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id" -J fWATEHBUIlY EVENING DEMOCRAT. SATUHDAY $EBISIJARY ' 16 19013 --' ''" t u ; J fc- .- t H AUG ATTJCK NEWS ' X number of persons employed in the Phoenix shop have arranged for a Straw party to-night to go to the Ox ford hotel. Two laige straw parties from Wa terbury passed through here last night on their way to Beacon Falls, where they had arranged for a good time. The deep sea wave can be found at John R. Birney's, to-night, Phoenix avenue, Waterbury. W. K. Birdsall, the Maple street toewsdealer, is confined to the house by sickness. John Trowbridge, who has been con fined to the house for several weeks past, is able to be around again. It is expected that a large crowd (Will attend the social and dauce to be piven by the German Catholic society In Harugari hall to-night. Tickets are 15 cents each person. Three exciting basket ball games are booked for to-night at the opera house, when the three Ansonia teams ,will play three local teams. The first igaine will be between junior teams from the Y. Jr. C. A. of both towns and the second game between the reg ular Y. M. C. A. of each town and the last game between the Ansonia High school and the Naugatuck High school teams. Great rivalry exists and as the A. n. S. boys have a victory to their credit the local boys are deter mined that they shall win to-night. Ad . mission to all three games is 25 cents for men nd 15 cents for ladies. A number of the local firemen at tended the annual concert and ball giv en by 'Webster Hose company .in An feonia last night. All report an enjoy able time. At the opening of the superior court In Waterbury Tuesday it is thought that the cases of Dunn and Yannilla, Charged respectively with burglary and assault with intent to kill, will be assigned for trial. An enjoyable crowd appeared to be present at the social given by the Odd Fellows in their hall last night. At a test held in the Y. M. C. A. gym nasium Thursday night, the following persons passed: Iline 73, Sullivan 77, Porter 70, "Waters S, Gordon 05, Don nelly "j!. Burlingame CI) and Suily 44. This was a test in the general gym nasium work and it is held once in so often to determine the standing of the (different classes. An accident happened to the ma chinery of the old shop yesterday after Boon, which will, in all proba!' cause a three or four weeks' shut Hown. About 2 o'clock, from what cause is unknown one of the bevel gears broke right in half and the teeth were knocked out of the other and be fore the engine could be shut down the shaft became twisted from the same cause., The breaks are all very bad and it will take from three to four Weeks to fix them up. Charles AY. Mayser, of Xew Haven, In a statement which he gave out yes terday, said that lie would be in the best possible condition for his wrest ling match with John K. Kelly. May ser stated that he has helping him to get into condition some of the fastest amateurs in this part of the country. This match is to lie held in the opera liouse on Thursday evening. February 2S, 1901. Tickets are to be 50 cent's each person. The local branch of the X. A. TJ. C. have appointed Carriers Maher, Woos ter, Fairbanks and Walsh to represent them at the state convention, which is to be held in Middletown on Friday, February 22. Thomas Powell, of Bristol, who has been visiting friends in town for the past few days, returned home last night. Frank Brennan of Maple street, who has been visiting friends in Ansonia, has returned home. The Klark Scoville company will start their week stand at the opera house Monday night with "Our Ger man Friend," and will present an en tire change every evening throughout the week. Prices are 10 cents for any Beat in the house on Monday night. A fencing class was started at the Y. M. C. A. rooms last night, with Mr Sanborn as teacher. Miss Maggie Dunstan of Main street, who has been ill with the grip for the past few days, Is able to be around again. A large number of tickets have been feold for the benefit dance to be given toy the Ladies' auxiliary, A. O. H., In Hibernian hall Monday evening, February 18. Admission is 10 cents each person. AVfegetable Preparationfor As similating uieFoodandRegula ting the Stomachs andBowcls of. -Promotes Digestion.CheerfuP nessandRest.Contains neither Srium,Morphine nor Mineral. OTliARCOTIC. JMM Wit- A perfect Remedy for Constipa tion, Sour Stomach.Diarrhoea Worms .Convulsions .Feverish nes and Loss of Sleep. TacSmle Signature of . NEW TOBKi- rut " - T ' " -The -"borough -workmen are busily employed these days cleaning but the catch- basins .