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Published Every Thursday —AT— IUKA. « MISSISSIPt The new phosphate company recently organized in Florida propose! to do- I velop no less than thirteen thousand ! acres of phosphate lands. This is sn industry which has been productive of a very largo revenuo in South Carolina for a long term of years. Lord Tennyson, Cardinal Newman and Cardinal Manning, all of whom were supposed a year ago to be at death’s door, seem to have taken new leases of life, and aro stronger than for a long time before. Mr. Gladstone is in excellent health, and his voice par ticularly is better than for tho last few years. So well does ho feel that he has uo iutentiou of going abroad this win ter. Iron bricks, so called, a-e said to bo in satisfactory use for street paving in Germany. These bricks are made by mixing equal parts of finely-ground red argillaceous clay, with tho nddition oi 5 per cent, of iron ore. Tho ingre dients thus mixed together aro then moistened with a strong solution of sulphate of iron, to which fine iron oro is added. After this, the compound is shaped in a press, dried, dipped once more into a thick slip of fiuely-ground iron ore and then burnt in a kiln for about 48 hours in a reducing flame. Although English and American ex cavating parties in Assyria linvo been unusual lv hn.nvnArp.rl thi« war authorities, the results of twelve months are said to bo exceedingly valuable. Almost tho whole of Sennacherib’s groat palace a* Ivonyunjik has now boon cleared out, including tho library and chambers, and the result is that some 1700 new tablets, etc., have been se cured for tho British Museum. The Americans were relatively fortunate so far as finding things went, but they got into trouble with the Arabs and were obliged to abandon the work and seek refuge in Bagdad. The question of uniting tho various States of Central America into a feder ation is again attracting attention, and according to reports from that section it is probable that the proposition will meet with more favor than has been the case in the past. The rivalries of tho leaders in the several small republics have so far prevented any definite ac complishment, but there are now hopes that all jealousies will be healod, and that tho long talked-of union will finally be accomplished. Thera is little chance, however, that this great change will be wrought with out some disturbance or opposition, and already we hear of rumored outbreaks in Central America. It will be remembored that when the last attempt was made to enforce the organization of tho Central American union General Barrios, the celebrated dictator of. Guatemala, lost his life in tho contest that ensued with Ban Salvador. In spite of tho failures of the past, the benefits that are likely to accrue to the several countries by tho chango aro too obvious to permit the project to die, and the New Orleans Picayune thinks we nmy expect to see . tt revived periodically until it is finally successful. The following story is told regarding - the device by which President Harrison avoided the delicate matter of deciding whether North or South Dakota should be the older State: On Saturday the President, received from the Stale Pe £ pertinent the two proclamations defi P fient only to tho extent of liis signa I ” djiure. Tho question of priority at once came up, and it was found to bo diffi cult to decide. It was a grave situation , for the President to be in, and ho evi dently realized it, but he steered hi* way out without difficulty. Tho two documents, unlooked at, were laid face downward on tho desk on a sheet of paper, and then they were shuffled until even a thiee-card monte expert couldn’tteli “tothor from which.” When this stage of tho game had been reached tho proclamations wero turned face upward, but protected from the gaze of the President by the sheet ol paper upon which they had beon laid, sheet was slipped aside until the | I Will Be Worthy of It l may not reach the heights I seek. My untried strength may fail me; Or, half-way up the mountain peak. Fierce tempests may assail me. But though that p’nco I never gain, Herein lies comfort for my pain— I will be worthy of it. I mav not triumph in success, Despite my earnest labor; I mny not grasp results that bless The efforts of my neighbor. But though my goal I never see, This thought shall always dwell with mo— I will be worthy of it. The golden glory of love’s light Mav never fall on my way; My path may always lend through night, Like some deserted by-way* But though life's dearest joy 1 miss There lies a nameless joy in this— 1 will bo worthy of it. