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Simon S. Tieilson o! Beadle County-,. DAi".,. Kills
Four Persons and Bhen HimselfTwo of the
Victims Women, One Being Slaughtered While
on Her Knees Vainly Craring Mercy.
Huron, Dab.. Soeeial Telegram, June 6.
A quadrupple murder and suiqide occurred
in Lake Byron, this (Beadle) county, to
day. Simon S. ^Neilson came to the coun
in July, 1879, took up laud
south of Cavour and lived there
three years. He was regarded
by his neighbors as & law-abiding citizen,
although of strong passions, of average in
telligence, and a hard worker and did not
meddle with his neighbors-nor their affairs.
He as one of the lirst commissioners of
Beadle county andserved threeyears. Five
years ago, when what are known as the
"Cameron claims" were thrown open
to settlement, Neilson. took up one.
uNirs. Flo ra E. Shaw, a widow, with her sis
ter, Miss Alice JS. Lvman, from Geauga
county, Ohio, came to Huron in April,
1S82. They immediately filed on thequa r
ter section of land which Neilson had put
some kind of a filing on, but it was reported
that Neilson had land covered up
under fictitious names, and tfaev,
seeing that he did not live on the
claim, built their house and moved
into it. After the usual contests, the sec
retary of interior gave the land to Mrs.
Shaw, and Neilson would not leave the
premises. Last Friday, when young Shaw
attempted to work on the land, Neilson
took a Winchester rifle and threatened to
shoot him if he did not leave, which he did.
This morning E. S. Lyman, a brother of
Mrs. bhaw and Miss Lyman, Convin Shaw,
the t\\ ladies and A. Kelsey, a neighbor
v\ho lives two miles away, all
went to the field to work. Mr. Lyman and
Mr. Shaw began plowing. The women re
mained at the edge of the neld. Mr. Kel
sey had ot begun to work. He did ot
want to go for he feared trouble, inasmuch
as he had beeu threatened with death by
When Corwinhad plowed across the field
withLymanjustbehindhim, and turned to
make another furrow, Neilson came out
with a V\ inehe&ter rifle and sh ot at Lyman,
who dashed behind his horses and was not
hit. Lyman called to all: "Run for your
lives'" Corwin ran, but fell dead, sh ot
througli the heart, the ball entering his
back at a distance of thirty yard s. Neil
son fired at Kelsey, who fell shot through
the right lung and one kidney, and Neil
son supposed him dead. By this time
the murderer had got up to the two
women, who stopped and faced him. When
they saw that Corwin had fallen they ran
no lurther. Mr. Lyman says that Neilson
then came up to the women, talked to
them, reloaded his gun and then deliberate
ly shot each olthem to death. When Miss
Lyman was shot shewas seen by her broth
er to be kneeling belore the tigerhke
monster piteonsly pleading for her life,
but he knew no mercy. He ut the muz
zle of the Winchester close to her face and
shot her in the left temple. She v\as found
by the deputy sheriff on her face and knees'
with her head towa rd the direction from
which her murderer approached her. Her
face was blackened with powder. Neilson
then pulled out lus knife and stabbed her
in the right breast, and his appetite lor
otheis' blood v\as satiated.
lie walked passed the three he had kill
ed, and onward toward home, which he
soon reached. Then Neilson went into the
house and said to his wife. "There's three
less of them." Then he went outside where
his horse was saddled as though he would
ride away, but in a moment a report of a
gun was heard, and as Mrs. Neilson went
to the door she saw him fall dead to the
ground, a bullet in his right temple. Kel
sey died soon after being shot. The par
ents of the ladies who were killed live in
Chester, Geauga county, Ohio.
nOI^lES' HOSPITAL HYMIf.
Oliver Wendell Holmes sent the following
poem or hv ran for the opening of a hospit
al at Hudson, Wis., that bears his nam e:
An col of love, for every grief
Its soothing balm thy mercy brings,
For e\ery pang its healing leaf,
For homeless want,thine outspread wings:
Enough for thee the pleeding eye,
The knitted brow of silent pain
The portals open to a sigh
Without the clank of bolt or chain.
Who is our brother
0 He that lies
Left at the wayside, bruised and sore
His need our open hand supplies,
His welcome waits him at our door.
Not ours to ask in freezing toneR
His race, is calling, or his creed
Each heart the tie of kinship owns.
When these are human veins that bleed.
