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( K WATERBURY' EVENING DEMOCRAT, MONDAY. FEBRUARY 18 1901 3" -Si " .1 i I NAUGATUCK NEWS Largest Crowd of the Season Witness , ' " Basketball Gaines. The largest crowds of the season turned out at the opera house Satur day to see Naugatuck pitted against Ansonia in three basketball games, all three of -which were won by Xauga tuck. The first was between the X. M. C. A- Jrs. from each place and re felted In a victory for the local team. The second game was between the Y. M. C. A. team from Ansonia and the local Y. M. C- A- and was an exciting game although somewhat one-sided. The local team took the lead at the etart and held it throughout, -winning by the score of 32-14. The local team played an excellent game and its vic tory was well earned. The teams lined up as follows : Naugatuck. Ansonia. Wilkinson .... -..e Curry Davenport . . -. .r f Tomkinsou Pitt 1 f Ensign Demosthews, Cooke r g Wigglesworth Smith . . . . . 1 g Vaughn Final score, 32-14, in favor of Xau gatuck. The star game of the evening was tietween Ansonia and Xaugatuck High school teams and was a very one-sided game but at the same time the High school rooters made a pile of noise just to get even with the A. H. S. rooters who had lots of fun with them last Monday night in Ansonia. When the local High school boys were defeated by the Ansonia High school team. The game was well played on the part of the home team, especially so by Crowe. Clifford and G. Patchett. Clifford broke his own record for throwing baskets and add ed one to it. The Ansonia team tseemed to be lost and they certainly were in company that was too fast for them. The teams lined up fol lows: N. H. S. A. H. S. W. Patchett . , .. c . . . .Lehinnaeker Crowe r f Thomas Cligord r g . . Lahey G. Patchett . . . . r g Viadel Ford 1 g Iniston The score at the end was DS-T. in favor of the X. H. S. After the games all the out-of-town players and their friends repair ed to the Y. M. C. A. rooms, where refreshments were served and the boys entertained. 'Bus Ride. The 'bus ride winch was arranged by several young ladies of the Phoe nix shop to go to Riley's Oxford house Saturday night started from the cen ter all right but it was a. series of mishaps from that time until it reach ed the hotel. If you want to know the full particulars of the affair just ask any one of the young ladies or gentlemen what kind of . 'bus ride they had. After arriving at the hotel they were royally entertained by Professor Riley and thoroughly en joyed Themselves till an early hour. They arrived home early in the niorn-ins- Xotes. Harry Kilmer of Xew Haven spent Sunday at the home of his parents on Coen street. James Dunn of Derby spent yes terday with friends in town. Miss Annie Mc-Carten of Xew Ha ven spent Sunday at the home of her parents on Johnson street Patrick Moran of Springfield, Mass, 5s spending a few days with his cousin, Joseph Church, of High street. A son was born to Mr and Mrs Pat rick Burke of Millville avenue, Sat urday night. The business men of the town should adopt some measures in re gard to the service which the Con necticut Lighting and Power company are giving with regard to electric lights. Saturday night is the busiest night of the week with most mer chants and to have your place of busi ness enveloped in darkness, as were all the places in town last Saturday night at intervals of half an hour at a time, does not tend to put a busi ness man in good humor. Since the company abandoned the station on Water street and removed the plant to Waterbury the service has been in adequate and it is now about time the business men called them to account. A certain barber in town had two boys holding candles while he finish ed shaving a man. This is only one incident and there are a great many others. Charles Bowers of Main street spent Sunday at his home in Xew York city. Thomas Moore of Xew Y'ork city, who has been visiting friends in town leturned home yesterday. Charles Tomkinson of South Main street had a very narrow escape from death yesterday morning. It' seems he has been in the habit of taking a home-made cough syrup for the past few days and Saturday night, after taking it, he left it on a stand within easy reaching distance of the bed. On the stand was also some liniment: About 4 o'clock Sunday morning he awakened andV drank, as he supposed, some of the cough syrup, but instead he had picked up the liniment by mis take. A doctor was immediately sum moned and after a short time he was out of danger. He suffered a great deal, but he is all right to-day ex cept that his mouth is horribly burned from the liniment. The Klark Scovill company arrived in town this morning and are prepared to give the public of Naugatuck a run of one week of good entertainment. To-night they will produce "Our Ger man Friend," at 10 cents to any part of the house. In the borough court this morning the bond of $5 of George Booth, charged with drunkenness, was called.