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The Gew of the Liquor Bottles
Edited by William J. Bacon A True Story of the Secret Service, as Told by Capt. Dickson 3ME years ago, before I be came connected with the United States secret serv ice in the east, I was en gaged by a member of the western express com panies to do some special work for them,” began Capt. Dickson, ‘‘My head quarters were in Denver and my work, on the whole, was decidedly interesting One adventure in particu lar made me proud of my service for our company, although it was largely a matter of luck that brought about my success in that instance. 1 am a firm believer in luck, for it plays an Important part in every man’s life, and It has figured to a large extent in my own affairs, 1 am free to confess. "A daring express robbery had been committed in the western part of the state, near the Utah line, by three men. The messenger had been mur dered and the passengers throughout the train robbed of all their money. The hold-up men secured something more than $15,000 from the express company's safe and fully $5,000 from the passengers. They took nothing but money, however, leaving valuable jewelry, diamonds and watches with their owners, and ignoring the parcels in the express car. This circumstance showed that the gang was composed of experienced thieves, for money is the hardest thing in the world to trace. “I was notified of the robbery on the afternoon of the second day after it oc curred, and although 1 hastened to the spot with all dispatch and made my arrangement by wire, it was r.oon of the third day before 1 alighted at the nearest station. Here 1 had arranged for two horses and a prospector's out fit, deeming it best to follow the ban dits in the disguise of a miner, as the robbery had been made at a point near the mining region of southwest ern Colorado, and 1 expected to find ^he criminals at some of the numer ous mining camps. "I have never been a believer in disguises except as to clothing. All efforts to change the face with grease paints and wigs and the like, only tend to attract attention and direct suspl sion to the man thus togged out. The casual observer might not notice the 'deception, but ihe criminal, and espe cially the hunted criminal, is no cas ual observer. He has formed the habit of noticing everything, and he will detect the least false point in a man’s appearance and shun him as if he were afflicted with the plague. “A change of dress will work won ders in a man’s appearance. If a man can wear other clothes than Uiose he is accustomed to, and wear them easily and naturally, he can more ef fectually disguise himself by this means than he can with all the wigs and paints and whiskers in exist ence. | “Coming across the continental di vide, I bad suffered a slight attack of indigestion. I sent the porter after a flask of whisky, asking for a certain brand. He returned in a few minutes with one of tlie diminutive little bot tles customarily sold on sleeping c uts at a quarter a bottle. It was not the kind I had ordered, but the porter ex plained that this was the only brand ■of liquor the company sold, and I had to be ^content with it. The label of the bottle stated that it was put up expressly for the company. “On reaching my destination, 1 im mediately assumed the character of a miner and set about my inquiry. There was little information to be gat tiered beyond what was contained in the express company's report of the rob bery, of which I had a carbon-copy. Satisfied that time spent here would be wasted, 1 set out for the scene of the robbery, riding a wiry little pony and leading another on which was packed my outfit of grub and cooking Implements and miner's tools. " I'he place was a desolate spot. I he road ran through a broad alkali val ley which had not, at that time, been brought under cultivation by irriga tion. It was easy to pick up the trail of bandits and follow it across the val ley in a southwesterly direction to the foot-hills of the Rockies, where the trail disappeared, the rocky ground leaving no trace of hoof prints. "Front this point on it was to be a matter of luck and guesswork. 