WATEHBTJKY EVENING DEMOCRAT, WKIJVKSDAY, JULY 20, 1904.
Eff; "39 East Main Street.
Watervllle Delivery Every Friday.
Reliable Goods at Lower Prices Than
any Other House in Waterbury.
Hunt Trading Stamps with all Purchases,
The Combination of This Great Sale with Our Regular
THURSDAY and FRIDAY RARGAIN DAYS
1 Brings together the greatest list of values that we
I have ever offered at once. We can mention only
I a small part here. - - ! " - r -
AH 15c and 19c Wash Goods
All Wash Goods in our stock which we
have been selling at 15c and 19c to go at
this price. They comprise silk finish dim
ities, beautiful corded lawns, regular dim
ities and other beautiful wash muslins.
This is the opportunity of the season.
Oil Stoves Half Price.
$1.75 4-wick oil stoves at $1 each.
$ 2-wick oil stoves at 49c each.
$2.50 Universal Bread Mixer at 1.49.
25c Enamel Dish Pans at 10c each.
50c and 75c steel enamel Coffee and
Tea Pots at 25c each. j
$1.50 complete ;,se Sad Irons at 93c set.
25c 50-foot Clothes Line for 10c. .
100 Stamps with 1 lb best Tea at 60c
50 " " " " Coffee at 35c
10 " " 1-4 lb Pepper, 10c
10 Stamps with 1-4 lb Mustard, 10c
' I lb Rice, 10c
" 1 pkg Corn Starch, 10c
" 1 bottle Ammonia, 10c
" 1 bottle Ketchup, 10c
" 1 bottle Eradeline, 25c
20 lbs Granulated Sugar for $1.
Ladies' Knit Underwear f
Ladies' 19c Jersey Ribbed Vests for
Ladies' 50c Underwear, all kinds,
39c a garment
Ladies' $1 Union Suits, 25c each
lr ' Crockery,
iOc White Tea Plates for
10c White Dinner Plates for
1 0c fancy decorated Plates at
J0c fancy decorated Soup Plates at
4 for 25c
5c white Pickle Dishes,
5c white Cream Pitchers,
39c white Vegetable Dishes at.
4 for 25c
2 for 5c
2 for 5c
S 1 SCOUNDRELS CoH f
Br COULSON KERNAHAN
Author of "Captain shannon, "a Book of Strongs Sins,"
. 'a Bead. Man' Diary," Etc.
Copyright, 1899, by Herbert S. Stb&a & Co.
me to tell him whether what I knew
was known to others, he would then
be aware with whom he had .to deal;
but If he were j in too great, a haste
to make what he called "dead meat"
of me, he would have no other oppor
tunity of obtaining the information he
But that he would spare me one
minute longer than suited his purpose
I did not, for a moment, suppose, and
I had all along decided that I must
wait for my opportunity, and when it.
came, take it. That, opportunity had,
r""Twon't do!" he said, decisively.
;But come, I'll give you a chance.
You say you are Councillor Number
igeven. "What's his real name, then?"
ThiB was a poser which I tried to
evade by answering his question with
"Didn't you tell me yourself at the
last meeting of the council on board
the yacht that the names of the differ
ent members were kept secret?"
"So that's how the land lies, Is it?"
lie said, with a whisUe. "You were
concealed on that yacht, were you?
You were a brave man and a bold one,
my friend, to have put your head into
that den of lions. It seems a pity to
spill such brains as yours for nothing.
Let me see if I can't find out something
about you for myself, since you won't
tell me. Put your left hand in the
breast-pocket of your coat and take
out any papers you have there. But
don't forget that the revolver is at your
forehead all the time, and at the first
sign of disobedience or of anything like
.hanky-panky snap goes the trigger,
and bang goes your life."
I did as he told me, and took from
my pocket the only paper which it con
"iained. It happened to be no other
than the very document giving notice
g the place and date of the meeting,
9 attend which I was then on my way.
As the reader knows, I had taken it
from the pocket of the dead man
whom I was personating, and when I
realized wbM document it was, I knew
tnat the sight of it would bring mat
ters to a crisis.
As yet, however, Number One had
ttot recognized it, for it was folded
when I took it from my pocket and held
it out to him.
"No, thank you, my friend," he said,
with an ugly smile. "It's very kind
of you to wish to take me into your
confidence in regard to your private
papers. You have no doubt over
looked the trifling fact that if I took
that paper into my hand to open it,
my attention would be withdrawn from
your agreeable self. Not that you
would take any unfair advantage of
my pre-occupation, I am sure. But
somehow this little bit of cold steel
with which I am cooling your heated
C-Jjrow seems to have so beneficial in
fluence upon you seems so to stimu
late your faculties and to render you
so willing and obliging that I should
be sorry to deprive you of its influence.
