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Btory of n Ho nthon, Worship In
Civilized London.
The chief attendant of the three dy
namos Unit bussed nnd rattled at
Cam her well, ami kept the electric rail
way going, came out of Yorkshire,
and his name was .hum's Ilolroyd. lie
was a practical electrician, but fond
of whisky, a heavy red-haired brute
with Irregular teeth. Ho doubted Car
not's cycle but accepted Dalton’s
atomic theory, and he had read Shakes
peare and found him weak In chem
istry. Mis helper came out of the mys
terious cast, ami his name was A/.u
ma-r.i. Hut Ilolroyd called him Pooh
bah. Ilolroyd liked a negro help be
cause he w ould stand kicking—a habit
with Ilolroyd—and did not pry into
tlie machinery and try to learn the
ways of it. Certain odd possibilities
of the negro mind brought into abrupt
contact with the crown of our civiliza
tion Ilolroyd never fully realized.
To define Azuma-zl was beyond eth
nology. lie w as, perhaps, more negroid
than anything else, though his hair
was curly rather than frizzy, and his
nose had a bridge. Moreover, hla skin
was brown rather than black, and the
whites of his eyes were yellow. Ills
broad check bones and narrow chin
gave his face something of the viperino
V. 11 is head. too. was broad behind
and low and narrow at tho forehead,
ns if bis brain hail been twisted round
in the reverse mode to a European's.
He was short of stature and still
shorter of English. In conversation
he muilc numerous odd noises of no
known marketable value, nnd his in
frequent words were carved and
w rought into heraldic grotcsipieness.
ilolroyd tried to elucidate his religious
beliefs, and—especially after whisky
—lectured to him against superstition.
Azuma-zi, however, shirked tho dis
cussion of his gods, even though ho
was kicked for it.
A Mini azi had come, clad in white
hut insuflleienl raiment, out of the
stoke hole of the Lord Clive, from the
Straits settlements, and beyond into
London. Me had heard even In his
youth of the greatness and riches of
London, where all the women are
white and fair, and even the beggars
in the streets are white, and ho had ar
rived. with newly-earned gold coins
in ids pocket, to worship at the shrine
of civilization. The day of his land
inn- was a dismal one; the sky was
dun, and a wind-worried drizzle til
lered down to the greasy streets, but
in- plunged boldly into the delights of
Shadwell, and was presently east tip,
shattered in health, civilized in cos
tume, penniless, helpless, and, except
in matters of the direst necessity, prac
tically a dumb animal, to toil for
-lames lioiroyd and to be bullied by
him in a dynamo shed at Camberwell.
Ami Ip ,lames lioiroyd bullying was a
labor iw love.
ihcro were three dynamos with
their engines at Camberwell. Tbu two
that hava ti-„,-u since tue oegiw
ning are small machines: the larger
one was new. The smaller machines
made a reasonable noise: their straps
hummed over the drums, every now
and then tlie brushes buzzed and
fizzled, ami the air churned steadily,
whool wlmii! wliool between their
poles One was loose in its founda
tions and kept the shed vibrating,
lint tlie big dynamo drowned these
little noises altogether with the drone
of its iron core, which somehow set
part of the ironwork humming. The
place made tlie visitor's head reel
with Hie throb, throb, throb of the en
gines, tlie rotation of the big wheels,
the spinning ball valves, the occasion
al spittings of tlie steam, and over all
tin- deep, unceasing, surging nolo of
tin* big dynamo. This last noise was
from an engineering point of view
a defect, hut Azuma-zi accounted it
unto tlie monster for mightiness and
If it were possible we would have
the noises of Unit shed always about
the reader as lie reads, wo would tell
all our story to such an accompani
ment. it was a steady stream of din,
from which the car picked out flrstono
thread and then anhther; there was
tlie intermittent snorting, panting
and seething of tlie steam engines, the
suck and thud of their pistons, the
dull beat ou tlie air as tlie spokes of
the great driving-wheels came round,
a note the leather straps made as they
ran tighter and looser, and a fretful
tumult from the dynamos; and over all,
sometimes inaudible, ns the ear tired
of it, and then creeping hack upon tlie
senses again, was this trombone note
of the big machine. The floor never
felt steady and quiet beneath one's
feet, but quivered and Jarred. It was
a confusing, unsteady place, and
enough to at ml anyone’s thoughts
Jerking into odd zigzags. And for
three months, while the big strike of
tlie engineers was in progress, llol
royd, who was a blackleg, ami Azuma
zi, who was a mere black, were never
out of the stir and eddy of it, but slept
ami fed in the little wooden shanty be
tween the shed and the gales.
