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BICKEL'S JULY SALE. Many Interesting: Bargains In Seasonable Footwear. Men's $4.00 and $5.00 fine shoes reduced to $350 Men's $3.00 and $3.50 fine shoes reduced to 2.25 Men's $2.00 fine vici shoes reduced to - - 1.50 Men's $1.50 fine satin calf shoes reduced to 95 Ladies' $1.50 fine Dongola Oxfords reduced to 00 Boys' $3.00 fine patent leather shoes reduced to 2,00 Boys' $ 1.50 fine satin calf reduced to - - 95 Youths' $1.25 fine calf shoes reduced to 85 Ladies' $3.00 fine hand-turn shoes reduced to 2,00 Ladies' $1.50 patent Up shoes reduced to - - 85 Child's 75c fine Dongola shoes to - - - - 4-5 Infants' 35c soft sole shoes reduced to - 19 Ladies' fine serge slippers reduced to - 24 Balance of our stock of Oxfords to be closed out regardless of cost. JOHN RICKEL, BUTLER, PA. THE MODERN STORE* j * MIDSUMMER f REMNANT SALE AT I=2 PRICE TUESDAY, JULY 26th. THE GREATEST BARGAINS YET. Remnant* of Hi Ik*. Dress Good)). White Wash Goods. Ecn broideries. Ribbons, etc. Many odd Jots all over the store at Remnant Prices. Oar Clearance Sale ha* left in a host of little lota One half price will take them. Millinery Remnants at Half Price and Less Iv.t of HaMes' Mult Caps at half price. Flower* that sold at BOa to ft 00, now go at 10c. All hats at hilf price. Everything mant go in thin department and nothing to be carried over. EISLEK-MARDORF COT PAN Y, J5J } 221 Send In Your Mail Orders. OPPOSITE HOTEL ARLINGTON. BUTLP.R. f'A. MRS. i. E. ZIMMERMAN Announces a Continuation of Sacrifice Sale All This Month. OUR TWENTY-THIRD SEMI-ANNUAL SACRIFICE SALE was a big success, but, as we stated in our circular of last week, we had an unusually big stock to sacrifice. We find it is still too heavy for the season yet before us. So, notwith standing that the knife was used sharply last week, it will be thrust with a keener edge fcnd deeper cut the balance of this month. 3 DRESS GOODS at Sacrifice Prices of last week. LADIES' JACKET SUITS at Sacrifice Prices of last week, LALIES' SEPARATE SKIRTS at Sacrifice Prices of last week. LADIES' COVERT JACKETS at Sacaifice Prices of last week. RAIN AND TOURIST COATS at Sacrifice Prices of last week. WASH SHIRT WAIST SUITS at Sacrifice Prices of last week. Table Linen, Towels, Napkins, Crashes, Cretones, White guilts, Sheets, Sheetings, Muslins, Ginghams, Lace Curtains, urtain Poles, Cheviots, Calicoes, Portiers, Window Shades, Umbrellas, Corsets, Neckwear, Gloves, Belts, Leather Bags, Embroideries. Then There is Millinery and Art Goods, and hundreds of other useful, needed things included in this wonderful BARGAIN SALE. Mrs. J. E. Zimmerman ~z~ (f W£ WOMAN'S SHOE V) j MGFFT Jano outing* find added pleasure where yonr feet enjoy perfect comfort, i I « , *t *fa-*nore or mountain* on trap or train wood*. flelds.lake aide or links, a (»iir of Patrician Hboea will |te found to possess every Mwinire 1 nvnt tbe r<i >t,nlio'iH woman demands. An inftnit* variety of styles-all one ; qiality tn«lxt Price 13.60. YOC'RH FOll SHOES 1 II DAUBENSPECK & TURNER, People's Phone 633, 108 S. Main St., Butler, Pa. K~- — 1 —- KE C K Merchant Tailor. Spring &SummerSuitingß ( JUST ARRIVED. ( 1 w 142 Morth Main St. |KE C K THE" BUTLER CITIZEN. Drying preparations simply & . op dry catarrh : they dry up the secret which adhere to the membrane aud u pose, cansing a far more serious tr'jutl .. the ordinary form of catarrh. AToid' ing inhalant*, fumes, smokes an l and uae that which cleanses, too:}.- - a: heals. Ely's Cream Balm is such a re:- c< and will cure catarrh or cold in the Lear! easily and pleasantly. A trial size will be mailed for 10 cents. All druggists sell the 50c. size. Ely Brothers 5G Warren St., N.Y. The Balm cures without pain, does not ! irritate or cause sneezing. It spreads itself OTer an irritated and angry surface, relic-T --ing immediately the painful inflammation. With Ely's Cream Balm you are armed against Kasal Catarrh and Hay Ferer. fly itUow Kji o: our Koclc of n 1535 R. Wallace % pj Silver Plated Ware% tyocu t.A I convince yvj that it m Mr m ®' :ow , '' 1 u t ipcc'u lilies in tli^B Ralston & Smith 110 W. Jefferson Street. MHWHWHIHW , fIPAINTI ? 9 W IpOIFFERENTA § KINDS |t BUT ALL IB WILLIAMS CO'Sgl A PAINT 3? FOR e 4? EVERY t? PURPOSE 11 Redick & Grohman 11 ►• £ i s 109 N. Main St., * Trusses. If you are ruptured this will Interest you. We have the agency for the "Smithsonian Truss," which allov/s absolute freedom of movement and holds at the "internal ring," the only place where a truss should hold, but very few do. When a cure can be affected with a truss, this truss will cure. Children can often times be cured with a properly fitted truss. Safisfaction guaranteed. If after a months wear you are not satisfied, your money will be returned. Come, or write for literature. Don't forget our special Saturday sale, a 60c box of candy for 35c, on Saturday only. The Crystal Pharmacy R. M. LOGAN, Ph. G., HI CC'KHHOIt TO Johnston's Crystal Pharmacy, BOTH PHONES. 106 N. Main St., Butler, Pa. KLY MAV M. V. HTUAIiT MAY & STUART, Livery, Feed and Sale Stables Beat Accommodation* In town For TrannU-nt Cnntouj, PHONE*: People's 125; Hell r»». Hear of Bic-kel Bnildinir, 9. Main fit. Butler, P a. I! ALICE of 'OLD 1 BVINCENNES 1 "P : '[ •*><; <H ffjpJ , By MAURICE THOMPSON P. pi-'-VL £ XI J Cecrri?hf, F9C<J. bj BGV.'CN-MEr.FiLL COMPANY «H V+L '• '* «;-4' 4. *, Zc 1 K . r » % •! -i-H!