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THE MISSING MAN
By MARY R. P. HATCH Author of "The Bank Tragedy ” Copyright. 181)2, by f.ee ami Shepnrtl CHAFTER XXlV.—Continued . But I recovered my composure suf ficiently to play my part of the return ed husband. It was not unsuccessful ly done. The children clung to me from the first, Mr. Carter wus like a father In his kindness. Constance only was cold. But T did not wish to re move the barrier between us. I was not such a viliian as that, and from the first my calculations had only ex tended to the position held by my brother in the bank and mill, not to that in his wife’s affections. I was married, and I.enora loved me. But my plans changed. I saw that it would not be politic jo take the po sition of cashier, even if it could be obtained, and I decided to renounce it and, for the present, all designs of appropriating its funds or those of the mill; for my overpowering love for Constance increased day by day while I lived under the same roof. And then the tempter came in the person of Marks. “Marry her," lie said, "for I see you love her. She is rich, and you can help the rest of us. Business does not prosper as it used; our operations are too well under stood." "Marry her!" I echoed; “how can I. when Lenora is alive?” An evil smile lit up his face, but ho only said, "I.enora may die, she Is far from strong;" but I thought nothing of all this, for I did not think he was bad enough to attempt her life. Now I know that he was. I know that It was he who sent the poisoned ring in my name to her. I saw a notice of her death in a newspaper which, no doubt, he sent to me. But there was nothing con cerning the suspicions regarding the cause, and. indeed, I do not think they awoke until Bruce began his investi gations in the claimant case. I had long ceased to love I.enora though I appreciated her single-heart- “I owe it to your faithfulness, my wife, first of all." 'ed devotion to me. But now that she was dead, I said to myself, exultantly I would press my pretended claims upon Constance as I never had done. But I said nothing about it to Marks, with whom anti all my evil associates | I determined to break; for. strange as j it may appear, I fully decided to begin ; a new upright life, to be In reality j what Vane had been. I would per- ( suade Constance to marry me on the | plea of beginning a new life together, • and then I decided to be so kind, so \ good and true, that she would never j mistrust I was not the real Vane Ham ilton. The good, pure moral atmosphere of Grovedale seemed to have uplifted my soul to better things than I had ever known. I began to see that hon or really existed, that there were true hearts in the world. Little Clare would kneel beside me when she prayed, and sometimes I prayed with her, in my heart. and fancied I was struggling to f ree itself of the terrible tolls of sins; hut how could I think that for giveness was mine. or that it could come to me in the midst of the wicked deceit of my dally life! About this time I began to feel con scious of an uneasiness regarding ! Primus Edes. Not that I mistrusted ( Constance of any wrong. Far from it. put I feared that she might have j a romantic attachment for him, as he . was said to resemble her husband in . some degree. I called him to the or Ace and talked with him. The resem blance existed, but not to an unusual . degree. I had not the slightest idea he was Vane Hamilton—not the slightest, for Vane, I was convinced, hail been drowned. When he left the j office after rejecting my proposal to , give him a better job in another mill ; I warned him to keep off my premises, j My premises, and he the true owner! j Marks was keener than I. and, I think, mistrusted him from the first, i But he said nothing to me about It. 1 It was his hand that fired the shot at Primus Edes, as he was called. Of j that I am firmly convinced, though 1 j did not see him about Grovedale. I t think he conceived the scheme of re- i moving I-enora and Vane from my path, and then of holding it over me i afterwards as the means of gettlna large sums of money from me. which he reasoned I would pay rather than I suffer the matter to become known. j But I never even mistrusted it until i Vano recovered his reason and i brought suit against me. Then love, jealousy, fear, and the old instinct to pit my faculties against the world arose within me. There seemed no other course open than to oppose the suit, and everything seemed in my favor. This