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Once again gentlemen one more
throw of the dice
The little group of soldiers was gath
ered In one of the rough huts which serv
ed as shelters near the trenches of Bris
tol Over their wine and play they gave
email heed to the sounds of war about
them In the breathless pauses following
on the roar of ordnance from the town
the dry rattle of the dice struck in with -a
mocking note Ufc and death out yon
der the men clustered round the daring
torch had -weightier matters to busy
them The broad wavering glare which
was full -upon them struck out flashes of
varied color from their attire half-martial
and half courtly struck out ruby
gleams from the -nine before them
struck out meaning glints of steel from
pistol sword and pike
There -were two men seated by the
Tough boards they used rs a table and
round them stood the others keeping an
eager watch The elder of the two was
richly dressed but his braveries had been
sadly tarnished by hard usage in lights
nndreels With his face it was much
handsome still despite
the same but ho was
spite his air of recklessness and the hard
hunger In his eyes There was a needy
look about him and his garb yet lie -was
wearing a heavy chain of gold which
hung down across his bandoleer He fin
gered it as he sat glancing down at It
mbre than once with the flicker of a sat
isfied smile
Opposite him sat a mere lad whose
daintiness of attire suggested that he was
but new to such scenes he had the look
of one used to more sheltered ways But
the rough free life around had worked
mightily with him and he showed the
traces cf a roystering night the more
because it was his first Hlii smooth boy
ish face was deeply flushed the veins on
his forehead swollen and his eyes bright
but uncertain
-Once again he cried somewhat hus
kily gathering up the dice in his hand
Come Armstrong you owe me some re
venge What 1 have lost more than I
can miss curse me The oath came
wiih a little jerk from his unaccustomed
lips
I will never baulk you answered
Armstrong gaily I can wear as many
gold chains as you list to lose or If luck
turn against me tush I am a soldier of
fortune theres as much to bo won with
in Bristol walls tomorrow Come I love
to play with one who bears his losses like
a man What will you stake against all
which I have won of you so you may
have -all again at one throwT
- Ay or lose all more like since he
plays with Armstrong muttered an old
er man So the cards were not quick
eaough for him Then advancing to the
group he added aloud
Assuredly gentlemen -we have both
diced and drunk enow for tonight If we
are to fight tomorrow
Armstrong glanced up at the speaker
If you break on my game tonight you
must een favor me by yourself playing
out another game with me ere long he
said coolly with a darkening brow
The other smiled contemptuously and
turning to the lad began anew
Enough for tonight Captain Thorn
ton
Ay listen to the good gentleman
Armstrong broke quickly in Tis true
Thornton you are something young to be
out of wardship and you have drunk
wine tonight which is no lit drink for
children so thinks your friend here
knowing you have never feasted before
save with your lady mother
I hold him no friend that says it
blustered the young captain I drink
what pleases me nor shall I pour the
third glass on the floor for all my moth
ers favorite poet doth so commend a
most -ungodly waste of good liquor and
he laughed aloud and vacantly
Good art a man of mettle after all
To our last throw then but have you
aught of worth enow to set against the
fair lands I stake
I will set of what remalneth to me to
the value of your stake They be my
lands though babbled the youth mine
o both sides
A silence had settled on the watching
group in which even the muttering hiss
of the wind blown torch might be heard
Then Thornton lifted the dice poised and
shook them stayed his hand an instant
and threw
Four and two Kay surely mine eyes
dazzle he faltered bending to look
So It Is said Armstrong My chance
now Venus be mine aid That Is all the
learning I brought with me out of Ox
ford So by mine honor a cast worthy
of Venus herself and he pointed to the
double sixes
Thornton gave a curious gulp and put
tip a hand to wipe the sweat from his
forehead
Have I lost the home farm then all
the fair wide meadows
Your pardon said Armstrong with
ceremonious courtesy the homo farm
was your stake last time
But there is nothing more said the
boy with the calmness of a sleep walker
nothing save the Hall itself and the
lands thereto which wo have held for
centuries
And that was your stake this time
rejoined Armstrong cheerfully For
tune of war captain
Thornton had got to his feet and stood
for an Instant staring his face stricken
still and ashen Then with a robbing
moan he -dropped to his place a half
pike leaning near him fell with a ringing
sound ICo one spoke and he looked at
none but flung out his arms upon the ta
ble and hid his face there A goblet -was
overset by his movement and the wine
crept toward him in a dark stream dyed
his hand in its lace rude and dabbled his
long -curled hair There was an ugly
mimicry in that red widening stain
A fair days work said the grcy
halred Cavalier looking down betwixt
pity and sternness at the lads bowed
head
Xights work you would say retorted
Armstrong carelessly The day for
fighting good sir and the night for feast
ingwhen we chance to be off duty that
is He seated himsnlf on the table as
he epoke and reached for a goblet of
wine Well that this was not ispllled a
rare flavor too there needs but a wench
to fill it And he began to sing to him
self
The ancients erred though they were wise
rlgnrd god of -wine
Tis a laughing Uh to fill the glass
Dotli make the drink divine
Let be said the older man sharply
Mock not the lads despair And mark
you for all your wit I think you have
most like deceived yourself and that
Thornton hath no power to dice down the
home of his race
Content you I am safe there answer
ed the Lieutenant- I am no hawk to
stoop at an empty lure
Truly then It Is a good nights work
for jou as you said I trust you may do
as well In the fight tomorrow
Armstrong sprang to his feet and front
ed the speaker the mocking lightness was
