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CONDENSED CLASSICS THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII By KDWA.XD BULWEK LYTTON CtnUmatiMi J Pnf. WOHm ftnmdt Him Umtrl AW V-'Y: vS TY-vyvVWVVWVVVVVVTVKI Edward George Earle Lytton Bul wer more famil iarly known to novel readers as B u 1 wer - Lytton, was born In Lon don. May 25, 1S03. He was more of a prodigy in his youth and had a much more public career than most men who have achieved fame as novelists. At the age of IS, he dis tinguished himself by publishing a volume of poems and by falling so violently in love that he became highly morbid when Ms proposal of marriage was not taken seriously by the father of the girl he loved. She died a few years later and Bulwer said that the disap pointment embittered his whole life. At Cambridge,-he won a medal for the excellence of a poem and published another book of verse In 1827, he had sufficiently recovered from his premature love affair to marry, acrainst his mother's wishes, a brilliant beauty of society. The match was fore-doomed to be unhappy, for both Bulwer and his wife were too unrestrained to live together. They quarreled, were legally separated and continued to quarrel in print for years. Bulwer was rapidly winning renown. His first novels 'were successes but It was not until "The Last Days of Pom peii" (1834) that his fame was assured. Nine years later appeared "The Last of the Barons," which many good Judges have considered his best work. He wrote numerous other stories, novels of society, of crime, of mys teries, of family life. He was the most successful dramatist of his time. He dabbled in Journalism. For 10 years he was a member of parliament, was later secretary for the colonies, and in 1868 was raised to the peerage as Baron Lytton. He died on January 18, 1873. "'G LAUCUS the Athenian, thy time has come,' said a loud and clear voice; the Hons await thee. " 'I am ready,' said the Athenian. He had bent his limbs so as to give him self the firmest posture at the expect d rash of the lion, with his small and shining weapons raised on high, in the faint hope that one well-directed thrust might penetrate through the eye to the brain of his grim foe. "But to the unutterable astonish ment of ail, the beast seemed not even aware of the presence ot the crim inal. At the first moment of its re lease It halted abruptly in the arena, raised itself half on end, snuffing the upward air with impatient sighs ; then suddenly It sprang forward, but not on the Athenian. At half-speed it circled round and round the space, turning its vast head from side to side with an anxious and perturbed gaze, as if seeking only some avenue of es cape; once or twice it endeavored to leap up the parapet that divided it from the audience, and, on failing, ut tered rather a baffled howl than its leep-toned and kingly roar. It evinced no sign either of wrath or hunger; its tail drooped along the sand, Instead of lashing its gaunt sides; and its eye, though it wandered at times to Glau- cus, rolled again listlessly from him, At length, as if tired of attempting to escape, It crept with a moan into its cage and once more laid itself down to rest. . , "The first surprise of the assembly at the apathy of the Hon soon grew Into resentment at Its cowardice; and the populace already merged their pity for the fate of Glaucus into angry compassion for their own disappoint ment. The manager called to the keeper: "How is this? Take a goad, and prick him forth, and then close the door of the den.? ."As the keeper, with some fear, but more astonishment, was preparing to obey, a loud cry was heard at one of the entrances of the arena; there was a confusion, a bustle, voices of remonstrance suddenly breaking forth, and sudden silence at the reply. All eyes turned In wonder toward the quarter of the disturbance; the crowd gave way, and suddenly Sallust ap peared on the senatorial benches, his hair disheveled, breathless, heated, half exhausted. He cast his eyes has tily around the ring. "Remove the Athenian,' he cried; 'haste, he is In nocent! Arrest Arbaces the Egyp tian ; he Is the murderer of Apae cldes!' "Art thou mad, O Sallust!' said th praetor, rising from his seat 'What means this raving Y " "Remove the Athenian ! Quick ! or his blood be on your head. Praetor, delay, and you answer with your own life to the emperor! I bring with me the eye-witness to the death of the priest Apaecldes. Room there! stand fcack ! Give way ! People of Pompeii, fix every eye upon Arbaces; there he alts. Room there for the priest Cale nus! "Pale, haggard, fresh from the jaws of famine and of death, his face fallen, his eyes dull as a vulture's, his broad frame gaunt as a skeleton, Calenua waa supported Into tie very row la which Arbitees sat His releasers aad given him sparingly of food: but the chief sustenance that nerved his feeble limbs was revenge! "The priest Calenus! Calenus!' cried the mob. 'Is It he! No, it Is a dead mun !' -'It is the priest Calenus,' said the praetor, bravely. 'What hast thou to sayt 'Arbaces of Egypt is the murderer of Apaecldes, the priest of Isls; these eyes saw him deal the blow. It is from the dungeon into which he plunged me, It Is from the darkness and horror of a death by famine, that the gods have raised me to proclaim his crime! Release the Athenian he is innocent !' "It is for this, then, that the lion spared hi in. A miracle! a miracle I' cried Pansa. "'A miracle! a miracle!' shouted the people; 'remove the Athenian Arbaces to the lion !' "The power of the praetor was as a reed beneath the whirlwind; still, at his word the guards had drawn them selves along the lower benches, on which the upper classes sat separate from the vulgar. They made but a feeble barrier; the waves of the hu man sea halted for a moment, to en able Arbaces to count the exact mo ment of his doom ! In despair, and in a terror which boat down even pride, he glanced his tyes over the rolling and rushing crowd, when, right above them, through the wide chnsm which had been left In the velaria, he beheld a strange and awful apparition; he beheld, and his craft restored his cour age ! "He stretched his hand on high; over his lofty brow and royal features there came an expression of unutter able solemnity and command. "'Behold!' he shouted with a voice of thunder which stilled the roar of the crowd ; 'behold