- Booth "was arrested Saturday night by Officer Ma lone. J. H. Whittemore, chairman of thc bnilding committee on the new Con gregational church to be erected here, from Plans by . Architects MeK"im, Mead & White of Xew York, states that the contract for the erection of the new edifice will not be awarded .until about the 1st of April. r . flow to Clean Brlsrlit Tin. The best thing- to clean bright tin -- vrith is oil and rotten stone. This re moves all kinds of stain. They should be polished off with, clean wash leather. An. . WATERTO WK J0TTIHG3 Cow Belonging to Woodbury Farmer Fell and Broke Her Leg. A well known Woodbury farmer, while coming from -Woodbury to this place a few days ago with a large drove of cattle, found the road very icy and before he had gone far one of the cows started for a neighboring dooryard and while trying to get the cow back to the path, on which there was considerable ice, the cow fell and broke one of her legs. The farmer, after thinking awhile, took out his jackknife and after killing the cow, took the skin off and dressed it On arriving in town he sold the cow to a man for a good sum. Everything is in readiness for the dance to be given by the G. W. aud S. C. to-night. A rare treat is offered to the lovers of dancing, as there will be twenty-two numbers on tiie program. The grand march will begin at S:I5 sharp. Be sure and attend, if you wish a good time. ' Services were held in the different churches yesterday. In St John's church services were held at 11:15, the Rev-Father O'Donnell officiating. An eloquent sermon was delivered, the subject being ''Matrimony." Charles Erewster. who has been ill for some time past v.-ith the grip, is able to be around again. Xext Wednesday being Ash Wed nesday, services will be held in St John's church at S a. m. aud 7:30 p. m. Frank Hubbard, who has been ill for a long time, is able to be around again. Charles Kilbom-ne, who has been ill with the grip, is much improved. A FOREIGN GRIST. The avcrag-e rent of a Spanish Lull ring is 1,301. There are 99 in all. In Honduras 2-1 (gold) per 1,000 is considered a high price for co coanuts. In 1900 the German mints coined $30,423,000 in gold and $5,925,000 in sil ver. Great Britain and Sweden are the only European countries which do not tax sugar. The colonies of Britain are 97 times her own size; those of Austria are l-10th her own size. The apartments of deceased kings of Italy are left absolutely untouched for two generations. Spain aud Russia are the only Eu ropean countries which produce more wool than they consume. Rangoon grows faster than any British city. Its average rate of in crease is S'i per cent, u- year. A new map of India, 16 miles to the inch, is about to be begun by the Indian survey department. It will cover 10G sheets. The Indian salt tax brings in S, 000,000. The consumption in In dia is ten pounds a head, as against 72 pounds in England. Every European country gained in population during the last century, except Ireland, which fell from 212 to 16 per square mile. A club of divorced women has been formed in the Austrian capital, the object being to provide the comforts of home for all women who have been compelled to divorce their hus bands. Legal aid will also be fur nished to women seeking freedom from irksome bonds and every effort will be made to secure reform in present marriage laws. GERMAN CROWN PRINCE. Honored by the Ivlns of Great Britain Who Han Jast Made II i m a. Ivnislit of tUe Garter. Prince Frederick William, of Ger many, upon whom King Edward has just conferred the order of the garter, GERMAN CROWN PRINCE. (Heir Apparent to the Thrones of Germany and Prussia .) Is the heir apparent to the German im perial throne and the eldest son of the emperor. He will be 20 years old on March 6, and is a manly youth, with brusque soidierly ways and a sturdy frame. He is already taller than his father and is the idol of the German regiment )in which he is an oflieer. Military honors of many kinds have been showered upon him, but he bears them all modestly. When he was only 14 the Austrian emperor appointed him a lieutenant in the Seventh Aus trian Hussars, and he has received ionors from other sovereigns. The prince has a fine education. He is well tutored in history, political and eco nomic science and in the political his tory of his own country. Borcotters Were Fooled. Boycotters displayed