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youths'' Dspafttrient
now nAttitv s,niin Tin: boom.
Dried IVm rrom a Musket Wins tlmi
my J. W. Mrrlll.)
"M ' r. they're coins 10 t tit boom:
v r is Unit. Hatty?" iiuilionil Mrj.
!...ihinj Inio the. f;' ' Hi ine p-r-h
. total hot. "doing 10 lilt the
ii lit noonr
, fathers bom. of courte."
'A i ! gj'h to cut It?"
. . S-. i! DowarJ and hi men. They're
f' s ii.iw they'll lo It to-ntght, and let
i. i i.' down the liver, and lose them-
! i in the big lake," said 1 tarry Outfit,
ii ( nh o rapidly as to lie hardly Mtelli-
l!.i rv was 15. the only Ann of Mr. and
Mi- I'imJ Gaines, of Mlllpond, the mat
r .. "Mi-t 'i-liooi. nd the site of a mnll
rmn I. the totter the property of David
11,1 ,i
I ' n't think S.imuM Doward would
il e '. our b)oni, Marty," s.ild the mother
ti r ,;th. "it would ruin your rather."
T nt Just whiw Dow ir.l MM. nnd what
lie n.m d lo ilo," returned the boy. "Old
Hani hires father like poison, mother."
"I suppose so," murmured the mother.
"It Is on old fend, nnd Samuel Doward In
wholly to blame, lint that doesn't help
matt- r any. Tell tne what you heard,
t was over to Doward's playing with
one if his boys. We were In the barn,
when I heard tlicm talking Old Sam and
i I
V:'''U ';.''' ''''"'il
' fit, rtv-vf,i f,
I j3jt" i ' '' -ii .
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two of his men. They had a bottle of
whisky between them, and drank from It
every few minutes."
"Perhaps It was the liquor that talked,
Harry," suggested .Mrs. Gaines.
"I don't think so. Old Sam was sober
enough to know what he was talking
nbout," declared Harry, "lie argued that
as all of our mlllmen had gone olf to Mils
kego to spend the Fourth, and futher was
absent In Chicago, now would be a good
time to cut the boom. He said some or his
logs were In the boom, and that would
Klve him a lawful excuse, It father made
a fuss,"
"It would not, though."
"Maybe not," said Harry, "but once the
boom la cut, and father's logs all he has
cut and stored during the past year gone
Into Lake Michigan, of what use to sue
Old Sam he couldn't collect a cent."
The mother knew this to be true.
Samuel Doward was a lumberman with
out character or standing In the com
munity. He owned a small mill live miles
below Mlllpond, and made a great tlourtsh
without doing much business. It was true
that a few of Howard's logs hail floated
Inside the Gaines boom. The latter had
agreed to sort these few from among his
vast accumulation of logs as rapidly as
possible, and In case of any damage to
the lower mill owner, to pay liberally.
Ham Doward seemed satisfied with this,
nnd so It rested until the morning of the
Fourth of Juy.
The Gaines mill shut down for two days
on account of the national holiday, the
mill men going to Muskego, twenty miles
distant to celebrate.
As Mr Gaines was absent at Chicago,
there were left on the mill side of the
river only two families, while Onward and
a crew of a dozen red-shlrtcd loggers oc
cupied the settlement opposite.
"If Samuel Doward does cut our boom"
"But, mother, be must not be allowed
to cut It," crltd larry. his- cheeks llubh
Ins on 1 hW eye tUkhlnx. "What will
fathrr ay, If he roinm home to-morrow
an . flimb hlmiklf ruined by lib neigh
bor : '
He will know that he Is ruined by hie
w i d ii Msrhbor." tald the mother In a
re'i.'-'.s way. "Oh. It cannot be that
Ki. i! Dovv&rJ will do u-h a terrible
ti, r.- Go to him, Harry, and plead with
NWirl" exolaliiied the boy, with flash
ing eyes.
Ti n I will."
"No. mother, you shall not," cried the
Indi-nant lov. It it r.ot for such as you
to b t a villain like Sam Dowcrd. I'll fix
bint if he attempts to '.any out his plot,"
Harry left the jresem-e of hU mother
and walked swiftly ovr to the house of
a tielehbor named Burdick.
Tjru. will you lend me old Kllldeer?"
Tom Burdick was a boy about Harry's
"What do you want of the old musket
on the Four'h Hit? Goln to pelebrate?''
atkid young Uurd. k.
"I expect to du a l.ltle hunting to-night,"
ret-irmd Harry.
The Burdick boy br ught out the old
fashioned bbottfim, which had been an
heirloom In the family for many years,
and uave t to Harry.
"1 hive plenty of ammunition at home."
ial-1 Harry, detuning he proffer of pow
ler hum un't .-bit P'ju h.
'And a better ' ' '. un than old Klll
deer, too." returned Tom Burdick "Hal.
I believe you are up to some mischief.
Won't you tell we about It?"
"' replied Harry, after a moment's
"""' I
W fa M &&&
m?tz ,,
1 1
hesitation. "Come over to our barn, Tom!
I believe t con trust you, and I need a
Th two boys walked a way In company.
)nei In the rjRlt.es Mrn, llatry told of
the plans of Sam Doward t.j eut his rath
er' boc.m.
"M soodre! Ifiil, that'll ruin your
fnthcr!" exclaimed the Hindi. It boy. "Old
8m Is low down scoundrel If eter there
Wa oh, . '
Win you help me, Tom?"
