm the house. Then no power on earth can save you from your fate. 1 was speak ing of Samuel Fleetwood's private letter, and 1 told yon that I retained it. What is more. 1 made a copy of it. The orig inal is put safely away; it is in the hands of one wh > will use it if the need occurs. Samuel Fleetwood did not murder Mr. Wilmot, but he saw the deed done.” “He saw it done?" I gasped. "Who. then, is the murderer?” “What a question! Who the murder er? You! You, ami no other mau!’* “You lie!” I cried. "You lie!" “I speak the truth, aud you know it. Samuel Fleetwood's confession is a false confession, made not so much to save you as to save your wife and daughter from indelible infamy. 1 told you 1 had read the confession which, of course, you have also done. M hat do you thivk of that part of it which speaks of the cord with which the unfortunate gentle men was strangled? IV> you know any thing of that cord? Could yon produce it if you were forced to do so?” It did not seem to me that a human being was speaking. The words I heard seemed to be uttered by some remorse less demon. “So much for the cord," he said. ; "There is another part of the confession which must have puzzled you—the ring with its rvmartaVVs diamond. What do yon think of the description Samuel Fleetwood gives !n his confession of hav ing taken it off the dead man's finger? What do you tbHk < tne description he gives? Shall ! axaru a guess, and de ■ clare that you, and no other man. knows j where that ring is at this moment? Shall 1 hazard a goes*, and deciare that, if you were at this Moment seized and searched. the ring which proclaims yon thief and murderer would be discovered?” She paused, obviously with the inten tion of giving me time to reflect. But all power of logical thought had passed from me. All I could say was: “I must know more. Have you with you the copy of the private letter you say you made?” “I have it with me. I brought it for you to read,” and she banded me the following document: “From Samuel Fleetwood, dead, to R,-ch ard Pardon, Esq., -living. “When this reaches your hands I snail be dead, lying in a dishonored grave. By man I shall be cofideinned, and in man’s eyes my name wall be infamous; but the Supreme, I hope and believe, will for give the sin it is my intention to commit. This contemplated sin will take the form of a confession, in which I shall declare myself to be guilty of the awful crime you committed. When you read these lines, you alone, of all men living, will know that I am innocent. “It was an hour past midnight when I was awakened from my sleep by Mr. Wilmot’s voice. I went into his room and found him in deep slumber talking to hiipself. He was talking of you and my honored and beloved mistress and daughter; and I heard enough to suspect that, unless you bent yourself to Mr. Wilinot’s commands, it was his purpose to ruin and beggar you. Sad at heart, I returned to my room, and presently fell asleep again. I must have slept about two hours, when I started up in bed with an impression that some person besides himself was in Mr. Wilmot’s apartments. I rose. The doer between his room and mine was softly opened and you came forth. “I shrank out of sight, and could not help seeing that your face was white and convulsed, and that your limbs were trembling violently. Stepping very quiet ly. fearful of attracting notice, you left my room. Waiting a little while to give you time to get clear away, I once more entered Mr. Wilmot’s apartment, and discovered, to my horror, that he had been murdered—by you! “Overwhelmed, I devoted a few min utes to thought. To all outward evi dence I was the only witness of your awful crime; my evidence, and only mine, could convict you. What a frightful re payment for ail the angelic kindness I and my dead wife had received from my beloved mistress! To condemn the man she loved to’ the scaffold, and make all her future life and that of the daughter she loved so deeply a life of agonizing shame and sorrow! I saw them pointed at. shunned, or thrust aside iu rags, bog ging for a crust. Could I not avert this terrible fate? I could. “From symptoms which were unmis takable I knew that I had myself but a short time to live. 1 was, happily, without a relative iu the world to whom my death would bring a pang of sorrow. I could give up my life for yours. I could take your crime upon myself. “My resolution was made. All that I desired to avoid was a shameful end up on the scaffold. Flight would fasten suspicion upon me. 1 might he able to conceal myself till I was convinced the end was near. Then would I give my self into the hands of justice. Even if 1 were taken. I should in all probability die in prison. After all. the sacrifice would not be so great; a few days of suf fering—that was all; aud when we have done ith mortal life it is by God—not by man—that we are judged. Doubtless