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At Swords’ Points;
OR, A SOLDIER. OF THE RHINE. By ST. GEORGE RATHBO(???)NE Copyright, by Stumbt A Smith. New York. CHAPTER VI. —(Continued.) “Oh! as you please. You will always find me cheerfully open for engage ment, though next time the result may be something more serious to you than a mere saber slash." His careless, almost flippant tone, grated on the nerves of the vanquished. "Yes. next time it will be to the death.” he growled. And Rliinelunder, looking fclm squarely in the eyes, replied slowly: "You are right, Herr Hoffman, this big world is far too small to contain both you and I. One of us must leave it. You know where I am to be found. A speedy recovery, then, to your wound. Indies, good-night." It was a most singular and unlooked Then he left them. for termination to his visit. He had never once anticipated such a miser able contretemps when laying out his | plans. In surveying the wreck of his hopes the only satisfaction he could And lay in the fact that he had managed to bear himself with a fair amount of dig nity in the painful premises. And Hoffman must have correspond ingly lowered himself in the estimation of the ladies. After all, what did it matter? Hildegarde could be nothing to him if she were in any way related to that family whose very name haunted him as a synonym of all that was evil. He groaned to realize it, yet surely it would be an insult to his father's sacred memory if he condoned the sin of the past by marrying one of that hated family. The young American might not know It, but he left a sore heart be hind him when he quitted the stage of the worthy frauleln. Hildegarde had been building her chateaux d’Espagne, too. Even the strict German rules of etiquette gov erning the actions of young, unmar ried females cannot prevent a warm hearted girl from indulging in sweet day dreams, and the attachment had really been as strong on her part as on his. The fact that Paul had turned out to be the rival of her cousin Conrad in the fateful duel that brought disaster to the proud young Prussian was not an element in the game that gave her pain. Indeed, perhaps she could be secretly to know that after all his boastful reign Hoffman had at length met a master from over the sea. and that the victor, whose name must be on the lips of every student in Heidel berg, was none other than he whose image had already been engraven on her gentle heart. But there was something more. He had spoken of a sacred bond existing between himself and the girl whom Conrad chose to consider had been in sulted by a stare —had even declared he would sooner cut his right hand off. the hand that had so dextrously wield ed the blade that downed Conrad, rath er than offend her. That could mean only one thing. He loved her, this un known. And Hildegarde realized that such a condition of affairs brought unutter able bleakness and woe to her, for try as she might she could not drive his image from her heart. CHAPTER VII. What H idegarde Saw. For several days after his visit Paul moped more or less. By degrees, however, he conquered his gloomy spirit, and arose out of the quagmire. Other things were crowding fast upon past events —the talk of the uni versity had turned upon the prospect of sudden war between France and Germany and the whole country had «*.sumed a condition of suspense while waiting the action of Louis Napoleon. In every town and hamlet of the Fatherland, together with the prov inces of the south, now apparently ready to cast their lot with Prussia, quiet but determined action was being taken to gather the reserves, and ev ery man* was waiting for the word to move. Battle hymns were popular in Baden in those days of uncertainty, as well as in the provinces further removed from the border; and many times "hoeh” greeted the "Waf-.h on the Rhine.” which stirred the pulses of those who listened, as little else could do. As Paul sat one night in a concert garden his eyes by accident fell once more upon the face of the girl he had come to Germany to see—his sister. As before, Beatrix was in the company of the middle-aged madam, but Hoff man did not appear to be in sight. Paul's resolution was taken. He must learn whether Beatrix re membered she ever had a brother. The more he considered the matter, the greater he was mystified, and the stronger grew his resolution to dis cover the whole truth. Once again fortune stepped into aid him. It was only a gust of wind: nothing particular in its way, and yet serving to play the game directly Into the young man’s hands. For this same frolicsome wind, up behind the stout matron, all unawares, snatched off the wonder -01 conco' 'on of s raw hat, covered with ribbons an'* gewgaws, that she wore, and sent it flying Into the air. Rhinelander saw his chai-ce, and knew that if he saved that hat he would endear himself to the matron's hear* He recognized the distinct favor of Providence, since all he had to do was to open his arms wide, and gently enclose the fugitive headgear as it calmly settled against his heart. Another minute and he was bowing with the gruce of a Chesterfield before the Waldeck. “Madam, allow me to return your beautiful hat." he said seriously. That