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Old Blazer’s Hero
By DAVID CHRISTIE MURRAY. CHAPTER IV. The proprietors of the Old Blazer had no right to call upon the services of Ned Blane; but in such a case no man who was competent to discharge the duties of superintending the work of rescue could hesitate to obey the summons. Blane was doubly competent. His business du ties as mine surveyor had made him fa miliar with the workings, and in similar cases he had more than once given proof of courage and resource. He threw him self heart and soul into the work, and even forgot for an hour or two at a time that his sweetheart had that day married his rival and that her marriage was like ly to endanger her happiness. It was night time, and the roaring wind had fallen, to be followed by a thick drizzle. Great cages of fire burn ed here and there, and smeared the thick atmosphere with a murky light. The scattered crowd lookeu listless enough on the surface. The engine panted with a noise of fear and hurry, and echoes from the waste of darkness beyond the circle of the flaring cressets answered drearily. Faces shone like hot metai in the near light of the fires, or took a ghostly pallor as they stood against the borders of the darkness. Knots of shawled women waited motionless round the hovels by the pit's mouth; the rest of the lingerers moved purposelessly hith er and thither about the slippery and uneven ground. All was being done that could be done, and for the moment there was no more need of the man who felt most need of labor. He stood disconsolate near the mouth of the mine, with his hands folded behind him and his eyes upon the ground. The drizzle was growing thicker, and the crowd, Knowing that there wns no hope of rescue, or even of early tidings, had begun to fall away, when he felt a hand upon his shoulder, and, turning, found Hepzibah by his side. “I’ve brought you a change o’ clothes and some victuals. Mister Edward,” she •aid, as he turned upon her. “You should hu’ sent a message to the missis. Dinner was kept waitin’ for a hour and more. We’ve only just found out as you was here, though anybody but a set of thick heads might ha’ guessed it.” He took the things from her half me chanically, and having bestowed them iu one of the hovels, came back into the rain and stood there looking gloomily nbout him. Hepzibah, who could guess something of her young master's troubles, though she was scarcely competent to calculate their force, laid hands upon him and in sisted on his return to the hovel, where she opened her basket. Whilst Blane forced himself to eat, Hepzibah sat and watched him in si lence; but when he pushed the food nwny and arose from the stool on which he had been seated she broke into complaint and reproach, lie paid no heed to her until she laid both hands upon his arm, and in her earnestness gave him just such an imperative little shake of command as she had been wont to use for the empha sis of reproof when he was a child. He laughed rather forlornly at this, and turned upon her: “Well, Hepzibah, what is it?” “Why, it’s just this,” responded Hepzi bah. “You’ve got your mother and the little uus to think of. There's nobody else iu the whole \\ >de world for them to look to but you, anu it's no part of your business here to be doing anything rash and throwing your life away. You went down the Aid Tump when nobody else would go. And there wasn't a creetur there as saw you go as ever ex pected to see you back again. Don’t you go playing any of them tricks here. Aud look here. Edward, you take heart; pluck up a bit of a sperrit and bethink your self. There’s as good fish in the sea as ever come out of it. Now, don’t you go jumpin’ at me as if I’d stuck a pair of scissors into you. 1 shan’t say no more; least said soonest mended; but a nod’s as good as n wink to a blind horse. Aud now IV. going away, but not before I’ve got yoi r promise to get into your dry clothes. If you say you’ll do it, I know you’ll do it; but I shan’t go until you've promised.” He gave the promise and she went away, leaving him in the hovel alone. He opened the door, aud, accosting one of the loungers, said: “If anybody asks for me you can say I’m here. I'm going to get a change.” The maa nodded in response; and when Ned had exchanged his saturated garments for the dry ones Ilepzibah had brought him lie sat down and surren dered himself to his own comfortless re flections. After the space of some half hour or thereabouts a knock came to the door, aud the man who had accosted him outside entered. “Here’s Mr. Hackett asking for you, sir,” he said. “Mr. Hackett!” cried Blane, rising in surprise and fear. He could think of nothing but some sudden misfortune which could have brought his rival there at such a time, and he went out to meet him with the feelings a man may have who walks Io the gallows. "Ilillo, Ned!” cried Hackett’s voice as Blane emerged from the hovel, and. turning round in the direction of the voice, the surveyor saw his rival swag gering, with his feet planted wide apart and a bottle in his hand. “They told me you were in charge here,” said Will, “and I snatched a min ute or two to run up aud see how things were going on. I’ve brought a drop of comfort for the fellows who're at work here. Pass it round, boys.” Hackett, glistening from heel to shoul der in a long India rubber waterproof cont, aud with a felt hat stuck rakishly at the back of his head, had his face turned away from the glare of the cres set. so that his old companion could but dimly discern his features. Illane's unformed fears of half a min ute earlier were gone, but a terror as great and more tangible was in its stead. He advanced without a word, and seiz ing Hackett by the sleeve, turned him rouud gently but firmly and brought his face into the light. He knew then what he had only guessed before. Uhe bride groom had beeu drinking. “You have no business here at such a time as this,” he said roughly. “Go home.” “No business here!” said Hackett. “Why have I got no business here?” “You know as well as I do,” Blane responded with a choking aud rapid voice, "why you have no business here to-night. Come with me.” He had kept his hold upon Hackett’s arm during this brief exchange of words, and uow, gripping him harder than he knew, he was