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The Cook County herald. [volume] (Grand Marais, Minn.) 1893-1909, December 16, 1893, Image 1

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It was five.days ibefore Murray en
.countered .Ross.
CAPTURING AN OUTLAW.! cotild not turn over even without wak
ing the other up. Ha slAht, jus liffJit.lt
The Confederate troops in the west
being" the last to surrender, it natural­
ly followed that they were the last to
accept of circumstances and settle
down to the new order of things. For
months and months after Kirby Smith's ^lm ^is guard and compelled a
surrender, portions of Louisiana, Ar- surrender, but he woul^have reaped
kansas and Texas were dominated bv I10 'advantage in that. It would have
kansas and Texas were dominated by-i advantage in that. It would have
•& bad class of men* A few of them beea impossible to get him out of the
swamp and down to Alexandria with
•his hands and feet loose. Murray
and defiantly refused to come in and
deliver up their
equipments and return
•to citizenship. A score or more of the
most .prominent were oulawed by mil­
itary proclamation. Among them was
a man named Boss. .He ihad sbeen
captain of a guerrilla 'band of thirty
men. H«s .held ©o Commission from the
'Confederates, nor did the Bavis gov­
ernment equip his band or-carry it op
any muster-roll. Indeed, Confederate
troops had sought .to wipe out (this
gang for months before ithe war
closed, as Captain Ross robbed right
and left with frefe .hand. Finally,
about the middle of September, a onan
named Munrav, who.had -been a ser­
geant in .a Texas infantry xegiment,
and'whose command had 'been regu­
larly surrendered in the ^spring, pre­
sented himself at Alexandria and an­
nounced his determination to win the
reward. -At thait time Ross nas sup­
posed tp-b£ hiding in the dense coverts
around Catahoula lake, thirty miles
northeast of Alexandria. Murraty was
furnished with.a horse, rifle, revolvers
and other necessaries, given all aceur
ate description of the outla«r, and lie
•left Alexandria at night and rode to
vthe northTifor seventy miles. 'Then he
turned to come back, carrying the
idea.to all.he met rtnat he ihad come
down from the Arkansas border and
had been outlawed. In order ito.play
his part he was-obliged toiholdiup sev
oral travelers-on theiiighway, though
in each instance he .had some excuse
for restoring (their money Jbefore tnid
had belonged to Tegular commands,
but the great majority had served as
bushwhackers and guerillas, and the
advent of peace cut short their plun
•d bring and marauding. These men
Tefused to bow to the inevitable, and
scores of the most defiant were
hunted down by ^federal troops and
killed wherever found. Alexandria,
La., on the Red river, was the head­
quarters of ai division of Sheridan's
cavalry,.and it estimated that there
were -at least 560 ex-Confederates in
that locality who being includ
tnat locality wa©'denied
denied being- includ- Jf™1
ed in the surrender of any command cavalry ^amd at least two citizens
latter had heard
of the .new arrival and wasK ready to
welcome .him. He had been ihunted
^o persistently that he was thinking
•of leaving the country. He had plun
vdered .friend and Jos alike until every
4oan ^\teas: sTfe'ad y" to' give him .up .to*
.justice. .He at*onoepro.osed paitt
nership with Murray, whose .adven-!
tures had fairly estab ished .his repu
itation for nerve .and daring. Murray
itoldlhow he had suffered at the hands
of .the federals and expressed his ^de
naire ior revenge, sand Ross was com­
pletely taken in. It was agreedtto be
partners and the two proceeded
*.to Ross' hiding place on the inorth
ibank of the lake above named. Jin
rthe .midst of a -dense thicket, to ibe
ipenetrated only iby a path he had cut
•with Jus .own .hand, he had built a
«mall,haiitof .poles, grass and mud. •&
ategimeat .of -soldiers might have
searched ifor a anonth without ifind
ing cthe pathvand had it been stumbled
an by accident
could have
.a igood. defense against the wJiole
•company. He hadpeo vis ions in plenty,
and ithe
cash .he had secured by
various "robberies ^amounting to icster
$1,00Q. He
had (picked up ten
rifles and shotguns and a score of re­
volvers, :&nd the hut was an arsenal
as well :as a ihiding place. Though the
outlaw ihad been .the first to propose
the partnership .and ihe had seemed
to aeaep.t Murray's -stories and state­
ments without .question, the latter
soon discovered that lie had a shrewd,
suspicions an an to deal with. Prom
the very moment of their setting osut
together SEobs \was .on his guard and
.as wart.rihf.ul as a if ox. Murray saw
that he \was 'distrusted, and of course
his play w&e tfeo win (the outlaw's con­
fidence. 2xi adding or walking he
alwayS &»ok tfche lead, and before
iturninglnat ai^g-ht he .placed his fire
:arms outwf itus omn iseach and con­
venient t& Rose' ihand.
