Newspaper Page Text
They lookod and lottd, though not a thought In French coal J h etnay, "White the In KnglUh Tnlnly Bought Her meaning to convey. Dot the was vondron tweet and fair, And lore the joath inspired With patience and iersistenoe rare To win the prize desired. "Fasqoelle" and "Ollendorff" he bought, "Sotl and Chapsal," too, While long and eagerly he nought In Gallio phrase to woo. He seized at length "le dietionnaire1 Gazed tenderly at her, Then vroto with a scholastic air, "Vouior'ae marier me?" No wonder her bewitching eyes Expressed bewilderwent, lint love the poorest French defies, And toon it cuunlng lont. Ay, qaick was she io understand, For, blushing gloriously, -She drew the pencil from his hand. And wrote but one word- ''()ul." vllome Journi.1. 3fAuOLlXES FATE. 11 V K. T. Cil A I'TI U 1 1 1.- -Co NT I NX j:i. "And if you should notcome back?' she asked, lifting her eyes to his face. "Then you will know It was for your sako I kept awayfor your sako I did not reveal m y name. Whatever happens, Madoline," he added with deep earnestness, "whatever you hear concerning me, remember what I say to you now. I am not guilty of wrong towards any man, and while you belelve in the truth of mv word, before Heaven your faith will bo given in a just came!" I know," she answered, trying to speak bravelyjbut it is cruel to think of you wandering about in this home less, friendless way. If I knew how, there is nothing nothing I would not do to give you happiness." "My good angel, the time may como when I shall auk you to fulfill those words," he said, his voice thrilling with tenderness. "For tho present your task is done. Let me see you ' smile, clear, before, we part; give mo your sweet hands, and look There, Mudoline, my eye, and (lod bless vou into my eyes, darling, good- for what you have done for me! My heart is so full I can hardly say thank you." He had drawn her up to his side, holding both her hands; and gazing into her face with an Infinite tender ness, he led her towards tho doorway. "Thus we part," he murmured, as sho went before him down the uneven steps, '(u)odbye Mandoline, my white: souled dove goodbye!'' Mandoline did not speak. At the foot of tho ladder sho turned and looked at him. a bewildered pain, un deiinabie to herself, filling her eyes with pathos. He was following her. His own life seemed nothing compared with the loneliness of that slender form ho had sent out into the damp evening mists. Dusk had deepened to darkness; the country was deserted, and ho felt ho could walk by her her in safety until she was in sight of her home. "Vou must not come!" Mandoline wild quickly; you will be seen my people may even be watching for me, not understanding my long absence. Tray go back you do not know to what result vour carelessness may lead!" "I cannot let you go alone," he re plied fiercely, "it is so late. I should bo afraid some harm might overtake you. As to any danger do not fear for me; the deep shadows will screen me, and If I am still in this ragged guise," glancing half derisively at his torn, dust-stained coat, "1 shall only bo mistaken for a tramp." No no!" she exclaimed, sinking her voice almost to a whisper; "they have had warning to watch suspi ciously every tramp found on these lands. Do not come, I entreat you do not come!'' I'll have to make my escape some time to night," ho answered, with a touch of recklessness in his tone. "As well now as at any other hour not even to shelter myself could I let you walk through these dark fields alone. Come, my darling, wo aro los ing time." "Hut If you should be seen?" she murmured, unable to resist tho look of almost' fierce determination he bent upon her. Will you not let rr.e dis suade you from this rash impulse?" "Hush my sweet girl. What is there to fear? Look around on the d fl jla-tton--on the black gloom of the trees. What human eye is likely to recognize in us more than two moving shadows? For your sake, perhaps, I had better not keep too close to your side. Rass on, ami I will follow at a few yards' distance. I shall not rest till 1 know 1 have left vou in safety." Waring lest her hesitation should add to his danger, she took a few stepi forward. th"ii suddenly shrank hack, and seizing her companion's arm, dragged him into a thicket, and mo lioned him to crouch down silently bealde her. There was no need to ask her reason for this unexpected movement. They were sc.rrcely screened behind the brambles when steps were heard ap proaching, and several men's voices broke the solitude of the air. "Arc vou saru vou are not mil- taken?" acd on?. MUvill bo a pity If we are wasting our time on a false chase." 