leading him away. Hackett twisted hi* arm from the other’s hold and laughed. “Don’t you fret about me. Ned Blane.” he said, with a laugh. “I'm perfectly right where I am, and 1 know what I'm doing. Did you ever read the life of that great and good man. Doctor Johnson 7” “Never you mind that great and good man, Doctor Johnson, just at present.” ■aid Blane. who by this time, between wrath and anguish, was as white as a sheet. “You go home.” •♦l'm taking a leaf out of his book, my boy.” said Hackett. “There’s nothing like having the reins in your own hands at starting*” Such a tempest of anger raged through Blane’s mind that it was a matter of wonder to him afterward that he did not then aud there knock Will Hackett down. But he restrained himself, and, turning abruptly, walked back to the squalid shelter he had so recently quit ted, aud closed the door behind him. CHAPTER V. Blane was alone wrestling with him self for a full hour, and at the end of that time he was called out to some small duty. He got through it dogged ly, compelling himself to listen and un derstand with as .strenuous an urgency and compulsion as would have been need ed to hold a struggling man physically, and then betook himself to a waste field hard by, and there walked up and down in the darkness and the rain. He did not know how long he had been thus occupied when a voice hailed him excitedly, and he ran, shouting in answer, toward the engine house. The little remnant of the day’s crowd was gathered closely about it. and he had to push his way through with some force until lie was recognized and room was made for him to puss. Three or four of the more intelligent and instructed of the workmen were gathered in the engine room, and with them was a mine survey or—one Atkinson—who had a little while before arrived on the scene prepared to tender his services in case of need. “Here’s a strange thing, Blane,” said the new arrival. “The water in the shaft lias gone down thirty feet within the last ten minutes. It can't have gone down in the shaft without having gone down in the workings, and a draught like that can't mean anything but this: the weight of water has broken into some lower workings that I don’t know of, and the Blazer is more than two-tliirds drain ed already.” In the excitement of this news Blane forgot his personal griefs, and instantly became master of himself and the situ ation. He called for the plan of the mine, studied it for a moment and then turned quietly upon his fellow volunteer. “We can get at them now.” he said. “The fall in the water has left bare this old air-way, which is bricked up in the shaft. We must break through at once. Shadrach, rig things up in the downcast. Mcshach” —this was Shadrach’s broth er—“get lamps and picks. See that the lamp casings are watertight.” The two men were gone about their several affairs as briskly as the orders were conveyed. “I'll make one,” said the new volun teer. “But it’s likely to be a wet job, and I'll borrow a suit of flannels from one of you chaps. And you'd hotter do the same, Blane. It’ll be well to have dry things to come up to.” The little crowd outside was excited, but intensely quiet. The shawled women stood like grouped statues in the red glare of the cressets and the murk of the night. Preparations were made rap idly, without noise or bustle, and in a few minutes the rescue party was ready to descend. It consisted of Blane, his momentary colleague, Shadrach and two others —all tried aud experienced men. who knew that they might l>e venturing upon a desperate enterprise, but had faced the like so often that scarcely a nerve fluttered among them. They entered the skip which hung over the black cavern of the pit’s mouth. The word was given, and they swung down ward. In a minute the floor of the skip began to heave beneath their feet like the dock of a boat at sea—answering to the regulation o' the engine on the bank —and a second or two later they came gently to a standstill. "Here,” said Blane, striking the brick ed wall resoundingly with the point of a pick. Shadrach lay on the floor of the skip at full length, face downward. The two other miners steadied him as he hung chest and shoulders over the black space. He worked the point of the pick into a crevice of fhe wall, aud after a tug or two out came a brick and fell with a splash into the water, which, from a couple of fathoms lower down, reflected the light of the safety lamps with a sulky and oily gleam. lie and his com panions peering into the hole thus made saw nothing but what looked like a solid darkness. “Go on,” said Blane. “That's the place. You’ll be through directly.” Shadrach worked industriously, aud the bricks fell fast until there was a hollow made big enough easily to ad mit of the passage of n man. Shadrach bridged the chasm between the skip and the wall with his body and wormed him self carefully through the orifice he had made; theu turning, thrust out a hand for his lamp. “It’s deadly wet.” said Shadrach. “I’m up to mid-thigh in it.” Nobody spoke in answer to this state ment, but, man by man. bridged the chasm and entered upon the air-way. When all were landed they set out upon a difficult and broken road, which in places was so low that they were com pelled to go snakewise, and even then came into occasional contact with the sharp ridges of the roof. By and by the road dipped suddenly. The passage was higher at this point than it had been hitherto, and the men could stand in a crouching posture whilst they paused to take breath. Blane went down upon his hands and knees, aud thrusting his lamp before him surveyed the depression in front. “Lads,” he said, turning and looking upward at his companions, “there's wat er here. I fancy we shall have to dive for it.” “That’ll be queer work.” said his fel low surveyor gravely. "It’ll be a bad business for anybody who gets stuck down there. And who’s to know wheth er the road vises again aud gets free of water? And if it does, who’s to say what the distance is?” "I’ll try it feet foremost.” said Ned Blane. “I shall come out of it easiest that way if I find the road too narrow or too long. If yon get a tap from the other side you'll know it's pretty easy to follow.” He blew ont the light of the lamp, and encased the lamp itself iu a waterproof tin box which wns