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The Two Captains
By W. CLARK RUSSELL.
Cooyritht. 1SM7. tT P. F. Collier.
Copyright, 1897. bj Dodd, Mead & Co.
Pope and Crystal.
It was ono Tuesday In tho city of
London, In tho early part of tho last
century, arid tho largo dining-room of
tho Mitre tavorn was full of hungry
men Bitting in boxes and giving hoarso
notes to their wants. Tho beet-pot
foamed at their elbows as they ato
with a will. They boro tho true aspect
of tho children of tho deep; you would
bavo known them when they hove In
sight a mile off by their clothes and
Jenkinson went about nodding to
this man and to that, calling deep
pitched answers In response to friend
ly greetings. Ho stopped at a box at
whose table sat ono figure only. This
was a cantain In tho morchant sorvlco
named Pope, r, fine, tall man of very
noble build. Ho had a merry eyo with
Domething careless and cruel in its
glance and light; an Irish eye bluo and
arch. But to-day the face that over
hung his plato, chewing steadily, with
Jenkinson storing at him, was a long
"Well, Captain," said Jenkinson,
"have you got a ship yet?"
"Don't talk of it," criod Captain
Pope with passion. "Tho pavements
- aro full of helpless idlers. They wandor
starving and forlorn."
Jenkinson smiled sarcastically.
"Don't tell me," ho said. "Thero aro
always plenty of shlp3, and wher6
there are ships thcro is demand ana
room for good men."
Tho other shrugged his shoulders
and bit his food with anger.
Just then a middle-sized man came
to tho entrance of tho box, and Jenkin
son stood up.
"How d'yo do, Captain Crystal?
What are your commands?" Crystal
named his joint, and seated himself
opposite Captain Pope, and Jenkinson
ThlB Crystal was a very rugged-
coast, and ho and his father-in-law
and Mrs. Jackman went ashore. When
Jackman returned to his ship, tho men
soized him, swearing they wero not
going to bo hangod for plrateB, ana
they locked this Jackman up In his
cabin, and carried tho brig to tho
Thames and hnnded her over. Jack-
man sprang through tho cabin window
and was drowned. Ko did well. Ho
was a ruined man and a folon."
"Tho biggest fool," said Captain
Crystal, "that ever took charge of
men. Only think of shipping a crew
on representations of honesty, to tell
them, beforo they wero out of sight
of Execution Dock, that tho brig's
colors wero the black flag.
"I have a mind to view this brig,"
said Popo. "Wo require a permit from
tho owner, and that Is ono reason why
I am calling on him. Come with mo
and view tho brig, Crystal.
"Right," said tho square-shaped sea
man; "and if you have the cash for
tho Durchase of her stowed away In
Bomo old stocking in an inahoro chim
ney, I'm your man as first mate."
They entered tho shop of a nautical
instrument maker. Mr. Staunton, tho
owner of tho brig, dwelt over this
"This Is your notice, I suppose?"
said Captain Pope, pulling out tho
paper, and putting his hand upon the
advertisement. "What'B your price?"
"Not a penny less than six hundred
pounds," replied tho money-lender.
"Have you seen her?"
"No," answered Pope, with a
gloomy grin, "we're here to ask for
leave to look at her."
Mr. Staunton quickly and eagerly
bogan to write, talking meanwhile.
His writing was soon ended. "Show
this, gontlemen," snid he, "to my ship
keeper, and I hope you'll loso no time
in taking the vesBel off my nan 2s."
"Wo'll view her," said Pope, pock
eting the permit.
The two sailors went toward London
Crystal, Bcowllng up and down tho
street "Why didn't you keep near
tho docks. Five shillings hires mo n
room and n clean turn-up bedstead
Just out of tho Commercial Road."
Captain Popo pulled tho boll ot tho
house. The door was oponod after a
considerable passage of waiting dur
ing which Popo continued to curso tho
sea as tho most poverty-atrlckon ot
callings by a dirty llttlo servant who
seemed a compound of flue and black
lead. Tho Captain pushed In.
They refreshed themselves In a
dingy llttlo bedroom, adjoining tho par
lor. Thoro was a handsomo sea-chest
hero, and a sparkling long telescope.
