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AN ENEMY TO ELECTRICITY.
The Way n New England Old .Maid Was Converted to the Use of Electric Cars. X y SUSAN HHOWN UOIHUNS. If Miss Fcllrm Cm'nnns hail Unuwn lust n llltlo more about the company their tracks never would Imvc crossed her land. When there was a rumor that the elec tric * were coming through Hrookton she dlsapproTcd very strongly.Vhon the rumor was confirmed , and the additional In formation given that the cars were to run by her house , Mtsn Scltna wag Indignant end a llttlo alarmed. She wondered If It would bo safe. Hut when the company wrote and wanted 1o know If they might buy n strip of hur land along the river , about two acres In all , on which to lay their tracks , thereby avoiding the building of two bridges and n half mlle or moro of unnecessary track , she was decidedly and unmistakably angry. Soil her land for an electric line , forsooth - sooth ! She -wouldn't have tha horrid thlngn within sight or sound of tier If she could help it. What If It wasn't anything but eandy pasture land , growing up to huckleberry and baybcrry bushes. They shouldn't have It. It was nothing to her If they had to build a dozen bridges and go twenty miles out of tliclr way. ftio thought of the scathing replies she might make t . them , repudiating their pro- poiTa ) . Then a happy thought etruck her. Sbo got tier pen and wrolo on the bottom of the company's Irttcr : "You might have the land for $500 an acre. Yours truly , Scllna Kmmons. " She smiled when Bho had ilono this. How they would feel when they got that answer ! Five hundred dollars an acre ! Wtiy. eho wanted to sell the whole ten acres for $100 , nnd that had been thought too much. For a day or two she smiled whenever Bho thought of her answer , nnd ehe wletied she could bavo seen the faces of the company when they opened It. Then came the shock of Olscovorlng that her offer had been accepted. The company had her statement In black and white , with her name signed to It , so there- was no possible escape for her. This was In the fall and work on the electric road would not begin till spring. Miss Scllna felt thankful that the ovll day wna BO far off. Perhaps there was a chance yet that this road would not go through. Nevertheless she worried and fretted over It all winter and It was the worry , the doctor said , that brought on the spell of sickness In March. She was not seriously 111 and by the 1st of April , when work on I f the road 'began , she was around doing her work as usual. "I'm not going to have folks say I got sick on account of that company , " she said. "Anyway , dt won't do any good to worry. Let 'em come , but if they expect mo to patronize them they nro mistaken , that is all. I wouldn't ride on ono of these cars , not If Queen Victoria or the president of the United States told mo to. If other folks want to risk tholr lives they can. " The thought of the $1,000 was a great comfort. It seemed llko a fortune to her and eho planned what eho would do with the Interest money. She would have a new carpet for the parlor the very first thing nnd have the room papered and painted. By the middle ot April the workmen cnmo in sight of the house and for a day or two Miss Sellna watched them with n hcetllo eye. Then In spite of herself she began to bo Interested In the work nnd ns It came nearer she spent moro nnd moro of her time at the windows. When the men wanted to eat their dinners out under her chestnut tree nnd got water from the pump In the yard she gave n willing con tent. "They are not to blame for what the company docs , " she said. Ono of the men carried In a pall ot water for her ono day , and got to talking with , her. Ho found out that she wanted her llttlo garden spaded up , and the next day the men shortened their nooning and did the work In a llttlo while. The day after that Miss Scllna carried out to them a huge dlshpan full of hot doughnuts , which melteil away like snow before the eun. When the rails were nil laid by the house nnd the work was. no longer In sight Miss Sellna felt very lonesomo. Still she could see. the men go by nt night nnd morning , nnd ( ho young man who had carried the water for her always smiled nnd waved his hand. * The first of Juno the cars were running , and Miss Sollna saw them go by crowded. It was amazing. "I didn't know there were so many reckless folks In the world , " she ( aid. She had to admit that there was a certain companionship in seeing all these people. On warm days the motormen and conduc tors would stop nearly every trip and got a drink of water nt her pump , and she took nrldo In the coolness of the water and In having the tumbler out there clean ana bright. Utter a tlmo these men , seeing her always at the window , would speak to her , wish her good morning , or comment on the weather. There was one young motorman who was her espoclnl favorite , nnd ho was the first ono to discover her aversion