gone from his face and he spoke with a
deepened voice
You have no cause to say It None
have ever linked coward with my name
nor dared hint that I failed In my work
since Jlrst 1 charged at Powick Bridge
though I am still but Lieutenant while
our valiant and discreet young friend hero
is Captain berore striking a blow because
he hath a cousin can win ONeils ear
But what I gain not o one way I take by
another and so
He reseated himself his momentary an
ger gone while the other turned away
with a slow grave shake of the head
Armstrongs words were true enough
All men knew him for a reckless but
not a fortunate fighter He was known
by other exploits as -well the war gave
many opportunities to waste life and to
risk it and he had made the most of
alL Onco only Jt was rumored that he
had Jailed to grasp what lay within his
reach a chance of winning honor in the
first great battle at the trifling cost of
wronging a wounded comrade No more
of the story was known In truth that
much had been dropped by Armstrong in
a mood of confidence or a mood tome
said of boasting and lying He claimed
to have held his hand -whereupon his
fellow soldier had made no better use of
his triumph than to die that night on
the field After which Armstrong had
cursed the irony of fortune and vowed to
use his next chance to his own advantage
He would most likely have done so such
resolutions being of the kind which are
kept had such a moment recurred As it
was if he had despite his best endeav
ors won little among his foes he had in
an easier fashion won much among his
friends not honor perhaps
He sat for a while eyeing young Thorn--ton
with a sombre side glance The boy
moved a litle stealthily and slipped his
hand into his breast drawing something
forth which he held tightly clasped Arm
strong leaned over and peered at it then
he broke into a harsh laugh
Tush the boy is less green than we
thought Here he sits sighing over his
ladys picture doubting and right wise
ly 1 swear If she will have a smile left
for him now house and heirship are gone
Grant us a sight there of captain we are
all lovers of beauty here Show us your
pretty
He stopped abruptly Thornton leaped
up and stood facing his tormentor his
eyes in their reddened rims blazing from
his desperate young face
Curse You he cried in a high bro
ken voice Jt is it la my mother
The miniature dropped from his hand
and he Ills last shred of control rent
away Hung himself on one of the rude
palletsby the wall and lay there bhakerf
by gasping sobs
The soldiers drew apart a little mur
muring and casting curious glances at
Armstrong The sneer was still about his
lips as he picked up the miniature his
face grew somewhat set as he stared at
it but his color changed slightly It was
a grave high sweet countenance which
looked out a little proudly from the nar
row frame a face deepened and made
more delicate by the years which had
faintly silvered the hair After that long
look Armstrong shut his hand over the
picture clenching it hard then walked
over to where Thornton lay and stirred
him with the point of his boot
Take it he said briefly Then as the
other too broken for anger reached out
for It obediently he added -She Is no
Puritan Ill be bound she is a loyal
lady
Thornton nodded mutely
Did she strive to hold you from the
war
She bade me go as my father would
have gone fastened my sword and bless
ed me
He had begun his answer dully but at
the end his voice shrilled off into a mis
erablejaugh
Armstrong laughed too The wine had
worked with him sober though he seem
ed and he presently began to talk to no
one in particular
See now the freaks of that jade Fortu
na I -who am assuredly nor Puritan nor
precisian must needs have a mother
which was both sllfe yes and could well
have borne for all that to have her yet
But I was aye loyal to King and Court
and followed his Majesty once or ever
open war was come to catch five foxes at
Westminster but he had not stop
ped their earths So the Five Members
went scot free and mistress my mother
heard 1 was of that ungodly crew of sol
diers and bade me repent or But I
was ever a profane wretch amongst her
ministers an I let slip a damme I was
excommunicate and I could never learn
the Puritan trick of reserving all damna
tion for other folks So there I was out
cast and cursed for a son of perdition ere
yet I deserved It perchance as well as
now Faith Ive done my best since
then a son should not give his mother
the lie Tea cast out and landless But
I am not landless now he ended with a
-sudden change of voice Nay mother
or none your very ingle nook is mine
Thornton unless I fall tomorrow when
you shall be mine heir for other have I
none
Thornton sat up suddenly a cruel light
of hope flashing across his face Arm
strong saw it and smiled
Take my word fort my son he said
-with the air of one bestowing a benedic
tion thou art assuredly a very fool
Sharp across his -words came an out
burst of confused and clamorous sound
from without Armstrong straightened
himself and listened intently
-To your weapons he cried I thought
-we had an hour yet ere It was time to get
to our posts As I live ay tis from that
quarter It comes those mad Cornish have
attacked too soon Our leaders will never
brood to be behind To your men Thorn
ton if you would not be court martialed
A loud shot was heard close at hand
Somewhere In the distance a trumpet
drew out a thin quivering thread of
sound then another then u great pulsing
blare
The men crowded to the door The
scent of dawn was in the air but no light
The skies lifted as Jt seemed to a great
height looked infinitely serene and aloof
But far and near the ground shook to the
gathering of the army and round the
walls of Bristol bastions of fiery smoke
were a bullding The men pressed out
from the stifling hut pressed into the
cool Drop spaces of the night
Captain Thornton knew nothing of how
ho reached his men nor of how ho bore
himself before them and it was well in
deed for him that the darkness and con
fusion served him as -a shield Yet when
the attack was onco begun the eye of
his commander Colonel Washington
might have noted with approval the fcar
ltss fashion in which the unaccustomed
voung soldier rode into peril For
day was possessed by a
lng desire for death only slightly tem