"Help you, tit 1 how?"
"To beat old Sum out of hi boots,"
"C'nh It be done?"
"Vs. Listen to me, Toiti."
Hurry Ooltien Inlil hi plan before his
boy frlmrt. the Intter llstenlnf with the
arejietl interest to every word.
"By ararlous, Hal! I'm ttlth you thrre!"
rx.-litlrned Tom lUirdlek, when ,-vrythlng
had b-en exrdnlned to him. "Plnoe there
won't be any bloodshed, I don't think my
folk will cure."
The tiljjht of July 1 fell darkly over for
est nnd river.
Old Sim Howard had InM his plans for
the suerpinn destruction for his hated
neighbor's property, anil, in his half mnud
lln rondlilnn, he was happy.
Six of his mill men hud agreed to ac
company him across the river to his neigh
bor's boom, six stalwart fellows, each with
an n with which to cut the tlalnes boom.
"Old Unities won't return from Chicago
till to-morrow," declared Doward, n he
arranged his forces, "and every dod
blasted one of his men has gone to Mus
kego lo spent the rourlh; we've got a
clear field. Every man Kits 110 when the
Job Is done."
"(jiilctly, quietly," warned tho burly mill
"Itaht Ther more holio the more fun!"
cried one of the boom cutters. "Theie's
nobody to hum over Vender but ther kid
nnd his mother; 'twill be a heap of fun
to skeer them. Hooray!"
It was apparent that one of the boom
cutters had taken a horn too much of
Sam Downrd's free whisky.
Old Sam himself was In scarcely less
hilarious state of mind.
"Got ther bug Juice, Sam?" asked one of
the men, us the party set out on Its mis
sion. "Vcs, a good quart of It. We will make
sure of the old boom, after which we'll
take a drink all round," returned Sam,
Down to the river and across the bridge
the party of would-be boom-cutlers made
their way, arriving without mishap at the
water's edge, near the goal of their desires.
"Now step down onto the logs, Inds,"
said Doward, In a low tone. "Move softly
now. That's right. Now eut her away!"
Before an ax could be raised for the fate
ful work a strange sound fell on the still
air of night the thud of a moving body
down the steep hillside not far away.
A huge object struck the water at an
open spot not ten feet from where the six
nlght-ptowlers stood, hurling an avnlanchu
of water over them, drenching tuem to the
This unexpected occurrence startled tho
From a clump of olderg not far away
came the order in a loud volco.
The next Instant canio a Hash and stun
ning report.
"I'm shot!"
Such cries rang from the startled boom
cutters, who could only glare about In
helpless terror.
"Shoot! shoot! Don't let a man escape!"
yelled the volee from tho hillside. Then fol
lowed another report, and pellets rattled
like hailstones about, the men on the logs
and boom.
The second shot proved a signal for a
grand scramble for life on the part of the
drunken mlllmtn. A splash In the water
and gurgle of horror announced that at
least one of the raiders had fallen Into the
water below the boom.
Harry Uulnns heard the splash, and saw
the raiders flee from the scene of their
lntendid depredation, In dismay. The lad
ran down to the low bank below the boom
and was Just In time to save Old Sim
from drowning.
Tom Burdick was not far behind his
friend, and the two boys succeeded in
Drawing the portly mlllowner to land.
Bulling and strangling, Sam Doward per
mitted himself to be led across the dock to
the Gaines mill. Once here, Harry pushed
open the door to the oil room, and hustled
the old fellow Inside.
The next Instant the door was closed and
locked. Sam Doward was a prisoner most
unexpectedly. When he learned tho truth
he howled and pleaded wildly.
"I'm Hhot, I tell ye, boys. Let me out or
I'll have ye both hung for murder!"
The boys were obdurate. They returned
to the hillside, and remained on the watch
till morning, but no second attempt was
made on the boom.
Before noon of the next day Mr .Gaines
returned home. Harry told the story of his
defense of the boom, after which' father
anil son. with Tom Burdick. repaired to
the mill and released the prisoner.
"I've been tady wounded, sir! I'll make
you HivMt for tbf!" l'oard the dlkcomtltetl
Doward to Mr. Galnet,.
"l tninis uneii pea haven't harmwl you
n sreat deal." returned Gaines. "As for
ir uoiiirf to iaw. i imnis tne least said
ion the better.
Saiu Doward sneaked home and u-.im fir,H
tiuiu.h (o Ivt the matter drop.
Bright Mullen,
Texas Slftlngs: When lightning strikes
It admits of no arbitration.
A Belgian harnessvs his dog to his cart,
und even New Yorkers work the growler.
"Yes," said the llteraty man. with a sieh.
! "style is u tine thing for a wiiter lo have,
i but when his wife's got It too. It takes all
I the profit away."
The question as to whether "electrocu
! Hon" Is piactlcable may reasonably be re
1 garded as a current Issue.
j George Washington could not tell a lie.
! In ht fiav It Was nOt CIlRtnmnrv (n.
rorters to Interview politicians and put
them In holes on tariff and other questions
of public policy.
"In union there Is strength," but there
la a great difference between a labor union
and a union of labor.
The wheelbarrow dealer has no trouble
In keeping his goods b. fore the people.
Did you ever notice that girls whose com
plexions are cot fast colors very often look
How Two llote .Miirrbeil I'll the Hill
fortune nnd Miirrliwl Down Again,
(Copyright, IS."., by Gerald John Hrenan.)
