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, 1,11 . - - V NATJGATTJCX . HEWS young Men's Catholic1 Institute Made - 1 - ' . Merry Last Night. t ' The thirty-first annual concert and ". dance given by the Young Men's Cath olic Institute at Columbus hall last - night was a grand social, as well as ' financial success. There were about 120 couples present and everyone en joyed a social time. There were about forty persons from Derby and Ansonia - present and about twenty from Sey mour, besides a large crowd from Waterbury. After the dance all the out-of-town friends of the society ad- , journed to the society rooms, where refreshments were served and an en- tertainment had been prepared. - The Ladies auxiliary to the A. O. H. will give a social and dance in Hi- : bernian hall on Monday evening. Tick ': ets are 10 cents each person. There were about ten lodgers at the " police station last night. - Miss Katherine McGrath of Ansonia Is visiting Miss Mamie Kelly of South . Main street. The fifth annual concert of the Ger man Catholic society will bevheld in Harugari hall to-morrow night. - Tick- ets are 15 cents each person. - "William O'Leary of Union City has . been laid up with the grip for the past few days, is able to be around again. Thomas Lowry of Springfield is vis iting friends in town. The Naugatuck and Ansonia High . School basket ball teams are to play in the Gem opera house to-morrow night The local boys are confident of win ning this game and they certainly will play hard for it, as the Ansonia High school boys defeated them in Ansonia on Monday night of this week. The Y. M. C. A. of Ansonia and the Y. M. C. A. of this town and the Y. M. C. A. .7rs, of Ansonia, and the Y. M. C. A. Jrs of this , place "will also play the same night. The admission will be, gents 25 cents and ladies 15 cents. All three games will be exciting and a large crowd should turn, out to see them. Refreshments will be servedxto the out of town teams at the Y. M. !C. A. rooms after the games. All next week the Klark Scoville company will appear at the Geni opera house. Tickets went on sale at Mc Carthy's yesterday. A number of Xaugatuek firemen ' Will go to Ansonia to attend the an nual dance of Wtebster Hose company to-night. Division No 1. 'A. O. H., will meet to-night. All members are requested to be present as business of import ance is to be transacted. In a conversation with a certain business man last night, the writer was informed that a. number of the stockholders in the Naugatuck "Water comnanv were willing to sell their shares to the borough if they would only decide to buy them. The bor ough should control the water works and then they would know who to look to for an explanation of the con dition of the water and occurrences like that of last Monday would be done away with. Thomas Mean, of Derby, spent yes .terday with friends in town. James Fagan, of Derby, spent yes terday with friends in town. Secretary Cobleigh will address the men's meeting of the Y. M. C. A. at their rooms Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Thomas Burke of "New Haven was In town yesterday on business. Albert "Wigglesworth of South Main street who has been laid up with the i grip for the past few days, is able to be around again. John Jones, of Boston, was in town yesterday on business. William Hopkins, and Frank S. Treusdale have been summoned to do Jury duty at the opening of the su perior court in "Waterbury next Tues day. Rubber City lodge, N. E. O. P.,wlll meet to-night. All members are re guested -to be present. - ' The funeral of the'latae Mrs Jane Hopkins will take place from the par ish house to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in Hillside ' cemetery. In the checker tournament at the Y. M. C. A. rooms C. V. Sewall beat W. "W. Chevalier three straight games and W. Patchett wpn two out of Jhree from I. V. Cobleigh. No session of the court this morning. WATEBT0W2T JOTTINGS Mrs Sutton took her scholars on a leigh ride yesterday. The flag at the state capitol was at half mast on "Wednesday In honor of the late L. W. Cutler, whose funeral took place on February 13th In this town.. ..." Mrs Martha Painter was In town yesterday. Mr and Mrs N. W. Barnes are about again after a severe attack of the grip. Heminway & Bartlett have given employment to nearly all of the girls who were discharged from the Oak .Tille pin shop. " Mrs John McGowan, Sr, has gone to Waterbury to spend the rest of the winter with her daughter, Mrs G. N. Marshall.. -'.