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\ j b laving outrageously. I i some provocation, t leads up the cliffs to could be expected :*i n.'iaace. Still, it . l wanted to halt t ascent as the others oi na:e beast forged iidn‘1 ^op him. I pu.h l shouted all the cauiel —"Hoosh; shwa - . hI. shwaiyeh iiUs. v.uly scrambled up ck upon Eng Engltsh, too—but nt aig-ing. seemed to squealed like a : j plunged and reared u: m -iu L Oi' course r. 1 i n a camel, being r tor “experiences’* .. a very fast, full K. ■. : wu. I suppose u unitnpcrrilled jj l, looked eon vt , running after ubio cut! rals'in ; il wa> laughing. irly uiopped one liie sympathetic i- re was uuiio ; :me from man , li to Asalnt. runaway had yard ta^ sum 1 II courts to 1 y cim -ing wi u - .ii f pro r lit, u\ ity to he wts. ward, o - ■ x— ;Me earn-l • ; [! ■ I iiiv w .11 y z : U \, gava w «i vast t ; - m . \ . a qulv i 1.ail i !.• -ii ri oi; no V • \m>o\*ed \u. :r outs > CONTROL HIM. sinking sun glar'd !. bu drew no in* If delirious with it oarca *5 of ' Uvl imoed 1 rouse ■ he list re* i’.itance. and I left aim wu :n fire. All th© m I— i'f glowing ooaK 1 1 r ’ Thvu. with the fall : i r priw chill; a 1 « .i my . a iv n a. Still through the darknt like a At fir-n I was much re v plritsros*,myvit:or seemed limbs grew st ff, uy mind y .. was aim beyond in An overpowering drowsiness y thoughts, ami I rode in a sort aroused by a violent lurch and , a sen. e of falling. I g«aspcd at the s:ul ill© posts, but misse l them, clutched vainly ia the slippery hair as I slid I dawwards, and suddenly found myself damped, unhurt, on a little hillside; i while the camel, author of all my isas j Vrs, scrambled over the (hillside and j disappeared. H* t o, in Iced, was a situation; my lasij | chrtn -o of life seemed gone with the es 1 taping brute. As quickly as I could I gathered myself together and stumbled after him, but soon realized tb t this was folly. 1 halted and looked about me. ! The hill was sleep, though not high, and I stood about half way up the slope. Just above me a clump of bushes lay in black shadow. 1 did not stop to reason on the strangeness of the thing, but simply staggered toward due supposed shelter with a dull purpose of crawling under it and sleeping till morning. Hyenas, ser puiis, wolves? Perhaps—but i was tired. But no bushes were there. As I reach l ed the black blot which 1 had mistaken f. r a thicket, I stumbled upon a hc^p of s:ones and rubbish and pitched headlong in=o the throat of a cavern. Tar opening however, was too regular to b • nature's handiwork. It was nearly .-q.nr,. ; the .-mouth flowers slanted down ward, and 1 could fed—for I had landed a all fours- a scries of grooves which I had been cut crosswise to give better foothold. I understood at once; in this region an dent tombs, burrowing d^cp into th solid rock, art too common to ex 1 cite surprise. ON THr I'DVTFORM WAS CROUCHED A HUMAN FI DU RE. ■ ■ 1 1 r r. :., i to the honeycombed cliffs above A?.-' m? For.» nii meut thu: was my im* 1 pression; l had beard of such occur: -u* ! ees. But soon I perc.ived th.it t;iis l tucy v. : absurd. L was far out ill til desert —somewhere. Ary i>w, here was shelter; and in all probability water and die habitations of Jiving men would be found at no great I i! stance. Yet. the safety of the place itiusi not be too r ishly assurm-d, f r ■ u neglected tombs often swarm with, snakes of ihe most venomous descrip tion. Exhausted though i was, l must explore be?"re I couid venture to sleep. As l strained my eyey, peering down the black passageway, its darkness saern i>; a thing of weight and substance; tht :i a momentary gleam flashed on me wall taen another, and another, t u tiutisly groping forwai 1. I discov* red ta;r these flashes proceeded from a large ; aospuoresceni t- 1 of the fire-fly or fltr; numbers of them were crawling about, and I succeeded in securing a spe cimen. In i s fr.ght and efforts to es ; t. it gav an almost continuous glow. I and guided by this fitful illumination I crept down the s eep incline into iho heart of the hill—consiantly on the aleir, for I mu at unexpectedly come to a perpendicular drop of many feet; I might i neoun r almost any tiling in such a hole as th.s. I was speedily confirmed in my im pression that the place was an ancifnt | *. puio.'