suspended about his shoulder. Then kneeling down again, he slipped feet foremost into the black water, and slowly disappeared from sight, his companions following every motion with eager glances until the wat er closed over his head, and a bubble or two rose upon its inky surface. The little pool lapped its boundaries idly and noiselessly, and the watchers, crouching immobile and silent, kept their eyes upon it. Suddenly it ebbed by three or four inches, and a second or two later was heard a muffled and inward tap, tap, tap. from beyond it. “Who goes next?" asked the volunteer. “Be careful about yout lamps aud matches, tads.” The Bard put ont his lamp, encased it as his predecessor had done, and slipped backward into the water. Theu his com panions follower!. The volunteer, having put ovt his light, fumbled in the dark awhile to fix it in its case, and theu went after the other.,. When bo had emerged upon the farther side, he found a lamp or two already relighted, and in a while the journey was begun again. The road fcUll presented the same rbnrnrtirtMln At times they could walk stooping, at times they could make their way upon their hands and knees, and again at times they were compelled to crawl. On a sudden when they were in the straitest pass they had yet come to, the leader's light went out. The lamp of the man behind him followed suit. “Get back, for your lives!” shouted Blane: “the choke-damp's on us!” In a narrow way there was no room to turn, but they shuffled backward with breathless haste, tearing their thick clothes against the jagged roof, and wounding hands and knees upon the bro ken way below. Another lamp went out, and then another. But by this time they had reached a less difficult portion of the air-way, and were making more rapid progress. “We shall be all right on the other side of the water,” said Blane. “The gas can’t get past that.” They hurried on by the light of the foremost lamp, which by good hap was still burning, until they reached the wat er. And here, by some disaster, the lamp went out. One after the other they struggled through this gap of safety. The volunteer, having been the last to enter, was first to leave. Arriving on the safety side he took a match from its waterproof case and struck it. His com rades came up one by one, dripping and breathless; one—two—three. “All here?” asked Blane, as he emerg ed, shaking himself like a dog, and wring ing the foul water from his hair and face. “No.” said one of the men. “Where’s Shad?” Shadrach was absent. They waited for a little time, and the volunteer sur veyor ignited one match at another while they watched and listened. “This is getting serious,” said Blane. “I must go back for him.” “It’s mere madness to go back,” an swered the volunteer, gravely. (To be continued.) STATES IN THE NAVY. Only Six Names Now Available foi Future Battleships, Congress, act of May 4, 1898, provid ed that “hereafter all first-class battle ships and monitors owned by the Uni ted States shall be named for the States.” This is the provision that gave the names pf States to the Arkan sas class of monitors recently com pleted. y the act of March 3, 1901, the esident is given the power to estab ..sh the classification of the vessels of the navy, and the old classification by gun strength gave place, undeT order of June 8, 1901, to a classification by ton nage, says the Scientific American. First rates are men-of-war of 8,000 tons and above, thus including armored cruisers, which, until recent increases in battleship tonnage, differed only from battleships by the relative pro portions of speed and armament. The names of States in the navy list appear as follows; Commissioned Battleships, first clasvs: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, lowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachu setts, Oregon, Wisconsin; battleship, second class, Texas; armored cruiser, New York. Total. 11. Building—Battleships: Connecticut, •Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Ne braska. New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Isl and, Virginia; armored cruisers, Cali fornia, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsyl vania, K-uith Dakota. Tennessee, Wash ington. West Virginia. Total, 17. Monitors: Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Wyoming. Total, 4. Designations of ships authorized by last session of Congress: Vermont, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota. Total, 5. New Hampshire, wooden ship, use less. Michigan, service on Lake, Erie. Names of States not on navy list: Delaware, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Utah. Total. G. Countercharge. A retaliatory thrust at mankind lies in the remark of a woman who is quot ed by the New York Times. She was putting the finishing touches to her toilet, and her husband was waiting with ostentatious patience. Having adjusted her hat, she took a, hatpin from the cushion, and suddenly cried out: “I think it’s a shame!” “Yes, my dear,” nervously assented the waiting husband. “I mean the way these writers say women sharpen lead-pencils and open tin cans with their husband's razors.” “Yes, my dear.” “Yes. Now I never do such things with your razor, and I don’t believe any woman doer. I looked at your razor once, when I nau a uox of sar dines to open, but it was so sharp and so wabbly in the handle I was afraid to use it.” “Yes, my dear." “If the writers want to put some thing true in the papers, why don't they talk about men who use their wives’ hatpins for pipe-cleaners? Ugh!” This time the husband forgot to say, “Yes, my dear.” His Ambition Realized. “At last after forty years of hard work, my highest ambition is about to be realized,” said a worthy fellow citi zen who began on a capital of brains and push and is now counting his wealth in seven figures. “I have bought a house before whose doors nearly every parade of consequence will pass. I can sit in the window night or day and see the crowds go by, hear the cheering and listen to the music of the bands without having my self squeezed fiat my toes trodden up on. my clothes disarranged, my hat knocked off and all that sort of thing. Ever since I was old enough to run away from home to witness a proces sion I have envied the possessors of doors or windows along the line of march, and at last I’m happy."