was at the outset. But as the days went on, and I saw the an guish of Constance, the dejection of Vane, a great, shuddering pity for i them both, and horror for myself, a ? >ke in my soul. I would tfcink of our mother, of her love for us both, of her dying request to Vane, of his long search fdr me. of my treachery in al lowing him to fall into the clutches of the law in my place, of his recov ery to reason, only to find me in his place, and the* cumulative wickedness of my course would grind me as if I had been fastened into the tortuous iron frames used upon criminals in olden times. But slowly up from under all this anguish of mind there grew up a firm resolve which comforted me, —com- forted while it made me wretched. I determined to let matters take their course, play my part to the end. and when that end should come, which I was confident would establish me in the eyes of the law as Vane Hamilton, I would go away and give him his rightful place. Vane was arrested, and I remained free. That was as I expected, but I lingered a few days on the scene of my quiet, happy, yes, happy life, for it seemed hard to cut myself off from it all. I do not mean to preach, but 1 want to say that good people know little about what they condemn so rapidly; they know little and seem to care little about the lives of the poor creatures oftenest found In their courts of jus tice. I have thought of this much in the past week, and I have wondered what my life would have been if I had not been taken from my parents, but al lowed to grow up in the midst of good Influences; and I have been, probably, as good a man as my twin brother and perhaps It is not 100 much to say that he might have been like me with the same environment. I go away, and I go a thief, a crimin al in the eyes of the law. But I know Vane’s heart, and I feel that I tnav hope for forgiveness, and that he will believe me when I say that I will re- pay him some time, if possible, the money I took while occupying his premises. And, Constance. I promise \ou that I will live an honest life here after. I can fancy your doubting my ability to do so; but I will—l swear it. Whenever I go I shall take with me the memory of your true, noble wo manhood* and wifehood. Vane may j rest his soul in your truth and falth i fulness, and I. in time, perhaps, may 1)0 glad to think of you as a sister: but not now—not now. for fear of seem ing maudlin I refrain from saving more. You must have known how I loved you, and you can realize what it costs to leave you to him. VICTOR HAMILTON CHAPTER XXV Conclusion The husband and wife read the con fession together after he had been re leased and returned to his own home, and a great pity took possession of his soul for his unfortunate brother "He had great innate nobleness." said Constance, “or he would not have r.lven up everything when he might have kept it." "Yes. that proves it," said her hus band; "but for tills I might still lie in confinement and awaiting trial on charge of murder; but I owe it to your faithfulness, my wife, first of all.” The Hamiitons continued to reside in Grovedale. the children grew to he a tall youth and maid, and great com forts to their parents, and they were taught to feel pity, rather than detes ation. for the wicked. After two or three years passed away, a large box of fruit reached them from California, and they felt sure the sender must he Victor. In five years came a check for one thou sand dollars. It was signed “Charles Rogers,” but they were sure it came from him also, particularly as others followed from time to time. They wrote to Charles Rogers, but receive ing no reply fancied that he did not dare answer, and so they would not vrrite again. But at last they heard of him. and in away to create the utmost con sternation. He had been arrested. We all read the account of a wealthy ranch owner who was arrested and held for trial on charges of former dishonesty. How for years he had commanded the universal respect of the community in which he lived; how he had risen from being the man ager to the ownership of a large fruit ranch, and how h!s friends felt at his arrest. After n time the matter was dropped and we wondered at it. Long af erwards the reason was known to a few. Mr. and Mrs. Ham ilton rtjid the at -aunts likewise, and immediately started for California. They went to the governor and laid before him the whole story of his life. temptations, and struggles. Vane pleaded and Constance pleaded, and both were made eloquent by thel great sympathy and emotions. Th governor fortunately was a nian ol heart as well as of justice and dis cernment. Perhaps, too. the grate and beauty of Constance touched him. for he was n gallant man. At all events, after some delay £.nd no little consideration, a full pardon was granted Victor Hamilton, and thenceforth he was free to travel na he would, and without fear. It waa not known for a long time that it v.u> Solomon Marks who denounced him because his demands of "hush money" were disregarded.