pered by an instinctive dread of dying
and by a wish to kill if might be before
Ills own turn should come Soon sepa
rated from his fellows by the uneven na
ture of the ground they crossed he
plunged on alone A blind Tage heat in
him The furze bushes which checked his
horse seemed maliciously alive The pike
ulmf nnd slnint whiHtled and growled de-
Tlslvely about him with the evident
threat of striking him down before he
could make some other human being suf
fer as he doubtless deserved He knew
that they wore to assauiuthc line midway
between the two forts or Brandon mil
and the windmill which reared them
selves on either hand like huge sentient
monsters belching destruction He hela
straightforward In truth that seemed
as safe a course as any among the mani
fold deaths which environed him and
which despite himself struck Out occa
sional chills of fear that only deepened
his passion
The dawn had quickened by this great
shafts of gold struck upward from the
horizon cleaving gaps in the clouds whirh
soon showed wiee spaces of tranquil light
Isiit the dawn served Thornton only to
see how a soldier in front sprang into the
air and dropped sideways in a tormless
heap Bpforo he had steadied from the
sight he found himself at the outworks
There all was a bewilderment of move
ment in which he was swathed in dun
clinging smoke and dazzled by the flare
of the Hrepikes and the leaping flash of
musketry He busied himself in helping
to hack at the barrier with weapon or
bare hands as chanced bitterly resenting
the while the need of wasting blows on
mere earth nnd stone Then discerning a
sap lie put his horse at it leaped stum
bled and recovered footing inside the line
with a knot of the enemy charging down
on him Live men at last at whom he
fired and thrust shouting with delirious
exultation
Armstrong meantime had taken the at
tack more coolly He was used to such
scenes and the events of the past night
were perhaps not seething in his blood
and brain as In those of his antagonist
He was riding as a volunteerthat day with
Howards dragoons but he was soon forc
ed like the rest to pick his way singly
Chancing on some very broken ground he
was forced from his courso and then
borio back for some distance by a rush
of retreating men from nnother part of
the line As he strove to disengage him
self his eye was caught by the figure of
an officer mounted on a grand dark
horse who came toward them at full
speed Armstrong watched him ride into
the midst of a knot of fugitives with pas
sionatesuddennes3 aud sweep them on to
the attack again as it were by the wind
of his presence On he came near enough
for Armstrong To note the scarlet cloak
then a flashing glimpse of a keen dark
face with eagle eyes beneath the steely
shadow of the helmet The next Instant
the superb horse the officer rode reared
upright its face streaming blood and ut
tered a wailing shriek shlll enough to
picrco the mortal clamor round It was
prone In another moment struggling ter
ribly Armstrong turned and spurred to
ward the spot but the fallen man had al
ready freed himself and was walking
composedly forward his step neither has
tened nor slackened for the balls which
rent the ground near by
Take my horse your Highness cried
Armstrong springing down to make his
meaning clear for his words were over
noised
Prince Rupert vaulted to the saddle
yet intent on his work though he was he
checked an instant
I thank you he said In that ringing
vloce which his men coujdhear through
any crash of battle Your name He
bent down to catch the answer
Robert Armstrong sir
Good I will remember Make it heard
today yonder He pointed with a tense
gesture toward the lire ringed battlei
ments and with the word was gone
I am a made man exulted Armstrong
as he stumbled headlong up to slope
Rupert doth never less than hlsword
Oh fortunate dayL So that 1 am not
killed ere reaching the lines he reflected
more soberly hastening Ills steps to get
out of range of the forts from which the
place of attack itself was somewhat shel
tered
Delayed as he was he found the works
already in part demolished inside the
line had been well nigh cleared by Little
tons daring charge fire pike in hand and
the Royalists had swept on Armstrong
leaped and scrambled across the crum
bling debris and barely avoided lighting
on a fallen man who reached clutching
hands at him as he passed On he hast
ened the Princes brief words were as
lightning within him and he could not
come swiftly enough at Ids foes But as
he ran a faint cry of Oxford smote
his ear and glancing aside he saw a
struggling group of men at his left One
of them bestriding his dead horse had
his back to the earthworks and Was fight
ing hard against desperate odds He wore
the green scarf which for that day dis
tinguished the Kings soldiers Arm
strong only pauMd for a breath he could
do much he told himself not desert a
comrade at such mortal stress Snatching
a pike from the ground he ran toward
them shouting aloud as he went
To me brother Oxford Oxford
Then across a heaving shoulder he
caught a glimpse of a face he knew
The royalist had turned to him guard
ing his head the while with lifted wea
pon and masked though he was with
blood and sweat and dust Armstrong
knew Captain Thornton at a glance He
was aslciulcklv known -across the young
soldiers face set In the impersonal fierce
ness cf battle flashed a iook or Keen in
dividual hate
Better death he cried In a high
gasping voice and flung himself on his
fpefa
Armstrong hesitated his hand gripping
the pike Uhe boys insolent madness had
set him iree to strive toward the hope
-which made a beacon before him Then
another thought leaped to his mind his
face flushed darkly
Sht he muttered and made a long
stride forward pike in hand
The fight was brief for Armstrong came
fresh to the work and the Parliamenta
rians lenew that their fellows had all re
treated The lieutenant springing upon
them thrust one through the gorget and
the man dropped a look of horrible sur
prise stamped on his countenance Thorn
ton almost spent made Ineffectual thrust
on thrust moaning hoarsely as he struck
in an anguish of weariness One burly
frllow using an uncommon weapon a
short battle ax was the last to give way
