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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
a pier to the craft of Captain Jacobs, the party con sisting of two men and two women. The company was invited to the cabin by Captain Jacobs. "Captain," said the head of the party, "do you object to making a good sum of money as a pilot? " "Oh, no," responded Captain Jacobs, "not if it is made a sufficient object." "Captain, I understand that you are not an American born. If you will act as pilot of the Span ish fleet which will shortly sail for these parts you will get $35,000. We wish to elude any ships that may pursue us in evading pursuit after ravaging the New England coast." Captain Jacobs shook his head. "We will make the offer $50,000 then," persisted the agent, but still Captain Jacobs declined. " What do you say to $75,000 ? " "Not at any price," he said gently but firmly. Observing that it was useless to continue, the party rose to go. "I am stopping at the hotel, cap tain," said the agent with a certain significance. " Should you desire to call upon me we should be pleased to see you before you sail." Captain Jacobs slept upon the proposition, but never called at the hotel to accept. The plan was that the captain should meet the Spanish fleet and proceed to the New England coast and work down. The most precious relic in all England is an old Gothic chair which stands in the chapel of Saint Ed ward, in Westminster Abbey. It is made of black oak in the Gothic style, says the Chicago Record, and the back is covered with carved inscriptions, includ ing the initials of many famous men. The feet are four lions. The seat is a large stone, about thirty inches long by eigheeen wide and twelve inches thick, and all the sovereigns of England for the last eight hundred years have sat upon it when they were crowned. The chair is known as the Coronation Chair, and the stone is claimed to be the same which Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, used as a pillow when he lay down to sleep on the starlit plains of judah. The kings of Israel* were crowned upon this stone from the time that they ruled a nation-David. Saul, Solomon, and the rest. The story goes that 580 years before the Christian era, at the time of the Babylonian captivity, Circa daughter of Zedekiah/the last king of Judah, arrived in Ireland, and was married at fara to Heremon, a prince of the Tuatha de Danan—which is said to be . the Celtic name of the tribe of Dan. The traditions relate that this ptrincess went origfinally to Egypt in charge of the prophet Jeremiah, her guardimi, and the pal ,cc of Taphenes, in which they resided there was discovered in 1886 by Dr. Petrie, the archaelogist. They went hence to Ireland, and from Circa an I Heremon, Queen Victoria traces her descent, through James I, who placed the lion of the tribe of Judah upon the British standard. Jeremiah is said to have concealed this sacred stone at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the Jews, and to have brought it, "the stone of the testimony," Bethel, the only wit ness of the compact between Jehovah and Israel, to Ireland, whence it was known as the Ha phail (stone wonderful). It was carried to Scotland by Fergus I, and thence to London in the year 1200, and has been used at the coronation of every king and queen of England from Edward I down to the time of Victoria. This tale is, of course, purely legendary, but very interesting nevertheless. A large number of English men and women believe they are descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and support several soci eties and periodicals whose special aim it is to prove the truth of this assumption. Marriages by order were so common, says Prince Kropotkin in the October Atlantic, that amongst our servants, each time a young couple saw that they might be ordered to marry, although they had no mutual inclination for each other, they took the precaution of standing together as godfather and godmother at the christening of a child in one of the peasant families. This rendered marriage impossible, according to the Russian church law. The stratagem was usually successful, but once it ended in a drama. Andrei, the tailor, fell in love with a girl belonging to one of our neighbors. He hoped that my father would let him go free, as a tailor, in exchange for a certain yearly payment, and that by working hard at his trade he could manage to lay some money aside and to puy freedom for the girl. Otherwise, in marrying one of my father's serfs she would have be come the serf of her husband's master. However, as Andrei and one of the maids of our household foresaw that they might be ordered to marry, they agreed to unite as godparents in the christening of a child. What they hid feared happened: one day they were called to the master, and the dreaded order was given. "We are always obedient to your will," they re plied, "but a few weeks ago we acted as godfather and godmother at ft christening." Andrei also ex plained his wishes and intentions. The result was that he was sent to the recruiting board to become a soldier. Military service in those times was terrible. It required a man to serve twenty-five years under the colors, and the life of a soldier was hard in the ex treme. Blows from the sergeant and the officers, flogging with birch rods and with sticks, for the slightest fault, were the normal state of affairs. The cruelty that was displayed surpassed all imagination. Thus Andrei had now to face for twenty-five years