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"Is he handsome. Myrtle?" asked Mrs. Tayne. "The handsomest man I ever saw," replle Myrtle Poole. Harry Payne sighed gloomily as he placed upon the kitchen table the pall of water he had brought from the spring. "Was he at your party. Myrtle?" continued the mother. The fair girl assented. "What's his name?" "Reginald Clavering." "What is he?" "He's a Wall street banker, In some way connected with the Rothschild Brothers of London. He dresses like a prince and wears such diamonds! All the girls are crazy about him." "The more fools they," returned Mrs. Payne, severely. "Harry, will you bring me another armful of wood?" Harry looked troubled, and Mrs. Payne followed him out into the shed, laying her hand upon his shoulder. "I'd say nothing to her now," she advised. "This elegant stranger has turned her head completely." Harry vanished accordingly, and Mrs. Payne returned to her baking, while Myrtle Poole continued to chat tec about Reginald Clavering until the good matron felt like boxing her pret ty pink ears. That same afternoon Harry saw Myrtle riding out with the distin guished stranger, and his gloom deep ened. "Myrtle," he said to her the follow ing day, as he met her near the old mill in the suburbs, "I am going to Mill Creek this morning. Wouldn't you like to go with me?" "Not today, Harry. I have a pre vious engagement." "With Mr. Clavering?" "Yes. We are going to the wood3 to gather autumn leaves." "Myrtle, are the friendship and de votion of years to be forgotten be cause such a chap as that happens to appear here?" Miss Poole turned her head and turned away. "I am tired of being called to ac count," she said petulantly. "I shall do as I please, about receiving the at tentions of Reginald or any one else, and I think it a piece of impertinence Jor you to seek to interfere with me, & there! Leave me!" Harry had not been gone ten min utes when Reginald Clavering came whistling down the bank of the crook. "Here already, my queen of bru nettes?" he cried gayly, "How punc tual you are!" "And you are half an hour behind time," pouted Myrtle, with a smile of welcome. "Impossible! But let mo have that basket. Not even so slight a weight as that should burden the loveliest hand in Christendom." Myrtle glanced at the little gloved hand. It was pretty, but Harry had never told her so. How nice to bee In BUT MYRTLE DREW BACK. the Eociety of such a discriminating man of the world! "And now for an answer to my question of yesterday," continued the stranger, as they entered the woods. "Am I to call you mine?'1 r "Do you really love me?" demanded Myrtle, her eyes full of a tremulous delight. "I adore you, dearest!" "Then, yes if you Insist upon an answer." Mr. Clavering knelt at her feet. "What Joy!" he cried. "My queen! My empress! No tongue can tell how proud I shall be of this little hand!" Myrtle's cheeks burned a3 she looked down upon her kneeling swain. Harry Payne had never wooed her In such dramatic style as this. She almost felt ashamed of herself as she remem bered how pleased she had been of his commonplace attentions. "And now," cried her new suitor, arising, "now for the grand sequel the denouement! Would you like to know, fair village maid, the name of the man you've won? Who am I?" "Mr. Reginald Clavering of New York," answered Myrtle, Innocently. "Better than that, dearest! We spoke a brief while ago of Baron Rothschild. I am Baron Rothschild." "You, Reginald?" "And not only Baron Rothschild, but Sir Francis Baring, and John Jacob Astor, all rolled Into one!" Myrtle could only stare at him In speechless horror. "And now to be off for Europe by telegraph," resumed the stranger, his eyes rolling hideously as he seized her hand again. "Every-day mortals are obliged to travel by rail, but we'Jl mount the wires! Come!" But Myrtle drew back, her real situa tion dawning upon her. She was alone In these solitary woods with a rav ing maniac! "Help! help!" she shrieked. And almost In the same Instant there W ' was a crash of breaking branches and a rush of many footsteps. Sense and hearing were leaving poor Myrtle, yet a strong, loving grasp sustained her, and she realized that the eyes of Harry Payne were looking tenderly Into her own. And then all became a blank to her. When she recovered her senses Har ry was bathing her forehead with the clear water of the creek. "Wherewhere is that that terrible man?" she faltered. "His keepers have him." And then she beheld Reginald Clav ering in the very unbecoming costume of strait-Jacket and manacles, sitting on the bank at no great distance, In charge of two burly men. "Don't be in a hurry, my lord'sald one of them, addressing the whilom "Baron Rothschild" with offensive fa miliarity. "The