.re, for eveu the uncertain light , of my rt i • li.ous lamp showed a glimmer of pictures on the smooth rock. As I I pinched the struggling bug and held it j nearer, I could disery strange igurcs, ihe • gods and heroes of the werld Fgyp-ian sp.rit world; and t • painted f. Ms c; the .■ti. sei pear. w. .Mi is an »\ " r< • i rent symbol Id these chambers of dt th, I were faintly dM rnibl-. extending in i long undulations far down the gUsrening ■ w i \ raised its threatening crest agains me; and [ ' as r .ussurd, though puzzled, by the " ju ■ ssive odors to be • xpec * u :n ’-uca a . at. Now and then bats fluttered up ' • Moor was Icvol now, an*: i i ' a ;>• along a low gallery which led on i : . incredible disauce through the V k. On c< her side w. re many .f k re n ngs. Into one of th- se I pc r t 1 fa.- a moment, ami deep in a sunken cell . -.ughi i shadowy glimpse of an en n.ii a awry, and within!- -But I did not lnv ligate fit • I kept - it-lit on. (he victim of \ r\ disagreeable sensa ■ j. ioi escent bug h \1 ceased to give light: I bly squeezed it eo hard; the wretched cr i me was dead, and i dropped it—s'ill 1 moving on. howa var, though at a snah's j..,-:. -:-n- ng with bath hands upon the A' list I r* .i \ d a s-. >s of sharp turn . : nl with ni n;. >! joy and dread O' <>e i a faint illumination in the air. 1 grew stronger as 1 ascended . series of j t;arrow stairways, very similar to those of he rumple of Edfu: and ano her sud d n turn brought me to a lighted ehum It was a long lull of unusual altitude, wi ii walls of lusterless black. Near the entrance, only a few steps from where I !• eod. wvs a p. destal support ng a preu !'■ - took:: x lamp: it t< sembled a Oark " cm d metal extending horizontally, like i an arm. The side of the lantern was , op n. and through the aperture streatr, , cd toward me a sh ift of mellow light, the c u-srly filterings of which 1 had first - used in the passage below. The flame v. sm iB—scarcely more than a spark j ling point; yet it was dazzling and almost gle d 1 forth, which I suspected t > Ik* i r-JlvH :on. My curiosity much aroused I stole softly toward it. I pass ed the great hoop of metal—obviously the relloctlon did not proceed from that — an 1 some distance beyond found what I expected, a large circular mirror erected against the terminal wall. Meanwhile the old man was peering through a small brass tube attached to : e p: lestal close beside the lantern; I judged it to be some kind of spy-glass. Hi* waited a lit•'le after each inspection, and seemed dissatisfied and uneasy. “Wahyat en-nebi,” ho muttered, "how disturbed is the air. With the lens, surely, nothing can be amiss. Istaghfir Allah!” He peered again, but apparent ! with no better result. He pushed open lantern and hastened toward the platform, evidently much alarmed. The star vanished, again ;ho chamber was full of light; and now for the first time his eyes met mine. The look of alarm faded from his fac^, b.r am zemerr took Its place. “El-hamdu lillaii.” he exclaimed fer vently. "Thank God, it is uninjured, and the matter is plain. Well might the : ir b ■ thus troubled. Yet this is wonder ful. Who are you, and by what unheard of chance are you here?” I explained that I was a student and urist, ..mi briefly outlined my misad venture. “Now heaven be praised.” he cried, “B:ti betak. My house is thine, as wo siv. and thou art thrice welcome. It is 1< i-met: thou art sent in my hour of need, ;uid the finger of God is in it. Thou art ..o American, my countryman, and 1 !.ke w< n thy word and thy look, l am 11, -id thou shalt be my helper and my in i' riter in the greates work that the Iiand of cun bath compassed. Come! Behold!” H 1, 1 ■> to c. p< nnu r juau ,.,1 the lamp. “Bow down thy head,” he wh-Speit . “and look.” I obeyed, and i^z ng through the tube, saw a star, i mniful beyond description. Then, ae 1; made some change, the whole interior or’ th r: at ring upon the frame was