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The Banner-Democrat. (Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, La.) 1892-current, May 15, 1897, Image 1

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It was late in the afternoon of a day tion.
toward the close of May that Brian ap- tho
proached Elmwood. A telegram, cent Mari
from New York the day before, had an- feart
nounced his coming, and, on alighting apar
from the train, he found the carriage Hi
awaiting him, and the old coachman he been
remembered so well beaming a smiling the
welcome. lie ft
Five years had wrought very percept- hand
lble changes in the aspect of the coun- ure
try. The small town lying within the face
shelter of the valley, true to its old CY
progressive spirit, revealed a wonderful "Thi
development. New and imposing resi- not
dences were to be seen on all sides. ple
Busy activity was everywhere visible,
and Brian began to imagine himself a rejo
modern Rip \an Winkle, returning to into
his home after a long absence. scar
Hii home? Alas! this was his home hanr
n6 longer. For the first time perhaps plea
the full force of this idea struck him. "3
'From the carriage window he caught alon
distant glimpses of Elmwood, the state- advi
ly old house crowning the brow of the a
hill like a sentinel guarding the village .."
below, its terraced gardens sloping to usut
the narrow river winding like a silver nevi
thread between its green banks, and mne
the splendid old forest trees clothed in Bric
the ten ler foliage of May. T
He sighed as he turned from the pic- wor
ture. He had never been particularly Brie
fond of Elmwood in the old days, the Br
country under no circumstance offerinj "I h
inducements that he found alluring, but
now all was changed The home he had gral
looked upon as his had passed into the m1
hands of another, and the knowledge w
raised new longings and new desires in san
his heart. wit
He tried to picture the cousin who -
had taken his inheritance from him, but Mls
his imagination could grasp nothing unt
definite. He wondered if she were tall unt
or short, dark or light, cold or affable, on
and then lie fell to flaining a face in his her
mind; and as the intangible shadow onh
assumed a clearer shape it unconscious
ly took on the form and features of the lad:
Margaret lie had left in the fishing town i
on Nantucket. sun
"Bother it!" he cried, gnawing his his
mustache with a ilerceness that argued for
inward disturbance. "The want of
money is the greatest ,ore under the for
sun. Ma-garet was such a dear girl. one
This thought coame as a natural se- thi
quence to the other, and he smiled at
the possibilities it suggested. the
Poor Brian had his faults; among
them an overweening love for his own
comfort, and an intense dislike for what- to
ever could cause him the least incon- I
venience. His love for money was rela- abl
tive, not abstract. Money could buy
pleasure anti luxury, therefore he dc- ren
sired its possession. knt
He had no ambition for the fame to
be won by his own endeavor. No de- bef
sire to take his place in the working wa
world and win his way in the struggle his
for prominence. Privation and hard- sad
ship, those prolific mothers of greatness, til
were wanting in his life, and the activ- til
ity and industry which Margaret ad
mired were to hint a laborious effort apI
that no after greatness could compen- pro
sate. His education was in part re- bay
sponsible for these ideas. Selfish and re
indolent by nature, lie had early been til
denrived of his mother, and in her per- ful
son, of the careful training and judicious paI
dicipline which might have weakened, if
not wholly Eradicated, these traits. tra
His father was illy fitted for the guhrd- ba
innship of a quick, impulsive boy, and
the injudicious indulgence of an old ha
nurse strengthened the already strong bu
characteristics. When, as frequently Wl
happened, Brian grew unmanageable,
his father was appealed to, and his se
verity on such occasions had far frontm "I
the desired effect me
Such a course (f training had a prae- no
tical effect on Brian's after life. When ch
he left college, hlie studied nmedicine, in gr
accordance with his father's wishes, and
during the progress of hlis studies, pro- wl
ceeded to sow his wild oats with such -
uinusual irnu that fro iuent quarrels be- cui
tween himself and father became the W
rub,. le
These terminated in <na more bitter
than all the rest, which resulted in n
Brian's departing for Europe, and his 5sa
father thi eatetinig to discontinue his al- -pa
lowance. A very direful threat, that I
enlded, as Biriani expected, in nothing vi
more than words.
Brian had been traveling several m
mounths when Margaret's father died and 'i
she took up her residence at Enlmwood.
Once there, she soon won her way to is
her uncle's heart, and the old gentleman
formed the project of a marriage be- J
tweeni her and his son: He died without
realizing his hope, and for reasons it
which lhe d(lid not disclose, he left all his b
proierty tb Margaret, and cut Brian off 1
with an income of $'2,0oo. Now, aftera
five years absence, the disinlherited son re
was expericcing the novel sensation of o
entering his old home a visitor. e
The friendly, familiar air of every
thing about him, made his sense of loss a
more keen; and when old St phens, who it
had known him as boy, met him at the
door with eyes suspiciously moist, and d
a face full of emotton, he found himself t
so overcome that he could do nothing d
more thtan grasp h th toil-worn hand of t
the faithful old servant, and shake it
with impulsive affection. e
Poor tephena," he said to himself,
when left alone to his reflections. IF
firmly believe ,the faithful fellow had a
tears in his eyes. Never thought I'd I
be so low in the seales that the feel- t
ing of an old servant would touch me I
so. I wonder if my beloved cesnin 1
realizea what she baa taken from me. a
More than mere money. Yes, a thou
sand times mos& She 'has taken my I
happiness. And Margaret-with all a
this I could have mxrried her. She 1
Itked me, I feel sure. Her- every atlon
told mee as much. Dear girl! how happy
I should be to make her miatree here. 1
Well, le is oertsily no use *ighlag
o*,.'aU~swbrnI .4wA,
it his
but Brian found it difficult to shake off Onl]
Sthe incubus of despondency and turn eion.