wagon will bo along in the twinkling of an eye and you will be back in your old quarters be fore you know it. No occasion for any further scene, miss," he added, turn ing affably to Myrtle. "He's as mad as a March hare, and has been these six years, ever since he gambled him self out of his senses In New York. But he's as cunning as a fox, or he never would have escaped from the asylum as he did, or dodged us all so long and so cleverly. He has such lu cid spells that you might think him chief Justice of the United States, and then he'll break out all of a sudden madder than a nest of hornets! It's lucky we came across this young gen tleman, who knew here he was, or he might have killed you." Myrtle closed her eyes, realizing once more tho horrors of her recent situation. "Take me home, Harry," she fal tered. Harry complied. And long before home was reached she had given him a promise that she would never look twice at any charming stranger who might come across her path in the fu ture! New York World. WITH ROCKS. A Missouri Uoj Kllla a Wild Cat After a Hard Fight. Springfield (Mo.) Correspondent St Louis Globe-Democrat: Johnny Van schalck, a Taney County lad living near Bradleyvllle, has made himself the hero of that locality by killing a full-grown wildcat. The boy was mak ing a trip through the WThite river hills a few days ago when his dog scented dangerous game. Johnny had left his gun at home, and regretted that fact very much when he saw a strange, furious beast of the cat fam ily give battle to the dog. He could not run away and leave the dog to fight the "varmint" alone, however, and arming hlroeelf with a handful of rocks, the brave youth made an at tack on the wild cat. A few well aimed rocks drove the animal into a small tree, but Johnny kept up his fire until the enemy sprang to the ground and took refuge under a shelving cliff near a little stream. The dog could not get at the wild cat here except by crawling under the reck, and that he refused to do. The boy then got a Ions pole and punched the savage beast out into the open field and the dog now seized the cat and the fight became furious. The combatants rolled Into the creek and made the water foam with their struggles. Johnny was on the edge of the stream throwing a rock at the wild cat every time he could get a good aim. Sometimes the mad feline stood up on its hand feet and struck the dog savage blows with its deadly claws. The boy became greatly alarmed for fear the dog would be killed, and pressed his attack. Finally, after stunning the animal with another well-directed rock, the lad seized a club and closed In on the beast. A few blows on the head crushed the skull of the wild cat. The dead animal measured four feet, and Its skin now decorates the wall of Johnny's home, a trophy of which the boy Is very proud. CJueer Hiding- Plxce. The fancy for secret drawers and out-of-the-way hiding places is a curi ous trait with many people. A Chi cago electrician tells that while fol lowing up the wire of an electric bell in a North Side house his search led him behind a door. Kneeling down he rested his hand on the wooden knob fastened in tho wall to prevent the door handle from touching the plaster and was surprised to find it yield to his grasp. A slight pull disclosed the fact that it was the handle of a secret drawer which was almost filled with Jewels, watches and money. Hearing an exclamation behind him he looked up to find the lady of the house bend ing over him, apparently horror stricken. Without speaking he closed the drawer and resumed his search for the wire, and, though neither men tioned the Incident, the lady kept her eyes on him until he finished his work and left the house. NtmNli and the Magistrate. People In Victoria still remember a J. P. who, no so very long ago, isauta' the cruel, creepy order that the body of a suicide should be taken out and burled with obloquy at dead of night after the manner of the olden time. His own wife committed suicide a few days ago. Thus does hardshell piety come home to roost. Sydney Bulle tin. Venerable Rain of Nobla. The oldest ruins In the world are probably the rock-cut temples of Ip sambul, or Abou Samboul, In Nubia, on the left bank of the Nile. They are over 4,000 years old. cupmes mi (i tin: Gen. Wheaton Drives the Rebels from the Place. LITTLE TROUBLE FOR OUR MEN Insurgents Malta Only a Ilrlef Stand In the Face of the Determined Advance of the United States Troops List of Casualties. Manila, March 14. Gen. Wheaton attacked and captured the city of Pas lg, east of Manila, this afternoon. The enemy made a stand for an hour, but at the end of that time were forced to retreat. The loss of the Filipinos was thirty killed and sixteen prisoners. At daylight Brlg.