you would keep your fearful and my beloved mistress would never know that the hands of the husband who held her happiness and honor iu his keeping were stained with blood. “1 fled, but I feel I am sinking fast. It is time for me to give myself up and make my false confession. From news papers which 1 managed to obtain I learned all the surroundings of the crime. I read of the money being missing from the dispatch box, and of the stolen ring. It is by means of this information that l shall tie able to make the confessiou so circumstantial that it cannot be doubted. “You are free; your secret is safely hidden in my grave. What I have done is for my beloved mistress and her child. To you I say. repent. Endeavor by good deeds to atone for the crime which must weigh heavily upon your soul. Fray, and humble yourself before the Divine Throne; and not only for this deed of blood, but for your friendship with Mile. Rosalie, may heaven pardon you! De stroy the last visible traces of your crime, and burn this paper. Farewell.” (To be continued.! With a F.rm Hand. “I reckon folks can cure any habit if they’ve got enough determination,” said Mrs. Swan, with a glance of scorn at her cousin, Mrs. Mathews. “I guess if Almira Jennings can stop her sniff that she had for live years, you could stop that dry cough of yours, that doesn’t mean an earthly thing, and never did.” “Has Almira stopped her sniff?” ask ed Mrs. Mathews, with some show of interest. * "She has,” said Mrs. Swan, firmly. “She passed last Wednesday afternoon with me the circle met here—and she never sniffed once in the four hours. I call that a test.” “How’d she cure it?” asked Mrs. Mathews. “With onions,” said Mrs. Swan. “I felt It my duty to tell her the habit she’d got Into, along of that grippy cold she had all one winter, and I told her how it had grown on her. ‘There's others that would have lik-Hl to speak of it,’ I told her, ‘but nobody dared except me. Y'ou set a watch on your self aud see how many times you catch yourself doing it,’ I said. And accord ingly she did so. “Aud when she found how settled the habit was, she started right in to cure it. She can’t abide the smell of onions, raw nor cooked. So she shnt herself up for a week, and she cooked onions and kept 'em setting round in dishes. And she got so by the end of that week she could keep from sniffing for an hour at a time; then she let up. gradual, on her system, as the habit gave way. But she told me she should always keep a bottle of onion extract in the house, and if the habit ever set in again she should deal with it promptly. But I don't believe there'll ever be any need.” A Theatrical Yarn. One of the theatrical stock companies produced not long ago for a single week a play by a well-known maga zine writer. Naturally enough, he went to see it played, and after the performance was over mingled with the departing crowd to hear what they had to say about it. Beside him wen? two women of the type who buy the same seats on the same day of each week and listen eagerly tc the succes sion of screaming farce, lurid melo drama and classic tragedy. “Well.” said one of them, “that was a pretty poor ph-y ” “It certainly was.” said the other, “but I’ll say this much for it, it was a lot better than the one we had last week.” -Yes.” sad the first, wearily, “a great deal better.” The dramatist did not know how much of a compliment this might be. so he fought his way back to the bx office and asked the ticket seller what the last week's offering had been. “Macbeth.” w.-vs the answer.—New York Evening Post. Xc North, No Sozth. “I hear tell dey been lyachin' Bg gers out West: * “Oh, yes—'pears like we all In and union now!”— Atlanta Constitution. POLITICS® OF THE DAY The Paramount Issue. It is just about one year before the presidential campaign opens and new matters for political controversy may arise in that time, but from present appearances the trusts and tariff will be the paramount issues. The voters of the United States will have to dis criminate between the two parties about their opposition to trusts, but on the tariff issue there will be a clear cut difference and the platforms adopt ed should not require any interpreta tion to discover just where the parties stand. The Republican platform is certain to denounce trusts and combinations and point with pride to the legal steps that hiiye been taken to suppress ami control them. It will claim that all the legislation against the trusts lias been enacted by the Republican party and will point to the merger suit and the beef combine injunction as exam ples of what has been done and prom ise that other combines will be so treated if found acting contrary to the law. The Republican platform will also declare continued adherence to the doctrine of protection, and point to the wonderful prosperity that commerce and labor are enjoying