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"4 i AN ADAPTATION W hy There Were Many Plagues in i;hi.moi.kn ovi.urttN. lVWWWVVV'VWVVWVWVVV fo a certain sort of mind a saint l-i ojJy to be known as a saint by the iy to be known as a above his brow, und iaij'nos,K him.-elf won! 1 the Prince of lie devoid of identity without a pitchfork and cloven hoof. To Mich as these the knight-errantry of Drayton and Bart lett may scim problematical; but a knight-errant is one who succors beau ty in distress, and who rides abroad redressing human wrongs. Whether he employs an obnoxious Insect rath er than .a sword, as Drayton did, or -whether he rides a S. C. govern ment mule, aa Bartlett was wont to do, is neither here nor there. Iiartlett was riding the aforesaid mule fchortly after the time my story begins. lie rode it up the line, its long gray ears waggling evenly and rest fully, and came to a halt in front of the set of quarters where Drayton and he roomed. Drayton was Bitting on the porch, his feet on the railing, hla char tipped buck, and the visor of his cap Jpulled down on hla nose. He pushed the cap to the Lack of his head us Baxtlett caine slowly up the steps. "I wish you woud get a Jborse," he complained. "If you could juFt realize the figure you cut on that old ele phant! "Thai's a mule," corrected Bartlett, his arm around a pillar and letting his heels dangle as he perched on the railing. "It's also a very nice mule. It f no longer a shave-tall, but has reached years of discretion. The mo ment maa or animal does that, Tils ap preciative country straightway has him inspected and condemned. Horses may do for some, but not Icr one who has the duties of post quartermaster to perform. And, besides, I believe in the infantry and scorn a horse." "The scorn," observed Drayton, "of the fox for the grapes." " -n't rub it in," said Bartlett, de ; Tm miserable enough z it is." f "Thought you looked rather trist. I'm all sympathy. Go on." Bartlett released his hold upon the pillar and folded his arms on hla breast in an attit1. e combining stem endur ance and precarious balance. "The Collinses are going to rout the Iaw rences out." Now, the Collinses were the family of otain Collins wife, mother-in-law Cj both sides, and three small children. They had that morning ar rived in the post. Collins was in com mand of Troop L, which had been ioved on some weeks before. If he 1 been well-disposed his entry f iould not have put the whole garri- son, below his rank, in the throes of fearof a progressive "turning out." For here were empty quarters into whicn he might have moved exactly as well as not, and no one have been any the worse off. "But Collins won't see it that way," Dartlett went on. "He ranks Law j recce, andhis wife ranks him, you bet; Wd it s the wife and the mother t inWw who are going to have the Law- "Throw them a few buckets of paint and calcimine, by way of sop," Dray ton ventured to suggest. "Did," said Bartlett, briefly. "Of fered them half thj quartermasters i : department, and a carpenter, and a ' h'.. -mith. and a farrier, too. if they ; hapfKned to nee(1 one- Tol(1 them they could have any or all of vhe colors of paint in the rainbow, if they'd just '.be good but those three Graces are going to have the Lawrences house. Drayton opined, with a little of the placidity, nevertheless, with which we all bear one another's burdens, that it was a . very great and very profane shame "There's that poor little worn an wltflt those little bits of kids, and just moved into those quarters, and ! got them all fixed up so prettily, and I her garden started, too. Then, those t Collinses; They're a mean lot of cat tie. anyway." He made a gesture of disgust, which turned the visor around 1 over his left ear, and was silent for a minute through sheer wrath. "I told Mrs. Lawrence they would be ! prnents on the wood cutters I hear--" j ' "Serpents, now?" asked Bartlett; ! "they were cattle before; and you called that"he pointed over his .hmilder "an elephant, whereas, in I ioint of fact, it's a mule." "I told her, continued Drayton, inmoved, "that It wouldn't pay. I mow all about the Collinses served A-ith thqm In Texas. I was sitting on Mrs. Layrence's steps I know that : usually am. so you can save yourself I was sitting on her steps when the Collins outfit drove up. The ambu ance popped in front of the C. O. s louse, ext door, and Collins jumped ut ant went in. -. The rest of them ust tfvuted. All would have been well f Mrs.) Lawrence hadn't become ender-iiearted in a most unnecessary vay. and hadn't chosen to disregard nv advice." Ho assumed the look of irrmhecv fulfilled. "I told her to sit till iiiii not get excited and do some hing 1i?b: cave her the benefit e OF EXODUS. In the Captain's Quarters. i my knowledge and experience. But it wasn't any use. she made me dry up and hang on to the kids, while she ran down to the ambulance and Invit ed the whole caboodle to come in and rest and refresh thcm.selvcH. They caine. You can bet your life they came or they wouldn t have been the Collinses. I saw Dame C.'s weather eye taking In the house. 