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20 THE OMAHA DAILY BEE , SUNDAY , APEIL G , 1890.-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES.
With ONR Every Dollar's TIGKEXT Worth of OFDIARING .With ONEXTIGKRT Every Dollar's Worth of SHORS. SHOES. Gua.T iritpecl fotj G. B. RAYMOND to toe -wortli S3OO. ' SPRING HEEL SHOES. Men's Patent Leather Shoes. . Diamonds Diamonds We make a special effort for the misses' and children's We have just received an unusually fine lineof Patent Lcathc. . t trade , carrying a complete line of spring heels in Oxfords and shoes at the lowest prices in the city. Misses' spring Shoes which are really the only dress sfioe for gentlemen Given Given heels , from 1 1 to 2. Larger misses' spring heels in ladies sizes , 2/4 to 5. / Btirt & Mears' Men's Shoes. . Away. Away. One Tlolcel , ovci'y dollars \vorl.h of shoos. We have just added a full line of Hurt & Mears' Shoes foi SIZE- We all Mail Orders. Men , which every wearer of good shoes knows to he A No. 1 : Wmm PRICED pay express on . To Our Customers. We now have a To A LADIES' Our Worth of Diamonds Ye wish to say full line of spring Patent Customers. that we now have and summer Tip for seating capacity We wish to Oxfords say and SHOE that we now have all who come , , seating capacity having increased for all who come , for ladies , ranging and having increased the number of salesmen We have just ( Philadelphia Make ) in from ing price We have just received creased the num- men you will find added a com plete line or Edwin ceived a complete berofsalemen you there will be no . $1.00 win C. Burts fine $3. line of Edwin C. will find there will ' . ' . be no more of that more of that long' shoes. Further Burt's Fine Shoes. long tedious waiting rccom mend a - to the finest Edwin Further tedious waiting to tion of this line is recommendation . This is n shoe ing to be served. . that you have mendation of this be served. unnecessary. C. Hurt makes. line is . We have made a unnecessary. heretofore paid-$4 special effort to for' . This week wo buy a very /v/rni\W / \ TAN COLORED OXFORDS. lot them go at $3 a To pair , and give you Fine Oxford Retail at $1.50. In all styles , sixes and widths. They come in plain and three tickets on the and we have succeded. It comes in Worth of Diamonds patent leather trimmed. We have them for $1 , better for diamonds. both patent tip and plain. $1.25 , still better for 52 , and the finest tan Oxford made for S3. ' ' Men's Plain Congress GAITERS Marked Down to and Youths' Shoes Our Boys'and The Diamond Earrings . Arc the finest in the land , and our trade in this department is increasing so rapidly a . that we 1'eel Very proud of it. We have the shoes and the people know it. "We hnveaddeci Which we exhibit in our cast pair. to this department a fine line of Calf Tipped Spring Heel Shoes , in all widths , sizes 11 to 2. show window are guaranteed by Men's Fancy Trimmed Tipped Congress Gaiters Marked Down A Youths' Tlio most sti : | > Ii > tliltm In our Hoys' C. S. Raymond , the jeweler , to be From ! Department > ! i VCALP BUTTON SHOE BUTTON SHOE worth S300 , jjuul will be given $3.00 to $2.00. ( Sizes 1 to 3) ) away to the holder of the lucky ( Sizes 11 to 2) ) Men's Cordovan ' $2.50 number. AVe give one ticket with j , MEN'S $1.00 . dollar's worth of shoes - ] ( Luce or Congress ) . Pair. every pur- Tlioro Is nothing better made for school wear. chased. Buy your shoes ot us $2.50 LOW SHOES A Youths' The V Calf BOYS' SHOES and you maj ; WAUKENPHAST /nr stock of Summer Low Shoos , In Imported 1 > v us exclusively. Tim finest line ( sizes 1 to..i DIAMONDS. Equal In wear tonny tl.shoo In tlio Kuiu'iroo ; ; , Kid : mil I'nlf Skin. Is now of Ladle-.1 Hiind-Mmlo Shoes AVIiAR . , southern Ties still the Button Shoe - market. The coiniilote are Whole Quarter In the city. easiest shoo on earth for either lady favorites. Prices range from ( Sl/csll to 2) ) NORRIS & VVILCOX , PRICE One ticket on thg Diamonds $3.00 $5.50 \Vo pay ev press on all 4 . AND . $ . A better one made A\ hole Quarter for 1517 Douglas St. mends given away with Up. $1.50. Ma.il Orders. Sl.YS every $1 worth of shoes. WK PAY KXI'UKSS ON A 1,1 , MA11 , OltOKUS To the finest sowed goods. CONDITION OF