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' Mail. arrlTe: From New York, 1 l.JO a. n, and r. n. From tna north, 1.30 r. at. Mail elcae: Uolng North, 10 41 A. at. and ( . . uouif Boutn, at l aud 7 r. at. v. . . -. . . T.8. FKM.P.M. ,,; ' CHUBCHE3. Eracorit. Main Street, iter. W. E. Marble, o. D rector, Serricea 10,30 a. h. Herrice in Me auieruoon. , CoNouoaTioiiaL Mas Street, Bct. Jamea P, Ho jt, paator. rJurrlce.l0.3eA.il. bunday School I CiTHoire: if in Street, Bee. father MeCarton ynrtor. Service., 10.15 a. m. Buuday ttchoul. .2.M r. au .; SOCIETIES. SainrrE Lodge 1nduekdkkt Obdks orOao Tim-LAiwnieet in bail over H. h. Wheeter'. ' Fuiuiture Wareroom every Friday eveuiufr. Offi cer, J. V. Blackmail, W. 0 T, Mr. W. W. Fer- ama, w.v. i, Ajui lauan neamer, w. a., San. K. i A. Bennett, W. F. 8.. Mm. H. . Wheeler, W. T, Wru. JI.OTerrill, W. U.MlM N. A. Judaon, W-.aJe7Rw alias. Feck, W. O. O, John t. wrnau, x. ... A. -; t . . Alpbu imwj Tkhfu No 1. aneet in Lodge Boom orer ftoiaiture etore, every Sunday after noon, at 4u 'cluck. Aiiu tUa Feck, Supt. F W er.iua, w j a. ' im bum JirmiLi rnnue hw i.. iin n,Mtlo avhiw HuudaT aftersuou at' & o'clock. in Hnnih nlre drbool Uoum. ofioeia: Mm M Jeer., Supt, Miaa M F Peck, Sec. " SAMDY HOOK. - POST-OFFICE. Valb arrive-From New York 11 .SO a. at. and Sr. au From the North 1 r. at. Hall' cloaeOolng Norfh, 14,45 A. H, and i r at. Going aoutn, l . at . EzaA Patch, P. It. ,f t CHURCHES. ' ;i If rrnoDll. BeT Jamea Taylor, paator. 8er--rtce., 10.30 a. at. and 7. 90 . at. Sunday school li.ti a', at. j Prayer meeting Tnueday eTeninga, . 3,30 r. n. EanooPAL.-Bct. Mr. Barnett, paator. Ser- Ticea 1 P. at. - Sunday School 12 II. SOCIETIES. HiaiM Loose, No 18, F. A. M Meet in Ma m.y. h.ii let and Sd Wednealaya of each mouth. Offlcera: Wm. I rjandford, W. M., John Sandford, Mr. W- Homer Crofut. Jr. W., Jamea A. Wilm eut n l. WhM.lAr Trea. and CJiarm.. V, m Arkl. 8r. Dea.. Cheater Hand, Steward. A. W. Orgelmann, Tiler. . Botax. Abch CnAma. Meet Second Thuradaj of each month, in JBeaomc Hall, umcera; utu W.w.n4.n H P. H. I- Wheeler. K-. Jamea II Blaekman, Scribe., Wm. I. Sanford, C of H., Jaa A. Wilaon, P. 8. , O. A Hough, B. A. U. PROFESSIONAL CARDS. WM. O. WILE. M. 0.t Pbyaician and urgena, Sandy Mook, Ct. ? ' BUSINESS CARDS. Kcavatl uailrlaT. altuated in the cen tre ol the town, OTrfoinUhad throughout. AU mMera iaaprovoinerrta. Ewerythiug done to add to the happineaa and ennvnrt et gueats. Free carriaireto all train.. Chargea medaiate. Ac- ommodationa vnnrpaaaed. Doooua FAiacnLD, Prop'c. How a Gambler Lives. The Gold Hill (Ner ) Jvetes thus describes Com- igtock jrambler. The Monst man in Virginia is a gambler. . He is always dressed in the bight of fashion, but sel dom has money enough about him for bis dinner. He ioeartiesHaAe to tjor- tw bis 'breaWastsBoney" froaa whoever will lend it to ham. He has always a nev suit of ' qothes si the tailor's and when be makes a "scratch" sat faro be gets them out, and leaves' aa order for anulher suit He is in debt to .every res ,1uraut, saloon, and cigar hop in town. When ke wins two or three Mndred doi IsTS) be hrvswiabl iraeeives dispatch that bis father is Aying im iCalitornia. Creditor Would not be wean .enough to nress a man aaWkr such melapctwly cir- cumsUDees, to the ftnr streteii oteals off ta the "Bay,' an! wastes .fit ill ottea jtild in riotoua living. f n the Ashantee rangBRge, " MasUkul- Jagowma' W said ttt mean rove." If wanna- men of our day attempted to ytinng buly that be mustakollagowma'd her, she'd fce ery wajff9fimu jMtwrbU7. . '-!lEfg: DER BLUMER. Who lab dot Mlah eo rlM alwoeed, Who .charge tor acbtuff be nerer need, Who ran he die. wont get excooaed t 1 Der Bluffier. r Who alwaya "Mond mine boaae doe. achneak Mit aloe big