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I I THE FATAL REQUEST I OR FOUND OUT BBbV a a i a aiaaaa a aaxaisa a H Dy A. L. Harrla Author of "Mlno Own rnmlllar FrlcnU." elc. J VoptrtgM, 1 1 $ 1 , by 0 a t $ 1 1 I i' ii 1 1 1 i M n Company, J CopyriffAf, J 0 , b y 3 t r i t t ( m(A UNHHMnaMHHiilBHnMMM H CHAPTER IX Continued. BBJ It was rather strange, but the moment hn put thin question tho llttlo BBfl doctor shifted his glance, and merely B answered, "Humphl" wbllo ho seemed BBb to bo looking at nothing In particular. BBV "You know what I mean?" was the Bbb tomowhat Impatient response "Old fl my father meet IiIb death through B the shock of tho collision or by BBI the 7" H "Your father was not killed In tho BBB railway accident at all," was tho BBB paralyzing reply, as the giver of It BBB ttlll avoided tho cyo of the questioner. BBB "What!" shouted tho latter, leaping H to his feet. "What do you mean? For BBB Heaven's sake, explain yourself and BBB do not talk In riddles!" BBB "What I mean 1b this," was tho an- B twer given with great confidence and BBB decision, as ho onco more allowed him- BBB self to meet tho other man's eye: B "Your father was not burnt to death, BBB a you feared, and ho did not perish BBB through tho shock of tho collision, BBB which you hoped might bo the case, as BBB being the more merciful death of tho BBB two. Your father was'shot!" BBB Had tho young man received a bul- BBB let wound himself, ho could not have BBH started moro violently than bo did on BBBj hearing theso words. B "Shot!" ho cried "shot!" Then, BBBJ passing his bnnd across his forehead BBBJ "I'm not dreaming, am I?" BBBJ Dr. Cartwrlght shook his head. BBBJ "No, my boy, you'ro not dreaming, BBBJ eicopt Inasmuch as llfo Itself Is a BBBJ dream. Your father, I repeat, met his BBBJ death by foul play that Is putting BBBJ aside the question of sut " H "Suicide!" cried tho young man, BBBJ snatching at the word, as It were H "Suicide! My father! Oh, you must BBH be mad!" H The doctor shook his head again. H "I discovered, on examining the BBBJ body after you had left the church, H that death had resulted from a bullet H , wound in tho right teniplo, which had H. traversed the head completely, and Hf oust have caused Instantaneous B' teath." H' "I can't realtzo it," groaned tho oth- H tr. "Who could have done it? unless B ko was robbed." B Dr. Cartwrlght shook his head. B "Ills watch and chain and vnluablos B were taken chargo of, llko thoso ot H the other passengers, and a consider- B able amount of money was found upon B him. 'Whatever the object, It was not H that The thing will be to discover H It be had a traveling companion, and H who that traveling companion " H Ted Uurrltt brought down his hand H opon the table, with a force that mado H that artlclo ot furniture shiver. H "I know tho man!" bo cried. "Or, H If I do not know now, I will novor rost H ontll I have found out!" H "Phew!" whistled tho doctor. "Then H you know something about tho affalrT H You hava your suspicions?" H "SuBplclonsl" cried tho young man; B "more than suspicions! I soo It all H It I only know tho man's name." H "What man's namo?" askod tho doc- BsH B "What man?" was tho Impatient ro- H ply. "Why, tho murderer, to bo sure." H "I wish yoii would just begin at the B beginning and toll mo all you know H about it" H "I will tell you all I know, as well H as what I only guess. Two days ago B my father rccolvod a lettor, which ap- B peared to havo a peculiar effect upon H him. It Is ovldont to mo that ho was B expecting tho loiter, and that it was B that which mado him nervous and B fidgety and unllko hlmsolf. At break- H fast tho noxt morning, to our but- BBBb prise, ho announced his Intontlon of B taking a Bhort Journey; giving no oth- H er explanation than that ho was go- H Ing os far" as Dover, partly on bust- H ncss though wo had reason to bo- BBM lievo that tho business wns only an Bflj appointment with a friend." H "And tho friend's namo? of courso B be told H "No," was tho answer, "that was BBBBB just what ho did not do." BBBBB "Humph!" said tho doctor, "that BBBBj was rather Well, novei mind. Go H "Tho night after my fnthor left BBBBB homo, I was awakened suddenly in tho BBBBB middle ot tho night, by bis volco call- H ing mo. And I answered him back. H Tho noxt roaming my sister May H came to me In trouble about a dream BBBBBJ rho'd bad the same r'ght. Sho dreamt BBBB Ibat something dreadful hat' hap- BBJjBHj pened, or was about to happen, to nor H father. Of courso, I