THE FARMER , It is a Continuous Struggle for Comfortable Subsistence. WHY HE IS NOT PEOSPEEOUS. Tlio Inci-easo In tlio Number of Farms und in tlio 1'rodiiuts ol' Karnis the Inorensc in ropnlatlon. The working force of the United States Is nbout 'Ji,000KX ; ( ) ( tersoiis , of whom 10,000,000 nro engnged In agricultural pursuits , employIng - Ing a capital of $1,000CK,000 ( ! ( ) invested in farms and tlieir equipment , writes C. Wood Davis in April Forum. That the greater part of this host of workers and this Immense capital is unprolUably employed , Is beyond question ; and this state of uuthrift has pro gressed so far us to discourage great numbers of these so employed. This state of affairs Is not duo to any lack of Industry or frugality on tlio part of the farmer ; ho works more hours and is 11101-0 sparing in his expenditures than any considerable num ber of these engaged in other occupations. Nor can H be attributed to crop failures , as Is evident from the increasing quantities of pro ducts put upon the markets of the world at prices over growing less. Indeed , our farms are so numerous and productive as to reduce the returns of American agriculture to a point far below a reasonable prollt , and to lessen the value of tlio farms mid farm products of Canada , Great IJritaln and western Kurope. Clearly , the unprolltableness of American ng- rlculturo is not in uny degree due to insufll- clent crops. When the farmers 11 ml that the returns from their labor mid capital do not afford them u fair share In the general prosperity , they cannot bo far astray in Judging that af fairs are. going wrong for them , and that "tlio times are out of Joint. " Among the reasons assigned for this lack of prosperity are mono metallism , dollcit or defective circulating medium , protective tariffs , trusts , dressed bcof combinations , speculation in farm pro ducts , over-greedy middle men and exorbitant transportation rates. That any or all of these may have affected the agricultural interest unfavorably , mid yet not have caused the present depression , is clear , for Die farmer has been prosperous Hiiu'i- the deiiioneti/ation of silver , and there Is ulwiis biiftlclcnt money in circulation to buy tun h part f his products as Die community ivquiivs fur current use. 1'roteetlvo turifts have i-xiati-d during the most prosperous ems of American agriculture. Trusts , while new In name , are in principle older than the pn-s- I'lit depression , and the jnalellcent Inlluenco of the dressed lnvf combination will have much less effect on prices when the farmer is again prospeiin.s. Could the speculation in farm products , by men who are thus In a largo measure enabled to llx prices without owning nr continuing the articles in which they pre tend to deal , bo put under legal ban , the func tions of the law of supply and demand would bo restored. Middle men , if mi evil , uro leemlngly a necessary one ; and time will doubtless mitiguto the positive and crying wrongs of the transportation question , grow ing out of an enormous llctitlous capital. \Vhlle wo may conclude that nearly or nuito all the causes named ulTcci unfavorably the welfare of the farmer , yet we may Ignore them In our search for the controlling factor of the present unprosiwrous condition of our most im | > ortant Industry. In order to determine why the farming In- toivst is thus di-pro sed , we must llwt ascertain - , tain under what conditions the farmer prolit- nbly punmcd his vocation in the pitst , and huw why and to what extent Mich conditions have given plneo to othei's less favorable. To do this we must review the ratio of farms und production to ( > opulaUoii In tlio prosperous past bueti review need not vxtend lioyond the i-li > so of tbo civil war , except so far a may bo required to show the causes producing the pres ent depression were In O | > cratltm long prior to thut date , ono effect of the civil strllo being lo suspend their action cud to po&ti > oua the advent of n state of agricultural plethora more than twenty-live years. From the close of the war until near the middle of the ninth decade the fanner shared in the nation's prosperity. In more recent years , however , this state of thrift has boon succeeded by ono of mironmiici-ativo toil , ac companied by much privation. When , iis is now the case over vast areas , wheat sells at from ! ( ) to f > 0 cents , oats at from 0 to la cents and com from 10 to III cents : i bushel , and fat cattle from I1. , ' toJ ! cents a pound , the farmer can indulge in but few luxuries. During n period of thirty-nine years , ending ing in IWJ , , population , farms , and the pro duction of the moro important staples in creased as follows : I'erC't. Population . 