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Captain Jam lilt hinond wa.i unb
end Into th po:ii in silence, und th'
door ilnh'd after him. It won not tin!
first time I y a cood many that he had
crossed the timdiold, but he hud not
before hid ii.iy dealing wit'.i the ir :
mt home H i etlll V.
"C;;';.In 11 hm-uid?" the secretary
queried with a quit k scrutiny of the
faro of bis visitor, who returned the
look as he Ur lined hi head. "Sit
down, Kir. 1 am pleased to meet you.
I understand that you were commls
loned by my predecessor to Inquire
Into the abuses In connection with the
control of Blackenham prison, and that
your inquiry was entirely successful.
I believe" with a smile "that you
were sentenced to four years, and
were liberated on a tt kd-of-lpave by
order of my predecessor, after eight
months' incarceration. Have you since
reported yourself to the police, as you
are bound to by the condition of the
ticket to do?"
"No," Captain Richmond replied, "I
have not reported myself."
"Good." returned the secretary, "that
will facilitate matters. I wish you, if
you are at liberty, and not disinclined
to return to prison life, to enter Shosh
nal prison, and see if you can got to the
root of the mystery there. If you care
to take up the matter, and are success
ful, you will not find this office un
grateful. When will you be ready tor
"The day after tomorrow, If that will
"Very well. Be In Chandos street
hetween 3 and 4 o'clock on Wednesday
morning, with a chisel and a few other
handy burglar's tools in your pockets.
Sergeant Crame will be there to ar
rest you, as before. I will arrange
that you serve your sentence at Shash
nal." "How shall I commuunicate with
"One of the visiting justices will
make a point of seeing you privately
whenever he visits Shashnal," the sec
retary replied. "You will say only as
little as necessary to-the justice; what
ever you tell him I shall know the same
day, so that if you will be able to see
me with very little delay. Have
made by wishes clear?"
"Perfectly so, sir."
"Is there anything I can do for you?"
"Nothing, unless you can expedite
my arrival at Shashnal. I am Itching
to get there."
"You are interested, ch? Well. I
cannot do much to expedite your sen
tence, but what can he done judicious
ly shall, I promise you.' The prelimi
naries must, of course, be extremely
annoying. I may add," the secretary
said, holding out his hand, "if you car
ry this matter through successfully
you may rely upon any influence I may
have in the matter of a queen's mes
sengerehip, for which I see your name
has been down some considerable
"I'll get to the root of the matter,"
Captain Richmond muttered, as he
walked toward the Strand, "if it has a
"Thirty-nine! Do you call that the
way to roll your bed?"
"What's the matter with it?"
"No back questions, please!" shouted
the warden, "or, as sure as your name's
'Arris I'll dock your grub! Roll that
bed. now, or report! Next time
He slammed the door to and went
down the corridor.
Thirty-nine smiled blandly after him
"When I get out of this and that
man is dismissed and I'll take good
care he is I'll waylay him and give
him one of the soundest hidings he ever
had. The question is, when shall
get out of here? Five days of the five
' years gone, and I don't see anything
ciueer. Still there's a decent balance
left for discoveries."
The cell door swung open and an
other warden looked in.
"Thirty-nine, talking! Won't d
lad won't do!
"Saying my prayers," replied Thirty
"Say 'em to yourself, my lad!"
And the door slammed to again.
Early in the evening of the same day
the head warden looked into cell thirty
nine. "All right?" he inquired genially, as
he locked Thirty-nine carefully over.
"Yes, thank you," the convict re
sponded with some surprise.
"Fell yourself as comfortable as at
Blackenham? 'Orrid 'ole, Blackenham!
Nearly as bad for the oflicers as the
prisoners. Was there four years my
self." Thirt3'-nme pricked up his ears
"My name's Williams," the warden
continued with increasing affability.
"Remember r:ie7 No? Well, p'raps
not. Can't say i remember you. But
we see so many new faces while you
don't, so I thought you might remem
ber me. Stop, though. Weren't you
n for coining at Blackenham? 'Ouse
breakin, eh? Well, well, every man
to 'is trade. But I seemed to connect,
j-our face with a prisoner we 'ad for
ecinin' cn a i-rc sea1'-' quite a small
mint 'e'd been. Sure you never tid
our 'and at coinin'? No? Well, well,
t must avo been my fancy, then.
