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WATERBURY EVENING DEMOCRAT, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1903.
Ft jv vv wv wflv.' - vk v..-. "4 - f By ROBERT JkY A A 1 '2 LOUIS tM i t - 'STEVENSON cf ' g Now and then Mr. Morris would can one of liis visitors aside, and after a brief colloquy in an anteroom he would return alone, and the visitor in ques tion reappeared no more. Aftera cer tain number of -repetitions this per formance excited Brackenbury's curi osity to a high degree. He determined to be at the bottom of this minor mys tery at once, and, strolling into the anteroom, found a deep window recess concealed by curtains of the fashion able green. Here he hurriedly en sconced himself, nor had he to wait long before the sound of steps and voices drew near him from the prin- . cipal apartment. Peering through the division, he saw Mr. Morris escorting a fat and ruddy personage, with some what the look of a commercial travel er, whom Brackenbury had already re? marked for his coarse laugh and un derbred behavior at the table. The pair halted immediately before the .window, so that Brackenbury lost not a word of the following discourse: "I beg you a thousand pardons," be gan Mr. Morris, with the most con ciliatory manner, "and if I appear rude I am sure you will readily forgive me. In a place, so great as London accidents must continually happen, and the best that we can hope is to remedy them ' with as small delay as possible. I will not deny that I fear you have made a mistake and t honored, my poor house by Inadvertence, for, to speak openly, I cannot at all remember your, appear ance. Let me put the question without unnecessary circumlocution between gentlemen of honor a word will suffice under whose roof do you suppose yourself to be?" - I "That of Mr. Morris," replied the oth- "', er, with a prodigious display of. confu Bion, which had been visibly .growing upon him throughout the last few words. ;.. "Mr. John or Mr. James Morris?" In quired the host. "I really cannot tell you," returned the unfortunate guest: "I am not per sonally acquainted with the gentleman any more than I am with yourself." . 4I see," said Mr. Morris. "There is an other person of the same name farther down the street, and I have no doubt the policeman will be able to supply you. with his number. Believe me, I felicitate myself on the misunderstand ing which has procured me the pleasure of your company for so long, and let me exprefes a hope that we may meet again pon a more regular footing. ...Meantime I would not for the world diain, you longer from your friends. . JoSm.", he added, raisine his voice, "will you see that this gentleman finds his greatcoat?" And with the most agreeable air Mr. Morris escorted his visitor as far as the . anteroom door, where he left him un- . der conduct of the butler. As he passed the' window on his return to the draw ing room Brackenbury could hear him utter a profound sigh, as though, his , mind was loaded with a great anxiety and his nerves already fatigued with the task on which he was engaged. For perhaps an hour the hansoms kept arriving with such frequency that Mr. Morris bad to receive a new guest for every old ope that he sent away, and the company preserved its number undiminished. But toward the end of that time the arrivals grew few and far between and at length ceased entirely, while the process of elimination waa continued with unimpaired activity. The drawing room began to look emp ty, the baccarat was discontinued for lack of a banker, more than one person said good night of his own accord and was suffered to depart without expos tulation, and in the meanwhile Mr. Morris redoubled in agreeable atten tions to those who stayed behind. He went from group to group and froip person to person with looks of the readiest sympathy and the most perti nent and pleasing talk. He was not so much like a host as like a hostess, and . there was a feminine coquetry and con descension In his manner which charm ed the hearts of all. As the guests grew thinner Lieuten ant Rich strolled for a moment out of the drawing room into the hall in quest of fresher air. But he had no sooner passed the threshold of the antecham ber than he was brought to a dead halt by a discovery of the most sur prising nature. The flowering shrubs ' had disappeared from the .staircase. Three large furniture wagons