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THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
Editor and Proprietor. VOL. LIU. MIFFL.1 NTOWN, JUNIATA COUNTY, PENN., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 1899. NO. 26. B. F. SCHWEIER, 3 ftngerous ecret. . i 7,. CHAPTER VII Continued.) "Am I Sirs. James Moray, or am I nut'" says I'elia as BUe confront her brother-in-law boldly. lb-ally! this is an excessively awkwara preeminent," lie stammers in reply. i will not leave the house," she saya, defiantly, "until you answer my ques tion, ami t:ive me back my boy. Am 1 your brother's wife, or am I not 7' "Wellof course at least Jame fc sures me." he commences, still utterly at a loss to know how to get out of the di lemnia. "Why. Mr. Moray!" exclaims his bettei half, "do you mean to tell me there's huuy doubt uin the matter, when you've has iureJ me. times hout of number, that your brother his a widower and the boy 1 horpiian?" "Then he lied to you," says Delia, -lit knew his brother had a wife, lie has epeut evening after evening at our roomr. going out with my unfortunate husband, and encouraging him in drinking and oth er vicen." "We!!, if you must have it," says Mo ray, "this woman is my brother's wife; but knowing the objection you would nat urally feel toward her profession, 1 thought it 1 est not to let you hear the truth, especially as I have decided to adopt the little ly." "Hadopt the little boy!" exclaims Mrs Moray. "I'll allow you to do no such thin. What! you expect me to hnct the part of mother to a hnctress' himp? Revert The very hi. lea makes my blood curdle." "A mother to my boy!" cries Ltelia. in her turn. "I would like to see you or any other woman dare to try it. I am his J mother! Where is my child?" she con- j tinues fiercely, as she turns upon illiam Moray; "where is my Willy? Give hint back to me or I'll go straight to fhc next niagii-trate aud tell him the whole story from beginning to end." Hut at the sound of his mother's voice uttering his name, and raised as though to summon him, little Willy has got down from his chair at the iuncheon table, and now, appearing at the drawing room door, flies, with a cry of pleasure, into Delia's arms. "My child 1" she exclaims, "my own, one child.' Let those take heed who would try to tear you from me again." "But, under the circumstances, I shall not be justified in permitting you toro move my nephew from my care," injer poses William Moray niu-vnimlv fciia father nbtwrninVwila'me, and unless the law interferes, you have no right to take him away. In fact, I will not let him r "If you don't, I'll turn him hout hon the doorstep," says his wife. "If you don't, I claim my right to re main by his side till the affair is settled," ay his sister-in-law. Wiiliaui Moray is like a man between two fires. He really is to be pitied the nit of the three. He docs not know which of these women to conciliate first, U'r n what tae.k to steer so as to make his pi-ace with either. "I took the child from your lodgings ith the best intentions," he says to De ' lia. "You cannot bear the whole burden of his support in case of anything happeu ici; to my brother, and it was my inten tion to help you by adopting Willy as my son." "You shall never have him," she cries, indignantly. "Mr. James Moray his coming hup the havenue," just here announces Jeames Plush, lustily. It is evident that Mr. James Moray is no welcome visitor at the Kirs, since the servants have been ordered to give wain hi; of his approuch. Hut his presence at this particular moment is a real relief to his brother, who gives a ready order for his admittance. At the intelligence of her husband's presence, Delia turns very pale, and clasps the boy tighter to hr bosom. But she does not quail, nev ertheless. "That low creature here hagain?" ejac ulates Mrs. Moray, "with his drunken habits aud his biinplcasant, cunning coun tenance. Well, there's a nice pair of yon, and that's my hopinion, and hif I'd known hit woubl come to this, I never would Have demeaned myself by bentering such family no, never!" "Whatever you may think, be good enough to keep it to yourself for the pres t." replies her husband. "My brother's coinins is most opportune. It relieves my Hind of a grct responsibility. lie can H"w do what he thiuks best with his own child." "He shall never take him from me win," fcays IMia. as she holds the boy close-clos.- a-aii.st her throbbing heart, ml nerves herself for the coming inter view. f'lIAI-TKU VIII. James Moray enters the drawing room t the Firs with anything but an assured wtutei,nnce. He is perfectly sober, but ""t at all certain of the reception he will S't at his sister in law's hands. For the "'t is, he has only entered the house twice l,err,. this-once when his brother introduced Willy to the notice of his wife, nd Ujjaiu when the child was hastily wiiveyed from "tl.e lodgings at Tlolloway " l-rixtuii, a;id sonic- false excuse was for taking him there at thut time of nirfit. He has thought to make Willy's prcs "e at the 1'irsj an excuse for inquiring "'f the child, , i1(,,.a llis broti,,.,. my nw a'"! 0 Mop l;,ke bis Sunday ''"-' he n-ii t'"'m- I!ttle d(H' he tuink whom ''"""iter in Mrs. William Mo il ""wing room. As he enters at the ' he makes his way at once up to her. N, "" ,s out u hand to her nlmost depre i, y She rejects it coarsely. p!ae i r r 'VOUr lmml 10 mo- bif you tan ' , J:"i-----, for I have found hout " your deception for mvself." to his , il n'-'n'" he asks, turning wife .I'?I,L"' and in turning he sees his . and child. Then there is no need of '"-.1111,11. "So 0f l'"s ar.. you are at the botton tight 1- "" "e says, angrily. ' -" nave JOn tt...... . : ---'--cij us niucn. ttoui u leave' n COIning up here without mj "?latir'.. d:m -v"u intrude upon mj uons m thin v buM!?1?' ne'? for in,- bnv " ho nnawers . .v nd if v.. i j i. ucineh t piaceu mm rlf int f aIace 1 wuld have force 'I am whipped if you shall keep him thought" exclaims her husband, as h make, a feint of wresting the child from M fTMP- "Th boy is mine, and I baD do exactly as 1 choose with hiiu. The law is on my side." "You'll not leave him here, Mr. James, not for, hanother hour, for I refuse ti keep him," interposes Sirs. William Moray- "Hit was never represented to me when I consented to hallow the child U remain bunder my roof, that he was iht hoffspring hof a hnctress." The start of surprise and disappoint ment with which James Moray receive nils announcement is not mst niton baai, sighted Delia. She reads its motive at s glance, and takes advantage of it. 11 Willy is discarded by his aunt, the burden not only of the child's, support, bnt his own, must fall upon her husband. She remembers Mrs. Hephzihah's last word and throws down her next card boldly. 