'It's no mistake, sir I saw some body In the old mill at dawn to-day a face Hitting by the window. So white It looked, with its black, restless eyes, that at first I thought It was a ghost, for there's been talk about the place, being haunted; but recollecting what wo were to be on the watch for, 1 waited till my senses got cool, and when I saw the fac again I knew it was no ghost. You didn't show me the photograph of Ronald Castleton for nothing! 1 recognized him, and hiding out of sight, kept my eye on tho mill till 1 crept away just now to give you information." ' And you say you saw someone a young lady go to tho mill not an hour ago?" VI did, sir. It was Miss Clyde there's no mistaking her; and it snot tho first time, these last few days, I've 6cen her coming this way, though I thought there was nothing unusual In that, as she's frequently about this spot, and she thinks a rare lot of tho old mill in fact I've never seen any one but her ever enter it." Judging from what you say, she may have mounted the steps in all innocence to-day," the first speaker said; "it was hardly fair not to warn her." "I thought so at first," the other Interrupted; "but lorl there was no mistaking tho way she looked about to see if anyone was watching, nor tho way sho ran up the steps and dis appeared like a Hash of lightning! She knew what she was about; and if ever two people were In league, they are without a doubt. And line and close she's been with her secret; there's not a soul but mo has guessed tho truth." "Well," remarked tho first voice, "sho will have to account for her conduct, ami If what you say boa fact, more than one will stand condemned." "Ay, you're right, Kir; It's a serious business to aid a man to escape his country's law." CHAITKRIV. The voices passed on, anil the mut tered words were lost In the heavy thud of the men's feet. Madollne, during those moments of suspense, had held her breath, an icy chill creeping through her veins, and making her shudder convulsively. Her hand had not relaxed its hold on her companion's arm, and now the voices that so terrified her wero no longer distinct to her ears, her trem bling clasp tightened, and sho turned her pale lac? slowly to the almost stern one bending over her. "1 have feared this many times, she whispered, her frightened eyes meeting his deep gaze. "Vou are Ronald Castleton." He laid his lingers softly on her cold lips, as though to drive back tho words. "Hush!" ho murmured, dreading now only for her; "your safety rests In ignorance so that you helped mo not knowing my secret, no reproach can bo cast upon you. Ask mo nothing more, n r seek to guess at what 1 have kept from you. To you 1 am nameless." She hid her face in her hands, and quivered as though tho cool wind had stricken her with an ague. "It is true," sho said beneath her breath. "Vou aro Ronald Castleton." If you think that, why don't you betray me to them?" ho asked, half jestingly, half bitterly, hoping with light words to change her thoughts, though his Innermost feeling vibrated keenly in his tones. Madollne shuddered again. "I would rather glvo myself up to the worst torture ever Invented by human cruelty," sho exclaimed brok enly. "I have faith in the innocence of Ronald Castleton, and though tho whole world wero against him, I would have patience and wait till ho could prove himself guiltless of tho dis honour cast upon him." "My darling, all this means danger to yourself," llonall said, his hand some brow knit with tho thought of what sho might yet suiter through him. "Vou must bo blind to what ever suspicions cross your mind, and ask me nothing." Madollne scarcely heard. "Look!" sho whispered trembling. They have taken a light into tho mill. What will happen when they discover you gone? Oh, if we could but escape I am so afraid!" Ho took her icy hands and held them firmly against his breast. "Have courage, dear. This alarm means nothing- 1 have had many a closer shave than this." Although ho told her this, ho felt tho chancf s wero many against him in the present instance, and he knew it would bo next to a miracle If they were not discovered. Had he been alone, he would have plunged deeper Into the thicket and made at once for tho woods; but after tho conversation he had overheard, he dared not leave Madollne, to the mercy of those men who seemed too ready to accuse her; and for her sako ho waited until another opportunity should offer itself to him. After a fruitless search, the men came running' back'' with fierce words upon their Hps. "He ha escaped! Confound him! And after having him so near to our grasp! Fools tools! to lose sight of him, and the reward so nearlv ours;" r votes re He ..iu-h. can't havo yv. f .r. ' out like a" p ct !.ou: hear what.w; jve t ti ll, fear but wh-l we shall i.:o lads'll be vis when they and there's no overtake him long before mftnirr:." Ronald Ca3tleton drew a hard breath through hU clenched teeth, aud rose to his feet. Madoline followed his movement, and clung to him, shivering in every limb. Which way shall we turn?" sho Come i fie; cannot stay! Where sha o!" "We? Not you Madoline113. Yesyes! 