stood before the garden gate. The servants were busy dismantling the house upon all sides, and some of them had al " ready donned their greatcoats and were preparing to depart. It was like the end of a country ball, where every thing has been supplied by contract. Brackenbury had indeed "some matter for reflection. First, the guests, who were no real guests after all, had been dismissed, and' now the servants, who could hardly be genuine servants, were actively dispersing.' . "Was the whole establishment a sham," he asked himself, "the mush room of a single night, which should disappear before morning?" Watching a favorable opportunity, Brackenbury dashed upstairs to the higher regions of the house. It was as he had expected. He ran from room to "room and saw not a Btick of. furniture nor so much as a picture on the walls. Although the house had been painted and papered, it was not only uninhab ited at present, but plainly had never been Inhabited at all. The young offi cer remembered with astonishment its spacious, settled and hospitable air on . his arrival. It was only at a prodigous cost that the Imposture could have been carried out upon so great a scale. Who, then, was Mr. Morris? What was his Intention in thus playing the householder for a single night in the jemete.west.Qf 'London? Ji4whxdid, - j - he collect his visitors at hazard from the streets? . . , Brackenbury remembered that he had already delayed too long, and hastened to join the company. Many had left during his absence, and, counting the lieutenant; and his hoBt, there were not more than five persons in the drawing room, recently so thronged. Mr. Morris greeted him as he re-entered the apart ment with a smile and immediately rose to his feet. "It is now time, gentlemen," said he, "to explain my purpose in decoying you from your amusements. I trust you ,dld not find the evening hang very dully on your hands,, but my object, I will confess it, was not to entertain your leisure, but to help myself in an unfortunate necessity. You are all gen tlemen. Youf, appearance does 'you that , much justice, and I ask for no better security. Hence I speak it without concealment. I ask you to rerrder me a dangerous and delicate service dangerous because you may run the hazard of your lives, and deli cate because I must ask- an absolute discretion upon all that you shall see or hear. From an utter stranger the request is almost comically extrav agant. I am well aware of this, and I would add at once if there be any one present who has heard enough, if there be one among the party who re coils from a dangerous confidence and a piece of quixotic devotion ' to he knows not whom, here Is . my hand ready, and I shall wish him good night and godspeed with all the sincerity in the world." ' v . ; V A very tall, black man, with a heavy stoop, Immediately responded to this appeal., "I commend your frankness, sir,' said he, "and, for my part, . I go. 1 make no reflections but I cannot deny that you flll me with suspicious thoughts. I go myself, as I say, and perhaps you will think I have no right to add words to, my example." HAND WAS "On the contrary,- repnea "Mr. Mor ris, "I am obliged to you for all you say. It, would be Impossible to exag gerate the gravity of my proposal." "Well, gentlemen, what do you say?" said the tall man,' addressing the oth ers. "We have had our evening's frol ic. Shall wo all go' homeward peace ably in a body? ' You will think well of my suggestion in the morning when you see the sun again in innocence and safety." The speaker announced , the last j words with an intonation which added to their force, and his face wore a singular expression, full of gravity and ! significance. Another of the company rose hastily and, with some appear ance of alarm, prepared to take hia leave. There were only two who held their ground, Brackenbury and an old red nosed cavalry major. But these two preserved a nonchalant demeanor and, beyond a look of Intelligence which they rapidly exchanged, appeared entirely foreign to the discussion that had just been terminated. Mr. Morris conducted the deserters as far as the door, which he closed upon their heels. Then he turned round, disclosing a countenance of mingled relief and animation, and ad dressed the two officers as follows: "I have chosen my men like Joshua in the Bible," said Mr. Morris, "and I now believe I have the