1" Number of fin ins . > ) Cattle . 1S5 Swlno . ffi Hales of cotton . SOI Itiishels ot corn . " . " > " Hn-helsor wlii-nt . I1MI Unslielsof outs . 411 As the result of un increase of farms and farm products so outstripping the increase in population , the only staples the gi-owing of which is oven fairly 'remunerative are pork and cotton. This is accounted for by our monopoly of tlio world's sup ply of cotton , and by the fact that the num ber of swine has not kept pace with the In- crenso in population ; but it does not follow thut there is udellcient supply of swine , for tlio number of swine and cattle was preutlv in excess of ix-quiiement.s prior to the civil war. war.Kxcept for brief periods , the prices of cattle continued remunerative up to the middle of the ninth decade , when the now farms of the west , the open range regions of Texas , the plains , and the mountain areas furnished a supply far In excess of demands , swamping the markets and reducing priced to a level pre cluding nil prolit. Tlio time of war excepted , the increase in population has been quite uniform in rate , while the incivaso in the production of the staples has been by "leaps und bounds , " as appears from the fol lowing summaries , showing the rates at which population mid various products have in creased. The increase from 1S50 to IStUI was : 1'cr Ct. Population . 'M Niimliorot farms . 41 ( 'at t lo . lit ) Swine . 4.'t Ha ITof cotton . 117 AIM OK of corn . 41 Acres of whoiit . TO Acres of oats . l" In this decade , farms , swine , cotton , corn , and wheat Increased moro rapidly thr.n ( iopii- latiou , the increase in cottou and wher.t hav ing been stimulated by an active foreign .de mand , especially during the Crimean war. Cotton growing took Its greatest strides at this time , increasing from y-ll'KK ( ) ( ) bi-los in 1SV.I , to BS7KX : ! ( ) in 1SW , and then falling away to ,00 < ) , llOO in IbTO. Not until l.sM ) did It roach as high a murk ns twenty years bo- foi-o. foio.From From ISiHl to l.VTO the Increase and decrease were as follows : IVrCt. Population . . si Number of faims . ! : o Acres In corn . . ' ! Acio.s In wheat . , m Aciusln oats . M 1'erCt. Cattle . 7 Swlno . i * , I'otton . 4'j Again farms and acres ot wheat and oats uro found to Increase much more rapidly than iwpulat Ion ; but such was the activity of tbo foreign demand , and so great the consump tion mid waste incident to u state of war , that farm products Mild at such price * us to bring great prosiKiHty to tlio agricultural In terests. The reduction in the iiumlxr of hwino and cattle was largely duo tothowosto mid destruction following In the wako of the war , and this diminution in numbers miulo moat production one of the most profitable biancnos of husbandry. The great reduc tion of the cotton Holds during the civil war accounts for the fact that cotton -growing has not reached that state wheiv supply waits Impatiently on demand. From lb0 to 1MW ) the Increase was : Population . : i6 Nn labor of farms . f. | Niimhcrof cattlo. . < . 40 Niliutiorof swine . , . 01 NumlHirof bilk * of cotton . m Aero * In corn . 01 Acre * In wheat . , . 4'J Acio * In oits : . 