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ADVENTURE IN A CAVE.
Stranded Hunter Battles with a Big Seal. It was in the autumn of 1892, awhile on a visit to the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, that I met with the following adventure. The coast along the west side of the Long Island, as it is called, is i dotted with innumerable small Ks rocky islands, which, during the fishing season swarm with wild geese, J -?Un, nrrtl^on nlAVPTR and UUVKb, UUllCVTy ^VIUVU flocks of the hundred and one varieties of the diver species. Stalking geese, however, is exceedingly trying work. Crawling along on hands and fcnees over rough, sharp rocks, you, perhaps, get within a yard of a particular ridge, where you know you I , - can get a shot, only to find that a curlew or plover has been stalking you, and, thinking you have gone far I enough, gives his warning signal, which is instantaneously followed by the whir of wings?the geese have gone for the day. He is a lucky eportsman who, after nearly a night's vigil, brings home a brace in the morning. On the other hand, he may have the time of his life and bag a. score or more. It was on an expedition of this sort that I left the Bay of Berneray, on fcoard a fishing boat, one autumn morning, bound for the celebrated Seven Hunters Islands, which lie !v. .20 miles or so west of that bay. We got there late in the afternoon, and "while the three men and a boy who composed the crew were securing the boat and preparing somfc fishing lines, I got into the dinghy which -was towing behind and went off to have a look around. It was a calm, still evening, and, having rowed Tound to the opposite of the largest island of the group, at which we had anchored, I lay on my oars and looked about for signs of life. Suddenly a flock of bluerocks appeared and, - -circling about for a time, entered a <cave, or, rather, a fissure, low down gfo. in the face of the cliff, which at this spot rose sheer out of the sea to a ps' height of 200 feet or more. Not havBp&v. ing noticed the opening in the rock Bp-'-;until now, I rowed in to investigate, and found that as the tide was out, g|8f and the floor of the cave therefore dry, it would perhaps be an easy matIll;?-. ter to catch one or two young birds to send to a friend in England, to gr8v' "whom I had promised a pair. This was an opportunity not to be lost, jjfef When landing on a rough shore of Bgpg this sort a special kind of mooring is used. A rope of about five fathoms gfH i or so in length is coiled do6n in the I bows, and to one end there is fastened a stone heavy enough to act as an anchor This stone is thrown ashore or into shallow water, as the case may be, and on landing the boat is .given a sharp push, which carries it out and away from any danger of 'being stove in on the rocks. All this I. did and then stepped into the cave. 1 found it to be about 60 feet in 1 length, 20 in height and of an average of five feet in width, but, with walls so polished and smooth, except up above, where the birds roosted, that getting at the pigCons was out of the question. The floor sloped upward from the entrance, so that the , bigh water mark was nine or ten feet short of the extreme end. Here were piled up shingle, seaweed, driftwood, decaying fish and all the odds and ends incoming, tides usually Making my way out again, after a leisurely survey, I stooped down to pick up my stone anchor, which was now covered with water, as the tide bad risen in the interval. I was preparing to haul when, to my utter amazement, I found that there was no boat on the end of the line. Looking seaward I saw tile dinghy a quarter of a mile off, floating on the tide. It afterward appeared that the man who had put the mooring on hoard had forgotten or had not troubled to fasten it, so that when I pushed the boat away from the landing place the line simply ran out and left the craft free. I was in a tight fix now if ever any one was. However, there was nothing for it but to put the best face on matters and hope that the dinghy would be seen from the smack and that they would set out to search for me It would only mean a night spent on that heap of decaying seaweed and fish, I thought. On the other hand, if the wind got up and a surf came on, I should be drowned like a rat in a trap. Gradually I was driven back by the rising water to the gloom of the inner end of the cave; and although at this time of the year the sun scarcely dips below the horizon in these latitudes, and there is little or no night, still the cavern was soon buried in Stygian darkness. It would be as near as I could guess between 1 and 2 in the morning