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and Masks ICopr#/c mt /s osar /MOSS--AtJMtu Co 9 With Drawiofa by Harrison Fiahar. CHAPTER IV. In other words, we had departed the scene of festivities none too soon. I could readily understand why thedJor had been locked; it was not to keep us In the cellars; rather It was to prevent any one from leaving the ball room by that route. Evidently our absence had not been noticed, nor had any our precipitate flight. I sighed gratefully. For several minutes we stood silent and motionless on the landing. At length I boldly struck a match. The first thing that greeted my blinded gaze was the welcome vision of a lit tie shelf lined with steward's candles. One of these I lighted, and two others I stuffed Into the'pocket of my Ca puchin's gown. Then we tiptoed softly down the stairs, the girl tug ging fearfully at my sleeve. There was an earthly smell. It was damp and cold. Miles and miles away (so It seemed) the pale moonshine filtered through a cobwebbed window. It was ghostly; but so far as 1 was concerned. 1 was honestly enjoying myself, strange as this statement may seem. Here was I, setting forth upon an adventure with the handsomest, wittiest girl I had ever laid eyes upon. If I extricated her neatly, she would always be In my debt; and the thought of this was mighty pleasant to con template. "Do you know the way out?" I confessed that, so far as I knew, we were in one of the fabled labyrinths of mythology. “Go ahead,” she said bravely. "I ask only to die in your highness' service," —soberly. "Hut 1 do not want you to die; I want you to get me out of this cel la-; and quickly, too.” •i'll live or die in the attempt!” "I sec nothing funny in our predic ament," —Icily. "A few moments ago you said that our angles of vision were not the same; I begin to believe it. As for me. I think it's simply immense to find myself in the same boat with you." "I wish you had been an anarchist, or a performer in a dime museum. "You might now be alone here. But, pardon me; surely you do not lack the full allotment of the adventurous spirit! It was all amusing enough to come here under false pretenses. "Hut 1 had not reckoned on any one's losing Jewels.” "No more had I.” "Proceed. I have the courage to trust to your guidance." "I would that it might be al ways!"—with a burst of sentiment that was not wholly feigned. ‘‘Let us go on,” —Impatiently. “I shall not only catch my death of cold, but I shall be horribly compro mised." "My dear young lady, on the word of a gentleman. I will do the best I can to get you out of this cellar. If I have jested a little, it was only in the effort to give you courage; for I haven't the slightest idea how we are going to get out of this dismal hole.” We went on. We couldn’t see half a dozen feet in front of us. The gloom beyond the dozen feet was Stygian and menacing. And the great grim shadows that crept behind us as we proceeded! Once the girl stumbled and fell against me. “What's the matter?" I asked, start led. "I stepped on something that—that moved!" —plaintively. "Possibly it was a potato; there's a bln of them over there. Where the deuce are we?” *‘lf you swear. I shall certainly scream!” she warned. “But I can swear in the most elo gant and approved fashion.” “I am not inclined to have you demonstrate your talents.” “Aha! Here is the coal-bin. Per haps the window may be open. If so, we are saved. Will you hold the can dle for a moment?” Have you ever witnessed a cat footing it across the snow? if you ■have, picture me imitating her. Cau tiously I took one step, then another; and then that mountain of coal turned into a roaring treadmill. Sssssh! -“Proceed. I Have the Courage to Truat to Your Guidance.” Rrrrr! In a moment 1 wan burled to the knees and nearly suffocated. I became angry. I would reach that window — “Hush! Hush! The noise, the noise!” whispered the girl, waving the candle frantically. But I was determined. Again I tried. This time I slipped and fell on iny hands. As I strove to get up, the cord on my gown became tangled about my feet. The girl choked; whether with coal dust or with laugh- BY HARROLD MACGRATH /7(/r/?o/? osmf/v/wavmrtfav sre. ter 1 could not say, as she still had on her cambric mask. "Forgive me," she said. And then 1 knew it was not the coal dust. "I'll forgive you. but I will not promise to forget." "Merciful heavens! you must not try that again. Think of the noise!” "Was I making any noise?"