-; -v - CHAPTER XVI. FATHER BKRET'.S OLD BATTLE. THE room In which Alice was now imprisoned formed part of the upper story of a build ing erected by Hamilton in one of the fonr angles of the stockade. It had no windows and but two oblong portholes made to accommodate a small swivel which stood darkly scowling near the middle of the floor. Day after day her loneliness and helplessness be came more agonizing. Farnsworth, it is true, did all he could to relieve the strain of her situation, but Hamilton had an eye upon what passed and soon J interfered. He administered a bitter • reprimand, under which his subordi nate writhed in speechless anger and ; resentment. "Finally, Captain Farnsworth," he said In conclusion, "you will distinctly understand that this girl is my prison er, not yours; that I, not you, will di rect how she is to be held and treated, and that hereafter I will suffer no In terference on your part. I hope you fully understand me, sir, and will gov ern yourself accordingly." Smarting, or, rather, smothering, tin der the outrageous insult of these re marks, Farnsworth at first determined to fling bis resignation nt the govern or's feet and then do whatever d --per ote thing seemed most to his mood. lint a soldier's training Is apt to call a halt before the worst befalls in such a case. Moreover, in the present temptation Farnsworth had a special check and hindrance. He had had a conference with Father Beret, In which the good priest had played the part of wisdom in slippers and of gentleness more dovelike than the dove's. A very subtle Impression, illuminated with the "hope that withers hope," had come of that int'-rvlew, and now Farnsworth felt Its restraint. lie therefore tainted Hamil ton formally and walked away. Father Beret's paternal love for Al ice—we cannot characterize It more nicely than to call it paternal—was his Justification for a certain mild sort of corruption Insinuated by him Into the heart of Farnsworth. He was a crafty priest, but his craft was always us -d for a good end. Fn'iuestionably Jesuitic #as his mode of circumventing the (ourig man's military scruples by of fering him a puff of fair weather with which to sail toward what appeared to be the shore of delight. He saw at a glance that Funis worth's love for Alice was a consuming passion In a very ardent yet. decidedly weak In art. Hero was the worldly lever with which Fa th< r Beret hoped to r.i//- Alice's prison and free her from the terrible doom with which she was threatened. The first Interview was at Father Beret's cabin, to which, 11s will IK; re memls-red, the priest and Farnsworth went after their meeting In the street It actually came to nothing, save an Indirect understanding hut half sug gested by Father Ber< t and never open ly sanctioned by Captain Farnsworth. The talk was insinuating on the part of the former, while tin latter slipped evasively from every proposition, 11s If not able lo consider It on account of a curious obtuseness of p<»rccptlon. Still, when they separated they shook hands and exchanged a searching look i>er fectly satisfactory to both. The memory of that interview with the priest was In Faros worth's mind when, boiling with rage, he left Ham "Jl't tin '/utraycf he broke forth. llton's presence and went forth Into the chill February air. He passed out through the postern and along the sodden and (jueachy edge of the prairie, Involuntarily making his way to Father Beret's cabin. His Indignation was so great that he trembled from head to foot at every step. The door of tho place was open and Father Beret was eating a frugal meal of scones and sour wine (of his own make, he said;, which be hospitably begged to share with his visitor. A fire smol dered on the hearth, and a fiat stone showed, by the grease smoking over its hot surface, where the cakes had been baked. "Come in, my sen," said the priest, "and try the faro of a poor old nisn. It is plain, very plain, but good." He smacked his lips sincerely and Angered another scone. "Take some, take some." Farnsworth was not tempted. Tho acid hou'iuet of the wine filled the room with u smack of vinegar, and the smoke from rank scorching flit and wheat meal did not suggest an agreea ble feast. "Well," well, if you are not hungry, my son, sit down on the stool there and tell mo the news." Farnsworth took the low seat with out a word, letting his eyes wander over the wall*. Alice's rapier, the mate to that now worn by Han»ilton, ' hung In Its curiously engraved scab- ! bard near one corner. The sight of It Inflamed Faros worth. "It's an outrage!" lie broke forth. ! "Governor Hamilton sent a man to floussillon place with orders to bring ! him tho scmbbard of Miss Uousslllon's sword, and he now wears tho beautiful j weapon as If he had come by It hon estly. Curse him!" "My dear, dear son, you must not soli your Hps with such language!" Father Beret let fall tho half of a well bitten cako and held up l>oth hands. "I your pnrdon, fntliej-. I know 1 ought to he more careful In your