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The rate of a Wagen-TraJa f mtro-Glreer. In Ilevealed. The following strange storr was told a Newt reporter some time since by an old miner just from the hills: . .VWouId you like to bear of a strange thing that happened mo last week P,? Of course the reply was in the afurmatire; so, seating ourselves in the office of the St. James, and tilting our chairs at the proper angle, he, said: ."Some years ago, while prospecting near Idaho Springs, I came upon a rich lead. The rock, however, was hard, and had to be drilled, and necessarily required two men to do the work. While I was still in a quandary as to whom I could get, a stranger eanio up to wnere 1 was at work and asked mo if I knew where he could get employment. I inquired whether he knew anything of mining and could hold and strike a drill. "He assured me that ho had worked in mines in California and Nevada for years, and thought he understood it. Something in tho manner and conver sation of the man made me take a strong and sudden fancy to him, and I never had causo to bo sorry for it. He gave his namo as Robert Williams, and had a mild and rather agreeable face, but with a melancholy that seemed to be tho result of years of habit. As it is not customary in . this country, espec ially in a mining district, to inquire particularly into a man's antecedents, I at once made a proposition to Wil liams to join mo and work the new prospect on shares. Ho accepted tho offer, and, as I said beforo, I never had occasion to regret, tho transaction. Always quiet, sober, and industrious, he became a favorite with everyone, the only remarkable thing about him being ho never onco in any way re ferred to his early life. Our mino turned out pretty well, and Williams and I continued partners in working that and other claims ever since until la.?t week, when he died after a very short illness from pneumonia. On tho last day, when he felt that he could not live, ho called me to his bedside, and told mo a wonderful story. He said: I was born in Tittsburg, Penn. My father was a large iron manufact urer, and gave mo all tho benefits of a good education that money could buy. When I became of age I was admitted to tho firm. Shortly afterward, owing to fluctuations in the iron market, our firm was forced to suspend. Tho blow was a particularly severe one to me, as I was engaged to one of tho most beautiful as well as wealthy ladies in the Iron city. At this time stories wprn riff nf tJin immnnuo viMtna rf Colorado, and the Pike's peak and other excitements were drawing to that favored country a largo number of tho young men of tho east. With bright visions of the future and of the fortune that I would make to replaco that which I had lost, I started west. Upon arriving at St. Joe I found a number of train fitting out for the promised land. tim,:i ,u , ments to cross tho plains, 1 was ac-, costcd one day by a man who asked mo if I was goin2r to Colorado. Upon being told that that was my intention, ho said: "I am about sending a waon loaded with nitro-glycerine or blasting oil, as it is called, to tho Colorado mines, and as the trip is attended with some danger I find it difficult to get anyone to take tho risk. I will pay well for tho service, and all expenses besides." Not knowing or realizing the danger, I eagerly seized tho op portunity. Joining a party of emi grants who were about to cross tho plains,, without informing them of tho dangerous character of tho cargo con tained in our wagon, I started ono morning together with another man who was employed with me. When we camped for tho night we always drew our wagon a little to ono side, took our horses out and slept at somo distance away. Toward tho close of an afternoon in September, 18G0, when near McCandless' ranch, on tho Littlo Blue, tho skies became dark, a thunder storm arose, and as fate would have it a bolt of lightning struck our wagon, explod contents, which consisted of 3,60 nils of tho dangerous sub stance, ng everyone or the 'small party, her with all of the horses and cat and mincing to fragments cwy agon, in tho train. By a mi racle I was riding considerably in ad vance at the time, seeking to get a shot at some antelope which were grazing in the distance. I became aware of u report louder and mora distinct than thunder, and, turning on my horse, 6aw a denso cloud of smoke where tho train should havo been, but could not discover its whereabouts. Hiding back, I beheld a horriblo sight. Bodies of men withoutjegs or arms lay scattered about, and mingled in the confusion of fragments of wagons and their freight wcro tho still quivering carcasses of cattle and horses. You can judgo of my horror at the spectacle. I was tho only living survivor of tho party. Al most. bereft of my senses I rode on, and was seized witli a new terror. What account could I givo of the party or how explain their mysterious disap pearance? Then I camo to a resolu tion that was both cowardly and in humane. 