filled with an orange light; it wavered tit f, like a phosphorescence, but gradu ally sun-lied until It was uniform over i»j£ entire suriuce, I wss confounded ..V.l plie dhiml with questions. Tiiat night he would explain nothing. “You are weary,” he said, “and Sain.; you nil.' - eat and drink and rest. He conducted me through a number of trustee*. and a* length we emerged, not on the barren sands, but under a grove or palms: as he ltd me forward I heard ' inilflhing of water, and the odor of ( u\is was p 'tceptible all about ns. At ' . t/> borne. low b„: up - Clous, richly furnished n, ,Iltur a luxurious repast was biougn-. Ch oi th-1 old man shared wita me. S;,S“1 t but oporluRly: -bon . SlwasboUlton.. lip*., mranklt ....... riv for th ' flavor, tnrugoi novel, was VV,‘,’ . ,n,; ex'ending my limbs m hniugrous delight upon the divan, 1 was soou asleep. * r *,3 awake again a moment later r ' ’ m.,d l0 me. My host was stand ' Khv mv side mA as I looked up Into * 1.5 J, 9 l wondered if he had tirred since I My down. It waa S id he assured me that it was i J in the afternoon: moreover hat k J“e afternoon of the second day. I ad slumped for thirty-six ho*^ reminly I was ?rP3tly refreshed, ’.arcedv a trace remained of the strain ir I, in mind or body. 1 attire# ;;-U in th" robes that were brought mo V was not altogether unused to the . 5S_and after another surnp £1,3 rep-nt and a few fragrant whiffs - m a long and gaudily beaded p-po I ,0Qt forth with the old man into tue 1 painful to my dilated pupils, strained, wide by their protracted struggle with darkness. Some distanco beyond, about midway in the chamber, rose a large square frame constructed of heavy timbers and sup porting a massive ring, or wheel, of me tal, fully twelve feet in diameter. This c omparison, however, is misleading, for though there wa© a strong suggestion of the ponderous' tire of some great driving ■wheel, there appeared neither spokes nor hub; '-o far as I could see it was an empty circle of bronze, enclosing nothing. Be fore it stood a scaffold, apparently adjus table at various heights. | On this platform was crouched a hu- j man figure. For a moment—so singu lar war the attitude and so perturbed was my miud with hideous fancies—I feared that it waa not alive; that this grizzled and contorted shape, so strangely en throned, was some shrouded and em balsamed Pharaoh, set up there in the childhood of the world. Then I saw that it moved; plainly, this was a living man, ough the ges:ures were quite unac countable. He seemed to be passing his linger tips lightly over some substanco in tho space before him, yet nothing was le. He also made a curious move nt nt as if rubbing something with tho bill of his thumbrhis he did several limes in different places. Finally be rose to ms run neigni, rvhich was considerable, though he was much bent. His back was toward me .■cl his head was turbaned, but I saw enough of his white hair and flowing | beard to make it evident that he was l in j urs. He now turned, des c :<ded front the platform, and approach . i the lamp. I obs it his feat ures were noble and of European cast, i though he was robed in. oriental fash ion. He was so intent that he never 1 raised his eyes, but bending over the I lantern, closed the slides and made cer tain adjUBtm< n:s. The place was now' quite dark. Only •he minutest spark escaped from the ; 1 mp; but far down the gallery a bright groves and gardens that embowered hi3 dwelling. It, was a veritable Eastern paradise— a maze of shady walks and restful arbors. Cool rills and lushing fountains wore at every turn; the earth wa3 bright with blossoms and the foliage above with the gay plumage of birds; the air was charg ed with perfumes and vibrant with twit terings. Taese beautiful grounds hung on a terrace over a small fertile valley— an oasis, lying in the deep depression of the desert; the terraces, indeed, quite en circled the place, and most of them were green with growing crops. The llocr of the valley, however, was not of uniform verdure, but curiously mottled, green and brown; for the soil was productive only near the springs, which gu’shed