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The Mathews journal. (Mathews C.H. [Court House]) 1903-1937, August 17, 1905, Image 1

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?HEKE is Tortillon! Tliore
is Tortillon!" cried a few
frightened voices fn the vil?
las?-. At tlie crj twenty
countrywomen in various
stages of agitation appeared at their
doors, and began to call tlieir children.
"Bernard! BS|Mt! come in at once!
Prosper! Claudine! here, immediately.
What, Joseph, you rogue, you will not
come? Rosalie. Just wait till I catch
Then Other names were shouted loud
?y. "Lucienne! Coralie! F'ierre! Celes
tin!" The fathers did not say any?
thing, hut pulled ears frpely, and mofe
than one hoy sereamed.
? Evidently something of dire import
was about to occur, to thus rouse the
sleepy little borougf? from its natural
Suddenly there appeared at the far?
ther end of the street, usar Use irai
house?, a quasi, grotesque, almost mon?
strous tiguro. It liMiked at first like a
heap of colored rags, propelled forward
hy distressful jerks. The liuinan frame
under this medley was, as one may im?
agine, wretchedly put together. The
two legs, thin as switches, were of un?
equal length, and the knees knocked to?
gether: the body was hont <>n the left
side, and one hip made S sharp proin
alneace, while on the other side over
Phuug a shoulder outrageously loaded
with abrupt swelling*. The head, in
Its effort to keep upright, was on a
line with the protruding hip. The twr
long arSM were like two tentacles, and
with thru1 the creature was ahle t<
pick up alms without bending. A stiel
held in one hand supported this hear
of tatters. The whole?warped, knotted
twlRted. full of depressions and promi
neu ?? the impression of a cork
screw on 1? |
To crown all. the head was oblong
and the hair, scant and stiff, straggle?
over the faee. The mouth stretcher
k from ear to ear. and smiled uncon
* seiottsly and lnc"t?antly, In a manne
that was irrita.'??. after awhile. Rf
neath this sardonic grin hung a lieav;
chin, and above it was s nose will
wide nostrils. Flabby, ovei liangin:
cheeks added, if possible, to the ridu
uious appearance of this lamentabl
"There II Tortillon: There ?s Toi
tlllon!'* was repeated along the Street
and the village children Crept into the!
booses in fear.
It was imbed a terrible fear that Tot
tillon roused wherever she went. Man
calhnl ber a witch Did she not sec:
^typically one'.' How-without the ai
"of the devil?could she tind means t
live in such a distorted body? Moi
| than am asserted that he had seen
cloven foot ander in r ragged skirt
She was accused also of t ravelin
through the air at night, with a brooi
for a steed. Indeed, she could not B|
pear within six miles of I place witl
out being suspected of stealing elii
dren to kill them in order to drink the
blood while holding ber evil orgies.
Ami names were given. .Team
Oaodro'S ?laughter had been spirit?
away; and Annette Bonlaa' little bf
had disappeared one morning after To
fchtillnn had passed. Some few. who we
not superstitious, had the boldness
say that Annette Soulas and .Team
Gaudru might themselves have doi
harm to their own children. Rut
was sufficiently proved?to the re;
Tortillon was constantly seeking lit!
children: she meat be watched.
As if to corroborate this, a little hr
dirty and charming, appeared at t
third house. Possessed hy an Impei
tire desire to see Tortillon, becas
such pleasure was forbidden, he slipp
his head through the half-opened doi
m slice of buttered bread between 1
? The beggar stopped abruptly.
must have been that the sight of t
child was sweet to the miserable en
ture, for her eyes, usually half-closi
now opened wide, and disclosed gn
limpid depths, feminine and full
caresses. The monster was Indeed
A harsh voice broke forth: "fio y<
way. Tortillon; go your way. or h
The little one received a slap. I
was drawn back. Uttering a sigh.
beggar drew herself up, swung
humps backward and forward, rai
? the stick which served her as a s
I port, twisted herself from her heels
her neck, and proceeded a step,
second effort, a second step. Her e
lowered: she was as hideous as bef<
It was May. The sky was cl
blue, the earth all perfume. Never
spring eome i.i dearer gitrb; buds \v
i everywhere; birds caroled. One
| life' full, ardent, mysterious?sins
| through apaee!