to risking her life on the cars. "Any tlmo you want to try It , " ho told her , "Just come along on my car , and I'll bo extra careful of you , " Miss Scllna laughed and told him that she would go on his car when she wont , but that ehe didn't think either ono of them would live tons enough to BOO the day. In August ho told her ono day : "You'd better go with mo tomorrow. It's my last day on this line. I'vei been transferred. " "I'm very sorry , Mr , Bally , " said Sellna. "fio am I , " ho answered. On his last trip In the afternoon ho Bald ; "Bo ready nt 7 sharp , " then laughed and swung onto bis car and clattered away. Miss Bcltna watched it across the pasture. Then she took a long breath , straightened up and eald : "I will do it. " 6ho looked about her. "It's as good a tlmo as any. I've got the washing and Iron- intr and sweeping done for the week , and everything Is In good , order. And botldes , I have faith in that young Bally , and It'll bo my last chance to go on his car. " The next morning at 7:15 : she was all ready , her work done and the door locked behind her as she sat on the step waiting. Bally could hardly bellovo his eyes when ho saw her. "Going ! " he called. "Well , that's good. Sit on the front seat here , then you can tee and get the air. " He noticed that her hands shook and that Bho was a little pale. I have been tiling OARCABKTS for luiomnlu. wllli ulilch I have been nnllctcrt forever over twenty yours , and I can Gay that Cuscarcts bavo Klren tno more relief than nay other reme dy I hire ever tried. I shall certainly recom mend tbem to my friends at being all they are represented. " Tuos. aiu im , KlKln , Jit nPI Dt. rtUUblg. Potent , T ito Good. IXl flood , N rSlctgo.Vc i u. tF Gtlrc.lW.2ic.it . . . . OURfc CONSTIPATION. . . . UlU lB i > lj < ? , Ctltm , B .lr. l. ( r Y . rk. ill A mlle further on ho looked around at her. "Llko It ? " ho asked. She nodded. Her eyes were very bright , On their return they had to wait at a turnout for another car , and Dally sat down beside her. Her hair was blown about her fac , and her expression' was animated. "Sho must have been pretty when she was young , " ho thought. ' "Do you usually go faster ? " she asked. "Oh , Just about the same , I guess. " "I was going to say you needn't go any slower on my account. H doesn't scare me a bit. I llko to go fast. " When ho stopped at her house she sat motionless. "I guess I won't get out yet , " she said. "I think I will ride a llttlo moro. " The next time there was ft watt she seemed abstracted. She was busy with a problem In mental arithmetic , namolyt How many car rides can bo got out of the Interest on Jl.OOO ? The solution seemed to please her. "I can get along without the carpet , " she said to herself , "nnd the paint and paper don't look very bad , anyway. " KOIIHSTS OF TII13 IMlILII'l'IMSS. i\ ( -n ( , Vurli-tx anil Quality of the Timber. But It.Is to the forests of the Philippines that wo nro wholly unabto to do Justice , says a writer In Self-Culture. TImfbcr exists In great variety and of most excellent quality. There are to bo found kinds otwood suitable to every purpose. ( Many are of dense and tough flbro susceptible of the highest polish. Four kinds are so heavy that water will not float them , nor can they bo cut with ordi nary saws. Ono variety la of a bright emerald grccti , and another rich yellow , and they retain these colors when polished. An other , "narra , " perhaps the prettiest , nnd much used In flno furniture , varies In color from light straw -to deep red. It Is strong and hard and takes a high polish. Perhaps the best known Is "molavo , " a very heavy dark-brown wood , used for finishing In the Interior of the Jcoult church at Manila , where It Is said the carvings are by master hands nnd ot surpassing beauty. Ebony Is abundant. There are the cacao tree , the cocoanut palm , and the banVboo. all invalu able to the natives , and also a trco which yields a kind of cotton. A pitcher-plant Is found with receptacles that hold as much as a quart of water. There Is a very curious plant with long pendant feelers .that . hang near the ground and have remarkable prehensile properties , taking the strongest hold on anything that happens to touch them. It Is with the grcltcst difficulty that a passer-by can cxtrl- cato himself from ono "of these many- fingered , hanging hands. 