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vol. xxl v MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA.. SEPTEMBER 19, IW2 NO. 37. THE-r\Y5TERY- OP-THC Ssw florence War den, i^ulhot of\" Thc Mouse'on tt_? Aar$h,V ctfij lCopyright, 1896, by Kr>ber,t,Bonu_i'i Sons.: CHAPTER XIX. ^ - Continued. - "Miss Bostal takes her part? I didi not think the dried-op little creature; had it in her!" said Clifford, with ad? miration. "I shall go and see her." "That is just what she wants; you to do," replied Miss Lansdowne. "She has said so to me so often that I thought, when I saw I had a chance of speaking to you, I would not let it slip." "It is very good of you," said Clif? ford. "Which was the dance you said I might have?" The next morning, before luncheon time, he was at Stroan. , It was a bright day, and there was only just enough wind to stir the air pleasantly on his way across the marsh road. The sun shone on the white, chalky sc il, and tbe place where the body ol' Jem Stickles had been found was now no longer distinguish? able by any outward sign from the rest of the grass-grown border to the road. People hid begun to forget the tragedy, and even the fresh interest excited by the more recent events at the Blue Lion Lad by this time faded In their minds, relegated to the back? ground by the pressure of some less stirring but newer occurrence. The Blue Lion itself looked melan? choly enough, having been uninhabit? ed for a montn. With its doors closed, its shutters barred, with broken panes in its upper windows, it was a dreary contrast to the little inn ho had known. No market-carts now drew up before the door; the ducks aud the chickens no longer wandered about the road; the shed where the cart had stood was empty and already out of repair. Clifford, after one walk around ino the little garden and down to the shed where he had first met Nell, hurried away from the deso? late spot and made haste to reach Shingle End. But a change had come over this place also. To begin with, the storms ?f tbe wiuter bad dealt harshly with the old house. Some slates had been carried away and had not been re? placed, and a tree, blown down by a southwesterly gale, now blocked the lit? tle bit of grouuci which formed the front garden. It had injured the corner of the house in its fall, hall carried away one of the outside shutters of the drawing-room front window and 6mr.sbed half a dozen of the small panes of glass, which had been left broken. Sheets of brown paper had been pasted on tbe inner side of the window, completing the desolate ap? pearance of thc old house. Clifford, as he approached the gate, found that the tree had fallen in such a manner that it was impossible to get in. Look? ing up doubtfully at the windows, he caught sight of a little, withered face, gray, haunting, peering out at him from behind thu meager muslin cur? tain. "Was it or was it not Miss Bostal's? For a moment he stood undecided with his hand upon tbe gate. Had some terrible calamity?the death of the Colonel, the illness of his daughter fallen upon the place like a blight? Should he go back and mate Inquiries at the nearest cottage before he ven? tured to intrude upon what might be some great grief? There was au ancient cottage close by which had once been a toll-house. He thought he would knock at the door and try to fiud out something, and was retreating for tha't purpose, when a hurried tapping on tho glass of the j upper window made him look round | again. Miss JBostal?lf.it_was indeed she?made a sign to him to go round to the back of Hie house. Obeying her mute direction, he found bis way back to tho little side gate in the paling, passed through Into the garden and presented himself at the back door. He noticed with surprise, as he passed the two lower windows, the one at the side and the other at the back of the" house, Jhat j the blinds were drawn down. Surely, then, the Colonel was dead, he thought. He had not time to speculate as to why, in that case, the upper front rooms had had their blinds up, j when he heard the sound of some one within drawiu back a bolt and then another and another. Then the door was opened by Miss Bostal. who put out her head to throw one frightened glance round the gar? den, and then, seizing his proffered hand, drew him hastily inside, and be? gan Immediately to replace the bolts. Clifford could not help feeling amused, although he took care not to show it. It seemed to him clear that the recent occurrences in the neigh- I borhood had go: on the poor little ; woman's brain, and made her absurd- j ly nervous about the safety of her own little person and not very valua? ble, property. "You are