made game ot "Of courso you did," Interrupted Dr. Cartwrlght; "and quite right of you, too. Alwnys mnko gamo of this sort of thing whenovcr you como across It. I always do myself, on principle. If I didn't, I should have half the parish sending for mo whenever they bad tho nightmare. At tho samo time," ho added, in n tono of conrcsslon, "I admit that It cortnlnly was a coin cidence. Anything moro I can't ac knowledge my reputation won't al low It." "Yesterday morning," resumed the young man, "wo received a telegram. It said Hero It la you can see for yourself." Dr. Cartwrlght brought his spec tnclos to bearMipon tho document. "Humph! Ha! "'Am returning to-day by tho 4:30 train. Shall bo homo to dinner. Friend accompanies me.' " He read It through twlco before ro turnlng It. "And you say you hove no Idea what tho namo o this friend your father wont to meet was?" "To my knowledge I have nover heard It mentioned. I thought I knew all my father's friends, but this ono must have been an entire stronger to mo, and my father must have bad some reason for " Ho stopped abruptly, respect for his dead parent held back the words npon his tongue. II lit Dr. Cartwrlght ap parently guessed the remainder of tho sontenco. "You mean, your father must havo had bo mo reason for concealing tho fact of his previous acqualntnnco with tho man ho went to meet at Dover?" Tho young man's face flushed. "I tell you, nol I won't believe It! I won't oven listen to such a supposi tion for a moment! I tell you but thero, you never know him!" And ho turned his head away. "To return to our Bubjcct," said tho doctor. "You Insist on connecting this same unknown personngo with tho B "I knew tho man," he cried. mysterious clrcumstancos ot your fath er's death?" "Who olse could It bo?" exclaimed Ted. "You yourself havo put the mo tlvo ot robbery out ot the question!" "Certainly," was the reply. "But having disposed of that motive only makes it the moro necessary to pro vide another." "And thero again you supply It your self," burst out tho other. "You hint ed of tho possibility ot my fathor hav ing something discreditable In connec tion with his past llfo " "Not discreditable" Interrupted the doctor, '"only Indiscreet." "Now," procoeded tho other, "r verso your Implication. Apply what you havo said of the one to the other, and thoro you havo your solution of tho mystery your motive, and what ever else you require." He paused, breathless with the ve hemence with which he hnd pro nounced thoso last wordy. "Well," said tho doctor, wagging his hoad sagely, "I don't deny it. Thoro you havo a tnotivo of a sort not a very stroug one. liut, beforo you can proceed further with it, you have to establish tho Important fact as to that other occupant of tho carriage. And, when you consider that tho Individual In question, oven It ho did travel by that same train and in that samo car riage was actually tho reclplont of an Invitation to your own houso, thero scorns to bo something so Improbablo, so coldblooded about tho wholo con corn that" "And Is not tlmt exactly what It is? A coldblooded, dastardly outrago upon ono who novor Injured a soul, and who was ono of tho kindest and best of men. Oh, tardl 1 can't stand tho thought of It." "Now I'vo Btnrted him off again," murmured tho doctor, romorsofully "Why couldn't I havo loft well alor.ri? Anyhow, I must bo going now," So, drawing hlmsolf up and squar ing his shouldora in his most mllltx-y style, he remarked, falling back into his ojaculatory manner, "Must be oft now. Fouud tho wound In your fath er's hoad to-day. To-morrow look for the bullet that mado It. Good-bye. Can't stop anothor moment," and he was gone. CHAPTER X. The Fourth Carriage From the En glne. Tho noxt morning, being Sunday. ovoryono from far and near repaired to the church, which contained within its wi.ll tho mnterlals for such ft flint ral strmon as, In all Its ancient his tory, It had nover before scon gath ered together thero, Tho remains, now all decently in closod In cofllns, still lay within tho precincts of tho chancel, whero they must remain until after tho Inquest on the following day. Tho church, which was df no great size, was filled to overflowing. Ftr not only wero there many inournors present, who had "como post-hasto trom nil parts of tho kingdom, but strangers for miles round, attracted by tho morbid curiosity which draws crowds as with a cartropo, wherever thero Is a prevalence of tjio ghastly cloment, blocked tho aisles, filled tho porch, and evon occupied tho pulpit