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I I1ERR STEINHAKDFS NEMESIS . I
BY J. MACLAREN COBBAN. CHAPTER XII Continue!. "It is not for nie, Fraulein, " I answered, "to say how w icked he is. 15ut I have told you ho is behaving very harshly to the dead man's daugh ter more than harshly, for lie has even liil her away in n strange town, to try every means to make her marry his foii, in order that he may not have to give n account of the ieail man's property. And here is a letter which I have re reived this morning from her other guardian, who was Ilerr Steinhardt's beet friend when lie first came to Eng htnd, and whom he has almost ruined. He has found the young lady, and taken her to his own house; but lie fears he cannot keep her, for Ilerr Steinhardt may now ruin him outright. I must therefore return; and tnis, Fraulein, is my only hope of effectual ly hindering Herr Steiuhardt from do ing what he will by frigtening him with my knowledge. But I do not yet know enough to do that. It will thus be seen that I told Frau lein Haas ju6t enough of the case to convince her of its urgency; but she guessed something I had not told her. "I understand now, Herr Pastor," ehe said, "why you are so interested in Emmanuel Steinhardt's crime; it is more love than vengeance that pushes you on. And that, too, Herr Pastor, will make you better understand why I am interested in Emmanuel Stein hardt," she said, simply, looking r.ot at me, but at her thin clasped hands. "He was many years ago not the Herr Steinhardt he seems to be now; he was good and gentle, though his heart and mind were set on being rich. But I detain you, ' she added, glancing up suddenly. Her hands tightened their clasp on each other. "If," she said, with rapidly growing vehemence, "I tell you what I have seen, in order that you may be able to deliver the dis tressed young Fraulein, promise me, Herr Pastor, for the sake of my past, and as you hope to be happy and peace ful in the future promise me that you will use what I tell you only for the purpose you say, and that you will keep it, so far as ever you can, from becom ing public!" I gave the promise at once without reserve. "And," she said, "you will leave Emmanuel Steinhardt's punishment in the hands of Almighty God?" I answered I would though It was a strange question to have to answer. Phe then turntd almost away from me, partly, I thought, that she might be less conscious of my presence, but more that she might concentrate her attention on her recollections. Her hands clasped and unclasped several times before they settled, the one in the other, and she began : "It was, I think, in the March month of a year ago. I had slept a loiig time very soundly, for I had been very tired, when suddenly I felt as if I were taken up and carried away far away; and I was made to look at Em manuel Steinhardt. He looked at me me if he wished me to help him; at his feet was a large wooden box, the lid of which, I was made to understand, would not ciose. From the opening protruded a human hand, strangely discolored. I awoke all trembling. I put out my own hand to nu.ke sure I was in my own bed; my mother was sleeping quietly leside me. I tried to dismiss the vision from my mind fool ish dream, I thought it. liut I could tlaep no more. In two or three hours it was daylight, and I arose. I went about my duties all the day as usual; 1 was busy, and had the impression of the vision much worn away when I went t bed in the evening rather early, because I was very tired. 1 had Blept not very long, when again I was as if seized up and whirled away, again to see Emmanuel Steinhardt, with something at his feet again not now the wooden box, which was aside, but three packages of canvas. Again Em manuel Steinhardt looked at me, as if be wished mo to go to him, and again I awoke, all trembling." She puused in her story of the vis ions, took her handkerchief and wipd her damp brow with trembling band. I watched her intently, a sensation of creeping excitement and mystery held me bound to her quiet but intense recital. She resumed suddenly, with out looking at me. "I slept no more that night fer thinking of what I had seen, and eo I saw Emmanuel Steinhardt no more; I tried to sleep in order that I might, but I could not. A terrible night to me it was. But next night 1 was sleeping a light, disturbed sleep, when I was taken away again to Emmanuel Steinhardt; this time I knew I was not in a room; there was no light. He looked at me across a newly dug spot of ground, and then turned away. I did not really wake, though I felt con scious I was in my own bed at the same time as I was held where he had left me, close to a wall. After