Somebody noniethlng like you, I sup-
"YVhi't did he come for?" Thirty-
nine asked himself. "Clearly he had
niiifl definite object. I must cultivate
my friend Williams.
But Williams did not show hlmsd
again for some days, and then adopted
an entirely different manner.
Thirty-nine had been in Shasnal pris
on about three weok, when too Jus
tices paid their usual visit. Ho had
net long to wait for hl3 own call.
A tall, thin, lawyer-like man entered
tho coll, dismissed Williams with a
gesture, and turned to the convict. He
drew Thirty-nine to the further end
of the cell.
"I am diiected by the home office to
carry any commumvatlons. you have
to make." he said, In a whisper. "I
have pen and paper, if you want to
write. But be prompt."
Thirty-nino took the sheet of note
paper and the fountain pen, and
wrote a few hurried lines:
"I want a complete list of convic
tions against prisoners 78 and 24, now
here; also any other facts bearing npon
the nature of their crimes. Sooner.
th tetter. Convey through chaplain,
who la honest."
He dried the note on the slip of
blotting paper between tho leaves and
handed it to the ju3tlce.
A moment later he was alone in his
"It sounds a wild notion, I must ad
mit," he thought, "a very wild notion.
Perhaps I am wrong. But it Is queer
that 24 and 78 are never at labor, and
that they alone are nevet taken near
the governor's house. There may be
a dozen reasons for it, and it may have
no possible connection with Williams'
first visit to me, but there is something
radically wrong and 1 see no other
peg on which to hang my suspicion
than the privileges of these two men
and what Williams said to me. He has
never given me or anyone in my hear
ing a civil word or look tdnce."
Thirty-nine had to wait until the
next visit from the justices for, his an
swer from the home office, and In the
meantime he had discovered little that
supported his suspicions. But the let
ter the justice brought him gave him
the utmost satisfaction.
It gave a list of convictions against
the two prisoners whom Thirty-nine
had inquired about. Starting as a boy,
with petty larceny, Seventy-eight had
turned to burglary, purse snatching,
long-firm frauds and coining.
Twenty-four, a younger man.was the
son of the notorious "Jim Crow." His
first conviction was for stealing lead
piping from an empty house. He was
known to have assisted his father in
and, upon the death of "Jim Crow" in
herited 2000 or 3000, with which
he started himself as a bookmaker.
He lost his money, and was mobbed for
"welshing" at the Liverpol meeting in
18. Next he was arreated for at
tempting to pass bad money in Not
tingham, where a large quantity of
base coin had been circulating for a
period which corresponded with the
length of time he had been in the town.
Later he was sentenced to four years
for passing baSe coins.
"Any message to take back? You
had better not keep this paper," said
"No. Will you return it to the of
fice? I will write a message back."
He took a pencil from his visitor, and
"Endeavor to trace movements of
every coiner who has passed through
here movements since they left. Want
my discharge, for time being."
Three days later a warden entered
the cell of Thirty-nine and threw
down upon the pallet a bundle of
I iiVirtc. T"iir.tf t.Tnn Aur-rt i
Thirty-nine had entered the prison.
"You've got to change an' come to
the governor's," he said.
Thirty-nine changed and followed
the warden down the corridor, across
the central hall, into the governor's
The governor sat at his table, and
two men in ordinary ciothes stood by.
"You're transferred to Portland,
Thirty-nine, under an order from the
home office," said the governor. "These
oflicers are here to fetch you. If you
give me your word not to molest them
or attempt to escape you shall not be
"I won't get up to no game, sir, and
thank you," Thirty nine replied.
He was struck by the fact that his
escort were in plain clothes. But it
occurred to him that prisoners were not
then conveyed from prison to prison
in their convict dress, as had been the
rule, and it was therefore only consist
ent that wardens should not be in their
uniform, or the spirit of the reform
would be lost.
His custodian ushered him into a fly
that was waiting in the prison yard,
and. as they took their :uat3 facing
him, the tlJtr niun smiled, nd said
"I rxp.xt you can through
"I think m." Thlrty-nino replied.