'Take your son, then." sne says, .n a loud voice, but with trembling lips, as she pushes Willy toward his father. "If you are to have the sole disposal of him, sc must you take the sole responsibility. will go out into the world alone and sup port myself." But this unexpected move upon th mother's part startles William Moray. II advised the recapture of the boy solely to compel Delia to fellow him. If she ii driven too far, and deliberately deserts her child, the support of both brother and nephew will come upon himself. And he is not prepared to undertake it. There fore he quickly interposes to cheek the angry rejoinder that he sees upon James' lips. "Stop, James! pray stop! You are go ing too far! What has your wife don that you should threaten her with the loss of her child? This matter only re quires a little settlement. Cannot wc talk it over together and come to some amicable arrangement?" "Oh, all right," says James Moray, mys tified by the other's change of tactics, "but I thought you said " "Never mind what I said. We wcr both put out at the time by finding Mrs. Moray had deserted you. But now that she has come back, we must try to patch up this little disagreement. What is it, Mrs. Moray, that you require my brothel to do for you?" "Simply this: To treat me decently! Tc let me lie down and get up in peace, and retain possession of niy w ehlllr-n- T wTr wui iiiui. a uatv imseu to expect it for years past, but if he wjll only promise to refrain from striking m and Willy, and to leave ns together, I will work for him, as I have done, until I can work no more!" "Well, I think that is a perfectly fail proposal, and one to which my brothei should be pleased to assent. What da you say, James? Have you any further remark to make upon the subject?" "Does site mean to come home with me and do her duty?" demands James in a sullen voice. "I have already said I will. But I don't consider it my duty to submit to be treated like a dog rather than a woman. I can support myself, and you can't. 1 am willing to support you on certain con ditions; but the next time you force mc to leave you, 1 shall go, not to Ilolloway, but straight Into a police court, and set if I cannot get satisfaction from the law." "Let it be peace, James," whispers hit brother; "it is the best policy, at all event! for the present. "We will have peace, then," says James Moray, as he holds oat his band to Delia. Their hands meet, bnt there Is no life in the clasp that unites them. The James Morays return to their com fortable home almost in silence. Delia sits in one corner of the third-class rail way carriage, with Willy held tightly in her arms, and her eyes fixed apparently on space. But aa her husband glances furtively at her, every now and then, he percci vcsby the stern expression ofktf moutn ana tne gravity or ner counte nance that she is perfectly determined and fearless. There is nothing to eat in the bouse, and neither James nor she has dined. She orders something to be prepared tin them as soon as possible: and Willy is delighted to be allowed to walk round with Mrs. Timson to the butcher's and try and persuade him to cut a steak on SIiinilnT. The dinner appears and disappears. The husband and wife sit down together, and eat at the same table; but they do not address each other, except in the most formal manner. But the boy is present and talks for both of them. Once Moray harshly bids bim hold his tongue in ths old fashion; Delia does not resent the order, but she just raises her eyes and looks him steadily in the face. It is suffi cient. In that determined glance he read, a reminder of their agreement, and W lUy is permitted to chatter unrebuked. But the hatred with which Moray has commenced to regard his wife waxes stronger with each proof of her power. He is in the position of a madman bound with fetters, from which there is no pos oUity of freeing himself, lashing out in mpotent ,ry. and foaming with rage be cause he cannot reach the passer, by. Ue wouTd like to murder Delia. Those cun ning pale blue eyes of bis have a danger oigW In them a. he watches her every actfon. But she takes no notice of his mXbeHeving that it is but the natural consequence of the Vimt they have gone through, and that it wUJ jure itself with time and reflection. Sh toJ?'?" hi, broth. VYltn me . .. . William. Delia has retired to first place, because she is very weary u the second, because she has no w.-b to encounter her Dromer-."-". The conversation which ensues Between .. T" mlelv to the little boy. trie Drome .:.'tmnAinie the opito- whom William, notwithstanding tne 1 1 sition he I. likely to encoun er fron. wife. ha. taken moke He wants to person ot the will, appointing him 'Xtever of child, subject to no wT1? he the mother, in the event of wni promise, to -.BtU. W Ji-;., bring him up to tne prou- a wool merchant. " as- ' Ana so i v.". 'r: i. beginning to be severates Jemmy, who ta J" of "Better "do it once," urges his brother. 1 "I have drawn up a paper that wm an swer all the purpose. U yon will just write your name the bottom here. Stop, though! we must have a witness. Will your landlady officiate, do yon think 7' "Dunno." J' "Well, we can but try," replies Wil liam, ringing the bell, Wbeo the landlady answer, it, he meets her oo the threshold. "Mrs. Timson, will you oblige n. by witnessing my brother', signature? (1 have been inducing him to make a proper provision for Mrs. Moray in case of bis death," he adds in a lower tone, "and really his health appears to be breaking up so fast, that I think the sooner it is all settled the better.") "With pleasure, sir!" replies Mrs. Tim son. James Moray just manages to sign his name legibly,-and when his brother's and Mrs. Timson's autographs have been add ed to It, the ceremony is complete. Then the landlady retires, and James Moray applies himself afresh to the brandy bot tle. "I don't think you had better drink any more to-night, Jem," says William, as he buttons up the paper that has just been signed in his brenst pocket. "Why not go to bed and sleep? You'll be another man to-morrow morning. I'm afraid 1 can't stay any longer." "It won't be long before you'll have played oat your little game, and Y shall be able to claim the boy as my own," he