—New York Press. Ticket Sellers’ Perquisites. Ticket agents on the elevated rail roads occasionally turn a snug little penny by keeping a sharp lookout for the old and rare coins they may re celve and selling to the numis matists. Many of the roln collectors have agents among the e evated men. whom they visit regularly and of whom they eagerly inquire for any finds. Most of the money passed in to the ticket agent is, of course, in small change, and some rare coins have been picked up in this way. In the offices of the surface roads where the money is handled the clerks a'ro are alert for anything that promises a premium. His Opinion. “Do you believe that every man has his price?” “I viM't discuss that,” arswered Senator Sorghum; “bat I will say that the reason some men stay honest Is because the price asked Is so much higher than the price bid.”—Washing ton Star. Cupid is always looking for a chance to swap a peck of trouL.e for a pint of happiness. Seeing may be believing, but there are occasions when it is safer to pass and risk being bluffed. Iron Kettle Support. An lowa Homestead correspondent describes an article handy to have at butchering time. It is stand for the big iron kettle. Take a piece of wagon tire and bend it into a circle so that It will fit the kettle about half way up the side: then rivet or weld the ends together and fasten the legs to this by rivets or welding. The leg.s should be turned out at the bot tom so they won’t sink Into the ground. The height of the legs should be about twelve inches. I prefer riveting, as it is so much easier done and can be done on the farm, while STAND FOR AN IRON KETTLE. If the legs are welded on it will have to be made by a good blacksmith. With this device a person can heat water and render lard with the great est convenience. Doubling the Yields. There are but few farmers, compar ed with the whole number, who do not plant a larger acreage then they can attend to profitably, the conse quence being smaller crops in propor tion to cost than should be the case. Instead of forty bushels of corn per acre the farmer should secure eighty bushels. The smaller yield is more expensive than the larger, while the time expended on twenty acres is much greater than on ten, the manure also being distributed over too large a surface to permit of any portion of the crop receiving a sufficiency of plant food. If the expense and labor bestowed on twenty acres could be concentrated on ten. the yields would be doubled, and leave the faymer ten acres on which to grow some other crop. In periods of drouth the farmer who puts his work on the smaller plat will give it better cultivation and save his crop, wiiile other farmers may not be so fortunate. Intensive culture leads to systematic rotation of crops, and the land will be improved by a diversity of crops. All farmers have manure, but they derive little benefit therefrom, because they endeavor to apply it over too much land. Give the land the pi” 1 food and it will re pay for all m bestowed.—Amer ican Fertilizer. Grain and Milk Production. Results as shown in the milk pail do not indicate so much difference, pound for pound, in the various feeds of the same class as is sometimes claimed. Cottonseed meal, linseed meal, either new or old process, liigh graJe gluten meal, may either one be instituted for another in a mixed ra tion without showing much difference in the amount of milk. Whole meal from corn or wheat or oats, barley oi buckwheat will produce about the same yield whichever grain is ground. In buying all the relative feeds the market cost would be the main thing to consider were it rot that some feeds have peculiar effects on the di gestive and milk-producing organs, and that the richness of manure va ries considerably according to the feed. The best all-around results are obtained by a mixture of the leading feeds, varied in proportions of each according to the market. Bran is the bulk maker, and should be a part of all winter rations where much grain and dry fodder are used.—Massachu setts Ploughman. CatchinK Steep. A sheep should never be caught by Its wool. This method not only causes the anirn: 1 unnecessary pain, but in the case of rat sheep, that are to be killed, it does much harm to tne joint of mutton that lies under neath where the wool was pulled. It causes a dark bruise just in the same manner as our bodies become discol ored from being bruised. A Califor nia sheepman advises that the proper way to catch a sheep is to take it either by the hind iog just above the gambrel Joint or by cutting the hand underneath its jaw or neck. In using a crook it is important that the sheep are not caught below the gambrel joint as injury to the leg is liable to result from this. —New England Homestead. Choice Seed Corn. Heavy, plump seed com has been shown by comparative test to produce more vigorous plants than does seed of light weight. No other grain re sponds more quickly to selection than does field com. Care and storage also affects vitality. Seedsmen hesitate to buy seed corn even when they know it to be pure, for the reason that so many growers do not properly dry and store the seed. The moisture ab sorbed In a damp, poorly ventilated place Injures the vigor of the seed. Good Northern seed com. both sweet and u eld variety, will probably be rather scarce and high next spring.— American Cultivator. Selling Turkey*. The largest and best turkeys bring the most money. But don’t sell them all because you arc greedy for money and keep inferior stock for breeders. The breeding stock should be selected from earliest hatches. Be sure they are hea’tny in every way. They should not be overgrown. Me ( um sized turkeys, with well rounded bodies and large through the breast have strong vital organs and will be found satisfactory for breeding the coming season. Boot* for Hog Cholera. The claim has been made that if bogs are fed regular rations of root crops such feeding wfil prevent chol era. The statement is too broad for. while it is admitted that roots will do much to keep the hog in good con ditio j, preserving the animal’s vital ity and enabling it to fight off dis ease, such rations would be of no avail if the animals were surrounded by everything conducive to the dread disease, such as a filthy pen and a more filthy yard, damaged grain for food and impure drinking water. Af ter an experience of more than a quar ter of a cenutry in swine raising, I be lieve that cholera is due wholly to filthy quarters and the other condi tions Just mentioned. True, the dis ease is contagious or more properly infectious, but even then few hogs will be afflicted if they have been properly fed aud housed. The feeding of roots is advisable and by all means practice it, but do not consider It a cure for cholera or even a preven tive.