under it and pledge the Republican par./ to so re vise the schedules if at any time it should be found necessary to do so. The tariff must be revised only by the friends of protection is the favorite way of putting it. The Democrats will denounce the trusts as combinations in restraint of trade and as extortionate in their prices for their products and being protected by the tariff from competi tion demand that the tariff protection be revised on those schedules that give the trusts their monopoly The question that the voters will thus have to determine is which party is really In earnest about suppressing the trusts and which policy will give the earliest relief from their oppres sion. Has the merger suit reduced the freight or passenger rate on the rail roads? If so. Republicans are entitled to the thanks and votes of the people. If the rates have not been reduced, the policy of the rnerget suit has been a failure. Every one who has used the railroads since the merger suit was decided can answer the question, and the reply will not uphold the Re publican contention, for freight rates have advanced either directly or indi rectly by changing the classification. Neither have the passenger rates de creased. so the much heralded merger suit has been a failure, for the rail roads still continue their extortion and apparently the suit was only com menced to make a showing of opposi tion to the corporations. How is it with the only suit the ad ministration has maintained against the industrial trusts, that against the beef trust. An injunction was granted against the beef barons restraining them from joining together to manip ulate the price of cattle and hogs and from dictating the price at which their products shall be sold. The combine still pays its own price for cattle and hogs and charges what it pleases to the butchers in all the markets of the country. Meat is about the same price that it was before the beef combine was enjoined and there is no more competition in the purchase of cattle or in the wholesale price of meat than before Attorney General Knox began the prosecution. How is it with the other industrial trusts, have they been frightened l>y the fear of prosecution by the Attorney General and reduced the extortionate prices on their products? If anything, trust prices are higher than before these spectacular suits were com menced. It may therefore be fairly said that the Republican program of controlling the trusts, combines and corporations lias been a miserable fail ure. If the voters have arrived at the conclusion that these sample suits against the railroads and the indus trial combinations have been result loss in staying their exactions and the Republicans refuse to try the Demo cratic plan of reducing or abolishing the tariff that protects the trusts, the logic of the situation requires that the Republican administration is n failure. Shall the Democrats be given an op portunity to try their plan of tariff re form? Under that program Congress ■would abolish the duty on trust pro ductions and revise the tariff on other Importations so that enough revenue would be produced to provide for the wants of the government, honestly ad ministered. With the duty abolished on their products the trusts would have to reduce prices enough to pre vent foreign goods of similar kind and quality from being imported. As many of the trusts now export their surplus i products and compete with the foreigu manufacturers on their own ground, there is no doubt that the enermous profits they now enjoy could be cut to the amount of the protection that the tariff now gives them. With the monopoly that protection gives the trusts abolished, the price of ! trust articles—and that includes nearly j every necessity of life—would vastly i decrease and the consumers would benefit accordingly. So the question for the voters to de j eide is, which side they will take, the Republican plan of continued protec tion to the trusts with its extortionate j prices or the Democratic plan of tar- ; iff revision and its certain reduction in trust prices. Disease in the Phillipines. There are abont 25,000 of our sol-1 tilers in the I’hilippines and of this number one-third are brought home' each year aud replaced with those who hare been longest here. It is, reported by the army surgeons that j three years is the extent of time that 'bite men can live in the Philippines without serious danger to their he'lth. Indeed, the report of Assist , ant Surgeon General Gr enieaf. dared Manila. May 10. lil .iee report of War Department. 