pick of Lon don. Your appearance pleased my hansom: cabmen; then it delighted me. I have watched your behavior in a strange company and under the most unusual circumstances. I have studied how you played and how you bore your losses. Lastly," I have put you to the test of a staggering announcement, and joxt received it like an invitation to A HAND WAS SEEN dinner, .v It is. not ... for .. nothing," ; he cried, "that I have been for years the companion and the pupil of the bravest and wisest potentate In Europe." "At the an air of Bunderchang," ob served the majoi, "I asked for twelve volunteers, and every trooper in the ranks replied to my appeal. But a gaming party is not the same thing as a regimenj: under fire. You may be plMew IkupfKse, to have .found two, and two who will not fail you at a push. As for the pair who ran away, I count them among the most pitiful hounds '! ever met with. Lieutenant Rich," he added, addressing Bracken bury, "I have heard much of you of late, and I cannot doubt but you have also .beard pf - me. I am Major O'Rooke." ' '"'"' . And the. veteran tendered his hand, which was red an tremulous, to the young lieutenant. t "Who has not?" answered Bracken bury. ' . "When this? little matter is settled," said Mr. Morris, "you will think I have sufficiently rewarded you, for I could offer neither a more valuable service than to make him acquainted with the other." ' " " "And now,'.' said Major O'Rooke, "is it a duel?" "A duel after ji fashion," replied Mr. Morris, "a duel with unknown and dan gerous enemies, and, as I gravely fear, a duel to the death. I must ask you," he continued, "to call me Morris no longer; call me, If you please. Hammer smith. My real name, as well as that of another person to whom I hope to present you before long, you will grati fy me by not asking and not seeking to discover for yoursel yes. Three days ago the person of whom I speak disap peared suddenly from home, and until this morning 1 received no hint of his situation. You will fancy my alarm when I tell you that he is engaged upon a work of private justice. Bound by an unhappy oath, too lightly sworn, he fluds it necessary without the help of law to rid the earth of an insidious and bloody villain. Already two of our friends, and one of them my own born brother, have perished in the enter prise. He himself, or I am much de ceived, is taken In the same fatal toils. But at least he still, lives and still hopes, as this billet sufficiently proves." . , , ; . . ... And the speaker, no other than Colo nel Geraldine, proffered a letter, thus conceived: . . ' ' Major Haiomersmith On Wednesday at St, n. you will be admitted by the small door to the gardens of Rochester House, Regent's park by a man who is entirely in my interest. I must request you not to fail me by a second. Pray bring my case BECKONING. or Bworas ana, IT, you can nna tnem, one or two gentlemen of conduct and discre tion to whom my person Is unknown. My name must not be used In this affair. ' T. godall: "From his wisdom alone, if he had no other, title," - pursued Colonel Ger aldine when the others had each satis fied his curiosity, "my friend is a man whose directions should implicitly be followed. I need not tell you, therefore, that 1 have not so much as visited tne neighborhood of Rochester House, and that I am still as wholly in the dark as either of yourselves as to the nature of my friend's dilemma. .I betook my self as soon as I had received this or der to a furnishing contractor, and in a few hours the house in which we now are had assumed its late air of festival. My scheme was at least original, and I am far from regretting an action which has p' ocured me the services of Major O'Roo-ie and Lieutenant Brackenbury Rich. JEJujt the residents in the street will" have a strange awakening. The house which-this evening was full of lights and visitors they will find unin habited and for sale tomorrow morn ing. Thus even the most serious con cerns," added the colonel, "have a merry side." "And let us add a merry ending," said Brackenbury. ' The colonel consulted his watch. "It is now hard on 2," he said. "We have an hour before us, and a swift cab is at the door. Tell me If I may count upon your help?' "During a long life," replied Major O'Rooke, "I never took back my hand from anything nor so much as hedged abet." ... . Brackenbury signified his readiness