a Kansas- City tailor's name on big posters, with the result that several men saw the name, and nothing else, and went in and or. Indiana a Manufacturer. Our Indian poxulaf ion . is not skill ful in any ,line of manufacture save their own crude industries. kious and wholesome Mi, His Brother's Keeper ; W h . - Or. ;' " - Christian Stewardship BY CHARLES M. SHELDON, ' Author of "In His Steps." "The Cruci ' Ill-mi of Philip Strong." "Kobert ' Hardy's Seven Days," "ilal- com Kirk,' lute 4- COPTHIGHT, 1SS0, BY C0XGREC3ATI0XAL ' "! Jg AXD SUXDiT SCHOOL PCBLI6HLNO SOCIETT. g CHAPTER Til. THE P.ESCCE. - . As the facts of his position forced themselves more clearly upon him, the first excitement over, Stuart grew calmer. The candle in his hat was nearly burned out, but he had another one that, after the fashion of the min ers, he had thrust into his boot when he changed his dress in the dryroom. He pulled this out and lighted it, put ting it in the candle holder in place of the piece so nearly gone. Then he looked at the ladders care fully. The mass of broken ore which had fallen down the manhole had bro ken out a dozen, rounds at the very foot fit" the ladder. By stretching up to his full height Stuart could just reach an unbroken round. But what could be do with the dead weight of Eric'.' He could never lift him up that distance. For once and only one swift second Stuart consider ed the thought of leaving Eric. It was simply the love of life, asserting itself. Why should both men die? His death would not save Eric. It was only a second, and then he felt the shock of a statement he made to himself that life was not worth having if certain mem ories had always to be carried with one. He could never abandon the man who had once risked his life to save him, when the danger was fully as great as now. "But. O God." Stuart cried out, "to die drowned like a rat in a hole!" The love of life was strong in him. He felt the water rising more and more rapid ly. It was nearly to his waist now. fie felt the blood from the wound In his shoulder warming his own side as he held up the unconscious body. Once in awhile Erie stirred. Once he opened his eyes, and Stuart thought he was re covering. If only he could regain enough strength to help himself even a little! Stuart's mind went into a whirl as he thought of all possible ways to pull himself and Eric up even a short distance. But the bottom of the mine was of such a shape that there were no projections or slopes which afforded even a foothold. The fire at the top was evidently blazing fiercely. Fragments of charred wood dropped down the ore shaft. Leaning over and looking up, Stuart could see a great flaming mass of twisted beams and iron rods curling over the mouth of the shaft. He moved over under the manhole, dragging Erie with him, and looked up that. The flames and smoke were sweeping over it like mist over a ridge. He thaught that even at that distance he could s?e that the ladders at the top had caught and were blazing fantastically. He gave up all hope. Still, with the instinct of life strong in him, he drag ged Erie over to the pump, which stood just out of the water now, and by the exercise of all his strength he managed to place the body upon it in such a way that it was two or three feet above himself as he stood on the bot tom of the floor of the mine. The wa ter had risen now to his armpits and was whirling around him in a great red pool. He shuddered, it looked so like blood in the light of the candle. The movement he had made with Eric, to gether with the contact with the cold waterhad roused him. He stirred and even spoke feebly. "Where are we?'' he muttered. "You have been hurt, Eric." Eric groaned and closed his eyes. Then he opened them again, and the bight of Stuart's pale face seemed to tell him a part of the truth. The water was running over the hand of his right arm, which hung down helpless from his wounded shoulder. He roused him self, evidently with the greatest diffi culty. "l'oii' will drown. Leave me. I am Cying iinyway." "So, no, Erie. I will not leave you here alone!" Stuart spoke calmly,- al most cheerfully. Eric's face was droop ing over close to Stuart's shoulder. Stuart kissed his check and at that very moment he heard a man's voice, the sweetest sound he ever heard, echoing down the ladder shaft. He shouted back in raply and wait ed. Again, the cry came in response. Some one was coming down the lad ders to the rescue. Whoever he was he was evidently coming as fast as the nature of the passage would allow, for the next time the cry was uttered Stu art could hear words of encouragement and then a voice speaking from the point where the last round of