—rub bing the perspiration from my fore head. (1 had taken off my mask.) "Noise? The trump of Judgment Day will be feeble compared to it. Surely some one has heard you. Why not lay that board on top of the coal?" A good idea. I made use of it at once. The window was unlatched, but there was a heavy wire-screen —nailed to the sills outside. There was no getting out that way. The gods were evidently busy else where. "Nothing doing," I murmured, a bit discouraged. “And even if there was. you really could not expect me tJ risk my neck and dignity by climbing through a window like that. Let Us give | •ip the Idea of windows, and seek the cellar doors, those that give to ( the grounds. I declare I shall leave ' by no other exit.” "It was very kind of you to let me make an ass of myself like , that. Why didn't you tell me be- ! forehand?” "Perhaps it's the angle of vision again. I can see that we shall never j agree. Seriously, I thought that if you got out that way, you might find , the other exit for me. I am sorry ; if my laughter annoyed you." "Not at all. all. Hut wouldn't ' it be wise to save a little laughter , to make merry with when we get j out?" I stepped out of the bin and re- j lleved her of the candle; and we went on. •'You did look funny.” she said. “Please don't!” I begged. Soon we came to a bin of cab- j bases. I peered In philosophically | "I might find a better head in i there than mine,” I suggested. "Now you are trying to be sarcas tic.” said the girl. We went on. "Wait a moment!” she cried. “Here's a bin of nice apples.” Apples! Well, my word. she was a cool one! I picked up one. polished It on my sleeve, and gave It to her. "I'm hungry,” she said, apologet ically. "And plucky, too," I supplemented, admiringly. "Most women would be in a weeping state by this time." “Perhapß I am waiting till It is all over.” "You had better take off your mask." In fact I felt positive that the sight of her exquisite face would act like a tonic upon my nerves. "I am doing very well with it on. I can at least keep my face clean.” She raised the curtain and took a liberal bite of the apple—so nonchalantly that I was forced to smile. "Here's a box.” said I; "lets sit down while we eat. We are safe enough. If any one had heard the racket in the coal bln, the cellar would have been full of police by this time." v And there we sat. calmly munching the apples, for all the world as if the iron hand of the law wasn't within a thousand miles of us. It was all very j amusing. "Are —are you the man they are hunting for?" she asked abruptly. "I never stole anything more terrl -1 ble than green apples—and ripe ones” —with a nod toward the apple bln. "Pardon me! I feel very guilty in asking you such a question. You j haven't told me your name.” I "Haven't I? My name is Richard i Cornstalk. My friends call me Dicky.” j "Dicky,” she murmured. "It's a i nice name.” ! “Won’t you have another apple?" I I asked impulsively. "My appetite is appeased, tbicnlc you." An idea came to me. “Hamilton said there were three tens of hearts. That meant that only one was out of order. Where did you get your card?" "That I shall tell you—later.” “Hut are you really an impostor?" “1 should not be in this cellar else.” “You are very mystifying.” “For the present 1 prefer to remain so." We tossed aside the apple cores, rose, and went on it was the longest celler I ever saw. There seemed ab solutely no pnd to it. The wine cellar was walled apart from the main cel lar, and had the semblance of a huge cistern with a door opening into it. As we passed It, the vague perfume of the grape drifted out to us. "Let’s have a bottle,” I began. "Mr. Cornstalk!” "By absent-treatment!” I hastened to add. "You will make a capital comrade— if we ever get out of this cellar.” "Trust me for that!” I replied gaily. "Be careful; there's a pile of empty bottles, yearning to be filled with tomato catsup. Give me your hand.” Hut the moment the little digits closed over mine, a tj rill seized me, and I quickly bent my head and kissed the hand. It was wrong, but I could not help it. She never spoke nor withdrew her hand; and my fear that she might really be offended vanished. "We are nearly out of it," I said ex ultantly. "I see the cellar stuirs on ahead. If only those doors are open!” "Heaven is merciful to the fool, and we are a pair," she replied, sighing gratefully. "It seems strange that no body should be in the cellar on u night Calmly Munching the Applet. like this. Hark! They are playing again up stairs in the ball room." “And wondering a whole lot where that third ten of hearts has gone.” "Hut, listen. How are we to get back to the trolley? We certainly can not walk the distance in theci clothes." "Oh, that carryall will come to our rescue. We are weary and are leav ing early, don't you know. That part Is simple; the complicated thing is to shake the dust of this cellar." "What a big furnace!” she ex claimed, as we came into view of the huge heating apparatus. "And there's more coal.” A man stepped out from behind the* furnace and confronted us. A red bandana covered the lower part of his face and his hat was pulled down over his eyes. Hut I recognized him in stantly. It was the