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THE CABMAN'S FARE.
It was bitterly cold. The keen De
cember wind swept down the crowded
thoroughfare, nippinff the noses and
ear# of the gay pedestrians, comfort
ably muffled in their warm wraps.
Broadway was thronged with the
usual holiday shoppers and pleasure
seekers. Cabs with their jaded steeds
driven by weatherbeaten jehus, and
private carriages behind well-groomed
horses handled by liveried coachmen,
deftly made their way through the
crowds and deposited their fares at the
entrances of the brightly-lighted thea
ters or fashionable restaurants. A
wizened hag, seated on the curbstone
at the corner, seemed to shrink into
herself with the cold as she turned the
crank of her tiny barrel-organ and
ground out a dismal and scarcely au
dible cacophony while an anxious
eyed newsboy, not yet in his teens, shiv
ered on the opposite side of the way,
as, with tremulous lips, he solicited a
purchaser for his unsold stock. One
could hardly be expected to open :i
warm overcoat on such a cold night,
for the sake of throwing a cent to an
old beggar woman, or of buying a news
paper from a ragged urchin. Even the
gayly decorated shop windows failed
to arrest the idle passerby for it re
quired perpetual motion to keep the
blood in circulation.
The giant policeman on the crossing,
representing the majesty of the law,
swayed the crowd of vehicles and pedes
trians with the authoritative gestures
of his ponderous hands, and gallantly
escorted bands of timid women through
the inextricable maze.
And withal, the cable cars, with their
discordant clangor, rumbled rapidly
to and fro, like noisy shuttles, shoot
ing the woof of the many-hued fabric
which is the life of a great city.
Presently from one of the side streets
there came a cab, which started leisure
ly to cross Broadway. The big police
man, with his eyes fixed upon an ap
proaching car, held up a warning hand,
to which the driver seemed to pay no
attention, for the reins remained slack
and the listless horse continued to
move slowly across the avenue.
Several people turned to look with
mild curiosity at the bold cabman who
dared thus to disregard the authority
of blue cloth and brass buttons. Their
surprise turned quickly to amazement
and dismay when their eyes rested upon
him for his head had fallen forward
upon his chest and his limp body
swayed upon the box with every mo
tion of the cab. He seemed unconscious
of his surroundings, like one drunk
or in a stupor.
At his side sat a young man closety
muffled in his overcoat, and with a
sealskin cap pulled well down over his
ears. His face was deathly pale. Those
who caught sight of his features saw
that his bloodless lips were firmly set.
and that his eyes glittered with a fev
erish light. He carried one hand in the
lapel of his coat. With the other he
shook the inert form of 1
scious cabman, in an effort to arouse
him to a sense of the impending danger.
The situation flashed upon the
gripman on the car. Instantly he
threw his weight upon the brake
wheel, at the same time loudly sound
ing his gong. The policeman, too, un
derstood in a twinkling what was
about to happen, and rushed for the
horse's head. But it was too late.
The cab was fairly across the track
when the car, with slackened speed,
crashed into it.
Just before the collision, the young
man in the sealskin cap sprang from
the box to the street. He landed upon
his feet but, losing his balance, he
fell forward upon his left arm, which
still remained in the lapel of his coat,
tie must have hurt himself for those
standing near him heard him groan.
But the center of interest was else
where, and no one paid much atten
tion to the young man. who, arising
quickly, disappeared in the crowd.
The cab, after tottering for an in
stant on two wheels, fell over upon
its side, with a loud noise of splinter
ing wood and breaking glass. The
driver rolled off the box in a heap.