1901. YoL 1, part 4 pp. 19D, states: “The most energetic and stalwart American, after a year of service here loses energy, strength j aud ambition.” The tropical humid- • Ity soon undermines the strongest con stltution and excesses of any sort re sult in the diseases that the white } man encounters there in much less j time than the doctors set as GBe limit, j It is surprising to leßrn that sick ness amongst the soldiers is much greater than was at first anticipated and that nearly 25 per cent of those in the islands are considered liable to be on the sick list. The Washington Star says: “General Davis, at Ma nila. has reported to the War Depart ment that on his recent visit to Bcu guet province he selected a site at Baguio, where a military sanitarium will be built. _lt is proposed to con struct a hosniial with a capacity of t>,ooo men, where soldiers may be sent to recuperate.” If a hospital for recuperation is needed of such au enormous accommodation, the health of the army in the Philippines must Ite very serious and those regiments whose ranks are most depleted should be replaced with fresh troops from home. It is pretty certain that the War Department will have to change its program aud make one year's ser vice iu the Philippines the maximum. All of which shows what a serious problem the Republican policy has led us into and what a constant drain upon the resources of the United Suites tlie colonial policy entails. The Parrot's Talk. I.ike parrots some of the Republi can politicians are. Here we have Congressman I lemon way in an inter view saying: “There is no sentiment in Indiana for a change in the tariff laws.” Hanna having made a sim ilar declaration, all of the smaller fry join in the chorus, not merrily and from the heart, but with the parrot like utterances of the automaton. The ordinary Republican politician of the Hemenway stripe never invents any thing. no law to reform abuses ever emanates from them, no speech is over heard denouncing crying evils from such as he. And yet Congressman Hemenway is no worse, nor better, for that matter, than the boss whose lead lie follows. If the boss puts his thumbs down, the Hemenway tribe all declare with one voice the same decree, and vice versa. Congressman Hemenway has been selected as the chairman of the Committee on Appro priations in the coming House of Rep resentatives not because of his ability, but because he is a faithful part of the machine that obeys <mk*r without questioning and echoes the edicts that resound from the High-Muek-a-Muck. “Thereis no change needed in the tariff law. * * * Let well enough alone.” Prices of trust productions may soar and the trusts grow fat at the expense of the people, lint the sacred tariff must not he meddled with. All the money necessary must be appropriated to absorb the surplus, each coterie must get its share, every department of the government puts in its bid for its greater or lesser steals and subsi dies and gets them, lie Democrats who attempt to stem the tide of ex travagance are sneered and jeered at as small, mean and parsimonious. Reform is howled down from every Republican throat and every Republican vote is given for the most lavish expenditures and most prodigal appropriations. In that way the sacred tariff is preserved in all its Iniquity and Its bold robbery. Listen to the Hemenway echo of the Delphic oracle who tells of the evils to come if protection to the trusts is disturbed. “They have evidently come to the logical conclusion that to touch one item in a tariff bill means that others and perhaps the whole fabric is to be disturbed and distorted. Nothing could be more serious to the business inter ests, for the time being, at least. “The whole industrial system of the country would in that event be turned topsy-turvy. Chaos instead of the wonderful calm and equilibrium now existing would reign, and the result would be disastrous. Of course, it Is not jHssible to have a perfect tariff, but we think that well enough should he allowed to stand. We are doing beautifully.” Possibly the people feel that way, but if they do they are more easily gulled and fooled than they used to be and are more anxious to pay out their earned money to the trusts than it is possible to believe they are. The President and M t chine Politicians Senator Ilauna announces that Post master General Payne will stay at ihe head of his department, and as Sena tor Ilanna thinks the Investigation of the scandals has already gone too far and seriously injured the Republican party, we may surmise that Mr. Fayne feels the same way. It is hardly to be wondered that those two machine politicians are thus convinced, but it is extraordinary that President Roose velt stands “back to back” with the Wisconsin lobbyist and yet Senator Ilanna says so. President Roosevelt has done many strange things and still holds the favor of the majority of the Republican party, but there are lots of Republican and Independent voters who will balk at this endorsement of Mr. Payne, unless he shows most ef fectually that he will prosecute the big robbers as well us the small ones. So far he has shown great unwillingness to push the Investigation, and Is now attempting to stifle the publication of the news, by ordering that nothing tie given out by anyone but himself and he tells nothing. That does not look like probing the scandals to the bot tom. for publicity is the l>est evidence of a thorough investigation and se crecy means Intrigue. Asked and Answered. “Do you consider ft a moral wrong to cheat a lawyer?” asked the person who is always looking for a chance to start something. “No,” replied the man whose spe cialty is worldly wisdom, “but I con sider it a physical impossibility.” A Ready Explanation. **l notice that tlie wife of that Amer ican dentist who was banished from Saxony affectionately alludes to her husband as -my king.’ “1 suppose that's because be handles crowns.”—Cleveland Plain Itealer. Two of Om Mind. Father— Are yon and this Mr. Simp son congenial, daughter? Daughter—Oh, yes. pa; he likes to bear me talk about myself, and I like to hear him talk about himself —De troit Free Press. Nearly all the royal families of Eu rope employ American dentists. Too many cook* ar better than none. JULY LKOl' JttPoRT. AVERAGES COMPILED BY GOV ERNMENT STATISTICIANS. Figures Show a Decrease in Condition Wheat Remaining in the Hands of Farmers la Estimated to Be 42,500,000 Bushels. Preliminary returns to the chief of the bureau of statistics of the Department of Agriculture show the acreage of coni planted to be about 89,800,000 acres, a decrease of about 4.200.000 acres-, or 4.5 per cent from ihc urea planted last year, as revised in December. < The average condition of the growing crop on July 1 w.s 70.4. as <ompnred with 87.' on July 1. 1902. 8!.3 at the corresponding dau* in 1001 and a ten year average of 80.8 The i'ol’miLg table shows for each of the twenty principal com States the acreage compared with that of last year en a percentage basis ard he condition cu July 1 in each of the iv*. thtee years with the ten-year July average: Condition July 1. Acreage compared 10 yr. with last year 1003. 1002. 1001 ac. Illinois 07 78 01 87 90 lowa 88 51 00 87 93 Nebraska ... 96 75 00 88 92 Kansas 90 73 99 74 93 Missouri RS 74 102 70 91 Texas nc, sg 41 (W 81 Indiana :C. 78 90 84 ’•O3 Georgia 101 8.5 88 82 86 Tennessee . 96 SO 95 8S 80 Kentucky . . . 93 82 94 88 90 Ohio 03 75 87 78 89 Alabama 102 92 77 87 87 8. Carolina.. 97 82 98 78 92 Arkansas .. 97 77 87 71 SS* Mississippi ..101 91 69 8S 85 Virginia .... 97 84 93 92 91 S. Carolina.. 99 70 93 67 87 B. Dakota . 97 87 75 89 80 Oklahoma . . 95 85 in* 82 92 Pennsylvania 98 84 82 87 86 United States 95.5 79.4 87.3 81.3 89.8 Condition of Winter Wheat. The average condition of winter wheat on July 1 was 78.8, ns compared with 82.2 last month, 77 on July 1. 1902, 88.3 on July 1, 1901, nml a ten-year average of 78.2. The following table shows for each of the twelve principal winter wheat States the condition on July 1 in each of the first three years and that on June 1. 1903, with the ten-year July av erages: This Last Julyl, Julyl, Ten lnoi.th. month like lt‘ol. year av. Kansas M 83 .56 91 To Missouri .... 00 70 'l9 93 78 California ....73 76 84 96 78 Indiana 09 84 82 80 70 Nebraska ....90 94 08 94 74 Ohio 82 87 78 88 74 Illinois 67 7.5 89 88 68 Pennsylvania !Ki 89 78 93 86 Oklahoma . . .91) 93 80 80 83 Tex u* 90 87 32 52 78 j Tennessee *lB 76 60 90 84 Michigan ....87 86 93 50 72 United States.7B.B 82.2 77.0 88.3 78.2 The average condition of spring wheat on July 1 was 82.5, as compared with 95.9 last mouth. 92.4 011 July 1, 19112. 95.0 on July 1, 1901, and a ten-year aver age of 85.9. The following table shows for each of the five principal spring wheat States tihe condition on July 1 in each of the | last three years and that on June 1, | 1903. with the ten-year July averages: This Last Julyl, Julyl. Ten month, month. 1002. 1901. year av. Minnesota ...84 95 90 06 87 N. Dakota... .73 99 96 100 85 S. Dakota 86 100 94 100 84 lowa 87 91 92 92 93 Washington . .80 8!) 93 93 >94 United States.B2.s 95.9 92.4 03.6 83.9 Combined Wheat Averages, The average condition on July 1 of spring and winter wheat combined was 80, as compared with 82.9 on July 1, 1902, and 91.1 on July 1, 1901. The amount of wheat remaining in the hands of farmers on July 1 is estimated at about 42.500,000 bushels, equivalent to about (5.3 per cent of the crop of last year. The average condition of the oat crop on July 1 was 84.3, as compared with 85.5 one month ago. 92.1 on July 1, 1902, 875.7 on July 1. 1901. and a ten-year av erage of 87.8. The following table shows for each of the ten principal oat Stales the condition on July 1 in each of the last three years, and that on June 1, 1903, and the ten-year July average: This Lnst Julyl, Julyl, Ten mouth. month. 1092. 