There were teo .or itihree occasions
during the first ©rtmigjij, when Mur­
ray could liatre rshoit de.wn his man.
act would iasreieatLUed him to the
reward, but he J&ad onade ,up his mind
to take the oattaxr into Alexandria
alive and a prisoner. iGto&ring the first
twno weeks they «ommitted two high­
way robberies la ibath instances
Murray took the iead. ffiuring the
thi®fi week they espied a scouting
partly of cavalry oxie afternoon and
went into am busk. The. sergeant
objected to firing oa tite patr&v, as it
would result in a. more determined
search £or their covert, but Ross made
a test .of the others loyalty to the
partneasfoip and the aml*a«ib was pre­
pared. JOfitrray fired to miss, of eourse,
though he put his bullet i&roiagh the
troopers hat. The oattaw was# dead
*hot and eros-ant to kill hie mast, l»nt as
lis finger jpuessed the trigger a gmst of
wind blew branch in sneh a way
that his bitfitot was deflected and did
«to harm. Alter that he aceepted the
sergeant as «juare and faithful wan
gradually relaxed his rigilanoe.
It flras almost ibe end of ihe
week before ifnrray's opportunity
Ro«i was a man fix feet high and
weigbed 190 ponnds, while Murray
only 140- In a rough-and-tumble
figlit the ^msailer man could not hare
held out /or three raiaates. Bis first
tdea was. to .make the outlaw a pris»
oner while he slept. Thiey occupied
bunks on opposite sides ot the hut,
and ^fter watching* for -two or three
night* tne Bergeant discovered tbat he
He slept as lightly
a wild beast, and the sligntest
noise inside or outside the hut broke
his slumber. Murray could kill his
man, but he looked upon suph a deed
as cowardly. He oould have caught
him off his guard and compelled a
waited, hoped for luck to aid him, and
luck came in a singular way. In the
midst of the swamp was a clearing of
about two acres in extent. This
clearing furnished pasture for their
horses. The outla,w had sometimes
taken a victim's horse as well as his
weapons and money, and when joined
by the sergeant he had fonr fine ani­
mals in the clearing. At the begin
ni©g of the sixth week th«» two men
learned that several scouting parties
.• wflpft iifln.rraiinflr fnip tTiAm- and amt
were -searching for them, and so it was
decided to remain under cover for sev­
eral days. After dinner Friday both,
lay down on the grass in front of th&
hut to smoke. After a bit one of the
stolen horses came forward as if beg­
ging for sugar. The outlaw started
up to drive the animal away and the
horUe wheeled and kicked him in the
breast. Murray ran over to and
finding him unconscious and helpless
he instantly set about the work of ty­
ing :him hand and foot He had only
two or three minutes in which to make
him-secure, but fortunately oords were
at hand and Murray was experienced
in the work. He had scarcely tied the
last knot when the desperado re­
covered consciousness.
'Do .you inow wliat I was intending
to do softer I had finished my pipe?"
queried Ross when he came to and
realized the -situation, "I have never
fully trusted you. Of late I have beem
satisfied that you were playing a
game, though yon carry a mighty in­
nocent face and talk like s, brother.
When -I ifinished my pipe I was going
to get tup, ireach for a, gun and shoot
you dead without .a word."