-and also the gutters around the town. -5 The many friends of Fatrick Sulli van of Oak street, who has been 111 with the grip for the past week, will be pleased to learn that he is steadily improving. James Murnane of Boston was in town yesterday on business. James Cronin of Xew Haven was in town yesterday on business. There was no session of the bor ough court this morning. WATERTOWli JOTTINGS The charge of non-support, by Mrs T. Smith against her husband has at tracted quite a number of our citi zens, and many have been to Winsted, where the trial took place, as witness es. Some of the testimony was quite sensational. Some of the young men took it into their heads a short time ago to go to Mr Smith's and tar and fea?r him, but abandoned the idea when one of their number received a charge of shot. Mrs Smith said that he did not injure her, but compelled her to write a letter, while he held a revolver over her head, saying that if she didn't do as he commanded her he would shoot her. Lawyer O'Xeill appeared for Mr Smith while Judge lioot was counsel for Mrs Smith. It is thought a decision will be rendered some time during the com ing week. The doctors are finding great diffi culty at present in attending the many cases of la grippe. In some cases whole families are aftlicted with this disease. William McGowan is on the sick list. William T. Benjamin, the Woodbury and Waterbury stage man, while on his way from Waterbury to Woodbury, met with an accident in a large drift of snow in front of James Wooster's. and was delayed for a day and a half. IT. L. Jeffrey has left with Mr Zeid ler, the barber, ' a specimen of the much dreaded enemy of ail fruit trees, the San Jose scale. The masquerade ball given by the Knights of Pythias in the town hall last night was largely attended. A great deal of fun was had and the masks were of many descriptions. The house occupied by Howard Free man in Xannowaug was burned to the ground yesterday about 11 a. m. Yery few articles were saved. Arthur Warner, who was taken sud denly ill a few days ago, is reported as much improved. The K. of P. are preparing for their tenth anniversary, which is to take plac e Thursday. April -?t!i. G. M. Summers recently purchased a new horse. ' Don't forget the dance to be given in the town hall Monday evening un der the auspices of the G. W. and S. C. Tickets are selling for 25 nits each person. The grand march will begin at 8:4.j sharp. The Xew York residence of Homer Heminway was quite recentlv robbed, but the burglar was captured. 0AKVIIXE HAPPENINGS There will be iho usual services in the Union chapel and All Saints church at the usual hours, 'and Sunday school in St Mary Madgalone church. The ball given by the Twentieth Century club last evening was largely attended. There were many from neighboring towns. The music was line, and all seemed to enjoy the danc ing. Much credit should be given to the young ladies of the club for the successful arrangements, and if a attendance is a criterion to go. by the ball was a success. A very interesting letter has just been received from Harry Andrews, who is iu Cuba. The prize for selling the most tick ets for the ball last night was won by Miss Agnes Baer, a pearl and silver paper cutter. In the Truman Smith case, which was tried in Winsted this week, an ap peal from probate was taken. The witnesses were from this village. Mr and Mrs William Main have re turned from Yerniont. where they have been for some time past. Mr Stoddard of Bunker Hill is suf fering with a severe attack of grip. John Holihan is assisting Mr Lewis in his wagon shop. Thursday evening, in honor of St Yalentine. a sheet and pillow ease masquerade and surprise party was given at the homo of the Misses Ida and Begdy Krantz. A very enjoyable time was had by all. The Kind You Have Always Bought Bears Signati For Over ran n rrr :,,r, For Infants and Children. ' tnir1ilYeafs Uiwni. mem w .. 1 HisJSrother's Christian Stewardship, BY CHARLES M. SHELDON. A- j Author of "In His Steps," "The Cruci- uxion or rump etrong." -1400611; Hardy's Seven Days," " Mai- -com. Kirk," Etc COPTHTOITT. lS9fi. HT f?OT7GRRGATTMf All AND SUNDAY BCHOOIj PUBLISHING SOCTETY. "When "did you get It filled?" "Last week, sir." "Last week! It was three days ago, or I'm a striker! What on earth did you do with half a pint of cod liver oil In that time?" Sanders shook his head and smiled faintly, but did not yenture to say any thing. "Have you been greasing your boots with it? I'd be willing to swear that yon have, only half a pint wouldn't oil more than one of 'em. Well, bring it here. I'll fill it this once and that's all. What did I give it to you f or,2 Xo you remember?" "" Sanders kept discreet silence, and the doctor said to Stuart: "It isn't cod liv er oil exactly; it's a new preparation that I have just had sent up from Chi cago, and it has been of some use in lung troubles. I think perhaps I'll let him have another bottle. He has a bad cough." As if to second the doctor's statement, Sanders gave utterance to a hoarse rumble that was on the same large scale as himself and shook the bottles . on the doctor's dispensary shelves. The doctor measured out a quantity of the medicine, picked but a new cork and as he handed the bottle over said cheerfully: "Now, Sanders, of course you will forget everything I tell you, but I want you to remember that if you don't follow the directions on the bottle j-ou are liable to fall down dead any minute. Well, is there any thing more?" The miner was shuffling his hand down in his pocket among a lot of loose change. "How much is it?" he finally