clinched matters. Here was a man who at least appreciated a thing of beauty and a Joy forever in the mil linery line when he saw it, and. with such rare attributes, he must be far above the ordinary run of his sex. So she smiled sweetly and thanked him gushingly, while replacing the marvelous combination of straw and ribbons or. her head. When this had been accomplished, and she turned to look for the courte ous young man, she found to her in tense surprise that he and Beatrix were standing a little distance away engaged in the most animated of con versations. It had not been so difficult to ac complish after all, this bringing her to his Bide. A look did it. The young girl's eyes were glued upon his face, while red and white chased across cheeks and brows, and into her eyes crept a startled look, as though memory were struggling to solve great mysteries that had puzzled her often of late. Thrilled by the emotion that welled up in his heurt he bent down und said: “Beatrix —sister! ” Then she knew him, and. leaving her seat, came to his side and put a hand on his arm, looking up into his face as she said: "Oh! now I know you are Paul —my own brother. 1 am so glad, so glad!" It was undoubtedly a miserable freak of fortune that caused Hllde garde to pass by just at this juncture, in company with her aunt, and the sight of Paul standing there, holding another by the hands and bending down to look into her face so eagerly, gave her a shock from which she would not soon recover. This is a world of cross-purpv.es, of comedies and mistaken motives. Soon er or later, we all feel the wretched re sult of being Judged from outward ap pearances. And Paul was fated to suffer in the same old way, when a word of ex planation would have altered the com plexion of things. "You remember me, then?" he asked. "You have not forgotten how happy we once were, although you were such a little thing?” "I remember. Paul. The other night your face startled me, and I have been thinking so much, trying to recollect. But where have you been? Why have I not seen you? It is all so very strange," she said eagerly. And then Paul groaned, knowing that this sweet girl was in almost ut ter Ignorance of the fatal truth which he must tell her. CIIAI’TKR VIII. Paul Makes a Bold Move. What Paul had to say was of too great Importance to be dealt with in so public a place as a concert garden. He had waiter years. Surely a few hours more or less could not matter much. "I must see you tomorrov\ when we can nave a long talk and a full ex planation. All the dreadful mysteries of the past must be explained. Until then, say nothing to any one about me.” The young girl looked disappointed. “Tomorrow is a long way off, and I have waited years to see a sign; but it shall be as you say, brother. You will tell me all. you promise, and take away the dreadful mystery that l.as haunted my whole life?" "I promise you faithfully, though the truth may pain just as severely as the uncertainty does now,” he an swered. soberly. "Anything is better than madden ing doubt.” came the quick reply. So Paul sat down with them,' and during Intervals In the music, they chatted about things in general, though it was hard to refrain from touching upon the subject that was up pe most in his heart. T hen Karl hove in night. Paul turned his regards upon his sister, and when he detected the sud den blush that mounted to her temples as her eyes fell upon the student, he sighed with relief, and muttered: "It is well. They love, and love for gives much.” When Karl had joined them, which he eagerly did. Rhinelander took an early opportunity to bid them good night. He did this not simply because he wished to give his friend the whole field, but a desire to be alone with his taought3 had come upon him. In the course of his wanderings through the garden, he came almost face to face with Hildegarde, and the astonishing manner in which his heart jumped at sight of her rather discon certed iiim. His satisfaction was extremely short lived, however, for the pretty German aid almost froze him with the cold return she gave his salute. Evidently something was working wretchedly, and the wheels of prog ress needed oiling. Again he was fain to cast the bur den upon the shoulders of Hoffman, never once dreaming that jealousy could have entered into the matter at all. After sauntering about for some time, Paul found a seat where he could feast his eyes upon the charming fea tures of his inamorlta, though utterly without her knowledge. And, as he sat there, sipping from his mug. and indulging in such de lightful dreams os a young lover is apt to have float through his mind, Paul suddenly became conscious of tho fact that Hildegarde and her escort, tho madam, were objects of intense Interest to others as well as himself, and tho party who seemed to be so deeply interested In Hildegarde was no young gallunt, but a woman. How like a hawk she surveyed tho girl. At times, such was her eagerness that she even leaned forward as though breathless and once Paul saw her hand steal to her bosom as though in search of u weapon. Who was she? Why should she spy upon Hlldegardo with such eagerness, when her actions reminded Paul of a tigress about to spring? What