1 will not ?iVeVou! Think! What shall we do? In a few moments they will be on our Vou heard them I They would you down like hounds, they track! hunt saiai Ronald, where can w e hide?" Kven in her agony of mind his warm kisses lingered on her lips with exquisite tenderness, and her sweet terrified gaze seemed to melt his soul. Tor once he felt hard driven to bay not for himself, but for tho girl who was ready to sacrifice so much for him. "Whatever it costs," he said, the words coming slowly with tho weight of his thoughts. "I must take you to your father, and explain to him tho accident which brought us together. He shall know from me that you brought nourishment to a wounded man who was well-nigh famished, that you had no clue to, his identity, that you were bound by a promise to say nothing of your meeting with hira. I must clear you from this shadow of suspicion, and then it will bo timo for mo to look to myself." Madollne uttered a low moan of despair. He was letting the moments lly by the moments In which lay his hope of freedom; and the girl sulTered keenly as she realized how all her elTorts to serve only encumbered him with fresh difllcultles. 4,lf it is your will 1 must leave you," she said, looking at him with that deep powerof sacrifico In her beautiful eyes, "you shall not come with me. I can only tell those who question mo what you would tell the truth." TO UK CONTlNUi:!). Curloim Chlnr Advrrtlwentrntfi. The North China II trail gives one or two very curious specimens of the advertisements which appear In tho Chinese papers. Ono is from a mo ther to her son who has run away from home, and it is worded as follows : "Take care that you are not struck by lightning. Your mother weeps bitter ly for you as sho pens these lines in order that they may ho read by her son. When you ran away from home on the iJOth of tho eighth moon tho people of tho shop came and asked us what had become of you. It was thus that wo learned of your flight. I nearly died of fripht, and since then my food and sleep have benefited me but little. I am still crying and moan ing. I have received your letter which has como from behind tho horizon, but it does not tell mo whero 1 can find you. I am now at almost tho last ex tremity, and our family has had to put tip with cruel insults from strangers. If you do not return I can stand all this no longer and shall assuredly put an end to my existence, in which case you would be In danger of being struck down by lightning. 'If you return, no matter In what way, all will be arrang ed. I havo even invented a plan by which your father will know nothing of your escapade. My lifo or death is a question of only a few more days. I entreat all well disposed persons to spread abroad the advertisement so that it may bo read by all whom It may concern. They will thus earn a pro fusion of hidden merit. Written by a woman of Son cho. Tako care that you are not struck down by light ning I" A second advertisement is from a husband whoso wlfo has run away with a man whom sho had met in a tea house. Tho advertisement sets out at great length tho circum stances attending this elopement, and offers a reward of $20 to any ono giv ing him information as to her where abouts. 'Wood Wool." "Wood wool," a new French inven tion, consisting of extremely thin and slender shavings of wood that are comparable to paper cut for packing, is already in extensive uso in France. It has also been found to bo well adapted for the manufacture of mat tresses, for tho filtration of liquid?, stuffing horso collars, etc., tho most suitable species of wood being selected for each of these uses. Its elasticity causes it to bo considered the best material for bedding, after horse-halr, and is, in fact, preferable to any other substance when it is derived from resinous wood, since it docs not then absorb moisture. In workshops wood wool is tending to replace cotton waste for cleaning machines, and it has like wise found an applicatlcn on the roll- Ing stock of railways for lubricating car-axles. While it has tho same ! property that