some time, how long I cannot tell, he came back with a rope. I knew at once what he was going to do before be had done it fasten the rope in an iron something on the other side of the wall and pull it over. I do not know why I did not think it impossible for a single man to pull a wall down with a rope, but I did not. In a little while he pulled, and the wall fell flat, and, curiously, un broken, covering over the newly dug spot and all arouund it. Then I awoke, as with the noise, and slept no more. After that night I saw him again for several nights, for a dim moment or two, at the same place. They were but glimpses, which, as the nights passed on, became dimmer and dimmer, and then ceased altogether until some weeks ago, when again I was summoned to fare him at that same place with the fallen wall. Hu looked at me earnestly, and then over his shoulder at some oi.e whom I did not see but who I kne ho feared was watching him. This happened three, four times, and then no more. There has br-en no more yet, but what may be, God only knows. ' That is ull," she said, with a sigh as of relief, turning to me. "And now, Ilerr Pastor, you know what I have had to teli, and you will not forget your promise to me you will not set yourself to bring pun ishment on Emmanuel Stein h irdt." , "I shall hold my promise to you, Fraulein," said I, "as sacred." Possessed as I was with the exciting thought engendered by her story, I waB almost forgetting that I had no result ofmy mission which I could show or tell to Steinhardt, and the time at my dis posal must be very short. I looked at my watch; I had half an hour to spare. There was no time for the expression of wonder, or of any kind of fitting com ment upon what I had heard. Seeing me look at my watch, she rose. "And now," she said, "you must go quickly, I suppose, to your hotel, and then to the station." "Yes," I said. "But there is one thing, Fraulein, I had tlmost forgotten; not of a painful sort," I made .haste to add, for she had reassumed her expres sion of close endurance and resignation. "I came as Herr Steinhardt's messen ger, and I have no message I can carry back to him." She sat down again, took a sheet of, paper from a drawer, and wrote in the middle of the page, in a small German hand, a few words, which she signed. When she had written she handed the paper to me, saying, "You may read." I read (the words were in German) - "Repent, and turn away from your evil, before it is too late." This, enclosed in an envelope, and addressed, I put in my pocket for Steinhardt. There remained now but one thing for me to do to say farewell to Fraulein Haas, the poor, lonely lady, who 6till with fond regret cherished her memory of a man who was to me the greatest villain on earth. How I longed I could do something to cheer her life, say even some proper word of comfort and hope! But I felt hei spirit dwelt on heights too great for any commonplace words of consolation from me to reach. I therefore Dade her a silent farewell. She held my hand a moment. "If anything happens to him," she said, "you will send me word?" I answered I would: and the next moment she was turned awav from me. and the next I was out of the room, anil had eeen my last of Fraulein Haas. When I was in the train, rushing back toward England, I unex eetcdiy found that I was bearing away with me a pathetic memento of her, and that 1 had left her a memento of myself. I put my hand into my pocket to find Birley's letter, but could find only the following lithographed form, instead. I suppose I had taken it from her table when I meant to take up the letter which I had laid down. The poor lady might have been looking at it before I entered her room. This was the form: "Meine Verlobung mit Fraulein Emilie Haas von Liestal zeiie ich hiemit ergebenst an Basel, November, 1854. "Emmanuel Steinhardt." (My engagement with Fraulein Emilie Hass of Lieetal I herewith make public in Basel) CHAPTER XIII. In what a fever of excitement, anx iety, and hope I made the journey home, I need not stay to describe. The story of Lacroix's fate I could now fill in to its last detail; I knew where his mutilated remains lay buried, or at least I knew a spot which coincided with that described by Fraulein Haas, so what remained for me to do was to bring the fact of my knowledge home to Steinhardt in a manner so forcible that he could not refuse to make terms to me more than this I could not ac comnlish, even if I would, considering my promise to Fraulein Haa9. But in the sequel I had my conviction re impressed that I was in this business but the agent of a Higher Power. I reached Timperley very late on Sat urday night, but in spite of the