In the most becoming terms, and after they. .had .drunXa stem Z,Efi .9 wine the colonel gave each of them a loaded revolver, and the three mounted into the cab. and drove off for the address in question. Rochester House was a magnificent residence on the ,banks of the canal. The large extent of the garden isolated it in an unusual degree from the annoy ances of the neighborhood. It seemed the pare aux cerfs of some great noble man or millionaire. As far as could be seen from the street there was not a glimmer of light In any of the nu merous windows of the mansion, and the place had a look of neglect, as though the master had long been from home. , The cab was discharged, and the three genttemen were not long in dis covering the small door, which was a sort of postern In a lane between two garden walls. It still wanted ten or fifteen minutes of the appointed time. The rain fell heavily, and the adven turers sheltered themselves below some pendent Ivy and spoke in low tones of the approaching trial. Suddenly Geraldine raised his finger to command silence,, and all three bent their hearing to the utmost. Through the continuous noise of the rain the steps and voices of two men became audible from the other side of the wajl, and, as they drew nearer, Brackenbury, whose sense of hearing was remarka bly acute, could even distinguish some fragments of their talk. ; " "Is the grave dug?" asked one. "It is." replied the other; "behind the laurel hedge. When the job is done, we can cover it with a pile of stakes." The first, speaker laughed, and the sound of his merriment was shocking to the listeners on the other side. "In an hour from now." he said. And by the sound of the steps it was obvious that the pair had separated and were proceeding In contrary direc tions ' . " CONTINUED. Ltffal Opinion. "John," asked the lawyer's wife, who had recently taken up the health cul ture fad, "is it best to lie on the right side or the left side?" "My dear," replied the legal lumina ry, "If one is on the right side it usual ly isn't necessary to lie at all." In the Ilttce Suicide Class. Benner I saw the Niltons In their horseless carriage today. I wonder how they continue to find so much pleasure in it. . V;--i4-v .West They are a childless family, you know. They, must put in their time someway. Boston Transcript. - BIG OIL WELL BLAZE. ..; ,,; . ; ; -4,' '.,; "..a . . - Million Dollar Lo Follow l'et-ting- of Lantern In Texas. BEAUMONT, Tex,, April 16. A care less workman kicked over a lantern at one of the Caldwell oil wells on block 38, Hogg-Sway ne tract, on Spindle Top, and started a 'fire that resulted in the loss of property valued at $1,000, 000 and the bankruptcy of twenty or more of the smaller companies. There were 175 wells on Mthe three blocks of the tract, and only, five of the derricks; andr pump, houses are left standing. Every , company that had property in the Hogg-Swayne tract is a loser. The fire swept the three blocks, covered with derricks and pump houses, clear of all Its buildings. The derricks left are on the edges and are few and far between. None of the com panies had a cent of insurance. SEVERE ATTACK OF GRIP. Cured by One Bottle of. Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. "When I had an attack of the grip last winter (the second one) I actually cured myself with one bottle of Cham berlain's Cough Remedy," says Frank W. Perry, editor of the Enterprise, Sbortsvilie, N. Y. "This is the honest truth. I, at times kept from coughing myself to pieces by taking a teaspoon ful of this remedy and when the cough ing spell would come on at night I would take a dose, and it seemed that In the briefest interval the cough would pass off and I would go to sleep perfectly free from cough jand its ac companying pains. To say that the remedy acted aa a most agreeable sur prise is putting it very mildly. I had no idea that it would t or could knock out the grip, simply because I had nev er tried it for such a purpose, but it did, and it seemed with the second at tack of coughing the remedy caused it not only be of less duration, but the pains were far less severe, and I had not used the contents of one bottle be fore Mr Grip had bid me adieu."' For sale by all druggists. Have you a house or lot to sell? Our "penny a word" ads will bring you a customer. WHY if labor would be lighter, your linen all the whiter and e v e r y t h i n g . mu c h brighter. No boiling necessary when using the Soap of Perfection Costs no more- harv Impure CARD OF THANKS. I desire to thank my friends and neighbors who assisted me during the sickness and death my wife, and also to state that I feel deeply grateful to all who remembered ns by&ending floral tributes. MICHAEL CAREY, ! 