1VUV T1113 1IL1IUOU IS LIKED. lie IN n Good Cniiiimiilou and la Loynl to the IJcntli. A real lover of dogs Is apt to have n preference as to type , but ho Is apt also to bo fond of all good dogs , no matter -what the class or their special purposes In the world , says the Criterion. The dog lover Is very llko In this regard the truly gallant man ho may prefer blue eyes and fair hair or the oposlte , but his heart goes out to all women who are good because they are women and because they are good. To the uninitiated an . .erection for a bulldog seems a perversion of taste , for the bulldog Is not symmetrical , Is not graceful and sometimes appears to lack Intelligence. About his Intelligence , however , there Is more than one opinion ; about his affection and his loyalty there can 'bo ' no doubt whatever. His affection knows neither hesitation , waverlnir nor change and ho Is a rare comrade. Ho Is not noisy , ho Is not nervous and he Is not given to demonstration. iHe fills the requirements that Emerson formulated as to perfect com panionship. Ho docs not need to speak to show his sympathy. Ho can tell you what ho wishes to say with his llttlo eyes and ho can bo eloquent with the wagglngs ot his stumpy tall. This kind of a companion is not such as commends himself to all per sons , for there are these In the world who llko chatterers nnd consider the unending small talk of the drawing room the highest and most pleasurable expression of human wit. For such as these the bulldog Is not likely to have the greatest attractions. Let such have a frolicsome dog or a kitten that will chase Its tall. Uut the hulfdog is a good companion for a quiet man of a thoughtful and philosophic cast of mind. The bulldog will not disturb the musings , the bulldog will not say the wrong thing at a tlmo when sllcnco Is precious , lor the bulldog rarely speaks. When ho does ho is short , though not sharp , in the communica tions and very much to the purpose. SALMON AVILI. ( FIGHT II'AnD. ' This KliiK of .riHli . IH Xot Caiiulit , KVOH When Hooked. "A salmon doesn't take the fly as a trout does nnd it never rises to ono while it is passing up or down stream , " eald an ex perienced angler to a Washington Star man. "H is only while the salmon Is lying at rest In pools , the reposing water nt the foot , of some rapids , or the silent starting place of such a rapid , that it will respond to the fisherman's. "Salmon may ( bo moving along by the thousand in the deep stretches of a stream that extends perhaps for a mlle between rapids , but the angler might drop his files above them for a month if It were possible without oven being rewarded by a slnglo rise , The pool is the place to whip and the tlmo early morning or late In the afternoon If the epicurean denizen of the pool Is so Inclined there Is sport ahead for the angler Ho drops his fly lightly on the water am then the salmon In the humor will rise to 1 and eelzo it at once. Then the excitement begins. It is divided ( between the fish and the angler. The moro the salmon tries to got out of trouble the deeper he gets the fisherman in. The fish no sooner feels the hook In hla Jaw than he Booms to realize that he has got to get it out as soon as passible. Then things 'begin to boll. The first thing tho-fisherman knows 100 feet o line have been spun from tils reel and ho thinks he is In for a long chase down stream when suddenly the salmon doubles am dashes straight back toward the boat. Then there is work for the angler if he expects to reel in the slack of the line and get 1 taut again In good time. "No sooner is the line taut once more than the salmon feels its tension through the hook in Its jaw and the chances ar that he will shoot upward and out of th water his entire length and more. Taking hla header he dashes madly down into th drptlia again' , tearing this way and tha way , darting around and around and raak ing lively work for the fisherman and th handler of his boat. After an exciting se rles ot maneuvers such as this the mat fish may take it into his head to start down Bt'ream like a steam engine , putting the guide ot his beet to keep the boat near him. The salmon may lead a chase of a mlle in this way , then Ptop suddenly and resume Its leaping nnd doubling tactics , "Tbo fight may last an hour and more , and If the angler is skillful and cool and his guide or galfman dexteiroua and watchl j ) the content should have bit r'na ending and eventually the glittering prize will be stretched at the bottom ot the canoo. If tbo angler Is not skillful and cool the fight will also have but one ending. The glittering fish will not "be " stretched at the bottom of the canoe , Jjut in a very short time will l > o in the bottom .of this pool , no doubt congratulating himself that his to * , man was not -worthy ot hla steel. " WHEN IT IS TIME TO QUIT Difficulty Experienced by Gamblers in Withstanding Prosperity ! WHY MOST OF THEM DIE POOR Story of One Who Took Ailvnntnnc ot Intuition nml Ilotlreil III eh Cniea of Cold Feet nt the IllKht Time. An old man whoso mind is still alert and the movements of whoso tall , somewhat stooped -body are as frco and spry as these ot many a man fifty years his junior , is Cole Martin , once the most famous faro dealer in this country. Ho slipped the cards out ot the "box , relates the New York Sun , for the statesmen with a penchant tor gaming who came to Washington fifty , forty and thirty years ago , when It was deemed no disgrace for the strong men of the load to try an occasional buck at the tiger , openly and above board. Martin is now verging upon 80 years of ago , and even to the present genera tion of Washlngtontans his whlto-bcarded countenance Is very familiar. His ago docs not tell upon him , and his commerce among men Is about as wldo now , ho says , as it was back in the ' 50s. Ho had a great deal of money at ono tlmo In his career , but most of It went by the board. He had the caution to purchase an annuity for himself n good many years ago , and upon this ho lives comforta bly. Ho has passed most of his life In Wash ington , but before nnd after the war of the rebellion ho 'had adventures In many parts of the United States where gaming was at Its height. Ho is a mine of curious , first-hand Information about the statesmen-gamesters who wore great figures in the national lite of the country before the war , and the local newspapers have published many of his re miniscences of this sort. He is not garrulous , but once ho gets Into his stride nnd the company is congenial ho talks well and entertainingly. Ho was speaking the other afternoon of the case of the welt known young American turf plunger who , after hav ing .beaten the English racing game to the tune of $160,000 a few weeks ago , waded In so recklessly that , only a short time later , ho quit 190,000 to the bad. "Another example of the chance taker who has not mastered the fine science of quitting" was his way of summing 11 up. "That seems o bo the most difficult point In the gambling business to know just the right time to quit. Few men master It. I never did , myself. I wish I hod. Any fool can go en playing when ho Is away ahead ofhis game , but it akes a man of unusual strength of character , perception and foresight to knock oft when , after riding a high tide , ho notices that It begins to ebb. The scientists , I believe , talk of a 'psychological moment. ' I don't know of any business in Hfo In which the psychological moment plays a greater mrt than it does In gambling , .lost . ot this country's old-time game- tors have died , us you know , -very poor , or , worse , poverty-stricken. I never hear of the ; eath of one of them leaving not enough money behind to have his body put into the ground that I don't re-coll the tlmo when ho iad tens or hundreds of thousands. The ; nmbler by profession has many a psycholog- cal moment In the course of his career , but 10 rarely takes advantage of them. He goes n dabbling at a percentage that his common enso tells him 4s against him. and that hems ms only temporarily ibenton , nnd after awhile he finds himself broke ; then ho asks itmself remorsefully why ho didn't break off when he was on top of the wave. I have cnown a few professional gamblers who enow Just when to quit. Some of thom are till alive , old men llko myself , and they are -well fixed. Those of them -who are dead oft good sums of money behind them. Touch of Cold Feet. "I once saw Oeorse Plantngonet , ono of he best known of the New Orleans gamblers > oforo the war , win $60,000 in an afternoon's ilay at faro. This was In Memphis. Ho ashed in and left the ( bank. After supper ho returned with all of the money and he began 0 'buck ' the klnc. Ho played it open every Irao and the king lost eight straight times n .two donls. Tha cost Flantagenet $20,000 of -winnings. . The lid had been taken off ho game for ihlm. When the dealer pulled out the eighth straight losing king Plantag- enet cashed In. lie was frank enough to ad mit that he had cold feet. " 'While freely acknowledging that I nm moro or less of a d d fool , ' he sold coolly , 1 strive for the reputation ot knowing when 'vc got enough , oven of a good thing. I quit. This Is just my tlmo tl quit. If the box were only 'depleting me gradually but surely I don't doubt that I'd go until I was all up. 3ut I can see legible handwriting on the wall 'rom ' ns considerable a distance as my neigh- sore , nnd when I'm on top , as I am now , well and comfortably , and eight straight kings range themselves against me on the left-hand sldo of the layout , that's the kind of n signal I'm waiting for , nnd I pass. I'll bet any man on the eldo. Just for a flyer , | 5,000 that the next king out of the box wins , but no moro faro. ' "Frank Wooton , the proprietor of the lay out , was standing by when Plantagcne-t made this llttlo talk. " 'You wise in are your generation , George , ' said ho. 