w'ns there familiar about that lissome figure? while the quick, supple motions seemed to haunt him as with a faint recollection of a forgotten past? Paul’s curiosity overcame his pru dence. and he resolved upon a bold move to discover the truth. He held a whispered consultation with one of the waiters and a couplo of coins changed hands. And present ly the fellow came in sight, moving past the veiled lady, bearing his hands full of empty beer mugs and breakers. It might huve been sheer accident, since no design was apparent on the surface, but the waiter certainly man aged to catch the offending veil upon a pin or button, and for a brief inter val. her face was plainly revealed un der the garish lights of the garden. Paul’s breath failed him, and, while the audience cheered the conclusion of a patriotic air, he sat and stared and gripped the table in front of him, for he had seen a spectre of his dead past arise. CIIAPTKB IX. Countess Aimee. The lady had once again covered her face with the veil, showing some annoyance at the apparent accident, and paying little heed to the clumsy waiter's profuse apologies. Paul had really gotten the worth of his money. Indeed, what ho discov ered was more than he had bargained for. If one could judge from the frown upon his brow and the expression of surprise, mingled with disgust that swept over his countenance. “Phew! what can this mean? Why is Aimee. the Countess, in Heidelberg? Somehow I feur complications. She appears to have somo reason for hat ing Hildegarde—it can't be because I love the girl?” And, while he crouched there in his chair, he saw again the peculiar cir cumstances under which he had been thrown into the society of this dash ing young French widow, whose black eyes were eloquent with the ardor of emotions. It was In Paris, and the conditions, while not far removed from the ludi crous, seemeu to make him her debtor to a degree. Perhaps it was hardly wise for Paul to frequent the salon of the countese so often, especially when he discov ered that she seemed to show a de cided preference to his company. He aroused himself at length ana hastily quitted Paris without seeing her again. That was months ago. (To be continued.) Not "One of »h** Hoy*." There is a good story going the rounds on one of the main officers of the Illinois, the big battle ship which steamed up the Mississippi to test the New Orleans dry dock. Congressman Adolph Meyer, who made such a val iant fight for the establishment of the dock at New Orleans, had gone over to inspect the big steamer that was to make the test, lie was met in the moEt cordial way imaginable by the officers. Gen. Meyer remarked that he would leave for Washington shortly. “I beg you. general, to remember me i to the boys in Washington.’’ said one ! of the officers with a polite bow. “Yes, j said Gen. Meyer, “1 will call on the secretary of the navy as soon as I i reach Washington, and ” “No —I —excuse me—general —of course—l dent embarrassment, and there was a titter in the little group, but the offi cer finally managed to say that he did not include the secretary of the navy when he referred to the boys at Wash ington. The incident passed pleasant ly, there was a jolly laugh and the congressman passed out of the group. —New Orleans Times-Democrat. I.lgtita for Carrier*. New York letter carriers have pur chased small electric lights to enable them to read the addresses on letters and packages during the evening. They find that the electric light helps them materially and is easily carried. The light consists of a black cylinder, about a foot long, containing a dry battery. , The cylinder is deposited In the car- | rier’s pouch, and two copper wires are run from the battery to the lapel of the carrier's coat. A reflector and a two-candle power light are fastened to the end of the wire and the carrier, by pressing a button in his pocket, car: operate the light. I Seventeen-Year Locusts Due to Swarm in May. Warnings are being sent out by the commissioners of agriculture all over tin* northern and eastern parts of the United States against the greut swarm of seventeen-year locusts which It is expected will make its appearance next month. After sleeping under ground for nearly two decades, the in sects will come out in May in enor mous numbers, and fruit-growers espe cially will have reason to fear for the safety of their trees. This locust is the weirdest and in some respects the most interesting of all Insects. No other insect lives for anything like so long a time, and surely nothing can lie more strange than a habit which requires an animal Map Showing Where the Hwarm* of I.o< uata Are K*ported to Appear —Kuril Hot Keprrarntn it IMatlnct .swarm. to spend so extended a period In soli tude In a subterranean cell, the whole of the open-air career of the seven teenyear cicada, as It is properly called, comprising only a few days. Filling the ground from which they issue with countless exit holes, swarm ing over trees and shrubs, and making the air vibrate with their shrill, dis cordant notes, the locusts leave ob vious marks of their presence In the small wounds, made for the purpose of depositing eggs, which cover all the smaller twigs and branches. Though no