cotton waste has of ab sorbing" oil, its cost Is many times less than that material. llostnnllutl'jrt. Old lady (shocked) "Vou little boys ought to be at Sunday school Instead of playing base ball on the lord's Day"." Little boys "It ain't time for Sunday school. We've got half an hour yet." New IV; nun. "Don't (;ive up: ! snonded with a hcL:.. TIIE YO'dKtt 1 Dear In t:.s r . ' A correspondent of Furr.t ;;:. , Xtrmm relates how a logger nacr J j Lynch, In the province of New llruns : wick, once hauled a live ,bear with a iyok of steers from his den In the ! woods to the camp, some distance away, lie says : nr. jyncn was drawing logs en a single bob sled, an affair consistlr. cf two runners, with one strongly lrc: J bench, or "bunk." He noticed a hclo near the base of a stump, croup.! which tho snow was melting, and ha stopped his steers to examine It lie found that tho cavity beneath con- talned a bear, and that it was large enough for him to move around quite i ireelv. Lvnch enlarged the untrance. and attacked Rruin, but all attempts to inflict a mortal wound with his axe were futile. He thought it would be better If he could get the bear out. Taking his "tow-chain," one end of which was fast to his bunk, he slipped the double of the chain back through a ring on the other end, and made a noose, which he dropped over Rruin's head. He then gave the steers thel haul-away word. They brought the j haul-away word. They brought bear to the surface, but becoming frightened at sight of him at the other end of the line, they broke for the camp in the wildest sort of a run, Lynch following as fast as ho could. The bear, forgetting that the steers, besides outnumbering him, had him at a decided disadvantage, would "set down the foot of his power" to stop the cattle, only to bo dragged off his feet, and to prove that ho was a very poor anchor. Tho steers reached tho camp, and rushed into the stable. They broke loose from the sled when It wedged Into the doorway, and left Rruin pick eted to the bunk. Lynch summoned tho rest of the crew, and lashing the bear to tho bunk, took him to the set tlement alive. I tufeo Victoria Ilaby Thlnga. ' On of the features of tho celebra- Hon of Queen Victoria's jubilee was an exhibition of a number of playthings and wearing apparel that belonged to tho Queen in her infancy and early childhood. The dresses, the stockings, and even tho the bibs of the Queen had been preserved, and wero shown in this exhibition. The playthings included the favor ite doll of the Queen early childhood, or rather the ghost of her favorite doll, for It had lost an arm, an eye. an ear. and probably, though we are not so In- j formed, the tip of its nose. A great deal of the doll's life blood that is to say, its sawdust had gone through a wound In its chest, and it was almost entirely bald. Its mouth was parted, as If It were trying to speak. There was a pair of little slippers In the exhibition, and tho sight of them Inspired one writer to im agine them traversing tho whole earth through tho possessions of the Jiritish crown; tramping through Ire land, through Canada, through tho Rritish South Sea Islands, through South Africa, through Australia and India and Cyprus and Malta, and past (Gibraltar homeward. A long march for a pair of baby slippers. One llttlo stocking, whose mate was gone, was exhibited all by Itself. Iherowasa great deal of wondering where the other stocking was but no body knew. Not all tho articles in tho exhibition i pertained to Queen Victoria's Infancy- Ono of tho things shown was a piece of her wedding cake, so hard, It is said, that not even a famished native of India could havo eaten it. Nnakf Mtorj'. In "A Naturalist's Rambles About Homo" we find an amusing snake story related by an old naturalist. As a "text" forjhis discourse he men tlons tho curious fact that when a snake is running away from you, you can measure it by inches; but when it is coming after you, every inch Is a oot long. "Now when dune was fresh over the meadow, and everything that wasn't a fish was alloat, I was ono morning busy after ducks and any thing else worth shooting. Well, as I was floating about in my skilT, my eyes fell on a big water snake lying f ml stretch on a fenccrail. He was a monster. Tho rail was eleven feet long I measured it and the head of the snak; was at one end, and the tail reached almost close to the other end. "Now I wanted the skin of that snake, just to show folks; so I fired. I aimed at the middle of the snake, and no sooner had I pulled the trig ger than all of a sudden what seemed like a hundred snakes raised upon that rail. "I came near upsetting the boat, I was so taken aback! What I'd seen wasn't ono big snake at all, but a whole sauad of 'em, and they had just twisted round each other like strands of rope and lay there basking ki the sun, on that fence rail." 