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The Gentleman's Visiting Card
T-HE card that had' been thrust into
my hand-had/perciled- upon it,
--■ -"Call at 4020 sMadison avenue
• : at a quarter before & this even
ing." Below, in copperplate, was - en
graved the name, Mr. Esper Indiman.
It .was ohe "of V, those . abnormally _
springlike days that -New York /some
times experiences at the latter rend; of
■March* -days"- when negligee shirts.and
last" summer's'straw hats,make a spo
radio appearance, and .bucolic weather .
prophets write ' letters to the afternoon
p*apers abusing the sunspots. Really,
it was'hot, and I : was anxious to get
out of the.dust and glare; it would.be
cool at the club, and I-intended dining
there. The time was 6:30. the height
of the homeward rush hours, and, as
usual, there was a jam of vehicles and
pedestrians -at the Fourth avenue and
Twenty-third street crossing. The sub
way ' contractors were still at work
here- and the available 'street space
was choked with their stagings and
temporary footwalks. The inevitable
consequent was congestion; here were
two of the principal thoroughfares of
the city crossing each other at right
angles, and with hardly enough? room,
at the point of intersection, for the
traffic of \ one. The confusion grew
worse as the policemen and signalmen
stationed at the. crossing occasionally
lost their heads; every now and then a
new block would form, and several
minutes would elapse before it could be
broken. In all directions long lines of
yellow, electric cars stood stalled, the
impatient passengers looking ahead to
discover the cause of the trouble. A
familiar enough experience to the mod
ern New Yorker, yet it never fails to
exasperate him afresh. 'jyyy'yyy
The impasse looked hopeless when I
reached the scene. A truck loaded with
bales of burlap was on the point of
breaking down at the crossing, and it
was a question of how to get it out of
the way in the shortest possible time,
consistent with the avoidance of the
threatened catastrophe. Meanwhile the
jam of cars and trucks kept piling up
until there was hardly space for a news
boy to worm his way from one curb to
another, and the crowd on the street
corners began to grow restive. They
do these things so much better in Lon
don. * " Z'y"- ■■iyr'•:,l . .
Now I detest being in the mob, and
I was* about■• to back my. way out of
the crowd- and seek another route,
even if a roundabout one. But just
then.the blockade was partially raised,
an opening - presented itself immed.-
atelr in front of me, and I was forced
willy-nilly. Arrived at the other side
of the' street, I drew out of the press
as quickly" as possible, and it was
then that" I discovered Mr. Indiman's
carte* Be "Visite tightly clutched in my
left Mind. Impossible to conjecture
how'it had come there, and my own
partui* the transaction had been pure
ly involuntary; the muscles of the
palm, .had closed unconsciously upon
the object presented to it, just as does
a baby's. "Mr. Esper Indiman—and
who the deuce may he be?" y- -..;?/?--
The' club dining room was full, but
Jeckley hailed me and offered me a
seat at his table. I loathe Jeckley,
and so explained politely that I was
waiting for a friend and should not
dine until later. /
"Well, then, have a cocktail while
I am?finishing my coffee,", persisted the
beast', and"! was obliged to comply.
"I had to feed rather earlier than
usual.'' explained Jeckley.
"Yes," I said, not caring in the least
about Mr. Jeckley's hours for meals.
' "You see I'm doing the opening at
the Globe tonight and I must get my
Wall street copy to the office before
the theater. And what do you think
of that by way of an extra assign
ment^" He took a card from his pock
etbook and tossed it over. It was an
other* one of Mr. Esper Indiman's call
ing cards, and scrawled in pencil.
I They to Organized fer
1x y ''War:'lii:ttie*Eandlt:Belt
: ♦■-./'-" * --:??* .■'--/ - -?'.': ?-■ . s. ....-*.
P!:XVER, Col., Oct. 1. —To clean
up the worst bandit belt in the
♦country is the task to which the
Union . Pacific railroad has set itself.
The fiat lias gone forth from headquar
ters that the organized band of train
robbers tliat have operated in the bad
lands of Wyoming, are to be extermi
nated. ■
To secure the result, Tim Kelliher's
company of mounted rangers has been
formed to patrol the tracks of that rail
road in the outlaw storm center be
tween Medicine Bow and Green River.
Armed- guards ride on every passengei
train. ( A special car and engine lie in
the railroad yards at Cheyenne ready
at a .moment's notice to transport fast
horses and hardy riders to the scene
of action. The industry of train rob
bing is to be suppressed at all costs.
The suggestion that armed guards
ride oh" every passenger train was made
first after the Wilcox and Tipton hold
ups of 1899 and 1900. This plan was
shortly afterward put into force in Ne
braska. The result has amply justified
the precaution. From that day to this
there has not been a holdup in the
protected territory.
But the road proposed to make as
surance doubly sure. To that end Tim
Kelliher's ranger company has been
formed" to patrol the "bandit belt,"
which stretches from east of Rawlins
to Green River," through a rough,
sparsely settled country favorable to
the operations of train robbers. This
company is composed of picked men.
Every one of them is a dead shot, a
good rough rider, and "as nervy as they
n ;ike thorn."
Ride on Every Train
It costs about $1,000 a month to
maintain "j its ranger service, but the
trains go screaming through the bad
lands of Wyoming without fear, of ban
dits?"" "For' on every passenger train
guards,nursing deadly Winchesters,
and somewhere along the line between
Cheyenne ??* and Green River Is the
ranger's car, loaded with fast horses
and determined : officers, ready to take
up the'trail as soon: as electricity has
flashed the message of the holdup./
--" The extension of the long distance
telephone to the ranch lands, following
as it did the settlement of the cow
•country, was the first shock to the
flourishing industry of train robbing.