stairs. l'eoplo who came to gapo and gaze, and then, going homo to tho Sunday dinner, exchnnged experiences over tho shoulder of mutton and bakod po tatoes, remarking, as thoy wlpod their mouths, that It was a sad sight, but ono they wouldn't havo missed for anything you could have offered them. At the samo tlmo they wero compelled to own that there were not so many boillcs as they had confidently ox pected, but thon, nothing over did como up to your expectations In this world. Ted Uurrltt hnd a seat assigned him in -ono of tho front pows. A glanco nt his face, on tho part of tho functionary who discharged tho office of ushering tho people Into their places, seemed to be sufficient to show to which portion of the congregation he belonged. Ted Uurrltt knew that his fnthor's body now lay thero within tho chan cel rails in ono of thoso hastily con structed cofllns, which had been roughly put together to meot tho sud den and unprecedented demand. It was evldont that a certain num ber of seatB had been reserved for thoso who, It was felt, had tho great est claim to thorn, for ho observed, after a short time, that tho samo pew Into which ho had been ushered also contained two of his fellow passen gers on that over memorable Journoy a poor widow and another woman. Tho former, It was Impossible to doubt, had found her worst fears rcallzod, for sho still cried silently and ceaselessly behind tho shelter of her veil. Tho other woman, whom ho now guessed to bo about forty years of age, and who wns good-looking In a sort of hard-featured way, was also clothed In doop black gar ments, but thero was n suppressed glitter In her eye, and that samo rest less movement of tho flngors, as she perpetually rustled tho leaves of her prayer-book, which betrayed tho ex Istcnco of sotno strong but suppressed feeling, which seemed to bo moro like excitement than grief. Uut, thon, wo nro all nt liberty tc show our grief In our own peculiar wny. , In tho other pows round him ho rec ognized other faces thoso of fellow travelers or others whom bo had seen at tho station or In tho church In ths oarly morning of tho day before Among theso thero wero, ot courso happy exceptions to tho goneral rulo Thero were thoso who had found tho living whero thoy had looked for tho doad, and who, after a few hours ot torturing suspense, had discovered the ono they sought, either In tho village or In some ot the neighboring ham lets, and wero present on that morn ing with a chastened Joy and grati tude unspeakable (To be continued.) 8chool Children Saved. In but few of the cltlos ot the world aro school children examined on en franco or subsequently to dotermlne which aro dofoctlve with reference to applying tho remedy. Examinations ot nearly nlno hundrod pupils in an American school of the better clasB during the last yoar showed that 34 por cent wero near-sighted, 12.9 per cent bad functional heart disorders, 5.C per cent had spinal curvature with somo vertebral rotation, 41.2 percent mora had a symmetry ot spine, hips, or shoulders, 14,C por cent had ado nolds or chronically enlarged tonsils In over 10 per cent of Mir cases letters wero sent to parents, recommending that medical attention bo given to somo physical condition. Examina tions ot 40,000 school children by school physicians In tho duchy ol Saxo-Mclnlngoiii Germany, showed that 23 per cont woro near-sighted, 10 per cont or moro had spinal curva ture, and CO per cent had teeth which neoded attention. Protecting School Children. Tho Minister of Public Instruction In France has taken tho lead ot all the world in mcasuros for tho preven tion of consumption In tho schools. A now law requires that an examination ot ovcry pupil shall bo mad,o once In threo months, nnd the hlght, tbe weight, the chest measuro and the goneral physical condition ot every ono shall bo entered on tho pupil's roport. Tho schoolrooms rccelvo tho sumo preventive attention. Carpets aro prohtbltod, curtains must be of cloth that may bo frequently washed, no dry sweeping Is allowed, and duut .must bo removed by wot cloths; all school turnlturo must be often scoured; books aro regularly dliln focted, and no book that has been 'ised by a consumptive child may be used by another pet son. Colleagues at Outs, Years ago when lxrd Anglesey wsB lloutonant ot Ireland ha said once of the Irish secretary ot that day: "Mr. Stanley and I do very well together as companions, but wo differ so totally bout Ireland that I never montlon the nibject to him." Just how they trans