-Gen. Lloyd Wheat on's divisional brigade, consisting of the Twentieth U. S. lnfantry.the Twenty-second Infantry, eight companies of the Washington volunteers, seven companies of the Oregon volunteers, three troops of tho Fourth U. S. cav alry and a mounted battery of tho Sixth artillery, was drawn up on a ridge behind San Pedro Macati, a mile south of the town. The advance was sounded at C:30 a. m., the cavalry leading the column at a smart trot across the open to tha right, eventually reaching a clump commanding the rear of Guadalupe. Supported by the Oregon volunteers, the advance force opened a heavy firo on the rebels. The response was feeblo and desultory, apparently coming from men in every covert. While the right column was swing ing toward the town of Pasig they ad vanced and poured volleys into the bush. A small body of rebels made a determined stand at Guadalupe church, but the enemy was unable to with stand the assault. At 7:30 a. m. a river gunboat started toward Pasig. The rebels were first encountered by this vessel in the Jun gle near Guadalupe. Steaming slowly the gunboat poured a terrific fire from her gatling guns Into the bush. For all of an hour the whirring of the rapid-fire guns alternated with the boom ing of the heavier pieces on board. In the meantime Scott's battery ashore was shelling the trenches and driving the enemy back. The artillery then advanced to the ridge of the bam boo and drove a few of the enemy's sharpshooters away with volleys from their carbines. The artillery then ad vanced and met with little opposition. In the meantime the infantry had been sent forward in extended order, the Washington regiment resting on the bank of the river, each regiment de ploying on reaching its station and furnishing Its own supports. Tho entire column then wheeled to ward the river, driving the enemy to ward Scott's supports, and then ad vanced on Guadalupe. The artillery moved to a ridge com manding Pasig and Parteros. By thi3 time the enemy was In full flight along a line over a mile long, and the firing; was discontinued temporarily, in or der to give the troops a re3t before making the attack on Pasig. At this stage of the engagement it was raining heavily. Agulnadlo's Red brigade, the pick of the Filipino army, with a white man at its head, failed in a well-arranged attack on the American forces yester day morning because the natives lost heart. Tho islanders started out bravely, apparently confident that their su perior numbers would quickly over whelm the United State3 troops and break the line. After entering the last trenches the natives refused to follow their officers farther and opened fire on the Americans from behind their breastworks. Despite all efforts of the Filipino leaders the men would not advance. The officers exposed themselves to the Americans, bravely urging the soldiers to follow. But it was all In vain, for not a man would offer himself as a tar get for the United States bullets, which so persistently reach their marks. Foremost among the native officer was a white man, whose pluck and recklessness seemed to Inspire hl3 fellow-leaders to bravery. The presence of the families of of ficers is discouraged and many are leaving on board the United State3 transport, some going to Japan for temporary residence. Gen. Otis has re marked: "Manila Is no place for wom en. This Is a war, not a picnic." The British cruiser Narcissus has Failed for various ports In the Island of Luzon to take on board British sub jects who desire protection. FILIPINO WOMEN WILL FIOIIT. Story of a Wonderful Demonstration Told by Kebel Paper. Tacoma, Wash., March 14. Oriental papers brought by the steamship Vic toria contain the following extrac; from the Republlca Fllipina, th In surgents' paper: "Splendid demonstra tion of the Cavite women, witho-it dis tinction of class or age, unanimously requested with enthusiasm to be per mitted to take the place of men if the men perish In the Btruggle against the Americans for the defense of the in dependence of the Philippines. They say that Irrespective of the weakness of their sex, the love of their country will make them strong and will ani mate them to keen combat against the Americans." A telegram published In the Repub llca says that a letter has been found In Railway offering $30,000 reward for the assassination of Aguinaldo. Stories of the battle contained In Oriental pa pers give no details not covered by earlier advices. DEATH ItOLL AT BIANILA. General Otis' Ileport of Fatalities DuV Ing the Fast Week. Washington, March 14. The follow ing cablegram has been received at tho "war department: Manlla.March 12. Adjutant-General, Washington: Following deaths since last weekly report: March 8 Private Alexander R. Chap line, Company