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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY, DISCKMBER 19, 1891
HOW HE GOT HIS WEALTH
A WE1BD NKW YKAIl'S TALK ttV nX-DIPLO-MATIST.
Copyright, 1801, by American Press AjssooI
tlon.l mOU want to know
fwthe origin of my
wealth, do your
Well, that certain
ly Is n rather In
and liy right de
serves no response.
But, however, as
tonight Is New
Year's eve, and I
have enjoyed my
dinner I don't
mind telling you
It while we nro smoking our cigars besldu
the Arc. It's a queer yarn one which jou
are at liberty to believe or not, as you
think fit. T ho origin of my fortune dates
back to an eventful New Year's eve, Just
eighteen years ago today, and 1 am in
debted for its possession to a conversation
which I overheard on the Christmas eve
a week earlier.
I was a farmhand In those days. You
stare 11 know, I don't look much II kn It
now more like an old general, elif True,
I have been a soldier; in fact, 1 had just
completed my time. In the army at tho
period which I am speaking of, and I re
member what dilllculty I experienced In
reaccustnmlug myself to the humdrum
and monotonous life of a farm lalxirer
after the guy, rollicking times I had In the
garrlbon towns of France. Many a night
did I lie awako on my bed of straw, lu the
long low barn where I slept along with the
oxen during the bleak Uriton winters,
thinking of my past years at soldiering
and regretting I hem.
It was Christmas eve, anu m iu return
from midnight mass I had tarown myself
wearily onto my hard couch, tired and sick
at heart and cursing my miserable fate
Fatigue, however, soon overpowered me,
and 1 speedily lost consciousness of ray
I suppose that I must have been asleep
about an hour, when I was suddenly
aroused by the sound of voices close beside
me. The tones were strange, mulllcd and
uunatural, and lilted mu with a nameless
terror which I had never felt before, for I
am no coward During a few minutes 1
lay there with closed eyes listening in
tently, trying to concentrate all my men
tal and physical powers in endeavoring to
find out who had spoken.
Curiosity at last impelled me to raise my
head cautiously and to look around me.
The barn was but dimly lighted by a great
lantern, but my perceptions were rendered
so acute by fear that I could see almost as
well as in broad daylight. Again and
again I glanced at every nook and corner,
but I could discover no one in the stable
excepting the cattle, standing kueudeep In
the thick Utter, and yet a voice was pro
ceeding from thu stall beside which I had
made my bed. The occupant of this stall
THE OX BPKAKS.
was a very aged ox who was kept on the
farm more for the sake of his past services
at the plow than for any actual preteut
use. I peeped through a chink in thu low
wooden partition separating u.
Now, my friend, bellevu me If you can
It was the old ox who was talking!
For a short spell I was thunderstruck
with astonishment, Then, like a Hash,
thu memory of the old legend, utcotdlug to
which animals aru endowed with the power
of speech on Christmas evu between tlm
hours of midnight and daybreak, cam)
back to my mind, and, although a cold
shudder ran through me, I resolved to
bear what they had to say.
When ho had finished his story, its
thread was taken up by an equally anti
quated donkey at the farther" end of the
"Ah I" exclaimed he In conclusion; "how
blind men are not to understand the
sounds of nature. If they were told that
we were enabled on Christmas eve to ieak
as they do, they would only shrug their
shoulders and laugh In scorn at the idea."
"Men only care for us," retorted the ox,
"because we assist them to gain money
Money is all they arc after. Yes, yes, only
money: and nhal If they only knewl 1
could tell where gold and riches are to Im
found in such abundance that"
"What on earth aro you talking about,
old friend " interrupted thu donkey. "You
must be getting on toward your dotage to
tell such extravagant titles. The clover
has gone to your head."
8WATED TO AND FItO.
"Laugh away," replied tho ox, evidently
nettled by the donkey'- remarks. "Hut
for al' that I can -issuro you Unit on the
evu ol t, Sylvesi. New Year's eve), once
In every liundrv-. ars, at midnight, the
old Druldica. loues of Plouhluec, a mile
from here, Ieat; tho spot where they have
stood so many lung centuries and go down
to the sea to drink. Beneath the place
they Icavu vacant during that time aru
great holes II lied to the brim with treasure
anil I have been told long ago that the
glitter of the stones which men call dia
monds, the soft gleam of pearls, the llery
light of rubies heaped up therein, make 6
halo around the spot equal to that of the
brightest moonshine "
"Wbewl" exclaimed the donkey, "that
must be a grand sight. Hut how is this
treasure to bo readied?"