presence, but hut Iho beaatly HCOIIU , flrel"— BUTLER. PA., THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1904/ "Bah! Doucement, mon flls, donce ment." The old man shook his head and liis finger while speaking. "Easy, my son, easy. You would be a fine target for bullets were your words to reach Hamilton's ears. You ure not permitted to revile your commander." "Yes. I know; but how can a man restrain himself under such abomina ble conditions?" Father Beret shifwdly guessed that Hamilton had bean giving the captain fresh reasons for bitter resentment. Moreover, he was sure that the moving cause had been Alice. So. in order to draw out what he wished to bear, he said very gently: "How Is the little prisoner getting along?" Farnsworth ground his teeth and swore, but Father Beret appeared not to hear. He bit deep into a scone, took a liberal sip of the muddy red wine and added: "Has she a comfortable place? Do you think Governor Hamilton would let me visit her?" "It is horrible:" Farnsworth blurted. "She's penned up as If she were a dan gerous beast, the poor girl. And that d—d scoundrel"— "Son, son!" "Oh, It's no use to try. I can't help it, father. The whelp"— "We can converse more safely and intelligently If we avoid profanity and undue emotion, my son. Now, if you I will quit swearing. I will, and If you will be calm, so will I." Farnsworth felt the sly irony of this absurdly vicarious proi>osl(ion. Father Beret smiled with a kindly twinkle in his deep set eyes. "Well, If you don't use profane lan guage, father, there's no telling how much you think In expletives. What is your opinion of a man who tumbles a poor, defenseless girl into prison and then refuses to let her be decently cared for? How do you express your self about bimV" "My son. men often do things of which they ought to be ashamed. I heard of a young officer once who mal treated a little girl that he met at night in the street. What evil be would have done, had not a passing kind hearted man reminded hint of his honor by a friendly punch lu the ribs, I dare not surmise." "True, and your sarcasm goes homo as hard as your fist did, father. I know that I've been a sad dog all my life. Miss Koussillon saved you by shooting me, and I love her for It. Lay on, father; I deserve more than you can give me." "Surely you do, my son, surely you do, but my love for you will not let me give you pain. Ah, we priests have to carry all men's loads. Our Imeks are broad, however; very broad, rny son." "And your fists are heavy, father; mighty heavy." The gentle smile again flickered over the priest's weather beaten faee as he glanced side wise at Farnsworth and said: "Sometimes, sometimes, my sou, a carnal weapon must break the way for a spiritual one. ISut we priests rarely have much physical strength. Our de pendence Is upon"— "To be sure; cert duly," Farnsworth Interrupted, rubbing his side. "Your dependence Is upon the fiist thing that offers. I've had many a blow, but yours was the solldest that ever Jarred my mortal frame. Father Beret." The twain began to laugh There Is nothing like a reminiscence to stir up fresh mutual sympathy. "If your Intercostals were somewhat sore for a time on account of n con tact with priestly knuckles, doubtless there soon set In a corresponding un easiness In the region of your con science. Such shocks are often vigor ously alterative and tonic; eh, my son?" "You Jolted me sober, father, and then I was ashamed of myself. Hut where does all your tremendous strength lie? You don't look strong." While speaking Farnsworth leaned near Father Beret and grasped his arm. The young man started, for his fingers, Instead of dosing around a flabby, shrunken old man's limb, spread themselves upon a huge, knot ted mass of Iron muscles. With a ijulck movement Father Beret shook off Farnsworth's hand and said: "I am no Samson, my son. Non sum quails cram." Then, as If dismissing a light subject for u graver one, ho sighed and added, "1 suppose there is nothing that can be done for little Alice." He called the tall, strong girl "little Alice," and so she seemed to hi in. lie could not, without direct effort, think of iter as a magnificently maturing woman. She had always been his spoiled pet child, perversely set against the- holy church, but dear to him never theless. "I came to ask that very question, father," said Farnsworth. "And what do I know? Surely, my son, you see how utterly hopeless 1111 old priest Is against all you i'.rillsh And besides"— "Father Beret," Farnsworth huskily Interrupted, "Is tbero a place that you know of anywhere In which Miss Itousslllon could be hidden If"— "My dear son!" "But, father, I mean It." "Mean what? Pardon on old man's slow understanding. What are you talking about, my son?" Father Beret glanced furtively about, then quickly stepped through the door way, walked entirely around the house arid came In again before Farnsworth could respond. Once more seated on his stool he added Interrogatively: "Did you think you heard something moving outside?" "No." "You were saying something when 1 went out. Pardon my Interruption." Farnsworth gave the priest a search ing und not wholly confiding look. "You did not Interrupt me, Father Beret. I