his attention to some needful changes me'til
in his attire, preparatory to going down w th <
to dinner. He was not a particularly an all
vain man; yet, wishing to appear to the memb
best advantage in his cousin's eyes, he in ratl
took special pains with his toilet. Hio "Yo
wondered if Margaret had visitors. Brian,
Stephens had spoken of the ladies. of mi
"Probably some old friend or chap- beg y
I eron," he concluded, with a last satis- ance.
factory glance at his reflection in the and I
mirror. comp(
lie found no one in the parlors, and, Brie
the library being likewise deserted, he answ(
wandered along the hall to a half open Margi
door, through which he caught a He
gha, pse of a black dress. objo21
He approached it with some trepida- he wa
sy tion. He suspected possible changes in Mai
- the arrangement of the house since and p
't Margaret's advent, and he was rather bowel
'n- fearful of intruding upo ivate passe
ng apartment. abrup
ge His hesitating ste ever, dinne
been heard. There was a mo ement in the di
ng the room "a cry of "Dear Brian!" and ITh
he found himself holding Miss Hilton's tempi
pt- hand, and gazing, with mingled pleas- temps
ure and surprise, in the gentle, kindly objec
l face. him,
uli "Come right in," she said brightly. of th
"This is our sitting-room, but you are art
!i- not debarred entrance. It is such a part
es. l slih
pleasure to see you again, you poor boy." M i
le, t is almost like a home coming," he She
to rejoined in a low voice, following her ituie
tointo the cozily furnished room. I ntuiron
scarcely expected my welco rom your wrieve
me hands. Who am I to th that
3 pleasure?" iatio
"Margaret. Poor child, is all
t alone, and needs some older friend and Ma
"te- adviser." answ
the "Naturally. I sup ose she is well?" reliel
age "Yes, quite we~ Her health is dinni
to usually good. St I think she has repal
ver never recovered from our late bereave- as PC
and ment. It was a sad event for you, also, hires
Brian." c
The old lady spoke f elingly, and h "C
rly words brought an expression of pain sitt
tBrian's face. tk q
e "Poor father," he said, after a second. cozy
bu"I hope he did not think me quite un- thinl
had grateful or unfeeling. It will be one of; Sbi
the my lasting regrets that I could n t be hurer
de w.th him before the end. I was travel- whet
n ing at the time, you see, and your mes- deslow
in sage announcing his illness reached me dept]
I with that announcing his death." jclos
who "fHis illness was very sudden," put in ing t
but Miss Hilton. "None of us realized it "I
ing until a few hours before the last. He lady
tal spoke of you most affectionately," she hand
ble, continued, bending more close:y over knot
his her knitting. "I am sure he felt that each
dow only circumstances kept you from him." Lefo
tu "And yet- " began Brian, as the old "I
lady paused. buvi
wn "1 know what you would say," she re- I lisa
his sumedl. "I do not think the terms of wou
his his will arjgued any want of affection thor
of for you. I cannot enter into his reasons, in 1
th yet I believe he thought he was acting oblii
t for the best. Margaret has never rec- ble
onciled herself to the condition of thin
s things." lost,
"I suppose it is only a balancing of mill
ug the scales," he said, rather gloomily. coul
own "I do not question my cousin's right "I
hat- to a portion of the money, but--" ly,
.on- He paused, either unwilling or un- to
el-. able to complete his sentence. gooe
"I think it will turn out for the best," an
db- remarked Miss Hilton, with cheery cer- "I
tainty. "Money is nice to have, I ac- erat
e to knowledge, but most of our great men ful,
de- began thiAr lives without it; and, by the stor
king way, in my pleasure at seeing you I who
ggle lhave quite forgotten Margaret's mnes- can
ard- sage. She is feeling unusually tired to- mac
less, day, and hopes you will excuse her un- T
otiv- til dinner time. sho,
ad- "Certainly," he responded, readily, of i
ifort appreciating the feeling which hal her
pen- prompted his cousin's remaining in the the
re- background until she should partly of
and realize his changed condition. "But un- clos
bern til dinnýr time I will allow my curiosity viet
per- full play. From all accounts she is a live
ious paragon. An unpleasant fact to me, as l1
d, if I shall appear to disadvantage by con- she
aits. trait. I fear she has started out with a gav
Ihrd- bad opinion of me." in i
and "Then give her reason to change. She tha
r old has ideas and convictions of her own, app
rong but she is just and recognizes merit in c
entl where it exists." con
able, Brian appeared dubious, the
s se- "Ideas and convictione," he repeated. con
from "I guessed as much from her letters to a fi