At the same time, the panic-stricken
passengers oft the car rushed madly
for the doors, lighting like wild
beasts in their haste to reach a place
After the first frenzied moment, it
became evident that, although badly
shaken up, the passengers had re
ceived no injuries, except such bruises
as they had inflicted' upon each other
in their mad struggle to escape. By
this time a crowd had collected about
the overturned cab, and several more
policemen had come to the assist
ance of the first one, who was now
seated serenely upon the head of the
cab-horse, a precaution seemingly
superfluous, for the poor beast,
though uninjured, appeared to be
quite satisfied to rest where he lay
until he should be forced once more
to resume the grind of his unhappy
The cabman had been rudely
shaken by his fall. He had lain as
though unconscious for the space of a
few seconds then, with assistance,
he had managed to struggle to his
feet. He stood now as though dazed
by the shock, trying to understand
what had happened.
"Are you hurt?" inquired one of the
The man. mumbling an unintelligi
ble reply, raised his hand to a scalp
wound from which the blood was
At that moment two men forced
their way through the crowd which
a circle of policemen had some diffi
culty in keeping at a distance from
the wounded cabman. One was
[Copyright, 1899, by Frederick A. Stokes Company.]
middle-aged individual, who gave his
name as Dr. Thurston and offered his
services as a physician the other was
a young man with keen gray eyes,
who said nothing, but exhibited a re
The physician at once turned his
attention to the cabman felt him,
thumped liim, pinched him smelt his
breath and then delivered his ver
"No bones broken. The slight
scalp wound doesn't amount to any
thing. The man has been drinking
heavily. He is simply drunk."
The horse had by this time been
unharnessed and the cab had been
lifted upon its wheels again.
The reporter stood by a silent and
apparently listless spectator of the
Dr. Thurston turned to him:
"Come along, Sturgis neither yon
nor I are needed here and if we do not
hurry, Sprague's dinner will have to
wait for us. It is a quarter to eight
The reporter seemed about to follow
his friend, but he stood for an instant
"I sa}', doctor," he inquired at last,
"are you sure the man is drunk?"
"He has certainly been drinking
"Because it seems to me—Hello, we
cannot go yet the passenger is more
badly hurt than the driver."
"The passenger?" queried the phy
sician, turning in surprise to the police
"What passenger?" asked the police
man, looking at the cabman. "Have
you a passenger inside, young feller?"
"Naw," replied the cabman, who
seemed to be partially sobered by the
shock and loss of blood. "Naw, I ain't
got no fare, barrin' the man wot was
on the box."
The reporter observed the man close
as he spoke and then, pointing to
the step of the cab, which was plainly
visible in the glare of a neighboring
"I mean the passenger whose blood is
trickling there," he said, quietly.
Every eye was turned in the direction
of his outstretched hand.
A few drops of a thick dark liquid
had oozed from under the door, and
was dripping upon the iron step. The
cab door was closed and the curtain
was drawn down over the sash, the
glass of which had been shattered by
One of the policemen tried to open
the door. It stuck in the jamb. Then
"I MEAN THE PASSENGER WHOSE
BLOOD IS TRICKLING THERE."
he exerted upon it the whole of his
brute strength and, of a sudden, it
yielded. As it flew open the body of a
man lurched from the inside of the cab,
and before anyone could catch it tum
bled in a heap upon the pavement.
A low cry of horror escaped from the
The cabman's passenger was a man
past middle age, neatly but plainly
As Dr Thurston and a policeman
bent over the prostrate form, the re
porter shot a keen glance in the direc
tion of the cabman, who stood staring
at the body with a look of ghastly ter
ror in his bulging eyes.
Presently the physician started to
his feet with a low exclamation of sur
"Is he dead, doctor?" asked the po
"He has been dead for some'time,"
replied the physician, impressively
"the body is almost cold."
"Been dead for some time?" echoed
"Yes this man was shot. See there!"
As he spoke he pointed to a red streak
which, starting from the left side of
the dead man's coat, extended down
ward and marked the course of the tiny
stream in which the life blood had
flowed to a little pool on the floor of the
"Shot!" exclaimed the policeman,
who turned immediately to one of his
brother officers. "Keep our eye on the
cabman, Jim. We'll have to take him
in. And look out for the other man,
Then, addressing the cabman, upon
each of whose shoulders a policeman's
hand was immediately placed, he asked,
"Who is this ma».?"