4I would avoid going to tho point of destination ' of tho train and would conceal tho facts of its fate in tho fear that I might bo accused of making away with it. Instead of stopping at tho mining camps near Piko's peak, I mado a detour around them, fearing to meet anyone who would question me, and went to California. Onco in a great while I would see a nowspaper in which tho mysterious disappearance of the wagon train and those compos ing it was commented on, everyone believing they had been massacred by Indians. This secret I have kept locked In my breast all theso long years, and it has tortured mo at times almost beyond endurance.' At this point of his story Williams became so weak that ho could not continue, and shortly after breathed his last." Den ver News. m A FAMOUS l'OKKU GAME. Tit Story of How "William M. Scott Won 180,000. Recalled by III Death. Tho namo of William M. Scott, who died at Toronto recently, was heralded from ono end of' the continent to the other about two rears aero, when ho won the sum of spiou.uuu in a single came of poker. Scott was a native of Newburg, New- York, where he lived when he played his famous game. The players in the game werb three well known citizens of that town, one of whom, the victim, had just become heir to half a million. This was a man named Weed. Scott also had money,, and was surrounded by wealthy friends. The third member of tho party was a former Sunday school teacher, a dentist named Dr. Moatre Tillo M. Hedges. It was shown after ward that the poker pot was ' adroitly run up to $150,000 on bets of at least $5,000 each. The dealer was Dr.. Hedges, the shrewdest player of the three. As he deftly dropped tho last card on the little round table he called out to know what the other players wanted. Scott said he only wanted one card. Of course the question arose. Was he drawing to fill a straight or a flush P Weed applied to the deal er for two cards, ana the question to be decided in his case by the others was whether ho was drawing to get four o a kind or to fill a full hand, a straight, or a flush. Hedges rested on his oars. He had enough, which was of courso interpreted to mean that it was any thing from a straight or a full hand up to a straight flush. The drawing over, tho faces of tho three brightened up, and it is safe to say that never before had three lonely men in a little game held three such hands of cards. When the betting got up "to $6,000 or $8,000, WEED WANTED TO STOP, ".because," as he said, 'there is not one of us that will pay if wo lose such an amount." It was not stopped, how ever. After a little Hedges, who had stood pat with his hand and engaged in tho betting as it went arouna until the pot was pushed up to $150,000, called Scott. Then camo the lay down, and afterward Hedges1 memor able words to Weed. "This is dread ful, ain't itP" Of course, tho simple minded Weed was taken in. He had received a fine hand that would have nerved even tho most timid gambler up to a strong betting point. It was four of a kind, and they were aces at that. In any ordinary game a bold better would have done as Weed did, go to tho bitter end. Scott's one draw card was tho corn breaker. Did it fill a full hand or a straight? was the question that ran through Weed's mind continu ously, while tho chips, representing thousands of dollars, were being thrown into the pot. "Of course, if it's either, my four aces will beat him," ho argued, "while it isn't possible that Hedges drew better than four aces in the deal." When tho end came Weed was struck almost dumb. His four aces were worthless; Scott had drawn in the one card he took tho right color and tho proper number of spots to make his band a straight flush, tho only thing that would down four aces. Weed attempted to compromise by paying $2,000. He then thought tho game had been honestly conducted. But Scott was obdurate and would not settle. Ho not only wanted the whole amount, but he wanted it then and there, or at least something in settle ment that would BIND WEED AND HIS FORTUNE to the payment of the debt. If ho didn't got it ho said he would publish Weed all over the town, where his family stood high in society. This was more than "VY ccd could stand, and at tho same time, it is said, there were other strings that were pulled to bring him to terms. Hedges told Scott to retire a minute, and he went out. Then Hedges approached Wved with smiles and ofl'emt his assistance. Of course, Hedges was also a loser of $150,000 to Scott, which mado the latter's win nings on