ictod official buslnoss remains a toys-tory. 1THE GIRL AT THEi HALFWAY HOUSE A STORY OF THE PLAINS i 11V K. flOUGII. AUTHOR Of TUB STORY OF TUB COWBOY T Cttirirhltd, ltOS. tr D. Atlltttn & Cntar, Ntv, Ytrk CHAPTER V. Continued. Franklin looked about him at tho squat buildings of tho llttlo town, nt tho black loam ot the monotonous and uninviting fields, at tho sordid, sot and undevcloplng lives around him. Ho looked also at tho whlto wagons moving with the sun. It scorned to him that somewhere out In the vast land beyond tho Missouri there beck oned to him a mighty hand, tho Index finger of somo mighty force, Impera tive, forbidding pause. Tho letter of Datterslelgh to his friend Captain Franklin fell thoreforo upon soil already well prepared. Ho read It again nnd again In Its somo what formal diction and Informal or thography, was as follows: "To Capt. Edw. Franklin, llloomsbury, III.: "My Dear Ned I havo tho honor to stnto to you that I am safely arrived and woll established at this placo, Elllsrtllc, and am fully disposed to re main. I must tell you that this is to bo a great market for Western beoves. Great numbers of theso cat tle are now coming In to this country from tho far South, nnd alnco tho Hy. 1b yet unable to transport theso Ani mals as thoy nrrivo thero Is good Numbers of them In tho country here about, as well as many strango per sons curiously known as Cowboys or Cow-Punchcrs, which tho samo I may call a purely Hcathan sort. Theso for tho most part report at tho Cottago Hotel, and thoro Is no peaco In tho Town nt this present writing. "For myself I have taken entry upon ono hundred nnd sixty Acres Govt. Land, and llvo n llttlo wny out from tho Town. Hero I havo my quar ters under tent, following cxnmplo of all men, for as yet thero aro scarce a dozen houses within fifty- Miles. I bavo chosen this point becauso It was tho furthcrest ono yet reached by Rail. I havo been advised that It Is highly desirable to bo In at tho be ginning In this Country If ono Is to f "Qo a letter fram your girl?" stay In tho Hunt, thorofore I havo como to a Town which has Just Begun. Uollovo mo, dear Ned, It Is tho begin ning ot a World. Such chances are hero, I am Suro as do not oxUt In any other Land, for behind this land Is all tho nicher and older Parts, which are but watting to pour monoy and men hither so soon as tho Hy. shall bo Fully completed. I havo heard of many mon who havo mado Fortunes Blnco tho War. It la truly a rapid Land. "I am persuaded, my dear boy, that tbJu Is tho placo for you to como. Thero aro an Hundrod wnyB In which ono may earn n Rcspcctnblo living, and I And hero no Class Distinction. It Is an extraordinary fact that no man and no profession ranks another horo. Ono man is qulto good as an other. "A yoar from now, as I am told, wo shall havo 2,000 Persons living hero, and In flvo yoars this will bo a City. Concolvo tho opportunity mean time. Tho Cattlo business is bound to grow.lpjl am advised that nil this land Till Ultimately bo farmed nnd provj&rich as that through which I Past In coming out. You nro wolcomo, my dear Ned, as I am suro you know, to halt my blankets and rations dur ing your stay hero, howovor long samo may bo, and I most cordially invito you to como out and look over this country, nor do I havo tho smallest doubt that It will Bcom to you qulto as It doos to mo, and I chnll hopo that wo mako a Citizen ot you. "I am but now hero as yet myself, but am fully disposed, as thoy say In tho strango languago horo, to drlvo my Stako. I want you, my dear boy, also to drlvo Yours bosldo me. and to Ihnt Effect I bog to oxtend you what evoi Aid may llo In my Power. "Hoping that you may rccelvo this communication duly, and mako roply to Samo, nnd hoping abovo all things that I may soon raoet ngaln my Com panion ot the 47th, I beg to subscrlbo myself, my doar boy, over your Obdt. & Affect. Frlond, "Datterslelgh. "P. S. Pray Horild your tlvent by a letter & bring about 4 lbs. or 5 lbs. of your Favourite Tea, as I am Short ot Same." Tho letter ended with Batterslelgh'a est flourish. Franklin turnod It over again and again In his hand and read It more than onco as ho pondored upon Its message. "Dear old follow," ha laid; "bo's a good deal ot a Don Quixote, but he never forgets a friend. Buffalo and Indians, railroads and ho tels It must at least bo a land of con trauts!" CHAPTER VI. Edward Franklin, Lawyer. Edwnrd Fronklln hnd taken up his law studies In tho offlco ot Judgo Bradley, tho lcndlng.lawyer of tho lit tle vlllago of