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Stikeen River journal. (Fort Wrangel, Alaska) 1898-1899, October 14, 1899, Image 2

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There is no wrong, by any one commit
But will recoil;
Its sure return, with double ill repeated,
No skill can foil.
As on the earth the mist it yields to
Descends in rain.
So on his head whoe'er has evil given
It falls again.
It is the law of life that retribution
Shall follow wrong;
ttt never fails, although the execution
May tarry long.
Then let us be, with uurelaxed endeavor,
Just, true and right,
That the great law of recompense may
Our hearts delight.
II K harrowing
conviction w a s
forcing itself up
on Miss Sophia's
mind that her
brother, ltev. Ilnr
moud Pendleton,
at the mature age
of 44, had actually fallen In love. This
fact was in itself ail offense to Miss
Sophia, but it was not all, for the min
ister bad committed the supreme folly
of losing Ills heart to a chit of a girl,
and a most objectionable young per
son altogether in Miss Sophia’s eyes.
"Now if lie bad only fallen !u love
with Mary," mused Miss Sophia.
"She is a most estimable young
woman. But that doll-faced, vain,
frivolous Lottie——” mid Miss So
phia groaned. "A man of ids age and
a minister of the gospel to lose his wits
over a pink and while complexion and
yellow hair! Oil, it is too bad. If 1
only knew of some way to disenchant
Just then two girls and a young man
passed along the street. One of the
girls was tall, dark haired and stately;
the other was pink-checked and yel
low-haired. Her hands were full of
roses and her laughing blue eyes were
uplifted to the face of the young man
by her side.
Miss Sophia snorted with disgust.
"Flirting, as usual, the shameless
piece!" she ejaculated. "A nice min
ister's wife she would make! Har
mon's an idiot!"
Then Miss Saphla suddenly awoke
to tlic fact that the hired girl had been
left much too long to her own devices,
and rose hastily to her feet. In so do
ing she tripped over a stool and gave
her ankle a severe wrench.
A little later ltev. Harmon Pendle
ton returned home and found Miss So
phia with her foot on a stool and her
ankle swathed in bandages.
"Why. Sophia, what lias happened?"
asked the minister.
"I've sprained my ankle," replied
Miss Sophia, with grim disgust. "I
can't so much as put my foot on the
"Why, tills is indeed bad,” mur
mured ltev. Harmon.
"Ami that is not all." said Miss So
phia. "Martini lias just had word that
her mother is very ill and to come
home immediately. What to do 1
can't imagine.”
"Why, get another girl.”
"Since when lias it become so easy
to get lielp in Westonville at a mo
ment's notice?” ejaculated Miss So
phia, with extreme scorn.
"I met Miss Armiger down the
street." said the minister with sudden
inspiration. "She intends stopping on
her way home. Perhaps she can think
of a way out of the difficulty.”
"I don't doubt It; Mary Armiger is
a most superior young woman,” said
Miss Sophia, with emphasis.
"Yes, stie is indeed,” readily assent
ed the minister.
"So utterly unlike her sister Lottie,”
suplenieutcd Miss Sophia.
"Yes, they are very unlike, certain
ly,” said the minister quietly.
“Did you meet Lottie also?” asked
Miss Sophia, furtively watching iter
brother’s face. "She passed with
Charlie Saunders, making eyes at him
as usual. What an audacious llirt that
girl is.”
! "Oh, I have uot seen Lottie," replied
the minister, and then lie added:
"Here conies Miss Armiger now.”
He passed into the hall, returning
in a few minutes with Mary Armiger.
"Why, Miss Sophia, I am sorry to
lienr of your accident,” she said.
She hail soft dark eyes and a low,
sweet voice.
"I was just telling Sophia that per
haps you may lie able to help her In
her present awkward predicament,”
said the minister. “Martha's mother
Is ill, and she is going home tills aft
“Why, that Is too bad,” said Mary
Armiger. “How long will Martha be
“A week at least,” replied Miss So
“How would it do for me to come
and keep house for you,” asked Mary,
after a few moments' thought. “Fa
ther and mother are going away to
morrow for about two weeks. There's
(the Widow Mason's daughter, Sarah,
who would, I nm sure, he glad to come
and do the rough work.”
“You would he doing me a kindness
I should not soon forget," replied Miss
Sophia, with surprising eagerness.
In fact she was really delighted with
the plan. What an opportunity it
would afford to bring Mary Armiger’s
sterling ijunlitlcs under the observa
tion of the minister! lie was fully
cognizant of her usefulness in the
church, her good work among the
poor and suffering of the parish; her
domestic virtues could now he demon
strated to him.
Miss Sophia looked at her brother,
lie was gazing gratefully ami appre
elately at Miss Armlger.
"No one la trouble ever appeals to
you In vain, Miss Mary,” lie said.
"Hut this Is really something of au
“Not at all. I shall be very glad
Indeed to come. Only,” with a slight
hesitation, "I nm afraid 1 should be
obliged to bring Lottie, as there will
be no one at home.”
Miss Sophia’s brow darkened; tlie
minister's pale face flushed slightly.