lioiroyd delivered a theological lec
ture on tlie text of his big machine
soon after Aznma-zi came, lie had to
shout to be heard in the din. "Look
at that," said lioiroyd; "where's your
Vathen idol to mutch it?” And Aznma
zi looked. lor a moment lioiroyd was
inaudible, and then Azuma-zl heard:
"Kill a hundred men. It helps pay
twelve per cent, on the ordinary
shares," said lioiroyd, "and that's
something like an idol!"
lioiroyd was proud of his big dy
namo. and expatiated upon its size
and power to Azuraa-zi until heaven
knows what odd currents of thought
that and the incessant whirling and
shindy set up within the curly black
cranium. lie would explain in the
most graphic manner the dozen or so
ways in which a man might lie killed
by it, ami once lie gave Azuma-zi a
shock as a sample of its quality. After
that, in tlie breathing-time of his
lnbor—it was heavy labor, being not ■
only ids own but most of Holroyd'a—
Azuma-zi would sit and watch the big
machine. Xon and then the brushes
would sparkle and spit blue flashes, at i
which lioiroyd would swear, but all j
the rest was as smooth and rhythmic as
breathing. The band ran shouting j
over the shaft, and ever behind one as !
one watched was tlie complacent thud ■
of the piston, tjo it lived ail day ia i
this big airy abed, with him ami Hol
royd to wait upon it; not prisoned up
and slaving to drive a ship us the other
engines he knew had been, but a ma
chine enthroned. Those two smaller
dynamos Azumii /i hy force of con
trast despised; the larger one he pri
vately christened the Lord of the Dy
namos. They were fretful and irregu
lar, hut the big dynamo was steady.
How great it was! How serene and
easy in its working! Ureater snd
calmer even than the Buddhas lie had
seen at Rangoon, and yet not motion
less. but living! The great black colls
spun, spun, spun, the rings ran round
under the brushes, and the deep note
of its coll steadied the whole. It af
fected Azums-zi qnecrly.
Azuma-zi was not fund of labor. Ho
would sit about and watch the Lord of
the Dynamos while Hulroyd wont away
to persuade the- yard porter to get
whisky, although his proper place was
nut in the dynamo shed but behind the
engines, and, moreover, if Holroyd
caught him skulking ho got hit fur it
with n rod of stout copper wire. He
would go and stand close to the colos
sus mid look up at the great leather
baud running overhead. There was a
black patch on the band that came
round, and it pleased him somehow
among all the clatter to watch this re
turn again and again. Odd thoughts
spun with the whirl of it Scientific
people tell us that savages give souls
to rocks and trees —and a machine
is a thousand times more alive than n
rock or u tree. And Azuma-zi was
practically a savage still; the veneer
of civilization lay no deeper than his
slop suit, Ills bruises and the coal
grime on his face and hands. His fa
ther before him had worshiped a me
teoric stone; it may be, kindred blood
hail splashed the broad wheels of .Jug
At lust his dim feelings grew more
distinct, and took shape in thoughts
and acts. When he came into the shed
one morning ho salaamed to the Lord
of the Dynamos, and thou, when Hoi
royd was away, he went nud whis-
pored to the machine that ho was its
servant, and prayed it to have pity on
him and save him from lioiroyd. As
lie did so a rare gleam of light came in
through tlie opeu archway of the
throbbing machine shed, and flic
Lord of the Dynamos, us he whirled
and roared, was radiant with pule
gold. Then Azuraa-zi knew that his
service was acceptable to his Lord',
After that he did not feel so lonely as
he had done, and ho had indeed been
very much alone in London, And
even when his work time was over,
which was rare, he loitered about the
Then, the next time lioiroyd mal
treated him, Azuma-zi went presently
to (lie Lord of the Dynamos and whis
pered: "Thou sees I. (> my Lord!” and
Die angry whirr of the machinery
seemed to answer him. Thereafter it
appeared to him that whenever Hol
royd came into the shed a different
note came into tlio sounds of the great
dynamo. “My Lord hides his time,"
said Azuma-zi to himself. “The in
iquity of the fool is not yet ripe.” And
he waited and watched tor the day of
reckoning. One day there was evi
dence of short circuiting, and lioiroyd,
making an unwary examination—it
was in tlie afternoon -got a rather
severe electric shock. Azuma-zi from
behind the engine saw him off
„„.l n i the peccant coil.
lioiroyd had at first initiated his
"nigger" into such elementary con
ceptions of the dynamo's working as
would enable him to take temporary
charge of the shed in his absence,
lint when lie noticed tlie manner in
which Azuma-zi hung about the
monster, he became suspicious. He
dimly perceived ids assistant was "up
to something," and connecting him
with the anointing of the coils with
oil that had rotted the varnish in one
place, lie issued an edict, shouted
above the jon fusion of tile machinery:
"Don't'ce go nigh that big dynamo
any more, Pooh-bah, or a'll take thy
skin off!" Besides, if it pleased
Azuma-zi to lie near the big machine,
it was plain sense and decency to
keep him away from it.