"J .am hunting you down for the
$1,500 reward," replied Murray.
could have killed you half a dozem
difEerentitimes, but I wanted to take
you ito Alexandria .to be ung."
"You .will never .take me there!"
"I!ll \bet nay .half .of the plunder
against yours."
When Murray left Alexandria only
the commander ot the Federal troops
knew his mission. He had committed
robberies in company with Ross, and
the whole country looked.upon him as
a desperado and outlaw. If he
started out with iiis prisoner there
was every chance of -bi&fioicouiitering,
a rscouting par.ty. If composed of
soldiers the .pair wigM be taken to
headquarters, but if citizens they
would be-riddled with foul Lets and no
g-uestions,asked. He decided that he
must taike Vhe -ride to Alexandria
alone and during the night. Having
notified cthe general .of his capture, he
would of course be furnished with an
•escort to 'bring in the prisoner. He
must guard against the outlaw's es­
cape during Ahe interval. If the fel­
low were given* day in wMclh to work
at his bondi? .he eould loosen £h.em, no
matter how securely tied. While the
sergeant was-studying out a plan to
safely secure .his prisoner, Ross poured
•osut upon him the vials of his wrath
.and rolled©ver .and over .on the grass
in his struggles ,to get free. Murray
(finally caught t'he idea. He cut a
oouple of jcrotched stieks and drove
them into the -earth. A® the sticks
wer.e driven ttihe icrotehes carried a pole
which finally rested Against the out­
law's throat as Jae lay on his b&ek. A
•similar contrivance was rigged across
his hips, and theaa 3ais feet were ele
•va-ted by means ©f a rope running
•®v.er a limb. A-s the fellow'3 arms
were lashed behind his back and were
consequently gander hita, it did not
seetoa as if he had .the slightest ehance
cbo escape.
Murray left the swamp soon -after
dark and headed for Alexandria. He
lhad not gone five miles when he ran
iinto a. squad of cavalry and was fired
and slightly wounded. Ten
im-iles 4rom Alexanidria a party of eiti
*eaas attempted his capture, and. he
mas wounded agsun. His horse was
hit, and five miles out of town he
found himself on foot. The news he
bmo&ffht filled the authorities with
joy. A surgeon dressed his wounds,
made him sleep for three hours, and
the sergeant then led a party of ten
men to the canebrealc. It was fortun­
ate they were not delayed on the way.
The desperate and determined outlaw
had released his neck and body from
the poles, broken the lashings of his
wrists and elbows and was hard at
work to free his feet when the soldiers
arrived. He would have been at lib­
erty" in another quarter of an hour,
and that would have meant death to
at least two or three men. It took
the combined efforts of five men to
put him $n a horse and
secure him there. In the
istruggle he setced One trooper's hand
tn his mouth. a«J. held it fast until a
•'edge was driven between his teeth.
Boss was safelj «eaveyed to Alexan­
dria, and when !t»he fact of his arrest
b&eame known'tiae people for thirty
mUgs around came fr to have a look
at him and chargs him with various
crimes. He had wantonly burned
four or five houses, robbed sixteen
different persons, shot dead half a
dozen negroes "for and it was
estimated that he h«t killed and
wounded nearly a score of white peo­
ple, mostly men. The money, arms
•. a *w*vjrj nruio
was scarcely five feet six and weighed and horses fvere restored to the losers
AM 1 J/) 1M ^1 MM V»1 t%. 1
•where they -furnished prop»- proofs.
One man ha4-£180 presented to him,
an£ he at onee presented Murray with
half the sum. Others-contributed un­
til he had a puree of £.'-00 outside of
tile reward.
Captain Ross was defiant to the
sentenced to be hanged. Standing on
the gallows he expressed his hatred
and contempt for every one in the
crowd, and declared he would haunt
Murray and others to their dying
day. With him died outlawry in the
Southwest.—San Francisco Examine]*.
An in
Interestlnc Discovery of Tools
tlio Eeweenah Copper HlnM.
