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THE BURLINGTON, V'JL, FRI3K PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 1SS(5.-TWELVE PAUES.
THE DEMON PLAQUE,
A STORY IN TWO PARTS.
lly l'runk 1C. Stiicktiin.
tCopyiltflitecl, tHNl, by S. S. MrClnre.
I held In my hand u lutter which hurt
Just been Kiveii me by .Mr. Ourpi-r, a nun
tk'inaii who was netiorully considered my
law partner, nltliouuli our joint occupa
tion of a set oC olllces was the only liml
ness connection between us. The letter
was written, or rather printed, was signed
(Timet Floyd and was addressed to .Mr.
Curper. It ran thus:
"I will say at once that the name at the
inline at the bottom of this note Is an as
sumed one, and that this s written at the
house of a friend who will address the en
velop. I have taken these precautions
because I do not wish you at prevent
to know who I am. .My personality is,
however, of no importance whatever, as 1
merelywish to direct your attention , to a
case where a few words from you may
save a very deserving woman, who is not
able to employ legal advice, from much
trouble and lovs. I feel sure that you
will be glad of the opportunity of doing
this worthy person a klndne.-.s, especially
as it will take very little of your time. I
will not state her case, because I do not
clearly understand it, but, of cour-e, it
will lie plain enough to you. The old
lady's mi me is .Mrs. Grome, anil she lives
on a very little farm, which she owns, at
the end of the second lane from the river,
on the road to Ormsny l'aik. I know that
you drive out there very often, and it
would probably detain you but a short
time to turn into the lane and set this
good woman's mind straight about her
affairs. I promised Jlrs. Grome that 1
would send her a good adviser, and 1 feel
sure yon will not disregard this appeal to
vour'kindly feeling and benevolence."
' "Well," said I, as 1 returned the letter
to Mr. Curper, "Janet Floyd, whoever she
is, seems to have a very high idea of jour
kindly feeling and benevolence."
"Not any higher than she ought to have,
if she knows me," he answered, "and 1
suppose she does know me, or she would
not have taken so much pains to conceal
her identity. Hut, although lam per
fectly willing to do a kind act whenever
called upon, and I think a lawyer ought
to be ,i list as ready to give a few words of
advice in a case of tins kind as a doctor
to prescribe for a patient who lie knows
can't pay, I shall not be able to attend to
this thing to day or to-morrow. I want
to cet out ot town just as soon as 1 can,
and I have a lot ot work to do before 1 go.
I thought perhaps that you would be rid
ing out that way, and wouldn't mind
stepping in and twisting this worthy per
son around so that she can see where she
"That Is the way you support your char
acter tor benevolence, is it i" said I, "but
as I intended to go out to Orin-liee Park
this afternoon, 1 am very willing to see
this person, and do what I can lor her."
The summer was getting well on, the
citv was hot, and I was just as anxious
as "(.'in per to get outol town, but was de
tained by an important case which was to
Csine ou'in a tew days. 1 was fond of
horseback exercise, and a ride out to
Orinsb Park, a tew miles from the city,
was my litvurito way of solacing myself
altera hot day in court, or in my ollice.
It was about ." o'clock ill the allernoon
when I rode m to thegateul .Mrs. Grume's
trout yard and, having tied toy horse to
that pail of tin- lence which seemed the
stiongcst, 1 stepped upon the low porch
and knocked at the door. It was a queer
little hou-e, very old and very gray, and
tlieie was about it an apparent dispo
sition to spiead which gave me the idea,
when I llrst looked at it, that it the grape
vines and honeysuckle vines and the vis
terio vines, Hie Virginia creeper and the
other vines winch encircled It aiiolll
should lie lemovtd, it would lull apart
like a wooden pail deprived of its hoops.
The door w is opened by an old woman in
a siioit gown and petticoat and wearing a
blue nuislin npiou and a blue muslin sun
bonnet "Good day, sir," slie said, with a little
curtsy. "Walk m, sir. 1 suppose you're
u lawyer. The young lady said she'd
send me one, and I've been a lookin' lur
you ever seuce she was here."
I replied that 1 was a lawyer, and would
be glad to know what I could do lor her.
"Taken seat, sir, in this big chair, anil
I'll tell you just how old Hilly Haskell is
tryin' to cheat me out of the wry
bread 1 eat, an' the lied 1 sleep on.' And
seating herself near me, on a stiff-hacked,
rush-bottomed ehair.shc crossed her
hands upon her knees, dliected tile muz
zle ot her suiiliounet lull upon me, and
began her story. "Yon see," said she,
"that l'e got a little faiinl liele, an
sence my husband died I ain't got no men
fclksto work it, nor folks of no kind for
that matter. Hut 1 got along well enough
till last year. There was a neighbor ol
mine, Hiram Hums by name, who had a
wife an' six children, all girls but the
baby an' a horse, an' lor thirteen years
lie has worked my farm on sheers, an he'd
a been doin' it now, him and his horse, if
he had'nt died I mean Hiram, of course
an' his death is a great loss to me. as it
was also," she quickly added, as if she had
forgotten something, "to his wite and
family. Hut that is neither here nor
there. I had nobody to work inv farm :
I couldn't do it myself, an' altogether it
was pretty hard on me, Iliram Hums
dyin' jest when he did. The neighbors
all knowed it and talked about it an'
Hilly Haskell, an oldish man that lives
about a nine mini nere.ne come overaim
offered to work the farm on sheers an'
furnish a boss jest as Hiram did. Now
Hilly didn't begin to be as good la worker
ns Hiram was, nui mere wasn't, noiniir
better to bo done, as far as I could see,
and so I agreed that he should come an'
work the farm an' furnish a boss, an'
have half the crap. Well, the long an'
the short ot tlio story Is that Hilly came
nn' worked, but he didn't furnish no boss.
an' 1 had to hire the Widder Hurnses
boss, which she was mighty glad to let,
every time there was any iioss work to do,
wbinh Kpeined to mo to ho pretty much
the vi-hiili- time. An' now. Hilly, he itn
an'says, an' lie sticks to it, that he's to
have half the crap. An', sir, I leave it to
you, is there anybody in this world, ex-
i . mil., ir,,uL-ll tlmt 'ml cull Hint
euutj niwit', ...... .