Here stands the champions to defend
Fr om every wound that flesh can feel
Heie science, patience, skill, shall blend
To save, to calm, to help, to heal.
Father of Mercies' Weak and frail,
Tny guiding hand. Thy children ask
Let not the Great Physician fail
To aid us in our holy tabic,
Source of all truth and love and light,
That warm and cheer our earthly days,
Be i urs to servo Thy will aright,
Be thine the glory and praise!
Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Olhcr Wendell Holmes Hospital.
This noble institution at Hudson. Wis.,
was dedicated a few days ago with appro
priate ceremonies. A large concourse of
people wc-e assembled upon the grounds.
After the band had discoursed music and
a prayer v\ as offered by Rev. C. A. Van An
a of Minneapolis, President Barlow, in
the absence of Mayor Phipps, annonnced
Dr. C. H. Hunt er who delivered an
eloquent presentation address.
was lollowed by Dr. Irvin D. Wildrout
the founder of the institution, who in an
address presented the aims of the insti
tution. The dedicatory address was by
Hon. H. A. Taylor. It was an able effort.
The Oliver Wendell Holmes hospital is oneof
the finest structures of the kind in'the West,
and its cost is about 30,000. Dr Wildrout,
the founder, conceived the enterprise two
years ago. The hospital stands on a ood
ed slope of Willow river, a mile from its
mouth, overlooking Lake Mallalieu, an ex
panse of the river and a broad sweep of
the St. Croix. The hospital is built on the
highest point, over ninety feet above the
lake. The medical staff includes Dr. Wild
rout, physician in charge Dr. Samuel C.
Johnson, Dr. C. Merkle, icsideut physi
cian, Dr. W. Eply, microecopist, Rev.
M. Benson, superintendent Mrs. M. Benson,
matron Alcinda Autrn. superintendent of
Tho Boom on Lake Superior.
As an indication of the amount of freight
coming west by way of the lakes, the Wall
Street News has the following:
The quantities of freight offering to ves
sels running from Cleveland to points on
La ke Superior and Michigan, is so much
heyond their carrying capacity that the
Pittsburg & Lake Erie, Pittsburg & West
ern, and the Pennsylvania company have,
therefore, been compelled to withdraw th6
,rail and water rates they offered to those
Ipoints some weekfl ago. This indicates
[that the high all-rail rates necessitated by
the interstate law are forcing more traffic
to the water lines than the latter can take
jcare of. It's all right for the Pennsylvania
and other roa ds named, but may be all
rong for the Western roads who are los
ing the business.
John Lenfest, of'Minneapolis-,. was^kilTed?
at Breckenridge. f#|3F flfi
Winona Special: Gne Geehrihg- of AtlanT
ta, Ga is under arrest on suspicion of
having stolen 200 from-his roommate air
the Milwaukee house a. few weeks ago- Ins
his tru nk were found several suits i
clothes, though, tob disguises, also hair,
false whiskers,-d ark, lantern^ etc-
Fourty-four car loads of sugar and1
up arrived in St. Paul over the Manitoba-
coming from San Francisco via the Can**
dian Pacific. The Bhipment eonsists of
4,000 barrels and 1,500 sacks.ol &ug.aB
and 295 barrels of syrup
Mr. Franklin Cook, an early resident o
Minneapolis, died recently at his honse
He has been a navy eontract or and bridge
builder, and under Gen. Warr en had
charge of the improvements of. the Missis
sippi riven between! the two- cities, and
personally superintended the construction
ol the apron of,the-Fall* of St. Anthony.
Application! was- made- to- Go-v. McGill by
the governor of Nebraska for a requisition
for J. Hartigaui of Tracey. this state.
The grounJs for the request are that Har
tigan has been guilty of conspiracy grow
ing out of the-osganization and subsequent
transactions^ oi a bank at Traeey. The
requisition was denied on the ground that
Hartig an had, never been in Nebraska.
Gov. McGill has received information
from Norman, Colman, commissioner of
agriculture, that pleuro-pneumonia exists
in the folio-wing counties in the various
states named: New YorkWestchester,
Richmond, Kings, Queen's, Suffolk and New
York MainlandHoward. Baltimore,
Carroll, and Prince George IllinoisCook
county. The circular conveying the an
nouncement is dated May 24.