Since; the whereabouts of the escaping
desperadoes could be telephoned from
point to point in advance, of their ar
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"Call at Z 4020 Madison [. avenue at >8 ■
o'clock this evening." .**" >'. -.:*-' Xy "
• Jeckley- was lighting- his cigar and;
so did not observe- my.- start of sur
prise. 'Have I said?that? Jeckley. was.
a/newspaper man? One of ' the new j
school of journalism, a*' creature •: who]
would"" stick •at nothing in '• the manu-'
fac ture of a sensation:-. The scare-:
head is his - god, and he " holds nothing ■
else sacred •:■ in heaven . and - earth. -He?.
would? sacrifice —but perhaps I'm.; un
just to? Jeckley;? maybe it's only,/his..,
bounce and flourish that;? I ' detest.
Furthermore, I'm. a little afraid of .him;.*:-.
I don't want to ; be written up. >•; /?/•// >
"Helper -Indiman," I read aloud.*;
"Don't know him." '-' '•'.''-'- -y
. "Ever heard the/name?" asked. Jeck-z
--le y.r .'•?: 7: z:r ryrZi ..,-.-. \
I temporized. "It's unfamiliar, cer- •
tain,y-" "././"?/'; / ?•? ? 1 ..-**.- v. .? * ?
Jeckley looked gloomy. Nobody
seems to know him," he said.- And. the
name isn't, to be found in the directory,
telephone book or r. social?register.".,. .?,
Wonderful fellows, - these' newspaper *
men. I never should have thought -of -
going for Mr. Indiman like that.
"But why and wherefore?" I asked,
cautiously. .-, -." '■-? y'/.i' '-'YY :/y y
"A mystery, my son. The card .was
shoved into my hand not half an hour
ago." -, ' y .YY"
"At Twenty-third and Fourth. There
were a lot of people around, and I
haven't the most distant notion of the
guilty party." .
"What does it mean?"
Jeckley shook his head. „/-
"What will you do about it?" - -
. ? "I will make the- call,, of course." ;
"Of course!"■"•''-'■ :/.\-?vi"
"There may be a story there —who
knows. Besides, it's directly on my
way to the Globe, and the curtain is
not until 8:30. Tell you what, man,
come along with me and see the thing
to a finish. Fate leads a card—Mr.
Esper Indiman's—and we'll play the.
second hand;, what-do you say ?"-
I declined firmly. God forbid that I
should be featured, along with the
other exhibits in the case, on the first
page of tomorrow's Planet. "-//-*
'So," he assented, indifferently, and
pushed" his chair back. "Well. I must
push along—Lord! there's that copy
the old man will have it in for me good
and plenty if I don't get it down in
time. Adois!" He disappeared, and I
let him depart willingly enough. Later
on I went up to the library for a smoke
no fear of encountering any Jeckleys
there, and, in fact, the.room was en
tirely deserted. I looked at my watch;
it was ten minutes after 7, and that
-gave me a quarter of an hour in which
to think it over. Should I accept Mr.
Indiman's invitation to call?
I looked around for an ashtray, and,
seeing one on the big writing table in
the center of the room, I walked over
to it. yy'yyyyyy.
There "were some bits of white lying
in the otherwise empty tray—the frag
ments of a torn up visiting card. A
portion of the engraved script caught
my eye, "Indi — .'-'■*.■>'<. *■-'.-
It was not difficult to piece together
the bits of pasteboard, for I knew pret
ty well what I should find. Completed,
tho puzzle read. "Mr./Esper Indiman,"
and in pencil, "Call at 4020 Madison
avenue at half-past 7 this evening."
So there were three of us—if not
more. Rather absurd this assignment
of" a-■ separate quarter of an hour to
each interview—-quite .as though Mr.
Indiman desired to engage a valet and
we were candidates for the position.
Evidently, an eccentric person, but it's
a queer world anyhow, as most of us
know. There's my own case, for ex
ample. . I'm supposed to be a gentle^
man of leisure and meajis. Leisure,
certainly,- but- the means are slender
enough, and proceeding in a diminish
ing ratio. That's the penalty of having
been born a rich man's son and edu
cated chiefly in the arts of riding off at
polo and thrashing a single sticker to
windward in a Cape Cod squall. But I
shan't say a word against the gov
ernor, God bless him! He gave me
what I thought I wanted, and it wasn't
his fault that an insignificant blood
clot should beat him out on that day
of —the corner in "R. P." It was
never the Chicago crowd that could
/"-/-*/ '- • •;> *- -.-'.-■
the more settled portions of the'cojin-
try for their fields of operation.
There were established what became
known as bandit belts. One stretched
across Texas to Arizona along the
Southern Pacific line. Another zig
zagged through the Colorado moun
tains to tbe country about the well
known Robbers' Roost. _ A third —and
the most dangerous of allbelted
Wyoming in the rough cow country,
where lie Jackson's Hole ..and the no
torious Hole in the Wall. Here, among
the Tetons, as the Big Horn mountains
are tailed, far from civilization and the
long arm of the law, lurked a strange
population composed of cattle rustlers,
highwaymen and fugitives from jus
tice. The Hole in the Wall especially
was a natural fortification and, what
was of more avail to the desperadoes
who infested it, every settler was at
outs with the law.
