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V 2 : A STUDY IN SCARLET EY A. CONAN DOYLE. e CHAPTER VI Pur pr:s--ner C..i r.r: u:-?arT.:'.y -.uiuate any f rocity :r. t:s J:r-v-ios vv.-jra cur-selv- . i r or. r.u :r.? h.mstlf r ' er-lo-ys r. s:l-i ".n an aJ..t n.-ur.t-r. anu expr-ssed his so? s that r.t- c.d no: hurt at? of us :r the s.'i:;. "I g".i- ; you're soir. to t.i'xe tr.e to tr.e !" 'lice stit:os.' t? remarked tc Shor.cvi K ?lme. Mr cat s at ti-'- o;-t. If y.'u'.: loose n;y iv;s IT. V.'; If i Ci wn to it m not so is I us--i to Vc." Hsr rose aui stretchoi h though to assure himself iegs as lat they wert fr-e once more. " If tier s a va.:ut p!ae for a chief of the p ::.. I reckon you are tie tan for ::." he said, gazing with uni!.:su:f '. admiration at my fellow ledger. "The way you kept on my trail was a caution." "You had better come with me." said Holmes to the two detectives. 'I ca- crive you." said Lestrace. "Good! and G-iSon can come in side w::h m. You. too. doctor: you have t..ker. an interest in the case, and may as we" stick to us." I assented gladly, and we all de Ecer.iei together. Our prisoner made no attempt to escape, but stepped calmly into the cab which tad been his. and we followed him! Lestrade mounted the boi whipped cp the horse and broueht us in a very short time to our aestmation. We were ushered into a small : chamber, where a police inspector' noted down our prisoner's name and the names of the men with whose murder he had been charged. The official was a white-faced, un emotional man. who went through his duties in a dull, mechanical wav. "Tee prisoner will be put before the magistrates in the course of the week." he said: "in the meantime. Mr. Jefferson Hope, have you any- thing that you wish to say? I must wam vou that vour words will be taken down and mav be used against you. i ve got a good deal to say." our prisoner said, slowly. "I want to tell you gentiemen all about it." "Hadn't you better reserve that for . your trial?" asked the inspector. '. "I may never be tried." he an- ewered. "Y'ou needn't iook startled. ; It isn't suicide I am. thinking of. Are you a doctor?" He turned his fierce dark eyes upon me as he asked this last question. "Yes. I am." I answered. 1 "Then rut your hand here." he said, with a smile, motionine with his managed wri3ts toward his chest. ; I did so. and became at once con- icious of an extraordinarr throbbing and commotion which was going on could hear every word that passed be Inside. tween them. In the silence of the room I couid "Drebber said that he had a little hear a dull humming and buzzing ' which proceeded from the same Bource. "Why." I cried, "you have an aor tic nneurism!" "That's what they call It." he sab!. placidly. "I went to a doctor last week about it. and he told me that it was bound to burst before many days passed. It has been getting worse for years. I got it from overex posure ani Salt Lai:e under-feeding in the mountains. I've done my wo-k now. and I don't C3re tow soon I go. but I should like to leave some aco-int of the business behind vt. I dor.'t want to be r rnember'-d as a con:mn cut-t'r.roo.t." The inspector and the two detec- tives had a hurried discussion as to the advisability of allowing him to tell his story. "Do you consider, do-tor that there Is immediate danser?" the former asked. "Vot certainly there is." I an swered. "In that case, it is clearly our du:'. In the intrets of justice, to taV: his statement." said the inspector. "You ere at liberty, sir. to give your ac count, which I again wam you will be taken down." "I'll sit down, with yo'r leave." the prisoner said, suiting the action to the word. "This ntieurism of mine makes ire easi.y tird. and tne tus sle we had half an hour azo has not mended matters. I'm on the brink of the grave and I am not likely to lia to you. Every word I ssy is the ab solute truth, and how you use It is a matter of no consequence to me With thee words. Jefferson Hope leaned bark in his chair and began . me lonowmg remarKauie statement: I can vouch for the accuracy of the subjoined aco-int. ior I have had ac- en a molding of It, and had a dupli-! '? to flying ship, and especially is he cess to I-estrade's notebook, in cate constructed. ; interested in banto-Dumont and his which the prisoner's words were tak- "By means of this I had access to at efforw. A lew week" before the coro en down exactly as they were ut- least one spot in this great city where ' nation it wag extensively rumored