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The wilt of the lata Mr. Ida WIN
Hams, ot Amherst, Va., leaves the bulk
of her estate ot $500,000 for tlio es
tablishment of nn Institution nt lirr
home for the education of poor white
Daniel Osiris, n Orrek millionaire o(
Paris, has set nsttlc the sum ot 100,000
franca to be given yearly "to the In
ventor, discoverer or producer of the
most noteworthy Idea or object for
the benefit of humntiity."
A celebrated English physician
wiys that ho has found that warts
may be cured by rcvacelnntlon. He
revacclnatcd a girl of 15 who liml 04
warts on one hand, and sccu weeks
after the operation the warta liml alt
The old home of Stonewall Jackitoii
In Lexington, Vn., is now n tenement
house, and the dwelling which once
sheltered the family comfortably now
swarms with n large number of fam
ilies. Tho Sunday school In which
Jackson taught negroes is flourishing.
ModcK'of Filipino Iioukcm nnd
methods of living will be nn exhibit
atho Pnn-Ameilcan exposition nt
,'iluffalo next year. An attache of the
Smithsonian Institution made the
necessary collection during n fivn
months' stay In the Philippine.
The social democrats led the other
democrats In Haverhill, Mas., and
came near to doing so In Brockton.
The Deba rote was 1,231 in the former
place, against only 870 for Ilryan,
while llrockton cast 1,210 Debs votes,
or only 53 less than it gave to Ilryan.
Electric coal-cutting machinery is
rapidly displacing hand work nnd
other varieties ot mrchanlcal mining
appliances In the collieries of (Ircat
Uritaln and the United States. The
coal thus mined is cleaner, the wontc
la less and the effect ot the machine
on the ventilation and temperature of
the mine is less than with any other
Soon It will be time to rub up the
horns to usher In the new century. In
some cities festivitlrx hnve nl ready
been planned. It has lieeu remarked
that the luxuries of the rich in I Six)
arc the necessities of life for the poor
a 1900, and this Is a fact deserving re
membrance iu the approaching
Thanksgiving season, the Inst of the
Robert Macklnnon, of Little KnlK
N. Y., gave a dinner nnd dance one
night last week. Ills guest numbered
8,500 people, one-half of them em
ployes in his own mills. The ladle of
the ball was Miss Hello Mackluunn,
sister of the host nnd superintendent
of the big mill. She is said to be
the only woman In the country oc
cupying such a position.
India continues to nbsorb nltver at
son Why this house-hotd-bsby.wlfe
and me nnd even our old doe.
Should thank Ood for nil Ills goodness
In a none nt praise this season,
Though my gen'ral disposition Is to grum
ble like a hog.
For, If ever man hud special cause to hold
Of Thanksglvln'-ln his heart of hearts
that very man Is me.
If you'll Istrn for a moment to a word or
I an sure that when my tale ) ou've heard
to this you will agree.
Though for jenra I've been s member of
n church, ytt I'm contemn'
That my vicious, wicked temper nnd fault
llnJIn' spoiled my life.
It has turned to bitter sorrow dnya that
should have proved a blessln'
Ami hns marked deep lines of ctre upon
the brow of my dear wife.
She has hoped nnd prurd and waited,
while sho patiently expected
That some day her prayer of fnlth would
bring an answer trom above;
And nt last. In Clod's own tlmo and way,
the change hns been effected.
For my heart lol all Its anger when It
found a Saviour's love.
How It happened? Well, I'll tell you. See
that dog IhereT Come here. Hover!
He ain't much for looks or brcedln', but
that dog no man could buy.
Bee! he hates to leave the baby-though
she'a flvo years old and over.
Still I alius call her "baby;" she's the
apple of my eye.
Monday mornln', bright and early, came
my neighbor. Squire Carroll.
And he told of signs ot turkey In the tim
ber down the creek;
So I called tho dog and shouldered my old
And I grinned when Mar mentioned that
this was "Thanksglvlu' week."
Well, we soon got In the timber, and we
walked snd walked and hunted,
nut no turkey! Bo. as usual. I got mod
and almost cussed.
And, In spite of all Squire Carroll ssld, 1
grumbled, growled and grunted.
And 1 felt I'd hsve to kick the dog or
else I'd surely bust.
So my neighbor ssld he reckoned there's no
use In ua a trvln'
Any longer, slnco 'twas very plain the
birds had gone away:
And he laughed and saya: "I see no use
In grutnblln' or In alghln'.
For It'a ten to one there's better luck for
ua some other day."