—not until the ar rest, confession, and death of Marks took place. He visited Grovedale, and such was his genial nature and manner that he was well and even cordially received, for his story was well known as well as ills subsequent reformation. Then he returned to Ills California ranch. As he shook hands woth Constance at parting she said to him: "You should marry, Victor. The ranch needs a mistress.” "Never," he said. “You have spoil ed me for any other woman;” but his head was uplifted and he breathed a full breath at thinking he had been able to give up his chance of winning her when in Ills own hands was held his brother’s fate. "Cherish her. Vane, as you would cherish your own life, for she is a jewel.” "She is more than my life to me," saiil Vane. “When will you send for me to keep house for you?" asked Clare, dancing out into the sunshine before him. "Next year; and when the conquer ing hero follows —as no doubt he will in a week —we will have a grand wed ding at the ranch. How does that strike you. missy?" Clare blushed a little, for the con quering hero was not a myth, and the wedding actually took place last sum mer at the ranch as her uncle propos ed. Her parents and brother were present, and the ring used at the cere mony was the one left in trust by the sorrowing mother years before, and whose spirit must have been present to bless them ail. The End. WITNESS AN EXPERT ON LYING He Was Allowed to Testify in Court and Won the Case. A Kansas City lawyer tells of the use of expert testimony on lying. He says: "I was prosecuting attorney for Fin ney county in 1881. and had a fellow up before Squire N. C. Jones on the charge of horse stealing. Ho hired Mike Sutton to defend him, and when the case was called I proved beyond question by a witness who witnessed the theft that we had the right man. After the prosecution had rested Sut ton introduced ’Buffalo’ Jones as a wit ness, and gravely informed the court that he intended to prove by him that my witness had lied. ‘Buffalo' took the stand and swore that, while he hail never seen or heard the witness before and knew nothing at all about the crime committed, he had had a great deal of experience with men and could toll pretty certain when they were lying. Then he proceeded to tell how men acted when they were lying, and gave the expert opinion that ray witness had sworn to lies from the v,ord go. I protested against such performances. but Sutton made the judge believe he had as much right to introduce an expert on liars as ho would have to introduce an expert on medicine or any other science, and the result was the thief was dismissed from custody.” Bunker Recognized the Sand. It is the boast of the hardy fisher men and coasters of Cape Cod that they can tell where they are without any instrument but the lead, and with no other observation than a scrutiny of the sand brought from the bottom upon It. A few years ago one Capt. Bunker was on a cruise, and. being confined i • his cabin by sickness, he directed that the lead should lie brought down to his berth for his inspoetion. The craft belonged to Nantucket, and was in sand ballast. The mate of the ves sel, somewhat of a wag. and doubtful of the captain's infallibility, greased the lead. and. dipping it into the bal last. carried it down to the berth. Old Capt. Bunker’s eyes di’ated with astonishment as he asked: "Do you say you got this sand by sounding?" "Yes, sir.” "Then, by the great hornspoon. Nan tucket’s sunk, and we are right over Tupper’s Hill!" Name Well Discarded. Some writers are trying to restore th*- name of Moldo-Wallachla, dis placed in recent times by the more manageable Roumanla. Moldo-Wal l&chia had a sound , of remoteness prop* r to eastern Europe, and a mys tery too much mystery for the French lady to whom, some years ago, an interesting young stranger was presented. “And now," she asked, raising an admiring and benevolent c-jeglass to receive his bow. “tell me what you are." "Ma-lame." he replied, • I am a Moldo-Wallachian." “What!" cried the vivacious hostess, with still more Interest. “So young, and yet a Moldo-Wallachian!" Cut of the Long Ago. Venus had just turned Adonis into the anemone. ••I hope that herrid Mary McLane won't mention this flower in her book.” But, alas —only too well do we know that anemones and tcoth brushes aro choice morsels to roll tinder the lit erary tongue.