"Tho treasuru is known to none; th
secret thereof Ins never been betrayed,
and even If man knew about it It could
not be touched, for tho stones would rush
back I'lid crush the thieves liku Insects
under their ponderous mass, unless the
blood of a Christian were sacrificed to the
spirit which animates these monumeuts of
past and pagan ages."
As thu ox pronounced these last words a
distant bell boomed forth the hour of day
break. This was thu end of thu timo allotted
to the animal's yearly power of speech, and
with a deep drawn sigh they relapsed Into
Moru dead than alive I lay thero almost
stunned by what I had just heard. Could
all this hu truer Could it bo within my
reach to become one of the wealthiest men
on earth? A cold and clammy perspira
tion gathered on my brow, and I shook in
every limb at thu meru thought of it.
(irndually 1 grew moru accustomed to the
idea, ami a linn resolve filled my heart to
make thu attempt, and to enrich myself
by lobbing thu stones of somu of their
treasiite, if human strength and courage
well) of any avail.
The light of dawn was stealing into the
stable when I arose from my bed. All was
Mill and silent around minis 1 inadu my
way towaid the door. Hut as 1 was about
to open it I paused transfixed with astou
i'lnuent, for there, stretched out on a
Im ml lu of straw, I caught sight of a human
form. It was that of an old man, mUur
ably clothed lu rags, and with long, un
kempt locks of grizzly hair falling in dis
order about bis wrinkled and emaciated
face. I druw nearer, and recognized in him
an old beggarof evil tepute, who wandered
bout thu country craving Ills dally bread
from thu peasants and fishermen. On the
impuUoDf thu moment I bent over him,
nnd rudely shaking him by thu shoulder I
"What nre you doing here, Kerrick, and
who allowed you to Intrude. In my master'.
The old man opened his bright, glitter
ing eves, which shone strangely in Ills yel
low, parchineutllku countenance, and shak
ing mu olT impatiently hu said, with an
"Keep quiet, my lad; you nnd I had bet
ter be friends. Tor there Is much at staku
for both of us if wo agree. The inastei al
lowed mu to take shelter lu his stable last
night, and I thank thu spirits that he did
It was evident from his words that thu
old man had, liku myself, heard thu words
spoken by tho animals, and 1 realized at
orce that I must, submit to all he might
ask, even if It weru to share witli him tin1
wealth which I hoped to obtain from the
stones of I'louhiiiec. I had surmised right,
ami, aftera short discussion, wu finally de
cided upon going together on the vigil of
St. Sylvester to thu Hay of I'louhiiiec, and
If wu really found that thu words of thu
ox had been true, to unite our efforts ami
to carry away all we could gather of gold
ami precious gems.
During the week which followed this
eventful night 1 lived as one in a dream, j
and mi tho .list of December I was almost '
sick with anxiety and expectation. At 11
o'clock on thu vigil of St. Sylvester I
started, accompanied by old Kerrick, for
the Hay of I'louhiiiec. The weather was
very cold and the waves weru rolling
heavily with a deep roar upon the Iteach
eighty feet below thu cliffs along which ws
were walking. All around us rose huge
piles of Menhirs and Dolmum, sacred
Druldlcal stones of thu times of tho Gauls,
looking ghostly, weird and terrible In thu
fitful rays of thu moon, which now and
again was hidden lehlnd banks of angry,
snow laden clouds. It was almost 'i '
o'clock when wu reached thu spot where
the gigantic lmwlders known as the ,
"Stones of I'louhiiiec" raised their rugged
beads toward thu sky.
Silently wu couched behind a rock close
to thu edgu of thu ell IT, in near proximity
to a steep Incline leading down to the
beach. Wu remained quito motionless,
gazing anxiously at thu apparently unniov
able masses of gray, storm beaten lasses
The minutes seemed hours to us, but at
last thu dim sound of thu faraway church
bell was wafted toward us as It began to
striku thu fateful midnight hour.
One, two, tlireu a smothered cry es
caped from my lips. For now we could uo
longer doubt. Thu enormous stones weru
lowly oscillating on their buses. They
Till: STONE'S IIKVKNC1E.
swayed to and fro, faster and faster, with a
heavy swinging motion, till at tho last
ntrokoof 12 they toru themselves from the
mot where they had stood, and rolled pell
mell past us down thu incline, on their
way to thu sea
For several minutes we remained spoil
bound. Then we rushed toward the places
left empty by the erratic memorials of pa
ganism. Oh! what a sight met our eyes! In the
cold light of th! moor, now shining
brightly, diamonds sparkled between
heaped up gold bars and nuggets. Itlible,
emeralds and sapphires glitteied and
scintillated, and twinkled like so many
wii Ued eyes alluring and tempting us, in
thu open llauks of thu earth.