So we parted, nnd I walked on, gettln'
madder every nilnutn
At tho turkeys, at the squire and at my
self the most of all
Tor my wicked, foolish anger-t knew well
there a no sense In It
Well, sir. Just then "Uobble. gobble."
came the turkey's welcome call:
Down I dropped, and when I saw him II
Just made me warm all over,
"For." thinks I. "you're Just about the
slxe to suit Thanksglvln' day."
"Jut before I got a bead on him, this dog
of mine, old Hover,
Done some fool thing-least I thought
so and my turkey ilrwuway.
What did I do? Like a coward, grabbed
that poor dog by the collar.
And I own I beat him shameful, but he
didn't even moan.
Then I turned my gun upon him. Just be
cause hr wouldn't holler;
Like a mad man pulled Hut trigger, and he
dropped Just llkx a stone.
Well, sir, I can't tell my feelings; why, I
thought I'd surely smother.
When 1 saw him fall 1 turned away In
horror trom the sight.
And I thought ! knew how Cain felt when
he left his murdered brother.
is I walked I cared not whither till I raw
'twas coming ulgiit.
Dut my Mary washed and nutted him and,
to tell the truth: she kissed him
And we atl Just love and pt him as we
never did before.
Bo to-morrow load your folks up la the
wagon and com-i over.
After church we mean to spend the day
In prayer and songs of praise.
For this fam'ly-baby, wife and me-and
faithful, dear old Hover,
Mean to make It Just the happiest of all
-Tom Sullivan. In Chicago Times-Herald.
HEY did not pay
much attention to
the country school
district In which I
taught In the vtrsl a good many years
ago. Christmas una the chief holiday
of the winter, and it was celebrated
without nny special demonstration, for
most of the people were poor nnd there
waa not much sentiment in their gen
eral make-up. Old Hannah Dorton,
with Vtliom I iKinrdrd, wnsof New Eng
land birth, and she had not come to the
west until some years after her mar
rlnge. She was n woman of n good
deal of force of character, and no one
in the neighborhood had n nimbler
tongue. One evening nbout two weeks
before Thanksgiving I said to her:
"Do the people observe Thanksgiving
very generally In this neighborhood?"
".No, they do not," replied the old lady
with considerable emphasis. "And It
has always been good deal of a trial
"I guess yoVH hare the hoose fait
Thanksgiving. Nancy Kosa was In here
to-day, and the saya that the whole
district la coming, and Nancy knows It
anyone does, for the spends most of
her time trotting about picking up
gossip and retailing It out again. She
is as good ns the local columns of a
newspaper for giving news about what
folks are saying and doing, and she
says that the Idea of the Thanksgiving
dinner In the schoolhouse has caught
like wildfire, Nancy says she wouldn t
miss It for a party."
The Inrgcr bojs and girls of the
school met me at the schoolhouse the
evening before Thanksgiving, nnd we
decorated the room beautifully with
evergreens nnd several flags we had
been able to borrow. Provision had
been mnde for two long tnblrs to run
almost the entire length of the room
with some smaller tables In the cor
ners. "I suppose thnt we will have to be
careful how we seat the people at the
tables," I said to Mr. Dorton.
"You Just leave thnt to me," said
the old lady. "I know the people bet
ter than you do, and I won't be so apt
to make awkward blunders. I'll set
'm down all right."
Nancy Iloss wns right when she said
that the whole district would be pres
ent nt the dinner. The dinner was to be
at one o'clock, and by noon the house
w.is filled by n merry, happy crowd. In
cluding nlmost every family in the dis
trict. There were baskets and boxes and
even tubfuls of turkeys nnd chickens
and doughnuts und pies and cakes.
There were baskets of big red apples,
nnd Hlrnm Hnuklns brought half a
barrel ot sweet cider. Some one
brought n basket of popcorn balls for
the children, and there wnsnn Infinite
B-r WILL N. HARDEN.
A. K. Ktllofc Newspaper Compear.
u rate which is Btcadlly udvanclng thel.When 1 rt near homenollced how lh
price of nllver. In the la months Anj Tm "u3rbInkW rolled 'up gloomy to
ended in the middle of September
over 00,000,000 ounces of silver had
gone into circulation or consumption
In the arts in India. This is nbout
one-third of the world's) annual
product, which In recent years has
been from 173,000,000 to 1S5.000.000
ounces a year.
One reason for the increased produc
tion of gold is the Improved mechan
ical devices for saving the metal in
low-grade ore and minute quantities.
