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I Bowerie Ghost 'TTfrynytUHpl More than two centuries agone, when old Petrus Stuyvesant and his silver banded wooden leg ruled the destinies of New Amsterdam, there was a well known place of refresh ment in that colonial town known by the worthy burghers as the Wursthaus. It stood upon the east side of the old post or Bowerie road, not far from the present point of junction with Division street. The then suburban location of the Wursthaus made it and its jovial host, Hans von Schneist, well known and patronized by the townsmen and their families. But a change came o'er the smil ing features and jocund laugh of the host of the Wursthaus when his only son was proclaimed an outlaw. Some boyish indiscretion of speech had been magnified by the hearers and, coming to the ears of the sus picious old director general, had re suited in the decree. Young Hans had received timely warning, how ever, and was supposed to have reached the Swedish colony in safe ty. Several months passed away, and one evening young Jacob Twiller re lated the following weird adventure to the wondering crowd gathered around the central table in the Wursthaus garden: "I was eel spearing in the Fresh water pond last evening and by the time the moon was overhead had filled my creel. I started to walk home. I had but passed the Wurst haus when just ahead of me I spied a tall figure wrapped in a long gray cloak. Thinking that no one except the watch could be abroad at that hour of the night, except with some evil purpose in view, I suited my pace to his, meaning to let him pre cede me toward the city wall. But scarce had we progressed in this manner for a few hundred yards or so when the figure turned and, hold ing its hands aloft, made menacing gestures, as if forbidding me to ap proach. "Overburdened with my fishing traps, I felt powerless and so knelt on the ground so as to more easily remove the strap of the creel from off my shoulders. But as I kneeled the ghost, for such it surely was had vanished from sight, and, though I hunted well about, I could find no trace except mayhap a smoke sinelling strongly of sulphur, which I breathed in my nostrils as I came near to that part of the ground from which it had vanished." Nothing could shake the valiant Jacob's circumstantial details of the encounter, and, though the town cynic sneered, the group gathered closer together around the central table and made haste home in good season. Within a week Koelof Jans, the popular butt and scapegrace, added still more to the mysterious tale of his predecessor. While agreeing with Jacob in the general appear ance of the gray cloaked figure, he furnished additional details by which it ^would seem that a long barbed tail was a feature in the phantom and that it walked amid belching clouds of smoke. And then came the climax. Ad am Roelandsen stated to the cap tain of the watch that he had en countered the gray cloaked phan tom that it came out from the Wursthaus, but hastily turned and re-entered the door ere he could summon up courage to advance or retreat. Here was a pretty condition of affairs! The habitues of old Hans von Schneist's place quaked in their very shoes at the bare supposition that they had been drinking the brewings of one who was seemingly in league with the evil one. And so it came to pass that the stout old captain of the watch, at the head of his little squad, came to investigate the Wursthaus. For some reason old Hans did not come to the door, and when the captain of the watch entered the big taproom he found mine host tightening the hoops of an enormous butt that stood in the darkest corner. The crowd of sightseers, at first fearful of forked tongues of flame and oth er chronicled attributes of the evil one, were timorous of entering the house. But gathering courage from the assembled military and particu larly impressed by the gallant bear ing of the commandant they grad ually inched forward until very soon almost every available space was oc cupied. "Good morning, Herr von Schneist," spoke the captain. "Good morning to you, herr cap tain, and to you, soldiers and fel low citizens," answered the sturdy -old tavern keeper. "What means this array? Am I accused of trea son or are you merely come to test tthe malt in my brewing?" "It is neither of false brewingnor of treason you are accused, Herr von Schneist, nor yet of anything I out halting learned coming within the oivil oc miiiiug, tifiealty*—Exchaoge. law. Some there be who say that you are ki league with the evil one. Step forward, Adam Eoelandsen, and tell your tale again, so that this worthy man will know our busi ness." Then came shambling forward the pedagogue, who, with many pauses and apologetic utterances, spoke as follows: "You have all