This Is the tni. Kio'rv of Iwo Utile Ital
ians, and tlilr war of Independence,
Carlmo Chirsa and Ileppo Morclll were
need respdiiMly 11 nnd 12 years. They la
bored together in a Nnpolenn reftaurant
hard by Washir.eton square, for the very
modest WRge of one dollar a week, nnd all
the spaghetti thty could eat. Old Carlo,
Ptoprietor of tl.e r"pinitrnt, nnd a kindly
out, though omiWhat rough spoken,
:'.! th ml n well on the whole, al
though he quite ftequerMy cuffed them
oiim!ly whin th-y oflcndtri. Nevet for a
moment did he dteain they would resent
h.s paternal syst, m of government.
Now, it miit b. hard to save money on
one ,ollnr a week: yet Btppo and Carllno.
After a lape of severat months, succeed' d
in laying by a really respectable sum.
None but the boys themselves knew of the
little Joint bank ueei.unt which they had
opened, and old Carlo ti'gan to be greatly
puzzled regarding certain strange signs of
independence displayed by his assistants.
He was altogethir dumbfounded when, on
coming down to breakfast one morning, he
found beside his plate the following notice,
In somewhat shaky Italian:
"To the villainous tyrant, tho padrone
Carlo Maelinuerrhl Ml.-eteant! We, the
Clgnorc Carllno Chlesn and Beppo Morelll,
hereby Inform you that we propose to quit
your abominable servlen forthwith, and to
engngo in the shoe-black and banana
trades, unless you swear 10 grant us the
following concessions: First. Thai you
raise our weekly wages from one dollar to
two. Second. That you reae to address
us ns 'thou,' which Is a term for children
and slaves, nnd lhat In future otl use the
more honorable 'you.' Third. That you ac
cord the Slgnor Chlesa, aforesaid, full per-
l..,.H ... U..M..n l.t.. ...,. ,, lehll.nl, '
IIII.T1UII IU VIl.WllSi: llif III, nil "J viiuim
the same being the meaning In the English
tongue or his patronymic, lourin. inai
the Slgnore Carllno and Beppo be permit- I
ted to sleep until 7 o'clock every morning,
and that they shall enjoy total relief from
all cuffs, boxes on the ears, and siilIi like
degrading inflictions. The cowardly mis
creant to whom this pronouncement is ad
dressed Is requested to answer Immedi
ately. "(Signed.) CAREINO CIIFI1CII. formerly
The first sound that issued from old Car
lo's lips, after a perusal or this document,
was a loud laugh. Then he sent for the
boys, and told them, with affected anger,
that he positively declined to grant any of
their requests, nnd that they might leave
his employ whenfoever they cheso. The re.
suit of this emphatic speech was that Car
llno and Beppo departed from the restau
rant that very afternoon.
They hied themselves straightway to tho
Banca Neapolltana, In Sullivan street,
where their money lay. In a few minutes
the entire sum. J21, had been drawn out.
The boys felt, with n glow of pride, that
they were rich and Independent.
On the strength of Independence and
rlehes, they ordered a most filling dinner
at a restaurant notorious for Its rivalry
wlth that of their late employer, and
topped off the goodly feast with a big bol-
tie of Ntblola.
Onee more sallying forth they spent a
corsiderable portion of their wealth In the
purcha-r of a fruit stand. Now, the man
who sold them the stand was a sharp fel-
nhi'.ited them shamefully. The fruit which
lOVV irom Hie liriliu M Ul-liet, aim ii"
ho had guaranteed as fresh became utter
ly spoilt d in a day or two, and was only
(it to throw away. Only two customers
patronized the little vendors, and the en
tire takltn's of the stand amount' d. after
the third day, to 51 cents. Meanwhile, tho
bovs had taken a tiny roim In a miserable
tenement, and one evening certain of their
countrymen stoli- In while they slept und
stole So from beneath Carllno's pillow.
The only resurt left was to sell the de
nuded fruit stand, at a ruinous sacrifice,
and Invc-'t In a bootblaehlng box and the
necessary brushes. This took the very
last cent possessed by our speculators, nnd
there were no big bottles of Neblola and
gargantuan feasts for them that day.
However, they were very hopeful as they
set out with the shoe blacking apparatus.
Horror of horrors! They bad hardly gone
four blocks when down came the treacher
ous rain. It rained all that day and most
of the next: and when Cnrllno had opined
that there was no more rainwater left In
the celestial reservoir, there came a con
tinuous fall of snow Instead.
If only the boys had been able to. hold out
until a change In the weather, they might
have reaped a tine harvfst; but hunger
gnawed at their vitals, and the appearance
of that tnow simply destroyed their last
hope. Accordingly they .-old the shoe
blacking plant at half cost, and ate rav
enously upon the product of tho sacrifice.
On the following morning, as old Carlo,
their ex-"tyrant," was once more sitting
(town IU ills in ruivitini, lie urn fivju ue-
sioe his plate a tolded slip of piper.
"Oh," he said, "another manifesto."
This manifesto, however, differed greatly
In character from Its predecessor. It read
In this wise:
'To the excellent proprietor nnd worthy
patron, Slgnor Carlo Magllabeechl, greet
ing. Excellency, we your very much mis
tnken and humble servants. C'allno Chlesa
(no longer 'Church") and Beppo Morelll,
having failed In business, do most carn-
.. - . L . I. . 1.- ., , 1.
estly reqr it you to take us back Into
our aum.raoie nousenoia. vie win giauiy
lr Mr one Hell.,- s t,ef,.r. will he
;"- -, ,. . -, ,,;;.". , ,
honored If sou accost us as Thou' and
..."' "-y" ,' n ,i J . i ,"VT'
j'fljftfey-c Jsi? -fell.
ww It wttvtf .