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox, it MKK1C MATTER OF FORM. Mr. Hardcash—“Well, sir, what in duced you to imagine, that I would give iny consent to my daughter's inarryinc you?” l)e Gall—“Pardon me, my dear sir, \ Wasn’t so foolish ns to imagine anything pf the kind. I merely asked for it as i\ matter of form. If you refuse wo shall marry without it. that's all.”—Oriv. A MODERN MAGDALEN. BY M. C. FARLEY. CHAPTER XIV. [Continue!..] Misa Ohidley, greatly disturbed, ad vances to meet the stranger. “My nieco is indisposed," the spinster says hurriedly. “I am so sorry, but if you could call at another time-” me visitor looked Ins disappoint ment. “Then I can not see her?” “No, no. Bhe is ill—most seriously indisposed. ” His red eyes twinkls. “To-morrow, perhaps?" “Poss.bly.” Miss Chidley is by no means certain in her own mind that he will ever see her niece. But it doesn't matter. The stranger turns reluctantly to ward the door. Ho is the same man who had visited the grave of Judith Donithorne a few days previous. “I am greatly disappointed,” he says, casting a lingering glance about the room. “My groat desire being to learn from Miss Lafarge the particulars of tile death and burial of a lady whom sho befriended at tho time of the late railway accident. 1 may not be in this locality again for some time.” Miss Chidley really, hopes he will never bo in her locality again. But she doesn’t say so. Bhe savs instead, and knowing perfectly well that there is no possibility of Biich a thing: “My dear Marion may be recovered sntliciently in a few hours to grant you an interview. Bho would be delighted, I know, to give you all the information Bhe can. The lady’s death was very sad. ” “Yes,” assents the visitor, with an other twinkle of his red eyes, “very Bad,indeed.” ’ Then he bows himself out, and Miss Chidley hastens to the assistance of Miss Lafarge. CHAPTER XV. THK IlUTLLll’S PJ.OT. N second thought Mr. Bolton decides there is no Very pressing reason for his immedi ate l-etuVn to the stuffy back bedroom in his city boarding - house. The nirv country inn, , in which he has estab J lished himself pending ’phis contemplated ne III II Rotiati°n with the * P ■ — P powers that be, at By ’ water Bark, is by all odds to be preferred to Mrs. McOilli cuddy’s fourth-rate lodging-house. The expense of living is no greater, ond sum mer in the country is delightful. Mr. Bolton already feels invigorated aud refreshed by the change. If a short sojourn in the country has dono done him good, a longer one will do him still more good. Therefore, though he retires at night with the no tion in his head of his speedy depart ure in the morning, yet the morning dawns and finds him with this idea eu hrnlu 1,..1 — l.:„_.1 Mr. Bolton’s first thought is of tho roll of money the butler has given him. He hastens to assure himself that the whole transaction enacted in the Park grounds tho previous evening is no wild chimera, or shadow of a dream, by drawing tho roll of hills from thoir place of concealment bo neath his pillow and looking them over. “1 may as well remain here for a short time, ” says Mr. Bolton, who finds it a matter of conscience to always pandor to his own desires. “Madam Dundas need not know that I am with in a thousand miles of her, and I’ll | keep shady. For Boo's sako as well ' as for my own, it may be ns well for me to remain in this neighborhood for a while, anyway; and here’s monev enough, if I am careful, to last until Madam comes down with that promised salary. ” The truth is, Frederic Bolton fools a strong desire to once more he looked i upon as “somebody” or as an attache to the court of somebody. Madam Dundas is tho great lady of the conn- 1 try side, and this lldlton is quite well aware of. Madam might and did ignore her re- 1 lationship to Frederic Bolton ; but ] Frederic Bolton never forgot, and al- i lowed nobody elso to forget, tho fact of his relationship to Madam. In the country, where everybody i knows everybody else, Bolton’s claims j upon the mistress of Bywater Park j were admitted, and he was treated with leference and respect by the country , people. This was soothing to his selt ove, and created a desiro in him to j :ontinue on in this congenial atmoa- | phcro. Moreover, M i littlo anxious to make .... _ quaintanoo of Captain Hazard, and tc lind out, if possible, llio exact con ditions of Madam