101 Darius thu eighth decade luo iucrvuso iu farms and all staple products completely out ran population. That wits the period of great est expansion in urea and production , when all farm products brought remunerative prices , and the farmer wan sighing for more acres to sow and plant , in order to hasten tbo unhappy dav that such excessive expansion foretold. From 1SSO to 1SS9 tlio increase has been : Per Ct. Population 27 Number of farms " 0 Number of eat tie ! il Number of sw I no ti Number of bales ot cotton 1.1 Acres In corn ' _ ' [ > Acres In oats 71) ) Acres In wlient 0.4 As yet statistics of the number of farms nro not attainable , but it is estimated that it hits not kept puce with the increase of popu lation. There has been u general slowing down of the killing pace of the preceding de cade , except in the cuso ot cattle , and even hero the incivaso has been very slow since 1SS7 , being but 2.1 per cent per annum. In the llrst half of this period the wheat area increased 1-S',1JX ) ) ( ) acres ; it has since decreased li.V.l2" : ( acres -a net increase in nine years of four-tenths of 1 per cent. The increase in the number of cattle does not indicate n beef famine at an early day ; and while Die increase in swine appeal's to lag , wo must bear iu mind that swine increased HI ] > er cent in the preceding decade , and that falling prices indicate an nbundat supply. The increase in the production of oats more than neutralizes the lagging In the increase of the corn urea , hence Die increase in grain I'm' animal food is still moro rapid than in the animals that consume it. During twenty years the exportation of com. hits averaged less thai ! live per cent , of the product , anil of oats less than ono per cent. , and the price of these grains depends almost wholly upon tlio homo requirements and the extent of the supply. That lower prices follow enlarged supply is evident ; and a medium or oven a short crop brings the farmer moro prollt , and often moro money ingress gross , than does n full or largo one , us is clearly shown in the following table , \vhi"h goes far toward explaining why the farmer is not prosperous. To illustrate : Die corn crop of PKj'J ' exceeded thut of 18.s7 by moro than ( MdKXl)00 ( ) ) bushels , yet , counting the cost of the eytiii amount handled , it will bring the growers SlOO.OOO.tXW less. Again , the crop of ls78 was 01 per cent , greater than that of Ih7l , and , allowance made for cost of hand ling , brought the farmer S14HXX ( > , ( KX > less. The live crops of corn grown In the second half-decade tabulated , exceeded the llvo crops of the preceding period by LMiS.ooo.lXX ) bushels , yet the farmers netted 87lmxiKX ( ) Iestherciroin. . It may bo contended that this Is a result of the transition from an Inconvertible paper currency to ouo redeemable in gold ; but Die same conditions uro found to obtain in n time of specie payment , when , in the third and foil ah period. * , an addition of l.'iXXOOi ( ) ) acres to the area In corn adds l/ja-.UOO.OiX ) Imsheb to luo product and reduces the farmer's gross revenue by $ ir > liXXiNM ) ) quite 10 per cent. The addition to tlio iabor und capital account of the corn-grower , to accomplish this un desirable result , was lil per cent. Doirlitless a belter result would have accrued had these l.-iS'.ViOO.tHN ) bushels been converted into fuel on the farms , a.s is being done with part of the surplus of JhV.l. Covering twenty years of corn-production , table No. 1 hews that in tlio llrst half dccndo somewhat less than one acre of corn , orI.I bushels , per capita , was sullicient to meet all demands. In the second half decade the com urea was increased to 1.1 acres per capita , the diminishing price indicating thut id ) . 1 bushels for each lierson wits innro than was needed. Till ; ) addition to the supply reduced the average - ago returns from $ U.tto : ! $10.10 per acre. During the third period Die area increased to l. i acres ( > or capita , the short crop of 1831 diminishing the i > er capita supply six-tenths of bushel. The effect of this one short crop waste to advance the iivonwo price for the live years 21 pur cunt. In the fourth half-decade there wits no change in the aixti per capita , 'but an addition of seven-tenths of u bushel to the IH.T capita supply , and fin accumulating surplus of nuch dimensions its to force prices to the lowest point known. The price of com in the homo markets , December , 1S.VJ , wns U iwr cent lower than ever before reported. Such has Iwen the effect of the great crop of l 'j ' , following one of nearly equal magnitude In KvSS. Corn Is the most Important of our farm pnxtuets. the yearly product Iwlng worth luuny millions of dollars moro than thu un- uuul product ot wheat aud cotluu. It U the raw material from which is made the greater part of our beef , pork and mutton ; and , outside the cotton belt , the mountain and Pacific. districts , and limited areas in tlio east , its successful culture and marketing are the cmeicul test of our agriculture.