The Minnesota Historical society is the
fortunate recipient of splendidly painted
oil portraits of two of the best known
pioneers of the stateNorman W. Kitts on
and Henry H. Sibley. They are the gift of
Jame .Hill, who had them expressly execut
ed by Mr. Blight, one ol the mo st talented
porbrait painters who ever visited this
Mr. 'Oakes, for the Northern Pacific,
maintains that the sta te railroad com
missioners have no jurisdiction in a mat
ter of tariff on ties.
J. M. Mayfield, in Minneapolis shoots
and perhaps fatally wounds C. C. Winslow,
a sewing machine agent.
The June term of the United States dis"
trict court is adjourned by Judge Nelson
at Winona, because no funds are available.
At Herman, JohnT. Linfest,cook for the
Western Onion telegraph gang on the Aber
deen extension of the St. Paul,Minneapolis
& Manitoba railroad, was found dead. A
post mortem found that death was caused
by a fall, causing concussion of the brain.
Tho deceased was a member of St. John's
lodge. A. & M,., Stillwater, also of G. A.
R. post No. 72, Minneapolis.
At Anoka, a son of J. W. Hill,aged 12
years, was drowned in the Rum river while
bathinc. Mr- Hill lost two daughters
within the pa st five weeks from measles,
and within the past three years has lost
his wife and children, three small children
only remaining out of a family of eight.
At the special election at Brown's Valley
to ote on the question of issuing bonds
to aid in building the canal between Trav
erse and Big Stone lakes, the proposition
was carried with but one dissenting vote.
The bonds voted are 35,000.
T. Jacobson, twenty-one years old, in
the employ of the North Minneapolis plan
in' null, while in bathing among the logs
in the pond between the falls and Union
depot was drowned.
Robert E. Gleason, foreman of the Turn
bull saw mill at Oak Par k, near Stillwater
was instantly killed. He slipped and fell,
and was caught between a belt and a bul
ley and carried arou nd the latter until
crushed to death. His body was very
badlv mangled. The deceased was forty
five years of ago, a native of New York.
John Crett, a young Pole, was brought
down from Albany, on theManitoba road,
in St. Cloud, and lodged in jail accused of
outraging Anna, the fourteen-year-old
daughter of Joseph Zimmerman, who lives
near there. He narrow ly escaped lynching.
The railroad commissioners have return
ed from an extended trip in the northern
part of the state. They report a strong
sentiment in opposition of the long and
short haul clause in either the state or in
terstate laws at all points where the mat
ter was considered.
The divorce suit commenced in the dis
trict court at Minneapolis by Emma As
trope against Thomas Astrope is some
thing of a novelty in divorce litigation.
The plaintiff is about sixty years old, and
the defendant eighty. They were married
in Oshkosh in 1817 and lived together un
til 1878, when, as the plaintiff alleges, by
reason of his ciuel treatme nt toward her
she was compelled to leave him to save her
The G. A. R. encampment at Albert
Leo was a fine affair and largely attende d.
Kaufman A Pearlman, pawnbrokers and
clothiers of Mankato, v\ere closed up un
der an attachment suit instituted by
Strauss & Co. of Chicago, and an assign
ment was made to W. G. Hoerr.
Christopher Craft, a well-to-do Swede of
Prior, was dro.vneu in Big Stone lake
while fishing from a leaky boat, which
sank with him.
Lannie Mc Wee. the well known billiard
expert, of Minneapolis falls from a front
third-story window in a delerium and sus
tained fatal injuries.
In tho district court at Mankato the case
of John C. Porter against H. E. Salesburg
and Cornelius Wampler, returned a ver
dict for defendants. The action was for
15,000 damages for personal injuries sus
tained while at work en the New Ulm
school house in 1S84, through scaffolding
giving away. The defendants were the con
A "solitary" building for insane and un
ruly convicts is to be erected at Stillwater.