fellow with the villainous pipe! Something glittered ominously at the end of his out stretched arm. "if you make any noise, sir. I’ll have to plug you. sir," he said in polite but muffled tones. The candle slipped from my fingers, and the three of us stood in darkness! CHAPTER V. There was a clicking sound, and the glare of a dark-lantern struck my blinking eyes. "Pick up the cnndle, sir." said the tranquil voice from behind the light. I obeyed readily enough. Fate was downright cruel to us. Not a dozen feet away was liberty; and now wo were back at the beginning again, with the end nowhere in sight. "Shall I light it, sir?" I asked, not to be outdone In the matter of forma) politeness. "Yes, sir. doubtless you will need it." 1 struck a match and touched tho candlestick. "Burglar?” said I. (For all my ap parent coolness, my heartbeats were away up in the eighties!) The girl snuggled close to my side. I could feel her heart beating even faster than mine. "Burglar?" I repeated. "Indeed, no. sir," reproachfully. "Mine is a political job." "A political Job?" thunderstruck. “Yes, sir; I am an Inspector of cel lars.” —grimly. "I couldn't get around to this here cellar earlier in the day, sir, and a fellow's work must be done.” To be Continued. In No Danger. Mrs. Minks (severely)—George, there is an account In the paper about a business man leaving his wife and running off with a pretty typewriter girl. Mr. Minks —Indeed. “Yes, and it's the third account of the kind I've seen this week.” “Th. t doesn’t interest me.” "It does me. You have a pretty typewriter girl In your office.” "No, we haven’t. My partner eloped with her last week.” —N. Y. Week!/. SEWS OF THE WEEK Most Important Happenings cf the Past Seven Day:. Interest ins Items Gathered from Al 3 parts of the World » oudeuaed Into Small Spa* e for thn Benefit of Oar Iti-ndera, Personal. A Signor Gallo, the Italian minister of Justice, died recently in Home of syncope. He had held many promin ent positions In the government. The Dowager Empress of Russia Is In London visiting her sister Queen Alexandra. Former Senator J. R. Burton, of Kansas, will be released from the Ironton, Mo., jail on March 22. He will return directly to his home in Abilene, Kan. Gen Do th. of the S ilvatlon Army, has arrived in this country from London on his way to Japan and the Far East. James R. Garfield lias taken the oath of office as seretary of the in terior. C 1. J B. Thom: s, g vernor of the Soldiers home at Dayton. 0., sln«e 1889, recently died In that Institution. Secretary Taft .and a party of or- Hcl Is will s< on viVt Cuba, Porto Rica and the Panama Canal. The test pits on the site of the projected lookr at Gatun will be inspected. G. W. H. Lucas, mayor of Cherokee, Kan., was fatally injured recently by falling from the back door of the opera house. He was 71 years of age. Dr, Karl Heinrich vo n Boettlcher, who served as German minister of the interior under Bismarck, is dead. W. H. Burrow, cashier of a hank at Smith Center, Kansas, has been upopinted a national hank examiner. Henry Davis Todd, lieutenant com mander U. S. N„ retired the last member of the naval academy class of 1857, died recently at Annapolis, Mil. Congressional. The chairman of the appropriation committee of the house announced be fore the adjournment <>| congress that in place of there being a deficit at I lie close of the fiscal year 19U8 as ut time seemed probable, there would be a surplus of s2o,o()<U>oo. The proposition to abandon all of the 18 pension agencies and consol idate all the business at Wuslnngtc n i was defeated. The filibustering tactics of the democrats in the senate was successful in defeating the ship subsidy bill which i had passed the house by a close mar gin. I During the Fifty-ninth congress 34.- '879 bills and Joint resolutions were I Introduced In both branches, of which ti. 940 became laws. Miscellaneous. Mrs. J. E. Stoval, of Lawton, Ok., recently gave birth to a baby girl 'ln a street car at Oklahoma City. The defense in the Thaw trial took the prosecution by surprise wnen they notified District Attorney Jerome that It would rest their case with the testi mony of Mrs. William Thaw. Tho state will now put in rebuttal evi dence, and then the argument will be gin. Both houses of congress have passed a resolution creating a Joint committee of five senators and five representatives of the Sixtieth con gress to revise and codify the laws of the United Slates. After two years of litigation tho guessing contest regarding attend ance at the St. Louis world's fair has been decided by the courts. M. Lo gan Guthrie, of Fulton, Mo., was awarded the prize of $25,000. A big strike of placer gold has been made in Lost Creek, near Bellingham, Wash. The street car men's unton of Omaha, Neb., has voted against a strike to enforce demands for a I "closed shop.” | The women suffragists of England have been temporarily defeated in their efforts to get a bill through parliament 'giving them the right to vote. | Miss Louise Ross, or Louisiana, Mo., was beaten and stabbed by her sweetheart, Andrew Watts, until near ■ly dead. Watts was arrested and | placed in jail. Tl.ereats of lynching . were openly made Frank T. Campbell, formerly lieu tenant governor of lowa, died re cently at Lima, O. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia university, was married at New York recently to Miss Kate La Montague. The J. H. Crane Furniture company, one of the pioneer firms or St. Louis, has made an assignment for the bene fit of creditors. Perry Evans, a teacher of a country school In Oklahoma, was recently as saulted and killed by a number of Ilia male pupils. The Idaho legislature has aproprl nted $50,000 for carrying on the pro-e --cu i n in the £ teu eabe: g murder case. The governors of the various states have keen notified that the brigade and division encampments for instruction of the militia will be omitted this >ear on account of the absence of troops In Cuba and at the Jamestown exposition. The fast mail train from Chicago to New York was recently derailed at Tivo I N. Y. Ten p rso. s wee n jured. By the explosion of 1,000 pounds el dynamite In the storehouse of a col liery near Mount Carmel. Pa., 40 per sons were seriously injured. Edwin Leland, a post office in spector. son of Cyrus Leland, of Kan sas, has been removed from the gov ernment service. District Attorney Jerome and Judge Fitzgerald recently had a sharp clash during the progress of the Thaw trial. Capt. David I Gibbon, U. S. A.. retired, who invented a number of instruments now ?n use in the weath er bureau, is dead in Washington. A chorus sin- r w: of the Royal Opera company beeame demented at a con cert at the palu< e in Berlin and had to be forcibly removed. Following a stay of three weeks at Bairrltz, King Edward will jo n the royal yacht in the south of Frame and with Queen Alexandra will cruise in the Mediterranean returning to England towards the close of April. The resignation of Gov. Swettenham of Jamaica lias become an accom plished fact and lie will leave the is land ns soon as his affairs can be ar ranged. The president has signed proclama tion creating or increasing 32 forest reserves in various western states. President Roosevelt in a letter to the famine relief committee appeals to the country to aid (lie famine suf ferers in Russia. The first plank of the new Oklahoma state constitution adopted provides for initiative and referendum. The Southern Kansas Millers’ Club has been enjoined by the district court of Sedgwick county ui>on request of Attorney General Jackson. An in quiry Is to be made to learn whether or not the club is a trust. The first session of the new Rus sian dunm was characterized by a remarkable revolutionary demonstra tion at tho Tauride Palace in which 40,000 persons took part. Nine men were killed and nine oth ers injured by an explosion In the rock quarry of the Chihuahua & Pacific railroad at Sandoval, Mexico, recently. Attorneys for Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, the Christian Science leader, qemare she will appear in court in person at the trial of the suit filed by her son. This action was decided upon to combat the idea that she was suffering from senile dementia. A decision has been handed down in the federal court at St. Ixmis against the contention of tho Waters- Pierce Oil company and co-defendants that non-resident wit nesses could not be brought to St. Ixiuis to testify. The jury in tlie case of James and Philip Strother, on trial for killing their brother-in-law at Culpepper, Va., returned a verdict of not guilty. On account of a strike by the electricians of Paris tlie city was in darkness one night recently. All kinds of business was paralyzed, even the newspapers being unable to get out there editions The supreme court of Connecticut has decided that white barbers in that suite need not shave negroes. It lias developed that William F. \Valker, the defaulting treasurer of tho Savings bank at New Britain, Conn., is alio a forger to a large ex tent. The Standard hold of San Francis co was recently destroyed by fire. The 150 guests in the house were forced to flee In their night clothes. There are now in operation through out the country :J7,:521 rural routes on which 117,174 regular carriers are em ployed. The appellate decision of the su preme court of New York lias de cided unanimously against Mayor George 11. McClellan in Ills fight to present a recount of the vote cast at the last municipal elec!lon. : Abraham Ruef, the political boss of ' San Francisco, who had been In hid l lug for three days in order to de ■ lay proceedings against him for bri * bery, has