thinks, as he makes his way down stair, with the paper securely fastened in hi. breast. Strange to say, the thought gives him the greatest pleasure. Ue does not love the child, but he covets him. James, meanwhile, with the brandy bot tle still close at his elbow, sits and rumi nates over the events of the past day. He is not quite certain as to what he has committed himself by placing his signa ture to that paper, but he remembers it was something to "vex" his wife, and that idea alone is sufficient to give him pleasure. He would like to do a great deal more than "vex" her. If she were only gone now out of the way unable to trouble him any more! The wicked thought presses on the burn lug brain, more than ordinarily confused by the approach of illness, until it gains the ascendency, and that which appeared an impossibility ten minutes before, seems the easiest thing in creation now. If he only had a knife a sharp, good kuife that he could trust she is sleeping sound ly, and it would be over before she could awake. The man rises and gropes his way in drunken blindness to the cupboard, whence be draws an ordinary knife and regards it stupidly. It is dreadful after that to see him kneel down by the fire place and sharpen the blade upon the hearthstone, drawing it deliberately back ward and forward, while a malicious smile plays about his countenance. Then he tries the instrument upon his own finger, and drawing blood with the action, laughs softly to himself, and hav ing opened the door stealthily, makes his way into the next room. Delia is sleeping soundly. She does not hear her husband's step. Nothing disturbs her rest, until she feels the pressure of a hand u&ab htr bxxly. oatsideth bed clothes, as it is feeling its way up to her throat. She stirs the hand is still; she asks "Is anyone there?" The only answer she receives is the falling of a heavy body against her in the dark, while a hand grasp, her arm and something sharp and cold Is drawn across her unprotected shoulder. In an instant the truth flashes upon her mind that her husband is attempting her life. With a scream for help that rouses half the household, she wrestles with the arms that attempt, ineffectually, to hold her down; then leaping from the bed, makes for the door, and throws it open, letting the full light from the gas upon the land ing stream into the room. There he stands a detected criminal shivering like a wretch upon the brink of the gallows, with the knife still in his hand. Mrs. Timson, clad in a mysterious brown garment which she always dons in cases of emergency, has come up the stairs to inquire what the disturbance if about. Delia is about to denounce him when both women start back with horror and surprise. He stands where Delia saw him hist, but now the knife has fallen from his grasp, and he is shaking violently from head to foot. His countenance, usu ally so pale, has assumed a dark purple tinge, and works violently, his eyes pro trude, and the foam is bubbling round his lips. "James! James! speak, for mercy's sake!" exclaims his wife. "I forgive ev erything I will be silent ns the grave 1 " But before she can conclude ber sen tence the wretched man, after one or two ineffectual efforts to retain his position, falls forward with a gurgl aud a groan upon the floor, and is w rithing in a fit at ier feet, Delia is beside him in a mo ment, loosening his cravat and necktie. In a few minutes the convulsion abates only, it would seem, to allow the body to gain strength to meet the much worse attack that immediately succeeds it, nnd after which James Moray, with his shirt front covered with blood and foam, lie. quiet and struggles tto more. "He is dead!" says Delia, in a low voice; and she is right. When the doctor, who has been sum moned y some of the lodgers to his aid, arrives upon the spot, he cc "mis her verdict. The drunkard has been over taken by the fate he was attempting tc compass for another. (To be continued.) A Buffalo concern is about ship ping 100.000 aluminium drirf rg cups to New South Wales. In Greenland potatoes r.ever grow larger than a marble. A curious state of things was ob served in investigating the electroly sis of water pipes in Dayton, Ohio, in which it was found that Btones and pebbles near the pipes in some cases seem to have been electroplated with the metal of the pipes, which one of the experts believes has never teen observed before Interesting tests of wireless tele graphy have been made at Kiel recent ly on board a number of war vessels three German miles apart (about 11 Knglish miles). On the whole the ex periments have been successful. Berlin boasts of seven coachmen who are ret'red army officers, three who are ex-oastors and sixteen who are nobles. Eight of the olive trees In the his torical Garden of Olives, in Jerusalem, are known to be over one thousand years old. Vanity is the yeaat-cake of pride. Time wasted is good untaated. Safety and success are the ends of All wise counsel. Judgment and decision are mans great wheels of fortune. ProsDerity is the touchstone of virtue- it is less difficult to bear misfor tunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. " ' . - An injury done to one is a threat held out to hundreds. WHAT SLIPPERS WILL DO. (wntn of Neatly Tmraed Ankle Are Warned to Beware of 1 ben. "I'm afraid," said the girl, "that fou'll have to set the buttons over a little." "Yes." assented the clerk. "I believ t wllb You've worn slippers a great leal, haven't you?" "Certalnly," she replied. "I thought so," be said. "Slipper, make such large knotty ankles." Tbe girl blushed a little at the uncom plimentary allusion to that portion of her foet "But everybody wears them," she argued. - : "Y?, I know," he returned, "but no body ought to. Slipper wearing, when Indulged In to any great extent, spoils tbe shape of tbe foot. Slippers are worn for various reasons. Some wom en like them because they are comfort able, others because they imagine their feet look better in low, fancy shoes, and still others because they are con venient. The fact of the matter is, slippers are not a bit more conducive to ease than high shoes If tbe latter are selected judiciously. Indeed, they are less comfortable to the long run, for tbe woman wbo la addicted to slippers Is bound to have swollen feet a good part of the time, and when she finds It jecessary to wear high shoes the in convenience greatly exceeds the pleas ure she has previously derived from slippers. For that reason the beauty Is purely Imaginary, for