1 be lieved my men had made for Tellurido, Ouray, Hilverton or some other mining camp, but I was not rash enough to venture a guess as to which it might be at that stage of the game These camps, with their rough, shifting pop ulation. offered capital retreats for criminals, and from past experiences I knew that my three rogue would, Jn all probability, remain in one of these camps until the excitement from the robbery had subsided, ami then make for civilization to spend theii money. “For three days I drilled at random through the mountains, following trails and paths, for there were no roads, endeavoring to pick up some elew or find the place where my party had spent the first night after tin* robbery. The hold-up had occurrhd about noon, and, by hard riding, tiie three high waymen could penetrate some ten or twenty miles into tin* fastness of the mounatins before it became too dai ’ to travel further. Jt was out of tin question for any one to advance through that region after dark. 1 hoped to find the place of their camp, and felt sure I would do so by perse vering. ‘Late the third afternoon I stum bled on the ashes of a campfire, and close beside It, among the firs and cedars, I found where horses had been tied. This was what I had searched for, and I felt sure that I would here find something of value. I camped a short distance from the place so I would not disturb it. leaving my examination until the next morn ing, when I would have a good light, it then being too dark to attempt such a thing. “That night, by the light of my campfire. 1 read again the report of the robbery as given by the train hands. Near the last of it was the account of the sleeping car porter who related, with evident grief, that he had been relieved of $t>.15 in silver, and that the bandits had rifled the liquor cabinet of the buffet, taking with them all of the whisky and a few bottles of the rarer and stronger wines. “Early next morning I examined the deserted camp of the highwaymen. There was nothing but a burned-out pile of ashes and charred sticks and a few empty bottles. The bottles gave the clew for which I searched. The highwaymen had certainly made their men. They had not stopped there cer tainly, so I took the trail to Telluride, a mining camp farther on in the moun tains. Telluride was then a camp of 800 or 1,000 souls, and there was a bit of a mining boom on which daily brought new prospectors to swell its citizenship, fatuous souls brought there by the greed of gold—a lure that never fails to attract victims in swarms. For three days I searched in vain through the saloons and dance halls and other places where thorough miners congregated without finding a trace of my three rogues. That infal lible sixth sense of mine was doing its best to keep me longer in Tellu ride, ulthonugh niv judgment told me to move on to Silverton; but in the end my intuition won the fight and 1 remained. "It would have been the rankest folly to have attempted their arrest without assistance—although I did tackle such a job once in rny salad days, as this scar will testify, and he pointed to an ugly wound at the back of his neck, partially covered by his flowing gray locks. “But that is an other story. I decided to call on the | United States deputy marshal, a man of tigerish bravery, for assistance. There was no chink or crack in the door through which I could gain a peek at the interior of the cabin, so 1 dropped down on my hands and knees and crawled around to the back of the cabin where I thought theie might be a window. There was a win dow, but it was closed with a heavy shutter, and 1 could not find any point to peep through; but I did find some thing on the way around. My hand i touched something round and smooth, and I clutched it involuntarily. It was one of the little whisky flasks. After 1 had left the cabin I struck a match and examined it. The label of the car company was still on it. “The deputy marshal was found at one of the dance halls and he soon summoned a reliable posse. W e sur rounded the cabin, from which still is sued the sounds of revelry. '1 he men were stationed at every point about it. Then the marshal and I rapped on the door, in response to our summons one of the miners staggered across the floor and threw the door wide open. We tripped him up and rushed over him into the cabiu. The men were too drunk to make any resist ance. and we captured them without Red, Weak, Wetry, Watery km b/ Itor illustrated Eye Book. At Druggists. 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UesleycieBle. ajj Marion St., Manchester i7 “Constant work at a sewing seemed to bring on kidnev tolo* kidney action was irregular pains in my back and loins i could hardly endure it aJ! ney Pills made me feel bet?, short time, and I took them L tirely free from my trouble’' Sold by all dealers. 50 cent, Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo HARD QUESTION TO Simple Interrogation That Put J Ing Professor in Rath*,/ Tight Place. The following story which I. out of a Yale faculty meeting! typical of “Waterloo" Wheeler case of a fast stud, nt was btfm, faculty. Though the Yale prto to meddle as little as possible the life and morals of the gtoj sistlng merely on the rule |Z good scholarship svind and hern in attendance, still flagrant cm misconduct are summarily tjZ of. The student in question had seen in the company of a won* rather poor reputation and then a question of dismissal. Le*t j wrongfully sentenced the cat Prof. Ladd, the philosopher, h» quired. "Was the young man pod ly identified?” Oh yeS, the proj knew the man well there couldi mistake about it. Then Prof Wh looked up quizzically, tapped hisi tacles against the lingers of hj hand, a characteristic gesture aa quired: "And ran the professor positively identify the other part] Bohemian Magazine. Smoother Then. Well, What If He Didn't? For many years Dr Francis I- Tat ton, ex-president of Princeton univer sity, wore side whiskers. Whenever lie suggested shaving them there was a division of opinion in the family. One morning he came into his wife s room, razor in hand, with his right ; cheek shaved smooth. "How do you like it. my dear? he ' asked. “If you think it looks well, 1 1 will shave the other side, too."