wos not sje-aklnß. Why ure you so watchful? Are you afraid of eaverdroppers?" "You were upenktng reeklcMly. Your word* were lncendlnry; ordentln v*rhn. My *o», you wore auggcatlug n danger otm thing, Your life would acnrcely »atl*fy the Inw were you convicted of IDNIIIUHIIOK audi treawon. \Vhn| If one of your prowling guard* bad over hontil you? Your neck nnd mine might M the )JUlter. Quod nverlnt donil ntw." He crossed hlmiiclf nnd In n galemn voire lidded 111 l£ugllftb: "Mit JL Vhc fvrbHJ- Afl.Wy 4QH» we priests protect those we love." "Ami I. who an not fit to ti<- ii priest's shoe. d-j likev.lse. Fat!i-r. I love Alice Kotwsiljon." "Love is a holy tiling, my son. A mart divinuui est et humanuin." "Father Beret, can you help me?" "Spiritually speaking, my son'*" "I mean can yon hide Mile. Roussll lon in sou:e safe place if I take her oul of the prison yonder? That's just what I mean. Can you do It?" "Your question Is a remarkable one Have you thought upon It from all di rections. my son? Think of your po sition, your duty as an officer." A shrewd polemical exr" i beam ed Crom Father Beret's and a very expert physiognomist might have luspected duplicity from certain lines about the old man's mouth. "I simply know that I cannot stand by and see Alice—Mile. Rousslllon forced to suffer treatment too beastly for an Indian thief. That's the only direction there Is for me to look at il from, and you can understand my feelings if you will. You know that very well. Father Beret. When a man v >'» a girl he loves her; that's tlit l i.oie thing." The quiet, inscrutable half smil« i dickered once more on Father Beret's 1 face, but he sat silent some time witl j a sinewy forefinger lying alongside Li> nose. When at last lie spoke it was in a tone of voice indicative of sinal interest in what he was saying. 111! ! words rambled to their goal with th< j effect of happy accident. . "There are places in this neighbor hood in which a human being would bi as hard to find as the flag that yot ' and Governor Ilamlltou have so dili . gently and unsuccessfully been It J quest of for the past month or two ; lteally. my sou, this is a mysterious j little town.'* j Fanisworth's eyes widened and a I Bush rose In his swarthy cheeks. | "Hnng the flag!" he exclaimed. "Lei | It lie hidden forever. What do I care' 1 I tell you. Father Bervt, that Alice 'I Itoussilion Is In extreme danger. Gov | ernor Hamilton means to put some terrible punishment on her. Jle has a : devil's vlndlctlveness. lie showed il ' to me clearly awhile ago." j "You showed something of the same ! sort to me, once ujion n time, my son." | "Yes, I did. Father Beret, and I got i a load of slugs In my shoulder for 11 from that brave girl's pistol. Sin l saved your life. Now I ask you to help nie save hers, or If not her life what is infinitely more, her honor." "Iler honor!" cried Father Beret, leaping to his feet so suddenly and with such energy that the cabin shook from base to roof. "What do you say, Captain Fnrnsworth? What do you mean?" The old man was transformed. Ill face was terrible to see, with lis nar row, burning eyes deep under tin shaggy brows. Its dark veins writhing snakelike on the temples and forehead, the projected mouth und chin, the hard lines of the Jaws, the Iron gray gleam from all the feature*- he looked like an aged tiger stiffened for a spring. Farnsworth was made of right sol dlerly stuff, but he felt a distinct shiver flit along hbt back. Ills past life had not lacked thrilling adventures and strangely varied exiwrienccs with desperate men. Usually he met sudden emergencies rather calmly, sometime* with phlegmatic indifference. This passionate outburst on the priest's part, however, surprised him and awed him, while It stirred his heart with a profound sympathy unlike anything ho had ever felt before. Father Beret mastered himself In a moment and, passing his hand over his face, as If to brush away the excite ment, sat down again on his stool. He appeared to collapse Inwardly. "Yon must excuse the weakness of an old man, my son," he said, In a voice hoarse and shaking. "But tell me what Is going to be done with Alice. Your words—what you said—l did not understand." He rubbed his forehead slowly, as one who has difficulty In trying to col lect his thoughts. "I do not know what Governor Ilatu llton means to do, Father Beret. It will fx? something devilish, however-- somethlug that must not happen," said Farnsworth. Father Beret, like most men of strong feeling who have la-en subjected to long years of trial, hardship, multi tudinous dangers and all sorts of temp tation, and who have learned the les sons of self control, had an Iron will, and also an abiding distrust of weak men. lie saw Farnsworth's sincerity, but he had no faith In his constancy, although satisfied that while resent ment of Hamilton's lmpcrlousncss lasted he would doubtless remain llrti) In his purpose to aid Alice. He listened In sllenco to Farns worth's story. When It came to an end he began to offer some hut half relevant suggestions In the form of Indirect cross questions, by means of which he gradually drew out a minute description of Alice's prison, the l>est way to reach 11, the nature of Its door fastenings, where the key was kept, and everything. Indeed, likely to be helpful to one contemplating a Jail de livery. Farnsworth was Inwardly do lighted. He felt Father Iteret's cun ning approach to the central object and his crafty method of gathering details. The shades of evening thickened In the stuffy cabin room while the con versation went on. Father Beret pres ently llft.