heard, and some few have seen, the gray cloaked fig ure that walks the Bowerie road at night time. Some there are who say it hath a tail like unto the evil one, and divers others aver that it is surrounded by clouds of rolling brimstone smoke. I 6pent last even ing with John Verlocht up at his gristmill the other side of Corlears Hook, teaching and explaining to him the new method ed multiplier tion. We had scarce half a score mugs of ale, and my head was clear as a bell when I saw a gray cloaked figure hastily enter the door of the Wursthaus." "You will agree, Herr von Schneist, that it is my bounden du ty to search your premises?" quoth the captain. "Assuredly, herr captain," he re plied, "but before you begin I will serve you and your men with some of my new ale." Without giving them time to answer he hustled to ward the big butt in the dark corner and straightway dispensed a gener ous measure of the beverage to them. Not having such high opin ions of the power of his Satanic maj esty as the citizens, they quaffed it down, but pronounced it stale and flat. Then began a scene of turmoil and confusion enough to make the vrouw's heart break with anguish. But though the iron bound linen chest was turned upside down and emptied of its contents in an un seemly manner, and though closets were upturned, beds overthrown and the whole house pulled out at corners, she never murmured or complained. But nothing was found, and, though the taproom was lightly passed over, there was no place in it that a man could hide, except pos sibly the big butt in the dark cor ner. That, however, was full of ale, for had they not drunk some of it And so the watch marched away empty handed and left to the host and his vrouw the task of putting things to rights. The gray cloaked demon was seen several tiirtes thereafter, but no con certed attempt was made to follow it up. About two months from the time of the fruitless search the few faithful adherents of the Wursthaus noted that both Hans and his wife wore very grave faces. In a few days they announced that a young traveler |rom Boston was danger ously ill in the darkened bedroom upstairs, and the Dutch physician, who had but just arrived from Hol land, was sent for. He came again and again, and the faces of the wor thy couple showed a deep sympathy for the youthful guest. Finally the doctor came in the middle of the night and stayed till morning, but the soul of his patient fled before the dawn. Heavy grief o'erhung the Schneist household, and the Wursthaus was closed till after the funeral. Even then old Hans showed a settled grief in his altered demeanor. Observant neighbors noted that the big butt in the corner was never used after the soldiers drank from it, and when a few months had sped and comparisons came to be made it was found that the gray cloaked phantom had never been seen since the young stranger was taken sick. It was also commented upon that no one came from Boston to inquire about him. But there was a many who believed till their dying day that it was a genuine ghost that had beep seen by Jacob Twiller et al. gliding along the old Bowerie road. Wanted Them Lumped. At the first commencement of Washington college after General Lee was elected its president sixteen young ijien delivered orations, many of which abounded in flattering al lusions to the president general. General Lee became more and more restive, and finally asked Pro fessor Allen how many more of them were to speak. "Only four, if you need it, gen eral," replied the prbfessor. The general drew up his chair and whispered: "Could not you arrange it, professor, for all four to speak at once? I can't stand quite so much praise to the face when it's spun out." Bright. ''Her children are very bright." ^Indeed?" *0h, very! The youngest, even, a boy of four, has already mastered the rudimentary principles of scien tific play and is about to enter on the study of the more abstruse forms. The teachers at the kinder garten frankly confess they never met with equal precocity. Often children reach the age of ten with out haiing learned to play scien- 1 Carefully selecting her men some months ago, she sent them, to the num ber of five, in the guise of ordinary travelers through the country to the capital. Here for a short time they were placed under a sort of arrest. It was not long, however, before they ob tained their freedom. Their next bril liant move was to embrace Mohamme danism and become subjects of the ameer, after which no further restric tions were placed on their going and coming among the Afghan people. They have approved themselves most sedu lous and devout followers of the proph et, and, with the judicious backing of the Russian government to assist them, this surreptitious crusade has been prosecuted under the happiest