The final arrangements for the Catholic
Total Abstinence convention at St. Paul
have been completed. The clergy of the
diocese, officers and ex-officers of the Cru
saders Union and presidents of various so
cieties will be invited to be present at the
mass meeting to be held on the evening of
June 15. Large delegations from various
neighboring cities are expected to be pres
The secretary of the treasury has author
ized the employment of six nurses to at
tend the sick in the barracks hospital,Key
West, Fla., and four guards to protect the
property of persons removed to the hos
At Philadelphia, Robert G. Hall, aged
thirty-four years, shot and killed Mrs. Lil
lian Rivers, aged thirty years, on North
Tenth street, where the couple were living
as 'ran and wife under the name of Bur
ton. Mrs. Rivers was the wife of James
W. Rivers, an actor known to the profess
ion as James Reynolds. A policeman on
going to the room found Mrs. Rivers dead,
with two bullet holes in her head and her
throat cut. Hall was lying on the floor
unconscious, he having ut his throat with
a razor. In the room was also found a
marriage contract signed Robert G. Bur
ton and Lillian E. Rivers, in which they
pledge themselves in marriage "the same,
as though such had been consummated by
ceremony." When Hall found that his
efforts to take his life were unavailing he
tore the flesh from the wound with his
BTfBdfora*ed and alone I stand,
With unknown threshold*.on each nand},.
The darkness deepens as I fcrope
Afraid: to fear, afraid to hope
Yet this one thing I learn to know
Each day more surely as I go.
That doors are opened, nays are mad6
Buordens are lifted or are laid
By some great law unseen and 8till4|
DMathomed purpose to fulfill,
"Not as I wm.
Blindfolded and alone fiwait #Jt
Loss seems too bitter, sawn too lafcs}-.
Too beavv burdens in the load,
And too few helpers on the road
And joy is weak and grief is stroag,-*-
And ears and days sodons, so long
Yet this one thing I le*n* to know,*-
Each day more surely as I go,
That I am glad the good and ill
By changeless law ar ordered stilbf
"Not as I will." \*,t
"Not as I will!" the ound grows sweefc ZA
Each time my lips the words repeat }^t
"Not as I will," the darkness feels
More safe than light when this thought, steels
Like whispered voice to calm and Jblea*.
All nnrgsc and all loneliness.
"Not as I will," because the One s.&rV
Who loved us first and last has gone
Before us on, the road, and still t"
For us must all his love fulfill*-
T-Selm J3\int Jfaskson*
From Gefge to Gretna
A pondeuous step sounded ii% the
narrow hallway and? a succession of
thunderingknocks rueide my door rattle
on its hinges. I recognized fehat heavy
step, so like the tsead of an, enraged
elephant* and wondered what under
heaven iad brought Major- Philpot to
my hunable lodgiags. Before I eonld
answer the raps, the door was burst
violently open, disclosing the colossal
figure of the choleric major, who evi
dently in a towering rage, stalked
across the floor,, and seated himself in
the only safe chair the place afforded.
I'm far from, be.ng a rich man, you
"Hope I see you well," I began po
litely, scarcely knowing just how to
take him, for his, uncertain temper
was a sub|ect for comment by all who
knew or bad ever heard of him.
"Hope you do, sir yes, sir," roared
he, bringing his cane down on the
Boor with a bang. "You're old George
Green, ain't you?"
"I am George Green, at your ser
vice, sir," said I, smothering my in
dignation at his brusque manner, "and,
as to my age"
"To the devil with your age, man!"
interrupted the major with a grunt.
"Who the duce cares how old you are?
Keep that as a choice morsel for tea
drinking women. I come to see you
to-day because I have heard about you,
and I am told you are the very man I
want to do business with."
"You do me proud!" said I, as the
major paused for want of breath.
"Shall be happy, to serve you in my
small way, if"
"Lord save us!" ejaculated the ma
jor, growing alarmingly red in the face
In his efforts to make himself heard the
full length of the block. "Why on
Barth don't you keep still and let me
speak? Only one man may talk when
L'm around, and I'm that man! D'ye
"Anybody can hear you that choses
to listen, if he isn't as deaf as a door-
The major is a rich man and I am
not, but there the difference in favor of
the major ends and perhaps nobody
ever had talked to him like this before.
Any way, he calmed a trifle.
"I'm told you are a detective," he
growled, in a deep bass that had all
the effect of pent-up thunder in my lit
I flattered nryself that if, as they say
it is, "brevity is the soul of wit," my
reply must absolutely have had a par
alyzing effect on the doughty major.
But nothing of the sort. On the con
trary, he actually seemed to be pleas
ed, I had said so little.
Til tell you what it is, Grean," he
broke out presently, in a stentorian
tone, "I am in a dreadful fix, and I
want your help, Understand?"
"There's my daughter. You've
heard of my daughter haven't vou?"