the lad der remained, saying" very distinctly and in even precise English, "Who is there?" "It is I, Stuart Duncan. I am here with Eric, and he is hurt and helpless. I can't lift him up alone." "I always believed in being on time," replied the voice. "If you can. move up under the foot of the shaft I will throw you this rope." Stuart lifted Eric from his position and plunged over , toward the, ladder hole. The watar was above his shoul ders. A rope was thrown, and he se cured it under Eric, Who" had, 'again fainted from the pain and shock... Then with an exercise of strength and skill such as men possess in times of facing death, the two men, one above and one below, succeeded in drawing Eric up, and-the man above secured him .some how, while Stuart, using the sides of the ladder, for support, pulled himself out of that watery grave. ' He was not a minute, too soon, for the water was flowing in. more rapidly now, and the large cavity at the bot tom being almost filled the torrent be gan to rise in the shafts very fast. He had no time to ask any questions of his rescuer. AH three were in great peril. The ladders . were blazing above, jthcni and' the water rising below theniMvith superhuman exertions they lifted.-Eric op. " When they e$.VM to places jttheta' the ladders were "badfy broken they were obliged to . use --their utmost skill to move the body la f ty, .jQflSft & we're" so longauout starting up again that the,; water caught up with them, and Stuart," who was the last one, felt the torrent swirling around his feet. At last,' after a; struggle that left them' completely exhausted, they reached the first drift from the bot tom. There was a' wooden platform here, and the drift ' ran" out Into the sides of the hill several hundred feet. Stuart and his unknown ft-qscuer lean ed a moment panting against the side of the wall, while Eric lay on the plat form to all appearances lifeless. "We can't stay here long," gasped Stuart. "See the water coming up!" He pointed down the black well from which they had climbed so painfully. The rushing water and the falling in of ore banks made a terrifying uproar about them. "We can get out on this level," re plied his companion. "What! How's that? We are 800 feet below ground here." "The old Beury shaft opens into this drift. I walked in here this afternoon niy.self. Here is where I heard you shout for help. There! Don't you feel that breeze blowing through the drift?" Stuart turned his face and felt the passing of a cool wave of air. And then it flashed across his memory that several years before, when a boy, he had himself climbed down into the old Beury shaft, which opened up on the side of the hill, and made his way to the level of the Davis mine where he now stood. The mines were some times connected in this way, though the abandoned passage would often be come choked and blocked up by falling masses of ore. But there was no time to lose, even with this unexpected avenue of escape. The two men caught up Erie and hur ried as fast as their burden would al low up the passage connecting the main with the deserted shaft. After walking with their burden about 200 feet the drift turned abruptly to the right and began to ascend sharply. It grew mole difficult to carry Eric, but the danger from the water was now over. The old passage was really a tunnel let into the side of the hill at a sharp incline instead of a shaft sunk down vertically from above. When they had reached a point above the im mediate reach of the water, they sank down exltiusted again, and by the flickering light Stuart lirst noticed who his resc uer was. "I haven't any cards with mebut I'll introduce myself," he said in a tone that made Stuart smile, and yet there was nothing flippant or lacking in seri ousness about the man. "I am the new minister at the church with the clock in the tower St. John's. 1 arrived iu Champion two days ago. ,Jy name is Andrew Burke. You are Mr. Duncan, the mine owner? I am glad to meet you." He reached out his'liand, and Stuart took it, clasping it over the body of Eric. He felt a strange thrill as he did so. Somehow the peculiar formality of the man's speech struck him as a token of a special kind of strength. He seemed to feel that here was a man who, whatever his oddities, was pos sessed of qualities that were rc-ally very rare and valuable. "I owe yon my life and that of my friend here," he said. "It all seems very strange to me. your appearance. I had glvpn myself up for lost. ' should certainly have drowned if you had not appeared." "Ye"s; I think you would that is, un less you had left the body of your friend here, and you don't look like the kind of man to do that. But we ought