that . v 1 1 could rely upon being free from in-I the king had quite made np his mind i dfJ. Thle bl Jd - - t?m,?'t,on- How, l ?rebbr, t0 I to a-ompanv the clever young Brazil why I hated these men. he said s that house was the difficult problem i ilin in ' n," his . h "It s enough that they were guilty of : whlch t tad now to 8olve. i " n ' his aer ml Eights; that he the death of two human beings a , He walked down the road arid f,ad' ln fact made aU arrangementa for father and a daughter and that they ; went into one or two liquor shops,. : h" trTel throuBh A certain had therefore, forfeited their own i staying for nearly half an hour in the I we" known scientific peer asked his lives. After the lapse of time that ia3t of them. ! majesty one evening after dinner has passed since their crime. It was : "When he came out he staggered I whether the rnmor concerning the royal Impossible for me to secure a convic-( jn his war?, and was evidently pretty j aerial voyage was really true, tion against them In any court. well on. There was a hansom Just m I "Now," Lord ," answered King Ed- "That girl that I spoke of was to . Iront of mf and he hailed it. wardi laughing) v, "is it likelv that I have married me twenty years ago. . "i followed it so close that the nose ; wouid ,ake this "fivine iihio trir, T, She was forced into marrying that ' 0 mv horse was within a yard of his 1 J u p' ! same Drebber. and broke her heart cr1v toTShote way j coronation has not yet taken place, and over it. j -we rattlefl across Waterloo Bridge i 1 c"More thaJ l, ,0 ear mJ "1 took the marriage rinr from her,and through miles of streets until. toeartbl-T CT0WD before 1 Put ol ceau miser, mm i iuai uis Ing eyes enouia rest upon tnat very ; in the terrace in which he had ring, and that his last thoughts should ' boarded. be of the crime for which he was pun-! "i could not Imagine what his Inten Ished. j yon was ln returning there, but I went 'I have carried it about with me. 1 0n and pulled op my cab a hundred and have followed him and his ac-; yards or so from the house. He en complice over two continents until I tered It and bis hansom drove away, caught them. They thought to tire Give me a glass of water. If yon me out. but they could not do it. If please: my mouth geta dry with the I ale tomorrow, as is likely enough. ' talking." I die knowing that my work in thi3 j "That's better." he said. "WH. I world is done, and well done. They j waited for a quarter of an hour or nave pensnea. ana ny my nana. . There is nothing left for me to hope for or to desire. "They were rich and I was poor, so that It was no easy matter for me to follow them. When I got to Lon- con my pocket was about empty, aril I found tiat 1 mast turn my hand to ou.oii.ii:? tor my living. "Driving and riding are as natural to me as walking, so I applied at a iab owner's uuH-e. and Svxjn got em ployment. I was to bring a certain sum a wet'k to the owner, and what ever ai over that I might keep for mysolf. "Tnere was seldom much over, but I managed to sorupe along somehow. , The hardest job was to loam my way atout. for I reckon that of all Razes that ever were contrived the this city is the moot confusing. " They were at a boarding house at Cumberland, over on the other side 1 of the river. When once I found them outside a gin place. Ke went in. leav out I knew that I had them at my '-rig word that I should wait for him. mercy. , There he remained until closing time. "'I had grown my beard, and there and when he came out he was so far was no chance of their recognizing ?one that I knew the game was in my me. own hands. "I would dog them and follow them j "Don't Imagine that I Intended to until I saw my opportunity. I was de-. till him in cold blood. It would only temined that they should not escape , have been rigid Justice If I had done me again. , so. but I could not bring myself to do "Sometimes I followed them on my i It- I had long determined that he cab. and sometimes on foot, but the , should have a show for his life If he former was the best, for then they : chose to take advantage of it. could not get away from me. i "Among the many billets which I "It was only early in the morning : have filled In America during my wan- or 'ate at aisht that I could earn any-1 tk'.ng. so that I began to get behind- tani w';:h E? employer. "During two weeks I drove behind ; them every day. and never once saw j ing on poisons, ana he showed his stn them separate. Drebber himself wa , dents