Could Not Capture Bandits
No sheriff's posse could invade its
sacred precincts and hale forth a crim
inal. The news of the pursuit would
be whispered apparently on the.wings
of the wind, and long before the dar
ing "sheriff had reached the spot his
quarry had hunted cover. If the of- I
ficials got back to civilization alive
they were in luck.
The Hole in the Wall is a valley sit
uated on a branch of the Powder river,
in the western part of Natrona county.
It lies among the foothills southeast of
the southern extremities of the Big
Horn mountains. One hundred miles
to the southeast is the nearest railroad
point, Casper, which is on the Fremont,
Elkhorn & Missouri Valley? railroad.
The nearest point of contact -on the,
north of the Hole in the Wall is Cody. 4
the terminus of the Burlington branch ,
that runs from Toluca. This is 200
miles away across the mountains.? Two
hundred miles due south from : the
rendezvous is Rawlins, * the nearest
point on the Union Pacific. . Rimmed
about with mountains infested with
i cutthroats and far beyond the edge of
! civilization, the Hole in" the? Wall
was long a safe haven for ; the scum
and flotsam of the Western drift.
The headquarters of . the rangers: are ,
at Cheyenne, where the specially
equipped car is kept when not on the
road. This is nothing more than a
freight car. fitted up for the accommo
dation of the patrol guard. ? One end
of it serves to accommodate the horses,
while -the other Is feted up for the
. men. In it . are a number of '. portable
cots which fold up into a package that
can almost be put in. your pocket.
These, of ..course, are never taken on
the trail, but are used to sleep on while
the special -* Is carrying them to the
point: of „ action. "A . score of .. blankets,'
some- cowmen's saddles^, a pack 1 saddle,
and a pahnjard."""a<iack,for. arms." a
■*■■ ,— -tAaSui, a tin Ktntf-f- and • small
have downed • him—l'm glad to remem
■ ber that. 4^-:?■•'£■-■•-• 7*iP ■•?"•'*! >.'-? ?.'/.-•?: .-• ?
-' "Well, there being only the two of us.
it didn't matter much; ■W,/,wasn't 5 as
though there; were a lot, of helpless
women folk to consider. After the fu
neral and-the settlement with the cred
itors there fc was left —I'm ~ ashamed yto
; say/ how little, and, anyway, \ it's •■ no
one's : business; * the debts were paid.
What is a," man -to do, at thirty odd,
who has never turned his hand to any
i thing of use. The governor's friends?
: Well, they- didn't know how bad .things
-were, and I-couldn't go -to them with
the truth and make.them. a present of
mv helpless,' incompetent self. t .? - •... ,-
And so for the last two ; years Eve"
: been sticking it! out..in a hall bedroom;
just..: west•-.-:. of ! the dead • line. I
have , a . life i memberships'/in. the
clvb —what a Christmas- present that
has turned out to : be!—and twice ih
the -week I dine there.; As for the rest
of it, never.-mind—;there: are things
..which a man can do but of which he.
doesn't care to speak. ■■ y: --?■??.§'■. 8S S
The future?-; Ah. you can answer
- that question quite as 'Well as I. Now
I had calculated that, at my present
rate of ? expenditure, [ I could ; hold out
until Easter, but there have been con
tingencies. To Illustrate, I -had' my
pocket • • -picked - yesterday morning. ■
Amusing—isn't- it? —that it -; should
have been my pocket—my pocket! ,/
Fortunately I have stacks of clothes
and some good pearl, shirtstuds. and I
continue to present a respectable? ap-r
pearance. I shall always do that, J.
think. - I don't like the idea of thy
pawnshop and the dropping down one
'degree at; a time.. If. in the end. it.
shall be shown clearly that the line
is to be * crossed "shall' walk over rtf
quietly and as a man should; I object
to the indecency of being dragged or
carried across. What line do I mean?
I . don't know that I . could tell you
clearly. What is in your own mind?
There is a line. ,? v / *./?.- .- v*
- At half -after 7 I left the club, and
exactly a quarter of an .hour later I
stood opposite the doorway of No. 4020
Madison avenue: A tall- man was de
scending the I steps: I recognized Bing
ham, a member of my club, and re
called the torn up visiting card that
I had found, in the library. So Bing
ham was one of us.
Now I don't know Bingham except
by sight,/ and I' shouldn't have cared
to stop and' question him, anyway.
But I got one glimpse of? his face as
he hurried away, and it looked gray
under the 'electrics. ' Call it the effect
of the arc light, if you like; he was
hurrying, - certainly, and, it- struck me
that it was because he was anxious
to get away. '
Many are the motives that send men
into adventurous situations, but there
is at least one among them that is
compelling—hunger. .I. have said that
I had gone to the club for dinner; I
did not say that I got it. . To be hon
est, I had hoped ; for an invitation —
charity, if you insist upon it. But I
had been unfortunate. ' None of my
particular friends had chanced to-be
around, and Jeckley's j cocktail-had
' been the only hospitality proffered me.
You remember,; that my „ pocket had
been picked yesterday' morning, and
since then*— I had eaten nothing.
I might have signed the dinner check,
you say. .Quite,true,. but I shall prob
ably be a3 penniless on the first of. the
month as "Lam .today, and» then . what?
Too much, like"?. helping one's self from
. a friend's pocket." ..-. •: , . :
. So it was just a blind/primeval im
pulse that urged me on. This Mr. In
diman had chosen to fish in muddy, wa
ters, and his rashness but matched
my necessity. A host must" expect to
entertain his guests. I walked up the
steps and rang the bell/*-'''.•"' '* • " • ?'