to move on. We need to get him to the doctor as soon as possible. My appear ance here is very simple, and I can tell that afterward. Shall we move on?" Stuart eagerly assented, and they stumbled on up the tunnel. Their prog ress was very slow, for Eric was en tirely a dead weight, and neither Stu Ert nor his companion was a powerful man physically: They had gone but a short distance, however, when lights uppeared farther up the shaft, and scon they were surrounded by a group Df miners, accompanied by Dr. Saxon. There was no time for more than the briefest explanations. The party took Erie from Stuart and the minister, and soon they were standing out on the side of the hill in the starlight. The i-ool night air blew about Stuart, and lie thanked God for his life. Farther up on the hill a heaj) of blazing ruins marked the place where the engine house had stood, while at a distance the ladder hole smoked aud flamed like a small volcano, showing that the tim bers were blazing iiercely below. "Take Eric to my house. We are not far from it," said Stuart. "1'es, and hurry up. men," added the doctor. "I'll go on ahead with them, Stuai-t. Eric needs attention as soon us possible." The doctor and the minors with Eric hurried down the hill, while Stuart followed with the minister as fast as he could. But now that the strain was over he felt weak and faint. "Y'ou must come in and stop with me tonight, Mr. Burke. I want to know the story of your appearance iu the mine. And, besides, I have not had time to thank you." "I shall be glad to accept your invita tion. In fact, I feel the need of wash ing up before I go back to the town. I am stopping at the hotel," replied Burke. As the two walked along, picking their way slowly down -the narrow path, a peculiar noise came wafted up to them from the town. Stuart paused and listened. "What's that?" he asked. "Troops. They arrived this after noon. ' That must be the drumbeat to Quarters." ' ' "I . supposed the troops would not start until the last of the week. 1 had information to that effect from Cleve-. land." - "They came this afternoon, and that is one reason for your friend's injury, I imagine. We will talk It over and see." . There was a pause, and the Rev. Andrew Burke suddenly exclaimed in a tone of relief, .as if lie had been searching for something: "Ah, here they are! I thought perhaps I had lost them." . s , ' "What's that?" asked Stuart, peering through the darkness toward some thing his companion was holding out In his hand. r "Black pre jerystals. yery rare spec niens..l you have a match about you, I will abow you." Stuart could not help laughing. JLfr er all was he not alive and safe after that experlence.of terror? ' : . . - "I am afraid," he' said, "that any matches 1 might have about me would hardly go off after the soaking 1 had. You see, I was in the .water up to my neck a part of the time." "I beg your pardon," replied Andrew Burke. He seemed ashamed, and then as they were going up the avenue to the house he said gently: "You see, I He reached out his liand und StuaTt took it. was out on a' little geologizing walk this afternoon, and that is how I came to explore the old Beury tunnel. I found these crystals and was just put ting them into my pocket when I heard your cry for help. I was kneeling on the floor of the tunnel and had my head near the side of the wall at the time, else I doubt if I had heard you. So perhaps ycu will not think I am al together a crank on specimens if in this instance the hunt for them led to something better." "It was a fortunate find for us," re plied Stuart. "Eric and I shall always bless yon for your search. I am anx ious about him. Come right in, and I will have one of the servants show you a room where you can be at home for the night." They hurried in only a little after the doc-tor aud the miners, and Stuart, aft er directing one of the servants to see to Mr. Burke, went to Eric. The doctor was examining and dressing the wound. "He has had a hard blow. Nothing fatal'. We will pull him through. You had better get off those wet duds and look out for yourself. Thank God. Stu art, you are alive! This is the begin-' ning of troubles here, I'm afraid. There has been crooked work today up on the hill, or I'm mistaken. That rock never fcil down the ladder hole by accident, and the engine house didn't burn with out some one's help."' Stuart looked thoughtful. " He was still in the miner's dress, and if the oc casion had not been serious the doctor might have bi-c-n excused for smiling at bis young friend's appearance. He was covered with the greasy led iron ore mud, great streaks of it were over his face and hands, but the gravity of events