aervant girl to (chpeak, Who lella ber nuko hU tam pipaa leak t Derllluraer. . Who Mud hi. man mil poy and pag , To .thick on lead mit a leetlc rag, AnddtlTe.aroundmlthi.Iaats.gr , DerBlumer. ' Who, van derei nottlnga wrong at all, Say. dat der leak. Inaido de wall, Who aaya, " Py goah I your bouae Till fall 1 " Dor Blumer. t Who to hi. workingman be aaya. ' Yntt take your tioi., dot Dutchman p are," Who make dot ahob laat dlity daya f DerBlumer, Who Khweara be put In forty feet. Of bipe, and dirty-nine foot, acheata. Who lab der maaueat kiud of beau r Der Blumer. , Who, Ten he aenla me in hi. bill, Who make, id bond four page. OH, ' Who eleaua me oud my grocery till f Der Blumer. Wat get a mortgage on my aehtore. Miue ho jie veil, he got. two perfore. Who aoon Till kick me oud my door ? Der Blumer. A Race For Life. " CriAPTEH I. TIIE MESSA3S. "3Iy dear fellow, I am delighted to see I had gone on a visit to Holmesdaie, a little town in the norm i r-iigiuuu. M.n.iunrl teas an eneineer to the wat- .m.nff ihpra. and had mvitetl me to fur a week a . ... , r .1 : A ftpr the usual interval ior uickuub, we sat down to an excellent little utn ner. Not unnaturally the coaversation inrneit nnon the weather. l am enrrv this THin COntinUeS,' Btll'l McCausland; "it spoils my water-supply People bully me as if I could Help it. "Are your reservoirs near toe the town?" I asked. "No." he replied, "away in the bills. We can go over to-morrow it you T'mdue there." like. Ti. pvr.iirfion was arrangccl. we agreed to start at 11 o'clock next morning and we started punctually. , ; We pursued our way up the hill, ana nrmisino' the brow, reached a small Inn, Here we found a country gig awsuws c . t Into this we clambered, and pro ceeded along a wooded by-road, stony, snd rut-full. At lengih.when we lisd al ',rn war to bad language, we """" a - . ... ... . .L nnlkvl tin at another small uin caiieu tuu Tiasorsn r" W fl rOt OUl 01 UK K1K jrjadly. , ' . . . An engineer foreman hurried up ana accosted us politely. Is all right, Johnson?" inquired Jic Causland. .. : :.. ' "Tes. all right; but " "WeH. but what?" "I don't quite like the South Reservoir embankment," was the reply. McCausland turned paie to his very lips. "Come with me," be said abruptly. We hurried after him in silence, and with a strange dread upon us. We soon came In sight of the extensive embankment, which confined the waters of (the largest of the three reservoirs ot the Holmesdaie Company. A. iresn l.rwj was blowing the water in small noisy wsves against the paved top or tne hank. Here and there a tongue of li quid spat upon .the stonework, and one.spot it iricaieu ... ently came through tne grass. : fbis is the spot I was looking at morning," said Johnson. . . jrr i L..., en AAea nun ftou nau ucu uww - puaoieupu..., ... eating a tiny craca ma - nuuu escaped less experienced eyes. the tell We continue.! oar inspection, but dur ing our progress round the works . 1 . t lkunta..lui In the Willi douas naa ma "C"J"" " h(,nra t. -in deur above the bills, anl JaybeavUy JJJ, .above Alps vaiiej in rnllnrnd cniBaed Ilia vullt-y on grnccf ul vinduct ncur Animerlng Junction. , The dark ilaly cluudt bang supvnded over this UlilricU Lung tendril) of tue scad cume forth (rum tliem like Ho gore. TUeee clutched norv and llien a ruck, then a solitary tree, and swept up agitin and brought down, a larger nuts of cloud to place upon ilia ground ever dealing on ward and downward, leaving all ib its stealthy track dank and foggy. A low moaning sound was in the air. It was not the wind, for the breeze bad strangely lulled. The trees scarce moved, yet the water rolled up sgaidst the re servoir banks as if agitated by an unseen wheel. We all seemed conscious of the disturbance of the atmospheric