-. . . A large saw mill has been erected ' In the northern part of the town, not far from the, residence of H. T. Day ten. .- .. - .- ; : '; K. N. Deland Ig confined to his, bed With Illness. . '..; .-'-' Mrs F. W. Nobles gave a dance last Hlgbt in the parish, rooms. ; Miss Bertha Bothwlck is laid ' up nta the grip. Co ' ' " V - 1 ' ' FACTS ABOUT RIVERS. t 'JJvery acient city of note was lo . fcated on or near the sea or a river. ' - The Hudson river, from its month to ""Tke lakes, is 400 miles in length. , The ordinary Thames current is 180 ' sV s minute; that of the Shine, 540 ':""" JbraABtapootrs from - whose Z. eame the fowls that were so - 'm in this country number of - is 1M tDUw in lenvtH. It t eTery variety of precious! totmd in tba sand of ta ' RISE OF THOMAS KEARNS. A Decade Am He Wm a Poor Miner, Now He Is Inlted States Sea- J ;. ator from Ctah. . ;. ' .:. 1 Thomas Kearns, who has been elected United States senator by the legislature of Utah, is one of the richest men in the west. Like most others of the same der scription, he began his career in the most humble 'circumstances. A dozen years ago Mr. Kearns was a miner in the big Ontario at Park City. Although he was a common workman by occupa tion, he was endowed with keen busi ness foresighj, ambition to rise above his surroundings, and spurred by the hope of owning a mine for himself and' having other men in his employ- , He saved a considerable sum from his wages, and in lookirig about for a prof- THOMAS KEARNS. (United States Senator from the State of Utah.) itable investment came to the conclu sion that the Silver King, an obscure mining property, had great possibili ties. He worked eight hours a day in the Ontario, and then devoted another eight hours to work on the Silver King. The timbers he used, in sinking the shaft of the Silver' King he dragged to the mine with his own hands. His labor was rewarded with success be yond his dreams. He discovered that the obscure mine was rich in ore, and to-day that property is one of the great est silver producers in the world. Mr. Kearns' interest in it, which is about one-fourth, is worth about $5,000,000. Mr. Kearns has earned the reputa tion of being one of the most eccentric of the wealthy men of the west and this section of the country is noted for producing millionaires with odd char acters. His sudden rise to enormous wealth is the cause of his apparent in congruities. His solecisms of speech will, it is claimed by his friends, disap pear in time and wrth association with men of education. His deportment is hardly of a character to make him a brilliant drawing-room ornament, but that fault has little to do with his sound sense and his ability to manage cleverly vast possesions. The new senator is building a marble palace in Salt Lake City, which, when completed, will be the most stately private resi dence in Utah. To his housewarming Mr. Kearns- has declared that he will invite many of his old friendsr of former days in the mines. He has also bidden to the feast the haughtiest and most'exclusive men and women in the community, and. it is expected that no one who has been invited will stay away. . Senator-elect Kearns is a native of Ontario, and is only 39 years old. He oame to Utah in 1S83. He has several paying interests other than the Silver King, and is a director of the company recently organized by Senator Clark, of Montana., to build a railroad rom Salt Lake to Los Angeles. MONUMENT FOR BENTON. Famous Missouri Statesman's Grave . jto Be Marked by an Appro ',- priate Art Work, As a further evidence that republics are ungrateful it is pointed out that the grave of Missouri's great senator, Thomas H. Benton, which is located in Bellefontaine cemetery, near St. Louis, is marked only by a small and crumb bling stone, on which is carved sim ply the words, "Thomas H. Benton," with no reference to his great public THE GRAVE OF BENTON. (Located in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Neat , St. Louis, Mo.) - . services or even a mention of the dates of his birth, and deaths There has just been introduced in the Missouri legislature a bill appro priating $5,000 for , the-erection of a suitable monument over his grave. It is expected that the bill will pass, as it has the support of prominent men all over the state. - Senator Benton was born in- 1788, and served ini the senate of the United States from 1820 ,to 1850, one of the' most important