Aznma-zi obeyed at the time, but
biter be was caught bowing- before the
bonl of the Dynamos. At which Hol
royd twisted liis arm and kicked him
as be turned to go away. As
A/.uma-zi presently stood behind the
engine and glared at the hated llol
royd, the noises of the machinery took
anew rhythm and sounded like tour
words in his native tongue.
it is hard to say exactly what mad
ness is. I fancy Azuma-zi was mad.
The incessant din and whirl of the
dynamo shed may have churned up his
little store of knowledge and big
store of superstitious fancy, at last,
into something akin to frenzy. At
any rate, when the idea of making
I lolroyd a sacrifice to the dynamo
fetich was thus suggested to him, it
tilled him with a strange tumult of
exultant emotion.
i hat uiglit the two meu and their
black shadows were alone in the shed
together. The shed was lit with one
big arc light that winked and flick
ered purple. The shadows lay black
behind the dynamos, the hall valves
whirled from light to darkness, and
the engines heal loud and steady. The
world outside seen through the open
end of the shod seemed incredibly
dim and remote. It seemed aiisolute
ly silent, 100, since tbe riot of the ma
chinery drowned every external sound.
Knr away was the black fence of the
y.-.rd with gray shadowy houses be
hind. and above was the deep blue
sky and the pale little stars. Azuma
zi suddenly walked across the center
of the shed above which the leather
bands were running, and went into
the shadow by the big dynamo. Hol
royd heard a click, and the spin of the
armature chang’d.
"What are you dewin’ with that
switch?” he bawled in surprise.
"Haven’t I told you—"
Then he saw the set expression of
Azuma-zi’s eyes as the Asiatic came
out of the shadow towards him.
In another moment the two men
were grappling fiercely in front of the I
groat dynamo.
"You coffee-headed fool!’’ gasped I
Holroyd, with a brown hand at his
throat. "Keepoff those contact rings."
In another moment lie was tripped and
reeling back upon the Lord of Dyna
mos He instinctively loosened hia
grip upon his antagonist to save him
self from the machine.
The messenger sent in furious hi-Ste
from tlie station to find out what had
happened in the dynamo sited, met
Azuma-zi at the porter’s lodge by the
gate, A znma-zi tried to explain some
thing, but the messenger could make
nothing of the black's Incoherent Kng-
Hsh. and hurried on to the Shed, The
machines wore all noisily at work, and
nothin? seemed to bo disarranged.
There was, however, a queer smell of
singed hair. Then he saw an odd*
looking crumpled up mass clinging to
the front of the big dynamo, and, ap*
proaching, recognised the distorted
remains of Uolroyd.
The man stared and heaitatod a
moment. Then he saw the face and
shut his eyes, convulsively squeezing
the lids together. Me turned on his
heel before he opened them again, so
that lie should not see Holroyd again,
and went out of the shed to get advice
and help.
When Azuma-zi saw Holroyd die in
the grip of the great dynamo he had
been a little soared about the conse
quences of his not. Yet he felt
slraugely elated, and knew that the
favor of the Lord Dynamo was upon
him. Ills plan was already settled
when he met the man coming from the
station, and the scientific manager
who speedily arrived on the scene
jumped at the obvious conclusion of
suicide. This expert scarcely noticed
Azuma-zi except to osk a few ques
tions. Did he see Holroyd kill him
self? Azuma-zi explained that ho had
been out of sight at the engine furnace
until lie heard a difference in the noise
from the dynamo.
The distorted remains of Holroyd,
which the electrician removed from
the machine, were hastily covered by
the porter with a coffee-stained table*
clot h.
Somebody, by a happy Inspiration,
fetched a medical man. The expert
was chiefly anxious to get the machine
at work again, forseven nr eight trains
bait stopped midway in the stuffy tun
nels of the electric railway. Azuma-zl,
answering or misunderstanding the
questions of the people who had by
authority or impudence come into the
shed, was presently sent hack to the
stoke-hole by the scientific manager.