1001. yearav. Illinois 76 79 00 78 88 lowa 88 91 07 92 03 Wisconsin ...90 98 100 01 92 Minnesota ...87 95 95 06 90 Nebraska 90 90 95 84 86 Indiana 73 79 95 83 • 93 New York.. .87 69 98 92 90 Pennsylvania 91 77 90 80 88 Ohio 84 74 88 93 90 Michigan 87 85 09 90 90 United States.B4.3 85.5 02.1 83.7 87.8 The average condition of barley is SO.B, against 91.5 one month ago, 93.7 on July 1. 1902, 91.3 at the correspond ing da*e in 1901 and a ten-year average of 87.3. Condition of Other Crops. The average condition of winter rve is ; 90.2. as compared with 91.2 on July 1. 1902, 93.6 at the corresponding date in 1901 and a ten-year average of 89. The average condition *>f spring rye is 88.3, as compared with 89.3 on July 1, 1992, 93.3 at the corresponding date in 1901 and a ten-year average of 87.5. Tin- acreage of flax is about 5u0,0<)0 acres, or 13.5 per cent less than that of .as: year. anT: .0 1:t is 50.2. T!.*- acreage of tobacco ia about 7,090 acre#, or o.T per cent greater than that qf laat year, and the condition is 85.1. The acreage of potatoes, excluding sweet potatoes, j s about 49,000 acres, or 1.6 per cent less than that of last year. The average condition of potatoes on July 1 was 88.1, as compared with 92.9 on July 1. 1902. 87.4 at the correspond ing date in 1901 and a ten-year average of 92. G. The report also includes fruits and various minor crops, which w ill be pub lished in detail in the Crop Reporter. All Aronnd the Globa. The horse presented to the President by the citizen*, of Douglas, Wyo., has been installed in the White House sta bles. Union carpenters working for Con tractor James E. Gates in St. Joseph, Mo., refused to strike on the call of the building trades council. Secretary of the Navy Moody has or dered the court martial of Assistant Pay master Philip W. Delano, charged with embezzlement of SI,BOO. Twenty-four miners were killed and about fifty seriously wounded in an ex plosion of gas in Las Esperanzas coal mine, near Barratoeran. Mexico. To in as so Petto was indicted at New Y'ork on a charge of murder in the first degree in causing the death of Benedetto Madonia. whose body was found stuffed in a * trrol April 14 last. Executor* of the estate of C. L. Ma gee of Pittsburg have settled the fight with Dr. Walter C. Browning of Phila delphia over fees for services rendered the sick politician by paying Attorney William B. Rodger*. counsel for the doc tor, a warrant for $34,000, the amount of the recent award of the Allegheny County Orphans’ Court judges. The amount settled the original claim of Dr. Browning that the estate of Mr. Magee owed him $190,000 for medical service* | he had rendered. The fight had been j waged about two years. “If I had time to preach I think I would join the Salvation army,” declar ed Senator Mark Hanna at the dedica tion of the army’s new citadel at Chnre- , laud. J. C. Wells. a dmmmer of New Y'ork City, and J. D. Proctor, a police officer of Houston, ventured oat beyona the , ropes while bathing in the surf at Gal- > veston, Tex., and were drowned. Both bodies were recovered. A butchers’ public contest of killing and dressing animals, extensively adver tised to take place at the fair grounds in Toledo, Ohio, has been declared off by reason of the legal interference of the To ledo Humane Society. TENT ENDEAVOR FALLS. Eight Thousand Participants in Den* vtr Convention in a Panic. The immense tent in which the meet ings of the Christian Endeavor conven tion were heid in Denver was torn from its guy ropes and poles by n sudden squall Monday afternoon and thrown down upon the heads of the SJXKf persons there assembled. A calamity was avert ed only by the presence of mind of a Chi cago delegate. A. M. Ramsey, who the moment tile wind bellied up the canvas and tore it from its sopixirts called to the men iu the gathering to catch the poles as they fell, and, standing on their chairs to hold up the canvas, thus pre venting suffocation. The convention was in full progress at 4 o’clock and although there were signs of rain and some \\ ind was blowing the sides of the tent were up to admit air, and .this enabled the squall to lift up the big canvas as if it were a balloon. The gust of wind that turned the tent over came so suddenly that no preparation could be made to forestall the conse quences. The wind swept under the tent, the roof of which immediately belched out like an immense sail. The uiuiller guy ropes were pulled from their places and in a moment more the big poles were drawn from the ground. Immediately the N.tKM persons wore in a panic, which teas heightened by the screams of hundreds of women. It was then that Mr. Ramsey sprang to a chair and culled loudly on the men to hold up the canvas and catch the large support ing poles as they fell. Hundreds of men sprang to their feet and successfully car ried out the Chicago man’s suggestion aud thus averted a disaster. Another instance of presence of mind was that of Mrs. Winifred Sleep of Den ver. who was in charge of St. Mark's hospital tent, seeing the catastrophe at the big tent, close by, telephoned the electric light company to shut off the cur rent. This prevented any damage from the live wires that had fallen with the tent poles. The injured numbered a score, but for tunately none of them was seriously hurt save Mrs. Je.