I The warmth became intense and
?ous; the twelve strokes of the mid
?truck lazily in the village steeple.
H TortMlon continued her way with
Httculty. She reached the door of
Harsonagc- at last?quite exhausted.
Hras the custom of the curate to i
Ber once a week a silver piece, a
B bread and some fragments from
HHghc was about to touch the bell \i
B> door opened. Marianne, the
Bit. came out. holding a child of
Hy the hanjl. Evidently inspired b:
Hrresistiblej impulse, the beggar.
?pyes again] humid, stretched her i
Howard t lui child.
^H^Kn bi<Ji! Tortillon, what Is
HssaaaJliLvon ' Mli<1 Marianne
tahj^whilc the child
aaaaaW^. B
weighted with r. nameless burden
greater than she could bear.
She stopped again aftat lotag about
twenty feet. She slipped through a
gateway leading Into an imposing man?
sion, vacant just then. The inclosing
wall made a semicircle, which was
furnished like a small park with some
benches. One could sit here without
being seen from the road.
Tortillon, about to avail herself of
one of these, drew back startled. A
child was there playing with flowers,
which she scattered over the benches
in graceful profusion, or made into
bouquets . Never waf an angel more
beautiful! Great, blue eyes she hnd;
a rosebud mouth parted in laughter;
her shoulders were bare?soft, white
and dimpled' and, to crown all, a
wealth of long blond curls tumbled
about her face over her shoulders.
Tin- unhappy beggar stifled, a cry in
her throat. Then she stood immovable,
bewitched with admiration. The child,
if she should see her, would try to es?
cape like a bird from a snake, no doubt.
The eye of Tortillon?wide open, full of
light, charged with magnetism?dwelt
on the divine face of the child. The
latter still played, without looking up.
An intense desire, irresistible, furious,
took possession of the beggar. At last
she could not restrain herself longer.
casting about her a look, jealous and
defiant, she saw that the road was de?
serted. There was no one to disturb
her. Ah. what joy illuminated her
Rut at this moment the little girl saw
her. uttered I cry |B<] fried to (lee,
calling for help. The unhappy woman,
dropping her stick, fell despairingly on
hrr knees. lier eyes had a look so
tweet, so suppliant, so angelic. Indeed,
that the child, surprised and conquered,
stood watting for what might happen.
Tortillon, overcome with joy. ad?
dressed to heaven a silent tribute of
thankfulness, and plunged into a fev?
ered ecstasy: she seemed spellbound
by the child.
rnfortunately. it was an intoxication
that demanded to be satiated by still
depeer intoxication. The little girl > .ist
shy glances at the hunchback from
time to time. The latter beckoned her
nearer. There was now such gentle?
ness In the beggar's eyes?such love.
such beauty ? that her bidcousness
seemed to disappear, and the child was
"What If your name?" Raked 'Portil?
"i.ucette Garnier."
The poor woman ?pemeo' to hesitate,
then formed a sudden resolution.
"I.noetic, would you do nie a gnat
"Ah. yes: but 1 have not a sou."
a tear fell on Tortillon** cheek.
"That is not the Charity I mean."
I.ucette. who did not understand how
one could give alms without sons, was
silent. Tortillon crept nearer, and.
softening her voice, as well as her eyes,
said: "will you kiss meV"
Her plaintive tone, and the effort she
made in saying this, would have
touched a MTAge. Nevertheless, the
little girl recoiled, tilled with fright.
Soba burst from the mendicant's
throat. Speechless. Lucette felt that
she was going to weep also. Tortillon
saw this, and made an effort to con?
trol herself.
"I do not know how to tell you. yet
I must. I.ucette. there is not in Hie
whole world anything more beautiful
than liltlo children?than you. To-day.
in this sunlight, they are divine. Lu?
cette. 1 would give my life if you
would kiss me! This desire has bet n
with me a long time. You do not un?
derstand, perhaps?no one has ever
kissed me?no one. I have imagined
that I WOUld faint from joy if I were
to see a child's arms stretched toward
me?if I were to receive a kiss from
its little mouth. I am not old: I am
frightful, that is all; but I hare a heart.