1 could see fche liked it, and I knew there'd be trouble. Mrs. Ijwrence kept them to luncheon the whole seven of them. Asked me, too; but the kids were raiting Cain, and the abode of peace was transformed, so I lit out." "Well, I guess she's sorry now If that's any comfort to you. For the Collinses are not only going to have those quarters, but they're going to have them quick. Even the C. O. got at Collins. But it wasn't any use. 'My wife likes t.ie quarters, says he. And that's all." They sat in meditation for some time. Then Dravton snoke. "I like those quarters, too. I'm go ing to have some of them myself," he said. Bartlett did not understand, and Drayton undertook to explain. "Well see here." He took hia feet down from the rail, in his earnestness. and straightened his cap. "It's like this. You and I have got one room each In this house, haven't we, same as the most of the other bachelors?" Such was the case "And we're en titled to two rooms each, aren't we?" Bartlett agreed that they were. "And we've been keeping these ones because we've been too lazy and good natured to ask for more, havent we? Well we won't be lazy and good natured any more, n the Collinses move into the Lawrences' set, I'll vacate my room turn It ver to you and I'll apply for the upstairs floor cf the Lawrences house. Oh! I'm entitled to it, all right," he chuckled. "I know my rights as a citizen of these United States and as a first-lieutenant of cavalry. The Collinses, the whole sweet seven of 'em, may have the low er floor. It's all they can claim under law. That's four rooms, including the kitchen. I dare say thev won't mind living like that any way. They're Pigs." "Pigs, too?" asked Bartlett. Drayton went on unfolding his plan. "Once I have that top floor, you watch the interest in life I'll provide for them. I'll make their days pleasant and their nights particularly their nights beautiful. I'll have suppers up their every evening, and do songs and dances until reveille, if I have to hypothecate to pay my commissary bill, and if my health breaks down. You watch!" He stood up and began to button his blouse. "So you are warned. If the Collinses move in, such is my devotion to them that I'll move in, too. And I'll put in my formal ap plication for those two rooms. No other two In the post will suit, either, you understand." And it all come about exactly as he said. There was a hegira of Law rences and an ingress of Collinses, and great was the latter's wrath when they found Drayton taking possession of the upper floor. They protested to everybody in general, and to the com mandant and the quartermaster in particular. And the commandant and the quartermaster baid they were sorry, but that Drayton was certainly within his rights. He had applied for the quarters in virtue of the general turning-out that D troop was causing Ing the post, and he was entitled to occupy them. There was nothing more to be said. "I can't pretend to be sorry for them, exactly," Mrs. Lawrence confided to Drayton, when he advised her not to try to settle in her new quarters very elaborately; "I'm only human, after all, and my house did look so sweet, and my garden. But I'm sorry for you. I think those children are the very imps of evil." Drayton nodded. "There are others," he said. It was emigmatical, but Mrs. Law rence looked doubtful and ready to be hurt. "You don't mean mine?" she said. "No, my dear hyiy," Bartlett reas sured her, "he doesn't mean yours. He thinks yours are all that tender infancy should be. I don't know what he does mean, however. And prob ably he doesn't know himself." "Don't I?" queried Drayton, enigmat ical still. "Don't I just?" "Perhaps," said Bartlett, ''you mean Jimmy O'Brien. I saw you hobnob bing with him today. Would it be Jimmy now?" Drayton would not commit him self. But is was Jimmy and one other, nevertheless. Drayton had come upon him when he was playing duck-on-a-rock all by himself, near the sutler's store. The duck was a beer bottle, and Jimmy was pitching stones at it, with indifferent aim. The father of Jimmy vas first-sergeant of Drayton's troop. and so the lieutenant felt they had enquKh la common to warrant a con- vernution. It bean by HiiRgrKtl(in im to a better