Perhaps you will favor me by opening
that paper and holding it out before
you, so that I can read It without hav
ing to remove this little plaything
from your forehead. No. wait a mo
ment. I think we'll have a bigger tar
get this time. If your head were by
any chance to Jerk aside while I am
engaged, I might miss you when I pull
the trigger, and get into trouble with
the railway company for damaging the
paddings of the carriage. Sit still
now, while I shift the popgun."
So saying, he slowly lowered the re
volver till It was between my eyes.
Then he brought it down the bridge
pf my nose until it was over my mouth,
and I could smell burnt powder, and
thence he let it travel down my chin
and my neck till It was pressing
against my breast-bone.
"Just an inch or two to the left,"
be said, suiting the action to the word,
"and we shall be all right. There!
now we're snug and comfortable. If
you'll kindly open out that paper and
hold it so that I can read it, I'll be
obliged to you."
I did as he told me, but with unwill
ing fingers, for I knew that the sight
of it would, as I have already said,
bring matters to a crisis.
Nor was I mistaken, for the start
which he gave when he set eyes on it
was so great that I felt the revolver
leap against my chest, and was minded
to cry out to him to have a care lest
he slipped the trigger.
"My God!" he said, "this is worse
than I looked for. Either that man
Number Seven has played us false or
else you killed him before you got
possession of this."
As he spoke he bent forward slight
ly to assure himself that the document
was not a forgery, and thus gave me
what I knew was my only chance. His
fine words about wishing to spare my
life I took no account of, knowing
very well that had he not wished to
discover who I was and how I came
by the knowledge I possessed, he
would have shot me at sight If by
promising me my life he could Indues
at my forehead, with what result the
Again he pulled the trigger, and yet
again. Bach time the weapon derided
him with a harmless click, as if it
were, so to speak, putting its tongue
in its cheek.
With an oath he flung it from him,
and at that moment the engine of the
train whistled for the stoppage at
"That settles the matter," said Num
ber One, standing up to stretch him
self and then sliding his hands into
his trouser pockets negligently. "I'm
beaten, and I'm ready to take my de
feat like a gentleman and surrender
quietly. Do you intend to hand me.
over to the authorities here or at
"I , didn't say I was going to hand
you over to the authorities," I an
swered; "I'm not a detective. But the
authorities at this hole of a place and
at this time of the night consist in all
probability of a boy who takes the
tickets. I don't think we'll trouble
"As you like," he said, indifferently,
sitting down with outstretched legs
and looking at his boots critically.
"As you like, my friend. It's all the
same to me."
I made no answer, but when the train
was moving again after leaving Ben
fleet station he walked to the window
near which I was sitting and leant
out. as he said, to get a breath of air.
As he leant, resting on his arms, fet
kept up a constant chatter of conversa
tion, turning his head every now and
then to look at me.
I pre lended to be Indifferent to what
he was saying and to his movements,
but I promise you that I kept a keen
eye upon him all the same. And as
the event proved, I had reason to sus
pect him, ior when he turned round to
look back at me with some banter by
which he hoped to distract my atten
tion, he slyly slipped out a fist and
turned the door-handle. This done he
withdrew his head and walked to the
other end of the carriage.
".I'll wish you good-night, my friend,"
lie said. "I'm going to open this door
and hang on to the footboard till the
train is slowing off outside Leigh, and
then I shall drop off and slip away."
I very naturally sprang to my feet
to prevent him, when having got me,
as had, no doubt, been his plan, be
tween himself and the unfastened door,
he suddenly leapt upon me, to push me
against it, and so but upon the line.
But I was not the fool for which he
took me, for, divining his purpose, I
dropped suddenly down, so that miss
ing me he fell heavily against the
door, and the handle being turned,
pitched out head foremost upon the
Very quickly I shut the door again,
and when we got to Leigh I took Ijis
bag from the rack and giving up my
ticket passed out. The village was now
almost in darkness, so, turning in the
direction whence we had come, I skirt
ed the line till I came to a gate, which
KI climbed and walked back between
the rails till I came to the body.
Number One was lying on his back
with his brains dashed out.
"I've been instrumental in sending
two of these seven ruffians to their ac
count," I said. "Now I'll pay a visit to
the gipsy wagon, according to instruc
tions, and interview the other five.''