asked. "Oh, well, that's all right," said the doctor, turning red. "Keep it to re member me by. I'll make you a birth day present of it. But, mind you, no more medicine from this office till the strike is ever. I can't afford to doctor a thousand.men for nothing." Sanders went out, and the doctor turned to Stuart and said: "I thought I might as well let him have it. Tshaw! I'm too easy. But Sanders has got consumption. Awful queer how these big follows catch it." Just then there was a tap on the door, and before the doctor could call out the door opened, and a little old woman came in. She had a very sad face and looked like one of those per sons who know life mainly through its troubles. "Doctor," she said after bowing to Stuart, "mo old man is sufferin terrible this moruin. 1 want ye to send him somethiu to ease the pain a bit." "Where is his pain?" "Eh:" "1 say where Is his pain in his head or feet?" "In his back, doctor, an he is howlin like murder for somethin to ease him. I come right down here. The doctor, he said, would give me anything I needed." "Yes, that's it. The beggars dori't. care if I go into bankruptcy and ruin through giving them anything they need." The doctor rose and went over to his dispensary shelves. After a very care ful search he selected a bottle and poured from it into a small one, wrote directions, pasted them on and gave the medicine to the woman. "Here, now, Mrs. Binney, I know just what your husband's trouble Is. He strained the muscles of his back that time hej got caught between the timbers in the De Mott mine." "Yes" the woman's face lighted up with some pride "Jim held up the tim bers until the other men crawled out." "That's so. Well, I don't mind help ing him. Use this as I have directed, and it will give him some relief." ' The woman thanked the doctor, and as she turned to go she wiped her eyes with her sleeve. The doctor followed her out into the hall, and Stuart could not help hearing him say to her, "I'll be out to see Jim this afternoon, tell him, Mrs. Binney." He came back and sitting down at his desk thumped it hard with his fist. "That's the last case I'll take till the strike ends. The only way . to bring these people to terms is to treat thera sternly. I tell you, Stuart, I can't af ford to go on giving medicine and serv ice this way. It will ruin me, and, toe sides, it isn't professional" There was a timid knock at the door,1 and the doctor caught up a medical magazine, opened it bottom side up and turned his back to the door. There was another rap, and then,' as the doc tor made no sound, the door opened,; md a bey about 12 years old came Id "Fattjjtr'8 been hurt said ihe Z)ou. r ' timidly and stood with his cap la his hand, looking first at Stuart and then at ie doctor's back. - : , "Father's been hurt. He Is pump man at Davis' mine. , Be wants you to come right up." . 'Up where n asked the doctor with out turning around: t-TT.f "Up where we live.- 'i ? ' .- "The same place." - - '''--.. "What's his name?" A " ' "Why, -you know his. name,: doctor. Sou have seen him before.'?:- - - 5 The doctor wheeled around and roar; ed: "Well, do I know the names of a thousand different men like that? Who is your father?" , ' "Pump man in the Davis mine." f . "yell, there are six different pump men up there. Which one is he?" The boy began to get scared and backed toward the door. "What's the matter with youf fa ther?" asked the doctor more gently, rising and reaching out for his black case and putting on his hat. ' The boy began to sob. "I don't know. He's hurt." . "Well, you run down and get into my buggy and, sit there . till I come. Hur ry, flow?" The boy "baCEed'out of the door and tumbled down the stairs. .The doctor gathered up his things and, shouting to Stuart, "This case seems to call for my help," he dashed out of the room. There was a drug store directly un der the doctor's office, where a case of candy was kept. Stuart, leaning out of the window, saw the doctor come out of the store with a bag of something which he gave to the boy. Then getting into the buggy he started off at his usual express rate and dis appeared in a great whirlwind of red iron ore dust. Stuart smiled and said to himself: "Dear pld Doc! I was going to say that his bark was worse than his bite, only it's all bark." His face grew stern again as he saw from the window a sight that was growing familiar to the people of Champion. It was now about 11 o'clock, and into the open space around the band stand in the center of' the town square the miners were -beginning to come in groups of twos and fours and by little companies. They came in from their homes out on the hills, each miner car rying a stick, the uses of which be came more apparent as the men formed afterward in marching order. The different miners' bauds had al ready gathered near-the stand. They united in the playing of several stir ring pieces while the crowd was gath ering. Yery fast the square filled up. At last, as the clock on the tower point ed its hands at a quarter after 11, 4,000 men were packed into the open space surrounded by the town buildings. Stuart