that were evidently poising for a crisis left little room for anything but sober feeling. Stuart stood over Eric. "Poor fellow! This comes at a bad time for him." "Yes, and for us, too!" said the doctor sharply. "There's no telling what the men will do without Eric's influence to keep them quiet. And it will be a ques tion of weeks before he gets up from this." "I hadn't thought of that!" Stuart put his hand on Erie's forehead. At that moment Eric opened his eyes.' He was conscious and spoke feebly. "Stuart, you saved my life. You have paid up old debts. You are quits with me now." "Eric, we understand eac h other now, ion't we?" Stuart spoke almost like a lover. "But we owe our lives to anoth er man." "How's that?" Eric was too faint to iay more. 'I'll tell you when you are able to bear it. Rest now." Erie closed his eyes, and Stuart went away to change his clothes, and all the while he felt conscious of the convic tion that he stood close to the crisis of events which the evening's strange ad venture had begun. Louise had gone out somewhere to spend the evening with her friends, the Yasplaines, so Stuart and the doctor and the new minister sat down to a late dinner by themselves, and it was while eating that Stuart learned the details of his rescue. There was little more for Mr. Burke to toll. He was a stranger to the place, but in the two days of his residence in Champion he had evidently made the most of his time. He had inquired of a passing miner about the Beury tun nel just before entering it on his search for crystals. The miner had volun teered the statement about the? con nection with the Davis lower level. Burke hnd not thought of that, again until he heard Stuart's cry for help. "Do you always carry a. rope with you on your afternoon walks?" asked Stuart. "So, I have not been in the habit of doing so, but I think it might be a very useful custom in this mining country," replied Burke. "The rope was lying on the platform at the head of the last row of ladders, and I nat urally carried it down with me, not knowing what might be needed at the bottom. I suppose the men left it there when the strike was declared. I noticed their tools lying around in va rious places as I came through the drift." The doctor looked at the new minis ter with gruff approval. A man who could note details like that was worth knowing. The Bev. Andrew Burke was evidently on the way to the doc tor's friendship. "But how did you happen to come after us?" asked Stuart, turning to the doctor. "I was up at Rollins', the pump man who was hurt, you remember, when the boy, the same one who came to the office the other day, came in and said the engine house was on tire, and after what seemed like a year's- time we managed to pry out of him that he had seen you and Ericgo down the ladders a little while before. I rushed over to the shaft, and here is the mystery of it to rap. 1 Not a soul was in sight. The engineer, firemen and pump men were all gone,' The ladders were blazing, so that there was no hope of descent by them. Some of the other men ran up from down town.- Then we thought of the Beury tunnel- and made a run for thpt.J Yoii .know; -;, Stuart, 'it's , over,"-, a quarter of a mile from the shaft, but we made it in a few minutes. I fell over on a rock and smashed a lot of valuable bottles in my- case. Y'on've cost me a good sum, Stuart, counting all the days since you were born you and Eric. I don't know that I believe in stubbing my toe very much for that hot headed young socialist and agita tor. He will make a peck of trouble in the world, and I don't know but in the interest of humanity I ought to give him a little dose of something to finish him up." Just then Eric, in the room across the hall, stirred and groaned. The doctor heard him, and, dropping his napkin nbsentmindedly into his soup, he hur ried in to see his socialist patient. Before he "came back Stuart and Burke discussed the fact of the engine house fire. There was something to be cleared up about that. It seemed also to Stuart that the mass of iron ore which fell upon Eric was something more than a loosened fragment of the mine. The doctor was right about it. The absence of the men from the spot when the tire broke out also needed explanation. The doctor had come back, and the meal was progressing while the three men were trying to solve the facts of the burning aud the injury to Erie when a tramp of marching men was heard coming up the avenue. The three men rose from the table to gether. There was a menace in the sound that was not easily mistaken. Stuart went directly into the hall and opened the great front door. By the light of the porch lamp could be seen a crowd, at