—Milwaukee Sentinel. A Literary Chemist. "What is Skrybbler’s profession?’’ “Well, he’s a sort of literary chem ist.” "Literary chemist? What do you meaf:?" "Every book he writes Is a drug on the market.” Illogical. Simkins-r— Gbattertcn is a great feV low to argue. Isn’t he? Timkins —Oh. I don’t 1-now. IT* usually drops a subject before he hna grasped it. LATE VOLCANOES THEIR TRACES COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO. THE S'JCORHO EAR' H JUAKE Lirle of Volcanic Outflow Along the Colorado Front Range Foothilla — Near Boulder. C olden, Denver and Colorado Springs Dotsero Lava Beds. (By Prof. Arthur I. . , in Mining Rep..i ei.) In the account ..f t rx«• recent earth quake at Socorro. \Yw Mexico*, it is stated that th*. tow n miles from the crater of an ancu ir vocano which, although not known i<> have been in eruption for the i*:. t hundred years, shows evidence < ••mparatively re cent lava Hows. I is implied that the earthquakes have . relatiou to this volcano. Earthquakes rau> connected with direct volcanic act: or they may have no such relit like the it cent one of San Front lilch ii;«-= bet n chown to be due t" n slipping of the earth’s crust alom Mi line or an ex tended fault flsstti. Assuming that the earthquake a Socorro may have some relation to t \ dcano In its vi «inlty, it will be tini to rat the line of volcani* . ms of a compar atively recent cl . .. i along th flanks of our Rod mountains in Col ciado and adjacent them states. There is a vole.. line at intervals from Wyoming to i running par allel with the east .* iwot hills of the Rockies. There at o otlu r lines of volcanic eruption >re within the heart of the mount mis. That along the • i n foothills and prairie region is characterized by dikes, volcanic bun* "necks” or plugs of volcanic < i . . basaltic lava flows and relics ot xtlnet craters. Beginning with n .thern Colorado, the eruptive lin« commences near Boulder with the \ .ilmont (Ilk** filling a fissure lu Cretac • . sandstones. A few miles south ol 11 1 : ;s the Rallston dike, also filling at; mi.* from which were erupted the l.i a flows capping the twin table mountains at Golden. South again son. twenty-live miles are the buttes and table lands of the Divide country between D •nv»*r and Colorado Springs, capped with rhyolite lava, the source of which is unknown. South of the Arkansas liver volcanic activity is resumed in the Huerfano re gion with the noted Spanish peaks as a center. From these twin mountains radiate innumerable dikes of lava in all direc tions and for miles over the country, to Trinidad, where the Raton moun tains on the border between Colorado and New Mexico form prominent land marks of basaltic lava-capped hills. Continuing on into N* w Mexico the line of volcanicity is continuous and «■*. Lienees of it can be s non either side of the Santa Fe or Fort Worth railroad tracks. One of the most noted « x a tuples is the large and port, et cral-r ol Mount Capulln on tit border of the Maxwell grant and close to the line ot the Fort Worth railway. The C nil los range is high!' volcanic, and within sight of Albuquerque are tin* re mains of a volcanic crater from which has issued recent-looking lava Hows. Across the Rio Grande river on the west, between Albuquerque and La guna, the train passes by the river by the side of ropy .oils of lava filling the modern arroya* and sufllciently recent to be us yet unclothed by scanty vege tation. The San Francisco mountains between New M« sico and Arizona are volcanic, and San Francisco peak Is said to contain a volcanic crater. Continuing south toward Texas, as we near Socori * the prairie on either i ide of the ral id track if covet d with rugged, black cindery-looklng lava or “malapai .” which doubth . s flowed from the olcanoin question. Should the So * orro volcano show any true symptom of activity tin re is no reason why j- 1 me of the others \v have noted alon this southern route should not at son time else b heard from. In Colored * Itself we have few existing craters, e most perfect and probably the mo- recent. 