Ah. could I but be a mother?to have a
child?? would be mad with joy."
Lucette. amazed, looked at Tortilllon
without fully understanding what sin
said; but a singular emotion disturbed
her. and in her eyes was a great pity.
"I do not wish to die without having
been kissed by a < hild," the wretched
woman continued, with great Intensity.
"It must be a wonderfud sensation
delicious?like something from para
disc. That is why I run after the little
ones. Fools 'say that it is because 1
wish to kill them?that I am a witch
To kill them! A witch! Ah. If I wer.
a witch I should desire that woods
roads anil the whole world were filler
with children. If I were a witch
Lucette. in order to thank you for bas?
ing listened. I would make you queen
Kiss me. I beg you. Do not look at DM
so?but kiss me."
She stretched her arms toward tin
child. In lier celestial eyes was s<
much ?application that Lucette. con
quered, drew nearer. What a contras
there was between the sweet chill
and that horrible creature. However
the little one put forward her swee
face and slightly touched Tortillon"
forehead with her lips.
Tortillon, then all trembling, wrappot
Lucette in her arms, and covered he
with kisses.
At the same instant the poor womai
heard something hiss through the al
near her quick as lightning. She n
ceived a shock, and feli to the ground
her head bleeding from a wound, whil
Lucette's father grasped the child am
rubbed her face with his handkerchief
as if he would efTace a stain.
Some hours later, still on the roar
while in the distance the sun was slow
ly sinking in a sea of gold. Tortillov
with her forehead cut. her eyes stupr
fled and with blood on her hands an
face, rose heavily, and turned her bac
on the village.
What had happened?
Lucette's father had aroused th
whole country. TlTey were going t
kill her; she would indeed have bee
torn to p?ecis had It not been for th
i pirate.
?aa^he remembered nothing of thl
^k*aXeel her pain? The onl
tiling that remained in her memory
was eh? thought of the kiss from thoso
childish lips. The memory was as
A salve to all her wounds. This kiss
seemed to Mutter around her. and to
Slag I thousand sweet songs in ber
enchanted ear.
She went on. radiant. I prey to her
1ST and to her fever. When the
sun had set. Tortillon stopped, lay
down in a tlehl at the roadside, looked
at the stars, believed |n ? ;0d, thought
of the kiss of Iaicette- then, happy, in?
deed, she died. ?Translated fot the Ar?
gonaut from the French of Camille
Debaos, i>y Mabel Baaghtoa Browa.
Remain* tit? rannrr'n l!?st Krleml ?n<l
Motive 1'owrr.
There is considerable talk about the
horse going out of style on the farm
during the next few years, and the sub?
stitution of other motive power; prefer?
ably the gasoline engine or the electric
T'ntil about twenty-five years ago the
only motive power on the farm was
the ox and the horse. Since then, and
especially during the last decade, other
motive powers have been perfected and
Utilised, especially in those sections
d.?voted to livestock growing and dairy?
ing: but the horse is the most general
and the best motive power on the
farm. He has been in the past, and I
believe will be for a loug time to come,
man's best friend and assistant in
farm life and practice. The horse can
be Utilised where no other ?tower can
be safely and economically relied upon.
There is ? constant demand for good
horses in this section of (ho country at
the present time, and it seems as
though it would pay some of our
brother farmers to raise a colt or two
each year of the general purpose vari?
Nothing ever pleased me more than
to hold the lines attached to a good
three-horse team, each animal weigh?
ing in the neighborhood of twelve hun?
dred pounds. T snen* many long hours
when a small boy driving some horses
that were old and lazy and one or two
"things" that were balky. Later on it
Seemed fine when we got some good
horses to work with. It really does
not pay a farmer te keep a poor. lazy,
old or broken-down horse. Tint a ptootl
horse Hint has outlived its nsefull
and become a favorite in the family
should be pat on the retired list in Its
old age and be given the best there is.
Allow it to roam the pastures at us
own sweet will during pleasant weath?
er, and provide ? comfortable stall for
its shelter whenever needed. Never
allow such s horse to be sold, loaned
for use or giren away. If yon cannot
afford to keep it on the farm, then hire
some neighbor to shoot and bury it
in one of the back fields, without any
of the children knowing about the
time or details.