- Corn growing in not the only branch of hus bandry that is depressed. The urea in wheat has been increasing very rapidly until IhSO , when a halt was called at : ! 7Wi,000 ( acres ; then diminishing slightly until 1SSI , wheu thohlghostpoint was reached at ; iV17r ! > ,0K ( ) acres. It stands now a little above : isOI)0,0XI ) ( acres. Tlio price is shown to range from 51.20 to CM cents ; the returns per aero fall from SKI.U'i toSS.&l ushrinkage : of : to per cent. Tlio exportation has ranged from 22 to ) pel- cent for the live-year periods , and is 27 pel- cent for the whole term. Domestic consump tion has ranged from ft.OS to .V.lS bushels per capita , the mean being f.Cil u little less than the estimate of the department of agricul ture. ture.Tho price received for that jwrtion of the wheat crop sent iihro-id is generally supposed to determine the price of that consumed at home ; the price is nearly always seen to ad vance sharply alter a short crop , and to fall as sharply alter one or two above the aver age. Indeed , it.is tin open question with the weight of the proof favoring the nfltrnmtlve , whether it is not tlio extent and pressure of our.surplus which determines the price of wheat in Great Britain and western Fairope. In this connection 1 quote from the letter of a grain merchant in the Chicago Tribune of Jnnuurv 11 , Ih'.X ) : "During llctobor mid November the receipts of spring wheat In the noi-lhwe-.t so far ex ceeded icqulrcincnts that I hit markets worn overwhoIiiiiMl , thciuowmcnt nttraiMlns atten tion thioiighout Humpi. ' , their - re marking thai 'iloiler : and millers helm ; short of ntiiok , would doubtless operate but for do- prcs-lou caused by tlic hiimcn-o movement In Die northwestern provinces [ stalest of America.1 " Hero Wo have the Europeans correctly stating the effect of our surplus upon their markets , and indicating plainly that it is the extent of such surplus that makes the price. Kliminato this surplus and prices would riso. The area in outs , in twenty years , bus increased from 8- OOO.IKh ) to 2T.r > OiKK ( ) acres , the re turns diminishing from $12.78 to 67.21 per acre. The following table shown population , num ber of cattle , and ratio of cattle to people at intervals of llvo or ten years since 16(10 ( : Jm'hiillni : I'JHiXlli'nUM In Ilic liiillun Icnltory not roimrti'il b tluiili'iMrtnimit of iiKrlculttiio. So many are DIP grades of cattle and so di verse the pricon , that it is impraoticablo so testate state prices of the dllforeut classes as to show the changes , from time to lime , in the value of this great.product ; but the extent of the decline in values may in u measure bo in ferred from certain facts. Thus , the average price of cattle sold in the New York market during the weekending December "S , lv J , was &YO-J per 1X ( ) poirtids net. But from the report of Dm dopijcVmont of agriculture for * I , * we learn tbt | Uie average price of cut- tlo in that market ( luring 1S71 was 12 cents ; IntsTO , 21' ' . ci'iitu/n / l l'.t ' , 11 : t-5 cents ; and in IMitl , HI cents , ' ' .phis , In connection with Dm table giving imputation mid number of cattle , proves the . olivet niid constant rela tion between population anil numbtr of cat tle , anil shows the certainty with which u disturbance in the proportions of such rela tions will affect prices. In IMiO cattle \\ere low In price , the ratio of cattle to iHipulutloti then ) > olng as M to 100. This ratio fell In Is70 to ( W to 100 , and rose gradually until the beginning of ls.V.i , when the proportion again reached SO to HX ) . So long its the btiiiply of cattle remained below ? J to 100 people , prices were good and the demand was sullicient to absorb the supply without undue oscillation In values ; hence we are warranted in saying that any excess in the supply beyond ? J to 100 units of popu lation will Ucprctis pricca to uu uuproutublo level. There art ) no data enabling us to determine the number of cattle slaughtered yearly , but wo .shall not bo astray If wa take the