there is noth ing attractive in bulging, overgrown ankles. "Convenience is the only good point that can be really urged in favor of slippers. The ankles need support, and If they don't get It they not only be come deformed t a certain extent, but their strength U Unpaired." "What about the people who go bare foot or wear sandals all tbe time?" in terposed the purchaser, with a snilU of satisfaction, which seemed to Imply that she thought she bad him there. "In that case," said the clerk, "the whole foot grows and is strengthened proportionately. But even In sandals you will notice that the straps always fasten tightly arouud the ankles, thus affording them more support than any other part of the foot. I have had tin measurable wrath called Jown upon my bead for preaching an Iconoclastic doctrine that dispels the Illusions of a lifetime, but I know my duty to my customers and human kind in general and persevere In the right course in spite of all censure. Here, tnadame, are the shoes with the buttons set over. I will be frank with you and tell you that your foot will not look so well as it would were your ankles the normal size. I think you have grasped the gist of my discourse, which is, 'Don't wear slippers except at odd moments when In perfect repose. Slippers are the nat ural enemy of pretty ankles.' " Chica go TimeHerAML----4" T ' NEW RAILROADS UNDER WAY. Estimated that 3, COO Mile Will Be Constructed Till. Year. According to the Railway Age, th present year is likely to see a great re vival of railroad building. It est! mates that 6.000 miles will be added to the mileage of the United States, which would be a greater record than that of any year since 1S90. According to the Railway Age, the building of 5.000 miles of railroad the Investment of about $150,- 000,000. and the permanent employ ment of 25,000 men. Tables show that there are 590 now lines projected or un der construction, with a total length of 40,503 miles. Of these lines less than 2,500 miles of railroad is In the New England or Middle States. In the Southwestern States there are 110 new roods under way, with a length of 12, 211 miles. The South Atlantic, Gulf, and Mississippi Valley States have at equal mileage of new roads In pros pect, the Central Northern and North western States have nearly 9,000 miles projected, and more than 4,000 miles ol railroad are to be built In the Pacific States. The 4,000 miles of new track to b built this year consists largely of ex tensions and links for the large West ern systems. With these additions the railroads In operation in the United States will be in the neighborhood of 102,000 miles long, of a total value of about $12,5X10,000,000, and employing million men In their operation. Annoyina; Royalty. Prominence brings with it all klndt of trouble, the biggest of which is th annoyance from cranks. During Vic toria's long reign she has been pursued by these visionaries. The most noted crank wbo ever bothered England'i Queen was a rjan, or boy, named Jones. He stuck at nothing to find out as much as possible about her Majesty. He was always appearing In the most unexpected places, and managed to slip into tbe palace times without num ber. Once he was discovered under the table in a sitting-room, and ignominl ously ejected. Four times was he taken to Jail before he disappeared for good. Ktpllnir'a Clever Sister. Rudyard Kipling has but one sister, now married to an English army offi cer in tbe staff corps stationed some where in India. She Is a great beauty nnd familiarly known as "Trlcksey." She Is a very accomplished woman and has written several clever stories. Reminded of HI. Departed Wife. Widower I say, my friend, have yon wer been here before? Burglar N-no, sir. Widow Well, would you mind coming around quite often say once or twice a week and going through my trousers. Just as you are doing now? You don't know how much you remind me of my dear, departed wife, Ange llne. It seems almost as if she were alive again. Good-night, my friend. Qod bless you! Judge. Russian Betrothal. A Russian wooing culminates in tbe betrothal feast, at which the bride elect cuts off a long tress of hair and gives it to her betrothed, who In turn presents her with bread and salt, an almond cake, and a silver ring set with -turanouM. CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. fctroageat Chain Incriminating: In cident May Prove krrone ma. A recent incident In London aerre to prove that the strongest chain of circumstantial evidence may be defect lve. A visitor at the American circus ex changed comments with a well-dressed stranger who sat by bl. side, and used his own opera-glass freely. Midway in the performance tho stranger re marked: "I have been here several times, and know the best features of tbe show. 1 ndvLe you to watch closely with youi glass what la now going on in tbe farthest ring. It is one of tbe mosl Interesting numbers of the program." Tbe advice was followed. The rlsitot watched eagerly the performance in the distance, and when it was finished, thanked his neighbor for the hint, say ing that it was well worth seeing. Th stranger assented, and after moment ary delay left bis scat, saying that !i would not stay to the end. as he had seen the show several tiroes. - "It is your first visit here," he added "and you would better remain for thf last act, which is the best of the even ing." Not long afterward the visitor missed bis watch, and felt sure it had been stolen by the stranger while the opera glass was In use. The police at Scot bind Yard advised the victim the next day to advertise for the watch, and .also to open negotiations with several of the largest pawnbrokers for its re 'covery, leaving with them a descrip tion of It In the course of a week he received a cali from one of tbe pawn-briA-rs. ; "This looks like your watch," remark J the dealer, "but I can't believe that It Is." ) A gold watch was produced and a' once identified. It corresponded exact ly In size and design with the missing iWatcb. It bore the name of the same .watchmaker on the inner case, and 'also tbe number and date. "1 am certain that It is mine," was the response. "Describe the man who Tins pawned It." i This was done. The description tal feed quite closely with that of the visit r's unknown acquaintance at the clr ens. 4"You have bought It from the pick pocket," he added, "and must help m Ip having him arrested and convicted.' j The pawnbroker admitted that thi evidence was strong enough to convict (he man, but added