Ouudas’ will. Uo was a good deal annoyed to find tlio man Hearth domiciled at Bywatei Park. Hearth was an old oll'ender, a: Holton had cause to know, and then was a doubt still in Holton’smind abou tho gen uinoncss of tho bn tier's allegei repentance and change of life, i H° believed Hearth’s presence boder . no good to tho inmates of Hywate 1 ark. If Hearth really had reformed I a littlo surveillance could do him n i possible harm. Y\ Idle if lie was up t his old tricks, the watch set upon hi movements might result in positiv benefit to Madam’s household. N iewing tlio subject all around Holton decided that upon the whole th best thing to do was to remain whor ho was for tho present, with an ev l upon tho corners and goers at Hywate l'ark. By this course of conduct h was certain to please himself at an rate, and possibly Iro might bo th moans of doing Madam a good turr which would result in winning the ol lady's forgiveness. This being his vie1 of the case, Holton made himself cor tent. He knew better than to iutrud upon the household at Hywater. T intrude upon Madam was to ruin eve to thing. Still, having tnudo up his mind to a< the part of a Watchdog, Mr. Bolto was faithful to the character, an thereafter, if Madam goes out in he carriage, or Walks in tho park, or rc ceivos a visitor, Mr. Holton secs it. N movement of the l’ywater householi escapes the watchful Holton. If Lo rides out with tho Captain, or walk with her aunt, or sits mooning trnde tho trees, she may bo sure the observ ant eyes of her father are upon hor. It is only in the actions of tho butle that Mr. Holton fools curiosity ami sits pieion ; and his curiosity and suspicioi rather increase than diminish as tli days go by. The Tuesday appointed for Madam’i narfv nriMVOS mill u ifoll nlnunlir no I., will, still nothing is done by the butloi to warrant Bolton’s open condemns tion. On Tuesday morning the light wagoi in driven from Bywater Park to tht bank, half a mile distant) presently re turning with a strong, .square box that is heavily clamped and barred with iron. “The By water plate,” Bolton says tc himself, as tho vehicle trundles pasl him, and his eyes light upon the box. “Madam is doing the thing in regu larly swell stylo. There goes the fam ily silver, and it is valuable.” Mr. Bolton's eyes follow the box lovingly, as the wagon disappears through the Park gates. Then lie turns about, fetching a long sigh as his mind reverts again to the box of silver and the ease it would buy for him were it his own, and converted into cash. As he turns away, his eyes fall upon the short, squat figure of a man who is walking hurriedly in the shadow of the trees. Bolton’s first impulse is to follow him, and he yields to the impulse. The stranger is some little way in advance of Bolton, and he walks with a peculiar, cat-like, and gliding mo tion. Bolton follows on slowly and care fully, and is astonished to see the stranger pause at a smatl side gate in the stone wall —a gate that has long been disused by the Bywater Park household. A chain that has groxvn rusty from disuse fastens the gate to a po-it in the Avail. Bolton AVCmlors Iioav the man will re move this rusiy chain, but soon sees that neither the gate nor the chain itself is a bar to his ingress. The stranger’s next movement proves that he is no stranger to the correct management of this half-forgotten gate, for he whips out a key from his pocket, fits the key in the padlock Avhich fastens the gato and chain to gether, and, presto! the gate opens easily, and ho disappears at the inner side of tho stone wall. Bolton wonders. He cautiously ap proaches the gate and listens as the Ioav murmur of voices on the other side of the wall is borne to his ear. There is a crevice in the high stone Avail which shuts Bywater Park from the public road. To this crevice Bolton "ml I To Ik is crevice Holton applied Iris eyes. applies his eyes. He sees two figures standing near each other on the oppo site side of the wall. One of tho men is the parly who has just passed through tho gate. Tho other—there is no mistake —is the rascally butler at lly water Park. bolton instantly recognizes the slim, black-robed figure'of Search, and all his dormant distrust is at once aroused. He feels certain Hearth is plotting mis chief, and as if to dispel even the shadow of doubt from his mind, tho lirst low words which fall upon his ears reveal tho purpose of the two plotters before him. “Yes,” the butler is saying, “the [dato arrived just now. It is Worth a fortune, aud must be bagged to-night )r not at ull. Madam has had it brought lown from the bank for the party. To norrow it will go back again. Ho ta light is tho time. ” “About what hour?” asks his confed .