-d a puncheon In one corner of the floor and got out a large bottle, which Iwire n mildewed and faded French label, and with It a small Iron cap. There was Just light enough left to show a brownish sparkle when, after popping out the cork, he |>oured a draft In the fresh cup anil In his own. "We may think more clearly, my son, If we taste this old liquor. I have kept It a long while to offer upon a proper occasion. The occasion Is here." A ravishing bouquet quickly Imbued the air. It was Itself an Intoxication. "The brothers of Ht. Martin distilled this liquor," Father Beret added, handing the cup to Farnsworth. "not for common social drinking, tnjr son, hut for times when a man needs ex traordinary stimulation " I" "aid to ho surpassingly good because Ht. Mar tin blessed the vine." The doughty captain felt a sudden and Imperious thirst seize his threat The liquor flooded his veins before Ills lips touched the ».iip. He had been ab staining lately; now his tiesettliig ap petite rushed upon him. At one gulp lie took In the fiery yet smooth nnd captivating draft. Nor did he notice that Father Heret, Instead of Joining hltn In the potation, merely lifted his cup at 1 r.et it down again, smacking hit Hp* with gusto. There followed a silence, during which the aromatic breath of the bot tle Increased Its dangerous fasclnatta*. Then Father Beret agali\ AI ted Fame worth's cup and Mid: "Al\, the hl*seeij monks little thought that theli matchless brew would ever be flipped !n a poor hut on the Wabmli! lint, after nil, niy •on, why not here a% well as hi sunny France? <Mir object Justifies any liu ftroi r'»'y of time and place." "¥o»i are right, father, 1 drink to our oi>jeet ics. i say, to our object." In fact, the drinking preceded liis speech, and his tongue alrcudy had a 1 loop in it. The liijuor stole through I him. a mist of bewildering and en chanting influence. The third cup | broke his sentences into unintelligible fragments; the fourth made his uuder | jaw sag loosely; the fifth and sixth, taken in close succession, tumbled him i limp on the floor, where he slept bliss | fully all night long, snugly covered j with some of Father Beret's bed | clothes. "Per casurn oblhjuum, et per indi rectum." muttered the priest when he bad returned the l>ottle and cup to their biding place. "The end Justifies the means. Sleep well, my son. Ah, little Alice, little Alice, your old father will try, will try!" lie fumbled along the wall in the dark until he found the rapier, which he took down; then he went out and sat for some time motionless beside the door, while the clouds thickened overhead. It was late when he arose and glided away shadowlike toward the fort, over which the night hung black, chill and drearily sileut. The moon was still some hours high, but smothered by the clouds; a fog slowly drifted from the river. Meantime Hamilton and Helm had spent a part of the afternoon and even ing, as usual, at cards. Helm broke off the game and went to his quarters rather early for him, leaving the gov ernor alone and in a bad temper, be cause Farnsworth, when he bad sent for him, could not be found. Three times his orderly returned In as many hours with the same report. The cap tain had not l>een seen or heard of. Naturally this sudden and complete disappearance, immediately after the reprimand, suggested to Hamilton an unpleasant jiossiblllty. What if Farns worth had deserted him? Hamilton sat for some time after Helm's departure, thinking over what he now feared was a foolish mistake. Presently he buckled on Alice's rapier, which he had lately been wearing as his own, and went out into the main area of the stockade. A sentinel was tramping to and fro at the gate, where a hazy lantern shone. The night was breathless and silent. Hamilton ap proached the soldier 011 duty and asked him If he had seen Captain Farns worth, and. receiving a negative reply, turned about puzzled and thoughtful to walk back and forth in the chill, foggy air. Presently a faint yellow light at tracted his attention. It shone through a porthole In an upper room of the blockhouse at the farther angle of the stockade. In fact, Alice was reading by a sputtering lamp a book Farns worth had sent her, a volume of Hon sard that he had picked up in Canada. Hamilton made his way In that direc tion, at first merely curious to know who was burning oil so late, but after a few paces he recognized where the light came from and instantly suspect ed that Captain Farnsworth was there. Indeed, he felt sure of It. Somehow he could not regard Alice as other than a saucy holden. Incapable of womanly virtue. Ills experience with the worst element of Canadian French life and his peculiar cast of mind and character colored bis Impression of her. He measured her by the women with whom the coureurs de bols and half breed trappers