remained looking out from the doctor's office window. The whole scene was before him. He could hear as well. Since that first day when he had come home from his European trip he had seen the miners together in this way several times,, but today he was impressed more than ever jvith the ap pearance of the men, with their rude, misspelled banners,1 with their music made entirely hymen but of the mines who had trained themselves with great patience to play inarch tunes. More than all, he was struck with the faces of the men the stolid,' dull, but deter mined look that, most of them wore. He was impressed with their general appearance as human beings making a fight for a few more cents a da3-. And with all the rest he could not help feel ing that the men regarded him as an aristocrat removed' from them by his whole life, so different from theirs, and unable from their point of view to sympathize with or understand them. "And yet," Stuart said to himself, with a sigh, "I would almost exchang places with nearly any one of them. I mean that I am not where I can use what I was born into as I would like to use it." The bands stopped playing, and a miner went up into the stand. This time it was not EJ'c. The men all un covered their heads. It was very quiet. The people of Champion stood looking on from the sidewalks, the church steps, the railroad depot platform and the store and office windows. The man in the stand lifted up his face and of fered n short prayer. "O fitcd, grant us a blessing today as we go to our place of meeting. Be with us there In our council together. Grant that we may be led to do the right. Keep us all from trespass or sin or drunkenness. And when we have ended our strife here below, may we all, ma3ter and men, meet in heaven. We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen." Stuart heard every word of the pray er from where he sat. There was something ' indescribably sad to him in the whole scene. The miners put on their hats, and the bands at once (struck up a lively tune. The men be gan to move out into the main street, forming a double line or column four abreast. The bands marched each one ia front of a section or division of the line of march. The men at a signal Ehouldered their sticks, and, accustom ed by this time to the marching, they presented a military appearance as' they swung past the church and into the road leading over to the park, where they now held a daily meeting at noon. Stuart watched for Eric and as he came by called to him from the win dow: "I'll drive over. My horse and buggy are here." Eric waved his hand' "and went by without replying. Stuart came down, and after the columns of men had passed he drove along at a little dis tance behind them. , All the way over he was debating with himself what he would say.. It was the first time he. had really met the men. ' A great many of them did not know what the feeling of the new mine owner was. They supposed that Ross Duncan's son was like the fa ther. Others among them had known him as a child and boy and liked him. He was a favorite in the town. Many a rough, reckless, stolid ' Dane , and Cornishman had admired the lad who had been so fearless in going' up' and down the shafts. There was a good deal of favorable comment among the men in line oyer his coming out today. ' So when he finally came into the park and was met by a committee there and escorted up into the pavilion where the speakers went he faced a great crowd that wad in the humor to give.him fair play at least. A thousand more men had come in from the other ranges, and an audience of over 5,000 was packed deep all about the-pavilion. Sturtrt could not remember afterward aft that was said that day by himself or the men. Eric had spoken briefly, nod then In behalf of the union so re cently, formed he said that he bad the luVS. -jlK latrydocUff be owner. .pf the Champion mines, Who .would ad dress the meeting. ... . . Stuart had never spoken . in public except on a few occasions in, college rhetorlcals. He was noorator, and he knew it. , And yet as. he rose to speak to this outdoor gathering in a position that might have tried many experi--enced speakers he felt a sense of relief and a certain pleasure. He began at once with a statement of his willingness to grant the men their scale of wages. '.. "If I understand the situation," he said, "the demand made by the con tract miners is for $2 a day on account of the danger of the work and because the companies have been paying only $1.90 for more than a year now. I be lieve the companies ought to pay that price. I might as well say that I do not believe you have taken the right course to get what you want. I cannot sympathize with this strike. I do sym pathize with your demand for $2 a day." "How about the rest of the compa nies?" asked a voice. "Aye, that's it. How about the lower range? What's the mind on that point?" said another. "1 cannot answer for them. I am here today to speak for myself. If the men who are employed In the Cham pion mines will come back at any time now, I will give them what they ask for." This statement was greeted