—lndianapolis News. Bailing Shredded Corn. Since it has been demonstrated that corn stover is economically shredded much of this work is being done and it has been noticed that considerable of this shredded stover is being put on to the market in sections where considerable feed has to be bought. Of course this baling is done by men who are familiar with baling hay, but there is no reason why the farm er cannot do it himself if he is lo cated near a market, where there is likely to be a demand for the stover put up in such a manner. Where there Is a shortage of the hay crop or of crops used by stock as roughage there is likely to be a market for the baled stover. Care must be used, however, to have it properly cured before it is baled. It Bliould be cured in the shock as much as possible and then finished in the barn. After the stov er is shredded it will usually sweat some and when this is over it is fit to bale. It is advised that one look into the conditions near at home and see what the opportunities are for a market for baled corn stover. —St Paul Dispatch. To Straighten a Warped Door. Many stable and shed doors, op ened by trucks running on a track, require a great effort to move them. This trouble is caused generally by the door, ff, becoming warped. To straighten such doors, make a truss, h g, of 2x5 inch joist and securely fasten them on the top and bottom of the door. Next put in the fulerums, j and k. Then put a strap of iron on at m, through which and the truss frame run the bolt 1 m. On the In side of the door, f, put a large wash er, at 1, to prevent bolt 1 m from pull ing through tlie door when the nut Inn Fuii mom warp. m is turned up. The fulerums, j and k, need to be varied to remedy the warping of different doors.—L. E. Drake, in Farm and Home. Manse in Horses. While it is admitted that mange in horses is not always due to a filthy coat, it Is primarily the cause. There is too much careless grooming on farm horses and particularly after they have been working and per spired freely. Try the plan of putting the work horse in his stall after the harness has been removed and after throwing it a forkfull of hay to munch over, wash over his coat with a sponge and lukewarm water where the harness lias touched. Wipe off the moisture with a dry rag and be fore bedtime go over the an mal with the brush and curry, cleaning it thor oughly. Farm Notes. The bard keeper Is the horse to sell. The easy keeper is the one to keep. Give the horse a bath oecassionally. By bathing the shoulders and keeping the collars clean, many cases of galled shoulders might be prevented. The pork that has been produced at the least cost is from pigs that have never lived through one winter. This is not saying that fall pigs cannot be made profitable. It is a poor rule that will not work both ways. Tills rule applies to agri culture. The conditions that cause a large yield of any product will also cause lower prices for the same. The digestive powers of a hog are a marvel. He Is short-lived and he does not have time to Injure his constitution by overeating. The way he evens up is to cause the dyspepsia In the human family. The history of every country has been that fertility decreases until a certain stage has been reached when farmers come to themselves and a sys tem Is ushered in that will bring back or increase fertility. To keep seed corn It should be in a dry place and not exposed to severe cold. Selected ears should be hung up where the air circulates freely, but in a warm noona. Corn thus ke- sel dom fails to germlnpte. Should the implement shed have but one door or opening it will be a good plan to store the machinery so that which will be used first in the spring can be obtained without removing the rest of the machinery in the building. The reason for this Is obvious. There is need of some science in hauling out manure. One needs to know the conditions of soil, the kind of crops to be grown, the season to apply and the character of the manure to be ap plied. Good results with potatoes have been secured by mulching between tbe rows with straw as a protection during the dry season and for keeping down weeds. The mulching with straw has long been known, and has its advo cates. but one objection is that the straw serves as a harboring place for insects. The common mode of feeding ani mals is to give the grain in a separate trough from hay or fodder, and at dif ferent times. Such method'is preferred because it saves labor, but the best re sults are obtained by mixing the ground grain with coarse food that has been passed through the feed cutter. Less food will then be required to ob tain results, because the mixed food will bo better digested and assimilat ed than when the substances are given •eparateJj. THE BADGrEB STATE. NEWS OF THE WEEK CONCISELY CONDENSED. Quarrel Over Slain Deer Settled by Court—Priest Said to Heal Diseases — Drainage Ditch Will Land Values—Free Food as a Lure. A case out of the ordinary was decided in Justice Halstead's court in Baraboo. Nov. 25 Morris Cowles, who resides near that city, shot and killed a wounded deer and proceeded to dress it. He just start ed when O. J. Tabor and Frank Meyers of Prairie du Sac appeared and both claimed they wounded the deer, having followed its trail. Meyers put a hun ter's iicfUM .tag upon the carcass. With cocked ritW tiie three men stood guard over the carcass ail night and part of the next day, when Meyers took the car cass hjnr.e. The matter was referred to Game Warden Hulbert, but he had no authority to decide the dispute. Cowles placed* in the hands Of the sheriff a writ of replevin and the deer was brought to Baraboo. Fifteen witnesses were exam ined iu the court trial. Attorney Swan sen of Madison appeared for Meyers and Tabor