when I was awakened from an uncomfortable doze by an unearthly noise. The echo was so loud that a tiny pebble dropping from where the birds roosted sounded like distant volleys of musketry, but this noise seemed to make the very shingle rattle. The cause of it, I soon ascer "fe SERVED THEM JUST RIGHT. Two Mashers in Atlanta Got What They Deserved. Two would-be mashers in Atlanta, Alonzo Drake and Arthur Hanner, had their faces beaten into a pulp by the husky brother of a young shop-girl whom they had followed home through the streets in the hope of starting a flirtation. The two boys dogged the girl's footsteps for several blocks, trying to engage her in a conversation and went to the very gate of her home. She told her brother, a member of Via lAaal flro Honsrtmont who h AT> V.U\^ 1V/VU4 V vuavmv) ?? . r pened to be at home, and he immediately rushed out, took the fellows, one by one, before they realized what was happening, and administered to each a severe drubbing. By a strange coincidence the boys went into a nearby engine house to wash the blood from their faces. The sympathetic firemen asked them how they had been hurt, and they said: "In a railroad wreck." About that time the brother of the girl followed them in, told the true story, and they were held there until the police arrived when they were sent to the station house. Sang at His Own Funeral. We hear now and then of a man reading his own obituary in the papers, but it is a rare thing for a dead man to sing at his own funeral Pietro Ficco, a shoemaker and amateur musician, had a very great fond Lie53 lui cue puuuugiapu, He purchased a good many records and occasionally sang into his own phonograph and kept records of the songs. He was taken seriously ill. He realized that he could not recover, and being a poor man and unable to get up much of a funeral he requested that they use his phonograph to furnish the music for the funeral services. He picked out the 41 Angel's Serenade" and Gounod's "Ave Maria," sung by himself, and these were used, and thus the dead man took an important part at his own funeral service. He instructed that his phonograph and 72 records, a number of them his own, should be sent to his mother in Italy.?Christian Herald. tained, was some animal, indistinguishable in the darkness, which had entered the cave shaking itself like a dog before quite leaving the water. In the light of the resulting phosphorescence, which shone marvelously brilliant, it looked to be j some huge, weird mammoth of another age. The sudden appearance of | such a monster, under such circumstances, unnerved me for a few moments, but on remembering that my chance of life in any case was very small, and that I might as well die game, I got ready my only weapon, a strong, single-bladed pocket-knife, and prepared for eventualities. The creature was now rapidly approaching me, its glaring yellow eyes < being the only part visible, while its gruntings and breathing reverberated from side to s^de to the roof of the cave, returning a thousand time intensified, until it sounded like one continual roar. I must have moved, or else it saw me, for with a snarling sort of bark, it seemed to raise itself up as if to pounce on me. Knowing that it was now or never, I : struck for all I was worth at the nearest eye, burying my knife to the i handle in it. With a wrench that nearly tore my arm out of the socket, < I was flung to the ground* losing at < the same time my hold of the knife, j T Viod Kaan lino K1A t n with TT U1V?U X U?U UUUI/1U W n AV&A draw. I have no clear recollection of what happened after that. I remember being for a time part and parcel of. a terriffic whirlwind, in which I was mixed up with stones, seaweed, and other things; and the next thing 1 recollect is coming to my senses, with the faint light of dawn creeping into the cave. When I attempted to get up I found I was unable to move, and the effort I made caused .me great agony. Some time after I heard the welcome sound of oars and voices, and, fearing lest the rowers might pass the cave, I gave two or three shrill whistles on my fingers, which were immediately answered by the crew of the smack, as the row ers proved to De. They found me with the dea'd body of a large male grey seal lying across my legs, his teeth buried in a heavy log of wood, and my knife, the blade of which had pierced the brain, still sticking in his head. He measured eight feet ten inshes from tip to tip. tip. I had escaped lightly, so all my friends assured me. My left arm was broken in two places, three ribs were fractured, and I had numerous injuries, but youth and a sound constitution soon