"We shall take you to tho station, if
you've n.) objection, or tho the driver
may vm- a rat. There in a Bret-da
to Imdon. and two sovereigns I wa
Instructed to hand you for your re
They alighted at tho station and
paused through the booking lobby.
"That Is your train waiting, sir,"
said the second officer, "so we'll wish
you a respectful good morning. We're
not returning till a later train."
"Good morning," replied Captain
Richmond, as the train moved out of
Arrived at the metropolitan termi
nus, ex-Thirty nine got into a hansom
and drove away to his chambers. An
hour later, attired in a smart morning
suit, he was shaking hands with the
"You were in a hurry to get out," the
secretary said, with a deprecating
smile. "I'm afraid you cannot have
discovered much In the time."
"I don't think I could have learnt
more had I remained," Richmond re;
sponded. "I have drawn somo surpris
ing conclusions, and the test must be
put from outside. I have only to wait
now for the reports concerning the
movements of coiners who have passed
"Here are tha records of three cases.
I can get others for you, if necasasry.
Why you pick upon coiners I don't
"On the other hand, these records,"
Richmond returned, a slight color
mounting to his face, "appear to con
firm my suspicions. Does It not strike
you as being strange, sir, that each of
these men left the country almost im
mediately npon being released from
Shasnal? I note one went to Australia,
where he bought a small farm, which
he has since successfully cultivated;
another went to America, where he
quickly ran through a sum of money
which was considerable for a man of
his position, and then turned his atten
tion to forgery; the last went out to
Durban, bought the good will of a
small public house, and drank himself
to death. In this taste for emigration,
which seems to have been inculcated at
Shasnal to one convicted for coining,
I eeem to see a great deal to support
''Which are?" interorgated the sec
retary. "That there Is a secret mint . at
"Preposterous!" the minister ejacu
ulated. "A mint in one of her maj
esty's prisons? Dear, dear! You must
think of something more likely more
"Pardon me; but I cannot think of
anything more possible to a man in
the governor's position, who had the
Instincts of an enterprising criminal.
He has every facility immunity from
raids, unlimited strong cells, which
could readily be turned into work
shops, a pretty regular succession of
skilled coiners, whose assistance cuuld
be bought for leniency and a Utile
money to start them on their release
from prison, and whose secrecy could
be absolutely relied upon."
"Looked at like that, it appears pos
sible; but it is rather risky to base
cemclusions upon mere possibilities,"
the secretary replied, with quiet cyni
cism. "I aon't at least, not entirely. War
der Williams attempted to discover
whether I had done any coining. He
was remarkably genial until he learned
that I had not, when he became surly
f.lmost to brutality. He was remark
r.bly genial to Seventy-eight and Twenty-four,
who were the only men in
Shashnal who had any coining. These
two men were never in the labor yard.
Why? They always looked pictures of
health. Time after time I saw them
center or leave the entrance of the base
ment cells, at the side of the governor's
house, which were condemned three
years ago as unhealthy."
"Ah! we have something tangible
in the use of the condemned basement
cells," the secretary said thoughtfully.
"That matter shall be inquired into at
once. The best thing you can do is
to send in your report, Captain Rich
mond, and then we can duly consider
He rose, blandily, and held out his
Next day Captain Richmond received
a check for his services. He tore it up
In disgust, and then wished he had not.
He was still debating in his mind
whether he could ask for another check
when he received an official document
appointing him a queen's messenger.
For a time he wa3 puzzled to know
why he had been appointed. But he
was not kept long in the dark, for he
was called to the home .office, where
the secretary graciously apologized for
having scouted the coining theory.
Two prison commissioners had visited
Shashnal to inquire why the basement
cells were being used. It was denied
lhat such was the case. The commis
sioners demanded to look over the
basement. No one knew where the
lays were. Other obstacles were put
in the commissioners' path, but every
thing was overruled and the basement
opened by force.