Instantly the door opened, and a
most respectable looking serving man
confronted, me. , - "C^u
"Mr. Indiman will see you present
ly," |he said, before I ! had a chance to
get out a word. "This way, sir." "
The house was of the modern Amer
ican basement type, and I was ushered
into a small reception room on the
right of the entrance hall. "Will you
have the Post, sir? Or' any of the il
lustrated papers? Just as,.you please,
sir: thank you." "/ • - ?■'-.-" ■'""'..
The man withdrew, and ' I sat look-
larder complete the equipment of the
car. In this miniature,- pantry are al
ways kept coffee/bacon, flour, salt, and
the inevitable canned goods. While or.
the trail-the rangers sometimes kill
cow to fill out their larder. ...
A gang plank for'loading. the horses
is always carried along. The horses
have become so accustomed to this that
they run up as naturally as those in
the fire department fall into harness.*-
The chief knows ■ where, each of his
men is, and within thirty minutes of,
the time of receiving a wire the rang-'
ers' special is hurrying through . the
night at fifty miles an hour with a
clear right of way over every train on
the track. In case the news of an at
tack reaches Cheyenne at midnight, the
rangers j reach the scene before day
break, ready -.to take up the trail as
soon as it is light enough.
. The . patrolled 'district lies between
Medicine Bow, 100 miles west of Chey
enne, and Green .I\ iver. Wyo. It cov
ers about TOO miles of broken and
rugged ? country, very sparsely.. settled
and little known???- The - line \ passes
through the bad country about Red
i Desert, Fort Steele, Point of Rocks
Sand -Wamsutter.; On a clear day the
mountains surrounding. the Hole in the
-Wall are to be seen in the distance. •
All * but the " absolutely necessary
equipment is - discarded when the men
take up the trail. The plan is to travel
as light as possible. The heaviest part
of.their outfit is the weapons they car
ry. Every man bristles like an arsenal.
Each one carries a 30-40 smokeless re
peating Winchester, which shoots the
same cartridge as a Krag-Jorgensen
army? rifle, besides which he is; equip
ped with a pair 0f"'.44 Colt's revolvers
and 100 rounds of ammunition in his
belt. •"* 4' y-- "., .■: ?;.•-
The horses are native Westerners,
like their /riders, but they are the. fast-,
est and the most enduring to be found.
The cost was about .SIOO each, and
each of them is corn fed and carefully
tended. They are strong legged and
wiry, apparently as : tireless' as their
riders.-. ?, . * '".-.* ?/"./•"
• From' one. to four guards ride every
passenger. train on the road, dependent
in number on whether the train car
ries ? treasure? ; ; Nobody is ..* allowed ; to
ride blind baggage. > Hoboes especially
are warned to keep away from the
cars. The orders of the "shotgun"
guard are to ride not always in the
same place, but jto travel sometimes 'on
the engine, sometimes in the : express
car. and : once lin a while •in the
coaches. ■X^__S^^.-yyYY.y;Y
All 'Guards "Are Gun Men
- Every? man in the guard has a rec
ord ?as "good man with -a ? gun." SI
Funk was formerly - sheriff: of Buffalo
county, Nebraska; George Hiatt; Is an
ex-deputy -sheriff of ",Carbon- county
Wyoming; Pat Lawson Tom Meg
geson are both celebrated?" Western
scouts ? and guides, Sheriff Wharton,
of ' Rawlins, : and - '.. Sheriff .'.", Young, of.
Green:: River, -j both ? r typical ? -Western
frontiersmen, /are; enlisted ;*- to ? aid the
rangers whenever ; there shall be :a ; call
for their" services. -r "?. / ■'-'■-,*.
,'j While -.-7 the 7? headquarters.7. of the
rangers are at Cheyenne the -men and
horses ate kept r? in constant requisi
tion to patrol line and : look-out: for
sie-iiu "characters.?..^.The-;car.: •? is
Isn't It? Mr? Indiman—l • was asked :to
call —Mr. Jeckley, of the Planet."- •
."Must .be * some mistake, / sir." came
the "answer: "This is No. ; 4020,*"/ but
there's "no ' Mr. Inkerman —
• - .'.Tndiman.'sriot /Ink'ermari-^Mr. Esper".
;Indiman. Look at the card. y/yXXy/■-■
X. "Never heard' the name, sir.","*
-■,"What! ■'-; Well, then,: who does live
here?''-.- ■/■*/-, .'/„,". '-''";?'■??
-*"Mr? Snell, sir. Mr. Ambrose John
son Shell.*/* But", he's aft dinner, and-I
couldn't disturb him." iXy-X' * ; -, -„-E"
"Humph!" I fancy that Jeckley
swore ; under ! his breath ; as.' he turned
to go. -'-Then'the outer door : was closed
• upon him. -.*?•• i■•.*"•■ ..-yy.'■■■ - : '■..-. 'XX ,
7-yiX was a relief, of course, to be spared
the infliction jof J Mr. Jeckley's ? society,
but I could not but admit that the sit-.
uation was "developing; some peculiari
ties. Eliminating the doubtful person-:
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ing listless about me, for the ; room.„
while / handsomely furnished, had an -
appearance entirely commonplace.
Five and ten.minutes 1 passed, and Ii
began to . grow impatient. I remem-1
bered that Jeckley's appointment had
'been for « o'clock; and for obvious con- -
siderations I did not wish that he
should find me waiting here. I was 8
o'clock now, and I would abide Mr.