When the rest had fled he leaped back
and getting at Armstrongs side within
his guard hewed at him savagely Before
the other could shorten the pike sufficient
ly to strike back he was off running at
great bounds
Thornton hardly realized his escape He
leaned against the earthwork panting for
breath his throat dry with dust and on
his lips the acrid taste of sweat Sudden
ly he felt a hand on his shoulder and a
hollow voice muttered in his ear Get
me forth of this the hedge yonder
Looking up he saw Armstrongs face
changed and rigid with no expression In
it save a blank endurance His heart
sank with an awe In which was mingled
something of physical fear and recoil He
put out a hand to help sustain his com
panion who leaned on him heavily
stlilly all of one piece like an image of
btone It seemed to take them an endless
lime to reach that hedge not half a score
paces away Thorntons mind was In a
turmoil of subhiding anger relief distress
gratitude Clear to him above all else
wae the pressure of that heavy twitching
hand on his shoulder
They reached the hc lse at last and
Armstrong releasing the other stood erect
an instant swayed and dropped The
hedge shaken by his fall sent down a lit
tle perfumed shower of dew and flower
petals Thornton kneeled down unclasped
the wounded mans corselet not without
infinite pains and made nn unavailing
effort to staunch the wound Then ho
waited mute and helpless The life ebb
ed vlslblv breath by breath from the soj
dlers face which was settling Into lines
of absolute remote stillness Would he
pass without a word
Suddenly Armstrong groaned and open
ed his eyes His fnce writhed with a
quick spasm but he made aferlm effort
to smile and then to speak
Thornton waited with shrinking eager
ness Death wasso strange to him he
was filled with a wonder and passionate
reverence which was deeper even than his
gratitude What words should come from
one who seemed already to havo crossed
ho nrtrrow immeasurable rift and to
speak from the other side
Was ever such accursed luck said
Armstrong feebly Tis I swear but
the hecond time I have served any save
myself and to be slain fort
The words broke so oddly across his
awe struck silence that Thornton was
seized with a strangling deslro to laugh
he choked it back almost bringing tears
ay the effort
But you will not die ho exclaimed
scarce knowing what he said
My aide is nigh cut through answer
ed Armstrong hoarsely
Alas faltered the boy there is so
much I should say to thank you-
For dying muttered the other Tis
not to pleasure you my son
Let me hut seek a chlrurgeon for you
exclaimed Thornton hopelessly It eased
him x litttle to make oven such an Im
possible offer
Or a divine scoffed Armstrong I
will een die ns I have lived And I have
my doctois here or so my good com
rades say of me With an attempt at
laughter he pulled out the dice he had
used so lately they dropped from his fin
gers to the ground
Thornton drew back The man had
saved him nnd was dying for King and
Cause and yet
Tis pity too said Armstrong half to
himself after today and the Prince had
noted me Its all a throw of the dice
But we have the town
The other could make no answer the
distant blare of victory was less to him
THE TIMES WASHIKC4T0ijtrSUNDAY JUNE 30- 1901
nt the moment than the last throb of that
defeated life
Into Armstrongs face was coming
again the look of n trrpnt withdrawal buj
he roused himself to meet Thorntons
eyes
Your lands nre yours he said
The boys face crimsoned then paled
nati Deen
coming
im nt thn
word to sink agnJn
But I would Uhave It so at this
cost he cried anflffer the Instant spoke
true S
With a sudden JftnOvement Armstrong
stretched out hlshan3d
Show me vf
The wish was nfver spoken Ills body
straightened sharply for the last breast-to-breast
grapple with death a wordless
breathless unendilng moment then it
shuddered -slackened His hand fell back
heavily upon the reddened dice- Dora
Greenwell McChesney In the Pall Mall
Mugazine
SAINTS IN IHEXICO
31 o rm onn Armnprliifr Colonization
IlmiN AcrosM fhe Itl Griindo
John Henry Smith the President of tho
Mexican Agricultural and Colonization
Company a Mormon institution organized
under the laws of the State of Colorado
arrived in the city a few- days ago ac
companiedby a numoer of his assistants
Among those wvho are with -Mr Smith ori
his Mexico trip are Henry Eyring the
Vice President of the companyj and A
M Tlnney who will remain in this city
as the -representative of the organization
The Mexican Agricultural and Coloniza
tion Company has no colonists except
Mormons Mr Smith is a -Mormon
preacher and his home Is In Salt Lako
City Utah The Mormons have already
about 2000 people in colonies In the
States of Chihuahua and Sonorar and Mr
Smith said the other evening that a great
many of the Mexican Indians wero mem
bers of the Mormon Church although few
of them enjoyed the church rights end
conveniences in this country-
The colonization company has been op
erating In Mexico fqr the past eight years
and it owns about 75000 acres of land in
the northern part of the republic secured
under special concession from the Gov
ernment with different Improvement priv
ileges The object of Mr Smths visit to
tho City of Mexico at this time is to ar
range some matters relating to the con
cession with the Minister of Fomento
The audience with Mr Fernandez has al
ready been secured and the affairs satis
factorily arranged Mr Smith said last
evening that Mr Fernandez extended Ida
wishes for their success and happiness in
this country and Mr Smith in turn pre
sented the compliments of the Mormon
Church to the Mexican Government
Mormons who are settled in Mexico all
become citizens of the country and their
record shows that they become excellent
citizens and improve their property in a
permanent and profitable wjcy It is said
although Mr Smith did not admit It last
evening that the Mormons are negotiat
ing for about 75000 acres moro of Mexican
land nearer the City of Mexico
The Mormon church has long followed
the colonization Jdca said Mr Smith
Companies are operated in the United
States Canada and Mexico When a
Mormon wishes to change his place of
living he seeks advlge from those of us
who have had chargjs of that branch of
the work for many jpars The