me. I think there is something in the
prac- name which gives determination of I
.hen character. I dlaresay she has made a
re, in great many friends her,." I
and "Yes, she has a winning personality,
pro- which never fails her. Colonel Barton ap1
such -you remember him of course-is espe- D
s be- cially fond of her. And the poor people sta
Sthe would go through fire and waterto serve Iom
her."' be
bitter "A Saint Elizabeth," put In Brian, rer
ud in meditatively. "There are drawbacks to sc
I his such a character. Is she very prim and pli
is al- particulart"
ihatl Miss Hilton laughed merrily as a o
hing vision of Margaret rose before her. kn
i "Wait until you sco her, and then tell be
veral me your opinion. I suppose you are ad
d and quite tired out with traveling, and in- fol
wood. te nd to settle down to a more quiet ex- na
ay to istence?" - on
leman "You think I've played the Wandering ve
e be- Jew long enough?`' he questioned. th
thout "Well, Miss Hilton, bohemian Ihe has
asons its drawbacks, certainly, but it is ne
i his blessed with advantages also. It de- elen
.n off velops the mind, broadens one's views, le
after and briner new ideas into being. We te
d son realize that home is a very small corner b,
ion of of the world, after all. It isa practical m3
education." E
very- "Ah, Brian, you are at your old tricks
f loss again. You can always find arguments aI
s, who in favor of what you like."
at the Brian laughed. "I think we can all in
,t, and do that, Miss Hilton. Now tell me the i se
imself news. The Lady Teazles are not all b,
,thing dead, I suppose?.."
and of "Unfortunately, no; they appear to i s1
ake it thrive on this air. I really don't know 0
of much particular news, though. Peo
nself, pie get married, babfes are boeh, and "i
s,. "I people die. That is about all they it
w had seem to do around here. Of course you t
ht I'd have not forgotten Col. Barton. His o
feel- temper is as peppery as ever, I think. d
ch me His niece is living witif him. She is
cousin rather a pretty girl, though poor, I im
i n me. agL e.
thou- Bertie is studying law with an old
an friend in New York. I shouldn't be at
Lh all all jurprised to hear of an engagement y
She betweln Alice anshlm one of these fine r
action days, though that is merely supposItion o
er. I Margatrt.u "
Ighing Brian loohsa up. querl y t 1
it his eager expectancy gave way to A
consteruna on. He found his eyes
meeting those of Margaret Smith.
Incapable of speech, he could only KING,
stare upon the seeming apparition, while
Miss Hilton gazed helplessly fromn his
disturbed face to Margaret's cold, im
penetrable one. & Dial
Only Margaret was equal to the onca- nit
s!on. She had prepared herself for this
me.ting, and advancing toward Brian
with easy self-possession, though with
an air and expression that told of re
membrance, she took his hand, saying F ]
in rather conventional tones: ti
" You are welcome to Elmwood, Cousin
Brian, though I hope you need no words
of mine to assure you of that. I must a
beg your pardon for my late appear- attroci
ance. Miss Hilton gave you my excuse, will ge
and I am sure her presenc t than generc
compensated for my abse thouag
Brian tried to make so aible will d
answer, but he was not vei essful. in add
Margaret was amply revenged. her su
a He wondered if revenge had been her
obeo2t in bringing him here. Just now will o
he was willing to believe anything. able ri
° Margaret saw his inquiring ce, will at
e and probably guessed his thoug he of thi
r bowed her head, while a d sh long
e passed over her face. Then, turning and ht
abruptly with the announcement that The
dinner was served, she led the way to the cc
the dining room. slave
'Ihe many excellent dishes failed to Slaves
tempt Brian's appetite. While he found social
himself unable to penetrate Margaret's
object in concealing her identity from Itsp
him, he had an unpleasant remembrance away
of their last meeting, the despicable tentia
a part he had played, and the contempt modit
she had manifested toward him. in not
Miss Hilton Watched him narrowly. for th
°_ She was much mystified, but with an in tht
intuitive tense that something was
wrong, she made laudable efforts to re- being
t lieve the strained condition of things by jTe1
introducing various subjects of conver- itea
sation. two I
SMargaret seconded her ably, but Brian coast
answered in monosyllables. It was a given
relief to him, if not to all parties, when they
is dinner came to an end, and they at last the n
i repaired to the Farlors, where, as soon Daho
. as politeness permitted, Brian excused Galls
hinmself on the plea of fatigue and sought that
a welcome solitude of his room.
