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of Carneycroft By JOSEPH-BROWN COOKE COPYRIGHT 1907 BY STORY-PRESS CORPORATION ■ ■• CHAPTER I. A Mystery Is Started. That old John Carney dropped dead of apoplexy in his saddle while vio lently cursing the stable-boy for a trivial delay in bringing his horse to the door was not regarded by the com munity as any special cause 'for re gret, but that the boy, who was kicked In the head by the plunging and terri fied beast, died a few hours later, was looked upon in the village as little short of murder. Young John was in Honolulu, pre sumably keeping a watchful eye on the family's sugar interests, but prob ) ably devoting himself to sociological studies and charitable work among the natives. Florence, the only daugh ter, was the mistress of her father’s house, her mother having died in the early nineties. She was the only member of the family at home when the accident occurred. She telegraphed immediately to me, I being the youngest and practically the only active partner in the firm of 1 lawyers that managed her father’s af fairs. 1 responded at once in person and was at Carney-Croft by noon the next day. 1 was astonished, not only by the extent of the place, but at its beauty and almost baronial magnificence. There were acres upon acres of vel vety lawns intersected by miles upon miles of well-bedded roads and bridle paths, while the timber had been weeded out by a master hand so craft ily that one was given the impression ot an old and long inhabited estate rather than of a park hewn out of a virgin forest within a single decade. The house was even more of a sur prise than the grounds, for although it was, in some respects, scarcely fin ished. it was already moss-grown and ivy-clad and suggested a Jacobiean structure of very respectable an tiquity. Miss Carney was watching for me at the entrance, and came running down the steps of the oroad terraces surrounding the mansion, to greet me the more cordially as I clambered out of the old-fashioned trap that had brought me from the station. “You were good to come so soon,” she said gratefully, extending her hand with winning grace. “I wanted w to send a carriage to meet you, but all the stablemen have left since the lit tie. l*iy died. I have only the house servants that we brought from town.” I made the best answer I could un der the circumstances for, while her recent bereavement was more than enough to excite my deepest sym pathy. the fact that her father had been our best client for many years gave to my presence at the house a mercenary taint not exactly consist ent with noblesse oblige. Luncheon was served as soon as I returned from my room, and I was seated opposite ihy hostess at a small round table. I had never seen Miss Carney before and it cannot be de nied that the vision of my sweet faced companion, partly concealed by the palms between us, was in no way unappreciated by my masculine eye. After luncheon we sat in the library and talked over briefly the events of the past few days. I had learned from my garrulous driver in the forenoon the circum stances that accompanied Mr. Car neys tragic death, and my interview with his daughter had more to do with the arrangement of her future affairs than with any references to the past. “I wish Jack were here.” she said suddenly; “it is so hard to be alone.” “I cabled him as soon as I received ► your telegram,” I replied, “and he can get a ship to-morrow or the day after. Hut must you be alone? Have you no friends here in the village?” “Not one,” she returned. “You know we live very much by ourselves out here and —and —the village people have never taken kindly to father —or —or —to me. for that matter. In fact," she continued, smiling wanly through her tears, "they think us worldly and purse-proud and —and ‘stuck up,’ if I must say it. And yet daddie tried to do so much for them, and laid out work that wasn’t at all necessary and all that —just to give them employ ment. Why! last winter, when some of the people were nearly starving, he had ice cut in the river and piled up on the banks for weeks at a time to keep the men busy, but as soon as the warm weather came they forgot it all and even said he was a fool who threw away his money. No,” she added slow ly, “I haven’t a friend in the village to whom I could turn.” “But there must be someone." I in sisted; “somebodv who could come Alaska the golden also is rich in considerable quantities of silver, cop per and coal, and promises to do something with tin and petroleum, which recently have been discovered. The annual gold production repre sents a value of some $7,000,000. The mining of placer gold is carried on in June, July, August and September. operations are rendered difil- not only by the short available here and stay with you until your brother returns.” She rested her elbow on the chair arm for a moment and pressed her hand against her temple: Then, rais ing her head quickly with a satisfied air, she exclaimed: “Why, yes! I could send for Annie Weston, and she would be delighted to come! It would do the poor girl good, too,” she added thoughtfully; “she has been ill so long and is just beginning to improve. That’s exactly what I’ll do!” "Who is Annie Weston?” I asked with interest, for the idea seemed to have brought new hope into her eyes, and I was glad that it had come from my suggestion. "Oh!" she was a. school friend of mine and is the sweetest girl that ever lived.” returned Miss Carney. "Her father and mother are both dead and she is quite alone in the world, so she can come just as well as not, and I know she will love to be here as much as I will to have her. I should have asked her to visit me long ago, but she was taken ill soon after we left school and is only beginning to get back her strength.” The day after the funeral I returned to the city and, rather than subject Miss Carney to any inconvenience by accepting her ofTer of the only car riage at her disposal since the stable hands had deserted the place, I rode to the railway station in the trap that had brought me down. ”9*) you’re old Carney's lawyer, be ye?” inquired my driver, with rustic familiarity, crossing his legs and lean ing one arm carelessly over the back of the seat in front of me. I admitted that I was, with monosyl- j labic brevity, and we proceeded in silence for a few rods. “’Spose he left plenty o’ money?” was the next query. "Enough for the needs of his fam ily." I replied. "Pshaw!" he returned. In evident disgust, “that’s all ye'd say if he was worth ten thousand dollars!” Another short period of silence elapsed, and then lie began abruptly: “Powerful strange to me haow a drink in’ man like him could acoomilate so much money an’ hold to it so tight." "1 never knew that Mr. Carney was a drinking man,” I replied, with a sud deu interest in my companion's gos COUNTRY RICH IN METALS. season, but also by the lack of fall in the streams, the poor supply of water and timber, the half-frozen con dition of the gravel, and the high cost ,of labor and transport. Despite these obstacles the wide and uniform dis tributing of alluvial gold, the healthy climates, and the proximity of the phenomfnnllv rich gold fields of the British Yukon region justify prospect ing and mining over large areas. sip. “I mean,” 1 continued, "I never knew that he drank to excess.” “Drink!" exclaimed the man. "Why! they wa’n't nuthin’ he wouldn’t do! Drink, smoke, gamble an’ cuss, be sides throwin’ away his money on most wasteful things! When Sam Hoskins’ boy was workin’ up to the place he seen him an’ another feller frum the city, a friend o’ hls’n, a-play in’ poker one day, an’ one or t’other of ’em, I fergit which ’twas, lost seven dollars an’ 80 cents! An’ as to drink in’, while he done most of it In the haouse, he wa’n’t above talcin' a glass at Hoskins’ hotel every naow an’ then, too! ”1 rec’lec', one day, a-settin’ on the stoop at Hoskins’ waitin’ fur a shaow er to blow over, when I was a-gittin' in my hay, an’ ole Carney drove up in his buggy. W® was all a-talkin’ abaout Freemasons, an’ as he climbs aout I sez to him, sez I, ’Be you a Freema son?’ sez I. ‘No,’ sez he. ‘I hain’t,’ sez hp, ‘but I’m a free thinker,’ sez he, •an’ I think I’ll take a drink,’ sez he. ‘Ye won’t be a free drinker,’ sez Hos kins, under his breath and winkin’ at me, as he toilers him into the barroom to wait on him, an’ sure enough, he tole us afterwards, he charged him "I'm A-Gittin’ to That,” He Replied. reg'lar city prices, an’ the ole man never knew the difference.” “By the way, what made the men leave the place so suddenly?” I asked, cautiously, thinking to divert the fel low’s gabble into more profitable channels. "You know they have all gone, except the servants that were brought from the city." "Wal,” said the man with delibera tion. slapping the horse's back with the reins and wriggling uncomfortably in his seat, “they left fur two reasons, It is more important for the moth or to superintend her son’s reading than to see that ho wears the latest thing in collars. Boys and girls saturate with low literature form low ideals, which cling to them through life. Let the children see how ugly low ideals are, and then encourage them te study the lives of great men. The character depends upon the ideals, and the ideals are the stand ard which the parent or teacher sets before the child. Let the child choose his ideals from the many that are presented to him. Teaching is successful only when the pupil is interested in his work. Study the child and find out what liis capabilities are, and show him that you take an interest in him. Stream tin, discovered in the’Onikovik river in 1900, has been found over an area of 450 square miles. Promising surface indications of petroleum have been found in the Controller bay, Cook inlet, and Cold bay fields. Though only a few wells have been bored there seems to be ample justi fication for further prospecting and for believing that the Pacific coast region of