'i ne uiuicpam , 4IIH1U ua uui uksiic iu entirely disappeared, ami nuu ien no iraeo
be called '."liur.-h any more, 'Chlesa' 0f ,joo4 behind him. Naturally my first
being a good enough name for one so un. care was to reload mv cun, which, much
worthy. If the excellent slgnor will bo to my consternation, I found useless, be
good enough to kick his servants they will caUse the two buckshot loads Just fired
feel gratified. The slgnor Is humbly In- wer0 the only ones I had with me. all the
vlted to reply at his worshipful leisure. rpt of my cartridges being loaded with
"CAREINO CHIESA. Bht shot for very small game. To fire at
,,!,'?., ?.":?r,. 9.'.'Hr?h.' a Jaguar with light shot Is worse than
"HKrTO MOREI-U," useless. Neither a linn nor a tiger Is any
Old1 Carlo winked both eyeo, one after more full of fight Minn a Jaguar, nnd
the other, when he read this letter. Then neither nf them la nearly so niik-k In hla
he laughed all -ivfr, drank a big draught
01 rcu wmv, Air 9vui wr me ijci.iicma.
They came before him abashed, grimy
and ragged. "Oh," quoth Carlo, "do I be-
bold In sooth the worthy merchants and.
bwt Ahlners, the Slcnore, Morelll nnd
Chlesa I beg pardon, 'Chitrch?' What can
a Kor restaurant keeper do for the worthy
deabrs In fruit Mil morning?"
Bcppo broke down nnd blubbered! Car
llno wipt In chorus.
"What can 1 do for you?" once more
Asked Carlo. . ..... . .
"Excellent, patron." nlelled Bcppo, ''I
pray you call me 'thou. "
"Excellent patron." whined Carllno, "1
Implore you to nddres me no more as
Church.' " ......
of course. Carlo was only having a. little
Jocular revenge with the bankrupt rebel,
and he preterded after n while to relent
fit the request of a party of artists who
brenkfasted at his place, and laughed hear
tily over the story. Carllno und Beppo
w-re taken iMek Into the restaurant, nnd
very subdued yoilngl rs they proved for
many months thereafter. Old Carlo has
given up culling them. He tlnds that a
more succe.Wul mode of punishment l to
ask Beppo the current price of btnanns.
address Chlesa a "Slgnor Church," or
hall either boy with the dignified nnd ob
noxious "ou. Instead of the friendly nnd
familiar "thou."
Ollig Ilvnninlte Bombs When Cornered In
il t nte
(By Dr, Eugene Murray Aaron.)
There are many ways of hunting the
South American lion, or Jaguar, as ho Is
more properly called; but a plan that I
was forced to have recourse to once in the
tableland between Bogota and Quito, near
a tributary of the Japura river. Is worth
describing1 because of Its novelty and the
amount of excitement It nlforded me. while
It lasted.
I had been out all the morning and part
of the afternoon engaged with net nnd
poison bottle In collecting the rnre Insects
of Mini region, for It n mainly as the
traveling representative of a large Euro-
pean museum mat i was mere, un my
return to camp, tired, hot and as hungry
us an Arizona coyote, I was not a little
disgusted to Und that my lazy guide and
carriers had utterly faded to go out after
any game and thus provide me with fresh
meat I bad grown rather tired of dried
monkey and salted Iguana the giant lizard
and, having set my mind on a good,
squar,! meal of fresh monkey or "Jaeiuarl"
tlih. 1 was quite unwilling to rest content
with anything less. So, taking my gun
and a couple of small dynamite cartridges,
with which to make an explosion In the
river and thereby procure nn abundance of
tlsh, provided my gun did not bring me
something better. I sallied forth, muttering
anathemas on my worthless half breed
guide and his men.
It could not have been more thnn n
quarter of a mile from camp that I de
tected along the river's edge the frosh
trae' j of a manatee, than which there Is
re tootnsome morsel at tne right time
of year, and with much caution 1 followed
Hip signs, now along the margin, now In
the d nse undergrowth nnd Anally along the
margin of a swamp of some size to the foot
of a steep cliff, which Is there tho first
signs of the high hills further up the
stream. This elllf had several cave open-
inKS n k and It was towards one of these
that my coveted prize had gone. Unfor-
tunatelv, from the margin of the river to
tne elllT's edge at this point there was the
most dense growth of ferns, mosses nnd
o'her Ironical carpetlngs, nnd It was Impos-
slble for one to say with certainty
1n.lt jj)C mana'ce had gone Into the cave:
i,, the growth seemed much matted
'down In
Tho mouth of the cave was high enough
for mo to walk In upright nnd. tave an uu
mlstakeable odor of the cat tribe, as com
mon to all such caves, as It Is to all men
ugerles and cages of lions and their kind,
there was nothing to call for unusual pre.
caution In entering It. After I had gone In
perhaps fifty feet the cave narrowed down
to a passageway so low that I had to take
to all fours to make further progress. Had
a Juicy steak for dinner been nil that I
was In quest of, the risks of crawling Into
a possible Jaguar's den would have been
sulllclent to deter me from further pur
suit of fresh meat In that direction: but
tne tracKs i nan seen inuicaieu a nne i.irgo
adult specimen of Its kind, and as I had
neither the skin nor the skeleton of a largo
manatee to tend to the museum, my can- j
tion was nrowneu in tne nuiurnusi-s uruor.
and I pushed forward as rapidly ns I could
In such a position, dragging my gun be.
tuna me.
