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Dr. Townly’s lips twitched, but he •ontrolled himself. It was a very seri ous case. And he knew that men and women had died of fright. Everybody in Torbett township knew just what was the matter. Miss Saline Jones, a very estimable lady in middle age, had lain down on her bed knowing that she would soon die. She had received three mysterious warnings. Wherever the case was dis cussed—and it was talked of now throughout the township and the great er portion of the county—nobody could be found who had ever heard of an in stance where a person forewarned had ever received more than three warn ings. One was the rule. Cases where two warnings were given the doomed were cited, but they were not so well authenticated. Miss Jones had lain in bed now three days. Everybody could see her failing. She had a hunted look; her face was pale, sometimes clammy with perspira tion. She had not slept now in three nights. Dr. Townly’e first resolve was that she should 6leep that night—but kept his own counsel. He really feared the poor lady would die of fright. After examining her carefully with a puzzled expression he entered the little parlor, which was darkened to keep the flies and the light out, and conversed with Miss Jones' niece, a bright and fairly well-educated girl. The niece had been sent for in haste. She had no patience with the story of the “warnings,” but she admitted that Bhe had not had much time to investigate the matter. She had the forethought, however, to call in the neighbor who had tele graphed her that her presence was re quired in Torbett. The neighbor was a member of the leading church in Torbett, who an nounced herself as the mother of a large family, therefore very consci entious. Miss Jones had not said any thing to her until she had slept over the first warning. “She told me it looked like an angel with wings. She could see the angel’s head better than the wings. But the wings were there.” The doctor knew the story, but he asked Mrs. Bennett gruffly: “Where?” “They were on a melon —a water melon. It was a melon grown in a patch Just back of the henhouse —on the little bench of land very near the ravine.” “Well?” growled the doctor. “I did see the second warning my self.” “What was it like?” “It was on a melon, too. It looked Just like Miss Jonee told me. It was just like the branches of a weeping willow.” “Did anybody else see it?” “My son John saw it, and a half dozen of the neighbors saw it.” “How big was the tree —the branches, I mean?” “They covered the breadth of your hand, I am sure.” “Did Miss Jones say she regarded it as a sign she was going to die? Sup pose the melon hadn’t been pulled—or somebody else had picked it up?” “That’s just it. She didn’t get the melons —her little nephew. Tommy— he’s about 6 years old —he brought the melons in to her. There was an old patch back there once—she never goes into it. Tommy, he was chasing the hens—and run there and found the melons.” “Then she went to bed, did she?” "No. She wondered what it meant— asked me what I thought. And I daren’t say what I thought. It was the first ‘sign’ I ever saw. And I hope I may never see another.” “Did she show any signs of fright— did she lose her appetite or cry? Was she nervous? Or did she talk much?” “Neither of the three. She just sat down and rocked herself. If anybody spoke she just looked at us, as much as to say: ‘You don’t know anything about it. It can’t be helped.’ Wouldn’t be coaxed to eat. We couldn’t get her to swallow a cup of tea.” "Well —and then?” “She got the third warning.” “What was it?” “It was on another melon. It’s not as plain as the others. But hundreds have seen it. It was an overripe melon. Kind of faded away now. She said when Tommy brought it in that she did not need such a plain warning, said she ought to be thankful she got three. And then she laid out her shroud and got into bed. Of course dozens of us were in and out.” “Yes,” thought the doctor, “and hundreds more, bigger fools, were tell ing the story and adding to it.” “What was on the last melon?” “Just an urn —the same as you see any place.” “Humph!” “She came over to my house that afternoon. I’d Just got the parlor closed and was going to lie down when she walked in without rapping. A thing she never did in her life. ‘I am going to die soon,’ she said, then she sat down. ‘I want you to see that everything is right. You know the most about my things.’ I expected then she had another warning, but I waited to see what Bhe would say— sure enough she had. So I went over with her. Then she showed me tho melon. I declare, doctor, I almost fninted then. I had to sit down. And I hnd to help her into bed and send for tho neighbors. That’s all I can tell you.” The worst of it wns It was all true. Dencon Pritchard had called repeat edly and prayed for her; old friends flocked to the house and filled it from the porch to the sickroom —or, rather, the dying-room, as It was now called. Tho leading druggist pooh-poohed tho story. He had a theory. He im agined he could see somebody experi menting with chemicals. But if the experimenter was wise he’d "sing low.” But he ought to write a letter confess ing how the trick was done —it was nothing but a chemical trick of some sort. Meanwhile Miss Saline Jones was surely but certainly failing. She could not live a week, in the doctor’s opin ion, if she fell away at the rate he had reckoned. However, he would adhere to his original plan. He would give her enough to insure sleep for four or five hours. Meanwhile he would “over haul his log.” He had served before the mast when in his teens. The sailor lingo still found utterance when he was puzzled. His thoughts turned toward the melon patch. As far as he could learn nobody had visited the melon patch, a circumstance that did not surprise a man who argued that not one man or woman in ten could see two inches be yond their noses. On his way out to his buggy he asked for Tommy. Tommy had been taken in by a friendly neighbor. The doctor sat upright in his buggy when Tommy made his appearance. He was very much alarmed when the doctor asked him to take a little ride with him —as far as the end of the lane. “Can you show me near where you got the melons for your aunt, Tom my?” the doctor asked in a kindly voice. Tommy thought he could. “I’ll drive around the old back lot,” said the doctor. A heavy growth of locust screened the old back lot from Miss Jones’ SHE GOT THE THIRD WARNING. house. The doctor lifted Tommy out of his buggy and entered the old melon patch. He remained in it ten minutes or more. Had anybody passed that way he would have heard a gurgle like that made by water dropping into a brook. It was the doctor. His broad chest rose and fell, his head shook con vulsively, his eye 3 were cast upward very much to Tommy’s alarm. Then he wiped his eyes (Tommy said after ward, “The doctor c’ied”), and, placing Tommy carefully outside the dilapi dated fence, drove rapidly away. He returned later in the day, and, summoning the neighbors who had seen tho last warnings, closeted him self with them in a room. There he displayed to their wondering eyes fac similes of the picture they saw on the melons. The pictures tho doctor ex hibited were made on putty, curved to resemble the surface of a good sized watermelon. "Now,” said the doctor in his brisk est tone, “I want you all to come to the ’dying-room’ with me.” The whish of skirts that Miss Jone 3 said she was sure was the wings of the angels who would carry her to heaven proved to be the retinue that attended the doctor, fully resolved to carry out his somewhat vague instruc tions. The pale face of the spinster flushed slightly as the room filled with her friends. “Miss Jones,” began the doctor in a hearty voice, “I’ve brought these ladies here for a purpose I am sure they will like. I am going to order them to make as much chicken soup, waffles, gravy and mashed potatoes as they can pre pare in an hour’s time. They are your guests—my guests also. I’ll help foot the bill if it’s permitted—in short, nothing would give me more pleasure. When they have everything prepared, I want you to get up and set them a good example by eating just as much as you can. You need it. It won't hurt you a bit. I’d advise you to give your shroud to the poor board —you won’t have any more use for it than I have for a fifth wheel to my buggy.” Miss Jones craned her head—she was not sure she was not dreaming. But there were nearly a score of familiar faces. She sat up and gazed at the doctor. The doctor laid down a parcel where she could see it. Opening it, he lifted out three flat pieces of stone, saying: “I have brought you these stones to show' you where your throe warnings came from. I found them in the old melon patch where they have been ly ing ever sinco Jabez Strong smashed his wagon and broke the hoadstono designed for his third wife into smlth eroens. Ho tossed them over the fence. There are enough left, I should Judge, to make a dozen more warnings. Pro vided the melon lying on them is big enough to gather weight ” The doctor never finished his re marks. Of all the women present no two can be found who wllf agree ns to tho pre cise words Miss Joncd used. She lifted one stone, smiled, sat up, demanded her clothes immediately, got up, go lected two of her visitors to assist her, drove the others out of the room amid peals of laughter, and speedily repaired to her kitchen. All the women agree upon one thing —that she got up ono of the best din ners they ever ate, and one and all aver that she violated all rules by the way she ate when she had served her visitors. WISER THAN THE PROFESSOR. Old Colored Woman Who Knows Some thin* About Fossil*. A scientific gentleman of Washing ton, who is greatly interested in fos sil remains, recently received a very fine specimen, purporting to be of the Devonian or some other old period. He was delighted, and he called in all his friends to decide on what manner of thing the animal