conditions and tiie leaves whispered strange confi dences to the motionless boughs above our heads. . , . , The men had all gone up to the reser voirs. McCauslaud and I sat chutting together. Do you think you could find your way buck alone?" be asked suddenly) "Why?" "Do you intend to remain here? Is thi're any danger?" . "Well, scarcely that; . but I think I ought to be on the spot, I will return to-morrow or next day." , ., "Cannot 1 stay too?" "Certainly, if you, desire it. We rough it up here, though." "I do not mind that," I replied. So it was settled, Fortunate it whs that I did remain. As we were preparingto visit the bluices again we were startled by a vivid fl ush of lightning, which hud hardly passed when the rocks rang out with a thousand echoes. This was the signal. The windows of heaven opened, and a perfect deluge de scended upon the devoted valley. The little brooks leaped up and danced down the bill sides in white array. ' Tiny water fulls swelled themselves into cata- The wind rose lofa iissieeD'ainrirte i iireat rolling waves across the coping of the reservoirs, and sloues and grass be' came commingieu. Now the sluice valves were all opened 1 1 at.n tn,nviol.1 w.lo, 1...1l.. i aim mc wug-imi. n.,Ci guiuijr aasneu irom out iu )ieuu iu meet lis native river once agaa. The channel of the (lolmesdale, one more tilled with water, divided on thf hill. But still the men worked bard tmid the gather ing gloonf and thundf by lantern light, and nature rested lit ' that livelong night. But I turned in anqrot some sleep in defiance of the elemfiif 1 war without. At five o'clock in til morning, as th gray light was struggiig into life, Me- Cuuslaiid came, fully iressed, into my room. 1 staneo up.; Dress yourselef astoickly as you enn and come down stairske laid. I began tq ask questions. ., "Lp ao time, there1 a good fellow. I waiiour assistance," He left the room. 1 I jumped up at dia hurried to the window and lookedk Day was just . ,wl, fl, ureaw"s i..,6 isty sky, and ail The water was lliowi"." " 1 plashing from the el, and mingling with heavy drops, t)l inio a separate stream in every rulia lurrow. The wind beat the tall tiknd roared amid the branches. Eve d anon a sharp snap denoted a bouiirn from its place and whirled to the ing earth I dressed quickl, joined MeCaus- land in the little pi He was study (tig a private copy lie railroad time tables, which as as ml he always carried "Will you take twse and ride down j to Ammering Jundivith a message?' His collected Br assured me. Was this all A rlrfeugh the rain waa pot 1DUch 'lirse, I will go. He grasped ma nrmly. "Are you nervous?" b.s he held it in his own steady gEj -"Nonsense," IB, langhing; "I'll be ready in flverflif it's important. at tg lfce horge nerJ t p for rrll;rpoof. When I the Ewas at the door wis ind MccaUslanilIling bim. i mounted, tit I I said, ?'for this - great message, i ase." , .. , McCauglaod,8 had something very solemn in replied: er at Ammering "Tell the stal Junction, and pie ynu see, that - iM me OOUiu near .. n . ... tl i not last three a the valley ,and iaduct, and car. ry awjy the bridges on the Holmesdaie branch, Stop the traffic, and save the passengers. God' bless you; and hark ye, Hde for your tfe I will fire the signal-cannon at a warning. Good bye," CHAPTER IL - "- ' A WILD RIDE, ,"., ' . : Mechanically I gathered up the reins, nodded to McCausland, for I was too stupifled to reply in words, and started upon my wild ride. Three hours hence and the water would be pouring down the valley through which my course lay. No wonder I had to ride for my life, and perhaps the lives of huudreds of my fel low creatures depended on mine. Am mering Junction was some miles away. My route lay through an unknown coun try, across moorland Intersected