pulled me through, and inside of three months I was as sound as ever. I need hardly say that I gave up the pastime of catching blue rocks for friends, and that my respect for Halichaerus gryphus has since that day immeasurably increased.?Wide Wrorld Magazine. BEGGING AN ART. In Jerusalem Books are Kept and Shrewd Men Employed. A curious account of the wealthy organizations of 15,000 Jerusalem beggars is given in the Jerusalem "Truth," a weekly journal published in English. These beggars, it is said, "thrive and wax fat upon the systematic imposture, practiced upon the benevolent and simple-minded of every country on the face of the globe." They "have made begging a fine art ?a science?a perfect study; they constantly invent new stratagems, novel contrivances, and ingenious tricks how to ensnare the credulous into their traps." Their transactions are conducted upon strictly business lines, with well appointed offices, double bookkeeping, copying presses and typewriters. The organizations employ wellpaid agents who travel all over the world collecting the names of all who are likely to extend their sympathies to the poor and suffering of the Holy City. Millions of addresses are thus received, with minute discriptions of the nature of each individual, so that the petitions may be drawn up to touch the right chord in the compassionate soul of the recipient. The petitions are generally accompanied by some paltry souvenir of the Holy Land?dried flowers supposed to be gathered from the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem or Gethsemane or cheap olive wood articles purporting to be from the branches of trees' growing in historic places. In reality many of these articles are imported from Marseilles. The nefarious business flourishes in -spite of all revelations and warnings and a large proportion of the begging letters sent out are generally responded to, often with a prayer that in return the donor should be remembered at the Wailing Wall, Rachel's Tomb and Machpelah. It is estimated that these beggars send out about 50,000,000 letters a year. The Coldest City on Earth. The coldest inhabited place in the world, according to Harper's Weekly, is undoubtedly Verkoyansk, In northeastern Siberia with a mean annual temperature of less than three degrees above zero, Fahrenheit and.a winter minimum of 85 below. Verkhoyansk is in north latitude 67 degrees, in the great Arctic plain, scarcely more than 150 feet above ; the level of the sea. Probably there would be no town there if it were not necessary to Russian governmental purpose to have an administrative center for a region where many thrifty Yakuts, the fur trad- ; ers, carry on their operations. The average temperature of the winter in Verkhoyansk is 53 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. The river freezes to the bottom, and the small trees have been known to snap and split from the force of the frost. Yet, with all this, Verkhoyansk is,. : it is claimed, not a disagreeable < place of residence, and is preferred i by the Russian* officials to many more southern and warmer posts. Its atmosphere in winter is always 1 clear, and for the little time the sun is above the horizon its beams are unobstructed. The air is still, too; : no blizzards or drifting snowstorms 1 make life a burden to the inhabitants. The Siberian dress completes the i comfort of the citizens of this Arctic city. It consists of two suits of fur, i an outer suit and an inner suit. The inner suit is worn the fur inward, the outer fur side outward. With his hood down, and just enough ! space left to see out of and to breathe through, the Varkhoyansker is yastly more comfortable in a temperature of 80 below than many an ' American, in his cloth overcoat, in a 1 temperature of five above zero. 1 The wihter indeed is more enjoyable than the summer, which is hotter than might be expected. The average temperature of July in Verkhoyansk is 59 above zero, and very hot days are not uncommon. The earth becomes green and vegetation thrives, though only the surface of the ground is thawed. At Yakuask, which is farther south than Verkhoyansk, but not much warmer in winter, the mercury rises in July to 100 degrees. Leaves $21,000 to Churches. The will of John Keitt Wannamaker, who died recently at his home near St. Matthews, was recorded last week. His splendid real estate holdings were known of all men, but his cash stored away in banks, was a great surprise to the general public, and leaves his fortune at a considerably larger figure than was anticipated. His only son, of course, will get the bulk of his property. Besides minor bequests the Methodist church of St. Matthews gets $20,000 and the Baptist church $1,000. He talked his business to no one and made no pretentions to wealth during life, except the indulgence in fine horses and mules, which was his hobby. ...; - ' -V"- '''-:-v ' - . <*?'