"Comne, Miss Hilton," cried Margaret cone]
hen they were alone, "lot us go to our the p
sitting-room. It is ever so much more Ad
d. cozy than these bare parlors. Don't you more
think so?" but a
She did not wait for an answer, but Capt,
of hurried off to the room in. question, the
- where Miss Hilton, following more e
slowly, found her ensconced in the
s depths of a large rocking chair, bending king
°e closely over a book which she was hold- clay
in ing ukside down. posal
it "Tell me all about it," said the old be sa
le lady, gently taking the book from her man
he hands and placing it on the table. "You week
er know we agreed to have no secrets from that
at each other. You and Brian have met hout
. Lefore to-night." muti
id "Yes," answered Margaret, slowly bodi
buying her face in her hands, "and, oh, been
e- iss Hilton, I did not think the day W
of would ever come when I should feel so
on thoroughly humbled. I had rather beL
is, in the streets than feel my sense of with
ng obligation to him. He thinks me capa- and
'c- ble of stooping to seek revenge. He the
of thinks I am en.oying the money he has ahoo
lost, but, ah, if he knew what bitter hu- cent
of miliation its possession is to me, he elan]
ly. could wish no sweeter revenge."
ht "'Revenge, Margaret? You talk wild
I ly. my dear child. I'm afraid that trip bavi
in- to S'conset did you more harm than how
good. I can very safely say that such is e
t," an idea has not entered Brian's mind." are
r- "Perhaps not," replied Margaret, mis- the
tc-n erably. "I do not think he is revenge- and
en ful, but- I will tell you the whole
:he story, Miss Hilton. How we met, and Polk
I what passed between us, and then you The
s- can understand how circumstances have drel
to- made my old regret more bitter." muc
n- Then, with her head on Miss Hilton's slav
shoulder, and her hand clasped in that of tl
oy, of the dear friend who had never failed slav
l1 her in any difficulty, Margaret told of
the the meeting on the beach at S'conset,
tly of the long and pleasant hours of a coni
in. close companionship, and of the inter- For
ity view which marked an epoch in two beel
3 a lives. kinj
as Miss Hilton listened quietly, and if as 1
)n- she guessed what was left untold, she rich
h a gave no hint. She talked to Margaret Afri
in her easy, gentle way. She said all
the that was possib!e in Bran's favor, but
vn, apparently her words were ineffectual
-rit iuchanging Margaret's ideas, and she in
confessed to herself with a sigh that viu
the unfortunate meeting- had been a don
ed. contretemps indeed, and a severe if not is s
to a fatal blow to her crushed hopes. and
ofi ' _ ____ ____ __ of I
a Arlstocracy Open to Offers. gas
SThe following advertisement lately as
appeared in an English newspaper: stes
pe- "Directors wanted of good social wel
>ple standing for a new company now in in a
crve course of formation; qualification will F
be found for selected applicants, and smc
ian, remuneration will be on a liberal dea
sto scale." To this there were 141 re- to
and plies received; one earl, one viscount, are
four barons, seven baronets, one but
her. knight, thirteen honorables, six mem- wit
tell bers of parliament, four generals, one rap
are admiral, nine colonels, four majors, bri
in- fourteen army captains, three minor doi
ex- naval otfficers, and seventy-three with- I
out rank or title. There were some the
ring very amusing letters accompanying em
h the applications. The earl said: "I fire
Sis need not point out that, should you des
de- I.entertdin my proposal, an important oit,
ews, leverage in procuring a good subscrip- ho:
We tion of public capital will be gained mc
r ier by my title, which is an old one, and the
tical likely to prove an attraction to in- ex0
s estors. I may also state that if i
at ppointed I should always make it a
point of driving to the general meet- an
n all ings in my brougham and pair, with Be
a the servants in full livery. This, I have tw
Sall been told by friends sitting on com- im
pany beards, is a great factor in in- ge
r to I spiringshareholders witliconfidence." be
ro- One (if the barons wanted to know
and "if the fees were paid in advance,
they irrespective of any profits made by da
ayou the company." One of the members he
His of parliament wrote that he had no am
hink. doubt that, if he were appointed, it th
he i would result in heavy parchases of lu
I im- shares in his constituency, wnere he a
a old was very popular. "And," he added, c
be at "i, would be well if the bona-ides of
ment your scheme were assured--at any is
e ine rate on the surface." The last part as
ition of the sentcce would eem to rtther w
here give the virtuous legislator away, as pi
b evidrntly did not care whtethe b
th Sbe1ae Was good aoC SLt.--)0a
The w
A Distinguished and Brutal Can- ere, l
nibal-In His Possession Ara appeti
Stores of Ivory Worth warric
Many Millions. Benin
F England makes good its inten- outior
tion to punish King Obbah of on a
Benin for the recent massacre of stroke
an unarmed expedition, the most pit du
attrocious of the African monarchs The
will get a taste of the Wiserf he has so life i
generously bestowed upon tens of monsi
thousands of others. An*$hat England form
will do this there is little doubt, for ber of
in addition to avenging the deaths of it is
her subjects, the conquest of Benin empl
will open up a country of immeasur- the pi
able richness. Not only this, but it the u
will abolish one of the central points Kit
a of the slave traffic in Africa, and go a with
1 long way towards crushing cannibalism some
I and human sacrifice. of his
t The domain of King Obbah forms fuoct
e the central section of the notorious tickle
slave coast of the Gulf of Guinea. servi
d Slavery is a formidable part of the king
social fabric of this African kingdom. state,
It supplies a currency system; it does and c
a away with the need of jails or peni
e tentiaries; it is an exchangeable com
dt modity for the riches of the slave cities On
in northern Africa, and forms a dbhme the e
for the disposition of captives made howe
in the petty wars which are constantly grass
s being waged. no'w
Very few white men have ever vie- only
- itei the city of Benin, located some Rico.