"fi-tnliilv not." said I "if your neigh
bor did not furnish a horse, and thus
fully perform his contract, lie is not mill
in., i t,iu full iuil r share of the crop."
"That's jest what the young lady said I"
exclaimed .Mrs. Grome, with much ani
..n.timi i.viifiiMv delighted to have me
on her side, "an' she said, said she, that
if a re'lar lawyer could be got to go an
tell that old Hilly, It 'ud settle him, mi'
he'd know thererdbe no use of suln' me,
i. i.nn..u mi Hii-ont'nln1 In do. 'Hnen-
W I1IUU IIU ... ..... ,
iniiv umifn Mils year's cran'll soon bo com-
In' in.which it has nearlv ruined mo to
i.i. .1... ii-nrlr lii'lii dnn (i for. an' if old
Hilly was to sue me besides I might jest
es well have a gen'ral vampoo, an' go to
"Hut if ho lias no case ho can't hurt
you," I said. "J suppose you aru mm
to give him what is fairly; duo him "
irlnlnlv." said she.
"1'vn nuVrrd to
pay him wages for every day he worked,
iiut he won't take 'em. What ho wants
i half of last year's crap. It's no use my
talkin' to him, which I've done over an
over. Atf tno youuB ia, dhu ....
1 talked to him, but he thinks women don't
know notliln', an' lie stuck It out jest
the same, that he ought to have half the
crap. There never was a lady like that
young lady. If she'd a been my own dar
ter and had beetiaway from inetur along
time, an' jest come back, she couldn't a
bin kinder, nor more willln' to do fur
me." And then the old woman off Into a
eulogy of this lady, to which I did not
pay strict attention, for my mind was be
ginning to be interested in my surround
ings. When I came from the In Ight light out
side Into this somewhat darkened parlor
I had noticed that there seemed to be a
superabundance of small ornaments in the
room ; the mantel-piece and some tables
being nearly covered with objects, over
each of which was tied a piece of pink
gauze, to keep the llles off, while on the
walls were a number of small pictures
protected in the same manner. In fact
the room presented the appearance ot a
patient in the early stages of a pink fever.
Hut, on the wall, and in a position where
the light of the open door fell upon it,
was an object which was not covered witli
gau.e. This was a plaque, of some sort of
earthen wale, which appeared to be of a
very curious design. I have a great fancy
for ceramics, and, like many other people,
I affect those tilings wlilch are odd and
unique nunc than those which ale beauti
ful and unique. 1 was so much interest
ed In tliis plaque that 1 arose and ap
proached it wliile the old woman was
still praising her benefactress. It was,
indeed, a very curious object, the like of
which I had never seen lielore. It was a
round plate about a loot in diameter, and
quite deep, so as to be almost biisin-like
in form. The body of the plaque was of
a rich, red color, but it was nearly cov
ered with Oriental designs of various
lines, the forms of which were outlined
with what appeared to lie threads of
brass, which were evidently merely sunk
into the clay, and not lasteiied upon a cop
per basis, as in (Jloisonn ware. Hut the
most remarkable leature of this plaque
was the body of a little demon, jet black
in color, and about four indies in length,
which leaned over the edge of the plate,
his. Jegs and feet being underneath it.
Directly opposite to him, leaning far
hackwardsover the edgeot the plate, was
a bright green Chinaman, with his leu's
and leet also underneath. One outstretch
ed arm of the black demon clutched the
end ot the queue of the green Chinaman,
the combination ot queue and arm lorm
ing a handle to the plate, though appar
ently too slight for use in tlmt way. The
wide-spread feet of the Chinaman, ami
those of the devil, under the plaque, serv
ed at supports to It whether set upon the
table or hung upon the wall. There was
an amount ot wild, idiotic glee on the
lace ot the demon, and ot iiiitrainmeled
terror on that ot I he Chinaman, which
gave a delightful life and vigor to the situ
ation. ".May I ask where you got this ?" I said
to Mis. Crome, who now stood by me.
"That's jest what the joung lady want
ed to know," she answered. "She said she
couldn't tell whether the Chinee was
most afeard of liovin' his pig-tail puUed
out, or gittin' ketched by the devil, an' it
looks as if one's got to happen, sure. Well,
you see the way I got this, an' a good
many other things about the room, was
through mi uncle of mine, who was male
on a ship that went to Chiny an' them
parts more'n lllty years ago. He brought
back these things an' give 'em to my
mother, though it people had thought as
much aboul 'em then as they do now I
reckon they'd a inn sold an' somethiu'
uselul bought with the money. The
young lady 1 was tellin' you ol, she did
admiie that devil dish, though she said I
oughtn't to call it by that name, an' she
wanted to buy it, but I don't know about
that. These things has been a-hangiti'
here ever sence I was a gal, an' the lust
lessons my mother give me lit keerlitl
dilstin' was on these cups an' sassers an'
cliluy llggers, an' I'e misted 'em reg'lar
ever sence. Il I was to come down m the
moi'iiin' an' Hud any of 'em gone it ud
seem to mens if it was the beginuin' ol
of the breakup. Hut it I ever no sell iiny
thlii' it'll be that dish, fur it's the ugliest
piece of goods I've got, an' the joung lady
did so admire it that 1 took the kiver oil'
it so she could look at il better, an' while
it was off I thought I inighlas well wash
il, an, I ain't put it on agin."