The cabman was completely sober
now. He stood, pale and trembling, be
tween his two captors, as he replied sol
"Before God, I don't know, boss. I
never saw him before."
The policeman looked at the man in
blank amazement for an instant. Then
he turned away contemptuously.
"All right, joung feller," he said,
"yon don't have te confess to me. But
I guess you'll have a chancc to iell that
story to a judge and jury."
Then he proceeded to examine the
dead1 man's pockets. They were empty.
"Looks like robbery," he murmured.
"What is it, Jim? Haven't you got the
Jim had not found the other man
for the pale young fellow in the seal
skin cap had disappeared.
The reporter was stooping over the
body, while Dr. Thurston cut through
the clothing and laid bare a small,
"Here is another bullet wound." said
Sturgis, turning over the body slightly,
and pointing out a second round hole
in the back of the dead man.
He seemed to take great interest in
this discovery. He whipped out a
steel tape and rapidly but carefully
took a number of measurements, as if
to locate the positions of the two
wounds. Then he stepped into the cab
and, striking match after match, he
spent several minutes apparently in
eager search for something which he
could not find'.
"That- is strange," he muttered to
himself, as he came out at last.
"What is it?" inquired Thurston,
who alone caught the words.
But the reporter either did not hear
or did not care to answer. He at once
renewed his search on the brilliantly
lighted pavement in the immediate vi
cinity of the cab examining every
stone, investigating every joint and
efery rut, prodding with his cane every
lump of frozen mud, turning every
stray scrap of paper.
"Well, doctor," he said, when at
length he rejoined his companion, "if
you have done all that you can we may
as well go. It is one of the prettiest
problems I have met but there is
nothing more for me to learn here for
the present. By the way, as I was say
ing when I interrupted myself a little
while ago, are you sure the cabman is
drunk? I wish you would take another
good look at him. The question may be
more important than it seemed at
A few minutes later the physician
and the reporter were hurrying along
to make up for the time they had lost
the cab and the cabmaa had disap
peared in the custody of the police,
and the cabman's grew«ome fare was
jolting through Twenty-sixth street,
in the direction of a small building
which stands near the East river, and
in which the stranded waifs of the new
world metropolis can find rest at last,
upon a stone slab, in the beginning of
their eternal sleep.
Broadway had resumed its holiday
aspect the wizened hag at the cornel
still patiently ground out her plaintive
discords the tearful newsboy, with
his slowly diminishing arniiul of news
papers, continued to shiver in the cold
wind, as he offered his stock to the
hurrying pedestrians the big police
man again piloted his fair charges
through the mass of moving vehicles,
and the clanging cable cars started
once more on their rumbling course,
as if the snapping o? a thread in the
fabric of a city's life were a thing of
constant occurrence and of no mo
A few tiny dark red stains upon the
pavement were all that remained to tell
the story of the scene which had so
recently been enacted in the busy
thoroughfare. Presently even these
were obliterated by the random stroke
of a horse's hoof.
The ripple had disappeared from the
surface. The stream of life was flow
ing steadily ontfe more through the
arteries of the metropolis.
"What I mean to assert," said Ralph
Sturgis, with quiet conviction, "is that
every crime is its own historian that
all its minutest details are written in
circumstantial evidence as completely
as an eyewitness could see them—aj'e,
more fully and more truly than they
could be described by the criminal him
The reporter was a man of about 30,
whose regular features bore the un
mistakable stamp of intelligence and
refinement. Iu repose, they wore an
habitual expression of introspective
concentration, which might have led
a careless observer to class Ralph Stur
gis in the'category of aimless dream
ers. But a single flash of the piercing
gray eyes generally sufficed to dispel
any such impression and told of kwn
perception and underlying power. The
mouth was firm and kind the bearing
that of a gentleman and a man of edu
"But," objected the host, "you surely
do not mean to express a belief in the
infallibility of circumstantial evi
"Because you must know as well as
anyone how misleading uncorroborated
circumstantial evidence is. I do not for
get what remarkable results you have
often accomplished for the Daily Tem
pest in detecting and following up
clews to which the official detectives
were blind. But, frankly, were not
your conclusions usually the result of
lucky guesses, which would have re
mained comparatively useless as evi
dence had they not been subsequently
proved correct bj*direct testimony?"