'Now it is about a 10 to 1 phot agnlnat the king losing agnln. Consequently quently , you can afford to gtvo ma at least 2 to 1 on that proposition. I'll bet you $2,500 to $5,000 that the king docs lose next tlmo out. ' " 'Taken , ' ild Plantagcnct , covering Wcoton's money , and the crowd gathered Around towatch the dealer rime the cards. The box -was fully half out before a king showed nnd It showed on the losing side- dim ) straight. Wooton pulled down the side bet. " 'Which I may remark , ' eald PMntagenet with the greatest coolness , 'that this ninth consecutive lese of the king simply confirms nnd makes good the hunch I had to quit when it lost the eighth time. Dut I will go a bit further to provo that my Inspiration to quit is a proper and sensible one. I wilt bet you $1,000 that I can buck your bank now with dummy chips representing- of my winnings and tbo roll I originally started with , nnd that , although I shall play as carefully and ns cautiously and as earn estly as I would did the dummy chips really represent money , I shall lese every stack within two hours. ' "Plantagenet nnd Wooton were old friends nnd the latter knew that Plantagenet would try to win with the dummy chips oven though ho would bo $1,000 loser it ho did , " 'Go ahead and provo your cose , ' said Wooton , and a dealer who was off duty was called upon to deal , Plantagenet kept cases himself and played his own particular sys tem with all manner ot care and effort. Wooton stood by and saw that Flnntagonot was playing his regular game. Plantagenet's luck had deserted him nnd he lost two bets out of every three. It seemed Impossible for him to set down right and ho lost stead ily. Ho had played In his last stack In an hour and forty minutes and Wooton handed him the $1,000. " 'That's the way it would hive been had I been playing with money , ' said Plantage net , and Wooton agreed with him. Plan- tagenct was ono of the men who knew when to quit , and when ho died , with his grand children around him , In the early ' 70s , ho left moro than $500,000 to bo distributed among his heirs. Curled Up nnd Canned In. "Edmund Daker of Louisville , tvho was not a professional gambler , but who outdid most of the famous professional gamblers of the south In the late ' 50s In the heaviness ot his play when ho felt in a winning hu mor , was another man who knew when to quit. I saw him win $32,000 in one night at bank In the rooms of the old Crescent City'club. Then he curled up all of a sud den nnd cashed in. Ho wasn't a quitter In the ungenerous sense , but ho used to say that the IKtlo angel , supposed by the sailors to sit aloft and watch out for Jack Tar , had a habit of informing him , when lie was bucking another man's game , Just the proper tlmo to pass it up and quit. It was a matter of pure 'hunch with him. On this occasion Joe Randolph , a heavy player from Virginia , twitted Daker a bit for not press ing his luck for quitting when ho seemed to bo winning four bets out of five. " 'All right , Randolph , ' said Baker after ho had cashed In. 'I'll lot you make flvo $10 bets In my behalf on the dear now run ning and I'll bet you an even $2,000 that I ( or you ) lese four out of the five ; this , Just to show yea that my intuition about the proper tlmo to lay off is good. ' "Randolph took , that bet , which was a good ono , with moro than an even chance in " his favor , and he lost , for every ono of the flvo bets lost. Baker would quit when he was loser Just ns suddenly as he would when ho was away ahead of the gamo. I saw him IOBO over $3,000 In a four-handed poker game with friends In one of the parlors of the old St. Charles hotel between the hours of 6 and 9 o'clock ono evening. Ho had practically an unlimited amount , ' of .money at his dis posal , considering the 'sfzo of the game $200 Ilmltbut ho yawnetftand pished his' chair back with the simple * statement that'll wasn't 'his ' night. The 'next night ho lost $2,000 more to the same three friends , and again he lesumed his seat. On the follow ing night ho was $4,000 loser after four hours' play , but he gave no sign of quitting. " 'Is-n'it it pretty near time for you to stretch your arms and forsake us again , Baker ? ' asked one of his friends in the game , Jokingly. " 'No , , said Baker , 'I'm goln ? to stay along tonight. I'll begin to win soon , and then you can all stand by. ' TaUliigDexiicratc Chance * . "Ho .began to win on the very next deal and at 2 o'clock in the morning he had not only retrieved his losses on the week's piny , but ho had all the money in the crowd. Baker was possessed of a species of Intui tion. I never saw him take a daring chance that ho did not win out on it chances thai no professional gambler would dream ol taking , and diametrically opposed to all of the rules of percentage In games of hazard. Ono night bo walked into 'Don * Haskell'E Madrid club In St. Louis this was In the fall of ' 59 and stood and watched a few deals out of the box at the $500 limit faro tabTe. Then he reached over and bought flve yellow $100 chips from the dealer. He put them all on the ace and coppered Uio card. The ace lost and the dealer put flve yellow chips on the top of the original flvo on the ace and waited for Baker to haul them down. Baker absent-mindedly made no inovo to take the chips until the dealer reminded him of them. " 'Lot them stand , with the ace coppered , ' said Baker. " 'But it's $500 limit , Mr. Baker,1 snld the dealer. " 'Let it stand , Jack , ' said 'Don' Haskcll , coming up behind nnd addressing : the denier. 