Of course a crowd collected outside the
gales of the yard—a crowd, for no
known reason, always hovers for a day
or two near the scene of a sudden
death in London—two or three report
ers percolated somehow' into the en
gine-shed, and one even got to Azuma
zi, but the scientific expert cleared
them out again, being himself an ama
teur journalist. Presently the body
was carried away, and public interest
departed with it. Azuma-zi remained
very quietly at his furnace, seeing
over and over again in the coals a fig
ure that riggled violently and became
, An hour after the murder, to anyone
coming Into the sited it would have
looked exactly as if nothing had hap
pened. Peeping presently from his
elgino-roora the black saw the Lord
lljnamn spin and whirl beside his lit
tle brothers, and the driving wheel*
wele beating round, and the steam in
the pistons went thud, thud, exactly
as iti had been earlier in the evening.
Attef all, from the mechanical point
of riyw, it had been a most insignifi
cant incident —the mere temporary de
flection of a current, only now the
slendei form and slender shadow of
tlie scientific manager repiaoed the
sturdy outline of Holroyd traveling
up and down the lane of light upon
the vibrating floor under the straps
between the engines and the dynamos.
“Have I not served my Lord?" said
Azuma-zi, inaudibly, from his shadow,
and the note of the great dynamo rang
'mt full and clear. As he looked at
the big whirling mechanism the
strange fascination of it that had been
a little in abeyance since Holrovd’s
death resumed its swsj.
Never had Azuma-zi seen a man
killed so swiftly and pitilessly. The
big humming machine had t*i u its
victim without wavering for a second
from its steady beating, it was In
deed a mighty god; The unconscious
scientific manager stood with his hack
to him, scribbling on a piece of paper.
His shadow lay at the foot of the mon-
“Was the Lord Dynamo still hungry?
His servant was ready.”
Azuma-zi made a stealthy step for
ward, then hesitated. The scientlflo
manager suddenly stopped writing
and walked down the shed to the end
most of the dynamos anil began to ex
amine the brushes.
Azuma-zi hesitated and then slipped
across noiselessly into the shadow hy
the switch. There he waited. Pres
ently the manager's footsteps could he
heard returning. He stopped in his old
position, unconscious of tlie figure
crouching ten feet away from him.
Then the big dynamo fizzled and in
another moment a thick-set figure had
sprung out of the darkness upon him.
The scientific manager will remem
ber all the details of that struggle
with, the mad stoker so long as them
is life in him. First he was gripped
round the body and swung towards
the big dynamo, then, kicking with
his knee and forcing his antagonist's
head down with his hands, lie loos
ened the grip on his waist and swung
round away from the machine; then
the black grasped him with his arras
Again, putting a curly head againsi
lis chest, and they swayed and panted
jas it seemed for an age or so. Then
the scientific manager was impelled
to catch a black car in his teeth and
bite furiously. The black yelled hid
oously. Suddenly they rolled over on
the floor, and the black, who had ap
parently slipped from the vice of the
teeth or parted with some ear—the
scientific manager wondered which at
the time--tried to throttle him. The
scientific manager was making some
ineffectual efforts to claw something
with his hands and to kick, when the
welcome sound of quick footsteps
sounded on tlie foor. The next mo
ment Azuma-zi had left him and
darted towards the big dynamo.
There was a sputter amid the roar.
The officer of tne company, who had
entered, stood staring us Azuma-zi
caught the naked terminals in bis
hand, gave one horrible convulsion
and then hung motionless from the
machine, his face violently distorted.
. “I'fn jolly glad you came in when
you did," said the scientific manager,
still sitting on the floor.
He looked at the still quivering fig.
ure. “It is not a nice death to die,
apparently—but it is quick."
The ticket collector was still staring
at the body. He was a man of slow
"Poor Uolroyd! 1 tee now.” Then
almost mechanically he went towards
the switch in the shadow and turned
the current into the railway circuit
again. As he did so the singed body
loosened its grip upon the machine
and (ell forward on its face.
So ended permanently the worship
of dynamo deity, probably the most
short-lived •’( all.religions. Yet with
ul it could boast a martyrdom and n
human sacrifice.-il. U. Wells, fn Ii
Mall Budget. 1
The Sags of Rooky Orook and His
Bido Purtuora.
Aiidr Um sad 111*. Kvrbfflh* llnw
U Com* to Past That Jute Nslmra
la tha "Onljest" Third Party
Man In the Settlement.