"That's what it's como to," said
Popo, pointing to theso things. "I,
Captain Pope, and as good and careful
a mariner as any as Balls out of tho
norts of this kingdom, ennnot got a
"There aro scores of us," said Crys
tal, drying his fncc. "My money Blnks
and tho ships depart, and I return
to my dirty llttlo lodging sick with
cursing tho times I havo fallen on."
"And disappointment and poverty
don't raise hell and tho plrato In your
heart, hey?" cried Pope, Btarlng with a
wild stormy look Into the othor'a dark
"How do you know that it don't?"
answored Crystal, picking up a hair
"I'd rob a church. I havo no hon
esty left. I mean to sot up as a vil
lain, and you shall help mo mako a
fortune for us both. Crystal."
"You're not thinking of tho high
way aro ye. Pope?"
"Ay, the highway that reflects the
canvas of rich keels. But step Into
the noxt room." Ho pulled out a gold
watch. "I'll tell you what's In ray
mind, and wo can debate It over a
pipe after we've supped."
Things Quaint and (furious
Gathered Here and There
BUILT BY FIR3T 8ETTLER3.
lcturesque Ruins of Earliest English
Church In America.
Tho last remaining rollc of tho first
English settlement on tho shores of
tho new world Is tho tower of tho old
church at Jamestown, Va. It stands
to-day a plcturcsquo ruin In tho midst
of the green foliage of tho desortod
Island. The bricks of which tho old
"hurch was built, wore brought, a few
THE ABBEY OF MUCKR088.
"I heard It. Piracy!"
The Camperdown Public House.
"Well, now, what's your scheme?"
Bald Crystal, when they had entered.
"I'll bo beforehand with thee thus far;
It's piracy or you shall choko mo."
Captain Pope's eyes gleamed. "Pir
acy It is; tho most gallant of trades.
If I had my way I would not chooso
a brig. Sho should bo the swiftest
schooner that over sailed out of an
American port, coppered to tho bends,
with buttons of trucks melting to tho
Ho laughed, rubbing his hands in a
Crystal said, "High enough. But you
are a broken man. How, unless you
run away with hor, aro you to come at
a brig or a schooner.. swift or slow?"
"If you want to go upstairs," ex
claimed Pope, "you take one stop
at a time. Somo tako two, and thoso
aro the fools. How much money havo
you got, Crystal?"
"Sy help mo as I Bit," cried tho
square, rugged seaman, halt starting
out of his chair, with his eyes all in a
heat at once, "I cannot muster four
guineas In this accursed world of toll
Ho tore a few coins out of his pocket
and dashed them in a small handful
upon the table. Pope, folding his arms,
leaned back on the sofa and eyed tho
money with mingled sorrow and dis
dain; then after a pause he exclaimed:
"Put that coin up, Crystal, and cease
to fret. I can muster eighty pounds
and a gold watch, and trifles" hero
ho heaved a deep sigh "which might
bo worth thirty pounds more to mc.
With this capital I mean to go to
(To be continued.)
Old Jamestown Church Ruins.
thousands at a time, from England, as
wore thoso of nearly all tho old col
onial bui'dlngs. Iu tho llttlo sanc
tuary, oven beforo It was completed,
tho first colonists wero wont to attend
morning and evening services. Tho
old tower Ib chlofly Interesting as tho
sceno of tho christening of Pocahon
tas, and wlt'iln its wallB sho was said
to havo weddod John Rolfe. It 1h pro
posed to duplicate tho ruin at tho
Jamestown oxpoBltlon, and tho orig
inal, only a few mllos up tho Janios
river, will, In all probability, prove
ono of tho principal objects of In
terest at tho exposition.
One of the Most Famous and
turesquo of Ireland's Ruins.