"By all means bring Miss Lottie,”
he said, ns Miss Sophia remained si
Lifting her eyes one evening a week
later, Miss Sophia saw upon tlie porch
quite distinctly, for the moon was
shining brightly, Mary Armiger anil
Charlie Saunders. She stiffened in
her ehair. Mary and Charlie being to
gether, It followed that Lottie anil the
minister were bearing each other com
pany. There rose before Miss Soplda’s
mind’s eye a distracting vision of Lot
tie, lovely in her white gown, with
pink roses in her yellow linir. The
next moment, however, all thought of
Lottie, engaged in luring the minister
to return to his former folly, was
driven from Miss Sophia's mind, for
Charlie Saunders had placed ids arm
about Mary's waist and kissed her
upon the lips.
Miss Sophia gasped in astonishment
and horror. Could she have seen
aright? Mary Armiger, the model of
all that is best in womanhood, permit
ting an insolent hoy to kiss her un
rebuked !
As Miss Sophia sat bewildered the
couple moved toward her.
"Why, Miss Sophia, you arc nil in the
dark; I'll light the lamp," said Mary,
as she stepped through the low win
dow into the room, followed by Char
Miss Sophia sat in grim silence until
Mary had lighted the lamp. She fixed
her eyes sternly upon Mary. Certainly
she had never seen the elder Miss
Armiger look quite so pretty before.
There was a pink Hush in her cheeks
and her dark eyes were soft and
"Mary Armiger. did I really see that
young man kissing you a few moments
ago or did my eyes deceive me?" asked
Miss Soplda, with uncompromising ab
Mary blushed, while Charlie, to Miss
Soplda's intense Indignation, began to
"I I am afraid that you did, Miss
Soplda," faltered Mary. "You see, l
had just promised to marry Id in."
“What!" gasped Miss Sophia. "That
worthless young scamp, who does
nothing hut flirt with your sister.
"Now, Miss Soplda, that's too had."
cried Charlie. "Lottie and l never
thought of such a thing. She knows
that I've been in love with Mary for
ever so long."
before Miss Soplda had time to col
lect her scattered wits sufficiently to
make a reply the minister and Lottie
entered the room. Lottie's cheeks were
pinker than the roses slm wore in her
hair, and the minister's eyes were
I'or a moment Miss Soplda's eyes lin
gered llrst upon the girl and thou upon
her brother, and she made a quick
movement to rise from her clialr. The
minister enme to iier assistance.
"I wish to go to my room,” she said,
laying her hand upon her brother’s
arm, hut keeping her face studiously
averted from him and the other oc
cupants of the parlor.
When they reached her bedroom
door she stopped and turned a rather
white face toward him.
“I supose you will i>crm!t me to re
main until you are married to that
doll?" she said.
"Why, Sophia, surely you are not
thinking of deserting me, now that I
shall need you more than ever?" ex
claimed tlie minister. “You see, if I
were going to marry a woman like Ma
ry Armiger, now”—and a suspicion of
a smile crossed his lips, but was
quickly suppressed—“I should not re
quire any one to keep house for ine.
But it being Lottie makes it a very
different matter.”
For a moment or two Miss Sophia
said nothing.
“Humph!” she at length replied.
“I’ll think about remaining.”
Australian Gold.
Melbourne dispatches reckon the to
tal Australian gold product for the first
foil" mouths of 1800 at 1,241,430 ounces,
against 1,008,383 ounces In the same
period of 1808. This would make an
annual Increase of nearly 700,000
Comparative Safety.
It has been estimated that steamers
are 20 per cent, safer than sailing ves
Gen. Ornlifo n Striking Example of
American Pluck.
No bettor example of American pluck
and perseverance lins been seen In re
cent years tlian that displayed hy Gen
eral H. Hurd Grubb, former minister
to Spain and. once candidate for Gov
ernor of New Jersey. For years the
General was distinguished for Ills
prominence In military and public af
fairs. He spent his money unstinting
ly and was one of the most generous
men of hts State.
It was as a partner of the llrtn of
William M. Kaufman & Co., Iron,
founders, of Sheridan, Pa., that lit' lostl
Ills fortune, lie had Jobnd the firm nJ
n special partner, lie thought, hut when
their crash came he discovered that lie
was a general partner and personally
liable for all the linn's debts Instead of
for the amount represented by the
stock he held.
In 1800 he was hurried off as minister
to Spain oil twenty-four hours' notice.
He loft power of attorney with three
friends and gave directions that they
were to Investigate all Ids linanelnl af
fairs and particularly his Interests In
the Iron company at Sheridan. Their
report showed that he had an Income of
$1(10,000 a year. He returned from
Spain In 181)2. In 185)3 the great panic.
gkn. k. nn;i> ournn.
came and Iron went out through the
bottom tlnanolally. t.rubb lost every
thing except hope.
lie closed his magnificent home, sent
liis family to friends in Loudon, lived
In a room at tin* works on ltd cents a
day, studying the situation there and
then interested Ihiglish capital with
which he kept the works moving. This
was later withdrawn by (Srubb accept
ing options on It.j Siiu-e the revival in
iron Industries lit*lias formed a $3,000,
i on syndicate and is get ting the ldg end
of the immense profits of tlie business,
lie will shortly reopen bis magnificent
home and live once more in the luxury
of former days,
Torn ulo Tears Away Most I’eniurk*
nbie bridge in Coicitrv.