periods in the history: of the country. He" died in 1858, .be fore the war of the rebellion liad; be gun. - ' - ' TTalqae 'Street Car L,lnr A curious street car line is that be tween Atami and . Yoshihoma, two coast towns in the province of Izie, Japan, relates the New York Tribune. The line is seven miles- long, the roll-' jny stock . consist, of single par, an d the motive., power iVr.T urnlshed by a coupe mUscyJslr.oooHes, who actu ally push the cat .along wherever now- er is necessary. . "When. the car comes to a down-grade, they jump- on and ride. The coolies Who worlti ;,hi ltattte toad te aalj to be jMtp 5:dHiop. v over '1 Keeper ; Christian .Stewardship BY CHARLES M. SHELDON, Anthpr of In His Steps," "The Cruci fixion ot fmllp Strong." "KODert r Hardy's Seven Days," "Mai-' com Kirk," Etc . - i COPTRIGUT, 1S06, ST COXGEEQATIOSAL . AND SUXSY SCHOOL PUBLISUlNfl SOCIETY. Stuart was the first to speak. ,He knew. from experience that Eric would never say the first word. - : "I have just been reading your letter. There is some mistake about your be ing refused admission to the. house. Father would never do such a thing, Eric." - "I'm not so sure of that. But I don't feel hurt on that account even if he would. Is he better?" . ' "Yes." Stuart paused. ; He did not seem .to know what to say. It was harder to break over the gap of a year's growth in manhood than he had thought. Then he burst out with a short laugh: "Oh, I say, Eric, what nonsense for us to be sitting here like fools on this rock as if we were afraid of each oth er! In memory of the old days, will you put your hand on my shoulder and look me in the face? "It is not the same, Eric," said Stu art, with a sigh at last, letting his hand slip frrfm the other's shoulder. ."A better one, I hope. The times have made me sober and gray." "How ist, Eric? Is there any dif ference in your feeling toward me?" "Xo." Eric was pushing the gravel with his foot and looking out over the valley. Then he looked Stuart frankly in the face and repeated his "No. But you are the one to change." "I! What change has there been in me?" Stuart put the question almost indignantly. - "You have seen the world. What can I be to you now? More and more as the time goes on the difference must widen. You are a gentleman of wealth and leisure, and I am a workingman." "You don't need to be, Eric. You could get ahead. You could command any place in time with your intelligence and and" Stuart hesitated for just the word, but Eric said quietly: "I have chosen my place. A work ingman I am, arid a workingman I shall be as long as there are wrongs to right and rights to maintain." "But what has all this to do wita us, Eric? We have been over all this ground before. Do you not love me?" "Indeed, truly I do." Eric turned his large dark eyes affectionately, toward his friend. "And do I not love you?" "Yes," replied Eric simply. "But our lives are of necessity widening out far ther apart. What can prevent that? In the very nature of the situation it could not be otherwise. Here" I am ad vising thousands of men to a course which Is directly opposed by your fa ther and would be by ydu if you were in his place. The time is coining when the clash between your interests and mine will be so fierce that" Stuart jumped to his feet. "Do you mean to say, Eric, that friendship true and loving cannot exist between you and me simply because of the accident of birth or the circumstance of wealth or difference in surroundings? Have we not already proved that it can ex ist?" "Yes," replied Eric slowly. "It can exist, but it is in one sense an unnatu ral existence. You represent capital; I represent labor. Take the present sit uation of the strike. I believe as much as I believe anything that it Is right and even religious that we do as we do. Deep in your heart you condemn us for the movement. If you were in your fa ther's place, you would feel exactly as he does about it. How, then, can we expect the old relation between us to be continued?" . Stuart sat silent, looking out over the J beautiful valley. The town looked very pretty in its setting of hills and pines. His father's house was the most con spicuous residence to be seen. : Prom where the two men sat it looked pala tial. Down at the 'other end of the town among the miners' houses Stuart could distinguish Eric's home, a little two story cottage, not different from a hundred others. He did a good deal of hard thinking in a. few minutes; then he