After going u fow yards In this very un
comfortable fashion It seemed that the
light back of me giew suddenly dim and
I turned my head Just In time to see u
Jaguar, which uppenr as big us a cow, In
tnu position i was men in, uiui &u muau tu
rne that 1 almost could have touched him
with my gun, My ellort to turn in my
narrow quarters and let the brute have a
tt- "rar.ysv&i. ,tm"i
f-&itii ims?&3nh.)sm
that direction I followed that f: - -i; Jflt
charge or buckshot In the face was mado crane factory In Jefferson street. The line
as quickly as Is possible to most men, but men shielding their faces fiom the blister
there Is no use In trying to vie with the ng heat, have fought their way close up
cat trlbo in quickness of motion. Before to tho walls wrapped In flames.
I was half way around, but with my gun Between them and the roaring furnace
at least In the right direction, tho jaguar flouts a cloud of steam flllcrtd with smoke
was up with me, and .with a quick thrust g0 that the glare Is deadended and they
of his paw he Jerked the gun fiom my seen one another In shadowy outline,
grasp In an evident attempt to hit me. AH that they can do Is to stand firm
Whether I Instinctively pulled the trigger and direct tho great rushing streams of
nt that Instant or whether the triggers, water.
which were hair and self-cocking ones. The tpray which falls about them wets
caught In something, I do not know, but them, or they would parch up like nieces
with a report that seemed to split my ear- of toast laid against a grate,
drums both ban els were fired as one shot, The water wets but It eloes not cool
When the choking smoke had somewhat them,
cleared away I found myself quite un- They escape parching only to be steamed
harmed, tave for an ugly bruise on my and boiled.
ii-plct ii'tmi-a llu min tl.lfl k'1pl."Pl tl-TPk fin. Tl &. ittklntt enlnettn. . s ..
." L'.,J. V"V..l"". r" ...- i. .h,,l,ir. ,IA1
iemj mi'i nn in im ......,... ,,.v.-w
jUst what effect had been produced on the.
jaguar i was uname iu ;""" " a '" ul
motions. To pro a. couple of Ik-ht loads
into an aiivupcing jairnur womu siinpiy
have the effect of n red Mac on an angry
bull; It would only be an Invitation to Mr.
Jaguar to hurry on to tba combat an lnvt-
tatlon that he would accept with lightning
like celerity.
But of the return of the Jaguar I felt
certain; he would surely nppenr again n9
soon ns his surprise nt the deafening dls
charge of the gun had been overcome by
his hunger for young and fairly fat human
steak. This naturally hastened my deter
mination to rem h tho open nlr, where at
least 1 could "club" my gun ocr the
brute's head and use n rnther ample stil
etto I nlways carried, If the worst came to
the worst. And this determination was
greatly strengthened by certain ominous
sounds that suddenly began to emanate
from the depths of the rnvcrn behind tne.
It was evident from these Mint another
jaguar wns In there, nnd, probably, having
devoured the best parts of the manatee,
was now anxious to hove me get out of his
path that he might come out nnd get n
drink. Just ns this added danger nppeared
the outer end of tho cave wns ngnln dark
ened bv the stealthy approach of a Jaguar.
Whether Mils wns the former frightened
one, to whose sense nf smell the freshly
"pilled blood nf the manatee strongly ap
pealed, or whether It wis a new arrival
not formctv lmpresed with the powers nf
a shotgun. I knew not: but In either case
hunger had evldentlv gotten the better of
caution, ns I could plainly see by the way
the brute crouched 1nwlv nlong Intent on
watching for tho best moment to nttnek
me unawares. ...
This was uncomfortably like n cloe
call with Jiriinr In front of me. Jaguar
behind me. and mot painfully bird rock"
close to the rlsht nnd lcrt of me: nnd I
wa sore put lo It to determine on the In
stant whether It wn btter to face the
hungry one with n Hght-toaded gun or
retreat to the gorged one nnd nllow the
two to tight It out In the passageway,
for my nppearanee In the larger Interior
nf the cave was sure to drive (he hun-ger-ntlried
one out. Jut at this mo
ment I thoucht of the dynamite cartridge.
In my pocket nnd I saw my way clear
In an Instant. While these cartridges
were not stitllclently large to do mo nny
harm nt a few yards distance, they were
sulllflontlv powerful to kill me If I wns
witnin two or tnreo icei oi mem nm
thev exploded, and I knew tho same
would hold true of Jagunrs. Taking two
of thetn out of my pocket nnd all the time
closely watching the hungry brute in
front of tne, while I listened almost
breathlesslv for any sound behind, I cut
the fuses verv short, for almost Instan
taneous explosion, lit them hurriedly from
a pocket cigar lighter which I always
carried and threw them from me In op
posite directions. The one to the rear I
thtew without looking back, for fear that
the enemy In front might take the Instant
advantage for nn attack; but, knowing
from the former sounds that the main
part of the cavern was near at hand I felt
no fear from the consequence In that
The fuse In the cartridge thrown In
front of me I had purposely cut some
what shorter, nnd the moment It struck
the ground at the feet of the croaehlng
Jaguar that savage but deluded brute
slapped his paw down upon It nnd started
lo chew It into n shapeless mass, as In
itlnct had taught him to do with all
enemies. Instinct Is a fairly reliable
eacher nlong old lines, but It takes no
account. In Jaguardom, of such new forces
as dvnatnlte, and the almost Instantaneous
effect of the mlgulded brute's hardihood
was a deafening explosion, which seemed
to shake the rocky walls of the cavern
and which, ns I afterwards found, did
not leave a square Inch of the head or
neck of the Jatigar to use for post mortem
'dentlllcatlon. Instinct, coupled with my
knowledge of explosives, served me bet
ter, however; for, as 1 covered my face
with my tilth helmet, nnd threw myself
town on the floor of the passage, and as
the surface on which the Jaugar was
crouching sloped outward, I had nothing
to show for the violent explosion save one
lagunr tooth embedded In my helmet nnd
a lot nf fine particles of stone sprinkled
over me.