two hundred miles inland from the As
,n coast. Even the missionaries have grou
a given the city a wide berth, although land,
a they have penetrated to all parts of Two
st the neighboring kingdom of Ashantee, inch
in Dahomey and Brass. Captain H. L. sepal
,d Gallway, the British Vice Consul of Rayl
that district, visited the place and An
at concluded a treaty with King Adola, the
ir the predecessor of Obbah. Bahs
re Adola was reckoned to be a much Barb
u more humane monarch than Obtah, Anti
but some of the things witnessed by dad
ut Captain Gallway seem to have reached Ti
', the pinnacle of outrageous barbarism. owns
ro He reached the city at night, and the Bart
ie king cordially placed a house of red latte
.- clay with a thatched roof at his dis- w
posal. In the morning the first thing her I
Id he saw was the body of a crucified wo- Fi
er man who had been sacrificed some two to
au weeks before, according to fetich rites, Boni
m that the rain might stop. Nearer his Mar
et house were two bodies frfghtfully are'
mutilated, and further away were the TI
ly bodies of two other women who had Crnm
'h, been crucified. Gi
a When he examined his own househe toge
found that the walls were adorned mile
of with' many human skulls and bones, inbs
a- and there were many bloodstains on Brit
3o the wall, some of them quite fresh, and
as showing that the two rooms had re- 110i
- cently been the ecene of some wild hab
he slaughter. and
d- The city of Benin is quite extensive, 223
rip having twelve or fifteen hundred itan
an houses of clay. What the population Hai
ch is can only be conjectured, as the men squ
are constantly going on expeditions in itat
the country. The number of women V
and children in the city is very great. und
ad Polygamy is extensively practiced. onl;
ou The fathers look upon the girl chil. the
Eve dren as so much property,. or as so San
much money. They are virtually f
's slaves from birth, and eventually many w
at of them are sold by the dealers in the the
ed slave marts of Morooco. 000
of It is believed that the city of'Benin ital
e contains fabulous amounts of ivory. F
or- For many generations the natives have ser
wo been compelled to give the reigning wel
king a certain amount of ivory, and, Cul
if as the surrounding country is the tioc
she richest in elephants of any section of
ret Africa, the accumulation of tasks is
all figured to be immense.
uai When Captain Gallway visited the Sta
she king's palace he saw enough to con- err
hat vince him that the ivory of the king- 18:
a dom was worth millions. The palace 1
not is surrounded by high walls of clay, in
and in the inclosure were numbers of In
shrines of carved tusks, some of them Te:
of prodigious size. Each shrine was To
guarded day and night by attendants, of
ely as the average native is not above caj
er: stealing from his king, although he rit
ial well knows that detection means death an
in in a horrible form. on
Kill King Obbah has some pieces of me
and smooth-bore cannon, and the slave th
ral dealers have taught his soldiers how In
re- to manage them. Some of his soldier inl
at, are also armed with old-style ridfles, cal
one but the bulk of them are armed merely ph
em- with native weapons. Against the tic
one rapid-fire guns which the English will sri
ors, bring against them they will be mowed Ti
nor down like grass. 18
ith- In the campaign against Prempeh th
nne the English won a bloodless victory by wl
ing employing pyrotechnics at night. The Tr
"I fireworks scared the natives almost to 18
you death, and depopulated the capital go
ant city of Kumasi in less than half an of
rip- hour. King OBbah, however, has had bh
ned more experience In modern warfare b1
and than the Ashantee king, and it is to be vs
in. expected he will make a more stubborn es
t if fight. th
it a To punish King Obbah will not be m
eet- an easy matter. To reach the city of 1
with Benin means a march of more than
have two hundred miles through an almost t
om- impenetrable country, where the dan- hi
a in- ger of falling into an ambuscade will eN
ie." be great. Tqeo guard again this rapid S
fnow fing guns will be employed nearly
ne, every minute in the march of many
e by days. A number of these guns will be P
bers kept in the van of the invading force,
a no and thousands of shots will be fired
d, it through the thick brush to elesr it of f
asof lurking savages. In this way a fairly U
e he safe road will be plowed through the t1
Ided, oountrv for the English. d
as of Among the Benin warliore cannibal
any lamis rife. Animal flesh is designated
part as coming from dumb, inferior brates,
wther while human flesh is regarded as the a
y, as proper meat foi great soldieras The I
the? bodies of enemies kil:ed in battle, ev~n r
uau trea t distances from the oit7,ro c
n··B·l~la-~.u~·~~c e
for the purpose of supplying the
population with an immense feasting.
The warriors eat first," then the male
children are fed, while the women and fIU34
small girls receive the leavings.