M. Fourteenth Infantry, accidentally Bhot. March 9 Henry O. Offahery, Com pany L.Second Oregon; Edward J. Ful cane, Company I, Thirteenth Minneso ta, variola. March 10 Albert W. Hartrlgsen, CompanyE, Fourth cavalry, accidental ly shot. March 11 Louis E. Westphal, Com pany B, First California, dysentery. Died of wounds received In action March 9 Joseph Spaeth, Company G, First Wyoming. Otis." Otis Stop Negotiations. Manila, March 14. Gen. Otis has forbidden the continuance of the ne gotiations between tho Spanish com manders and the Filipinos for the re lease of the Spanish prisoners held by the natives. His object In doing this Is presumably to prevent the Filipinos from obtaining the immense ransom which they demand for freeing tho prisoners, as the money would un doubtedly bo used In aiding the rebel lion. The payment of ransom for these captives by Spain would thus result In Spain aiding the rebellion, a state of affairs which is desired by some Spaniards. Of course this connot be allowed, however much the Ameri can authorities may sympathize with the Spanish captives. American Loss at Taslg. New York, March 14. A Manila spe cial to the Journal gives the following list of casualties sustained by the Unit ed States forces In the advance upon and In the capture of Pasig. The killed: JAMES S. KINE, private, Twentieth Kansas. The wounded: Privates L. F. Alger, Thomas Miller, Charles Davis, Twentieth United States infantry, and Corporal Charles Easley, of the Twenty-second infantry. WANT AMERICA TO INTERFERE Efforts to Secnre Administration's Good Offices in China. Washington, March 14. A determin ed, though unofficial, effort Is being made to secure the exercise by the United States of its good offices in be half of China. The matter has not yet been brought officially to the attention Of. Secretary Hay, but It Is understood he Is aware of the wishes of certain interested persons and the advantages, from their point of view, which would accrue to this government in case of such action. It is untrue that any appeal has been made to this government to make any representations to foreign govern ments to prevent them from seizing Chinese territory. What is desired is that the government shall, through its minister in Peking, Inform the empress dowager of the dangerous position China occupies, and, having done this, make a public declaration that the commercial interests. of the United States make It necessary that no fur ther leases of Chinese coast territory be gTanted. It is extremely Improbable, however, that the government will consent to take such action. Iron Flpe Trast Completed. Cleveland, March 14. Col. Clarence E. Burke, one of the promoters of the cast-Iron pipe trust, says the deal has been consummated and that practically all the pipe foundries in the country are included in the combine, which has been Incorporated with a capital of $30,000,000. "The object of the new com pany," said Col. Burke, "will not be to advance prices, as we will simply fol low the prices of pig iron and be gov erned by them. We shall seek to ship from the nearest foundry to the point of consumption and will not enter the territory of one foundry with the prod ucts of another? v None of the plants will be closed down, "unless the market compels It." Itandlts mow Three Safes. Waverly, N. Y., March 14. A holdup In true western bandit style occurred hero about 2 o'clock this morning. Eleven masked and armed men en tered the power house of the Waverly, Sayers & Athens Traction company and ordering the three employes to hold up their hands bound them se curely and placed them in an empty car, where the workmen were secured by ropes around their necks attached to the handlebar above them. Then, leaving one man to guard them, the robbers blew open the three safes In the office and secured $175 in cash. Nothing but money was taken. Kipling Still Improving. New York, March 13. Fudyard Kip ling passed a good night and felt con siderably refreshed today. Mr. Double day said Mr. Kipling showed decided Improvement over yesterday. There If a belief that the patient will now make even faster progress toward good health than before, as each day the author's, sleep and rest become more refreshing to him. Sir Julias Vogel Is Dead. London, March 14. Sir Julius Vogel, the, colonial statesman writer, is dead. Ho was three times the head of the government In New Zealand and held the offices of colonial treasurer and postmaster general In the government formed with Sir Robert Stout. UKIIIII III lllf Will Spanish Ministers Seemingly Un able to Agree. SOLDIERS ARE STARVING. From Is es of Dark Fay Ilave Mot Iteen Fulfilled Famine Increasing In Many Farts of the Kingdom Wild Tales from Manila. Madrid, March 14. The develop