late ness of the hour and my weariness I went at once to Birley's; I had warned him of my coming by telegram from London. I found him waiting for me, and with him, as I had hoped, but scarcely expected, his ward Louise. I fear his cheerful greeting passed for almost nothing with me in comparison with hers. Her manner was undemon strative, but there was, I felt, a cordial sincerity in it which came from her true heart, and I was fluttered with hope. There were, however, things more serious and immediate to be talked of than matters of love could then be considered. I inquired concerning Steinhardt, and was told that they bad not yet eeen him. What, I asked Birley, did he propose to do ii Steinhardt came and demanded the surrender of his ward? would he admit him? "Admit him?" he exclaimed. "Of course. There is no use in shutting him out. He can sell me up in this house and jtben tura me out, he has a bill of sale on everything, and he has been holding it back for some time, to use it now, I expect, but Louise shan't go back to him, unless she likes; I'll find some roof to shelter me and her. Yea," said he, turning his bright face! npon her, "we'll get thro' it all right." "You are both very good to m," said she, going to him, and shedding some tears on his shoulder. "There now there," said he, pat ting her. Then turning to me, "She means you, 'too, my lad." "Yes," said she, resuming her seat, and looking down, "Mr. Birley has told me all you have done for me to find out about my poor father and all that he and you suspect, too. And I cannot oh, I cannot!" she cried, shuddering and (leasing her hands to her eyes "look at that terrible, cruel man again!" "I could not help telling her, my lad," said Birley, in answer to a look of reproach from me. "The old chap wrote questions to her about th' papers you found, and 1 had to explain." "But," said I, in some alarm, "you know, Miss Lacroix, we nm-t not, we cannot denounce him we murt not, I doubt, say anything till we have some evidence that he is really the man. I think, I am sure, I soon shall have that evidence, but even then we must be careful what we say." This, I was glad to find, was not re garded as more than a general, though confident, expression of hope, so I was not asked awkard questions. Now that my anxiety concerning Louise was for the time allayed, I felt exceedingly tired. I promised to call next day to tell them about my journey, and rose to go to my lodgings, where my land lady, I knew, or her herculean son, would still be sitting up for me. Birley accompanied me to the door, talking according to his wont. He put on a cap which hung in the hall, and, leaving the door adjar, walked with me to the gate. The air refreshed me, and, full as I was of Fraulein Haas's revelation, I felt impelled to tell Birley something of it. Thus, almost uncon sciously, we wakled away from the eate down the lane leading to the high road, and I was led into telling him all, the more so that he did not seem sceptical of the value of her visions. We had thus left the house some minutes, how many 1 cannot tell, when several sounds like screams in rapid succession rose behind us into the still night. We stopped together and looked at each other. "By the L d!" exclaimed Birley. "I left the door open!" We were hurried back by a common impulse. We found the door adjar, apparently as we had left it, but when e entered and approached the room in which we had been sitting e heard Steinhart's voice. "Well, 'Manuel," said Birley, when we were in the room, "so you've come; I expected you wouldn't be long." Steinhardt turned (Louise wat'hed him from the other side of the table with fear in her eyes) ; he did not answer his brother-in-law, but stared at me. "What is the meaning of this?" he atked. "Were do you come from?" "From lasel," I answered, "whers I was not wanted. Fraulein ILiaa wised to see yon, not me; she is well, and it is for you she is anxious, not for lier-elf. She sent you a line by me;" I handed him the letter. Ho impatiently tore the envelope, and read with a Irown. I knew the words; I tried to read from his face how ttiey affected him. Their point, I thought, found a joint in his harness; he evidently winced; he looked on the floor, on this side and on that, as if for once he were made to pause and consider. But this was only for a moment; he looked up at me and then at Birley, the same insistent, master ml Steinhardt as before. (To be continued.) SIGNIFICANT NUM3ER SEVEN. Woven Into the Histiry or tht World In Many Peculiar Wayi. The number seven is not only con sidered a lucky number by the super stitious, but it was a symbolical num ber in the Bible, as well as