way to throw a if tone, and It endrd with a bargain itrurk. "Then," Kald Drayton. "If I pionilse to pay you two bits for every centipede, four bits i lor every tarantula, ten cent for every j lizard, a nickel for every toad and ,i ! cent for every big (spider, you vl! ! catch nil you can and bottle Mum for me?" i Jimmy nodded foleinnl). I "And you won't (-ay anything about it to ;my on?" A quarter was pressed Into a diapped and f;rliny hand. "Nil." said Jimmy, the Instinct of a political race to the fore. There was another race instinct strong in Jimmy, too. It was that of the contractor. The very next morning before guard mount Ing. ne clambered up the talr- . way to Drayton's rooms. Drayton was only Just dressing. He had kept late hours. Bartlett had helped him, and until 2 o'clock they had alternated pacing heavily to and fro with drop ping weighty bodies on the floor. The Collinses were kept awake. "It's a question of endurance, be cause we are two," said Drayton; "but 1 expect wc can hold out." He Inspected Jimmy's first catch. There was a centipede, two lizards and three toads. Jimmy's pockets bulgel with bottles. There were also five large and unplea-sant spiders. "Good boy," said Drayton, and paid as per schedule. Mrs. Colline and the mother-in-law's nerves were not. calmed, any way, by the wakeful night. It was the harder for them when they found three large toads In their rooms that day. To have a toad hop at you from a dark corner is not nice. It is still less to step on one and crush it It gives a peculiar sensation. Mr6. Collins found it so. There was a lizard in the milk bottle, and another on the back of a chair, whence It climbed into a moth-cr-in-law's hair. Big spiders infested the place. Toward noon Drayton came down stairs carrying on the end of a pin, and examining it critically, a centi pede. "Large, isn't it?" he asked, with some pride; "I killed it myself at the lopof the stairs. They always come in families of three. The other two will be along pretty soon, I suppose." The mother-in-law shuddered. "You and Mr. Bartlett: made a great deal of noise last night, Mr. Drayton," she re proached. Drayton looked concerned. These government quarters were so thin floored, he explained. "Did he always stay up until 2 o'clock?" He admitted being of a restless dis position and given to Insomnia. "All right," he reported to Mrs. Lawrence, shortly after. "You just rest on your oars. We'll have you back in those quarters before the kid have had time to do much damage to the place. I should say that a fort night, at the very outside, should sec Mrs. Collins . suing for another set- any other old set. Bartlett will let her have them. He's an exceptionally obliging Q. M., as Q. Ms. go. That's his reputation." It did not run as smothly as Drayton might have wished. The women of the Collins family did not surrender without giving fight. They attacked Drayton himself first, but were met with an urbanity which parried every thrust. It was the thinness of the walls and floors, and that was mani festly the government's fault. As for his flasonmia, the blame of that lay with the doctor, he should think. lie did not like staying broad awake un til nearly dawn any better than they did. Of course, however, he would try to control his restlessness. The at tempt met with failure, though, and the women appealed to the command tint. The commandant was urbane, too, but the insomnia of his officers was evidently not a matter to be reached officially. It was plain that the insomnia aroused the supicions of the Collinses. But the insects did not. They had never not even in Texas seen a house so overrun with reptiles. There were lizards In everything. There were frogs and toads in dark nooks. They hopped into your lap when you were least expecting it. They were always Betting under your feet and squash ing. Spiders spun webs and dropped from the ceiling and the walls. And as for more venomous things! A day hardly passed that Drayton did not kill a tarantula or a centlpeds some where around. They seemed to emerge only when he was near. The wrath toward him was tempered with unwilling gratitude to a saviour. There had also been a garter snake on the front porch. And one terrible day they had come upon Drayton, sabre in hand, standing in the front hallway beside the decapitated body of a rattle snake. They neglected, in the excite ment, to notice that the body was not wriggling. Jimmy had that morning produced a newspaper package. "Here's a dead rattler," he had said. "I didn't know as you could us him. But I found him, and you can have him for a dime." And the rattler had proved the best investment of all, as well as the last straw. Captain Collins had carried him on a stick out into the road. Then J ho had one to the commandant and Bartlett. lie wan heavy-cyel for wint of eep. The whol family !h that war; and Drayton w.ih, too. in till humanity he asked the favor of be ing allow d to change has quartern Any oth'r cuartns would do, provided there were fewer insert. He was mt particular at all. lie at-l.cd o littl.'