consorted in Detroit and at the posts eastward to Quebec. Alice, unable to sleep, had sought for getfulness of her bitter captivity in the old jMM't's charming lyrics. She sat on the floor, some blankets and furs drawn around her, the book on her lap, the stupidly dull lamp hanging he side her on a part of the swivel. Her hair lay loose over ber neck and shoul- "Stop, #ir; not another itep!" fers and shimmered around her face with a cloudllko effect, giving to the features In their repose a setting that Intensified their sweetness and sadness. In a very low but distinct voice sho was reading, with a slightly quuverlng Intonation - Mlgnonn*. n lions voir at la ros«, Qtin co matin avoll desclos* HA robs tin potirpe AN solvit, when Hamilton, after stealthily mount ing the rough stairway which led to her door. peeped In through s space between the slahs and felt a stroke of disappointment, seeing at a glance that Farnsworth was not there. He gnzed for some time, not without a sense of villainy, while sin- continued her sweet ly monotonous reading. If his heart had been as hard as the Iron swivel balls that lay beside Alice he must still have felt a thrill of something like ten der sympathy. She now showed no trace of the vivacious saudness which had heretofore always marked her fea tures when she wos lu his presence. A dainty gentleness, touched with mel ancholy, gavo to her face au appealing look all tho more powerful on account of Its unconscious simplicity of expres sion. The man felt 011 Impulse pure and noble, which would have borne him back down the ladder mid away from the building had not a stronger one set boldly In the opposite direction. There was a short struggle with the seared remnant of his better nature, and then lie tried to open the door, but It was locked. Alice heard the slight noise and breaking off her reading turned to look Hamilton made another effort to enter before lie recollected (hot the wixslen key, or uotched lever, that con trolled the cumbrous wooden lock humc on a peg beside the door. He felt for It along llie wall, and soon laid his hand on It. Then aguln lie |»<>oped through to see Alice, who was now standing upright, near th« swivel. Hlie bad thrown her luilr back from her face and neck; the lamp's flickering light seemed suddenly to have magril fled her stature and enhanced her Iwauty. Her Itook Isy on the tumbled wraps at her feet, and In either hand she gros|>ed n swivel shot. Hamilton's rouibntlvs disposition r'inie to the Mid of III* baser passion when lie saw once utore n defiant flush from Ms prisoner's face. It wa* May for hi in to be fasclnnted b* opposition. Ileltn had jjr<iflttijl by thin trait as much as others bad suffered by It. but In the case of Alice, Hamilton's min gled resentment and admiration were but a powerful irritant to the coarsest and most dangerous side of his nature. After some fumbling and delay he fitted the key with a steady hand and moved the wooden bolt, creaking and jolting, from its slot. Then flinging the clumsy door wide open, he steppe.l in. Alice started when she recegnlzed the midnight Intruder, and a second deop i er look into his countenance made her brave heart recoil, while with a sink ing sensation her breath almost stop ped. It was but a momentary weak ness, however, followed by vigorous reaction. "What are you here for, sir?" she demanded. "What do you want?" "I am neither a burglar nor a mur , derer, mademoiselle," he responded, * lifting his hat and bowing, with a smile not In the least reassuring. "You look like both. Stop where you are!" "Not so loud, my dear Miss Roussll lon. I am not deaf, and, besides, the garrison needs to sleep." "Stop, sir; not another step!" Bhe poised herself, leaning slightly backward, and held tlie iron ball In her right hand ready to throw It at him. He halted, still smiling villainously. "Mademoiselle, I assure you that i your excitement Is quite unnecessary. . I am not here to harm you." "You cannot harm me, yon cowardly ! wretch!" "Humph! Pride goes before a fall, wench," he retorted, taking a half step j backward. Then a thought arose in ' his mind which added a new shade to the repellent darkness of his counte nance. "Miss Roussillon," he said In Eng lish and with a changed voice, which seemed to grow harder, each word de liberately emphasised, "I have come to break some bad news to you." "You would scarcely bring me good news, sir, and I am not curious to hear the bad." He was silent for a little while, gaz ing at her with the sort of admiration from which a true woman draws away appalled. He saw how she loathed him. saw how Impossible It was for him to get a line nearer to her by any turn of force or fortune. Brave, high beaded, strong as a young leopard, pure and sweet as a rose, she stood be fore blm fearless, even aggressive, showing him by every line of her face and form that the felt her Infinite su periority and meant to maintain It. Her whole personal expression told him he was defeated, therefore he quickly seised upon a suggestion • caught from a transaction with Long Hair, who had returned a few hours before from hla pursuit of Beverley. "It pains me. I assure you, Miss Roussillon, to tell you what will prob ably