among na tions of antiquity, In the Old Testa ment we note that the Creator took seven days, and on the seventh was a sacred day of rest. Every seventh year was sacred, and the seven times seventh year ushered in a year of jubi lee. There are seven principal virtues faith, hope, charity, prudence, tem perance, chastity and fortitude and there are also seven deadly sins pride, coretousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth. There were seven champions of Christendom St. George, England; St. Andrew, Scotland; St. Patrick, Ireland; St. David, Wales; St. Denis, France; St. James, Spain, and St. Anthony, Italy. There were' seven ages of man, also seven wise men of Greece. Christ spoke seven times on the cross. Rome was built on seven hills, and there are innumer able other traditions which go to prove t';at seven was a number to cling to. In these modern times it is wonderful how often the number prevails. For instance, vaccination must take place every seven years, in order to escape small pox: fashions change every seven years, and seven years is always a mile stone in a person's age. Charactcriitict ol Gold. Many people suppose that all gold is alike when refined, but this is not eo. An experienced man ran tollntu nlon.a from what part of the world a gold piece ' comes, ana in some cases from what particular gold district the metal has been obtained. Australian gold, for ' instance, ia distinctly redder than that fmm PnlttVirmt TU TT.n 1 1.1 I I - '. . A -JVJ UIUI UIU IB LUC reddest found anywhere. Happy Recollectioiu. Visitor Well, my man, what are you in for? Convict "Ob, I'm in fer a good time, lady. Visitor I don't uderatand you. Convict I'm in fer lickin' me mother-in-law, lady. Judge. rrpIIE car service department of a jPhlg railway can at almost a nm- incut's notice tell a shipper of fast, or what the railway people call manifest, freight, just where any par ticular rar Is on the line. The sys tem which makes this possible Is one which Is only In use on about four roads in America, and was introduced on the line of the IS mud Trunk by M. C. Sturtevnnt, who previously operat ed the system on the Illinois Central under the supervision of the Inventor, John M. Daly. Mr. Sturtevnnt, in explaining It to a uewspaper writer, said that to his mind It was what might be calle.l a graph io system, for the reason that the opera tor had before his eyes at all times the exact position of every car of fast freight on the line. To get an Idea of this system It will be-necessary to refer to the accompany ing Illustration. It will he seen from this that a large hoard representing the line between Chicago and Portland Is one of the principal adjuncts. This board or chart Is divided up Into sec tions showing the division points nud the principal stations between these points. It Is on this board that the po- their own numbers, t'pon receipt of this report small wooden pegs hearing the station cipher, numbered to nl corresponding with the manifest num bers reported, are placed In a block which is known as a train block and represents the consist of the moving train. There Is also placed In this block a peg representing the destination sta tion of the train. This block is then hung on the board, its position being determined by the train district on which It Is located and the direction of Its movement. If east bound the block will be hung on the upper part of the board, an 1 if west bound on the lower part. , Hy a System of Pcks. As the train proceeds each district terminal point wires a report to the car service agent at Montreal showing the time of arrival and the time of depart ure. The train block Is then moved along to the next district. In telegraph ing this Information to headquarters the lowest and highest manifest num bers are sent, aud thus the movement of twenty-five cars Is obtained at no greater telegraphic expense than that of reporting only two cars. If a car Is set out of a train between district KEEPING TAB ON FAS I FREIGHT TRAINS. sltlon of every moving car or fast freight train is shown. All Shown Upon a Tab Bo-rd. The system is xonducte.l hy tele graphic reports, aira consists of a spe cial way bill, which accompanies each car of freight; a label which is placed on each car. nud which tells switchmen and others that it Is manifest freight, and that It must not be held back; a report for wiring the contents of the train and the manifest numbers of the cars; a report for wiring the arrival and departure of manifested cars ut manifest stations; a report used by conductors for reporting disabled cars set out of trains short of their desti nation and a board twenty-four feet hy five divided Into