some alkaloid, as he called it. drunk half the time, but Stangerson which he had extracted from some was not to be caught napping. s South American arrow poison and "I watched them late and early, but ' which was so powerful tnat the least never saw the ghost of a chance: but ! grain meant instant death. I spotted I was not discouraged, for something j the bottle in which this preparation told me that the hour had almost was kept, and when they were all come. My only fear was thai this ' thing In my chest might burst a little j 100 soon and leave my work undone. "At last one evening. I was driving ; aad down Torquay Terrace, as the ! street was called in which they beard ! J. when I saw a cab drive up to their i door. "Presentlv some luggage was brought out. and after a time Drebber and Stangerson followed it and drove ! off. I whipped up my horse and kept ! with!n slgnt of them, feeling 111 at : ease, for I feared that tney were go- j icg to shift their quarters. "At Euston station they got out. and . I left a boy to hold my horse and fol-! lowed them on to the platform. I heard them ask for the Liverpool I train: and tne guard answer that one I had Just gone, and that there would not be another for some time, "Stangerson seemed to be put out at that, but Drebber was rathet j pleased than otherwise. I got eo close to them in the bustle that 1 business of his own to do. and that if tne other would wait for him he would i soon rejoin him. j "His companion remonstrated with i him. and reminded him that they j had resolved to stick together. Dreb-! ber answered that the matter was a ! delicate one, and that he must go alone. 1 "I could not catch what Stanger-. son said to that, but the other burat ' out swearing, and reminded him that he was nothing more than n. cue! ' servant, and that he must not pre- sume to il'.ctate to him. "On that the secretary gave it up as a bad job. and simply bargained with him that If he missed the last train he should rejoin him at Halli- day s private hotel; to which Drebber answered that he would be back on the platform before eleven, and made his wiv out of the station. "The moment for which I had wait- ed so long had at last cone. I had my enemies within my power. To gether they could protect each other, but singly tney were at my mercy. I did not act, however, with undue pre cipitation. Vy plans were already formed. "There is no satisfaction in ven- geance unless the offender has time to realize who it is that strikes uim. and whv retribution had come upon him had my plans arranged by which should have the opportunity of mak ing the man who bad wronged me un derstand that his old sin had found him out. "It chanced that some days befo-e a gentleman who had been engaged i in looking over some houses in the Brixton road had dropned the kev of ; one of them In my carriage. It was j rlaimerf that same evecintr niH r. turned. But In the Interval ! had t.ik- ?-;my astonishment, we touna ourselves:"""" more, when suddenly there came a nolse like people struggling to enter the houne. Next moment the door was flung open and two jnen ap peared, one of whom was Drebber and the other was a young chap whom I bad never seen before. "This fellow had Drebber by the collar, and when they came to the head of the steps he pave h:m a shove and a kick which sent him half across the road. " ou hound" he cried, shaking his . stick at him. Til teach you to incn.t an honest girll' "He was so hot that I think he : would have thrashed Drebber with his cudgel, only that the cur staggered away down the road as fas as his legs would carry him. He ran as far as the comer, and then, seeing my cab. he hailed me and Jumped in. Drive me to Kalliday s private hotel." said he. -Y"hen I had him fairly inside ir.y cab my heart jumped so with joy that I feared lest at this last moment my aneurism might go wrong, "I drove along slowly, weighing in nty own mind what it was best to do. I might take him ricrht out into the country and there in some deserted lnne have my last interview with him. I had almost decided on this when he solved the problem for me. "The craze for drink had seized him again and he ordered me to pull up dering life. I was once a Janitor and sweeper out of the laboratory at York College. "One day the professor was lectur- gone I helped myself to a little of it. "I as a fairly good dispenser, so I worked this alkaloid into small, soluble pills, and each pill I put in a box with a similar pill made without poUon. I