said: ,. , - . ... . ' "Eric, you began the talk about the difference between us. ..Do you want to break off anything? Is that your in tention?" . . -' Eric for the first time grew flushed beneath his dark bronzed face. "No," he said. "I simply wished to state the conditions under which we now live. There is no change in my feelings to ward you and cannot be." "Neither is there in mine toward yon, Eric. . Why'do you place the responsi bility, so wholly on me, as if I would be the one to change or as if it rested with me to say that our friendship was pos sible or not?" - " "Because it does rest,. with you. Are you not representative of riches, pow er, intelligence, all the great machinery which sets things, "in motion, society, that world by itself, , leisure, culture, advantages? - And Is 'it not for you as representative of all:' these things to bear yie responsibility which must al ways rest on the strong and the educat ed and the" wealthy ?" f Eric paused on the i: crest ' ' of a wave - of speeeb - that seemed about to break over all bis self control. -.X'JV'S j" 'f ".' ; Stuart after awhile said doggedly: "It comes back! to the question, Is our friendship to continue on. the old 'ba sis?1 I can be no other'than I am... If I have beensborn 'to' wealth and-leisure and education and society and- travel and all that, I am powerless to change It,. And you are what,you are because yon have been born into it and choose to continue there, though you know, Eric,, yon could rise out of if If you onljt would.'': --t. ...V "It is useless to discuss that point," rtipted Eric quietly. "But tell me, Stu art, ta answer to the- main question, do yonlt-sUeve Jn; this. strike?" Xt2k&fi.&i'ru!& Cjjnart, breach u our oldjrelatlons with ?eacb Others OlUtirBe I Relieve in the strike or I wouldn't be the leader of It." . "It seems like a bad way to get at what yoti want," said Stuart, t . . "Have you studied intd the details of the situation? Do you know' all the facts which have led up to this move; ment?" .' . . , know what my father has told me. Ho says the men did not consult with the companies and' went out without warning or notice of any kind." Eric rose to his feet 'It's a lie!" he exclaimed, with a sudden passion that no one would suspect existed. It was like an explosion that transformed the man into another being. ; Stuart also rose.- "Do you mean to say that my father lied to me about the facts?" "I do!" retorted Eric. "He lied, and he knows he lied!" - Stuart took one step toward Eric, and the two young men confronted each other. Suddenly Eric turned on his heel and without a word walked down the hill. ' For a moment Stuart seemed on the point of going after him or call ing out for him to stop, but the next moment he stepped back to the stone and sat down. When Eric had disap peared behind a clump of trees, Stuart rose and went toward home by another patb. When he reached the house- Louise met him and told him his father want ed to see him at once. He went in and stood by the bed, his whole being stir red bj the interview with Eric. It was the first real passion to speak of that had roused his self controlled na ture. His father spoke with the blunt ness that always marked his speech. : "Stuart,. I want you to go. to Cleve land for the company. This strike has caused complications with our local agents. There is important business that I ought to see to In person. Can you go at once? The eastern express is due at 6 o'clock." , "I am at your service, father," re plied Stuart. He was still going over his recent interview, with Eric. "Here are the papers. I can explain the business to you in a few minutes." Stuart drew up" a, chair, and his fa ther gave him- instructions. Then as Stuart put the papers in his pocket Ross Duncan said, his face and man ner softening a little as he fell back on his pillows: "Stuart, Tad, in case anything hap pens to me, of course you know I have left everything to you and Louise. The mines, with other property and invest ed funds, besides New York property and bonds not 'connected with the mines, "are worth over $4,000,000. I have left Louise 1,000,000 In proper ty. You will be left in the sole charge of everything ln Case.I die. -Of course you understand that.'I , am -the compa ny, a This strike islgainst. me. If I die, it will be agalhjpfr.ypu. v 1 believe I can depend on ypuo defeni the mil lions 1 1 have worked, so hard all my life to get together,', said Koss Pun can. -'Then in