"Often," "And she's got no end of beaux and
6uch like fol-de-rols. They all swear
by the crook of her little finger that
she's the one object ot the world worth
"To be sure."
"And what with the fifty thousand
dollors that her grandmother left her
Fifty thousand gold dollars! think of
it!I don't feel inclined to dispute the
point. By ardent young men, ladies
with fifty thousand dollar bank accounts
are objects to be desired, and my Ara
bella seems to be no exception. But,
sir," and the irate father brought his
mighty fist down with a resounding
whack on his ponderous leg that
threatened to split the broadcloth, and
rising to his full height, he fairly bel
lowed, "if my daughter Arabella's
judgment is blinded by the little god
called Cupid, Arabella's dad, sir, is up
and coming, and feels himself able to
cope with a thousand fortune-hunting
lovers let them come singly or in pairs
or in battalions, even!"
"I've no doubt about that," as the
major paused to gather in a little wind,
and glared wickedly from the corner
of his one eye "and, if I understand it,
you want my assistance in outwitting
"That's the very thing!" roared he,
in a tone that made the windows rat
tle. "That's just it, exactly! You've
hit the nail slap on the head! It's this
way: My Arabella has actually lost
her senses, and gone head over heels
in love with young Pillkinsknow
"Intimately." "Poorer than a church moose, proud
er than Lucifer, and a demned demo
crat in politics! By the Lord Harry!
Arabella needn't think for a minute
that she can foist young Pillkins on
her old dad as bis son-in-law. No,
sirree. I hate his poverty. I hate his
*is very name^Paans^pab^,}}mpo88i6tet^bVTeonstan%a*
''Do. I'll give you a hundred dollars
to help me outwit-the rascally Pillkins.
He's entirely too smart in his own esti
mat on. And if he thinks he will ever
feather his nest'figuratively speak
ing, of coursewith Arabella's $50,000,
why, then, he'll do it through old Phil
pot's mistakethat's all."
"You can degend upon- me, and I
never expect to earn a hundred
dollars more easily than I will to-night,
my dear major. Let me see: tube
rosesdark wrapswaiting carriage at
about three o'clock in the morning. I
give you my word Major Philpot, that
if Pillkins 'gets at Arrabella tonight
you may use my head for a football."
"Good. I'll expect vou early" and
with that he tore himself away.
I hired an elaborate evening suit and
took my way to Philpot mansion. The
major lived in an elegant style in a big
stone-house on Schuyler avenue. He had
given me a card, which I sent up by a
servant. Instantly the major came in
to the study where the servant had con
ducted me to wait a moment.
"Gad!" says he, "you look like a
"I am a dandy," says I, for to-night,
any way. How goes it
"Lovely. Arabella suspects nothing.
She is rather more affectionate than
common, but, in view of her intended
flight, perhaps not more so than is na
A heavy velvet curtain that con
cealed a doorway trembled slightly
and caught my attentien for a moment.
What if somebody should overhear us
but no, that was impossible. I stepped
toward the curtain, but at that moment
the beautiful Arabella herself appeared
in the farther recess.
"My daughter, this is Mr, Sidewin
der, of Columbus. Miss Phlipot, Mr.
Sidewinder," says the major, introdu
The major and I had agreed that I
should be known that evening as Mr.
Sidewinder from Ohioa particular
friend of his whom he had not met
within a long time.
As an old friend of her father's I
hope Miss Philpot will preserve me a
few of the dances on her tablet," said
I tp the young lady.
"As many as you like," she sakl af
fably, and I marked as many as I
She was called away just then by a lot
of fresh arrivals but 1 managed soon
to make my way through the crowd
into the ball room. I knew she would
not attempt to leave the house before
supper, so there was nothing to worry
myself about You know it is not often
that a poor detective gets a chance to
mingle "with the fashionable swells as
an equal, and I wanted to make the
best of it.
Whenever I thought of Pillkinsand
it was often enough to keep me in good
humorI could not help but laugh in
my sleeve at the trick we were going
to play on him. To earn a hundred
dollars and be revenged on your enemy
at the same time is enough to make
anybody cheerful, and Miss Philpot
had no occasion to complain of inatten
tion on my part, when in course of the
evening I claimed her for a partner. I
danced her and I iced her and I walk
ed heir four thousand miles, I firmly
believe, around the big conservatory.