serious harm is done for est trees, fruit trees ami young nur sery stock are liable to suffer consid erably. The young ant-like larvae hatched from the eggs escape from the wound ed limbs, drops lightly to the ground, and quickly burrow out of sight, each one forming for itself a little subter ranean chamber over some rootlet, where It remains winter and summer, buried and solitary. In this manner passing the seventeen years of Its un derground existence, while preparing for a few weeks only of the society of its fellows and the enjoyment of the sunshine and fragrant air of early summer. With perfect regularity, at the end of the allotted period, millions of the insects attain maturity at almost the same moment. For four or five weeks the winged male sings his song of love and courtship, and the female busies herself with the placing of the eggs which are to produce a fresh gen eration seventeen years later. For nearly two centuries there Is a record of the recurrence of the cicada at sev enteen-year Intervals, the first writ ten notes on the subject having been made in 1715. The last appearance of the swarm was in 1885, so that the next one is due in 1902. There are other swarms of locusts which turn up every year at different places, but the one expected next month is by far the largest. A Stranjc® Kxperlcnc*. It is often said that when persons are drowning they have a mental pa noramic vision of their entire life; others say that some unimportant in New Design for Flig of the United Stages Congressman Shafroth of Colorado has a plan which he claims will beau tify the American flag and also make ■ it more symbolical. Shafroth’s Idea Is that the field of the flag should be one-third the fly length of the banner and contain thir teen stars in a circle, representing the thirteen original states. He would then have thirty stars, representing 1 thirty states, placed within the circle i in the design of a large star, and two nears, representing Wyoming and Utah i cident that happened years ago will present Itself so vividly that they can fairly hear the voices of the persons speaking. One survivor of a disaster in mid-ocean gives his experience: “I was standing on the after-part of the steamer with a life-preserver on. when suddenly she made a dive for ward and went to the bottom. I went went with her. down. down, and then suddenly I stopped descending, and shot up so rapidly that my body leap ed out of the sea. “As my head -cleaved the water. I heard my mother's voice as plainly as I ever heard it In my life, saying, ‘Oh, Henry, how could you eat your sister’s grapes?* "Twenty years before, when a boy, I had a sick sister, dying of con sumption, for whom some grapes had. with much difficulty, been procured. On coming across them, boy-like, I ate them, and that was my mother's exclamation on discovering what I hud done. "Others of the passengers, who had made the same terrible dive, had a similar experience on reaching the surface of the foaming sea." Hoy Won lly MlnUtor*« Tact. The Rev. Dr. Mackenzie, who is coming to New York from San Fran cisco. has always been popular with children. One story goes that he was calling on u new parishioner who hnd a "limb” of a boy. She had Invited the doctor to dinner. "Willie,” she said to her hopeful, "pass Dr. Macken zie a potato.” Willie seized the pota to between thumb and finger and be fore his mother could utter a horrified remonstrance, he hnd tossed it across the table and squarely into the good man's lap. "Judgment!” cried Willie. "One strike." quoted the quick wilted clergyman. “Willie, leave the table." stormed his mother. "Madam,” said the minister, “do not judge him harsh ly. See how beautifully he put the sphere over the plate." And from that time there wasn't a more earnest worker In all the big Sunday school than that same Willie. To Prevent NulHtlc*. In order to prevent suicides on the Central Ixmdon railway the company has removed the planking at its vari ous stations between the central rail and the line next to the platform. Anyone who junus in front of a train must, it is stated, fall into the recess thus formed. Hlnno tlio Hlitli of HirUl. Prof. Schubert of Hamburg, has fig ured out that, accepting the ordinary chronology. 1.000.000.000 minutes will have elapsed since the birth of Christ, on April 29. at 10:40 in the forenoon. Germans art; going to celebrate the event by sending out picture postal cards. the last states admitted to the union, placed temporarily on a straight line each side of the center of the interior star. His scheme also includes a plan for continuing the artistic symmetry of the design as other states are admit ted. Because the country owns its ex istence as a nation to the thirteen original states, he would have the stars which represent them one-eighth larger than those representing thw states afterward admitted. Lost His Rheumatism By the use of a bottle of St. Jacobs Oil. Sergeant Jkremiaii Maker, of Ard rath. Royal Irish Constabulary, says: “My friend, Mr. 