Sconlc Ireland, with its many beau
tiful panoramas, offers no spot more
particularly satisfying to mnn'B sense
of tho nrtlstlc In naturo than tho
Killarnoy district, with Its far-famed
lakes. Not least among tho many do-'
lights of this proline region stands
tho plcturcsquo ruin ot tho famous
Muckroas ahboy, which was founded
In 1440 nnd rebuilt in 1602. It la
charmingly located on a peninsula sep
arating tho lowor nnd mlddlo lakes of
Killarnoy. Tho ruin, which consists
of parts of tho convent and church, la
not remarkablo clthor for oxtent or
for beauty of workmanship. Its pre
servation, seclusion, beauty of situa
tion, nnd accompanying vonornblo
trees, however, conjoin to mako It ono
of the most Interesting ruins of Iro-
Innd's former abbeys. Tho cloister,
which consists of twonty-two arches,
ton of them scml-clrcular and twelvo
pointed, Is tho best prosorved portion
ot tho abboy. A singular feature, as
shown In tho Illustration, Is a mngnlfl
cent yow trco growing in tho contro
of the enclosure. With a circumfer
ence of 13 feet and a proportionate
hlght, tho wide-spread hranchos ot this
noblo tree cover, as a roof, tho wholo
area. It is moro than probablo that
through the main atrcot with It they
met a policeman whom they stopped
and baked tho direction to a suburb
of that place. The ownor ts still look
ing for his boat.
IS THE OLDEST GLA8SBLOWER.
REVEALED BY A DREAM.
Lona Buried Church Discovered
A romarkablo little medloval church
was discovered through a dream. A
young woman living in a village near
Plrot, In Sorvla, drcamod ono night
ot a burlod church. Sho spoko ot it
to the prefect and tho local clergy,
but they only laughed at hor.
She persisted In hor statements,
however, and ultimately Induced tho
people to dig at a spot she had Indi
cated. Here, to tho intense surpriao
of every ono but tho dreamer, tho
William Hall, of Greensboro
Claims This Distinction.
William Hall, ot Greensboro, Greona
county, Pa., was born In Greensboro,
Fob. 15, 1817. Ho
learned tho trado
of glassblowlng In
Washington, D. C.
in 1832. Ho worked
as tendor for two
years and blowod
glass ono year in
1837 ho blowod tho
glass for tho dome
of tho capltol.
which was ground!
on a grindatono by
factory at the time,
died in Greens
boro, 1845. Major
ter gonoral of
tho United Statos
ownor of tho factory and carried on
Its work until thero was threatened
war bctwoon tho United States and
Franco, when Major CroBB was or
dered to duty and tho buainoas of tho
factory was brought to a close.
Two glass milk palls are now in tho
Smithsonian Institute at Washington,
that were tho work of Mr. Hall, who
Is still living in Greensboro and in
IILH m j
army, wns the
CAUGHT KING OF ALL TROUT.
looking man of about forty-five years
of age. He showed a cutlass scar over
his nose, and It fixed tho expression ot
a surly frown upon his face. He was
very broad, as powerfully built as
Pope, dressed In sailor's worn clothes;
but as In Popo, so in this man, thero
was wickedness in his looks.
,Captaln Popo closed his knife and
fork and watched tho other for some
minutes in silence. Then ho got up and
looked over into tho box on either
hand, then sat a llttlo closer opposlto
CryBtal, and said, "This is the adver
tisement I was telling you about." Ho
read in a low voice as follows:
"Brig Gypsy This beautiful and
admirable clipper ship having been
condemned by the Admiralty, has been
purchased by a prlvato gentleman, who
has laid out a considerable sum of
monoy In completing her equipment.
Sho is now for sale, and may bo had
at a very great bargain. Parties dis
posed to purchase her will apply to
Mr. Staunton In tho MInories."
"It's the strangest matter that ever
I heard of," said Captain Pope, speak
ing with a cautious face. "A man haa
a father who left him a brig and a
trifle in cash. Jackman was his name.
Ho got command, but it was plain tho
sea didn't satisfy him. Ho camo
ashoro with a bag of fifteen hundred
pounds, and pretended to havo been
knocked down and robbed. Thero Is
no doubt he stole tho money. Tho
owners did not seem able to prove
anything, and tho next traverse this
man Jackman set out to worK was
the painting and equipping of his brig,
and the preparing her for sea as a
what d'yer say?"