I frequently caught the major's eye,
but he smiled the broadest kind of ap
proval, and long before supper time "I
had earned the undying hatred of a
score of young fellows who envied me
my good luck in putting the rest of
her admirers in the shadeso to speak.
As the hour grew later I noticed Miss
Philpot began to cast furtive glances
toward the little study. The major,
busy with his guest still took time to
send me two lines by a servant, bid
ding me to be on my guard. I deter*
mined not to take my eyes off his way*
was a lawyer, andVonce upon stiU I hovered near enough to see-erery Pilkine was a lawyer ancfronc upon
'a time- had been a rival of my own. .He
was proud he was poor and, more
over, be was my sworn enemy. If I
could spoil his prospects f'marriag
with the major's heiress. I determined
to tk so. Here was my revenge, and
revenge is sweet. That is,,tUose^^rho
have had an opportunity to kabiv^s
ib, and I believe them.
"Pillkins knows what I tMok of
trying to marry my daughter. PvV
told him. Not only have I told him, in
plain words that he is a fortune-hunter,
but I enforced it by kicking him ofl
the front piazza no longer ago than
this morning," went on the major.|?|
^"And what did he say to^that?"
^""Say," roared Philpot, prancing an
grily about the room. "Good Lord!
He just got up, bowed politely, lifted
his hat, if you'll believe me! the impu
dent dog! and, says he, 'Sineeda you adoptf
or 111 die trying t.o win her,
Bu he' mistaken no Pill- jbrook lifted her head and glanced caus-
ever wed a Philpotnerish -aally in my direction. The stream of
people melted away from before her
athought. elopement'and I As I pushed my way through the crowd
note not two hours ago*, in which he
gave her the details, and set the time, wide open door.
even to the hour*. It is, to take place
to-night We give a grand party, you
know, and she is to slip away" after ward her. determined to "keep her
supper, when the carriages are drawn within reachiug distance. At that mo-
up in line before the pavement and the
guests are taking iheir departure.
She is to put on a long dark wrap, and
carry a tuberose ia. her hand., by
which he is to recognize her. There is
to be a carriage handy. She is to, enter
it, and the driver is to go to thedevil.
But, unknown to Mr. Pillkins, Arabel
la's old dad is to put in his appearance,
and Arabella herself is to be yanked up
stairs and sent to,to.bed."
"And what ani*l to do?"
"You are to come to the ball as a
guest. I will introduce you to my
daughter, and you must shadow her
during the the whole evening. She
must not be allowed to. evade us.
I would go hoaae now and lock her up
and have an end to it all but for
the party. It would never do for
her to be absent when our guest
arrives. I've spent a small for
tune on this party, and I want it to be
a success, and I am determined not to
give up the entertainment, nor to allow
Pillkins to run awav with Arabella,"
"I'll be there early," said I, earger-
enough to see-erer
motion a her part. What puzzled me
post was the fact that, contrary to -our
expectation!, she made no motion to.
leave the parlors. It was long past
2'o* clock. The dancers had tired them
selves- out sand were scattered here and
there in the dressing rooms, or stood
'wrapped and ready to make their
hdieux. The time had come, if at all,
When the elopement would be attempt
ed. I gradually approached Miss Phil
poty but a erowd of people were-around
"Carnage for'the Misses Eenton,"
carriage for Colonel Bellairs." "car
i-iage for Mr. Parkinson and ladies,"
fcried a number of voices at oace, and
a stream of people streamed down the
proad steps. Miss Philpot languidly
(advanced into the hall. I .followed
(Dlosely. She was without the* prescrib
ed wrap an" the tuberoses.p Shte fanedark
heroic treatment, my deahumajor I feel 'seemed not to have the slightest idea
obliged to folloaw your example and
prosecute courtship in a heroic
after all? I could~'no hef bu
if running with Mr. Pillkins... Was it
ail a mistake of the major's excited
Remem-Uhin1k so. Still, I waited. Miss Phil-
into the broa hall, she steped near the
wide open door A roll of carpet had
been laid down the steps and across
the pavement. I worked my way toT
tnent a barouche dashed up, and halted
suddenly opposite Mis& Philpot
"Carriage forCatherwood," thedoor
opened, as if by magic.a tall, form
Miss Philpot glided forward. At that
instant I recognized,-Mr. Pillkins.
"No, you don't,^ said I, clutching at
Miss Philpot's flawing robe, as she
flew towards him. The filmy dress
gave way in my hands the carriage
floor closed upon her white figure and
the driver put whip to, the horses^ A
hack stood next in line.