by fl.Kid ed streams and swept by the fierce wind and ruin. t I must do it, I thought , as my horse picked his cautious way amid the loose stones down the steep by-road we had ascended the previous day. I should need all my strength, though, to execute my task, so I pressed on. A valuable slice out of time had been expended when I reached the broad highway and urged my horse to speed, I bad to turn off again, I knew, but I fancied I should easily find the path. Beside, was there not a sign post? Therefore, urged by dreadful tidings, and with the fierce wind and biting rain by turns and all together assailing me, I urged my horse onward. I reached the turning and pull ed up to reid the direction I should take. I nearly fainted with horror as I read. The fatal finger pointed up the cross road I was pursuing- "To Holmesdaie and Scaham.'The opposite index pointed "To Ruddall and Ammering. 1 could scarce credit my senses. . surely 1 was right.'; We had come up the previous day, and up the bill to the Reservoirs. jj.had merely to reverse the route we hud belre'fne, tiWaBloA ineMiJ.l my own stupidity, flashed, upon me. We Dad come from Holmesdaie; I was now bound fur Ammering, which lay at th opposite side. -...; , This was a terrible mistake. It was now post six o'clock. One of the three precious hours had elapsed, and I further from Ammering than when I started? was seized with despair. Whatever could I do now! Two hours remained,' and had .three up hill miles to ride, and then about seven more across the moor, before I could reach the junction, and before that the trains might have started, and men ; " " ' " : I burs out into a cold perspiration at the thought, and then desperate, and half conscious, I rode madly back to the Ammenng road and up the lull scain, But thR storm fiend was abroad, and had arrayed all his forces against me. ' ! As we gained the more open ground the blast came down with such violence as to s'agger us. It tore across the hill side, and hissed among the gorse and swaying grass. The ruin came down more determinedly than ever. At length I reached a small cluster of stone cot tages, and halted under the lee of the last one to take breath for a fresh strug. gle over the moor, which lay before me. A staight road lay over it a good road, but crossed at intervals by rupid streams which hud overflowed their usual limits. and swelled over their boundaries in all the pride of "spate" across the flinty stones which had defied them all the summer long. . . The summits of the neighboring hills were shrouded in a vail of mist, but far advance, on the level, I could trace the railroad line. From the elevation at which I stood I could trace the channel of the Apps river down the Valley, and could guess the spot at which the flood would strike the railroad, and the branch iine over the spur of the hill. I could just distinguish the junction in the mid dle distance. A dark smoke appeared to be rising from it au engine, perhaps. waiting to start a train, and I was linger ing on the hill. All this and more 1 could perceive aa I rested on the summit Somewhat refreshed I rode manfully for ward into the storm. , How my horse kept bis feet I do not to this hour understand. The wind, which bad been high before, appeared to bave gathered new force while we had balled, and it rushed across the track terrifically. Pebbles were frequently blown across the road, and every pool bad lis waves like a miniature sea. Some helpless crows were blown over my bead, and a sinister-looking raven skim. 4 med the moor close by, uttering a weird . croak which fell upon my ears like knell, and chilled my blood. I was quit alone, not a human being in sight, but suddeuly the whistle of a locomotive was carried to my ears. An engine moved