determined at the time that, when I had my chance, my gentlemen should each have a draw out of one of these boxes, while I eat tne pill that remained. "It would be quite as deadly, and a food deal less noisy, than firing across a handkerchief. rTotn tnat aay i naa always my pill botes with me. and the time had now come when I was to use them. "It was nearer one than twelve, and wild, bleak night, blowing hard and raining In torrenw. Dismal as it was outside. I was glad wituin so glad that I could have shouted out from pure exultation. If any of you gentlemen have ever pined for a thing and longed for It during twenty long yars, and then suddenly found It within reach, you would understand my feelings. "I lighted a cigar and puffed at It to steady my nerves, but my hands were ! trembling and my temples throbbing w"h excitement. as i orove i coum see oia jonn Ferrier and sweet Lucy looking at me out of the darkness and smiling at me. Just as plain as I see you all in this room. All the way they were ahead or nte. and one on each side of the horse, j until I puller: up at the nouse in tne i Brixton road. "There was not a soul to be swn nor a sound to be hea-d. except the dripping of the rain. Whn I looked In at the window. I found Drebber ail : huddled together in a drunken sleen. j I shook him by the arm. 'It's time to : go out.' I said. j ; " 'All right, cabby.' sMd he. I ' "I suppose he thought we had come i ; to the hotel that he had mentioned. I for he got out without another word j and followed me down the garden. "I had to walk beside him to ! him steady, for he was still a little top-heavy. When we came to the dcor I opened it and led him into the front room. I give vou my word that, all the way. the father and daughter were walkine in front of us. " 'It's infernally dark," said he, stamnipe about. "We'll soon have a llfht." I said striking a match and putting it to a wax-candle which I had brought with I : me. Now. Enoch DrebDer. 1 contir.u I ed. turning to him and holding the light to my own race, wno am it (To be conunal) ONE CROWN AT A TIME. ; Why King Edward Did Not Take Flying Ship Trip. v- r T 3 J I'll . t , MnfLOWjni u, M 1! won Known, ninch interested in all matters relat- A Funny Moon. One summer evening a little girl was oat doors washing ber feet. After a while she happened to look at the moon, just under a cloud. She jumped np and ran into the house as fast as aba conld, and said: "I'm not going to stay ont there and that moon slipp'n' and alidV 'round like that." Impossible. Brown Do yon think she is a clever girl? Smith Urn-mi Rather too goot looking, don't yon think? I ( U ,r r H .IUIi H 4 4 1 OLD- I J- a. ' tltllillHllll I ! H I I 1 1 t t it 1 The American Ftac. When rM"iii from her nmr.nrain height ' I'ui'ur! ! lior standard to the nir. . t'rv- :!n- a;ure nlK- of niuiit. And s't t.ie stars of gl"ry tln-re: ' Shf mu lled with it g-Tiie-ms Iw ; The milky baldric of the okies. Ai'd sir.i-ed ii pur celestial white : With stre.ixins of the niornm lulit; Tiieu f t in Ins niansio:! iu the sun Sue oall ii her ea;;!e-lear"r d-vu, A::d nve into his mighty hand The syu.loi of her clieu land. M.iietic monarch of the cloud! Vu.' rear'st aloft thy repal form. , To hear the tempest trumping loud. t A:.d see ti:e li;:i;iui!is lanee driven. When strive the warriors of the storm. And rolls the thunder-drum of heaveu ! Child of the nun! to tliee 'tis given To tuard the banner of the free, To hover in the su!phur-nioke. To ward away the battle-stroke. I And bid its blending shine afar. Like rainbows on the cloud of war, I The harbingers of victory: Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fiy. The siu of hope and triupmph high. When speaks the signal trumpet-ion, And the lonjr line comes gieaminc on: lire vet the lift-blood. warm and wet. Has dimmed the glistening bayonet, ilach soldier eye shall brightly turn To where thy sfcy-uoru glories burn. And aj hu spring-ins steps advance Catch war and vengeance front the glance. And when the eannon-mouthlngs loud Heave in wild wreath the battle-shroud, And gory sabreK rim and fall Like shots of Same on midnight's pall Then shall thy meteor glances giow. And cowering foe shall sink beneath Each gallant urn that strikes N-iow That lovely nieseeoger of death. i'isg of the teas! on ocean wave Thy stars shall flitter o'er the bravej V, nen death, rareerin ou the gale. Swwps darkly round the bellied sail. And frighted wavea rush wildly back ltefotv the broadside's reeling