up from a great depth, as 1 was told, and probably derived their water from the Nile at some remote point. Near the center was a pond of considerable area, beside which rose the fretted dome and banded minarets of a mosque; and every where among the scattered groves ap peared little hamlets, the mud huts cf the fellahin. Of this tiny reim—which, after mi, numbered more than a thousand sou s— my friend was absolute ruler. The place though rarely visited, was not unknown to the Egyptain government, but beyond the exaction of certain annual tribute there was no inference. The sun had set, and the fiery after glow had reddened the brown and wrought Us subtle change in the green over all the landscape, when we reached a heavy, battened door in the cliff, and again entered the subterranean passages leading to the mysterious chamber. ‘•My son,” said my guide in trembling tone;*’ as we parsed along he dim aven ues, "‘my sou and friend of friends—for such I trust you may prove to an old man who is strangely drawn to you, and who may never see the full completion of Ins life’s labors—you shall now know my secret, and view the greatest marvel that earth can -show. Yet :n truth you can not see it; i cau show you only phenom ena.” We had reached the entrance of the gallery where I had first discovered aim. Dismissing the attendant who had thus far lighted us. he stepped to a niche in the wall and inserted his hand. Insiant ly the place was illuminated by an in tense but shadowless light; it seeme 1 to irradiate from roof cad walls and the very air about us. ••It is electric,” he said. ‘‘The elab oration of the method was a mere inci dent of my more serious researches though it cost me months to study." He led me to the large empty ring -which had so excited my curiosity. “Touch it,” he said, “but press softly;” and he guided my hand within the cir cle. Nothing was visible there—abso lutely nothing, even in tat all-pervad ing light; yet my fingers were met by something smooth and hard. 1 drew lack startled: a faint print of my linger tips was apparent, hung in space. “Do you see?” he exclaitnr l .n tri umph. '“There has been nothing I k* it since man first walked upon the earth, k is a lens—an aoihrite lens. * “An aethri’e tens!” Again l gazed long and mimi'eiy; <>. oep: those linger prints, apparent 1;. Mil- j pressed on nothing, I could detect neith er blur nor glimmer. I pressed with both hands upon the visible surfico; it was palpable enough. “Carefully! Carefully!” he crie 1. “Yet it is harder than any diamond; the kun t.g; Steel would glide over it without a i scratch. But it is mere precious than all the diamonds in the world and 1 am i childish. I love it as a mother loves her first born.” “Aethrlte!” I exclaimed. -“Harder than ; diamond, yet as invisible ns thought! A jens! A camel's head could not n nek to the top of it.” He made a gesture toward it that was ■ like adoration. “1 have called it ac;h rite,” he said, reverently, “for unless it1 be the true crystalline of the interstellar aether 1 know not what :l may be. Out of the he:i vans it fell ihis w "itdi ot<s• ■ >* stance—ages ago; and th-y v/ha )i:-: found, but could not dared not sin:, it, named it the Eye of Ammon ito. 1 • symbol was d< eply < . v- d on the walls of the p!t where ny treasure lay entombed, secure from the touch of time and the i “NOW LOON AND SPEAK NOT.” fanaticism of men. wii'ing for n»e. i.t was painted ail ever the ippins' in which it was encased, for tiwy had swathed it like a mummy; and the tame symbol recurred In every part of the papyrus reo'd wa.ch 1 ;oun;i it ride if. Behold!” , t . He led mn to a heavy chest rorn which he lif d a roll disccloiod and brittle with -go. It was covered v.;;a hieroglyphics. -You see that the nam* is always en closed in a cartouche, 1 ke 'he :t es Ci Egvpt’s kings, and by i s an "it guar dian's it was undoubtedly r aari. i as divine.” .. ,u„ He replaced the roll an'* locked the chest. ••For more than thirty moons ” he con tinued. in the quaint oriental sty'-1' wnini In d evidently become •< second nature to him. “for more than thirl/ wax.ngs an .wanings oi the moon I ttu .i d ho.