A peninsula called Eeweenah
point, jutting into Lake Superior
from the southern shore toward the
northeast is famous as the center of
a vast copper mining industry. Last
year the mines produced no less than
105,586,000 pounds of refined dopper,
and it is estimated that during the,
next year production will be iii-.
creased by at least 20 per cent. Mr.
E. B. Hinsdale, who contributes to
the latest bulletin of the American
Geographical society an article on
the subject, has much to say about
the numerous prehistoric mines
Mrhieh have been found in this regipn.
The Scientific American believes
these ancient -mines, judging from
their extent, must have been worked
for centuries. Who the workers
were no one can telL They seem to
have known nothing of the smelting
of copper, for there are no traces of
molten copper. What they sought
were pieces that could be fashioned
by cold h'ammering into useful arti­
cles and ornaments. They under­
stood the use of fire in softening the
rocks to enable them to break away
the rock from the masses of copper.
They could not drill, but used the
stone-hammer freely.
More than ten cart loads of stone
hammers were found in the neigh­
borhood of the Minnesota mine. In
one place the excavation was about
^fifty feet deep, and at the bottom
were found timbers forming a scaf­
folding, and a large sheet of copper
•was discovered there. In another
place, in one of the old pits was
found a mass of copper weighing
forty-six tons. At another place the
excavation was twenty-six feet deep.
In another opening at the depth of
eighteen feet, a mass of copper
weighing over six tons was found,
raised about five feet from its native
bed fey the aneients, and seeured on
oaken props. Every projecting point
had been taken off so that the ex­
posed surface was smooth. Whoever
the workers may have been, many
centuries must have passed since
The Eicape of Prisoners.
Abundant evide&ee is daily forth­
coming that prisons are not by any
means to be relied on
fni^n A VIAQ anP Amav{«t/«n r* A VAAM Tianian/tnc
trendies and openings have been
filled up, or nearly so. Monstrous
trees have grown over their work
:anad fallen to .decay, other genera­
tions of trees springing up. When
the mines were rediscovered, de­
cayed trunks of large trees were ly­
ing over the works, while a heavy
growth of live timber stood on the
the safe­
keeping of those whose liberty has
been temporarily restricted by the
pronouncement of the law. Given a
certain amount
patience, ingenu­
ity, alertness and nerve, and the
chances of a criminal's eventual
esea.pe from enfomed confinement be­
come In many cases quite appreci­
able. Should, however, the latest
improvement in prison construction
be adopted, this possibility would be
reduced to a minimum. It is pro­
posed to build cells of iron or steel
intercommunicating pipes in whieh
water would be maintained under
pressure. The theory of the inven­
tor is that an attempt to break out
of a dungeon thus constructed would
result in damage to the tell-tale
tubes, the smallest puncture in which
wouldeause a leak, of which quick
notice would be transmitted to the
warders by the reduction of pressure,
and the- consequent sounding of au
alarm. The idea is ingenious, and
whether or not it should prove to be
practicable, it may form the nucleus
of a feasible plan of increasing the
safety of prisons.
A Narrow T3«s*pe for tlig Townsman.
"Silas." said' Mrs. Begosh, "they's
.a hull lot o1 mushrooms out in the
field—or maybe they's toadstools."
"Well, they ain't no good to us
zlong's we don't know the difference.
The only way fur us to tell is to get
somebody to eat 'em.
"Will they keep?"
"Not very long."
"Well, ye might as well throw 'em
aw&j. They won't be no summer
boarders here for a month' yit."—
Washington Star.
Islam's Purgatory.
The purgatory of the Islamites is
called Al Araf, and it is supposed to
be located half way between hell and
paradise. Mohammed is believed by
the whole sect of Islam to be the
only person who has ever gone to
paradise without being forced to
go through a preparatory course at
Al Araf.
Rough on Itsshboy.
'Mr. Sashboy—How much ybu re­
semble your sister, Miss Elderly I
would take you for her. j,-'-"'
Miss Elderly—W-welL, MrP Rash
boy, this is sudden, but you may Ask
pa-—Texas Sittings.
Hie House Was Haunted by a Spirit With
a Black Face, and Even the Family
Dog Refuses to Live in It. —Trouble*
of a Handsome Irish Setter.