tho game $300,000, but as it could paid, probably no notice was ta of such a trifling thing. "This is dreadful, ain't it?" said Hedges and added: "Thero is only ono way we can get that money back." Then ho proposed to Weed to mark tho cards and go at it again and clean Scott out. He took his knifo and marked a card with it. "Now," said he, "we can tell in this way which aro aces and which aro kings, and we'll get square with him that way." "No," said Weed, who still innocent ly believed ho had been treated fairly and honestly; "no, if I can't p'ay a square game, I won't play at all." Tho Doctor was now at his wits' end, and the victim of the plot walked out. At the bottom of the s'eps which led to the sta-cct he met Scott, who was still stubborn. His pleading with Scott was unavailing. "Weed said to him that ho'd always been his friend, and he didn't think it squaro to exact all of tho $150,000 from him. They parted that night with no understanding about tho payment of the money. The next morning Weed met Hedges and Scott in the Hedges laboratory, where tho game had been played. Scott still demanded payment of tho full amount owed. Weed did not know what to do. "HE DAK ED NOT SEEK ADVICE for fear of publicity, and the only way ho could soo out of tho matter was to foot tho bill and to let it be tho last. Hedges stood readv to give his note in payment of his $150,000 loss. "And why shou'dn't I?" mused Weed. "Probably Hedges will never pay his note, but that is no reason why I shouldn't act tho part of an honorablo f dayer. Yes, that is best, and I'll do t." So Weed and Hedges both paid their debt of honor with notes. In a few days a compromise was ef fected, and Scott let up on each to tho amount of $30,000, he agreeing to ac cept $120,000 from each in payment of tho debt. This Weed assented to, as did Dr. Hedges, who gave Scott his note for tho full amount, and perhaps it is now among the dead man's ef fects. Weed paid $20,000 in cash and gavo notes for the balance, which was paid with tho exception of $15,000, which ho refused to pay by the advico of a friend named Moore. ' Tho case finally got into the courts and Weed got somo of tho money. But tho poker game was a small ono in comparison with tho camo that fol lowed. It was a game of faro. Weed was again the loser to the enormous amount of $450,000. The game was played between Scott and Weed for the purposo of giving tho latter a chance to win back his $150,000. If Weed won, it was to offset the claim against him and the two were to call it square. Weed jumped at the oppor tunity. - The game was played in the dental laboratory, and the betting ran up very fast, until it stood $450,000 in favor of Scott. Of course, the money was never paid, but ft was after this that the trouble over the poker debt got Into the courts. Scott died here at the house of his sister, and his remains were taken to Newburg for interment. Ho was only 32 or 33 years old. JV. T. Sun. Tho Depopulated High There are few Highland gUS that do not contain traces of the banished population. In Loehabcr, along the shores of Loch Arkaig, the homo of the clan Cameron, the remains of what were once extensive townships may yet bo seen. The celebrated Glencoo for merly teemed with a hardy population. Famous Glengarry is a sheep walk, and the powerful clan Macdonnell are now in Canada. Bound Fort Augustus and far into the country of the clan Fraser is naught but desolation. In hundreds of straths in Uoss-shiro the wild heather has not even yet obliterated the green pastures, and the cultivated fields that onco belonged to tho MacKenzies and Munroes, and from whence the different battalions of the gallant Iloss-shire buffs marched to conquer at Maidra, at Seringapatam, at Assay e,. and Argaum. So late as 1849, when the present prime minister had already obtained political eminence, Hugh Miller attempted, but fruitlessly, to draw the attention of the British public to tho work of destruc tion that was going on. He eloquently roclaimcd that "while the law is ban shing its tens for terms of seven and fourteen years, the penalty of deep-dyed crimes, irresponsible and infatuated )owcr is banishing its thousands for ife for no crime whatever." A largo number- of tho dispossessed tenantry wero sent to America; tho remainder settled on tho seashore, where they wero cramped into small holdings, and havo since lived. Tho tourist steaming along tho wild const of tho M-estern Highlands and islands may see perched on every cliff", in the most exposed sit uations and subject to the 'fury of At lantic gales, tho wretched hamlets that now contain tho remnants of tho High land clans. Probably ho will wonder how a population can at all manage to exist under such conditions. But there they are, elbowed