ments of each day in the political sit uation point more strongly to the early retirement of either Gen. Polavieja or Premier Sllvela from the cabinet. Fresh differences have arisen between the two ministers, and these latest causes of dissension, It seems, are Insurmount able. Gen. Polavieja has not yet been able to redeem his promise that the sol diers of Spain should receive the pay that is coming to them. Promises of back pay are dealt out in all plenty, but the returned soldiers are starving. Madrid is full of beggars, and many of the mendicants are half covered by the rags of the uniform of the Spanish army. In several parts of the kingdon famine is on the increase. The Madrid Filipino committee per sists in the assertion that the insur gents in Luzon hold a large number of American prisoners. "Official denials make no diffence," says Senor Del pan, "our people hold the prisoners, and that Is all there Is about It." From the same source comes the dec laration that the insurgents are really masters of the situation at Manila, holding the American forces closely hemmed In in the city. ON A NEW TACK. Court Would Determine Who Is Respon sible for Canned IJeef. Chicago, March 14. Having liter mined by inspection of the preparation of canned roast beef that this much discussed product Is really nothing but canned boiled beef without salt and poor quality beef at that the ar de partment board of Inquiry today began the task of determining who was re sponsible for the introduction of the commodity as an army ration. For this purpose Col. Oskalooa.i M. Smith, purchasing commissary i:i Chi cago during the recent war, was called to testify as to his reasons for buying canned roast beef, and asked from whom he had the order to do o and what explanation, If any, accompanied the order. The witnesses so far called before the board of Inquiry have proved so fruit ful that the members of the board have announced that they would sit here un til "Wednesday and then go to Omaha and Kansas City, to return here ou March 27. They expect to be in New York again the first week in April. Maj. Lee, representing Gen. Miles, has succeeded In bringing out testi mony especially satisfactory to the friends of the commander of the army. On Saturday, by cross-questioning tho government inspectors at the stock yards who work under the direction of Chief Inspector Devoe, he found that large quantities of borax are brought into the packing houses. This borax, the inspector testified, might have been used in canning the beef without their knowledge. More Fay for Naval Reserves. New York, March 14. A dispatch to the Tribune from Washington says that congress In the closing hours of the last session provided an honorarylum for the naval volunteers who saw ac tive service In the war with Spain by an Item Inserted In the deficiency acz. The clause is as follows: "The officers and enlisted men comprising the tem porary force of the navy during the war with Spain who served creditably beyond the limits of the United States, and who have been or who may here after be discharged, shall be paid two months' extra pay and all such officers and enlisted men of the navy who have so served within the limits of the Unit ed States and who have been or may hereafter be discharged shall be paid one month's extra pay." Four Hundred Perlnhed. Brisbane, Queensland, March 14. A search steamer, which has Just return ed here from Cooktown, on the En deavor river, this colony, reports that three schooners and eighty luggers were lost, and that 400 colored persons and eleven whites were drowned dur ing the recent hurricane that swept the northeast coast of Queensland. KUls Actress and Himself. Vancouver, B. C, March 14. A dou ble tragedy Is reported from Nanalmo. Dave Evans shot Libbie White dead and committed suicide in their room at a hotel. Both were public entertainers, Evans being a professional wrestler and Llbble White a singer. Unrequit ed love Is supposed to have been tht cause of the tragedy. . Spread of Smallpox. Raleigh, N. C, March 14. Dr. Wil liam Lewis, secretary of the state board of health, says smallpox is steadily In. creasing in North Carolina. He re ports the disease prevalent in seven teen counties, and a letter from Bur lington, forty miles from here, states that there are eleven cases there. Spanish steamer Ashore. London, March 14. The Spanish steamer CaUllna, which sailed from Barcelona on March 8 for Havana, is ashorq at Valencia in a critically un safe position. The passengers and crew have been landed. EIGHTH COMING HOME. Illinois Regiment Has Left Santiago ('.or Chicago. Washington, March 14. The war de partment expects to have all the Vol unteers out of Cuba by the middle of April. There are Ave transports