— K very body's Magazine. i Throwing Kisses Not an Art. No one ineds instructions In the hurtling of kisses. We assume that the ladies and gentlemen clad in ah breviaied garim-nts in the store age needed none Surely, theii successors are non< the less enterprising. Ilirow j ing kiss* s and catching them, if we | he pardoned for frivolity, are natural iand involuntary arts, such as breath j ing and walking. Kxpertn* -s doesn't I matter; It's all the spirit in which they are project ’d. -Atlau'a Consti \ tut ion. Predatory Instinct.. Th I predator) ii!‘-n to s' i/.i' upon the fruits of other J people's labor is still very strong and whilt wo have nothiug more to lour fioi.i kings, wo may yet have trouble enough from commercial monopolies and favored industries, inarching to the polls their hordes of bribed retain ers Well, Indeed, has it ben sai i eternal vigilance is the price of liber ty. God never meant that in this fair but treacherous world in which he has placed us we should ear* salvation without steadfast labor.—John Fish MAKING SUNSHINE It Is Often Found in Pure Food. Tlie improper selection of food drives many a healthy person into the depths of despairing illness. Indeed, much sickness comes from wrong food ami just so surely as that is the cam right food will make the sun shin? once more. An old veteran of Newburyport, Mass., says: "In October, I was taken sick and wont to bed, losing 17 pounds in about 60 days. I lmd doctor alter doctor, food hurt m» and I had to live almoRt entirely on magnesia and soda. All solid food distressed me so that water would run out of my mouth in little streams. ‘‘I had terrible night sweats, and my doctor finally said I had consumption and must die. My good wife gave up all hope We were at Old Orchard. Me., at that time and my wife sw Grape-Nuts in a grocery there. She bought some and persuaded me to try it. .“I had no faith in it, but took it to please her. To my surprise it did not distress me as all other food had done and before I bad taken the fifth paek , age I was well on the mend. The pains left my head, my mind beta o clearer and J gained weight rapidly. "I went back to my work again and | now after six weeks’ use of the food I am better and stronger than ever be | fore in my life. Grape-Nuts surely ' saved my life and made me a strong j hearty man, 15 pounds heavier than j before I was taken ill. “Jloth my good wife and 1 are wlll ! ing to make affidavit to the truth of this.” Head ‘‘The Road to Wellvllle," in pkge. “There’s a reason.” Ever rend (tic above letter? A new one appear* from time to tune. They are Keiiuine, true, and lull of liuaiin 1 HoMitat. The second-year debutante, a massaged her left cheek with ij movement, said "Of course I love him. thougi rather rough, I confess.” ' "Before 1 threw him over," sal third-year debutante, looking uf the fare-steaming machine, “hed every day.” Kever Vary in Quality or Tatti because the utmos care is taken by Uk by’s Chefs to selec only the choicest mate* iais, and put these upa the same careful manne every time. You art thus assured cf uniforu goodness, and this a the reason that the us< of Libby s f^ives sac general satisfaction ti every housewife. Try these Libby Foot Dried Beef Mexican Ti Ham Lod IhHi Con CarM Vienna Sausa$ Evaporated For lunch®0 spreads or every dj meals, they are just th thing. ibby, &UM ply in You tell ill com* dv. A,k. Llbbf^ virr V0" Libby1* SiCK HE CARTERS r ITTLE I IVER PILLS. «i L'i/,' They .'t-irulatu tlif 1>' SMML PILL. SMALL 0 CARTERS llTTLE IVER PILLS. Fac-Si REFUSE “One evening I was drinking with a raw-boned miner. The whisky was abominable. The distillery where it was made would never have recog nized its. product in its present form. I complained of the poor quality of whisky and asked my acquaintance if there were not stune better stuff to be found in the camp. He said there was not, at any of the bars, but that he had been given an amazingly good drink by a miner, whose name he men tioned. He said it had been in a little bottle which held just enough to tease one, but it was the best liquor he had drunk since he left Kentucky many years before. He licked his lips in pleasant memory of the drink. “I almost gave myself away, so keen was my pleasure at this chance remark. 