(Copyright ISM.)
all on account of my fellow
servant Andy Lucas. Now, in a reglar
set game of general all around devil*
inent you thought, hot your money on
Andy l.ueas and Illev Scroggins and
land it every clatter as safe ami easy as
piekin it up'ln the big road. Hut tf you
take Hlev out of the game I will match
Andy agin any llvin man on the top
side of this green earth, Whensomor
there Is any fun and devilment goin on
in the settlement you can bet your Sun
day boots that either Illev Scroggins or
Andy l.ueas Is right there in it. and tire
other one is more than probable to he
somewhere around in good hearing dis
• • *
Where the dirt Come In.
So at any rales, years and years ago,
whilst Hlev and Andy was both younger
in age and devilment even than what
they are now, they put up a game ou
.iule Nabors that made him the com
mon talk and Inughin stock of the
whole entire settlement.
About that time a man by the name
of Hunk Willis moved in with Ids family,
and along with the rest he had a mon
strolls likely looking young daughter,
which the same they failed her Sweetie
for short. Then naturally of course it
soon come to pass that all tin* various
and sundry youngsters in the settle
ment went to cutting the pigeon wing
around Miss Sweetie at a high and reg
lar lick. Hut it looks like .liile Nabors
sorter got the bulge on the rest of the
gang, and you could euteh him hanging
around there most any time-every
Sunday the l,ord sent and three or four
nights in tlie week for good measure.
Well, now as to .lule Nabors, ho was
about the same thing then Hint lie is
now. He had plenty of sense but ho
never would let it out and put it in use.
He was good, but good for nothing in
purtielar, as poor as forty church mice
in one pack, and as lazy as a rainy day
iu the summer time. Hut .lule Was a
great big stroppln tine iookin young
ster, ana somehow or somehow else he
had managed so as to git the bulge on
the rest of the boys with regards to
Miss Sweetie.
Now old man Hank Willis, the father
qf Miss Sweetie, was a peddler by trade.
He peddled tin and crock mostly, and
went around through the country
drivin a big dun colored mule name
Kit to a little one-horse wagon painted
red. At last one day when old man
Hank come home ami found out that
Jule Nabors had been hangin around
the place so reglar and constant fill him
and Miss Sweetie had got marryin into
their heads, lie proceeded to raise hail
Columbia nod a whole let of it. To be
certainly lie knowed that Jule Nabors
want no manner account, cause every
body for miles around knowed UmtW
everyhody exceptin Miss Sweetie and
1 reckon no doubts she thought he was
the most dearest and smartest tiling
that ever travelled on / two legs. You
know how it is with tAese young folks
along about the yaar for matin
season to come in. /
And os things wciA on from bad to
worse and more of it at last one day
old man Hank got dtwn his old musket
and poured in a liaidful of buckshot
and give it out to Mbs Sweetie that if
vor that trlrtiii, luzf, lowdown, good
for nothin Jule Names darkened his
door any more lie wmld shoot the llvin
day lightsouten him dadburn him.
Naturally of cours; after that. Jule
Nabors made liimsdf a blame sight
more seldom mid career around the
Willis place. He iad got the news
from Miss Sweet). and from then
hcnceforwards he didn't go visitln
around there any t> speak of exceptin
when old mail ifiitx was off ou one of
his peddliu trips aid he got word from
the girl to that exhat.
Andy Heti the I'egi.
One Saturday min along in the
dead of winter I hid went over to the
Cross Hoads, and m my return back
homo I run up will Andy Lucas and
Kiev Scroggins. The weather was
monstrous wet am cold and had. It
had been rninin aid slcetin and snowin
off and on for ten lavs past, and every
thing was auowkmnd and froze up
tight as a wedje. Whereas, under
them circumstanma it want no ways
sururisin to find llev and Andy heeled
with two quarts,more or Jess', of corn
whisky— ‘•White ink,” as Andy were
wont to call it.
"The settlenyut is too darned in
fernal dull to siit my taste.” says Andy
as we rode on towards home. "Nothin
to do and nothin to see and nothin goin
on—by gollets 1 don't see how I can
stand it muehiosger. lam plum hungry
and a thirstin fr some fun, and fun I
must have. If* as cold ns flugins out
of doors, but y*t still I don’t see how
some people can slay forever and eter
nally shut up in t heir houses with noth
in to pass off the time. It may suit
some folks, hut it is too dudburn' same
ful and unanimous like for Andy Lucas.
I have got something up for tonight,
boys—somethin that muught maybe,
pan out a little general amusement for
about three of us providln if we will
plat- the game right keerful. Kiev, you
and Rufe conic over to my house soon
as you can after supper, and bring along
a full set of wagin gear with heavy
trace chains and 1 will let you into the
fame. I reckon p'raps somebody will
ave to suffer, but fun is the maiuest
thing with me now, boys, and fun I am
hound to have.".