that he had abso mte faith in his Innocence. He askec the loser to write to the watchmaker, and ascertain whether, by any chance, two watches had been marked with the same number. . .This was done, and a reply was re qelved. stating that, by accident twe watches bad been marked with the -Brittle number and -wore exactly allt One of them had been sold to an En glishman, whose name was given In the letter. The pawnbroker, when the name was repeated, exclaimed: "That Is the name of tbe man who pawned the watch because he was penniless! I knew that be could not be a pickpocket" Nevertheless, tbe Innocent man would have been convicted If he had been hastily arrested. The circumstantial evidence would have been regarded as conclusive. Youth's Companion. "HOT TIME" AT FUNERALS Lively Muaic that Follows the Bnrlo' of Foldlera in Cuba. War has Introduced strange funera! customs, among tbe United States troops in Cuba. The Increase ot tbs appropriation for the burial of privates from $10 to $35 has enabled the com rades of men wbo have given up their lives for their country to provide cere monies that ape impressive and to in sure the jroper care of bodies. Notwithstanding the number of deaths that have taken place wlthiu the year of war, the Americans have not become blunted, nnd funerals are attended with much solemnity, only one strange custom marring the Ini presslveness of the ceremonies. The ctmeiery in which the dead belonging to the companies stationed at Matan 7ns are placed to await removal to the United States Is altout a mile from the city. Six soldiers carry the casket con taining the body of a soldier upon theit shoulders, each detail of pull bearer belug relieved every few rods. As the little company of men march out In tbe early morning, or at sundown, the band plays the "Dead March from Saul" oi "Chopin's Funeral March." Officers and men advance with measured tread. The chaplain reads the burial service, heads are bowed, and tbe casket Is con signed to the receiving vault There Is a moment of sllem-e. The chaplain turns away, the men face about, nnd then the band plays "A Hot Time In the Old Town To-night" The funeral Is a thing of tbe past The tune restores the soldiers to cheer fulness. When they reach the camp on tbclr return all tbe sad associations of tbe death and burial are forgotteu. Tho Spliler. The spider has a tremendous appe tite and bis gormandizing defies all hu man competition. A scientist whe carefully noted a spider's consumption of food in twenty-four hours concluded that If the spider were built proportion ately to the human scale be would cat at daybreak (approximately) a smai alligator, by 7 a. in. a lamb, by 1 a. m. a young camelopard, by 1 o'clock a sheep, and would finish up with a lark pie in which there were 120 birds. Yet in spite of his enormous appetite a spider has wonderful power of re fraining from food, and one has been known to live ten months when abso lutely deprived of food. A beetle llvei1 In a s'.mllar state of unrefreshment fo three years. Growth t the Human Hair. Authorities differ as to the rate ol growth of the human hair, and it Is said to be very dissimilar In different indi viduals. The most usually accepted cal culations gives six and one-half Inches per annum. A man's hair, allowed to grow to its extreme length, rarely ex ceeds twelve or fourteen Inches, while that of a woman will grow, In rare In stances, to seventy Inches or seventy five Inches, though the average does not txeoed twenty-five to thirty Inches, ' A VICARIOUS SACRIFICE. 1 Oeorsetown Boy Who Owned Up to Another's Offenae. That the days of chivalry are not ver and that the spirit of Damon and Pythias is not dead is demonstrated by an Incident that occurred at George town University and has Just leaked ut A poor young man who bad work ed bis way through college passed his examination and bad alluring pros pects of employment as soon as the graduating exercises were over, went out with a party of students for a lark one night and got Into mischief, aa young men often do. It was not a dis graceful act, but it was a violation of one of the most serious rules of discip line, and expulsion was the penalty. The culprit was unknown, except to his companions, and they -being scru pulous in the observance of tbe code of college honor, sealed their lips. But the Jesuit fathers, who compose the faculty, were unusually energetic in their investigations and the evidence was closing around tbe poor young man in a manner that made him trem jle. when Robert A. W. Walsh, a sopho more from St Louis, entered the office of the president and said: "I did it" Walsh was a quiet well behaved boy, popular with the faculty and the stu dents, and bis confession created a sensation, for he had not been suspect ed. Nevertheless, discipline must be enforced, and with reluctance and re rret he was expelled from the institu tion. He left Washington, escorted to the railway station by a large body of students, returned to his home at St Louis and the next fall entered Prince ton University. The poor young man received his diploma and went his way rejoicing, but it was noticed that he never spoke of Walsh without emo tion. As the young men are no longer students at Georgetown there Is no ne cessity of preserving the secret nl the faculty and the students are all twara that Walsh, being an under-class man and the son of wealthy parents, and having nothing at stake, voluntari ly offered himself as a sacrifice to save the reputation and the prospects of his friend, who otherwise would have been turned out of the Institution In dis grace. The act was done without con sultation and without the knowledge of the student wbo was saved, and has received absolution, and Walsh can re turn to the university whenever he de sires. He prefers to remain at Prlmce lon, however, and the publication of Jie story now will not injure his repu tation. Chicago Record. AN INQUIRING LAD. Personal Adornment Which Appeared to Be Unnecessary. "When I was down In tbe Tennessee mountains doing my duty In that pecu Uar and primitive section." observed the vieclal pension agent had" at varlou. time, such glimpses or me as yon pampered children of the luxurious capital never get I remember one June morning I arose from my simple bed of clapboards on the loft floor of a log cabin and proceeded down a lad der to the earth, thence a hundred yards down to the creek, where I was afforded ample opportunity for my ma tutinal ablutions, as the stream was big enough to