1 In the northern section of Wood­
bury, Penn., in what is known as the
First ward, is a pretty cottage that
many of the residents of Woodbury
firmly believe to be haunted. That
Strange ai\d uncanny sights and
founds occur there both night and
'-day is vouched for by some of the
ftiore recent tenants, and for several
months past it has been given up to
|he- rats that scamper through its
empty rooms, and the sparrows that
fly in and out at the broken garret
The place was for many years the
home ot Rev. Sidney L. Dyer, a
Baptist clergyman, whose name
graces the title page of many books
4f the Sunday school type. About
years ago Mr. Dyer died. His
^ife left Woodbury, and a year later
ffce also died. There were rumors
chat the Dyers had not found the
(|ottage a pleasant place of residence,
ljut they kept their own counsels, if
Such was the case, and little was
known of its peculiarities until it
passed into other hands.
The latest tenant was Mr. N. B.
CJilson, a fresco arti-jt, who took
possession of the place and occupied
it for three months. His family prob­
ably had, the most startling experi
ie^ice of any of the recent occupants
of the cottage, and the details were
narrated to the Philadelphia Press by
a. member of the family.
The family, which consists of Mr.
Gjlson, his wife and a grown-up son
and daughter, are not superstitious
people. Joe Gilson, the son, re­
marked: "My sister and myself have
Ween brought up to reject supersti­
tion in all its forms, and even now 1
am not prepared to say that I believe
in ghosts, but a man doesn't want his
sleep disturbed by such experiences
as we have had in this house, and, to
say the least, it is not a pleasant
place to live in."
For a month after the Gilson3 took
^possession of the cottage things weat
smoothly, but at the end of that time
A MM ff Aii/in'iti/» tK A A
periences. One evening, as the fami­
ly was about to retire, a noise.like a
heavy explosion shook the house,
which was followed by such sounds
as would be .caused by the overturn­
ing of furniture and the rattling of
windows. From that time until the
Gilsons left the house these noises
werejieard. with variations at inter­
vals. They were not confined to
night or day.
Shortly after this occurrence a
young lady from Wilmington, Del.,
was a guest of Miss Gilson. !?he oc­
cupied a room on the second floor.
She awoke one night and saw a white
figure standing at the bureau. Think­
ing it was Mrs. Gilson or her daugh­
ter, she spoke to the figure. The
apparition, with the rapidity of light­
ning. disappeared, but in a moment
it was again seen at the bedsido of
the now thoroughly frightened girl,
and again disappeared on being ad­
dressed. The young lady spent a
night of terror and in the morning
left her friends, declaring that noth­
ing could induce her to spend anoth­
er night in the house.
After that night the room was oc­
cupied by members of the family and
guests, and the strange apparition
was seen in turn by each occupant.
It is described by all who have seen
it as wearing the traditional white
garment, and over its head and
around its face is what appears to be
a white handkerchief, tied under his
chin. The figure is luminous, and
the face is a black, horrible blank.
The spook always appeared first at
the bureau, as if in search of some­
thing, and would melt away in the
darkness upon bein^ spoken to and
again appear at the bedside. Articles
in this room were removed from
thsir places, and the contents of the
bureau drawers left in confusion.
The figure was only seen in this
room, but shadows were often seen
moving along the walls in other
apartments, and their appearance
was always accompanied by noises
like the explosion of toy balloons or
inflated paper bags. Even in broad
daylight window shades were pulled
down by unseen hands, and china
and glassware fell crashing in the
Perhaps the greatest sufferer from
thqse uncanny sights and sounds was
the family dog, a handsome Irish
setter. TMs poor brute was in a
state of constant and abject terror.
At the occurrence of the sounds, or
even the opening of a door, he would
cower at the feet of some member of
the family and shiver and whine in a
most pitiful manner. He refused to
eat, and only regained his health
and spirits when the family left the
house. The Gallons" tired "of this
condition of affairs 'and gave up the
place, and since that time havo no
trouble from ghostly visitants.