1., that to . Dotsero. bn wood Springs, on the Itio Grande rat:- way. This was doubt!* sln eruption v.. :m the human period as Its flows of rough, slag-ilk. l a covers the mod ern river meadow and was congealed and checked by u water of the mod ern stream. Relics of a era’ of older dm than that at Dotsero ■ seen a few miles oast of Salida. Trappers lake. In Garfield county, i said to occupy tin throat of a ernt* and doubtless in our remote and little-frequented re gions volcanic con* s ami craters may liere and ther be ’ t with. Most of the rec* looking craters in the state arc* mor» *r less remote from any thlckly-popu **d settlement or city, and would • Htitle damage it they were again t rapt. Coming Irrigation Congress. Boise. Idaho.—A i those Interested In anything pertui * »g to irrigation are invited to be in a ndance at the Na tional Irrigation < ngress to he held In Boise. Septemb kd-Sth. This will he the fourteenth mnual meeting of the organization *nd an unusually large attendance i xpected. Some or the leading ii riga m experts in the country will fie sent, as well as farmers from c-v*u • part of the West. Papers are to he t ad which contain limbic informal i concerning prac methods of * - gallon and thos * who attend also have the bem fit of information fr» experts who are causing Improv. n. :ts from time to lime. Bryan in Venice. Venice. —Williati J. Bryan, Mrs. r.rvan. Miss Gra< ■ Col Mo • C. \Xlmore of St. I mi:; and Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Dunln; nd their daughter of Jacksonville, II ispent the day here Sunday in .si;:! ming. They were interested especial!' in the work of re stroing the C’ampat le at St. Mark’s. The party had 1 ch«*c»n with Mr. White, the America’ ambassador. Large Wheat C op Expected. Large -r- ■ New York. R* 11 low prices for Hie season were m le In wheat last week and prevailu- quotations were •it the lowest in >*.: years. The de cline was due to • vc-ral conditions, principally tl >ure of actual wheat. The trade, u the July gov ernment report, ; d for a large crop, and the rr-oui *l>© movements and the inspection winter wheat this month have conflm '• this view. A western authority imates the total wheat crop at ”• .‘>oo,ooo bushels which would exceri! the highest pre vious record by N°oo. BOTH FOUND DEAD BODIES OF MISSING MINE OFFI CIALS RECOVERED. DRCWNED IN AN OLD TUNNEL Long Sea/ch Reveals Fate of the Two Ouray Men Lost in Mountain Cloudburst Struggled Hard for Their Lives. Ouray, Colo.—Miners who had been working for the last two days clearing up a small tunnel on the Royal Consort mine*, discovered at 8:30 Thursday morning the bodies of L. A. Thompson and G. \V. Mather, the officials of the Tempest-Apex Mining Company, who have been missing since Thursday ot last week. The men were lying side by side with their faces toward each other, near the breast of the tunnel, which is located in a gulch in tin- mountain, half a mile northwest of the Mickey Breen mine. Tills tunnel is fifty feet long and in stead of being constructed straight and level, followed a vein of ore and in clined into the mountain. The men sought shelter here from the cloudburst hist Thursday. They had no sooner entered the tunnel than they were followed by a torrent of wa ter which swept down the gulch and was dashed into the tunnel by the dump, which served as a wall. Dirt, rock and fallen timber were packed by the force of the water into the tunnel, the portal of which was completely closed up when work was commenced clearing out the rock and dirt. indications are that the men lived perhaps twenty minutes after entering, l and by taking the risk of drowning or suffocating, they might, have saved their lives by remaining in the open country. The force of tin* rushing water packed the debris against the two men until the entire tunel was blocked. Mather, before dying, took off ids biouse, rolled it under his head and wrapped a handkerchief around his head, which was cut and bruised. He had also commenced unlacing Ids hoot s. Thompson iiail bruises on ids left arm and also on portions of Ids body. The hands of the two men were shriv eled up by constant contact with the water, but tlielr bodies were not bloated. They wore left undisturbed until the arrival of the coroner. Water marks are noticeable even to the roof of the tunnel and the men were instantly doomed the moment D'ev sought refuge lu what seemed to be a place of safety. Upon hearing the news. Coroner Kincaid left for the mine. The bod It s of the men were “snaked” out of the d« bris and wore brought to Ouray this afternoon. No inquest will be bold. 