train districts sia tious being shown Iongtitudinnlly in the center, wooden blocks representing trains, and wooden pegs representing cars. All Important stations are made man ifest stations, and are assigned a letter or combination of letters, to designate them in telegraphing, and are also as signed a series of numbers to be plac ed on way bills for cars manifested. Some stations are assigned more num bers than others, according to the amount of fnst freight orlglnnted. The lowest series of numbers assigned Is 00, while the highest Is Chicago with 890. When a station reaches Its high est number the plan is to revert to number one again and start over. The Manner Check Ia Kept. When a train of high class freight is assembled the agent fills out a separ ate manifest way bill for each car In the train, lusertiug the station letter or cipher and manifest number in the spaces provided for that purpose. Tula way bill Is made out In two forms, one a car form which supersedes the ordi nary tally slip, the other an envelope to be used in case the regular billing ac companied the freight. After way bills are made out, consecutively num bered and the cipher letter affixed, tue agent fills out a report showing the consist of the train and wires the same 10 me car service agent In Montreal, in whose office Is located the board aud other paraphernalia employed In con nection with operating of the system. This consist report shows the origin, number, contents and destination of nil cars manifested, and In the margin at the left the manifest number of each car. The use of manifest numbers to rep resent the cars In the train simplifies the operation of the system and admits of a telegraphic check being obtained on the movement of all high class freight for about one-elghtleth of the expense where the cars reported by terminals on account of defects, the conductor Is required to wire a report showing the point at which it is left and the reason why. When tills occurs the peg representing the particular car Is remove! from the train block and placed on the board opposite the station nt which it was set out. There It re mains with the conductor's report un til such time as It is lifted by another train. In case a conductor falls to make a report showing that he Is run ning one car short of what he took over, me ract win make Itself know "uru wic train readies the next miuai point and another conductor me maue not to find out where particular car is. and it dM long to do It. In this way all dela, uo.ifu, nuu tne car service a" knows exacilv lmw i.u 15 nlng As the reports are received sho .w..,ewieins or the trains ....u..u..uu uecomes a matter of or J, the time belucr tn.,.rfi...i the consist and district terminal nnrta t a ...;.. .... ' w " "er. vuieii the tr .eaciies us destination the time siimed is eommiteri .i.. mne on c district and nt each terminal point lug taken intr. schedule time is not made the ca ucteiiuun are noted. Find Any Car on Khort Notice In cases where the liue ims b " terrupted on or nenn,,,. ... 'i ui accident l'T ,he of busin " uc "ce apparent, the en situation being observable at a gla make atouMn'," IT ,?,he"ne wl-tro,,bTe vucviv on uie trallic Is i nauisheJ. as a record Is made MAI VAhn it. r ' . e connection han to maue the detour IT,, return t tt . ... . UP in ic-esiaoiisned. What are the advantages of tern over the ol.i av.(.., ... which naturally ero - ' n the of tho iinli.itL,...., . " lue J m,eu- a personal tion does not tak ln apparent. In the first place It Is " c, uiiu instead of month's time to get at the j uuuuie it can be a few hours Another advantage which the has Is that It lon,i u.,- . ..ue - "-""o iiaeu 10 tho n arrangements for the arrival of at II nortuln .1 . . w,l OI " ""?. wnich is "-"""ol oe counted on old system. It has been Cmm ... .. uuu also tnnt LTB,dnat deal l tul n a" tne dead not ! of ndling upoi ' the ler- ?8 the inke ys in; vun- uv- the ree- rom ;e- aln con- ach bc- tlie i uses in- or ess itbe nice. to the Its it Us rec- lntspt? ' this sya question iiiliul iec '.his not so n . .uiil u 1 accomplished In taking system maklnc f trains something unuer the ; the BVH keeping Blirhf n making schedule time the tralnT' on the different districts have i jk1 edge of Just exactly what timtT' have for moving this class of hJ? The followlnz list win hat the railway comDanv a,.? fast freight: " Agricultural Implement ned goods, cheese, coffee, dressy b dressed poury. dry goods, egg. ul iu. rrult. glucose, high expk ' nther goods, liquors, ale. h. J stock (through shipments), machinJ " uuunm nrvvi iiper. provisions, rubber good, n mips, tobacco, ten, vegetable!, hid-7 