A mining company in Alaska made n
profit last year of 907.1,901 from rock
"-."raging only $3.0.1 to the ton. Cy
anide has fallen from $2 it pound to
., cents, nnd the cost of material
'.dined and crushed In the mine re
ferred to waa 93 cents per ton.
tin thn last election day Hnrvey
Krlsbie was one of the men who went
to the polls at Onarga, Iroquois coun
ty, III., and cast his vote for William
McKInley. It wua the (seventeenth
time Mr. Frlsble had voted for pres
ident without a break. lcglnu!ng In
18.12. When ho walked to the polls
November 0, he wore the Mime veHt
he had worn when ho cast his first
presidential ballot In IHI'J, ami pinned
on his coat waa the old nnd I lino
stained badge which he wore in the
campaign of 1840.
the weat'ard. thrcatcmn' snow.
Bo 1 hurried on, and wondered what would
wife say when I totd her
About Hover. She and baby thought so
much of him. ou know.
As I reached the corner yonder I could see
the lamplight burnln'
At the window, und I knew the folks were
waiting there for me.
And I walked on In the darkness slowly.
Preparations are innking for the
most Interesting event In ocean
travel since the first Htenmshlp crossed
the Atlantic. V submarine boat Is to
.be sent from America to Eurojie un
der RVr own power. She Is the Inven
tion ot John P. Holland, whose suit
marine torpedo boat, "Holland," Is
now the proper! 3 of the United States
government. She is now fitting out
In Elizabethport, N, .1., for the trans
atlantic Journey. For some year
now submarine boats have puttered
nbout the harbors both In this country
and In Europe.
sJttXl 1 vvjIsf "vt
1ILK8T HE THE TIK THAT BINDS."
OWN I HEAT HIM SHAMEFL'U
A New York aper taken this spite
ful fling at Neuidu: In the Inst decade
the population of Nevudu haa fallen
off more than 3,000, but Nevada Is
still populous enough to hae 11 store,
m blacksmith shop, 11 watering trough,
two United States senator and
brilliant prospects behind it. Its ex
orta last year were three potnloo.
hurled acroua the atate line lit u Cali
fornia orator denouncing sin. The
balance of trade lias always leen In
favor of Nevada, which buys nothing
abroad and oells offices to non-rexl.
Tho costliest picture In the world
i owned by the duke of Marlborough,
who has a large and very exHnslve
eelleetlM of pictures, which has come
elovTH io Mm from the original duke
mf. Marlborough. The rarest of thrin
ii the Irknhelm madonna, printed by
Jiapfcael In 1507, and now valued at
'MMr.tm TM picture was originally
psiwtwl far the church ot the Sent at
,Jtorm. li U eight feet high, retire-
o HfeMhsf Mw saadnaan am child seated
mn with a figure of Ht.
tj'llHeai M Um left and that
, fWifrslM .erfJswrl e the rl'hr.
though my heart was yearnln'
To alt do. 11 unco more by Mary, wllb
my baby on my knee.
At the open door, awnltln' with a wrt-ome
smile, stood Jlury.
"Where Is babe?" "Hlie went to meet
you when she heard old Hover bark."
80 she answered, snd my heart fill as I
looked out 011 the pr.ilrlr.
Just to think of her n vwmdrrln' alone
out In the dark.
"She's all light; the dug Is ulth her," says
her mother, speakln' cheerful;
Uut. you know, I knew he wasn't, so I
stood without u word
And Just ill mi we both were stsrtled by a
dog a hnwlln' fearful,
Bomethln' like a eoote )ilplu';'Jut the
worst I ever heard.
"doodness me," ssa wife, "that's Hover!
Hut I never heard him cryln'
Out In such n dreadful way as tlmt"
then, suddenly, once more
Came that doleful sound a-rlngln', Just as
It the brute was d In'
An' was asking u 10 help him, so I
dashed out through lliu door.
Bee those cuttonwoods, Just under? All
the cround there's full of wutcr.
Butt and marshy, full of pit holes, deep
enough to hide a slur.
As 1 ran along I pru)d that nod would
save my baby daughter
Then I thought of murdered Hover, snd
I wished that he was near.
It was darker than a pocket, but that
made no dlrt"rem- to me,
Bo I run on calling "llahy" till It echoed
Then I stood stock still and listened, and a
thrill of Joy went through me.
For t heard my baby callln', and I blessed
the welcome sound.
"Here I am. come help me. papal I m
n-slnkln' In tho water!"
How my heart beat as 1 dashed 011. pray-
In" Ood with ev'ry breath.
Till at last, waist deep In mud und slush,
1 found my baby dnughler
Willi old Hover-bruised and bnttered-
holdln' 011 to her Ilk death!
Well, It didn't take me long. ou bet, to gel
htr on my shoulder,
And the dog crawled out liml us tin
we safely rtaclud the trees.
Then I hollered out to Mary-such a yell of
Joy, It told her
That our babe was ssfe and then and
there I fell down on my knees.