The stories told by former tenants
with the experience of the Gil
$ c,",
sons. A Philadelphia lady who
rented the place for a summer home,
could not keep a servant after the
first night. They would appear in
the morning declaring that money
would not induce them to spend
another night there. She gave up
the place in disgust.
The theory of ghosts is scouted by
some of the neighbors, and after the
Gilsons left the premises two brave
young men, who were not afraid of
ghosts, went there to spend a night
and lay the spooks. They returned
to their homes, however, long before
the night was over, and as they re­
fuse to say anything whatever of
what they saw or heard, those in­
clined to superstition are strength­
ened in their belief that "the house
is haunted."
How Ko-
Pictare of Christ Affected
torions Female Criminal.
The incident narrated below took
place in a woman's prison of an
Eastern state. A striking picture of
Christ saying to the erring woman,
"Go, and sin no more!" hangs in the
chapel of this prison. About 5 o'clock
in the afternoon, the time that the
Sunday service is held there in the
summer, the sun touches the paint­
ing brilliantly, and lights the sym­
pathetic figure of the Master, seem­
ingly to interpret with new hope His
significant worda Indeed, to one
not expecting the sudden illumina­
tion, it appears almost like a super­
natural transfiguration.
Among the prisoners was a woman
who had caused a great deal of
trouble from the first hour she had
been placed within the prison walls.
She had been arrested for repeated
crimes, and was considered a con­
firmed criminal. Violent and diso­
bedient, she had literally to be
forced to her duties. Finding they
could do nothing with her the au­
thorities placed her in a solitary
cell. When she was taken from it
she made so much trouble that it be­
came necessary to put her back again.
But one Sunday they took her out
in time to attend chapel services
with the other prisoners, it had
been a cloudy day, and the woman
seemed even more surly than usual.
She was carefully guarded lest she
might do some harm.
Just as the service was about to
close the sun broke through -the
ipito the.ch^pel,
touching the picture of Christ ahd
the erring woman with almost a di­
vine effulgence. The effect was very
beautiful and impressive. From row
to row the women gazed at the pic­
ture, and subdued murmurs were
whispered from one to the other.
She who was the wickedest of them
all had gathered herself together
and sat crouched like a wild beast,
staring straight at the Christ, her
rough head sunk between her shoul­
ders and her knees up to her chin.
When the service was over the sun
still lingered upon the picture. The
bell sounded and the prisoners arose
to file out of the chapel, but the vio­
lent woman did not stir. The atten­
dant thought she meant new mis­
chief and came up behind her and
taking her by the arm said:
"Get up and go out!"
She received no response. Fearing
the woman might make a disturbance,
the officers waited until the other
prisoners had left the chapel, expect­
ing a hand-to-hand tussle with the
insubordinate. Approaching her
again, the officer asked quietly:
"Why didn't you go out? Come,
get up now!"
To her amazement, the woman,
who never had shown them the least
sign of tender emotion, turned upon
her a softened face and moistened
eyes. As she arose she said:
"Yes, I will go. I only want to
see that," pointing to the picture,
"I don't want to see anything but
They led her weeping t*o her soli­
tary cell, says Youth's Companion.
A few days later she quietly asked to
be let out with the other prisoners,
promising not to make any disturb­
ance. From that time she was a
changed soul. There is no gentler
woman in the prison to-day. Sermons
and prayers and songs and kind
words were not able to do what the
vision of Christ in His pitying love
had done for this sin-burdened, peni­
tent heart.
The Impre«oivones« or the Occult.
Fortune Teller—You are soon to be
married to the man you love.
Miss Calculate—Is he a blond?
"Is his name Harry?"
"Will he give me a ring with a tur­
quoise and two diamonds??'
"Are we going to Europe oh our
wedding journey?"
Miss Calculate, to friend,—Isn't it
Uniform'* for Soldiers.
Su'ts of a uniform color and pattern
for soldiers in the British army date
from 1674, when the foot guards trere
clad in gray. The introduction of a
regular un form for sailors dates from
1748, wben the "blue jacket" became
customary. ...
The Story of Blount Vernon's Strange
Police Station.