run a saw mill with. "As I splashed my face In the clear water and spluttered over It after the usual fashion of a man who likes to wash his face, I was Joined by the ten-year-old son of the family with which I was stopping. He stood on the shore watching me with much interest which I am glad to say I returned with zest for he was a picture boy. He was sandy and freckled and didn't look as If he had had a bath In the memory of man. Ills clothes were simple enough, consisting of n cotton shirt and a made over pair of papa's pantaloons, and there was no hat to hide a head of hair which I am positive never felt the pen etrating and persuading Influence of a comb. He was too much interested In the mysteries of my toilet to say any thing until I took out a jtocket comb and began to use It on my tangled locks. After a tug or two at It look ing at him meanwhile, he spoke. "Say, mister,' he aald, curiously, have yer got to do that there? " 'Do what there? I smiled In reply That there that yer doinV " Ton mean combing my hair?" " 'Yes.' 'Of course. It has to be done.' - 'Every mornln' this erwayT " 'Certainly.' "Well, geewhfllerklns, mister,' he jald, with much feeling, 'yon must be n heap o' trouble to yerself.' "Washing ton. Post Care of Peach Treea. Peach trees should not be forced In growth too rapidly, nor should they be Boprlved of a sufficiency of plant food. Orchards should be kept clean and cul tivated like corn. Peach growers liec ontmend that trees should be so trim med as to shape each tree in a manner to shade its own body, and thus pre vent sun scalds. Distribute the growth of limbs uniformly so aa to secure sym metry and have the weight of fruit evenly distributed. Strengthen the limbs by ahotentng them back,-in or ier that they may sustain a crop. Re Suce the quantity of fruit when the trees are overloaded, and also, by Ju llclous shortening early in the season, of the shoots bearing the fruit buds, and direct the growth so that the crop ca nbe gathered by a man standing on ie ground. A Pleasant Task. Insurance Agent Before filing the claim, will you be kind enough to give me a certificate of your husband's death, madame?" The New Widow With pleasure. Life. The New York Tribune says that of a large number of camphor trees re cently Imported from Japan by the Federal Department of Agriculture nearly all were found to be diseased. Though the trees appeared on cursory examination to be fairly healthy, close inspection revealed the fact that they were ruined by mildew and scale in sects. Despite all his refinement the light and habitual taking- of God's name in vain betrays a coarse and brutal will. Choosing a wife is like unto a strat agem of war. wherein a man can err but once- OF 1 DAY. Preached by Rev. Dr. Tal mage. object: "The Path of Safety "Mmm rat to Our National KxUtence -The Iu m of Monopoly, Nlhlllam and In fidelity Pointed Out. Copyright, Louis Klopsch, 1899.1 Wahhixotoic, D. C In this discourse Dr. Talmage speaks of some of tha perils that threaten our American Institutions and points out the path of safety; text, Isaiati Ixii., 4. "Thy land shall be married." As the greater includes the less, so does tno circle of future joy around our entire world include the epicycle of our own re public Bold, exbllarant, unique, divine imagery of the text. At tbe close of a week in which for three days oar national capital was a pageant, and all that grand review and bannered procession and na tional anthems eould do celebrated peace, it may not be inapt to anticipate the time when the Prince of Peace and the Heir of Universal Dominion shall take possession of this nation and "thy land shall be mar ried." In discussing the final destiny of this nation, it makes all the difference in tbe world whether we are on tbe way to a tuner; ' or a wedding. Tba Bible leaves no doubt on this subject. In pulpits and on jflatforms and in places of publics concourse I hear so many ot the muffled drums of evil prophecy sounded, as though we were on the way to national interment, and beside Thebes and Babylon and Tyre in tbe ceme tery of dead nations oar republic was to be entombed, that I wish you to under stand it is not to be obsequies, but nup tials; not mausoleum, bat carpeted altar; not cy( ress, bat orange blossoms; not re quiem, bat wedding march, for "thy land shall be married." I propose to name some of the suitors wbo are claiming the fannd of this repub lic. Tbls land is so fair, so beautiful, so affluent that it has many suitors, and it will depend much upon your advice whether this or that shall be accepted or rejected. In the first place, I remark: There is a greedy, all grasping monster wbo comes in as suitor seeking the band of this republic, andtbat monster it known by the name of monopoly. His scepter is made out of the iron of the rail track and tbe wire of telegraphy. H doeseterything for his own advantage and tor the robbery of the people. Things went on from bad to worse until in the three legislatures of New York. New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a long time monopoly decided everything. If monop oly favors a law, it pi-sef: If monopoly op poses a law it is rejected. Monopoly stands In tbe railroad depot putting Into t pockets in one year 4-200.000 In excess of all reasonable charges for services. Mo nopoly holds in bis one hnnd the' steam power of locomotion and in the other the electricity of swift communication. Mo nopoly has the Republican party in one pocket and tbe Democratic party In tbe otber pocket. Monopoly decides nomina tions nnd elections city elections, stata elections, national elections. With bribes he secures the votes of legislators; giving them free passes, giving appointments to needy relatives to lucrative position, em ploying tbem as attorneys if tbey are law vers. carrvinR their goods 15 per cent, less if they are merchants, and if he find a ease very stubborn as well as very important pats down before him the hard cash of bribery. But monopoly Is not so easily caught now a. when during the term of Mr. Bu chanan the Legislative Committee in one of oar States explored and exposed the mnnner in which a certain railway eum- ymufttrnm btX a. bxtM-W NMU land. It was found out that thirteen of the Senators of that State received 175,030 among them, aixty members of tbe lovr bouse of that State received between 5000 and 910,000 each, the Governor of tbat State received 50, 000, bis clerk leceived tSOOO, tbe Lieutenant-Governor received 10,000, all the clerks of tbe