least 200 men, each one car rying his stick, which in most eases ap proached more nearly the dimensions of a club. They were a formidable ap pearing mob of men, their sullen, heavy faces brought into distinct relief in the light of the electric lamp. "Well, men," called out Stuart clear ly, "what is this?" The men meanwhile crowded up close about the veranda. One of thorn, act ing as spokesman, came up on the steps and said in a loud voice, "We want to see Eric." "You can't see him. He's hurt. Tie Isn't tit 10 see any one!" shouted the tloctor, -who stood just Iphind Stuart hi the- doorway. "PI ' IP "Hold! Wait a minute!" "What do you want to see him for?" asked Stuart calmly. The spokesman appeared confused aud did not answer at once. Then he?e and there through the crowd rose cries from the men. "There's been foul play!" "We'll string up the men that did it!" "Yes, hang "em!" "Show us Eric. We want him with us tonight!" "Men,"' Stuart raised his voice, "Gor don here can come in and see for you that Eric is not able to move. Come in, Gordon, and see," continued Stuart, speaking to the miner who was stand ing upon the steps. The minor, after a moment's hesita tion, went into the house and the doc tor went with him into the room at the right of the hall where Eric lay.- While t'uey were gone Stuart told the men how Eric was hurt. There was breathless attention while Stuart was speaking. Just as he finished Gordon came out. "Boys," he said as he appeared on the veranda, "Eric's out of it tonight. We'll make it hot for the cowards that's done this." "Aye, that we will!" cried a dozen voices. "Three cheers for Mr. Duncan!" sud denly cried a voice. The men could not help knowing from their experiences .in the mines that Stuart had staid by Eric during the danger, although he had said very little of himself in his narrative. The cheers were given heartily, and Stuart felt for the first time in his life that perhaps the day would come when these men would understand him. lb? stepped out of the doorway, however, and, pointing in to where Andrew Burke was standing, said: "Thank you, men. But if it hadn't been for Mr. Burke here Eric would not be safe. We owe our lives to him." 'Who's he?" rudely asked some one. "The new minister at St. John's. I knows him," replied another. "A minister, eh? Well, three cheers for him anyway!" cried another. The cheers were given, and the men began to move away. Stuart felt anx ious, and exhausted as he was by the evening's adventure he could not help feeling that rough work would mark the night before it was over. He felt as if here was an opportunity to say a word while he was in favor with the men. "Men, I want to say a word. I un derstand troops are in the town to night. I hope you will all be law abid ing and" "Aye, we's heard that till we's sick of it!" The voice was evidently that of a drunken man. Stuart for the first time realized that the element of the saloon had entered into the problem. Heretofore the men had kept away from the drink. "Shut up!" exclaimed Gordon and others. "Give Mr. Duncan fair hear ing." ; "I say," continued Stuart, "that I hope you will not commit any violence. I am talking to you as I know Eric would if he were here." : -, -. "But how about men brought in to take the bread out of bur mouths?" : "Aye, that's the stuff! We'll make it hot for them, troops or no troops." . ."These, .axe UPt my .order yog under- stand," said Stuart, feeling every minr 4 . ute more conscious of the nature of a : restless mob of men who were deprived -of their regular leader. t"I advise you ; to go to your homes in quiet. ' Tomor- row we will investigate the burning of the engine house and the injury to Eric." , "What's the matter with tonight?' " called out another man. The voice was . calm and clear. ' - "Very well," replied Stuart with en- -ergy, thinking in a moment the rest lessness of the men might be safely diverted into another channel. "It is my opinion that the men who burned the engine house overpowered tbe men at the top antl' have them somewhere in hiding at this moment. Are any of the Davis mine men here?" The miners, familiar with every face in the Champion mines, answered in many places: . "Xot a man!" "Nobody's seen Davis men since the shaft was fired?" ' "Mr. Duncan's hit it. He's a bright one." "Xow, then, men, if I'm right about it the men are in hiding with the Davis crew. They can't be far off." "We'll find 'em," yelled more than one voice. "Hold! Wait a minute!" cried Stuart; j as the men began to move again. "1 want you to give me your word that if . the men are found you will not at- -tempt to punish them yourselves. They have been guilty of breaking the