'l'homas Hand, has been a great tufferer from rheumatism in the back anil loints for the last four years, during which time he has employed many different methods of treatment, but obtained no relief whatever, and for the last two years has been unable to walk without a stick, and sometimes two sticks, and was in great pain constantly. I induced him to procure a bottle of St. Jacobs Oil, which he applied with the most astonishing anil marvellous effects, before he had finished using the contents of the first bottle he could walk readily without the aid of a stick, and after a few applications from the second bottle he was free f.om pain,and has been ever since; and although fifty years of age and a farmer, he can walk and work without experiencing any pain or difficulty whatever." Vnc«l.*s's Ct'KATivn Conrousn, the remedy which make* people well ; it is made Injm t’le formula if an eminent I .undon physician Semi to Si. Jacobs Oil, Ltd . lialtimore. Mil., for a Ire- samnl* IhiMU RIDING ASTRIDE OPPOSED BY ENGLISH WOMEN. They Do Not Readily Adopt the Cus tom Fast Growing in America— More and More English Girls Fol low the Hounds—Reasons for and Against the Use of the Side Saddle. The equestriennes of England nml they outnumber those of any other eountry in the world—do not take kind ly to the practice of rl«lliiif astride which has of late years been growing in favor on this side of the Atlantic. Ilhlf a century ago few English wo men rode to hounds and up to a recent date the woman who did not follow the hunt was regarded askance by con ventional society. To-day at many a meet the women equal the men In mini ls»r, and It is almost as much u matter of course that a woman should rldo to hounds as that she should dance. More and more, too. English girls are being trained to cross-country rid ing at an early age. «I Iris of fourteen and lift.s-n are no uncommon sight on the hunting Held, and many of them ride as straight and as plucklly as any of their older sisters. Miss Itettie lteutioil. though only fourteen, has followed the Tiverton hounds and the Devon hounds regular ly for thre»» years, and will take many a fence or ditch that will give a hard riding man a pause. She has several line hunters of her own and under stands horseflesh almost as well as her father. She is only one of a host of young girls from England's best fund* lies who are making records on tho hunting field. The theory is that if. ns was former ly the custom, a girl does not ride to hounds until after she comes out sho is hampered during her first few sea sons by her poor tiding and misses In ntmiernble good times In addition to larking one of the accomplishments most admired by Englishmen. On tlio other hand, some doctors deplore hard riding by elilldren and Insist that it Is injurious to the growing school girls' health. It Is in connection with these youth ful riders that the arguments for ami against tin- cross saddle are raging. The older English women do not tuke 'to the cioss saddle, as have done so many American women. Occasionally with the Devon and Somerset stag hounds several women may la* seen riding astride, but that Is almost tho only instance of the custom In all Eng land. Tin* opposition conies, not from any conventional prejudice or fear of of fending proprieties, hut from a preva lent conviction that a cross saddle will Ik* a drawback rather than aid to wo man's success in the hunting field.. Experts point out tin* fact that tho percentage of women thrown Is far less than that of men—that a stumble on landing which would tlitow nine out of ten men from the saddle will sel dom upset a woman; that even when n horse falls, unless In* rolls over, a wo man who is cool and does not lose her nerve can often keep her seat, while tin* horse scrambles te bis feet. All these tilings are accounted for by the splendid grip upon the saddle given a woman by her side pommel. It is ad mitted that in case of a really had fall a woman stands less chance than a man. because she is hnmpcr<*d by skirts and the pommel, but such accidents are. fortunately, rare. In the case of the young and grow ing girl matters are rather different. Many doctors contend that much rid ing on tin* side saddle Induces a ten dency to spine curvature and hinders symmetrical development of the bod”. THE CITY OF THE FUTURE. Forecast of a Leading German Archi tect. Dr. Stubhen, the famous Herman architect. has recently published hl» views regarding tin* «• 1 1 >' of the future and what it will In* like. Ills notion is that it will take tho form of a uentral block of municipal buildings, from which all the princi pal streets and thoroughfares will ra diate. Around the center will be drawn concentric circles of other streets crossing the main arteries. There will be seeoudacy streets. Certain thor oughfare’s will be devoted to dwelling houses, others .to factories and shops and so forth. Truffle will be carried on In the streets in stories, the principal avenues having three stories. All heavy rail way traffic and street cars will be un derground. The present streets will be devoted to vehicular traffic. Foot pas sengers will monopolize the upper sto ry. where all the principal shops will be situated. The footpaths will be spared from the sun In the summer ami from the rain and snow in the winter. ‘■Here's a story of a man who found a gold lode by the sense of smell.’* “Tliat’r nothing. In our furnaces we smelt all kinds of metals."