well secured against bur? glars, I see," said bc, as he insisted upon doing the work of bolting tho door for her, and was surprised to find how solid and strong the protection was. The little woman started. ihuMt jumped. "Oh, Mr. King!" gasped &he, in a tone of acute terror. "Don't maka jokes about it. It's too dreadful: I never feel safe! Last night- Oh!" abe paused, closing ber tyts tl If OA riffie point of fainting. And Clifford teaw, by the light that came through the dusty panes above the front and the back door, that her little pinched face had grown livid at some terrible thought. "Well, what happened last night Oh?" said Clifford, speaking in as cheerful a tone as he could, lu the hope of soothing her nerves. But In? stead of answering at once, little Miss Bostal, suddenly opening again her faded light eyes and staring at him with solemn intentness, led him to the door of the drawing-room, which she unlocked and threw open with a tragic gesture. "Look in there!" whispered she. Clifford obeyed, and say nothing whatever; for it was dark. When, after a few minutes spent in rather uncanny silence on the part of tho lady, his eyes got used to the gloom, he saw that the windows had been barricaded from the Inside in the most thorough aud ingenious manner, with furniture and with planks nailed across from side to side. , "Why," said he, in astonishment "you seem to be preparing to stand a siege." _He had already made up his mind that" the eccentric little lady had gone out of uer mind. "We are besieged," she whispered, with a look which confirmed Clif? ford's hypothesis. "I can see that you don't believe me, that you think lt is only my fancy. But ask my father." And before Clifford could make any answer, she had quickly crossed the stone-flagged passage, had thrown open the door of the dining-room and with a gesture invited Clifford to en? ter. As the young man did so, rather fearing what sort of conversation he Should have to hold with her. he wac much relieved to find that the Colonel was there, sitting by the fire, with his spectacles on, reading a weekly paper. But to Clifford's astonishment and alarm, the change in the old man was as great as in his daughter. Colonel Bostal, although his clothe, were always shabby and old-fashioned, had always retained an air of soldier? ly trimness, had always kept his hair closely cut and his snow-white mus? tache well trimmed, so that he had borne a certain air of smartness and distinction. Now he had lost every trace of lt. His shoulders were bent. His hair had been allowed to grow, long. His mustache hung ragged and untrimmed over a rough and strag? gling beard. More than this,, there was In his eyes a look as pitiful in its restlessness as the haunting expres? sion which Clifford had noticed in Miss Theodora's. The old man started when he saw the visitor, rose and heid out his hand with mechanical, old-fashioned court, esy; but it was doubtful whether ho recognized him. Miss Bostal went softly round hl?t chair with her quick, bird-like littlo steps, and put her hand gently on hil shoulder. "Dear papa," she said in a whisper, "don't you remember Mr. King? Hg was here in the summer. You do remember, don't you?" "Oh, yes, certainly I do; of cour?" I do, Theodora," responded the Colonel, with a slight frown at the implication that ho was losing his memory. "Sit down, Mr. King, and tell us what th<J great world is doing." Then Clifford saw that In a momenf the old man had become quite him? self, and it was the weight of som*? care which had given him his changed appearance. The young man was sop ry when Miss Theodora at once re? called her father to the anxiety which was pressing upon both of them. "I want you to tell Mr. King, papa,*' she said, as Clifford took the chair offered him, "about the terrible perse? cution we have been subjected to late ly since the Blue Lion has been shut up." "It's not a very lively subject.'1 ob? jected her father, whose face fell at his daughter's words. "However, I will tell you, if the story is worth' telling." Clifford, although he was Indeed curious to hear the narrative, protest? ed that he did not wish to do so, as he saw that his host was by no means anxious to relate it. But Miss Theo? dora insisted. j "Well, then," said tho old gentle? man, "it is simply this: At least half a dozen times since the Blue Lion has been deserted we have been an? noyed by knocks and blows on our doors and windows at night. And although we have done our best to' lind out who lt is that annoys us In this manner, we have been unable to do so." "And have you no Idea, no sus? picion?" The Colonel shook his head in a troubled and anxious manner, but