with cheers, but at once there followed a storm of cries from all over the park. "All or none'." "Union rules first!" . I . "The owners 'must treat With the union!" "We'll never go back on terms that shut out part!" "Stand together, men! That's what the owners does!" "Yes, they fixes wages. We fix they if" Eric stood up and waved his hat. There was a gradual settling down of the confusion, and as he stood there, evidently waiting to be heard, the men soon became quiet again. Stuart ad mired his control of the crowd. Eric had great influence with it. "Brothers," he said slowly, "I be lieve we have reached a critical point in this movement. Here is one of the owners who has expressed his willing ness to grant our demands. The ques tion now is, Shall the Champion men go back to their mines while the rest con tinue to deal with the other owners? This Is a question, for the union to set tle." "Eric," spoke Stuart in a low tone as he stood close by him, "let me say a word or two more, will you? I be lieve the decision of the men today will be a serious one, and I want to do all I can to make it right." Erie at once raised his voice. "Men, Mr. Duncan wants to say a word again. I am sure you will give him a careful hearing." "Aye, that we will!" "He's no bad for a millionaire!" "Give him a chance. He doesn't often have it!" shouted a voice with a touch of irony in it. Stuart took advantage of the lull that followed these and other shouts to speak as he had never thought of doing when he came to the park.- He believ ed that the result of the men's action would be exceedingly important for themselves and himself. He had never had such a great desire to explain his own jittitude toward the whole prob lem of labor and capital as it affected him. It is . net possible to describe his speech. Eric thought at the time that it was. the best speech he had ever heard from a. moneyed man. At times it was impassioned, then quiet and con versational. It is doubtful if very many of the miners understood it as Stuart meant. He was in reality voic ing a policy for the men of money which he afterward followed out with some changes. This much he made clear to the men: He sympathized with their demands for larger , wages, while he could not agree with their methods, and he would do all in his power to give them their Just demands as far as he was at liber ty tc act independently. He told them he was going to Cleveland the next day to confer with the other mine owners and would use all his influence to get the others to agree to the rise in wages. He repeated his offer to treat with the thousand r more men employed in the Champion mines at any time they chose to return. As he closed he made an appeal to the men to use reason and spoke of the religious influence that so far had prevailed for the good of the community. ' There ran through the whole of Stu art's speech this second time "a passion ate desire to be understood as a man before men. He had never before had such a longing to be understood; neither had he ever felt thegapbetweenhlmself and the men to be so wide and deep. As has been said, it is doubtful if parts of his speech were understood at all by the men. ' As soon as he finished there was a great uproar of applause and shouts. Eric himself could not restore quiet. The committee politely asked Stuart to leave the park while the union went into a conference over his proposals. Stuart was glad to get away. He felt exhausted with his unusual effort. It was- 3 o'clock in the afternoon when Eric came to the house with the news of the decision reached by the miners' union. Stuart at once saw by his face that the situation was. serious. "The men voted by a large majority not to go back to work till all could go back on the same terms that is, they demanded that all the mine owners rec ognize the union and make terms with it for 'all the men." r "Do you mean that the men who work in the Champion mines refuse to accept my offer of the wages they de mand?" ' "Yes that is, the Champion miners will not go back until the other owners make the same terms' you make and make them to the union." "Which means simply that this strike is a deadlock," replied Stuart decided ly, "for I know the men at Cleveland, and they will never agree to any such terms." , ' ' , ; . The miners will not agree to any oth er." Eric spoke quietly, but sadly., . ' "Eric," said Stuart suddenly after a pause, "tell me frankly, as brother to brother, is this a reasonable-step for the men to take? ' Do' you believe the union will make anything by such ac tion? Is tt 1uat or fair'!. --' v - , - Eric's' face .worxed under" a passion ate feeling.' - Then he said Tlie-tnon have a right to combine for-mutual support. ; In ythis Instance ' they feel driven to it by. their condition. Why should not labor seek -to defend itself as capital does? You---that Is, I mean the mine owners generally get togeth er in a combine and .fix wages. ' Why should not the miners get together and have a say . about it?;. We have been working for years at the price set by men at a, distance who never , saw a mine or a