to carry the men, and It is calculated that they will be able to bring all the 25,000 troops home in the next five weeks. The majority of them will be brought to Savannah, to be mustered out there. The Eighth Illinois, which left San tiago Saturday, will come to Newport News on the Chester, and be trans ferred from the lighters to a special train which will be in waiting and hurried through to Chicago, where they will be mustered out. The Second, Fourth and Ninth Illi nois regiments are in Gen. Lee's corpa near Havana, and they will be trans ported from that city to Savannah, Ga., where they will be mustered out. The time has not been fixed for their departure from Havana, but they will be brought home within the next five weeks. Will Lend Cuba Million. New York, March 14. A dispatch to the Journal from Washington says the first step toward the annexation of Cuba by the United States will be taken, as the matter Is understood here, when Senator Hanna and hh syndi cate lends the Cuban government $12, 000,000 or $20,000,000. The senator from Ohio and the members of hi3 syndi cate are preparing to back the so called government to any financial ex tent, with the understanding that when the bonds are issued In payment they are to be guaranteed by the Unit ed States. Indiana Ilaseball League Formed. Anderson, Ind., March 14. An Indi ana baseball league was organized in. this city Sunday. The organization was effected with but four clubs An derson, Elwood, Wabash and Marlon. The membership will be exTended to eight clubs. The applicants are Mun cle, Logansport, Mansfield, Ohio; Hunt ington, Terre Haute, Kokomo and Richmond. The season will open May 10, closing Sept. 10. Sunday ball will be played. The organization will be according to class F, national agree ment, salary limit $600. Lire Lost In South Dakota. Rapid City, S. D., March 14. The blizzard that swept over tho country east of this town last week was tho worst ever experienced here. Reports just coming In say that the son of Shel by Reed, a large sheep owner, who was out tending sheep, is missing, and there 13 little doubt that he perished. A mall-carrier named Pearson is also missing. Raise Funds to Aid rhlllplnos. City of Mexico, March 14. The gov ernment authorities here have been notified that an organization of Cuban residents of Puebla, Mexico, are rais ing funds to aid the Filipinos in their warfare against the United States troops. They have already raised a considerable amount of money and sent it to the Filipino junta in London. Spaniards Are Massacred. Tacoma, Wash., March 14. The steamship Victoria brings new3 to night of the latest Philippine uprising against Spanish rule. It occurred late In January at Port Royalist, Palawan island, at the southwest corner of the Philippine group, just north of Bor neo. The Spanish governor and his officers were murdered by the natives. Kaiser Will Visit England. London, March 14. Emperor Will iam, it is announced, will arrive at Cowes on July 29 for yachting week. The Dally Graphic, in commenting: upon the announcement, says: "Com ing immediately after the emperor's reception of Cecil Rhodes, it marks the complete reconciliation of Great Brit ain and Germany." Japanese Make Charges. Victoria, B. C, March 14. According to advices received by the steamer Vic toria from the orient, the native Japa nese papers charge the American army with having indiscriminately shot down men and women, old and young, In the streets of Manila, during the fighting there. Enormous Cement riant. Laporte, Ind., March 14. The Inter national Cement company of New Jer sey has filed articles of Incorporation in thi3 state, and will build near Bris tol a cement plant Intended to be the largest In the United States. The com pany Is said to have a capital stock of $50,000,000. Itefuies Money to the Snltan. Moscow, March 14. It i3 reported from Constantinople that the imperial Ottoman bank has refused to honor the sultan's request for 50,000 llras ($220, 000) to defray the porte's expen3e3 In cident to the feast of Balram, celebrat ed at the end of the fast of Ramazan, Feb. 1!). Losada and I.npes Depart. Washington, March 14. Sixto Lo pez and Dr. Jose Losada, the remain ing members of the Filipino junta, left Washington for New York to-day, and will then sail for Paris. Lopez came to the United Sttaea with Agonclllo. Johnny Griffin Is Dead. New York, March 14. Johnny Grif fin, the Bralntree lad, in his day one of the cleverest feather-weight fighters in the world, died in a West Sixtieth street boarding-house early Sunday morning. The Sheridan Leaves Malta. La Valetta, Malta, March 14. The United States transport Sheridan, from New York for Manila, which arrived here Wednesday, proceeded Sunday for her destination.