There. I guess that's stl-O, Hover? Why,
l'sa glad to way 1 missed him
wuk tar afceAi hut his Boor head and
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vara sasisvMai btihscb awe.
to me Hint to Utile attention was paid
to a day that we made m much of back
there in dear old New England. It was
the greatest holiday of the year to
us, nnd how we did enjoy It!"
"Why do they pay so little ntteiitlon
to It here?"
"Well, I guess It is jt because they
have never got in the vvoy of paying
any nttentlon to it. They never cele
brated the Fourth of July as It ought
to be celebrated until my husband got
them started to doing it ten years be
fore he died, and now we have a big
celebration every year."
"Some one ought to start them to
"Sothrvoucht. Hut who is to do it?"
1 reflected for a few minutes, and
then 1 said:
"Suppose we start them oft in that
"How?" asked the old lady dropping
hrr knitting into her lap and mani
festing eager ititerest.
"Suppose we get up a Thanksgiving
dinner in the schoolhouse. Invite all
the folks In the district to come and
bring their dinner with them. There
dot a not srrm to be any social life in
the neighborhood unless one can call
occasional spelling matches and sing
ing schools in the schoolhouse social di
versions. The people never eat and
drink together In a merrymaking ot
any kind. Don't you think that the
Idea of a Thanksgiving dinner in the
schoolhouse would take?"
TliP'old-lady reflected for u moment
and then mid:
"Yes, I think ll would. It would lie
n novelty in every one, uuu 1 iiiiiik ine
folks would turn out big, only only H
"Only what?" I oslird.
"Well, the fact Is, there are so many
folks In this neighborhood that don't
speak to encli other. I never snw any
thing like It. There U old Squire Dent,
who won't speak to his daughter be
cause she married John Walters
against the m til re's wishes. There was
nothing against John, excepting that
he wuk poor, nnd he had n brother thnt
had been In Jail, but John couldn't help
that, and he lins done splendidly ever
since he married, and it is my opinion
that the squire would like to make up
with John and Nellie, only he Is too
proud to make any advances, nnd they
won't either. Then there Is Knte Whit
ing and her slstrr, l.uey Patch, who had
a falling nut years ago, and ain't spoke
to each other since, and before that one
was the very shudder of the other.
Ilciiben lloopes and hi brother Silas
and their families fell out over the
property after old man lloopes died,
nnd they ain't spoke since. Thrn the
Anderson nnd ltob?y families had a
falling out five years ngo, and they
don't speak, and before that they were
as thick as (lira around n molasses bar'l.
Then there are other families In the
district that niu't as friendly as they
ought to lie, wi j our Thanksgiving din
ner might end In a riot if all these peo
ple come together In the schoolhouse."
"Not with a woman of your tact at
"Well, you go ahead and get It up,
nnd I will aid and abet you all I can.
It will be a break in the monotony ot
things here even If there Is n fight."
I spent nil ot my time before and
after school during the next ten days
In calling ut nil of the homes In the
neighborhood and Inviting the people
to come to the schoolhouse on Thanks
giving day with well-filled baskets.
The schoolhouse was unusually large,
and there would be room for all If w
took out a part nt the seat. Three
dayg before Thanksgiving old Mrs.
variety of Jellies and Jama and pre
serves and pickles brought forth from
boxes and baskets.
"There's enough stuff hero to feed
an army," said Hannah Dorton, as she
bustled about from table to tnble, the
happiest and most active person in the
A few minutes ln-fore one o'clock I
heard her say to Mrs. Kate Whiting:
"Come, now, Kate; you and your hus
band nnd tvto children ore to set at
this table over in this corner. Come
right niong." And when they were
seated the old lady bustled up to Mrs.
Patch and said:
"Now, Lucy, you and your husband
and the children are to sit here at this
"And It she didn't plump them right
down with the Whitings that they
hadn't spoken to for years," said the
voluble Nancy Iloss afterward. Indeed
Nancy was so fond of telling about that
Thanksgiving dinner afterward that I
thlnl: I will let her tell about It now.
"Then," she said, "if that Hanner
Dorton didn't set old Squire Ilent down
at the head of one table with h'e daugh
ter Nellie at his right hand and his
son-in-law, John Waiters, at his left,
an' their baby In n high chair at Its
grau'pa's side, an' It vva'n't three min
utes before the old squire had that
baby In his arras and he ct his whole
dinner with the tittle thing In his lap.