Alaska xuay prove au im Should Watch Child’s Reading I guess. In fae’, the folks 'baout here ain’t over anxious to work up to the place anyway, though they was alius willin' to be obligin’ an’ accommodate ole Carney when they wa'n’t nuthin' else fur 'em to do; but naow, it’s conn in’ on hayin’ time, an’ 1 s’pose they’d ! ruther work at hayin’." The man had turned his back on me completely and was urging the horse forward at a rapid gait. I “Very generous of them to accom-1 modate him when they had nothing else to do, and then leave his daugh ter as they have, just because haying time is here,” I commented. "But you said there were two reasons. What is the other?” We rode on in silence for quite a distance until, at length, the fellow re sponded in a gruff voice and without turning his head. “Wal! it may be true an’ it may be not! All 1 know is what I heerd up to Hoskins’. I don’t take no great notice o’ ghosts an’ sich. But them men knows what they seen the night after the Widder Bruce’s boy died, an’ I know that ye couldn’t git one of ’em on the place again with a team o’ steers! No. sir! knowln’ as they do. the character o’ man that ole Carney was, an’ the way he as good as mur dered that, poor lad with his cussin’ an’ quarrelin’ an’ failin’ off his hoss, ’stead o’ goln’ to the stable an’ sad dlin’ up himself, like any man would that wa’n’t too lazy to take off his coat when he et, it ain’t no wonder they believed what the Widder Bruce tole ’em inore’n a year ago!” He paused here and flicked a fly from the horse’s neck with a dex terous cast of his whip. “What did the Widotn Bruce tell them?” 1 asked anxiously, fearing that his communicative mood would leave him. “Wal. she come over here from Eng land with her boy ’baout the time ole Carney was a-buildin' his haouse, an’ | she sez. as soon as she seen it, that it was goin’ to be jest like them places over in England where them docks an secli fellers live, that sooner or later someone ’ud die a vi’lent death there, an’ then the place 'ud be ha’at ed same's the dooks’ places mostly Is. “O’ course, we didn't pay no special attention to her. “When her boy went up to the place to work, 'baout a year ago. she took on terrible, an' alius said no good ’uc* come of it. an’ that somethin’ would surely happen. But they wa’n’t no other way out of it, fur they didn't have a bite to eat nor a rag to wear, an’ if the boy hadn’t decided to accom modate Carney's folks I guess they’d ha' starved. “Ye see," he continued, in explana tion. "old Carney wouldn't never give a cent t c anybody that was able to earn it, an’ when the parson come to him an' ast him to help the widder, all he sez was, ’Send that big hulk of a boy up here an' I’ll give him a job an’ good pay so'z he kin support hi* mother like a man,' he sez, 'but I won’t give her a damn penny so long as he’s able to work an' earn It,' he sez.” “But you haven’t explained yet why the men •left,” I persisted, for we were nearing our destination and my time was growing short. “I’m a-gittin’ to that.” he replied. "Ye see, Carney was such a mean, stingy cuss that, what with his drink in’ an’ gamblin' an’ other vices, the widder alius claimed he'd never rest easy in his grave. When the boy was killed she carried on like a crazy wom an. an’ swore the place would alius bo ba nted ’less the estate did the honest thing by her an’ give her enough to pay her fur the loss of her son. That night, more fur fun than anything else, a lot of the fellers that was a settin' daov/n to Hoskins’ went up by the haouse ’raound midnight, but they didn't see nuthin’. The nex' night— that’s after 7011 come —they all went up again, an’ I tell you they all come back a-flyin’." "What did they see?” I asked, with renewed interest, as a sudden idea eu- I tered my head. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Many a child’s life is ruined by hav ing parents or teachers who do not take the trouble to understand his capability. The whole life and future useful ness of a child depends largely on the way his mind is trained at school. To teach concentration should be the end and aim of all school iu struction. Life on a Troopship. The troopship of to-day revels In luxuries compared with Its compeer of other days, and if the soldier now adays grumbles to himself at his cramped accommodation and his ship's fare, he can take comfort In the though/ '.hat he enjoys advantages that his brother-in-arms of the sailing ship period never even dreamed of. — The Captain. portant source of illuminating oil. Coal, mostly of a lignltic character, also widely is distributed in south western Alaska, whilst tin coals of the Cape Lisburn© region :|re of two distinct classes, low grade 'tituminous coal of the mesozolc ago and high grade bituminous coal of paltozoic age. The social scale is by to means I life’s most reliable weighing machine. E. H. H. SWEARS PUT ON THE STANS HE PROVES COMPETENT WITNESS. “WHERE DO I STAND” LETTER Railroad Magnate Tells in Plain Words How Roosevelt Letter Got Into Newspapers. New York.