A &T A . 3 Tj tSt A A A AAAS
A STUDY IN SCARLET
EY A. CONAN DOYLE.
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.
i Ci wn to it
m not so
is I us--i to Vc."
Hsr rose aui stretchoi h
though to assure himself
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
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
"Why." I cried, "you have an aor
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
" 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
"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
"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
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
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
"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,
"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
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
Brown Do yon think she is a clever
Smith Urn-mi Rather too goot
looking, don't yon think?
I ( U ,r r H .IUIi H 4 4
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
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
With freedom's soil beneath our feet,
And freedom's banner streaming o'er
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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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."
"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
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
I saw the general's back, says Dr.
Wills, and promptly told him that the
needle was not there, but had probably
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
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
'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
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
"What is this the sahib says?" cried
the surgeon, closing the box and get
ting to his feet "I am Insulted. Let
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.
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
"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.
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