Me and Kiev didn’t know what Andy
was drivin st. but he give out that he
had been laying awake three •nights
hand runnin to think up somethin that
would help us pass away the time
pleasantly, and I was wil(in to wait
and sec wkat manner of things his
schemin and plannin would bring forth.
bo after nipper that night Kiev come
along by my house with his wagon
harness on his shoulder and I went on
with him over to Andy's. When we got
oyer there we found Andy out in the
big road in front of the gate with his
one-horse wagon, which the same he
had rolled out from under the shelter.
"1 will now let you all info the
game.” says Andy to me and Kiev, "and
if you don't want, to play you can
throw down (ho cards and quit before
wc start. You see how the weather is—
cold enough to freeze tliedail off of a
brass monkey, and the ground froze
oyer with snow anil ice a foot thick.
Oldman Hank Willis has been away
from how constant How for u week
past, lie is way over summers In the
lull country weather bound, and his
folks don't count on Ida returning buck
howej ijl a general thaw out comes and
the r*ls git more lltten to travel over.
11l tMßuiln time .lule Nabors he la
luirgil out over lliere at the Willi*
pkiec (Wlit.y u’glav MW(I ideddj' uud
stirkln to Mis* Sweetie bloater than n
sick kitted to a pan of milk. He Is
there right now tills very minute cattsu
I saw bun about first dusk totin his
mall ill that direction to beat the devil.
Now sposin about 10 o'clock tonight
old man Hank was to drive up in front
of his own door at his own home and
holler ‘Whoa there Kit!'—what do you
reckon would then come to pass around
them premises? There jest simply aint
no teliin. boys, what all would come to
pass under tlieln circumstances, hut if
you will both enter the game and go
with rue I’ll he doubly dadburn if we
don't find out. 1 will" put on the gene
and let you all hitch me up to this
wagin, and here we go. No difference
if mil man Hank is froze up and weath
er liouiul over in the hill country, lie
mought maybe happen to come homo
tmheknowance to his folks, and yon can
see that the general oircumf> rence of
the calamity would I>c about the
Might here t am bound to own up
that It want no very big job for Andy
lo rope me and Hlev into the harmless
little game like that, and so a few
minutes before 10 o'clock we hooked up
and rolled off towards the Willis place.
# * #
Ami It Corns In l’*li.
According to our private arrange
ments me and Hlev went on ahead so as
to he on tlie grounds when Andy pulled
up and take good notice of whui would
come to pass. It was then pitch dark
nut doors, but a bully bright tire was
burning in the company room, and
there set Jule and Miss Sweetie court in
and lallagagin and enrryin on to heat
I’resentl.v here come Andy, hitched up
to tlie wagon, tnlkin to himself and
oluekin and goin with Kit tor all the
world exactly like old man Hank Wil
lis. The house set dost out to tlie big
road and Andy rattled up rights before
the front door. He kept a mighty rat
tlln with the trace chains, and then all
of a sudden* he dropped the shaft down
and hollered who “there Kit?" at the
ton of his voice.
Now. my hearers, maybe you mought
think something didn't drop through
tin* back door about that time, hut I
rather think it did, and to the best of
my knowledge and belief it was Jule
Nabors. He went out like a cal shot in
the buck with n quart of eight ounce
lacks. He lit in the hack yard head fore
most, when he did hit the grit he hit it a
pitching and a fly in. Old man Hunk
three or four terrible had dogs in the
back yard and about this time they
lined in with the general performance.
In his big hurry to move his washin
away from the Willis place Jule run
into a wash pot full of fresh soup uud
tore down two panncls of the garden
palins. and Anally nt last he was ncees
sarled and compelled to leave a bran
spankin new hat and about three rear
sections of his Sunday breeches for the
yard dogs to chaw on in during of his
I thought In my soul that Andy and
Kiev would have to turn loose and lav
down and laugh theirselves to death
and die. All tbe lights in the house
went out by that time, and soon as wc
could unhitch Andy from the wagon we
made a break ami put out down the
road towards homo. When we got
in tlie bottom across the mill branch wo
slowed up, cause that was also tlie road
to the Nabors place and it was more
than probable to ns that-Jule would ho
cominalongnow presently. And torect
ly here come Jule down the road, rmi
nin like a quarter horse and puffin and
blowin worse than a pair of forty horse
power bellows. Hy this time it seems
like he had likewise also lost one shoe,
and with narry sign of a hut and only
the shattered remains of his breeches
lie was runnin throw snow and ice half
leg deep mid sweatin great drops of cold
“What’s the use to hurry off in the
heal uf tlie day without your blanket?"
as Jule run up into the crowd lookin
like a seared rabbit.