A poor. lazy, balky horse costs more
than it is worth, and it eventually
deteriorates the nierais of the owner or
driver thereof, eren though be be an
'"active member*1 of his church and in
"good standing." If v.e miniers wish
to keep our boys <ui the farm and Inter
eat them in farming, good horses will
SCCOmpllsh more to make the daily
routine attractive than anything else
in the way of farm equipment. Ask
your boys If that isn't true.
Other powers arc valuable on the
farm, and the windmill will In all
probability never go out of style for
pumping water. We have two of them.
one being an Immense power mill with
a Sjzteen-fOOt steel wheel. This mill is
sixty feet from the ground and twenty
seven and one-half feet above the ridge
of the barn. It Will develop eight horse
power in a good wind, and has been
used for cutting fodder, grinding feed,
shelling corn, derating both ground
and ungronnd feed into bins. etc. We
have also used a two-horse tread power
for running the cream separator, churn
and butter worker in our farm cream?
ery. In fact, we have had experience
with ail kinds of farm motive power,
and think the gasoline engine the best
for many purposes. But the horse will
still remain the farmer's best friend
and motive power for many long years
to come.?New York Tribune.
The use of ether as an anaesthetic
in iho presence of a gas flame is dan?
gerous because of its inflammability.
Under the same circumstances chloro?
form is even more to be avoided, owing
to a reaction between the chloroform
vapor and the products of the gas
flame, which result In a highly poison?
ous substance known as phosgene. This
poison causes serious changes In the
blood, degeneration of varions internal
organs, and ?is inhalation is attended
by a sense of suffocation.
In severe eases where chloroform has
been used in the presence of I gas
flame O? gas heater, the subject of the
operation, as well as several (f the at?
tendants, in one ease a sister of Char?
ity, In a not her a nurse, subsequently
died as the result of phosgene poison?
ing. The whole Question has recently
been Investigated by Professer d'Ureer,
of the University Of Messina, says Dr.
K. W. Cushing. in the New York Med?
ical Journal, with the result that all
I forms of open combustion, gas lights.
pis stoves, open tires of coal or wood,
I etc., ?re tabooed in the operating room.
Which should be heated cither by
steam or hot water and lighted by elec?
Mexican Ruins.
Mexico has many ancient ruins, par?
ticularly in the States of Oaxaea, Chia?
pas. Yucatan and Moreila. Those of
Mitla. in Oaxaea; Palenque, in Chia?
pas; Cxmal. in Yucatan, and Xochimil
co, in Moreila. are among the most
famous and interesting. Some of them
represent whole cities and are sup?
posai rn be from two to three thousand
year!} o'.J. They all show the most
elaborate enrvings, which closely re
semtnV^^ Egyptian ^o^^dftifaannj
Japanese Appear to Be More Coa:ilia
tory ?a Their Attitude.
Official Statement Issued Shows That the
fiovoys Have Pound the Demanda oi
the Japaocsse and lb? Coaatcr Proposi?
tions of the Russians Not Incompatible
With ? Compromise.
Although the Japanese pleni?
potentiaries wanted to work on
Sunday, they follower! the exam?
ple let by the Russian*, and at?
tended service at an Episcopal
The conference failed to reach
an agreement Saturday on the
condition providing for the rec?
ognition of Japan's preponder?
ating position in Korea.
ng mitsidc influence"; are
at work on both -ides, and the
plan of having Russia practically
satisfy Japans claim of rcim
bursemenf for the cost of the
war by purchase of the Japa?
nese military evacuation of Sak?
halin continues to be advanced.
It is reported that representa?
tives of the banking-houses of
Kuhn. Loch & Co. and Selig
man & Co will consult with M.
Witte and Karon Kosen in re?
gard i" negotiating a Russian
loin to pay an indemnity or par?
eil.is(. the evacuation of Sakha?
Tiie Session of the conference
sel for Sun-lav was po-tponed
until Monday.
Portsmouth, X. II. (Special).? Actt
al peace negotiations between Rnssiaan
Japan are well under way. The pro:
peels for a settlement of the existin
differences in '.he bar East have grow
much blighter. Pessimism is disappea
?ng and hope is gradually taking i
He said that the Japanese had entered
into the discussion in the best of spirit,
that the utmost harmony prevailed, and
that the Japanese showed a disposition
to treat the subject as persons desiring
its satisfactory settlement.