THAT OPPORTUNITY HAD, I FELT,
I felt, now come, so when he bent
forward to look more closely at the
document, I let go of the thing and
struck with all my strength at the
hand that held the revolver hoping to
dash the weapon aside. Had things
been as he thought they were, that
moment would have been my last, for
he had, no doubt, expected some such
onslaught, and had made of his. arm
a very bar of iron, so that my blow
scarce budged the revolver an Inch.
At the same moment he pulled the
trigger, and, knowing what was com
ing, I shut my eyes and waited to
feel my life rush out of the hole made
by the bullet.
But, to his and my astonishment,
the revolver gave tongue to no more
deadly sound than a click, and, look
ing down, I saw, to my amazement and
joy, that It was my own unloaded re
volver he was holding.
I had, no doubt, surprised him by
awakening while he was bending over
me, and, catching sight of my revolver
in my pocket, and having no weapon
of his own, he had In all probability
snatched at It. and had presented It
I ATTEND THE COUNCIL OF SCOUN
DRELS. "Who's there?" said a voice from
within, in response to the stealthy
summons which I rapped upon the
door of the gipsy wagon where the
council was assembled.
"Number Seven," I made answer, in
accordance with instructions.
I heard a bolt slip in its socket, but
the door was opened so cautiously that
there was scarcely space for me to
squeeze in. Nor should I have been
sbrry to have squeezed out again the
next instant, for, though tne ngnt was
of the dimmest, the air was too sooty
and greasy with the stench of burning
colza that it stuck in my throat like
a mouthful of oily soup, and I felt my
stomach twisting in protest under my
The next instant the light, which ap
parently had been turned down at my
summons, was turned up again. I
cannot say that the interior of the
wagon was much pleasanter to the
senBe of sight than to the sense of
smell, for the smoky lamplight so'
jaundiced the faces of the six of us,
that we resembled nothing so much as
& batch of sea-sick passengers who
look askance at each other, wondering
who will be the first to give the signal
"We are waiting for our chief, Coun
cillor Number One," said the man who
had opened the door. "Did you pass
any one like him on the road, Council
lor Number Seven? He would, of
course, be wearing his councillor's dis
guise, but whether he had his bag with
him, as usual, I can't say."
I did not consider it advisable to in
form this honored colleague of mine
that the bag to which he alluded was
tucked away in a hayrick, where I had
bestowed it only a few minutes before,
and that the owner of the article was
lying on the railway line with his
brains on the wrong side of his head, so
I contented myself by replying that I
had seen no one after I had left Leigh.
The man at the door Inclined his
head gravely in acknowledgment, but
said no further word, and for some
quarter of an hour we stood there with
out speaking. Except for our breath
ing and the ticking of our watches,
there was a silence which every mo
ment became more oppressive and
more aggressive. To my overwrought
nerves It seemed singing with disas
ter. It was like a brooding presence,
ominous of evil, and soon what with
the fetid air and the heat of the place
I began to feel light-hlded, and could
have sworn that this same silence had
slowly begun to gyrate around me, like
a gigantic wheel that increased in mo
mentum with every revolution. Nor
was I the only one of the company
with "nerves," for when a sleepy but
would-be-sober beetle, gravely wheel
ing homeward from some seductive
beetle-haunt, blundered against a win
dow pane as a drunkard, who, vowing
that he can walk straight, reels against
a tavern door the whole six of us
jumped like staruea cats at the sound
of his horny tap.
The Incident was not, however, with
out a sequel, for one of the party (I dis
covered afterwards that he was Num
ber Two), whose "jump" had been ac
companied by a word unaccustomed to
ears polite, but whose sins were not
all uncovered by that cloak to the
wearer of which much may be for
given, that cloak which can transform
the raggedest of rascals into a present
able personage and an agreeable com
panion need I say I mean a sense of
humor? took advantage of the diver
sion to make a sensible suggestion.
He remarked that he had always been
taught and was quite prepared to ad
mit the truth of the Scriptural pre
cept that "the way of transgressors is
hard," but as for himself he did not
see why the transgressors as he pre
sumed the occupants of that wagon
were should be poisoned in this world
as well as roasted in the next, and he
begged leave to move that either the
door or the window be opened.