and Bentley & Kelley for Cowles. The court decided in favor of Cowles. Tabftr had already killed two deer, the number allowed by law, and had the court decided in Tabor's favor Game Warden Hulbert stood ready to arrest him for violating the game law. Priest Wins Fame as Healer. Many people from Marinette and sur rounding country who are afflicted with illness of any sort are visiting Rev. Father Dagnault of Peshtigo, who lias become renowned as a healer. Several people iu Marinette attest remarkable cures. The priest himself says that he is not n divine healer, nor does he believe in Christian Science or Dowieism. His cures, lie claims, are effected by electro therapeutics. Father Dagnault is 65 years old and is a Canadian French paicst. His house is crowded with the afflicted. Will Reclaim Much Land. Land owners of Avon township have formed a drainage district, whereby from 4.000 to 5.000 acres of boggy land will be reclaimed, adjacent to the Sugar riv er. This land lies along the State line and will raise the value of the already valuable lands in that vicinity about 50 per cent. A canal will be dug which will be 6 feet deep, of various widths and G miles long. The board of supervisors will advertise for bids and work will be begun in the spring. Free Lunch Lures to Church, Appleton preachers, in addition to ad vertising their services, are using free lnnches as an attraction to meetings. Rev. S. H. Anderson of the Methodist Church is trying to draw people to the revival services now being held, and is serving free lunch in the rliurcli parlors after the services. So far the meetings have been n great success. Thomas Joyce Not Guilty. A ftcr four days’ trial Thomas Joyce of Janesville was found not guilty of murder. The defendant, who is 19 years old, was charged with liaviug struck Herman Zimmerman on the head while he slept on the grass in the city />uik one night last May. Klmer Clev, 'and Is Acquitted. After an hour’s deliberation the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the, case of Elmer Cleveland, charged with the murder of his stepfather at Fond du Lac. The killing is held to have been justified by self-deferse. Brief State uappEnlngji, Caspar Hoffman Cook of Marinette died in a lumber camp near Amberg of heart disease. Wages of section hands on the North western Railway at Appleton have been cut from $1.50 to $1.25. The general store of P. .1. Walsh was broken into at Lodi and the safe was blown open. The amount taken is not known. The 13-months-old child of William Schroeder of Elk Creek accidentally fell into a kettle of boiling water and was scalded to death. Louis Severson, a fanner in the vicin ity of South Leeds, hung himself because of excruciating pain caused by the break ing of a glass eye in his bead. John Neupert, living three miles north west of Lake Mille, lost his farm build ings, four horses, a large amount of hay, grain and farm machinery by fire. John Vermeulen. a young machinist, was fatally shot by John Pera while hunting rabbits near Beloit. The gun was accidentally discharged, the charge taking effect .a Vermeulen’s right side. The Kadisson Lumber Company has started up the new sawmill at liadisson. The mill will give employment to a great many men in the new town on the pres ent terminus of the Omaha Railroad ex tension. Anton Peterson, who is wanted, charg ed with several highway robberies near Marinette about a month ago, was ar rested in Peahtigo. It is alleged that he held up a number of farmers and shot at several of them. Judge Stone in Marinette has rendered a decision in favor of Mrs. Mary Mc- Kenna, in the celebrated suit of the Wis consin and Michigan Railway against her. to restrain her from interfering with their tracks across her land. She drive the crew off with a rifle. Twenty-two years ago William Mayer, a wealthy resident of Milwaukee, adopt ed a boy named Joseph A. Allmeyer. The County Court in Kenosha has handed down a decision by which the entire es tate of Mayer, amounting to nearly $50,- 000. was transferred to the protege, who is now known as Joseph A. Mayer. Two residences were burglarized in Rac<ne the other evening and it is believ id that it is the work of crooks from Chicago. At the residence of George Schneider about s3oo,worth of jewelry wus stolen and nt the residence of Mrs. Sarah Doe about (HO was taken. William Fisher, a compAaloa of Oscar Anderson, killed whfle deer hunting at Maple, is charged by the coroner's jury with having fired the fatal bullet. The bait was taken from the body of Ander son and was found to Ik- the same as those used by Fisher. The jury found timt-Fisher did not use reasonable care. The" demand for woodsmen is very good just at present, as the time is just about to arrive when ti.e camp crews are filled out. The prevailing scale is from S3B to $32 i*cr mouth. Charles Douner. a young unmarried fanner, living with his parents about five miles east of Bloomer, committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree near the place. He had been demented for some time past, and often despondent. Frank Schmidt of Three Lakes, found guilty of manslaughter in the fourth de gree, was sentenced by Judge Silver thorn to serve two years at Waupun. George View, the victim, was killed in a Three Lakes saloon last Christmas day. Clnrabel Millet of La Crosse fell through the ice and was rescued with great difficulty by boys wh<* wer- skat ing and came along just in the nick of time. Car inspectors working on a refrigera tor car arriving in Minneapolis from Gladstone. Mich., found the frozen body of Earl Sea burg, a young man from Emery. Fire destroyed nearly all of the busi ness portion of Milford. The general store of Zimmerman & Vcrgenz. J. W. lV.rkyns saloon and another stare build ing were destroyed. The loss is estimat ed at $10,0(W, partially covered by in mnea Capt. Bernard Dohert. one of the pioneer millionaires of Ashland, is dead. Jerry Haley, a well-known logger, was run over and killed at Pratt junction by a passenger train on the Omaha road. Thomas Flannery, a prominent farmer, and believed to be the oldest man in western Wisconsin, died at La Crosse, aged 101. Gov. La Foilette lias approved the ac tion of the State board of control to es tablish an artisan school for tlu? blind at Milwaukee. Frank Smith