"Fifty dollars, to you, if you follow
and overtake that carriage," I jelled
to the driver and jumped into, the ve
We tore down the street like mad,
leaving Major Ppiloofc standing at his
deserted home filling the night air
with imprecations! The flight and
the pursuit had taking place in much
less time than it takes to tell it now.
It had been almost instantaneous in its
quickness, and I did not like to be
balked -at this stage in the game.
Where now was revenge, and where,
too. where my hundred dollars? Come
what would, I determined at all haz
ards to overtake the runaway.
"Lay on the whip," I cried to my
"The horses are in a dead run," he
answered back. "We ain't more than
a half a block behind Mr. Pillkins."
"Then you recognized Pillkins?"
Keep 'em in sight, and if they stop
At any place, increas your speed and
eatch up with thorn."
We raced down Broad street, turned
the corner of Fourth, and headed for
"Where can that infernal fellow be
going?" I thought, watching anxious
ly the carriage as it dashed over the
road in advance of us. We chased
them for nearly an hour, when I per
ceived that we were gaining percepti
bly. The driver of the barouche notic
ed it and pulled up suddenly in the
middle of the road.
"I'd like to know what the duce you
fellows are racing me for this time of
night*" cried he.
"I want Miss Philpot," I retorted,
jumping down down and opening the
door of the barouche.
The driver laughed sardonically.
"You won't find her here," _^/!C.
The night was nearly as light as day,
the moon shining so brightly that one
might almost have read print without
glasses, precluding the idea of her hav
ing escaped from the carriage without
"Miss Philpot," says I, putting my
bead inside the carriage, "you must
return to your father."
The carriage was empty Miss Phil
pot was not herenor jet Mr, Pillkins,
I was confounded.
"What hocus-pocus work is this?" I
cried, angrily. "She was here, for I
saw her enter this very vehicle an hour
The driver laughed again a quizzing,
hateful laugh, that made me lono1
knock him down.
"Oh, yes, to be sure she was here.
She just got in at one side of this here
coach and she immediately jumped out
at the other side, as per arrangement
And that there Pillkins had a big water
proof that he slipped over her wlnte ball
dress and slipped her into a gig as was
waiting for 'em at the corner. And
they are man an' wife by this time, in
spite of all the detectives in Illinoy. Pill
kins gave me twenty dollars to race off
here and lead you a wild-goose chase,
and I'm durned if it hasn't been the
the best joke in the business to see you
smart Alecks fooled so neatly. Hooror
It was enough to make any man
swear, and I swore curses not only
loud but deep.
Both the drivers laughed, rt^^t^
"Pll take my fifty dollars, Mr.
Green," said the fellow I had employed
and it's jd^ the I'll take it
"In a dejected and surly mood I re
It was a week afterward that Ma
jor Philpot thundered down my hall
way, and, thundering at my door once
more, thundered himself into my small
room, and filled up my best chair with
his rotund figure.
'tit's a demned fine little ganfe they
played us, eh, Green, isn't it?" said he,
blandly, as he pulled out his big pocket
book and unrolled some bills. By
George! You knew my Arabella had
Pillkins hid behind the curtain in the
library that night of the party, and
they overheard every blamed word we
said, and.laid their plans to outwit us,"
nd he roared with laughter.
I was amazed.
"But you don't mean to sayf *do yfu,
Major, that you've taken that scamp
into your friendship after such a trick
as he served yon?"
and here's-yeor mooey. I ain't giving-
it,toyoa,.you, know* because vou sue-,
ceedediin keeping my Arabella from!
eloping, but jusfr for the reason you
failed to. do sow PMkins is a brickm
perfects brickdo- you hear that?" and
the major slapped his legs with im
mense satisfaction^. j4 i
"He's poor,. I know, but he's sharper^
than lightning, and as to his polities,?*
while don't vote as he does, yet they
do say thai the democrats are goinf
to-run him. for the legislature this fall"
and if the pulls in. at the head of the
raceand.I'll bet ny bottom dollar he
.willwhy,. Arabella's dad, sir, will.,
stand, in with hum to the last cent o
his pile.." "Sp*
"WhaJi abour*Arabella, herself?"'
said completely dumfounded at thee
turn of. affairs.