I heard his daughter say to him 'shant
I take the naby, father, ao that ou
can eat jour dinner In greater com
fort?' Uut he held right on to It, ami
there he sat talkin' to Nellie and John
kame a If there'll never been ani
trouble at all. And he had that bain
in hit arms the whole afternoon, mi
went around at proud sajln' to folks:
'See my grandson. Ain't he a might
fine boy?' It wns the first time he had
ever seen the child, mi' the next week
he made Nellie and John come and live
with him. Then what did that Hannrr
Durton do but put Ileubeu lloopes an'
his brother Silas and their families at
a table by themselves, an I heard her
say to 'em: Come, now, you folks want
to be sociable an' have 11 good visit
together same as own brothers ought
to 011 Thanksglvln' day.' Their wives
have alwa.vs wanted to make up, arK'f
ten you tney round their tongues
mighty soon, an' 'fore that meal was
over they was talkin' away as If there
had never been any row over proper!)
or anything rite. An' before they knew
It the Andersona and Hobey families'
found thcmiielvcJ nt the same tahte
with Hanner sayln to 'em: 'Now It
don t make no dlft'rcnce about the
past. This is Thanksgiving dsy, an' a
good time to forget that there hns ever
been anything but u happy past be
tween J oil folks.'
"We will now sing:
'lllest be the tie that binds.'
An ev'r) hotly sung II, an' then Elder
Slurpe atked n hlrssln' an' the dinner
was begun. There never was such a
spread seen before in these parts, an'
you never would hnve thought to have
seen them people eatln'an'laughin'an'
merrymakin' together that there was
such a thing In the world as malice or
envy or bitterness or Ill-will or any
thing o' thnt sort, no you wouldn't.
After the. dinner we had games an
sung songs an' made speeches, an' from
that time on there was more eacc an'
happiness an' sociability In the neigh
borhood than there ever was before. I
tell you, we'd good reason to stand up
aa we did before we started tor home
an sing 'Praise Ood from whom all
blessings lew.' "J. L. Harbour, la De
troit Free 1'resa
CHAPTER IV. Cos-muro.
He fore her words had died out he
wns on his feet, speechless with sur
prise. "I heard every word," she said, with
a sigh, "and nt first I was almost
frightened to death. I was going to
Interfere If he had had accepted your
challenge, but when I raw that he did
not intend to fight jou I remained
silent. I won an eavesdropper I con
fess that but I simply hud to listen.
It was really terrible your voice
He was overwhelmed with confu
sion. "I feci ns If I could never be par
doned, Miss Hasbrooke," he managed
to tav. after a little pause. "I nm on
your grounds nnd Capt. Winkle Is the
guest of your house."
She shrugged her shoulders and sat
down on the scat he had Just left.
"I nm going to saj what I really
would not say If it were not all tet
tied between you, Mr. Fanslmw," she
vvus putting the stems of her fern
Iravcs together In her left hand, "and
that is that I do not blame you
"You do not really?"
For u moment she gave him a full
glance from her deep sympathetic
"I did not sleep a wink last night,
Mr. Fanshaw. I was so angry with hlai
that I could not close my eyes. I
came near asking my father to tend
hliti away. From a man's standpoint
1 presume you have done all that can
He sat down by ber.
"I never let my temper get the oesl
of me, Miss Hasbrooke, without feel
ing dissatisfied with myself. I re
frained from striking him when I
found he would not fight, but what I
finally did was Just as bad." He was
looking at the buttons and shoulder
straps in his hands.
Evelyn laughed softly.
"He may not Lave any more buttons
here In the country," she said, "nnd he
may have to dlkcard his favorite suit
"I did it In a spasm of uncontrol
lable anger," was ltonaM's defense.
"He deserved more than that slight
humiliation," she smiled; "and et jou
must not try to conquer the divine in
clination you now have to pity him.
It shows jou are truly noble noble!"
Ilonald blushed to tho roots of his
"When he refused to fight me," he
tuld, "I ought to have left him. 1 think
I could if his rcatons for uot fighting
had not been quite so exasperating."
"I an; going to help jou about the
buttons und the shoulder-straps." nn
Mvcrcd Evelyn. "I have a maid who
can hold her tongue. I am going to
get her to borrow the captain's coat
trom liiri loom, ami I shall restore his
He milled, 11 new light in his eyes.
"I really think I should like to have
von do It. If you will," said he.
"He will wonder who did it," the
laughed, "and 1 half hope he will sus
pect me of knowing something about
It; I- Is tiresome iu all things, but he
Ikih marc to tny about his courage
I nan nny thing else."
Just then the plantation bell rang.
"Oh, you men are nwful awful!"
she went on, grown suddenly erious.