Miss Theodora pursed her Ups ?ud looked shrewd. "I have a theory," she said. And she waited to be asked what her theo? ry was. Clifford expressed the wished-for curiosity. "I believe," she went on, with con? viction, "that It is the person who has been at the bottom of the mysteries we have been suffering here lately." "Nonsense, my dear," interrupted her father, quickly, and not without nervousness. "What on earth should such a person want with us? We have nothing in the house worth stalling; and if we had, do you suppose that the person who was so very skillful in getting away and in evading jus? tice, would try to batter our doors In? You are talking nonsense, Theodora." But Theodora looked stubborn. Then Clifford made a suggestion. "If you think that, why don't you inform the police? They would lay an ambush for this person, and would certainly free you from the annoy? ance of his visits, In any case." To the young man's surprise Colonel Bostal's face assumed an expression of. alarm which he tried in vain to hide; but Miss Theodora broke in tri? umphantly: "That is just what I tell him, Mr. King, but he won't Bear of it. Per? haps you will be better able to per? suade him than I." The Colonel, for answer, leaned back in his chair and drew his daughter's little thin hands round his shoulders. "I always think," he said, after a long silence, during which strange suspicions rushed throuch Clifford's mind, "that it is better not to stir up scandals that are past and done with. I may have my own suspicions that the annoyance we suffer from is con? nected with the uncanny stories we have heard so much about. But still I will not interfere, and I refuse to call in the aid of the police. We must not forget that in delivering up this I unknown person who annoys us, we might be exposing others to danger." "What others, papa?" asked Miss I Theodora quickly. But the Colonel would not answer. He turned tho conversation to another subject, and the interesting tdolc was not again touched upon until Clifford, having taken leave of the Colonel, stood in the hall with Miss Theodora. "Do you know why I came down here to-day?" he then asked. "Not to see us?" asked Miss Theo? dora. "We could hardly have hoped for that." "It was to see you and to thank you for your trust in Nell. I met Mks Lansdowne in town one evening, and she told me you were the one person who still believed in her innocence." But, to his chagrin, the little lady sighed and looked down. At last she said: "I did hold out as long as I could against the thought of her guilt, Mr. King; but I must confess that I, too, have had to give way to overwhelm? ing evidence. In face of some fresh circumstances which have now come to my knowledge, I don't see how I can escape the conclusion that she did commit these crimes." Clifford drew himself up with a great shock of disappointment. Here, where he expected a fortress, he found a quagmire. "In fact, it is because my father feels sure that the person who comes here to annoy us is the very same crea? ture who instigated the girl to commit these crimes, that he refuses to give information to the police." "And who is thc person?" asked Clifford, quickly. "A young man who has obtained a great Influence over her, and who has probably by this time become uer hus? band," replied Miss Bostal. Clifford could not repress a move? ment of anxiety at these words. Miss Bostal tried to persuade him to come back into the dining-room with her and to stay to tea. But he excused himself and, with a rather colder leave-taking than he had expected, he left the house by the back door, and beard Miss Theodora draw the bolts before he reached the end of the gar den. This visit had left an extraordinary impression upon him. There had flashed through his mind, as he noted the effect which Theo? dora's prattle made upon her father, an uneasy suspicion whether the Colonel himself was not in some wa: implicated in the murder of Jem Stic? kels and the robberies at the Blue Lion. It was quite clear that poor Miss Theodore had no Inkling of this, for she chattered away without even noticing her father's uneasiness. It was in vain, however, that Clifford tried to imagine any series of circum stances by which the old Colonel could have been implicated In the crimes. On the other hand, they re? mained just as inexplicable at the hands o? any other person. It was with a great sinking of the heart that Clifford began to feel his own belief in Nell's complete inno? cence giving way. He was forced again to take refuge in the belief that if she had been an agent in these crim? inal acts, she had been an unconscious one. And the thought which was