. In fact, that Partial took pity on him. He rnewd bin ofT( r of paint. "Now," ho said to Mih. Lawrence, "you can come barn to your own. They'll move .vit toiiiMTow. I'e ju.-tt been Inspecting the prernlHiK, :.nd thue hasn't been much harm done. They me still the be; t quartfiH in the post. The kids have knocked a few holes In the walls and the woodwork'.! u little scratched. But I'll give you some paint, too." Paint was Martlett's Idea of th panacea for all earthly ills. He had not mucn else In "the world, being a sfcond-lieutenant; but he had paint, and he was liberal with that. The Collinses moved next day. Drayton waited until the last load ot furniture was gone, and the three women were taking their final look around. Then he came down the stairB holding out, at the length of his arms, two centipedes on the point of two large pins. He exhibited them. "These quarters are too much for me," he said, "I'd rather have a corner of a housetop alone, than a wide up per floor with crawling things. I'm going to go back to my own room." A fierce light of suspicion broke In on Mrs. Collins mind then. "I be lieve, Mr. Drayton, that the wholo thing was a put-up job." "Do you? Do you really?" asked Drayton, smilingly, deprecatlngly. "But consider, my dear lady, consider the centipedes." San Francisco Argo naut. NO . MORE BIG CITIES- Improved IfiipUl Tronit Will lie the Municipal Solvent. In an effort to picture the future of great cities as afflicted by the devel opment of rapid transit, Mr. H. G. Wells contributes to the London Fort nightly Review a fascinating article on the England of 200 A. D. It is the second of a series of serious scientific anticipations, the first of which placed the speed of railway Journeys for the near future at 100 mile or more an hour, and of omnibuses, cabs, etc., at 30 miles or more. Mr. Wells believes that the influ ence of this rapid transit will be not to condense population, but to spread it out all over the land. Huge towns and cities will all but disappear, and the inhabitants will uetake themseves to the country again. Hitherto the great cities have been confined, he points out, within a radius of about eight miles from the centre; horse traction and bad train services have compelled it. Soon the radius will be 30 miles. "And is it too much." asks Mr. Wells, "not expect that the available area for even tno common daily toilers of the great city of the year 2000 will have a radius very much larger than that? Now, j-i circle with a radius of 30 miles gives an area of over 2800 square miles, which is almost a quarter that of Belgium." The social equivalent of the season ticket, holder, will, he suggests, have an available area with a radius of over 100 miles, or almost the size of Ire land. "Indeed, it is not too much to say that the London citizen of the year 2000 A. D. may have a choice of nearly all England and WTales south of Nottingham and east of Exeter as his suburb, and that the vast stretch of country from Washington to Al bany will be all available to the active citizen of New York and Philadelphia before that date." Mr. Wells' picture is indeed delight ful. He gives Englishmen a London city of a sort, a Lancashire-Yorkshire city, and a Scotch city, consisting chiefly of business premises, while the whole of Great Britain will be dotted over with houses very different from the modern "villa" each in its spa cious gardm. It will be much less monotonous, Mr. Wells says. There will be more life and more character, and each district will grow in its own particular way. The postofflce will de liver nearly everything that every household wants. Tlie Onn-makinj; Inlnnlry. As an illustration of the magnitude of the business involved in the pur chase by the smaller powers of war material in Europe, one has only to look at the number of men employed at such great plants as the Krupp of Germany, the Creusot in France, and those of the Armstrongs and Vickers Sons & Maxim of England. Krupp employs something like 25,000 men; the two English firms employ collec tively about 35,000 men; and the Cren BOt plant about 19,000. No reckoning is here made of the famous Loewe works of Berlin, or of Italian, Belgiau and numerous French firms. With the exception of Krupp, the