average ago. ut the ttmu of ( daughter to bo three years. This u ould ludk-ato tbo annual requirement to lw 10,000,00(1 ( animals , the potential supply ap proximating 17,000,000. A most competent authority estimates the reduction in the cost of growing wheat , by reason of the invention and use of the solt- bindiiig harvester , at from 0 to 10 per cent. Save iu this respect , there has boon , dining the last twenty years , llttio if any reduction in the cost of producing wheat ; and the re duction in the cost of growing the other staples , as well as most of the minor farm products , will average no moro thau the mean estimate in the case of wheat. Hut assuming the average reduction in cost of production to bo 12 percent , and supposing : i like reduction in the cost of what the farmer buvs , the account would stand as follows at thu close of 1839 : Per cent. Reduction In returns per aero from corn * > grown : Hcdiictlon In returns jmr acre from wheat " g row n ; ; deduction In returns per aero from oats grown Ik-dilution In vuluo of cattle -II deduction In vuluo of other farm prod- nets : ia Menu l.essiediiotlon In cost of maintenance and production 1- The farmer's not lossof rovomio annually 27 The history of American lurming for twenty vears'is , in brief , that as the area in cultivation has increased , so has the product per capita-to ; bo follcwed by ever-declining prices nnd diminishing returns per aero. If , in the period ending 1S7-1 , with a cattle supplv of ( ! 2 to 100 people , the supply of corn lesa than " > bushels per capita , that of wheat and oats' less than 0 , . " > bushels , and the domestic consumption of pork 7"i pounds for each inhabitant , all the requirements of the people lor bread , meat , spirits and provender were fully and promptly met , it is unite ap parent that , estimating consumption per cap ita as fifteen per cent , greater than then , the present supplv of beef is sufficient for 71,000- 000 people , of'swino for 70,000,000 , of wheat for 711,000,000 , of corn for 70r,00,000 and of oats for moro than 100,000,000. The logical conclusion from the evidence of fered , is thut the troubles of DUJ iarmer are duo to the fact that thorn are altogether too many farms , too many cattle and swine , too many bushels of corn , wheat , rye , oats , burlov , buckwheat and potatoes , too many tons of hay , and lee great a production of nearly all other farm products for the num ber of consumers. Page 04. "Wlinl nro Orulilils ? What are orchids ? asks the Boston Advertiser. A plant whoso homo Is in the tropical forests , and yut a plant which is not dependent for Its su-itoiwiu-o upon the earth or water in their visible forma. It is a curiosity of the vegetable world which , porohod in the air , honcls out its long , searching roots and draws its nourishment from the atmosphere. KUiereal in Us nature , so far as this characteristic Is con cerned , it is very substantial in the valuation which U.s owners anil raisers iiit upon plants of rnro varieties. The exports in this branch of horticulture say that WHIIO line roots are well worth 5,000 each , and some luivo held oven higher figures. Their rarity , the dllllculty with which they are propagated , the exquisite delicacy , strange forms and great variety of hlo.s- boms are the reasons given for these ex traordinary values. Heforo the window of a Tremont street Ilorist , not far from I'arlc street chmvh , yiwtordny , a throng was gathered to look upon a cluster of those Ilowoiy , which lust now occupy so high n place In the popular maul. Strange in form , of a delicate , pearly , waxv whiteness , daintily lined with pink Or purple , they presented an unusual sight even to the o unacquainted with tliolr rarity and their costllncBrf. A Florida llsherman recently batted his set hooks with small green frogs. lie loft Ids hooks in the water all nlct-ly lloating- having been told that this was tlio host bait expect ing to return next morning and find lUli by thuduzvn. Ho returned , mid to Ids surprise all of his balled hooku were sitting out on the banks looking at him , und as ho cuiue clone to them they would Jump back into tbo water "kercliunk , " GRANT POPPED THE QUESTION A Pretty Story Connected with the