"I heard it. Piracy!" said Captain
"He got men under the pretense that
he was bound out on some liberal
undertaking It was a story ot treas
ure, I fancy and wont away down
Channel. His game was suspected and
he was followed out ot ono of the
Teaches by a government cutter. They
exchanged Bhots, and the pirate
brought the cutter's mast down. Jack
man iu the Channel brlngB his men
aft and telln them the truth. He Is
going for a pirate, he says. The men
heard him. In time they camo abreast
of some caves which Jackman had
purchased down on the extreme west
Bridge. A hoy was proceeding from
London Bridge down the river, and tho
two captains boarded her for Deptford.
There they landed, and took- oars, as
the expression then was, for a brig
with tho topgallant mast housed, lying
in the stream within a convenient pull.
"She appears In very good condition,"
said Pope, directing searching looks
about him, and letting his eyes rest
aloft. I'll give her royal stun'salls and
by the saints, there shall bo nothing
afloat she shan't be ablo to overhaul."
"Oh, ho!" muttered Crystal. "So
that's tho lay."
He looked at Pope and burst into a
"'TIs a pity, though," says ho, "that
there should bo a difficulty of six hun
dred pounds in tho way."
"How am I to get this Bhlp?" said
Captain Pope, standing on stretched
legs. Ho spoko in soliloquy. His com
panion seemed not to heed, merely
eyed him askant, and then after
whistling softly for a bit while he
reflected, ho said: "I never heard of
a ship stolen out of tho river Thames
In my life."
"Thero was the Dorothy," said Popo
swiftly; "and there was tho Arethusa,
a small West Indlaman; In each case
a company of men entered, gagged and
pinioned tho ship-keeper, softly let go
the fasts and slipped away on tho
stream without a hall from shoro or
water. Both those vessels were lost to
their owners; what became of them
I don't know."
"It was a midnight Job," said Crys
tal, and then both men went on deck
and entered the forecastle, examined
the caboose, lifted tho main hatch and
lcoked at tho guns in the hold; next,
hailing their boat, the two captains
Pope had asked Crystal to Bup with
htm, and the rugged seaman had con
sented. It was a dismal, street. The
Captain seemed struck. He paused
grasping Crystal's arm.
"What sort ot life can that bo?"
said ho, "that lands a man In this sort
of thing? Yet, so help me God," ho
cried with Irish emphasis, "after using
tho sea since I was a lad of fifteen, I
can do no better than this first floor
at seven shillings a week."
"It's a dirty part of London," said
THE FEAR OF LAUGHTER.
In Our Day the Joke Is Fast Becoming
Mightier Than the Pen.
Men who fear nothing else shrink
from a Joko upon themselves. Sol
diers who do not flinch beforo oppos
ing guns dread to be made ridiculous.
Woe to the national hero
who makes one trifling mistake which
may subject him to clever caricature!
His meritorious career Is henceforth
shadowed by one colored illustration.
A comic paper will tip the scales ot
Justice, snatch the victor's prize from
his extended palm and rob the orator
of his choicest laurels. A brilliant
satire will mar tho fortunes of tho
greatest statesman; a la;h will turn
the tide of a political convention. In
tfeed, the Jeke is fast becoming might
lor than the pen. The orator has learn
ed Its value, and oven the clergyman
resorts to it whon ho desires to stir
tho flagging interest In his flock. It
furnishes sufnehont excuse for tho im
pertinence of children, and In its name
tho daily papers deride the highest
national dignitaries. What is tna
meaning of its steady growth In powei
and what results may we predict from
its humorous tyranny? Is thero a
chance that our keen relish for fuD
may finally produce a kind of humor
ous dyspepsia resulting' from over
indulgence, unless with epicurean dis
crimination wo demand quality, not
quantity, and stubbornly refuse tc
swallow other than that which should
appeaso a wholesome, nay, cultivated
appetite In Jokes? Atlantic
yMt llfeF" -, 1ri3&54tL
Church Found by a Dream,
ruins of a medloval church were
Theso wero rebuilt as a tiny chapel,
and since then hundreds of people
havo made pilgrimages to tho place.