The explosion of tho second cartridge,
which I had thrown behind me In the cav
ern, resulted less disastrously to the brute
It was Intended for but rather more se
riously to me. It followed the (lrst nlmot
Instantly, perhaps less than three seconds
Intervening: but In that time I had started
to my hands nnd knees again. The burn
ing fuse showing plainly In the dim light
of the cavern, must have frightened the
brute In there to the farthest extremity
from the cartridge or else it would have
been killed outright or badly wounded by
(lying stones. As It was. the deafening
uproar, much more terrible In It- sound
on account of Its being confined within the
cavern, frightened the brute Into entlre
forgetfulness of my presence and. rushing
out towards the outer air Just as I was re
gaining my crawling posture and finding
me an obstacle to Its progress, It dealt
me a blow In the rear which made sitting
down a very uncomfortable proceeding for
some days thereafter, and sent me fiat to
the ground again. I was not too dazed
with the blow to be aware that his Jaguar
ship lost no time In rushing over my body,
far too frightened to do me hodlly harm:
nor wns I so badly used but that In a few
moments I could gather my bruises to
gether nnd gain the outer air, stopping on
tho way at the mouth of the cavern to
Inspect the mot thoroughly and most
uniquely killed Jaguar that It was ever
my good fortune to bring to earth.
Mor-irt's Marvelous Memory.
There lived In the Intter part of the six
teenth and In tho beginning of tho seven
teenth century a priest by name of Gre
gorla Allegrl. a member of the same fam
ily of Corregglo. the famous painter.
'He was celebrated for bis lovely charac
ter, as he devoted himself to the poor of
Home and spent his lelsuro hours visiting
prisons nnd pesthouses; but ho Is still
more noted for the famous miserere for
nlno voices In two choirs, which for many
.ears was sung annually uurnig uoiy wee
, tho nnnilfieal chanel. It Is one of the
most exnuMto of nil religious compositions,
nnd so highly wns It prized that It was
considered a crime to copy It, punished by
excommunication from the church.
When Mozart's father took his wonder
ful son upon his travels they arrived In
Rome during holy week and went Im
Immedlately to the SIstlne chapel, where
this boy of U. enchanted with the beauty
of, the place and enthralled by the music
listened so attentively that he was able to
write down the entire work from memory.
On Good Friday he put the manuscript in
his little cocked hat and went to the serv
ice again,
This time, unknown to any one, he cor
rected one or two passages that were
ullolitlv 4ncnrrc, veltti n nencll. The feat
made a great sensation, and, Strang to
say, he was not reprimanded. Iing aft-
; ate
with erwards he sang una played nts copy wun
the singer Chrlstoforo, who had sung it
In the SIstlne chapel: and he pronounced
It perfect In all its small details.
.Some of the Dangers Un l'uces In Getting
Near Ills Work
From the Chicago Record.
A most effective photograph was taken
.1 , tl.u PAI-Cnl flrA tL'hlnh iIIkiuI .1
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reunui wuus aim euunges me street Into
a river gives otf curling clouds of vapor.
it is scaiuing not
The man at the right of the nlcture. n-tth
his foot raised out of the water, Is a bat
talion chief.
He lifts his foot because It Is becoming
cooked In the hot water.
The men will remain there until they
are ordered back or until they fall over
and are dragged back.
Each stream of playing water makes a
white streak across the gray mist.
It thunders atrainst the wall or tenr.
furiously through gaps and windows, but
when fire gets such a headway
seems lo merely jeeu ll.
And while the unequal struggle goes on
the men In the stew pan are earning all
the 3Urv tbav will aver vet from thu city.
Showing tho Vnt Deal of Mlsehlcf One fat
tic Mnltl Can 1'nll Into During n
Very I'mr Hours,
(By Harriet Brescott Bpoffonl. Copyright,
lfOJ, by Harriet Brescott Spofford.)
There wns such n fine strawberry field
up behind the hill, nnd the berries were so
red nnd luscious, nnd the sky wns so blue,
nnd the wind was so soft, and It was such
n pity to lose such a seldom afternoon, and
couldn't 1 fro with the girls nnd get some
strawberries? Mnldle was going nnd Patty
nnd the minister's daughter wns going, and
half n dozen of the girls, nnd they would
have such a good time, nnd I never did go
nnywhere. and couldn't I go Just this once?
And, after n hnlf ah hour's coaxing, go I
did, on the condition of Julia's putting on a
clean apron nnd following alone, nnd every
well meant promise that I would watch
her, and with a shower of injunctions from
grandma that she should keep me out of
harm's way. Poor Julia! . .