"Discoveii'.s were made which left
ro doubt that your condudon was only
twj twcurately drawn," sail the P"cre
taty, hovering between confidence and
Jdiit'nee. "The pov.'ruor redjrtied be.
lore tlj-j (ommlHslonerfi )eU, and tho
deputy roverror wxs appointed n a
Hop-gap. xh? same cvir.ing a raid
va made vpon a pa v. .itroi.ei ' flop
in Mil? Ei'd, hc.u ny Warder William'
liothcr, and lx't ween 400 and
of baa coin wn found there. Strange
to fay, the police have been Interewted
In that shop for home time, owing to
the frequent complaint of sailors, who
iaigely frequent it, that bud money
had there been foisted upon them. Tho
business was un excellent medium for
pis.dng the coins. We are Inquiring
what other methods were also adopted.
Considerable changes will bo made at
Shashnal, Lut It la undesirable that
the matter should become public
knowledge," tho secretary concluded.
"The profits appear to have been very
considerable, and the coins are really
masterpieces of their kind."
TOO MUCH FOR HIS PHILOSOPHY.
A rrble far Those Who Approach Ques
tions from the Wrong: Hide.
A Virginian member of congress
used many years ago to tell a story
which may have been Intended as a
parabls for politicians who approach
questions from the wrong side. It is
Kill capable of rerforr.ii.g that otflce,
not only for politician, but for oth
ers. The proprietor of a tanyard built
a stand on cne of the main streets of
a Virginia town for the purpose of
selling leather and buying raw hides.
When he had completed the build
ii'g, he considered for a long time
what sort of a sign to put up to at
tract attention to the new establish
ment. Finally a happy thought
struck him. He bored an augur hole
through the dcor post and stuck a
calf's tall into It with the tufted end
After a while te saw a solemn-faced
nan standing near the door looking
at the sign, his eyes In a round, medi
tative staro behind his spectacles. Tho
tanner watched him a minute, then
stepped out and addressed him.
"Good morning, sir!" he said.
"Morning!" said the other, without
taking his eyes off the sign.
"Want to buy leather?" asked the
"Got any hides to sell?"
"Are you a farmer1?"
"What are you then?"
"I'm a philosopher. I've de&ii stand
ing here for an hour trying to figure
out how that calf got through that
augur hole." Youth's Companion. .
Metaphor of the Sea.
"Let me put in my oar," said a gen
tleman as he joined three of his ac
quaintances in the Waldorf-Astoria
cafe the other night and took a seat at
a table with them.
"That is about the twentieth meta
phor of that sort that I have heard to
night," answered one of the others,
"and it seems so very strange that we
should borrow so many of ourfl gures
from the sea. I never thought of It
before, but it is curious. I have never
been closely associated with the water,
and I don't believe that any of you have
and yet we are using sea terms all of
the time. They are wonderfully ex
pressive, too, and I don't know what
we would do without them.
"You want to put in 'your oar,' a mo
ment ago some one talked about being
'all adrift,' and I admitted that I was
'at sea.' We talk about our 'weather
eye,' being 'spliced,' our 'mainstay' and
all that sort of stuff. We know what
it is to 'cast an anchor to the wind
ward,' to 'back and fill,' to 'steer
through, to be 'taken aback' and to
have 'the wind taken out of our sails.'
"We 'spin a yarn,' try 'the . othe
tack,' 'launch' enterprises, get them
'under full sail,' and often 'wreck
them. we cry ior any port in u
storm,' 'take in a reef,' get to our
rope's end,' 'run hefore the wind' ami
sometimes 'keel over.' So it goes on
until I believe we can talk about
almost everything in the language of
the sea." New York Herald.
Their Skins Light Flv.
The blue and green colors of frogs,
lizards( .ertain fishes and other verte
brates have been investigated. A
black pigment causes the blue color
by what Pouchet called "cerulescence,"
or kind cf fluorescence, and the green
color is due to a mixture of black
and yellow pigments. The colored
skins seem to serve as sieves for sep
arating useful and harmful light. The
useful red heat rays are allowed to
pass, but the violet and the ultra-violet,
which induce skin diseases or oth
er ill-effects, are reflected.
Work of Oilofw GlrU.
Chineie girls are to be employed in
San Francisco as telephone operators.
There are so many Chinese inhabitants
using the telephone there that operate
or who speak th-i language are in demand.
CUAINT AND CUHIQUS.