uppermost in his mind was: What steps should he take to find her? The feeling which was. strongest in his heart was the desire to shelter her from the consequences of those nets. But the question was: How to find her? Clifford had been down to Stroan already to make inquiries, but had been unable to obtain any tidings of the uncle or the niece more defin? ite than the vague rumor that George Claris was "shut up somewhere." Clifford paused for a few moments outside the garden gate of Shingle End, wondering whether he would apply for information to the police ut Stroan. It was a step he dreaded to take, although he began to think it I was the only one likely to lead to his obtaining the details he wanted. As he stood looking vaguely along the road he suddenly perceived au old woman, who was standing at the door of the ancient turnpike cottage, was blinking and nodding at him in a mys? terious manner. He took a few steps In her direction, and she came out in tbe road to meet him. Io be Continued. NEITHER SIDE WEAKENS Believed That End of Coal Miners' Strike ls Still Par Off. IT IS NOW IN ITS NINETEENTH WEEK. den. Gobln, la Charge sf tbe Slate Troops De? nies That He ls Preparing to Remove (be Troops at An Early Data ur That Ma Ri? ped* An Order Prow tbe Governor to With* draw Ihe Troosr. Shenandoah, Pa. (Special).?Monday began the nineteenth week of the coal strike! The date on which Senator Platt predicted that the strike would end bas passed, and the hope which was instilled into the people in this locality because of that prediction has been succeeded by a feeling that tbe end is still far off. The reiteration of the coal presidents during the week that no concessions won'd be made and the resolutions passed by nearly all the local unions ol the United Mine Workers renewing I their allegiance to their officers and j pledging themselves to continue the strike until concessions ar/ granted, show that neither side to the contro \crsy is weakening. General Gobin, in charge of the state i troops encamped in this county, denies | that he is preparing to remove thc I troops at an early date or that he ex | pects an order from the Governor to withdraw the troops. He says he does rot anticipa ? an order of that kind until there is a settlement of the strike. At %U Per Tm Chicago, III. (Special).?Anthracite coal sold in Chicago at the highest figure quoted in years. Tile Weaver Coal Company sold several orders of a high grade at $25 a ton and some at $-'0. These prices, while not general, are in the face of a hard coal famine in the city, and they indicate what may bc expected unless a supply of anthra? cite soon reaches town. Dealers declare that an average price on anthracite cannot possibly be quoted because of the existing emergency, where those who must have coal af any price are practically bidding to se? cure what they can of the scant supply in the Chicago yards. Soft coal has gone up in price 8 to io per cent, with? in a few days, and coke, the best sub? stitute for hard coal, was quoted at $12 to $13 a ton. double the price asked September |. While citizens are alarmed at the gravity of the situation, dealers are also worried, ss they have not been in a long time over the out? look. A speedy settlement of the strike would adjust matters in time and prices would drop to a reasonable figure, but the uncertainty of the fu? ture is causing fright among citizens and dealers alike. TOWNS DESTROYED BY FIRE. Every County In th; Westers Psrt of Wash? ington Said to Be in Flames. Tacoma, Was:i. (Special).?The for? est fires are now burning in every county of Western Washington from British Columbia to the Columbia River. The conflagrations are the most extensive in Mason, Thurston, Chehalis and Lewis counties, to the southwest of Tacoma. The towns ot Elma and Folsom, in Che? halis county, have been partly destroyed. Each was thc center of large logging, lumber and shingle mill industries.. Other towns which are in great danger are Shelton, Mattock, Black Hills, Bu coda. Ranier and Castle Rock, in South? western Washington. Enumclaw and Buckley, in the Cascade Mountains are threatened. The latest reports from Mason county are that every portion of that county is in flames, with the excention of Shelton. WILCOX DECLINED TO ESCAPE. Alleged Murderer of Ella Cropsey Had a Chance to Qet Oat of Jail. Elizabeth Cit-, N. C. 