.: *' a , . ? . ... RETURNS TO THE CIRCUS. After Visiting Her People Martha ( Cain Goes Back. Martha Cain, after a pleasant visit to her home and people, has < returned to her work with the cir- ] cus people, with whom she has a con- i tract for some time. It will be re- ] membered that she was stolen on , the streets of Orangeburg 30 years I ago, wnen sne was live years uiu, and it was by accident that she learned her real name. Her circus name is Lizzie Lewis, but Martha has no special hankering after that cognomen. The Robinson circus in wintering in Cincinnati, but those connected with it are rehearsing in Springfield, Mo., and it is there that she has gone. Martha Cain says she intends to follow the circus as long as she is able. "What else can I do?" she asked in reply to a question as to whether she intended to be a circuswoman as long as she lives. That is very true. Having been brought up to that life, she knows no other. Besides it pays her well. The Columbia correspondent of the Charleston Post says it is interesting to note that the management of the Robinson shows are respectors of the wishes of Southern audiences in one respect. . When .showing in the South Martha Cain is a sideshow performer, but when showing in the North and West she is a member of the big sbow. Her specialty is aerial performances, and she is said ** - ? mi? n^i^i to De a nne actress, ine xvuumsuua ? are very much attached to her. The Bubonic Plague. The terrible bubonic plague, which appeared in Hongkong in 1894, spread from there to Bombay, and in the next 12 years carried off more than 6,000,000 victims, has been almost ' quiescent for the past few years; but in 1910 it appeared in a virulent form in Harbin, has since spread to other cities, and is now a < world-wide menace. More alarming than the reappearance of the disease in Manchuria is the discovery of the disease in the eastern coastwise counties of Eng- ] land, where several deaths have oc- c curred. Investigation has shown the ( rats over a large area to be infected, j Until 1906 little was known re- i J1 iV. - J ~ nf gctruillg tut; UlUUC ui yiuyasanuu ui ( this terrible disease, although the : disease itself is as old as history. In i 1906 the Indian Plague Research ] Commission definitely traced the spread of the epidemic to the fleas on < the black rats of the country. The ; rats themselves have the disease; a i flea which sucks the blood of the rat ] takes the germs into its stomach. If \ the flea bites a human being within ] a period of three weeks, the germs ] are transferred, and the human he- ] ing contracts the disease. 1 Until recently it had been supposed that only the black rat is susceptible to the plague, and that only the flea known as Pulex cheopis could transfer it. Later discoveries, however, ( _t At A AT 1 1 nave snown tnai me uumiiiuu uiuwu, or Norway rat, is also liable to the disease, and that it may be transferred by the ordinary rat flea. Still another matter of great interest has been disclosed by the cases in England, which are not the bubonic, but the even more deadly and more dangerous pneumoniae plague. The bubonic form, in which the lymphatic glands swell and suppurate, is transferable only through some such medium as the rat and the flea. The pneumonic form, on the other hand, is directly infectious. WHY I BUY AT HOME. , Some Reasons Given That are Simply Unanswerable. Many people who make their living out of a town send off to New York, Chicago, or some other big Northern or Western city and buy many of the things they could buy at home. In a recent issue of the Tradesman a farmer gave some mighty good advice on this subject, which all of us should heed. The farmer gives the fnllnwfnor rOQQAno fnr hnvinor Vile, LViAV TIAU^ I VWWUUD IV* VUJ*Ug U*D goods in his home market: Because my interests are here. Because the community that is 4 good enough for me to live in is ( good enough for me to buy in. Because I believe in transacting ( business with my friends. Because I want to see the goods. Because I want to get what I buy when I pay for it. Because my home dealer "carries" me when I am run short. Because every dollar I spend at home stays at home and helps work , for the welfare of the city. l Because the man I buy from stands back of the goods. Because I sell what I produce here ^ at home. Because the man I buy from pays his part of the town, county and city taxes. Because the man I buy from gives ^ value received always. Because the man I buy from helps support my school, my church, my < lodge, my home. t rt. - - - - ?' --V-. . * . .