rack. Each dying wanderer of the sea Snail look at once to heaven and theo, And smile to see thy splendors fly In triumph o'er his closing eye. Flaa of the free heart's hope and home I II angel bands to valor giveu; Thy stars have lit the welkin dome. And all thy hues were born in heaven. Forever Coat that standard sheet! Where breathes the fue but falls he fore us. With freedom's soil beneath our feet, And freedom's banner streaming o'er ns? Joseph Hodman Drake, HE PUNCHED THE EEAR. txclted Hooter Forgot His Gun and Keaorted to FUticuB. The overland train we caught at Flo rence, says the World's Work, was fill ed with vacation eekers picked up all the way from Boston to Denver, most of them on their way to California, though one hunter of big game with whom we talked had come up from New Orleans to go into the Idaho Mountains from Missoula, ambitious to kill a grizzly. A whole party were ex ultlngly going back to their last year's camp. "Finest spot in the world." said one which was not quite true, because that siHit we found later, many miles from Meeker, whither he was headed. He went on: "No mosquitoes; nlr's too thin for 'em! Flenty of elbow room! There's a million camps in these mountains, near the railroad; ludies. kids an' all that. .Nice enough; they have a bully time. But we like room! Trout!. An' deer! An' say, Billy,' tell 'em about the bear." "Billy" wouldn't. He blushed. Amid the unchecked laughter tuut rang through the smoking room he could not save his face. We were mounting the continental divide to the Tennes-sve Pass. Outside the Arkansas boiled over Its Jagited bed nnd all the wonders of red and orange and purple cliffs made a foreground for vistas, dissolving as we rounded curves, of mountain behind mountain sloping gen tly skyward or soaring In sheer per pendicular lines to the clouds. East to the Atlantic the Arkansas hurried; beyond the watershed 10.000 feet high, toward which we climbed, we should burst from the long tunnel to run be side the Eagle and the Grand, whose waters reach the Pacific " 'Billy found an Indian's trail didn't you. 'Billy' r good-naturedly Jeered the one they called "Perk." "You see. be thought It was an In dian's, a bare-footed Indian's," said be expansively to the room In general, "but It was a bear's" he said It -bearr's." "'Billy' waa death on bears. He used to tell ns how his un cle killed a grizzly out Oregan way with a lead pencil eh. 'Billy'? So 'Billy took a Winchester an' chased his Invisible, but trembling, quarry let me see six weeks, I think It was." -Three days." said "Billy." "At last," went on the story, "we went ont together and beat np a neck of woods where 'Billy" said the bear bad its nest; be raid It was a grizzly with fourteen rattles. 'Billy himself sat waiting at the upper end. And we did start the beast. We caught a gllmpne of hi in now and then like a black pig scattering through the brush. "He shot out of the bushes Into 'Billy's' open like a waddling skyrock et, and not seeing 'Billy be sat up and looked back. But 'BlUyf Uis eyes bulged out like marbles. I tell you, gentlemen, bis hair rose so fast his bat went up like a clay pigeon from a trap. He dropped bis gun and in two strides be waded Into that bear hades bent Tor kaiser. Excited? He kicked, he punched: he kicked again. His un cle with the lead pencil and the grii rlv wes nothing to "Bill barehanded ni'auliue that soared. Mack, half-grown cub. It wasn't ten seconds lefor the bear f.umd the mill loo hot-he was no prize tighter and while 'BIU.V chased him Into the woods, -rocking" him with everything be could reach, we rolled n the ground nnd laughed. When we came up to -Billy' he was sitting on the grass with his legs stuck out in from looking at the ritle he had picked It up. And crying" "Most cf that's a lie." said "Billy." according to the New York Trlbuue. "but I guess I did forgot the pun." and, brightening a little. "I landed blm a couple of good ones, though." And we all Joined the mighty laugh that went up. P ROUO OF HiS WORK . ni Earlj Manual Labor Gave the Noted i arrwicr Much batiafaction. The late D. W. Richardson. In an addretw to working men. declared that j work, manual work, and that, too, of a resolute kind, ia absolutely necessary for every man. He spoke also of the Importance of doing one's work, not merelv to get It done, but with a feel ing of pride ln doing It well In "'Is ; connection he said: 1 wa invited not many years ago to a lecture at St. Andrew's University, and to listen ln the evening to a lec ture by another man. like myself, an outsider. 