ut last been caught, by • officers of Judge Dunne's court. An unverified report In Wall street that E. H. Harriman had gulned control of the Reading railroad caused the shares of that company to advance 11 points in a half hour. Attorney General Bonaparte has declared illegal the action of South Carolina authorities In bringing to > the United States a shipload of im migrants for work In various 1 branches of Industry In that state. The South Dakota legislature has ' passed a divorce law which requires a years’ residence in the stale and i all hearings In open court. The new luw kills the divorce industry In that state. ( The conductors and trainmen on 1 the Santa Fe and M. K. & T. rail -1 roads have voted to strike unless their demands for more pay and shorter 1 hours are granted. The German steamer Vandalla, which has arrived at New York from China and Japan, reports a fire on r hoard while at sea which caused damage amounting to $250,000. Gov. Hoch has issued a call for 1 a special election in the first Kan sas congressional district to chose a successor to former Representative Charles Curt!s. A conference was recently held by the president with Postmaster Gen eral Meyer and the ixistal commission regarding contempted reforms in the postal servl' , «*. Mrs. William Thaw was on the stand recently in the trial of hcT son , frr the murder of Stanford White. Her story was deeply impressive in its simplicity and brevity and seemed to have a pronounc d effect upon the jury. i Gov. Sheldon of Nebraska lias re ceived official notice from the offi cials of the Burlington railroad com pany that it will not contest the new ■ two-cent fare law but will revise its rates accordingly. A coroner's jury has held the operat ing and construction department of the New York Central railroad respon sible for the wreck in the Bronx when 25 persons were killed, and the coroner has ordered the president aifd direc tors of the road held. , The new United States battleship , Vermont has been formally placed In commission. At Flttsburg, Pa., r ent y . snow I storm accompanied by thunder and . lightning coming from an apparently . cloudless sky, puzzled the weather observers. The city council of Council Bluffs. Ia„ recently declared Itself aguinst municipal ownership by turning down a proposition to buy the waterworks plant. Recent advice 3 from Nicaragua say that the governorment forces have captured two towns in Honduras af ter delivering a crushing defeat to the Hondnrean trmy. Arrangements are being mvde for a Kansas day at the .Jan:e:;to\vn exposi tion next September whin the silver service bought by the state will be presented to the battleship Kansas. ABE RUEF ARRESTED. Special Officer Has No Difficulty in Locating Him. San Francisco.—Abraham Ruef. the local political boss, who, for three days, hml been In hiding to evade an order of arrest issued by Superior Judge Dunne, w.is taken into custody Friday night at the Trocadero, a secluded sub urban resort near the ocean beach. The arrest was made by W. J. Biggy, elisor of Judge Dunne's court, and De tective Burns, who is aiding Assistant Attorney Hcuey in tile work of prose cuting alleged municipal "grafters.” Ruef submitted ns gracefully as possi ble to arrest and was brought to the city in an automobile. His custodians stopped for un hour at the office of Mr. Heney while Ruef was left In the auto mobile under guard. He was later taken to a hotel and will probably be detained there over night. It is said that his captors declined to take him to jail on account of the intimate political and friendly rela tions existing between the sheriff and the prisoner. Ruef will be taken to Judge Dunne’s court in the morning. This wus not the only sensational de velopment In Friday’s proceedings In the Ruef case. Samuel M. Shortridge, attorney of record for Ruef. incurred a severe rebuke from Judge Dunne dur ing an examination by Assistant Dis trict Attornew Heney into the Incom petency of Coroner Walsh, appointed by the court as substitute for the dis qualified sheriff O'Neil, to locate and arrest the Indicted politician. Shortridge persisted in an effort to enter objection to a question put by Heney, and would not be silenced by the court, who finally adjudged him guilty of contempt ami sentenced him to twenty-four hours' imprisonment in tin* county Jail. Shortridge, however, esenped Imme diate Incarceration by applying to the District Court of Appeals for a writ of habeas corpus on the ground that no contempt bud been committed. STATE ORATORICAL CONTEST. Denver University Takes Two Honors —Colorado College Withdraws. Fort Collins.