46 Dikeman St. DOGS, Registration and License of Dogs General Statutes, 1902, Chap. 247. Par, 4.471-4 488 Every owner or keeper of a dog of the age of six months or over shall on or before the first of May, or at such time as such dog shall become six months old, and in each year thereafter, cause such dog to be reg istered, numbered, : described and li censed until the first of May follow ing in the Town Clerk's office in the town, where such dog. is owned of kept, arid shall keep around its neck a collar distinctly marked with tne owner's name and its registered num ber, and shall pay to said Town Clerk for. a license for the , full year the sum of tone dollar and fifteen cents for each -male or spayed dog, and five dollars and fifteen1 cents for each un epayed female dog;: and, in the case of udog becoming six months old af ter the first of May, the license fee f or fhfl balance of the twelve months shall be a proportional part of the fee i charged for one year. v ( Every person who shall knowingly register as a spayed dog an unspayed female dog shall be fined not more than seven dollars. ' or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. . PENALTY Every, person owning, keeping or harboring, a dog, who shall fail to comply with any provision, of this chapter for which no other penalty-ls provided, shall be fined not more than seven 1 dollars, or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. Grand jurors, constables and all pros ecuting officers shall "diligently inquire af ter and prosecute any violation; of the provisions of this chapter. FRANK P. BRETT, Town Clerk. - Dated at Waterbury April 13, 1003. 4-lG-lt 1H Fourth Semi Annual Promenade. Scorcher Club. THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 1G. Leavenworth Halil. Damciing will 'commence promptly at 9 o'cock. Concert at 8:30.' Tick ets, 50 cents each person. ' 4-15-2 THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL Concert - and - Reception ' " GIVEN BY THE , Young Men's Catholic Literary ASSOCIATION v At Leavenworth Hall, Friday Evening, April 17th, 1903 m m ' .." - Music by Lallier's Orchestra. Prof Boufford, Prompter. ' Tickets admitting "gentlemen -and la dies, 50 oen.ts. 4-13-15 TAX NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the sub scriber has received a rate bill and a warrant for the collection of certain taxes due to the city of Waterbury on the list of 1002. All persons liable to pay taxes to the city of Waterbury on said list are hereby notified that said taxes are due and payable on May 1, 1903, and that the subscriber will be in his office at City hall in said Waterbury on the first day of May. 1903, between the hours of 9 a. m. and 12:30 p. in., and the hours of 2 and 4:30 p. m., ready to re ceive said taxes. WILLIAM E. THOMS, Collector of Taxes.. 4-9-16-23 soap Only Five "cents. Ml " - Y ml Mires m ) ,pH. Rootbeer jp i !i Tbo greatest spring tonic. Jj fc -J ill Tl A package makes Hvo gal- vl i Hi P ! a Ion. Bold everywhere. jfi I 1 ' VfP' or by maUfbr 25 cents. J MM IhflfM? t'HAEtKSE. HIKES CO. M HP, $ i r'E. JU1T.T.. P.. i Li o fc 4 A iL,. A A A . 4 A A A . A A 4 A ,4 tit 4, A A. A... 4 A A A.i. A A . . A . A At wIpeMny'a word advs. :; p s AFES 75 second-hand, fireproof office and 1 house safes. Bargains. New safes as I aw as $12 delivered. Send for catalogue. The E. r. BiaKe to., Boston, mass. Mention this paper. , i 4-16-30 UANTED Position as Housekeeper in 'Widow 'ers family. Best of references. Address, "Widow," P. 0. Box 955, Waterbury, Conn. , ' , ;:':.' ; . .. .. . 4-9- POOL ROOM FOR SALE The pool tables and fixtures in the pool room located at 754 West Main street. Tne right party can also rent the premises at a reasonable, figure if he so de sires, A good chance for a 2004 bargain. Ap- to 0. P. Hart, on the premises or at 1013 est Main street. . 