'l'lii* tunnel whore* the bodies were found were worked Inst summer by O. .1 Davis and Malcolm Downer of tlds oily, and has remained Idle since then. Officials of the mine, upon the advice cf c, H. Wilcox, superintendent of the mill, started a force of men clearing up the tunnel as a last resort and did not expect to ilnd the bodies there at all. MUTINEERS CONQUERED. Cut Russian Outlook Is Still Clark as Night. Rf. Petersburg.—Although the mu tinies at Sveaborg have be; :i ended and the one at Cronstadt has l*e« n pi.'.ctic ally put down, the outlook Is still black. The revolutionists, whose hands were suddenly forced by the premature ris ing at Sveaborg, apparently are un daunted at these initial reverses and] inti ml to persist in tlielr program of calling a general strike Saturday or Monday. One or th>* leaders of the Revolu tionists hist night boasted that the word had gone forth and that the fire of revolt would spread to 'he cornets of the empire. Ilis closing words were: "Now watch Reval. Riga nnd Lilian.” Tin; mutiny on the cruiser Pamyat Azova, off the Ksthonlan coast, was deemed ominous. The crew of tills ves sel rose and killed the commander and four officers, but the loyal sailors over powered the mutineers and placed them in irons. Although the admiralty asserts that the squadron off - Sveaborg did not waver in its allegiance, there is some thing mysterious about the reports of the actions of the ships which war iants the suspicion that all is not light, aboard. Only two ships fired or. the mutineers. The others remained on tie* horizon, as ir the admiral was not sure that they could be depended upon. Michigan Democrats for Bryan. Detroit. —Indorsement of William J. Br>an as a presidential candidate in 1908,'defeat of a resolution calling on the Democratic national committee to Investigate the charges made against National Chairman Taggart and de mand Ills resignation if they wore found true, and the nomination of Charles H. Kimmerle of Cassopolis for governor over Stanley E. Parkhfll of Owosso, the only other candidate, were the features of the Democratic state convention held here Thursday. The re solutions further favor the nomina tion of all candidates b.v direct vote ..nil the election of United States Sen ators by direct vote. Vice President Coming West. Denver. —Vice President Fairbanks and Mrs. Fairbanks have accepted the invitation of Thomas F. Walsh to visit him at his home at Wolhurst near this city. Mr. Walsh Is an eloquent ex ponent of the advantages of Colorado in summer time and his encomiums lured the vice president hither. Im mediately upon the announcement be ing made here, various social leaders commenced elaborate plans to enter tain the distinguished visitors. They will arrive September 15th ami will stay until after the Pike’s Peak Cen tennial September 22-24. Suicide While Drunk. Seattle, Washington.—E. A. Gage, son of Lymau J. Gage, former secre tary of th<» treasury, committed sui cide Thursday afternoon in tin* Tour ist hotel, by shooting himself through the body with a revolver. He died a few minutes later. The only dptse for the shooting which can be assigned was that he was temporarily insane from drinking. IMs wife came here from Chicago last Monday and em ployed detectives to locate her hus band.' Gage evidently knew that the detectives were on his track, as he registered at the hotel under t*a as sumed name. Our Washington Letter Review of Ficet in American Warships Ever Ass. Voled —Sec- ond Only to Channel Squadron of Great Britain -The Public Bur den of Naval Expenditures—The Various Classes of Negroes. WASHINGTON.—It Is proposed In Septem ber to have a review of the biggest fleets of American warships ever assembled. It will tako place either In tin* waters of Long Island Sound or off the coa t of Massachus stts and will bo wit nessed by President Roosevelt. Before bo left Washington Mr. Roosevelt Informed Secretary of the Navy Bonaparte that lie wished to Inspect the Atlantic fleet before it left for the southern drill grounds in the early autumn. The secre tary is now making the preparations to have Hi a big licet assembled some time in September, an i it is probable that In addition to the president tin* reviewing party will Include Secretary Bona parte und Admiral Dewey and several members of tlio house and senate committees on naval af fairs. , , . Tile fleet will bo assembled