Gon- eral'a ' Engagement. WOULDN'T ANSWER HIM THEKE. How Henry Gladstone "Won Miss llcmlul Another Account ol * . Gnmbctta'H Death A Itaco for a Wife. A striking incident in tlio Itfo of General Grant was mentioned by an intinwto frluiul. It related to tlio delicate subject oC bow tlio general Mopped the question. These who know General Grant intiniatoly can imagine how bo could storm a rampart , charge a. bat tery or artillery , or load u forlorn liopo in battle easier than he could ask for tbo baud of tlio woman ho loved. Tlio occasion wlu'ii the young lieutenant in tlio army and .luliu Dent plighted their trotb was not onoof these idoul moonlight nights nor were tlio stars twinkling over lovers' sighs , but on a dark , stormy night in tlio woods ot Missouri , says the Philadelphia. Enn.ulrer. The lieutenant was visiting his army conn-ado and former classmate , Krcd Dent. Ho had driven into town in a buggy with bis conn-ado's sis- tor. Thn young people were on tlieir way homo. Tlio darkness had overtaken them. The rain had fallen in torrents ami the roads were axle-deep with mud. Tlio lightning ( lashed and the thunder pealed out of the blackness of tlio night which followed. A swollen stream and a frail bridge stood in their way. As they reached tlio dangerous spot a sudden Hash of electric light revealed the terrors of the Hood and" the dangers of the bridge. In an Instant availing himself of this moment of light , the bravo young oflloer urged the good steed upon the quivering lloorway. A dread ful burst of thunder shook the very founda tions of the earth. The voting maiden , who had thus far bravely faced the terrors of the situation , stunned by the tremendous crash , grasped the unmoved lieutenant by her sldo with affrighted foivo. The bridge now begun to yield to the undenninlg notion of tlu > rujrfng torrent. As it scorned to sink away the maid exclaimed in her fours , "O , wo are lost. " "No , .luliii , " came u tender reply from the heart , full of emotion Milch beat in that bravo young breast. "Nothing shall happen to you. I shall take earo of you. " Another Hash in timelvsuccessionrovealed the terrible situation , 'but ono Judicious slim- illation ot tlio powerful stood brought the lieutenant and his heart's tivnmu1" once morn upon the solid ground of the otlu'isiilo as tlio plunkwny of the bridge moved away In the surging llood. Kescued from a situation so perilous was the occasion for a thoughtful silence. The storm-lionton lovers pushed on tlieir trying way through mud and rain and wind. , Keen out of the darkness came a voice , " .lulla , wuru you frightened ! " "What a terrible riblo night it Is , " Haiti the maiden in reply. " 1 would always lilto to care for you and pro tect you. May I do aoi" "Yea , " In the simple Innocence of her girlish heart was the answer. You will perhaps remember Hint a fort night ago I guvo you tlio particulars of the wedding of Mr. Henry Gladstone , won of the ex-preinler , antl Miss Maud Itciidd writes Kugeno Field to the Chicago News. Tim story of the wooing hits Just transpired. It seems that the two met hist suuimt'r ' at I'osll- llpo , the young girl's father having at that pfctuivsiiuo llttio hauilut on the Gulf or Na ples u lovely villa. Ono beautiful evening the two wiu-ii in the garden overlooking the water ui m which the moonlight hung like a misty guuzo ; the scene 'wiis ono of jioctli ! loveliness- young Gladstone full that tliero never could l > o a fairer spot or u better mo ment for the confession of his love , so ho de clared hlmuelf to lib inamorata with a fervor which thu pioturcquctnoss of the surround ings enhanced , if it did u t inspirit. Instead , however , of answering him , the pretty girl her facy tutU her uunda uuJ tied pre cipitately Into Dm villa. Of course this as tound tlio yoiimr lover ; ho could not under stand it at all ; should ho interpret the maiden's conduct as a rejection ! If so , it were better for him to leave I'osillipo at onco. Hut no , his Scutch instincts came to his rescue : ho had done the proper thing properly--he would bide bis time. Next morning after breakfast , at which his idol did not appear , he sought the garden and meandered dorod gloomily therein , wondering what tac tics