"Hut aint this bully weather for
court in and stuyin out late at night'.”
•ays Andy.
u bln all tlie good news over at the
Willis place?" says 1.
Wo went on carding Jule in that way
till it looked like he wanted to light,
but of course that was all vanity.
“You fellers can talk big and poke
fun at me this time." says Jule present
ly, "but if you only but knowed vvlial a
terrible dost place I have pulled
through tonight you would wonder how
1 come out llvin and not dead." And
with that he pulled out in a swinging
trot for home. There Hlev ami Andy
laid down right there in the snow anil
rolled and laughed all over theirselves,
and I hail to stop and wait till they
could git enough and quit.
* * it
It Wan AlnHjd Ku.
To hear Andy l.ueas tell it the next
day, it was the dunulcst most strangest
thing that hud ever come to pass in the
Bocky Creek settlement—the way his
one-horse wagon got over to the Willis
place the night before. It was jest
simply way yonddr past his general un
derstandtn. and if he could only hut
prove up tlie facts in tlie case somebody
would have to tote a blame good lickin’.
Hut when Jule Nabors round out that
old man Hank Willis was still weather
bound somijvvheres over in tlie hill coun
try, and likewise also that'a one-horsa
wagon helongiu to Andy Lucas was
found stundin at the front gate over at
the \l illis place tlie next mornim he
didn’t need no slate and pencil to llggcr
out the facts with. He went about
mighty nigh spilin for a light two or
three weeks, but I reckon he didn't
know who to start with— Hlev or Andy
or me-- and there want no tellin exactly
how long it would take him to git
through with the job. Mo I reckon he
must of come to the conclusion that it
mought maybe be best for hint to turn
around ami go hack before lie startl'd.
So far as anybody knows of Jule Na
bors never did go hack to see Miss
Sweetie any more utter that, and hence
forwards from then on he has been
dead eqaare agin Andy Lucas in every
thing that comes along, If Andy was
to take up a notion tomorrow anil go
and join the church Jule would call for
his letter ami take out and quit inside
of next week. About theonlyest thing
that would make a Democrat out of Jule
Nabors would be for Andy Lucas to
drop the old flag and put his member
ship in with the Third party. Andy did
quit us onest upon a lime two or three
years ago. but before Jule could pull
out and change his colors to a Demo
crat Andy ho had broke over and come
on back home, and when lie did come
by golleys, he come a hilin and come to
And so you see how it come lo pass
in the general run of time that Jule
Nabors (may his tribe never increase)
has got to be the onlyest. the wildest
the pizenesl and most craziest Democrat
in the Kocky ( reek settlement.
Rukcs Sandem.
IN 1794.
Nitw England produced hardly
enough grain for the support of its
population and was the poorest section
of the country.
Caniu.kptk’ks were almost as heavy
as fables and were sometimes spt on
rollers to be the more easily moved
about the room,
Every house in the cities hud its tin
gutter, projecting far beyond the root
and sending u torrent of water down
into tjie street.
| Arrant the church service was ebded
the whole congregation remained in
their pews until the minister and his
family had paused out.
IVin.K who hope arc people who heiu-
Jiaifl’iUm. jtt. *'
—Many a rejoicing- Chrlstihn never
learned to slilg till the flames kindled
upon him.— J. R. Miller.
—There are 8079,004,480 worth ol
Church property in the United States,
ami of this $118,(010,740 worth is owned
by tlie Roman Catholic Church,
—The love of God must master the
World's attraction, or if not, then the
soul is “like the troubled sett when it
can not rest.”—F. \V. Robertson,
—The Methodist Episcopal church
has 203 educational institutions with
over 43,000 students, and property and
endowments valued at $20,588,000, and
an nnual income of $1,810,171,
—The Protestant Episcopal board ol
missions lias arranged to pension mis
sionary bishops who after at least ten
years of service arc compelled by-ago
or disability to resign the jurisdiction.
—The colored members of the Meth
odist Episcopal church number "47,403;
Sunday-school scholars, 170,832; pas
tors, 1.H37; presiding elders, 71; onnual
conferences, 17| local preachers, 3,800.
—Ham's Horn.