how the gods pro tect, the guiltless ! The fires of the avenging Orcus burst forth against the false witness of my accusers !' " The fires of the "avenging Orcus" were those of the great eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Toward such a melodramatic climax, furnished him by, Nature, the author had been spin ning the lives of his characters in the little city which nestled under the shadow of the volcano. The converging threads of the story are many, giving in the final weaving a complete picture of the life of Pom pell Its shops, tiny palaces, baths, forum, theater, circus, and all that daily took place In the energetic life of this toy copj of Rome at the begin ning of the Christian era. The story centers around Glaucus the Athenian, brilliant gay, witty, descendant of a nobler race frivolling himself away amid the coarser pleasures of the Ro mans, until finally all that was fine in him was brought' forth by his love for lone of Naples, who, like himself, was a child of Greece. And alongside this tale of love rrjsthe pathetic stccy tt JVydia, the blind slave girl, who centers all her hopes of happi ness in winning the affection of Glau cus. To this end she gains possession of a love potion which the opulent Julia has had prepared in the belief that it will bring to her the much-desired Glaucus. In reality the potion Is a poison which will drive the un fortunate drinker mad. It is designed by the sinister Egyptian Arbaces to clear his path to lone from his rival Glaucus. In his raving, Glaucus comes upon Arbaces just as the latter has killed Ione's brother Apaecldes, a young priest of Isis, who, much to the annoyance of Arbaces, has embraced the new Christian faith. Arbaces throws the guilt upon poor Glaucus with apparent success. But the priest Calenus was a hidden witness, with the final result shown in the great epi sode of the book. As the crowd in the circus turned their eyes toward .Vesu vius, they beheld "a fire that shifted and wavered in Its hues with every moment, now fiery luminous, now of a dull and dying red, that again blazed terrifically forth with intolerable glare. Then there arose on high the universal shrieks of women ; the men stared at each other, but were dumb. At that moment they felt the earth shake beneath their feet; the walls of the theater trembled, and beyond In the distance they beard the crash of falling roofs; an instant more and the mountain-cloud seemed to roll to wards them, dark and rapid, like a torrent; at the same time it cast forth from Its bosom a shower of ashes mixed with vast fragments of burning stone! Over the crashing vines, over the desolate streets, over the amphitheater Itself, far and wide, with many a mighty splash In the agi tated sea, fell that awful shower! No longer thought the crowd of justice or of Arbaces; safety for themselves was their sole thought Each turned to fly each dashing, pressing, crash ing, against the other." It was save himself who could In that night of horrors. Of the many episodes seen In the flashes of light wan that of blind Nydla guiding Glaucus to lone, and then leading both to safety, she the only one at home In the dark ness In which she had always lived. And then, when they had gained a . ship and put to sea and all but Nydia had fallen Into exhausted slumber, "May the gods bless you, Athenian P -she murmured, "may you be happy with your beloved one ; may you soma times remember Nydia I" A sailor, half dozing on the deck, heard a slight splash on the waters. Drowsily be looked up, and believed, as the vessel merrily bounded on, he fancied he saw something whit abovw the waves . , Copyright. IMA by the Post Publtahlns Co. (The Bottom Post). All rtgbU Nttrwi CHILD GIVEN UNIQUE NAME American Girl to Go Through Life With YWCA at One of Her Appellation. "We've named her T. W. C. A.!" said a proud young mother as she dis played her two-months-old baby to a group of girls at one of the many Y. W. C. A. branches in New York city recently. So "Alice YWCA Stambou llites" Is a real child, the possessor of a unique name which will always be a reminder of her mother's first days in a strange country. When Mrs. Lulu Stamboulldes, a pretty Rouma nian girl, first came to the United States nearly two years ago her young Greek husband, whom she had come here to marry, took her immediately to the Harlem branch of the Y. W. C. A. in New York city to learn the American language, customs and Ideals. He himself had found this training at the Y. M. C. A. Mrs. Stam boulldes entered English, art, cooking and sewing classes and soon became one of the most popular members, of the branch. Then when little Alice arrived the father insisted that her middle name should be "Y. W. C. A." and so It is and Alice Stamboulides can hold her own with Mary Armistice Smiths and John Pershing Joneses of the day. Shellac. Shellac Is the joint product of In sects and plants and comes from In dia. The lac Insects are about 1.2-r of nn Inch long, a bright red In color. They suck' the juices of pli.nts, digest them and exude them In the form of resin, which soon encases the whole Insect. When the young Insects have swarmed out, the resin is scraped from the branches, ground, washed, mixed with colophony and orpiment cooked slowly and drawn out into the thin sheets we know as shellac. SB's aroma creates an anticipation m '1,1 . f . f1 S ?- - jnur omy iw uavor can Tisry rn 5 111) o OC Tl is i a- xi i n t 4 V ' i r i ovwm u mm urc urtp-i I f 5 4k Charles Darwin's Boyhood. Doctor Hutler, the headmaster at Shrewsbury school, had often to call Charles ' Darwin (the most famous naturalist of the nineteenth century) to task for Inattention and laziness during his studies. The only thing that seemed to interest him was the collecting of caterpillars, worms, and all sorts of creeping things, and the risking of his own and his brother's life by dangerous chemical experiments. I001. PURE iiiii r Starkville. The consolidated school ( Marks. The Sunflower Baptist As at Self creek, in this county, was de-: sociation closed a most interesting and molished by the cyclone a few days ago, and the people of that community are preparing to rebuild on the same site. successful Sunday school convention here. Delegates from Tunica, Coaho ma, Tallahatchie and Sunflower coun ties were present. Sturgis. 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