grieve you deeply," he presently added; "but I have not been unaware of your tender Interest In Lieutenant Beverley, and when I had bad news fiom him I thought It my duty to In form you." He paused, feeling with a devil's sat isfaction the point of his statement go home to the girl's heart. "The Indian, Long Hair, whom I sent upon Lleutensnt Beverley's trail, re ported to me this afternoon that his pursuit had been quite successful. He caught his game." Alice's voice came to her now. She drew In a quivering breath of relief. "Then he is here—he is— Yon have him a prisoner again?" "A part of him, Miss Roussillon. Enough to be quite sure that there 1s one traitor who will trouble his king no more. Mr. Long Ilalr brought In the lieutenant's scalp." . Alice received this horrible statement in silence, but her face blanched and she stood as If frosen by the shock. The shifty moon glimmer and the yel low glow of the lamp showed Hamil ton to what an extent his devilish cru elty hurt her, and somehow It chilled him as If by reflection, but be could not forego another thrust "ne deserved banging, and would have got It bad he been brought to me alive. So, after all, you should be sat isfied. He escaped my vengeance and Long Hair got bis pay. You see, I am the chief sufferer." These words, however, fell without effect upon the girl's ears, In which was booming the awful, stormllke roar of her excitement. She did not see her persecutor standing there. Her vision, unhindered by walls and dls 11uce, went straight away to a place fu the wilderness where, nil mangled and disfigured, Beverley lay dead. A low cry broke from her lips. She dropped the heavy swivel bulls, and then, like a bird, swiftly, with a rus tling swoop, she went pust Hamilton and down the stair. For perbapa a full minute the mnn atood there motionless, stupefied, a urn zed. nnd when at length be recov ered himself It wna with difficulty that he followed her. Everything seemed to hinder hliu. When ho reached the open air, however, he quickly regained his activity of hoth mind nnd body and looked In all dlrectlona. The cloud* were breaking into parallel musses with atreaka of sky between. The moon hanging nalant against the blue p<>epod forth juat In time to abow him n flying figure which, even while he looked, reached the poatcrn, opened It and slipped through. With but n breath of hesitation be tween giving tbe alarm and following Alice silently and alone he chose the latter. lie was a swift runner and light footed. With n few bounds he reached the little gate, which was atlll oscillat ing on Its hinges, dartod through and uwuy, straining every muscle In des perate pursuit, gaining rapidly In the race, which bore eastward along the course twice In-fore chosen by Alloa In Waving the stockade. [TO BK COimifTTTO.l ANCIENT CHAIRS. Ilnrir llls<arl« Time*. Keata more or less resembling stools that is, seats without backs were !u general use uuiung nut lon* possessing u certain degree of civilization In pre historic times. What those were like In the early historic period we know from un examination of Egyptian monuments, from a study of Oreek vases or from Eutrurlau or Homan an tiquities thut are stored In ICuropeau museums. The Egyptian deities are aeated generally ou granite blocks, tbe backs of which are raised a few Inches only, giving a distant resemblance to a chair. That the Egyptian', had aeata more comfortable for domestic use la possible, but we have every reason to suppose, although they (tossessed n high degree of clvllUsttou. that their Idea of home cuuiforts was not that of modern times. The common people probably sat on blocks of stone or wood or sprawled about on tbe ground with some sort of cnr|»et that alao served for a bed. Tbe Etrurians, ancient Inhabitants of Italy before the arrival of the Komaua, ap penr to hnve preferred the reclining posture. In which they are usually rep resented ou the aarcophagusoa In the museum*. No 28 HINDOO FANATICISM." Self Inflicted Tortures mi RcllfUai Zealots of India. Self inflicted torture by Hindoo seal ots Is common in India. One man will lie upon his back, place a piece of soil upon his lower lip, plant In It a mus tard seed and not rise from his posi tion until the seed has become a plant of size. Another will make his couch upon spikes; a third walk with his boots filled with similar delights; yet another keeps his hands clinched un til the nails grow through his palms and out at the back of his hands, while others distort their legs and arms into atrophy. The extent to which Hindoo fanaticism will go, or native belief ex i tend, was shown by a case reported in the Civil and Military Gazette of La bore a year or so ago. The natives of Trevandrum were found worshiping as > a god come among men a man who had taken up his residence under a tree on the bank of a river. For the first week or so he ate a plantain and drank some milk twice or thrice a week. Then be gradually enlarged the intervals, till after three of four months he took no food st all, but passed his time huddled before a fire, seeing no one, hearing no one. Ex posed to cold and wet, to heat and dust, he sat thus without food for three years, "wrapt in divine con templation." At