If. Witte talked interestingly relative
to the negotiations now in progress.
"The Japanese envoy?? made no formal
answer to the answer submitted by my
government," he paid. "They suggested
that we take up the demands point by
point for discussion. While we had dif?
ferent ideas, we met their desires. There
are twelve Japanese demands. Figuring
up on two days' consideration for each,
the length of the deliberations give
promise of continuing twenty-four days
at least.
"'The subjects under discussion mean
either war or peace. We shall do every?
thing in our power to bring about peace.
If the war continues, there will he the
shedding of the blood of 100.000 more
men. Then other countries may become
M. Witte declared that he courte?! the
fullest publicity of the terms and their
discussion. He said he had come to the
United States with the idea of taking the
American people into his confidence, but
he had been met with the objection of
the Japan's.' to any such proceedings.
He said he wished to deny explicitly
and categorically the report that Kit
sia bar! at any of the sessions of th?
envoys suggested an armistice.
There is an impression that the pleni
potentiaries have reserved the strongly
contested terms of the Japanese until
the last, and that those of the most
importance, such as Korean protectorate,
evacuation of Manchuria, fishing and
mining rights in and about S. klialin and
Siberia, transfer of Russian leases on
the I.iao-yang peninsula and ct-ion of
the Chinese Eastern Railway, are iv in?
to be considered and acted upon first.
This action in taking the course of the
least resistance would indicate a sin?
cere desire on the part of the envoys of
the two belligerent nations to adjus!
their differences.
Russia? Have That Relating to Korea
Portsmouth, X. II. (Special!. T!i<
peace envoys discussed and agreed on
(W hero the Russian and Japanese Pear? Commissioners are holding their
At n ion the hour of the crisis that
u..s 10 determine the question of peace
or war was fixed at 3 o'clocJc. At mglit
the official announcement was made that
several days will in all probability be
Consumed by the envoys in the discus?
sion of the SObjed under consideration.
That topic was tin- first clause of the
Japanese demand What it is can only
be conjectured.
The Russian envoys advocated pub
licity of deliberations. The Japanese
oppo.sed 1!. Hence the present mystery.
It is announced that the cession ni
Sakhalin is not now under considera?
inasmuch as several days may be re?
quired to reach a decision, it is sug?
gest? (| tin; the proposed limitation of
Russian naval strength in the Pacific is
the present bone of contention.
The most gratifying augur in favor
of peace is the announcement by M.
Wittt's secretar) that the Japanese en?
voys have shown a disposition to treat
for peace in a conciliatory attitude, and
that ?'uv manifest a disposition toward
It was 7 o'clock P. M. before the en?
voys left their quarters in the general
storehouse building at the navy yard.
The Japanese arrived first at the hotel,
and immediately repaired to their apart?
ments, where they made ready for din?
Mr. Sato, the envoys' spokesman,made
the Russian apartments the storm cen?
ter for the correspondents by announc?
ing that Mr KarastOVKS had been dele?
gated to issue a statement of the day's
result. One hour later that official ar- !
rived and issued the following :
"The Japanese having received an an?
swer, the first clause of the Japanese
demands wa, under consideration when
the conference adjourned at 7 o'clock,
to meet Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock."
A Duel In Mississippi.
Mobile, Mi. (Special ).-Charles Mc
I,aurin. a relative of .Senator Mcl.aunn.
is dead at Panning Miss., and Kniest
Moss, the postmaster, is barely ahve as
the result of a duel. Bad blood existed,
between the two men over the post
mastership of the t*??ait, The duel was
fought with a Winchester and a revol?
ver. Tiie men tired several times at
each other, each being badly wounded
in the abdomen.
Referendum a Pallare.
Pittshurg (Special) The elevenih
convention of the Pattern Makers*
League O? N rth Am?rica convened here
in the St. Charles Hotel with tcxi dele
from all sections of the country
in attendance. President James Wilson.
of New York, addressed the convention.