What nn afternoon 1t wast 1 am sure
they don't have such afternoons now, We
round the sweetest mid spiciest long
stemmed strawberries, not so big as those
that grow In boxes now-n-days, but, dear
me! if they were strawberries, those of
the boxes arc only poor ghosts of straw
berries, so far ns flavor and perfume nnd
dellclousncss got We covered the bottom
of our little palls, and our clean frocks
were n sight to sees and then I think It
wns Patty, the lithe and .Iny fnlry, who
proposed the river we were not far from
the saw mills at I'nlon Falls.
In vain Julia rlueked after us, the plan
once started. Wherever Patty led we nl
ways followed! nnd nil Julia could do was
to fill the nlr with remonstrances ns she
kept nlong behind us. So on we rushed,
over the fences, across the road, down the
steep nnd through the sandy places, till
the open river, nbovo the great sawmills,
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whose buzz filled the air afar off like the
arove or great bumble bees, lay uerore us.
Just such a shout In degree the Greeks gave
when they saw the sea.
After all. though, the river was not so
open: It was full of a great boom of logs
that had come down from the lake, the
outer ones tied together, the Inner ones
moving freely as they couiu. But the re
tlectlon of the blue sky, with the sunshine
and shadowed In the rirts between the logs.
made the most resplendent color und
sparKie, someiiiiug line ine iieAiimui leu
purple on the wings of a wasp in the sun.
However, we only knew we saw it by re
membering it afterward.
"Come, come, come!" cried Patty; "who's
for a ride on the log?" And even In calling
she had plunged down the sandy way nnd
out upon tho logs in the river and every one
of us after her .lulla's voice now a perfect
wall of lamentation, tor.run upon the diving,
dipping, lurching, rolling logs she couldn't.
Neither could 1. But that made no dif
ference. What Patty and Matty nnd Fan
ny and Mnidle and tho rest could do, I
was bound to do, too. None of them
danced along the logs as Patty did, though.
Light as If on air confident and easy as If
on the grass, while one of Mobile's feet
went down Into the river nnd both of Fan
ny's shoes were full of water and there
were hhiieks of laughter and calls of fear
from all the rest. I could not Imagine why
I could not dance nlong ns that llttlo fairy
creature did; but I was determined, and,
IT I was not Tearless, I was more afraid
of my fear thnn of tho water. But Indeed
It meant something to go down Into that
water; It meant to be swept In under the
mills, perhaps to be cut to pieces by the
great wheels surely to go over the falls at
the dam nnd 1 t-oen no more. I nfter
wards learned that the reason I could not
fly over the boom ns Patty did was because.
1 was nearsighted and could not see the
logs nnd where to put my reet, for, ns the
log rolled the Instant It was touched, It
was only touch and go and alight upon the
next, riut you had to see It In order to
Blight upon It. The wonder Is that I didn't
go down nt the third step. But In a bold
dash at Fate, and with now a successful
spring, nnd now Maldle's hand for a sec
ond, and now Matty's, nnd so far across
that there was no help for It and "return
ing were as tedious as to go o'er," and at
the Inst moment. Just as the others rushed
up tho Incline on which the logs were
drawn Into the mill and with one despair.
Ing screnm, I sprang to know not where,
one of the mill men. hooking up the logs
reached out and hooked my dress with hH
long pole and dragged me In, and gave me
his great btrong hand, and I run breath-
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lessly and blindly after the others to pre
cipitate myself upon a huge log that was
moving slowly up to the saw. which went
to and fro with an awful and terrifying
regularity, sawing off the upper bark In
one long, thick slab. Just as wo reached
the saw we all threw ourselves off pell,
mell, and darted back for another ride, our
cries of delight echoing over all the whir
in tho dark cornerb of Hie dingy mill.
But after an ecstatic half hour of this
we decided, very much to the relief of the
mill men I dare say. who knew there was
a certain amoum ui aujiger in uiv uusuiwa .
and had to keen on guard over us, thut as I
Julia was by tills time on her way home '
to report us, and we were In for reproof or '
punishment, we might as well make the i
best of It ami there was the sluice.
To reach the sluice we had to go over ,
open places In the mill, with the black
water underneath that made you Mjudder
to look down, and the great wheel threw
Its spray over us, and here were pits full
of foam, and here were narrow causeways
that no one knows how we skimmed over
and came out on the other sld of the river
In New Brunswick then and beside the
The sluice was an open box. a half mile
long perhaps, at least It seemed as long
to us some two feet wide and deep, made
of thick: deals ana mounted oustout stilts, 1
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--mm.gjfr !', wn"'' t tp&-gfmr&r vtMJW'e'ier'
Into which a portion of the river was di
verted below the dam, running there llk
mad, and carrying with It the newly sawed
flat boards that were shot Into It here nt
the mills and nt Its farther end slipped
over and Into the deep still river. And
ngaln Patty, had taken the lead and
thrown herself upon a. bonrd In the sluice,
and was shooting along nt mill race speed,
shouting with delight nnd throwing our
dress skirts over our shoulders and tuck.
Ing our other skirts as well ns we could
tinder our elbows. We had each seized our
ln.ird In parsing, nnd stooping until we al
most snt upon our heels, we were sweep
Ine along like a train of comets.