"it you shouldn't sell it to that lady,"
said 1, "1 should like very much to buy
"tin, no, no, no :" cried .Mrs. limine.
"If anybody lm that dish, an' I ain't
sine I 11 sell it at all. it'll be that young
creetur, w bo's jest as pretty as that cliuiy
thing Is ugly, though, ol course, 1
W'jlildii t sell It toner tor in, it, out she
w as so kind an' good listeiiin' to all my
troubles, an' in goiu' over to see old litlly
Haskell an in sendlif you here, that I d
hi lur her what I wouldn't do lur nobodv
"How did von come to know this lady '-"
1 asked, beaming to take some inteiest in
tile olijec' ol .Mis. dome's admiration
" ell.'' said the old woman she came
here to see these things as was brought
from Chiny. She ain't the lust one that's
done that, nuther, lur the city's a good
deal nearer than il Used to be, an' peoples
hccril annul em, ami a gooit many lolks
has come to look at 'em, mostly pretend
in' that they just stopped to git a drink
ot cool water I rum the well, which thev
couldn't see hont the road, an' why these
rich people in carriages should have to
drive up this lane to git a drink of wuUr
is more'n 1 kin tell, an' none ot 'em got
uutliiii lur their pains nuther, lur I
liinen't come to sellin' the things I was
raised among jit. Hut this young lady.
an' I wish I'd thought to iiisk hei name,
she'sabove all such sueakiu' dodges as
that, rilie jest come an' said she (I lieeld
about my things, all' wanted to look at
em, Jest as a good Christian woman
ougiiter do, though in liner clothes an'
rutiier more llowers air lace on her hat
than would have been thought not sinful
in my day ; but people is changed. An' 1
show lier my things, an' while she was
looKlir at 'em t told her now ll was likely
ttie'y be sold, an' the very house over my
head, it old Hilly Haskell come to have
his way, an', as 1 said before, she listened
jest as it she'd been a relation, an' said
she'd tend somebohy that ud go an' see
oio Hilly, an' set everytliiir all right, air
if I ever sold that dish Ironist let iier have
it. an' she'd pay me a good price. 1 sail I
couldn't make up my mind to tliatali ot a
sudden, but I'd think about it, to which
she told me that she was going away the
next nay to tno sea snore, air wnen slio
got back she was coiniu' out here, an'
hoped I'd let her lieveit, which I've about
made up my niinu 10 no. aiv men sue
went, over to see Hilly, as I telled you. an'
come back to let mo know it wa'nt no
good an' she'd send a lawyer that she
knew, to make it all straight to him.
Afore she went away sue iook tno corner
of her handkerchief an' rubbed some of
them iirass lines on the plate that goes
around the llowers au' the outlandish llg
gers, an' said she believes they was pure
geld, an' tlmt the tiling had been stole
irom some heathen palace, which wasn't
a very smart tiling in her to say when
wautin' to buy, but I shan't charge her
much more on account of their belli' a
chance tlmt they may bo gold."
"I think you ought to let her have It very
cheap." bald I, "considering tlio trouble
she has taken on your account, and If I
should succeed in making your neighbor
come to satisfactory terms, I'm not sure
but you ought to give it to her."
"Oh, my," cried Mrs. Glome, "I couldn't
afford to do that! Hut I'll let her have It
lest as low as l kin."
Having obtained directions from the
old woman I rode over to tho abode of .Mr.
Hilly Haskell, but that gentleman was not
at home, ami as I had now no lime to wait
for him, I returned to the city.
The next morning I told Air. Curper
what I had heard of .Mrs. G mine's case,
and he agreed with mo that of course the
old man had not a leg to stand upon and
that If he had not furnished a horse, ns he
agreed, he ought not have half of the
"1 think you will have to tell him so
yourself," said I, "for 1 cannot rule out
there this afternoon, and as the affair has
been taken in hand I suppose it ought to
be attended to at once."
All right, "said Curper, "I really ought
to knock off for a couple of hours this
afternoon, and as It won't bo necessary
for me to see the old woman, I'll taken
split out there and settle .Mr. Hilly Wliat
yoii call-hliii, If you will tell me where to
"Hello," said .Mr. Curper, the next
morning, when we met at the ollice, "you
have got that affair all wrong. Your old
woman didn't halt state the case. It ap
pears that the agreement was that Haskell
was to furnish the horse, but she was to
feed him. This she did not do, and the
horse starved to deatli at the very begin
ning of their partnership. Haskell took
him over tlieie on a Friday: Saturday
was Decoration day, and the old man
went to town; and on the .Monday it
rained, and no ploughing could be done;
and when be went over on Tuesday the
horse was dead ; and it was found that he
had died trom starvation. The old woman
relttses to pay tor the horse, nor will she
adhere to the original bargain, although
Haskell has done all that he promised to
do. Now, if ids statement is correct, and
I suppose t'.iere w ill lie no trouble in get
ting at the facts, the old man ought to
have the value of half the crop, which, as
1 understand it, was a very small one, and
would scarcely pay him tor the loss ot his
horse, and for ids labor."