•rate. . “The party is to break up at one (’clock. At two the guests will all be [oue. and by three the household will ■5 . ,< a . ' .( J ( be in bed and Bound asleep. Say at half-past three. I am to sit up and watch the plate, which will be stored in tiie butler’s pantry as soon as the guests are gone. At 'half-past three ypu must have the wagon ready at, the side gate here, and tile plate will be ready. It's oasy enough.” “Yes,” the shdtt man says, With ( chuckle, “easy enough, that’s certain. ’ “Well, Well,” gasps Bolton undei ■ bis breath, "this heats roe. Of all the [ : Villains I ever heard of, this precious pair beats them all.” i 1 “I don't care a straw,* Scartli c^n i tinues fiercely, “for any Of the folks ui i By water. I’d rather rob them that i not. 1’ oiks that have must lose, yoi ' know. Aud 1 particularly desire theat people to lose. 1 hate the young lady . She knew me tho minute she put bet ■ peepers on me, and I've expected daily 3 to lie denounced by her.* 3 "Maybe we might carry Off the younj r lady herself," says the otlieh l3 "No, aUe Would bo a trouble. Tin . silver is enough. I'd liko to givo her i A little crack on tho head, though, jus , to remember me by. Aud maybe ] l Will.* v "He means Loo,” thinks Bolton, ni - ho gathers, himself up m a buncl ' against the wall. “Let him so muel J as lilt a finger against a hair of Loo’i - head, ami it will bo all day witl Hearth, or whatever he calls himself.' t Tho two villains notv walked slowly t along, still conversing, hut in so lo3v i 1 tuno that Bolton tailed to catch tlieii r words. He had heard enough, however, tc t enable him to frustrate their designs, l and this ho meant to do. They musl 3 not suspect that a listener had over j heard their plot. Bolton realized this, r uiid at once rnovod off do3vn the road, He was puzzed at first about the proper thing to do. But a moment's * reflection decided him upon a course ol : action. Ho went directly to the village, i and, hunting up tho village constable, 3 laid the matter before him. This offi cial determined to nntifv Plantain IP. - i ard of tile intended robbery, and then ' proceeded to lay a plan by which the '■ villains should be taken in the verv act. CHAPTER XYL k the robbery. YWATER RARE is brilliantly illum inated. Twinkling lights from myriads of Chinese lanterns dot tho grounds, and floods of light stream from the long w i n d o w s of the house itself. The guests are arriving, and the roll of car riage wheels along the graveled drive ishncessant. Captain Hazard has suggested to Madam that tho or dinary start' at By water l’ark is quite made juate to meet the requirements of tho occasion, and a number of trained waiters from a neighboring city arrive in time to help serve the .supper. The appearance of this addition to the usual start' rather nonpluses the worthy butler at first. But Captain Hazard remarks casually that he sent for them at the last mo ment, entirely upon his own responsi i bdity, knowing that the help kept by Madam would be unworthy so skillful a chef as the butler himself, and Kib bey’s suspicions—if suspicions they are—at once subside. The Captain knew, if Kibbey did not, that the new waiters were only so many policemen in disguise. But this was something tho Captain felt justi fied in koeping entirely to himself. Ho did not even take Madam Dundas into his confidence on this point. Very stately and dignified in her black satin and point lace, Madam stands in the great drawing-room and receives her guests. Loo stands be side her aunt, and there are presenta ' lions and speeches, and flowers and music and darn ing. Loo’s poor head is in a whirl, but she bears the ordeal vory well and acquits herself credita bly, even in Madam’s critical judgment. Miss Lafarge arrives late. She is fairly dazzling in silver gauze and pearls, with ail her beautiful blonde hair curled and coiled upon her head in tho most bewitching fashion imagin iwjie. otruigniwuy buo iorees iue cap tain to come to her side, aud hero she keeps him. Loo sulks a little; then she thinks better of it, and being really a girl of some spirit treats her rival to a glance that is intended to bo scornful, accepts Littlefield’s arm and whirls away among the dancers. So the hours go by. Midnight comes. Madam lias long, since excused her self and gone to