This is the first meeting since the con
ventiou hebt at Chicago in 1003, when
it ?vas deoded 10 abolish holding
and transact business by the ret"
?nduin s\>mu The arrangement x?-**^
Articles - and ,? of the peace terms and
if (? o'clock adjourned tor the day.
While it was official!} si ted these arti?
cles were Nos. 2 and .? it is believed
they were not these, but articles taken
at random.
A; the morning sessi >n Article i,
which is understood to relate to the fu?
ture oi Korea, was passed upon. The
tgreemenl on this article w.iv reached
after the language had been modified
to nearer meet tile wishes of the Rus?
sian plenipotentiaries hut to what ex?
tent cannot he definite!) stated. M.
Witt? luid insisted that Japan's purpose
was to make a dependency of Korea,
and he wanted the language of .he arti?
cle to conform to Japan's real inten?
tions. M Witte was prepared from the
beginning to accept the article, his only
objection being as to the form. He
wanted the language at least to show
that Japan intended to establish a pro?
tectorate over Korea.
The second article is believed to relate
to the evacuation of Manchuria by Rus?
For the first time since this confer?
ence of peace began one of the env ?
representing Japan spoke on the situa
tion as it has developed.
Mr. Takahira, the Japanese minister
to tlu? United States ami onv oi the
two peace envoys oi the Mikado, in the
course of an interview after the adjourn
incut of the last session of the day. ex?
pressed the highest satisfaction with the
progress already made by the confer?
ence. He distinctly declined to make
any prediction as to the future or to
forecast success or failure of tin- ne?
gotiations. But he left no doubt as to
his feelings of satisfaction that an agree
ment on the articles of the Japanese
proposition now under consideration had
been reached without a serious hitch.
Hard roal is certainly king ?in the
stock market.
London bought American securities
freely during the week.
Western farmers are storing their new
wheat recently threshed and will wait
for higher prices.
The character oi the I.chigh Vallej
buying is excellent. It comes from the
"anthracite combination."
One block of io.ooo shares of Penn?
sylvania was recorded as changing hands
at 145. It was probably a bogu^ traits
"Admirable, mot admirable," was the
way one of the highest authorities on
the steel industry ill Philadelphia dug
nosed tli?- st.ue of trade at this tune.
Englishmen marvel at the waste of
human life on American railroads. An
official report says only .me passenger
out of ..?oo.ooo.ooo is killed on British
There ii a remarkable evenness in the
division of the sexes in Japan.
Despite the Work of Federal
Offenders WIM De Severely Punished?New
Point of Infection at Plaqaemine Parish?
The Disease Is of Mild Type- The Denteo
lion Camps Are Full?Strict Enforcement ol
the Sanit?r) Laws-Shipment of Bananas.
New Orleans (Special).?The second
month of the tight against yellow fever
in New Orleans began Monday with
reports of new cases higher than tl
for Sunday. There were IJ deaths
day. The disease i* slowly spreading.
despite the magnihcckit work of the
Federal authorities, but the increase in
new eases outside of the city is almo-;
With the exception of a few squares,
all New Orleans below Canal street ;;
now generally infected with yellow fever.
While most havoc has been caused in
this portion of New Orleans where for?
eigners live, the disease has spread to
many places in what is known as the
Vmerican quarter, above Canal street.
Cases in the American quarter are iso
r. Health officers are still
unable to assert whether the highwacr
mark of daily new cases has hcen reach?
ed. About 85 per cent, of all those thus
far stricken have rccovi red. the deaths
being about one in every si\ persons in?
The Marine Hospital Service is ex?
tending its aid to any outlying pi
where yellow fever -appears, and ef
are daily making to perfect in
spection and isolation. The Marine Ib>s
pita] Service will take genera! charge
? if the street and house sanitation. While
yellow fever ? not a filth disease in it
experience shows that persons
who live in unsanitary surroundings are
much more likely to die of the disease
when they contract it than those who
live in better environments.
Prosecution of those who hav?
paid obedience to the anti-mosquito or?
dinance is also to be participated in bv
Federal officers. Sweeping orders have
again been issued to the police to pros?
ecute all landlords and agents who fail
are prep
Two tl
companies and wi
trouble :?i opening.