and Charles Tulver, from Madison, were arrested at Bloomington, 111., while in possession of a horse and buggy stolen in Joliet. Miss Maude Weeden of Woodstock, while on a train on the St. Paul road took a dose of carbolic acid. The cause, so far as known, is a love affair. Dennis J. Daley and Mrs. Catherine Whalen of Chicago were married in Ke nosha and brought to an end the qunrrel which deferred the ceremony just thirty years. Worpel and Zimmerman, two farmers and neighbors, residing near Marshall, quarreled over some poultry. Mr. Zim mermar is said to have struck Worpel over the head with an ax. inflicting a se rious wound. The Parker Pen Company of Janes ville will give to the women mid girls who have been in its employ three years sls. and $35 after five years’ service. The move is made to discourage tiie girls from getting married. The allowance of water to be drawn in Appleton from Lake Winnebago for power purposes is restricted to GO per cent of the normal flow. This indicated that the proposed repairs to the upper dam are abandoned for this season. The remains of the late John M. Ew ing were laid at rest at Wildwood ceme tery in Sheboygan. The services at the home, which were simple and unostenta tious, were conducted by Rev. J. W. White of tiie Congregational Church. William Herring, n farmer near Spar ta, was blown to pieces by dynamite in his house. He was standing by the kitchen stove with three sticks of dyna mite in his hand when the explosion oc curred. His sister was iu the same room, but escaped injury. All the print paper mills in the Fox river valley region and throughout tiie West shut down and remained down three days on agreement for the frankly announced purpose of curtailing overpro duction and preventing the slump in the market price which would result from the piling up of the stock. Lars Eugelbretson, a farmer residing near Lanesboro, who has been missing for a week, is dead, llis body was found in a field near his home with ev ery indication that he had.been mur dered. The remains were mutilated and footpr’uts not his own were found iu the vicinity, as well ns blood stains. The ice racing yacht Comet, oue of the fastest on the upper Mississippi; the warehouses of E. 11. Pfaff and several otbtir buildings and many carloads of produce were burned at Pepin by a fire of mysterious origin. Several less speedy yachts were also destroyed. The total ioss is estimated at SB,OOO, without in surance. Three men work dig under the heavy iron beams on the Burlington bridge three miles below 1 rairie du Cliien near ly lost tlieii lives when a staging broke, precipitating all three to the rocks and ice below. Martin Duchnrme, a carpen ter. fell on his head on a pile of roek. crushing the skull and inflicting internal injuries, llis condition is serious. As the result of the commoicial trav elers employed by the bankrupt Mens Anderson Company of La Crosse getting the worst of it in the division of the es tate. t ‘ongressmnn John J. F.scli has in troduced into the House of Representa tives at Washington a bill providing that traveling salesmen shall receive their pay in full, not exceeding three months prior to the bankruptcy and not exceeding S3OO. T. W. Morgan's $500,000 stock farm near Beloit caught fire. The lire started in the $75,000 barn and the buildings were all threatened with destruction. A high wind and the cold made the fire a hard one to fight. This is one of the finest stock farms in the world and is owned by Fred W. Morgan of the Mor gan A Wright Company of Chicago. The loss is estimated at $25,000 on the build ing and SIO,OOO on hay, grain and imple ments. Judge Bunn in the United States Cir cuit Court at Milwaukee made an im portant ruling regarding the life of trade marks. The suit was brought by the Warren Featherbone Company against the American Featherbone Company. The Warren company claimed the sole right to use the word “featherbone.” The claim that the right to a trade:. "-': ex pired with the patent on the article was not allowed, the decision being that a trademark lasted indefinitely. The Fair store, one of the largest de partment stores in Sheboygan, was de stroyed by fire. The loss is SIOO,OOO. Edward Gerber, a fireman, was struck by a falling wall and suffered n fracture of the skull and three broken ribs. John Gerber, a brother, fell through a trap door in the fire engine house and his skull was fractured. Ilis condition is serious. The store was owned by David Xadel soi and Max Winnick, and the building by the Geele Hardware Company. In an endeavor to discover the true cause of the death of the 0-months-old hate of William Kleinfeldt. the authori ties of Ashland <’omity disinterred the body and an inquest was held. Follow ing a jM>st mortem, the jury was unable to tiring in n verdict other than that the b.ibe died of concussion of the brain while in charge of the father, whose carelessness, they said, enused the acci dent. The child died the day before Thanksgiving and was buried two days later. The result of th£ inquest was to exonerate the father. While working a corn shredder on the faric. of Jacob Wheeler at Kook Falls Ben Shaw had his mitten caught in the machine. Before the engine could be stopped, however, the arm was pulled in and cut off at the elbow. Tired of life, Mrs. Mary Bell, wife of a drayman in Madison, committed sui cide. When her husband returned from work at 11 o’clock he found her hanging by a handkerchief from a bedpost in her room. She was a victim of melancholia and had often remarf.ed that she wished she were dead. For the past four years she lmd suffered from internal trouble. Under involnntary bankruptcy proceed ings instituted by creditors, the La Crosse Cheese and Butter Company lias been adjudged bankrupt. The firm has been doing a large business in Wiscon sin, Minnesota, Illinois aD<l th“ D"'.,<>tas. The financial difficulties were 1’ e ,esuit of an efort to comer the cheese rnarket- Tbe family of I>. A. Howard in Be loit came near being suffocated by coal gas last night. Mr. Howard awoke ami succeeded i:i getting telephone connec tions with the police and called for the ambulance. When the police arrived ev ery menl>er of the family was uncon scious. All but one of the children will probably recover. Armour Brown, said to be the