Indiman's lordly pleasure, no longer. 11
rose to go; the electric bell sounded.
.1 could hear Jeckley's high-pitched
voice distinctly; he seemed, to .be put
out about something; he spoke impa
tiently, even angrily.
"But this is 4020 Madison • avenue,
loaded with, men and horses, and is
run down the line: to Medicine Bow or
Point of Rocks. Here the rangers and
their horses go ?on a reconnoissance,
riding along the line and watching for
suspicious characters of whose move
ments they may have been informed.
Meanwhile the car follows a parallel
course, keeping in touch with the men
and picking them up at a point agreed
upon. Never do the men get' more
than a few miles from their wheeled
base of supplies unless on an actual
chase. The worst parts of the line are,
of course, patrolled most/It is well
known by all ■: residents of Wyoming
that Red desert, which is a sheep graz
ing country, is not used by, herders in
the summer. A gang of train robber 3
could ride swiftly through the desert
and reach the railroad without being
detected were it not for the precau
tions of the rangers. *./ ?■ .
. Three weeks ago -the rangers were
riding the line at various points when
word reached Cheyenne, that an attack
had been • made at Wilkins pumphouse.
Frank Utley, night pumpman; had
been wounded by robbers," who had
thrown the switch at that place, but he
had. succeeded in driving them away.
This was the report which sent the
ranger special "whirling through '.the
black night past sidetracked flyers and
mail trains. ,-•-,. - '•'-■'-..
By morning Kelliher's men were on
the ground and the trailers were ex
amining the trail. The affair turned
out to-be. a fiasco. The pumpman had
broken the switch and wounded him
self in search of notoriety.
' But the promptness with which the
rangers-.: reached the scene -of ■** action
which is nearly 300 miles from Chey
enne, shows what bandits may expect
should any be foolhardy enough to
defy Tim Kelliher's rangers.
Besartall Pla©ss
of Faftair fcsatu
ACEANS. like? continents, have their
{[}! ? deserts. /On the * high seas .- there
w .' are vast spaces whose waves have
never been parted by the 'prow of a sail
ing vessel or ■ lashed by . the •; propeller of
a steamer. Immense; solitudes, where the
flap of a sail is never heard nor the. stri
dent cry of a i siren;/veritable/ deserts,
whose'silence is broken only by the howl
ing of the wind and .the- roar of waves,
. which have • been .vainly . pursuing one an
other since the day ?or creation. / ."? **"
These ■ deserts': lie ; forgotten * betwixt . the
narrow ocean -. highways ■-■ traveled by yes-,
sels. rln - such .waste? places .of the/ sea ■ a
disabled ; ship, driven -y out fof \ its course
by a*? hurricane,?" may .."drive * for * months,
torsr-d by the ceaseless ground 'swell; with
out being able to hail ' assistance; her - only
chance of 1 escape •_ is ; the j possibility that
some ■ ocean current may ? drag her into a
more? frequented region '-.;. ~
' • It /is/generally^ supposed that by rea
son of tnte universal increase of mari
time v traffic ■" the? sea is 'everywhere ? fur
rowed by? vessels. This Is"" a 7 mistake./;/
./The-gradual; but ': constant disappearance
Of sailing ships': made the ocean more of
rMr.^lndiman^was known at 4020 Madi
• son fi avenue,;" and ;/ t that Mr. Ambrose"
: Johnson Snell could hot be disturbed at
j his dinner. .T?* n-;;/7r?*-,? v"':-■/"'?' !**•-''" 7l/.':/ "'
1 . There was no caller^ at .. the.... next.
• quarter, and none again at 9 o'clock.
' The series j had, therefore, come to an
; end,? and I remained the sole survivor—
of and for what?■-■"'-: . * ? .? /
■I dare say that my ; nerves had been
- y somewhat weakened ,* by my two days'
,-.fast, ': or else/it: was the effect-of Jeck- ",
:• ley's cocktail on v an -otherwise-empty
stomach. Whatever the .-■ cause,~lt sud-
C. denly V became .conscious J that I - was -
| passing '-. into ar. state |of | high y mental
, tension; I wanted i ; to scream,;? to beat
? Impotently upon the airr Jeckley would
z have put it that I was within an ace-of
'. flying off: the handle. f .'. V y V". y '■"".
■■7, -A? deafening u clash of -clanging.metal
smote -my ears. ' It ; should t have ! been
ality of Mr. Ambrose Johnson Snell,
who was this Mr. Esper Indiman, whose
Identity ha*T been so freely admitted to
me and so explicitly denied, to Jeckley?
The inference was obvious that Jeck
ley had failed to pass the first inspec
tion test, and so had been turned down
without further ceremony. This reflec
tion rather amused me; I forgot about
the incivility to which I was being sub
jected in the long wait, and began to
be curious about the game itself. What
'At a quarter after 8, and then again
at half after, there were inquiries at
the " door for Mr. Indiman. To . each
caller the answer was returned that no
a desert than before. Sailing vessels had
their established routes In ; accordance
with winds, currents and ' seasons;? the
gaps between . the routes taken by ? the
outward bound and homeward bound ships
are often considerable.
Moreover, the capricious elements not
infrequently played the mischief with
nautical instructions, and as a result the
field of operation for -'ocean..shipping was
vastly extended; ' - /
This no longer true today. The liner
goes straight I ahead in defiance of wind
and wave. The ports between which she
plies,are great industrial or. commercial
centers, whither come .- numberless rail
ways, serving as prolongations of the lines
of. navigation. Freight ? cars carry their,
loads of merchandise to the lesser ports
and the cities of the interior. The railway
has l killed coastwise navigation.