Evidence of the soun
quito theory continues to
lie. The experience of AljJ
Three weeks death in
the heart of the town of a typical case
of yellow fever. Ti liad been
promptly reported and all modern pre
cautious win- taken. Enough time has
elapsed to have permitted infected mos?
quitoes to spread the infection from
that house, but a house-to-house can?
vas, shows that there is not another
case in the town, which has a popul
of _v).(xki and is a part of New Or?
Lighthouse Keeper's Terrible Experience For
Seven l)a)!
New Vork ( Special). ? Stratford
Shoals Light, and perhaps the big Long
island Sound steamers which are
guided by it, were saved last week
through the her.'. gle which the
keeper of the light. Merrill H?lse, made
for seven days against sn insane man.
marooned alone with the keeper and de?
termined to rxtinguish the light.
The madman was Hulsc's brother
keeper, Julius Coster, who went crazy
and tried to destroy the light In at?
tempts to get at the light Coster wanted
to kill H?lse.
The story of the lone keeper's defense
of the Stratford Shoals was made pub?
lic when the head keeper, (?ilbert L.
Ruland, who was ashore on a vacation
last week, handed in his official report
oi last week's happenings. The light?
house is situated on Long Island, mid?
way between Bridgeport and Port Jef?
H?lse had no warning that he was
living with an insane man until one d.i\
Coster attacked him wit ii a weapon
made of a razor lashed to the end of a
long pole The keeper overpowered
Coster, and repeatedly afterward, dur?
ing the first (WO days of his compan?
ion's madness, was forced to tight for
his own life. Then Coster's mania
a new turn, and one afternoon H?lse
found him with, a hammer and chisel
trying to cut away tin- walls of the
light house. That night the light sud?
denly stopped revolving, and its keeper
ran to the lamp room to find Coster with
an ax about to destroy the lenses. He
fought his way into the room a:u\ saved
the light, and from thai time on, for
fully live days, doing two men's work,
the brave keeper was forced both
to guard the lenses day and night, and
to fight many times tor his own lite,
and finally toward the end of this period
another burden was laid on him As
Coster's delirium wore off he became
desirous of committing uiicide, so that
when removed from the light bouse he
bore self-inflicted cashes all over his
neck, which only Hulsc's faithful watch?
fulness had kept from becoming fatal.
He was taken to a hospital.
Babe in Dead Mother's Arms.
Chicago (Special) With her iS
months-old baby peacefully sleeping in
her rigid amis. Mrs. James I'.. Daley
was found shot to heath at j8?3 Van
Buren street by her husband. The wife
upbraided Haley for his attentions to
other women ?le shot her in the pr?s
en? of their baby (laughter and left
the woman and the child alone in the
room. Several hours after the tragedy
the police discovered the woman's body.
Foreigners Threatened.
Shanghai (By Cable). Soo-chow re
ports that the anti American boycott ;
assuming a political character. An anti
foreign 'outb 1 Onlj the
Northern Chinese authorit? ternly
repressing the movement. Tin
of N'ankuug apparently i> undeenh d
what steps to lake.
y Soo-chow has a population of ??
uid is situated in the most populous
district of China, 135 miles
o? Nanking.
No credence is attached to the alW^
leged confession of George H. Leroy, a
negro under life sentence in Seattle?
Wash., that he ami two other rnedH
strangled to death Jennie Cramer, of
New Haven. 24 years ago.
Twelve persons were killed and at
least 25 others injured as the result of
a collision between a passenger and a
freight train on the Nickel Plate Road,
near Ki shin.in, O.
Miss Florence Croker, the youngest
daughter of Richard Croker. eloped wrh
a young Italian in Paris..^^
Walter Sauger Pullman wtasscrjously .
injured by being thrown from a .horse i
St San Mateo, Cal. ?
Bishop \. Coke Smith, of the South?
ern Methodist Church, is ill with tuber
culosis at Asheville. X. C. and there is
little hope for his ultimate recovery.
William Curtis, colored, was shot and
killed at Saratoga. N. Y., while at?
tempting to escape arrest for burglary,
by Detective James Sullivan
Clara L. Shaffer, the belle of Wash?
ington township. Pa., has suer
Dreese for $10,000 damaged f|
of pronn
The Holy Rollers, of Bentnr^
Mich., under the leadership of
Benjamin, arc preparing. ? j
m New York.