Legislature received 45000 each, while 50,000 were di vided among tbe lobby agents. Tbat thing on a larger or smaller scale is all tbe time going on in some of the States In tbe Union, but it is not so blnnderlng as it u-ed to be, and th rrfore not so easily exposed or ar rested. I tell yon that tbe overshadowing curse of the United Stales to-day is mo nopoly. He puts his band upon every bushel of wheat, upon every sack of salt, upon every ton of coal, and every man, woman and child in tbe United States feels the touch of that moneyed depotlsm. I re joice tbat in twenty-foor States of the Union already anti-monopoly leagues have been established. God speed them in tbe works of liberation. I have nothing to say against capital ists. A man bos a right to all the money he ean make honestly I have nothing to say against corporations as such; without them no great enterprise wou Id be possible, but what 1 do say is tbat tbe stme prin ciples are to be applied to capitalists aud to corporations that are applied to tbe poorest man and the plainest laborer. What is wrong for me is wrong for great corporations. It 1 take from you your property without any adequate compensa tion. I am a thief, and if a railway damages the property ot tbe people with out making any adequate compensation, tbat is a gigantie theft. Wbat is wrong on a small scale is wrong on a large scale. Monopoly in England has ground hundreds of thousands of ber best people into semi starvation and in Ireland has driven multi tudinous tenants almost to madness and In the United States proposes to take the wealth of 60,000,000 or 70,000,000 of people and put it in a few silken wallets. Monopoly, brazen faced, iron fingered, vulture hearted monopoly offers his band to this republic. He stretches It oat over the lakes and op the great railroads and over tbe telegraph poles of the continent and says, "Hera is my heart and band; be mine forever." Let tbe millions of tbe people North, South, East and West forbid tbe banns of that marritige. forbid them at tbe ballot box, forbid tbem on the plat form, forbid them by great organization', forbid tbem by the overwhelming senti ment of an outraged nation, forbid tbem by tbe protest of tbe churclt of God, forbid them by prayer to high heaven. That Herod shall not have tbls Abigail. It shall not be to ull devouring monopoly tl at thi. land is to be married. Another snitor claiming the hand of this republic is nihilism. He owns nothing but a knifo for nnl versal cuttltroatery nnd a nitroglycerin bontb for universal explosion. He believe in no God, no government, no heaven nnd no bell excep. what be cttu ttiiike on earth! He slew the cwir of Russia, keeps many a king practically imprisoned, killed Abra ham Lincoln, would put to deatb ov.-ry king and president on earth, and if he had tbe power would climb np autil he could drive tbe God of heaven from His throne and take it bimsel', tlia universal butcher. In France it is called communism; in the United States it is called nuarcbtstn; in Russia it ts called nihilism, bnt that last in tbe most graphic and descriptive term. It means complete and eternal smash up. It would make the holding of property u crime, and It would drive a dagger throuif t your heart and put a torch to our dwell ing and turn over this whole land Into the possession of theft and lust and rapine and muider. Where does this monster live? In all the towns and cities of this land. It offers its hand to this fair republic. It propo-ex to tear to pieces tbe ballot box, the leiriHla'ivi haf, the congressional assembly. It would take this laud and divide it up, or rather divide it down. It would give a- much lo the idler as to the worker, to t.ie bad ns ti the good. Nihilism! This panther, liavisii. prowled across other lands, has set its pan on oursoil, and it is only waiting for Ul timo in which to spring upon Its prey. 1' was nihilism tbat burned the railroad pro; -erty at Pittsburg during the great rmis; i wts nihilism tbat slew black peui-lo in on Northern cities during the war; It was ni hilism tbat mauled to death tbe Chinese Immigrants years ago; It is nihilism that glures Out of tbe windows of the drunker ies upon sober people as tbey go by. Abt Its power baa never yet been tested! I pray God its power may never be fully tested. It would. If it had the power, leave sverv church, chapel, cathedral, school bouse and collrge in ashes. Another suitor tor the band of this na lon Is intldellty. When tbe midnight rat lans despoiled the grave of A. T. Stewart n St. Mark's churchyard, everybody was ihookwd, bat infidelity proposes something corse than tbat the robbing of ail the r raves of Christendom of the hope of a ra rarrectlon. It proposes to chisel out from ibe tomb-stones of your Christian dead the words, "Asleep In Jesus" and substitute the words, "Obliteration annihilation." Infidelity proposes to take the letter from the world's Father, Inviting the nations to virtue and happiness and tear It up Into fragments so small that you cannot read a word of it. It proposes to take the conso lation from the broken hearted and the toothing pillow from the dying. Infidelity proposes to fcwenr in the President of the United States and tbe supreme court and the Governors of States and the witnesses In tbe courtroom with their right hand on ?nl- s "Age or Reason" or Voltaire's 'Philosophy of History." It proposes to take away from tbls country tbe book that makes the difference between the United States and tbe kingdom of Dahomey, be tween American civilisation and Bornesian eanntoaiistu. n tulluelliy uouiu ai4..j the Scriptures, It would In 900 years tarn the civilised nations backtosemlbarbarlsm, and then from semibarbarism Into mid night savaeery until the morals of a meuag- erle ot tigers, rattlesnakes and chimpan zees would be better than tne morals oi tna shipwrecked human race. The only Impulse in tne rigm aireciton that this world has ever had has coma from the Bible. It was the mother of Roman law and of healthful Jurisprudence. That book has been the mother ot all re forms and all charities mother of Eng lish magna clmrta and American Declara tion of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, holding tbat Holy Book In bis band, stood before an infidel club In Paris and read to thtm out of tbe prophecies of Habakkuk, and tbe infidels, not knowing wbat book it was, declared tbat It was tbe best poetry they bad ever beard, Tbat book brought George Washington down on his knees In tbe snow at Valley