above estab lishments ordinarily confine them selves to filling foreign orders. Har per's Weekly. l'oth Alike. "Appearances are deceitful," an nounced Mrs. Bcechwood. "But not so deceitful as disappear ances," added Mr. Beechwood. Pitts burg Chronicle. DEFICIENT EDUCATION. I'm renlly rrr for the iuni H lin bled 1 1 iiili llexS, lie nni-. w ilui.i.li I'fV' linU rpta A til re of !i--t revK. I Alii-, he inn.v lint evt h know What jn.v it it In k h i i It , lie IN indeed H limn of ( H Im'i't li'iu iu il to work. P"'t Mii.'iii-i it the 1 1 my line Wl.ti ti.inieji thi'niich tin.1 ti,' And never -Imp--: n ihink tf fnu Ainu, tin- Imsiling stril'v He in the liumififuili Kt i;f mi i M'e I ; iiii every tbiy V" n feeU like limlit) llnW ll1 then, lut duexn't Lihw the way. W'.ixhiiiKtuo Star. HUMOROUS. niter Hate you r"a) my last poem? Keeder I hop? no. I)( ilb( t( What do you do when yo owe money? Film Ixs my memory; it's cheaper than the bankrupt law. The Photographer B it khis pi.tur doesn't look like hr. Astute AHMist ant Of course,, not; but it looks like she thinks she looks. Wigg Young Gotrox irt an Imbecile. He hasn't even horse sense. Wopg He doesn't need hoiho sense. He rides In an automobile. Oldbach What is the umrt unlucky month for marrying? Uenpcc.hko That Is something that, every man must discover for himself. "Some people say," remarked tha tallfative barber, "that barbers ar too fond of conversation." "O! that's all wrong," replied the 'man in in chair; "it's soliloquy they're fond of." "What does the teacher say whe.n you don't know your lensons?" nshcil Willie's father. "She Kays 1 miiHt be a chip of the old blockhead," replied Willie. And then something hap pened. "I know all the tricks of the trade," declared the loud-mouthed lodger. "You don't suppose I've been board ing 20 years for nothing." "No," said the landlady icily. "I'm positive yen haven't." "For a man who doesn't work," said the housekeeper, "you have a pretty good appetite." "Yen, ma'am," replied Hungry Higgins; "dat's why 1 don't work. If I did, doy wouldn' be no xat isfyin' me." Two bulls were once in love wit) the same heifer. In The midst of their dispute a man was seen ap proaching. "Aha!" exclaimed the heifer, who played no favorites. "Here is a way out of tho difficulty. You may toss up for me." Thus is feminine wit always nqiial to an emergency. "I was getting measured for a suit of clothes this mawning," said young Mr. Sissy to his pretty cousin; ''and just for a joke, y' know, I awsked SnS pen if it weally took nine tailors to make a man. He said it would take more than nine tailors to make a man of some people. 1 thought it was quite clevah." "You are the sunshine of my life! he exclaimed. She smiled encourag ingly. "You reign in my heart alone!" he continued. She frowned. "I could not wed a man who mixed his meta phors like a weather prognostieator," she said, haughtily. He realized at once that his case was hopeless, and, putting on his mackintosh, he stag gered out into the moonlight. eiirtrnoleriMic f tn Indian. Speaking of types of women hi Mexico, a writer in The Mexican Her ald says: The Indian woman is like the Indian man ugly, industrious, virtuous, stu pid and refractory to outside in fluence, but some of lir manifesta tions are interesting. Once in camp in the mountains of Vera Cruz I found the wife of one of my Indians weep ing bitterly, and, asking the reason, she said that she was sure that sho haJ lost the love cf her husband, he cause he had not whipped her for months. That, evening I mentioned it to the husband on our return from work, and he stopped and cut a beau tiful switch, and shortly after night fall I heard the woman squalling. The next day she showed me ),e welts on her shoulder? with happy smiles. She was suiv of Lis love now. Vell-l!reil rricre r Mam. A somewhat curious school has been opened at Bangkok by an Eng lish lady. The pupils ao; 15 m num ber, and they are all princesses of the royal family in Siam. They are taught to do everything that a good housekeeper should do. They cock, wash clothes, bake, sweep the rooms, lay the table, arrange the flowers, and in short, learn to make themselves generally useful. They leave the school to be married at tho n.i-0 of 15, and it is said that a Siamese, princess now makes an admirably wifj. Lon don Globe. WfKt Hibikni'n Kindly fop. A West Hoboken policeman re mained on guard at th foot, of a tele graph pole three hours the uther fay to save a cat from tsrtjje. The eat had run to the top of the pole to es cape some boys. The cop stayed there to prevent th boys fnmi throwing stones until a linernr.n earn-: along and cot the cat.--Now York .ui.