oldest resident of Oshkosh, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. H. Green, af ter an illness of bnt two days. The im mediate cause of his death ws% blood jtoisoning. the result of a scratch on the band. Mr. Brown was l>s years of age. Miss Geleomine Confortl, the beauti ful Italian woman who is alleged to have ls-en smuggled to Kenosha across the Ca nadian bonier, filed with the Treasury Department on affidavit in which she de pies charges made against her family, and in which she declares that ahe came alone from Montreal to Buffalo without being stopped by the officers of the Unit ed States. THEWEEKLY ‘ One Hundred Years Ago. The twentieth anniversary of the evac uation of New York by Sir Guy Carle ton's British army was celebrated in that city. Hundreds of adventurers are flocking to New Orleans as a result of President Jefferson’s message recounting the im mense riches of the new Louisiana terri tory. English citizens were frightened by re ports that 12,000 vessels were building and 800,000 Frenchmen under anus ready for an invasion of their island. Hayti secured its independence of France after three years of revolutionary war. Seventy-five Years Ago. The Postmaster General reported 26.- 95G persons employed in the United States postal service, with 17.584 horses, railroads being practically unknown. The first American tin was extracted by Prof. Hitchcock of Amherst College from ore found near Goshen, N. Y. Galena, 111., surveyors reported that it would require a caunl only one and one fourth miles long, with one lock, to con nect Lake Michigan with the Mississippi river. Bolivar was asked to accept the impe rial crown of Colombia because of the continued disturbances there, executions for political crimes taking place daily at Bogota. The quantity of cotton manufactured in the United States yearly was estimat ed at 120,598 bales. Fifty Years Ago. John Mitchell, an Irish exile who had escaped from Van Dieman’s laud, ar rived at New York from San Francisco and was given n public reception. President Franklin Pierce was criti cised for allowing an English made car pet costing $3,000 to be laid in the east room of the White House. Over 65.000 bushels of grain wore re ported to hnvs been shipped from Mil waukee. Wis., in thirty-six hours, of which 14,000 were for flour mills at Cleveland. The steamer Winfield Scott was sunk near Sail Francisco, 500 passengers and $1,100,000 iu gold from the California mines being saved. Forty Years Ago. President Lincoln was attacked by a mild form of smallpox, business at the White House being transected practically under quarantine. The siege of Knoxville, Tcnn., was abandoned by the rebels under Gen. Longstreet, and preparations were made to retreat. Gen. Longstreet's rebel army was re pulsed in a tierce assault on Fort San ders, at Knoxville. Tenn.. that city and Burnside’s imprisoned Union troops be ing finally saved from capture. President Grant, in his annual mes sage to Congress, reported that the navy was being put on a war footing because of threatened hostilities with Spain and that the Madrid government was fast losing its authority in Culm because of the intrigues of the slave holders these. The capture of Knoxville, Tenn., where Burnside's Union army was imprisoned, was attempted by the rebels under !>ong street, who made a partly successful a§- sunlt on the outworks of Fort Sanders just before midnight. Tiie army of the Potomac, under Gen. Meade, began its march across the Knpi dan upon Gen. It. E. Lee’s rebel force at Mine Itun, Yn., the movement being de layed by the tardiness of French’s troops and the mistakes of the engineers. The Thirteenth Illinois regiment at tacked the rear of B'-ngg’s retreating rebel army at Ringgold, Tenn., and was repulsed by Gen. Cleburne's troops with a loss of 432 men, including 65 killed. The battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn., was fought, the Union army under Hooker, Sherman and Thomas driving the rebels under Bragg from the viein ity of Chattanooga, with n loss of 5,616 Northern troops and 9,100 Confederate*. Thirty Years Ago. Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia, former vice president of the Confederacy, in an interview nt Washington declared the “United States must get Cube at all huznrda, with or without war” with Spain. Jay Cooke & Cos. of Philadelphia, at that time the best known banking firm in the United States, and famous as the United States government’s fiscal agent during the Civil War. was pluced iu a receiver’s hands. Secretary Robeson reported the United States navy inferior to that of any "re ap >ot->ble” naval power, there being only forty-eight ironclads, with 121 guns. Henry Ward Beecher, in a sermon, urged moral suasion and education ns a cure for Mormonisto, and the repeal of the anti-polygamy law, which, he declar ed, only made martyrs of the sect. James G. Blaine was re-elected Speak er of the Notional House of Representa tives, and Alexander H. Stephens, for mer vice president of the Confederacy, was sworn iu as Congressman from Georgia. Spain yielded to *’.e demands of the United States and onsented to surrender the steamer Vlrginius and snlute the American flag. Twenty Years Ago. The city of Khartum, Egypt, waa thrown into a panic by reports that El Mahdi’s force was advancing upon it, when only 2.000 men could be summoned for defense and only one month's rations were on hand. A force of 6,000 Bedouins and 2,000 gendarmes was dispatched to Snakim by the Khedive of Egypt to oppose El Mahdi’s advancing army. Ten Years Ago. John Mcßride, then president of the United Mine Workers of Americji, pre dicted the dissolution of the Knights of Labor, which had 70,000 members, only 40,000 of whom were “paid up.” Rumors that a gignntic steel trust was to be formed by the Rockefellers, to in clude the Carnegie and Illinois concerns and control that industry in the United States, were dc-ounce*! by Secretary Lovejoy of the Carnegie company aa “absurd.” Admiral Mello, commander of the Bra zilian revolutionist fleet, succeeded in forcing his flagxhip past the Rio Janeiro forts after a sharp engagement and es caping to the open sea. Chicago is to enter the field in com petition with the lighting companies now furnishing light to private c.uzeu* and corporations.