Forge and led tbe dy ing Prince Albert to ask tome one to aing "Rock ol Ages." I tell you that tbe worst attempts 1 erl ns Df the century Is tbe attempt to destroy tbls book. Yet infidelity, loathsome, stench tui, leprous, pestiferous, rotten monster stretches out its band, ioboroits with the second death, to take the baud of tbls re public. It stretches it oat through seduc tive magazines, and through lyeen-n lec tures and through caricatures of r-tllgion. It asks for all that part of the continent al ready folly settled, and the two-th-rds not yet occupied. It says: "Give me all east of tbe Mississippi, with the keys of the church and with tbe Christian printing presses then give me Wyoming, give me Alaska, give me Montana, give tne Colo rado, give me all the States west of the Mississippi, and I will take those places and keep tbem by right of possession long be fore the gospel can be fully Intrenched." But there Is another suitor that presents his claim for tbe hand ot this republic. He is mentioned la the verse following my text where It says. "As tbe bridegroom re joiceth over the bride, so shall thy Qod re joice over thee." Before Columbus and his 120 men embarked on the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina, for their wonderful voyage, wbat was the last thing tbey did? They sat down and took tbe holy sacrament of t fie Lord Jesus Christ. After tbey caught the flnst glimse ol this country and the gun of one ship bad announced It to the other vessels that land had been discovered, wbat was tbe song tbst went up from all the three decks? "Gloria in excelsis." After Columbus and bis 130 men bad stepped from the ship's deck to tbe solid ground, what did tbev do? Thev all knelt and con secrated the new world to God. What did tbe Huguenots do after they landed in the Carolines? Wbat did tbe Hollanl refugee, do after tbey bad landed In New York What oid-the pilgrim fathers do after tbey started in Mew Kngiendr With hmmo and uplirted face and heaven beaton-tag prayer, tbey took possession of this conti nent for God. Hojv was the first American Congress opened? By prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. From its birth tbls nation was pledged for holy marriage with Christ. And then see bow good God baa been to. ust Just open tbe map of the continent and see how it is shaped for immeasurable prosperities. Navigable rivers, more ia number and greater than of auy other land, rolling down on all sides to tbesea, prophe sying la eg 6 manufactures and easy com merce. Look at tbe great ranges of moun tains timbered with wealth on tbe top and sides, metaled with wealth underneath. One hundred and eighty thousand square miles of eoal. One hundred and eighty thousand square miles of Iron. The land so contoured tbat extreme weather hardly ever lasts more than three days extreme beat or extreme oold. Climate for tho most part bracing and favorable for brawn and brain. All fruits, all minerals, all harvests. Scenery displaying an autumnal pageantry that no land on earth pretends to rival. No South American earthquake. No Seotob mists. No London Fogs. No Egyptian plagues. No Germanlo divisions. Tba people of tbe United States are happier than any people on earth. It is the testi mony ot every man tbat has traveled abroad. For the poor more sympathy, for tbe Industrious more opportunity. Oh, bow good God was to our fathers, and how good He has been to us and our chil dren. To Him, blessed be His mighty name to Him of cross and triumph, to Him who still remembers the prayer of the Huguenots and Holland refugees and tbe pilgrim fathers, to Htm shall tbls land be married. Oh. you Christian patriots, by your contributions and your prayers, hasten on the fulfillment ot the text. While some people may stand at the gates of the city, saying, "Stay back!" to foreign populations, I press oat as far be yond those gates as I can press out beyond tbem and beckon to foreign nations, say ing, "Come, come, all ye people wbo are honest and Industrious and God loving!" But say you, "I am so afraid tbat they will bring their prejudices tor foreign gov ernments and plant them here." Absurd. Tbey are sick of the governments that have oppressed them and tbey want free America! Give them tbe great gospel of welcome. Throw around them all Chris tian hospitalities. They will add their in dustry and hard earned wages to this country, aud then we will dedicate all to Christ and "thy land shall be married." But where shall the marriage altar be? Let it be tbe Rocky Mountains, when, through artificial and mighty irrigation, all their tops shall be covered, as tbey will be, with vineyards and orchard, and gr&lnflelds. Then let the Bostons and tbe New Yorka and the Charlestons of tbe Paolflo coast come to the marriage altar on one side, and then let tbe Bostons and the New Yorks and the Charlestons -)f the Atlantic eoast eome to the marriage altar on the otber side, and there be tween them let this bride of nations kneel, and thee If the organ of tbe loudest thunders tbat ever shook the Sierra Nevadas on the one side or moved the foundations of tbe Allegbauies on the other side should open full diapason of wedding march that organ of thunders eould not drown tbe voice ot him who would take tbe band of this bride of nations, aylng, "As m bridegroom rejolceth over bride, so tby God rejolceth over tba ' At tbat marriage banquet tbe platters shall be of Nevada silver, and the chalices ot California gold and the fruits of northern orchards, and the spices of southern groves, and tbe tapestry of American manu facture, and the congratulations from all the free nations of earth and from r.ll the triumphant armies of heaven, "And so thy land shall be married." The Chicago Drainage Canal from Lake Michigan to Joliet will be shown by a topographical model on & scale of seven inches to the mile at the Paria Exposition. It wiU cost S3S00. The most expensive fur Is that of the black fox of Kamtchatka. the skin of which when dressed become, a very attractive blue. A single akin Is worth as much aa 11000. A peliaae worn by the Emperor Nicholas, lined with this fur. coat $10,000. An old man named Gregor Berda, of Erlau. in South Hungary, commlt- Ited suicide because a little grandson had broken his favorite pipe. Near hi. 1 body was found a note on which was written: "My pipe ia dead; I will die, too." Paper quilts are extensively used abroad by tbe poorer classes. nm. . c Tpry presence of royalc slightly incoherent onow the brandy. muj Uck