'Lot It stand ns long ns Mr. Baker wants to raako ploy with the ace coppered and we'll see If we can't commit assault and battery on hln "Intuition. " ' "Baker nodded good-naturedly to Haskcll and then waited for the turns on the cc. The ace was only halt a dozen cards below and it lost. The dealer ranged ten more yellows beslilo Baker's pile. " 'Let them stand , ace coppered , ' said Baker , scanning the cases for a few deals back carelessly. " 'Don' Haskelt nodded In the amrmatlvo to the dealer and the other players at the table neglected to put any bets down in their Interest in Baker's peculiar piny. There was only ono more ace loft In the box and it came out a loser. The dealer stacked up twenty moro yellows beside Baker's pile $4.000 and he nnd the proprietor waited for Baker to haul them down. Baker loaned back and lit a cigar , leaving /ho $4,000 in yellows to stand. " 'I'll leave them there , with the nco cop pered , If you're willing , uon , no sam quietly to Haskcll. " The longer the better , ' eald Haskcll , nnd the dealer began to slip them out. The first nco was way down In the center of the box and Hnskell looked a bit chagrined when it came out A loser. " 'Eight thousand , eh ? ' ho said , looking over the stack of yellows on the coppered ace. 'Ono moro whirl at it , Baker that'll bo about all I can stand tonight if you take it down' ' "Tho ace came out on the losing sldo again a thing that no professional gambler would have bet on had he been offered 5 to 1 on the proposition and Baker cashed In $10,000. He would have let It run again had Haskcll been able to stand it , but the 'Don * had enough. Baker stood by and watched the ace come out a loser twice again and then ho put $500 on it to win. It won , and ho took the .boat for Now Orleans with $10,500 of Haskell's money. Three months later , when Frank Caxton , Ned Rlpley and Monk Tcrhune , a well known New Orleans trio of tiger buckers , broke the Madrid club's bank roll wldo open , to the tune of $100,000 , Baker was the man who staked Haskoll in business again. A Fool nnd III * Money. "When I was dealing heavy games myself I used often to have a sudden feeling that It was tlmo for some strong bucker on the other sldo of the table to cash In and quit , but of course it was no Dart of my business to make any such suggestions. I was dealing a game once in Washington , in the winter of ' 66 , when the outcast son of a rich tobacco man of Richmond came along and whacked my 'box ' for $12.000 in a single night's play at $200 limit , I know the young fellow pretty well , and I know that slnco his father had run him out of Richmond ho had had more than his share of hard luck. In fact , he had often been hungry , and I had often given 'him a $5 or $10 bill , ibolng pretty flush my self just then. Ho had started in on my box with a shoestring where ho got it I don't know and , as I say , he got me to the tune of $12,000 Ibcforo I turned the box on him Xor the night. The man In whoso interest I was dealing was very wealthy nnd a generous man. Ho know the younjc bhnp's father. Ho came to mo after the young man had left with Ills winnings and said : " 'You'd bettor hunt up that iboy and tell him that ho'd better not play any more. He's I had his run of luck , and he's got enough to glvo himself a start. I don't want the money back. If ho handles it right It'll do him moro good than it would me. Just try to pound a Iblt of sense into the lad's head. ' "That was a pretty square talk to come from the throat of a man whoso bank had been raided. I hunted the young fellow up that morning and told him about it. Ho was full of hlfalutln talk about wanting to glvo the proprietor 'of tha bank a chance and all that eort of thing. " 'Ho can take care of himself , ' said I to the boy. 'He knows your father , and I dare say he's clipped your father's bank roll for a good deal moro than $12,000 on occasions when your dad has visited Washlneton and gone against the bank. Better array yourself in purple and fine linen , keep sober and go back to the governor la Richmond with a high head and a proper countenance. That'll be better than .walking into Richmond in need of a Russian bath. ' "Tho fever was on the boy , though , nnd ho couldn't keep his promise to mo to stop. He came in that night and in halt an hour's play he ran his $12,000 up Into $15,000. I kicked him under the table then , aa a sort of final warning. He paid no attention to me , though. Then he began to lose , and In three hours ho was flat broke. Ho went out with a wild light in his eye , and the next morning he was found dead in his little boarding house room , with a bullet in his brain. "It may be true , in the ordinary sense , that Providence nates a quitter , but that doesn't apply to gambling. The knowledge of when to get cold feet , and the gentle art of doing the same , are valuable assets for any man who tries to buck another's game. " Stcnnicr