'X'try Hood Hoy. l'ralse, being personal, says, " Vou are right. Approbation, which looks to the thing done rather than to the doer, s.iys, h right," This is :t th r tddrcr-a U;3 v: ';3 :::... j Xchool Tim tzlh r ' ctory, which Illustrates the c:;)', . which the praised boy rc"" I-4 V. : boy who congratulates hi: :lf c;; on paying religion its due: A littto fellow's mother, one eve-:"-; after hearing his prayers, added tL: condemnation, "That's a very rczl boy." On later evenings the same pri: v.. : r -l forthcoming, but the boy bini c:!f not willing to let It slip; and r.t,r he tdii ca his own account, a rc-iiltt4 appf-ix to his prayer: "Amen. ,iutV;': :J3 bby a very good boy. Yf:'u." It would lj ru::i:::: latlon were ccnf.r;! to L! ':: . Is to be feared tfcit, V. - mgs or a gooa many c.-: analyzed, they would be not very different from tho , self-praise'- -That's a good bo. wry go;'jl boy. "es'm." " " roposal. V a loyrf Coaching tho Kt m4aony he sometimes finds (V1 dlflicultto announce his intentions. In atfy'such case, he might line it ad vantageous to adopt the following cir cuitous route, unless he can find an other ono still more roundabout. A young natlvo of Aberdeen, bash ful but desperately In love, finding that no notice was taken of his fre quent visits to the house of his sweet heart, summoned up courage to ad dress tho girl thus, "Jean, I wis here, on Monday nicht" 'Ay, ye were that," acknowledged tho girl. "An I wis here on Tuesday nicht." "So ye were." And I wis hew on Wednesday." ".vy. an' yo were hero on Thursday nicht" An I was here la?t nicht, Jean." "Weel," said she, "what if ye werd?' ' An' I am here the nicht again." "An what aboot It, even if ye cam every nicht?" "What aboot it, did ye say, Jean! Did ye no begin to smell a rat. Mar' Ana Turn. A lady attending a small church In a rural district, tells an amusing story of the manner In which tho mus ical services were conducted. The music attempted by tho choir was of a fiorid and pretentious character, and altogether beyond tho abilities of the ambitious singers. The relation between the pastor and the congregation was evidently of tho simplest and most unaffected na tare. In one of the selections there occurred a long and showy soprano solo. In cheap Imitation of tho Italian style. The young women who at tempted it sang gayly on till the clergyman evidently thought she had enjoyed her fair sharo of attention and glory. Accordingly he ralsed.his head as a signal, and tho music ceased. "It that young women with the red feather have done singln, and let Mary Ann Qullty sing the rest. It Is Mary Ann's turn now." 11a rjer Wttkly. Wrll Protected. It is all too common to stand the true nature of a mlsunder- medicine, as every ono must confess, remember ing tho story of tho nurse who awoko her patient In order to administer a sleeping potior!. When shower-baths became an activo fashion, a certain physician one day met a neighbor, and inquired, "Well, Jackson, how did your wife manage her new shower-bath?" "Oh, she had real good luck. Mrs. Smith told her how sho managed with hern. Sho made an oiled silk hood, with a big capo to it, that came down over her shoulders." "She was a fool for her pains," said the doctor, impatiently. "That's not tho way." "So my wife thought." "And your wife did nothing 'of the kind, I hope." "Oh no, no. My wife she used an umbrelly." Careful. A Hibernian's idea of being careful is sometimes rather peculiar. A lady who had recently engaged .an Irish nursc-mald said to her ono day, while walking in tho garden : " Mary, wrap the baby up very care fully, and bring him out to me." Yes, mum," glibly refilled 'Man'. and straightway departed.- Sho presently returned .hringlnff the Infant bundled and bound in a shawl- strap. l ou unfeeling creature !" shrieked tho poor mother, franticallv. Vou will kill the child ! " " Not at all, mum, not at all. Vou towld mo to be careful, an' I am. Th choild was so hlvvy, I thought a shawl strap the safest way to carry him." An I ii fair .lantC A young man formerly in businesi took a young lady driving yesterday afternoon, and was passing Justlco O'Neal's office, whm Constable Mc Cully seized the horse and reTuscd t let him go until a bill ngainst th young man was paid. As the young man did not have tie money the lady settled trie account, and the pair went on their way without Interrupt! n.