During the brief intervals of peace,
when there is a scarcity of war pkison- Lmped
era, slaves are saorificed toappease the _V
appetites of the king and his leading
warriors. The execution ground in
Benin is near the king's palace. De
capitation is the common form of exe
cution, the victim's head being placed
f on a block, and when it falls oft at the Doi
f stroke of a native knife, it rolls into a angry
t pit dug for its reception. Cay
S The wanton 'destruction of human 'hing
o life is one of the" pleasures of this
f monster'monarch. His most common
d form of amusement is to assign a num- Ha
r ber of slaves to dig a deep hole. When can k
if it is so deep that ladders have to be
n employed for the men to get out of Wi
t. the pit, the ladders are drawn up and mone
it the unfortunates left to die. Life.
ts King Obbah, through his dealings
a with Asiatic slaves, has contracted
n some luxurious Oriental customs: One
of his most important attendants is a
is functionary whose sole duty is to out.
is tickle the soles of the royal feet. This I call
,, service is always performed for the "
e king while he is attending to affairs of Up a
., state, seated on his throne of ivory Time
as and coral.
The West ies.
as Only a few years ago Spain owned a ges
ie the entire West Indies. One by one, "(
le however, she has relinquished her "
ly grasp upon these fair islands, until eand,
no'w her possessions are restricted to Chil
s- only two of them-Cuba and Porto
me Rico.
tie As to the other members of the Sp
re group they belong severally to Eng. for y
)h land, France, Holland and Denmark. scrij
of Two of the islands, however, are not yoni
e, included in this division, as they are Ms
[. separate and independent. These are if ye
of Hayti and San Domingo.
ad Among the British possessions in
la, the West Indies are Jamaica, ie Ae
Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the but
ch Barbadoes, St. Christopher, Nevis, CO
h, Antigna, Monteerrat, Dominica, Trini- tion
by dad and the Virgin islands. Al
ed The Goadeloupe archipelago is the
m. owned by Prance, together with St.
he Bartholemew and Martinique. On the
ed latter island Empress Josephine first
is- w the light of day and lived until T
ng her sixteenth year. live
ro- Five members of the group belong
wo to Holland. These are Curacoa, wor
es, Bonaire, Aruba, St. Eustatius and St. T
his Martin. Though small islands, they rd
lly are well populated and fertile.
the The Danish possessions are Santa
fad Cruz, St. Thomas and St. John. V
Grouping these several possedsions all I
he together they embrace 92,270 square P
fed miles of land and sustain 5,070,038 is tl
es, inhabitants. Of this aggregate, Great grn
on Britain controls 12,000 square miles loai
sb, and 1,300j00 inhabitants; France,
re- 1103 square miles and 500,000 in
ild habitants; Holland, 434 qguare miles A
and 50,000 inhabitants, ana Denmark, **SI
ye, 223 square miles and 40,000 inhab- try,
red itants. The two independent islands, oak
ion Hayti and Domingo,- contain 24,000 h
men square miles and 1,000,000 inhab- He
Sin itants. Dai
aen While Cuba and Porto Rico are now
,at. under dominion of Spain, it will be
ed. only a short time before they acquire p
hil. their independence. If Haytl and wa
so San Domingo can sustain independent this
illy sf-governments there is no reason I
any why Cuba and Porto Rico cannot do
the the same. These islands contain 49,- le
000 square miles and 2,225,000 inhab- Jr
nin itants.
ury. From these figures it will be ob
ave served that other European nations as
ling well as Spain are interested in the
hud, Cuban uprising.-Atlanta Conatit- b
the tion.
m The Capitals of Alabama.
Cahaba was the first capital of the
the State of Alabama, and the seat of Gov
ion- ernment was there from 1819 until
ing- 1826.
lace The history of Alabama's capitals is
lay, interesting, and may be briefly related. m
s of In 1817 Congress'established Alabama
hem Territory, with St. Stevens, on the pa
was Tombigbee River, an attractive town
nts, of considerabgle proportions, as its be
ove capital. The two sessions of the Ter- lai
She ritorial Legislature were held there,
eath and the Second Assembly decided no
on the removal of the seat of Govern
I of ment to the propsed city of Cahabs, at mi
lave the month of the river of that name. in
how In 1819 Congress admitted Alabama m
Idier into the Union of States, and as the
ides, capitolat Cahaba had not been com
!rely pleted, the first constitutional conven- ti
the tion and the first session of the Gen
will eral Assembly were held in Huntesville.
wed The .Legislature met at Cahaba in
1820, and that place continued to be
opeh the seat of Government until 1826,
y by when the capitol was removed to
The Toskalooss. It remained their until
it to 1846, when it was'removed to Mont
pital gomery, which still remains the seat
if an of the Government. The first casptol
i had built in Montgomery was destroyed
rfare by fire in 1849, involving the loss of
to be valuable publio documents. The pres
born ent capitol-made notably histaic by 4
the birth of the Confederate Govern
t be ment there-dates its completion from
ha It 1 .is a matter df seantimental interest
most that both of Alabama's first eapitols S
dan. have disappeared from thesaoe of the 5
Swill earth. Only some crumbling walls in
rapid a forest are left to tell where St.
early Stevens stood, and Cahaba, onee a
many handsome city of many thousands of t
illbe people, the property of which was so
tore, sesasd at e good many million of dol
bred lars, is now an unprodauctive eotton
it of ield, the properly of a poor fagers , I
fairly who lives in one of the $20,000 houases
Sthe that has eontrived to eaesape complete
decay.-Atlants Constitution.