The ocean highways are. therefore, any
thing but numerous. The most frequented
of oceans is the Atlantic. *
Apart from polar: seas we : see that In
Its northern part "there is only one desert
zone—a dreary waste of waters between
the routes from Europe to the United
States or Canada and those from Europe
to the . Antilles. ■ In the south. ' however,
between the routes from South : America
or the western American coast and the
routes from' South Africa, extends a des
ert occasionally traversed by the steam
ers of the lines from Cape Town and Mo
zambique, which, when the coffee season
is at its height in Brazil, cross the Atlan
tic for cargoes at Rio Janeiro or Santos./
The. Indian ocean Is frequented only in
the north by lines out of India and Indo
china, end a little in the west by liners
from Oceania," which call.at Colombo and
then make straight for Australia. ?
//.Two lines, each with "a steamer a
month, follow a slender lane from Aus
tralia to Cape. Town. . The Pacific is.the
Sahara of the - great ? seas. Saving only
the steamships from the far East to Cali
fornia and British Columbia, al, line from
Sydney to San Francisco and a one-horse
line (with?sailing four or -five times a
year) between Tahiti ' and :-: the United
, States—save for i.. these mere ribbonlike
streaks the Pacific -Is * desert.
'.; Only .-a few native canoes ply daringly
from island to island in archipelagoes girt
round with - coral ) reefs—veritable ocean
graveyards, the -terror of seafaring men.
"I'll Teach Him a Lesson/ She Said,
? and Threw Lad Across Her Kneels
7 7 ATLANTIC. CITY, N. ; J., Oct/: I.—
While racing in [ Pacific avenue ,on his
bicycle,-; William i Durnam, a■; ten-year^
old messenger?boy,? ran -" down 'Miss
Clara ?B. ? Thomas, 'of ir New 7 York. The
boy fell from his wheel Miss Thom
as? jumped ]to her - feet and : seized. him.
Persons who witnessed 7 the accident
hastened■ to the ' young woman's assist
ance,' but-she ? declined . their aid, say
ing: "No; lam all right,'butT!intend
to ' teach \ this youngster >a -; lesson."
In a flash ; she threw?the boy'across
her knee and gave him a severe spank
ins. - ..
the, finishing touch, and it was, but not
after i the;fashion" that might have been -
expected. :--:•■ As/ though by * magic, ' the *
horrible tension/■ relaxed; ,my nerves -'
again ■; took command of -, the ? situation:?-
Yy In the center of 7 the/room-.stood >a 7
heavy table of s.me East Indian wood/
—teak. I think,"-they call/it:'' I could ;
have sworn ?: that there was nothing
.whatever ; upon this table when I en-/.
tered the room; -now *I saw -'three ob
; jects lying?there. *sl walked up and ex- '
amined them. As they lay towards me, j
the first* was : aslo,ooo"bill,*;the second a •
loaded revolver, caliber | forty-four; . the
third an envelope of ' heavy' white paper?
directed to me, Winston Thorp.
y The letter?-was*-brief and formal; it
read: ' .■'.'"'.- ■ ..//■- '. -.; ' y
"'Mr Iridfma"ri presents his compliments to
.y, 'Mr : Thorp;
;/• * And requests the honor of his
« company; at dinner Tuesday. March
* : the thirtieth, at nine'o'clock."
:"40i'0-:Madison Avenue.'"' - . ■ .:
--• ';-' Dishonor,- v death and dinner—a cu
rious trio to choose between. Yet to
a man in my "present, position each of
them appealed in its- own way, and
I'm/not ashamed to -confess it. Per
haps the. choice I made may, seem in
evitable,- but what if you had' seen '
Bingham's face as I did, with the arc
light full upon it? It was the rerhem
biance of that which made me hesi
tate; twice I drew my hand away arid
looked at the money and the pistol,
r Through the open door came a rav
ishing odor, that of a filet a la Chateu-?
briand; -the purely animal instincts
reasserted themselves and I picked up
the ? gardenia* blossom -that lay beside
the letter and-stuck it into-the button
' h01e,.? of-, my dinner jacket. I looked
down at the table and it" seemed to me
that the $10,000. note/ and the pistol
had disappeared.7 But what of that,/
what did anything matter now; I was
going to dine—to dine!
I walked up stairs, guided by that
delicious, that heavenly odor, and en
tered the dining room' in the rear
; without the smallest. hesitation. • At,
one end of the table sat a man of per- '
haps, forty years- of age. . An agree
able face, for all of the tired droop
about the mouth and the deep, lines In
the forehead; it could light up, too.
upon occasion, as I was soon to dis
cover. For the present I did not
bother myself with profitless conjee-;
tures; that entrancing filet, displayed
In a massive silver cover, stood before
him; I could not take my eyes from it.
My host, for such he evidently was,
rose and bowed with great politeness.
"You must pardon me," he said, "for
sitting down; but, as my note said, I
dine at 9. I will have the shellfish
and soup brought on."
"I should prefer to begin with the
filet," I said, decidedly. -
A servant brought me a plate; my
hand trembled, but ' I succeeded In
helping myself without spilling the
precious sauce! I ate.