ages und opportunities of the different
countries are shown to him just as they
are and he makes1 his choice The Mor
mon church is a great believer In the ul
timate destiny of the American Jndian
and by the Anericat Indian I mean the
entire Indian race of this continent The
Book of Mornvini gives a complete histo
ry of the American Indians and -we be
lieva that events will finally show that
Jesus Christ actually visited this conti
nent In His oyi day Evidences of this
belief are scattered throughout the conti
nent Mexico not excepted In view of
this fact we expect to take a special In
terest In the Indians and educate them
and give them religious advantages to be
derived from our church government
We are making no claims We slowly
ingratiate ourselves into the favor of the
people among whom we live Wo abide
b the laws of the country and our peo
ple being industrious thrifty and honest
the territory inhabited by Mormon colo
nists becomes valuable in a short time
The question of a plurality of wives has
never presented Itself in this country
Polygamy is unlawful in Mexico and so
far as 1 am aware it is not practiced
among the Mormons who are already
here To Involve oneself by entering into
marriage contracts through the civil cere
mony with more than me woman would
probably eventually land one In a misun
derstanding with the authorities At any
rate marriage or polygamy Is a secondary
matter with the true Mormon The idea
which prevails that in order to be a good
Mormon a man must surround himself
withself with a harem of wives Is erro
neous
The Mormons as well as other churches
and other societies encourage matrimony
but It is optional with a man how many
-wives he shall possess at the same time
It Is impossible however for a custom of
that nature to be abolished in a short
time If polygamy has been in existence
among a class of people and a man with
a number of wives and children is caught
up by tho law it Is natural to suppose
that In the name of humanity the man if
he be an honest and true member of the
human raco will support those who arc
dependent upon him
The Mormons have been whipped many
times but they have never been beaten
Wo combine the spiritual with tho mate
rial things of life and this practically ap
peals to the common sense of mankind
The leaders of the Mormon Church look
after the bread and meat for their follow
ers as well as their Immortal souls The
Mexican Herald
THESE WEBE -NOT JEHSEYS
A Sensational Surprise CiiunciI by nn
Honest Alabama Knrmcr
For the first time In the history of
Alabama railroads a cow that was not
a pure blooded Jersey worth 5123 has
been killed by a locomotive said Harry
Jenkins of th Mary Lee Coal and Rail
road Company
As if to make this fact doubly ex
traordinary two cows have been killed
and neither one a pure Jersey worth J123
but both were just plain honest every
uay cows the property of an honest
man The story desijrves to be printed
in every ncwespaper and posted in every
courthouse
The other da a locomotive on our
track at Mary LeV struck and killed two
milk cows the property of Mr Glass
a dairyman -who supplies Birmingham
customers with- honest milk Not know
ing Mr Glass I naturally assumed when
the accident was reported to me that In
accordance with ihe hitherto invariable
custom the cows wero pure blooded Jor
seys worth J125 each though I knew as
a fact that they were just common coun
try cows
I sent for Mr Glass in order to come
to an agreement with him and compen
sate him for his loss for there was no
doubt that our locomotive killed his
cows He came ind Ve had a pleasant
meeting After the Interchange of the
ordinary courtesies I came to busi
ness
Now Mr Glass I began we have
killed your cows and we intend to pay
you for thorn What did you value them
ut
1 believe the cows wero worth 25
each Mr Jenkins and that Is all 1 could
ask you for 50 for the two said Mr
Glaus
Why certainly Mr Glass I replied
The cows were worth that But you
wont take It disrespectful If I say I ex
pected you to name a much larger sum
Certainly not I understand howuch
things are usually done Mr Glass said
but 1 couldnt accept more than my cows
were honestly worth to me and to tell
vou tho truth I was partly the fault of
them fool cows getting -in the way of
your engine
I paid Mr Glass his 50 and we parted
the best of friends concluded Mr Jen
kins and now I think the public ought
to know of this unique transaction which
is to greatly to the credit of a thorough
ly honest man Mr Glass the dairyman
Birmingham Age Herald
THE EAILBOAD POOE BAH
JFimiigrtn the Section Bos3 and
Soinc Tricks of His Trade
Sisyiwyupwwii
He Is JClnn of Ills Domain mill Has n
Supreme Contempt for the Gcncrnl
Miinnncr V Mtumiiotli nxnprKeriilor
But nn Indispensable Kmployc
You have heard this little rhyme
OS agin
On airily
Gone agin
Knnigan
After a ride of 133 miles in Finnlgans
prirntc car with nn empty nail keg turn
ed upstde down for a seat I am satisfied
that Flnnlgan and the men who work
under him are a pretty good set of fel
lows Flnnigan be it understood is the
section boss and a great man he Is too
The section hands have the utmost con
tempt for the general manager He 1b a
silk stockinged dude who couldnt pull a
hand car a mile to save his life The
general superintendent Isnt much better
and the superintendent is a sort of an
evil xhat must be put up with The road-
master stands well but the king of them
all Is Flnnigan the section boss The men
stand in awfi of him- and what the bos3
says Is law regardless of what anyone
else may say about It And Flnnigan
His domain is about seven miles of track
though where there are yards the section
Is smaller dnd his subjects number from
three to ten men The work to be done
decides the number of men In a section
The popular idea is that all section men
and Flnnigan are Irish As a rule this
Is so but there are exceptions to therule
for on the- Decatur section I met Louis
and August Gendvookonwltz and they
are as good in their -business as anyone
You can frame up all the smooth men
Jn politics and throw In a few bull con
men for good measure and they will all
have to take oft their hats to Flnnigan
lie Is one of the best all around exaggcr
iators not a mean malicious one nor a