"I had an idea," said 1 "when I was
tulking to .Mrs. Grome, that she was a
grasping old creature, and that her grati
tude to the young lady who befriended
her was more talk than any thing else."
"Ah," said Curper, closing the law book
he had just opened, "that young lady, to
be sure, who Is, of course, the .lanet l'loyd
of my letter :- I forgot to say how eloquent
the old man was about this young poison,
lor whom be has evidently conceived a
great admiration, it was quite plain that
lie was disappointed that she didn't come
to see him instead of sending me. From
Ills account she must boa Hue girl, dres
sed Up-top and very prttty. 1 put him
through a regular cross-examination
about her, lor I want to liml out what
Miss .lanet looks like, and who she is, but
so fa'r I can't place her. Hut I'll do it
yet. I'm bound to llnd out who she is."
I'pon this 1 lemarked that it seemed
to nic that it the lady desired to remain
unknown her wishes ought to lie respect
ed, and thai by tiudcitnkiiig the allair
she proposed to him, he had, in a maimer,
entered into a contract with her not to
Hud out who she was.
"That's drawing it too line," said .Mr.
Curper. "entirely too Hue. There can be
no earthly reason why this lady should
object to in) knowing who she is, except
that she doesn't want to lie under obliga
tions to me, mid, it that's the case, I teel
i am jttslitied in Uniting out who 1 am
working lor. And, besides, she must be a
conloundedly pretty girl, ami I have a
curiosity about, her."
"She said in her note," I remarked,
"that she wished to remain unknown at
present, and that clearly indicated tlmt at
some tulure time she intended to make
herself known to you."
"That won t do!" said.Mr. Cnnur as lie
lighted his cigar and seated himself at
Ins morning s work; "when 1 give my
services tor nothing I, at least, want to
know who 1 am working for, especially
when I have reason to believe that person
is a young and uncommonly pretty girl."
"Hump!" said I, and turned towards
"Hy the way." cried Curper, "I suppose
the business pari of this thing might
as well be Uni.-hed.iip at once, and it will
be impossible for me to do anything mine
now it I'm going out ot town this sum
mer. Couldn't oti drop in on your
".My client !" I exclaimed.
"Yes, the old woman," said Curper.
"As it has turned out she's our client,
ami the old man is mine, .hist let her
know that Hie sooner sue does the square
thing the belter il will be lor all parties.
And if sin doesn't agree to that, Haskell
will h, ue to sue, thai 's all there is about
"That's the way you give your service,
is it?" I said. "You look after the pretty
girl in the business, and ask other people
to do the work."
"Not at all," said Curper, in a tone tlmt
indicated that his feelings had been hurt.
"You know very well that I would have
attended to tins whole tiling if 1 had had
time; but it jou choose to drop it I may
go and see the old woman next week."
Wliile he was talking 1 had been tliink
"No," said 1, "I can see hen tills after
noon." Atul l walked Into my private
For some reason which I could not well
explain to mysell, 1 It-It that 1 would like
to protect the unknown young lady from
.Mr. Cuiper's obtrusive curiosity, and 1
knew very well that if .Mis. Grome talked
lo him about Iter, his zeal in pursuit ot
her identity would be greatly increased.
Ol course, my feelings in the matter were
entiiely disiiileiested ; but if this .lanet
Flojd was the kind and generous girl
there was every reason to suppose her to
be, and was, moreover, a person of culture
and taste, as was indicated by her preler
enco lor the demon plaque when there
were so many pretty things among .Mrs.
Groino's treasures ; and il, too, she had
that trunk and honest spirit which was
shown in her letter to Curper, and in her
abandonment oi all pretence in coming to
see .ms. uruiue, leu mat, my oiuce asso
ciate was not the man who should be
hunting her up. There was nothing posi
tively had about Curper, audi should be
loath to say anything that would injure
Ids character; but ho was a young man
who paid rather loo much attention to
ids dress, who was rather too much of a
club man, who was rather too fond of be
ing considered u man about town, who
was rather too much given to expensive
cigars and other extravagancies, and who,
in fact, had si good an opinion of himselt
that he naturally aroused a spirit of oppo
sition on the nubject in tlioso with whom
he associated. There was a general air
about him which indicated tlmt lie was all
right, ami what lie did was all right, anil
if other people did not agree with him it
was a miitier of very little Importance to
Mr. Curper. I had no right to take any
active steps to prevent him from discover
ing the unknown lady, but I certainly
did not intend to help him to do so, and
if in any indirect way I could assist .Miss
.lonet Hoyd in preserving her incognito
I would (1b it. As I had been asked to en
gage in tho affair I considered that this
attention to her wishes was as much a
duty as anything else. I bad nothing
whatever to gain by tills course, but I am
a man of principle, and I must also admit
tlmt Curpor's manner was such as to
arouse in me, in a moderate degree,! that
spirit of opposition to which I have allud
ed. For these reasons I was very willing
to visit Mrs. Gromo again; and, besides,
1 had no objections to have another look
at the demon plaque, of which I deter
mined to obtain the refusal in case the
young lady did not buy it.
When I sawMrs. Grome that afternoon
and told her what I had heard of tho facts
in her dispute with Mr. Haskell, she
lifted tin her hands, onened wide her eves
ami mouth, and uttered an exclamation of
"Did old Hilly tell you that f" sho cr'ed.