miner, ' far less went down into the ground to see what, the labor is. These men sit in nice upholstered offices in elegant buildings and make it their business to get just as much out of the iron ore as they can... The wages of the men are cut every time ore falls in price. Instead of taking it out of their own large dividends in the years when they have made enormous profits every time there is a depression in the market they cut this end instead of theirs. You know this is the' case, Stuart. - "Three years ago a dozen men in the iron industry grew to be millionaires from the profits of this metal which God put in the ground for the common use of man. During that year the min ers received only fair wages. Since then financial depression and a drop iu the price of ore have followed. What do those men do who have in prosper ous years made their fortunes? ' Do they say, 'We will draw on this re serve, and in order that the miners may not suffer we will declare smaller dividends and lose something?' No; they say at once, 'Cut down wages, be cause ore is cheaper, and we cannot af ford to lose.' And who suffers? Not As soon as he finished there icas a great uproar. the mine owner. He eats just as good food, goes to Europe in his steam pal ace, drives his elegant carriage, keeps up his amusements. But the poor man, to whom every cent means something, goes without the common necessaries of life, and his wife and children suffer be-cause the millionaire who made his fortune on his business is not willing to share a part of it during hard times with the men who made possible his wealth with their labor. I tell you, Stuart, my heart is on fire with these conditions, and no man knows how the workinymen in this country feel unless he has been one himself. As to the union, it is an organization that has sprung up out of wrongs that are sim ply de-rilish in their human selfish ness." Stuart sat with his head bowed dur ing this speech. Then he said gently: "What if the union develops the same kind of selfishness in the workiugmen? Whattften?" "Then the workingmcn will sIT-jr. Thai is inevitable." "V'hat if ths mine owners decide to put new men into the mines?" "Then there will be trouble." "Do you mean that you will incite the men to violence?" "Good God, Stuart, you know I will not! I shall use my utmost power to prevent anything of the kind." "But what if it cannot be prevented?" Eric said nothing. His face changed with a torrent of feeling and passion. "If it comes to that, let God be judge if the owners and not the men are real ly the ones most to blame. I "shall use all my influence to prevent violence or lawlessness. The union has a right to combine for such wasres as it thinks fare just. It has no right to prevent other men from working at any wages they choose to take. Since I joined the Salvation Army I have become con vinced that the only permanent basis for any true settlement of labor' and capital differences must be a religious basis that is, Christian." ' Stuart listened with . an interest he felt to be genuine. "How did you hap pen to join the Salvation Army, Eric?" "It's a long story. I'll tell ydu some time, not now." "I've heard part of it, but I want you to tell me all of it." "I can't now. I must go. I have hardly had a minute's time to myself since this movement came on. I must be going now. You leave for Cleve land': "Tonight. I want to be there to morrow. I can tell beforehand what the companies will say. Is there no other way out of it?" "I don't see any," replied Eric. The two men shook hands silently, and Eric went out. - Stuart went down on the -night ex press and next day at Cleveland was in conference with the other . owners. The result of the conference- was what he had anticipated. The terms of the union were rejected. It'wais decided by the other owners that a force of men should be at once placed at work with steam shovels on the -stock piles so as to move the ore, - and in case there was trouble the troops would be called out. . Stuart refused to take ac tion on his own mines. He would not yet precipitate matters by getting new men either -for the ''Stock- piles or the mines. He came back home, the next day with the feeling that' he ws at present in a condition of Indecision and waiting. He could not sympathize with the strike, he did. not believe the union was wise in refusing t let. the .Champhn miners go tp work,, and he could not-help feeling that a great ca lamity of some kind was impending. It was two days after .his return that the event occurred which really shaped and molded his whole after life. The mines were still manned by pump men'. They had not been, called out by' the union, for the reason! .that if once-the water in the mines rose above the dif ferent lexels and flowed .tpamoug the ...V. ., '- 4 timbers the mines would become jruln- j ed, a'd the loss would be as heavy f0fr the in in ers, as .the; owners in -case the i "strike "ended and- work "Was again re- -sumed. From six to eight men remain-1-4 :ed at each mine. There were an engi- neer, an assistant engineer, two. Are- , men and three or four