-e tracings before I could dec pher them. for it was needful to master, not only a forgotten tongue, but to? obscur subtile signs by which It was expressed. I- its a strange document, fu.t oi .h-j m> r tie lore of'the Pharouic priestcuit: there are portions whlcn are a riddle to me even now-imprecations and Tam ings against I know not whrm But n has taught me much; it wa= here mat I first found 1 he clue.’ My curiosity bad reached a p .ch that I verse or God.” He prostr.'tocl hints- If on the floor, tou-fling its s on. wi; !i his forehead. When he arose he addressed mo m his us ual geui’.e tone.. -For the?, also. I give thinks, my son, that thou hast ecme to me, to have part ■ \ement and to con tinu my work. For I have been lonely, am! my hear: loves thee, and I 'Fern that heaven hath sent thee to lr my comfort, and my strength. Hu: thou a;t consumed with wonder and I have much to tell thee. Let us yo to a place where we may have more ease.” With a ieving lingering glance toward the groat oiroJe of lens, he extinguished the lights r.n-1 summoned AH, who eon duo- 1 us back to the palace—for such it was. A swinging lamp shed soft lus tre over the silkr-n cushions on which we rested. Dusky attendants flitted in the back ground, with turbaned heads, and u~.re that shGw> 1 ‘beneath their white linen tunics. All, with well-filled pouch and glowing brazier, stood over ready to renew the soothing pipe which he had pieced in my hands. I obt rved, hov.ever, that my companion did not smoke. „ “There things are not for me, he said, observing my surprise, “and if I thus, seem to.put a slight upon my guest I mast crave thy. pardon. The sight of wns painful; I listened breathlessly. The old man continued with half-closed eyes in dreamy retrospect. “I was young then, and erect like yon; I had not yet attained ruy fortieth year; -the aged sheik was still sovereign among his people. Ismail slumbers with his fathers now, and my years are doubled, and my shoulders are bent beneath their weight. And all these years have I spent mainly in this chamber, toiling at my task. “All the day. of my life have I given it,” he cried, with mounting enthusiasm. His voice rang louder and he spoke with the rapt intensity of a devotee. “More than ten thousand of my days have I given, and many a sleepless night as well, for the shaping of it; but it is worth them all. God grant that I may see its revelation!” His voice fell. “Swift were the years, and slow was the labor. Line by line it was done; dim after film have I rubbed away its adamantine substance as I fash ioned it. Unnumbered times, as* I wrought it toward perfection, have I proved its form by tests like those by which we measure the infinitesimal pul sations of the luminous aether. It is color that proves best,” bo cried. “That is surest. There must be no variation in color or light. You shall see.” He darkened the chamber and adjust ed the lantern as on the nigh: of my ar rival. Then he waited. "Any vibration of the air,” he said, “cr the slightest inequality of tempera ture, would be fatal ;o the experiment. Even our breathing hero behind the THE (URTOrJC.lE. lump, its hoot and tlie he t of our bedios are unfavorable, -though unavoidable c aevtions. Now lr. k, and speak not.” I brought my eye to the tube. A field of gcldtn light appeare.!, like the moon a; full, but many times larger. A slight writhing movement was, however, dis cernible. GraUua'.ly this ceased, and the illuminated circle seemed absolutely uniform. “Is it not perfect,” be exclaimed At once the luminous disk grew trem ulous, like the surface of a liquid when the vessel containing it is jam ); I turn ed from the tube. “Is it not perfect?” he repeated. “Yet if there were a deviation no greater than a thousandth part of the thickness cf the fiiniy tis-ue of a draron’fly’s wing, 1 should detect it and should deem my task incomplete. But h aven is kind. La ilaha ill’ Allah,” he cried, bis voice again rising in the rap ur is chant of Mohr m;.redan devotion. “Not much long er would this failing eve and aged hand have served. But it is finished, an 1 lv - fore tin .