besought to puisne. Suddenly he heard Miss Maud call to him. and turning ho beheld that young gitl advancing. She put both her hands in his and said , with charming frank ness : "I would not answer you last night fearing you were under the inllucnco of the insidious summer evening and of tlio poetical and almost magical scene , and that it wns not your heart that spoke ; so I would hoar in tlio daytime if you love me , and , if this is so , I will toll you that I am willing to give you my life and my love. " Now , Isn't this bit of truth quite a.s pretty as any tiling that could lie culled from liction I" The editor of L'lntransigeant , in Paris , professes to have discovered at last the truth eiiin-i-riiing the death of Gaml > 3tti. For seine time previous to his death , tlio editor says , ( ininhcltu had lived openly with u certain Mine. L. His friends treated the woman with much consideration , and eventually decided - cided that pirtilic morality and Oiamhctta's position required that ho should marry her. In the mean time , however , the Marquis A. 11. had died , leaving his widow H,00MX ( ) , ( ) francs. The widow was very anxious to marry Cambettu , . and communicated her wish'to him through a third person. Gani- hotlii rejected the proposal with Dm ' remark that 'tho widow had already acquired an imenvlablo reputa tion on account of her many lovers , and had helped the marquis Into his grave. Hemet t line afterward a remarkably handsoino woman visited Ciamliottti at Villo d'Avray and con versed privately with him for two hours. Mine. I. , at once surmised that the culler was the widow of the marquis , and that she was talking over Jier matrimonial scliomo with Gambetta. Just ii.'i the widow rose to bill Gambctta good afternoon Mine. L. burst into the room with a drawn revolver. Gamhcttii Jumped between the women and received the two shots of which ho died. Mine. L. was not prosecuted for murder because aho know too many secrets of French politics , which It wits feared she might reveal under the pres sure of legal proceedings. _ S , Shortly hoforo noon today .Tiit-ob II. Spmnklo , u farmer of Mogadoro , drr/vo up t ) tin ! court house , his turnout covered with mud and showing hard driving , nays an Akron , O. , dispatch to the New Yi.rk bun. Ho procured a murriago license for himself and Miss Iaicinda Knyder of Mogadoro. After receiving the piveiots | document , ho asked whether another license could bo Issued for some one clso to marry the sumo girl. Itoing answered In the alllrmativo ho grow very excited - cited mill hastily started for Mogadoro. Ho had scarcely gonowhen another anxious swain appeared In the person ol'KamnolI' . Cramer , who took out a license fur himself and Luclnda Snyder. Hearing of Kpranldo's prior visit , Cramer held consultation wi'h ' friends , mid Is said to have boarded a south bound Valley train for Krumroy station , tlnvo mill's from Mogadoro. If hu meets with no mishap Cramer xhould lw ) able to walk I ho three miles In Units to arrive lioforo Spnmklo. The ram for a wife apparently nanuws down In a test of the railroad and a sturdy pair of logs against a good hnrso and buggv. All tlio ( icmons concerned itro well-to-do and prominent in their community. Kdnurd Poollltlo , nil engineer on the Ala bama & Great Southern railroad wits killed In u collision on that road February r,1 , hays a Hirmlngham , Ala. , dispatch in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. A fw weeks later his widow , Mrs. Joseihin | i Doolittlo , Hied ill the probate court IcttiTit f administration. Today Mrs. Mary Dunlin I" of South Carolina , through her attorneyIII. < ! notice nf u contttst of the letters of adminis tuition. Mrs. Mary Doolittlo says she , too , it the willow of the dead engineer. She tilloiroH that ho deserted her anil their dilldivn in South Carolina , 11 few years agoand ulio milv heard of his wherejibouts and his second mar rlage when she ivait in tbo papers a nuth iof his duuth. Doolittlo has boon living lu-m about three yours , and hud au itxcciii > nt character , llotli womi'ii have marriage > ' r HlIcateM and the rase promises to bo an in > < i ustlng cno from the fact thut the di-u 1 engineer loft enouuU property to inuke u ll Ul fur