Flonia at High Tide. BOSTON , July 12. A dispatch to the Chamber of Commerce from Woodsholl says : The steamer Horntlo Hnll. New York for Portland , is ashore in Vineyard sound. A later dispatch states the steamer floated on the rising tide and resumed lie passage cast- ward apparently uninjured. BEATING AROUND THE BUS H. The Boy We mus'n't take any of 'em , cause dat's stcalin1 an' Bteajjn' ' is a tin , * Thc GirlrrWelL yoLtakeSQine an' I'H.prav fob vo. SIUVXT .MI8X 01' COMUinSS. Three ot tlip ISovor Mmle nOne Ono of the ablest men who have been In congress during this generation , says n Washington letter , Is John K. Cowcn of Maryland. Ho Is the president of the Bnltl- inoro & Ohio railroad nnd ono ot the ablest men In all -America. Ho was n member of the Kitty-fourth congress nnd ho never made a speech , long or short , during his term. Jlo never said "Mr. Speaker ; " never said "Mr. Chairman. " And yet there was not a member of the house who could make n hotter speech than ho. Ho looks the superior man nnd his career shows thnt U. Is not In the walks of statesmanship , but In the walks of business , thnt wo flnd our'grcnt men. I never heard Mr. Cowcn speak , but I once read n speech ho made In Baltimore nnd It was one of the finest I ever read. I pat In the gallery day after day during the Ufa ot the Fifty-fourth congress hoping that ho would Address the house , but was always disappointed. H ho had loved to speak as do lion. Sulzcr , Hon. ( lalnes nnd Hon. Leutz ho Congressional Hecord of the Kitty-fourth congress would afford some good rending. lAnothcr ellcnt congressman Is John K. Ketchaui of New York. There Is but ono member of the house who was hero before ilm nnd that Is Father Grow , who was hero nearly fltty years ago. Mr. Kctcham first come to congress In 1S65 nnd has been n member of the house most of the tlmo since. Ho is almost totally dent nud how ho man ages to vote on n roll call Is a mystery , but ho nlways votes when present. Ho has served In thirteen congresses nnd so far ns I know has never made a speech. Ho Is said to bo n very superior business man nnd It Is altogether probable that ho Is hero to protect some Now York Interests. Ho Is Irom Dutchess county and I guess Uutchess ioa an Iron or so In the flrc- . Yet another silent member Is James Jerome Bclden of Syracuse "Uncle Jimmy , " ns they call him nt home. H would not bo extravagant to say that "Undo Jimmy" made James A. Clarfleld president of the United States. It was not "Old Salt" ns they called Alvord It was not Uobcrtson ; It was not Lo Sessions , who collared Hoscoo Colliding in the convention of 1880 nnd tore from him these nineteen votes , thereby de feating Grant. It wns Belden. 'Ho ' looks nil the strong character ho Is. Ho looks llko I Imagine a country gentleman in ono of Colly Gibber's plays looked. Ho looks ust llko Squlro "Western would have looked when sober , if ho over was sober. Ho Is reputed to bo enormously wealthy and comes to congress just because It Is his whim to take a whirl in politics , now nud then. They tell a good story on the old fellow. Ho had n candidate for mayor of Syracuse , and ho got licked thoroughly nnd completely nt the spring elections. "Undo Jimmy , " the day after the defeat , appeared In his scat In the house. His cotlcagues sur rounded him , nnd they vindicated that French gentleman who eald wo can get some satisfaction out of the misfortune of our best friends. There were Jim Sher man and Jim Wadsworth and Lorn Qulgg nnd Amos Cummlngs nnd Charlie Chlckor- Ing and others around the old man. "How did It happen , Uncle Jimmy ? " they all ex claimed. "D d If I know , " ho answered. "I gave them nil the money they asked for. " THIS I.IAII ABROAD. Au Amcrlcnii'a Ilolnml for the l < * or- elKiicr'ft OllvOr. "One encounters some astonishingly able- bodied liars in traveling , " said n New Or leans lawyer who was abroad last season. "Whl7o I was at 'Marseilles ' , during my first visit to Franco I was seated one evening In the Cafe RIche , in the heart of the city , when my attention was attracted by the loud talk of black-hoarded man nt the adjoin ing table. He appeared to be a Hungarian , and was telling some French officers of an ndvcnturo nt Now Orleans. Ot course , I pricked up my cars and heard his whole story , which was substantially this : Ho was taking dinner at the principal hotel , ho said , when a negro waiter spilled a plate of soup on a lady's dress. Instantly the guests de cided that the culprit should bo lynched , but the landlord begged the 'director' of the party think of a director of n lynching bee ! to defer the ceremony until after the meal , as ho was very short of help. This was courteously agreed to , and the prospec tive victim assisted in serving the repast , praying eloquently between courses. After coffee he was taken out and strung up to a stately trco on the boulevard In front of the hotel , the lady whose gown had suffered giv ing the word from the gallery. "This astonishing balderdash was told seriously , and was Interrupted by frequent exclamations of horror. 