"No." said I : "I did not see him when
I went over there, but another gentleman,
a lawyer, caliedi upon him and told mo
how the matter stood."
"A pretty gentleman ho must be," ex
claimed Mrs. Gromo. "to believe such
stuff as that' that I'd go ami starve a
hoss that I expected to work my farm.
The truth is that the wretched beast died
because he was too old to eat."
"Too old to eat !" I exclaimed.
"That's jest how 'twas," said sho.
"Hilly broughtjthe creetur over on Friday,
go's to have him all . ready for work the
next day, though lie didn't say notliln'
about bis liitendin' to keep that a holi
day, an' I give him hay an' oals an' com,
all of which I had bought ready fur him,
but ho couldn't eat notliln', an' when
Hilly come Tuesday the Iioss was as dead
as a rail, an' I bad to pay for bavin' him
hauled away. Tho neighbors I hey said
the Iioss was so old when Hilly bought
him that most likely he'd given iqi ealin'
afore he was brought here. An' lo think
of Hilly Haskell askln' for half the crap
afterthat way of fttrulshlu' a boss I"
"And did not the old man come to see
about the animal during those three
"Not ablt of It," she said, "and I hadn't
nobody to send alter blui nuther."
"Then It Is quite evident," said I, 'that
he played a trick on you, ami expected his
aged beast todie on your hands. I'll ride
over and see him."
"I wish you would," said Mrs. Grotiip.
"an' you can jest tell him that it he'll
take wages for the time he worked an'
say no more about his hoss an' half a
crap, we'll settle up the whole business
an' bo friendly an' sociable as we was
Having gone into the house to take an
other look at the demon plaque, and hav
ing been promised by Mrs. Glome that il
her young lady did not buy it when she
came hack Irom the sea shore that 1
should be allowed to become its purchaser,
I rode over to see Hilly Haskell.
(To he continued.)
'I in: CAUMVAI,.
Soiiki Splry Clipping.) frinii the. Allmny
Hurllngtcm's sunset hung richly over
the Adirondack!) across the lake last even
ing, and when Its golden shimmer settled
behind the whitecrested mountains the
Queen city turned on the electric current
and became one vast blaze of lights. The
air resounded with revelry ami the streets
were jammed with people. .Main street
was fringed with lanterns, looking like
long walls of lire, and triumphal inches,
built of cotton sheeting and illuminated
and decorated, abounded. Hobart slide,
from dock to breakwater, was crowded
with electric lights, as were also the tow
ers on the ice. The beautiful Vermont
city has given Itself up wholly to winter
The motive power for the scheme of a
winter carnival was found m the Hur
lington Coasting club, a wide-awake or
ganization composed ot HOI) of the best
people in the city, who decline to grow
old as the years roll by. With such a
power as this al Us back the new plan
could not belli succeeding, but the mag
nltlideol its success surpasses even the
club's wildest dreams. Kvcrybody la
voied it and the entire city turned to mid
worked witli a will, each one doing his
share to make the winter a memorable
one to all who had the good fortune lo en
ter the precincts ol the city dining car
nival week. Its topography itself aided
matters nuterially. The city, situated as it
is on a side hill afforded splendid facilities
tortile coasters Willi theirtraverses, allow
ing them straight courses ol more than a
mile, Irom tlie east side of tlie lake. The
lake, too, comes in for a large share of tlie
honors, its broad expanse of glassy sur
lace affording an unexcelled lield lor
skating, ice-yacliting, skate-sailing
hockey, sleighing and show-shoeing. Ho
tel keepers came promptly forwaid with
the rest and welcomed king carnival witli
open arms and without the customary
colossal prices. Indeed, they seemed to
think that the occasion warranted a gra
tuitous outlay on their part and accord
ingly some principal ones furnished to
boggaus and traverses lor the guests free
of charge. Last, but not least, the rail
roads went so tar as to reduce rates.
To appreciate thoroughly a traverse one
needs must ride on one. The Jouriml
representative, after a pleasant ride to the
summit in company with Mr. Herbert
Woodbury of theexecutive committee and
a small family party, seated himself on
the handsomely upholstered seat of his
host's traverse, the "Pilot." The low,
broad machine, with its elastic seat and
easy grooves lor supporting the riders'
feet, afforded a feeling ol comloit and se
curity lav different Irom that experienced
when perched on the high, slid seal ol a
bob. The side rails, loo, with comloitable
reach, afforded ample facilities lor holding
on without having to clasp jour neighbor,
and depend upon ids stability. Al the
lorwaid end sat the stalwart steersman,
in a lantiistic uuilorm of gray, spotted
with red disks, with red stockings, sash
jind tuque, and wearing on ills let I shoul
der the handsome executive badge, with
ins leet 111 inly braced against a cross
piece, having places hollowed to receive
them, grasping the rones and watching
for the signal. It came quickly enough
the little red lla
dipped, there was a sini-
ultaneoiis iiush and the UO-toot machineslid
smoothly and noiselessly toward the brow
of tlie hi'll. The smoothness of its motion
gaieil an appearance ot slownesstlmt was
very deceptive, for in an ,inciedibly short
space ot lime it readied signal No. 1 and
was on the heavy grade in a twinkling.