"By gad, snrt Arabella is actually
worth, fifty thousand dollars more, in*
my opinion, than before she eloped
with^Pillkins. Sharp girl is Arabella
justilike her old dad, sir, for all the
world- Bless you! they came home
next morning bold as lions, and my
Arabella plumped herself right down
on my left leg, and, handing me her
marriage certificate, says, as smiling as
yon please: 'We're married in spite of
your Mr. Green, papa and here we
ace,, and what are vou going to do
"And what will you do about it?"
"By the Lord Harry!" roars- the
major, "there was only" one thing I
could doand that was to forgiv.e 'em
and I did it right on the spot."
So that was the kind of rewnge I
was getting on Pillkins. Married to
the girl of his choice in spite of me, and
taken into favor by her fatheu- in the
bargain, his punishment was- entirely
too vague to be a pleasure to me.
"It's all over town," wen* on Major
Philpot "how they got ahead of us,
and here's your money, Green, I'm
going to give you fifty dollars extra,
you can 'set '6m up,' to the boys, for
there'll be no end of the chaffing you'll
get in the next ten days. There's
your money, Green, and much oblid^ed
And Pillkins? 4
Well Pillkins actually did go to the
legislature, and is quoted as one of the
big guns of his party. He literally
rolls in clover, and lives on the fat of
the land, and to this day is referred to
with pride by Major Philpot as "my
And as for me, before I ever attempt
again to "head off" a runaway couple,
may somebody come along and kindly
kick me higher than Gilderoy's eele
There- are few animals more widely
distributed over the globe than are the
several varieties of mephitis, and they
are by no means uncommon in all the
older settled districts. Wherever there
are patches of thicket or a few dozen
acres of timber land there the skunk
can find a hiding place. It would be
worth while for medical scientists to
examine the saliva of this somewhat
notorious little creature for the original
bacteria of hydrophobia.
Hydrophobia is a themd of hrysteri
ous and peculiar interest, and in this
connection the following account of an
occurrence which recently took place
near Uvalde Tex., is given as taken
from a late issue of The Galveston News:
Mr. George Maule, whd moved out
of town a fortnight since to Sprinc
creek, had one of his little children run
down by a mad fox. The little girl saw
the fox and was running toward the
house when she fell and was run over
by the fox. Fortunately she was not
bitten. The fox ran into the yard and
attacked Mr.Maule after he had carried
his daughter in the house, but was kill
ed with rocks at the hands of the frigh
tened father. A horse was bitten by a
mad fox on the Pullman pond about
ten miles above here, about two weeks
ago. Theborse was seen biting him
self and acting strangely, and in a
minutes ran over a high pluff and
dashed into a shapejess mass at
The Practical and the Impractical.
Practical ManWhy, dear, what'*
the matter with dinner?
Impractical WifeThere isn't any-'
thing in the house to eat We'll have
to go to the hotel for dinner. Thank
fortune the drug store down street
now has a telephone, so you^ ^tm't
have to go far to summon a cab^^jl
I gave you plenty of money Mr
provis'ons this morning."
"Yes, but I spent a part of it for a
set of the latest French cook-books
the French are such wonderful cooks,
"I didn't know jou could read
"I can't, but I have engaged
French teacher and that took all the
money I had."Omaha World.
Origin of Hydrophobia.
The interesting and important re
searches of Pasteur into the nature and
causation of the disease commonly
known as hydrophobia, says Tlie New
Orleans Picayune, have doubtless re
sulted in establishing the existence of
specific bacterial organisms as the
direct cause of the disorder, but there
are no definite facts as to the circum
stances under which these germs orgin
ate. Among the hunters and trappers
in the frontier regions of America
there is a general belief that hydropho
bia orginated primarily in the bile of a
skunk, of the order mephitis, accord
ing to the naturalists. These hunters,
many of whom have been close and
accurate observers, declare that the
saliva of this animal at all times pos
sesses a specific poison which communi
cates to any living creature bitten by it
the germs of hydroyhobia, and that
this disease orignates in no other
manner. The skunk i at times extreme
ly pugnacious, and" will fight fleVcblyT
often assailing men, dogs, and other
anihials, without provocation. From
its bite hydrophobia, it is claimed, is
communicated to other animals, and
in that way the disease is disseminated.
Dogs are more apt to be bitten than
are other animals, and as a consequence
the disease has become associated with
them in a]l countries.