scandalizer he Just exaggerates In his
business and he does It with a face that
would make an angel sob He will hide
material In the weeds and secrete It un
der the tool house and swear he used it in
the track not for any pecuniary gain to
himself but to make a good TsiiCTring
without much expense One section boss
built a sidetrack and as far as his report
showed he did not use a tie He had pur
16lned alotfrom another section and this
kept down his own expenses He will
tell the greatest stories of the work he
lias done andwlll always kick because he
has the hardest section on the road On
this trip I met forty odd FInnlgans and
everyone told me In confidence that he
had the worst section and the poorest
handcar on the pike
Some of the FInnlgans are pretty well
educated and one I met could quote
Shakespeare by the yard I found only
one musigal Flnnigan He had one song
something about a soldier with a wooden
leg who always had tobaccky In his old
tobaccky box and he sang this song to
every tune from Old Hundred to rag
time It Is not often that tho section
man- gets much higher On some lines
he may become a roadmaster but he sel
dom gets above a section boss Still
there are exceptions to this rule as well
as to others Vice President Hanrahan
of the Illinois Central was a section
hand General Superintendent Sullivan
of the same company began -railroading
with a shovej and there are others who
have gone up from the section but they
are not many
Fihhfgan Is a born knocker and he
docs it In season and out of season But
most of his knocking is against the
other Finnigans for be It known that the
height of Finnlgans ambition Is to put
up a better track than any other Flnni
gan and he does not hesitate to point out
the bad work of the other fellow In
order to help himself along He Is a
moat artistlo swearer also and his oaths
arc as long as his pick handle and as
sharp as the pick itself Flnnigan on
the average leads a happy life He works
hard accumulates a nice little home and
an interesting family and when his boy
is old enough ho puts him on the section
and instructs him so that In time he may
become a Flnnigan himself
The genuine Flunigan can be picked
out anywhere He has an indescribable
something about him that makes his oc
cupation known He can mount his hand
car as a circus xider leaps an his horse
Ho has a peculiar knack in pumping as
he calls it pulling a handcar that
keeps him from getting a broken back I
watched Flnnigan and three of his men
pull a handcar for eight miles and when
the end of the section was reached they
were as frolicsome as could be An ordi
nary man could not have stood the work
hnlf an hour
The amount of responsibility that rests
on Finnigan Is hardb appreciated by the
general public because the general pub
lic seldom meets Finnigan In his official
capacity and besides Finnigan is too
wise to talk to anyone he does not know
Ho stands for the very foundation of rail
Needed In Ills Business
lYam the Boston Transcript
By the way asked the saflron hucd man
Jhave you ever suflerwl from dyspepsia
-On the contrary replied the ruddy faced
man I enjoy it above ail things I am pro
prietor of an unfailing specific lor dyspepsia
Hlnxtcu Hopes
From the Chicago Tribune
Bride How delightful it will be Emil to
roam through our tropical plantation and pluck
the ripe fruit from the trees
Young Husband in some cmbarrasment l re
member dear 1 told you I had -1000 trees on
niy Java plantation but I must have forgotten
to mention that they are cinchona trees and
produce nothing but -the bark from which
quinine is made
Conceded
From the Indianapolis News
An Indianapolis woman called up her grocer
t telephone the other morning and after she
had sufficiently scolded the man who responded
she said
And whats more the next order you get
from me will be the last Ill ever give you
It probably will niadame said Uie voice
nt the other end of the wire You are talkiaj
to un undertaker
Didnt Lllce to Uidtiirb Him
CFrom Life
She When are you going to see papa
He I dont Jvnow Every time I have called
at his office lie has been in
Trnilca nnd Tricks
From the Philadelphia Bulletin
There are trieks ia all trades jou know
Oh yes a horse trade free fro n trickery u
something we cant expect
Hnnl to Ilcnse
From the Detroit Free Press
I cant get on with that jourig woman at
all
Whats the trouble
Oh Blie gets mad when I say shes mature
and she gets mad when I say shej immature
A Concession to Superstition
From the Chicago Tribune
Thirteen dollars and a half seems a high
price for such a conuarirtivcly short trip said
the man with the trailing bag in hU hand
We thought people would rather pay that
than 13 replied the agent of the steamer line
with an explanatory and apologetic cough
iJnfe and Snrc
From Harpers Bazar
First M D I dont believe in trying experi
ments do you
Second if D No not unless you are sure
the pstient will recover
roading and must he a sort of
He must bo an -export in tho scl
encq of lining up a -track his eye for a
guide ns ho fills In the low places and
reduces the high points Ho must be able
to spread and distribute the gravel be
tween the Tails and put a good surface
on He has to know something about
carpenter work for there oro a whole lot
of minor repairs to bo made He must
know something of the train despatcher
work so that he can tell just where the
trains are or ought to be and how many
there are so that he wont have a rail
out when a train comes along And he
must hae a thorough knowledge of all
train signals
Finnigan must be a landscape gardener
so that he can trim up the weeds and
make the station grounds look pretty He
gets Into the telegraph department be
cause he must repair sudden breaks In
the wires etc As the bridge carpenter
Finnigan must keep all drift away from
the bridges and see that the waterways
are kept open He must be In a way fa
miliar with the ticket business and know
how to handle freight Besides his man
ual labor Finnigan must be a bookkeep
er In his books ho mustkcep the time
of himself and his men the hours they
work repairing track nnd laying ties tho
hours spent in laylnc steel and iron
ditching ballasting cutting weeds
loading old rail loading or un
loading ties or unders loading or