"II Capt. Winkle had been of a differ
ent type jou would have been shoot
ng at each other at this moment"
vln! checked herself; there was a tcuse
Icok about her lips. "You would have
been In errat trouble (for no man
can escape It who liai killed another).
Then he might have taken your life."
He understood, and his heart beat
"If he hod been of a different type
he would not hive treated me ns he
did. nnd I should not have been here
Shr gathered up her ferns and Mow
ers and rote,
"That Is quite true," ihe rejoined,
withu look towards the hniire. "I must
be going now; goixl-by."
Slie took the buttons nnd slreve or
nantcnlh from him, und put them Into
l.er tiocket, and then held out her
hand, "(lood-by," she Bald again.
When Evelyn reached the home and
h:nl entered the great hall she called to
her maid, Murle, a mulatto girl, to take
er.rc of hrr ferns and flowers.
"Have jou seen Capt. Winkle this
morning?" Evelju atked.
The maid laughed Impulsively ns she
filled her haud with the damp green
"Ytrtum, I seed 'im, an' he acted
mighty strange. I never seed a man act
so quar iu my life." Again Marie
C'Whnt do vou mean, Marie?"
"WfHum," answered the muhl, "I no
tiled 'Im go out fur his walk to'ds de
snritig, an' I would cr bet mylifedalhe
lint) on his brass buttons an' dc straps
011 fili liou!dcr, kase I seed urn thlnln'
In de nin; he was smokln' an' vvulkln'
as chipper as ergsmeroostcr,but nbout
fifteen minutes ago I seen 'Im illnkln'
up dc servants' stairs on his tip-toes. I
met 'im face to face, I did, an', young
miss, ai Ood is in Heaven, he didn't
have a sign of n button on 'Is coat,
nn' he'd cut off his shoulder strips,
too. an more uan dat, he looked as
mean aw a egg-suckln' dog."
Marie giggled again. She had, with
the usual perspicacity of her race,
divined that the officer was not In high
favor with hermlitresf.
At this Juncture Capt. Winkle,
dressed from head to jot In snowy
duck, came down the front staircase,
and, bowing to Evelyn, he went out on
the veranda. Without speaking again
to Marie, Eveljn turned Into her own
room to takeoff hrr damp eprou.
She decided that she would, later In
the day, ask Marie to get the captain's
In-arm, promenaded back and forth In
the light of the big ksroiene lamp on
a post where the carriage stopped. It
was not the colonel's habit to dress for
the evening meal, especially in the hot
season, so he still wore his cool suit ot
brown linen, and, In this respect, Mr.
Hardy was glad to keep him company,
as he had really come to the country for
an easy, unceremonious outing. The
colonel liked nothing better than good
listeners, and, ns he sipped his wine
and smoked, his pink complexion fair
ly shone while he discoursed on a favor
ite topic of his the beauty and many
virtues of the only lady guest In his
house, Mrs. Lancaster, a snowy-haired
widow not far from the colonel's age.
"I am glad the came to-day," he said.
"She is hard to get at; she travels so ex
tensively, and I am sure we never would
have htr now If it were not for Evelyn;
they love each other like mother nnd
daughter. Why, I'll bet Mrs. Lancaster
docin't stay In her Charleston home
one winter In five; does she, Hardy?"
"No, I think the likes Italy." said the
gentleman appealed to. "I think I
should have had the pleasure of meet
ing her before this it she were often nt
home, hut she goes out very little In
Charleston and hasj few intimate
friends. I should say she was by all
odds the most exclusive woman in the
"I am pretty sure," remarked the colo
nel, tentatively, "that she is very well
to do that is, I Judge so by the life
she leads; it Is ono of expensive luxury
from beginning to end."
"I happen to know that she in decid
edly rich," replied Hardy. "It reems
(hat her husband, who was killed In the
war, owned extensive lands in the south
upon which phosphate beds have since
"Her husband was not killed while
actually In service," explained Has
brooke, "and hi death was a most
tragic one." The colonel looked round
the room nnd seeing James, the black
butler, standing behind his chair, hold
ing a napkin and corkscrew, he said:
"I shall ring when I want you,
When the negro had bowed himself
from the room, Col. Hasbrooke contin
ued. "Yes, Mrs. Lancaster's life has
been a sad one; she has revealed the
great grief of her life to very few, and
then only to her most Intimate friends.