—Edward H. Harrlman, president of the Union Pacific, was cross-examined briefly in the Tombs police court by former Judge Alfred Ommen, who with Morris Hyman ap peared as counsel for Frank Hill, the former Harriman stenographer, who is under arrest on the charge of selling the now famous “Where Do I Stand?” letter to a newspaper for publication. The railroad manipulator showed that he was a good lawyer himself, for he answered no questions until Assist ant District Attorney Krotel had had ample time to interpose all reason able objections, and the attorneys gained no information worthy of the time consumed. Ommen asked whether Mr. Harri man had shown the much discussed letter to anybody. The question was not framed to the Harriman liking and he quietly told the attorney to amend his way of asking. Then he said he had read the letter to another. “Did you read it to Congressman .Tames Sherman?” asked Judge Om rcen. Mr. Krotel objected and Judge Walile not only sustained the objection, hut brought a flush to the lace of the defendant’s counsel. “I don’t intend to have this case liippodromed,” said the judge. “If I permitted that question you might con • tinue and seek to name men here and I put them on the stand in the hope of attacking the credibility of Mr. Harrl ! man and so continue this matter along ' and make it one of sensationalism. I I won’t stand for it.” There was rather strenuous effort ' on the part of Hill’s counsel to make Mr. Harriman say that he had given the letter to a newspaper for publica- I tion "lf you really wish to get at the ab ' solute facts of the matter I will tell them,” said the railroad man quietly. I “There was another newspaper 1 which had a copy of that letter. On the night before its publication I learned that the World had it and in tended to publish it. I tried with what influence I had at my command to pre vent its publication, but was unable to do so. At 2 o'clock in the morn | ing, after having been told by repre sentatives of the paper that my efforts were fruitless and that the letter was actually in type and the forms on the press, I telephoned to the American and informed the gentleman with whom I spoke over the telephone that I deemed it no more than fair to in form him that tlie World had secured the letter and would publish it. The gentleman with whom 1 spoke said that the matter was of no paramount im portance. I was a bit surprised there to re when I saw it in that paper In I the morning.’’ I Mr. Harriman’s frankness in relat ing the incidents of the night disarmed former Judge Ommen. Dairy Commissioner at Work. Denver.—James J. Girardet, assist aut state dairy commissioner, has re turned from Wisconsin, where he lias been for several weeks investigating the dairy conditions and conferring with the State Dairy Commission with a view of adopting its methods in Colo rado. Wisconsin is said to have the best system of dairy and meat regula tions in the United Slates. State Dairy Commissioner Bishop said that he was meeting with encour agement in his campaign for pure milk, cream and dairy products in the state. While he lias no jurisdiction over the creameries in cities, he lias been urg ing the various ordinances that will make for pure milk and cream as well as wholesome and undiseased meat* — ordinances that will dovetail with the state law that regulates dairies, cheese I and butter. I The new statute has been indorsed |by the Sinton dairy at Colorado I Springs, also the Lewis Dairy Com pany of Denvei. The Boulder dairy ■ has also fallen into line, and other large concerns of the same kind will follow suit. These companies have submitted to the test relative to dis eased cows in tliei.; herds. .Some of the animals were found to be affected with tuberculosis. The weeding-out process was begun and the diseased cows were displaced by sound ones. Up-to-date machinery is used in these three plants with a view to healthful conditions. Mr. Bishop believes that other large dairies will follow suit. He has made the Fort Collins Conn ' cil interested in the ordinance for pure . milk, cream, butter, cheese and meats. I The chamber of commerce there Is also behind the movement to pass or dinances that will make for these things. Other cities in Colorado are being communicated with, with a view of having them pass oidinances simi lar to the one enacted by the Denver Council last week. School Land Sold. Sales of nearly 1,800 acres of state school lands were made recently by the e Land Board to people down abonu .vntonito, In Conejos county. It Is an arid area, but the buyers have ar ranged to build canals and ditches to convey water from the Conjos and San Antone rivers onto the lands, at a cost j of some $25,000. The price paid for the land was $5 an acre. For years these lands have lain use less because of the lack of water, yet they cover one of the most desirable I portions of the San Luis valley. Bills of sale were made out to the follow ' lug