to the very verge of their country. For largo tracts ofthat country tho proprietors even now can show no scrap of document, their claim to possess resting solely on tho fact that it has never been contested. Created and looked upon, like tho foxes, as mcro vermin that interfero with sport, discouraged and thwarted in every direction, theso people, notwith standing their poverty and the hard ships of their lot, havo maintained un impaired the noblest attributes of their race. Crime of any kind is almost un known among them. Their moral standard is the highest in Britain, con trasting in that respect most rem irk ably with their lowland neighbors; and not a few of the leading British states men, lawyers, divines, and soldiers of the past eighty years iirst saw the light in these crofters' huts. Far behind the strip of inhabited littoral stretch tho Blue mountains, tho snug and often fer tilo glens from whence tho clans were banished, now turned into silent wil derness, inhabited only by sheep and deer and an occasional shepherd or keeper. Thero are tho vast tracts, rented by tho American, Mr. Winans, as a hunting ground, to bo visited by that alien for two or three months, and abandoned to solitude for the remain der of the year, whero not even a native of tho soil may plant his foot. The Nineteenth Century. m m A Boy's Ambitio Nearly everybody who is lys tho Through Mail, was now a man. says tho lhrotgh Mail, was once a boy. All theso grown-up boys remember how they felt tho first time they saw a brass band. They felt that the president ol tho United States was not to bo com pared to the editor of tho bass drum, and that tho drum-major was at least six inches above Georgo Washington in the temple of fame. Oh! how they did yearn to belong to a brass band, until a circus camo along, and then they long ed to be the fearless equestrian or tho man in tho lion's cage. Congress had no charms for most of its present mem bers when they wcro boys. To bo a bareback rider or drum-major was in finitely better than to be a member of congress in their youthful eyes. Then came a time when their hearts were set on becoming a brakeman on a railway train, and when the vision of a promotion to the conductorship of a train floated across their dreamy optics they were in tho fifth heaven of delight. Time wore on, only to rub tho glitter of the railway service off, and supply its place with grand aspirations for the po sition of umpire of a base-ball game, which was rapidly succeeded by an in ordinate ambition to bo tho victor of a prize-ring. After being knocked out in one round by nearly every boy in tho community, ambition again underwent a metamorphosis, and the one thing of all things desired was to be the reigning monarch of a barbcr-shop, or the un trammelcd commander of a volunteer firo brigade. In d o time all tho tinsel of those high callings was but dross to them, and to die on tho battle-field, breathing some patriotic sentiment as tho sands of life ran away, was the Xma hig t aim of existence. After ono encampment with the homo militia, with beans and hard-tack for menu, and a linger acci dentally shot off for fun, no further anxiety to spill blood by the gallon for their country was manifested, and they longed for more agreeable pursuits in cident to tho tranquil surroundings of peace. At about this point their desires took a different turn. Their hearts glowed with a nobler impulse, and there was a trifle more determination to do in their composition. Ono determined to teach school, and did so. To bo suro ho was surprised that life was not one continu al round of uninterrupted joy in his new calling, but he worries along and the next spring enters a law ofllco and becomes a disciple of Blackstone. The next autumn he reverts to school-teaeh-Insr. and school-teachlnir is sandwiched into his life ih various ways and at nu merous periods afterwards, until he bo eomes an editor, and the prize-ring ex periences of his youth are repeated again. Some years later he is elected to congre a, and then all the old ambi tions are forgotten, and give placo to designs on the senate. Only a few of them ever get there, and they at once feel the humming of the presidential boo In their bonnets, and eventually be come candidates beforo the national conventions of the great parties, and all but two get left; and when the election is over ono of these two is also left. M tailing Iilnk. 'Kra,M iho so-called "rousing link" whoso history and . appearance have considerably . cxrocised scientists and amused the curious in Europe, ar rived in Philadelphia yesterday morn ing in charge of Georgo Shelley, who accompanied Carl Bock, the traveler, to Siam three years ago, when the child was captured. Mr. Shelley sat last night in an upper room at the Bingham House with "Krao" beside him, and discoursed learnedly and vol . uminously on his littlo charge. The child, who is believed. to bo between. 