She had been married tolincastcronly
about two year when the first shot
from Fort Sumter set his blood on
fire. He was one of the first in South
Carolina to offer his services, and ns he
had had somcmllilnry traliiingond was
highly educated he was made n captain
of a company. He made a good record
but was taken II! when his regiment
was stationed nt 11 little town in the
mountains of East Tennessee nnd was
ordered home on a furlough. Aa It was
in the month of August, Mrs. Lancaster
thought that thn climate of Charles
ton would not be so good for him as that
of Teunrsiee, so she tcgraphrd him to
wait and she would Join him. She met
him with htr only child, n baby in
arms, nnd they started through the
mountains to a retreat that had been
recommended to them as n highly suit
able resting place. Hut on that Journey
they met with the catastrophe which
blighted her whole life. The moun-
time, aa there wa relaeUaet
among the men at (0 who ibobM It.
They had gotten over thU dlfciealty by
drawing straw and the mB ttpoa
whom the task had fallen fca1 pnm
Itcd that he would drown the child, thai
Its death might be an easy one. Thl
was the only crumb of comfort the
poor lady got; think of that, gentle
men, she could only hope that her son'
death had been quick and painless. The
dying man refused to tell who had un
dertaken the crime." The colonel
paused, stroking his gray Van Dykr
beard. "Is It any wonder that ber face
Is sad and her hair whiter'
"It Is reported In Charleston that
tm has bnd manv advantageous of
fer of marriage," put in Mr. Hardy,
ns he emptied his wine glass.
"Hundreds of them," enthused the
colonel. "Why, (Jen. Bcauelare fol
lowed her about like a slave and so did
Senator Wnugli; I couldn't count the
men who were in love with her, but
rhe turned 'cm all down."
The promenadcr had quitted the
veranda, nnd there was a light touch
on the piano in the drawing-room and
a swrci voice singing on old song.
"That Is her!' cried the colonel,
whose enthusiasm was not often gov
erned by rules of grammar.
ThU wns the signal for leaving tho
table, nmJ the men went Into the big,
nncicnt-louklng parlor where the ,
lights burned low and tho breeze from
the distant mountains fanned the laca
curtains into the room. Evelyn sat in
a rocking-ehalr, her eyes on the sing
er' fare. Caroline was noiselessly
placing r. whist table and playing
cards near the center of the room.
She, hei father, Mr. Hardy and Capt.
Winkle were the only ones who were
fond of the game.
"nut we shall Interrupt the sing
ing," protested the colonel, when ha
noticed the preparations.
"I shall stop If you don't go on with
the tramc." declared the gentle oM
lady, a smile crossing her sweet, sad
face; "and furthermore, I shall not
sing unless you all talk over your
To this the Jovial host agreed un
der prolest,and the whlst-player took
their places. Evelyn sat at the end
of the piano nenr enough to touch the
tlbow of the sluger. There waa In
finite pathos'ln Mrs. Lancaster' voice
as she sang:
"Dcy ain't no use fer to fret an' pine,
Steady on do way, believers.
It's de same olo worl' w'en de sun don't
Steady on do way, believers."
The colonel was dealing the cards,
but he made n mistake in the count.
and with a low laugh he threw the
cards down. "I must wait till that one
is over, nnywny," lm whispered. "That
blamed tiling always gets tho best of
wor'.' In de sun an' de
fVi-.V ..- m-iZ.
VT'slfMlfi " '"
After supper that night the three
gentlemen remained at the table after
the ladles had left, to smoke anil drink
Ihclrwlnr. The window sot the big din-Ing-hall
opened like a door onto the
veranda, and Capt, Winkle, faultlessly
attired In Tuxedo coat, low waistcoat
and snowy shirt and necktie, watched
THE MTTLD CAP WORN HY THE
1IAUY STAINED WITH ULOOD.
tains iu thnt section, like the moun
tains here, were infested with bandits
who lived upon plundering- stragglers,
no matter of what politics. And it was
a gang of these reckless ruffians Into
which they ran. They were in a spring
wagon driven by u negro, who hnd nil
along shown himself to be an arrant
coward. The first r.otlflcaton of dan
ger was the sudden appearance from
the bushc of half a dozen tinned men,
who demanded that the party alight
that the vehicle might be senrcluil.
Evidently Capt. Lancaster, who hap
pened to he holding the child in his
urros, thought Dint Immediate obedi
ence was best, so he got out, telling the
men that he had In hi tickets nil the
money nnd valuables the wagon con
tained. He wns still holding the child
on one arm ami opening hi pockets
with another when the negro, sielcg
that the robbers were not noticing the
wagon, whipped up the horses nnil
drove uwny nt full speed. Mrs. Lancas
ter trltd to stop him, but he wns wild
with terror, nnd ns, the robbers were
now firing nfter them, he ducked his
head nnd applied the lash. The wom
an was helpless; the negro was strong
nnd half Insane. She argueti wnii iiiui
nnd pleaded with him to stop and let
her out, but he drove on like n madman.