Ate leat Theatre Kestere,
rates, Orange's Roman Theatre has been i
a the completely restored and is now the
The Inest anocieat theatre in Euarope.l
, esn Next summerppeiormansee of the anti
aregnen+ dthe oII . lb :I
BUDGE'V F( UN. ...t.
e,- Brig
n Impecunlous-The Obstaole-Wast- a the ad
he WVealth-The Reason Why- "YE
og Blank Verse--Svmpathetlo gaged
in -Her Septiment, Ee. tied b
ad ALL THr TIM.a , Ro
be Dombey-"When your wife gets man
a angry, won't she speak to you?" Bob
Captain Cattle-'"She won't do any. The of
an thing else."-Hartford Times. fre bi
115 - Rob
on cIMPECUIOUS. * that t
m- Husband-"I don't believe you Bob
en can keep account of the money you to live
of spend."
of ife-"Oh, yes; I can. It is the
nd money I cannot keep."-Brooklyn His
Life. Stubb
d- cent c
ed OBLIGINGo m. The
nsa "am sorry that kiss Bankum is marr
to out. 'You won't forget to mention that Stabb
his I called?" His
the "No, indade, sor. Oi'll ran roight -"M
Sof up an' teUl her now."-Ohattanooga der t
)ry Times.
"Well, Seribbs has proved himself Mi
led a genius after all.' tal al
ne, "What has he done?" memo
her "Quit writing poetry and opened a meet
cntl candy shop next to a school house."- know,
to Chicago Record. gitin
rto Mr.
BLANx we s. M
the SpringPoet-"I should like to write whiob
Hg- for your paper. You want the mae- snbje
rk script sheets blank on one side, don't nond
not you?" #
are Managing Editor-"On both sides,
are if you please."--Tit-B. 0
in aTHE oBssra, a mel
e Arthur-"I would marry that girl to et(
but for one thing."In
in', Chester-"Afraid to pop the qua.- ment
Li- on?" 'ei
Arthur-"No. Afraid to question died
S the pop." -Brooklyn Life. it wa
the ASON W.nd
til The Lean'Man-"I don't see how it anot
is that the contractor turned off a good Augs
ong lively man like myself d ept a fat beol
ong worthless body like you." T
The Fat Maun-"Oh, he has to get ing 1
hey rid of his spareen first you know." proo
Wayworn Watson-"I wisht I had p
one all the money I've spent foolish." - now
fare Perry Patettio-"gMe, too. Many W
,038 is the good old nickel I've blowed for man,
reat grab before I had mastered the free cella
wiles luneh system."-Cinoinnati Enquirer. term
nce, - the 1
in- srtMPATra o. rifyi
piles Mrs. Brown4in an awed whisper)- tramc
ark, "Sh-h ! I hear a burglar in the pan- the 1
hab- try. I believe he is going to steal the pre
da, ocake I cooked to-day." fled
,000 Mr. Br6wn (sleepily)-"Poor fellow I re! m
hab- He may have a family, too."-Up-to- ness
Date, sine
now - the I
I be CHANGED. has
Inre Parke-"I can remember before 1 T1
and was married that I was tired of every- sit
dent thing-utterly blase." reso
rason Lane-"Things are different now?" is be
t do "I should say so; now it's a real for i
9- pleasure to go to the club,."-Brook- o'
ihab- lyn Life.
the First Actor (savagely)-'%I wonder con
stita- If the people in this region will ever veal
be civilized." the
Second Actor (dolefully)-"I don't day
know. Perhaps, in time, they may Fri
become humane enough to use hard- Soil
v- boiled eggs."-Pack. - Pro
util ray
GLAD TO LO Hne. and
als is Ruth-"She is to be married next o
lated month and she will live abroad." ri
bama May-"It will be hard for her tac
Sthe parents to lose her."
town Ruth-"Oh! Idon't know. They've
a its been trying hard to lose herat for the
Ter- last ten years."--Puck.
bhere, - me
vern- Bogg's Old Friend-"Great makes, the
ba, at man I Do I find you reduced to play. wh
nam ing a cornet on the street corner to o
bama make a living ?" * e
as the Boggs--"I ain't doing this to make Fr,
coim aliving. My wife won't let me prac- up
oven- tice in the house."-Tit-Bts. an
SGen- - ad:
sville. WANT rrT cPornu. tri
be in Ethel-"Florence is dngaged to Mr. ap
to Barrytone. It's anite interesting. fl
d2,You know it started by her persnuad- Th
unt ing him that he could sing, and play- en
o ing his sooaompaniments for hm. soi
nt Maud-"I see. He now wishes heo ol
Sapt to eacompany him all through life." in
spat- - en
pr- Boarder-"Yei, indeed, Mrs. ash. -
sio by ton, it was fine sermon. You waould
overn- have enjoyb it."
a fro Landlady-"Whet was the tent?"'