1 was not personally ac quainted with this other niau. but I knew that he filled an Important Judi cial omce In Scotland, and was consid ered one of the most able and learned, as well as one of the wittiest, men in that country. He chose for hU sub ject "Self-Culture," aud for an hour held us ln a perfect dream of pleasure. For my own part I could not realize that the hour had fled. The lecture ended at 7 o'clock, and at 8 I found myself seated at dinner by the side of the lecturer, at the house of one of the university profes sors, ln the course of the dinner I made some reference to the hall ln which the exercises of the day had been held, how good It was for sound, aud what a fine structure to look upon. "And did you like the way ln which the stones were laid Inside?" I asked my new friend. "Immensely," I replied. The man who laid those stones was an artist who must have thought that his work would lire through the ages." "Well, that Is pleusant to hear," he said, "for the walls are my aln daeln'." He bad the Scottish accent when he was In earnest. "Fortunate man." I replied. " to have the means to build so fine a place," for I thought, naturally enough, that, be ing a rich man, be had built this hall at his own expense, aud presented It to the university. "Fortunate, truly." he answered, "but not ln that sense. What I mean la that I laid every one of thoee stones with my aln band. I was a working mason, and the builder of the hall gave me the Job of laying the Inside stone work: and I never had any job ln my life ln which I took so much pride and so much pleasure." While this man was working with his bands be was working also with hto brain. He took his degi-ee, went to the bar. and became a man honored throughout the country. We applaud ed his brllliaut lecture; but those silent, beautiful stones before him. whieb echoed our applause, must, I think, have been to him one cheer more, aud a big one. The New Dialect, Perhaps the tendency of some people to turn every part of sieech into a verb is a sign of an active nature, but It is an unfortunate tendency. The Balti more American publishes an amusing rebuke to one guilty of the habit which will please purists and may do others some good. "We bad a delightful time last week." said the city cousin, who was describing the Joys of metropolitan life. "One evening we trolleyed out to a suburban home and plug-ponged until I nearly midnight and iext day we au- tomoblled to the country club and golfed until dark." "Well, we had a pretty good time last week, too," ventured the country cousin, with a sarcastic smile. "One day we buggled over to Uncle Josiah's. and taJT. J Ton ,h , " IO! and baseballed all the afternoon, and after we bad dinnered some of the men ddered and tobaccoed a while." Danerfns Criminals. "Wby." said a lady, reproachfully, to her husband, "you know when I say Denmark I always mean Holland!" Perhaps the city girl In the following story, told by the Philadelphia Tele graph, allowed herself a similar lati tude of expression: She was sitting on the porch, lazily rocking to and fro, and watching the fireflies flitting about through the shrubbery. Suddenly she turned to her companion and said. In a musing tone: "I wonder If It Is true that fireflies do get Into the haymows sometimes, and set them afire?" Everybody laughed at what was ap parently a pleasantry, but the young lady looked surprised. "Wby." said she. "It was only yes terday that I saw In the paper an arti cle headed, 'Work of Flre-Bugs! It said they had set a barn on fire. Real ly " Faatr Instruction Wanted. Wlgg I see the automobile Is to be Introduced Into modern warfare. Wagg What's the matter? Isn't the Gatllng gun considered deadly enough? -Philadelphia Record. 