was during its lifetime. They were not able to de cide, and they were on the point of appealing to some of the government geologists. The great trouble was that the specimen had no head, and the absence of that member combined to make a mystery of the missing link variety. Meanwhile the skeleton was kept carefully guarded in a cabinet es pecially made for it. One day, after a short absence from the city, the sci entist opened the cabinet and found that the fossil had been provided with a head. He was delighted. When he made inquiries his son told him that the friend who had sent him the trunk had found the head and forwarded it to him while he was away. The pro fessor called in his friends, and they decided that the head fitted perfectly, and that it belonged to the fossil. When thus equipped it looked for all the world like one of the dogs one would imagine the cave men to have kept as their pets. The professor felt that he ought to write a treatise on the canines of the paleozoic ages. An old colored woman who takes care of the office came in one day and saw the fossil, with its recent addition. She went up to it and deliberately knocked the head off with her duster. “Foh de Lawd’s sake, puffessah!” she exclaim ed, "what yo’ doin’ wid a ol’ chicken carcass on yo’ skellington?” On min ute investigation the professor found that the old woman was correct; but he does not speak to his son now. — Washington Post. CITY MAKES THE PROFIT. Ilow Ownership of Street Railways Operate* in Ulaisoir. From the beginning Glasgow owned its own street railway lines. It was too careful of its streets to allow any company to control them. Though the conditions under which a company leased the lines for 21 years were high ly favorable to the city, at the expir ation of the lease it was decided not to renew it. An offer was made to take over the company’s rolling stock, sta bles, etc., on an arbitrator’s valuation, on condition that the company should not put on a rival line of buses. As this was declined the council started car shops and equipped the line with new material entirely. On the day of the transfer the competing omnibuses appeared, but the citizens had long ex perienced the advantages of loyal sup port of their own government. All the blandishments of the omnibus con ductors were unavailing; the omni buses ran empty, while the street cars were crowded, and soon the chagrined rivals withdrew from the uneven con test. Scotch shrewdness has been jus tified of her children. For short dis tances a system of 1-cent fares has been introduced; the cars have been made more elegant and comfortable; electric traction is being installed. In one year the number of passengers was doubled; and after paying interest on the capital and providing an adequate reserve fund, a surplus of $200,000 is left to pay for open spaces, baths and wash houses, river ferries, art exhibi tions, music and improved sanitation. —Harper’s Magazine. The Australian Bunyip. I.egends of a w r eird creature called the bunyip, said to have once inhabited the Australian lakes and rivers, still survive at the Antipodes. Whether it was an aboriginal myth or a vanished reality continues to be a debatable point. Some are inclined to think that it was the former, as not.a bone or vestige of the bunyip is ti be found in any museum or scientific collection. If, however, we are to believe Buckley, the most renowned and remarkable of the wild white men of Australia, the bunyip had a real existence. He al leges that he .actually saw one in Modcwara, a few miles to the south of Geelong. "The w'aters of the lake are perfectly fresh, abounding in large eels, which we caught in great abun dance. In this lake, as well as in most of the others inland, and in the deep water rivers, is a very extraordinary amphibious animal, which the natives call the bunyip, of which I could never see any part except the back, which appeared to be covered with feathers of a dusky gray color. It seemed to be r.bout the color of a full grown calf and sometimes larger. The creature only appears when the weather is very culm and the water smooth. I could never learn from any of the natives that they had seen either the head or the tail, so that I could not form a correct idea of its size, or what it was like.” A Bad Break. Philadelphia Bulletin: Riva —Did you say, "This is so sudden!” when Jack finally proposed? Nita—No; I Intended to, you know, but I wns so llustrated that I forgot and cried “At last!” instead. Hot Scotch Wins. “It’s a cold day when I got left,” said tho proud pink lemonade. “I never got left on a cold day,” replied the haught hot Scotch. FIFTY CENTS FOR NOTHING. What will the Inventive brain of man do next? This is a question some one asks almost daily. There is one, though, who leads all others, who for a quarter of a century has been making fine laundry starch, and to-day is of fering the public the finest starch ever placed on the market. 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