"Let me reply to your question by an
other, Sprague," answered Sturgis.
"When you draw a check, does the pay
ing teller at the bank require the tes
timony of witnesses to your signature
before admitting its genuineness?"
"No of course not."
"Precisely. He probably knows the
signature of Harvey M. Sprague, the
depositor, better than he does the
face of Sprague. the artist. And yet
the evidence here is purely circum
stantial. I know of at least one re
cent instance in which the officials of
a New York bank placed their im
plicit reliance upon circumstantial
evidence of this sort, in spite of the
direct testimony of the depositor,
who was willing to acknowledge the
genuineness of a check to which his
name had been forged."
"I suppose you refer to the Forsyth'
case." said Sprague "but you m^3t
remember that Col. Forsyth was
actuated by the desire to shield the
forger, who was his own scapegrace
[To Be Continued.]
Canar and Effect.
"I hear the tenor is laid up with
sprained ankle," said the church choir
"Yes," giggled the soprano, "he
slipped up on an organ peal."—Phila
A RESCUE AT SEA.
Kerlloas Situation Relieved by tbe
Timely Utterance* of a Spell
In a panic the passengers rushed to the
side of tbe ship, and gazed helplessly at
those struggling in the waves, says Harper's
It was indeed a perilous situation.
to be done There seemed to be
no rope at hand, and there was trouble in
lowering the lifeboat, and, as is usually the
case, none of the sailor9 could swim.
A lawyer suggested a writ of habeas cor
pus, but that was found impracticable, as
there was not a judge on board, and no one
to servesuch a writ, anyway.
At that instant a man of commanding
presence pushed into the frenzied crowd
and struck an attitude, close to the rail.
The drowning ones recognized him as a
famous political orator, and their spirits
"Fellow citizens," he began, "we face a
The next moment a cry of joy went up.
For the people in the water were hang
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tinued till the boats were lowered.
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personal. The retailer who wants to sell you
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Remember Cascarets are never sold in
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Housewife and Bnmlar.
The burglar .had entered the house as
quietly as possible, but his shoes were not
padded and they made some noise. He had
lust reached the door of the bedroom when
he heard some one moving in the bed as if
about to get up, and he paused. The sound
of a woman's voice floated to his ears. "If
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Into this house," it said, "there's going to
be trouble, and a whole lot of it. Here it's
been raining for three hours, and you dare
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boots on. Go downstairs and take them off.'
He went downstairs without a word, but he
didn't take off his boots. Instead he went
out into the night again, and the "pal" who
was waiting for him saw a tear glisten in his
eye. "I can't rob that house," lie said. "It
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July and August the Chicago & Lastern Illi
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Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ken
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North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
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Remember that we now have in service a
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The argument by analogy or hypothetical
case is often dangerous. A very stately
and dignified clergyman used to tell a story
illustrative of the risk of this method. One
of his parishioners was much addicted to
drink and one night the vicar met him
coming home in such a condition that he
remonstrated with him on the spot, and by
way of clinching his argument, asked:
"What would you say if you were to see
me reeling down the street in a state ot
hopeless intoxication?" The offender ap
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swered, fervently: "I wouldn't tell a soul,
sir."—San Francisco Argonaut.
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Clara (interrupting)—Why, I thought
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"What do you mean?"
"I heard you tell the census man you
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am sure Piso's Cure for Consumption
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Fortunate is the liar who loses his repu
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