"There are three conditions of men who
might be expected to accept the kind of
invitation which has brought me the hon
or of your company," remarked my host
as we lit our cigarettes over the Roman
; punch. "To particularize, there is the cu
rious impertinent, the merely foolish per
son, and the man in extremis rerum.?
.Now I have no liking for the dog-faced?
breed, as Homer would put it. and neither
do I suffer fools gladly. At least, one of
'the latter is not likely to bother me
again." He smiled grimly, and I thought
of Bingham's face of terror.
"I found my desperate man in you, my
dear Mr. Thorp; shall we drink to our
better acquaintance?" I bowed, and -we
drank. ?;. /
"The precise nature of your misfortune
does not concern me." he/continued,^.air^.
ily. "It is sufficient that we are of the
same mind in our attitude toward the
world 'to shake with Destiny for beers,',
is it not? - -yy-Zy.. y-.y.
"One may meet with many things on the
highway of life—poverty, disease, sorrow,
treacheries. - These are disagreeable, I
admit, but they are positive; one may
overcome or, at least, forget them. But
suppose you stand confronting the nega
tive of existence; the highway is clear,
indeed, but how interminable its vista, its
straight, smooth and intolerably level
stretch. That road is mine.
- "Yes; I have tried the by-paths. Once
I was shanghaied; twice I have been ma-
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 1. — If it
.were not for the world's fair and
.', the splendid watermelon crop in
Missouri the mule would be the most
famous thing west of the Mississippi
river just now. This splendid animal,
often called a bird by those who like
his voice better than his other quali
ties, promises to bring a new era of
prosperity to St. Louis and to help
wipe out the debts the' world's fair is
going to leave when it is a thing of
history.'l ./'?-.. '?-. 7 '.
Long ago fate and good mule feed
made St. Louis the greatest mule mar
ket in the world. It has often been
said that if this city should properly
recognize the great amount of pros
perity the animal has brought a golden
jackass would stand upon the highest
steeple in the city, that all the world
might know St. Louis is not ashamed
of its products.
The mule trade is picking up. Live
stock. experts are predicting that the
big money of the next few days to be
made in stock will.be gathered in by
the breeders of mules. When con
struction work on the Panama, canal
begins in earnest they say the . price
of mules is bound to jump, because
these are the only animals that can
stand the intense heat of that section
and keep on working. The West In-,
dies, Africa and the Philippine islands
have also been drawing heavily "upon
this country for mules, and , the Amer
ican mule is increasing in favor as a
part of the equipment of European
armies. - / *.7'r ?
As a matter of fact mules have been
steadily rising in value. In Texas,
Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri
there? are big mule farms which have
enriched ? their owners in the last ten
years. -?' Yet for some reason or another
the former mule breeding sections are
not producing mules : fast enough to
supply the demand, and - their - produc
tion is .declining. Not many years ago
Kentucky V had : 1 55.000 jennets, while
now? there are not more than 2,500. The
same: decline :is" noted .in Texas, Mis
souri and Tennessee. ?/7.'i?
The mule has been the standard. work
animal of the Southern states for many
i years. .-? It •is 7 there, of course, that he
'. flourishes most. . Texas £ tops X the list
with ? 407.000, " with Missouri c. next,- with
209,000. but ;it •; must -be remembered
that Texas ■ is i a mighty big state. Or
all - the Southern '■ states Virginia boasts
of the smallest number, 42,000. The
average - value ; of - the / mule in these
states runs -f rom -$70 .to ? $85. In the
United States the mule averages $10
"more' a head in ; value than the ■ horse—
$72.49 to • $62.25. ;; There ?- are / nearly
3.000.000 -mules," as"* compared with 16,
--000,000 i horses. 'yy. ?? . / ' ?
I;; Copyright/ 1904, Zm^-i^.
/'''-'"- -.....-"/Y By-: ■/''■'' -'ll;/?.
//Yyy.; :?. Harper <£ Brothers '■//./'■;
▼1"' - ■*' '" -' '•■
•=-- . •.., - - ■■' ~ ••yw
rooned and .by .my. own \ men. That ' lasf"
amused me—a "-,little.;.'l?,was.,the second
'man' to arrive at Bordeaux in "the'; Pari
s race of 1903; "during the Spanish-
American war I acted as a spy for/the
United States '.government in -Barcelona.
' "I made the'common mistake of con
;'founding the unusual with the Interesting.
"-Romance is a -shy bird, and not to be"
■ hunted •" with' a brass ■•• band. ; Where is the
'.heart of life, if not at one's elbow? At
; the '- farthest,- one has only to turn r the.
! corner*of the.street.: It is useless ,-look
! for 7 prodigies in* the abyss?:-' but .every
I stream has its straws that flout-; *■ have ;
1 determined to watch and follow them.
• ?"I want • a companion, ? and: so ri adver-
E tised after jmy own' fashion*:,:'?-1 [selected
j you; "tentatively,-.from, the mob; later on
I I made the test more complete: But you
have no, boutonniere: allow me," ' .-.
.7? He took" a spray of orchid from the sil
! ver bowl in tin- -center of the table and
handed", it to me. ■■ " /' -/-:^-';
;•" I protested: .. "I have my gardenia—" I
looked at my: buttonhole a and^it/^wa*
'gone.-?.? ? y.- ..'? ". '".'■ ?'-'-; „/Zw -■■ ?■''■' •
-'". Mr. Indiman smiled. "Let me "confess."'
he said. "You recall ■• the abnormal ten-'
sion of your, nerves as you sat waiting In
my reception room.- Merely the effect pro
duced-.by. a.mixture of "certain chemical
gases* turned on from a tap under my
hand. Then the crash pf a brazen gong;,
it is what the scientists call 'massive
stimulation,' resolving super-excitation
into partial hypnosis.