his. old;manner,he said, "You .will have tojhurry to get that train.", . v ,';';?. . Stuart rose, and a conflict of feelings rose with him. What his father had just said moved him one way, the aft ernoon witbEric moved him another. He wanted to ask his father one ques tion before he went away. - "Father," he asked almost timidly, "did you tell me that the strikers went out without giving the companies any notice or warning?" "Yes." - - ' '" "Do j'ou mean that they gave abso lutely no hint of their Intentions to any one?" r Ross Duncan rose up a little, and bis face changed. ' " "They sent their representative, as they called him, to me about two weeks before the morning of the strike to confer about wages, but wouldn't recognize any such representative with any right to interfere with my busi ness and tell me what wages I ought to pay." ' k- "Who was the representative?" Stuart asked the question, well know ing the answer. "Who was it? Who but that pray ing, pious friend of yours, Eric Vas sall!' Ross Duncan sat up, and the wound on his -forehead grew purple. Stuart was frightened at the sight. He could not say anything. His father sank down again, exhausted with his anger. Stuart . went away without even a word of farewell. There was a bitterness in his heart that was new to.it. .' Eric had been right, then, ac cording to his view. u The company had received notice. There had been an attempt at consultation. As the train whirled him on he cursed Id his heart the whole social perplexity, .. . -. He . reached, the city, attended to the business and started backxthe next day to Champion. It was just, dusk when he stepped out on the station platform. He thought a crowd of curious looking people was there. Something had hap pened. Dr. Saxon came up, seized his "What'a.tAe matter, doctort" bag and grasped his hand In a strong but nervous manner. Solemn, strange ly set faces looked out of the dusk at him. : - : . ' "! -. ' "What's the matter, doctor?" asked Stuart, trembling at something, be could not think what - "Your father, my boy" ' ' : "Is he worse?" "Come this' way: '. My buggy Is right here. I will drive yon out to the house. 3et right in." " r .' Stuarfc got into the boggy mechanic ally. TtMi doctor threw . himself la. tr aad jglis toj the rr.? Stuart's I f voice was steady, but faint rihe answer came after a moment "Your father died, Stuart, an hour ago. He had a stroke of apoplexy. . There was some heart trouble. He did not suffer.". . -s,: i . ' . For a moment everything In the uni verse 'reeled about Stuart Duncan. Then he found he was asking questions and Dr. Saxon -was answering them. When they reached the house, Stuart met Louise first. She came to the front door and threw herself into his arms, crying hysterically. .Stuart had not shed a tear yet. They led him into the room where Ross Duncan lay. The son stood and looked down at the cold face with that newly made scar on the forehead. There wasno thought In his mind that he was now the owner of several millions WNwealth. He was thinking of thelast interview he had with that father 'and his parting with out a word of affectionate farewell. And still the tears woultl not come, to his relief. , : . ; At last he, went out, and the sight of his sister's grief and fear brought the tears to his own eyes. He wept with her. - They talked together. . The doc tor remained an hour aud then took his leave. The night wore on. Louise, ex hausted with the shock, had gone to her room. Stuart was finally left alone. He sent the servants all away. He could not sleep. He paced the long hallway until daylight. Just as the sun rose he went in where his father lay and looked at him again. Ross Duncan's millions were of no use to him now. Of what use were they to the son? What load of responsibility had come to him now! These mines, these labor troubles, this strike, these wages what difference if he let them all go? He had a right to do as he those with his own. He would dispose of It all and live abroad. He would what! He was planning all this and his father dead less than 24 hours! And, then, what responsibility did rest upon him? What difference did it make to him what wages the men re ceived? -Was he his brother's keeper? Were they "his brothers? The whole thing was complex, Irritating. His fa ther's death had thrown a burden on him that he did not want to carry. He was disturbed by a noise in. the street before the house. He went to the window and drew aside the cur