8 and 9 years of age, was neatly dressed m a terra-cotta gown, red stockings and buttoned kid shoes. Heavy silver bracelets adorned her hairy arms and a cord, interwoven with gold thread, encircled her waist. Though tho nose is flat, and the face and forehead aro covered with black hair of varying length and closeness, tho child is saved from repulsiveness by her remarkably large, dark, gentle, and intelligent eyes, and her general expression of sense and good nature. "Krao," says Mr. Shelley, was cap tured with her parents in January, 1881, in tho wilds of tho Laso country, in Northern Siam. All of tho tribe that have been seen aro completely covered with hair. In their natural state they live in trees, are destitute of clothing, and almost without language. Their food is fruits, fish and nuts. They have few implements, and do not possess the knowledge of fire. Tho namo "Krao" is simply tho Siameso for ape. Mr. Shelley, who is a believer in tho Darwinian theory, while not pretend ing that Krao and her tribo supply tho only link between man and the higher apes, holds to tho idea that theso cur ious people aro allied to tho chimpan zeo in many physical points, with much resemblance to civilized man in intel lect. Ho instances as Krao's ape-like characteristics the following facts: She has thirteen dorsal vertebra) and thir teen pairs of ribs, instead of twelve, as in man. She has pouches in tho mouth where she still stores nuts and sweet meats. 4 Her cranial measurements correspond with thoso of tho higher apes. Her ears and nose are without cartilage. Her fingers aro abnormally flexible. The hair on her body grows in directions that characterize the Siamese hirsute growth. Krao, since her captivity, has learn ed to read, writo and speak English, and has also acquired somo knowledge of German. From a wild, untaught littlo savage, she has developed into a docile, affectionate, and remarkably in telligent child. She still has recollec tions of her wild life in Siam. The child last evening wrote her namo in full, Krao Farini, with a pencil, in a large, round, copy-book hand, picked up a liandkerchief with her toes, and good-naturedly opened her mouth to show whero she had stored away nuts in her curious, ape-like pouches. Philadelphia iVcss Solomon in the Shade. When Solomon was asked to decide which of two women a clild belonged to he called fgr his sword and proposed to cut the chilil in two and givo a half to each; the real mother went into hys terics, and Solomon decided in her fav or. But at the mixed court, a few mornings ago, an actiml division was made, and Solomon's judgment was put in tho shade. Tho chattel in dis pute was a black dog, with his tail clipped bare except at tho extremity, which retained somo long hair. Tho dog was quite unconcerned, and went snuffing around the arena and under the court table at the magistrate's feet, or wherever his tether would allow him to extend his explorations. The claim ants for the dog were a butcher and a washerman. The butcher's assistant held a string, with the dog at the endot it. The washerman held a basket in his hand containing hair which he had clipped from tho dog's tail, and which he produced in proof of ownership. Mr. Howes, inspector of markets, stated that he had known the butflier for many years, and that he had seen tho dog- at Ids place; and that ho believed tho dog belonged to tho butcher. It was alo stated by the police that an experiment had been tried at Hongkow police sta tion; tho washerman called on tho dog but it would not follow him; but when the butcher called, tho dog heard his master's voice and knew tho sound thereof. As a last resort to prove that the dog loved him and belonged to him, the washerman pulled off his jacket and showed a plaster stuck between his shoulder blades, saying that tho dog had bit him there. Tho magistrate de cided in favor of tho washerman so far that lie was allowed to keep tho basket ful of hair, and tho butcher was allow ed to take the rest of tho dog. Shang hai Celestial Empire. Thero aro queer superstitions about tho moon among all peoples. Tho Hu rons call it tho creator of tho earth and the grandmother of tho sun. The Chi quitoes call the moon their mother, and tho Navajo-J mako it a rider on a mule. The Botucudos of Brazil ascribo most of tho phenomena of nature to tho moon; in which they aro liko the super stitious women of civilized Europe and America who wait for tho increase of the moon to change their dwelling, to cut their hair, to bo married and to baptize their children. 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