auspices. There is much, therefore, affecting the present relations of India with Af ghanistan which in nowise can be said to tend toward the continued mainte nance of the close connection which has subsisted since Lord Roberts marched from Kabul to Kandahar and discov ered thousands of pounds in Russian gold, even in those days a conspicuous element in Afghan politics. While the ameer is, through his peo ple, accepting Russian hospitality in the north and is himself admitting Rus sians to residence in Kabul, he is ar resting and imprisoning British officers on the Indian border line. It is an un pleasant conjunction of circumstances which cannot but presage a fresh de parture from the settled order of things in this direction which in so many parts of the world has borne witness of late to the instability of human affairs. (Vovel Way to Get Money For Church. As a means of obtaining money for his church a clergyman of Jefferson, Pa., has announced that he will wed the most successful solicitor of funds In his congregation. THE MORRIS TRIBUNE, SATURDAY, AUGUST 1. 1903. RUSSIA IN AFGHANISTAN! A Plan to Increase Her Influ-| ence In That Country. FRIENDLY ADVANCES TO AFGHANS Distrust of the Muscovite Said to Have Acquired a Leas Restrained Acerbity Under Present Ameer's Policy—Brilliant Move of Czar's Agents to Obtain Representation at the Afghan Capital. According to a late arrival from In dia with large trading connections in the northern provinces, it is interesting to notice how the Russians in spite of their preoccupations in north China ar« doing the utmost that lies in their pow er to permeate Afghanistan with their influence and subvert that hitherto ex ercised by Great Britain in the country, says the Pall Mall Gazette. Their opportunity undoubtedly came when death removed the Ameer Abdur rahman, who, jealous as he was ready to show himself of every fancied Brit ish encroachment, was nevertheless an inveterate opponent of the aggressive power on his northern borders, whose offers of amity he so well knew how to estimate at their true value. When he died the dread and hatred of the Rus sian to a great extent lost that vitality in Afghan policy with which it had al ways been inspired by Abdurrahman's intimate personal acquaintance with the methods and aims of his former jailers. Consequently those points of discus sion with the Indian government which were always subordinated to the su preme distrust entertained for the Mus covite have under his successor acquir ed a less restrained acerbity. Propor tionately, too, the increasing friendly advances by the Russians, to the Af ghan government in particular and to the people generally, have not of late encountered anything like the same un compromising attitude as in former times. Everywhere in the bazaars of India, those mysterious receptacles of news, there is talk at the present moment of increasingly strained relations between the Indian government and the ameer. And there is now little doubt in official circles that the recent seizure and de tention of Colonel Yate was due to diMil rect inspiration from Kabul or that the incident forms a very unpleasant indi cation of the disposition of the present ameer toward the Indian government While this feeling of hostility has been developing fortune proved sig nally favorable to Russian attempts at closer intimacy. The recent increase of famine in the northern districts of Afghanistan afforded an excellent op portunity, which the Russians have not allowed to pass, of posing in the guise of generous benefactors of the people in their hour of need. They have thrown open their stores of grain to the starving people and pro vided them with the necessities of life free of all charge. That such highly politic action will go unrewarded by a corresponding inclination of Afghan sentiment is highly improbable. The gratitude of hungry men is not largely swayed by considerations of high policy which they do not altogether under stand. And Russia may congratulate herself on an achievement which is likely to bear excellent fruit. But this is not all she has been doing in this direction. For some time she has persistently endeavored to obtain representation at the Afghan capital. Hitherto she has failed, but that by no means implies an abandonment of the attempt. Russia abandons nothini The desire to establish a Russian em bassy in Kabul, apart from the suspi cion with which It was always regard ed by*the late ameer and in a second hand fashion by his son, is a project which England could never permit. But that by hook or by crook her agents should go to Kabul, whether officially accredited or not, Russia was fully de termined. Accordingly she has set about it in her own characteristic way. 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