tain. The measured tramp of heavy feet was heard coming down the road. A column of men, four abreast, came Into sight, with one man a little in ad vance of the others carrying a banner. It contained a very rude drawing of a rich man and a poor man. The rich man was saying, "What do you want?" The poor man was saying, "Crunis from the rich man's table." It was all very crude and one sided in every way. The column of men swung by, nearly 500 miners on their way from the up per range to join the strikers in Cham pion in their regular morning gather ing at the park. . Every man as he went by turned his head and looked up at the house where the dead mine owner lay. -It is possible that they saw the son standing there: He watch ed the column tramp through the dust and disappear down the road. And as he turned back toward all that remain ed of the mortal flesh of the man who had been worth so many millions he was conscious that he was face to face with the great problem of his own ex istence, with which was involved the problem of thousands of other men. How wili he answer that problem ? CHAPTER II. X.ABGE EESPONSIBILITIES. . A week after the death and burial of Ross Duncan, Stuart and Louise were talking together of their future plans. Louise lay on a lounge, looking very pretty, dressed in mourning of a fashionable pattern. - She appeared vexed at some'thing Stuart had just said and tapped her . foot smartly against the end of the lounge. . "I have no patience with you, Stu art. Why don't you talk sense?" "I thought I was talking sense," re plied Stuart, who was standing up by one of the windows of the room look ing out ou the front lawn. He turned and walked back to the end of the room and continued to pace up and down. He was very thoughtful and part of the'time seemed not to hear all that Louise said. "Well, you lose all your sense the minute the subject of these horrid min ers comes up," continued Louise, "If I was the governor of this state I would order out the militia at once." "Why?"- asked Stuart with a slight smile. "The men are not doing any thing. What would you order out the troops for?" , "I would get new men in to take the men's pla'ces and then order the militia. And, you know, Stuart, it will have to come to that at last." - Stuart answered nothing. He was thinking hard of that very thing. Louise went on talking while he stood still by the window for a minute look ing out at the hills. "I regard father's death as caused directly by the miners. They frightened the horses and caused the accident that killed him. , I don't see how you can side with the men in this' "strike." ' ; ..'.'. "I don't," said Stuart without turn ing around. ' ; 's . "Then" why don't ' you do something to start up the mines? Haven't we a right to manage our own business and hire other men? If the miners threat en to Interfere, we have a right to call for state troops.", ' '.,.;, '. t ' - "I hope it will not come to that," re plied Stuart gravely as he walked up to the lounge and sat down by his sis ter. "Louise, I want to talk plainly; with you about this matter. I do-not feel just as father did about it." . "You just, said you didn't side with the men;" ;''.' -. '' . . " Louise satsupand arranged her dress. Some ribbons at her throat kept her, fingers busy for a minute. ' .': "I don't side: with them in the sense that I believe they are doing the right thing to -strike this way. But I be lieve they ought to have more. wages and that the companies ought to pay them the scale they have drawn up Stuart was talking aloud to his sister, for the first time really expressing his convictions as they had grown on him every day since his father's death had thrown the burden of ownership upon hun. t Louise heard his statement with a frown. . For nv"u!:t.yM sUgatj. TeH to the truth, doctor " Stuart's - . SSTV - ACCIDENTS iv" If we could only see a little ways into the future, what a lot of distress ing accidents we couldprevent. But our sight ends : with the present instant. There may be broken limbs and bruised bodies in store for us in an hour we' can't tell. But we can be prepared." . A. bottle of Dr. Thomas' Ec lectric Oil in the house at the right time has. saved many an hour of suffering, many a pre cious life. - Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil is monarch over pain. ' ' (Juts, burns, bites yield to its soothing influence ; sore throat, croup, colic, catarrh, asthma and frost bite are promptly cured, and : SOLD BY ALL then she rose and walked out of the room, angrily saying as she went: "Ross Duncan's son is not much like his father. Thaf s true If you did say it." Stuart rose and went over by the window again. He was vexed not with Louise, but with the whole situation. Since his father's death he had gone through a great many struggles, and each one had left him with the feeling of his responsibility heavier upon him. The-strike was in the same, condition as when it began. The different mine owners at Cleveland hacTconferred to gether and were united in their deter mination not to yield to the demand for higher wages. Stuart had been asked to come down to a conference to. be held in the city that week. He expect ed to leave the next day. ' As he stood looking out at the stock covered hills he knew that a crisis was rapidly ap proaching and that within the next few days events would be precipitated that would leave their mark upon his whole life. He was no a coward, and that was the reason he could not run away from, the situation. The interests of the mines at Champion were all in his hands, bnt the other mines on the up per and lower ranges were involved with his in the general strike. He was not at full liberty to act alone. ' Be sides, the men had within a week form ed a union and would not treat with the separate mine .owners, insisting that the companies must recognise the union as a whole. Meanwhile matters were coming to a crisis very fast Stuart clinched his hands tightly and bit his lips nervously as he turned again from the window and paced the room. He was worth more than $2,000,000 in his own right and yet the possession of the money caused him little real pleasure. With all the rest he was having an inward revolution of education toward the en tire problem. And he-could not avoid the feeling that before the week was gone he might come face to face with the greatest fact of his' life. "As he stood there thinking it all over the bell rang, and one of the servants came' and said that Eric was at the door. Stuart went himself out into the hall. "Come in, Eric," he said quietly. . Eric came in, and the two ,men shook hands silently. Since Ross Duncan's death these two had met several times, and it seemed as if the" old family re lation between them might be possible again. There was, however, still a serious barrier, caused by the condi tions that surrounded the two men. "I came up this morning," began Eric, with his usual directness, "to tell you that the men want you to speak to them at the park today at noon." - Stuart was surprised. -."I thought the men would not admit any one to the speaking stand except those . of their own number." "'",'- ' "They haven't so far. You are the only one, or you will be if you come to the meeting today." - "What do the men want?" Stuart asked the question not feeling just sure that he cared to go. ' . . Eric did not reply immediately. He seemed to be waiting for Stuart to say something more. Stuart sat looking at Eric with that quiet gaze peculiar to him "Do the men want me to make a speech on the situation?" ' " , "I do not know just what they ex pect. They simply voted to ask you to come this noon. It may be an op portunity for a settlement". " Eric spoke slowly. Stuart suddenly rose and went. over and put a hand on his old acquaintance's shoulder. : "Eric," he said, while a sad smile crossed his face and died out in its usual thoughtf ul quiet, "doesn't it seem strange to you that we should be mak ing so much out of such an affair as a difference of a few cents more for a day's work? Is life worth having If It must be spent In gfifjous quarrels over such little matters? V .-. ! "Do you call this a little 'matter?" Eric spoke almost bitterly. ; And then he added bluntly, "A few cents a day may be a little to a man-who has. plen ty of money, but It may mean the dif ference between comfort and suffering 1 I u "".'V . . WILL HAPPEtf rheumatism is relieved.