—Blessed is the man who lias (he
gift of making friends, for it is one of
God's best gifts. It involves many
things, hut above all the power of go
ing out of one's self, and seeing and
appreciating whatever is noble and
loving in another man.—Thomas
—in personal love and adoration of
Thrist the Christian religion consists,
not in correct morality or in correct
doctrines, but in a homage to the King.
. . . Live with him till ho becomes
a living thought—ever present—and
you will find a reverence growing up
which compares with nothing else in
human feeling.—Robertson of Brigh
The government of China Has tak
en very decisive action in tho ease of
the murderers of Rev James Wylie,
the Scotch Presbyterian missionary,
and has ordered that they bo behead
ed. II also has been ordered that all
property belonging to mlssonaries or
other foreigners, which has been de
stroyed, shall Ihj made good.
—There were received last year by
tho Presbyterian churches in St. Louis
upon profession of faith 2,8rt0. The
net gain In the membership was about
2.(100. The contributions to home mis
sions aggregated $50,000 and to foreign
missions $13,000. The grand total given
for congregational purposes was in
round numbers ss7o,ooo.—Christian
-■ A Quaker has been baptized -bap
tised with water without abandoning
his Quakerism. The rite was performed
a short time ago, at Damascus, 0., nt
the yearly meeting of the Friends. Dr.
Douglas Clark, connected with Earl
ham college, was the person baptized,
and with him ten other Friends sub
mitted to the rite. This is, of course,
a great innovation in the religious cus
toms of the Friends, and has caused
much excitement.—Presbyterian Ob
Gladstone being asked what he re
garded us the brightest hope for tho fu
ture, replied: “I should say n mainte
nance of faith in the Invisible. This
is the great hope of the future, the
mainstay of civilization. And by that
T mean a living fuith In n personal
God. Ido not hold with n ‘stream of
tendency.’ After sixty years of public
life 1 hold more strongly than ever
this conviction, deepened and strength
ened by long experience of the reality
and the nearness and personality of
—Politeness goes a long way and al
ways gets back on time.—Galveston
—One can never get nn insight into n
man's character by looking over his
—His Meanness—She—That man is
dirt mean. He—That’s not very menu
if it's a corner lot.—Detroit Free Press.
—Maud—How do you define love?
Marie—Love is a life of illusions. Maud
—And what is marriage? Marie—O,
marriage is the death of them.—Vogue.
Avarice in old age is foolish; for
what can be more absurd than to in
crease our provisions for the road the
nearer we approach our journey's end.
llliss in possession will not last; re
membered joys are never past; nt once
the fountain, stream and sea, they
were, they are, they yet shall be.—
—Miss Query—Are you still in love
with that pretty girl you used to rave
about? Jack Stone—Ah, no; haven't
you heard? We were married three
months ngo.—Scribner.
—The world generally gives its ad
miration. not to the man who docs
what nobody else ever attempts to do,
but to the man who docs best what
multitudes do well.—Macaulay.
—He (just returned from the east) —
Do you know the Hindoo girls are
taught to think of marriage ns soon us
they cun talk? She—Really? The
girls over here don’t want any teach
—At the Fair.—Spectator—Call that a
dwarf? Why, he is over five feet high!
Proprietor of the Booth—That is just
the most curious feature about him.
In fact, he’s the biggest dwarf in the
world - .—FHegende Blatter.
—“See, there comes Hnininei. I don’t
want to meet the man. Only last week
I asked him to lend me 100 marks.”
“He might have given yon the money;
he's rich enough.” “Well—um—the
fact is, he did."—Hlustrirte Chronik.
—“F,f you loads up yoh intelleck wif
trash liltoraUtor," said Uncle Eben,
how’s you gwine to hab room for de
right kind? Food foh de min’ am like
food foh de body. Do mos' onsubstan
tial kin’ am flllin’est.”—Washington
How much does that waste basket
of yours hold, anyhow?" asked a man
who had been handing a lot of contri
butions to the managing editor.
“Nothing worth talking about,” said
the man with the blue pencil.—Phila
delphia Record.
■ ’i inn—Halloa, Tagg, what's that
sign on your front door, ‘No admit
tance except on business’?" Tagg—
There have been so many young men
calling on my daughters and their vis
its have been so fruitless, that I have
adopted this plan to reduce the sur
plus. '.V Tit-Bits.
-•(■He who bever relaxes into kportive
ness Is u wearisome companion, but be
ware of him who jests at everything.
Such men disparage by some ludicrous
association all objects which arc pre
sented to their thoughts, and thereby
render themselves incapable oft any
emotion which tan either elevate or
soften them. They bring upon their
nioial being an iiifldemJe move wither
ing than the blasts of the and (sent*.—.
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