It was not a brilliant observation, but
it brought about, two good results
the letting in of some fresh air and
the letting out of the awkward con
straint which had bound us. Laughter
is the greatest of levellers. To ask a
man to drink with you which, ac
cording to our English social code, is
the very running up of the flag of fel
lowship is not half so effective in
setting you and him upon good terms
with each other, as is a hearty laugh in
common. Prom laughing at this allu
sion to the way of transgressors we
went on to discussing the situation as
It then presented itself, and as there
was still no sign of the advent of Num
ber One, we decided that something
had happened to detain him, and that,
as we could do nothing without him, we
had best postpone the discussion of
business till the next day, when he
would, no doubt, make an opportunity
to join us. In the meantime we must
pass the night where we were, so each
of us proceeded to make himself as
comfortable or, rather, as little uncom
fortable as he could In our very lux
urious lodgings. For myself, what
with the unusmal circumstances, tho
tragic struggle In the train, the im
patient tossings, turnings, twistings
and sighings of my companions, vainly
straining after ease on their most un
easy couches, I slept never a wink all
night, and was glad indeed when morn
ing was far enough advanced for one
of us to venture abroad in search of
breakfast for his colleagues. It was
not long before he hurried back empty
handed, bringing us, In place of break
fast, news which was no news to me.
"Fellow councillors," he said, with
evident agitation, "I have terrible tid
ings for you. Our chief, Number One,
was killed on the railway last night.
He must have been walking along the
line on his way to join us, when he
was knocked down between Benfleet
vand Leigh by a passing train. They
were bringing his body in when I got
into the village, and, though he was
wearing no beard, I recognized him at
For half a minute no one spoke, and
then one of the councillors said cu
riously "How did you recognize him if he
"By his clothes, in the first place,"
was the answer. "He had the blue
serge suit, turn-down collar and spot
ted tie which we all wear. But I
should have recognized him quite
apart from that, for I was to some ex
tent in his confidence, and, in fact,
met him by appointment only two days
"Who are you, then?" said the man
who had constituted himself spokes
man. "I am Councillor Number Two the
oldest member of the society, next to
our late chief. I was the first man to
whom he unfolded his schemes and I
was the first whom he invited to be
come a councillor."
"Can you prove this?" asked the
other. "I don't mean that I doubt
your word, but, as none of us knows
each other's name, there is nothing to
prevent any of us from claiming that
he Is the senior member of the council.
And If Number One Is really dead, it
will be necessary to elect his successor
without delay, if the work of this so
ciety is to be carried on."
"Quite so," said Number Two. "Who
is to be that successor will be for the
council to decide, and need not yet be
discussed, but as you challenge my
statement and call upon me to prove
that I really was In our dead chief's
confidence let me ask If you or any
other councillor can tell us what busi
ness was to be discussed at the meet
ing last night?" .,
"No, I can't," said the spokesman.
"Is there any other councillor present
He looked around inquiringly, but
no one spoke, and with something of
a triumphant air, Number Two went
"The business whleh was to come
before the meeting was two-fold. First
the newly-appointed Councillor Num
ber Seven was to make his report in
regard to the removal of the traitor,
Councillor Number Seven that was.
"Go on," said the other, nodding.
"We might have guessed that far, even
without being in the confidence of the
"The second business," said Council
lor Number Two, without noticing the
interruption, "was to arrange a mat
ter of importance. A week or so ago
the police raided a house, No. 89 Fas
sett Square, Dalston, in which a con
siderable quantity of dynamite was
stored. That dynamite had been
brought there from the continent by a
man in the pay of our chief, acting on
behalf of the council. Can any one
present tell us the sequel of the raid?"
He paused and looked around in
quirlngly, but received no answer.
"I thought not," said Number Two,
with evident satisfaction. "I can, as it
was told me by our chief himself
Listen! The police made what they
thought a big haul of dynamite, but
they have left behind them more than
they took away, and last night the
facts were to have been placed before
the council, that the dynamite might
be secured and used for the carrying
out of an enterprise which Number
One has long been contemplating. Can
any one tell me where the explosive
which the police failed to find was con
cealed?" i . M
Again there was a sullen silence.
Then Number Two went on speaking
with the air of a man who feels that
he has the game In his own hands.