1 inquired about the gen 7 OF /mr#s mPElV mF£>0O/? M£>£ OPfN ramp hero. Each bottle bore the label of the sleeping car company, and mine of them were the diminutive Masks of which I bad drunk one on the trip from Denver. There was not a scrap of paper anywhere else to lx* found. "Elated with my success, 1 made a survey of the country and discovered a half obscure trail leading farther into the mountains. 1 took up this trail and followed it as best 1 could until nightfall. Often 1 lost it, and sometimes 1 spent an hour or more casting about to pick it up again, as i have seen hounds battled on the trail of a fox. About three o'clock that afternoon 1 found something that made my eyes sparkle. Shattered Into a thousand pieces was the remains of one of the small whisky bottles on a large flat rock beside the trail where it tiad doubtless been cast in a playful 'uood induced by its contents. Among the fragments 1 found the label of the car company. It was tin* dry season, and tills was in my favor, for no rains came to obliterate the trail. For five days 1 followed tlie bandits across the hills and through the valleys, verifying my route from time to time by fragments of broken whisky bottles along tlie i way, and at the places where they hud ! camped for a night. The buffet-car must have been well stocked, for 1 found many bottles in this journey. "The trail eventually came to a well beaten road, which, from my map, 1 learned was the stage and mail route from Montrose, the nearest railroad point to Ouray, then a rather insig nificant mining settlement. I lost no time in getting to Oijray, for It was impossible to trail my men along this road and I was sure they had headed for the mining camp. "Two days were spent at Ouray i without finding a trace of the three erous-owner of the good liquor, with a show of indifference I was far from feeling. He was a late arrival, it seemed, and lived in a shanty far tip on the mountain-side with two com panions. The three were making a rather poor attempt to work a claim they had preempted. “(letting away from my loquacious miner-friend, 1 climbed the steep trail to the cabin and set about an investi gation of it with great caution. The men were at home, and from the sounds issuing from its closed doors 1 guessed they were having a rare old time that evening. 1 approached to the very door and listened with my ear to the planks tosouudsof revelry within. The men were gambling and drinking, and I could hear the clink of coins and the rattle of bottles and the ribald jests with which they made their bets and gloated over their winnings and cursed their luck when they lost. 1 heard sufficient to make me s ire that my much sought bandits were in tlie cabin, although there was no direct mention of the express robbery. Pittsburg Man Is “Loaded” Perfect Fiend to Quote Statistics, Ac cording to Writer in Harper's. The Pittsburger can carry more fig ores of large denomination on his per ; son without your suspecting their ex istence than any other (itizen of the t'nlted States, lie is a reservoir of decimals and statistics lit must | have ample justification, however, be | lore he turns the spigot, but when he ! does there is a torrent no man can stein. If provoked and inclined to extend I himself, in a five minute talk he can j till you so full ol miscellaneous indus a shot being final. They "ere hav jug a big stud-poker game, played with gold pieces ami currency instead of clti|)s. There was some fS.000 or $10, 000 upon the table Strewn about the floor were mnn> whi kv and wine hot ties. In a box beneath one of the bunks was a solitary pint bottle of whisky, the last remnant of the con tents of the buffet car's liquor store It was, as I said, a clean case of luck.” (Copyright, 19GX, by W. G. Chapman.) (.Copyright in Great Hrituin.) Played on Ancient Instruments. At a concert which took place in the large hull of the Royal museum at Stuttgart, recently, at which the king and queen of Wurtemberg were present, no instruments were used save spinets, < lavieembolas and pianos of the seventeenth and eighteenth cen turies. The most interesting of these were the one which was once owned by Johann Sebastian liaeh, and an other on which Queen Louise of Prus sia learned to play. tries—natural gas. steel rails, tin plate, petroleum, steel pipes and sheet metal, fire bricks,* tumblers, table ware, coke, pickles, and all that sort of tiling that you will begin to feel like a combination delicatessen and hard ware store. 1 have not begun to enumerate the different data I have collected on this subject, as 1 have no desire to make the reader feel small or to lose confi dence in himself. As 1 have pointed out before, the Pittsburger, or the man who Is under the influence of Pitts burg must be provoked before lie un burdens—('. H. White, in Harper’*.