persons by the land hoard: James L. Richardson, 80 acres; W. D. Carroll, ICO acres: T. D. L. Mcnke, IGO acres; C. V. Moore, IGO acres; W. F. McClure, IGO acres; E. It. Marshall, IGO acres; W. B. McClure, IGO acres; W. H. Bar low, 400 acres; Celestlno Garcia, IGO acres; W. A. Braidcn, 240 acres; Frit* Tliies, ICO nert.s. A MISSOURI WOMAN Tolls a Story of Awful Suffering and Wonderful Relief. Mrs. J. D. Johnson, of 603 West Hickman St., Columbia, Mo., says: “Following an operation two years ago, dropsy set in, and my left side was so swollen the doctor said he would have to tap out the water. There was constant pain and a gurgling sensation around my , heart, and I could not raise my arm above my head. The kid ney action was disor- dered and passages of the secretions too frequent. On the advice of my husband I began using Doan’s Kidney Pills. Since using two boxes my trou ble has not reappeared. This ts won derful, after suffering two years.” • Sold by all dealers. 50 cents a bolt Foster-Milburn Co.. Buffalo, N. Y. Shipwrecked Sailors Saved. Eleven men, members of the crew of the Norwegian antarctic expedition ship Catherine, have been rescued after having been cast away on one of the Crozet isles in the southern Indian ocean, far ofT the track of commerce. They were found in ex ceedingly good health, having subsist ed on penguins, sea elephants, alba tross eggs and food from the depot placed there In 1880. The latter was not particularly wholesome, but the men got used to it. One bottle of whisky which was washed ashore was kept for Christmas. They were short of matches, and used only one daily, and made every effort to keep alight a lamp, owing to the severe cold. Coming Popular Craze. Signs are not wanting that amateur photography will have a vast increase of raw recruits in 1907. From the cloistral' retreats of the learned It bas transpired that we are on the verge of discovering the art of direct color photography. And the masses —there is abundant evidence of it — are beginning to turn their eyes to wards this hobby which promises so many wonders for the near future. In a Pinch, Use ALLEN’S FOOT-EASE. A powder. It cures painful, smart ing, nervous feet and ingrowing nails. It’s the greatest comfort discovery of the age. Makes new shoes easy. A certain cure for sweating feet. Sold by all Druggists, 25c. Accept no sub stitute. Trial package. FREE. Ad dress A. S. Olmsted. Le Roy. N. Y. Little One’s Prayer. Mary always gets a little piece of candy every day to keep her from be ing naughty. One day she waa naughty, and she did not get her candy. That night when she was go ing to bed she said her prayers as fol lows: “Our Father, who art in heaven, please give me my daily candy.” By following the directions, are plainly printed on each package of Defiance Starch, Men’s Collars and Cuffs can be made just as stiff as de sired, with either gloss or domestic finish. Try it, 1G oz. for 10c, sold by all good grocers. No, Cordelia, a married woman isn't necessarily up to date because her husband happens to be the latest thing out The Evolution of Household Remedies. The modern patent medicine busi ness is the natural outgrowth of the old-time household remedies. In the early history of this country, EVERY FAMILY HAD ITS HOME MADE MEDICINES. Herb teas, bitters, laxatives and tonics, were to be found in almost every house, compound ed by the housewife, sometimes assisted by the apothecary or the family doctor. Such remedies as picra, which was aloes and quassia, dissolved in apple b?aady. Sometimes a hop tonic, made of whiskey, hops and bitter barks. A score or more of popular, home-made remedies were thus compounded, the formulae for which were passed along fromhouse to house, sometimes written, sometimes verbally communicated. The patent medicine business is a natural outgrowth from this whole some, old-time custom. In the begin ning, some enterprising doctor, im pressed by the usefulness of one of these home-made remedies, would take it up, improve it in many ways, manu facture it on a large scale, advertise it mainly through almanacs for the home, and thus it would become used over a large area. LATTERLY THE HOUSE HOLD REMEDY BUSINESS TOOK A MORE EXACT AND SCIENTIFIC FORM. Peruna was originally one of these old-time remedies. It was used by the Mennonites, of Pennsylvania, before it was offered to the public for sale. Dr. Hartman, THE ORIGINAL COM POUNDER OF PERUNA, is of Men nonite origin. First, he prescribed it for his neighbors and his patients. The sale of it increased, and at last he established a manufactory and fur nished it to the general drug trade. Peruna is useful in a great many climatic ailments, such as coughs, colds, sore throat, bronchitis, and catarrhal diseases generally. THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAVE LEARNED THE USE OF PERUNA and its value in th# treatment of these ailments. They have learned to trust and believe in Dr. Hartman ’9 judgment, and to relj on his remedy, Peruna.