Then the fun began, one uioinoiituiy
glance, the only one afforded lie fore the
wind caused the coaster lo keep his head
down, showed the long glassy track lined
with speclnlors, another uying traverse
lar down the slope and. near tlie extreme
end of the course, the grand arch with its
brilliant decorations. Tlie velocity in
creased until it seemed as though tlie par
ties' destination was Wlllsboro, 1'J miles
listant across the lake. On ami on it new
like a meteor, but with a smooth, gliding
motion, devoid ot bumps and jars, until
the application ot the steersman's foot to
the brake iron, placed just below the seat
on one side and a trilio in front of him,
brought it to a standstill in trout ot tno
piazza ot the an .Ness House.
The harbor along the city front also
swarms witli sightseers visiting t lie race
course and rink, and watching a number of
youths indulging in skate sailing, a de
cidedly novel pastime that somewhat re
semules ico boating, but which is, it pos
sible, even more exhilarating. hen
fully equipped for a trip a skato sailor
presents tno appearance ot something umi
is a cross between an ice boat on stilts and
a bird. His feet are shod with skates
provided witli braces to relieve
the strain upon his ankles and in
his hands ho bears a 10 foot pole hav
ing fastened at eacli end a diamond-shaped
sail nindo of heavy cloth, Grasping tho
spar Urmly, in such a position that tho
sails are upright, the skater balances him
selt and awaits a breeze. Tho moment
the wind strikes the sails tho skater flies
over the ico at au almost incredible speed,
and in a few seconds looks like a white
winged bird far out upon tho lake. The
devotees of this peculiar sport have bo
come so expert in the use of their "wings"
Unit they can run in any direction at tho
rate of a mile in two minutes. A unique
attachment enables the skater to fold the
sails at a second's notice, leaving only a
hare polo In lus hands.
A nitll.MANT SCKN'i; AT KKillT.
After a couple of hours' rest and a sub
stantial supper, liurliugton mid Its thou
sands of visitors turned out en iiuk4C to
participate in tho evening's sports. Tho
streets were ablaze witli electric lights,
Chinese lanterns and colored llres, and
rang witli tlie musical chime of myriads
ot sleigh bells. Thousands of torches in
a double row extended from the grand
arch, corner of Church and Main streets,
to Prospect at the head of tho course.
Citizens along the course utilized the
ico cones in their front yards as braziers
in which to burn colored lights
at intervals ol a few minutes. Mnuy of
tho traverses were, iu Imitation of Albany
bobs, provided with handsome headlights
winch added materially to the general ef
fect. Hiirlington's fair daughleis Hocked
to the lull by the hundred In comp, ny
with their stalwart piotcctors. The
"Pilot," "Puritan," "llurlington," and
"Cygnet" were in probably tlie greatest ,
demand of any on I lie course, carrying
lull boards every trip without mishap. A
pat ty or fair Hostonlans after a tilpou the
"Pllofcouldnot be Induced to leave It. All
the toboggan slides were well patronized bv I
their regular crowds, but tho general rush i
was to the "liiissian" in the hnrborw heie I
there was. to be a grand display of llie
works. At 8 o'clock everybody seemed
en route for the harbor ami all the streets
leading to tho Cliamiilain Steamer com
pany's docks were alive with handsome
sleighs, and the hotel vans bearing thous
ands iff spectators to the foot ot the slide.
The large electric lights placed on thirty
foot towers a short distance north of tlie
slide, Illuminated the ice torn long dis
tance and made the vicinity of the slide as
bright as day.
The gentlemen's costumes are similar to
those used In Albany, save for the colors,
which are varied to suit the wearer's
taste. In the Indies' costumes, however,
there is a change. Some wear the long
newinarket style, reaching to the ankles,
while others wear the regular Canadian,
consisting of a short nick or jacket, a
skill reaching just below the knee, fancy
leggings and high moccasins, the whole
surmounted hy a natty tuque.
Washington Cor. Sprlnvlleld Itepiiblleiui.l
Atkins is a red hot Democrat and ho is
lighting it out on that line. He never
has liked Senator Edmunds, and will use
all ills lulluetice to help along the anti
Kdmunds movement, Of course, it is to
bo veiled under tlie disguise that it is the
outbreak of the righteous indignation
among tlie Vermont Hepublicaus because
he (Kdniuiids) was not enthusiastic lor
Hlaine. That is all nonsense. The Hlaine
talk Is tlie thinnest kind ol a disguise for
the real animus, and Unit is to get a seat
in tlie Senate lor ex-Gov. Smith. For
many years Gov. Smith lias wanted to
come to the Senate, and when Arthur
offered Senator I'Minunds Judge Gray's
place in the Supreme Court, It looked as
if Smith's ambition was about to lie satis
lied. Now that he is expected to go into
an open contest lor it, tlie light will be
such a one us the people ol Vermont have
not seen lor a long lime. It will do them
good to gel waked up once more, and as
lor the result, Mr. Kdmunds for one is cer
tainly not worried.
Mr. Hlaine certainly dislikes the Ver
mont senator and sotneof his Iriends have
I almost openly protested against allowing
1 Mr Kdmunds to take the position ot the
Heptlblican leader in this contest witli the
I president. They keep insisting tlmt Mr.
Hlaine does not approxeof making tins
issue, and they want Senator Kdmunds
' put in tlie rear. Hut who Is to put linn
there i Sherman has no special liking for
Hlaine. Kvarts is good lor nothing n- a
leader and Mr. Hoar is too lair-minded
l a nian to have a part ill any such scheme.