—At the annual state oratorical contest here Friday night, both first ami second boners went to Denver University, Olln P. Lee win nlng first and the $25 award, and W. 11. O'Byrne winning second and the sls award, while third place and hon orable mention fell to Eugent Bice of the Agricultural college. To Mr. Lee will now fall the honor of delegate and orator to the interstate oratorical contest, where will be hoard the prize orators of t leven Central and Western states and to l»e held this year under the auspices of Park col lege, Tarkio, Missouri. This was the first stnte contest to be held in Fort Collins, and the Aggie stud nts bad made great preparations by appropriately decorating their chapel. At a meeting of tlie State Orator! sal Association convention this after noon all debts were paid, and the with drawal of Colorado college from tin state association was accepted, that college maintaining Hint it can no longer maintain interest in oratory. Election of officers was postponed uni i 1 another member can be secured to take tile place of Colorado college. DATE OF MOYER TRIAL. It Has Been Set for April 15th. Boise, Idaho.—April 15th Is the date decided upon for the beginning of the i rial of Moyer. Haywood and Pettl bonc at Caldwell. B< fora leaving Wal lace, where the attorneys for both the state and defense were engaged In the Steve Adams trial it was agreed that if the Supreme Court mandate arrives in time, the motion for the dismissal may be overruled and the trials begun Monday, April 15th. The trial will not bo delayed by an app« al to the Supreme Court on the ruling of the court on the motion to dismiss, should the motion be over ruled, alt bough the appeal may be taken. Attorneys for the state telegraphed to Washington for information as to when the Supreme Court mandate will arrive and were Informed that It would reach Boise early next week. If not sooner. It is expected that a ruling on the motion for a change of venue will he made next Monday. Strike Leaves Paris in Darkness. Paris.—A sudden, virtually unani mous and unexpected strike on the part of practically all the electricians of Paris at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, resulted in the almost complete paral ysis of the business of the city by the time night had fallen. A number of theaters had to forego their perform ances, several of the evening newspa pers were unable to get out their edi tions, and gnat department stores were hurriedly closed. The strikers demand the fulfillment of the promises to improve their condition, which they claim were made them last July. The company that supplies electric ity was recently accorded concessions by the Municipal Connell, and It now refuses to carry out certain r< solu tions passed by that body undt r which the electrical workers are granted an eight-hour day and old-age pensions. The men are exasperated by what they characterize bad faitti on the part of tne company, and now claim recogni tion as employes of a municipal de partment, Including vacations, pay while they are sick and the granting of pensions at a specified age. Radicals Control the Douma. St. Petersburg.—The first skirmish for control of the opposition in the lower house of Parliament was won Friday by the Radicals, who compelled the Constitutional Democrats to aban don their candidal* s for vice presidents and accept the nominees of the Radical coalition. During 'he afternoon the Socialists in caucus discussed the Immediate in troduction of a demand for general am nesty. Until late In the afternoon however, the house was occupied with the election of the vice presidents, the secretary and the latter’s four assist ants. Barbers Need Net Shave Colored Men. Hartford, Conn. The Supreme court of the state has decided that barbers In this state need not shave colored nun. The decision was reached on an appeal from a Superior Court decision in Bridgeport against Henry 11. Foullnes. a colored man. who brought suit against Thomas So hizzl, a haiher of that city. Solazzi r<- fus» <1 to s''ave Foulknes, his defense being that bis barbtr shop was not a ■ilac cf public accommodation within h»* rr.con'ng <>f the law. The Supreme r or.rt upholds that contention. HE SEEKS PEACE C. HARRIMAN WOULD CO-OPER ATE WITH THE GOVERNMENT. ADMITS MAKING A MISTAKE “If We Had All Met on Common Ground and Co-operated for Our Mutual Benefit Nobody Would Be Worrying Over the Situation aa It is To-Day.” New York.