Uloomsbury, whero Franklin was born, und whero ho had spent most of his llfo previous to tho tlmo of his enlistment In the army. Judgo Bradley was successful, as such matters go In such communities, and It was his open boast that he owed his success to himself and no ono else. Thlrty-flvo years earlier, a rnw youth from old Vermont, Hollls N. Bradley had walked Into the embry onic settlement of Uloombsbury with n single law book under his arm and naught but down upon his chin. Ho pleaded his first causo beforo a Judge who rodo circuit over a territory now divided Into threo congressional dis tricts. Ho won his first caso, for his antagonist was even moro Ignorant than be. Ah civilization advanced ho defended fower men for stealing hogs nnd moro for murder and adultery. Ills practlco grow with tho growth of tho population of the country about him. Ho was elected county attorney, local counsel for tho railroad, and Judgo of tho Circuit Court. Ho was mentioned for gubernatorial honors, and would perhaps havo received tho party nomination but for tho breaking out of tho civil war. Not fancying tho personal risks of tho army, ho hired a substitute, nnd tills sealed his political fate, for Illinois at that tlmo did not put In power men who sent substitutes to tno war. It was an Immemorial custom In Uloomsbury for tho youth who hnd aspirations for n lcgpl career to "read law" In Judgo Bradley's office. Two of his students had dropped their books to tako up rifles, and thoy enmo not back to their places. Thoy woro forgotten, savo onco a year, upon Dec oration Day, whon Judgo Bradloy mado eloquent trtbuto abovo their gravos. It was thoroforo predetermined thnt Edward Franklin Bhould go Into tho offlco of Judgo Bradloy to begin his law studies, after ho had decided that tho profession of tho law was tho ono likely, to offer him tho best career. It was ono of tho unvarying rules of Judgo Bradley's offlco, and Indeed this was almost tho only rulo which ho Imposed, thnt tho law student within his gates, no matter what his ago or earlier servltudo, should each morn Inx sweep out tho offlco, nnd should, when so requested, copy out any law papers needing to bo executed In duplicate. So long as a student did theso things, ho was wolcomo as long as ho cared to stay, Edward Franklin accepted his scat In Judgo Bradloy's ofllco without any reservations, and ho paid his dally feo of tcnuro as had all tho othor students beforo him, scorning not tho broom. Ardent, ambitious and roso luto, ho fell upon Blnckstono. Chltty and Kent ns though ho woro asked to carry a redoubt. Ho rood six, eight, ten hours n day, until his head buzzed, nnd ho forgot what ho had read. Then at It all over again, with tooth sot. Thus through moro than a year ho tolled, lashed forward by his own de termination, until nt length ho began " eo somo of tho beautiful first prln- Mcs of tho law. So In his second 3 . Franklin fared somowhat beyond principles merely, nnd got Into notes and bills, torts, contracts and rorao dlos. Ho learned with a shiver how a promlso might legally bo broken, how a gift should bo rcgnrdod with suspi cion, how n sacred legacy might bo set asldo. Ho read theso things ngaln and again, nnd forcod them into bis brain, so that thoy might novor tie for gotten; yet this part ot tho law ho loved not so much as Its grand first principles of truth and Justice Ono morning, after Franklin bad fin Ishod his task ot sweeping down tho etalrs, ho sat him down by tho window with Batterslelgh'a letter In his hand; for this was now tho third day slnco ho had received this letter, and It had beon In his mind more vividly present than tho pages of tho work on con tracts with which ho wns thon occu pied. It was a bright, fresh morning In the uarly spring. 'A long and hazy street lay in perspcclivo before the) s window, and nlong it, out beyond tho confines of tho town, thero reached tho flat monotony of tho dark pralrlo soil. A dog-crossed tho street, paus ing midway ot tho crossing to scratch his ear. Tho cart of the leadlic gro cer was hitched In front ot his store nnd an Idlo citizen or two paused near by to exchange a morning greeting. All tho little, uneventful day was begin ning, as It had begun so many times beforo here In this little nnoventful town, whero tho world was finished, never moro to change, Franklin shud dered. Wns this, then to be his llfo? Thero camo a. regular tread upon tho stair, as thero had alwaVs for years como at this hour of half past soven In tho morning, rain