'Special).?Dur? ing the ni-'-t a negro youth escaped from the county jail, and left Ns means of exit subject to the disposal of James Wilcox, the famous alleged murderer oi Ella Cropsey. In the morning when thc sheriff and others visited the jail to dis? cover the nero s means of escape, Wil? cox told them that he could have escaped in the same --nner. To prove h's as? sertion he went through the process ot making his escape in the presence of the few who were there. When water works were installed Bl the jail a bar was removed to make room for a ? ipe. The negro removed this pipe, thus leaving an exit for every prisoner in the jail. Wilcox said: "If I had wished to get out, the way was clear.'' Infants Shocking Death. San Francisco (Special).?The horri? ble death of a child was reported to tbe police by the matron of a founding home, and a well-aressed man deposited the child in thc front yard. The man hurried back to the carriage, which also contained a woman, and the coachimn lashed his horses furiously. The baby had been choked in a shocking manner, and its body was swathed in cloth sat? urated with gin and carbolic acid. The little one lived but a short time. Haitian Insurgent General Killed. Port au Prince, Haiti (Bv Cable).? General Chicoye, of the Firminist forces, who was defeated at Petit Goave on August 3, and set fire to that town be? fore evacuating it, and who was subse? quently arrested near J acme!, was exe? cuted at Jacmel. Wednesday. September io. after having been tried by a military tribunal. Procla sss Matos Traitor. Caracas, Venezuela (Bv Cable).?Th. Govcrnment has published a decree de? claring Gen. Manual Matos. leader of the present revolutionary movement in Venezuela, to be a traitor and ordering bira to be tried on the charge of piracy and for having offered control of thc finances of the Government of Venezuela, in case of the success of his movement, to outside capitalists on the same ba?is as prevails in Egypt. The facts of this alleged offer were reported by tbe Ven? ezuelan Consul at. Liverpool. ( SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS. Domestic. Policeman Isaac Sheve, of Camden, N. J . was shot and seriously wounded while attempting to capture Dan Dan? iels, a negro, one of the assailants of Mrs. Osier, a few days ago. The ne? gro narrowly escaped mob violence. The breaking away of freight cars on a steep grade on the Santa Fe near Colorado Springs, Col., resulted in a collision with a passenger train, in which three trainmen were killed and another seriously injured. The grand jury is still probing into the St. Louis bribery scandal. Circuit Attorney Folk has laid information of bribery against the men under arrest to keep them from being released on habeas corpus. C. F. W. Neely sued in New York for the return of the $6,000 taken from him at the time of his arrest in Cuba, now in thc possession of the War De? partment. Striking miners were evicted from their company homes at the Crescent Mines, on the Kanawha River. Mrs. Hobart, widow of vice-Presi? dent Hobart, visited Mrs. McKinley in Canton, O. A committee of the Pennsylvania State Legislative Board of Railroad Employes had a conference with Pres? ident Mitchell, of the United Mine? workers, who says the railroad men as? sured the miners of their support and co-operation. Gottlieb Niegenfind, at Pierce. Neb., shot and killed his former wife and her father and wounded the latter's wife, after which he attempted to assault a sister of his former wife. Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark, who is engaged to marry Bishop Potter, oi New York, will give her new palatial residence, on thc Riverside Drive, that city, to charity. Mrs. Hannah Nelson, mother .of thc late Mrs. Charles Fair, received $i. 000.000 from the Fair estate, and each ! of Mrs. Fair's brothers received $350. 000. Luther W. Shear, district agent of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insur? ance Company, wanted in Muskegon, Mich., for forgery, surrendered. Mrs. William M. Stewart, wife of United States Senator Stewart, of Ne? vada, was killed in an automobile acci? dent at Alameda. Cal. A big blaze started by sparks from a locomotive has been raging in the oilfields of Texas and has done a great deal of damage. The Pennsylvania Railroad has given an order to the Baldwin Locomotive Works for 250 high-class freight loco? motives. Fierce forest fires arc destroying val? uable timber lands and threatening cities in Oregon. Earthquake shocks occurred in Alaska along the coast between Muir and Yakutat. Mrs. Dauphin, widow of thc presi? dent of the Louisiana Lottery, who died in 1891, has been indicted by the grand jury of New Orleans. It is claim? ed that she came into possession of over $200,000 of her husband's wealth which was not inventoried. Mr. Charles S. Hamlin, assistant sec? retary 01 the Treasury during the sec? ond term of President Cleveland, was defeated in the primaries in Massachu? setts