Cm wan flrnt u-cl a a street II
itim!n$.!it In Baltimore, MJ.,
lamp bdng ltroducil la that dty
St tho year 1810.
In t?K town of Manzar.i.re. In
Spain, the birth of the first yt ar of
thin century wu curiously Imnored
by the municipality. Having recog
nized th? claim of the expiring year
by paying the funeral expense oft no
last Inhabitant of tho town to die In
If, the local uut',orlty undertook to
bear tho cost of the education of tho
first child born In the? new year.
Considerable reward are paid In
India for the dn.drwtton of wild ani
mal and venomou snake, tho gov
ernment jfaylng In res poet of a tiger
belg 50 rupee or thereabouts. Somo
cautlon.however.ha to be cerdsed in
the distribution of those reward, and
It Is an old story that in one district,
in which a fair sum wa offered for
dead cobras brought in, the simple
minded natives took to breeding them
ami cobra farming, while it lasted,
showed an excellent return on a mod
erate outlay of capital and labor.
The latest surgical triumph i tho
grafting of a new set of upper and
lower eyelids to the eyes of a man
who lost his original set in a fire. Tho
accident had left both eyeballs en
tirely unprotected, and hero was dan
ger of the victim losing his sight en
tirely. It was resolved to replace them
by grafting four new eyelids If pos
sible, by taking the skin from tho
hip of the patient. It was necessary
to proceed slowly, but the experi
ment was successful from tho start.
The four new eyelid? performed their
normal functions naturally.
An ancient royal charter conferred
on the mayor and corporation of tho
city of Cork jurisdiction "over tho
harbor as well as the rivers, creeks
and bays within the same," and this
jurisdiction Is maintained by mark
ing its boundary every three years by
casting into the sea, at a point about
three miks outside the harbor, a dart
or javelin, to mark the seaward
bounds of these rights. On such oc
casions the mayor proceeds in stato
to the point In question, accompanied
by the members of the corporation
and a number of the leading citizens,
and performs the ancient ceremony.
The present lord mayor performed
the ceremony in the presence of a
large company last May.
Itesult of a I-ove 1'otlon.
The following humorous story of
how nuptial festivities are sometimes
disturbed in Berlin is worth recording.
Recently, after the performance of the
civil function, at the register's office,
and after the pastor had administered
the blessing of the church, an engrav
er and his young bride were sitting
with the wedding guests in the parlor
of the bride's father, sipping their
after-dinner coffee. The bride hap
pened to be of a superstitious nature,
f.nd had procured from some old dame,
cunning in the dark science, a powder
which was to insure the constant love
of her husband. The bride surrepti
tiously produced the packet of pow
der, and emptied into her spouse's cup,
unobserved by him, as she thought.
To her pleasant surprise, however,
he had no sooner tasted the nauseous
draught than he spat it out again, and
gave his better half a loud box on the
ear. The bride was not accustomed to
delicate attentions of this kind, ana
her brothers resented it by rushing at
htr husband and giving him a thor
ough good pummeling. Very soon the
fight became general, and tables and
chairs were upset in all directions.
Finally peace was restored, but the
combatants had to get their heads
bound up. The young bride was so
disgusted, however, that she refused
to accompany her husband to their
new home, so he had to proceed
thither alone, all covered with wounds.
New York Tribune.
Italians in Ai'sentinu.
We have no immigration from the
north of Europe. All attempts to se
cure it have failed, for reasons which
are not difficult to understand. Im
migrants from the north of Europe
do not fit in well with the conditions
here. The Irish colonists, the Amer
ican colonists, the Welsh colonists and
the Mennonite colonists have all
shown that this kind of immigration
on any large scale does not prosper,
while the Italian does. He is indus
trious, he is saving, he is a hard work
er, he is a peaceable man, he is modest
in his demands on the country, he i3
a family man, and while he may be
ignorant, he wants his children to
have an education and he affiliates
with the native Argentine and identi
fies himself with the country as no
one from the north of Europe does.
Buenos Ayres Herald.
The native blacksmiths of the Kon
go smelt very good iron from fine ore,
in which the country abounds, from
which they make knives and spear
heads, many of which have artistic