Tho chapel is crowded with tablots,
sacred icons, and othor tributes of
The woman whoso dream led to Its
discovery 1b the presiding genius of
the place, and receives bo many gifts
from the worshipers that she Ib al
ready qulto rich. Tho Illustration
shows the dream church and Its dis
coverer, with her 'children. Wldo
tho tree Is cooval with tho abboy, and
that It was planted by tho hands of
tho monks who flrBt inhabitod tho
building. Porhaps Its preservation is
duo to tho belief among tho common
people that any person daring to pluck
a branch, or In any way injuring this
tree, will not live a year afterward.
Monster Fish the Prize of Western
Tho largest thing as far as pounds
go, in tho accompanying photo, is W.
S. Phillips, bettor known as "El Co
mtncho," western editor and manager
of Flold and Stroam. Tho most in
teresting thing in tho photo, however,
Is the 15-pound rainbow trout that Mr.
Phillips pullod out of tho SkykomlRh
River, near Index. Dr. Young and
Jotin Schram, ot Seattle, stood on the
banks and went crazy during the
twenty-flvo minutes it took Phillips tc
land his maJcBty. Tho catch was made
with Bulmon eggs and tho smalloBt
kind of a trout hook. Tho chancoa
A Greek Theater In America.
The new open nlr theater of tho Uni
versity of California, in which Presi
dent Roosevelt spoko on May 12 to a
largo audlenco ot scholars, students
and distinguished citizens of Califor
nia, is tho only structure of tho kind
In America. It Is an Interesting fact
that tho theater Is almost exactly sim
ilar in its proportions to tho famous
Theater of DIonyslus. As was the cus
tom among tho old Greeks, tho build
ing stands In a grovo of flno trees. Its
extromo dimensions are, oxcIubIvo of
tho eolonnado, 255 feet In breadth by
194 feet in depth, tno stago being 35x
154 feet in size. Tho material Is con
crete, and 8,000 persons can bo seated
comfortably on tho benches. Tho roof
will bo of tiles, nnd tho stago will bo
colored, In accordance with tho classic
tradition. Harper's Weoklv.
II rflKnAfiMrWfNH ll
Success of Clever Thieves.
Two mon atolo a boat at BIddoford,
Mo., the other night, and on their way
W. S. Phillips and Big Trout
aro tho trout Is the largest rainbow
over pullod out of tbo waters of west
ern Washington. It was a beauty.
Tho fight was mado In a boiling rap
ids, henco any fisherman can readily
ascertain Just what a struggle it all
OTTAWA'S REMARKABLE FUNERAL.
A Very Queer Fish.
In the Pacific ocean among tho isles
of Santa Barbara, and tho lakes ot
California, a queer fish lives a lazy life,
floating on tho surfaco most ot tho
time and basking in tho sunshine with
part of Its body above tho water. It
is called by tho natives tho "mola-
Reed as a Joker.
When William A. Poffer was senator
from Kansas ho met "Czar" Reed one
day and in the course of conversation
complained of having a headache. "I
don't understand It," said the senator.
"I guess I will have to see a doctor."
"A doctor for trouble with your head?"
returned Mr. Reed. "No, nol You'd
better see a wheelwright." Boston
In the Circus.
Jumbo "What an absurd retort
Mlts Hippo gave Mr. Monkey."
Camel "What was it?"
Jumbo "After he had talked awhile
sho said he bad too much raouih."
mola"; and tho "mole" or "moon" flsh
by thp whites. It can boast no tall in
the ordinary flsh way, only a sort ot
rudder-like fringe. This strange aqu
atic thing measures sometimes ten
feot. between the fins, and Is as round
as a bladder. It serves as a floating
Island for numerous sea-birds, such as
gulls and cormorants, to rest upon and
preen their plumage. Its flesh Is far
too tough to be good to eat.
Funeral of the Late 8. J. Major.
What wo need most in this country
Is Icsb law an' more true livln'.
Tho abovo is a sketch of tho chariot
on which tho remains ot the late S.
J. Major, of Hull, were conveyed to
their resting place at Ottawa, Canada,
oi June 9. The chariot was designed
by the deceased, and the funeral was
carried out according to tho wishes
expressed in his will, with the excep
tion that the authorities Insisted on
tho remains being coffined. After the
funeral the chariot was burned, as the
deceased had directed.
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