Hint, tinware, vehicles, beaai, ood, chnlr stock and whiting. ' The above articles mav h m.. ed at any time without asking i amu-ies OUutfdj of his list a special order must be m. elved from the car service office. It would seem that the one rrnt 'eature about this Bysteui l .v. shipper does not have to watcb kli freight. The company does tht tut him. Montreal Herald and Star. DEAR TRAVELING IN CUBA. It I Comfortleai, but a Chance t, Cuba has 124 rnllwnvs. wits than 2.000 miles of track for the lot, yet traveling In Cuba Is not cheap. Then are lines which charge passengeri li cents a mile. The average rate Is about 7 cent.. first-class passengers and 5 cento for second-class, and travel on some of tht linos means mnny hours of mlr.w. -"huh Jolting over a wretched roadbel f reignt rates are as exorbitant ai pa senger rates. So detrimental U tin railroad extortion to the welfare of tht country, In fact, that a modification of rates by military order was talked of, hut th legality of the step was doubt- ful. The entire railroad system of Hwiii and Is valued at $70,000,000. Butof tb 124 lines only seventeen are public Unci in tue generally nccepted sense. The rest are private roads, built for the transportation of sugar cane to th grinding mills. It Is a curious fact that tive or the princlpnl lines, representlni nine-elevenths of the public roada, an controlled by British capitalists. Cuba lind a railroad forty-three mlla long between Havana and Gutoa. which began to run onlv a few tm after the first American line wu opened, but the development of rail roading under Spanish rule was on I very different scale. Some people might not call It development at alL Hut all that has changed under Amer ican occupation. A new line now Id process of construction by Sir William Van Home and his associates of tit Cuban Central Railway, connecting at Santa Clara with the line from TIbmhi to Clenfuegos, will revolutionize the 111- a nu s railroad system, open communi cation with Nlpe, the best harbor on the whole Cuban coast line, and pre pare for profitable cultivation an area estimated nt 10,000,000 acres, or about one-third of the totnl area of the Island. Concerning Millionaires. A writer who Is himself a mold millionaire, says It will be a great ml take to shoot these gatherers-in of the yellow metal, for, as he says, hey ire the bees that make the most honey, and contribute most to the hive even ufter they have gorged themselves fnlL The remarkable fact Is stated, that tne masses of the people In any counter are prosperous und comfortable Justin proportion to the number of million aires In that land. In Russia, with its population little better than serfs, living at the point of starvation, upon the meanest po1 hie fare, such as none of our peopla could or would endure, you do not in scarcely one millionaire excepting tn Emperor and a few nobles who own the land. It Is the same, to a great extent, In Germany. There are only about two millionaires In tbe whole German Empire. In France, whert the people are better off than In Ger many, you cannot count one-half de millionaires In the whole country. 1 the old home of our race. Britain, which Is the richest country in all Eu ropethe richest country In tbe world save one, our own there are more mil lionaires than In the whole of tbe rest of Eurone. and Its neonle are better ot than In any other. In our land, tlie same thing holds true; we have more millionaires than nil the rest of the world put together. Kh Hud "Hiiftfl" Him UP- There In in Institution In Dult that employs about fifty people, and among others Is a genial, Jolly, go fellow, who long ago lost faltb In ha" restoratives, and Is the possessor of waist nieiisnrpnipiit of many Inches. An East End lady dropped Into the slnro n ilmr v torn nirn. nCCOIUpanlHl hv her nretrv little 4-venr-old daughter. The big man was souiewtiatr'teIlt' Ive to the child, and when the lady bad finished the business she had ?ome trnnsnct the little girl said, In a clear voice, na fhpv left the office: "Who is the man bigger 'round ' our rain barrel, with the awfol WW head?"-Duluth News Tribune. In the great glove houses of Brutf and France the cutters can earn "J higher wages than the cutters of w most fashionable tailors of London XT V 1. C- .1 1 .It ., I . la ho art Of S"1 CW XUrii, DUUIUltu.no iuv-- , ting gloves that most of the PR"" cutters are known to the trade by n and by fame, nnd the peculiar Wi whlch-y use In the business are highly prized that they are banoej down from generation to generation heirlooms. Time Aoroas Siberia. . mu- t m in..l,tnatf)K W " jlub journey iroui ' aftgfi kutsk is now accomplished In as wnen the fast freights are days.