or shine Judgo Bradley entered, tall, portly, smooth shaven, his silk lint pushed back upon his brow, as was his fash ion. Franklin turned to mako tho usual morning salutation. "Good morning, Ned," said tho Judgo, affably. "Good mornltrg. Judge," said Frank II". "I hopo you nro well." "Yes, thank you. Nothing ever tho matter with me. How nro things com ing?" "Oh, all right, thank you." This was tho stereotyped form of the dally greeting botween tho two. Judgo Bradloy turnod as usual to his desk, but, catching sight ot tbo lotter still held in Franklin's hapd, remarked carolessly: "Got a letter from your girl?" "Not bo lucky," said Franklin. "From a friend." Sllenco resulted. Judgo Bradloy opened his desk, took off bis coat and hung It on a nail, after his custom, turned over tho papors for a moment nnd remarkpd nbscntmlndedly, and more to bo poltto than becauso tbo mnttcr Interested him, "Friend, eh?" "Yes," said Franklin, ''friend, out West"; and both relapsed again Into silence. Franklin onco moro fell to gazing out of tho window, but at length turned toward tho desk and pulled over his chnlr to a closer speak ing distance. "Judgo Bradley," said ho, "I shouldn't wonder if I could pass my examination for tho bnr." "Well, now," said tho Judgo, "I hopo you can. That's nice, (loin' to hang out your shingle, oh?" "I might, if I got my license" "Oh, thnt's easy," replied tho other; "It's mostly a matter of form. No trouble about It not In tho least." "I nm clcur In my own mind that I don't know much nbout law," Bnld Franklin, "and I should not think of going up for examination It that end ed my studies In tho profession. If, I H wero Intending to go Into practlco 1 hero, sir, or nenr by, I should not n think ot applying for admission for nt M least another year. Uut tbo fact is, H I'm thinking of going away." U "Goln' nway?" Judgo Dradley 9 straightened up, and his expression f If anything was ono of relief. Ho had ( bis own misgivings nbout this grave- i faced and mature young man should bo go Into tho practlco at tho UIouib bury bar. It was well enough to en courngo such possibilities to tako their test In somo other locality. Judgo Urndloy thoreforo becamo moro cheer- I fill. "Goln away, eh?" bo said. "Whero to?" "Out West," said Franklin, uncon sciously repeating tbo phrase which : was then upon tho lips ot all tho j young mon of tho country. "Out West, oh?" snld tho Judgo, with still greater cheerfulness. "That's right, that's right. That's tho placo to go to, whero you can got a better chance I came West In my day my self, though It Isn't West now; an that's how I got my start There's ton chances out thero to whero there's ono hero, an you'll get better pay for what you do. I'd advlso It. sir I'd ad visa It; yes. Indeed," "I think It will bo bettor," said Franklin calmly. (To bo continued.) The Diet Fad. Apropos, tho diet crnzo of tho Inst two or throo years may not and doos not perform all that It promises for thoso who listen to tho volco of tho medical or other faddist, says tho Lon don World, but from its oxtravugancos may como ultlinato good, nnd nnothor generation may reap happily whero wo havo sown. Tho tlmo may come, a great continental doctor bolloves, whon tho sclcnco of dieting will bo so perfected that wo shall not merely ho ablo, as wo do now, to keep people alive much longer, but wo shall Uko wlso keep them In a useful condition. Octogenarians will retain their fac ulties to tho full, senility will bo avoid ed, and If, porhaps, grandfathers and grandmothers do not contrive to pro servo their youthful nppoarnnco to tho end, thoy will at least, so wo aro assured, bo as clear-brained nt 77 ns at 27, nnd thus, with tho ndvantago of rlpo experience, thoy will help on tho work ot moro youthful brains and temper tho follies ot tho rising generation. A Man's Time to Die, Whon n man appeared tho other day beforo. JiiBtlco Blumo, In Chicago, and asked for protection against somo neighbors who had threatened to kill htm, ''O Justice rofused to grant the request. When asked for his reasons ho said that when it "imo a man's tlmo to dlo ho would d. , and not be foro. Ho announced hlmsolf as a fatalist and said belief came from his own oxperloncos. Ho says ho haB passed through soven accidents, threo hold-ups, one flro, two drownings, ISO falls, pneumonia, concussion of tbo brain, ar.d all tbo dangers of sovoral battles of tho civil war. "It all thow things won't kill a man," said the justice, "there Is a special Provldenci looking after him."