"Once/l had you in the hypnotic.condi
tion, the rest was simple.enough.. I had
only to suggest to your mind the three
objects on the table, and you saw them. •
.The bank note, the revolver— they were aa
immaterial as the gardenia that no longer'
- adorns your* buttonhole. .
"I did not attempt to influence your
• choice among the three, as that would
have destroyed the value of the test to
me. But, as I had hoped, you accepted
.my invitation to dinner. Frankly, now,
I am curious—why?" /yy:
"That is very simple." I answered. "I
had not eaten anything for two days, and
I detected sthe odor of that exquisite filet.
Not the slightest ethical significance in
the choice, as you see."
Esper Indiman laughed. "I should have
kept my pantry door closed. But it does
not matter; I am: satisfied. Shall we go
into the library for coffee?"
Directly opposite the door of the latter
apartment stood an easel holding an tin
framed canvas. A remarkable portrait—
little as I know about pictures, I could see
that clearly enough. A * three-quarter
length of a woman wearing a ducal coro
net-and dressed in a magnificent costume
of red velvet.
: "Lely's 'Red Duchess,' " remarks •my
host, carelessly. "You may have seen it
in the Hermitage at Petersburg." .
I looked at the picture again. Why
should this masterpiece not have "been
properly mounted and glazed? The edges
of the canvas were jagged and uneven, as
though it had been cut from its frame
with a not oversharp knife. We sat down
to our coffee and liqueurs.
As I awake in the narrow quarters
of. ,my hall bedroom I am inclined
to believe that the occurrences of the
preceding night wore only the phantasms
of a disordered digestion; where had I
eaten that Welsh rabbit? The morning
paper had been thrown over the transom,
and, following my usual custom, I reached
for it- and began reading. Among the
foreign dispatches I note this paragraph
dated St. Petersburg: . '-"• "
The famous portrait of the Duchess
of Lackshire, by Sir Peter Lely, ; better
known as the "Red Duchess," has disap
peared from the gallery of the Hermitage.
It is now admitted that it must have been
stolen, cut bodily from its frame and
: carried away. The theft took place -
- era! months ago. but the secret has-just
.become public property. The absence of
— the—picture— from-4ts--accustomed -pface"
had, of course, been noted, but it was
understood that It had been removed for
cleaning. An enormous reward is to be
offered for information leading to Its re
covery. - y yy/y-..,. ..
There is also a letter for me,which I
had not noticed until now. It was from
Indiman, and it read:
Dear Thorp: Dine with me tonight at
r half after eight. I noticed that you were
rather taken with my "Red Duchess." We
will ask the lady to preside over our mod
est repast, and .you can then gaze your
fill upon her. Faithfully," xy. — I.
Of course, I intend to accept the invi
tation. - '.;-.
(To be continued.)
On the big Southern plantations
mules in Immense numbers are used,
On the biggest one in Louisiana,-that
of the Leon Godichaux company, from
1,000 to 1,500 mules are worked the year
round. Climatic conditions, make th»»
mule more to be relied on j than th*
horse in the rice, cane and cotton dis
tricts, and as these are being better
and more intelligently worked, the de*
mand for mules increases. -,-???
Healthier Than the Horse *
The mule is also healthier than th.*
horse. He is rarely subject to the
horse diseases, nor is he likely to have
blemishes which destroy the value.of
many a colt. With a mule, if there ai»
any blemishes, they do not impair his
value, because he is purchased for
work and not for beauty. He is not
so nervous or high strung as the horse.
He has a saner instinct of self-pres
ervation, will stand' greater hardships,
has more vitality, and when properly
instructed is steadier and more relia
ble. * .: * • -*„-.*
When it comes to breeding, the two
or more years , saved in handling
means big profit. The mule, too, is al
ways salable. The. mule market i*»
never glutted; in fact, the market
comes to the mule rather than the mule
to the market. • It matters not whether
it is a time of peace or war. the de
mand for mules is always large. As a
war necessity the mule is universally
recognized. As a work animal, the
hauler of cart and dray, he will stand
more wear and cost less to keep. Down
South one part of the ration of a mule
is molasses, and another cotton seed
meal.; . ' '. ,
- The biggest mule- market in the .
world for. several years was Lathrop,;
Mo., and the citizens there had visions -
of holding the title for years. . This
was when the Boer war was on and the
Missouri mule was -in big demand in
South Africa. . The British government
organized a mule company, which had
its headquarters at ? Lathrop. Mam
moth barns ? were^built . and hundreds
of acres leased for pasturage. This
was encircled with costly fencing, and
elaborate pens were built. -: -:
When the war ended the mule mar
ket was left in bad shape.- For a time
there was a hope that . the English
would ' revive the . mule camp for th*
purpose of restocking the depleted
farms-of, South .Africa, and the work -
of concentrating -70,000 mules there was
actually, begun. But when this project .
Was?partly finished the agents received :
word to.close up and come home. yy. ?\
X. -The-United- States - war department
considered the idea of buying the plant,
but i gave ?it ?' up. ". The mammoth barns
and fences have gone to decay, the vast'
tracts - of 3 pasturage \ have ! either I been
sublet or " restored .to cultivation, and t.
" the ', big scheme* ; of. department stores, ■
electric light ? plants ; and other enters
prises*have, been abandoned.-

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