6 When a baby Is named for a poor man, there Is no higher compliment 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 n i in 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 u J PtRSUN DOCTOR'S QlACKIRY. J While practicing his profession in rersla Ir. a J. Will, had at least one amusing experience of te creduli ty of the people, and "uccewed In ex posing the quackery of a native doc tor. S Khan, a cavalry general, was suffering from an attack of lum bago. Acupuncture gave some relief and bis valet Inserted an ordinary sew ing needle for more than an inch into the seat of the pain each morning. One day the needle, after bavins been Inserted, waa lost. It was declared that It was ln the sufferer's back, and a nntlve surgeon was summoned to extract It. I saw the general's back, says Dr. Wills, and promptly told him that the needle was not there, but had probably been lost. The surgeon, came to remove the needle by the mouse method. A lire mouse was to be bound on the bare buck of the general, and by some oc cult means the needle would leave bis body, and be found In that of the mouse. The surgeon came, and with much examlned Md UlWMd carefully for the needle with an old stethoscope, the .wrong end of which he applied to the Khan's august per son. He then declared that the needle was deeply seated. I soon saw that I, with my skepticism, was regarded as the Importer, and that It was my con frere who had the confidence of the spectators. 'Bring a mouse," said the Khan, and the servants were hurrying away when ' the surgeon said: "May It please your excellency, I have a mouse ready," and he took a Biuall flat tin box from his pocket. He opened the box carefully. In It se curely tied, was a mouse. When taken out the little creature gave a squeak of pain. . That squeak decided me. I saw the thing at a glance, "Do you mean to tell me that you are able to extract the needle from the Khan's back, and make It enter the body of the mouse 1" I asked, with feigned astonishment "Assuredly," calmly replied the sur geon. "With heaven's and the blessed prophet's help. I shall certainly do so." "This Is indeed a wonderful thing." I said. "But your trick Is old. tHere he turned pale,) Observe, my friends. Hey, presto, pass! Khan, the needle has left you and Is now In the poor mouse's body." "What is this the sahib says?" cried the surgeon, closing the box and get ting to his feet "I am Insulted. Let me go," It was all to no purpose. The box was snatched from him. As I sup posed, the needle that Is to say. a needle was already there, slipped slyly ln under the loose skin of the little ani mal's back. One kind of needle had) always been used ln the acupuncture, and this needle was found to be half j an inch too short! The Khan was furious. "Take him away!" he shouted, "Take him away! I shall attend to bis case In the morn ing." Youth's Companion. Home Advantages. In "Jane Austen, Her Homes and Her Friends," Constance Hill describes . Miss Austen's fortunate girlhood. Sli? enjoyed unusual privileges. Her father w as so good a scholar that he could himself prepare his sons for the univer sity. Her mother was a well-educated woman aud a thorough lady, although she sat darning the family stocklugs in a parlor Into which the front door open ed. She loved nil country things, and bad a vigorous nature and a coutented mind that kept her young and cheerful In spirit until extreme old age. She was an excellent letter-writer. In her was to be found the germ of that ability which flowered in Jane. The home conversation was rich In shrewd remarks, bright with playful ness and bumor and occasional flashes of wit It was never troubled by dis agreements, even In little matters, for It was not the habit of the Austen family to dispute or argue with each other. Bud grammar Jane never heard, nor slang, for there was no slang ln ber home In those days. Thus circumstanced. It Is no wonder that even her earliest compositions. wever trivial their subject may be, K .L,. , nd are charactterlzed by their pure and simple English. To bear no slang and no bad grammar was Indeed an advan tage such as no young writer of the present day can command. Taking; So Chances. That ancient worthy who claimed that the ballads of a country would. In the end, make Its history, might also have Included the hymns. Our feet march to the measures we set them. A correspondent of the London Telegraph tells how Lord Kitchener Interpreted the power of music. It was on a day when the peace set tlement with the Boers was momentar ily expected that a worthydean plan ned to anticipate matters, and perhaps give the powers a little nudge. He tele graphed Kitchener from the Orange River Colony: "4s I am acting as chaplain, and con ducting divine service In many camps to-morrow, may I ask if the hynn, 'Peace, Perfect Peace,' would ndt be appropriate to be glTen out?" Lord Kitchener wired this reply: "Please yourself. I think Onward, Christian Soldiers' quite as good." Good Steam Coal In Alaska. Two coal mines are now ln 'successful operation In Alaska. They produce good steam coal Many a bachelor has made a number of women happy by not marrying them.