the end of the three years be died, never having spoken to, or heeded, a sou) from the time be first appeared until the spirit passed from his body. THE LADIES' TAILOR. He Flourished In Prase* Three Cen tarles Ago. Tbo ladles' tailor does not belong to this century or to the last; 300 years back be flourished In France. The court beauties employed him during the reign of the last of the Valols. Mme. de Sevlgne gives an elaborate de scription in one of her letters of a gown made for Mme. de Montespan and mentions the name of the tailor Langlce, the sou of one of the serv ants in the household of Anne of Aus tria. Indeed, women were not allowed In those days to enter into competition with men In the production of outer garments* even for their own sex. It was Louis XIV. who looked favorably on woman's work for her own sex and granted letters patent to the semp stresses to form themselves Into a cor poration, though it was not made easy for them, and they only, after all, mnde up ladles' own materials, even as far back ns that. By the aid of the poupcos which went the round of soci ety exhibiting the passing modes Le Roy found favor with the belles in the beginning of the seventeenth cen tury, and when we see, as we may do now at the Crystal palace, even the silk bodices that were made then we cannot but very much wonder that they were more fitted for a tailor's board than for feminine fingers, so hard, so thick, so heavy were they.— London Queen. Blblfe Translation. At the beginning of the nineteenth century the Bible was current in some forty languages—today in some 400. It is necessary to use sixty different sets of types to print In these mrfny tongues, while some fifty languages require to be printed in more charac ters than one to be legible to all races and creeds in that particular country. Again, to translate the Bible Into one foreign tongue Is Ift Itself a work of more than n lifetime very often. What must be then the labor required to learn some barbaric tongue which has no writing, HO characters or alphabet of Its own and to supply all defi ciencies before the tnsk of translation can begin? Moreover, the Biblical metupbors and similes have to be al tered and mado comprehensible to un tutored minds. One translator, Henry Nott by name, spent twenty years In Tahiti to learn the language, after which he spent another twenty years in translating the book into the Ta hltan tongue.—London Chronicle. A Singular Coincidence. One Sunday afternoon In the ram mer of 1880 Mrs. K„ a northern wom an, said to tier husband; "I don't know why It Is, but all the afternoon I have been thinking of our old friend, Em ma, In Natchec, Miss. We hare not heard from her for several years. I be lieve that I will wrlto to her." She did so. The letter *vas mailed that even ing. It would reach Natcbes on tbo next Tuesday. On Tuesdsy morning Mrs. K. received a letter from Emma, dated Sunday afternoon, commencing: "My dear Mrs. K., I don't know why It Is, but 1 have been thinking of you all the afternoon and concluded that I would write to you. It has been sev eral years since I have heard from you." Hence these two ladles, one In the far south, the other In central Illi nois, were thinking of each other, writ ing In almost the name language and evidently at the samo moment Wbere It la Alwars L*a» Tear. In ono part of "all the Itusslas," the province of Ukraine, It Is always leap year as far as the female privilege of proposing Is concerned. It is ssld to be customary there when a young wo man falls In love with a man for her to go to his father's bouse and In the most tender and pathetic manner plead with the young man to lake ber as his wife. She promises the most submis sive obedience to his will If he will but nccept her. If the young man says, "I beg that you will excuse me from this," she tells blm that she Is resolve* not to depart until ho shall promise to take her for better or worse. She ac cordingly takes up her abode there and remains until ho is wooed and won or until bo ends tbo siege by fieelof to psrts unknown. Smoothing Trouble at Sea. "Once, crossing the Atlantic," said an old traveler, "a tremendous row arose mining the sailors. They fought down In the forecastle like a pack of wild beasts. Luncheon was going on at the time, and the first officer left the table to see If he could quell the disturbance. "He had only been gone a little while when the hubbub began to die down. Everything was quiet when be return ed. Tlit- captain called across the sa loon to him in an approving tone: " 'Things seem to be smoother now.' "'Yes.' returned the first officer; 'we hare Ironed the sailors, sir.' " Mlnervn anil the Plate. A recent historian suggests a reason why Hie flute Is not popular with la dles. "Minerva In undent Greece," he sajs. "began to play the flute, thinking It such n beautiful Instrument she needs must lenrn It. Hut ono day, look ing In a mirror while she was playing, she SIIW lo her horror that the act of blowing (lie flute communicated a very Inelegant distortion to her face, and in a pet she threw the Instrument sway. I'eihups th« feelings of the fair sex to ward the llute have been Insensibly In fluenced by a similar consideration."