lie down on the cushions in the alcove behind the long curtains in the supper-room. She will not retire. Notwithstanding her great age, Madam’s notions of what is due her guests will not allow her to seek the privacy of her own room until the last carriage has rolled away, and the last guest paid liis parting devoirs. Still, she must rest. So she quietly makes her way into the aleove, unper ceived by any one, not even by the sharp-eyed Kibbey liimself. Captain Hazard exerts himself to entertain the guests—particularly Miss Lafarge, Loo thinks, jealously. And Miss Lafarge accepts liis attentions with becoming graoe. She smiles up into his eyes and beams upon him in such a manner that more than one thinks the future mistress of Bywater Park will not be very hard to And when the right time comes. All this, however, is going on above stairs. [TO BE CONTINUED. J Oi n little Walter manufactures the most convenient participles for the oc casion whenever an uncertain verb gets in bis way. This morning he was obliged to pick up a large numbor of buttons which he had carelessly upset from their basket, and after the task was done he jumped up and said, cheer fully : “Paps, now I've got ’em all puck up 1”—Baby hood. The Kentucky idea is that this great country revolves around the whisky ring,—Macon Telegraph, WITH A RATC CHER. CLEARING A RIO Rl MJRANT CELLAR OP RO iTS. How Rats Are Cnugti nil Row They Are Killed By a Profession al—Weasel Against Rollout. At 11:30 o'clock at night, three men Stood iu a dark colour of the collar un der d large downtown restaurant. One Of the mfen catried a dark lantern. He Was William Penney, a professional rat catcher. T lio other two men in the cel lar were Wd'inm Isaac en and a 10 porter, The rati atcher’s dog, Kit, had wormed herself into a pile of baskets tilled with oysters, pded oae above the Other in the corner. One end of Kit Whined. The other end vibrated like a metronoiMe. Kit smelled a rot. ''Catch him, Kit!” :ad PennSy, as lie begun lifting down the baskets one by one. Kit bca ante frantic. Iu d few tnimites Penney was covered with C >b webs and oyster juice from the baskets. The swiat trickeled down his face in stroonis. Each basket weighed seventy pounds. 11 was hard work for the rat catcher. in the consre of ten minutes Penney uncovere 1 a fldur 1 avrel without .1 head. Kit jumped iiito the bh-iel and began stratehing at srme tire b.ioks that partially tilled it. "Watch him, Kit !’’ ra d the rat catcher, as he began lilt ng out the bricks one at a time. The scent became hotter as Penney lifted out an old table leg, two empty tomato cans and a worm eaten bag. iBaicsen held the dark lan t rn so that its rays illumined the inside of the barrel. Penney leaned over and lifted a piece of sacking. The mi n Held their breath in suspense. The:e w.is a whisk of brown fur through a hole neir the bottom of the barrel. Kit’s jaws closed upon two inches of a long rail and the rat disappeared. The dog jumped out ox the barrel and l-an winn ing around the e liar. A .joyful bark told the men that she hivi found the hole into which the rat had darled. It led into the ma only of the foundation. “Fetch the ferret I" said Penney. The ferret was brought in a small wooden box. Penney took the animal in his hand and stiokod its silky neck. Its eyes shone like heads iii tho light of the dark lantern. The f. net weighed eleven ounces. It hud been starved for thre e days. It was hungry and thirsty, Kit stood with dilated nostrils at the mouth of the hole. Not a muscle of her body quivered. She stood as if carved in bronze. Penney put the ferret upon the eoneiele Hi or. The animal stood st 11 for an instant. Then it got tho scent hot in its nostrils. With a slow, sinuous movement, and waving its head from side to side the ferr. t crept towaid the hole. Pennev pulle 1 the dog away. The lerrit enter.d the hole. The light of the lantern was turned full upon tho aperture. The dog resumed its posi tion. The men wait'd. .One m nute went Ivy and the second hand of the open-faced watch held by the reporter was fast consuming another lpinute when a faint sqmal came from the wall. “He’s coming,’’ raid Penney. “Get back, Kit; I want to catch him alive.” Kit retired reluctantly. Penney drew on a pair of buckskin glov ex. The sus pense was trying. Overhead could be heard the shuffle of feet in the restau rant. Kit panted with suppressed ex citement. Suddc lily a rat’s head ap pe ired at the month'of the hole and was as quickly withdrawn. The lingers