pump men, aCr'x( j cording to the size ad number Ol , pumps. These were kept going day and night, as the water rose very rap- 5. idly if left to flow. . V s Stuart had gone up to ' the Davis mine, one of the newer ventures of bis father and recently developed. " Its . greatest depth was 900 feet .It had a 1 manhole with ladders and a shaft at w. some distance from it for the "skip 01 iron carriage used for hauling ore to the surface. There were six men at -? this mine in charge at this time. - -, Stuart had come to the engine house and was talking with the engineer when Eric came in. - Stuart called him over to the dry room, where the miners changed their J clothing for miner's dress. "Erie, I want to go down Into the mine. Won't you go with me? I want -.. to see again for myself what the work is, ani besides there is a new pump at the bottom that I want to look at." ' Eric consented, and the two soon bad on. the miner's dress and were going . down the ladders. It was getting late in v the afternoon, and they left orders with .-..'" the engineer that when they gave the signal from the bottom he might let down the skip, and they would come ." up in that. ' For an hour they explored different V levels. Stuart was restless and seemed - Intent on realizing as fully as possible just how the miners worked. He climb ed up into difficult places and-even fired off a blast ia one chamber, using one of the powder sticks left by the men when they came out. . At last he and Eric stood at the bot tom of the mine. - This was an excava tion about 14 feet across, and the wa ter ran in very much as if it had been a cistern. By leaning back against the ladders the light from 900 feet above could be seen. Eric was sitting thus with his back to the ladder rounds and his feet in the water which ran over the floor of the mine about four inches Vleep and Stuart was examining the pump at the other side of the shaft when a terrible thing happened. A noise like the roar of a torrent grew about these two men, and before Eric could get out from his position against the ladders a mass of iron ore came rushing down the manhole, breaking out rounds of the ladders as it fell, and, bounding from side to side, struck Eric on the shoulders with terrific force and threw him p"i downward in the wa ter. StuarH-as at his side in a moment He ra.ed him and by the light of the camv in his hat saw the nature of the accident. He could not think whethei the mass had fallen or been thrown purposely into the shaft. lie dragged Eric away from the foot of the ladder He was seriously injured. With the one thosight of getting him to the top as soon as possible Stuart seized the lever nt the bottom of the ore shaft aud palled k back as a signal to the engineer to let down the skip. There was no answering signal, and Stuart pulled the wire rope again. Still no an swer. He looked up through the main shaft. Y.'hat was that? The pump had suddenly stopped below. But what was that great light at the top? It must be nearly sundown now. Something was c:i fire! The truth flashed upon him that the ecgine house over the irw 1 shaft was oa fire. The ladders afford ed escape -for a mr.n possibly, but r.?.i incumbered with a body, and a dl body perhaps at that. Stuart daah'.1-!-water iu Eric's face, and he groaiiot;. He was not dead, but unconscious. A:;.i then the whole sitnr.tion forced itself He supported Erie as best he could, into Stuart's mind. He was a prisoner : with a helpless wounded man at the bottom of a mine 900 feet dP. the en gine house was on fire or some accident had happened to prevent the lowering " ' of the skip, the punips had stopped, and the water in the mine was rising rapid-, -v ly. It was half way to his knees now. ( He pulled the lever again andvagaia, and ia his excitement shouted like a madman. There was no answer from ' , above. The manhole ladders were stm clear.' Even as they were, with the broken places, he was strong andvig- orous and could climb out. But not with the burden of Eric. At that mo ment a charred fragment of wood float-yT' ed down the ore shaft "and droppefl ' , hissing in the water. He realized that he stood in the presence of death.. He offered a prayer for help. He sup- -ported Eric as best he could. . The wa ter was now above his knees and rap- - idly rising. ,'' ? r - ' tTo be Continued.) -? . An Opportunity. or A number of years ago Adolf WciK j, zel,' the great German artist, always a man of wonderful powers of observa- tion, consented to act as mentor for a group of young artists, and, having ' posed their model one morning, as ,-i was his custom, he left them to their work. The model, it seems, was nevr to the profession and unequal to the strain of remaining immovable In Cam A position, and so promptly fainted: ' While, the young , men - were making. 'a futile attempts at : resuscitation, -'nov' of their, number ran excitedly to theft " master's studio, informed him what?? had happened and asked what fo do. :;-f "Do!" exclaimed the herr. professor "Tlie best tiling you -rah do ts' tO bei' it. You may never have another IT"" opportunity,' t i 4 '