"In the cellar of the house I am speak
ing of there were a few dozen bottles
of wine, half a dozen bottles of spirit
and a small cask of beer. The wine
and spirit the police took with them
and the beer they drank, leaving what
they supposed was the empty barrel
behind them. Their way of looking
at things evidently was that, as bar
rels were made to contain beer, and as
this particular barrel did contain beer
and good beer and beer was maae
to be drunk, all they had to do was
to drink the beer and there was an
end of the matter. If they had taken
the trouble to ascertain whether the
barrel contained anything else but beer
they would have left the house with
full hands as well as with full bellies,
for the barrel waa divided into two
compartments, the lower containing
tha concoction of the devil, as our
teetotal friends would call it Double
X, and the upper that pretty little
plaything, which it has been left to
man and not to the devil, to devise
"Well, gentlemen," he went on, in a
brisker and more business-like tone,
"you all know the stony of the quarrel
between Lord Cranthorpe and his work
people that he has reduced the wages
of more than 1,000 men and women
who work in his mill, taking 20 per
cent, off the men's payment and 25 off
the women's, and has refused to lis
ten to anything which is to be said on
behalf of the people or to receive a dep
utation on the subject. He has taken
advantage of the fact that he Is roll
ing in money and that they are en
tirely dependent upon their earnings
to act toward his fellow-countrymen
as the rich acts towards the poor in
Russia. At this moment hundreds of
families are starving through his
greed. He is the best-hated man in
England to-day, and nothing we can
do would make the societies which we
direct more popular among the people
who support us than a blow aimed at
him. This dynamite of which I have
spoken was brought to England by the
Instruction of our late chief, who had
intended at the next meeting of the
council to propose the blowing up of
Lord Cranthorpe's house in Plantag
enet Square. If this could be accom
plished by us successfully it would give
a wonderful stimulus to our work all
over the world, and would cause sub
scriptions to pour in, which, as the first
handling of whatever money is sub
scribed is one of the privileges (shall
I say perquisites?) of being on the
council, is a very desirable state of af
fairs. Gentlemen, there is not a mo
ment to lose. I know the house where
the dynamite is concealed. If you will
appoint another member to act with
me, I will endeavor to obtain posses
sion of the explosive that is concealed
at Fassett Square, and to meet you
here at midnight this day week, that
we may make the necessary arrange
ments for using the dynamite in the
manner in which our late chief in
tended I mean in blowing up Lord
Cranthorpe's house in Plantagenet
He paused and looked around him in
a somewhat dramatic, not to say melo
dramatic, manner. But he had spoken
so confidently and with such evident
conviction that it was very plain he
carried his hearers with him. Just as
we see a thread of ringed fire shine
out upon the charred edges of a sheet
of paper, when a live coal has dropped
from the grate, so, as the last words
fell from his lips, there ran around the
circle of listening councillors a thin
murmur of unmistakable approval. In
the next instant as the ring of smoul
dering fire breaks out into open flame
the murmur of approbation swelled
Into something like enthusiastic ap
plause, and the very councillor who
had hitherto seemed suspicious of
Number Two's credentials called out
"Hands up, those who vote that
Number Two's proposal be accepted."
Like a parcel of school-boys who
shoot out eager hands for permission
to reply to an easy question which has
been asked by the master, the whole of
the listening councillors (myself in
cluded, for I thought it wise to stim
ulate the cmthuslasm of my quondam
colleagues) held up an assenting fist.
"Against," called out the self-constituted
chairman; and there being no
response, he, so to speak, let fall the
hammer with a decisive "nem. con."
"Thank you, brother councillors, for
this mark of confidence," said Number
Two. "The dynamite should not be
left in that house an hour longer than
Is necessary. I should like, if possible,
that I and whoever be appointed to
work with me should catch the next
train up, and I beg to propose that all
other buslnass before the council be
postponed until we meet here seven
days hence at midnight."
This also receiving the assent of the
meeting, the council next proceeded to
settle who should act with Numoer
Two in obtaining possession of the dy
namite. Lots were cast, and the duty
falling to the share of Number Three,
he was instructed to join Number Two
in London, traveling thither by the
other line, to avoid attracting attention.
"The only matter that remains for
us to settle," said our self-constituted
chairman, Number Two, "Is that of
our departure from this wagon. We
must go at different times and by dif
ferent routes; and as Number Two and
Number Three are leaving this morn
ing, I propose that Numbers Four and
Five should wait until nightfall, and
go by different routes, and that Num
bers Six and Seven should leave to
morrow morning, one traveling by the
Tilbury line and the other by the Great
This was an arrangement by n
means' to my liking, as it would givs
Number Two and Number Three a
day's start of me, and I had made up
my mind to devote my best energies
to frustrating their attempt to lay
hands upon the dynamite. But, as my
colleagues, Number Four, Number Five
and Number Six, gave ready assent to
the proposal, I did not think it wlsnH
demur, though I confess It was with no
little reluctance that I saw NumbiJ
Two and Number Three depart upon
their errand of devilry.
(To Be Continued.)
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we don't ask you twice the price advertised. We keep our promises to turn,
out good work, equal to the best, at lowest prices. . i&ISm
GOLD CROWNS AND BUIDUlSwoKK. $8.00. No higher. Just as we al
ways advertise thorn, and equal to those made elsewnere at double the money.
A liberal WRITTEN GUARANTEE for TEN years COLRS everything.
A TRIAL WILL CONVINCE YOtJ.
All work absolutely painless.
The N. Y. Dental Parlottg
86 Bank street, Waterbury. Hour 8:80-8; Sunday 10-12. French spoken
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