-sie M. Thornburgh of Den ver, who, howi ver, is expected to re cover. That none of the great audience of 6,000 or 8,000 itersous was killed or fa tally injured is regarded by Christian Endeavorcrs and others as almost mirac ulous. The tent, which was 280 feet long by 180 wide and fifty-six feet high in the center, was owned by the United Society of Christian Endeavor ami was sent to Denver from Boston. It is a complete wreck. EDWARD VII. GREETS PETER I. British Monarch Wishes Servin'* King Prosperous Reign. King Edward of England has replied in courteous terms to King Peter's noti fication of Lis accession to the throne, wishing him a prosperous reign and hop ing it will bring peace, order and justice to tihc- country. The reply has caused great satisfaction in Belgrade. King Edward also expressed the hope that Kiug Peter would be able to re-cs- f:: HI V: V ! & rS7.; f■- KING PETEK IX NATIONAL COSTUME. ; From a photograph tiken at :fc time of the un. suooeksful revolution of 1875. tnblish the good name and renown of the people of Scrvia. compromised by the recent tragic events. It is officially announced in London that King Edward's telegram to King Peter does not changp Great Britain’s attitude toward Scrvia. It is added that diplomatic relations between the two countries will not be resumed immediate ly. The Odessa correspondent of the Ism don Standard says a report is current that King Peter has appealed to the Czar and th- 1 Emperor of Austria not to press the p.*u*Jve demands. ile pro poses to banish the criminal* on mili -1 tnry pensions. Pope Leo's private fortune exceeds $5,- 000,000. Dr. Samuel Smiles is the oldest living author in England. Boucke Cockrnn may Ik ;ome a per manent resident of London. Congressman Gill of Ohio ha* resign ed and wj.'l go abroad for bis health. Ira D. Sankey, the blind evangelist, has sold his country house, at Eastport, L. I. President Roosevelt is now a life mem ber of the New Jer.-cy Historical So ciety. George A. TVyman made the trip from Sar. Francisco to New Y'ork on a motor cycle in fifty day*. President Loobet will luwumo his as tronomical studies a* soon as he lays down the cares of stole. Walter M. Howland, graduated from Amherst in 18(13, has been elected presi dent of that institution. William A. Halsey, for four years president of the fish and game conunis *ion of New Jersey, has resigned. The house in the Place d<* Vosges in which Victor Hugo lived is now the prop erty of the municipality of Paris. John Gray Foster. New Hampshire’s only major general in the Civil War, is to have a monument at Nashua. Prince Alexis, brother of King Peter of Scrvia, is remembered in the United States, having visited here in 1899. John Philip Sousa, who has been suf fering from overwork. lias resumed charge of his band again in England. A monument is to be erected at Ar lington to Capt. Austin 11. Davis, U. S. M- C-, who fell during the Chinese cam paign of 1900. Some of Solomon J. Solomon's most attractive pictures have been painted by gaslight He has accustomed himself to artificial light. Thomas F. Walsh and associates of Colorado Springs have purchased 2,200 acres rf mineral bearing territory in Si beria for $900,000. , Peter Sun*!-y of U;.pT Sue: tsky. 0.. who died recently, is survived by a widow 100 year* of age. They had been married eighty -five years. The first woman to be admitted to Abe practice of law by the Dutch bar is Mrs. Adolphine Kck of Amsterdam. She and her husband passed the examination at the same time. [THE WEEKLY MEspiAH ONE HCNDRKD YKAKft AGO. Two hundred thousand French troops were reported ready for landing in Eng land. New Y'ork City was in such insanitary condition tha: the King of Denmark re fused to permit ships from that port to land in his dominions without a special certificate from the Danish consul. President Thomas Jefferson read in public the official dispatch announcing that the Louisiana purchase treaty had been signed in Paris. MtVKNTY-FIVK YLARS AGO. Samuel Meek of Georgetown adver tised for fifty negroes between 10 and 25 years old. offering to pay the “highest c;.s)i price” in :ht District of Olmnbifi. Striking cotton mill operatives it Greenwich, Coua., destroyed looms and cloth valued at several thousand dollar*. What were declared to be rich geld fields were discovered in Randolph Conn ty. North Carolina. President John Quincy Adam* lifted the first shovelful of earth for the full fil ing of the Chesapeake am' Ohio canal, andl reviewed a parade of boats on the Potomac river. The famous Thame* tunnel was repo.t ed near successful completion, although leading engineers had pronounced il ati impossibility. Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jef ferson, near Charlottesville, Ya., was ad vertised for sale to satisfy a debt of $72,000, remaining due at the time of its owner's death. FIFTY YEARS AGO. The first railroad was opened in Nor way. The American naval expedition under Commodore Matthew C. Perry entered the harbor of Yeddo, Japan, after a judi cious display of big guns. A national convention of negroes met nt Rochester, N. Y.. to discuss the possi bility of colonizing American slaves aud freedmen in Africa or elsewhere. Gen. Almonte reached Washington n representative of Gen. Santa Ana, with authority to settle the threatened rup ture between Mexico and the United States. Twenty-one armed conspirators were arrested for plotting the assassination of the Emperor lxmis Napoleon of France. FORTY YEARS AGO. Gen. Morgan seized two Union gun boats on the Ohio river forty miles below Louisville, transported his 4,000 rebel cavalrymen to tho Indiana shore, and de feated a force of State militia sent to resist him. The Louisville (Ky.) City Council vot cd to enroll all male citizens between the aces of 18 and 45 for the defense of that ydty against the rebels, and to send north all who resisted. Gen. Meade decided to attempt the capture of Gen. It. E. Lee's retreating rebel army, and ordered Gen. French to reoccupy Harper’s Ferry, while he him self, with the main body of his troops, started from Gettysburg into the Antic tarn valley. Louisville (Ky.) citizens were called out at midnight by the ringing of fire bells and prepared to resist Gen. Mor gan’s rebel raiders, who were reported close by. The forty-five days' siege of Viekabtirg, Miss., ended with the display of n flug of truce and a conference between Gen. Pemberton, the rebel commandant, and Gen. U. 8. Grant over terms of v irren der. The battle of Gettysburg ended with the repulse of the rebel troop* under Ewell, an artillery duel between Ivee aud Meade, the charge of the rebels on Han cock’s brigade and the capture of 4,500 of them, the recovery of the ground lost by Union troops on July 2, and prepara tions by Gen, Lee for a rebel retreat. Gen. Morgan's rebel raiders were s> tacked at Columbia, Ky., by Wolford's cavalry, which they repulsed, and then sacked the town. Gen. R. E. Lee began his retreat with the rebel army from Gettysburg, taking south with him an enormous number of i cattle, stores and plunder from the I’enn | sylvanin farmers and storekeeper*. Gen. Morgan's rebel raiders were re pulsed at Vebbs Rend. Ivy., by 200 Micbi j gan troops under Col. Moore. Gon. Morgan reached the Ohio river j at Brandenburg with 4.000 rihel cavalry and Kentucky secessionists and prepared to invade Indiana. THIRTY YEARS AGO. The famous i.teamr Virginius arrived at Aspinwall, followed by a Spanish man of war and the United States ship Kansas. A drawing of the I/onisville (Ky.) lot tery, whose promoters advertised they would build anew public library, took place before an immense crowd, the cap ital prize of $20,00u going to O. A. Krspp, a liquor dealer. Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederacy, was reported vtnong the diUingnished arrivals in New York. President Grant's cabinet witnessed the formal transfer of the Philadelphia centennial grounds :o the exposition com missioner*. Ex-Gov. Palmer of Illinois, in a speech at Springfield, attacked President Grant’s salary increase and declared that no President of the United htates ever earned $50,000 a year. Tha New i ork State park commission urged That the Adirondack* be converted into a public park and game preserve. Secretary of State Hamilton Fifth is sued a proclamation calling attention to the proposed Philadelphia centennial and inviting foreign nations to send exhibits. Cuban planters offered to pay $2 a head tax on their slave* rather than have them set at work on the Spanish troeba. TWKNTY TEAKS AGO. Postmaster General Gresham started an investigation of the alleged exorbit ant ren'al* that were being plod for pos; offices in many cities. Subscriptions to the New Orleans cen tennial and cotton Stare* exposition were reported to hare reached SIOO,OOO. The Chicago anti-monopoly convention adopted resolutions for government, regu lation of railroads, public ownership of the telegraph, prohibition of land owner ship by non-resident foreigners, and the formation of an “in b-pendent” political party. The socialist workmen of the United State* started a movement to oust the Knights of Labor from control of labor affairs and to substitute arbitration for strikes; the Vermont militia was ordered out to auppress noting copper miners at Ely: Allentown (Pa.) furnace men threat ened to strike for higher wages, and coal miners of the Sprngfitid (IlL) district quit work to aerere better pay.