Boardr---'It Vir that pmge
aterest *hioh tellL us. that we should note be
pitols soheitous about what we have to eat
of the anddrink." e
ralls in "
ire SLt. Oez a OWN rsoZ IwN sea 4U
me a "Then," said Mr. Watts, deseribing g
ads of the church entertslutmet to his wife,
was e- who had been too ill to go, "he Jone It
f dol- girls got up and sang ~ io-' , a
otton "A solo?" asked ~Mr'Wstte. "How s
amer, could two persons asing seolo" di
hoeses "They only had halt f tei e spiees"
plete -lIndianpolus Jonrnal. .t
Dobby-"Pop, wht4 t.ese U
s been mean ?'. J
oW the loud PmwIt-'lS s b7
Bobby -"Mea.sle
mother."-Brooklr n;
A DsZomW
Tggs-"Halloo, .o
the advantage of me,"
"Yes, I guess j ha
gaged to the same gkI
ried her."--TitBita.,
Robbins-"What is
man? You look blue t"
Bobbins-"I'm wft#"
The old man has just 
five hundred dollars."
Robbins-"I don't l *
that to worry you."
Bobbins-"I do! l$y witfe
to live one thousand dtlan
His Father-"If .you-U , matr
Stubbs's daughter you shan't
cent of my money."
The Son-"Bat, father, if ; T ' -
marry her I can't get a ees o
Stubbs's money."
His Father (with a grudget*
-"My own boy I M3arry her It
der that old skinflint, sq
Pittsburg Chreaiole-Telegspbll
Miss Pryer-'-Iave star
tal album, Mr. Meekrt a•
memorandum of the vlwsrep
meet on different esmmati t
know. Have :you say
giving me your, opinieoa
Mr. Meeker-"War -W
Miss Pryer, I have no
which to base a piai
subject. I am a
niond Dispatob.. : ° .
Charles D. and :'
of Ohicago, think t h '.
a method of tarniag kuse
to stone and 1reserviýg
In the basement otite
ment on Cottage ro a
is the body of a yong
died July 18th lal.  i
it was tteated by them Iqu
stone, or to a aubetsane
and 'appeale to be i
an upper room of th:
another body of a woma,
August 2d, whieh appeaals
become petriLied.
The brothers have bed
t ing for years, bautthe
process of petrdaction we tn I
speots an asoadent. Tea a
they began to treat :I
d preparation similar to thle
now believe has petrif 1n
Y WLeu the body of It er
r man, 'which now ret is Rgi
9 cellar, was obtainid byal
* termuned to make a fell1
the blood was w
rifying uai&t Ad
trace of deol°l
the body hade
e prearAtion. In 4i
fe had began to h b
I remained of th- wite
* ness that hff ce wtl i. + .
since that tilb ha.st aJda,
the same color. Evel ,.k the body
har become harder.' '
The second body is tlSatf a womea
s sixty-six years old, asI similar
rensults under the sama tlIeibt, It
p" is believed that the bgd ,ile l Ise
l for ages whei>treatecb 1+ p1e
. oess.-San Fran4seoo
Wondierlal ~'-.
Quite a budge :
I cowipeotion with the BooeItt. I
or vestigations have been. sports4
the European continent withi
i't days. That reported bar.
y Friedrich to the Vienna A
d- Science is the most imp
Professor discovered ert .
rays that issued from the vaevsia
and pass through the hesa '
tThe photographs prodnee& h y
of these rays, which the pro4 l
critical rays, are not the semt'i
r taken of a living body from.:
y one. .Ph6tographs of lving
show the skeleton as in t2e
he photographs. A dead hBad
fall, showing all thefei
meats, while the bones
able, It is thought that,
* these rays, it may' be
iy whether a personis reallye4:
to use of the Roentgen rays trn
enterminator is also reviov l
ke Freand also of Vienna,
ac- upon a boy whos spine wer
an abundant crop of hair.':
ady is known to the faculty
trichosis. Dr. Preand ura
Ir. apon the boy's beeob 4
ug. Alous hair vanished,.Feot
ad- The boy, no longer an fat
sy- enon, ha been shown to'tbl
socMiety.in'Vienn, and
her condstiap before and
Sing in that eity. iThe
ernment approprited l
Boengen ray expeaIm f4.
h ourrent yer,--S-t. M B[II,:;
The toioity oi tile tusbt
animals may esilyF pro
danger, sad ar e ent ',
tMediial Society of
coCunted ome I
made to de
bsab. Haevl&u t
'iD grammes of t iiS
ife' gave its frsh to. do t.g'
a i the .rst 25 grnam ithe
same ill; after a seeoat ~
Bow seized with2 tetsleo
died. The pipusmwe
sa ome aisamlaore - .r .
riages to arema'i*ibbits
tray He oomadensh a're'b
SJoournl, hMt i
) to ivene*eto

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