Pantalettes were mined, shoes and stock
ings were wet through oh, not only shoes
nnd stockings, we were wet all through
and all over. Wet as water nymphs, ns
wild, as Irresponsible, and ns full of frolic,
we sailed along and filled the world about
tu with erics and laughter. And then.
Just ns the end came In sight, pangs of
fright nsnlled us lest we should not get
off In season nnd should shoot over Into
the deep river nnd death, nnd we caught at
the black and slippery edge of the landward
side of the sluice and threw ourselves any
where If we might escape so: and then, wet
and wicked, ran nnd tumbled hack to be
gin It nil over again, but before we had
enough, the first rosy Hush of declining
afternoon was on sky and river, and wo
know the hour of reckoning had come.
My lovely new buff gingham gown tucked
lo the wnlstl It was wet to the waist, too;
nnd here the tucks were ripped out and
hung In festoons, nnd here the gathers
were torn from tho belt; my white tier wns
a sodden string, my hair ribbon was gone,
nnd my hair was out of braid, nil loose
and dripping nnd snarled. A disreputable
looking little object crept In nt a side door,
ready to pay for her run, but hoping sho
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wuiim mil linn1 i uu ru. ,,,,, nuit. ,,.,.
the angry and disgraced Julia at hornet
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The little object was seized and brought
to the bar of Justice out of hand.
Perhaps the apjjearanco of the small,
wet und limp bundle of rags saved her;
It may have been a smile on my mother's
face; It certainly was a titter that Aunt
Kate gave behind her book: and grandmn,
ns usual, was hunting for her spectacles,
which were on top of her head, so that I
could not see her sweet old face. But,
anyway, I was dismissed supperless to
bed a degrading piece of penance to a
kiii ui in- size, whim tne sun snone. Then
bathed and rubbed and combed and shaken
and scolded, as I was bv Julia, how good
was the soft, cool bed. all being over; and
daylight or not In two minutes after touch
ing the pillow I knew nothing more till I
woke, some hours later, to see grandma In
the semi-darkness of the room, with a
glass of milk nnd a square of gingerbread,
which she had surreptitiously obtained.
"That Is what grandmothers are for," sho
used to say.
And the next day no sooner was school
out In the afternoon, than we were down
exploring one of the huge piles of boards
on the river edge behind and below the
house. In whose crannies we made our doll
houses, nnd on the long, loose ends of
those uneven boards we teetered nnd rode
wild horses, completely oblivious to the
fact that If our careening sleeds should
irlve nny unexpectedly high bounce In their
elastic movement we should bo tossed like
a ball Into tho deep waters of the St.
A Kiiiv Tr.sr rent gi:ms.
Diamonds, Ruble mid Siipph're Now
i'limted to I'n.wi Their Geniiliieiiesi.
An accurate scientific method has nt
Inst been discovered whereby precious
stones may bo distinguished from tho
fraudulent troms which nro now so nu
merously manufactured In the laborato
ries of Paris ami other Continental cities.
This is by testing them for their specific
gravity, but not by tho scales occasion
ally used for largo stones .ami which,
however delicate are unreliable.
Tho now means of detection of bogus1
gems Is simple and ingenious nnd Is
likely to bo widely adopted In tho Jew
elry trade. It Is the chemist who has
mldod this knowledge to the lapidary's
art. Several liquids have been discov
ered which nro moro than three and
one-half times ns douse as water nnd In
which therefore tho amethyst, tho beryl
nnd other llg;ht stones will actually
Tho most useful of these liquids s
methylene iodide, which has a specific
gravity of 3.3 and In which tho tourma
line readily floats. Moreover, it Is not
corrosive or in any way dangerous, n
being; Impossible) for the lapidary to
prepare u number of liquids each having;
tho specinc iirnvlty of a different gem
stone, the methylene iodide is easily di
luted by adding benzine to It, Each
drop of benzine added makes the liquid
less dense, and so it may be used to
separate the tourmaline and all tho
lighter gem stones from each other.
If it Is doubtful whether a certain
Kern bo nn aquamarine or a chrysoberyl
nil that Is necessary Is to place it In a
tube of the liquid together with a small
fragment of true aquamarine to serve as
an Index. If It be a chrysoberyl, which,
has a specific gravity of 3.C, It will slnlt
like lead. If it bo an aquamarine, which
hns a specific Ktavlty of 2.T. it will float.
If the liquid be then stirred and diluted
until the Index fragment is exactly sus
pended, the gem also will neither float
nor sink, but will remain poised beside
it. This method may be adopted with
all of the lighter stones.
Rut for heavier Kerns like the car
buncle, the Jargoon, the sapphire, the
ruby, the spinal, the topaz and the dia
mond a different liquid is necessary.
This has lately been discovered by the
jvuiuu iiiiiieruiagisi jiotgers. jie ha3
found n colorless solid compound which
melts at a temperature far below that
of boiling water to n clear liquid five
times as dense as water, and therefore
sufficiently tlenso to float uny known
precious stone. This compound is tho
double nitrate of silver nnd thallium.
Its most remarkable property Is that
It will mix In any desired proportion
with warm water, so that by dilution,
the specific gravity may bo easily re
duced. This fused mass may be re
duced In density by adding water drop
by drop so as to suspend in succession
carbuncle, sapphire, ruby and diamond
These tests of preclefus stones may be
made In a few minutes and are abso
lutely reliable, as all stones of the same
nature have the same specific gravity
None of the bogus rubles or diamonds
have the same weight as those they ar
made to imitate.
The Journal.
Ten cents a week.
1.00 a year by taalL
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