law. Let the law deal with them. You haves commended your cause to the world so far by youi' conduct. The minute you . resort to violence of any kind public sympathy will vanish. Give me your word now that you will band these men over to the authorities if they are found." -. There was a pause, and then from different ones came the response: "We promise. Aye, we's give the word.". Stuart felt satished, although there were several lawless men under tffe In fluence of drink who had not respond ed. The men moved off the lawn, and Stuart and the doctor and Mr. Burke saw the larger part of them go directly up the hill toward the smoldering ruins of the engine house. The rest straggled off down into town. "There will be trouble in this town touight." raid the doctor. He went in . to see Eric again, and Stuart and the minister remained in the hall. They talked together a little while, and Stu- -art was expressing his fears of the out come when his telephone rang. He went to it and conversed a mo ment. Then turning to Mr. Burke he said, "Do you feel able to go out this evening?" v "Yes, 1 am lame a little and I do riot look very presentable, but I feel able as far as that goes." Stuart went to the hall closet and brought out an overcoat for Mr. Burke. He then put on his own, saying 83 iie did so, "I've just had a message from the Iron Cliffs company that the min ers are gathering in a great mob down in the square, and they think I had bet ter come down and use my influence to prevent an outbreak." "Do you feel able?" "Yes, I guess so. I'm sore and larne, that's a fact, but no bones broken, and it seems a. case of duty. The doctor will stay with Erie." "He will, eh!" said the doctor, who just then came out of the room behind Stuart. "Y'ou're as much in need of watching as Eric. Take off that over -coat and go up stairs to bed!" "Xow. doc-tor." replied Stuart with a sad smile, "I don't like to say I won't, but I shall say it this time. 1 feel as if I ought to go down to the square. There is going to be a bad night's work, I'm afraid, but not without a protest from Mr. Burke and myself." "All right, go your ways! Aud if you got your heads broken don't send for me to glue the pieces together again.". The - doctor went back to Eric, and Stuart, after sending word that he and Mr. Burke would be right down and after ordering the servants to bring around a horse and buggy, drove hur riedly away. As they sped down the hill they pass ed several groups of miners swinging along the rood at a smart foot pace. But when they reached the square there was so large a crowd gathered, overflowing into the streets, that Stu art drove around into one' of the al leys and hitched his horse near the church at the rear. He and Burke then came out into the space bounded by, the church and the railroad depot plat- form. " - r The miners had not been in the habit of assembling at night. All their meet-: ings up to this time had been at noon. Their present gathering was a new development of the strike, and as Stu art and the minister crowded in at the coiner by the church they both said t. themselves that there were elements ot a very dangerous character compresseii into that spot, the commercial and so cial center of the town. In the first place, there was an un usually large number of drunken men in the mob. It was growing . noisier every minute. The band stand waa crowded with miners. Two of them were trying to speak at the same time on opposite sides of the stand, and the confusion was doubled by their at tempt. The mob of men swayed rest lessly about the stand, which waa lighted by an electric hanging lamp. The square was almost as light as in the daytime. Out on a side track of the railroad which skirted one side of the square the troops that had come ia that afternoon were quartered in tha coaches which brought them. ; There ' were two companies, and they . had been ordered for some reason, to re main over at Champion that night. Every allusion to the troops seemed to excjte the miners to anger. The speakers in the stand mentioned them often and pointed toward their quar ters. A good deal had happened that day to rouse even the sluggish, stolid men of the north. Eric's injury, whll lamented by very many, was really, cause for rejoicing by another large and rough element who were glad to have his leadership displaced by that of more radical but less capable men. Stuart could not help saying, "If Erie were only here!" ; For the first time he realized what great power Erie bed: possessed. It was no small general ship to hold this rough, turbulent mass - of uneducated men In check. Thefef waj5no one to.taHe Eric'splace.' (To be continued.) '1 t 1 - f .