unloading gravel making repairs to
bridges and culverts repairs to cattle
guards fences and crossings clearing up
awreck transferring freight construct
ing new track and work in the shop per
formed by any of the men -under his con
trol The track walkers report to him
and the crossing watchmen and the
switch lamplighters report to him He
must give a report of even artlcle and
they are designated under 1S1 cWcrcnt
heads received and used by him each
month In repcr lng ties he gives the
initial of the car the car number wheth
er the ties are first or second class and
tho number of tle3 He also reports the
number of first and second class ties
taken up In a month and finally gives
the total cost of labor on his section for
the month
Why Is It I asked one of the
brightest section men I met that you
are beldom made more than section fore
men
For the Teason that very few have the
ability and education to do more than
have charge of a section
In other words when a man is made a
section boss Finnigan has come to his
own and when he Is taken out of that
sphere he becomes a failure That Is why
men servo as section bosses alt their
lives If they were aalp to go up higher
the general manager would soon know
it and would put Finnigan where he
could do the company the most good
Finnigan and his men do not accom
plish such a great amount of work in a
day The work Is too hard An ordinary
gang can take out and put in from seventy-five
to one hundred ties a day and
put down the rallst as a days work Uor
do they cut a large amount of weeds in
a day They do what they can and not
try to hurry except when a train is in
sight Then they get busy for they never
can tell what ntilcer may be looking out
of the rear car window When they take
an inspector oyer their section they know
how to do It Jii jthe section Islnprime
condition they pjug along about four miles
an hour If Finnigan says Put on a lit
tle elbow grease there byes you may
Jcnow that there are spots that he doss
not want scrutinized too closely and no
mrtn can Inspect a section carefully at
thirty miles an hour
The manner in which Flimtgan secures
information hmurprising If Finnigan at
Indianapolis Is on the carpet at 2
oclock In the afternoon every Flnnigan
between this city and Decatur knows It
before sun up the next morning Talk
about wireless telegraphy It Is not to be
compared with the Information that Fln
nigan sends to Flnnigan and no Finnigan
will explain how it Is done FInnlgans
meet ntthe end of their sections
Well Jerry how are you cutting in
says one
Thats all you lcnow Flnnigan knows
the rest In tho 135 miles traveled J did
not find a section man who would take
a drink of liquor on duty They did not
object to soft drinks and I thought I de
tected a few winks as they swallowed
the pop and lemon soda at some lttc
station where we stopped for refresh
ments The rules require temperance and
Flnnigan sees that the rule Is enforced
AH railroads give prizes for the best
kept section Tho basis is ten and each
section boss checks up the other section
gives a certain per cent for lining up
policing right-of-way surfacing etc and
these per cents are added and the Finni
gan getting the best per cent Is awarded
the prize
No Boldler of the legion was ever more
faithful to his colors than is Finnigan to
his trust He will kick and find fault
and swear at the management but all
hours of the day or night he is looking
out that there Is nothing left undone that
might cause an accident He Is always
alert and the horror of his life Is lest an
accident should happen on his section
The majority of the section bosses make
CURRENT HUMOR
A Mntter of Discount
From the Ptroit Free Press
Strange Ladi Whats the price of sthi3 iron
J bedstead
Dealer Twelve dollars madam
Strange Lady How much of if I pay cash
Dealer Madam if you dont pay cash the bed
is not for sale
lie IVna Too Qniclc
From the Philadelphia Bulletin
Would you play a game for stakes
Kb never
faorry 1 was going to ask you to have a game
of croquet with me
A Prediction Verified
From the Hartford Conrant
Sccst thou a man diligent in his business
said the old Hebrew proverb maker He shall
stand before kings iir Morgan and the other
American visitors entertained by Edward Til at
Windsor Castle a few days ago have been diligent
in their business Thats why
Did Yon Ilenr the Explosion
From the Minneapolis Times
Even worse tlian tepid tomatoes is cold toast
says the Kcw York Tribune foundedby Horace
prceley And worse than cither b wnrm beer
odds the Boston Globe This explodes the
popular belief that rum and molasses is the only
Loerage affected by the Bostonese
Scientific Instruction
From the Philadelphia Press
Mrs Housekccp Jane are the eggs boiling
Jane formerly of Boston Most assuredly not
madam Albeit I believe I rrjiy safely say the
water is in which they have been immersed
Worthy of Dlwciinslon
From the Chicago Tribune
I never saw anrtliin5 quite o mortifying
severely commented Mr Ferguson after they
had left the church door and started homeward
as that performance of yours in applauding the
preacher He wasnt sajing a word at the time
cither He was merely looking at his watch
Didnt jou see how everybody stared at jou an
horrified way when you clapped your hands
I wasnt applauding the preacher Ocorge
replied Mrs Ferguson ready to cry I was
merely trying to kill a moth
He Gnve In
From the Denver Times
You growled the Great Man tp his menial
get a hump on yourself and push thar work
through 1 wont tolerate any laying back
You1 said the better half of the Great Mn
after he liad left the dinner table get a hump
on yourself and give me sufficient money to tae
Helen and myself to the mountains this summer
nrd hurry up about it I -wont tolerate any
laying back
Yes dear replied the Great Man meekly
7
A trip over their sections every day ex
cept Sunday There Is one near Indian
apolis who has bean with the company
nearly forty years and in that time has
never failed to go over his section at
Jeast once a day and always on Sunday
On that day ha will fill his pockets with
spikes and putting a spike maul across
his shoulder walk carefully ovr his sec
tion At one point along the road there
Is a dangerous curve nnd the section boss
who ha Itln charge told me that ho