under the flag or Rear Admiral Itoßley D. Evans and will be soo- ond In power only to the channel squadron of Groat ‘H moat formidable licet In the world. The fl-et will embrace 14 (I. st-class which will be divided Into four squadrons. In addition there will he a squad ron of four or five first-class armored cruisers, a torpedo flotilla and a ber or fleet auxiliaries, such as colliers, repair ships, etc. , o1 it is expected that live or six new battleships fresh from the yards o. the contractors will be in this force, including the Georgia. It >< els antl I Sew Jersey, Virginia. Connecticut and Louisiana. It is probable hat the onnec-, ticut. one of the new 16,000 ton battleships, will he selected a® U™ or the squadron. The total tonnage of th • battleships will ho BOinclhlng like 180,000 tons and the armored crulsi > squadron will represent ..... 00 tons, mak ing a grand displacement of about 235,000 tons In the vessels to be reviewed. THE PROPAGANDA OF DISARMAMENT. While preparations nre being made for this grand naval display there are some earnest statesmen at work spreading a propaganda or disarmament. Mr. Burton, of Ohio, a forceful member of the house, who was largely Instru mental In having postponed tin* construction or the big 20.000 ton battleship until congress could pass on the plans, is one of the leaders In the movement to put a stop to the building up of the navies of the world. At the coming session or the Inter parliamentary Union In London Air. Bur ton expects to exploit a practical plan for dis armament. v Mr. Burton proposes If possible to obtain an agreement by the representatives of the various parliament who will meet in London with the idea that their recommendation will receive con sideration by The Hague conference which fol- lows. It Is already assured that the disarma mont will be brought to the attention of the coming Hague conference. The American delegates will favor it and If necessary will take the initiative In bringing It forward. The new Liberal government of Great Britain lias de clared favorably for the proposition and it Is understood that England s dele gates will be prepared to support it at The Hague. Disarmament as a theory has been under general discussion for years. Advocates of peace and arbitrators have laid the blame of failure to accom plish something In this line to the absence of li feasible programme. Even should the proposition be rejected at Tin* Hague it is felt that the discussion of the subject will bring before the world the desirability of putting a check on war. Then* are Indications that France would welcome* a proposition to stop building ships, rs would also Germany, who will continue* to emulate Great Britain as long as that country k<»*t»s adding to her navy. Naval expenditures by all these governments. Including the United States, are getting to lie* a public burden, and if an International agreement could be reached to stop preparations for war great relief would be experienced. THE WORK OF MR. BURTON, OF OHIO. Mr. Theodore Burton, Ilm American ta w! w ill advot iti dl atm inn nt in Loudon and do all lu* can to further the proposi tion at 'riie Hague, has attracted no little atten tion to himself by his independence und force. He Is the chairman of the house committee on rivers and harbors and in that position Is a most conspicuous figure before the public because ho has had the courage to fight some of the old “pork ba rt el" cliemos In ri rer and harbor aj i ro priatlons by which money was dumped Into shal low creeks and useless bayous merely because congressmen nsked for If. He has evolved a new system of river and harbor Improvement whereby thi t 1 Important waterway i and har bors shall receive the greatest amount of money. Hi* believes in completing Important national projects before taking up those of a more local character. It has often been said that if Mr. Burton were n married man he would he the* strongest character In the? hems'*. There* Ir a sort of prejudice* against bachelors in public life because they seem to be* lacking in poise and balance anel are apt to be* testy and take* narrow views of things. Mr Burton Is a man of great brain power and fore*, but he is a good deal of a crusty old bachelor and’as such Is not popular. What he* accomplishes In congress is by the sheer force e»r Ills mentality and logic. It is not because of any personal magnetism or popularity. ... . , , There are many admirers of Mr. Burton who wish that he would get mar ried because tliev believe? the- association with a good woman would so broaden him as to make him on<* of Hie most eligible* candidates in the country for the presidency. Tin.