-■?. yes, that, have scarcely turn* J utl arth are closed in darkness, they shall behold him who shapes the eye of Ammon Ri must bo undimmed by the vapor of drug3, and his hand must be without tre mor.” He laid his fingers upon my forehead. Their firmness was like tho touch of an engine of steel, the lightness cf their pressure like the brushing of a feather. ‘To the prophet of old,” he cried rap turously, “it was given to read the writ ing on tho Babylonian wall; hut ere long, to thee and to me it shall bo given to read that which is written in characters of light upon the azure dome of heaven— secrets from the beginning of time until now.” (To be Coniinued.) THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Traveling recently from Chicago to New York, I found in the morning upon crawling out of my berth, that the train was standing stock still. The porter told mo it had been standing thus for an hour and a half, while I had been sleep ing the sleep of the just. I dressed and p eped out and saw that we were along side the platform of a country station. I took a good breakfast in the dining car. and then went out to stroll up and down the platform. In .he c..b sat the driver, or engineer as they call him, alone, waiting. With the natural fondness of an Englishman tor machinery, I stopped and gossiped with him a moment about the engine. Then I offered him a cigar which he took with thanks, and asked me to come in. I swung myself into my cab. The engineer, a brigat, pleasant-iacea man, about 40 years old, explained to me the uses of the numerous valves and levers about him. They were all as bright and shining as polish could make them, for an engineer is as proud of his Engine as any housewife is of neatness of her dwelling. 1 glanced at the two shining steam gauges with the clock be tween them, and then I noticed what seemed to be an ordinary white moth, mounted in a gilt frame, hangiug against the wall of the cab. ••Is that for an ornament?” I asked, pointing to the moth. The driver smiled. “Well, partly for an ornament,” he said, “but a good deal more for sentiment. I put that mo;h thti because it saved my life, and the live- of 2f<0 people as well.” “How In the world could an insect save human lives?” I asked. ‘ Well, i will teil you if you want to heir the story. I reckon there’s time enough before we are able to got out of this.” I £• (led mys- 'f in the absent stoker’s seat and prepared to lisien.lt wasn't such a long time back,” said the engi ne; r, “only a year ago last spring. I vya- running this very train, and this very ua.u -old 44f. My stoker was Jim M;*ade. You can see him over there leaning up against the telegraph of fice. ••Jim’s a good boy, but he’s very su perstitions; believes in ghosts, dreams and warnings. I used to laugh at his iancics, lmt 1 don’t make so much fun of him as I did—not smee we saw the “Woman In Black." “We were timed to leave M-about ] o’clock in the mo; u.ug, and to arrive In S- abou. C o’c lock. On the night when the thing took place a fearful storm of wind and rain had beou rag ing since early evening, and was at .he h ;gh: of its fury when I started from the engine shed. “It was about midnight and the wind seemed to sweep clear round and through -.lie building. It was terribly dismal. Jim was there and the engine was ail i ady, .so, after gating my working clothes on. 1 ran the engine down to too sr. ion. Our train, the vestibule limited, was an hour late. I. gave the engine a thorough oiling, and made sure all Was in order. “As we sat-in the c.;b we could he ir the storm raging otuside, while the rain, driven by the gusts of wind, beat fiercely against the windows. ••‘I s going to bo a bad run, Frank, Jim said. ’1 wish we were in ri-safe and sound.’ "I laughed. ’What makes you feel so ti hiv glum, Jim?’ I said. “ ‘Oil,’ said he. 1 feel creepy, some how. Si ms like there’s something ter rible going to happen. I can feel it in my bones.’ "I laughed again. ‘You got a little wi t coming over, I guess, Jim,’ said I. And the sound of the wind irii't very eucour aging, that’s a fact.’ "To tell the truth, I was a little nerv ous myself, uojwiiiistanding my easy way of mating Jim’s notion. “Presently our rain came in long and heavy, con :. ‘ing mainly of sle-pers. it used to make me nervous to know that :he lives of hundreds of my fellow min were in my keeping, but now 1 think nothing of it. That night I was nerv oi.'j, w'hat if the frightful storm had made a signalman careiess, or if a rail had been loosened by ihe .- tiling of the track somewhere? On these fast trains a mail must rely on the v.gilance of toe employees,,for in order to keep to time he must run to such speed tnal often he cannot see a signal before he is upon it. •But I laughed at myself for my fears as i back d down aud couplc-d on to the train. I set the brakes und found every thing in good order. “By and by the little gong above my head clanged shaipiy, and with a puff and his3 of escaping steam we were olT Into the night and storm. rattling over junctions, past signal lights, and be tween long iinc.-i of cani.ig s till, w.th a roar and a rumble, we rushed over the long iron bridge anil away through the hiiis, waking the slumbering echoes with our shrill whistle. •'Tii' ii I puib i the tnroitie wide open, and the ''lank and roar soon settled into a hum, for old 449 was doing her best, and w w. re nuking lh'ty miles an hour. •'The dark ms was intense, save ■whete the headlight. an c-kctric devico ns ifunnel j>l light into the g’oom. Jim had a big fire, and kept sifcam up to a high pn .-sure, so that we f.irly flew pa=: sleeping ham lets and still farm houses. “At our first watering station I made sure that ail was working smoothly, while Jim inspected in i. adlight. The station master handed out the orders, which showed that the line was clear as far as our next stopping place. On we went. “The darkness gr. w more intense, if possible, while the wind shr.eked by. The rain, became more blinding, till nothing could be discovered in the gray murk which enveloped us. “Suddenly through the mist and rain I saw loomiug right in front of us the gigantic figure of a woman wrapped in a long, black mantle, which seemed to flutter in the wind. She waved great spectral arms about in swift, twisting tnovement3. As I stood looking in hor ror, the figure vanished with a final wave of the arms. “I was too much astonished and stup fled even to make a movement of my hand toward the throttle. At that mo ment Jim had been bending over the fire. As ho looked up he exclaimed: “Hallo, Frank. What’s up. You look as though, you had seen a ghost.* “I did not answer my m!nd w&a ios full of the strange figure 1 had per ceived. "We were now nearing .he Roc!: Creelt where there is a bridge over a deep stream. I felt more nervous than ever, We dashed around the curve and whit? .1 by Rock Creek station, which is only a mile from the bridge As wo pasted l glanced at the stouoi ;uge for an in stant. A cry from Jim caused me to turn quickly toward him. He .-it rigid, his eyes large and staring. His jaw dropped, the very pic.ire of terror.* Ha pointed with a shaking finger ou' hi.a ' \. ! I, and then I began myself on the metals was the mo. .fide y . f . ure of a woman outlined on the la-k ground light of th ■ less, now whirling in a wi •*, 1 in all the time motioning us b k. "‘Frank,’ gasped Jim, u —,rc<iy above a whisper, ‘don’t \ r the bridge. Don’t go for h a’ sake! Don’t go until you are sure i . c ! "I suppose I was pretty cared. At any rate I put on the r all I was worth. I couldn't hav od ilia impulse to have stopped sr. “As we came to a stop I . ; I ar the roar of the water in !. k t : <, just ahead. I stepped om of the ab . • J met the guard coming up. “ ‘What’s the matter? What** *ho matter?’ he asked impa i i “I felt decidedly foolish. Y re wa3 nn ffiffantic women to !> ».i ■ Nothing could be made ca. • ;• \ a few feet away In the blin “ ‘Well,’ said I. ‘we’ve s' ni - - tb ng. I don’t know what it is-- a like It was a great black ghost that w ' \ i.g its hands and warning us no. > > .. ward. “The gu^rd looked at n >uily. ‘Are you crazy, Frank. .. I should thick ycu were, h re :-o near the bridge w 11 tap. =• i;.’ •We took out our Innt ■ nt ahead, leaving Jim with th. «• e: .» looked frightened to dc. : . . : 11 you, we hadn’t gone five rc . b .. wa stopped in horror. “There at our feet lay a 1! • k c hasm, filled with the roar of t., swollen with the spiing tail. ash 1 down toward the lake. i. * vvaB washed away. Only a few splinters cf ’ n i twisted iron clung to the aot ■ ■ jt o no*, far ou i 1 that awful black figure of a .mc 1 i again on the thin atr, r .lie shaft oi' light that j threw.” “It was fiinj ■ I wild glee. The guard t . t be chasm and then at me. " - Was that the thing J hi Vltt* you stopped the tiain.’ b • 1. “ V. b.’ , “ ‘Well, it’s sodv thing ’ ■ « •'•'•t* that saved us to-Uigat. i i.i; I . “\\\, went back slowly tr a, feeling vary queer and t :ul. ion. I cun assure you. Sever 1 p..~ come running forwatd iy t... fh >» Among them was a you. fc.i. • iro:n Chicago, about IS v air o v. no wn® Bmar tiiau tire rvaok *•. as »6r turned out. "Whin ae was told c? th" w. man ax black he turned and 1 do i be loco motive headlight. T. :i it '1D UP towai 1 ii. I tool I up 18 i so, and I saw a peculiar spot on he gj “'There’s your woman in bLckl’ .said e boy. , ... ‘And there it was, su • cnougn—mat me* moth miller, that y, u neo thore iix e frame, lie was cling.ng to the in fo of -he glass. As 1 tupped on loo ass the creature fi w back and *jgntcd l tho reflector. aatt ■ ■ • • •• . moth, by fluttering 0:1 the glu.-s just m front of the illuminator, had produced a great Mack shadow like that cf a cloal • ed woman darting in front of us, a . l w;mn he (lapped his wings in hi? vain am mpt to sail out through the gu. a h^ gave his mys'^rious shadow .-)■ • i i1 anco of waving the arms wildly. “Then when he flew back o i- oi direct shine of the light the figure >.:•> anreared, of course. ‘“We never knew just how ho g ,n there, but no doubt It happened when dim went to tlx the light at the rimp-ug St “A°nyhow ho saved our lives * y - ar inr us wltli th.tt woman in black. "So voo ■. o. why 1 keep the moth n the frame. I 's to remind me *u '«« wov" we were ^.vod that nigiit you mav call it accidental, bu: I call .t providential.”—Pearson’s Wook.y "a”pkrfbc BACK. Says a cek-brated woman. phy 1 an: “Th » first thing 1 say to a w .i. n she comes 'to mo for advice ami - ’> tion is ‘Turn your hack to * >; ■' It is ' * markable how few won. v.:c tnt ■'< good-lookinor atra’c • •" lv, with should r i,ip3 in dint. ■ poking, hips even, and no nr i • " ‘ . hi 1 >. i' 1 * sources to conceal an IU-fi;tin/ f.'-n g and hands, a bo v and the like; but the back i- hop and must he. abov. reproach. Th. bide is not only the rrucial test of « w , ' gown, ir U also the test o' ’•■*' i'i! anpeanr.ee. And goad bn A ’• 'T rar^. Watch women in rho 1 you will b surprised to see ho v •. w own one.” —-O'' .— A RUSTIC IDYL. (According to Modern Art by ’n rv-ct.) V bright pink ci>w with a < rri'd'd wo Stood tn f '."llow pool fortw? . And with a • .-gri -n tail of ' t • r** I»nt a cloud of ehocol.it* ill A frog as red nr new stv d y ’ Slum-broil: ly sat on th- dec ;- M A Xfle green goo-e, with an • 1 J> Picked at the grain that fowl. ■ A jcle prav a- • on violet 1<■r' And lave; der pigs on snow v ' ’ ’ T apped purple water from <■' Looking thirsty enough to drlol ’ • ’• And over It icing a cloud o' bi \mi ii sun tIr.* of an I b t w. _ While n rustic Jonathan 1 And gave to the who! :i earm: IN* THE GRAPE CO A li.a/.e hung over the dl " T A btm- as the sky above They >f ":r dqv strolled t» ’ brown fields. And ho talked to her < f lo * They rate ’>o herd to t’ N’or v.‘ . H her tiieir »•:;*' ■ He or.ot'rt tlie poet's so* And her cheeks \v re ,?ufr; Tr d. Thi!<: on «nd on ♦bov Till they cam>- (o th>- ru ‘ Ho took lior little white 1 Anri bade her rest awhii Then im from nmo, - - , : T.he f irmor popp< <1 1> "Git Out o' t'.v i, or T'll On you.” ho gruffly anH. Tho lover rnn like n f. ‘ r Dotiortlmr the maiden , And culf th »t h.- n< v tween That erstwhile haprvt _ , T . HT9 RULING PAS:?rOX. Proprietor—Pat, h v 'o you lilt-'* '-11 fight? t Pat—Oi only have wan objection. Proprietor—What i ’ ti- tr '* Pat—Oi can’t get in it.—San. Fran ciaco Examiner.