of Penney’s right hand encircled the open ing. Then another faint sqeal was heard. The rat spinng outward and was caught by Penney. His thumb and : fove-linger encircled its neck and the other fingers were wiapjel gentlv around the rat's body. Tho ferret fol lowed quickly and was picked up by Isaaosen and placed in the box. The rat was in a vis >. It could not move. It palpitated with fear and expos at its ! sharp te dh in ineffectual remonstrance. It wnB placed in a i tout canvas bug and the hunt was resumed. Seventy traps, i a di nbont three inches in diameter, were set in the cellrr. To each of these a small chain about two feet long was attache 1. At the end of the chain was a small ring which is dropped over a peg driven in the ground when tho trap is set out of doors or in a barn. There was also a small iron peg tt-i/aujucvi lint) nirnu, WHICH COUIa DC driven into a eia -k m the floor to hold the tiap. Penney set these traps almost as fine as the hair trigger of a duelling pistol. He placed the traps in the run ways of the rats—along steam-pipes, be hind barrels, in niches in the masonry— until seventy-five of them gaped for un wary feet. Hy 2 o'clo 'k twenty rats had been caught. The legs of a few of them were broken by the jaws of the traps. All the rats were put alive into the can vas bag. At ,3 o’clock this morning the party left the restaurant and went to a room only a short dist ince from the Brooklyn Bridge. The room was about 12 feet square. There was no carpet on the floor. The only articles of inrnitu e were a stove and I wo eh iiis. The chairs were placed outside the door. The room wascoiefully examined and all possible' avenues of < scape closed. The, only light was fuin;shcd by the bull’s-eye lantern which was placed upon the mantel. Each man tucked his trousers into his stockings. The bag was kept in motion to prevent the lats from gnawing their way through the canvas. By this time Isai03en had procured a young fox terrier. Ho wanted to try the mettle of the animal. Penney opened the mouth of the canvas 1 ag, and put ting his hand into the aperture he felt around among the animals until he hod caught one by the back of the neck. He i-aid, as he drew out the snuealimr animal: “Bats won’t bite in the dark.” The rat was a monster. The experts said it would weigh eighteen ounces, which is at least four ounces more than the weight of the ordinary brown rat. Its feet were tied together with bits of string. Then the animal was put into Penneys to it po ki t. When everything was ready the bag w. s laid upon the floor and the rats ran out. Headed by a big fellow they ran around the walls, examining all the cracks for a possible exit. They made the circuit of the room twice. When they realized that there was no es rape they showed fight, Tliev made a noise resembling that produced bjr fifing a Biiw. Some of them ran to the men- standing in the middle of the I room and tried to climb up their trous ers legs. The young dog was then brought in. When the iafs saw the d-'g, which was held in tlie firms ol'its owner, struggling to get free, tin y ran to one corner and mnged theiiis dves in tWo irregular rows diagonally aero s the corner. They stood up and uttered cries of fear and anger. The dog sprang to the floor and - ru-h d at the rats. He taught one be tween h's jaws, but the others fastened themselves upon his body, banging from his Sirs, his tail and back. The pain caused bv the sharp teeth of the rats made the dog weaken. He whined and ran to Penney, who plticked the fat* from the brute ns if he were gathering blackberries. The rodents resumed their position in the coiner. The young ‘ dog wns put outside the door and the expei ieneed Kit was brought in. She did hot 1 tish heedlessly at the rats as the young dog hail done, but when f-ho had got to within three feet of the rodents tlie stood still and waited. A big rot in the front row, who eli de utly a de 1 in the rapacity of captain of the company* m e pted the dog’s im plied challenge and sprang at the ter rier. Kit was prepared for him. One snap of her teeth and the captain was dead. In tlie meantime the other rats had fastened their teeth in Kit's sleek hide. But it was of no nse. She stood still and picked them from her body one by one. And when they were all lying around her upon the floor whenever one showed signs of life by the movement of a kg or tlie twitching of a muscle Kit walked around oxer the field of battle and gave them an extra nip to quiet them. The dead nils