out of the station. Another wbistleshort- ly afterward, Tbat traiu waa safe. . I watched It glide away over the viaduct. , Five minutes later 1 rode into the sta-' tiou, and called for the station-master.1 As I dismounted the clock struck eight." The time was up and no signal from Mc Causland, Telegraphing would now be easy. A porter came out in response to my summons. " I'm sorry ye lost the express," he be gan. .. f ... ' i ( " I don't wan t the train," I replied. "I , must telegraph at ence, though. Where : is the station-master ?" ,' " He'll be hero in a minute. But ye can't telegrnph. The wires is blown down. We had to send a ' pilot ' with the express to clear the line up to Hand leigb." ,.. ; ,.,.,.,..; v'--;' , Not telegraph I I tell yon, man, I -mmt stop the truffle. The South Holmes-' dale Reservoir will burst this very hour." .' "Can this be true?" inquired a tool, gentlemanly n.au at my elbow. It was ; the station-master himself. - "Tiuel" 1 echoed. "It is only tio true. , I have ridden to tell you. .. W , mmt stop lite train.", ; . ..t ' . '.s ' " The excursion leaves , Handleigh at . 8 05," mused the . station - master. : ' There may be time; come with me." He crossed the line and entered the shed opposite. I followed., Just then a.) loud booming sound rent the air, , The sound came back from the bills like thun der. t "It is the signal," I exclaimed. . The water is out. Heaven belp us now I" . The station muster cnlled out. A clean-. , ,...,.' ."'r-KA-.M --..-er ; " Is that engine ready ?" ' ' '-' ' '' " Yes, sir, waiting for the excursion." ' " Run and open the points. Now, sir, ' get up." I obeyed mechanically, and before I quite realized the situation we bad ' crossed to the up line. The station-mas-. ter stopped to get a red flag and give a ? few directions to his subordinate. I now pt rceived that we were to race the flood. ' Steam versus water. Which would con- " querf - A whistle we started. " ; ' I " The flood 1 the flood I" shouted the ' porter. We turned one glnnee up the valley. A moving brown wall, capped with a snowy ridge, was tearing down lotbede- voted viaduct. No lime to lose. "Go ahead," cried the u,tion-master. I turned on steam,' put lb lever over another notch, aud the race began iu " earnest.. ' - a..-.i We flew along the metals. A few minutes would decide it. We must get " to the viaduct and over it first, or the ex- ' cursion, unwarned, would dash to de struction. A depression in the ground " ran beside the railroad for a short dis tance We trusted to this to turn the ve- " locity of the approaching; water. It was ; an exciting race, and on, never to be " forgotten. ' On rolled the floerj. "We wertiansrng; neck and neck" fo one terrible half- ' minute. Now the resistless r floodi bore directly to the bridge. Stones were rolled ; before it like marbles. Tr turns of. trees. ' ' haystacks, debris of every description came headlong down upon the doomed structure. We fled like lightning over the rails. Our speed told now. Sparks flew from the chimney ' other notch. The beat of the piston quickened to an almost Inconceivable ra- ' ' pidity. We were on the bridge. Hur rah I The curling wave beneath seemed to spriog forward. It brjke against the buttressed. In a second we were across. " I shut off stea,ffli the station-master put down the brakes. . A tearing, renu ing sound, that was not the brakes a . crash I We looked back. The line drmv ' 1 ped behind us like a staee tran. The " bridge gave way, and with a roar that waa beard two miles off the pretty via- '". duct was swept away by the boiling, fu-'"" rious water. - ' . We were truly thankful for our narrow. escape. - . i . , , And now to save the excursion. Speed. i! (Contiaaed aa lasrUi peg.) ' ' - ' -:: ;- -I-"-'- : JK-Ii'ii J2