* ' .V: *r .vv'c' FREE FROM BOGUS BARON. 7ourt Annuls Marriage of Daughter of Gen. Ewen to an Ex-Convict. Justice Garretson in the Queens county Superior Court handed down recently a decision annulling the narriage of M. Louise Ewen von Koenitz, a daughter of the late Gen. < Tohn Ewen who inherited from her 'ather more than $250,000, and Otto , ron Koenitz, who posed as a German oaron. ( When the action was tried before , Fustice Garretson several weeks ago , :he plaintifT told of the courtship by < :he bogus baron and how she was de- ( reived by his stories about the ] 'schloss Koenitz" in Germany. Von , Koenitz was then about 30 years ] 5ld and she was nearly 50. Despite the opposition of her sisters, Miss Caroline Ewen and Miss Elize Ewen, who lived with her at 23 West Eighty-sixth street, Manhattan, she J -Ui 1% a** no 1 AAO mamcu uiui uu i>uv*?ixiucr &o, xjjvo. Previous to the marriage he had obtained about $15,000 from his intended bride in order to meet pressing needs pending the arrival of funds from Germany. After the marriage she gave him about $50, D00 more. A trip they had planned to the Mediterranean was reduced :o a trip to St. Augustine, Fla. After she had quit the bogus barDn she learned that he was an ex;onvict, having served a term in the State prison in Trenton, N. J., for ?rand larceny and had also been confined in the Essex county jail in New Fersey. * The annulment of the marriage was asked on the grounds that it had never been consummated, that the bride's consent was obtained through fraudulent representations, :hat the defendant instead of being jf a noble family was of bad reputation, that he had been convicted 3f blackmail and grand larceny and served terms in prison and that he obtained his livelihood by dishonest md questionable practices.?N. Y. Sun. Wanted for Murder. Atlanta, Ga., March 2.?It was [earned to-night that Gov.. Brown several day's ago issued a requisition 5n the governor of Virginia for the return to Georgia of Edgar Stribling, wanted in 'Harris county as an escaped murderer, who for the last five rears has been chief of police of Danville, Va., under the name of R. E. Morris. Stribling is wanted for the murder Df W. J. Cornell on September 4, 1897. At his trial Stribling confessed to shooting Cornell, declaring the latter had insulted his wife and sister. He was sentenced ot life Imprisonment, but while waiting in the Harris county jail for transfer to the penitentiary he escaped. He has Peen at liberty more than 14 years. m * Brown is Acquitted. Darlingtonfi March 2.?Court was pccupied to-day with the trial of J. A. ' Brown, charged with the murder of 3ary Kelly, his son-in-law, last November. After about 30 minutes deliberation the jury returned a verlict of not guilty. According to the testimony of ECelly, who was living in Darlington it the time, met Brown, the defending on the street the day of the tiling and after some words had passed petween them Kelly violently threatened Brown's life. The latter left him immediately in prder to avoid trouble and though le was to wait for Kelly until later n the day and carry him home with iim, he got in his buggy and left town at once. About night, Kelly Irove up to his father-in-law's gate and continued to make threats. Cleveland Brown, a son of the defendant, was sent out to persuade Kelly to leave the premises, which le did for about half an hour. He returned, however, and this ^ime Brown went out and asked him ;o leave and claimed that Kelly pulled his pistol and was in the act of firing it when he knocked it from lis hand and shot him twice. At the :ime of the killing Brown was armed vith a Winchester rifle and a pistol. Kelly and his wife did not get ilong very well and were separated in several occasions. On the night tfhen he was killed, she, with their children, were at the home of her Pofliai. V.nV.;+ rxf LdUllv/1 . XVtJll V W 111 Li-ivT llCLUlt VI Irinking heavily at times and was aearly drunk when killed. Do Away with Trestles. Columbia, March 2.?All the rail*oads operating in this State must, as rapidly as possible fill in all trestles which may practically be so filled with dirt or other substantial matrial, reporting their progress to the railroad commission and must finish ^his work within six years, accordng to a resolution passed by the commission. A great deal of such work has been ione recently and much is projected 'or the near future. If your business demands printing )f the better