'What brutes ! ' WhM plg-dcpfi" 'What monster * ! ' I could hnr.lly believe my cars. " Tnrden mo. monsieur , ' I sold , In Krrndi , 'but In what yonr did the Incident \UilcS you Imvc narrated occur ! ' " 'Ust year , ' ho replied calmly , 'when 1 wns on n visit to the stnte * . ' "I wnntpit ti > toll him ho wns nil kinds o ( n llnr , but I didn't. To begin with 1 wouMn'l have boon believed , nnd , moreover , I would probably have got Into n serious row. So I Mlil nothing nnd ? m\cil wood. Next day 1 wns Introduced to ono of the same Fruich olllrcr ? , and as n visitor from Now Orleans " 'Ah ! ' ho cxclnlmml , 'and did you wltnesi the hanging of tli.it negro who spilled souj on n lady's dress last yonr ? ' " 'No , sir , ' 1 replied , ' 1 was Imsy killing the French chef nt the tlmo for puttlui tnustnrd In the blnuc mnngo. ' "His oyca stuck out of his head. " 'What nu extraordinary countryl' In gasped. " A.VV.Vl , IIATTUi OX A IllVKlt. IltMV KiMlrrnl unit ConfoilirndVIortA Mot lU-furo Mciuitliln In ISttU. Just thirty-seven ycnm ngo , rclnlos tin Memphis Scimitar , this city heard the boom ot cannon nnd the shriek of chrlt nnd mnnj tMemphlnns enw thnt which uns never soon before or since , a naval battle right nl tlm foot of our blulT. It wns on Juno C , In the ypnr 1SG2 , thnt a confcdcrnto fleet of seven shell-like steam boats umlor Commodore Montgomery en gaged In buttle the federal lluet of sixteen mortar boatf. four rams and four armor- dads under Commodore Davis. The light AVBS n vicious ono and the confederate Hoot was almost entirely demolished. The federal llect was composed of tha nrmurclada Dcnton , Louisville , Cnrondelol and Cairo , the rams Queen ot tie ! West , Monarch , Lancaster nnd Switzerland , ten mortar boats nml n number of tugs nml transports. Commodore Davis \\ns In com mand nnd Commodore Ellett hnd churgo ot the rnmo. The confedcrnto llect wns composed of tha Etonmors General Ucauregnrd , General Ster ling Trice , Genornl Bragg , Genural Thomp son , General Lovcll , Sumtcr and I.tttle Hone ! . Bales of cotton piled on the ducks of the steamers furnished protection to the gunners. The entire llect could muster only fourteen guns , whllo the federals hnd eighty-four. On the evening ot Juno H the federal licet was sighted nbovo Memphis. It tied up nt lloppflcld for the nl&M. On the morning of thu Cth Commodore Montgomery signalled to the shells under his command to move up the river nnd ongngo the enemy , nnd with stout hearts the crows nnd oIllcerH stood ready for the frny , while the populace watched from the bluffs. The federals , noting the approach of tha enemy , steamed down the river to meet them , nnd soon the buttle wns on , beginning at the bond just nbovo the city. Owing to the nnrrowness of the river nt the point where the battle took plnco most of ttio lighting was done by ramming. The diet boat to bo sunk was the confedornto steamer Genornl Lovcll , which was lending the battle line. The fculernl ram Queen of the West bore down on her with grcnt force , crushing through nnd sinking her. The confederate stcnmcr Bonuregnrd rammed nt the Queen of the West , but missed her nnd crashed Into the confedcrnto Genornl Prlco and sunk her. The battle lasted until the confederates' bonta had nil been sunk or dis abled. The facts of the matter nro simply these : After the iuiv.il battle n skiff In .charge of Lieutenant Kllctl came to the city under u flag ot truco. Ellctt had a union flag tightly wrapped nround a stntt nnd , consulting with the mayor , ho wont to the postofllco nccom- panlod by some policemen nnd hoisted the flag. When ho came out on the roof Of the building to hoist the ling a nortdorn-born man , but a southern sympathizer , George H , Crook by namo.'fired ftpistol shot nt him. After the flag wns run up a number of Mcmphlans started up to the roof to tear It down , but the policemen who accompanied Kllett stood on the trup door which opened on the roof , and those who would hnvo torn down the flag were thwarted. This Is the story of the greatest naval battle over fought on western waters. Nowadays things would bo different should u buttlo occur on the river. For Violating Civil Hcrvliie J.UWH. CONCORD , N. H. , July 12. The hearing in connection with charges of violating civil service laws against Senntor Jncob H. Gnl- llngcr , preferred by Former Governor Charles A. Buslel , was continued today. Only two witnesses responded to the Invita tion of the commissioner to be present at today's session. They were Postmasters Henry Ilobliison of Concord nnd H. A. Spauldlng of Nnshun. Their testimony wns to the effect that campaign circulars nsklng for nssessments for campaign purposes had been sent out as alleged in the charges. for Infants and Children. 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