never slept at night when It rained lest
there be a cave in at that curve and ho
always breathes freer when the storm Is
over and nothing has happened
Of course there are characters among
the old time section men The most In
teresting I met on the trip was Buffa
lo Thats the only name he Is known
by and he evidently forgot what his
other name was for ho did not tell me
He had great broad shoulders and his
wide chest was freely dlsplnyed through
his open shirt front His face was cov
ered with a short curly beard and his
lialr could stand a cutting His white
teeth looked like little islands of ivory
floating around in a sea of tobacco Juice
Ills attire was simple On his head a
wide brimmed hat that had been exposed
to the seasons for many years flapped
down over his enrs and coquetted with a
dirty bandana handkerchief around his
neck His patched overalls held in at
the middle by a broad leather strap
touched the tops of a pair of heavy bro
gans driven full of hob nails But his
eyes were bright and dancing and his
skin the color or tanned leather a com
blnatlon of a Greek soldier and an Ameri
can cowboy done in bronze I asked him
how long he had been on the section
Who me
Yes
Oh I have been here since last Au
gust
Did you ever work anywhere else on
the section
Who me
Yes
Yes T worked on the Illinois Central
and the Waliash
Yon get pretty tired dont your
Who me
Yes
Ohr Its just llkeany -other kind of
work -
r -
I suppose you will always work on tho
section
Who me
Yes i
Oh I suppose so -
That 13 the way he talked to me during
the hour we were going over his section
When we parted he hid my hand in his
great paw that was a3 hard as vitrified
brick and turning to the section boss
said with a vigorous expectoration
Martin this young fellow Is all right
He Is no dude
I raised ray hat to Buffalo He is no
dude either From the Indianapolis
News
3EES MUBPHY IS DEAD
Buffalo Mourns a Very Popular Bnt
Modest Monkey
Mrs Murphy is dead Mrs Murphy was
a monkey and up to last Wednesday was
a favorite at the Zoo Popular as some of
the other animals are they
popular as was Mrs Murphy She was
the recipient of more ttentlon thanany
other animal She knew it and prided
herself oa the fact but withal was a
modest moneky She had been at the
Zoo for a long time and will be missed
by thousands who never failed to see her
When visiting there
Tuberculosis was responsible for- tho
passing of Mrs Murphy She knew that
she had but a short time to live even if
allowed to linger with the disease So sho
made no violent protest when It was de
cided to chloroform her and put her Out
of the way quietly an quickly Her only
regret was that she must part from her
thousands of friends But she was con
soled somewhat by the Information that
she would be perpetuated that after
death she would be stuffed and added to
the collection of the Buffalo Society of
Natural Sciences So when the taxider
mist Is finished with Mrs Murphy her
multitude of admirers will find her in the
care of the society still willing to receive
her friends though unable to entertain
them with the antics that made her the
Zoos most popular animal
Mrs Murphy was chloroformed last
Wednesday An examination of her lungs
showed tnat th right lung was sound
but four fifths of the left lung wa3 closed
she hailng been getting air through but
snail part of one of the three lobes in
the affected lung Mrs Murphy had been
afflicted with tuberculosis for six or
eight months She was given to the Zoo
In March 1SDS She was brought from
Japan When the information was given
out awhile ago that Mrs Murphy had con
sumption a large number of enquiries
were made at the Zoo regarding her con
dition and they came mostly from among
Buffalos well known and well-to-do peo
ple It is a fact that several promi
nent men and women visited the Zoo dur
ing the last ten days prior to the death
of Mrs Murphy solely to enquire about
her That in itself Is Indication of the
interest that was taken In her
Probably 10000 persons went to the Zoo
yesterday a large proportion of them be
ing Pan American visitors The bulk of
the visitors however were Buffalanlans
who had known Mrs Murphy But she
was not in her accustomed place when
they went to call on her yesterday and
they were really sorry when Informed that
Mrs Murphy the Zoos royal entertainer
was no more Buffalo Express
Censoiatlun
From the Heitere Welt
The KtMan Here Ive run like an insane man
and stflf Ive lost my train 1
The Other1 Oh console yourself youre only
three minutes late If you hadnt run youd been
much later
One Thinfr He Probably Forgot
From Tit Bit3
Thomas who has been nearly drowned It was
simply marvelousl As I sank for the third time
all the incidents of my past life came vividly
before me
Dobbs brutally I say old chap did jou re
member that fiver I lent you last year
The Perils ot Tonth
From the Boston Christian Kegister
Contrasting the ancient church with the mod
ern Phillips Brooks remarked that the early
Christians tried to save their youmr men from
being thrown to the lions Kow ho added
we are glad if we can save them from going to
the dogs
Twisted
From the Catholic Standard and Tfmrs
Mrs Browne I hear Mr Goodman is engaged
Mrs Malaprop 01 jest
Mrs Browne I saw him at your house with a
yi ung lady yesterday Is that the one
Mrs Maiapror Yes thats his fiasco
An Eny Way Out of iTonble
From the Boston TranscriptJ
She And actually there was a lion in your
path What did you do
He Ob I merely said to the lion You ssra
to have got here first so it belongs to you
Then I took another path
He Wouldnt Be
From the Chicago Post
Let me sec the lunny paper urged the Kttla
one
But Im looking at it replied her father
Oh well she returned you oan look at
it after supper for you dont have to go out t
play
As a Rule
From the Chicago Tribune
In taking your daily walks
You all have noticed maybe
That the man who u always howling about tha
wrongs of society the Infamous money
power the unequal distribution ot the good
things of this world the exceeding badness
of everything that is the duty ot the op
pressed to rue in their might and smash tha
oppressors is the man who commonly per
mits
His wife to carry the baby

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