Probably no town in the country
that boasts a police force has so odd
looking a police headquarters as
Mount Vernon. It is an architec­
tural wonder to the old settlers and
strangers alike.
The building is about twenty-five
feet long and twenty feet high and
about fifteen.feet deep. It sets back
eff the roadway about thirty feet, ia
the center of a pretty grass-green
yard. A little picket fence runs
across the yard at the sidewalk line,
and there is a gas-pipe aich at the*
entrance, from which hangs the red.
police lamp, says the New York Sun.
The house is of brick, with latticed,
windows, and walls of unusual thick­
ness. It is two stories high, with,
three low-ceilinged rooms on each,
floor. The entrance doors are in the
middle of the building. The entrance
on the ground floor leads to several
cells on either side of the middle
room. The offices of the chief of po­
lice are On the second floor, reached
by a flight of wooden stairs. They
are cosey, but far from roomy. The
chief has a desk and a sofa for furni­
ture, and a telephone behind his
Chief Foley was asked the other
day how the town happened to
possess such a singular-looking
police headquarters.
"Well, it's a funny thing," he re­
plied. "They leased this place be­
cause somehow or other the residents
got to be superstitious about it. It
is about a quarter of a eentury old
and was built by a New York en­
graver, who died years ago, who
gave his eccentric fancy full play in
designing it He had a wife and
daughter and was jealous of both,
and would not permit them to receive
male visitors. He built a wooden
fence nine feet high where that fence
out there stands, which completely
shut the house out from the view of
the neighbors. The wife and
daughter were virtual prisoners in
this queer house during his lifetime.
"A little path, ran diagonally back
of the house to another cottage occu­
pied by another New York engraver.
The two used to have what seemed
to be mysterious consultations, which
gave rise to the story that counter­
feiting was being done in this
fenced-in residence. But that was
mere town gossip* —^We- -never dis­
covered any foundation for it.
"The engraver used the ground
floor for a kitchen, dining-room and
pantry. This center room on the
second, floor was the parlor, with two
sleeping rooms off it I venture the
assertion that you can go the coun­
try over and not find another house
so oddly arranged. It reminds me
of a big doll's house. However, when
the town gets ready to build a new
headquarters this will be a first-class
site, and that's what the aldermen
thought, probably, when they,
bought it."
Telephones in a Storm.
A celebrated English oculist warns
the public against the use of the
telephone during a thunderstorm,
and relates an incident that occurred
to a friend of his who went to the
telephone for the purpose of ac­
quainting the central exchange at a
distant city that a storm was ap­
proaching and the instrument would
not be available until it was over.
The moment he put his ear to the
telephone a flash occurred, and he
received a blow of such severity that,
he was sent across the small cham­
ber against the opposite wall. Other­
wise—beyond the temporary but very
rude shock, which he described as a
severe box on the ear—he was un­
hurt. In this respect he was more
fortunate than an artilleryman, who,
while using the telephone in the^
field during some recent military
maneuvres, was struck dead by a.
powerful current of electricity which,
passed over the telephone. —St Louis
Irrevereneo in the Quaker City.
An uptown church has recently
undergone great alterations, and
during the course of the work a
great lot of old wood was accumu­
lated which was perfectly good for
kindling purposes but was not of
much account for anything else. The
superintendent of the build ing, think­
ing to have the wood removed at the
least possible cost, started about to
dispose of it by sale. Accordingly,
picking out a nice, smooth board, he
inscribed it as follows "Wood for
sale by the load." The board had
been exposed only a short time when
some wag saw the chance foi* a good
joke and changed the letter "a" in
the word "load" to an "r," and for
days the sign stood out in front of
the church reading: "Wood for said
by the Lord."—Philadelphia Kecord
The Mathematics of It.
"Now," said the prosecuting at­
torney, "I think about twenty years
would fit your client's case."
"Twenty years!" echoed the law
yer.r'V "Why I'd rathei* have him
sentenced for life."
"Because his health is so bad he
couldn't live fifteen years and if he
£Vd he'd still be five years ahead."

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