class, give your work :o The Herald office. V'*\ . v . ' ' ' V . -ft J : . . ; 1 / ;-'v TWELVE YEAR OLD BRO^^BHR With Parents Consent She Weds Boy of Eighteen. V The youngest bride ever led to the ' altar in Cincinnati was Sarmelia Altinnari, a girl of 12, who became the ^ bride of Frank Stone, a youth of 18. rhe license to wed was obtained by the parents of the children in Newport, Ky., and the ceremony was pier- Y? formed by Father James McNerny, % of the Church of the Immaculate 1| Conception, of Cincinnati. At drat Clerk J. L. Bryan, of the Kentucky j| Court refused to issue the license be- % cause of the age of the bride-elect, 1 but the father of the girl showed him | that he was obliged, under Kentucky laws, to comply with such a request | from the fathers of the contracting parties. Both fathers were pretext * when the license was secured. No Trace of Missing Man. . ;f| Newberry, March 2.?No definite ;. , clue has been found to the disap- - f earance of Thomas Aughtry HdWr % | kins, who disappeared mysteriously last Friday from his home on the* Broad river side of the county. The v|j| last seen of him was the afternoon of that day, when he carried three Sj negroes, Will Young, Catherine Me- ' Clerky and her 12-year-old brother, ._ '.??! across Broad river at the mouth of the Tyger from Shelton to which place he had carried them by boat that morning. There is slight evidence of some unpleasantness between Young and mm Hawkins, and the impression f? strong among the people of the p neighborhood that there has been foul play. The boat was found a day or two after Mr. Hawkins' disappear- * ; ance about two miles down the river, ' with an empty gun shell in the bottorn, and his hat was found a little farther down.?both boat and hat" lodged against the rocks in the river. The negroes had a single barrel shot^i^S gun with them when they were ried across the river. They say thaf ^gP&B the last they saw of Mr. Hawkins was that he was returning from Newberry side and had just about thd Tyger part of the streamv,;;^^M Will Young is about 30; the negro Rgsns woman is 18. They live together, The sheriff has been to the scene : and has questioned.the negroes apart ; ^ from one another, but could get no clue, their stories agreeing in substantial points. It is likely that there may be arrests made soon. Parties have been searching the-; _ ? river for the body. Tuesday a larjgfl^ .. . party went down , the Broad front*M:' Shelton, expecting to go all the to Columbia unless they could fiaftrd||?Si the body sooner; but they had Mr. Hawkins is about 25 or. years of age and te unmarried. Dr.-f^ ' v LeGrand Guerry, of Columbia, brotherrin-law and Thomas B. Aughtry, of Columbia, is an uncle. Saving It. An old Yankee farmer lay on his ^ ':fi? deathbed. He was so far gone the doctor told his daughter that could indulge him in anything might crave in the matter of food, to ? the end of making him vhappjr possible, as nothing could delay the. end or really haeten it. The daugbter asked her father if there was any t V^3B particular thing his appetite fancied. "Yes," whispered the old man, "a bit of fine cake with lots of nuts and currants in it."1 A woman neighbor, who heard the' old fellow express his desire, had ?g| fine fruit cake made, -rich enough to ' produce an attack of acute indigos? tion in a wooden Indian. The doctor heard of it and was not pleased. ; with the old man's choice, but, hav ing given nis permisaiun, ue uiquirou . . : the next day when he called how It ,- ? J?| suited the patient \ and how he enjoyed it. "Well, sir," the daughter replied, "to tell you the honest truth, father \ hasn't had a taste of the cake." "And why not?" the doctor wantp * w ed to know. "Well, sir," said she, "it was such/;-^^-'?^ a perfectly beautiful cake that we 1-pkr hadn't the heart to cut into it, and * so we are just keeping it for the funeral."?Metropolitan. Repartee of a Night. <d "Get my supper!" he said, gruffly. S'rM "Get it yourself," she replied. f;;j . "You didn't marry a cook." r Late that night she heard a noise. ' ?p-'V "John," she said, "there's a robber in the house. Get up!" "Get up yourself," he answered, sleepily. "You didn't marry a policeman." v Finally, however, John with a re- ' : t|?g volver and his wife wiin a canaie, traced a noise to the kitchen range. John bravely opened the range door ^ and a huge rat jumped out. John pointed the revolver at the animal, but didn't shoot. "Why didn't you shoot it?" -<*ked 'c&jjg his wife. v "I couldn't," he replied, smiling grimly; "it was out of my range." Now is the time to select your space in The Herald for your spring v advertisement. *