Outside of them, the Republicans have no
man who would dare to take a hand
I against Kdmunds, and lie goes along as it
I no such feeling existed. He is the natural
1 leader, and they cannot help it. He and
Mr. Hoar have grown more in the last live
years than any other two men on their
side. They have grown to like eacli other
in their way and generally they work to
gether. Kdmunds will not be displaced
as the Republican leader, for the simple
l reason that no one wants: to undertake
I the contract.
ISriiki'ineii mi a Tantrum.
Sas Antonio, Tex., Feb. Tlie brake
men's strike on the Del Hio division of tlie
Southern Pacilic. extending from San An
tonio to Del Hio, still continues and all
Height tiallluon the division is suspended.
Kighty-eighl cars of peiishable Height are
in the yards heie, all efforts to adjut the
difficulty thus lar proving tutile.
I.uss id an Unknown I.HV.
Sl si'KNstox Himxii:, N. Y., Feb. 2 A
man about Xi jt-ars of age, with sand
whiskers, wearing a silk hat and frock
overcoat, and having the appearance of a
German, came here Irom Hollalo tin-, af
ternoon, look a caniage to the talN and
went on the ice-bound base of tho Amen
can lull, where lie slipped or jumped om i
and was lost.
Demanding .More Tuy.
Woi;ii:sl'i:i;, Mass., Feb. i The em
ployes of Fmlay Son it Hoii-lleld com
pany's linen thread mills at North Graf
ton, who came Irom Scotland a few jenrs
ago, bringing most ot their help 'with
tiiem, lo-day demanded an advance of lo
per cent in their wages, and will go out
Monday if it is not complied with.
Hhin.iN, Felt, u'ti. It is continued Irom
Chinese sources that China will not con
sent to tlie cession of Hlianio and adjoin
ing districts to Kngland. II Kugland does
not yield China threatens to organize
a rebellion of tribes.
1 be KlliAlils Win a Victory.
Xi:w Yoisk, Feb. 1. Hron - K.uie,
Levy Hros., and McCoy & Co., cigar manu
facturers', have concluded to accept the
Knights of Labor label. The rates paid
by Kiobs kc Spices, a union shop, are ac
cepted and all bauds in these shops w ill
go to work to-day.
CoiieeKtloiiK In l-buplot-h.
KAsKiX, Pa., Fell. '.'0. The wages of the
employes of the Warren foundry and ma
chine company In Phlllipsburg, N. .1 ,
will bo advanced 15 per cent on March
15. Orders have been issued to prepare
the Glendon Iron company No. A turnaco
iu South Kaston for a blast. Hethleliem
will soou have all its furnaces in opera
tion. ruumlimikur to ho ltulcuneil.
WlNNU'Ku, Man., Felt. Sti. Information
has been received from Ottawa that the
immediate releaso of Poundmaker and
the half-breed prisoners at Stoney Moun
tain penitentiary have been decided upon,
and the order will probably take effect to
morrow. llbii'k Diphtheria rrrvulent.
Kixuston", Feb. i!0. Letters from North
Hastings report that black diphtheria is
cutting down many children, three and
four out of every family. In other places
in tills section diphtheria or scarlet fever
is creating alarm.
Mormon saint Coin li-ted.
Salt Hakk Citv, Feb. 20. Frank J,
Ciinnon and Annus Cannon were held to
day in $1000 ball each, for tho assault on
United States District Attorney Dickson.
H. I, (lowiins, V, II. Hee and il. J. Foler
were convicted of unlawful cohabitation
and sentenced to-day to six months Im
prisonment and $300 line each.
An Knit to lliino Seraplui;,
IMwiirdSliepard, of Ilnrrlsburtf, III., says:
Havlnif leeeived so much benellt from lilee
trio Hitters, I leel It my duty to let siilfeiinif
Immunity know It Hnvo had n ruiuiliu? sore
onmyletr for ehrht years; my doctor's told
mo I would hnvo tolmvo tlio bono scraped or
leir amputated. I used, instead, three- bottles
of Klectrlo Hitters and seven boxes of lluck
len's Arnica Sulvo at S3c. rw box by ltcuupio
As ii reliable remedy, in caes of Croup,
Whooping Cough, or Midden Colds,
mid for tlio prompt relief uiid cure of
throat and lun dlieasei, Aycr's Cherry
Pectoral U Invaluable. Mrs. L. G. Lilerly,
Council Muffs, Iowa, writes: " I consider
Aycr's Cherry l'ectoral a most Impoi taut
remedy for homo luc. I have tested Its
curative power, in my family, many
times during the p.it thirty years, and
have never known It to fall. It will re
llce the most serious affections of tho
throat and lungs, whether In clilldtcn or
mlillts." John II. Stoddard, IVtersliiirg,
Va writes: "1 huvu never found a med
icine equal lo
for the prompt relief of throat and lun?
dhcaves peculiar to children. I consider
It an absolute euro for all such affections,
nml am never without It In tlio house."
Mrs. I,. K. Herman, 1ST Mercer st., Jersey
City, writes: "I liavo always found
Aycr's Cherry Pectoral useful In my fam
ily." 11. T. Johnson, Mt. Savn-c, Md.,
writes: "For tlio speedy cure of sudden
Colds, and for tho relief of children afflict
ed with Croup, I have never found any
thing equal to Aycr's Cherry Pectoral.