Thomas N. Butts and wife, of Brook?
lyn, were injured while walking
the Cape May Beach Drive by being
run into by an automobile operated by
F. H. Hack, Jr., of Baltimore. They
were carried to ?heir hotel on stretchers.
A delegation of Jewish bankers of
New York and Chicago conferred with
M. Witte at Portsmouth about 5ni"**sUV,
orating the condition of the Jews in
Members of the Citizens' Union of
New York are urging District Attorney
Jerome to agree to take the independent
nomination for mayor.
Claims aggregating $5.000.000 francs
held against Venezuela by the French
government have been alkiwed by Ref?
eree Plum lev.
The legislative committee to investi
will not begin its sessions for two weeks.
Gladys and Eugenie Roosew
ins 01 {'resident Roosevelt, were injured
in a runaway accident at Sagville. I.. 1.
The transport Logan arrived at Iioilo,
Philippines, with Secretary of War Taft.
Miss Roosevelt and party.
In New York Mrs. Ro
a former trapeze performer, who
rted by \u-~ husband, tried :?>
? .?
drank a liquid in which matches had
been soaked. Before the poison became
effective she tried to throw herself from
a fifth-story wind
In a speech a: a Confederate reunion
at McGregor, Tex., Senator Bailey de?
cried the remarks of President Alder?
man, of the University oL-Yirginia, in
belilt ling modern statesmen
It is stated that the fund necessary
meet the expense in the case of the ap^
peal oi Johann Hoch, the Chicago "Blue
beard," has not been presented to the
Sam Cri?e, a former British soldier,
who once saved the life of General Rob?
erts in battle, was sentenced at Salt
Lake City to ?2 years in prison for bur?
Edward Drouin died under mysterious
circumstances at Peoria, III. H?"
the son of a former member of the
ulty of the University of Pennsylvania.
Twenty firemen were overcome by an
explosion of tanks containing fats in a
New York soap factory. They were
rescued by their comrades.
At Frederic. Mich., Mrs. Hedrich was
arrested on the charge of the murder
of her two little boys.
President Jordon, of the Southern
Cotton Association, has demanded the"
resignation of Vice President Peters of
the organization.
The Citizens' Union of New York ha*
issued a call for the nomination of Dis?
trict Attorney Jerome for mayor.
President Roosevelt addressed the
mineworkers and the Catholic Total Ab?
stinence Union at Wilkesbarre.
(?encrai Lyon succeeds General Car
nahan as head of the Uniformed Rank
oi Knights of Pythias.
Eijiro Tagasugi, professor of ErrgJ
at the University of Tokio, says Rt
must make peace.
(.'apt. Jerome B. Osier, believed to be
the oldest resident of Illinois, died at
Oscar Benson, a policeman, shot and
killed his brother-in-law in Chicago.
The boilermakers of the Chicago Grj
Western shops have struck.
1 orettn.
The Venezuelan government has, ?iign-''
ed a $ 1,000,000 contract with the Schnei?
der Company, of Creusot. France, sbtj
eight batteries} of 75-millimetre canj
paign guns and four batteries of men
tain guns of the same caliber.
The trial of 53 mutineers of the Rj
sian training ship Truth at Sebastof
has resulted in 15 being acquitted,
condemned to be shot and 3 sentenced to
penal servitude for life.
The national referendum on the dis?
solution of the union between Norway*
and Sweden, held at Christiana, waj
unanimous for dissolution.
As a result of the famine in AjsJ
lusia. Spain, sheepkillers do n
arrest, desiring to be sent to pt ,
they mav be fed".
1 In congress of the Gcr
ition was opened at Ger'
In an audience f
Columbia I niv . .! with Iv
or William of an inter?
change of \mencan
and Ge ?tversiti? discussed.
Hel Hunt. .*n American,
was dr Bi , France, by b
ing over an incoming ti<
?hile s im 1 rock sketching.
The drivei .10 slashed Mr. am
George Gould with a whip, while
were automobiling near Liicerne, S
/criant, was sentenced to tjue
on the question of the
union with Sw< d< n ul>
it it.
The new cabinet 1 r *hc
which dul not meet with

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