for the Democratic nomination for governor. Idaho Populists nominated a full state ticket. The price of coke in Chicago is $12 and $13 per ton. Foreign. In reply to a query of the United States government the German For? eign Office has stated that either Char? lemagne Tower, Bellamy Storer or Dr. David J. Hill would be acceptable as United States ambassador. According to last year's census, the population of the administrative county of London was 4.536.541. while Greater London showed an additional popula? tion of 6,500,000. Thc city's outstand? ing debt was $231,344,355 During the recent German Army maneuvers a system of wireless teleg? raphy was used, to thc secrets of which visitors were not admitted. An anti-Semitic outbreak is report? ed to have occurred at Czenstochowa, in Poland, in which 14 Jc.vs and 1 gen? darme were killed. Sir Thomas Lipton has decided in favor of earlier races for the America's Cup, and will name August in the hope for steadier winds. Emperor William*, in saying good-' to Generals Corbin, Young and Wood in Berlin, said he was specially interest? ed in three Americans?President Roosevelt. Mayor Seth Low. of New York, and Andrew D. White, the United States Ambassador, now leav? ing his court. It is again reported that the Portu? guese government, in need of funds, has pawned the crown jewels, includ? ing the diamond-encrusted scepter of Don Juan IV., valued at $5,000,000. The railway authorities of India, dc apitC test trials showing the superiority of British locomotives, have given an? other order for 20 locomotives to Ger? man manufacturers. The sensational trial of the man Voi sin in Paris., once convicted of mur? dering an innkeeper, transported, then proven innocent and set free, has ended in an acquittal. General Firmin urges his followers in Hayti to fight to the end against thc provisional government. The r#vo'?i tionists are greatly excited and very bitter against the General. The Austrian Prince Francis Joseph 01 Bragansea was exonerated in Lon? don of the charge of misconduct under the criminal law amendmnt. Thc corporation of Dublin adopted a resolution protesting against thc Crime* Act as "an outrage and insult offered the citizens of Dublin." Professor Heilprin tells of the terri? ble destruction on the Island of Mar? tinique in the last eruption of Mon: Pelee. Financial. Consolidated Lake Superior is weaker. Pennsylvania hauled last week on:y 295 tons of an th rac ito. A big melon for New York Central stockholders is ripening. A Stock Exchange sea! sold in New York on Wednesday for $81,000. Money 10 per cent, in New York and 6 per cent, in Philadelphia. The Sub Treasury bas taken f-o 11 Nw York banks this week $47*3 SOO. Si'if* ft Cn directors have declaied a ouarterlv rlivMeml ol 1 3-4 per cern. ADC VAM M/IQC A great many people suffer through ignor Ant TUU fflOt R?ce. Tbev don't know that for all inflam? mation there ia no remed j* to equal "Mexican Mustang Liniment. - ae easy way and a sure way to treat a case of Sore Throat in order to kill disease germs and insure healthy throat action is to take half a glassfull of water put into it a teaspoonful of Mexican Mustang liniment nnd with this gargle the throat at frequent interval*. Then bathe the outside of the throat thoroughly with the lint- I ment and after doing this pour some on a soft cloth and wrap/ around the neck. It is a POSITIVE CURE. 25c., 50c. and $1.00 a bottle. IT MAV DC Vnil have long been troubled with a running ll Iflll I DC IUU sore or ulcer. Treat it at once with Mexi? can Mustang Lilnmen. aud you can depend upon a speedy cure. PAWNING A $1,000 BILL Of a _nan with a thousand-dollar bill in his pocket and no smaller amount of money, a story has been written that traced him through many experiences and took him to the verge of starvation. But, as a matter of fact, one man who had nothing small? er than a one-thousand-dollar bill got through the difficulty very easily in this city a few nights ago. Ten of these coveted promissory notes of the United States had been paid to him in the afternoon. In the pursuit of business and a modicum of pleasure he had, after the receipt of his $10,000, spent the last dime he possessed other than the big bills. Ho was with some friends, any one of whom could and would have ac? commodated him with sufficient mon? ey for his needs, but a discussion arose about what he would do if he were a stranger in the city and had no money other than that which was in his pocket. "I wouldn't care if I were dressed as a beggar," he said. "I can get all I want so long as I have a one thou? sand-dollar bill in my pocket." "You would be arrested or turned down If you tried