"Fill your pockets: hurry, hurry, hurry,"
whlspeted Kerrick, fulling on his knees,
and throwing handful after handful of
gems in a capacious canvas bag which hu
had brought with him. Feverishly, pas
sionately obejed his directions, stulllng
the precious jewels in the bosom of my
nhlil as quickly as my trembling hands
would allow mu to do so.
Suddenly a tearful rumbling noise
reached our ears.
"Thu stones are coining luck," shrieked
Kerrick, and as he spoku thu great gianlto
blocks niiiii! rushing back toward us up
thu incline, knocking against each otherlu
thelt feu fill haste to reach us.
"Wo aro Inst, I calif d despairingly.
t niggling to my tat.
"Yon nre; not I," yelled the old beggar
throwing himself on mo.
At this frightful moment I remembered
the last words of the ox's revelation, name
ly, that the blood of a Christian could
alone pacify the spirits which animate the
stones! Kerrick, to save himself, was
going to kill me. I saw thu Hash of a knife
In his upraised hand.
Gathering my strength together I wired
thu old villain by thu throat and hurled
him ngalnst thu lowering block of granite
w hleli was already almost upon us. There
was a scream of agony, nnd I fell In a
dead faint on thu ground,
When I recovered consciousness I gar.ed
mound mu lu horror. The stones of I'lnti
lilueo were, standing motionless at their
old places as If they bad never stirred, but
theie, closu liesldn me, lay tlm blood stained
body of Kerrick, with his shattered skull
pillowed on thu bagful of stolen treasuiu.
I sat up and tried to collect my scattcicd
thoughts. In spite of all I was lost, for t
should ceitaluly Iki accused of thoman'ii
murder and also of robbery, fur nobody
iwiiilil irtvit mtwtiiiif'ii In mi uf riimrii atnl-l'
Nothing remained for mu but Immediate
As soon as I was able to stand on my
feet, 1 dragged the corpse under a project-
lug rock, covered It Willi furze, and, shout
derhig the precious bag, wended my way
along thu cliffs toward tin; oak forests of
1'eiierck, Thciu I remained concealed for
somu hours, and on thu following night I
walked to thu next seaport, which wasouly
some miles distant,
I worked my passago to this country be
fore tho mast lu a small trading vessel,
and I only breathed freely when I reached
Such Is the origin of my wealth, my
friend. It Is romantic, I confess, and per
chance many would doubt thu truth of my
story, for only those who will ho ullvo a
century from now can prove tho veracity
of my statements by visiting the Hay of
Plouhluec, when thu sacred stones will
once moru go ami drink at thu sun, laying
bare thu sources from whunce I obtained
In thoalmvn I have striven to reproduce
exactly as It woe given to me, only in
moru condensed form, thu curious story
told mu one Nuw Year's uvu by a
rich old Frenchman lu Nuw York regard
ing thu origin of his wealth. That his
riches are considerable Is wull known to
evurylsidy lu New York. Hut It is only
right to add that there aru many strange
rumors as to Its source among his country
men whom he persistently shuns. In
deed there aru not a few who assert that
Its derivation Is not altogether free froai
crime and bloodshed.
The chimney stood up straight In air,
Said he, "Comu now, no Joking;
I nm resolved this year, nt least,
That 1 will give up smoking."
SENSE AND NONSENSE.
lie stood uM)U the tbeatiu steps,
And longed to h in Koine,
Ur any oilier place, because
llu'd left his tickets homu.
Ileudquttrtcis for ladles lints, the great 'J5
cent store, ll'-M O street.
There Is an Irish Negro In this city. Ho
of coursu has a wooly head and a llanuul
Our competitors advertise ladles "cheap
hats ns well us good". We sell good hats
cheap. (Irent 25 cent store 1121 O street.
Insurance Kxamiuer: Art you engaged
in a ny hazardous huslncssf
Applicant; Uni, wull yes. Thu fact is,
I nm a ot.
Ladles line velvet hats milliners prices
S.(H). Wu make to older thu same for $:i.'A1
it tho great SB cent store.
Kvangcllst; Young man, did you know
you were on the road to Hell
Young Man: No, not till I met you. Just
Misses cnjiH, usual price $1.00. Tlio great
2 cent stole sells tiiem for 40 cents.