It was not till they had reached a farm
house nine miles from the scene of the
robbery that she Induced the negro to
stop. Here they were received by a fam
ily In which there was one man too old
to do service in the war. He said he
was willing to do what he could for her,
but that the 'bushwhackers,' who were
a power In the land, would hang him If
lie molested their plans. He went out
to see If he could get together any of
hi neighbors who would help her, but
when be returned at dusk he brought
the Intelligence that he could find no
body who would dare lake a hand fn
such an enterprise, bhe spent mat
night In the farmhouse ami tlie next
dav she drove back absolutely alone In
search other husband nnd child. Nenr
the spot where she hnd been separated
from them she found her husband'uhat,
the little cap worn by the baby, stained
with blood, and n pool of blood by the
roadside. She spent, nil that day alone
on that road and returned nt night to
the farmhouse. Here she stayed a
month making Inquiries nnd searches
In nil directions for more conclusive
proof of the death ot her child nnd
husband. Finally the old farmer came
to her one day with th report that one
of the robber had Just died a ad that
he had made a deathbed eeaf esale that
he had shot and
Us thnt ladle furtively a they, am ' The baby, hejjM. wi
Ulled Capt- iMWMter .
"It's de same ol
Same on dc hilltop an' same on de plain,
80 keep up yo' houl!n' an' keep on yo,
Steady on de way, believers.
"Dey's a creat bis blossom on de wster
Steady or. de way. believers:
Fur peace come 'long w'en you done wld
80 ktcp up yo' shoutln' an' keep on yo
8leady on do way, believers."
Thcic was Just the faintest quiver in
Mrs. l.ancaitcr'8 voice, which Evslyn
hlotic noticed, and a hint of moisture
in her ecs as the melody died In the
htlll room. She turned townrds the
card phiyers, who, with the exception
al tho dapper captain, secmcu ueep
ly moved by her soug.
"I knew I would stop your game,"
shu laughed, "you arc too polite to
enjoy life. Come, Evelyn, let's lake
The vjew from the veranda, vvus
beautiful, and as the two walked back
and forth across, the wide floor arm in
arm they enjoyed It silently. The moon
had rl-en nnd hung like n great globe
of yellow light Just beneath a float- '
Ing" canopy of illmy clouds. Two
rows of wind-moved elms stretched
out past the great Iron-wrought gate
nnd between gleamed the white chert
drive. On a sloping lawn to the left
lay luxuriant parterres of flowers di
versified by vvell-kept walks, and
smooth plots of grass. Near the cen
ter stood a fountain, its spray gleam
ing like rain In an April shower
against the dark background of mag
nolia trees. The air which fanned
their faces wns laden with the per
fume of hyacinth and roses. When
they had walked several minutes In
sileut-e th?y paused at the window
from vvhlrh they hud reached the ver
anda, and looked In on the player.
Mr. Hardy was dealing thn cards' and
Capt. Winkle wns relating some sort
t f experience of his own which
seemed to have roused the Interest ot
"Of course," the captain was saying,
"tho fellow's challenge wasngreatsur
prlsc to me. I confess that I did drive
against him out of pure devilment, for
I had heard what an egotistical, pre
sumptive ass he was, an' I wanted to
pay him back for throwing my tip
in the river as if he were the prince
of Wales, but he.'iven knows, I didn't
think IM get a bloody duel on my
hands. Ah you know, colonel, there
was nothing for me to do but to
to make him see the absurdity of the
"I suppose not," returned the colonel,
in a iionctimmlllul tone. Whatever
may have been his seerct opinion of
Winkle's valor he knew his duty as
host too well to Impugn It, or torendee
bin guest uncomfortable by sharp crit
icism. "And whnt did you say to him?''
"Why, I told him, of course, that Ida
challenge was 11 proof of downright,
covvnrdlec; that he knew well euough,
that u man iu my position could not
fight a man In hit. That settled him.
He retired like a whipped cur."
"And j 011 dhl not explain or apolo
gize?" slipped almost unconsciously;
from the lips of the colonel.
"Not I. I assure vou; ha, ha! Apolo
gize to him! Thnt would have rulneil
Evelyn grasped the hand ot Mrs.
Lancaster, nervously, and drew hen
across the room to the players. 1
"Your story, Capt. Winkle," ibe said,
her eje flashing, "reminds me icry,
much of a piece of fiction I have read)
somewhere. The circumstance were
Identically the same except that the of
ficer In the story allowed the hero ta
humiliate him by cutting off the but
ton and shoulder-straps from hi uni
form. I am so glad your experience did
not end that way. The truth to yews
ease w far aore agreeable thaa tfc
ictlon to the other." -"jM
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