to use it," said one. "There are not many places where $1,000 in change is kept handy. Be? sides, most people would be shy of taking such a bill from any of us. We don't look as though we carried one-thousand-dollar bills around in our pockets." "Well," said the man with the $10, 000, TU bet a basket of champagne with tbe bunch that I can spend my money as freely as though those were five-dollar bills instead of what they are, and I won't have any trouble about it, either. I'll get change the first time I try lt, too, or lose tne bet. And I won't go to any man who knows me." The wager was accepted, and th* man with $10,000, taking one friend with him, walked out to a pawn shop. He said to the clerk only this: "I have received $10,000 in ten bills. They are mine and were come by honestly. It is difficult for me, ni stranger, to get a one-thousand-dollap bil! changed. Here are the ten bills. Look at them. I need som*1 money, and I want to pawn one of these bill. for $25. If you are afraid of me, call up police headquarters and I will sat? isfy the people there by papers that I can show that I am honest. Or, If you like, call up Mr.-, who paid the money to me, and he will tell you If I am all right." The pawnbroker looked at him keenly for a second and then said. "I never took money as a pledge, but you are sober and seem all right, and you can have the $25. Give me tne one thousand-dollar bill." The pawnbroker examined the bill carefully and then, to the astonish? ment of the others, took another one* thousand-dollar bill out of his saf<i and compared them. Then, just a* he would make out a ticket for a rintf or a watch, he Issued a ticket for a "one-thousand-dollar bill," turned over the $25 and closed the transa tion.?New York Tribune. THE ARMY OF MAUI I Hayti is chiefly remarkable by rea? son of Its being a military republic, with an army of 4,000 generals and 4,000 privates?a general to each Tommy. The generals are extraor? dinary men in more than one sense of the word. There is one who com? mands a large province in the re? public, who is of the lowest of the people, who can neither read nor write, and who is nevertheless a great revolutionary power. Thia man?Gen. Johannis Merisier?is obliged to ask one man to read to him what another man has written for him, and yet in his hands are the lives and deaths of the people over whom he rules. Every third man you meet in Hayti is a general, but it is only every tenth general who gets oaid; it has to be conceded that each general does his best to pay himself. The author? ized rate of pay is ?140 annually for a general of division and ?105 for a biigadier. A captain is passing rich on ?12 a year; a private thinks him? self fortunate if he receives ?2 10s. during the same period. The Haytian soldier's uniform is a fearful and wonderful thing. Let us review a regiment on parade. Some of them are shod In dried grass slip? pers. They wear a little blue cap with a red band. One man, perhaps, is wearing a shabby pair of old tweed trousers, and slung by a hemp rope over his shoulders is an old-fashioned flint-lock gun. The officer who com? mands the regiment is brandishing a rusty sword. The army, it goes without saying, ls miserably housed. In Port-au Prince, the capital of Hayti, you will find a post of soldiers every fifty oj a hundred yards. They live is wretched guard rooms, which an marely long hovels, with piazza^ raised two feet above the street. B? low flows an open drain. The met themselves drink, smoke, and gani ble all the weary day. You must never allow a smile tai cross your face?however, tempteilj you may be to laugh?if you meet f Haytian soldier. A European dlplm matist landed once at Port-au-Prinot and on his way from the ship he fell in with what he Imagined to be a tall tered mountebank carrying a rifle. H^ smiled, for the black man's pompous solemnity was immensely funny. Al once tbe negro's face changed. i "You laugh at me? You laugh a| me?" he cried, furiously. He was a soldier of the republic} his fingers flew to his cartridges, ar.dj the visitor waited for no more, bul fled up the street. The Haytian soldier needs but th 1 license of a political strife to las il him into frenzy. Given political trou? bles and a modicum of shooting ii the streets, and a man such as w.| have just described, with intense irascibility of temper and thousands of companions like himself, he woull become a very perilous and terrible element in the general anarchy. The Haytian army in peace tim-l may be like that upon a comic opens stage, but given a war, it would be? come a hotbed of tragedy.?London Express. Character ls the best commercial as? set in the world.