* Ohio statesman, however, has been tern busy as a student of great questions ami as u worker in his profession to give any thought to mar riage. ESCAPADES OF A YOUNG CENTRAL AMERICAN. There has been running around loose In this country, cre-ating occasional sensatlous and giv ing an undesired advertisement to ills own coun try, a young man who ought to be on<* «»f tie* most prominent men In bis own home Alphonse Zelaya. who is the* son of the president of the Republic of Nicaragua and one <»i thi heirs to a fortune of 2.000,000, lias been making a spec tacle of himself for several months. H«* was sent by ills father to receive a military education at the West Point Military Academy, but found the discipline and curriculum of that institution a little too severe for his southern nature. Ho made the acquaintance in tills city of a Miss Baker, the adopted daughter of a Dr. Baker, and a few months ago married her. The report of bis attentions to the young lady had reached ills president father In Nicara gua and the latter tried to have him arrested and sent back home, but before his agents could accomplish that purpose young Zelaya and Miss Baker had become man and wife*. Ii was then that the rich Nicaraguan president cast the young man off and would not recognize him un less he gave up his American wife and came home. The honeymoon of tin* young Zelayas did not last very long and they separated, the wife returning to her foster father in this city. Then the young inan got a Job playing a piano in a beer garden and earned ten dollars a week. On this slender income tin* pair reunited, but soon separated again and Zelaya lost his job as a musical "professor." Then rather than go hungry he stole S2O from a room ate and rather than go naked he stole a .60 cent shirt from a policeman and his troubles seem only to have* begun The escapades of this young Central American have made- the society girls In Washington a little shy of foreigners who represent themselves to be of great wealth and to belong to high families. THE NEGRO PROBLEM AT THE CAPITAL. The commercial and social circles of this city and surrounding country are terribly agitated over a proposition to establish a settlement of colored persons in a section that is being built up by white people who are in comfortable cir cumstances. One of the attractive suburbs lying to thi; northwest of Washington has for some years been patronized by a good class of white people who have spent money in the improve ment of their property and felt comfortable In the fact that their surroundings were all satis factory. Now comes a proposition for the ac quirement of a large section in tills fashionable territory which will lie sold in lots to negroes. ■Already a large number of lots have been bought and tjut white people living near by are lu a state of frenzy. The negro problem Is as acute In Washing ton. and even more so. as in the southern states and cities. Nearly one-third of the poplutlon of the capital city is colored and among them is the most undesirable class of negroes. There is a class which, while law abiding In most respects, is very Impudent and assertive and wherever possible will "butt In" among the whites. This eluss Is purchasing lot 3 in the suburb mentioned and the old residents who have already erected homes In that neighborhood are sure that their property will lose half its value if this negro settlement Is continued. There does not seem to be* any relief to those who object to colored neighbors, as the latter have a right to purchase property If they have the price. The better class of negroes in Washington, those who do not wish to associate witli the whites, are scattered all over the city. They are not the class that wish to colonize in any particular locality, but go off quietly by themselves and do not intrude on anyone. There is another cla s who have a little money and who try to ape the fashions and customs of white society and who produce the young men and girls who crowd sidewalks, elbow white people to the wall or in the gutter, and i reempt seats on street cars. So far there has been no direct outbreak i.gainst the aggressive type of negro, but that Is due largely to the conservative character of the whitp, citizenship u* Washington. It Is not "good form" l » get in a row with a negro.