When the tornado tore its way
through tile town of I Listings. Minn..
It took with it the must remarkable
bridge in the country. When the local
engineer set to work to solve the prob
lem of how to make a bridge sutH
ciently high fur the Mississippi boats to
pass under, and yet not so high as to
make a hoisting apparatus necessary
for tlie vehicles that would pass over,
he wished to build an incline roadway
that would begin some distance from
the river and lead gently up to and over
the structure, but the Hastings town
officials objected. They wanted the
public highway preserved intact, and
they wanted the bridge as well, and
they told the engineer that lie coubli
take the puzzle home with him and
solve it or resign in favor of a more
ingenious man.
Tlie engineer brought the solution
down to the officials next day, and they
at once sanctioned the construction of
the remarkable bridge shown In the
cut. The inclined roadway Is there
but instead of going strnlght ahead
from a point a distance away, it cork
screws within a small space, being ele
vated on pillars that increase In height
ns the bridge rises until tbe level of tbe
span Is reached. Passengers on foot
and travelers In vehicles wind around
a spiral roadway, first going toward
the river and then turning their backs
to it and then facing around toward it
again, until at last they find themselves
on the bridge proper. Until the cy
clone came along and signified Its dis
approval of the freak structure by de
molishing it, the bridge had served
well the needs of tbe people of Hast
A Long Beard.
Just before W. V. Smith, of Flor
ence, Kan., goes to hod he carefullyi
places his heard lit a muslin bag. Afterj
he has entered tbe bed he puts the
bag under his pillow. His beard la
nearly eight feet long.
We desire to announce to the general public that we have
on hand a complete line of
General Merchandise
Consisting of Groceries and Provisions, Clothing, Hoots and
Shoes, Rubber Goods, Mackinaws and a Full Line of
The Pioneer Merchants
^<r THE
Fort Wrangel Brewery!
BRUNO GRIEF - - Proprietor
The Best Place; in Wrangel.
Keeps the Finest Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Made from Pure Malt and Hops.
Bottled Beer a Specialty.
Patronize Home Industry and you will be Happy.
The Warwick
All Kinds of Imported and Domestic Wines, Liquors
and Cigars.
Fort Wrangel Hotel, Fort Wrangel, Alaska.
Wholesale Dealers in
Wines, Liquors and Cigars
I,v I I.v I I.v ! Due | Due I.v { I.v Due I.v Due
Pan Scuttle I Juneau > Dyea i Sitka Dyea ' San
Fran Su. in. | ISkugway1 I.v Juneau Seattle Seattle Fran
Cisco Tacoma : ; I Sitka Skagwav, ; cisco
10 a. m. a. in. | South bd I Tacoma Tacoma1 a. in.
JuTy 25 July 29 Aug. 2 Aug. 3 Aug. 4 Aug. 3 Aug. ", Aug. 8 Aug. 12'Aug. 15
•< 30 Aug. 3 “ 8 “ 9. I '■ 9 *• 10 " 14 " 17! '• '20
Aug 4 •• 8 •• 12 “ 13 •• 14 •« 13 “ 15 •• 19> “ 2.1 •• 25
.. 9 ■■ 13 .1 17 » 18 19 “ IS “ 20 “ 241 “ 27' “ 30
<■ 14 II 18 “ 23 “ 24 “ 24 “ 25 “ 29Scpt. 1 Sept. 4
*■ 19 “ 23 “ 27 “ 28 “ 29! “ 28 “ 3U Sept. 3 •• 6) 9
1. 24 “ 28 Sept. 1 Sept. 2 Sept. 3 Sept. 2 Sept. 4 “ 8 11 “ 14
“ 29 Sept. 2 " 7 *• 8 ! '• 8| “ 9 “ 13 “ Its ,‘ 19
Sept. 3 “ 7 12 •* 13 •* 13 “ 13 “ 14 " 18 21 " 24
II 8 “ 12 “ 17 “ 18 “ 23; " 18 “ 19 “ 23! “ 28 “ 29
•« 19 “ 17 “ 22 “ 23 i “ 23 " 24 “ 28 Oct. 1 Oct. 3
■ • 18 « 22 « 28 '• 28 Oct. 3| *■_281 “_29 Oct._31 •« 6i ■* »
Steamers ca.l at Mary Island, Ketchikan and Wratigel, north and south hound. The Cottage
City will call ut Victoria, 11. C„ north and south bound. The above dates areonly approximate*.
For further Information obtain folder. The Company reserves the right to change without pre
vious notice, steamers' sailing date or hour of sailing.
agents; McKinnon wharf and Forwarding Co., Wranee!. II. F Robinson, Alaska Supt., Ju
neau. T. F. Trowbridge, Puget Sound Supt., Seattle. GOUDALL, PLRKINS & CO., General
Agent*, San Fruneisco.

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