It Is the most potent of all the remedies I
liavo ever used." W. H. Stickler, Terro
Haute, Ind., writes: "Aycr's Cherry
Pectoral cured my wife of a severe lunj
affect lou, Mipposed to bo Quick Con
sumption, AVe now regard the Pectoral
as a household ncces'lty.'' K. M. Krcck
enridgc, llralncrd, Minn., writes: "I
am subject to Bronchitis, and, wherever I
go, am always sure to have a bottle of
Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
with mc. It Is without a rival for the euro
of bronchial affections."'
Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Mass.
Knr sale by all DruirglMs.
Wnmi'ti are e rywluie u-uiL' nml leeom
iiii nilnnr I'm kei's Tunic liciuu-c llnv liavo
Icioncil Iiom experii me that it speeililj ncr
enmi s iIi'Mintiilenrj , iniliaestidii in- weitkmxs
ill the I nek or kldnej , anil nther tumbles pe
culiar In t he si'v.
"I Inn e long been i -uircrei' Irom female
ei mplidiils. Ihivetilcil phj -ielans anil ail-lerli-eil
letncdies but: without any relief
whatever. Wit h but HI tl- hopes ol leeelvinii
inn benefit, I Iiuiylit a bottle ol Parker's
funic. I he itfectol iliat one buttle viisnpat-islni-toi'v
that 1 kept on u-ing il.imilam today
well and stroiii". It eeiiiuuly I- the remedy
lor fiilleilntr women an, I m advice to all is to
use it." Mas. N. Hurci.xs, :,0l Wist India
-licet, Clncumi, 111.
Piepan d by Ilis(,,. . Co., N. V
Sold bj nil 1)1 upni-ts It! Iiupc buttles n' OlIO
IWiHar. .".n.Mih wim.inm
"f-lSil. O'J sat I'd every x ,i ears on s. I no. 000
r l 'l on MiTj iIioiis.uk). (nnpnic 4
iioln a-s loi ti j i in--, i In- inn on dwi i onus in
Minimi heimr p. nml in im k 1 pi r -i ni for
"i.M'iil", with Inteiest on eveiy pnyiHii'.
Cost In Co-it 111 S:!l il
s cstr, $ sl.in
JlSVil Si H.n i
s r re
Amount Snvn1 in Mutual 4?..."
.Vow take tlio Inel that the Mi tunl huio
willti n 1 1 .1!J(! I'lillelcs ,n a -Inn , .iir. in--ill
liur pioperly to the amount ol Jl :.i ;n,i
mil you have :i -a vim; to ih, i,r,,.', ,. the
-tiit. ol $58,566 24. The pi-opli li.ne tried
thi-wa ol iniikhnr llieir ti!i- Irs. v vears
and like i', lor the eouin,iii wa m r m a
mole pro-peiou- eoudit i"ii.
Itrlnif in your policies ,i- ihry rpn i t.
A. D. FRANCISCO,
Local Ayrnt lm Ilurhinrion, Shell mi.. II n -
li' rirh nml lluntlniiron and , i -" i
on evny $Uim.
CMiicc l; Cliinvli Street, lnr
'lie" T. (J. iV t : clut hit - FITS
N'l. ely, h,,-. a CUSTOM FINISH
.d is MADE TO WEAR. It is
FAMOUS tor bein th0 BEST and
CHEAPEST, ami is nirnlu iu ALL
GRADES, ALL SIZES, ALL
SHAPES and for ALL AGES.
Tlit'so floods may lie known by tlio
nbovo trade lnai k on the tickets. Don't
buy tuiy more clothing until you hnvo
6een soiuo of tho 1', (.'. k. Co. brand.
Sold by POIM3 L'EASIS.
39, codArwoiu linn
Caturrout Iuinnrt alt
Itlit'iim, t niil.cr, l.rhiHt
Lit anil I I r
Mc diH.iM a iu wliuh VtGnixa
jurfortui tnoro ptrnmnnit cures
ttinti anyotlitr uiiilU'tnc known.
o uuibimtiiun vt (-Lints, roots,
and Urts that are known as
Mooti-jMirli jIiiK ftp Ms rait
totnore 1'iniU than is fouiultu
VfKiUue,t)iul tionititicinecun bu
I rtpnrcU with prtatcr cart'. Its
innunte succc& In tlio cure of
Moot) Uiffafrts is the tt tl
dence pf its real merit. When
a mrtlk'ine ulll emu cases of
bcrofulit of twenty 3''"'
fttumlhiK tt'i re can U- little
ftoutt ot Its rmtlkiiiftl power,
This has Utn (Kmc t Vim tine
TfntflttiUv. Wlun tm tliul a
remedy that will renew the oclii condition ct the blood
ami irivn riuniTiiniin mini iiuiu utu n iu i a. t'u
should ha vocomittemc In It. You Inn e Muh n nmidy
In Ycpetlne, and wo can furnish ubuudant tWduiceto
f rove me iruin oi mis nmrim u
Cnr" Ilrnilaclio, HMrin In', lllllo!iMir,Cnnt
nl'ToiiBU", lliul Tnl" ill II"' Jlimlli. frliliiir
ruins, no calomel. 24 imUj b Unci, t tAl 11 all
ITutghti and I v Mall.
Uihj. flurc-o A Co., 30 Hanover St., Huston.
lUMtKYl'ittC A victimof youthful iunrntDot
ausing Premature Decay, renoua Debility, Liosr
Manhood, do., having tried In Tain every known
remedy.haa dlbcoveied a simple meanaof eelf-oure,
which he will "end KHKU tohia fellow-sufferera.
Addreas, J,lLIUUiVKli4aCUftUjaxaBUJiew York.