Awkward lliirbcr Does this razor hurt
you, sii I
Patient Customer Only when it guts
under the skin. (Jood News,
One trial will convince you that wu aru
lenders in ladies line hats at pileus that as
tonish all. (ireat -'" cent storu, 1121 Ostrcct.
She Her father Is an undertaker in
Chicago, Isn't lief
He Yes. Shu told mu sliu was the
daughter of a planter. Life.
Ladles felt hats lift cents at thu great !i
An Artitle showluir.
No windows along O stns't have the at
1 1 net ion for p-ivi by'nsdo tlio-u of the
Globe i lothlng house. The new show was
made the foreuut of the week and on Thurs
day tint curtains wciii raiwd. ois-iung to pub
lie vluw two of the most artistically decorat
ed show windows ever seen III tho city. Car
ilciilnrly Is h wist window attiaetivu
mid shows clever tuMu of the designer
Ynhl liosii-'iin, theittr.ihluiiud etll -lent head
salesman is the aitlst an I Is making his inaik
asa window diesserof no uiuiii merit Hu is
to be congratulated on Iih I'isl elfort.
I'm- lliu (ileal (In litmus Dinner.
June, the iiiepit-sublii dealt r ill dellica
I.'Smii, i-oiner Thliteeutb an I O, has ls-eu
making el.d.or.it.. preparation lur the
holiday liaoe nod In i -putiitlon as bead
piaiteiH fur all tUi e -est lahl Mall s
Will not sullitl le t.eek ICwu J tiling
lootli-ome and d he. -an in tlm way ot
I'oillli'j, (rers, ilanie, ee., will lie on
aim ill iililUMlilliee. Hut ns lh' 1 uli will
oguat -s tho jovial CliiUtiuns tide comes
oil, it would be wiill In- nil to leav.i ordeis
ns soon n cm niieiii so that evi r want
mat' Ui fill 1 v satnliiil
" Here's to a cheap
GREAT REMOVAL SALE.
Having leased thu store
Hosselman on Klcvcnlh street
We Will Move
Kvo llllVO decided thill it WOlllll
out our present large stock than to move it. We will there
fore commence on Monday to dispose of everything in the
store at such prices as will certainly be to every ones advan
tage to buy.
THIS IS NO FAKE
but a genuine removal sale and everything in our present
location will be sold if low prices are an object. It is the great
chance of the season to stock up for the winter and especi
The goods will go and we propose to keep them going
even if we sacrifice part of the cost. There .are too many art
icles on which to quote prices, but the following are fair spec
imens: Imported Valencia Raisins $ 6 worth $ 12
Strictly Pure Boiled Cider 80 u 1 10
Fancy Spanish Queen Olives 20 " 40
Strictly Pure Maple Syrup 1 25 " 1 75
(This Is positively the best syrup made.)
Maple Syrup in Bulk 65 " I 00
Fancy English Walnuts 18 " 25
Salad Dressing in Glass Jars 10 u 25
Pure Olive Oil 30 u 60
All Package Codecs 20 " 25
Pickels, Mediums 5 " 15
Dunham Shreded Cocoanut 30 " 40
We could quote prices to fill a page of this paper but
that would not sufiice to give any further information than
above. A call at our store will convince you that this sale is
strictly business and for your interest to buy.
MILLER, THE GROCER,
11 30 N St. After Dec 27th, 143 S. Ilth.
ARE YOU AT HOME, AT HOME?
We arc receiving some of the handsomest kind of compliments on our thirty-five
dollar bed room suite. If money saving is an object, It Is a suite that will suit you to
perfection. You have read a yood deal about furniture and perhaps you have not
quite believed all that you have seen In print hut this suite tells Its own story and you
will be lost In wonder when you see It. How It can be sold nt such a figure will be a
riddle to you. Come along and echo w hat we say about It nnd don't forget to take ad
vantage of tlie opKrtunily which our visit will afford us to show you out fine stock
of holiday goods.
A. T. Gruetter & Co.
124 to 134 North 13th.
Opposite New Lansing Theatre Block.
Cur. Illlli mill
heretofore occupied by George
next to Miller & Paincs, into
reduce or close
EXCLUSIVE Agent for QENUINE
Canon City Coal
Also Itest (iriule of
. IMea-e do not be deceived by imitations of our
famous Canon Citv Coal. Satisfy yourself as to
I the CJKNl'INK before ordciiu. "