—"l am ready to make the advancement of a scheme of co-opera tion between the government and tho railways my chief interest,” said E. H. Harriman, president of the Union Pa cific railroad, on returning from Wash ington. Mr. Harriman declined to talk about the report that be had obtained control of the Rending railroad. Speaking of agitation against corporate wealth, lie said: “They—we—ail of us. should have considered the possible effects of this agitation before it was begun or be fore conditions that made its growth possible were allowed to continue. If we had all met ou common ground and cooperation for our mutual benefit nobody would be worrying over the situation as it Is to-day. “We all made a mistake in this. I realize the inlHtakc, and I believe tho administration at Washington is be ginning to realize that it lias been a lit tle too radical in its attitude toward tho railroads. Henceforth I look to seo its opposition take on more of the spirit of co-operation. I believe the railways cun expect to receive more even-handed justice. "Wo men at the head of the groat corporations on our part are coming to a better understanding of what the government expects of us. We are bo ginning to get the point of Wow of the administration. We feel that we are now, nil of us—the public, the govern ment nml the railways—on a common ground, where wo can deal with each other In the right spirit. "I'm more than willing to give my support to such a process of enlighten in' nt. I'm ready to make tho ad vancement of such a scheme of co oj»- oration my chief Interest. Surely there could lie few conditions Imaginable that would be of wider benefit than to eliminate hostile friction.” STROTHERS ACQUITTED. Found “Not Guilty," Though They Ad mitted Killing Their Sister's Seducer. Culpepper, Vii. -After being out one hour and a half the jury In the case of James and Phillip Strothc r, on trial for the murder of William F. By waters, returned a verdict of not guilty at 11:10 a. m. When the Jury m< n finally filed in the room the silence wus intense. “Gentlemen of the Jury." asked the clerk, “have you agreed upon your verdict?” "We have,” replied Foreman Price, bunding the verdict to the court ofilc r. “We find the defendants, James and Philip Strother, not guilty," was the message read by the clerk. The announcement was the signal for an outburst of approval which Judgo Harrison quickly silenced. James Strother reached for the hand of Mr. Moore, one of his counsel, and Philip was qui< tly surrounded by their friends. Mrs. Janies Strother, overcome by emotion, fell forward Into her husband’s arms sobbing and ex claiming In r thanks. When the effects of tho critical mo ment hud passed Judge llurrlson ad dressed the Jury as follows: "Gentlemen of the Jury. I thank you for a verdict which I think will be ap proved by the people. It is au estab lished precedent In the state of Vir ginia that no man tried for defending the sanctity of Ills home should bo found guilty.” After further words of approval from the bench the Jurymen left the court room. THAW'S DEFENSE RESTS. Jerome Suddenly Called Upon to Pro ceed With Rebuttal. New York. —There was another quick turn of the cards in the trial of Harry K. ’1 haw Thursday, when the defense announced that It had concluded to rest its case. It was nearly G o’clock when Delphin M. IXlmas. chief of the Thaw counsel, called District Attorney Jerome on the telephone and made tho announcement. The district attorney was perhaps the most surprise d man in New York, for It had been understood that Thaw's attorneys would call on; or two alienists Friday morning. Court will assemble to-morrow, as planned, but what will be done Is a question much discussed to-night. Mr. Del mas will make the simple an nouncement : "The deft use rests.” It will then be the duty of the dis trict attorney to take up the rebuttal, but it was generally rumored to-nlebt that after a brief session adjournment will be ask'd and granted until Mon day, that Mr. Jerome may mature his plans. Mr. Jerome said to-night that r.e thought the case might go to the Jury by Friday of next week. Abe Ruef’s Case, San Francisco. —Abraham Ruef. tho local political leader, who r cently se cured n writ of error from Superior Judge Hubbard, did not appear Tues day be fore Superior Judge Dunn * for trial on the indictments for alleged felony returned by the grand Jury. Ruef and his attorneys considered that the action of Judge Hebbard acted as \ bar to further proceedings before Judge Dunne, on the ground that fol lowing the granting of the writ steps hac' been taken to carry the case to the United Slates Supreme Court, the federal app* al being based on the plea that Ruef had been deprived of his constitutional rights. Judge Dunne declared Ruef a $50,000 ball forfeited and ordered him brought 'nto court to morrow for trial. Grand Army Will Meet in Saratoga. Zanesville. O. -Saratoga. N«■ w York, has been decided upon f >r the national encampment e,f ihe Grand Army cf the Rcnul.lic this year. The authority given th<> executive commitf eto chan?-' th place of meet ing was limited. The railroads having promis' d the usual rates t » encamp ments held In the Hast, aml tlv Busi ness Men's as-:of i t ■ -d Saratoga having guaranteed th : : i hotel ia: a shall no? be lri'rasel. 1 t may le re duced. the commute- ! d not feel at liberty to override th iction of the Minneapolis encampment.