-It is 4 remedy that ought : to b& in every family medicine chesty Expected to Die. "IcheerraBy add my testimony of Dr. Thomas' -Ecleqtric Oil. We use it for many things. Was run over by a teambf r horses and lumber wagon; did not expect I would live; badly bloated; my friends bathed me nearly 'all over with Eclectric Oil; bloat grad- -. ually went down. We have more, faith in Eclectric Oil than any other medicine, and always keep it :in ' the house" Mrs. Wm. F. Babcock, Norvell,1 Jackson Co., Mich. - Cured the Sprain. Mr." Chaa. ' M. Bamann, a wholesale jeweler,"" -No. 9 Pleasant Street, Rochester, N. Y., writes: "Ihave used yoiir Eclec tric Oil and can recommend it as . the best general medicine I have ever tried. I fell off my bicycle and sprained my ankle badly. Eclectric " Oil gave immediate relief and cured the sprain. If my testimonial is of any use to you, you can use my name. I shall always carry a bofc. -tie of Eclectric Oil in my bicycle tool-bag as a part of my equipment, and will recommend it to my friends." r -...' ,; - - ': DRUGGISTS. to' the man who has almost nothing.'' Stuart colored, but answered quietly: , "Xp, ErierTou do not just understand j me. I am ready to pay this difference in the men's wages. I think their de , mand is just."- " , , ', ... "Come to the park this noon and tel them so." . . . - " .. "Well, I will. I am going to Cleve land tomorrow, Eric." . - a "If. all the owners were like you, the strike would not hold out. long," said Eric as he rose to go. He had a great deal to do to prepare for the noon meet ing, and in spite of Stuart's urging him to remain longer he went away., There was still a gap between the two. They did not feel easy in each other's pres ence. Eric had not spoken of the first meeting they had, and Stuart, while feeling differently about it, had not ap proached the subject. He told Louise of his invitation to 1 speak to the men at the park and went out after a little while, intending to go up on one of the hills and think for himself. But as he drove out into the road he changed his mind and. went down into the town and up into-Dr. .; Saxon's office- He thought he would ask his advice in the matter. The doctor was alone, which was a rare circumstance with him. He greet ed Stuart with the familiarity which . came from a lifelong acquaintance..-' "Well, you-aristocrat, are you going Co trample on the feelings of the .poor downtrodden masses much longer? Are you. going to withhold from them their rightful dues?" "Doctor, "I am going to -speak to the men at the park this noon." ' . "Are you? Well, give "em a dose that'll put 'cm on the sick list for a month. They're the most ungrateful, . obstinate, pigheaded, senseless .crowd ( of human animal? I ever saw. I've made up "my" liiiu'd. S'iuart; not to do another thing for 'cm. I'm not in tho pay of the companies any more, am L, since this strike set in?" "Xo, I suppose not that is, the con tract the mines made with you is good only while the mines are in operation.". "Just. so. Well, here these wild Cor' nishmen expect me to doctor 'em just ; the same whether I am getting any thing for it or not. I have made un my mind that I won't do it any Ion ger." - .. ' . Just then there were a sound of steps outside and a shuffled noise, followed by a thump on the door that might have been made by the thick end of a club. ' . - ' "Come in!" . shcuted the ' doctor. "Here's one ot 'em now," he said to Stuart in a low tone. "Watch me deal With him." " : The door opened, and in shambled a faan of enormous build. He had a great mass of tangled yellow hair on his head, and his beard was of the same color.. He was fully-:6 feet. i inches in height and had astonishingly-long arms and large feet. Stuart sat back in the window seat looking on, and, although he was running over in his mind what he would say to the.men, he could not help smiling at the scene that followed..- "I come to fill the bottle, doctor," was the 'quiet remark of the big miner. " The doctor made no motion to take, the bottle which the man pulled out of his vest pocket and stood holding awk; ' wardly between his two hands. --y : "You can move out of here with ypnei bottle, Sanders. I'm not filling any? bottles any more." - "Since when?" asked Sanders slowly "Since this strike, this nonsensicaU foolish business of yours and the rests . ot you. Do you think' I'm going to "got to all the expense of keeping up my: drugs and medicines and sew you fel lows up and fill you up with costly, preparations while I'm not getting any-r thing from the companies? - So get nt with your bottle;" -... Sanders without a word backed -to, ward the' door.i The doctor r wheeled! around toward his desk and began to -hum a tune. Just as the miner laid lils hand on the doorknob the doctor' turned his head and ehouted, A'What was in the bottle, anyway?" , ." "Cod liver oil," replied Sanders, scratching his head and slowly turning the doorknob. . ...... ... . ... f I tTo be Continued.! . 1 1 A