4-15-3 Wf ANTED The people of Waterbury to know H' that there are an average of 125 poli cies issued per day by The Burial League of the United States. Examine it without delay and see John Moriarty, Genera! Agent. $1.50 year secures you. 4-14-6 WANTED Customers for full size Enamel Beds. Only $1.99. Couches $3.87 and upwards. Very low rent. Low prices. In old rink. 19$ Bank. J. G. Twining ft Co. 4-14-3 WANTED Position by- drug clerk. Seven years' experience 1 thoroughly competent 1 references first tlass. Address ft. Smith, Box 795, City. 4-14-tf TO RENT Whole houaof 8 rooms, with four acres of land, for only $10 per month, or can, sell you a . small house with three-quarters of an aero of land for $800. , .Small amount down. - J. T. PHELAN. 42 Bank Street. Take elevator. NOW FOR A FARM. Ninety acres, Bristol? a big farm; everything first class; with 10 rooms In house, at $3,C0O. Trade or sell. Twen ty acres, with buildings, 1 . Water town, ; : ?1,300; $200 ; down. Thirty acres, Southlngton,. at $3,000, with buildings. Trade or sell; C. S. Lang, Room 12, 15! Bank Si OAKVILLE CO. WAKEUS OP 1 ) , . Wire and Metal Goods V. 6. . Freight and Express. Address Oakviiie, Cona. Telegrapb Addrcta Waterbury, Cona. KfeVT Xork OrUce 8 Howard Street Have you a house or lot to sell? Our "penny a- word" ads will bring you a customer. '. ' ' ' Proof Mrs A; Carter, No 33 North Elm street, says: I am eubject t3 attacks of kidney disease and rheumatism. ; Sometimes the1 latter centers - in my back, and sometimes It is so painful In all parts of my body that it almost seta me crazy. I had a Tery severe attack and I sent : for Doan's Kidney Pills to II. W. Lake's drug store. I was greatly benefited and . relieved, his tome was a great deal, and I have no hesitation In recommending such a valuable prepara tion as oan's Kidney Pills.'? , ; ' Doan's Kidney PHIs are for Sale at drug stores, or will be sent by mail on receipt of price, 50c, : Foster-Milburn Co., Sole Agents, Buffalo, N; Y. yhere is no reason why you or your . family should' 'LOOK' SIIAB BY. .Your neighbor, who dravs no larger salary than, you," always LOOKS PROSPEROUS, . Tihat is because he buys 'his' own clothes and liis family's clothes from , ( : . . -. - The Manhattan Clothing & Cloak Co. ON THEIR , We are showing a brand new line of C: Men and Women's Clothing for spring. Everything new this season.. We carry nothing over from iast year. We are upstairs that makes . our. . expenses rery email, and consequently we can sell our goods at low prices v Manhattan Clothing 1 Cloak Co. Chas. Vineburgr, Proprietor ' . . 199 Bans St., Prichard Bldg. Room 3, Up one Fligtt Mad c of the The Man Who Smokes The JUDGES GAVE CIGAR is a Lover of Fine Tobacco F. O., !GM A VE; M f New Haven, Conn. F OR RENT 9,000 square feet of floor space,. up stairs, inquire John Moriarty. 4-9-6 DO YOU want a man to repair your tirycks, typewriters, sewing machines, cash register. o-cart or violin, or any old thing? If so go to . W. Messer. 39 Phoenix Ave. - 4-II-6m FOR SALE Brophy property, corner Lafayette and Washington avenue. 4-11-6 WANTED Tenement, 4 or 5 rooms, convenient to Center. E- P. Democrat orfice. 4-2-tr FOR RENT Storage room, new clean and dry fifty per cent less than any other storage in the city. Inquire John Moriarty. 4-9-6 WANTED Outside salesmen to work from our wagon. C. T. Adams Co., 201 East Main street. 1 4-13-6 TO ' RENT Three large rooms and garden, 1 per month. . 199 Hill street. 415-6 TO RENT Furnished rooms, SO Linden stree( Inquire at L C. Krooner's, 280 North Main street. . 9-4-tf W ANTED Old soldiers and widows of soldiers to know that I secure pensions without de lay. Pension vouchers executed. George Rob bins, 63 Center street. (Post 49, G. A. R.) In surance, notary public 12-3t-ty Hugo DeWitt, Eyesight Specialist, 63 East Main St YOUR EYES NEED ATTENTION if they eamart burn or Itch, or sight become' clouded or eyes weak or watery. Jf you have any defect don't delay, but come and set tine and have your eyes properly fitted. EXAMINATION FREE. :v'.'iV':-, $3,50 Gold Glasses $1.00 . N. B. I make a specialty of perscription nd optical, repairs. , ' ' SPECIAL MEETING. The Butchers' union will hold an important mieetiug 4n Carpenters? ha I Sunday morning at 10 o'cock. Evtjry member is requested to be prseat. ; 4-16-2 ' i NOW IS YOUR CHANCE Why be troubled with a leaking roof when you can get a new cue reasonably by seeing CHARLES F. M.IM.ER, car penter and builder. Shop, 4.6 Benedict street; house-and-'phone. 179 Walnut street; call, '143.'"-; . ' , , 'V . . . " ; .' .jj .... , i i ! H n II . Grop o