were gathered up end put into the canvas 1 ag. Then occurred a scene of intense interest-. It was a tight between a l at and a ferret. While Kit xvns killing the rats, tho big fellow in Penney’s pockpt had chewed the string which tied its legs together, orawlpfl ntlfr and inmnp.d it ili*» flnnr Befoio Kit could catch it elm was told to lie down by Penn y, and then she was order d tiygo out of the room. A piece of eonrse sacking was then thrown down in the middle of the room. The rat in the me in while was making at examination of the room just as the others had done. After smelling at al most every inch of the bare board, the rat gave up the search and hid itself un der the sacking. Us movements could he traced by tlio mound like a mole’s track in the sa ‘king, until it rest d quietly in one corner of the bag. The fer;et was then let loose and it took up the trail just where the rat hid alighted on the floor and followed ex actly in the fugitive’s foot tops. Wher e\er the rat had stopped to examine a crock the ferret slopped. Every inch of floor traversed by the rat was gene over by the ferret until it reached the bag. A shrill scream of terror and anger in dicated that the rat had b en found. The rat darted out of the hag and be gan a wild flight around the room, Re lentlessly upon its trail came the ferret, n ver increasing its speed, but with a slow movement of the head from side to s de which was fascinating in its sug gestious of subtlety aud deadly intent. The circuit of the room must have been made twenty five times before the rat showed any signs of weakness. Then its pace began slowly to slacken. The tragedy was nearing its climax. The rat began to chatter ns if smitten by an icy wind. It t xik refuge in the cor ner where its comrades had fallen, with it. 1 ack to the wall. Standing upright, with drooping paws, it uttered a cry so fraught with terror that it sounded al most human. It was its death cry. The animal instinctively knew that its time had come. The ferret kept on the trail around the room. The rat recovered from its terror and jump d up to the window ledge and sit s ill. The ferret lost the trail and went snuffing around with its nose in the air. The r.it, had another pa' oxvRrn, and limping from tlio window ledge ran to the corner and up a stout, rough onne standing there. Heie the ferret found its prey, and it stood on the floor looking upward at the rat. Tlio two animals gazed at ra il other until the rat oould stand it nolonger. Utter ing another s ueiim, it sprang at the fer ret. The latter animal kept its fore feet upon the cane, turned its lital aside to * avoid the shock, and, as tho rat shot by, fastened its teeth in its victim s neck. The movement was almost as rapid ai light. Tho fores of the rat’s dgafUtfiM1* carried both animals six l’cef over the floor. The ferret threw one fore leg over the rat’s bnok, released the hold first secured and buried its Letli in tho centre of (he rat’s ne.-lc, crushing tho backbone, and the hunt was over,— [New York 8uu. The Biggest Ruby and Cat’s Eye. The biggest and in every way the best ruby in existence, so far as connoisseurs know, is ou sale at a famous shop in London. Fifty thousand dollars is tho price, asked for it. It is broader than a filbert nut and gives out a deep red glow. Queen Victoria sighed when she saw it and declared it had no paiallel in the crown jewels, and the Duchess of Edin burgh cirried it all the way to St. Petersburgh for the Czar to have a look at it. The world’s biggest and most beauti ful cat’s eye was taken to London not long ago from Ceylon. It weighs 170 carats and is insured lor 40,000 rupees. It casts but four opalescent rays, which are. said to combine to form one single stream of light. Cat’s eyes of such bril liancy are now said to sell for as much as diamonds. Ordinarily tho cat’s eye is considered only a semi-pieoious stone, —[New York World. A Diver in a Mine. 1 he first instance in which a profes sional diver has been employed in the mines of Pennsylvania iB that at Rich mond’s new shaft, on the outskirts of Scranton. The shaft is close to the Lackawanna river, and was flooded a few weeks ago by a rise in the river. ' It was sunk nine feet, and the water could not be removed because the straiuers in the pumps that reach from the top to the bottom of the opening became filled with sand. John Rice, a New York liver, was engaged to go down and dean - rut the strainers. He began the work and finished it in two days, and pumping J was resumed, k